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Advice to readers: Saturn as mentor and ally

Saturn mentorThis question came up recently and I wanted to share this discussion with others as well.

Anthony writes:

With Saturn in Scorpio squaring Jupiter in Leo, will that limit and restrict the gifts/opportunities/freedom Leos were to receive from Jupiter? Only manifest opportunities that are “real”/in our best interests? Make us work harder for success?

It especially concerns me with a 9 Leo sun and 17 Taurus moon. Saturn will take its final swipe at my moon as Jupiter lights up my sun the one and only time so I worry about being blocked from taking advantage of the opportunities I was supposed to get. By the time Saturn is out of orb Jupiter will be, too, so looks like I will miss out this time.

I don’t know anything about the rest of Anthony’s chart which could shed more light on his concern over lost opportunities and sense of powerlessness over the ebb and flow of opportunity in one’s life.  The square of Saturn to Jupiter CAN have the effect of limiting Jupiter’s expansion and encourages us to be sure that we are not all just expansion and optimism but also practical and grounded. Squares aren’t inherently “bad” but they are stronger – Saturn squaring Jupiter can be a time of great success because we work hard (Saturn) as well as think positively (Jupiter).

Of course there will be other things going on in his chart at the same time so we can’t really look at this one element and predict what will occur. A lot of it depends on where he is in his life and what he needs in order to learn to grow and become more integrated. But this phrase  troubles me: ” I worry about being blocked from taking advantage of […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:00:31-04:00July 20th, 2014|Saturn|10 Comments

Mars in Leo, August 27 2013

Art by Frank Frizetta

Mars leaves Cancer today for the powerful sign of Leo.  Mars is a fire planet, and when it travels through the fire signs the energy of Mars is expressed more fully and with more power and intensity.

While in Cancer we may have found it difficult to motivate ourselves to take any kind of action, since emotions and feelings were more important under the Cancerian influence.  This infusion of fire will likely instigate a fair amount of activity so it is wise to be somewhat careful not to allow the fire to burn out of control.

Mars provides enthusiasm and fuels our desires, and in Leo those desires become more about fulfilling our individual needs for pleasure and for fun.  Leo is a celebratory sign – there is an open and generous heart and an ability to see the positive even in the midst of darkness.

The energy of Mars in Leo is infectious and can help to motivate even the most sluggish of individuals.  There is some danger that the Leo openness can expand the aggressive force of Mars, and because Leo is a fixed sign there can be a tendency to become stuck in ones desires and find it difficult to seek alternative pathways.

Mars in Leo will align in a strong square to Saturn in Scorpio around September 5-10th which will cool our heels and remind us to use caution before exploding out of control.  A plan to utilize this sudden infusion of new energy will help us to get the most out of it!

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By |2013-08-27T19:17:04-04:00August 27th, 2013|Planetary cycles|3 Comments

The Jupiter/Pluto opposition in the news

collisionAlthough the exact alignment between Jupiter and Pluto did not culminate until yesterday, the two great gods in the sky have been approaching each other for the past few weeks.

Jupiter is the King of the Gods and inspires expansive confidence and a righteous adherence to the belief systems which we hold dear.  I often get the feeling that Pluto laughs at the idea that Jupiter considers himself the King, since Pluto holds the key to life and death itself.  I suppose it’s because the father of Jupiter and Pluto, that nasty Saturn, ate all his children and only Jupiter escaped and managed to save the rest.

At any rate, as I wrote last week:  With Jupiter opposing Pluto we will likely see conflict between the small truths and the bigger Truths that underlie the very fabric of reality.  Jupiterian truths are like theologies – your truth may be different from mine.  Your politics may be different from mine.  But Truth is a reality that cannot change from one person to the next.

Over the past ten days or so that Jupiter and Pluto have been moving into alignment, the planet Mars was also involved.  Mars represents anger, haste, desire, impulsive behavior – it’s inclusion into the larger cycle has created some inflammatory situations across the globe.  Here are just a few:

  • There have been a number of plane and transportation crashes:
    • A train traveling at 195 mph crashed in Spain
    • A train in Quebec exploded and killed 47 people
    • Two trains collided in Switzerland, injuring 35.
    • In Louisiana a tanker train derailed and over 100 homes were evacuated due to the leakage of deadly chemicals (that’s Neptune in Pisces getting into the act).
  • A motorist drove through a crowd in Venice Beach, California, […]
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By |2013-08-09T12:45:09-04:00August 9th, 2013|Planetary cycles|8 Comments

Grand Sextile/Star of David, July 29 2013

Grand Sextile 2013Image stolen from . 

I have been writing about the Grand Trine in Water that is in effect for much of this year, and at the end of the month a Grand Trine in Earth will intersect with the Water Trine and form a Star of David, or Grand Trine.

Similarity to Harmonic Concordance

The Harmonic Concordance that occurred on November 8, 2003 was considered a portal to awakened consciousness.  The Harmonic Concordance featured the same combination of planetary alignments as the July 29th Grand Sextile:

  • Two interlocking grand trines (120 degree angles) in water and earth signs.
  • Two oppositions (180 degree angle).
  • A hexagon of sextiles (60 degree angles) forming a Grand Sextile.
  • Two “T-square” formations (an opposition where both planets are square (90 degrees) to another).

The Harmonic Concordance occurred at a total eclipse of the Moon which we don’t see here, but otherwise they are similar patterns.

They are also similar to a configuration that could be the actual Star of Bethehem: a heliocentric alignment of planets forming a Star of David in the year 5 bce.  Jesus of course was said to be born under the Star of Bethlehem and his legend involves him being a direct descendant of David.

The Symbolism of the Star of David or Solomon’s Seal

The Star of David (also called the Seal of Solomon) has been an esoteric symbol for thousands of years.  In India it was a tantric symbol called the “Satkana Yantra” and represented complete balance between Shiva and Shakti, the divine masculine and divine feminine.  , in the book “The Gods of India,” writes:  “The two complimentary principles, the […]

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By |2018-11-27T16:55:38-04:00July 26th, 2013|Consciousness|13 Comments

The Watery Grand Trine of 2013

A Grand Trine occurs when three (or more) planets form a triangle and is generally thought to be a harmonious alignment. Trines work well together – they support each other and create ease but can also inspire laziness and complacency.  For this reason Grand Trines work best when combined with the more stressful aspects (such as squares and oppositions).  People generally think of trines as “good” and the stressful aspects as “bad,” but it’s the challenging aspects that motivate and strengthen.  Trines can encourage weakness and self-indulgence without the added balance of a more stressful influence.

A Grand Trine in water began in June and will be in effect for the entire year.  The primary planets involved are Jupiter (expansion and meaning), Saturn (restriction and structure) and Neptune (inspiration and spirituality).  Jupiter and Neptune together govern the spiritual life – Jupiter seeks meaning and encourages us to discover belief systems that give our life meaning, and Neptune inspires us to experience divinity first-hand through creative expression and spiritual bliss.  Saturn grounds these lofty matters into reality and requires that we take concrete steps towards spiritual growth.

Jupiter is in Cancer (I promise to have my article up soon!), Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, all water signs which emphasize the feelings and emotions.  Jupiter and Neptune tend to bring out the weakness of the Grand Trine since Jupiter is all about feeling good and Neptune seeks the path of least resistance in its journey towards cosmic bliss.  Saturn holds down the fort, grounding and requesting that we create structure in the journey towards comfort and relaxation.

Intuition and flow are of primary importance now and will help to soften the intensity of the push for change that is creating disruption […]

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By |2018-06-11T11:48:32-04:00July 9th, 2013|Planetary cycles|6 Comments

The astrological history of the sexual revolution: Part 1

sexual revolutionA reader on my suggested a connection between Saturn in Libra and the sexual revolution.  Saturn was actually in Libra between 1950 and 1953, placing it a little earlier than the actual sexual revolution which we typically think of occurring in the 1960s along with all of the other revolutions brought about by the conjunction of Uranus (the revolutionary) with Pluto (the transformer).  But it can definitely be argued that Saturn’s passage through Libra, the sign of relationships, created some of the challenges that led up to the sexual revolution in the 1960s.

When Saturn went through Libra in the early 1950s the world was recovering from World War II.  In the United States this was the Ozzie and Harriet era – a time of booming prosperity in which suburban life became rigidly codified into an increasingly comfortable prison of rigid sex roles.  The husband went out to work, the wife stayed home.  This is Saturn (structure) in Libra (balancing polarities) in its purest form.

At the time, Saturn conjoined Neptune in Libra, so Neptune was there as well adding a touch of glamor and fairy dust to the whole situation.  There was a great deal of idealism and a willingness to ignore any problems that resulted from an increasingly rigid societal structure.  And with Pluto still traveling through Leo, every aspect of life was seen through the lens of expression of Self.  But Saturn was still present creating tests and challenges, and Simone deBeauvoir’s landmark work began to grow in its influence over American women when it was translated into English in 1953 with Saturn still in Libra.

Saturn’s entry into the sexy sign of Scorpio in late […]

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By |2016-11-15T08:32:49-04:00July 23rd, 2010|Life, Planetary cycles|2 Comments
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