Friday, 30 September 2011

Cardinal what?

As there are a lot of planets sitting in Cardinal signs at the moment... a lot of them in Libra, plus we keep hearing about the Cardinal Grand Cross that was been hanging around for ages...  I  thought I should help clarify the term Cardinal a little bit.

The Astrology wheel is divided up into 12 sections...and in this circle  you can see a cross made up of four points.

On the left is called the Ascendant or Rising Sign and is based on the time of day you were born. This is the Cusp of the 1st house and is about you coming into the world. It is your entry point.

The next point of the cross is on the bottom of the chart and is called the Nadir or IC.  It is the cusp of the 4th house and represents your Root. Your home. Mother. Inner self.

The next point of the cross is on the right and is the cusp of the 7th house of relationships. Its about who you attract, partnerships etc.

Then the top point of the cross is the MC or Midheaven. It is the cusp of the 10th house... which is about career and our public self.

These four Cardinal angles, as they are called, are  considered key points in a chart...and the signs that rule them are
Aries (1st)     Cancer (4th)    Libra (7th)    and     Capricorn(10th)

Definition: important, key
Synonyms: basic, central, chief, essential, first, foremost, fundamental, greatest, highest, indispensible, leading, main, overriding, overruling, paramount, pivotal, preeminent, primary, prime, principal, ruling, vital

These important points in the astrology wheel are where,  right now in our sky,  some very powerful planets are hanging out... and all in very  tense angles to each other (square).

 The tension itself between planets like   Pluto (death and transformation,crisis),  Saturn (structures, systems, fate)  Uranus (shock, change, rebellion, upheaval) .... is difficult enough. These alone are very potent highly combustable combinations.

Add the fact that they are on the Cardinal angles tells us that there is a very important process going on.  Such major planets sitting on the Cardinal points signifies a key turning point for both ourselves and for our planet
 (4th house = where we live)

I was listening to an ElsaElsa blog online (see side bar for link) and she  described these points as asking the following questions:

1st: Who am I?
4th: Where am I?
7th: Who am I with?
10th:  What should I do?

Whether you are shaken or strengthened by these powerful alignments... you can rest assured that there is something BIG going on. Cardinal... as in vital.

It is a time of deep transformation and change.... around who we think we are (1st, Aries) ,   where we live (4th, Cancer), how we relate to each other (7th, Libra) ,  and what we are going to do about it(10th, Capricorn).

These  key questions are now coming at us with great force... stirring up shock, resistance, fear, uncertainty etc.

At this moment the  focus is on Libra... with five planets hanging out in the 7th house of relating and partnering. Libra's signature planet is Venus... the planet of Love.  It's symbol is the scales of justice and fair-play.  (See the last post for more on Libra).

For now the question is: can we get along?
And maybe the second one is : what's love got to do with it?

Good question...(I think)

Monday, 26 September 2011

Paradox and Healing New Moon in Libra

On this New Moon in Libra,  the Sun and Moon cozy up together under the scales of love and social justice, while  Venus and Saturn are also conjunct a bit further along in the same sign –

In fact, right now, when you add Mercury, five planets are concentrated in this area of the zodiac that rules harmony, balance and relating.

How harmonious it will be remains to be seen... as the Sun and Moon get closely caught up in the intense Uranus/Pluto square that is getting stronger every day. 

The potent and potentially traumatic energy of the Uranus Pluto square has recently triggered revolutionary and violent upheavals all over the world, reminiscent of the last time these two planets were last so strongly impacting each other in the 60's .

With the Sun/Moon conjunction also close to Mercury... communication will be crucial to how things balance out. Watch out for hair trigger reactions.  It may feel like something has to give.

Because the pressure focuses on relationships and partnerships... some will find themselves at a powerful turning point. As I said in the last post... it's a kind of no-u-turn zone. What gets said and done now may not be easily undone.

Tensions are both internal and external. Pluto dredges up gunk from the deep recesses of our subconscious….with the intention to transform and/or get rid of old stuff that is in need of clearing.  Uranus in Aries is impatient and temperamental; bringing things to a head  rather suddenly..... (hence the potential for sudden blow ups etc)

An inconjunct (150 degrees) between Chiron and the New Moon ... adds to the discontent , but also brings potential healing. That is the paradox of this Super New much is at stake... so much is possible.

Libra's benign influence brings the possibility that, though pressurized, there is much potential for agreements and compromises. Libra is always ready to be fair and just... and a trine from Jupiter to Pluto increases the chance of positive outcomes.

Just know that for a few days there will be added intensity to  interactions and decisions, and by next week some may be walking away from situations that are no longer tenable.

That's what Saturn is Libra is all about. It makes us take responsibility for ourselves and for others. It asks us to examine our relationships and balance our perspectives, so we can see another's point of view. So much of what we react to  in people is really a projection of some aspect of our own psyche. 

At the same time, sometimes it is healthier to walk away,  and this combination of planets can bring endings to what is no longer working. That is the letting go part.

Saturn and Venus together now in Libra call for serious boundaries and clear commitments. It's time to bring your love home... make it real... or walk away free and clear.

And it doesn't all have to be so heavy... Libra is by nature pretty breezy and carefree. Harmony is her middle name. All she wants is for everyone to get along.  She wants us to see and appreciate the beauty of life. 

Remember the film 'American Beauty'?   The daughter's friend films a plastic bag caught in the wind and as it flutters and dips and dances .... and we are mesmerized by its simple yet profound beauty. 

 That kind of appreciation is Libra's domain.

So ... here we are again at the beginning of a new monthly cycle. It's time again to focus our intention  and ask clearly for what we need (or want) ... (though, like the song says ...)

 "You don't always get what you want but you get what you need..... "      (Saturn/Venus in Libra)

And Sun/Moon in Libra sing ....

 "What the world needs now is love sweet love... that's the only thing...  that there's much too little of."

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Autum Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox is this Friday September 23rd… marking the half-way point between the Summer and Winter solstices. We are at the end of summer and autumn is about to begin. How did it all go by so fast? 

At the Equinox, day and night are (generally) equal… it shifts a bit either way, depending on how far you are from the equator (equi - equal  nox - night).

It is a time of letting go... and finding balance.

Recently we moved from the expansive playful energy of Leo into the more serious and focused sign of Virgo. Virgo’s ruler, Mercury, went  from Retrograde to direct. I don't know about you but it took me a while to shake off the dreamy influence of Neptune, which was opposite Mercury for a while, adding to the retrograde feel.   

By now though, most of us are starting to focus forward… with a lot of help from the stellium (large group) of planets in Virgo, renewing critical function and attention to detail for the return to jobs, school, college etc.

Mars (action) has moved out of emotional Cancer into fiery,passionate Leo, and very soon many other planets will be together in Libra, putting the emphasis on relationships and partnerships.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s Equinox marks the Sun’s movement into the Cardinal sign of Libra. The Cardinal signs begin each season… with the Aries point marking the beginning of the zodiac, as well as of Spring… (and so on).  Libra, marking the beginning of Autumn (or Fall). is ruled by Venus… the planet of love and beauty.

At this current time of year, everything begins to slow down and prepare for winter's long sleep. The sap in trees starts to thicken, squirrels are collecting their winter stash, birds are either heading south or preparing for the coming cold.

Yet nature is not quite ready to crawl into hibernation.

Under Libra’s radiant presence, before the leaves die and fall from the trees they explode in one last vibrant display of colour and beauty. This is natures last out-breath before the in-breath of winter (well at least in the northern hemisphere where I live) Here, the air is getting crisp and the bright colours of changing leaves dance and twirl as they head to earth.

At these key turning points of the year, we are reminded of the circular nature of life…

…To everything there is a season…

 The symbol for Libra is a set of scales… a perfect symbol for this mid-point in the seasonal cycle. At this moment of transition, it is the time to take stock and realign your intentions before the end of the year. There is an instinct now to STOP, just for a moment:

Stop… Think… Observe… Proceed.

Breathe in.  Breath out.

The Sun will soon be in close contact with some pretty heavy hitting aspects …  next week’s New Moon in Libra will again set off the pressure and tension of the Cardinal T-square… which has been linked to so many profound upheavals and changes going on around us…   (more on that in next post)

I don’t know about you but time seems to be accelerating faster and faster everyday (Uranus) and the process of change deepens and intensifies (Pluto).
In this super charged atmosphere it feels good for a moment to stop and take a breath.

In the upcoming emphasis on Libra… and relating to others....I believe we are being asked to find out what love really is. 

The new age is about Universal Love (Age of Aquarius). Saturn is asking us to sort ourselves out and know the difference... between self and other.  Know the difference between Big L LOVE and little l love. We can’t fully love or commit to  others if we don’t love ourself. And we can’t love ourselves if we don’t know who we are.

We are having to become highly adaptable and fluid in these changing times, as everything goes through a major cleansing cycle in the great dishwasher of life/fate/love.  It’s time to learn to move with more grace and consciousnesses than ever before.

And that will take trust… even when we don’t know what is around the next bend.  Choices may be involved... and letting go of expectations.

(intentions are not the same as expectations)

So on this Equinox moment… take a deep breath, and align yourself with your deepest being.  If you feel you are at a turning point, a fork in the road… trust in your ability to follow your heart.

The Road Not Taken 
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I- 
I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Weekend of Love

Or not.

I know some Astrologers get really hung up on making accurate predictions. Yet if you are living in the moment how can you say what will happen tomorrow? It’s enough to be here today is it not?

An Astrological forecast is a description of the weather. It is not a script nor is it an indictment; I am not going to tell you the future.     It just helps to know the terrain before you go out into the fray… 

Do I need to take my umbrella? A weapon? A map? … which costume shall I wear upon the stage?

The weekend weather report:
Venus has moved into its own sign of Libra. The planet of love has come home…only to immediately step into the chaos of the ongoing T-square between Pluto, Uranus, and Saturn. All bets are off when it comes to love right now.

It could be intense, compulsive, addictive, (Pluto),  it could disappoint and discourage you (Saturn) or it may surprise or upset you or leave you as fast as it arrives (Uranus),

Then again…it could transform you (Pluto) invigorate you (Uranus) or stabilize you (Saturn).

The sensual Taurus Moon pulls on our physical needs,  while Neptune continues to weave  misty dreams of deception or redemption. Chiron’s presence makes us edgy.

 Meanwhile, Jupiter Pluto and Mercury compel us to see and speak the truth, despite Neptune’s obfuscation. Take care not to exaggerate. Be honest. Be true.  Be real. 

Like some Shakespearian play, many scenarios can and will be woven from these diverse elements.  
In the end, the veils will part, the truth will out.     

As the curtain lifts… we find ourselves on a planet called Earth...

Friday, 9 September 2011

Moving toward the Full Moon in Pisces (Monday)

As we head toward the Full Moon on Monday the Grand Trine of planets  in Earth signs continues to ground and stabilize us through the weekend. 

Did you think I was gonna say Grand Cross? Whew! Not this time. 

Saturn is moving out of range and there is nothing at the moment in the sign of Cancer. Well…except for Mars… but it has moved away from this tense aspect that has been dominating our skies for quite some time.

 With Mars  no longer opposite Pluto ... thank goodness … the riots have stopped…for now. The Uranus/Pluto square will create more rebellion, revolution and upheaval to be sure … but at least for now the combustion of an added god of war has been removed.

Now Mars is square Saturn. That’s a bit like driving with the brakes on. If you feel you are spinning your wheels…take your time, go slow … find a step-by-step approach.

Going slow isn’t that bad ... why not we relish the mellow, stable and positive flow of earth energy? We know it won’t last but hey … at least it’s the weekend and we can enjoy ourselves a bit. Plus there is a strong Neptune influence right now to soften the edges even more.

Yup no more hard edges … instead, with Neptune opposite Mercury, there could be a bit of a fog in our brains. We are dreamier and less clear than usual … so be careful ... let someone else drive if you have been enjoying  any Neptunian indulgences.  For although there are several planets in Mercury ruled Virgo, stimulating our mental processes, the strong opposition of Mercury by Chiron and Neptune is actively thwarting them. 

 I have lost my keys repeatedly in this dreamy atmosphere…missed a few appointments ... as it threatens to carry me away into the mist. I decided today  to just go with it…letting it take me deeper. Not a bad feeling I might add.

Chiron could stir up vulnerable feelings and  some of us will be a bit touchy over the next few days.  It’s a short path from empathy to melancholy. Neptune can inspire our heart felt compassion and carry us into the depths of our soul… or to the depths of despair. Be gentle with yourself and others.

Monday's Full Moon in Pisces brings it all to a head and lights a path to compassionate action…as our need  to be of service is powerfully activated. Look around you and see where there is good to be done. Pass it forward as they say…

The Full Moon brings to culmination  what we put out on the previous New Moon. I told the story of my cosmic taxi driver a couple of posts back… and I am happy to say my request has manifested in a simple yet deep longing to feel the love and joy inside my own heart.  He told me to mediate/more worry less… so I am. (so far so good). 

Compassion for others doesn’t preclude the same for yourself. As within... so without (or something like that)

So enjoy the flow, enjoy the calm, and extend you hand or your heart (or both) to someone today.

Peace be with you.

Monday, 5 September 2011

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Friday, 2 September 2011

And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden....

We’ve moved from playful Leo to thoughtful, practical Virgo. The new Moon in Virgo was a few days ago…we're now in a new monthly cycle.

I had a remarkable experience that day. I was feeling a bit depressed at having to end my lovely visit on the beautiful west coast of Canada where my son and his family lives. And I have been very worried about him, as he has been struggling with a serious illness now for a few years. He is getting better in general, but suffered a big set back recently that was/is hard to witness. So I was feeling a bit down.

Landing at the airport in my hometown, I remembered it was the New Moon, so I asked myself what did I truly wish for… what intention did I want to put out there? (besides seeing him well of course)  I heard a quiet inner voice say  ‘I just want to be happy’ …  (knowing full well that my true happiness lies within me).

I got a taxi home and the driver was a very eloquent East Indian man and we started chatting about life and health and happiness etc (as you do) and I told him about my son and that I was worried about him etc.  When we arrived at my destination, he turned around and said to me… “if you want to be happy,  just be happy. Meditate more, worry less. Make it a choice. You can’t help anyone else if you are not yourself happy…”  (spoken in a beautiful lilting Indian accent) Then he just smiled at me and drove off. 

I love when life answers me in such an immediate way!! (who knew there were such cosmic taxi drivers!?) I thanked him (and the universe) for these words of wisdom and took to heart what he said to me.

Out there in the Astrological sky, Mercury has gone direct but still has ground to make up after its backward things are still a bit wonky.  And Neptune opposite is helping to extend the fuzzy retrograde feel a bit longer. The Moon today is squaring those as well,  and emotions are full of wistful longing.

Illusions and dreams thrive under Neptune influences, yet so does inspiration. It will be fluid like this for a few more days still, so let your mind relax and wander… perhaps something magical will emerge from your dreaming. Like inspiration. Or bliss. Or happiness.

The last few days there has also been a sense of deep well- being resonating out from a Grand Trine between Sun and Venus in Virgo, Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn.   This  earthy aspect helps to ground and stabilize things after a rather fraught period of Grand Cross upheaval and violence triggered by Mars in Cancer, and Eclipse shake-ups. 

'Out with the old, in with the new'  is the slogan to live by in these eventful times… though the old guard is certainly putting up quite a fight. It’s never easy to change and most of us will cling to what is familiar until we are forced to give it up or it is taken from us.

And that is definitely happening with many world systems on the edge of collapse and  numerous countries  in a state of melt down.

   I know,  I know... you’ve heard it all already.
 "Tell me something I don’t know" ... you say.

Did you know that the ocean is 6 miles deep in some spots? I learned that in a film I saw tonight.  And parts of it are totally unexplored?    Sort of symbolic don’t you think?    With Chiron in Pisces we are all invited to go deeper… into our own inner depths.

And really… what do we know?   In the end… not much.  I find Astrology more and more astounding in its ability to describe subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) aspects of a person or a situation or a time. Every time I do a chart it amazes me how much is there.

And yet I feel like I know so little. I know I want to be happy. And I also know that happiness lies within me, though I often forget it.  All the explanations won’t change the fact that every breath is passing by unnoticed. Whatever is happening on the outside, life is happening on the inside. And I want to focus on that, be aware of that.

The rest…  is a fascinating mystery.

Have a great weekend.     
Enjoy the mystery.

"We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden..."