Mercury Aspects this Week

“Soul loves the journey itself. The textures and undulations of the path it has made through the landscape by hazard and design are nourishing in themselves.” David Whyte*

If you are looking for a breakthrough heed any messages that may come (for the next week or so) through intuition, imagination or spiritual guidance – especially those which pertain to an evolved (and thus freeing) perception of an old wound. Uranus will station on the New Moon Thursday while making a harmonious trine to Mercury- indicating breakthroughs may come through the use of the Higher Mind.

*from David Whyte’s book , The Heart Awakened

Last Quarter Moon

“The universe is evolving towards an even greater destiny and we are the means of this global transformation.” Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan*

Today is the Last Quarter Moon at 14 degrees of Virgo EDT. It is as if we are standing in a train station – readying to go forward and needing to be absolutely clear about what we are taking and what we are leaving behind – especially as regards the way we think about things. We are heading towards a very potent New Moon on 12/13 – a good time for intention setting. Use the time until then to identify old attitudes and assumptions that need to be left behind so that there is a clear unfettered horizon ahead.

*from Awakening

Mercury opposes Sedna

In Inuit mythology Sedna as young women was thrown overboard into the sea by her father as punishment for something she had done- no one could remember what. Her body became nourishment for the creatures of the sea and years later when fishing boats returned to shore with great bounty, the Intuits believed it was due to the blessings of the sea goddess Sedna.

Sedna, the asteroid in Astrology, is a bit like Pluto – governing profound transformation. This week as Mercury opposes Sedna is a good time to reclaim courage which was lost through the influence or disapproval of others – be they familial, political, religious or cultural. The lost power may also be of an ancestral or karmic nature – issues inherited through the bloodlines or issues that have been worked on through different lifetimes.

This reclamation process can help us to live more authentic, empowered lives. It can also create new ideas and thus lead to increased opportunity, growth and expansion.

December 2012 Astrology

“Revelation means getting a peek at the reality that is always there.” Martin Bell*

The word “apocalypse” when applied to the 2012 prophesies has been co- opted and misinterpreted. The spiritual meaning of the word is that – what was once hidden is now revealed.

We have been seeing in the public sphere the revelation of hidden things and if we look closely enough may be able to perceive this kind of activity in our own our individual lives. As with the Sixties when Uranus and Pluto were last together in a powerful alignment, personal is once again political and we see our lives intricately connected to others on the planet through a series events which reveal what was hidden, denied or misrepresented.

December 2012 Astrology continues this procession of events and revelations both personally and politically as we make our way through the darkness to the rebirth of the Light on the Winter Solstice – December 21.

There is an ancient Solstice ritual observed by some spiritual traditions called the Spiral Walk – in which a lighted candle is placed in the center of a spiral constructed of pine boughs. Each individual, candle in hand walks the spiral path to its center, lights their candle and walks the spiral path outward, placing their lighted candle near the others at the end path. This beautiful ritual is a powerful symbol for the meaning of the Winter Solstice – that there is an inner journey we each make this time of year through the darkness to rekindle our own inner flame in order to make it manifest in the outer world through our actions.

The 2012 prophesies and the “Dawning of the Age of Aquarius” are both correlated to the Winter Solstice of 2012 and the opportunity for humanity to evolve in a more enlightened direction. There is resistance to this process as an outdated order falls apart and a new one takes root.

December Transits :

The Sun forms an opposition to Jupiter on the 2nd. This aspect is good for the growth of spiritual knowledge. It can be prone to dogma, self righteousness and exaggeration. Moderation is key.
Mercury moves up to a square with Neptune (the 11th through the 17th) This can be a time when communications can be confusing and information can be misinterpreted or misrepresented. Make more of an effort to keep communications clear. Double check the details on any important agreements made at this time.

There is a very powerful New Moon (an excellent time for setting very clear intentions) on December 13 at 21 degrees of Sagittarius. Uranus stations direct at this time. It is not necessary to know how you are going to accomplish your goals at this time – set the intention and the wind will be at your back. Uranus is the planet of the future and of innovation. With its influence events happen in sudden, unexpected and synchronistic ways. It is not necessary to know all the details of how you will make your intentions manifest. Just fire them with determination at this time and looks for signs of affirmation along the way.

The Winter Solstice when the Sun enters Capricorn and the Uranus/Pluto square, is Dec 21.

The Full Moon is December 28 at 7 degrees of Cancer- also involved in the powerful transformative Pluto/Uranus configuration – the sign of our times.

This time period through 2021 is a time of evolution and revolution. The old order is in the process of dying as the new one is being born.

All times mentioned ar EDT
*from Return of the Wolf by Martin Bell.

Lunar Eclipse in Gemini

“If there is magic on this planet it is contained in water.” Loren Eiseley

This week’s Lunar Eclipse is Wednesday 11/28 EDT at 6 degrees of Gemini. Although some astrologers are concerned that it could indicate the ramping up of hostilities, other aspects speak about the importance of intention and the powers of higher consciousness. The Sabian symbol for the degree of the eclipse is, “An old fashioned well with the purest and coldest of waters.” This symbol speaks about the gifts – on many levels – of a pristine environment. Since ancient times people have made pilgrimages to sites and shrines said to contain healing waters in order to attain spiritual rebirth. The Uranus/Pluto influence encourages us to look at the future of our life on the planet in an enlightened, collaborative way – particularly as regards the preservation and use of natural resources and to be wary of the views of “authorities”. The symbol for Mercury, ruler of communication is,” A parrot listening and then talking repeats a conversation he has overheard.” The symbol for Mars/Pluto conjunction (which is inclined to the overuse of force) is, “An angel comes carrying a harp” reminding of us that the use of higher consciousness in resolving conflict is always an alternative.

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Quote from 360 Degrees of Wisdom by Lynda Hill, David Tresemer is the author of The Venus Eclipse of the Sun 2012.

The Sun Enters Sagittarius

“Once the game is over the king and the pawn go back into the same box.” Italian proverb

The Sun recently entered Sagittarius and one of the Sabian symbols for this placement is, “Two men playing chess.” This symbol conjures up images of a specific use of the conscious mind involving the implementation of mental strategies for individual gain and individual victory. Some astrologers believe that the upcoming Winter Solstice holds great significance because it calls the end to an old age – the Age of Pisces – and signals the birth of a new one – the Age of Aquarius.The Age of Aquarius represents an important step in the evolution of humanity by encouraging us to unlock and use the vast powers of the mind in a more evolved way to create a holistic, cooperative, harmonious planet. There are no guarantees, of course that the evolution will happen automatically but indications are that our individual thoughts, hopes and visions for the future of humanity and the future of the world do play an important part.The Pluto/Uranus conjunction encourages us to challenge assumptions. Cooperation rather than competition is the Aquarian way.

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Quotes from 360 Degrees of Wisdom by Lynda Hill

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Mars, Pluto and Uranus

“When you see yourself on a vicious cycle for goodness sakes stop peddling!” Swami Beyondananda*

The current Mars Pluto conjunction (in influence through Dec 8) has a compulsive side to it and is associated with the overuse of force. Many well known athletes have this influence in their charts and the involvement in competitive sports is an appropriate way to channel the energy. This time frame bodes very well for taking up delayed or postponed tasks that require physical strength and energy. It is also a good time to rethink the appropriate use of power.

Avoid rushing. Leave extra time when preparing to go out. Take extra care with driving as Uranian energy is key player as well – ramping up the tendency to impulsive, erratic and thus accident prone behavior.

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*Quote from Spontaneous Evolution by Lipton and Bhaerman

Scorpio and Empwerment

“Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.” Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Mercury is retrograde now in Scorpio joining the Sun, Saturn and the North Node. This notable configuration in the sign of Scorpio – with its laser like ability to penetrate and expose dark places and its legendary transformative powers – makes it a good time to revisit the roots of lost power .It bodes well to look at the stories we tell ourselves about our personal power and its lack in order to reconfigure a more authentic and empowered version.

Mars enters Capricorn

“In a shrinking world that can use a good shrink we don’t need another theory of evolution. What we need is the practice of evolution. ”*

Mars is in Capricorn now and entering the Pluto/Uranus square – the evolutionary sign of our times. Mars is known as the god of war and in our more enlightened times is sometimes referred to as a spiritual warrior – i.e. a person who uses his/her power and energy in the pursuit of a just, enlightened and nonviolent resolution to conflict. Tensions are likely to heat up now through early December. It’s is best to guard against impulsive actions yourself and on the part of others- especially when traveling. Avoid rushing. Use the abundant energy to work on overcoming obstacles, get plenty of exercise and look for sudden and unexpected breakthroughs.

from Spontaneous Evolution by Lipton and Bhareman

On Chiron, Neptune and Thanksgiving

Developing more awareness and compassion for the adversities of others and working to alleviate it in some small part as individuals is indicated by the spiritually orientated conjunction of Chiron and Neptune in influence now. Synchronicity can play a strong hand in events.

I have a friend who is from a large farm family and one of their traditions is that shortly before Thanksgiving they all attend a bingo fundraising event that benefits local families in need.

This year the family winnings included nine turkeys and four hams which they decided to donate to the Food Pantry. It was an odd hour (there was no room to store the turkeys and hams in anyone’s freezer after the event) and they were hoping someone would be at the food pantry when they arrived. They knocked and knocked and finally a tired, worried looking woman came to the door. She was quite surprised – caught off guard -when they told her about the nature of their visit and the contents in the back of their truck.

She said, “I was just about to leave to go to the supermarkets to beg for Thanksgiving turkeys for our families. We are nine turkeys short. We had a few families that wanted hams but I was just about to call and tell them they would have to have turkeys instead.”

After relaying the story to me my friend said, “I don’t really care that much about celebrating Thanksgiving but I am glad when I can do something productive.”