Thursday, May 30, 2013

Neptune Stations Retrograde and the End-of-Pisces Disappointment and Futility Drop Like a Veil...

Neptune is slowing to station retrograde at 5 degrees Pisces on June 7 for a retrograde period that will last until November 12, 2013. As Neptune stations, still within range of wounded healer Chiron, it permeates the astro atmosphere with its energy and themes, and this means end-of-era despondency can sit on us.

Hollow-gut disappointments hang around us like stale fumes. End-of-era love relationships are a confusing, disorienting mess. The idea that our dreams are not special, that we're not special under egalitarian Aquarius, can erode us at the heart. The discrepancy between where we hoped we'd be at this point versus where we really are is staggering at times - both personally and on a broader societal or collective level.

Anyone aware of the circumstances of humanity on Planet Earth at this time will find them humbling, to say the least.

The Moon enters Pisces at 7:30 p.m. tonight, conjuncting Neptune at 4:54 a.m. tomorrow and Chiron at 7:46 p.m. tomorrow evening. The themes are acute until the Moon enters Aries in the early morning of June 2.

Some lingering depression, disappointment, disillusionment, despondency, or a sense of utter futility about carrying on from here can be expected for the next couple weeks, however, as Neptune stations and starts moving backward through the zodiac. There's an unfulfilled sadness in the air, in the collective psyche, so watch to make sure you or your loved ones don't tip too far into the psychic bleak.

The new guy wasn't who you hoped he was. The new job that seemed so interesting turned out to be more of the same. The daily grind seems increasingly dull, painful, pointless, hopeless. Reaching for the bottle, for the bong, for junk food, or for the credit card are all possibilities to dull the pain, to desensitize.

This is standard end-of-era backwash, however. More end-of-Pisces clearing. Fool me once, shame on you, Neptune. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Keep moving, keep flowing, and keep laughing at the insanity of the situations with which we are faced in this foul year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen.

It's the sensitives, the creatives, the Piscean/Neptunians who hold the true weight of where we are right now. They're the ones holding the energy of Pisces, the energy of the spiritual whole, where every last detail matters and nothing can be conveniently amputated or ignored without problematic future repercussions. They're the ones potentially being crushed under the cruelty, the inhumanity, and the dysfunction of the current scenes. Yes, it's that serious.

But it's also funny.

Isn't it?

To be set up with these seemingly impossible clusterfuck scenarios during our lifetimes on Planet Earth?

It didn't start with us, and it doesn't end with us.

But we do have a prime and shining opportunity to direct things now.

Neptune stationing, like prominent Neptune in the natal chart, can create a sort of stoner effect on even the most sober among us. Air-headed and flaky. Forgetful. Dreamy. Wistful. Pie-in-sky. Avoiding. Self-pitying. Indulgent. La La Land-living.

Stay on track and stay focused on your own newly burgeoning Aquarian-era ideals, despite the Neptunian fog tempting us to go down maudlin back alleys or to take diversionary, wishful-thinking detours. We have plenty of assistance in keeping our feet on the ground with the Neptune trine to concrete and steady Saturn in Scorpio. Focus on dealing successfully with the full reality in front of you, and the rest will take care of itself.

For more Neptune stationing effects, check this post from Neptune's last direct station in November 2012: Neptune Stations Direct and Brings the Foggy, the Floaty, the Wispy, and the Surreal

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mercury and Venus in Cancer Get the Grand Water Trines Flowing

Photos: Willow

Mercury and Venus are currently forming a gorgeous triple conjunction with Jupiter in late Gemini, and I hope some good, solid cosmic benevolence is raining down upon you! This is a meeting of the two benefics of the zodiac along with Mercury in the sign of the twins. Our conversations, connections, and communications are lovingly blessed at this time, and the good-vibe ripple effects continue...

Mercury moves from this very pleasing triple conjunction in Gemini into Cancer on May 31. Venus follows suit June 2.

As these two planets move into the sign of the crab, they kick off multiple aspects that will be repeated throughout the summer by the Moon, Sun, Mars, and Jupiter in Cancer (see the end of the article for dates). This is a combination of easy Grand Water Trines with less easy cardinal t-squares and later, Grand Crosses.

The primary "good vibes configuration" this summer is certainly the Grand Water Trine. Three flowing, 120-degree trine aspects formed by bodies in the water signs.

The base aspect in all the Grand Water Trines forming this June/July/August is the Saturn in Scorpio trine to Neptune in Pisces. Saturn and Neptune formed their first trine on October 10, 2012, just after Saturn ingressed Scorpio, and these bodies have been within orb of that trine ever since. They now move into their second exact trine (June 11), with the third (July 19) following soon after Saturn's direct station at 4 degrees Scorpio on July 7.

You can read more about the Saturn-Neptune trine effects here: Saturn in Scorpio Trine Neptune in Pisces: The Last of the Wounding Piscean Era Illusions Are Gently Purged From the System

"Spiritual and psychic elements of life are drawn almost effortlessly into even the driest and draggiest of realities. Things solidify and dissolve, solidify and dissolve, in an interwoven dance of physical and ethereal, planned and dreamed. Wood, steel, and stone are acted on by mystery, magic, and metaphysics.

Solid advancement seems just within our reach, at our fingertips, when the tide goes out yet again, washing things away, back to chaos, back to square one.

And then it’s time for another attempt, for a new set of plans, for a new angle of advancement.

If a foothold does gain traction here - finally, beyond all reason – it’s because it is infused with some 'Pisces for the Aquarian era' pixie dust. It’s a step that has found, through trial and error and otherworldly instruction, a new direction into a new framework of successful energy dynamics.

Our experience of time (Saturn) continues to reformulate. The concept of time having a static and regular nature seems to belong to a different era. Certain time segments speed by, disappear, are seemingly lost altogether, and then time slows, seems to crawl, becomes standard again. Time being relative is antiquated understatement at this point. We snap in and out of the timed reality, the linear regularity, touching down and blanketing ourselves in its weight to regain bearings. Oh, clock. Oh, watch. Pin me to this grounded life. Comfort with your tick tock tallies of life’s moments, speeding blindly past.

Progress made now is not purely linear, easily planned, or directed via desire for personal advancement alone. Things are being put in place, but the work is completed on its own timeline.

Saturn and Neptune. Neptune and Saturn. The finite and the infinite, the infinite and the finite. These two bodies will form three exact trines in these signs – October 10, 2012, June 11, 2013, and July 19, 2013. This trine is in the air for the next year, working its meandering magic.

Our challenges and responsibilities – somewhat daunting, perhaps, at the beginning of Saturn’s almost three-year trek through deep, dark Scorpio – are eased by a sense of floating Neptunian surrender and faith.

There’s only so much we can do about certain nightmare scenarios we find ourselves living through on this planet. But if we’re doing everything we can, everything on Saturn’s docket, we’re also very aware that the loving and benevolent universe (AKA God) picks up the slack. We’re digging in to the nitty gritty as Saturn transits Scorpio, going third-eye deep, peeling away the artifice – but when we’ve dug in as far as we can go, there is both assistance and guidance through the intricate and sometimes arduous matrices.

The stone-cold, ground-zero Scorpionic realities are softened here with just an impression of a glimpse of a wink from the universe. A feather lying in our path, an animal guide making itself known, a glimmer of the faerie folk in a mischievous smile, a remembered dream tying it all together. A reminder that no matter how bad it is, it’s still OK – as long as we’re living and working within soul-deep reality. We’ve come to this point together, and we move through it together.

Our structural realities (Saturn) are in a state of sometimes traumatic morph (Scorpio) as global seismic shifts indicated by the Uranus-Pluto square series drop the bottom out in certain areas and open new opportunities amongst the wreckage in others.

This Saturn-Neptune trine indicates that the progress being made in our lives and the opportunities opening to us now, though potentially scary and uncertain, are moving us toward our dreams, one step at a time.

We’re working (Saturn) for these dreams (Neptune), but they're new dreams.

We’ve stepped firmly onto the water-bearer side of the Pisces/Aquarius divide, and our dreamy ideals take on a new flavour. Our best case scenarios have reformulated, sometimes dramatically.

As Saturn trines Neptune, it is also trine wounded healer Chiron in Pisces. The first exact Saturn-Chiron trine is November 16, 2012. In order to make progress now, we have to be willing to give up some long-held dreams that have not proven viable, and this can be painful. The old ideals have become pale, brittle, faded, whisper-thin. Many of the Piscean-era dreams are going up in smoke, dissipating into thin air after years or decades or centuries of cherished hopefulness and longing."

The first aspect formed by the current transit of Mercury through Cancer is the flowing and graceful Grand Water Trine with Saturn Rx in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces on June 3-4. Mercury then moves quickly into a more stressed and pressurized cardinal t-square formation with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn June 7 and 8.

Venus in Cancer repeats the Grand Water Trine with Saturn and Neptune June 7, moving into cardinal t-square with Uranus and Pluto June 11 and 12.

And all this is precursor to the main event: a Grand Water Trine formed by Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces on July 17 - 18, which morphs into a cardinal t-square with Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto in August.

From a previous post October 22, 2012 outlining the major aspects up ahead: Saturn Trine Neptune Ripple Effects: Magically Delicious Grand Water Trines Morph into Cardinal T-Squares June Through August 2013
"The good celestial vibes from the current Saturn-Neptune trine emanate through the end of 2012 and into the fall of 2013. There are threads, both ethereal and material, connecting the benefits we are receiving under this trine now with gifts and blessings - potentially beyond what we can currently imagine - bestowed next spring and summer.

Jupiter, the planet of luck, expansion, blessings, gifts, the broadening of horizons, wisdom, and faith, moves from the sign of its detriment, Gemini, to the sign of its exaltation, Cancer, on June 26, 2013 where it will remain until July 16, 2014. 

Jupiter in the sign of its exaltation indicates a year-long period of strong cosmic grace amongst the difficult transitions and movements indicated by the ongoing series of Uranus in Aries – Pluto in Capricorn squares.

From this much stronger, exalted position, Jupiter is going to get a lot done, and it shines its benevolent light on almost every aspect of life on Planet Earth during its year-long transit of the sign of the crab.

Benefic Jupiter will form a gorgeous, glowing Grand Water Trine with Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces July 17 and 18, 2013, along with a series of more challenging cardinal t-squares and cardinal Grand Crosses during its transit of reflective, Moon-ruled Cancer.

In fact, the Saturn-Neptune trine we are currently experiencing expands into a series of magically delicious Grand Water Trines next spring/summer as the personal planets (the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, and Mars), along with Jupiter, move through Cancer, forming the final leg of the water triad and dividing the zodiac into three 120-degree parts.

Throughout June, July, and August, 2013, we will experience, in waves, multiple Grand Water Trine formations that morph quickly into cardinal t-squares. 

As the planets move to 4/5 degrees Cancer, they form the easy and flowing Grand Trines with Saturn and Neptune in water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Anyone with natal placements in the early degrees of water or, to a secondary degree, earth signs should be particularly experiencing the good graces. 

As the planets continue into the 9 to 12 degree range of Cancer, they then become part of more tense, stressful, and challenging t-squares (180- and 90-degree aspects) in the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn. People with natal placements near this range of the cardinal signs will be feeling the pressure and the impetus to act. 

The water signs relate to emotion, intuition, spirit, metaphysics, inner guidance, and the unseen realms. The cardinal signs relate to initiation, action, new directions, leadership, and decision-making. The movement initiated this June-August is guided and informed by water wisdom of all varieties. 

These are waves of flowing water magic followed by more tense, dynamic, and active configurations. We drift and meander and soak up the blessings of the Grand Trines, but are then required almost immediately to put them to good use. Things are uplifting, flowing, bursting with good vibes. We're buzzing with new dreams, renewed faith, and a sense of loving cosmic connection and grace. The water in each and every cell is singing beautiful harmonies - and then we are challenged to do something with it. 

Considering all the benevolence the universe is showering down on us with these waves of gorgeous Grand Water Trine, it had better be something substantial.

The multiple Grand Water Trines soften the edges considerably next spring and summer, easing frayed nerves caused by the almost constant cardinal square tension and stress we've been working with now for the past three years.

Benefits and cosmic grace will be coming to us through the feminine/yin qualities of Cancer: emotional connection, nurturing, comforting, caring, gentleness. These are all things we can use more of during the cardinal square years, and Jupiter in Cancer provides. Psychic abilities will be keen under all the water aspects, and an awareness of emotional/inner guidance will be particularly acute. 

We will have expanded opportunities to experience home and family under transiting Jupiter in Cancer that are quite exciting, with renewed faith and inspiration found in those things as we are prompted to live our very own "family philosophies." The nests we set up, expand, and commit to during this transit provide interest, faith, and fortification for what's up ahead. 

Luck comes to us through family during Jupiter in Cancer - both birth and chosen. Our sense of family expands to suit a new era flavoured by Aquarius, and we are able to find a sense of belonging where there was only cold isolation and anomie previously. The idea of family and home continues to expand (Jupiter) under the Aquarian umbrella, and friends become family. Home bases can be set up and secured under these transits with like-minded souls who become family to us. The wisdom in our hearts guides the process.

During the transit of Jupiter in Cancer, things we learned and wisdom we gathered during the experiences of our early upbringing become aces in the hole. Under this transit, we come into wisdom and a big-picture understanding about some emotionally tough experiences we've had, especially early experiences of family and home that have stuck with us.

Anyone who has refused to sacrifice emotional health for career advancement, soul security for monetary gain, or inner work for public image will be reaping the benefits of those choices. People who have followed the guidance of the inner voice and the emotional cues, as those around them favoured blind ambition, at-all-costs gains, and destructive advancement, will be in the sweet spot during the Jupiter transit of Cancer. 

We're moving through some often rough waters on this planet and will continue to do so, but the blessings and grace coming to us through these Grand Water Trines do a lot to comfort and protect us along the way. 

Grand Water Trines Morphing into Cardinal T-Squares – June through August, 2013

Mercury and Venus, conjunct in Cancer, form the first wave in early June.

Mercury in Grand Water Trine - June 3 – 4
Mercury in cardinal t-square - June 7 and 8

Venus in Grand Water Trine - June 7
Venus in cardinal t-square - June 11 and 12

Sun in Grand Water Trine - June 26 
(This formation is made a kite by the Capricorn Full Moon June 23.)
Sun in cardinal t-square - July 2 to 4

Mars and Jupiter, conjunct in Cancer, form the final wave in July and August.

Jupiter in Grand Water Trine - July 17 and 18
Jupiter in cardinal t-square - August 7 through 21

Mars in Grand Water Trine - July 20
Mars in cardinal t-square - July 27 through August 1

The Moon in Cancer will form very fast-moving Grand Trine and t-square configurations June 10, July 7, and August 3/4, 2013.

Jupiter in Cancer Forming Multiple Cardinal Grand Crosses - August 2013 to April 2014

In addition to the Grand Water Trine and cardinal t-square it forms next July and August, Jupiter in Cancer will star in a series of five cardinal Grand Crosses involving Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and the personal planets (Venus, Mercury, the Sun, and Mars) in Libra.

Grand Crosses are made up of two oppositions or four squares and usually occur in signs of the same quality (cardinal, mutable, or fixed). In this case, the tense, clashing, and highly dynamic configurations are happening in the cardinal signs, indicating (yet more) grand-scale new directions, new frameworks, and new leadership emerging under pressurized circumstances, both personal and global, micro and macro. The friction creates movement and growth. 

The first cardinal Grand Cross involves Venus in Libra and forms August 23 – 28, 2013.

The second involves Mercury in Libra and forms September 13 – 19, 2013.

The third involves the Sun in Libra and forms October 1 – 12, 2013.

The final two cardinal Grand Crosses involve Mars in Libra – both direct and retrograde. The first Grand Cross forms with Mars direct between December 23, 2013 and January 8, 2014. 

The final Grand Cross forms April 21 – 24, 2014 and is exact, as all four bodies – Mars Rx in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn – will be at 13 degrees of the cardinal signs.

Did I mention Jupiter was going to be a busy little beaver during its transit of Cancer? It's hitting all the marks from this exalted position and playing a part in all proceedings. The cardinal Grand Crosses (or Grand Squares) kick the global and personal re-structuring up to fevered pitch yet again, and we're going to need every last bit of Jupiterian blessing from its position of exaltation.


Cardinal Grand Crosses 2013 and 2014" 

The Grand Water Trines we will experience June through August 2013 are sure to be overly hyped in the astrological discourse of the day. However, these flowing and easy aspects quickly morph into more challenging and tense configurations, forcing us to stay on our toes. This isn't all loved-up, blissed-out, groovy water energy. We're challenged to do something with this ease and grace, especially as Mars and Jupiter conjoin in Cancer and get in on the action (July 17 - 22). As we soak up the good vibes this summer, we are also made acutely aware of the pressurized and less-than-ideal circumstances we find ourselves in on Planet Earth. Backs are still against walls under the Uranus-Pluto square series - the water trines just help us flow into new position this spring and summer.

Neptune is currently stationing retrograde at 5 degrees Pisces (June 7), slowing to motionless in the zodiac and permeating the astro atmosphere with its potent themes. You can read more about the Neptune stationing effects here: Neptune Stations Direct and Brings the Foggy, the Floaty, the Wispy, and the Surreal.

Don't become too intoxicated by all the Grand Water Trine hype. In this stationing state, Neptune is just begging for something new (or old) over which to get starry-eyed. Remember the ever-enticing dangling Neptunian carrots, however, and stay focused on reality. The best use of this water energy is to fold it into the overall scene, accessing the pixie dust when you can but not allowing that pixie dust to throw you off course entirely.

Major progress is possible this spring and summer. Many sticky emotional situations can be eased. Many family issues can be resolved. We can put down new roots or reconnect with old ones in ever-shifting soil, and they'll grab hold. New homes, nests, and families can bring new inspiration, optimism, and comfort for the next 12-year Jupiter cycle. But it all requires our awareness and our effort.

Don't be diverted from the major progress unfolding now in your life and on our planet. Initiate new frameworks this summer that will draw your family - blood and otherwise - into a more integrated and cohesive group. Expand the nucleus of your family to include new members, new forms, new rules.

Emotions guide us. The wisdom of our emotional world, our emotional cues, shows us the way. The invisible, unspoken undulations of the crab, the primal and mysterious draws, the mystical Moon-communion.

Magic is real, reality is magic, and it's all real this summer. Have fun.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Truth-Raising Sagittarius Full Moon Eclipse With Busy Bee Gemini Getting the Word Out Worldwide

 Photo: Willow
The Moon is big and bold and full in Sagittarius tomorrow night (11:25 p.m. CST), opposing the Gemini Sun at 4 degrees of the signs, in the third eclipse of this eclipse season. This eclipse is a penumbral lunar eclipse visible in the Americas and western Africa. The first two eclipses of this eclipse season were the Taurus New Moon solar eclipse May 9 and the Scorpio Full Moon lunar eclipse April 25.

The Gemini/Sagittarius polarity has themes of opinion and ultimate truth, personal perspective and big picture, gossip and wisdom along with the intermixing and intermingling that go on along that polarity.

There is a strong and very beneficial Gemini influence in the zodiac right now. Communication and intelligence planet Mercury forms a conjunction tomorrow evening with love, beauty, and relationship planet Venus at 18 degrees Gemini, just before the Full Moon.

Mercury and Venus are also on their way to a conjunction with Great Benefic Jupiter on May 27/28 at 23 degrees Gemini, and this is pretty much an awesome sandwich. A light social touch, good connections, and just the right amount of conversational flow bring big ripple effects of the beneficial networking variety. We can get the word out now (Gemini) in big (Jupiter) and loving (Venus) ways and in ways that are ultimately hugely beneficial to our local societies and neighbourhoods.

Sagittarius is a sign seeking ultimate, high-minded truth, and at this Full Moon eclipse, the ultimate truth is coming out one conversation, one e-mail, one telephone conversation, one text, one tweet, one article, one link, one Facebook message at a time (Gemini).

The Great Shining Sagittarian Truth is refracted into many, tiny Geminian bits. Its light is re-directed into all corners of the situation, all corners of the globe. Every perspective comes clamouring. Every busy social bee has a piece of it.

With group effort, we're catching up to the detrimental agendas so pristinely planned, organized, and laid out by the financiers and those who do their dirty work. The messages of the people are gaining some serious momentum, and if I were a member of the powers that be at this Full Moon, I'd be getting a little nervous...

This truth-raising Sagittarius Full Moon is occurring under the third Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square (exact May 20), coloured strongly by a t-square to agricultural dwarf planet Ceres in Cancer.

The truth about our food is getting out, little-by-little.

Because the outer/transpersonal planets are so strongly involved, the food and agriculture themes are playing out on the global stage, among nations, with Cancer Sun countries Canada and the United States playing pivotal roles.

The public is starting to understand en masse the insidious contamination of the food supply by genetically modification and chemical herbicides and pesticides. The insidious contamination by GMOs has been going on since the 1990s, but the issue is now reaching critical mass.

With the unleashing of genetically modified alfalfa in the United States (proposed also in Canada), the entire food supply is at risk. People are starting to understand this. Countries are starting to take a stand.

Hungary, one of the only countries in the European Union to ban genetically modified seeds and crops, has just destroyed 1,000 acres of GM corn by plowing it under.

China has just destroyed three shipments of GM corn from the United States that were said to lack proper documentation.

And the world is gearing up for a massive global protest action against the GMO and chemical corporation, Monsanto, in the worldwide March Against Monsanto on May 25. Check to see if there is an event in your area here.

As always, however, it's important to gather your own information and to guard your own truth. To be your own truth-teller, rather than passing the buck to one of the many figureheads currently available for the job.

The truth is: Monsanto is just one part of the problem. Demonizing one corporation is not the move. There are hundreds, thousands, more doing similar things. The whole corporate model is corrupt at this point. Pluto in Capricorn.

The real truth, the whole truth, on this planet requires us to dig deeper than most are willing to go and to keep digging. This is the case now.

The Sun (figurehead) in Gemini (media) is currently square Neptune and Chiron in Pisces (wounding deception and illusion), within Yod formation with Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. The Sun is repeating aspects made earlier by Venus and Mercury in Gemini (Mercury-Saturn-Pluto Yod, Mercury Square Neptune and Chiron: Conversational Maya Remover), and their influence is with us strongly through June 1.

The truth is: the stylish, truth-telling, media-savvy figureheads that have been put up for us to consume are often also here to divert attention, to disperse energy, to help us miss the point.

They've been allowed a position of influence to control opposition, to control the information flow, to focus on one part of the situation to the detriment of the full truth - whether they understand this or not.

They're here so people can abnegate their own responsibilities, passing them off to the celebrity mouthpiece of their choosing. They're here to stem the flow of people really figuring things out.

These puffed-up personalities are Piscean-era throwbacks on pedestals we now have to dismantle.

Tunnel beneath the information and opinions to the underlying intuitive feel of the situation. Go beyond the figureheads. Tap into the energy, the potency, and the momentum of the real, underlying issues. The real grassroots. This is where your words and actions can affect the outcome, turn the tide.

Let this big, bold, beautiful Sagittarius Full Moon light up YOUR truth. And speak it. There will be people listening, people glad to hear it.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ceres in Cancer Forms Cardinal T-Square with Uranus and Pluto: Putin Says Big Ag Could Trigger WWIII

Ceres Territory
Photos: Willow

Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn form their third exact square today, and the grand-scale structural morphing first triggered when Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 reaches another acute point within a series of acute points.

Things are on the move under highly stressed and pressurized circumstances. Backs are against walls all around the globe. Job security is a thing of the past for many people. Keeping a roof over heads and food on tables is in many cases, too. Many of us are out of options within the systems and structures as they currently exist. No direction within those structures seems like a good direction at this point. No option seems like the right option. Everywhere we turn, we run into difficulty, hellishness, corruption, things just not being right.

This is the stress we're under within crumbling Pluto in Capricorn structures and institutions, rotten to the core, with the corrupt profiting by staying one step ahead of wrecking balls they themselves have unleashed. Capitalizing on manufactured chaos and implanted fears.

Uranus is the planet of rebellion, revolution, upheaval, lightning-bolt genius insight, and sudden change. As Uranus transits the first sign of the zodiac - the sign of new life, new territory, new energy, new direction, and new fight - it is also a symbol for the entrance into the astrological Aquarian era.

Pluto is a planet that rules processes of deep corruption-correction, the change from one state to another, and the drawing up of underlying realities to surface consciousness in order to fuel metamorphosis and transformation.

The squares (tense, frictional, 90-degree aspects) between these two bodies are in effect from 2012 through 2015 and bring do-or-die clashes between those who desire a free, self-sovereign humanity (Uranus in Aries) and those continuing the top-down, fascist agendas forced by corporate business and corporate-ruled government (Pluto in Capricorn).

As Uranus and Pluto form their third of seven squares, dwarf planet Ceres is in Cancer forming a cardinal t-square with those two bodies, and issues related to food, agriculture, and the fertility of the Earth are piping hot.

From a previous post:

"Ceres will move into Cancer April 4 and then into a cardinal t-square with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, exact May 5 - 7. 2013. That t-square will still be within orb during the third exact Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square May 20, 2013. 

This configuration brings food and agriculture issues to prominence, particularly as they relate to increased corporate globalization (Pluto in Capricorn) and the direction into biotechnology (Uranus in Aries).
Canada and the United States, as Cancer Sun nations, are up front and centre on these agricultural biotechnology issues. Ceres will conjunct the Cancer Suns of both countries as it forms the cardinal t-square with Uranus and Pluto. The direction of food and agriculture policy in these countries is crucially important at this time.
The Ceres-Uranus-Pluto cardinal t-square indicates the 2013 growing season is a make or break as far as the future of natural/non-GMO food on this planet." 

The resistance to genetically modified crops and foods is heating up under this t-square. On May 25, with Uranus and Pluto still tightly square, a March Against Monsanto is being held worldwide to protest the insidious contamination of the food supply by genetically modified varieties, as well as the massive use of glyphosate herbicides like Monsanto's RoundUp - the most popular and widely-used chemical herbicide in the world.

Resistance to genetically modified alfalfa has also become more vocal around the world under the Ceres-Uranus-Pluto t-square, in effect since October 2012. This is particularly the case in Canada where Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics planned to start the commercial sale of GM alfalfa seeds as early as this spring.

After nation-wide protest, the commercial unleashing of GM alfalfa - a feral perennial that spreads like a weed - has been postponed in Canada, for now. GM alfalfa remains a huge threat to natural, non-GM seeds, crops, and foods, however.

Alfalfa is animal feed, fed to livestock. Aside from the animal abuse this constitutes, whatever goes into an animal then goes into the meat, milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, or other derivative products we eat.

GM alfalfa was approved for commercial sale and planting in the United States under the heavily pro-GMO Obama Administration in January, 2011. Approval was announced by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Tom Vilsack. Vilsack is the ex-Governor of Iowa, a United States’ corn belt state where genetically modified corn is very big business. Vilsack is a major supporter of Monsanto and the GMO agenda, in general, and was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization in 2001.

You can read my basic primer on GM alfalfa in this article from the Ceres direct station in Gemini February 4, 2013: The Great Nourisher Ceres Goes Direct in Gemini February 4: Stop GM Alfalfa. All Willow's Web Astrology articles on the subject can be found here: GM alfalfa

The current series of seven Uranus-Pluto squares unfolds like this:

1. June 24, 2012 at 8 degrees
2. September 18, 2012 at 6 degrees
3. May 20, 2013 at 11 degrees
4. October 31, 2013 at 9 degrees
5. April 21, 2014 at 13 degrees
6. December 15, 2014 at 12 degrees
7. March 16, 2015 at 15 degrees

We last experienced a Uranus-Pluto square series between 1932 and 1934, during the Great Depression and the lead-up to World War II.

From a previous post:

"The last time Uranus in Aries squared Pluto (in Cancer) coincided with the rise of the Third Reich and the lead-up to World War II (1932-1934), which left 70 million or so dead.

On one level, this aspect series indicates steps taken toward another Great War by the Global Governing Fourth Reich, setting the tone for the burgeoning astrological Aquarian era. Locked-down control by the merged corpo-governmental militarized police state, energetic warfare, forced transhumanism, maybe even an eye toward intergalactic battling for new territory after this planet is further trashed and biological life attacked on the DNA level.

On another level, it indicates the genius manoeuvres of the human population as it rebels and quests for freedom of self, identity, individuality, humanity. Rock and roll, motherfuckers. These aspects indicate a time when shocking confrontations with and increasing awareness of what is really going on on this planet forces a decision from even the most staunchly consensus individuals. It's a time when people will be forced out of robotic compliance en masse and into a fuller understanding of who they are and what they're doing on this planet at this time. We commit fully to being our soul-sovereign human selves and living accordingly or we become the forced alternative..."

With Ceres so strongly colouring the Uranus-Pluto square at this time, food and agriculture issues are areas where people are necessarily being shaken out of ignorance and compliance.

And true to the current aspects, world war talk is now coming out related to the crimes against humanity being played out by the major GMO corporations Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, Dow, DuPont, and Syngenta.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this month that the continued agenda of the Big Ag GMO corporations could bring about World War III.

Source: "Russia Warns Obama: Global War Over "Bee Apocalypse" Coming Soon" from The European Union Times

Particularly at issue is the huge global honeybee die-off underway, including "colony collapse disorder," conclusively linked to chemical pesticide use. Bees pollinate crops so that they grow. If the bee population is destroyed,  most of the current global food production is also destroyed.

Using the voice of Ceres to undoubtedly advance his own agenda, Putin is putting issues related to the fertility of the Earth into their true life-and-death context.

As reported recently by Natural News, 31.3% of bees died during the winter of 2012/2013.

From the article "One-third of honeybee colonies in the US died last winter: The food collapse approaches":

"'We're getting closer and closer to the point where we don't have enough bees in this country to meet pollination demands,' says Dennis vanEngelstorp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland who led the survey. 'If we want to grow fruits and nuts and berries, this is important. One in every three bites [of food consumed in the U.S.] is directly or indirectly pollinated by bees.'"

One of the major problems, as seen by Putin and others, is the continued use by the United States of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids - named for their resemblance to nicotine. Scientific studies have shown that neonicotinoids kill bees. The European Union, following the lead from Russia, Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovenia and Ukraine, has passed a law to ban the use of neonicotinoids in Europe, but the United States refuses to follow suit.

Two of the most deadly neonicotinoids are Actara and Cruiser, manufactured and sold by Swiss-based bio-technology giant Syngenta.

This is a recent and disturbing video of neonicotinoid corn planted in a neighbouring field killing bees nearby. The pesticide causes a paralyzing neurological effect on the bees. Minnesota Bees and Neonicotinoid Corn May 7, 2013

Exposure to genetically modified organisms and electromagnetic frequency pollution have also been raised as issues in the global bee deaths.

Under the series of cardinal t-squares and cardinal Grand Crosses we've experienced since 2009, we've seen an almost constant programme of weather modification with purposefully flooded, dried out, or otherwise wild weather-destroyed breadbaskets worldwide. These coincide with diminishing supplies (or the belief in diminishing supplies) which bring inflation on food prices. This inflation then fuels grain derivatives schemes.

The genetically modified onslaught also continues under the Uranus-Pluto squares, with many varieties being promoted as the only solution to global food shortages under increasingly bizarre weather conditions.

It is certainly apparent that corporate/governmental control of the food supply is a big part of the global agenda currently unfolding. Under these aspects, we're staring down the attempted annihilation of the human species through the erosion and DNA-altering of our biological systems. This is being done most directly through our food, water, and air.

With Ceres in Cancer playing such a crucial role at the moment, especially in Cancer Sun nations Canada and the United States, these are very high stakes times for the future of food and, correspondingly, for life on this planet.

Now is the time to source organic or natural foods from Farmer's Markets and groceries. Now is the time to grow your own. Now is the time to get informed and to get vigilant about what you put in your mouth or in your family member's mouths.

The fourth Uranus-Pluto square occurs this All Hallow's Eve, a very occult ritual-heavy day. Saturn, Mercury, and the Sun will be conjunct the Scorpio North Node at that time. Jupiter will be conjunct Black Moon Lilith in Cancer. And Mars in Virgo will be exactly opposite Chiron in Pisces, bringing up cloudy health issues related to things that affect us en masse - food, air, water, and psychic space. We can expect plenty of planned shenanigans to pinpoint, decode, deconstruct, and discharge at that time...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mercury-Saturn-Pluto Yod, Mercury Square Neptune and Chiron: Conversational Maya Remover

Mercury square Neptune: Where am I? What dimension is this? Got any Cheetos?
Photo: Willow (with no Photoshopping)

Communication and intelligence planet Mercury in Gemini is currently squaring Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, and we're attempting mightily to gain perspective on our "new era" positioning. Wrapping our minds around exactly where we are right now and exactly what it means is easier said than done, however.

We've just come out of the long, hard, and disorienting winter of 2012/2013 with a seven-body stellium in Pisces symbolically indicating both the end of the astrological Piscean era and the beginning of a new expression for the sign of Pisces. We've shed (or are shedding) the last bits of Piscean-era cocoon, opening into new love, new union, and new communion for a new astrological era. We're holding a place for Piscean sweetness, innocence, love, and togetherness in an era that preaches individuality, self-sufficiency, independence, and detachment, and this leaves us emotional and vulnerable in the process.

How we show and experience ultimate spiritual love and communion have changed, are changing. 

With Mercury in Gemini squaring Neptune (May 18) and Chiron (May 22), we're gaining perspective on where we are now and what it means one conversation, one exchange, one thought, one idea, one piece of information at a time. What we're learning may not be completely clear to us under this aspect, however. We can expect some confusion, some illusion, some mind fog, and some difficulty in expressing our points, continuing through next week. If you're experiencing conversations that circle around and seem to go nowhere, just make like a slippery fishy, and go with the flow.

Love, money, values, and relationship planet Venus is also in Gemini. It squared Neptune in Pisces May 13 and will square Chiron in Pisces May 20. This creates the possibility for some lingering disillusionment and disappointment in romance and relationship. The information we're receiving from others can deflate some of our hopes or dreams. Character weakness and inferior influences could rise to the surface in ourselves and others. Things are not exactly as we thought - a common Piscean/Neptunian theme - and we have to keep talking, keep interacting, keep gathering perspective, even when it's painful, to determine what's really going on.

The Venus and Mercury squares bring new dreams, fresh and potent, bubbling up into our conscious minds and mouths, along with new perspective on old ideals, particularly in love, relationship, and partnership. But this is also very confusing and potentially disheartening. We're wading through the old and the new at the same time, not completely sure which is which at times. We're trying to make up our minds about which long-cherished dreams and ideals have to be surrendered, morphed, re-jigged, and which ones move forward as guiding lights.

How much can we compromise, if at all? How fluid can we be? How can we move toward shared dreams when our dreams are in such a state of discombobulating morph?

The Uranus in Aries energy - forming its third of seven exact squares to Pluto in Capricorn May 20 - is driving us into extreme individualism. Survival. Independence. Self-sovereignty. Razing emotional attachments as we blaze new trails.

Pretty far from the Neptunian/Piscean ideal of loving union, communion, togetherness, compassion, unbreakable connection and inter-relation. One. Whole.

Uranus (uranium) and Pluto (plutonium) squaring off into 2015 are splitting Piscean-era atoms and Piscean-era communion. The way energy works is different now. What holds us together is different now. And it's a very steep learning curve as we put things together on the fly.

How much can we detach? How much detachment will kill us and other living things? How much will disconnect us from our souls? How much is pathological? These are questions we have to answer through Aquarian experimentation now, and this makes for some very unstable and unpredictable dynamics, especially in relationship.

With Mercury and Venus conjunct in Gemini and forming multiple aspects, love, money, values, beauty, and relationships are primary themes, as well as the talking and thinking (Mercury) about love, money, values, beauty, and relationship (Venus).

Both Venus and Mercury will conjunct the degree of last June's historic Venus Transit (15 Gemini) on May 21 and 22, increasing the "new era relationship" themes.

After the exterior conjunction of the Sun and Venus in Aries on March 28, also conjunct Mars and Uranus, we are truly in new relational territory. There is no protocol, no blueprint, going forward from here. We're learning as we go.

Mercury in its domicile of Gemini is a facile information collector. It gathers perspectives, thoughts, ideas, information, and messages that help put things in context. The influence of the squares to nebulous and filmy Pisces/Neptune at this time, though, makes grasping the full perspective elusive or impossible.

The current astro climate tells us in no uncertain terms, however, that we really do need to figure this out. We really do need to keep the conversation flowing, regardless of difficulty, even in meandering fits and starts.

Venus and Mercury in Gemini are also triggering the double Yod formations we experienced around the time of the Jupiter direct station in January 2013. The Sun in Gemini re-activates these configurations May 27 - June 1, and Mars follows suit June 7 - 15. The Yods were strongly in effect December 2012 through mid-April 2013, bringing about new understanding through some awkward exchanges. They helped us acclimatize to the oddness of Aquarius and also to the necessity of being around people who see things very differently from the ways in which we do. Now, we put some of that into active and immediate practise.

Saturn and Pluto are currently digging up the dirt and the suppressed muck in retrograde motion. Mercury in Gemini pushes into quincunxes to Saturn Rx in Scorpio and Pluto Rx in Capricorn May 18-20, and our conversations become alchemical, catalytic, dangerously potent, as Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn form their third structure-busting square.

Things we hear or say this upcoming week could bust things wide open. Don't be shocked if your words trigger reactions you had not intended. There are underlying feelings, psychological realities, and suppressed energies that must come to the surface in a controlled way now, spread around through bits of daily convo, and you just might be an agent for that.

Mercury in Gemini likes to keep it light and conversational. But with quincunxes to those hardcore brutes Saturn and Pluto, we're going to hear subtext in people's words and tones that potentially confirms our fears. Even the lightest of comments can hit us in the gut with the deeper understanding of what it really means under the sociability.

With Venus and Mercury transiting Gemini, we're forced to gather more information, to have further conversations, but we're scared of what we're going to hear. There's a very good likelihood under these aspects that we will hear something that displeases us, upsets us, threatens our security.

With the North Node and Saturn coming together in conjunction in Scorpio (exact September 18), the successful soul-driven path involves confronting and working through some of our deepest fears. We're looking down some very dark corridors, contemplating some very disturbing possibilities, walking the gut-churning razor's edge. And we have to feel it. We can't cut ourselves off from it or avoid it. Our emotional and psychological depth work is the only thing that can keep things on track now. One extrication at a time. No more dirt hidden under any more rugs. It won't stand.

Mercury in Gemini in Yod formation and squaring Neptune and Chiron in Pisces is the Conversational Maya Remover. This upcoming week, we're being asked to dig through the superficial layers and comments to get to the real, stone-cold reality. We're asked to honour the often-uncomfortable process of truth and reality rising to the surface. And we're asked to divine down deep for the courage to be true to that process, carrying it through to completion.

The Sun enters Gemini May 20, shining light on the Neptune and Chiron squares May 26 and June 3 and re-activating the Yods May 27 - June 1. These solar aspects should assist us with clarity of perspective, though there is also the possibility of painful personality or self-expression issues. An eroding feeling that we are not special, alone in our pain. This is transient.

Mars enters Gemini May 31, activating the same aspects June 7 - 15. Proactively dealing with anything that comes up now can head off anger, frustration, and fights during that time.

Mercury and Venus move from angsty Yod territory into a gorgeous triple conjunction with Jupiter on May 27/28 at 23 degrees Gemini. This triple conjunction of Mercury with the two benefic planets in Gemini brings us a dual scenario. There is the possibility for "peak experiences," so to speak. Conversations and information coming to us that will renew our faith in almost miraculous ways, releasing long-standing doubt, unease, and fear.

But there is also the wading through of the end-of-Pisces disappointment, desolation, weakness, and pain.

The frictional (yet potentially productive) squares between the bodies in Gemini and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces hold the pain we carry from dreams deferred, dreams disappointed, dreams unrealized. The perspective we're gaining now, heading into the Mercury-Venus-Jupiter conjunction, will be inspirational and exciting but also potentially painful and disappointing. Two twins. Two realities existing at once. Juggling this is our challenge.

We're being asked to remove the layers of maya, to see clearly where we are at this time, and it's through verbal and written interactions, through thoughts and realizations, through gathering more information, that we release the illusions that could hold us back and keep us down.

There are painful points here and over the next month related to communication, interaction, and perspective. But removing the last of the maya that could keep us from realizing our dreams in the new astrological era is worth the effort and the struggle now.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Officially Becoming the Town Astrologer

I've been moving households over the past while, and in true Taurus stellium fashion, the process has taken a little longer than I expected - though it's unfolding with the right timing. The earliest date I could get for a telephone and internet hookup is this Friday.

So as of next week, I will officially be the town astrologer in a tiny Saskatchewan village, living in an apartment above the library in a semi-spooky, old, brick character building on Main Street. Who would have thought?

Mercury moves out of Taurus and enters home sweet home Gemini this afternoon, joining Venus and Jupiter in the sign of the communicator. The Sun moves into Gemini May 20 and Mars enters Gemini May 31.

If you've been finding the earthiness and slow pacing of the Taurus stellium a little arduous, never fear. The mutable winds of Gemini are blowing, and things are going to start moving as early as this evening with the Mercury ingress.

Incidentally, I'll be living on Main Street, along a provincial border, a state border, and a rail line. Very Gemini.

If anyone has been wondering about the lack of posts, this move and slow internet hook-up are the reasons. Everything should be on track again by next week. Thanks for your patience during Taurus season, and I hope it's been a productive one for all of you, too!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Taurus and the Behaviour of Bovines - Re-Post

We currently have a stellium of planets in slow and steady Taurus (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, along with the South Node and Pallas Athene) and are heading to a Taurus New Moon eclipse on May 9 that a lot of people seem to be working themselves into a lather over.

In light of all this hyped-up eclipse fervour, I'd like to offer some very Taurean advice:

Just chill out.

If something shakes out in your life at the time of this eclipse, something needed to shake out in your life at the time of this eclipse. It's as simple as that.  

We experience two or three eclipses every six months, like clockwork. These eclipses are not an anomaly.

In times of yore, people were understandably freaked out about eclipses. It was more than a little unnerving to see the Sun or Moon "go out" without really understanding why. People would stay out of the light of the eclipsed Sun or Moon for fear that it would bring them bad fortune.

So there is a traditional store of fear related to eclipses, not completely unfounded, but (in this astrologer's opinion), over-emphasized and hyped to the nines in post-post-modern day astrology.

It's true that this New Moon eclipse at 19 degrees Taurus falls exactly conjunct female warrior asteroid Pallas Athene and closely conjunct male warrior planet Mars, as well as the karmic, karmic South Node. This can certainly ramp up fighting and aggression around the time of the eclipse, but this isn't all au naturel. War manoeuvres are often purposefully timed according to astrological/astronomical events like eclipses.

Israel timed a major attack against Palestine for the last Scorpio New Moon eclipse November 13/14, 2012. That eclipse was conjunct unfortunate fixed star Unukalhai (Alpha Serpentis). You can read about that here: Israel Opens the Gates of Hell at the Alpha Snake New Moon

Today, as the Moon moves between the Scorpio Full Moon eclipse April 25 (the culmination point of that Scorpio New Moon eclipse) and the Taurus New Moon May 9, the news is telling us that Israel has just launched an air strike attack against Syria, targeting a shipment of missiles said to be intended for Lebanon. (Because, as you may have noticed, only the "good guys" like Israel and the U.S. of A. are allowed to have missiles, nukes, and weapons of mass destruction.)  

All this taken into consideration - if you haven't noticed, this planet has been under a state of financier-backed siege for decades (centuries? millenia?). This is nothing new. It's not right, but it's the state of things. Eclipses are not to blame. Greedy, murderous sociopaths masquerading as our leaders are, as well as those who do their bidding.

To lighten this hyped and charged state of affairs, I'm re-posting an article I wrote last year about Taurus and the behaviour of bovines. From May 19, 2012:

Photos: Willow

I've been a ranch helper for the past few weeks, and you can't really get much more Taurean than that type of work. It's life on the land, on prairie grassland. It's physical work. It's animals and plants and dirt, wind and rain, sweat and sun. The work unfolds according to natural timing, according to the seasons, and it follows a similar course every year. Farmers and ranchers are time keepers in this way. They work according to old, nature-based rhythms and keep those fundamental energetic patterns anchored, just as the animals themselves do. When the Sun goes up, it's time to work. When it goes down, the work day's done. Simple.

It's coming to the end of calving season now, and the babes are running around all over the place. Watching cattle always reminds me of how much you can understand about the sign and energy of Taurus through the behaviour of bovines.

Understanding The Sign of Taurus Through the Characteristics of Cows

1) Taurus is a fixed sign, and cows have a fixed nature. They really don't like to move all that much, especially if they've just had a calf. Cows don't enjoy transition. They like their basic routines, and they're not fans of any upheaval or changes in those routines.

2) Cows are comfort seekers, just like Taurus. Once they're content, they like to stay put, enjoying the sunshine, grazing, and chewing their cuds. The only time they can be convinced to favour a change is if an option opens that brings them even more comfort. This generally involves more or better food - another Taurus favourite.

This is the transition going on right now. Every year, most of the cow-calf pairs along with steers and heifers are rounded up and trucked to a Native-run community pasture for the spring and summer. Once there, they have all the space and grass they could ever desire, but in order to get there, they have to endure the transition. They have to be moved from pasture to pasture at home and then up to the corrals to be worked before being trucked to the new pasture, and this definitely ruffles them a bit. Again, though, if the reward is there, they'll endure - just like Taurus.

To move the cow-calf pairs, my Dad rides horseback, and my mother and I (never horsewomen) each drive a vehicle through the bumpy-ass pastures in a mini round-up. My sweet ride is the 1986 Chevy farm truck. Just as if we were on horseback, we spread out and herd the cattle. Trying to determine how best to get cattle moving in the right direction gives us helpful hints for interacting with people with a lot of Taurus!

3) Cows, like Taurus, don't like to be rushed. They like to do things slowly, gradually, on their own timing. When they do move, they like it to be related to securing basic resources - food, water, shade, shelter from wind, or a comfortable place to lie down.

4) You can't pressure them too much. Cows will take some gentle guidance, but press too much, at the wrong place, or too quickly, and they won't do what you want them to do. If they feel excessively pressured, they'll rebel or freak out. They can be remarkably stubborn once they've been riled and will even jump a fence to get away. If an entire herd has been spooked in this way, they'll run through a barbed-wire fence. Suffice it to say, it's best to take it nice and easy on both bovines and Taureans, givng them lots of time and adequate space to make their moves.

5) Cows, like Taurus, enjoy working with a boundary. The easiest way to move cattle is by gently pushing them along a fence line to an open gate. Taking them through the middle of the open prairie is more likely to create confusion and panic. Boundaries and limitations can help them feel safe.

6) It takes them a while to get going, but once they have some momentum gathered, they follow a steady course. And once they have a steady course, they move along fairly quickly - no fuss, no muss.

7) Cows pretty much do what the rest of the pack is doing. This is the traditional aspect of Taurus. Once in a while, there will be a renegade cow who busts out on her own, but usually, they like to do what the other cows are doing, as long as it makes good, practical cow sense.

8) They seem very docile and gentle, and generally are, but cows can become very pissed off - and dangerous - if they feel threatened in any way. Like most animals, cows are very protective of their babies.

9) Just like Taurus, after a transition or upheaval, they need time on their own to settle down and get back to a state of calm contentment. Once the pressure is removed, it doesn't take them long to get back to a settled state.

Use these helpful insights into the ways of the bovine to keep the Taureans in your life (and the Taurus in your own chart) sweet, calm, contented, and moving in the right direction!