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SATURN and PLUTO Stationary in April (Going Retro Apr 17 / 22): Inner Authority. Inner Soul Power.

17 Apr

SATURN the ‘Ringed One’ is (besides the ‘Winged One’ MERCURY) also stationary this month of April, since it goes retro today Apr 17 – at 9°9′ CAP (until Sep 6). 

If you have anything on or round 9° CAP (and also AR, CAN, LI) you probably notice the pressure. Yet, it’s the pressure of a chiseling away of what you don’t need anymore and actually, what you are NOT. 

I felt called to look up the Sabian Symbol for the SATURN station (haven’t brought those in in a while – being positively retro here, let’s see..):

 

 

“CAPRICORN 9°: AN ANGEL CARRYING A HARP

KEYNOTE: The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.

This picture simply says, “Heaven is within us.” All we have to do is to be open and listen to the total harmony of life, a harmony in which we play a part that is necessary to the completeness and meaning of the whole. In order to do this we have to surrender our separative ego- consciousness and flow with the universal current which, to the religiously minded person, is the Will of God.

This is the fourth symbol of the series. The technique it implies is that of ATTUNEMENT to the rhythm of universal life. Angels are to be considered personalizations of various aspects of this life, and totally subservient to its rhythms and purposes.”

This much for the Ringed One teaching us to model ourselves after other Winged Ones… 

Yet also, to realize that we can (from a SATURN perspective) ‘repurpose’ situations (incl. those challenging ones that we suffer, resist, and judge) by connecting with their spiritual core (PLUTO) and inner nature (LILITH). Which brings them to a higher vibration, as we surrender to the Higher Order of the Universe to use us, for a higher purpose.

 

PLUTO (New Horizons Mission 2015)

Speaking of Higher Power and Purpose… 
PLUTO also in CAP (2009 – 2023) is also stationary this month at 21 / 22° CAP, as it will go retro on Apr 22 (until Sept 30) – just before MARS passes PLUTO (Apr 26).

I see this dynamic on a societal level (together with the URANUS / New MOON in MARS’s domain ARIES, in wide square with PLUTO / MARS) as a strong momentum for revolutionary uprising against dominating establishment that holds and abuses power and isn’t in integrity. 

True leadership requires integrity – one of the essentials (PLUTO) of CAP.

As SATURN (authority) and PLUTO (power) both in CAP and both go retro this month (which happens yearly in April, yet: extra activated via the AR New Moon, MARS – PLUTO, and LILITH in CAP this year) these positions and institutions are being held accountable so that ‘real change’ can come from this.

On an inner / spiritual (PLUTO) level, any soulful action in integrity is powerful (MARS / PLUTO in CAP).  And we’re called to find inner authority (SATURN retro) and inner Soul Power (PLUTO retro) again.

 

Much Love and Cosmic Blessings to YOU!

 

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Week of 5 Festivals – May there Be Peace on Earth! May it Begin Within!

19 Sep

What a transition week from Summer to Fall!!!
Let’s ground out what’s wound up!

FIVE Festivals from Sept 19 / 20 to 22!

Interesting, quite telling sequence. No ‘accident’.

Sept 19 / 20
The late VIRGO New Moon at 27°27′

Nice alignment in symmetry, very apropos late VIR.
The Harvest of Summer is IN, and being put on the scales of LIBRA.
… as the daylight and night time are equal now, and the nights are getting longer than the days.
How can we be in ‘Perfect Balance’ (impossible ‘on the outside’ where Life is always a dynamic balancing act)?
I’d rather suggest: Let’s do the work, and do the practice (which by the way IS perfect 🙂 ) that brings balance, harmony, and good relations into our life and into the world!

Please find a separate blog post for the VIRGO New Moon. SO much in it…

 

Sept 21
International Day of Peace
PEACE is ever so important NOW.

In Astrology, the importance of PEACE is ever so emphasized now too, with the biggest bodies in the Solar System book-ending LIBRA end of Sept / early Oct! 

On Friday Sept 22, the SUN will move into LIBRA where symmetry, balance, negotiation, right relationship, and PEACE are big themes.
On Oct 10, JUPITER will leave LIBRA where it has resided since Sept 9, 2016 – to show and actually magnify for us how important wise choices, good relationships, synergy, balance, and ultimately: PEACE are.

To inaugurate the International Day of Peace, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City). The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace”.

Which makes me wonder… absolute is another ideal of perfection, removed from human reality and provokes to be challenged. So I’d take the a word out, and would say more humbly:
May there be Peace on Earth. And may it Begin Within.
And:
United We = Humanity Stand (and divided we fall).
Speaking of United Nations, States, countries, and any group.

I was hesitant for a moment to use this quote because it’s been ironically abused so often to bring people together against another group!
May this one, and many other manipulative and destructive endeavours shall be unmasked and transformed, as JUPITER goes into SCORPIO (on Oct 10)!

 

As well, this year on Sept 21:
Rosh Hashannah – The Jewish New Year

Shalom – Peace


Rosh Hashannah is also a Day of Judgment… (whoa, check out the Wiki description)

It actually begins at sundown on Sept 20, and goes until nightfall on Sept 22.
With many religious observances for the Jewish practitioners.
The Jewish New Year follows a lunar calendar.

I’m always interested in the origin of things 🙂 which gives a clue of its simple essence that might have gotten lots of complex overtones.
This is what Wiki says:
“The earliest origins of the Hebrew New Year are connected to the beginning of the economic year in the agricultural societies of the ancient Near East. The New Year was the beginning of the cycle of sowing, growth, and harvest, the latter marked by its own set of major agricultural festivals. The Semites in general set the beginning of the new year in autumn, while other ancient civilizations such as the Persians or Greeks chose Spring for that purpose, in both cases the primary reason being agricultural – the time of sowing the seed and of bringing in the harvest.”

In that sense, it also connects with the theme we have end of VIRGO / early LIBRA:

VIRGO Harvest Time turning into LIBRA’s weighing / balancing / negotiating – fair market exchange, and relationships, also Harvest Festivals where people come together to celebrate as the work is done, after hopefully a fruitful harvest.
Makes me think of the origin of the Oktoberfest too (my family origin turf – my dad was from Munich, and I grew up in Bavaria).

Good to ground out all these otherwise very abstract and often religiously abused concepts of Power over, instead of the Power of Nature and her cycles of the year….

 

And, also this year on Sept 21:
Muharram – the Islamic New Year

Co-existence under the Star (of David) and the (Islamic) Moon

It actually begins in the evening of Sept 21, and ends in the evening of Sept 22.
The Islamic festivals also follow a lunar calendar.
With the sighting of the new moon the Islamic New Year is ushered in. The first month, Muharram, is one of the four sacred months that Allah has mentioned in the Quran: Muharram, Rajab, Dhu al-Qi’dah, and Dhu al-Hijjah. Even before Islam came, Quraish and Arabs as a whole knew the sanctity of the months and were forbidden to wage wars on those months.

It’s strikingly coincidental that this year both the Jewish and the Islamic New Year fall on the International Day of Peace!!!
YES!
Let there be PEACE on EARTH!
Starts here. You are here. We are here to…

 

 

Sept 22:
Fall Equinox / Mabon – Perfect Balance

On the ‘symmetrical date’, at 1:02 pm PDT / 3:02 pm EDT / 9:02 pm GDT, the SUN will enter LIBRA.

 

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Amazing Sand Art by Jim Denevan, in Sydney AUS

 

Balance – Balance – Balance…

… is a big theme, not only at this seasonal time of year, and also for what’s been shown for a YEAR, with JUPITER in LIBRA (since Sept 9, 2016) coming to fruition now (JUPITER will enter SCO on Oct 10):

 

Let’s hold space, and find inner Balance, these times when it is more than ever required.

Wise choices result.

This year on FRI  Sept 22 at 1:02 pm PDT, the SUN crosses from VIRGO to LIBRA, the sacred point where ‘Perfect Balance’ resides:

On Sept 22 and 23, the days and nights are exactly equally long in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, as the SUN is exactly above the Equator!
Equi-nox literally means in Latin: Equal night.

Here’s a nice simple and clear astronomical illustration

 

Here is the chart of the FALL EQUINOX, as seen from Victoria BC.

Since it’ll be 1:02 pm PDT / 12:02 pm PST – that’s 2 min after exact noon, the SUN will be exactly overhead here on the West Coast, pointing at the Celestial Equator.
For some reason, my computer program gave me 1:05 pm PDT – 3 min later.

 

 

In the chart you also find:

PLUTO retro stationing in mid-CAP – to go direct / forward on Sept 28 – another still-point, to regenerate in simplicity, and listen to the wisdom of the BODY (the Sabian Symbol will tell us about it – blog post to come).

And MARS in VIR approaching opposition with NEPTUNE retro in PI (exact on Sept 24):
All the hustle around getting things straight and organized – can you release and let it go? Or, to build the bridge from VIR to PI: go with the flow, allow things to come together, and do your part.
Spiritual practice helps, and brings us (back) into Balance. Perhaps a new commitment to it, after the VIRGO New Moon and Equinox?

 

With the FALL EQUINOX, we are moving from the ‘Realm of the Sun’ – Spring and Summer in the Northern hemisphere when day light is longer than the night time, to the ‘Realm of the Moon’ – Fall and Winter, when night hours are longer than day light.

 

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Mabon – Fall Equinox – related to the West.

On this sacred Balance Point, we are celebrating one of the Four Solar Turning Points of the Year: Autumnal Equinox, a.k.a. Mabon.

In the Medicine Wheel it is related to the West, the place of the Setting Sun.

Which corresponds with LIBRA in the Zodiac, the energy we are moving into now with the Fall Equinox: LIBRA rules in the horoscope the 7th house above the Western horizon – the astrological field related to one-on-one relationships with significant others in our lives.

 

In the Southern hemisphere, SPRING returns.

Happy Spring Equinox, dear friends in the Southern Lands of Planet Earth!

 

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Super-Charged LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon (Apr 10 / 11) – Finding Peace and Power, in a Polarized World

9 Apr

Blossoming Spring Blessings, dear Astro*News Reader!

Nature is bursting open with bounteous Beauty, here in the Pacific North-West!
As we’re reaching the First Full Moon in Spring!
Exact tomorrow Apr 10 at 11:08 pm PDT!

 

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with OSTARA / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.

The pre-Easter Full Moon celebrates the start of the ‘Solar Half of the Year’, as the days are now longer than the nights in the Northern Hemisphere. The SUN is ‘reborn’.

Did you know? Easter – the only Christian holiday based on the lunar calendar – is celebrated on the Sunday after the first Full Moon in Spring.
The word Easter is related to the Dawn / Spring Goddess Ostara.

Death-Rebirth Energy is so much on at this time, with this Full Moon, squared by stationary PLUTO.
How can we BE the Changeless in the Change? 

 

In the esoteric tradition, this is the first of the three Spiritual Spring Full Moon Festivals:

  • The Festival of the Risen Christ – Easter Full Moon (Apr 10 / 11)
  • The Festival of the Buddha – Wesak Moon (May 10 / 11)
  • The Festival of Humanity (June 9)

 

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Blossom Bounty – photo by Melanie, April 2017

 

Do you feel it?
The upcoming FULL MOON is full-ON super-charged – in the polarization of opposing energies, with Planet Earth, and us Earth Beings in-between two major energy fields (linked to the biggest bodies in the Solar System – JUPITER and the SUN) that express themselves in quite contrasting ways:

  • Beauty, Bounty, Blessings (Full MOON in LIBRA, with JUPITER retro – to be found within!) – Goddess Energy (MOON / JUPITER).
  • Shake-ups, Turbulence, Disruption, Conflict (SUN / URANUS in ARIES, both also close to ERIS – the Asteroid of Discord). The SUN will connect with URANUS directly on Apr. 13.
  • Change must happen, and IS under way (well, it comes often as destruction and rebuilding, death and resurrection), says evolutionary change agent PLUTO in CAP, presently (Apr / May) stationary (since it’ll go retro on Apr 20) AND in sharp T-square to the Full Moon axis. PLUTO is the release point… what does it mean to BE the Change / BE the Phoenix?

Going mental over all that craziness?
MERCURY retro (started today Apr 9 from early TAU, see Mercury retro energy blog post, and tool kit blog post) will re-visit ARIES for an extended time, Apr 20 – May 15, and connect with URANUS there twice, on Apr 28 and May 9. As you see in the Full Moon chart, MERCURY is very close to SUN / URANUS / ERIS, and about to approach them, in reverse gear. What has been stirred up and caused turmoil is also a wake-up call, and awakening kicker.

What may be reflected in a polarized collective and geo-political scene (just check events from last week!) can also show up personally as inner dilemmas, conflicts, and ‘hard choices’ (esp. in areas of life relating to where we are sensitized to the ARIES – LIBRA axis).
Bridging, and, perhaps even more so, Finding Balance is a BIG Deal (JUPITER in LIBRA, activated by the Full MOON).
Naturally, what’s experienced as ‘The Other’ is often a reflection or even a projection (“no, I’m not like that!”). Can we balance and integrate the shadow (PLUTO), just as an acknowledgement, not as a ‘big deal’, and come back to the balancing ‘Still Point’?

 

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Bridge Reflections – Photo by Melanie

 

The ‘old world’ / old consciousness in its patriarchal, hierarchical control-based military / industrial complex manifestation is SO passe and unsustainable (PLUTO in CAP). Yet, it still seems to be in charge – destructively so, which can render us depressed and disempowered.

How do we regain regenerative power?
Or rather : How can we come to the inner power-centre that’s always ‘there’?

 

  • Neither ‘fighting the demons’, nor putting the head in the sand…?
    What’s the ‘Middle Way’ that’s not a compromise but comes from a truly balanced place and powerful core?
    SO many ancient spiritual teachings, traditions, and practices (TAO, Yoga, ZEN, Buddhism…) have already entered the modern world during the PLUTO in SAG years 1995 – 2008. Now it’s time to actually LIVE the spiritual teachings that resonate with our soul. Whichever they may be, none better or more ‘true’ than the other, all taking us to our divine nature and nature-all perfection that isn’t identified with the ego-construct, rather in tune with life… that’d be the direct way in my sense.
    In the meantime:

 

  • Rather than ranting at the destructive Patriarchy (well, yeah, so much anger stirred up, understandably!) are you up for living in the Alchemy of Inner Masculine (SUN in ARIES, ruled by MARS), and Inner Feminine (MOON in LIBRA, ruled by VENUS)?The Full Moon ‘constellation’ highlights the Alchemy!

 

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Mercury Rules Gemini, the Masculine & Feminine Twins of Polarity / Duality. Painting by Johfra Bosschart. Upper detail: The Phoenix

 

  • The GEMINI / MERCURY / PHOENIX image points to MERCURY, the ‘lesser Alchemist’ (while PLUTO represents the Big Magus). MERCURY went retro yesterday, just before the  LI – AR Full Moon., and can also help us access the inner Alchemy of Opposites – so liberating (MERCURY / URANUS connection in the ‘Heart of M-r’)!

 

  • The Lunar North Node, presently on the LEO – VIR ‘Sphinx Point’ (still on the VIR side, ruled also by MERCURY) gives us incentive to be self aware, and aligned with our cosmic Self (PI South Node).
    The ‘karmic’ Nodal Axis will shift backwards in the Zodiac (always ‘retro’) into AQ (South Node) – LEO (North Node) on Apr 29 – themes for another blog post round the TAURUS New Moon on Apr 26. Stay tuned.In accord with VIRGO awareness, it always helps to identify the archetypal ‘players’ first. Awareness leads to freedom from being unconsciously, ‘chaotically’ identified with or absorbed by them, and having a charge around ‘the opposite’. And from there / as that, be in tune and alignment with nature – and our true nature (which is super simple… but not always easy, in the human journey).
    That’s why Astro*News is here, and what I want you to help with, via writing, personal sessions, and in groups.

 

So, let’s take a look at the LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon chart, and glean more messages from it:
The Full Moon will be exact tomorrow Apr 10 at 11:08 pm PDT!

 

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I penciled the names of some sign cusps in that planets occupy, since cusp energy stands out nowadays!

The Sphinx Point where the North Node is (see above) is a commonly used term among Astrologers, while the others are the terms I use to illustrate the transition energy from each Zodiac sign to the next.

So let’s hear it for the Archetypes, and cuspy vibes:

 

  • North Node on the LEO – VIR Sphinx Point: Awareness Rules. 
    We’ve learned an important set of tools (on all levels) since the NN entered VIR, in Oct 2015, that help with being clear, in alignment and wholeness, rather than drawn into chaos, addiction, overwhelm.
    April is a practice wrap-up time of that cosmic ‘workshop’, as we’ re transitioning into expressing more clearly from our heart-integrity (LEO – VIR).

 

  • SATURN hovers now stationary (just went retro on Apr 6) at the end of SAG, in the ‘Galactic Centre’ which may appear as a ‘dead end’ / ‘black hole’, just before the transition into CAP, the Integrity Point.
    When ‘nothing makes sense’, and the leaders don’t have answers: What’s the Pathless Path…? Not that it ‘gets us somewhere’. Rather an inner guidance without any agenda. A preparation to live even more so from what we know, in our ‘simple’ inner authority, under SATURN in CAP (from Dec 19 on). 

 

  • VENUS retro, now back in late PI, approaches CHIRON, both on the ‘Birthing Point’ a.k.a. Spring Equinox Point. And: After a retro journey since March 4, VENUS will turn direct on April 15. VENUS and CHIRON are close to each other all April.
    In the VENUS retro journey, ‘love wounds’ and old co-dependent relationship patterns on all levels (interpersonal, societal, spiritual – yes, even relationships with the spiritual realm!) are coming back so that we feel them, release, and allow healing to happen.
    From there we can more truly re-connect in what IS, live and attract from LOVE. A Birthing indeed.

 

  • VENUS retro / stationary / CHIRON squares SATURN stationary / retro (throughout April, CHIRON – SATURN exact on Apr 30) – an inward journey… perhaps to discover what never dies, what can’t be wounded or healed. Can you let yourself BE, without the notion to ‘go anywhere’? A teaching that may come in that space isn’t really so much ‘teaching’, rather ‘unlearning’. The Medicine in the Love that IS.

 

  • SUN / URANUS / ERIS and MERCURY retro on the ‘Settling Point’ from AR to TAU.
    Settling? Comfort? Security? So much conflict in the world!
    We gotta look at Asteroid Goddess ERIS of strive and discord. ‘She’s been in ARIES since 1926, and presently at 23:14 AR (check her Ephemeris here), super close to URANUS, and activated by the Full Moon.
    The mind (MERCURY) might wonder… “you gotta be kidding, these times?!”
    When the world is so unsettled and polarized, where is the ground (TAU), in every moment (UR in AR)? We may realize, security is just another concept. The Sabian Symbol for the MERCURY station tells us a bit about that… What a powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back to SPIRIT / Consciousness (see Mercury retro / Saturn retro blog post). Radical impermanence, and aliveness in what-IS may be the ultimate security in the ‘Ground of all Being’. Acting from that place is more powerful anyway – as the Ancients and Masters know.

 

  • Lastly, stationary PLUTO in CAP (going retro from Apr 20 on, hence April is quite a PLUTO month too), in squaring the Full Moon Axis, is the ‘release point’ – rather than being torn and polarized, fragmented and pulled under, the ‘way out’ is the ‘way IN’: Transformation into Living from the Core!
    Warning (relief): it’s not a destination / outcome (as ‘old CAP’ would like to see it) but a powerful way of Being, to be found step-by-step.

 

Wishing us all a powerful, deeply transformational FULL MOON and Easter Time!

The TAURUS New Moon on April 26 will be a SuperMoon!
You might wonder: Wait a minute, it’s not a Full Moon!
Also New Moons can be SuperMoons – when they are very close to the Earth (called perigee) – the first of 3 SuperNewMoons

Astrologically, a SuperSeed energy… stay tuned for the SuperNewMoon Astro*News.

 

 

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* ARIES Super-New Moon with URANUS and Eris on Apr 7: Breakthrough into YOU! Magical Butterfly Effect… Outer Pressure – Inner Strength & Opportunities.

7 Apr

“What’s with the ARIES Fire?” was a question in the last phase and Astro~News, when the Spring Equinox was already here but residual more-than-Winter Blues from the PI Total Solar Eclipse and going all the way back to the CAP New Moon with PLUTO on Jan 9 (remember that one?) were still hanging like heavy rain clouds in the atmosphere.

The New Moon in ARIES with URANUS is a game changer. Or rather: Game Over!
You are FREE.
CAP would say: “Use the Freedom wisely…”. Well, yeah.

But let’s start here, says AR, with URANUS the Liberator which is catalyzed by the New Moon:

BE Free as you ARE.

Realize your intrinsic FREE Nature.

Every moment is fresh and new, and the freedom is in what comes into being. Always unknowable. And NOW THIS!

 

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Monarch Emerging from Chrysalis

 

“Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne.”

Is one of my favourite quotes by Hermann Hesse. There is magic in every new beginning.

In fact, everything always emerges. Just more obvious in Spring, and in times like these.

 

The Magic of the Butterfly Birth is also encoded in the signature of the ‘birth chart’ of the  ARIES New Moon with URANUS:

Not only carries it a message of radical Newness but it even features a (rare!) Big Butterfly Configuration! Can you see her???

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Spreading her wings, with

  • SUN / MOON / URANUS in ARIES, square to
  • PLUTO in CAP – stationary now, going retro on Apr 18, trine to
  • JUPITER retro / stationary (direct May 9) in VIR, next to the Lunar North Node, square to
  • SATURN retro (since March 25) in SAG, close to MARS – stationary now, going retro on Apr 17, trine to the NEW MOON – a closed configuration.

 

As I wrote on the chart, with the 2 squares on the ‘outside of the wings’ there is an ‘OUTER PRESSURE’. Yet, the 2 trines on the ‘inside of the wings’ show where ‘INNER STRENGTH and OPPORTUNITIES’ lay.

 

OUTER PRESSURE

…shows up nowadays, through societal structures and fear and control based conditioned mentality and beliefs and voices like:
“No, you can’t do this.” “You gotta work extra hard to make your way up and succeed.” “You have to produce.” “Life is hard, a struggle.” “There are REAL obstacles in the path.” “Things go nowhere but downhill.” “Better stay in the secure place and don’t take risks.”

Feel the heaviness? I better stop here, you got the idea.

Outer pressure that can be easily internalized when it meets personal deep seated (often ancestral, historically inherited) fear based beliefs. PLUTO in CAP, and SATURN in SAG.

 

Yep, April IS a SATURN and PLUTO focused month too, since:
SATURN in SAG just turned retro on March 25 – so that we can turn to the inner coach, inner guidance, inner wisdom source that helps us with addressing where the real ‘obstacles on the path’ are, and how to ‘aim from the heart’!

PLUTO, now in mid CAP, does from Earth perspective (due to its own elliptical orbit around the SUN) its yearly ‘U-Turn’ to retrograde on Apr 17. An inward-backward turning, after all the external exposure and input.

  • What’s at the HEART and soul and spirit of CAP?
  • How can we re-connect with intrinsic soul force, and use this precious life time for the highest or rather: deepest purpose?

 

Remember?

Last July, the New Horizons Mission reached the closest fly-by to PLUTO, and brought this famous picture back.

 

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Pluto Reveals…

 

A new perspective on PLUTO, also astrologically…

In the Deep Space of the Heart of Being, where is fear? What needs to be and can be controlled?

 

PLUTO, now stationary in CAP, can also show on a societal level changes in power structures, and SATURN in SAG can show how outer authorities that proclaim ‘the right way’ cannot control us anymore via fear and separatist attitude, as we connect more with the heart and its natural guidance.

Of course, I’m thinking of the U.S. with their presidential elections coming up in Nov, and as the country approaches their first PLUTO Return in history since 1776. PLUTO in the U.S. chart is at 27°33’ CAP – PLUTO gets there in 2021 – 2023. That’s soon. And SATURN is presently on the AC of the U.S. in mid-SAG – a 29-year societal cycle.

Plus, interestingly, July 4, Independence Day will be also a New Moon…

This calls for a Special Parlour where we can also include the candidates’ charts etc. that I would like to make available via Google Hangout webinar as well:

“U.S. Elections, Pluto, and the American Evolution, Astrologically.” ON July 4.

Stay tuned, and join us.

 

Ok, the emerging Monarch took me down South for a moment.

Back to here-now.

And to the Butterfly Effect of this First New Moon in Spring!

 

So, yeah, PLUTO in CAP will retreat into its ‘mountainous cave’ on Apr 18 (until Sept 26, by the way). And is now being exactly (not even 1° off) squared by the NEW MOON in AR, with URANUS!

Sounds familiar?
Yes, we had 7 (seven!) exact square alignments between URANUS in ARIES and PLUTO in CAP, between 2012 – 2015. Obviously, the process isn’t ‘over’, but now we are coming out of the ‘Era 2012’ as I called it.

It really is a collective Rebirth of Consciousness.

All the players play their roles in it…fear- and control freaks and freedom fighters, dominators and liberators – where are YOU in or beyond this game?

 

Build_the_New

 

A good reminder, once again:

PLUTO represents the birth canal where something bigger – forces of nature – takes over, and carries us through. Even though it might appear dark and we’re out of control, connecting with something powerful that sustains no matter what is the way to let-go.

URANUS represents the stage of birth where the embryo is out of the womb, in the light of the day, where new independent life starts.

 

Where is YOUR RE-birthing this Spring?

 

The ARIES New Moon catalyzes URANUS.
And hey, here on the West Coast, the AC at the New Moon time is even AQ, ruled by URANUS!

Sooo much newness, here-ness, now-ness, freedom-in-becoming-ness.

 

Even if we can’t see the ‘evidence’ of the New, a seed is planted, and Beginnings happen out of the magical darkness.

The usual phrase / suggestion in the Astro sphere to ‘set new intentions’ with the New Moon is somewhat redundant now… it’s already happening in its own accord. Also, setting intentions is a masculine approach. Conception is the feminine association with the New Moon.
So let’s welcome the radically NEW (URANUS is liberating us from old concepts and from ‘the known’ anyway!), to be conceived, cultivated, and ‘built’ from within now. It will reveal itself in its own time – and we’ll recognize it. 

 

Not only URANUS but also ERIS (presently at 22° 54’ AR) is catalyzed by the New Moon in ARIES!

 

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Eris – Antikensammlung Berlin

 

Who / what / which Archetype is ERIS, and how does that show up now personally and societally?

ERIS called me a week or so ago, when I re-listened to a ‘random’ recording from an initial class on Aspects and Configurations. In that particular recording, one of the participants (born in Greece, and well versed with the whole pantheon of Archetypes) brought Eris into the discussion. I don’t recall ‘she’ ever came up in another circle over the years! So that peeked my interest and I found out my own ERIS position in the chart, and her Archetype themes.

ERIS has an eccentric 558 year orbit around the SUN (twice as long as PLUTO), and has been almost the whole 20th century in ARIES!

So even if you have ‘nothing in ARIES’ you do: ERIS.

 

Yes, there is a lot of information out there that just sees the ERIS Archetype in her unevolved role as seeding discord and separation.

I much prefer where Doug Walker takes us in this excellent ERIS intro article: 

“If the ERIS Archetype is developed fully, humanity may never have to experience war again. The feminine ERIS will balance the aggression of MARS. A well developed ERIS Archetype could banish all war. The ancient prophesy of swords turned into plowshares could be realized.”

Makes me wonder where ERIS is in John Lennon’s chart…

Very interesting that MARS is about to go retrograde, now as ERIS (in ARIES, the ‘domain’ of MARS) is a strong NEW MOON catalyst – and URANUS will approach ERIS in the next years!

 

Let’s take a look at the other ‘Outer Pressure’ feature: JUPITER in VIR square SATURN in SAG.

 

Hubble Jupiter & Earth

Jupiter and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)

Saturn & Earth

Saturn and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)

 

This triple aspect in 2015 / 16 in the 20-year JUPITER – SATURN cycle reflects a crisis in purpose and motivation that can lead to a new orientation.

The first square alignment was early Aug 2015, the second recently (with stationary SATURN) on March 23, 2016, the third and last one will be with SATURN retro and JUPITER direct on May 26, 2016.

 

Another societal pressure cooker that trickles down into our personal lives.

The key themes here is PERSPECTIVE.

This is the ‘closing square’ in the 20-year JUPITER – SATURN cycle that started in May 2000, with their conjunction in TAU.

A new socio-economic-political-cultural cycle with TAUREAN themes started then. Conservative governments became more prominent in the world. Money and business as well as ‘territorialism’ (and domains) became a big deal.

2010 was the opposition, with JUPITER in late PI, and SATURN in late VIR (where the Nodal axis is now!), showing us we need to cut back and be in integrity, act eco-logical, and do business in integrity (SATURN in VIR), since all is connected (JUPITER in PI). One example: to do business online and be connected via media (PI) – very practical and with lower impact on the environment (SATURN in VIR). Not so sure what the world community learned since then around being humble and content with less (SATURN in VIR).

 

So this Square between the ‘main players’, JUPITER, Aug 2015 – Sept 2016 in VIR, and SATURN in SAG (Sept 2015 – Winter Solstice 2017) brings a crisis (square) and challenge (SATURN) that is also an opportunity (JUPITER) to act upon (a Square has a MARS undertone). NEPTUNE in PI is also involved in the dynamic.

A continuous PISCEAN wave of refugees coming to Europe, escaping from their war torn countries, esp. Syria, has caused a mass migration that has brought up a big spectrum of responses: As much as countries like Germany initially welcomed large numbers of refugees with open arms and compassion, the whole process also brought up paranoia, fear of being uncontrollably invaded by unknown and unchecked, and perceived as possibly dangerous foreigners (SATURN in SAG square NEPTUNE in PI).

JUPITER in VIR may say: SO much to do, as in: so many opportunities to help, or: how can all these problems be managed? Depending on the perspective.

 

The socio-political tension already emerged in pre-election Canada last year, and shows up big time in the U.S. this year, with rather aggressive tones.

“Where is it going???” (and perhaps even: ”Where am I going, if… gets elected?”), and “We could have a big problem here.”, is what many U.S. citizens and the world community is wondering, with concern (JUPITER in VIR).

Remember, the U.S. have also SATURN on their mid SAT AC this year – a new 29-year cycle starts.

Rather than ‘big words’ and promises, or righteousness – the shadow of SAG (do I hear: “Make America great again….”?), SATURN moderates and restrains SAG, and shows consequences if the path is not in alignment with the Heart and true Sagittarian wisdom and perspective.

Interesting, that D. Trump was born with MOON / South Node in SAG, and B. Sanders with North Node / SUN in VIR.

 

On a personal-spiritual level, we can check in where we create obstacles (SATURN) through the way how we SEE (SAG) and perhaps judge things, and how ‘blind spots’ and limiting beliefs hold us back. Acknowledgment is the first step. Maybe this belief has served the side in you that you are outgrowing now. An old skin. It’s growth pain.

With JUPITER in VIR, featured strongly in May (goes direct on May 9), doing one’s daily beneficial wellness / wholeness practice, and being of help for others is supportive, and renders opportunities.

 

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Ganesha

 

Ganesh, the Hindu deity known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ comes to mind. Of course, Ganesh doesn’t just magically take the obstacles away but represents the guru, the spiritual teacher that shows what the real obstacle is, and what it takes to go beyond….

 

Sooo, now as we are well aware of the ‘square tensions’, the ‘obstacles’ (also the pressure that can cut diamonds) let’s look at the

INNER RESOURCES:

The ‘retreating’, presently stationary, PLUTO in CAP is supported by a stabilizing, grounding EARTH trine from JUPITER which is presently also stationary, and turning direct (forward from Earth perspective) on May 9. The Trine is also a triple activation. First time was last Oct 2015. Then again exact a few weeks ago, on March 16 (JUPITER retro and PLUTO direct then), and the last one coming up on June 26 (with JUPITER direct and PLUTO retro).

Since both planets are in the centre of CAP and VIR this has a fixed Earth undertone (TAURUS). So we are invited to slooow down and stay with what gives us Strength and Stability.

From the VIRGO perspective:
JUPITER’s influence can show us there are piles of things to do, to sort out, to figure out, to iron out. Which can be satisfying – or take on a life of its own.

Warning: it will never be ‘perfect’, and our sense of inadequacy / inferiority can run the show.

So let’s rather channel that energy into natural alignment with what’s healthy and functional for us. Space and growth can result.

Gratitude is the key with JUPITER:

What a blessing to have the opportunity to support, help, be of service, make a difference in the world. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, and a flashy display. Rather grounded and with inner awareness. VIRGO is self sufficient and skillful. We have also learned to appreciate how we can help ourselves and d.i.y. and be quite content with ‘less’.

JUPITER retro since early Jan has shown us these inner resources.

The Trine with PLUTO in CAP comes in once more in June / July (exact June 26), to consolidate the process.

A wise, respectful, simple, and sustainable use of energy and time (CAP) has to do with slowing down, grounding, being in nature – AS nature, in natural rhythms (not in ‘industrial production mode’). Health and wellness (VIR) is a precious gift through the process.

A good omen for Spring to celebrate the gifts of Nature!  Let’s ground it all out in Spring.

JUPITER and PLUTO will also create a grand Earth Trine round the TAURUS New Moon (May 6)!

 

Besides this Earthy Trine, also a Fiery INNER RESOURCE gives the Butterfly Effect energy:

 

First Flight

First Flight

 

SATURN in SAG forms a Fire Trine with the ARIES New Moon!

The SUN was already exactly in Trine with SATURN yesterday Tue Apr 5. The ARIES MOON will activate the Trine tonight before the New Moon.

Where’s the gift, the opportunity in their ‘friendly encounter’?

 

The word that pops up is: Authenticity.

Showing up as we are (ARIES), maybe in a refreshingly new, liberated way (URANUS boost) that has doesn’t come from a place of competition or fighting, ‘just’ bringing our true selves into the situation, seeing the other, and meeting them from the Heart (SATURN in SAG) – maybe for the first time in a long time – overcomes ‘right’ / ‘wrong’, and gives space for growth and more overall ‘happiness’.

‘Fear of flying’ can be outgrown that way too…

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

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