“Here’s the test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive it isn’t.”Richard Bach
“A Japanese friend explained to me, ” The plum is for courage because it puts forth blossoms when the snow is still on the ground.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
We are now entering eclipse season with February’s Full Moon Lunar eclipse this Friday 2/10 and 7:33 PM EST. The Sun is in the sign of Aquarius with the Moon opposing it in Leo at 22 degrees.
Lunar eclipses can bring things to conscious awareness that have been brewing under the surface for some time. Usually if there are sudden or surprising events, the pressure to bring them into form has been building.
The Aquarius/Leo axis speaks of how well personal authority and autonomy interfaces with the need to collaborate with others. It is about the balance between what is good for the individual and what is good for the well being of all. It is a good time to consider this dynamic in your personal life as well as with other types of relationships in the outer world. Do you feel your personal needs are met by the way you interface with others? If not it may be time to tweak the way you approach things in this realm. You may need, for example to advocate more for your needs as an individual. Or it could be time to come from a more egalitarian perspective and cooperate more intentionally with others.
As we come into the Age of Aquarius there is more of an emphasis on egalitarianism and collaborating as friends or equals rather then from a top /down power structure of authority. Willingness to collaborate and cooperate now will go a long way to achieving long and short term aspirations both individually and collectively.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission.”
Sabian symbols from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom
that is ours and nature’s will come
If we are willing, if we are patient
If we know the way, if we do the work” Wendell Berry.
Venus is now in Aries along with Mars – adding courage, ardor, restlessness and the desire to act impulsively. It bodes well however – for the long term -to keep a cool head and collaborate with others along common lines of interest. This may require collaborating with groups or people that you are at odds with in other ways.
The Sabian symbol for Venus entering Aries is,”A woman is rising out of the ocean, a seal is embracing her.” This indicates that new states of awareness are emerging in your life or around you and that it bodes well to welcome and nurture them. It’s best to resist falling back into old ways of thinking or being that have been shown to have outlived their usefulness.
This symbol also speaks of creative and spiritual renewal – a good thing to make time for – as we live now in a time of fast paced and sometimes sudden and surprising events. This atmosphere can be chaotic, anxiety producing and contribute to a kind of fragmentation. With Chiron in Pisces now healing fragmentation can come through being in touch with higher forces (spiritual practice) and through creative expression. It also bodes well to spend time in nature in places that restores a sense of harmony, interconnectedness and wholeness.
“Here are your waters and your watering place.
Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.” Robert Frost
“Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.” Plutarch
The feisty warrior god Mars recently escaped the gossamer net of Pisces and has now entered the dynamic sign of action – Aries. This increases physical and mental energy and increases courage and ambition. It is a good time to re-energize projects or get projects started.
One of the Sabian symbols of Mars at this degree is,”A cameo shows the profile of a man that suggests the outline of his country.”
Sabian symbol quote from Lynda Hill
“Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground.
You cannot tell always by looking what is happening.
More than half the tree is spread out in the soil under your feet.
Penetrate quietly as the earthworm that blows no trumpet.
Fight persistently as the creeper that brings down the tree.
Spread like the squash plant that overruns the garden.” Marge Piercy
The Moon waxes new today Friday 1/27 at 8 degrees of Aquarius at 7:07 PM. The Sun and the Moon are together in the visionary sign of Aquarius. This is a good time to network, join groups to advance common goals and get involved with humanitarian endeavors. With Jupiter in Libra now it bodes well to collaborate with others along common lines of interest.
The New Moon is always a good time to clarify, set or reaffirm intentions. One of the Sabian symbols for this New Moon is,” A flag is seen turning into an eagle.”
Sabian symbols from Lynda Hill
“The world will change less in accordance
with man’s determinations than with
women’s divinations.” Claude Bragdon
“Why should we grieve that we have been sleeping?
We’re groggy but let the guilt go
Feel the motions of tenderness
around you, the buoyancy.” Rumi
Venus and Chiron are aligned in the sky now at 21 degrees of Pisces. Chiron – when aligned so closely with Venus – speaks of the journey of wounding and healing the feminine in both men and women, the culture at large and the planet. Eris the Asteroid of Discord has also been active in the sky and is associated with stirring up anger over the suppression of the feminine throughout time. Closely aligned with Uranus it is associated with many of the sudden and spontaneous events we are witnessing around us.
This placement in Pisces has a spiritual and creative quality to it. Chiron is associated with a journey -individually and collectively – of healing fragmentation, reclaiming power and evolving in a direction of wholeness. The sign of Pisces in general is connected to a longing that the mundane world cannot fulfill – a longing for a kind of wholeness that can be felt but is often not experienced on the earth plane.
Mars is in Pisces now as well and this symbolizes the spiritual or enlightened warrior.
Venus and Chiron are now moving up to a square with Saturn. The square aspect indicates the need to overcome something in the process of moving forward. With Saturn’s involvement , it indicates it bodes well to create a form or intention around what this process means in your life and move forward by committing to it and taking action on it.
One of the Sabian symbols for this placement is,”A prophet bringing down the new law from the mountain” and another is,”A materializing medium giving a seance.”
Sabian symbols by Lynda Hill
“We must create an environment in which change enlivens and enriches the individual but does not overwhelm her.” Alvin Toffler
“A pile of rocks ceases to be a pile of rocks when someone contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Sun moves into the sign of Aquarius today. One of the rulers of this sign is Uranus – the planet of sudden and unexpected change. Uranus is a powerful influence in the sky now – still widely squaring Pluto – the lord of transformation – and opposing Jupiter – which is contributing to what can feel like big and abrupt changes in the world around us.
Pythagoras – widely known in our time for the Pythagorean theorem – was as a student educated in Mystery Schools in the Aegean, Babylonia and Egypt. He was an astrologer and traveled and taught about the mystical meaning of numbers.
The year 2017 is a 10 year – associated in the Tarot Card deck with The Wheel of Fortune card. When the Wheel of Fortune appears in a reading it indicates the winds of change are blowing. The wheel pictured in the card has an image of a person at the top of the wheel being cast off and someone who has been at the bottom, rising up, signifying a change in the current order.
The number 10 is also associated with the number 1 – the card of the Magician. The Magician is the card of focused will and consciousness. It is about creation and beginnings which spring from the focused use of the mind. It is about learning to control and direct mental energy. It is a good year for writing, communicating and making manifest mental visions.
One of the Sabian symbols for the Sun’s ingress into Aquarius is,”An unexpected thunderstorm.”
Sabian symbol quote from Lynda Hill
“Freedom is necessary for choice, and choice is necessary for wisdom and growth…the sacred world of love and wisdom, fiery intelligence and passionate will, imagination and delight- is a world of freedom. It is liberating. But it is also binding and connecting.” David Spangler
Mars is moving up to a square with Saturn this week. This can be a good aspect for getting things done with the caveat that often there can be frustration, obstacles and impatience. Saturn and Mars together are sometimes described as driving with the gas and the brakes on. Mars is the planet of action and does not like being held back by Saturn’s influence – Saturn being the stern teacher about “the rules of the road.”
Approaching this week with patience and realistic goals is a good strategy. And as some shamanic traditions advise – trust the timing and assume that the explanation for current events will become clearer in the future.
Jupiter is opposing Uranus now and will be an influence for the next nine months or so. This opposition is correlated with surprising and sudden events. We are seeing this kind of thing in the news with greater frequency these days and it is good to assume – here as well- that a clearer understanding of the meaning of events will emerge over time.
On a personal level this transit provides a good time to break from patterns in your life that have restricted your freedom. The opposition is occurring in the relationship signs: Libra the sign of partnership and Aries the sign of autonomy and independence. Under this influence there may be shifts in relationship dynamics. People in existing relationships may want more freedom or room to move. People who have not wanted to be in a partnership may be entertaining the idea and finding new opportunities. It applies to legal partnerships and work partnerships as well.
One of the Sabian symbols for the Jupiter/Uranus opposition is, “A child giving birds a drink at a fountain.”
Sabian symbol quote from Lynda Hill
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King
The Moon waxes Full this Thursday at 6:34 AM EST. The Sun and the Moon activate the energy of the Pluto/Uranus/Eris/Jupiter configuration forming a Cardinal Cross. In general the Cardinal Cross symbolizes the need to take take action and implement change on your evolutionary path. Eris – the female Warrior Goddess – is associated with advocacy for the soul life and mission.
The configuration formed by Uranus/Eris/Jupiter and Pluto is in effect throughout the month – it is continuing to bring unexpected change and events.
Under the influences it bodes well to work on the clarifying your mission – as you see it at this point – and to strategize how to implement internal and external structures which nourish and support your journey
forward in times of great change. Courage and commitment to courage over time is a key element in this process. Saturn is harmonious aspect to Eris – bringing fiery energy, support and stability.
The influence of Neptune in Pisces is strong now as well and throughout time when Neptune has been in this placement there was an increase in spiritual growth and awareness. It is a good time to grow in higher consciousness and to bring that awareness into your everyday interactions.
One of the Sabian symbols for Eris at that time of this Full Moon is,”A woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load.”
sabina symbol quote from Lynda Hill
“Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is always a good idea to heed any information that emerges two or three days before or after a Mercury station – the current station having been today – 1/8 – in the wee hours EST. Mercury stations are associated with a culmination of knowledge.
It will bode well also to put this practice in place at the end of the month when Mercury in direct motion forms a conjunction to Pluto on the 29th. Mercury stationed retrograde conjunct Pluto and so in a certain sense not all the information is in about the meaning of this retrograde period- personally and collectively. More information is likely to surface at that time if you are open to it.
Pluto and Mercury together symbolize taking an approach like a detective. Pluto is associated with mining – going under the surface to find hidden things. In mythology Pluto inhabits a dark, shadowy realm. When it is aligned with Mercury it can bring hidden knowledge to the surface.
The alignment at the end of the month will occur at 17 degrees of Capricorn. One of the Sabian symbols for that degree is,”A hidden choir singing at a religious service.”
Sabian symbol quote from Lynda Hill
“Without our dreams we would not be able to step outside ourselves and transcend our limitations.” Diane Mariechild
This Mercury retrograde period comes to an end January 8 at 4:43 AM when Mercury stations direct at 28 degrees of Sagittarius. The powers of rejuvenation are strong at this time if you make a conscious effort to harness them.
The Sun is conjunct Pluto at the time of the station. Pluto has been a strong theme during this retrograde period (since 12/19/16) as Mercury stationed retrograde conjunct Pluto. The next few days it bodes well to reaffirm any intentions for the New Year and to think about areas of your life that could improve if you instituted a more positive and expansive way of thinking about them – and set intentions to do that as well. One of the Sabian symbols for The Mercury station is,”A splendidly built bridge, a heritage of unknown ages, still spans the beautiful and wildly primal stream.”
The Moon at the time of the station is at 22 Taurus making a favorable aspect to Pluto and the Sun. This adds to the powers of resurgence and rejuvenation. One of the Sabian symbols for the Moon’s placement is.”A white dove flying straight and fearlessly over troubled waters.”
Venus is conjunct the South Node now – do watch for a tendency to drift back into unproductive habits. It does bodes well however for musing about long forgotten dreams and visions for your life that might be brought to life in a new form.