Another conjunction between Jupiter, the planet of expansion, and the radical, revolutionary Uranus is approaching on 19th September, 2010 at 2:03 am GMT. These planets recently last conjoined each other before the beginning of the summer on 8th June, in the tropical sign of Aries. This time around, with both planets having regressed a sign whilst in retrograde motion, the conjunction will occur in Pisces.
Although the exact aspect is over a week away, the intensity of this alignment is making its presence very strongly felt. Jupiter has the tendency to enlarge any energy with which it comes into contact. And, with Jupiter enhancing the energy of Uranus, in the sign most largely recognised to represent religion and spirituality, the chickens are coming home to roost for religious fundamentalism and lunacy. Talk about a time of upsetting the apple cart.
If you’ve been following the news, you’ve likely heard of Terry Jones, seemingly a nutter of a pastor who runs the Dove (ironic I know) World Outreach (gets even more so doesn’t it) Center in Gainesville, Florida. Mr Jones has planned an ‘event’, out of an apparent desire to gain attention for his one-man war against Islam, by planning a Koran burning on the anniversary of 11th September. This has created quite a lot of unrest amongst the Muslim community worldwide, with protests in Afghanistan turning quite violent against the US presence there. It would seem that one of the goals of Mr. Jones is to stop the building of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.
This isn’t the only story that is reverberating with the energy of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. The organisation responsible for quite an intense amount of abuse of the innocent (again, rather ironic), the Catholic Church, is the subject of quite a lot of intense scrutiny in the realm of the celestial limelight. The Pope is due to visit the UK for four days beginning 16th September. It would seem that the Queen has seen fit to allow the trip to be funded largely at the taxpayer’s expense – and the bill is due to be quite high. The Catholic Church has been under ever intensifying fire for child sex abuse. A group of its victims, who make the UK their home, are to gather at a conference in London, where they plan to compile a book of statements which they intend to deliver to the Pope.
Let’s take a look at the cosmic climate responsible for highlighting these events, and many more if you look at the news through the lens of astrology. Whilst Jupiter is applying to its conjunction with Uranus, these two planets are also being irritated by an intense alignment with Mars. Mars is nearing the end of its sojourn through Libra, the sign of justice and balance, and will still be occupying that sign as it forms first its alignment with Uranus on 13th September GMT, and then with Jupiter on 14th September.
Jupiter and Uranus are once again conjuncting each other within the lunar mansion of Uttara Bhadrapada. Uttara Bhadrapada is the herald of balance between heaven and earth. And with religious hypocrisy running rampant, something has to happen to tilt the scales. Mars, the planet of passion, is performing the sacred act of rectifying the situation as it passes through the latter portion of Chitra. Chitra bears the energy of “good deeds”.
In the two days following the aspects between Mars, Jupiter and Uranus, Mars will enter the intensely passionate sign of Scorpio and the lunar mansion of Swati, the asterism of unrest. Fundamentalism is deeply entrapped in dogma. It is so deeply in the dark that it cannot see the woods for the trees. How can a pastor, running a so-called “World Outreach Center”, with a dove, the symbol of peace, as its mascot be so intolerant and ignorant? And under the umbrella of taking a self-proclaimed stance against what he calls terrorism, is he not responsible for just such an act by holding world peace to ransom?
And could it possibly be that allowing someone to jeopardise world peace by protecting their right to “freedom of expression” is itself a form of fundamentalism?
How, also, can a religious organisation, based on the philosophies of one purported to be so intensely innocent, commit such heinous crimes and then expect to be supported by the hard-earned money of the ‘salt of the earth’? “Suffer the little children to come unto me” were the famous words of 2,000 years ago. Well, the children have certainly been suffering. Prophetically ironic.
It is time for fundamentalism to fall. And when it does, it will be by the hands of truth and justice. For that is how hypocrisy must cease.