This year the Sun rolls into Virgo accompanied by its ruler, Mercury! The over-heated atmosphere of the past couple of weeks will gradually cool down and hopefully the inflated rhetoric will too. Virgo is noted for dealing in facts, not speculation or drama as Leo often does. Leo can inject drama into the most mundane events and with Jupiter squaring Uranus fueling Leo’s love of embellishment, it has been a very trying time.
On Saturday the Sun-Mercury conjunction in Virgo will be exact, bringing us the promise of clear, analytical thinking. Neptune in Pisces opposing those two planets Sunday and Monday suggests this might not be the case. With Neptune’s favorite rose-colored glasses firmly in place we may get sucked into attempting to rescue everyone with an owie whether they need it or not. Use good judgment before leaping in.
Thankfully Virgo has a sweet relationship with Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn so when the Sun and Mercury aspect Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, we all benefit. The Sun and Mercury will take turns being sextile Saturn and trine Pluto from August 27 thru September 1. Mercury will sextile Jupiter in Cancer on August 30 and the Sun will do the same a week later on September 7. All of these aspects are excellent for processing practical information and then applying it. Jupiter sweetens the pot with a healthy degree of optimism without going overboard . . . which is what happened under the Jupiter-Uranus square. For those of us who are currently feeling like our lives are seriously spinning out of control and desperately need to get our feet back on the ground, the next couple of weeks look good for that.
I do need to mention the Sun and Mercury will also be inconjunct that trouble-maker, Uranus in Aries. First, Mercury on August 29 and then the Sun on September 3. Virgo and Aries have very different ways of viewing the world. Aries is all about taking action ASAP, often with only a casual glance at any details involved whilst Virgo prefers to carefully review all the data before taking the first step. Aries accuses Virgo of being unable to see the forest for the trees and Virgo responds by calling Aries a foolhardy risk taker. Patience and tolerance will be much needed on the days these aspects occur.
Mercury leaves meticulous Virgo for fair minded Libra on September 9, leaving the Sun to finish its journey through Virgo alone. Not that it will mind because Virgo is one of the solitary signs who enjoy quietly working by themselves. This will give us two planets in earth for the balance of the Sun’s stay in Virgo before it shifts to airy Libra on September 22. Let’s make the most of having a touch more earth in the sky!
Perhaps the best attitude to approach this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 5° 46′ Scorpio on 25 April 2013, 12:58 PM PDT with is respect and reverence. Powerful archetypes are at work on this lunation representing deeply primal feminine mysteries, the kind it does not pay to anger. The Taurus-Scorpio axis has strong associations with the natural world and its cycles of life, death and rebirth.
After a couple of very fiery lunations the Scorpio Full Moon is quite a change featuring a preponderance in earth and water signs. The assertive independence of Aries gives way to the quiet intractability of Taurus backed up by Scorpio’s tenacity. Mars continues to conjoin the Sun in Taurus and Saturn in Scorpio conjoins the Moon . . . no give there. Lessons in delayed gratification and acceptance are the most likely outcome. Mature behaviors will be rewarded and those who insist on behaving impulsively stand a good chance of learning about instant karma. You know . . . where you do something stupid and promptly get smacked down for it?
Compassion enters the picture via Neptune in Pisces forming a sextile to the Taurus Sun and a trine to the Moon in Scorpio. In order to avoid Scorpio’s infamous sting all one has to do is practice kindness, patience and tolerance. That’s not too much to ask, is it? Respecting Saturn’s rules and boundaries is generally a smart move. Hooking up with strangers and treating others disrespectfully is not . . .
The trine between Venus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn connects the rulers of the luminaries and affirms the need to treat those close to us with love and consideration. Whilst I’m not convinced love heals all wounds it certainly goes a long ways to creating an ambiance where healing can take place. Saturn in Scorpio is still widely sextile to Pluto thus drawing the Scorpio Moon into the mix. Gingerly exploring our darker emotions can be very productive at this time. Gentle acceptance and forgiveness are the key components because triggering Pluto’s obsessive side would not be helpful. Above all don’t be afraid to acknowledge your darker impulses and accept them as part of who you are. No one is perfect so please don’t expect that from yourself or anyone else.
Pluto and Uranus in Aries are back within orb of their ongoing square which will be exact again on 20 May. If you are in the midst of delicate negotiations seeking to improve damaged relationships Uranus in Aries is the last influence you want to invite in because it can be extremely rude, disruptive and chaotic. Say no to Uranus inspired self-centered, risky behaviors or Pluto inspired controlling ones for that matter.
For fire and air signs who may be feeling squelched right now your bright spot is Mercury in Aries sextile Jupiter in Gemini. This bright, lively, spontaneous aspect inspires laughter and witty conversations. See? It’s not all peace, love and hushed voices!
This Scorpio Full Moon is a perfect time to honor Gaia and other feminine deities. So many people live apart from the natural world and its cycles it makes taking some time to get back in touch with those even more important. Walk on the beach or in a park. Go for a bike ride on a country road and hit your neighborhood farmer’s market for fresh produce. Stay in the moment and enjoy simply being alive.
On a personal note: The Scorpio Moon conjoins my twelfth house Jupiter and the Taurus planets fall in my sixth house . . . both squaring my natal Saturn in Leo. No getting around it, I need to be a responsible human being and do my chores before going out to play.
Saturn square Saturn marks the second exact pass of three for me with the final one happening in mid-September. It is part of the Saturn seven year review cycle and I need to step back and re-evaluate my aims and goals. Since my natal Saturn aspects both my Sun and Moon, this tends to be an internal event for me. What am I doing here, etc, etc. *sigh*
Next week is the Spring Equinox on 20 March here in the northern latitudes (Autumnal in the southern) and it is a dynamic one! The transition from watery Pisces into the ultimate fire sign Aries is jolting at best and this year even more so. The Sun enters Aries with Mars conjoining Uranus in Aries (exact on 22 March at 8° Aries) inspiring the need for Action with a capital ‘A’.
The new zodiacal year begins when the Sun leaves the dreamscapes of Pisces for the bright morning of Aries. Those of us who prefer to wake up slowly tend to resent bright-eyed morning person Aries who has no respect for sleepy heads. I am all too familiar with this scenario because I’m a twelfth house person who lives with a very Aries husband who wakes up bright and early. This year’s wakeup call is harsher than some because we have been living with so many planets in dreamy Pisces for the past several weeks including retrograde Mercury in Pisces. Small wonder we don’t want to leave our warm cozy beds.
Helping us sleepy heads out are a number of planets in water signs including Venus in Pisces conjoining the Aries Sun, Moon in Cancer trine newly direct Mercury in Pisces, Neptune in Pisces and providing the most ballast, Saturn in Scorpio trine the Cancer Moon. All of these influences counsel the need for kind words, generous gestures and heaps of patience to offset the demands of the Mars-Uranus conjunction.
It is the Cancer Moon under the most pressure from Mars and Uranus in Aries. What this says to me is feelings will be hurt due to thoughtless, impulsive behaviors. Aries can be rather self-centered and Mars conjunct Uranus is far more likely to encourage selfish behaviors than considerate ones. This combo wants what it wants and it wants it NOW. By the way, rash erratic actions can lead to accidents so please take a few moments to think before leaping, OK?
The annoying Yod with Jupiter in Gemini at the apex and Saturn in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn as the base is back in play on the Equinox. Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, makes a waxing square to Jupiter unleashing the potential for hasty words. With Saturn and Pluto anchoring Jupiter, the best route forward is to make sure you have done your homework before launching new projects. If you want to secure your funding, make damn sure you have all your ducks in a row. All the fast talk and fancy footwork will not impress those who hold the purse-strings but careful preparation will.
The chart for the Equinox sets the tone until the Solstice and even with Sun, Mars and Uranus in fiery Aries there are still more planets in earth and water signs. Choose considerate, thoughtful behaviors over rash impulsive ones to make the next three months more tolerable. It never hurts to practice patience and tolerance either. Good luck!
Since Uranus entered Aries in 2010, it has been vigorously promoting change of all kinds, both peaceful and otherwise. One area I’ve noticed increasing change in is the publishing world. The advent of Amazon’s Kindle and other tablet reading devices has changed the way many, many people read. More and more people buy and use these handy little e-readers every day. Naturally the demand for books formatted for reading on them has picked up too.
When Jupiter in Gemini came on the scene last June, the reception of independently published writing improved. Jupiter rules publishing among other things and in Gemini, he has been happily sextile Uranus on and off over the past ten months. I attribute some of the success of the “indie” author to the Jupiter-Uranus sextile. Many readers, myself included, are thrilled to be able to find new reading material for a reasonable price. I’m old enough to remember when you could buy new paperback books for $5.00 and less . . . a typical price range for many independently published ebooks. Indeed there are many, many excellent ebooks available for free, usually as a successful promotional tool.
Uranus in Aries is now poised on the cusp of my fifth house and soon to be exactly trine my natal ninth house Saturn. It is very possible I might put together some small booklets and publish them in ebook format as my own personal experiment in this area. Recently I downloaded a free app called calibre – E-book Management for reformatting some ebooks for my Kindle. It is very simple to reformat straight text documents any way you want though images within the document are far more challenging. As my eyes age it is much more comfortable to read an e-ink screen than a monitor screen and a small, hand-held e-reader is not that different from a regular book.
If you write and are considering going the self-publishing route, I recommend reading what Lindsay Buroker has to say about her experiences as a successful indie author. Her Emperor’s Edge series is doing exceptionally well and she offers the first ebook in the series for free – the Emperor’s edge. Since she was able to quit her day job and support herself with her writing, I’d say she knows what she’s doing.
F.Y.I. if you can find ebooks by your favorite author on Smashwords, please buy them there because the author receives the most money per book there. Support the writer, not the big seller.
My first look at the chart for this Full Moon at 07° 06′ Cancer on 28 December 2012, 02:22 PST made me wince because Pluto in Capricorn conjoins the Sun and Uranus in Aries creates a T-Square with the lunar axis. However after further study I realized this time we may have a window of opportunity to shed light on the issues brought to the surface by the Uranus-Pluto square and perhaps begin to resolve some of those.
We’ve had Venus and the Sun in Libra as well as Mars in Capricorn trigger the Uranus-Pluto square in recent months, and we’ve managed to survive those periods. This time it is the luminaries interceding and they have support from a couple of sources. Saturn in Scorpio is trine the Moon in Cancer and sextile the Capricorn Sun whilst Chiron in Pisces repeats those aspects (Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces are out of orb at this time.)
Saturn at his best is the wise counselor/parent who supports us as we go through the process of learning from our mistakes. Picking us up when we fall, helping heal our wounds, then shoving us back into the fray because the lessons that stay with us are those we’ve learned ourselves. At this time Saturn, Pluto, Chiron and the Luminaries are all in earth and water signs indicating support is more likely to manifest through tangible gestures rather than words of advice. For instance, it may be the parent or teacher who teaches through their actions and by example rather than lectures at length.
The square of Uranus in Aries to the Sun in Capricorn and Moon in Cancer is well within orb and as I see it, Pluto in Capricorn is drawn back into contact with Uranus because it conjoins the Sun. It is possible we may gain some insight into the reasons why we react so strongly to any perceived threat to our independence, going far beyond anything reasonable or rational. Those who tend to suffer from “cut off the nose to spite the face” syndrome often hurt themselves as well as those who love them in those moments of extreme rebellion. Perhaps we are still rebelling against the parental voices in our heads more than anything. It is worth noting those who are most comfortable in their own skins and who have learned how to be their own authority figure are far more likely to respond rather than react.
Jupiter in Gemini is still part of the Yod with Saturn in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn and I recommend reading my post on the Winter Solstice to learn more about this significant aspect pattern in effect through the end of 2012.
Mars, newly arrived in detached, airy Aquarius, is sextile Uranus in Aries and semi-sextile Neptune in Pisces. Uranus invigorates Mars whist Neptune often has the opposite effect. In this case the two outer planets may balance each other out and Mars can go about his business with little interference . . . at least until he butts heads with Saturn in Scorpio on 7 January 2013.
Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius are freewheeling on the Full Moon and consequently will be undiluted Sagittarius . . . full of energy, enthusiasm and up for a good time. Laughter is both contagious and seductive with these two free agents. All you fire signs out there enjoy these moments whilst you can because all too soon Mercury will enter dour Capricorn (on New Year’s Eve to be exact).
The degrees most affected are 7° to 9° and if you have personal planets or your Ascendant at those degrees, please take time for introspection. Perhaps this will be a turning point for you on the road to becoming more solid in yourself and therefore less likely to be buffeted about by other people’s dramas. So mote it be . . .
May this Full Moon in Cancer bring opportunities to reconnect with family in a positive way. After all those are the people who we usually spend more time with than anyone else over the course of our lives.
On a personal note: It is my twelfth house Jupiter in Scorpio square ninth house Saturn in Leo most affected this time. The lunar axis falls in my second-eighth houses and I’m guessing financial issues will be on the table. I have no idea whether this will mark a change for the better or worse. *shrug* With Venus still in my first house and Mercury now in my second, it will be easier to stay optimistic . . . foolishly or not!
One good thing is Saturn in Scorpio has moved past the first exact pass squaring my natal Saturn. That happens on Christmas Day . . . nice gift!
Mars in Aquarius conjoins my natal Ceres in the third house and I hope this means it will encourage my efforts to offer support to others through my writing.