Matching Jupiter and Makemake

April 29, 2010

Since I’m in a time conservation mode and it’s been a while since I posted here, I am copying the content from my Galactic Times of 30 April. These are available on my website ( and you can subscribe to them there at no cost.

We’re done with the last of the Saturn to Uranus oppositions along the Virgo – Pisces corridor – the next such opposition to change signs and lie along the Libra-Aries axis. To avert the likely impending Mercury retrograde questions regarding why I referred to the above axes in what seems reverse zodiacal order, I stated the axes on the basis of the faster moving planet to slower moving planet, in the order of planets stated (as we like to write “respectively”) and in reverse zodiac placement to honor Uranus. Of course, if I had stated them in reverse of my chosen reverse criteria, e-mails would be headed my way about how I don’t know what sign the planets are in… see how it is with the combo of Mercury retrograde and planets in Virgo? It’s so hard to get the details in an order that allows the comprehension of others to align with the order and logic created in your brain.

Anyway, now everybody’s looking forward to/dreading the arrival of Jupiter conjunct Uranus for the first time along the axis of Aries – Libra (using the logic of above). But wait! There’s an important and subtly potent alignment about to occur even before this occurs, and most likely will be ignored. This alignment adds one more feather to the Pisces – Virgo axis as Jupiter comes into the first of three oppositions with the new planet, Makemake (on May 6th). A second opposition with Jupiter retrograde and Makemake direct forms on October 4th and the final stand off appears with Jupiter direct and Makemake retrograde on January 9th, 2011, all along the Pisces – Virgo plane. Given the curious and significant relationship of these planets, it makes sense to get ahead of these oppositions and make preparations for concise use of the pattern.

Curious and significant relationship, eh? What is that? Makemake is the mythic birdman, the most revered deity of the people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). While this Pacific-based lore seemingly holds no connection to Jupiter (Zeus) of the Roman-Greco mythology, a distinctive orbital factor emerges to link these planets. Jupiter and Makemake both make their closest contact with the Sun (perihelion) in Aries and a single minute apart! Jupiter is nearest the Sun at 15 Aries 21; Makemake comes closest the center of the solar system at 15 Aries 22 – both positions measured per the heliocentric zodiac.

Perihelion is one of two “slingshot points” in a body’s orbit (the other being aphelion). At perihelion, a planet stands at its minimal distance from the Sun, thus receiving solar intensity in greatest measure. As a planet comes to perihelion, it moves faster than at any other part in its orbit. Once past perihelion, a body begins to slow. At the moment of perihelion, the planet is sling shotted back into the depths of space (at aphelion, the planet is sling shotted back toward the Sun). By orbital symbolism, a planet at perihelion absorbs qualities of urgency, time (as related to speed) pressure and enhanced intensity; qualities shared by Jupiter and Makemake at the same degree and amplified by the nature of Aries.

The 1994 movie, Rapa Nui, is one of the better ways to align with the birdman mythology of the Island Culture. This is fairly easy to get in VHS and more difficult in DVD, but worth the search and watching. Some historical assessments of the film claim that the famous Easter Island statues were long in place by the time the birdman propitiation of the egg hunt began. That noted, there are some interesting points made in the film that pertain to both Makemake and Jupiter.

Jupiter refers to religion in traditional terms and the method of sacrifice to honor religions icons. Jupiter personifies over doing, too much, excessive use and over the top. In the movie Rapa Nui, there is a scene where the last trees are cut down to use as rolling logs to put yet another religious stone carving in place. Rapa Nui is an isolated island about 3,500 km west of Santiago, Chile. The indigenous inhabitants before the arrival of European explorers believed they were the only people on Earth. They fished and collected bird eggs for food. The expanse of the island is slightly more than 63 square miles (163.6 square kilometers) and as such, an awareness of limitation must have existed. The physical reality of limited island space and the number of trees was clear. The ocean, however, seemed unlimited and an unfailing supply of food. Knotting all of the above into a Mercury retrograde thought ball, did it make sense to cut down the last of the trees to roll out one more religious rendering? At its latitude, the land is subtropical. How hard is it to find shade with no trees?

Now whether this Hollywood ceremonial image is historically factual, it offers up a Jupiter-Makemake consideration. Should you sacrifice the last of a critical physical resource in the interest of attracting favor from your god? Televangelists tell you the more you give, the more God and Jesus will smile upon you. The ever popular prosperity seminars also indicate that if you can salvage the money to take their expensive seminar, prosperity, though not guaranteed by the seminar’s founder, staff, legal assigns and representatives, is more likely. Even common business logic states that it takes money to make money.

During the Jupiter to Makemake oppositions, the first is the only one in which Saturn watches his next door zodiac neighbor from the same sign. As he observes the resource sacrifices in the interest of securing the birdman’s favor and Jupiter’s abundance blessing, the ringed disciplinarian replies from slightly more than three degrees displacement from Makemake, “Don’t be an idiot! Weren’t you paying attention when I was conjunct him? I tried to tell you that resources are limited. Stay within those means. There might be a rainy day in the future, yes? If you want to be green, stop overpopulating the planet. And what the hell are you doing still buying investment products from Goldman Sachs, diving back into the stock market and real estate flipping investment properties?”

However, both Jupiter and Makemake sharing perihelia in Aries, believe in doing it quickly (could apply to their perceived best method of getting rich), exercising personal rights and executing a pioneering spirit. All the while, they serve as poster children for Intensity Junkies Worldwide, Inc., as they savor their physical dousing by solar energy and accompanying eternal, symbolic spring fever. If you watch the Rapa Nui movie and observe the accurately described propitiation ritual for the birdman, it’s easy to conclude that the eager volunteers for the birdman ceremony likely were adrenalin junkies and working off excesses of testosterone, since they were aware they couldn’t overpopulate their island. The birdman ceremony was basically an iron man triathlon geared to bring back a fragile sooty tern egg from another nearby island for inspection by the elders. In the effort to secure a year-long fate as the tribal “birdman,” a participant risked death by falling from a cliff, drowning and the possibility of becoming human sushi for sharks. Makes sense, right?

Saturn’s view of the opposition between Jupiter and Makemake suggests getting in there and doing the real, hard work necessary to create opportunity. In Saturn’s thinking, using available resources to build a prototype of something upon which one intends to build an economic empire makes sense. Saturn certainly understands sacrifice and appreciates religious tradition, but not so much as to compromise physical well-being and survival.

Two recent examples of the Jupiter-Makemake combo appeared. Going back to Earth Day, a tragic oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico followed the approval of legislation allowing offshore oil drilling on the East Coast of the United States. If death of workers and destruction of the environment is the result of securing energy – something that also applies to recent mining tragedies in China and West Virginia – are these means viable or becoming more of a hardship and/or problem than a solution? If a law to uphold immigration enforcement violates civil rights, establishes racial profiling and brings economic sanction upon the people living within the confines of the governmental community invoking such legislation, is it a solution or causing more disruption? If fish farms create toxicity in the waterways that compromises the ecosystem, is this a solution or more of a different problem? Please e-mail your opinions to relevant politicians instead of me; I intended these to be rhetorical for purposes of Jupiter, Saturn and Makemake.

Saturn wants to render grounding to the powerful opposition triptych of Jupiter – Makemake. Says he:

“Instead of waving misspelled and misguided protest signs, come up with viable solutions. If you’re yelling and screaming and bitching and offering no good, you’re part of the problem.”

“Delete the concept that one must sacrifice something evidently irreplaceable in the interest of securing humankind’s existence or the lifestyle chosen by the rich and famous. Think in terms of regeneration, what can be replenished and what cannot.”

“Plant trees. Collect rain water. Preserve resources.”

“Sit with developing solutions long enough to come up with consequence free solutions.”

“Think critically.” This means think in a logical manner that develops thinking and evolves concepts, instead of coming to critical inane judgments. My favorite example, and one I am sure I am repeating: If the outermost planet in the solar system represents real world physical limits, why wasn’t that effect transferred from Saturn to Uranus upon his discovery? Before you claim that it’s a visibility issue and Uranus cannot be seen and Saturn can, recheck the data. Uranus is like Mercury. Both can be seen at select times to a properly directed and observing eye.

Okay, so what if there are no good solutions out there now that are side effect free? Well, we just finished an aspect of change for progress courtesy of Saturn opp Uranus. Anything come out of that? In the last days of June coming up, Jupiter aligns with the most-distant point of the Uranian orbit. If one pulls back from the maddening crowd and contemplates, cannot a hearty, progressive solution be found? Cannot the prodigal native son/daughter return with the culture saving insight? Such ideas are not obscure per Uranus and certainly not when visited with Jupiter calling upon Uranus during the cranky old bastard’s retreat for reflection.

The Jupiter to Makemake opposition cycle persists through January. Shortly thereafter, Jupiter forges ahead into Aries (Jupiter enters Aries on October 9 from the heliocentric view) and comes to his own perihelion and simultaneously the perihelion of Makemake on March 17th of next year. Suggestively, the issue of people inhabiting this planet and what they require (or think they require to live the good life) is up for grabs in a big way between May 6th and next March with surges in insight and awareness available no less than five times in that window. Because of the egg lore, Makemake is symbolically fecund. Jupiter is symbolically wise and abundant. The combination of Jupiter and Makemake offers hope if wisdom and sensibility can be applied and if, to continue the novel theme of this GT, once avoids stepping into the snares of the Catch 22’s created by society.

“Remember,” reminds Saturn. “It’s time to create solutions without problems.” As a final send off, Saturn slowly saunters back close to the degree squaring the Galactic Center, indicating that while not exact this first go round, the Jupiter – Makemake patterns also align with the Galactic Center, and the next two iterations will be even more so. Progressiveness in pensiveness with profound and prudent propitiation.


Predicting El Nino and More

February 9, 2010

On the heels of an accurate Super Bowl prediction, I’m in the mood to discuss another prediction that any astrologer can conduct with a high degree of confidence: El Niño. More than two years ago I noted in my Galactic Times e-mail newsletters (they’re free and available through my website – visit the about information for the link) that 2010 would be an El Niño year. How?

Back in 1947 a researcher for RCA, John Nelson, camped out atop a Manhattan skyscraper working to correlate short wave radio propogation disturbances with planetary relationships with the Sun from the heliocentric (Sun-centered) point of view. Nelson discovered that any planet making direct alignment (by an angle of 0 90 180 and 270) to the perihelion or node of any other planet increases the potential for solar volatility. Most notable in the revelation: volatility ran highest commonly when planets made aspects to the perihelion of Mars.

It’s easy to understand how Nelson became a patron saint for astrologers familiar with his work.

When the perihelion of Mars is impacted by a planet, the likelihood of solar activity increases. Solar eruptions shower the Earth with supercharged blasts of energy, affecting the atmosphere and assuming influence over prevailing weather patterns (not to mention making most humans more than a bit out of sorts during these blasts). During the third week of January, Jupiter – noted for his amplification of everything he touches – aligned with the perihelion of Mars (6 Pisces 14). If you ask anyone in the southwestern United States if the winter weather has been above average, when they take a moment digging out from under the mud, they’ll confirm a positive response to your question. These storms then marched across the central plains and dropped heavy snowfalls on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

This is a global pattern. Back in January online news wires carried amazing photographs of an unusually snowbound Europe and cold in Bangladesh. As well, a strong cyclone hit French Polynesia.

The return of sunspots perfectly and predictably aligns with this cycle. The last time Jupiter crossed the perihelion of Mars, we endured anomalistic weather on earth… as we did when Uranus, earlier in Pisces aligned with this point. Anytime Mars makes contact to his perihelion/aphelion axis, a short burst of intensified weather appears across the planet. Looking ahead to the short term, as March draws to a close, Mars crosses his aphelion, making an opposition to the perihelion. It would be reasonable to anticipate stronger than normal storms, riding the larger El Niño pattern at that time and probable anywhere on the planet.

A key point in presenting this information is to offset some of the building solar cycle hysteria already mounting on the Internet. Jupiter to the perihelion of Mars, naturally and organically, would be expected to heat up the solar cycle despite the recent, nearly anomalistic solar sunspot low era. Many have contended the peak of the next solar cycle due in 2011 will run late. Given that since these cycles have been observed the period consistently runs 11.08 years, there is no reason to expect that this time it will be twelve years… although that would make the peak of the next cycle coincident with the Mayan Calendar debacle. (The solar cycles operate on the 11.08 year short count and a 178.55 year longer count)

However, that is not at all likely. The long-standing cycles of the Sun likely will not yield to the persuasive fear-based wave riding that calendric cycle. It is true that the 2000 solar maximum contained a double peak. It is true that at that time scientists predicted a very strong 2011 maximum. But hysterical sorts latched onto the lingering solar maximum of 2000 and began auguring all sorts of mayhem for this next cycle, and insisted that it will run a year late, just to bolster silly End of the World (EOTW) agendas.

It is true that astronauts in space need to be very concerned about the solar outbursts. It is true that communication satellites might go on the fritz. It is true portions of the power grid could take a hit. Those who depend upon texting and satellite dependant Internet that supports social networking might think it’s the end of their social world, but the Sun, supported by the patterns of the planets is doing his cyclical thing.

Certainly I’ll write more about these patterns as the next Solar Max maximizes. If you want to be up to date on the latest solar blasts check out If you want to know more about other heliocentric astrological patterns and other groovy astrological stuff most astrologers won’t consider, subscribe to my e-zine the Galactic Times at

Meanwhile, El Niño is part of a predicable pattern. So are sunspots, Solar Maximum and the freak out silliness cycle of people, who have not performed celestial due diligence.

I am reminded of a staggering first line in a great novel. This line is so great it overshadows, “Call me Ishmael” and “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Consider the digestible nugget written into the first sentence of The Path of Minor Planets by Andrew Sean Greer:

“The sky always kept its word.”

Looking up to Jupiter and Chiron

December 9, 2009

This past Monday Jupiter and Chiron formed an exact alignment along the plane of the ecliptic. Given that Jupiter astrologically represents the teacher, learning and the quest for knowledge, and Chiron refers to the one-to-one learning process of mentoring, the lecture by the comet discovery guy, David Levy at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory lecture hall topped the “must do” list. Of course, I attended.

As Dr. Thomas Fleming, head of the fabulous astronomical outreach program conducted by the University of Arizona, introduced David Levy there was a notable hole in his educational background in the field of astronomy. When Levy began his presentation, he told the students present that he was not going to recommend all the physics and math studies a brain can absorb. Levy, himself, has never taken a single course in astronomy! He did mention that those who want to study the heavens should voraciously read, especially in the arts. At the start of his presentation, Levy posed a most curious question. He asked how many of us in attendance actually bothered to look up at the sky this year. A majority of hands rose, but not all.

Immediately, I flashed back to earlier days in my astrological career when J. C. Eaglesmith, a Native American in attendance at the same cosmic conference as myself, chastised the astrologers for not being outside to look up at the sky each and every night. His point was noted by not only myself, but others, including Steven Forrest, one of the few other astrologers pondering the recently discovered dwarf planets and galactic effects.

But back to Levy’s presentation. He told the story of how he decided at summer camp one night that he decided he wanted to discover a comet – an amazing declaration for a teen age boy. Later in life, he headed to Arizona to do exactly that, precisely what he did. He holds one of the top spots for number of comets discovered and is most famous for his co-discovery with the Shoemaker team for locating Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet parade that collided with Jupiter in 1994. So a non educated man, astronomically that is, came to Arizona to observe the sky and achieved notoriety for amazing solar system (and beyond) discoveries.

Hmm. Sounds familiar. Where have we heard that story before? Ah yes. Kansas farm boy, Clyde Tombaugh purchased a one way train ticket to Arizona to document the sky at Lowell Observatory in search of Planet X – the unknown planet. As we all know, Tombaugh succeeded in finding that planet, now demoted to dwarf planet status, and still one of astrologers’ all time favorites, Pluto. Oh by the way, David Levy knew Tombaugh quite well and even wrote a biography of the fascinating man.

I’ve been thinking about all of this since hearing Levy’s delightful presentation and mixing it with my understanding of Jupiter and Chiron, which now head toward the inspiration source of Neptune. These days in astrology there’s a big movement for academia in astrology, degrees and certification. I must admit I fail to see the point. Astrology will not be accepted by the mainstream consensus that contends astrologers are superstitious fools no matter what letters antecede an astrologer’s name. The effort to establish an organization as the elite astrological academic authority has caused extreme political conflict, personal attacks and still we’re no better off for it all.

When I started my study of astrology I was in the U. S. Navy and for much of the time of my initial studies, confined with more than two hundred sailors in a closed environment in a war zone often engaged in combat. Of these sailors, more than twenty were in my charge at various times. I had the luxury of a human lab of astrological study enduring the most extreme circumstances. I read everything I could, studied the charts of my ship and my shipmates and learned astrology in a crash course I wouldn’t want to repeat, despite the learning achieved.

My point is not that astrological courses and learning from competent astrology teachers should not be engaged. Anything but that is the point. How amazing is it that the Internet brings teachers and previously unavailable historic astrological writings to your computer screen at nearly the speed of light. My point is that modern astrology will benefit from those who also apply the messages of Jupiter and Chiron. One does not need to have a degree to be a fabulous astrologer. One, however, must read, study and think for oneself.

I must admit I rarely write for forums anymore. While well-intended, most posts were “all about me” oriented by people who have made no effort to research information and further are not inclined to think much about what they do receive. Given that some truly great information gets posted, it often is overwhelmed by contradicting inaccurate information and the hostility that permeate blogs when people can render their opinions with complete anonymousness.

It’s Jupiter-Chiron time and soon, Jupiter, Chiron, Neptune time. It’s time to get back to the awe of looking at the heavens to (re)discover the essence of the art form and scientific discipline of astrology. It’s time to mentor and be mentored. It’s time to contemplate and conclude and then test those conclusions in the human lab on Earth.

The essence above demands insight, inspiration and illumination by all below. No matter what one’s education or background, anyone can respond if only they look up.