Magic, Wonder and Neptune

“God is alive and magic is afoot.” Leonard Cohen

One of my favorite Tarot cards is the Ten of Pentacles. It depicts an ancestral castle. Inside the gates stand the King and Queen, two children and two white dogs. At the gate stands a Magus or magician who is wearing a long cape embroidered with astrological symbols. The children and the dogs see the Magus; the adults do not. The Magus represents the mystery and magic in everyday life which is visible to us if we are open to it.

Today when I was down at the Recycling Center people were going about their routine tasks in a methodical, humdrum way. But when I approached the corner of the building where tin and aluminum cans are separated into bins, I could hear children’s laughter and could see a father standing nearby -his eyes sparkling as he jokingly asked “ Is it magnetized? Okay so where does it go?” as the children held a tin or aluminum can next to the magnet to see if it would stick.

The children were enlivened by the task as their father – magician like – evoked a sense of wonder and mystery at the forces at play.

With many planets in creative, imaginative Pisces now it is a good time to be open to the mystery and wonder in everyday life.

With Jupiter in Cancer ancestral influences are strong now. It is best to be conscious of being in touch with gifts from the ancestors and avoid inherited addictive thought and behavior patterns that may have come down through the bloodlines. It is a time to keep moving in a direction of personal authenticity – and away from beliefs, thoughts and patterns that we may have been exposed to but that do not represent our views in present time.

March 2012 Astrology

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

When I was new to the study of Astrology my sister called me and mentioned an intriguing, magical configuration in the sky that day – a mystic triangle.  March does not include a mystic rectangle but the aspects are indeed magical and bode well for increased opportunities for expansion in the realms of work, finances, romance and creativity if we are open to them.

The beginning of the month (through the 7th) gets off to a serious start Mercury and Venus aspect Saturn. These aspects provide a good time  to revisit and re- prioritize values – to update ideas about what we seriously value  in our lives now and to take steps to live more fully in that direction. It can be a time when it is easy to feel a lack of adequate resources or emotional support but it is best not to linger too long in a place of disempowerment.  Instead take an inspired or innovative approach.

From the 7th through the 15th there is a kite formation in the sky involving Jupiter, Pluto, Mars, Neptune, Venus and a number of asteroids.  This is a very good configuration for hope and optimism and brings expansion and opportunity to the realms of work, finances, creativity, relationship and romance. Expansion may come in exciting or unexpected ways.

The Full Moon is on the 8th at 18 degrees of Virgo.

Mercury stations retrograde on 3/12 at 6 degrees of Aries – close to the planet Uranus which governs the unexpected. There can be surprising realizations and revelations which occur under this retrograde period (through 4/1). Technology may be more impacted – it bodes well to make any necessary repairs before the station and provide good backup for information as well. Overall the theme of awakening – personal and planetary –  is very much in the forefront and events that occur are likely to be casting the light on paths we need to take and those we need to move away from to create  a more healthy and sustainable future.

The Mercury retrograde will aspect Uranus nearly the entire month – through the 22nd. This is a high energy contact and can bring illuminations and revelations which can significantly alter our perceptions of the past and open a more dynamic path to the future. It is an aspect of the Higher Mind and off the grid intelligence.

It is good to provide extra restorative time all month for integration as well as accessing guidance from higher realms.

We are living in a time when transformation and evolution are on the table and like the Sixties – when Uranus and Pluto were also together in strong aspect- there is considerable resistance and backlash. It is best to focus on positive visions for the future – regardless of whether they are in the mainstream dialogue or not.

There have always been periods throughout history when evolutionary shifts have occurred and customary ways of doing business have been made irrelevant over night. We have seen this in our own time with the advances in technology and computers which have rendered time honored ways of operating obsolete in ways which could not have even have been described in centuries past.

There are ways that could vastly change and improve the ways we inhabit our lives now that we are not even aware of. It is a time of innovation and discovery.

The Vernal Equinox is 3/20 – the official start of Spring when the Sun enters Aries. The Sun at that powerful 0 degree point will be conjunct Uranus – continuing this theme of awakening. There can be sudden, unexpected events at this time – look for the underlying message about the future and what needs to be transformed.

The New Moon is on 3/22 at 2 degrees of Aries conjunct Uranus – boding well for intention setting about new endeavors. Dream big and be dynamic.

The end of the month provides a good time for spiritual growth and creative projects as Mercury moves into Pisces on 3/23.