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.
If you are finding your relationships heavy and difficult at the moment, it might be because a change needs to happen from the depths.
If this is the case the planets and luminaries are on your side today and over the next few days.
Mercury has just gone direct, which will open communication lines, which might have become more subliminal in the last few weeks while it was retrograde (see previous article) With the help of the full moon coming up , which is actually a Lunar Eclipse, big things can start to shift.
Venus is making a conjunction to Saturn in Scorpio for the first time in thirty years, so things that are buried and have been around for a long time can be unearthed. What better time to be be going deep into your relationships and transforming old patterns using new structures?
The Mars conjunction of Pluto in Capricorn will help you to support the changes in your bodies using physical actions, (no, don't throw thing! lol) Dancing, Yoga, Tai Chi, running, walking etc will help in the releasing of old belief systems and programming from a cellular level.
The energy of these transits can be harnessed to make big changes. Just keep your focus on your heart (Venus), so that compassion is where you are coming from, and this can be an amazing time to make overdue changes within your relationships, and bring better communication and a deeper clearer connection.
~ November is a big month this year as it contains two eclipses, the first one is a total solar eclipse and the only total eclipse this year, on November 13th. This eclipse will only be visible in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Solar eclipses are mostly associated with disruptions. This one falls into the profound Scorpio waters where with the help of retrograde Mercury it signifies a deep shift in the collective subconscious. Mercury went retrograde (6th November), and travels backwards into Scorpio after its brief sojourn in Sagittarius, bringing our thoughts and perspectives into the depths of our current transformational processes. Mercury then goes forward again on 26th November, allowing us to integrate and understand our innermost self with more clarity and perspective, as we then become able to share and reflect upon shift we’ve made with others again.
For more information about the eclipses go to Nasa's site.
Going against the grain of the widely broadcast warnings about retrograde Mercury, I believe that in these times of information overload, Mercury going retrograde is a blessing. We need to bring more of our awareness inside ourselves, enquiring into our thoughts, belief systems and ideals. We are constantly under pressure to take in more and more external information, so that getting time to go inside and investigate our own deeper truths is a time for us to empower ourselves with more self-knowledge, and rest deeply (Scorpio) in our own nature’s.
Because of this more internally centered focus, its true that external communications can suffer from the kind of vagueness which makes for miscommunications. And because the technology we use to communicate to each other with is virtually symbiotic with our energy fields, things can go askew when the focus is not on the external passage of information.
The second eclipse in November is the penumbral Lunar eclipse which happens on the 28th November, which will mostly not be visible in Australia. This is the full moon in Gemini, and important for all the mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) as they let go of old memories and thought patterns no longer needed. Sometime deep emotional issues surface to be accepted (owned) and released. It can be a great time for processing the emotional baggage no longer needed on the journey, which will create a space for new life and vision to come in.
All of this going in while Saturn in the early degrees of Scorpio makes a watery trine to Neptune in Pisces means that this process could be about easing your deepest core ideals into manifestation, so I recommend doing a vision board or affirmations lists, only draw not from the outer side of your mind, take your awareness into the depths with honesty and commitment and this is a great month for moving forward into the new world.
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).