Celestial Chatter

Celestial Chatter Personal thoughts:

 

Each week I spend between one and five hours crafting these posts. Many may ponder just why anyone would do this. Back along the way I was gifted with access into this astrological tool in a way that moved my soul. Thru the years, since that first glimpse in 1969, there have been moments when I sensed many universal downloads of substance being offered thru me to share with others. I never really took it to heart that they were just for me alone. This led to multiple astrological consultations with individuals and groups as a way of tuning us together into an energy-enfold we were all participating within. These posts are a paying forward of this gift to any who wish to embrace them.

 

If any of you are so inspired to go a bit deeper into the celestial patterns you came to bring out into your worlds, I would be glad to assist you in astrological considerations that focus more on you. While the time frame for an astrological consultation is about the same as for each week’s Celestial Chatter, it can cover a much longer life frame and, I guarantee it will be an experience you will carry for the rest of your earth walk…

Celestial Chatter 6-21 to 27

 

“Summer time and the living is easy…” This week is brought to you by Mercury turning direct, a full Moon, and Venus entering Leo. The advent of summer slips us into the realm of Cancer that includes energy signatures of healer, protector and counselor. Ruled by the Moon, Mom and the feminine, or receptive archetype are rolled up into this package. Except for some crazy time full Moons that glowing orb caresses us as it sweeps across the night skies and can bring certain nurturing sensations to us. There is inspiration to this ever-changing celestial being that may find outlet thru artistic endeavors. The symbol for the Moon (a) is an arch within and arch or spirit (arcs of consciousness) listening to its own inward being. Many don’t realize that Cancer is a cardinal sign and as such has an initiating, activating factor to begin certain things like building a home. This is not just the nuts and bolts or nails and lumber so much as it is the gathering of substance that transforms a house into a home. The hearth or gathering place where the family and clan can sink roots, or at least tune into roots that run deep thru the lineage, both blood and spiritual. The Moon has affinity to the soul aspect that tunes us into a long-range unfolding process of development. The key words for Cancer are “I Feel” or maybe more appropriately the urge to feel. This may be sensed as compassion thru unconditional love, or love without conditions. This is tricky territory as the definitions of love run the gamut of wide interpretation these days.

 

The week begins on Monday with Venus forming a water-trine from Cancer to Neptune in Pisces. The opportunity exists here to feel a sense of connection to whatever you picture Source to be as you interact with others.

 

Tuesday finds the Sun now in Cancer forming a water-trine to Jupiter stationed retrograde in Pisces. This could easily be experienced as an extension of the Monday signature of Venus/Neptune querying deeper investigation that may be more on a personal level. The Moon has just entered Sagittarius so there are matters that beckon one to explore much further afield than might be normal. Mercury begins to apply the brakes on its retrograde dance on Wednesday amplifying the focus on the degree I mentioned last week. I am receiving a Dr. Seuss image of characters saying, “Oh the things we could think…” I see this as a combination of Mercury the trickster blending with the release of pent up energy that the retrograde cycle has allowed us to contain. The Moon directly opposes this Mercury station at this time and I can almost sense a tearing sensation seeking to erupt into new territory previously unexplored. Perhaps the trickster message I received could be seen as a cautionary stance to maintain patience at this time. Venus on this day will form a direct opposition with Pluto retrograde in Capricorn. This could be another warning to proceed with caution when matters concern the individual vs. the collective. The Sabian Symbol interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “ An Astrological Mandala” for the Venus degree reads:

(CANCER 27): A VIOLENT STORM IN A CANYON FILLED WITH EXPENSIVE HOMES.

 

KEYNOTE:            A confrontation with a social upheaval demanding the reconsideration of static values.

 

The deeper implications of the scene depicted in the symbol are that the sociocultural elite can always see its position and security challenged by forces beyond its control, even if it may be successful in protecting itself from destruction. The individual may not be able to depend on the standards and values he has acquired through education and through a relatively sheltered and rich life. He has to rise to the occasion, and perhaps to undergo an inner metamorphosis as a result of the crisis he has been able to accept as a personal challenge.

The contrast between the two first phases of this twenty-fourth sequence is evident: peace in luxury and intellectual development in terms of collective cultural values (reading books), then the challenge to meet a crisis situation produced by uncontrollable karmic forces that could lead to a successful CATHARSIS.

 

Thursday brings the full Moon onto the stage for us to contemplate, sense, dance to and most importantly to ask questions to reflect on what the recent new Moon eclipse set in motion 2-weeks ago in conjunction with Mercury retrograde. Once again the Sabian symbol for this full Moon might provide food for thought in these matters:

(CAPRICORN 4°): A GROUP OF PEOPLE OUTFITTING A LARGE CANOE AT THE START OF A JOURNEY BY WATER.

 

KEYNOTE:            The ability to use natural resources and basic skills in order to achieve a group purpose.

 

As this scene was recorded in the original version only in imprecise terms, it seems merely to indicate the start of a journey undertaken by a cohesive group of people, who perhaps together have built this large canoe. Thus we see here a common enterprise which may be an answer to the need for a change of locality. A social group more strongly than ever reveals its homogeneity and common will when it decides to move away from its familiar habitat. The zodiacal sign Capricorn brings this common will to a focus in concrete actions. It does so in terms of sociopolitical expediency and under a definite type of executive direction, even though the decisions are arrived at by common consent.

 

As this is the fourth symbol in the fifty-fifth fivefold sequence, we find in it a hint of how to do something concrete. The “canoe” may also have a special technical meaning, as it uses water in order to move. A common feeling response to a specific situation may be implied. The main emphasis is nevertheless on GROUP ACTIVITY in circumstances implying a need for change.

 

As the rest of the week unfolds Venus is moving thru the final degrees of Cancer and will cross into Leo on Sunday where Mars has been waiting to engage with it. Leo is about making a show of things or presenting oneself in such fashion as to get recognition. Leo is also the territory of romance and courting and with both Venus and Mars, the masculine and feminine archetypes, on board some of the lingering spring energy may bring us together in more than just a casual fashion.

 

 

 

 

Celestial Chatter 6-14 to 20

 

From the very early hours of Monday morning until the late night hours on Sunday this week will be bookended by our Solar orb. Neptune in Pisces is squared by the Sun to perhaps enhance our dreamscapes or maybe stimulate our desires to escape on a magic carpet of illusion to begin the week. One should always keep in mind that during Mercury retrograde cycles and particularly this one in Gemini, the Trickster is on board and any lull in our focus can be an invitation to this kind of energy to whisk us into adventures we likely had not anticipated. As there is both this Gemini and as well a Piscean flavor playing out strongly this week pay attention to your dreams but use patience on acting out on the direction they may request from you.

Spun out of the tales of Sinbad or maybe the Arabian Nights the wisps of whirling wind crossing the dry landscape are sometimes said to be the realm of the Jinn. This is another of the archetypal embodiments of the trickster and without effective grounding can lead one chasing after illusory mirages attempting to beg us onward in quests of folly.

 

As Friday dawns this week a couple interesting factors might become relevant to pay attention to. This Friday the 18th Venus that has been traveling out-of-bounds (oob) since May 25th returns back in bounds. This can perhaps allow for any whose feet have been slightly off the ground when it comes to relating to others, or maybe even some artistic endeavors that have pushed hard at the edges of societal comfort, might once again come in for a landing. The other event that could have an impact on all of us is that Mercury retrograde has finally reached the degree where it will eventually station back to direct next week. When planets station the intensity of what they might seem to represent to us is amplified. This has not necessarily been an easy and smooth Mercury retrograde cycle as I discussed previously in the Celestial Chatter posts. With it drawing to a close we might just want to ponder the Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” as Mercury will be on this degree until June 27th.

 

(GEMINI 17°): THE HEAD OF A ROBUST YOUTH CHANGES INTO THAT OF A MATURE THINKER.

 

KEYNOTE: The transformation of physical vitality into the power to build concepts and intellectual formulations through which knowledge can be transferred.

 

While in the preceding symbol (GEMINI 16°): A WOMAN ACTIVIST IN AN EMOTIONAL SPEECH DRAMATIZING HER CAUSE), we see the explosive release of impulses generated by a new realization of what is right and wrong, the “woman” way controlled by feelings, now we have a picture of a process of quiet and steady metamorphosis of biological energy into mind power, which can be seen symbolically as the “man” way. The symbolism may seem old-fashioned today, but the two contrasting approaches to communication of new experiences remain evident, however one wishes to symbolize them.

 

This second stage of the sixteenth sequence, as is nearly always the case, presents a contrast with the first stage. What we see pictured is the transformation of emotions into mind, of instincts into thoughts, a process of MENTAL METAMORPHOSIS.

 

I want to make sure that the language utilized in this Sabian symbol might be more effectively registered if we were to translate “woman” as more of a receptive energy and “man” more in terms of action oriented. To maintain this stance as available to either gender is more realistic for our modern perspective on the roles we might access at any moment. The emotional outburst can just as easily erupt from the mouths of men these days. Since this energy signature will linger for an extended cycle we might keep in mind that certain edginess might assail our senses from different sources.

 

As Sunday arrives Jupiter will station in early Pisces and hang on this early degree until July comes over the horizon. It has been at this same degree since June 10th. Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces so has a lot of strength while there. It is the largest planet in the solar system and represents anything that seeks expansion or going for more. Here is the Sabian symbol for us to ponder over this extended cycle.

 

(PISCES 3°): PETRIFIED TREE TRUNKS LIE BROKEN ON DESERT SAND.

 

KEYNOTE. The power to preserve records of their achievements which is inherent in fully matured cultures.

 

When a vast group of men succeed in building a culture with strong institutions which express themselves in significant symbols and works of art or literature, such an effort of many generations is rarely lost altogether. In one form or another, records of this culture endure or are mysteriously preserved, simply because they reveal the place and function of this particular culture in the long process of unfoldment of the potentialities inherent in archetypal MAN. It is such a concept that has been mythified and popularized in the religious idea of the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day. The symbol of petrified wood in the Arizona desert, however, tells us that the actual preservation of the records is never perfect or total. Only fragments remain, significant enough to reveal the essential archetypal form.

 

This third symbol of the sixty-seventh five-fold sequence brings the promise of social immortality-i.e. the preservation of the enduring (because archetypally meaningful) factors in whatever man attempts within his culture. A symbol Of INDESTRUCTIBILITY.

 

Sometimes the Sabian symbols beg for clarification that our modern culture might resonate with more effectively. While the symbol speaks to historical records we know that often history is recorded in preferential fashion to exemplify certain cultural traits while relegating less popular viewpoints to the trash heap. This does not mean that aspects of any culture are not important to certain factions that have not succeeded in popularity. It just is often a story fabrication to portray a victor’s policy over any other. Time has a way of rubbing away the edges of most triumphant moments as one culture supersedes the next. In the Sabian image the time of the ancient forest receded as the climate and other factors brought on the time of the desert. Even the petrified tree remains will eventually be consumed back into the recycle nature of Mother Earth. In the potential future of humanity there will be those looking back at our time and wondering just why we squandered the natural resources that were responsible for our survival.

 

Since this is a Jupiter consideration in Pisces it would appear that there might be residual long lasting impact that can linger when it comes to grasping what it means to be connected to Source in more than just a passing fancy way. In discussing Source one may be drawn into the spiral of religious comings and goings down thru time with whatever current ecclesiastical following we might be attracted to as being a one and only answer to important ponderings on the meaning of existence. The Jupiter energy signature does not know an effective way to not continue to seek for what is next and where the next adventure might lead in the exploration of everything. I am reluctant to wander too far down this rabbit hole within my Celestial Chatter but am still in the wandering process of self-discovery personally. If you do decide to dive into this rabbit hole you may discover me exploring and our joined energy could enlighten as much as we are willing to take responsibility for.

 

As night unfolds on Sunday evening the solar Gemini dance is put to bed as the solar orb moves into Cancer and a new cycle opens for our consideration.

 

 

Celestial Chatter 6-7 to 13

 

This is one of those weeks that commence with Madame Luna at the helm even with the receding tension of Mars opposed to Pluto retrograde still echoing repercussions that careless actions may have created. All this, of course, is under the potential influences of the current Mercury retrograde umbrella, where verbal clarity might be under stress. Early on Monday morning the Moon will act as a trigger to the Uranus/Saturn square as it conjoins with the rebel rouser to remind us of this longer range dance these two are about this year. As they are the two rulers of Aquarius, the tension level may not be as severe as is usually the case in square aspects, but the Moon might bring up feelings akin to a questioning as to why we are not more in tune with what Mother Earth has been asking us to pay attention to.

 

The days are shortening in this lunar cycle between the eclipses that will be a major aspect for this week to ponder. While it does not occur until Thursday, the Mercury retrograde factor conjoining the solar eclipse on Thursday in Gemini portends some serious soul searching for each of us to attempt to tune into. Eclipses are about change that has far reaching, or lingering effects. Also the mutable signs of the zodiac are about change and this occurs in a mutable sign. On Tuesday the Moon will make a trine to Pluto retrograde just a few hours before entering the land of Gemini where it will square Jupiter in Pisces. The Moon’s trine to Pluto may be just exactly what is required to assuage the effects created by the Mars opposition to that Pluto energy that culminated last week. I suspect this soon to be followed by Jupiter’s Piscean influence to be like throwing water onto some potentially upsetting situation and from the jovial Jupiter perspective to commence in some laughter medicine that may be required. While this may not come easily, our attitude can have an enormous sway on events that might appear prickly.

 

The Moon is no longer visible in the sky as Wednesday finds it approaching it next conjoining with the Sun for Thursday’s solar eclipse trio. I would like to offer the Sabian symbol interpretations from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for both the degrees of the eclipse and Mercury’s position within a degree of each other for some reflection on what may be at stake this eclipse brings for us to consider.

 

(GEMINI 20°): A MODERN CAFETERIA DISPLAYS AN ABUNDANCE OF FOOD, PRODUCTS OF VARIOUS REGIONS.

 

KEYNOTE: The assimilation of multifarious knowledge through the synthesizing power of the mind.

 

From the One, the Many arise in due time. The Original Source gives birth to the mountain stream which, gathering to itself the down flow of rainwater, becomes the large river around which cities are built. These in turn pollute the river on its way to the vast ocean. This modern symbol expresses the fact that man, now at the close of a cultural cycle, is able to gather foodstuffs -mental as well as physical, from many regions of the globe. His diet has acquired a planet wide foundation; history tells us that the search for salt and spices, then for commodities rare in local regions, provided the impetus for global trade and thus eventually for a planetary consciousness. The results may be satiety and indigestion, and mental confusion caused by lack of discrimination.

 

This is the last symbol of the sixteenth fivefold sequence. As is most often the case such a fifth stage implies a certain kind of synthesis or at least a preparation which leads to a new level. The keynote here is indeed ASSIMILATION; the negative potentiality of the symbol is WASTE.

 

 

SECOND LEVEL: EMOTIONAL CULTURAL

 

(GEMINI 21°): A TUMULTUOUS LABOR DEMONSTRATION.

 

KEYNOTE: The revolutionary impact of mental concepts upon the collective emotions and desires of man.

 

This symbol parallels the one which began the process of “exteriorization” (Gemini 16°), but the process is seen here operating definitively at the level of collective responses. The mass of men has been aroused by mental images, slogans and an appetite for the abundance the “ruling class” enjoys. This also applies to the individual person in whom contrasting spheres of activity have taken shape as the result of the mind based individualizing process. The organic functions make their collective demands upon the lordly intellect. The stage may be set for the kind of “revolution” we call psychoneurosis.

 

 

This begins the seventeenth fivefold sequence of symbols. It sets the stage for a tumultuous process, which may lead to a new approach to the problems resulting from individualization. The repressed or oppressed instincts stage an EMOTIONAL OUTBURST, claiming their due.

 

So, change is in the air and we are being requested to contemplate some rather far-reaching consequences resulting from the effects we humans have placed upon the environment and each other and weigh the consequences of potential changes vying for our attention.

 

Friday arrives with an energy shift as Mars moves from Cancer, where it might have felt constrained, into Leo and the fire is once again lit. While Mars is all about action with an impulsive bent, perhaps some caution is still in order to, in true Leo fashion, make an impression on others that currently should be a bit more sensitive to what has been set in motion by the recent eclipse cycle.

 

On a seemingly side note, but worthy of including currently, there are 5 planets traveling in the signs they rule: Saturn in Aquarius, Jupiter in Pisces, Mercury in Gemini, the Moon just entered Cancer and, of course the modern ruler of Pisces, Neptune in the long journey there. Dignity is a term applied to planets at home that can be seen as an exertion of energy those planets can have available to initiate things. By extension the signs of Aquarius, Pisces, Gemini, and Cancer and those of us with any of these emphasized in their charts might sense an expansion of their capacity to shine.

 

We round out the week on Sunday with Venus in Cancer moving into sextile with Uranus in Taurus. Venus rules Taurus and we might conjure up unique thoughts of altering our expressions of home and family matters. Might there be aspects of gardening (Taurus) that could embellish the home setting?

 

Sunday, as well, is the formation of the 2nd exact square of Saturn retrograde and Uranus that are the main planetary aspects in play for 2021. As these are slow moving celestial bodies one could picture something akin to the wearing down of a sandstone mountain by the weather as being in play as we grapple with how to best utilize some Aquarian energy with a dash of Taurus to make sure we stay grounded. Even as I have this thought I get the image of a kite surfer riding the surface of the planet (waves) and occasionally being lifted up on the winds of change. Perhaps we might glimpse a potential for alternate trajectories during those aloft moments.

 

The celestial dance between Saturn and Uranus stretches out from early 1988 until 2032 when they once again will be conjunct. In February of 1988 they joined in the final degree of Sagittarius and the next conjunction will occur one degree shy of the final degree of Gemini. This is termed a synodic cycle or when planets travel the entire cycle from conjunction to conjunction. When initiated certain energies are set in motion related to the planets, signs and degrees they begin their journey with certain mileposts along the way signifying certain relevant factors in play. The most important are the square and opposition moments in the cycle of whatever two planets are involved. This year we are witnessing the waning square of the cycle that began in 1988. Dan Rudhyar referred to this as “a crisis in consciousness”. This would be based on the initial energy signature of the entire cycle that has reached a critical point where one needs to resolve matters that may seem to be blocking the path of what was initially envisioned by the planets involved. While we may not be entirely privy to what the planets may be saying to each other along their journeys we have the Sabian symbols to assist us with insight from just a bit larger than simple human perspective. Here is the Sabian symbol this journey began with:

 

Saturn/Uranus conjunction 1988 (SAGITTARIUS 30°): THE POPE, BLESSING THE FAITHFUL.

 

KEYNOTE: The need to pay homage to traditional values upon which the Invisible Community of the spirit is built.

 

The concrete integration of myriad of human individuals within a great religious institution with a long tradition reflects, as well as having produced century after century, an invisible spiritual Community. The “flag bearer” has now become the “Pope,” who assumes the role of God’s representative on earth. It is a role, but culture is based on embodying great Images and deeply moving symbols in physical reality. The symbol asks of the individual: “Are you willing to live a transpersonal life as a symbol?” This is the final and supreme statement of that section of the cycle of the year represented by Sagittarius.

 

This concludes Scene Eighteen. A collectivity of human beings is seen having “transferred” their sense of spiritual value to a man who has become an incarnation of their common ideal. Keywords: PERSONALIZED WORSHIP. It can be a blessing or in some cases, a curse.

 

Fast forward to the waning square we are currently in and consider the Sabian symbol(s) we are currently in. The first of three and waning square this year was at this degree:

 

Saturn (AQUARIUS 8°): BEAUTIFULLY GOWNED WAX FIGURES ON DISPLAY.

 

KEYNOTE: The inspiration one may derive from the appearance of exemplars who present to us the archetypes of a new culture.

 

In a sense the generic human past and the future are implied here. The wax figures are impersonal forms. The gowns constitute a static presentation of ideal patterns; yet they are the PRE FORMATION of what will be experienced in the culture being born. They herald new collective developments.

 

The second and current square degree Sabian symbol reads:

 

Saturn (AQUARIUS 14°): A TRAIN ENTERING A TUNNEL.

 

KEYNOTE:            The ability to short-cut the process of natural evolution by the exercise of will, mental skill and physical self-discipline,

 

This fourth stage symbol presents a picture of what can be achieved by a combination of social and cultural, and even personal, techniques. It implies the possibility of shortening the length of time needed for progress by cutting through obstacles and delays. The Keyword is PENETRATION.

 

We are currently at a crossroads in cultural development where the continued existence of humanity is in the crosshairs of its own shortsighted material accumulation scenario at tremendous detriment to the very things that the planet offers to sustain us. While some of us (I actually suspect the majority) can see the writing on the wall, there is a small faction that has been calling the shots for too long and we have for the most part blindly followed along.

 

I would offer now, and probably again in December this year, the Sabian symbol for the final square aspect the Saturn consideration so as not to keep you in suspense until then:

 

Saturn (AQUARIUS 12°): ON A VAST STAIRCASE STAND PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT TYPES, GRADUATED UPWARD.

 

KEYNOTE:            The necessity of recognizing differences of types and levels of development wherever human beings live and work together.

 

This symbol obviously refers to the ascending process of evolution of life forms and consciousness. It seems to apply especially to the fact that differences of levels exist among human beings. The ideal of equalitarianism has to be balanced by a realization that hierarchy of levels is a fact of nature. Each person should be aware of the level at which he (or she) stands, even as he strives to move toward a higher one. He should look up for inspiration and examples, while helping the human beings of the next lower level to reach up. This is the great give-and-take of evolution, and it applies to sociocultural evolution as well as to the progression of biological species.

 

At this second stage of the sixty-third sequence we find a symbol of “ascent,” contrasting with the preceding one which implied a “descent” of spiritual forces. It warns us against sentimentally over stressing our Western equalitarianism which essentially applies to the spiritual core of all individual persons, considered “sons of God” or spiritual monads. Every human being is potentially divine as an individual person, but THE NATURAL PROGRESSION OF STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS is an unavoidable reality to accept at the social mental level.

 

You will notice I have only offered the Saturn Sabian symbol for consideration of the waning square aspect. It is because that is the lesson plan. Uranus has the function of making sure that we don’t become sedentary as the lessons unfold. It does this by making sure to shake things up and keep us off balance from becoming too comfortable. This is known as the “Great Awakening” process.

 

 

Celestial Chatter 6-1 to 6

 

Venus enters Cancer on the 2nd. Might you be thinking of altering your home décor? The attraction to artistic embellishments is in the air. As well we are once again drawn to our gardens as an extension of our dwellings. At this time both Mars and Venus dance in the Cancer realm so factors of masculine and feminine may vey for attention. What is the value of your male counter parts and, what is the value of your female ones? Do you value one more than the other? Just something to think about as they are both required while incarnate in the Earth plane. Venus moves quickly into a trine aspect with Jupiter the next day so, emphasis flows toward the ramifications of weighing in on just who might be on your wave length when it comes to investigating the deeper sea of connection to Source. The Moon just completing its 2 plus day passage thru Pisces might have you discovering more sensitivity to these matters.

 

While this has been going on the Sun forms a trine with Saturn in retrograde and the Air energy has us thinking, or should I say attempting to rationalize effectively in our own thoughts what might be appropriate Mercury retrograde organization of the many matters jostling for our attention.

 

The weekend begins with an opposition from Mars to Pluto retrograde so it might behove us to tread lightly and keep our antenna up that we do not find ourselves involved in any accidents. Equally we may discover a certain tension developing with someone assuming a position of authority in our worlds. With Mercury retrograde forming a square to Neptune in Pisces we should be cautious about getting too carried away with our imagination unless, of course, we are considering the dream realms. It would be good to ascertain where the lines of reality we choose to tune into are spun from.

 

A short consideration for this time between eclipses as the Gemini factors jostle for position in our consciousnesses.

Celestial Chatter 5-24 to 6-6

 

You will have to bear with me as every year at this time the NORWAC (Northwest Astrological Conference) transpires to tie up the long weekend so I will have to compress two weeks of Chatter into this one post. As we wrap up the month of May there are a few notable celestial conversations to make note of. There will be lunar eclipse on Wednesday and Mercury will begin its retrograde dance on Saturday. The other planets seeking to get our attention will be Venus, Mars and Neptune thrown into the mix this week.

 

The week begins peacefully with the Moon dancing thru Scorpio and into Sagittarius where it will oppose the Sun in an eclipse. Eclipses bring a focus to energy that can linger over an extended cycle for the particular degrees of the zodiac involved. It stays sensitive to any planetary movement across it or in aspect to it, as well if one happens to have a planet in aspect or conjunct with this degree they will definitely sense more afoot than others might. This 6th degree of Sagittarius and Gemini bring certain group considerations to the fore and I offer the Sabian interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for you.

The Moon (SAGITTARIUS 6°): A GAME OF CRICKET.

 

KEYNOTE:            The development of skill in group situations testing collective goals.

 

Any society is built on the interplay between groups of people, each group united by an at least temporary aim. The individual person within the group is assigned a particular role in the play, and definite rules have to be obeyed. The game teaches not only personal skill but, fairness and cooperation. Where this symbol is found, the value of making individual will or ego-will subservient to collective cultural patterns is emphasized. Several symbols belonging to Scene Seventeen (Sagittarius) relate to games or group rituals, because these are “abstracted” from everyday social behavior and used as educative means to develop group consciousness and an individual sense of responsibility to the group.

 

This is the first symbol of the fiftieth five-fold sequence. It refers to the importance of developing GROUP SOLIDARITY.

 

The Sun (GEMINI 6°): WORKMEN DRILLING FOR OIL.

 

KEYNOTE: The avidity for that knowledge which ensures wealth and power.

 

This symbol superficially considered can be referred to the insatiable drive of modern man for power and wealth, his readiness to accept the risk of failure. But it has a deeper meaning, especially if related to the next symbol. Oil is the end result of the decay of living materials. Drilling for oil may represent the attempt to penetrate to the deep layers of the collective Unconscious and to reawaken the powers of the archaic psyche which once flourished, for instance in the true ceremonial magic of the tribal world, perhaps among the adepts of the fabled Atlantis, or even among the shamans and witch doctors of more recent times. The archaic powers may be “refined” for modern situations, but the almost inevitable result is the release of noxious waste products, “pollution.” And there is a pollution of consciousness as well as of the atmosphere man breathes.

 

The zodiacal sign Gemini has basically the meaning of insatiable curiosity and avidity for knowledge; it is logically a “human” sign (the Twins). One of the Twins tends to seek power and knowledge from the ancient past, the other to discover a living source of strength and wisdom which is forever being replenished by the celestial downpour of Spiritual Consciousness and love (cf. the next symbol). It is man’s nature, alas, to begin with potentially negative emotions and desires.

 

This is the first stage of the fourteenth fivefold sequence of cyclic phases. It deals with the emotional and, at the present-day level of evolution, socially prized reaction of most human beings to the attainment of new forms of knowledge, i.e. AMBITION.

 

One needs to keep in mind the arena of learning that both Gemini and Sagittarius represent within the entirety of the matrix of the zodiac fold. Gemini accumulates experience thru its insatiable curiosity and can bounce from one situation to the next along this trajectory. Sagittarius the 3rd of the mutable signs (all mutable signs are about change) takes the investigative or other Mercurial organization factor of Virgo to glean cohesiveness to what Gemini has discovered, and formulate a package that can tie together our human endeavors into a format that has the implication of bonding us to a potentially larger field we are all a part of. One avenue this can take is religion, but there are other directions than can open before us in the insatiable appetite to explore always just a little be more in true Jupitarian fashion of thinking large in the Sagittarius way of sensing there is always more to discover. Remember, whatever awakens during this full Moon eclipse will linger for a season as we work thru our own position within these matters.

 

On Thursday the 27th Venus will form a square to Neptune moving extremely slow as it contemplates its next retrograde cycle near the end of June only a few minutes beyond where it currently travels. So Venus, in Gemini, approaching an equally slow moving Mercury also applying to go retrograde in a couple days holds in its movement questions about resources, partnership, mother earth matters, artistic potential and all within a curiosity about who and how best to approach others. The Mercurial side seeks answers that can lead to changing attitudes about those we relate to. The Neptunian factor from Pisces adds depth to our inquiries that attempt to locate our position in the larger matrix of creation itself. The square aspect can bring a certain tension to the front of our consciousness in these and related matters. I believe the key will be to see that these mutable sign matters are requesting us to not become too fixed on outcomes and recognize that change is in the air.

 

On Saturday Venus will catch up with the stationing Mercury to add some emphasis to and bring a focus to how we are going to begin this next retrograde cycle. While generally the 3-week Mercury retrograde dance covers about 15° of movement backwards this one will only cover 8°. This is a bringing to focus with a bit more intensity the arena portion of Gemini to a tighter perspective and perhaps Mercurial factors might require the application of a bit more resilience on our parts when it comes to dealing with others as well as our own thought processes. Every Mercury retrograde cycle applies an amount of introspection for us. One thing I have noticed is that many attempts to engage in conversation with others during these times can be challenging. Part of the reason is that we get so wrapped up in our own thought process that we fail to listen to what others are attempting to speak with us about. Since this one will be in Gemini, with a tight degree movement focus, my suspicion would be for an enhanced, or is that dimmed, capacity to effectively get our messages translated to others. If you happen to sense that the other is not hearing what you are attempting to convey, you are probably correct. If it is important, or vital, to “deliver the message to Garcia”, you may have to use stealth to accomplish your mission. Here is the Sabian interpretation for the beginning of this retrograde movement to ponder:

(GEMINI 25°): A GARDENER TRIMMING LARGE PALM TREES.

 

KEYNOTE:            Bringing under control nature’s power of expansion.

 

The intellect of man is like a tropical plant in that it tends to expand “wildly” in many directions, seeking direct contact with the sun’s rays. Like a palm tree it uses its dead leaves to protect itself against dry heat, the heat of the realm of mind when deprived of the complementary power of the feelings. A culture is characterized by specific “forms” and “prime symbols”; education’s main object, at least in cultural and classical periods, has been to contain the imagination of individuals within these traditional forms. An entirely different approach to education is being attempted in our transitional age.

 

At this last stage of the seventeenth fivefold sequence we have reached the level of fulfillment of the impulses which began at the first stage (Gemini 21) in a tumultuous upsurge of self-assertion and protest against the past. Now this upsurge has found its place in the evolution of mankind and society; and, symbolically speaking-“labor” has become not only unionized, but a strong force in the body politic. Yet the energies released seek constant expansion and therefore have to be controlled. There is need for repeated PRUNING.

 

The last planet to enter the dance more specifically for this upcoming week is Mars. It forms a trine from Cancer to Neptune as the Moon opposes Mars from Capricorn while Mars forms a trine with Neptune. I came across an interesting observation while reading a book this last week that can be related to Cancer. The keywords for Cancer and by extension the Moon is “I Feel”. This can conjure up a number of implications that often lead one to follow the trajectory of emotional factors and to a certain extent there is some of that in the mix. What this author had to offer about feelings is that, if not so much along the emotional trajectory we were to perceive that to feel is to put a value on something. Then determine just where along the scale of value something can reside in the moment it is being considered. Is it high up on the scale or low down and not as meaningful to us? I meditated on this and transposed this idea into the Cancer archetype and it seems to make sense that there is a scale that this lunar feeling realm has in play for us in most factors we are considering. Cancer is home and family clan among other things. Where on the scale of value do these matters fit for you? These will vary form person to person based on how one interacts with their specific celestial configuration and while it might stimulate certain emotional factors these are an effect of the valuation process. Part of this matrix thought process is the recognition that from the perspective of the natural unfolding of the zodiac signs Cancer is in the realm of the individual learning process and it is not until Libra is reached that we get the involvement of the other more specifically. Scorpio, the next water sign, is where we might intuit more of the sensation of emotions to enter the picture thru more intimate and intense interaction with others.

 

Let us go back to the Neptune factor in this trine aspect with Mars. Mars from the realm of I Feel energizes that realm because that is just what Mars does. The trine is an aspect of similar elemental energy that Mars is allowing action to move along. Neptune in Pisces is pondering at a depth that few take the time to delve into. Perhaps there can be a valuation process applied to what and where we place our connection to Source, the most intimate sharing experience we potentially have with the larger matrix we are all a part of. I don’t have a pat answer to this but only offer it as a ponderable for now that only you can deliberate upon. I would include that at this time of Gemini factors afoot conversing with others in these matters could be a challenge even though it seems like a worthwhile meditation to contemplate.

 

Now that I have done the celestial dance moves I was inspired to share for the upcoming week, I can see (this is already long enough) that I will have to locate some time later during this upcoming week to engage in the Celestial Chatter for the first week in June.

 

Celestial Chatter 5-17 to 23

 

So, what do you think? Are you willing to converse about it? We are in the final stages of the Sun’s passage thru Taurus, and preparations should be under way for the advent of the season of Gemini.

 

Before I get too far ahead of myself, Monday finds the solar orb forming a trine with Pluto both near the ends of the signs they are traversing. When contemplating the weight of any particular planetary being for relevance, sometimes it is helpful to sit down with them and ask some penetrating questions of them. The slower a planet moves the more weight it carries on affecting the areas of the zodiac underneath it. Since Pluto will not leave Capricorn until 2023 these final few degrees of this zone are likely to be inclined or fighting the inclination to conform to deep and penetrating pressure to embrace potentially life-altering changes to the political arena. Have you noticed any uptick over the past few years of unrest around the globe focused on political leadership’s ability to quell increasing levels of unrest by their respective populations? Here in the USA 200 years ago Pluto was transiting the same general area of space it now occupies. This is referred to as the Pluto return and does not occur very often from a person’s lifetime journey, but on the larger scale of time speaks to cultural signatures being brought up for review. Pluto’s idea of review is not something to take too lightly. As one of the great transformational energies in our celestial surround, when Pluto is in focus each of us is asked to grapple with matters that can have ramifications of the life/death arena. I find it helpful to view this as more of a death/rebirth process because this speaks more to the long count of the unfolding journey our souls are on. The terminal aspect that death holds in the consciousness of many contains us within just the physical realm with minimal recognition of our connection to the unfolding of our soul’s growth potential.

 

Now the Sun, marching forward at about a degree a day will spend just a couple days in its current dance with Pluto. This brings up the Earth element (Taurus and Capricorn) as being in focus. Think of practical things from the Taurus perspective of our natural surround or a connection to the planet as a sentient being sharing everything with us in the creation of our physical bodies. We are one with this and will return unto her when done with our physical journey. Everything is recycled at this level of the physical. Capricorn adds in elements of organization, discipline, achievement, and with any luck wisdom thru efficient self-control. The trine aspect, though brief, can have the ability to awaken aspects of these matters within us that are not just to be conceived as challenging but opportunity to tune into the larger matrix we are a part of.

 

There are multiple directions I could wander with the above considerations but I will attempt to contain myself to factors relevant more to the current time frame we occupy. On Wednesday Venus, recently having joined with the Gemini energy will form a trine aspect to Saturn in Aquarius. For all intents and purposes Saturn is stationary currently as it prepares to move into retrograde near the end of this week. When a planet is stationary they are bringing to focus the flavor of their current celestial position. So, Saturn in Aquarius a sign in rules traditionally will be traveling backwards beginning on Sunday the 23rd until October 11th. The degree it currently is at and will retrograde from might be worth the Sabian symbol interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for some insight we could ponder at this time.

(AQUARIUS 14°): A TRAIN ENTERING A TUNNEL.

 

KEYNOTE:            The ability to short cut the process of natural evolution by the exercise of will, mental skill and physical self-discipline.

 

In this symbol we see a condensation of what is implied in the three preceding ones. Man must be inspired by a vision of what is possible for him to achieve; he has to organize a schedule of necessary activities if the work is to be done in terms of successive moves, each requiring a specialized type of skill and strength (i.e. a hierarchy of functions); he has to find a propitious time for beginning the work. The end result is an acceleration of the evolutionary process, whether at the psychobiological level (that of yoga and other similar disciplines) or at the social level, i.e. the level at which, in its external aspect, civilization proceeds.

 

This fourth stage symbol presents a picture of what can be achieved by a combination of social and cultural, and even personal, techniques. It implies the possibility of shortening the length of time needed for progress by cutting through obstacles and delays. The Keyword is PENETRATION.

 

Venus in Gemini speaking to this Saturn objective could be perceived as in some fashion asking us to be very clear on our objectives at this time as far as how we interact with each other and just where might our curiosity lead us if we were to aim more clearly to alleviate tensions that seem to be surfacing all over the planet.

 

Friday the 21st and it is time to turn over a new leaf with the Sun’s entrance into Gemini. To add some expanded flavor to this the same day Mercury will square Neptune and the Sun will square Jupiter. This potential tension between Gemini and Pisces will circulate in the mutable signs so there will be change afoot. Where might our curiosity lead us into questions about circulating around our affinity or not of connections to Source? And if we were to embrace these matters more deliberately where might we discover common paths we create that parallel those others are on?

 

Mercury is within a couple degrees of where it will station to retrograde near the end of next week, so is amping up its focus upon this Gemini footprint. We are in preparation mode for the 2nd Mercury retrograde dance of the year in the 2nd Air sign. The Air element is all about mental and other forms of communication and this one being in the sign with a curious affinity to how we think and communicate we may want to consider just how we might utilize this process. While the Mercury in retrograde cycle is usually about 3 weeks long the distance in reverse that it travels has a bearing on the potential intensity that we might encounter. The less distance traveled backwards the more focused and possibly intense the process can be. The January and September retrogrades this year each cover about 15 degrees while this upcoming move is contained to 8°. Picture a compacting experience compressing a process to narrow the field of options. As with any Mercurial retrograde moment we have the option to use this time for investigation of matters we want to focus upon as long as we minimize our necessity of meaningful feedback from others who may be unclear about their own thought processes. In preparation for any Mercury retrograde experience it is advisable to gather material you seek to dive into at more depth before it begins. Might there be reading material on the subject or video considerations you are curious about that need to be sought which might prove challenging to locate during the actual retrograde cycle? Maybe you need resources for a writing project you are doing.

 

While I don’t generally leap ahead a week to consider the celestial factors in play, Mercury which went out-of-bounds (oob) on May 7th, will be coming back in bounds on the same day it turns retrograde. I am just providing a heads up to a likely unpredictable time stamp for this current preparation phase we are in. Mercury oob does everything it can to not be contained within rules that might attempt to restrict it. This shift from oob to retrograde is huge if you can perceive that in Gemini we are all about communicating and we will be shifting from an anything goes scenario to one that might interfere in our ability to hold the attention of others whose thoughts cycle around their own concerns to the point we may be challenged to hear each other clearly. Another element to keep in mind is that communication tools might not function as well as they might be expected to with any Air retrograde of Mercury. As my wife, who works at a computer store would offer, BACK UP YOUR STUFF. I would add to make sure and check the media you are backing up to is secure.

 

The Sun passing thru the square to Jupiter in Pisces is just an extra brief reminder of the larger picture that our grasp of Source might hold for us to ponder. With both Jupiter and Neptune wandering the seas of Pisces currently do not be too surprised to discover you dreamscape populated with some rather adventurous events. Keep that dream journal handy as there may be insights your dreams are offering you. Don’t be surprised to have yourself or others attempting to share some of the images that have crossed the dream threshold.

 

Over the weekend the Moon will be traveling the Libra section of the heavens as the 3rd Air partner to be aware of participating in this weeks celestial dance. Libra can bring the field of interaction with others more into the fold of experience even if not physically at least in our thoughts. On Saturday it will form a brief grand trine with Venus, its ruler, and Saturn just beginning its station. Connections we maintain with others are on the table and we might as the Sabian symbol for Saturn suggests want to make sure we are headed in a meaningful direction.

 

Yes, I will remind everyone about Mercury approaching retrograde again next week.

Celestial Chatter 5-10 to 16

 

Other than the conjunction of the Moon and Sun this week most of the aspects the planets attain with one another are sextiles and trines. These are aspects that do not carry overtly challenging energy for us to deal with. I have heard some speak of this new Moon being an eclipse but it is a just bit wide of the mark to include this within the coming eclipse cycle that begins with the full Moon on the 26th. As with any new Moon the Tuesday new Moon sets in motion a certain factor that we might embrace as we attempt to aim for what might be accomplished in our adventures for the coming month. It is in Taurus and at the beginning of the third decanate (10° segments of the signs) so has an overlay of the third earth sign from Taurus which is Capricorn. Practicality is an earth quality and integrity is one of the Capricorn underpinnings. Perhaps shooting for the Moon with our ambitions for the upcoming lunar cycle might be a stretch. I find the Sabian symbol interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” unique as an alternative way to view ambition.

(TAURUS 22°): WHITE DOVE FLYING OVER TROUBLED WATERS.

 

KEYNOTE: The spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis.

 

Here also we are confronted with a symbol of guidance, and the dove flying over troubled waters reminds one of the story of Noah and the Ark. Noah met his and mankind’s crisis courageously and in complete obedience to God’s prompting. The test completed, he received the dove’s message. It is a message from the Holy Spirit announcing a new Dispensation. This symbolic scene can be applied to personal crises resulting from emotional upheavals or from the irruption of unconscious forces and impulses into the consciousness, if the crisis has been faced in the right spirit.

 

This second stage symbol is in contrast to the preceding one because here it is not the product of a culture, a “book,” but instead the rhythm of cosmic, God ordained cycles that reveals its conclusive beat through a living and concretely significant Sign, a REWARD TO THE FAITHFUL.

 

There are always ramifications to our druthers that can be reflected upon. It is in this interpretation that the field of longevity comes upon the scene. Is it practical to only live for today with minimal consideration for the long story? While this image may be a reflection on religious doctrine there is a hint to the costs inherent in short sighted living. So, while there may not be any overtly challenging planetary effects during this week this full Moon sets in motion a potential viewpoint that will linger. The question I perceive is, are my views practical and do they reflect a level of integrity that I can share with others in a meaningful fashion?

 

Wednesday arrives with Mercury in trine to Saturn, the Sun sextile to Neptune and Mars sharing a sextile with Uranus. Let’s unpack this. Mercury (still out-of-boounds), or how we think and communicate, in its home sign of Gemini will have no shortage of things to say and curiosities to investigate. The trine from Saturn in Aquarius (also in one of its home signs) could dictate just a bit more unique structure to our investigative process we are drawn to participate in. You could picture a dynamic tail wind to where we might be inclined to peer around and perhaps just a bit more structure seeking with a twist to our investigations. The sextile of the Sun and Neptune from Taurus to Pisces could potentially open up insight into levels of interaction with arenas that don’t occupy our general daily observations. Our inclinations might have us turning over situations or experiences to peer a bit more into the soul of what is transpiring. Might there be ramifications afoot we could easily have overlooked in our haste to be somewhere else where we are not?

 

Now the Mars/Uranus dance from Cancer to Taurus might be spun along trajectories that could surprise us. Our impulse to acquire could take a unique spin that involves adding something to our homes we may not have expected and could require some getting use to, especially for others occupying our digs.

 

On Friday this week Jupiter shifts for a brief cycle until late July, before returning to Aquarius, in the realms of Pisces where it has traditional rulership. Think expansion whenever and wherever Jupiter is involved. Might there be matters that have tickled your inquisitive nature that are not located within your everyday process? Neptune, the planet with modern day affinity with Pisces has wandered the seas of Pisces for quite a few years to date. If I were to broach the topics that Pisces represents the waters could easily run quite deep and be quite lengthy to ponder. I easily would once again be intrigued to “Wonder” as mentioned last week on a long trajectory not contained within the realm of one lifetime. Containment is not a term I would readily sense that Jupiter is comfortable with so, open the gates into the deeper mysteries of life as this expansive being fills as much of this realm as conceivable with no limits. For many this can be, or seem to be, a solitary journey as there are few others able to converse about matters that will surface when plumbing the depths of this soul process. One of the tools I have found helpful to embrace while these matters are contemplated is a willingness to release confining thought patterns that often easily keep us locked on goals. I am not suggesting becoming ungrounded as there is vitality that having boundaries requires. Perhaps one might perceive this as a softening of the outer portions of our boundary lines to investigate subjects we are not readily comfortable with. Oh, I can hear the Sun currently in the comfort zone of Taurus become squeamish about treading into uncharted territory. Gird up now thy loins like the creative being you were intended to become in this life adventure and take chances to release aspects of yourself you were intended to present into the world. We each have brought with us into this life adventure levels of awareness to share with others and to pay attention to within each other that are required to challenge us to grow together.

 

Astrology is a language of symbols. We in life are surrounded by symbolic gestures that we often pay little attention to as they attempt to awaken us to aspects of ourselves that lay dormant because others have attempted to steer us around these awareness parameters to keep us in check for their own benefit. Maybe their comfort might be disrupted should meaningful questions surface as to why they consider themselves privileged to be in a position to be calling all the shots and languishing in the lion’s share of the rewards. Astrology is the interpretation of a symbolic language that has been handed down to us from eternity. In a recent podcast by Steven Forrest he mentioned that symbolism is a multidimensional experience as oppose to the narrow parameters of literalism that occupies a single dimension. In astrological language we are required to always keep in front of us the vast variety the symbols can lead us toward as we engage in conversation with both our celestial partners as well as with our clients and friends. One of the key elements to be successful with symbolical language is to learn how to listen. Not all messages arrive in oral form or for that matter from beings we might recognize as being sentient from the perspective of a vast level of human interpretation presented to us only from or thru our ears. The eyes perceive way more than words can convey. The heart perceives an infinite variety of senses we often don’t give credence to. In my 50 plus years of following the paths astrology has opened before me many of the sense capacities mystics have utilized forever seep to the surface in conversations with others as the attempt by beings from many seemingly alternate universes attempt to make contact with us to steer us successfully forward on trajectories we can’t even imagine.

 

I trust you will find others who you can communicate with in symbolic language and discover the key you brought into this life.

Celestial Chatter 5-3 to 9

 

Back in the day before there were astrological houses, because of the challenge to ascertain degrees for the intermediate houses, the process called whole sign delineation existed. This led to some astrologers setting up a system where if any planetary body was in one sign any other planet in as aspecting sign was considered to be in that same aspect regardless of the degree. I bring this up because we begin this week with the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius and Uranus, the Sun, Venus and Mercury all in Taurus or square to all the Aquarius energy. This is a fixed square so tweaks the process of getting things done with perhaps a bit of irony on display with different perspectives at work in the attempted accomplishment process. The two sign rulers are currently in their respective signs so one might expect enhanced expression of each of these energies.

 

The square aspect is often portrayed as conflict or crisis, restriction or maybe some restless friction, but this may not always be a beneficial way to view these opportunities. With spring in the air here in the northern hemisphere the natural world and gardening beckon our participation. What Aquarius might have to offer into this is perhaps a bit of flare for the authentic. Might there be unique plants that call to you? Could there be some design influences that you have had a hankering to attempt? One thing is for certain, and that is that most of the planets are in the eastern sky so personal leanings with minimal influence from others is on the table.

 

As April shifts into May the Moon has done a 5-day out-of-bounds (oob) dance move. It is interesting to be aware of the latitudinal shift the planets move on also known as declination. Mars is currently oob and has been since March 24th and will be so until it rejoins the rest of the inbounds planets around May 21st from its trajectory in the far northern declination. Here are some oob terms that any planet might chance to embrace: unrestrained, extreme, independent, wild, awkward, vulnerable, privileged, or magnified. Throw some Mars into the hopper with that kind of tailwind and see where that might lead. On a longitudinal perspective Mars moved into Cancer on April 23rd and that could be perceived as a cooling of the jets that were stimulated during the Gemini sojourn of curiosity on fire. Have you felt any urges to rearrange the furniture in your home lately or maybe relocate to a new home? That might be Mars pushing you from oob territory.

 

Lest I wander too far afield with this planetary consideration, Monday finds the Sun in square to Saturn while the Moon dances with Saturn, and Mercury in square to Jupiter. Let’s unpack the Mercury/Jupiter square in the final degrees of Taurus and Aquarius. Words, thoughts and impulses may be seeking audience in preparation for first Mercury stepping across the line into the homeport of Gemini and next week Jupiter sauntering into it’s homeport of Pisces. You can almost feel the anticipation.

 

On Tuesday the 4th Mercury accomplishes dipping its feet and everything else into Gemini. Time to release any laid back thinking as we become stimulated to investigate what we are curious about. Is it a line of learning or maybe the adventure of discovering why that certain other seems to intrigue you? Careful, spring is in the air. To add a bit of a twist to this contemplation Venus steps more directly into the limelight from Thursday thru the end of the week. First she will trine Pluto (now retrograde since 4-27) and then on Saturday square Jupiter before Sunday moving on into Gemini. Venus in Taurus has been savoring the good things that life tickles the pallet with and is about to shift gears. The Pluto trine can bring to point any too extravagant leanings she has wandered into. The square to Jupiter on the final degree of their respective signs beckons a shift in awareness of coming changes that are afoot. Venus entering Gemini could spark a bit more of the Mercurial curiosity that might be directed at another.

 

There is one fly in the ointment in the midst of the Venus dance moves and that is Mercury that will be moving oob on Friday the 7th. Think of all the oob terms I offered above and see them amplified by the Gemini energy of inquisitiveness. Simple answers will not be sufficient and paying attention for long stretches is out of the question. Just for something to mull over the degree the Mercury is at when it begins to wander afield has a Sabian definition from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala”:

(GEMINI 6°): WORKMEN DRILLING FOR OIL.

 

KEYNOTE: The avidity for that knowledge which ensures wealth and power.

 

This symbol superficially considered can be referred to the insatiable drive of modern man for power and wealth, his readiness to accept the risk of failure. But it has a deeper meaning, especially if related to the next symbol. Oil is the end result of the decay of living materials. Drilling for oil may represent the attempt to penetrate to the deep layers of the collective Unconscious and to reawaken the powers of the archaic psyche which once flourished, for instance in the true ceremonial magic of the tribal world, perhaps among the adepts of the fabled Atlantis, or even among the shamans and witch doctors of more recent times. The archaic powers may be “refined” for modern situations, but the almost inevitable result is the release of noxious waste products, “pollution.” And there is a pollution of consciousness as well as of the atmosphere man breathes.

 

The zodiacal sign Gemini has basically the meaning of insatiable curiosity and avidity for knowledge; it is logically a “human” sign (the Twins). One of the Twins tends to seek power and knowledge from the ancient past, the other to discover a living source of strength and wisdom which is forever being replenished by the celestial downpour of Spiritual Consciousness and love (cf. the next symbol). It is man’s nature, alas, to begin with potentially negative emotions and desires.

 

This is the first stage of the fourteenth fivefold sequence of cyclic phases. It deals with the emotional and, at the present-day level of evolution, socially prized reaction of most human beings to the attainment of new forms of knowledge, i.e. AMBITION.

WONDER!

 

How often do you stop to wonder? Where might that lead? Has wonder been replaced by our www information technology? Where does wonder come from? Is it possible to maintain a state of wonder in our modern society?

 

I awoke this morning with these questions circulating in my wider consciousness and figured it was time to ponder this dilemma out loud so to speak. Visions assailed me of the awe I felt while lying on the dessert sand near the Giza Pyramids as a child staring into the infinite capacity of the moonless night sky. Is it possible that my thoughts could be contained within the hemisphere of my brain space or is there an equally infinite container that my consciousness occupies? Wonder arrives when confronted by open-ended situations that are less easily answered with the assumptions of what we think we already know.

 

With the entrance, this week, of both Mercury and then Venus into the 30° segment of our celestial surround attuned to Gemini, questions seep to the surface. What directions might a query lead us if we were to relinquish our so-called connectivity to certain hard and fast rules we have been taught to expect? I am inclined in this ponderable moment to set aside aspects of the structure of life that once commanded most of my attention in an attempt to stay between invisible lines of containment. The wyrd beckons investigation, not to find answers, but to expand the parameters of questions leading toward wonder.

 

I just stepped outside into a very light moisture falling from the sky and could hear the call from high in the tree tops of a dove moving out across the landscape. From it’s perch a message was being broadcast in a language I am not familiar with, but am willing to allow imagination to spill out in various directions along the song line of the dove not requiring understanding but just participating as a listener. How often do we attempt to pigeon hole our experiences into understood context instead of allowing for the wonder and magic of the moment to engulf us? As I listened to the dove I could almost sense the other trees in the neighborhood respond as if to say, “please come sit upon my branches, and sing down into my roots that the earth may rejoice together with us”. Almost simultaneously oneness envelops the entirety of this moment and we are all singing together.

 

 

 

 

 

Celestial Chatter 4-26 to 5-2

 

Celestial Chatter 1-25 to 31

 

Here it is, the last week of January 2021 and it definitely appears that much is on our plates this year. Last week I jumped in with an in depth look at the Sibly and Inauguration charts with only a smattering of consideration of the sign change into Aquarius. This week let’s parcel out some more of the Aquarian archetype as it surrounds all of us currently. Each month the Sun moves into the backdrop of one of the 12 astrological sign 30° segments of the celestial story. The Sun is like a furnace and is the fuel available to ferret out what might be a productive use of the energy available. This does not always play out as beneficial for each of us depending on what our particular celestial chart factors set in motion for us as well as the decisions we have made along the way as to how we are going to set our sails in the unfolding weather patterns.

 

Aquarius may be one of the most misunderstood of the zodiac signs. It leans into the gathering of groups yet has a certain disdain for too much intimacy in those larger settings. Hopes and wishes surround this arena yet many will tell you to stop aiming for what they term pie-in-the-sky goals. Come back to earth for the future you are dreaming of cannot be attained within the current system structure. How can a person be a rebel and still function within the system they are rebelling against? Aquarius is the scientist, inventor and genius, so many of those far out visions that come thru our meditations have found their way into mainstream culture throughout history. Being too comfortable with the way things are curbs our exploration of what will be next. Saturn co-rules Capricorn and Aquarius, but unlike the overt rules and structure, the paying attention to the time clock often holding us within the grips of a past that no longer has relevance that the former thrives on. The latter still within certain structural constraints is always testing for weak spots in the framework we are given. I think of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean talking to his father saying “but the rules…” to which his father replies something to the effect “ rules, eh, they are more like guidelines”. You can almost feel our Capricorn parts squirming at this kind of thought.

 

So, what is this attraction that the Aquarius within each of us has that beckons us to lend at least an ear to theories that push at the bounds of the known? Opposed to Leo where one might be tempted to gamble with personal resources, Aquarius raises the stakes and asks if there might be something more that seeks inclusion within the gathered culture that is ready for major change. Sitting between overtly formal regulation and control of Capricorn dictates, and Pisces where the invitation arises to participate within the ranks of a spiritual source code, this final fixed air sign perceives visions akin to what Sagittarius says is out there and applies them in ways that can fluctuate hard and fast rules enough so that spaces open up in their midst allowing for questions to arise as to if there is something more we might be missing that too much emphasis on form precludes us from perceiving.

 

I am going to allow these previous thoughts to settle in for a bit. When one wanders into our Aquarian zone of influence the perspective that there is a particular goal we are headed to accomplish becomes a bit more fluid. While it is not like there are no goals, but is more akin to maintaining a broad enough trajectory so as not to exclude factors that show up along the way that often require reassessing our original aim by either adding to it or correcting toward a new and broader vision quest. Some may object and say/think “what about the goal we were headed for?” It has not disappeared, it is being allowed breathing room to see if it can hold up to necessary or optional change.

 

Let us shift gears a bit now and peer into all the energy being poured into either a hoped for Aquarian Age beginning, or equally the desire to discount the whole idea of Great Ages altogether. To pin point an exact date for any Age that lasts for around 2160 years, or 1/12th of the Grand Cycle of Ages of about 26,000 years is folly. Imagine if you will a scenario in which you are traveling along in some form of transportation and you suddenly realize you just passed where you wanted to go. The likelihood of stopping short at that point will not transpire. The mind might be thrown into turmoil attempting to contemplate what missing your mark will entail and off it races. While you will still likely get back to the location you had in mind things will have transpired that shift what you thought would happen. Transpose this scenario into a shift of 2000-year pieces of time and you might be able to grasp that there will be some that tune into these shifts well in advance of any particular time frame and there will be others that may never tune into an energy shift that is under way. In 1871-ish Uranus was noticed as being a planet and eventually was offered as the modern ruler to Aquarius. Picture if you will all the planets in our solar system spinning like tops with north and south poles up and down like the earth. Uranus has its north pole pointing at the Sun so it has more of a rolling motion. You might be able to grasp a certain Aquarian signature here as most think of us Aquarians as moving to the beat of a different drummer. Was 1871 the beginning of the Aquarian Age? Remember the consideration of those tuning into the energy shifts at differing time frames? The transition between Ages can last up to 500 years with some becoming attuned to this shift earlier than others and some not at all. I think there are still those manipulating world events that are still tuned into the Aries Age with the war god Mars at the helm. The loaves and the fishes are just seen as fuel for the manipulation of resource gathering by various armies that destroy the environment and shift monetary resources into tighter and tighter circles of influence.

 

The discovery of Uranus and then subsequently Neptune, Pluto, Eris and onward, was a shift into realms that carry longer and longer footprints. We in the astrological community still recognize the value the 7 original celestial beings used for thousands of years as overtly symbolic to our overtly human plight here on planet Earth, but the additional cultural or transpersonal planets and more, speak to the unfolding of the larger matrix we find ourselves in. I painted a symbolic image quite a number of years ago that I see as an inkling of this Aquarian archetype shifting gears.

 

This is just one of a whole series I painted I referred to as the Whale Dreams group. This one has particular interest from a shamanic perspective as I have since learned that there are those in the know that perceive part of humanity was brought here in spirit form from the Pleiades and that long range memory still exists within the whale/dolphin lineage.

 

I hope your head has begun to swirl a bit because that is the function of Uranus in the grand scheme of things. It has the job of shaking things up so that one is left with a sense of being off balance from the comfort zone where things rarely change. We are currently in a cycle where Uranus is playing a more specific role in our lives energetically. The Day of the Inauguration Mars danced its way across Uranus. This coming week the Sun will square Uranus and the full Moon will T square both Uranus and Mars. With all the planets currently in Aquarius, Uranus is shaking things up. Being in Taurus, Uranus might be bringing some pressure to bear on Mother Earth things like resources and by extrapolation economics. It began this 7+ year journey thru Taurus back near the beginning of 2015 so has a ways to go. The square aspect or 90° has the distinction of applying pressure to the players involved because they represent elements that aren’t known for playing so well in the sandbox together. Taurus is all about form and structure in its practical Mother Earth resource rich grasp of the plentiful garden state. We humans have currently placed the earth under siege to monetize every aspect of our living fed by the resources we can extract from her. I am an animist and know that everything is alive. All the elements of this planet are bringing us to task as a reminder that our responsibility was to tend an keep her and this respect would provide everything we actually need. Greed is at work and has surpassed a tipping point of balance between humans and nature on many fronts.

 

As this week commences Monday finds the Sun in sextile to Chiron. Some will discover an Aquarian perspective that propels healing functions to the front of what needs to transpire. Other might tune into wounds they are dealing with over long cycles. Tuesday the Sun does the Square dance with Uranus as mentioned above. Wednesday finds Venus moving into a square with Eris (Capricorn to Aries). You might ask yourself how stable are you in your relationships with others and particularly with those who occupy positions of authority in your world.

 

This deserves it’s own paragraph. On Thursday Venus conjoins with Pluto and there is a full Moon best observed energy wise overnight on Wednesday. There are two Sabian symbols to consider on this day. First Venus dances into Pluto’s realm with Venus as Lucifer (rising before the Sun) or the Light Bringer. Essentially Venus has us leading with our hearts currently as opposed to our heads. Our own set up natally to whether or not Venus rises ahead of the Sun might have a bearing on how we ponder this aspect. Pluto brings with it the question in this instance of if we individually and as a collective have demonstrated enough willingness to release what is ultimately headed toward the compost pile anyway. The head, or our mind, may not willingly advance in this direction but the heart senses what is necessary. Depending on our response in these matters will we each embrace the Sabian symbol for this encounter or miss it altogether. From Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala”: (CAPRICORN 26°): A NATURE SPIRIT DANCING IN THE IRIDESCENT MIST OF A WATERFALL.

 

KEYNOTE:            The ability to perceive the hidden and creative spirit of natural phenomena.

 

The Sabian symbols make several references to nature spirits. Here we are dealing with the revelation of the spiritual or psychic forces related to the element water. Water binds all living cells in a wholesome interplay. It symbolizes the constant flow of vital energies, the fluidity of a consciousness which finds itself stimulated by change. The great cycle of water within the earth’s biosphere (oceans, clouds, rain, river) symbolizes the basic phases of universal life processes, the ascent and descent of emotional energies and of love. We can personify these phases and speak of “the soul of nature,” and at a cosmic level of “the World-Soul,” anima mundi. Water is the substance of the telluric manifestations of this soul. It is a magical substance, and modem chemists are rediscovering in their study of its unusual behavior in certain situations what old Alchemists in their own way no doubt understood.

 

This is the first stage of the sixtieth sub cycle, and it presents us with a deep intuition of super physical energies which at the end of this fivefold sequence we will see fully mastered (Phase 300). The consciousness here becomes sensitized to the downward flow of OCCULT ENERGY in its bountiful natural aspect.

 

The Full Moon might offer some more energy into contemplation related to this Venus/Pluto dance move. The Sabian symbol for the Moon will be:

(LEO 10°): EARLY MORNING DEW SPARKLES AS SUNLIGHT FLOODS THE FIELD.

 

KEYNOTE:            The exalted feeling that rises within the soul of the individual who has successfully passed through the long night which has tested his strength and his faith.

 

The cold air of night having precipitated upon the field of man’s consciousness the moisture of his deepest feelings, this widely spread dew is blessed with the light of significance by the rising sun of the new day. Even tears can be transformed into jewels in the light of victory over night and sorrow.

 

At this fifth stage of the present sequence we see the potential culmination of the process which began on a note of social and cultural crisis. The would-be reformer has to meet many emotional problems as he begins his work of creation. Creation means transformation; the reformer is actually a transformer if he is truly a creative and inspired individual open to the spirit that “makes everything new.” The building of a new society, and of one’s renewed personality as well, is just as much a process of artistic creation as the making of a delicate glass vase or a symphony. The Keyword is TRANSFIGURATION.

 

But wait, the week is almost done, just not quite. Also on Thursday the Sun catches up with Jupiter. This can be seen as an enhancement of that full Moon or at least an extra energy to embrace. Herein lies some soul searching. How large are we to make of this full Moon energy while at the same time might be called to task for realism. Aquarius is not all pie-in-the-sky and there may be some need to curtail or at least do some re-thinking of how far the Aquarius vision will be allowed audience. Though not exact for a couple days Mars is in T Square to this full Moon. Being in Taurus we might expect in a more perfect world situation to see potential aggressiveness flare up should the full Moon’s energy bring you into contest with certain others. With all this fixed energy in the air, there could be some stubbornness around.

 

Friday arrives and Mercury is slowing down to begin its retrograde process on Saturday that will keep it in Aquarius until mid March. This is the first of the annual Mercury retrogrades that will all occur in the Air signs. Many factors come to consideration during Mercury’s retreat mode. Mercury is tuned into how we think, perceive, communicate, do business, contemplate short journeys, study, etc. Mercury can be seen to act as a filter transferring thought waves to and from the solar core. There is an ironic connection to time that comes under the Mercurial sector and can appear to change from seeming to barely move at all to racing along and difficult to keep up with. As Mercury and Uranus are octaves of each other and we are in the Aquarius season where Mercury will do a long dance, don’t be too surprised to see this playing out in your respective worlds for a while. With any Mercury retrograde cycle it is advisable to prepare ahead of time. Might there be issues that deserve some focused consideration? Are there inventions that beckon further refinement you are working on? Just from an Aquarian perspective that we are all in, yes there are factors afoot that could use some clarity of investigation. Don’t expect others to go out of their way to assist you during much of this cycle. Myopic is the appropriate term to use for the thinking we all are engaged in during any Mercury retrograde time. How can I worry about your problems when I have my own to deal with? On January 15th Mercury crossed the degree it will retrograde back to. It is said that this is the shadow zone for a planets trajectory as it moves thru its cycles. To say I’m not clear on the exact effect this has might be an appropriate way to perceive how the thinking process is affected over a longer stretch of time around the Mercury retrograde cycle. If you have a project or projects you are working on it is advisable to gather as much resource as you might require before the actual reversal begins as thought organization processes might wander quite far during that time.

 

Gazing out into the night sky over the next couple weeks Mars will grace the evening western direction and the Moon will dominate as the only other planetary neighbor we will be able to see as it traverses in opposition to all the rest of the zodiac from that occupied by the other planets. From January 24th to the 27th the Moon will be traveling out-of-bounds (oob). The Moon will be traversing the Gemini and Cancer zones. Since this is just prior to Mercury (ruler of Gemini) turning retrograde be adventurous in gathering what you need to spur deeper investigation into the projects on your plate to ponder. This can enhance lunar factors to be just a bit more flippant than usual. Our feeling realms may wander a little farther afield than we normally would allow them to. At the same time we may tap into healing capacities we didn’t know we had.

 

Sunday, the last day of January, the Sun moves into direct square with Mars. That Aquarius furnace and fuel may just be enough to excite Mars to act up in some unpredictable fashion as it is still within hailing distance of Uranus.

Celestial Chatter 1-18 to 24

 

We as members of this nation are poised for the initiation into a new president assuming command for the next 4-year cycle. The transition has been fraught with challenges getting to this point from certain sectors of our citizenry with leadership spinning tales making it difficult to grasp just where truth was. This week might be a bit more technical a post as there are certain factors in play that are in need of clarification requiring astrological charts. The chart I will be considering initially will be the bi-wheel of the Sibly (July 4th, 1776) and the Inauguration charts that will accompany this post.

 

 

The center chart is the Sibly for the creation of the U.S.A. back in the day. The outer chart ring is for the Inauguration this Wednesday. What I am going to focus on are the Sibly lunar nodes across the Aquarius/Leo axis in the 2nd/8th houses. The nodal axis can be seen as a destiny line in any chart. The south node V can be viewed as an indication of gifts and or challenges, habits and or karma. The north node U is a beckoning toward a hoped for but not necessarily granted future. You will notice that the nodal axis is at 6° of their respective signs. On the inauguration there will be a conjunction of Mars and Uranus at 6° of Taurus. This can be referred to as a square aspect. A square is made up of elements that generally do not see eye-to-eye on things because of their sign perspectives coming from differing viewpoints. The Fire and Air elements work quite well together. The Earth and Water elements do the same. It is the alchemy of divergent signs that can be problematic or at least can represent differing takes on a subject.

 

Uranus has been in this square aspect most of last year and will be there a quarter portion of this year. This can indicate certain unpredictability to the path of destiny for the U.S. This last occurred in the 1930’s or the cycle of the Great Depression. The clincher is that Mars will be exactly conjunct to Uranus on this inauguration day. This is actually in play for a week or so either side of the exact conjunction.

 

Here are a few words from Robert Hand’s “Planets In Transit” book: “No other transit is more conducive than this one to sudden upsets, rash behavior and surprising incidents. Energy seems to burst out all over the place and in surprising forms. It is very often difficult to make plans during this transit precisely because so much happens without any warning.”

 

Since the nodal story of the nation’s chart is square this signature there is evidence of the increased tension transpiring as this next presidential cycle commences. Now, not everything is looking to be just challenges on the table. Jupiter transiting is currently on the Sibly south node and toying with the square as well. Some factors that should be brought to bare in this consideration is that Mars in Taurus the land of the gardener and nature lover and artist may not have all of its warrior energy able to leap to the fore. It is still Mars though and is always aiming to act with vigor.

 

Let’s sit with Jupiter for a spell and tune into what this enormous gas giant may be about currently. The arena of Aquarius stimulates science, inventions, humanitarian causes, as well as a bit of revolutionary underpinning. Being Jupiter it seeks to expand upon these Aquarian themes while about its normal activities of exploration, and journeys, philosophy and cultural spiritual enhancement. I believe it would be the Mars factor that makes this square a bit more conflict oriented than Jupiter would normally care to lean into. Friction while in the package may actually be smoothed somewhat by the Uranus (modern ruler of Aquarius) inspiring Mars to visualize the potential for humanitarian causes with, of course, some work as there are obviously some obstacles to overcome.

 

We must take into consideration that on Tuesday the Sun will move into Aquarius, which energizes this archetypal field. I am getting the image of a large cauldron with all the Aquarius visitors Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury swimming around and creating a warm beverage to assist in soothing the edginess of that Mars/Uranus war dance simmering in another pot. The Moon will on Thursday move by transit across the Mars/Uranus moment and a consensus of any calm minds, we might tune into the Sibly Aquarius Moon to utilize group consciousness to see thru the potential ramifications of all out rebellion fanning a misinformed mob mentality into regrettable action.

 

Neptune in Pisces has been slowly but steadily stirring our creative imaginations to invite the poet and the mystic into our circles that empathy may find audience in our gatherings. On Saturday Neptune will move into square with the transiting nodal axis across the Sagittarius/Gemini realms. The transiting north node is still within hailing distance of the Sibly Mars in Gemini. It would be worth paying attention to the language currently being touted from all sides, as there are obviously things out of balance with our western cultural choice of direction. Our Declaration of Independence with Mars in Gemini in the 7th house would have had strong words to say to any within earshot seeking to dissuade the fabrication of this nation state. Our current direction forward (north node) could be an indication to make sure we are following the intentions of the Constitution as we attempt to iron out strong differences of opinion on what our government and citizens should mean to each other. The node should lead to an enhancement of our spiritual evolution. As a collective we have a ways to travel on that path.

 

On Saturday Venus moves into sextile with Neptune. The potential for harmony to seek awareness of our spiritual destiny might, because Venus is in Capricorn, seep into the language and thoughts of those occupying positions of leadership in our country. A sextile can bring about empowerment thru synthesis and the organization of creative impulses. It is an aspect of pollination.

 

While there are factions of our society that may wish to stir up the surface of our cauldron of existence into frothy waves of discontent it will be up to those of us who can vision alternative ways to bring calm back to the surface and to hold strong with those energies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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