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Planetary news this week: Challenges with Ceres

Astrological update for the week of August 29-September 5, 2022

by Lynn Hayes

art by Sundara Fawn

Ceres opposite Saturn, Ceres squares Uranus. The asteroids don’t figure prominently in my work – I can’t explain why some planetary bodies such as Chiron speak to me loudly and clearly while others, like Vesta, don’t present themselves to me at all.  But when Ceres was elevated to planet status I started paying attention to her astrological story. The rise of Ceres corresponds with the growing evidence of climate change and food insecurity, but the influence of Ceres runs deeper than the physical. Ceres acts as the higher octave of the Moon. WIth Ceres the emotional security of the Moon is transmuted to a sustenance and nurturing of our spiritual security and sense of place on Planet Earth. As we become more disconnected with the Earth and our sense of the natural rhythms and cycles of the seasons, we lose touch with a part of our own internal being. This can create a desperate sense of spiritual starvation within us as we stuff ourselves with bioengineered food that is loaded with chemicals that leaves us feeling undernourished and thirsty for a life that has meaning.

You can read more about that here, but this week Ceres plays an important role of “translating” the square from Saturn to Uranus that was the Story of 2021. The energies of Saturn = control and repression vs Uranus = radical change and rebellion were rampant in 2021, from the attempted overthrow of governments to the riots over mask policies. That cycle is technically over, but both planets are retrograde now and within a degree of the exact square (90 degree) alignment that […]

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Astrological news this week (January 31, 2022): Aquarius New Moon and Mercury turns direct

This week begins with a scintillating New Moon in Aquarius just after midnight (EST) on February 1st.  I say scintillating because Aquarius carries just that kind of energy that can break up stuck patterns and shake us into a completely new modality of living.  This particular Aquarius New Moon conjoins Saturn and squares Uranus, setting off that planetary cycle which I called the Story of 2021 – the pressure against control and domination (Saturn) by a rebellious force for change and liberation (Uranus).

That Saturn/Uranus aspect is on the wane but it will still be within range for much of this year and will be triggered by the faster moving planets (Mercury, Mars especially) and by lunations such as this one. This activation will continue until the Sun makes the final transit of Saturn for the year on Friday February 4th so expect these themes of conflict and rebellion to continue.

Aquarius is itself ruled by both Saturn and Uranus – the double edge of activities taken for the good of society are a critical influence right now. Under Saturn Aquarius is the rational scientist, but Uranus elevates the cold reason with innovation and a push for change.

This week we have primarily fast-moving lunar influences which are fleeting but can correlate with changeable moods, especially if you are a lunar type (Cancerian or prominent Moon). We also have Mercury turning direct on Thursday February 3rd which means that Mercury will be stationary virtually all week as it makes that change of direction. The effects of retrograde Mercury may linger for a week or two as Mercury returns to its normal speed.

And now, here is your forecast for the week (dates and times are for Eastern time zone, please adjust for your […]

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