Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Series of Zero-Degree New Moons Produces an Emotional Clean Sweep Effect

We are currently moving through a dense, at times arduous, yet ultimately dynamic period of time as we officially enter the dark half of the year in the northern hemisphere.

As we cross the threshold into the dark half, we experience multiple, piled-up planetary shifts heading into a zero-degree New Moon in Scorpio that is also a partial solar eclipse on October 23 (3:57 p.m. CST). We also move through some potentially angsty “old business” from the Saturn in Scorpio transit before moving into new territory during the last week of October. 

The upcoming zero-degree Scorpio New Moon eclipse is the first in a series of four zero-degree New Moons indicating a major push into new emotional territory and new-era dynamics. We can leave a lot of old emotional detritus behind us over the next months, as long as we are willing to resolve it and make the move into something different. We’re actively seeking openings to emotional breakthroughs, rather than sitting under old, festering emotional issues and sticking points.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Magical Relationship Portal Opens And Then Things Go Deeper...

 On the Art House steps, Calgary, Alberta
Photo: Willow

Love and relationship planet Venus, in its own sign of Libra, is currently chasing the Sun on its way to the Sun-Venus exterior conjunction at 1 degree Scorpio on October 25. 

This means we have a lovely conjunction of the Sun and Lesser Benefic planet Venus bringing the love and feel-good vibes to our current moment all through this month.

On their way to the exterior conjunction - which indicates an alchemical "coming together," deepening, or merging point in relationships of all kinds in late October - Venus, the Sun, and Mercury retrograde are forming a gorgeous pile-up of a conjunction with the transiting North Node of the Moon, currently at 19 degrees Libra.

There is a "social quickening" underway now with new mixes starting to interact, and this quickening reaches a peak between October 12 and 20. 

The Sun in Libra forms an exact conjunction to the North Node of the Moon on October 12; Venus in Libra conjuncts the North Node October 14/15; Mercury retrograde conjuncts the North Node October 20 and again on October 30 (direct). 

The strong influence in beauty and relationship-oriented Libra is well-supported by sextile aspects from both Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius, which are participating in a Grand Fire Trine with Uranus in Aries. 

This air-fire influence indicates a bubbling social scene with strong elements of personal style, artistry, creativity, wisdom, knowledge, and fun that are brought together for the benefit and enjoyment of all. Personal creativity is finding new outlets within the broader social scene, and we're finding new ways to share our knowledge - a theme that becomes stronger when Saturn enters Sagittarius in late December. 

Fall gatherings and get-togethers are simply blessed under these energies, as long as we are following along with the unfolding social plot. 

This strongly-highlighted Libra North Node creates a truly magical relational portal - a window of time when a new social order is forming (and quickly), new connections are being made, old connections are being re-ignited, and relationships of all kinds are "moving to the next level."

As we move into a new social balance, the focus is on relating, socializing, and circulating - but only in the ways that are most necessary.

We aren't forcing anything here. We aren't stretching out of our comfort zones - beyond the initial North Node in Libra nudge we need to be social at all! We aren't extending ourselves to others in the wrong ways or at the wrong times. We're working with the connections and social opportunities that feel natural, interesting, necessary, sustaining, the next step. We're moving energy around in new ways as we form new webs of relationship.

With female warrior asteroid Pallas Athene also joining the massive grouping in Libra, we're working on strategic elements of the social fabric that will sustain us and others over the long-term. These are interpersonal connections that will ultimately benefit the collective in long-lasting ways. 

The social framework that comes together now is the framework that must come together. We need this social glue to hold us together and to sustain us in light of the very trying circumstances we face on Planet Earth. This is not frivolous or superficial - the social framework coming into being is necessary for our very survival and for the survival of our communities.

We are building the preferable alternative, and we are making it accessible to anyone who needs it. 

With Saturn and dwarf planet Ceres currently locked in a conjunction in last-decan Scorpio, we are looking for deep social sustenance, nourishment, and support. We are looking for full, long-lasting returns on our social and energetic investments.

With the North Node transiting Libra, relating and relationships are the most fruitful areas of life, but they are not the easiest. The North Node generally requires a little effort, a little practise, and a little courage gathered. 

Human relations are in quite a state. We've been burned before - many times. 

So we're watching our boundaries closely - not giving too much, not compromising ourselves, not putting on a social facade that differs from our real personality or feelings. We're keeping a close watch on the limited energy and resources indicated by Saturn transiting Scorpio into the end of this year.

We aren't jumping in too far or too fast.  

But we're taking those social opportunities that we may have passed up previously. We're appreciating people and community in ways that we may have taken for granted previously. We're valuing the social fabric more highly, and we're seeing and valuing each contribution made by individuals to that social fabric. We're getting out there. We're taking a chance on the connections that feel inevitable in some way. 

Because yes, there is a social and relational inevitability here with the pile-up of personal planets on the Libra North Node, on our soul-guided path forward. There is a social and relational inevitability as we move to the New Moon eclipse at 0 degrees Scorpio on October 23, followed by the Sun-Venus exterior conjunction October 25. We're being drawn together in the ways that are necessary.

We provide support, and support is provided for us. We feed the social fabric, and the social fabric feeds us. 

Finding just the right balance of give-and-take is our challenge as we move through the alchemical relational magic of the next weeks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Timed War Attacks at March Equinox and the Final Uranus-Pluto Square, March Equinox 2015

A transcript has recently surfaced from an interview between retired U.S. General Wesley Clark and Democracy Now's Amy Goodman from 2007.

In the interview, Clark describes the pre-planning by the United States Department of Defense of wars with seven nations - Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. These plans were divulged to Clark just days after the collapse of the World Trade Centers in New York City in September 2001.

From the interview:

"CLARK: About 10 days after 9/11, I went to the Pentagon, and I saw [Defense] Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz. I went downstairs to say hello to some of the people on the joint staff that used to work for me.

One of the generals called me in and said, “Sir, you gotta come in and talk to me.” I said, “Sir, you’re too busy.” And he said, “No, no! We’ve made the decision — we’re going to war with Iraq!” This is on or about the 28th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why!?” He said, “I don’t know!” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.” So I said, “Did they find some information connecting Saddam to al Qaeda?” He said, “No, no, there’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess its like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments.”

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time, we were bombing in Afghanistan. And I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, its worse than that.” He said– he reached over on his desk and he picked up a piece of paper, and he said, “I just got this from upstairs,” meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office. And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years. Starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off Iran.”"

You can certainly see that the blueprints for the next 15+ years of United States-led war, death, and destruction worldwide were laid out immediately following that oh-so-murky event in September 2001. We have seen the war machine meet its stated goals with cruel brutality and precision ever since.

The felling of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001 is considered by many to be a false flag event - an event that was either orchestrated or intentionally allowed by the United States government in order to create consent for intensified foreign war as well as war against its own citizens by way of spying, harassment, police brutality, and other erosion of civil liberties. 

The collapse of Building 7, a 47-storey skyscraper near the Twin Towers that was not hit by any airplane, has been a major sticking point for the official story (that terrorists flew airplanes into the towers, the towers started on fire and collapsed).

Families of 9/11 victims, architects, and engineers have all joined forces to say: the official story about what happened on September 11, 2001 is impossible. Buildings do not collapse like that either from fire or from an airplane flying into the side. There was no reason, according to the official story, for Building 7 to collapse, especially considering the buildings beside it suffered only minimal damage.

I've long understood that war is pre-planned, intentionally orchestrated, and executed by members of the power elite with only the slimmest of (false) reasoning provided to the public. This very slim reasoning is piped into every mind and home via saturating mainstream media reports, which create what Noam Chomsky refers to as "manufactured consent" from the public at large.

Rather than it being a case where The Good Guys (United States and allies) are simply responding to and attempting to stop violent evil-doers around the world, we can see from Clark's statements that wars are pre-planned years before the first bombs are dropped. 

I've also long understood something that is harder for many people to wrap their minds around - that war is planned according to astrology, and it has been for thousands of years.

From "Uranus Direct on Zero Aries and More Astrologically-Timed Machinations of the Global War Machine," December 20, 2011:

"You’ll recall that the invasion of Iraq under Baby Bush was scheduled for March equinox 2003, just as Uranus ingressed Pisces. In the tropical zodiac, March equinox is marked by the Sun entering Aries... March equinox is a highly potent time, a birth point for new directions, new actions, and new strategic moves, of particular use to those of the Arien/war persuasion. Uranus entering a new sign at the time of the 2003 equinox indicated to U.S. military strategists a prime time to unleash the “shock and awe” - Uranian key words - on the people of Iraq.

Again true to astrological timing, the attack against Libya was scheduled for March equinox 2011, just as Uranus ingressed Aries and positioned itself for a series of seven squares to Pluto in Capricorn. The last time Uranus was in Aries, it also formed a series of squares to Pluto, then in Cancer. That series of squares (1932-1934) coincided with the first years of the Great Depression as well as the advance of global fascism and the positioning of Hitler within the German Nazi Party."

Yes, the United States-led invasion of Iraq and its attack on Libya were scheduled almost exactly eight years apart, on March equinox, just as Uranus, planet of "shock and awe" and of the new astrological era, moved into a new sign (Pisces in 2003, Aries in 2011). Uranus changes signs every 7 to 8 years.

(Attacks committed by Israel against Palestine are often timed to astrological/astronomical events, as well, including this one in November 2012: Israel Opens the Gates of Hell at the Alpha Snake New Moon)

As stated, we are now nearing the end of a seven-square series between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn (2012 - 2015). The final two squares (clashing, tense, frictional aspects) occur December 15, 2014 and March 16, 2015 - just in time for March equinox.

As we have seen, the United States and its Global Governor allies like to plan major war offensives for March equinoxes when Uranus is doing something notable - like squaring Pluto for the final time of the square series, the first time when both planets are moving direct. 

The Uranus-Pluto square series was last experienced from 1932 to 1934 during the Great Depression, the rise of the Nazi Party, and the lead-up to World War II.

And there have been highly unfortunate and orchestrated correlations to that time period throughout the current square series.

When Lord of the Underworld dwarf planet Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, beginning a 16-year transit of the sign of business, hierarchy, status, and structure, the intentional collapse of the United States housing market picked up steam.

Criminally deregulated derivatives on mortgages that were intentionally set to be defaulted on led to a massive transfer of wealth from U.S. taxpayers to the big banks and insurance companies. People who could not afford to own their own homes were given "predatory" mortgages with interest rates that increased as the years went on. Those who were just squeaking by on their mortgage payments found they were unable to pay as the interest rates rose. They defaulted on their mortgages, losing their homes and their equity. And the big banks, the insurance companies, and the speculators were paid out on the massive derivatives schemes that insured those faulty mortgages, rewarding banks for their heinously irresponsible lending practises.

The economic collapse that followed was timed to throw people into joblessness and homelessness, creating turmoil in families, marriages, personal relationships, and communities, much like the Great Depression of the 1930s did. The cracks in society became crevasses in the following years. The jobs lost around 2008 - many of the more decently-paying jobs - have not been recovered, and a staggering 43 million Americans now rely on food stamps to feed themselves and their families. 

From housing derivatives, the speculators and financiers moved into the grains markets with rampant speculation and trading of grains futures that drove the price of food staples up worldwide. This created hunger and starvation all over the world, as well as the mass protests and rioting known as "The Arab Spring." From January 31, 2011: Jupiter in Aries Square Pluto in Capricorn: Uprisings Are Expected. The Global Governors Are Waiting. Freedom is a Complex Dance.

Make the people hungry and desperate and force them to live in miserable, highly-uncertain conditions. This has always been a prime method used by the powers-that-be to weaken and control the populace.   

At the same time, the Harper Conservatives dismantled the Canadian Wheat Board, a sort of farmers' union that sold wheat en masse in the world market so as to achieve a solid and stable price for the product. The Harper Conservatives' semi-legal dismantling of the Wheat Board led to chaos in the grain handling system and much lower prices for wheat farmers. It left individual farmers at the mercy of the "free" market with the remaining Wheat Board members at a strong disadvantage with less wheat to sell and less market clout on the world stage.

From grains, the stock market speculators have moved on to cattle. Grain prices have dipped while speculation and unregulated trading of cattle futures have doubled the price of cattle in 2014. This has coincided with speculation-driven record high meat prices all over the world, after beef prices were intentionally bottomed out a decade ago via the "Mad Cow Disease" scare. From May 26, 2014: Derivatives Schemes Shift from Grain to Cattle, Stock Market Speculation Drives Meat Prices Up Worldwide

The cattle market, like the grains market, was prime territory for stock market speculators, as the prices of those commodities had been artificially depressed for some time.

In addition to the intentional attacks on and manipulation of food, jobs, and housing (the lifesblood of the people), we have, of course, the relentless and merciless war machine steamrolling its way through these Uranus-Pluto squares.

The United States has checked off most of the boxes on its 2001 "Countries to Bomb Back to the Stone Age List." In 2011, the United States was simultaneously bombing six different countries - Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. And things have not slowed down much since.

As Uranus and Pluto move into their final squares this December and March, we move into a highly volatile period with a combination of Global Governance theatre underway:

There's the media-driven battle between so-called Islamic terrorist group ISIS and NATO forces, complete with highly-suspect beheading videos. Isis is the Egyptian Goddess of Magic, and there is certainly some dirty magic going on here. The long history of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency involvement in the manufacturing, funding, and/or training of groups like ISIS must be at the front of our minds. The brutality is real. The narrative surrounding the brutality is not. The ISIS narrative  being played out via mainstream media is manufacturing consent for yet more bombing campaigns committed by the United States against Iraq, a country already devastated by decades of U.S. bombs and artillery, including ongoing radioactive poisoning from depleted uranium munitions dust. Yet more bombing by the United States government is not the solution here.

Then, there is the unfortunate re-ignition of Cold War embers with the battle over Ukraine: Are the vicious, establishment Russians in control, or are the vicious, establishment European Union leaders in control?

As we move to the highly-charged March equinox of 2015 with Uranus in Aries tightly square Pluto in Capricorn for the final time of the square series, conditions are being created for yet another orchestrated World War. Conditions are also being created for yet another economic collapse in the United States (which can't seem to get a handle on its derivatives gambling problem) that will throw even more people into a state of turmoil.

At the time of March equinox 2015, as Uranus and Pluto start to pull out of their final square, war planet Mars will be in war sign Aries conjunct Uranus (unexpected events, upheaval, revolution, rebellion), and Uranus in Aries will be conjunct the karmic South Node. There is some definite war-based trauma wrapped up in this one. Let's hope the warmonger desires to exploit the astrology are thwarted.

 March Equinox 2015 
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In the chart for equinox, you can see the beleaguered North Node in Libra holding the intent for, driving toward, peace, justice, balance, harmony, consideration for others, and good social relations. This is the successful, soul-driven path forward. But you also see the massive counter-balance of bodies clustering around the South Node in war sign Aries. It will take a concerted effort (even an inner battle) to choose peace, love, balance, and meaningful connection to our fellow humans over selfishness, fighting, factioning, and the acceptance of violence. This amazingly potent conglomeration of bodies around the Aries South Node at equinox indicates that anger, tempers, selfishness, and the reckless following of baser instincts could drive us into a quagmire of detrimental karmic conditions, including war.

The Moon will also be in Aries at March equinox 2015, crossing the South Node, Uranus, and Mars in Aries as it pulls out of a 29-degree New Moon in Pisces on March 20, 2015.

 New Moon in Pisces March 20, 2015
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Again, we are working with that highly symbolic area of 29 Pisces/0 Aries. This is an area of the zodiac that symbolizes the astrological era shift, as we move from the last degree of the zodiac (29 Pisces) to the first degree of the zodiac (0 Aries). Endings and beginnings all wrapped up in one.

You may recall that the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Fukushima, Japan nuclear reactors occurred (or were set off) on March 11, 2011 as Uranus moved from 29 Pisces to 0 Aries, heading into the Uranus-Pluto square series. There is some very nasty recent history involved with these degrees, and it's unlikely that the New Moon in the same area this coming March will pass without some planned events coinciding.

There is plenty of Piscean-era unfinished business wrapped up in that 29-degree Pisces New Moon on March 20, 2015, and the following 28-day lunar cycle will likely have many unpleasant and highly symbolic surprises on the war and manipulation fronts. Pathetic Old Money pissing matches among pathetic excuses for human beings. (Or are they really human, after all?)

Communication and intelligence planet Mercury will be in its fall in Pisces at the time of March equinox, conjunct foggy and surreal Neptune as well as wounded healer Chiron. The mass media will once again be rife with fake stories and perspectives attempting to pull the wool over the public's eyes, working overtime to get us to swallow a reality that is ultimately phony, harmful, misguided, and painful.

Mercury in Pisces will also be square Saturn in early Sagittarius at equinox (exact March 16 as Uranus and Pluto form their final exact square), indicating a challenge related to the truth, faith, and belief systems. This square could keep things on track if people are willing to work for the real truth, moving out of dogma, false rhetoric, and religion and belief-based manipulations.  

Ultimately, the Nazis didn't lose the war. They just changed shape. They spread out along the top layer of the global power structure, helping to create and reinforce the system of global fascism we are experiencing today ("Global Governance"). Around 1,600 Nazis were harboured and employed as scientists and doctors by the United States government after World War II via "Operation Paperclip." Many of these scientists and doctors were involved in murder, slavery, toxic chemical production, and human experimentation before and during World War II. These scientists and doctors who were welcomed into U.S. government and business have created some of the hellacious chemical, GMO, and pharmaceuticals corporations that poison and kill us in the post-modern setting today.

What we can understand is that we are being set up here - just as human beings have been set up for thousands of years - for more war, misery, and deprivation. We are being set up to turn on each other. We are being set up to come under increased control by the current power structures. The masses are being set up to accept, encourage, even cheer for their own enslavement and demise.

But when you know you are being set up, when you can see it and deconstruct it every step of the way, it's much easier to break free - at least in spirit.

There are a million ways to throw a monkey wrench into the plans of the Global Governors, including in our day-to-day lives.

And one of those monkey wrenches involves these simple, fundamental truths:

War is wrong. Killing and hurting people is wrong. Manufacturing reasons to bomb and destroy other countries, slaughtering civilians en masse as you move toward your self-interested goals, is wrong.

You can never make two wrongs equal a right.

Life on this planet is precious. But human life is not valued highly - it's not valued at all - by the current power-holders. And that is unbearably repugnant. No one who devalues human life in this way has any real authority over you, over me, or over anything on this planet.

These are basic facts that the media and the war machine want to erase from people's minds.

But holding fast to them, living by them, is one of the more effective things you can do as we are ushered toward a goal that no sane and loving human being wants to see come to pass.

Reject their version of reality. Reject the mainstream media version of reality. Reject their justifications for mass murder and injury by the state. 

Raise your own spiritual principles above the illegitimate rules being forced by the Global Governors. Don't allow their manipulations and lies, including via mass media distraction, to lower you to their level. Practise a peaceful, unfettered, and undeterred way of being. Remember all that is beautiful about life on this planet. Love yourself and others, and treat each other with respect. Remember that you are loved and supported through these dark times.

The Lord hates a coward, as they say, so be brave; be bold; go heart-first. Know that your power (our power), well- and practically-applied in the face of this illegitimate brutality, is so much greater and grander than the power of guns and bombs and depleted uranium and fake news reports.

The truth taken fully into our hearts and souls, the truth ringing from every cell. That's all we need.

Stand up and be counted in the global call for peace, truth, and justice on the planet. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Flirty at Thirty? OK, Well, at Least it Rhymes...

Fun Astro Facts:

The youngest members of the Pluto in Libra generation (born October 1971 to August 1984) just hit 30 years old at the end of August 2014. This means that every member of the Pluto in Libra generation is now 30 or over!

And simultaneously, the oldest members of the the Pluto in Scorpio generation (born November 1983 to November 1995) are turning 30. 

Welcome to the fabulous 30s, baby members of the Pluto in Libras and senior members of the Pluto in Scorpios! You have hit a major milestone astrologically. Coming out of your first Saturn returns, you are now officially adults according to the astrological system. And coming of age with transiting Saturn in Scorpio in mutual reception to Pluto in Capricorn along with the Uranus-Pluto square series is certainly not for the faint of heart...

The Pluto in Libras and the Pluto in Scorpios are entrusted with the responsibility of purifying and transforming human relations, justice, love, sex, and power dynamics on this planet. A tall order!

We are now moving into highly-charged Libra and Scorpio seasons (September to November), complete with powerhouse eclipses. We experience an emotionally edgy and potentially aggressive Full Moon total lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Aries conjunct Uranus and the South Node on October 8. From there, we move to a simmering, smouldering, drawing-from-the-depths New Moon partial lunar eclipse at 0 degrees Scorpio on October 23 as the Sun and Venus move to exterior conjunction in Scorpio October 25.

Eclipses generally bring backdrop changes of one sort or another, and there is a strong "changing of the guard" feel as we move through fall 2014 - not necessarily out of desire but definitely out of necessity. New players will be (and must be) added to the current scenes. Fresh ideas and fresh ways of doing things merge with the established order to create new opportunities, direction, and energy for all involved.

We aren't who we once were as we move into this new astrological era. Change is required.

And we need all the talents and skills of both Pluto generations out in full force, taking on new leadership roles and providing alternatives to the standard way of doing things, which are now falling far short.

Welcome to Official Grown-up Status. Time to dig in!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Sun Enters Libra Marking Equinox With a Strong 'Lord of the Underworld' Infusion

Pluto stations direct at 11 degrees Capricorn tonight (6:36 p.m. CST), just as the Sun enters Libra, marking equinox.

The daytime hours and nighttime hours are in perfect balance now, but it's definitely going to require some effort on our part to see that sort of balance reflected in our own lives, selves, and relationships as we move into fall 2014 in the northern hemisphere.

If we expected a breather as the personal planets moved into lovely Libra, we may have to reconsider...

"Intense" is the word most often associated with Pluto and the sign it rules, Scorpio, but that may be a bit of an understatement for this fall.

Pluto is basically stopped in the zodiac at the moment as it completes its standard six-month retrograde period, which began in April. As Pluto stations, some of its inky, edgy, uncomfortable energy and themes permeate the scene and every interaction we have.

Let's just say: socially taut with multiple tripwires. 

Pluto is associated with all the darkest emotions on the human spectrum - including experiences of hell - and we can expect moments during this station (with effects felt into late November) when the conditions we face seem simply intolerable.

(This is exacerbated, of course, by ongoing attempts by the Global Governors to start World War III...) 

Rage, anxiety, fear, nausea, paranoia, obsession, emotional triggers, a feeling of energetic moulting - all these are Pluto terrain, and they are often intensified around stations.  

Pluto has been dredging the bottom for six months. Now, it turns direct, bringing some emotionally dicey issues, some hidden subtext, and some potentially poisonous power dynamics to the surface.

We move into Libra season with beastly Pluto permeating the scene, and all that dredged-up, simmering subtext starts coming out into our relationships and social interactions as the personal planets in Libra form squares to Pluto and oppositions to Uranus in Aries.

Yes, the Uranus-Pluto square is being activated heavily this Libra season, triggering more collective issues and impetus for change that trickle down to personal relationships.

Our relationships are molten lava this fall, in a state of alchemical morph, and it's going to be one hell of a ride. (No Plutonic pun intended.) Things will not be the same on a relational front as we come out the other side.

The old days are over. The illusions are dissipating. Change is required. New relational rules apply.

With the personal planets in Libra forming conjunctions to the transiting North Node this October, we are channeling the wild, radical, and revolutionary energy of Uranus in Aries conjunct the South Node into our relationships and relationship constructs.

Uranus in Aries requires that we bring new facets of our identities more strongly into our relationships, rather than upholding standard relationship roles that no longer bring satisfaction.

Stubbornly hold to old relationship forms to your own detriment now. If Uranus and Pluto say it's time for change, it's time for change.

We're working with new-era rules now about equality and fairness, and this particularly involves traditional male-female and masculine-feminine relations. There is no such thing as invisible relationship work or unimportant support work from now on. It all requires recognition and fair compensation as we work out new dynamics and frameworks.

Communication planet Mercury is currently in Libra, moving through a very loaded Via Combusta retrograde shadow. Everything we've been thinking about or talking about since September 13 will be coming back up again during the Mercury retrograde October 4 - 24 from 2 degrees Scorpio to 16 degrees Libra.

Mercury will have an extended stay in this "burning path" area of the zodiac, and we are rubbing up against some raw and potentially uncomfortable subjects over the next two months. Some very touchy and even potentially explosive social interactions are possible until Mercury leaves the Via Combusta November 18. Until then, the messenger is on the burning path, and our words are alchemically spicy and loaded.

Mercury dips into Scorpio September 27, making the retrograde station at 2 degrees Scorpio on October 4 and re-entering Libra October 10.

Relationship planet Venus enters its own sign of Libra September 29, running the cardinal gauntlet before entering Scorpio October 23 and meeting the Sun in exterior conjunction October 25. 

From tonight's equinox, we move to a New Moon at 1 degree Libra on September 24, and this New Moon opens a new relationship cycle as well as a highly-charged eclipse season that will bring more relational backdrop changes.

The New Moon in Libra culminates in a "high noon" Full Moon total lunar eclipse in Aries conjunct Uranus and the South Node on October 8.

This Full Moon conjunct Uranus and the South Node also activates a high-spirited Grand Fire Trine with Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius, indicating major inspiration and creative potential on tap - if we can navigate the frictional spots. That may be easier said than done because at the time of the Aries Full Moon eclipse, Venus in Libra will be exactly square Pluto, newly direct and still ever-so-powerful in Capricorn. Pissing matches and a "severing of social ties" are possible as the Moon grows full and things are pushed to an emotional head. Careful, careful, as South Node in Aries recklessness and restlessness can bring unpleasantness.

We aren't who we once were, and this can cause social and relational upheaval as we forge ahead into the new astrological era.


This is edgy and terse as all get out, but we need all that friction and pressure in order to make the bold moves necessary. Ride the molten lava this fall, and it will move you into more interesting and enlivening social and relational territory. Take the social opportunities that come to you organically, and let go of old social habits and scenarios that no longer bear fruit.

From the Full Moon total eclipse in Aries, we move to a New Moon partial lunar eclipse at 0 degrees Scorpio on October 23. This New Moon deepens the themes of the new relationship cycle as the Sun and Venus come together in exterior conjunction October 25 at 1 degree Scorpio.

Everything needs to be on the table now. We need things out in the open if we are to achieve the true equality and fairness in human relations indicated by the transiting North Node in Libra. This Scorpio New Moon eclipse with the Sun and Venus conjunct does just that, pushing some underlying issues and dynamics to the surface. Some old resentments and simmering anger could come up for recognition, resolution, and release. Work with the simmering themes gently over the following 28 days, relieving pressure one step at a time to avoid social/relational blowouts.

All in all, we are moving into a very dynamic period for human relations, both personal and professional. Our relations are butting up against the Uranus-Pluto square, as well as the transiting nodal axis. Movement and change are required, and seeing the writing on the wall early puts you in a stronger position to successfully ride out any related social/relational turbulence kicked up over the next two months.

We are running into some socially intolerable points because, yes, things are intolerable at points. The friction and frustration indicate areas that require some transformation, shaking up, or re-direction. 

There is a Plutonic dance of social connection and withdrawal going on this fall. Surfacing and submerging, surfacing and submerging.

We are working right up to the very edge in our relations, working to find the alchemical release points without pushing past them, without moving into detrimental "trigger zones," without allowing things to degenerate into hatred or a severing of ties. (Unless a severing of ties is called for, of course.) 

With the transiting Libra North Node so highlighted by conjunctions from the personal planets (in effect most strongly October 11 - 20), relationship progress, fairness, equality, beauty, and balance are our soul-directed goals. But there is certainly a great deal of social turbulence that must be navigated as we work toward those goals.

Some Upcoming Hotspots:

* New Moon at 1 degree Libra with the Moon moving into a square to Pluto in Capricorn and opposition to Uranus in Aries - September 24/25
* Sun in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn (11 degrees) - October 3/4
* Mercury retrograde station at 2 degrees Scorpio (Via Combusta territory) - October 4
* Sun in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries (14 degrees) - October 7
* Full Moon total lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Aries conjunct Uranus and the South Node with Venus in Libra opposite Pluto in Capricorn - October 8
* Venus in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries (14 degrees) - October 11

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Young Whippersnapper Mars Finally Outpaces Old Man Saturn

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The planet of will, goals, physical energy, and movement, Mars, is just moving out of range of a conjunction to Saturn that has been in effect since early August.

Mars is the planet that wants to go. Saturn is the planet that puts the brakes on, demanding a sober second look. So our movement toward goals (including goals related to sex life) has been under a certain degree of necessary restriction and limitation for over a month now.

Prior to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, which was exact August 25, Mars spent more than eight months transiting a sign it doesn't love transiting - Libra. Mars finds it difficult to get things done in Libra, especially with the speed and directness it enjoys. Taking other people into consideration, as is required with Libra, is not tops on Mars' list.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mercury Moves Into Potentially Volatile Territory: the Dangerous Job of Justice-Fighting on an Unjust Planet

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Messenger planet Mercury is entering some feisty and potentially explosive territory in Libra as we move to the Pisces Full Moon conjunct wounded healer Chiron on September 8 (exact 7:38 p.m. CST).

Words and information are charged, and the opinions and perspectives voiced - perhaps after long periods of silence - could cause the scales to swing wildly before finding a new balance.

But find a new balance we will, and this goal is something to keep in the front of our minds as we move through some tense Mercurial aspects just before Mercury enters its next retrograde shadow at 16 degrees Libra on September 13. (Mercury will be retrograde October 4 - 25.)

The upcoming Pisces Full Moon conjunct Chiron heightens emotional and psychic sensitivity to the max from September 7 to 9. We're all in need of a little healin' under these astro influences, as the current state of the planet seeps into our personal emotional states, and the Pisces Moon's rays illuminate the unbreakable connections we have to the struggling lifeforms on this struggling planet.

Nowhere is the struggle more apparent than in the Pacific Ocean, which has now been contaminated every single day for three-and-a-half years (and counting) by radioactive fallout from the Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster while elected officials, business leaders, and media did and do next-to-nothing. 

Fukushima researcher and YouTuber, Dana Durnford, has just begun a 60-day trip along the British Columbia coast to document sick, dying, and missing species of sea life and vegetation over hundreds and hundreds of kilometres of shoreline.

Before even starting on the trip, Dana received death threats and threats of physical violence from people who are not too happy about him blowing the lid off the effects of Fukushima nuclear fallout along the coast. These people would rather keep their heads (and the heads of the public, in general) buried in the radioactive sand than have Dana's information depleting their beautiful British Columbia businesses and property values.

The information and photographs Dana is collecting are critically necessary to gain a true understanding of the devastation going on with sea life and vegetation along the West Coast. There is a collapse of sea life underway that has establishment scientists "baffled" and "perplexed" - at least, in front of the cameras and the mainstream media journalists.

Dana and his crew are out there documenting the real story, complete with Geiger counters.

And there are many people who would prefer that the information Dana and crew are so dutifully digging up stayed buried. This is deep Plutonic territory, and Plutonic territory is known to be both potentially dangerous and explosive.

As messenger planet Mercury transits Libra, the sign of justice, Dana and his crew are acting as the physical embodiments of these astrological energies.

Dana and crew are on an information-gathering (Mercury) voyage for justice (Libra) - justice for the living creatures of Earth who are and will be negatively affected by Fukushima fallout for centuries or millenia to come, justice for the animals and people that are already sick, dead, or dying from the ill effects of the nuclear industry, justice for the people who knew how bad this one was from the beginning, justice related to the ongoing media blackout and to the lies, half-truths, and omissions committed by establishment scientists, journalists, and government officials.

The information Dana is digging up is just one example - one macro example - of the potentially explosive truth, opinions, and perspectives being served up as Mercury moves through its transit of Libra.

These energies also have the potential to affect our personal relationships as well as our social standings, in general - all Libra territory.

Our tongues are charged. Our conversations are loaded. There are things that must be aired now in order to achieve justice and balance in our personal lives and relationships, as well as in society at large.

We need some movement. We need some progress. We need some new direction. We need to blow some lids off some things that are keeping us oppressed. And Mercury is traveling through some potentially dicey territory in order to get us there. Let's just say, the topics being raised now and throughout the Mercury retrograde period (October 4 - 25) will not necessarily be comfortable to talk about or to deal with, but they are necessarily being raised.

Mercury is currently conjunct female warrior asteroid Pallas Athene in Libra (exact September 11 at 13 degrees), and both Mercury and Pallas Athene are square Pluto in Capricorn and opposite Uranus in Aries. This forms a highly-charged cardinal t-square configuration that is pretty much just waiting to be triggered.

The combination of female warrior Pallas Athene, Lord of the Underworld Pluto, and wild card Uranus is potentially quite volatile, creating some social friction.

Mercury conjunct Pallas Athene is a textbook aspect for verbal spats and heated debates. In the sign of Libra, topics will often involve fairness and justice issues, social standards, or relationship dynamics. 

One person's battle for justice can be entirely different from another person's battle. One person's version of "fairness" and "truth" can be completely at odds with another person's version.

Human relations and social progress are certainly not simple concepts at this time on Planet Earth. It's a wild and colourful and chaotic mix. Navigating this charged cardinal t-square configuration is going to require all our Libra skills of diplomacy, moderation, and social balancing in order to maintain an even keel.

The conjunction of Mercury and Pallas Athene in Libra indicates that we will have to fight every step of the way in our quest for what's right. Not everyone on this planet is interested in ultimate truth and justice. (As the Mercury-Pallas Athene conjunction occurs September 11, just remember Building 7.) Many think things are just fine the way they are, and those people often have a lot of firepower behind them.

The information and conversations that will be flying around will have the potential to change things considerably, bringing some ugly and uncomfortable issues to the surface, and there are many who would prefer to keep all that nastiness shoved under the rug.

Entire careers are built on keeping secrets from the public.

Entire relationships and social scenes can be built on falsehoods or underhanded dynamics.

There will be people battling hard to keep a lid on information that could badly affect their bank accounts, relationships, or statuses in society. There will be people battling hard to maintain their denial, all while the fight for truth rages on.

The involvement of Pallas Athene indicates that some socially-strategic manoeuvring is necessary now. There is certainly an edge to our interactions, but we are also required to maintain a pleasant and non-offputting social demeanour. We're balancing the urge to battle, debate, and argue with the responsibility to maintain the valuable social fabric around us.

Certain subjects will act as social or relational tripwires. Waves are going to be made as people speak up about issues that can simply no longer go on unaddressed.

People will be holding back some anger, and it will be hard to hide how we really feel under the pressures of this t-square configuration - even when that is not socially convenient. Watch for and avoid poisonous, passive aggressive barbs from those who can't successfully manage their anger in a social or relational setting. Assist those people to speak their anger more directly and to channel it more successfully, no matter what feathers they ruffle while doing so.

Listen for the information bombs Mercury in Libra is digging up as it squares Pluto in Capricorn (exact September 9 at 4:40 p.m.) - or drop a couple of necessary info bombs of your own. Maintain mental and verbal equilibrium without being drawn into unnecessary spats or drama. 

Speak out in your own personal battle for justice or join with others as Mercury conjuncts female warrior Pallas Athene on September 11 (11:12 a.m.). Fight for the relationships or social scenes you deem worthy of your efforts.

Lead into new territory as Mercury opposes Uranus in Aries on September 13 (2:16 a.m.). Find the words or perspective that busts things loose, advancing things on a societal or personal relations level. Watch for the mental or verbal openings that could move you out of oppressive social and relational dynamics.

Major changes in mindset are possible under this Mercury-Uranus opposition and throughout the Mercury retrograde process. Mercury will be coming back to this aspect, stationing direct opposite Uranus in Aries on October 25. The energy and new ideas generated by the Mercury-Uranus opposition will be carried into the Mercury retrograde process October 4 - 25. We're breaking free from some old-era ideas of love and relationship here, and some old perspectives on partnership are being replaced by those with new life.

Understand the volatility and the simmering social/relational angst of the next weeks, but keep this knowledge close to your chest. Watch your tongue, especially when being pulled into verbal battles, because your words will resonate. Use the energy of the t-square configuration as fuel for social and relational navigation and progress.

The zippy little messenger planet has to blow some things wide open, all while maintaining a cool and even-tempered mind and tongue. There will be things said (or not said out of social obligation) that will make us all a little hot under the collar.  Make your points clearly, but don't let things devolve into the truly hateful or nasty.

We must enter the fray in the battle for justice as Mercury transits Libra and we move into official Libra season September 22. No more sitting on the sidelines. But we must all fight the battle in our own ways.

Female warrior Pallas Athene in Libra squares off with the King of the Dead, Pluto in Capricorn, on September 6.
Pallas Athene is conjunct Mercury in Libra September 11.
Pallas Athene forms an opposition to Uranus in Aries, potentially kicking up some out-of-nowhere social battles, on September 15/16.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mercury and Venus in Mutual Reception Bring the "Partnership Tune-up" Zone

Don't kiss any frogs during Venus in Virgo! (Unless it's a cute one like this.)
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OK, busy beavers! Virgo season is in full swing, the time of year when we work to put everything in order, preparing - in the northern hemisphere at least - for the fall and winter ahead.

Virgo is associated with maintenance, work, projects, jobs, planning, and taking care of practical details that have fallen by the wayside. When the Sun moves into Virgo each year, we technically have another month of summer to enjoy, but with school starting, vacations ending, and the hot weather starting to cool, Virgo season brings a new seriousness and a practical, no-nonsense focus along with the chill in the air.

There's a lot to do, a lot to tune up, a lot to make orderly and functional - and we know it. If we let things slide now, we could be caught unprepared for the long, cold winter ahead - literal or figurative.

Virgo's ruling planet, messenger Mercury, has just entered Libra, the sign of relationship, beauty, and balance, for a transit that will last until September 27. Relationships and social themes are on people's minds, and thinking is geared more strongly to "we" than to "me." 

On September 5 (11:07 a.m. CST), Venus, the planet associated with love, beauty, money, and relationships, moves into crisp, clean Virgo for a transit that will last until September 29.

This means Mercury and Venus are in mutual reception from September 5 until September 27 with each planet transiting the sign ruled by the other.

So what does that mean?

It means that September 5 through 27 is a great time for relationship tune-ups of all kinds! We're applying the analytical and critiquing skills of Virgo to our relationships, determining areas that could use a little work, and we're also going over our own qualifications as "relationship partner" with a Virgoan fine-toothed comb.

September is a great month to hone in on the specific qualities we require in potential partners, friends, and business associates. It's also a good time to determine the qualities, habits, and lifestyles we simply cannot accept in the people around us.

With a strong Virgo influence, especially Venus in Virgo, we can be negatively affected by the habits and character weakness of the people we bring into our lives. Only the tightest of standards apply for potential candidates when Venus is transiting Virgo.

This month is a good time to "clean up" our relationships, setting things straight and setting things right, while actively addressing any problem areas.

But it's also a good time to determine how we stack up on the partnership front.

There is a lot of focus these days on "getting the type of partner and relationship you want," but there must be an equal amount of focus on being the type of partner we truly wish to be, and this is especially the case when Venus is transiting Virgo. 

Virgo is a sign associated with the quest for perfection, particularly the perfection of self through plain, old hard work and service. 

Relationship planet Venus transiting Virgo, as it will be September 5 to 29, has an associated theme of hard work and personal development in order to be the best possible partner we can be within the best possible relationships.

So already-existing relationships get a tune-up September 5 - 29, but we are also looking at areas that we could strengthen and improve personally in order to be better partners or to attract better partnerships.

Virgo is quite a no-nonsense sign, and it is generally very active and hard-working. It wants to identify a problem and then work to fix that problem as soon as possible.

So you could spend this transit of Venus in Virgo whinging and moaning about your faulty relationship or your chronic lonely-hearted single status. (This will be a particular temptation as Venus opposes wounded healer Chiron Rx in Pisces September 16 - 18.) But a far better use of this time is to actively work toward any improvements that are within your power, as well as fuller health and function, in general, whether in a relationship or out.

Are you moping around, letting your interests and life languish, as you wait for someone to notice you? Are you slacking off on hygiene, nutrition, or exercise because you think there's no one around to impress? Are you indulging in bad habits (including self-pity parties) because you figure, what's the point anymore?

That ain't the move.

There are some simple and specific things we can do to improve our partnership potential this September. These involve cleanliness, organization, and improved maintenance of body, home, and vehicle, trimming all fat. They involve improvements to mental health and overall perspective and outlook (again, Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet associated with the mind). This also involves getting away from a detrimental focus on our own personal problems (including relationship problems or being single), and one of the best ways to do that is by helping others.

What could be more attractive than someone who is helpful to others? Not much when Venus is transiting Virgo.

Now is the time to spruce things up and to make sure you are proud of yourself in every way as a potential partner. Pick up some new skills or hone existing skills that would make you even better.

The search for love and the search for improved relationships of all kinds is active this September. Limit your moping, and hold off on the self-pity parties, especially under the Chiron in Pisces influence.

Work hard and kick butt under this Mercury-Venus mutual reception, and all you practical, no-nonsense lovers out there will find yourselves in better position as the month comes to a close.