Greetings fellow travellers, Namasté.
In my last newsletter for the year I think you will agree with me, when I say ‘whew’, what a roller-coaster ride 2014 has been!
The Uranus/Pluto square has certainly shaken us all up, and opened up new possibilities as the old structures no longer viable fall away and new paradigms feed into our collective consciousness, broadening our vision of possibilities and colouring our longing for a world where we can all thrive and evolve, supported by one another with awareness and Heart.
This notion can easily be supported by Mars’ entry into Aquarius on December 5th (AuEST), for the first time in two years. Group action based on humanitarian concepts of brotherhood. ‘We all in this together’, is a typically Aquarian viewpoint and having Mars to motivate this direction could be just what the doctor ordered. This will be supported by Jupiter, which is still in generous and heartful Leo, and could bode well for mass consciousness moving together in a positive trajectory for our future as a species on this beautiful generous planet, our mother Earth.
The full-moon on December the 6th in Gemini/Sagittarius. The Sun is flanked or contained by Mercury and Venus, which gives me the sense that the festivities will be very social and people will enjoy communicating and passing on information. Sagittarius’ ruler, Jupiter is still in Leo and at the time of the full-moon in the first house, (AuEST) which augers well for laughter and optimism.
We end the year with Saturn moving into Sagittarius on Christmas eve, 24th of December.
Most Scorpio’s I know are breathing a sigh of relief, many have had to face their deepest fears and self-criticisms, and some of them are proud of the new levels of discipline and effective action they have been able to achieve with the help of Saturn, the Lord of the material world and ‘father Time’.
Saturn moves into Sagittarius for the first time in thirty years, and will be quite different. Sagittarius, the expansive and courageous adventurer, who brings much positivity and humour to the rest of us when things seem to get stuck.
Now Saturn will influence Saggie’s to cull away the excesses, the hype of living in adventure-land, and possibly even come down to earth and ground some of those ideals and aspirations. There is the possibility of discovering that there is actually more freedom when a structure has been upheld or implemented. Sagittarians probably won’t like to hear this, unless they are mature and willing to take responsibility as they inspire the rest of with their idealist and philanthropic outlook. Its time to walk-the-talk!
In 2015 we are coming to the end of the Uranus/Pluto square, and very often one feels the transits more powerfully as they conclude. The last connection between these to transformers is in February 2015. Things could get a last big shake-up, to bring down the last components of an old world which has kept us from moving forward into what Eckhart Tolle calls ‘The New Earth’.
I will write more about this in January to remind you that everything changes!
Wishing each and everyone of you a marvellous and safe holiday season, and a harmonious and productive 2015.
Mercury went retrograde (read more about Mercury retro here) for the last time this year on the morning of the 6th October, and will go direct again on 26th October.
However, despite the internalised awareness of Mercury retrograde, in October things seem to be heating up for the next Uranus/Pluto square.
I’ve drawn the chart for the total Lunar eclipse, which happens on Wednesday here in Melbourne at 9:55pm on 8th October. The most powerful influence at first glance of the chart, is that Uranus is conjunct the Aries moon, and I feel this is a sort of heads-up for the up-and-coming Uranus/Square in late November. (Especially since the Sun and Moon are also square Pluto). The Sun is conjunct Venus (the ruler of Libra), the planet of beauty, balance relationships and Love. Expect some stirrings and/or upheavals in your relationships, probably especially where you relate to another on an emotional level.
Uranus always brings awakenings, whether they come in the form of unexpected events or circumstances, sudden changes, arrivals, departures, and new thought patterns and processes, inventions and innovations. Uranus is the planet of excitement, and in its rulership of Aquarius, it electrifies the senses; enthusiasm and neurological pathways are lit up with innovative new directions and concepts. Expect the unexpected!
The Lunar Eclipse is also aligned quite closely to the Moon’s North and South Nodes, also known as the Dragon’s head and tail. The asteroid Vesta (about sacrifice and commitment) is also making a hard aspect to both of them (semi-square and sesquiquatrate). The Moon’s nodes have to do with soul’s memory and deeply embedded belief systems. Lunar eclipses are about letting go of things from the past, purging the memory (of the mind and on a cellular level) of thoughts, concepts and beliefs which no longer serve you. With Uranus, Vesta and Venus so close by, truths will surface in your closer relationships, and some compromises might need to be reached to accommodate the changes. Soul connections will need extra listening time, and empathy will bring balance and peace.
I will write about the partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on 24th October (Melbourne time) in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
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.
This month's full Moon in Aquarius/Leo is actually a so-called blue Moon.
Quote: 'Contrary to popular belief, a blue moon is not actually blue in color. Blue moon is a term that is used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons. A year has four seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter - with three months and three full moons each. When one of the seasons in a year has four full moons, instead of the usual three, the third full moon is called a blue moon. The next such blue moon will occur on 21 August, 2013.'
Blue moon's are quite rare, and signify a reminder for us that we are not in control of Nature, and that our calendar is constructed for our convenience. The metaphor here is that our own Nature cannot be boxed up and measured.
Especially not with an Aquarian Full moon!
Added to this we have what is known as a 'kite' pattern as well as a fixed grand square. This full moon is a wake-up call.
The kite, which in this instance consists of a grand trine of Saturn/North Node in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces and Jupiter in Cancer, shows that some extensive healing is taking place of ancient wounds, with the full moon as its trigger, it could easily be like the lancing of a boil, the sort of thing we're seeing in Egypt at present could well be part of this. (cross-fingers that in the bigger picture it is part of an healing process..) On a personal level, if there has been any nagging fear, doubt or pain in your body/mind, now is the time to take it into your heart centre and heal it. (The Sun is in the fifth house, Leo, associated with the heart). Facing up to things you've been putting off which may have been holding you back from experiencing the full joy of your Being can be hard at times, but when you focus on your heart centre and bring the courage and unconditional love to the question, you'll be surprised how miraculously the pain can be dispersed and transformed.
The fixed grand square connects to this kite pattern through Jupiter in Cancer, and is between Venus (in LIbra) Pluto in Capricorn, and Uranus in Aries (part of the important revolutionary square going on until 2015). With the Venusian influence, its time to shape-shift your more significant relationships, especially where you've been feeling that you're caught together in a sort of rut. Give some attention, some energy into refreshing the way you do things together, what parts are outmoded and don't work anymore and need a reality-check (Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Scorpio, mutual reception). You will reap expansion, release and clarity. (Jupiter opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus).
It is an important full Moon, best to dance with the energy consciously rather than avoid it, and find that you are faced with big decisions you'd rather not be making right now.
Take good care..
I welcome your comments and feedback.
In Pisces Mercury is conjunct Neptune and coming up to conjunct Mars ~ a great time to allow your imagination to expand into what you want..open your mind to the boundless mystery where so much exists the mind cannot usually begin to approach..and with Venus in Aquarius trine Jupiter forward now in Gemini: very inspired and expansive creativity, and an excellent time to allow your soul to be moved by music ~ dance!
Water will help you float in that too...let yourself be moved into heart space with loved ones..and tell people you love them! (Mercury!)
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.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).