I will be adding weekly astrological information to be aware of from my perspective. Enjoy and use as you will…
Celestial Chatter 6-10 to 6-23
Going to run a couple weeks here as I will be in Phoenix when the week transitions to next. Yesterday Venus entered Gemini. On Monday the Sun opposes Jupiter. Between 6-13 to 19th Mars and then Mercury will be opposing the Capricorn group. 6-17 is the full Moon in Sagittarius. 6-18 Mercury conjuncts Mars. Also on 6-14 Mars will come back in bounds and on the 17th Mercury will do the same. 6-21 is the summer solstice and the Sun stands still as it moves into Cancer. 6-22 Venus opposes Jupiter and square Neptune.
The solar orb begins the week opposed to Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius. One could query about individual vs. collective visions of meaning. I would interject the vitality the individual brings to the table in the larger context of far reaching matters about perspective to grow into. After all, the collective is made up of a bunch of individuals seeking to find ways to potentially harmonize a tune to pay attention to. The flexibility of the solo journey is much easier to correct than the masses.
In looking at the overall pattern of this planetary dance for this period there will be an engine change in the locomotive planetary pattern from Mars to Mercury on the 21st. with of course the monthly shift as the Moon moves thru the empty region of the heavens. Jupiter is still bringing up the rear (caboose) of the train, so there is hoped for bigger things to be gleaned. Speaking of the lunar handle that forms as she traverses the open area I notice on the 13th that the Moon is the focal point of a YOD with Venus and Chiron on the other two points with Uranus exactly opposed the Moon. AS with any lunar aspect it is very fleeting (around 8: am PDT) and will only last a few hours. This Scorpio focus for the Moon brings to point a curious Venus in Gemini and the Chiron in the early Aries dance seeking to awaken something new. The Uranus at the midpoint in early Taurus just wants us to not get too set in our comfort zone as we potentially “feel” intuitive connection with others. If you happen to have anything in the 5° zone of a sign this may be sensed a bit more strongly for you.
As Mars begins its transit opposed to the Capricorn crowd it as well trines Neptune in Pisces bringing in investigation into matters often relegated to hidden zones of influence. Often behind closed doors because of this deeper resonant field of energy demands much of our focus to get it right. Since this brings into the consideration our Saturn, Pluto and south node group rules are being considered for what could be seen as long overdue transformation. Soon Mercury will join this mix from the Cancer and Mars side to ask us to consider how we may want to portray this potential shift in perspective. Mars, even if not doing the happy dance in Cancer, is still a driving force, so this opposition has an engine sparking action that may not be the most comfortable to embrace.
Now, after the 14th and 17th (full Moon) transpire and Mars and Mercury come back in bounds there may be things that were stimulated during their brief sojourn out-of-bounds that need amending. These began in Gemini and culminated in Cancer so what wild and crazy thoughts coursed in your heads and did you share these perspectives with others and were they any of your blood family? The Gemini side of the equation in the 3rd decanate where this all began has a Pisces-like overlay so possibly attempts were made to peer thru any vale that appeared to separate us from what we were attempting to gain. Investigation may have led us off the beaten path and then as Cancer matters were initiated did any thoughts of the ancestors begin to wander into the mix? What would your ancestors view our current societal and global situations as portraying?
During Friday the 14th the Moon slips quickly thru the forming of a “kite” planetary pattern bringing the focus onto that retrograde Saturn and the S. node. At the same time there is a longer square pattern perfecting from retrograde Jupiter to Neptune at work. There are more profound ramifications to the laws and structures of society being considered as relevant to successfully steering our world ship forward.
Nest week begins with the full Moon in Sagittarius on the 17th at around 3: am PDT. This occurs quite close to the Galactic center so there is potency in the works for our collective vision. The Sabian symbol for this is: (SAGITTARIUS 27°): A SCULPTOR AT HIS WORK.
KEYNOTE: The ability to project one’s vision upon and to give form to materials.
At this stage we see the individual creatively expressing his own particular individuality. He takes the materials available in his social geographical environment and shapes them so they reveal to other people something of his inner life and purpose.
This second phase in the fifty-fourth sequence is, as usual, in contrast to the first. The “flag bearer” symbolizes the selfless representative of a collective tradition or of national unity; the “sculptor,” on the contrary, represents man as a creative individual intent on making his mark upon society. This is a symbol of man’s capacity to transform raw materials according to his personal vision, thus a symbol Of SELF PROJECTION INTO A WORK.
As this week is preparation for the coming summer solstice on the 21st there is the winding down, or at least wrapping up of the spring adventures as we settle into the long and warmer days of summer in the northern hemisphere. There are travel plans afoot and friends and relatives beckoning a visit. The garden flourishes and there is a verdant surround of nature providing shade for those warmer moments. Tuesday Mercury begins a new synodic cycle with Mars for the year ahead. Think about an energetic send off of a thought or train of thought from this Sabian moment: (CANCER 22°): A YOUNG WOMAN AWAITING A SAILBOAT.
KEYNOTE: The longing for transcendent happiness in the soul opened to great dreams.
Here the symbol pictures the imaginative youthful person who basically cannot be satisfied with what his or her ordinary social environment offers, and who instead is longing for the unknown visitation of which he or she has dreamed. From the unconscious beyond, the concretization of a spiritual image–spiritual because impelled by the “wind” (pneuma, spirit)–is hoped for and expected. The Beloved may come-not in a glittering opera house, but in the silence of the inner sea of consciousness.
At this second stage of this fivefold sequence the contrast with the first is strongly marked. Will the great dream become concrete? Will the emotion ready to well up in response to the Advent have its chance?
Will the EXPECTANCY of the Eternal Feminine be rewarded with reality?
Wrap this in the loving arms of a family/home setting even if you don’t have that yourself, and seek to grow into a reality that welcomes open conversation about anything. Pluto the great transformer awaits in opposition to this moment to cast a spell of death and rebirth to those old and outmoded forms no longer relevant. And the Sun seems to grind to a halt overhead as the heat of summer takes over.
Friday the 21st at 9:09 am PDT the solar orb reaches its zenith. The list of things to do and take advantage of, the sweat we are destined to wipe from our brows and the dry and dusty days of summer stretch ahead.
As the 23rd dawns Venus in Gemini opposes Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius. One can almost sense a moment of contemplation in some relational matters. The beck of the distance calls, the memories of spring are as wisps of fog fading from memory, the young are propelled to explore and you can almost hear the words from a song long ago… “will I see you in September, or lose you to a summer love”. The saving grace to this may be the retrograde Jupiter reflecting on that long journey forward as it moderates its perspective of the all…
As the day draws to a close on this two week consideration the Moon conjoins with Neptune in Pisces so one last Sabian thought for this degree and this moment: (PISCES 19°): A MASTER INSTRUCTING HIS DISCIPLE.
KEYNOTE: The transfer of power and knowledge which keeps the original spiritual and creative impulse of the cycle active and undeviated.
The Hindu ideal of the sacred relationship between guru and chela (disciple) has of late become familiar to a vast number of. Young and not-so-young people. The doctrine of “the Apostolic succession” in the Roman Catholic Church has a similar significance. The Power and archetypal knowledge released “in the beginning” of any cycle (or at “Creation”) must be perpetuated until the very Last Day-the Omega state of which Teilhard de Chardin glowingly speaks. This Power is the “self” of the cyclic manifestation, the unchanging Tone (AUM) of all existence’s within this cycle. It can be transmitted from master to disciple at the latter’s “Initiation.” It must be so transmitted for when the line of transmission (in Sanskrit, guruampara) is discontinued, the cyclic process begins to collapse in futility and spiritual darkness.
This fourth stage symbol gives us a clue to the supreme technique necessary for the continuation of all manifestations of power and spiritual understanding. The transmission is from person to person; it follows a general, unchanging pattern, yet it operates in terms of particular and individual circumstances. Keyword: INVESTITURE.
ENJOY AND TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN THE SUMMER
Update: Can’t believe I missed this. Mercury went out-of-bounds on May 27th and will be there until about June 17th joining Mars o.b. which comes back in bounds on June 14th. Mercury is how we communicate and perceive things. So, if you have felt a bit like attempts to control your words leaping off your tongue lately, or some wild thoughts jumping into your space enjoy the ride but don’t be surprised by more than a few raised eyebrows in response from others not privy to these matters.
Celestial Chatter Week of 6-3 to 6-9
So, the week commences with a new Gemini Moon today (3rd). Tomorrow Mercury enters Cancer conjoined with the Moon. On Sunday the 9th Venus enters Gemini. Wow, minimal aspect events to contemplate this week.
As with all new Moons it is time to set intentions for what you hope to work on for this next cycle. Since this occurs in Gemini one should query as to what aspects of your communication protocol may need to be refined? Are there avenues of learning that have intrigued you lately? Curious, curious, curious, is the motto of any Gemini part of us. With Mercury/Hermes fast approaching the end of Gemini, if you hesitate in determining what you intend for this next month the lunar overlay will ensue even more on your decision capacity. You then must ask questions that transcend the mental nature as you sink into the waves of feeling. Here is the Sabian symbol for the new Moon to contemplate upon: (GEMINI 13°): A FAMOUS PIANIST GIVING A CONCERT PERFORMANCE.
KEYNOTE: Individual fulfillment in the performing of a social function to which some prestige is attached.
Having entered upon the path of individualized experience that brings him in touch with broader or higher realms of super personal inspiration, the individual person is able to become himself a source of inspiration, an agent for Man and the formative Powers guiding human evolution. His role is to mobilize emotions, to present to others an image of what for most people is beyond their mediocre and lukewarm responses to the challenge of becoming “more-than-man”, to experience more intensely and to see farther. This is the role of the true and ideal “virtuoso” (vir meaning strength, manliness; thus “virtue’) and, in a far-reaching sense, of the Avatar whose example fascinates human beings, leading them to leave behind their past and to venture forth into new realms of experience.
At this third stage we see the meanings of the two preceding symbols, synthesized. One moves into new realms and successfully challenges the fears, the insecurity and the lack of self-confidence of the past in ones@ If, all negative attitudes which, while conditioned by the social environment, have become engraved upon the unconscious. Having achieved this liberation, one can bring to the environment the power generated by self-discipline, skill and self-confidence. One has become an at least potential SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.
With any fortitude you have set your sails for this month’s adventure by tomorrow the 4th as the energy shifts to Cancer as the Moon and then Mercury step over the line. The Moon is quite at home in the sign it rules so matters of place surface. Family and ancestors may come a calling, if not literally then figuratively. Since the Sun is still in Gemini season, Mercury entering Cancer is why I mentioned the “calling”. Mars, still out-of-bounds until the 14th and in Cancer may be stirring things up on the home front. Mercury may not be inclined to back seat mode here in Cancer as we are still in the throws of Gemini. Could there be words that leap out, YES. Might you consider a trajectory that is a bit more withdrawn than usual, MAYBE?
Gemini is still at the helm for the remainder of this week and on Sunday Venus will enter this sign bringing with it some of the balanced energy of how you played the Taurus dance. There may be financial matters to attend to that Gemini got carried away with in its excitement. Also on Sunday the Sun will form a square to Neptune in Pisces. Since it is Sunday are you comfortable with some meditation to consider deeper ramifications of this month’s intentions or even longer range matters.
Special of the week
Last Saturday May 25th I was part of the offering for the beginning consideration of our current Gemini Journey. Here is a link to the archives: https://1150kknw.com/archives/talk-cosmos-archive/?fbclid=IwAR3AozwMFsZjCQU9euijdew-JLqVabHywHyionLtcEuv-FLYL1cNvLPddJI
Weekly Celestial Chatter 5-28 to 6-2
Getting a bit of a late start this week because of participation in NORWAC over the weekend. Today the Moon shifts from Pisces to Aries, and with this enters into a mutual reception with Mars in Cancer for the next couple days. Tomorrow Mercury moves closer to a square to Neptune from Gemini to Pisces and an opposition to Jupiter in Sagittarius for a couple days. This is a “T” square. On the 30th Venus sextiles Neptune and prepares for a trine to the Capricorn points until the 2nd of June. Also on the 30th While there are mostly minor aspects in the works this week we are preparing for the next new Moon on June 3rd in Gemini.
Let’s just sit back and gather to us the general feel for this week ahead. Mostly we are in the preparation phase for the next new Moon when the Gemini archetype will be instigating attempts to release any pent up frustrations that appear to be holding us back. As the Moon moves from it’s last moments in Pisces today there are potential profound sensations we have been asked to consider over the past couple days attempting to awaken us to the benefits of clearing the decks for the entrance into Aries. Basically this might involve a reformulation of the parts or events that need release in order to be planted into some new moment less encumbered by things that could interfere with actually recognizing a new you. The Moon is about, among other things, the tactile sensate nature we all have. Pisces is potentially about investigating our connection to source and is probably an arena where we are faced with questions of worth beyond just the physical. As we arrive to the balsamic Mon to Sun phase on the 30th, the energetic of Aries, Taurus and Gemini are all in play. These represent the first quadrant of a basic astrological voyage. Aries is the attempt to discover of personal presence; Taurus brings into the equation personal ownership and Gemini wants to continue to investigate as many options as it can in the learning process of self-discovery. As may be evident here, the reason I brought up today’s lunar transition from Pisces to Aries, we are being asked to be ready for the potential to awaken parts of ourselves to a new adventure. In this adventure we will, if we are paying attention be asked to refine ourselves and allow the passing away of things that worked well to get us to the present but may be holding us back from what may of benefit for discovery of a new aspect of ourselves.
In the midst of these considerations we have the “T” square of Jupiter, Neptune and Mercury attempting to get our attention. Squares and oppositions present some tension into the equation of being. The reason is because squares have elemental differences of view on things. Fire and water signs may not easily hear the same music to dance to. The same goes for water and air signs. In our present case with the Jupiter in fire and Neptune in water actually have an overall resonance to draw upon as Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces there is a comrade type of tune that stimulates both planets to seek life meaning that can be potentially beneficial to the whole. Mercury in Gemini has a lot to offer in communication with each of these other two players as it investigates methods of expressing this potentially larger frame of reference being considered. Jupiter is always attempting to expand perspective so its opposing Mercury is asking Mercury to not think small. Neptune in the middle stirs the cauldron of deep awareness that these two others have a may locate levels of awareness that extend deep into processing the merits of existence. Mercury being the accelerated partner in this movement as Hermes may spin tales like the wandering minstrel to inspire aspects of ourselves to stop if only for a brief moment to reflect on this larger container.
Mars, still traveling out-of-bounds, joined by the lunar movement thru Aries in mutual reception may be attempting to share an enhanced and energetic push for lunar acceleration of sensing a newness that has rootedness. I am trying to think of another way to describe this conversation as it unfolds into the balsamic lunar phase. The Moon while feeling a certain scattered activity as it moves thru Aries is receiving messages from Mars to remind it of a deeper footing, it has to draw upon from its cyclic journey around Earth and the celestial backdrop. Sometimes this may play a mellow tune that calms the waters while at others whips the sea into a frothy and choppy experience. Both options are on the table and your engagement with these two players will influence how you perceive this part of the cycle. The balsamic song begins to play as the Moon reaches the latter part of Aries and we are being asked to weigh in on the culminating part of this lunar cycle. Perhaps as the Moon traverses Taurus and holds vibrational hands with first Uranus and then Venus we will be invited to awaken, as if suddenly, from a dream to the vitality we can become if we release items that may be anchoring us in the past. The Venus could remind us of the inherent value that certain handling of what we own may inspire in us as the quality of survival we hope to live with.
As the Moon finally enters Gemini on June 2nd we have to ask ourselves if we are paying attention to Hermes the trickster and being led astray in our folly of releasing significant parts of our past hap-hazardly. On the table as well is Hermes the shape shifter offering a perspective change to view ourselves with that might awaken us to brilliant new versions of who we actually could be and maybe already are.
Weekly Celestial Chatter 5-12 to 5-19
Last evening I was watching some vintage replays of the Eagles in concert. There is something haunting about the song (not sure of title) that goes “There’s a hole in the world tonight”. I awoke early this morning with that same tune floating in my surround. I was beckoned into a conference with the planetary team where the theme revolved around human attempts to locate meaningful answers to their queries about life direction. Quickly it became apparent that while astrology does a bang up job of providing some level of meaning to our all too human dance moves, there was a lot more relevance beyond what is often couched in definitions based solely on the planetary positions at any given moment.
The term “awaken’ drifted to the front of our considerations. While this is a first house event, the out-of bounds Mars was quick to point out that few observe his desire to instill within them the essence of newness required to effectively release worn out patterns of behavior. Jupiter in the current receding opposition to Mars chimed in with the keen observation that there are moments that require stillness to bring about an all consuming halt to the charge into an unknown push for growth. Venus in a waning trine to Jupiter and nearing its shift from Aries to the home port of Taurus offered a consideration of just breathing into calmness as we spend time with one another. Both Mars and Venus in sextile and nearing their respective energy shifts to the next archetypal field brought Mercury into the equation. From a satiated quest we are drawn often to seek the next new moment was the mercurial message from a restless zone of being comforted in the bosom of Mother Earth while simultaneously extracting resources to use in seemingly meaningless endeavors of acquisition.
The solar orb around which everything seems to revolve, continues to bathe us in its radiance from the section of space assigned to Taurus holds a constant focus in an attempt to illuminate current requirements that our visit to this planet earth may benefit a much larger field of resonance. The current trine from the Sun in Taurus to the Capricorn stellium of Saturn, the Moon’s south node and Pluto beckon for a restructuring of rules to live by and continue to expose hidden truths for us to ponder.
Animism is the art of recognizing the flow of life in all things. I am informed by this planetary gathering that the hole I perceive in the world is an energetic spiral path inviting those who not only observe it, but willingly enter into this tube of resonance, might awaken in waves surrounding them, others who might heed the call. While this zone can be observed as the potential path that our planet’s orbital trajectory is following, there is a tonal quality to this emanating from without and within that opens our hearts to hear the vast level of communication transpiring in everything we are surrounded with. The trees, birds, rivers, rocks, wind, the soft footsteps of the cat, the reverberation of a heartbeat, and the perhaps not so quiet message in the eyes of those we are surrounded by, all speak in universal ways if we would but tune our capacity to hear them.
The planetary dance moves of merit this week are, Venus on the 15th moves from Aries into Taurus, Mars (still out-of-bounds) on the 16th moves from Gemini into Cancer, Mercury does the trine thing with the Capricorn stellium from the 17th – 18th, Venus catches up and is conjunct Uranus on the 17th, and the next full Scorpio Moon is on Saturday the18th.
Wednesday, a Mercury day, Venus joins Uranus, Mercury and the Sun in Taurus. Pay attention to how you are interacting with one another and if this is in concert with being a resident of planet earth.
Thursday, a Jupiter day, Mars shifts from Gemini to Cancer and family matters spring to the fore. The Moon as ruler of Cancer moves into Scorpio today, as well, so there may some intensity to the family dynamics to deal with. Mercury begins it 2-day trine to the Capricorn group, a good time to pay attention to the messages that may be being manipulated by authority. Listen between the lines for the truth.
Friday, Venus and Uranus are holding hands. Pay attention to how you interact with one another. Listen to one another, as there may be opportunity to awaken some magical places to share.
Saturday, the Full Moon Sabian symbol reads:
(SCORPIO 28°): THE KING OF THE FAIRIES APPROACHING HIS DOMAIN.
KEYNOTE; The capacity in man to recognize and to pay homage to an integrating Principle at the core of all existence.
This rather peculiar picture tells us perhaps a good deal about the limitations of the mind of the clairvoyant who saw it, though it can be related to the symbolism of the various creatures of a spirit world mentioned in some alchemical and Rosicrucian books. What seems to be implied is that beyond both outer nature and the realm of the proud ego, a spiritual world exists to which the intuitive consciousness of man can pay allegiance. In that world, all manifested entities are seen as multiple aspects of a central Power and Consciousness. It is such a central principle of unity that human societies have sought to revere symbolically in human, all-too-human kings. In an individual sense, this principle is the Self.
This is the third stage in the forty-eighth five-fold pattern of symbols. It adds a new dimension to the two preceding ones. At this stage the presence of a spiritual unifying factor begins to be sensed by the individual perhaps weary of the outer shows of his culture. An INNER ALLEGIANCE begins to polarize the consciousness.
Next week the chatter may increase as the Sun will move into Gemini along with Mercury.
Astro Week 5-5 to 5-12 2019
It is Cinco de Mayo
The week begins with Mars out-of-bounds (o.b.) in Gemini exactly opposed to Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius. Yesterday the new Moon happened at 14° Taurus. On Monday the 6th Mercury shifts into Taurus and once again we have a circle of infinity in the mix with Venus, Mercury and Mars o.b. Venus in Aries is forming a square to Saturn in Capricorn that perfects on the 7th. As the Moon passes Mars on Tuesday (a Mars day) the locomotive or bowl planetary pattern shifts to a lunar engine for a bit until the bucket pattern happens as the Moon moves thru the vacant part of the heavens. Wednesday a Mercury day has Mercury passing over Uranus. Thursday Venus squares Pluto from Aries to Capricorn. Friday the Sun trines Saturn from Taurus. While there is energy on the move on Sunday it becomes more pronounced on Monday.
That o.b. Mars will be with us until June 14th so nothing new there. As it opposes Jupiter break out the dancing shoes just incase the music should catch your ears in a certain fashion.
With Mercury in Taurus Venus in Aries there may be querying for a bit of radical fast paced thought. Mars, as the ruler of Aries, and o.b. is throwing curve balls toward Venus to make sure comfort is not overplayed and that brings us back to Mercury and that is known as a circle of infinity indicating these three planetary energies are all firing at the same moment.
On Tuesday some spice or maybe a vegetable you are not on board with enters with the Saturn square to the Venusian part of that circle perhaps to temper some of the Martian dance moves. I get the image of the dance changing into the robotic form.
On Wednesday as Mercury joins hands or whatever with Uranus our thoughts and maybe words could be more open to that Martian influence and a tempered wild side could appear suddenly. I say tempered because we should not forget that we are in the season of Taurus and there is an overlay of attempts to settle in to potential comfort related endeavors. I suggest doing some gardening as this might stem the beast somewhat.
Thursday a bit more challenge can appear as Venus squares Pluto. The overpowering pressure to change or transform something beckons attention to practical matters that need input or at least recognition.
Following closely on the Venus squaring Saturn thru Pluto the Sun on Friday begins to trine this same Capricorn grouping. I may appear as opportunity to play more specifically into the earth elements of our considerations. Are we being practical? Is there something about paying attention to what mother earth is asking for our participation in? Might conversations with others need to be brought down to earth? How is your garden growing?
Other than the Moon’s first square to the Sun (quarter Moon) over the weekend things can settle down.
See you all next week for the Celestial Chatter…
Weekly Celestial Chatter 4-29 to 5-5
Yesterday Saturn stationed retrograde and is in the backward dance with Pluto and the south node of the Moon all within 3° in the 3rd decanate of Capricorn. Mars is still traveling out-of-bounds in Gemini. Saturn is heading for a sextile with Neptune in Pisces. Mercury in Aries heads toward a sextile with Mars and they are still in mutual reception with each other. All the planets are contained within half of the celestial orbit. The Moon is in its last quarter and headed for the next new Moon on Saturday this week. Time to unpack…
When all the planets are in one half of the chart this is referred to as a bowl or locomotive planetary pattern. How this function’s is that Mars, the engine and out-of-bounds is leading the pack with Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius is the caboose. These bookends speak to a larger pattern unfolding that begins with some fiery and curious energy that may not be going out of its way to pay attention to the accepted rules of engagement. The caboose, (Jupiter) in this case, gives some indication as to how this cycle brings things to a conclusion and sets up for the next cycle to begin. Jupiter has usually got its sites set on everything expansive with the key word of “more” on the tip of its tongue. Yes, it is going backwards so some reflection is in order, but it is in Sagittarius so that larger objective may outweigh normal caution of overextending.
Saturn’s approaching sextile to Neptune is of longer-range consideration as it does not perfect until around mid June. Sextiles and Trines speak to opportunity but not necessarily the impetus to accomplish. They can slide by without lighting a fire of need into the mix and often appear as good ideas. Being aware of them as they unfold can be of assistance in taking advantage of those moments.
The Mercury sextile Mars is a bit more current and occurs this week, perfecting on Tuesday. These two traveling energy beings are working together to stimulate conversation. In Aries Mercury have words and thoughts that are excited to be expressed. We already know that Mars is pushing the boundaries of polite conversational rules. As this aspect flies by over most of this week, at least thru Friday, perhaps the attempt to pre-think our words might require some fortitude. During this sextile Mercury trines Jupiter just prior to its opposition to Mars at the end of this week, Sunday the 5th. More on the opposition will be for next week in the chatter.
Saturday May 4th at around 5 pm will be the next new Moon at 14° of Taurus. Taurus asks us to make sure that we are in tune with Mother Earth. The more in sync we are to this base energy we live upon and with (we are made up of the same elements as she is) the easier setting intentions will be for the next lunar cycle. Here is the Sabian symbol to ponder as we all set our intentions for this: (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.
This is a longer-range consideration, but the Capricorn dance energies happening in the 3rd decanate of Capricorn have a overlay or undertone signature of Virgo the previous earth sign. There are organization matters begging for attention in the arena of attempting to facilitate societal control or business decisions. As we are considering a retrograde movement here it is likely that there may need to be a re-consideration of business as usual that may not be attaining the desired results. Saturn is rules and structure, the bones of something. Pluto is about intense levels of transformation, often thru the exposing of matters that have been out of sight being exposed. The south node of the Moon could be seen as the previous lesson plan that may have not gone as well as planned or hoped for. This should not be run away from but used as a foothold in stepping forward with inspiration to utilize previous experience to inform a broader context to include but not necessarily repeat what transpired to awaken one’s potential.
Until next week’s chatter, ciao.
Astro week 4-21 to 4-28
The week begins with the Sun’s entrance into Taurus yesterday. Mars went out-of-bounds yesterday. We just had the full Moon Friday morning. Tomorrow, Monday the Sun catches up with Uranus at 2° Taurus. The Moon has just entered Sagittarius today. Pluto stations to retrograde on Wednesday at 23° Capricorn. Venus just went into Aries yesterday. All in all there is quite a bit of celestial chatter in the air this week. Let’s see if we can unpack some of this.
Right off the bat the energy shift from Aries to Taurus is something to sense as the Sun, the basic energy that drives us, has moved on from a very action packed sign into one that seeks a bit more of a respite from the fray. Taurus seeks our recognition as part of Mother Earth and to be embraced with some of the fruits she has provided for us. The first of the earth signs it is time to tend to the garden we are charged to grow with. As nothing exists in a vacuum the simultaneous shift of the Sun into Taurus and Venus shifting into Aries means that there is still some of the Arian energy in the air. Venus rules Taurus so the impulse to begin things is not so far removed from our Taurus jaunt ahead.
Not to get to laid back with the comfort factor Taurus seeks, on Monday the Sun’s dance with Uranus can indicate some upheaval potential. I say potential because this is a factor that most likely will show up for matters that attempt to stay locked into patterns of extended complacency that are not paying attention to the larger unfolding of change that is about. Uranus will only rattle you if you aren’t awake already. Some key words for Uranus are sudden unexpected change. Uranus is, as well, Prometheus or the Great Awakener. Insight is available if you are paying attention to the signs. Perhaps the focus with Mother Earth and nature needs to be front-and-center these days.
The energy of Pluto retrograde has some interesting considerations. Not so significant being retrograde as it does this dance for an extended time every year. I would consider the Sabian symbol for the degree it accomplishes this Pluto has been at 23°Capricorn since mid February and will be there until early July so that degree holds some weight and Pluto is no light-weight.
(CAPRICORN 24°): A WOMAN ENTERING A CONVENT.
KEYNOTE: Total commitment to a transcendent goal.
A convent is a place made available by a community which believes in the possibility of reaching a world transcending state of consciousness. It is made available to individuals who may be variously motivated. To some it is an escape from the intolerable pressures of family and society; to others it represents the possibility of pursuing in peace a spiritual ideal to which the whole being aspires and is totally dedicated. The important point, in this phase of the cyclic process, is that the existence of a convent expresses another aspect of the relationship between the society (its religion and culture) and the individual. In the preceeding symbol society rewarded the individual for a noble performance in its service; here society accepts the fact that beyond its daily normal patterns of behavior and commitments, another way of life exists which, in a higher sense, also has social value. In the old Hindu society dominated by a rigid caste system, the ideal embodied in the sannyasi, the wandering holy man or yogi meditating in a forest or a cave, who had entirely given up all that caste implied, was seen to be the very culmination of the social process.
In this fourth stage symbol we see the paradoxical nature of the social process operating more strongly than ever. This derives from the fact that man’s nature contains in seed the possibility of overcoming and transcending itself in acts of complete denials and of surrender to a “higher” Law or quality of being. All spiritual techniques are indeed paradoxical. Rigid discipline conditions pure inner freedom. The final goal is the attainment of TRANSCENDENT SECURITY.
Keeping in mind that for some time ahead there will be planets in Aries squaring this Pluto position as well in Taurus trine to this perhaps as is Pluto’s nature we will be being exposed to things that may have been hidden from us on many levels to deal with effectively. When a planet does it’s retrograde move we are being asked to review matters we may have glossed over, or at least, not grasped as much as we could have the first time through. As Pluto only goes back to 21° Capricorn there are things related to the beginning of this 3rd decanate of Capricorn (Virgo overlay) that are worth pondering. Dig deep into how you suspect you are organizing your world. Are there matters with your co-workers you may have glossed over? Are there folks coming to you querying to be taught something? Are you paying attention to hidden matters in these areas that could prove fruitful for more than just you?
To switch channels here, on the 20th Mars went out-of-bounds (o.b.) and is currently traveling the Gemini highway. An o.b. planet has a certain Mavrick quality that may not go out of its way to toe the line on just what the rules say is proper. In this case we are talking Mars the energizer bunny stirring the curiosity pool at the moment. Ruler of Aries and in mutual reception with Mercury the stimulation experience to investigate new things will require fortitude to maintain the capacity to complete the study. At the same time as each new piece of the puzzle is added it is likely many more options will land on the table to distract you. On May 6th Mercury will move into Taurus following closely the next new Moon in Taurus on the 4th, shifting the Mars/Mercury flavor. Mercury attempts to grab the reigns of Mars at this point though I am not sure how effective this will be. I get the image of attempting to rope a steer. We must bring Venus into this scenario as Venus in Aries is ruled by Mars in Gemini ruled by Mercury in Taurus ruled by Venus in Aries. This is known as a ”Circle of Infinity” pattern. Anything that effects or stimulates any one of these three planets and the signs they are in simultaneously brings them all into the mix.
While this is stirring the whole kettle for all of us there are individual factors that play into just how this plays out for you. Does your natal Mars get excited at these times or challenged? Is that Capricorn part of you (we all have it) feeling the pressure these days? This is why I have been called to do chart consultations for folks. Even after 50 years of investigating this art form I am still learning and see that this will continue for the rest of my days. If your interested in coming along for the journey contact me.
Astro Week 4-14 to 4-21
Well folks Sunday evening and for today we have had the Sun trine to Jupiter retrograde from Aries to Sagittarius 24°. Fire is stimulating. The Sun wants to do something and Jupiter says how far do we need to travel to do it?
During this week we will have Mercury and Venus nearing the end of Pisces and entering into Aries: first Mercury on the 17th and then Venus on the 20th. These are both energy shifts. Our thoughts and words may appear to want to leap off our tongue and attempt to describe the arena of Pisces we have just traveled thru. Finding a willing audience will be the challenge. We are in the season of Aries and there is much attempting to be done. Venus on the other hand may have provided an awareness of a broad range of interaction potential with others and deeper self. She will not be so eager to share the breadth of that Piscean journey with others unless they are very close friends.
On Friday as the workweek culminates will be a Libra full Moon at 29°. Are your intentions set at the new Moon still on track? Since this will be inconjunct 150° from Venus at the very end of Pisces you may want to consider some last minute but profound avenues of meaningful interaction with others that exist beyond just the physical. (LIBRA 30°): THREE MOUNDS OF KNOWLEDGE ON A PHILOSOPHER’S HEAD.
KEYNOTE: The fulfillment of man’s power of understanding at whatever level of existence the person operates.
A true philosopher is a man who is able to “understand,” not merely “know,” the processes of life as he comes to experience them directly. He is the man of wisdom, different indeed from the man of science; for while there must be knowledge before understanding, knowledge alone can be both barren and destructive of wisdom. This peculiar symbol refers of course to “phrenology,” which is usually considered a pseudoscience, but may provide significant indications. Number 3 always indicates a state of completion. The symbol implies a fulfillment of philosophical understanding, which obviously has nothing to do with academic degrees or the writing of successful treatises on abstract concepts.
This fifth stage symbol is the last of the Libra series. Understanding and wisdom develop in terms of the life of community and through experiences provided by interpersonal and group relationships. Cultural factors are always involved, even though true wisdom transcends cultural values and is rooted in the essential nature of Man. What is at stake here is A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO KNOWLEDGE, based on universals.
On Saturday the 20th, along with Venus shifting into Aries the Sun shifts into Taurus and this is a huge energy perspective change. Where you have been attempting to accomplish many things it now becomes a cycle of chilling for a bit. Spring is in the air and the garden may need to be tended. Venus the ruler of Taurus having just entered Aries should provide you the energy to be up to the task.
Astro Week 4-8 to 4-14
Well, the new Moon has passed and everyone has set his or her intentions for the next cycle. That would be a one-month intensive and a 6-month whole cycle when the new Moon occurs in Libra. Today as I look at the clock chart (current) the Moon and Mars straddle the ascendant of 29° Taurus. That means Gemini is about to rise. By the end of today the Moon will be conjoined with Mars at 5° Gemini and there could be an exhilaration of feelings.
During the week the Sun forms a square aspect to the Saturn/Pluto/south node in Capricorn that lasts thru the whole week. This speaks to tension that may arise between the individual and the collective control unit (government, big business, etc.). Now we should not overlook the fact that these organizing functions of society are themselves under pressure as Saturn, the rule maker/enforcer engages with Pluto, lord of the underworld and purveyor of exposing hidden facts. Often Pluto is painted with a tarred brush for what it brings into considerations. Here are some other things he is responsible for: investigation, transformation, research, investing, shamanic processes… Perhaps there are factors of rule adjustment possible during this encounter.
Many as well, when the south node of the Moon is involved flee for a save haven to somehow protect themselves from repercussions for off color experiences they may have instigated or at least turned a blind eye to. We must remember that the south node is half of an equation and that the north node/south node is a complete package. There is a lesson plan the south node entails that if played effectively provides opportunity for the north node to utilize in the growth process. This is a continuous loop that feeds back into the next moment of new lessons to grow into. Where the rub appears to be is in our willingness to actually continue to become more than we were.
While all this is playing out there is still the Piscean imageinal soup of the unlimited frontier beckoning our participation with Mercury (how we think and communicate) and Venus (how we get along with one another) dancing with Neptune near the center of Pisces. Some might use this opportunity to seek refuge in some escape process: the bottle, drugs, sex, the cloth, or just plain dreamland. We should not forget that Pisces is the mystic, the poet, the visionary and psychic navigator. There is opportunity here to explore some rather profound avenues of ourselves if we are willing to effect meaningful change within and with others.
On Friday the Moon will oppose that Capricorn trio at the first lunar square of this cycle. From the lunar perspective of the cycle this is referred to as a crisis in action. This is also a “T” square with the Sun in the center. Vitality (Sun) is in the hot seat. Mars is still the planet that has something to say about how the Sun will respond. In Gemini, Mars may be tempted to play the storyteller, or trickster/shape-shifter, yet perhaps there even the teacher might surface. Remember Aries has an impulsive side and which of the Martian qualities might surface in your world? The position Mars occupied when you began this life journey has something to offer into the equation.
Enjoy the week…
Astro Week 4-1 to 4-7
As this week begins the Moon shifts from Aquarius to Pisces. All those wild and crazy thoughts that surfaced as Mercury concluded its retrograde cycle last week were recently being stimulated as the Moon did its dance thru Aquarius. As this week progresses the Moon will move thru Pisces and join forces with Venus and then the Mercury Neptune conjunction on its way to conjoin the Sun in the middle of Aries. This voyage of the Moon thru Pisces can stimulate feelings of energy signatures from deep within as well as seemingly far away regions of ourselves. Perhaps the general tendency to curb wanderings into creative levels of imagination might be set aside for the middle part of this week.
Mars the ruler of Aries and the end of last week finally escaped across the line at from Taurus into Gemini and the energy uptick was palpable. I am currently in a shamanic workshop online with Sandra Ingerman working with the spirits of nature. I bring this up because the Sabian symbol for this next new Moon speaks to this adventure: (ARIES 16th°): NATURE SPIRITS ARE SEEN AT WORK IN THE LIGHT OF SUNSET.
KEYNOTE: Attunement to the potency of invisible forces of nature.
In the light of personal fulfillment (symbol of sunset and wisdom) man may be able to establish a life-giving contact with natural forces. These are active any time growth processes take place, but man’s individualized mind is usually too focused on working for consciously set goals to be able to realize concretely the presence of invisible (or “occult”) forces in operation. These forces constitute a specific realm of any planetary life. They are inherent in all “biospheres,” on whatever planet. They are non individualized and un-free energies forming in the substratum of all life processes thus of the process of integration at the level of the planet-as-a-whole, i.e. the planet as an organism with its automatic systems of growth, maintenance and organic multiplication: In this planetary organism those nature forces act as guiding and balancing harmonizing factors somewhat as the endocrine system does in a human body, and behind this system the more occult web of chakra energies related to prana – the solar energy. It is when this energy becomes less dominant thus symbolically at sunset – or when the body energy is weakened by illness, fasting or sensory deprivation, that it becomes easier to perceive these “nature spirits” and to give them forms that symbolize the character of their activities. These forms differ with the cultural imagery of each human collectivity, retaining nevertheless some basically similar characteristics.
When this Sabian symbol reaches into the consciousness of a man seeking meaning, it should be seen as an invitation to open his mind to the possibility of approaching life in a holistic and non-rational, intuitive manner.
This is the first stage of the fourth fivefold sequence of cyclic phases. It implies a call to REPOTENTIALIZATION. What this means also is the process of “becoming like a little child.”
So, as we dive into this upcoming week we should be setting in motion consideration as to just what we want to set as our intention for this next new Moon on Friday the 5th at around 2 am PDT. To add some flavor into this next new Moon, the Sabian symbol for Mars at that time will be: (GEMINI 4°): HOLLY AND MISTLETOE REAWAKEN OLD MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS.
KEYNOTE: A longing for the pre intellectual state of consciousness.
The intellect ruled by the ego has taken all that had been seen by the translucent mind (the “glass bottomed boat’ Gemini 1°) and has given it a logical, rational form. Yet old memories of childhood and its native faith sometimes make their way into the consciousness. They are aroused by what remains of the ancestral images that once had great vitality and power (mistletoe was sacred to the Druids). The holly with its brilliant contrast of red and green recalls a more primitive and magical sense of color, as exemplified in Tibetan art. A nostalgia for more natural and feeling oriented values tends to lead to a movement of protest thus, to the intensification of the emotions in the individual personality, or to the Romantic Movement after the post classical and post rationalistic European period.
This is the fourth stage in the thirteenth series. It recalls the fourth stage in the eighth sequence (Phase 39, Taurus 9° symbolized by “a fully decorated Christmas tree.” But the vivid experience of childhood now has become only an obsessive or nostalgic memory. It heralds a resurgence of deeper values and aspirations that had been forced back into the collective unconscious. What is stressed here is the value of tradition-based archetypes during the process of “discovery,” a RETURN TO THE SOURCE. The contact with archetypes may nevertheless lead to explosive situations.
I would invite all who care to reawaken their connection to the natural surround to spend some time with any of the many aspects of the natural world as you determine an advisable direction to head in after this next new Moon cycle begins.
On a rather longer range matter Jupiter reached it current degree last week on March 27th. It will be there thru it turning retrograde on April 10th and thru the 25th as it proceeds back to 14° of Sagittarius on August 12th of this year. Jupiter and in Sagittarius speaks to an adventure into distant lands. There is an optimistic nature to Jupiter as well as good-natured joviality. Seeking to expand and grow whatever is encountered, both positive and negative, we approach an opportunity to reflect on what it is we want to grow into in a large fashion for quite a bit of this year. The Sabian symbol for the stationary degree of this Jupiter transition is: (SAGITTARIUS 25°): A CHUBBY BOY ON A HOBBYHORSE.
KEYNOTE: The anticipatory enjoyment of powers one can only as yet dream of utilizing.
The horse has always been a symbol of power and, in many instances, of sexual energy. Until very recently the horse gave man a greater possibility of conquering more space and what that space contained. Mounted on his hobbyhorse and experiencing the to-and-fro rhythm of its motion, the well fed boy unconsciously, and perhaps nowadays half consciously, may anticipate the rhythm of the sexual act. In a sense it is also a kind of make-believe and growth through the imagination, but here – in contrast to what was shown in the symbol for Phase 261- the imagination is active at the organic body level. There is something of an initiation in the play.
This is the last symbol of the fifty-third sequence of five. It ends in a mood of play, but it is a play filled with cultural and emotional expectation, unconscious though this expectation may be. We see here the FORESHADOWING of the mature experience of manhood. (I would change manhood to read adulthood)
As we are in the transitional energy phase of this currently this is something more to throw in your pipe and contemplate. ENJOY THE WEEK AND ONWARD…
AstroWeek 3-24 to31 of 2019
Mercury steps up to the plate this week. Today the 24th Mercury retrograded back across Neptune and will station conjunct Neptune @ 16° of Pisces on the 27th. This is an all week process with Mercury energized by its placement @ 16° for the rest of the week. Sabian symbol for this: (PISCES 17°): AN EASTER PARADE.
KEYNOTE: The capacity inherent in all great socio-cultural Images to unite the members of a community in a display of excellence.
Here we see, by contrast, the unifying power of great myths and symbols in truly organic and self-perpetuating culture. The Image of the Resurrection spurs all men within the pale of Christendom to appear at their very best and to dynamize themselves in some kind of self-renewal in response to the Christ mythos, and to the call of nature’s springtime as well. Wherever found, this symbol emphasizes the value of attuning one’s life activities and moods to the ritualistic patterns of society or Earth-nature, rather than acting in complete independence from the group.
The Collective dominates the Individual, and Yin overpowers Yang. It is a time for conformity to what constitutes the highest ideals of one’s culture and for PARTICIPATION IN COLLECTIVE PEAK EXPERIENCES.
Since Mercury is how we think and communicate, among other things, what might be the results of the recent Mercury retrograde cycle that you wander into? This is very fertile ground. Neptune has been pouring the waters of truth upon these moments and waiting for us to awaken to something new.
On Tuesday the 26th Venus moves from Aquarius into Pisces bringing that percolating social front into the next phase of seeing what the group has considered to seek a more profound level of meaning to grow with. Venus in Pisces stimulates the potential for a blending of energies, so the opportunity arises to seek and recognize the oneness of all things, not just in how to engage with other humans. Doing things together to accomplish this is great for soul expansion.
The week rounds out on Mars entering Gemini on the 31st. You might feel the uptick in energy as Mars is released from a more kicked back zone of the zodiac into the realm of curiosity and conversation. One thing to keep in mind is that Mercury the ruler of Gemini is still conjunct Neptune in Pisces so if you get strange looks from those you attempt to engage in conversation maybe allowing a little space for the words to sink in is advisable, since they are likely to be arriving from a very deep pool of substance.
During this week the waning Moon moves from Scorpio to Aquarius. If you can see the Moon dancing with Jupiter in Sagittarius on the 26th enjoy the show and perhaps expand your feeling self (hint: not a solo project).