Grand Trine

Lunar eclipse in Leo, February 10 2017: A fiery awakening

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Eclipses are said to awaken something which has been hidden – to unmask and expose truth.  The eclipse in Leo demands that we look at the ways in which we express our ego (Leo) and purify these expressions so that they truly reflect the depths of who we are (Aquarius).  This dance between the development of the personal Self (Leo) and the more detached and reasoned way of looking at the world (Aquarius) is a tricky one.

Fortunately this eclipse features a Grand Trine in fire, stimulating a desire for change and action, that is part of a Kite formation that grounds itself into the Aquarius Sun.  Kites are powerful aspects for transformation – they take the harmonious flow of the trine and activate it with an opposition that provides tension and a boost of energy.  The Grand Trine features Saturn in Sagittarius for earthy stability, Uranus in Aries for awakening and inspiration, and the Leo Moon for heart opening and embrace of Self.  And the Aquarius Sun, opposite the Moon, locks in the Kite and opens the doorways to higher understanding.

In addition, Jupiter (optimism and faith) harmonizes in a trine to the Sun, showering blessings and general good feelings throughout the eclipse event.

This is not a powerful eclipse astrologically – the lunar nodes are in a different sign that the Sun and Moon which weakens the effect. Asronomically it is a “penumbral” eclipse as only some of the Sun’s light is blocked by the shadow of Earth on the lunar face.  But there is a lovely energy to this lunar event which will be available to us if we are open to it.

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By |2017-02-10T08:06:56-05:00February 10th, 2017|Moon|1 Comment

Sunday inspiration: Jupiter trine Saturn

10336740_10154218834010393_6500362005937514528_nThis week marks the final phase of the trine formation between Jupiter and Saturn that began in July 2013, peaked in December 2013, and is now waning and will soon disappear.

Throughout most of 2013 Jupiter (in Cancer) and Saturn (in Scorpio) were part of a Grand Trine in water planets that included Neptune in Pisces.  The trine formation looks like a big triangle and is considered one of the softer aspects which provide support and harmony, something which has been much needed in the midst of the stressful pressures of Uranus and Pluto, the planets of radical change and deep transformation.

Jupiter inspires us to expand and experience confidence – to reach beyond the limits of that which we think is possible.  Saturn sets those limits and encourages us to set goals for ourselves and strive for certain objectives which will help us to achieve success in mastering the material world.  When these two planets align in harmony there is literally nothing that we cannot do.

Over the next week as this alignment peaks in its power, work with your creative self to sharpen your image of how you would like your life to unfold.  Then use the faith and confidence of Jupiter and Saturn’s discipline and focus to take the steps required to lead you into this emboldened future.

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By |2019-11-10T19:02:27-05:00May 25th, 2014|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Astrology in my world: The Grand Trine at work

I apologize to my readers about the light posting lately, I have been pulled in about 100 directions at once.  I generally do have my fingers in a lot of different pies: I am an astrologer, I have a real estate business, I’m a musician of sorts and play several instruments without playing any of them very well.  I’m very accustomed to having a lot of things going at once and with Gemini rising I enjoy all of the stimulation and change. But over the past few weeks since this Grand Trine has been in effect I feel like I’m in the middle of a whirlygig – like a circus ride that’s spinning and spinning with no way to get off. The Grand Trine closely aspects Chiron and Mars in my chart, and my wound (Chiron) tends to be in my need for DO-ing (Mars in Capricorn).  The circular energy of the trines feels somewhat like a whirlwind that lacks a cohesive or stable reference point.  Everything in my life is so amazing, and pretty fabulous, but there is just so much of it.  This is the burden, if you can call it that, of the Grand Trine. I’m reminded of a show that was popular when I was young called “Stop the world, I want to get off.”   Fortunately, as an astrologer I understand that once Mars turns direct again in April the sense of chaos will lift.  For now, though, I’m trying to remember to breathe and find my own center in the center of the maelstrom.

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By |2012-03-22T06:54:38-04:00March 22nd, 2012|Astrology, Astrology in my world|1 Comment

The Great Grand Trine

Note to my readers:  This post contains a lot of geeky astrological lingo.  If you find it overwhelming skip to the bottom where I’ve translated this into English for you.

 

Throughout the month of March a Grand Trine is in effect between Jupiter in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn, and Mars in Virgo.  Normally Mars moves quickly through the zodiac but because it has been retrograde and is moving slowly now before it changes direction, it is at a virtual standstill as part of this Grand Trine.

 

A Grand Trine is a triangular formation that consists of three separate trines.  You may have noticed that Jupiter and Venus have been getting closer and closer to a conjunction in the sky and that formation peaked last night, and these two are conjunct the point in the sky known as the Black Moon Lilith.  The Black Moon Lilith is not an actual body but is more like a void out of which comes the darkness of our deepest and most fearful emotions.

 

The trine aspect promotes ease and harmony, which you would think would be a good thing and it can be, but it also can create laziness and complacency.  This Grand Trine is in the element of Earth which desires stability at all costs, yet we also have an opposition (stressful aspect) between the assertive energy of Mars and the raw emotional sensitivity of Chiron which forms what we call a Kite to the Grand Trine.

 

Kites add a layer of unresolved tension to a Grand Trine and yet the circular energy of the Trine makes it difficult to move through the tension towards resolution but also adds a dynamic quality to the stasis of the Grand Trine.  This suggests that even though […]

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By |2012-03-13T04:49:59-04:00March 13th, 2012|Astrology, Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Sagittarius New Moon eclipse, November 25 2011 PLUS Mercury turns retrograde

Sagittarius New Moon November 25Art by Sally J. Smith, from Silver Rockets.  The New Moon occurred a few hours ago, but we are still in its influence for the next day or two.  Although astronomically this is technically a partial eclipse, because the lunation was 12 degrees away from the Nodes of the Moon, that is a bit too far to have much astrological impact.

Like all New Moons, the Sun is conjunct the Moon, fusing the emotional instincts (Moon) with the conscious identity (Sun) to create a powerful new beginning.  Every New Moon in the lunar cycle provides us with an opportunity to begin again with a clean slate.  Under the Sagittarius New Moon we move from the darkness of Scorpio and its emphasis on the underworld of Soul experiences into the lighter framework of the Sagittarian need for expansion and a sense of meaning about life.

There are four planets in Sagittarius right now, so the Sagittarian emphasis is strong.  In addition, Jupiter (the planet that rules Sag) is in an exact trine to the New Moon which gives us a Double Whammy (technical astrological term) of Jupiter/Sun/Moon energy. Now is the time to forge a vision that expands your life, your consciousness, your mind.  Eliminate from your being the need to stay rooted in the past or any idea of who you think you are.

Jupiter and Sagittarius work with our belief systems, helping us to understand more about life and about what gives our life meaning, but those ideologies are not meant to be static or confined under the Jupiterian influence.  They are meant to continue expanding, taking us into ever broadening circles of knowledge and wisdom.  Chiron (wounding and healing) interacts […]

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By |2019-11-10T18:59:25-05:00November 25th, 2011|Moon|1 Comment
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