Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The new moon of October 26th, 2011 is in the fixed water sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is a sign of intensity with a strong element of desire for union. It is often a sign focused on sexuality but not in the physical sense. Scorpios long for union with a soul mate. The sign is deep, dark, mysterious and seldom superficial though one may appear so to cover up the pain of deep feelings of hurt. The sign of Scorpio is also the sign of death, rebirth and the mysteries of existence. Astrology associates the planet Pluto with Scorpio.
There are several planetary aspects on this new moon chart, each one distinguishing itself to create complex energies which will no doubt manifest on multiple levels of reality. From the mundane to the deeper psychological and spiritual levels, this new moon is one of intense extremes. With a close opposition (180 degrees) to Jupiter in Taurus, emotions will run high. Some may wonder if the moon is full as Jupiter oppositions may create extreme highs and lows. The key to this is keeping one’s balance. It may feel like an emotional seesaw and weighing everything will be important. Jupiter is in an earth sign so finding balance through the practical application of what you are feeling will help. This is another one of those times to let things develop and not take action despite a strong desire to be expansive in self expression. Jupiter can bring excess as well as good fortune and with a new moon opposition, excess is much more likely.
The rhythm of the lunation cycle allows for things to be seeded at new moon with optimal awareness coming at the full moon. Develop ideas and explore deeper feelings while recognizing that this is a new cycle with some energy waxing and some waning (developing and receding).
Jupiter is making a close trine to Pluto which is, as we have discussed, still in a long term square to Uranus. The trine is a major outlet but requires a very practical approach, grounded in the reality of what is and not what one wishes or imagines there to be. Jupiter offers some relief from the intensity of the square’s challenges, allowing us to see possible future outcomes developing from all the unexpected and erratic energies that have manifested in the last year or more.
Keep in mind that the longer process of the square from Uranus to Pluto is the background energy that must be played out for now. It is, as mentioned previously, transformational on a global level so there is not much an individual can do to change things. It will take a collective effort and those efforts are all around us. Choose wisely if you plan to get involved. The US political system and all of the challenges facing the American people is a good example of the Uranus/Pluto square. The Arab Spring is another example on a more global level. The world is changing before our eyes as we live through these historic times. This is a theme that will repeat for a long period as the square continues.
There is a developing T cross forming in the fixed signs, adding more everyday tension and challenge to the current reality on the planet as global ideas develop into action. Mercury and Venus are making a conjunction in Scorpio and they square Mars in Leo in a tight aspect while Mars in Leo moves toward an opposition to Neptune. The fixed signs are highlighted here so anyone with planets in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are more impacted by this month’s lunation. The stellium in Scorpio insists that we all take a look more deeply into the dark pool of our psyches and become aware of our deep rooted fears about the transformations taking place all around us and within us.
Once we allow ourselves to see the personal implications of these fears, we can use the energy of the developing opposition of Mars to Neptune to turn our fears into hope and renewal. Neptune dissolves ego boundaries through spiritual awareness. We have to take this process step by step and these aspects can be helpful in the timing of this process. There may be some personal confusion as the approaching Venus square to Neptune gives way to Mercury’s square. Thoughts will cloud issues for a brief period. Try not to be too decisive without allowing the guidance needed to gain clarity. Neptune is generally an energy that takes time to clarify as the boundaries dissolve. We are invited to use that ego confusion as a sign to turn within and find spiritual strength and wisdom.
Remember the New Moon is the beginning of a cycle of development.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Full Moon October 11, 2011: Uranus Squaring Pluto
With the full Moon in Aries opposing the Sun/Saturn conjunction in Libra, keeping our impulses in check is going to be the challenge of this period. Aries is the first of the fire signs and there is an impulsive quality indicating a strong desire to take action. Since the Moon is full, emotions run high and acting on feelings of frustration might seem like the thing to do but beware of all possible consequences. With Saturn in the mix, we are cautioned about accepting the limitations we are now aware of. By balancing our own desires with the needs of others, we have the opportunity to learn what the best course of action may be. With the full Moon trining Mars in Leo, the opportunity is there for making a good impression. The oppositions of this full Moon insist on balance as a way to overcome the potential for appearing oblivious to other people’s needs. Feelings are a great outlet as long as they are not overwhelming in their expression. Mercury, also a part of this opposition with the Moon suggests thinking through what you are feeling and opening up to a more enlightened response since Mercury is making a very close trine to Neptune. Thus we have two encouraging trines from the Moon to help us manage the intensity of the oppositions.
One way of working through the energies we continually deal with is to keep a journal of some kind. Looking back 2 weeks we could now see what we were processing with the new Moon since this full Moon is the time of becoming more aware of that process. Growing psychologically and spiritually means working on becoming more aware of how we react or respond to the challenges facing us. These energies come and go quickly unlike the movement of the slower moving outer planets in our solar system.
Uranus Square Pluto:
The square from Uranus to Pluto creates tension and deep transformation. Uranus is sometimes revolutionary and Pluto brings about death and rebirth. In the early/mid 1960’s these two planets made a conjunction in the sign of Virgo. Anyone who lived through the 60’s understands the tremendous social changes we experienced at that time. A conjunction of two planets is the beginning of the cycle much like the conjunction of the Sun and Moon each month (new Moon) begins the shorter lunar cycle. We are now experiencing the waxing square from that conjunction and this square will continue well into 2015. It has taken this long for these two outer planets to go from conjunction to square.
On a personal level this square is impacting each of us and the degree of challenge depends upon where one’s individual planets are by sign and house. As mentioned previously, the cardinal signs are experiencing this more intensely, particularly those with planets in the early degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
On a global level this energy is helping to create the climate of extreme change people are going through all over the planet. The USA is not immune to this and many of the social issues that became prominent during the 60’s are being revisited now. Women’s issues, civil rights, voting rights, protests and long term wars are just a few of the issues that have bubbled to the surface. This is not energy that can be contained. It will find outlets as people, who are now more connected than ever, help to bring great changes to the planet. A waxing square indicates growing pains that create deep tensions that need to be expressed. These changes are often escalated by forces of nature since both Uranus and Pluto symbolize energies that are often unconscious and beyond the control of our ego awareness.
Jupiter, now retrograde in Taurus, is making a trine to Pluto. For now there are outlets of expression and opportunities to see possible future outcomes but all of this energy is erratic due to the influence of Uranus. We all must open up to the changes needed for the evolution of our planet. Everything seems a bit bizarre and out of control yet rest assured there is a reason for these dramatic forces we see around us.
Get down to the basics of what it means to be human and recognize that each one of us has room to grow beyond the limited awareness we each have. Uranus, first planet outside of Saturn’s orbit represents unexpected change. We are called upon to move beyond the boundaries of the physical plane and attempt to see things beyond our 5 senses. Pluto demands that we let go of what is no longer sustaining us so that something more viable can be born. This is an exciting time if not a bit scary for some. There is potential for chaotic destruction but all of this will serve the purpose of bringing about a new order in the world.
Nothing will ever be as it was since Pluto is the energy of death of the old and from that the new will rise from the ashes. In mythology Pluto is the god of the underworld so the transformation will no doubt, force us all to face the dark side of our nature. As Carl Jung believed, we have to shine the light on the darkness and it begins with our own psyches. The unrest we see all around us is also within us.
Simply put, if you are not able to work actively with the energies we are experiencing, then let go and let God! When we recognize our limits we learn to let go of trying to control things and we allow ourselves to be guided by what is known as a higher power.
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