Midway through the 20Teens:
2015: Do the Number and Planets = a Turning Point?
2-0-1-5 adds up to “8”, the number of manifestation, power, and wealth, and the coming year will surely pack a wallop.
The number 5 is characterized by restlessness. It points to change. Historically, years ending in “5” are buoyant, bubbly, and are usually the most exciting year of any decade. Events that take place during the years: ‘05, ’15, ’25, ’35, ’45… and so on capture the essence of the decade’s meaning (and define it). They seem to be both a response to the very beginning of the decade and a harbinger of how the decade will end:
In 1935: both the WPA (Works Progress Administration) which at the height of the Depression put millions of Americans back to work was established, as was Social Security which guaranteed a safety net to Americans over the age of 65.
1945: Saw the end of WWII, the first Atomic Bomb was dropped, and the conception of the generation known as the Baby Boomers began.
1955: Elvis Presley’s first appearance on Ed Sullivan– ushered in Rock n’ Roll and a new era of entertainment; Rosa Parks Lead historic bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
1965: The Swingin’ ‘60’s, The British Invasion in full swing, James Bond was undisputed cultural icon, and Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll ruled the day. The law placing a health warning on all cigarette packages took effect.
1975: First International Women’s Year, Viet Nam War ends; Margaret Thatcher becomes leader of British Conservative party, paving the way for her ascent to Prime Minister in ’79. (Thatcher was born in 1925, on the same day and hours before Lenny Bruce); “JAWS” ushers in the era of the movie blockbuster; SNL debuts (Changing the face of late-night television), A Chorus Line opens on Broadway.
1985: “We Are the World” mega music-celeb initiative to end hunger in Africa, Prez Reagan orders sanctions against South Africa meets with Soviet President Gorbachev in Geneva;, US finally allocates $$ for AIDS research, FDA licenses ELISA test to detect AIDS in blood, First HHS/WHO AIDS International Conference held (in Atlanta).
1995: CNN, first 24 hr news network went online; The OJ Simpson Murder Trial was televised, The Oklahoma City Bombing, Princess Diana went public on TV admitting to extra-marital affair, Wall Street celebrated when the DOW Jones Industrial Average first passed the 4000 mark and then 5000.
2005: year began with world reeling from the tsunami in Indian Ocean that killed more than 200,000- and later in the year Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and the states lining the Gulf of Mexico- climate change could no longer be denied; Condi Rice became first African American woman to be Secretary of State; Canada sanctioned same-sex marriage; both YouTube and the Huffington Post were launched, and both Craig Ferguson and Stephen Colbert began their innovative and game-changing late night runs.
So now on to 2015, as of this writing, President Obama has lifted an almost 54 year sanction against Cuba. Love that Pope Francis helped broker the deal and that the announcement occurred on his 78th birthday), this as racial unrest in response to multiple police-related killings of young black men has gripped the nation.
Astrologically, we are at a turning point too, one in which we must balance the impulse to expand, indulge, and over-spend, versus the need to deal with the practical reality at hand.
For the past few years, the planets Uranus and Pluto have been at odds, correlating to the tension between blue/red, the haves/have-nots, black/white, and so on..
Uranus (in Aries thru 2018) is about freedom, independence, shocks, breakthroughs and innovations. Pluto (in Capricorn thru 2024) has been about the hold that government, banks, and institutions and the one percent have had on much of the power and wealth. Both planets are midway through the signs that they are now transiting. For the first time in this cycle, in 2015 will see the re-emergence of the rise of individual freedom and rights, and there will be signs that the 99% will at least start to get a leg up. It may take till the beginning of the 2020’s but, mark my words: there will ultimately be another American Revolution (I’ve been talking about this since 2002).
Jupiter will remain in royal, romantic, glitzy, and extravagant Leo through Aug 11. Sun-in-Leo actors Anna Kendrick, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Steve Carell are all enjoying terrific runs courtesy of Jupiter’s blessing. However, it comes with a caveat: Theatre, risk-taking and show biz glamour which otherwise would have ALL enjoyed a fabulous and unobstructed ride in late 2014-2015, have been and will continue to be somewhat restrained by Saturn in Scorpio (the recent SONY email brouhaha and pulling of THE INTERVIEW are examples of this celestial tension as are the many abbreviated Broadway runs of well-received shows). But this particularface-off between Jupiter and Saturn has happened before and has been mastered rather well by the likes of Bill Gates and Bill Maher (both born in late ’55 & early ’56 with these exact Jupiter/Saturn placements). The trick for all of us will be to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.
After Jupiter leaves party-loving Leo in mid-August and enters Virgo, the soirees will give way to work. Glamour and romance will be replaced by utility, practicality and the need for efficiency and routines that serve our individual and collective needs. Wisdom will be acquired and joy experienced through a job well done and more private time/less social media.
And finally, Saturn, the planet of structure, karma and responsibility enters Sagittarius, the sign of religion, politics, travel and wisdom (for the first time since 1988) on December 23. Saturn will retrograde back into Scorpio from mid June – Sept 2015 and will transit Sagittarius through December 2017. Though long-distance travel may experience some restrictions with many opting for staycations, the forces dictate that air travel and the space program itself must be approached with wisdom and caution (need we be reminded that the Challenger disaster of late January 1986 took place during the last transit of Saturn in Sagittarius); regulations regarding finance for higher education will be revisited, ultimately making it more affordable. The dialogue between orthodoxy and progress in the realms of both religion and politics will escalate further, however, progress will be made in tolerating the views of others and bridge – building will result.
Bill Maher, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher all in their second Saturn-return are people to watch.