Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:
Sep.15, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT
Sep.16, 2012, 3:10 AM BST
Sep.16, 2012, 12:10 PM AEST
Virgo's symbol is the Maiden. She is the only female figure in the standard western zodiac that is otherwise filled with men and various critters. So why all of a sudden do we get a distinctly feminine figure? What is she, the female? ;-)
Perhaps. Being the only babe in the zodiacal party, you can imagine she's in high demand! Numerous cultures have seen in Virgo a wide variety of goddesses who are often agricultural or grain deities. Examples include the Greek Demeter or her daughter Persephone, the Greek Astraea or Dike, the Egyptian Isis or Ishtar, Erigone, the Babylonian Niboda or Shala, and even the Christian Mary. This lady gets around!
Regardless of the persona, the Virgo archetype is associated with the turn of the seasons, and in particular, with the loss or absence of the growing season. For example, in the Greek myth when Persephone descends into the Underworld to be with husband Pluto for several months of the year, mother Demeter refuses to allow anything to grow.
As the growing season begins to decline, it is typically a time of gathering up whatever has emerged and developed during the better weather. As a result, the Virgo goddess (whoever she may be) tends to be seen as the Goddess of the Harvest. And the Full Moon that occurs at this time of year is often called the Harvest Moon.
This pattern of weather, growth and harvest will, of course, vary quite somewhat depending on whether you're north or south of the equator and whether your climate is tropical, temperate or one of extremes. Regardless, astrologically we all experience a kind of reaping what was previously sown and the beginning of closure on the peak energy that allowed it to develop.
This is the New Moon in Virgo. During this cycle we gather up the results of our efforts and survey the fruits of our labour. We also begin the dismantling process of the conditions that allowed those results to be cultivated – a time when we separate the learning from the lesson.
Archetypally, Virgo approaches the 180° mark—half way around the circle. That precise opposition point is shared by Virgo on the approaching side and Libra on the separating side. This is the point of maximum distance between subject and object, and therefore has the greatest potential to see something as it truly is (on the surface, at least). In these two signs, you take a step back and see things from a more objective perspective. It's also the point of fruition, where you start to see the results of what you have cultivated—the harvest of your crop.
So: the first thing is to ask yourself, "Self, what is coming to fruition in my life these days?"
What efforts have you sustained over a long period of time? (This could be days, weeks, months or years.) And when you take a step back from it all, how do you see your progress? Are you finished? How far have you come since you started? What do you know now that you didn't before?
In Virgo, there's still time to do some fine-tuning before you turn that 180° corner. We're not talking about a complete do-over here, just some tweaking polishing and adjusting. Since we're in detailed, precise Virgo, that fine-tuning can make all the difference between good and great, or between "This is just what we need" and "We'll manage."
So: are you seeing spaces or gaps in what you had hoped to see at this point? Feeling a bit disappointed that the result of your labour looks a bit rough around the edges compared to what you had envisioned? In Virgo it's possible – even necessary – to take what you have and perfect it. It's about making the most of what you have, not changing it at a fundamental level.
The New Moon chart is somewhat disjointed. There are no major aspect patterns. There are precious few major aspects. And most of the few aspects in the chart are pretty wide in their orb, and therefore don't necessarily help to clarify the energy.
The Sun-Moon conjunction is square (90°) to Jupiter, although this has a very wide, separating orb (7:48) having been exact back on Sep.07. It suggests that incidents or issues that flared up a week or two ago could still be lingering, even though their influence is dissipating. For example: feeling a bit overconfident or being around others who do. Or, trying to do too much at once and doing it somewhat badly, instead of prioritizing and doing less but doing it well.
Mercury is conjunct the Sun and Moon (4:48 orb). This is a mixed blessing. On one hand, being within 8 degrees of the Sun, it is Combust and therefore very difficult to express itself directly. However, since Mercury is in its own sign of Virgo, it is very strongly placed. It's like being a talented actor who's given a part that's perfect for you, but it means playing only a supporting role to the star. Unless you're going to throw away the opportunity, you have to make the best of what you have.
Among the closest aspects in the chart is a quincunx (150°) from Mars to Jupiter (0:23 and applying; growing stronger). This contributes some difficulty assessing how much energy to expend on what you're doing. There's a tendency to put out too much or too little energy, as you swing back and forth like Goldilocks trying to find that happy medium that's "just right." This can complicate your efforts to fine-tune and adjust things during this "coming to fruition" phase. Like a homeopathic remedy, it's better to do too little and adjust more often, than to do too much and have to go back and adjust your adjustment!
Saturn is again approaching a trine to Neptune (120°). They lingered in orb from November 2011 through April 2012, with Saturn stationing retrograde on Feb.07 just 0:37 shy of being exact. Now Saturn is catching up again and will make 3 exact passes: Oct.10.2012, Jun.11.2013 and Jul.19.2013.
This transit bodes well for our Virgo New Moon, since these two planets combine the ability to be both constructive and meaningful; productive and pretty; disciplined and flowing. In other words, if you trust the process, you may find that things will come together more easily than you think. The trick is not to push the river, nor to passively let the river carry you, but like a skilled canoeist, to use your paddle to work with the current to get where you want to go.
Venus is also in trine aspect to Uranus, which adds some openness to trying new things. This is another valuable asset to the Virgo process of fine-tuning and perfecting, since it can keep you from becoming too regimented by formula and overly pointed intention. The Universe can add unexpected benefits and opportunities that will help you keep your balance during this time.
Possibly the most interesting part of the chart is that the minor asteroid, Persephone, is exactly conjunct the New Moon (a mere 0:10 orb). Considering the Virgo connection with the myth of Demeter and Persephone, this puts an intriguing spin on the Virgo archetype. Remember that the mythic Persephone descended into the Underworld for several months of the year, during which time her mother in her grief would not allow anything to grow.
It suggests that this cycle may call upon you to appear to turn your back on something that is good or fulfilling, in order to delve deeper into your situation so that you can understand it more thoroughly. It might seem at one level as if you have lost something, but this archetype says that it is necessary if you are to gain something more.
With so many quincunxes and minor aspects floating around in the New Moon chart, it might feel like you "can't get there from here," and yet you may find there is a way through if you think "outside the box" and are prepared to adjust and adapt your direction as you take each step. Often you can be so preoccupied with where you're going to end up that it's easy to think the way is impossible if there's no straightforward path to be seen. And yet, if you just take things one step at a time, and respond to the challenge of each step as you get to it (instead of expecting to simply sail through it), you can often get where you're going by taking a more indirect or windy road "from here to there."
With Persephone beckoning from behind the New Moon, it puts an extra special spin on the closest aspect in the New Moon chart (besides the Sun-Moon conjunction), which is the Uranus-Pluto square (at a mere 7 minutes of arc). See below for more about this pass of Uranus-Pluto, but the important thing for the New Moon cycle is the Pluto-Persephone connection.
Persephone didn't just retreat to the Land of the Dead to serve her time and then crawl back out to Mama. She went down there to join her husband, Pluto. It suggests that by delving deeper into whatever is in your life right now, you can reconnect with a deeper part of yourself that knows something your conscious self isn't fully aware of.
Whether this is intuition or the ability to let go of something that doesn't fit your life anymore, or facing a difficult truth, there is something "down there" to be discovered and brought back to the surface so that it can be integrated into the greater whole of who you are. You might prefer to stay on the surface of the issue, in the easier and more reassuring light of day, but it is only by going into the darkness of the unconscious that you can retrieve its gifts. Every gem that is mined needs some polishing and cleaning up after it's retrieved, so don't underestimate what you find "down there."
Mercury glides into Libra, bringing awareness and new ideas about your style of interaction and how you communicate with others. It may be easier to speak (and listen) with gentleness, fairness and diplomacy during this time. Thoughts, ideas, communication and negotiation could reach a state of increased balance and harmony, and you may be especially sensitive to other people and your environment. You could be more motivated to balance criticism or anger with gentleness and diplomacy. On the other hand, interaction could also become a carefully crafted game in which truth, honesty and facts are replaced by manipulative strategy and "white lies" designed to avoid hurt feelings. Indecision and "fence sitting" are possible under this transit, since you are able than usual to see many different sides of a situation. It might help to bounce your ideas and thoughts off someone who can be a good sounding board and give you feedback. It may be easier now to reach a win-win solution to conflicts, which is fair to all concerned – but be careful you don't make incorrect or self-serving assumptions about what the other side wants.
This is yet another T-square involving the Uranus-Pluto square. This time, Mercury opposes Uranus and squares Pluto. When it is at its closest orb (Sep.20), the whole aspect figure is VERY tight, since it's very close to another pass of the Uranus-Pluto square. Very likely, your perceptions and observations will be sharper than usual—so much so that you might feel a bit jarred and irritated by the energy around you. Be careful of the words that fly out of your mouth during this time, since you are likely to give a voice to some unconventional, controversial and unwelcome ideas. If you're in a situation that requires discretion (and aren't they all?), it's probably best to walk away before you say something you regret. On the other hand, it can be a good time to speak your truth—just choose your words carefully, and remember that everyone else is also feeling the same ultrasensitivity, so a little will go a long way. Less is more.
For about a week before and after, you may experience energy that is intense, compelling and transformative, as Pluto changes direction to its normal forward motion. If you've been going through deep, cathartic changes in your life over the last 6 months to a year, you may find that this station brings a shift in how you are able to approach those changes. This might be a time when you feel the weight of power struggles or loss in your life, but it can also be a time when you find empowering strength in yourself that you didn't know you had. Above all, it is a time when your deepest, most authentic Self can start to emerge and be reborn anew.
If you haven't noticed that the world is been heating up in the last few years, with controversy becoming the norm and escalating competition for dominance by competing philosophies and priorities... well you just haven't been paying attention. Uranus and Pluto have been moving into position for the square aspect (90°). Think prize fight between the Hulk and Darth Vader. I'd suggest loading up with popcorn and grabbing a seat on the sidelines, but in this drama there aren't really any true sidelines. Everyone will be (and are being) affected by the massive changes that our world is undergoing.
This square aspect is the first major turning point in a roughly 140 year cycle that Uranus and Pluto make together. The last conjunction (the start of the cycle) took place in 1965-66. The social upheaval that occurred during that time was legendary. We are still feeling ripple effects 40+ years later. In fact, those ripple effects, which themselves produce more ripple effects, have built up to the point where they are becoming waves crashing into each other. We have 3 years of exact passes of the square transit, with its effect spread out over a good 15 years, all told, possibly more depending on how you look at it.
So what's a mere mortal to do?
It's so easy to get caught up in the "hooray for my side" politics, trying to persuade others with impassioned urgency. It's as if Pluto is stubbornly refusing to budge, while Uranus does his best to throw the knockout punch. The rock meets the hard place. Everybody's yelling; nobody's listening except to formulate their next argument. And in a competitive world, winning can feel like the only worthwhile conclusion, while losing can feel like the end of the world.
This is the kind of atmosphere that wars are spawned from.
When the negotiation of Venus is overridden by the winner-take-all attitude of Mars, there's more destruction than healing that takes place. Chiron's message is that some wounding can be a good thing if it removes the toxin and stimulates healing, but too much will only destroy what is still healthy and sabotage healing.
This is NOT about any particular political party or religion or nationality or any other group that forms itself around a philosophy or ideology or belief system. In fact, all groups are subject to this escalation of energy as a collective reaction. That kind of dynamic only serves to narrow the focus to such a sharp point that it's impossible to see anything else, and that almost never goes anywhere good in the end.
Here are some suggestions. Use this transit to observe the ways you get swept up in the turmoil. (This could be personal turmoil in your immediate life or global turmoil.) How much of your own opinion, perspective and passion is being amplified by the eruption of energy from those you identify with? Or how much is a reaction to the force with which your opponent is expressing their position and trying to persuade you?
Being influenced and having your own thoughts, feelings and actions affected by the collective currents around you may or may not be something that's beneficial for you. For now, just observe it and be aware of it. See where that leads you. Aim to respond rather than react. Question, question, question. Let go of the belief that you must win at all costs or that the end will justify the means. Trust your ability to find ways to rise above what you do and don't believe to be true – it will allow you see more of what is.
This is the second of 7 passes of this transit (see dates below). What distinguishes this pass is that Pluto is stationary, having turned the corner just 24 hours before Uranus exactly squares it. That makes Pluto the stronger of the two, meaning there is likely to be a lot of information, intention and change going on under the surface. You may feel more susceptible to obsession, jealousy or hunger for absolute power (the kind that feels like it's invincible, and so you tell yourself that you don't have to think about whether it's ethical, beneficial or just). However, this is also a chance to take the issues, feelings and concerns that have been stirred up in recent months and flush away everything that interferes with your personal integrity and authenticity.
Last Uranus-Pluto square: 1932-1934.
Dates for the current Uranus-Pluto cycle:
Uranus conjunct Pluto (0°): Oct.09 1965, Apr.04 1966, Jun.30 1966.
Waxing sextile (60°): 1995-1997.
Current waxing square (90°): 2012-2015
Jun.24.2012, Sep.19.2012, May.20.2013, Nov.01.2013, Apr.21.2014, Dec.15.2014, and Mar.16.2015.
Waxing trine (120°): 2026-2028.
Opposition (180°): 2046-2048.
Waning trine (120°): 2063-2065.
Next waning square (90°): 2073-2074.
Waning sextile (60°): 2083-2084.
Uranus-Pluto conjunction (0°): 2104.
This is a wakeup call! You are asked to open your mind so that you can see something about your life, yourself or your situation that has eluded you until now. It might be a shocking revelation that changes your whole perspective...or it might also be a delightful surprise that adds a new dimension you hadn't thought of. However it manifests, you are in a position to see your situation more clearly and objectively – although this can also make it seem like this energy is outside of you and happening TO you. However, if you look closely inside yourself, you may see thoughts, perceptions and impressions that correspond to the external events and participate in the interchange. Emails, Internet chats, and interaction with technology may be part of this transit as well. Communication may be a bit erratic or unpredictable, so be careful not to speak thoughtlessly or carelessly. However, you may find that words and perceptions come to you intuitively and spontaneously.
You are faced now with a challenge to empower your communication and perceptions, although this may not come easily. It could involve having to face some rather difficult truths that might be a bit disturbing or hard to accept. However in doing so, you gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself, your situation and your role within it. Obsessive or persistent thoughts that are morbid or paranoid are possible, which could be helped by finding something more positive to focus on or a creative outlet. Communication (from others or yourself or both) could be intense, intimidating or even downright damaging, since it may be tempting to get caught up in power struggles and domination. But communication can also be used now to heal, by cutting through hypocrisy and insincerity in order to reach a deeper authenticity and truth – like lancing a boil so that healing can take place.
There is an abundance of creative inspiration, material enjoyment, feel-good pleasure in the air! Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. It may be relatively easy to attract the people, possessions and opportunities you want or need, but you'll still have to work to get them. On the other hand, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach (as mother would say) and you might be tempted to charm, flirt or bluff your way through a situation more than usual. There may also be a tendency to self-indulgence. These are not necessarily bad things, but it's probably wise to remember to use this energy to enhance your best judgement, not override it.
Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:
Sep.22, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT
Sep.22, 2012, 3:48 PM BST
Sep.23 2012, 12:48 AM AEST
Happy Solar Return to all Libras! While the Sun is in Libra, it brings experiences into our lives that focus us in the areas of love, close relationships, one-on-one interaction, diplomacy, negotiation, strategy, fairness, equilibrium, balance, harmony and beauty. This time also marks the point of equal balance between day and night – the Autumnal Equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, the nights now become longer than the days, and in the Southern Hemisphere, the days become longer than the nights, until the December Solstice. Balance is the key concept here! What is out of balance in your life? How can you negotiate or strategize to bring that area of your life back into harmony? Libra encourages you to balance your life in diplomatic, discreet, "win-win" ways. But if that's not possible, it will do it aggressively (creating conflict in order to break the stalemate of the imbalance) or manipulatively (people-pleasing to co-dependently get its way). Thus, Libra is known as both the peace-maker and the war-maker. If you find yourself instinctively trying to smooth out conflict – or instigate it! – take a step back and ask yourself if that is your best choice in the situation. Just don't get stuck in Libran indecision! Make your choice and then see if it brings what you want.
This transit can make you quite talkative and flooded with ideas, along with those around you. Your stream of consciousness can flow abundantly with optimism and visionary possibilities. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun now playing with ideas to want to stop and make them manifest just yet. Your outlook is usually optimistic and open-minded under this transit, although it might simply neutralize an already pessimistic frame of mind. You are likely to be more open to spiritual or philosophical perspectives, being more able to see yourself as part of something greater than yourself. You might even find that luck comes your way because you are more receptive to opportunities and possibilities.
Your receptive, diplomatic side is arguing with your assertive, decisive side. The result is either a battle of wills between your Yin and Yang, or a new creative energy that harnesses both. This could manifest in the form of relationship problems, financial struggles, arguments about control, or you are propelled to take action with plans that have been percolating for a while. If you're usually more comfortable with your Yin side (receptive, diplomatic), you might feel a bit backed into a corner or forced to negotiate under pressure. If you're more at home in your Yang side (assertive, action-oriented), you may feel compelled to blunt or sheathe the sword you would prefer to smite your enemy with. Either way, this is about balancing the two sides and finding a new cooperation that works for both.
This is Venus finally catching up to Mars after the two were in square aspect in April and June of this year. At that time you might have had some struggle, conflicts of interest or different priorities pulling in different directions. The issues that were active at that time could come back now to be rehashed, renegotiated and ultimately resolved to the extent that is possible. This time, Mars is in its own sign of Scorpio, so it is definitely the stronger of the two. Venus in Leo can convince an adversary through a positive outlook, creativity and playfulness, making light of it in a way that brings out the best in everyone. Mars in Scorpio can win the argument through sheer will power, resolute boundaries and concentrated determination. The Venus side of you may need to get a bit more serious and willing to deal with the more distasteful or heavy realities at hand, while the Mars side of you might do well to lighten up a bit and learn to laugh and have a bit of fun (that doesn't involve watching someone squirm).
This transit brings an encounter with the Awakener! This could come in the form of another person or outside situation that shakes you out of your habitual routine and pushes you to try a new approach to your situation. Life may be very unpredictable right now, requiring you to be spontaneous, innovative or independent in the way you respond to it. This could be stressful or exciting! It is actually showing you a new path in the darkness, like a lightening flash in the night. If you feel startled or caught off guard, or confused about what to do next, find your internal centre and try to be open to what the situation is illuminating for you. You now have a chance to shed some old habits and ways that you are stuck, if you can stay centered in the middle of the whirlwind. You may experience revelations – that "ah-ha!!" feeling – which could open up new possibilities and opportunities for you. However, it might feel like you have little choice but to try these new things (rather than freely choosing them). You could find yourself reacting to others with a powerful impulse to throw off the shackles of anything that feels restrictive, to reclaim your independence – although this could also be motivated by a fear of commitment or responsibility too. It is wise to check your own inner motives, feelings and assumptions before automatically dismissing, rejecting or rebelling against other people.
This can be a challenging time, when your sense of purpose, identity and direction may feel blocked, overpowered or regulated by forces beyond your control. You may find yourself confronted by difficult situations or people, requiring that you rally an unusually strong show of power to keep from feeling powerless or overwhelmed. The trick is to center yourself in empowerment rather than simple power – that means your power comes from within yourself rather than from controlling people and situations outside of yourself. You might find yourself involved in power struggles or abandonment, either in the present or stirred up from the past. You might be forced to let go of your attachment to something or someone due to circumstances beyond your control. However, this can also be a time when you reach inside yourself and find you have more strength than you thought you did. Adversity may inspire new assertiveness and purpose in you – empowerment born of conflict and struggle.
Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:
Sep.29, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT
Sep.30, 2012, 4:18 AM BST
Sep.30, 2012, 1:18 PM AEST
Life's natural instinct is to stay the same. Stability and order are built into this time-space system, and life always seems to seek an equilibrium that repairs or tempers the effects of change. Turbulent water eventually levels out into calm. A branch returns to its former position after a breeze. Fire dies down once it has consumed its fuel. Air rushes in to fill a vacuum so that it is dispersed evenly throughout.
And yet, there are also persistent forces of change in the world, and one change leads to another. In the cycle of life, matter is created, evolves, crumbles and decays, only to be reconstructed again as another form of matter. We are star stuff.
For the water, there will always be rocks downstream that create turbulence again. To the branch, there will always be air currents that move it around. Gravity continually causes things to interact, change their course or collide. With each change, the natural response is to attempt to return to its former state. Continuity. Stability. Order.
But what if equilibrium cannot be regained? What happens when there's so much change that there's no way to recover the previous state?
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
~ Pablo Picasso
There's a fine line between growth and destruction.
It's one thing to talk about change, but change can also damage – sometimes irrevocably. Here's a simple example: take a potato and put it in a pot of water and start to heat it up on the stove. If you were to change your mind and remove the potato from the water, it will cool back down. If you do that before the potato has experienced a lot of change (i.e. heat), the amount of actual "cooking" will be of no real consequence. By cooling down and drying off, the potato simply returns to its previous state.
However, if it has undergone a lot of heating then a process of change has begun that means it cannot simply cool down and return to its former state. It is forever changed. It can never be a crisp, raw potato ever again (unless you follow it through its Great Circle of Matter Recycling). It must become something else.
Or rather, it now is something else – the question is what. Does it stop there or continue to change? Does this happen quickly or gradually? The wind might be strong enough to break the branch. If it falls to the ground, the gradual process of decomposition begins. If it remains attached to the tree, it may simply continue as a damaged part of the tree and might even affect the health of the whole tree.
This is the "Transform or Die" dilemma.
To the raw potato, both options look pretty much the same.
The caterpillar's cocoon looks like a coffin, and although the natural process of evolution is to guide its transformation into a butterfly, there's no guarantee that something else might come along and disrupt that process. At that point, the cocoon and its contents continue to transform but now the possibilities are radically changed. Uninterrupted, the cocoon later produces a butterfly. Interrupted, the cocoon breaks down into the dirt that feeds other growing, living things.
Transformation happens when you cannot return to your previous state. At that point, you must adapt to the changes and carry on according to whatever options are now within your grasp. Once you've adapted, the changed state becomes the new normal, but it's the transition from the old to the new normal that's the real challenge.
Once there was a way to get back homeward...
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby
~ Paul McCartney
When you realize you cannot return to yesterday's familiarity, what do you do? How do you deal with it? It takes adjustment and patience. It means life is unfamiliar and alien for a while, until the change becomes the new normal.
When the lightning strikes and shatters the order and stability of your life, you must decide how to go forward from there. Notice I didn't say where to go forward. We don't always get to choose the direction of our new trajectory, but we always have the power to choose how we will go there.
You can let your fears call the shots, viewing it as a tragedy that is unfair and cruel, or you can breathe some strength into your "centre" and know that you have the ability to adapt to the changes and create a new normal that works for you.
Don't get me wrong—some changes really are tragic, unfair or cruel. This is not about invoking your Inner Pollyanna to disavow your true feelings and declare that "it's all good." You might wind up empowering yourself with the viewpoint that "it's all good" but our human nature usually has a lot of mixed feelings about change. It doesn't have to be, nor should it be, a case of either-or, where we decide a situation is either horrible or exalted; the end of the world or the opportunity of a lifetime.
The implications of any change are many and varied, so it's typical that we have multiple reactions to and feelings about that change. We often get stuck in one or the other though. We might allow our so-called negative feelings (fear, anger, disappointment, worry, grief, powerlessness, etc), while rejecting a more positive outlook for fear of being ambushed by a negative outcome that we didn't see coming. Or we might immerse ourselves in positive feelings (hope, optimism, anticipation, excitement, joy, relief, etc), while disparaging a more negative attitude for fear of being dragged down by anything that doesn't reflect an excellent outcome.
Either extreme is unrealistic and problematic in the long run. Negative outcomes do happen, and it can help to anticipate them so that we know what we can do about them, but that means we have to acknowledge the so-called negative perspective first. Positive results also happen, and it helps to be open to them because if we close off our more optimistic imagination and sense of what is possible, we could miss the unexpected gift that might make the difficulty of the change all worthwhile.
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be
to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot
So much of how we experience the new territory and how we remember the past depends on how we frame our experience of the change that gets us from one to the other. When you transition from the old to the new, no matter whether you see it as a wondrous or dreadful experience, it is important to take a "post-transition inventory" of sorts.
Spend some time considering the good and the bad about what was, what will be and the journey from one to the other. What have you learned? Be curious. Allow yourself to acknowledge and honour what was good about it, what was bad about it, what you gained, what you lost, and what persisted and remained constant throughout the journey.
Is it not ever possible to return to the former state? Yes and no. We can and do regular return to former experiences and circumstances, but it's different each time around. You can't ever go back, but you can go around and come back. You're a different person coming back to it. You can't undo the experience that brought you away from it; you can't un-ring the bell. But you can potentially return as a changed person, "older but wiser" so to speak.
If life is all about learning, growing, evolving and becoming, then it's never really over. No matter whether you love or hate where you've transitioned to, it won't stay the same. There will always be more opportunities to turn it into something better. You can't get to the good stuff without first going through a lot of stuff that felt bad. And you can't get to the bad stuff without having gone through some good stuff. One leads to the other leads to the other. In that sense, it really is "all good." That doesn't negate the fact that some of it feels pretty awful while you're going through it.
I remember that some of it wasn't very nice. But most of it was beautiful!
But just the same, all I kept saying to everybody was, 'I want to go home.' And they sent me home.
~ Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
This is a Full Moon in Aries, meaning that the Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Aries. The Libra Sun is all about finding balance and equilibrium. It's about the desire to return to a state of stability and balance. The Aries Moon is another matter. Being in Aries, it thrives on change! Stability is seen as something that puts a straightjacket on freedom and makes life boring. Life exists in the imbalance for Aries.
Currently, the Aries Moon is getting some extra fuel from Uranus, being tightly conjunct the Full Moon. Uranus too lives for the instability, thrives on it, craves it and will do anything to break the monotony. Therefore, don't expect this to be a "nice" calm energy! In fact, expect this to affect all things Uranus – Internet, computers and other technology; groups, communities and associates; revolutions, rebellions and breaking free of old ways of being. All of it is grist for the Moon-Uranus-Aries grinding mill, and life is likely to feel pretty chaotic at times over the next couple of weeks.
Enter Pluto. Just when you thought it was safe to navigate the turbulence, along comes Pluto. Cue the Jaws music! Pluto is all about transformation. It takes the shards left over from the Uranus lightning strike and reformulates them into something new. Pluto's re-sculpting skills and Uranus' inventiveness mean that by the time it's all over, we'll be radically changed from when the process started. No escaping it. Resistance is futile.
With forces so mythologically huge at work, this is unlikely to feel like a pleasant Sunday drive to get from the past to the future. You're to be forgiven if you feel overwhelmed, exasperated, furious or bewildered. However, Pluto's job is to make sure that things don't "just" disintegrate and collapse. That Pluto energy is giving us a nudge—okay, it's more like a heave with its boot!—to let go of some part of the past that is ready to be recycled into the vast composting bin of life.
As mentioned above, we don't always get to choose what happens, what direction we're hurled into or what we have to say goodbye to, but we do get to (and need to) decide how we're going to undergo, endure and embrace the transition to the other side.
Mars, the planetary ruler of the Aries Moon, has troubles of his own and can only contribute much of the same dilemma. With Mars still in square aspect (90°) with Venus (exact back on Sep.27), we have the ruler of both sides of the Full Moon having an argument. So the urge to break free of stability that's too boring or confining at odds with the desire to reach balance, harmony and beauty. Still wondering why it feels like you're playing a game of Whack-a-Mole, where solving one problem just makes room for 3 more?
Mars is in the other sign it rules: Scorpio (by traditional rulerships). Pluto is considered by many to be the modern ruler of Scorpio, and is certainly a Scorpionic energy no matter who you put in the Scorpio driver's seat. So this Full Moon and the 2 weeks until the next New Moon (Oct.15, in Libra) are likely to feel pretty intense, requiring you to invest a lot of your passion, intention and energy.
Mars is also conjunct the North Lunar Node (exact Oct.02), bringing that intense energy into even sharper focus. Since the North Node is your best direction for growth and fulfilment of purpose, that intensity is not something to be dismissed or ignored, but to be grappled with, embraced and understood. Even if your personal agenda with Scorpio energy is to learn how not to get swallowed up by it or to obsess over it, this is a learning opportunity to experiment with new ways to relate to it while keeping your balance and objectivity.
Interestingly, the South Node is tightly conjunct the fixed star Algol, suggesting that to stay where you are is tantamount to simply sitting on the railroad track when you know there's a train about to run you over. Also interestingly, the North Node is also conjunct the asteroid Medusa. What makes this interesting is that Algol is a star in the constellation Medusa. It's almost saying: pick your poison. It will be challenging, maybe even horrible, no matter whether you stay where you are or move ahead.
The point is not necessarily to run from one intolerable situation and find relief in another—the point is what you learn in the process of deciding what to do about it, how to understanding it, and to determine what is ultimately in your highest and best interests.
This repeating Scorpio theme is important, since Saturn is on the verge of moving from Libra into Scorpio. He is currently in the final degree of Libra and makes his move on Oct.05. Teetering on the cusp of Libra/Scorpio, Saturn's usual stability is none too steady at the moment, so he's not likely to be much help to the Libra Sun that is trying to keep things in balance.
A planet at 29° is getting ready to change its clothes and style of expression, but it's not quite there yet. It is still in the previous sign, yet full of anticipation for the next one (longing for or dreading). It's a tough place to be. It can feel a bit aimless and diffused, while at the same time being strongly focused on where it will be in the future. Like the poster image (left; from the Imaginary Foundation), we're peering over the fence at the vivid world that is to come, while still being stuck in what has been.
The whole Full Moon chart speaks of shifting gears and moving from one state to another. Destruction, creation and preservation. You are being challenged to call on your deepest passion, your broadest vision, your most creative imagination and your most grounded resolve to walk across the abyss between what has been (and no longer effectively serves your needs) and what can be.
What needs to be shed is your preconceived notions of what things "should" be, and instead open your mind to something unexpected, unconventional, atypical and unfamiliar. Instead of pulling something prefabricated, predictable and habitual out of the box, be willing to see new possibilities outside the box.
Above all, this is not about who wins or loses. Aries might tell you it's all about winning at any cost, and certainly whatever or whoever emerges as dominant is important. But Pluto knows that winning is meaningless if you don't undergo the process of transformation that the changes bring.
This is about the journey at least as much as it is about the destination. And you can't be present in the journey is you're only focused on where you think you're going.
You can't go backwards; you can only move forwards or stay stuck and let the train run you over. Indecision is a decision. Allow yourself to see what you think you know with new eyes. Let yourself be curious and surprised. The times they are a-changin'.
And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make.
~ Paul McCartney
For up to a week before and after this date, you are likely to feel energized in some way. You might feel enthusiastic, active, passionate, easily angered or downright wired. Or you could be around others who are feeling this way. On the other hand, this energy might also be somewhat explosive, aggressive or overbearing in some way. At its worst, it could indicate violence, although it's more likely to increase energy levels in general. If you and others are in a positive head space, this raised energy can easily be used constructively. If in a negative head space, it could result in conflict, argument or hostility. The important thing is to find a constructive or beneficial outlet for this energy. It's a good time to try new things or take risks BUT make sure this is balanced with some solid common sense too.
It is possible to find some stability in your relationships and finances under this transit, especially if you are willing to negotiate fairly and realistically. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and budgeting, and to invest in 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 your interaction with others. Commitment and structure may be easier to approach and achieve than if you take risks now. Your self-worth can benefit from this transit because you may be less inclined to give in to mood swings. On the other hand, 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.
Under this transit, it is possible to fall in love with purity, precision and analysis. It is a time to invest in health, efficiency, and your contribution to the world around you. The beauty is in the details, as you embrace a labour of love in your life. Just don't get so enamoured with pristine splendour that you get lost in perfectionism and unable to accept the natural imperfection that exists in all life and humanity. Each of us is the Universe's perfect child, but we are also in a state of becoming and growing and are therefore likely to make human mistakes. Remember that we're here for the journey, as much as the destination. This part of the journey takes us into service and devotion, whether that is focused on another person or on ourselves.
Romance, idealism, fantasy and imagination are blossoming into a bright aura right now, which is likely to influence your relationships, interactions, finances and values – for better or for worse! Compassion, caring and selfless giving can be good ideals to aim for, as long as you remember that ideals tend to lose some of their shiny glow when they're translated into hard reality. If you forget this, the end result may be disappointing or disillusioning. Disappointment may also indicate that there have been hidden hopes or high expectations that no one can really live up to. Aim to balance your innocence and longing with the judgement of your older, wiser, mature self; and do a reality check with a trusted friend or adviser if in doubt. That said, this can also be a very creative and inspiring time – just remember to keep one foot on the ground.
For up to a week before and after this date (while Jupiter is moving very slowly and stopped during the station), you may experience an increase in idealism, longing or inspiration. Your opinions, beliefs and assumptions may come under question, as your understanding of life and the world around you now requires further study. While Jupiter is retrograde over the next five months, you may have to re-examine your assumptions, attitudes, biases and judgments about one or more situations. It can be a time to gather more knowledge and look at things from a different perspective, which can change your interpretation of events.
Right now at the station there is the turning point, which might inspire you to explore already-known territory in a new way, or it could disrupt your journey because your map of the territory isn't accurate or up-to-date. This especially applies to situations that have been developing in the last three months (since Jupiter entered the shadow). Allow yourself to be open to new possibilities emerging gradually out of old situations. There is a deeper understanding that can result from exploring things from a different perspective and questioning what you think you know. That which is known and familiar may seem strangely irrelevant or foreign for a while, yet will eventually become integrated and understood again after Jupiter goes direct in five months.
It's time to take a serious look at the circumstances and situations in your life. This transit may not exactly be "party time" but it's a great transit to have when you need to take a dispassionate, objective, clear view of life. You may be called upon to make a decision about something. For example, you might need to commit yourself to a particular plan of action, or start developing plans toward a particular goal. In either case, it may be necessary to limit or let go of other options. You might come to the conclusion that something has run its course and it's time to leave it behind – like an opinion or project or mindset. It's a time when your perception, thoughts and words may not be exciting, imaginative or entertaining, but you're probably more able to be clear, grounded decisive and hard working.
Cunning communication and insight are at 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 parts of ourselves that we don't want to or know how to face). There is opportunity for healing and grounding now, but you may have to resist the temptation to manipulate others to control that process. Your awareness of the undercurrents around you could be increased...or you might stir up those undercurrents in others without intending to, by blurting things out in a blunt or harsh way. This transit presents an opportunity to learn new ways to wield words with the skill of a surgeon – to heal and remove what is toxic, not to wound or retaliate. Use it wisely. If you are not crystal clear with yourself about your motives and feelings when communicating with others, your unconscious or hidden agendas could seep through and cause hurt when that was not your intention.
The thought of stern Saturn coming together with severe Scorpio may not be high on your list of exciting adventures. To be sure, these two energies can combine in ways that could make you feel like an ox pulling a heavy cart up a steep hill. Scorpio runs very deep emotionally, so it is almost incapable of undergoing any experience except with intensity that savours and experiences every last feeling, urge, challenge and desire. To Saturn the results matter, so the priority is to find the best, most effective and efficient way to accomplish the goal.
The upside is that together they have the stamina, determination and fortitude to scale the most difficult mountain or emerge in one piece from the deepest, darkest cave. Whatever challenge you throw at them, they'll gird their collective loins and do whatever needs to be done. Saturn also lends stability, practicality and realism to the Scorpio process of transformation and change. Both of them are happy to proceed slowly—Saturn, so that the job is done right; Scorpio, so that all aspects of the experience are acknowledged and embraced.
The downside is that once Saturn has set his sights on a goal, the Scorpio tendency for obsession can take over the project and keep it rolling, even when it would be wise to change course or shut it down or bring it to a close. Scorpio can continue hurling itself against the brick wall in its path, long past the point where Saturn knows that the plan must be altered in order to either get past the obstacle or choose a different path. At its worst, Saturn in Scorpio can even resort to cruelty, vindictiveness or tyranny, if it believes that's the only way to triumph. Better to use these powers for good, than to succumb to the urge to inflict them on others.
While transiting Saturn is in Scorpio, you may encounter situations where you must draw on your staunchest strength and deepest resolve in order to persevere to the other side. Why would anyone do this? Why not just give up and let circumstances have their way? Why not just focus on survival and leave it as that? Because if you're honest with yourself, you know you care about what happens. And the only way to have a say in what happens is to participate and work with the situation. You will be transformed by the process. It's a question of whether you empower yourself by participating in the process, or wind up being dragged through it kicking and screaming.
Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground.
This energy flies! You might feel inspired to defend a righteous cause, or to lead others in taking a stand about something. Or you might strive to move heaven and earth to reach toward a dream. You might be motivated to learn something new, or to share your knowledge with others. Inspiration, confidence and optimism can run high during this transit, which may be experienced as a release of optimism, freedom and spontaneous elation. However, it could also be a bit too much of a good thing, launching you or others into arrogance, confrontation or intolerance, especially if challenged by strong opinions. Expanded courage could make it easier to take risks or try new adventures, which will probably work best if you're balanced with realism or common sense. This is a time to act from your highest intention of morality, philosophy, spirituality, compassion and understanding.
If you life in Australia, Paraguay or Uruguay, you might be turning the clocks one hour forward today—or rather, last night! Since DST officially begins at 2:00 AM (your local time), people usually turn their clocks ahead the night before. Not all areas of Australia observe DST, though, so be sure to check if this applies to where you live.
For up to a week before and after today, you have a chance to discover and work with your blind spots and the hidden motives that trip you up. It may feel like you are spinning your wheels or "shadow-boxing" and not even sure why. You may be fighting a hidden agenda or unconscious motives (yours or someone else's). You might also be trying to apply a concrete solution to an ambiguous situation, and then wondering why it isn't working very well. Responding to conflicts in a passive-aggressive or manipulative way can be tempting under this transit, since you may not know how to take direct and effective action. Resentment might become a defiant way to express toothless anger. Part of the problem may be that you are fighting against your own idealism, and resisting the acceptance that the other person or situation can't be the way you want them to be. Feelings of disappointment or helplessness may trigger much deeper feelings from your unconscious, making it difficult for you to know how to respond effectively in the here-and-now. It will probably help to work on owning your feelings, needs, longings and (hidden) agendas. Being honest with yourself about what's really going on inside you will go a long way toward increasing your empowerment.
You may be extra sensitive to other people's suffering, struggles or dilemmas under this transit. Your own ongoing issues in relationships or finances may undergo a kind of "healing crisis" in which you endure increased problems and must use extra tolerance, compromise or negotiation to keep things from collapsing into a worse state. At the same time, you may be able to reach a new level of acceptance and peace – not necessarily by solving the problems, but by letting go of the struggles that are not as important as you thought and by making the best of the ones that are left. Other people or outside circumstances may give you a push in this direction, which might feel at first like old wounds are being opened up. But this is an opportunity to find new ways to bring healing and balance to old problems, especially using tolerance, compromise and acceptance.
This is a time when your understanding of the Big Picture and your place within it can click into place. As a result, your confidence and self-esteem can be quite high right now. Your ability to see opportunities and possibilities more clearly can produce an experience of being "lucky." Your insight into life and the world around you may be especially bright, optimistic and inspired. This is a "feel-good" transit, when your sense of self can seem to expand and become free. You may feel especially connected to spiritual energy during this time, finding new meaning in your live and the events that unfold around you. Self-confidence can run high now, and you could feel inspired to fight for justice or some cause. At the same time, there is a chance that all this self-assurance and "knowing" could go overboard into over-confidence, dogmatism or over-indulgence if it's not grounded in realism and humility. Just use your best judgment and enjoy this warm, shining energy!
Your mental focus and communication now get an injection of healing energy. Cynicism and depression may soften now, as you become more receptive to a more optimistic viewpoint. If you have been caught up in escapism or "stinkin' thinkin'" (thinking you're more in control of your impulses than you really are), you may now find some relief and healing. Mental argument and critical "self-talk" can now find some reconciliation and acceptance that brings some peace of mind. You have increased ability to find the right words and understanding to help others with their problems. Compassion and empathy may be more accessible because you can identify your own experiences with what you see in others. You might also find someone who can give you good advice or support about your own problems – possibly a teacher or mentor – or you could become this to someone else.
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.
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.
Imagine a situation where realism and predictability was compatible with imagination and whimsy. This transit brings those energies together in a positive, productive, cooperative way. What kind of situations might fit that definition? Creative projects are a classic example, combining imagination and skill. Humanitarian endeavours are another example that brings together compassion and practical application. Be on the lookout for opportunities to take your highest spiritual, moral or creative calling and apply it to practical situations.
This is the first of 3 passes of this transit: Oct.10, Jun.11 and Jul.19. However, we have already had a taste of this cooperative energy. On Feb.07.2012 Saturn stationed just half a degree (0:37) from an exact trine to Neptune. So think back to events and experiences that were happening in January and February. You are now entering a period when your vision and practical concerns can be brought together in a very specific, manifest way over the coming 12 months.
It may be time to confront issues in your life that involve how/why you get hurt by others, how you yourself hurt others, and how healing can take place in either of these situations. Your awareness of this may due to a conflict in your life, but this can be a valuable learning experience for you, more-so than usual. Part of the problem may be that you need to tread your own path but are avoiding this for whatever reasons – perhaps circumstances compel you to satisfy others' expectations, or perhaps you are still struggling to muster the courage to find and walk your own path. Whatever the reasons, this transit may give you a push that will help to steer you in a healing direction, possibly by showing you how and why the path you have been on does not lead to where you want to go. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take some time out from the stress to get re-centered and grounded.
This is a very high energy time, although not necessarily predictable or reliable. Your energy may come in spurts or in response to situations that don't normally affect you very much. You may find an upsurge of daring and confidence that seem to come out of nowhere. Or your sexual desire might suddenly come alive. This transit can inspire motivation that is spontaneous, sudden or unexpected. It might make your physical or emotional energy fluctuate or feel a bit "wired." However, it can also give a burst of courage and drive that can propel you out of a rut or inspire you to break free of limitations. Freedom, liberation and asserting your individuality are key areas that can ignite this energy. You might also find yourself involved in group activities, possibly in a leadership role or in a way that your ideas have a greater effect than usual on others.
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