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The Astrology of 2011

Moving on to the astrology of 2011; there are 4 basic shifts of energy this year, Jupiter in Aries/Taurus, Saturn still in Libra but entering the Via Combusta (Path of Fire), Uranus in Aries and Neptune in Pisces. I will discuss the first two and leave the other two to discuss in future emails and meetups.

The good news is that Jupiter is in Aries until June 4th. As violent as it could be, this is the one time in every 12 years that Jupiter is starting a new 12 year cycle. It is the best time to initiate projects; if you had an idea or a project that just hasn’t materialized for the last 12 years, this is the time to get it out to the world and spring it into action. So you kind of have to say YES almost to everything so that opportunities can open up for you. Just remember, Jupiter expands everything that it touches, while you say YES, you know your personal limits; so stick to them while you open up for opportunities or you will experience the negative aspects of Jupiter which could be really BAD.

Those of you who attended my meetup in December, I know we discussed all this in details; so I apologize if it is going to sound little repetitive.

To take advantage of this Jupiter transit, you need to see what house Aries represents in your chart and what house/sign Jupiter resides to see how to get the blessings from this transit.

A great tactic that always works, is to obviously act like or become an Aries; which would include:
1. Be open to all opportunities that represent themselves
2. Get out there and start new projects
3. Start a new exercise/Yoga regime
4. Practice seeing God in everyone you meet
5. Liberate yourself from any oppression you might be feeling
6. Be decisive, as master Yoda said, “Try not. Do or do not”.
7. Perform a sacrifice; a letting go of something you don’t need
8. Meditate on the Hebrew letter Hey
9. Wear red and note the results
10. Accept and acknowledge any compliment given to you

For more details on becoming an Aries, please see my Favorite book “Cosmic Navigator” by Gahl Sasson.

Warning Label: Another thing to watch out for while Jupiter is in Aries, there is a little feeling of euphoria that accompanies any Jupiter transit which is what some astrologers call the “Spoiled Brat Syndrome”; which basically means that once Jupiter transits that specific house in the chart, everything seems to be going great, the issues that you have in this area in your chart don’t seem bad after all. BUT after the transit is over and the Jupiter effect starts to wane, these problems become less tolerable but the opportunities to fix them are not as abundant and easy as they were during the transit. So you kind of miss out on the cycle; BE CAREFUL!


The other news (not really that bad) is that Saturn is still in Libra; the sign of relationships, partnerships, arts, contracts and beauty. As we know Saturn represents rectification, fixing, karma and lessons. In another words, all these aspects that are ruled by Libra are being fixed. As my great teacher Gahl said the other day; don’t escape relationships or try to avoid the lessons that relationships are representing to you this year. Pay attention to your friends, partners and people around you in general; if they bother you, annoy you, or hurt your feelings, be patient; it is precisely what they need and are meant to do in order for you to become a better person.

One aspect of Saturn in Libra, is that relationships will face some issues with either Karma or age difference as Saturn represents the older man or the older woman. In another words you may find yourself approached or drawn to a person who is much older or much younger than you are. These kind of relationships don’t work long term for most people (remember Saturn kind of opposes marriage), but in very rare cases they do. If you find yourself in such situation, don’t say no, it doesn’t mean that you will marry her, but she probably has some kind of a karmic message for you. Use your Libra scale to balance the situation. This issue will probably pop up more in some people’s lives over the next two years as Saturn will be exalted in the Via Combusta until the end of 2012.

Libra rules Law, so expect a lot of fixing & changes to laws & constitutions; Egypt is a good example, but expect significant law changes all over the world.

Fashion will be affected too as it is ruled by Libra, how will it change? It will be very interesting to see!

Before I start my sign-by sign analysis for 2011, I need remind you as always that you are a lot more than just your Sun Signs. Please pay attention to your moon sign, because that’s how you will receive your gifts, and your Ascendant (Rising Sign) because it is just how your soul landed on this earth. In some ancient cultures people prayed the element god that ruled the ascendant sign. For example if the Ascendant was a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces), the person prayed to the god/godess of water. I’m not telling you to go and pray to the river or worship the fire, I’m just saying your Ascendant is more important in your chart than you probably think.

There are two planets that are important in pinpointing what each sign will have to deal with each year; Saturn and Jupiter. In Kabbalah, Saturn represents the sphere Understanding. It shows you what you and your sign have to understand, what areas of your life you need to master. Jupiter is associated with the sphere Mercy – the area in your life you will receive the grace of God, gifts and easy flow. Before you just scroll down to find your own sign and the sign of your loved ones, you should know that astrology works in different layers. Each sign should be viewed as destinations, energetic domains. So while it is important to know what is the “political” situation of your own sign, you should look at the rest of the signs because they represent aspects of life that you might be interested in. For example, you might be an Aries, but if you want to get married this year, it means you will have to visit the land called Libra (Libra is the ruler of relationships). It is like finding the political situation in Egypt before you travel there even if you are an American who is concerned with healthcare, bailouts and such. If you know you need more money this year, you need to look at Taurus, since Taurus is the sign of finance. It doesn’t matter if you are a Taurus or not. But knowing that Jupiter for Taurus is in the 12th house of secrets, imagination and Faith until June 4th, it means that to generate money, you must pay attention to synchronicities around these areas.

Here are the sign by sign analysis;


ARIES
Area of Life: Leadership, Initiation, Passion, Energy, Confidence, Health and Body.

This is a blessed year to Aries people. Your Jupiter is now in the 1st house, it’s the house of your body, your identity. You have the chance to change course and be who ever you want, you can start a whole new path.
Starting June 4th, your handle of expansion will gear towards the 2nd house, the house of money talents and self worth. That is great news for you since money will flow easier this year. You will most likely start feeling better about yourself, discovering new talents that can be translated to money

Saturn might challenge you in the 7th house of relationships. There will be a need to help your partners, pay attentions to the small prints in the contracts you sign or draft and be careful from enemies or people who might want to sabotage you.


TAURUS
Area of Life: Money, Finance, Self Worth, Talents and Values.


Jupiter is super charging you in the 12th house of mysticism ruled by Pisces, which is something you are not used to! But you will experience time where you’re going to feel much more psychic, your nights and siestas dreams are going to be very vivid and prophetic and you might even enjoy direct contact with the divine beings. But even the siestas have to have an alarm clock to separate the sleep in the afternoon from the sleep at night and therefore.
Starting June 4th, Jupiter will move to your 1st house, it’s the house of your body, your identity. You have the chance to change course and be who ever you want, you can start a whole new path.

Saturn, your brakes is in the sixth house and that means that you have to focus on work, health and diet. Put together in an Archetypal equation: focus on your work service and health so you can benefit humankind and connect with new friends.


GEMINI
Area of Life: Siblings, Relatives, Communication, Writing, Mind, Negotiations, and Neighbors

Even if you are not a Gemini, if you are a writer, a communicator, work in the media you should read this carefully.

Jupiter, the accelerator is tuned towards the 11th house, which is the house of friends, groups, organizations, hope, and change. Remember how President Obama used these words to fly himself all the way from Springfield , IL to Washington , DC .
Starting June 4th, Jupiter will be in your 12th house of mysticism ruled by Pisces. But you will experience time where you’re going to feel much more psychic, and get prophetic dreams.

The handle of brakes is geared towards the fifth house of love, children, entertainment, gambling, creativity, fun, and happiness. Try to create a structure in these areas or Saturn will force you to do so.


CANCER
Area of Life: Home, Family, Compassion, and Security.


If you live in the United States you should read this since the US is a Cancer.

Jupiter shifts this year the acceleration handle to the 10th gear – the house of career, destiny, and status then it will gear towards the eleventh house, which is the house of friends, groups, organizations, hope, and change. Avoid the “Spoiled Brat syndrome” I mentioned earlier since you are not too attracted to these areas in life.

There is a rub that might suck the living energy out of you. Your brakes are geared towards the house of home and family. This is a powerful year to commit and focus on your family life, your sense of safety and security (start saving). Not a bad year to buy a house or a condo which means you will have to pay attention to expenses and watch your money.


LEO
Area of Life: Love, Happiness, Children, Gambling, Creativity, Entertainment and Spirituality.

Your accelerator is geared towards your 9th house which is the house of foreign cultures, mass media, teaching, documentaries, and also…well, in- laws. So be nice to your mother-in-law, because there are a lot of messages that can help you that she might be hiding in her bag of tricks. There will be a shift in the way you look at the meaning of life and your philosophies. Starting June 4th Jupiter shifts the gear to your 10th house – the house of career, destiny, and status. Being a Leo, you know how to master this area, but pay attention to your ego.

The brakes will be associated with communications because the handle of resistance is geared toward the 3rd house of mind, communications, writing, and neighbors. If you plan to build a love shack, make sure you got permits because the neighbors might complain.


VIRGO
Area of Life: Work, Service, Health, Diet and Pets

Your shift gear is pointing at the 8th house, which is the house of transformation, sexuality, intimacy, business, death and magic. This is a great sexy year for Virgos. It’s also a time for investments, joint financial projects and big shifts. So when you meet your Virgo Friends you will find them so sexy and attractive, but at the same time too dangerous. Then Jupiter will move to your 9th house which is the house of foreign cultures, mass media, teaching, documentaries, and also…well, in- laws. Please see Leo above.

But you will need to put the Saturnian brakes on otherwise nothing will happen. But, yes, you will have to hold with your left hand the brakes, you will have to focus and be disciplined in matters of the 2nd house – the house of money and values. You have to change and readjust your values and your self image. It is also a good time to start learning new talents.


Libra
Area of Life: Relationships, Partnerships, Contracts, Art, Fashion, Music, Design, Law, and Open Enemies.

Your accelerating gear is fixed on the 7th house – the house of relationships and friendships. Business partners as well can be a good source of blessings for you. Then it will move to your 8th house, which is the house of transformation, sexuality, intimacy, business, death and magic. Libras know how to handle this energy very well.

BUT, you are under construction until late 2012 since Saturn is in your 1st house until then. By the end of the transit, you will have a new body, a new vehicle and a new life that you have not experienced in a long time! However, Saturn is still running tests on your body and identity.


SCORPIO
Area of Life: Death, Sexuality, Transformation, Magic, Investments, Business, Intimacy and Healing

Jupiter, the accelerator will be creating opportunities in the 6th house - the house of health and work. And then it will move to your 7th house of relationships and friendships. Business partners as well can be a good source of blessings for you.

Saturn is starting to pull you with its gravitational forces towards the repair docks, which means that it’s shifting gear to the 12th house – the house of mysticism, past lifetimes, and the house of letting go. You need to perform some sacrifice, let go of something or go on a retreat, cleanse yourself or get rid of an addiction. If there is any sign that can handle this energy, it is Scorpio.


SAGITTARIUS
Area of Life: Traveling, Foreigners, Higher Education, Luck, Optimism, Teaching and Mass Communication.


Jupiter, the accelerator handle is actually made in Sagittarius, is going through your 5th house, the house of love, fun and children; which should be a piece of cake for a sign that knows the true and deeper meaning of life. You may even find yourself blessed with children or many creative projects this year. You will also have some 6th house (work & health) opportunities during the second half of the year.

The place you will feel the brakes of Saturn is in the 11th house of friends, communities, people, groups, and organizations; being a wise Sage I. Tarius, I don’t need to tell you what to do because you already know it.


CAPRICORN
Area of Life: Career, Destiny, Success, Status in the Community, Ambition and Structure.

Jupiter is going through your 4th house; the house of home and family, so it’s not about wandering around, it’s about focusing on your emotions and feelings. You will be lucky with real estate and family life. A good year to get pregnant or renovate your home. When Jupiter moves to your 5th house, the house of love, fun and children, it will make your home life even happier.

The place Saturn will challenge you the most is the 10th house which is the house of career. So you need to be more focus, create a structure and pay more attention to your career.

AQUARIUS
Area of Life: Humanity, Hope, Corporations, Democracy, Change, Aliens, Technology, Philanthropic Activities and Altruism.

Jupiter is going through the 3rd house which is the house of communication, writing and networks. This is the time to cerate an infra-structure of contacts and agents that can further your goals and market your talents. You guys have a special affinity to fly faster and higher; be careful not to over commit and say yes to too many people or too many projects. In June, Jupiter will move to your 4th house; the house of home and family, so slow down and enjoy sometime with your family.

However, Saturn (the co-ruler of your sign), is going to be in the 9th house of traveling, truth and higher education. Not the best year to travel or if you do it needs to be in order to make money or study. Since this is also the house of truth you better not lie! You are the sign of Karma which means that you have to listen to old John Lennon who warned “Instant karma gonna get you.”


PISCES
Area of Life: Mysticism, Past Lifetimes, Imagination, Dance, Poetry, Extra Dimensions, Faith, Secret Enemies and Dreams.

Your handle of expansion is geared towards the 2nd house, the house of money talents and self worth. That is great news for you since money will flow easier this year. You will most likely start feeling better about yourself, discovering new talents that can be translated to money. Also, starting June, Jupiter will enter your 3rd house which is the house of communication, writing and networks. This is the time to cerate an infra-structure of contacts and agents that can further your goals and market your talents. Just be more rational when you communicate since you have the tendency to imagine instead of think.

Saturn will be in your 8th house of sexuality, death and transformation. As you chose a new path, the old must transform and die and you might be a little blocked sexually or in need to change something about how you approach sexuality.

Happy & safe 2011!

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Turmoil in the Middle East

I won’t go through my sign by sign predictions for 2011 in this article, I promise to do so within shortly. But let me explain what’s happening in Egypt and the Middle East from an astrological point of view.

We had the Lunar Eclipse on December 21st, followed by the Solar Eclipse on January 4th. This Solar Eclipse was visible in most of Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, North West China, Western Mongolia, and North Western India. These are the areas being affected by the eclipse the most and we will see more of that at least until June. There are two more Solar Eclipses this year and will address them in future articles/emails.

I expect what’s happening in the Egypt and Tunisia to continue to happen in other Middle Eastern countries as the effect of the Eclipse continue over the next 6 months, but Egypt is and will get the most hit! Why? Read on…

Egypt as a REPUBLIC, started with the REVOLUTION on July 23rd, 1952 with Saturn at 9 Libra. So beside the fact that it is a Leo stubborn country, it is also going through a Saturn Return. The Saturn Return occurs every 29+ years.

29+ years after the revolution and particularly in September 1981 when Saturn was at 9 Libra, Egypt as a country had its first Saturn Return that started with some domestic tension, shortly after that the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was killed and the country went through a reform for two and half years. Right now, 29+ years later we have these protests that have turned into turmoil (which may be remembered by future generations as another revolution) as Saturn was stationing last week at 17 Libra (the same degree it was at when Hosni Mubarak was officially elected as a president in November 1981). Hopefully the situation will get resolved soon, but I personally don’t see the blood shed ending as long as Jupiter is cruising at more than double its speed through Aries; the sign of WAR & blood. Also Uranus entering Aries on March 11th will make the situation explode. Hopefully the situation will start to calm once Jupiter enters Taurus on June 4th.

So combine the energy of the land of Egypt as the Bible called it “The Land of Wisdom and Darkness” to the energy of the Saturn Return and that of the Solar Eclipse; Egypt is up for a very dangerous ride.

As for Mubarak (a Taurus born on May 4th 1928), Ironically he is suppose to be having Jupiter conjunct his Sun at 15 Taurus on April of next year and a Jupiter Return at 23 Taurus on June of next year also. Usually it is a positive transit, but sometimes when Jupiter enters the Sun Sign or when Jupiter transits the First House, the person takes off and leaves this world. Some astrologers look at it as if the person is going for a very long journey. Let’s see what happens with Mubarak as Jupiter enters Taurus on June 4th of this year.

I personally don’t mind the guy, we had very peaceful and secure 30 years under his leadership, when I was in high school / college, Egypt was not a bad place to live, but as the man got older things went bad because people around him were not to be trusted. PLUS, the guy can’t be blamed for the bad economy in the country when the whole world is suffering from terrible economic conditions. Let’s hope that Egypt doesn’t turn into another Iraq as it is having this Saturn Return because things can go in ANY DIRECTION during the next 2+ years.

Thanks to those of you who called, emailed & sent text messages. If you can remember Egypt and my family in your prayers, it will be greatly appreciated.

Much Love!