Saturday, September 20, 2008

Last Quarter Moon in Mutable T-Square Formation

Tonight, we are experiencing a very spicy, perhaps achy and ouchy Sun - Pluto square in the 28th degrees of Virgo (Sun) and Sagittarius (Pluto). This leads us into a Mutable T-Square formation and a Last Quarter Moon tomorrow night.

I've written tonnes of stuff about the squaring of Pluto in Sagittarius from Virgo planets over the last few months, but again, here we are seeing deeply embedded and often hidden beliefs, truths and philosophies (religious, cultural, and economic) coming to the surface for purging with Virgo focussing on and analyzing what is coming up.

With the Sun here, we are very much aware of this process in our conscious moment.

The big topic these days, of course, is the U.S. economic meltdown...with much more to come there once Pluto re-enters Capricorn in November.

Economics is far from a hard science. There are elements of mass psychology and cultural belief at work here, and here, as Pluto kicks up dust in its last pass through Sagittarius for 248 years, we are forced to take a hard look at the belief systems and ideologies underlying our structures - those structures (like the economy and money system) that will be on the transformational agenda of Pluto in Capricorn. Before we transform the earthy concrete, we have to understand the truth about the beliefs/ideologies that are the basis for those structures and how we set them up.

For now, we are (or are becoming) quite aware of the excess of optimism (some would call it delusion) in the capitalist "borrow/buy now, pay later" system getting a big old reality check from more grounded forces. We are starting to see the fallacies of the capitalist system more clearly...the idea that it would grow and grow without end...the idea that you can put off paying the piper inevitably...and the idea that ANY of this is healthy, functional or sustainable.

The piper's coming a-calling.

And for those of us who know Pluto's ways, we know a Band-Aid solution (government bail-out) isn't going to cut it. You have to get to the root of the problem, the root of the dysfunction and reef it out. Nothing short of complete, core-level transformation will assuage this power player. The system's rotten to the right to the core we must go for the solution. Band-Aid solutions just make things worse. They just make the inevitable that much meaner. They just make Pluto ANGRY! (Not really...but they do amp up the Plutonic process.)

But as Pluto stirs up our mortal fears, we will see people clinging to the structures that have started to crumble...maybe in denial...possibly using force to hold onto dying power...definitely reluctant to face the reality of the situation and the damage that has been done.


Tomorrow, the final full day of Sun in Virgo, we build all day to a Last Quarter Moon in Gemini in a Mutable T-Square formation with Pluto at around 11 p.m. MST.

This means we have the Moon at 29 degrees Gemini squaring the Sun at 29 degrees Virgo (forming the LQ Moon) with Pluto at 28 degrees Sagittarius opposing the Moon and squaring the Sun.

(In effect, we have a very loose Mutable Grand Cross, as Uranus in Pisces is at 20 degrees Pisces, forming the fourth leg of the formation.)

The Last Quarter Moon is the portion of the lunar cycle where we initiate change in our lives/selves based on what we have learned and experienced during the earlier part of the cycle. This is the time where we start to let go and internally move for change, understanding what needs to die in preparation for the New Moon.

In the last degree of Gemini, in T-Square formation in the last degrees of Virgo and Sagittarius, we have a sort of Grand Finale feeling...the big push of mutable-sign change following the force of all the smaller changes dealt with in the earlier degrees. Whoooosh! The seemingly neverending work of Virgo - detail after detail, adjustment after adjustment, is coming to completion. The results of our focussed, sometimes navel-gazing, purifying and perfecting are becoming known...

All we can do now is let go and follow the momentum for change in our own lives, making the adjustments as we go toward new circumstances (especially emotional circumstances).

Monday morning (Sept. 22), the Sun enters Libra and we have the Fall Equinox. A balance point, as day and night are in perfectly equal duration.

As I said in the September Astro Perspective, the Libra energy has its work cut out for it creating any kind of balance or harmony out of this mess! But lead to that balance and harmony, it will. Or at the very least, it will attempt to lead to balance and harmony with all its ability.

Venus enters Scorpio September 23 and will rule the Libra Sun for almost it's entire transit. This adds a sort of bottom-line, no bullshit intensity to our relationships...forcing us to deal with each other in full honesty and integrity, even when dealing with the ugly stuff - unequal power dynamics, domination-subjugation themes, hidden resentments, subtle emotional and psychological abuse or power plays, betrayals.

All that fun stuff that "can't we all just get along??" Libra looooooves to deal with.

Then, September 24, Mercury goes retrograde at 22 degrees Libra. Yep. Not so fast! We're going back over everything that has gone on since September 4. This means Mercury will also be ruled by Venus in Scorpio, forcing confrontation and transformation of our relationships with others even further...bringing it out into our daily interactions. Also in the media.

Good times, kids. Good times. heh heh

Anyway, it's not all bad. We might not have the luxury of keeping it light and harmonious this Libra month...but we're doing the right thing in the long run. We're attempting to create real, soul-level harmony in full honesty and integrity. This might scare the Libra energy shitless, since the gloves will be off, but just like with anything Plutonic, it's best just to get it over with and do what has to be done. A Band-Aid solution just prolongs the dread of what's to come...which is generally not as bad as one conjures up in the mind's eye, anyway.

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