May 2019


"Ancestral Cycles" by Aeolea Wendy Burwell & Peter Doughty

Cycles and circles and spirals are at the core of who we are, despite the fact that we have mostly lost sight of them. Our intention is to offer ways to reconnect with our ancient roots. 

Last month we focused primarily on the Equinox and some of the planetary energies involved. In this article we will illuminate the patterns of some of the slower-moving planets as they relate to cultural evolution through time. 

As the current lunar month begins with the Taurus New Moon on May 4th, Mars is fading from view in the night sky while Jupiter becomes more prominent. Both can be seen with the naked eye in a clear sky. In fact, as Mars sets in the west around 10:15 pm, Jupiter is rising in the east. They are in opposite positions in the zodiac: Mars in Gemini and Jupiter in Sagittarius.  

Peaking around May 5, highly charged physical energy is likely to be changeable and possibly somewhat volatile. Heated words are apt to be spoken heedless of consequences, not only in our country’s political landscape but across the globe as well as in our personal lives. A spirit of adventure, while welcome, might overrule caution. Broad, inspiring goals for improving life for others is also highlighted. Exceptional examples of leadership will most likely be evident, which can take a range of forms, either positive or negative. 

They are not dancing alone. While en route to this opposition with Jupiter, Mars first triggered Neptune on April 28, when action is apt to have been scattered, dissipated or deceptive. Then Jupiter contacts Neptune later in June, representing expansive and idealistic expectations. Mars continues moving forward while Jupiter will be covering the same celestial territory until Aug 11. 

Notre Dame’s tragic fire in Paris occurred just as Jupiter began its four-month retrograde phase. Simply put, planetary retrogrades are the apparent backward motion from our earthly viewpoint. They do not actually go backwards: they just appear to as they complete their orbits. Energetically, this sets up an extended time for us to reflect - in this case - on our positions related to faith and higher ideals.  

Astrologers have long viewed the relationship between Jupiter (expansion and growth) and Saturn (limits and contraction) as an indicator of political and economic trends. Jupiter has a 12-year cycle through the zodiac and Saturn a little less than 30. Every 20 years they meet, creating new patterns on earth. In 2000 they conjoined in earthy Taurus and the DOT-COM bubble, which had been building through the ‘90s, burst and created an economic contraction, especially in the technology sector. And in the decades since, world economies have essentially been stagnant, as wealth has been increasingly concentrated among the super-wealthy few. 

The next 20-year cycle will begin at the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, 2020, when they will meet again, this time in airy Aquarius, ushering in a movement toward more egalitarian and community-based systems. This begins a 200-year era during which their meetings will be in the three air signs. 

The last such era, beginning in 1226, was marked by mass migrations, the Crusades and the revolutionary mass production of paper.  

So while exact changes are difficult to forecast, we can anticipate great transitions from materialistic to more humanistic values on a global scale. 

Clearly the larger arc of 200 years is beyond normal life expectancy, but their 20-year cycle is experienced in our individual lives depending on what sectors of our charts they are energizing. 

May 18th brings the Scorpio Full Moon, aptly called the Flower Moon by First Nations people. The Moon will not only be opposite the Sun towards the end of Taurus (this is what creates a Full Moon), but also Mercury (close to the Sun). This spotlights the challenge to communicate deep and intense emotions. 

At the same time Venus and Uranus are together in early Taurus, indicating the volatile economic climate that is increasingly in evidence. We will likely be aware of rigid viewpoints illuminated by dramatic statements. Economic news will also be highlighted, especially regarding agriculture. 

These developments set the stage for a new round of political maneuvering and social change leading up to the summer eclipse season. This is reflected in the growing climate change awareness and ecological action movements worldwide. Any personal tendency toward fear related to  the times in which we live can be balanced through action in a positive direction of one’s choosing. 

About Aeolea Wendy and Peter: Peter Doughty has nearly forty years experience studying and writing about mundane astrology, including his blog over the past seven years and recent book entitled Scenes from a Tapestry. (,

Aeolea Wendy Burwell has also been a student of the celestial arts for over forty years, and is currently teaching astrology in her living room or wherever possible. ( They have recently started to write together and are both available for individual chart consultations in person or over the phone. 

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