Monday, May 14, 2007

Balsamic Moon: Looking over the last month

Looking back at last lunar cycle. Today, the Moon is waning. It is in that phase astrologers call the Balsamic Phase. this is a good time to reflect on the past lunar month, let the old cycle go to get ready for the next.

See New Moon April 17 entry for reference for this post.

My practice of astrology is strongly focused on observation. It is one thing to predict energy based on astrological theory and it is another thing to observe what really happens. This past month has been interesting for me because, some things have not unfolded the way I expected them to.

Fire. Last month had a lot of fire energy. Astrological theory says that aspects between signs of the same element are harmonious, we should experience this energy as flowing and helpful. So it is interesting to notice how many places are on fire right now, and not in the good way. Fires have been burning in Florida, California, and in my home state, Minnesota where one of the worst forest fires recorded is burning in the Boundary Waters. These are just the fires I know about. I would not be surprised if there were more.

This last month we had the second of three trines between Jupiter and Saturn (May 6) both in fire signs. Could it be that fire is working on our behalf to teach us something important? In 2000, Jupiter and Saturn came together forming a conjunction in Taurus, a fixed earth sign. The conjunction of these two planets, happening at 20-year intervals, signals a beginning of an important cultural cycle—the principals of conservation and expansion merging. Responsibility and possibility come together to create a new reality. If we follow the pattern of a lunar cycle, what begins at the New Moon will come to fruition in the Full. We are headed toward the opposition (or Full Phase) of Jupiter and Saturn in 2010 ( Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo). The trine happening right now is one stage in the development of the new reality. The reality will be about what is important to Taurus – the Earth, her resources, and our relationship to Beauty. Perhaps the fires are burning away any denial that we have left about our need to take care of the Earth and to do it now.

Another surprise for me from last month was the very quiet transit of Mars (May 13) at the Solar Eclipse degree (28 degrees Pisces) of March 18. Perhaps this is the nature of Pisces, a water sign ruled by Neptune – god of the seas. A lot can be going on underneath the surface of that water. And I think this is true. Ever since Uranus entered Pisces in 2003, I’ve expected more of a splash from Pisces. It may not be until the transiting nodes move out of Pisces/Virgo in December, and really until Uranus moves into Aries in 2010, that we “get” what is going on under the waves. I’m still going to be paying attention to my dreams, my intuition, my hopes for the world during this time.

A new lunar month begins on May 16. See my next post for more information about the Taurus New Moon.

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