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Posts Tagged ‘Uranus square Pluto’

Astrology Update, January 24th-25th, 2018, In the Wake of the 1st Quarter Moon

“Today’s 1st Quarter Moon in Taurus sees the first challenge in this lunar cycle to the intentions we set at last week’s New Moon in Capricorn and have been building on since….”

I started to write about last night’s 1st Quarter Moon in Taurus and stopped. I’d been struggling with writer’s block all day and into the night, not simply at a loss for words, but rather feeling the need to work with the energies of this moon phase through visual art instead of writing. Or at least find some balance between the two, to find the path of least resistance in working with the inherent challenge of the First Quarter Moon’s square between the Sun in Aquarius and the Moon in Taurus, two fixed signs who each have no interest in moving to accommodate the other.

To successfully navigate this kind of challenge we need to really feel it, not just emotionally, but kinaesthetically, as a voraciously thinking and socially attuned Solar Consciousness just bumped up against our instinctive desire to take pleasure in the physical world. In a society which has long valued mind over matter and upheld the supremacy of the soul over the body, the visual over the tactile, coming to a real place of understanding between the two is no small feat.

Why does it say “avowed hedonist” toward the end of the self-description in my header on Twitter? Because I believe that we should enjoy our lives enthusiastically and unashamedly or not at all. Ourselves, just as we are. We all have our little indulgences, material or otherwise. And the “otherwise” is heightened now with Mercury conjuncting Pluto reviving the last reverberations of Pluto’s waxing square to Uranus that has caused so much societal and personal disruption in recent years.  Mercury’s conjunction to Pluto eeking out the last bit of growth potential from that Pluto/Uranus square has heightened the potential for challenging sudden changes in thought or speech at a time when our obsessions and compulsions are exerting a powerful influence on our minds.  As Mercury sextiles Jupiter today and moves forward toward the exact square to Uranus this upcoming Sunday, plus with Jupiter’s recent sextile to Pluto still in effect, we are likely to find these mental changes and unusual conversations more and more challenging, confronted with ideas that may seem too radical in the context of the status quo, yet we also have an increased capacity to make use of the transformative power of Pluto’s influence, to gain greater awareness of our own subconscious motivations and come to a greater sense of wholeness in the process, if we are willing to face the parts of ourselves we have not previously recognized.

Both the classical and modern rulers of Aquarius have coloured our thoughts and feelings over the past 24 hours, with Saturn in Capricorn trine the Moon in Taurus at the time of the First Quarter Moon, increasing the strength of our emotions yesterday, and we have felt these over the course of the night in our bones, slowly, steadily, the daily processes of our experiences informing our psyches, rippling both outward and inward. Saturn is all about process, all about slow and steady progress over time, and very much about the body – working within the limitations of the physical form, but also grounding ourselves and our feelings at a time when the forward-thinking consciousness of the Sun in Aquarius might easily send us too far out into space, too far into our future and not mindful enough of the present.

Drawing for me is a very embodied process – more than one person who knows me and my artwork has commented on the clear connection between my drawings and my dancing, as there is always a sense of movement within my best work. The drawing that is a part of this post is by no means a completed drawing, but rather a continuation of a glorified doodle that I started a while back and hadn’t initially intended to do much else with. And I will probably end up painting over it at some later date. But for the moment, it is a good reminder of the need to be patient with the process in this lunar cycle and in this coming year, to be mindful of our bodies as we pursue our minds’ goals and our social causes, and to give ourselves recognition for the progress we are making while recognizing that we still have a long way to go. The journey may be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be painful.


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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast. Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact. If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better! The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Tarot for December 23rd, 2016: Death


Today’s Tarot card is (XIII) Death, a card that often causes fear in those who do not understand Tarot, but which actually is meant to help us face the necessary transitions in our lives.

We live in a death-averse society, one which worships a youthful ideal and has serious difficulties facing mortality and all of its attendant messiness.  This makes it harder for us to let go of our loved ones as they pass from this world, of our youth as we age and move closer to our own deaths, and also of all of the myriad things that we must let go of in order to embrace change and growth along the way.  But letting go is a necessary part of the process of transition and transformation.  We need to be able to let go of what we no longer need or want in our lives in order to bring in what we do want and need, in order to become the people we truly want to be.  In order to have the capability for action, we need to start from stillness.  In order to be filled, we need first to be empty.  If we never let go of anything, we have no room for new things in our lives.  If we are eternally frightened of change, how can we ever make our lives into what we want them to be?

Let me give you an example from my own life:  In October I moved across the North American continent from Rhode Island to Washington state.  I was born in Washington, but moved out to New England to go to college in the late 1980s and stayed there for nearly 30 years.  I’d built multiple businesses there and a sizable social circle, but I’d also been feeling the pull back to the Pacific Northwest, and my stepmother’s terminal illness and the declining health of the woman who’d been managing her affairs dictated that 2016 would be the year I’d return home.  This meant hastily packing up the contents of my apartment and studio within the month following TempleCon 2016, after a grueling convention planning season, putting much of my prior duties at The Temple Games into the hands of my business partner, saying goodbye to my friends and driving approximately 3,000 miles in a U-Haul truck with my car in tow, and leaving an incredibly busy urban life in Providence to move myself and all of my crazy assortment of art and fashion-creation supplies into an already-lived-in house with its own strange ecosystem of people in a quiet, wooded area on a small island in the Puget Sound.  It also meant that I needed to decide to either give up the path I’d already embarked on of turning my divinatory arts into a business and get a “real” job, or plunge into the terrifying depths of trying to build a highly socially-dependent business in a place where I have very few social connections, most of whom live across the water.

I chose the latter.

The work that I have done since then has coincided with a severe breakdown in my health as the years of 60-90 hour work weeks, constant sleep-deprivation, and high-pressure working conditions in my former life finally caught up with me.  There have been far too many times in this past year when I have felt the specter of an actual, physical death looming over me, and these two months since I arrived in Washington have forced me to come to grips with that.  I’ve struggled with pain and exhaustion, depression and anxiety, and my normally problematic DSPS/N24 sleep cycle going completely haywire, to the point that normal day-to-day functions have been completely disrupted.  And I’ve slowly been putting myself back together again (an ongoing process), recognizing that the way that I’ve done things in the past simply won’t do in this new paradigm.  In holistic healing terms, I’ve been experiencing a “health crisis,” a necessary part of the process of healing where things get worse before they get better.  The body that I’ve previously held in such rigid control in order to achieve on an often crazy level of activity has finally been let loose from that grip, and once out of it has been free to express its displeasure at ever having been so confined in the first place.

This process that I’ve been experiencing corresponds to the alchemical maxim “Solve et Coagula,” referring to the process of breaking things down into their components and then bringing them back together again in a coherent whole.  This is a necessary part of transformation – not simply putting a new coat of paint on the caterpillar but putting it into a chrysalis and dissolving it inside that warm, dark space in order to completely reconstruct it into a butterfly.  And this is profoundly frightening to those going through such processes.

For many of us, the past few years of multiple exact square transiting aspects between the outer planets Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn have been leading us through such a transformative process.  For myself, those squares hit hard against my natal Moon in Aries opposite my natal Uranus in Libra, and soon I am likely to be hit even harder with transiting Pluto heading into a fateful conjunction with my natal Venus, Sun, and Mercury starting in January of 2017 and affecting all three of these natal positions for the next several years until the end of February 2021.  This leads up to the Pluto return for the United States as a whole country, which begins during the tail end of the Pluto transit to my natal Venus/Sun/Mercury stellium, at which time Pluto returns to the position it was in at the time of the American Revolution, and the power of our national institutions undergoes a time of serious re-assessment and potential transformation.

That is what Pluto is about at its core:  power and transformation.  Pluto is the transcendental (nocturnal) ruler of Scorpio, a sign which is intensely concerned with power and transformation and death, ruling the 8th house which governs sex, death, and legacy and is one of the three Houses of Ending.  Transformation is linked to death precisely because we must die to our old way of being when we are transformed, and death is the ultimate transformation.  All of us who have been wrestling with the changes brought on during the Uranus/Pluto squares – deaths, divorces, job losses, life-changing illnesses – have been becoming deeply familiar with this relationship between death and transformation, and pretty soon the entire United States as a country is going to experience it too.  I’m going to be intimately familiar with it just in time to watch my country go through it, and I suspect that it is part of my karmic path to do so just so that I can help others through that transformation (assuming that I survive my own process!).  And with all of the upheaval that we’ve been experiencing in 2016 in particular, the fear of facing further upheaval and the intensity of deep transformation on such a grand scale might seem too much to bear.

Why is the Death card showing up now on a day with relatively benign astrological aspects, leading into a weekend that is arguably an astrological bright spot at the end of a bleak year?  Well, first the obvious link:  We’ve got a Scorpio Moon for today and most of the weekend, and the Death card is ruled by Scorpio.  But more importantly, when we are facing intense transitions, taking the time afforded by a Mercury retrograde during a Scorpio Moon at the end of this difficult year is crucial for helping us to understand this transformative process and be prepared to meet it with courage, glad for the opportunities for change and growth that are afforded to us even when (and sometimes most especially when) those opportunities are cloaked in situations that terrify us.  The Death card shows us that theses situations, these changes, these transformations are all part of larger cycles that we must embrace whether we want to or not, for surely they will embrace us.  Once we dive down deep into that inevitability, there is a certain kind of freedom that emerges.  Once we surrender to the will of the Universe, once we recognize that our control is an illusion and that Death comes for us all, we are free to open ourselves up to the possibilities that change and transformation present to us.  We can develop the strength to face that deathly portal, walk through it, and meet what is on the other side free of the chains from the past that previously kept us from the revelations that our souls need and the growth that gives us purpose and fulfillment.

Death is the perfect card to face the impending end of the year with, and during this weekend, we have the chance to safely explore our emotions and instinctual responses to the prospect of deep transformation, as well as our relationship with change and limitations.  Now we can face our discoveries in these realm while cradled in the light of benevolent celestial and earthly activity that help us to align with our most loving, spiritual, and socially uplifting intentions, and become really clear on our goals for the upcoming year.

Change is the one true constant of the Universe.  Let’s embrace it.


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