Sun enters Virgo: 6:02 AM EDT
There are contradictions in this sign: it rules the military, for example, as well as the witches. It fears the consequences of not following rules, even as it is capable of outrageous acts of radical subversion (especially on behalf of the natural world or the disenfranchised). It can be obsessively analytical and organizing yet we can only imagine what’s going on atop the Virgo desk. At the core, the heart of this sign are the processes of nature Herself. Virgo reminds us of the turning of the wheel of the year, the Big Order of the natural world, not the regimentation of clocks and, so called, man-made order. Patriarchy has done a great job of fragmenting Virgo, belittling and marginalizing it. Hierarchical systems distress this sign and cause it to appear (even to itself) as anxious and perfectionistic. A deeper understanding show us that these are simply neurotic expressions of frustrated instincts that long to live at one, not two, with the intelligence of the natural world. Kept apart from their instinctive appreciation and sympathy with the workings of nature, they are understandably agitated. (This is not just for those with the Sun in Virgo, also Moon, rising and other planets can bring these qualities to the fore. And we all partake of Virgo for the month when the Sun is there.)
Pull back from the panic. We all ‘contain multitudes’. Act as if you live in a whole-istic world. Open yourself to diversity, integration, engagement. The world is our lover.
This year as the Sun travels through Virgo it will trine Uranus, Saturn and Pluto, conjunct Mars and Mercury, oppose Neptune and square Pluto, (see below) activating the most powerful astrological pictures of the year which are the last Jupiter square to Neptune and the approaching Saturn Pluto conjunction in January 2020. How much can we take before we break? And what will we do when that breaking happens?
Venus conjunct Mars
Mercury inconjunct Pluto
Desire has two faces: A Mars face and a Venus one. A front and a back. Venus says, ‘Oh, yes!’. Mars says ‘Not on my watch!’ We could say that Venus is craving and Mars is aversion. But that’s not nearly as much fun as saying that Venus is pleasure and Mars is passion. Define ‘erotic’. What would Esther say?
Thoughts matter. Don’t give yours away to those who would manipulate them.
Venus inconjunct Chiron
Mars inconjunct Chiron
An inconjunct is not considered at a major aspect, yet it captures the imagination of modern astrologers more and more as our world just doesn’t seem to add up. Inconjuncts point to seemingly unresolvable issues, like a bad case of hiccups. Maybe the notion of paradox is a good one to help understand the nature of an inconjunct. Today we might take a look at how our desire for a world that actually works (Mars and Venus in Virgo) seems thwarted by the incredibly slow process of each individual’s need to do their own personal work (Chiron in Aries).
Venus trine Uranus
Break-through. Somewhere, there is a fierce kind person who means to get things that really matter, working. Don’t be fooled by the outward demeanor of such a one. Fierce and kind are not mutually exclusive.
Mars trine Uranus
Sun inconjunct Chiron
The process of breaking through continues. What kind of power does it take to make change happen? Can we even stand the world as it is? Or must we continue to make it in our own narcissistic image?
Mercury enters Virgo
Sun trine Uranus
While Mercury travels through Virgo we have lots of opportunity to figure out how things work. To solve some big puzzles. Mercury does its best work in Virgo. It is said to rule Virgo. The Sun in Virgo is in Mercury’s sign. At the moment it’s aimed at change in the best way – supported by Mars and Venus. These are good transits for the ones who are radical but practical.
New Moon: 6 degrees of Virgo 06:37 AM EDT
Once again, not for the first time, better than clockwork, we are reminded to start again. The past is our profound dream, a dream that teaches us any number of things. Everything that made us who we are is part of that dream. But, even so, it is a dream and here we stand at another new beginning. The slate is never wiped clean because the body remembers. Even taking into account the heavy weight of memory, today we begin anew. What needs healing and whole-making? What doesn’t? It matters, not only what we do but how we do it. Craft is as important as art. And so we shape the world.
Mercury inconjunct Chiron
Focus on details. Allow your peripheral vision to keep track of small things, details that could make big differences. A pinch of salt brings out the flavor. A drop of bitter herb can potentize a remedy.
Mercury trine Uranus
Venus trine Saturn
Crisis and change are often indistinguishable in any given moment. We are actually awash in a sea of innovation. Choose something and stick with it. Humans are quintessentially innovative, adaptable and clever.
Sun conjunct Mars
Venus square Jupiter
The desire for breakthrough is intense. Cowards often overestimate and misdirect their strength, creating havoc for the general population. Heroes are something else. Not always famous but always appreciated if you were in need of rescue. Too much of nothing can undermine the day. Focus on drawing strength from the best part of your life.
Mercury conjunct Mars
Sun conjunct Mercury
Think on your feet, with your heart open to whatever presents itself, with the intention to be of service. In this way we are fully committed to life, itself.
Venus opposite Neptune
There is a dream, bigger than us all: Inclusive, mystifying, overwhelming. You can find intimations on the so-called Big Screen but you can also turn inward, to your soul, and find it there.
Mercury trine Saturn
Every effort to build something useful and helpful to all is worth making. In part because you might succeed, but also because in so doing you exercise that part of your mind, training those neurons we hear so much about to fire constructively.
Mercury square Jupiter
Sun trine Saturn
Venus trine Pluto
We are understandably overwhelmed by the 10 million bits of information hurled in our direction every day. It flattens out the meaning of our lives. The tragedy of migrants and mass murders mingled with sales on shoes or an offer to really get your spiritual life in order is kind of crazy-making. The truth is not for sale even if the world is chaotic. We all understand this, yet something in the mind makes it easy to conflate things as if they are all equal in value. Meanwhile there is grace in the actual living of our lives. The people and things that matter are dear in the three dimensional world. Give yourself permission to hold to your real world and let the flat world spin on its own twisted axis.
Mercury opposite Neptune
Then there is the inner world, the soul’s abode. It too wants some attention. As summer dwindles and autumn pokes it’s head around the corner, how do you feel about time.
Time isn’t a door that only
Opens to shut; time isn’t
The lamp that’s on,
Then clicks off.
Time is the great wheel of
Winter then spring, time
Is the great whirl of it:
The dance in which we
Close the body of the
Hold tight for dear life.
Sun square Jupiter
Mercury trine Pluto
Think big but stay grounded. What matters, matters because it is substantial and made of matter. Only experience teaches us how to be real.
Mars trine Saturn
If ever there was a day to do your best, to get the job done, to walk your talk with full commitment, it is today.
Sun opposite Neptune
Do not push grief, which often underlies anger or fear, regret and worst of all resentment, away. Rather allow it to come and sit with you, hold your hand and remind you what it means to be human.
Mars square Jupiter
Tension mounts. It’s easy to point and blame or, just as bad, to take the blame yourself. Better to rise to the challenge of restraining the impulse to judge and wait for the big reveal to appear at the Full Moon, coming soon.
Mercury conjunct Venus
Sun trine Pluto
The secrets which memory offers are not yours alone: our ancestral memories wrap like vines around the experiences of our lives. Some are graceful and add dimension and contour, others clutch at us like bindweed and seem only to choke and limit our potential. Either way there are days when life seems a puzzle and it is our job to fit the pieces together. The further back we go, the more common our ancestors are. Maybe my great-grand ancestor picked the apples that yours baked into a pie. The puzzle exists at many so many levels.
Full Moon: 21 degrees Pisces: 12:33 AM EDT
Mars opposite Neptune
Mercury enters Libra
Venus enters Libra
We all want to lighten up, have some fun, enjoy what’s left of summer but how do we turn our backs to the sorrows of the day without risking a different kind of loss? It is possible not to wear the hair shirt and still care, to look and listen, to taste and touch this very world, complete with its joy and sorrow, to cast off the need to hoard or consume and to participate even as we celebrate the whole damn mess.
Mercury opposite Chiron
Life is the great teacher, the shaman of shamans, the school in which we are each and all enrolled. And no doubt about it, we get marked (wounded) in this school. There is no point or possibility of playing hooky. Full participation will take you to the head of the class.
Venus opposite Chiron
Mercury inconjunct Uranus
A quirky day for learning things you never considered. Take the path less traveled. Find a new way home.
Saturn stationery direct
If you’ve been feeling particularly bound or circumscribed by limits, not of your own choosing, today begins a time of testing what you have learned, gained or developed on account of having to deal with those very limits. Repetition is the mother of learning, and we all know that resistance can build muscle. Whichever your style of meeting obstacles, it is now time to use the strength and skill you have developed since April 30th.
Venus inconjunct Uranus
Mars trine Pluto
Do not be daunted by life’s outrageous inconsistencies. Heaven is perfection, earth is where we make it happen as best we can. Take charge where you can and do your best. To expect more is cruel.
Jupiter square Neptune
This aspect has bedeviled us throughout 2019. It has come to its last pass. It’s all about lies and deception which probably aren’t going anywhere overnight but it’s also about faith. Faith is what Jupiter and Neptune have in common: Faith in things you can talk about and explain as well as faith in things you can’t. It has been said that the stars and planets don’t compel us. They don’t ‘kill us for their sport’. Unless we refuse to question. Jupiter and Neptune remind us how hard awareness is. Some folks are fanatics, others are addicts trying to ignore their beleaguered faith. I think grace somehow lives between these two kinds of faith. We learn sooner or later to let go and let the higher powers of our heart, mind and soul impel (rather than compel) us. It’s a human challenge, this thing called faith. The enemy of dogma.
Mercury square Saturn
All that high-minded stuff is tested in the laboratory of experience. No matter what your faith, it hurts to stub your toe, to lose your pet, to have your heart broken when love is lost. Be slow to argue. Respect the other guy, which isn’t to say you should indulge their bad behavior .