Summary: Boston (where I live) is still recovering from our loss of innocence and the harsh fact of lives changed indelibly. Boston was one of the safest cities on the US East Coast and Watertown was a sleepy, charming, and ethnically diverse suburb. We are now stamped on the world map, very well-known indeed. We are still in the throes of the two eclipses on 4/25/13 and 5/9/13 taking place along the Scorpio/Taurus axis which concerns survival (life/death matters), sustenance, money, and sexuality. Between 5/1 and 5/9, there are four planets in Taurus and one in Scorpio – half of the planets are located in this axis during that time. We are all on some level thinking of our place in life and the energies we need to harness to stake a claim and receive and give sustenance.
Cosmic Headlines for the next two weeks:
Challenging Days: 4/30-5/2/13 – On these days, the Moon forms difficult aspects with Uranus, Pluto, Saturn, and Mars within a short span of time, stimulating our emotional responses. On 5/1 – May Day – Mars/Taurus opposes Saturn, a signal of frustration. The Sun aligns with Pluto in trine, and Mercury shifts to Taurus on the same day heading for an opposition with Saturn (5/5) as three other planets have done recently. One by one Venus (4/15) on the morning of the bombing (I believe this was a protective influence and saved lives), then the Sun (4/19), then Mars (4/20) entered Taurus and were pulled opposite Saturn – that’s a lot of pressure to stop and reflect and attempt to understand the reality we are immersed in. The Taurus/Scorpio axis is about survival, money, power and sexuality – everything that has the capacity to profoundly change us.
5/5-5/6 – Mercury/Taurus opposes Saturn/Scorpio, Mars trines Pluto and on 5/6 the Moon conjoins Uranus and squares Pluto. This is a series of strong planetary connections packed into a few days stimulating the emotional fields. Your reactions are your own and you have control over them but not everyone has the same level of control. Use your senses and intuition as to what activities to participate in and what people to engage with. Remember, these energies are just as easily used to create new forms for being more fully alive and present.
Mercury enters fixed, earth Taurus on 5/1/13 until 5/15/13. Stalwart, practical, salt of the earth Taurus, is also stubborn and fixed in its opinions. The fixity of Taurus comes from a need to feel secure and grounded – too many changes can mean instability and that is definitely a less comfortable place for Taurus for anyone really but some people have an easier time negotiating change. The strength of Taurus comes from its ability to search and find stable situations that allow it to negotiate life with greater comfort and a secure base. Taurus beats out the completion by sheer endurance.
Venus enters mutable, air Gemini on 5/9/13 until 6/2/13. Venus is lighthearted, even a bit fickle in this sign of what I like to call the butterfly. You may find yourself having many brief and chatty conversations with a wider group of people than usual. This is a social sign and feels affection and connection through communication and social interaction and exchange of information. Revel in your friends and associations and the connections that these interactions create.
Solar Eclipse NewMoon @ 19 Taurus on 5/9/13 @ 8:28PM EDT. We are in the first eclipse season of 2013. Our second Solar Eclipse is a companion to the Lunar Eclipse that preceded it on 4/25/13.
Like the Lunar eclipse of 4/26, the upcoming Solar eclipse belongs to the Saros Series 15South, an eclipse family that began in 1472! The primary energies of this eclipse are described in Bernadette Brady’s book, The Eagle and the Lark: “This series is about the release of tension. A situation which has been lingering will suddenly clear. In the clearing of the problem there is also a sense of grief or loss which is not so much personal as belonging to a group or collective.”
So far this eclipse season has brought many tragedies – the Boston Marathon bombings, the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a major earthquake in Iran , over 8 on the Richter scale, another in China, and a clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh – all killing and maiming many people. As we go to press, the US is struggling with how to respond to the likelihood that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against their own people.
Current Paradigm-Shift Patterns -- Back Stories and research for those who want to know more: Repeats and elaboration of the major current configurations affecting all of us.
Pluto in cardinal, earth Capricorn Turned Stationary Retrograde @ 11degrees on 4/12/13 (until 9/20/13) – This is a big event and will dominate the week before and around this date, and its energy will be evident in the news. This planetary event expresses itself as an applied pressure tinged with potential guilt about the burdens of various kinds of responsibilities in your life. Past events of people important in some way from your past may reappear, so that you can find a way to settle some issues. This is also a struggle for power and a need to adapt to changes in habits, timing, and ways to organize yourself. Stress can come from having too little time to do the things that matter most or realizing that where you’ve focused time and attention isn’t where you really want it to go. Prioritizing is one way to manage this condition. Pluto will retrace its path backwards from 11 Capricorn to 8 Capricorn and so it allows you to process the issues that emerged between 11/22/12 and 4/12/13, and fine-tune your conclusions and actions taken. You may find yourself picking up something left behind during that time segment.
Neptune Stationary Direct @ 0deg. on 11/11/12. Neptune occupied this degree twice before and currently it’s the last time it will activate this degree. So if you have any planets at or near 0 degrees, this is a strong message for you, since Neptune is repeating itself and emphasizing a message. We are still new to the vibration of Neptune in Pisces. It is certainly more subtle and seeks to stimulate our understanding of the tenor of our lives, its meaning, and the quality of our environment. We may feel much more sensitive and those sensitivities may awaken melancholy as we realize that things are not exactly how we dreamt them to be. Take heart – there is no perfection, but there is recalibration. Resist being swept away by fantasy and build your dreams on a real foundation of meaningful attention and activity. What inspires you is what counts for your satisfaction. Neptune slowly erodes or uncovers what we have been blind to. Neptune made a Station at 0 degrees on 6/4/11. In fact it sat at that degree from 4/5-8/8/11! It next reached this degree on 4/4/12 (when it entered the sign for the duration of its 14 year stay!) Neptune reached 0 degrees on 9/23/12 and staysed there until 12/28/12.
New Trend Cycle ** Saturn entered Scorpio on 10/5/12, and remains until 9/23/15! We’ll be speaking often about Saturn’s entry into Scorpio, since it is one of the most impactful changes in the sky this last quarter of 2012, and its effect remains acutely obvious for approximately 2.5 years. Saturn was last in Scorpio from 11/30/82 to 11/18/85. It’s worthwhile to remember what took place back then, since Saturn will be moving through the same area of your chart and some common threads can be pulled out. Although always to be remembered is that other planets are in different places, making current situations different, and you have evolved in the past 30 years, yes?
Saturn wearing the costume of Scorpio is darker and has to do with the deeper strata of our lives – our motives, our desires, our passions, our money, our sexuality, and in general, how we deal with all available resources (to name a few). Recycling, reinventing, researching, developing, processing, and discovering your essential and core needs and motives are other points of focus in Scorpio. This Saturn now combines with Pluto/Capricorn for what is called a “mutual reception.” This means that each one is in the other’s rulership sign, creating a sympathetic understanding. There is so much more to say about this combination, but we are sure to discover and uncover some hidden secrets and find new ways to resolve some of the deepest problems that trouble us. On a personal and psychological level, this can mean ridding your psyche of remnants of old patterns that have blocked your growth, progress, and life satisfaction. Saturn/Scorpio points to difficult and stubborn patterns that stay in place because of some secondary or emotional gain. It’s time to go to the root of issues, face them, release them if needed, and free yourself, opening up psychic space for new life energy to enter in. Choose life or death.
#1 - Uranus in cardinal, fire Aries square (90deg.) Pluto in cardinal, earth Capricorn on 6/24/12 @ 8º. This was the first of seven (7), yes seven squares between these two outer planets over the next several years. The world is changing rapidly and often unexpectedly, violently, and with unprecedented innovation amidst huge power struggles. These two planets made a triple conjunction in mutable, earth Virgo in 1965-66 @ 17, 16, 16 degrees respectively. Now we are experiencing the waxing (opening and challenging square) to that joining of the two planets in 1965 – a challenge to the system status quo with a need for adjustments, forward movement, and invention. Consult with your astrologer to determine what these squares are activating in your chart. Anyone with planets in the first 10 degrees of either Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn have been feeling these energies for the past year and some as early as late 2008. The urge is to move forward, to progress, to renew and start something new, and yet there is the pull of past habits as well as internal blockages and often the fear of negative consequences. The fear factor is the tension combined with another urge to free oneself from the shackles that bind – those that are external and those that are self-imposed. It’s a heady mix that needs to be resolved.
What we need to remember is that the current meeting between these two planets is in cardinal, active signs – one is impatient and the other cautious. The urge to regenerate, individuate, and have a strong and equal, respected identity within the personal or collective community/marketplace is overwhelming. And, for many, something worth fighting for.
We will not be finished with the active injection of this process until 2015. Another square occurred on 9/19/12 @ 6 Aries/Capricorn. The dates for the remaining five squares are: 5/20/13 @ 11 Aries/Capricorn, 11/1/13 @ 9 Aries/Capricorn, 4/21/14 @ 13 Aries/Capricorn, 12/15/14 @ 12 Aries/Capricorn, and 3/17/15 @ 15 Aries/Capricorn.
Jupiter entered mutable, air Gemini on 6/11/12 until 6/27/13! Get ready for endless chatter and everyone voicing personal opinions, at least several times! No really, think about splitting hairs. Jupiter expands our out-loud dialogue and our inner chatter as well. The mind becomes busier, more preoccupied with minutiae and easily distracted. It is one big bonanza for the mind; new ideas will sprout up like weeds and you will have to use your discriminating ability to eliminate the ones that are too unrealistic. What this one-year transit will also bring is plenty of wit along with sharp words when provoked or encouraged (watch this play out in the election cycle). With any strong focus on Mercury, the nervous system is actively engaged, and we are prone to exhaust ourselves with too much to do and think about. Social activity increases as does gossip. We need to consider the source of the communication, as well as the intention, and evaluate the truth behind the words. Jupiter expands and enlarges both the positive and negative – in this case our mind and communication. Do you believe what you say or what you’re told? Why? This is an opportune time to sort through your repetitious thoughts and communication and purge your mind of unnecessary and harmful thinking or believing
Neptune re-entered mutable, water Pisces on 2/3/12 for the next 14 years until 3/31/25. It’s time to sing a different tune. Neptune in the very last sign of the Zodiac requires nuance and subtlety for one thing and a lot of faith for another. In fact you may be tested on your faith. Neptune is sticky and tricky (the title of one of my old lectures on Neptune). It is the search for meaning even in the midst of things dissolving around you and events that seem inexplicable. Neptune is the power of the water; it takes everything in and brings it back in another form entirely. It breaches all barriers and so on a mundane level we may discover secrets about people, places and things that have long been hidden.
Neptune is the intoxication with the ideal and all that takes us beyond the harshness of mundane life. And that’s why it’s also associated with addictions. There’s a yearning in Neptune for beauty and union with tastes and glimpses of the divine, with magic, with grace, forgiveness and compassion. This renewed emphasis on the urge to transcend will likely bring a surge of new music, film, and a renaissance in all other art forms.
We can only imagine what changes in the culture and our sensibilities this will bring. There is a grand focus on the environment and greater sensitivity within the web-like network that binds us closer together than ever before. New visionaries will emerge, as well as new ways to believe and questions of what to believe. The way in which each one of us is connected to and responsible for every other living being on this planet will become increasingly and utterly apparent.
Neptune is a dissolving energy and expresses the power of the water! Neptunian themes include: paranormal experiences, illumination about some life themes or experiences, and secrets leaking out, or even some funky illness. Neptune energies can also manifest as melancholy as we review dreams that may not have materialized, make necessary adjustments, all the while maintaining our faith in life, spirit and the meaning of it all.
With Neptune’s foray into Pisces, we have the third outer planet making a sign change since January 2008, setting in motion a series of conditions and events that have global long-term effects. Neptune is entering the modern rulership of its own sign Pisces and expresses itself quite naturally here according to its intrinsic nature. We can expect the need for greater sensitivity and environmental protections, as the harm we have done to the planet becomes more obvious. We may witness the formation of new religious groups and a reformation of existing religion as we know it. Secrets may be exposed and more leaks of information that some people may not wish to be revealed. On the positive side, new artistic accomplishments will flower in all fields, especially music, but all across the artistic spectrum. In essence it is a cultural call for greater refinement and attunement to what we often take for granted or fail to notice.
Neptune was discovered in 1846, and entered Pisces on 4/26/1847 through 1861. Oddly enough, Uranus was also in Aries (although farther along in the sign) when Neptune entered Pisces for the first time (since its discovery). This is only the second time, after Neptune came into our consciousness awareness, that Neptune is transiting Pisces! Both Neptune and Pisces are tricky. They operate on a completely different level. Pisces is known for its hyper-sensitivity, compassion, diffusiveness, spirituality, dream-like imagination, second-sight, idealism, patronage of the arts, and the ability to dissolve barriers of all kinds for greater unity. Negative manifestation includes: dissipation, neglect, addictions, deception, drugs, theft, scandals, and secrets. A few highlights of Neptune’s last transit through Pisces include: new social movements, such as Marxism, emancipation of slaves, the start of the US Civil War, the California Gold Rush, the Romantic movement in music, and transcendentalism.
We experienced our first four months of Neptune in Pisces in 2011, which has not happened for 166 years! As we begin to integrate with this complex energy infusion, you may notice a greater sensitivity or subtlety. Neptune dissolves barriers and that is one of the reasons a positive Neptunian response often allows greater compassion for human error and human frailty. Neptune deals with the unseen and the unnoticed and often accounts for spiritual breakthroughs and even paranormal experiences. I believe that this transit of Neptune through Pisces will loosen the boundaries between the material realm and the spiritual or energetic realms. Many of us will experience more than can easily be explained through the measurable functions of science. This can be a time of high magic but also the stripping away of illusions and deceptions and unless one has a strong inner core, the disillusionment we find may destabilize us. Practice faith in the joy of being alive and the true mysticism of that fact alone, no matter what your religious beliefs may be. Neptune is magical and a component of magic is addiction, as we seek to recreate the transcendence of blissful states that allow us to escape the harsher realities of everyday life. Choose your escapes wisely.
Uranus re-entered Aries on 3/11/11, and remains there until May 2018. This was the biggest news of March 2011 and beyond, and heralds a new upward spiral in social and cultural evolution. In the summer of 2010, Uranus teased us by parking itself and remaining only at 0deg. Aries (the powerful degree of the Spring Equinox) from 5/27-8/13/10. Now it’s fully engaged. Any planet in the first sign of the Zodiac wants to start a fire, begin something new, innovate, and create or reinvent something in its own image. This combination can certainly be aggressive, bold, courageous, willful, and because of the influence of Uranus, unexpected and explosive. Most of the previous text was written well before the popular uprisings (conflagrations) in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other parts of the Middle East. We are seeing the effects of individuals asserting themselves in their striving for personal freedoms that they believe are their birthright. Repressive regimes will no longer be tolerated. Aries represents the new and renewal – as it emerges from the dreams of the previous sign, Pisces. It burns with the fire of justice and courage to be free at any cost.