“The wind and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.” Edward Gibbon
Once I was reading an article in a Jungian journal about the inter-generational influence of traumatic experiences – how the traumatic wounding of people in one generation gets passed down. This is in line with shamanic teachings which refer to these issues as generational curses.
We are at a threshold time now as the Sun moves into Scorpio today and Mercury follows on Monday. This ushers in a deeper, more mysterious time. Jupiter is making a quincunx aspect (indicating a need for adjustment) to Neptune and the South Node throughout the upcoming week. This opens a door of opportunity into seeing more clearly these inherited patterns or perceptions which can be related to addictive ways of thinking and acting. Basically with the Scorpio depth of perception things that can not be easily seen normally can be exposed – sparking an understanding and recognition that can lead to increased clarity about what holds you back and how to go forward in a freer way with increased consciousness.
The down side of this aspect can be associated with avoidance, denial and illusions. These inherited ancestral influences can be seen in astrology charts – if you are curious about their influence in your life and how best to deal with them, do get in touch and book some time.
This Jupiter/Neptune aspect will be an influence for the next nine months or so and also deals with the higher meaning of love, spirituality and religion. It provides a good time to look at how you make love manifest in your life in terms of self love, love for others, love for your life and the world without rose colored glasses.
One of the Sabian Symbols for the Jupiter/Neptune aspect is, “People traveling a narrow path seeking illumination.”
Quote and Sabian symbol reference from Lynda Hill
“To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.” Samuel Johnson.
Carl Jung has written about synchronicity – the chance occurrence of events and their a-casual meaning. Mercury is opposite Uranus this week and that does mean we are in that territory and the trickster is about!
Uranus has a strong electrical quality and when opposing Mercury can cause disruptions with electronic and mechanical devices. It will also be more easy to trigger conflict so do watch the tendency for tempers to flare as Mars and Pluto are conjunct at this time.
Much of my day yesterday was spent wrangling about how to fix a potentially damaging problem to my website in a very short amount of time – as the person who works on the site was shortly to leave for vacation. If left unchecked the problem could result in the loss of a lot of work and the need for costly repairs. We had gone back and forth about it for a couple of days with the person who hosts the site. At nightfall I left for dinner with friends with the situation still unresolved. My nerves were on edge for sure and had been all day.
it was dark when I got home after supper and as my car pulled in the driveway a small animal was caught in the headlights. When I got out of the car it looked right at me- its eyes an electric blue. I came into the house and opened my Medicine Card book and found from an illustration that it was an possum. When confronted by an enemy the possum plays dead with the result that predator turns its attention elsewhere.
The book advises that when a possum is seen, to adopt a similar strategy – meaning for me specifically – to not re-engage the whole website dilemma and stop worrying that several days were likely to pass with its vulnerability totally exposed. I decided to let it go and do nothing.
Later I received an email from from one of the guys I had been working with. After departing for his vacation he had made a temporary fix which would stave off the possibility of serious problems until we could get to the source of the matter down the road.
Although I had been really worked up about the whole thing I was struck by how patient, calm and kind he had been when trying to work to resolve the problem.
Patience, empathy and kindness are good way to proceed now.
One of the Sabian symbols associated with the Mercury/Uranus opposition is, “A child giving birds a drink at a fountain.”
quote from Linda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” Muhammad Ali
This week Mars forms a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn.This combination is highly motivated, competitive and has a tendency towards aggression. It is seen often in the charts of professional athletes.
The planet Mars is concerned with personal strength and power – making this a good time to consider how you build and fortify your strength over time with physical activity. If improvements are needed, put plans in place and act. It is a good time for commitment and action in this realm.
Cosmic influences indicate a good time to get busy with projects and re-energize them if needed. Do pay attention to how you are directing your will and the focus needed to attain realistic goals.
One of the Sabian symbols for this aspect is,”School grounds filled with boys and girls in gymnasium suits.”
Quotes from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom.
“Truth fears nothing but concealment.” Proverb
The Moon waxes Full Sunday October 16 at 0:23 AM. Eris the Warrior Goddess of Conflict and Discord is prominent in the sky now. This Warrior Goddess is associated with the archetype of the Dark Feminine and carries anger, resentment and a sense of injustice about what has been repressed due to patriarchal or “power over ” influences. This archetypal Goddess is deeply concerned with what gets fragmented or compartmentalized on the journey to wholeness – both individually and culturally. She is a fierce protector of the Feminine in both men and women.
It is a time when deep and intense information can be revealed – both in our inner and outer lives if the the energy is used consciously and creatively. Uranus the Great Awakener is a powerful influence now as well.
There can be a great deal of upheaval around the time of this Full Moon – as well as a tendency towards impulsive and aggressive action. Focusing on the deeper meaning of events personally and culturally is a good approach.
One of the Sabian symbols for this Full Moon is,” A Woman in Pastel Colors Carrying a Heavy and Valuable but Veiled Load.”
Quotes from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom
“You are not the oil, you are not the air-merely the point of combustion, the flash-point where the light is born.” Dag Hammarskjold
The scholar and mystic Andrew Harvey has described the time we are living in as a Dark Night of the Soul period in the world’s evolution – meaning that a lot of darkness is being exposed in order to create a new world based on different, more holistic values. The birth of that new world has an inner as well as an outer component and involves the growth in consciousness of individuals which ripples out and affects the evolution of the world in a positive way. There are great powers of resistance to this process.
The Dark Night of the Soul is part of the rebirth cycle and is akin to the myth of Persephone who -when abducted by Pluto- had to walk through the Underworld with no light. This story is about the process of learning to carry your own light in a dark time or cycle – a light which inspires your own journey and informs your concrete interactions with others in the world in a positive way.
Mercury in Libra is moving up to a conjunction to Jupiter the planet of Wisdom and Expansion now. It is a good time to bring light to your own process – your journey of healing the darkness within yourself – with the light of kindness, forgiveness and understanding. There is a lot of fear and mistrust evident in the world right now and anyone can impact on that in their own interactions with others in a positive way.
One of the Sabian symbols for the Mercury Jupiter conjunction is,”A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom
“Follow me down, follow me down
To the space between the garden and the wall,
Follow me down, follow me down,
To the space before the twilight and the dawn.” Van Morrison
As the saying goes, “it has been a time” with the recent eclipses, the Saturn/Neptune square and the recent Mercury retrograde period. The ongoing Uranus/Aries conjunction in Aries is correlated with sudden, surprising and unanticipated events. It has been a time when dreams or aspirations may have seemed to become stalled out or in need of rethinking and revisioning.
This week’s energy is phoenix – like. As Venus moves up to a sextile to Pluto is is a good time to access what it is you now feel deeply committed to in your life and what – on a personal level- is necessary to move in that direction. It is a good time to look at levels of self esteem; how you feel about yourself and how you interface with the world. If improvements need to be made in this area – in terms of personal appearance or aesthetics this is a good time to do so. Look at what represents a sense of abundance to you. Appreciating what you have is always a good starting point.
It is a good time to move forward with any new financial endeavors and a good time for new partnerships, acquisitions and mergers. Just keep moderation in mind – move things forward in a moderate and consistent way. Big leaps are likely to backfire or need revision.
It is a good time to think about what your deepest values are and how you make those real in the world – starting with your most mundane interactions with strangers, for instance. Many people are concerned about the state of world affairs and the future but one very concrete way anyone can contribute to improving things is by being more friendly and kind. Also by letting go of old resentments and anger – as well as assumptions based on them.
A new world is trying to be born and birth is always a complicated process. The new world has to do with moving towards a more evolved sustainable model and moving away from old models based on fear and greed.
Astrologer and author Henry Seltzer noted that it is a very good time to get below the level of normal waking consciousness and heed insights from dreams, intuitions and quiet moments.
One of the Sabian symbols associated with this week’s Pluto/Venus sextile is,”Telephone linemen installing new connections.”
Sabian symbol quote from Lynda Hill
“Jupiter’s craving is to constantly expand the parameters of life beyond the familiar.” Caroline W Casey
Friday’s New Moon is at 8 degrees of Libra conjunct Jupiter. This a wonderful aspect and can usher in a time of hope and optimism. Jupiter is the Santa Claus of the zodiac and can bring good luck, abundance and sense of freedom from tiresome limitations. It is an excellent time to set intentions about broadening your horizons through travel or study.
Jupiter’s tendency towards excess can need tempering. It bodes well for the next year or so to follow a path of moderation as there is a tendency with Jupiter in Libra for things to swing to one extreme and then back like a pendulum.
The planet Mars is now in its exaltation in Capricorn – boding well for rekindling ambition and for gaining traction with projects that may have been stalled out under the influence of the Saturn Neptune square. The Sabian symbol for Mars at this time is, “The human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.”
The Sabian symbol for the karmic degree of the New Moon is,”A blazing fireplace in a deserted home.” This symbol is about the importance of keeping the inner fires of inspiration burning bright – particularly when events in the outer world may appear daunting or confusing.
Sabian symbol quotes from Lynda Hill
“Through application comes awareness.” Edgar Cayce
When Mercury stations direct as it does this Thursday at 1:30 AM EDT there is always an opportunity to awaken to an evolved or expanded perception. It bodes well – within two or three days before and after the station – to heighten awareness and consider dreams, intuitions and perceptions that may surface now.
With Neptune transiting in close proximity to the South Node, it bodes well to consider dreams that may have gone awry or illusions from the past or of a familial or ancestral nature. For instance when you look at the astrology charts of a person’s family throughout the generations you can always see common influences between them- inherited influences that come down through the bloodlines. Saturn square Neptune now can offer the opportunity to see where dreams went awry as they met reality and what needs to be updated in your thinking to proceed in a wiser way. There are always lessons to be learned in this type of situation which can result in the old dream taking a new form.
It is also good to consider the impact of addictive patterns of thinking or acting that may have come down through these areas and develop more awareness of their presence in everyday life. When appropriate boundaries are put in place and practiced to become routine, it can prevent going astray in perhaps an old disillusioning way.
One of the Sabian Symbols for Mercury’s station is,”Finely lettered names and mysterious lines are seen; it is a family tree.”
Sabian symbol quote from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom.
” The difficulties you will meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed and the light will dawn and shine with increasing clarity on your path.” D’Alembert
The astrological weather this week is overshadowed by the Lunar Eclipse at 24 Pisces on Friday at 3:08 PM EDT. There are contentious aspects during this time – meaning it is likely tempers can be short, frustration can run high and confusion is in the air.
The Saturn/Neptune square which can indicate an inability to discern truth from fiction is still very much in play. Disillusionment can be about as well as a lack of clarity about the best way to proceed.
One of the Sabian symbols for this eclipse is, “The purging of the priesthood” which speaks of spiritual, ethical and moral accountability. Another symbol is, “A flag at half mast in front of a public building.” This speaks of the need to recognize and grieve an ending of some sort.
The South Node is transiting with Neptune. With this aspect it is wise to look at and identify behaviors or beliefs which can or have blocked the path to your goals. The pull towards these kind of patterns is strong now and it is a good time to avoid them.
The Sabian symbols for the South Node/Neptune alignment is,”People traveling a narrow path seeking illumination.”
Sabian symbol quote from Lynda Hill