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The Year of 2007
by Henry Seltzer
 
New Year 2007 Chart

This is a special edition of my monthly website column where I will give an overview of 2007 and a brief look beyond. In the January 2007 column I alluded to the coming years of increasing difficulty as well as their potential as a turning point – like the Chinese symbol for "crisis" being an amalgam of danger plus opportunity:

In these next five years, from 2007 to 2012, we will see all the major outer planets change signs, and re-align in the first square configuration of Uranus and Pluto that follows their conjunction of the sixties. Pluto will enter Capricorn in 2008, Uranus will enter Aries in 2010, squaring Pluto, and Neptune will first enter Pisces in 2011 and then re-enter in 2012. These changes of sign indicate world transformation of significant magnitude, as who would doubt in the light of what we have already seen so far. For starters, Pluto in the sign of Capricorn will transform the corporate power structure and bring out the worst of it and also the best of us in response to that worst, as the fourteen-year prior transit of Sagittarius has done for religious zealotry. A wonderful sage, Ellias Lonsdale, has said that the fourteen years of Pluto's transit of Sagittarius will look like more of the same business as usual for the entire time, while at it's end we will see that everything around us is transformed utterly, and we are living in a new universe. We can begin in these final years of Pluto in Sagittarius to get a glimpse of what he was talking about.

The most significant news in early 2007 is the Saturn opposition with Neptune. This configuration has been building for some time now, and reaches its last two moments of exact in the first half of the year. Saturn wants to adhere to the reality of the situation, and Neptune wants to escape it, so these energies are not naturally at home with each other. Their blending may produce some weird hybrids. The last major time that Saturn was opposed to an outer planet it was Pluto, and we had 9-11. This opposition is a very different kettle of fish. The Saturnian archetype in combination with the Neptunian represents a bringing down of wild fantasy into disappointing real world practicality, or else a raising of reality-consciousness to the full possibility of the numinous occasion. But even in the relative downer of the first way of looking at it, there is an opportunity represented, if we only know how to take it, since wild fantasy is essentially non-productive and escapist, and benefits is some ways from combining with a more practical and even a more cynical stance. The outpouring of compassion and sympathy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was a reflection of the forming alignment, as is the current wide-spread disillusion with the Iraq war and compassion for the destruction of property and human lives there. There is also an entrenched attitude of defiance on the part of the powers that be at this time, and we are likely to see the continued polarization of these two different sides, of compassion for victims on the one hand and of hardening attitudes and real-politik denial of possibility on the other, as especially the first half of the year unfolds.

The SaturnNeptune opposition becomes pronounced in February, with the lunations of February 1st and 17th touching it off, and its moment of exact with Saturn coming at the very end of the month. The next and last exact hit of the opposition takes place in late June, although the waning influence of the configuration may be felt through the end of the current year and perhaps through the spring of 2008.

After Saturn completes the last pass of the opposition with Neptune, it briefly trines Pluto for the summer months of July and August. This aspect follows in the footsteps of the famous SaturnPluto opposition of 2001, and is a repeat of a pattern from last November. The trine is obviously mellower than the opposition, but carries the same combination of archetypal energy; the structure must somehow be radically transformed. Other accompanying transits from August are detailed below.

Along with SaturnNeptune and SaturnPluto, the other major planetary archetypes appearing in combination in 2007 are Jupiter and Pluto. Their conjunction is exact by year's end, but is being felt in at least a subtle way throughout the year of 2007, and serves to emphasize the transformative nature of this time. Since Pluto is also coincident with the Galactic center and about to enter the tropical sign of Capricorn the emphasis is at least doubled, indicating a time of vast change within individuals as well as collectives, and capping a pivotal year of transition.

Another important astrological event taking place this year is the Venus retrograde, along with her Heliacal Rise as the Morning Star. This happens about every nineteen months, and takes place this year from July 27th to September 8th. This period of time was important to the ancient Mayans, when they related it to lawlessness and lack of confidence in rulers. The symbolic journey through the underworld represented by retrograde Venus disappearing from the evening sky (Venus as "Evening Star") to reappear 2 weeks later with her Heliacal Rise as the Morning Star was associated with the embarrassment of the ruler and his being brought down to Earth. Over an eight-year period, the degree of the Heliacal Rise of Venus repeats five times, and forms a five-pointed star in the Zodiac, occurring in very nearly the same Zodiacal degree every eight years. Looking back to the summer of 1999, the ruler that was embarrassed then was Bill Clinton. Now, in this year's time frame, there are again calls for the impeachment of a sitting president, although for quite different reasons. This year's Helical Rise of Venus takes place on August 25th, in late Leo, and highlights her symbolic passage through the underworld. Her conjunction with the Sun is symbolically another important Venus time, and takes place a week earlier, on August 18th.

The retrograde period of Venus and just afterwards might also be thought of in modern terms as a time for looking into the concept of right relationship and the underlying motivation for relationship and of our social connections in general. Since the degree of Venus' Heliacal Rise on August 25th exactly opposes Neptune, symbolizing the compassionate sense of oneness with the rest of humankind, this is a time when ideally we might think of the human family as well as our own.

In addition to the Venus retrograde, there are also the usual retrogrades of Mercury to be bothered and enlightened by, and one of Mars that happens at year's end. The Mercury retrograde periods of time for a given year, extending from Mercury's retrograde station through a three-week period of backward movement and then into a period of time spent in the "retrograde shadow" that lasts another couple of weeks or so are usually three in number. The Mercury retrograde period of time is characterized by communication and mechanical breakdowns and things needing to be re-done. Perspectives change from before to during the period to afterwards, and there is an opportunity for reflection and re-direction of our energies. In 2007 the first of these Mercury retrograde periods takes place on February 13th and lasts until almost the end of March, with a direct motion on March 8th. Mercury subsequently turns its back to us in June and again in mid-October. The dates are from June 16th until July 23rd, with a direct motion on July 9th, and from October 11th until November 17th with its direct motion on November 1st.

Toward the end of the year also, Mars retrogrades in Cancer, starting on November 15th, and lasting past January, 2008. Mars in Cancer represents the impulse for nurturing and can indicate an attenuation of our aggressive urges, and with the retrograde even more so. We all might be taking a good hard look at ourselves during this end of the year period, deciding what we could do to better nurture ourselves and wondering at the underpinning of our impulses of aggression and attack-defense. At that time also, Jupiter is beginning to conjunct Pluto in the final degrees of Sagittarius, a motion that completes in mid-December. It seems that we are in for an adventurous Fall period, beginning as early as the end of August when Venus changes status and continuing right through the end of the year and on into February, when Pluto enters Capricorn, a momentous event all unto itself as indicated earlier.

These are indeed exciting times to be living through, when the pressure is on us, to break us or to re-make us, and our will to survive in style (and to discover what that means) is sorely tested. All this against the backdrop of the turning of the ages. As we move gradually closer to the ideal of Aquarian brother- and sister-hood, it could be the making of us a human family.

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sun astrology The Sun

The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.

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moon astrology The Moon

The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.

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mercury astrology Mercury

Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.

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venus astrology Venus

Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.

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mars astrology Mars

Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.

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jupiter astrology Jupiter

Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.

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saturn astrology Saturn

Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.

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uranus astrology Uranus

Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.

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neptune astrology Neptune

Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.

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pluto astrology Pluto

Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.

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chiron astrology Chiron

Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.

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ceres astrology Ceres

As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.

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pallas astrology Pallas

The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.

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juno astrology Juno

The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.

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vesta astrology Vesta

In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.

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eris astrology Eris

While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.

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part of fortune astrology Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.

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north node astrology The North Node

The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.

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south node astrology The South Node

The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.

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aries astrology Aries

Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.

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taurus astrology Taurus

Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.

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gemini astrology Gemini

Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.

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cancer astrology Cancer

Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.

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leo astrology Leo

Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.

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virgo astrology Virgo

Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.

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libra astrology Libra

Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.

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scorpio astrology Scorpio

Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.

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sagittarius astrology Sagittarius

Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.

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capricorn astrology Capricorn

Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.

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aquarius astrology Aquarius

Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.

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pisces astrology Pisces

Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.

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