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2011 Cosmic Sky Messages

Late Winter and Early Spring, 2011 Cosmic Sky Messages

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Does the head barista at the local Starbucks have some Gemini influence in her horoscope? There are always two twin tip cups ingeniously placed on either side of the counter. Each is labeled with a request. One week in early 2011 the cups read “Tip here if you think the Steelers will win the Superbowl, the other cup of course said “Tip here if you’re a Greenbay Packer Backer.”  Another week it was “Tip here if you prefer dogs”, “Tip here if you like cats.”  This past week the signs read “Tip here if you hate Daylight Savings Time”, “Tip here if you don’t mind the time change.” All astrologers absolutely detest Daylight Savings Time. I was elated to count just 27 cents in nickels and pennies in the pro time change cup, while the Standard Time Supporter’s tips totaled at least five or six dollars in bills and coins.  

The early morning message at Starbucks was a reminder of how influenced we all are by time and place, the position of the Sun in the sky, in short, by astrology in action. Even those coffee drinkers who might not make the connection responded. Although most of them probably did read their daily horoscope in the newspapers scattered around Starbucks. The astrology columns are one of the most popular of features, even consulted by skeptics. The reason is clear, we all need some guidance and comfort from the greater universe around us, some rhyme or reason to follow in analyzing ourselves and the world around us … even if it’s only a few words in a lighthearted newspaper or magazine column.  

On March 11, 2011 the planet Uranus entered Aries where it will remain for the next 7 years. On the exact day when a slow moving outer planet enters a new sign to remain, there can be a profound impact and a hint of what the new cycle will bring. Of course March 11 was the day the earthquake followed by the tsunami devastated Japan, with the ensuing nuclear disasters unfolding since. Nuclear power is ruled by Pluto. Uranus relates to sudden upsets and extreme weather. Uranus in Aries will square Pluto in Capricorn for many months to come, showing that the aftermath of this tragedy will linger. The Japanese people are widely respected for their bravery and survival skills. The Emperor of Japan just made an unprecedented television appearance accenting the concept of Shin Sei (rebirth, renewal) and a philosophy of “Just do your best and leave the rest to God”. This is demonstrated in the daily newscasts from the disaster zone. A group of brave workers are currently on a suicide mission as they struggle to stop the melt down of the damaged nuclear reactors, a nearly futile task it seems. The Uranus-Pluto aspect forms a wide cardinal T-Square with Saturn in Libra, a sign which traditionally rules Japan. This is a challenging astro-pattern.  

Early 2011 has been all about radiation on another level too. An almost unprecedented amount of sunspot and solar flare activity (explosions on the Sun‘s surface) have radiated extra solar energy upon Earth. Sunspot activity does follow cycles, but this recent one has been especially potent. A spike in extreme behavior coupled with wild weather has ensued. The sunspot and solar flare activity has been reflected in high profile crimes (The shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Gifford for example) political upsets throughout the Middle East as well as demonstrations here at home, including the protests in Wisconsin. There is an unpredictable quality to sunspot activity, but most authorities expect it to be at a higher than normal level through this second decade of the 21st Century.

Winter is drawing to a close with a Full Moon on March 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM EDT and Spring officially begins on March 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM EDT when the Sun enters Aries, to begin a new circle around the zodiac. Special event style horoscopes are cast by astrologers for New and Full Moons as well as the ingress of the Sun when it marks the onset of a new season. These offer portents of the times to come. On this Eve of St.  Patrick‘s Day, let‘s look ahead while reflecting on an Irish Proverb. “Life is like a cup of tea, it‘s really what you make of it!”

The Full Moon of March 19 will be at 28 degrees Virgo. It’s an Extreme Supermoon, a term first coined by a great contemporary astrologer, Rick Nolle, to describe the lunar perigee. The perigee means the Moon‘s closest approach the Earth. Try some sky watching. Luna will loom especially large and bright in the approaching springtime sky, but she will beam down an added dose of lunacy. Tides will be more extreme, ditto over all weather changes, seismic activity and the actions of animals, plant growth and of course human emotions. Try to stay on an even keel, direct the unique energies of this time constructively and creatively.  

Virgo actor Charlie Sheen (September 3, 1965) is on the front page of every supermarket tabloid and news magazine. His capers can reach a crescendo, the Virgo Supermoon hits his birth chart. The lunation carries a four week long after shock affect. At the Full Moon, the Sun will be at the 28th degree of Pisces, conjoining the Fixed Star Scheat. This deep yellow star was catalogued by Ptolemy. It relates to incidents around water, including floods and drowning, travel, it cautions against letting stress and worry cause illness of the mind or body too. Friendships can begin or end. The Pagans and Native American astrologers named each of the yearly Full Moons. This upcoming Supermoon is the: Full Moon with Sun in Pisces and the Moon in Virgo

Pagan Chastity Moon

Focus on a clean soul in preparation for spring. The spiritual observance of Lent, the tradition of spring cleaning, the airing of linens and pillows to chase away the stale cobwebs of winter take place.

Native American Big Wind Moon

Stress is released, changes are due.  t’s a time to be receptive to progress. Check the direction of the wind. Which way does it blow?

On April 4, 2011 Neptune will enter its own ruling sign of Pisces for the first time in 164 years. This will bring a hint of how this significant transit will impact the mix of changes unfolding in the world around us. Neptune will just brush the cusp before going retrograde in June and then ducking back into Aquarius in August through the end of the year, but do pay attention. Water, psychic and spiritual energies, psychology and chemicals can all be affected.  

Have you noticed how late Easter is this year? That’s because it is a movable feast, meaning that celestial cycles determine when it will be. Easter is always the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the first day of spring. With a Full Moon just hours before spring is sprung, Easter will be celebrated on April 24, 2011. Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus will all be in Aries at the holiday. Aries relates to the head in the astrology of anatomy. This points to really splendid and outrageous hats and eyeglasses being in vogue. Plan ahead so you can make a splash in the Easter parade! Bright colors and unusual hat trims will be most appealing.