Last week we had a dynamic start to the new astrological year with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Uranus lining up in Aries:
“The intentions we put out at this New Moon have so much ability to manifest its almost scary.”
This was back-grounded by the building tension of the Pluto/Uranus Square, and stabilized at the same time by a Grand Trine in earth plus the now fading but very lovely Venus/Jupiter conjunction. That sweet combo is separating now but has just been activated one last time by the Moon in Taurus.
The earth trine is still in place with Mars, Pluto and Jupiter connecting to help us actualize and make concrete our intentions and plans. That is if Mars or Mercury retrograde don’t manage to scupper those attempts.
Meanwhile, this coming Thurs and Friday we will get a kick start to the Uranus Pluto showdown when the Sun in Aries moves into exact square with Pluto, then the next day hits the spot Uranus occupies, this while both are simultaneously squared by the Moon in Cancer.
A square is a tense 90-degree angle between planets which causes difficulty and friction between their respective energies. Three connecting squares create what looks like a T formation, while four is a Grand Cross/square.
This ‘T-square’ repeats the extreme tension of the repeating Cardinal Grand Cross (click link to go to post) of last year , except without Saturn, which has now moved further on in Libra. That also makes the planets in Aries the focus of the T-square.
What this means is that, despite several retrograde planets holding the energy back somewhat, things are about to take a jump in intensity.
The Moon in highly emotional Cancer brings powerful and sometimes defensive feelings into the mix, while Uranus’ rebellious and revolutionary nature is amplified by Pluto, who is ruthlessly tearing down/changing all things Capricorn (authority systems, structures, material stuff). Power struggles may ensue.
If you have planets in any early degrees of Capricorn, Cancer or Aries you may want to put on your helmet and prepare for some sort of fallout. Or falling out.
Because the tension is focused on the Aries point, where the personal becomes political, we may see some sort of manifestation of this tension in world affairs. I am not a political writer…so I would recommend you go to Eric Francis at Planet Waves for some astute and savvy interpretations of how things will be heating up on the global stage.
Meanwhile, in the midst of this ruckus, Mercury, planet of communication and mental processes, has slipped back into watery Pisces, bringing a temporarily cooling balm to these troubled waters.
Aries is the sign of the warrior/hero/ine. It’s ruler Mars is the god of war. Both Mars and Aries show us how to harness and focus our will and go after what we desire. Even with Mars retrograde, these current combinations create a lot of fiery, unstable energy ready to ignite at any time.
Pisces, on the other hand, is about softness and sacrifice … and higher love. It shows us where we need to willingly surrender for the highest good. In the extreme, Pisces can be martyrs or escapists. At their best, a Piscean creates art poetry or music to express their inner connection to the music of the spheres, and reaches out to others through deep compassion for their suffering.
When Mercury is backward, our mental focus turns inward, and in Pisces, seeks solace and inspiration within. The fierce, fiery Aries mentality morphs into a gentle spiritual warrior who’s task is removing personal barriers to turning inward. Often we discover what blocks us is our own defensive armour.
Pisces lack of boundaries can feel scary if we normally rely on that rigid armour to protect us. Yet what are we protecting ourselves from? That is what we need to examine right now.
“Another obstacle to our receptivity can be our tendency to believe that we have to act aggressively in order to achieve our desired goal. This can cause us to become mono-focused and to fail to see, and be open to, opportunities on the periphery of our vision. So becoming receptive involves a softening of our defenses and a willingness to remain open to possibilities outside our immediate realm of vision… it means first looking within ourselves to see where we are shut down, and second, not getting too fixated on where we might find the love we want. In this way, we become more open as individuals and more expansive in terms of what we see as possible.”
From: DailyOM <email@example.com> Mon, 26 Mar 2012
Mercury retrograde in Pisces is about listening to that inner voice that whispers softly inside. This requires some quiet and solitude to tune into our inner self. If we take the time to do so, then despite the usual computer glitches and lost emails etc, this Mercury retrograde can be a blessing... as it helps us reconnect to our intuitive side.
In the next few days, if any tension or friction causes you unrest, take your queue from Mercury’s retreat into Pisces to bath in still waters and replenish /refresh your inner resources… before heading back out into the fray.
And remember, even in the midst of upheaval and change, something remains intact...within.
48. THE WELL.
The town may be changed,
The people may change,
But the well cannot be changed.
It neither decreases nor increases.
They come and go and draw from the well.
The I Ching
Drink from the inner well.