The Mass and the Center – The 2011 Pisces/Aries Stellium and Uranus in Aries

by Carol Ferris

For thousands of years, we humans thought the Earth was the center of the universe — until we discovered we weren’t the center, and made the Sun our center, with our visible planets orbiting circularly around the Sun in a more or less flat plane.

Then we located the “outer planets”. Then we discovered that, in fact, we were one of a number of centers and satellites, or galaxies.

It took us a long time to discover all this, first by eye, then by telescope, but always by conjecture and theory.

As our understanding of the nature of our system took shape, our social structures evolved parallel to that understanding: centers with satellites translated into chiefs and subjects, popes and congregations, presidents and employees.

As our view expanded telescopically, we quested for the ultimate center, and we arrived at — emptiness, and the systems moving equidistantly from each other.

Pine Mountain Observatory Oregon
Robert Jastrow, space scientist and author of Until the Sun Dies notes:

“. . . if you were sitting on a planet in one of the other galaxies in the Universe, you would observe the galaxies around you receding in exactly the same way that an observer in our galaxy sees our neighbors moving away. Your galaxy would seem to be at the center of the expansion, and so would every other galaxy; but, in fact, there is no center.”

“To understand this statement more clearly, imagine a very large, unbaked loaf of raisin bread. Each raisin is a galaxy.

Now place the unbaked loaf in the oven; as the dough rises, the interior of the loaf expands uniformly, and all the raisins move apart from one another.

The loaf of bread is like our expanding Universe. Every raisin sees its neighbors receding from it; every raisin seems to be at the center of the expansion; but there is no center” (Jastrow 8-9).

Additionally, we have learned something else about the nature of centers and satellites.

When we think of the center of something, we often think of the dead center of it — e.g., that the center of the solar system is the center of the Sun.

“The mass of the planets is about 1/750th the mass of the Sun and the center of mass of the solar system can move from close to the center of the Sun to up to one solar radius outside the surface of the Sun! Where the solar system barycenter is at any given moment is determine by the configuration of planets as they revolve around the Sun” (Michelsen in Tables of Planetary Phenomena 16).

Motion of Barycenter of the solar system relative to the Sun


This represents a paradigm shift in both scientific and social thinking — from universe as dependent functions of an ultimate center, to the universe as relational; from the atom to un-seeable space, everything is a center in relation to everything else, or omnicentricity. The internet is a concrete manifestation of the omnicentric principle — each a center connected to all centers, potentially, by volition and capability.

But our social systems have been slow to reflect our new understanding of the cosmos, and governance at all levels — nation, state and local — and social and family life continue to insist on a center around which everything satellites and from which the satellites derive their power.

In astrological symbolism, the planet Uranus represents the desire for freedom as an outcome of enlightenment: as such, it is associated archetypally with such mythic figures as Prometheus, the Greek titan who brought fire to humanity. Historically, Uranian cycles can be shown to indicate periods of human revolution, when the collective desire for freedom outweighs historically confining governance structures. Astrologer Lynn Bell, in her address to the astrological conference in Seattle in 2010, traced radical events when Uranus has previously entered and transited in the hot, fiery sign of Aries:

  • 1258: the fall of Baghdad to Genghis Khan
  • 1675: tax revolts in France against Louis XVI, Indian Wars in the colonies
  • 1765: stamp tax revolt in the US
  • 1848: revolutions across Europe
  • 1927: Wall Street, mobsters, flappers, Gandhi and the Indian resistance

At the time of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami localized in Japan, 7 of our system’s 10 planets

were concentrated within 60 degrees of longitude of each other, with Uranus in Aries in the heart of the mass.

We are seeing in our time graphic expressions of our evolving consciousness about the relation of the mass to the center, and the power of the mass to move the center, with far reaching consequences for systems of governance and relationship.

Over 1 Million in Tahrir Square demanding the removal of the regime and for Mubarak to step down February 9, 2011 6 46 PM

In our own lives, expressed in the symbolism of the horoscope.

Looking for the house and planets in which these Pisces/Aries transits are moving will show us where we are experiencing our own paradigm shift away from an historical center to a radicalized, potentially more democratic, omnicentric inner system.

fractal strings from omnicentric universe

The Mountain by Terje Sorgjerd

Incredible video capturing the Milky Way—-by Terje Sorgjerd:

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011.   I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.  Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories. Continue reading at:   Sorgjerd site.

Salacia and Neptune are from Macon, Georgia

If you take a gander at the posts from the previous couple of days you will see references to Neptune and his bride Aphrodite Salacia.  I love it when I hear about something and the next day something pops up coinkadinkally (sp?).

All things Neptunian are front and center.

Salacia and Neptune on their shell chariot printed 1837

Take a look at Astrologer,Phillip Sedgewick’s post (he calls the posts “cosmic blips” ) this morning April 6 2011 — he writes:

As long as we’re talking Neptune it’s time to surface the recently named Trans-Neptunian Body. The object formerly known as minor solar system body 120347, received the name Salacia. Salacia was the unwilling wife of Neptune, prodded by a trident into agreeing to the marital thing after hiding in the depths of the ocean. She refers to calm waters, salt water, sea weed as well as other things especially relevant given the recent goings on in Japan. If you visit the Eris, Sedna etc. link on my website you’ll find some preliminary keywords for her in there. I’m not exactly sure when the name was assigned. I found it last week on the Minor Planet Center’s website when they did a major upgrade just as Mercury turned.

Salacia – Orbital Period: 274.97 yr. The unwilling wife of Neptune, proded into marital agreement with the trident.

Positive – driven, determined, resourceful, able to work with the unseen, chaste, pure, calm, sensational

Negative – salacious, ostrich-like – hiding to avoid commitment or confrontation, relationship phobic, exaggeration, distortion of facts and visions, projection, hyperbolizing

Mundane – things that take refuge in the sea (submarines?), affiliation with dolphins, seaweed, pearls, hairnets, sea horses, salt water

Ceremonial – water rituals, baptism, water births, rebirthing in water

And would you believe Salacia and Neptune are from Georgia?  Macon, Georgia
(go figure)

Ocmulgee Bank of the State of Georgia Ten Dollar Note – Macon , Georgia 1837

Beautiful Note from the Ocmulgee Bank of the State of Georgia issued in 1837. This historic document was printed by the Rawdon, Wright & Hatch Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of Hippocampi pulling a shell chariot that holds Neptune and Salacia. This item is over 172 years old.this 10 dollar bill is for sale at:

Sail on dear friends–Neptune will be in Pisces and with us for a verrrrry long time.

He doesn’t wade into Aries until 2025.  (14 years or so)–buy boots.

And this is not a post of a salacious nature.  I don’t think.  🙂

Aphrodite Salacia and fish on Friday

Fellini’s   La Dolce Vita – strange fish pulled on shore

With all this rain, earthquakes and tsunami warnings, nuclear power plants, radiation being poured into our ocean—I said to my friends this morning that I feel more like I’m being “washed in the blood of the fishes than the proverbial blood of the lamb“.

Marcia wrote and said –and I quote: Heh: your ‘blood of the fishes’ comment actually reminds of the ending of La Dolce Vita (the finale). Remember? Remember when the crowds make their way to the beach to see the huge fish?  Remember Fellini?   Remember that movie?   Whew!  The haunting music lives on as well as those incredible archetypal images about Cetus the whale—as in scary archetypal monster from the deep. (a story for another time but oh so applicable to these times)

With all the planets visiting the stars of the fish and with Neptune moving today into the sign Piscesœ — ok well – I went to see what Bernadette Brady says about those fish. I mean what with Jupiter, Moon, Mercury, Sun, and Mars and Uranus all dancing there in the sky these days.  AND Neptune moving into the sign Pisces for the first time since the Civil War!!  What was I trying to remember with that statement?

Ahhhh—yes—now I remember—the reason that phrase popped into my head has to do with the ancient sacred rituals of washing away sins, of renewing self and others by being ‘cleansed’ in holy life — blood.  The waters of life.  Water at Baptism.

I now know that when the Constellation of the Bull (Taurus) was rising at the Equinox, folks were “washed in the blood of the bull”—

The Egyptians also annually slew a sacred bull in atonement for the sins of the realm. The concept was that the blood of one god, or the symbol of that god, could cleanse the sins of many. However, after two thousand or so years the spring equinox slipped from Taurus, the Bull, into Aries, The Ram, and this heralded the birth of yet another new god, this time emerging from the Israelites. They distinguished themselves from the bull-worshippers by using the blood of the lamb as a sacred fluid and symbol. For Moses was leading his people,chosen with lamb’s blood, to a new religion. This was the new world age marked by Aries and thus a new god was required. (Brady, Starlight software)

Cut to 2000 years later and here came the stars of Piscesœ

(Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars p. 312, Bernadette Brady)

Pisces began to receive the lead position in the Zodiac around 2,000 years ago when the spring equinox heliacal rising slipped from Aries the Ram to Pisces the Fishes. However this was never a clear distinction, as Pisces is such a large constellation and its two fish reaching through the sky actually encompass the stars of Aries. The coming of the age of Pisces, the new world order, was eagerly awaited as it was heralded by a triple conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Pisces in the year 6 BCE and Virgil, in his Fourth Eclogue, announced it would be the return of the Golden Age. This conjunction was the astronomical highlight of the time, eagerly awaited and then watched and was later named, in Christian mythology, the Star of Bethlehem.
But the fish was an ancient symbol long before it was adopted by the new god. The Greeks incorporated the Fish as a sacred symbol through Aphrodite in her form as a fish-goddess called Aphrodite Salacia.

She was often depicted as a fertile mother nursing a child and her temples always contained ponds of fish. Her followers would eat fish on her holy day which was Friday. They were known as the fish-eaters and this custom was adopted by the Catholic church who decreed that the eating of fish on a Friday, translated as the abstinence from meat, was a holy act that had to be performed by its followers.

As the spring equinox moved into Pisces, the Ram-god sent his Son, Christ, to save the world, and he became the god of fishes. He was a fisherman fishing for men’s souls. His disciples were fishermen and his miracle, which proclaimed him god, was the miracle of the loaves and fishes where he was said to have fed five thousand on just a few fish. The new religion adopted the sign of the Fish as their symbol.

Read on dear students of the stars–the following is a good cut on what is going on:

Eric Francis writes in his post (April 4, 2011) titled  Neptune enters Pisces: The tide is up (for full post click link to his site)

…many forms of creative experience that we were told are useless (as kids) are some of the best that Pisces has to offer. By that I mean everything but social studies and accounting: the stuff you do with your imagination and your hands. Your talents and your desire to express your imagination may be coming under focus now. That would include music (to create the stuff, or at lest to experience some in person), as well as your poetic senses. And what about those paints in your closet? What about the art supply store down the street? You DO have time to experiment and play, and now the astrology is floating you like the tide rising beneath a boat.

Pisces is also the sign most associated with clairvoyance (Scorpio would be a close second, and these are two signs that usually get along nicely). Just wondering — have you been experiencing any enhanced non-physical communication? Any premonitions that have come through, or out-of-body communication? Have these events involved fantasy, imagination or creativity? I’m suggesting here that there may be a connection between what we think of as out-of-body communication and many of the other ideas that Pisces or Neptune represents.

Then there is water, the actual stuff that comes out of the shower nozzle. The same stuff we expect to just be there. We see a lot of water when we fly across the ocean — but that is not the kind of water we need for our individual bodies to survive. Less than 1% of the earth’s water is drinkable fresh water and that is going away fast. It’s also becoming one of the biggest businesses around; the World Bank and many other institutions have been muscling in on this for decades. So Neptune in Pisces is likely to call even more attention to this issue than we’ve been seeing in recent years, here as a nuclear complex in Japan is dumping tons of radioactive water into the ocean and groundwater.

We got our first really big lesson about this last year when — as Chiron entered Pisces, on that very day — the BP oil spill happened. When Uranus left Pisces two weeks ago, the earthquake happened in Japan. So Pisces seems to be sensitive to global changes involving water. Now, we need to get there. Astrology is suggesting that now it’s our turn

What connections might be forged?

Marcia Buchart adds the following to post about May 2011 lineup.

Note to self: Stay Awake

The most magical thing about this multiple conjunction is that it occurs near The Knot of Heaven in the pre-dawn sky.

The Knot of Heaven is marked by the fixed star Al Rescha, in the constellation (not Zodiac sign) Pisces.

Here is what Bernadette Brady has to say about this star:

“This is the joining point…the point of contact between two types of knowledge: the joining of different ideas to create wisdom and understanding, or the marrying of two concepts to create a greater concept. This is a gentle star that indicates a tendency to seek different connections, to look at things in a different light, to join separate concepts in search of a greater understanding.”

With all these planets so near the Knot of Heaven, what unique insights, what connections, might be forged?

BUT WAIT–There’s more

It is also worth noting a striking fixed star involvement with the previous multiple conjunction that Alison Chester-Lambert documents from 29 October of 1910.

The tight cluster of planets was positioned right next the brilliant star, Spica, the star used to symbolize the sheaf of grain held in the Hand of the Goddess Virgo, “…a symbol of her gifts to humankind…The star…shows the potential for brilliance…The word “gifted” applies…and whatever this star touches it will illuminate in some way.” (Taken from Star and Planet Combinations by Bernadette Brady, The Wessex Astrologer, 2008, p. 232)

Spica’s energies added to the previous conjunction underscores Alison’s observation about events of that year: Freud and Jung’s correspondence, successful new regarding flight (Virgo is a Goddess with wings, after all), the birth of a philosophical author whose landmark work would be published when he was only 24!

Brilliance, indeed.

a heads up for May 2011

Tight Quadruple Conjunction of the First Four Planets – Last Happened Over 100 Years Ago

from UK Astrologer, Alison Chester-Lambert via Astrologer, Marcia Buchart

View of Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Mercury rising over Manzanita, Oregon May 9th, 2011

One of the rarest and most auspicious planetary alignments happens in May 2011. And with luck we will be able to see it, since all the planets are visible and rise before the Sun early in the morning.

If you didn’t understand any of that, I’ll just explain – the Sun is at the centre of the Solar System. Around it are the planets, with Mercury nearest, then Venus, followed by Earth, then Mars and Jupiter. All of those planets can be seen with the naked eye and actually Venus is the brightest thing in the sky after the Moon. Jupiter is next brightest.

Each of these planets does its own thing in its own orbit, with Mars and Jupiter taking years to go right around the Earth. Venus and Mercury on the other hand, are never more than a quarter of the sky away from the Sun. They trundle along in front or behind it, being seen in the early morning or late night twilight.

However, from May 9th to the 13th May 2011, a very rare planetary alignment takes place. These four innermost planets, (apart from Earth) all visible to the naked eye as bright stars, will group together and rise before the Sun each day, making an incredible spectacle for those with a good view of the Eastern horizon. The last time these four planets were in such close alignment was around 29th October 1910, over 100 years ago.  They came vaguely close in 1915, 1955 and 1966, but nothing like as close as they will be in May this year.

What does it mean?

Jupiter is known as the bringer of good fortune and confidence. He joins Venus who represents success, achievement and pleasure plus Mercury who communicates, connects and transmits the energies to Earth.  Mars rounds off the quartet with boundless energy and it all happens in the exuberant Zodiac sign of Aries, which hopefully won’t get too out of hand. For this is the most alive and on-fire you can feel! All together, these planets describe an auspicious energy which can bring considerable success. They should be greeted with enthusiasm and joy for the opportunities of personal strength and potency they represent.

So what was happening back then in 1910 when they last met in this way?

Strangely, in 1910, they were in the exact opposite location in the sky from the 2011 event!  And I have no explanation as to what this means. With regard to world events, nothing much was recorded, which really confirms my prediction that events like this tend to bring fortune to individuals.

They are a gift of excitement and success from the Cosmos to whomever reaches out for it.  Just to put you into the energy of the times, a Google search will reveal that the second air ship to cross the English Channel arrived safely and a man flew 61 miles in 62 minutes, winning the Gordon Bennett cup. Carl Jung was writing letters to Sigmund Freud and a Professor of the philosophy of mind and logic, Alfred Ayer, who wrote `Language, Truth and Logic` was born. Since the quadruple conjunction then was in Libra, the title of his book is no surprise to astrology!

Since these are difficult times generally, and the Cosmos contains much to shake humanity from 2008 until 2016, it is nice to focus on a good omen for a change. I do hope this forewarning can enable you to do something really positive with the energy.  Remember it is about feeling vibrantly aware of your fire, potency, eagerness and SELF! You might want to watch how you handle others; things could get a little sharp as everyone wants their own needs met FIRST.

Technical Details:  The planets begin the formation at 22 degrees of the Zodiac sign Aries on the 9th May, with Venus, Mercury and Jupiter staying within a degree of each other until they reach 25 degrees on May 13th.  Mars is just 6 degrees of arc ahead and still technically closely conjunct.

Very Best Wishes,  Alison Chester-Lambert

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An Illuminating Weekend in March

For your information–some news about this weekend.

On Saturday the 19th of March, Gwendolyn Endicott-a local goddess and brilliant mythologist/storyteller, will once again provide a place to gather to celebrate and acknowledge the seasonal cycle–the Equinox–when the day and night are equal.  She does this at all four points every year. You don’t have to be there–it is just good to know it is happening.  It is a good thing.

AND—That night the full moon will be Very close to our home, the earth (that is called ‘perigee’ ).  It will be very bright–called a Supermoon–actually in this case it is called “An Extreme Supermoon” (see article below)

AND–not only that– just hours after the exact Equinox, Uranus and the Sun will be conjunct in the impetuous sign of Aries.

On Sunday, Carol Ferris and I will be conducting Seminar #1 in the Reach for the Horizon series for 2011.  We will be spending the day thinking about the lights–the sun and very close moon.  We will be navigating through art and stars and sacred sites, the luminaries in our lives.

We wish you well as you sail through these times.


This is indeed a Special Spring Equinox!

Balance is key.

Listen to Cayelin Castell speak to what she calls “a once in a lifetime spring equinox 2011”: Once in a lifetime spring equinox

a bit about that Supermoon:

From Sri Lanka News online: Colombo University Senior Lecturer in Physics Dr Chandana Jayaratne yesterday said there was no truth in internet reports that the March 19 full moon will cause earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and other extreme weather disasters.

“The March 19 full moon will be a special type of full moon since it will coincide with the moon’s perigee. The moon’s orbit around the Earth is not circular, but elliptical. When the moon is at its closest approach to Earth we say that the Moon is at perigee. The furthest point of this elliptical orbit is known as apogee. As such the Moon comes closer to the Earth once in about every month, but not every time the full moon too falls on the same day, Dr Jayaratne said in a release yesterday.

He said on March 19, 2011 not only will full moon and perigee coincide, but the Sun and Moon will be lined up with the Earth’s equator since it’s almost the time of the vernal equinox (where sun passes the equator Dr Jayaratne said on March 19, the moon lies only 356,575 kilometres away).

Earlier this month, the moon swung to apogee – its farthest point for the month – on March 6. At that time, the moon was 406, 583 kilometres distant. The moon comes much closer to the Earth during March 18-20 this month. March 19 won’t only feature the closest Full Moon of the year, but the Moon at its nearest and largest for all of 2011. When the moon reaches its absolute closest point to the Earth we called an “extreme supermoon”.  This is the first extreme super–moon occurs in nearly 19 years, he said.Closest full moons recur in cycles of 14 lunar months (413,428 days) and therefore this is not a very rare phenomenon to cause panic. (A lunar month refers to the time period between successive full moon,s a mean period of 29.53059 days).

This time period is equal to about one year, one month, and 18 days. Full moon and perigee will realign again on May 6, 2012, because the 14th full moon after March 19, 2011 full moon will fall on that date, Dr Jayaratne said. He said every perigee moon has not brought disaster and this one is no different.

A perigee moon will affect tides and even appear bit bigger. This extra-closeness of the full moon on March 19 will usher in somewhat larger tides along the ocean shorelines for the next several days, especially if these high tides are accompanied by strong onshore winds.

Fishermen are aware about these high tidies and the precautionary measures necessary to be taken.

Moon, Saturn and the bright star Spica are visible close to each other on Saturday night sky on March 19, 2011 creating a beautiful view to sky gazers, he said.

Be well and look up and light a candle or two.

~oh ho the wells fargo wagon and the VAN are comin~

When my sister and I were kids we would dance in front of the mirror — and sing–really really LOUD, songs from various musicals.  One of them was The Wells Fargo Wagon –you know–from The Music Man.  We were great–no really–and we got into the songs.  With this one we really believed that something great was gonna happen.  Something was coming. We had to believe it in order to be the stars we knew we were meant to be.  We still watch the Oscars and plan acceptance speeches.

me and my sis

Something big could be coming! That is how I feel when one of Bernadette Brady and Darrelyn Gunzberg’s VANs arrive in my mailbox.   “VAN” stands for Visual Astrology Newsletter and these two remarkable scholars have been putting this out every month for I think something like 6 years!  Like a practice they write and share knowledge about our night sky.

They do their “homework” and speak about the way the “priest/astrologer” in Mesopotamian times would have seen the story playing out on that silver screen called the night sky.  What a stage!  What lights! What action!  (ok I’ll stop).

I know there was no musical theater playing songs that my sister and I would sing to, but I do experience the anticipation waiting for the VAN to arrive. I stop what I’m doing and print it out and read it.  I want you to know about this newsletter and those times — when the sky was present and up close and personal.  One great way to do that is to follow Bernadette and Darelyn’s lead, subscribe to and read the VAN.  You just might feel like singing.

Well–maybe that’s just me.

But check it out anyhow.

This month Bernadette addresses The Arab World and the Jupiter Saturn cycle

The 40 Jupiter Saturn conjunctions and their movement through the signs via the elements.

Um—Definitely NOT a musical.  But good grief–talk about a drama playing out in our lifetime.

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