Mars square Pluto, Mercury conjunct Jupiter
There is a confrontation between Mars, feisty god of war, and Pluto, lord of the underworld. Unconscious factors may be fueling strong emotions and creating tension. Can we face our demons, let go of the compelling drive to control, & express our truths with self-awareness? Action may feel urgent as the process of transformation is sparked, yet with Mercury retrograde, we are still in a period of inward reflection.
Also, tonight Mercury (retrograde) conjoins Jupiter, stimulating a review of internal connections or outer reconnections, and inspiring copious communication. Through it there is an opportunity for optimism and faith - that any friction, which may feel counter to our well-being, is actually serving to expand and lift consciousness.
The mid-point of Mercury retrograde
We are at the mid-point of the Mercury Retrograde (time to go within and review) cycle, as it touches the Sun today (inferior conjunction), representing the seed moment for Mercury - perhaps there is new information, a new understanding, or a new idea that is forming, but it is not yet developed and may not be fully clear until after Mercury goes direct on Apr 23rd.
Churchill, Hitler, and Reagan used astrology?
“Does it worry you that the high muck-a-mucks of our political, legal, medical and economic systems use astrology? During World War II, Churchill had several astrologers working for him. He didnt have to believe in astrology, but he wanted to know what Hitlers astrologers were telling him. Even President Reagan has admitted he believes in astrology, so much so that his birth time is, in reality, different from the ones we see printed in the magazines...”
Neptune enters Pisces
With the powerful and dynamic celestial events as of late, today we have a softening & gentle, yet significant influence: Neptune, the planet of spirituality, enters its corresponding sign, Pisces. This is a big shift as Neptune will be spending the next 14 years in the shimmery waters of Pisces (minus a short retrograde into Aquarius)! Compassion, unity consciousness, and unconditional love are strongly supported!
Neptune in Pisces wisdom: “A Sufi story tells of a student who complains to his teacher about the cruel realities of the world. The teacher replies, ‘Yes, of course, but if it werent for the hidden work of those who pray, imagine, dream, and act compassionately when the opportunity presents itself, things would be much worse.” ~Caroline Casey
New Moon in Aries, Mars conjunct Uranus
There is a New Moon in Aries today activating the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, & Uranus also in Aries(!), the archetype of brave new beginnings. A perfect modus operandi for all this fiery energy: “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it” (Johann Von Goethe). With Mercury retrograde and an opposition to Saturn, however, we may feel some resistance holding us back.
The planets mentioned above are in various degrees of Aries, but also today, Mars meets up with Uranus in the same degree of early Aries. This is a super high octane combination!!
I probably won’t schedule you during a Void-of-Course Moon
For those of you who have tried to schedule with me during a “Void-of-Course Moon” and came up against my request to re-schedule, check out this article for an explanation about the dos and donts of VOC Moons!
Also, if you would like to follow the Void Moons, here is a calendar.
Note that right now we are in an extra long VOC Moon time: Thu 3/31 at 9:43a until Sat 4/2 at 7:16a).
Mercury goes retrograde
Mercury goes retrograde at 4:48p EDT until Apr 23. This is not a negative time, but rather the perfect time for a mental retreat inward. It may feel annoying to break ones usual drive forward because of delays or issues in need of review or repair, but the retrograde period is an organic, necessary, and divine part of the eternal cycle. It can be a time of re-discovery & re-visioning, a time that balances us.
Mercury is turning retrograde at 24º Aries ♈ and going back to 13º Aries. Wherever you have these degrees of Aries in your chart is the house of experience where the bulk of your review, repair, or contemplation will take place.
Venus joins forces with Chiron
Venus brings her capacity for love and interpersonal relatedness to join forces with Chiron today, the Wounded Healer. If hurt feelings bubble up to the surface, we can trust they are coming up to be seen, heard, understood, and healed.
We must “stand the tension of the opposites”
Perhaps there is a part that wants to rush forward into a new adventure, ready for the journey ahead, and feeling optimism and faith. Yet there is another part that is cautious, remembering past failures, and shrewdly weighing the pros & cons. 3/28: Jupiter in Aries (sign of “I”) opposition Saturn retrograde in Libra (sign of “we”). Yes, these energies may feel in conflict, yet they balance and temper one another.
This is the last of 3 oppositions between Jupiter and Saturn in this sequence - the first was on May 23 2010, the second on August 16 2010. This may correlate with a final trigger of a certain internal conflict/reconciliation regarding these two different planets (principles) now in opposite signs. Jupiter is about expansion, Saturn is about consolidation...
Jung suggests that we must “stand the tension of the opposites” in order to transcend them... “The apparently unendurable conflict is proof of the rightness of your life. A life without inner contradiction is either only half a life or else a life in the Beyond... The self is made manifest in the opposites and in the conflict between them.”
Venus, goddess of love, kisses dreamy Neptune
May we soak up this moment, as Venus, goddess of love, kisses dreamy Neptune tonight, right before entering his sign, Pisces, for 3 1/2 weeks. Perhaps boundaries melt away, and a glimpse of union is felt. You float gently, letting imagination guide. The voice of intuition speaks within inspiring us towards higher expressions of love & creativity... Or, there might be confusion, illusion, or over-idealization.
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