Mood Alert January 26th

We are now at the height of a particularly intense period of moods and emotions. This comes on the very day of the New Moon which this month coincides with a period of powerful planetary alignments. Over the last week or so these have received a great deal of attention here on the Mood Alert but for those who may not follow the alert daily here is a review and prediction of probable moods and feelings.

One of the newest of the current alignments is the alignment between Mercury and Mars. This will result in very heightened sense of awareness with alert and nervously restless thoughts and attitudes. It can also lead to argumentative and sarcastic outbursts with an irritable, and emotional outlook together with a tendency towards over doing things, resulting in exhaustion or fatigue.

Fortunately this mood is tempered by the influence of Jupiter, which is now aligned with the Sun and also in opposition to the Moon. Likely mood traits include brighter and more fun loving inclinations with  an improved sense of optimism and well being. This can create vibrant social interaction but can also result in exaggerated or extravagant responses with the possibility of mishaps and accidents or reckless behaviour with little heed for caution. This conjunction will certainly benefit all social occasions but in combination with alcohol may become over boisterous and even offensive.

One of the major features of this period is the alignment between Uranus and Venus. This can lead to unusual affections with a need for intimacy and strong romantic urges that may not always be appropriately expressed. Amongst other things this alignment inclines towards illicit affairs and secret relationships with a independent attitude that can see splits within long term relationships. For example it is not surprising that this is the period that sees a split in the relationship between Prince Harry of the United Kingdom and his girlfriend Chelsy The reality is this is no more than a high profile example of what a rocky period this can be for even the closest of relationships.

All in all this is a complex and at times disturbing mood atmosphere with a surfeit of emotional intensity as well as nervous energy that can make one nervy, anxious, or prone to panic attacks, or bouts of heightened insecurity. Coming days may see a small diminishing of the overall intensity of moods, but it is still likely to feel nervously restless for some days to come.

Alert is 8. Moon 0% illuminated.

New: See our planetary alignment chart for 2009.

Cycle 24 is underway

The latest Sun spot cycle is now underway. The Sun’s activity is never quite constant and for reasons not fully understood corresponds to a cycle that takes 11 years to complete. We are currently exiting a period of low Solar activity and beginning the slow journey to the peak of Cycle 24 that will occur sometime between 2010 and 2012. For more on this please go to the following link: Cycle 24 begins.

The effects of Pluto

It should be mentioned that since early November Jupiter has been in close alignment with Pluto. We have not devoted much space to this alignment because there is some debate as to what precisely, if any, the effects of Pluto really are?

There is also some debate as to what Pluto really is. Formerly it was regarded as a planet, but has now been reclassified as a minor planet, number 134340. Unlike most of the other “planets” its discovery was quite late, and it was not until 1930 that its existence was finally confirmed, even though it had been largely predicted since 1840.

But does Pluto have any effect on moods and emotions? Here several things spring to mind. The first is that Pluto is quite remote from the Earth. The second is that Pluto is quite tiny in size – less than a fifth the mass of the Moon. Taking these two factors together it is clear that whatever effects it does have, must be slight and very subtle. The fact is we don’t really know.

As a newly discovered “planet.” there is less than a hundred years of experience to draw upon which is too little to form any firm conclusions. However the fact that Pluto does influence things is beyond doubt as it was precisely its invisible effects on other planets in the Solar system that first lead to its discovery.

You also have to take into account that because of its remoteness, alignments of Pluto with some of the other planets only come around after relatively long periods of time. For example the current Jupiter/Pluto alignment occurs only once in every 13 years, and there have been only about six since the time of its discovery. Hence any conclusions based on its mood effects must be tempered by scepticism, and this is why we have made little if any reference to this alignment. Nevertheless some authorities feel qualified to bring out likely prognostications, and with some reservation we include the likely effects of the current Jupiter/Pluto alignment which are shown below:

Jupiter/Pluto effects.

These include “the ability to make new beginnings from existing ‘worn out’ conditions…. with a tendency towards destructive, drastic, or obsessional forms of compensation for personal inadequacies.”


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