In April 2014, expect evolutionary breakthroughs and important events.
'Autumn - Sonoma County', 78 x 32", by Janet Windsor
The Virgo/Pisces full moon on March 16th was in a close square to the Galactic Centre at 27˚ Sagittarius, the heart of the Milky Way. Any alignment with the Galactic Centre provides tremendous energetic support for releasing old belief systems which have held us back from being on track with the expression of our essential selves. The opportunity was available for us to detach from our emotional reactions and spinning thoughts, and sit back as the impartial observer noticing that the power of that is so much more sustaining than the transitory dramas and events unfolding in our daily lives. At this stage Jupiter in Cancer is still moving into its square to Uranus in Aries and is giving momentum to the restless impartial and objective awareness that must precede the release of old beliefs and paradigms.
These signs portend that a lot of release could happen, and the unraveling of outmoded behaviors and reactions to our unfolding revolution in consciousness. I have heard from many friends and students that they felt a shift, like the freedom of seeing things in a fresh way has arrived or is at least palpable now.
As I write I can feel the collective emotional sphere growing thick and deep as the Moon enters Scorpio and we are confronted by our need for control, tempered by a watery grand trine with Mercury and Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer, we get a sense of the whole and our part in it, how much can we give and receive. If we allow ourselves to go beyond the rational and into the mystery as a form of reality, we will be able to accept that things are not always as they seem to the logical linear mind. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is reminding us that not everything can be so easily explained.
These were the conditions present as we entered into the new astrological year on Friday morning (AEST), the Sun went into Aries and the Zodiac life cycle starts up again. The dark side of Aries is impatience, selfishness and insensitivity, but Aries is also the initiator, the pioneer who reminds us to be living in the present, free to create a more exciting and relevant future. Mars, the ruler of Aries is retrograde in Libra (until 20th May 2014), and tempers the usual forthright assertiveness of Aries which is already being somewhat softened by the watery trines, and Libra’s love of peace, which may be just as well with the trouble that’s brewing with Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
The New Moon on March 31st ~ 10˚Aries will be the catalyst for the important Grand Square of Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars which occurs between 20-23rd April. (* see reference below)
We will start sensing the upheavals being predicted by many astrologers at present, whether they’re sociological or seismic, there will be more of the shaking up which we’re becoming used to from the powerful square between Uranus and Pluto which started in 2012. The New Moon here is conjunct Uranus, and square Pluto and Jupiter. Mercury, Chiron and the Path of Fortune in Pisces are sitting on the ascendant for the new moon (5:48am AEDT), which I think will mean old issues to do with communications (or the lack thereof) will be brought up, and new information will release previously delicate matters for them to be brought up to the surface and integrated. It is an Aries New Moon afterall, so a good time to initiate new beginnings, allow your vision to cut forward into new territory.
On April 15th there will be a total Lunar Eclipse (5:45pm AEDT), visible along the East Coast of Australia if there is no cloud cover, at 25˚ Libra. Here there are quite a few oppositions amongst the Asteroids Vesta, Ceres and Juno, suggesting there could be issues and or awakenings for women and women’s issues. Also this Full Moon is closely connected to the Moon’s North and South Nodes, which means we could draw on some of our deeper DNA knowling and work within our souls to move forward into the new world.
The day when the big Cardinal Cross (*) will be closest is on April 22, at 13˚ of Cardinals, those people born in Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn at around 3rd or 4th April, July, October and January will be most powerfully affected by this, although we’ll all experience a revolution on some level, as the struggles for power, the breaking down of old world institutions and the status quo, personal and collective breakthroughs, the willingness and courage to try new things continues on its trajectory. This time with Mars and Jupiter involved with the Uranus/Pluto square, and the affects could be direct and expansive. Hold onto your hats!
In the midst of the Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter T-Square on the 29th April, a rare Annular Solar eclipse (A solar eclipse in which the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun.) at 4:17 pm (AEDT) and at 9˚ Taurus, should also be visible depending on how clear the sky is. This Full Moon will keep the energy going of the Uranus/Pluto square, amplifying the effects, as does Jupiter who is still within orb.
April 2014 is a very big month in our cosmic neighbourhood, astrologers have been talking about it for years. The revolution in consciousness is coming to a head, and big events politically, sociologically and/or seismically are being predicted. If you’ve been clearing the decks of outworn beliefs, and debris from you past, you will be able to take on board the possibility of evolutionary awakenings and movements towards our new Earth (if you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The New Earth’, do read it now!)
My take on the sign Aquarius
People say that all the signs have their good and bad qualities, and that one shouldn’t make qualitative statements about them. But I have to say that after studying, teaching and using Astrology as a tool for self-enquiry and development for nearly forty years, Aquarius is my favorite sign! And here is why: Aquarius is the humanitarian revolutionary who keeps all the other signs awake and on their toes. The catch phrase for Aquarius is: “I know”. This is because knowledge is a tool for the betterment of humanity, and Aquarius has an innate knowing sense.
Ruled by the planet Uranus, the planet of revolution, innovation, futuristic vision, genius (and yes, ‘madness’) Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so even though it enlightens us with enthusiasm (from the Greek enthousiasmos, to be inspired by a God) and de-light, natural intelligence and sense of adventure, it is able to powerfully concentrate and focus its energy onto a goal or outcome for the greater good of all beings. In old Astrology, before Uranus was discovered in 1781 (the same time as electricity), Saturn was the ruler of Aquarius while it co-ruled Capricorn. I believe that the taciturn economic and disciplined ways of Saturn are still in play in Aquarius. This means that all the idealism and enthusiasm is grounded in practical down-to-earth action, that doesn’t get blown away by flamboyant ego displays or corrupted by expressions of pride.
Aquarius often finds itself the ‘right face, in the right place, at the right time.’ It seems to naturally gravitate to the best situations and circumstances.
Having said all of these wonderful things about Aquarius, I have to say, that Aquarius struggles with intimacy and one-to-one relationships. It is everybody’s best friend, but is out-on-a-limb when it comes to relating to a significant other. This is because it deeply cares about the brotherhood of all mankind more than the nearest and dearests.
Ofcourse in describing an Astrological sign in this way, I am not necessarily describing people who have their Sun in Aquarius, although mostly they will be able to identify with some, if not all of these qualities. We all have all the signs in us, some of them will dominate more that others. Aquarius represents a facet of expression I find the most developed and sustainable especially as we enter into the Age of Aquarius. (more about that in another article soon)
This is an important time for the Aquarian side of life, and this is because of the ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which we will go on being part of all this year and into 2015. This is the revolution of consciousness and the breaking down of the status quo as well as many outworn belief systems and modis operandi. The violent wars and turbulent natural disasters we are witnessing and participating in have a Uranus/Pluto 'feel' about them. The fires of transformation wielding great inroads into human consciousness, opening it up for the New Earth Eckhart Tolle talks about in his great book. The Aquarian Age of Enlightenment, where we all intrinsically know we are One, all part of the living breathing organism known as life on Earth.
Heralding February is the Super new Moon on January 30th in Aquarius which you can use to allow yourself to dream in and manifest goals or outcomes you feel the most enthusiastic about.
Mercury will go retrograde on February 6th until 28th. It will go into Aquarius, a much more pragmatic place for it than the dreamy poetic Pisces, on February 14th.
The most important transit is Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn, with Venus within one degree of Pluto, on January 31st. We are still deeply questioning our values and beliefs, and there could be some secret uses and misuses of power which we become part of, or aware of in others. With our personal lives Venus is so close to this opposition, we will need to come from a place of love and receptivity, just listening quietly, instead of imposing what we think is correct through manipulation or domination. Under this transit there have to be some losses, so that gains can be made and the regeneration of the truth can be facilitated. After this Jupiter will sit on a square to Uranus until March 6th when it will also go direct and start moving through Cancer at its usual faster pace. This relationship between Jupiter and Uranus, can bring a lot of release and relief to the pressure which has been building up with the Uranus/Pluto square. Surprising situations and innovative resolutions will bring movement and change.
Happy New Year!
May all your dreams be manifested
We’re in for a rapidly shifting and turbulent or exciting 2014, which gets its catalyst to begin the roller coaster ride on 1st January with the Capricorn new moon, the year’s first Supermoon, and a trigger point for the revolutionary Uranus/Pluto trajectory we find ourselves part of until 2015.
The new moon in Capricorn is accompanied by Mercury and Pluto as one of the corners of a Cardinal grand cross of: Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Aries. (very closely associated to each other until January 15th)
The Cardinal signs are about action and moving forward, and Capricorn being the Earth sign in this quadrant is about manifesting. Traditionally depicted as the goat with a fish’s tail, climbing one-step-at-a-time up the mountain, the fish’s tail keeping it immersed in the collective psyche and dreaming, the ‘ocean’ of our collective consciousness. Capricorns are not impulsive like Aries, they act out of their knowing, closely weaving their vision with practical realities.
This new moon is really about resetting your intentions, and following through with actions based on your core values. Venus, which is about our values, relationships to one another, as well as the creative process of bringing things together, went retrograde in Capricorn December 21st, heralding a time for us to go within and examine what our own values are, aside from how we’ve been conditioned or influenced by our peers and times. When re-setting your intentions take into account where you are now in your life, leave behind a self-image you may have constructed for yourself in the past, and look plainly and truthfully at your present life. Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn is in still Scorpio, paring back what is unnecessary or ephemeral.
Saturn austere in his approach to reality, and with this powerful Cardinal grand cross in play for the first two weeks of 2014, when traditionally people are trying to keep to their New Year’s resolutions, is the time to be realistic about what you want, what role you can contribute to the New World which employs your greatest talents and skills. Add to this mix the Mercury and Pluto conjunction to the new moon, and you get the opportunity to get a mental picture of how things can be, when you discard the superfluous or non-functional, those ideas you had which are now maybe obsolete. Keep things simple and straight. Write a list of your priorities, so as to inform your values. Allow Pluto to help you face hidden belief systems you may have been living from which no longer serve you.
Let go to the massive shift in consciousness that is happening to life on Earth. Trust yourself, the voice of your instincts, Capricorn is straight and conservative, and will not suffer fools.
So many of the institutions and established protocols our civilization has relied on for thousands of years to prop up the infra-structure of the way we ‘do business’ are falling apart and losing credibility, we have to be able to trust ourselves, and that’s why an examination of your core values based on instinctive knowledge now, will support your intentions for 2014.
Joyful Sagittarius! The gift to us all with its natives expansive and philanthropic overview and sense of humour. However, at this time some Sagittarians will be feeling more sensitive and emotionally attuned than usual, and instead of their usual sweeping flights of delights, they could be feeling more internal and family orientated. This is because their ruling planet Jupiter is retrograde in Cancer and trine to Saturn in Scorpio. There's help with the internal work here, the healing of old fears, and a sense of how vast inner life can be.
The last time it was here was 2001, and as everyone remembers the world changed with 9/11. For a moment it looked like the outpouring of love and community could really change things. I think it did change people's attitude about how essential community is.
Mercury is in Scorpio as I write and will fly through Sagittarius only to enter Capricorn on Christmas day 25th December, so there's more Soul searching coming up, as Venus retrogrades (21st December) in Capricorn and stays in that sign until 5th March 2014. Venus in Capricorn is cautious and circumspect, unlikely to follow impulses, especially when she's retrograde. Mars will be entering Libra on 8th December, and make some strong aspects to Venus (ruler of Libra) early next year. (I will write more about that soon). This shows that relationships will need some adjustments, as people feel the need to express boundaries.
Uranus in Aries has been retrograde for the last five months and goes direct this month. Uranus is the awakener and rebel which is with its 'mate' Pluto shaking up our whole system at present. (see article) But in retrograde it had its kid gloves on. Now things are going to start moving again, as it goes direct unlocking the truth, setting us free; and then it squares Mars (Christmas day) and Pluto which is potentially a bit of powder keg situation, but I believe the influence of Libra, the peace lover and diplomat, and the trine to Saturn in Scorpio could keep things from exploding, and pave the way for cooperation, and deep healing.
photo by Tim Walker
The full Moon (Super Moon June 23rd) brought with it the blessings Mercury and Venus conjunction in Cancer, making an harmonious trine aspect to the Moon in Scorpio.
This is a fine time for communication, writings and readings, where the slick messenger Mercury gets to fly with his heart open, Venus at his side. The Scorpio moon deepens the feelings into transformational healing frequencies, any rocks and hard places within your intimate relationships with loved ones and within your family can be gently spoken about, with the grace of Venus and Mercury in Cancer, trine the Scorpio Moon.
Could be that this brings much needed relief after the hectic time in the media, the onslaught and overload of information in the last few days with Jupiter conjunct the Sun in Gemini.
The sweetness of heartfelt feelings emanating from the Mercury and Venus conjunction in Cancer, followed closely by the Sun entering Cancer on the 26th of June, allows us to dwell and even navigate through any density of grievance using our feelings and intuition as a salve, into the smaller watery Grand Trine triggered by the Cancer Sun forming its trines to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio. Mercury will station on that day before its retrograde period in Cancer, giving us the space to go inside, circumnavigating the busi-ness of our minds and paving the way for the larger and rarer Grand Trine forming between Jupiter, & Lilith in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, throughout the 17th & 18th July. We'll have already been feeling our feelings, and hopefully even begun processing them (Lilith, Saturn, Neptune), and so be more available to the possibilities this large Watery Grand Trine can offer us.
Trines are the harmonious relationship which occurs when planets are 'trine' to each other, a so-called soft aspect of 120º (a third of the 360º Zodiac circle). A Grand trine is when the three corners of the triangle (trine) are each inhabited by a planet or point. In a natal chart it reveals where a person may have enormous natural talent that they take for granted.
However, in the so-called mundane chart (which is the configuration that affects all beings and events on Earth) it can be time when resolutions take place, a time of reconciliation. Hopefully, the news about the Taliban coming to the table to talk about peace will lead to better outcomes for Afganistan.
And speaking of hectic times, the revolutionary/evolutionary square of fiery Uranus in Aries and retrograde Pluto in the-status-quo-Capricorn continues to wield its power with not only Turkey in uproar, but the streets of Brazil filled with demonstrators wanting a better deal, equality and justice their governing bodies working for them instead of against them. The civil war in Syria, the people rising up in Greece and revelations about whistle blower Edward Snowden unearthing extensive NSA data mining operations even on citizens of the US, all are about the hugely changing world we're living in. The truth is coming out.
Aries New Moon ~ 7:35pm EST 10th April
After their cozy sojourn with the Sun as it travelled through the middle degrees of Aries last week, Venus and Mars are now slowly moving into their separate rhythms. On the night of the new Moon, will start their individual dialogues with Lilith (the Dark Moon) for a day or so. People were telling me over the last week that even though it was supposed to be Autumn, they were feeling like it was Spring: frisky…that’s Venus conjunct Mars in Aries for you! Quite a sexual combo…which can also be ‘channeled’ as charmingly energetic, or zestily dynamic, or just wanting to dance and express delight and love through the body..
And now Lilith is sorting them both out, reminding them that feminine energy must be deeply respected and revered so that our Souls can experience the depths of our experiences here on our beautiful Mother Gaia. It can’t just be the froth ‘n foam of a kind of petulant sexiness this relationship towards the feminine, there must be a more profound connection to really ground and balance us in our bodies. And the New Moon wants us to reflect inwardly, so it is a perfect time to contemplate the polarities in ourselves, and whether we allow the deeper feminine in our natures to be nourished enough by the stillness of Earth.
Pluto is sextile Chiron and square the Moon, so the assistance is there, should you choose, to go in, and savor the beauty of the dark feminine, and allow any resistance or fear to move and vibrate, thus deepening your own connection to her.
The festive Leo/Aquarius full moon on 27 January, has several planetary companions spicing up its luminous presence, and generally creating some intrigue. Read on to get a snap shot interpretation...
In the last few articles I’ve talked about the powerful and world-changing Uranus/Pluto square we are in the midst of, and the effects on the collective, individuals and the established institutions and structures which hold our manifest world in place. (see article)
I have given this a lot more thought and recently felt that throughout this three year period of the Uranus/Pluto square, any faster moving planets which make an aspect to the degrees of either Uranus or Pluto will be an expression and/or catalyst of this revolutionary energy we are all experiencing in one way or another.
The revolutions, and uprisings being experienced by large groups of peoples in countries all over the world, and now the events unfolding in Africa, especially Mali, are all a reflection on a world scale of an enormous restructuring of our internal worlds as well. Unresolved emotional issues such as denial of your own true self, (Uranus) by oppressive dogma of a religion or authoritative tyranny from your own early life’s conditioning (Pluto) need to be faced and resolved and healed. Luckily we have Neptune and Chiron both in Pisces over this time frame, the gently healing energy’s of Neptune and Pisces, working on our collective wound. (Chiron).
These are the dates for the next exact squares between these Uranus and Pluto:
May 20th, 2013; November 1st, 2013; April 21st, 2014; December 15th, 2014; and March 16th 2015.
You may not feel the energy of these aspects exactly on the date, but often the week before or after can be the time when you tune in.
If you are experiencing big upheavals and shocks in your life, which make you feel powerless and frightened at the moment, this huge shift is also very much about your personal and internal life. Those places which have denial or pain in us are often the most difficult places to meet in ourselves, and I recommend getting some support, either form a practitioner you trust, or calling in your ‘higher Self’ or Angelic beings getting help from other dimensions. (Neptune and Chiron in Pisces).
You may have done the emotional work, and now be experiencing amazing surges of freedom and Light.
Planetary positions coming up:
*26thJan: Mars (Aquarius) sesquiquatrate Pluto (Capricorn); Jupiter (Gemini) trine Sun (Aquarius); Mercury (Aquarius) square Saturn (Scorpio)
27th Jan: Full Moon Leo/Aquarius
30th Jan: Jupiter turns direct (huzzah!)
1st Feb: Mars goes into Pisces, and Venus goes into Aquarius
5th Feb: Mars (Pisces) conjunct Neptune
**6th Feb: Venus (Aquarius) sextile Uranus (Aries)
7th Feb: Mercury conjunct Neptune; Venus (Aquarius) trine Jupiter (Gemini)
9th Feb: Mercury squares Jupiter
10th Feb: Mars (Pisces) square Jupiter (Gemini)
11th Feb: Mercury and Mars in Pisces conjunct Chiron; Venus (Aquarius) square Saturn (Scorpio)
***13th Feb: Mercury trines Saturn (Scorpio) (and sextile Pluto); Mars conjunct Chiron
Leading up to the Leo/Aquarius full Moon which is on Sunday afternoon here in South Eastern Australia, * Mars makes a hard aspect to Pluto triggering some of the energy of the square to Uranus. This could easily activate some violence or an outburst of rebellion, which could lead to bloodshed. With the full Moon energy also, we get expanded emotional expression, and inflated excitement. Watch your anger and stress levels, and take deep long breaths if you feel yourself wanting to explode.
Use the mental discipline of the Mercury/Saturn square and bring your awareness into the frontal lobes of your brain (your forehead) and away from the 'reptile' brain (above your neck at the back of your head, (which wants to kill!) Fortunately Jupiter is making an airy trine to the Sun, which should soften the challenging energy of the square and help us to see the bigger picture with more fairness and objectivity.
The full Moon after this process can then be a true Leo/Aquarius celebration of the individual self, as part of a brotherhood called humanity!
Jupiter turns direct on January 30th, which will move us forward into our expanded consciousness, and on February 5th, Mars conjuncts Neptune so that with the power of our imaginations we can visualize a humanity based on Peace, unconditional Love, Universal justice, and freedom (**February 6th Venus now in Aquarius) and sextile Uranus). Dreaming and expanded awareness continues into February 7th with Mercury conjunct Neptune and Venus trine Jupiter.
Mercury then squares Jupiter on February 9th, bringing a lot of information and learning, which will help us understand all the shifts and expand our awareness. Mars then squares Jupiter on Feb 10th, which is a good time to implement any new ideas which have come from your insights. Plant a seed either literally or figuratively to make the most of this transit.
On a more personal relationship level as well as in the International diplomatic milieu much healing can happen with the Mercury, Mars and Chiron conjunction in Pisces. Any denied anger or aggression can be transmuted by the soothing waters of Pisces. Venus is squaring Saturn, which can mean that issues will arise which need work: dialogues will need to be grounded into a realistic and contained framework, otherwise feelings of constraint and suppression can bring up fear and withdrawal.
Mars will stay in its conjunction with Chiron for a few days, issues of assertion and competition or anger can be healed, especially with Mercury making its trine to ***Saturn and its gentle yet productive sextile to Pluto. (from the depths, and transformational).
Throughout February, Pluto will be moving into sextile with Saturn and tightening the orb on 24th Feb. I feel that the potential harshness of the Uranus/Pluto square is softened by this sextile, perhaps allowing for the easy implementation of change into our infrastructures, so that by the end of February we will be able to see more of the changes a lot of us have been asking for.
In the thick of the big Uranus square Pluto transit I spoke about in several previous articles, any of the faster moving planets which come into aspect with either of these two revolutionaries will act as a catalyst to release some of the energy of their interaction.
Uranus in Aries is daring us to express what is true for each of us, rather than conforming to the sleep-walk of conditioning and society’s expectations for the status quo. Pluto in Capricorn will help ground and stabilize the momentum of this into something for the common good. Pluto is always at its most potent when dealing with issues at the core of survival, and these are times in which we are closely examining survival issues for all life on our precious Earth.
Mercury squared Uranus on the 3rd of January, and will square Pluto on January 6th at 10 degrees Capricorn. Here is an opportunity for us to allow our minds to start interpreting the Zeitgeest: the flavour of the Uranus/Pluto square, finding words to express the nature of this transformational aspect. If there’s something you want to protest about then now is the time to write letters to the editors of media, join in with discussions on social media or blogs which move you: find your voice and help with the breaking up of old-world models which are not working for us as we move forward into these precarious times: the birth of a new humanity. If you were around in the mid-sixties you will remember how we took to the streets and generated a wake-up call of a whole generation. As the old systems breakdown their power is weakening, and the biggest changes are coming from the grass roots up.
On January 7th Mars in Aquarius will come into a square with Saturn in Scorpio. In traditional astrology this aspect was often described as a death or an ending of something. I still think that applies, and I also see it as the ‘editing’ transit. Time to cull all those unnecessary belief systems, ideas and objects which no longer serve your needs. Both Aquarius and Scorpio are able to be (or strive to be) minimalists, keeping things simple and streamlined. You’ll feel obstructed and frustrated at this time if you are holding onto outmoded obstacles of clutter from your past in the form of concepts or material surroundings.
The New Moon on the 11th January joins Mercury, Venus and Pluto in Capricorn.
The feminine energy of the New Moon in Capricorn, sheds a silvery feminine luminosity into the hard-working planets in Capricorn and hopefully assist in the process already underway for women’s rights. Venus will square Uranus on January 12th at 5 degrees of Capricorn/Aries and conjunct Pluto at 10 degrees Capricorn on January 16th. The world wide protesting for women’s rights as well as an end to brutal ancient traditions in the Middle East and especially in India lately will continue and gain momentum as the powerful square pushes for equality and justice for all of humanity.
The end of an era and the birth of a new age
Congratulations! If you are reading this it means you have survived ‘the end of the world’, as predicted by the Mayan calendar recordings ending on 12.12.12.
The full moon in Cancer/Capricorn (28th December 2012) heralds a month which draws us all into the fullness of our feelings and soul stirrings, it is a time for families and communities to link up as we look back at the last four or five weeks and realize we’ve been living on the edge of a collective sense that something is ending and something new is being born. For many of us it has been a very challenging year, stretching us to our limits, testing us for our deepest values and giving us the grit to question the status quo perhaps like we never have before.
The end of the Mayan calendars long count (5,125 years) at the 2012 solstice (21.12.12) coincides with the formal beginning of a New World Age according to the Maya, and coincides with what we have been calling ‘The Aquarian Age’, which we’ve been hearing about, reading about and singing about for the last forty years. (refer to the musical ‘Hair’)
There is a shift of the galactic alignment of the 2012 solstice Sun, which could be associated with a possible formal beginning of a new cycle of precession: the beginning of the Aquarian age. Pisces is considered the last sign/constellation of the zodiac, that makes Aquarius the next age via precession, as it goes backwards through the twelve signs. The galactic center alignment occurs once every approximately 26,000 years. This precessional cycle comes about because of the earth’s minor wobble on its axis.
The Age of Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of shocking and revolutionary change and awakening. It is associated with freedom, social justice, brotherhood, a new humanity and new technology. It is the energy of those acting for the greater common good.
We are still in the midst, and will be until March 2015 of an enormous revolution of consciousness as Uranus in fiery and directional Aries and Pluto in ambitious and conservative Capricorn, square each other seven times (which is rare) over the next 16 months or so. (see article)
The radical questioning and challenging of many of our well established institutions, some of them the pillars of our infra-structure and financial systems, like Wall Street, as well the whole banking system. And in other parts of the world: the Middle Eastern dictatorships, as well as the Capitalist system, the Communist system, and more recently that unstoppable institution in the US, the NRA, as the US faces up to its Second Amendment and whether or not everyone should be so freely entitled to carry weapons designed to kill other human beings, and whether this is actually appropriate in this day and age.
The combination of Uranus and Pluto in these 'first quarter' squares is potentially the most profoundly transformational and far-reaching of all the planetary combinations.
Our collective consciousness is also more and more moving towards a merging of us into ‘One’, which has also been described as one of the characteristics of this new Aquarian age, as we deeply sense how linked we all are, in our brotherhood, facing up to the biggest collective challenge: the environment. The world wide web is joining us all to each other intimately as we discover that we can change things profoundly from the grass roots up, using this brilliant technology.
Neptune’s passage into Pisces (see article) and Saturn’s move into Scorpio, a harmonious trine relationship between these two, is like salve to our weathered brows, holding our Souls for the deepest healing (with Chiron in Pisces too).
We somehow know that there has to be a revolution in consciousness for the new version of humanity to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of several thousand years of conflict, intolerance and materialism. And may all our intelligence and humanitarianism now assist in this rebirth.
On the 5th of October this year, Saturn moved into Scorpio having spent the last two and a half years exalted in Libra (since November 2009).
In its journey through rational Libra, the ultimate diplomat and power-broker, (think Churchill), Saturn has been instrumental in crucial International relations, as the role of the United Nations came under question in many war-torn and conflicting countries. Also under the sharp investigative eye of father Saturn a questioning of the institution of marriage (Libra) in Western society (with same sex marriage becoming legal in some places and deeply dividing other places of governance).
Librans are breathing a sigh of relief as the great taskmaster leaves their charming, light-filled, heady domain, and tracks for the deep waters of Scorpio.
The great Reaper is going into the depths of our collective consciousness as it traverses the magnetic and powerfully transformative waters of Scorpio. It sounds ominous, the notion of Saturn’s ‘reality-check’ taking place in those very depths which we find so difficult to meet in others as well as ourselves. In truth it is a reassessment of some of our deeper values, and a questioning of what the collective soul now needs to face up to, amongst other issues: the finite resources and fragile environment of our planet.
The last time Saturn was in Scorpio (1982-85) we were faced with the AIDS epidemic, as sexual liberation which had been so heartily won in the sixties, (during the last dance between Uranus and Pluto) and then lived out in the mainstream of the seventies got firmly reined in by Saturn as we all experienced loss and grief even if not directly, everyone was powerfully moved to question subterranean prejudices and moral values, which eventually led us to heart-openings like we haven’t experienced before in our post modern world. (the ‘Dove’ aspect of Scorpio)
However this time we have a friendly sextile from Saturn to Pluto, as well as a trine to Neptune. Saturn and Pluto are also in mutual reception, (they are in each other’s signs) this can be seen as a collaboration between these two planets which can bring a profound healing through facing up to the limitation of our shared earthly resources, as well as the sorting out of the massive debts and imbalances. Even though this can’t happen painlessly, the productive sextile between the two powerful planets and their signs: Scorpio and Capricorn, could mean the outcomes will be sustainable in the longer term.
In the meantime Saturn’s trine to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces gives us the opportunity to face up to old wounds, relatively easily as the soft aspect means there is almost a natural and timely process in which we can look at our deepest fears, and transmute them into investigative curiosity (Pluto), and in the words of Byron Katie, ask “Is this really true?”.
Jupiter in its journey through Gemini, has just gone retrograde and will go forward again at the end of January 2013. This in itself is not unusual, it does so every year, but I see it as helpful at this time of internal journeying and the quest for realistic values, collectively and personally, as we begin to navigate the deep waters of Scorpio and her quest for transformation, with Saturn’s austere scrutinizing ways as our modis operandi.
On another note of change, (less long term, but nevertheless important) Mars went into Sagittarius, (for the next six weeks), so I recommend processing the internal quest by keeping physically active, expanding boundaries, strengthening the body to promote energetic cellular activity so as to keep pace with the changes for this new world we are moving into.
For Scorpio natives or for those who have planets in Scorpio, use this next two and a half years as a time to take stock. Call upon your sword of discernment and de-clutter your life of material things, but also of friends or acquaintanceships which don’t support you positively, in this important growth period. Look after your skin, bones and teeth (Saturn), take care of the older people in your life, and keep an eye on assets you have invested with other people.
Enjoy another article about Saturn in Scorpio here: http://www.heavenlymessagesbymelissa.com/
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).