A Lunar Eclipse….so, between now and then we are in the Gibbous phase. Act Accordingly. Please. Best use during this 3 day period? Self-care. Self-reflection. Spiritual practices.
A Lunar Eclipse….so, between now and then we are in the Gibbous phase. Act Accordingly. Please. Best use during this 3 day period? Self-care. Self-reflection. Spiritual practices.
at 4:42 pm if you’re on the East Coast. It’s in Aquarius where nothing is ‘predictable’ except when it is. It’s a peculiar zodiac sign and points out that which always feels a little bit….off. I wonder what this next 28 days will bring. Be alert around Feb 1-3 for something ‘dramatic’.
Practice Yoga…………..with a capital Y.
Remember Eris? I like checking in on her periodically. She’s still in Aries, and will remain there for a very long time. 2044-ish, retrograde motion has her hovering back and forth between Aries and Taurus for a few years. She’s a trouble-maker in the first degree. She likes to stir up rivalries, especially between siblings or cousins. She sows misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies. Her finger points at you. And, she is dangerously seductive. Drugs, alcohol and other mood-altering substances may tone her down, or up, but they’re not necessary for her to act-out or manipulate someone else. She carries with her a daggar, a hissing snake, and/or a burning torch. She’s responsible for starting the Trojan War.
Her zodiacal placements will show you where you need to build: strength, ferocity, and backbone. Ugh.
I’ve been tracking her since 2006 and if you put in “Eris” on the search bar you can read all my posts. This particular post in 2012 helps to put today in perspective.
Mars, ruler of Aries, represents the God of War, masculine style. Eris, in mythology, is his counterpart, feminine version, a Goddess of War. Mars demands. Acts assertively, and sometimes aggressively in pursuit of his desires, wants, and entitlements. As I write this, Mars is in Sagittarious heating up media stuff. Watch what happens in about 5-6 weeks when Mars joins Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter/Lunar Nodes in Capricorn.
Meanwhile, Eris has reached the 24th degree. This adds a new spin on our interpretations for Eris. The astrological mandala known as the Sabian Symbols as interpreted by Dane Rudhyar says,
“Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a cornucopia.”
This suggests an ‘openness to the influx of spiritual energies’. ..the individual consciousness represented by (wherever you have Aries in your chart), is receiving a more concentrated influx of spiritual energy.
And, there are influences. Until recently, Uranus was in Aries too, 2011-2019, and since his cycle is 84 years chances are you will not have to live thru *that* kind of extreme turbulence again. Interestingly, Chiron, our Wounded Healer, also entered Aries in March of 2019. This might indeed add to your pain threshold and open some old wounds, the significence of Chiron here is on healing as opposed to curing. Chiron’s cycle is ~50 years so if you are near to that age Chiron becomes the something you need to look at. Consult your astrologer.
It’s a complicated time and there are blessings in the sky as well. Neptune in Pisces will indeed enter in thru open windows. Spiritual healing is available to the masses as well as individuals. What we can do is create the willingness to connect to spiritual energy and let go of the outcome.
Where were you in the Fall of 1982? What was going on in your personal life? What was going on in the world? How old were you?
In November of that year Pluto and Saturn made a conjunction at 27 Libra. Where is 27 Libra in your natal chart? Is anything in your natal chart at 27 degrees? Look at the cusps and angles too.
This is a good place to begin our self-discovery lessons in Saturn and Pluto. We need some data for: discussion, transforming, healing, fixing, and most importantly, understanding and seeing a big picture view. Answering those questions will help as we approach another Pluto/Saturn conjunction/cycle in January, 2020. It’s a big deal and we astrologers have been holding our breath as we watch the state of the world change (again) before our eyes. That’s where yoga helps this astrologer. B R F W A, in Kripalu talk. Breathe. Relax. Feel. Watch. Allow. All is well.
There are lots of articles floating around the internet speaking of this culture-changing time and I encourage you to read them. Every astrologer has their own specialty. The mundane astrologers are doing a great job tracking the economic/political/geographical/cultural shifts that are going on. I can recommend some good ones to read if you’re interested in the mundane.
As for me, I want to know how to live thru these cycles, with peace, serenity and reaping the best possible outcome. It isn’t easy and it’s not always fun, but the rewards are sure and deep. Bringing your chart to life and seeing the symbolism play out in your everyday life is a great way to stay connected to something that is much greater than me.
Yoga teaches us how to be present in the moment. Through practice and study we notice that how we think/feel/act in the world is always connected to some deeper cellular/tissue/muscle memory on the inside. By choosing yoga practices that reflect the symbolism of current transits we get to release, in the moment, any tensions building up unconsciously. In addition, we experience thru yoga nidra, breathwork, and meditation the release of old tensions held in the body from past lives., which is a whole different conversation having to do with spiritual beliefs.
But first, there’s more astrology to look at .
During the ’82 cycle Pluto & Saturn were alone in Libra. In 2020 the south node of the moon, Ketu in the Vedic system, is tracking with them both in Capricorn, adding an entirely different dimension to our experience of this cycle. Anytime the Lunar Nodes are involved in an aspect it increases the likelihood that an individuals karma is activated during this period. I am in my Ketu MahaDasa in the Vedic system and it’s a fascinating time to engage in self-study. More reason to use yoga for processing.
In our dharma/karma workshops we investigate our natal placement of the lunar nodes and try to discern how they show up in our lives and more importantly how to learn from them, isn’t that what it’s *all* about, anyway, to learn, grow, evolve? Otherwise what’s the point of anything? So we investigate how south node holds the information from our past lives and encourages us to take the easy way out of most situations. It feels wickedly ‘comfortable’ ,just like your old slippers.
There is no growth without conscious effort and we will be stuck in our old patterns doomed to repeat the wheel of karma without any progress, until we come to understand how the North Node leads us forward.
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When an outer planet (Uranus/Neptune/Pluto) first enters a new sign or a new house it can be a momentous occasion and often manifests in some kind of (symbolic) event (major or minor) to announce the ‘new’ energy pattern that is about to unfold. Of course, leaving behind the old sign, or old house also has its own significant events that sum up the lesson(s) of what’s being left behind, at least until the cycle repeats again. Such is the ‘wheel’ of Karma, what goes around, comes around.
Neptune entered Pisces in 2012 and with all the turmoil in our mundane world, Neptune in Pisces can be a welcome antidote or a dangerous escape.*
Neptune rules all things ‘spiritual’. Spiritual yearning, spiritual awakening, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual growth, spiritual development are all indicated until it moves into Aries in 2026. Many will be drawn towards exploration and experimentation during these years. Ancient spiritual seekers spent whole lifetimes exploring these spiritual dimensions. Along the way they developed many different techniques that helped them achieve enlightenment and higher consciousness They showed us that transcendence and transformation is possible. Those that follow eastern philosophies and techniques are taught that “the guru is within” and enlightenment is possible at any moment. Karma & dharma are the foundational principles and Astrology is a respected resource for guidance and comfort.
Today, we can’t go away and live in a cave for 30 years. We are ‘householders’ on the path. We have worldly responsibilities to attend to. Still the yearning for spiritual communion persists. And, the same practices that bring enlightenment can also bring us an expansive experience of happiness, health, and wholeness. Rarely do these practices harm us in any way.
The explosion of yoga & meditation into today’s mainstream is one of the most visible manifestations of this illusive transit. Yoga, the original mind/body/spiritual practice, is a powerful practice to access the deeper parts of our consciousness, particularly when you go beyond asana to include off-the-mat techniques with an experienced teacher. Inner space explorations stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t visit consciously. For this reason, it is important that people who do this work are prepared, willing and emotionally ready to do so. Self-study (svadhaya) and discipline (tapas) are required.
When Neptune reached 8 degrees in spring of 2013, she slid into my ninth house. Neptune can deliver some frightening experiences if left ignored so its always best to find healthy ways to experience it. Such is the gift of astrology, to make one aware of what is possible. So it’s my intention to use it wisely. She’ll be there until 2029 after which she’ll connect with my midheaven and enter my 10th house.
During these years she will slowly dissolve what was before and invisibly recreate all ninth house affairs. Our personal philosophy is described in the ninth house and with Neptune here I expect I’ll think about things quite differently before it’s over.
Other ninth house topics include: long distance travel, foreign or distant places, aliens, immigrants, as well as judges, religious authority figures, philosophers and athletes. Travels need not be physical, but could be intellectual or spiritual .
In order to understand a transiting planet in one’s personal horoscope, you must first investigate the natal placement of that planet first. And that’s where it gets impossibly ridiculous for me! Because, you see, I was born in Neptune, NJ, and lived from 0-8yrs in Neptune City, NJ. Natal Neptune is in my 4th house of home, real estate, and early childhood. Neptune is demanding my attention!
*Neptune rules a lot of other things too. Keywords are here.
If Saturn were nearer to us than it is it might look like this.
Forward progress begins again….most especially after mercury goes direct early September.
Happy Birthday Virgo!
Om Shanti, Om
ps. I don’t remember where I got that photo. I’ll credit you if you let me know who you are.
“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out: it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ~Robert W. Service
Recently at our Salon for Astrological Discourse we discussed the mythological and astrological Eris, a dwarf planet discovered in 2005.
It’s always worth the time to note the events that are going on (around the planet) at the time of astronomical discoveries. There’s an inherent connection (as above, so below) and current events will mirror the theme. This is how astrologers advanced the science/art thru out the ages.
In 2004-5 the headlines got bolder, larger, and louder.
Hurricane Katrina and the 7.6 Earthquake killing 73,000 in Pakistan were devastating events.
The media grew to global proportions becoming more pervasive and less persuasive.
The Iraq war was in full swing.
Eris arrives. The feminine warrior archetype let us know beginning in 2004-05 that she is in our consciousness now and will be reckoned with. Before it’s discovery a planet still impacts our history, but it’s after we have named and claimed the new orbiting body that it becomes *visible* and a part of our consciousness. In 2005 she had made her way to 20 degrees of Aries. She caught my attention in 2007 when I first blogged about her. Here’s a link to other posts about Eris on this website.
It takes Eris 557 earth years to complete her orbit. This keeps her in a zodiac sign for many generations of humans. We’ve been enduring her wrath in Aries since 1923 and she’ll remain in Aries until 2047. Aries is fire, masculine, and action oriented…. exactly the kind of feisty climate Eris enjoys.
In the Greek myths, Eris was a trouble maker who always felt snubbed. The rest of the pantheon avoided her because they knew how easily provoked she was. And, when she was provoked she would create chaos, dissent, and rivalry among everyone around her. Astrologically, this goddess of disruption is particularly good at creating family discord…that’s where she’s ‘at her best’. Her small, subtle actions frequently have a way of mushrooming into something huge and disruprive….like pulling out that one little thread and suddenly the whole garment unravels.
On July 10, 2017 Mars squared Eris and the headlines of the day regarding our First Family couldn’t have been a more perfect expression of Eris in action. For those interested in Mundane Astrology, I remind you that Eris is at 8 degrees Aries in the chart of the USA.
May all beings be healthy. May all beings be happy. May all beings live in peace, no matter what they’re given.
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.
—stay tuned for more on Eris.
Most astrologers focus on time. The questions that begin with ‘when’ are innumerable. The ability to analyze the present moment, the past and the future using a natal horoscope reveals larger patterns that would otherwise go unnoticed.
In 1986 -ish I attended a weekend workshop in CT taught by Jim Lewis, the pioneer of what is today called Astro*Carto*Graphy. (Where you were born holds equal weight with when you were born You are the intersection of time, place, and DNA) This 3 day course was an amazing intellectual exercise with stimulating and provocative material. I soaked it up. But, unlike a natal (time) chart, the calculations necessary for a ACG map were impossible. I would have to be satisfied with theory. In 1989 astrological software became available. I immediately purchased a computer and the proprietary software that had just been released.
Theory could be tested now, first hand. I calculated hundreds of maps & charts for myself, family, friends looking for the places on the planet that showed up in significant ways. All personal traveling became infused with curiosity. How would the planetary energies manifest in different locations. I’ve gathered up a few amazing stories over the years to illustrate my research. On April 9, the Astrological Society of Princeton will host a lecture on Sunday and I look forward to sharing my research there.
This May I will be spending 3 weeks, nearly a lunar cycle, on a ‘new’ line of my personal astromap, the paran of Saturn and Chiron . Looking around the globe I see that although I may have crossed this line a few times I ‘ve only crossed it and never spent much time there, not nearly enough to absorb/recognize the ‘energy/vibration/prana/chi’. Obviously I am in for a new experience.
Saturn lines aren’t necessarily fun places to spend time. Saturn’s influence is always serious, studious, and disciplined. Saturn doesn’t do anything easy. And, Saturn is slow. If Saturn stood alone at this Florida location I may not have chosen to visit there. But paran lines reflect a relationship between 2 planets, and in Salt Springs, FL and locales nearby, Saturn intersects with Chiron, and that combination is one I am cautiously curious to experience.
The nature of my visit there is Saturnian which bodes well for my stay at this newly established ashram with a world recognized Guru. I have volunteered for Seva there. It’s location on this particular line seems quite fortuitous and prescient. I’ll let you know more when I come back.
more to come
The Salon for Astrological Discourse will meet again this month. Here’s the chart.… You don’t have to be an accomplished astrologer to see the stellium in Pisces. Soon, Mars and Venus will move into Aries and the energy will change, again, dramatically. But for now, Chiron sits between them, and I see an opportunity here.
Regardless of what side of the political, social, economic, educational, or religious fence you’re on, our differences continue to devolve down to the lowest common denominator which is our gender differences, and our differing definitions of what that means. Are there still just 2 kinds of people in the world, as Barbra sang so many years ago in the song People? Male? Female? In a book by Leonard Schlain he wrote about how our language and our social systems have all evolved around the basic theme of man vs woman, and we know that we are now witnessing the death throes of the Patriarchy….. Anyway, Chiron between Mars/Venus reminds me of this ‘wound’ and depending on your particular state of consciousness, belief system, or recovery from damaging relationbships, one could actually use this time towards mending fences in whatever Piscean way suits you.
In the years running up to 2012, I was reading a lot regarding ancient calendars particularly the Mayan one. It took some study and discussion with teachers before I felt I understood the metaphysics and astrological patterns that were driving this significant shift in our energy field and what all that meant. I closely followed the transits of Chiron during that time and you can read some of those posts here, in reverse chronological order. Today, in 2017, in hindsight, it’s easy to see how the symbolism has manifested in this new reality we all find ourselves living in.
Neptune will remain in Pisces long after the others have moved on. It’s way out there so each degree it moves into opens up new pathways, so to speak. Today as I write this Neptune is nearly complete with the 11th degree, and according to the Sabian Symbols this degree represents:
MEN TRAVELING A NARROW PATH, SEEKING ILLUMINATION. The keynote reads: The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to to a transcendent realm of reality. It refers to the eternal symbol of the Path of Discipleship. the Path is always open to the pure in heart, the mentally aware, the conpueror of emotions and the spiritually self-mobilized.
Marc Edmund Jones, 10/1/1888 – 3/8/1980, was the astrologer who ‘created’ the Sabian Symbols, and he taught that astrology “properly used” can help people see more clearly their own tendencies. Once seen, we can then apply our free will to adjust, modify, change, or ignore what has been seen. Our evolutionary engine depends on our ability to learn & grow in this fashion.
Anyway, it’s easy to see how our Salon can dig into some of this material and I look forward to hearing many voices.
…..more later. Check out this winter’s Inquire Within© intensive. We’ll be delving into all this experientially, and more.
Election shenanigans continue to heat up and Hilary’s exact birthtime is still a well kept secret, as it should be for any high-ranking Scorpio. No doubt she has had some guidance from the astrologers, we’re always lurking around the power centers, if we’re not one ourselves.
Gemini Trump is a poster-child for one who is unable to ‘focus’, the exact opposite of Scorpio.
It’s quite the conundrum, Gemini vs. Scorpio.
Since we’ve just moved into the season of Scorpio, here’s a list of other notable Scorpio’s, lest you judge the sign by Hilary alone. Bonnie Raitt Nov. 9, Vivian Leigh, Tatum O’Neal, Roy Rogers Nov 5, Ted Turner Nov 19, Sally Field Nov 6, Goldie Hawn Nov 21, Whoopie Goldberg Nov 13
That said, today I refer you back to this post. Scroll down to where I’ve listed some dates and you will see that Nov. 9 is when Mars/Saturn begin to move into the next phase of their new cycle which began in August. At 45 degrees of separation a certain subtle tension begins to set in, it happens during the crescent phase of the cycle. (360 divided by 8 = 45 degree phases) However, Mars is dreadfully close to Pluto at this same time, around Nov 8. This is not an easy planetary picture, for anyone & everyone. We are certainly “living in interesting times”, as an ancient Chinese curse proclaims.
The SALON FOR ASTROLOGICAL DISCOURSE will be meeting to discuss all of this and more at our next meeting, WED, NOV 2, 7PM. If you are in or around Asbury Park, NJ and would like to attend please contact Ida at Time & Space Consulting for details.