Mercury goes retro today, Saturday, June 7, 2014

http://www.almanac.com/content/mercury-retrograde

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I would be curious to see how people deal with this Mercury Retrograde.  It has been a nuisance to me, but then I am use to rolling stones uphill.  LOL

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I like to look at this period as a chance to practice mindfullness. Try to slow down, be careful, be patient when things go wrong, practice equanimity - plan carefully, get organized, take care of loose ends, be attentive in daily life, communicate clearly and carefully, so in that sense, all the various mix-ups that tend to occur can be considered as opportunities for practice and reflexion...

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I think one of the big factors in my chart is the fact that my Mercury in the 1st house is aspected heavily in a stellium and squared to Saturn/Uranus conjunction in the 10th.  I guess I feel it mostly in my body as I get older.  Thanks for your reply.  I agree with what you say.

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and lo, the time of the autumn equinox has arrived:

http://www.wisdom-of-astrology.com/astrostarsarticles/the-cosmic-st...

''Where, on the other hand, a conscious and formed personality has been built (through the symbolical six-month process at work from Aries to the end of Virgo), the creative activity of Spirit operates in terms of conscious realizations within the expectant total organism of man. It releases, then, Meaning. It operates, symbolically speaking, as the Seed at the Fall equinox, Libra.

The higher function of astrology, known to mystics of all ages and all races, is to reveal to the evolving personality the Seed-moments of his cyclic experience: those equinoctial moments during which Spirit can act within the human soul in terms of new cosmic Impulses or of creative Meaning. Such moments are revealed in a number of ways. In a universally human sense, they are the seasonal turning points of the year when the Sun actually and concretely crosses the thresholds of Aries and Libra. At such times the whole of nature — terrestrial and human — receives a Visitation of the creative Spirit. They constitute days of maximum potentiality — for birth or rebirth, for emotional outgoings or sacramental self-offerings to the community, for building or transfiguring the forms of our human experience. And such spiritual openings were celebrated by rituals in ancient civilizations which were close to the pulse of seasonal life.'' Dane Rudhyar

http://www.khaldea.com/rudhyar/pofl/pofl_p3p3.shtml

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Another eclipse, solar, on October 23:

http://darkstarastrology.com/solar-eclipse-october-2014/

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Verily, verily, the sun has entered the sign of Scorpio:

"Scorpio, as Chrestos-Meshiac, and Leo, as Christos-Messiah antedated by far the Christian era in the trials and triumphs of Initiation during the Mysteries, Scorpio standing as symbol for the latter, Leo for the glorified triumph of the "sun" of truth. The mystic philosophy of the allegory is well understood by the author of the Source of Measures; who writes:

One (Chrestos) causing himself to go down into the pit (of Scorpio, or incarnation in the womb) for the salvation of the world; this was the Sun, shorn of his golden rays, andcrowned with blackened (38) ones (symbolizing this loss) as the thorns; the other was the triumphant Messiah, mounted up to the summit of the arch of heaven, personated as theLion of the tribe of Judah. In both instances he had the Cross; once in humiliation (as the son of copulation), and once holding it in his control, as the law of creation, he being Jehovah —

in the scheme of the authors of dogmatic Christianity.

[Blavatsky, The Esoteric Character of the Gospels, Part 2, Lucifer,  December, 1887]

"For the zodiacal sign of the tribe of Dan was Scorpio, as all know; and Scorpio is the sign of the female procreative principle, the matrix, and even geographically the heirloom of the tribe of Dan was the place of Dan, which included that of the springs or sources of Jordan, whose waters flowed out of the bowels of the earth. As the Styx with the Greeks, which, during the mystery trial by water, played a like part in the crypts of the temples, so the whale or fish that swallowed Jonah in the Old Testament, and Jordan that immersed Jesus in the New—all of these great “deeps” and small “deeps,” the interior of fish, waters, etc., all typified the same thing. They signified entering into conditions of existence by death, which became a new birth. As Jonah, the Initiate of the Old Testament, enters the womb of the whale (Phallic Initiation), so Jesus, the man, entering the water (the type of the spiritual womb of his second birth) enters Jar-Dan, the river of Dan, the tribe which astronomically was in Scorpio (the “gates of woman,” or the matrix). Emerging from it, he became Christos, the glorified Initiate, or the divine and sexless androgyne. So also, Jonah, upon emerging, became the “Lord,” with the Jews Jah-hovah; thus preceding Jes-us, the new life. The Jesus of the New Testament becomes the anointed by the Spirit, symbolized by the Dove. For John, Oannes, or Jonah, or the Whale-Fish, the emblem of the terrestrial world of the Old Dispensation, is transformed into the Dove, over the waters, the emblem of the Spiritual World. As said by Nigidius:

The Syrians and Phoenicians assert that a dove sat several days in Euphrates [one of the four rivers in Eden] on the egg of a fish, whence their Venus was born.*"

[Blavatsky, NOTES ON THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN Lucifer, Vol. XI, No. 66, February, 1893, pp. 449-456, CW XI, 496]

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Modern Rosetta comet mission copacetic with esoteric cosmology:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/10/tech/innovation/rosetta-comet-lan...

"(II.) “That it does not regard the Comets as involved in that particular evolution which has produced the solar system.” (Esoteric doctrine does.)

(It does, because it, too, recognises the comets as forms of cosmic existence co-ordinated with earlier stages of nebular evolution; and it actually assigns to them chiefly the formation of all worlds.)" SD I, 599

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A very bright comet flies over Texas:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/09/us/texas-fireball/

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lo and behold, the sun has entered the sign of Sagittarius:

''Beneath the now naked earth, the seeds are searching for the ideal place to undergo their transformation, over the coming months, into what will be the new plants. In the words of Barbault: ‘The Sagittarian energy acts as the projection of what Scorpio has amassed, directing towards a goal. Hence the image of the centaur shooting an arrow into the air’’.

The mythological figure of the Centaur, lower half animal and upper half human, represents man bent on conquering the spiritual sphere by triumphing over his own irrational instincts.'' (Paltrinieri & Rader, The Book of Practical Astrology, Collier, New York, 1984, p. 44)

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Permalink Reply by Casady on December 12, 2014 at 9:20pm
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There's a Pluto - Uranus square on December 15 - part of an interesting series of such:

http://darkstarastrology.com/uranus-square-pluto-2014-2015/

Permalink Reply by Casady on December 19, 2014 at 2:01pm
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The winter solstice occurs on Sunday (Dec. 21) at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT) as the sun enters Capricorn, with the new moon rising shortly after.

"Capricornus (Lat.) The 10th sign of the Zodiac (Makâra in Sanskrit), considered, on account of its hidden meaning, the most important among the constellations of the mysterious Zodiac. it is fully described in the Secret Doctrine, and therefore needs but a few words more. Whether, agreeably with exoteric statements, Capricornus was related in any way to the wet-nurse Amalthæa who fed Jupiter with her milk, or whether it was the god Pan who changed himself into a goat and left his impress upon the sidereal records, matters little. Each of the fables has its significance. Everything in Nature is intimately correlated to the rest, and therefore the students of ancient lore will not be too much surprised when told that even the seven steps taken in the direction of every one of the four points of the compass, or —28 steps—taken by the new-born infant Buddha, are closely related to the 28 stars of the constellation of Capricornus." (Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary; see also SD24, 'The Cross and the Pythagorean Decade')

Permalink Reply by Casady on January 5, 2015 at 3:01pm
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Saturn began its trek through Sagittarius recently:

http://astrodynamics.net/saturn-sagittarius-2014-2017/

Permalink Reply by Casady on January 21, 2015 at 1:40pm
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The sun has entered Aquarius. Moreover, Mercury goes retrograde and it's a new moon.

''The roots are gradually forming in the earth, making a home for themselves in the soil, a place where they can all grow at the same rate and make it possible for the new plant to reach the surface.

In mythology, Aquarius is associated with the legend of Deucalion, son of the king of Thessaly, who manged to escape, in his boat, from the terrible flood which had submerged Greece. It therefore symbolizes the ability to create new forms of civilisation.'' (Paltrinieri & Rader, The Book of Practical Astrology, Collier, New York, 1984, p. 48)

Permalink Reply by Casady on February 16, 2015 at 9:57am
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And so the sun enters the final sign of its annual trek on the 18th (Ash Wednesday) and there are four planets in Pisces on that day (for a brief time), including Neptune.

''The number eleven gives the key to the situation. The eleventh trial or degree of initiation has been safely passed through and the twelfth and last which, if the candidate was successful would crown the whole work, was now being entered upon. Hercules was to enter upon his twelfth labour, and the sun of the twelfth sign of the Zodiac. Even the popular adage “at the eleventh hour,” is an echo of this mystery. In the second volume of the Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie† (pp. 386 et seq.), Éliphas Lévi gives the Nychthemeron of Appollonius of Tyana. Nychthemeron means the space of a day and a night or twenty-four hours. Each grade of initiation had two degrees, in all twenty-four. This explains “the First Mystery, which is the Four-and-Twentieth” of the text. Readers of the Abbé Constant’s work, who are ignorant of Greek, should be warned that the French below the Greek is not even the vaguest possible paraphrase, but simply Lévi’s idea about the text. He is, however, right in saying that “these twelve symbolical hours, which may be compared with the signs of the Zodiac and the labours of Hercules, represent the cycle of degrees of Initiation.” (See The Secret Doctrine, I, 450.)'' CW 13, p.8

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu2-09b.htm

''The Babylonian Xisuthrus is shown by Movers to have represented the "sun" in the Zodiac, in the sign of Aquarius, and Oannes, the man-fish, the semi-demon, is Vishnu in his first avatar; thus giving the key to the double source of the biblical revelation. Oannes is the emblem of priestly, esoteric wisdom; he comes out from the sea, because the "great deep," the water, typifies, as we have shown, the secret doctrine. For this same reason Egyptians deified the Nile, apart from its being regarded, in consequence of its periodical overflows, as the "Saviour" of the country. They even held the crocodiles as sacred, from having their abode in the "deep." The "Hamites," so called, have always preferred to settle near rivers and oceans. Water was the first-created element, according to some old cosmogonies. This name of Oannes is held in the greatest reverence, in the Chaldean records. The Chaldean priests wore a head-gear like a fish's head, and a shadbelly coat, representing the body of a fish.*'' Isis 2, 457-58

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu2-06.htm

''The whole secret lies in the easily-ascertained fact that, while in the Kabala, the King Messiah is called "Interpreter," or Revealer of the mystery, and shown to be the fifth emanation, in theTalmud — for reasons we will now explain — the Messiah is very often designated as "DAG," or the Fish. This is an inheritance from the Chaldees, and relates — as the very name indicates — to the Babylonian Dagon, the man-fish, who was the instructor and interpreter of the people, to whom he appeared. Abarbanel explains the name, by stating that the sign of his (Messiah's) coming "is the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the sign Pisces."* … Joshua, son of Nun, or Nave (Navis), could have with perfect propriety adopted the image of a ship, or even of a fish, for Joshua means Jesus, son of the fish-god; but it was really too hazardous to connect the emblems of Venus, Astarte, and all the Hindu goddesses — the argha, dove, andfish — with the "immaculate" birth of their god! This looks very much as if in the early days of Christianity but little difference was made between Christ, Bacchus, Apollo, and the Hindu Christna, the incarnation of Vishnu, with whose first avatar this symbol of the fish originated.''

Isis 2, 256-57

Permalink Reply by Casady on February 18, 2015 at 12:57pm
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the universal aspects of Ash Wednesday:
http://www.beaconoftruth.com/ash_wednesday.htm

Blavatsky and Neptune in Pisces:
http://astrodynamics.net/tag/helena-blavatsky/

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With the sun having entered Aries and the arrival of the Spring equinox, the end of another zodiacal cycle has been accompished, the last six months having witnessed many interesting synchronicities arriving at the cusps of the signs and the fruition of some longer cycles. Best wishes to one and all for a happy undertaking of the new cycle, may it be rich in fruitful spiritual experience and growth. As an offering to the presiding guardians of the oncoming cycles, below is an explanation of the more spiritual aspects of the various holidays that mark certain zodiacal periods in various traditions, courtesy of the enigmatic +IMPERATOR:

You know that the three branches of the Church of Christ are agreed in celebrating certain festivals in memory of events in the life of Jesus. They who, outside the Church, have refused to keep fast and festival are not wise. They cut themselves off from a portion of the truth. But the Christian Church keeps in memory of its Head, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, and Whitsuntide. Those are the landmarks in the Christ life, and each represents an event in His life with a hidden spiritual significance.

The Christmas Festival of the Birth of the Spirit on the plane of Incarnation typifies Love and Self-denial. The exalted spirit tabernacles in flesh, abnegates Self, animated by Love. It is to us the Festival of Self-denial.

The Epiphany, the Festival of the manifestation of this new light to the world, it is to us the Festival of Spiritual Enlightenment: the shining of the True Light that lighteth everyone that is born into the world: not the carrying of it to men, but the uplifting of the Light so that they who can see may come to it.

The Fast of Lent typifies to us the struggles of Truth with darkness. It is the Wrestling with the Adversaries. The recurring season shadows forth a constantly recurring struggle. It is the Fast of Conflict: of wrestling with evil: of the endeavour to overcome the world.

Good Friday typifies to us the consummation of the struggle, the end that awaits all such conflicts in your world--Death: but Death in Life. It is the Festival of Triumphant Self-sacrifice: the realisation and consummation of the Christ life. It is to us no Fast, but a Festival of Triumphant Love.

Easter, the Festival of the Resurrection, typifies to us the perfected life, the risen life, the glorified life. It is the Festival of Spirit, conquering and to conquer: of the risen life, enfranchised and set free.

Whitsuntide, which Christendom associates with the baptism of the Spirit, is to us a Festival of great import. It typifies the outpouring of a large measure of spiritual truth on those who have accepted the Christ life. It is the Festival which is the complement of Good Friday. As human ignorance slays the truth that it cannot receive: so, as a consequence, from the higher realm of spirit comes a blessing on those who have embraced what the world has crucified. It is the Festival of the outpoured Spirit, of increased grace, of richer truth.

Ascension, lastly, is the Festival of the completed life, of the return of the Spirit to its home, of the final sundering from matter. It is the end as Christmas was the beginning: not of life but of earth life: not the end of existence but of that span consecrated by love and self-denial to mankind. It is the Festival of the completed work.

These are the spiritual ideas which underlie the Festivals of your Church. It is not because she has not fully grasped their meaning that she has not done well to celebrate them. And as the spirit who has charge of us and of our work has broken down for you the wall of dogmatism and has shed light on the superstitions of the Church, so it is permitted to us to show you that beneath all lies enshrined the germ of truth: and when man's error is removed, God's truth is more plainly seen.

Spirit Teachings, Section 30, William Stainton Moses

Permalink Reply by Casady on March 30, 2015 at 12:09pm
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The second of the back to back eclipses occurs on Saturday:

http://earthsky.org/tonight/shortest-total-lunar-eclipse-of-the-cen...

More on the spiritual meaning of this time of year:

The whole course of the typical life of the Pattern Man is emblematic of the progressive development of the life begun on earth, completed in heaven (so to use your terms), born of self-denial, and culminating in spiritual ascension. In the Christ life, as in a story, man may read the tale of the progress of spirit from incarnation to enfranchisement. Thirty years and more of angelic preparation fitted the Christ for His mission: three short years sufficed to discharge so much of it as man could bear. So man's spirit in its development progresses through the course covered by the Festivals of the Christian Church, from the birth of self-denial to the festival of the completed life. Born in self-denial, progressing through self-sacrifice, developed by perpetual struggles with the adversaries (the antagonistic principles which must be conquered in daily life, in self, and in the foes), it dies at length to the external, and rises on its Easter morn from the grave of matter, and lives henceforth, baptized by the outpoured spirit of Pentecost, a new and risen life, till it ascends to the place prepared for it by the tendency of its earth life.

This is spirit's progress, and it may be said to be a process of regeneration, shortly typified by crucifixion and resurrection. The old man dies, the new man rises from his grave. The old man, with his lusts, is crucified; the new man is raised up to live a spiritual and holy life. It is regeneration of spirit that is the culmination of bodily life, and the process is crucifixion of self, a daily death, as Paul was wont to say. In the life of spiritual progress there should be no stagnation, no paralysis. It should be a growth and a daily adaptation of knowledge; a mortification of the earthly and sensual, and a corresponding development of the spiritual and heavenly. In other words, it is a growth in grace and in knowledge of the Christ; the purest type of human life presented to your imitation. It is a clearing away of the material, and a development of the spiritual--a purging as by fire, the fire of a consuming zeal; of a lifelong struggle with self, and all that self includes; of an ever-widening grasp of Divine truth.

By no other means can spirit be purified. The furnace is one of self- sacrifice: the process the same for all. Only in some souls, wherein the Divine flame burns more brightly, the process is rapid and concentrated; while in duller natures the fires smoulder, and vast cycles of purgation are required. Blessed are they who can crush out the earthly, and welcome the fiery trial which shall purge away the dross. To such, progress is rapid and purification sure.

This, briefly, is the life of the progressive spirit--self-sacrifice, whereby self is crucified; self-denial, whereby the world is vanquished; and spiritual conflict, whereby the adversaries are beaten back. In it is no stagnation; even no rest; no finality. It is a daily death, out of which springs the risen life. It is a constant fight, out of which is won perpetual progress. It is the quenchless struggle of the light that is within to shine out more and more into the radiance of the perfect day. And thus only it is that what you call heaven is won. Spirit Teachings, Section 30, William Stainton Moses

Permalink Reply by Casady on April 26, 2015 at 12:44pm
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the sun has moved into Taurus:

Taurus - The Bull - 21 April - 20 May

A Feminine, Fixed Earth sign.

Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, is represented as a bull. In the earliest Egyptian and Babylonian, Taurus is also depicted as a bull. In the esoteric tradition Taurus represents earthiness and fecundity, growth and incarnation surrounding the Earth, whilst the sign zodiac features the relative position between the Sun and the Earth.

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/divination/astrology/taurus_-_the_...

Permalink Reply by james E Orchard on April 27, 2015 at 4:25am
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It’s the Wesak full moon this Sunday when the Buddha briefly returns to the Wesak Valley to bless the world

This is the most powerfull Full Moon of the year, or so it is said

Permalink Reply by Casady on May 20, 2015 at 3:10pm
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... as the sun enters Gemini,  note that Mercury goes retro on the new moon on May 18 and spends  its retro time in Gemini, a sign it rules:

http://rubyslipper.ca/2015/05/the-sun-enters-gemini-multiple-choice/

Gemini - The Twins - 21 May - 20 June

A Masculine, Mutable Air Sign.

The third sign, Gemini, is usually represented by the image of two youths or men. In the Roman zodiac, they were identified with the twins sons of Leda; Castor who was mortal and Pollux who was immortal. During the mediaeval ages, Gemini is more frequently depicted, as a couple of the opposite sexes.

The floor of the San Minato al Monte in Florence, Italy, from the 13th century, reflects the change in the symbolism and the changes in the relationships between men and women. During the 15th and 16th centuries Gemini is often depicted in the form of lovers, often engaged in sexual activities. In the esoteric tradition Gemini represents communication and expression.

Gemini
Alchemy:
 Fixation
Animal: Magpie
Birthstone: Tourmaline, Topaz, Agate
Colour: Orange
Day: Wednesday
Egyptian: Sam-taui
Gods/Goddess: Janus, Mercury, Apollo Diviner, Twin Murti
Greek: Castor & Pollux
Metal: Quicksilver, Electrum
Perfume: Wormwood, Bergamot, Lavendar
Plant: Orchid
Roman: Castor & Pollux
Tarot: Lovers
Weapon: The Tripod

The Sanskrit name for this month is Mithuna - the Pair

IKIIKI - Alii Twins. In Hawaiian mythology, is depicted by Twins of Alii (royal) birth. As in Greek mythology, the twins represent a mutable airy sign of the Artist or Inventor.

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/divination/astrology/gemini_-_the_...

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Permalink Reply by james E Orchard on May 28, 2015 at 8:26pm
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Hi Casady,.. hope you dont mind a bit more info of a Western variety

Gemini: May 20 – June 21

Ruler: Mercury.

Symbol: The Twins.

Mode: Mutable – gives an easy going nature.

Changeable - air, communicative, social - "I Think". “The Twins” symbolises the dual, oscillating and restless inquisitive nature.

 Geminis are adaptable, social, communicative. With logical minds, they process facts and data with accuracy and speed. Good conversationalists on a wide variety of subjects, talented in a wide variety of ways, they are clever with their hands which takes them through many experiences.

Negatively, they are shallow, superficial, restless, easily bored, gossipy, tricky and deceitful.

Relationships: Cerebral, they are not ruled by their passions. They are entertaining lovers but restless, and their dual nature means they can have more than one relationship on the go at the same time.

Their emotional attachments can be as changeable as their minds and they need a lot of freedom.

Permalink Reply by james E Orchard on June 13, 2015 at 9:26pm
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Kind words and an open mind attracts wisdom while the opposite repels
Now if you go back and look through the Hermetic work you may find that the Aries, Taurus, Gemini full moons were the only ones for the year that initiations were taken.(I have read it but cant remember where)
If this is correct together with the moon waxing and waning, it would stand to reason the the middle one, Taurus, would be the highest for the year.  
Therefore the Taurus full-moon may well  be the most appropriate for the Buddha to appear to his followers to show he has never really left.
Also there are several Occultist who have briefly written about being there, and being occultist, they would know the karma attached to false statements  

HPB qoute; No true theosophist, from the most ignorant up to the most learned, ought to claim infallibility for anything he may say or write upon occult matters.

 

Permalink Reply by Casady on June 21, 2015 at 2:11pm
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and so the sun enters the fourth sign of the year, cosmologically representing the Tetraktys, according to Subba Row. According to hpb: "During the summer solstice, the Sun provokes songs of gratitude from all that breathes; hence Hiram, who represents it, can give to whomsoever has the right to it, the sacred Word, that is to say life. " (CW 14, p.264)

Aaccording to Porphyry, the tropic of Cancer  is related to Summer and the  Moon and is the North gate where the souls descend ; The tropic of Capricorn is related to Winter and Saturn, and is South gate of ascent. Ascent is related to liberation, for example, the Roman Saturnalia festival is therefore related to the Southern Tropic and features elements of divesting of garments symbolising the return to pristine felicity, the fountain of life. The entrances are said be aligned with the North-South tropic rather than the East-West/Aries-Libra equinoctial axis because Sothis, the Dog-Star is near Cancer and related to the new moon, thus a symbol of generation.

Happy Summer Solstice -

Cancer - The Crab - 21 June - 22 July

A Feminine, Cardinal Water Sign.

The fourth sign of the zodiac, Cancer has the image of the crab. It is the first water sign. This symbolism, is linked to the womb, birth, motherhood and the birth of all things. The zodiac in the baptistry of Parma Cathedral, from the 13th century, Cancer is represented by a crayfish.

In other mediaeval zodiacs the tail is often overlaid with the halo of the archangel Gabriel, linking baptism with the spiritual world. Cancer is often called the 'house of the mother', linking it to the physical and spiritual experience of birth.

Cancer
Alchemy:
 Dissolution
Animal: Crab, Turtle, Sphinx
Birthstone: Amber, Chalcedony, Ruby
Colour: Orange Yellow
Day: Monday
Egyptian: Khepri (scarab)
Gods/Goddess: Artemis, Dionysius, Khephra
Greek: Artemis
Metal: Silver
Perfume: Onycha, Jasmine, Myrrh
Plant: Lotus
Roman: Diana
Tarot: Chariot
Weapon: The Furnace

The Sanskrit name for this month is Karkataka - the Crab

KAAONA - `A`ama. In Hawaiian mythology, is depicted by the 'A'ama, a Crab akin to that of Greek mythology, the cardinal watery sign of the Prophet or Teacher.

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/divination/astrology/cancer_-_the_...

Permalink Reply by james E Orchard on June 23, 2015 at 3:28am
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Hi Casady

Cancer: Ruler: The Moon. Symbol: The Crab.

Cardinal Cross– fast in action.

Water Sign: Fast moving water-emotions, nurturing, sensitive, defensive - "I Feel".

Perhaps the most emotional of all; people, the symbol is the crab, representing the defensive and aggressive nature.

They are tenaciousness, very direct and highly intelligent, when it comes to protecting their family or fulfilling their emotional and security needs. This sign symbolises motherhood, family, nurturing and Cancerians more than any other sign need the comfort and security of a home.

Positively used Cancer brings inner serenity and peace, the ability to nurture others wisely and sensitively.

Expressed negatively -exaggerated emotions, fluctuating moods, a tendency to be clingy and crabby.

Relationships: Cancerians are tactile, sensuous and sexy. They need someone to love and fuss over.

Their basic insecurity causes them to cling to partners and ask for constant demonstrations of love and affection. They are highly loyal and when they give their hearts, find it very difficult to leave a relationship.

Career: They excel in the healing, nurturing, service, domestic and hospitality industries. Also with industries associated with the sea. They are talented cooks. Their talents in running a home make them eminently suitable in administration.

 

Permalink Reply by Casady on June 26, 2015 at 2:28pm
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Nice info James - I don't know why the White Goddess doesn't include the ruling planet in her info, so it's nice to have that extra info -

PS- the hpb info on the summer solstice is her translation of Ragon, probably her favorite Masonic author, although she is critical of the Hiram Abif legend - still, she does quote it, so presumably the underlying concepts about the solstice are valid, maybe she favors the relation to Egyptian myth, in this case - accurate translation, her comments follow Ragon, generally...

Permalink Reply by Casady on July 12, 2015 at 10:06am
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Podcast with Robert Hand, he mentions hpb at one point:

http://theastrologypodcast.com/2013/12/09/robert-hand-reconciling-m...

Permalink Reply by Casady on July 17, 2015 at 9:16am
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As Pluto was in opposition to Mars and Mercury, the New Horizons probe sent down some amazing pictures...

http://time.com/3961935/pluto-planet-stars-music/

Permalink Reply by james E Orchard on July 23, 2015 at 8:55pm
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Hi Casady       "Leo"

     Ruler:           The Sun.

    Symbol:         The Lion, king of the beasts and the Sun

   Fixed Cross    Slower to move and act, stubborn.

  Fire Sign;   Concentrated - fire,  proud, dignified, regal, intelligent -    "I Rule!"

Leo's need to stand at the centre, in their own power, expressing their own truth, applying their own will.             They love holding centre court and need an adoring public. They are natural leaders, have a warm charisma which makes them very attractive and are naturally generous and warmhearted.

The Negative Leo is arrogant, vain, lazy, proud likes flattery, is hypersensitive to criticism.

Relationships: They are romantic, ardent and passionate. They need a partner who can return this fire with equal measure. Possessive and territorial, they would be absolutely unforgiving if their partner was unfaithful. Usually loyal and faithful, some Leo’s like to gather a harem.

Career: Managerial, leadership, supervisory positions and self employment. They make fine sports people, work well with children and in all creative areas - art, theatre, acting, performance, dance.

   

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thanks James - the sun roared into Leo on the 22 - time to finish up with the interior decorating and jam-making and get on with the hiking trips and summer plays... Jupiter is still in Leo to August 11, so it's final run in Leo stands to be most flamboyant...

Leo - The Lion - 23 July - 22 August

A Masculine, Fixed Fire sign.

Leo, the fifth sign, is one of the four fixed signs, and its image of a lion has been given from the earliest times. During the early centuries of Christianity, Leo as the second of the four fixed signs was adopted to represent Mark, one of the four Evangelists.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, the symbol of Christ, and is placed in zodiacs and churches as the first of the fixed sign. The symbol of Leo, is regarded to have been derived from ancient Greek horoscopes and is a representation of the lion's tail.

Correspondences

Alchemy: Digestion
American Indian: Sturgeon, Salmon
Animal: Lion
Birthstone: Cat's Eye, Jasper, Sapphire
Colour: Yellow, Purple, Orange
Day: Sunday
Egyptian: Horus
Element: 2nd of three fire signs
Flower: Lily
Gods/Goddess: Helios, Apollo, Ra-Hoor-Khuit
Greek: Apollo
Hawaiian: Hilinaehu - Ku Mask
Indian (Sanskrit): Simha - The Lion
Metal: Gold
Mode: Leadership/creation
Perfume: Olibanum
Plant: Sunflower
Quality: 2nd of four fixed signs
Roman: Helios
Ruler: Sun
Season: Mid-summer
Tarot: Fortitude, Strength(Lust)
Weapon: The Discipline

Characteristics
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, a fixed fire sign. Leo represents the king, and Leo can be a very noble sign, though their may be some problems with ego-inflation. Leo can be very dramatic, always putting on a good show for their subjects, and very protective of them as well. The planetary ruler of Leo is the sun.

Hawaiian Astrology
HILINAEHU - Ku Mask. In Hawaiian mythology, is depicted by the mask of Ku, an Akua (God) and the power protector strength of Hawaiian Kings, especially King Kamehameha I. HILINAEHU's Ku is likened to the lion symbol of Greek mythology's Leo, a fiery sign of a King or a President.

Celtic Tree Astrology

Cypress: 26/07 - 04/08

CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) - strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly,pedantic, and careless.

Beth-Luis-Nion Tree Alphabet : 
Tinne (Holly) July 8 to August 4
Coll (Hazel) August 5 to September 1

Native American Medicine Wheel

Salmon/Sturgeon July 23/August 21
The Hawk Clan

Element: Fire
Direction: South
Directional Color: Red
Directional Totem: The Mouse
Season: Time of ripening
Mode: Emotions
Plant Totem: Rasberries
Stone: Garnet
Colors: Red
Personality: Energetic/ enthusiastic Need to Cultivate emotional/stability

Chinese Astrology - Water Tiger

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http://www.cafeastrology.com/thisweekinastrology.html

The Sun is in Virgo from August 23-September 23. Our focus shifts to the pieces of the puzzle--the little details of our lives. It is now time to take care of practical concerns. Tending to the details of everyday life may not sound like loads of fun, but it can certainly free us from unnecessary stress that results from "collecting" odds and ends of unfinished business. This is an ideal time to get organized, to do detail work, and to improve communications on the job.

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“Virgo”

Ruler: Mercury.

Symbol: The Virgin.

Mutable Cross – Changeable gives an easy going nature.

Earth Sign;  dutiful, discriminating,  fastidious - "I Analyse".

The symbol is the modest virgin -quiet, shy and unassuming, chaste, fastidious.                         They can be found in all manner of administration work, quietly keeping the wheels of organisations ticking over – they are loyal and devoted servers who can be relied upon in any crisis. Practical, ultra-reliable, discriminating, they have shrewd minds suited to analytical, detailed and precision work. They have a natural interest in diet, health and hygiene.

Negatively, they are super-critical, driven, fussy, over-meticulous perfectionist. Or conversely, someone who realising the high standards cannot be reached, gives up trying and becomes a slob.

Relationships: Virgos love more with their minds and want relationships and the partner to be perfect. If this is not moderated, their tendency to criticise will ruin relationships. They tend to be faithful and loyal, but have a curiosity which may sometimes cause them to go outside their primary relationship. Unless Mars is strong, they may lack passion.

Career: Are suited to administration, communications, customer service, clerical work and healing modalities. Any task which requires attention to detail suits them, they make excellent accountants, analysts, research scientists, librarians. 

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Permalink Reply by Casady on August 25, 2015 at 1:46pm
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good stuff, James -

of course the white goddess has some interesting stuff on Virgo:

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/divination/astrology/virgo_-_the_v...

ps. the next full moon this Saturday:

A FULL MOON occurs on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 2:35 PM EDT.

On Saturday afternoon, a Full Moon occurs when the Sun in Virgo opposes the Pisces Moon.

The Virgo-Pisces polarity is the service axis, and it deals with the balance between day-to-day functions and routines, physical health, and the need for order (Virgo) and vision, spiritual health, disorder, and the infinite (Pisces). Virgo rules our personal set of tools and techniques that we use to deal with day-to-day life, while Pisces rules our tools that we use to deal with our spirituality. The key to balance lies in identifying and expressing our spiritual needs, while maintaining order in our everyday lives. Neglecting either end of the axis will surely backfire--we would either be living in chaos or in excessive order.

http://www.cafeastrology.com/thisweekinastrology.html

Permalink Reply by Casady on September 8, 2015 at 8:32am
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Upcoming solar Eclipse in Virgo with newly arrived Jupiter in Virgo, opposing Nepune in Pisces:

http://astrologyking.com/solar-eclipse-september-2015/

quite a lot of stuff happening in September:

12th September Sun opposite Chiron
13th September Solar Eclipse in Virgo
17th September Jupiter opposite Neptune
17th September Mercury station Retrograde
18th September Saturn enters   Sagittarius
21st September First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius
23rd September Venus trine Uranus
23rd September Sun enters Libra
23rd September Sun sextile Saturn
24th September Sun conjunct   Node
24th September Mercury square Pluto
25th September Mars enters Virgo
25th September Pluto station Direct
26th September Mars square Saturn
28th September Lunar Eclipse in Aries
30th September Sun conjunct   Mercury

Permalink Reply by Casady on September 16, 2015 at 1:54pm
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Probably the second challenging hump in this fall's eclipse season is Sept. 17/18  - Mercury Retrograde, Saturn enters Sagitarius, Jupiter hits exact Neptune opposition, best wishes all with this:

http://www.starcana.com/cautious-steps-mercury-retrograde-saturn-re...

http://chaninicholas.com/mercury-retrograde-and-saturn-into-sagitta...

http://realastrologers.com/2015/09/14/weekly-forecast-september-14-... 

Permalink Reply by Kristan Stratos on September 16, 2015 at 2:35pm
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...Tell me about it...

Permalink Reply by Casady on September 18, 2015 at 11:55am
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Well astrology is so confusing right now, so many different interpretations... by "hump" I meant a certain configuration of planets that indicate a potentially above-average level of effect - the third hump, I would identify as the 25th when Pluto (in Capricorn) goes direct, although the whole 23-26 period has a lot of interesting aspects, unusually intense- I could give my own quick and dirty interpretations to these, if you want...

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OK - I do have little informal summary formulations that I cook up -  in the meantime, since this is a pretty 'humpy' week from the equinox on the 23rd right up to the eclipse on the 27th, here's what last weeks three astrologers of destiny have to say:

http://realastrologers.com/2015/09/21/weekly-forecast-september-21-...

http://chaninicholas.com/mercury-retrograde-and-saturn-into-sagitta...

http://www.starcana.com/bleeding-through-self-analysis-pluto-direct...

ps - the super blood moon eclipse #4 - what to watch for:

https://celestialspace.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/overview-full-moon-...

Permalink Reply by Gwynne Sonnen Mayer on September 21, 2015 at 12:55pm
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Hi Casady,

As an astrologer for the last 45 years, I have to agree with you on all that you are saying....There is too much to say about all of this and even more interpretations depending on each level of conscious awareness at all these different 'hits'....

I am hosting a full moon mediation Sunday the 27th for the Lunar Eclipse, free of charge, on Adobe Webinar.  If anyone is interested in joining us for this momentous energy...write me an e-mail and I will send you the info.  You handle this site well.  You can also go to my site and see some of the other types of things I am involved with. gwynnemayer.com.  My e-mail if you are interested in the meditation is gwynne.mayer@gmail.com.

Blessings all around!

Permalink Reply by Casady on September 24, 2015 at 2:55pm
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Thank you Gwynne - nice to hear from an astrologer/theosophist, considering the major role theosophy has played in the growth of this field - interesting articles on your web site btw - thanks for sharing the info on your event - sharing is caring...

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update : fixed for real this time... added a fourth eclipse analysis for good mesure...

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Here are my rough, brief personal notes on the various recent astrological events:

Mercury, Venus, and Mars positions last for a few months whereas Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto positions last for several years.

Lots of big political changes recently, there have been several political regime crisis'/resolutions recently (Greece, Australia, Brazil) the Chinese stock market crisis/adjustment, the Cuba/USA détente not to mention the Syrian civil war problem with the massive refugee crisis. I attribute all this to shifts  of Jupiter from Leo to Virgo, and the shift of Saturn from Scorpio to Sagittarius (with Uranus, Neptune and Pluto contributing). I see the moves of Jupiter and Saturn and the Neptune in Pisces situation as potentially beneficial for the development of the Theosophical movement over the next few years.

                                                                   

Moon in Aries

Sep 27, 2015

Energy, courage, daring

         

Sun in Libra

Sep 22, 2015 to Oct 23, 2015

Relationships, esthetics

         

Mercury in Libra Rx

Aug 27, 2015 to Nov 1, 2015

Careful thinking, common sense

Absent-minded

         

Venus in Leo

Jul 31, 2015 to Oct 8, 2015

Warmth, enthusiasm,

extravagance

         

Mars in Virgo

Sep 24, 2015 to Nov 12, 2015

Efficiency, irritability

         

Jupiter in Virgo

Aug 10, 2015 to Sep 9, 2016

Expansive energy, rectitude in knowledge, work, service, health,   practical concerns

         

Saturn in Sagittarius

Sep 17, 2015 to Dec 19, 2017

Circumspection in

education, philosophies/ideas,

Religion, dogmatism

 

         

Uranus in Aries Rx

Mar 11, 2011 to May 15, 2018

Surprising, sudden revolutions, innovations in technology, business,   politics – individualism, independance

         

Neptune in Pisces Rx

Feb 3, 2012 to Mar 30, 2025

Mystical, artistic inspiration – delusion, addiction

 

         

Pluto in Capricorn

Nov 26, 2008 to Mar 23, 2023

Power, authority, transparency, realism – deep, slow careful changes   in social structures

17th September Jupiter opposite Neptune: Problems of balance between spiritual needs and practical reality.
17th September Mercury station Retrograde: Absent-mindedness, problems with computers (incl. hacking), vehicles, theft
18th September Saturn enters Sagittarius: Dramatic outcomes, clashes

23rd September Venus trine Uranus : Spontaneity in relationships, originality, creativity
23rd September Sun enters Libra : harmony in relationships
23rd September Sun sextile Saturn: Freedom, stability, problem solving
24th September Sun conjunct Node: reorientation, updating, tying up loose ends
24th September Mercury square Pluto: Slander, gossip, scandal
25th September Mars enters Virgo: Efficient action, attention to details
25th September Pluto station Direct: Volatile, Surprising revelations, resolutions
26th September Mars square Saturn: Conflicts, control issues, tensions over boundaries
28th September Lunar Eclipse in Aries: Insightful relationship discussions, adjustments,  with possible bursts of surprises, passion and volatility.

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After the tumult, turmoil and tragedies of the eclipse season (with several events showing hope for progressive change), Mercury stations direct today -

Here are the diverse aspects of Libra, courtesy of the White Goddess-

Libra - The Scales - 23 September - 22 October

A Masculine, Cardinal Air sign.

Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac, is shown as a woman holding a pair of scales. The 13th century Cathedral of Chartres in France, on a column to the south of the 'astrological door' is a small carving of the symbol of Libra. One of the zodiacal sculptures by Benedetto Antelami, depicts a man holding a set of scales.

The Egyptian symbol for Libra, showed a disc above a bowl like form, said to represent the setting Sun above the Earth. More importantly, the space between the Sun and Earth represents the airy realm of Libra. It is this space that exists between the male principle and the female, that the impulse of Libra is trying to bridge.

Correspondences

Alchemy: Sublimation
American Indian: Sturgeon, Salmon Animal: Elephant
Birthstone: Emerald, Beryl, Opal
Colour: Green
Day: Friday
Egyptian: Maat
Element: 2nd of three air signs
Flower: Lily
Gods/Goddess: Themis, Maat, Venus
Greek: Themis
Hawaiian: MAHOE HOPE - Gourd Scales
Indian (Sanskrit): Tula - The Scales
Metal: Brass
Perfume: Galbanum, Vanilla, Chamomile
Plant: Aloe
Quality: 3rd of four cardinal signs
Roman: Themis
Tarot: Justice
Weapon: The Cross

Characteristics
Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac; it is cardinal and air. Libra is the diplomat or negotiator of the zodiac. The symbol for Libra is the scales, always balancing two opposing options. Libra does so well at seeing both sides of a question that it sometimes has difficult deciding which option to choose. Libra is concerned with harmonious relationships between people. Representing this idea, the ruling planet is Venus.

Egyptian Symbol for Libra

Egyptian symbol for Libra, showing the
Sun above the Earth. The enclosed space
denotes Air, the realm of Libra.

Hawaiian Astrology
MAHOE HOPE - Gourd Scales. In Hawaiian mythology is depicted similarly to the Scales in Greek mythology, the cardinal airy sign of the Statesman or Manager.

Celtic Tree Astrology

Cypress: 26/07 - 04/08

ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Beth-Luis-Nion Tree Alphabet : Gort (Ivy) September 30 to October 27

Native American Medicine Wheel

The Crow/Raven September 22/October 23
The Butterfly Clan

Element: Air
Direction: Southwest
Directional Color: Black
Directional Totem: Grizzly Bear
Season: Time of falling leaves
Mode: Birth of ideas,balance
Plant Totem: Mullein/primrose
Stone: Opal,jasper,azurite
Colors: Blue,brown
Personality: Good natured Need to Cultivate impartiality

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Permalink Reply by Casady on October 27, 2015 at 5:37pm
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and so we have passed the pivotal point of the zodiac and enter the sign of Scorpio - (hpb has some good comments on this sign, see last year's post)

from the White Goddess:

Scorpio - The Scorpion - 23 October - 21 November
A Feminine, Fixed Water sign.

Scorpio, the eighth, is shown as a scorpion, although it may have developed from a single drawing of a serpent, having a head, many coils and a tail. In the symbolic development of the sign, the serpent, the tempter from the Garden of Eden, was cut in two, the head became the symbol for Virgo. While the tail, became one of the symbols for Scorpio.

In Egypt the symbol was derived from the pictograph, in demotic script, for a snake, and by late Greek times closely resembled the modern symbol. The 16th century occultist, Agrippa, claimed that the modern symbol represented the sting of the scorpion. Scorpio is associated with passion. It is sometimes called 'the house of death'.

Correspondences

Alchemy: Separation American Indian: Thunderbird Animal: Scorpion, Eagle, Wolf Astral Colour: Red Birthstone: Snakestone, Amethyst, Topaz Colour: Blue-green, Turquoise Day: Tuesday Egyptian: PtahElement: 2nd of three Water signs Flower: Gods/Goddess: Vulcan, Set, Ptah, Typhoon, Hephaestos, Pluto Greek: Hephaestos Hawaiian:Hilinaehu - Ku Mask Indian (Sanskrit): Vrischika - The Scorpion Metal:Steel Mode: Perfume: Siamese Benzoin, Hyacinth, Pennyroyal Plant:Cactus Quality: 3rd of four fixed signs Roman: Vulcan Ruler: MarsSeason: Tarot: Death Weapon: The Obligatory Pain

Characteristics Scorpio is the Eigth sign of the zodiac, a fixed water sign. People born under this sign are the most intense and passionate of the signs. Though they appear calm and quite but their anger can burst anytime like a volcano. This ferocious anger often ends up making lifelong enemies. Scorpions are loyal as friend but a fanatic foe.They possess very strong intuitive power that helps them judge people. Scorpions also have immense degree of willpower and are highly tenacious, but are equally sensitive and therefore get easily moved by emotions of others.

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/divination/astrology/scorpio_-_the...

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November 22, 2015

The Moon is in Aries all day, and we are emotionally ready to take action, to begin new projects, and to go after what we want. We can be more confrontational than usual. The Sun enters Fire sign Sagittarius today, where it will transit until December 21st. With the Sun in Sagittarius, our focus shifts from the need for an intimate connection with a person and with ourselves, to the desire to reach out to the world and connect with something larger than ourselves. While the Sun moves through this fiery, mutable sign, we can take steps to increase our understanding and awareness of the world around us. We are more able to muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking. We can gain more confidence and optimism by focusing on the "big picture" as we move away from our focus on the details of mundane existence. Although we may be prone to overdoing our expectations, we have the opportunity to nurture our faith, hope, and vision under this influence.

On the full moon, November 25 there is also:

SaturnsquareNeptune  Saturn square Neptune. Some feelings of disillusionment can come now as our dreams and ideals can be put to the test. Questioning our faith in our dreams can lead to lack of follow-through or wasteful activities and avoidance of responsibilities. Ideally, this crisis leads to a realignment of material goals and spiritual ideals as we assess what is truly meaningful to us. Financial restrictions may seem to block our plans, or we could feel a sudden lack of inspiration. We might be forced to face issues we've been avoiding or putting off, or deal with addictions, money drains, and other behaviors that have been dragging us down. Sacrifices may need to be made in order to gain materially or spiritually. It's important to simplify and detox.

http://www.cafeastrology.com/

Permalink Reply by Casady on December 3, 2015 at 2:12pm
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December has two t-squares, although with some more positive aspects to balance things - but the Pluto, Uranus, Mars one has to be considered quite volatile, the Mercury,Chiron Jupiter one, a little less, but an intense month with lots of energy out there, to say the least:

http://astroshaman.com/december-1-15-2015-astrology-forecast-volati...

Permalink Reply by Casady on December 7, 2015 at 4:00pm
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Some more on the strong aspects this week:
Mars square Pluto. Our desires are intense and difficult to satisfy under this influence. A tendency to bully and confront may dominate. Efforts to make changes could be thwarted, or power struggles emerge. The trick is to remain flexible and to develop strategies for achieving our goals. The desire to get the upper hand is strong, but it's unlikely to happen under this influence. It would be wise to observe whatever powerful feelings that confrontations or conflicts arouse under this influence, as this transit has a way of pulling out suppressed matter, or emotional "slush". Passions run high, and so does sexual energy.

Mars opposition Uranus. This can be a time of much restlessness, rebellion, and impatience. We have a tendency to take risks and to act on sudden impulses without considering consequences. We assert our wills and individuality powerfully, and we are ready to fight for freedom. There may be changes in work schedules, or life's circumstances could challenge us in such a way that we need to change our goals or actions. This can also be a time when we tend to resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold us back. Arguments and confrontations are likely. Technology may be a source of irritation, electrical appliances may break down or not work up to par. Energy fluctuates now. Anger can erupt seemingly from nowhere. If we aren't too rash or impulsive, we might be able to free ourselves from restrictive circumstances. We could also have more courage than usual to do things that break the routine, and confrontations engaged in now could clear the air and help us to move forward.
http://www.cafeastrology.com/thisweekinastrology.html


More on the Uranus/Pluto relation and outlines of the years to come:
http://www.astro.com/astrology/tma_article151202_e.htm
Permalink Reply by Gwynne Sonnen Mayer on December 16, 2015 at 7:46am
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I am wondering if this also is a 'death' window?  I am familiar in the last week of over 6 people close to me dying....some of the suddenly, some due to old age.  

gwynne.mayer@gmail.com

Permalink Reply by Casady on December 17, 2015 at 2:06pm
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That's a lot, I'm sorry to hear that, my sympathies go out to you - although I don't find it surprising... in my own humble research in equating aspects to news events, I tend to notice the high occurrence of dramatic deaths, crimes or accidents whenever there is a square or opposition with Mars, Saturn and/or Pluto - (and Uranus to a lesser extent) In this case, the California terrorist couple incident stands out, as well as the various flare ups in the Middle East and in Russia - although there was also a lovely Mercury/Venus/Neptune minor grand trine, which I think helped balance things, so you have some positive events like the Paris environment meetings (I think Jupiter in Virgo helps with environment questions, also), and some cooperation with the Syrian refugee situation, and a lot resolutions of long standing legal cases...

Permalink Reply by Gwynne Sonnen Mayer on December 17, 2015 at 6:57pm
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It is all very interesting.  I am also noticing some false diagnosis in serious illnesses during this time...or what presents is not what actually is occurring in the system.  During the Full Moon Christmas Day what do you see happening.  Sort of auspicious don't you think?

Permalink Reply by Casady on December 22, 2015 at 1:41pm
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Interesting - yes, how about that full moon on Christmas Day, a rare occurrence - the X-mas chart looks to me to be quite an interesting one - things are still quite shaky from the Pluto, Uranus, Mars T-square, with the Pluto-Uranus square in effect (look at yesterday's sad Las Vegas incident) - and there's a Saturn-Neptune square, with possible problems of confusion and deception. And a Pluto, Uranus, Pallas T-squares fades out on Christmas eve, which could bring family conflicts. Uranus stations direct on the 25th, so sudden surprises are very possible.

But I like the way the Venus, Mercury, Neptune minor Grand trine shifts to a very nice Mercury-Venus-Jupiter minor grand trine which is wonderfully sociable, communicative and open - heightened by Jupiter's conjunction with the North Node (in Virgo). And Neptune is both trine to the Full Moon and sextile to the Sun complementing the nicely intuitive, sensitive Cancer Moon. So it looks like a good chart for a warm, lively traditional family-oriented Christmas. Very lively -  care should be taken not to overly partake in the festive appetizers.

Even though the orbs are quite wide, I think that Mercury, Pluto, and Sun positions in Capricorn (a very mystical sign, theosophically) shows a complementary connection between the T-Square and minor Grand trine, indicating a tremendous amount of energy centered around Pluto, hence a great potential for psychological transformation. It's been a very interesting past two months with all the planets being in close butterfly conjunction patterns, very intense - Best wishes to one and all...

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The sun has now entered its penultimate station in the annual pilgrimage, Aquarius. Moreover, Mercury's retrograde motion will end in a couple of days...

                    

Moon in Leo

Jan. 24

creative, playful

         

Sun in Aquarius

January 20-February 19

networking, group activities, freedom

         

Mercury in Capricorn

 January 8-February 13

Methodical, organized, practical thinking

         

Venus in Capricorn

January 23-February 16

ordered finances, organized creativity

networking

         

Mars in Scorpio

January 3-March 5.

crisis, intense, deep emotions, obsessiveness 

         

Jupiter in Virgo

Aug 10, 2015 to Sep 9, 2016

Expansive energy, rectitude in knowledge, work, service, health,   practical concerns,

environmental awareness

         

Saturn in Sagittarius

Sep 17, 2015 to Dec 19, 2017

Circumspection in

education, philosophies/ideas,

Religion, dogmatism

 

         

Uranus in Aries Rx

Mar 11, 2011 to May 15, 2018

Surprising, sudden revolutions, innovations in technology, business,   politics – individualism, independance

         

Neptune in Pisces Rx

Feb 3, 2012 to Mar 30, 2025

Mystical, artistic inspiration – delusion, addiction

 

         

Pluto in Capricorn

Nov 26, 2008 to Mar 23, 2023

Power, authority, transparency, realism – deep, slow careful changes   in social structures

Permalink Reply by Casady on February 1, 2016 at 12:35pm
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Interesting aspects for Mercury in January

http://astrologyking.com/mercury-retrograde/

Permalink Reply by Casady on February 21, 2016 at 4:09pm
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As the cycle pursues its inexorable course, we have arrived at the final station of the zociacal experience, Pisces, marking the end of another annual peregrination. Tomorrow's full moon, should be quite intense - there's a sun-moon-Mars T-square, balanced by a Saturn-Uranus- Moon grand trine - and the sun-moon axis is located at perfect mid-point between the Pluto-Uranus square -  it is in the Pisces-Virgo axis, with Neptune-Sun conjunction in Pisces being quite complementary to the mystical aspect of the Neptune in Pisces transit - perhaps this could mean something like a fairly powerful, unexpected event or conflict happening, that has an exceptional potential for bringing positive resolutions and/or transformations... at the more mundane levels, outbursts of violence can be expected...

http://astrologyking.com/full-moon-february-2016/

Permalink Reply by Casady on March 5, 2016 at 6:04pm
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As my previous post hinted at, we have quite an interesting and powerful eclipse coming up on Tuesday:

Total Solar Eclipse, March 8 2016

There’s a tremendous amount of energy in this total eclipse, with the planets all clustered in one hemisphere, forming five key points, with four important aspects at each point, making for an intense butterfly/trapezoid configuration. The key aspects can be analysed in four main groupings:

  1. Mystical Healing Social Sun Stellium

The Sun/Moon eclipse conjunction in Pisces is very powerful as it is part of at least a four-planet stellium (with a strong Neptune in domicile and Mercury, in reception to its domicile, Virgo)  add asteroids Chiron and Ceres, and a slightly out-of-orb Venus in Aquarius and this forms a kind of Triple Goddess (Venus, Moon, Ceres) mystical septenary, focused on wounds and healing. As this stellium is conjunct the descendant, it is very socially active.

  1. Mutable War and Peace T-Square

However, all is not unimpeded mystical bliss; this stellium forms an opposing corner in a difficult Saturn/Jupiter/Sun T-square (Saturn apex). Jupiter, in opposition to the eclipse, is conjunct the ascendant and the North Nodes (which can serve to give even more intensity to the transformative and healing aspects, in general). Mars (just entering Sagittarius) is slightly out-of-orb rom a conjunction with Saturn (also in Sagittarius), but is square to the stellium, and so adds considerable volatility. This T-Square creates tremendous dynamic tension in the social and human relation spheres. It forms quite a cross of sorrow centered around strongly polarized opposites: optimism/pessimism, masculine/feminine, idealism/realism, aggression/peacefulness; conflict resolution and harmony by opposition will be very challenging but also potentially very rewarding.

  1. Positive Plutonic Tranformative Triangulation

Fortunately, this T-Square is in positive aspect to Pluto (in Capricorn)/ Jupiter (in Virgo) in trine, the Sun in sextile and Saturn in semi-sextile. This gives a strong impetus for positive transformation, resolution and digging deep for solutions; a powerful impetus for the death and transfiguration process necessary for resurrectional self-renewal

  1. Volatile Uranian/Plutonic Square

Unfortunately, this positive Plutonic triangulation is complicated by a difficult Uranus (in Aries)/Pluto square, which is pushing for radical socio-political transformations, related to the mass media technological computer age. Moreover, Mars in semisquare to Pluto and sesquisquare to Uranus creates a powerful disruptive potential. The Saturn/Uranus trine attenuates things somewhat but it is also closely implicated in volatile Mars/Saturn/Uranus/Pluto configuration opening the door for revolutionary upheavals of outdated structures and ruling styles.

So we have a Christ-like Piscean stellium, configured in a T-Square cross of sorrow, catalyzed by a Plutonian-triangulated crucifixion process, ideal for a Neptunian resurrection of the Holy Spirit. This eclipse therefore creates an exceptional potential, if one has the resolve, courage, and insight to overcome the intense, turbulent, frenetic psycho-social challenges and difficulties, for a productive inner meditative process, as a remarkable amount of Piscean mystical archetypes are constellated during this eclipse, with strong initiatory trial and tribulation energy to catalyze the inner regeneration impetus. The accompanying image of Mercurius-Virgo image, I think, gives some good symbolic hints as to the spiritual nature of this eclipse.

“This, briefly, is the life of the progressive spirit--self-sacrifice, whereby self is crucified; self-denial, whereby the world is vanquished; and spiritual conflict, whereby the adversaries are beaten back. In it is no stagnation; even no rest; no finality. It is a daily death, out of which springs the risen life. It is a constant fight, out of which is won perpetual progress. It is the quenchless struggle of the light that is within to shine out more and more into the radiance of the perfect day. And thus only it is that what you call heaven is won." (Spirit Teachings, Section 30, William Stainton Moses)

http://wholeastrology.blogspot.ca/2016/02/pisces-solar-eclipse-march-8-2016-1-2.html

http://astrologyking.com/solar-eclipse-march-2016/

https://starsandstones.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/solar-eclipse-9-march-2016/

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Permalink Reply by Casady on March 20, 2016 at 6:09pm
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Dynamic Mercurial Spring Resurrection 
Coming four days after the Spring equinox, this  lunar eclipse highlights the transition from submersion in the Piscean mystical waters and rebirth into the manifesting energies of Aries; the rebirth of spring, the end of the zodiacal initiatory cycle and the beginning of a new cycle of experience and transformation. 

Aries-Libra Axis 
This is the final sequence of Aries-Libra eclipses begun in October 2013 and so can represent a culmination of relationship issues focused on individual needs versus relational needs. The challenge of harmonizing one’s personal needs with the needs of others will not be so easy as the Sun/Mercury conjunction, in the sign of Aries, in a Trine with Mars (in Sagittarius) gives a powerful energy for vocal self-assertion, whereas the moon’s effectiveness is muted in Libra and the sextile with Mars is less powerful; and with a full moon, emotional energy can be strong. Hence the balance between intellect and emotion is a major challenge with this eclipse.

Saturn-Neptune-Jupiter T-Square 
This powerful T-Square is strongly balanced by Neptune/Pluto, Saturn/Uranus and Jupiter/Pluto trines; along with the Uranus/Pluto square, the outer planets are all inter-connected by powerful aspects, bringing socio-political changes in areas of bureaucratic/political power (Pluto in Capricorn), philosophical ideologies (Saturn in Sagittarius), religious policies and environmental issues (Jupiter in Virgo), technological developments and social protest (Uranus in Aries) as well as art and spirituality (Neptune in Pisces); and so we are at a pivotal moment in the current outer planetary transits. In the last eclipse, most of the planets were focused around the T-Square, whereas now, all of the inner planets are somewhat inter-spread between these aspects, although still very close to the planets Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn. The Jupiter (retrograde) -Saturn square goes exact practically at the same time as the eclipse occurs and Saturn will go retrograde on March 25th. With all this movement going on, the Venus-Neptune conjunction, may perhaps get muted, but it could be quite potent in terms of creative, romantic and spiritual inspiration if one can achieve a strong practical, realistic, grounded balance and discipline, while avoiding the problem of deluded emotionalism. Additionally, the Venus/Neptune trine with Pluto, can serve to favor spiritual insight. 

Summary 
If one follows the news, one may have noticed how the solar eclipse of March 8th shook things up quite a bit, (and also brought encouraging signs of productive cooperative changes). Perhaps some long-standing problems flared up, or old wounds re-opened. With this eclipse, there is an exceptionally positive energy for completing the zodiacal cycle of transformation and renewal. With the Uranus, Pluto, Saturn and Mars squares, a certain amount of dramatic volatility can be expected; moreover, the strong Jupiter-Saturn square can bring dramatic change in one’s life structure (a change to allow for a more fluid organization). The main challenge with this eclipse would be to take care to use the mercurial masculine individualistic, intellectual insightfulness in a holistic manner that integrates the more feminine, emotional, intuitive, altruistic aspects of the full moon in Libra. Hence, one would do well to consider diplomacy, listening skills, and empathy in one’s drive to engage in resolving lingering problems and disputes. 

As a possible hint to the deeper meanings of this eclipse, I suggest the above image of the alchemical Rebus as envisaged by Basile Valentin from FIGVRA XCVIII (48), Viridarium chimicum (1624) by Daniel Stolcius. For a good explanation of this symbol see: 
http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/double-headed-eagle.html

Permalink Reply by Casady on April 17, 2016 at 1:04pm
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there's a lot of planets going retrograde currently:

http://astrologyking.com/retrograde/

Permalink Reply by Casady on April 19, 2016 at 4:52pm