Starfire by Mary O'Gara, Ph.D., D.D.

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“There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.”
- Brian Aldiss

Mary O'Gara

Mary O’Gara is a financial astrologer and certified life/creativity coach who work with writers, artists and small business owners. Location and relocation questions are an important part of her work with small businesses. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, and consults internationally by phone and teleconference.




Starfire - March 2017
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March 2017 - When Life Gets Chaotic....
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When Life Gets Chaotic....

It’s time to wave good-bye to the Uranus-Pluto square in the sky. Enough thunder rolls and chaotic changes! If we hadn’t had an election and President Trump, we’d have had some other expression of the powerful Uranus-Capricorn square.

 In her blog at The Mountain Astrologer, Angela Slezak defines Uranus as disruptive and Pluto as destructive. Uranus brings about sudden changes and new ideas; Pluto is evolutionary and ultimately disruptive of old patterns and thoughts, exposing their flaws and shaking things up until real change takes place. Uranus is related to revolutions (like our own Revolutionary War), Pluto to the death and rebirth of old forms.

Uranus and Pluto have been traveling through cardinal signs, signs that take action and initiate new ideas and projects. Cardinal signs leave it to the fixed (or even the mutable) signs to bring about stability and see things through. So lots of new ideas and revolutions, lots of disruption and destruction going on around us.

The square dissipates during the first two weeks of March, and we’ll begin picking up the pieces. Some people will continue to hate the changes and blame the change agents. Others will recognize the opportunity to reshape their worlds in new and more satisfying ways. The energy is just energy; what we do with it is always a matter of personal choice.

Part of the secret to using even chaotic energy lies in the nature and domains of the planets. The Sun and Moon are the most personal planets. The Sun is our higher self, our ability to make good choices and be self-directed. The Moon reveals our personal needs, including our need to belong, and the ways we try to get those needs met. Mercury, Venus and Mars are also called personal planets, even though Mercury needs something to think about, Venus something to love, and Mars something to act on. When powerful outer planets like Uranus and Pluto make aspects to our personal planets in our natal charts, the impact on us is magnified. The greater the number of planets the transits affect, the stronger the influence–and you can see that a transiting square or other combination of planets is more powerful than a single planet.

I didn’t write this column earlier because Uranus and Pluto were both strongly aspecting planets in my own chart. Like many of my creative and sensitive friends, I was too overwhelmed by changes (both good and bad) to write a detached and reasonable argument. Turmoil stirs up the limbic brain, which is all feeling. Doors opened and closed so fast I sometimes felt as if I were in the revolving door scene from “Evita”.

When transits impact Jupiter and Saturn, they may be less overwhelming, but they retain a long reach. Jupiter is all kinds of expansion. Saturn makes the rules and monitors them. Uranus connections to Jupiter can be sheer good luck–but often involve a rocky road on the way to the goal. Pluto and Saturn–ah, Pluto just loves to shake the building until the weak structures fall apart.

Uranus, Neptune and Pluto act beyond our personal sphere of influence as rule. They may bring psychic insights to breakthroughs in the ways we think and work, but they’re not routine parts of life. The current transiting square is powerful partially because it is bringing larger issues into our lives than most of us handle.

So how do you deal with chaotic times?

1. Journal it. Writing integrates limbic brain with the more rational parts of the brain and begins the process of discovery.

2. Borrow an idea from the Tao. Change is just change. We can’t tell immediate whether the change will be good for us or bad for us; we may feel it’s good or bad, but we can’t know until it’s integrated in our experience.

3. Find out which planet or planets seems to be affecting you and find something productive to do with that kind of energy. I’ve been suggesting past life regressions for some clients because Pluto seems to facilitate past lives. I’m using both Uranus and Pluto energies as I write material for my new workshop on psychics and crime. “The Rulership Book” by Rex Bills is an excellent resource, a dictionary of meanings for signs and planets and houses.

4. Remember that it is ultimately up to you how you use the energies of any time period.

5. Back to the journal with new insights and experiences.

Mary O’Gara, Ph.D., D.D.