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Astrological news for the week of January 28-February 4, 2019
The biggest news this week is the first alignment of the harmonious sextile between Saturn (form and structure) and Neptune (transcendence and spiritual expansion). You can read more about that here, but adding practical and grounded Saturn to the creative inspiration of Neptune will be a great boon for virtually every area of our lives. This is an excellent time to give form to our creative and spiritual endeavors – to let our imaginations take us to places we hadn’t yet thought to go. Saturn’s organizational capacity will help us to ground our ideals and dreams into reality, if we take advantage of these offerings. The first exact alignment of Saturn sextile Neptune takes place on January 30th, but this alignment has been building for the past week or so.
On January 28th, the Sun and Mercury align to merge the solar light of conscious awareness with the power of the mind. This is a brilliant time for clear thinking and planning, especially in combination with the Saturn/Neptune sextile which has already harnessed our imagination to clarify our practical goals. This alignment will be in effect only for a couple of days surrounding the exact event.
Mars is the planet of fire and aggression, and when it forms stressful combinations with other planets it doesn’t always bring out the best. Mars is just coming off of a challenging square to Saturn on the 21st in which the best laid plans were delays and disappointed. On February 1st Mars will form a challenging square to Pluto – a classic signature for potential violence and power conflicts. In our personal lives this (beginning around the 28th as the aspect begins to form) […]
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Two of the most significant planetary cycles for 2019 are the challenging square alignment between Jupiter’s expansive tendencies and Neptune’s penchant to transcend (or avoid) material reality. The “hard angle” planetary interactions such as the square (90 degrees) and opposition (180 degrees) tends to give us more of the challenging aspects of the planetary cycle. The Jupiter and Neptune dance dissolving the restrictions of the material world could potentially become more of a distraction into the world of self-deception and illusion, encouraged by Jupiter’s desire to continue to expand and seek larger and ever greater experiences. Read more about the Jupiter/Neptune alignment here.
Fortunately, Saturn will bring its stabilizing influence into this dance, harmonizing in a sextile (60 degree) aspect to Neptune which helps to provide support and a solid foundation to Neptune’s creative inspiration and longing for spiritual transcendence. Where Neptune can inspire us to dream and imagine, Saturn encourages us to put those dreams to work. And where Saturn’s influence can become somewhat dull as we work steadfastly towards our goals, Neptune adds a coating of magical fairy dust to take our goals and wishes into a new dimension.
This cycle will last throughout the year, and the middle phase of the harmonious Saturn/Neptune cycle in June will coincide with a complex system that includes Mars and Mercury in Cancer (emotional and frustrating) opposing Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn (restricting), as well as the second phase of the Jupiter/Neptune square. That’s a whole lot of complex energies, some of which support each other and some which compete for our conscious attention.
May and June will be a complicated time, so stay tuned!
Here are the important dates for this planetary cycle:
- January 31st […]
I recently came across this article about female rage. As many of you know, the power of anger as expressed through Mars in the natal chart is a speciality of mine, probably because my own Mars is conjunct the little planet Chiron which deals with soul wounds, so I’ve had to do a lot of healing around this myself. Mars is of course named after the Roman God of War (Ares in Greek), and the astrological Mars presides over what I like to call the “continuum of anger.” Mars experiences include desire and/or need, motivation, inspiration, frustration, anger, rage – all of which have a place in this continuum.
This article includes a photo of the Oxford English Dictionary with 36 entries describing the continuum of anger, from “annoyed” and “displeased” to “livid and choleric.” Anger is not just one emotion – it’s a spectrum of reactions to the simple fact that our desires and needs have been ignored.
Anger takes several steps to evolve:
- First we have a desire and experience motivation and inspiration to obtain that desire, or a need that has been ignored or criticized.
- If our desire or our needs are thwarted, we experience frustration.
- If our desires and needs are continually thwarted, we become angry.
- At a certain point that anger will boil into rage, and for some people this rage becomes a constant reaction point.
From the article:
All over the US, and around the world, women are becoming more intimate with the layers of their anger. We’re becoming more articulate and expressive of it. More studied in the ways it knits together the personal, professional, and political. And more conscious of the immense, historic, paradigm-shifting power of it.
This has all […]
On the heels of a Full Moon, Supermoon and lunar eclipse last night, the Moon continues to move through Leo where it helps to expand our hearts and find our inner enthusiasm. Meanwhile Mars (assertive energy) is nearing the midpoint of its trip to Aries, but a challenge from Saturn could cause some trouble over the next few days as our enthusiasm and motivation (Mars) is stressed by Saturn’s restrictions and a sense of limitation. This is a good time to proceed slowly towards perfection rather than run impulsively into the fire of our desire (wait a minute, that is poetry!).
Venus (love and beauty) aligns with bountiful Jupiter over the next few days, and both planets are in the optimistic sign of Sagittarius. Optimism and faith abounds now, but that pesky Saturn influence may put the kibosh on plans temporarily.
Between the 22nd and 24th Mercury is very active which will stimulate mental activity and enhance communication. Mercury aligns with the South Node of the past on the 21st, turning our thoughts for a day or two to learn more about where we’ve come from so that we can better serve our future, just before it moves into Aquarius on the 24th and aligns with the Sun. When Mercury is in Aquarius, the sign of the scientist and wizard/inventor, our minds are just a bit sharper – reasoning takes precedence over raw emotion and we are able to think clearly and with innate wisdom. There is not much water influence, other than Chiron and Neptune, and since water tends to enhance our connection to feelings and emotion we may find ourselves strongly oriented in the head and mental body.
Our drive and energy will find easier expression when Mars […]