This Week’s Astrology with Pallas, Venus and the North Node

“Sometimes life is so surprising there’s nothing to do but live.” Emily Dickinson

“Though the spring is late and cold,
Though the uproar of  greed
And malice shudder in the sky,
Pond, stream and hilltop raise
Their ancient songs.

The robin molds her mud nest
with her breast; the air
is bright with breath
of bloom, wise loveliness that asks
nothing of the season but to be.” Wendell Berry

Astrologers say when Uranus is strong in the sky by transit, as it is now, to “expect the unexpected.”

Pallas Athene is now conjunct Uranus, the planet of surprise . Pallas is the goddess who was often depicted with an owl on her shoulder as a reminder of what she could not see. She brought the knowledge of diplomacy and mediation to the gods and goddesses. She was known for her strategic  skills. When she had exhausted all the means to create a just peace  though, she was invincible in battle.

Pallas Athene is now conjunct Uranus and they are both moving up to a conjunction with the North Node of destiny and fate. This configuration brings up the question of how you are moving forward with your aspirations for your life. Are you being strategic enough? Are you being assertive enough?

There’s plenty of fiery energy with Mars and Jupiter in Aries which is where the strategic approach comes in. Mars and Jupiter have a tendency to “overshoot the mark” in terms of action.

Uranus can bring new and innovative approaches to the table so it’s wise now to heed your intuition and make appropriate down time so that information can surface.

Venus, the goddess of love and beauty is moving up to conjunct Uranus at 16 degrees of Taurus. Uranus and Venus together, by transit or in a natal chart,speak of love-at-first-sight occurrences as well as innovative or unconventional approaches to love and love affairs. Uranus governs lightning and electricity so there often is an electric connection between people with this connection. Like lightning, it can be unexpected and exciting.

Venus also governs finances – making this a good time for considering innovative approaches to managing resources.

It bodes well for the next couple of weeks to provide extra downtime -off the devices – for rest and rejuvenation as nerves can be frayed under these kind of influences and it’s wise to slow down and stay grounded.

Eric Francis, the  astrologer and investigative journalist, has written extensively about the “disembodied”nature of our times- with people focused on their devices, as opposed to being present in the moment in their surroundings. Several planets in Taurus provide a good time to be in touch with the beauty and grounding the natural world provides for us.

When I lived on a working farm, we would  often have dinner together at the end of the day, and a couple there would say a grace before meals, “Let us  think to the origin of our food.”

It’s an important time to stay connected to the earth.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A symbolic battle between ‘swords’, the  disciples of might and ‘torches’, the disciples of enlightenment.

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


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