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 9-20 to 26

 

As we wind down the last couple days of the Virgo season there is a simultaneous slowing down of the Mercurial race between Earth and the Sun. At least that is what appears to be happening from our Earth perspective. The most pressing planetary conversation this week has to do with the Sun’s shift into Libra and Mercury going retrograde for the last time of 2021 in Libra.

 

Mercury the wing footed messenger of the gods, racing around the Sun at about three times the speed of Earth, it is easy to see why it was given the quality of thoughts or mental processes and have an affinity with Gemini and Virgo. These are both mutable signs, or the culmination of a quadrant of signs and have the responsibility of preparing to alter direction from what has been to what may be seeking audience at the next cardinal moment. Cardinal initiates things. Underlying the speech capacities, Mercury is said to represent our thinking capacities accelerating far faster than words are usually able to keep up with. There is no evidence that language can curtail the speed of thought. Gemini is the orator while Virgo attempts to organize the vast array of thoughts that may be seeking audience.

 

Even as Mercury is slowing down to retrograde by the end of this week the thinking processes rarely take a break. Where this is observed more readily is in the translation of thoughts into vocabulary. Each person has a plethora of mental directions vying for attention and when Mercury goes retrograde the challenge is that while we may have certain issues we would share with others there is a muddling transpiring to overcome our own thinking enough to listen to what another is offering. It is for this reason that during the Mercury retrograde cycle the communication arena is so fraught with misunderstanding.

 

As the Sun shifts into Libra, where Mercury has spent most of September, the field of relationship has been near the surface of what our thoughts and communication have been occupied with. The Sun’s arrival kicks up the energy quotient for related topics to move nearer the top of the pile. When you picture the symbol of the scales as the image of Libra, what do you think is being weighed on each side? It is relationship to things. On one side is the image of self and on the other is everything else that may be conceived as not self. The trick is to seek some level of common ground whereby each side of the scales may communicate effectively with one another. Libra is also the beginning of a zone of influence where the collective starts to make its presence known. You are no longer alone attempting to formulate a path forward.

 

I’m going to go out on a limb here but not a new tree appendage. We are energy beings, but so is everything else. As a human many of us have been taught to view anything that is not self as alien in some fashion, and this has been extrapolated upon the different races of humans as well. Energy can assume any form required, exist for a spell and then be reassumed into the energy matrix before being re-shaped again. We put so much of our effort into the physical aspects of our surroundings with minimal recognition of this ongoing sharing of energy resource underlying the formation of every aspect of life we are part of. When we incarnate we borrow aspects of the physical material, that there is just so much of, and has been recycled forever, but maintain some illusive (taught) perspective that we are separate from it all. The part of us that is the spark of animation for the physical material we have gathered to do the earth walk for a season has always existed and this terrestrial journey is just an aspect we assume to learn from. This pseudo separation syndrome we have been offered as reality is at the core of a system that has shaped the modern, so-called, prosperous bent of culture hell bent on consuming itself beyond the planet’s capacity to support this game. There is a uniqueness we each embody and it has been said that if you do not bring this out for sharing with others there is a hole in the world where this is suppose to fit in. We require one another, and this refers to more than just the human element of the life equation.

 

The week begins with a full Moon in Pisces and I think we can dive into the Sabian interpretation of this degree of the zodiac to ponder our place within the vision of a whole. From Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala”:

(PISCES 28°): A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON REVEALS A VARIETY OF FULL-GROWN VEGETABLES.

 

KEYNOTE:            The full satisfaction of the individual’s basic needs.

 

This symbol would seem a duplication of the preceding one, but if it is related to the first of this five-fold series (Pisces 26°) it’s meaning becomes clear. What is stressed now is not the full moon itself or its light, but the moon’s power to call forth the instinctive urge for growth; many things respond in many different ways. The symbol refers to a typical garden, not to a field. Such a garden contains a variety of plants, herbs and vegetables grown specifically to fill an equal variety of human needs and tastes.

 

In this sense the third symbol of this seventy-second sequence combines the meanings of the first two. It is a symbol of ABUNDANCE, an abundance fitted to individualized requirements and wants.

 

The first Sabian symbol of this set of degrees reads:

THIRD LEVEL: INDIVIDUAL-MENTAL

 

(PISCES 26°): WATCHING THE VERY THIN MOON CRESCENT APPEARING AT SUNSET, DIFFERENT PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS.

 

KEYNOTE:            A keen appreciation of the value of individualized responses to any challenge of life.

 

Can you sense in these Sabian messages certain aspects of uniqueness we each bring to the equation of life? Not necessarily for self-aggrandizement but as functional parts of a whole. The full Moon is a time of maximum reflected solar light on issues that are near fulfillment or at least the potential exists to lay one’s cards on the table to reflect upon.

 

Two days after this full Moon is the Fall Equinox on Wednesday. The day and night hours are equal and we begin the next phase of the journey, here in the northern hemisphere toward shorter and shorter days on our way to the Winter Solstice. It is now time to begin preparing for this seasonal shift. The gardens are bursting with resources to harvest and save for the leaner times. Our modern culture has slipped away from these natural processes with the shipping of food from around the globe all year round. Here in the USA we are seeing the costs of this modern system as the prices of everything are quickly outpacing our capacity to afford what we require to survive. Perhaps it is time to re-consider priorities and the effects of our footprint on the globe. The harvest used to be a time when neighbors would gather together for the work required to save as much of the produce as possible for surviving the long winter months. You might sense the Libra overlay to this seasonal shift where no one person’s relevance was more important than another’s. All were required to the benefit of the whole.

 

Mercury in its waning days of forward motion will trine Jupiter retrograde, and will square Pluto retrograde before going retrograde itself on Sunday the 26th. Then it will proceed to share these aspects in reverse on its way back thru Libra. The Trine to Jupiter in Aquarius might mean a seeking for more of an inclusiveness in our groups as well as some insight our hopes shared with others might expand upon. The square with Pluto in Capricorn could apply tension to effective leadership vs. community exchanges and this might involve verbal language hurdles.

 

On Thursday Venus in Scorpio will oppose Uranus retrograde in Taurus. Venus, while not at its strongest in Scorpio is the ruler of Taurus so this energy exchange might bring up factors seeking to remain hidden but not effectively and with suddenness that requires some penetrating consideration. Brutal honesty is in the crosshairs as shared resources must be placed alongside individual ones to find a balance.

 

On Sunday, along with Mercury changing directions, Mars, not at its strongest, in Libra will still be energizing or stirring things up in how we interact with one another as it forms a trine with Saturn retrograde in Aquarius. A trine is a harmonious aspect but Saturn can be often seen to reflect limitation into situations. It should be noted that Saturn often has reasons for attempting to curtail or restrain things from transpiring. From the Aquarius perspective there might be future outworking requiring a steady pace that is more than Mars is often inclined toward.

 

Sorry for not completing last week’s Celestial consideration but the seasonal weather changes demanded a full force effort in making sure this place was winterized and buttoned down for the impending wind storms.

 

Celestial Chatter 9-6 to 12

 

Contemplation is an apt tool to endeavor with as we unwrap the field of our Virgo parts. There really are no limits as to how far down the rabbit hole this may take us, but there are certain energy signatures that come into play at any particular time frame we are dealing with. These in turn can allow our wandering thoughts to attempt fine tuning our focus along particular avenues. Rather than diving into the seemingly overt polarization that assails our senses at every turn of the social pages these days, perhaps there may be other markers along our path that speak to options attempting to awaken parts of our shared humanity. Even as I speak these words I am reminded of the larger context within which we dwell.

 

Please bear with me as my thoughts wander across the realm of relationship. This is well beyond, but not to the exclusion of, how we may be effective in our shared experience with one another. This will require putting aside the current discordant space we seem to be offering into the whole, and is actually a more inclusive format to just what wholeness is or could be.

 

Love, when expanded beyond the levels of media hype and social strictures can spawn awareness to connection that transcends truncated versions of simple human incarnation. Have you ever noticed when certain musical notes are fabricated in just particular patterns there is a welling up from deep resources within you that seem to beckon participation within a context exceeding what you have been taught? Might there, as well, be certain haunts within natural settings where the expanded parameters of awareness can almost, or actually, tune into sensations unlike any you commonly experience in you daily toils? I must ask you if you believe the 5 senses are all there is? Have you ever thought about what it means to be an incarnate being, or if maybe this is not your first go round here on planet earth? I bring up these meditations as stimulation to ponder as we consider this week’s celestial conversations to participate in or not.

 

On Monday this week there are a number of planetary factors that come into play simultaneously. Venus will square Pluto and trine Jupiter. The Sun will trine Uranus and Mars will trine Pluto. To make sure we are not too sedentary the new Moon will transpire on this same day. Okay, that is all astrological jargon to most. Let’s climb on board the astro train and unpack this into my version of layman’s language.

 

Venus in Libra (potential human harmonious action with all of life) square to Pluto in Capricorn can be a soul-searching process in just how and whom we trust enough to willingly bring into our soul-searching endeavors. You may ask who is providing thru their challenges to you meaningful questions that should be acted upon that can allow for the dissolution of things that are holding you back from discovering parts of yourself seeking to awaken? Add to this the trine from Venus to Jupiter in Aquarius and there might be endeavors you are seeking to expand upon with others sharing similar thoughts and having the willingness to radically change even if it means no longer being able to follow similar paths. Is there trust in this kind of process in yourself-awareness and that of others to release them on their own investigations?

 

Mars in Virgo is in a trine to Pluto and this may stimulate some life altering awakenings about how one processes their mental organizing capacities. Can you scrap a seemingly well thought out scenario to allow room for something radically different to put in an appearance? I can feel the Virgo part in you squirming at this thought. Just to add fuel to the fire the Sun trines Uranus and our energy center (the Sun) may be bombarded with versions of reality we had not considered up to this point. Something is appearing to be trying to awaken us to parts of ourselves we may not have even realized we had.

 

While all of this is transpiring on this Monday the new Moon is querying us to set in motion some kind of intent for this next lunar cycle. When the Sun and Moon come together each month the cauldron of potential is rigorously stirred as we are tasked to energetically feel our way into potentially new endeavors or at least bring a different light into our current progress. Since we are working our way thru the Virgo season much of what is transpiring can rest in the realms of appropriate service, requested of us, offered by us, or sensed as more of what we know to be correct. It would be advisable to keep your aim wide as the Uranus factor might be a stretch to your common sense. You might even ask why is common sense so seemingly rare?

 

To continue to expand upon our Virgo season this is the region of the zodiac that ill health issues may surface thru. If you consider the effects that our thoughts can have on our health it may be reasonable to grasp why it is that some folks can slough off impending health problems more easily than others. In following Virgo as a learning process, we are exposed to multiple options on how to record life issues we will encounter that we may have been exposed to early on in the current incarnate journey. These set in motion some of the abilities we assume to have control over as we proceed with the living experiment. This is not to proclaim that one is more correct than another, but just to awaken us to options we choose, or chose, to follow and can with some endeavor alter on our earth trajectory. Claiming positive, or at least not derogatory, examples to follow can go a long way toward not falling into negative health regimes.

 

I would like to spin this last thought into wider parameters related to the thoughts I began this week’s ponderings with. There are tonal energy qualities that surround us all the time and have been sounding throughout eternity. When you hear, or sense those moments that are expansive beyond any limitations you may have thought you knew, follow them. Love is a sensation that cannot be bottled or made into a pill or sold in any form. It has and always will exist and occasionally presents in a way that is beyond and infuses our other 5 senses. As we move thru the current incarnation we will discover, in some of our interactions with others, hints of this tonal quality seeping into the interchange we have, with any one of a myriad aspects of the natural surround as well, beckoning our participation in more connected ways than the conscious mind can grasp. If we were to expand this potential to include what it means to be healthy and whole this love energy extends throughout and beyond multiple incarnations in multiple formats as recognition of our soul beings always being in touch with the one spirit and by extension everything we interact with. By the way, consciousness does not solely exist in the mind. Far more potent is the energy field-reach of heart consciousness than the mind can ever fathom.

 

To round out this consideration Venus will change signs from Libra to Scorpio on Friday the 10th. Carrying with it the surround of the Libran archetype Venus must endeavor to facilitate as effectively as possible the gauntlet presented by the Scorpio Life, Death, and Rebirth cycle. Intimacy with others is placed into the cauldron to be tested and purified thru a deliberate investigative process that may require the shamanic capacities to ferret an appropriate path toward being birthed anew. A hint: make sure to unburden yourself of too much luggage on this aspect of the incarnational journey.

 

I must include a traditional astrological perspective for this Friday energy shift. By the ancient techniques of astrology Venus is in detriment or opposed to a sign it rules (Taurus). This can challenge the effectiveness to facilitate Venusian endeavors. On this same day (10th) the Moon will cross Venus and enter Scorpio where it is said to be in its “Fall”. This is a bit more challenged than being in detriment. It is more than just being challenged in its effectiveness but as well can be compared to being cast into a well where their message will not be heard. Use some care in planning for shared experience with others for this weekend. That smiling Cheshire cat of the Moon in the skies may not be as clear and honest as you might hope.

Celestial Chatter 8-30 to 9-5

 

While out tilling the garden this morning I had a Virgo thought surface. While Taurus is the first of the earth signs it is not until Virgo arrives that we are tasked with actually stirring things up in order to sift thru the options required in formatting any process we are considering. As I was doing this my wife was in the process of making jam/jelly from the Logan berries and plumbs we have ready to work with. The Moon has slipped into Gemini and will form the waning square with the Sun, so in some form we are all tasked with how effectively we are tuning into our conscience in the current Virgo cycle. One question that may surface is are we being lazy? Gemini, the other sign ruled by Mercury, is bringing us information to categorize in the formulation of our many headed options of correct protocol. You might picture the steadfast Virgo parts of us being about its process of organizing the information and techniques required to accomplish a task and this lunar Gemini energy throwing copious options into the pot. The square, while offering consideration from elements that generally don’t jibe too well with one another, in this case, brings a couple faces of the Mercurial tool up for consideration. This, while part of the Sunday flavor, is how the next week commences with the Moon making its way thru Gemini. To add a twist in the mix Mercury shifts from Virgo to Libra on this same Sunday (29th).

 

Imagine this; you are sailing along on a magic carpet ride tuning your senses to efficient ways to engage with all that passes beneath and around you. There may be a comfort to this process that as a self you enjoy, even if a lot of effort is required. With Mercury shifting into Libra we are no longer on a solo journey. There are others entering the mix and possibly clamoring to climb on board the magic carpet with you. This process will exist for most of September in a forward motion until on the 27th Mercury retrogrades for the last time this year in the Libra sector. Then for about 3 weeks travels all the way back to 10° of Libra to once again begin the trek back toward Scorpio.

 

Mercury as the ruler of Virgo, (not focusing on Gemini currently) carries a potentially well thought out trajectory that may not willingly be in a hurry to impart to others, but others will show up querying as to how that Virgo efficiency functions. Virgo is the sign of the mentor. There are so many versions of mentor technique to draw upon. I bring this up this week because with Mercury doing the Libra dance, it is likely others want to ferret if they may participate in their own fashion with what may be imparted to them will test our Virgo organizing capacities. Now let’s consider mentorship. Like any true learning process, jamming information into someone is a waste of time. The true mentor is about the stimulation of parts within someone else to potentially awaken them to themselves and their own uniqueness. The Stepford Wives club or cloning is about as hollow a promise for being human as can exist.

 

While this is a backdrop for most of the rest of the month there are other celestial conversations transpiring for us to tune into. There are only a couple significant ones the rest of this week offers us. Mars, energizing the Virgo process moves into opposition with Neptune retrograde in Pisces on the 2nd. This might trigger some soul searching related to the arena of service. Mars in Virgo plows ahead with vigor in whatever task it hopes to accomplish. The Neptune in Pisces can tweak this process with questions about whether or not we are providing a service that is beneficial to the larger matrix or are we just following orders like a good servant? The Moon might offer a brief set of circumstances into the equation from Cancer as it forms both a trine to Neptune and a sextile to Mars. Family, or clan, home and our roots beg to be included in our pondering process. To possibly add some stress into this the lunar opposition to Pluto this same day could ask us to make some decisions as to our willingness to let some things go that have outlived their usefulness and that we may have recently become aware of as being hidden from us. Each of us will have a mileage factor unique to our own situation.

 

On Saturday (Saturn-day) Mercury forms a trine with Saturn in Aquarius. Here is where interpretation of the celestial conversation gets a bit tricky as we each tune into these energy beings from our unique perspectives. Some will shrink away from anything that has to do with Saturn as the taskmaster. Others may sense a certain vitality to be gleaned from accomplishing the tasks assigned us. This is a trine aspect so they are communicating from elementally similar wavelengths. With the air elements there are always mental processes in the mix. Let’s throw some key thoughts together to see just where we might adjust our attunement to this aspect. Mercury in Libra brings communication with others, or at least thoughts aiming in that direction, into the fold. Saturn in Aquarius may be seeking some harmonious outworking where there is meaningful projection into future outworking for humanity. This would be a beneficial time to make sure we are hanging out with others that could be on parallel trajectories with us. As I write this I get a vision of groups gathering to find common ground, that won’t necessarily be easy, but might be required with some substantial soul searching by those involved related to the issues that surface.

 

This is Labor-Day weekend and many will be attempting to carry out traditional celebrations with family and friends. I trust that those with some level of common sense (most often un-common) will heed the current virus factors in play so that by this time next year we can hug each other and not have to visit the graves of those who couldn’t wait. I know this sounds a bit cryptic but the global nature of the current pandemic is extremely serious and will be with us for years to come. It is up to us to create an environment not conducive to any lingering phases of this. Sorry to have to end on such a bummer of a note for this week. We should realize that the gun has a bullet in the clip, it is being spun and we are each placing it to our head as the trigger is pulled. The irony is that we may not be pulling the trigger ourselves, or are we?

Celestial Chatter 8-23 to 29

 

Virgo. Now, let’s think about this. The second of the signs ruled by Mercury, Virgo utilizes that informational tool in different ways than Gemini does. While Mercury from the Gemini perspective plays a bit more excited aspect to gathering information that it may or may not hang onto for any length of time, Virgo still gathering these bits of facts attempts to put them together kind of like a puzzle process. As this is accomplished I want you to picture what may be involved in the polishing of an item. There is the application of work in attempting to bring out the luster of something to a point where some level of satisfaction is attained by the one utilizing this process. There is a refinement sought in order to apply what is gleaned thru this investigation. The energies of the zodiacal fields (signs) unfold one into the next. Aries drives diligently to discover itself in impulsive experimentation and as the shift into Taurus transpires the need for toning down these impulses aims our perspectives more toward relaxation. The Leo season we have just been thru has as well stirred the pot vigorously attempting to stimulate the childish imagination into expressing as outwardly as possible everything around us. As we slip into Virgo the energy shift wants to take a breather from all that overt kind of expression.

 

If you consider the signs from Aries to Virgo this is a zone directed more to the discovery of self and then the signs of Libra to Pisces changes the playfield and our interaction with the collective comes more into play. We all have every one of these sign energies in the mix of who we are. Because these weekly chatters are aimed at the whole I cannot do justice to individual chart matrices that is best left for personal consultations. So, bear with me as we engulf the wider field we are all at play within and know this is the backdrop we each must find our ways thru. When looking at the personal discovery process we come to Virgo as the ultimate zone for consideration of just what may have been uncovered as we made our way thru the hoops and hurdles, the bumps and bruises, and finding just what we want to polish as our purpose of being a self. To say that Virgo polishes, actually glosses over the detailed organizational matrix at work within this energy signature. It doesn’t just appear on the scene all of a sudden and attempt to smooth out the wrinkles we have managed to gather around us. It has been at work since the beginning and has been choosing where to aim itself and what challenges it will ultimately choose to tackle. The testing has been under way all along and when brought to focus certain factors attempt to grab our attention as critical to the vision we seek.

 

Remember the first thought beginning this consideration, “Let’s think about this.” Virgo is an earth sign so practicality dictates the requirement of meaning in how we join one factor to another. Does this conjoin with that, or if I rub this in one particular direction will the sheen be more effective or not? Always questions arise in the mind of our Virgo parts seeking appropriate application to our quest. It is for this reason that often others will look for coming under the tutelage of someone tuning more effectively into this Virgo arena. Rarely will you see overt advertisement projecting out from the Virgo zone but there is a consistency that speaks volumes to confidence in what they have put together. It is for this reason others may come to them and ask for methodology for a quest they are on. Welcome the Mentor. Hard work has evolved their perspectives and they recognize that others are required to put in the effort themselves if they are to glean the most effective awakening to their own inner awareness. This is where true learning transpires and not from memory of what one has been told. A true Virgo part is not attempting to replicate itself but to stimulate investigation that any other requires to open up channels within themselves that represent their uniqueness. The true Mentor/teacher can learn as much from the interchange of energy and ideas shared with others as is imparted to stimulate the growth within the student.

 

We each bring a world of awareness into any situation. Some have lesson plans that would test the foundations of even the most stable of us and we are required to allow them space to investigate their paths. Part of the challenge in our modern culture is that in our current trajectory as a society we have attempted to narrow the options to what is acceptable or appropriate in order to be included. This has led to attempts at limiting “change” and that is the only constant within the natural cycle. Growth is not always comfortable. Ask any Virgo or tune into your own Virgo essence.

 

In this last full week of August there are several Virgo signatures at work to pay attention to. Mercury, at home in Virgo, is toying with some deep waters of contemplation as it slides thru the last part of this sign. As the waning Moon slides on thru the end of Pisces and across Neptune retrograde Mercury approaches and opposes this Neptune factor across the Virgo/Pisces axis. Each of these planets is at home or at least has strong affinity for where it is traveling. This brings up an expanded consideration (of course) of an astrological factor required in any sign consideration. The sign opposed to another always is in play for consideration of how effective one deals with matters of the axis. Service is one word that describes an aspect of the energy signature this axis represents. Virgo’s service often portrays images of a yoke around the neck, or of being under the pressure demand of others to accomplish their desires. Pisces can be represented as more like being of service to a larger cause. There actually is fluidity present in this matrix that can shift back and forth in any moment or situation with these two perspectives. The self in Virgo reaches a point where the requirement is to organize the self in order to meet the collective. In Pisces the collective is invited to relinquish its larger hold on the individual so that individuality as a factor inclusive of everything may be invited within the individual. This is a revolving cycle that we each participate in with the potential to each time around discover deeper resources of ourselves to investigate. Neptune, in this opposition of Tuesday this week, can stimulate levels of imagination for Mercury to utilize in expanding the avenues of investigation available to whatever cause is on the front burner. There are a couple days until the next aspect transpires to dwell on this.

 

Thursday Mercury forms a trine with Pluto retrograde in Capricorn. Pluto is the signature of life – death – rebirth and accomplishes this by accessing buried factors that may seem forgotten because for whatever reasons they intentionally were kept from us, or we disguised them in order to not face them at the time they first came to our awareness. So, life is humming along and one or more of these hidden things surfaces. What to do, what to do, what to do? Do we get out the shovel and attempt to bury it, deeper this time? It has been tried before. Do we face the music and deal with it? Know that no matter how deep one attempts to conceal these things they are going to surface again and again until we face them. This is an earth trine so practicality is demanded. Let us consider the death part of the equation. Death transpires all the time and our body dies incrementally and is completely reborn over every 7 years. Has death been stalking you? Did you know that when you face death you might discover that he has all along been attempting to teach you the meaning of being alive by not fleeing from him? It is part of the natural cycle of life. Did I hear someone say face the music? There are factors surfacing that are required to be included in the Virgo matrix equation of self-discovery. We may have to allow for part of our well-crafted version of ourselves to die so that there is space available for what has been attempting to be included for, likely, quite a while into our formula of organization. Welcome, Rebirth.

 

As Sunday arrives over the horizon Mercury once again steps up and makes the shift from Virgo into Libra. What do you say about that? There are words that may surface at this time that could surprise one. Maybe they were bottled up within one’s version of self that now find audience with other than self. Just remember we are still within the season of Virgo. The Sun and Mars, two fiery energies, are making their way within these parameters. This could enhance how one might play the communication tool tickling the Libra arena. Sunday will also be the waning quarter Moon phase (Gemini to Virgo) that can be seen as a crisis in consciousness. This comes more into play if one has not dealt well with the intentions set at the last new Moon (Leo). Perhaps some caution is required as these are the two Mercury ruled signs involved and our thoughts/words might reflect on the impression our Leo intentions set in motion.

 

So, welcome to the Virgo season. If we willingly invite the Pisces matrix to be included at this time the larger purpose we are attempting to format will have fertile ground to plow. Until next week – Ciao.

Celestial Chatter 8-16 to 22

 

While there are a number of conversations transpiring this week I would like to focus in on the first. On Monday Venus will cross into the realm of Libra where it may find solace.

 

In the great ménage of zodiacal signs Libra stands opposed to the first of these or Aries. Aries is about all beginnings and as such often leads one to discover how to be present. Libra, on the other hand, stands for, among other things “Other”. Other than self we are invited to discover an outer other, the portrayal of someone not self, and their view of things. There is as well an inner other. This is the realm where we format opinions as to how we feel about the expression of any other. Do they check off learned boxes that make them worth sharing time with, or maybe they fit into categories we have been trained to reject as too other? This can be tricky territory. One must do some soul searching to investigate if we are projecting our inner other upon anyone.

 

In considering the zodiacal wheel Libra stands in direct opposition to “I Am”. Picture the wheel in motion or perhaps as yourself traveling around the wheel in a counter-clockwise direction. Everything that is below the horizon line (Asc./Dec) is about the discovery of self. When one reaches the Libra side of the horizon there is a transition into the collective and from this point onward everything that transpires has a larger footprint in your world that includes the beyond you. Many have touted the version of Libra as relating to partnership and often it is assumed that if one is of this sign their world should be filled with relationships of all sorts. In actuality for Libra the life lesson is to format how best to deal with the other in one’s world.

 

Let’s shift gears and consider that when a person incarnates (again) they have just come from a realm where everything is connected and there is a flow unfolding that this soul is on a journey to investigate. How many of us arrive upon the physical plane and are invited to recognize the connection that has always existed between everything? Might there be those in your surround that almost immediately begin to program you to be aware of the separation between yourself and almost every other human, plant, animal, bug, the weather and every element there is? The Libra function for each of us (we all have this) is tasked to attempt to remember the soul connection that exists between all things. Are there ramifications to following certain paths that exemplify a disjointed world to be taken advantage of at every turn?

 

Humans have existed on this planet for at least the last several hundred thousand years and it is only in the last couple hundred years that our footprint has trod upon every facet of life that exists or once existed here. There are existing cosmologies that actually indicate humanity has come and gone a few times already on this 3rd rock from the Sun over a very long cycle of time (millions of years). One might be able to resonate with the version of ancestral awareness that aims at doing things with 7 generations into the descendant future in mind. That is a couple hundred years and the current human episode explosion appears determined to curtail this capability from transpiring.

 

This time when Venus comes home to Libra, as it does every year, the celestial conversation resonates deep within my soul at an energetic level as our celestial neighbors converse amongst themselves laying down bets on when our human insignificance will pass away to allow space for what is next. While not being too late to begin to recognize our connection to everything the window is closing on our capacity to alter the current trajectory.

 

Competition is a term that could easily fit into the Libra spectrum of opportunity. The current definition that seems to fit this is a control over process that indicates one either absorbs cultural differences within its borders or eradicate those unwilling to buy into ones culture. This was the direction set in Papal Bull doctrine (circa 1400’s) that to this day still is being used to expand the colonial mind-set.

 

Let us place the shoe on the other Libran foot. This is the cooperation factor. This is the harmonious Venus experience that recognizes that though we have our differences there is a beauty in the variety this provides for life to function. We are all a part of one another and everything that exists here.

 

Sorry for the long-winded version of this Venus shift but this is part of the energy the celestial characters are considering now and I have a suspicion that we might do well to entertain similar thoughts.

 

Three other main factors are in play this week. Uranus that has been traveling at the 15th degree of Taurus since early July and will be there until early October turns retrograde stationing on Thursday and proceeding backwards beginning on the 20th. Uranus as the mythic task of awakening to a larger perspective has been carrying a certain Sabian flavor and worth pondering at this time. From Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” it reads:

(TAURUS 15°): HEAD COVERED WITH A RAKISH SILK HAT, MUFFLED AGAINST THE COLD, A MAN BRAVES A STORM.

 

KEYNOTE:            The courage needed to meet the crises precipitated by social ambition.

 

The man with the silk hat has seen some of his ambitious efforts bring him social success; but he learns that often “nothing fails like success.” The storm may be within him, or it may attack his social status. He is ready to face it daringly. This shows a willingness to accept crises and to go through them, and therefore great character, the soil upon which a higher kind of Consciousness may develop.

 

This is the fifth and final stage of this ninth five-fold sequence of symbols. It implies a transition to a new level at which the individual who has learned from experience demonstrates a truly mature mind. What is revealed here is CHARACTER under adverse circumstances.

 

Sunday this week finds the 2nd full Moon in Aquarius for this Moonth. It is in the ultimate degree of the sign and as such the Sabian symbol interpretation might provide us with inspiration to awaken even further to what is transpiring. I say this because we are winding down in the Leo season and Leo is the heart. The difference between the head and the heart can be a long journey but need not be.

(AQUARIUS 30°): DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE PAST OF A VERY ANCIENT CULTURE, A SPIRITUAL BROTHERHOOD IN WHICH MANY INDIVIDUAL MINDS ARE MERGED INTO THE GLOWING LIGHT OF A UNANIMOUS CONSCIOUSNESS IS REVEALED TO ONE WHO HAS EMERGED SUCCESSFULLY FROM HIS METAMORPHOSIS.

 

KEYNOTE:            The ability for the person with an open mind and a deep feeling for self transcendence to come in contact with higher forms of existence.

 

The originally recorded Sabian symbol stated: “The field of Ardath in bloom,” which referred to a scene in an occult novel by Marie Corelli centering upon ancient Babylon. The reference may well have been a “blind” inasmuch as Marc Jones has stressed his inner contact with a Brotherhood with Babylonian (or “Sabian”) roots. A spiritual Brotherhood constitutes a state of “multi-unity”, i.e. a multiplicity of individuals, if one thinks of the paths they trod to reach their final metamorphosis, but a unity of consciousness and “Soul”-thus unanimity (“anima” meaning Soul). In this spiritual Whole each unit is a recognizable “form” or entity if one looks at it with the eyes of personality; but when seen through a unified spiritual vision or from a distance, the Whole appears to be one single area of radiant light. Similarly, when studied by the modern physicist, light can be apprehended either as a stream of identifiable particles (photons) or as one continuous wave. Whether it is seen as one or the other depends on the point of view.

 

This is the last and culminating symbol of Scene Twenty-two of the cyclic ritual. This is indeed a fitting symbol, as the number 22 symbolizes all forms of mastery. At any level, it is a symbol of spiritual group fulfillment, of CONSCIOUS TOTALITY OF BEING.

 

As well on Sunday the Sun shifts from Leo into Virgo and this is like putting on a whole new set of clothes that may still carry some of the Leo fashion sense but will soon drift more into practicality. This has already been a lengthy consideration so I will dive more into the Virgo dance next week.

 

 

Celestial Chatter 8-9 to 15

 

While still in the Leo season, which is nothing to attempt to downplay, the gathering of planets in Virgo continues. Monday finds the lunar entrance for the next 2.5 days into this zone to conjoin with first Mars and then Venus as the week unfolds. Later in the week Mercury will come on home to its Virgo roots. This should serve as a reminder to us that just because the solar dance focuses on a particular sign does not exclude the other sign proclivities. As is usual there is often the gathering of several of the personal planets in close proximity to the Sun as far as sign travel goes. By the time we include Mars in this group often we might find it wandering off into farther-reaching sign affinities as it moves in a 2.4-year orbit pattern around the Sun. Venus and Mercury the inner planets are kept on a rather tighter tether with the Sun. The Moon, while monthly in its orbit around us reaches out to touch each of the zodiac signs in order.

 

I am running a bit later than normal this week for the Celestial considerations as I have just spent the last 3 weeks in a major repair of my dome home roof and found tuning into the celestial neighbors just a bit challenging over the weekend as rest beckoned more focus. Rest has more of a Taurus underpinning to it and with Uranus winding its path there, things can suddenly spring upon one that may require attention. Last week Uranus was in the midst of many things in the planetary dialogue. This week it moves into more of a background position.

 

This week the planetary conversations involve more particularly Venus and Mercury. Monday finds Venus in opposition to Neptune retrograde. Tuesday Mercury opposes Jupiter retrograde and Wednesday Venus trines Pluto retrograde. Also on Wednesday Mercury moves into Virgo.

 

Venus as the ruler of both Taurus and Libra can set in motion energy signatures that are a bit more relaxed as well as the potential for enjoying the company of others or at least having to handle the effects created when involved with others. In Virgo the details are brought to the surface. The Neptune factor may ask us to invest some energy into meditation stimulated by our dream side. With the Moon joining the Virgo dance there may be family matters surfacing or at least we may feel our home is more relevant in these matters.

 

As Tuesday commences Mercury opposes Jupiter across the Leo/Aquarius axis and our thoughts and words may seek avenues where innovation is required in order to make a statement others may or may not be ready for. I will take this under advisement, as Jupiter is transiting right on my ascendant.

 

Wednesday is a Mercury day (Miercoles) but nothing exists in a vacuum. As the potential trickster of the zodiac shifts across the border into Virgo the Moon completes its journey thru this same arena. In this mix Venus as well finds itself in trine to Pluto in the earthy elemental realm. Practicality is near the surface and at the same time there may be an underlying sense to stir things up a bit more than is comfortable. At least we may become aware of some tension seeking audience, that while it may not create discomfort, will illicit thoughts and actions that seem to be aimed at underlying factors requiring deep alteration that for some can feel like portions of themselves needing to pass away. Let’s go back to Mercury. We could find ourselves torn between opposing energies. One seeks to express itself outwardly and the other senses the requirement to ponder the efficacy of what we are thinking about before opening our mouths. You are the one to make this call but don’t be surprised if the reaction from others startles you.

 

I want to view an aspect that I don’t often mention that will arrive at the end of the week. This would be the “YOD” often termed as a “finger of God”. This is two planets in sextile to one another and both forming a quincunx to a third planet. I this case the finger is pointing at the Sun in Leo. The two other players are Pluto and Neptune. What I noticed was the interesting sextile configuration has moved in and out of exactness since at least 72 years ago when I was born where they occupied mid Leo and Libra. The sextile is essentially a synthesis of power where sign energies are amenable with each other. While it was Fire and Air at my birth, it now is Earth and Water. This pattern has formed over and over for a very long time. Pluto has the function, among other things, to bring pressure onto to things for dynamic change. Often this requires the death of one aspect in order for there to be room available for the new to be recognized. Not the most comfortable to many. Neptune has the task of pouring the waters of truth upon things to wash out imperfections or hindrances impeding one’s awakening. Since this sextile aspect is available to be tuned into I want to be cautious as to how much energy I want to spend on playing with it here in the Celestial Chatter. I sense I could easily write a chapter in a book about this.

 

The YOD is a very tight-orbed aspect. The Sun being the focal point of this on Sunday, one must remember that we are considering a regal energy in a regal sign it rules. The quincunx aspect coming from the sextile partners each would normally indicate potentially irreconcilable differences requiring ingenuity to resolve. Paradox is normally in play. In the YOD however the focus being the Sun in Leo wants to present in some fashion a statement that reflects importance of being in a potential position of leadership, knowledge, and general control. I like the image of “a fork in the road” to describe how the quincunx functions. So, in this solar Leo moment we may be asked to decide on a path to follow we have not trod before. In true Leo fashion it would be with confidence that we set off on this potentially new direction knowing that we are about to radically change our stripes. Not all will heed this calling, but those who do are setting in motion an adventure into the unknown.

 

I would be remiss to not include the Sabian symbol interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for the degree of this solar YOD for your meditation purposes:

(LEO 24°): TOTALLY CONCENTRATED UPON INNER SPIRITUAL ATTAINMENT, A MAN IS SITTING IN A STATE OF COMPLETE NEGLECT OF BODILY APPEARANCE AND CLEANLINESS.

 

KEYNOTE: An interior focalization of energy and consciousness at the, expense of all forms of outward activity and care.

 

This traditional image of the Hindu holy man in the typical Western mind may well hide the fact that without proper training and intense concentration, what we usually consider spiritual attainment, self-realization and the “God experience” is not possible. The “intoxicated chickens” of the Leo 21° symbol must learn self-discipline if they want to “fly.” There can be no halfway measures if the goal of true Yoga is to be reached.

 

This fourth stage symbol, as usual, suggests a certain kind of “technique,” or at least an adequate means to reach an envisioned goal. The means is TOTAL CONCENTRATION.

 

While but a fleeting moments time, the Moon will attain its waxing quarter phase on this same Sunday. The waxing quarter Moon often equates a certain challenge in action as related to the intentions set at the recent Leo new Moon. As the Sabian symbol for this lunar moment is relevant to all considered this week I include this for your pondering:

(SCORPIO 24°): AFTER HAVING HEARD AN INSPIRED INDIVIDUAL DELIVER HIS “SERMON ON THE MOUNT,” CROWDS ARE RETURNING HOME.

 

KEYNOTE:            The need to incorporate inspiring experiences and teachings into everyday living.

 

Today we hear a great deal about “peak experiences” (Maslow). The great problem facing everyone who has had such experiences is how to assimilate what has been felt, seen or heard, and how to let it transform his everyday consciousness and behavior. If this is not done the experience may turn confusing or toxic and perhaps destructive of the integrity of the person.

 

This fourth symbol as usual suggests to us what has to be done or how to do it. The “return home” from the high mountain, or from any “upper chamber” of the consciousness, may lead to a sense of oppression by the normal realities of existence, or else the soul that has been illuminated may retain enough of that light to transfigure every daily situation. This is the great CHALLENGE TO TRANSFORMATION.

 

One next thought to leave you with for this week, there will be many who will utilize every chance they have to convince you not to proceed on any new adventure that beckons you. This is an underlying trap of social humanity to curtail those who seek more than is offered thru the “system”. Change is challenging to the comfort zone of conformity.

ON WITH THE ADVENTURE…

 

 

 

Celestial Chatter 8-2 to 8

 

The taste of the kingly opportunities still lingers and is being replaced by the responsibilities that come along with it. This is a post Casimi day the month and week begins with. Since it is Mercury that assumed the helm briefly might there have been utterances or proclamations you set in motion that now must be lived into? This was a Casimi moment for everyone but most specifically for Mercurial thoughts to surface. Of course, not everyone will be successful in assuming a position of authority but it was there for all of us to ponder. Leo and the Sun can bring up the performer, entertainer and magical child hiding somewhere in each of us. Of course the flip side of this can be self-centered, childish, arrogant and even tyrannical, but we each must choose our path.

 

Monday arrives; the King (Sun) is immediately confronted by an opposition from Saturn retrograde across the Aquarius/Leo axis. Saturn and the Sun each occupy signs they rule so the potential hardened rules of Saturn might be a bit more fluid as innovation seeks to find audience. Still, may there be repercussions requiring some purging of our perspective when thrown together with everyone else’s? One must remember that Aquarius is the sign of the humanitarian. Mercury’s proximity to the Sun and closely opposed to that same Saturn may require some tongue biting rather than blurting forth with whatever. Let’s add a bit of spice to the mix. Monday Venus moves into trine with Uranus and the earth element of practicality, with a Uranus twist, may have us pondering appropriate levels of interaction with others. Lest we forget in this season of the Sun, just because we think it, does not make it so. Even as these words roll out across the page I am reminded of the power of creative thought to manifest effects.

 

Wednesday arrives with Mercury forming a square to Uranus just to make sure things stay stirred up a bit more. Both Uranus and Mercury are in fixed signs so might there be some stubbornness in the air? And the question lingers in the air, “How can they be right, when I am”? The planets whirl around us wondering if we humans will ever conceive of the larger matrix we control. The potential vitality we enjoy on our oxygen-surrounded bubble in space sometimes seems hardly a thought as we consume our way toward…what?

 

Friday brings the Sun into square with Uranus and what is right is dancing in the frying pan as it gets pulled in one direction and then another. Uranus in Taurus is in the long count of attempting to awaken us to tuning into the earth-o-sphere. The King (Sun) seeks to rule from either the tyrant or the saint perspective. It would be folly to declare one more relevant than the other because they are both required for our growth. The earth plane of existence is one avenue where our soul is challenged to discover ways to enhance spirit growth.

 

There is a background song playing throughout this week culminating on Sunday with the new Moon in Leo. What might be an appropriate intention to set for this next lunar cycle that Leo sets in motion? The tune would be from the Beatles: “Come Together”. The Sabian symbol portrays a version of this experience. Here is the interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for the degree of the new Moon:

(LEO 17°): A VOLUNTEER CHURCH CHOIR SINGEING RELIGIOUS HYMNS.

 

KEYNOTE:            The feeling of togetherness which unites men and women in their dedication to a collective ideal

 

Religion in its institutionalized aspect is the attempt to give a transcendental character to the feeling of community. The fellowship of common work needed for substance and security in a dangerous world is exalted in periodic rituals in which the coworkers participate. At such moments the consciousness and feelings of human beings flow into a common mold in which they become refreshed by the experience of shared values and beliefs.

 

This second stage symbol presents a contrast with that of the first only in that the collectively human aspect of experience is in contrast to the purely natural and fundamental character of instinctual life. The existence of a volunteer church choir implies a rather steady phase of culture and society. What is sung reflects the special way in which a particular community of human being-extensive as it may be-interprets the deepest realities of human existence and man’s longings for an ideal. The symbol expresses the idealized aspect of TOGETHERNESS.

 

A potential twist exists in the words of the Beatles’ song mentioned above. “Come together…right now…over me”. Leo can play tunes that exalt the self in selfish fashion reflecting the importance of the solar center, but just as easily represent a benefic rulership by the good-hearted king or queen as resonance is sought to locate a “me” aspect that unites all of us at some level. The celestial choir we are orbiting with stimulates each of us in unique fashion, and it is in the sharing or our perspectives with one another that the more inclusive version of ourselves is allowed audience with our larger body.

 

With the Olympics in full swing we are brought up to the face of Leo individuality. At the same time reflections from some of the contestants of the potential for unity in diversity in the coming together of such a vast array of humanity seeking to compete can instill a togetherness accomplished in no other way. With mere fractions of a second, inches or some other measure separating medal placement it seems appropriate to recognize the caliber of all the folks drawn together for this event. Moments in the spotlight speak loudly to the Leo essence at one level but have the potential of awakening parts within each of us as we observe the vast variety humanity brings together for these times.

 

And the celestial choir sings out: Come together, right now!

Celestial Chatter 7-26 to 8-1

 

We trust that the improvisation and ingenuity of this last weekend’s full Moon in Aquarius did not slip by unnoticed. What paths opened up for your exploration? The first couple days of this week are reflective as the Moon slides thru Pisces. This is a great time for meditation and dreaming.

 

Wednesday rolls around and Jupiter retrograde slides back into Aquarius while Mercury approaching the Sun from the far side enters into the Leo dance. The theater beckons for your participation as an actor or to be whisked away into the fields of imagination spun out on the world stage.

 

Thursday finds Mars and Jupiter retrograde holding audience with each other opposed at the final degrees of Leo and Aquarius. Jupiter will be doing the Aquarius moves for most of the rest of the year. Mars will shift into Virgo on Friday. Mar’s presence anywhere kicks up the energy quotient. Perhaps a certain caution is in order not to get organized too fast lest factors may be left out of the equation you are working on. Oh, the urge to get that stuff together will be strong.

 

As the weekend unfolds Mercury will conjoin the Sun in opposition to Saturn retrograde across the Leo/Aquarius axis. There is a function handed down from millennia ago referred to as Casimi. This is when a planet travels in very close proximity of the Sun. I learned it as 17 minutes of orb but have heard it expressed as within 1° as being in effect. I lean toward the tighter orb. When in Casimi a planet is offered insight and opportunity to participate at the level of the King or at least has the King’s blessing to proceed. This tighter cycle transpires on August 1st PDT from 1:00 am until 1:00 pm, so about 12 hours. One should keep in mind that becoming too outlandish with requests from the King at this time should be tempered by Saturn’s practical side with a twist of Aquarian ingenuity. Perhaps in this moment when the reigns of the kingdom have been handed to you there may be inspiration to invite others up onto the stage with you in a performance that might equal that of “Hair” or “Tommy” with the “Who” playing their musical score. It is Leo time and the show must proceed.

 

Until next week, enjoy being a participant in the show…

Celestial Chatter 7-19 to 25

 

This week our lunar orb travels the sky from waning degrees of Scorpio where it trines the Sun to the waning degrees of Aquarius the next fixed sign. In its path it will square Jupiter oppose Mercury, square Neptune, conjunct Pluto, oppose the Sun at the full Moon, conjunct Saturn, square Uranus, and end up opposing Mars. During the week the Moon will be out-of-bounds (oob) from the 20th thru the 23rd. Though each of these aspects will fly by very quickly for exactitude that oob factor may participate in lunar fashion stretching credibility of our feeling nature into realms of wild, independent, awkward and possibly vulnerable unrestrained extremes.

 

The Moon being oob can stretch our grasp of truth beyond what we commonly perceive. Another aspect of this lunar oob trajectory to consider is that this is oob to the south and as such we are likely to aim more inwardly with our consternations rather than impinge upon others our perspectives. The square to Neptune retrograde on Wednesday from Sagittarius to Pisces could ring the ponder bell deep within us on just how effective we might consider our connection to Source or God. The Friday pass over Pluto in route to the full oob Moon in early Aquarius might carry ramifications that reflect our concerns about decisions we have participated in related to our positions of leadership or authority that could be due for some revamping. As the Moon dances back into bounds it immediately conjoins Saturn retrograde on Saturday to make sure we are not brushing aside inklings obtained with the Pluto and full Moon contemplations. During this same day the Moon forms a quick square with Uranus and maybe there are technological factors that beckon your attention.

 

The full Moon was also the kick off for the Sun’s entrance into its homeport of Leo and the dynamic opposition from Venus just entering Virgo in opposition to Jupiter retrograde. Venus is not doing back flips to be traversing the sign of Virgo as it is considered to be in its “fall” there. This version of “fall” can be compared to the experience of being at the bottom of a well yelling out for assistance and no one can hear you. Let’s unpack this. Venus can be an indication of connection to others in a variety of ways including artistic expression, breaking bread with someone, falling in love, or discovering common ground that exists between yourself and someone else. One caveat is the Jupiter factor across the way in Pisces. Even though retrograde, it is at home in Pisces and it is Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Jupiter does not know small and always attempts to expand or enlarge any situation it finds itself in. This might prove either very helpful for Venus or its opposite and enhancement by deepening the well she finds herself in. Pay attention to what you wish for. Remember the recent adventures that Mars and Venus were stimulated to engage in while doing the Leo dance. It is now time to reflect upon that adventure and find meaning that may have been overlooked during the passion of the moment.

 

Now, you can’t expect me to just brush by the Sun returning home. It is the Sun and seeks admiration or at least some form of recognition and in Leo positive or negative feedback doesn’t matter. The Sun’s vitality will be amped up for the next month and we should all feel it no matter where your personal Sun resides. Leo is the magical child and any form of entertainment should be sought out and engaged in with passion. The Sun has a masculine and noble nature to it. It can be representative of the King, ruler or royalty in many situations. Have you had a hankering for the dramatic, because this could be the moment you have been seeking? Romance is in the air. Playful and fun-loving times seek audience. The symbol for the Sun is a circle with a dot or point in its center. This represents a point of individual awareness surrounded and nurtured by the Circle of Sprit. Sit with that image for a while and sense this solar energy at work.

 

The full Moon is a shedding of maximum reflected light back on the earth from the Sun and can be a moment of pondering if the energy of the new Moon 2 weeks ago in Cancer is still on track to accomplish what your intentions set in motion then. To offer you some consideration to follow at this time here is the Sabian symbol interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for the degree of the full Moon:

(Aquarius 2°): AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM.

 

KEYNOTE:            The need to develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises.

 

An interesting connection can be made between the symbols for Taurus 1° and 2° “A clear mountain stream” and “An electrical storm” and those for Aquarius I° and 2°, two hundred and seventy degrees apart (a “waning” square, in terms of a cycle of relationship such as the lunation cycle). In the first case we deal with energies or activities that can be related to the natural development of the individual. But here we are primarily concerned with social, collective processes and the function of the individual within them. The symbol itself–”An unexpected thunderstorm”–could be given a very positive meaning in an arid environment, but the emphasis on “unexpected” tends to accent the sudden and dangerous character of the event. Such a thunderstorm in a region of dry hills can cause a devastating flood. At any rate, it refers to an event for which one is not prepared, a menace to men’s works.

 

Seen as a second stage symbol, thus in contrast to the preceding one -this scene stresses the fact that nature may reduce to impermanence the seemingly most permanent endeavors and constructive activities of men. Under a downpour of rain, adobe brick can return to mud. All human institutions and their achievements can be washed away, even in their day of great glory. “Dust you were, dust you must become.” This is NATURE’S CHALLENGE.

 

As the week draws to a close there is the one last aspect to consider. Mercury moves into opposition with Pluto from Cancer to Capricorn. It is time to format a thought process willing to be purged as new things are born. This is at the heart of any healing process.

 

I trust that this week will offer you moments to grow upon. Should you require further astrological + advice please feel free to reach out to me. I am “The Lively Astrologer” and my email is thelivelyastrologer@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Celestial Chatter 7-12 to 18

 

The only planets this week that are not jumping up and down seeking some form of attention are Saturn retrograde and Uranus that are in their year long bounce in and out of square pattern to one another. I have discussed this long-range aspect already so need not wander those steps more. Monday begins with the Moon dancing across Venus and Mars in very close proximity to one another. Mercury, having just entered Cancer forms a trine to Jupiter retrograde in Pisces. The elements of water and fire are emphasized today. While water has the capability to allow for the creation of connection, fire not so much. However, the Moon gracing the Venus/Mars connection may give pause to the actual challenges of coming together. After all, it is Venus in that mix and it is Leo so, might there be some sparks of potential intimacy that tease us to wonder about our interaction capacity with others? The Mercury messenger is receiving messages from that lunar pass over Venus and Mars. Tune into the trine of Mercury with Jupiter retrograde and attempting to contain or hold back our feelings is likely not to be as effective a technique to apply now. Yet, at the same time the water factor from Pisces to Cancer might be wetting the roots of ours to deepen our connection to place. We are still well into the Cancer solar season and it has everything to do with what is beneath the soil we traverse. We are still in the new Moon phase and will travel into the crescent phase later in the week. Open up to new beginnings, be spontaneous (I can definitely see the Leo factor getting excited), live in the moment, try new things, and allow for answers to arise from synchronicity. After Wednesday the Moon moves into the crescent phase and we are charged to overcome pain, fear and resistance that may be the result of soul inertia. Maybe some of the impulse driven new Moon adventures show up with opportunities requiring responsibility and this is always very likely.

 

I am suddenly tuning into a Mamas and Pappas song “Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day…”

 

Tuesday finds Venus catching up with and forming an exact conjunction with Mars. The essential feminine and masculine energies are brought together in Leo, ruled by the Sun, and bringing things onto the table of consideration like romance and possibilities of children, theater and performance anxiety or not. As we ponder this perhaps the Sabian symbol interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” would be worth looking at for the degree of this particular conjunction:

(LEO 20°): ZUNI INDIANS PERFORM A RITUAL TO THE SUN.

 

KEYNOTE: A return to the glorification of natural energies.

 

While the first symbol of this fivefold sequence pictured the magnificence of the returning sun after a storm, in this last symbol we see, by implication, man returning to nature and glorifying the sun after the long crisis of “civilized” living in artificial cities. For many years now, the American Pueblo Indian has been for the weary city dweller and the dried-up intellectual a symbol of this “return to nature.” After having ruthlessly destroyed him, we come to him as an exemplar of peaceful and harmonious group living.

 

This fifth symbol of the twenty-eighth sequence brings us the image of a reversal of our socialized activity and opens for us the way to the deepest release of our long-denied root energies. Natural man links himself consciously to the source of all life on earth. And this means IDENTIFICATION THROUGH WORSHIP-and the sanctification of the creative power.

 

When we reach Thursday the Sun steps up to the plate and may be asking us some deep questions about how best to play our vitality as it forms a trine with Neptune in Pisces. One should not brush this off lightly as it may have ramifications to more in depth healing protocols we could tune into that go way beyond just the physical healing many often seek. While there may be advantages to physical health, if one is not utilizing this to effectively grow on more levels than just the physical, perhaps some of the reasons you incarnated are not being realized. The Neptune function can, though not always easily, awaken our capacity to an enhanced spiritual voyage of exploration. While this can be fraught with illusionary distractions there are benefits for civilization and the natural world if we are willing to work together toward a more harmonious stance with one another and our surrounds.

 

The Neptune factor can be seen as preparation for Saturday’s Sun/Pluto opposition. Neptune may be perceived as (and in Pisces) the pouring of the waters of truth upon any situation to cleanse or wash away factors that are impure. This is preparation for Pluto’s total transformational intensity that transmutes the old into a new form. Since Pluto is a preparation phase for rebirth aspects of things must die in order for enough substance to be available for this recreation process to unfold. There are no guarantees in this. The solar polarity to this moment can add vitality and from the Cancer perspective the necessary healing that will be needed at this level of change. This transpires at the first quarter waxing Moon time and this can be referred to as a crisis in action. The Moon being in Libra forming a brief “T” square to the solar opposition demands an in depth consideration of how we view our interaction with the “other”. This being anyone who is not us adds merit to paying attention to one another. It would behoove us to stretch our awareness to include more than just the human element.

In theory the warmest time of the year in the northern hemisphere begins during the signs of Cancer and Leo. While currently we are in the Cancer season on Monday last week it was 115° at my home and as hot as it has ever been here. The actual unfolding of the summer season usually gets warmer as we move on into the season of Virgo. I have to trust that we are not in for any hotter temperatures than we have already experienced so far, but suspect that the global climate crisis is no joke.

Celestial Chatter 7-5 to 11

 

Spun out of the distant past and yet present today is the story process requiring all the players to participate. The shadows and bright landscape rolls on before and around us and we must use caution not to overemphasize our perspective as paramount. We are each required in the unfolding story. Is the character I embrace or tune into in a Disney adventure more significant than the ones others tune into in that same Disney escape? Are the insights gleaned about the planetary beings brought forward from millennia ago not still dancing into aspects relevant to our current storylines? Can we embrace a steady or undulating energy stream begging for our participation in continuing to write the pages of a new story? As I am guided to engage with the celestial beings their messages fill in gaps relevant to the story I am meant to embrace. These weekly Chatter posts are a reflection of an unfolding story path that speaks to my soul and may or may not exactly draw you into which character or part in the life story you are playing. However I thank you for your participation in keeping story alive at whatever level you are inclined to follow, because without story our trajectories might sink into the doldrums. This is a sailing term reflecting patches of the ocean where there is no breeze to move the ship, and by extension the potential energy of moving along a story line may for a time tune into a repetition or rehash of a story that repeats from past events that seem to not grow. Even in the telling of an oft repeated story I think of Joseph Campbell, Michael Meade, Bill Moyer and others who offer a place to allow for our imaginations to roam freely within a landscape that inspires our breathing to expand our potential.

 

Shall we wander out into the cosmos and see what kinds of imagery our celestial neighbors our asking us to consider for the upcoming week? Get yourself comfortable and fasten your seat belts as we blast off into the current adventure.

 

Monday finds the Sun moving thru a sextile to Uranus and in doing so might enhance the “T” square under way from the Mars/Saturn opposition and Uranus in square to both. The Sun represents vitality and a certain desire to overtly express itself. Being in Cancer, the healer of the zodiac, and ruled by the Moon we may be requested to tune into our feeling nature and seek a way to embrace what might otherwise appear as a challenging aspect pattern from the “T” square. One should be cautious when interpreting how to use feelings as opposed to emotions. They are not the same. Emotions tend to linger and cause us to over emphasize situations that have shifted over the horizon into the past, whereas feelings can and often are fleeting and momentary for a couple minutes or seconds. Have you ever had that sensation that you wanted to kill or maim someone (perhaps a child) for interfering in your preferred outcome? If this thought does not dissipate rapidly as common sense regains control you might want to do some breathing exercises.

 

Tuesday brings Mercury forming a square aspect to Neptune retrograde in Pisces. Mercury is how we think, speak and is the storyteller of the zodiac. Some may play up the square as a challenge and this will be the case for some, but let’s dive into ways to play this card. The Neptune factor is of long relevance and Mercury will seemingly be doing rapid dances around this most profound potential for soul discovery. If your thoughts cannot be calmed you are most likely to invite the Trickster aspect of Mercury in Gemini to tempt you to wander off on wild goose chases. Perhaps exhilarating at first you will soon tire of the effort expended and discover you have not actually moved from the spot you began this process from. This aspect is present for all of us and there will be some that utilize these moments to reflect on the wise use of our language that is way more than just words. As we have recently come out from behind our masks the added facial features convey quite a bit to what it is we express with one another.

 

Tuesday also adds another seemingly challenging factor to consider. Venus moves into opposition with Saturn retrograde across the Leo/Aquarius axis. Before we jump into the planetary language it might be relevant to tune into the energy of the signs involved. Leo, ruled by the Sun, seeks to express outward in any format it finds itself to see what kind of response is available. It really doesn’t matter if it is positive or negative as long as there is recognition of presence. The worst-case scenario to Leo is being ignored. Aquarius on the other hand has a more casual perspective to receiving recognition while at the same time attempting to bring folks together to discover common ground. Leo is about self and Aquarius is about other. Venus in Leo can play this tool thru partnership matters, artistic expression, a seeking to harmonize with others, and potentially pleasure factors rise to the surface and are sought out. Saturn the ruler of Aquarius, as well as Capricorn, sets down rules and limits related to everything it touches. Saturn is attempting to strengthen the structure that lasts. You might perceive how any wild Venus/Leo adventures into potential romance may meet with pointers to help us be wise in our choices of others to interact with. Just remember that Aquarius has an eccentric side so the attractions you may find might not be everybody’s cup of tea. Remember the Sun rules Leo and from Cancer currently has some say in the use of feelings over emotions.

 

As Wednesday unfolds Venus is still in play mode and forms a square aspect to Uranus in Taurus. Venus rules Taurus (and Libra) so the unpredictable Uranian factor at play might as well find one tuning into the energy signature of some that stretch the limits of common sense beyond what is expected. This is not always a bad thing but pay attention to your comfort zone or your boundaries. That Venus in Leo has experimentation written all over it.

 

Have you been feeling the flavor of this week? On Thursday we are greeted by the new Moon in Cancer. Every new Moon should give us reason to pause and reflect on the direction we have been following and tune into to adjustments required as we set out on the next lunar cycle. Most of the time this occurs in consecutive signs meaning there is a new set of parameters to embrace if we are to “feel” an attunement with where to aim our next set of footprints. This is Cancer so home and family factors rise to the top of the pile of considerations. One might ask if there is any healing energy coursing thru whatever factor of family you are involved with? This would be an excellent time to weigh in on the feelings vs. emotional side of your life dance. For further meditation here is the Sabian symbol interpretation for this new Moon from Dane Rudhyar’s “ An Astrological Mandala”:

(CANCER I8°): A HEN SCRATCHING THE GROUND TO FIND NOURISHMENT FOR HER PROGENY.

 

KEYNOTE:            The practical concern with everyday nourishment necessary to sustain one’s outreaching activities.

 

Every mother is originally responsible for the feeding of her progeny, and all the activities into which a person has poured his energy are his symbolic children. He has to feed them with social substance gathered from “the ground” of his community, and to watch with concern over their unfoldment. The tender stem consolidates into the tree trunk, the chicken into the hen, the infant into the theoretically self-reliant and socially wise adult.

 

This third stage of the twenty-second fivefold sequence shows the results of the two previous stages. Seed, germ and the growing plant requiring the chemicals of the soil for its daily growth form a clear sequence. What is at stake here is the FULFILLING OF LIFE’S RESPONSIBILITIES.

 

Cancer, as well, rules the ground and what is underneath its surface. It is as well the clan we recognize we are a part of. Roots of development are established in Cancer that continues to support the rest of the living tree of life. While we might see the responsibility factor reflected more in the Saturn/Capricorn archetype the support of and by the family structure give reason for any form of rulership to be expressed. Again we can see the outworking of the zodiacal axis flavors complementing one another.

 

Speaking of this particular axis the Moon quickly forms an opposition to Pluto retrograde on Saturday. In any healing protocol there are aspects that are required to die or pass away in order for space to be available for healing to transpire and new life essence to fill in where disharmony had been present. This is one of the functions of Pluto as a composter of the old so that it can be used for the development of something new. Since this is the first aspect in this new lunar cycle we might want to move forward cautiously but at the same time willing to release anything that is holding us back from discovering our true potential.

 

We end the week late on Sunday with Mercury leaving the hallowed ground of Gemini and stepping foot into Cancer. While the curious and possibly trickster energies of Mercury have been stimulated for a longer cycle because of the retrograde dance moves, our thoughts are brought forward to converse with others on matters that can reflect concern for appropriate family dynamics. Not to keep it all so seemingly droll we are still talking about Mercury so keep your wits about you as there is always the trickster lurking in the background. The Moon has moved on into Leo so entertainment is high on the list of druthers.

 

Thank you for wandering with us and I hope there are certain factors that your soul can tune into to enhance your particular parts in the story line.

Celestial Chatter 7-28 to 8-4

 

This week is brought to you by the fixed signs of Leo, Aquarius and Taurus, as well as the waning lunar square. As the Sun moves thru Cancer it would be wise to keep tabs on the Moon’s dance moves.

 

On Monday morning the Moon completes it 2.5-day journey thru Aquarius and crosses the path of Jupiter retrograde in Pisces. This will include a waning trine to the Sun and bring the water element up for consideration. Cancer is the healer energy of the zodiac and Pisces is the psychic, mystic and dreamer. It is likely that you may discover aspects of your deeper self, seeking audience with you. Depending on how aware you are of your energy patterns this might be an excellent opportunity to meditate and pay attention to any dream messages you have received. Are there any healing protocols that could use some refinement in your current earth walk? Does your understanding of “home” reflect more than just a piece of planet earth? During the current heat wave are you making water available to others of any species?

 

As July dawns for us this year we reach the waning lunar square to the Sun. The dance of fire and water percolate to the surface and we may find our energy running a bit hot. The Moon in Aries can bring our emotions to the surface and the waning square to the Sun has been referred to as a time of crisis in consciousness. What comes to mind is the recent graduation of high school students caught in a quandary. Wanting to seek answers elsewhere in the world and project out from the home situation while having some concern about health matters in the larger world these days. Your mileage and situations may vary.

 

On this same day Mars activating an urge to express in outward fashion from its Leo perch is the ruler of Aries and has some things to say to that lunar matrix. Just to add some spice into the equation Mars is as well forming an opposition to Saturn in Aquarius within close enough proximity to square Uranus in Taurus to be worthy of inclusion in this situation. Aspectual positions the planets have with one another give context to how they may be conversing for those interested in paying attention to their dialogue. The Uranus (modern ruler of Aquarius) in square to Saturn in Aquarius is the major aspect of 2021 and has been discussed already. Mars striding into this process from Leo is attempting to make a statement, even if not with words, to get our attention. The Saturn part of this process is querying the messages that Mars elicits to have merit within a larger frame of reference than just self. The Uranian influence attempts to make sure we don’t become too set in our ways by throwing an occasional curve ball into the mix. So, as you can see July arrives to keep things stirred up.

 

The perfection of the square aspect from Mars to Uranus arrives on Friday the 2nd. On this day the Moon forms a sextile with Mercury still in Gemini. This can bring conversation or contemplation onto the table that may tip the balance across an invisible line into potential confrontation. While not intentional, the recent Mercury retrograde cycle could have provided us with some rather edgy matters to weigh our positions against. As the rest of the weekend unfolds Mars edges closer to exact square with Uranus and on Sunday the Moon joins with Uranus while forming a sextile to the Sun. The Sun is vitality and being in Cancer wherever and whatever the Moon offers into the moment will have a bearing on how our solar dance can be influenced. One might sense that this could bring all these considerations home (Cancer), and family issues could play out several of these scenarios simultaneously.

 

While the Moon is definitely a strong component this week, Mars has energized itself to push hard at the edges of things and it is always the edges where change transpires. Here is the Sabian symbol interpretation from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for this Martian character as it moves these couple degrees this week:

 

(LEO 13°): AN OLD SEA CAPTAIN ROCKING HIMSELF ON THE PORCH OF HIS COTTAGE.

 

KEYNOTE:            The quieted mind’s recollections of crises and joys long past.

 

The sea captain has steered the ship of his ego-consciousness through seas and storms, maintaining the integrity of his individual selfhood while in close contact with the collective Unconscious. Now retired, he may try to distill wisdom from his many experiences and from his victories over elemental forces. The “swing” of the child-consciousness has now become a “rocking chair” from which one can contemplate past as well as present scenes, gently moving as waves roll over the shore. Peace at last.

 

At this third stage we find the consciousness of old age, after having witnessed the spontaneous play of children close to protective nature (Leo II°) and the fashionable social parties of escaping adults (Leo 12°) three phases of mental development. Keyword: QUIET RECOLLECTION.

 

 

(LEO 14°): A HUMAN SOUL SEEKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUTWARD MANIFESTATION.

 

KEYNOTE: The yearning for self-actualization.

 

Behind the many rhythms and drives of individual existence, beyond the child, the adult and the old man, stands the soul seeking always to manifest itself through the personality. This is the transpersonal urge of the spirit, expressing itself in many ways during the whole life span. But most avenues are blocked, and the soul waits until it can wait no longer. Then comes the dramatic release, which may mean a joyous carnival or madness.

 

The fourth stage of this twenty-seventh sequence brings a transcendental clue to the technique of living: Let the soul speak out! Allow the power of the true tone of your being to manifest its self smoothly, easily, unobstructed-or expect a variety of consequences. LET the soul manifest!

 

The sky gods (planets) continuously weave the fabric of a potential universal story and lay it before us to live into. If we but listen to the tonal variations as they unfold around us with more than just our ears, we are being given clues to a larger matrix of eternal opportunity to participate within. The Moon has been referred to as representative for Soul. I view the Soul as a participatory platform including way more than just our few planets, but each represents aspects of this soul dance. As it traverses the celestial realm encircling us each month the Moon as Soul interacts with each and every being in our surround out there and in here to allow for us to be instructed upon the journey we signed up for.

 

 

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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