I will be adding weekly astrological information to be aware of from my perspective. Enjoy and use as you will…
Last week of May
This long weekend has been occupied by NORWAC so have not had time to do the weekly Celestial Chatter. Here is the link to my recent monthly youtube astro consideration: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2W2sX8XC8hdJPXF5nhJrQ
Celestial Chatter 5-18 to 24
Well, I trust that the celestial information onslaught of last week was well attended by you and your circle of friends. These were and are signatures that will most likely be with us for some time. What I am referring to is the retrograding of the several planets involved and how we are willing or not going to embrace the refinement required by us as we ponder this potential revisit to areas of recent areas of our make up. Capricorn is still front and center as an arena of immediate, even if long term, movement to align our societal rulership scene more effectively toward human survival if that is any concern of yours.
Let’s take a wander into the energy matrix for the upcoming week ahead. Wednesday finds the Sun shifting into Gemini as its backdrop in the celestial surround. Mercury its ruler has been traversing this zone from the Sun’s far side and will be conjuncting Venus that is on the near side of the Sun and in retrograde. This is one of those conjunctions where the planets are actually quite a distance apart, but lined up from our Earth perspective. Venus is just now heading to travel between the Sun and the Earth while Mercury is coming out from behind the Sun. For a bit of an extra twist on the approaching Mercury/Venus conjunction, you should be aware that Venus has been traveling out-of-bounds (oob) since April 2nd and right now Mercury has just gone oob on the 15th last week. Not only are our concerns for how we engage with one another being tweaked but also our thoughts may range beyond what some might call sane from a traditional standpoint. Thought sometimes can spin words out into our surround and be heard by others. You wouldn’t have heard any far-fetched words lately would you? Or, caught yourselves in thoughts that ranged well beyond your comfort zone?
On Tuesday Venus once again moves into square aspect with Neptune from Gemini to Pisces. Neptune and Pisces can easily be seen as the realm of illusion and confusion. This is more apt to be the case when folks are limiting their capacity to take a gander outside of a particular box they have grown too comfortable within. Since this can be pictured with Venus in the mix as relational matters, one must ask themselves if they are comfortable while in the presence of someone that does not fit easily within their definition of boxed awareness. Remember, Venus is oob so take a stab at thinking out of the box. This is a long term signature that has been under way since Venus first squared Neptune back on May 3rd and has stayed within orb ever since and will be so the next couple weeks. One question that may arise could be, has your view changed about those folks you encounter along the life trajectory lately?
While the big energy shift this week will be the Sun moving into Gemini which can instigate a more carefree curiosity of thought and speech, within a day it will be in trine to Saturn retrograde in early Aquarius. Trines generally represent an easy flow of energy sharing as the elemental nature is similar. These are air signs so thought and communication is emphasized. Saturn being retrograde adds the twist of a doubling down on matters that have been already underway. The Sun can be thought of in many ways and the king is one of them. The kingly thought and communication within each of us, and possibly more, brought to focus from without us is excited to be in an environment where words are king. However, there may be some word eating required initially as the lesson plan demands accountability by the collective.
Moving on to Friday we will have our next new Moon in early Gemini and still within the grasp of that Saturn retrograde factor. Here is the Sabian symbol for the degree of the new Moon from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” to meditate upon as setting intentions for this next lunar cycle gets under way:
(GEMINI 3°): THE GARDEN OF THE TUILERIES IN PARIS.
KEYNOTE: The formalization of collective ideals through the application of reason and order to newly discovered aspects of nature.
The gardens of the Tuileries and Versailles are typical representations of the classical spirit and its need for order and symmetry. The reign of the French king, Louis XIV, followed the Renaissance, which was filled with the excitement of a new spirit of discovery and a period of internal troubles. A reaction had to come to consolidate the gains made by the collective mind of European man. Such a consolidation usually leads to another extreme, i.e. formalism and often the narrow intellectual crystallization of dualistic concepts.
At this third stage of the thirteenth fivefold sequence of cyclic phases we see the contents of the first and second stages brought to the state of clear and lucid, but also formalized, conceptualization. The heavenly gift bearing Santa Claus has become the paternalistic autocrat, king by “divine right.” The warm family circle celebrating the birth of the Deliverer from wintry darkness is now the Court of the king ruled by rigid rituals. There is clarity, but there is also ego centralization and the worship of FORMALISM.
There is a lot to fathom from this symbol that is relevant to the current world situation. Perhaps a reminder of caution to be held close to the vest as we venture forward at this time. I am aware of one particular Gemini currently that in attempts to bolster ratings is more than a bit lax on the caution scene.
On the same day of the new Moon Mercury oob will be conjunct Venus retrograde oob in square to Neptune in Pisces. It might be prudent to hang out with folks that will not trigger adverse reactions that can quickly spin way beyond comfortable. On the other hand, as this is part of the lunar cycle start; there may be unique opportunity to push diligently into conversations with others that will test the fabric of everything you may hold dear. I can’t say that this would necessarily be wrong to do, but we just need to be aware that we may be treading on new territory so have some patience with each other.
Sunday finds Mercury moving into quincunx with Pluto retrograde at the same time as the Moon coordinates with the two. This begins a cycle for most of next week where Mercury will quincunx next Jupiter retrograde and then Saturn retrograde. I generally don’t dive to deliberately into the quincunx aspect (150°) it might be prudent in this instance as the Pluto/Jupiter/Saturn signature is looming huge these days. A quincunx aspect is between signs that do not readily tune into similar things. Here are some thoughts on this aspect. Some seemingly irreconcilable differences requiring adjustments and ingenuity, paradox, finding solutions thru bridging fields, trials, a fork in the road, make compromises. So, lets place the player on the field and see what surfaces. Pluto, the ruler of the underworld, continues to shake the foundations of the ruling elite by exposing matters they would just as soon see maintained in their buried places. The uncomfortable nature of Pluto is more felt or sensed by those with things to hide than those viewing them. The reason is that once exposed the requirement to change is emphasized and if folks are not willing to undergo a substantial shift to a new set of rules they will experience extreme discomfort from their rigidity. Jupiter’s proximity to Pluto has been providing support for Pluto to continue to excavate further. Pluto is also attuned to the death part of any cycle and as such terrifies most folks in our modern culture. All Pluto has been attempting to offer us is the awareness that death is just a change and that if you continue to hang onto the outmoded things it makes your journey forward all the more challenging as you will be weighed down by what you are unwilling to release.
We currently stand at the precipice of the changing of the great ages from Pisces to Aquarius. There is a requirement of many of the old age factors that need to die as we provide space for what is coming to find a foothold. Unlike our modern cultural paradigm of relatively fast, if not instant, shifts to the next phase this transition will take as long as is required to relinquish what no longer serves the whole in order to make room for what is to come. How long this may require is up to us. Many great ages transition over a period of hundreds of years as outmoded methods no longer satisfy requirements of what will be new. This is never an easy process and will take whatever time we give it.
Up until January of this year 2020 I was offering a monthly astro consideration to the public in Port Townsend. The venue changed hands then and I have not been doing this. This week, however, I will be doing a Zoom presentation peering ahead into what Gemini has in store for us over the upcoming month. It will be recorded and added to my website: astroshapeshifting.com or livelyastrologer.com which is where I previously uploaded by audio monthly recordings over the past 8 years.
Celestial Chatter 5-11 to17
Two planets shift signs this week, two planets station to retrograde, and one goes out-of-bounds (oob). The Sun does a trine dance with first Pluto and then Jupiter. The Moon moves into its last quarter phase of this lunar cycle. Let’s climb aboard this celestial train and see what all the chatter is about.
Monday afternoon arrives and Mercury shifts from Taurus to Gemini. Home again at last, and thoughts may take on a renewed since of vigor. All those of the Gemini solar grouping could since a tailwind whispering in their ears to go for it. And before one gets too excited Mercury forms a trine to Saturn retrograde on Tuesday reminding us that there might be a lesson plan needing our attention.
Very late on Tuesday Mars shifts from Aquarius into Pisces and the land of the mystic, poet and dreamer has just been energized. Imagine if you will, a sea of potential loaded with opportunity to discover aspects of being that are not often brought up in general conversation because of the challenges to the status quo that might be shaken loose. The psychic, sensitive, and empathic swim in a sea of intuitive, subtle and enchanting ideals that is about to be offered motivation to continue discovering how these attributes can be useful and inspiring.
Tuesday finds that oob Venus stationing to begin its retrograde cycle until June 25th where it will be at 5° of Gemini. This is a long continuation of the Venus in Gemini cycle for 2020 that does not complete until the shift to Cancer in early August. Still traveling oob until May 31st, this reflective part of the Venus cycle may have one debating the value structure of meaningful conversations with others. In the larger field of everyday life ferreting what is true may surface more frequently as questionable.
Jupiter, on Wednesday, stations to begin its retrograde cycle until September 12th, when it will be at 17° of Capricorn and still within 5° of Pluto whose path will be crossed in retrograde around the end of June. There must still be some hurdles that Jupiter is accomplishing with the Pluto lesson plan that we might want to include in our calendars. There is a larger context afoot to just what Pluto is attempting to awaken us to. Perhaps we just haven’t relinquished our strangle hold on things that are holding us back from meaningful steps going forward. Maybe we have not allowed the passing away of matters from the past we still cling to. Is your philosophy need an upgrade?
On Thursday the waning quarter Moon in Aquarius brings us to a moment of ponder when we have a crisis in consciousness as to how effective has been our monthly intention we set back at the new Moon in Taurus. The Sabian symbol for this Moon position from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” reads:
(AQUARIUS 25°): A BUTTERFLY WITH THE RIGHT WING MORE PERFECTLY FORMED.
KEYNOTE: The capacity to develop the rational and fully conscious aspect of the mind ahead of normal evolution.
What seems implied is a kind of mutation, and more specifically the special development of whatever is symbolized by the “right side” of the organism. Here, however, the spiritual body (the butterfly) is what the Image represents. A strong process of conscious individualization is suggested, perhaps at the expense of the instinctual emotional aspect of the personality (its “left side”).
This last symbol fittingly concludes this sixty-fifth sequence, which began with “A disappointed woman…” The fivefold set deals with the management of human energies at the emotional level; here management means overcoming this, on the basis of negative or ego challenging experiences. This fifth symbol refers thus to the results of a TRANSMUTATION OF EMOTIONAL ENERGIES.
Have you noticed any over the top emotional levels surfacing these days?
The Sun begins to trine first Pluto retrograde on Thursday the 14th and then Jupiter retrograde on Sunday the 17th from Taurus to Capricorn. The Sun is vitality and traversing Taurus allows for our tuning into natural things and because it is an earth element we should maintain practicality as a directive. This particular trine we are going to observe may be asking us to keep these energies front and center as the larger matters facing our society and culture are being grappled with. Is there a reliability factor in the equation you are tuning into when placed against humanities survival extending far into the future?
Just to make it a bit more interesting currently, on Friday the 15th Mercury will be heading oob until June 10th. Having any wild and crazy thoughts might just be expected during this part of the cycle. You know the expression “think before you speak”? Good luck with that one.
Celestial Chatter 5-4 to 10
We are still in the Mercurial moments this week. Some may argue that with Mercury traversing the far side of the Sun that there is some sort of diminishment in potency for this Hermes energy. Gary Caton (an astro buddy) terms this part of the cycle as being in the underworld. Well, for some of the planetary beings this can be quite a challenge, but Hermes has always had a hall pass to attend to matters in this realm and is one of the only gods (celestial beings) to have this kind of access. And you thought that the underworld was just a place under the skin of the earth! As Mercury disappears into the Sun’s brilliance ordering of experience has been under way. While conjoined with the Sun in its superior conjunction there is a download of information under way in this underworld zone. Once again arcing out from behind the Sun, Mercury seeks meaning. One might perceive the experience ordering as akin to the Virgo cycle and seeking meaning related to the Sagittarius archetype (mutable signs). There are many faces to Mercury and this underworld journey brings up the psychopomp or guider of souls function attributed to Hermes. During this week Mercury will move from morning star to evening star or Prometheus (forethought) to Epimetheus (after thought). As the morning star Mercury has been leaning into thinking ahead of the curve with anticipation for what is about to transpire. As evening star he will assume the role of contemplating the results of actions that have taken place. One other factor to embrace is that when Mercury aligns exactly with the Sun (will) this is referred to as Casimi. This is a short cycle when he is offered the privilege of sitting upon the King’s throne and having access to most of the kingdom. This lasts for most of the day on Monday the 4th and on into the 5th. Picture, if you will, the ability to orate matters of importance, and with the full support of the Sun/King, present this with solar force.
Here is some Sabian symbol consideration from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” book to meditate upon as this Casimi transpires over two degrees of the Zodiac:
PHASE 45 (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.
SCENE FOUR: CONFIRMATION
(Taurus 16° to Taurus 30°)
FIRST LEVEL: ACTIONAL
PHASE 46: (TAURUS 16°): AN OLD TEACHER FAILS TO INTEREST HIS PUPILS IN TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE.
KEYNOTE: The inadequacy of past knowledge in time of crisis.
During this Act One of the cyclic process the emergence of new developments is emphasized. In time of crisis, as, for example, the “storm” being braved by the man of the last symbol (Phase 45)-the type of wisdom learned from this past remains in the background to be revived later on in new forms; what is emphasized is change. Traditional concepts are not adequate to con-firm the new conditions of existence. Thus whenever this symbol comes to a seeker’s attention it indicates that even the most consecrated tradition does not have the real answer to the problem.
At this first stage of the tenth five-fold sequence of phases of the cyclic process a seemingly negative picture is shown. From the Zen point of view the mind facing trouble should not depend on past concepts but should repeat: “Not this! Not that!”-Until the pure Void is reached. We might speak here of the principle Of CREATIVE FRUSTRATION.
You might take this opportunity to ponder where you fit into the current human goings on here on the planet these days. We are being queried by larger forces than located simply in our human brains to consider the ramifications of continuing on the current trajectory.
Let’s see what else is transpiring this week. Venus is maintaining its square to Neptune as she is slowing down in preparation for going retrograde next week. I would emphasize as I did last week that Venus out-of-bounds in Gemini seeks to perceive a level of interaction with likely more than just human as the deeper matters of spirit (Neptune in Pisces) are pondered.
On Thursday around 1:50 am PDT we will do the full Moon dance. How are you doing with the intentions set at the new Moon a couple weeks ago? Every full Moon brings maximum reflected solar radiance to bear on ones trajectory. The question should arise as to how successful has your intention unfolded? Here is the Sabian symbol for the full lunar radiance to meditate upon:
(SCORPIO 18°): A PATH THROUGH WOODS BRILLIANT WITH MULTICOLORED SPLENDOR.
KEYNOTE: The exalted feeling of a work well done and a truly consummated life.
The person, who has lived with faith the transpersonal life, the life through which spirit radiates creatively, can experience blessedness and peace, even though his or her cycle of experience nears its end. It has been a life full of seed. The seeds are hidden perhaps, yet they are filled with the power to overcome cyclic death. The soul is at peace. The clear autumnal sky silently intones the great message: “Well done, little man!”
In this third symbol of the five-fold sequence we see the smile of the youth brought to a more mature, more spiritual culmination. Human nature is a magnificent symphony of warm, rich colors, now that the strictly biological green of vegetation experiences its TRANSFIGURATION.
There is an aspect pattern called the quintile that is not used as often as it might in astrological considerations. This is 1/5th of a complete 360° cycle. It mirrors the orbit of Venus during 5 revolutions of the Sun forming a near perfect Star pattern. At the full Moon there are 5 of these aspects at work for the short lunar full moon cycle involving the Moon. In grasping this quintile aspect one needs to think a bit out of the box of usual. Meaning often transcends the physical world and invites in the invisible, spiritual, and magical elements. I am drawn to invite the muses to the table during this type of consideration. Here is a list of the quintile players involved. Moon to Saturn, Jupiter to Venus, Venus to Chiron, Pluto to Chiron, and Chiron to Jupiter. While the lunar connection to this set of energy gathering is only in effect for the day of the full Moon the other players have held this aspect since April 26th and will do so until about May 15th.
While I have considered the Moon and Venus energy signatures as of late, let’s extend our invitation to our other celestial players in this mix. Jupiter is always on board pushing to expand any limitations to its trajectory and any who it is involved with. Currently in Capricorn and doing multiple conjunctions with Pluto this year is providing a tail wind for Pluto to continue to expose what those seeking to be in control have buried away from awareness. Capricorn is the realm of leadership and executive management with the hope of some wisdom factors. Chiron is always an interesting matrix to throw in the mix. The often quoted “wounded healer” handle attributed to this centaur is appropriate as part of the story. Ask folks just what the wound is and things tend to wander to the infliction by the other centaurs with an arrow tipped with Hydra blood that would not heal but could not kill him because he was a demigod. True enough but most miss the first wound Chiron was gifted in his story and that was abandonment by both of his parents. Chiron currently in Aries is seeking a version of “self” that can transcend ancestral wounding. The connection of Pluto and Venus out-of-bounds into this consideration is a seeking for inclusion of a death and rebirth protocol (Pluto) that is often met with reluctance by those desperately clinging to their physical awareness. The Moon often can act as a trigger to events and experience. During this lunar cycle there are penetrating questions in the air that beg for the magical quality to infuse them with “wonder”. Scorpio is the realm of investigation and detective work to uncover hidden truth. Welcome the muses to dance with as we tune into their ethereal tunes our ears and hearts long for.
While I am sure that there is enough stir crazy energy pent up from being house bound for the last little while, what would normally be a very intense full Moon of Scorpio passion and intimacy, perhaps we may want to investigate our deeper motives for incarnation. Mercury, not feeling like it wants to be left out of any equation this week, has formed a sextile with Neptune. Here are some thoughts about sextiles. They represent an empowerment thru synthesis as the signs involved can communicate well with one another. One might also refer to this as a meeting with the mentor, as both planets are infusing each other with new ideas and energy. Mercury being in Taurus seeks some ability to communicate with, thru or as Mother Earth. Combine this with the Neptune in Pisces as “Source” calling, and the potential for unique awakening to transpire is enhanced.
We have not had enough Mercury this week so on Sunday the 10th he will begin the square to Mars in Aquarius, and trine Jupiter in Capricorn. Also on this day Saturn will station to retrograde in early Aquarius. Lets see if we can contemplate this as one celestial matrix or conversational statement. Perceive and communicate even though there may be hurdles (Mercury square Mars) a dynamic will to actively unite a broad range of folks (Aquarius) within the earthly surround (Taurus) or more than just humans (Mars in Aquarius), while we are tasked with meaningfully grasping time beyond just a linear format (Saturn in Aquarius).
Celestial Chatter 4-27 to 5-3
Monday arrives with a Mercurial energy focus as the shift from Aries to Taurus takes place. Tuesday Mercury forms a square to Saturn. Wednesday the Moon opposes the Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn trio. Thursday finds Mercury in close alignment with Uranus. Friday the Moon opposes Mars. Sunday finds Venus forming a square to Neptune.
It would appear that the strongest flavor for this week will be Mercury as it completes its sojourn in Aries and commences its path thru Taurus. It has been traveling quite fast lately and heading for its conjunction from the far side of and with the Sun. As the messenger for the gods we might be paying attention to the accelerated version of how we are doing within the current social distancing scenario. While in Aries our speech and thoughts have often raced ahead of where we currently are to an unknown time frame of when things would be returning to normal. Aries can facilitate some hot around the collar moments and this has been observed in a few who refuse to recognize the seriousness of this current illness phase we are in as they race to assume what they have determined should be normal or at least allow them the freedom to continue as they always have.
I offer this next paragraph because nothing exists by itself. The planets are in constant communication with one another and we should take note of this.
Mars the ruler of Aries has been traveling thru Aquarius for a while and has made attempts to bring about some sense of social cohesion into our larger human context, and yet in some fashion the eccentric side of Aquarius has managed to slip thru the matrix and send some folks off an tangents of individuality that do not perceive themselves as integral parts of the larger cycle unfolding. Folks, we are with any luck able to see that many of the factors of how we have been conducting ourselves as caretakers to our planet, that have not been beneficial to our survival. Many have noticed the air surrounding us has not been as clear as it is now in many of our lifetimes. Perhaps the 200 year experiment of industrialization and fossil fuel use resulting in the worst air quality conditions this side of previous extinction levels needs some revision.
The shift of Mercury from Aries to Taurus is intended to allow for a breather from the often intense and accelerated warrior energy signature and hell bent on action Martian influenced zone into the respite of some Venusian comfort energy. Well, as nothing exists in a vacuum, the intrepid Venus is currently in Gemini and out-of-bounds (oob). This can change up the energy of how the Taurus factor may unfold. Mercury is still how we think and communicate with one another and many other things and is the ruler of Gemini. Venus and Mercury are in each other’s signs so there is a more readily available energy exchange between them. While Taurus seeks value, Gemini is inquisitive. Venus oob pushes a potential eccentric side of value and how we might get along with one another. The invitation to share what we own in this mix should be seen to fit into the current world situation with a few stepping forward to provide assistance to others by dipping into their resource base to help some in need.
Tuesday there is a rapid square formed between Mercury in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius at the beginning of their respective signs. Tension is in the air. Rather than give a long explanation here I am going to offer Dane Rudhyar’s Sabian symbols for each planet for you to ponder:
Mercury (TAURUS 2°): AN ELECTRICAL STORM.
KEYNOTE- The cosmic power able to transform all the implications of natural existence.
At this second stage of the five-fold sequence we see a picture which contrasts with the one for the first stage: thus, a celestial display of power versus a clear, lovely sounding little stream. Back of every natural self-expression stands the tremendous power of the “Soul field,” itself but one of the myriad aspects of the Creative Word that is the origin of this universe. At certain times, this power compels the natural earth conditioned personality to accept, perhaps in awe, the spiritual potentialities of its “higher” celestial destiny. This experience of power can both illumine and shatter. The next symbol reveals its positive possibilities.
This is a stage of existence in which “revelation” is implied, at least as a potentiality. The consciousness may be deeply disturbed by THE VISITATION, but the substance of the individual being can be fecundated by the experience.
Saturn (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.
Thursday finds Mercury conjoined with Uranus. Expect the unexpected whenever Uranus is involved. The sometimes-revolutionary energy signature here creates situations that are designed to rattle cages, and especially for those stuck too firmly in their ways. Uranus/Prometheus is the Great Awakener. If one is too comfortable in their illusion of a palace in the clouds, the disruptions we are currently facing can appear to shake the very foundations of the castle walls. Change can be challenging if one is too firmly entrenched in a stiff reality structure. Even while this Mercury/Uranus signature may seem to fly by quickly the new Moon and the continuing proximity of the Sun to Uranus keeps the fire alive for a bit longer.
Also Thursday brings the first quarter Moon often referred to as a “crisis in action”. Every square brings a certain tension into the air to consider from elements that do not convey similar patterns of energy (in this case Earth-Taurus and Fire-Leo). This is best considered in line with what your new Moon intentions for the current cycle are. Remember that Uranus was in that mix.
On Sunday that oob Venus moves into square with Neptune. In the grand scheme of the celestial dance Neptune is referred to as the higher octave of Venus. While Venus can be seen in the light of how we get along with others and establish meaningful resonance with ownership matters, Neptune is our connection to “Source” and ownership transpires within an entirely different set of parameters that can transcend the physical. Neptune is in the sign Pisces, said to be where it rules in the modern astrological world. Venus is currently in a most inquisitive Gemini zone and could be seeking clarity from this higher perspective. It is a square aspect so there may be some tension in the air if one is too fixed in their perspective. Here is the Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” to meditate upon for the position of Venus for you to meditate upon in these times:
(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 have 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 psycho neurosis.
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.
I must as well include the Sabian symbol for Neptune to ponder along with this for perspective in these times. This aspect of the Square between Venus and Neptune remains in focus thru most of May.
(PISCES 21°): UNDER THE WATCHFUL AND KIND EYE OF A CHINESE SERVANT, A GIRL FONDLES A LITTLE WHITE LAMB.
KEYNOTE: Growth in consciousness in its earliest tactile awareness of the wonders of unsophisticated living.
This symbol recalls the one for (Virgo 24°)-”Mary and her little lamb” -but it occupies a different position in the five-fold sequence and a new factor is added: the “Chinese servant.” According to the occult tradition, the original Chinese race was an extension of the humanity (or “Root Race”) preceding ours-thus the stress upon the biological factors of family and ancestors, and also on the dualism of the Yang and Yin interplay. The “Chinese servant” represents the past as a servant of the new evolution. (The “white lamb” suggests the sign of all beginnings, Aries.) This new evolution is just about to begin during the late Pisces phase of the year cycle. It is as yet an ideal, a white loveliness. The girl discovers the new feeling of the touch of wool and of animal warmth. The preceding five-fold sequence began with a symbol suggesting the inspiring revelation of new truths or facts which the creative person is seeking to formulate. Now we witness another kind of discovery -a sensuously emotional discovery, perhaps a presentiment of the mother-feeling.
This is the first symbol of the seventy-first sequence. It brings together past and future, an overlapping of levels, The Chinese kindly watching the white girl; the girl fondling the white lamb. There is charm and ingenuousness in the scene- a vision Of WHITE HOPE, a hope for a future that can only be felt, almost naively.
The two Sabian symbols above a meant for you contemplation as we reflect upon the current world situation and the part we are being asked to play in perhaps creating what could be termed a new normal that is quite different than the one that has created our current pandemic response from Mother Nature.
Celestial Chatter 4-20 to 26
As the Sun rises on this Monday morning and stretches the sleep back into its zone of dreaming, the Taurus energy signature wonders what might be the lesson plan that the square aspect to Saturn in Aquarius is asking you to pay attention to? The ongoing almost forming trine from Mars in Aquarius to the out-of-bounds (oob) Venus in Gemini is in a month long consideration about what might be uniquely appropriate partnering to investigate? The new Moon comes calling Wednesday evening around 7:30 pm PDT. As the weekend begins to unfold the Sun checks in with another of the Taurian travelers, though much slower, Uranus. You might have to ask if what you had planned is likely to encounter some bumps along the way? Mercury approaches the weekend with a Friday square to Pluto and then a Saturday square to Jupiter. Saturday/Sunday has the next retrograde factor arrive with Pluto stationing as it begins its slow retrace back to 22° of Capricorn.
Okay lets take a more specific wander thru the week ahead. While the Sun’s arrival in Taurus is normally a time to chill or relax from the intensity and high energy of Aries, to right off the bat square Saturn there is likely a lesson plan on the table to ponder. Both fixed signs can be stubborn when they know they are correct. Fortunately Saturn is in a sign it has rulership over and may actually be setting up to modify the rule structure Capricorn has set down. The proximity of Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius is very close to the Sun offering opportunity to view alternatives un-thought of as yet. Taurus is the residence for Mother Earth and all natural things. Perhaps there is some tuning into that Saturn may be interested in inclusion in creating a new outlook for what we as humans can accomplish to bring us back into accord with one another and our home planet.
Wednesday brings a time for consideration as to what to set as our new intention to accommodate the new Moon in Taurus. While we shouldn’t forget that Venus is oob in Gemini here is the Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for this new Moon to meditate upon:
(TAURUS 4°): THE POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW.
KEYNOTE Riches that come from linking the celestial and the earthly nature.
In Genesis, the rainbow is the symbol of the Covenant of God with Noah. In all mythologies it expresses, in one way or another, a linking process-or the bridge used by divine beings to communicate with mortals. What the linking process brings to the individual consciousness is elusive, as the rainbow never ends where you are, yet it is the source of symbolic, universally valid wealth. All wealth, in a very real sense, comes from “commerce”; i.e. from the commingling of minds and from contracts, and thus is based on faith in the validity of a promise.
At this fourth stage of the five-fold process we are given a mode of operation, which reminds us of the symbol for the second stage, “an electrical storm.” Man need not be overawed by the celestial display of power, for it leads to a fruitful contact with beings of light. This is a natural kind Of COMMUNION, involving a transubstantiation of matter.
Many do not realize when they see a rainbow that this is only a portion of the whole. It in actuality is a complete circle with the lover portion buried within the earth. That is the actual treasure many have sought in vain to find blinded by greed. Welcome to our home the Earth. While it can provide everything we require, it is in refining what our actual needs are that we learn to live in harmony with all of life on and including the home we reside upon.
I am inclined to include with the new Moon consideration for meditation to tune into the Sabian symbol for Uranus due to its proximity to the new Moon.
(TAURUS 7°): THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE ANCESTRAL WELL.
KEYNOTE: The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future.
The symbol refers to a most important, but usually narrowly interpreted (or interpreted away!) episode of the Christ mythos. Early in his ministry, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancestral well. This woman belongs to a tribe despised by the Jews; moreover, she is unmarried and therefore on the fringe of even her own society. It is to just that kind of woman that Jesus reveals that he is the Messiah: “I am He,” a revelation that he apparently will not bestow even upon his disciples, at least not in words. (Words in occultism are the creative factor.)
What does this mean? Jesus, as the Avatar incorporating the Christ Impulse, came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal Love. It is not to representatives of, or even to men still attached to, the old order that Jesus could reveal his spiritual, evolutionary and society transforming status; they had instead to reach a point where they could discover his avatarship as did Peter just before the Transfiguration scene. But to the woman of Samaria, who, in her openness to love’s urgings, had already repudiated any narrow subservience to the old order, Jesus could reveal his function. The highest meets the lowest when this lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first to that which has become chaos. An old order is never open to a new Revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of that Power which subsumes all forms of order, i.e. Love.
In this second stage of the five-fold sequence, a contrasting element enters upon the scene. It is no longer a collective cultural effort based on past knowledge, as in the preceding symbol, but a “meeting” that introduces into the collective situation a totally new factor that transcends it. A NEW QUALITY OF BEING is revealed which renders the old patterns obsolete.
Another reason I include Uranus here is that he can be seen as Prometheus, the Great Awakener, that is often brought to consciousness by disruption as a requirement to let go of what one has been desperately holding onto. So, beyond all the cage rattling that has been going on in attempts to get us back to some sort of perceived “normal”, we are being asked to quiet our thoughts being impinged by the war-like drum beat of our capitalistic previous ways and tune into options of tuning into alternatives that can awaken our rightful place in the larger scheme of creation.
Mercury has been moving very rapidly in its path around the Sun and thru Aries on Thursday traverses the position of Eris, a Kuiper belt planet. Often perceived as a disrupter, she attempts to make her presence known by adding factors into situations that can allow others to offer more of their own manipulative function attempting to respond to what Eris has presented. So, the question may be as to whether or not she is the disrupter or is the disruption from the response.
Friday Mercury forms a fast square with Pluto from Aries that brings with it some potential tension a warrior messenger and an energy signature seeking to transform what exists because it perceives profound imbalance that it is attempting to expose.
This is followed very rapidly with the square to Jupiter the next day, Saturday, and the message may shift to some form of overt expression to expand upon this Capricorn issue of proper and effective management of our society. Squares can represent a certain amount of tension in the air. This is usually the result of a challenging lesson plan that does not stay in line with what the status quo is used to. Growth is required to enfold a new option.
On Saturday as this is progressing the Sun and Uranus join energies, and there is a vitality made available to shake up the patterns that have been entrenched, likely for too long. Since we are talking Taurus we might want to include some earth based function into the equation. Here are some positive Taurus terms to contemplate: persevering, patient, natural, abundant, peaceful, practical, reliable, fertile, resourceful, and sensuous.
Sunday is also the day when Pluto begins its retrograde cycle until October 3rd. The extra fine flour or meal that is being ground by Pluto over the long Capricorn cycle from 2008 to 2025, has and will continue to query of us soul level matters as to how we are governing ourselves and what effects this has on our surround. These are challenging times that will require some serious searching for meaningful answers that won’t necessarily be easy roads to follow. However, for the survival of humanity we are all on the spot.
Celestial Chatter 4-13 to 19
The two main players this week are not what the astronomers consider to even be planets but we in the astrological wavelength admire for their presence within the archetypal balance we attempt to follow in our earth wanderings. Both the Sun and Moon occupy the majority of the celestial dance this week.
On Monday the Sun will make a square to Pluto and then tomorrow a square to Jupiter both in Capricorn while the solar dance is transpiring in Aries. The Sun is vitality, spiritual fuel, and our path of self-realization, life purpose and creative center. Capricorn is the wise elder, father archetype, executive, advisor and manager. While the whole time the Sun has been and is in Aries it squares the Capricorn and Cancer axis, there may appear a certain tension in the air that the warrior, individual, impulse to conquer may struggle with sensations of accomplishing that which the rules/rulers (Capricorn) consider appropriate, or that those you consider members of your clan (Cancer) will see as energy they are attuned to. The Pluto/Sun square might tune one into a certain struggle under way that Pluto has been initiating while in Capricorn to inspire a new consciousness paradigm that is attempting to rebirth a new set of rules to live by.
I am going to offer for your contemplation, in a divination sense, the Sabian symbols for both the Sun’s degrees when square to first Pluto and then Jupiter, from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” book.
(ARIES 25°): THE POSSIBILITY FOR MAN TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AT TWO LEVELS OF BEING.
KEYNOTE: The revelation of new potentialities.
In some unspecified way the symbol is a guarantee that man can operate successfully at two levels of consciousness, if he has previously met the condition mentioned in the preceding symbol. “Be open. Be able and willing to shape your translucent mind in the form revealing spiritual fulfillment. And you will be able to experience life and power on inner as well as outer planes.” The implied message is one of faith. Man can only truly experience what he deeply believes he can experience.
This is the last stage of this fifth fivefold sequence of cyclic phases. It announces the possibility of a new step in evolution, but it is still only a possibility, a promise. The individual is truly ON PROBATION.
THIRD LEVEL: INDIVIDUAL MENTAL
(ARIES 26°): A MAN POSSESSED OF MORE GIFTS THAN HE CAN HOLD.
KEYNOTE: Obsession by potentiality.
The mind which finds itself confronted with a totally unfamiliar and as yet inexperienced type of potency finds it difficult at first to adjust to its new world of perception and possibilities of action. He may rush ahead excitedly and lose his bearings. He should try to reach a state of calm watchfulness, and to learn that at this level too there are limits and restrictions, i.e. laws expressing this new type of “order.”
This is the first stage of the sixth fivefold sequence of cyclic phases. This entire sequence of symbols shows us that man at this evolutionary station has to move carefully in his new realm, for his consciousness is not yet fully able to operate in it, except with closely defined limits. It is a symbol of WARNING – A warning against undertaking more than it is as yet safe and sound to attempt.
If you are at all familiar with essential Jupiter this last Sabian symbol speaks to abundance, which is one of Jupiter’s attempts at all times. You may see couched within this image a small minded individual out of touch with their heart and greedy beyond measure occupying a position with some measure of authority (Capricorn).
Today, Monday, the Moon traverses the zone of sky referred to as Capricorn. The Moon is tuned into our needs, instincts, reactions and attachments. It tunes into our ancestral memory imprints and what our style of nurturing may be. It is said to be in its detriment in terms of the old Hellenistic perspective. This is the part of the zodiac directly across from the sign of its rulership. Some may claim this diminishes effectiveness of completing its mission, but she moves at such a rapid speed as to possibly only bring about this kind of feeling for a short blip on the radar of our lives.
While in Capricorn the Moon will attain the last quarter lunar phase in its monthly cycle with the solar dance. This will happen on Tuesday as the Moon also squares the Sun simultaneous with conjunctions to Pluto and Jupiter. This waning phase is often referred to with the term crisis in consciousness. I would suggest this might be more effectively viewed as when one might undergo a revolution of consciousness. Perhaps new direction might be sought. Viewing this in terms of the solar lunar dance cycle is key to grasping just how best to utilize these times. The current lunation cycle or synodic impulse with the Sun began in early Aries. Do you remember what the intentions you set to work on for this month? As we reach the waning quarter-phase questions may arise as to whether we chose wisely and how effectively we have embraced our learning curve set in motion at that last new Moon.
During the day, Wednesday the Moon, not done with it partnering will conjunct Saturn in the morning and Mars in the evening. Since we are talking here about the Moon (our feelings) in conjoined energy with Saturn, the ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius, and Mars the ruler of Aries I think that including the Sabian symbols for their placements might be in order to meditate upon this week.
(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.
(AQUARIUS 11°): DURING A SILENT HOUR, A MAN RECEIVES A NEW INSPIRATION WHICH MAY CHANGE HIS LIFE.
KEYNOTE: The need to rely upon inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new developments.
What is implied here is the essential value of keeping open to the descent of spiritual or Soul forces, especially when a new period of individual activity is about to begin. The individual should not depend mainly on outer circumstances and on traditional, and in a sense external, because collectively formulated -incentives. There is a creative power within, a power that can be tapped, or rather that should be allowed to flow into the brain consciousness or the hands which write or fashion materials into original forms.
This is the first stage in the sixty-third sequence of five phases of activity. It refers to the OVERSHADOWING of the individual consciousness by an inner, yet transcendent, Power.
During Wednesday another conjunction takes place. This will be when Mercury, our winged messenger racing thru Aries, does a fast dance move with Chiron. Before offering the Sabian symbol for the degree of this joining it might prove helpful to travel a few paces with Mercury. In Aries, our intrepid and articulate purveyor of information inspired by an impulse to just openly express what comes to mind in the moment (Aries), may be inclined to not put enough weight on the thinking level of communication. Picture an orator that has not quite grasped where he intends to lead his audience. Mercury’s connection to Gemini as the Castor and Pollex twins or any number of dual scenarios vying for attention comes upon the Chiron energy. Here is the often, common phrasing of the “Wounded Healer”, but also the less common understanding of Prometheus as the “Great Awakener”. The wounding is often portrayed with great enthusiasm as if to be held high as a badge of honor to be counted as one who comes from some form of survival school. One of the first wounds that archetypal Chiron received was the abandonment of both of his parents couched in terms of his being so ugly. How many of us are surviving on a skin deep level of awareness and not tuned into the heart that animates our trajectory thru life?
Wednesday is Mercury’s day of the week. Communication is most easily accessed on this day if we were to tune into our winged messenger. Here is the Sabian symbol to meditate upon for this:
(ARIES 7°): A MAN SUCCEEDS IN EXPRESSING HIMSELF SIMULTANEOUSLY IN TWO REALMS.
KEYNOTE: The first realization of the dual nature of man and of the possibilities it implies.
This symbol represents the antithesis of the thesis pictured in Phase 6, yet in such a fivefold sequence what we see is contrast rather than opposition. The primordial one-sidedness of emotional and cultural manifestation actually calls for the compensatory ability to operate at two levels. Thus the primary dualism of Sky and Earth, of the divine and the human, of spirit and matter. The vision and the emotions are focused within sharply defined boundaries, but within these boundaries they express themselves at two levels. This is the foundation of religion as well as of magic.
A situation which has become characterized by this symbol can be successfully faced if its spiritual and material implications are understood and actualized.
At this second stage of the second fivefold sequence of symbols we see at work man’s capacity for LIVING TWO SEPARATE LIVES — finding fulfillment and happiness in both. On this capacity are founded many of the complexities of human nature.
Only one last event to pay attention to this week as it draws to a close. This would be on Sunday the 19th. The Sun shifts from Aries to Taurus around 9 am PDT. Take a breather as the Sun has been amped up on conquering everything and now has the opportunity to catch its breath as it sinks into the comfort of the Taurus enfoldment. Mother Earth resides here and is calling for recognition.
Enjoy the week by friends.
Celestial Chatter 4-6 to 12
Well, the week begins on a relative quite note, other than the ongoing Jupiter and Pluto conjunction that perfected yesterday and I offered a lengthy consideration of last week. As Tuesday dawns Mars forms a square to Uranus from Aquarius to Taurus. During the day the Moon does its full dance so get out and thank her for beautiful presence that evening. I say this because of illuminates the sign of Libra. While not actually perfecting the trine aspect Mars and Venus are traveling close enough to this for it to be in effect. This is an elongated aspect for weeks. On Saturday the 11th Mercury, that may have stymied effective communication over the past while, moves into energetic Aries and in very short order forms a sextile with Saturn in Aquarius.
Let’s put on our planetary cloaks and unwrap this week’s energy signatures. Mars coming into square with Uranus would often be a consideration of where might the next earthquake is most likely to transpire. But I am not seeing this in terms of earth movement. While Mars stirs the pot vigorously the flavor of the current soup is Aquarius so there are ethereal waves of energy on the move designed to bring to consciousness meaningful group action seeking a level of harmony. The use of technology is quite easily seen being utilized on a level never seen before. The Uranus in Taurus ingredient currently is to embrace as best we can our connection to Mother Earth. Since it is Uranus we might consider divesting ourselves of too much stuff.
It might offer some alternative frame of reference to include the Sabian symbols from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for the degrees of both Uranus and Mars. (AQUARIUS 6°): A MASKED FIGURE PERFORMS RITUALISTIC ACTS IN A MYSTERY PLAY.
KEYNOTE: The individual’s involvement in long-established patterns of activity aiming at the release of collective power.
The great Mysteries of the past were created by inspired Seers and Adepts for the purpose of transferring to a mentally conscious and humanly significant level of group operation what in the lower kingdoms of life we call instincts. Biological and cosmic energies can thus be used to ensure that social processes do not lose touch with the deeper realities of planetary and universal Life. Rituals are binding, and often the performers wear masks, for they do not act as human persons but as focal points for the release of transpersonal forces.
This first symbol of the sixty-second fivefold sequence presents to us social processes in their deepest occult aspect. The individual is seen having assumed a TRANSPERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
(TAURUS 6°): CANTILEVER BRIDGE ACROSS A DEEP GORGE.
KEYNOTE: The conquest of separativeness through group cooperation.
The person who has suffered deprivation and loneliness can give new substance to his or her emotional life by participating in a collective project. All great evolutionary challenges imply the overcoming of basic difficulties. A step ahead must be taken, yet an abyss confronts evolving man. It is no longer a personal Void – an “open grave” – but a chasm that is an integral part of the “land” upon which man’s evolution must proceed. A link must be built through the power of the collective mind of the group or of the community at large, on the basis of the legacy of the past, to make a bridge over the canyon.
This is the first stage of the eighth five-fold process of “Substantiation.” The man-made bridge built with collective skill gives substance to and demonstrates man’s capacity to CONQUER OBSTACLES and to achieve evolutionary continuity as well as expansion in space.
Venus and Mars have actually been traveling within orb of a trine for about a week, but this will be an energy that is worth further consideration, as they will be close to this trine for several more weeks. This is because Venus is moving a bit slower and allowing the Mars orbit to approach a similar speed of orbit. Mars in Aquarius dips into the pool of the humanitarian and seeks to energize this investigation. Just how it might be spurred to stimulate potentially shocking and original levels of innovation will most likely be influenced by that trine energy with Venus. Venus is partnership so the requirement of group energy is on board. Venus in Gemini – we should discuss our options here and don’t hold back as the curiosity train is seeking something new. To add some spice to the equation Venus has just gone out-of-bounds so damn the lifeboats full speed ahead. When a planet is out-of-bounds there is a certain Uranian flavor in the air and predictability is out the window. So, if you think you are going to gather with others (not the easiest factor at the moment) and follow some set of preprogrammed parameters, forget it.
Saturday arrives and Mercury shifts from Pisces to Aries. Mercury was not firing on all cylinders while it was in Pisces as this is a sign that can confound and confuse with mysticism and illusion. While in Pisces Mercury might often feel as if it had both feet firmly stepping on their tongue as attempts to communicate clearly are thwarted by misinformation on so many levels. It however is a great time to meditate and enjoy the dreamscape that unfolds. Patterns shift and energy blends in quite varied and unique fashion within the deep waters of Pisces in an attempt to stimulate aspects of awareness that often lay in unused portions of the life pattern. Initially as Mercury lands in Aries where stimulation to do and begin things is percolating all the time we may want to broadcast a sigh of relief as our thoughts seek to format something meaningful from the recent bout with Pisces. I would suggest taking a day’s breather, as Mercury will be sextiling Saturn in Aquarius. Saturn generally may be a voice of reason in tumultuous times, but there are matters afoot that might require a more sensible format than Mercury will be ready to jump into. There has been much food for thought recently. The quickening of our thoughts with the Aquarius Mars stimulation will have plenty of latitude in short order.
That is all for this week from this perspective. Enjoy the adventure.
Celestial Chatter 3-30 to 4-5
Today Monday at 1:05 pm PDT as I sit down to write this, Mars has just entered Aquarius. While at the same degree as Saturn 0°, it will be exact tomorrow, so the energy of Mars conjoined with Saturn as its main dance partner over the next couple days is carrying a signature that energizes some practical matters on one hand while at the same time stimulating many of the Aquarian signatures. Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, so it is not uncomfortable there. Here are some Aquarius attributes to ponder: Bizarre, futuristic, shocking, humanitarian, original, genius, technological, cosmic, eccentric, and the list goes on. Since energy and drive are synonymous with Mars and the technical side of life is definitely Aquarian, perhaps there will be technological breakthroughs in the current battle with Covid 19.
We reach the first quarter Moon phase on April 1st. How are you doing with this months intentions? 1st Quarter Moon can be a time of crisis in action. Do you feel pressure to continue with what you intended? No, this is not an April fools joke. The Moon in Cancer its home territory brings about some tension to the Aries push to accomplish, or at least start things. Cancer is the homeport where family and clans gather. Many of us are getting to spend more time with our relates than we would otherwise.
On Thursday Venus strolls into the picture with some matters to embrace. Currently in the last degree of one of its ruling signs Taurus it is about to cross the border into Gemini. But, before accomplishing this, it will move into the territory referred to as out-of-bounds (oob). Some may portray this as crossing an imaginary line of latitude (declination) beyond which the expression of a planet’s energy can be perceived a bit differently. Well, those imaginary lines are drawn on a globe as the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn at 23°26’ north and south of the equator. The Sun, Saturn, and I believe Neptune never wander beyond these degrees of latitude. It is the Sun’s path that established these tropic lines around the planet. When the Sun reaches either the northern or southern limit (actually the tilt of the earth in relation to it) we are either at the winter solstice Capricorn, or the summer solstice Cancer. When a planet goes oob it is no longer constrained by certain rules (Saturn) of behavior or limited to only be a certain way. Since Venus energy beckons us to grasp the ramifications of why there are others required in sharing this planetary journey with us and as well as allows us to perceive value in many of the physical adornments we cherish we are going to wonder and perhaps wander a bit out of the box until May 31st when she returns back into bounds.
Friday the 3rd and Venus is still in the midst of change and moves into Gemini. Here is the realm of curiosity and Venus could show signs of restlessness when matters are not continuously being presented for stimulation. This will be an extended cycle, as Venus will be going retrograde on May 13th and not leave Gemini until early August.
Nothing ever exists in a box and as Venus begins it’s Gemini moves Mercury the ruler of Gemini conjuncts Neptune in Pisces at 19°. Imagination’s unlimited frontier, Neptune, spins a tale to which Mercury, and by natural affinity Gemini, is whisked away to distant shores to explore. More unboxed moments arrive for ponder on this same day 4-3 as Venus will be in trine to Saturn at 0° Aquarius. While I have not mentioned it for a bit we are still in the long aspect count of Venus and Mars traveling in trine for an extended cycle this part of the year. Trines represent opportunity and Mars’ energy is being made available for Venus to use. The aspect from Venus to Saturn does not perfect until Sunday the 5th but that just amplifies anything that is stirring.
Well other then the current long-range dance of Jupiter and Pluto that I covered yesterday these are the factors to ponder for the rest of the week ahead in preparation for next week’s full Moon.
Celestial Chatter 3-28
My apology right off the bat, this will be a consideration focused on Jupiter and Pluto. I will have to dive in at other times as the week progresses to cover the other weekly chatter moments.
You might notice that I started this week’s consideration on Saturday the 28th instead of Monday. The reason will become obvious as on Saturday Jupiter moves into the same degree as Pluto and will be in that degree until April 6th. This is the beginning of a dance move that will occupy most of 2020 with the final conjunction on November 12th.
This will be a busy week of celestial interface we embark upon. Mars enters Aquarius on the 31st and conjuncts with Saturn at 0° that same day. The first quarter Moon phase happens on April 1st. On the 2nd Venus goes out-of-bounds (oob) one day before entering Gemini. On that same day, April 3rd, Mercury conjuncts Neptune at 19° of Pisces. The week wraps up with a trine from that oob Venus to Saturn at 1° of Gemini/Aquarius.
Let’s put on our big hats here and dive into the background music of Jupiter and Pluto, as they will be in the long dance this year. Pluto will occupy from 24° and back to 22° of Capricorn and conclude the year again at 24°, so stay very focused on this narrow window of the 3rd decanate (10°) of Capricorn. As both Jupiter and Pluto are emphasizing this degree of the Zodiac for their first two conjunctions this year I would like to offer the Sabian symbol for this degree from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for divination purposes: (CAPRICORN 25°): A STORE FILLED WITH PRECIOUS ORIENTAL RUGS.
KEYNOTE: The use of cultural and artistic processes as a means to enhance personal comfort and appreciation.
Coming after the preceding symbol this one brings us back to the material, yet esthetic, aspect of the benefits a society can bring its members. A “rug” always implied to some extent something on which a person stands or sits. It is a foundation for cultural “understanding,” and as such it can have a magical or sacred meaning, as in the case of prayer rugs. The “woman in a convent” probably knows only the bare floor, because her goal is one of transcendence, of surrendering comfort as well as cultural patterns. (This is the degree where Jupiter has just been) But to the social elite, or even to the oriental devotee praying to his god, society offers the relative comfort of beautiful rugs so he may meet the universe, not merely in terms of the support the natural soil gives, but protected by and securely established on the mental spiritual as well as manual achievements of those who keep the cultural symbols alive.
This is the last symbol in the fifty-ninth fivefold sequence. It shows the beautiful products of dedicated and inspired group performance at the level of tradition. It emphasizes the value of RELIANCE ON TRADITION.
Jupiter will wander up to 27° of Capricorn and as far back as 17° before finally conjoining with Saturn at 0° of Aquarius around the winter solstice later this year.
A funny thing about the word “tradition” as emphasized in this Sabian symbol, I would ponder here with you on some foundational matters we in the western world may not actually have traditions that wander too far over the historic horizon. Democracy goes back around 250 years or the last time Pluto was in this current range of the Capricorn archetypal dance. During this cycle Pluto has already wandered thru each of the 12 archetypes of the zodiac and brought us opportunity to consider the more profound resources laid out for us to embrace. Pluto’s function of exposing the underbelly of any situation we may not have been privy to, is currently asking us some profound questions about our structure of governance, and querying whether we will be better off by continuing in our current trajectory? How do we define maturity in our current system and is there any concern for our ancestral footprint coming from the past and continuing into the future and inclusion of our descendants?
Let us combine this with the current Jupiter dance partner. Jupiter has a wide range of influence that includes a certain seeking to uncover essences of consciousness that drive a civilization. It as well dips into the pool of the mystic and the poet/visionary. When the inclusion of Jupiter occurs in any moment of wonder one should be very careful on the definition of spiritual. From here we might wander back a bit further than a Pluto cycle. The ancestors are beckoning our participation in a signature developed thru eons that has existed, often deep, within the heart of creation itself. We as humans are but one line of this dynamic multivalent reality. Yet, at times, it seems there is an overemphasis on our importance as a function to the whole of at least this earth journey we are on.
Care and consideration for the path we create in the discovery of how far-reaching being a human can entail. In wandering back thru our human journey we arrive to a time when certain attempts to define a set of rules that might codify why we even incarnate was attempted. During the recent past couple melinea or so there was a time when certain avatar-like individuals were downloaded with insight on our connection to all of creation in different locations around the planet. While incredibly inspirational this set a rift or wave into the unfolding development that threatened to upset a system of control in the hands of a few. Most if not all of these avatars were pressed into conflicting circumstances with the visions they were expressing. Upon their eradication, from whatever system they were challenging, a time of chaos existed as the hearts and souls of many touched by the inclusive nature of what they had offered sought to contribute to that further exploration. While there have been multiple attempts to sweep this historical information under the carpet, there is a reason why times and times again continue to surface where awakening moves out thru sectors of the human journey to inspire a deeper consideration of our real meaning in this human part of the incarnation process. The formation of religions during the aftermath of these avatar visits has proved to be rather brutal on those not willing to fall in line with the doctrines developed by a handful of folks to keep us in line. One of the ironies of what they had to use in order to appease the majority is the inclusion of that often-subtle heart, spirit connective fiber the avatars demonstrated in their living expression. The key here is that the majority, have and to this day, continue to be manipulated by a small handful of characters for purposes that are not very forgiving to that same majority.
While there are many instances of this signature throughout recorded history, even the recording process has been skewed to suppress the current of a truth we are all suppose to be tuned into. What would we do without a good storyteller? This may seem ironic, but of the planets, it is the Jupiter/Mercury process where the storytellers manage to surface from. While a Mercurial story may be infused with an amazing amount of information and verbiage it is Jupiter that can embrace this onslaught of process and fabricate a quest story that beckons our attention. I think of Scheherazade and the tale of 1000 nights. A good story from the Jupiter perspective really has no finite end but continues onward.
Now, back to the astrology with a twist. Astrology is the interpretation of the celestial dance that has and will continue forever. Is the story that you are playing a character in, going to be able to have that non-ending quality? Or, perhaps, you have been only offered certain parameters within which to create that are finite? I might suspect that the limits of your character formation are curbed within the physical realm. Do your realize how enormous the soul is? You will be hard pressed to find a measuring device up to the task. And yet, you were born with it. It is the heart, and I am not talking about that beating pressure you have in your chest but an animating force that actually allows it to beat and so much more. The heart is a connective muscle, or maybe would be better viewed as an instrument that tunes us into our part of all of creation just as everything has always recognized. We are no more, or less, significant that the tree outside, or the whale traveling from the South Pole to the north. I saw somewhere that someone was trying to sell the idea that somehow a human is far more significant than anything else on the planet. Of course this smacks of the idea of our limitation to the physical presence we occupy.
Have you ever been in the presence of someone that seems to have an energy field that stretches out even unto the horizon? This might be Jupiter expressing thru them in its inclusion of far more than just what one can hold onto. It is actually more in that your perception of it has expanded as well to be much more inclusive to everything you actually are. Astrology is the tuning into the energy of life as represented by certain archetypal figures as they attempt to awaken you to the part you are to play in the whole. The first part is to recognize the whole you are to play a part in. While in this current consideration we are only attempting to tune into the energy signature of what is currently transpiring with the Jupiter/Pluto in Capricorn, this is just one portion of the thread that is stitching together this part of the story. It is, however, a significant part to be tuned into at this moment of the story. While this is not particularly focused on our individual stories I will add that this is transpiring in my 11th house of group energy. And, because I am born into the Aquarian archetype, the 11th house is very relevant for my journey in the present incarnation. Though I have attempted to contain this offering, there is so much that seeks audience, as on one shoulder sits Pluto and the other is Jupiter. Each is, not just, whispering in my ears for inclusion at this pivotal time on planet earth, but is adamantly playing on their particular instruments to make attempts at reawakening a part in each of us that seems to have fallen asleep.
Or maybe, that is the effect of having to read so many words included here. Anyway, the death/rebirth cycle of Pluto is attempting to invite each of us to recognize that there are parts of the current cycle that need to pass away in order for a true rebirth to transpire. Jupiter is enhancing this message and expanding it as much as any of us are willing to embrace. The dialect of many in the news and social media these-days keeps playing the card of getting back to normal again. I must remind you that it is the normal we have been living that is the reason for the situation we find ourselves in now. If we are just making the attempt to do the same thing again we will not survive as a species on this planet much longer.
As I am finishing this up I can hear the Eagles playing their song “There’s a Hole in the World Tonight”…
Celestial Chatter 3-24-2020
Today the Moon meets the Sun and this is referred to each month as the new Moon. This occurs in Aries the first sign of the tropical zodiac and quite near the beginning of the sign. Aries implies by its very nature the impulse to start things. While this may not always be well thought out there is a drive to initiate. Here arrives the archetype of the warrior, the leader, the adventurer, the hero and the pioneer.
Always when the Moon catches up to the Sun each month we are asked to consider setting intentions in hopes of accomplishing something that relates to the area of your chart where this transpires (house it takes place in). This particular meeting of the lights has an emphasized link to strike out into a new level of adventure and if this is in your chart 1st house it is likely that you have always been a driven individual and the image of a charging ram attempting to drive its way forward might just fit with how you greet your world. Each of the other houses has certain archetypal avenues of unfolding but with Aries in that house there are certain driven methods as to accomplishing what is required.
This is the degree where this new Moon occurs. Offered here as a divination tool is the Sabian symbol with consideration from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala”:
(ARIES 5°): A TRIANGLE WITH WINGS.
KEYNOTE: The capacity for self-transcending.
This is the symbol of the desire to reach a higher level of existence, of pure aspiration or devotion, of bhakti. What has emerged in the first phase of the process of differentiation is becoming aware of the possibility of further up-reachings. The principle of “levitation” is seen as one of the two essential factors in evolution. The emergent being glorifies and deifies it, but it is still only an ideal. At this stage, nevertheless, the whole being experiences a childlike longing for its eventual realization.
At this point the last and synthesizing stage of the first five-fold unit in the cyclic process is reached. A NEW DIMENSION of being is envisioned mobilizing creative endeavors.
As nothing exists in a vacuum this particular new Moon occurs within one degree of Chiron. Most of us have heard the phrase “wounded healer” attributed to Chiron but few know what his very first wound was. He did assume the role of healer and teacher during his life adventure but at the very beginning of his journey he was abandoned by both his mother and father because he was ugly and neither wanted to assume responsibility for him. His was not the grace of the gods (Zeus-Dad) or the beauty of his earthly lineage (Philyra-Mom). He is often imaged in the centaur image but what is missed in many images is the fact that his front legs were human and hind was horse. He was thus unable to frolic with the rest of the centaurs gallivanting about the countryside chasing their next conquest.
I am not going to go into the whole story but suffice it to say that while dwelling in his cave he had the opportunity to develop many healing techniques he was tapped on the shoulder to offer as mentor to many. This is said to be part of the enhancement of many of the healing modalities that we are blessed to still use to this very day in the natural or holistic health arena.
I would like to draw your attention back to the Sabian symbol for where this particular new Moon happened this morning. When considering transcendence we are often brought in front of some form of divine symbology. The three pointed or triune archetype is embraced by not only most of the current world religions but also by a foundational underpinning to all of them, by a much older and more dynamic energy signature from between 1.5 to 2.5 million years old that still exists to this day, and that is the shamanic vehicle. In the shamanic portrayal there are three worlds always present. These are the lower world encompassing the dreaming of all of nature, the middle world as the dream state of the physical world we all sense as where we dwell in our everyday adventures, and the upper world wherein dwell the higher organizing principal of what we often refer to as the gods and goddesses that many modern religions have attempted to portray at arms length from our access. From the shamanic perspective we have access to all of these worlds when we but ask for them. The need for an intermediary to be required is merely an invention to contain and control all of us. So…the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are actually all present within us all the time.
So, perhaps we might see this current new Moon energy conjunct Chiron as an invitation to embrace as best we can our more dynamic connection to a more fulfilling version of parental enfold from a higher source that has been always present within our heart and soul and just waiting for the invite.
To add to the current configuration this new Moon happens in square to the Moon’s nodes. The nodal axis represents a destiny line with the south node tuned into foundational matters that belong to a lesson plan that may already be present and should be offered freely to others along our life trajectory. The north node leans into the realms of opportunity to discover a newer and most effective awakening for us if we are to embrace our higher potential.
The square from this new Moon to this nodal axis can be perceived as tension factors at work that are being brought to focus as we set our intentions. So, I would ask you, what kinds of scenarios are you going to grow from most meaningfully? Will it be when things are simply placed in your lap with minimal effort required? Or, might there me more fortitude or meaning to something that you have been required to apply energy toward embracing, and had to overcome obstacles in route to obtaining. I bring this up because from the nodal destiny line perspective many discover immense comfort to be experienced by staying with the already known (s.node) where minimal energy is required to maintain, a not necessarily easy, but steady, more-or-less predictable existence. That is not the natural world scenario.
With the current global focus being on combating this pandemic we are all being queried on embracing a much longer range scenario that is just one more wake up call to heed as we approach a life lesson as to whether or not humanity will be able to stop bickering with one another about control of the natural resources. While there is plenty to go around this will only work if we all set our sights on a more equitable sharing of what we have and work together as a global community. I see this pandemic as many awakening to the vitality of working together. There are factors in play such as decreases in world pollution becoming apparent that we should make specific note of. “We” can do it, but it is going to take a substantial tightening of our collective belts, and a redirection of our focus well beyond business as usual.
Celestial Chatter 3 – 16 to 22
Energy shifts are on the table for this week. Mercury that recently ended its retrograde cycle will early on Monday re-enter Pisces. Near the end of the week (20th) is the Spring Equinox and the Sun will enter Aries. At the end of the week (22nd) Saturn will cross from Capricorn to Aquarius. While all this is transpiring Mars in its charge thru Capricorn will conjunct Jupiter (19th) and then conjunct Pluto (22nd) with Jupiter quite obviously very close by. Mercury will sextile Uranus on the 22nd as well.
What is it that is conjured up in your mind when I use the phrase “energy shift”? While everything is energy there are certain wave frequencies that energy flows along creating the vast variety of experience we encounter in our life paths. Thru the last 50 years of studying astrology and other things the planets have stepped up to the plate to inform me that they are in continuous conversation with each other and us if we were to just learn how to listen in. Your astrological chart is a representation of a map of just how you are intending to dance with the different energies you came to follow and enhance as you proceed thru your current incarnation. For instance a person born with the Sun and Moon in conjunction in the same sign has certain needs, instincts, and attachments (Moon) energized by the Sun’s vitality and spiritual fuel to discover life’s purpose. Depending on what sign and house they occupy will offer insight into the area(s) of life where these energies can play out.
As planets, ours included, are in a continuous cycle of revolution around the Sun and all racing thru the cosmos, the energy that is presented when any planet is in a particular zodiacal sign holds a certain frequency while there. As the planet shifts from one sign to the next there are a number of different factors that come into play that the planet is tasked to embrace. Sometimes this can be welcomed as an uptick in vibrations and others may have just the opposite effect. None is more wrong or right than any other, they are just different and require adjustment on how to best utilize the apparent rules of the road presented in each sign. That being said let’s peer into what is on the table this week and onward.
Mercury, while in Aquarius is quite energized with new and unique ideas of how to accomplish things. The modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus and this is classified as a higher frequency of Mercury. Therefore it could easily be perceived that while Mercury is traversing the section of space that is referred to as Aquarius (I use the tropical zodiac system which is based on the four seasons of the year) there is stimulation of the thought processes (Mercury) and perhaps some rather unique expressions that find their way into conversations. Many view Uranus as being unpredictable and this may be why there is a relation to Aquarius as this is the realm of thinking out of the box when attempting to discern a path forward.
As Mercury will be shifting into Pisces on Monday it is invited to try on a different hat or tune into different tunes playing on the space wavelength. Pisces is opposed to Virgo, one of the two signs assigned rulership by Mercury. When a planet is in the sign opposite to where it is the ruler it is said, in traditional astrology circles, to be in its detriment. Now, that is not a term that can engender overt levels of excitement that can be one of the characteristics of Mercurial mirth. The trick is to see thru the seemingly apparent challenge that our mental and communicative processes (Mercury) are generally enticed to seek out. Pisces is the deepest and most profound arena where what is sought is nothing less than the meaning of life. While this is often couched in terms of spiritual exploration it can as well lead one off the deep end to many forms of escapism. My suspicion is that this can be seen as the effects of a society not effectively embracing this more luminal zone of life investigation. There will always be those among us who tune into the music of the spheres and are drawn to investigate the most profound questions of existence. This does not make them ideal participants generally in a consumer-based archetype created to distract us from discovering the more ethereal aspect of being.
Mercury questions everything. While in Pisces the factors of weather, time of day, uncle Joe’s warts, fade from significance. There are more pressing inquiries to ponder. Pisces is the realm of the dream and attraction to poetry, art and music, as well as psychic downloads are more to be expected while here. From the Mercurial Gemini perspective inquiry just to attain information is honed to a focus on reference to larger frames of reference that are not just about getting more but want to dive into the deeper waters of meaning. From the Virgoan Mercurial perspective of organizing information as effectively as possible we are tasked in Pisces to grasp an ever changing sea of informational resource that morphs almost as soon as it is spotted and the mental organizing principal often overheats in attempts to keep up with this. The earth realm of practicality soon slips over the horizon as new parameters appear and disappear the deeper one wanders from the shallows of this quest.
Spring arrives on the 20th this year, as it is a leap year. This is when the Sun shifts form the deepest and most profound realm of the zodiac, Pisces, into Aries. Ruled by Mars, Aries season begins the advent of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern. These seasonal markers are what tropical astrology is based upon and are the beginnings of the four cardinal signs of the zodiac. Aries is the warrior, the leader, the initiator, the adventurer and hero. There is a strong masculine signature that is expressed here. This does not just mean men because there are many women who can outpace many a man in this expression. This is the realm of the bold, courageous, active, daring and outgoing signature. I received a message as I was writing these words just now and this is from the plant kingdom. It was wanting me to mention that with the advent of spring these characteristics are just a relevant to the expression of them as they push up from underground to take on the onslaught of what awaits them while engaging in the realm of humans and everything else. There is vibrancy to this time of year that, as it progresses, brings on many an amorous adventure in all the forms of life. The days and nights are of equal length at this time of year.
On Thursday this week Mars moves into the same degree with Jupiter in Capricorn a couple degrees away from Pluto. Mars is almost pure energy tuned into action and drive. Wherever it is, there could be seen a vigorous stirring of whatever cauldron is being activated. Capricorn is the entrepreneur, the patriarch, the executive, the hermit and the wise elder. I think that last handle could be expanded upon as an archetype that seeks wisdom, not just knowledge. A true leader will seek council from all his assistants in order to include as much as possible into what will be best for all. Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system seeks exploration and the expansion of everything it touches. This is the planet that assists in the development of philosophy, religion and ethics. It is as well the traditional ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces. There is that Pisces signature again, and being pursued by a Mars that will enhance its energy quotient. Can you perceive a potential in this Capricorn realm that might be being pressed to grasp at a larger container it is being tasked to fill? Keep your antenna up this week and onward. Mars will be dancing with Jupiter for a couple days before moving on to engage with Pluto.
As the week draws to a close on Sunday the 22nd there are some major energy shifts and signatures that come into play. Saturn on Sunday will move into Aquarius for the first time in about 27.5 years. It is the traditional ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius and for this reason there is a familiarity to this upcoming energy shift with some tweaks to the unexpected side of life. Saturn while in Capricorn has judicially sought to maintain control over multiple factors with stringent rules put in place to facilitate these levels of containment. This has been father time at work tuned more into chronological time (man-made) and Aquarius brings an awareness shift expanding upon the time realm as being more fluid and less linear. Aquarius is the genius, inventor, freedom fighter, scientist and sage. Futuristic, bizarre, shocking, eccentric, innovative, enlightened are some of the terms that fit into this realm. So Saturn has to put on a different set of clothes as it engages here. The restrictions set in motion by a father time expression need to be released into possibly more disruptive, crazy and weird (wyrd) realms that many might consider non-conforming, detached, or intuitive but hopefully always interesting and original. These are some of the potential energy boosts that can assist the Capricorn version of Saturn to ascend further up its mountain and increase the view perspective.
Since one of the handles of Aquarius is scientist, perhaps we might more effectively embrace just what it is that many in the scientific community have been trying to bring to our attention for quite some time now. While not everything that has emerged from this realm has always proved helpful to the human cause there has been a majority of things that have made our lives more interesting. Back along the way, around the Darwinian times, science took the reigns and removed spirit and the angels from the life equation and the materialistic side of life was mostly what was left and this has proved very challenging to our continued existence as we became separate from all the rest of life. Modern science, however, has discovered the quantum field and spirit is once again re-entering the conscious realm. This is a broad topic I will save for another discussion.
On this same day Mars moves into the same degree with Pluto. Now, these are the traditional ruler and modern ruler of Scorpio. Mind you they are wearing outfits to in some fashion make statements that can enhance the realm of Capricorn but they still carry with them the Scorpionic signatures. Transformation, investigation, shaman or sorcerer can spark their research capacities. They will always carry intensity and a powerful and probing fierceness to them. Psychic and magical, penetrating, regenerative processes surround this duo. There is the always-present transitional energy of death and rebirth. Pluto the ruler of Hades is tasked with exposing what has been hidden as it attempts to clear the process of dying effectively or honestly so that the rebirthing process will be accomplished for a purpose that can enhance the future. Most tune into the darker side of what these two planets can represent and while this is not so distant as to be irrelevant my sense is that these energies surface more frequently the farther from effective and realistic realms of existence are being followed and they intend to challenge those who are off base to correct their trajectory. So, as this week winds down, perhaps it is time for some soul searching.
On Sunday Mercury will be sextiling Uranus down in Taurus. Where do you suppose that our deeper investigation into life’s mythic nature might be able to inspire Uranus as the Great Awakener in the realm of connection to Mother Earth (Taurus)? There is a possible connection to Source that is on the table among all the other planetary conversations we are paying attention to. Are you awake enough to hear it?
You will have noticed I have not wandered into the realm of the current pandemic seeming to grip our planet. There is a reason that may not be embraced readily for why such things occur in the human realm from time to time. Pluto is on board to play the death card as required. All things die in some fashion as preparation for a next rebirthing cycle. One can wonder if perhaps there are factors of our human occupation here on earth that may be out of balance with a larger and more inclusive grand plan for life on planet earth? Questions arise as to whether or not we have been in tune with the rest of living beings beyond just the human element we share this planet with? One of the most pervasive factors in play currently is the over-play of fear and this can readily feed upon itself. I looked up the houses in the chart where fear might surface: as anxiety it is the 4th house (home roots and clan); as awe it is the 9th house (inspiration to explore the farthest reaches of awareness); as foreboding it is the 12th house (here is a reflection upon where one discovers God); as fright it is the 8th house ( this is the misplaced reflection on death as a natural part of the life process); as phobia it is the 4th house (our economic focus in modern society has placed an artificial value on our dwellings that currently exceed the support economically attainable by most in our consumer based system). As you might perceive there are many avenues of access to this syndrome. One common theme that has relevance to alleviating each of these avenues is a more profound grasp of the meaning of life. I could write a book on this matter, but suffice it to say that perhaps it is time to awaken to the continuous and eternal presence of life and the vitality that community should be playing. The death card has been over-played as a terminal experience by those attempting to control us for millennia. There is ample evidence from many sources of the reincarnation process, and as well many sources that give evidence of powers we have but are out of experience of how to use. Death is an energy being as well that speaks to transition that is an ongoing process we engage with our entire lives. The old body and parts you arrived with have been in a constant state of renewal and change and this will continue on beyond what we have been taught is the end of our presence in human form. Too much identification with the physical realm leaves out our soul and spirit being that is eternal. More breathing and more meditation may be in order for our awakening process to unfold more creatively on this third rock from the Sun.
Celestial Chatter 3 – 9 to 15
As this week begins the Sun still is quite close to Neptune and since we are talking Pisces this is still in play, so dreamtime still can provide some rather interesting journeys. Venus has just passed Uranus but like the Sun is still very close together with the unpredictable beckoning from Mother Nature to sense a more in tune embrace from her. At last the cycle of Mercury in retrograde comes to a close today (Monday) with a station at 28° Aquarius. Jupiter inches closer to a direct link with Pluto in Capricorn and this may foster a bit more exuberance to expose more of the hidden matters of existence we may not have been privy to. And, as well on the agenda for Monday is the full Moon at 19° of Virgo. How have your intentions been unfolding for this month?
Let’s take a look under the hood of this full Moon in the current lunar cycle. Any full Moon is the maximum reflection of solar radiation. Since the Moon is our ability to feel things more acutely, is there any increase of the deeper end of the pool investigation brought on by any Piscean dive into oceanic awareness? From Virgo’s perspective Pisces provides an opportunity to place ones considerations on a scale where the practicality of our mental adventures of just how we are arranging our thought processes will be able to float upon the seas of imagination that seeks to proceed on beyond mere physical experience. Depending on where one decides to place one’s feet this can be perceived from either the depths of all of existence or a rigorous organizational framework seeking to maintain a firm footing in the here and now reality.
As the full Moon coincides with Mercury (ruler of Virgo) stationing direct, has the retrograde cycle brought any new levels of awareness to the surface that might prove relevant going forward? Yes, there are always options as to just how one will play this hand we have been dealt from life’s deck of cards. Pay attention to just where in your chart 28° of Aquarius sits as you ponder on these matters. Keep in mind that whenever Mercury stations the energy signature of its placement is focused and amplified.
Saturn the ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius just enters the 29° of Capricorn as this week commences and is preparing to expand any limiting perspectives about hard and fast rules to stick with. I get the image of some lubrication being applied to areas that may have become stuck in a past frame of reference as the pull of what is next beckons. Perhaps part of where this thought originated is from the pressure of Pluto to expose reasons for the underpinnings of the rule of law and what this may be about. Might we see that some of the rules of engagement with the larger reference of living may have been hijacked along the way for the benefit of only a few in positions of authority? Here is an interesting ponder: This last degree of any sign is said, when occupied by a planet, to be referred to as anaretic. One definition from “Encyclopedia of Astrology” reads: The planet which destroys form; that which kills, if such a term may be applied to a planet that unfavorably aspects the hyleg. You can look up hyleg as it opens up a questionable aspect from ancient astrology. I do find it interesting to see “destroys form” as Saturn revolves around the concept of form at its structural root. Perhaps a little more of that Plutonic influence at work than we previously thought…
The only other significant aspects I can see forming for the rest of the week is the Sun first making sextile to Jupiter on Wednesday and then Pluto on Saturday. A sextile is half of a trine and denotes elemental cohesiveness between the signs involved. In this case it is the Sun in water and Jupiter and Pluto in earth. There is an empowerment thru synthesis of organizing and creative impulses. Both planets are infusing each other with new ideas and energy. Renewal and reorganization are as well terms that could apply to a sextile.
Lets broaden this last thought. The Sun represents vitality and an urge to shine. It is the core identity, life purpose and creativity. Coming from the perspective of Pisces there is the potential for awakening to factors that not only inspire consciousness of source as it relates to any one of us and more, but is the seat of dreams that inspire the poet, musician, empath, visionary and mystic avenues of expression. Couple this with Jupiter and adventure beckons everything from far away journeys to awakening cultural note comparisons with those met along life’s pathways. Jupiter as well the largest planet in our solar system always seeks to expand whatever it touches often by applying an exuberant energy to go for it. We have already considered some of the Plutonic energies but there are more. This is the death and rebirth process, it brings a view into the shadow side of equations and there is a potency of power to bring about regeneration. I would invite you to take these energy thoughts and combine them with the arena of global entrepreneurship, management, advisor and maybe even wise elder-hood. Locate the shoe(s) that fit for you and press forward
There is some rather profound energy begging us to contemplate as this week unfolds. Since we are in the season of Pisces there might appear to be a chasm opening around us that while initially may appear scary one might discover profound meaning for why you incarnated in this current life cycle. With all the fear mongering going on around us these days stick with these sayings: fear begets more fear, and the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. We are way stronger than that.
Celestial Chatter 3-2 to 8
Well, you may have noticed I took last week off from the “Chatter”. Gotta do that periodically.
As this week rolls into Monday Mercury retrograde is approaching its link back into Aquarius. Venus is nearing the completion of its journey thru Aries. Jupiter continues to advance on Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon will move thru Gemini, Cancer and Leo this week ending up at the beginning of Virgo. The Sun weaving its way thru Pisces will conjunct with Neptune on Sunday the 8th.
The long journey of Saturn and Pluto moves onward. Saturn continues to attempt to formulate support for its rules and structures while Pluto keeps bringing to the surface facts that could undermine manipulation of reality that may have been in place for quite some time upon which Saturn’s rules are based. This time is referred to as the beginning of a synodic cycle. This is when one planet conjuncts and then begins its next revolution around the solar system carrying with it a version of energy represented by the planets involved. The last time this occurred in Capricorn was around 250 years ago. You may recall that back in the 1770’s there were some things afoot where the rule of law was under some pressure. Enough said about that, we are currently living in an energy cycle that is seeking to foster human awakening to a larger context than just simple rules of conduct to live by.
As we roll into Tuesday Venus, nearing the end of Aries comes into a square aspect to Saturn near the end of Capricorn. Venus can be perceived as a representation of the people as an expansion upon the idea of one person (Aries) interacting with another (Libra). The square aspect brings about a certain tension from an elemental perspective. Fire does not play efficiently with earth signatures. Fire is set to implement the energy of doing and moving while earth generally seeks to ground itself in place. Adventure is sought as folks come together and at the same time there seems to be certain restrictions that are vying for attention to curtail this adventure. While both of these scenarios are in play one will appear more appealing than the other to some of us.
Come Wednesday and Mercury will retrograde back into Aquarius where it might attempt to cast off the energetic shackles of the deepest resonant field of Pisces as it once again is allowed breathing room to speculate on thoughts that are intended to expand a level of curiosity that links us up through the energy fields of electricity. Even though this is an air sign that can utilize the airwaves in so many different ways to communicate with one another, it is Mercury, still in retrograde, or how we actually facilitate communication that may not be as effective as we might hope for. While in Pisces it is quite easy for myopic thoughts to occupy us as we slip into the deep end of the realms of consciousness. Aquarius, on the other hand, spins to accelerate the process of thought waves. By the way, Uranus as the modern ruler of Aquarius is said to be the higher octave of Mercury. As Uranus/Prometheus and Aquarius are stimulated it is the Great Awakener that is stirred from sleep to provide opportunity for us to be shifted from too much slumber. This might be an appropriate time to make sure that your investigation cycle (Mercury retrograde is good for) gets some new blood to ponder. The caveat is to proceed cautiously so as not to get too far ahead of yourself.
Thursday brings with it a fairly dynamic energy shift as Venus escapes from the land of impulse and action back home for a breather in Taurus. Breath quick as in just a couple days she will be dancing with Uranus and predictability is not guaranteed. This is the realm (Taurus) that has to do with personal resources and our connection to Mother Earth.
At the end of the week on Sunday we are being asked to embrace factors that may not be comfortable initially. Venus will conjunct Uranus that has about 5 more years of journey time remaining in Taurus and it can stir things up a bit. One must grasp that while this may not fit in with a linear projection we may have chosen to follow along our life paths the true purpose to Uranus moments is to shake us out of any stupor we may have slipped into and awaken us to opportunity that will be more beneficial if we but embrace it.
On this same day (Sunday) the Sun conjoins with Neptune at 18° of Pisces. The Sun is vitality and Neptune is imagination that knows no limits. They are both dancing in the realm of unlimited potential that can be used for escapism or alternatively a most profound awakening to one’s connection to Source. To add context to this Mercury is almost standing still as tomorrow (Monday) it will station at 28° of Aquarius. When a planet is in or around its stationary position it is said to be at its most potent. Since this is the degree of my ascendant I am paying attention to the potential represented by these moments. One could perceive any moment when Mercury stations as overtly relevant to a cycle change. The time for reflection has drawn to a close. The area of the zodiac between 12° Pisces and 28° Aquarius (the retrograde span) as it relates to the portion of your celestial makeup (chart) has been asking you to ponder deeply what might be a more effective way to communicate with everything (not just talking about human to human here). Everything communicates and it takes practice to be able to hear or learn to listen in ways beyond what we are taught in school.
I would offer here the Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” to meditate upon for the end of the week or perhaps as long as it takes.
(AQUARIUS 29th°): A BUTTERFLY EMERGING FROM A CHRYSALIS.
KEYNOTE: The capacity to utterly transform the character of one’s consciousness by radically altering the structural patterns of everyday living and the types of relationships one enters upon.
This is the second time within a very short span of the cycle that the butterfly symbol appears (cf. Aquarius 25°). Here what is emphasized is the process of metamorphosis itself. It is the fourth symbol of a fivefold sequence and it stresses the essential character of the activity required at this stage of the cycle; i.e. nothing short of a complete renewal of all the implications of being alive, as a human individual will do. A radical change is needed. At this stage, this change is individual and mental, and it should be seen against the background of humanity as a whole. What is revealed is the potential ability of every human being to participate in a higher realm of evolution AFTER his or her emergence from a critical state of transition.
At this fourth stage of the sixty-fifth sub cycle the Keyword is METAMORPHOSIS. In spiritual terms, this implies “Initiation,” i.e. entering a higher realm of conscious existence and there joining a sacred Company.
Okay kids, for we are children in the eyes of spirit that has allowed us to incarnate here in the earth school to learn what our soul seeks. Until next time, enjoy this week’s adventures.
Celestial Chatter 2-17 to 23
Bring those thought processes to focus today (2-16) as Mercury stations. When a planet is standing still in relation to our earth orbit is when it is at its most focused. This is the primer for the upcoming retrograde cycle that will last until March 9th. This occurs in the 13th degree of Pisces and the Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” that brings ponder to this is: (PISCES 13°): AN ANCIENT SWORD, USED IN MANY BATTLES, IS DISPLAYED IN A MUSEUM.
KEYNOTE: Through the effectual use of his will a consecrated man (we might as well include woman here) can become a symbol of courage for all those who follow in his/her footsteps.
Will power is the ultimate spiritual weapon, and its undeviating use is the certification of individual worth. Wherever found, this symbol emphasizes the imperative need to make use of the will in meeting the basic challenges of the inner life as well as outer adversaries.
With this third symbol of the sixty-ninth sequence we see singled out and strongly emphasized the one power in man, that is an assurance of victory in the contests generated by social (or occult) processes in which he has become an active part. The individual must use that WILL POWER, yet it is not really his own once he operates at a spiritual level. It is God’s will, operating through his mind (one should never discount the function of the heart) that focuses its thrusts. It is, occultly speaking, the power of the Brotherhood – the energy of the Whole operating through the one-pointed individual who has made this Whole aware of the need for its use in a particular situation.
While there is great accord given to the mind, and particularly when considering a Mercurial matter, it in reality can be seen as a vehicle for the heart. As we proceed thru the next three weeks of reconsideration, recapitulation, and reviewing what has brought us to this time, there is an imperative to consider or ponder the deepest and most profound of all realms and that would be Pisces. While some may lean toward the realms of escapism this is the zone of the mystic and the poet as well as the field of dreams. What can awaken within our hearts is connection to the visionary, an artist/musician or a psychic navigator. Let this sit in your hearts as you attempt to engage with your fellow travelers here on the earth plane. Some may require reminders of their responsibility and be awakened from a too stiff set of parameters likely holding them at distance from discovering the wide array of potential selves they can embrace.
On Wednesday the 19th the Sun will cross that imaginary border between Aquarius and Pisces and there may be a discernable shift that can awaken the reasons for why we gather with others to ponder life’s meaning. One could wonder where the line may be drawn between the individual task and that of the collective. As intimated in the above Sabian symbol we each bring to focus a much larger expanse of reality that includes us all, and I am not just referring to humanity.
With Mars’ advance into Capricorn on Sunday it is in a realm where it is exalted or perhaps phrased another way feels very at home. Two of the terms used to express a planet’s sense of place in the zodiac are dignity and exaltation. Dignity can indicate that there is certain recognition by the surrounding energy of a sign that may be akin to accolade for their presence, as things will get done. Exaltation takes that one step further where accolade in not required as the presence seeps into almost every nook and cranny of this ream. My sense is more along the stream of accord afforded Mars while in the Capricorn dance. Mars can have a reputation for being a bit harsh or brash with its demands, but while in its exaltation there is a comradery of sorts that allows for a more smooth flowing of acceptance that views the Martian presence for what it is and provides solace to potentially heal any wounds within this aspect of soul. I do suspect that this last thought might have surfaced from a hope on my part for an effective use of willpower that Mars can brings with it. While Capricorn’s penchant to present meaningful laws and rules required to enforce adherence to a set of desires in any leadership position, there is often a welcome of a Martian support to these ideals. If the collective is not entirely on board with the dictates provided by leadership, drawing on the Martial presence to enforce some semblance of order can be seen as welcome by the leaders.
On Friday this week Mars will come into exact trine with Uranus in Taurus and square to Chiron in Aries. The Uranus factor can create some restlessness in the air. Even as a trine, potentially overt expressions of authority may not be met with exuberance by those being overtly impacted in a less than harmonious fashion. The square to Chiron in the sign ruled by Mars can provide a lesson plan to in some way work at healing or causing wounds as an outworking of what is decided upon by those claiming to be in charge.
As the week draws to a close on Sunday there will be a new Moon in Pisces. As with any new Moon the setting of new intentions is on the table. I am going to present the Sabian symbol for this ponderable moment: (PISCES 5°): A CHURCH BAZAAR.
KEYNOTE: The value of giving a spiritual or transcendent sanction to even the most commonplace interchanges between social persons and individual minds.
This is the last of five symbols emphasizing the interaction between people constituting a social group, small or large. It brings in the element of religious sanctions. The purpose of any organized religion is primarily to meet the need of giving a more permanent significance to interpersonal relationships within the framework of a particular way of life and culture. It helps to keep the society “whole” by making it “holy” at least in principle and ideal. It justifies human behavior by blessing it with a divine Revelation of what is good and valuable. It idealizes biological and social needs by ritualizing them.
This ends the sixty-seventh five-fold sequence on a note of RITUALIZED BENEFICENCE. It stresses the possibility of the “Presence of God” in even the most material human activities.
There is much to consider with this symbol image and description. We currently in modern culture are summoned to awaken to new and changing parameters of energetic connection to source. This awakening has in its wake the multiple religious sects that have attempted to at once contain us and awaken us to a larger perspective. This has been a provision of numerous rituals to adhere to, or at least participate in. In my shamanic studies it has been brought to my attention that there are both rituals and ceremony. Rituals can sustain us up to the point where the repetition factor becomes dull and no longer is alive with momentary awareness seeking audience. Ceremony, on the other hand, is vibrant and alive drawing on the energy of the current moment and situation. Thus ceremony cannot always be predictable for what will transpire. This harkens back more to the symbol for Mars above and can tune us more profoundly into the vibrant experience of experiencing God acting thru us. Expand that presence into this last Sabian consideration, and as the intentions for this new Moon are being pondered locate a ceremony to invite something new to be present and not repeat a ritual re-invitation of the same players to the table.
As an astrological consultant I have often heard the same requests over and over for the past 50 years; Where can I find my ideal partner? and What is my ideal job? These, my friends, are archetypes that have been drummed into our subconscious in ritual format to formulate some aspect of control over us. While astrologically it can be seen how we affect one another in unique fashion, the more appropriate questions might be how do I affect myself, and just who is the self anyway? It is possible to see compatibility between any two individuals with its challenges and similarity of direction elements. As we go thru life we all change and not every so-called ideal partner is meant to stay the same. As far as the ideal career goes one has to ask oneself what is my function in my community that will benefit the community the best?
So, now when you begin to ponder what to aim for as an intention for the next cyclic beginning perhaps doing it in ceremonial style might be appropriate. Because this is the one time of the year when the new Moon occurs in Pisces, there is a very deep and resonant pool of energy for you to dive into and depending on your ability to swim in these waters, you can go for the deep end or stay in the shallows. Neither is more right than another. We are the ones to make this determination. The plan is to jump in and make a ceremony of this act and an investigation of the mystery.
Celestial Chatter 2-10 to 16
The majority of this week’s energy signature happens at the end of the week. Now this may seem a bit on the vague realm but some weeks are just like that. Not to be relegated to the bin of minor configurations what is transpiring should be considered as a preparation phase for the three-week stint of Mercury going retrograde while in Pisces. While this begins on Sunday the 16th any Mercury retrograde cycle is a process that should be wisely approached ahead of time as a set of anticipation moments to most effectively utilize this opportunity. I can sense that for some there is a certain shudder that courses thru the body at the advent of any Mercury retrograde dance but this happens about 3 times a year and actually can provide a window into doing some effective evaluation required to refine processes one may be contemplating carrying out.
While the overt ramifications of day-to-day communications may have a tendency to run into a rough patch or so, this is still Mercury and has every intention of not changing its stripes. The thinking processes are still going to be required. Group think may not run as smoothly as one would hope but personal investigation of matters relevant to our path forward can utilize this time to dive a bit deeper into factors required to fine tune that trajectory. The trick is to gather together prior to Sunday any material you want to ponder a bit more that is related to something you sense may be more effectively utilized toward what you want to accomplish. Then during that retrograde cycle explore options. Actually making final decisions is something you may want to hold off on until Mercury is once again on its merry way forward. If there is no way to hold off on any important matters it is advisable to proofread any vital documents multiple times to make sure you are not overlooking something that you might regret at a later moment when the small print comes back to haunt you.
On the larger footprint of the usual conversations we are obliged to participate in while accomplishing our days, it is as well good practice to check in periodically to see if the other person(s) are paying attention. I say this because one of the effects of many Mercury retrograde cycles is a myopic sense of the importance of one’s thought process. Since there are so many folks tuned into their own thought matters they often do not do the best job of paying close attention to the words that are being offered for their consideration in multiple social situations. Just as an experiment while you are attempting to convey some information or thoughts to another and it appears they are not entirely paying attention to this throw in an errant word or phrase to see if there is any response. If what you are saying is critical than this checkup can prove vital.
Enter Hermes as the trickster to enliven even the most mundane of circumstances. There are some astrologers that seek to extend this retrograde footprint by including what is referred to as the “shadow” period at the front and back of any Mercury retrograde cycle. This would include the time when Mercury first crosses the degree where it will retrograde back to and proceeds until Mercury finally passes the degree at which it went retrograde in the first place. While I am not entirely on board for this extension process there are some that are either more sensitive to this or perhaps need an excuse to cover miscalculations of thought and words. In an average year Mercury is retrograde for about 9 weeks or about 20% of the year. If one were to include the extra shadow time into the calculation this could extend the potential communication snafu moments to about 15 weeks or around 30% of the year. There are times when I might be inclined to think that Hermes as the trickster was on board for way longer than even the 30% but this is most likely do to the likelihood of our modern cultural spin on what is not necessarily vital to percolating as many of our senses as possible as often as possible. I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole.
On the very same day that Mercury goes retrograde Mars comes to join the group of planets merrily dancing along in the Capricorn arena. Mars is quire happy to be in Capricorn as it is exalted there. Wherever Mars is there is an energy uptick that is going to present itself. Capricorn can represent the political party in power. It has been seen recently that this power factor has reached a critical threshold where it no longer appears to be in touch with the everyday life of the entire spectrum of the general public. For that matter there does not seem to be much voice being offered to general life on our planet. So, while the party in control, whatever that means, it may appear to be getting an uptick of Martian energy and I do hope this does not go to anyone’s head and thoughts of war (a truly Martian outworking) surface. While Mars does inspire action, I do hope that rational minds and even more importantly caring hearts are on board of the decisions that are critical to human life continuing on our planet. In election years it is sometimes hard to tell.
So, my friends hang in there and enjoy the dance.
Celestial Chatter 2-3 to 9 of 2020
You may have noticed that I don’t delve too much into the minor aspects that happen all the time but focus on major aspects and planetary energy shifts from one sign to the next. I do this for sanity sake on my part as it usually takes me about 1 to 2 hours to facilitate these weekly reports, and I am willing to donate that amount of energy to this process.
Our ongoing conjunction of Pluto and Saturn is still under way. You might have noticed that the rules and structures (Saturn) of our societies have been under increasing scrutiny by most of us. This is Pluto attempting to facilitate transformation at the root level. These would be the underpinnings of what might be considered the foundational pillars (laws) that govern us. I don’t want to dive too deeply into this but it would appear that there is a difference between natural law and those that some in positions of authority seem to want to live by.
This week begins on Monday with Mercury shifting from Aquarius to Pisces. I would like to unpack this a bit more than usual, as there is a Mercurial signature that dwells in each of us. Mercury is the planetary energy that queries us to think and ponder meaning. It inspires us to question matters. It stimulates our curiosity to learn and seek out new experiences. There is an organizational factor that often comes along with this gathering of information from the Virgo side of Mercury. Speech is the development of sound in an effective technique to share our experiences with one another. Mercury is excited to dance in the realms of Aquarius where it is being stimulated to come up with ideas that push the realms of the known in unprecedented ways. Words may discover unique ways of playing with one another here. The gathering into groups to share similar formats with one another is also part of the Aquarian archetype.
Pisces is not exactly the happy zone for Mercury. In traditional astrology when a planet is in the sign opposed to the one it rules it is said to be in its detriment. Before you get all bent up about this, it might be best to grasp the value of the relevance of opposing signs of the zodiac. There is a perspective that an opposite sign brings to bear on what they mean to each other. Aries is all about the discovery of self. Libra is all about the discovery of the other. There would not be the need for an other if there were no self. Step that out and the value of perspective that the other brings is vital in continuing with the discovery of a more profound self. Will there be challenges in this interchange? Absolutely, the two selves have attained their value systems from different life lesson plans. Since we are talking about Mercury here, that curiosity stream might actually be stimulated by opinion differences.
This detriment factor is only part of this month’s consideration. Mercury while in Pisces is also said to be in its Fall. This is in the opposite sign of its exaltation, which is Virgo. This may be a bit more challenging to grasp. When I was studying Hellenistic technique back along the way the description of Fall was this. Imagine you are in the bottom of a well calling out and no one can hear you. I don’t know about you, but when I picture the planet of communication in such a scenario it is not doing the happy dance. Perhaps we might want to utilize this energy cycle to do a bit more meditation and reflection on a personal and internal level. Pisces is the deepest realm of creation and oceanic in its widest parameters. While this may not curtail communicating in our larger world context it could challenge clarity being always present.
As if that is not enough to put in your pipe and consider, the 3rd week of February Mercury will begin its first retrograde cycle of the year and this runs from February 17th to March 9th. During that time the Sun will shift from Aquarius to Pisces and this can enhance our considerations of how willing are we to dive into the deep end of the pool. I will be considering this more in depth as the month proceeds. Suffice it to say that preparation will be key to how we approach this.
Late on Thursday the 7th Venus, which has been transiting thru Pisces will shift into Aries. This is where she is not so happy being in her detriment but we have already considered that as not as difficult as some may portray. Perhaps we might view this as an opportunity to glean perspective on the relevance the other plays in our adventure to discover just who we actually are. One thing to always keep in mind is that as our planetary hosts moves from one sign sector of the zodiac to the next there is an overlay of the energy signature of the previous sign that arrives with it into this next realm. So to begin this month long Venus journey thru Aries initially the potential depth of connection we may have discovered between each other (Venus in Pisces), may query our impulse to strike out on our own, if we intend to continue on some level with the relevance of comparing notes with others. Mars the ruler of Aries is still journeying thru Sagittarius so exploration of some broad reaching realms is on the table and you may not want to do this alone.
Late on February 8th is the next full Moon potentially bringing reflection on our intentions set at the last new Moon in Aquarius. See my recent Celestial Chatter post for that consideration from 2 weeks ago. I think the Sabian symbol form Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” is an interesting vision that may be applicable to some as they attempt to step into new awakenings along their spiritual path. (LEO 21°). INTOXICATED CHICKENS DIZZILY FLAP THEIR WINGS TRYING TO FLY.
KEYNOTE: The often-negative and at times ludicrous first experience with spiritual teachings.
In Near Eastern symbolism wine, intoxication, and vineyards always refer to ecstatic experiences and to the contact with mystical or occult schools. “Chickens” here suggest that we are dealing with human beings who are the standardized products of their culture, and more or less undifferentiated specimens of a social norm. Brought accidentally or prematurely to mystical or occult experiences, they usually react to them in a highly confused and “dizzy” manner. What reacts in them is the ego, and the ego can never “fly” (i.e. experience spiritually transcendental realities in an effectual manner).
This first symbol of the twenty-ninth fivefold sequence presents to us a picture of the unsatisfactory way many people today – especially young people – approach what purports to be spiritual reality. The “food” may be intoxicating, consciousness-expanding, but the inner openings lack depth and constructiveness, whether or not they produce what appears to be wonderful feelings. One may speak here of the danger Of PREMATURE EXPANSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
Since many of you that follow these posts are moving along a path that opens one to considerations of this kind of nature it would be wise to take your time with inviting others into this fold in haste. Even should you perceive a certain proximity to very large shifts in current world events, as they will affect us, it is important to see that things are moving, as they should. We are in the long count of days when there are things that need to pass away in order for there to be the space available for the next phase to put in an appearance. We each must choose where to place our trust and not be swayed by the choices others have made.
Celestial Chatter 1-26 t0 2-2 of 2020
There is not a substantial interweaving of the planets by aspect this week and the focus spread still is from Mars in Sagittarius to Uranus in Taurus. This might be an interesting week to tune in to the lunar dance. She moves from Fixed Aquarius to fixed Taurus this week. Since the Moon resonates with our feelings Monday, as the Moon completes its journey thru Aquarius some may breathe a sigh of relief as the energies begin to be reigned in from the unpredictable zone of invention and out there thought waves. Pisces one of the water zones provides an area for contemplation and dreams. I get the image of the Moon drifting comfortably on soft waves of the ocean as she drifts off to slumber land. While Tuesday’s dream creation is in full swing the Moon catches up to the Venus/Neptune conjunction in mid Pisces. This could have the effect of love interests wandering thru the dreamscape. It could equally bring thoughts of economics to the fore, and depending on how that realm is working for you schemes could hatch or even nightmares of insufficient funds to accomplish things. Since Pisces taps into the luminal realms relax with the heavy thoughts.
Wednesday and the peace of the lunar Pisces zone is brought up short as the Moon races into Aries and there is energy everywhere seeking to accomplish anything. Mars, its ruler, in Sagittarius sends our thoughts projecting into the stratosphere to make sure we are not missing any stones needing to be overturned. Encountering Chiron just as she enters Aries the Moon may seek to assuage our awareness of injuries, real or perceived, we have had to deal with in our earth journeys.
As Friday commences the Moon shifts into Taurus and immediately encounters a swirl of potential chaos as Uranus stirs the pot. Depending on your relationship with Uranus this lunar exposure may in Taurus fashion bring a calming quality to any riled up seas, or it could send one into emotional turmoil due most likely to inappropriate attitudes we foster toward being alive. Chill my friends. Venus is the ruler of this zone of influence and being in a harmonious dance with Neptune in Pisces where she is exalted there is the opportunity to peer thru the seemingly uneven terrain and locate a path that can calm many of the energies stirred up by Aries recently.
After the jig with Uranus the Moon heads on out to stroll thru the rest of the zodiac not occupied by any of the other planets for the next couple of weeks. Nest week the lunar oppositions will begin to present us with reflections upon our many parts at work.
Celestial Chatter 1-20 to 26 2020
As predawn arrived today I was awakened by the conversation brewing amongst our planetary tribe. The brilliance of the Sun was heralding its arrival into the sign of Aquarius and sounded a Happy Birthday to that archetype in each and every one of us. The heaven was set last week with Mercury wandering across that seeming border between Capricorn and Aquarius. Our thoughts began to tune into the hopes and wishes for a more humanitarian approach to how we engage with each other and the rest of creation. The Sun is vitality and sheds its light on everything it touches and for the past month has been illuminating all the energies at work in the Capricorn arena. This has not been any minor set of considerations and it is not over yet. Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter still have matters to iron out on effective rules that the collective might embrace. On the news this morning was a revelation that two folks own more of the money of the world than 7.9 billion others. That is almost the entire human population of the globe. There is extreme imbalance currently that is tearing at the fabric of civilization with catastrophic evidence able to be seen at every turn.
At around 7:00 am PST the Sun began it month long journey thru Aquarius. A few hours later the Moon will cross Mars at 11° of Sagittarius and the week is off and running. I arose early to see if I could see this Mars/Moon early morning star effect, but alas it was overcast, On Tuesday the 22nd the Sun would square to Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius. On Thursday the 24th will be the next new Moon around 1:40 pm PST. On the 26th Mars will move into square with Venus and Neptune in Pisces and be there for a couple days.
So, this week thoughts can turn toward what we may aspire to converse about with one another that may wander into the realms of meaningful trajectory forward. The Moon conjunct Mars in Sagittarius can be an inspiration to embrace action oriented to expanding our perception of the larger container of awareness we are growing into. As the Sun moves into Square with Uranus we are reminded of how we might utilize the potential for tension in the air to awaken each other to humanities responsibility to all aspects of our global community. The square at the end of the week between Mars and the Venus/Neptune expression require us to look to Jupiter as the ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces. As the potential leader/king quality of Jupiter is working its way thru Capricorn it is serving as a reminder of integrity required in any leadership role. The energetic exploration by Mars of the larger context of all of reality must pay attention to the deepest zone of resonance that Pisces is tuning into and with Venus there others are required to harmonize this energy. The square indicates there are factors that require resolution here. The Neptune in this mix is a reminder of the vitality of the spiritual side of this equation and not to curtail our creative imagination. The Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” might be worth pondering as we set our intentions for this next lunation cycle, and perhaps a bit longer: (AQUARIUS 5°): A COUNCIL OF ANCESTORS IS SEEN IMPLEMENTING THE EFFORTS OF A YOUNG LEADER.
KEYNOTE: The Root foundation of past performances which power and sustain whatever decision is made in a crisis by an individual.
The whole past of mankind stands behind any individual effort, especially in times of critical decisions. The endeavor of the priests who built the California missions had behind it the whole past of Catholic proselytizing, i.e. the attempt to bring the “Good News” to all people of the Earth. Every individual is far more dependent upon the strength of his ancestors’ achievement or oppressed by their failures and lack of vision, than he usually believes. This can mean a hidden foundation of individual strength, or the inertia of a tradition unable to transcend its limited origins.
This is the last symbol in the sixty-first fivefold sequence. It suggests that in many situations RELIANCE UPON PRECEDENTS will enable the aspirant to greatness to tap the power of his deepest roots.
I would suggest careful embracing of this Sabian symbol interpretation. There are those who seek, in the ancestral portrayal, recent underpinnings of the systems in place. I might suggest tapping into an ancestral lineage that stretches from the ancient times and tuning into a loving and caring group of souls that while providing a resonance for us to tune into are seeking our participation in an unbroken line of ancestral hope that our descendants will appreciate and be very thankful for what it is we stand for.
Over the past 12 years we have seen Pluto enter Capricorn, Neptune move thru the last decan (10°) of Aquarius and into the middle of Pisces, and Uranus move from the middle of Pisces to the early degrees of Taurus. If we were to expand our view back to the beginning of this century we would discover that Uranus was in Aquarius. This paints a picture of each of the collective transformational planets having traveled in their own sign rulership over the past 20 years. Signatures of change have been in the winds and many have been considering the shifting of the Ages from Pisces to Aquarius. While I can’t recommend for anyone to be holding his or her breath on this, I would guarantee that it is under way. Our modern culture has painted scenarios of hard lines of separation between everything and the accelerated pace we seem to be moving at has folks expecting to perceive these abrupt changes occurring before their eyes. The Great Ages cover about 2000 years apiece. The energy shift from one to another can, and should, be perceived in a much more organic and lengthy scenario that plays out over hundreds of years. That being said, we are in the heart of this shift. Many of the old ways are being challenged as not appropriate for human sustainability. New ideas still smack of repackaged old terminology and many of our young perceive this. I bring this up because we are only 3 years away from Pluto shifting from Capricorn to Aquarius.
Pluto serves a function that can be seen as a reformulation of outmoded methods being offered the opportunity to resolve old issues by dying and providing space for the next new steps to start to unfold. Always the key to Pluto is death and rebirth. I recently listened to a podcast by a brilliant astrologer talking about this Pluto shift that is coming down the pike and preparing for the shift into the Aquarian zone of influence. Here is a link to tune into this if you’re so interested: https://www.astrologyuniversity.com/advice-for-a-new-generation-of-astrologers/
One of the factors about Capricorn and Aquarius is that they are both ruled by Saturn. Saturn has may handles and one is father time. I would suggest that time from the Capricorn frame of reference has a tendency to lean upon past performance as vital for current rules of the road. Aquarius, on the other hand, peers ahead along that same road to see what might be coming to embrace.
Pluto takes about 250 years to make the celestial circuit, which place us currently in the Pluto return from around 1770. And, while I am not saying that there might be a repetition of events similar to then we might be expecting now, it is worth pondering on where we are currently and if there might be matters we need to reconsider.
Traveling back thru time to around the 1760’s there is a certain restlessness stirring in the British colonies of North America. Pluto is near the middle of Capricorn and Uranus is making its way thru the early portion of Taurus. Saturn is setting up to oppose Pluto from Cancer. Cancer is essentially home. Capricorn, among other things, is the establishment of a set of rules to govern by. A growing tension was brewing between the colonial empire and the British rules and taxation. By 1773 a tipping point was reached and the Boston Tea Party transpired. “Taxation Without Representation” was the straw in this case. A grand trine was at work with the three outermost planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Even though Uranus had been discovered by our ancient ancestors it was not yet officially recognized as part of the celestial dance players. After all, it had only been a short while ago that the world had been described as flat.
War broke out to relinquish the British stranglehold upon the colonies. By 1776 we were granted freedom from our British overlords. Uranus had moved into Gemini during the battle stages of this break. Saturn had moved on to Libra and the lessons of dealing with each other were on the table. Neptune, though not yet discovered was traveling in lock step trine with Pluto from the Virgo region of the cosmos. Pluto was rebirthing some form of rulership to format our new nation and Neptune sought to ponder meaningful context. It is interesting to note that Virgo can indicate a form of subservience. In the ancient format this is not such a pretty picture. From the more current version of Virgo it should be recognized that while we are not all equal there is still something to be gleaned from spending time with one another in the learning experience. Mentorship is a more appropriate term to grasp the relationship of one to another these days. Though the participants in constructing the Declaration of Independence may not have been aware of these larger energies that trine aspect was at work in the formulation of words that would be appropriate for establishing the parameters required for our budding nation to move forward.
Celestial Chatter 1-13 to 19 2020
If I were to sum up this upcoming week it would be energy shifts happening. Uranus went direct on Saturday the 11th. Today Venus enters Pisces. On Thursday the 16th Mercury enters Aquarius. And at the very beginning of next week the Sun enters Aquarius on the 20th.
Uranus, after plodding along in retrograde since 8-12 last year, is once again headed forward. The Great Awakener or Prometheus, and often given the attribute of creating upheaval by suddenly changing direction, brings up questions related to matters of resource management or accumulation and if we are being stewards of this garden planet or not.
Venus has been excited to share comradery with many folks that are tuned into similar archetypal trajectories. This could have had the effect of meaningful interaction with each other as we gathered together to discuss things. Today she shifts into Pisces and the next level of energy to ponder is, just how do we bring those group/individual processes into alignment with the deeper and more profound meaning of life. This will involve a refinement of many things that while overtly helpful to allowing us to arrive here may or may not be as relevant if we are to set in motion a refined seed to be planted into the next new moment.
On Thursday Mercury, having stirred the pot in its out-of-bounds sojourn thru Capricorn, steps from the realm of past time into the avenue of future time, Aquarius. All those thoughts that seem to have weighed us down back along the way are up for review as we set our thinking into forward motion. While in Capricorn there were many matters that had to do with governance, that are currently under scrutiny. Now in Aquarius and back in bounds we are being tasked with group projects. And not just any groups, but those that matter to us as we gather with like-minded folk to accomplish or take care of things that may have been stirred up recently in the Capricorn field. As Mercury moves into Aquarius it begins to form a square with Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius and Mercury is the lower octave of that shared energy. While generally a square is not on the list of favorable aspects, we might just consider this one as creative tension for a couple of comrades. The question arises, “just what is the high road we, as a collective, might consider traveling that will leave a light footprint on the earth?”
The Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “An Astrological Mandala” for Mercury’s degree is rather unique to ponder: (AQUARIUS 3°): A DESERTER FROM THE NAVY.
KEYNOTE: The individual’s self realization through a crucial repudiation of a collective status which has become unbearable.
This symbol recalls the one for Scorpio 21° (SCORPIO 21°): OBEYING HIS CONSCIENCE, A SOLDIER RESISTS ORDERS., but the fact that actual “desertion” is emphasized and reference is made to “the Navy” suggests that the crisis symbolized here is one implying an irrevocable change of status. Man refuses to accept the type of cultural patterns derived from his society’s specific approach to local circumstances and to the universe as a whole, and in another sense, from its particular relationship to the all human collective Unconscious. (The Navy refers to the ocean, symbol of primordial and unconscious evolutionary forces.) He not only refuses to obey orders, he deliberately turns his back on his collective social status; he becomes an outcast, and through this decision he may definitely individualize his consciousness.
This is the third stage of the sixty-first fivefold sequence. Something with collective social value is being potentially destroyed, but nature is not the destroyer (as in the preceding symbol). Man, the individual, steps out of his bondage to collective patterns and ideals. He may thus i “find himself” by means of a sharp renunciation of his social birthright, ie. by a crucial process Of DESOCIALIZATION.
The Sabian symbol for Uranus’ position is kind of interesting as well: (TAURUS 3°): NATURAL STEPS LEAD TO A LAWN OF CLOVER IN BLOOM.
KEYNOTE: The gradual expansion of the individual consciousness after a fecundating experience.
Having been “activated” by electrical energy, the pure water of the mountain stream is able to fertilize the soil which covers itself with small blossoms. “Clover” however, is normally a symbol of the Triad (“Trinity”), and thus of the often mentioned “three natures” in man. To reach the flowering garden of mind, the consciousness must proceed by steps. Effort is needed. What is reached is a flowering display of the simple, quite humble kind, yet bees are after it for honey. There is sweetness and energy latent in the blossoms.
This is the third stage of the seventh five-fold sequence of phases. It is a stage at which one should seek with diligence and determination, but in humility and faith, to reach NATURAL FULFILLMENT.
In the two symbols for these two planetary positions you might sense certain factors ripe for being present within the current world circumstances. The solar orb that had Mercury casimi during the recent lunar eclipse will early next week move into this same square with Uranus. The Sun can be seen as vitality (the furnace of your being), spiritual fuel. It is the central energy field of the conscious domain. This is a powerful signature coming on the heals of the Capricorn part of the journey. Aquarius is the genius, humanitarian, inventor, reformer and sage.
On what may appear as a side note but very relevant, at least to me, is that I was born with my Moon out-of-bounds on this very same degree of Aquarius. I feel this energy signature coursing thru every part of my being these days.
So, enjoy this upcoming cycle of change this week and beyond.
Further thoughts on today’s lunar eclipse and the other players involved.
Now, let’s unpack that Pluto/Saturn dance move we are experiencing a bit further as it relates to the unfolding eclipse cycle. Because of the lunar eclipse occurring opposed to and so close to this conjunction, how are we to embrace the long-range changes that wait to be experienced? The crux of this particular planetary conversation transpiring could be sensed as beyond the normal ideas of change that would satisfy the status quo. That is the thing about change, while some may proclaim to welcome that, others cower in the dark corners of reality to avoid participation. I must remind you that this particular change scenario is not in the realm of optional. Saturn and Pluto can be referred to as heavy hitters. Transpiring in Capricorn the arena of authoritative, organized, conservative, structured, practical, ambitious, management of a means to an end, this is often assumed to be the stance of a governing body in any situation. Saturn is the natural ruler for this archetype and attempts to enforce rules it has established beyond which we are not welcomed to explore. Pluto, on the other hand, is about death and rebirth, change, regeneration, and potentially divine will. But being one of the outer planets, it is neutral yet can foster a sense of mission. As well Pluto can be seen as guarding the last gate in awareness, the path of immortality. It takes the lead in facilitating how this can be accomplished and is often compared to a composting process. Some may not tune in to the scenario of dying being followed by a rebirthing process. That is your choice, but it is the natural order of the life process. Consider your body for example, it wears out portions of itself that can be said to die and then are replaced with new tissue all the time. Is it really that much different than what a tree goes thru as the seasons unfold each year? It is the natural order. Throw this signature into a matrix that has to do with making large scale changes and one might expect to see some back pedaling by those who are extremely comfortable with the way things are.
One of the most trying factors that this current cycle is asking of us has to do with willingness to change. Therein lies the rub. The more willing, even if begrudgingly, to make changes, the less of a stress factor comes into play. How many of us when faced with making huge changes are going to baulk at leaving behind what was, to make room for a next phase? This is why so many see this impending shift as problematic and often this can be related to the bottom line or factors of an unknown nature to what lies ahead. Postponement is always an option up to a point. We are at, past or very near the point where the crest of this wave of change is going to sweep the deck clear to start anew.
While some may see this as potentially negative and bemoan the state of mankind currently, there are things that could result in quite dramatic and unique shifts that set in motion a new field of parameters that while seemingly tough will allow for a more beneficial future for everything, human and other. We are in the early and pioneering phase of correcting our footprint on earth. If I were to draw a graph for you to ponder it would have on one side competition and everything separate from everything else (that is a good description of the physical plain). Cause and effect would be only a theory. Cooperation would be a rare presence there. On the other side of the graph would be a vision of everything connected to everything else. Cause and effect would be included as part of the equation. Cooperation would flow everywhere. Clarification of the term competition is in order here. Not all competition is negative. There is such a thing a healthy competition as in sports events and many social games. Unhealthy competition could be recognized as having the effect that its effects include the potential death of opponents. In the money game played thru business and government scenarios there is often the resulting liquidation of those unable to afford being in the game as well as the degradation of areas where the raw materials required to produce what is being made for consumption are obtained from.
This is more than just a pipe dream. The current celestial conversation is asking if we want to participate? There will be those who absolutely will attempt to maintain a status quo as if nothing has changed. We must just love them and bless them but not support their direction. Now why would I offer them any kind of blessing? Remember the graph? On one side everything is connected and this includes the negative polarity, as a functional part of the whole, as we move on with the changes required to bring us once again back into harmony. The other side is motivated by control over situations and has minimal concern for casualties.
This is a mundane astrological contemplation. It is not so much of the local daily jibber jabber but is on the plate of everyone on the planet. Large cycles are shifting. The planetary beings really don’t care if humanity survives. They are just offering opinions that might awaken awareness within our ranks to perhaps strike off in a different direction. By the way, I am an anamist and recognize life presence in everything, and that is how I perceive the planets as beings able to communicate with each other and those of us with ears to hear.
Everything that exists is a form of energy vibrating at its unique pace. We are energy beings just as a cloud, a tree, a body of water, or a rock are. All energy is connected. From the grain of sand on a beach to the farthest reaches of the cosmos there is a fiber of connection that conjoins us. Our perception of this grid of energy takes time to develop but once recognized expands the band width of what we understand as the part in the whole we actually are here to play. Once we understand the connection we share with each other and everything, the rules of the game change quite radically. Since energy always exists and everything is an expression of energy, the core aspect of each of us has always existed and always will, and has an infinite variation in the forms we assume.
This may take a while to get used to as our cultural training has done little to prepare us for that level of responsibility. Imagine, if you will, recognizing that your thoughts have effects on what transpires all around you. Each time you get into a tissy-fit about situations you find yourself in what kinds of energy are you tuning into and releasing into the larger surround? Is the traffic getting in your way of being somewhere other than where you are? Are you suppose to be in a meeting to discuss whatever with whomever and would rather be enjoying some time alone? Any of these, and other, circumstances we encounter as we face our daily path might conjure up attitudes of, at the mild end, dislike or at the more extreme end hate. These are energy signatures that we are releasing into our world that are no less palpable than hitting something. Imagine the scenario where there are many folks compressed into any environment and projecting this negative polarity outward. They will all become on edge and the likelihood of a scuffle increases the longer they are in each other’s company. Part of this is an effect of our cultural training that withholds factors of honesty to express our discomfort with another and just let this sit and fester until the potential for an eruption can no longer be contained. Long before the eruption transpires there is an energetic rift in the air that likely is affecting a much larger arena than we are aware of.
This is where the energy work comes in. Tuning into those uncomfortable spaces we inhabit with one another is not always a pleasant part of being human. Yet, it exists. What might be a way to approach these scenarios that would be different than how we now do this? Perhaps an attitude adjustment that is best accomplished, not by your drug of choice, but by just simply breathing and tuning in to that energy being you actually are that is amazingly inclusive. Yes, traffic is extremely congested at the moment and you seem to be going nowhere. Breathe and tune into the connection you can offer outward into this scenario. If enough of us do this the tension potential for everyone involved lessens by degree. Instead of condemning your fellow travelers you may start to imagine ways to alleviate repeating the same old pattern.
When I was living in Japan the rush hour commute was not where you wanted to be. As a train would pull into the station there would be a rush to exit the doors of each car and an equal rush to pack back into them. They had pushers whose function was to shove as many into the train cars as possible. I would actually assist them with this and wait for the next train to arrive. Sometimes it took up to two passes thru the station before somewhat comfortably fitting into a train ride on to the next destination. It was what it was. Being much taller than most of the locals did have its advantages to easily reach the bars near the ceiling for support, though usually there were so many people heading the same direction that you could not fall over in the undulations of the lurching train cars in the sea of fellow travelers anyway. Call me unusual, and I will accept that, but I have always greeted the eye of fellow earth journeyers wherever I am with the recognition of “we are all bozos on this bus”. Some I sense recognize this reality and the upturned curl at the corner of their lips reflects this. These are moments of that potential shared energy we all possess but often ignore.
Today the eclipse takes place at 11:21 am PST. As I have already mentioned the level of potential change casts a long footprint. It just might be beneficial to recognize our present opportunity to plant seeds of consciousness that will eventually sprout into a new world order.
Celestial Chatter 1-6 to 1-12
Last week 2019 slipped over the western horizon as 2020 arose on the eastern horizon beckoning us to participate more robustly with each other. Each year in this middle phase of Capricorn we are tasked with fundamental perspective shifts to assist in creating a more hopeful world environment to thrive in. Capricorn is about effectively utilizing task lists to accomplish relevant ways to increase our foothold as we ascend toward the summit of whatever mountain we have chosen to climb. This is where many of the New Year’s resolutions are born. In our modern western culture many are attempting to reach the economic surface after the onslaught of purchases driven by the consumer machine to in some fashion reflect our concern for one another. While every year we succeed in accelerating our consumer-spending threshold into the stratosphere, are we really any better off with the increase in items cluttering our homes? Is there a community quotient that measures our capacity to be with one another more effectively and supersedes any price parameters?
This week begins with Saturn, the practical, limit setting, rule making, organizing principal of governance moves into 22° of Capricorn already occupied by Pluto whose function is to transform limitation, expose things that have been buried or hidden, and allow for the composting of that which is ready to begin the rebirthing process. The Sun as the organizing anchor around which everything rotates and is given life and vitality will be in sextile to Neptune today, Monday the 6th. This sets in motion a resonance to with our core awareness of source seeking to be included in any of the Capricorn dictates. The Sun will by the end of this week catch up with this Saturn/Pluto signature. But, just prior to this, on Friday the 10th the out-of-bounds Mercury will catch up with, on the far side of, the Sun at the same time as we experience the next lunar eclipse. Eclipses are about changes on a substantial scale. As this is across the Capricorn/Cancer axis one should tune in to the potential for energy shifts related to home/clan (Cancer) and business/career (Capricorn) matters to be in focus. Mercury casimi the Sun is a signature that can provide for unique ideas and conversation to be enhanced and worth paying attention to related to this full Moon eclipse.
Eclipses repeat on a return cycle very close to the same degrees every 19 years with another cycle near the half way position of these cycles on a parallel 19-year rotation. We are currently experiencing the south node cycle with the new Moons on that node. An eclipse has to do with making changes on a larger scale than we are used to. Since this is a Capricorn statement we are currently in and the gathering of so many planets there should be grasped as very significant. Many of the astrological community have referred to 2020 as being pivotal as Saturn and Pluto and Jupiter meeting all in Capricorn does not occur but every 500 to 1000 years. Therefore matters related to Capricorn are on the front burner so-to-speak. These are all big planetary signatures at work here and the relevance to shifts in cultures are on the table and we as members in this dance are vital participants in the writing of new paradigms that can stand the test of time.
On Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th Mercury will move across both Saturn and Pluto as it finally moves to back in-bounds Sunday. So it is still carrying much of the oob energy keeping the pot stirred in our perceptive realms about the big picture. It is Sunday the 12th when Saturn moves to partile (exact) conjunction with Pluto and at that time the Sun will be conjoined to both of them as well. If I were to say that the importance of this upcoming week should not be ignored, this is an understatement. There are matters afoot that seek resolution that will carry a long footprint into the future.
The Sabian symbol as interpreted by Dane Rudhyar in his “Astrological Mandala” for this degree of the zodiac may be worth a ponder.
(CAPRICORN 22nd °): A SOLDIER RECEIVING TWO AWARDS FOR BRAVERY IN COMBAT.
KEYNOTE: The reward offered by society for the fulfillment of individual responsibility.
The fact that “two” awards are emphasized makes us believe that this may refer subtly to the recognition by the community that, whether he succeeded or failed, an individual who discharged his duty nobly under unusual circumstances is entitled to the respect and appreciation of the collectivity he served so well. What is implied here is a constant give-and-take between society and the individual person. Each one should be able to trust the other.
This third symbol of the fifty-ninth fivefold sequence extracts, as it were, a common element from the two preceding scenes. The Keyword here is RECOMPENSE, i.e. a compensation for a well-done performance balancing of accounts.
There is, as one may surmise the requirement for each of us to step up to the plate.
A definition of “casimi” is in order for those of you not familiar with the term. This is from a very long time ago and refers to when a planet is on the very same degree as the Sun. Mercury accomplishes this during the week. When a planet is in this position they are given the opportunity to sit on the throne of the King and have all the access and responsibility of the King during that time. Since Mercury is how we think (perceive) and communicate (not just verbally) and it is oob (out-of-bounds), we are tasked with fabricating from a different and new point of view what are the most appropriate, though often unusual, ways to handle what if often seen in usual or common fashion. There is inspiration to be discovered when out from under the thumb of accepted rules (Saturn) and dictates (Sun). Tie this together with the eclipse cycle and we are in untested waters that will require some fortitude to maintain what we set in motion going forward.
Celestial Chatter end of 2019 and into 2020
12-30 to 1-5
There is a unique and likely spirited conversation transpiring between Mercury out-of-bounds (oob), Uranus and the Moon as the week opens up on Monday. All three bodies are at the early stages of there respective signs. Mercury and Uranus are said to be octaves of each other and since Mercury is oob the similarity of energy signature is quite close and relevant. The Moon forms a sextile from Pisces to each of these other two that are in trine to one another. So, if you sense a certain “aha” in the air on Monday, attempt to restrain from fitting what you perceive into any old formats.
Mercury moving from Sagittarius to Capricorn on Saturday is carrying with it what some may brand as outlandish ideas and quite easily stimulates Jupiter and its recent dance with the Sun and the solar eclipse having both recently come from the realms of far visioning Sagittarius. My sensing is that there are unique winds of change blowing that beckon us to step up to the plate and put our best foot forward with ideas that seek to bring people together rather than attempts to only focus on differences. I would add at this point the awareness that no matter who one thinks they are there is red blood flowing in the veins of every one of us. We all have hearts that act as pumps to deliver this life force to all our extremities and back. A not well-grasped energy equation is part of the heart story. From an energy perspective it has been observed by science that our brains give off an energetic field that extends to about 5 or so feet from the body. In the last number of years it has been, as well, observed that the energy field created by the heart is 50 to 100 times more potent than that of the brain. Our blood is in constant communication with all those around us all the time. What is it that your heart may be attempting to tell you that you are curtailing with too many thoughts (will)? It has been said that the journey from the head to the heart is one of the more challenging ones we undertake as a human being. I suspect this is because we are trained from a very early age to only trust what we can see and touch with our physical being and focus on differences rather than similarities.
As we drift thru the week we find on Tuesday (New Years Eve) the lunar/Neptune music playing tones that appear to come from somewhere else, and yet, is there a willingness to seek their source? From the deepest place in Pisces, Source beckons us to ask questions that are not easily answered with yes or no, but are of the essay type. Since we are still only a week past the recent solar eclipse new Moon in Capricorn and often the New Year is greeted with proclamations of what one hopes to accomplish the long-range effects of that particular new Moon and the changes it will entail are still on the table for focused attention.
There is a two-day window when Mercury still oob will be traveling in synch with Jupiter. This will be January 1st and 2nd. We are again being queried by a larger more inclusive presence to not think small.
As the 3rd arrives the connection from Mars to Pluto, that is an always thing, has an energy shift as Mars moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius. What are the deep investigations that Mars has stirred up while traveling in Scorpio that are now being placed before the council of elders to ponder as to their farther reaching potential? As you might fathom from the ongoing celestial conversation there is a dynamic Sagittarian flavor in much of what is being considered for us to not become too small with our direction setting. One of the reasons I will continue to emphasize this is that Saturn, as controller and rule setter of the zodiac, has been approaching Pluto for the last while and is now within a degree of this exact conjunction. On Monday of next week they will both occupy 22° of Capricorn even though it will not be until the 12th that they will occupy the same minute. Saturn in its own sign is no lightweight, but neither is Pluto. Pluto always attempts to uncover the hidden and to compost that discovered to assist in bringing about new life. There are things afoot that many are pondering about our modern cultural perspectives that have for a large part been under the structure of rules set down along the way that do not ring a tone of continued continuity for the human family at large. We are at a potential turning point in this journey we are on that has ramifications well beyond now.
On Saturday as the week draws to a close the Moon joins with Uranus in Taurus and we may feel certain restlessness about what we see as survival protocol. This touches our economic values, and our understanding about what true ownership actually entails from the perspective of stewardship.
Celestial Chatter 12-23 to 12-29
In going thru this week in anticipation of what we are to grasp about this next week’s message from our celestial compatriots, one word kept appearing in the ethers. Accomplishment. Capricorn is all about getting things done and often to the exclusion of much of the distraction the world so willingly throws at us. This next week we will have a solar eclipse on Christmas day, Mercury will be jumping into the fray with the rest of the Capricorn travelers at the end of the week.
As the hectic hustle and bustle of this week come to focus on Christmas we will be greeted by a solar eclipse in early Capricorn conjunct to Jupiter. Unlike most new Moon considerations eclipses tend to have a lingering effect on the process of what you decide to wish for or set in motion with your intentions. I have heard rumors of up to as much as 3-6 years. I am not going to debate this, as there are plenty of folks who have weighed in on this matter. I would suffice to say that there is most likely plenty of time to play out what you hope to accomplish. Perhaps the particular house where you have the 4° of Capricorn residing would be worth investing some investigation into with the longer range in view.
Just to add some spice to this, I will offer you the Sabian symbol from Dane Rudhyar’s “Astrological Mandala” for this degree to meditate upon in preparation for the next phase of this adventure. (CAPRICORN 5°): INDIANS ON THE WARPATH. WHILE SOME MEN ROW A WELL FILLED CANOE, OTHERS IN IT PERFORM A WAR DANCE.
KEYNOTE: The mobilization of physical and emotional energies in a spirit of conquest.
War is often undertaken mainly to mobilize the common will and avoid individualistic disintegration. The “Indian chief’ in the symbol for Capricorn I’ may find it convenient or necessary to arouse the war spirit, perhaps under a very slight provocation, in order to more firmly establish his authority. The scene presents an extremely dynamic situation. The group (or the nation) affirms its solidarity and unity of purpose by taking the offensive. The group life demands constant activity and challenges in order to remain healthy.
This is the last symbol of the fifty-fifth sequence. It suggests that AGGRESSIVENESS may be a necessary ingredient in the activation of the potential of growth inherent in any social group.
I found it interesting to look at the first few degrees of Capricorn from the Sabian perspective and found several mentions of indigenous preparation for events to come. There are a number of ways to portray what we may be in store for but suffice it to say we have work to do.
Saturn and Pluto are less than 2° apart and approaching their conjunction in early January at 22°. The take I have on the Sun arriving in Capricorn the other day is that here is the King arriving from his sojourn in Sagittarius with many far-reaching thoughts on what might be accomplished. Immediately there is the joining of forces with Jupiter who as well recently arrived from the realm of far reaching investigation of possibility. I don’t know if you can sense this or not, but there is some fresh wind in the idea department that has landed in the realm of attempting to accomplish things. Mercury, or how we fabricate our perceptions and words is still journeying thru Sagittarius and percolation of potential seeks audience.
Venus, having wended its way thru Capricorn is setting about the journey in Aquarius and there is an invitation being put forth for participation by others that may have unique input for why we are gathering together. I bring this up because the trine from Uranus in Taurus to this solar eclipse is receiving this Venusian message that those entrenched in dogma may receive feedback that these old paradigms have run their course and a fresh wind beckons a new awakening.
As this week draws to a close and preparations ensue for what is next Mercury entering Capricorn will also be trine to Uranus. Maybe I should have mentioned that on December 23rd Mercury goes out-of-bounds until January 12th. May I suggest entertaining a continued expansion of your mental investigation into areas considered off limits by a select few attempting to contain possibility within a narrow bandwidth.
From Wednesday to Friday the Moon will fly thru Capricorn and stir up our feeling realms to what is transpiring in the larger field of relevance. Do you feel or sense any yearning to embrace more of a familial or down home atmosphere that seems missing in the context of what is being offered us by those who sit in what they might refer to as positions of authority? Does the global story appear to be heading toward the betterment of humanity?
The next eclipse (lunar) will occur on January 10th. The Mercury, still out-of-bounds, will be in superior conjunction with the Sun (King). This eclipse season is bookmarked with the potential for some radical thinking beyond any limiting rules as to what is appropriate to the status quo. Also within the orb of this lunar eclipse will be Saturn and Pluto holding hands in their conjunction. My gut has been wrenching with many thoughts that are not making the conversations with Saturn do the happy dance as of late. I, as well, am hearing conversation amongst several of the other celestial players indicating it is time to ascend the Capricorn mountain a bit higher for some perspective alterations. There is more than a minor whisper of “INTEGRITY” seeking audience in the Capricorn dance these days.
Celestial Chatter 12-16 to 12-22
Each year our rotating ball we refer to as Earth attains its furthest distance from the Sun and the northern regions tilted as it were are in the clutches of winter. This week will be the winter solstice or the shortest daylight of the year and the Earth will see the Sun with the backdrop of Capricorn. Capricorn is a very busy place these days with four planets and the Moon’s south node there. Jupiter’s recent arrival here enhances opportunity for potential far-reaching goals to surface. Saturn as its ruling planet has been slowly working its way thru this region of the celestial dance for the past couple years and will early next year be joining with the even slower participant Pluto in this realm. Venus has just passed these two plodders last week and is preparing to stroll into Aquarius this week.
Let’s tune in and listen to what these celestial players are conversing about. Venus in its recent conversing with Saturn and Pluto while being out-of-bounds spun a tale of cleaning house in preparation for the arrival of the king (Sun). This may or may not have been received with applause by at least one of these heavy hitters. Jupiter’s yearlong visit here has been laying out the red carpet and attempting to assuage any ruffled feathers recent visitations may have sparked. Yesterday’s Jupiter/Uranus exact trine most likely will linger with unexpected events unfolding. Mars, in close conference with Pluto will be in sextile with Saturn on Wednesday this week and perhaps this might spark some giving ground to some recent excitement that is not Saturn’s strong suit. There are, from Saturn’s viewpoint, rules to be followed and some have not been overtly amenable to these dictates.
On Thursday Venus, now back in bounds, will shift into potentially unpredictable, eccentric Aquarius and the seeking of unique interchange with others is on the table. On Friday, as quick as a flash, the Moon will square both Saturn and Pluto from Libra and will be a reminder of the vitality offered by the other as part of any meaningful considerations. This will be enhanced by the sextile from the Moon to Mercury at the same time to speak effectively. The King is knocking at the door.
Saturday is the winter solstice and the King enters into the chambers of Capricorn around 9 pm that evening. Almost simultaneously Venus forms a partile square with Uranus from Aquarius to Taurus. Mars is only minutes away from a Sextile with Pluto. Saturn is attempting to hold it all together with great fortitude.
The King, having just arrived fresh form Sagittarius is awash in huge ideas and aspirations and ready to convene with the ruler of this aspect of the kingdom. Jupiter in close proximity and still conversing with Uranus who is as well whispering in the King’s ears. There are matters of fiscal responsibility that beg for some meaningful attention. The question arises of Saturn as to what is being done to address these issues. Two paths extend forward for Saturn to choose in this consideration. Are there rules strong enough in place to dictate the continuation of situations as they currently exist or is there a higher calling to seek a more inclusive perspective higher up on this Capricorn mountain?
As the end of the week arrives, the Moon conjuncts Mars as he sextiles Pluto. What do you see as energetically arising in that Capricornian realm? That Mars is providing ample energy for Pluto to dissolve much of the cover over any buried information it has discovered in its investigation process. The Moon in its waning phase is providing a level of insight and sensation that we each need to embrace at the potential edge of dynamic change.
So as you can see it is just another week in the saga of planetary conversation that we can choose to either participate with or ignore.
Celestial Chatter 12- 9 to 12-15
Saturn wavelength thoughts –
There is a process of observing the path a conversation transpires amongst the planets. This is referred to as the dispositor pattern. Using the modern rulers one looks to see what planet is the ruler of the sign that another planet is within. An example from the current planetary set up is Saturn, as the ruler of Capricorn, is in its own sign so is the final dispositor for all planets in Capricorn. This would be Pluto, Venus, and Jupiter. Jupiter is the dispositor for all planets in Sagittarius; the Sun and now Mercury. Venus would be the dispositor for Uranus in Taurus. Pluto would be the dispositor for Mars in Scorpio and so on. So looking at the current planetary conversation Saturn is the final dispositor for every planet except Neptune that is the final dispositor for Pisces where it currently is traveling. This makes Saturn the final, or ultimate, focus for most of the rest of the celestial dance currently under way. You can do this with your own chart to see the direction that energy flows for your own celestial pattern.
There is a gathering of clan members in the path that the Sun is heading for. Saturn is sensing a certain comradery as those in his zone of influence are theoretically able to pay him homage. But all is not as calm as he would hope for. Venus on her out-of bounds adventure is knocking in very close quarters to our Saturn (only a degree away). Why does she not obey what the rules that have been set down dictate is the acceptable path to follow when it comes to bringing people into the control zone?
Jupiter has just arrived in this Capricorn field recently and seems to be offering support to Pluto to stir things up by its relentless digging into matters that up to this point have been so well left alone and buried so effectively. What is the deal with everyone being so restless? Jupiter seems to be being egged on by Mercury having just entered Sagittarius and carrying messages for Pluto thru Jupiter’s relentless largess. I think they are in cahoots. And then there is that Mars in Scorpio; always stirring things up and in some way in very close connection with what Pluto is about.
The Sun will soon be joining me here in the king’s realm of Capricorn on the winter solstice. Yet, there appears to be a strong call to adventure and exploration that tunes into distant calls I cannot perceive. Jupiter appears to sense this resonance as well and beckons for Pluto to tune in here. Now, how is a being supposedly in control supposed to deal with all this tangential energy?
Yesterday the Moon was dancing with Uranus down in Taurus and for some reason this got Venus even more excited that she already is. Then there is Neptune, the only other planet not tuned into all this Saturn control function, yet seemingly oblivious to all else. The Sun coming out of a Square to Neptune seems to have had very little influence on the daydream space. Mars approaching a trine to Neptune by the end of this week and it is almost as if there is a undertone of energy that Pluto is getting excited about as if to inspire even more of this excavation and composting work it has been about for these past several years messing with all my plans.
Tomorrow, Tuesday the 10th, Venus will be upon me in its last couple days out-of-bounds. I hope I can hold everything together. I am the bones of this business and even they seem to vibrate to some rather unusual frequency that brings inklings of doubt to my plans. Then on Thursday, as if to add insult to injury Venus will be dancing with Pluto. I can only imagine. This is some preparation for the weekend. At least there may be some calm in the outworking as Venus comes back within the realms of control on Friday. If only Pluto wasn’t such a long-lived energy, then this Venus signature might not tend to linger as I suspect it will.
This week the Moon will oppose our great planetary dance from Scorpio to Aquarius, so I might just suspect that this lunar pull will distract many of us from this core message I have been trying to pull off as the ruler of Capricorn. Well, maybe the full Moon of Wednesday across the Gemini/Sagittarius axis might get folks a bit worked up and with any luck confused a little so I can cast a spell from my quincunx position to befuddle their plans.
Then there is the end of the weekend. On Sunday the 13th Uranus in retrograde forms an exact trine with Jupiter in early Taurus and Capricorn. If I play my cards right I can use this disruptive energy as an opportunity to bring the team back into the fold I have so carefully crafted for us all. Of course, it would be just my luck to kick off next week with Uranus as the Great Awakener disrupting this very scenario.
So, my fellow citizens of the earth realm, how much credence are you going to allow for Saturn to continue to try and call-the-shots. We are the ones that would be wise to tune into the wisdom features of Saturn and call forth for integrity to be the call of the day as we go forward.
Celestial Chatter 12-2 to 12-8
As I don the mantle of Jupiter and prepare to shift gears from my homeport of Sagittarius to the potential I am bringing to Capricorn, there are matters of substantial import that must be ferreted out for the greater benefit of the collective. Wherever I wander many are swayed by the sense of vastness that beckons one to be much more than was ever considered. How is it that I will successfully increase the merits of collective desire and not just the few who have assumed the helm?
As I pen these thoughts Jupiter is in the last minute of Sagittarius contemplating how to stretch awareness and not lose sight of practicality. Yes, we are still in the solar season of Sagittarius and yet I am standing at the threshold of the realm of responsibility for the caretaking of a society. My capacity for far reaching visionary excursions beyond known limits may only attempt to summit the mountain peaks of Capricorn or sail to the far shores of the known seas as I enter the realm of Saturn. I know that this will be a test of wills as at every turn there may be blocks placed in my path to infinity yet, somehow I trust that the hard exterior of this Saturn shell can be softened and made a bit more pliable. We are all, or each, standing at the precipice of a dynamic moment in his-story or her-story that will require the participation of every conceivable energy we can muster in the discovery of an united affront of a beast that has assumed control over how we could prosper as a human species and still not destroy or consume the ground upon which our survival depends.
And I, if I were made whole, will draw unto me all beings into an awareness of the vital signature we each share in the unfolding story of creation.
During this last year of journey across the fields of Sagittarius, I have been allowed to explore many avenues of awakened expression and the untold potential we have at our avail to transcend limiting views to what we can accomplish if we were to discover the connective fiber of our energy signature and requirement to share our deepest longings with one another. Now that I enter the realm where I will dance with Saturn’s lineage for the next year I am counting on our resilience as incarnate beings to work together as we may never have before done to facilitate a structure that will effectively see us thru many generations ahead.
As I glance down the not so long list of events happening this week I sometimes have to wonder what I am going to say. The major shift this week will be Jupiter moving from its home sign of Sagittarius into Capricorn. As the gathering of planets is from Scorpio to Capricorn there is a very focused bunch of energy within this tight framework. Then there is the Moon that keeps on trucking along and will be moving from Aquarius on towards Taurus by the end of the week. Yes, there are a number of Sextiles aspect-wise this week but I rarely mention them as they can slip by unnoticed most often. A sextile facilitates communication between the planets involved as they are usually in elements that work together well and it is half of a trine or the same elements.
Well, let us dive into the main shift of the season. Jupiter speaks to everything that leans toward expanding or enlarging things and seeks to facilitate a broader context to embrace. Capricorn, among other things, seeks to attain optimal facilitation of what it has at its avail. Now, what kind of an animal is a sea-goat? I would hazard a guess that there is more flexibility than most might guess, able to climb any mountain, fiord any sea, and lest we forget this is the sign of the organizing principle of many large institutions in modern society and that includes government.
There has been a dance transpiring in the Capricorn field for quite a number of years as Pluto, beginning around 2008, began its long trek thru this area of the heavens. Pluto, dubbed the lord of the underworld, has been plagued with more than minor bad press for a very long time. The affinity to Scorpio, an often misunderstood or minimally understood archetype, has not helped many of us to grasp many of the dynamic functions that Pluto actually brings to the table for us to live into. It is not the intention of Pluto to only bring challenging matters into the life experience. Part of the issue has been a human penchant to not, or minimally; accept responsibility for our actions and the resulting effects. This has led to Pluto being a scapegoat to lay blame upon when we are brought up short of our expectations. Perhaps it is the expectations that we have been led to follow that are not as realistic as we had been led to believe. Pluto is an energy signature that exists seemingly far away so has been taken advantage of by many who do not quite sense its potency and given a dark list of characteristics. Would you be surprised to be able to sit down with Pluto and have a conversation? Yes, I can feel the shudder pass thru the gathered attendees. There are many titles given to the lord of the underworld; Satan, Devil, and Pluto, but the one I want to bring to your attention is Lucifer. Lucifer translates as the bearer of light. One of the functions of Pluto is that of composting. This is where items are piled to decay and turn back into soil to nurture future growth. This process involves the work of turning the compost and soil mix over regularly and exposing it to air to keep it alive. One thing that is often overlooked in the Pluto function is that its affinity for the deep, dark realms means that it can dig down into the earth (or any substance that has been left to sit for possibly too long) and turn it over or bring the buried items, substances, issues, etc. up to the surface for some airing. This is the tricky part as there are many things that have been buried deliberately from most of us that Pluto has been exposing, often for the very first time to the general public. Oh the underworld has been such a convenient place to park things under the so-called protection of beasts to keep us unaware.
It was 11 years ago that Pluto first began to tread into this Capricorn realm and 12 years ago when Jupiter last graced this field with expansive awareness. Since Pluto takes about 250 or so years to make the celestial circuit and Jupiter gets to do this ever 12 years it has been quite a long time since these two accompanied each other here. Last time this occurred was back in the time of this nation attempting to correct some rather challenging human rights issues we are still not quite up to speed on. The more interesting part is the addition of Saturn to the pot. Ruler of Capricorn and tasked with setting up rules to live by we are currently being asked to ponder on the effectiveness of our societal rule structure. These are unprecedented times. Saturn has been traveling thru Capricorn for the last couple years and being used by the powers that think they are in control to make sure that we the subjects of this system remain unaware of the buried elements that have kept a select few in positions of control over us. Pluto has been working diligently to expose factors that have been hidden from us. Can you sense a certain conflict developing here?
Enter Jupiter later today and the plot gets a twist, or is that an uptick ingredient to the stew being made. My take here is that Pluto is getting an ally to assist in the exposure process. You just have to know that those utilizing Saturn’s restrictive nature are going to be inventing many an excuse to keep us bamboozled as they sock away as much resource as they can while they still can. I would invite you to tag along on the coattails of Jupiter as we gather momentum in the Capricorn field and see what unfolds. I might suggest that “seeing” is an active verb and will require substantial input form all of us as we gather together to grab the rudder to this human angle of Earth-ship and steer our way into a brighter future.
When Jupiter enters Capricorn we will have a stellium with Venus, Saturn, Pluto and the Moon’s south node. Today Mars if forming a sextile to Venus at 8° from Scorpio to Capricorn. Energy is deep and penetrating being offered in the realm of visual arts and meaningful human interaction. Mercury, as well in Scorpio, is forming a sextile with Pluto. Communication is not meant to be just a surface experience but penetrate to the heart of what matters.
I know this is a bit longer than usual but we are on the edge of unique flavoring these days that require us to grasp matters that are not generally common to all of us. I am glad you are traveling along with the planetary beings as they express thru me, for we have work to do together.
Art of Intention Setting
While this is focused on the lunar cycle we experience on a monthly basis, it may be applied to various other venues.
The key word is “Intention”. Similar to perceiving any issue one needs to have a fairly wide net to gather the factors involved. If one were to predetermine the outcome of an experience it is likely that you will be either very surprised at what shows up and or disappointed by the results. The same can be said for the art of setting an intention. If you, in some fashion, are holding a particular end goal in mind when formatting your intention you are likely to have either of the above-mentioned results. Lets look at some examples.
Let us say that the new moon, currently in Sagittarius, is in your 7th house. It is 7th house so I could set my goal of forming some kind of relationship, maybe even the ideal life quest one. That is a lot to aim for, and while I am not trying to dissuade you from achieving this lofty goal, perhaps you should consider what you might do in your world to make the room for something along these lines to manifest. While this may not seem to be what you are attempting to bring to pass, relationship is at least a two-way street requiring common ground to be reached. Are there matters of how you engage with other people that may need to be refined and how might this be accomplished? Though that may not seem like the goal you had in mind it just may prove a vital step in that direction.
Another consideration may involve the current Sagittarius new Moon taking place in your 3rd house of communication and perception. Instead of setting you goal to write your thesis on whatever you are writing it on you might consider broadening your scope of inquiry into alternatives to your theory and set that in the intention category and be equally surprised by the breadth of perspective this brings to your considerations.
Basically, in our fast paced goal oriented culture where we seem to be faced at every turn with options to accelerate getting what we have been told we want, perhaps there are small, but meaningful, steps we can successfully set as options to ponder in each cycle we are considering.
My own pondering for this current Sagittarius new Moon in my 9th house and conjunct my natal Chiron could spur me to determine how to set up a healing platform to invite others to come from far and wide to discover how they can initiate their own healing process. I, however, have determined it would be most effective to focus on radiating the love and light that sees everyone in their perfection just as they are, and if it should happen that some may seek out how it seems they are being affected just by making contact with me we will consider delving as required into their particular situation. So, while, this idea has been rolling around and growing steadily for quite some time I can’t really say that the goal or end result has gelled to anything formal. I am on my journey.
Celestial Chatter for 11-24 to 12-1 Periodically I get inspired to offer a video of the weekly chatter and do so on one of my facebook pages. If you want to view this go to https://www.facebook.com/Astroshapeshifter/?eid=ARDwaJzd5rTDH96W_0flyyCqWqwz6idxwycdUR9iGDcauAcTQwSmkmwkKGrv-Mk95V-ScWvTQCBgmu09.
Celestial Chatter 11- 18 to 24
As I sit down today for my weekly planetary powwow, we wondered if any others might actually do similar meetings… Several things were brought to my attention. Strong emphasis in the area of the celestial surround including Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn were where most of the moving energy was transpiring. Mars was jumping up and down with anticipation as it prepared to slide on into Scorpio, The Sun seemed to be reflecting on how effective he had been at awakening folks to participation in the deep and penetrating presence of their Scorpio parts as he prepared for the shift into the wide open realms of opportunity in Sagittarius. Not to be lost in the confusion of how we gather our thoughts Mercury was nearing its station back to direct motion. And there, gracing each evening just after sunset Venus was sneaking up on Jupiter to enjoy the creation of a spectacular light show spawned by the reflection of that solar orb we pay homage to for offering us life. And there, zipping along its merry way was the Moon that will move thru Leo, Virgo and Libra this week and into Scorpio in preparation for the next lunar cycle beginning next week in Sagittarius. To the backdrop of our all too human preparation for the U.S. Thanksgiving and the ever presence of seasonal music accompanying purchase mania being pushed at every turn, there is the underlying Saturn/Plutonic impulse to in some fashion transform our headlong trajectory toward undeniable destruction that is like a tug-of-war being waged from the Capricorn impulse to make meaningful changes while still consuming ourselves out of existence. Venus has just brought to my attention that since November 12th is has been traveling out-of-bounds (oob) and will until about December 13th. Perhaps you may have taken notice of some rather peculiar social energies when it comes to how we engage with each other that may have appeared a bit over the top, or at least extended beyond what we thought were acceptable protocols.
Wow! Just another week in the celestial mix to unpack here. Let’s start with Venus, as it has been ongoing for a bit. Being in Sagittarius there is always a seeking for a most expansive arena of participation. Being egged on by Mars as it moved thru Libra taking chances is likely to be sensed. On Tuesday this week Mars will shift into its traditional rulership sign of Scorpio and may not necessarily be striving to instill adventure into the already oob Venus. Yet at the same time Venus is moving closer and closer to Jupiter, as well in Sagittarius, and you don’t often see Jupiter attempting to slow down the exploration department. Enjoy the evening show of these two if the weather where you are allows for this. They will be close in declination or the distance above or below the ecliptic. In this case it is below the ecliptic at -22° and -24° declination. So, this will be low on the horizon. They will have the backdrop of the Milky Way as they approach the Galactic Center (dark spot in the center of the MW. Perhaps this may amp up an already excited pairing of the two Benefics.
As mentioned above Mars will once again after 2.4 years enter into its traditional homeport of Scorpio. Picture, if you will, an energetic youngster that has just spent a short season in the arena of what it could possibly mean to engage in the field of relationship (Libra). Now Scorpio is the ramification of what may be possible as off spins of where relationship may travel. Here is the field of intimacy, and intensity, as well the seeking and discovery realm of investigation. I will let you fill in possibility here. Remember Mars is about action and impulse and this does not always play out as freely as Mars would aim for while in Libra. Also the energies of one sign always build onto the sign before it.
As the workweek draws to a close on Friday the Sun will shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius as a new celestial month begins. Depending on what the ramifications of your Scorpio journey when Sagittarius arrives into focus there opens a vista of opportunity to explore, travel, and exchange ideas of a large nature with others. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius is still there, even if at the other end of the sign, and this potentially can lead to an uptick in energy available for Sagittarian adventure and philosophizing. The oob Venus in the mix begs for the requirement of others to participate.
Lest we should forget that on Wednesday of the week Mercury will stop apparently moving backwards and once again resume it forward trajectory around the Sun while still in Scorpio. This recent 3 week retrograde adventure in the land of Scorpio might have provided a unique opportunity to investigate matters that are not generally considered the most acceptable areas of discovery. This is mostly because folks do not realize the ever present, but not accepted, resonant frequency we all are part of. This can be seen, and often is, as the realm of taboo. In a way it is unfortunate that certain levels of human interaction have been painted with miss-colored overlays of information designed to in some fashion keep us subservient to rules that may or may not benefit a small minded select group that feign concern for us. What may your adventures of this Mercury retrograde in Scorpio have stimulated you to investigate?
As the weekend unfolds the Moon will be moving thru Libra and into Scorpio. On next Sunday it will cross over Mars as it approaches Mercury in Scorpio. The Moon can bring feelings to the surface so, ponder on the offerings for this weeks celestial chatter and see where you are in the spectrum of possibility as to how you will play this lunar dance. By the way Mars will exactly oppose Uranus retrograde in Taurus this next Sunday so if your seatbelt is not fastened securely you may find yourself spun suddenly into what might be termed some passionate interchange with others.
Celestial Chatter for week 11-11 to 17
Monday arrives and with the occultation of Mercury to the Sun. This is when a planet (Venus or Mercury) crosses the face of the Sun. Another term in this case is Casimi or being given the gift of sitting on the throne of the King. This is a very advantage, although short lived time frame from our earth perspective. On Tuesday very early in the morning will be the next full Moon. There is a square aspect that forms on the 13th from Venus in Sagittarius to Neptune in Pisces. As this week unfolds the Moon makes aspects to almost every planet with a particularly strong connection on the 12th while moving thru Taurus.
Here are a couple Sabian symbols to meditate upon. First for the Mercury Casimi Sun: (SCORPIO 20°): A WOMAN DRAWS AWAY TWO DARK CURTAINS CLOSING THE ENTRANCE TO A SACRED PATHWAY.
KEYNOTE: The revelation to the human consciousness of what lies beyond dualistic knowledge.
The “Woman within”, the faith that is rooted in the deepest intuitions of the soul, is seen here as the hierophant unveiling the realities which the either or, pro and con mind of man alone cannot perceive. The path to the mystic’s “unitive life” is opened up once the darkness of fear, egocentricity and dualistic morality is removed.
This is the last symbol of the forty-sixth five-fold sequence. It reveals what a positive reliance upon faith and intuition can bring about. Courage is needed to go through the veiling darkness, the courage to venture beyond the familiar and the traditionally known, to PLUNGE AHEAD INTO THE UNKNOWN.
The next is the Sabian symbol for the full Moon: (TAURUS 20°): WISPS OF WINGLIKE CLOUDS STREAMING ACROSS THE SKY.
KEYNOTE: The awareness of spiritual forces at work.
Any emergence of life potentialities from the depth of the vast Unconscious is answered by the spiritual activity of super conscious forces in a cosmic kind of antiphony. The individual who has taken a new step in his evolution should look for the “Signature” of divine Powers confirming his progress. It may reveal the meaning of what is to come next. The “wing like clouds” may also symbolize the presence of celestial beings (devas, an-gels) blessing and subtly revealing the direction to take, the direction of “the wind” of destiny.
This is the fifth stage of the tenth five-fold sequence. It concludes a process, having experienced which the individual should find himself more securely established in his own original nature, receiving the BLESSINGS of super-natural forces.
Mercury still dancing in retrograde thru the week beckons us to choose our words and thoughts cautiously. There is indeed an invitation to investigate rather profound levels of awareness as symbolized by the conjunction with the Sun Sabian symbol indicates. While the general tendency of Mercury is to blurt out what is being thought about this may not be the time to do this.
I have been relatively busy for the past few weeks and so my astro offerings have been held at bay. Once I managed to shake off the post Costa Rica bronchial condition there was a weather window where I had to take advantage of milling up some cedar logs. Once this was accomplished I realized it would be a good thing to build a solar kiln to dry the wood for use. This is the first chance I have had to sit down at the computer for a couple weeks for any length of time.
Celestial Chatter 9-30 to 10-13
I am going to consider the next two weeks today, as I will be in Costa Rica next week. Since we just experienced the new Moon in Libra on Saturday we are heading for the full Moon in Aries on Sunday the 13th. This is known as the waxing phase of the lunar cycle so should fall provide you with clear weather you will notice the increasing Moon orb growing from the right side from the sliver it is now to its full glory. This occurs in the signs of the zodiac occupying the arena of the collective from Libra around to Pisces. From the mundane perspective there are many factors we might sense more immediately related to how we as a culture are performing. Depending on where these signs fall in your chart your mileage may vary. Since nothing every really stands still we might sense the ongoing shift of energy as we currently do the Libra dance with each other but at the same time feel the ramifications of what partnership matters might evolve into in Scorpio. I say this because in the next couple weeks both Mercury and Venus will be shifting into Scorpio. Mars the traditional ruler of Scorpio will culminate its journey thru Virgo and enter Libra once again reminding us that there can be some rather intense outcrops of what is possible when we willingly engage with one another in the realms of partnership. Pluto the modern ruler of Scorpio will go direct on Oct. 2nd and trudge on toward its inevitable meeting with Saturn on Jan. 12th 2020 still in Capricorn. Everyone is talking about this conjunction as it will include the Sun and Mercury. I will be covering this more later. To grasp the slow movement of Pluto currently at 20° Capricorn will only have moved to 22° by then.
During this next couple weeks Venus in Libra will square Pluto (actually today) as will the Sun on the 13th at the same time as the full Moon. In route to this the Sun will also square Saturn on Monday the 7th. Now many shudder in their boots at the prospect of Squares and oppositions due to their penchant for challenging moments as spelled out by traditional astrological texts. Part of the trepidation stems from the elemental variance of the squares and oppositions. 90° from any sign is another sign that is of an element that does not readily relate to where another planet is traveling. Examples are water and fire elements do not easily coexist in similar zones of influence. The same could be said for air and earth elements. Libra is air and these are the cerebral and vocal elements, and Capricorn is Earth where structure and form reign supreme. Where the issues arise with the current squares is that Venus as ruler of Libra seeks to harmonize how we get along with one another and Pluto in Capricorn is about composting any matters that have outlived their usefulness. You, perhaps, can sense how this may play out in the realm of interpersonal space. Those that are on the fence about what they represent will be challenged because they are not clear in themselves. So you might perceive that it is not the square that is the issue so much as it is the attitude we portray as out expression of understanding the larger picture we inhabit related to these energies. I am focusing in on this Square issue to bring our awareness to what is our attitude about them when they occur?
So lets wander thru the next couple weeks and see how things unfold. Today 9-30 Venus is square Pluto and we have given you some hints on how this can be played with. On Wednesday the 2nd Pluto stations to direct and any of the refining process Pluto has been attempting to make sure we are paying attention to what we may have missed as opportunity to compost something that is no longer beneficial to hang onto is now going forward with considering what is next. By the way this may exist in the realm of relationship as it is square to Libra. On Thursday the 3rd Mercury enters the Scorpio zone and how we organize our thoughts is being invited to penetrate below the surface level of things. ON Friday the 4th Mars enters Libra and the field of how we engage with one another is receiving a jolt of energy. For something a bit different, on Sunday the 6th Mercury will oppose its higher octave Uranus retrograde across the Scorpio/Taurus axis. Uranus can be perceived as the “Great Awakener” or Prometheus and occasionally the requirement of shaking things up is required in order to make us aware that we need to awaken to something other than we might be aware of. You have to ask yourself with Venus ruler of Taurus where Uranus is and still in Libra what kind of things do you think that Uranus may be wanting to shake up in order to clear our eyes or mind of what may be distracting us from meaningful direction change?
Okay, we made it thru the first of the two weeks. Now, Monday the7th the Sun squares Saturn again from the Libra to the Capricorn realms. Libra is partnership, Capricorn is the organizing principle, and Saturn relates to the rules and lesson plan. What kinds of matters could arise that may be an invitation for meaningful partner matters to be effective agents in the larger field of formulating rules to live by that will have longevity? Tuesday roles around and Venus enters the zone of Scorpio. The arena of partnership has just graduated into the zone of effects that develop from getting together with others. Since Mars is currently in Libra there is some resonance at work to fill out these ponderings. One way this could play out is that intensity may develop in interpersonal space to be aware of and Mars in Libra in energizing this. Where could that lead? A Saturday the 12th draws to a close Venus opposes Uranus. Still as the ruler of Taurus Venus now has a bit more investigative ponderings to feed to the Uranus awakening process. Perhaps the ramifications of shared resources (Scorpio/8th house) are being scrutinized a bit more thoroughly.
The week concludes with both the Sun square Pluto at 20° and the full Moon in Aries 20°. This is a T-square with Pluto at the apex. Mars the ruler of Aries in visiting Libra currently so there may be some tense energy in the air on this full Moon. I would be understating the potential for passionate interplay to not be on the table but, I would advise caution as the Plutonian signature often spells something that may be dying or passing away to make room for its next rebirthing process. You just need to ask yourself if you can effectively engage at an intimate level with another sensing that it may not have longevity in its current form.
Here is the Sabian symbol for the full Moon to throw into your pipe and ponder: (ARIES 21°): A PUGILIST ENTERS THE RING.
KEYNOTE., The release and glorification of social aggressiveness.
Here we find potency glorified as muscular strength and will-to-power. Because it is potency operating at a harshly competitive level, it can and often does imply the possibility of defeat or disfiguration. in one sense the symbol translates into social terms the primordial struggle for survival of the fittest, adding to it an eagerness for social fame and social power (i.e. money). In another sense, the ring with two fighters in it can be referred to the Tai Chi symbol and the interplay between Yang and Yin. Each of the two types of energy wins in turn. Victory is always temporary in a dualistic world.
This is the first stage of the fifth fivefold sequence of cyclic phases. Potency and the twofold possibilities inherent in any release of power are seen operating at the socio-cultural and emotional level. The symbol reveals man’s deeply rooted feeling of admiration and envy for whoever can generate OVERWHELMING POWER.
Here is the Sabian symbol for where Pluto will continue to be hanging out for some time:
(CAPRICORN 21°): A RELAY RACE.
KEYNOTE: The value of competition in developing group consciousness.
Here we are no longer dealing with competition between individuals, but with competition between groups of individuals who take turns successively in order to maximize the group effort and the possibility of outstanding results. The whole of civilization is a vast kind of relay race in which groups of people and generations carry the torch of what we call “progress.” Major achievements result from the sum total of human strivings.
This first symbol of the fifty-ninth sequence stresses one especially dynamic aspect of “group performance.” Wherever this symbol appears, it emphasizes the value of group cooperation and of necessary give-and-take. One must seek to relate and adjust one’s strength to the challenge presented by competitors in DYNAMIC INTERCHANGE.
Just for some more to ponder upon here is the Sabian symbol for the Sun in this full Moon moment:
(LIBRA 21°): A SUNDAY CROWD ENJOYING THE BEACH.
KEYNOTE: A revivifying contact with the Mother-force of nature and of social togetherness.
The sea is the vast matrix from which living organisms originally
emerged. It also symbolizes the collective Unconscious, the “matricial” envelope of the biosphere within which consciousness takes individualized forms. The consciousness of human beings is given specific form by the culture in which they live and the particular occupations they carry on in everyday work. But it is very good and healthful for their minds to become revitalized by collective experiences and deep feelings of undifferentiated unity as they merge in the vast refreshment of the planetary “Mother” where “she” is most dynamic, unlimited and unconfined by boundaries.
At this first stage of the forty-first five-fold sequence of symbols we see the foundation on which coming developments will be based. It is in a sense a biodynamic foundation, but it reaches beyond even the biosphere to what in all cosmic types of organization is the Mother principle-for instance, galactic Space. We may speak here of OCEANIC FEELING, born of attunement to the most basic rhythms of existence, at whatever level it might be.
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).