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may have heard of a unique alignment involving eight "planets"
that will occur the evening of the lunar eclipse on November 8
at 8:13 pm. The components of this alignment are these (in astrological
symbolism the Sun and Moon are considered as planets, and I am
including Chiron as well which I have seen to be a strong component
of any birthchart):
full moon with a total lunar eclipse.
interlocking grand trines (120 degree angles) in water and earth
oppositions (180 degree angle).
hexagon of sextiles (60 degree angles) forming a Grand Sextile.
"T-square" formations (an opposition where both planets
are square (90 degrees) to another).
addition, Uranus, technically not part of the alignment formation,
is on this day reversing its retrograde direction and traveling
direct for the first time since June.
formation was discovered on August 28 by John
Mirehiel using a software program called Astrolog and looks
very much like this diagram. He has named this alignment the "Harmonic
Concordance." You can see the two intersecting triangles
in blue, the three interior oppositions in red, and the hegaxon
in green, all bordered by the circular ecliptic of the zodiac.
This is an exceptionally unusual formation that is filled with
symbolism of the mystery schools. The interlocking grand trines
that form the six-pointed star represents the descension into
matter (pointing down), and the ascension into spirit (pointing
up); or more specifically, individuation and universalization
as referred to by the Theosophosists.
Uranus/Neptune conjunction that took place between 1993-1999 opened
a gateway to shifts in consciousness all over the earth. Uranus
(representing individuality, technology and radical change) linked
with Neptune (the bringer of transcendent consciousness) and created
major shifts in the way the global culture looks at life. Suddenly
meditation and yoga are mainstream occupations; pop artists such
as Madonna are studying Kabbalah. This gateway heralded the transition
into the Age
of Aquarius, the oft-touted "new age" of harmony
and universal brotherhood.
planetary alignment of November 8 in my view will align the doorways
of conscious that were opened during the eight-year period of
the Uranus/Neptune conjunction. Uranus and Neptune are dissolvers:
Uranus breaks apart patterns and Neptune dissolves them. Uranus
and Neptune both reach for a higher way of being, more divine
(Neptune), more ideal (Uranus). During their conjunction gateways
to consciousness were opened, but without any cohesive direction.
The planetary alignment November 8 will open a more multidimensional
gateway to enable a greater focus and greater understanding for
those of who seek to increase their awareness.
MOON/LUNAR ECLIPSE: During a lunar
eclipse, the moon is obscured by the earth's shadow during
an opposition with the Sun. A full moon occurs when the moon is
exactly opposite (180 degrees) from the Sun, creating a tension
between the Solar force (conscious identity) and the Lunar force
(emotional and instinctive reactivity). Full Moon periods are
noted for an increase in unusual behaviors as a result of this
tension, but if the solar and lunar energies are consciously utilized
and focus, there is an opportunity for an increase in personal
power during these times which is why magical rites are often
performed during a full moon. During a lunar eclipse, the energy
of the opposition is present but because the lunar energy is obscured,
we often feel during these times like we are "in the dark."
The effect of a full moon and eclipse lasts approximately three
days on either side of the event.
TRINES IN WATER AND EARTH, FORMING A GRAND SEXTILE:
Trines are "harmonious" aspects, meaning the energies
of the planets interact in a harmonious manner. However, because
there is no tension, the planetary energies that form the grand
trine often get locked in an endless loop without the energy to
break free and move forward. Often people with grand trines in
their chart lack the drive to create change in their lives. The
two grand trines in this alignment form a Grand Sextile which
provides more energy to the dynamic. The sextile aspect (60 degrees)
creates excitement and awareness. In this grand alignment, the
planets included in the Grand Sextile (incorporating the two Grand
Trines) are Saturn in Cancer, Moon in Taurus, Mars in Pisces,
Chiron in Capricorn, Sun in Scorpio, and Jupiter in Virgo. Here
we have the principle of discipline and achievement (Saturn),
instinct and emotion (Moon), aggression and self-protection (Mars),
healing and teaching (Chiron), Spirit and identity (Sun), and
abundance and opportunity (Jupiter) all linked to facilitate the
birth into consciousness of the next phase of the plan for earth.
MOON (SUN/MOON OPPOSITION) IN SQUARE TO NEPTUNE: Neptune is
the dissolver, as noted before, and the planet that yearns to
merge with the divine essence. The square aspect is a challenging
one, creating conflict as well as tremendous potential. Neptune
calls upon us to seek beyond our ordinary reality to discover
the divine within every moment. A full moon in square to Neptune
could create major difficulties in our material existence, but
the harmonious energies of the Grand Sextile work to soften this
effect and encourage the opening of our own inner doorways into
guidance for our future.
OPPOSITE MARS, BOTH WIDELY SQUARE TO VENUS: Jupiter is the
planet of abundance, of faith and optimism. Opposing Mars, the
god of War, Jupiter expands the fire of Mars and produces additional
power for the assertion of personal will as represented by Mars.
Personal relationships (Venus) can be affected by this unleashing
of the fire gods, but again, the Grand Sextile weaves a web of
support within which the power of these planetary configurations
can be safely unleashed.
TURNS DIRECT APPROACHING A SQUARE TO MERCURY: Uranus has been
traveling in its own sign of Aquarius in retrograde
motion since June and will turn direct on November 8. Uranus
rules individuality, autonomy, electricity, technology, revolutionary
thought and idealism. Mercury rules communication, thought, the
processing of information. Uranus is considered the "higher
octave" of Mercury, as Mercury operates on the personal plane;
Uranus on the transpersonal. The tension created between these
two planets as they approach the closing square of their cycle
on November 11 can work to form a bridge between the personal
and the transpersonal, the individual of the universal, which
is the theme of the alignment.
FLARES: A series of solar
flares began erupting October 22, with a powerful X17 flare
occurring on October 28.
The most powerful flare ever recorded erupted on November 4, possibly
as much as an X40. The most powerful flare previously recorded
was an X20 flare in 1991. Scientists say that there is more solar
activity now than ever before in living memory. Satellite communication
and air traffic communication has been affected by the magnetic
force produced by these flares and solar storms. What is the effect
on the human consciousness of this kind of dramatic activity?
I wonder if the timing of these solar flares so close to this
planetary alignment is coincidental. Certainly there are major
changes being made to the magnetic fields around us, and those
of us who are particularly sensitive to electromagnetic energy
(particularly those in whose charts Uranus is prominent) will
need to do a little more yoga, a few more walks, more grounding