Metamorphosis: The Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio 2022

May 13th ~ 20th

“Death of a Butterfly” by Evelyn de Morgan

True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities.  We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are.  We have to turn toward our own inner darkness.  For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and find its light, and beautiful wings begin to form. ~ Julia Butterfly Hill

On May 15th or 16th (depending on where you are in the world) we have a Total Lunar Eclipse at 25º Scorpio 17’. Because of the refraction of the light as it passes through our atmosphere, it will tinge the Moon a deep reddish hue, hence the reason it is called a Blood Moon. The entire eclipse will be visible within the eastern parts of North America, all of South America and the Antarctic, but many parts of the world will be able to see at least some parts of the eclipse (West Africa, the rest of the Americas, Europe and Eastern Pacific), provided the Moon is above the horizon. For the visibility of the eclipse in your area, check the Time and Date website.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is less than 3º from the South Node making it an almost perfect (Total) Eclipse. All the more intense. All the stronger. And because of all the planetary transits to this Eclipse degree all the more extensive. Almost everyone will feel this Eclipse to some degree.

Lunar Eclipses, much like ordinary Full Moons, are times of culmination, release, and revelation. Eclipses have the added quality of unpredictability. Kind of like a higher power sweeping in and rearranging the pieces on the playing board. These are turning points that can change paradigms, and bring long-term consequences to a head. The Lunar Eclipses at the South Nodes often point to those things in society (and in our own lives) that are no longer sustainable, holding us back, or keeping us from evolving. Things that we don’t usually want to talk about, admit to, or want to deal with, and are needing to be released and/or transformed.

South Node in Scorpio has domain over things like death, pain, atrocities, addiction, obsession and the abuse of power and wealth. Those things motivated by Greed, Envy and Wrath will wreak their undoing upon the Earth. And things like War, Weapons, rampant Corruption, Starvation, Rape, and Sexism; all the really dark stuff get tossed into the South Node in Scorpio pot. When we see what has occurred in the Ukraine, and with the undermining of women’s choices in the United States, and the inequality of wealth and power, along with their god-children Plutocracy and Autocracy, we are seeing the stirring up of the South Node in Scorpio.

The South Node conjunct the Moon is in Scorpio, and the North Node conjunct the Sun, is in Taurus. Taurus and Scorpio are financial signs that have ramifications on the global economy. We have been seeing this with the recent sanctions on Russia, the consequences of which have rippled across the globe. Although treacherous for the economy, indirectly this has also been a catalyst towards divesting ourselves from fossil fuels. Better for the economy and better for the Earth.

Humanity’s use of fossil fuels is severely damaging to the environment, causing pollution wherever they are produced, and wherever they are used, causing lasting harm to the climate of our planet. Could the recent sanctions and embargoes be just the catalyst we need to take our stewardship of our planet more seriously? Under the influence of the Taurus North Node we are being asked to pay attention. The habitability of our planet desperately depends on this. Meanwhile our Taurean Mother Earth sings to herself, while patiently waiting.

Whereas the Solar Eclipse of April 30th was very much about the freedom to be able to go in a new direction, the Lunar Eclipse is about acknowledging the things that are standing in the way and preventing us from doing so. What can no longer be ignored? What is no longer sustainable? What do we need to let go of? And where do we need to set better limits? When you see the South Node conjunct the Lunar Eclipse combined with a Saturn square, we need to become undone and let go of the previous shore, before we can reach the other side.

When Saturn is square the Nodes, as they now are, we find ourselves standing between one phase of our lives and the next, between what used to be in the past, and the dawning of our future potential. Mars and Neptune are trine the Lunar Eclipse, and can help us over the threshold. These two immersed in the diluvian depths of Pisces, are washing our feet in the River Lethe, the river of forgetfulness. This can render us oblivious, which is not always helpful. Especially if we wish to learn from the past. But they can also transport us to a much higher, much more altruistic perspective, beyond our own selfish egoic needs and attachments. In order to make a more effective beginning, and to fulfill our purpose we are needing to release those things that are no longer sustainable and supportive, and might actually be preventing us from growing and evolving.

In our own lives we could find ourselves compelled to face things that we would much rather not have to. These could be our own fears, or some sort of unavoidable reality that is looming over us. It takes great courage to do so. But it also affords us the opportunity to take greater control over our own life and choices. So as we stand here in this liminal time of uncertainty and transition, we could find ourselves longing for a past that is already fading. And yet even so, there is this undercurrent of anticipation for a future that holds ever greater promise and possibility.

Mercury stations Retrograde & Jupiter enters Aries

May 6th ~ 13th

“Thor’s Fight with the Giants” by Marten Eskil Winge

Mercury stations Retrograde May 10th

Study the past if you would define the future. ~ Confucius

Mercury stations retrograde on May 10th, at 4º Gemini 52’. It does so in the air sign of Gemini, and will retrograde back into the earth sign of Taurus on May 22nd. Mercury will then station direct on June 3rd, and re-enter Gemini on June 13th. Air signs, such as Gemini, put a deal of emphasis on communications and social issues. You can throw in issues surrounding transportation and commerce with Gemini. Earth signs such as Taurus are more pragmatic, grounded and goal oriented.

No matter what the sign or element, when Mercury is retrograde we find ourselves ruminating and reflecting on the past. This can be useful because it allows us to bring things in perspective, and learn from our experiences. Reminiscing and recalling allows us to process and make sense of the events that have transpired and can help us to see alternatives or solutions. And this could be all the more so, because just prior to Mercury entering Gemini at the end of April, Mercury was sextile Jupiter, and will be so again over the next few weeks as Mercury appears to move back towards the sextile once again.

Mercury/Jupiter was trying to connect us with a much broader vision. To take a much higher view of things, and to do the right thing. And from that perspective we are not only able to see the ramifications of choices we have already made, but also what can come of the choices that are being made now. Mercury retrograde gives us permission to change our minds, and adapt to the changing circumstances of our lives.

There is also an element of judgment and justice with Mercury/Jupiter transits. And as Jupiter continues to be sextile Pluto this week there could be concerns about holding those in power accountable for their ethical and moral decisions and behaviors. This has become a huge issue in the United States with the leak of the recent Supreme Court draft of a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the law protecting abortion rights for women in the United States. As surprising as this all was as it was being revealed, in retrospect, it was not surprising at all. Especially in light of the current series of eclipses which we are currently in the throes of.

Scorpio has domain over sexual and reproductive issues, and with the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on May 16th, square limiting Saturn, we are seeing the outcome of oppressive and patriarchal control over women’s reproductive rights.

The Jupiter/Pluto cycle attempts to prove that the moral arc of the universe, albeit long, always bends towards justice. However with Saturn slowing for its station and square the upcoming Lunar Eclipse on the 16th, it could feel otherwise. Saturn will station for its own retrograde on June 4th, exactly square the Lunar Eclipse point, which is about when the decision by the Supreme Court was originally planned to be released.

As the retrograde Mercury now digs into the deeper intellectual conundrums of our lives, the Mercury/Jupiter transits allow us to consider our own relationship to whatever ethical and moral issues are being unearthed. Not only in the world at large, but in our personal lives as well.

What the retrograde phase of Mercury can be useful for (May 10th thru June 3rd): 

  • Tying up loose ends: Starting new things can be riddled with indecision, learning curves and delays. And we may have to do things all over again later. However what these times can be really good for are bringing closure to, or ending things that are no longer serving the person that we are now, or hope to be in the future. That can include finishing up projects that have been sitting on the back burner for ages, or clearing out the clutter that has accumulated in our lives. This is when we add the important finishing touches to a project, edit that manuscript, empty those boxes, review, edit, reevaluate and revise.

  • Stress reduction: While still in Gemini it could feel like you are in a whirlwind of indecision and confusion when Mercury is retrograde. But on May 22nd, it returns to the placid and quiet terrain of Taurus. Stress can often increase during the Mercury retrogrades. So be preemptive. Make your life simpler. Schedule in personal time. And focus on those techniques and modalities that help you to reduce stress. And as we move into the retro in Taurus after the eclipses have passed, treat yourself to a massage, create your own spa day, indulge your senses.

  • Reunions: It is not unusual to return to the past along with your memories. Gemini is a sign that has to do with school mates, siblings, cousins, early childhood companions, neighbors. Don’t be surprised to see people popping up, or going back home to share old stories. This too is part of that need to assimilate and process.

  • Reflection: It is not unusual to have the past return, or to find ourselves in deep thought, remembering, recalling, revisiting and reflecting. Through this process we are given the opportunity to reassess old decisions, re-think the past, and bring it all into relief. This is how we learn. How we grow. And helps us to make better decisions in the future.

Challenges: 

  • Communications, technology and transportation: These are the usual areas of consternation during the retrograde phases. Mercury has so much to do with our everyday lives including things like commerce, commuting, and sharing information, that it can be quite noticeable when it enters these phases every 100 days. Technology seems to go awry. Things need to be fixed or replaced. Words come out all wrong. Conversations are misconstrued. Therefore be clear about agreements. Read things several times and get a 2nd opinion. Get a warranty if you purchase new equipment. Bring a good book, carry on luggage, flexibility and lots of patience, and a sense of humor, while traveling.

  • Delays and changes in plans: We are being asked to turn our attention away from the outer world, and focus it within. This can be frustrating in our everyday lives, but it serves a purpose. Be prepared. Give yourself extra time to get places. Getting lost is part of the process. And know that changes and distractions are okay. And that includes giving yourself permission to change your mind.

These periods can occasionally feel chaotic and distracting. This may be all the more so falling within the bounds of the eclipses. However, Mercury in Gemini has one quality that should not be taken for granted, and that is the ability to see the irony and the humor in almost any situation. Use it.

Humor is the emotional chaos remembered in tranquility. ~ James Thurber

Jupiter enters Aries May 10th

I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry. ~ Maxine Waters

On May 10th Jupiter will emerge from the waters of Pisces and dive right into the fiery and righteous sign of Aries. Due to its rulership of the fire sign Sagittarius, Jupiter has an affinity for all of the fire signs where the freedom to grow and achieve our aspirations is unhindered. One of the qualities of Jupiter is to make things larger and exaggerate them. And in Aries that can include things like impetuousness, hastiness and the passionate ownership of our own Anger. Aries is a sign that leaps into action, is willing to take a stand, and take the initiative. Assertive, strong, courageous and enthusiastic, this is just the sort of motivation we might want to take on challenges or go in a new direction.

Aries is also a passionate and martial sign, where the temperature is raised, and everyone comes fully armed, ready to do battle. These too are qualities that can become exaggerated under the influence of Jupiter. This passionate assertion can be useful for achieving initiatives, entering into athletic competitions, and win causes, and take on even the most daunting of challenges. But it can also devolve into righteous indignation, especially if a cherished ideal or belief feels threatened.

Jupiter will station retrograde on July 28th, and so head back to Pisces in October for a few months before re-entering Aries again in December. It will most benefit the fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, as well as Gemini and Aquarius. This is true wherever you have Aries and the other fire signs in your natal chart. But it will especially benefit those fire signs in the first 10 degrees of the sign, as Jupiter will spend an unusual amount of time traveling back and forth between 0-9º of Aries. Those who have personal points at these degrees of the fire signs Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, and to some degree Gemini and Aquarius, are being asked to grow beyond their previous expectations of themselves. To think larger. Not in a crazy arrogant or unrealistic way, but just enough to expand your horizons and hopes for better things to come.

If we can temper that confidence and unbridled enthusiasm with wisdom and strategy, then there will be no holding us back from achieving our goals. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and as such represents the rebirth of our cherished ideals, and the opportunity to plant seeds for a New Vision for the future. Aries is a sign of hope and vast potential. The hope for better things to come.

Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be. ~ Barack Obama (A Promised Land)

The Solar Eclipse in Taurus April 30, 2022

April 29th ~ May 6th

“Dionysius the Areopagite and the Philosophers” by Antoine Caron

The first fact of existence is the law of change or impermanence. All that exists, from a mole to a mountain, from a thought to an empire, passes through the same cycle of existence, that is birth, growth, decay and death. Life alone is continuous, ever seeking self-expression in new forms. Life is Bridge; therefore build no house on it. ~ Christmas Humphries

The Solar Eclipse at 10º Taurus 35’ Saturday, Apr 30th 4:41 pm EDT

Taurus season lures us into a state of beguiled contentment with its soft breezes, and verdant gardens filled with promise. We have illusions of putting up our feet and relaxing into the decadence of our own desires, watching the grass grow, and feeding our senses. And this could almost be true, if it were not for Uranus, the lord of chaos, rumbling through the thickets and ploughing up the newly sprouting strawberries. Throw in a few eclipses and a retrograde Mercury on May 10th,  and there’s no telling where this will all land by the time we crawl into Gemini later in May.

Eclipses are known for their unpredictability. And the partial Solar Eclipse conjunct Uranus may be even more so. Taurus is a sign where we usually want things to be settled, safe and secure. Where we can contentedly put our feet up. But since Uranus has been in Taurus for the past 4 years, it has taken a number of liberties, moving things around without asking permission, and leaving us all wondering where everything is. Beneath the chaos and the changes in our lives, beyond the incessant unpredictability, there was something else going on. Uranus can be revelatory. It lifts us out of our own self-imposed lethargy, our accustomed ways of doing things, and forces us to see things from a whole new perspective.

Uranus shows us that we don’t have to keep doing things the way we always have in the past, or the way everyone else expects us to. Uranus shows us that we have choices. And that if we really really want peace and tranquility and lazy afternoons filled with soft breezes and decadent self-indulgences.. are you willing to adapt and make whatever changes that are necessary in order to make that possible? Uranus has been trying to open us up to possibilities that you might not have considered previously. And any changes that are initiated at this time can help to free you up for better things.

Embrace the changes that have been made, the changes that are occurring, and those that you might want to see yourself making in the future. 

Venus, exalted and glamorous in the sign of Pisces is exactly conjunct beneficent Jupiter on the day of the Eclipse. This is the story behind the eclipse. As the most elegant and exalted ruler of Taurus, she is Queen for the day, carrying the light from beneficent Jupiter to Pluto, filled with the promise of better things to come. Jupiter and Pluto make an exact sextile aspect on May 3rd, just days after the Solar Eclipse.

There can be something grandiose about this combination. And considering the recent purchase of the Twitterverse, you might want to make sure that you also are not taking on way more than you bargained for. The North Node in Taurus is the remedy and the solution, therefore with this series of eclipses we are reminded not to make things more complicated, but to make things simpler and more manageable.

And with Jupiter sextile Pluto hovering in the background, we are being asked to consider: What would serve the greater good? And how can I make the best use of my talents and my resources, for the greatest advantage? Jupiter sextile Pluto is asking us to create goals that will allow us to fulfill a larger vision, but not without taking into consideration our most important priorities and needs.

Pluto stations Retrograde April 29th

April 22nd ~ 29th

“Persephone”

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned… so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ~ Joseph Campbell

All of the planets have been direct since February continuing with this forward momentum. But this is about to change as Pluto has slowed to a stop in preparation for its retrograde phase which begins on April 29th. And as Pluto now rolls about in his underground lair at the very far reaches of our solar system, all sorts of things tend to come to the surface. The process already began with the Full Moon on April 16th which was square (at cross quarters with) Pluto in the final degrees of Capricorn. Both endings and beginnings occur within the aegis of the the Pluto station which aims to transform our lives in meaningful ways.

Capricorn rules all the structures that sustain us, including brick and mortar buildings, our roads, highways, bridges and buildings. It also has domain over the systems and structures that govern and rule us, such as governments, leadership and the rule of Law. Mountains are representative of the firm structural elements of Capricorn which involve those structures that are long-lasting, grounded, and support us, including things like the bones in our body, our knees, and the skin which protects us. It also refers to those things which survive us, are old and weathered, honed and polished by the winds of time, or perhaps have now outlived their tenure, and are worn down due to the pressures of wear and tear.

Planets are often felt more strongly when they station. They seem to dig in. And as Pluto stations retrograde in Capricorn he reveals things about who these critical structures in our lives. Perhaps we may be asking ourselves: How have we outgrown these structures in our lives? Are they still sustainable and capable of supporting us? What critical structures have we previously been relying on that are no longer sustainable, and may even be undermining our stability and strength? The power of Pluto is internalized when it is retrograde asking us to purge, purify, and eliminate that which is no longer supporting us, may be decayed or preventing us from growing, evolving and taking full control of our lives.

When Pluto stations, he digs deep, unearthing all that is hidden beneath the surface. This is helpful in defining what is no longer working. It also brings to the surface all sorts of things that we had long buried away in some box some where so that we didn’t have to deal with it, or hoped it would just go away. And as they now come to the surface they can even bring with them a bit of fear, dread, shame, blame, and (goddess forbid) the fear of disclosure. And these are the very things that we need to dig up. For if we let them continue to fester below the surface they will weaken us with their pestilence, and then undermine us with despair when they finally collapse. It is time to mend, rebuild, and shore up the remnants of our lives, make ourselves and the structures that are supposed to support us, more reliable and more sustainable.

Doing this important Pluto work allows us to open the way for a new life to unfold, and enables us to move forward with a much lighter load. But it is not easy, and often requires a great deal of humility and courage. Pluto has domain over those things that consume us, such as sexuality, obsessions, habits, and addiction. It also has domain over those things that we don’t have any power over. Often one of the greatest lessons we can learn from Pluto is being able to discriminate between those things (or people) over which we do have control, and those we simply do not. Pluto is symbolized by the phoenix emerging out of the ashes of what once was, renewed, reborn and fully transformed. And so we also meet the metaphor of the alchemist during the retrograde phase of Pluto, which lasts until October 9th.

There are other things hidden deep down in the bowels of the earth and our subconscious lives that are also quite valuable. Treasures of unequal beauty and resilience, honed by external pressures and the breadth of time into something inexplicably beautiful and even magical. Pluto as alchemist is capable of converting lead into gold, carbon into diamonds; experience into revelation, evolutionary growth, deeper understanding, and the capacity to take control over the destiny of our lives.

As Pluto stations for its retrograde phase on the 29th, he is rolling us into Eclipses Season, beginning with the Solar Eclipse on April 30th. There is a stillness that is being asked of us as we approach this critical juncture of the year. With 4 planets in Pisces and 3 planets in Taurus, we are being asked to be present, be still and savor every moment, every breath, every nuance of meaning. For we are being asked to get back to the most important priorities of our lives. One element at a time.

Each year we look longingly and with anticipation to the verdant quietude of Taurus season. Like an oasis wafted with breezes and promises of leisurely days and personal indulgences, we have visions of putting our feet up and relaxing into the decadence of our own desires. This might even be true if it were not for the fact that Taurus has had a rather unruly house guest unceremoniously rearranging all the furniture of our lives. And he’s not planning on leaving any time soon. Uranus, that unpredictable house guest will be stirring things right up through the Solar Eclipse on the 30th. Like the calm before the storm, let us take as much advantage of whatever quietude we can savor.

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The Full Moon in Libra 2022

April 15th ~ 22nd

“Moonlight” by Felicia Olin

True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities.  We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are.  We have to turn toward our own inner darkness.  For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and find its light, and then beautiful wings begin to form. ~ Julia Butterfly Hill

The Full Moon on Saturday, April 16th, at 26º Libra 46’ is square Pluto and opposite the fierce little dwarf planet Eris. Full Moons can be revelatory. They can bring things in our lives to some sort of crisis point that can no longer be contained. Our Hearts, our Emotions, our deepest Wounds are laid bare with this Moon, so that they can no longer be denied. An event, a comment, a passing gesture can be sufficient in such times to open up an entire basket of wounds, doubts, shame, traumas from some earlier time. Revisited, revealed, unfolding itself in all its putrid despair; we are being given choices. We can ignore the fact that the wound exists, and with prayers and wishes hope that it will all just go away. Or we can courageously confront our wounds, our problems, our traumas, with the heartfelt determination to heal them once and for all.

Libra is a sign of relating, of compromise and peace.  It is a sign of detente. It is where we come to make negotiations, and debate. But the Full Moon is also shining a light, from this place of Libra, on to the Aries Sun, which with Eris is in full battle gear. The Libra Full Moon in this guise can therefore also be about open warfare and confrontation. All the more so with Pluto caught in the cross hairs of the full Moon. All relationships, all alliances are going to be under scrutiny in this weather, as both the war goddess Eris and the lord of the Underworld are galvanized and ready to spew their wrath upon the earth.

Whatever is being illuminated by the Full Moon, whatever is standing in the way of us being able to make heartfelt connections with others, can be healed. It isn’t easy with Pluto. We cannot change the past. But we can begin by nurturing ourselves and others through forgiveness and acceptance. And we can then make a better beginning by making the commitment that This Will No Longer Be.

Pluto has to do with the overwhelming need for some sort of evolutionary growth. Pluto is the power of transformation, regeneration and rebirth. But in order to accomplish this rebirth, we need to weed out and exorcize the diseased and putrid wounds that are holding us back and preventing us from growing and evolving, both individually and as a society. Facing Pluto takes a tremendous amount of humility, courage and self-honesty. And it’s usually the things we would prefer to ignore, don’t want to deal with, and want to avoid. But there comes a time when the wounds fester to such a point that they can no longer be ignored. The wound will not heal unless it is scraped out at its very root in order to allow a full healing to begin.

When we are willing to look at our wounds, without shame and blame and disgust. Then we can heal them. And as a consequence open the way for our own evolutionary growth. And because we no longer have cause to fight and defend, we can then lay down our arms, and even move forward towards establishing deeper trust. Even with those we once considered to be our adversaries. Even with those we once thought unreachable. The past is what it is. We cannot change it. But we can begin to heal the wounds of the past by making a commitment to say No More. And we can create a new and better future through the choices and decisions we make today. So may it be.

Fascination, Passion & the US Pluto Return

February 18th ~ 25th

Elevation Drawings for the White House by James Hoban

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. ~ Arthur C. Clarke (Technology and the Future)

Jupiter and Uranus made their exact sextile on Thursday, February 17th, but we still have a few weeks to take advantage of this fabulous window, which will receive an additional surge with the New Moon in Pisces on March 2nd. So lean into it. And use it well. It is a fortuitous juncture filled with sudden chances, new ideas, revelations and new possibilities.

Sextiles don’t force us to do anything. There are no conflicts, discomforts or edginess to to get out of or avoid. Sextiles are just windows of opportunity that open up and then depart. However when we do take advantage of these fleeting transits, they can open up these doors along with our perspective, allowing us to see things in a whole new light. Inventive, illuminating and open, this is the sort of transit that shows us that we don’t have to keep doing things the way we always have in the past, and that there might actually be better and more clever ways of approaching our work, our problems, our conundrums.

Here are some ways to lean into the Jupiter/Uranus sextile:

  • Try something new: Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Meet new people. Go in a new direction. Venture into the territory of the new and untried.

  • Learn something new: Be open to new ideas or other perspectives. It can show you something that you might have missed! Take up a new study. Read up on a subject that fascinates you. And listen to what others might have to say on the subject. It broadens your outlook as well as your horizons.

  • Change up your routine or schedule: We are creatures of habit, and tend to do the same things every day in the same way. As a result we remain unaware of our surroundings, and the incredible diversity of our life and environment. Even small changes can have remarkable consequences in this weather, and open up our minds and our awareness to other possibilities.

  • Follow your fascination: Jupiter/Uranus windows can be illuminating. Discoveries are made. Our worlds open up. This is a time to be fascinated, and following that fascination can bring you to places you’ve never been before, either literally or in your own mind.

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Venus and Mars will be closely conjunct one another through March 20th. And even beyond that they will continue to be close enough to influence one another for some time. This is a passionate and romantic combination that can ignite the embers in our hearts. Channeled through the sign of Capricorn we can use that passion to achieve excellence and even some personal bests. For in Capricorn it’s all about quality, and putting our best for forward. Venus/Mars in Capricorn asks us to do what we love, and to do it with perfection.

Venus and Mars are seducing us with their wiles this week, filling our hearts with a bit of whimsical and romantic reverie. They are conspiring and colluding to draw certain people together, and to bring us in touch with that which will make our lives just a bit more soulful, meaningful and enriched. The intensity will come later, so enjoy it while you may. When channeled into what we do, Venus/Mars weather can be incredibly creative and soulful. Especially so this week as they sextile Neptune and trine the North Node in Taurus. Just the right way to welcome in the Pisces season this week.

But do be warned. Venus and Mars are not always about love and light. In early March Venus and Mars will meet up with Pluto steaming a hole of his own in the last degrees of Capricorn. Once these two meet up with Pluto, all of that Capricorn restraint and decorum is going to be put to the test.

This will also be when Venus finally emerges from her shadow period after the retrograde. For when Venus stationed retrograde on December 19th, she was at 26º of Capricorn and deeply embedded within the ambit of Pluto. And this week, on February 20th, Pluto also makes its first exact conjunction to the US Pluto. The other two will be July 11th and December 28th. We’ve been gradually working towards this Pluto return, unearthing, upending, deconstructing and reconstructing.

Pluto takes 248 years to make one complete revolution around the zodiac. We don’t live long enough to experience our own Pluto Returns, but countries can. And the United States is currently in the throes of its 1st Pluto Return. Pluto is a very slow moving planet, and as such its orbs of influence are long and far-reaching. This is not something that suddenly pops up, it has already been working its way through the systems and infrastructures of our lives, and within our own society, deconstructing, breaking down, while also hopefully evolving. The United States is suffering from tremendous growing pains.

Pluto reveals the dark underbelly of the systems of our society, and leaves nothing off the table. It begins with deconstruction, showing us what is no longer valid, what we have outgrown, what is no longer sustainable. Symptoms of a struggling Pluto in Capricorn are things like: Grandiosity and the Abuse of Power; Authoritarianism, Psychological Manipulation, Greed, Corporatocracy, Plutocracy, and believing that the End Justifies the Means. The desire for wealth and power becomes the goal, even at the expense of our ideals and the very foundations of our democracy.

The planet of birth, death and rebirth, of deconstruction and reconstruction, is also about our capacity to evolve under pressure. As pieces of our infrastructure begin to fail and crumble, will we be able to transform these into more sustainable, more relevant structures and systems that will support us for decades and centuries to come? Positive Pluto initiatives look like: Empowerment, Strength, the capacity to Evolve and Grow, Disclosure, Truth, Healing, Reinventing and Rebuilding. 

Working with Pluto is one of the hardest things we can do. It requires a huge amount of humility, and a willingness to look at our deepest and ugliest wounds. Not with guilt, shame or regret, but with honesty and integrity and a resolve to do better. Because we can do better, and find healing and growth in the process.

So whether this Pluto Return is to be about the utter deconstruction or the fabulous reconstruction of a Nation is yet to be determined. For it is ultimately up to us all as a nation, every one of us, to determine what the outcomes will be.

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships ~ the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

The 1930’s and a New Moon in Pisces

February 25th ~ March 4th

The Beguiling of Merlin by Edward Burne-Jones

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. ~ John Donne

Like echoes from the past, cycles repeat. The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1934 – 1942, one of the more devastating decades in recent history. The trauma of the decade included the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the rise of Totalitarianism and far right Fascist movements. Although the invasion of Poland in 1939 is commonly recognized as the beginning of World War II, Hitler’s expansion  initially began in 1938, when Uranus was conjunct a Lunar Eclipse in Taurus (where the South Node was in Taurus; North Node in Scorpio). Hitler wanted more space for Germany, more land, more stuff, Lebensraum: more living space. Its expansion began that year in 1938 with the annexation of Austria, and Czechoslovakia. Countries where there was already a strong German presence.

And like karmic echoes over the annals of space and time, Uranus is once again in Taurus, and will be tightly involved with the Eclipses in Taurus and Scorpio. This time the South Node of the Moon is in Scorpio, and as it can be with these Nodes, these can be times in which we are compelled to deal with the terrible. That includes the abuse of power and wealth, and their horrible offspring: War, Atrocities, Death and Destruction. We are teetering on the edge. And with Venus, Mars and Pluto forming an exact triple conjunction on March 3rd in the last degrees of Capricorn, all of the wraths and demons are coming home to roost.

Both Mars and Pluto are the ruling planets of Scorpio the sign of the South Node of the eclipse points. Venus is the ruling planet of Taurus, the sign of the North Node of the eclipse points. The last Full Moon in Leo was exactly squaring these Nodal points, flaunting egos, and bringing our destinies full circle. And between the Full Moon on February 16th and the triple conjunction of Venus, Mars and Pluto on March 3rd, Russia invaded the Ukraine.

Because Venus is still recovering from its retrograde phase, it is running a little slower than usual. And Mars, strong and exalted in Capricorn has the edge. However the triple conjunction is also when Venus finally comes out of its shadow period following the retrograde. And as Venus picks up speed, it will meet up with Mars once again on March 6th, this time in the sign of Aquarius. This is the same degree as the Great Conjunction of December 2020, which was heralding in a new awakening. Let’s see where all this is going to bring us. Venus was conjunct Pluto when it stationed retrograde in December, so the triple conjunction also ties up themes that were being spawned at the end of last year. Look for themes of betrayal, scandals and financial misconduct and instability. But also look for the shift in energy when Venus and Mars change signs on the 6th.

The above painting by Edward Burne-Jones depicts Merlin, who had fallen in love with Nimue, the lady of the lake. But Nimue was ambitious, and she took advantage of Merlin’s infatuation, in order to learn the secrets of his magic. In this painting she has used one of his spells to put Merlin into a deep sleep. As he succumbs, she feels both giddiness and surprise at the power she now has at her disposal. The Venus/Mars/Pluto conjunction is both beguiling and terribly dangerous.

We always need to watch the transits of Mars and Pluto. Pluto represents Big Power and Plutocracy. Mars is ruthlessly willing to do whatever it takes to win. Even if it requires force and violence. Motive is everything with Pluto. And with the swift sword of karmic justice, South Node in Scorpio will bring us the ramifications of our choices.

And all this comes within the ambit of the New Moon in Pisces on Wednesday. At 12º 07’ of Pisces, the New Moon is within only a few degrees of Jupiter, the planet of altruism and compassion. Jupiter in Pisces is the ethical idealist, the altruist, who answers to a higher calling. When in Pisces we recognize that we are all swimming here together in this great ocean we call life, where no one is exempt. And unlike the 1930’s what is so different in 2022, thanks to the magical technology of all that social media stuff and the internet, we are being given a bird’s eye view from the very heart of Kiev, Lviv and Odessa, allowing us to see what they see, and hear what they hear. A reminder that when the bell tolls it tolls not just for them, but for us all.

Jupiter is strong and influential in its own sign of Pisces, and although separating is still within range of its sextile to Uranus, the lord of humanitarian causes. The triple conjunction may be rattling its sabers and spewing its derision but it’s the New Moon that is setting the tone with a galaxy of prayers. Mars may be strong in Capricorn, but it’s Jupiter that looms large.

So despite all that saber rattling this is a lucky New Moon filled with possibility. Positive attitudes reap positive results with this Moon, if we are willing to look at things from a higher perspective. This does not mean to neglect the issues that are being strewn at our feet. However, the enthusiasm, good will and positive energy of the New Moon can make it possible for us to overcome the obstacles being placed in our path.

Some things to watch for in our own lives with the triple conjunction of Venus/Mars/Pluto:

  • We are being strongly motivated by our desires this week. Watch out! Think twice before you buy that really expensive item, or indulge in the last piece of cake. And even if you’ve been showing some restraint up until this point, all that is being sorely tested in the ambit of Pluto. This is when we wake up the next morning and wonder what on earth we were all thinking! You did what? You spent how much money on that bauble? You ate the whole darn cake? No wonder you’re in a sugar coma! And who exactly is that strange person you just woke up with?!?!

  • All of the deadly sins are going to be rearing their heads this week. Jealousy, vengeance, avarice, greed. Keep them at arm’s length! A few minutes of self-indulgence can lead to years of regret and grief in this weather!

  • People can get really ruthless and desperate in this weather. And down right mean. Especially if they are being denied the object of their desires, or are feeling rejected, abandoned or betrayed. Tread lightly.

  • See if you can channel some of this passion through soulfully creative self-expression.

  • Positively this same focus can be applied constructively towards: rebuilding, rebirthing, renovating and reviving.

  • Channeled well we can be a force for good if our motives are grounded in the best interests of the greater whole.

If you choose to do intentions with the New Moon on March 2nd, see if you can channel some of that passion through positive initiatives that promote only the most altruistic of aspirations. Some positive affirmations/intentions for the New Moon might be:

  • With a clear conscience and a noble heart, I can protect myself from negative influences.

  • May I have the courage and faith to allow (divine guidance, my guiding beliefs, my intuition, my higher Self, my conscience) to guide me along the path.

  • I am a spiritual being filled with light, and a love that knows no bounds. May I draw it forth as needed.

  • My heart is filled with compassion for all beings everywhere, where no one overshadows the other.

  • My imagination has no bounds. May I be open to allowing it to speak through me.

  • Through a regular devotional practice of peace and quietude, may I be confident that I will receive guidance and understanding.

  • I have music in my heart. May I reclaim it, and carry it with me wherever I go.

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