Astrological Musings

Solar eclipse, New Moon and Autumnal Equinox

We are currently in the dark phase of the Moon just before the New Moon cycle begins at the conjunction of the Sun and Moon on September 22. This New Moon has some exceptional characteristics: Besides being an annular (partial) eclipse of the Sun by the Moon, it is also the second New Moon in Virgo which gives us a second opportunity to develop the skills that Virgo teaches: discrimination, caution and appreciation of the small things in life.

Last month’s New Moon was at 0 degrees Virgo, beginning the Virgo cycle, and this month’s New Moon is at 29 degrees Virgo. There is quite a bit of disagreement among astrologers as to what the last degree of a sign represents with some respected astrologers being firmly in the camp that there is no cusp: you are either one sign or the other. I have not found this to be the case, however; in my practice it has been clear that in the last 2 or 3 degrees of a sign we are completing the issues of that sign and preparing for the dynamics of the next. With this month’s New Moon at 29 degrees Virgo we take up the skills that Virgo teaches and apply them to matters of Libra: learning to achieve balance, relating to others while maintaining our own sense of self. Seeking beauty in a world that is often filled with ugliness.

The New Moon Eclipse comes just before the Autumnal Equinox on September 23, when the Sun enters Libra and day and night are of equal length. We are leaving the season of light and entering the season of darkness, where there is greater access to […]

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Rumi on Saturn/Neptune


If the opposition from Saturn to Neptune at 17 degrees Leo/Aquarius is affecting a sensitive point in your birthchart you may find yourself feeling destabilized as the pressure to contract and give form (Saturn) conflicts with Neptune’s pull to dissolve our reality. The exercise of a regular spiritual practice (such as daily meditation or yoga) has been helpful during this time since it harnesses the discipline required by Saturn with the pull of Neptune to go beyond ordinary reality. This wonderful quote from Rumi describes this process and gives a hint to the transcendence required here.

Define and narrow me, you starve yourself of yourself.
Nail me down in a box of cold words, that box is your coffin.
I do not know who I am,
I am in astounding lucid confusion.
I am not a Christian, I am not a Jew, I am not a Zoroastrian,
And I am not even a Muslim.
I do not belong to the land, or to any known or unknown sea.
Nature cannot own or claim me, nor can heaven,
Nor can India, China, Bulgaria,
My birthplace is placelessness,
My sign to have and give no sign.
You say you see my mouth, ears, yes, nose—they are not mine.
I am the life of life.
I am that cat, this stone, no one.
I have thrown duality away like an old dishrag,
I see and know all times and worlds,
As one, one, always one.
So what do I have to do to get you to admit who is speaking?
Admit it and change everything!
This is your own voice echoing off the walls of God.

– Rumi

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Links

There’s some good stuff out there for your reading pleasure:

is running a series of articles on the Saturn/Neptune opposition. I particularly like this: “You will see your fears dissolve, but before that happens you’re going to have to know what your fears are. So just prepare to be inundated with hologram fears only to have them roll out before they have a chance to materialize.”
is back with an interesting article on the politics of Eris as a right-wing blogger rants that politics should not be used in naming planet.

Jeffrey has a great in-depth analysis of the film “Death of a President” and the Jupiter/Saturn cycle.

rants about President Bush and says, “Don’t Cry for Me Condoleeza.”

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Current placement of Eris

Several people have asked where Eris is now: Retrograde at 21 degrees Aries 5 minutes. Just to give you an idea how slowly it moves, Eris will won’t advance from 21 degrees Aries into 22 degrees until 2013.

One way to get a better idea of Eris’s meaning is to watch transits of Mars to these points. I’ll start doing this as time allows.

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from the advice column – a difficult transit of Pluto

From time to time I’ll post a Q&A that might have relevance to others. Because Pluto has been making a square to the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of those born between 1963 and 1967 I thought this might be helpful for them and anyone going through a major Pluto cycle.

Q: I have been going through a tough time, lots of changes and adversity since March 2004. Loss of my job, having to go back to college in mid-life, being stalked. Things seem to be going better
since the beginning of July (new job). Am I going to be alright now, or is this just a quiet time before it hits again?

A:

In order to understand what the past few years have been about we need to take a look at the makeup of your astrological chart which describes the issues that you carry with you so that they can be resolved during your lifetime. You were born in the height of the cultural revolution of the 1960s, and you carry that imprint within you in the form of the conjunction of Uranus (radical change) to Pluto (transformation) that took place the year that you were born. This is a generational thing – everyone born between 1963 and 1968 has this dynamic in their chart.
What makes yours more unique is that the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto also conjuncts your Moon which is in Virgo, This combination normally creates a fair amount of disturbance in the psyche, and often a tendency to draw a certain amount of violence into your life. I don’t mean to say […]

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