Saturday, December 24, 2011

New Moon December 24, 2011: Looking behind and forward

Winter is a time for dreaming, turning within, tending the light inside — the small spark of inspiration that can grow into miraculous manifestation. I welcome this time to turn away from outside distractions and drift into incubating my dreams.

Janus, the two faced god, looks into what has been and what is becoming. This liminal time between Winter Solstice and the New Year, is a good time to see what Janus sees. These questions arise: Where have we been this year? What influences our choices for this next year? And the final, but most important question: With this information, how will we consciously co-create the world we envision?

In 2011, we saw the spark of revolution catching around the world. Uranus entering Aries spurred many in the world to action. Pluto, in Capricorn since 2008, has been turning over the soil of toxic economies to compost outworn systems of empire and hierarchy.

Neptune, the planet of collective consciousness, has been finishing up its 14-year transit of Aquarius, the sign of invention. Technological advances brought us the possibilities of being connected with each other through the Internet. Neptune invited us to blur those boundaries even further, and the surface of how we can expand our connections throughout the world has only been scratched.

Our heart muscles have been exercised this year as well. A terrible tsunami struck Japan in March, just as Chiron, the shaman/healer, was entering the oceanic sign of Pisces. This tragedy touched the heart of the world as we watched the waves devouring villages.

Another tragedy occurred in Norway in July when a gunman invaded a camp for youth and killed 76. That month began with a grand cardinal cross involving Saturn, Pluto, Uranus, and the Sun and Moon. This configuration of planets reminded us of how vulnerable we all are to inexplicable violence. Neptune was stationary at 0° Pisces, again opening us to empathic connection.

Saturn in Libra this year has also influenced our lives. Saturn—defining the important work before us—in the sign of balance, has injected constraint into some very passionate energy (Pluto and Uranus). On the one hand, Occupiers around the world are using relational decision-making processes like concensus to define their movement. This is a slow (Saturn) way to make decisions, but one that promotes relationship and equality. On the other hand, we see our elected officials mired in opposition—an indication that they have not learned the Libra lessons of compromise and harmony. They are out of touch with planetary guidance as well as good common sense. 

A look ahead at important themes influencing our becoming.

Neptune enters Pisces in February—the sign it rules. Pisces is an empathetic sign and plays a big role over the next few years. Just like an ocean wave breaking over us, we can find our defenses suddenly swept away and we open to the feelings of universal suffering more easily. Liz Greene’s definitive book on this planet, The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption, tells us that this planet is enormously influential in what defines our collective consciousness and behaviors. We are entering a new era of consciousness, one that will have the coloration of Pisces.


Uranus square Pluto becomes exact this year but will not complete until 2015. The crescendo of change is building.

Saturn continues to offer us the lessons of Libran balance until October when this planet enters the subterranean world of Scorpio. What is not acknowledged openly in our relationships and dealt with in a fair and equitable manner will emerge in power struggles while Saturn is in Scorpio. Right before the election, things most likely get even more ugly in our politics, as bad behavior gets exposed.

The Mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces have their challenges this year, which does not mean that it will be all bad. The strength and weakness of these signs is their mutability—imagine that! Where is the ground? How do we maintain boundaries and commitments, while at the same time expanding into new ways of being, thinking, feeling, and learning? This is a very expansive year for these signs. Here’s the lowdown: In addition to Neptune and Chiron transiting through Pisces, Mars retrogrades through Virgo for three months. Venus retrogrades through Gemini for two months. There will be one solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse in Gemini and one lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. Jupiter enters Gemini for a year in June. Mutable signs are concerned with integration and understanding. We will all have a lot of work to do in these areas.

The easy transits.
Astrologers traditionally have described some transits as challenging (squares, opposition and some conjunctions, for instance) and some transits as easy (sextiles and trines). What I am noticing is that as we become more aware of ourselves as conscious co-creators, all transits can be experienced as challenging because they represent another piece of consciousness to integrate.

With that in mind, I am interested in following the meaning of these transits this year:
Chiron in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn
Saturn in Scorpio trine Neptune and Chiron in Pisces
Saturn in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn

The link between these transits is the emphasis on water (emotional awareness) and the relationship between water and earth (grounding that emotional awareness).

Rather than give a list of transits for this month as I usually do, here is an overview of the year’s important transits.

JANUARY - Mars stations retrograde at 23° Virgo and turns direct in April at 3° Virgo
MAY – Chiron 9° Pisces sextile Pluto 9° Capricorn (1st of 6 times over next two years)
Venus stations retrograde at 23° Gemini and turns direct in June at 7° Gemini
Solar eclipse at 0° Gemini
JUNE – Lunar eclipse at 14° Saggitarius
Jupiter enters Gemini
Uranus 8° Aries square Pluto 8° Capricorn (1st exact square of 7 over next 3 years)
Jupiter 3° Gemini square Neptune 3° Pisces
JULY – Jupiter 8° Gemini square Chiron 8° Pisces
SEPTEMBER – Chiron 6° Pisces square Pluto 6° Capricorn (2nd time)
Uranus 6° Aries square stationary Pluto 6° Capricorn (2nd time)
OCTOBER - Saturn enters Scorpio
Saturn 0° Scorpio trines Neptune 0° Pisces
NOVEMBER - Solar eclipse 21° Scorpio, Lunar eclipse 6° Gemini
Saturn 4° Scorpio trine Chiron 4° Pisces
DECEMBER – Saturn 9° Scorpio sextile Pluto 9° Capricorn

Opening to Winter’s dreams, may we surprise even ourselves in the ways we embrace our divinity and inherent possibilities this year. Blessings to all.