Dear friends, sorry for the light posting! Here is a link to the December forecast. If you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your report of the planetary influences of the month written in plain language that is easy to understand. If you aren’t yet on this list please sign up in the sidebar!
Meanwhile here is an introduction for the beginning of December:
The biggest single planetary event in December is the resurgence of the challenging square aspect between Uranus and Pluto. This is the sixth of seven exact phases of this cycle that has brought about cataclysmic change across the globe as well as in our personal lives (read more in the sidebar if this is new to you). Uranus and Pluto destabilize the structures of our life so that they can be replaced with a new and improved foundation that better fits the modern era. For example, around the world repressive governmental regimes have been broken up and ideally these would be replaced by more democratic institutions. However, after the breakdown (Pluto) and revolution (Uranus) phases there is a period of uncertainty and chaos as the dust settles and the new reality begins to emerge. We are seeing that in the world political situation, and perhaps you are seeing this in your own life. […]
As you know if you’ve been reading the astrological news in the past few years, we are now in the waning phase of a square aspect (90 degrees) between Uranus and Pluto. You can read more about this phase in the sidebar of this blog if this concept is new to you, and you may want to catch up on this post about the Uranus/Pluto square from last year detailing the news events that correlate with this cycle.
One such event was the resignation of Pope Benedict in 2013. Not only was he the first pope to resign since 1415, he was replaced by Pope Francis who himself is a walking representative of the square between Uranus in Aries (individual liberty and personal revolution) and Pluto in Capricorn (the breakdown of the structures upon which our society is built). Benedict was a traditionalist and saw homosexuality as an “intrinsic moral evil.” He was a strict doctrinarian and resisted any kind of liberal reform, thereby representing the Capricorn adherence to the structures of traditional morals and rules. He insulted Islam, promoted a holocaust-denying bishop, and equated the ordination of women with sexual abuse. […]
I’m finishing up the Planetary Illuminations report, but I wanted to give you a heads up on this important cycle.
You can read in the sidebar about the square aspect between Uranus and Pluto that has been creating intensity, drama and change since the two planets first came together back in 2011 (their first meeting was just a degree from exactitude, but close enough to pack a punch). The sixth exact square is in mid-December, but during November they will be moving closer and closer to the exact alignment that will likely foster even more breakdown (Pluto) and realignment (Uranus).
As Mars travels through Capricorn it will align with Pluto and form a challenging square to Uranus. By November 5th Mars will be close enough to Pluto that we will start to feel it in earnest, and the exact conjunction will take place November 10th. Mars represents the anger and passion of the individual, where Pluto represents a transformational force that destroys and rebuilds. These two planets together are a formidable force that will energize but also inspire us to purge and eliminate anything from our life that no longer works.
At the same time, Mars will be in a square to Uranus. Uranus is the radical – the innovator and the one which shatters paradigms. It will be difficult to resist realignment and change under this combination of influences. The exact square from Mars to Uranus occurs November 12th. The Moon moves through Cancer during this same period, and when a Grand Cross forms on November 10th we are likely to see a climax of intensity and passion that breaks apart anything in our lives that is brittle and dying, and urge us […]
Mars often gets a bad rap because it represents the more sordid side of the personality: desires of all kinds, anger, rage. Mars is named after the god of war, after all! But Mars also represents inspiration, motivation, the ability to set good boundaries and defend ourselves. Mars requires action and we generally only see its negative qualities when that action is stifled for some reason. Mars isn’t necessarily destructive, nor does it necessarily inspire rage in the heart of humans. But Mars needs an outlet in order to perform efficiently, and the planet that Mars travels through tells us the best way to channel Mars energy at that time.
Mars just entered the sign of Capricorn, the sign that teaches us to master the material world, and will remain there until December 4th The symbol of Capricorn is the mountain goat, scaling great heights with courage and tenacity. Capricorn loves structure and business – it follows the rules of society and is patient and disciplined in order to achieve its goals Mars is said to be exalted in Capricorn because the potential wild energy of Mars is most effective when channeled through the order of Capricorn.
Each sign acts as a correction for the previous sign, so as Mars enters Capricorn it is leaving the sign of Sagittarius where it dislikes boundaries and rules. The transition to a more structured environment may be somewhat challenging but will pay off in the long run. While Mars is in Capricorn it will eventually set off the Uranus/Pluto square, creating abundant conflict and destruction anywhere there is stagnation that requires a new approach.
Here are ten things to know about the journey of […]
Venus turns retrograde only every two years or so which makes it one of the more rare astrological events (the outer planets retrograde every year and Mercury retrogrades four times a year). When a planet is retrograde, meaning it APPEARS to be moving backwards from our perspective on earth, its influence tends to be more hidden and we generally are urged to look backwards and rectify matters from the past.
makes an interesting point – that the 40 days and 40 nights of the Venus retro period corresponds to the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus traveled in the wilderness.
Forty is mentioned in the bible often, but most famously when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days. Could this be referring to the astrological phenomena of Venus retrograde? After all, Venus has two sides to her. She is the goddess of love and war according to the Babylonians. The word Lucifer (which is often confused with Satan) means light-bringer and refers to Venus in her morning star phase. The ancients said the first few days of her Lucifer phase was a particularly dangerous time. People born with Venus as a morning star are said to rush headlong into love affairs and are very passionate. Venus as an evening star is has more of the receptive, traditional meaning.
I became curious about the significance of 40 days and 40 nights, because before Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for this length of time rain fell on Noah for 40 days […]