The Astrology of the Vernal Equinox 2019

“Continuity and perpetual renewal go hand in hand.” Stewart Brand

A new Spring season starts this Wednesday as the Sun enters the fiery, action oriented sign of Aries on the Vernal Equinox. There are significant aspects to the North Node of destiny and life path during this time. Do be aware of guidance and  information of this nature that surfaces now. The powers of intuition continue to be strong with Mercury transiting close to Neptune.

Aspects also indicate it is a good time for renewed courage and vision.  This will be helped by the harmonious Mars/Pluto trine which adds energy, drive and motivation.

The Moon waxes full shortly after the Equinox at 0 degrees of Libra. At this time the Sun is conjunct Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer. This is a good time to identify and step out of  relationship patterns that no longer work. It is also a good time to look at the balance between your needs and the needs of others in relationship and whether that needs to be brought into a better balance.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”The dawn of a new day reveals everything changed.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

This Weeks Astrology with Saturn and Mars

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller 

“One must choose in all things a mean – just and good. Error and confusion dwell  in the extremes.” Pythagoras 

I had a dream recently that mirrored an actual childhood event. When I was young I lived by the sea and one day after a storm I went with a friend to see how her small sailboat had survived a storm. Her sailboat was tied up to a dock at a neighborhood club. Her boat was fine – we just needed to bail it out. But it was a motorboat, moored near the dock that caught my attention. It was fully submerged in the shallow water.

For some reason this image, which in its own way is dreamlike, has stayed with me throughout the years. But recently in a dream I found myself back there staring into the shallow water at the sunken motor boat. In the dream though, the boat had a table which was set for dinner. I dove down and grabbed the silverware and brought it to the surface.  Later I called a friend who understands  imagery well and asked her what she thought it was about. She said, “I think it is about retrieving lost treasures in your life.”

When I mused about lost things I thought about the many the stories I had written that had been lost in various computer crashes over the years. Spurred on by her idea, I entertained the idea that perhaps I had made hard copies at some point and perhaps could find some of them.  I searched through boxes and closets  and an old icloud account and  much to my surprise, I  managed to find quite a bit of the writing.

This week  the Sun sextiles Pluto providing a fertile time for retrieving lost things. The influence of the Mercury retrograde supports this also. Lost things can be actual physical things and also things that may have become undervalued or diminished  along the way. Qualities like hope, courage and optimism.

Pluto also brings his influence to Mercury, the planet of communication and thinking this week. It bodes well to deepen thinking as this can bring fresh insights to old perceptions.

Other aspects this week indicate the tendency for information overload and for overthinking. As Mars moves up to a benevolent aspect to Saturn, a lot can be accomplished now as long as there is moderation, restraint and discipline in your approach.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A symbolic battle between the Disciples of Might and The Disciples of Enlightenment.”

 

 

Mercury Turns Retrograde Tuesday and This Week’s Astrology

” You see things; and you say ‘why?’
But I dream things that never were and say,’Why not?’ ” George Bernard Shaw 

“Exploring the question brings more wisdom than having the answer.”  A Course in Miracles

Pisces, the sign of poets, of artists and of spiritual seekers is a major player in this week’s astrology. There is some significant astrological activity this week which can leave us feeling “coming and going” or with shifting perceptions.

Mercury will station retrograde at 29 degrees of Pisces on Tuesday at 1:19 PM EST. Retrograde periods are a good time to pause – to rethink, renew and rejuvenate. The retrograde period will last through March 28.

Interactions can be more confusing during this time – do make an extra effort to communicate clearly as misunderstandings can more easily occur. It’s best to review any unclear texts, emails etc before jumping to conclusions. Be careful to think through any decisions during this retrograde period and be open to the possibility that they may need to undergo revision in the future. It is best to look at this month as time time when information is emerging and evolving rather than a time when it’s all in.

Uranus moves into the sign of Taurus on Tuesday as well. Uranus is the planet of innovation and of the future. It governs all things cyber, lightning and inventions that are ahead of their time. In combination with the Mercury station it bodes well to back up files and plan to have patience with  possible delays and snafus with cyber devices. Do heed any innovative ideas that emerge related to  improving financial matters.  If your aspirations and the way you provide for them are not in balance, this time frame can disrupt habitual, unproductive thoughts and clear the way for new approaches.

Uranus will transit this sign until April 2026

The New Moon follows on Wednesday-  at 15 Pisces conjunct  Neptune, the planet of dreams and mystical journeys. New Moons are always a good time to reaffirm or reset intentions but this month it’s better to think of this time as a seed point with more guidance and direction to emerge in the period of reflection.

In astrology it is often advised that when Uranus is a strong influence -as it is this week- to “expect the unexpected.” In a certain sense this is a familiar background to the time in which we are living where the Uranus/Pluto influence is correlated with a lot of change globally. It is wise to provide extra downtime for reflection, renewal and the integration of information. Significant Uranus transits can tax the nervous system and be times when”life comes at you fast.”

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

This Week’s Astrology

“I know of the way of all things by what is within me.” Lao Tzu

“In general intuition flourishes only when it is valued. Intuition is potentially available to everyone. Some people choose to develop it, others do not.” Frances Vaughn

In the beginning of this week it bodes well to  be aware of your intuition and the prompts and clues that may be surfacing with Mercury’s favorable aspect to the North Node  of Destiny and Life Path. Also the Sun will make an aspect to Eris lending the potential for further intimations of how to make your way forward on your life path. Pay attention to energy that seems to be building in your life.

The Sun in Pisces  is moving up to a sextile to Mars in Taurus  on Wednesday indicating  this week is a good time to ground visions with a pragmatic approach. The earthy sign of Taurus can help bring the psychic and intuitive dreams and visions of Pisces into form in an lasting way.

Friday Venus will move out of Capricorn into Aquarius. Venus in Aquarius values independence and evolution and in relationship as opposed to the sign of Capricorn which values a more traditional approach.  Do be open to new ideas about relationships and new approaches to what abundance means to you. At the same time Venus will be making a positive aspect to Chiron – making this a good time to improve self esteem.

One of the Sabian symbols for Venus moving into Aquarius is,” An unexpected thunderstorm.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

 

 

The Sun in Pisces and Venus Conjunct Pluto and Saturn

“The Pacific Ocean overflowed the map. There was no place to put it. It was so big, unruly and blue that it fit nowhere. That’s why they left it in front of my window,” Pablo Neruda 

“The room was suddenly rich, and the great bay window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.” Louis Mac Niece 

The Sun is now in Pisces now until the Vernal Equinox on March 20. Albert Einstein was born under this somewhat magical, enigmatic, emotional and  sometimes absent- minded  sign.  He wrote  that imagination is more important than knowledge.

This Pisces season is ruled  by Neptune, the god of the sea who also rules the realm of dreams, visions and creativity. It is a good month to get in touch with a more poetic way of thinking. It also is a good time to expand empathy and kindness.

Venus is now conjunct Pluto and Saturn and this is very much like Persephone’s journey through the underworld. This planetary line up  offers the opportunity to understand more deeply  any issues dealing with  love and abundance in your life. But it does require a journey through a space of not-knowing.

The Irish human rights activist and lifelong love of William Butler Yeats, Maude Gonne, in the process of undergoing an initiation into a spiritual organization, was required to choose a phrase which symbolized her journey. She chose “Through the Darkness to the Light.” This is very much the realm of Persephone. And it’s wise to remember that when Persephone’s journey in the underworld ended, it signaled the beginning of spring and the growth of new life.

One of the Sabian symbols for the Sun’s ingress into Pisces is, “Moonlit fields, once Babylon, are blooming bright.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

Upcoming Mercury Retrograde and This Week’s Astrology

“The day I saw beneath dark clouds
The passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
Life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.

It is the opening of eyes long closed.
it is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.” David Whyte 

Mercury retrograde heads up! Mercury will station retrograde on March 5 at 29 degrees of Pisces. The retrograde period will last through March 29th when it will station direct at 16 Pisces.  Do make sure any important materials are backed up and any necessary repairs are made in advance of this time to avoid the possible need to go back and redo.

After a mostly seven year stint in Pisces, Chiron the asteroid of the Wounded Healer enters the sign of Aries on Monday.  If you’re looking for ways to improve your courage, your determination and  your ability to assert yourself  this can be a fruitful time when the wind is at your back. The sign of Aries is associated with beginnings and it bodes well to look at how you initiate things. In general it’s a good time to improve the way  you use and direct your energy towards what you would like to accomplish.

Mars, the ruler of Aries is a fiery sign and can be hot headed at times as well as impulsive.

Chiron will transit the sign of Aries for the next seven years.

The Moon waxes Full Tuesday at 0 degrees of Virgo. This is a good time to look at how well your daily life supports your health and well being. If improvements need to be made this is a good time to design about a step – by -step process that can be put into place. Mercury  is conjunct Neptune now so creating a creative picture of your aspirations for your life in this area would be beneficial- a vision board, for example.

Venus is in Capricorn now and moving up to a conjunction with Saturn and Pluto this week. This is a good time for preparing your taxes, organizing financial matters and thinking seriously about where change needs to occur in this area. It can be a serious time for relationships and a good time to understand  issues in need of transformation on a deeper level. Keep the aspirations high in any discussions and be willing to “chop wood and carry water” to improve things.

Mars has moved into Taurus which is good for perseverance and steadiness. It can be frustrating time-wise if you are in a rush. It’s akin to the Seven of Pentacles in the Tarot deck. This is sometimes called the card of the gardener and is a reminder to remember to grow things slowly and steadily in accordance with the cycles of natural world. Often landscapers have Mars in Taurus.

Mercury is moving up to a conjunction with Neptune this week as the Sun enters the sign of Pisces. Do keep communications clear and make some time for dreaming.

The Sabian symbol for this week’s Full Moon is,” In a portrait the best of a person’s traits are idealized.”

Sabian symbols from Lynda Hill

 

This Week’s Astrology Forecast

“The trouble with anger is that it makes us overstate our case and prevents us from reaching awareness. We often damage our case by anger.” Anais Nin

“Only with winter patience can we bring the deep desired, long awaited spring.” Anne Morrow Lindburgh

Pallas Athene the asteroid goddess of compassionate justice is a strong influence in astrology this week – being in late Libra and in opposition to the fiery Mars /Uranus conjunction in late Aries. This indicates that issues of justice and fairness may be front and center this week in relationships of all kinds. The influence of the Mars/Uranus conjunction can  create a time when there is a strong, insistent desire to push for change and when the tendency towards impulsive behavior is strong. Tempers can more easily be tested.

It’s a good week in general to nurture the nervous system, provide for extra down time and practice patience. As my friend the astrologer Dietrich Pessin said, “be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

It’s a good week to minimize screen time.

Pallas Athene was known for her great diplomatic skills and she brought the knowledge of  conflict resolution to the gods and goddesses . The Mars/ Uranus conjunction can ramp up nervous tension which can easily lead to testy interactions. It’s best to take a step back and think things through rather than responding impulsively if these kinds of situations arise. Pallas Athene is in the sign of Libra now and this sign throughout history has been associated with the people who signed peace accords and ended wars. But, as Isabelle Hickey once noted, it is often Libras who have started the wars.

Mercury has now entered the sign of Pisces meaning it is a good time for heightened intuition, creative and spiritual growth and symbolic sight. It’s a good week to look at things from a larger perspective – the kind of perspective poetry can often provide.

Mercury is also conjunct Vesta, the asteroid of the sacred fire. This indicates it is a good time to draw on inspiration and bring more light into the way you are looking at things.

Mars will move out of the fiery sign of Aries and into the earth sign of Taurus on Thursday. Taurus is the sign of the Bull and known for its steadiness and perseverance.

The world is in the midst of a lot of change as we enter the Age of Aquarius and its wise to stay in tune with your higher aspirations for the planet’s future.

One of the Sabian symbols for the Mars/Uranus conjunction is, “A duck pond and its young brood.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

Monday’s New Moon in Aquarius & This Week’s Astrology

“Your dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman

The Moon waxes new on Monday February 4 at 15 degrees of Aquarius at 4:04 PM EST. There is quite a bit of high energy with Mars, Pluto and Uranus involved at this time. Do put it to good use – with too much frittering it can turn to irritability – all week long.

Do take extra care when driving or moving around as the tendency towards impulsiveness is strong and nerves can be frayed all week. There is the tendency to feel “tired and wired” under the influence of the Mars/Uranus conjunction.

There is an excitement about this energy too – taking action on new endeavors is a good way to connect with it. Projects will benefit from cooperation and collaboration now under the influence of the Sun conjunct the new Moon in Aquarius.

Lena Stevens wrote about it this way,”This new moon is an excellent time to revisit your boundaries, your rules and reconnect with what you have a true passion for. Spend a bit of time remembering what it felt like to be passionate about your dreams. What did you dream about when the world was one big possibility for you? Bring that inspiration back as fuel for a new version of the same passion.” Lena Stevens

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Two lovebirds sitting on a fence and singing happily.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Pluto and the Astrology of Our Times

“In my beginning is my end. In succession
Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended,
Are removed, restored or in their place
Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.
Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires,
Old fires to ashes, and ashes to the earth.” TS Eliot

“Redeem the time
Redeem
The unread vision in the higher dream
While jeweled unicorns draw by the gilded hearse.” TS Eliot

When Pluto is a strong force in the sky- as it has been for several years – the themes of endings, beginnings and transformation are about both personally and collectively. Pluto rules the many forms and ways that the life/death/life cycle occurs throughout our lives.

David Tresemer, professor and author of the book  on anthroposophical counseling, The Counselor, As if Soul and Spirit Matter, was at one time Catholic monk.   He has written that one of the ways he thinks Catholicism has gone astray philosophically is that it has evolved by overly emphasizing the importance of the crucifixion rather than the resurrection.

This is about Pluto’s territory and his dark realm. In mythology Pluto kidnapped Persephone to his Underworld.  Her journey there did not contain any light – she was forced to walk through the darkness of unknowing – not knowing if or when her journey  there would end.

Very often when Pluto is a strong force either in the birth chart or by transit  these types of experiences – of walking through the darkness of unknowing occur- often through some kind of loss. The way to navigate this territory is to learn to cultivate your own inner  light.  Eventually, when the knowing or understanding comes ( symbolized by the coming of spring and rebirth in the myth) it signals a time to  let go of the past and the pain of the past through a deeper knowing or understanding. This is similar to the idea of focusing on the resurrection or potential for rebith.

Pluto is conjunct the South Node now indicating that challenges in your own life – those that came down through the ancestral or blood line  – may be arising in a familiar or unfamiliar form. It’s a good time to cultivate courage and keep the inner fires of inspiration burning bright.

Pluto is at 21 degrees of Capricorn and one of the Sabian symbols for this is,” A general gracefully accepting defeat.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

 

Chiron at 29 Degrees

“Between now and 18 february Chiron transits 29 pisces- – 0 aries
The nexus point between your past and future.” Michael Lutin

“Healing is a journey deep within oneself – a search for soul, the essence of the self. It seeks to balance the inner and outer worlds, to connect and to integrate. Healing is the reuniting of the body, mind and spirit.” Diane Mariechild

Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer is about to make a significant change.  Chiron entered Pisces in April of 2010 and will be departing the sign on February 18 when it will enter Aries for the final time.

Chiron is at 29 degrees of Pisces now. The 29th degree is considered the “fated degree” in astrology meaning it is a kind of threshold time – a time to take more seriously not only what your aspirations are at this point but how and why you are making choices you are for the future.

It is wise to consider whether the  choices you are considering now honor your personal journey towards wholeness and authenticity.

It also bodes well to consider – given Chiron is in Pisces – that as Dr Michael Conforti has written, “Our  dreams often provide intimations of our unrecognized gifts and destiny.”

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism.”

 

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill