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.

Yowza.

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.)
Photos: Willow

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.