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Astrology: Harry Potter and the Outer Planets

Astrology: Harry Potter and the Outer Planets

By our reluctant shaman Phil Reckard

The Harry Potter series reminds us of a past when Magick was commonplace, and not unusual in the least. The books also delve into what has estranged us from the natural world, the all to human frailty of a lust for power and domination. This imbalance didn’t cause Voldemort to be what he became, but his character clearly shows what can happen if things are taken to extremes.

JK Rowling (and the Universe! – see below) has given us these gems as a precautionary tale, to let us know that the energetics of the fictitious Wizard world are happening in the political, corporate, and cultural worlds of today. We know who the Voldemorts of the world are, but we’re not always positive of who is working for them, or exactly how they’re operating. We can’t do much about the bad guys, but we can surely work on ourselves to keep from becoming like them. The universal theme of good triumphant over evil can always use a new myth, and Harry Potter is as “good” as it gets.
Below is an article inspired by the end of Book Seven, to be published in an e-newsletter for the astrological community I subscribe to. It’s loaded with astro-de-gook, but if you can plow through it, you might get a sense for how I feel the Harry Potter series has been divine providence from Saturn himself, through the pen of JK Rowling of course!

No, this isn’t the title of Harry’s eighth year at Hogwarts – a book JK Rowling says she won’t be writing – this article is about how the Harry Potter series has been shaped by the outer planets, or more correctly, how Rowling has been prompted in some mysterious(!) astrological ways to produce the series.

The seventh and final installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released on July 21, just a few weeks after the Saturn/Neptune opposition separated from exact. The Afterword of this glorious finale says that the idea for the series “…simply fell into my (Rowlings’) head” in 1990, with real-time Pluto on her natal Neptune, while Saturn and Neptune were together in the same sign of Capricorn, within four to ten degrees of exact conjunction for virtually the entire year. The first book in this series was released in 1998, while Saturn was square Neptune.

Conjunction, square, opposition (germination – conflict needing resolution – fruition) – we see it every month with the Sun/Moon aspects.

Rowling herself was born on July 31, 1965 (exact time and place not important for the purpose of this essay), while Saturn was opposed both Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, with her Venus and Moon in Virgo as well. Her nearby natal Mercury was station and about to go retrograde on the cusp of Virgo/Leo, much like real-time Venus is doing as I type (8/3/07).

I’ve found that natives with a Mercury station-retrograde are especially tuned into past-life and ancient memories, and I intuit that Rowling in particular has been no exception. Other natives born in her sub-generation of the mid Sixties have also shown examples of global karmic energetics working in their lives, culminating in various ways these days. Has Rowling been tuned into the outer planets, or have the outer planets been tuning into her? That’s the great debate that has followed/swallowed astrology since the beginning of time, no?

Coincidentally (right!), the very popular movie adaptations of the Harry Potter books, which started in 2001 (as Saturn was opposing Pluto), is scheduled to conclude with the seventh (and final) movie in 2010, right at the conclusion of the upcoming Saturn/Uranus oppositions. Speaking of Uranus (Prometheus), the vast bulk of the series was written while he was moving through his ruling sign Aquarius. Spiritual Neptune joined the creative Aquarian fun in 1998, and soon after, Rowling signed the movie contracts for the series, befitting Neptune’s mastery of illusions that cinema is.

Hmmm… Seven books covering seven years of a young wizard’s journey, coinciding with the folk wisdom of the “seven year itch” and “seven years of bad luck,” which just so happens to coincide with Uranus/Prometheus’ seven-year journey through each sign, in this case his ruling sign… Jung would be proud of these synchronicities, and Dumbledore as Saturn might just be the Good Professor after all, instead of the Great Malefic.

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