Friday December 6, 2013
Mars takes a righteous stand in Libra for a (relatively) long time -- from December 7th to July 25th, 2014). So in any creative act or argument, the presiding Mars is deploying the Scales as a tool or saber.
It's important to know the enemy, and to pick battles wisely, as Mars walks into a cardinal energy booby-trap into 2014. There's a crucible-type turning point the third week of April, 2014, when retrograding Mars forms a Grand Cross (all squares and oppositions) to Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto.
This hits the spot from Willow's Web Astrology: "With transiting Mars in Libra for eight months, we're going to have to fight (Mars) for the social fabric (Libra) that is slowly being eaten away. We're going to have to fight (Mars) for civility, for reciprocity, for kindness, for sociability, for mutual support, for cooperation, for consideration, for social strength and harmony (Libra). We're going to have to fight to stay together. We're going to have to fight for love. "
Read more about When Mars is in Libra...
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Thursday December 5, 2013
Let's look at Jupiter in Gemini (or the Third House), and finding meaning through Mercury's messages. Is having this Jupiter like herding cats? Jupiter is the way forward, but what if yours is multi-directional?
Jupiter is known (in traditional astrology) as being in detriment in Gemini. The quest for a path that feels right is thrown into chaos at times by the very thing that sets this sign apart -- its inquisitiveness. On natal Jupiter Gemini: "The meaning that's found by way of Jupiter is a compass for our aim, or aspiration. Another pecadello for Jupiter in mutable (changeable) Gemini is a wildly erratic compass needle. Gemini's curious nature is the guide, but the attention on a particular idea could be short-lived."
Natal Jupiter or Transit?
Seems a good moment to explain that there's Jupiter in the birth chart -- your sign never changes. Then there's Jupiter as it transits the twelve signs of the Zodiac. And from June to June (2012 to 2013), Jupiter was transiting in Gemini.
On the transit, I wrote: "Gemini is mutable, so Jupiter here fluffs up faith by showing that everything shifts shape -- everything changes. It's a loosening up of what's fixed. There's space for currents (to reorder or renew) to waft in, and awareness of the power to dematerialize what's dead weight in our lives."
For natal Jupiter and in transit, Jupiter in Gemini's gift of changeability, is also what makes having certainty challenging. And yet, there is wisdom (Jupiter) in embracing constant change. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher would say, "The only thing that is constant is change."
Wednesday December 4, 2013
It's a stellar day for the Divine Messenger, as he (Mercury) switches astrological signs from Scorpio to Sagittarius. The Sun burst on the Sagittarius scene first (on Nov 21st) and now the Sun's scribe-translator-court jester follows -- Mercury is never more than 28 degrees from the Sun. And that's why so many have the same Sun and Mercury signs in the birth chart.
What a heavy trip it's been with Mercury in Scorpio since September 29th. There was a retrograde in Scorpio, that took many into dark areas, to unlock secrets or get to the bottom of a personal mystery. A charged and locked away truth, when released has a way of creating change from the inside-out. It's a whole body and soul experience, and energy is set in motion.
A way to understand this shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius is that the deep plunge gives way to release, and traveling light. It's a shift from water (Scorpio) to fire (Sagittarius). The core truths of Scorpio can be delivered -- as the Archer's fiery arrows -- but without the emotional-psychic charge. There's an urge to see beyond the personal need to be right or to hold power over another. The loyalty is only to what's perceived as true, or is part of a vision for a bright future.
Such a messenger helps take things less personally, and to be less threatened in the wide world of ideas. It's a short and sweet journey through Sagittarius, to Dec 24th. Sagittarius Mercury favors making long-range plans, sharing philosophies, freeing your mind, traveling, inter-species chats and learning adventures.
Tuesday December 3, 2013
We interrupt your regular programming...for some sports astrology. Regular writer Eileen Grimes is also a Seattle native and Seahawks fan. She's spotted a pattern with her home team, and Saturn's steady encouragement to work toward a successful season.
Read more about Saturn and the Seahawks, and their potential for Superbowl greatness in 2014. It comes 7 1/2 years after the team's Saturn Return, and their only Superbowl bid in 2006. Eileen writes, "This is a point, astrologically, that we could expect a spurt of growth and past adjustments from experiences learned since the (2006) Super Bowl. This is a time to put the adjustments into action."
I grew up with football, as my late Dad played for the Georgia Bulldogs, when Fran Tarkenton was the quarterback. Then it was background noise to me growing up. I do like curious phenomena though, like the fact -- as Eileen notes -- that the Seattle Seahawks' fans broke a Guinness Book record for loudest roar at 136 decibels. I'm sure it helps the team's morale to have such a vocal cheering section.
Author Photo: Eileen Grimes