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The Sun-Moon opposition (which is what a Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse are) forms the "spine" of a very tight Yod Kite aspect configuration (a.k.a. Focused Yod or Boomerang). Read more about this aspect figure here.
In addition, Virgo's planetary ruler Mercury is still retrograde until Mar.07. Mercury retrograde can make things wonky at the best of times! Mercury is therefore likely to act as a lightning rod for all the unpredictability, upheaval and continual need for adjustment brought on by other factors present at the Full Moon. However, with all this chaotic energy being scattered around, you have a chance to try something new on for size.
For example: Feel like you're stuck in the same old problems? Do something different in the way you respond. Feel overwhelmed because your careful plans keep coming undone? You might try treating this as an adventure, to experiment with detaching yourself from the need to achieve a particular outcome. Then see what the Universe comes up with instead. Allow yourself to be surprised!
This Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, and therefore it is the fruition and emergence of themes and events that begun at the previous Solar Eclipse. This took place on Sep.22, 2006, which challenged us to improve ourselves with dedication and sharp focus. So...how have you been working at improving your life since last September? This is a time to take stock of how well you're doing and evaluate what's working, what needs to be adjusted, and what simply isn't working and should perhaps be abandoned or let go.
At the time of the Solar Eclipse in Sep.2006, Jupiter and Saturn were in square aspect (stressful, conflicting but also motivating and dynamic). This transit brought a challenge to wrestle between your responsibilities and your aspirations, between the ways that you wanted to expand and grow versus the areas that needed pruning back in your life. At today's Lunar Eclipse, Jupiter and Saturn are in trine aspect (easy-going, easy-flowing, cooperative, creative). Therefore, the ways that you struggled and fought hard to move toward improving your life back in September are likely starting to work a bit better for you by now. It is probably a bit easier to balance what you have to do (responsibilities, obligations, necessities) with what you want to do (inspired pursuits, exciting possibilities, liberating faith).
Last September, the Saturn-Neptune opposition figured prominently in last September's Solar Eclipse chart, in the form of a stressful but motivating T-square aspect configuration with Jupiter. The knowledge, expectations and idealism that you brought to the issues in your life at that time needed to be adjusted and problem-solved to get them to fit together and work cooperatively rather than pulling against each other.
Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter are now moving into a Grand Trine Kite formation in combination with Venus, the great diplomat and strategist. This means you are on the verge of being able to (potentially) bring these energies together in a powerful, productive and satisfying wayas long as your idealistic hopes and dreams can be balanced with healthy realism and productive "elbow grease." Venus' talent for strategy, compromise and cooperation can help to bring these factors together in creative, inspired, caring and harmonious ways. (Read article about this series of Grand Trine Kites.)
Although the effects are felt by everyone, you have to be in the right place on this planet to be able to actually see the Lunar Eclipse in the sky. (It's perfectly okay to look directly at a lunar eclipse. It's only the Solar Eclipse that will damage your eyes.) If you're in Europe or Africa, you're in luck! You have the best view on the planet. If you're in North or South America, the Moon will be in mid-eclipse as it rises (just after and opposite the sunset). And if you're in central or eastern Asia or west Australia, you'll catch the eclipsed Moon as it sets (just before and opposite the sunrise). Watch for a gradual reddish glow on the Full Moon.
This is a very tightly focused aspect configuration that is a very prominent figure in the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse chart. Its energy will therefore continue to influence us as the current lunar cycle unfolds (until the New Moon on Mar.18) and even until the next Solar Eclipse (Sep.11.2007). This aspect figure starts with the Sun conjunct Uranus guaranteed to bring some excitement, unpredictability, awakening and/or rebellion into your life! The Sun and Moon oppose the Moon, forming the "spine" of the Yod Kite figure having your usual worldview shaken up to some extent, which could result in either an "ah-ha!" experience of awakening or an impulsive reaction.
Complicating this is the Yod figure from the Moon to Venus sextile Chiron. Normally Venus sextile Chiron would bring healing through pleasure, ease, negotiation and cooperation. However, Venus' desire for harmony and calm may be offended by the disruptive nature of Uranus, meaning you might feel especially sensitive and upset by unexpected changes. Chiron's healing agenda could become stretched to the breaking point, as your "chosen path" keeps getting moved just as you're about to take the next step.
The best advice is to remain flexible and open-minded not to the point of abandoning your resolve or giving up on your goals, but enough to flow around the corners of surprise and adapt to the changes that are happening. If you are artistically inclined, this could be a great opportunity to tap into some very unusual and original creativity. If you tend to be logically minded and like things ordered and predictable, you could learn a lot from this energy by allowing yourself to be open to a different point of view.
In general, this combined energy can bring an opportunity to expand your philosophical nature by learning to be a bit detached (which is not the same as being disconnected) from the world around you. As the saying goes, "be in the world, but not of it." Become centered and allow events to turn around you without trying to stop or control them (short of putting yourself in harm's way, of course). Expand your mental vision to reach a broader understanding of what's happening and what is coming up inside you.
Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with -- peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.
A Grand Trine in Fire signs brings a blast of enthusiasm, excitement, motivation, empowerment and physical/emotional energy. It can also add fuel to anger, lust, violence, hostility or aggression. It's a bit like having a blow torch, which can be put to productive, creative use or can cause damage and destruction. But trine aspects (which compose the Grand Trine) can easily be taken for granted and not used to their fullest potential. What will help you tape into this energy is to find a good balance between fact and fiction, illusion and reality. Creativity is probably Number One on the list of positive uses for this energy art, dance, music, writing, etc. Rather than artistry, this could be simply taking a new approach to something in your life so that it speaks to a higher purpose for the "greater good" (society's or even just your own). However, if you get tangled up in ambiguity and uncertainty (or its shadow side, "all-or-nothing" perfectionism), the Fire energy could lead to explosions of temper and forcefulness that does more harm than good. If this happens, try taking some time out to get calm and centered, and/or find a constructive way to blow off some steam (like working out, cleaning the house, etc.). Or, channel it into a creative project that expresses what you're feeling.
Spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants" characterize this transit. You are more open than usual to new experiences and open-minded to new perspectives. Your sense of humour and fun are finely tuned and may spring up unexpectedly and irreverently. It is more possible to break free of old habits and getting out of a rut you have been in. In fact, you may find it is fun to try doing something completely out of character...so much so that it's wise to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. Have fun pushing the envelope, but try not to rip or shred that envelope. On the other hand, that might be the only way you can get out of a restrictive situation that's holding you back, and this transit could give you the impulsive courage to do just that. Your creativity may come in bursts and in unexpected ways, so try to take advantage of them when they present themselves or else write down your inspiration for future consideration.
For up to a week before and after today, you may experience mental intensity, confusion, and miscommunications or changes in your outlook. Mercury is taking a slow turn to resume his direction motion, officially changing direction today. Mercury has been retrograde since Feb.13, urging you to rethink and rehash things that have required some fine-tuning or revision. This can be a time when a clear decision starts to emerge from issues you've been struggling with during the retrograde period. Or, it might turn your perspective around so that you're seeing your situation fresh again. Over the next couple of weeks, while Mercury is still in the Shadow, your brain may feel a bit like it's waking up after a deep sleep. It is now time to gradually put into practice the learning you've gained from your retrograde dreams and moonlight visions. It will take time to get fully back into sync with the Mercury direct energy. So, take it slow, one step at a time, and untangle yourself one strand at a time.
Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. The flow of attraction (whether that is magnetizing people, things or opportunities) is riding a strong current right now. You could find it easier than usual to get the resources and abundance for whatever you need right now. On the other hand, "your eyes may be bigger than your stomach" (as mother used to say), meaning your desire may magnify your sense of need beyond what is wise. You may be tempted to spend, flirt or bluff your way through situations, preferring to ignore or avoid hardship, boundaries or drudgery. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but be careful you don't get your hopes up so high that you set yourself up for disappointment or make promises you can't keep. It's probably wise to balance this easy flowing energy with some discretion and good judgement.
Stability in relationships and finances characterises this transit. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and to invest the hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and interaction with others. Commitment and structure are easier to achieve and embrace than change or taking risks. Self-worth can benefit now because you are less inclined to give in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.
You may be inspired to expand far beyond your usual boundaries during this time, although this may or may not work in the way you hope it will. It can be a time of challenge, when you decide that now is the time to move beyond your current horizons and make the ultimate push for something you believe will bring you happiness, fulfilment and prosperity. How successful you are will probably depend on how prepared you are for what comes next. Your judgment and your ability to see things objectively and realistically can be a little "off" during this transit, since your hopes and ideals might distort what is actually possible. It can be easy to overestimate the envisioned results, or you might underestimate the amount of work necessary to sustain your dream and prevent it from being just a flash in the pan. Try to avoid being overconfident and making promises you can't keep (including to yourself).
Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a faηade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!
Although this aspect configuration is closest on Mar.16, its influence is present starting around now. This is a time of potent potential! There is tremendous creative energy available to be tapped into. Negotiations, discussions and research can make good progress under this energy, especially where a win-win solution is important. Penetrating insights could be made in therapy or self-help. This aspect figure also takes place while the Jupiter-Saturn trine is exact. Although the two groups of planets do not interact with each other, as such, they each contribute to the collective effect. Jupiter and Saturn bring a creative cooperation between vision and discipline; speculation and fact; freedom and responsibility. All of this energy still requires some effort and "elbow grease" to turn potential into productivity, so make the most of it!
This transit's influence has been building since Dec.2006 and will remain in effect until Jun.2007. Although it doesn't become exact until Mar.31, it enters into a kind of "hot zone" from Mar.13-Apr.09, when these two points are extremely close (within one degree). This transit brings a focus to all things Uranian technology, innovation, rebellion, friendship, individuation, group involvement, humanitarian causes and futuristic thinking. You may be moving toward a different attitude, a new project or trying something completely out of character for you. You might be especially moved by the environmental concerns that are currently in focus (another Uranus-North Node effect!). This is a good time to break old destructive habits, change your mind about something, give yourself permission to be free (although not reckless), or let go of something that's blocking your direction into the future. If this transit is interacting with your natal chart, you will feel its effects more than other people. For example, if you were born in the mid-1960s, you are probably getting this transit as part of your Uranus opposition, which is a transit that happens at mid-life and can generate considerable change in your life. Or, if you were born in early March, it will be an important part of your Solar Return (birthday) chart, so you will likely be finding ways to embrace this energy for the coming year. A personal astrology reading can help you find ways to work with this energy in positive, innovative and liberating ways.
There is a lot of potential for both healing and harm under this transit. The forcefulness of Mars is like a surgeon's scalpel that can heal by cutting through resistance, lethargy, pain or denial -- but could also be a knife that causes damage when not used with precision and care. The healing aspect of this energy can bring some relief to chronic or persistent problems, but if inflicted with anger, hostility or insensitivity it could just aggravate those problems. Physical energy could be affected by this transit, either beginning a new approach that can bring improved strength, or by depleting your energy through physical, emotional or spiritual malaise. You might feel a bit discouraged or powerless...or you might start to see a light at the end of the tunnel that you can start to move toward. This is the beginning of a new cycle of working with these combined energies, which lasts about 2 years. To participate with positive intention in this initiation, it can help to observe what conflicts, problems or struggles come up around this time, since there is something about these issues that will unfold and develop over the next two years.
The expansiveness of Jupiter works cooperatively with the concise structure of Saturn in this transit. Its peak effects can be felt for up to about a week to 10 days before and after the exact date (above). This transit can bring adventure and caution into a healthy balance. You have the confidence and imagination to envision bright possibilities in your life, while also having the grounded realism to make the plans and do the hard work to make it happen. If you have been making plans to create, build or reach for a goal in your life, this is a time when you may be able to make substantial progress. You have access to vision that can see beyond obstacles, insight to deal with problems, enthusiasm to sustain your efforts, and faith in the process as it unfolds. It is also easier to be responsible, stable and predictable without limiting your options or potential. There's a slight possibility that this could backfire somewhat, by giving you the strength to push through your vision or opinion with such force that others find it overwhelming. Or, you might feel so reassured and confident with the way your life is unfolding that you take it for granted and don't apply any real effort to help it along ...and then wonder why it didn't bring as much as you thought. Make a point of putting this energy to productive use!
This is the first of 5 wonderful passes of this transit! The exact pass dates are: 16-Mar-07, 5-May-07, 21-Jan-08, 8-Sep-08 and 21-Nov-08. It's somewhat unusual to have 5 passes of a Jupiter-Saturn transit, and it only happens when they are on opposite sides of the solar system (in other words, the trine and opposition aspects). The last time we had 5 passes of a Jupiter-Saturn aspect was the opposition in 1989-91. This long-term transit means we have two years to make the most of this productive and powerful combination of energies. Also, whatever long-term plans you are nurturing during this time, there may be a chance to develop something even better than you originally thought was possible.
Penetrating insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. It is also a time when your mental concentration can come together so easily that you become obsessed. You may prefer in-depth discussion to small-talk, and it might feel awkward if you aren't able to explore the depths in your interaction or communication with others. However, you likely have an increased ability to pick up on undercurrents of what's happening around you. This is also a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions and ways of communicating. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.
Close one-on-one connections with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) will tend to gravitate to a deeper, more intense level now. Instead of automatically doing the diplomatic, "nice" thing, you may find it is more fulfilling to share more of your authentic feelings. It may be possible now to connect with people on a deeper level, while still ensuring that your interests are equally balanced with theirs. The trick is to do this without trying to control or overpower the other person, and it may be easier to avoid those traps now. You could make some deeply intimate connections with people under this transit. Financial dealings with other people may also go smoothly, although it might be wise to get clear confirmation that you're both on the same page about the fine print.
There is a potential to benefit from social connections, diplomatic communication and receptive awareness during this transit, although a certain amount of effort is needed to make this happen. It can be a good time for negotiating contracts and other agreements, especially if you consciously focus your intent on achieving balance with your counterpart, partner or opponent that results in a win-win situation for all concerned. There is also potential to appreciate and express beauty, pleasure and sensuality. If there's someone in your life that you want to get closer to, try speaking gently and listening receptively, which can be the key that opens the door to harmonious interaction. Creative ideas can also find expression now if you apply your conscious awareness to bring them into focus. The thing to watch for is a tendency to use manipulation to achieve an advantage, which might be done by you or to you. Keep communication straightforward and clear, and find diplomatic ways to deal with manipulation if you sense it happening.
This aspect configuration has been in orb since Mar.12, but today all three planets are in exact aspect to each other today. In fact, Mercury, Venus and Pluto come to within just over one minute of arc at their closest orb (that's extremely close). Add to this, Jupiter trines Saturn todayalso exact!and when the Mini-trine is at its closest, Jupiter and Saturn are mere seconds of arc apart. That is a whole lot of energy converging at the same time! Today in particular, you may find it is possible to tap into this collective energy. The Moon is also conjunct Mercury today, which can bring out new ideas, intuitive perceptions and the urge to give a voice to whatever inspires you.
Venus rules the sign of Taurus, so she is very comfortable here! Your experiences of pleasure and sensuality are likely to be heightened...perhaps even a bit too much! You might be tempted to overindulge in sensory delights. On the other hand, you may feel the urge to be more grounded, practical and methodical in the way you handle relationships, money, possessions, material values, and attracting what you desire. It is also a time when your desires could manifest tangibly or at least become more apparent. It may be possible to see more clearly the ways that your self-worth is tied to material things, like income, savings, possessions and spending. Your finances and possessions could act like a "touch stone" to reassure you in times of stress. The trick is not to let this become a substitute for genuine self-respect. To make the most of this transit, take some time to relax and enjoy life! Take your time, smell the flowers, drink in the sunsets, listen to beautiful music, get an aromatherapy massage or explore new uses for chocolate. ;-)
Imagination, dreams, creativity and intuition are more easily accessible while Mercury floats through Pisces. You may be more impressionable, appreciative and open to ideas that previously had seemed improbable, unrealistic or silly. This is a good transit for any creative work -- writing, music, artistic projects, or just putting ideas together in new ways. Problem solving could benefit now, because it may be easier to think beyond the limiting boundaries of the situation. On the other hand, it might also be easier to become caught in confusion, ambiguity or ambivalence, since the sharp edges of definition may be easily blurred or distorted. This is a time when the "Right Brain" -- the intuitive, creative and non-rational side of the mind -- can be more active. As a result, meditation, dreams and daydreams may be more accessible. Unfortunately, illusion and deception might also be more convincing and enticing, since critical and objective thinking could be a bit harder to maintain. You might also experience some mental lethargy and need to give your mind a rest. Try going to a movie, or read an entertaining novel, or spend some quality "alone time" with yourself. Or, take a long walk in a park or by a body of water, where you can enjoy the luxury of just appreciating nature and "being" instead of "doing." Some harmless or entertaining escapism can be a great way to give yourself a mental vacation -- just dont get stuck there. Explorations of spiritual experience and thought can also bring new insights and inspiration under this transit.
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