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May 5, 2009

Hamas’ Olive Branch: Hamas’ leader Khaled Meshal announced that his organization is halting the launching of rockets into Israel. In what appears to be a partial olive branch, he said that Hamas is only seeking the territory lost to Israel in 1967. According to the New York Times, Meshal is quoted, “I promise the American administration and the international community that we will be part of the solution, period.” These encouraging words are followed by a seemingly contradictory remark, “There is only one enemy in the region, and that is Israel.”

The current conjunctions of optimistic Jupiter, chronic Chiron and imaginative Neptune in Aquarius suggest that this is a time when reality gives way to illusion. We still don’t know if the H1N1 swine flu virus is a major epidemic or not. On Monday, May 4, the stock market climbed while other major economic indicators are still falling. We live in interesting times. In 2005 NewsScope columnist Michael Wolfstar published a chart for the founding of Hamas’ military arm for noon on August 18, 1988 in Gaza that further muddies the waters. (You can read NewsScope weekly at Michael’s website.) The Sun in this chart is opposed now by the triple conjunction in Aquarius. Is this a Jupiterian opening and a new hope for peace in the Middle East or is it a Neptunian feint, a fake-out meant to mask less benign intentions? Astrology alone will not provide the answers, especially when there were other formative moments in Hamas’ history that would produce different charts.

Still, we are reminded once again that we are living in waters of brilliance, hope and deception where most of us are struggling to find something solid upon which we can stand. Floating between fanciful dreams and made up stories to illuminating insights is an unstable condition that makes us feel less safe. But this may also be reflective of the disconnection from the old reality promised by the ongoing Saturn-Uranus opposition that is challenging us to redefine our world. Certainty must sometimes be surrendered in the mysterious journey from the past to the future.

Don’t Be a Lone Ranger: The North and South Nodes of the Moon are reliable indicators of directions for growth and disintegration. The South Node is associated with familiar patterns—individually in a birth chart, collectively by transit—where we tend to spin our wheels. In contrast, the North Node points toward integration and strengthening the fabric of life. There are less than four months remaining in the South Node’s 20-month stay in heroic Leo where we tend to seek out powerful individuals to solve our problems. This sign’s heart-centered notion of nobility is a worthy one, yet unlikely to give the traction we need to make major changes.

The North Node is in Aquarius where an understanding of the diverse parts of community offers a great deal more than going it alone. This is not about surrendering our individuality to a soulless collective; it is simply recognizing that answers come from considering the larger patterns of culture and society in which we are all enmeshed. While it is worthy to do whatever you can to empower yourself and express your creativity, these drops of individual greatness will be diluted in a pool of larger waves if we ignore who we are together. If the survival of humanity is at stake, as some experts fear, it’s logical to examine our institutions and their interactions, rather than losing sight of the big picture in our personal struggles. The North Node in airy Aquarius suggests that no matter how courageous we are as individuals (South Node in Leo) that a larger perspective is needed to make sense of problems that no single person can resolve. The Lone Ranger is admirable, yet it may take all of our villages, and all of us, to raise humanity to the next level of awareness.

As published here on my Tarot.com blog.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeff Jawer is well known in the astrological community as an innovative and dynamic teacher, writer and counselor. He is the CEO and co-founder of StarIQ.com. Jeff holds a B.A. in "The History and Science of Astrology" from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lectures at astrology conferences throughout the world. His scores of articles have appeared in astrology journals in around the globe.

Jeff is the author of Your Astrology Guide annual with Rick Levine, is a regular contributor to Tarot.com writes the forecast column for The Mountain Astrologer, and celebrity profiles for AOL. Jeff and Rick lead astrology seminars for Heaven and Earth Workshops. He co-founded AFAN and UAC and helped teach the first Astro*Carto*Graphy certification course with Jim Lewis.

Jeff provides private consultations and can be reached by email at jjawer@stariq.com.

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