An Intense New Moon

Posted on November 17, 2009
Posted by Jim Sher

As the New Moon begins its monthly cycle of new beginnings (it occurred yesterday at 11:14am PST at 24 degrees of Scorpio), we also have the testy transit of Saturn square Pluto making its first actual pass. One of the best ways to understand the nature of a transit such as this is to look at the major stories in the news at this time for these indicate the outer form of an inner process that begins to tell the emerging story of the transit itself. The way these stories will play out in the next year may tell us a lot about the meaning of this difficult transit.

It seems to me that there are 4 major stories which will likely expand in importance in the collective consciousness of our nation and all are demonstrating the Saturn/Pluto archetypal pair.

  1.  The first story is the killing of 13 people in Ft. Hood, Texas by Major Nidal Hason. Only a few facts have come out so far, but since he did survive, we are likely to know a lot more in the next year about what was in this person’s mind as to why he committed these brutal murders. It is helpful to know that Saturn was opposing Pluto in the time of 9/11. An opposition informs us of any problems that exist, but the third quarter square of a cycle, which is what we are in now, will reveal where we are now in dealing with them. Since 9/11, this nation has engaged in two wars and for the first time in its brief history has also taken a public stand in favor of torture along with a ‘do whatever it takes’ attitude toward its enemy. I say this more as an objective truth than a commentary on the values it represents because astrology itself is merely showing us what happens if we engage in certain kinds of behaviors. Let’s be clear about something though. Many of those in the U.S. government do feel that this nation is at war with Islam. No, not all have this belief and Obama does not seem to, but the murder of these 13 people obviously reveals a rage and frustration by Muslims that is linked to this nation’s response after 9/11. This does not justify the murders in any way, but it is important, in my view, for this nation to step back and take a hard look at how it is being perceived by the Muslim world and the Muslim citizens of this country. A third quarter square was called by the wonderful astrologer, Dane Rudhyar, a crisis of consciousness and the trial of Major Hason will likely bring this about for the nation. He will, of course, be held responsible for his actions as he should be, but something deeper is also going to occur as many people realize that there are dark effects from the way we have responded to the challenges that 9/11 brought to bear.
  2. To continue the theme of #1 above, the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with presumably the support of President Obama has decided to put the accused 9/11 terrorists including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed on public trial in New York. This has created a great controversy as it will be a security nightmare as well as being a risky move politically. Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani has said that Holder is ‘too concerned with the rights of terrorists’ and many have argued that this trial should take place secretly as a military tribunal. Here again we see the nation grappling with its relationship to both the Islamic world and the larger world in general.
  3. Last week, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee proposed a comprehensive financial reform bill that would strip almost all bank supervision powers from the federal reserve and FDIC. This bill is very controversial and is already being opposed by the Obama administration and many from both sides of the aisle in Congress. Right now it appears the bill has little chance of passage, but if the economy suddenly turns negative for a second time, the climate might shift such that there would be a clamor for radically new and different regulations. Note that the recent unemployment figures are very disturbing and are continuing to rise. They are around 17% in real terms with no end in sight. Meanwhile the stock market continues to rise and salaries and bonuses at the mega-banks are at all time highs. More and more people are asking why this is as the economy limps along and foreclosures continue to rise.
  4.  President Obama in China – this newsletter is hardly the place to go into the complex and mysterious relationship between the U.S. and China. What we do know is that there is a very noticeable trend showing that the Chinese economy is growing, even now, and that the U.S. economy is still very troubled. Is China on the way to surpassing the U.S. economy and becoming an economic superpower? Are the two countries moving towards an inevitable conflict or is there a way to maintain a somewhat cooperative relationship? What are the long-tem effects of the huge debt the U.S. carries with China? The best minds don’t know, but the timing of Obama’s visit to China does signify its importance, though the real outcome may not be known for some time.

I know that some readers prefer I write about the more personal matters of life and how transits will affect us personally. I hope the coming ‘Jack and Jill’ series will help with that. But to those readers who object to the subject of this article I would offer the idea that there is a ‘mirror effect’ between these outer events occurring in public life and our personal lives. Where the Saturn square Pluto transit occurs in our personal chart is likely to mirror the outer events of the coming year.

The simplicity of the Saturn/Pluto transit is that it brings about a radical-foundational transformation of structures. These structures can be as large as an economic system of a government or even of a government itself. Or on the micro level it can signify a deep psychological restructuring. Priorities will be questioned and perhaps in a powerful and compelling way. Emotions can run high as people are triggered in ways that defy logic and rational thought. This newsletter will monitor this in the next year and as always, I hope you will reply with your own experiences.

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Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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8 responses to “An Intense New Moon”

  1.' Diana says:

    It just occurred to me that it seems there was no “coincidence” that the film studio behind the Twilight Saga “New Moon” scheduled the opening for 11-20-09. And it was a blockbuster opening. Curious to know if the influence of the real New Moon contributed to its intense success. As for me I’m not into vampire movies but it would be difficult not to be aware of this movie with all the media hype on TV going on.

  2.' Dorothy says:

    Well if your talking astrology I am with you. I am a friend to a great man in love more of my side UNTIL yesterday Every 3weeks he has been asking where are we going? Hedging I have gotten a bit of his violent past could not believe he did not mello. NOW this week being that I have proven every single of his cheating wrong or looking elsewhere. Which is just the surface I learned maybe the truth THE latest is another masochist who is now writing him its believed That he is the one who disfigured her or she might be a she. But he says it was 20 yrs ago and many other telling tip offs…. A good week for me to back off this co 53yr old egomaniac liar. Fun things about him can wait.

  3.' J.Hamilton says:

    Hi Jim, Hi All,

    It took a few days to get to this article but I did and that’s because I find the insights quite interesting. I might even “get” astrology some day. I find the political scene an excellent microcosm of what is going on in the world and certainly the political process is subject to the stars since nothing else substantial is driving it. It’s a good metaphor. We are all dependent on/subject to the political process, no matter our opinions.

    We have a huge problem that is not going to go away until individuals discover how to get in sync with a system of success that knows no bounds. We have to move away from a man-made system of success to somethign that works. Luckily, it is all around us. I believe astrology can be a great indicator.

    By the way, my work is about accessing nonresistance and Unconditional Love as it relates to the quality of our reality creation. It is quite interesting to be in nonresistance and recognize the enormous influence the plants contribute to my direction and unfolding. Otherwise, when we are perpetually spun off resisting what we don’t want, or in reaction to what we don’t want, the guidance from the spheres is incoherent.


  4.' Debra says:

    Hello Jim, I really look forward to reading your columns. They are clear and to the point, a practical interpretation of the events and how they impact the world but also our own individual lives through the collective. Both western and vedic astrology has been an interest of mine for several years. I just had my birthday, November 17th…born 12:35 in 1952. I am right in this new moon phase, intense new beginnings….it has certainly been a transitional phase the last couple of years and clearly lots of continued change…I’m also nearly at my 2nd Saturn Return. I am questioning my values, and all sorts of things…and changing my priorties…I feel some very major changes very soon….

  5.' Tammy says:

    Hi Jim,

    I find your articles to be very informative and reveal practical aspects of how the planets may affect changes in the world as well as within personal relationships. I appreciate your sharing with us, your readers, the skills you have developed in seeing the forming patterns. Always you give me thought to consider as the transits shift.

  6.' Candy says:

    I just want to let you know that I really appreciate your take on how the slower moving planets affect the collective, and yes, I agree they are a metaphor (for want of a better word!) for each of our internal psyche’s as well. I think people are really starting to check out their priorities now, as time is running short on the whole climate change issue as well as the huge problems which seem to be getting concurrently more and more important: refugees from oppressive governments, human rights, and poverty.
    Its so typical of the Saturn/Pluto relationship to show us our deepest survival fears, as well as the need to deeply reform the status quo. Thank you again for your great insights!

  7.' JuliaAna H says:

    I love and appreciate your atticles a lot! My only complaint is that they are not longer and more………..I would love it if you could do more about whats happening in the heavens and what that all means along with (which you do) how its playing out on the world stage and in out county; Would you consider adding another page of just astrology? Please Please Please! I live in MO. but if I lived near you I would love to be your student! Sag Rising! Anyway Im greatful for your writings and look forward to your mailings. Thank you!

  8.' Georgia Nicols says:

    I love your articles – and I particularly loved this one with its references to news events as a reflection of the Saturn Pluto square.

    (Just want to offer this feedback in view of your comment that some people are not interested.) I think many people ARE interested. 🙂

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