Saturday, March 20, 2021, we will experience the Vernal Equinox, when the days and nights are (very nearly) the same length. The point of the Vernal Equinox on the wheel, 0º of Aries marks the endings and beginnings of cycles, large and small. This time of year, when the sheep are having their lambs and the trees are budding, everyone feels the push of Nature. We have a sense of new possibilities. We want to clear out the stagnant air of the past months and do some ‘spring cleaning’. There is suddenly an urge to hook up and get the juices flowing.
The equinoxes of March and September offer us a unique opportunity to balance our dual nature. Meditation during the equinox is an ancient practice aimed at achieving internal equilibrium of the polarities within us. The spring equinox sees us moving from the inwardly-focused half of the year to the externally-focused half of the year. Activities these past months have been primarily indoors, focused on home and family, but as the weather warms up, we begins to think about all the activities we want to do outdoors this year.
The traditional symbols of Spring live on even if we have become disconnected from their meanings. Eggs represent the never-ending circle of life (§), rabbits are the very definition of fecundity, and the baskets filled with new grass, eggs and flowers nod to growth, fertility and youth. It may seem a modern idea to color the eggs with dyes but it isn’t. Back in the times when we lived closer to Nature, we dyed eggs with natural things like dandelion, heather, madder root, berries, and the tops of carrots.
An Aries person (with Sun, Ascendant or Moon in Aries or with Pluto in the 1st house) is propelled through life by the force of their desires. Aries corresponds to pure, subjective being and instinct. It must go towards what it wants and it must have total freedom to follow where those desires lead. Aries people need challenges to overcome (a positive target for the force of their will), they will need to deal with their anger, let go of the past, and work on being less impulsive (thinking before acting or speaking).
When the Sun moves into Aries all of us have a chance to hit the reset button and make another go of things. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said, “Well begun is half done.” This month, from March 20 to April 19, give a big push: begin new projects, ramp up your exercise goals, and face fears to try new things you’ve never done before.
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(§) The conundrum “What came first the chicken or the egg?” is meant to get us to see that life is a circle. Although, technically, it would seem the egg came first. Reptiles lay eggs and reptiles are older than birds.
The collection of planets that have been traveling through Aquarius together have begun to move into Pisces. The Sun moved into Pisces last week on the 18th and today, the 25th, Venus joins her. We are letting go of the past cycle and preparing for a new one (which will begin when the Sun enters Aries in March). With the Sun and Venus in Pisces we are better connected to our internal reality, and we tend to feel a greater connection to, and compassion for, the suffering of others.
As mentioned in the last post, this year’s energy is defined by a third-quarter square between Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius. It exacts three times over the year, and last week (the 17th of February) was the first time. Did you feel it?
Like any square, there is tension as both planets need to be satisfied. Uranus wants us to break free from circumstances that feel boring or restricting, and Saturn wants us to retain some level of stability. The restless tension of this particular square may lead to the desire to make a sudden career change or a move.
Ordinarily, the first time a major transit comes into exact, one gets a glimpse of what needs to happen or a good sense of the issue at hand. At the second exact, something concrete happens, and at the third, there is some integration of the solution.
Pull out your chart and see where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius fall in your wheel. The placement of Uranus shows where you are stuck and what needs to change, and the placement of Saturn shows why you need to change that thing.
For example, I have a friend who has Uranus in his 6th house (of diet and health) and Saturn in his 3rd (the thought process). A few days ago, he got a jolt of a thought that he might be becoming intolerant to wheat. Uranus works like that; he shoots thoughts out from the subconscious to the conscious mind. If we are jolted by a thought that seems to come from nowhere and it happens more than two times, it’s best to pay attention to it. It is telling us of an incremental change that we should make so as to avoid a crisis later on. My friend received the repeated thought that he would do well to make the shift to eating less wheat products. He made the connection because he is beginning to feel brain fog after eating excessive carbohydrates. His diet (the 6th house) has begun to affect the functioning of his mental process (3rd house).
If you would like some help interpreting how this square may affect you, please post your chart or the information related to where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius falls in your wheel, and we will work it out here, in the comment stream.
The energy of the next week, from January 14th to January 21st, is going to be explosive. Whether or not the explosions will be internal, made from the joy of new beginnings and the wind behind our backs, or external, made from the frustration of certain individuals remains to be seen.
Also on that day, the Sun will be conjunct Pluto (at 24/25º of Capricorn), which indicates emotionally-messy power-struggles. Additionally and perhaps most importantly, Mars will be squaring Saturn, which is the accelerator meeting the brakes. For Saturnian individuals, this is a focusing of their ability to get stuff done, but for most of us, it’s a frustrating aspect because we want to jump but Saturn insists that we first measure the chasm, lace up our shoes carefully, and write a note to our partners before we do it. The best way to handle the energy of January 14 and 15 is to slow down. Slow way down. And, if delays happen, think of them as a gift.
January 17th, Jupiter will square Uranus. This is an opening, a new beginning, a big leap into the future. This aspect has potentially explosive energy inside of it as well, but the tension created by this square prefers to be released with joy rather than frustration. This is a significant aspect that shows that we are turning a corner and are beginning a period of expansion, opportunity and optimism.
January 20th, the Sun enters Aquarius, and Mars makes a conjunction with Uranus. This is going to be a big day. The Sun entering Aquarius marks a month of quickening energies that seek to move us from the status quo of Capricorn into a more progressive, tolerant future. The conjunction of Mars and Uranus is like the meeting of a box of matches and a stick of dynamite. This aspect echoes what the insurrectionists have said they have planned for Inauguration Day in America. It is best to stay in that day and watch the event from the safety of your home as it’s likely there will be an explosion or two. On a personal level, look where 6º Taurus falls in your chart to see where you will suddenly find yourself with the impetus to push past limitations and make tremendous changes in your life.
Continuing its retreat into the barren cold of winter, the Sun moved into Scorpio on October 23rd, 2020. Back when we lived closer to the land, this month of the year correlated to a time when gardens were put to bed and animals who would not live through the winter were culled. The shriveling and falling of the leaves and the increasing cold brought to mind the possibility of death for those who were unprepared for the long winter months ahead.
Indeed, death is the theme, and several cultures celebrate their dead at this time of the year (Halloween, el Dia de los Muertos, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, Hungry Ghost Festival, etc.). Communication between the seen and unseen is easier now. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, and is associated with, in addition to death, other ‘inevitable’ things like taxes and sex. Inevitable also are the effects of Pluto transits which are often extreme as they strip away anything extraneous and leave things forever changed, deepened by the experience. By mode and element, Scorpio is fixed water, which is reflected in it’s emotional stubbornness.
If you were born between November 5, 1983 and May 18, 1984, August 27, 1984 and January 17, 1995, or April 21, 1995 and November 10, 1995, you have Pluto in Scorpio. With Pluto in Scorpio, the underlying bass tone of your life is extreme emotional experiences. You are wanting to root out that which has been preventing your evolution.
Those with Pluto in Scorpio have come into this life seeking to experience the limits of who they are/aren’t, and of what they can/can’t do. There will be an emphasis on power in all its forms – empowerment, disempowerment, overpowering, absolute power, powerlessness, etc. – as the person seeks out people, experiences or bodies of knowledge that challenge the person’s fears and emotional blockages. Taboos (especially sexual), resistance, emotional complexes, and phobias are magnets for these people and they will align themselves to whatever they’ve deemed powerful in an effort to merge with it.
People with Pluto in Scorpio (with the Sun in Scorpio, with the Sun in the 8th house or with a Scorpio Ascendant) are deeply introspective and psychological. Their past-life experiences with the various permutations of power/powerlessness carries into this life as an innate understanding of people and what motivates them, and also in the underlying feeling that they’ve been betrayed or had the rug pulled out from underneath them in the past. For some Scorpios, it’s very difficult to not use their psychological understanding of people to their advantage, which is why Scorpio has a reputation for being compulsive and manipulative.
The highest path for the Pluto in Scorpio person is in self-sufficiency, ceasing to create and benefit from sexual and emotional dependencies, and a willingness to risk what to them constitutes security.
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Continuing around the wheel, the point at which there is an awareness of someone/something opposite, the halfway point, is the beginning of Libra. Most people assume Libras are balanced but balance is being sought in Libra. The halfway point is the most extreme spot on the wheel. It is the place of the initial awareness of polarity and relativity.
If you were born between October 5, 1971 and April 17, 1972, July 30, 1972 and November 5, 1983, or between May 18, 1984 and August 27 or 1984, you have Pluto in Libra. With Pluto in Libra, the resounding bass undertone of life, the same undertone that defines your generation, is all about relationships.
Those with Pluto in Libra have come into this life with pre-existing imbalances in relationships. In this life, they want to try again, to ‘get it right’, and, in most cases, step away from the relationship at the right time and in the right way. So, for people with Pluto (or the South Node or the ruler of the South Node) in Libra, hooking up with people (maybe a lot of people) is of evolutionary importance.
Libras learn by mirroring others to discover who they are and who they are not. When out of balance, it’s very easy for Pluto in Libra people to lose sighting of their individuality and become overly absorbed in the reality of their partner. Co-dependency, needing to be needed, and damaged trust are all part of this archetype as ones experience with the other will, eventually, lead to objective awareness of the needs of self vs. the needs of the other. Libras are learning to listen objectively and to give what the other person needs (rather than what they want or is easy to give).
The higher tones of the Libran archetype are expressions of relationships in which both partners are secure in themselves and in which each person encourages the other to shine and follow their dreams.
Today is the Autumnal equinox. Astronomically, the equinoxes are when Earth’s equatorial axis is perpendicular to the Sun. From our perspective, it is when the hours of day of night are (theoretically, at least) equal.
The first, waxing half of the wheel (from Aries in March through Virgo in September) is when the energy pushes outward to reach its fullness. The second, waning half of the wheel (from Libra in September through Pisces in March) is one of involution and introspection, when the energy is turned inward. Indeed, ‘fall’ is related to the period when the ebbing of the Sun (which began back in June at the summer solstice) becomes noticeable.
For people connected to nature, this time of year, when the Sun rises from the same place on the horizon for three days, is the time to begin the harvest – of food and of animals. Not only would the food, grains and wood get cut, dried and put up for winter. Too, those animals which could not be fed over the winter (based on the success of the harvest and the age and health of the animal) would be culled. It’s a hard truth but the outcome was that the family would be fed over the winter and the remaining animals would also have what they needed to survive the cold months.
With the Autumnal equinox, we are entering the third-quarter of the wheel. The first quarter (from the left edge to the bottom) shows the time from conception to birth. The second quarter is indicative of the time we learn of ourself as a unique person in a certain family. The third quarter of the wheel shows the time we begin to interact with others on a one-to-one basis.
The third quarter of the wheel is trans-personal, it’s when we move beyond the self and begin learning how to interact with others in an equal way (giving/receiving, listening/speaking, etc.). In the third quarter we experience the power of love, how it taps into energy that can lead to a reality that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. There is an intense, do-or-die quality to the third quarter which is sometimes referred to as the Quadrant of Manifestation.
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Architects of many ancient cultures built special features into their buildings that only showed themselves twice a year. The location, shape and details of many important buildings synchronized with the Spring and Autumnal equinoxes.
The Great Pyramid in Egypt was built so that, at midnight on the Autumn equinox, certain alpha stars of specific constellations shone straight down a specific narrow descending passageway. (In 3350BC and 2170BC, it was Thuban, alpha star of the constellation Draco, and in 2004AD, it was Polaris, alpha star of Ursa Minor.)
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The stepped pyramids of Chich’en Itza, Mexico are another astronomical wonder. The pyramids, which are dedicated to Kukulcan, the feathered serpent, have snakes running down the steps that appear to undulate with the sun of the Autumnal equinox. (They appear to undulate back up the pyramid with the sun of the Spring equinox.)
At the equinox, when the Sun moves into Libra, we have an opportunity to synchronize ourselves with Nature, ourselves, and our life. If this is important to you, reserve some time this afternoon (at 3:30pm or anytime of the day and night of September 22 or 23) to meditate. Balance and harmony are the themes.
Saturday, the 22nd of August, 2020, the Sun moved into the constellation of Virgo. This month is about making adjustments and preparations. We will organize our days for the coming months and we’ll streamline the daily routines.
The planets that orbit the Sun within Earth’s orbit, Venus and Mercury, have phases, from our perspective. In the zodiac, they each have two expressions, one inward-turned and one outward-turned. Mercury’s outward-turned, masculine expression, rules Gemini. Mercury’s inward turned, feminine expression rules Virgo.
People with Pluto in the 6th house, their Sun in Virgo, or Pluto in Virgo (born between 1958 and 1971 or between April and July of 1972) are learning humility and discrimination byway of intense self-analysis, purification, self-doubt, and by cultivating a relationship with Source. We are dissolving inferiority/superiority complexes, purging all traces of self-glorification and delusions of grandeur, and releasing the domination/submission paradigm from our psychic structure. These complexes are the residue from many lifetimes of experience with organized religion.
Indeed, the Virgo Generation is seen as the wave of people who will transition humanity out the monotheistic Piscean age to the Age of hive-mind of Aquarius. We are the ones who will witness the change of humanity from analog to digital, from binary to full spectrum, from one’s sense of belonging coming from the family and church to a sense of belonging coming from technologically-connected groups of like-minded individuals.
In Evolutionary Astrology, there is a common teaching about Virgo. It begins with a recap of the archetype that comes just prior to Virgo, Leo. Leo sees itself as the apex of a pyramid. Everyone and everything, in a Leonian reality, is assessed by their/it’s ability to assist the apex person in being their best self, in shaping their reality with the force of their creative willpower. In Virgo, the pyramid is inverted. The person must now learn humility. If they refuse to learn it, they will experience humiliation instead.
An important piece of information for Virgos or those with their Pluto in Virgo or in the 6th house, is to beware of fixating too much on what you think isn’t working or isn’t good enough. Too much left-brain, critical thought will decrease your ability to express your deepest creativity. Too, don’t waste too much time or energy in procrastination, guilt, or compulsively examining the past. Assuage those feelings of deep aloneness and align your thought waves with meditation and music. Be of service by noticing what needs to be done and then being the person who does it. Respond to crisis by adjusting what isn’t working with self-improvement. And recognize that you are no less important nor more important than anyone else.
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 11:46am Barcelona time, the Sun will move into Leo. There is a reason why this archetype is known to be a lover of the spotlight. As the 5th archetype of the wheel, Leo is a smooth 120º trine from the beginning of the cycle, the Ascendant/1st house. Indeed, Leo is the second fire sign and, as such, it is the personal embodiment of the essence established at the Ascendant, the personality. When the Sun is in Leo we want to fall in love, play in the sun, and express our creative power. We’re more likely to take risks, to gamble, and to have affairs, too.
People with the South Node or Ascendant in Leo, or have Pluto in the 5th house, are learning to take charge of their life, to seize destiny and shape it with the strength of their will. They are focused on honing their creativity and looking for it’s ‘right application’. In it’s higher expressions, this archetype is also about learning that, yes, one is a star, but also, there are billions of other stars just in our galaxy alone.
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Jeff Wolf Green, the founder (with Steven Forrest) of Evolutionary Astrology, describes this archetype as a pyramid with the Leo person acting as if they are the apex. These folks tend to operate in life as if everything and everyone around them is of service to their needs and desires. If they resist or avoid honing a talent or putting themselves out there, they might manipulate or take emotional risks to gain the attention they seek. When they are off-balance, they appear to be giving but really the giving is about them, not other people. Periodic shocks in life show Leo individuals the motivations behind their desires. The attention-loving reputation Leo’s have is for a reason. It’s true they need applause, recognition, and approval, and also, that an intense focus on one’s self isn’t necessarily narcissistic. This part of the cycle is about rediscovering self (usually, after trauma) and the learning of objectivity. Often, folks with 5th house Pluto’s have strong-willed children so they can experience the intense conflict of wills that eventually produces detachment and objectivity.
The placement of Leo, the Sun, and the sign ruling the 5th house all show the way a person organizes their life. In the same way our Sun, Sol, is the central organizing principle of our Solar System, one’s natal Sun is one’s own ‘central organizing principle’. The placement of Leo, the Sun, and the sign ruling the 5th house all show what a person needs to do to feel alive. Each of us must ‘do’ our Sun if we are to feel vital and full of energy. When a person with Sun, Moon, Ascendant, South Node or Pluto in Leo or the 5th house is “getting it”, they will recognize Source as the source of their creativity and they will encourage (rather than feel threatened by) the creative development of others. They will have an objective understanding of how they fit in because they have learned to fit their gift into the needs of society.
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Today, Wednesday, June 21st, 5:24am Barcelona time, the Sun will move into the constellation of Cancer and we will experience the Summer Solstice. Mercury and the Sun are traveling very near to each other right now (from our perspective) so they both will enter Cancer at the same time.
When Sun and Mercury are conjunct we feel very much identified with our thoughts. We can even begin to believe that our thoughts ARE us. If Mercury and the Sun are conjunct in your natal chart, it may be difficult to accept when someone you care about doesn’t agree with your ideas, so closely identified are the two things for you. When both Mercury and the Sun enter cancer Wednesday morning, we will notice how our life-force and our thoughts change speed and begin to focus on family, home, and those things that make us feel safe and secure.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon who is receptive, accepting and vulnerable. These qualities need some sort of protective shell in order for them to remain intact and healthy when faced with the outside world. The crab is the perfect symbol of Cancer, being soft on the inside and hard on the outside. Like a crab, when Cancerian people discover something that makes them feel safe, they grab onto it with their claws and don’t let go. Indeed, the needs of the crab to feel safe can make moving forward in life difficult. With something or someone clutched in its claws, the crab isn’t able to walk forward. Instead, they must walk backwards dragging their claws and the thing/person they think they must have to feel safe. In true watery fashion, Cancers don’t tend to directness.
People with Pluto in the 4th House (or with their Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Cancer) are working on emotional maturity. They are learning how to know and trust themselves so they can know and trust others. The key to doing that is becoming aware of emotional triggers and then focusing on why they feel so strongly. It’s very common for 4th House Pluto people to be born into a family where one or both parents were emotionally absent. This throws the person into parenting themselves and begins the journey toward emotional maturity. However, because of the emotional abandonment, often these people are a bottomless well of neediness. To gather to them that which will make them feel safe, Cancerians have a tendency to create dependencies in relationships so their partner ‘needs’ them for some reason. The more unconscious the person the more they will tend toward passive-aggressiveness.
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Last month at the equinox, when the Sun passed from the 12th house to the 1st house, we began a new turn around the wheel. Since then, the Sun has been in Aries. On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:27pm (Barcelona time), the Sun will move into Taurus. The new form/set of experiences that began at the Ascendant/Aries slows down and becomes substantiated and solidified in Taurus. This archetype is known as being very pleasure-oriented, lazy and stubborn, but there is a reason for that. Planets in Taurus have come from trauma or betrayal and want to calm down now, to be in nature and the body. Taurus is the place to rest, stabilize and focus.
Because Venus never gets more than 47º away from the Sun (and is reflective), she is seen as a bright light in the early morning sky announcing the arrival of the sun (as the Morning Star, Lucifer or Phosphor), or she pops out of a twilight sky, ushering the Lord (the Sun) into his bed chambers for the night (as the Evening Star, Hesperus).
The fact that Venus has an identity in front of the Sun and behind the Sun is shown in her rulerships of both Taurus and Libra. In her Taurisian guise, Venus is cow-like, a simple, trusting, solid body of goodness deeply connected to nature. This description of Venus, as well as countless artworks in several cultures, attest to a Venus that is very unlike the current state of the planet Venus.
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In the not-so-distant past, in the same catastrophe that stripped Mars of his atmosphere, something happened to Venus and in the process of that she got bombarded by ultra-violet rays from the Sun which seriously upset the balance of her atmosphere. Now it’s the heaviest atmosphere in our solar system, consisting mainly of carbon dioxide with clouds of sulfuric acid. Nowadays Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system. At the surface, the heat is hot enough to melt lead.The reason Venus is so hot is because she was knocked out of place and her spinning stalled. The event slowed down her rotation on her axis and upset the atmosphere. She is no longer capable of spinning fast enough to create a protective, magnetic field around herself. Now, the very top layer of the clouds zip around the planet sixty-times faster than Venus herself rotates.
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Those with a Taurus South Node or Pluto in the 2nd house, are stuck on some level. There is a tendency to internalize and compress ones inner nature in order to consolidate ones resources, internal and external. They are often born into hard conditions that force a focus on self-reliance. This is a re-imprinting of what was going on in the previous life; it reminds the person to develop self-reliance on all levels, especially materially and sexually. Masturbation is important for Tauruses, (although they must beware of getting fixated on taboo sexual images). Taurus correlates to talents, skills and trades because they make one self-sufficient. Reaching past their natural stuckness, those with Pluto in the 2nd house must be willing to be transformed by people and situations so they can evolve past their limitations. They must also be willing to see and accept that the original conditions that forced them to identify resources and protect themselves from the environment are no longer present.Taurus is very interested in acquiring that which it understands as bringing security. People at different levels of consciousness have different answers for what constitutes security. The person with Taurus Sun, Moon or ASC, either Node in Taurus or Pluto in the 2nd house must develop their values and live by them. Their way of life must reflect their core internal needs and nature.
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