Low-Down Archives 2004

The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Planetary Transits

September 22 to October 31, 2004


Mabon-Fall Equinox to Samhain

 

THE BIG PICTURE:

Remember that song from Hair? “When the Moon is in the 7th House and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets, and love with steer the stars...” Well every 2¼ years a Jupiter-Mars alignment takes place, and this one happens in the peace-loving sign of Libra. And with half the solar system gathering in Libra to have tea and crumpets at the art gallery, it’s time to lay down the weaponry and resolve conflicts peacefully and diplomatically, negotiating instead with “a fisted hand in a velvet glove!”

Sep. 22, 12:29 PM EDT – AUTUMNAL EQUINOX (MABON)

The Sun enters Libra at the Fall Equinox, giving us until Oct. 22 to refine our diplomatic qualities, cultivate our negotiation skills, attract beauty into our lives, and find better ways to establish balance in our lives. The Sun’s journey through Libra this month begins by encouraging you to embrace your ideals through networking with others, but remember that it’s all just schmoozing until you manifest it into something concrete in mid-October.

Sep. 24 – Jupiter in Libra (until Oct. 25, 2005)

Jupiter takes about a year to go through a zodiac sign. For the next 13 months, the planet of law, philosophy, understanding and expansion will travel through the sign of balance, fairness, beauty and negotiation. In the coming months, try taking a course to expand your understanding of artistry or legalities. Or explore the vast potential of social networking and schmoozing. Or develop your higher mind by taking (or teaching!) a course in philosophy, spirituality, foreign languages or political diplomacy. Or promote justice for a cause that will bring a better balance into the world. You get the idea.

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Sep. 26 – Mars in Libra (until Nov. 11)

Mars can feel a little castrated in Libra, since his natural love of directness, conflict and risk-taking is forced to squeeze delicately through the diplomatic, balanced and “nice” filter of Libra. But Mars in Libra can also be the fisted hand in the velvet glove, carrying a lot of clout behind a gentle, smiling mask of Libran diplomacy and surgically sharp strategising. Aim for balanced use of your energy.

Sep. 26 – Chiron stations Direct (in Capricorn)

For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel the strain of needing to do things your own way while dealing with arbitrary limitations, others’ expectations, and even your own insecurities about your ability to live up to responsibilities. If you’ve been dealing with issues in these areas since May 2 when Chiron went retrograde, you may reach a turning point now that will play out through a new perspective over the next few months.

Sep. 26 – Mars conjunct Jupiter (in Libra)

The effects of this powerful conjunction last from early September to mid-October. You may feel the urge to defend a cause that embraces justice, ethics or spirituality. You might find yourself overreacting to what feels like judgement from others (or maybe you’re unknowingly projecting out your own judgement). Be ready for an opportunity to exercise diplomacy and fairness by taking a more philosophical view in a conflict or debate. This is a time to aim for the high road, and also be fair with yourself and others.

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Sep. 28, 9:10 AM EDT – FULL MOON in Aries

The Full Moon now brings the Mars-Jupiter energy into sharp focus, which has dominated the energy through September and especially since the New Moon (Sept.14). If Mars has been wielding a blunt axe instead of a surgeon’s scalpel, in your life, your challenge now is to establish a calm balance and to resist the urge to instigate that shift through arrogant force. If you are able to harness and contain that energy productively and peacefully, this is a time when your best intentions and plans can be made manifest. Either way, you’ll have to rely on your instincts more than your conscious mind, so remember that it’s better to be brutally honest with yourself about your true motives and emotions, than to be brutal with others.

Sep. 28 – Mercury in Libra (until Oct. 15)

Mercury glides into Libra right after the Full Moon, bringing self-awareness to your style of expression and interaction, as well as the ability to communicate with gentleness, fairness and diplomacy. What begins as a personal statement of style and grace evolves over the coming 2½ weeks into a challenge to make a commitment to that new style and gentle self-expression.

Sep. 28-29 – Mercury conjunct Mars and Jupiter (in Libra)

Communication and self-expression can be more effective now if you walk softly while carrying a big stick that looks more like a Summoner’s staff. If you have been finding the Mars-Jupiter energy to be over-reactive or overwhelming, you might be plagued with afterthoughts now about how you could have (should have?) responded to your current situations with more gentleness or grace under fire. Let your Internal Diplomat do damage control if your automatic reactions got the better of you.

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Oct. 3 – Venus in Virgo (until Oct. 28)

Social interaction, relationships and matters about material resources may become bogged down in minutiae, perfectionism or over-analysis. Strive instead to be attentive to details, pure in your desires (no hidden agendas), and focused on keeping things concrete yet flexible.

Oct. 5 – Sun conjunct Mercury, trine Neptune (in Libra-Aquarius)

During the few days before and after this date, take advantage of opportunities to network, schmooze and chat up people and prospects that can help you manifest your dreams. It’s also a good time to bring those dreams into clear mental focus in the context of the Big Picture. Just be careful you don’t tilt so far into fantasy that they are too grandiose or idealistic to manifest. Divination during this time is likely to be especially fluid and intuitive.

Oct. 6 – Venus opposite Uranus (in Virgo/Pisces)

Relationships, social interaction, material resources and self-worth may be a bit unpredictable or unstable around this time, as Uranus the Awakener sounds a wakeup gong in these areas. The idea is to become more flexible and open to a broader vision of what is possible in those areas. Allow yourself to be liberated from the ways you might be hiding behind petty details or an anal-retentive approach to problem-solving. Expect the unexpected.

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Oct. 13 – Mercury square Saturn (in Libra/Cancer)

Around this time it may become necessary to deal with the serious implications and consequences of your communication and interaction with others, especially in situations that go back to late June of this year (the Mercury-Saturn conjunction of June 26). You might find you’re projecting your own unconscious expectations onto others, so look inside yourself first before automatically assuming it’s the other guy.

Oct. 13, 10:47 PM EDT – SOLAR ECLIPSE (New Moon in Libra)

A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon so precisely aligned that the Moon passes across the face of the Sun. This 29day lunation cycle sets the tone for a 6month process of learning how to find a more focused and stable solution to the problem of needing emotional boundaries and communicating this diplomatically. You may feel like this is a problem that can’t be solved (easily) but the trick is to balance acceptance of limitations with finding creative ways to transcend and transform those limits. Expect the next two weeks to be somewhat intense, as we build up to the Lunar Eclipse.

Oct. 13-19 – Sun square Chiron and Saturn (in Libra-Capricorn-Cancer)

Now is a time to manifest that schmoozing and idealism from early October, bringing ideals and imagination down into concrete reality. You may have to strike a better balance between the demands of society and responsibility to family (or yourself), or perhaps between personal limitations and the natural boundaries of the physical world. Like the solar eclipse, it’s a time to reconcile your need to do things your own way with the hard fact that sometimes you just have to reckon with others’ expectations of you. It may be a difficult time, but if you work at it you’ll find you get results.

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Oct. 15 – Mars trine Neptune (in Libra-Aquarius)

As Mars moves beyond the Jupiter conjunction from 3 weeks ago, he moves into a trine with Neptune. Jupiter will catch up in 6 weeks, so Mars is like the scout who goes on ahead and cuts the path. The Mars-Neptune trine (in effect through most of October) brings a mystical, imaginative, compassionate aura to Mars’ normally direct, fast, aggressive energy. You may feel inspired to act on faith, confront with compassion, and react gently. Think of the snake in the old parable—just because you choose to refrain from biting if someone steps on you, it doesn’t mean you can’t hiss.

Oct. 15 – Mercury in Scorpio (until Nov. 4)

Cunning communication and mental acuity are a their peak as Mercury skulks through Scorpio. It’s a time for unearthing secrets and delving deeply into the psychological Shadow (Carl Jung’s term for the unconscious stuff we keep hidden). There is opportunity for healing and grounding now, but resist the temptation to manipulate others to control that process.

Oct. 22 – Sun in Scorpio (until Nov. 21)

That mental cunning and communication that started a week ago now becomes self-expression and purpose that aims to dig below the surface. Now is the time to empower yourself by shining light into the dark caves of the unconscious to reveal what lurks in your psychological Shadow.

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Oct. 24 – Neptune stations Direct (in Aquarius)

For up to a week before and after today, you may feel spacey, dreamy, intuitive, imaginative, confused, depressed or sensitive. Your mental focus may be a bit blurred or overly fluid. Your words may slip out before you’ve thought them through, or words may feel superficial and inadequate for what you’re trying go say. Slow down, stay grounded and use this time to dialogue with the Gods. If you’ve been dealing with issues of surrender, ambiguity, spirituality or creative inspiration, this could be a turning point.

Oct. 25 – Sun trine Uranus (in Scorpio/Pisces)

Around this time, you’re able to peer into the murky depths with more intuitive clarity than usual. You may get flashes of insight into undercurrents, dynamics and hidden agendas going on between yourself and others. It’s not that these are new, you’re probably just seeing them in a new way.

Oct. 27, 11:08 PM EDT – LUNAR ECLIPSE (Full Moon in Taurus)

A Lunar Eclipse is a Full Moon so precisely aligned that the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow cast by the Sun. This manifestation of the current New Moon cycle (Oct. 13) has a threefold lesson: (1) Recent flashes of insight can break you free of old stuck patterns; (2) You may have to deal with moral or spiritual implications of your actions, especially in power struggles; and (3) You may have to struggle a bit to fit the learning from all this into your worldview but it will be worth the effort. Since this Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, it also reflects the fruition of the Solar Eclipse from April 19, so ponder the ways in which your current cutting edge is steered by choices and events from last spring.

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Oct.28-Nov.7 – Mars square Chiron-Saturn (in Libra, Capricorn-Cancer)

Mars forms a T-square configuration to the Chiron-Saturn opposition in late October and early November, stirring up a challenge to the way we bring balance, responsibility and protection to our assertiveness, actions and expression of anger. Previous attempts at diplomacy may need to be refined now, as you discover that there are consequences to be lived with.

Oct. 28 – Venus in Libra (until Nov. 22)

Venus glides through her own sign of Libra, giving you the opportunity to expand your interactive style, cultivate diplomacy, beautify your surroundings, schmooze social connections, and discover a new fashion statement.

Oct. 30 – Daylight Savings Time Ends

Turn your clocks back an hour tonight to return to Standard Time.

Oct. 31 – SAMHAIN

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© 2004 Wendy Guy. Originally published in Cauldron and Quill Magazine, and The Burning Times Newsletter, Mabon 2004 issues.

 
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Sep.22 - Fall Equinox

Sep.24 - Jupiter in Libra

Sep.26 - Mars in Libra

Sep.26 - Chiron Direct Station

Sep.26 - Mars CNJ Jupiter

Sep.28 - FULL MOON

Sep.28 - Mercury in Libra

Sep.28-29 - Mercury CNJ Mars-Jupiter

Oct.3 - Venus in Virgo

Oct.5 - Sun CNJ Mercury, TRI Neptune

Oct.6 - Venus OPP Uranus

Oct.13 - Mercury SQR Saturn

Oct.13 - SOLAR ECLIPSE in Libra

Oct.13-19 - Sun SQR Chiron-Saturn

Oct.15 - Mars TRI Neptune

Oct.15 - Mercury in Scorpio

Oct.22 - Sun in Scorpio

Oct.24 - Neptune Direct Station

Oct.24 - Sun TRI Uranus

Oct.27 - LUNAR ECLIPSE in Taurus

Oct.28-Nov.7 - Mars SQR Chiron-Saturn

Oct.28 - Venus in Libra

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