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.
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.
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
Deep diving in Scorpio with Retrograde Mercury and Saturn
Saturn, North Node, and retrograde Mercury (until 11th November) in Scorpio are taking us into potentially deep transformational possibilities over the next four to six weeks. They join the rare ‘hybrid’ Solar eclipse on November 3rd to assist in the deep work that this configuration with the awakening quality Solar eclipses can bring. Earth will be in Moon’s shadow, a time for feminine, receptive and Soulful aspects of the collective psyche to enquire within.
Solar eclipses interrupt routine natural patterns and have a disruptive effect in most lives, depending where it falls in your chart (people celebrating their birthdays on November 3rd, can expect a powerful year of transformation as an awakening to deeper truths is ‘on the cards’).
This could be a good thing given the depths our thoughts could be plummeting to with the retro Mercury in Scorpio, bringing opportunities to delve deeply into past memories or programs which no longer serve, and shaking up attachments to the very foundation of our ideas about ourselves and where we’ve come from. The softening trine from Chiron in Pisces assures healing is happening.
Scorpio focuses intensely to penetrate layers which maybe protecting deeper truths, and with Saturn and the North Node assisting retrograde Mercury, these are going to be truths and responsibilities or lessons we may not have wanted look at previously. Saturn always works best if we take the challenge and do the work. Times will be harder for those wanting to avoid or deny these changes. Processing fears and negativity will bring clarity and strength. Jupiter goes retrograde on November 7th, internal expansion is supported even though its challenging like any growth crises can be. North node will put us in touch with the most important life-issues, so it’s not really a time to dance on the surface of life.
Scorpio is associated with the Phoenix, that mythological creature who disappeared in flames, only to arise magnificently from the ashes, in all its glory. Scorpio wants to burn away illusions and outmoded structures, it wants renewal and rebirth. It can be ruthless and tenacious, upturning every obstacle until the jewels of truth reveal themselves. These really are jewels honed by the depths to which we have to dive for them…our authentic faces glimmering behind layers and masks which we took on early in our lives to survive or get the things we thought we needed to get from the outside world. Now we can really experience what it feels like to discover that everything we were looking for is already inside of us. But work has to be done! The courage and grit to persist, using the mind for discernment and connection and Saturn to keep things real and visceral.
The Uranus/Pluto square continues throughout November: revolution/evolution as old-world continue to fall away, the big awakening of a new species, a New World as Eckhart Tolle calls it.
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.
June has started on a soothing note after the intensity of our trio of eclipses (Lunar eclipse 26 May; Solar eclipse May 10th and partial Lunar eclipse May 25th).
I have seen quite a lot of fragmentation and insecurity in people coming to me for readings, and sensed that programmed self-images and conditioned parts of our belief systems really needed to be deeply questioned for their relevance on the journey ahead. It is like us needing to be in a more streamlined state for the continuing revolutionary/evolutionary square between Uranus and Pluto.
Mercury has moved into Cancer and as I write (3rd June) is closely followed by Venus, and making trines to Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. They are heralding the way for Jupiter, as it enters into to a beautiful Water Grand Trine coming up on 16th July: the harmonious and healing relationship between Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer.
A Water Grand Trine between these three outer planets is just the salve we need to be able to move deeper into the waters of our collective consciousness and know from very Beings that we are all One. Our heightened sensitivity bringing our true feelings into consciousness; this dreamy watery grand trine, refining and tuning our intuitions, allows us to hone our Awareness as it by-passes the analytical and judging mind, this mind which separates us, not only from ourselves but from each other. It is indeed a time for grounding (Saturn) our ideals (Neptune) into manifestation, and with Jupiter’s magnificence, this is balm for our souls and exhausted fearfilled minds.
Jupiter takes around twelve months to travel through each sign, and will be in sweet, creative Cancer from June 26th 2013 until July 16th 2014. Our focus can be on home, family, tribe, community and nation. A time to nourish and protect those situations and relationships which hold us and give us a sense of belonging.
After its rollicking time through the communicative Gemini, Jupiter having been escorted into Cancer by Mercury and Venus enters into this exquisite Water Grand Trine beginning its journey through Cancer with an expanded awareness of the ‘Home’ within: ‘Home’, as they say, is where the heart is. The very same day Jupiter enters Cancer, Mercury will go retrograde and will remain so until July 20, 2013, further highlighting the internal journeying required for the Watery trine to dream its way into the collective, but not necessarily a good time to rely on the details delivered by emails, texts, tickets, roads, postal items, and schedules, just keep checking and checking again.
At the time of the Gemini New Moon (June 9th, 1:59am EST Australia) Mercury will become the other arm of a T-Square with the Uranus/Pluto square and a few days later Venus will join it (June 11-12th). This could bring more revolts and awakenings to the surface: outmoded ways of living together in our daily lives and the ways we share our precious planet and her limited resources come into question. What was barely being tolerated will become intolerable as the shackles of the old world keep on being shed in this revolutionary/evolutionary time. Hopefully the balancing and congruent Water Grand Trine will help to keep things from getting destructive, and transmute the fear and aggression into compassion and practical outcomes.
Greetings astrology lovers
As I sit here and write I can still sense the pull of the full moon which happened about five hours ago in Pisces/Virgo. The gentle and yielding energy of Pisces/Virgo, which brings us all into our humility and sense of action for the common good.
Mercury is just pulling away from its conjunction to Mars in Pisces and Chiron still sitting in Pisces bringing waves of deep healing to all of us. The Mercury/Mars conjunction in Pisces has been giving us the ability to use the power of our imaginations to manifest a better world for ourselves and the collective. Pisces, the big heart-opener, the Compassionate one heals with its unconditional listening heart, our imaginations stoked by the other-wordly light of this can really have the most beautifully positive influence.
On the so-called negative side, it could be that we are more escapist than usual, avoiding issues and harboring our anger or resentment in wishy-washy quagmire of self-pity.
And yes I'm sure we all can have both those qualities within us! The challenge is to bring unconditional self-acceptance and compassion to ourselves as well as to others. And since Mars likes to be manifested physically, I recommend dancing, swimming, Yoga, Qigong or Aikido as a way to release physical energy from a cellular level, in the most Piscean way possible...ie with music, meditation or water.
Jupiter is now steadily moving forward through Gemini until the end of June when it goes into Cancer. This is such an expansive and opening time for Gemini's and Sagittarians, new vistas are opening, the horizon and beyond is revealing boundless possibilities, the challenge for Gems and Sagi's, is to stay grounded and not get overwhelmed by all the possibilities.
Saturn in Scorpio went retrograde a few days ago, which means that we need to discipline ourselves internally, and one of those discipline's is to not be self-critical. Its a good time to start some new self-improvement regime, and also a great time for de-cluttering not only our earthly possessions, but also outworn belief systems and thought patterns which no longer serve us. Saturn in Scorpio is lean and can be mean, but either way it wants us to be more streamlined in our actions.
I will certainly be de-cluttering my own household and workrooms in the coming week, as I am in the midst of moving. This article, shorter than usual, but I will write more thoughts about the luminaries and planets in the coming weeks.
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!)
Its exciting that after nearly four months Jupiter is slowly starting to go direct again! Now at around 6 degrees of Gemini, it will sit in a stationary position until Saturday evening (in Australia), and then it will really start moving forward in its direct motion, and at quite a pace through Gemini. On the 27th of June it will move into Cancer. Lucky Gemini's are so fast and mercurial, in another sign it would almost be overwhelming!
For these next few days use the stationary Jupiter in Gemini to hold a deep and expansive space in your thinking. If you've lately taken some new paradigms or philosophy's onboard, take a few days to really integrate them. When Jupiter was retrograde a lot of internal openings would have been happening, making available new thought patterns and neuron pathways, as new ideas were coming from deep inside. Take a moment to sense other people's lots as well, Jupiter really looks for a wider and more inclusive humanitarian reference point. Enjoy!
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).