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

 

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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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Sun in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn @ 08 degrees and the Full Moon at 10 degrees Libra

March 29, 2018

This is a hard decision making day! Sun is separating from a square with Mars in Capricorn and perfects its square with Saturn today. This highlights leadership abilities, and the need to be on top of matters. The focus may be on career and goals or just purely making some hard choices in order to establish a stronger identity  in structures in our lives. This is crisis in action as it is an opening square. Action is the key. Both planets are strong and demand intitiative! What’s right for you, may not be right for someone else. But that’s ok, cause this is about who you are, and you’ve got to show it to the world! So acting guilt free and setting boundaries no matter how hard that may be, will set a better footing in motion on whatever you are driven to accomplish.

On a mundane level, we may see an exertion of power and leadership in an effort to overcome power struggles. It is an “I will show you who I am or what I am made of” kind of energy. Leadership initiatives and good managerial skills, may resolve or establish some better continuity for the future. There is a need to overcome the past, and change the rules.

Sun – Saturn synodic cycle started on Dec, 22, @ 00 Capricorn

What we act on now, dates back then. A new intention was set on the crystalization of a creation. In the specific case of 00 Capricorn, where Saturn is at home, emphasis lies on the recognition, attainment and the concept of social acceptance. Saturn’s Ingress into Capricorn coincided with the winter solstice. A significant cosmic synchronicity, is described by this specific current synodic cycle, that has to do with a maturation and actualisation process of self. The opening square that is highlighted today calls for action within the context of this theme, and the action requests we honour the creative force of life with maturity and realism. It asks us how we give form to something, by not concentrating on negative or limiting factors but rather use them effectively.  Where it is we need to move away from, how we focus on changing the rules. This may involve some power struggles. How easy or difficult it is to  share this with others becomes the theme of the upcoming Full Moon in Libra on March 31st!

This has a personal feel for you if you have personal planets or Angles at 08 (+/-3) degrees of cardinal signs (Aries, Capricorn, Cancer, Libra).

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New Moon at 26 degrees 53 ‘Pisces

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Our vulnerabilities and the need to rise to the occasion

From synthesis to action; weaknesses that become strengths, and the awareness of alternatives. How do we help ourselves by helping others.

A new lunar cycle begins at 26 degrees and 53 minutes of Pisces, where for the next 29 days we set a new intention, that promotes a transition. We are in the final stage of a completion of a cycle, and we come to a stage of reflecting on the way we may carry the value of strengths and weaknesses in response to new challenges, and changes ahead.

The Moon in Pisces is sensitive, redeeming, unifying and lacks boundaries. The responses collectively and personally are triggered through the emotional or imaginary part of making connections between events and external stimuli. We attune to absorbing vibrations. The realm of Pisces is where we  synthesise and decompose in order to incubate a new beginning. It is the realm of ​​transcendence, merging, and catharsis. The last degrees of the zodiac (in the terms of Saturn) promote the urgent need to finish something, even abandon or surrender something we have collected to strengthen our position. Issues that were held in ambiguity will rise to the surface, and will be tested or present the need to become more specific.

A tropical year has come to an end, and every new Moon in Pisces marks an important transition. The 27th degree of Pisces is the highest exaltation of Venus, and in the new Moon chart what immediately stands out is the mutual reception by exaltation between Sun and Venus. Choices in the light of what we love, our talents, the way we receive joy in life are highlighted. Although the planets are not in aspect, they become allies to satisfy their demands. The need to focus our hearts on what we love, possess and are attached to, will dominate; possibly externalising vulnerabilities or wounds, but will also motivate desire in order to take initiatives, face challenges, and open new paths to life experience, in more specific ways.

We are at the beginning of a very dynamic and intensely active lunar month that gives a thrust to mutate all that we have collected and believe in (positive and negative) and set in motion an implementation phase that aims to put a mark, achieve or deliver. The following month will gradually give emphasis to the cardinal modality through the movement of planets and aspects formed, giving an emphasis on a collective or personal emergence towards dynamics of action or reaction.

Chiron in conjunction with the New Moon externalizes vulnerabilities that connect us with deeper knowledge or the need to return and explore more deeply how much we believe, understand or are capable of receiving and giving support. We may ask whether we are  helping ourselves by helping others, we may unlock a process of disengagement from victimization mechanisms, and gain more understanding on the values ​​and experiences that bring growth or entrapment. We will be sensitised more, become more aware of nuances, and activate significant initiatives or externalize talents. Events can also show us alternative ways of managing and taking decisions through revising past experience and knowledge we accumulated as we realize it solidifies in contact with others.

Jupiter is ruling the New Moon, and is retrograde in Scorpio, in mutual reception with Mars at 29th Sagittarius. How we promote the strengthening of beliefs and truths, but also the ethical dimension of activities and actions are dominant themes; what do we wish to show to others, how much we believe in what we are claiming. Mars is out of bounds, and will soon make his ingress into the sign of Capricorn (his exaltation). It will become stronger and more visible! How does experience become implemented, how the exploratory dimension of our actions becomes rewarding and is invested in producing work or bring results. Can we set an example for others?

Both Chiron in conjunction with the New Moon, as well as Mars out of bounds condition, seem to point to alternative action, approach, solutions or investment of energy. The need to move out of conventional territory, act and trade in progressive ways or to experience conditions and events that are beyond the boundaries of regularity may manifest with various positive or negative scenarios depending on what each person interacts with or where they are at. Mutable signs require adaptations and flexibility, and the last degree is critically noting a sense of urgency. Something must be done quickly to engage with something new. So we can expect pending situations to be tackled urgently and quickly, and what would make the difference is how we manage sensitive, pressing or challenging circumstances. How do we rise for the occasion. The transition of Sun and Mars in the following days to zodiacal positions stronger than those on the New Moon chart promises significant improvement and strengthening regarding the significations of these planets. This speaks of stronger decision  making, leadership and more efficient investment of energy, as well as  action that intents to effectively order or assume control.

 

The New Moon in square aspect to Mars, highlights tension and action that seeks to resolve, may manifest challenges, tendency for conflicts and quarrelling, active decision-making and initiatives. Sun’s square to Mars perfects on March 24th when both planets would have changed signs (in Aries and Capricorn respectively). This indicates a change of orientation and expression of the planets. The two planets are powerful and relatively stable in their exaltation signs, and are likely to promote change. We can expect a highly energised, demanding, and externally oriented lunar month, that may speak about reshaping, or emergence from a nebulous state to a state of initiation. It favours bold, innovative or groundbreaking initiatives and decision making. It may concern your professional identity, your ability to lead or merely strengthen your will, as well as reinforce one’s image and talents.

It is a month that can trigger provocative, violent or confrontational behaviour; nervousness, anxiety and haste. The tendency is for issues to emerge, for emotions to rise, for  impulsive reactions to awaken, and claim vital space, as well as to cut to the chase. The way we handle situations becomes critical and makes all the difference. The planetary set-up portrays a particularly energetic, emotional and demanding period that invites us to overcome, tackle, act and accept challenges, while we must give closure or settle pending issues. There is an urge to translate or use past experiences in promoting change, while measuring our strengths. There is a lack of fixed quality, and the element of Air in the chart of the New Moon. It is important to allow room for re-charging, and breathing space, in order to balance any tensions. We cannot expect things to be consistent within or around us.

The new lunar cycle will give emphasis on how we manifest our passions, feelings, impulses and our need to re-claim what we feel is lost in translation; Most of all it will give opportunity to raise our awareness on collected experience and do something about it. Mercury in Aries is in it’s shadow period, about to begin his apparent retrograde motion, and that will give an acute sharpness to the rational process with a momentum to review data, plans, ideas and thoughts to better support the decision making process. Mercury in Aries ignites a “spark” flashback that will assist in  finding out whether  we still desire this plan or that idea. It is like a re-start on the power of the mind, which ignites creativity. The motivation comes from Mars, strong in Capricorn, and will particularly help any kind of review and critical process towards implementation. Mercury and Venus in conjunctions in Aries and in a harmonious aspects to the Nodes of the Moon, give promise for a socially active period filled with impulse and warmth. The potential for returning to past agreements and communicating talents in collective endeavours is there. Existing contacts and acquaintances are encouraged to evolve.

New beginnings, changes, and the completion or closure of situations are made more visible, while clarification and deepening of understanding is mainly accomplished through internal dialogue and slower processes. (Jupiter Rx)

(If you are familiar with your natal chart, the house where you find the 27th degree of Pisces is the domain of life where a new intention takes place. This mainly involves finalising and synthesising elements that will help activate changes.)

 

The New Moon has a more personal feel for you:

If you are a Pisces born between March 15 – 19, Virgo born between September 17-22, Sagittarius born between December 16-20, and Gemini born between June 15-20. If you have Ascendant or personal planets at 26 (+/- 3 degrees) of mutable signs. It will also energise your chart if you have planets or personal points at 00-02 degrees of the cardinal signs.

© Eleni Kostika 2018

 

(In my analysis I mostly take into account the applying aspects of the planets.)

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Jupiter Stations Rx at 23 Scorpio

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March 9th, 2018
Jupiter Stations Retrograde today until July 9th.
It will return to the same degree on October 7th 2018. During the Retrograde period it’s time to expand inner vision, and gain experience and wisdom from more esoteric processing. Mind travels and soul searching can be very prosperous at this time. It’s the inner truth that carries more weight, and can support growth and spiritual development. Any project or goal now needs to be re- judged and re-confirm its purpose or mission. Its time to find our guru within and ask the big questions. A time to deepen and sharpen beliefs or transform them all together. Does this goal or that goal serve our inner fulfilment or advancement? In the sign of Scorpio this process has the capacity to penetrate even deeper, uncover truths, investigate, reveal, explore inner motives, gain a perspective on matter that may have been inaccessible before.
Jupiter stations conjunct fixed star Agena in the constellation of Cantaurus, which according to V. Robson is a significator of intellectual success, legal and Church authority, and professional honor. [Robson, p.118]. It may manifest now or October 7th when Jupiter passes over the same degree in its direct motion.
It is certainly a time to tune in to the things that  motivate us on a spiritual and material level and get in touch with those hidden forces or elements that we haven’t yet been able to grasp or come to terms with. Also to realise how we may be able to share them with others. Psychic connections may be more powerful. Scorpio is a filter that offers a deep, intense, creative or healing expression to any knowledge or truth we seek. Whatever the mission it has fixity and can take one to a highly transformative and re-birthing realm of awareness.  Create space for this to happen, flourish, and return to the knowledge that was previously gathered to lay better plans that will carry a vision further and support its betterment. Share deeply with yourself and others, it may have a healing effect to your understanding. If you have planets @ 22-23 Scorpio this may be a very creative and potentially revelating time for you.
Pay attention! This is once in every 12 years 🙂
Jupiter Rx period from March 9-July 9 2018 (23-13 Scorpio)
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Reference:
Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923.
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New Moon / Partial Solar Eclipse at 27 degrees and 07′ Aquarius

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February 15, 2018, 21:04 UT

Foresight, change, reforms and the potential for stabilising relationships and values

An eclipse which speaks of liberation and assists in envisioning the future by bringing closure on the past. The chart of this eclipse presents a mix of positive aspects, along with some sensitive points that require attention. It generally seems to promise increased mobility, communication, and processing of information with the presence of Mercury in conjunction with the New Moon. The motivation springs from opportunities to test, structure or stabilise relationships and values. (Venus in Pisces sextile Saturn in Capricorn). Whether relationships are sustainable is a demand that needs to be clarified. The last degrees of signs signify that a territory of experience is ending or has been collected, and there is an urgency to bring closure. Since the eclipse is in conjunction with the South Node, a kind of release is even more potent either emphasising energy wasted or the need to move away from comfort zones. Mercury in Aquarius in conjunction with the New Moon stimulates the rational mind to detach, become inventive, and reform established patterns. The Promethean theme of foresight, progress and future oriented processing coordinates self will and emotion in generating intentions that will foster changes. As Mercury is applying to its superior conjunction with the Sun in the following days, a need for a kind of mental rebirth is in the making. Connections with groups and collective activities are at the forefront.

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