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Deviant Art. Jupiter’s expansive beneficence (is that a word??) has been intertwined in a couple of lovely dances this summer with Neptune (culminating August 8 2018) and with Pluto (culminating September 12 2018). These are the final interactions in a series that began in December with Jupiter trine Neptune and in January with Jupiter sextile Pluto.
The outer planets are transformational forces – unlike the visible personal planets which address personality factors and tendencies, the transformational planets inspire personal evolution and sometimes bring about events in our lives which unfold into a dramatic change of some kind. While Jupiter’s influence tends to be personal – it can bring about good luck and good fortune and instill confidence and optimism. When harmonizing in a trine with Neptune, the planet of transcendence and creative imagination, Jupiter facilitates the flow of consciousness expansion and increased awareness
Where trines are easy and flowing aspects that bring harmony between planets, sextiles are more dynamic and add a little excitement. In sextile to Pluto, Jupiter acts as a guide to help us into Pluto’s Underworld where the great treasures can be found – not only the treasures of the psyche and the magic of the great philosophical mysteries, but also the very keys to unlocking the mystery of Self Knowledge.
But all is not rosy in the planetary sphere – a challenging square between Saturn (tests and hardship) and Chiron (emotional wounds which require release) which was in play in 2017 has returned to align within a degree. Square aspects between planets often motivate some sort of crisis in order to achieve resolution, but when the aspect is super close like this one but doesn’t ever quite align, there may just be an unsettled […]
I’m at the beach right now, waiting for Hurricane Florence to hit the North Carolina coast. We know the storm is coming, but we don’t know when or where it will make landfall, and whether or not we will be able to stay out our week.
It struck me that this experience is very similar to the anticipation those of us who know something about astrology feel when we are waiting for a big planetary cycle to hit. We know that something is going to happen, but we don’t know what. Pluto has not budged all year from an intense transit to a sensitive system in my chart, and when I was watching the approach of this Pluto transit I was a little overwhelmed, wondering what it would bring.
Like hurricanes, planetary cycles are unpredictable and follow no prescribed pattern. A Pluto transit will bring a health crisis for one person, death of a spouse to another, a burst of personal empowerment to a third. Some of this depends on other aspects in the chart and how well an individual internalizes the energy of the transiting planet. Someone with a lot of Pluto and Scorpio in their chart, who has learned to manage the intensity of these Plutonic energies of total destruction and regeneration, may have an easier time with a Pluto transit than someone who has not had to deal with those energies throughout a lifetime. Individuals with heavy Saturn placements have likely had years of stress and difficulty and have built up the internal reserves to sail through the challenges and tests of a Saturn transit without a lot of resistance whereas someone with a lighter chart will find Saturn extremely difficult.
Like planets, hurricanes and tornadoes strike […]
Art by Lori Menna. At the Virgo New Moon we are typically granted an opportunity for a new beginning to organize our lives. Virgo is the sign most concerned with creating order out of chaos, and in my world when the Moon is in Virgo I am always inspired to clean and organize my home. Under the influence of Virgo we are suddenly more aware of areas of our lives which need improvement, and we find it easier to make a plan to make that improvement happen.
The New Moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle – it wipes the slate clean and gives us an opportunity to forge a new beginning. At this time the Sun and Moon are aligned in the same sign, working together to fuse our conscious personality needs (Sun) with our subconscious instincts and emotions (Moon). Under the sign of Virgo, areas of health and well-being are highlighted along with the more obvious focus on organization and cleanliness. New Moons are auspicious times to create a new plan and to plant the seeds of our dreams so that they will soon flower at the Full Moon.
Virgo is a practical Earth sign, and is not overly concerned with fantasy or imagination. Virgo requires a plan and a bulletpoint list rather than a romantic ideal or dream. However this New Moon on September 9th, and remember the energies begin a few days before and linger for a few days afterwards, includes a stressful opposition of the Sun and Moon to Neptune. Neptune is a transformational outer planet – it inspires us to leave the day to day mundane details of our lives behind and find the transcendence and bliss of […]
I’ve been writing quite a bit about the Black Moon Lilith and its relevance to the Me Too movement and sexual abuse. The Black Moon Lilith is an interesting astrological symbol – not a planet or an asteroid (there IS a Lilith asteroid but that is a different matter entirely), the BML is a focal point between the earth and the farthest point of the lunar orbit (see this earlier article for more details).
The origin of the Lilith story is obscured in the midst of time, but the archetype of Lilith, Adam’s first wife, is that of an oversexed female who demands equality and refuses to be dominated by Adam. With the help of Yahweh, Adam sends her out to the wilderness without her children (later she is said to have killed her children but I believe that is just bad press) and she then becomes the model for the succubus – a female demon who sucks away the life force of men. So we have a heady brew of scary female sexuality combined with independence and resistance to the patriarchy.
For the past few years I’ve been experimenting with the Black Moon Lilith, and when she shows up prominently in a woman’s chart (as she does in mine) there seems to be a continuum of experiences that range from at the minimum a strong desire to help and defend other women, to a severe hatred of men. Men whose charts show a prominent Black Moon Lilith are often both fascinated and repulsed by strong and powerful women, depending on other placements in their chart.
So it’s no surprise that the Black Moon Lilith has shown up in the charts of those […]