Juno in the Garden (Part One)
“Th’ whole world’s in a terrible state o’ chassis”
Captain Boyle in Juno and the Paycock
In Sean O’Casey’s play, Juno and the Paycock, Juno Boyle is the matriarch of a broken family. While her children are wrecked and her husband is a wastrel, she carries on providing, protecting and planning.
The roles of the divine Juno — hugely popular among the Romans — are notoriously multifarious, but perhaps not so dissimilar from her Irish namesake. She was protector of the community, matrons, demobbed soldiers, and newborn babies. She was a goddess of childbirth and marriage, civic order; spear-bearer, consort, queen. And in some of the myths, especially those that come from her Greek counterpart Hera, her husband was a bit of a wastrel.
One thread that runs through all of these concepts is the idea of maintaining the continuity of family and community. Juno Regina, like Juno Boyle, keeps the family, even if that family is a a nation, together.
You can look at some charts to see how this works in practice. The Queen has a Jupiter-Juno conjunction in Aquarius in the first house — her role in life is to be a very important queen. Beatrix, the much more retiring Queen of the Netherlands, has Juno conjunct her North Node in the 8th house — queenship was her destiny. Barack Obama, the first African-American president, has Juno at 0° Aries (which suggests that he was the start of a new kind of politics, not the end). Brad Pitt, intriguingly, has an exact conjunction of Neptune and Juno in Scorpio — I’m looking forward to his next marriage to a romantic movie star.
Juno in Taurus
1 July — 30 September
12 October — turns retrograde at 0° Gemini
24 October — Back into Taurus
24 December — Turns direct at 20° Taurus
25 October — 11 February
But let’s talk about Juno Rx in Taurus; the Queen in the Garden. This is not a frequent occurrence. Here are the previous occasions over the last 118 years, with some historical events that may be relevant (although not necessarily: this is a first sift through the evidence).
1922 — 4 October, 21° Taurus — 11° Taurus, December 16
Three months of political change
End of Ottoman Empire, founding of Irish Free State, Fascist takeover in Italy, German hyper-inflation, end of Russian Civil War
1935 — 12 September, 1° Taurus — 0° Taurus, October 2
German Jews are stripped of citizenship under Nuremberg laws, unfolding Abyssinia Crisis (Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia)
1970 — 8 October, 26° Taurus — 16° Taurus, December 22
US Environmental Protection Agency founded, Canada’s October Crisis, civil war begins in Cambodia, Willie Brandt’s “Warsaw Genuflection”, Portugal attempts invasion of Guinea, UN General Assembly condemns apartheid, “Vietnamisation” of Vietnam War
1983 — 16 September, 5° Taurus — 0° Taurus, October 25
Japan’s ex-PM Tanaka found guilty of taking bribes from Lockheed
No theme really leaps out of the history books — except that 1922 was quite tumultuous in terms of power grabs. Pluto, the planet of transformation, was in Cancer, which is the sign of tribe and country, so that probably had more to do with the big historical shifts than Juno Rx in Taurus. In fact, Pluto was in a Grand Trine with Uranus in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio.
So we may need to think more thematically to understand where Juno in Taurus might be leading us. Here’s a picture to think with.