Jupiter Stations Direct @ 13 degrees Scorpio

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July 10th, 2018

This apparent station of Jupiter is on the fixed star Alphecca in the constellation of Corona Borealis. Corona Borealis represents the garland given by Venus to Ariadne on the occasion of her marriage to Bacchus after she had been forsaken by Theseus. [V. Robson, p.40.]

It is 2 days prior the New Moon/Solar Eclipse and Jupiter’s Station on Alphecca holds a potent message that is like a prelude to a story that will gradually unfold to do with an inner process of transformative understanding that has been taking place since March 9th, and is preceding a deeply purifying experience.

This is not a superficial year, and the planetary energies are not  promoting the preservation of things for appearances sake. This particular period with Mars Rx, Jupiter in Scorpio turning direct and the first Eclipse of the season in Cancer opposite Pluto, is an opportunity for a deep purification process, a soul and emotional detox that will lead to a very transformative renewal in an area of our lives. It is a challenge to transformation. The challenge lies with identifying or reconciling with what we need to abandon, or that we may feel abandoned in areas we had expected things. Since March 9th when Jupiter Stationed Retrograde, we went through a process of internal understanding of a vision, a truth or faith that was of a strengthening nature. This kind of journey is temporarily over and will start to gradually manifest conclusions or results. It may have felt like Zeus had an intense meeting with his brother Hades where they discovered the underlying truths and revealed what is of actual value both above and below. Hopefully we have become  a little wiser and possess a clearer view of why we seek what we seek, why we are where we are on the truths we profess and what needs to go.

As Jupiter stations on fixed star Alphecca we are reminded of the myth of Ariadne marrying Dionysus after she was abandoned by Theseus on the island of Naxos. After a great disappointment she is found by Dionysus who falls in love with her. Dionysus throws the garland that Venus had given Ariadne into the sky where Ariadne is remembered forever as a heroine. There is something to be abandoned yet not forgotten as we transcend and proceed into a cathartic new chapter of life. Jupiter on Alphecca is speaking of honour and preferment, a compensation reminder for all the potential hardships or inner stirring we have been going through.

© Eleni Kostika 2018

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*[Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].

-Painting by Titian, 1522-23, this work was based on a poem by Ovid and commissioned by Alfonso Del’ Este. You can see the garland up on the top left as the constellation of Corona Borealis

Full Moon at 06 degrees and 28′ Capricorn

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June 28, 2018 – 05:52 UT

The evaluation of our efforts and the way towards a radical purging in our lives.

Practical responses motivated by emotional or nurturing intentions of life. The need to see results, to commit, to showcase our work, , to cultivate the structure for solid long-term goals through care and the creative dimension of who we are.

The Sun represents where we give and the Moon where we receive. The Moon is illuminated by the Sun in the phase of the Full Moon. There is something that emerges from the deeper emotional or creative self that wants to take care of, give birth to, protect, connect and give others something that is tangible and has form. The notion of recognition of what we have to offer will concern us, as is the relationship between giving and receiving that is most relevant and crucial to the core of our emotional and material world. With Cardinal Earth and Water, we focus on fertility and essence that is measured through result mainly through what is visible in the world we live in, the sense of belonging, continuity and the form and structure of things. Earth and Water are the heaviest of elements, and this resonates seriousness, emphasising the need to settle down and to synthesise experience by giving it direction. As with a tree, we nurture the roots and prune its branches to see it grow. In this Full Moon we are able to discern the problems and the results of those things that prevent us to grow the way we intended to. We may also have to set limits, cut down excess, exercise some serious “pruning” in order to sharpen forms and structures. The Full Moon illuminates the need to evaluate what is of worth so that we can follow by strengthening its root system in the following cycle. It is as if we are working on setting a capstone on a collaboration, a marriage, a deal, an undertaking, an effort, a project, a goal. Can we rise to the occasion? Are we on top of things?

Cancer promotes life, emotional security, and that sense of belonging; it looks after its “root system”. It is motivated by it. As a Water sign, it is a great synthesiser of emotion and experience and transforms it into life. The Sun in Cancer motivates the Moon in Capricorn to work, to do something practical and useful, to set a goal, or to cultivate structures and tools, test things out. It is a Full Moon with seriousness and substance that crystallizes something within us with conscience and realism. The basic need emphasised by this Full Moon is to manifest results, to give something of ours that is appreciated and recognised in the tangible world. Continue reading

New Moon at 22 degrees Gemini 44 ‘

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June 13, 2018, 20:43 UT

Saying farewell, intuitive thinking and the transition to a new season.

Our reality, our achievements and our past can be defined by the way we communicate them to ourselves and to others.

A new lunar cycle begins in the sign of Gemini, which places great emphasis on communication. Communication is not just logos, but every signal we emit in order to make a connection. So the basic intention of this new cycle of the Moon is to intuitively connect data, ideas, thoughts, information, translate and communicate them in some way. There is a message that is passed on to us this lunar month, so be attentive.

(Transactions, communication of all kinds, news, documents, signatures, means of transport, books, documents, media, negotiations, commerce, relations with siblings, learning, schools and our familiar environment are the objects or people belonging to the territory of Gemini’s  filter of expression.).

Mutable signs define transitions to a new season, and with Gemini (mutable air) we witness the transition from Spring to Summer that officially begins with the Summer Solstice on June 21, but is also highly influenced by the cathartic July New Moon / Solar Eclipse at 21 degrees Cancer. This Lunar month speaks about re-orientation  that centres on processing data while saying “farewell” to a previous chapter of life or experience. We are in an in-between space and what is emphasized in this cycle is the need to clarify thoughts and discover alternative ways of communicating, feeling and listening. Intuitive ability and emotional intelligence are heightened and unlock messages that allow us to see reality and the way we think about it in new terms. Continue reading

Full moon at 08 degrees Sagittarius

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May 29, 2018 – 15:19 UT

Reconciling knowledge with information, we shift direction.

The need to clarify and respond to the unfamiliar. How we emotionally align ourselves with the experience of synthesis and creation, and how our ideologies and beliefs alter as we mature.

The Sagittarius / Gemini axis is the axis of perception, beliefs, learning, understanding and generally  speaks of all the systems that support and shape this process, both at a cognitive and a practical level: Travelling, knowledge, education, ideology and philosophy, the relationship between familiar and unfamiliar, legal issues, ethos, information processing, truth and communication. The relationship between understanding and information we are exposed to is a foreground theme for the next two weeks. A Full Moon on the diurnal mutable signs of Fire and Air, speaks of extroverted active energy in the light of preparation for change. In combination with Mars in Aquarius also in an Air sign, projects a message about clarifying direction towards the stabilization of actions and energy investment. The changeability of our mental or physical journeys and the tendency to have to deal with many variables at the same time is highly activated. A theme that will also continue to unfold during the next lunar month of June 13 in the sign of Gemini. Moon in Sagittarius speaks about our response mechanisms to unexplored areas or experiences motivated by truths or revelations that may operate in investigative ways (Jupiter in Scorpio). There is an intense inquisitive nature to a quest of some sort.  This has to balance stimuli, and processing information, connecting the dots that springs from a curious self-will or decision making process  (Sun in Gemini). Asking the right questions and seeking meaning. A Full Moon is an opposition, so in case we are in a conflict of some kind facts and truth are something that is crucial to balance. This process has to do with our deeper psyche and ethical standards. Thus, the terrain of life maybe energised and communicative, and brings to light a need to refrain from long term decision making as we realise and come to accept that things are fluid and changeable. Even if we are dealing with difficulties or revelations (positive or negative), we can rely on an emotional protective zone and regain faith in the natural flow of developments around us while we become more intuitively attentive. Continue reading

Doing things differently – Realising limitations – Creative and Revolutionary acts

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We are affected by the Mars-Uranus square above and we may already be feeling a kind of accelerated action and sense of urgency or restlessness building up. This square coincides with some rare and special celestial events this week.

Some thoughts of what this may be about:

This square is part of a longer cycle: The Mars- Uranus synodic period lasts 1.9 years

This is a waning square (270o).

It will last longer due to the Mars Retrograde period (June, 26-August 26, 2018). It coincides with Uranus changing signs from Aries into Taurus, after 7 years. A sign it revisits after 84 years. We also have a New Moon in Taurus, placing emphasis on new beginnings. There is something very special and celestially extraordinary about this coming week so we may fluctuate between being distracted,  restless, or just purely wanting to take a bold risk or initiative in some new direction. Despite of what may manifest, the energy is shifting grounds and this may be literal or metaphoric in relation to one’s personal circumstances and vantage point. 

The waning square of the cycle is somewhat Saturnian in nature, it is about changing direction, letting go of things, and realising limitations or worn out structures. It heightens our awareness in the collective sphere, through crisis or tension.

I can’t help thinking that Mars now in the final degree of Capricorn represents Cronus’s actual sickle (the weapon) in the myth of castration of his father Ouranos: and from a severing act Aphrodite was born! values and love, the pleasure principle —-> and uranus changes signs after 7 years a day before the perfection of the square! it enters Taurus, a Venus ruled sign. The established order of things in an area of our world is going to change, and will be taking a new direction. The transit of Uranus in Taurus will reverberate this square in the 7 years to come. It is present in the Ingress chart. The two planets speak about autonomy and independence; disruption, yet also alternate and liberating action. So as Mars is in some conflict with Uranus, Venus is coming into “view” which energises the parts of our consciousness of what we appreciate and what we don’t; essentially what is of value to us!

Mars is ruled by Saturn (Cronos): Saturn is the hand holding the sickle

Something has to go, as the two planets are entering a new territory in new signs (Aquarius and Taurus). Figuring out what to do in a totally new territory may require bending some rules, or destabilise a previous order of things in order to seek a new direction. It may involve groups, organisations and collective endeavours, or just our very own sense of identity and autonomy. It may be the unknown factor that feels disruptive for a while, yet this is signifying the beginning of an effort for consistently pursuing change and reform. It is about activism and revolutionary acts, to do with innovation and value systems.

There is a sense of reaching one’s limits with one’s creative force, expression of individuality, autonomous rebellion or enthusiasm, or reaching a stage of shaping and giving form to something even almost by accident. There is no need for unnecessary risks or extremities, cause it seems we need to be alert and pay attention while the energy is shifting…

We may need to be brave and do the right thing. We may need to use our courage, strength, or pioneering acts in order to awaken or reform some part that is of value to us. Change the order of things. Become more conscious about what is worn out or is not serving its purpose anymore. This may be enforced or voluntary. It may be a surprise or a shock. It may be disruptive. It is an act of liberation. It is about an ultimate act, a revolution or an alternative course of action. This may be an urgent situation, a need to cut off something or detach from somewhere in order to enter new territory: An awakening of values, relationships and unions, that affects our sense of self-worth personally and collectively is being set in motion in new landscapes.

 

The 3 hits of Mars-Uranus square at 00-02 degrees Aquarius-Taurus:

May 16, 2018 – Mars Direct/Uranus Direct (00 Aquarius / Taurus)

August 2, 2018 – Mars Rx/Uranus Direct (02 Aquarius / Taurus)

September 19, 2018 – Mars Direct / Uranus Rx (01 Aquarius/Taurus)

Beginning of the cycle: February 27, 2017 at 22 Aries

End of cycle and beginning of new one: February 13, 2019 at 29 Aries

 

© Eleni Kostika 2018

 

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Full Μoon at 09 degrees Scorpio 38 ‘

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April 29, 2018 – 23:57 UT

Sharing what we value, and how we value ourselves through sharing. Proximity and distance.

Emotional stabilization in a new territory of life or a new more demanding order of things.

How we accept change, and how we negotiate attachments.

The April Full Moon at 09 degrees Scorpio is intense and demanding! It highlights the need for a balancing act between what we value and how we share it through the depths of emotion which may surface as a very real and exalted existential awareness. It is the Sun from Taurus that sheds light on the Moon, so this light comes from a place where self needs to be appreciated and loved, has a sense of value, and is rejuvenated through the senses. The Moon highlights with whom we feel close and with who we can deeply share this. The tension of this polarity is an inquiry into stabilising ground for relationships of all kinds around this theme. We are departing from some place and are moving onto some place else, and this process requires trust and perhaps showing our worth or exposing deep feelings about things. Everything will become more visible and more tangible as the planets in Capricorn, and Sun in Taurus suggest; the past brings memories of experiences (and people) that we recycle and renew over time with more wisdom. It is keeping the real essence of the experience of living that counts. It is a period of reviewing, and deep soul searching or insight, elucidating continuity. Some people will remind us of their presence, some feel more distant; we maybe the ones who attempt closeness or distancing ourselves. Planetary aspects work both ways, depends on which side you are on.

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New Moon at 26 degrees Aries 02′

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April 16, 2018  –  01:57 UTC

Awakening, Renewal, Liberation

Autonomy, individuality, creativity, reform and our relationship with the ‘wild’ side of life.

A new lunar cycle begins: The first New Moon of the tropical year reminds us that we exist, and brings us in touch with our sense of physical beingness and the dimension of freedom in our lives. We can expect change, surprise, unpredictable events or responses, innovation, renewal, creativity and revolutions of all kinds. This lunation favours a creative, adventurous and alternative approach to life, while it promotes detachment from environments, situations or activities that have been limiting. Control and dominance issues, as well as any application of effort externalise fortitude and the notion of eupraxia (well-doing). The following 29 days will be active, perhaps quite eventful and that on one level relates to external collective circumstances, and on another level awakens a sense of acute existential awareness of the individual.

The New Moon in Aries is in an applying  conjunction with Uranus, a planet that is archetypally linked to the awakening of humankind (Promethean theme) and the capacity to conceive that things can be different. In that sense it is a future oriented cycle, which invites us to honour the present moment (Aries). It is what we do in the here and now, that defines our future. And Prometheus didn’t have it easy to steal fire from the Gods and give it to mankind, he was punished for it, (for being intelligent? for defying the Gods?), for progress.  He was chained onto a rock and had an eagle feed on his liver. However, he was saved by Chiron the wise Centaur who exchanged his immortality with Prometheus to alleviate his own pain and wounds. And how cosmically potent is that Chiron enters Aries a day after the new moon ending a ~50 year cycle (Chiron’s last ingress into Aries was in 1968). 1968 was a memorable year in modern history, that marked progress, revolt and wounded collective morale with the assassination of M.Luther King and J.F.Kennedy. Does the era that emerges unlock and evolve messages of the late 1960s? That remains to be seen…

There is a price to pay for an act of liberation, awakening, and progress and now we collectively shift our consciousness from the healing of wounds on faith and idealism to the healing of wounds of identity and existence. So, I see this transition of Chiron from Pisces to Aries as an era where we ought to focus on existential remedies (Aries) for a humankind that has been seeking alternative spiritual healing (Pisces). Chiron will remain in Aries until 2026, so this maybe a period where we realise we’ve had enough of sacrifice, victimisation and idealism, and collectively strive for a humanity that unlocks the specialness of individuality and creative force of life; while recognise it needs to heal it’s wounds through alternative leadership and risk taking. After all Aries is the sign of exaltation of the Sun! (It is a new beginning of a special 8 year period for all those born between 1968-1976.)

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