In her book on the Eighth House, Carmen Turner-Schott takes note of the Judgement card in the tarot. She relates it to Pluto, the planetary patron of the Eighth House.
She writes, "Raising the dead out of coffins symbolizes bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness. The symbolism in this card also represents allowing the hidden to be seen and exposing al the secrets and bringing them into the light to be examined. Gabriel in this card is a messenger just like the planet Pluto. This card truly represents the essence of the Eighth House."
Her book on the Eighth House evolved from an article she wrote that struck a big chord with readers. She covers it all, from sexual obsession and victimization to being someone that others spill their secrets to -- and then fear. Inhabiting this house takes courage, which is something Eighth House people tend to have out the yin-yang.
For more, read my Review of The Mysteries of the Eighth Astrological House by Carmen Turner-Schott.
Mercury opens up Pandora's Box on Monday, with a square to Saturn (in psychic powerhouse Scorpio). And yet, Mercury is in its airy hovercraft, in Aquarius -- there is intellectual detachment, that often leads to a breakthrough. The messenger's Aqua energies are the perspective of what my colleague-friend Jamie Walters of Sophia's Children calls, being the alien observer.
A fab outcome here is being able to really see what matrices we're seeing reality through. Is it time for a psychic house cleaning? Are there unhealed wounds that are polluting the waters, and making it hard to think clearly at all? There can be a flash glimpse of what's ailing the soul and whole body-mind system. As the Moon waxes to full in Virgo this Sunday (March 16th, 2014) , purging and purification are big themes.
What caught my eye, as I looked at the day planner, is that there's a bookend aspect at the end of the week -- what's torn asunder is made right again. Mercury smooths any ruffled feathers on Friday, with a trine to Mars (in Libra, retrograde). The unspoken contracts made between us, as friends or lovers, can be realigned, updated or in some cases, severed completely.
Mercury, fresh off its recent retrograde, is still in direct shadow. That means the messenger is covering the degrees of the retrograde, but in forward motion. The square stirs things up, and shakes out anything that needs review. The trine (harmony) creates ease, and favors a high-minded/integrity outcome.
This phase of direct shadow can bring deep resolution, and Mercury's one-two punch this week supports that, especially in relationships. Our significant exchanges have to be re-calibrated, when there's change at the soul level. And that's a possible current this week, when we look at the goings-on of the messenger.Ascent Xmedia for Getty Images
As of March 6th, Jupiter is in direct motion. Since Jupiter is the traveler and Cancer is the oceanic expanse, it's reminding me of fair winds...after a time of doldrums. The growth and risks of Jupiter have forward motion, in areas related to home (shelter) and what's nourishing.
Jupiter has been in Cancer since June 25th and will get cozy there to July 16th. Here are some possible themes:
- Women and Mothers are beacons for the future.
- Emotional depth and breadth is the favored way of expanding.
- Luck with home or land transactions.
- Discovering a sense of place, and wealth that comes from belonging.
- Promoting ideals of protecting the young and vulnerable.
- Creating a cozy nest, a protected place from life's storms.
- Being guided by what's personally meaningful.
- Getting in touch with old friends, especially those that feel like family.
- Insert your own possibility here...
The Star card in the Tarot is a favorite of mine, and it seems many. A female figure, often skyclad, is depicted drawing down cosmic energies and releasing them below. The Star is associated with Aquarius and the Waterbearer, the air sign that is open to receiving fresh currents.
The Star comes after The Devil (what binds energy and thought) and The Tower, a card of shattering of perception. It's the restoration of a sense of rightness and fresh winds, after going through ordeals.
Today Venus goes into Aquarius, after being in Saturn's sign Capricorn for a long time (since early November). Saturn is associated with what bedevils us, and what takes courage to face and dispel.
With Spring, here comes wide open spaces -- to welcome in restorative breezes to clear any remaining cobwebs in the soul and psyche. There is a final meet-up with demanding Saturnian energies on March 29th, when Venus squares Saturn. There are also freeing aspects to Mars, suggesting that freedom is there, when we open to fresh ways of relating. And we have done our own inner work, and know the shadows as well as the light.
This comes by way of Zanna Starr's Tarot Notes on The Star, a card she says represents "hope, renewal, inspiration, and spiritual guidance." It's a poem by Pamela Vaull Starr (1909-1993).
"Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
Venus and Mars busted into March locked in an edgy embrace, with a square (March 2nd). Mars is now in retrograde, in Venus' own sign Libra, for roiling intensity in all social and love exchanges.
And look at planetary revolving door that ushers in the month. By the 6th, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter will have switched directions. That can create some disorientation, as we emerge from the dreamlike Pisces New Moon this week.
In her newsletter, Melody Scott Zindell writes that the Mars and Saturn retrogrades are important. She says, "This is going to burn our internal engines pretty hot as Mars can feel stalled while retrograde, and at the same time, I truly don't think there is a more intense signature than Saturn in Scorpio retrograde."
Melody continues, "This energy goes deep and leaves no stone unturned. So, the opportunity is to have brutal self honesty relative to whether the direction we are on, in any area of our life, is in balance. The deeper we can go with our honest self-inquiry, the better. Scorpio in Saturn retrograde is energy that focuses out attention on our deepest layers of conditioning and most stubborn blocks."
So, in a nutshell, March is a super time for a Spring clean, from the inside-out. There's a Pluto-powered full Moon in Virgo on the 16th, to get to those hard to reach areas.
Consider that Scorpio unlocks psychic material and energy that's within us, waiting to be actualized. Seen that way, Saturn is the cosmic trowel, to dig out buried seeds of potential, and bring them to the surface, just in time for Spring.
Read more about the March Big Picture.Thomas Barwick for Getty Images
And weighing both sides, striving for harmony, keeping up a social facade -- exhausting! All this drains Mars vitality, or delays action. Mars Libra gets aggressive when all else fails.
But Libra has been jarred out of people-pleasing, with other planetary energies angling from all sides, particularly urgent Uranus (in Aries) in opposition. Some Libras have been forced to stand up and fight, in ways that take them out of that harmonizing comfort zone.
Mars begins now, in retrograde, moving into the grand square to peak around April 23rd. So Libra people are pressed to go beyond any habits of being agreeable, especially if it's created a build-up of repressed anger.
It's a more fierce face of Libra. In his article, Mars Retrograde in Libra: Charm Offensive, Austin Coppock writes, "Practiced imperfectly, diplomacy yields only a mounting list of small injustices -- cold wars iced over with chill politics. There may come moments when we, like Mars, declare war on passive aggression, abandoning all pretense."
And later, on the retrograde period, Austin writes, "Though it may be difficult, the best strategy during this time is often not to push action, but to drift and observe, learning the landscape of the new arena as it slowly takes shape."
One way to look at Mars in retrograde -- and Austin suggests it above -- is that the usual rhythm of activity is disrupted, to give way to something new. The established pattern of engaging with another could seem awkward, and like going through the motions. Libra is about playing off others, and a disruption could lead to fresh ways of being in the moment together.
During retrogrades, the energy of that planet -- in this case Mars -- symbolically switches gears into reverse. Some could sense a change in momentum, or motivation (impulses of Mars). Libra is an air sign, so there could be some detachment that brings revelation (a word with re in it, for retrograde). The silver lining is that insights can lead to more authenticity, in word and deed.
Read more about When Mars is in Libra, and the retrograde period.Extras playing Reform School Students in 'The Good Time Girl' film for Hulton Archive/Getty Images
One expands (Jupiter), the other contracts (Saturn) -- seen this way, they are a natural planetary pair. There are times to stretch and take risks (Jupiter), and times to work on the foundation, conserve energy and consolidate (Saturn).
Some felt stress -- growing pains -- at the Leo Full Moon (Feb 14th), when Saturn squared the luminaries (Sun and Moon). A theme was acting on the call of the heart, what animates (Leo Moon). And elevating your vision (Aquarius), to contribute your unique gifts to the whole. It's possible Saturn wedged in there (in Scorpio) stirred up psychic baggage, and highlighted what drains life of its vibrant color.
Now there's a Pisces New Moon (March 1st), and yes there are more squares (tensions). But a peek at the chart shows that it's Jupiter this time, engaging the luminaries. The bursts of Jupiter happen with the last sign of the Zodiac, Pisces -- like when a star goes supernova, there's a great release of light into deep space.
Jupiter (in Cancer) is a beacon for growth, and here, the big unfolding of emotional and imaginative expression. So it's a lunation to experience the universe within, or realize the connection to all life (as energy). A great weekend to ponder the big questions, or just be.Lilly Roadstones for Getty Images
Hear ye, Hear ye! Mercury's retrograde ends February 28th, and that's Friday. That's when Mercury stations direct, at 18 degrees Aquarius.
Mercury the planetary town crier, will then cover retrograde degrees to March 21st. A possibility is applying ingenuity (Aquarius) to what's been in play, or re-play. It could also favor the so-called 100th Monkey effect, when an idea percolates spontaneously in a few different places. Aquarius is often called the sign ahead-of-its-time, but the scene is right for visions taking hold whose time has come.
For those watching down to the minute, Mercury retrograde ends at 6:00 am Pacific/9:00 am Eastern US/2 pm GMT-London.Dave Willis, 73-year-old freelance town crier, UK. Image: Wyman-Hulton Archives for Getty Images
It's more a frontier topic than a fringe one -- a timely one, with wild spaceweather the last few days. The geomagnetic storms from solar flares have been intense.
Susan Joy Rennison's passion is spaceweather -- where science and spirituality meet. She has a new talk, a kind of follow-up to her 2011 lecture at Delft, in The Netherlands. It's available at the Studium Generale site-Delft. It's her assertion that a lot of cosmological thinking is out of date, and that it's a transition to understanding the electromagnetic universe. Rennison puts forth, "It is more important for people to realize that in the bombardment of planet Earth we are also receiving 'dark energy' and 'dark matter'."And this is a revelation, also from the link above:
"Although hardly discussed in the media, Space Weather is strongly affecting our life. Both in the technology we use and in our bodies, which are after all electromagnetic systems as well. There is, Rennison states, a serious problem with the electromagnetic understanding of the human body. Most scientist prefer people to think of themselves in terms of chemicals. Yet DNA is a nanotube that obeys quantum mechanical laws. Progress in DNA research has shown that DNA behaves in a much more adaptable way than earlier assumed. The sun has an enormous influence on our technology as well as on our bodies and minds!"Getty Images
The Clock Tower at the Sochi Central Railroad Station has a crazy Zodiac -- here's a close-up image to see for yourself.
I finally found this from the Moscow Times: "The zodiac signs are in the wrong order, and some are missing altogether. The architect, Alexei Dushkin, was rumored to be a member of an occult group so the mix-up is not accidental. Only the Leo, Virgo and Libra symbols are in order while Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius are replaced with a swan, snake and hound dogs."
Curiously, the architect Alexei Dushkin designed a twin with the same Italian style -- the Railway station in Simferopol, Ukraine. It too has a mixed-up circle of animals. A Ukrainian travel-site explains: But if you pass the railway station of Simferopol, don't miss the anomaly: Virgo, Libra and Taurus were replaced by serpent (Serpentarius), greyhound and swan!"
Maybe he had a warped sense of humor, or just wanted to mix things up a bit. A mystery befitting this time of Mercury retrograde.Sochi Clock Tower (c)Belyaev Viacheslav via Cliparto