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MERCURY: RULER OF GEMINI

You have seen the iconic mythic depiction of a capped youth with winged shoes. He is the Messenger for the Gods. That gives us a clue in understanding the Mercury function within the psyche. Its how we connect, understand, relate & communicate.

Often regarded as gender neutral, Mercury operates through both the masculine & the feminine, and at the highest of resonances, in the realm of spirit. If we can make a meaningful connection with ‘the other’, it matters not who or what that other might be. Mercury teaches us that all true connection begins in a place that supersedes difference & rather, focuses on what we can find in each other that is similar. Whatever gender or sex we might be or choose to be, the thing that makes us human is our ability to understand each other beyond the different choices that we make.

The Mercury function, when refined & operating positively, facilitates our interactions. When doing relationship analysis & counseling, look at the two Mercury placements first. The mode of data processing & communication protocols is critical when two people are attempting to make a connection. The key is that each one must understand the preferred mode of communication in the other. As an example, if your Mercury is in a watery sign & your partner’s Mercury is in an airy sign, you must be mindful of not overwhelming your partner with emotional responses to his/her intellectual & often detached queries. On the other hand, your partner needs to ‘hear’ your words & not just shut down when faced with emotion rather than intellect.

Good communication skills begin with a clear understanding of the communication process of the person to whom we are communicating. How many times have you thought that you were saying something obvious & the person who was supposedly listening to your words got it completely wrong? More than once, I bet.

Mercury also has a lot to do with DEXTERITY, both mental & physical. The synapses are sharp & swift in a highly functional Mercury-ruled individual. Have you ever noticed how clever & witty your Gemini friends are? They can be, that’s for sure! And this applies to Gemini Moon & Gemini rising folks as well as those of you who have Mercury, itself, in Gemini or highly focused. Words can flow fast & furious & perception is clear & bright. Physically, hand-eye coordination is on the mark. Balls flying through the air are caught easily & deftly. Reflexes are sure & accurate. Mercury rules the hands as well as the nerves of the body, the lungs, speech, mouth, tongue & digestive system. These are all parts that play a role in getting things moving, ingesting, making connection & intaking, both on a physical & mental level. Notice that all of these body parts play a part in the FILTERING process. It is via filtering that we begin to sort & allocate; put together the things that work together & ‘filter’ out what does not contribute. It is necessary on a physical level to have a smooth working filtering system; strong lungs, sensitive nerves & mouth & tongue, a good digestive system that is not easily upset. Similarly, we must develop a good, strong filtering system on a mental level; thus, the importance of refining the Mercury function within the persona. Teach yourself to THINK CRITICALLY about EVERYTHING, and especially about those things that you think you know for certain. Train yourself to explore alternatives even when the solution might appear to be obvious. Nothing new is ever discovered if we become complacent in our knowledge & understanding. De-sensitize yourself to combative opponents or critical observations. Understand that opposition is useful so don’t take it personally. Rather, examine it & prove it to be true or untrue. By polishing your mental faculties on an ongoing basis, you will optimize your Mercury function, become a discriminating but open-minded individual who is sensitive to the ‘other’s’ point of view.

Like Venus, Mercury hangs close to the Sun so there are only so many Mercury placements that a Gemini born soul can have. The maximum degree from the Sun either way is 28. So, for you folks born under Gemini, its one of three placements: Mercury in Taurus, Gemini or Cancer. The earthy placement, Taurus,  will give you a firmer grip on reality; the airy placement, Gemini, will augment your fluidity & agility, & the watery placement, Cancer, will soften your sometimes caustic wit.

You have often heard of Mercury Retrograde. It has become a rather common phrase in popular culture. This strange phenomenon is not actually suggesting that the planet itself moves backwards in space. Rather, it refers to the illusion of backward movement that occurs when one object begins to move more rapidly than a parallel moving object. Think: train & car moving side by side with the car seeming to move backwards in relation to the train.

When Mercury ‘goes retrograde’, it’s a time to pause & review on the broadest of levels. Think of all the ‘re’ words for any given situation. The best strategy, no matter the sign in which Mercury finds itself when turning retrograde, is to double check all of your activities & maybe even triple check just to be sure!

There are usually 3 Mercury retrograde periods every year, more or less evenly spaced across the 12-month period. They never last for more than a few weeks at most so it is fairly easy to micro manage life decisions when coming up against a Mercury Retrograde. This year Mercury will retrograde mainly in the Airy energies so the focus is on the intellectual & communicative process. Rethink your decisions. Review the reason for your actions. Re-focus your intentions. Re-affirm your commitments. Re-entrench your connections.

An interesting & sometimes overlooked aspect of any retrograde period is the ‘shadow’ of the retrograde. Look ahead & make note of when the retrograde actually ends. This degree denotes the start of the ‘pre-retrograde’ or FORE SHADOW portion of the entire retrograde period. Start being extra mindful around this date. Then, look ahead & make note of the date when the planet moves BEYOND the degree when it turned retrograde. This degree denotes the end of the ‘post-retrograde’ or SHADOW part of the entire retrograde period. This usually extends the retrograde by a few weeks which is why, in some cases, folks can experience glitches or snafus in what appears to be outside of the actual retrograde. In the following list for this year’s retrogrades, make note of the dates that demarcate the shadow periods.

Mercury retrogrades this year: 

Aquarius                                                                            

January 15-30: FORE SHADOW  12*-27*

January 30-February 22: RETROGRADE  27*-12*

February 22-March 13: SHADOW  12*-27*

 

 

 

GEMINI:

May 15-29:                          FORESHADOW  17*-25*

May 29-June 22:               RETROGRADE  25*-17*

June 22-July 7:                     SHADOW  17*-25*

 

LIBRA:

September 7-27:                             

FORE SHADOW 11*-26*

 September 27-October 18:          RETROGRADE 26*-11*

October 18-November 3:              SHADOW 11*-26*

Locate these energies in your own chart & note what areas of life are under review for you. Be mindful when making plans around these dates but please, DO NOT STOP LIVING! We do not want to become ‘helicopter’ caretakers of our existence. Some risk is unavoidable. Just think twice before making the slice!

Some simple Mercury retrograde ‘must-do’s’:

  • check all of your electronic equipment several times; back it all up
  • check every single outgoing corresspondence before hitting ‘send’!
  • track all parcels both outgoing & incoming
  • confirm & re-confirm all pre-made appointments
  • pause & think before opening your mouth to speak
  • give yourself extra time to get to your time-sensitive appointments
  • make a list of ‘re’ words & use them
  • be ready to re-adjust or re-do
  • forgive
  • make an effort to clean up unfinished business

Mercury expresses itself positively & negatively. Our job is to augment the positive expressions & minimize the negative expressions. Following is a mini list to get you started brainstorming how Mercury could manifest within your own psyche. If you do not know where Mercury is located within your own birth chart, look at the three descriptions around your Sun sign, the one just before, the one that coincides with your Sun sign & the one immediately after your Sun sign. If you do not have a birth chart, I can send you one via email. Send me your birth data with name (first name & initial is acceptable) & I will send you a basic mandala with legend attached. Day, month, year, time of day & geographical location. Please indicate which house system you prefer to use. Send your request to:

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Some KEYWORDS to get you started:

 

MERCURY CAN EITHER BE A SUPERLATIVE COMMUNICATER OR A FORMIDABLE COMBATANT. SCAN THE FOLLOWING KEYWORDS & FIGURE OUT WHICH METHOD OF INTERACTION DESCRIBES YOU BEST!

ARIES:

confident 

impatient

direct

impulsive

original     

insensitive

inspirational

aggressive

 

Taurus:

thorough

limited

deliberate

narrow

Clear  

stubborn

Practical

immovable                                                                              

 

Gemini:

articulate

superficial

perceptive 

inattentive

Clever 

deceptive

                                                                                                                                   

 

Cancer:

intuitive

overly subjective

nurturing

evasive

sensitive to others 

suspicious

 

Leo:

confident 

boastful

Charismatic 

self-serving

Expressive   

dominates conversation

 

Virgo:

logical

practical

critical thinker

Methodical 

skeptical

Analytical

precise   

intolerant

anal

 

Libra:

rational   

indecisive

Diplomatic

charming 

duplicitous

two-faced

Fair

strategically manipulative

 

Scorpio:

Probing

secretive

Deep  

sarcastic

Insightful  

obsessive

observant

focused

 

Sagittarius:

humorous  

opinionated

Intuitive       

incoherent

direct  

Exaggerating

’foot in mouth’

honest

blunt

 

Capricorn:

organized 

dogmatic

Realistic

restrictive

Focused   

inhibited

Shrewd     

dour

 

Aquarius:

individualistic   

erratic

Innovative 

rebellious

inventive    

verbose

 

Pisces:

perceptive

delusional

Poetic      

muddled

Imaginative 

not grounded in reality

holistic   

magical thinker 

creative  

convoluted

 

Are you born with Mercury Retrograde wired into your psyche? You are one of the deep thinkers of the zodiac. Generally, you will tend to be INTROSPECTIVE with the need to first think things through in your own head before blurting them out to the general public. The analytical part of your process is emphasized but the way that you arrive at your analysis is more aligned to the ‘right’ brain way of processing, more comfortable with creative thinking, than the more usual left-brain mode of logical analysis. Conventional schooling could be challenging for you with its focus on data intake & rote learning. Today there are many more options in this regard with schools that implement a more creative & intuitive learning process that is more suitable for Mercury Retrograde kids. When given the appropriate instruction you can grow into the most brilliant amongst us. Whatever the challenge might be in conventional schooling, know that your strength lies in the more fluid approach to learning. These days, educators are much more equipped to deal with the unusual ‘wiring’ that exits in your brain.

Another important feature to make note of is the phasal relationship that Mercury makes to the Sun. If Mercury is in a New Phasal relationship with the Sun, your psyche is primed to innovate, create & lay down new tracks. If Mercury is in a Balsamic Phasal relationship with the Sun, you have the potential to be prophetic, to foresee, to lead the rest of us into the future that you already have imagined.

Mercury rising ahead of the Sun indicates the Balsamic Phase; the Sun is following Mercury into the future. Mercury rising after the Sun indicates the New Phase; the Sun is leading Mercury into the future..

The Mercury function within the psyche is critical when relating to that which is outside of our subjective reality. To grow, we must understand & be understood. Get to know the nuances of your preferred mode of communication. Identify what method of data intake works best for you. Become comfortable with the way in which you process the data that you take in. If you know & are comfortable with this part of yourself, you have a greater chance of developing useful & meaningful relationships; you are more likely to develop clarity of thought; you will be understood & you will more likely understand.

 

New Moon in Taurus, May 11, 2021 @ 2:01 pm CDT

Another cycle of emotional growth begins. As we enter into the growing season, we seek the rejuvenation that early spring promises. With a lovely New Moon in the organic energy of Taurus, we feel a recharge. As the physical world transforms from the slumber of wintertime into the burgeoning growth of springtime, so does the New Moon energy call us into a re-framing of our essential selves. The last Full Moon pointed the way for us. What hidden facets of yourself were uncovered? How can you access the secrets of your soul to begin again? Knowledge is power, but only if it is used appropriately. In Taurus, we return to the bare essentials. What do we actually need to live in fullness? Look around at your life. Where do you find ground? What makes you feel alive? When do you feel most connected to your breath; that is what keeps you moving, after all.

Situated at 22*, this lunation is infused with the transformative energy of purposefulness by Pluto @ 27* of Capricorn. The God of the Underworld made his Station & began to shift retrograde on April 28th, just after the last Full Moon in Scorpio. It is as if Luna sent a signal to him from the fullness of her Scorpionic energy. Time to go within! We can access the inward pulling force of Pluto’s transformative energy & we can be willing to make room for new growth in our lives. The suggestion is that NOTHING can survive without ongoing change energy. Leave something unused for any length of time & it begins to fall apart, to get rigid & unmovable.

At this New Moon resolve to find ways to move your energy. Even with ongoing social restrictions, we can get outside, soak in the healing Sun, breathe the fresh air with some measure of freedom. At the very least, for those of us who have yards, let’s use them. If general movement is hindered, go into your backyard & move around there. By the way, have you heard of the recent & various studies that indicate that outdoor mask-wearing provides ‘MINISCULE’ protection from this or any other virus? Another reason to get outside where the cleansing energy of the Sun can fill us up with natural immunity & resilience.

The Sabian Symbols for the New Moon are:

Taurus–WHITE DOVE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

Scorpio—HUNTERS STARTING OUT FOR DUCKS

If we want to create the peace we yearn for, we must be proactive & determined to do so. Being passive will not get us to our destination. Use all of your acquired tools to ACTIVELY, even aggressively ‘hunt’ for your prize of wellness; of tranquility; of transformation; of new growth. An effort is necessary if the desired goal is to be reached. But, be aware that this peace of BEING is present if we just reach out for it mindfully, with full consciousness.

Certainly, that is what we all want; to get to a place of peacefulness both within ourselves & with those around us. On the broadest of levels, I think that we can all agree that we are tired of the polarized discord of our current reality, the distrust, the suspicion, the anger. We are often hesitant to say what we think because of this stark divisiveness and yet, the only sure way to create commonality is to attempt to find common ground. No matter how profoundly you might disagree with those around you, avidly seek the thing on which you do agree. Taurus energy is foundational, intrinsic, the absolute lowest common denominator of any given situation; simplicity at its finest. Taurus energy is about the essential creativity within us all. The obvious correlation is the energy of birth itself. The making of another living being is the ultimate act of creation. It is the beginning of all things, love concretized into human form.

Gaia, the GREAT MOTHER, is Taurus energy in full resplendant action. At this most critical time in human consciousness, trust in the unrelenting energy of GAIA to protect her creation. Her light will overtake the dark. Her natural healing power will protect her creation. Blessed Be.

The ruler of this New Moon Taurus energy is Venus in Gemini. Find the loving words you need to heal the wounds you hold within yourself & those you bear witness to in others. Speak gently, lightly to soothe the soul. Transformation arises from a place deep within the soul. Exercise your listening ears to hear the call to this much-needed transformation. Allow your mental body to receive your truth, whatever that might be. And act from the heart, the heart of forgiveness, the heart of empathy, the heart of love.

Where does this lovely New Moon fall in your chart? That is the place where you have the opportunity to begin again, to start anew, to build up from the basics. If you know your chart, you can place 22* Taurus/Scorpio into it & begin to track what part of your psyche is being activated to reframe itself.

Asc/Des:  ME/YOU

Re-introduce yourself to yourself. How can you simplify your life? How can you interact with more empathy? Seek out healing associates. Make new friendships that are based on authentic connections. Speak truth in all of your interactions or, if you dare not speak truth, then abstain from combative words and speak the truth silently to yourself. Find new & simple ways to express who you are to those you choose to be with.

2/8:  VALUES & RESOURCES

Do you need to re-examine your basic values? What can you align to that will provide you with a greater sense of personal power? Are your current values providing you with a sense of security or do feel lost & powerless as a result of your values? How do you use your personal power in your day-to-day life? Are you sensitive to others’ boundaries? Do you respect those boundaries, both within yourself & within others?

3/9: COMMUNICATE & IMAGINE

Learn something new & make sure that it is useful. Pursue ways to simplify your thoughts. Try to express yourself in down-to-earth ways that make sense. Develop ways to include a sense of faith into your day-to-day life. Does your spiritual focus need an overhaul? Be willing to experiment with new approaches to the way you think, communicate & connect with your own version of the divine.

4/10: PRIVATE & PUBLIC

Keep it simple. Stick to the basics both privately & publicly. What can you let go of so that you are not using all of your energy to keep things afloat? Does your persona need an overhaul? Who do you really want to be known as? What can you do to get closer to your own ideal version of yourself? What about your home? What can you do to make it more reflective of who you truly are? Too much junk? Get rid of it. There are plenty of thrift stores ready to take what you have to give.

5/11: HEART & HOPES

Get frisky! Rediscover the pleasure of the organic. Re-imagine your creative projects & start making them real. Be brutal about what really makes you anticipate the future. Review your goals & dreams & get real about them. Is what you are aspiring towards really attainable? Is it practical? Can you actually imagine it into existence? Want less & you will receive more. That is a secret not many know! Happiness is a calm heart & a contented mind.

 

 

6/12:  PROCESS & PURPOSE

What is at least one new & healing habit you can introduce into your daily routine? Can you make an effort to be more connected to the natural world on a physical level? Target just one thing per day that you can reorder & by the end of the month at least 30 things will have been put into place. Throw away one never-used item per day & watch your life get less cluttered. If a daily purge is still too overwhelming, start with one item per week. Keep it going, no matter how hard it might be. Make your faith real. If you are having a hard time staying connected to your own version of the divine, increase your spiritual practice & support it with concrete habitual rituals that will help to remind you of your own divinity. Yes, we are flesh & blood but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Be willing to go deep into yourself & find the infinite & immortal version of YOU.

 

THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER

MAY WE CHERISH HER WITH LOVE

THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER

AS BELOW, SO ABOVE…

 

 

 

Full Moon in Scorpio April 26, 2021 @ 10:33 pm

Full Moons bring a sense of revelation to any process. Anything that has not yet been fully ‘seen’, may suddenly be revealed. The efforts that we might have initiated at the New Moon can be brought to fruition or, at the very least, whatever is intrinsic to the project is uncovered.

The Full Moon is akin to the opposition in astrology because it is at this point that the Moon is directly opposite to the Sun, thus basking in that light & fully visible. So, think about what the opposition aspect can contribute to any process. When we are able to view things from an objective perspective, we can often ‘see’ elements within any situation that are obscured when we view it from the subjective perspective. It seems simple enough and yet, objectivity is one of the hardest modes to accomplish. Most of us are more comfortable sitting securely within our personal bubbles and are content to continue to view reality in this most singular fashion.

The opposition aspect, when accessed at the highest of energetic levels brings balance. It allows the self to embrace the energy of ‘the other’. Once that ‘other’ energy is integrated into one’s reality, an ‘even-ing out’ can occur; balance. Often, in order to get to the balance point, some degree of confrontation or conflict must take place. Unlike the rather strange cancel culture that is operative these days, we do not wish to subscribe to the repression of alternate points of view or modes of operation. Rather, we want to explore all possible protocols to ensure that the one that we choose to adopt is, indeed, the right one for each of us individually. Investigation, exploration & the testing of any and all proposals are critical as we search for knowledge, as we endeavor to refine ourselves emotionally, as we pierce the veil to seek the ‘truth’. Don’t fall victim to the repressive tactics of today’s thought police. Continue to challenge the narrative & think independently, to push the bar. It is only if we are courageous on this level that new understanding can ever be reached. Repression of alternate viewpoints can only lead to IMBALANCE. Be the willow tree, not the oak. Flow naturally with the winds of change.

When the Moon is Full in Scorpio, the deepest of emotions are revealed. This is an energy of secret depths and when the Moon is at her full point those secrets can suddenly come out into illumination. Everyone has things that they hold deep within them, that they do not wish to share. But, as the saying goes, ‘the truth will out…’& in Scorpio, it can be a truth that is difficult to face either by self or the other. So, be mindful of the secrets you hold. If you do not wish to share them, bury them deep within your sacred space and be truthful with, at the very least, yourself. But understand, that if they do surface, all you can do is to courageously accept the consequences of your hidden past.

You can click on the chart to enlarge it…

In this lunation, Mars, newly entered into Cancer is in trine/sextile to the Full Moon suggesting that peaceful action is the best course to follow. Make amends if the secrets cause pain. Be sympathetic to others’ hurt if they feel it. Choose the path of forgiveness if you are the one who discovers a long-hidden secret.

And secrets could well be revealed! Uranus is closely aligned to the Sun & Moon both by conjunction (Sun) & opposition (Moon), suggesting a certain degree of surprise, of unpredictable circumstance. Emotions suddenly surfaced can be a challenge to manage so be mindful if you find yourself in unexpected situations where feelings run high. Saturn in Aquarius squares the Lunation & is still in a separating square aspect with Uranus providing us with the strength that we need when navigating sensitive interactions. No matter how difficult it might be to ‘face’ the truth, in the long run, it is better to walk in honesty than to sink into illusion. Put on the complete armor of the Spirit so as to guard your heart & fortify your mental powers. Before reacting to any emotional outbursts, use your feet to walk away & regain your composure if need be. The armor metaphor is so fitting these days as we all navigate one of the strangest times in human history. It’s a  time when personal emotions are being sorely tested by external non-personal forces. It is not surprising if we project the uncertainty & fear that we might be feeling into our personal lives. For this reason, we must constantly reinforce ourselves spiritually.

The Biblical metaphor, described in Ephesians 6:10-18 is quite beautiful. The ‘Helmet of Salvation’ ensures that our thoughts are focused on that which preserves. The ‘Breastplate of Righteousness’ protects our hearts as we face those who wish us harm. The ‘Sword of the Spirit’ gives us the will to counter lies with truth. The ‘Shield of Faith’ ensures that no matter what we encounter, we have the capacity to withstand it. The shoes we wear are ‘the Equipment of Peace’ so that we can walk away if need be. Our job is to keep this spiritual armor in good repair, to polish it, to oil it so that we can depend on it if times get tricky. Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Constantly monitor your heart to rid yourself of toxic emotion. Believe in the good & exercise your right to remove yourself from conflict when there is no expectation of peaceful resolution. If you create sacred habits for yourself in this regard, you will be able to counter the ‘surprises’ that may shock you!

 

The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is:

THE MOON SHINING ACROSS A LAKE

How fitting this image is for one of the most potent lunations of the cycle!

What is being illuminated? Are we seeing the truth or a mere reflection of the truth? What, really is truth? How can we come to terms with the intersection of subjective truth and objective truth?  Is it possible to step outside of our own bubbles & clearly see the alternative to our own perspective? Can we dive into the deepest part of the waters of the lake & search amongst the shadows that lie beneath the surface? Are we willing to find whatever it is that lies beneath those waters? Emotional courage is the hardest courage to exercise because it requires a brutal self-honesty on our part.

This Full Moon provides us with the magnetic impulse to draw out that which is hidden, that which cannot be seen, that which resides within us beyond the reach of the rays of the burning Sun. Moon issues are always nebulous, not easily dealt with, & the most painful of all. Just like an illness, we must allow the crisis point to be reached if we are to actually embark on a journey into healing & wellness. And so it is with emotional issues; once they begin to surface, we must allow them to manifest so as to properly address them. Repression only leads to further illness, to increased dis-ease. Today, we understand that illness on any level of being is intrinsically connected to a lack of balance on all other levels. So, if an emotional crisis shows up in your own reality, be willing to ask yourself the hard questions. Look at all aspects of your life & try to develop strategies to bring balance & harmony into them. To heal any one part of our layered self, we must heal all parts of our layered self; the body, the heart, the mind & the spirit.

This lunation activates the Taurus/Scorpio axis within your chart. Obviously, if you have significant energy in either of these two signs, examine carefully, what part of your psyche is being ‘illuminated’. For solar, lunar, & ascendant Taurus or Scorpio energy, this is your FULL MOON; (you will get another one in the fall). Locate the two houses in your own chart that contain the Sun/Moon opposition. Think about what area of life is under this penetrating laser-like beam.

And even if you do not have significant Taurus/Scorpio energy, it’s useful to determine what area of life might be involved. Very briefly, consider the following:

Houses 1& 7: Are you comfortable with the way you interact? Are your relationships meeting your needs?

 

 

Houses 2 & 8: Are you living in sync with what you actually believe in? Do your values empower you or rob you of your power? How can you ground out & be authentic?

 

Houses 3 & 9: Do you speak your truth? Do you know what it is? Are you in an ongoing search for your truth?

 

 

Houses 4 & 10: Are you comfortable with your private self? How much of who you truly are is out for others to see? Can you do it? Count the costs!

 

 

 

Houses 5 & 11: Are you following your heart? Where does your true allegiance lie? Are the dreams that you have been pursuing the ones that have real meaning for you?

 

 

 

Houses 6 & 12: Do you need an overhaul physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually? What habits need to go? Make the resolution to ‘just do it’!

 

 

Make these questions a starting point as you dig ever more deeply into the consequences of every action, every intention, every thought & every feeling that is a part of who you are.

Happy unveiling!

For those of you who follow the Buddhist traditions, this is the beginning of WESAK, the celebration of the Birth of the Buddha. For the next month, celebrations of his life will be held all over the world. It is a month of spiritual pursuit for his followers, a time to focus on the ‘PATH’. Blessings to all who aspire to the practice!

 

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VENUS: RULER OF TAURUS

One of the loveliest objects in our night sky is our twin planet, VENUS. As the closest planet to Earth, Venus is easily observed without the aid of telescopes. Along with the MOON, she has occupied a prominent place in our ongoing mythological narrative. The orbit that Venus makes is one of the most regular that can be tracked. For this reason, there is a whole sub-school of astrological research that centers primarily around Venus & her connection to Earth. It’s a beautiful orbit that creates both a 5-pointed star & over a longer period of time a blossom that resembles a rose. Everything about this planet whispers love, beauty, order, balance, peace, goodness. Truly, she is the Queen of the Heavens!

In mythology, one of the most celebrated stories is the one about the Birth of Venus. Most of us have seen the painting where a beautiful Venus (Aphrodite) rises up from the waters on a seashell. One of the stories says that she was born from the foam that came from the severed genitals of Uranus (Ouranos) when Saturn (Cronus) flung them into the sea. This adds layers of symbolism to the mystique of Venus. Creativity, life, and regeneration are all suggested as we ponder this somewhat terrifying and yet, restorative narrative. As we sort through the multitudinous stories involving the Goddess, we witness her passion, her creativity, her often fickle nature, her loyalty, and her unrestrained generosity. It’s worth the time it takes to make a deep dive into the various Venusian myths. They provide us with a deeper insight into how this archetypal energy operates within the psyche.

As I mentioned previously, Venus has an absolutely gorgeous orbital pattern when viewed from the Earth. Even though she is understood to be an Inner Planet with a seemingly rapid singular orbit around the Sun, her extrapolated orbital path is much more complex. Personally, I do think it is useful to examine where Venus is located within each Solar Return chart but to get a deeper sense of our personal timeline, the 8-year Venus Return chart is incredibly useful. Tracking the developmental journey via this 8 Year cyclical vantage point allows us to stand back & view how our values evolve as we mature & hopefully grow in wisdom. Think about it in terms of the real-life developmental path. Who are we at the age of 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88…and so forth. How do these ages coincide with other astrological thresholds? The Jupiter Return cycle? The Saturn Return cycle? The Chiron Return Cycle? The Uranus Return cycle?  Number co-relationships are fascinating & the more that we work with them, the more we will understand the rhythm of our lives on this planet.

Because of the symmetry of her orbit, Venus represents herself in the Earth sky either as the ‘Morning Star” or the ‘Evening Star”. An elaborate narrative based on the Inanna, (a Sumerian deity), myths developed over time. These myths told a story of loss, betrayal, passion, jealousy & ultimately redemption & re-birth. Inanna descended into the underworld where she moved through a series of personal trials until finally, she found her own re-birth, though not without the help of others. This same theme, the play between loss & survival, the long descent into a dark, forbidding ‘underworld’ & the subsequent ascent & renewal of life is found in the myths of many & various cultures. The Greeks retold this story in the Demeter (Ceres)/Persephone (Proserpine)/Hades (Pluto) myths. (Roman names in brackets.) It is well worth the time to dive into these stories & ponder how they might reveal the nuances of the Venus energy within the psyche. Are we caught in an ongoing cycle of re-birth that is tied to our deepest expressions of love? How do we move between grief & healing? Does the nature of our heart energy sustain us as we divest ourselves of all that we thought was dear to us? How do we express our Venus energy? On the broadest of levels, ‘Morning Star’ people externalize their Venus energy, while Evening Star people are more internalized in their process. It’s fairly simple to determine what ‘STAR’ type you are if you have your natal chart. If your Venus falls in a lesser degree or BEHIND the Sun, zodiacally, you are a Morning Star type & if Venus is in a greater degree or AHEAD of the Sun, zodiacally, you are an Evening Star type. There is, of course, much more to it than simply externalization or internalization & a truly wonderful exploration of the Venus cycle from this one perspective is the research done by astrologer Adam Gainsburg in his book, THE LIGHT OF VENUS. In his study of this complex area of astrology, Mr. Gainsburg delves into the nuances of the Venus cycle, her relationship to the Moon by conjunction & the symbology of Venus Retrograde. If you want to get to truly ‘know’ your inner Goddess, go find his wonderful book!

 

The Glyph for Venus is comprised of the circle & the cross.

The circle represents spirit & it sits upon the cross of matter. At the highest of expressions, Venus points the way into the eternal being of the divine from the finite expression of the physical.

 

 

Astrologically, the highest expression of the Venus principle within the personal psyche is functional discretion; that is, what we value & how we express our values. How deeply ingrained is our own inner moral compass & in which direction does it point? Today, we live in a reality where it is more common to express ourselves through the lens of ‘situational ethics”. Objective standards have given way to subjective ones. The challenge woven through this shift is that, if our subjective standards are not based on ethical premises, it can lead to decisions that are less than appropriate; that is, the discretion that we exercise can be less than functional, even dysfunctional. As we move from the Piscean age of rules & regulations (embodied in the polarity of Virgo; using systems to access the divine), into the newly forming, Aquarian Age, we must be diligent in ensuring that our individual inner moral compasses are attuned to the highest principles, in service of the greater good (Aquarius) so that we do not fall victim to self-serving ideologies (the Leo polarity), as a result. When we know what we love & why we love that thing, we can make decisions from a place of clarity. How important it is to refine ourselves in this area; to learn to love that which is healing, that which creates wellness both in ourselves & in those around us. Many of the global problems that we face today are a direct result of nebulous standards of ‘righteousness’. If LOVE is not the absolute to which we attune all else, then our inner moral compass becomes muddied. When we allow base urges to dominate, then the absolute of LOVE cannot prevail. Only purity can beget purity. One of our challenges as conscious beings is to strive towards purity & the absolute of principled LOVE.

Interestingly, traditional Astrology ascribes the exaltation of Venus to the zodiac sign of Pisces. When our basic inner values are aligned to the divine (Pisces), we can more confidently make important moral choices even when in the grips of ‘situational ethics”.

Venus has long been viewed as one of the ‘benefics’ by astrologers. Simply put, she is considered to be a source of blessing rather than one of warning. However, even Venus has her dark side. Unrestrained Venusian energy could demonstrate itself in indulgence, a self-serving persona, pleasure-seeking & hedonism. Dark Venus can overtake the senses so that one spends all of one’s time searching for the ‘next fix’ to sate the hunger within. Passion can masquerade as love, consume the heart and just as suddenly, burn out to leave the person unfulfilled and hungering for the next passionate experience. All of these kinds of demonstrations of the Venus “Principle” stem from unrefined energy, an energy that flows from selfishness rather than altruism.

Just as we discussed last month with Aries & Mars, anyone with the Sun in Taurus should carefully investigate their Venus energy. Let’s take a quick peek at how the various zodiacal placements of Venus, within the natal chart, might interact with the Taurus Solar force. There will only be a limited number of signs where Venus can be located for someone born under the Sun sign of Taurus because of the intersectionality of the two orbital paths. Venus is never more than 47 degrees away from the Sun in either direction, so she might be anywhere from mid-Pisces to mid-Cancer for the Taurus Sun person. In future blogs, we will run into Libra people who are also ‘ruled’ by Venus & explore that connection.

Sun in Taurus/Venus in Pisces:

Your ability to accept the impossible knows NO limits. Sweet, loving, forgiving, tolerant, you can overlook the warts of others without a second thought. The softest of all hearts out there…Your gift is your ability to embrace without censure.

 

Sun in Taurus/ Venus in Aries:

You add passionate commitment to an already loving nature. There is a spring to your step & you aren’t nearly as patient as people might think you are. Eager & irrepressible rather than staid & solid. The fire within your soul burns brightly. Your gift is a zest for life.

 

 

Sun in Taurus/Venus in Taurus:

What a lover! Solid to the core; you bring comfort & stability to everyone around you. Touchy/feely, you like to give & receive physical kindnesses. Your gift is your constancy.

 

Sun in Taurus/ Venus in Gemini:

You have the mobility that other Taurus Sun people would love to acquire. Your loving nature is supported with a ready wit & an even readier smile for everyone you meet. Your gift is laughter.

 

Sun in Taurus/Venus in Cancer:

Absolutely unstoppable when it comes to compassion. The light in your eyes makes everyone feel cared for. It never occurs to you that you have any other choice but to nurture both body & heart. Your gift is your kindness.

Finally, when Venus is retrograde, yet another layer of complexity is added into the persona. Venus Retrograde folks are rare & a group unto their own. The relational aspect of Venus is turned inward & the focus must be on developing a full & mindful inner relationship with oneself before all else. This does NOT mean that one can never have meaningful relationship with ‘the other’, but it does suggest that one needs to have inner harmony before meaningful relationship with the other can be attained.

On a mundane level, when Venus goes retrograde, that which is forgotten, hidden, lost could be re-discovered. Old friends reappear, precious objects are re-located, old emotions resurface. I always look forward to Venus Retrograde periods because I never know what treasure might be waiting for me!

Next Venus Retrograde period? December 18, 2021, at 26°29’ of Capricorn to January 28, 2022, when she stations direct at 11°5’ of Capricorn. So, get ready for some big reveals!

 

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NEW MOON IN ARIES: APRIL 11, 2021 @9:32 PM CDT

The sky is dark at New Moon. At this most magical moment, Luna hides her luminosity from us. So, look at the stars & watch them circle around the space where the Moon is hiding. It’s inspiring.

 

 

 

 

 

This New Moon is full of the fire of becoming. The collective energy is still in full ‘go’ mode with all planets direct. Yet again, there is a laser-like focus of energy with 4 of the main planetary forces grouped in loose conjunction, this time in Aries, from Mercury @ 15* all the way to Venus @ 27*. Technically we wouldn’t normally align these 2 degree points, but in the case of this lunation, they flank the New Moon on either side. I call this a ‘traveling’ conjunction. Zodiacally, Mercury is holding the rear while Venus leads the way, & both buffer the Sun/Moon @ 23* Aries. Be mindful (Mercury) of every action (Aries) that you take so that you express the highest good (Venus).

The highest expression of Aries is the promise of birth, initiation, self-expression. With Mercury & Venus involved, we are asked to consider how we express ourselves; what the nature of our self-expression reveals; how fiercely we align to our own inner truth. Chiron is also present in this intense Aries energy. Astrologers have only just begun working with Chiron consciously, (discovered in 1977), but the collective has been working with this energy un-consciously for millennia. Representative of the core wound within the psyche, Chiron is one of the principal energies that we can access for healing work. Facing the part of ourselves where we deny the fullness of self-expression is a critical part of any personal integrative process. Under the fiery inspirational force of this New Moon, we can turn inward & review where we break trust with our own personal moral codes, not to punish or recriminate, but, rather, to refine & improve. We all fall short of the ideal that we imagine for ourselves. How could it be otherwise; we are human and still in the process of re-discovering our true nature. What is necessary, if we are to keep growing into a better version of who we are, minute by minute, is to lovingly admit our failures, seek assistance if needed, ask for help when appropriate & keep polishing the inner jewel of our soul force. One of the hardest things that anyone can do, as a human, is to say, “I am wrong; please forgive me…” Aries, with all of its inherent courage & warrior energy, provides us with the will to stand up & say those words. The energy of the SOUL WARRIOR!

In the broadest sense, Chiron in Aries demonstrates the need to fully embrace selfhood, to stand strongly in one’s power, to simply BE YOU. But it’s hard &, I would say, at this strange time in our social history, being singular, autonomous, self-directed & feeling secure about it, is a monumental undertaking. As a collective, we are at the front end of re-imagining ourselves through the lens of community structure. The onset of the techno age has given rise to all sorts of distortions in the area of connection, communication & the dispensation of information. What seemed like a good idea at the time, (going digital) has morphed into something other than what was originally intended. One of the directives for FB was to ‘create community’. Is that all that has been developed? Do the benefits outweigh the harm? Has it led to greater unity or hidden division? In order to thoughtfully address these issues, we MUST ask these questions. If we are to grow together into something better than what we are now, we have to ask them and, even more importantly, to engage in OPEN & HONEST dialogue around these questions, without censure, judgment, or vilification of opposing viewpoints. Dialogue is the key to true healing of conflict. Be like the rock that hones itself as it rubs against another rock and both rocks become sharper, shinier, smoother as a result.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is: 

A WOMAN IN PASTEL COLOURS CARRYING A HEAVY & VALUABLE BUT VEILED BURDEN

We all hold within ourselves secret burdens that we carry not only through life but from life to subsequent life. Some of these burdens manifest within our present consciousness as demonstrated by our natal Chiron. The key tucked into the Sabian Symbol is that these secret burdens might be heavy but they are also VALUABLE, just as the burden of pregnancy is hidden, heavy but supremely valuable. Focus on what your wound, this hidden, heavy, valuable thing, gives you, not what it has taken away from you. Facing the true nature of your WEAKNESS provides you with clarity as to the direction that you must take to strengthen what is weak within you. Again, it is not always simple or easy since, for the most part, we are tackling our individual weaknesses from a subjective rather than an objective vantage point. But, by accessing the archetypal symbols of ASTROLOGY, we can create a more objective appraisal of what we need to do to refine our nature.

If you know the structure of your natal chart, start by locating Aries. We all have a sector of our psyches where this energy is tucked away.  Whatever house in the natal chart holds 23* Aries, examine it carefully. What area of life is involved? Do you have any personal planets in the vicinity? Can you locate any aspects that may be triggered, or, is 23* Aries making an aspect to anything in your natal chart? This is a really fun exercise. Start with the broadest connections & start narrowing them down. As an example, in my own natal chart, Aries is my 7th house. I could begin by jotting down some keywords for this: contracts, relationships, the other, compliance, listening, interaction & so forth. Then, I can brainstorm how my personal relationship life might be infused with the courage of birth, how I might re-imagine how to be in relationship, how I might make a new start in this area.

Next, I might look at any planets that I might have in Aries or in FIRE. In my chart, 23* Aries is very close to both my Chiron & my Pluto. This lunation forms a GRAND FIRE TRINE with those two planetary archetypes. I can then brainstorm what that might look like for me personally.  Can I make a fresh start in some of my relationships? Can I use the healing power of Chiron to transform (PLUTO) relationships that might be suffering or crumbling? In my chart, this lunation is almost exactly conjunct my VERTEX POINT. I understand that whatever transpires as a result of actions that I take in the coming months, will be of the utmost importance to me. I want to be sure to act from a place of love & forgiveness so that maximum growth can be attained. I have come to understand, over the course of my life, that it is through relationship, through the exchange of ideas, that I am able to grow, as long as I am open to what I receive from others without judgment or censure. I am excited to access the FIERCE HEALING LOVE of this NEW MOON in the coming weeks & hopefully purge myself of unwanted connections so that room can be made for new upbuilding connections; to work hard at healing wounded relationships so that both partners can grow & thrive together; to listen carefully & with an open heart & mind when others reach out to me. The fierce fire of this Aries New Moon can get me started in this healing direction.

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LIBRA FULL MOON: MARCH 28, 2021 @ 1:50 PM CDT

This Full Moon in Libra provides us all with an opportunity to forgive each other & to heal from the wounds that we inflict on one another.

There is an incredible triple conjunction of The Sun, Chiron & Venus @ 9*Aries. Fierce gentleness is suggested by the union of these three forces. The active compassion of Venus in Aries combines with the healing properties of Chiron to focus on wounds that involve core identity & how one interacts with ‘the other’ in our lives. Aries demands that we take action based on high principle while the Libra Moon encourages us to make amends where we can, to see things from the other’s perspective, to put ourselves in her shoes & imagine what led to the actions that she took which may have resulted in harm to ourselves.

This conjunction, activated by the Full Moon (OPPOSITION) is in Aries/Aries, the first 10 degrees of this sign. This amplifies the purity of the fire energy that is being highlighted. The call to action, symbolized by a sextile relationship between the triple conjunction with Mars in Gemini, is to be flexible, high-minded & ready to release negative emotion. Gemini promises that hope for healing can be found by lightening up, forgetting the evil things & focusing on the positive elements in any situation. Think HARMONY rather than disunity. To achieve a cooperative loving union, we must use our individual, autonomous self in a constructive & healing fashion. Where can we yield without forfeiting self-dignity? Where can we exercise true compassion while protecting our own hearts & minds? Relationship is tricky. It requires respect both for self & for the other. There is never only one perspective at play.

Sabian Symbol:  A CRYSTAL GAZER.

What knowledge can we tap into? What do we yet have to discover? Are we pure as we seek understanding or, do we allow personal bias to ‘colour’ the message? Make sure that you are neutral when ‘piercing the veil’ between this material reality & the etheric realms where all-knowing resides. Not every message received is TRUE. Challenge the narrative to ensure that it holds up. Especially in the context of relationship, no one can ever fully comprehend what is at play in the other’s heart & mind. Try to find a way to forgive your ‘other’ the way that you forgive yourself, utterly & without question. The Libra Full Moon shines a light on the beauty of partnership, the joy that we can experience when a partnership is true. It’s up to us to work on that in every partnership that we cherish in our own lives.

Overall, the energy of this ‘FIRE & LIGHT’ Full Moon is positive, forward-moving, optimistic! Whatever your own personal opinion of what the collective has experienced over the past year, everyone is ready to move on. The energy collectively, at the moment, is supportive of this. Just look at the powerful GRAND AIR TRINE between the MOON, MARS & SATURN! With MARS tightly aligned to the Gemini NORTH NODE, the message is clear. Determine for yourself (SATURN) what serves your own personal needs (MOON) & do it (MARS)! Mars forms another trine to Jupiter in Aquarius further emphasizing that action must be based on truth, not lies. What is the ‘right’ course to take? What will best serve both you & those around you?

Remember, the energy is extremely mobile at the moment. All planets are direct in motion. The retrogrades do not begin until the end of April. This is ‘GO’ time. But!!! Go with a lightness of being, go with a spring in your step. Be like a butterfly, not like a bull.

So make a note of the three days when this Moon will fill our sky; March 27, 28 & 29. And, when you gaze at her beautiful fulness, open your heart to compassion, forgiveness & love.

IT IS THE SEASON OF MARS: RULER OF ARIES

HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX !!

It is Aries time: March 20-April 19! Let’s go!

 

 

Understanding the general import of the 12 signs of the zodiac is the beginning of all there is to know…in astrology! LOL…

But…there is SO much more to it than just taking a magical mystery tour of the zodiac from Aries to Pisces!

Each individual ‘sign’ (read: energy), is associated with a specific planet, (sometimes more than one), in the solar system. The planets of the solar system are representative of fundamental ‘drivers’ within or facets of the personal psyche. Simply put, they are aspects of the self, viewed through the lens of archetypes & mythology. Astrology is probably the longest-running lab experiment in human history; that is, through the process of OBSERVATION & CORRELATION, we have compiled a vast amount of data about the workings of the human body, mind, heart & soul. Over millennia, this data has been investigated, applied, tweaked, and otherwise worked with so that we can, with a high degree of certainty, make some pretty accurate observations about human behaviour by looking at the birth chart (SOUL MANDALA) of any given individual. This process is so uncannily accurate that even the hard-core skeptics have to do intellectual gymnastics to deny its often eerie pronouncements. YIKES!

Exploring the planets of the zodiac provides us with a deeper look into the workings of the persona, and often, it explains why we don’t resonate with the description of our ‘sun sign’ when we read about it in a piecemeal astrology cookbook. Suddenly, when we start to uncover the planetary connections to the signs, we are not just Astro scavengers scratching around the surface dirt of the astrological ‘dig’, we have gone to the next level of meaning for any given energy that is featured within the mandala of our soul—the birth chart.

I want to keep this blog short enough that I don’t lose your interest so I’m going to be as brief as possible. What I am trying to say here is that there is no way that I am going to cover EVERYTHING about MARS. But I’ll make a start. As always, do your own digging. Get a lot of different perspectives. We are so fortunate these days that we have this seemingly infinite storehouse of knowledge literally at our fingertips. Get those fingers moving & discover, unearth & learn!

So, what’s this planet, MARS, all about? Here we go!

Astrology drew on the myths of many people to construct the archetypes that are currently understood to represent the planetary energies. I believe that we are in the midst of a shift of perception in this regard but still, to create the future, one must draw upon the past. With that in mind, here are some mythological keynotes on ARES or as the Romans knew him, MARS.

Ares was the offspring of Zeus & Hera but, it appears that he was not overly liked by his parents; too impulsive, headstrong & unpredictable. Often confined and left alone, we moderns would most probably assign some kind of psychological abandonment disorder to poor old Ares (Mars). Some of the stories tell us that it was Hermes (Mercury) who eventually forged a relationship with Ares. Priapus, Hermes’ son, became his tutor and taught him the art of dance & movement. Eventually, he acquired great prowess as a warrior, thus the sense of power & might that we often feel around folks with highly focused Mars energy. And the elegance of movement! Have you noticed that? That is the dance part of the process. Interestingly, war (the domain of Mars), has often been likened to a dance or an art.

Ares (Mars) grand passionate love affair was with Aphrodite (Venus), with whom he had several children and though Ares was not faithful, their relationship endured despite the infidelities. The Romans, who named him Mars, believed that the twins, Romulus & Remus, were his offspring. These two, born of a woman & suckled by a wolf went on to found the great city, Rome. Mars energy is co-related to the SOLAR PLEXUS chakra, the source of creativity. Truly great artists are often unrestrained, passionate, uncontrollable, even aggressively so.

Mars is most often known as THE GOD OF WAR, but that is not all. Mars is associated with Birth, the Vernal Equinox, or Spring, thus reinforcing that sense of initiation, beginning, renewal.

As we ponder these various stories, we get an insight into the energy of Mars. This is the energy of eventual self-determination, strong will, singularity born of necessity & passion. Ares (Mars) learned how to stand on his own two feet early on. He took matters into his own hands despite obstacles put in his path. He loved fiercely. He avenged wrongs brutally. His actions were not so much calculated, but rather, born of impulse & emotion. Thinking was not his strong suit. It is interesting that early on he was tutored by Priapus, the son of Hermes, (Mercury), suggesting that it is via the intellect & reason that we can learn to manage our passions & impulses.

As I said earlier, I believe that our understanding of the archetypes shifts as our collective experience evolves. We moderns have developed many strategies to manage this primal energy within our psyches. Mars energy is the energy of survival so it is not surprising that when survival depends on immediate response to life-threatening situations, it can often be deployed in an aggressive & even violent fashion.

In the so-called lesser developed parts of the world, we can still see the unsubtle, raw energy of aggression & assertion demonstrated in the name of sheer survival while in the so-called advanced societies, we have learned to mask our primal urges and even repress them.

Mars is considered to be the lower octave of Pluto. Pluto is the most distant of the outers & along with Neptune & Uranus, Pluto represents the deepest part of our psyches & even beyond that, the soul, itself. Mars, then, as the lower octave energy represents the deployment energy of the soul force energy. It is through the auspices of our individual Mars energy that we enact the needs of the SOUL. If we can align our Mars functionality to a higher vibrational resonance, it is far more likely that we will eventually align to our individual soul purpose. It is for this reason that most major spiritual practices have exhorted their followers to refine, control, manage their desire body.  If desire is left unchecked, spirit cannot be served. Aligning desire to spiritual pathway then channels these base impulses into a higher form of expression on this earthly level.

So, in the birth mandala, Mars tells us a lot about how we make things happen in our life; how we take action; our ‘M.O.’, modus operandi. Whatever energy you have, overall, your Mars placement informs your STYLE, the way that you present yourself out there in the world around you. Let’s look briefly at how Mars might function in the 12 signs with the qualification that this is merely a superficial peek into this complex & essential energy. All observations will be modified by the inter-relational aspects of Mars, as well as the area of the mandala that it occupies. However, a good starting point is Mars through the 12 zodiac signs. Once you look over these initial descriptions, your homework is to brainstorm more descriptions based both on your ongoing study & your personal experience. Keep your brainstorm lists & keep adding to them. You will be truly amazed at the depth of your own understanding as it is right at this moment, & at the manner in which it grows if you keep at this process.

Let’s consider that Mars is our INNER WARRIOR, showing us, through the symbolism of the zodiac, how we fight for what we want, how we enact our basic impulses, not only for survival but also for advancement & improvement. And let’s look at both sides of the picture, the light & the shadow side. Keep in mind, Mars in the chart symbolizes our warrior energy while the sign it is placed in DESCRIBES the flavour of that energy. We all have an INNER WARRIOR but he deploys himself uniquely for each one of us.

 

When Mars is found in:

ARIES:

DIRECTLY, FORCEFULLY

OR  

INCONSIDERATELY, RASHLY

 

TAURUS:

PERSISTENTLY, THOROUGHLY

OR:

STUBBORNLY, IMMOVABLY

 

 

GEMINI:

FLUIDLY, WITH VERSATILITY 

OR:

WITHOUT FOCUS, INCONSISITENTLY

 

 

 

CANCER:

PROTECTIVELY, COMPASSIONATELY

OR:

IRRATIONALLY, DEFENSIVELY

     

LEO:  PASSIONATELY, AMBITIOUSLY

OR:        

SELFISHLY, EGOTISTICALLY

 

 

VIRGO: DELIBERATELY, ANALYTICALLY

OR:

ANALLY, OVERLY CAUTIOUSLY

 

 

LIBRA:  WITH FINESSE, HARMONIOUSLLY

OR: 

INDECISIVELY, DUPLICITLY

 

 

 

SCORPIO:   INTENSELY, WITH DRIVE 

OR:     

RUTHLESSLY, MANIPULATIVELY

 

SAGITTARIUS:  

ENTHUSIASTICALLY, OPTIMISTICALLY  

OR:       

RESTLESSLY, UNREALISTICALLY

 

CAPRICORN:  

CONSTRUCTIVELY, MEASURED

OR:

CONTROLLING, OPPRESSIVELY

 

 

 

AQUARIUS:

UNCONVENTIONALLY, INCLUSIVELY  

OR:

ERRATICALLY, REBELLIOUSLY

 

 

PISCES:

PEACEFULLY, GENTLY

OR:

IN A CONFUSED WAY, MUDDLED

 

The key to working with these types of brainstorming lists is to be very fluid when compiling them. Do not be overly critical of your list. You can add or delete descriptions at will. NOTHING is ever written in stone. Reason? The birth mandala is a living thing. It represents YOU, a complex pattern of energy that is always in flux. As you move through life, so does the energy around you move through a variety of expressions which then interact with your natal energy resulting in a beautiful breathing living being. Delightful!

 

So now we come to the last bit of this current blog, and that is the bit about what, in astrology, is called RULERSHIP. Mars is the ‘ruler’ of Aries & the co-ruler of Scorpio. Everyone born under the Sun Signs of Aries & Scorpio will have their basic solar energy MODIFIED by whatever sign of the zodiac their natal Mars is occupying. Simple, really & oh boy, several lights switch on once we see this connection! That is the next level of delineation that I mentioned previously; the reason why some have questioned the validity of astrological description. The chart is like a complex woven cloth. The individual strands of energy weave in and out of one another creating a unique pattern that cannot be duplicated. Its magical & mysterious all at same time. This month we will stick to Aries as it is the birthday time for solar Aries folks. Later, we will look at Scorpio as well. So, if you were born under the Sun Sign of Aries & know where your Mars is located, consider the following:

Mars, ruler of Aries in:

Aries: You will be a true Aries type for the most part. Direct, impulsive, unrestrained, headstrong & absolutely certain you know what you are doing. Be careful to manage that exuberant fire energy so that you do not burn everyone around you!

Taurus: You are an unstoppable force, much less flighty & way more grounded. You have the capacity to put your ideas into concrete form because you have the back up of determination & constancy of action. Be careful that you do not crush everyone in your path because you definitely have the ability to do so.

Gemini: You clever monkey! Fire & air combine here to give you incredible versatility & the ability to multi-task your way into success. Ideas come fast & furious for the most part. Intuitive to the extreme. Be careful that you manage your organic self as you have the capacity to run on empty without realizing it.

Cancer: Your fighting spirit comes in a sweet & nurturing package. You can be a fierce fighter for those who are in need of a champion. One of the nicest things about this combo is that you can make people feel really safe when you are around. Be careful to monitor your emotions as sometimes you will act defensively when there really is no need to do so. Sometimes, the monsters in the closet really are merely clothes on a hangar.

Leo: Fire energy is supported by Fire energy to create an ongoing creative explosion of self-expressiveness. You have big energy, big ideas, big, big big. If you want the support of those around you, stop & notice who they are. They have big ideas too!

Virgo: You are blessed with the ability to sort your way through any initiative. Able to see the eventuality before it actually arrives, you can make corrections to your strategies as you need to. A good inspirational planner, your presence in any group provides thoughtful leadership. Learn to honour both your analytical & intuitive sides. If you feel irritated by others’ failings, count to ten before flying off the handle. Remember, perfection is an illusion.

Libra: You are fierce when it comes to equality, justice & truth. You will stop at nothing to create peace. Your courageous leadership is facilitated by a finesse of implementation. You understand conflict on a gut level & thus make one of the best conflict resolvers. Try hard to be as brutally honest as you can be so you don’t lose the respect of those around you.

Scorpio: Your passion is supported by an intense drive to succeed. You have twice the courage, twice the stamina, twice the commitment to your initiatives. Be aware that not everyone has your single-mindedness of purpose or the amount of sheer forceful energy that you have. Try to be gentle with those around you. You are the Supreme General; they are your foot soldiers.

Sagittarius: Your enthusiasm for adventurous initiatives knows no bounds. Always eager to get to the next project, start the next enterprise, you can be tireless in the pursuit of your vision. Your presence in any group can be inspirational to its members so make sure that you follow through & don’t leave them in the lurch. Slow down so you don’t trip over your feet.

Capricorn: This is EXECUTIVE energy. Your capacity to manage & lead can result in ongoing success for you. You have a keen eye for planning along with an innate ability to know when to take action & when to delay action. This gives you a firm grip on that exuberant Aries energy from a deep inner level, the gut. Used appropriately, this is manifesting energy. Don’t overlook the heart in any situation. Consider how others feel from time to time. It’s never all about the bottom line.

Aquarius: What do you want to accomplish? It’s your choice. You are the Master of many trades if you choose to be. Able to fit into any group & contribute to it, you are passionate about your ideals. If what you are doing does not align with those ideals, you can become cynical & ruthless so make sure that you are working in harmony with core values. Learn to respect other peoples’ principles so that you can find a way to work with rather than against.

Pisces: This placement will add an element of compassion & sensitivity to a sometimes insensitive, uncompassionate energy. You have the ability to tune into what others are feeling & then to modify your behaviour to facilitate progress. Just your presence in any group will lower the temperature if it gets too hot. On the highest of vibrational levels, you are a transformer for other’s chaotic emotions so make sure that you regularly ‘debrief’ by clearing your aura after being immersed in conflict, discord, or anger. Best way? Salt baths that replicate the oceanic environment. Salt scrubs to cleanse your skin & etheric body. If you feel overwhelmed, leave the environment you are in. Don’t be a hero at your own expense.

 

As I have said more than once, everything here is merely a starting point. There is so much ingrained in the beautiful thing I call THE BIRTH MANDALA. Every layer we reveal leads us to another layer yet to be revealed. Take some of these descriptions & then brainstorm your own. If you cannot think of anything for a particular combo, let it go & move on to the next one. This is an unfolding process and there are no rules except the ones that work for you.

So, Happy birthday, all you Aries folks! It’s your month; March 20-April 19…Happy SPRING EQUINOX!

 

Next month, goddess willing, we will look at Venus, ruler of Taurus & Libra.

 

PISCES NEW MOON MARCH 13, 2021 @ 4:23 AM

Get ready for a focus on the dreamy, mystical energy of Pisces to start off this upcoming New Moon period. The ‘BOWL’ formation of the lunation emphasizes receptiveness & intuitive process. 4 of the main planets cluster together from 20* Pisces to 24* Pisces, led by a frisky Mars in Gemini & supported by a direct moving Pluto in Capricorn. We still have significant Aquarian energy to facilitate the intellectual process which is vital when the Sun, Moon, Venus & Neptune are all grouped together in nebulous Pisces. Feel it, for sure but then think it through by taking a step back. Detach, detach, detach! It’s necessary when there is so much mystical energy incoming!

This New Moon, significantly, is square the NODES which are transiting through Sagittarius/Gemini. Issues around spirituality are on the table. Do you believe what you see or do you see what you believe? Think about that. We are living through ‘critical times, hard to deal with…when men have become lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…having a FORM of godly devotion but proving FALSE to its power…’2 Timothy 3: 1-5.

All true seekers of purity of spirit MUST turn away from such as these. We must find our own individual inner truth that aligns us to the wisdom of LOVE in these hateful, divisive times. And we CAN do it starting here, starting now! The energy is currently all direct, with no holds barred! Every single planet is forward moving. This is a clear signal to set things into motion in your life. Clarify your dream (the Pisces energy) & then hustle, kiddo, hustle. The retrogrades begin to kick in at the end of April when first Pluto stations retrograde, but until then, its eyes front, feet moving, go, go go…

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

AN INHABITED ISLAND (24* PISCES)

 

 

 

 

MARY AND HER WHITE LAMB (24* VIRGO)

 

 

 

 

 

Begin this current cycle with RIGHT INTENTION. Fill your mind with ‘good things’. Surround yourself with others who are pursuing peace & righteousness. Stay away from anything that contributes to dark energy around you. Keep your aura crystal clean; at least, to the extent that you can. What sorts of habits can you purge from your life? What about drugs? Alcohol? Hedonistic pursuits? Can you eliminate or at the very least reduce their presence in your life? You are what you consume, what you think, what you desire. Look at each aspect of your life in this way & be brutally honest with yourself. Being a spiritual seeker is NOT easy or simple. It requires diligence, commitment & perpetual self-review.

The reward is an unfolding one if we can align to spiritual practice in our everyday lives. It is the purity of self-expressiveness coupled with a simplicity of being, innocence. How beautifully this is pictured in the Virgo Sabian Symbol. The White Lamb suggests the Christ energy of compassion, love & forgiveness while “Mary” represents the energy of nurture, compliance & sacrifice to a higher purpose.

These symbols clearly demonstrate the path of the pilgrim; that one who is avid in her pursuit of purposeful, mindful existence. The best way to combat the existential crisis that everyone blabs about is to fill one’s life with a REASON TO CONTINUE TO EXIST. Not rocket science, baby, just simple wisdom…

Enjoy this lovely NEW MOON. Drink her sweet PISCEAN energy in. Deeply. Allow her to fill you with hope. Mark my words, there are good things ahead for those of us who choose to find them!

 

 

 

Virgo Full Moon: 02-17-21

Full Moon in Virgo: Pisces Sun

This month, while the Sun is transiting the zodiac sign of Pisces, Luna reaches her fullness on Feb 27, 2021, @ 2:19 am.  If the night is clear, try to get out & take a look at this wonderful Virgo Full Moon. The more that we can connect with the natural world, the more we will find our ground. We have all become disconnected from the earth and especially so over the last year of strangeness. A FULL MOON serves as a cosmic reminder of who we are, (human beings) & where we come from, (a complex & miraculous universe).

The magical, ethereal energy of Pisces is firmly grounded by the practical, earthy energy of Virgo. I just love the fact that these two energies complement one another so that we become neither too stodgy (Virgo) nor too spacey (Pisces). Virgo’s essential, common sense, & hands-on approach nicely balances out Pisces’ flights of fancy & mystical inclinations. Even the most enlightened of us need to address the necessities of being alive!

Full moons always offer us a fullness of perspective, no matter the sign that they occupy so we should approach this time period, basically about 3 days (a day on either side) with an eagerness to stand as far back as we can so that we get as much of the picture that we can. Imagine just standing with your arms wide open, head flung back, chest open & lifted up & breathing it all in. You are the universe; the universe is you. Okay, that’s the Pisces part of it. Now, then, what are you going to DO about it? That’s the practical, Virgo part of it.

Venus in Pisces is closely aligned to this Full Moon, adding a sense of beauty, grace & goodness into the mix. Venus in Pisces is the ENERGY HEALER. She can cross the physical boundary of flesh & blood & get right into the essential energy of the other. There are these very special healer types amongst us; those who can heal with a simple touch; those who do not need BIG PHARMA to drug us into so-called wellness. Beyond the archetype of healing, Venus in Pisces is ultimate compassion. The sweetness of this energy cannot be overstated. Anecdotally, I have experienced incredible principled love demonstrated by those who have this energy wired into their psyches. It is awe-inspiring.

The Sabian Symbols for this pair of degrees, Virgo & Pisces 9 are:

AN EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER MAKING A FUTURISTIC DRAWING

 A JOCKEY

At first glance these two images may seem disparate but sit with them for a bit.

We are absolutely in the midst of a reboot of some kind. Systems are being challenged. Protocols are being disrupted. Values are being questioned. The FUTURE is being re-imagined as if at the hands of some mysterious cosmic artist who is passionately filling his canvas with renderings that are not fully understood. The complimentary symbol of the JOCKEY infuses a sense of dedicated urgency into the mix. We MUST get to the finish of this process. We MUST win this re-imagining of all that we thought we knew. It is a race to prevail against all odds, to get to the finish line all in one piece.

All in all, there is heightened energy around this FULL MOON, a feeling (Pisces) that we need new tools (Virgo) to get the job done. Mars in Taurus is in a wide square to this lunation (11* orb) infusing solid fuel into the emotional process. Saturn is almost exactly inconjunct @ 9* Aquarius, demanding that any necessary adjustment MUST be made to achieve desired ends. Uranus is trine within 1* @ 8* Taurus providing ample ability to perceive things DIFFERENTLY, to imagine outside the box with ease. Radical solutions are needed for these radically strange times we are living through.

Go with the MOON. Feel her to the bottom of your bones. Breathe in her potential healing energy & ride the light fantastic!

PISCES: DREAMWEAVER

By now, if you have been keeping up with this ongoing exploration of the energies of the zodiac, you can anticipate what I am about to say.

Pisces energy is somewhere in EVERYONE’S psyche! This is the energy of all that is mystical, dreamy, imaginative & for some, spiritual.

 

Pisces is one of the 3 water signs, the other being Cancer & Scorpio. In Pisces, emotion is expressed in the least personal way of all three. This is the broad brush of emotional energy, far-reaching, altruistic, principled. Let’s use a watery image to attempt to capture the nature of Pisces. It’s like the ocean; vast & seemingly without end, deep & hard to penetrate, mobile & with sudden shifts of directional flow. The ocean can inspire but it can also overwhelm. Pisces emotion is best described as compassion devoid of attachment to the object of the compassion. It is universal love rather than individual love. It is the place of peace in the left hand of the divine, that most exalted of positions. 

 

It is a mutable energy, one that is adaptable, malleable, and shiftable.  Like the ocean referred to previously, the waves can move in numerous directions all at the same time. And so it is with Pisces; this energy flows instinctively where it needs to flow. In the natural wheel of the zodiac, Pisces finds its home in the 12th house, a sector of the horoscope that co-relates to the unconscious mind, and to the formative period in human development. In the first few hours after birth, much is absorbed by the newly manifested being and it is a time when the soul of the being is very close to the surface of the skin. The infant science of psychology has only just begun to scratch the surface of the intricacies of emotional and mental development but I think that most thinking individuals will agree that what happens to a person in their early years forms the foundation for all that follows. I would add that what happens in the first few hours after birth is critical to later development, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Pisces provides the self with a template for all of this. So, understand that this is the part of the psyche that absorbs stimuli and processes these stimuli, assimilating information into the most interior areas of the self. This absorption is multi-faceted, organic, sensate, emotional, ethereal, of the heart, of the mind & of the soul. Obviously, this process continues throughout the life journey and so we can co-relate Pisces to that part of the self that intuits, senses, ‘knows’, without the need to prove or substantiate, as opposed to Virgo, the partner sign to Pisces, which absolutely needs to disseminate & analyze in order to absorb data.

 

The symbol for Pisces is the dual fishes but note that they are fashioned as if pointed in opposite directions. This is usually understood to represent the dual nature of human existence, the pull to spirit and the pull to flesh. But another way to understand the movement of the two little fish is to see them chasing each other’s tails, creating a circular movement. A circle of being is thus suggested and more than anything else, Pisces is the place where we can connect to the eternal, the infinite. Pisces flows through life (water) in a continuous, unbroken way. What a beautiful affirmation of the constancy of being—always the same, though always different.

 

 

So, Pisces is spirit, the yearning to find the divine, the place of understanding that supersedes any mental process, the ‘aha’ experience that makes sense of the chaos and brings light into the darkness. Pisces is intuitive, gentle, yielding, forgiving. Anyone with an emphasis of this energy in their psyche must learn to listen to their inner sense. And I will say here that not all Pisces types will ‘hear’ their inner voice in the same way. What is universal for these types is that there IS an inner sense of some kind and that often, these types will have early life experiences that result in a sense of alienation, aloneness, and separation from others. They are often misunderstood and even shunned by those who cannot as easily connect with the ethereal world. It is essential that these sensitives find their own place of ‘ground’ or security within their own selves. They must create their own criteria of relevancy because often others will not ‘get it’. Nevermind, little Pisces, what you know is what others aspire to know. What you feel is that which is true so hang on to that truth about yourself.

 

As with all energies, Pisces has a Shadow. Confusion is one such manifestation. Pisces types must work hard to stay clear. Think back to the image of the ocean. There’s just too much water! So it is, with Pisces. Depending on the rest of the chart, of course, the Pisces like person is acutely sensitive to all forms of incoming energy, whether positive or negative. Because of this, the Pisces-like person must be rigorous in her attempt to develop discernment & maintain healthy boundaries. This is a steep process so until a level of hard-headed analysis is reached, confusion can be the result.

This can lead to another shadow—a lack of focus. Often described as dreaminess from a positive perspective, lack of focus can rob the individual of ever finishing what she has started. Again, this is a broad-brush commentary; every Pisces-like person is unique. The rest of the energies in the birth mandala will be instrumental in how the Pisces part of it actually concretizes in the form of characteristics & proclivities. As an example, you may be a solar Pisces with the Moon in Capricorn or your Ascendant might be in Capricorn. Your so-called lack of focus will be much less in evidence than another solar Pisces with the ascendant or Moon in Gemini. Gemini will contribute to a personality that is much more casual & fun-loving while Capricorn will give you the tools to turn your dreamy power of imagining into something tangible & useful. Happy you, if you have been blessed with the Geminian love of fun & lightness! Lucky you, if you happen to have a good dose of Capricorn in you!

Another Shadow is a tendency to form addictive behaviors. Pisces can easily fall into varying degrees of dependency, different forms of compulsion & a pattern of seeking escape from a sometimes-harsh reality. Again, the positive side of this problematic shadow is a brilliance of artistry. Pisces has the ability to imagine the unimaginable & if the shadow is avoided, it is in Pisces that we find the POET, the ARTIST, the DREAMWEAVER.

An example of a Solar Pisces who was able to use the positive side of the shadow, was Albert Einstein, born March 14, 1879. His Pisces Sun was firmly grounded by Neptune in Taurus & provided him with a high degree of dispassionate objectivity by Jupiter in Aquarius. His Moon in Sagittarius was similarly ruled by Jupiter in Aquarius, providing him with a capacity for fearless adherence to principle, albeit ones that he considered to be of prime importance. With both Mercury & Venus in Aries, ruled by an exalted Mars in Capricorn, he had the inherent capacity to be a fearless thinker & apply values that were founded on individualistic experience. He was not a follower by any stretch of the imagination. That Capricorn Mars, in mutual reception to his Saturn in Aries, provided him with the focus & drive that he needed to ride his solar Pisces energy right into the heart of matter & energy, and in a way that had never been done previously. He was a “one of a kind” independent & fearless thinker. A famous story often told about Albert was that his theory of relativity came to him in a dream. What an absolutely perfect Pisces process! And he, with all that enterprising & uncompromising energy concretized that dream into the foundations of our modern world. Amazing!

To see Albert’s chart, just click on it.

 

Here are some possible descriptions for Pisces through the personals.

 

Moon in Pisces: Sensitive to the extreme, you can ‘feel’ others just by being in their vicinity. Sometimes, this is not even necessary since you have the ability to IMAGINE being in their vicinity! You are constantly adjusting yourself to the changing environment around you with an innate ability to go with the flow once you get the hang of it. Compassionate to the core, you are a heart-based giver to all. You may find yourself ‘alone’ but you will never be lonely since the interior of your mind is filled with engaging ideas & dreams. Take as much personal time as you need. Seclusion recharges your batteries. Make it a habit to commune with the Moon. Just go out into the night when Luna is shining bright & breathe her in!

 

Mercury in Pisces: The potential for so-called ‘psychic’ ability is high. The nature of your thinking is, at the best of times, dimensionally creative. ‘To imagine is to create…’ could be a mantra for you. Able to make connections that others marvel at, take the time to explain how you got to your conclusions. We all wish that we could leap from mountain peak to mountain peak the way that you can. Love is your natural language. Use it. Develop your own unique vocabulary by allowing the words to rise up in your consciousness uncensored. Not always easy but once you get the hang of this process, you will find that your language will inspire those who hear it.

 

Venus in Pisces: Universality in the expression of divinely inspired LOVE is your strong point. Able to love without judgment, you are the natural healer of the zodiac. You can be moved to the very core of your soul by an inspiring piece of artwork as by another individual. It’s how it impacts you on that most intimate of levels. Practice discrimination from time to time so you don’t get lost in the depths of your feelings & keep on the watch for all those ‘three-legged dogs’, whether animal or human. Your non-judgmental ability to accept the most broken amongst us could, if not monitored carefully, lead you into problematic situations. Remember…BOUNDARIES!!! Practice therapeutic touch because you have the capacity to relieve others of their stress.

 

Mars in Pisces:  The potential to find one’s path instinctively by following flow is high. Conversely, because of the fluid nature of this placement, one must be mindful about setting boundaries & establishing protocols for action taken. All initiatives are linked to the feeling nature so to succeed, one must believe in one’s goals, be they material or spiritual. Romantic to the core, the sexual nature can only fully express itself if Love is included. One of your objectives is to develop DISCRIMINATION. You get so many messages that you need to discern which are valid & which are merely background noise. Remember, not all intuitions are founded on objective reality. A LOT of what you sense is coming from the emotional centers of ‘the other’, many of whom are unconscious, living in fear & muddled up. Learn how to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’ & once you have mastered the art of discernment, throw the chaff quickly into the fire so that it does not contaminate the wheat. How to develop discernment? The very first thing is to maintain an attitude of skepticism & once a message comes through, either via a dream, a sensation, or a download, take the time to sit quietly with it and feel it in your entire body, organic & etheric. Read the signals methodically. How does it make your body feel? Is there a specific sensation somewhere in your body & if so where? What is your heart saying? Is your spiritual self nourished or depleted by the incoming message? In what way? Using a filtering process can tremendously improve your ability to discern if your intuition was valid or merely at the mercy of collective chaos. Especially now, we are living in a sea of chaotic energy, and those of us who are sensitives MUST become adept at discrimination. Otherwise, we will surely drown in a sea of tumult.

 

Ascendant in Pisces: Like Mars in Pisces, your spidey senses are like radar & if you learn to interpret them accurately, you will always find your way through any situation. Trust your gut response but first learn to understand what your gut response really means. Depending on the rest of the mandala, your messages may come in the form of body signals, including auditory ones, mental messages, a holistic type of simple ‘knowing’ or visual images either through omens or dreams. Your job is to figure out what your messaging protocol is. You can sense your way into any situation & your ability to MERGE with those around you is both a blessing & a curse; a blessing because this allows your exquisite empathy to provide others with comfort but a curse because you absorb the emotions of others so easily. Boundaries are of the utmost importance for you. You may find that you are most comfortable with friends who provide you with stability and grounding and who are able to translate what you nebulously ‘feel’ into understandable language. Keep developing boundaries & keep them strong so that you are not inundated with meaningless sensations. Also just like those with Mars in Pisces, you must cultivate DISCERNMENT above all. If you are having challenges in managing your personal boundaries, look at the placements of both your natal Jupiter & Neptune to develop strategies that help with this.

If either of your ruling planets is in FIRE:

–meditate regularly

–create rituals to connect you to your spiritual center

–visualize a flaming ring of fire that surrounds you at all times & disallows unwanted intrusion into your personal space

EARTH:

–spend time in nature daily

–engage in drumming which syncs your heartbeat to GAIA

–visualize yourself protected by trees, rocks, or any other representation of nature, somewhere in a safe, protected place where only those you permit can find you; & imagine you are barefoot!!!

AIR:

–practice deep breathing techniques

–chant healing mantras, either your own or ones you have learned from spiritual teachers; sing loudly & often

–visualize yourself surrounded by an electric web that none can penetrate without your conscious permission

WATER:

–fortify & guard your heart by focusing on it during a meditation; (place both hands across your heart while meditating)

–be selective about who you engage with organically; purge yourself regularly with saltwater baths to rid yourself of others’ emotional plasma

–visualize yourself in a large fluid egg (womblike) laced with gold thread that stops all negative energy from permeating your personal space; (my colour of choice is pink; use your own inner guidance to find the colour that suits YOU best)

 

 

 

 

Star Crossings: What’s in the soup right now?

 

Two planets are associated with Pisces, Jupiter, and once it was observed in the sky, Neptune. Jupiter co-relates to the intuitive mind or what has sometimes been called the right brain, that part of the self that can dream, vision and create. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, representing love universal, love divine. Jupiter, as the sub-ruler, demonstrates Pisces’ connection to spirit via the avenue of creative, left-brain process. Neptune as ruler shows Pisces’ connection to spirit via alignment to the collective consciousness; thus, the reason why so many Pisces types have that famous ‘spidey sense’. Here’s a look at these two planets in current transit.

 

Jupiter takes about 12 years to move around the Sun and spends about 1 year in each sign of the zodiac. In the personal horoscope, Jupiter is considered to be bridge energy, that is, it links the more personal and external impulses with the deeper, less obvious impulses. In working terms, Jupiter can demonstrate our sense of meaning, our level of faith or belief, our need to understand, and the drive to succeed as we do so–the reward factor. The more that we can develop this part of our psyches, the more we will be ‘in the flow’ or ‘lucky’. Currently, Jupiter is at the front end of its journey through Aquarius. Collectively this is a great time to envision our future as a human race & set the goal, collectively, to reach that reward.

 

 

Jupiter is one of the planets that helps us to understand our life in cyclical terms and most of us will experience at least 5 or 6 (often up to 8 or even 9) Jupiter Returns. ( A planetary return is when that celestial object revisits the exact degree that it occupied at a given birth.)  So, for all of you who have Jupiter in Aquarius natally, you will be experiencing this ‘return’ over the next year or so.

Following is a listing of dates going back to 1949 for Jupiter’s transit of Aquarius. If your birthday occurred within the scope of these dates, then you are currently experiencing a Jupiter “RETURN”. And, obviously, dates indicate the time periods when anyone with Jupiter in Aquarius experienced a Jupiter Return. Note the time elapse between the sequential dates. An interesting exercise is to go back to any records that you might have as to what was going on in your life around those dates. This will provide you with real-life data as to how your own Jupiterian energy operates for you and, even more importantly, how it has changed in terms of operation. Remember, the way energy works within us individually is directly co-related to the level of our own personal vibration. This vibratory level can alter depending on our egoic reactions to our life experiences.

 

 

 

April 13-1949-June 27, 1949

(the planet’s retrograde takes him back into Capricorn)

December 1, 1949-April 14, 1950

(the planet moves into Pisces & then retrogrades back into Aquarius)

September 16, 1950-December 1, 1950

ruler: Uranus in Cancer

 

March 15, 1961-August 11, 1961

(the planet retrogrades back into Capricorn)

November 4, 1961-March 25, 1962

ruler: Uranus in Leo

 

February 23, 1973-March 7, 1974

ruler: Uranus in Libra

 

February 7, 1985-February 20, 1986

ruler: Uranus in Sagittarius

 

January 22, 1997-February 3, 1998

ruler: Uranus in Aquarius

(some of these souls had Jupiter conjunct Uranus–wow!!)

 

January 6, 2009-January 17, 2010

ruler: Uranus in Pisces

 

Note that some of the dates are interrupted by a span of a few months. This is due to the regular retrograde cycle that the planet follows occurring near the 0* point. 

 

Anyone with Jupiter in Aquarius will have the potential for incredible uniqueness. She will more likely be open-minded rather than rigid. The Uranian element within her persona will lead her in new directions, give her the appetite to explore new concepts, philosophies, ideologies, and spiritual protocols. There is a real possibility of genius on some level. (look to the house placement & aspects that Jupiter is making, especially to Mercury, the 3rd & the 9th house.) In Aquarius, Jupiter will be ‘high-minded’, particularly in areas to do with equality, equity, social action, community activism. Again, depending on the rest of the energy of the natal mandala, this could be a person who innately understands technology and particularly pursues scientific understanding. Sudden insights can take place so look at the ruler, Uranus, to determine the subtext of the “Jupiter in Aquarius” person. This individual is the big picture person; the one who can see beyond the single tree of a forest. She prefers to view the forest in its entirety. The need for ‘reward’ is most likely linked to these same broader social issues, the furtherance of social justice, the establishment of community equity, the application of objective morality in the context of human interaction. Able to see far beyond the current social condition, the idealistic Jupiter in Aquarius can envision a future utopia even when dystopia appears to be the prevailing circumstance.

 

In Esoteric Wisdom, Jupiter is powerful as the soul-centered ruler of Aquarius. The heart & mind unite to serve fellow humans via the auspices of society. Truth can flow from an individual who attunes to this level of expression & she can become a beacon to others in their spiritual search for meaning. Used in the most light-filled manner, this energy can become a ‘loudspeaker’ that dispenses inspirational ideas. Communication of positive concepts can fill the ‘darkening void’ with the light of wisdom.

 

 

Neptune, the modern-day ruler, takes much longer to transit the zodiac, having a cycle of about 165 years or, spending about 14 years or so in each sign. Currently, Neptune is transiting Pisces, having entered that energy back in 2011. He is about 2/3rds of the way through the energy of Pisces @ 20*, finally entering the third (Scorpio) decanate. The transit will conclude in 2025 at which time, Neptune will move into Aries & the two other outers, Uranus & Pluto will have shifted into the energies of Gemini & Aquarius. These next few years will be a signatory period in terms of the re-making of the current structure of the status quo. The shift into airy energy collectively, along with a fiery Neptune in Aries which will be ruled by Mars, will then provide us all with the opportunity to re-imagine (Aquarius: Mercury exalted) & explore (Gemini: Mercury ruled) new collective initiatives (Neptune in Aries). Society will not disappear but the way society operates will undergo a massive re-birth & the re-imagining of the social structure will be initiated & concretized by Mars, the warrior energy in us all. Fasten your seat-belts, kiddos, it’s going to get interesting!

 

But, back to Neptune in Pisces, boundaries disappear during this transit & that certainly appears to be the case quite literally as demonstrated by the so-called pandemic. Watch the messaging carefully over the next few months. Neptune in Pisces is also about illusion. We are already beginning to experience a shift in the prevailing narrative about the current global “pandemic”. Open your eyes wide to get the full picture.

 

I could also talk about confusion, fog, co-dependency, addiction, deceit, and so forth when exploring Neptune but I prefer to default to the more positive expression of this nebulous energy. If we think negatively, we will live negatively. So, if you start feeling muddled, just let go and seek peace. If you don’t feel the flow, take some time to check your own inner ‘truth meter’. Often, we lose that sense of connection because we are lying to ourselves. Especially the Neptune in Libra generation, (1942-1957, now mostly entering their so-called ‘golden’ years), you guys just have to take those rose coloured glasses off and call a spade a spade. Okay? Lifestyles may radically alter; relationships may suddenly fall by the wayside and any number of elaborate shams may suddenly be revealed. The key is to have the courage to admit what the truth really is. Continuing the ‘illusion’ (Neptune) is not an option and will only result in more confusion, denial, and even a downward spiral into addictive behaviour. After all, addictions are merely mechanisms that are masking some inner sense of lack or even loss. Sometimes, you have to lose it all to gain it all. That’s where the practical, hard-nosed energy of Virgo comes in. As the partner sign to Pisces, Virgo yanks the wild flights of fancy of the Pisces motif back to earth. Virgo encourages Pisces to base speculation on some cold hard data. Imagination is fine as long as it is fully understood that it is, in fact, IMAGINATION, & not a proven, peer-reviewed conclusion. It’s truly beautiful how the various energies complement each other and never more so than in the Pisces/Virgo polarity partnership, currently at work & embodied in Transiting Neptune!

 

There’s a lot to dig into with Pisces energy. It’s subtle, complex, inscrutable, mystical, magical, inspirational in a gentle yielding sort of way & lovely to be around when present in the psyche of others. When I think of Pisces, I find myself singing that little ditty:

 

“Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily merrily, merrily

Life Is But A Dream…”

 

Dream on, little Pisces, dream on…