Spring Equinox ~ October 2013
Our Spring Equinox down here in the Southern Hemisphere coincided with the so-called ‘Harvest Moon’ late last week, so-named in the Northern Hemisphere, and associated with creation and new beginnings.
I think its safe to say, we are all sensing Spring rising up and warming the Earth, flora and fauna coming alive again after the chill of winter. Our faces lighting up with smiles and bodies relaxing into the soft warm air.
The chart for the Equinox has the moon exalted in Taurus, the nature lover, rewarded with Spring, and the sensual aromas of the warming earth and her buds of joy and new life. The Taurus Moon is opposing Saturn, North Node and Venus in Scorpio and triggers the big and rare Grand Trine who’s influence we are still experiencing. (Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune conjunct Chiron in Pisces here’s what Melissa says ”This heavenly configuration which began to form in late June is one of the most important in our lifetime. A grand water trine is an aspect involving 3 or more planets in all 3 water signs which happens regularly. This Grand Trine is different because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event! It involves Jupiter in Cancer (occurs once in 12 years), Saturn in Scorpio (every 30 years) and most importantly Neptune in Pisces which happens only every 164 years and is more significant because Neptune rules Pisces, so is most powerful in its own sign.”
We are still under the influence of this Grand-trine ….and the Taurus moon opposing one of its points creates a kite-pattern is a catalyst for some of the more potent karmic lessons of responsibility in relationships. The Sun in Libra certainly puts us on notice to engage in our personal relationships. And the truth is that all our relationships form pieces in the greater puzzle of humankind, and its getting more and more crucial that we find a way of living and sharing our beautiful planet peacefully, as the environmental cataclysms threaten food and water shortages; the revolutions and revolts in the Middle East, wipe out civilisations and their people, and the powerful testing of values invoked by the big Pluto/Uranus (blog) square whose transformational forces we are still subject too: huge awakenings and quickening brushing away the cobwebs of the past established status quo, jolted and shaken into a new paradigm.
This month Pluto goes direct after five months of being retrograde.
Pluto reminds us that all external annoyances “out there” are in fact internal parts of ourselves projected onto life’s outer screen. Again its about taking responsibility for this, as the mutual reception of Saturn in Pluto’s home sign of Scorpio reminds us. Responsibility: the ability to respond!
Mars went into Leo end August and will be there until 15th October, it will then move into Virgo, where it can implement in a practical way the fiery passions it may have visited whilst in Leo. It will oppose Neptune in Pisces for a few days (19th-20th Nov) which is an excellent time to move into one’s ideals, and visualise the world you dream of.
If you find yourself feeling dissipated or exhausted, spend time near the ocean, or even soaking in a pool or bath will help hold you with this transit.
Mercury in Scorpio goes retrograde on 21st October until November 11th. Its only in Western astrology really that retrograde Mercury has gained such bad press. Especially in Scorpio, you are being invited into the deep interior spaces of your psyche: dive in and take some time out, and you won’t be dogged by computers or phones going on the blink.
There is a lot of potential of healing deep old patterns, the programs we often hold on a cellular level in our bodies early in October as the quincunx of Saturn, to Uranus, and its trine to Chiron support this kind of DNA shifting.
On the 18th of October until Nov 16th we have another exact Pluto square Uranus hit, so there could be some more big movements in our institutions, as collective values keep changing and evolving.
Take good care, allow yourself to feel all the feelings, this way deep healings can happen. Get support if you have fear or anger to clear, as now is the time for big openings.
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.
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).