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Starward 08 August 2012

GREETINGS:

I hope you enjoy this mix of astrological articles. As Bob Dylan sang, “The Times are a-changing!” Of course, we’ll be abreast of it all because we are astrologers!

CCOT IS STILL CLOSED DUE TO THE FLOOD SO NO MEETING THIS MONTH!

Sandye Sievers

ARE YOU SOUL MATES? PATTERNS THAT REVEAL PAST-LIFE ROMANCES

By: Alex O’Toole

How many times have you heard a couple joyfully announce to their friends and the world that, “they are soul mates,” only to find out later that the relationship had deteriorated into “hate-mates”? This raises the question as to whether soul mates actually exist or whether it is just some fanciful romantic dream. Still, most of us have at one time or another experienced a relationship that was so intense that it was beyond words to describe, and to be parted from one’s mate was pure agony; while in their presence, it was Shangri-La. Yet even these romances seem to have had some kind of built-in life-expectancy, which causes the flame of passion to be extinguished. Many esoteric astrologers hold that almost all relationships, whether romantic, familial, or otherwise, have some connection to a previous incarnation/s, and that in many of these, karma plays a major role, while in certain other special cases two people may indeed be soul mates. This article will provide the reader with the astrological tools so that she can determine if a relationship has some connection to a past life and if there may be some positive or even negative karma involved or why some relationships just seem to dissolve suddenly, and, most importantly, prove whether two people may indeed be soul mates.

if a relationship has some connection to a past life and if there may be some positive or even negative karma involved or why some relationships just seem to dissolve suddenly, and, most importantly, prove whether two people may indeed be soul mates.

One of the more reliable sources for the concept of soul mates can be found in the ancient Hebrew system of mysticism called the Kabbalah. Legend has it that the Angels first gave the Kabbalah to Adam just before he was evicted from the Garden of Eden and that it was eventually passed on to Seth, then to Noah and Abraham, who in turn transmitted it to the Hebrew high priests. Rabbi Ginsburg noted in his book, The Kabbalah, that prior to entering the material world the soul is androgynous, male and female, but it bifurcates into two souls – one male, one female – and through a series of incarnations in the material world, the two are eventually reunited. Another veiled source for the concept of soul mates is found in the “creation” of Eve in Genesis, which was written by Moses, who was schooled in the Kabbalah. Adam states that Eve is “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” Thus begins the eternal quest: Eve searches for Adam and Adam searched for Eve, each for their other half.

To determine the possibility that two people may have had a relationship in some past incarnation and that there is some karmic link between the, or perhaps that they may even be soul mates, we can use a procedure called “inter-chart analysis.” …The orbs I prefer to use for these inter-chart aspects are basically the same as for natal chart aspects. The branch of astrology that deals with past lives is called Esoteric Astrology, a system where the horoscope is viewed as soul-centered rather than geo-centered. It is also held in this system of astrology that the soul is drawn to an exact date, time, and location of birth so that the astrological patterns within the natal chart are a reflection of the soul’s many previous journeys upon this earthly sphere.

There are certain elements of the zodiac that are symbolic of previous incarnations, and these will help to establish whether two people had known each other in some former existence. These are called past-life elements, and include one’s Ascendant, Moon, Saturn, South Node, and the Part of Destiny. Some esoteric astrologers also use Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, but these tend to be more inter-generational, where groups of souls have been reincarnated together on a mass-karmic stage. In addition, the symbolism of other personal elements, such as Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter, along with their zodiacal signs, house placements, and aspects made to the past-life elements, will all provide additional information as to the possible nature of past relationships.

In Esoteric Astrology, it is held that the current Ascendant sign was the Sun Sign of the subject in its last incarnation. Thus, the Ascendant’s zodiacal sign and any aspects made to it will provide clues as to what is being brought back from that former incarnation and into the present one, and this includes relationships. In addition, when a subject’s current Sun is in the same zodiac sign as the Ascendant, this suggests that they are repeating certain life experiences all over again from the last incarnation. The reason for the latter observation is that the Sun is symbolic of the subject’s current life, while the Ascendant is linked to the last incarnation.

When doing an inter-chart analysis between two people who are in a relationship, if their Ascendants make patterns to each other or to other past-life elements, this is a good indication that there may have been some previous connection between the two souls in the last life. The zodiacal sign and house placement of the one partner’s Ascendant in the other partner’s natal chart will provide information as to the possible nature of this past relationship. An example of this would be if one partner’s Ascendant falls in the 5th, 7th, or 8th house of the other partner’s chart, suggesting a possible past life romantic relationship, as these houses are associated with such things. Should the other partner’s Ascendant fall in the 4th house, this could indicate some possible domestic or family link between the two souls in a past life.

Any aspects that the Ascendant makes to the other partner’s personal planets will also help to fill in the blanks. And again, an example of this would be if one partner’s Ascendant made a connection to the other subject’s Mercury which might suggest some kind of learning experience involved in the relationships that is left over from the last incarnation. In addition, whether the past-life relationship had been of a positive or negative karmic nature will also be reflected in the type of inter-chart aspects that are made between them. Beneficial aspects, such as the conjunction, sextile, and trine, suggest harmony, while a semisquare, square, opposition, or quincunx can suggest that negative karma may be involved. This is especially the case if one or both of the partners have Saturn retrograde and making negative patterns to each other or to past-life elements, as Saturn is deeply associated with past karma. In certain special cases, once the karma from a past-life relationship has been worked out between the two partners, they may suddenly separate and go their own individual ways, a sort of built in life-expectancy for past karmic relationships.

Of all the elements, the Moon is the most pervasive and mysterious, for it represents the individual’s Akashic Records, the repository for the soul’s past incarnations. Thus, the Moon can help in establishing past-life connections of all types, especially when it makes patterns to elements that are also symbolic of the past. When the Moons of two people who are in a relationship make patterns to each other and/or to other past-life elements, there is a strong indication that they had some relationship in a former incarnation/s. When the two subjects’ Ascendants aspect each other, in addition to the Moons making patterns to each other and/or to each other’s Ascendant, we have a very strong case that the subjects had known each other in some previous incarnation. In this case, there is the real possibility that the two may indeed be soul mates, but, once again, this would require further support through additional aspects from past-life elements. Thus, the zodiacal signs of the two subjects’ Moons, their house placements, as well as aspects made to personal elements, will all help to provide additional information as to the nature and type of past relationship between them.

Whereas the Moon is symbolic of one’s previous incarnations, Saturn is the keeper of the records for the soul’s many past incarnations: this is why some esoteric astrologers call Saturn the Lord of Karma. In western societies, karma is greatly misunderstood, for it is generally associated with just negative events in one’s current life that are the result of the soul’s actions in some previous incarnation. A more encompassing view of karma holds that it represents unfinished responsibilities that are left over from previous incarnations. Thus, if the Saturn of one subject makes an inter-chart aspect to the other partner’s Saturn or to other past-life elements, this can be a supporting clue that the subjects had known each other in some former existence; again, in certain special cases, where the two subjects’ Ascendants and Moons not only make aspects to each other, but also their Saturns to each other, we have a very strong case that the two subjects may indeed be soul mates. The type of inter-chart aspects involved, whether beneficial or malefic, and the house placement of both subjects’ Saturns and their zodiacal signs and aspects made to them, will all provide additional information as to the nature of the past-life relationship between the two subjects.

There is another past-life element that is very useful in confirming previous incarnations between two people: the South Node or Dragon’s Tail, which is the polar opposite of the North Node or Dragon’s Head. The South Node is not an actual physical element, such as the sun, Moon, or planets; rather, it is the point in the heavens where with the Moon crosses the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun on the celestial sphere as seen from the earth’s center, and also the plane of this path. A number of esoteric astrologers associate the Dragon’s Tail with what the soul has brought from previous incarnations into the present one. Thus, in an inter-chart analysis, if the Dragon’s Tail of one partner makes patterns to the past-life elements of the other partner, it can help provide additional support to the possibility that the two subjects had known each other in some former existence. And again, in certain special cases where not only do the two subjects’ Ascendants, Moons, and Saturns make patterns to each other, but also their Dragon’s Tails, we have extremely strong cases that the two subjects may indeed be soul mates.

The next past-life element we will look at is the Part of Destiny. Experienced readers will recognize the formula for this Part as that of the Part of Fortune. Within the context of this article, however, we will be considering its influence on destiny, since, being that the Moon’s position is included in its calculation, it describes instinctual patterns of achievement based upon the personality’s experience and profile carried over from past lives. According to some esoteric astrologers, the Part of Destiny is one of the most important elements in the entire natal chart. One of the major shortcomings in using this important astrological tool is that it cannot be looked up in a planetary ephemeris, nor can it be found as an operation in astrological computer programs; it must be hand-calculated using a special astrological formula: Ascendant + Moon – Sun = Part of Destiny … You will recall that the Ascendant and Moon are symbolic of the subject’s past life. The combination of these elements is thus associated with one’s destiny, what one has brought back from the past and why one has been reborn again. The glyph used to represent it is a small circle with a cross in its center.

Calculating the Part of Destiny is a fairly straightforward procedure. First one must count the total number of zodiac signs beginning with Aries up to the cusp of the Ascendant sign and then add the number of degrees of the Ascendant. An example would be someone with an Ascendant that is at 12˚ Cancer. Counting from Aries, three zodiacal signs -– Aries, Taurus and Gemini –- precede the cusp of Cancer: thus 3x30 degrees = 90 degrees. Next, we add the 12 degrees of Cancer to this sum, giving a sum of 102 degrees. Our test subject’s Moon is at 25˚ Leo. Using the same procedure, we again count the total number of signs from Aries to the cusp of Leo, which in this case is four signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer – or 4x30 degrees = 120 degrees -- and then add the 25 degrees of Leo, giving a sum of 145 degrees. We now combine these two sums 102 degrees + 145 degrees, for a total of 247 degrees for both the Ascendant and Moon.

The next step is to find the total number of degrees for the subject’s sun, which in our test subject is located at 10˚ Libra. Starting from Aries, six signs precede Libra – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo – or 6x30 degrees = 180 degrees. We then add the 10 degrees of Libra: 180 degrees = 10 degrees = 190 degrees of the Sub from the total that resulted from adding the Ascendant and Moon’s positions, 247 degrees – 190 degrees = 57 degrees. Now, we begin subtracting off 30 degrees, each unit of 30 degrees representing a sign. In this case, we can only subtract 30 once, indicating the first sign: Aries. We subtract the 30 degrees from the 57 degrees which puts us 27 degrees into the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus, so our test subject’s Part of Destiny is located at 27˚ Taurus, which would seem to suggest that the destiny is somehow interlinked with the traditional associations of that sign.

Now, no doubt, there are people throughout the world who could have their Part of Destiny make patterns to each other, but the distinguishing factor here is that they are not in a serious relationship with each other. Thus, when the Part of Destiny makes patterns to the Part of Destiny of the other, this suggests that it was their destiny to meet in the current incarnation. And in special cases, when a couple’s Ascendants, Moons, Saturns, Dragon’s Tails, and Parts of Destiny, or any combination of these, all make patterns to each other, this is definitely a very strong case for soul mates.

There is one burning question that should in all fairness be explored: do soul mates necessarily have to be different genders? Do they have to be male and female? The traditional, orthodox answer to that intriguing questions would, of course, be yes, but our species has finally reached a stage in its evolution where we collectively accept lifestyles different from what had dominated the Age of Pisces for the past two thousand years. Thus with the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the humanitarian sign, it appears that the answer to the above question is that they can occupy the same gender, and I have personally done a number of life charts for same-sex partners who had past-life romantic connections.

In conclusion, another important point to note is that even though two souls have known each other in previous incarnations, this does not automatically guarantee or insure harmony between them in the current existence, and this includes soul mates. Again, I have done a number of inter-chart analyses that suggested the two partners had lingering karmic debts to be worked out that had followed them from one incarnation into the next. In such matters, it is wise to attempt to point out just what karma may be involved so that the two can work it out in the present incarnation rather than have to face these all over again in some future life, which could again be filled with the same turmoil and disharmony.

THE DECADE OF THE TWENTY-TENS

By: Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.Sci

It has begun.

Those who are aware of my long range forecasts on Global Astrology regarding the world's economies know that for several years I have been very bearish on the banks, markets and governments who have ruined and exacerbated economies of scale throughout the globe.

When I forecasted the economic crisis to come, back in 2006, very few people were aware of the depth of the serious problems lurking just under the surface of the banking systems of many nations. I can read astrological transits and knew that what I was seeing was nothing short of a widespread economic disaster, but few people cared six years ago as many still lived inside the financial fantasy bubble.

"Don't worry, be happy." That was the tone of the times.

But I was worried and I wasn't happy with what I saw coming along down the yellow brick road. At the time, though I am a very positive and outgoing person, I was called a 'doom and gloomer' because I forecasted an economic crisis that would test everyone and everything in the decade to come.

When the first signs of the crisis emerged into the open over the summer of 2007, it was apparent things could get worse - and then they did, when, a year later, in 2008, the United States nearly suffered a economic crash that required fast and furious government intervention for the big investment banks, housing and insurance industries. They were bailed out with nearly a trillion dollars. Some say it was more. A scary thing was going down and I know that it is far from over.

The economic climate in the European Union is so very precarious that it is long past the time to save the economies of several nations of the EU.

Countries like Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal suffer high levels of debt, double-digit unemployment and rising social stress and revolutionary sentiments that have led to mass protests on the streets against forced austerity.

By July 2012, economists in the U.S. reported that sales and profit gains from earlier this year are now disappearing and they say they are increasingly pessimistic about short-term growth prospects.

Economists are gloomy because of the potential impacts in the U.S. from Europe’s great financial crisis, the possible expiration of the Bush tax cuts in December and the prospect of major cuts in federal spending. The preview of the mass social crisis in the United States can be easily seen in last year's Occupy Movement that spread worldwide under the aegis of world transits such as Uranus square Pluto.

My forecast that Asia would begin to feel the pinch from Europe's financial crisis is coming true. Asia's growth has been slowing down in key sectors, despite Asia's leaders continuing to state that Asia still hopes to remain the world's economic growth engine.

My mundane forecasts on Global Astrology that the European Debt Crisis and sluggish recovery in America would drag down Asia's performance became real in July 2012 when China announced that its gross domestic product (GDP) fell to 7.6 percent in the second quarter - the slowest in three years for the world's second-largest economy. In my view, China's massive economy has gone too far, too fast and is a economic bubble that could pop.

Singapore's economy contracted by 1.1 percent in the same period, largely due to a 6-percent decline in manufacturing output while India, another leading Asian powerhouse, is expected to suffer a slump in growth this year as the Asian Development Bank projects India's annual GDP from moderate to about 6.5 percent in 2012. This is down from an initial estimate of 7 percent.

Now, aside from suffering from weak exports, top economies in Asia are also witnessing their retail sales fall flat; such as in Hong Kong, where revenue between January to May 2012 was 13.5 percent from year-on-year. This is a slowdown from the 24.9-percent annual growth posted just one year earlier.

 “We are still struggling with the North Atlantic financial crises and global trade depression that started five years ago this month,” said David O'Rear, a chief economist at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. “Hong Kong is most probably in recession, right now.”

Asia plays a major role as an importer. So these latest economic figures from China has rattled Australia, a country that sends more than a quarter of its own exports to China.

The news sparked fears that Australia's output growth, which stands at 2.2 percent in the 12 months to July, will now undershoot the 3.1-percent the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development was predicting for the current financial year to the end of June 2013.

The signs of a slowdown are already in Australia which has an unemployment rate that rose to 5.2 percent from 5.1 percent after 27,000 jobs were cut in June 2012. The result has been that large mining firms have halted new projects while retail figures have been hard hit by a collapse in consumer confidence.

 So, with this, and many other disturbing economic news worldwide, we are now in the solar year of 2012, where transiting Jupiter in Gemini will station retrograde to the Great Depression degree of 16-Gemini by October 4, 2012.

I liken 2012 to the year 1929, which means that the years 2013-2023 will see significances akin to the decade of the 1930s - an historic decade filled with global economic despair, great financial disparities amid geopolitical intrigues along with grand radical programs to fight the onslaughts of the Great Depression.

How To Prepare

The first rule of thumb is knowledge. By knowing the general climate ahead one prepares psychologically for the changes to come. Most people are often unprepared simply because they failed to come to a mental and emotional understanding of the things they may have to face in the future.

The second rule of thumb is to talk, share and discuss your thoughts with others of similar mindsets and philosophies so that ideas can be brainstormed and contacts made with those who may be important to your needs later.

A third rule is to prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for the changes in society that are now in motion due to the great economic recession that is about to turn into a depression. The decade of the Twenty-Tens will feature first deflation, then inflation before we enter the decade of the 2020s.

Expect food prices to rise by late summer into the autumn of 2012 and the winter of 2013 with the damaging climate and weather events that have ravaged crops in North America.

A major drought I forecasted will threaten the harvest this year. Saturn's ingress into tropical Scorpio in early October sees higher prices and lower quality food products on the shelves. Those who want to prepare should begin to stock foods as well as to contact local farmers to assist with their family's food needs.

Talk to one another. Make plans. Think about the kind of people you want to associate yourself and your families with and make your support network contacts this summer.

Know that the months and years ahead will require a sober mind to handle the diverse complexities of the transpersonal forces that impact individual lives through this decade.

Remember that during the Summer of 1929, very few people were prepared to face the financial crash that was said could never happen. But it did happen. It was called the Great Depression and it changed the course of world history.

ALERT: MORE SOLAR ERUPTIONS. WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

By: Michael Erlewine

We are experiencing massive solar flare eruptions on the surface of our Sun. And I did it again. I managed to forget about that lucky-old Sun and its intermittent messages to me in this peak time of the solar cycle. I was too busy arranging the deck chairs on my life and trying to get all my ducks in a row to remember that when the Sun speaks, I listen. We all do. And it is an inside listening and message, one that we can’t help but hear because it interrupts what we ignorantly think of as our life.

“We interrupt our regular programming to bring you the following special message.”

I must admit that it is a little frustrating to have my regular life-flow just overridden and made temporarily obsolete, while I stop to absorb something even more important. But it is also a welcome relief over my own meandering plans. It would seem that the daily stream of astrological aspects from the Sun, Moon, and planets is interrupted by these intense solar outbursts which simply override the standard astro-aspects in significance. It is something like that.

And the saving grace of these powerful solar events is that they ‘ARE’ more important; they do short-circuit my well-manicured plans and life direction, cut to its core, and simply change the game without notifying me. Rather, they are the notification of change. And they are a blessing!

These intense solar events manage to overwrite my regular life with their priority message, one that I can’t ignore because it is more real than the life I like to think I am living. And these solar impulses come from my center, from a deeper place than I normally know, and therefore I can’t help but listen. It ‘IS’ life compared to the life I am living.

How can a message from deep within me come from something so distant as the center of the Sun? Perhaps real depth is not measured by space or distance, but rather by who is speaking, by the importance or size of the system, something the size of the solar system or even the entire galaxy? Is what is nearest and dearest to my heart actually a message from the Sun, which is so very far away? In other words, does distance not matter when it comes to the heart or core, to what is really important?

As mentioned, it seems to me (through my experience) that strong solar activity like solar flares and CME events trump the standard or more traditional astrological indicators. This is like saying that the Sun is bigger or more important than the planets that circle around it. Make sense? It does to me. I am gradually getting able to recognize these solar events, not by seeing them announced by scientists, but by feeling them happening inside me. For example, this morning:

I have not written any poetry for weeks, maybe months. And then I am driving the back-country roads to the grocery store and a poem starts to come into my mind. I write it down on the grocery list and when I get back home I can’t resist checking a web site where they list solar activity and, sure enough, there was a strong solar flare (and corresponding CME event) that took place earlier that morning.

What’s this all about? When the sun speaks, do I write poetry? Does some inner part of me dance to the inner life of the Sun? It would seem so.

Since we are reaching the peak of the eleven-year sunspot cycle, prepare to be interrupted a lot this year. And these solar interruptions really are special. They change us from the inside out, a change that wipes out who we thought we were and overwrites our memory with something new. It is like a firmware upgrade; we can’t remember who we were before the overwrite, because ‘WE’ change.

It would appear in these months that just as we start to get into the groove of our normal life-flow, a solar outburst interrupts our mind stream and train of events. Only in this case the interruption IS the ‘life’, and not what it interrupts. It is perhaps similar to the process of meditation where our attempts to practice meditating are occasionally interrupted by actual meditation. In other words, the interruption is what is important, not what was going on up until then.

These solar eruptions distract us from our day-to-day distractions like the melody of a song is heard through the static noise of a bad radio. Our usual ramblings and distractions are punctuated by these intense solar events which override them by coming from a deeper source and center. It reminds me of the times when I think I want to put on some music and then realize I am already listening to music. Something deeper wants to be heard and, with these solar events, we have no choice but to listen.

ASTROLOGY TRUTH OR MYTH: YOU CAN SPOT A CHEATER BY LOOKING AT THEIR CHART

By: Nadia Gilchrist

You get involved in a tingly new relationship. There’s chemistry, sizzle, potential … he could be The One. After finding out his birth information, you look at his chart. What you see horrifies you. He’s a cheater! How do you know? Well, he has aspect A, which you read somewhere was a cheating red-flag. Should you dump him? Not necessarily.

There are some planetary aspects, usually involving Venus (love) and Mars (sex), that are associated with the “monogamously challenged.” Here’s a few, and the reasoning behind them:

Mars or Venus in hard (square, opposition, conjunction) aspect to Neptune: the planet of idealism (Neptune) challenges the relationship planets. The tension between fantasy and reality creates constant dissatisfaction in relationships.

Mars or Venus in hard aspect to Uranus: the planet of liberation juices up the relationship planets. Novelty is pursued (Mars) or desired (Venus), making it difficult to stay with one person.

Mars in the Eighth House (especially in a Fire sign) in hard aspect to Pluto: the drive for sexual release is an obsession that one partner cannot fulfill. Mars is self-centered in the Fire signs. The Eighth House focuses its energies on taboo experiences, and this is amped up by Pluto.

Venus in the Twelfth House of secrets and the unconscious (especially in dreamy Pisces): foggy personal values can lead to false starts and yearning after impossible dreams. This person can convince himself that cheating is ok (or that he’s not really cheating).

Moon in hard aspect to Uranus: just when he gets comfortable (Moon), this person is jabbed by the Uranian urge to disrupt things. Boredom in established relationships is a problem.

The descriptions for all the above are accurate, but only to a point. These combinations do make for complicated relationship needs. But if one of these aspects is in your partner’s chart, don’t despair. You need to look at the rest of his chart to get the whole picture. What if his Seventh House (of relationships) ruler is in sober Saturn? And Saturn is in loyal Taurus? The condition of the Seventh House will say a lot about his relationship ideals.

Most importantly, you must consider free will. There’s always a choice on how energies in the natal chart are expressed. To illustrate my point, let’s consider some positive manifestations of the above aspects:

Mars or Venus in hard (square, opposition, conjunction) aspect to Neptune: Neptune’s creativity and idealism can be redirected into art or focused on helping others. The tension between Mars and Neptune can create a crusader for the underdog.

Mars or Venus in hard aspect to Uranus: the need for excitement can be absorbed by a challenging, quirky partner. The energy can also be released in high-voltage athletics (Mars) or edgy, confrontational works of art (Venus).

Mars in the Eighth House (especially in a Fire sign) in hard aspect to Pluto: this combination equals pure power, but it’s not overt. Here is someone who could excel at research and investigation. Boundary-blasting intensity is necessary to keep this Mars satisfied. This person might work with the dead or be drawn to macabre subjects.

Venus in the Twelfth House, especially in Pisces: self-awareness is key. The more clued in he is to his Twelfth House needs, the more honest he’ll be in relationships. This could be an artist who lives a secluded life or someone who works with the sick (the Twelfth House also represents convalescence).

Moon in hard aspect to Uranus: a partnership with built-in freedom (like separate residences) could soak up much of this restless energy. The Moon/Uranus person is happiest when he is engaged in something that satisfies his need for restless advancement. This is the mark of someone with an intuitive grasp of computers.

These challenging aspects represent unmet needs. The tension from the hard aspects will drive our potential “cheater” to meet these needs, but it doesn’t have to result in infidelity. If another outlet can be found, and the needs are satisfied, he can be as faithful as the next person. If he chooses to be.

29TH DEGREE

By: Eileen Nauman

The 29th degree can either be a blessing or the meanest mother you’ve ever come up against. And that is why I’m writing this article, to explain to you WHY the 29th degree isn’t something you want to pretend to ignore. First of all you won’t be able too. Secondly, it’s a ‘last chance’ for you to do something right for yourself or another … or maybe, both.

Thor’s Hammer

Astrologers know that from 0 through 28 degrees, we, as individuals, have ample opportunity to work on our stuff, work through it and change it. “Work” is defined here as our emotional and toxic wounds that we’ve accrued usually through childhood or in our twenties. And they have to be healed. In other words, we have choice. And since we are down here to grow, the 29th degree is around to ensure that we do what is needed for ourselves – even if we don’t want to do it for a host of reasons (fear, lack of confidence, lack of faith in ourselves, etc.). The 29th degree is there to ensure we WILL do it. Or, if we’ve been running away from a lot of emotional garbage that we’ve refused to own – well guess what? It’s all going to come back to haunt you in that 29th degree.

The 29th degree from a medical astrology standpoint is a loaded keg of emotional toxic ‘dynamite’ that has been ignored for sometime, even decades, and its sitting there ready to explode. When we have suppressed or repressed emotions, this will translate over time into actual physical, mental or emotional dis-ease. People who have planets in the Terminal Houses, the 4th, 8th and 12th, are at greatest risk. These houses are the water houses. And water symbolizes our emotions. And, as we know now, water has ‘memory.’ And if we have suffered abuse in the first 18 years of our life, or later in a relationship, then this toxic dump of anger, grief, rage, hatred and fear are a poisonous mix at best deep within our unconscious. What we don’t know about will come around to bite us in the butt. And these houses coupled with the 29th degree are a cosmic recipe for dis-ease.

Our body remembers our wounding by parents or others. It is retained in the cells, in our organs and in our bones. All have memory of the pain and hurt. The only way to release is to get in touch with it and work through it to discharge it once and for all. What puts these people at high risk for dis-ease is the fact most don’t even know they are in toxic trouble. And so, as a planet like Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron swing around their chart and through a specific sign, the person is being asked to become conscious of the wound and to get to work on it.

Let’s take the transit of Saturn as an example. It takes Saturn between 28-30 years to make a complete orbit around the Sun and around our natal chart. We can cut his orbit into quarters of roughly, seven years a piece. And it takes, roughly, 2.5 years to transit a specific zodiac sign (and house or houses) in that individual’s chart.

Saturn is the one who physically manifests the ‘aha’ moment that we have a wound and need to start working on it in order to discharge it. Saturn always manifests reality and demands we do the work.

Every time transiting Saturn goes through a thirty degree Sun sign, it has a 29th degree in it. That means about every 2.5 years, Saturn will transit across a 29 degree of some sign in your chart. Saturn is like the stern taskmaster prodding us to get our work done before we go out and play. And every one of us has had this occur to us throughout life lives. So why not make Saturn a friend? Here’s how it can be done.

Of course, people have free will choice and if they elect not to try and heal their own wound, they ignore it. They can ignore as Saturn transits from 0 to 28 degrees of that sign. However, when it hits the 29th degree, that person is going to have the Cosmic Hammer come down on him or her. The 29th degree is a last ditch attempt to draw the person or experience to this individual so they can get to work on discharging the toxicity they’re carrying inside themselves. And so, calamity hits this person with a sledge hammer. It can be a loss of a job, the spouse wanting a divorce, having to move to another state or country, the death of a spouse or child or parent. And the list goes on … but the list of things that can happen are life changing for that individual. And that’s the power of the 29th degree coming and confronting the individual who doesn’t want to do the work for whatever the reason. No reason, frankly, is worth avoiding our own wounding. If we drew that wound in this incarnation, it’s up to us to work through it. In working through it, we learn, grow and mature and yes, perhaps even evolve, because of our efforts.

For example … I refer to the 29th degree as an initiation or a can of worms. It pretty much spells out the possibilities of those who do the work and who refuse to do the work.

Let’s look at transiting Pluto who hit 29 Sagittarius on October 24, 2008 through November 27, 2008. What were you doing then? What happened in your life? Where was transiting Pluto in what house of your natal chart? What kinds of experiences or opportunities did you get at that time? Or not? Was it quiet? Well, if it was, you’ve done your work. Congratulations. You say your life was upended? Well, you were getting a final opportunity to work on your toxic emotions. Did you? What was the outcome of whatever happened in that time frame? How did your life transform?

For those who haven’t done their emotional toxicity work, you will have the opportunity to confront people from your past (family, friends and enemies) with whom you haven’t closed the loop on or finished off some business with them, spiritually speaking, that needs to be cleaned up and tidied up once and for all. You will all do it in the 29th degree. One way or another. Numerologically when you add 2 + 9 it equals 11. “11” is a master number in numerology. It is, according to work expert, Karen David, ruled by the Moon and Uranus. That means shock and emotional chaos. A master number takes you down to the basics. And the Eleven is all about shock, trauma, surprises and our emotional reaction to the event or experience. It’s a tough way to learn, frankly and it won’t be easy.

From an astrological standpoint, you are learning all the time. And between 0 to 28 degrees of any zodiac sign, you always have choices. With the 29th degree, choice is taken away and you WILL go through the experience dragged kicking or scream[ing] – or not. It just depends upon your maturity, your spiritual strength and perspective on living in this world. The 29th degree is considered the ‘catch all’ degree. If you have not learned your lesson between 0-28 degrees of a given zodiac sign, then the 29th degree ‘cleans up the mess,’ that you have refused or chosen not to learn.

THOUGHTS ON MUNDANE ASTROLOGY

By: Greybeard

www.AstrologyWeekly.com

Mundane astrology is the astrology of the Collective. It deals with large-scale social trends as well as acts of God (e.g., weather and natural disasters) and other things affecting mankind or nations as a whole. Personally I have very little interest in this branch of the astrological art, but while reading about the fragile (near collapse) state of the Spanish economy and its wider potential effects, it occurred to me that perhaps we might learn something about astrology by using the signs in their natural significance [unless we are dealing with a specific country whose "birth chart" is known and proven by previous experience there can be no houses in mundane art].

Specifically, in the case of Spain, the correlation between the Eighth House and the sign of Scorpio comes into focus. The Eighth House in any horoscope is the house of debt. It shows money or other assets which are locked up, frozen, bound to others and not readily available to the native; the Second House shows "liquid assets" and the Eighth "frozen assets." So if, in mundane astrology, we assign these same sorts of things to Scorpio, maybe we can see the present situation in Spain and the world "illustrated."

It is axiomatic in astrology that what is shown in one house may also express or manifest in the opposing house, because two opposing houses, or signs, are simply the two extremes of a single polarity. One is the "north pole" of the matter under consideration with the other being the "south pole" (i.e., the positive/negative extremes of any quality or situation) and therefore activation of one pole reverberates at the other. For example, if I owe a large amount of money to the bank (Eighth House affair), it will directly affect the amount of liquid assets and credit I control or have access to (Second House matter.) This is just a reflection of how life works and is not rocket science.

We can therefore take the Scorpio/Taurus polarity as the direct significators of "money matters" having to do with the Collective, or society and the world seen globally, and the state of either and both of them should give us a description of the state of the world's (or a country's) financial affairs at a given moment in time, the conditions affecting its economy.

Now with Scorpio, although in natal astrology I employ Mars as lord of that sign, it seems to me that Pluto is more appropriate or useful as lord of that sign in the mundane sphere because its reach goes much deeper than Mars and its effects are enduring. We are now within a new epoch of human history and the world has in fact become a global village. The three modern planets have, since the discovery of Uranus in 1781, been given a collective meaning anyway; these three planets -- in natal astrology -- show how the individual affects and is affected by the social collective. They are "outside the personal realm" whose boundary is Saturn.

Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn (significator of civilization and governance, or the highest authority) on 26 January 2008, although he had been in the very last degree of Sagittarius -- where he had his retrograde station -- a full year earlier. On this date, his ingress into Capricorn occurred while in conjunction with Venus, lord of Taurus, the sign opposing Scorpio. According to the ideas I set forth above these two planets co-rule our two signs dealing with the collective financial state, or world economy. The timing of this ingress (together with the station of Pluto in the last degree of Sagittarius, a degree of transition, corresponds very closely with the emergence into the public consciousness of the world economic crisis we are now experiencing. What these positions imply is "Intense economic pressures directly and strongly affect civilization as a whole." The condition is shown to be incipient because it corresponds to the entry of the two ruling planets of finance into the sign of civilization. Pluto will remain in the sign of Capricorn for the next 20 years or so. [We note that Pluto, at the time of his discovery in 1930 -- which corresponds to the beginnings of the Great Depression -- was in Cancer, the sign opposing Capricorn where he is today, a fact which supports the idea that opposing signs often act in and through each other.]

The energies of Pluto have to do with "deep transformation, death and regeneration, uprooting of forms which are obsolete or no longer useful, tectonic forces that completely change the structure and topography of what they affect." These planetary energies are irresistible, implacable, deep-reaching, permanent. In the words of the Bhagavad Gita, "do thy duty willingly, or thou shalt be compelled to do it unwillingly." [paraphrased] In other words, we change our now defunct system willingly, or the forces of nature will change it for us, which can be less pleasant than willing compliance.

The facts of life in the world today are that we (the world as a whole) are governed by huge corporations who employ governments as their proxy. Because the sole purpose of a corporation is to enhance the bottom line, they are wholly amoral and unconcerned with the welfare of the individual or the world as a whole. Therefore, it is not to be hoped that these Powers will willingly change anything for the benefit of the world, and thus any changes will be of the unwilling sort. The meanings of Pluto go much deeper and broader than what I outlined above, and show some rather unpleasant (from my point of view at any rate) developments and consequences. The course of history cannot be changed by human intervention anyway. It boils down to Grin and Bear It. How The New World Order is met depends solely on the individual.

THE PLEIADES STARS

By: Marina

www.DarkStarAstrology.com

Fixed star Alcyone is the major star in the famous Pleiades Star Cluster. The Pleiades are found in the shoulder of Taurus the bull, positioned at 00°00′ Gemini*. Different cultures throughout the ages have mythology around it because this cluster is so striking in the sky. The Pleiades stars are also known as the seven sisters. In Greek myth the sisters became stars because Zeus took pity on their mourning the death of their family. In the medieval times the fixed star Alcyone (representing the entire Pleiades) was known as a magical Behenien star and in talismans is said to give magical power and knowledge.

In Esoteric Astrology the seven solar systems are said to revolve around the Pleiades star cluster, and of course there are many websites all over the net claiming to have channeled information from them. “The Pleiades’ role, then, is to help seekers become consciously aware of Divine Knowledge and Wisdom, which is why their etheric, astral and mental bodies must be purified before being able to integrate with that spiritual realm. The Pleiades represent a spiritual “station” where the Perfect Model within seekers is energized and comes alive on earth.” ~ Plotinus.

Pleiades 2012 Astrology

So it’s really no wonder that the Pleiades feature so strongly in 2012 astrology. The Pleiades are revered up to the present day by UFOlogists and they are also featured in the Cherokee Rattlesnake Prophecy ... We are all expecting mass awakening but what is it about this constellation in particular that inspires such great expectation? It is strange because when you study Alcyone’s actual meaning, it really is a mixed bag and although it confers wisdom, there is also a bunch of really negative associations also. This maybe due to the Christian suspicion of any thing magical, but if you look at some of the subjects there is some truth to Robson’s grim interpretations.

Pleiades the Gay Stars?

Another association with Alcyone is homosexuality. Both Robson’s and Ebertin’s books were published around 1930 when gay sex was still illegal. Just like any fixed star associated with wild female sexuality was demonized, so it is the case with Alcyone. I would read Robson’s interpretations bearing this in mind, which why I have set them beside Bernadette Brady’s evaluations for comparison.

So the Pleiades are generally seen as exceedingly Venusian, which seems to be a “bad thing” within old school fixed stars astrology. Stars having Mars and Jupiter qualities are deemed brave and honorable, probably because they were so useful in war. Whereas Venus? Useless in a fight it seems…. Here’s what Manilus says about the Pleiades star cluster: “they will smooth their hairy limbs with the porous pumice, loathing their manhood and craving for sleekness of arm. They adopt feminine dress, footwear donned not for wear but for show, and an affected effeminate gait. They are ashamed of their sex; “

Ok, there actually are few great homosexual examples in the list. The best example is the beautiful and supremely talented Rufus Wainwright, who has Alcyone rising by 42’. He is the perfect Venusian gentleman and is certainly not ashamed of his sex. He dresses occasionally very flamboyantly, but mostly tastefully and romantically, like an 18th century poet. Rufus has also had his brush with death when he was raped and nearly strangled aged 14 in a park. Later he also suffered with Alcyone’s threat of blindness. At the height of Rufus’s crystal meth addiction in 2002 he temporarily lost his vision. He is no longer an addict and his musical direction has matured to include his passion for opera. I note David Beckham is also in the rising list. Despite being a manly football idol, he is certainly not in the slightest bit bothered about wearing feminine garments! He has been known to sport a sarong and nail paint, which is refreshing in the macho field of sport.

“The Pleiades gives ambition and endeavor, which gives preferment, honor and glory. Not a good omen with regard to relationships to the opposite sex”. I do see some evidence of “disgrace” in some of the celebrities below, usually stemming from scandalous love affairs that threatened their public profile. The effect of Venusian indulgences in the form of alcohol or drug abuse, are also observed to have a detrimental effect on some of these peoples careers and performances.

The Pleiades causes bereavement, mourning, sorrows and tragedies.” Alcyone is a cluster, so it is also said to give blindness or accidents to the face, but the modern interpretation of eyesight problems is inner vision. There are a fair few fatal car accidents and drug-related premature deaths on the celebrity list, so the proximity to death is clearly there. This star is also associated with judgment of the dead and fate. Because this cluster rose at sunset around November, in many countries a day was set aside around this time to mourn those who died in battle. So this star has connections with passing over to other dimensions, this is where the mystical side of it comes into it and the attainment of occult wisdom. The judgmental side of this star can be quite harsh though, because it dishes out karma with no mercy or compassion.

Gruesomely, in common with Robson’s more negative findings, Alcyone with the Sun gives us one subject who truly did possess an “Evil disposition”. Serial Killer Jeffery Dahmer took the lives of 17 men and boys. His murders involved rape, mutilation, necrophilia and even cannibalism.

Pleiades Star Celebrities

PLEIADES (Alcyone) RISING “The rising Pleiades are indicative of those who are homosexual, like to be flattered, and (with a poorly positioned Mercury) impudent in speech.”

“To have artistic or intuitive vision, but recognizing that such vision has the shadow side of giving and receiving harsh judgment”

Rufus Wainwright, Jessica Savitch, Dionne Warwick, David Beckham, Jacky Chan, Anna Freud

PLEIADES (Alcyone) MIDHEAVEN “Disgrace, ruin, violent death. If with the luminaries it makes its natives military captains, commanders, colonels of horse and emperors.” Bernadette Brady says if this star is on a pivotal point at birth (the angles) that it gives “A strong sense of knowing, a strong vision of destiny, a desire to walk the correct, if not the popular pathway” In the past I think not following the “popular” pathway could well result in “disgrace” or even “ruin” (if homosexual). These days we can be more true to ourselves.

Edwin Hubble, Montgomery Clift, Pebbles Santiago, Patty Hearst, Erik Menendez, Donna Summer, Eddie Fisher

PLEIADES (Alcyone) SUN “sickness, disgrace, evil disposition (used to be a term in astrology for homosexuality), murderer or murdered, imprisonment, death by blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck..”

The ruthless visionary, a passionate but potentially arrogant person.”

Cher, Harvey Milk, Jeffrey L Dahmer, Dale Winton, Morrissey, Malcolm X, Laurence Olivier, Bertrand Russell

PLEIADES (Alcyone) MOON “ Injuries to the face, sickness, misfortune, wounds, stabs, disgrace, imprisonment, blindness,”

“Insightful to the darker side of life.“ A fascination with societies underworld may indeed put you at risk of “stabs” I guess.

Phoenix, Frida Khalo, Katherine Hepburn, Ian McShane, Edith Paif, Dionne Warwick, Juan Manuel Fango

PLEIADES (Alcyone) MERCURYMany disappointments, loss of possessions, much loss from legal affairs, business failure, trouble through children”.

“To be insightful and brilliant, but struggling with the darker side of human nature”

Anna Freud, Tammy Wynette, Cilla Black, Bjorn Borg, Audrey Hepburn, Natasha Richardson, Mary Wollstonecraft

PLEIADES (Alcyone) VENUSImmoral, strong passions, disgrace through women, sickness, loss of fortune.”

A love of theatre, art or rituals; The poetic soul”

Dame Nellie Melba, Kylie Minogue, Marlon Brando, Karl Marx, Gregory Peck, Nancy Reagan, Giuseppe Pelosi, Amy Dumas

PLEIADES (Alcyone) MARS “Many accidents to the head, loss and suffering through fires”

To be aware and sensitive to difficult social issues. The critic”

Andy Warhol, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Tammy Faye Bakker, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenda Jackson, Eddie Fisher, Griffith/Banderas Davison

Pleiades Star Keywords

Wise, magical, scandalous, rocky relationships, disgraced, immoral, visionary, insightful, intuitive, ruthless, fated, judgmental, critical, criticized, insightful, fascinated by the occult, fascinated with the deep soul, gothic, homosexuality, gay icon, idolized, passionate, in touch with the anima, being true to yourself, vain, venerated, indulgent, spoilt, easily flattered, flirty, beautiful, romantic, tragic, mournful, artistic, melancholic, melodramatic, poetic, ritualistic, ambitious, talented, theatrical, ravishing, handsome, well dressed, aesthetically aware, designer, dandy, destined.

The Pleiades in Your Chart

If you don’t have a chart, you can get a free one here: astro.com. To work out the exact position of Altair, stars move forward through the zodiac at one degree every 72 years. ...

*Alcyone positions:

1900 – 28° 48′ Taurus

1950 – 29°18′ Taurus

2000 – 00°00′ Gemini

 


AUGUST TRANSITS

DATE

TIME

ASPECT

LOCATION

8/2

4:56 AM

SUN SXT JUP

Sun 10˚ Leo / Jup 10˚ Gem

10:53 AM

VENUS SSQ SUN

Ven 25˚ Gem / Sun 10˚ Leo

11:01 PM

MARS SES NEP

Mars 17˚ Lib / Nep Rx 02˚ Pis

8/3

11:06 PM

MER QCX NEP

Mer Rx 02˚ Leo / Nep Rx 02˚ Pis

8/7

8:43 AM

VENUS enters CANCER

8/8

12:39 AM

MERCURY SD

1˚ Leo

8/9

12:15 AM

MER SSX VEN

Mer 1˚ Leo / Ven 1˚ Can

5:35 PM

VEN TRN NEP

Ven 2˚ Can / Nep Rx 2˚ Pis

8/11

10:47 AM

MER QCX NEP

Mer 2˚ Leo / Nep Rx 2˚ Pis

8/14

10:38 AM

SUN SSQ PLU

Sun 22˚ Leo / Plu Rx 7˚ Cap

8/15

4:07 AM

VEN OPP PLU

Ven 7˚ Can / Plu 7˚Rx Cap

5:36 AM

MARS CJN SAT

Mars 24˚ Lib / Sat 24˚ Lib

8:27 AM

SUN SSQ URA

Sun 23˚ Leo / Ura Rx 8˚ Aries

8/16

1:48 AM

VEN SQR URA

Ven 8˚ Cancer / Ura Rx 8˚ Aries

8/17

7:04 AM

SUN SXT SAT

Sun 24˚ Leo / Sat 24˚ Lib

8/18

1:14 AM

MER QCX PLU

Mer 7˚ Leo / Plu Rx 7˚ Cap

6:29 PM

MER TRN URA

Mer 8˚ Leo / Ura 8˚ Aries

8/20

4:46 PM

SUN SXT MARS

Sun 28˚ Leo / Mars 28˚ Lib

6:11 PM

MARS SSQ JUP

Mars 28˚ Lib / Jup 13˚ Gem

8/21

11:07 AM

VEN SSX JUP

Ven 13˚ Can / Jup 13˚ Gem

8/22

4:53 AM

SUN SXT MARS

Sun 29˚ Leo / Mars 29˚ Lib

12:07 PM

SUN enters VIRGO

5:56 PM

MER SXT JUP

Mer 13˚ Leo / Jup 13˚ Gem

8/23

10:25 AM

MARS enters SCORPIO

8/24

7:32 AM

SUN OPP NEP

Sun 1˚ Vir / Nep Rx 1˚ Pis

2:14 PM

MER SSX VEN

Mer 16˚ Leo / Ven 16˚ Can

6:38 PM

VEN SSQ NEP

Ven 16˚ Can / Nep Rx 1˚ Pis

8/26

1:54 AM

MARS TRN NEP

Mar 1˚ Vir / Nep Rx 1˚ Pis

8/27

5:13 PM

MER SSQ PLU

Mer 22˚ Leo / Plu Rx 7˚ Cap

8/28

2:08 AM

MER SSQ URA

Mer 22˚ Leo / Ura Rx 7˚ Ari

8/29

7:18 PM

SUN TRN PLU

Sun 7˚ Vir / Plu Rx 7˚ Cap

8:25 PM

MER SXT SAT

Mer 26˚ Leo / Sat 26˚ Lib

8/30

10:57 AM

SUN QCX URA

Sun 7˚ Vir / Ura Rx 7˚ Ari

8/31

7:52 AM

VEN SSQ SUN

Ven 23˚ Can / Sun 8˚ Vir

9:33 PM

MER enters VIRGO

 

By: Stephanie Austin

One of the primary astrological indications of the massive global and personal changes we are experiencing is the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square. For the next two months, the transformative tailwinds of this volatile combo amplify each New and Full Moon. Even more significantly, intensified solar activity is altering the electro-magnetic fields of the Earth and all of its inhabitants dissolving old matrices and generating new grids. Humanity is in the midst of a dimensional shift in consciousness. We have reached a major turning point – and the tipping point. We are birthing the Aquarian Age: transitioning from hierarchy to equality, from competition to collaboration, from polarization to unity. It is essential that each person contribute his or her unique gifts. When that occurs, the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts, and Shift Happens.

Each Full Moon reveals how far we have come and how far we have to go. This one focalizes the archetypes of Leo and Aquarius – our capacity for creativity and community, authenticity and diversity, courage and altruism. Many of us have felt like black sheep or “a stranger in a strange land” most of our lives, and we may be unaware of how many people share our ideals and visions. Since 1950, the percentage of people who value personal growth, relationship, and concern for the Earth over financial gain has steadily increased. Sociologist Dr. Paul Ray calls this groups “The Cultural Creatives” and, in a book by that title, describes this very significant but grossly underreported phenomenon. The Cultural Creatives’ values of self-actualization, social responsibility, and altruism are crucial to humanity’s evolution. Before the 1960s, less than 4% of people in the United States were in this category; by 1999, the Cultural Creatives had increased to 26%, or 50 million adults, and by 2008, they were up to 35%, or 80 million adults. A similar percentage of Cultural Creatives has been found worldwide, supporting a transcultural, global community. For more on this, visit https://www.wisdomuniversity.org/emerging-culture.htm, and watch the inspiring movie The (R)evolution

Mercury at 3˚ Leo plays a starring role in this Full Moon, since it conjoins the Sun, trines Uranus, and is about to station direct. The mythic Messenger of the Gods turned retrograde on July 14 at 13˚ Leo and moves forward on August 7 at 2˚ Leo. This year, because of retrograde motion, Mercury spends almost ten weeks in Leo (June 25 to August 31) rather than its usual three or four, so it provides extra training time for us to think with our hearts and act on our intuition. Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, trines the sun and sextiles the Moon, and along with Jupiter in Gemini’s trine to the Moon and sextile to the Sun, sparks optimism, ingenuity, and sudden shifts in perspective. Your spiritual guides are on standby; watch for life-changing messages and synchronicities that confirm you’re on the right track…

...We are alive at a pivotal time on Earth. Reach out, brainstorm, and collaborate with those who share your vision. Remember: “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.” ~ Thomas Merton

From The Mountain Astrologer, Aug/Sept 2012 issue

 

The Pisces Full Moon on August 31 will be highlighted in the September 2012 newsletter

 

By: Stephanie Austin
We have journeyed as far as possible into separation; now we are on the path of return, remembering the Oneness from which we came and to which we all belong. You are the eyes and hands of God. Creation lives through you and learns from you. What were you born to be? Not to do or own, but to be? What do you dream of, for yourself and the world? Your voice, your talent, your passion are needed now. This New Moon illuminates what must be center stage in our lives and the role we have to play in the current cosmic drama.

Leo is associated with the sun, the star at the center of our solar system, and with the center of our body, the solar plexus. Leo is also linked with the heart, the central pump of our life force, and the heart chakra, which is the center of the seven-chakra system. The spiritual task of Leo is to live from one’s center, one’s heart. The fifth sign in the zodiac challenges us to find our core truth, around which everything else in our life must revolve. Leo’s image of the lion reflects the dedication and heroism required to become sovereign beings. It takes courage to be who we really are – neither pretending nor hiding. It takes willpower to stay on our own path when parents, teachers, culture, and the media dictate otherwise. If we look to others to tell us what to do, how to dress, who to be, the universe will never know our gifts. This New Moon in Leo is a reminder that each one of us is an original spark of the Divine, expressing through a singular vehicle, in a very special time and place.

Both Uranus and Pluto form sesquiquadrates to this New Moon, amping up the evolutionary drives symbolized by the mythic Sky God and the God of the Underworld. Uranus tells us: It’s time for something completely different. Pluto says: You can run, but you can no longer hide. A sesquiquadrates (135˚) is not quite as strong as a square (90˚), preferring to knock rather than pound on the door. The sooner we respond, the sooner we see what life is asking of us. With Uranus and Pluto involved, the summons will only become more insistent. We have two choices: change, or be changed.

Venus at 9˚ Cancer semi-squares this New Moon, accenting the cosmic message of its June 5-6 transit across the Sun, for women to step into their power and for men to come into their hearts. Venus also opposes Pluto at 7˚ Capricorn and squares Uranus at 8˚ Aries, generating a dynamic t-square that reawakens the divine feminine in each of us, highlighting the need to transform the patriarchal paradigm to one of equality and sustainability. Power, like everything else, is simply energy; it’s how we use it that makes all the difference. Mercury at 7˚ Leo trines Uranus and quincunxes Pluto, stimulating a change of mind as well as a change of heart. Mars’ conjunction with Saturn (exact on August15 at 25˚ Libra) closely sextiles the Sun and Moon; this requires a patient and practical assessment of our relationships and what we need to do to make them mutually beneficial. One August 22, the Sun at 0˚ Gemini, prodding all of us to step fully into our birthright as conscious creators.

…Where are your talents and truth most needed? Where do you need to take a leap of faith? Get ready for major revelations and breakthroughs in the next few weeks. At the beginning and end of your day – and whenever you feel discouraged or overwhelmed – think of five things for which you’re grateful. Gratitude opens the heart. Be grateful for being alive. Be grateful for the Earth, for its love and beauty. Be grateful for the sun, stars, trees, birds, the smell of a rose, the sound of crickets. We are blessed to be on an extraordinary planet at an extraordinary time. Remember that you are a blessing, too, and the world needs your light and love. Be all that you came to be, and live each moment knowing: “Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.” ~ Barbara Mikulski

From The Mountain Astrologer, Aug/Sept 2012 issue

Next meeting:

August 28, 2012, 7:00 pm

Guest speaker: Cathlinn Taylor-Deese