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This Weeks Astrology – Testy Times with the Mars Uranus Square

“We must create an environment in which change enlivens and enriches the individual and does not overwhelm her.”  Alvin Toffler

“Vesta gathers energy and brings it to a single point, thereby bringing clarity and illumination. Astrologically, individuals with strong Vestas possess the ability to concentrate their energies to a point of focus and bring their full attention to whatever they are doing.” Demetra George 

This week’s astrology is highlighted by the exact square of Mars to Uranus which has been an ongoing theme this year. There can be a strong desire to break free of constrictions under this influence. It has a strong willed, rebellious nature.

It is wise to avoid impulsive actions now and to watch for them on the part of others. It can be more of an accident prone time.

It is a good time to look to areas of your life where you have wanted to make changes for some time – areas of life where there tends to be background noise about  taking  action to move things in a better direction. With Vesta now in Capricorn conjunct Saturn, it’s wise to make a list of steps to take to do this – simple steps that you commit to over time. Vesta is associated with the eternal flame and it is wise as well to commit to keeping an inspired vision as you go forward.

One of the Sabian symbols for the Mars/Uranus square is.”Natural steps to a lawn blooming with clover.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Venus Opposite Uranus and Venus Prepares to Station Retrograde

“During  a long retreat I had what seemed to me to be an earth shattering revelation – that we cannot be in the present and run our story lines at the same time! Impermanence becomes vivid in the present moment; so do compassion and wonder and courage.” Pema Chodren

“Life is a spell so exquisite that everything tries to break it.” Emily Dickinson

Venus is now opposite Uranus and slowing down in the sky in preparation for the Venus Retrograde of 2018. Uranus is the planet of the unexpected and under this influence there can be surprising and sudden events. When it’s  in an opposition to Venus, these events can be related to love, relationship  and to pleasure and abundance. There can be sudden twists and turns of events and plans. Uranus is a freedom loving planet and there can be a desire for more freedom or a sudden break for freedom under this influence.

I was recently reading Broken Open, a book by Elizabeth Lesser, in  which  she describes a love affair she had with a man she calls her “Shaman Lover.”  The experience she describes  is very much the kind of thing that would occur under a Venus/Uranus aspect.

She describes encountering this kind of person this way, “Sometimes the Shaman Lover has been sent by fate to blast us open, to awaken the dead parts of our body, to deliver the kiss of life. And if we succumb we are changed forever.”

There is always an erratic nature to Venus/Uranus relationships and often they come into a person’s  life as an awakening of some kind. Often they do not last, but their impact can be very freeing and life changing.

Traditionally in astrology it is thought that it does not bode well to start a new relationship during a Venus Retrograde time frame. This year Venus  will station retrograde at 15 degrees  of Scorpio on October 5  and retrograde back to 25 degrees of Libra on November 16. The surprising Venus/Uranus influence will be with us through early December due to the retrograde period.

It bodes well under the influence of a Venus Retrograde period  to reconsider your values and what you value.  It’s a good time to revisit what qualities you like in yourself and others and revisit relationship issues. It’s a good time to re-evaluate issues of self esteem and how you attract and create abundance in your life.

One of the Sabian symbols for the Uranus/Venus opposition is,” An electrical storm illuminates the heavens and the forests.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Sunday’s New Moon in Virgo

“Mystical vision is seeing how extraordinary the ordinary is.” James P. Carse

The Moon waxes new on Sunday at 17 degrees of Virgo at 2:01 PM EDT. This is a good time to sidestep habitual ways of thinking about “the way things have to be” to get in closer touch with your  soul’s yearnings. It is a good time to be in touch with creativity and inspiration.
With the Sun and Moon opposing the planet of dreams and visions, it bodes well to be open to intuition about the journey forward. With Pluto and Jupiter in harmonious alignment  now a deepening of philosophical or spiritual beliefs is indicated as well as a more practical application of spiritual beliefs.
It bodes well to avoid the pull of addictive tendencies at this time.
The fractious Venus/Mars/Uranus t-square * continues this week indicating  increased downtime for the integration of events will be beneficial.

The  Sabian symbol for this New Moon is ,”Two girls playing with a ouija board.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

*Throughout the month of September surprises are on the table as the cosmic lovers – Mars and Venus – form a challenging aspect- not only to each other-  but to the planet of the unexpected, Uranus. There can be surprising relationship and partnership developments under this influence –  new alliances, love at first sight occurrences and challenges to relationships in general. It’s best to enter this time with patience and moderation in mind.

Saturn Stations Direct and Venus, Mars and Uranus Align

“There is no greater puzzle than the mystery of why people are attracted to or repelled by each other and we often seek simple answers to questions which require a stretching of the soul to even formulate properly.” Liz Greene 

“It became clear to me that no matter what we do in science or in any other area, it will not help if we don’t find a way to be related to each other at a deep level.” David Bohm

Throughout the month of September surprises are on the table as the cosmic lovers – Mars and Venus – form a challenging aspect- not only to each other-  but to the planet of the unexpected, Uranus. There can be surprising relationship and partnership developments under this influence –  new alliances, love at first sight occurrences and challenges to relationships in general. It’s best to enter this time with patience and moderation in mind.

Uranus is the planet of the future and it has an erratic nature to it. It is wise under this influence to provide more downtime to process events and to nourish the nervous system.

Saturn stations direct this week – a good time for the roll out of plans and to commit or recommit to the required perseverance and discipline.

The Sabian symbol for the Saturn station Thursday at 2 degrees of Capricorn is,” The human soul in its eagerness for new experiences seeks embodiment.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Preview of September’s New Moon in Virgo

” To serve others is to give of oneself with no personal gain or reward. The energy of service is the remedy for problems of darkness and barriers to our evolution. Service is the only energy that can generate enough continued light and fire to combat the darkness.” Mary E. Carreiro

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi

It always bodes well to prepare for a New Moon by clarifying your intentions in advance.  At the time of  upcoming New Moon in Virgo on September 9th, the Sun and the Moon will be opposed to Neptune. Neptune is the planet of dreams and wishes for how things could be. Neptune is the ruler of the sign Pisces and the Pisces /Virgo axis in Astrology is considered the axis of service or being of service to others and the world.

Given the somewhat tumultuous times we are living in – times when great change is afoot – is it wise to consider what you do or would like to do- that helps nudge things along in a more positive direction and helps bring more light and love into the world. As Caroline Myss has written,” Everything we do counts. There is really no such thing as a small act of  service or goodness.”

One of the Sabian symbols for this New Moon is, “A volcanic eruption bringing dust cloud, flowing lava, earth rumblings.”

Sabian symbol reference from Lynda Hill

Mars Stations Direct

“Mars represents our ability to define ourselves through our own volition.” Eric Francis 

“A single moment can retroactively flood an entire life with meaning.” Victor E. Frankl

Mars stations direct at 10:05 AM Monday 8/27 at 29 degrees of Capricorn. The Sabian symbol for this degree is, “A woman reading tea leaves.” This is an indication to look to the underlying or deeper meaning of events.

Mars has been retrograde for two months and it bodes well now to look to events that occurred  during this period and discern how they are connected to the deeper meaning of your life or how they help you see the way forward with more clarity.

The 29th degree is considered to be the “fated degree” meaning it has particular significance. Although there continues to be the tendency to act impulsively now, it’s wise to proceed seriously and with a well thought out plan for any future endeavors.

Sunday’s Full Moon in Pisces and the Sun in Virgo

“The more accelerated our life becomes, the more we have to learn to select only the essential, to create our own repose and meditation island within an uncluttered mental space.” Anais Nin

“I believe deeply that we must find, all of us together, a new spirituality.” Dalai Lama

The Sun is now in the sign of Virgo –  the sign of discrimination. This sign governs the process of digestion  in the body as well as the process of taking in and assimilating  information.

It is a good time to slow down, take a few breaths and –  if necessary -create some space to assimilate experiences or information  which have surfaced recently.

The Moon waxes full at 3 degrees Pisces on Sunday at 7:56 AM EDT. There is a kite formation at this time which includes a grand earth trine with the Sun, Saturn and Uranus. This aspect is a like building a bridge to the future by taking what is valuable  from the past and combining it with innovation going forward. The kite formation indicates that there is pragmatic support to draw on for future endeavors. Best to take a creative approach and research options broadly.
The Full Moon in Pisces indicates a good time to seek spiritual solutions to questions.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A petrified forest, an eternal record of a life lived long ago.”

Mercury Retrograde Ends Sunday

“Socrates had it wrong; it is not the unexamined but finally the uncommitted life that is not worth living.” William Sloane Coffin

“Genuine commitment is a journey into the unknown.” Madonna Kolbenschlag

This summer’s  Mercury retrograde period ends this Sunday as  Mercury stations direct at 11 degrees of  Leo at  12:25 am EDT.  It bodes well for several days before and after the station to raise awareness and take note of information that surfaces as Mercury stations can be associated with a culmination of information.

At the time of the station Pluto and Juno will align harmoniously. Juno is the asteroid which is associated with commitment of all kinds – commitments to yourself, to your work, to your life path and to your relationships.

Information may surface and realizations occur under this influence that are related to a deeper understanding of what you commit to and why. If there are agreements you would like to terminate or evolve in some way this time may shed light on a deeper understanding on those situations as well.

Mars will follow Mercury and station direct on the 27th. This, along with Mercury direct will help with getting traction going forward.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”An evening garden party of adults.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

 

 

 

 

More on Saturday’s Solar Eclipse in Leo

“The word, which we’ve all heard, is dharma. It means acting as if to hold the world together…Dharmic action is acting as if your own choices serve to make the world a better place specifically by preserving its delicate, intricate threads of relationship, kindness, healthy dependency and mutual sharing.” Eric Francis 

“When we seek connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” Margaret Wheatley

New Moons and especially New Moon Eclipses like the one tomorrow Saturday, August 11, offer a good opportunity to cross the threshold into an evolved level of wholeness. This is because in Jungian astrology, the Sun represents the inner masculine and the Moon, the inner feminine. By bringing these two into a more harmonious alignment personal evolution can occur.

It is a good time to focus on who you are aspiring to become. And what you need to leave behind to do that- thoughts, feelings, assumptions and old behaviors.

One time on a Solar Eclipse I called a shamanic institute out west and the person who answered the phone said,” Oh, no one is here now. They all just rushed up to the canyon to do a ritual at the time of the eclipse.” Many shamanic traditions in setting intentions and doing ritual at these times also include their wishes for a healthy future for the planet. This bodes well now as well.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “Brilliant sunshine just after a shower.”

Sabian symbol for Lynda Hill

 

Solar Eclipse in Leo and This Week’s Astrology

“Maud Gonne at Howth station waiting a train,
Pallas Athene in that straight back and arrogant head:
All the Olympians; a thing never known again…”

“A crowd
will gather and not know it walks the very street
Whereon a thing once walked that seemed a burning cloud.” WB Yeats 

In his writing William Butler Yeats described Maud Gonn, the inspiration for many of his poems, as Pallas Athene. Maud Gonn was the revolutionary who saved the lives of many Irish families. In Ireland they believed she fulfilled the prophesy that one day  the Queen of the Fairies would come and preach the revolt and inspire the Irish to rise up against the British occupation. For that reason people would often kneel and kiss the hem of her gown.
Maud Gonne was born at the exact moment of the Winter Solstice. In the old texts this auspicious birth time was associated with.”the birth of gods and goddesses.”

The asteroid Pallas Athene is a strong influence during Saturday’s  Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees of Leo. Pallas Athene is one of the female asteroids in astrology which  are associated with the re- emergence of the Feminine.

In mythology Pallas Athene is the goddess of compassionate justice. She brought the knowledge of diplomacy to the gods and goddesses and was known for her strategic skills. She used conflict resolution in an attempt to avert war. But when it became necessary she was invincible in battle.

This Solar Eclipse is exact on August 11 at 18 degrees of the fiery sign of Leo.  Look to your astrology chart to see where this eclipse falls as this indicates the area of life where a new cycle is beginning.

It is a good time now leading up to the Eclipse,  to strengthen courage and renew vision. With Pallas involved it is wise to focus on new strategic approaches. The sign of Leo is associated with re- creation and it’s wise to remember the restorative effect that fun  and creativity can have in your life.

Uranus stations retrograde this week  and will retrograde back to late Aries and station direct in late March. Uranus is the planet of innovation and surprises. It governs all things cyber and has an erratic, unpredictable nature to it. It is wise to nurture the nervous system in general as we are  living in times of great change when a new , more just world is striving to be born against considerable push- back.

The Sabian symbol for the eclipse in Leo is,” “A Houseboat Party.”