The final weeks of 2013 will set the stage for much of 2014. It looks a little harsh in terms of the political and economic trends. We are not likely to see Congress striving to do their best for their constituents. They appear to be heading us into a very harsh and for some, desperate winter.
The revelations of the eclipses continue to expose the depth of government’s secrets. The theme of the planets stacked up in Scorpio is all about secrets, espionage and general dark aspects of control and suppression. Mercury, the messenger, is retracing its path in direct motion now, making it seem like the conversation is dominated by NSA and drone strikes. Drones are a good representation of Mercury in Scorpio, as they are stealth, quick and deadly. You don’t see it coming until it’s too late. Mercury will progress into Sagittarius December 6, which will bring more light to what is going on and bringing recall of last July’s major revelations.
Saturn is traveling in the Sun’s beams through the rest of November and will not be visible again until Thanksgiving. When planets are so near the Sun, it symbolizes secret meetings and plans being made. Saturn in Scorpio has given us the harsher side of government. Saturn is the planet of limitations and restrictions. It is giving more power to secret elements of government, rather than correcting the problem of over-extended powers. This is a trend that will continue into late 2015.
Historically, the last two times that Saturn transited Scorpio, 1954 and 1983, there were very dark and deadly events. The US government backed the over throw of the democratic government of Chili, supporting a dictatorship that massacred thousands. In the USA, there were brutal racial attacks. The first Bilderberg Group meeting was held, setting the president for world political and financial leaders to meet in secret and begin manipulating world markets and governments. In 1983, there was Noriega and the Iran-Contra Affair. This period also brought us the Savings and Loan Scandal and the deregulation of banks and financial activities. Saturn in Scorpio does not bring happiness and prosperity to the common people. Rather, it seems to wedge the differences between ‘the haves and have nots’. It gives further militarization to those who control the masses.
Venus, planet of value, resources, money and love, will be spending the next four months in the sign Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. Venus turns retrograde on the Winter Solstice at the last degree of Capricorn. It will then take all of January to retrace its path turning direct January 31. It finally leaves the sign most associated with corporations and big business on March 6. Saturn and Capricorn represent actions like reduction, condensing, and generally “down- sizing.” This holiday time is an opportunity for greater sharing and helping within the community. It’s not likely there will be an increase in jobs or in pay.
Mars has a two year cycle and its retrograde period causes it to spend a full 7 months in one sign. It enters Libra on December 8 and leaves the sign July 27. It turns retrograde March 2 and direct on May 20. While it travels this territory, we can expect turbulence and unrest. Mars is the planet of war, dissention and upheaval. It will be retrograde during the next eclipses, which breeds struggle and opposition. The Winter Solstice chart establishes the beginning of a series of aspects of Mars with Uranus and Pluto. This next year ahead will not be dull and boring. It is clear that the population will be pushing for real changes. It is also clear that there will be a strong force pushing back.
Norma Jean Ream is a 30-year astrologer who resides in Puna. For more information about Ream or her astrological work, visit www.astrologyhawaii.com.