So after all the (albeit warranted) cardinal t-square/energetic Grand Cross hoopla...it's pretty much on the wane at this point. For now. The end of this month finds Saturn back in Libra, along with Venus and Mars, and we will have yet another massive cardinal t-square configuration in the sky - this time in the signs of Aries, Libra and Capricorn.
Currently, we're between two very potent eclipses - the Capricorn Full Moon lunar eclipse June 26, which happened exactly conjunct Pluto at 4 degrees Capricorn, and the Cancer New Moon solar eclipse up ahead July 11 at 19 degrees Cancer. Eclipse windows like the one we're in have very strong, often sudden, backdrop change themes. One backdrop falls away, another is put in place. And then maybe another couple are dropped in before the period is through.
Combine that with the initiating, directional impetus of the early cardinal t-square formation involving Pluto in Capricorn, the Sun/Mercury in Cancer and Jupiter/Uranus in Aries, and we've got some deep, all-encompassing change, shifting, morphing underway.
For all intents and purposes, the initial seed point for the next five-year cycle of Uranus in Aries-Pluto in Capricorn squares is complete, capped off by the final eclipse July 11. We've planted. We've gotten things underway. Potentials lie in fertile soil, waiting for unfoldment over the next five years, with influence ripple-effecting from this point outward into the entire astrological Aquarian Age.
Whether the effects of this time frame are showing up in obvious, physical life sorts of ways or whether it is a more internal process, things are different now. And they'll just keep getting more different from here on out. Ready or not, here it comes.
The series of eclipses in Cancer/Capricorn we're currently experiencing is the third and final set involving these two signs.
The summer of 2009 found us with a hugely potent triple eclipse season, involving two bookend New Moon eclipses in Cancer on the first and last degrees of the sign. Grand-scale.
With Full Moon eclipses in Capricorn and Aquarius, we were shaken loose from previous emotional moorings, often traditional and ancestral-deep - our sense of place, our sense of home, our sense of where we belong, our sense of emotional continuity.
We were uprooted at that time, our emotional anchors pulled from ground that would no longer hold us in light of the new astrological era we were and still are hurtling into.
The subsequent eclipses have coincided with more steps in the process of re-anchoring into this rapidly Uranian-shifting world, rocking and shaking us uncomfortably, at times tragically, into new positions and emotional territory. We have been forced to expand our emotional comfort zones - often to the point that we no longer even remember the boundaries of our previous ones. We have been stretched farther than we could have imagined previously, expanding to include scenarios existing on this planet that many of us never thought we would be living through.
But we are. We're here.
And our new emotional anchors, re-placed now in Aquarian soil, are finding their mooring points. We're settling into the new places that will hold us, though the process has often been painful, frightening, alienating. The anchors have dug a long, fresh scrape, moving until they reached a point where we could be held, somewhat still, while the water slowly does its thing and covers over the scrapes and gouges left behind by the process. We settle into new land, new place, new emotional reality, new personal and planetary context in light of what has happened and of what is still up ahead.
Uranus in Aries goes retrograde tomorrow morning. So you see? All that build-up, and that's as far as we are going at this time. Now back to late Pisces for one last re-entry into the soupy, nebulous, extremely collectively karmic astrological Piscean era.
Jupiter in Aries is also stationing and will go retrograde July 23. It, too, has almost completed it's first foray into Aries and the initial seeding points for this new era.
Jupiter will go retrograde in exact square formation to Pluto Rx in Capricorn at 3 degrees of the signs - the square is exact July 24. This Jupiter-Pluto square comes to exactness again with both Jupiter and Pluto direct at the end of February, 2011.
As Jupiter has travelled through the first degrees of Aries over the past month, since its ingress June 6, we've pushed forth, driven to the net, set our goals firmly in sight and blasted forward with all the might we could muster. Anything to get us even an inch out of where we were - the sucking, draining, horrifyingly depressing tail-end Pisces opposite Saturn in Virgo. And we got there. We inched out way forward and started to see at least a crack of daylight after the dark and creepy deep-sea traversing of tail-end Piscean era Pisces.
But still, we've been held in tight check by the square to Pluto. The broader collective shifting and transformation (not least of which is world economic systems breaking down under the weight of grand-scale corruption) is inextricably colouring our Jupiter in Aries expansion and individualistic progress. How can we forget where we are right now, the underlying flavour of these times, with the same cardinal t-square we saw in December 1930? With the Gulf gushing oil? With millions unemployed, so desperate for pay that they will take jobs from BP cleaning up their crimes against humanity, respirator-free because it would be bad for the PR image? And the militaristic police state crackdown and arrest of hundreds in my country, the country that used to be known for peacekeeping and diplomacy?
The ram rears back and lets off a few blasts, unaware of where the resistance is coming from, trying to break free. Until it decides that the progress made is sufficient for now and heads back to inspect the territory it has covered, the landing point it has reached and how it got there.
Jupiter and Pluto will square off exactly again at the end of February, 2011 at 7 degrees Aries/Capricorn. This coincides with the re-entry of Uranus into Aries - March 11, 2011. At that time, the Aries influence is here for the long haul. The Arien birthpoint is fully anchored, and the things we are seeding this summer get a blast of life-giving fire.
Next Spring Equinox is truly the birthpoint for the Aquarian era, the whole new ballgame begins for real then.
Until then, from now until March 2011, we have some stuff to go over. I really wish we didn't. Uranus and Jupiter will be on my Pisces South Node in the 8th house, and believe me - I would love to skip that one.
None of us really feels as if we have it in us to wade around in such insanely collectively karmic energy. We're going to have to hold hands to get through this one.
But when the Sun rolls around to Aries next March and conjuncts Uranus at zero Aries, we have truly lived through it. At that point, we've survived, we've reached daybreak, and we can get on with the matter of really living, not just surviving. We're all going to have something to celebrate there.
Saturn re-enters Libra July 21, just before Jupiter goes retrograde, and opposes Uranus Rx at zero Aries July 26.
Saturn, Mars and Venus in Libra will then come together to oppose Jupiter Rx-Uranus Rx in Aries and square Pluto Rx in Capricorn - forming our second massive cardinal t-square of the summer.
With Saturn involved, the initial seed points represented by the earlier cardinal t-square involving Sun/Mercury in Cancer and the Capricorn Full Moon eclipse will start to dig in and find some solidity and structure. Our partnerships and allegiances really start to become an important theme then. No one is going to be able to go this one alone!