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.
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.
The Full Moon on May 25th (EST 2:27pm) is a partial Lunar Eclipse is the last of a series of Lunar and Solar eclipses which started on April 25th with a Lunar eclipse, and culminated as a Solar eclipse on May 10th.
The earlier eclipses activated the Taurus/Scorpio polarity and opened up doorways to deepen inner values. In some cases disturbing the status quo profoundly enough to require transformational work to take place, and a deep letting go of beliefs, attitudes and principles which may have held us in good stead in the past but no longer have the same credibility.
With the Lunar eclipse on Saturday (here in Australia and New Zealand) in Gemini/Sagittarius we can expect more understanding and expansion to take place as we integrate the changes.
I looked up the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the eclipse (4º Sagittarius)
(from ‘An Astrological Mandala: The cycle of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases” Dane Rudyar)
“A little child learning to walk with the encouragement of his parents.”
Keynote: The natural assistance of superior powers during crises of growth.
At an early stage in its development, every living organism must make and attempt to overcome the power of gravitation, or rather to learn to use it in order to fulfill the purpose of its life. This implies passing through a critical state of growth _ growth in freedom, potency and individuality, inasmuch as “walking” always symbolizes self-induced progress. In such a crisis the individual is not left alone. Some more evolved Power and Intelligence watches, encourages and gives examples to be followed.
To me this is about us integrating the new energy and insights we gained from the previous two eclipses and like a small child has to individuate needs support from those who have been there before. This was echoed by the North and South Nodes (which are to do with the evolution of the Soul) being trine (harmonious) to Chiron (representing those places where healing needs to happen).
Looking further into the chart of the Full Moon/partial Lunar eclipse chart, I see that Neptune in Pisces trines Saturn and forms a square to the Sun and Moon, further implying that through healing wisdom and compassion the fragmented aspects of ourselves dislodged especially by the previous eclipses; the revolutionary energy of the Uranus/Pluto square (which was exact again only a few days before); as well as abrasive Mars being opposite the Moon for several days has brought anxieties and fretful emotions to the surface and can be refined and soothed by the unconditional love of that Piscean Neptune. If there is confusion and disorientation, it serves to look inside, and take some psychic space.
Another important influence is that Mercury, Venus and Lilith (the Dark Moon) are exactly conjunct each other in Gemini as well. There could be some important and productive revelations about women’s equality and rights. Lilith represents the consciousness that women and the female aspect of our consciousness are/is equal to the male side. The breaking down of limiting patriarchal rules (male consciousness) is part of the evolution in consciousness being activated by the Uranus/Pluto square.
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.
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.
~ 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.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).