A Watershed Moment in Sexual Harassment

Joyce Levine

(originally published in NCGR E-News Dec. 2017)

“History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes.” (attributed) Mark Twain

Jupiter went into Scorpio on October 10, 2017 and will remain there until November 8, 2018.

Jupiter is the planet with the best reputation of the Zodiac. It rules opportunity, luck, ease, prosperity—good fortune. But there is a side of Jupiter that can be seen as being either positive or negative. Jupiter is the planet of expansion. That means that if something is positive, Jupiter cycles assist in making it better. On the other hand, if something is negative, expansion can make it a bigger problem.

Scorpio rules, through its association with the eighth house, sex, death, taxes, and inheritance.      

So what have we seen since Jupiter began its trek through Scorpio?

Just before and right as Jupiter entered Scorpio, the New York Times broke the story of accusations of sexual harassment by dozens of women against Harvey Weinstein. As head of Miramax Studios and the Weinstein Company, Weinstein was in a unique position that allowed him to get away with (alleged) rape and other forms harassment for decades.

In Hollywood this was apparently a well-known secret. Yet as a result of this exposé, Weinstein was fired from his production company, suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In addition, his wife left him.

A “#me too” campaign was started encouraging individuals to share their stories of harassment. This overwhelming tide made it safe for women (and men) to come forward.

Other celebrities who lost jobs because of sexual harassment allegations include Charlie Rose, Glenn Thrush (New York Times White House reporter), David Corn (Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief), Mark Halpern (NBC political analyst), Matt Lauer (NBC anchor), comedian Louis CK, actor Keven Spacey, and star Fidelity fund manager Gavin Baker.

(After firing Baker, head of Fidelity Investments Abby Johnson sent out a video to 40,000 Fidelity employees reminding everyone that Fidelity will have no tolerance for any type of harassment.)

Congress has not been immune – with allegations against Senator Al Franken and calls for liberal Michigan Congressman John Conyers to resign. The Senate election in Alabama is also in focus. A number of women have accused Roy Moore of behaving inappropriately with them when they were teenagers. He reportedly trawled shopping malls looking for teens when he was in his 30s.

Republican Texas Congressman Joe Barton’s likelihood of being re-elected has been derailed since nude photos of himself that he sent to a woman showed up online. Tea Party member Barton had characterized himself defender of conservative rights and ideals. His ex-wife says she’s not surprised as he had multiple extramarital affairs.

(Forgive me, for whom I may have left out. This list is so long, it’s hard to keep track.)

But from an astrological standpoint, we ask why now. Jupiter is in Scorpio every twelve years, and we’ve seen nothing like this before. 

I’d point to the combination of the position of other outer planets. Let’s look at the positions of other planets, specifically Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces, and Saturn in Sagittarius. Planets do not need to be in aspect to one another in order to set up “conditions.” 

During Pluto transits, the dark side of a sign is brought to light. Pluto doesn’t create the conditions; it highlights them. Healing is only possible when light shines on an issue. The dark side brought out by Capricorn concerns big business, government, and authority.

We’ve certainly seen plenty as Pluto has moved through Capricorn; financial shenanigans are not the only way to misuse power. Those in power can easily prey upon those without it. Pluto’s transit brings these issues to the surface.

Uranus is the planet most associated with revolution, whether it’s a political revolution or a personal one. Uranus helps to break down the structures and limitations of the past.

Aries is the perfect fit for this planet. Aries is the sign of the individual, the fighter, who cares more about what he thinks is right than what other people think. Standing up for oneself becomes in tune with the times with Uranus here.

Neptune is the planet associated with idealism and spirituality, but also victimization and slavery. Since Neptune rules Pisces, this is a very strong placement as planet and sign represent the same ideas.

Uranus and Neptune are transiting in a semi-square (an often overlooked aspect), with exact aspects on August 11, 2017; October 7, 2017; June 6, 2018; December 15, 2018; and May 1, 2019. A semi-square is a tension aspect (one-half of a square). This aspect between Neptune and Uranus can represent the powerless standing up for themselves.

The semi-square occurred with Neptune in Pisces and Uranus in Aries from 1845 to 1847. In 1848 the European Revolution occurred with middle classes and working classes banding together to fight Europe’s feudal system. (I expect to see more of this coming forth in the political arena as well. This article is limited to sexual harassment, but Watergate occurred in the 1972-1973 closing Uranus-Neptune semi-square.)

Lastly, Saturn is in Sagittarius. Saturn is the task-master of the Zodiac, and Sagittarius, through the ninth house, rules laws.

Only time will tell if a game changer has occurred or once again these issues gets relegated to the dust bin of history.


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