Astrology Forecast February 2024

Astrology Forecast February 2024

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CHRIS BRENNAN: Hey, my name is Chris Brennan,   and you’re listening to The Astrology Podcast.  Joining me today is astrologer Austin Coppock,   and we’re gonna be looking at the astrological  forecast for the entire month of February of   2024. Hey Austin - thanks for joining me. AUSTIN COPPOCK: Hey Chris. Nice to be here.  CB: We are back again. We’re gonna do a little  bit lower of a expectation than we did last time,   last month where we forecasted the entire year  ahead. This month, we’re just gonna look at   the next four weeks, which seems almost sort of  pitiful in comparison, but still nice to get back   to something a little bit more manageable. AC: Yeah. Right? Well, it’s sort of the  

same project but just looking at that one  twelfth with greater magnification - with,   you know, one more month of data. CB: Exactly. And we’ve got some exciting stuff   to go through. So we’re gonna spend the first  hour catching up on some, like, news and events   that have happened from an astrological standpoint  in the past month since we did our last forecast   in mid-December and then the second half of this  episode, we’re gonna look ahead at february and   focus on the astrology of next month and doing  a deep dive into that over the course over the   second half of the episode. So as always, there’s  gonna be timestamps on the podcast website or in   the description below this video on YouTube for  those watching the video version. So if you wanna  

jump ahead to the forecast section, then go ahead  and use those timestamps. All right. Let me jump   into this and give a quick overview of February  first before we get into the news section.  All right. Here’s the planetary alignments  calendar for February, and right at the top of the   month the first thing that happens is that Mercury  ingresses into Aquarius or moves into Aquarius   on February 5th and then immediately forms a  conjunction with Pluto, which has just recently   moved into Aquarius in late January. Then we have  a New Moon in the sign of Aquarius on the 9th of   February, which is square Uranus. The following  week, Mars moves into Aqaruius on the 13th,  

and then immediately conjoins Pluto in the first  degree of that sign on the 14th, in February,   so we’ve got a interesting looking Valentine's Day  there with Mars conjunct Pluto. Two days later,   Venus moves into Aqaruius on the 16th, conjoins  Pluto on the 17th, then the Sun moves into Pisces   on the 18th. Mars and Venus conjoin in the sign of  Aquarius on the 22nd. Mercury moves into Pisces on   the 23rd. Then we get our second lunation of the  month, which is a Full Moon in the sign of Virgo,  

on the 24th. Then Mars squares Jupiter on the  27th, and then we get a triple conjunction of   the Sun, Mercury, and Saturn all in Pisces on  the 28th of February. And that is the sort of   quick overview of the astrology that we’re gonna  be talking about in this episode for February. 

All right. How are you doing?  How’s 2024 treating you so far?  AC: Busy. Busy. The Mars in Capricorn, that  Mars-Jupiter trine between Mars in Capricorn   and Jupiter in Taurus - it’s just seen a lot  of projects. I’ve been working a lot of things,  

getting a lot done, but there’s a lot to do.  There’s a remodel happening in part of the house;   there’s a new kitten; there’s - you know,  work, work, work. It’s very martial. It’s   all going well. But, you know, I'm reminded  that even when Mars is in, you know, a pretty   bonafide positioned where it’s trine Jupiter  and it’s, you know, in a sign that it exalts,   it’s still a pain in the ass, it’s still loud,  it’s still tiring. It just means that the things  

that you intend to get done actually get done. CB: Yeah, for sure. It’s been interesting seeing   the Mars in Capricorn energy lately as well as the  Jupiter sextiling Saturn has been interesting as   well - some of the balance from that between  growth and expansion. And then of course just   Pluto going into Aquarius - there’s been this  explosion of tech stories. So in the news section   here, the majority of my news stories are like,  tech stories, but a lot of that’s just reflective   of this huge shift that we’re going into here  with Pluto going into Aquarius for the next 20   years and some of the changes in the world and in  society that are gonna be associated with that.   So why don’t we jump into talking about that? First story in the news - flying cars. Like,   we’re finally in the flying car era of history now  that we’ve hit 2024. It’s a little bit late. Like,  

I was told by Hollywood and by like,  Back to the Future that we’d have like,   flying skateboards by now, so I've been a little  bit disappointed until this point. But some of   the news stories happening this month is that this  is apparently gonna be the year where a bunch of   companies are launching EVTOL vehicles, which are  electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles,   which are essentially like, large, electronic  drones, except they’re ones that people can ride   in. And there’s gonna be a major launch later  this year by a company called Volocopter that’s   aiming for about the time of the Paris Olympics  this summer, and they’re hoping to transport   tourists on five different routes with speeds up  to 70 miles per hour or 110 kilometers per hour.   So this is amazing, not just because of Pluto in  Aquarius, but also because Jupiter’s going into   Gemini this year, which is something we talked  about being associated with like, travel and like,   different forms of travel and just like, getting  around locally. But here, what we have is an   advancement in that in terms of technology, a  really tangible one, where people are gonna be   getting around their city faster than they used  to before. Because the purpose of these vehicles  

apparently is to get around short distances, like,  cities quicker, than like, a car or a bus would,   and I thought that was really fascinating. AC: Yeah, it’s right on the nose. You know,   having snuck a peak and contributed to our list  of stories, a lot of this Pluto in Aquarius stuff   that’s happening just as Pluto re-entered is -  how do I put this? - deeply uncreative in the   sense that it’s not surprising. It’s like, kind  of exactly what we’ve been talking about since   we’ve been talking about Pluto in Aquarius, and  we are good astrologers but this was not a hard   assignment in the sense that it’s almost like,  cliche, let’s try all the science fiction things,   but for real. And so yeah, flying cars are not a  surprise, right? What it is that - they’re EVTOLs,   right? And we’ve had VTOL - VTOL’s been  a designation for vehicles for some time,   but these are electronic and they’re consumer  rather than military-facing, or civilian   rather than military-facing. And they look very  different. They look like - they have the design  

of drones. Well, a lot of the drones - some drones  look like planes, but these are the ones that   look like cute little multi-rotor helicopters. CB: Yeah, exactly. So it’s like, that company’s   launching one. Hyundai just unveiled their air  taxi at a recent consumer trade expo as well,  

and there’s another company that’s also launching  like, a self-piloted sort of short distance   vehicle as well where apparently you don’t need  a pilot’s license as long as you’re flying over   a rural area. So they say - like, I was reading a  article on The Economist, and they say that this   is estimated or projected to be a market that’s  gonna be worth over a trillion dollars by 2040,   and I thought the timing on that was interesting  because of course, that’s when we’ll be getting   towards of the end of this 20-year Pluto in  Aquarius period. So this is one of the major   areas that we can expect some transformation  of society and culture in some ways through   technology that’s gonna be different by the  time we leave this Pluto in Aquarius period   compared to when we went into it. And I'm sure  that’s just gonna get accelerated like crazy   once Uranus goes into Gemini here next year. AC: Yeah, yeah, certainly. This particular set  

of technologies begs the same question that -  or asks the same question that so many emerging   applications do, which is, okay, so that - we  can build a thing that does that, but how is   that going to work at scale? Right? And what role  will it eventually end up having? Right? Because   we can imagine a near-future city skyline buzzing  with these little air taxis and this and that,   because we’ve seen in literally a hundred  times in movies. But is that how it actually   fits into the world? And that’s a question that  all this stuff keeps asking to me is like, okay,   that can be done, but how does it fit into  the world? You know, it’s not whether - the   question is not, “Can that be done?” But “How  is that actually going to fit into the world?”  CB: Yeah. AC: So yeah. And how - you know,   this is the Saturnian part of Aqaruius - what new,  in order to fit into the world, what kind of rules   or regulations are going to have to be in place?  Because right now, yeah, there’s the one that you   can fly without a license. If there’s widespread  adoption, like, that’s not gonna be the case.  CB: Right. AC: Right?  CB: Yeah, that’s gonna be a disaster. Well,  that’s part of it is that right now, one of the   companies - Volocopter’s goal was to have, their  goal is to have pilotless, self-flying vehicles,   so there you’re talking about basically like, AI  being used to like, fly people around the city   automatically without human input. But right now,  due to current regulations as well as due to like,  

the state of AI still being very early on, the  government’s like, “No, you can’t do that.” So   there has to be like, a pilot piloting these  things. But I think that’s one of the Pluto in   Aquarius themes that we’ll see in the long  term is just as AI gets better and better   with self-driving cars and such, like with - you  know, Tesla’s doing, that’s gonna be transplanted   to air travel as well, apparently, as well. AC: Well, yeah. And I mean, even commercial   flights for a long time have had the  computer take over for most of the time   between takeoff and landing. CB: Right. For sure.  AC: You know, we’ll see more of that. But like,  some of this that’s presented as completely   revolutionary is actually just - well, what if we  could do that other 20 percent with a computer?  CB: Yeah. Well, and I guess I forgot to mention  that in the Pluto in Aquarius episode that I did  

this month, because I took your suggestion so  that we didn’t spend like, five hours talking   about Pluto in Aquarius in the last episode and  I did that as a separate episode with Nick Dagan   Best where we went through Pluto in Aquarius in  history. A point that I forgot to make in that   episode towards the end is often times when  there was like, a new technology introduced,   sometimes it involved just the complete decimation  of like, a previous technology that had been   used up to that point or a previous method of  doing work or doing things. So like, you know,   when paper was eventually developed by China  and was imported into the West, it ended up   completely supplanting the preexisting use of  papyrus, which had been used in Egypt as like,   the primary writing method for millenia. So we’re  seeing a similar thing here with AI where a lot   of these new technologies have the potential  to just like, not just displace and decimate   previous technologies, but in some instances also  like, different work forces. There’s already a  

lot of people that just are concerned or just  know that their jobs are potentially on the   line when some of these technologies are fully  matured and developed and sort of unleashed.  AC: Yeah, definitely. CB: Yeah. All right. So that’s one major area   that we’re gonna be paying attention to this year  because I think that’s gonna be one of our main   keywords by the end of this year is the electric  vertical takeoff and landing sort of vehicles. In   other Pluto in Aquarius news, Google - an internal  memo was leaked from Google recently saying that   their primary goal in 2024 is to deliver quote  - to quote unquote “deliver the world’s most   advanced, safe, and responsible AI,” and they’re  expected to release a new state-of-the-art version   of their Gemini AI some time very soon. So that’s  something I'm gonna be paying attention to, and —  AC: Like when Jupiter goes into Gemini? CB: I mean, you know, that’s probably - you know,   we wouldn’t be surprised. It might be sooner  than that, but certainly by the time Jupiter   goes into Gemini, I think that’s gonna be the  main thing, because I've been using the sort   of early version of that recently, and I  really like it a lot more than the other   AI that people have been using, which is ChatGPT. So tied in with that, on January 22nd, I thought  

this was really interesting, just like, right  after, just days after Pluto went into Aquarius   on the 20th, a company called Berkeley Artificial  Intelligence, their researchers showed off a video   of their general purpose humanoid robot that was  just like, walking around San Francisco. And for   me, this was like, one of the most surreal things  to see that I was paying attention to and noticed   in the news right after Pluto went into Aquarius  is - you just have this little robot. He’s just   strolling around town, just walking around. He’s  a happy robot. I appreciate that his like, steps,   or his gait is kind of short, because I feel  like I could outrun that robot. That’s one of   the things that makes it less intimidating. But  I just thought this was a really surreal image   at the very - because remember, we’re at the  very beginning of this 20 year period of Pluto   in Aquarius, and sometimes - like with BitCoin,  when Pluto first went into Capricorn and BitCoin   was first developed, sometimes technologies you  see just starting to emerge at the beginning   of a period like that, by the end, you see them  becoming much more common and much more all over   the place. So that’s one thing that caught my eye. AC: Yeah, that’s part of the like, near-future,  

sci-fi/cyberpunk dystopia checklist that Pluto  in Aquarius is doing a really good job of filling   out, right? Like, flying cars — CB: Right.  AC: — drones, yeah, humanoid robots — CB: We’re in the flying cars and   robots-walking-around-San-Francisco  era of history. I appreciate that.  AC: I’ll let you know whether I appreciate  it or not. I’m certainly intrigued.  CB: Certainly intrigued. All right. AC: Again, I would like - where’s my  

power armor? CB: Right.  AC: That’s part of the cyberpunk expansion  pack, the DLC for our current civilization   that I'd like to see happen. CB: Yeah. Where is your like,   mech suit? That’s what you’re looking for. AC: Yeah. Well, no, just like, powered armor - it  

can be human - like, a powered exoskeleton. CB: Okay. I like that. Well, I mean, honestly,   like I'm not - nothing is off the table at this  point. So we’re joking about that, but you know,   we’ll see how it goes in the next few years. AC: Oh, I'm half-joking about it. I mean,   it’s been in development for well over  a decade - or several companies and   militaries have been working on for well over  a decade. They just haven’t worked it out yet. 

CB: Yeah. All right. So other things that  happened - CES, which is the Consumer Technology   Association Trade Show, happened in Vegas this  past month in the middle of January. One of the   most interesting things I saw astrologically  was one company unveiled the world’s first   transparent glass panel that also contained  a micro-LED screen. So it was really wild,   because it was like, a transparent like, wall,  a glass panel, but images could be viewed on   it like a television so that you can both see  through it but also see images projected onto   it at the same time. And I thought that  was like, very Saturn conjunct Neptune,   because it’s like, a wall with an ambiguous  boundary that you can see illusory stuff in. 

AC: Yeah, that’s perfect. That’s Project Samsara. CB: Yeah. So that’s gonna be a major Saturn   conjunct Neptune theme, and that’s something that  we had talked about. Here’s a - let me see if I   can actually show that actually really quick for  the sake of those watching the video version. Here   it is. So it’s just like, a piece of glass, but  then all of a sudden you’re like, watching stuff   projected onto it while still being able to see  through it. So again, we’re at the very beginning  

of this, so just imagine once this technology  starts becoming, having greater societal like,   penetration, it’s kind of like, all over the  place, then you’re again getting into other sort   of like, cyberpunk sort of futuristic type things  that we used to see in like, movies and things,   but this is like, actually happening. Yeah, so that was really interesting.   On a similar Saturn conjunct Neptune note,  Apple has finally released their virtual   reality headset called Vision Pro. It's coming  out February 2nd, but they’ve been releasing   to the media and doing a huge media blitz over  the past week or two ever since Pluto went into   Aquarius. And they’re pushing really hard to  call it “spatial computing,” which I thought   was interesting in terms of the Saturn conjunct  Neptune theme that we’re talking about this year   and that’s relevant for this, and they’re actually  avoiding calling it the more standard designations   of augmented reality, virtual reality or mixed  reality even though that’s what it is and what   category it falls into. And they’re calling it  spatial computing and a spatial operating system  

because part of the thing is they have different  apps that you’re supposed to use that you can put   this on and then have like, 10 screens in front  of you in different places if you wanted to in   order to increase productivity. But — AC: That does not sound particularly —  CB: Yeah. AC: Does having 30 windows   open on your computer increase productivity? CB: I mean, I do have a lot of tabs open,   I have to say. But having them all in front  of me at once may be a little bit distracting.   You’ve got a point there. But it is interesting  that it has this dial where you can dial up the   virtual reality or you can dial it back into  like, seeing your surroundings in front of you,   and I think that’s gonna be — AC: That’s really interesting. 

CB: — one of our keywords, I think, for  this year in retrospect is gonna be like,   with Saturn conjunct Neptune, is like, you know,  turning up or down the tuning in and out of like,   this world and being connected with reality  versus being in some other place where   suddenly you’re not in reality. AC: That’s really interesting,   both as an actual technology but also just  metaphorically. Like, being able to find   that knob and adjust how much of an overlay  you’re getting - that’s really interesting.  CB: Exactly. I think we’re all, by the end of this  year, gonna wish we had one of those knobs just   for everything in terms of just all the crazy  events happening this year, especially like,   politics and other stuff that’s gonna ramp up  and wanting to tune out of that and that might be   also just part of the general theme as well in a  more, I don't’ know, philosophical or almost like,   spiritual sense in terms of that. AC: Yeah. That’s funny. It’s like,   your gnostic adjuster. CB: Right. So the last thing about  

that is just the killer app to me that’s part of  this Vision Pro that I think could be a bigger   thing in the long term is it has the ability  to use your iPhone to take a panoramic picture,   like a still image that’s panoramic, or to record  a full 3D vision using your iPhone. But then you   can use this Vision Pro headset to watch it later  as if you were there, and it will give you the   sense of like, being there in person and being  able to like, look around in a full 360 view of   what you were able to see at that time when you  were present there. And I think that’s really   interesting because it seems to represent like, a  evolution in terms of originally we had, you know,   pictures, like still images, like a single image  that you can just see a frame of what could be   seen in the frame of that picture. Then eventually  we had video, which is like, still restricted to   the frame of what you could see, but it’s like a  moving picture. But now this next new version is   like having that, capturing a moment in time in  a set of images or video, but being able to move   your head and like, look around at what was in the  vicinity at that time as well. So I think that’s   something else that’s emerging in terms of both  the Saturn-Neptune conjunction as well as some of   the Pluto in Aquarius like, technology things. AC: And you can see that having a lot of  

entertainment applications. It seems like it’d  be really good for real estate, for you know, the   buying and selling of real estate. Yeah, that’s  really interesting. Maybe engineering? Who knows.  CB: Yeah. And it’s like, obviously the  downsides are gonna be there as well   because we already have increasingly like,  you see those pictures at concerts and like,   if you see an audience at a concert, there’s just  like, hundreds of people holding up phones in   that way being somewhat like, disconnected from  the moment or being more disconnected from it,   but then in another sense capturing the moment  and preserving it in some ways. So there’s an  

interesting tension between those two that we’ll  have to pay attention to as a continuing theme of   both immersion in a moment or virtual immersion  in a moment, but also a stepping back or a   disconnection from the moment at the same time. AC: Yeah, and so again, this brings up the same   question that all of these do, which is sort  of both how does it work in practice when it’s   deployed, and then the second part of that is  how do people act around it? Right, because —  CB: Right. AC: — you know, you can see a cultural   reaction where people become more disconnected  from, you know, normal reality, or you can, you   know, sometimes when things move too far in one  direction, then that finally provokes a rejection   culturally. You know, the - yeah, it’s all really  interesting and it all begs these questions,   right, like what - so this can be done, and then  what happens when we do it? Right? And that - you   know, the reason - so this keeps getting brought  up to me, and this also speaks to a very core part   of Aquarius, which is the power of the experiment. CB: Yeah. 

AC: You know, this is, you know, when I  teach Aquarius in Astrology one-oh-one,   one of the sort of paradigms I always try to  get people to bring to it is it’s experimental,   and you know, you want Saturnian data. Like,  you have to see whether it works, how it works,   whether there are unforeseen consequences, whether  there are benefits you didn’t even imagine,   but there’s always a certain risk in experiment.  In a sense, every experiment always works because   you always get data. Right? You always move from  the unknown to the known. But there, you know,  

there’s a reason why an empirical component is  necessary to any would-be scientific method.   But you have to see what actually happens, and  part of that is cultural as well as practical,   economic, and physics-based and all of that. CB: Yeah. And I love that because Aquarius   more than any other sign loves to experiment for  the sake of experimentation and the sake of like,   knowledge, and just like seeing what works  and like, seeing what would happen if I did   this or like, combined these two things,  and just a fascination for technology. But  

sometimes it sort of like, stops there or  that’s the extent of it where it’s like,   there’s other signs where you start thinking about  or dealing with, “But what are the implications   of that, or what’s the implications for society?” AC: Yeah. And I would say as a Venus in Aquarius,   the joy of discovery is one of Aqaruius’s  principle pleasures, right? The joy of discovering   something that’s real, that’s part of the real,  that you had no idea about. Right? And it’s like,   you know, that’s its own irreplaceable flavor  of pleasure or joy. It’s one of the 31 flavors.  CB: Right. And then the last thing is with  Pluto, though, moving into sign, one of the   things with Pluto transits is like, Pluto stuff -  it just tells you, it’s like, “This is happening   one way or another.” Like, this is happening, and  this isn’t something you can change. And I think   that’s the state that we’re gonna find ourselves  in increasingly with some of these technologies   like AI is like, all this stuff is happening,  and it’s not something that you can put the   brakes on and bring to a full stop because so many  different people - there’s so much momentum and so   many people are trying to develop different  things that it becomes a thing that to some   extent with some of these technologies you end up  having to go with - I don’t wanna say because you   don’t have a choice, but just that with Pluto,  there’s often a sense of like, compulsion —  AC: Yeah. CB: — there, if that makes sense. 

AC: The experiment is happening, right? There’s no  opting out of all this stuff getting deployed and   then being part of the dataset for what happens. CB: Yeah. Well, and I saw somebody say like,   recently in a discussion about AI stuff, that  AI stuff is happening one way or another and he   said it’s a race - it will be a race to both the  quote-unquote “good guys and bad guys” will be   developing AI, and so the good guys just need to  have better AI than the bad guys is the only way   that that race is gonna be won. And I thought it  was interesting that some people were framing it   in that way or that was their mindset at least. AC: Yeah. I think that’s probably not   enough dimensions. CB: Right, yeah. 

AC: That would be my suspicion. I would say — CB: Sure.  AC: — there’s also the incompetent and the  competent, and the incompetent but well-intended   may do more damage than any other faction. CB: Yeah. All right. So, related though,   going back to the VR thing, you actually had  noticed a story that was relevant to that, right?  AC: Yeah, in my class forum, somebody put up a  link to - right after Pluto went in Aquarius - to   a Japanese high school that is going to do an  experiment with a completely virtual high school   where all the students will attend via their  computers and they will have anime avatars,   and we’ll see what happens. CB: Wow, that’s wild. I mean,   yeah, I guess that’s an inevitability and  like, makes sense, but it’s interesting   that we’re already there at this point. AC: It’s all so on the nose, right? 

CB: Right? AC: So looking at my cyberpunk dystopia checklist,   the only thing I'm not seeing in our rundown is  bio augments, which I know are being worked on,   but like — CB: Yeah.  AC: — brain-computer interfaces and limb or organ  replacements, which we probably just didn’t look   hard enough, but that’s — CB: Right.  AC: — another essential part of that, of what  was imagined then. And let me just say something   - like, it sounds like I'm kind of joking and I  am kind of joking, but what’s interesting about   all of these like, near-future visions, which I’m  abbreviating as cyberpunk dystopia, is that that   genre and those visions really all happen during  Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto in Libra, right after the   Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the early ‘80s. And  what’s interesting about that is from a 200-year  

long cycle, Jupiter-Saturn cycle perspective, that  was a jump ahead into the 200 years of air before   we were actually done with earth. And so that was  - and it just so happened that Pluto was in the   same sign, air sign, as that little bit too early  Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Libra. But we got   all of these quite prophetic fictional landscapes  from that period about now. And a lot of them are   dated from like, now - a lot of them, they start  like, late ‘20s and then they run, you know,   into mid-century. But that was the perfect time  for a fictionalized early vision of this phase  

to come through; it’s really interesting. CB: That’s really - and I love that, yeah,   because you have that conjunction in  1980, but then you have the back - it   went back to earth signs in 2000, but then  in 2020 we’re back permanently to air signs.  AC: Yeah, and so there was this sort of  this preview or this sizzle reel of the   future. I just wanna add one more thing  about that - one of the sort of principal   architects of that vision or a number of sort  of seminal cyberpunk authors, William Gibson,   when asked about - when people started seeing his  stuff come true with the internet launching and   being widely adopted like, I don’t know, 15 years  after his books got popular, they were like, “Oh,   how do you think so well about technology? You  know, how are you making these predictions?” And   he said he doesn’t think about technology; he  thinks about and observes how people act around   technology. And that was his principal focus. CB: That’s a brilliant insight, yeah,  

because people dynamics are often very similar.  That’s one of the things I was surprised about   and it’s fascinated me about studying ancient  astrology is we think about ancient people,   ancient life being so different, but in fact  that’s the reason why Western astrology and   the system that was created 2,000 years ago  still works, because a lot of the fundamental   dynamics of life are still very similar. AC: Yeah. I mean, there’s the - right,   there’s a new technology which gives an advantage  in this field, how do people act around it? Right?  CB: Right. AC: You know, whether   it’s agriculture or warfare or you know, whatever. CB: Yeah, for sure. So you had noticed a story I   had missed about that is a nice preview of some  of the things we talked about in the year ahead   forecast that I was bringing up a lot about  potential use of some of these technologies,   especially the Saturn-Neptune stuff, to  deceive people when it comes to like,   politics and some of the election stuff that’ll  probably happen, which we saw last time there was   a Saturn-Neptune alignment in 2016. But it seemed  like you had noticed like, a little early preview   of what we were kind of anticipating there. AC: Yeah, just this week there was a story that  

was run about the New Hampshire primaries.  Apparently, there was a robo-call that was   going out to registered Democrats that had a  faked version of Biden’s voice who was telling   them that - this fake Biden was telling them  that their votes were so important that they   shouldn’t use them up in the primary by  voting for him. They should instead “save   their vote” for the main election, which is  of course not how voting works. But you know,   it was, you know, “This is a message from your  president,” et cetera, et cetera, and it wasn’t.   And so that part of the - not the cool, cyberpunk  checklist, but the 2024 checklist that, you know,   how do people act around technology?  They will leverage technology to win   political power or to prevent people from  obtaining political power. So it was nice  

to see that that’s already started. CB: Yeah. Big quotes, air quotes —  AC: Yeah. CB: — yeah, it was astrologer good   “nice” when you see something terrible happening  but you’re so impressed that the astrology’s   lining up well that you’re almost not even mad,  except we’re gonna see a lot more of that this   year. On a more - I don’t know - positive note but  a similar vein, I saw there was some photos like,   going viral, and they were these AI-generated  photos that looked lifelike of like, Trump and   Biden hanging out together and they were like,  baking cookies and just like, being best pals,   and that was a similar sort of thing in terms  of the Saturn-Neptune conjunction this year   in just the use of AI to generate photos and to  try to influence things politically by creating   misinformation basically is gonna be so prevalent  this year. Because it’s not just happening with   photo, but it’s also increasingly happening  with video, and I think people are gonna be   shocked by the end of the year at how fast the  AI-generated video component of things develops   and how lifelike it starts to end up looking. AC: Yeah, we’re gonna have to - excuse me - we’re  

going to have to get a lot sharper  quickly, which probably won’t happen —  CB: No. AC: — you know, at least statistically.   I saw a mildly convincing AI-generated version  of Biden and Trump and George Bush, Jr. And Obama   playing Dungeons & Dragons. CB: Nice.  AC: On YouTube. It’s pretty good. CB: Yeah. That’s pretty entertaining  

I feel like at least. All right. AC: I think Obama was DMing. Anyway.  CB: Yeah. Maybe in an alternative world - I mean,  I kind of like that use of it to create like,   alternative, happier timelines when politicians  are, I don’t know, friendlier to each other or   not as jerks to each other. AC: That’s what’s actually  

happening behind the scenes in the secret  societies is they’re just playing D&D.  CB: Okay. That’s what happens  at like, the - what’s the one   in California? Like, the grove place?  AC: Oh, Bohemian Grove, right. CB: Yeah, Bohemian Grove.  AC: I mean, Bohemian Grove seems pretty LARP-y. CB: Yeah. From what I hear. All right,   so moving on to other Saturn conjunct Neptune  things. There was another major thing in the news   that was really evocative of the Saturn-Neptune  conjunction, which is that over the past month,   global sea trade has slowed down dramatically  due to the Houthis in Yemen attacking cargo   ships in the Red Sea, and this is now forcing  ships instead of going through the Red Sea with   cargo to instead go all the way around Africa  and all the way around the Cape of Good Hope in   order to carry goods and other stuff. So something  like 12 percent of all global trade then has been  

disrupted. And it’s really interesting how that  fits the symbolism, that you literally have like,   a slowing down, which is Saturn, of sea  trade and things like that, which is Neptune.  AC: Yeah, and of course it’s Saturn, so it’s  targeting a choke point or a narrowing. So do  

you know what the name of the entry point  into the Red Sea, the southern entry point   not the Suez Canal, do you know what that  entry point is called? It’s pertinent.  CB: No. AC: It’s the Gate of Tears, which is —  CB: Oh wow. AC: — such a Saturn in Pisces thing.  CB: Yeah. AC: And so yeah,  

that - so that started, that got going while Mars  was in Sagittarius squaring Saturn in Pisces,   and recently with Mars’s movement into  Capricorn and sextiling Saturn in Pisces,   we’ve seen retaliatory action from the US military  and you know, as I was telling you, as I’ve been   watching this, it just makes - it feels like it’s  just leading towards whatever happens during the   Mars-Saturn conjunction in Pisces, which is late  March. It’s perfect in mid-April, but it starts   late March. Because that Saturn in Pisces screams  restriction of trade by waterways, and then with   the configuration of Mars, right, conflict around  that. And so the square gave us the increased   attacks, the sextile gave us retaliatory action,  and then where will we be, right? In a few months   when we have the Mars-Saturn conjunction  in Pisces, which is course - because it’s   a conjunction - sets the stage for another  two years of Mars-Saturn action being sort of   like a New Moon for difficult things. And then — CB: Yeah. Which we talked about being related to  

the ocean because we’d seen an early preview of  that in like, June, when Saturn first stationed   in Pisces and we saw the explosion of that story  about the submarine that sank as well as other   disasters that were happening in the ocean at  the time. So it was one of the things we like,   talked about on the year ahead forecast just  last month, and it was interesting seeing   just such a literal version of that here. AC: Yeah, and you know, it really struck   me that the Gate of Tears thing - you  know, there are Pisces - we’re prone to   melancholy. And so having Saturn a gate -  what is the Pisces Saturn gate called? Oh,  

it’s the Gate of Tears. And just reminding  me that Saturn rules gates and choke points,   right? It’s not the open ocean so much as it is  this like, this fluid corridor where it matters   a lot whether things can pass through or not. And then it brought up, to me, another Pluto   in Aquarius tech point, and so this point again -  this point’s relevant to a lot of these concerns,   but in this case, it was the economics of  expensive and sophisticated weapons systems   versus effective weapons systems. So there’s a lot  of criticism because in order to shoot down some   of the drones which were used to attack shipping  vessels, those drones cost about 2,000 dollars,   and some of the missiles - the incredibly  sophisticated missiles with their great   guidance systems - in order to nullify them,  you know, they were spending a million dollars   a pop for interceptors. Right? So that’s, I  don’t know, what? Is that a 50,000 to one? No,   5,000 to one cost differential. And so you  know, we’re really seeing a lot of these Pluto  

in Aquarius technologies at the “This can be done”  stage, and there’s the human reaction and there’s,   you know, scaling as challenges, but then there’s  also the economics. Right? Like, with the robots,   it’s like, even if you know, a terrifying  and efficacious robots can be made, if they   cost 70 million dollars apiece, that’s never  going to be part of the real for most people,   right? And that’s not an estimate of how much  they’re gonna cost; I'm just saying for example,   you know, if something incredibly sophisticated  and expensive can be nullified extremely cheaply   or is in competition with something cheaper,  even if something miraculous can be created,   then it doesn’t really become part of the  world if there’s a vastly cheaper alternative,   and that’s part of all of this stuff, all of  these new technologies or new applications.  CB: Yeah, that's a great theme to pay attention to  as an emergent theme during this time. Good point.   And you know, of course, part of the scary thing  about this is whether this is touching off like, a   larger regional war, which seeing an escalation of  all of this stuff in that area is a little scary,   so we’ll have to pay attention to it and keep an  eye on it. Julie in the comments says - a patron   in the live audience who’s joining us today  - says, “I work in the fishing/US government   sector and commercial quota and allocations  have been greatly reduced.” So I thought that —  AC: Oh, Saturn in Pisces. CB: Yeah, exactly. So I thought  

that was great. All right. So moving on to other  stories. The last like, major one I saw was like,   a social media story but it was one involving  like, a timed birth chart, so I thought it   was interesting. So there was this story about a  woman named Gypsy Rose Blanchard who was recently   released from jail, and this was really big a  few weeks ago, but it happened after our last   forecast, so I thought I would mention it because  the astrology was just stunningly striking.  So here’s a little summary where her - Gypsy’s  mother had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which is   a mental illness in which a caregiver fabricates  or exaggerates an illness in a dependent person   for attention or sympathy. So in this case, the  mother convinced the daughter that she had a   number of medical conditions, including muscular  dystrophy, leukemia, and asthma, and the daughter   was subjected to unnecessary medical procedures  and surgeries throughout her life, which is   this really crazy story, and eventually what  happened was the daughter got together with like,   a boyfriend online, and they ended up hatching  a plot to like, murder the daughter’s mother,   which they did, and then both were caught and  sent to jail. But I think partially due to  

the circumstances of what the mother had put the  daughter through, she received a lighter sentence   of like, a decade in prison, and then eventually  was just released after only eight years in prison   after being convicted of second degree murder. So what’s really interesting is I just happened   to glance at it and noticed we had  a timed birth chart. And first off,   the daughter’s birth chart is just incredible  because she was born with Libra rising and the   ruler of the Ascendant is Venus, and Venus is at  six degrees of Virgo in the 12th whole sign house,   very closely conjunct Mars at seven degrees  of Virgo in a day chart. So I thought this   was amazing symbolism just in and of itself, both  because the 12th house represents sometimes like,   sickness or illness, but also it can represent  like, imprisonment or being imprisoned or captive,   and unfortunately for like, a large part  of her life, for like the first 20 years,   she was pretty much held a prisoner and was  made sick, basically, by her mother due to   whatever mental issues were going on at that  time. And then additionally, Mars is the ruler   of the 7th house of relationships, because she  has Aries on the 7th house, and so the ruler,   Mars, is there in the 12th house conjunct Venus,  bringing in that other component where it was the   partner who ended up murdering her mother, and  he’s actually now in prison for life, whereas she   was released after only eight years. So there was  some really interesting like, natal indications  

there, just to start with I think, right? AC: Oh yeah. When you have, you know, the ruler   of the 1st and the 7th - the person and their  partner right there together in the 12th, right?   Plotting secretly and then also both imprisoned. CB: Right, exactly. And so two other things - so   I did a whole episode of The Casual Astrology  Podcast with Nick Dagan Best on this just a   few weeks ago just for patrons through our  page on Patreon, and we noticed two other   things immediately in her chart that are super  striking. So one - Venus is actually slowing  

down and is just four point eight days from  stationing retrograde in this chart. So Venus,   actually, when she was born, was stationing  retrograde in Venus; it was just days away   from stationing retrograde in Virgo. So that’s  point one. Point two is the Moon - actually   there was just a lunar eclipse in the sign of  Aquarius conjunct Saturn the day before she was   born. So in addition to that like, interesting  12th house stuff, she was also born on Venus   stationing retrograde and she was also born on a  lunar eclipse conjunct Saturn. And both of those  

two themes I think really emphasize and bring up  the themes with the mother, since both the Moon   as well as Venus are traditionally associated with  the mother in a person’s birth chart. And what’s   interesting about that is - so get this, this  is we found, and Nick saw this after just like,   10 minutes of research - so the daughter was born  four days before Venus went retrograde in Virgo,   right? Get this. So the mother was born in 1967,  which was the same year as Venus went retrograde   in Virgo just like, not too long before the mother  was born. So the mother was born essentially in   the same year as the same Venus retrograde  in Virgo, which recurs every eight years.   So that’s not all, though. In 2019, there was  like, a biopic that was made about this story,   and the woman who played - the actress who played  the daughter, whose birth chart we just looked at   that was born when Venus stationed retrograde  in 1991 in Virgo, the actress that played her   was born the day that Venus stationed retrograde  in Virgo in 1999. So she was born almost exactly  

8 years later. On top of that, the murder  itself occurred in 2015, just 45 days before   Venus went retrograde in Virgo in that year - so  another eight-year increment. And then finally,   the daughter was released from jail in 2023, just  months after Venus had gone retrograde in the   same series, in another eight-year increment. So  there’s crazy Venus retrograde tied in here, but   there’s also crazy eclipse stuff. So the daughter  was born the day of a lunar eclipse in Aquarius;  

it turns out that the mother was born a few days  before a solar eclipse in Taurus. Then the actress   that played the daughter - whose name is Joey King  - she was born two days after a lunar eclipse in   Aquarius just like the daughter she was playing.  And then finally, the actress Patricia Arquette,   who played the mother in the biopic, was born just  before a lunar eclipse. So there’s like, crazy   Venus retrograde and eclipse stuff happening with  all of the people involved, not just in the family   itself and the events surrounding it, but also  even in the charts of the people playing them.  AC: Yeah. CB: Wild? 

AC: It’s totally wild. It really goes to show  that the two most interesting things that were   happening in the sky when she was born were, oh,  Venus is just about to station retrograde and   there was just an eclipse. Right? And like, those  - and then when you follow like, the movement of   those in time - like, follow the eclipses and  follow that Venus retrograde cycle, you get the   timeline for the most important story in her life. CB: Exactly. 

AC: Or at least from the outside. Hopefully  there are other stories that we can’t see   that are more important for her, but. CB: Yeah, exactly. Well and it just,   it illustrates so much stuff, like you have to  then see - because we saw so much of that last   summer, like, you know, I saw that with Barbie  where Greta Gerwig - we saw Barbie released   when Venus was stationing retrograde and then  turned out Greta Gerwig was born the day that   Venus stationed retrograde in the same cycle,  so there’s a repetition of when you see a natal   signature in somebody’s chart, you just look for  the repetitions of that as coinciding with the   key moments in their life. But there’s also just  this separate phenomenon that other astrologers  

have noticed from time to time, which is that  sometimes the people that play real-life people,   sometimes the actors or actresses they have  similar signatures in their own birth chart   or some sort of connection between  their birth chart and the person that   they play. But I've never seen an example  as striking as this one in terms of that.  AC: Yeah. That’s a good one. CB: Yeah. So I think that would   be a great episode to do. So if anybody has any  other examples of like, actors that have really  

impressive charts relative to the people that  they’re playing or interesting correlations in   terms of that, send them in because I might like  to do an episode on that at some point here soon.  AC: Yeah, for sure. CB: Yeah. All right. So that’s   actually I believe the end of the news segments,  unless you’ve got anything else that you noticed.  AC: Not in particular. But somebody  brought something up in the comments   that this illustrates - the number of times  you see people playing someone in a biopic   with a very similar chart or at least a piece  of the chart that is, you know, replicating the   original story - it makes me think about being  a casting agent. Right? I’d be like, “Well,  

let me see your chart.” You know? So you’re going  to play Theodore Roosevelt or, you know, whoever.  CB: Right. AC: Like, let’s take a   look at the chart. Do you have the right stellium? CB: Yeah. You’re like, “Oh, you have the same Sun,   Moon, and rising - you have the job.” AC: Yeah. 

CB: Something like that? AC: Well, yeah. It seems like there are two   kinds of actors. There are actors, and then there  are people who are fun to watch who are just like   this thing, and you just wanna see that. CB: Yeah, for sure. Yeah. All right. I’m   definitely gonna do an episode on that; that’s  a fascinating topic and now I'm interested.  AC: It’d be fun. CB: Yeah. All right, I wanted to   give a shout out to our sponsor for this episode,  which is the CHANI App, which is the number one   astrology app for self-discovery, mindfulness, and  healing. So the CHANI App is this amazing app that  

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we get Mars into Aquarius, which hits Pluto, and  then a few days later, we get Venus into Aquarius,   which then hits Pluto, and so there are two sides  of this that excite me. Or maybe “excite”’s not   the right word - that interest me. One is just  that this is a lot of planets in Aquarius,   and so whatever the Aquarius sector of a person’s  chart is is just getting lit up. It’s the Sun,   and then all three swiftly moving planets  - of course, we also get a New Moon there,   so we’ll also have a New Moon in Aquarius with  these planets. And so it’s just a ton of emphasis,   and it’s not decidedly positive or negative  for most people, right? We have Venus - yay!   We have Mars - grr! We have Mercury - buzz!  As well as the Sun and Pluto. And so —  CB: Can you say “grr” more often any  time you mention a malefic transit   from now on? I would appreciate that. AC: Well, that was for Mars, right? 

CB: Okay. AC: I don’t think Saturn is “grr.”   I’ll have to come up with an appropriate sound  effect for Saturn. I mean, icy silence might —  CB: Right, just death stare. AC: If I could make my silence icier,   then maybe that would be good for Saturn. CB: If I could weaponize my  

awkward silence, that would be — AC: Yeah. Why you gotta be so awkward, bud?  CB: Yeah. AC: So there’s that, right? It’s just a lot   in Aquarius, which will just light up the Aquarius  parts of all these charts. And then there’s the  

fact that we’re getting - for the first time in, I  don’t know, since the late 18th century - Mercury   conjunct Pluto in Aquarius, Mars conjunct Pluto  in Aquarius, Venus conjunct Pluto in Aquarius.   Because even though the Sun and Pluto moved into  Aquarius together, their exact conjunction was in   the last minutes of Capricorn, right? So they  didn’t actually perfect their conjunction. And   so from - and this is from like, the “astrologer  good” perspective, right? Is “ooh, what does it   do?” Right? What does Mercury conjunct Pluto in  Aquarius - what does it do in the world? Also,   what does it feel like? From my perspective, I  have Venus very early in Aquarius, so I wanna know   what Pluto going over my Venus is going to do, and  so seeing it activated by all of these planets is,   you know, gonna give me a much better idea of  what to look forward to, what to brace for,   what to dread silently, you know, et cetera,  et cetera. You know, forewarned is forearmed or   whatever. And I'm just interested, you know,  that’s part of my relationship to astrology  

at this point. I think a lot of astrologers’  relationship to astrology - it’s like, okay, I see   a thing - it comes in this timeframe, like, let’s  get on with it. Let’s see what it is. Right? And   so there’s a lot of getting to see like, getting -  how should we say - a better look at what Pluto in   Aquarius is going to do, right? Because there’s  Pluto by itself, but you know, we’re here to   understand Pluto being in a place for 20 years.  It’s really how does Pluto being there interact   with everybody else? Like, we’ve got a new member  of the ecosystem. Right? How does the, you know,  

mad scientist or whatever the Terminator  Cyberdyne systems model whatever - like,   how does that interact with everything else?  Like, that’s the answer we - or that’s the set   of answers that we need in order to — CB: Yeah.  AC: — think about the future accurately. CB: And this is gonna be our first time seeing   that because a year ago, Pluto went into Aquarius  but it went in in like, March or something,   so some of the planets had already passed  through Aqaruius and we didn’t get the same set   of conjunctions, whereas this year we’re gonna get  those conjunction and it’s gonna be a preview of   conjunctions we’re gonna be experiencing for the  next like, 20 years, especially with these inner   planets where once a year the Sun’s always gonna  conjoin Pluto and Mercury’s gonna do it and then   Venus every, what, year and a half or something,  and then Mars every couple of years. This is the   first time that we’re gonna see those conjunctions  in Aquarius, and it’ll be really insightful as   a preview into a lot of energies we’re gonna  see expand and unfold over the next 20 years.   Because it’s kind of like the first time you  hear like, on windchimes, like if you strike   a windchime and here just like, one note, but  then you imagine over a long enough period of   time hearing that same note struck, you know, 20  times over the course of the next 20 years. And  

by the end of that, you’re really familiar  with what that sounds like. But this time,   this is our first time like, hearring that note  struck, especially in that specific part of our   chart in terms of looking at it personally, like  what house does Aquarius coincide with and what   house are all of these planets gonna be transiting  through. But then on a mundane level, you know,   what does that sound like in terms of world  events the first time that that note is struck?  AC: Yeah, and you know, during that preview  period last year Q2, the only planet that   conjoined Pluto while Pluto was in Aquarius was  the Moon. It’s all we’ve had. We had no Mercury,   no Venus, no Mars, obviously no Jupiter or  Saturn, no Sun. Like, we haven’t had - we’ve   had one planet do a conjunction. So there’s  like - yeah, it’s one note being played,   one of the seven notes on the instrument of  Pluto in Aquarius or, I don’t know, one of seven   players picking it up and toodling on it. CB: Yeah. Toodling, that’s a good word.  

I haven’t heard that - that’s a first  time on the podcast, but I like that.  AC: Well, it’s a wind instrument,  obviously. Right? Maybe it’s —  CB: That’s true. AC: — like one of   those deep, resonant, like, doom-y horns? CB: Yeah. I’d like that, okay. Well, speaking   of that, that’s actually really good imagery for  basically our very first transit of the month,   which is Mercury basically within just the first  few days makes that ingress out of Capricorn and   goes into Aquarius where it immediately conjoins  Pluto. So Mercury is the first of the bunch   that’s gonna hit Pluto on the 4th and the 5th  of February and form that conjunction. So it’s  

the first one where we’re gonna really start to  get an idea of what that energy is all about.  So let’s talk a little bit about Mercury-Pluto  conjunctions and what some keywords are when it   comes to that. I know in the past we’ve seen  events like investigations, like Pluto’s good   at digging in deep and getting into the bottom  of things and Mercury has a natural curiosity   of wanting to like, look into and understand  and report things. So I know in the past with   different Mercury-Pluto combinations we’ve had  like, exposes of reporters doing a deep dive into   something and like, revealing something where  there’s been like, an uncovering of something.  AC: Yeah. It’s very, Mercury-Pluto’s very  like, info dump, secret documents, you know,   declassified or leaked. There’s also, you know  with Mercury-Pluto, there’s this obsession with  

like, secret pathways and hidden connections.  And you know, obsession of course is always a   Pluto word, but there’s, you know, with  Mercury it’s that finding the real truth   or what’s really going on or finding proof of  the thing. And as with other, you know again,   as with Pluto generally but especially with  Mercury, there’s this dynamic of trying   to - of going deeper and deeper to try to find out  what’s really happening, or maybe in Aquarius’s   case with Pluto in Aquarius what will really  happen and getting totally lost in you know,   the catacombs, the labyrinth of service tunnels  and wires and routers and you know, like, getting   lost in the depth, the complexity of the depths. CB: Yeah. That impulse of Mercury-Pluto to delve  

into hidden truths and to see the deeper meanings  in things. You know, in its highest expression,   it’s like that reporter who’s like, following  a case or like a trail for like, 20 years,   or that like, police detective that’s like, trying  to solve a case for 20 years and has this hunch   and just like, follows it through until eventually  they’re vindicated and it turns out they’re right,   and all of

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