Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Moon December 5, 2010: The Wheel is Turning

I’ve been thinking about wheels as the New Moon in Sagittarius approaches. These wheels are spinning to take us to new places. This month I’ll let a wheel be my guide. Stick with me, I’ll explain. The notion of the Wheel first arose during a class I teach about each sign and season of astrology. I draw from an assortment of symbols and correspondences to explore the deeper meaning of each of the twelve signs. One system I use is the Golden Dawn correspondences between Tarot and astrology. For this month, we explored the imagery of Temperance—the card that represents Sagittarius—and the Wheel of Fortune—the card that represents Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius.

The Wheel captures an essence of both the planet, which brings changes in fortune as well as the sign, which reflects the Sagittarian desire to travel to new horizons. The wheel is a mode of transportation and a reflection on the vagaries of fortune. The wheel is also a cosmological concept: the notion that all things occur in cycles. What goes up comes down. The wheel reminds us that every ending is also a beginning. The paradox of the wheel is the realization that even as we attempt to travel to new places both within and without, we still find ourselves returning to a place we’ve been before. The wheel describes karma, the zodiac, and the movement of life force. There is no escaping the wheel, however there is choice about how we ride it. This month the opportunities and frustrations of the wheel will perhaps be very apparent.

The edge of a spinning wheel is where the wildest ride happens. That’s where we experience the most extreme ups and downs. In the center, there’s a greater chance of remaining centered as the wheel spins around us. Like many, I enjoy a good ride from time to time; it can be fun to ride the rim of the wheel. With my own Sagittarian ascendant perhaps I think the wild ride will take me to another land, one rich for exploration. But sometimes, I also yearn to get off the merry-go-round and take a break from the crazy ride. There will be times to make both choices this month and times to notice which choice I am making.

Mercury is turning retrograde this month. This happens three times a year and so is not that significant in and of itself. However, this month it will be the only planet moving retrograde from December 8 when it stations retrograde till December 30 when it turns direct. Mercury will be the only retrograde planet and for some reason, I believe this may cause us to notice Mercury’s influence even more. When all the planets are moving direct, we also feel as if we are making progress, kind of like that notion that when we ride the wheel, we can get someplace new. But Mercury, the planet of travel, will have something to say about this. For every step forward, there may be another step back. A good sense of humor is so critical to tolerating Mercury’s antics of messing with our plans, our communications, and our sense of getting someplace. To cultivate mindfulness this month a good question to hold is: Am I riding the rim of the wheel or am I letting it spin around me? Another question: Why am I choosing this?

The New Moon chart shows Mercury exactly conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This is a powerful beginning to a month of Mercury’s influence. Sometimes we overlook the importance that our thoughts and words have on creating reality. This month we have the opportunity to realize just how influential thoughts and words are. There is power in uncovering hidden assumptions. There is also a strong desire to uncover secrets of all kinds and tell them.

Uranus in Pisces. At the New Moon, Uranus, the last remaining retrograde planet for the moment, is stationing direct at 26° Pisces. Uranus is about to leave Pisces, where it has been since 2003. This spring, Uranus popped into the next sign, Aries, for a few weeks and then retrograded back into Pisces in mid-August. Uranus moves back into Aries in March 2011. So this last segment of time when Uranus is in Pisces is good for reflecting on its influence in this mutable water sign. When Uranus entered Pisces in 2003, I expected there would be revolutions in psychic experience. I thought we’d have technical advancement in our understanding of subtle energy. I expected innovations in how we experience the unity of all. Did we see any of this happen? Perhaps not overtly. However, I think the incredible popularity of Facebook is due to this particular transit. Facebook, a technological innovation (Uranus influence), changed culture and created a revolution in how people connect with each other. The site was launched in February 2004 and has a profound impact in the last few years. Needing to connect with others is an eternal requirement. Uranus has spurred us to embrace a new method. Pisces is a sign of emotion, of union, of sacrifice. Uranus’ revolutions in culture have occurred in these ways and for these reasons. Using this awareness, what can we imagine for the next stage of evolution as Uranus transits through the cardinal fire sign, Aries? Aries is a sign that needs action, individuation, and a sense of renewal. What is the next cultural innovation that will support these values? Stay tuned.

Another theme this month comes from Mars. This planet increases tension and reactivity as it joins Pluto in Capricorn right after the New Moon. Other significant contacts that Mars makes will be to the North Node of the Moon and a square to Saturn toward the end of December. The planet of will and desire reinforces Pluto’s impact on Capricornian values of accountability, responsibility, and authority. Fuses may be short and frustrations high. However, as the Winter Solstice draws us into the season of Capricorn, we can use this Mars/Pluto energy to reinforce where our strong values and high expectations lie. Can you feel the strength of your own authority?

There is a lunar eclipse on the Full Moon this month. The eclipse is in the final degree of Sagittarius, right before the Sun goes into Capricorn. In the chart for the Full Moon, we see that the Sun and Moon square a conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus. The final degrees of the mutable signs where all these planets are located represent the liminal state of a threshold. During this eclipse, which is visible throughout North America, we have a moment to reflect on the threshold—where we have been and where we desire to go next. At the threshold, the wheel pauses for a brief moment. For that moment, we can envision stepping off the wheel to gain perspective. Let’s take the moment to see into our hearts and into the wonders of the world around us. Let’s take a moment to pause on the spinning wheel to realize our true selves and what really matters.

It really isn’t true that as we ride the wheel we never get to anywhere new. If we arrive at the same place we’ve been before, but with new awareness, then we ourselves are new. New possibilities arise as the wheel goes on and on.

 Transits important to our stories.*
December 5 Mercury conjunct Pluto 4° Capricorn
December 5 Uranus stations direct 26° Pisces
December 7 Mars enters Capricorn
December 10 Mercury stations retrograde 5° Capricorn
December 10 Mercury (r) 5° Capricorn sextile Venus 5° Scoprio
December 11 Mars conjunct North Node 2° Capricorn
December 13 Mercury (r) conjunct Pluto 4° Capricorn
December 13 Mars conjunct Pluto 4° Capricorn
December 13 Mercury (r) conjunct Mars 4° Capricorn
December 18 Mercury (r) reenters Sagittarius
December 18 Sun 26° Sagittarius square Uranus 26° Pisces
December 19 Sun conjunct Mercury (r) 28° Sagittarius
December 20 Mercury (r) sextile Chiron 27° Aquarius
December 20 Mercury (r) square Uranus 26° Sagittarius
December 20 Mercury (r) sextile Neptune 26° Aquarius
December 21 Lunar Eclipse 29° Gemini
December 21 Sun enters Capricorn
December 21 Mercury (r) 25° Sagittarius square Jupiter 25° Pisces
December 26 Sun conjunct Pluto 5° Capricorn
December 29 Mars 16° Capricorn square Saturn 16° Libra
December 30 Mercury stations direct 19° Sagittarius

*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Quincunx - perplexing

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Moon November 6, 2010: Soul Medicine

I write this the day after the mid-term election 2010. TV commentators tell us that this election proves that a “new” political force is moving through our country. If you are like me and thought the Rally to Restore Sanity/and or Fear was a brilliant analysis of current times, then it is hard to not despair after this election. For many of us, we do not see this new political force as anything new at all. It looks a lot like the same old hatred, fear, and greed. Yet these old motivations are wrapped in the cloak of new for now. In the midst of this despair, I wonder what response invites clarity, joy, and an open-mind. I use my tools of astrology to see things around me and within me with clear eyes. With this insight I form my intentions. Currently, I wonder how to respond to what is going on in my country. On one hand, I do not want to be enticed into the whirlpools of fear and hatred myself, yet on the other, I want to be willing to respond to possible danger or trends in our culture that could lead to violence and injustice. We walk such fine lines every day. Now is no different.

Perhaps I am looking for clarity and detachment—air is the ally of these qualities. Currently, Saturn in the air sign of Libra provides relentless reminders that we need the clarity that comes from a sense of equilibrium. Neptune and Chiron in another air sign, Aquarius, create a longing for clarity but the nature of these planets makes it difficult to achieve.

We may need this air but where we are right now at the New Moon in Scorpio is in a state of water. If I desire the clarity of air but am immersed in the flow of water, my instincts tell me to dive deeper into the water, to be present to those lessons. We are in a season of strong water; emotional currents run heavy now. These currents can incite reactivity and heightened fear. Yet, water, especially the water of Scorpio, pulls us down into soul where our fears no longer create separation and blame but reunite us in compassion. Scorpio invites us to move down and through our fears to the other side. On the other side, I believe it is possible to find the air of reason.

How do we move down and through to soul? I turn to James Hillman’s definition of soul in A Blue Fire, “By soul I mean, first of all, a perspective rather than a substance, a viewpoint toward things rather than a thing itself… soul … refers to that unknown component which makes meaning possible, turns events into experiences, is communicated in love, and has a religious concern.”

Makes meaning possible. Feelings matter. Perhaps fear is the deepest emotion of all and is the emotion that causes the most problems for us. However, fear is part of soul. Fear when it is denied or projected onto others is an attempt to protect ourselves. Yet, emotions like fear, grief, and also joy and love make meaning possible. Emotions invite us into the water; a common response is to keep our distance, looking only at the reflections on the surface, to be either repelled by the water or to see exterior things as the cause of those feelings. In order to retrieve soul, we must see beyond the surface to find personal meaning and cause.

Turning events into experiences.
Things happen; sometimes really hard things. With emotional self-awareness, we also learn to grow our capacity for compassion. Things happen to other people too. Every one of us is more alike than different, yet outside the soul-level, we emphasize the differences. In water we merge.

Is communicated in love. Fortunately, it isn’t a big leap to realize that love is the communicator of soul. Profound, healing, mysterious—love is the ultimate language of the ultimate, which is soul.

Has a religious concern. Our souls matter too. The word religion evolved from words meaning to relink, to tie back together. We can think of this as relinking to Mystery, to divine source, and to Soul. Our spiritual lives depend on remembering our souls.

To move down and through into soul is to swim in waters of deep meaning, to abandon projection of fears, to cherish our hearts that feel love, and to know that this work relinks us to our spiritual selves. This month, soul work promises such growth.

Venus is our guide for the soul work of this season.
Venus has been retrograding through Scorpio. Last month, I wrote about this Venus retrograde and the journey of Inanna. Each step in this journey brings more depth leading to more clarity.

The steps are:
Venus entered Scorpio on September 8.
Stationed retrograde at 13° Scorpio on October 7
Disappeared from the evening sky on October 20
Arrived at a conjunction with the Sun on October 28 at 5° Scorpio
At the New Moon on November 5 Venus is at 0° Scorpio – a potent degree for any sign.
On November 7 two important things happen in this cycle. Venus is still moving retrograde, but now can be seen as the Morning Star, while at the same time is reentering the sign of Libra. Venus rules Libra, she exemplifies beauty and balance in that sign. She guides soul to clarity.
On November 18, a few days before the Full Moon, Venus stations direct at 27° Libra.
On November 29 Venus reenters Scorpio, this time moving direct. Venus spends a lengthy bit of time in this sign, moving into Sagittarius on January 8, 2011.

More Venus connections. The New Moon on November 6 (EDT) occurs at 13° Scorpio, the same degree at which Venus stationed retrograde. The Full Moon on November 21, shows Venus at her stationary degree of 27° Libra and at the apex of an aspect configuration called a Yod. A Yod configuration forces us to integrate paradox. The paradox of this particular Yod involves the revolutionary forces of Jupiter conjunct Uranus and the stabilizing forces of the Moon in Taurus. Venus, strongly motivated to find the balance point between these two urges, encourages us to develop and use our skills of diplomacy and fairness.

Other energies and elements. Mars is in the fire sign, Sagittarius, all month lending us energy to push past old boundaries—learning new truths and defending our truths. At the end of this lunar month, Mars will square Uranus, perhaps reaching the breaking point in tolerance.

Jupiter and Uranus have both retrograded back into Pisces after a short time of energizing revolutionary desires while in Aries. They will both return to Aries (Jupiter in February 2011 and Uranus in March 2011), so expect more fiery passion next Spring. While still in Pisces, these two planets invite us to dream big and to realize how emotional connections feed these dreams.

Pluto and the North Node of the Moon are conjunct in Capricorn at the Full Moon. Pluto always points to our evolutionary edge, but even more so at this time. That edge involves uncovering the shadows of that which rules us – governments, businesses, economic systems. There is deep dissatisfaction in the world concerning these institutions. We are at a moment of realizing how much is broken and what we need to do to start repairing and revitalizing these systems.

I like the idea of soul work leading to clarity. I plan to keep that thought in mind as I open myself to feelings, both fearful and joyous this month.

Other dates to note this lunar month. *
Venus transits are listed above.
November 6 Mercury 25° Scorpio square Neptune 25° Aquarius
November 6 Mercury 26° Scorpio square Chiron 26° Aquarius
November 7 Neptune stations direct 25° Aquarius
November 15 Mars 13° Sagittarius sextile Saturn 13° Libra
November 18 Sun 25° Scorpio square Neptune 25° Aquarius
November 18 Sun 26° Scorpio square Chiron 26° Aquarius
November 18 Jupiter stations direct 23° Pisces
November 18 Venus stations direct 27° Libra
November 20 Mercury conjunct Mars 17° Sagittarius
November 21 Full Moon 29° Taurus
November 29 Mars 23° Sagittarius square Jupiter 23° Pisces
December 2 Mars 26° Sagittarius sextile Neptune 26° Aquarius
December 3 Mars 26° Sagittarius sextile Chiron 26° Aquarius
December 3 Mars 26° Sagittarius square Uranus 26° Pisces
*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – perplexing

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Moon October 7, 2010: This World and the Other

If this world were a tree, then the other world would be the roots—
the part of the plant we can’t see, but that puts the sap into the tree’s veins.

    The other world feeds this tangible world—
    the world that can feel pain, that can eat and drink, that can fail;
    the world that goes around in cycles; the world where we die.

The other world is what makes this world work.
And the way we help the other world continue
    is by feeding it with our beauty.
Martin Prechtel, Saving the Indigenous Soul

This is the time of year in the northern hemisphere when we become aware of the other world of the dead—that other world which feeds our own. The shift from life to death in the plant world reminds us of this “other world that makes this world work.” This other is world in inhabited by our dead.

We owe our ancestors a debt. Every one of us breathing and living on this beautiful earth is here because our ancestors brought us here. The debt is not about guilt or shame. It is not about being incapable of repaying them for the gift of life. No, this debt is actually about joy—a prayer of gratitude that heals guilt and shame and renews our rightful place in this amazing dance of life. I love what Martin Prechtel is saying above, “the way we help the other world continue is by feeding it with our beauty.” To be in obligation to the unseen world of our ancestors is to be obligated to create and give away beauty. Drink in that thought. Do you have a reaction? What are you noticing? Do you have the opinion that you don’t create beauty, or that others do a much better job? Shame creeps in around the corners when we try to compare ourselves to others, when we denigrate our capacity to create beauty. We give away our rightful relationship to the unseen world when we convince ourselves that we cannot create beauty or that our beauty is somehow less than others’. Perhaps self-doubt is a cop out. Perhaps the ancestors are waiting for us to step up and move past paralyzing shame. What if this debt really was an invitation to experience life more deeply, more joyfully, more ecstatically? What if we really can feed the other world with the beauty we create?

The energies of this next moon cycle invite such intentions. The New Moon of October 7 is an invitation to experience the depth of the ancestral world and to renew a commitment to beauty. At this time Venus is standing stationary in the sunset sky as the Evening Star. Venus turns retrograde on October 8, moving quickly from view on October 20 and then appears as the Morning Star before sunrise on November 7. The retrograde cycle lasts till November 18. Venus remains the Morning Star until June 21, 2011. This Venus cycle of alternating between the morning and evening sky and of disappearing from the sky for a period of time in between relates to the myth of the Sumerian goddess, Inanna. To the Sumerians, the planet Venus was their goddess. Stories about Inanna are reflected in Venus’ own patterns in the sky. The disappearance of Venus relates to Inanna’s story of visiting her sister Erishkegal in the underworld.

Not only is Venus/Inanna poised to repeat this journey at this time but Venus is also in the sign of Scorpio and conjunct Mars. Scorpio, the sign of death, money, sex and power invites us to the depths. Mars, the co-ruler of Scorpio, perhaps fills the role of Inanna’s lover, Dumuzi, the green god of the blooming desert. The relationship between these two dieties speaks about the fertile power of sex. Astrologically, Mars conjunct Venus creates potency for this moment. Something vital is being created during all the Mars transits this month.

In the myth, we aren’t told why Inanna chooses to take the journey into the underworld. However, one of the gifts of this place is regeneration. Perhaps, she was depleted, soul weary, as many of us are right now as we are faced with more stress and uncertainty than usual. As Venus stations, I, along with her, am poised to take a journey into the unknown that may also offer new strength and regeneration for soul and body. When I consider that the underworld is the home of my ancestors and allies who feed the living world, I am encouraged to ask for healing for the burdens that weigh on me.

Asking is not enough. There is a debt that we owe our ancestors and they ask for gifts of beauty. The New Moon is in Libra. The symbol of the Scales stands for harmony, balance, and justice. The beauty that Libra invokes is the beauty of responsibility—of engagement with others to find the diplomatic point of balance where we coexist in harmony and recognize our need for each other. The give and take of relationship, just like our relationship with the hidden world, restores balance. What does balance feel like to you? What do you need to do, whether it is related to spiritual practice, physical health, or living in integrity, to create more balance in your life? Since Saturn is also in Libra for the next two years, we have the opportunity to hone our skills of balance and relationship. I believe doing this work is the beauty that our ancestors require of us.

The chart for the New Moon shows an interesting pattern. Every planet is paired with another planet, and in the case of Pluto, paired with an important point, the North Node of the Moon. The Sun and Moon are conjunct as they always are at a new moon. Saturn is paired with Mercury, Mars with Venus, Neptune with Chiron, and Jupiter with Uranus. How fascinating that the New Moon in the sign of relationship shows us six distinct pairings! Are you drawn to any particular group? Are any of these pairs transiting your chart at this time? These relationships are: Jupiter/Uranus – the relationship of revolution, Neptune/Chiron – the relationship of mysticism, Pluto/Node – the relationship of destiny, Mars/Venus – the relationship of creativity, Sun/Moon – the relationship of relationships, Saturn/Mercury – the relationship of intellect.

The Full Moon occurs in the last degree of Libra. This is the second Full Moon in Libra this year, a somewhat unusual occurrence. The theme of relationship, balance, and beauty continues. At this time Chiron, the wounded shaman/healer, is stationing direct square to Mars. Venus is gone from the sky. We may be feeling the challenge of the journey to the underworld. When Inanna journeyed there, she had to give up every piece of status and identity in order to reach the core of her being. Chiron transits can feel like such shamanic initiations where we are dismantled in order to be put back together with a new connection to a healing source. Perhaps we all need to become healers at this time in our world. When I am feeling particularly challenged, the best source of strength for me is the thought that the experience helps me to be more connected with others who are also suffering. That connection, like the debt we owe our ancestors, creates beauty and healing.

Dates important to our stories: *
October 8 Venus stations retrograde 13° Scorpio
October 8 Mercury conjunct Saturn 8° Libra
October 20 Mercury enters Scorpio
October 20 Mars 24° Scorpio trines Jupiter 24° Pisces
October 22 Mars 25° Scorpio squares Neptune 25° Aquarius
October 22 Mars 26° Scorpio squares Chiron 26° Aquarius
October 22 Full Moon 29° Aries/Libra
October 23 Sun enters Scorpio
October 24 Mars 27° Scorpio trines Uranus 27° Pisces
October 25 Mercury conjunct Venus (retrograde) 7° Scorpio
October 28 Sun conjunct Venus (retrograde) 5° Scorpio
November 1 Venus (retrograde) 3° Scorpio sextiles Pluto 3° Capricorn
November 5 Chiron stations direct 26° Aquarius

*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – perplexing

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Moon September 8, 2010: Summer's End

It’s closet cleaning time. The end of Summer, always has me looking longingly at closet organizing catalogs. Can a perfectly organized closet really bring happiness? Oh probably not, but perhaps it can help to ease the tension that this time of year brings. This is the Virgo tension— a nagging sense that I must put all in order. Something really important depends on it. Like the maniacal squirrels running around my neighborhood, I am impelled to rush about hoping that I can get ready for the change in season.

I know an organized closet is not a substitute for what this season is really about, but it is tempting to think that if I could just have a place for everything and everything in its place, then I’d be ready to accept the Fall and coming Winter with grace and ease. I’d be really ready. If a clean closet doesn’t actually create that readiness for what’s ahead, then what does? Seeking the answer to that question is a good intention for this New Moon in Virgo.

Each season has three parts, three months, three signs that mirror for us internal and external realities. These three parts are called the modalities in astrology. They are Cardinal—season’s beginning, Fixed—season’s middle, and Mutable—season’s end. The Sun and Moon join together on September 8 in the Mutable sign of Virgo at Summer’s end. Understanding and integration are the key purposes of each Mutable sign. (The word integration comes from a Latin word that means renewal.) At season’s end, we do whatever is necessary to put away the past and prepare for the future. And we can’t simply forget about what has happened, we must find the wisdom, value, and purpose of those things. Each Mutable sign (there are four, one for each element) has its own methods of doing that. Virgo uses the Earth element. Earth specializes in the physical realm; hence Virgo understanding comes bound with physical practices and manifestations. The more maniacal I feel about cleaning my closet, the more aware I am that I probably need to focus on other Virgo values like balance in mind and body, as well as spiritual and physical practices that keep me centered and grounded. Even though Virgo is an earth sign, there is a definite mental component to Virgo’s energy. All the Mutable signs are learners and synthesizers. So, even though I will benefit from using my body to integrate the lessons of summer, I still have a sense that I must spend some time in contemplation as well.

The Hermit is the Tarot card that stands for the sign of Virgo. This image from the Thoth deck captures a vital Virgo idea. Take the wisdom of this season, the light in his hand, and go deeper into understanding. The planets have conspired this last season to give us lots to think about. Many profound shifts are happening. Although some of the transits are over, the impact is still coming, I think.

Lessons of Summer to integrate

Saturn in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn—These planets challenge us to take on hard issues. Ecological disaster, economic injustice, and religious intolerance are just some of important issues  we must confront. On a personal level, people with planets or important points at the beginning of any Cardinal sign are having profound experiences. Now is a time for life-defining choices. It is particularly important for you to find ways to integrate the changes happening in your life.
Uranus conjunct Jupiter in Aries—The ingress into Fire sign, Aries, signals a deep impatience with the status quo. Both of these planets retrograde back into Mutable Water for the fall and winter. I find myself trying to integrate my spiritual values into my desire for change. Water gives us wisdom on an emotional level. This will be an important skill to have on hand when Jupiter and Uranus go back into Aries (Jupiter in January 2011 and Uranus in March 2011).

Mercury retrograde—Mercury is stationing direct at this New Moon. It’s been traveling through Virgo, a sign it has special affinity for. Mercury will have passed through the same degrees of Virgo three times when this retrograde journey is finally complete on September 27. This particular retrograde cycle is challenging us to take our time in truly integrating the experiences of Summer. It won’t come right away, we’ll have to dig a little deeper and perhaps rely a little more on faith that understanding and completion will come.

Fall’s beginning. The Mercury retrograde lesson of patience comes in handy as we begin a new season. A new season begins. This is an excellent time to set new intentions. However, it is important to give the integration time of Virgo complete attention before we move into the Fall. Skipping over integration often means we will have to go over those lessons again in the future. 

The Full Moon comes just hours after the Sun goes into Libra – also known as Fall Equinox. Astrologers use the seasonal charts, known as the ingress charts, set for a country’s capital as a way to forecast the fortunes of that country during the season. In this Ingress Chart set for Washington D.C. I am noticing that the angles (Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and Nadir) are in Mutable signs. In the last two ingress charts of Spring and Summer, the angles have been in Cardinal signs. This signals that change is coming. Perhaps it will be the Republican Party gaining control of the Congress, or perhaps a new revitalization of President Obama’s influence. The 10th house of this chart represents the President. There we find Uranus, Jupiter and the Moon in Pisces. If Obama is going to revitalize his message, he will have to tap into a spiritual force, a collective consciousness, much like he did during his inauguration.

The tension in the Equinox chart also shows up in the Full Moon chart. We again have the Cardinal t-square configuration that was prevalent this Summer. This is the last time that Pluto/Saturn/Uranus and Jupiter will align with the Sun and Moon. (The December 21 Lunar Eclipse will include all these planets in a t-square but without Saturn.) The Fall continues to be an important time for dealing with big shifts and difficult problems.

Neptune is again conjunct Chiron in this chart. These two have been traveling together for some time. Underneath the drama of the Cardinal t-square, we are gathering medicine to respond to our world with spiritual insight and empathy.

From September 19 through the 30th, the Sun comes into aspect with every outer planet – Jupiter through Pluto. This period of time will give us important insight into the changes that are before us. The first part of October, Mercury will also come into aspect with the same outer planets. A good inquiry is: What do we think? What is our understanding? How do we express ourselves?

Venus and Mars in Scorpio. Another important ingredient to the season is the ingress of Venus and Mars into Scorpio. With this transit we have the opportunity to travel deeply into the psyche. At the next New Moon on October 7 Venus will be stationing retrograde for a journey through Scorpio and Libra. We may feel a closer connection to the world of our beloved dead. We may need to uncover hidden truths. We will benefit from being ruthlessly honest with ourselves. I’ll write more about the Venus retrograde journey next month.

Knowing that I have a lot to integrate this month and some indications that this integration requires patience and time, I am vowing to be gentle with myself. If a cleaner closet helps to alleviate stress, then what a gift! Perhaps cleaning my desk will bring enlightenment. You never know.

Dates important to our stories: *

September 8 Venus enters Scorpio
September 8 Jupiter re-enters Pisces
September 12 Mercury stations direct at 5° Virgo
September 13 Pluto stations direct 2° Capricorn
September 14 Mars enters Scorpio
September 18 Jupiter conjunct Uranus 28° Pisces
September 19 Sun 26° Virgo quincunx Neptune 26° Aquarius
September 19 Sun 26° Virgo quincunx Chiron 26° Aquarius
September 21 Sun 28° Virgo opposite Jupiter 28° Pisces
September 21 Sun 28° Virgo opposite Uranus 28° Pisces
September 22 Sun enters Libra – Fall Equinox
September 23 Full Moon 0° Aries
September 25 Sun 2° Libra square Pluto 2° Capricorn
September 30 Sun conjunct Saturn 7° Libra
October 1 Mercury 26° Virgo quincunx Neptune 26° Aquarius
October 1 Mercury 26° Virgo quincunx Chiron 26 ° Aquarius
October 1 Mercury 27° Virgo opposite Jupiter 27° Pisces
October 2 Mercury 28° Virgo opposite Uranus 28° Pisces
October 3 Venus conjunct Mars 12° Scorpio
October 5 Mercury 2° Libra square Pluto 2° Capricorn

*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – perplexing

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Moon August 9, 2010: Precious Fire, Flame of Self

The New Moon of August 9 is in the Fixed Fire sign – Leo. Fire is both the teacher and precious resource we celebrate this month. Fire and life are connected. Although fire alone may not sustain life, without fire there is no life.

Fire is the most vulnerable element. I learned this lesson from my teacher, Cynthea Jones. She writes, “Fire is a showy and admired element. Yes, we marvel at all the elemental forces: the wild wind before a storm, the fierce rain, the vast ocean, the mountains – the elements in their states of grandeur. But fire, just a simple fire, draws us to it. The elegance of a candle flame, the compelling warmth of a fireplace; fire is an admired element and… It is so insecure. Fire is dependent. It must be fed.” [Seasons of the Soul]. I’m feeling the need for fire this month. Perhaps the most meaningful exploration I can make right now is to note the state of my internal fires and create ways to tend those flames.

What is this fire? “Leo is the piece of us that craves recognition. It is the creative fire within us.”[Jones]. Leo is ruled by the Sun. Everyone’s Sun, whether in the sign of Leo or not, craves what Leo craves—to matter to others, to share our gifts. Without this fire, we lose our sense of purpose. And even if we haven’t lost our sense of purpose altogether, without the energy of fire, if feels as if we are creeping along, barely managing, about to give up.

Fire is a good antidote for depression. A real remedy for the blues is to sit in the Sun for a few hours a day. We need that light. The joy of Leo’s creative, playful energy also relieves stress. With the state of the world these days and the stress of the Cardinal transits of Pluto, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter, it is important to collect all the sunlight we can. What is the state of your internal fires? How will you tend these vulnerable flames?

In our culture, we disdain as selfish or needy any notion that we should be important. From early age, we are taught that we should be ashamed of our desire to be recognized. We learn to be afraid of ego and therefore have a hard time knowing what a healthy ego is or how to cultivate one. Therefore, whenever I make an intention to tend my own flames, I immediately experience all kinds of resistance—from the thought, “This is unimportant,” to “How dare I take time for myself.” Whenever resistance gets particularly strong, that is hint that I am about to make a breakthrough, if I persist. Remember that this month.

The mystery of Leo’s fire is that there is enough for everyone. The Sun is enormous and generous. When I shine, I allow others to shine as well. Fire feeds fire. This is not a selfish act. We need inspiration. We need the glow of many flames to help us shift the world into a more loving, balanced, and joyful place for all of us. Leo’s fire is essential.

As we commit to tending the fire of our essential worth, the ebb and flow of planetary influence adds to the journey.

At the New Moon, the Cardinal t-square that I wrote about last month is still very strong. Perhaps you are experiencing these transits personally as a time when the stakes are high, when you really want to make the right decisions and fear that you may not. For these times, the Leo Sun is especially important. Playful, joyful, creative energy is vital right now.

The Lovers Dance. At the New Moon we see Venus and Mars almost conjunct in the sign of relationship—Libra. Their near conjunction is important because they join Saturn there too. It is as if the Lovers come to bless Saturn’s task of bringing recommitment to relationship. Venus and Mars come together exactly on August 20 but the interesting thing is that Venus does not sprint ahead of Mars as it usually would since Venus usually moves much faster than Mars. Instead, Venus hovers around the same degrees as Mars until early October when Venus will turn retrograde and finally move away from her lover. I wonder what this energy will bring? Both Mars and Venus contribute to the creative process. The Lovers do a tantalizing dance with us for the next two months. How does desire feed you creatively?

Three times a year, Mercury turns retrograde. It will station retrograde a few days after the New Moon in the sign of Virgo. Mercury rules this sign and I expect that after adjusting for new thoughts, communication styles, and ways of processing information, this retrograde journey will strengthen our capacity to use Virgo discernment in our lives. However, while Mercury travels backwards from August 20 to September 12, we may be surprised at how hard it is to make this adjustment. When I welcome Mercury retrograde periods as a time to learn new ways to think, I am able to enjoy them. Laughter feeds the flame. Mercury retrogrades are a good time to laugh at ourselves.

The 10 of Swords. There is a card in the Waite Smith Tarot deck that is so dire and so melodramatic, I have to laugh when I draw it. It shows a man with 10, count them, 10 swords in his back. Yikes. We can think of the final square between Saturn and Pluto this month as a good representation of this type of energy. Yes, things suck. But really, do we need another sword in our backs to tell us that? Some astrologers say this aspect between Pluto and Saturn, which began last November, is the cause of our terrible economy. I think of this transit as a time when things get very real, the stakes are very high, and we have the opportunity to reframe how we see things like wealth, authority, and responsibility. Embrace the possibilities.

The Full Moon happens right after the Sun enters Virgo. The transition from Leo to Virgo is interesting. From the healthy expression of ego and pride to the healthy expression of humility and service, these signs are compliments to each other—a lesson in how we need to be many things in order to be whole. After two weeks of tending our creative fire, the energy shifts to putting our gifts to work. At this Full Moon, we can sense that fall is around the corner. We get ready for a shift in focus. For some of us it will be a return to school. For others, a need to get our lives and homes in order for coming winter. Perhaps for all the season of Virgo will be a time for planning how to serve our bigger dreams. Tending the flame of self will provide a garden ripe with fruit. The goal will be to harvest the bounty and move with clarity and discernment into the future.

 Dates important to our stories: *

August 9 Venus 3° Libra squares Pluto 3° Capricorn
August 16 Jupiter 2° Aries opposite Saturn 2° Libra
August 20 Venus conjunct Mars 13° Libra
August 20 Mercury stations retrograde 19° Virgo
August 21 Saturn 2° Libra square Pluto 2° Capricorn
August 23 Sun enters Virgo
August 24 Full Moon
September 3 Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde 10° Virgo

*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – perplexing

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Moon July 11, 2010: Can I get a witness?

So the sea-journey goes on, and who knows where?
Just to be held by the ocean is the best luck
we could have. It's a total waking up!

Why should we grieve that we've been sleeping?
It doesn't matter how long we've been unconscious.

We're groggy, but let the guilt go.
Feel the motions of tenderness
around you, the buoyancy.

By Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

In honor of this Cancer New Moon, which is also a Solar Eclipse, I want to invoke water. My dictionary offers this definition: invoke - to call in prayer or as a witness. Yes, that is about right—prayer and witness. I want to pray with and for water and I want to be a witness for water, water in me and around me. I want to witness how water teaches, how water behaves, how water gives. I want to witness how the water in me also teaches, flows, and gives. Water is precious. It is important to be aware of, to witness in fact, how we treat water. I also believe that our capacity to identify with water and to be in relationship with water will determine the quality of our lives in the world we are creating. If we can invoke in prayer and witness the wonder of water, we will enhance our ability to live sustainably on this earth in joy and compassion. It is that important.

I want to invoke water and I am frustrated by this medium of writing. Instead I want to sit beside water and listen. I want to lie down and travel into the water of my own cells. I want to feel the weight of the organs in my body and the rhythm of my pulse as blood flows through my veins. I want to smell rain and taste spring water flowing from the ground. I want to sit silently by the ocean and weep. This Cancer Moon pulls on me like the tides. I want to “feel the buoyancy,” as the poet Rumi has written. So I invoke and offer this invocation to you. How will you witness water?

A Solar Eclipse is an opportunity to release old ways of seeing and open to the next way of seeing. The opportunity to awaken is always present, yet eclipses can give us an extra push. I’ve noticed that life seems more intense lately. The stakes seem higher. That can create stress but also excitement. What new leaps of consciousness are coming? How can we live the lives we long to live? How amazing will the dream become? All of these feelings and thoughts become an invocation as well. What will you allow to happen next in your life?

The Sun and Moon come together at 19° Cancer at this New Moon. The only aspect they make is an encouraging sextile to Mars in Virgo. Three planets in Virgo, the sign of holistic healing, support intentions for bringing order and health into our lives. Mars helps us to act on the New Moon intentions. Saturn is finishing its two and a half year transit of Virgo. (Due to retrograde motion, Saturn entered Libra in October 2009 and went back into Virgo in April 2010.) We can look back over Saturn’s transit through Virgo to see the ways we have responded to the lessons of this sign. Healing has been one of them.

Venus and Chiron. The third planet in Virgo is Venus. Venus helps us to soften the hard edges, to invite in beauty. Venus is opposing Chiron, the shaman and healer, at 0° Pisces. On May 3 astrologer Mary Plumb wrote beautifully about Chiron’s entry into Pisces on the same day of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, “April 20 was Chiron’s entry into Pisces, the day of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Chiron is the shamanic journey, the wisest teacher, and the traveler out of ordinary time. Pisces’s greatest strength is to open the doors of perception, and, if conditions are lined up, can bring a glimpse of interconnectedness.” She went on to wonder what this wound on the ocean’s floor has to teach us. Venus touches this wound. Aphrodite, Venus’s Greek counterpart was birthed in sea foam. Again, it seems that the question, “How will we witness water?” is important to what we need to learn at the moment. Venus is the teacher. This goddess offers us a heartfelt response to immense pain. Perhaps it is time to “let the guilt go” so we are free to act.

The planets and their dance become the co-conspirators of our intentions. The dance this month continues to build on the lessons of the t-square of planets at the beginning of Cardinal signs.

The Cardinal t-square with Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto.
A t-square is a powerful triangle of planets occurring in 3 out of the 4 signs in the same modality (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable). A grand cross fills in the missing sign and so may provoke a resolution of tension or may simply add another element of stress.  We begin the month with a t-square that will be filled in by the transiting Moon in Cancer the evening of August 6. Throughout the month, we will feel the building momentum of this energy, which may climax in the first week of August.

To recap the energies of these transits:
Saturn opposite Uranus. These two have been opposing each other since November 2008 from the Mutable signs, Virgo and Pisces. Finally, this very long-lasting transit will complete this month when both will be at 0° of Cardinal signs. Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Libra. Essentially we are being asked to integrate revolution with responsibility, not an easy tightrope to walk.

Pluto in Capricorn. Since 2008 Pluto has been uncovering dysfunction in our systems of business and finance. Infrastructure seems to be crumbling. In spite of fear, true healing and power will emerge. Our work is to be ready to transform.

Jupiter in Aries. Jupiter moves more quickly than the other planets in the t-square but has a great ability to inflate experiences. Jupiter entered Aries in June and will station retrograde exactly square to Pluto on July 23. This is a time for transformative action.

The Full Moon on July 25
will be one of several crescendos this month. In addition to the t-square, there are two other configurations called Yods in the chart for the Full Moon. An apex of a Yod points to a planet that is under stress to understand the incomprehensible. One apex is the Sun; the other is Chiron. Full Moons are usually illuminating; this one may be even more so. Chiron points to shamanic healing lessons. The Sun to lessons about purpose and life-force. In addition to the two Yods, another configuration called a Mystic Rectangle is forming. This involves the Sun and Moon opposition forming encouraging sextiles to the Jupiter/Uranus and Saturn opposition. A Mystic Rectangle  was described by Dane Rudyhar as a symbol for "practical mysticism". The feeling is that the stressful opposition of Uranus and Saturn is getting help from the Sun and Moon to bring resolution or understanding.

When Mars enters Libra on July 29, the planet of action and reaction will join in with the energies of the t-square, culminating with a square with Pluto on August 3. Libra is the sign of diplomacy. Mars is often the planet of war. Tension may arise from those diverse impulses.

The perhaps tempestuous month ends with Venus moving into Libra, a sign of rulership for the planet of harmony. Waves calm a bit, although Venus is no pushover. After a month of deep experience, will the abiding lesson be that letting the “beauty we love, be what we do” is a more profound act than we could have ever previously known? May we be a witness to such profound acts of love.

Dates important to our stories: *
July 20 Chiron re-enters Aquarius
July 21 Saturn enters Libra
July 23 Jupiter turns retrograde
July 24 Jupiter 3° Aries squares Pluto 3° Capricorn (first time)
July 26 Saturn 0° Libra opposes Uranus 0° Aries
July 27 Mercury 29° Leo opposes Chiron 29° Aquarius
July 29 Mars enters Libra
July 30 Mars 0° Libra opposes Uranus 0° Aries
July 31 Mars 0° Libra conjunct Saturn 0° Aries
August 3 Jupiter 3° Aries squares Pluto 3° Capricorn (second time)
August 3 Mars 3° Libra opposes Jupiter 3° Aries
August 3 Mars 3° Libra squares Pluto 3° Capricorn
August 6 Venus enters Libra
August 7 Venus 0° Libra opposes Uranus 0° Aries
August 8 Venus 1° Libra conjunct Saturn 1° Libra
August 9 Venus 2 ° Libra opposes Jupiter 2° Aries

*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – perplexing

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Moon June 12, 2010: A Dire and Wonderful Moment

The world is heavy with burden. I don’t really need to list the overwhelming concerns before us at this time. We know the challenges are fierce; the stakes are high. It is also true that everyday, in profound ways, people all over the world are engaged in marvelous acts of wonder, compassion, and courage. Perhaps humans have never been more connected to a global awareness, to our place in nature, and to selfless action on behalf of our ideals than right now. Do you also see evidence of this? I think it may be true. Knowing that, right now,  two extremes of being are both present—the dire and the wonderful—how do we begin to comprehend it all?

These are the thoughts I’m having as the New Moon in Gemini approaches. Every sign provides a filter for viewing the world. Gemini’s filter highlights such dualities as: We are doomed and we have never shown more potential than at this moment. The ruler of Gemini, Mercury (or Hermes) is often called out on his glorious ability to tell lies. It is easy to see lies when we get attached to one side or the other of duality. If we are doomed, then it is a lie that we have never shown more potential. Yet, if it is true that we have never shown more potential, then it must be a lie that we are doomed. Hermes, help us through this maze!

Gemini and Mercury have a close connection to our minds. What we think creates reality. Hermes is the patron god of the alchemists, the hermetic science of creating the most precious substance imaginable from the basest ingredients. Our minds hold this ability too—to take the ordinary stuff of thought and make a new world, new possibilities, even new meaning from them. But it isn’t easy. The mind is a hard thing to control. Our thoughts are slippery; we want to believe in true and false; yes and no; right and wrong. Duality is itself true and is itself a trap keeping us from the truth. Most of the time, most of us seesaw back and forth between extremes—one day thinking we are doomed, the next day in wonder at what we are creating.

At this New Moon on June 12, we can invite another way to comprehend reality. It may be very important to see more clearly how we frame the world in dualities and to find a way to step off the seesaw.

The most significant seesaw influence right now is the ongoing opposition between Uranus and Saturn. These two planets have been opposing each other since November 2008 in the mutable signs of Pisces and Virgo. The last exact opposition in this series will occur next month in a new pair of signs: Aries and Libra. I’ve written about Uranus’ ingress into Aries as a big temperament shift. There is more volatility and more willingness to make changes now. Libra on the other hand invites balance and consideration of options. Saturn and Uranus can represent two extremes in approach. Saturn is concerned with authority. Uranus is concerned with overturning authority. However, both of these planets can collaborate to bring more authenticity and true cultural evolution to our world. We just need to know how to work with both. My hope is that by stepping off the right/wrong seesaw, we will learn how to embrace this potential.

This opposition is by no means the only important influence this lunar month. The charts for both the New Moon and the Full Moon, which is also a lunar eclipse, are full of challenges.

New Moon on June 12, 2010. There is a t-square configuration in this chart. That means there is a triangle of planets in potent relationship to each other. Mars opposes Chiron and a nearby Neptune. This opposition is squared to Mercury (our hero of the month). Our minds will be working hard to understand and craft the reality we want. Most likely we will run into dead ends. If we pay attention, they may even be meaningful dead ends. Mars in Virgo demands pragmatic detail and longs to be of service. Chiron and Neptune create a roadblock to the effectiveness that Mars desires. It isn’t only about the plan and the work. Sacrifices need to be made. We need to remember why we do the work and get out of our own egos.

Keeping up with Pluto in Capricorn.
Since Jupiter and Uranus entered Aries recently, we are getting a new taste of Pluto in Capricorn. The square between these planets is a strong influence this month. It seems that everyday more corrupt business practices or inept government oversight is uncovered. Pluto is doing its job of revealing hidden, toxic patterns. Uranus and Jupiter give us the impetus to do something about it.

The role of empathy. The Yod pattern in the New Moon chart pointing to Neptune warns us to pay attention to dreams and illusions. Even though the “truth” seems obvious, attachment to outcome or to fantasy, will only keep us bound to the seesaw of duality. On the other hand, Neptune offers the necessary connection to empathize with those beings, human or not, who are currently suffering. We have big work to do.

Full Moon, June 26, 2010. The Grand Cross aspect configuration shown in the Full Moon chart initiates a pattern in place all summer—the tense t-square relationship between Pluto, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter. An extra arm is added to the t-square at this Full Moon, which creates a Grand Cross configuration. If Saturn were in Libra instead of Virgo, we’d call this a Cardinal Grand Cross. The challenge of a cardinal grand cross is to be able to move past inertia to take action. Even though Saturn is out of sign, this is an extremely potent time when we may feel a lot of frustration. We are entering the summer of the T-square. T-squares create tension. They can be felt as entrenched patterns that are difficult to transform or as turning points of growth. The struggle presented by a t-square gives gifts but not easily. This Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses have the potential to set us suddenly upon new paths. They are a time to release the old and find the new. They can set off unexpected events.

Structure and nurture—the Capricorn/Cancer polarity.
The Full Moon in Capricorn asks us to pay attention to our structures. The purpose of Capricornian structure is to ensure survival. The need is to create a legacy of abundance for our descendants. The opposing Sun in Cancer illuminates nurturance. The concept of family can be quite broad. Who/what do we cherish as if they were blood relations? How broad is your definition of family? Cancer nurturance offers unconditional love. The polarity of Capricorn and Cancer displays the whole range of love, from tough to soft. Under the light of this Full Moon, we can experience this full range of emotion. Moving away from duality (my family vs. your family), we have the opportunity to see the whole Earth as family. The heart is a powerful muscle. With full and open hearts, feeling deeply and letting go, we are strengthened to do the work needed to ensure the survival of our precious Earth family.

Dates important to our stories: *
June 19 Sun 28° Gemini square Saturn 28° Virgo
June 21 Sun enters Cancer (Summer Solstice)
June 21 Sun 0° Cancer square Uranus 0° Aries
June 23 Sun 1° Cancer square Jupiter 1° Aries
June 24 Mercury 28 Gemini square Saturn 28° Virgo
June 25 Mercury 0° Cancer square Uranus 0° Aries
June 25 Sun 4° Cancer opposes Pluto 4° Capricorn
June 26 Mercury 2° Cancer square Jupiter 2° Aries
June 26 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 4° Capricorn
June 27 Mercury 4° Cancer opposes Pluto 4° Capricorn
June 27 Saturn 28° Virgo quincunx Neptune 28° Aquarius
June 28 Sun conjunct Mercury 6° Cancer
July 4 Uranus stations retrograde 0° Aries

*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – perplexing

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Moon May 13, 2010: Entice the Willing Collaborators

In honor of this month’s New Moon in the beautiful earth sign, Taurus, I begin with an awareness of Earth and body. Yielding into the Earth, I expand my perceptions. This is where I come from. She is my support. Listening and sensing with my body and soul, I realize my heart is heavy with the awareness of what we have done. Birds covered in black, heavy grime; turtles dying; unleashed floods of oil where no oil should flow; overwhelming greed and the complicity in that greed. Enough. We stand at a crossroads. The planets agree to stand for our choices. If ever you have felt that there is no use, change cannot happen or it won’t happen, now is the time to let go of that thought—because change must happen. We need a change in consciousness and it is happening. We can also be the midwives to this change, nurture it along, give it a nudge, be ready to catch it when it comes.

Looking over the transits and transitions of this next month, I admit a bit of weariness overtook me. Last month I wrote about the life-force rodeo, how the ingress of Uranus and Jupiter into Aries is like sitting on the back of a bull. We are in for a ride. It is important to be mindful, to have the personal practices in place so that impulsivity does not take over, so that we can consciously move into a new way to be and think; because we know that anger and aggression lead us to the same old cycles of karmic debt and the sea creatures will suffer. Weariness, cynicism, and hopelessness are present and yet these attitudes do not need to be the only response or even the predominant response to our challenges. The good thing about Aries is that it helps us to believe we can begin again. We have an opportunity for a fresh start.

What will help us make the shift? I’m beginning to think that the coming surge of life-force is a call to embrace Joy in a whole new way. The force of Joy will help us to shift into the new consciousness that is required of us if we are to live in balance and just relationship with all that is.

I am challenging myself with the following questions and offer them to my readers to consider: What is Joy? What are the old ideas I have about Joy that keep me thinking in old, ego-bound ways? How could the force of Joy help me to create, in the here and now, a life that is full of beauty and balance and mindfulness? If I dedicate myself to forming a new understanding of Joy, what will my obligation be to that force? How might this change my life?

I sometimes forget that I have willing allies. The earth, the planets, my family, teachers, colleagues, mysterious ones, ancestors—they all are willing to be my collaborators in this task of embracing Joy. For this work, I know I need a prayer, a call to my helpers and teachers, because this shift may be hard. I know I will need guidance and encouragement.

Light the fire
make it known
entice the willing collaborators of Joy
    Keen pleasure
    Willingness to be the kiss and the consummation
Let us dance for the world
dance for what we will become
dance for our birthrights
Dance and burn the signal fire
the fire of adoration for
the Beloved World—
Her green bloods
Her finned ones
Her winged ones
Her four-footed ones
Her two-footed ones
Her crawling ones
Her single-celled
Her emerging life forms
Her mineral kingdoms
Her molecules of atmosphere
Her molecules of water
Her fiery essences
Her gravity
Her dissolution
Her processes and cycles
The singleness of everything
The collection of more than

Praise – Dance – Entice – Light the signal fires
Let us call for a radical evolution of consciousness.
Let us call for Joy.

What the planetary allies are up to:
Uranus: ally of change. Moving into Aries, Uranus challenges us to embrace new beginnings and to be mindful of impulsivity.

Saturn: ally of discipline. In Virgo until July 21, Saturn is encouraging us to work behind the scenes, to be of service, to pay attention to the details, and to insist on holistic solutions. When Saturn moves back into Libra after July 21, this planet becomes the ally that provides a firm counterbalance to impulsivity. Saturn collaborates in new beginnings that include balance and beauty.

Jupiter: ally of expansive belief. While in Pisces, ecstatic experiences open us to all collaborators, and to belief that we are all connected. In Aries, we are optimistic that we can begin anew. Joy is our birthright. The caution is to not settle for short-term solutions, quick fixes, or for what feels good now.

Pluto: ally of absolute truth. With Pluto in Capricorn, we are invited to look at the shadows that underlie authority—our own and others’; to claim power; and to live in integrity with the consequences of being powerful.

Chiron: ally of shamanic wisdom gained from wounds and heart openings. Through Chiron transits we gather medicine (I thank Adam Gainsburg for this metaphor for Chiron transits.) Chiron has just entered Pisces; it re-enters Aquarius on July 20; then returns to Pisces in February of 2011. Pisces medicine is gained through the experience of oneness, connection and compassion. Aquarius medicine is gained through the experience of isolation or the act of revolt.

Neptune: ally of the collective consciousness. Neptune confronts us with the fine line between ecstasy and illusion. While in Aquarius, we are offered the wonders of group mind, communal identity, and networks. How are we escaping into useless fantasy and how are we evolving?

Highlights of the New Moon of May 13:
The opposition between Uranus and Saturn with Jupiter just 3 degrees away from conjunction with Uranus is in force. Venus is squaring this opposition. Our relationships are impacted, but through relating we may find a way to synthesize both Uranus and Saturn.
Mars has almost reached the degree of its retrograde station from December. It is square to the Sun and Moon emphasizing the possible conflict between fixed earth— stability and sustenance and fixed fire—stewarding the life-force of Joy. Is one too conservative and cautious? Is the other too impulsive and light-hearted? Both signs are fixed. So even though it seems that earth naturally has more gravitas, and therefore more importance than fire, both are essential energies. How do we embrace them both?

Highlights of the Full Moon of May 27:
The opposition between Uranus and Saturn continues with Uranus on the cusp of moving into Aries. Jupiter is even closer to Uranus now. Energy is building. The signs of the Sun and Moon, Gemini and Sagittarius, focus on learning. There is an opportunity for new insight and expression. The Sun and Moon are square to Chiron in Pisces. What medicine do you gather? Who needs this wisdom? Mars has moved past its stationary degree and opposes Neptune. This aspect could encourage mystical experiences or escapism. Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto. Power and shadows influence our relationships. We can deepen what we are experiencing and look with honesty at relationship dynamics.

Dates important to our stories: *
May 17 Venus 26° Gemini square Jupiter 26° Pisces
May 18 Venus 27° Gemini square Saturn 27° Virgo
May 19 Sun 28° Taurus square Neptune 28° Aquarius
May 19 Venus 29° Gemini square Uranus 29° Pisces
May 23 Jupiter 27° Pisces opposes Saturn 27° Virgo
May 23 Venus 4° Cancer opposes Pluto 4° Capricorn
May 27 Uranus enters Aries
May 27 Full Moon in Sagittarius
May 30 Saturn stations direct 27° Virgo
May 31 Neptune stations retrograde 28° Aquarius
June 4 Chiron stations retrograde 0° Pisces
June 4 Mars 28° Leo opposes Neptune 28° Aquarius
June 6 Jupiter enters Aries
June 8 Jupiter conjunct Uranus 0° Aries
June 8 Mars 0° Virgo opposes Chiron 0° Pisces

*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:

Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – stretching

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Moon April 14, 2010: Life-force Rodeo

Several metaphors have been rattling around in my head as I attempt to capture the quality of the energy of this Spring and Summer. I think I’ll go with the rodeo one for now. After all, I just got back from a trip to Texas. Bull riding. Let’s imagine what it must be like to be the cowboy in the chute sitting on top of the bull. Let’s imagine what it must be like to be the bull confined to the chute with a cowboy on our back. Let’s imagine that energy being released when the door is pulled away.

My life has been a bit like this lately. Here are the astrological clues. For one, I am a Sun sign Aries. This New Moon is in my Sun sign. Aries comes around once a year, no big deal. This year, and very soon, two outer planets will ingress into Aries – Uranus and then Jupiter. They will be part of an opposition to another outer planet, Saturn. Then all of these planets will square the outermost planet – Pluto. Some astrologers are calling this event, which will heat up this summer, as the Cardinal Climax. The Mountain Astrologer magazine has been doing a good job of covering this. (This blog is devoted to these transits ) Aries is a Cardinal sign, so is Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Clients and friends who are Aries have been showing up in greater numbers lately to check in with the stars. It seems that something is up. The other Cardinal signs are feeling it too, especially if you were born at the beginning of the sign.

Back to the rodeo. Aries is the impulse to be, act, differentiate, and fight if necessary. Mars is the ruler of Aries, and Mars has not been acting nice as far as this fire sign is concerned. Mars went retrograde in December 2009. Think pent up bull. Mars turned direct in March. Think the door is open. Mars will finally clear the area of the zodiac that it has been traversing during this whole period on May 17. Think, the ride has started. I’ve noticed that Mars-ruled people, Aries and Scorpio, have felt this retrograde more strongly. Leo people haven’t been too happy either. I suspect the effect of Mars retrograde is stronger this time because Uranus and Jupiter are about to move into Aries.

Perhaps because of that has been written about these coming transits or perhaps because I am an Aries, I have been noticing things speeding up around me, moving at such a speed that I know I can’t control it and just hope I can maintain mindfulness through it. That is what I most desire — not to get so swept up in the bull ride that I surrender my ability to choose my actions and reactions.

All zodiac signs are useful. All have their spark of genius and appropriateness, even impetuous Aries. For those who are not Aries, these qualities may come in handy over the Summer for you as well. Sometimes we need to clear the slate and start over. Aries is good at that. Sometimes we need to act quickly and instinctively. Aries is good at that. Sometimes we need to recognize our mistakes and the mistakes of others and move on. Aries is good at that too. This New Moon, before the ingress of Uranus and Jupiter, it is a good idea to take note of the energy within and around you. Are you on the bull about to be released or do you feel as if you are holding on for dear life? How do you wish to meet this energy? What intention serves you the best?

New Moon in Aries April 14. In addition to the energy described above, this New Moon finds Mercury stationing retrograde in the steady sign of Taurus. Aries and Taurus have a love-hate relationship. They secretly need and admire each other but often have a hard time admitting it. Taurus gives Aries something earthy and solid to push against. Taurus helps Aries to stop and take note of the impact of previous action. Aries helps Taurus to initiate necessary changes that can contribute to the Taurean desire to sustain and steward resources. With Mercury stationing in this sign, there may be a bit of confusion about how Aries and Taurus can get along. In order to maintain control, we or others we encounter may stubbornly dig in and refuse to discuss or budge on important issues. Since Mercury retrograde always invites us to rethink our approaches to mental activity, we will need to employ Taurean patience as we try new strategies for communication. The biggest challenge to thought and communication may come around April 25 when Mercury squares Mars.

The Mercury retrograde is background interference to the really important transit of this month. Saturn will exactly oppose Uranus for the fourth time in this sequence of five on April 26. The exact date is a little unimportant. We have been feeling these two planets face off since the Fall of 2008. A recap: Uranus is the planet of revolution. Saturn is the planet of authority. These two impulses are necessary and they are at a critical, even excruciating, point in their cycle. The word, “opposition” pretty much describes the energy that exists between these two planets. We only need to look at U.S. politics for the last year and a half to notice the effect of this ongoing opposition. Since 2008, Uranus and Saturn have been opposing each other from the Mutable signs of Pisces and Virgo. Saturn entered Libra in October 29 but has recently turned retrograde and moved back into Virgo where it will again oppose Uranus in Pisces. As I said, this is the fourth of five times that these planets oppose each other. (I anticipate that this transit will impact the appointment of a new Supreme Court Judge. More fun for all.) The final opposition of Uranus and Saturn occurs at the end of July when both planets are at the critical zero degree of Aries and Libra. It may be that the previous four oppositions are just training for this one.

The Full Moon on April 28 occurs just two days after the Uranus/Saturn opposition. A retrograde Mercury is exactly conjunct the Sun in Taurus. The Moon and Sun form a stressful t-square aspect to Mars in Leo (still in the retrograde shadow). If New Moons are for setting intention, Full Moons are for illumination. What is illumined for you about conflict, oppositions, revolution and authority? What are you learning about communication? Every time a light is shown upon something, a shadow is also created. The Scorpio Moon reminds us of shadow and honors the impulse to hide for a while as we attain a degree of safety and comfort. This Full Moon may be a good time to spend alone or in quiet reflection, if possible.

During the waning part of this lunar cycle, we wrap up the work we are doing. Notably, the Sun squares Mars on May 4 (possible stress concerning our will and energy) and Mercury stations direct two days before the next New Moon.

It is terribly exciting to feel this potent moment that encourages us to be fully awake while we learn, engage with others in co-creating our world, and flow with the life-force of firey cardinal energy. To feel this moment, this rodeo of life, is to know we are alive and part of an amazing dance.

Dates important to our stories: *

April 17 Mercury stations retrograde 12° Taurus
April 19 Sun enters Taurus
April 25 Mercury retrograde at 10° Taurus squares Mars 10° Leo
April 26 Saturn 28° Virgo opposes Uranus 28° Pisces
April 28 Full Moon in Scorpio
April 28 Sun 8° Taurus conjunct retrograde Mercury
May 4 Sun 13° Taurus square Mars 13° Leo
May 11 Mercury stations direct at 2° Taurus

Important dates for the Spring and Summer:
May 23 Jupiter 27° Pisces opposes Saturn 27° Virgo
May 27 Uranus enters Aries
May 27 Full Moon in Gemini
May 30 Saturn stations direct
June 6 Jupiter enters Aries
June 8 Jupiter conjunct Uranus 0° Aries
June 26 Full Moon lunar eclipse conjunct Pluto 4°Capricorn
July 5 Uranus stations retrograde 0° Aries
July 11 Solar eclipse 19° Cancer. Close but not exact t-square involving Jupiter conjunct Uranus opposite Saturn and square to Pluto
July 21 Saturn re-enters Libra
July 23 Jupiter stations retrograde 3° Aries
July 24 Jupiter 3° Aries squares Pluto 3° Capricorn
July 26 Saturn 0° Libra opposite Uranus 0° Aries
August 3 Jupiter 3° Aries squares Pluto 3° Capricorn
August 16 Jupiter 2° Aries opposite Saturn 2° Libra
August 21 Saturn 2° Libra squares Pluto 2° Capricorn
September 13 Pluto stations direct 2° Capricorn
September 18 Jupiter 28° Pisces conjunct Uranus

These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict.
These are: 

Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – stretching


Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Moon March 15, 2010: Standing at the threshold

Liminal - Occupying a position at, or on both sides of a threshold.

The year is a wheel of seasons. The word “year” actually means season. Most pagans divide the year into eight turnings of the wheel—in essence, into eight seasons or holidays. These include the four solar holidays, occurring in the Cardinal signs. Aries - Spring Equinox, Cancer - Summer Solstice, Libra – Fall Equinox , and Capricorn – Winter Solstice. In between these stations of the Sun fall the other four cross-quarter holidays marked by the Fixed signs. Taurus – Beltane, Leo – Lughnasad, Scorpio- Samhain, and Aquarius – Imbolc. The Cardinal and Fixed signs are well established in this cyclic understanding of the year. The Mutable signs, not acknowledged by holy day, sneak in under the radar and do their job of holding the threshold. The Mutable seasons erase the past while opening to the future. “Sneaky”—only because they do not call attention to themselves—shapeshifting, and sometimes hard to pin down, the seasons of Mutable signs are slippery. They are not all one thing or another.

We are in such a season at this New Moon in Pisces. This water sign washes away the previous Fixed air season of Aquarius to make way for the Cardinal fire sign, Aries. Fixity can be about the things we are reluctant to let go of while cardinal energy urges us to take charge and act for the future. During this transition, it is appropriate to let water guide us in releasing stuck thought patterns to prepare ourselves for springtime energy. This season, water is the keeper of the threshold. It is hard to be patient at the end of Winter. I live in the upper Midwest. Winter here is long; we want Spring so badly that it is a challenge to remain present to the liminal state. We want to jump ahead. As the Aries energy takes over this lunar month, we will be tempted to leave behind the gifts that Pisces offers us. That might be a mistake.

Pisces has an affinity to the work of karma, giving us the opportunity to release past patterns. The astrological year begins with Aries; it ends with Pisces. Each month, each sign of the zodiac builds upon the previous month’s experiences. Each sign shows us another piece of the human puzzle to understand and integrate. In Pisces, all those experiences come undone so we can begin again in the Spring. The patterns of a year fall away, and it feels as though the patterns of lifetimes are also dissolving. We can become mutable ourselves, not just one thing or another. Of all the Mutable signs, Pisces is the most liminal; water is the universal solvent.

Pisces has an affinity for forgiveness and salvation. In this season there is a possibility of redemption if we want it.  Forgiveness for self and others helps us to move forward.

At this New Moon, we can meditate on these questions: How do I wish to begin the new year? What patterns are ready to be released? What is ready to flow back into the ocean?

New Moon and the Compassionate Trickster. Astrologer Caroline Casey writes often about the compassionate trickster. She even has a Mystery School dedicated to awakening the compassionate trickster in all of us. In her trickster manifesto, Casey exuberantly writes, “The race is on, that dynamic beauty and sane reverence may supplant the dominance of dunder-headed-despotic dementors of doom,
and that adorable and ingenious life may bloom in profusion once again on the other side of this bottle-neck towards which we are all racing.” The compassionate trickster is a potent archetype for these times. With both Uranus, a promethean trickster, and Mercury, a hermetic trickster, conjunct this New Moon in compassionate Pisces, we are poised to investigate this archetype as well as invoke it into our lives. Uranus is making its way out of Pisces where it has been since 2003. Now is the time to acknowledge the role that compassion plays in our cultural revolutions. Compassion no longer needs to mean passivity or self-sacrifice. We can claim our roles as instigators of compassion.

At the Full Moon, the Sun has entered Aries and the expansive energy of Spring is underway. The waves of Pisces are but a dream. This Full Moon triggers the ongoing energy of Pluto square Saturn. Those with planets or important points in the chart around the beginning degrees of the Cardinal signs, should pay attention at this Full Moon to what is being asked of you. Cardinal signs set down new patterns. People with this energy exhibit leadership, foolish courage, and creative force. They ask about the next steps. They respond to problems, asking: Where is the work? What is the vision? How do we get there?

Cardinal elements. This year, three Cardinal signs color the transformations happening in the world through important outer planet transits: Aries through the element of fire, Libra through the element of air, and Capricorn through the element of earth. The missing element is often the most important.  Water, through the sign of Cancer, begs to be considered too so we have access to all ways of taking action. Questions to consider this year. How does each element help me to respond to problems, set new patterns, meet the changes present in the world? How do I listen to, honor and ally myself with the elemental forces? What element in me comes naturally, what element in me needs to come forward?

When Mercury enters Aries on March 17, just two days after the Pisces New Moon, spring energy starts to build. Mercury describes our mental processes. Since Mercury will trine Mars, which is finally moving forward after being retrograde for three months, our minds will feel the urge to speed up. The next day, Mercury opposes Saturn and squares Pluto. We may say or think things that are born of frustration and deep emotion. When the Sun enters Aries on March 20 away we go into Aries territory. We will have crossed the threshold. New patterns are laid down through the will and action of fire. Not until after the Full Moon on March 29 will this energy slow down. On March 31 Venus enters Taurus. Languid and sensual, the earth element is reinforced. Taurus can act as a brake on Aries impulsivity. On April 6, Pluto stations retrograde. This is the yearly turning of Pluto back towards the underworld. The pull to depth and transformation is strong. The next day, Saturn moves back into Virgo where it will stay until July 21. With Pluto in Cardinal earth, Venus in Fixed earth and Saturn in Mutable earth, we have access to all expressions of earth wisdom as the lunar month winds down.

Spring weather is unpredictable, one moment can be warm and the next can feel like Winter again. Staying present, we are able to attune our senses to subtle shifts. This lunar month will offer shifting energies within and around us. One day may be receptive and dreamy, the next impulsive, while the next grounded and stable. How do you meet the possibilities inherent in each moment?

Dates important to the stories.*
March 15 Mercury 26° Pisces conjunct Uranus 26° Pisces
March 17 Sun 26° Pisces conjunct Uranus 26° Pisces
March 17 Mercury enters Aries
March 17 Mercury 0° Aries trines Mars 0° Leo
March 18 Mercury 1° Aries opposes Saturn 1° Libra
March 20 Mercury 5° Aries squares Pluto 5° Capricorn
March 20 Sun enters Aries
March 21 Sun 1° Aries trines Mars 1° Leo
March 21 Sun 1° Aries opposes Saturn 1° Libra
March 25 Sun 5° Aries squares Pluto 5° Capricorn
March 29 Full Moon – Sun 9° Aries opposes Moon 9°Libra
March 31 Venus enters Taurus
April 2 Mercury enters Taurus
April 3 Venus 3° Taurus squares Mars 3° Leo
April 4 Venus 5° Taurus trines Pluto 5° Capricorn
April 4 Mercury 3° Taurus square Mars 3° Leo
April 6 Mercury 5° Taurus trine Pluto 5° Capricorn
April 6 Pluto stations retrograde
April 7 Saturn re-enters Virgo
* These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict.
These are:

Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – stretching

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Moon February 13, 2010: An Inspirational Surge

Through me the afflatus surging and surging, through me the current and index.
“Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

Afflatus – inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within. Divine communication of knowledge.

Aquarius as the fixed air sign holds onto ideas but it can also release them as a flood. This month, the water pourer of this constellation is letting loose inspiration, reminding us that inspiration is the beginning of renewal. This sign’s season is deep winter. Where I live in the upper Midwest, deep winter finds the earth hard-frozen under ice and snow. The seeds and signals of life returning are beginning but I must become quiet to perceive the subtle signs—a change in birdcall, increased moisture in the air, longer days that stimulate more planning and work. If we long for the reawakening of spring, we are naturally drawn to listen for these cues. Opening, silencing the busy mind, becoming receptive, these practices set the stage for Aquarian inspiration, the “afflatus” that Whitman writes about.

When Aquarius is strong, opening to inspiration can come too easily. There can be too much information, too much mental stimulation. Does your mind easily become overwhelmed with connections, insights—too much afflatus to be useful? Focus and discernment help to control the flood. This skill will be useful this month.

This New Moon in Aquarius is the perfect time to receive inspiration. The Sun and Moon join Neptune and Chiron in a culmination of these two planets’* long journey together. I have been pondering and writing about Neptune, Chiron and Jupiter in Aquarius since April. Although Neptune and Chiron have traveled very closely during this time, this lunar month the conjunction finally becomes exact and only this once. There will be no repeats during this cycle between the two planets.

Chiron is shamanic. He is the outsider with healing medicine. He is the healer whose power comes from his own wounds. He is the bridge between polarities. Neptune is the dreammaker. He weaves our consensual reality through shared myths, ideals, and ecstatic experiences. At this moment of inspiration, shamanic insight, and cultural dreaming we are capable of transforming our hearts. The transformation does not require effort; we only need to open and surrender to its flow.

The pain and the beauty of Haiti’s tragedy teach us something about all this. There are many levels to the lessons and they are important. The ingress of Jupiter into Pisces last lunar month, joined by Venus and the Sun this month, enlarges our capacity to feel even as it tempts us to deaden the feelings through escapism. There is an ebb and flow to how much we can empathize with others. It is good to be mindful when we have reached our limits and practice healthy ways to replenish.

Mars retrograde in Leo plays a significant role in the energy of the New Moon just as it did at the previous Full Moon. Mars is opposite Mercury and is at the apex of a Yod configuration with Pluto and Jupiter forming the base. The quincunx aspects of a Yod carry the energy of challenging paradox. The powerful potential of Jupiter sextile to Pluto (beliefs supporting transformation) can be attained if we integrate contradictory forces rather than fight them. Mars is gathering energy, much like an arrow gathers force as one pulls back on the bow. Mars will be released when it stations direct this lunar month. Mars is in Leo, the sign opposite Aquarius. This fixed fire energy of Leo challenges the Aquarius tendency to be abstract and somewhat disconnected from impact or passion. Mars in Leo wants to act— to be the hero who saves the day. Because Mars is retrograde we are in a period of waiting and frustration, perhaps feeling impotent, without a stage to share all the inspiration we are receiving. That pent-up energy will be released when Mars turns direct on March 10. In anticipation of that release, now is the time to set intention for where you wish it to go. Mercury opposite Mars increases the tendency to say something we may regret or to finally say something that we have needed to say for a long time. There is passionate communication this month.

In the Full Moon chart, Mars is stationary, which means it has slowed down and is about to change direction. Intentions of the New Moon will be highly influenced by the desire to integrate the ideals of Pisces and the pragmatism of Virgo.  Significantly, Jupiter is conjunct the Sun at the Full Moon. It may be a struggle to remain grounded in the Virgo realm with this incredibly strong Jupiter asking us to feel more deeply and surrender more completely to transcendent states of being. The illumination of the Full Moon may reveal illusions, disappointments, and addictions. It can also reveal higher purpose and reasons to believe. Be ready for both. 

With so much potential for inspired experience this month, we will be looking for ways to ground the inspiration into manifestation and action. Transits to Saturn this month will support grounding. Venus entering Aries at the end of this lunar month, right before Mars turns direct, will also support our need to act on feelings.  When Venus squares Pluto on March 11, actions and passions challenge each other. Somehow, after spending so much time unleashing the floods of inspiration, it may feel good to get down to the nitty gritty of desire.

Dates important to the stories. These are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger.

February 14 Venus 3° Pisces quincunx Saturn 3° Libra
February 14 Venus 3° Pisces quincunx Mars 3° Leo
February 14 Sun 26° Aquarius conjunct Chiron 26° Aquarius
February 14 Sun 26° Aquarius conjunct Neptune 26° Aquarius
February 15 Mars 3° Leo sextile Saturn 3° Libra
February 16 Venus 6° Pisces conjunct Jupiter 6° Pisces
February 17 Neptune 26° Aquarius conjunct Chiron 26° Aquarius
February 18 Sun enters Pisces
February 27 Mercury 26° Aquarius conjunct Neptune 26° Aquarius
February 27 Mercury 26° Aquarius conjunct Chiron 26° Aquarius
February 28 Sun 9° Pisces conjunct Jupiter 9° Pisces
February 28 Full Moon 9° Virgo
March 1 Mercury enters Pisces
March 7 Venus enters Aries
March 7 Venus 0° Aries trines Mars 0° Leo
March 7 Mercury 11° Pisces conjunct Jupiter 11° Pisces
March 9 Venus 2° Aries opposite Saturn 2° Libra
March 10 Mars stations direct 0° Leo
March 11 Venus 2° Aries squares Pluto 2° Capricorn
March 14 Sun 23° Pisces conjunct Mercury 23° Pisces
*Chiron is not truly a planet. In common astrological usage any orbiting body, even sometimes the Sun and Moon are referred to as planets. The root of the word planet comes from Greek for “wandering stars.”