Transits January to March 2010

FROM THE CAPRICORN SOLSTICE TO THE ARIES EQUINOX

I’m re-publishing this post here because the previous version mysteriously disappeared from my site during the Mercury retro period (!); probably something I did.

In the FORECAST page are saved all the 2010 Transits articles.

Welcome to my astrological musings for the opening season of 2010. Many cosmic shifts are ushering new phases of personal and collective growth on the planet.

Like 2009 this year also begins with two Eclipses, Lunar in Cancer (January1) and Solar in Capricorn (January 15). More eventful times are on the cards for all of us, the Eclipses imparting a special resonance to the year ahead.

The lunar event will be felt more keenly by some Cancer (July1/3) and Capricorn (December30/January1), indicating an emotionally charged start of the year. It could be the climax to a somewhat trying period. What you value and whom you love will become immersed in the darkling light of the eclipsed Moon, your soul’s mysterious mirror.

The Solar Eclipse will affect directly some Capricorn (January14/16) and Cancer (July16/18), making you increasingly conscious of the need to fire up the year with new attitudes, more akin to your inner believes and drives. Solar Eclipses are not climaxes but rather starting points. Conscious and unconscious merge now, revealing to us things about us that are normally hidden, new impulses seeking outward expression.

During both Eclipses the Sun will be close to Venus, eternal feminine and archetypal energy behind attraction and love. The theme of the Eclipses is love, relationships and our sense of value, with an accent on commitment, marriage, family, career, status, security, co-dependency issues, due to the emphasis on Capricorn and Cancer, conservative Signs.

Venus will be invisible, obliterated by the brilliance of the Sun. returning to our western skies, as Evening Star, only around the end of March. According to Bernadette Brady, renown Australian astrologer, Venus or any other planet found in close proximity to the Sun can be regarded as  ‘enchanted’ (Visual Astrology newsletter, August 2009), meaning that they become truly merged with the solar centre of consciousness, made stronger by their invisibility rather than weaker.

On December 20 Mars turned retrograde. The fiery planet will retrace its steps all the way to the beginning of Leo and turn direct again only on March 11 2010. This is not the touch and go effect of a common transit of Mars, because the apparent backward motion of the planet slows the planet down considerably, causing its transits to linger and thus impress us more deeply.

It will be so, in this case, for some Leo (July23 to August14), and also Aquarius (January21 to February10), Taurus (April21 to May12), and Scorpio (October23 to November13).

Mars symbolizes the outward energy we all need to enter into action, assert ourselves and feel distinctly separated from others, in order to pursue our own desires as unhindered as possible. When retrograde, Mars works somewhat against itself; its outward motion becoming checked and also slowed down. This could prove frustrating if you want to make things happen quickly or if you need to prove your independence and personal strength. It is a better time to revisit the way you normally go about asserting yourself or the manner you tackle activities in your daily life. Have you been too forceful and self centred lately? Do you consider others when going about your business?

The slow motion of Mars might interfere with the prompt deployment of energy in your everyday life, and the immediate satisfaction of desires, but could also teach you an invaluable lesson on the right way to exert your energies and the value of forethought and cautious consideration of all circumstances and people.

The Sun-Mars’ opposition (central to the whole phenomenon of retrogradation) will be exact on January 30 2010, coinciding, for more emphasis, with the Full Moon in Leo. This will be the focal point during the retro period of Mars, one of greater awareness of the issues discussed, especially for some Aquarius (January 29/31), and Leo (August 2/4). There is a risk of going to emotional extremes, and anger issues, especially with ‘familiar’ people.

Saturn has entered Libra in October 2009 and will turn retrograde on January 14, re-entering Virgo, from the back door, on April 8.

Some Libra (September23/27); Aries (March21/25); Cancer (June21/25); and Capricorn (December22/26) are now been visited by Saturn: reality check or reality therapy, it depends. You will feel more inclined and better equipped to commit yourself to your projects, relationships, everything, because you feel the need now to establish emotional and material security for yourself and your loved ones. Often important decisions are made under the watchful eyes of Saturn that will affect your destiny for the next seven years and beyond. The call of duty will be herd but the response to that call is ultimately up to you. You could decide to pay no attention to it, missing an opportunity for the setting down of some important groundwork. To answer the call in the way Saturn demands you need to accept personal responsibilities and put yourself on the line, through commitment and efficient use of time and energy. Saturn is worth the effort, because his rewards are lasting and generous when they finally come. To give instant gratification is not Saturn’s modus operandi.

A possible negative outcome of such a transit is the feeling of having been burdened by a weight too heavy to carry, or by the naked realization that life can be hard sometimes. Some may opt to plunge into a more or less deep state of depression and experience low levels of energy and libido. If practical responsibilities have not been previously met they seem to crush down on us now, making us painfully aware of our shortcomings and sins of omissions. A sense of separation from the warmth and joy of life can exacerbate loneliness, while teaching an important lesson on self-reliance and maturity.

Looking at your state of mind from a different angle could help. In ancient times melancholia used to be considered a fruitful ground for creative work, emotional and spiritual insights. We don’t need to reject it as an illness, but acknowledge it as a rewarding phase of experience.

An important meeting of Saturn and Pluto (square or 90 degrees angle) is also coming on February 1.

It is not the first time this heavy duty transit touches your life though. It has been exact already in November 2009 and will return at the end of August 2010. Confronting some dark fears could be the expression of it, with the underlying, mostly unconscious desire to change your life in important ways, especially in the area of work, personal ambition, social standing, sexuality and the use of personal resources. A radical change of attitudes is demanded here, in order to shed old ingrained habits (Saturn) and transform yourself into someone closer to your real inner essence (Pluto). Using creatively the impact of this transit (the ultimate reality check) will enable you to contact your inner power and to face difficult and demanding circumstances with renewed strength and depth of understanding.

Saturn circles the Sun in just under thirty years. With the ingress of Saturn in Libra people born in 1980 are going this year through their first Saturn’s Return. This is a decisive maturing period, when the individual is expected to have reached a degree of autonomy and grasp of his/her social and personal obligations. A time when life definitely change (ask anyone who has been there) and some fundamental path of destiny becomes defined.

Older people born in 1951 are instead experiencing their second Saturn’s Return. On the threshold of 60 this is a critical time of adjustment, to a different role within families and communities. Are we ready to become elders at sixty, or are we still pining for lost youth, looks and enthusiasm? The wisdom brought by the second cycle of Saturn is available only when the old values are allowed to change and we can again, or perhaps for the first time, sit comfortably in our own skins, wrinkles and all.

The again older generation born in 1921 are beginning the third and last cycle of this formative and ultimately spiritual planet. The works indicated by Saturn are now inward jobs of self reflection and the rescue of old memories, enabling the individual to sum up his/her experiences somehow. There could be regrets if we stay stuck at the earthy Saturn’s level of productivity and duty, because the value essence of people reaching their 90th year is impossible to measure by external achievements, successes and failures alike. The senior cycle of Saturn serves the purpose of creating a scaffolding to hold the soul in place in preparation for death, rather than the material/ego scaffolding that characterized the previous cycles.

Jupiter will enter Pisces on January 18, transiting the whole of Pisces in under six month time, entering Aries as early as June 2010. It will however return to Pisces between September 2010 and January 2011. In June Jupiter and Uranus are planning to arrive at Aries’ gates at the same time, a grand entrance, with some fireworks involved; but that exciting rendezvous is not yet in season.

For the first three months of 2010 Jupiter’s extroverted energy will be felt by some Pisces people (February19/March9); also Virgo (August23/September11), Gemini (May21/June9) and Sagittarius (November22/December11).

This could sound like a call to adventure, a taste of confidence and optimism. Dare to dream and see some of your wishes become a reality, because you truly believe in them and also in your ability to seize them.

Your social life can be greatly improved by this transit and also the desire for knowledge either via travel or study. Anything that can bring you out of your habitual routines will be certainly welcome: a great time to make life improvements that have been long overdue and a leap of faith in uncharted waters.

Staying grounded could prove difficult; you may occasionally confuse yearning with authentic intuition and overstep your mark. Even if nothing concrete come out of this now, the vision and faith you are experiencing will help you to gain greater perspective during more prosaic times.

If your present situation seems to impede your progress you will be likely to rebel, because you know now that you deserve better. The blessings of Jupiter are often mixed with the woes of discontent and frustration, if opportunities for expansion are not readily available. You may feel impatient of any form of restriction, and uncharacteristically outspoken. Moderation is a useful word to remember when Jupiter is strongly activated.

On February 17 we will finally experience the great conjunction of Chiron to Neptune. This transit has entered the collective psyche since 2008, becoming exact only now. The birthdays in more direct line of contact with it are: Aquarians (February14/16), Leo (August18/20), Taurus (May16/18)) and Scorpio (November18/20). The New Moon in Aquarius, on February 14, will help to emphasize the power of this transit, for everyone.

The depth of compassion and empathy of a Chiron-Neptune’s conjunction is possibly unparalleled. Neptune’s function is to open us to universal vibrations, making us psychically and physically more vulnerable but also easily identified with the whole. The Chiron’s experience, on the other hand, teaches acceptance of what cannot be changed and the wisdom of detachment.

Chiron, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus, respectively the last visible planet (physical awareness) and the first invisible one (the realm of abstract thought), functions as go-between the known and unknown realms of experience.

Collectively this transit conveys then the present struggle to become more inclusive, compassionate and accepting of differences, opening our heart to the sufferings of the poor and disposed, attempting to heal the rift among people caused by ignorant and selfish attitudes. It could also represent an experience of collective grief, dissolving our illusion of being in control, thus enhancing spiritual awareness.

These humanitarian (Aquarian) trends came into focus very much in 2009 when Jupiter activated the conjunction Chiron-Neptune by its own transit through Aquarius. These trends continue strongly throughout 2010, with Jupiter’s passage into compassionate and inclusive Pisces and the conjunction Neptune-Chiron still very much alive.

Happy and wise transits, everyone.

HAITI, COSMIC PICTURE OF AN EARTHQUAKE

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******Haiti Earthquake

Today our hearts and thoughts fly to Haiti, a country cruelly devastated and in mourning. At the time of writing the death toll might add up to many thousands; while many others are grievously injured, psychologically traumatized and homeless.

In the face of such disasters we feel united and willing to help.

One way, for me, to come to term with such cruel blows of nature is to look at the astrological picture, because that provides me with a bird eye view of the situation that I would find otherwise difficult to obtain.

Astrologers have speculated for centuries about the planetary signatures and transits configurations that should point to earthquakes. As it is the habit of busy western thinkers, we have sought common denominators and recognizable patterns in those events. Articles and entire books have been written to establish proper astrological rules for earthquakes and other natural disasters. But, like people, earthquakes are individuals, each different from the other, each manifesting a different type of energy.

In my experience of looking at Earthquakes and Natural Disasters’ Charts the subjective feeling these Charts arise in me are archetypally right, even if often the Charts themselves don’t seem to strictly  adhere to the traditionally accepted rules. This one, I have to say, does both things: it feels right symbolically and also seem to confirm some of the traditional rules.

The Birth Chart of the event itself (the transits occurring at the precise moment and place) is necessary, of course, but it not sufficient to explain these phenomena astrologically. What mundane astrologers do as well is to plot the transits active at the moment of the earthquake around the Birth Chart of the place where the disaster occurred, and also connect the event with other astronomical events occurring around the same time, like Sun and Planets’ ingresses (entrance into new Signs), Lunations (Moon’s Phases) and especially Eclipses.

This quake, the biggest seismic event in Haiti since 1770, struck very close to the capital Port-au-Prince.

Below is the Horoscope of the event itself:

Haiti’s earthquake, January 12, 4,43 pm.

 

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One of the most noticeable feature of this Horoscope is the position of the South Node of the Moon in the First House, the outward expression of that particular moment in time. This Lunar Node has to do with the karmic link that connect us to the past (of an individual or a country or community). The past then is powerful in the deployment of this Horoscope planetary energies. If this was a person’s Birth Chart we could say that the past is a vital ingredient in the person’s experience of life; a sense of destiny, often seen as negative karma, permeating his/her personality.

The Node in this prominent position also reminds us of the proximity of the Annular Solar Eclipse that will occur on New Moon day, January 15, 2010, only three days after the event. The Eclipse then is certainly astrologically linked to the Earthquake in Haiti. This confirms an ancient tenet of Astrology that connects Eclipses to natural disasters and earthquakes in particular.

The Cancer Ascendant is conjunct two major asterisms. The first is Sirius, the Great Dog at the heels of the hunter Orion, the most brilliant of all stars, with the power of making the mundane sacred. This star also entails the need for sacrificing individual needs to meet collective ones. The other star conjunct the Earthquake’s Ascendant is Canopus, the skipper of Argo Navis, the mythical ship which bore Theseus and his companions when they went in search of the Golden Fleece. It is a symbol of guidance,  an escort through life’s troubled waters, a path finder and innovator. In Egypt he was the one who steered the boat of the dead to their final destination.

Saturn, Lord of karma, a planet that should be powerful in times of collective suffering, is situated in another prominent position, conjunct the Midnight point of the Horoscope, exerting a strong pull from within the world’s psyche in that particular locality. To make this pull more powerful and, considering the nature of the event, more ominous, Saturn is in square (difficult angle) to Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn. The square with Pluto is one of most difficult affecting our world in the first half of 2010, suggesting great resistance to the radical changes Pluto in Capricorn is preparing for us. The stress of this aspect will definitely manifest in many concrete forms; an earthquake is just one of them. Mercury, also part of this picture, due to its conjunction to Pluto, acts as a sort of activator here, precipitating and accelerating events.

Pluto and Mercury are placed in the Sixth House in the Earthquake’s Chart, affecting Haiti’s health and its ability to heal itself; also its medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, medical supplies, doctors and nurses, and places of work. The position of this conjunction and its 90 degrees distance from Saturn indicates, in the face of this earthquake, not only death (Pluto) and the loss of many children (Mercury), but also disease and poverty, destruction of work-places, death of workers, destruction of many animals. It particularly describes the necessity for sacrifice and very hard work, for resourcefulness and courage.

Mercury here also suggests the intense broadcasting of this terrible event, via the net and all other media, making it into a very public darkly affair, arousing profound thoughts, thoughts of death and deep felt understanding.

Anticipating here an observation from my next post (that will deal with the effect of the earthquake and the eclipse on the Country Chart of Haiti) this Saturn-Mercury-Pluto connection becomes even more significant because transiting Pluto is conjunct Haiti’s Mars and Chiron, and transiting Saturn is conjunct (!!!) Haiti’s own Saturn. To add to this, transiting retro Mars is conjunct Haiti’s South Node (the karmic past again), one of the country’s eclipses’ point.

The Sun is conjunct Venus on the day, a traditionally positive aspects (perhaps it could have been even worse without this mild conjunction!). Both Sun and Venus are conjunct the North Node of the Moon (the Eclipse’s point) and in aspect to Uranus; while Uranus is also in aspect to the Nodes. All of this seems to indicate the possibility of sudden and unexpected events, unpredictability and suddenness being interwoven in the destiny of this day and moment (the Lunar Nodes).

Taken by itself this Chart is not better or worse than another cast around this astrological period. An earthquake prediction for this locality could have been hardly possible just by studying this Chart.

The possibility of major earthquakes is instead more compelling when we look at the Chart of the coming Annular Eclipse of the Sun, principally because of the heavy alignments of Planets all on one side of the Earth’s Horoscope, between the consecutive Signs of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces (Mercury, Pluto, Moon, Venus, the Sun, Chiron, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus), leaving only Saturn and Mars, traditional malefics, away from the alignment. The gravitational pull on planet Earth would be humongous at the moment, the Solar Eclipse (further alignment of Sun, Earth and Moon) making it even more so. Earth Sign strong during an Eclipse are also traditionally considered more likely to manifest in earth’s tremors and major seismic activities.

Below is the Eclipse Chart, relocated in Haiti, on:

January 15, 2010, 02.11 am

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Apart from the Moon’s position and the Solar Eclipse not much has changed in this Horoscope compared to the one cast for the exact moment of the Earthquake. Due to the fact that it is a different time of the day (early morning and not sunset) the Chart orientation to the cosmos (Houses) is however very different. Scorpio is rising in Haiti’s Eclipse Horoscope, making Mars retrograde in Leo the Ruling Planet of this Chart. This Mars is not forming any aspect at all, not a good sign in Astrology, because a Planet without aspects is supposedly somehow alienated from the rest of the solar family, often working alone as a free agent. Mars in this predicament could act with unassuaged violence, not having any other influence to attenuate the aggressive side of its nature.

Lacking planetary aspects Mars is instead connected with two Fixed Stars (sidereal constellations), being conjunct the Star Dubhe, alpha of the Great Bear constellation, a traditionally protective influence, also conveying however ‘the possible harshness of Mother Nature’ (according to Solar Fire Gold Fixed Stars’ Readings). Mars is also in Parallel of Declination with the Star Zosma, delta of constellation Leo, an asterism associated with victims and victimization.

The Scorpio Ascendant forms a Grand Trine with the North Node and Uranus, a configuration deemed sometimes ominous, especially in Mundane Charts, and particularly so during an Eclipse event. Like in the previous event Horoscope Uranus, Planet of sudden changes and upheaval, acquires power because of this connection with the Lunar Nodes and here also with the Ascendant.

In the Eclipse Chart the important place that was occupied by Saturn in the Earthquake Chart, the Midnight Point, is now taken by Jupiter on the last degree of Aquarius. A strong pull from the interior of the Earth (what the Midnight point, IC or cusp of the Fourth House represents in Astrology) is here exerted by Jupiter, the giant Planet of the Solar System, one of the traditional catalysts when it comes to natural disasters. Neptune and Chiron are also very close to the same point, adding their own gravitational pull to that of Jupiter.

More general information about the January Lunar and Solar Eclipses can also be found in my previous posts (Lunar, January 1Solar, January 15).