Autumn Equinox 2021

Girl Walking in Autumn Leaves by Jessie Wilcox Smith

Autumn Equinox 2021 arrives on September 22 at 3:21p EDT, 12:21p PDT and 19:21 UT

It is Spring Equinox for those in the Southern Hemisphere which is on September 23 at 5:21 AEDT

The Old Farmers Almanac has all the basic info and some beautiful photos too, and Mental Floss gives you ways to celebrate the Equinox. China and Vietnam and other Asian countries celebrate the Moon Festival which is on the full moon nearest to the equinox, and this Equinox is called Mabon in the modern pagan tradition named after the God of Welsh mythology – the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess.

All seasons have their beauty but Autumn’s beauty is outrageous! Here in the US we know about New England’s riotous colors and the stunning golden aspens in the West, but Autumn’s beauty is spans the globe. Here are images of Autumn glory around the world 10 best places outside the U.S. for fall color.

The September Equinox marks the beginning of this new season and the chart for the Equinox indicates astrological trends for the season. Here is the Equinox chart cast for Washington, DC.

Autumn Equinox 2021

This equinox marks the moment the Sun enters Libra each year. This year Mars is also in Libra riding close to the Sun and Mercury is in this airy balanced sign too.. Venus rules Libra so her placement is always important and this year Venus swims in the dark waters of Scorpio exerting her power in deep and mysterious ways to be revealed later.  The Moon is in fiery Aries, Chiron retro is too. Saturn and Jupiter are both retrograde in icy Aquarius. Neptune continues his retro journey in Pisces and Pluto, retro too, remains in Capricorn. The Karmic South Node (pull to the past) is in Sagittarius and North Node (future direction) is in Gemini.

Mars represents action and the last time Mars joined the Sun in Libra on the Autumn Equinox was in 2008, just before the US election when Barack Obama became President.  At the 2021 Equinox Mars forms a close  trine to Saturn and also to the Gemini North Node, forming a Grand Air Trine and the Sun plays into this positive pattern too.  This uplifting energy as the new season begins bodes well for better interaction helping average people understand each other better (let us hope!).

Communicator Mercury enhances this, forming another airy trine to Jupiter in Aquarius. Mercury helps spread the Libra ideas of fair play for all with the ability to see both sides of an issue to provide intelligent solutions and this trine to bountiful Jupiter adds more impact. However Mercury moves slowly now in prep for his retrograde phase 5 days after the Equinox and Jupiter is retrograde at the Equinox so Mercury’s uplifting message may fly over people’s heads for now. On November 1st this same trine repeats with both planets moving direct so the message has a better chance of connecting.

Tiny Mercury plays large in the Equinox chart again because along with this trine he forms an exact square to Pluto retro in serious Capricorn. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 11/27/2008 another push back to that significant year, and this Mercury square repeats challenges operative since then to the corporate and government top down patriarchal power structures.  Pluto moves forward on 10/6 and on November 2nd, the day after the repeat of the positive trine between Mercury and Jupiter, this Mercury – Pluto square repeats too.  Interesting contrast.

To get a hint about what this means let’s look at how the Equinox Moon in Aries plays in. The Moon in the Equinox chart represents the public’s mood and Moon in Mars ruled Aries is passionate! The Moon forms a see-saw opposition to Mercury and also squares Pluto forming a tense T-Square which demands action to resolve the challenge. Texas just passed the most rigid anti abortion law not only in the US but in most other countries across the world. Libra’s symbol, the balanced scales of Justice, indicates the connection to law and courts like the US Supreme Court which formally denied to freeze the Texas law even though it violates Roe v. Wade.

The outcry after this law passed was swift with rallies across the country protesting the law and even corporations like American Airlines and Lyft are  against the law . One of the most draconian parts of the law is that it encourages average citizens to turn in anyone violating the law and allows them to sue too! Ironically the very Republicans who crafted and passed this law and who spit and rave about “socialists” must have forgotten how similar this law is to the old Communist Party in the Soviet Union and China which also encouraged people to turn in their neighbors for violating Party regulations.

Venus rules Libra so her placement in the Equinox chart is always important and she is in potent and powerful Scorpio and forms a tight opposition to change agent Uranus in Taurus and both planets also square Lord of Karma Saturn in Aquarius. Another strained T-Square! Venus rules females and you don’t want to undermine women when Venus is in Scorpio! Venus in Scorpio keeps her intentions well hidden and pounces like a panther to capture her prey.  Since both Uranus and Saturn are retro it might take a while for her plan to unfold but don’t doubt that it will!

These T-Squares also point to the ongoing civil war between Q-anon fanatics and those who will do anything to avoid getting a covid vaccination even ingesting toxic substances versus those who don’t believe Democrats drink baby blood and who believe in following scientific data. It’s definitely weird out there hang on because the Libra scales wildly out of balance looks to continue through the season.

Here is an Equinox post I like from Jude Cowell. She says the, “Mars-Venus vibes… is the blend of the cool-headed “peace-making crusader” who can be “jolted by emotional conflict and criticism from others.” There’s a sociability and a sense of “great expectations” to this blend and romance is not out of the picture! There can be quite a tussle with independence vs dependence issues in some partnerships so watch out for this. ”

At the personal level the way to avoid those swinging scales is to tap into the positive Equinox trends activated by the uplifting Air Trines. The Libra angle invites you to reach out to your community and friends to help each other stay positive and  share good times together. It also motivates you to put extra energy into making your own personal relationships – family and romantic partner, better. Venus in juicy Scorpio helps with this and the Aries Moon provides a lot of passion to pull it off!  The Aquarius angle from Saturn and Jupiter encourages you to look to the future and rise above the unhinged media messages including those from your own social media sources. Trust your own intuitive inner guidance and use it to rise to your personal bigger picture understanding and you’ll see through any outer illusion.  As the wonderful poet Rumi, born with Sun in Libra, says, We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us. ~ Rumi

Summer Solstice 2021

The 2021 Summer Solstice arrives on Sunday, June 20 at 11:32 p.m. EDT 8:32 p.m. PDT and 3:32 UTC

This is Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere which is on  Monday June 21 at  13:32 AEST

The June Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and is when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer each year.  It is Winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.  EarthSky has good background info on the Solstice, Wanderlust shows how the Summer Solstice is celebrated in different traditions, you can watch a livestream at Stonehenge, and here is info on the Winter Solstice from the Southern Hemisphere This year’s solstice chart (cast for New York City) is a blend of flowing positivity and challenging snares!

Note: In my never ending quest to help you understand how the influences of astrology manifest., check out the links you’ll see as you read on, with “as above, so below” examples.

Summer Solstice 2021

The Solstice chart is cast for the moment the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer each year and indicates upcoming  trends for the season. Water signs dominate the chart with the Moon, ruler of the Cancer Sun, in steamy powerful Scorpio, Venus in Cancer and huge Jupiter along with Neptune in Pisces. Mars is in sparkling in fire sign Leo, Mercury is retro in airy Gemini, Saturn also retro is in air sign Aquarius, Uranus is in earthy Taurus and Pluto, also retro, remains in earth sign Capricorn.

Trines are 120* aspects representing ‘ease-flow-harmony’ and there are some lovely ones in the solstice chart. The Sun forms a trine to Jupiter and brings the Moon in too, and Venus forms another trine to Neptune – very beautiful patterns! The Sun’s trine to generous Jupiter brings in the unconditional love of Cancer blending with the empathy of Pisces, which indicates people are eager to love one another more, and since Cancer rules families mothers and children, folks want more help to lift up average families.

Ironically Jupiter turns retrograde a few hours before the solstice arrives, so this ‘uplift’ may face delays. President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan called The American Jobs Plan focuses on much needed infrastructure repair and also on raising up the American workforce is currently stalled in the Senate (largely because Republicans resist raising taxes on the wealthy). Seeds are planted now and will hopefully bear fruit after Jupiter turns direct again on 10/17.

Moon in the solstice chart represents the public mood and the Moon participates in this trine too. The emotion expression of Moon in Scorpio is tough love and ruthless compassion.  Consider how people are demanding to get a living wage in the face of the soaring bonuses for CEOs who made out like bandits during the pandemic and   American workers flex their muscles. People are not in the mood to let the powers that be roll over them as they flex their muscle with so many businesses needing more workers as the pandemic restrictions lift.  Currently there are protests all over the world where people are courageously standing up for their rights as these current 10 World-Changing Protests indicate. These protests are likely to continue if Moon in Scorpio has her say!

Venus rules women and is in Cancer in the solstice chart, which further emphasizes women’s issues like more child care and financial support for caregivers both within families and for those who care for the elderly in nursing homes. The close trine Venus forms to spiritual Neptune in compassionate Pisces spreads ‘one love for all’ and helps people’s hearts open to their fellow humans. This flowing trine helps water and fertilize people’s growing awareness that we are all connected and when you share to help uplift others you ultimately benefit all of humanity including yourself!

Mars also forms trines in the solstice chart, reaching out to the South Node in Sagittarius and pulling in Chiron in Aries too. The South Node is the karmic past which we must move away from in order to evolve and wounded healer Chiron is a key waiting to be turned so that healing can begin. When Mars is in Leo peoples energy returns and everyone want to get want to get out and roar! Sagittarius is all about ability to travel freely and Aries favors individual freedoms, all of which line up with pandemic restrictions rapidly lifting. Everyone is on the move again!

Trines are usually associated with positive energy, but a 3 prong trine can also activate an easy flow of challenging force too, especially in fire signs like this one.  As we all get up and going again, we need to remember to be more aware and sensitive to others, but this trine pushes “It’s all about ME” I don’t care if I roll over everyone else. For example as thousands more people begin to travel again the rash of violence on airlines is getting insane, as this article point out, Unruly behavior from plane passengers has never been this bad . At the same time Mars makes this trine he also forms a challenging square to the Scorpio Moon, so this type of selfish behavior is likely to continue.

Not to be left out  Saturn in Aquarius also makes a trine to the North Node in Gemini which stretches out to Mercury in Gemini too.  The important North Node in Gemini is like a compass pointing to the need for better communication, releasing anxiety and improving mental health in general. (Here is a good article on the current nodes). Ideally this airy trine is uplifting.  Gemini rules average people – the tribal mind, which Saturn in lofty Aquarius has been valiantly attempting to lift up to a higher, more mature perspective with emphasis on working together for the greater good, versus egotistical shortsightedness.  However Mercury remains retrograde in the solstice chart and Saturn is retro too – there is progress, but at times it seems to stall. Similar to the trine with Jupiter retro we can trust that seeds are planted for positive energy to manifest later. In fact Jupiter plays into this too because when he moves forward again this Fall, he’ll be in Aquarius where he’ll give Saturn a nice boost.

Uranus, Lord of Enlightenment (and chaos!) is in earthy Taurus and creates a major challenge in the solstice chart. Uranus forms a tight square to Saturn and an opposition to Moon in Scorpio while Saturn also squares the Moon. This configuration makes a tense, dynamic T-Square where 3 parts are swinging out on the T and it takes effort to stabilize the parts so they can be utilized. Since 2019 Uranus in Taurus has been beaming in the need to become more enlightened about protecting and healing our planet. This T-Square in the solstice chart indicates the challenge remains as people get lax again, while large agribusiness and other corporations along with government municipalities seem eager to get back to spewing pollutants back into waterways, oceans and landfills after the new awareness during pandemic lock-down that nature was actually getting cleaner by the day! Here is an article on why you shouldn’t even consider living near a  pig farm.

Despite the challenge Uranus in Taurus has been getting his message through. Here are some positive examples to inspire you: Renewable Energy Boomed in 2020; New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster ; How abandoned strip mines are being rescued .

Retrograde Pluto stands alone near the last leg of his lengthy Capricorn journey (at 26* Cap) in the solstice chart. This potent transformer is moving retrograde patiently waiting for those in positions of power in government and corporations and specifically white male patriarchy, to recognize that the old power structures are already transforming to the point of no return. Pluto in Capricorn knows that no matter what Proud Boys and other white supremacists, backward thinking clergy, ayatollahs and other regressive dogmatic leaders across the world believe and who don’t want things to change, – too late boys –  it’s already a done deal!

An important indication of this here is the US is the passage just days before the Solstice to make June 19th a US federal holiday the  Juneteenth National Independence Day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  In one of the most divisive eras in US history, this bill passed unanimously in the Senate with only 14 members in the House voting against it. Contrast this with the passage in 1983 of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with passed with 90 representatives and 22 senators voting against it. Times have indeed changed. The Summer Solstice chart for 2021 expresses these changes along with the pressure against the rising tide of more care, concern and love for all.

Here is advice for you to tap this loving flow. When you begin to feel discouraged that things will never change, might makes right, people never change, etc. simply make the choice to tune out the ‘real world” idiot box and tune into your higher self who will help lift your vibration to a kind and loving one. Tap into the Solstice one love flow – truly feel it in your heart and soon your lifted vibration expands throughout the whole world and beyond! Here is a quote from a wonderful person who knew how to uplift people, Robin Williams born with Sun in Cancer, Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky.  ~ Robin Williams.

Here is a note about the art I chose for the Solstice-  a sculpture by Bill Worrell whose art I discovered last year and used a painting of his for the Summer Solstice issue then. The sculpture I used for Summer Solstice 2021 is named Shaman of the Benediction . In researching Worrell I learned his sculptures are always accompanied by a poem of his which you can read here . I also sadly learned that he had recently “left for that final journey to the infinite possibilities of the Universe’s Great Mystery” (as his obituary said) on April 29, 2021. I feel fortunate to have found his inspiring work which lives on.  Here is a poem written in 2003 which he put on his website. I would add, the energy of now at this time, this Summer Solstice 2021 helps us know this truth!

THERE MUST BE PEACE
IF THERE IS TO BE LOVE
THERE MUST BE WILLINGNESS TO LOVE
IF THERE IS TO BE PEACE

THERE MUST BE FORGIVENESS
IF PEACE AND LOVE ARE TO BE SUSTAINED

IT IS TIME
WE PUT TO AN END
THINGS THAT DIVIDE US
IT IS TIME TO BEGIN
TO LET PEACE AND LOVE UNITE US
IT IS TIME
TO LET LIGHT AND REASON GUIDE US

THAT ALL PEOPLE RE-DIRECT WARS AND AGGRESSION—
NOT TOWARD FELLOW BEINGS
BUT DIRECT THEM AGAINST IGNORANCE
AGAINST POVERTY
AGAINST PREJUDICE
AGAINST DISEASE
AGAINST SUFFERING
AND AGAINST THE VIRAL AND MICROBIAL FORCES
WHICH HAVE ALWAYS PLAGUED HUMAN WELL BEING

IT IS TIME FOR PEACE
AND FOR MUTUAL SYMBIOTIC CO-EXISTENCE

IT IS TIME
IT IS TIME
IT IS TIME

~ Bill Worrell

Understanding the Midheaven (MC)

The MC is who we are as a member of society. If someone says: “Let me introduce you to Dr Faust, who is opening a medical practice in the borough” they are talking about the MC.
If they add “I know him personally and he is a real bastard but don’t worry, he knows his job and does it well” they are talking about the Ascendant or other personal planets in the first part of the sentence, but when saying “…he knows his job and does it well” they are back to the MC. For most people in the borough, that’s all what matters.

Now, if the guy ends up known in the whole borough as “The Bastard” then yes, it’s the MC. The MC is not necessarily about our profession.
If the Doctor keeps his bastardness private and is known essentially as “Good doctor, never makes a mistake” then the MC is only about being a good doctor. His wife may leave him anyway, if she married him for his MC she made a big mistake. Check the eighth house for the question of the money she might get after the divorce.
 
Let’s take an example.
. A Leo MC will mean that there is something Leo about the role the person plays in society.
Something Leo about the role does not mean everything Leo about the person. It’s just something Leo. It’s a clue, not a full picture, and it’s about the role, not about the person.
If someone is known as “the person who runs the art gallery”, then the social role is to show: people go to a gallery to admire creations, so there is something Leo.
The gallery owner may be the most self effacing of all people, they have a Leo MC and play a Leo role.
 
Now, don’t forget that if there are planets conjunct or making strong aspects to the MC, they will express more obviously than the sign. If you see a Mercury conjunct MC in Pisces, focus on Mercury first. There is some kind of thinking and passing information here. Maybe it’s done in a way that arouse feelings, or it’s about spiritual topics, or completely escaping reality checks… but it’s a Mercury thing first.
Enjoy life!
Jean-Marc

The way up and the way down. Pisces.

                                                      The way up and the way down are one and the same

 Heraclitus. 

I have been wondering why Pisces rules over the feet.

Aries rules the head, Taurus the throat, Gemini the lungs and so on,  following the signs we scan the body from head to toes. Order feels good but fish don’t have feet, so why ruling over ours?

Let’s go for a little barefoot walk. Let’s feel how the earth feels. It’s a sensitive and intimate touch.

Psychics, mediums who attune themselves with the most subtle energies need to keep grounded. Feet are plugs and anchors.

A fish goes up, a fish goes down. Branches grow up, roots  grow down.

The way up and the way down are one and the same.

 

                                                                     The last shall be first, and the first last   

                                                                                                                          -Jesus. 

Towards the beginning of the Age of Pisces, the first Christians chose the fish as a secret symbol to recognize one another and escape persecutions.

Jesus’s story and teachings are a true Pisces textbook. Not all people born with Pisces prominent in their chart are Jesus, indeed and far from it. Symbols don’t show only the hero of the story, but all what goes with it: where there is a savior, there are victims, where there is a healer, there are sick people, where there is a redeemer, there are fallen angels. Demons are spiritual beings too. A fish goes up, the other goes down…

Jesus said he was the Messiah the Jews had been waiting for. They were waiting for a king. Instead,  he was born in a stable, washed his follower’s feet and ended up crucified like a criminal.

He valued the poor and the outcast; when his disciples asked who was the greatest, he told them they had to become like little children to be able to enter the spiritual kingdom…

He kept turning established values upside down. I love Jesus.

 

“That which is below is like that which is above, and that which is above is like that which is below, to perform the miracles of one only thing.” 

                                                                                                             –  Hermes Trismegistus

Talking of turning upside down… with Capricorn we have been climbing to the top of a mountain. With Aquarius we have reached to the clouds and the stars, the infinite space where Spirit dwells. We can’t get any higher but as above, so below: the sky calls for a down below counterpart: it is the ocean. What is high is also deep.

Above are winged creatures, angels or birds. Below are fish and stars. Above is spirit. Below is consciousness. It’s a mirror. Consciousness can be enlightened or obscured, in modern terms we distinguish between conscious and unconscious, and it can be personal or collective, but it’s all the psyche, the universal soul, the feminine counterpart of Spirit. We are immersed in it. Creatures of the psychic ocean, we are fish.

In Christian symbolism, Mary, Stella Maris, is star of the sea. She was first called that because of a wrong translation of her name by a monk in medieval times, but it stroke a chord. A mere error without psychic resonance would have be quickly forgotten.

In the psychic ocean are images. An almighty father with a beard, a virgin beauty with stars around the head standing over the sea, a wise and benevolent elephant, blue skinned gods dancing and playing the flute, to mention but a few. They move our hearts… There is an emotional dimension called devotion, or worship to spirituality. We borrow these words to express our most romantic feelings.

Artists, musicians, story tellers get inspiration from this sea. In an ideal world, there would be no distinction between sacred and profane art.

Some religions make abundant use of images, other forbid to use them. They can be inspiring but also misleading.

The Great Spirit, as far as I can tell, has no gender, no beard, no lovely face, no blue skin.

 

                                              When all the senses are stilled, when the mind is at rest, when the intellect wavers not, then, say the wise, is reached the highest state. This calm of the senses and the mind has been defined as yoga. He who attains it is freed from delusion. 

                                                                            – The Upanishads

 

Consciousness is a mirror, and I don’t know why a particular kind of mirror is called psyche. If it started as a coincidence, again it has stricken a chord.

 

 

Psyche can only mirror spirit well when she is still like the surface of a lake. When she is not, distorted views create illusions.  They can be beautiful like a multitude of lights dancing with the waves, reflecting  the only one Sun above.
Sculpted by the Aquarian wind, waves usually forget that they are the ocean. We identify with our outer form and then fear that we will have to die…
But who is forgetting?  Is it the wave, the ocean, or spirit reflected in psyche?

We are in a prison we call reality. Return to Source is a lonely path. It seems.

There are two fish swimming in opposite directions. They are bound together. They can’t be separated. There is only one fish. But they are two.

Nuns, monks, hermits, solitary sailors and prisoners live in tiny cells. A fish is sacrificed. It becomes smaller and smaller as the other one expands to mystical dimensions. The cell can be a hospital room,  a mental or physical disability, a stigma… Jupiter rules.

It is a collective game… 
 
Others are mirrors.

 

Spirit is making faces in the mirror.

Sometimes we smile, a mirror smiles and we’re happy. When we are happy we smile…

Sometimes we paint war on our face. Who started it? The mirror? Now we are facing the enemy, we become enraged, we curse, we slaughter. For as long as mirrors keep mirroring what keeps appearing in mirrors, we will be spiralling out of control, hoping for heaven, going to hell.

Free spirits  at times appear and demonstrate how to stop waiting  for the mirror to love first. It takes strength not to mirror. It takes spirit to start alternatives. It may look like turning the other cheek…

 

 Dissolving energy

On this material plane, Saturn has crystalized the forms we created yesterday. When we try a new smile at the mirror, but psyche the mirror keeps showing the sad face we have been feeding it for so long. There is a delay between sowing and reaping. That’s why we remain so easily trapped in karmic loops…

Patience etymologically means suffering. Taking suffering as a supreme value is a mistake. We just need patience to let the old forms dissolve…The purpose is bliss, love and peace. Pisces remembers paradise.

That’s way Pisces can mean the one who suffers, the sacrificed, the victim, the scapegoat…  The one who absorbs rather than reflects, the one who is forced or willingly accepts to take on themselves the sins of others – their shadows – and redeems the energies holding them is the light of a purified, free from judgement, free from hatred, understanding and compassionate consciousness.

Of course, this energy, like all others, can miss the point. There is only a Virgo split hair between enlightenment and madness. Artificial paradises are attractive. Dissolving old fashioned morality opens the door to old fashioned perversions. It’s always possible to replace an illusion with another illusion.  I don’t need to insist…

 

There is a zen story. There were three cats. To get rid of mice, they were the best ones. The first cat was incredibly swift, like the hero in a kung fu movie. The second one was psychic. It always knew in advance what the mice would do. The third cat was just an old cat sleeping all day long. The only thing with this one is that wherever it was, there was no mice. We want to be this cat.

 

Jean-Marc

http://jeanmarcpierson.com

 

 

 

Fixed Air? Really? – Aquarius

 Isn’t the idea of “fixed Air” a little bit funny?

Fixed suits Taurus so well. Taurus has a justified reputation for inertia. Once it’s somewhere, it stays there and becomes bigger, denser, fleshier… If Taurus moves, it acquires momentum: it gets settled in an unchanging motion…

Fixed fire is easy to understand. At first, Fire feels cardinal. It is active, creative, energetic, initiating… Fixed fire manifests as central power. A king on a throne, a bonfire, the sun are radiating in all directions.

Water doesn’t feel fixed at all… Water feels mutable. Dissolving, changing, merging Pisces is as mutable as you can get. Water is formless, sometimes river, sometimes sea, mist, fog, cloud or rain, sometimes groundwater and found at the bottom of wells. Here we are! In the desert, where scorpions live, water is deep down. Finding it is a question of life or death.

Wells, ponds, stagnant waters are fixed…

 

Three modalities, four elements, is it a musical chair game? Let’s not confuse similarity with equivalence!

Air has a claim for being associated with the mutable modality. Fluid like Water and far more subtle, how could Air be fixed?

My ancestors were called the Gauls; they were afraid of only one thing: that the sky fell onto their heads. It never happened. Winds, birds and breathing evoke movement;  Air finds fixity in infinity. The sky has no limit, is not contained, has no centre… and doesn’t move.

Air is space. Thanks to science we know that the atmosphere doesn’t extent as far as the stars… but symbols are not concepts. They are fingers. When the sage shows the Moon, the fool looks at the finger. When the finger is Air, the astrologer looks at the sky. The vault of heaven is everywhere and beyond, all the time and ever after. And so are we, spiritual, infinite and eternal.

 

Fire and Air oppose each other. Aquarius and Leo are like sky and sun. One travels through the other and fills it with warmth and light. The other is the abode of stars and planets, and at times, of clouds, water carriers. Aquarius is the water bearer. If the Sun shines in Leo, in Aquarius, expect rain.

For farmers in the suburbs of Babylon, ancient Mesopotamia, the big muscular guy pouring down water from a jar on his shoulder was blessing the fields. Dance people dance! You will eat! Gather and express gratitude as a community!

 

 

Life is a cosmic metaphor. We learned  “field” when we were farmers.
Solidarity and cooperation have always been questions of survival. When life is difficult, you don’t build as many irrigation systems as there are families in the village. You build one all together, and every individual farmer plugs themselves onto it. There must be collective agreements. How do we share responsibilities and benefits?
There are disagreements, debates and procedures for decision making… Instincts don’t rule over all behaviours therefore politics are unavoidable. Have you heard of the role of friendship in Aristotle’s political theory?
 Anyway. When it rains, you praise the sky gods and check the reservoirs.

 

 

From earth to air, concrete experiences become understanding in the abstract. Fields are now of activity and knowledge. Physics, economics, energy, biology, urban environment… whatever your field, even if you’ve made a name for yourself thanks to your unique genius and original approach, you are not all alone owing and ploughing it. Human endeavours are collective. Life is a web.

However, as you sow, you reap, at personal level and collectively. The articulation between individual and society has been providing food for thought and conflicts since the beginning of thinking and arguing.

 

 

The Water Bearer doesn’t mean the clouds, all the clouds and only the clouds. Symbols are fingers, so let’s go for a walk with our eyes looking upward.  Let’s cross a busy road without even noticing. Don’t we look like a stereotypical Aquarius, lost in our thoughts, oblivious of realities that others believe are obvious, focused in wider realities? Visions, ideals, equations, constellations, patterns, manifestos, divine architecture and rage, rage against the dying of the light…

(Dylan Thomas was a Scorpio Sun with Jupiter and Uranus in Aquarius setting on the horizon)

The sky is as vast as the point at the center of the circle that means “the Sun” is small: infinitely vast, infinitely small. We’re high. We’re gliding… We’re contemplating the immutable laws of the course of the stars, the perfect cosmic order underlying the apparent chaos of human life. Even revolutions happen when the time is right… and mysteriously, free will is part of the heavenly rules. What a wonderful clockwork!

Air is Yang. It shows the other side of the creative coin. Head or tail?  Fire is power.  Air is idea. Whatever manifests started in the spiritual dimension. Architects draw plans before any building work can start. Life has its architects. Ideas come first. Thoughts progressively become concrete realities. That’s progress. The new wants to take the place of the old. The old can’t help but resist, the new must insist, there will be thunderstorms and earthquakes. Saturn with new plans is fighting Saturn’s  old structures.

Aquarius is the Capricorn of the future.  As soon as revolutionaries get their way, they create new structures, write a new constitution, establish a new order which they hope is designed well enough to stand the test of time… Will they?

If our mental creations are coherent, if we don’t wish for a thing and its exact opposite to be true at the same time… if the plans of our house don’t look like a painting by Stephen Escher, if traumatic memories don’t force our creative thoughts to wander in inextricable labyrinths, our thoughts, hopes and wishes will come true…

 

Uranus was the first of the transpersonal planets to be discovered. The traditional system was so balanced, so perfect! It could not be improved, only disrupted.

The Sun rules over Leo, the Moon over Cancer, the five planets over two signs each, a masculine and a feminine one. Why stripping away Saturn from its masculine side, and Mars and Jupiter from their feminine sides? If Uranus resonates well with Aquarius, that’s fine! Let’s keep Saturn there.

Shouldn’t there be a feminine side to Uranus? I’m just asking but it would make sense. Uranus could rule over Capricorn as well, Neptune over Sagittarius and Pluto Aries. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn wouldn’t stop being what they are… But what does “ruling” means exactly?

I like to think of the connection of planets and signs  as sympathetic strings in a musical instrument. These are strings that you don’t pluck. They make sounds when other strings are played on the same frequency, or on a frequency like an octave lower or higher which make them resonate. From my point of view, Uranus is the higher octave of Saturn… Bah! I’m just thinking…

The glyph of Aquarius looks like waves, like in wavelengths and frequencies.

Invisible energies cause visible manifestations…

 

Jean-Marc

http://jeanmarcpierson.com

 

 

Capricorn. Don’t separate the fish from the goat.

The eight first signs of the zodiac looked rather reasonable. The word “zodiac” etymologically means “The wheel of animals”…

We  have met a ram, a bull, human twins, a crab… the scorpion was scary but still grounded in known reality. Then a centaur made its entrance, and now… a sea goat. This thing can’t swim nor climb. It can’t remain the same. What is shown here is a fish turning into a goat. It’s us.

The fish is the state we’re leaving behind, the goat is what we are becoming but we’re not fully there yet.

 

We shouldn’t be too radical with the idea of “leaving behind”. The fish lives in the water, symbol of our feeling nature. Getting rid of our emotions and sensitivity altogether would make us heartless robots.

Jung noticed that the unconscious and the conscious are in a relation of compensation. I should have mentioned this when talking about Libra! If our conscious attitude is characterized by too much of a certain thing, the unconscious will adopt a too much the other way attitude. Jung gave the example of a patient he had not much esteem for. In a dream, this patient appeared on top of a high tower, far above him; Jung realized he was being unfair. Had he idealized  his patient, he may have dreamed of her wallowing in the mud instead.

We shouldn’t be literal when interpreting symbols. A fish turning into a goat does not mean everything fishy in our nature has to become goaty… We just need to become a little bit more like the goat.

In childhood and maybe before incarnating we were like fish in the sea, immersed in the universal or maternal soul, not knowing the difference between the atmosphere of our environment and our internal state.  If one or two babies start crying in a nursery,  soon all of them are crying. They have no idea why. They just absorbe the vibe and amplify it.

Join a emotional crowd at a political rally and you’ll feel the power. You can feel it on social media as well. Current trends and fashions pass off as personal opinions, but it’s nothing but the sea.  Sometimes it feels good and reassuring. Sometimes, tossed around by the flows, we crave for an island, we want a strong and independent ego.

Let’s not confuse the “ego” with flaws such as pride, arrogance or selfishness. Ego means “me”.  Children who fail to build a healthy sense of being a “me” become psychotic or at least will spend a good deal of their life struggling  with issues of personal boundaries. They will not know what they want, not know what to do with themselves. They will be called personality disorders.

The ego that is stigmatized by spiritual teachings is not the ego itself, but its excesses, which may at times be reproached to Capricorns, but only when they are Capricorning too far.

The fish turns into a goat, the sea turns into a mountain. Rocky slopes won’t carry the animal to the top like ocean currents offering fish a ride to the other side of the sea. Our Mamas won’t carry us forever. Climbing rocks will make us strong. It’s a straight, uphill and narrow path that leads to the kingdom of heaven.

 

Capricorn is Cancer’s polarity. The crab has already started getting out of the sea. Crabs run on the shores when the tide is low. Fish don’t do that. Children explore the surroundings, they are safe, their parents are watching. Children can run back to safety near their parents whenever they feel the need. Is there someone watching over the parents?

Adulthood can be a lonely place. Vigilance is the old fashioned term for mindfulness. A goat standing on a narrow edge somewhere high can’t afford escaping into dreamy absent mindedness or cry for help.

In spirit we remain children of heaven and earth. To remember this we have to climb the sacred mountain. The flesh may decay we are invited to the safety of an eternal dwelling… but there is no way around it, we need to do some climbing by ourselves.

My favourite master said “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. The road to childlike simplicity again is upwards. Striving to stand on their feet, reaching out to higher than themselves is what children do.

Climbing is not always climbing the sacred mountain. More often than not, it’s on the social ladder that we are struggling our way from bottom to top… Is it a perversion or a preliminary training?

Sometimes it’s on the neck of a guitar or on a ring, on a stage or behind a wheel that we’re trying hard to be on top of our game. Each time we strive to master something we are learning to master ourselves.

Saturn, ruler of Capricorn is an energy of crystallisation. The process goes from wet to dry, from fish tail to goat horns and hooves. There is salt in the sea. In salt marshes, water evaporates,  salt become crystals. It’s dry and structured.

The potter makes pot and sculptures with wet clay. Once dry the shape is fixed. Brick walls and terracotta plates aren’t flexible and that’s a good thing.

In the womb, after the spermatozoa met the egg, our body took form in water. Once shaped enough we were born to a drier environment. We were still very soft when babies, even our bones were still elastic. The older we get the stiffer.

As children we absorbed our environment. We had an incredible memory… but not much mental stability. We were rather gullible and inexperienced. The older we get the more we know what we think and want.

Crowds are ruled by the moon. Put many people together and you get an amorphous environment in which emotions and fanciful theories spread like pandemics.

When the time comes to elect leaders, candidate compete to win over public opinion with a tiny percentage of sound reasoning and a lot of communication techniques designed to impress public imagination. I would love to believe in anarchy, but it seems to me that children need parents and crowds rulers.

Rulers are ruled by Capricorn.

Adults are rulers of themselves.

 

Capricorn is cardinal. It is the entrepreneur of the zodiac. The first steps are the more difficult ones. We  crystallise our intentions and resolutions into a relatively disciplined course of action. Efforts don’t sound like fun? They can be though. There are great rewards, and anyway, too rigid a goat falls in the void. Nothing in excess always applies.

 

 

Capricorn is a feminine sign. There are six axis in the zodiac. Three of them are made of Fire and and Air signs, and the three others  of Water and Earth signs. In the Western tradition Water and Earth are feminine, Air and Fire masculine. Feminine in this context means receptive, builder of forms and bodies, with the purpose of manifesting on the material plane the spiritual seeds that have fecundated them.

Masculine means emissive, spiritual, immaterial, fecundating.

We can switch to Taoist terminology and use Yin and Yang instead of Masculine or Feminine if this bothers or sense of social justice, but when we come across figures like the young maiden called Virgo, or the muscular sexy guy pouring water from a jug symbolising  Aquarius, we see male or female figures so we better remember that there is a symbolic dimension at a deeper level than gender issues.

Water and Earth are both Feminine and opposed. The opposition of Masculine and Feminine being the archetype of all oppositions, we can understand Earth as the Masculine in the Feminine and Water as the Feminine in the Feminine.

Symmetrically, Air can be understood as the Feminine in the Masculine polarity, and Fire the Masculine Masculine… Like Yin and Yang, these are relative values.

 

Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, symbol of authority and structures, at times interpreted as father… is a feminine energy, because it is focused in the form.

Mothers are not always nurturing and all forgiving creatures. Children have to go to bed at night, get up in the morning, wash their teeth, eat  fruit and vegetables, not hit their little sister with a hammer on the head, the list of must and must not is a long and unavoidable one. Tough love is the Capricorn side of being a mother, with or without a father’s help. There must be rules and boundaries.

Parents become masculine when they shine like the Sun as role models…

 

In the body, the densest tissues are the bones. They are not flexible and there are joints. Capricorn rules the skeleton and more specifically the knees, and also the skin for its role as boundary.

Kneeling means submitting to the higher power you’re asking to marry you. Responsibilities galore in store…

 

 Jean-Marc Pierson

Spring Equinox 2021

Light in the sky – painting by Noriyuki Kobayashi

Spring Equinox 2021 arrives on March 20th at 5:37a EDT, at 2:37a PDT and 9:37 UT
This is Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere on March 20, at 21:37 AEDT

This Equinox marks the beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere. EarthSky always has good background info and has a nice visual of the Sun’s path across the sky too.

This Equinox is the moment each year when the Sun enters Aries and begins the annual journey around the Zodiac Wheel . The chart for this Equinox represents the birth moment of the new season and reveals upcoming trends.

What a difference a year makes! The chart for Spring Equinox 2020 was tense and conflictual, not surprising as this was when the entire world was in or heading into covid lockdown and all the chaos that followed. The chart for Spring Equinox 2021 (cast for Washington DC) is SO much lighter and brighter!

Spring Equinox 2021

The Sun as always at this Equinox is at 0 degrees Aries, the first sign in the zodiac and the first fire sign too. When the Sun moves through Aries it is easier to feel more confident, to stop hesitating and dive into new areas of life. Mars is the ruler of Aries and this year Mars is in airy Gemini which plays well with Aries. Mars is the planet of action and motivation and in Gemini motivates people to lighten up, become more flexible and to have more fun and enjoy life more. Mars entered Gemini right before spring break and the college kids sure did embrace Mars’ energy with pics to prove it! College students return to beaches .

The Moon represents public emotions and is in Gemini too which means people are feeling much happier this year as vaccinations role out and the future seems brighter. Along with this, Mars and the Moon also flank the karmic North Node (at 14* Gemini) highlighting the current compass point guiding humanity toward enlightenment. Gemini rules average people going about their daily lives, so this Mars/North Node/Moon connection at the Equinox brings much happier energy to us all. It’s easier to follow the North Node path to a brighter future!

The mighty planets of Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (structure) are stationed in elevated air sign Aquarius at the Equinox and continue to put extra energy into helping people lift to a higher perspective to take the long view and make smarter decisions, verses reactionary responses that lead to dead ends. Aquarius rules group effort and collective cooperation which bodes well for people being able to come together more, as the divisive energy so pronounced over the last many years gradually begins to wane. Adding to this, at the equinox both Mars and the Moon reach out harmoniously (trines) to Saturn and Jupiter which further expands this positivity!

Communicator Mercury swims lazily through the calm waters of Pisces singing sweet messages of healing and love. Mercury’s lazy river vibe encourages people to relax and let the healing unfold but clashes with Mars in Gemini’s “I want to have fun NOW!”  This challenge is not a major one, but does indicate the contrast between those who want to go back to ‘normal’ life quickly versus those who say to wait until more of the population has been vaccinated and it’s safer to move around freely again.

Satellite dish Neptune remains in Pisces too (in year 9 of his 14 year Piscean journey) vibrating closely to lovely Venus in the last degree of Pisces, the sign in which she is exalted – a beautiful and spiritual signal at the beginning of this new season!  Neptune tunes us into higher spiritual vibrations, but also is the planet of delusion and irrationality. At the Equinox the Moon in Gemini (public mood) forms a square to Neptune, not a heavy-duty slam, but represents  the challenge we are all too familiar with – the way many people believe only what they want to believe, damn the facts! So folks who see a conspiracy everywhere they look are not likely to see anything different soon.

Cell tower Uranus is in year 3 of his 7 year journey through Venus-ruled Taurus and forms the only tense major challenge in the Equinox chart – a 90* square to Saturn in Aquarius. This challenge between Lord of Chaos Uranus and Lord of Structure Saturn is a familiar one. Earth sign Taurus resists change while Aquarius, which Uranus rules, is the sign of revolutionary change. The worldly power structures that have had their way for decades (millennia!) are not ready to let go of their strangle-hold on common people, but as 2020 proved people are rising up and demanding change! How long does it take to turn this massive ship around? The answer is as long as people let the captain fool them into thinking they are heading in the right direction.  People are finally waking up and looking out the portholes to see where the world has been heading and are beginning to demand new captains, yet this square lets us know it is still a difficult process.

Pluto is the planet of ultimate transformation and is the only planet left in Capricorn after last year’s Capricorn planetary stampede. Pluto has only 3 more years in his lengthy Capricorn journey and will enter Aquarius in 2024. In the Equinox chart Pluto stands alone with no big challenge but does have a nice sextile to Venus in Pisces.  Sextiles similar to trines are favorable aspects, but need a push to get the positive energy moving  (trines flow without effort). This means if you want to help transform the existing structures in the outer world and in your own life, tune into the higher love that Venus in Pisces brings. In other words, stop judging what’s going on in the world and stop judging yourself too. When you consciously add more love and understanding,  you will help the inevitable transforming of reality as we know it into a better, more harmonious future. Won’t that be nice!

To sum it all up, if you are sensing that energy is shifting to a more positive level, you are right! There will be fluctuations but the spring tides will carry you through if you maintain an optimistic attitude. Aries represents new beginnings and Spring Equinox 2021 encourages you to leave the past behind. Yes keep your beautiful memories, but let go forever the negative, shadowy past which only exists if you hold onto it. It is time for the world and all of us upon it to wake up and move into a new and better era!

William Wordsworth, poet for all time who was born with Sun in Aries, expresses so well what I wish for you as the new season dawns:

Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.
–William Wordsworth