One fascinating narrative that can be spun out of the long transit of Pluto in earth sign Capricorn, is digging into the ancient human past. Excavating heritage, reviving indigenous culture and lost civilizations...and unearthing the truth about how our distant ancestors really lived.
And along those lines, there's a collection of articles about the Nebra Sky Disc on Red Ice Creations, including a documentary that begins like an archeological thriller. Dated to the Bronze Age, 3,500 years ago, it's the oldest known artifact that represents Sun, Moon and stars.
The Nebra Disc was found in 1999 by treasure hunters, in Nebra, Germany, in a district called Saxony-Anhalt. Looking at the map, it's in the Western part of what used to be East Germany. And that's where it's on permanent display, at an archeological museum.
The Pleiades cluster is there, and that began a mystery for astronomer Ralph Hansen of Hamburg. He told Deutsche Welle, "I wanted to explain the thickness of the crescent on the sky disc of Nebra because it is not a new moon phase." Using Babylonian documents from the 7th and 6th centuries B.C., he discovered the meaning behind the depiction. And it has to do with how the ancients sometimes added a 13th month, to keep the lunar calendar in sync with the seasons.
From DW: "According to the ancient Babylonian rule, a thirteenth month should only be added to the lunar calendar only when one sees the constellation of the moon and the Pleiades exactly as they appear on the Nebra sky disc."
Melody Scott Zindell calls it the most powerful full Moon of the year. She writes, "Scorpio is the archetype of reigniting passion that comes from feeling as deeply as we dare...sitting with the discomforts of emotions we normally push aside with distractions and addictions. The strength of this passion is what fuels real soul alchemy and transformation. This journey takes courage!"
Writing to a friend, I was telling her about the (impending) end of the blog, and with it, an awkward state that is a kind of in-between. She wrote back of big changes and how they put her in "strange spaces and places." A change that touches the core sets off a mysterious unfolding, and often it's got a lot of weird or dark waves moving through, on that way to integration. There's a death of the old familiar -- a sacrifice -- for the promise of being rearranged into a new, truer state of being.
Scorpio is the all-or-nothing sign, and that makes this lunar big one especially potent medicine. It's the experience of power and creation, and the vital forces released when there's release. The death part is full of risk, and the sense of being shapeless and in the cauldron.
I especially like those times when something ends that's been an awkward fit, or it's made me feel not wholly in my integrity. The ending sets off the Scorpio-atomic chain reaction. And with the fortitude of Scorpio, we find trust in that process. The pinnacle of the Taurus-Scorpio Full Moon is one of those deep catalysts for greater authenticity, living true to our values.
And what happens when we set off that magical inside-out change? Often it means a disruption in relationships, and love planet Venus this week is wild with passion, and inspiring brazen, rousing authenticity in relationships. Which friendships will transform as we do, and which will come to a parting of the ways?
I found this treasure of an interview with Alice Walker on a quickening and collapse that's happening and the choice -- "How do we want to go down? I would prefer to go down with people who love me and that I love. And with the Earth and affirming to her that 'Yes, I have done everything I could do.' ...Speaking to the Mother, to Mother Earth. And sometimes I feel that that is possibly the highest aim in these times because we are in such dire straits."
Alice Walker, an Aquarian, is a free-thinker drawn to researchers that are not in the tight loop of corporate media. She talked with alternative media's Alex Jones (also an Aquarian) and noted their close birthdays. She says to Alex Jones, "You were born on February 11th, so you're a revolutionary and you're a little crazy. I was born on the 9th, that's how I know."
In the beginning, she talks of sensing "currents of evil, a miasma of evil." This made me perk up, and also draw an association to an article I read looking at the The Deeper Meaning of True Detective via Vigilant Citizen. The character Rustin Cohle (played by Matthew McConaughey says, "Got a bad taste out there. Aluminum, ash, like you can smell the psychosphere." I haven't seen the show, but am intrigued by the review. That there's a message about forces warping and toxifying our world, by disturbing the psychosphere.
There's a lot of darkness coming to light, especially to do with sexual abuse. But also all kinds of depravity and corruption. And then there are the media events that enter the stream and have an unseen, but palpably felt impact. I'm definitely affected by what's "out there." I'm looking at the final months of the transit of Saturn in Scorpio (in mutual reception to Pluto Capricorn). What strategies and counter-magic works, when there's concentrated "hits" of dark currents?
If there's a powerful darkness out there, that can be a big motivator. To ask for (spirit's) guidance and protection, and get the soul force going in a more active way -- step up the game. Thoughts?Brad Barket/Getty Images
Sunday (May 11th) is Mother's Day, and that got me thinking about one woman's courage, after witnessing the tragic echoing of war through time.
The seeds for a Mother's Day in the U.S. were planted by Julia Ward Howe, an extra-ordinary woman (born 1819) who educated herself and went traveling sans husband, both shocking in her day. After the Civil War, having seen how war's effects continue on and ripple out to family, she put forth a call to women, to rise up.
She wrote a Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870. It begins:Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
Julia Ward Howe was born May 27th (1819) in the sign of the messenger, Gemini. Though her natal chart more than hints at visionary qualities, a stand-out is Jupiter in Aquarius. Her light (Jupiter) guided her to living and sharing values ahead of her own time. She was a messenger for what's shared by humanity, and living free from the scourge of war.
I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day, one that's buzzing with the possibility of a wildly peaceful, creative and nourishing future.Getty Images
I came across a constellation of articles on the same theme -- returning to what's natural, "the flow." Astro-wise, I'm noting Jupiter in tidal water sign Cancer, and catching the drift of what's indigenous to you or me. And that becomes a way to find balance and faith. Very often this begins with expunging programs, shoulds and oughtas.
First there was Following the Flow, Rather than the Plan from Tania Marie's Blog. "Never ceasing to believe, come what may, but embracing the form and way (in every moment it shifts) that is aligned in the highest, and not what you demand or control it to be, ends up being and supplying the greatest of fulfillment for both you and beyond you, simultaneously."
Then I saw an inspired piece about how we get derailed from our natural longing for magic. In A Vaccine Against Magic: Magic and Depression, Jon Rappoport writes, "In the human psyche, from the moment a newborn baby emerges into the light of day, he/she has a desire for magic." And later, "Life is waiting for imagination to revolutionize it down to its core."
Here's Julie Henderson via Waking Times on, Stepping into Flow and Creating Space: "When a synthetic dam is built to redirect the natural flow of water, there is a macrocosmic effect that many miss in the act of observing what is an otherwise tiny dam or speck on Earth's radar. However, it speaks to a greater tendency within each of us to block or force or cajole natural energy somehow in exchange for what we think we need. In truth, what we think we need is almost always going to serve a synthetic purpose that resolves a synthetic equation in what has become a homogenized, synthetically simulated reality."
And then there's a new mini New York Times-made documentary about Slomo: The Man Who Skated Right Off the Grid. He had it all by worldly standards, but was spiritually bereft, suicidal. He followed some advice he heard to "Do what you want to..." And as he says in the beginning, "Now I experience myself like the tip of a great iceberg of consciousness."
Julie Henderson writes of obliterating the "unnatural dams" and how it brings ease, a big sign of relief, "a new life." I find sometimes that for me there's fear of letting go of what's been created, these unnatural dams. And it's nigh impossible to track their origins, in the dream-like impressions of the past.
But without being able to put my finger on it exactly, I see Jupiter's (in Cancer) light in the cracks, beckoning to "go with the flow" in a way that's radical and totally innate. Everyday we're making choices to act more on those native impulses, or to pay a price in disease and depression. Some days it's a mixed bag, it seems. Are you feeling freer to go with the flow? Have you dismantled an unnatural dam, and felt the waters moving again?
Mercury does its thing in mercurial Gemini, the sign it rules starting today. Is that why I'm all-over-the-place, distracted and quick to follow a fascinating link, which leads to another and another, and so on?
Another Mercury retrograde is coming up, too, and the retro shadow starts at 24 Gemini on May 23rd. Curiously all the Mercury retrogrades in 2014 start in early degrees of the water signs, and dial back into air signs. I could see how these mercury games throw a different light on the past or a water-logged situation. It's reminding me of an out of focus image being sharped, with the clarity of air. Mercury's retrograde begins June 7th in Cancer, and ends July 2nd in Gemini.
This upcoming retrograde could be a time to edit, or see a scene from many different angles. But for now, Mercury is in Gemini -- a great icebreaker with its social curiosity. What's favored are short chats, and staying on the move, scanning for interesting tidbits. It could be harder to linger on any one thing, and novelty, variety the draw.Getty Images
So you know how Venus is in Aries for most of May (to the 28th). It's titillating for all Zodiac sign energies, and rouses the "I gotta be me!" Aries bust-out.
There can be radical actions in love, friendship and with your creative confidence. It's a chance for more authenticity, and aligning with the animated Self, rather than the one that's world-weary. There could be disruptions of patterns, or resolving the past, to be free to move on with less baggage. When Venus is in Aries, the pristine Self, acting on impulse, has its day in love and art-making. This Venus brings you back to You, and your self-sourced desires, needs and native creativity.
Since Aries is a cardinal sign, this boldest of Venus expressions is hurled headlong into (creative) conflict and catalyst in May. There are meet-ups with all the planetary players in the recent cardinal cross -- Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter.
A real peak for Venusian drama comes at mid-month, when Venus squares Pluto (14th) and aligns with Uranus (15th). It hints at rebirth, since Aries is the first sign. And yet, there could be some rupture or even trauma with the birth. An example could be separating from someone you deeply love, because you have to live in a new way.
There's also a Scorpio Full Moon at mid-May, and here let's consider the creative seed of Scorpio. In the heat of the drama and peak of a Scorpio Full Moon, a seed is released from all the pressure.
Venus plays a high-risk game in May, choosing life and what's animating -- what's next for who "I Am" (Aries) becoming. And there's risk with Scorpio, to give over to the underworld-ish energies that beckon, to "die" to who you've been.
As those with Venus Aries know, though, change is thrilling. The Aries love of the new helps swing the vote toward doing that drastic, but necessary thing. When Venus squares Jupiter (Cancer) on the 18th, look around to see whose there, and who you can be 'real' with.
"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." Nikola Tesla
That quote has always fascinated me. And a new generation of freethinkers are finding Nikola Tesla and pondering his contribution to humanity. As early as 1894, he imagined wireless technology. His protegee claimed he was born on Venus, and created the Teslascope to contact extraterrestrials.
If it's true his Jupiter was in cardinal fire Aries, he blazed a trail that's still held in awe today. On being ahead of his time, he said "Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine."
Jupiter in the birth chart is the way we go big and have potential for visionary qualities. When Jupiter is in Aries, a trait is being singularly directed, and Tesla, who never married, said "Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born." It's a Jupiter that finds its way solo and often surges ahead of the pack.
Read more about Your Jupiter in Aries.Image from 1890 (Age 34) Taken by Napoleon Sarony
I just love surprises that are freeing, like when something comes to a natural end. And that's what's happening with this blog, as the site undergoes a metamorphosis starting sometime this month (May 2014). The format will be revitalized, and part of that is the blog piece of the site being phased out. It feels very much like an April shocker, a shattering of the routine, and a beginning of something new.
It's an instinct I have (my Gemini Moon?) to write about the moment, like a fleeting aspect or what's up with the Moon. I'm looking forward to the redesign, and the challenge to create more perennials and evergreens in the About Astrology garden. I'll still be here, but the near-daily blog with the exchanges (comments) will not be a feature.
So to acknowledge this change of format, I want to thank all those who have commented here, or written to me to personally. And also extend big gratitude to those out there who have been regular readers in a private way. I also am thinking now of those astrologers who have shown collegial good will, and that are forever stored in my good memory bank. Special thanks go to Jamie Walters of Sophia's Children who gently urged me to let all ya'll know about this change.
I'll still be here on About Astrology, looking for ways to share the useful tools of astrology, in these freaky-vibrant times. I'm available through my readings site Wild Bee Grove. And I invite you to join me on Twitter (Wild Bee Grove).Aaron Foster/Getty Images
If the first eclipse (April 15th) threw you for a loop, or into free fall, the sequel (in earth sign Taurus) is the surprise landing. Some people I know have had dramatic events happen -- the kinds of things that will have a lasting effect. I've heard here and there about purging, feeling freed from something...or perhaps for you, it's not clear what, if anything, has changed.
The chart for the Taurus New Moon (April 28/29) and eclipse shows the big cross of cardinal (initiating) energies is still running the show. What's the edge of emergence? What's being created or summoned up from within, as a response to what's happening?
Taurus is the right energy to stabilize what's new. Be watchful of unexpected pathways opening up, that weren't there before. Some chances or ideas could be triggered by the very force that's shaking things up, and revealing what needs to be reinforced, re-balanced.
There's a lot of fluid background energy (water and earth), to adapt, and go with the flow. The Sun-Moon are at 9 Taurus, so look to that degree in your birth chart -- read about the Taurus New Moon in the Houses. With the eclipse, there's more punch than usual, and that's super sized further with the cardinal grand cross.
The first earth sign Taurus is a champion of slowing down to the pace of nature, and as I heard recently, sometimes that involves a sacrifice. And New Moons are often about shedding a skin, and emerging into the new, with less baggage. The Taurus New Moon/Eclipse is Monday eve at 11:14 pm Pacific, and early Tuesday (29th) at 2:14 am Eastern.Charles Leahy/Getty Images