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Article Title: Tips for the Tempests of 2007!
Date Published: 4/13/2007

...Tips for the Tempests of 2007!

Imagine you’re the captain of a ship at sea and a terrible storm appears on the horizon. The wind shifts and starts to gust, the barometer plunges, the waves rise, blown rain splatters on the deck. What do you do to see your ship through the coming tempest? What are your options? That very much depends on who you are, where you are, and what you’ve got to work with.

If you’re fast, you bend on full sail and run before the storm, hoping to get out of its way. If you’re solid and strong, you can turn into the swell, shorten sail, batten down the hatches, and tough it out in open water. If there’s a harbor within range, you can race for shelter, hoping to beat the storm to a safe anchorage. In short, you face or run from the threat depending on your capabilities and your options.

Or, imagine you’re standing on the shore, watching the same scene. You can’t do anything to help the ship where life and death decisions are underway. All you can do is seek the high ground and your own shelter, and perhaps aid in rescue if the ship is blown onto the shore and founders on the rocks.

It’s a similar situation celestially right now, with a deceitful Saturn-Neptune opposition hanging in the sky, shaking political and social structures, Pluto about to cross into cardinal Capricorn overtaken by Jupiter diving into hostile territory, further darkening the scene. The dogs of war are roaming the land and the usual defenders seem to be only adding to the melee, not abetting it. The overall picture is gloomier than usual, but where do you stand personally, what are the landmarks, options, decisions that will see you safe through the storm, even the more fortunate for your wisdom and luck?

Basically, if you’re chart is being tangled with seriously by hard aspects from Saturn and the outer planets, you may need to take a more cautious approach, but if you’re being blessed by support from those big boys along with nice Jupiter transits, you can afford to take some extra risks to win big. And, there’s a middle ground there where some fast sailing through rugged weather could put you safe on a brand-new shore.

The most sensitive areas this year will be the middle-late Taurus and Scorpio, being squared by the ongoing Saturn-Neptune opposition. There’s basically no support to the area from Jupiter or the other outers, so play for safety if you’ve got a lot there.
Sagittarius itself, except for those under Pluto at the very last degree or so, has Jupiter on its side, a trine from Saturn, probably the best of all possible worlds, except for some unexpected and annoying bumps from the square of Uranus. That last makes it continuing choppy weather for mid-Pisces, even more overstated by the now-and-then Jupiter square, eclipses and North Node bringing unexpected responsibilities.

Leo and Aquarius are under siege by Saturn and Neptune, at the very heart of the scythe, and for those it’s a period of do-or-die life seamanship that mainly the faith inspired by the positive aspect of Pluto will sustain. These are the leaders both on the way up and on the way out, at destiny’s beck and call.

Most of the rest of the signs are sailing through quieter weather or safely on the shore. Capricorn awaits the arrival of Jupiter in a year, where quick profits must be made before Pluto arrives to knock the house down. Cancer is still picking up the pieces from its recent big decision years which have set it up for its current rise or fall. Aries fills out a grand trine with Saturn and Pluto, so it’s in gravy, though may not appreciate it, and Libra is coasting along in the middle with a nice trine to Neptune, with Gemini in a similar ride except for the very end opposite Pluto. Virgo is dissatisfied in general with an ongoing opposition to Uranus and square with Jupiter, lots of constantly changing promises that often don’t materialize, eclipses and South Node bringing unexpected paybacks, and Saturn is on its way.

So there you have it, a rough map of where the reefs are this year, by sign and sign portions, so according to where your own chart touches those, be relieved or beware. Like most people, you’ve probably got one foot on a tossing ship and one on shore, so shift your weight accordingly. And further, don’t forget, look at the charts of the rest of your friends and family, who help make up your thread of destiny, because they’re on board, too, and may mean the difference between deliverance and Davy Jones.

Here’s a thumbnail replay of the upstairs weather outlook by sign:

Aries – safe on shore...
Taurus – treacherous waves from both sides, again...
Gemini – safe on shore, except for a few stragglers...
Cancer – still recovering, safer than you think...
Leo – at the heart of the storm, all hands on deck...
Virgo – choppy waters lapping over the sides, with bigger swells ahead...
Libra – coasting alongshore...
Scorpio – after benefiting from the gathering cross-winds, in treacherous waters...
Sagittarius – feasting at the inn ashore, except for the end parts, who are in hospital...
Capricorn – poised like a pirate to pounce on a coming feast, then get out of town...
Aquarius – still fighting the wearying swell, but on the right side of the weather...
Pisces – in ever-changing chop, but bailing well, despite new passengers...
So sail on, 2007...

Copyright: John Townley

Bio: John  Townley

Early in his astrological career, John Townley introduced the composite chart technique for analyzing relationships in his book The Composite Chart, and 20 years later wrote the definitive work on the subject, Composite Charts: The Astrology of Relationships. He has pioneered techniques for astrological cycle analysis and proposed a new, physical basis for astrology. He is also the author of Planets in Love, Dynamic Astrology, and Lunar Returns, has been the president of the Astrologers' Guild of America, was the editor of The Astrological Review, and is a contributor to professional and popular astrological magazines. His books have been translated into seven languages.
John is also a well-known journalist, elected member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, historian, preservationist, performer, and record producer. He can be regularly found, camera and microphone in hand, covering cultural and technological events ranging from the Consumer Electronics Show to the Toy Fair, from international music festivals to ocean sailing races. When he's not behind the camera and microphone, he's in front of them, performing at maritime concerts in the U.S. and across Europe.

Visit Townley's homepage at

Other articles by John Townley:

2008 Primaries & Beyond: Composites and the Candidates   1/7/2008
A New Presidential Paradigm?   2/22/2008
Above Us, The Waves -- The Post-Election Weather Observer   11/6/2008
Aspects and Orbs   6/8/2007
Dark Days: The End of the Beginning   5/25/2007
Darning Your Threads … Rectification by Association   7/18/2007
Gift Signs for the Holidays: Thoughts that Count   12/10/2007
Mars-Uranus, Redux   4/19/2007
Of Time and Tide, and the Flowering at the Flood   8/1/2007
Planetary Order I: ... rising ahead of the Sun   8/15/2007
Planetary Order II: … all your ducks in a row   9/5/2007
Planetary Order III: Islands in the Sky   10/1/2007
Ringing the Changes   2/8/2008
Stars Over Lebanon: An Interview With Carmen Chammas   5/11/2007
The (Not So) VOC Moon   7/25/2007
The Battle Finally Joined: Obama vs. McCain   7/8/2008
The Personal Void-of-Course Moon   4/26/2007
Threads of Destiny   7/6/2007
Which Side Are You On?   5/4/2007

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