Pluto in Capricorn Brings Cooler Temperatures

I’m not the first astrologer to make this observation and I’m sure I won’t be the last: Colder days are coming.

In fact, they arrived in January with Pluto’s passage into Capricorn. The word is that 2008 is shaping up as the coldest year this century (which admittedly hasn’t been going on very long), according to this story from the BBC.

I can’t find an item that I clipped from yesterday’s New York Post, but that article said the cold spell was especially strong in the first half of the year. As astrologers know, Pluto made a test run through the frigid sign of Capricorn from Jan. 25 to June 13 before backtracking into the fire sign of Sagittarius, where it will remain until Nov. 26.

Then, Pluto will go back to chilly Cap until Nov. 19, 2024. During this time, some of the concern about global warming may die down. Of course, cooler temperatures may not be enough to offset the greenhouse gases that will be produced as more and more consumers in emerging markets buy automobiles and more coal-fired plants come on line around the world.

So don’t think I’m predicting an end to the Green Revolution. I’m still a tree-hugger, I promise you!

I’m just advising everyone to take good care of their sweaters because we’re going to need them this winter and for quite a few winters to come. Do you know where your sweaters are right now?

Since I first posted this piece, The Farmers’ Almanac has released its 2009 edition, with a colder than usual forecast for most of the country this winter. “Numb’s the word,” the almanac says.

While We Watched

Who cares if some if the pyrotechnics at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were computer-generated? Everyone agrees the Chinese pulled out the stops.

But while the world was watching the Olympics in China, Russia and Georgia got into a nasty little war. It’s in one of those far-away places that most Americans won’t be able to find on a map, let alone pronounce — South Ossetia.

If you want to figure out what’s going on, Marjorie Orr has got the story. She’s done a number of posts over the weekend analyzing what’s at stake on the ground and what the triggering events were in the sky. This is where Marjorie’s background at the BBC comes in handy.

Since I’m still fixated on name asteroid, I looked up the asteroid Georgia to see where it is right now. It’s at 8 degrees of Gemini, squaring transiting Saturn in Virgo. Jude’s Threshold has got some interesting stuff about this sudden war if you want to learn more.

A Bumper Crop of Crop Circles

My friends and I have been dwelling on the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, trying to decide whether we should sell all our belongings on eBay in anticipation of the event. Evidently, the folks — be they human or extraterrestrial — behind England’s famed crop circles are thinking about the Mayan calendar too.

Astrologer Michael WolfStar features an item on the crop circles in his column this week at StarIQ:,
A more extensive treatment with fabulous pictures is up at Wolfstar’s Neptune Cafe:

Interesting that the latest crop circles, featuring the planetary lineup for Dec. 21, 2012, appeared near Avebury, in Wiltshire, England, on July 15, during the Sun’s passage through Cancer, which governs food and agriculture, as it was trining Uranus, which rules astrology! Not all previous crop circles have been astro-oriented. Talk about a marriage between heaven and earth.

If you want to delve more deeply into this, check out this BBC interview with crop circle researcher David Kingston:

Another good resource is here:

One of the more interesting comments at about the latest Avebury formation comes from Stephen Paoli, who notes, as others do, that all of the planets save Pluto are in the places where they are expected to be on Dec. 21, 2012.

Paoli says: “Pluto’s orbit may have been altered due to the passing of a large body! Nibiru! it could also explain why its orbit is already so strange (Nibiru has come before).”

Niburu. Well, I can see another long and winding Google search is in my future.

In the meantime, I’ve frittered away a couple of hours reading about the history of crop circles and the various hoaxes over the years. Because many of my friends are professional photographers, I don’t use images without giving credit or (gasp!) payment. Here’s one that appears to be in the public domain that comes from All That Is, the Online University of Truth:

Photo by Steve Alexander