Welcome to my thoughts for the Libra season 2010. The Sun is now moving south of the Equator and will reach its southernmost declination at the Capricorn Solstice in December.
The recent Past
This season brings the end of some of the most powerful transits the world has seen in a long time. Their effects will continue to be felt for a while. Slow moving Uranus and Pluto, part of the previous configuration with Saturn, are in fact still forming a challenging angle to each other (90° or square) that will be exact only in 2012, a transit promising even greater upheavals for our world.
Jupiter is still playing a significant part in these titanic encounters, destined to oppose again Saturn and square Pluto in early 2011. These aspects may not be as powerful at the moment but they are still around, and will return. They spell more financial woes and the need for further limiting private and public debt, establishing greater political control of big business, facing the reality (Saturn) of dwindling resources (Pluto) and the rise of new powers on the global scene.
Pluto turns Direct
A highlight of the season is Pluto turning Stationary Direct on September 14, on the second degree of Capricorn. This is a positive sign, considering the intensity and scale of the negative effects that have been attributed to Pluto’s recent retrogradation (since April 7).
Up to the time of writing, mid June 2010, we have counted many major disasters, man-made and natural, from the Deep Water Horizon event to mining tragedies, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and massive storms. Also the obvious escalation of bloody conflicts, especially civil wars, all over the world. A ‘reason’ for this could be that Pluto, naturally slow-moving due to its distance from the Sun, when slowed even more by the phenomenon of retrogradation, tends to leave a heavier imprint in the collective psyche, a deeper groove in history and culture.
Pluto’s direct motion is a turning point, particularly significant for early Capricorn (December 22/26), Cancer (June 21/25), Aries (March 21/25)) and Libra (September 22/26). Saturn and now Pluto are in fact ending their passage over your Birth Sun’s degree that began as early as 2008. This is a relief, because these intense and hard angles could not have been easy to ride successfully. Some pain and heartache have been unavoidable, because no one is ever prepared to face squarely such a thorough and unforgiving reality check. Many of the things you felt were important have faded into obscurity or have been taken away from you, because they were on the way of your inner or outer development, not serving anymore your soul purpose.
The Climate Change Summit in Cancun Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The North Node of the Moon will be approaching a conjunction to Pluto in September and become exactly conjunct on November 27, two days before the opening of the Climate Change Summit in Cancun, in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. This seems a symbol that the solution to our environmental crisis has to be born of a conscious transformation of attitudes, a re-birth, following a destruction of sort. The Summit itself will begin during the waning cycle of the Moon, as Copenhagen’s did in 2009, not the most propitious time to start something, but perhaps the most appropriate when considering the enormous difficulties we are facing. This should be a time when we start the ball rolling, taking on many initiatives, breaking new grounds etc. The choice of day seems to indicate that this conference will play the role, like the previous one, of clearing the ground of obstacles, preparing for new initiative and actions for a later date, but would not be as ground-breaking as perhaps it was hoped for.
The last Quarter Moon will be in a dominant position on the first sunrise in Cancun, in the Healing Sign of Virgo. This Sign’s practical wisdom will challenge the idealistic and speculative Sagittarius Sun to focus on real situations and real down to earth solutions rather than over-emphasizing the big picture and building castles in the air, as Sagittarius is often known to do.
The conjunction Jupiter~Uranus
The major transit at the start of the season is the Jupiter-Uranus’ conjunction in Pisces, exact on September 19. This is the second pass of an ongoing transit that will live through another incarnation on January 4 2011, establishing significant trends in the world’s ideologies (Uranus) and beliefs (Jupiter). It will have a more marked effect on the lives of some Mutable Signs, namely Pisces (March 17/20), Virgo (September 19/22), Gemini (June 18/21) and Sagittarius (December 19/22).
Amongst all the gloom and doom transits that have made astrological predictions a bit hard to swallow in the last couple of years, this transit is one full of promise and exciting prospects for the future. While the world is in the act of purging itself, trying to liberate itself from the grip of detrimental habits and all sorts of moral and physical pollutants (Pluto, Saturn configurations) the conjunction of these Sky Gods points the way to newer, more original, more democratic and intelligent ways of living our lives. Jupiter is providing momentum for the Uranian drive for change and lateral thinking problem solving.
Apart from the birthdays mentioned above this transit will affect all of us in important ways, and society as a whole. Depending where the conjunction will occur in your Birth Chart, in which particular field of experience, that’s where you will feel encouraged to take a more independent stand, to feel confident and outgoing, to conquer feelings of inadequacy. A philosophical appraisal of your personal situation will help you to view it under a new light, also readying you to take action when necessary and not sit in the wings gripped by fears of failure. Through this transit changes are not dreaded but welcomed, the potential for positive improvement becoming more apparent, individually and collectively.
There is in fact even a risk of becoming too confident and attempting more than we can handle. We should remember that we are, after all, in a downturn period as far as Jupiter is concerned, still within its opposition to Saturn (exact again in March 2011). Many different astrological traditions ascribe great importance to the mutual aspects of Jupiter and Saturn since very early times, with particular emphasis on the conjunction and opposition. The conjunction is considered the start of the whole cycle and also of an upward trend in world affairs. The last of these was in the year 2000, when Jupiter and Saturn met in the Sign of Taurus.
The opposition, on the other hand, is considered the climax of the whole twenty years Jupiter/Saturn synodic cycle, and also the beginning of a downward trend. Contraction (Saturn’s function) thus follows expansion (Jupiter’s function) and so on.
The hope and bright ideas brought about by the Jupiter-Uranus’ conjunction will be later tested by the ongoing opposition, but will be also given a chance then to find practical and realistic outlets of expression.
The Libra Equinox Chart
This year the September 21 Equinox is also a Full Moon. At the time of the ingress the Moon will be in Pisces, very close to the conjunction Jupiter-Uranus, separating from them as she enters Aries and becomes full on 0° Aries, a very significant sequel of events. Here is a Chart for this event.
The cusp Pisces-Aries is like a line dividing the past from the future, Pisces representing the sum total of past experiences, while the beginning of Aries stands for a new impulse, and the new life springing from that impulse. The Full Moon is the time when what was unconscious becomes conscious and what we knew only intuitively and vaguely before is revealed to us in a new light.
The Full Moon and the Sun happen also to be in challenging aspect to Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra. These transits intensify the impact of the realization, embedding the Moon and Sun in the overall landscape of change and accelerated experiences destiny makers such as Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are shaping for us.
We can read this as the start of another eventful season with major collective realizations and a strong drive to act out on our desires and ideas, in direct and bold Aries’ fashion (Full Moon), guided by the dreamy vision of future possibilities and of the impossible becoming possible (Jupiter-Uranus conjunct in Pisces). As the year ends and 2011 begins unfolding, the powers to be (Pluto), as well as our old habit of fear, the devil we know very personally (Saturn) will again challenge our aspirations and hopes. The importance of the vision brought about by the Jupiter-Uranus’ conjunction cannot be underestimated however because it is really an image of the future, of all the wonderful potential hidden in the present. This is in fact the function of the cyclical meeting of Jupiter and Uranus, every 13 years or so: to show us what we could do if we were truly living according to high principles of justice (Jupiter) and as authentic individuals (Uranus). The thrice repetition of this transit in 2010 (June, September) and early 2011 (January) indicates a protracted meeting, many opportunities for the energies of these planets to blend and produce greater and more lasting effects. The philosopher and guru (Jupiter) is having a tête à tête with the mad scientist and magician: what would they talk about? What marvelous new discoveries they have in store for us? It is for the seeker and the genius in each one of us to discern.
Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius turning Direct
Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius will remain close to each other throughout the season. This lasting encounter, away from the lime light of the major transits, shows how these two are working behind the scene at inspiring us to be more sensitive toward the pain of others, and generally more loving and compassionate. The collective movement toward healing is gaining momentum, is becoming a spiritual quest for purification. We can all tap onto this source of wonder, the power we all possess to heal ourselves and the planet.
The conjunction could also prove an occasion for deep sorrow, tears and a sense of hopelessness, like we have experienced after the Deep Water Horizon disaster, early this year, or whenever we witness war and the suffering of the innocents. This is because Neptune ‘s transits, and Chiron’s too, heighten our sensitivity to all experiences. We can feel as if we were taken care of by the Spirit, or, negatively, lost in an ocean of emotional uncertainty.
In November 6 and 7 Chiron and Neptune will turn direct, the beginning of the end of this healing conjunction, a spiritual awakening and/or a deeply moving emotional experience for many Aquarius (February 13-17), Leo (August 17-21), Taurus (May 14-18) and Scorpio people (November 16-20).
The Eclipses closing 2010 and beginning 2011
Eclipses end the year as they opened it. The first is the December 21 Lunar Eclipse, on the Cusp Gemini-Cancer. The second is a Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn opening the year 2011, on January 4, the same day the third and last conjunction of Jupiter-Uranus. As these Eclipses will happen at the end of the year, close to the Capricorn Solstice and the change of season, I’ll leave their interpretation to another article, because their effects will be likely felt more in 2011.
May your transits journey be a fulfilling one.