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Monthly Astrological Update with Linda Clave
 

January 2009

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Linda Clave

January 2009 Astrology Report

This is a transitional astrology newsletter. In 2009, as Jupiter moves into Aquarius, we are moving into a new group format with more feature articles by new and familiar contributors.

Dietrech Pessin is a full time career astrologer in the greater Boston area who puts out an excellent weekly web forecast of daily astrological changes. Her weekly radio report can be heard every Saturday at 9:45 a.m. on WZBC 90.3 FM. The show can be streamed via the internet or played from Dietrich’s website at www.Lunar-Shadows.com. She is the author of a groundbreaking book Lunar Shadows, the third edition of which went on sale this fall. To join Dietrich’s astrology group in Watertown, MA, call 617-924-0929.

Another voice about the coming events—VIEW FOR 2009—comes from Rev. Lucy Wade Barth, a uniquely talented friend who is an artist, psychic, tarot/astrology reader as well as spiritual counselor. Lucy created and developed the Hawaiian Aumakua Cards published by Blue Dolphin Publishing. She has been reading since age 3, and estimates she has given 30,000 readings to date.

"As requested by Linda Clave, I looked at the astrology calendar and also laid out a tarot card reading on December 17, 2008 asking about the year ahead, but only about half the year seems to be coming about psychically. So here is what I feel may be occurring. I see this as a year of change, of new beginnings and hope, measured in a new way, too. Much of the world will be in a wait-and-see mode, at least until August. The July eclipses, Lunar and Solar, will mark a turn in the tides. So much has to occur with actual effort and work and playful moments too, before the next phase is obvious. It is difficult for me to see psychically past mid-August at this time. I assume it is because the wait-and-see attitude needs to unfold to the greater group experiences, before the individual will know what is "real’" and what is "hope." Until then, I suggest holding steady and being kind to yourself and others, too. The fewer expectations we have, the less we are bent out of shape when those expectations are not met. Hope, while being patient, keeps us moving through our doubts and fears. We feel we want to be part of the change, and to do so, we all need to find new ways of measuring what success is. If we measure success by money and possessions only, then this will be a difficult year, especially in mid-April, mid-May and mid-June, and through most of July. It will be a stressful time if success is measured by the things we thought were so important in the past. However, through new ways of looking inward, ways that are kind to our ego selves, ways that don’t judge but easily permit second chances, we will find new priorities and new energy to be healed from a very long period of confusion. Communications will become more transparent, especially as many people will not trust so easily, and will look to see if you walk your talk, or put your money where your mouth is. It is especially important to take care to not allow your ego to inflate and exaggerate problems. Instead, listen again, and carefully, to what the other person said. Don’t assume you or I or anyone else will know the true meaning of much, but as the priorities shift, and we ask what is real, what is true, what is beautiful, we will see the start of a new way to measure success. We go to amusement parks to experience the fun of the unexpected. I feel this year will have most of us learning new ways to stay alert to a continuous state of the unexpected. So keep up your hopes, without fear. No amount of effort will keep us safe, so just stay open to the new experiences. Blessed be Lucy.

After I looked at the astrology for 2009, I looked at a tarot card reading for the same time period. Above is the summary I came to. And here is the breakdown of how and why I perceive it this way. Things I noticed astrologically start with the Solar Eclipse on January 26 with Jupiter in close within 2 degrees. Maybe this will expand thinking and add kindness into the mix of energy building up to the Presidential Inauguration. The retrograde Mercury starting on January 11 will make for a lot of confusing conversations the rest of the month. Mars is out-of-bounds in January until the 15th which increases aggressive actions. Both economic and political issues concerning wars and other critical problems will be faced by world leaders. Fear and uncertainty may wave over the crowds of once hopeful people. There will be much needed time for meditation or prayers for the good of all. Hope, not for individual needs but for those of the masses, will be focused on the new administration. A very visible Lunar Eclipse on February 9, 2009, with other early morning planets in view will have a softening effect, a time to turn inward and evaluate our personal conditions. In April I feel there will be great tensions around the Full Moon, especially with Passover and Easter occurring at the same time. Venus is moving retrograde from 0 degrees of Aries into 29 degrees Pisces at that time as well. I feel it will be a time full of secret "undoings." And for some impatient parts of the world there will be attempts to cause stress and pain. It is right before taxes are due in the USA and with all the people worried about their jobs and how changes are occurring in work situations worldwide, no one will feel like they are in control. I feel the solar eclipse on July 21 at 29 degrees Cancer will deepen sensitive situations. People will be grasping for far-out ideas to try. The retrograde planets Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will put stress on world leaders with only Saturn in direct motion requiring discipline to maintain order. Mercury will be out-of-bounds in July as well causing tensions between males and females in their personal lives. Frustrations over materialistic issues will grow even stronger. A need to feel beauty for self and home may cause many touchy moments in families. It may feel as if we have doors opening and closing and opening again, all going so fast, that we will need to redesign our sense of space.

Now let’s review the TAROT CARD READING for 2009. This is my adapted Tarot Card layout I have been using for over thirty years (and over thirty thousand readings), so I use a lot of cards to get a complete focus. It is so much easier in person, speaking, opening to energy with insights, so I understand my own expectation for the reader of this to jump with me in insights. Page of Cups covering, with Eight of Wands crossing, the FOOL beneath, Ace of Wands behind and HERMIT on top and STAR in the immediate future. Up the side is Three of Cups in the home, TEMPERANCE in as people see it, Six of Swords in hope and fears, and HANGED MAN as outcome. This is much like the normal Celtic spread. The extra three, above the outcome card, are to give a past present and future to the outcome card. In this spread they are King of Pentacles, Page of Wands and LOVERS. I have added a bottom seven, as roots to the past and future. They are Eight of Swords, Seven of Pentacles, King of Wands, Page of Pentacles, Knight of Cups, the MOON and the Six of Cups. And final upturn, that is flipping the deck over for the bottom card, in this case it is the Eight of Pentacles. There are seven MAJOR cards in this reading indicating CHANGE. The STAR is a light of hope for the public and private lives of people worldwide. Yet the MOON, another heavenly illumination, often represents subconscious fears present as well. The LOVERS and TEMPERANCE are angels helping the situation by bringing in chance after chance to try again. They often are together in a reading where much is forgiven, and energy for new beginnings is strengthened. The HERMIT, FOOL, and HANGED MAN together in a reading usually mean turning over a new leaf: finding a new way to measure success, effort and rewards. They also signify that, with a new beginning comes the need to meditate, pray and think outside the old boxes. So we are lucky in that none of the major "testing cards," DEATH, THE TOWER, or THE DEVIL, have shown up, nor high Swords either. Therefore this is not a time of death and doom, but rather a time of choosing to become strong again, a time to regroup, a time to work together to encourage new growth and ideas. Sometimes impossible expectations represented in the FOOL card, and near the STAR card, can mean that there may be surprises and sudden forced changes. In the long run these will be good changes. Maybe the hard part involves being able to surrender our egos, with the HANGED MAN card. Learn to use the new viewpoint of the HERMIT, not emotional but careful observation helps us sort out our opportunities for good change. Probably it will be full of hard work (Eight of Pentacles) and fresh starts (Ace of Wands), assisted by the TEMPERANCE card to complete the transformations by individuals with the attitude of "we can." I feel the significance of the Eight of Pentacles as the upturn card at the end, is that the bottom line is WORK. The Eight of Wands crossing everything is communication, and that will be on all levels, over and over again: we will all be working on how we express our truth (STAR card is the naked truth as the best way to be safe). The possibility of new jobs, (with so many planets in Aquarius, maybe even jobs no one ever thought of!) and the government’s ability to create jobs, with the mix of astrology and cards and psychic energy will find new work for the people who have been laid off from jobs. Work will become available, and rewarded too. More fun with the Three of Cups in the home spot. The HERMIT and FOOL and HANGED MAN together seem to want the individual to look inward and gain wisdom by their own personal experiences. The STAR is the "ah hah!" we say when we suddenly see the promised success as real. The STAR is the hope, and the TEMPERANCE Angel is the slow healing and patient path. During the next few months a lot will be expected by the people of the world, and the Seven and Eight of Pentacles will be the planting of new seeds and the work to manifest the goals. The Ace of Wands is the new beginning and new measuring stick, and the Eight of Wands is all the communication going on about it all. These eights call for us to hold steady, keep working, planning and planting new seeds for growth with the Seven of Pentacles and the seven major cards. Sevens and eights are past the mid-way point but don’t represent a final conclusion yet. The Three of Cups and Six of Cups indicate the strength and interest in the home, and hearts full of sharing new ambitions (STAR). We hope to have some fun and friends that will support us, yet with the FOOL card nearby, and LOVERS and TEMPERANCE cards too, we may be doing more forgiving and second chances. It is the combination of the cards at work that make the reading. I feel many expectations will be readjusted by reality. The three pages in the reading show that many people will be doing things they are learning on the job. And the one Knight of Cups is protected by armor but looking for love, so there will be a search for those who hold a steadfast plan and hope, but need to be protected on their journeys to move through unknown conditions and untested friendships too. The outcome card, the HANGED MAN with the King of Pentacles and Page of Wands and LOVERS above the HANGED MAN, for me represents the wise old King of the past needing to help the new Pages who are anxious to be active, and the LOVERS are the new partnerships that are having to surrender their old patterns and think outside the old boxes to be active together in new partnerships for the future. The Six of Swords in hopes and fears, is the leaving of the old cronies of Bush, and the leaving of the people from so many jobs, and the leaving of so many homes into foreclosure, and the leaving of old expectations, and many more small ways of going from the familiar into the wait-and-see of the HANGED MAN, that place of suspended judgments, with prayer, meditative and even existential views. We are in a constantly changing world, and we are constantly having our experiences in it. So live, love, laugh and be happy. Change is a good word for our time. Hopefully your own insights will guide you well in this coming year. Blessed be Lucy Barth of Ashland Oregon. Peace, Love, Joy, Bliss, Thanks."

This month’s Full Moon on January 10 is followed the next day, January 11, with Mercury, the fast-moving communicator, stationing retrograde. We seem to be speeding up only to slow down with the ruler of Capricorn, Saturn, also in retrograde motion as of December 31. So now we have a vast number of developing crises that demand time for internal digestion and integration. The Sun enters Aquarius January 19. Then on January 20 is the long-awaited inauguration of President-Elect Obama. January 26 is the culmination of the month with a New Moon Solar Eclipse. This is also the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Ox. But Mars and Pluto in Capricorn have dominated the stage since their conjunction at the New Moon in Capricorn on December 27. The Gaza War is an aggressive example of this combination. Here we find Pluto Ray One: power, is driven by Mars Ray Six: fanatical devotion to an ideal or cause. Nationally the economy is the still the number one issue amidst hope that Obama, with his Aquarian team moving into the White House, has the will and chops to pull together strategies for long-term, healthy solutions. President Obama has an Aquarius Ascendant with his Leo Sun in the Seventh House of relationships. He thrives on his interaction with others, be they friends or adversaries.

The Full Moon is on January 10 with 26 Virgo 21 rising over Washington, DC. The Moon at 21 Cancer in the Tenth House of the executive opposes the Sun at 21 Capricorn in the Fourth House of home/homeland which Pluto and Mars (fuel to the fire) are currently transiting. Emotional reactions run high. The public is ready, eager and hopeful for this change of administration in the White House. Yet, unconscious anxiety is still rising with the Ruler of the Sun, Saturn, at 21 Virgo sitting retrograde in the Twelfth House in opposition to Uranus in Pisces in the Sixth House. Jobs, work and health care are very edgy issues. The Fifth House has a lot riding on the incoming team backing up President Elect Obama. In the Fifth House Jupiter is now at 1 Aquarius; Mercury, ruler of the Ascendant, is about to station at 7 Aquarius 44, with the North Node at 9 Aquarius; and the conjunction of Chiron at 19 Aquarius and Neptune at 22 Aquarius. What a great idealistic bunch! They will need time to integrate.

January 11. Mercury stations retrograde at 7 Aquarius 44 and remains retrograde until February 1 at 21 Capricorn 45 (degree of the Full Moon January 10). The emphasis is on establishing a new executive order, which also means reviewing the past administration and dealing with the Bush exit legislation, which has left many very disturbed. Individually this is a good time to review your work situation and open yourself to the new directions that are taking shape.

January 19. The Sun enters Aquarius. This is a new dawn as the Sun sheds it light on Mercury, Jupiter, the North Node, Chiron and Neptune, and all are joined in this collective sign of group work, brotherhood and humanitarian service. From the 2007 report: "Understanding Aquarius: the Sign and the Symbol."

Be careful here; although Aquarius is the "Water Bearer," it is not a water sign. It is the last of the fixed signs on the fixed cross initiated by Taurus, the bull, on through Leo, the lion, Scorpio, the scorpion, and finally Aquarius. Fixed signs are at the center where we become responsible for the results of action taken. There is great power and strength within when we become focused and centered. A glyph of two wavy lines, one on top of the other represents Aquarius, collective air. It is the summation of the three air signs; for in Aquarius, universal and natural laws are the guiding principle. Here, too, are the building blocks of knowledge, the hope for universal brotherhood and freedom from ignorance. Aquarius maintains the ever-evolving plans for human evolution. Above, the higher laws of the universe vibrate; while below they vibrate to natural law. Freedom is the cry here but it requires being responsive to these laws that give the desired results. Aquarius is the place of scientific procedure with both Saturn and Uranus as co-rulers. Science and discovery first require discipline, organization and testing before taking the leap into the unknown. Our society is built on this process. Morality and conscience determine the use of these discoveries. We must choose service to humanity and the planet, or opt for darkness and destruction. The choice is ours to make as we move more and more into the age of science, the Aquarian Age.

January 26. The Annular Solar Eclipse at 6 Aquarius 30 with 2 Sagittarius 18 rising over Washington, DC.  It is all about change: the exiting of the old and the placement of hope and faith in the new, but with a wait-and-see attitude. Each eclipse is either aligned with the North or the South Node of the Moon. North Node eclipses are moving toward new/future possibilities, while South Node eclipses are erasing the past, and so often are concerned with losses.

From Bernadette Brady’s book, Predictive Astrology:

The Eagle and the Lark, copyright 1999 by Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.

"This Eclipse is a North Node eclipse, Saros Series 11 North.

New Moon = Uranus/Node

Jupiter = Venus/Saturn

Under the influence of this family of eclipses, individuals may suddenly change the groups with which they are mixing, either through travel or ideas. However, the separation implied by the Venus/Saturn would produce very positive outcomes. This whole eclipse Series could also talk of suddenly deciding to make greater commitments in a relationship. Either way the eclipse is gentle and individuals can trust the situations that arise and allow themselves to be led along by their momentum."

The Chinese Earth Ox New Year from www.cliff.com:

"Ox years occur every 12 years but vary in element.

1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033.

Ox personality traits

Still waters run deep, as anyone who has observed an Ox will tell you.

People born in the Year of the Ox are the supremely self-assured, and as a result are noted for inspiring confidence in others. Generally patient and thoughtful, they measure their words, and will speak clearly and concisely often when it matters most.

Born to lead, Ox people can be quite stubborn — but also stubbornly loyal to those they love. However, when opposed, their fierce tempers are legendary. So always follow this very wise advice: never cross an Ox!

Famous Ox: Barack Obama

Generally placid and easy-going on the outside, the Ox can be very dogmatic. There are no gray areas evident within their narrow scope of vision, and they often only see things as good or bad. Therefore, they are never easily persuaded by a clever argument. Possessing an excellent memory, the Ox can often recall verbatim a conversation weeks or months after it has occurred.

Their physical stamina combined with their mental alertness is a distinct advantage when it comes to completing any task at hand. In fact, Oxen can often be seen patiently working away ... long after everyone else has dropped from sheer exhaustion!

Ox people are also generally good with their hands, and together with sterling leadership abilities are often successful as doctors or surgeons, construction managers, army generals or business leaders.

Oxen are most compatible with: Rat, Snake, Rooster

Famous people born in the Year of the Ox: Johann Sebastian Bach, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charlie Chaplin, George Clooney, Walt Disney, Anton Dvorak, Clark Gable, George Frideric Handel, Oscar De La Hoya, Richard Nixon, Barack Obama, Aishwarya Rai, Wayne Rooney, Vincent Van Gogh."

This is an Earth Ox year from www.wikipedia.org :

In traditional Chinese philosophy, Earth is classified as one of the Wu xing (Chinese: 五行; pinyin: wǔxíng), or the Five Elements, also translated as five phases, five movements or five steps, by which all natural phenomena can be explained. The system of five elements was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. It was employed in many fields of early Chinese thought, including seemingly disparate fields such as geomancy and Feng shui, astrology, traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese alchemy, music, military strategy and martial arts. The original foundation for the idea is based on the concept of the Five Cardinal Points.

Earth is a balance of both yin and yang, the feminine and masculine together. Its motion is inward and centering, and its energy is stabilizing and conserving. It is associated with the color yellow and the planet Saturn, and it lies at the center of the compass in the Chinese cosmos. It is associated with the turn of each of the four seasons and with damp. It is believed to govern the spleen, stomach, mouth and muscles. Its negative emotion is anxiety and its positive emotion is empathy. Its Primal Spirit is represented by the Yellow Dragon.

In Chinese thought Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work and stability. The earth element is also nurturing and seeks to draw all things together with itself, in order to bring harmony, rootedness and stability. Other attributes of the earth element include ambition, stubbornness, responsibility and long-term planning. In pathology, the earth can represent selfishness and self-centeredness. In the controlling cycle earth controls water and is controlled by wood; while in the conducive cycle earth is produced by fire, and in turn produces metal.

Earth plays an important role in Chinese Astrology. In Chinese astrology earth is included in the 10 heavenly stems (the five elements in their yin and yang forms), which combine with the 12 earthly branches (or Chinese signs of the zodiac), to form the 60-year cycle. Yang earth years end in 8 (e.g., 1998), while Yin earth years end in 9 (e.g., 1999).

The element earth is associated with the planet Saturn on account of its yellow color. However, some Western astrologers have suggested that the Western associations of Saturn give it greater affinity with the rigid, controlling Chinese element of Metal; while the Chinese conception of earth as a centering, harmonizing element has more in common with the Western notion of the planet Venus.

Peter Kubaska has contributed this piece on Pluto in Capricorn in relationship to the US chart:

"CAPRICORN

Fighting for Spiritual Values  — We’ve all heard of the Path of the Warrior, but what does this mean? Armageddon is not a conclusive catastrophe but the steady-state affairs of unregenerate humanity — the ongoing chaos of warring idealisms. We see politicians attempting to use crises for mediocre goals and narrow self-will — yet they are evolving too. How does one evaluate motives and negotiate costs? 

What can explain the present world financial crisis but an unbridled and gross materialism. The present crisis of trust and misuse of financial instruments is due to decades of materialist and political elements persuading government to treat citizens as consumers (while the majority acquiesced), succumbing to the political ploys of financially-interested lobbyists. This focus on a consumerist waste machine, presumed to be infinite in scope, is why we see no inclusion of private citizens on financial restructuring panels – as someone has suggested, a sort of jury duty.

These are all lower expressions of Capricorn — ambition, attachment to power a.k.a. ‘ends justify means,’ financial and political ascendancy and predominance, ‘forces native to the underworld,’ prestige, presumption, credibility and status anxiety. The tail end of Capricorn is what faces the challenges of material attachment and fossilization, entrenched reactionary force, and the attraction of the inevitable crystallizing and shattering karmic boomerang. Karma is simply action and its results. Stupid, greedy and non-cooperative attitudes will only invite the same from the environment — thus an unavoidable self-injury and cascading destruction.

The higher expression of Capricorn always demands a new cycle of effort and struggle.  Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the Lord of Karma which ‘forces us to face up to the past and prepare for the future.’  The ambitious human animal becomes the aspiring soul and spirit, symbolized by the Unicorn. All of America is aspiring to better norms and conditions. It is said that the (Aries) Idea in the Mind of God becomes the Plan in Capricorn. Nous, or the Mind of God, is said to rule through the air signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. These are the influences we need in the present situation, plus the determined goodwill to bring in the true and the Good.

In April 2000, the 20-year Grand Trigon cycle (Jupiter conjunct Saturn) in Taurus, conjunct the Pleiades, brought in the actors that would bring these material issues to a crisis point in 2008. The Pleiades were said to be on the meridian when Troy fell, for instance. (Esoterically, the Pleiades rule the matter aspect in consort with the spirit aspect ruled by Ursa Major, the Great Bear or Drinking Gourd.) Instead of concentrating on the past, it will be best to look forward and plan for the Grand Trigon of 2020, which will be in Aquarius.

The financial crisis turned into a kind of panic in year 2008 as Pluto entered Capricorn (January), and political and economic actors scrambled to maintain appearances and avoid legal dismemberment, while the public at large saw how very little they mattered to the factotums of influence. Unfortunately, Mars was in Cancer opposite Pluto and retrograde at the time, the worst timing for taking successful initiatives. Wall Street greeds were simply determined to steer straight for the rocks on their ship of self-interest.

This type of obdurate and ambitious Capricornian gambling with lives and resources is presently illustrated in the Israeli-Palestinian internecine conflict, locked in a codependent sado-masochistic brotherly embrace for 60 years — our own Sixty Years War, apparently competing with that Reformation sporting event of the Catholics and Protestants in the 1600s. Israel decided to gamble with other peoples’ lives this December when 5 planets were in Capricorn, particularly the Sun, Mars and Pluto. Capricorn and Pisces both rule Israel. It could have had the sense to exercise more mature, ingenious, and diplomatic means to a common-interest end. Instead, its thuggish defense minister forced a bloody gamble that will boomerang to its own self-injury and long-term exclusion from civilized credibility. Those tall defensive and exclusionary walls are often found as a kind of exoskeleton in Cancer and Capricorn types, the scuttling crab and those butting horns.

Pluto is a generational planet that takes a bit less than 250 years to go through the signs. It is the great symbol of the Unconscious which operated generationally through the interaction of an increasing number of group-conscious individuals and groups with the mass of unconscious and self-interested humans, unredeemed by lack of contact with their own souls. Hence the timing of this worldwide Capricornian financial crisis, and the recent episode of ‘soccer violence’ in Israel.

Moving from a Piscean to an Aquarian Age, we can expect a rapid growth in group-consciousness, for which internet and multimedia instant-communication is but a precursor. It is easy to see why the American people chose to vote as they did. All the rubbish of Wall Street was in clear sight. But so was the inspiration and aspiration of group cooperation for survival, headed by a truly American/multiracial presidential candidate who spoke for intelligent cooperation and unity, a great stalwart vice-presidential candidate with an exemplary record, and an enduring promise for women in the cabinet who had promoted normal health and welfare for decades.

Esoteric Astrology relegates the standard Cancer/Sagittarius U.S. chart to its capitol Washington DC. This is the chart of the status quo establishment of elites who are materialistic, believe in a gambler’s non-rationalized casino capitalism, and would like to enforce a passive consumership over active citizenship. Pluto was found at 27 Capricorn for the standard US Chart of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Pluto represents will-to-power and in Capricorn it can be rigid and brittle in lower-grade or your typical mundane ambitious types. As to a single-day chart, the decision and vote for independence took place two days earlier, on 2 July, prompting John Adams to suggest celebrating that day instead of the 4th of July.

Esoterically, however, America is said to have a Personality ruled by GEMINI and a Soul ruled by AQUARIUS. Let me explain why. Nations are composed of numerous groups who must live together or fall into civil strife. Groups and nations are built and exist over generations, so personally I find a single day for the astrological chart of a nation sort of rationally unsustainable. The United States represents groups with conflicting ideals and interests, high and low, brought together in a federation of states. America was and is a group effort brought to birth over a 20–30 year period when Pluto was in Capricorn and Aquarius, and Uranus was found between Gemini and Leo. Saturn occupied Libra from the Battle of Concord Bridge, through the formation of the Continental Army and the Declaration of War, to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the period where the Articles of Confederation were being argued by the states. Libra is the one sign where growth and evolution do not take place through a series of crises. Libra presents growth through the establishment of balance and free-will mediated choice. Libra represents the rule of Law, so maligned and manipulated by recent administrations.

Let’s take a look at:

Pluto in Capricorn (1762–1777) and Aquarius (1777–1797) and

Uranus in Gemini (1774–1781), Cancer (1781–1787), and Leo (1787–1794).

Uranus entered Gemini close to the First Continental Congress of 1774 and remained there at least until the ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1781, the year Uranus was discovered by Herschel (March 13), close to its north node in early Gemini. In October of that year Cornwallis was defeated at Yorktown VA, which essentially ended the War of Independence, consolidated with Franklin’s Peace of Paris in 1782–84.

The last real attempt at negotiation with Great Britain and the Six Iroquois Nations (through a royal continental assembly of colonial delegates) took place in Albany with Franklin’s Plan of Union of July 1754. It failed and was succeeded by the French and Indian Wars of 1756–1763. Pluto was in Sagittarius. 

The major struggle for independence took place with Pluto in Capricorn, for instance, at 3 degrees in 1764 when the NY colony Legislature petitioned against taxation by Great Britain. Pluto continued in Capricorn throughout the revolutionary years until 1778 when the Articles of Confederation were signed with Pluto at 0 degrees of Aquarius. 

The major work and results of our independence took place with Pluto in Aquarius — the U.S. Constitution (1787, 1789), a presidency in place of a king (1789), and the Bill of Rights (1789, 1791, 1868). France, a Leo nation (Pisces soul, Leo personality), decided to have its Revolution (September 1792) when Pluto and Uranus opposed each other in Aquarius and Leo respectively. Pluto rules Pisces on the soul level of this advanced nation, who introduced a simultaneous Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen in 1789.

The United States has not seen a Pluto in Capricorn/Aquarius transition since it became a nation. Pluto remains in Capricorn from 2008–2023 and will occupy Aquarius from 2023–2043. Let’s hope for another good start!"

Peter Kubaska is the former Besant Lodge President of the Theosophical Society in Boston. He has researched and taught esoteric astrology for forty years. Peter is available for consultations and can be found on his new web site www.sevensuns.us.

Linda Clave

 

December 2008 Astrological Report
By Linda Clave

The end of 2008 is full of issues, promises and long-term challenges. First, all you Sagittarians out there can breathe a deep sigh of relief, for Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, bringer of total destruction before reconstruction, moves into the Cardinal Earth sign Capricorn until January 21, 2024. This transit will restructure the way things have been in business, government and the environment. Indeed, it is a total planetary change. This is evident in how the world economies collapsed like dominos. Yet we have the promise of renewed citizen participation as evidenced in the election of Barack Obama, a president for this new reality. All over the world people are placing in him their hopes for global leadership. He represents access to opportunity, especially to the people who have been economically or racially discriminated against. Obama’s election reflects our desire for peace through negotiations rather than war. What type of global reality we achieve is up to us. New green energy-saving technology is part of the Earth conservation efforts this Cardinal Pluto in a Saturn-ruled (Capricorn) sign promotes. December 21 is the Capricorn Ingress also known as the Winter Solstice. This solstice will be very potent with Pluto and the Sun conjoined on the World Axis at zero degrees Capricorn, within a stellium in the First House that includes Mercury, Juno and Jupiter. Their energies are intensified by Mars, situated on the Ascendant at 25 Sagittarius 40, a few seconds from the Galactic Center at 26 Sagittarius. The Capricorn Ingress also sets the tone for the winter until the Spring Equinox on March 21. What this suggests is a very powerful energy will take up the reins of Washington. The potential for beneficial change will not be immediately realized, however, as Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, turns retrograde December 31 until May 17. The process turns inside first, so inner work can lead the way to workable solutions. Optimism, patience, planning and a lot of chewing are essential.

I have invited Peter Kubaska to write about Sagittarius for this report. Peter Kubaska is an esoteric astrologer who has studied Alice Bailey material for forty years. He is a past president of the Besant Lodge of the Theosophical Society, Boston, where he teaches esoteric astrology. Peter can be reached for consultations at 413 387-9208. Please read the new articles on his web site as well. Peter offers a number of unique services. 

http://www.geocities.com/kubaska7/AWE/services.html

Sagittarius

"Motto:  I see the goal.  I reach that goal and then I see another. Both Sagittarius and Capricorn are ambitious animals. They both must choose between personal ambition and the universal plan and purpose of one-pointed discipleship, a path of persevering discipline. Sagittarius rules three of the Rays —4, 5, 6— and expresses an intense devotion both to material things and to spiritual values. In the beginner, this ambition may communicate as friendliness and kindness, especially in Sagittarius, but perhaps out of a desire for popularity and advancement. Since Sagittarius values sincerity and authenticity, they would be offended if you made this observation. They are focused on the striving side (the inner side) of appearances, but may find it difficult to see themselves and their spectrum of motives clearly. 

If Gemini and Sagittarius are devoted or married to the ideal of spiritual goals, forget about ‘reliability’ on a purely personality level. These two signs are both ruled by Earth and condition the nature of the spiritual Path for aspirants and disciples on planet Earth. On the positive side, they give great flexibility in continuous refocusing between soul and personal in spiritual, social and worldly affairs. This can be a great asset.

By now (2008) we should all be aware of the gross and lower form expression of the Ray Six Sagittarian personality aspect of the U.S., where an ignorant and ill-informed public has allowed the degenerate lower Sagittarian gambling-addiction persona to pursue trickle-down automated-market casino capitalism and its human resource devouring machine politics, which has destroyed America’s resource and capital bases in order to curse and spit on youth and human posterity. The irony involved here is the use of youth and celebrity worship to enable feral marketing propaganda to corrupt youthful ideals in order to create a nation of consumers and wasters instead of well-informed and socially thoughtful citizens.

I hope we can see that Sagittarius (in transition from Scorpio or Capricorn) is a sign of endless conflict and warring idealisms when expressing on the personality level. It can be associated with black-and-white thinking that leads to religious and ideological fanaticisms, both equally destructive. This negative side erupts because it has inherited and must work with Scorpio-Taurus issues of self-interested and idealistic desire being transmuted into spiritual aspiration and direction — desire into aspiration/will. Sagittarius is also ruled on the hierarchical or planetary level by Mars, which represents the goal of the perfection of the use of assertion and force through intelligent love-wisdom which serves the basic will-to-good and the will to love-wisdom of deity.

Sagittarius rules the ability to move forward on the Path, spurred on by the use of Thought and clean Purpose superceding Desire and raw attitude ‘negotiation’ — to achieve true conflict resolution and real results.

The distinction between desire and will, associated with Scorpio and Taurus particularly, is brought up again in Sagittarius. Both Taurus and Sagittarius are challenged with control of speech, which is basically an expression of the Psyche or emotional states. Often these two signs tend to be ‘thoughtless’ in terms of exercising true empathy, making fine psychological distinctions, and exercising discernment.

The Taurus-Scorpio axis organizes the crises governing the evolution of desire into will, plan and purpose. Sagittarius governs the long period of reiterated tests of vision, perspective and right direction where Mars-Scorpio desire is transmuted and transformed into Mercury-Scorpio will, direction, and purpose.  The Taurus arrow of spiritual aspiration returns in Sagittarius as the arrow or shaft of light and of Intuition, lighting the Path ahead. But these arrows must be followed up to "move forward on the Path." In problem-solving, consistently paying more attention to Intuition than to the chattering and struggling conditioned mind is a challenging task. But this can be Sagittarius’ great strength.

Sound is a creative force and builds the nest of forms within which we have to work, live and make concessions. We create our own circumstances primarily through the quality of our speech and body language. Speech can become a vehicle for thought and spiritual impulses as well as the more common tired, emotional, or self-serving attitudes.

This understanding of speech or psychic self-expression is crucial to the Sagittarius in us, because it is a sign of renewed vistas and orientation, followed by the Capricorn cycle of renewed effort. The themes of these two signs are enabled by right speech and presentation.

During the Full Moon, all the signs have unique qualities to contribute to spiritual growth. During the Sagittarius Full Moon [Moon in Gemini] it is important to maintain one-pointed direction and consecration to one’s higher nature, goals and projects, to make that extra effort of self-possession and identification with the Plan. It can also be a time of deep reflection on one’s orientation, values, goals and direction — and galvanize a stronger, more constructive re-orientation and sense of direction, plan, and purpose. It is like a re-commitment to marriage — to the Great Work.

On a slight tangent, humanity can be divided into two major groups — those who long for a paternal external authority to make themselves feel good about being immersed in traditions and conditioning they only half understand — and those who are looking to the divine within and its altruism and determination to overcome external conditioning through selfless service, who look to an ethical and moral authority within the divine nature within themselves. This is the difference between the dying Piscean Age and the arising Aquarian Age, between Saturn karma and conditioning and Uranian deep insight and mastery of conditioning through invoking the higher human values and hidden capabilities within each of us. Democrat Barack Obama has his Sun in Leo opposite Earth and Ascendant in Aquarius. John McCain has his Sun in Virgo opposite Earth and Ascendant in Pisces. The difference could not be clearer (with an adequate mechanism of response)... Obama will have to negotiate America’s Sagittarian personality nature, using America’s Aquarian and Gemini Soul. America may actually regain its reputation of being a great nation once again, not just because of its history — but because of its benevolent PRESENCE in the Present."

December 5. First Quarter Moon in Pisces. The Moon is coming into a challenging Mutable Cross with Mercury at 19 Sagittarius squaring Uranus in Pisces and opposing Saturn at 21 Virgo. Change and push-back rock us back and forth.

December 6. Mars conjoins the Sun at 14 Sagittarius increasing vitality as well as restlessness. The Mutable Cross continues to increase tension, building up to the Full Moon on December 12.

December 7. Venus enters Aquarius until January 4, when Venus reaches Pisces, the sign of her exaltation. Aquarius is Fixed Air, a collective humanitarian sign. Here Venus is cool and friendly. She is willing to give and take as long as it is free. Take advantage of this great time for friends and group activities. 

December 10. The Sagittarian Sun at 19 degrees squares Uranus in Pisces.  This is not a day to be pinned down. Sun square Uranus is a very volatile and rebellious aspect. Be careful not to blow off people or jobs, so later you will have no regrets.

December 12. Full Moon at 21 Gemini with 4 Pisces rising over Washington, DC. This is a Mutable Cross. Expect very high tensions with volatile ups and downs, pushing and pulling. The unpredictable planet Uranus leads in the First House at 18 Pisces 50 opposing the rules-and-order planet Saturn in Virgo in the Seventh House of relationships, allies and adversaries. While up top in the Tenth House of leadership, the Sun conjoins Mars in Sagittarius in opposition to the Moon in Gemini in the Fourth House of home, the housing market and real estate. Mercury, ruler of this Gemini Moon, is conjunct Pluto at 0 Capricorn on the World Axis. Ruler of the Ascendant Jupiter is at 24 Capricorn in the Eleventh House of goals, groups, friends and the Congress. Jupiter is adding stability to calm the volatility as it trines Saturn in the Seventh House. Neptune, the spiritual and mystic planet, is the other ruler of the Ascendant. Neptune is at 21 Aquarius 55 in the Twelfth House of hidden enemies and power behind the scene. Here Neptune is making a beneficial trine to the Moon in the Fourth House and a sextile to the Sun-Mars conjunction in the Tenth. Venus in Aquarius is also in the Twelfth House conjunct the North Node. Behind the scenes help from hidden sources can have a very soothing, calming spiritual effect. This is a test of our resolve during a change in leadership. So meditate and call on the inner forces to help bring harmony and order to chaotic conditions. Believe in the triumph of good in the long run. This collective affirmation will make for better times ahead.

December 15. Mars at 21 Sagittarius makes an exact square to Saturn in Virgo. Tests of our limits try our patience and make for a short fuse. Take a deep breath and move onward toward your goal.

December 21. The Winter Solstice when the Sun turns back toward the Northern Hemisphere. Washington, DC has 24 Sagittarius rising with Mars on the Ascendant at 25 Sagittarius. This Winter Solstice/Ingress is in the First House adding to the impact of the Sun conjunct Pluto at 0 Capricorn on the World Axis. This is the first time these two planets have made a conjunction in Capricorn in over 200 years. So, yes, it begins a powerful new chapter to our development as a nation and to our planetary wellness. There is also a First House stellium in Capricorn which includes Mercury, Juno and Jupiter, the ruler of the Ascendant. This chart has the Moon on top in the Tenth House at 24 Libra. The Moon squares the ruler of the Ascendant, Jupiter, in Capricorn. Getting funding and credit for the housing market is still a big issue as well as is the funding of agencies and business. The North N ode, Venus, Chiron and Neptune are in Fixed Air Aquarius. The idealistic and conceptually brilliant sign Aquarius in the Second House of finances again refers to our financial future with its goals of new development, but only in its conceptual stage for now.

Tuning into Capricorn from the 2007 Astrology Report: Capricorn is the executive manager at the top of the Cardinal Cross devising large corporate and political strategies with worldwide implications. In esoteric studies, moving through Capricorn are three powerful rays. The First Ray is of will and power, complemented by the Third Ray of active intelligence, and put into action with the Seventh Ray of ritual order and magic. This combo is dynamic! Saturn rules Capricorn on both the inner and outer levels. The Capricorn glyph of the climbing goat fits perfectly as growth is always measured by the limits we surpass and this is Saturn at work. Work, then, is a key word for the Saturnian Capricorn, as are results; Capricorns look for the bottom line. Structure is also a key word for understanding Saturn, for structure makes the formative patterning for building on any level. Capricorn is also the sign of initiations or passing tests that prove one to be fit and worthy to move ahead. On the physical level, Capricorn rules the knees, skeleton and teeth. Saturn with its rings closing in as we age portrays our life story through our patterns of experience. Fear, a tool of Saturn, drives us to work harder for success or keeps us stuck.

December 27. New Moon at 6 Capricorn 08 with 4 Capricorn 30 rising over Washington, DC. Wow! A lunation within two degrees of the Ascendant with a stellium of Capricorn planets in the First House. The Moon moves over the Mars-Pluto conjunction on the hidden side in the Twelfth House at 0 Capricorn into its lunation in the First House at 6 Capricorn on to Juno at 20, then Mercury at 23 conjunct Jupiter at 27 Capricorn. Also in the First House is the North Node at 9 Aquarius. Then, adding integrity, the ruling planet Saturn in Virgo, a Mutable Earth sign, complements these planets from above the horizon in the Eighth House of relationships, the partner’s money, finances, inheritance and financial institutions. Unpredictable Uranus in Pisces opposes Saturn. So, no surprise jobs. The economy’s lack of sure footing is the issue. All-out effort is focused on rectifying the huge losses and turning over new options. All solutions will take time as Saturn turns retrograde December 31, New Year’s Eve.

December 31. Saturn at 21 Virgo 46 stations retrograde traveling back to 14 Virgo until May 17. Work on the planning of the deep and comprehensive restructurings needed to make headway in the spring.

 

November 2008 Astrology Report
By Linda Clave

This fall we have witnessed a nonstop roll-out of the last degrees of Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, in Sagittarius. November 26 will be the ingress of Pluto into Cardinal Capricorn. Last January Pluto entered Capricorn, but stationed retrograde April 2 at 1 Capricorn 09, passing backward over the last two degrees of Sagittarius. Then Jupiter on September 8, and Pluto on September 9, went direct. Shortly after the September Full Moon, shock waves began a domino effect triggering a world economic meltdown. Financial scandals reached unprecedented levels. Even former head of the Federal Reserve, Allen Greenberg, was shocked at the flaws in the free market economy. Since then we have seen a daily stock market roller coaster ride. Many retirees, or those on the verge of retirement, have lost the last ten years of gain, and recovery is doubtful.

On a lighter note, a friend shared an interesting clipping from the Wall Street Journal which stated, "Horoscopes probably are as good a charting tool as any this time around." It mentioned that brokers are passing around astrological information (q.v., www. wsj.com/marketbeat). "It’s legit. Panic lows have historically occurred on day 27/28 of the seventh lunar cycle, this Sunday and Monday. The panics of 1857/1907/1929/1987/1997 all marked their lows on these days in October." But today, October 28, as I write this, the market gained 900 points. What we do with these tides in the market makes a difference. It is not all fated!

At the dowsing convention last August, I attended a class given by a remarkable old-timer, Guenter Knoernschild, who has 60 years experience under his belt. He studied with Rudolf Steiner and developed remarkable abilities to dowse, from the inner planes, the Askaskic Records. His work began after seeing an article on the absence of Sun Spot activity between 1500-1700. He noticed that low activity correlated with historical epochs of stress and wars. He mentioned the Thirty YearsWar (1618–1648), which was a religious war principally fought in Germany, where it involved most of the European powers. He felt it began with the birth of Martin Luther, November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany. Luther’s work opened the way to a divided Europe previously unified under a single faith. Guenter then dowsed the flux in cycles of cosmic energy all the way back to 40 BC and later forward to 2040 AD. Yearly on January 1 or 2 he dowses each month for the year. Last August I saw his charts for the rest of 2008 with an extreme drop for October, and now it is history. He sees November 2008 still down, a flat line in a toxically low register. His predictions for the extremely sharp drop this fall were based on an absence of Sun Spot activity and low tides of cosmic energy from celestial influences like the Milky Way. The Sun Spot activity runs on an 11-year cycle. From Wikipedia: "The average duration of the sun spot cycle is about 11 years (about 28 cycles in the 309 years between 1699 and 2008), but cycles as short as 9 years and as long as 14 years have been observed. Significant variations in amplitude also occur." Guenter dowsed December 2008 as a slow climb into 2009. See the diagram dowsed January 20, 2000: 

Once more I have requested Peter Kubaska to enrich this report with his wisdom. Peter gives us a look at Scorpio as a soul transitional sign.

"Scorpio in esoteric astrology is ruled by Pluto/Mars, Mars and Mercury on personality, soul, and planetary levels respectively. Scorpio is all about the right use of force and instinct inherited from our animal nature. Instinct is based on fight or flight in a world where reptiles and animals devour one another as predator and prey. Presumably humans are meant to have evolved above or beyond this with our threefold reptilian, mammalian and human brain. However, human addiction to conflict and crisis in order to think has meant that for millennia human lives have been "nasty, brutish and short," as the philosopher Hobbes observed.

Scorpio is all about the mastery of brawn by brains. It has to recognize the difference between force and energy (and eventually among rays), between brute coercion and intelligent persuasion. Scorpio’s path, the path of the spiritual disciple, leads from Mars to Mercury, from Martian war-game planning, bean-counting, water-selling and food fights, to Mercury vision and intelligent stewardship of the planet. Humanity is essentially Mercury, divine intermediary between higher and lower kingdoms in nature.

Scorpio represents the battle between self-interested Personality values and universal or selfless Soul values, between the Dweller on the Threshold (of Initiation) and the Angel of the Presence — the two aspects of Humanity, animal and divine.

When the self-interested and ambitious warrior Personality exhausts itself and makes the decisive turn in Libra toward refined Soul values, then the standard backwards progression of the personality through the Wheel of the Zodiac turns forward, and Scorpio begins to fight for universal Soul, group and planetary values. (This takes a while — to prove one’s values and principles to oneself.)

The battle of Hercules with the nine-headed Hydra symbolizes this long period of transmuting personality history (karma) and liabilities into soul and group assets. (The Nine Tests in Scorpio are: [3 physical] sex, physical comfort, money; [3 emotional] fear, hate, ambition; and [3 mental] pride, separativeness, cruelty.) That is why Scorpio is said to rule the first three "initiations of the threshold" (mastering the threefold personality), while Capricorn begins (at the third initiation) to rule the "solar initiations" of the ancient Egyptian and Masonic rites and the Twelve Labors of the Sun Gods represented by Hercules.

Mars rules drive and the entire range of idealisms (some so gross as to be virtually unrecognizable). Ideas are spiritual impulses taking form. Mercury Ideas become ideals in action and idols (or attitudes) in fossilization. The point is to pursue one’s ideals with Energy and right effort and without the use of unnecessary force. Force shatters and congeals. Force is something to be applied to objects. Force is like a crust or shell of interacting form factors resulting from the impact of Energy. It is Energy that applies to persons and relationships — and all sentient existence is in essential fluid relationship. This is a key to immortality. This poise and discernment in action and ideals (between force and energy) takes a developed mind and broad vision with a fearless courage to be inclusive and open.

Perhaps the major evolutionary change taking place in humanity on the planet today is the shift of emphasis from animal gut-brain fixed attitudes (solar plexus) to the human brain and intelligent communication (head, heart, and throat). All one has to do is examine any major planetary conflict to recognize these two factors at odds with each other — no whining and martyrdom excuses, please. Pure intelligent materialism (the definition of Evil, the outworn past) is being replaced by intelligent materialism with Love, Heart, and Wisdom.

Scorpio represents the evolution of instinct (gut-brain attitude) into intellect. When memory, attention-span and the faculty of imagination or visualization (image-in-action) are cultivated along with reflective rationality, then Scorpio supervises the evolution of intellect into pure intuition — the mind as beacon light of the Soul.

Instinct is the opposite of intuition, in the sense that the blind lower chakras of the desperate survivalist animal are the opposite of a fully awakened human mind and creative life, and the ability to see facts and envision solutions — Mars versus Mercury becomes Mars serving Mercury. THINK FAST. Make Haste Calmly.

Peter Kubaska is an esoteric astrologer who has studied Alice Bailey material for forty years. He is a past president of the Besant Lodge of the Theosophical Society, Boston, where he teaches esoteric astrology. Peter can be reached for consultations at 413 387-9208.

November 2. Neptune emerges from retrograde motion to station direct at 21 Aquarius 28. Mars in Scorpio is applying to square stationary Neptune. November 4, Election Day, it is exact. Hidden plots and scenarios become public knowledge. Keep your cool, and separate fact from fiction. This is not a good time, for the next week, to invest.

November 3 is a tough day just before the election, with Venus at 19 Sagittarius squaring Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces. More negative economic forecasting pushes the polls up and down.

November 4, the big Election Day, has so much astrological activity it is impossible to predict the end results! In the wee hours Mars in Scorpio squares Neptune in Aquarius. Racial issues could emerge. Time to straighten out all the spin in the midst of this perplexing camouflage. Then, as the polls open, Saturn in Virgo opposes retrograde Uranus. Upsets are sure to be in the making. Mercury, late morning, leaves the last degree of Libra and enters Scorpio. Voters become determined and resolute to uncover the facts and have their vote properly counted.

November 10 is a high-spirited day. The Sun at 18 Scorpio is in an inspired trine to retrograde Uranus in Pisces. Let your creativity rule.

Full Moon at 21 Taurus on November 12 with 14 Virgo 09 rising over Washington, DC. Saturn at 19 Virgo 42 is in the First House of self or the nation in opposition to retrograde Uranus in Pisces in the Seventh House of both enemies and allies—an upsetting day and so complex, the emphasis will likely be on wrapping up loose ends from all that has happened during the election. Action is found in the angular houses and those with planets therein include: Saturn on the Ascendant, Uranus on the Descendant and Venus in the Fourth House of home, land and family, conjunct Pluto at 29 Sagittarius. Romances can end, or find new fuel at deeper levels of honesty. A bright note is the ingenuity of Mercury and the Sun trine angular Uranus in the Seventh House. The Sun in the Third House conjunct Mars, and the Moon in the Ninth House are squaring Neptune in the Sixth House. Issues of leadership and communication with perhaps the higher courts drawn in can be in play. This is yet another day for caution in economic matters.

November 13. The Sun at 21 Scorpio exactly squares Neptune in Aquarius. Let your Higher Self and the Light be your beacon. Fighting clouds doesn’t get you far. Also, Venus enters Capricorn, a Saturn-ruled Cardinal Earth sign, until December 8. This is all about administrative and strategic maneuvers. Expect a lot of corporate restructuring and changes in the financial packaging of funds.

November 16. Mars leaves its watery home in Scorpio and energizes the fiery Mutable sign Sagittarius until December 27 when it enters Capricorn and moves into a conjunction with Pluto. More adventure and a quest for fresh, new horizons mark this period. The movement is outward toward the freedom of wide-open spaces after the deep, inner emotional attachments period of Mars in Scorpio.

November 19. Mercury at 21 Scorpio squares Neptune in Aquarius. Mercury wants to dig deep and uncover the facts behind hidden or unresolved mysteries. Scandals could make the news.

November 21. The Sun enters Sagittarius. From the 2007 report: Sagittarius is the third sign of the fire triplicity. Sagittarius is mutable fire or the fire of transmutation. The glyph is the centaur, a horse on the bottom with a man on top who is aiming his bow upward into the heavens. Aiming high, fueled by aspiration, this Jupiter-ruled sign is always raising and stretching the bar in all directions. The mantra for the Sagittarian experience is, "I see the goal. I reach the goal and see another." Philosophy, religion, higher education and world travel are featured in this sign. Jupiter, its ruling planet, is transiting through the conservative Saturn-ruled Capricorn. Rules and order take precedence over free-wheeling and expansive expression. Colleges are struggling with the direly sluggish economy’s effect on the ablity of parents to pay their children’s tuition. Emphasis is on the role of government as society’s keeper.

November 23. Mercury now enters Sagittarius until December 12. As it leaves the depths of Scorpio behind, Mercury reaches outward toward goals with a fresh sense of direction.

November 26. Pluto returns to Capricorn on the eve of the New Moon on Thanksgiving Day. During this Pluto transit, economics, government and politics will need restructuring. But the big piece is the Green Movement placing priority on the awareness of planetary wholeness. Knowledge of our interrelatedness can inspire our ingenuity. The July 4, 1776 US chart has Pluto at 27 Capricorn. When correctly directed, the US, a Cancer nation, has the resources and capacity to help feed the world. This has the making of an exciting revolution. From the first Pluto ingress January 26, 2008: " Pluto arrives on the eve of January 25. So the new trends are in Cardinal Earth. Capricorn is the most dynamic and pragmatic of signs to work out a new order. Order and step-by-step planning are imperative in order to succeed. When you are aware of how planetary shifts relate to your personal horoscope, you can take advantage of possibilities and anticipate the lessons you will meet along the way. The general pattern is for profound global change at an accelerating pace as Pluto moves through Capricorn until March, 2023. The Earth is rapidly losing its glaciers in Greenland, for instance. The world’s largest glacier is dumping slices into the ocean as the temperature rises, causing changes to the eco system. These changes harm many coldwater fish and other essential habitat-maintaining species. This is true for Glacier National Park as well. The topography of the current world will have an altered profile if these trends continue to raise sea levels. Areas of low elevation could be submerged. This, in turn, could impact world migration patterns at a level we have never seen. This is not science fiction but projected science from credible sources. Again, cardinal signs bring change and we must work with the positive possibilities in order to be part of the solution.

New Moon at 5 Sagittarius 49 with 18 Aquarius 32 rising over Washington, DC. on Thanksgiving Day. Expectations of the new US administration are apparent with this Tenth House lunation conjunct Mercury, the communicator, and Mars, the driver of the message/spin. A story is told with mystical Neptune at 21 Aquarius expressing through the window of the Ascendant. Chiron in the Twelfth House, almost on the Ascendant, suggests a healing note. Also in the Twelfth House is Venus approaching a conjunction to the ruling planet of the lunation, Jupiter, at 21 Capricorn trine Saturn at 20 Virgo 43 in the Seventh House. One can expect a return of confidence and cautious optimism for the economy within new government regulations. Yet, with Uranus in Pisces in the First House still bouncing around in opposition to Saturn in Virgo in the Seventh, a lot is up in the air as to what, when and how these changes will turn out.

 

Astrology Report October 2008  
By Linda Clave
 
This month is a very important time to achieve balance in every aspect of Life, especially in our relationships. The Cardinal Air Sign of Libra is about relationships. Relationships require our willingness to consider the needs of others and get our egos under control. It is here our energies begin their journey inward as the Sun crosses the Equator moving south into the Tropic of Capricorn. Planet Venus, ruler of Libra, rules the blood flow back to the heart, again emphasizing our return to the inner world. Social skills and grace develop with Venus. Libra is rich in aesthetics, diplomacy, and charm. During the 2008 transit of the Sun through Libra, the lovers Mars and Venus are transiting the Fixed Water Sign, Scorpio, cloaking their activities in secrecy under the covers. Passions run deep! Convictions are not easily changed. The Full Moon October 14 at 21 Aries, ruled by Mars, increases this challenge to relate openly and fairly. We should expect to have a better understanding of the US’ part in the world market crisis. This Mars-ruled Moon is within a degree of the opposition to Mercury when it went retrograde on September 24. At that time Mercury was at 22 Libra 50 in conjunction to Mars at 23 Libra 30. Battle lines are formed! The remaining presidential debates will be intense and highly charged. All parties need to step back and get a more holistic view of the urgent matters on the table. Indeed, global change has been launched with this economic crisis. Honesty and transparency are hard to come by as all the facts are shaded by complex transactions.

LIBRA, an Esoteric Approach to the Inward Journey, by Peter Kubaska:

"Ten of the twelve signs of the zodiac grow and evolve through conflict, crisis, and meeting the challenge of communication, understanding, and loving and intelligent cooperation.
 
Libra, along with Aries, is one of the two signs which do not develop or evolve through crisis. Their method is to achieve a point of balance, tension and poise — Aries, a point of silent tension before the projection of the creative impulse or thought form, and Libra, a point of silent poise before bringing two factors into harmony and creating a third and liberating factor.
 
Libra rules No Man’s Land. We are left to our own devices and Karma in Libra to judge ourselves from the point of view of our higher Self, wherever stationed. Libra rules the duality of Self and Humanity at large.
 
We all know the rather negative traits of Librans — sacrificing all for comfort or harmony, sitting on the fence until the self-serving values emerge, lots of talk about seeing both sides of the issue at hand (when someone is about to be figuratively raped) with no real interest in inquiry and justice, only pacification and face-saving. Libra is very good at creating the appearance of cooperation and even-handedness, but often with a hidden agenda, only revealed at the moment of self-interest. There can be talk of justice, but Tact can be expressed as either infinite or devious manipulation or as a kind of divine vision and diplomacy.  
 
Libra is meant to serve brains over brawn, or brains over the gut-brained. Most people do not think. They only think when confronted with a conflict or crisis. Humanity has the addiction of conflict. This is the challenge of the 2008 elections coming up. Will demagogues be able to manipulate the gut-brained 50% of the populace into violating basic humanitarian values, or will America regain its Soul?
 
Virgo gives humanity a choice in terms of purification — through Vision or through War (society’s "favorite holiday") — change through brains or through dumb force. Libra gives us the choice of humanity’s approach toward the use of law — the guardian of fairness, justice and positive righteousness, or law as the enforcer of a kindergarten regime for men, such as we see with the present administration (2000–08) encouraging private-sector building and management of detention facilities while creating a plantation-slave casino economy with a ghetto wall to the south. A mercenary armed forces parallels a potential mercenary municipal order — how sick and degenerate can a society get before the rot actually dismembers it for composting? Unfortunately this disease and rot spreads throughout the planet from a country that once represented the human democratic ideal.
 
The Bull in Taurus swerves in Libra to reverse the zodiacal wheel. Most of humanity revolves backward through the signs. The spiritual disciple moves forward. As the animal gut-brain was transformed into the human brain, and instinct became intellect, so the basic human instincts and urges must reverse direction to direct the self-interested personality nature toward the Soul — intellect evolves to include intuition and true vision. We once were blind, but now we see.
 
In Libra the evolving human reaches a point of tension that demands nerve and poise to make the best decision. Without that poise, he slouches back into the familiar and comfortable.
 
Libra is meant to have a very wide view of social and worldly affairs. Libra’s standard symbol of The Scales is superceded by its esoteric symbol, the Triangle that surrounds the All-Seeing Eye of God — Duality surmounted by a Point of At-One-Ment. It is only with this very broad vision that Libra can make those choices, establish that poise, and exercise the tact that enables great and broad effects within the family, group, nation or planet within which it functions.
 
In Libra the value of self-interest widens to include greater and greater spheres of interest and an ensuing sense of social responsibility. Self-interest finally dissolves in this greater Vision."

Peter Kubaska is an esoteric astrologer who has studied Alice Bailey material for forty years. He is a past president of the Besant Lodge of the Theosophical Society, Boston, where he teaches esoteric astrology. Peter can be reached for consultations at 413 387-9208

Sharon Mullen, who contributed the article on Tong Ren Astrology for Peace to last month’s astrology report, passed away unexpectedly September 28. She will be greatly missed.  

I have asked astrologer Dietrich Pessin to comment on Saturn’s current opposition to Uranus:

"We are experiencing the strange dynamic of the incubating opposition of Saturn and Uranus. This two-year opposition was set off by the Full Moon on September 15, 2008 and will remain engaged beyond the final opposition in July of 2010. This aspect sets off a battle of wills where reckless abandon and rebellion are faced with the blunt demands of judgment and responsibility. A test of wills is likely to break any system that has been teetering on the verge of collapse. This aspect last occurred from 1965 to 1967.  

When Saturn and Uranus are in opposition there is pressure to replace weak links in existing systems not only by friction but also by a pulling apart action. It becomes apparent that over-stretched budgets and exorbitant expenditures fail to perform and face an end before a clear path for reconstruction is formed. Bridges, roads and fences within our infrastructure become treasured commodities of access in our neighborhoods and throughout the globe. This access comes at a dear price that some are neither willing nor able to pay. The combination of this pair also has a sandpaper effect that grinds away at any superficial surface, irritating a path toward change and forcing a new landscape.  

The only apparent solution is to keep the focus on the basics such as food, safe and secure housing and the energy for light and warmth. If everyone has a home there is a safe foundation that supports inspiration, which is the mother of invention for new ways to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Looking back to the mythological figures, Uranus and Gaia (earth) are the parents of Saturn indicating that via chaos there is hope for greater structure and stability as we embrace a new era.  

During this extremely trying period the heavy footprints of Pluto, traveling in the final degrees of Sagittarius, weighs in. It was no surprise that a deep transformation of big business and government was on its way. Astrologers worldwide have noted the potential for the mighty dwarf planet to topple global pillars as it toggles over the world axis point of zero Capricorn. We saw warnings of this last March and April when Pluto parked at the first degree of Capricorn but retreated to Sagittarius June 26, 2008. This is clearly a frightful example of any power that has grown too big for its britches. Saturn rules structure and stability and Uranus rules sudden abrupt change through a big bang often reckoned by a truth that becomes the bolt of awakening and incites a rebellion. These principals proved to be far more powerful than the powers that be, which are ruled by Pluto, who often represents the tiny percent of the world’s population that holds 96% of worlds’ riches. With Saturn and Uranus it is clear that the average person matters and must reclaim his world and rid it of those who regard themselves as great powers but who only look out for themselves. Hereby the topsy-turvy events force responsibility and leadership to fortify the average citizens, not the chosen few. A new world and the mother of invention is the light at the end of this dark tunnel."
 
Dietrich Pessin is a full time career astrologer in the greater Boston area. Her weekly radio report can be heard every Saturday at 9:45 a.m. on WZBC 90.3 FM. The show can be streamed via the Internet or played from Dietrich’s website at www.Lunar-Shadows.com <http://www.lunar-shadows.com/>. She is the author of a groundbreaking book, Lunar Shadows; the third edition of which is on sale this fall. Call ahead to join Dietrich’s astrology class at 7-9 p.m. on Olcott Street in Watertown, MA. 617-924-0929.
 
October 4. Mars enters its own sign, Scorpio, until November 16. Passion is high with both lovers Mars and Venus now in Scorpio. Deep emotions will need outlets for release of pressure. With Mercury retrograde until October 15, old issues and hidden affairs can surface.
 
October 5, 19, and November 2. Please join Linda Clave and Kate Rafferty for an Astrology Tong Ren tune up at the Theosophical Society, Arlington MA. For details go to www.TSboston.org <http://www.tsboston.org/> and scroll down on "Ongoing."  

October 6. The Sun in Libra conjoins retrograde Mercury and squares Jupiter, making for a busy day. Don’t let your plans expand into unmanageable proportions. Be careful to make only those promises you can keep.
 
October 10. Lovely Venus at 19 Scorpio 57 trines unpredictable retrograde Uranus in feeling-oriented Pisces. This is a great day for you to go outside your box and still feel safe with the sextile from Saturn the rule-keeper. Be inventive!
 
October 11. Lovely Venus at 21 Scorpio squares dreamy Neptune in Aquarius. Fantasy is great as long as you know the real deal.

October 14. The Full Moon is at 21 Aries 51 with 23 Aquarius 57 rising over Washington, DC. Stay cool and as grounded as possible! The day after this intensely charged Aries full Moon, Mercury stations direct at 7 Libra 36. Watch for what could easily be a big turn of events. The Sun is in the Eighth House of debts and institutionally-held finances and the Moon is in the Second House of personal finances and resources. What do you and I get from the bailout besides debt? Retrograde Neptune creates a cloaking effect as it hovers over the Ascendant. What is believable? Also unpredictable Uranus in Pisces is retrograde in the First House of self and the nation and it is in opposition to Saturn in the Seventh House of enemies and allies. Expect challenges to get at what is the reality. Since much of the negotiating has been going on during Mercury’s retrograde period, as Mercury turns direct more financial information is aired. Stay focused on what you know is solid and sustainable. For now only a highly skilled surfer can ride those waves!

October 15. At 4:06 PM Mercury stations direct at 7 Libra 36. Facts slowly emerge and better decisions can be made, allowing a forward motion to move us out of paralysis.

October 18. Venus leaves intense Mars-ruled Scorpio for outward-bound Sagittarius. Venus now wants her freedom and wants to clear herself of addictions and dependency. She wants to fly.
 
October 22. The Sun enters the Fixed Water sign of Scorpio. This yearly transit is especially intense with Mars, co-ruler of Scorpio, also transiting Scorpio and Scorpio’s other co-ruler, Pluto, completing its transit of Sagittarius. The US presidential elections in the midst of the financial market bailouts and the exact opposition between Saturn and Uranus make this a very tense, highly charged month. With the passion held in Scorpio’s Fixed Water, it is almost impossible to stay neutral. Nothing is wishy-washy about Scorpio; do-or-die stakes are on the table.

October 26. Mercury direct at 16 Libra squares Jupiter at 16 Capricorn. This is the third pass: the first square was on September 8, the day Jupiter went direct and Pluto stationed. That was a turning point day. We are still reeling from the global economic fallout. The advice back then still stands: "Take time to digest and weigh the consequences before taking on any large projects or investments."
 
October 28. The New Moon is at 5 Scorpio 54 with 28 Taurus 14 rising over Washington, DC. Your vote counts! The economy is still the big issue for everyone. In this mess the depth and determination of Scorpio becomes an asset. Whether you’re a wealthy investor or an individual working for a meager salary, the question remains, how can anyone survive this turmoil and keep the life force flowing? Mars and Pluto rule this Scorpio lunation, with Mars, the Sun, Moon and Mercury in the Sixth House. Sixth House issues concern our health, health care, workers, their work and surroundings. Job security, healthcare and survival will bring voters out for this election. Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, is dignified in the Eighth House of banking, and credit institutions. World economies are in revision as Pluto’s finishes the last degree of Sagittarius and moves this Fall into 0 Capricorn on the World Axis. Pluto is conjunct the asteroid Juno. She is the female archetype of the controller, as the Queen of the heavens, wife of Zeus. Our saving grace in this case is her management skill and control. In the Tenth House of career and national leadership retrograde Chiron and the North Node join with dreamy nebulous veils of retrograde Neptune. This combination can inspire a fresh direction or cover up and seduce the public perception of reality. In this cosmic soup the US presidential race climaxes in the first quarter Moon. Turning direct and more visible, Neptune stations on Election Day. It may be awhile before we can be sure of the exact ballot count. November 4 has even more excitement with the exact Saturn and Uranus opposition. Try to stay centered in your depths and let the added stress and chaos affect just the surface. Renewal comes after the old leaves and stalks become fertilizing mulch, and the hibernation period gives needed rest.

Linda Clave

September Astrology Report 2008
By Linda Clave

The Fall Equinox, September 22, begins the third quarter of the year, and an uphill struggle as Pluto finally leaves Sagittarius November 26 and Saturn in Virgo builds toward an opposition with retrograde Uranus in Pisces November 2, just days before the presidential election. September will be a busy month as Saturn in Virgo drives a need to accomplish a lot of unfinished business and to restructure institutions for public health and security. Mercury transiting Libra, the sign of balance, relationships and marriage partnerships, turns retrograde on September 26 until October 15. The tendency while Mercury is in Libra is to refrain from making impulsive decisions (unlike its opposite sign, impetuous Aries) and instead to weigh the choices, swinging back and forth in deliberation. In its retrograde motion, expect delays before decisions are made. The Full Moon falls in the middle of the month on September 15, with the Moon conjunct Uranus in opposition to the Sun. Quick changes of events and reversals may cause inner turmoil. The New Moon September 29 is working through the retrograde Mercury position and the stressful effects of Saturn approaching the opposition to retrograde Uranus. People will have a hard time making up their minds, especially the swing voters.  

On August 30 the New Moon at 7 Virgo 48 signaled the elemental shift to mutable Earth and the closing days of summer. The Sun is now making its way South toward the Tropic of Capricorn and the natural seasonal preparation has begun. Here we begin the difficult physical adjustment, as we move inward towards our core, much like the tree’s sap as it returns to its roots. Virgo is the Harvest in full swing, bringing in the sheaths that make the flour, canning or freezing the fruits and vegetables and drying the corn planted in the first earth sign, Taurus. These are all physical, practical, reality-based chores that keep life on track. So naturally Virgo is the sign associated with the work that sorts out the best and discards what isn’t useful. To accomplish these tasks, faculties of sharp focus, discernment and discrimination are needed to promote purity, cleanliness and consciousness of a healthy life style. Anatomically Virgo rules the intestines. The intestines again reinforce the link with our ability to sort and discriminate. The digestive process is the intake of the harvest into our physical system for our wellbeing. Mercury rules Virgo as well as Gemini. In Virgo Mercury is the consciously able to determine and apply the right substance and portion, much like an alchemist or pharmacist. Virgo is also the sign of service. Service is humble and focuses its attention on process rather than on glamour or the expectation of reward. This is emphasized while Saturn is in Virgo. Unlike Leos, who need to be noticed and acclaimed, Virgos are happy in a quiet roles as assistant, nurse or editor.

As wisdom is unchanging, I am repeating the 2007 Virgo article by Peter Kubaska, an esoteric astrologer who has studied Alice Bailey material for forty years. Peter is past president of the Besant Lodge of the Theosophical Society, Boston, where he instructs esoteric astrology. Peter can be reached for consultations at 413 387-9208.
Please visit Peter’s new web site at www.sevensuns.us.

"Virgo the Virgin is ruled by Mercury, which has a higher and lower aspect. The lower aspect, related to the Moon, works through the five senses, the nervous system and its sensibilities, and concrete concepts. The higher aspect of Mercury is purely abstract and formless, and functions through Insight and Intuition. The intuition is like the higher psychic nature, which functions through the heart. The intuition operates directly through the mind when it is full of spirit or soul. Intuitive wisdom thinks with the
heart, and sees directly through the transformed mind. The Moon rules the brain through which the Mind has to function, for good or ill.

When you see the Moon, you see Form. Behind every form, like the Moon, are other levels and energies. The Moon (and Form) also reflects greater lights, like the Sun’s Being and Mercury’s higher Intuition. These are what interest the esoteric astrologer. Later along the Path, Mercury rules the rainbow bridge (antahkarana) between planetary and solar energy (etheric) levels. Solar energies refer to our solar system and its inner life. For instance, the 11/22-year cycle of sunspots is said by Theosophy to represent the beating of the solar heart. The Sun expresses itself through cycles much vaster than the seasonal cycles humans experience on the Earth planet.

While the standard rulers of the astrological signs work on the personality level, the spiritual student is more interested in probing beneath the surface. By meditating on the Signs and Planets, their symbols and meanings, their inner levels and energies are revealed.

On inner levels, Virgo is said to be ruled by Vulcan. Who is Vulcan? Vulcan is the celestial blacksmith who lived in a volcano, forging weapons, shields and tools from metal and fire. Vulcan works with fire, and by repeated hammering (vibration, mantra, song), builds links between parts for the sake of the Whole. Each individual contains a spark of the divine nature within. Virgo, the Virgin, guards this spark until it is born and takes its full form. Virgo also rules the gestation process, or the labor pains one undergoes in giving birth to an idea, a creative work, or a baby. Vulcan represents staying power and the endurance of the spiritual will during this painstaking time. In many ways, Virgo represents the shaman’s solitary vigil, purification and voluntary renunciation until it achieves fruition in a shamanic dream, vision, or realized project. But Virgo is shy and retiring while it shelters the growing life within the cave of the heart. And it is long-suffering when attempting to share this life with the outer world at large. Patience and forbearance hold and guard the bigger picture, and both require real inner, authentic courage."

September 7. Mars at 12 Libra conjoins Mercury and squares retrograde Jupiter in Capricorn just before it stations direct. In investments, this cardinal aspect can signal intense up and down speculation, continuing into September 8.

September 8. Double action: Jupiter at 12 Capricorn 32 stations direct and squares Mercury in Libra. Jupiter will square Mercury again after Mercury’s retrograde period at 18 Libra on October 28. Mercury also conjoins Mars, quickening the reaction to changes. Then Pluto stations direct at 28 Sagittarius 30. This is a turning point day. Take time to digest and weigh consequences before taking on any large projects or investments.
 
September 11. Venus is conjunct Mars at 14 Libra.  Passion may outweigh reason and take off.
 
September 12. The Sun at 20 Virgo opposes retrograde Uranus. This is a day to just do something spontaneous without analysis or reasons. It also can be a day to break off or out of old worn out ways in work or relationships.
 
September 12 and 13. You can learn intuitive skills. I will teach dowsing in a lovely farm setting at 2008 is the Year of Gardening for Health: Cultivating Wellness, Dorchester, NH.  Registration forms are available at: http://www.dacres.org/Conference2008.htm  Lauren:
info@dacres.org or (603) 786-2366.

September 15. The Moon is Full at 22 Pisces 24 with 2 Virgo 40 rising over Washington, DC. Taskmaster Saturn, in the First House at 13 Virgo 20, is applying to the opposition with unpredictable retrograde Uranus in Pisces, which is conjunct the Full Moon. Mercury at 19 Libra is about to turn retrograde. Mercury rules the Ascendant and is in the Second House conjunct Venus and Mars. Expect more issues concerning the financial state of the world economy with currency reevaluations. Anything can change and change again in the process underway. Negotiate your issues with diplomacy and patience. Love and tough love are needed to bring issues to a satisfying conclusion. On a personal level there is a positive placement at work here. Healing energy is available to move us forward through old wound patterns with Mars, Venus and Mercury trining retrograde Chiron in Aquarius conjunct the North Node and retrograde Neptune all in the Sixth House!
 
September 17. Venus at 22 Libra trines Neptune in Aquarius. This an especially romantic day, also exceptionally good for the arts.

September 19. Mercury at 22 Libra trines Neptune in Aquarius. This is a good day to write or compose. Creative inspiration is high.
 
September 21. Mars at 22 Libra trines Neptune in Aquarius. Increased sensitivity enhances creative, musical and psychic activities.
 
September 22. The Fall Equinox at 0 Libra.  Change is key to all cardinal signs as they initiate the four seasons and four directions. Zero degrees Libra is the pivotal point of the Fall. Here the Sun’s journey south tucks down beneath the Equator on its way to the Winter Solstice in the Tropic of Capricorn. Fall is the social season with lengthening night skies, evening events and social gatherings. Venus rules; the stage is set for Venusians to weave their magical charms.

The Fall Equinox turns our energies, or qi, inward, which can be challenging after the summer’s heat has expanded us. This necessitates quite an adjustment in what we eat and what we wear. This year the adjustment requires more patience and flexibility as contracting Saturn in Virgo moves toward its stressful opposition to retrograde Uranus in Pisces. Venus, Mars, and Mercury, the inner planets, are all in Libra. We can expect expect a very active social calendar. The economy, debt and inflation will be issues on the top of the national agenda with 26 Scorpio 55 rising over Washington, DC. They will hang over this period as smog. The Fall Ingress chart has Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, sitting on the cusp of the Second House of financial resources. Pluto is the ruling planet of Scorpio and is now direct at 28 Sagittarius, putting a finishing touch on its major conjunction with Jupiter December of 2007. Jupiter is also in the Second House, in conservative Capricorn. Together they oppose the Eighth House Moon in Cancer. The Eighth House represents financial institutions, which hold our credit and debt both personally and nationally. The Cancer Moon here speaks to the housing market and mortgage foreclosures, which are still unresolved and remain big issues for the political candidates. They need to come up with a policy that works! Jupiter’s trine to Saturn is a bright note helping to stabilize the situation, but this is a conservative time, so conserve your energy to stay focused. Practices of qi flow as in yoga, tai chi or qi gong, as well as bodywork, are a great help.

The Fall Equinox is a day for celebration and adjustment. There are a variety of energetic spiritual and social activities available to participate in:
 
September 21. Linda Clave and Kate Rafferty will lead the Astrology Tong Ren Group at the Theosophical Society at 21 Maple St, Arlington, MA from 3 to 5 PM. This is an opportunity to get in tune with the Fall Equinox and then allow this dynamic energy to integrate into your body. For more info, please visit: http://www.tsboston.org/ then scroll down on the heading, "Ongoing Groups."
 
September 21. At 3 PM Katja Esser will host a special event at America’s Stonehenge in Salem, NH: http://www.stonehengeusa.com/autumnal_equinox.htm

In Munson MA September 19–21 at Horsemunn Farm, there will a multi-event gathering in which Peter Champoux, author of last month’s earth alignment article, will speak on Saturday, September 20. Dowsing, labyrinths and earth energies will be featured. Call 413 267-5009.
 
Sharon Mullen invites you to participate in Astrology, Tong Ren and World Peace at this turning point on the Cardinal Axis. Sharon Mullen is a Tong Ren therapist who has studied with Tom Tam, the originator of Tong Ren, for 22 years. Sharon is also a Certified Astrologer, Level IV, National Council of Geocosmic Research. She is the First Vice President of the Boston Chapter of NCGR. Sharon may be reached at 617-288-4264, or
SharonMuln@aol.com.  Sharon writes:
 
"Tong Ren is an energy healing system, developed by a Boston area acupuncturist, Tom Tam, who is originally from China. The system is based on a combination of western anatomy and physiology and techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Tong Ren therapists are not medical doctors and they do not diagnose illnesses or prescribe treatment. If we can release ‘blockages’ which cause impingement of the body’s bioelectricity, we can help the body to heal. Tong Ren therapists typically ‘tap’ a small plastic model of the human body, a ‘doll’, using a small acupuncture-related hammer. (The doll and the hammer are only used to help the therapist focus intent. They have no inherent power of their own.)

It appears that Tong Ren works under the principles of quantum physics. Astrology seems to ‘work’ in a similar manner to Tong Ren. Planetary energies have certain discernable effects. ‘Hard’ aspects seem very much like the ‘blockages’ which Tong Ren seeks to alleviate. I have tried to incorporate some of Tong Ren’s techniques, which have proven so effective in promoting physical healing, to help to heal the world, the collective, and to hopefully promote world peace.

For the moment, I am focusing on just a few aspects, in only two charts. It is not really necessary to have the actual charts at hand, as it is really the aspects it seems we should focus on. We can literally tap along the words and/or symbols with our fingers, or just bring our attention, lightly, to the hard aspects, and thereby attempt to release the negative effects.

The first chart I have been using is that of the initial Pluto ingress (entrance) into Capricorn, January 25, 2008, at 9:38 PM, set for New York City, NY. The four angles were all exactly on the World Axis (0 Cardinal), with the Ascendant at 0 Libra, square Pluto. To alleviate its ‘blockages’, one could simply ‘tap’, gently, along Pluto and the IC at 0 Capricorn, and the 0 Libra Ascendant.

The second chart which I use, is the ‘natal’ chart of the USA, set for July 4, 1776 at (about) 5PM in Philadelphia. The sun at 13 Cancer squares Saturn at 14 Libra. This aspect may cause the ‘native’ to behave like a bully or tyrant. One may ‘tap’ the sun square Saturn (either the symbols or the words) to help release the inherent tension
of this aspect.

Mercury in the USA chart is at 24 Cancer in opposition to Pluto at 27 Capricorn. While it is not generally acknowledged, the vast majority of the US media is controlled by corporate entities, which promote an agenda they believe to be favorable to them. One may ‘tap’ along the symbols or words of the Sun opposite Pluto to help release this tension, and let the public know the truth. The hope is that we can contribute ultimately to the promotion of world peace by relieving these major energy blockages."

Thanks Sharon!

On Libra from the 2007 October Report:

"Libra is ruled by charming Venus, fair and beautiful. Here the art of expressing a softer, more romantic approach attracts the attention of a prospective mate rather than the bravura of forceful, aggressive Mars. Venus is aesthetic and works for harmonious resolutions. Libra is the second sign in the triplicity of air, and as all air signs are communicators, Libra is the next step beyond getting in touch in Gemini, to getting to know you. Libra’s glyph represents a set of scales or the setting sun and emphasizes balance. The planet Saturn is exalted in Libra, for Libra is a cardinal air sign denoting action with thoughtful consideration. Saturn’s task is to set limits, implementing order for the public welfare. Here the will of the individual becomes subservient to the law. Libra is also the sign of marriage or partnership sanctioned by laws governing committed unions or spiritual vows. Libra is opposite Aries, a sign full of youthful new projects and ideas springing forth with headstrong drive to express itself as ‘me.’ In Libra, the realization of the other dawns on us as ‘we,’ recognizing that diplomacy and artful tact are essential for success."

September 23. Venus, ruler of Libra, enters the passionate sign of Scorpio until October 19.  This is a difficult transit for Venus is in Mars house. Resentments need to be worked out so as to keep good relationships from coming apart.

September 24. Mercury, the communicator, stations retrograde at 22 Libra 50 until it stations direct on October 15 at 7 Libra 36. This requires a lot of patience and double-checking of positions and facts before any long-term decisions are made. Each party in dispute needs time for a complete investigation and hearing in court or, in the case of politicians, in the court of public opinion.

September 28. Retrograde Mercury in Libra trines Neptune in Aquarius. This is the redo of September 19, also a good day to write or compose. Creative inspiration is high.
 
September 29. The New Moon is at 6 Libra 33 with 1 Virgo 39 rising over Washington, DC. Constrictive Saturn at 15 Virgo is smack in the middle of the First House representing the nation with unpredictable retrograde Uranus in opposition in the Seventh House of our allies and/or enemies. This lunation falls in the Second House of financial resources along with retrograde Mercury who rules the Ascendant. Finances dominate once again with a tittering market trying to adjust to the world economy. Again the bright note is the trine between two planets in Earth Signs, Saturn and Jupiter. Although they are in highly conservative placements, they do protect the status quo during the turbulence.  

 

August 2008 Astrology Report
By Linda Clave

August 1. Total Eclipse of the Sun

The path of this eclipse can be seen on the NASA web model: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2008/TSE2008.html
 
There are many ways to look at the effects of an eclipse but most important is the inner work each of us has to do and the collective effect of that work both on the planet and humanity. We are in a very intense period with a future demanding new paradigms for keeping the planet and ourselves whole. It is my goal in this letter to inform you of ways you may respond to the coming times inwardly as well as outwardly. I am including material that brings us to an ever-increasing awareness that we are one. Peter Champoux will give us information on energy leys, which unite us through Earth alignments. Peter Kubaska will give us the cosmic rays for Leo opening the inner working of the plan for our evolution as souls. Fellow astrologer, Dietrech Pessin, will share her extensive research into eclipses, tying past and future eclipses to the story we are now experiencing.

Starting with Dietrech:

Dietrech Pessin is a full time career astrologer in the greater Boston area. Her weekly radio report can be heard every Saturday at 9:45 a.m. on WZBC 90.3 FM radio. The show can also be streamed via the internet or played from Dietrech’s website at www.lunar-shadows.com <http://www.lunar-shadows.com/>. She is the author of a ground-breaking book, Lunar Shadows, the third edition of which will be released this fall. Join Dietrech’s astrology group in Watertown, MA. Call ahead at 617 924-0929.     

"This is one of the most exciting eclipse charts since August 1999. The total solar eclipse at 9° Leo 32' on August 1, 2008 will be visible in Siberia over the Altai Mountains and most directly in the city of Novosibirsk in Siberia. It will be seen in China, Mongolia, North America, Northern Canada and Greenland.

It is no mistake that China is host to the summer Olympics, as global events cluster around the path of the shadow of a solar eclipse. The last few years the solar eclipse path has been seen near the north and south poles, heating up these regions.
 
This eclipse occurs at the south node of the Moon at 9° Leo 32' and is a member of the 10-South Saros cycle. The Saros cycle has approximately a 1,300 year lifespan. This Saros cycle began on March 10, 1179 at the South Pole and ends in April 13, 2423. Bernadette Brady, in her book, The Eagle and the Lark, interprets this Saros Series 10-South eclipse as "breaking out of a very negative situation where no hope can be seen to a more positive space containing many options." She interprets that there is urgency to applying solutions that are shown as a result of the impact of this eclipse. Another positive note from Brady is that "a worry that may have been affecting a person will suddenly clear." Interestingly, the Sabian Symbol description for this degree is "early morning dew." Both of these notes are encouraging when a positive shift is so necessary for a struggling economy, stressed agriculture and our ecosystem.
 
Cycles come in handy when trying to make sense of how an eclipse will affect you. A shorter eclipse cycle gives us solid reference points for when this energy was last here. By remembering what happened the last time, you might find similar topics in your life now that have matured. There is a group of solar eclipses that occur near the same date and zodiacal degree, which repeats every nineteen years, called the Metonic cycle. This is different from the Saros series, which produces dozens of eclipses in its life and all at different signs and degrees throughout.  

This solar eclipse on August 1 begins a new Metonic cycle group near 10° Leo at the south node of the Moon, and will repeat three times every nineteen years until the group ends on August 2, 2065.  
 The last Metonic cycle group near 10° Leo ended recently on July 31, 2000. That group occurred at the north node of the Moon and was the last of five solar eclipses near the same date in 1924, 1943, 1962 and 1981. It is not hard to remember the candidates for the US Presidential election in the summer of 2000. The economy was at its peak during that time and people were buying property with opportunities for mortgages for any budget. The Clinton administration was leaving the White House with a national surplus and a balanced budget.  

There are more fun dates to play with. Check out the dates of the lunar eclipses also related to this Metonic cycle group as well. The first occurred 9.5 years ago when the north node of the Moon traveled over the degree of this 10° Leo eclipse point on January 31, 1999. The exact location of that lunar eclipse was 11° Leo 20'. During that time Bill Clinton was relieved when his long impeachment ordeal ended. Later that year he was talking about his wife’s future run for the presidency.
 
The next lunar eclipse related to this summer’s solar eclipse will occur on January 31, 2018. Lunar eclipses reignite the purpose of a solar eclipse, bringing to the forefront related matters. It can be a time of conclusions and endings.

This summer a different lunar eclipse occurs on August 16, 2008, at 24° Aquarius 21'. It is not related to the current solar eclipse but has its roots in a solar eclipse back in February 1999. You may look to that time for related matters that may be pressing in some form during this summer.

The solar eclipse August 1, 2008 has many interesting configurations that influence this time. The asteroids are highly emphasized in the eclipse chart as well as Mars. This year, Mars was the first planet to cross this eclipse point on May 26, 2008 (aside from Saturn which crossed this eclipse degree on October 8, 2005 and again on January 6, 2006.) The nodes of the Moon will retrigger this eclipse for a two-week period surrounding each of the following dates: December 27, 2008 and January 27, 2009.  

Mars, as the current indicator of leading events, is giving Saturn’s mission a fire under its pot. And Saturn truly has a clear mission this year when it opposes Uranus on November 4, 2008, Election Day here in the US. The nature of a Saturn and Uranus opposition is to upset the apple cart and rearrange the status quo. The two planets represent the most ancient energies. Saturn is the ruler of time itself and governs our structure and its stability. Saturn is the father principal. Uranus rules sudden abrupt change. Uranus will shake things up to make way for new roads to progress. Outworn ideas, establishments and restrictions will not be unmoved as Uranus’ rattle causes shifting plates. The opposition between the pair shows an acknowledgment of opposing ideas and conditions. There can be a rebellion to force matters into an open area. Remember the sit-ins and protests against the war and about racial equality in the 60’s. Those issues could not be ignored. That energy is back again and in the same signs.
 
Mars was the first to reach the eclipse degree on a precarious day, May 26, 2008, when Mercury (the messenger) and Neptune (ruler of wet confusion) were at their stationary degrees about to turn retrograde (reversals). Hillary Clinton’s campaign was washed up when Mars (the race) reached the 10° degree of the Leo eclipse and the race went to the Leo, Barack Obama. (Hillary is a Scorpio.)  

On the day of the eclipse, Mars will be at 18° Virgo, as if it is holding the space for the Saturn and Uranus opposition which will occur at 18° Virgo/Pisces. This is identical to the Saturn and Uranus opposition on February 24, 1966, but back then the planets were reversed. It took nearly two years for Saturn and Uranus to end their opposition on January 6, 1967 that began in April of 1965. The country was in shambles after President Kennedy was killed and his brother Bobby Kennedy was cut down while running for president on the heels of the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. A prediction from President John F. Kennedy is recalled that there would be a black president in 40 years. Perhaps his predictions won’t be far off.

Ceres (the nurturer and caregiver) in Cancer (the family, home and stomach) is very active in this eclipse as it forms three aspects: trine Uranus in Pisces, and quincunx Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius. Ceres is dead serious about her concerns as the goddess of the harvest. Her mythological character was coined as the grieving mother. She lost her only daughter, Persephone, to the god of the underworld, Pluto. Her grief shut down her primary purpose of feeding the world. All the crops withered and the entire population nearly starved to death before Jupiter intervened and begged Pluto to release Persephone. They struck a deal that allowed Persephone to return above ground to her mother for six months out of the year. Gratefully, the earth was restored to its plentiful state. Ceres’ energy has not been this obvious as we sacrifice our food for fuel.

The New Moon at 10° Leo is challenged by an opposition to the powerful midpoint of Uranus and Pluto. It brings to mind again the 60’s when Uranus and Pluto were within one degree of a conjunction from September 1965 to August 1966. This configuration sets up a deep transformational vibration that resonates with people anxious for change. The eclipse begins a 27-month period when one’s perspective is pressured to change. Once again old ways of thinking are not supported in this future-motivated time. It is an emotionally restless period that is constantly seeking the truth that will incite change and break through new ways to implement freedom from past restraints. There will be no doubt that the engines are fired for a new era.  
The Eclipse point is also in aspect to the Mars/Pluto midpoint. This indicates it is time to cut a new fabric for life and to utilize personal power. This aspect indicates superhuman energy. The temptation is to overwork.  
 
If you are an artist of any type, this is your eclipse. Plan a show for mid-August and gather support from interested parties. The money is available for those with a clear set of goals and a motivated vision. Children are inspired or are an inspiration during this time. The child within yourself is transformed."


    The diagram shows the alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth during a solar eclipse. The dark gray region to the right of the Moon is the umbra, where the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The small area where the umbra touches the Earth’s surface is where a total eclipse can be seen. The larger light gray area is the penumbra, in which only a partial eclipse can be seen.
    The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is inclined at an angle of just over 5 degrees to the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (the ecliptic). Because of this, at the time of a new moon, the Moon will usually pass above or below the Sun. A solar eclipse can occur only when the new moon occurs close to one of the points (known as nodes) where the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic.
    As noted above, the Moon’s orbit is also elliptical. The Moon’s distance from the Earth can vary by about 6% from its average value. Therefore, the Moon’s apparent size varies with its distance from the Earth, and it is this effect that leads to the difference between total and annular eclipses. The distance of the Earth from the Sun also varies during the year, but this is a smaller effect. On average, the Moon appears to be slightly smaller than the Sun, so the majority (about 60%) of central eclipses are annular. It is only when the Moon is closer to the Earth than average (near its perigee) that a total eclipse occurs.
    The Moon orbits the Earth in approximately 27.3 days, relative to a fixed frame of reference. This is known as the sidereal month. However, during one sidereal month, the Earth has revolved part way around the Sun, making the average time between one new moon and the next longer than the sidereal month: it is approximately 29.5 days. This is known as the synodic month, and corresponds to what is commonly called the lunar month.
    The Moon crosses from south to north of the ecliptic at its ascending node, and vice versa at its descending node. However, the nodes of the Moon’s orbit are gradually moving in a retrograde motion, due to the action of the Sun’s gravity on the Moon’s motion, and they make a complete circuit every 18.6 years. This means that the time between each passage of the Moon through the ascending node is slightly shorter than the sidereal month. This period is called the draconic month.
    Finally, the Moon’s perigee is moving forwards in its orbit, and makes a complete circuit in about 9 years. The time between one perigee and the next is known as the anomalistic month.
    The Moon’s orbit intersects with the ecliptic at the two nodes that are 180 degrees apart. Therefore, the new moon occurs close to the nodes at two periods of the year approximately six months apart, and there will always be at least one solar eclipse during these periods. Sometimes the new moon occurs close enough to a node during two consecutive months. This means that in any given year, there will always be at least two solar eclipses, and there can be as many as five. However, some are visible only as partial eclipses, because the umbra passes above Earth’s north or south pole, and others are central only in remote regions of the Arctic or Antarctic.

Source:  http://www.total-eclipse-2008.com/eclipse/geometry.php

Energy leys are a key to our connection with the Earth. My friend and colleague, Peter Champoux, is a seasoned geomancer and author of Gaia Matrix.  Please check this link to his web site: http://www.geometryofplace.com/ley.html

From his web info:
"Landscape Alignments have been variously described as ley lines, dragon paths, and song lines depending on the culture and location. The practice of geomancy concerns itself with directing or deflecting these currents of earth energy that affect our lives, both positively and geopathically."
 
I asked Peter to comment on the work he has been doing:
"For the past five years the Arkhom crew has been tuning the North-South serpent strings of New England’s regional ‘geography of light’. It has come clear that this landscape geometry is a kind of resonant instrument of light that projects and amplifies the efforts of Light Workers’ activity engaged in the Ascension process. Tuning this serpent string with the new frequencies tunes the region with these same frequencies. Curiously none of these string tunings have been planned. Each year a new set of invitations for workshops and ceremony cohere on a North-South alignment along these string lines.
 
This year our work has taken us to the center string line that courses north-south through the center of Arkhom in Shelburne Falls, MA. The ceremonial season was initiated in Shelburne in early May with a Despacho Ceremony performed by Laurie Friedler completing her work with her Peruvian teacher Mariano Quipe Flore. Next we were brought to a farm on the Vermont/ Quebec border at a gathering of good hearts to witness the summer solstice sunset at a Woodhenge set in a stunning setting of mountain, lake and distant horizon over Montreal. This solstice ceremony was followed by the just complete Magdalene Gathering due south in New Haven where this group introduced the holy energy of The Magdalene into this city of king makers and the New Jerusalem template New Haven’s founding fathers set up there in 1638. With both North and South American artifacts spirited away in the bowels of Peabody Museum and New Haven’s longitudinal alignment with Machu Picchu, this Gathering did its best to connect the earth energies of the Eagle and Condor with the sacred feminine. The next event along this Serpent String will take place at the American Society of Dowsers gathering in Killington, VT where we’ll be further tuning this string through the co-creative efforts of all concerned.
 
It is my thinking that once the strings are tuned then this matrix at the center of North America’s tectonic plate will be able to make some beautiful music out of the discord this planet danced to for the past 10,000 years. Tripping the Light Fantastic"
http://www.geometryofplace.com/center_sphere.htm  http://www.geometryofplace.com/  
Peter Champoux. FIELD Geometer. 413-773-0010 www.geometryofplace.com <http://www.geometryofplace.com/>
August 3 ~ Awakening Spirit, Chelmsford, MA <http://myawakeningspirit.com/workshops.htm> August 6–13 ~ American Society of Dowsers, Killington, VT <http://www.dowsers.org/cons.htm>  
September 22–26 ~ The Reshel Grid: Gateway to the Future, Charlottesville, VA
<http://www.geometryofplace.com/wayne.htm>

LEO by Peter Kubaska, past President TS Boston 1993-98, is interested in making Alice Bailey's Esoteric Astrology and cosmology more accessible to astrologers and students of esoteric studies 413-367-9208 kubaska7@yahoo.com

And my friend, esoteric astrologer Peter Kubaska, writes about LEO:
 
"Leo represents identity and identity-construction. It starts with a natural self-centered self-interest until this self-interest causes the outer personality to blunder and paint oneself into corners through aggression, self-confidence and self-satisfaction (satisfaction with personality methods). In other words the forceful personality, finally beginning to integrate, forces the environment to react and respond in return.  
 
At this point Leo represents tough Love, but tough love towards oneself first. The generous and outgoing instincts of Leo meet all kinds of responses through which the individual becomes more self-conscious with each experience, primarily the negative and painful ones (those that affect pride and self-worth). Initially, this encourages the Leo to attempt to take control of his environment (and friends), but it is beginning to dawn on the ego that it is a high degree of self-control and mastery that is required for optimal results.
 
Hercules, in his labor with the Nemean Lion which was terrorizing the provinces, first had to find the Lion and his lair. He then had to block the entrance to his cave. The Lion, of course, is the personality aspect running wild and amok in society. This blocking of the cave entrance symbolizes the first stages of yoga, where the senses and mind are both turned inward for self-examination and self-mastery. This involves the disciplines of non-response to the lower planes of energetic expression and to the centers below the diaphragm. Lower psychism of the solar plexus must become the higher psychism and sensitivity of the Heart. Raw intellect must become Intuition (not instinct, which is basically lower psychic in nature).
 
The ongoing tension of poise and self-restraint, as well as the heat and smoke generated, force a direct confrontation with the Lion—one’s past self-centered instincts, which must be strangled to death or left to die from neglect. Leo as a Soul is called upon to operate from a higher, more group-conscious point of view. Getting a glimpse of the Whole involves altitude of mind and line of sight as well as breadth of Heart. In another version of the Hercules myth, the third eye symbolized by the Unicorn (Capricorn) must skewer the Heart of the Lion and lift it up as a Chalice. All these inner experiences involving transformation of consciousness occur in the Cave of one’s heart and inner life, unseen by the public.
 
Outwardly and individually this process seems to demand the sacrifice of all one has apparently achieved as a self-oriented personality, including one’s real accumulations, material and psychological. But basically this is how Leo gains his Soul—attachment to those factors that facilitate true group service and detachment from those that feed the lower personality complex. This is Leo and its individualized self-consciousness beginning to utilize the opposite sign of Aquarius (where Neptune is now in 2008). Leo and Aquarius (with Sagittarius) rule the 5th Ray. The 5th Ray is the ray of the Light bearer and of Esoteric Psychology. Esoteric psychology is the search for a scientific basis of the soul and addresses major distinctions between personality and soul values and interests. Because we’re entering 2000 years of the Aquarian Age, science and spirituality are beginning to merge. Leo needs to invoke Aquarian group and universal consciousness in order to grow. It calls upon Aquarian transformative power to turn vices into virtues. There is always a better way, and Leo has the light of Being to illuminate that Path.
 
Ray One is ruled by Aries, Leo and Capricorn. Ray One represents Will—the will-to-Good, to move forward, and with Leo especially, to reorient upward and onward. Leo (with Virgo) represents the mystery of the Sphinx, the union of the Trinity with the Quaternary (making the Seven of manifestation). This is the mystery of lower and higher mind, not body and soul. Higher mind is related to the triple Soul, Atma-Buddhi-Manas, or Will, Love-Wisdom, and active Intelligence. Lower mind relates to the threefold Personality—mental, emotional and physical—and the psychological complexes that result from outside conditioning when we are not centered in our Souls. Leo has the choice of identifying with either. If Leo identifies with the Soul, Leo still needs the personality to interact with the outer world, so it’s not really lost. Leo rules the evolution of consciousness by the radiant energy of Being, whether he likes it or not. Evolution can still take place on a more primitive or undeveloped level through facing the results of lower personality desire, control, and use of force and coercion instead of energy and persuasion.
 
The Quaternary is just the threefold Personality with the physical body divided into the etheric energy body and the physical substance adhering to it—what we usually call the physical body. Leo has another choice here—between simple personality expression, or working in group or social formation to manifest the sacred four-square Temple not built by hands, but with human stones by the divine nature within—the outer individual or group Form perfected by Spirit.
 
In esoteric astrology Leo is ruled by the Sun on all three levels—personality, soul, and planetary/solar or Universal Life. But the Sun has three Aspects, a Trinity. Leo is ruled by the Saturn-Jupiter Trigon (the physical sun) on the personality level, by Neptune (heart of the Sun) on a soul level, and by Uranus (the central spiritual Sun) as a perfected Spirit. The conjunctions of Jupiter with Saturn every 20 years (forming a Triangle or Trigon in the sky every 60 years) rules the status quo establishment of any given society. Neptune is said to be the Heart of the Sun, and the storehouse of Souls, or solar Flames. Neptune rules Leo when living as a Soul. Neptune rules Leo when self-consciousness and sensitivity is developed enough for the person to see individual responsibility, duty, or Dharma. Uranus is related to pure Spirit and to all the schools of thought and religion that promote manifesting the god-nature within, whether Brahman, Krishna, Christ or Buddha nature. Uranus rules Leo when Leo is truly group-conscious and can demonstrate Dharma instead of Karma.
 
In other words, Leo is a major sign for Humanity, ruled by the Sun which governs all the Solar Mysteries—the mystery of pure expressive Being, and the magic that this brings into Life. The mystery and the magic only increases with time, consciousness, and growth."

August 5. Opportunity knocks to finish old relationships for both parties with Venus at 29 Leo making a trine to retrograde at Pluto 28 Sagittarius 48.

August 6. Venus now enters Virgo and remains there through August 30. In Virgo, Venus is in a more reticent and analytical place, in strong contrast to bold and demonstrative Venus in Leo. This is the time the artists steps back from their work to check out what they have painted or written. Take time to edit before releasing your projects.

August 7. This is an intense confrontation between Mars at 22 Virgo in opposition to retrograde Uranus in Pisces—a volatile combination. Avoid allowing to escalate that which you don’t want to boil over! Especially on the highway, be extra patient.

(I teach dowsing August 6 and 7 at Basic School, followed by the American Society of Dowsers Convention in Vermont, where I will be practicing tong ren with astrology at lunch time, August 8 to 12. http://www.dowsers.org/cons.htm )

August 9. Mercury at 28 Leo makes a parting trine to retrograde Pluto at 28 Sagittarius. Closing arguments have a great impact in personal or legal matters. Time to put the finishing touch on your creations.

August 10. Mercury enters its home in Virgo until August 28. This is Mercury at its analytical best, sharp as tack. With Saturn, Mars and Venus also in Virgo there is great work to be accomplished.

August 13. Venus conjoins Saturn at 9 Virgo. Rewards for efforts expended can be substantial. But this is a tough duo for romance. Not a good time to make demands unless you are sure and well prepared.

August 15. The Sun in Leo is in opposition to Neptune in Aquarius, just one day before the Lunar Eclipse. Mercury in Virgo is conjunct Saturn. Take it easy and don’t allow yourself to feel unworthy. Look to your inner guidance for assurance.

August 16. The North Lunar Eclipse at 24 Aquarius 21 with 10 Capricorn 20 rising over Washington, DC. Retrograde Jupiter at 13 Capricorn is on the Ascendant trine Venus at 13 Virgo. This is a bright note for getting work out to the market. The Eighth House represents partnership money or invested capital, the capital in banking, and the stock market or credit institutions. Here the economy is highlighted with an opposition between the Moon conjunct Neptune in Aquarius in the Second House and the Eighth House stellium: the Sun at 24 Leo, Saturn at 9 Virgo, Mercury at 11 Virgo, Venus at 13 Virgo and Mars at 28 Virgo. This combination of energies in an eclipse can flush out old patterns and take on in-depth investigations of the whole process of these markets and the energy crisis. The investigations are likely to probe into misleading information that lead to mismanagement, driven by Mars making a square to retrograde Pluto in the Twelfth House. Retrograde Uranus is also in the Second House adding potential shake-ups down the line.

(For those of you with a New Age inclination check out this web site, THE FINAL STEPS OF PREPARATION, by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles http://eraofpeace.org )

August 17. Mars at 28 Virgo exactly squares Pluto at 28 Sagittarius. This is more energy release work from the eclipse finishing up old patterns that held you back. Getting insightful bodywork would be a big help.

August 19. Warrior Mars enters Libra, Venus’s house, until the day of the election November 4, when it returns to its home in Scorpio. Libra loves beauty, harmony and social grace, so a velvet glove over the iron fist does a lot better than raw aggression and arguments.

August 21. Mercury and Venus are conjunct at 18 Virgo, traveling together adding refinement and sensitivity to creative works.

August 22. The Sun enters Virgo, the mutable Earth Sign. Busy bee activities dominate in preparation for harvesting and canning the fruits and grains for the winter and collecting the seeds for the future. Bees are creatures associated with Virgo for their crucial industrious work of pollinating plants. With the influence of Saturn transiting in Virgo, the busy bee work takes on a more serious tone. As you may know, our bees are disappearing due to degraded environmental factors and human manipulation of their hives. (Interesting fact: honey discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs was found to be still edible!) Honey has so many healing properties. Sorting is an important skill associated with Mercury-ruled Virgo; here Mercury breaks down material for digestion and assimilation of not only food, but input of any kind on any level. Virgo remains a key sign as long as Saturn is transiting Virgo (until October 30, 2009). Emphasis will be on our health and the work we engage in, as the whole style and purpose of the work is being reviewed. The state of our health institutions and social protection of workers and their pensions are all issues for this election cycle. On November 4, Saturn in Virgo opposes retrograde Uranus in Pisces. This election could be very upsetting.

August 23. Mercury and Venus at 21 Virgo oppose retrograde Uranus at 21 Pisces. Lots of creative possibilities, so think outside of the box and you will come up with a breakthrough.

August 27. Mercury squares retrograde Pluto before entering Libra. Work out the final words in any agreement. You may uncover factors that were hidden earlier. Finish up work on any project that has been delayed.

August 28. Mercury enters Cardinal Air Sign Libra for a long stay (for the fast-moving messenger). Mercury stations and turns retrograde September 24 at 22 Libra 50 until it stations direct October 16 at 7 Libra 36. Libra has such charm and social grace, but Mercury in Libra will sit on the fence weighing decisions, and while retrograde, will need even more time to get into balance. Then Mercury enters Scorpio on Election Day, November 4.

August 29. Venus at 28 Virgo also makes a parting square to Pluto. This is a good time to wrap up feelings triggered during the eclipses. It’s also a good time to make that final edit on creative works.

August 30. Venus enters her home base in Libra, bringing grace, beauty and social skills to the fall season—a great time to make contacts, arrange meetings, parties and weddings. Do so before Venus enters Scorpio September 24, the same day that Mercury turns retrograde.

Linda Clave
 

July 2008
By Linda Clave

July begins with the New Moon on July 2 at 11 Cancer 32. It is a month of getting ready for the eclipses in August: Total South Solar on August 1 at 9 Leo 32, and Partial North Lunar at 24 Aquarius 21 on August 16. The Moon rules Cancer, a Cardinal Water sign. Archetypically feminine and associated with dreams and things of the night, yin, meandering and indirect, the Moon is ever mysterious. Cancer and the Moon are associated with the Mother and with nurturing, whether it’s an infant, a pet or a creative project. It is the unconscious beginning we all experience in the womb. Its instinctual process directs the emergence of our physical form from our DNA codes. The effect of the Moon in the summer angular sign of Cancer is easily felt in the rocking motion of the ocean’s tides ebbing and flowing, as well as in the waxing and waning light of the lunar month. The Moon travels around the zodiac each month touching every planet and recording in our unconscious every detail we experience.

The Moon in association with the Earth and Sun make up our shifting patterns of eclipses. At this time the nodal axis of the Moon is moving through North Aquarius and South Leo. The issues that were left unresolved last year during Saturn’s transit through Leo are now working their way out through the South Solar Eclipse. The South Node is associated with the past, what has been done, while the North Node is oriented toward the future, experiences to be attained and developed. Therefore the South Node brings both rewards and demotions based on earned work and performances. Eclipses have a reputation for causing difficulties, but they are there to help us grow. Without a cosmic shove we are often content to remain in comfortable positions, unmotivated to meet challenges that can bring forth our true nature and talents. Growth is always less comfortable than what is familiar.

The New Moon on July 2 is at 11 Cancer 32 with 12 Aquarius 41 rising over Washington, DC. This lunation falls in the Fifth house near the cusp of the Sixth house. Therefore its influence will be felt more in matters of the Sixth which includes employment, health and work environments. However, the angular activities demand most of our attention with the North Node at 19 Aquarius in the First House of the Self or the Nation, conjunct Chiron at 20 degrees retrograde and Neptune at 23 degrees 54 retrograde. They oppose the South Node sitting in the Seventh house of relationships along with a highly charged applying conjunction of Mars at 0 Virgo to Saturn at 4 Virgo 42. We the nation, the people, need to refocus, step back and straighten out our national and international relations and heal our misguided sense of reality. Assisting this aim is a good aspect between Mercury and the North Node, Chiron and Neptune, opening a flow of healing energy and inspiration. More news emerges about what went on in the manipulation of facts that lead us to war. Mercury, our communicator, is at 20 Gemini on the hidden side of the Fifth house. It is about to square First house Uranus retrograde at 22 Pisces. Uranus is the planet that works in lightning flashes to bring us fresh inspiration, but can also cause sudden unexpected changes. Mercury also opposes powerful retrograde Pluto at 29 Sagittarius 31 in the Eleventh. Demands for better policies and cleaner politics and campaign funding is apparent with these aspects and with Sixth house Venus at 18 Cancer opposing retrograde Jupiter at 18 Capricorn in the Twelfth house. People will need to wake up to what current legislation is being proposed on environmental issues that will effect their everyday life, such as their right to collect rain water http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2008news/2008-157.html.

To celebrate the solar return for the United States, July 4, 2008,

I have asked esoteric astrologer Peter Kubaska, to comment on the US chart.

"In the esoteric astrology of Alice Bailey, the United States is said to be ruled by an Aquarian soul and a Gemini personality. Both rule the fusing of nationalities and ethnicities. Both rule science, which has the capacity to bring light to human relations and to the environment.

Washington DC, on the other hand, is said to be ruled by Cancer and Sagittarius, the traditional rulers of the US chart in orthodox astrology. Cancer represents self-interested and self-protective (and now security-conscious) isolationism, while Sagittarius tends toward blind adherence to formal decision, which negate long-range vision. DC, the capital of the US, is said to be moving in the future to New York, as the US grows out of its adolescence. This will be good, since NY is a planetary center, not just a national one.

Among the Twelve Labors of Hercules, Cancer was a test of the wisest choice—made from the Heart—and which took a complete cycle to achieve (a year, a lifetime, a century). It involved letting go of precious achievements and material earned by one’s own efforts—but only after delivering it to the temple or shrine of the Deity.

The esoteric trouble with Cancer is that it must rise from collective Instinct to pure Intuition, without the intermediate stage of Intellect. This is often great for creativity, but perhaps not so much so for rational decision-making or intelligent leadership. Cancer rules capitalism and the consumer society, which is another word for ‘addiction society.’ Add a Sagittarian proclivity for geopolitical gambling, and you have a constantly degenerating market, communication and leadership situation.

If Benjamin Franklin’s Plan of Union (between the colonies and Great Britain) of the 10th of July 1754 had been accepted, we might now exist as a Commonwealth with a parliamentary democracy and restricted two-week election periods, able to chuck out unworthy tyrants in a single day. But we chose the ancient four-year Venus/lunar cycle of office—sacrifice the sacred king every four years. (See Graves, The White Goddess.)

In terms of hope, the US is at a decision point this year, 2008, which will have reverberations for decades. As Edgar Cayce observed, the US would be ruled by a mob after the second president (of the 20th century) died in office. This has come to pass.

Any cause for hope in general is based on taking right initiative, right decisions, and right action. Hope, if it exists, has to do with unconditional love and vision, ignoring appearances and the fear and glamour thrown in the Path by dark forces of materialism. What is democracy but humanity’s response to universal love? But true and effective democracy depends on universal education and a free flow of information.

The key signal of America’s future maturity will be an intelligent collaboration of labor and capital. The merging of democracy and humane social ethics will come later as a result. This latter evolution has begun in Britain. ("Britons never, ever will be slaves…" from their national anthem.) Unfortunately, we still seem to have a large and ignorant political constituency promoting "plantation" or "trickle-down casino-capitalist" democracy.

Cancer and Aquarius were deeply involved in the Great Depression. But the Depression saw a mobilization of the American people and a readjustment to the realities of politics and ‘class.’ FDR facilitated the New Deal, which was politically credible to the Republicans as the only way to restore the economy for future looting. Of course, what was much more important for the future was the American people’s response with a culture of greater intelligent cooperation and public works.

If Humanity is viewed as part of a larger organism (e.g., the planet, a solar deity, God), it is easier to see how suffering is a major factor in the evolution of consciousness, and the growth of awareness, which is truly global in nature. Humans don’t ‘deserve’ suffering, but bring it upon themselves through ignorance.

True science (not corporate or ‘nazi’ science) is one of America’s greatest possible contributions to the world. Scientific workers are some of the most selfless (and therefore spiritual) workers in the world. Also, the recognition by fundamentalist Christian groups of environmentalism as responsible human stewardship of God’s creation is a great sign that in the US there is arising the possibility that science and religion are truly beginning to reconcile. This has planetary implications, especially considering the rise of a new world religion, unifying the best and most universal of all the world’s faiths.

One of the greatest hopes for the US is the entrance of Pluto into Capricorn (opposite sign from Cancer). It will oppose the US Sun, Jupiter and Venus. Pluto’s lower aspect is clearing the decks for an inflow of new life, and so it involves death. Its higher aspect is holistic healing, enlightening, and the possibility of self-resurrection from the ashes of self-immolation, symbolized by the Phoenix. Since Pluto is in opposition, it signifies a total overhaul of US relations with the rest of the world. It should clean up the materialist of many sham elements in the US government and society at large. For instance, the last two periods of Pluto in Capricorn came during the Anglican, Protestant and printing press revolutions (1516-32) and the period leading up to the American revolutionary period (1762-77). They were periods of great effort that matched the great reforms in society that were accomplished.

Faith and hope are important virtues for Cancer, but the greatest of these is universal unconditioned Love and loving intuitive responsible Freedom."

Peter Kubaska can be reached for astrological consultations at kubaska7@yahoo.com.

July 5. An exact square forms between Mercury in Gemini and retrograde Uranus in Pisces. Be ready to take a fresh look at whatever plans you are making; they may need adjustments.

July 6 is great day for fun and romance as Venus in Cancer trines retrograde Uranus in Pisces and Mercury in Gemini trines retrograde Neptune in Aquarius.

July 9. The Sun in Cancer opposes retrograde Jupiter in Capricorn. This can be a challenging and tough day for the politicians and for our economic situation.

July 9. There is an exact conjunction of war-like Mars and disciplinary Saturn at 5 Virgo. The brakes are on. But, it can be good a day to focus on and finish work. Watch what you say and do as your words or actions will have a long-term effect. Be cautious traveling. At least be sure to tune up your car before you set out.

July 10. Mercury in the last degree of Gemini exactly opposes retrograde Pluto in Sagittarius. What was unsaid comes out! This may be a day of confrontation with those forces and powers that make great demands. Don’t allow the situation to escalate unless you are sure of the cards you are holding. Then Mercury enters Cancer until July 28, a good time to connect with family.

July 12. Lovely Venus enters the dramatic and creative sign of Leo until August 6, when she enters Virgo. Time to show your stuff and have a good time.

July 14. The Sun is in a creative intuitive trine to retrograde Uranus in Pisces, sparking spontaneity!

July 18. The Full Moon at 26 Capricorn with 29 Gemini rising over Washington, DC. The Moon is in the Eighth house in opposition to the Second house Sun in Cancer. This is all about the economy and its effect on our ability to manage our finances with the high cost of energy. This is emphasized with retrograde Pluto in Sagittarius sitting on the cusp of our Seventh house of relationships. What deals are we making with oil-producing countries? Also Mercury is at 13 Cancer in the First house, (conjoining the US Sun) and is opposed by retrograde Jupiter in Capricorn in the Seventh House. The stalemate of the Mars/Saturn conjunction in Virgo is now loosening its grip. They are in the Fourth house of home and homeland security. This could bring some gradual relief in the housing market and the credit situation caused by it. But it is still a time to be cautious and careful, taking the time to do a good deal of planning.

This Full Moon is Guru Purnima. From the 2007 Report: "This Full Moon is Guru Purnima in the Hindu tradition. It is the guru who shows us the way to lead a noble life and grants us the experience of the supreme light. All true teachers of Spiritual Knowledge are honored and asked for their blessing to aid the aspirant on the spiritual path. In the ancient Indian scripture there are seven great sages called the sapta rishis, who have taken on perpetual responsibility for the entire world and its people. We can pray or meditate on this auspicious Full Moon asking for their guidance and expect a response." For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Purnima.

July 22. The Sun enters Leo. The sign of fiery Leo has been undergoing a cleaning-out for the past 3 years, first with the transit of Saturn through Leo and now with the South Node of the Moon eclipse on August 1. Leo is a warm and vital sign ruled by the Sun. It is a Fixed sign, the second Fire sign, holding the essence of the summer season. After passing through Leo, the Sun moves further south toward the Southern Hemisphere and the days grow shorter and cooler. The Leo portion of Summer is full of beautiful golden light, associated with creative expression and the passions of the heart. Since the heart is Leo’s organ, maintenance of one’s authenticity and inner truths is of crucial importance. Pride is a Leo trait that can be a virtue or an Achilles heel. Here love of the pride/offspring is also of great importance. The courage of the Lion is famous for taking any risk to keep its loved ones out of harm’s way. Like the Lion, it is hard to ignore the Leo: their light and charisma attracts others, making them natural leaders and centers of attention.

July 26. Mercury enters Leo until August 10. This is a great time to open new chapters of expression, perhaps through writing, painting or acting. Release your talents!

July 26. Mars at 15 Virgo trines retrograde Jupiter in Capricorn. This would be a good time to invest if you have done some planning earlier during the Saturn/Mars conjunction and have grasped a sense of the market and the growth you can expect.

July 29. The Sun and Mercury are conjunct at 6 Leo, a nice time to be in close touch with a child or loved one.

July 31. Expressive Venus in Leo opposes dreamy retrograde Neptune in Aquarius. Enjoy a lovely romantic moment or the opportunity to perform for friends. But don’t get sucked in with promises and expectations that are unrealistic.

 

June 2008 Astrology Report
By Linda Clave

The month of June begins with the New Moon in Gemini, the sign of communication, June 3. Gemini’s ruling planet, Mercury, the messenger, is retrograde along with dreamy mystical Neptune. These retrograde planets are opening up time for the renewal of our inner connections and resources. A key word for this period is reflection. Reflection allows the input we have been experiencing time to be digested, so it can be appropriately evaluated for its true meaning in our lives. Choices then become more conscious and meaningful. (Please see the May report for more on the nature of Gemini and Mercury retrograde.) Gemini is also the sign of the student and of education, so the many graduates both formal and nontraditional will have breathing space to reflect on their future path in life. All of us will get a sense of the level we are operating on with tests from Pluto. Pluto is in a transitional phase as it retrogrades back into Sagittarius June 14, making an exact opposition to Venus in Gemini on June 18 during the Full Moon, and then to the Sun just before it moves into the Summer Solstice.

June 20 is the Summer Solstice and it arrives just after the Full Moon on June 18 and after Mercury stations direct June 19. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year (with the most hours of daylight) in the Northern Hemisphere. When the Sun enters cardinal water sign Cancer on June 20, the second phase in the yearly growth cycle, the summer quadrant, begins with its days of warmth and the gradual decline in the number of daylight hours. This cycle brings crops to fruition in time for the Fall harvest. This cycle of outward growth makes manifest the promise of Spring. These plantings are our desires and needs put into form for their intended uses and can work on any level. We are the parents creating and sustaining with nurturing love our progeny as children of our bodies and our mind.

Continuing the journey through the signs with The Labors of Hercules by Alice Bailey, the lesson for Gemini is the third test/mission in humankind’s evolution towards its potential for innate divinity.

Guest astrologer Peter Kubaska, an expert in esoteric astrology and himself a Gemini, shares the myth with you. (You may reach Peter for consultations at
kubaska7@yahoo.com.
)

"This Gemini period is exceptionally powerful. The New Moon of June 3 is conjunct the north node of Uranus. Mercury conjuncts the Sun on June 7 and Venus the Sun on June 9. The Full Moon of June 18 is conjunct Polaris, the guide star which helps humanity orient itself to the universe and to the divine nature within.

Gemini is one of the deepest signs of the zodiac for Humanity because its basic impulses are inspired by a pure sense of brotherhood, pure love, and the greater family of humanity.
 
Gemini is often found when the Soul wakes up to its distinction from common personality concerns. This means it wakes up to the difference between Quality and Quantity, between Spirit and Form.

Gemini and Ideation are rooted in Being. The visionary must become the master of action. This takes place by merging knowledge and wisdom, basically leaping from peak to peak, instead of traveling the ‘broad and common road which leads to death.’ Be-ness or Being without ideation or visualization would make knowledge, wisdom and creation impossible. Ideas are spiritual impulses taking form. For many rank intellectuals, knowledge is gained from amassing forms. But with no true ideation, humanity would be reduced to role-playing puppets, social mechanisms, clattering skeletons and slaves. As someone once said, ‘Understanding is the application of knowledge in the light of wisdom to the problems of life.’ The problems, difficulties and obstructions in our lives are our best and most immediate opportunities (Saturn).

In Gemini, buddhi or compassion demands that belief and mystical vision are turned into goals, achievements and manifestation. Compassion, or bodhicitta, is sometimes referred to as ‘pure reason.’ The Hindu name for Mercury is Budhi, Who ‘comprehends extremes and relates them divinely to each other.’ Humanity always has the choice of purification through War (Mars) or through Vision (Mercury). The advanced Gemini, or the human soul, always chooses Vision. But Mars or Action must serve that Vision.

Hercules faced five tests to attain the golden apples of the Sun, held by the three graces in the Isles of the Hesperides. The first test he failed, which was taking the hints from Nereus (the Mercurial messenger of his true Teacher, his Soul), and running with them. Hercules was blind. Nereus could not violate free will, and could only offer hints from his own store of wisdom, which Hercules failed to recognize.

The second test was lifting the giant serpent guarding the Tree of Life which held the golden apples into the air and off the face of the earth, to assert the power of spirit over form—and recognize that within himself.  
 
The third test was to reject the false or worldly teacher who only mastered persuasion and could only pretend to offer Hercules something real, outside Hercules’ own spirit and soul. All Busiris had to offer Hercules was a weakening of his free will, regret at time lost, and an incremental gain in spiritual perspective.

The fourth test was perseverance and self-forgetfulness out of compassion, driving the vultures from the liver (or solar plexus gut-brain lower psychism) of Prometheus, who was being punished by jealous gods for giving Fire to Humanity. In this test, Hercules began to see the difference between his own desire to gain the (spiritual) golden apples, and spiritual will inspired by love—in other words the difference between desire and spiritual will, period.

The fifth test was taking on the burden of Atlas—the entire world—which resulted in Atlas giving Hercules the golden apples without his having to ask for them. In this test Hercules passed from obsession with his own solar angel and began to practice the divine Presence.

The Labor of Hercules in Gemini was the only test that was planetary in scope and left Hercules to create his own opportunities. In other words, this Masonic test between the pillars of earth and heaven was that of the Risen Master. The solar apples were three, and represented perseverance in Love, Service and the spiritual will-power to Tread the Path."

From The July 2007 report on Cancer: "Cancer Is the Moon’s sign, it is cardinal water, tidal motion pulled by the effect on the Earth by the lunar force. Out of the ocean Life evolved as while in uterus we are surrounded and sustained by life-giving fluid. Water makes our planet fit for Life. Cancer, then, is the natural ruler of the Fourth House of home and family. Cancer’s glyph looks like the number "69" turned sideways, or the ocean moving in tidal waves pushing and pulling us in its rhythmic play. We all need a place to grow, one out of which to unfold, and yet we retain memories and imprints as well. Cancer is a birthing sign associated with nurturing and mothering and its path leads us to climb upward to the tenth sign, cardinal earth Capricorn. Together they represent the parenting and growth process. The Full Moon represents the climb from unconscious instinct to conscious awareness. The mantra for Cancer from the esoteric tradition of Alice Bailey and the Tibetan says it nicely: "I build a lighted house and therein dwell."

June 3. The New Moon at 13 Gemini 34 with 13 Libra 19 rising over Washington, DC. This lunation with Libra rising falls in the Ninth House. Gemini’s ruling planet, Mercury, is retrograde, and its esoteric ruler, Venus, which is also the ruler of the Ascendant, are also in the Ninth House of religion, travel, higher education, publishing and higher courts. It is crucial to find the right communication in order to negotiate and bring into balance personal and global situations. The Democratic Presidential Race will be a key area where this need applies. The Full Moon also has Libra rising, creating a greater emphasis throughout the month on diplomacy and tact. When dealing with others, take nothing for granted. Check out their position and give yourself options to work out solutions. Be part of the solution and stay proactive (and patient).

June 4. The Sun at 13 Gemini makes a harmonious sextile to Mars in Leo. Courage and showmanship pay off this day—a good day to promote yourself in some area in which you may have hesitated or procrastinated.

Take a look at Mars: http://news.aol.com/story/_a/spacecraft-looks-at-mars-north-pole/20080525124109990001?icid=1615988631x1203051464x120030907 <http://news.aol.com/story/_a/spacecraft-looks-at-mars-north-pole/20080525124109990001?icid=1615988631x1203051464x120030907>

June 6. Venus at 14 Gemini sextiles Mars in Leo. Make this a day for harmony and enjoy your relationships, especially those romantic attractions.

June 7. A special day, for the Sun, Mercury and Venus are conjunct at 16 Gemini. This is a good time for graduations and affairs that bring families together in reunion.

June 12. Venus at 22 Gemini squares Uranus in Pisces. Feelings change quickly that can lead to the need for more freedom and space. This is a short transit, so hang loose. It can also indicate a sudden attraction or a spurt of inspiration. Be creative!

June 13. With the Sun at 22 Gemini squaring rebellious Uranus in Pisces, this is a high-pitched day demanding more autonomy and freedom. However, charming Venus softens the situation with a lovely trine to the mystical and dreamy retrograde Neptune in Aquarius. The whole day leads to the evening departure of retrograde Pluto in Capricorn for a stay in Sagittarius until November 29. This transit will resurrect unresolved issues from last December and January.

June 18. The Full Moon is at 27 Sagittarius 50 with 2 Libra 23 rising over Washington, DC. This is a very intense time with a stacked opposition near the angles of the Fourth and Tenth Houses, and Mercury about to turn direct the next day. The Moon in Sagittarius is conjunct retrograde Pluto on the hidden side of the Fourth House with the Sun, in opposition, conjunct Venus at 0 Capricorn close to the Tenth. Expect much more political rankling and news revealing information from the past year when Jupiter conjoined Pluto last December through last January. Uranus in the Sixth House loosely squares Mercury and the Sun, bringing unexpected outcomes. News may break days later as Mercury turns direct and moves toward Uranus. Jupiter, ruling the Moon, is retrograde in Capricorn in the Fourth House. Conservative tendencies restrain action that can affect housing and business. With Mars in the Eleventh House opposing retrograde Neptune in the Fifth, we can expect more political party and entertainment issues to arise. Disguised actions and back room negotiations make it difficult to put trust in love or politics. Look deeply into all matters and don’t let yourself get carried away with fantasy unless it is for entertainment! A trine between Mars in Leo and the asteroids Vesta in Aries  and Juno retrograde in Sagittarius could make for a fortunate outcome in settlement negotiations.   

June 19. Mercury stations direct at 13 Gemini. Mercury leaves its retrograde position, which is often described as a period of reevaluation and change in plans. Having slowed our forward motion to move us into a deeper consideration of matters, we can now emerge, having had the time to plan for possible outcomes.

June 20. The Summer Solstice with 22 Sagittarius rising over Washington, DC. (Check out the astronomical info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice). This summer quadrant highlights the Sun at 0 Cancer in the Seventh House of relationships in opposition to retrograde Pluto 29 Sagittarius 49 in the First House of self or the nation. Again politics and relationships take center stage. Love, caring and support are the best ways to overcome differences as Venus (ruling the Tenth) is in the Seventh House. Watch your finances while Mars in the Eighth House moves into a closer opposition to Neptune in the Second House. Don’t let the glamour of a situation carry you into deals that are not trustworthy. Jupiter retrograde, ruler of the Ascendant and the Moon, are in Capricorn near the Second House. This puts a conservative spin on money matters. Caution and clarity keep matters under control with the square from Vesta in Aries in the Fifth House of speculation and risks.

June 26. Uranus at 22 Pisces 39 turns retrograde until November 28 at 18 Pisces 44. Now we have Pluto, Neptune, Chiron and Uranus retrograde. Major shifts are being worked out through inner work. Processing and reflection bring better results than pushing at what is not ready to move. Expect late Fall and Winter to bring  new activity on a different level.

June 30. Mars at 29 Leo trines Pluto retrograde at 29 Sagittarius.
With this duo in harmony in fire signs, healing miracles can manifest. They bring extraordinary power up from the primal depths.
 

May 2008 Astrology Report
By Linda Clave

May is a great month this year. Why? Taurus has two Full Moons acting as bookends to this very creative sign. Taurus the Bull is the first of the four fixed signs on the fixed cross representing the element Earth. The Taurus constellation has an eye, the fixed star Aldebaran, whose suggested meaning is, "success through integrity." To our naked eye, this is one of the brightest stars in the evening sky. It is a symbol of holding the light in the form: "When the eye is single, the whole body is full of light." Venus rules fixed Taurus, and the Moon when in Taurus is in exaltation. This is the most potent time for the Moon, whose monthly cycle builds and releases forms. When the form is imbued with desire, the power of creation is set into motion. Therefore this New Moon on May 5 has a lot of potential impact. What is it you want?  Be sure not to charge up what you don’t want. The Full Moon on May 20, with the fullness of its light, brings to fruition the plantings at the New Moon. This Full Moon is also called a blue moon, the name given to an extra full moon in the span of a year (most years have 12 full moons). (There is more on it, if you are curious, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_moon.) This last degree Moon at 29 Scorpio is the second Full Moon in Scorpio, the sign in which we are challenged to battle our shadow issues. This is a very intense time, but a special opportunity for us to let go of our deep wounds and grudges, bringing into our lives fresh vital energy for renewal.

This Full Moon brings Wesak in the Buddhist tradition. From the April report: "There will be another Full Moon within a month at 29 Scorpio on May 20. The light of this Full Moon is the anticipated yearly Wesak Festival. For more info try this link: http://www.wesak.us/articles.php. Here is a passage:

"The Wesak Festival has been traditionally associated in eastern civilization with the Buddha, divine intermediary between the highest spiritual center on the planet, Shamballa, and the Hierarchy. The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of divine purpose, cooperating at this festival with his brother the Christ, who represents the Hierarchy. The Buddha embodies the Principle of Light, and because of this illumination humanity was able to recognize the Christ, embodiment of the still greater Principle of Love. Each year at the time of Wesak, two great streams of energy—one focused through the Buddha and the other through the Christ—are fused and blended, and it is the task of world servers to precipitate this combined energy into the waiting world."

The Labours of Hercules by Alice Bailey offers a nice way to follow the lessons of each lunation. The Aries test or labor initiates the cycle for Hercules. Hercules is the symbol of our soul in evolution. He is both human and divine. In this first test he fails and has to do it over but only after he has experienced the sorry consequences of his inflated ego. The test is to round up the killer breeding mares of the son of Mars. These are our runaway thought forms recklessly breeding havoc. It is only with the conscious control of our mind that we can begin to shape our lives. The mantra is "I come forth from the plane of mind and rule." Mercury is the esoteric ruler of Aries striving for conscious control over thought impulses.

In Taurus, his second labor, Hercules is to go to an island, thought to be Knossos, to find the sacred bull of King Minos of Crete and save it from being sacrificed. The King’s plan to sacrifice the bull is the unjust misuse of a sacred being for personal gain. King Minos is the same king who built a maze to keep imprisoned the ferocious Minotaur, a bull-headed man who devours those lured inside. (For more on the Minotaur, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minotaur.) The maze symbolizes our confused desires which trap us, and lead us toward our destruction. To save the bull, Hercules must first find and capture it. Then he has to bring the bull safely across the sea to the Isle of Crete and place the bull in the hands of the three Cyclops initiates, who deliver it to the Holy Temple. The bull is sacred and is bright with the light from its eye (thought to be the star Aldebaran). After much searching and effort, he succeeds in capturing the bull. Then, riding on its back, he crosses over the sea while the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades, surround them, singing them onward as they ride the waves to the shore. (The Pleiades can be found in the late degrees of Taurus. One of the Seven Sisters, Alcycone, is the Sun our Sun is thought to revolve around.)

We, like Hercules, can ride the zodiacal wheel and make the hero’s journey to master the little self with our increasing awareness of our innate divinity. So in Aries, when we have gained control of the reins of our thought forms, we can move on to master the next lesson in Taurus, to seek the light. The mantra to awaken the soul and receive its promptings in Taurus is, " I see, and when the Eye is opened, all is Light." So here we may regain the experience of unity and have our desires in harmony with our Truth. Then we can ride on the back of the power of these instinctual desires and drive them, rather than be ridden by them.

May 1. Venus in Taurus is in a lovely trine to stationing Saturn retrograde—a good time to get your work in order and to make social plans for important events.

May 2. Relief! Saturn turns direct, stationing at 1 Virgo 41. Planning and implementation of projects are in sync with our possibilities. Time to gear up for improved resolutions to what has been on hold since December.

May 2. Mercury enters its own sign Gemini. Communication and correspondence take a faster pace. Then it begins slowing down as it approaches the turning point, May 26, when Mercury stations retrograde. Mercury will station direct at 13 Gemini 01 on June 19, just in time for the Summer Solstice June 20.

May 3. Mercury squares Saturn in Virgo. Stay alert to possible changes in plans. Getting through obstacles takes patience. Take care to investigate any contracts before signing.

May 5. New Moon at 15 Taurus 22 with 22 Gemini rising over Washington, DC.  The New Moon is in the Twelfth House, bringing to our attention news about institutions that help keep society human and compassionate. These institutions include hospitals, mental health facilities, prisons and retreats. Mercury, ruler of the Ascendant in Gemini, is also in the Twelfth House, making a square aspect to Saturn in Virgo in the Fourth House. The world is demanding us to manage our energy consumption and supply people with their basic food needs. The current world food shortages demand reevaluation of our agricultural policies and priorities. Saturn is now direct and trines retrograde Pluto in the Seventh House, giving a ray of hope to negotiating relief for the housing market. Mars at 27 Cancer is about to emerge from its uncomfortable transit in Cancer where it has been for the most part since the end of last September. It is in the Second House, separating from its opposition to expansive Jupiter in Capricorn in the Eighth House. If news of new energy resources breaks, financial institutions may rally, easing tensions. The South Node is in the Third House. The Democratic presidential race could be decided if the remaining states like Indiana make Obama their choice May 6. Expect more to do with the Tibetan situation while Neptune and Chiron are on either side of the North Node in the Ninth House, close to the Tenth House cusp.

May 9. Jupiter stations retrograde at 22 Capricorn 22. Jupiter will resurface direct on September 8 at 12 Capricorn 32. Expansion turns inward giving us time to sort outt are efforts are worthy of our energy.

May 9. Mars stops making steam in cardinal Cancer and enters fiery, fixed Leo until July 2. Taking risks to express your creative dreams comes more easily. It could be a very dry period with fires clearing away our old brush, figuratively and literally. The South Node in Leo intensifies this transit.

May 12. A positive day with the earth trine between the Sun in Taurus and Jupiter retrograde in Capricorn. This is a good day to stretch out and look for possible capital gains.

May 14. The Sun in Taurus squares nebulous Neptune in Aquarius. Take in the big picture and expect recognition some other day.

May 18. Yet another great day for earth activities with Venus in Taurus trine retrograde Jupiter in Capricorn. Get in touch with what has seemed to be a backburner deal.

May 19. The Full Moon at 29 Scorpio 27 with 24 Sagittarius 28 over Washington, DC. The Moon in the Eleventh House opposes the Sun in the Fifth House. Jupiter, ruler of the Ascendant, is retrograde in the First House trine Venus in the Fifth, conjunct the Sun. Speculation and creative expression help make good business opportunities available that may have been bypassed earlier. Pluto retrograde, co-ruler of the sign the Moon occupies, is in the First House trine Saturn direct in the Ninth. Keeping up pressure for change leads to success.

World trade negotiations make progress. The spiritual value of this Full Moon is immense; so take some time for yourself to connect with the depth of your essence. Your light is there to uncover. Let it shine.

May 20. The Sun enters Gemini and stays until June 20. This year the ruler of Gemini is retrograde May 26 until June 19. Affairs concerning the environment, communication with relatives, our neighborhood, schools, learning skills of the mind and hands should be reviewed for ways to improve on them.


From the 2007 June report: "Gemini is the sign of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. Twins represent the two sides of our nature in communication, whether the Higher and Lower Self, male and female, or yin and yang. The inner True Self has an outer ego that manages the affairs of the day. The ability to coordinate these faculties gives the Gemini native excellent dexterity with a swift uptake of incoming information.
 
The planet ruling Gemini is Mercury, the Messenger. Mercury, which is the closest planet to the Sun, has an orbit of 88 Earth days. This fast-moving messenger can never be more than 30 degrees from the Sun. So, three times a year this planet appears to go retrograde in its motion. Mercury retrograde is often a period of reevaluation and changes in plans. It has a way of slowing down our forward motion to move us into a deeper consideration of matters, allowing us time to plan and digest possible outcomes. Mercury is neither positive nor negative in its polarity but reflects the input from the planets and aspects closest to it. Adaptability, intelligence, speech and writing are attributed to Mercury and the sign Gemini. Also associated with Mercury, Gemini, and the third house are issues concerning brothers, sisters, relatives, early education, and everyday travel (such as commuting)."

May 22. The Sun in Gemini squares Saturn direct in Virgo. Be patient and don’t force issues. There are better days to prove your worth to your boss.

May 24. Venus enters Gemini. With all her charms, Venus loves a good flirtation or just a good time. Enjoy the variety Life offers by expressing your multiple talents. A sense of humor works well here.

May 26. Mercury stations retrograde (see above on May 20).

May 26. Neptune stations retrograde at 24 Aquarius 16 until November 2 at 21 Aquarius 28. Dreamy, nebulous Neptune is wonderful for spiritual insight and artistic inspiration in the retrograde position. It is time for reflection and for allowing things to bubble up when ready.

May 26. Venus squares Saturn in Virgo. Keep your comments constructive and your eyes on the larger picture, while getting the details in place.
    

April 2008 Astrology Report
By Linda Clave

"This world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong." This quote from Swami Vivekananda sums up the transition to fiery Cardinal Aries. Aries stands alone. It is the first sign to emerge from the Piscean collective, full of fresh ideas. It is the resurrection of the spirit from its passage through the wintry darkness. Aries is refreshed and ready to get moving, but naïve—lacking the experience that comes from having completed the journey through the other signs. Strengthening is the result of the struggle to keep this fiery spirit burning amidst the many forces coming into play from any action taken. Libra, the sign of relationships and balance—responding to other’s actions—is in opposition to Aries. The friction from their volleying back and forth becomes the stimulus that keeps relationships growing. Confrontation and conflict cleanse their respective positions leading the way to clearer and more joyous communication. Mars, ruler of Aries, is the outgoing energy that motivates us to strive for those ideals we cherish or, on a lower level, propels our impulses for fast-track results. Venus, ruler of Libra, is a social and harmonizing influence leading us to love, appreciation, and a sense of "we," both you and me. So strength comes from the experiences of striving for fairness while reaching for the truth and the authenticity of our mission.
 
Aries, the head or starting point, begins the astrological New Year with the Vernal Equinox (see the March 2008 Astrology Report). Aries initiates the Spring quadrant, the first of four Cardinal signs, and sows the seeds for what will be our harvest.
 
From the April 2007 Astrology Report on the Cardinal points: "Aries is the initiating sign with its propelling forward motion. Here Spring begins with the fire of the Sun warming the Earth, opening the solar New Year and setting into action the Cardinal Cross. The four arms of the cross express the four directions and the four seasons. These directions form the compass points: Aries, Fire, East, Spring; followed by Cancer, Water, South, Summer; then Libra, Air, West, Fall; and Capricorn, Earth, North, Winter. Below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere the points remain the same but the seasons are reversed. In most shamanic traditions East, Fire, is the spirit or light that lifts us."

What are you firing up for the year to come? The road ahead has a few bumps, so keep your safety belt fastened. Pluto is now in Capricorn making a harsh square to this Aries starting point. Make sure there are enough resources available to accomplish your plans. Pluto stations retrograde at 1 Capricorn 09 on April 2 and remains retrograde until September 8 when it stations direct at 28 Sagittarius 30. Last Fall, on December 11, this degree was activated with a major Jupiter/Pluto conjunction. What is obsolete must go. Demand for major change is catching fire throughout the world. So once you have contemplated your options, it is time to swing into action. Work inwardly as well as outwardly and remain fresh and available for needed changes as they arise. Wake up and make your choices, for it is choose, or ride it out on life’s roulette wheel, chips on your old patterns.
 
To get a handle on this process it is always good to know where these numbers and signs are located in your personal horoscope. One degree of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) is sensitized with Saturn’s station on May 3 at 1 Virgo 41. One degree of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) is sensitized by Pluto’s station (see above). The Moon will pass over these sensitive degrees every month, while the Sun will make its yearly rounds as well as other planets.

Eclipse points are also sensitized. From the January 2008 Astrology Report: "Each year the eclipses frame the sensitive points of the upcoming year, as their degrees are activated by passing transits. The lunar nodes determine the eclipses; they are now in north Aquarius and south Leo.

2008 Eclipses. The eclipses are Annular North Solar on February 7 at 17 Aquarius 44 followed by Total South Lunar February 21 at 1 Virgo 53 (this is within a degree of Saturn’s direct station May 2). Then on August 1 at 9 Leo 32 there is a Total South Solar Eclipse, followed by the Partial North Lunar on August 16 at 24 Aquarius 21."
 
April 2. Pluto stations retrograde at 1 Capricorn 09.  Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, is residing in Hades, his kingdom below ground. This is a strong position for inner work. However, on the surface, don’t take what you see to be what you will get. Investigate matters for hidden information that will have consequences down the line.

April 2. Mercury enters Aries. Fast moving Mercury in Cardinal Fire puts a spin on all deals and communication. Mercury in Aries is often responding to urgency and crisis with fast thinking and even faster movements. You will have the courage to speak up for your truths, so caution yourself not to be too quick and miss out on the effect you have on others.

April 3. Mercury moves into a square to retrograde Pluto. Avoid letting issues build up inside. It is best to check your temper at the door and work out your issues before blurting them out impulsively, since they can have a deep, lasting effect.

April 5. New Moon at 16 Aries 44 with 9 Sagittarius 39 rising over Washington, DC. This is the invisible dark phase of the Moon, a time of planting. Results become visible later with the illuminating light at the Full Moon. The Aries lunation is in the Fourth House, a home area, but it is also affecting the Fifth house of children, creativity, speculation and gambling. There is a separating square to the lunation from Cardinal Mars at 13 Cancer in the Eighth House. Expect there to be more fallout from financial institutions concerning credit. This can also affect creative enterprises of any kind. Problems for the economy also come from the applying square to Jupiter in the Second House. What will the government do to stay a full-blown recession? At least three cities have lawsuits against lending companies. With consumer confidence at a five-year low, and market value of homes down 9 percent, what additional interventions and guarantees will be made to stabilize the flow of capital? Venus is at the last degree of Pisces near the cusp of the Fourth House of family, home and real estate. This placement opposes the former eclipse point in the Tenth House, the executive branch of government, administration and leadership. This could play out as pardoning or giving a break to those in crisis with mortgage companies. Their voices can’t be ignored. The volume gets louder as Mercury in the Fourth House in Aries is in an applying square to Mars in Cancer. Pluto is retrograde in the First House trine Saturn also retrograde in the Ninth House at 2 Virgo 18. Behind the scenes, negotiations may be very helpful in stabilizing the future outcome of those in conflict. More stability comes with the shift into Taurus later in the month.

April 6. Venus enters Aries. Venus in fiery Aries has charm, but her style is very individualistic and outgoing, pushing for her agenda as the best possible option. Get your plans out on the table and be prepared to defend them.

April 7. Venus squares retrograde Pluto at 1 Capricorn. What you want to have happen in romance or finances needs to be assessed for its long-term implications. Make promises only if you can keep them.

April 10. The Sun at 21 Aries squares Jupiter at 21 Capricorn. Jupiter turns retrograde in a month at 22 degrees Capricorn and passes over this station June 3 while retrograde, and then once more in direct motion on November 25. Keep your focus on the long term when it comes to expectations for success and better financial times.

April 10. Mercury in Aries squares Mars in Cancer. Take care when confronting expressions of anger or hurt feelings. Old family issues can steam up to a boiling point.

April 13. Mercury at 21 Aries squares Jupiter at 21 Capricorn. Conflicts and obstacles arise as to how and when plans get under way. Travel plans should be reviewed in light of current situations.

April 17. Mercury enters Taurus, Fixed Earth. Mercury is more aware of practical and logistical planning as it also moves into a Grand Trine April 18 with retrograde Pluto at 1 Capricorn and retrograde Saturn at 1 Virgo 54.

April 19. The Sun enters Taurus. The Sun gives power and stability to the Grand Trine. The Sun in Taurus from the April 2007 Astrology Report: "The Sun enters the earthy fixed sign of Taurus on April 20. Venus, planet of love and appreciation, rules Taurus in contrast to the stirring Mars energy of Aries. This is a feminine and very magnetic place, full of all the earth mysteries. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, harmonious and fulfilling. Earth Day, Mother’s Day, and dancing around the maypoles celebrate the grounding of the Aries fire into rhythms expressing Mother Earth’s fertility and beauty. Planting and the development of land, cattle and agriculture are associated with Taurus as is the voice vibration. Bird songs are said to open the morning sunrise. Here there is much emphasis on staying power and endurance."

April 20. Full Moon at 0 Scorpio 43 with 29 Aries 59 rising over Washington, DC. The elements are in a fixed holding position. Much will surface concerning the War and the economy. The transitional point of 29 Aries is rising. It is energized by the Sun almost smack on the Ascendant, while the light of the Full Moon illuminates the Seventh House of our relationships with our partners and/or enemies. The Sun is also heading a Grand Trine with retrograde Saturn in the Fifth House and retrograde Pluto in the Ninth House. This assures back-up power to the leadership from the Sun’s focus in the First House. Mars at 19 Cancer near the cusp of the Fourth House is in an applying trine to Uranus in the Twelfth House. This emotional and intuitive combo opens us to new insights and opportunities. Could this trigger a release in the stagnating housing market? Personally this boost from the water signs gives our emotions the assurance of being in our groove.

There will be another Full Moon within a month at 29 Scorpio on May 16. The light of this Full Moon is the anticipated yearly Wesak Festival.  For more info try this link: http://www.wesak.us/articles.php. Here is a passage:

"The Wesak Festival has been traditionally associated in eastern civilization with the Buddha, divine intermediary between the highest spiritual center on the planet, Shamballa, and the Hierarchy. The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of divine purpose, cooperating at this festival with his brother the Christ, who represents the Hierarchy. The Buddha embodies the Principle of Light, and because of this illumination humanity was able to recognize the Christ, embodiment of the still greater Principle of Love. Each year at the time of Wesak, two great streams of energy—one focused through the Buddha and the other through the Christ—are fused and blended, and it is the task of world servers to precipitate this combined energy into the waiting world."
 
April 21. The Sun at 1 Taurus 45 makes an exact trine to Retrograde Saturn at 1 Virgo 48. Take advantage of this opportunity to resolve matters with authority figures and renegotiate your position based on your performance.

April 22. Mars at 21 Cancer is in an exact trine to Uranus at 21 Pisces. The floodgates are open and high energy is flowing. Intuition and inspiration make for a magical life.
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April 23. Venus at 21 Aries moves into a T-Square position. Venus squares both Mars at 21 Cancer and Jupiter at 21 Capricorn, while Mars and Jupiter oppose each other. Venus rules Libra, the empty end of this T-Square. The best way to get clear of conflicts arising from the need to step free of stagnant social positions is to use your understanding of others’ needs and negotiate knowing your time has arrived.

April 24. The Mars/Jupiter opposition becomes exact.  It is part of the above T-Cross, so it is more complicated than an opposition. Use caution and good judgment as to how far to stretch your limits. Both Cancer and Capricorn are conservative signs holding traditional family and the world in place.

April 28. Mercury at 22 Taurus trines Jupiter at 22 Capricorn. Options arise to upgrade your status financially. Do a thorough check of your accounts or find a professional who could be a big help in these matters.

April 29. Mercury at 24 Taurus squares Neptune at 24 Aquarius. This is a good time to dream but not a good time to place your signature on documents. Mercury needs clarity in order to get the facts straight, but the square to Neptune obfuscates situations much like a fog hiding a mountain peak.

April 30. Venus enters its own sign Taurus. This Venus transit in earthy Taurus will bring out Spring’s glory with all the lovely flowers and plants in high bloom. Venus remains in Taurus until May 25. A great time for gardening!

 

Astrology Report March 2008
Linda Clave

The action moves forward again this March as Mercury, the Messenger, in the Fixed Air sign of Aquarius has resumed its direct motion, and Mars, the energy generator, returns to the Cardinal Water Sign of Cancer. Then spring comes as Mars-ruled Aries launches the Zodiacal New Year on March 20. This year the light of the Full Moon on March 21 will illuminate the Spring Equinox, increasing its power. The Vernal Equinox is a time of balance when the Sun moves toward the northern hemisphere and hovers over the Earth’s equator. At this time, days and nights are of equal duration. One way of seeing the balance point demonstrated is to try standing an egg upright at the time of the Equinox. With the assistance of the Earth’s magnetic force, the egg will balance on its point. This Equinox/Full Moon will highlight the two opposing signs, Aries and Libra, and emphasize the need to achieve balance in relationships. The wild card in this drama is Pluto, now in the Cardinal Earth sign of Capricorn. Pluto’s position on the world axis challenges this Spring Ingress/Full Moon, so we can expect that demands will be great. The goal is to move forward with the emerging Life Force toward change. What will actually change is yet to be determined. However, the operative word now is "change!" Check out the effect this tidal surge has on political races, as evidenced in the presidential campaigns. The first step in this process begins with the New Moon in Pisces on March 7. Here is an opportunity to clear away the old agendas to make ready for fresh input and stimulation that come with Spring. Get ready to shake, rattle and roll!

March 4. Mars moves into Cancer and opposes Pluto in Capricorn, becoming exact on March 7, the day of New Moon. This is a very dynamic play of force on the Cardinal Axis. This could bring major shakes-ups in the world, both physically and economically, affecting families and governments. Negotiators will be very busy brokering peace. Note the houses in your chart where this opposition and New Moon occur to get a personal take on the matter.

March 6. Venus and Neptune form a conjunction at 22 Aquarius. This is romantic idealism at its finest!

March 7. The Pisces New Moon at 17 degrees 31 minutes at 2:03 PM with 7 Cancer rising over Washington, DC. Cancer is the Moon’s sign, moving in tidal fashion as Cardinal Water. Mars is currently in Cancer in the twelfth house, sitting close to the Ascendant. Mars in this sign tends to act out lunar-inspired moods in an unconscious and instinctual way. Cancer is our nation’s Sun sign and represents the family. Both nation and family are being stirred up by the Mars-Pluto opposition. Keep your eyes on the situations that arise, but first step back and use retrograde Saturn in Virgo to examine the sources of instigating the problems. Then with conscious awareness, break down the facts before reacting. Hold unto the reins of your horses and exercise control over their direction.

This is a fresh New Moon after the earlier Total Lunar Eclipse February 20. The interesting feature here is the lunation conjoins the change maker—or breaker—Uranus. Nothing will be quite the same, especially so in the tenth house or executive domain. We as a nation are reaching for different leadership. It will be interesting to find out who is selected for candidacy! Belief systems are rapidly changing here in the US, as evidenced by statistical reports that assert many people are questioning the beliefs in which they were raised and changing course as a result. Beliefs are interior in nature and have the deepest effect on our psyche. The Piscean Age is ending as we open our minds in the dawning of the Aquarian Age to a scientific understanding of what has been taken solely on faith. Modern physics is more inclusive in its abstraction of our origins and our connectedness than many mainstream faiths. In this lunation an alignment in Aquarius features the direction indicator, the North Node, plus Mercury ,Venus, Neptune, and Chiron, all within a 10-degree span of one another. Conversely, the Aquarian co-ruler, Uranus, is in Pisces conjunct the Sun, ruler of the South Node or past experiences.

Pisces, like Aquarius, has two ruling planets: the traditional ruler Jupiter, the guru or king of the gods, and the modern ruler, Neptune, god of the seas. The key to coordinating those two lies in understanding that there are upper and lower worlds, as in shamanism. The glyph for Pisces is a band of consciousness joining two moon shapes facing out in opposite directions. Each world has its domain and duties. The lower worlds keep our instincts sharp and alert. The more ethereal upper world takes us to inner dimensions and planes to illuminate our everyday middle world aspirations, spiraling us to higher, nobler and more selfless purposes. Again, coordination is necessary between the two to be in the here and now but sensitive to the world beyond. Jupiter offers us a bigger and broader experience and Neptune brings the longing to experience Life in the spiritual dimensions.

March 9. Mercury conjoins transiting Neptune. The time for mulling over ideas and projects has passed. What have you come up with? What inspires you? This is a better time to get with the flow. Political parties are at a resolution stage.

March 12. Venus enters a lovely and receptive transit through Pisces until the New Moon in Aries on April 6. Venus is said to be exalted in Pisces, for this collective sign realizes that the good of all is finally the truest blessing. Compassion and tolerance outweigh selfishness, and love is gentle and kind. Saint Francis of Assisi is a model of this love. A negative expression of this transit might be not owning your needs when they are in conflict with the demands of others.

March 14. Mercury enters Pisces until April 3. Here Mercury enters the mists and can get carried away with feelings, but there is a grounding opposition from Saturn in analytical Virgo, Mercury’s own sign.

March 16. Loving Venus at 3 Pisces comes into an opposition—a reality check—with retrograde Saturn at 3 Virgo. Keep your records straight and dismiss unwarranted criticism."Love overcomes all things, love never fails, and perfect love casts out fear."

March 17. Mercury at 3 Pisces opposes retrograde Saturn at 3 Virgo. Think twice before signing contracts or taking on legal matters. If you can wait until Saturn turns direct May 2 at 2 degrees Virgo, this will give you time to do the research needed before committing yourself.
March 20. The Spring/Vernal Equinox arrives, followed by the Full Moon on March 21. The Fire Element opens the Earth to a new cycle of growth. Time to synchronize your plans with the flow of Life’s current. Energy for procreation and general productivity increases. However, many may find turning their energy outward challenging after a period of winter hibernation. Exercise and dietary adjustments help get us in tune with the fresh rhythms available. This has been a key yearly turning point for ancient and native cultures.

I am including this excerpt by Grandmother Judi from the 2007 Aries Report: "A native teacher of spirituality shared that the fire makes smoke, and this smoke carries our prayers to the Creator. She went on to say in her Metis tradition the medicine animal in the East is the high-flying eagle of North America, while in South America the medicine animal is the condor. These are birds that are associated with vision and illumination. Opening the door to the East in sacred fire ceremony begins the yearly journey. Certain sites in the US, such as Chaco Canyon in the West, have a cave whose entrance is illuminated only on this special morning sunrise. In the East, equinox sighting stones are used to mark the return of Spring in New Hampshire’s American Stonehenge. Other sighting places can be found in the Mound Builder’s Serpent Mound, and many other sites all over this country and the world."

Noon, March 21. There is call to ceremony at noon for 8,000 drums carrying prayers to the Creator: "The purpose is to fulfill the OTOMI PROPHECY. The Otomis are Mayan Olmec and Toltec descendants. The drums will be played so that the Creator will hear us and grant our wishes as we pray for help in the Healing Process of our Mother Earth. …People are destroying Her and our Mother Earth needs our prayers. Thank you. Ewo-wox-co-dah-wa."

March 21. The Full Moon illuminates this impetus to move out into Life. Aries is a Cardinal Fire sign, fast and impetuous, passionately moving into battle as an idealist or to open new frontiers. "Give me Liberty or Give me Death," could be a cry for freedom all Fire signs share. Mars, the outer ruler, and Mercury, the inner esoteric ruler, set the pace. When the mind or consciousness can join with Mars, driving forces are in check and the way becomes clear. From the 2007 April Report: "Mars gets our energy moving and focused while Mercury brings forth inspiring new ideas from the mental plane. When integrated, they develop character with courage and integrity. Other positive traits from the fiery spirit of Aries include leadership, visionary ideas, pioneering new methods, and the willingness to stand alone and take risks.

The Full Moon occurs March 21 at 1:40 PM EST with 6 Leo rising over Washington, DC. Demand for change is clear! This Full Moon activates a Cardinal cross with the Sun in Aries at 1degree 31 minutes in the ninth house opposite the Moon in Libra in the third house while both make a harsh 90-degree square to Pluto in Capricorn near the cusp of the sixth house and again to Mars at 6 Cancer in the twelfth house. All this action is "off the angles," easing adjustments but there remains a need to stay flexible so that you can make the best use of opportunities and challenges. Saturn retrograde in the second house of finances and resources loosely opposes Mercury and Venus in Pisces in the eighth house. This is not yet the time for an economic turn-around. With Leo rising and ruling the South Node, new leadership is needed to raise public confidence and turn the Wheel of Fortune. So many long-term problems need careful timing to be resolved smoothly and fairly. Nevertheless, the public is impatient for change and soon! Measures to save homes and implement fair lending practices can’t wait.

March 27. Mercury conjoins Uranus at 19 Pisces. Free-flowing inspiration and unusual ideas make it easy to compose or write. Venus is also in Pisces adding to the creative boost.

March 28. Venus conjoins Uranus at 19 Pisces. This is an "outside-the-box" transit given to romantic attractions. Breakthroughs are possible with this combo in many areas, especially for artistic and musical endeavors. Peace brokers in troubled areas of conflict may find new solutions coming forth.


February 2008
Linda Clave

February is a complex month: the New Moon on February 6 is a Solar Eclipse and the beginning of Year of the Rat, followed by the Full Moon on February 20 which is a Total Lunar Eclipse. Beginnings and endings will mark 2008, a "one" year, numerologically. One means the opportunity to get started, so here we are at a starting point. Likewise, the Rat is always the first character of a new twelve-year cycle in Chinese Astrology. Going deeper into the idea of the number one, we find Pluto, a planet whose effect is profound and heavy-hitting, standing on the doorstep of Capricorn. Capricorn, Cardinal Earth, is a collective sign ruled by Saturn, planet of work, discipline, laws, rules, regulations and the awareness of one’s limitations. Having Pluto in a Saturn-ruled sign is extremely intense. Expect demands for a New World Order with a major focus on restructuring worldwide political and economic patterns. No one can be sure exactly what events will take place, but we can be sure there will be a very big shift underway for the next 16 years. On a more personal level, Mars, our energy and mobility planet, is now direct and in Gemini until March 3 when it re-enters Cancer. In contrast, the motion of the fastest-moving planet, Mercury, the messenger, is slowing down and turning inward while it retrogrades until February 19. If you can’t be sure of where you are going or what to do next, it is no surprise. In summary, ones and beginnings imply the fulfillment of promise, but only if the impetus to begin is brought through to a conclusion. Some plans will have cycles to grow through before they can be completed. It helps, to get a fix on your particular opportunities and challenges, to have your astrological chart read with the numbers keyed into your planets and houses. Astrology focuses on understanding these organic cycles that revolve around particular times, and is therefore a good tool for more effective planning and better results.

The Year of the Rat goes with the Earth Element trend for 2008, with Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. Staying concrete and focused is recommended.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Chinese zodiac refers to a pure calendrical cycle; there are no equivalent constellations like those of the occidental zodiac. In imperial times there were astrologers who watched the sky for heavenly omens that would predict the future of the state, but this was a quite different practice of divination from the popular present-day methods. Year of the Earth Rat: The Rat was welcomed in ancient times as a protector and bringer of material prosperity. It is an animal associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Rat is associated with the earthly branch symbol. Earth is a balance of both yin and yang, the feminine and masculine together. Its motion is inward and centering, and its energy is stabilizing and conserving. It is associated with the color yellow and the planet Saturn, and it lies at the center of the compass in the Chinese cosmos. It is associated with the turn of each of the four seasons and with dampness. It is believed to govern the spleen, stomach, mouth and muscles. Its negative emotion is anxiety and its positive emotion is empathy. Its Primal Spirit is represented by the Yellow Phoenix.

In Chinese thought Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work and stability. The earth element is also nurturing and seeks to draw all things together with itself, in order to bring harmony, rootedness and stability. Other attributes of the earth element include ambition, stubbornness, responsibility and long-term planning. In pathology, the earth can represent selfishness and self-centeredness. In the controlling cycle earth controls water and is controlled by wood; while in the conducive cycle earth is produced by fire, and in turn produces metal."

(See the January 2008 report for more information on Aquarius and the New Year.)

February 1: The month starts off with a beneficial conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in Capricorn. These bright planets are now prominent just before sunrise. Take advantage of this timing to make deals, but remember, Mercury is retrograde. To make good use of earthy business matters, use careful consideration.
 
The New Moon Solar Eclipse at 17 Aquarius on February 6 occurs at 10:45 PM with 21 Libra rising over Washington, DC. Balance is the key. Markets may plunge and rally working out the currency and world trade crisis. There is a stellium in Aquarius at the foundation, the Fourth House, that includes Chiron, Mercury retrograde, the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune and Vesta, with the North Node right at the cusp moving clockwise into the Fourth. The Fourth House is the area concerning the home, homeland and real estate. Retrograde Mercury at 16 degrees Aquarius 52 conjoins Chiron at 15 Aquarius 57 and the Lunation. Expect more market adjustments while governments and business interests seek to heal consumer confidence and find ways to make available needed funds to end the credit crunch. On a positive note, Mars, elevated in the Ninth House, is now direct. As Mars moves out of its station at 24 Gemini issues that have been stuck will slowly get some traction. Also of benefit in the search for financial solutions are Jupiter and Venus in Capricorn in the Third House boosted by Saturn retrograde in Virgo in the Eleventh House, which is moving into alignment with Pluto, also in the Third House. Perhaps Congress will get the stimulus package out in time to stay a deeper recession crisis.

February 10. The Sun is conjunct the dreamy creative and inspired planet Neptune in Aquarius. Take advantage of this opportunity to soar. Save work on more practical issues for another day.

February 17. Venus enters Aquarius, staying until March 13. Here Venus is guided by principle and intuition rather than emotion so the effect is cool and friendly.

February 18. At 9:57 PM Mercury stations direct, just in time for the Lunar Eclipse.

February 19. The Sun enters the collective water sign Pisces.

February 20. Total Lunar Eclipse at 1 Virgo 53 with 29 Libra rising over Washington, DC. Balance again will be a key.

A note on eclipses from the March 2007 Report: These events give us opportunities to cleanse both our physical and mental bodies and renew our belief in our self, our mission and our place on our chosen path. It is difficult to say exactly what an eclipse will mean. Traditionally, if the eclipse shadow falls on a planet or angle (cusp of the first, fourth, seventh or tenth house) within one or two degrees, this planet or angle will be activated for the period of a year as planets and the moon pass over that degree. Heightened by the extra activity, the shadow/dark side reveals itself for cleansing. Cleansing is multi-leveled as we have accumulated many experiences in the course of our lives, both in our present incarnation back through the lessons our souls have learned in previous lives.

Pisces and Virgo are the two signs most associated with cleansing and discrimination. Pisces, the last of the twelve zodiacal signs, sweeps up all the experiences from the preceding signs to dissolve them in the collective ocean of memory. A mutable sign, Pisces is moving us from one phase to the next, leading us into the next cycle. Pisces is the last of the three water signs. Here feelings, intuition and psychic visions lead into realms beyond the physical to experience a sense of wholeness and of being part of a greater reality. Therefore this is the sign of religion. (The word "religion" means to bind together). The Lunar Eclipse has the moon in the opposite sign of Virgo, an earth sign where we learn to evaluate and separate the healthy usable seeds from the unhealthy ones. Virgo relies on analysis rather than feelings. Together, Pisces and Virgo are compassionate and truthful, making a checks-and-balances system.

The Lunar Eclipse focuses on eliminating unhealthy attitudes, beliefs and habits that keep us from experiencing the healthy balance we desire. The old traditions such as Lent or Passover were given to us with cleansing diets that included bitter foods to help detoxify the liver. Both physical and emotional attention is necessary. Bodywork that includes breathing into areas of concern is of great assistance. Body tissues store toxins and memories that can be released with an increase in circulation that promotes oxygenation. Low oxygen levels preserve toxicity in the body, as charged memories from the past remain mired in stagnant areas. Wherever we are stuck, we need to bring fresh blood into the tissues to bring about change.

Astrology of the Lunar Eclipse: This is a potent event with the Moon approaching retrograde Saturn. Saturn will station at the eclipse point in May making this degree very sensitive and likely to get triggered through out the year as planets pass over this degree and make angles to it. Issues brought to the table by these transits will need time and consideration to resolve. Saturn and the Moon are associated with our deepest conditioning. Going back into our family ancestry and past lives we can find the roots of our patterns that we often carry unconsciously. The Moon conjunct Saturn is an emotionally difficult combination leading to depression and exaggerated feelings of responsibility especially in family matters. Virgo has discrimination and cleansing as virtues but, carried to excess, it can take away the joy and spontaneity of expression. Being careful is good when it does not become hyper-vigilance. The Moon is high in the chart in the Tenth House while the Sun in Pisces is in the Fourth House, as in the previous Solar Eclipse where it is part of a stellium. Expect more emphasis on the state of the housing market and its effect on credit and the economy. The President and Congress will need to show more leadership to help the public’s depression with the market. To this effect, Pluto in Capricorn makes a helpful angle to both the Sun and Moon, acknowledging the profound needs of this time. Urgency is a key issue as Mars, ruler of the Seventh House, re-enters Cancer, the sign ruling the home, from March 4 until May 10. This combination is great for working with your dreams to unlock patterns from the past as well as to for envisioning the future.

February 24. The Sun in Pisces opposes retrograde Saturn in Virgo. You can feel challenged, so be prepared with a good sense of your plans and objectives.

February 29. A Leap Year day ends the month.  

January 2008  
By Linda Clave

2008 is a "one" year: by adding 2 (+0+0) plus 8, you get ten (1-0) which reduces to (1+0) the whole number one. "One" signifies the start of a new cycle, while "nine" (2+0+0+7) signifies the finish of the previous cycle which ended in December 2007. This new "one" cycle is emphasized astrologically by Jupiter’s entrance into Capricorn, followed by Pluto later in the month. So the new trends are cardinal earth. Capricorn is the most dynamic and pragmatic of signs for working out a new order. Planning is imperative, as is knowledge of planetary shifts, in designing a path to the top. When you are aware of how these shifts play out in your personal horoscope, you can take advantage of opportunities and anticipate the lessons you will meet along the way. In general, this configuration brings profound global change, at an accelerating pace, especially once Pluto settles into Capricorn. The Earth is rapidly losing its glaciers. In Greenland, for instance, the world’s largest glacier is dumping slices into the ocean as the temperature rises, upsetting the balance of the ecosystem. One result of these changes is the loss of many coldwater fish and other essential habitat-maintaining species. And sea levels will rise, altering the profile of our current topography. Areas of low elevation will be submerged. This in turn could impact world migration patterns at a level heretofore unknown. This is not science fiction, but projected science from credible sources! Cardinal signs bring change, and we must work with the positive possibilities to be part of the solution.

Review From the December 2007 Report:  "The cardinal earth sign Capricorn will be an important shaper of events throughout this year, as Pluto moves in, retrogrades out and then returns to stay until March 23, 2023. This is a "get ready: the movers are arriving shortly!" type of experience. Capricorn is the executive manager at the top of the Cardinal Cross devising large corporate and political strategies with worldwide implications. In esoteric studies, moving through Capricorn are three powerful rays. The First Ray is of will and power, complemented by the Third Ray of active intelligence, and put into action with the Seventh Ray of ritual order and magic. This combo is dynamic! Saturn rules Capricorn on both the inner and outer levels. The Capricorn glyph of the climbing goat fits perfectly as growth is always measured by the limits we surpass and this is Saturn at work. Work, then, is a key word for the Saturnian Capricorn, as are results; Capricorns look for the bottom line. Structure is also a key word for understanding Saturn, for structure makes the formative patterning for building on any level. Capricorn is also the sign of initiations or passing tests that prove one to be fit and worthy to move ahead. On the physical level, Capricorn rules the knees, skeleton and teeth. Saturn with its rings closing in as we age portrays our life story through our patterns of experience. Fear, a tool of Saturn, drives us to work harder for success or keeps us stuck."

Each year the eclipses frame the sensitive points of the upcoming year, as their degrees are activated by passing transits. The lunar nodes determine the eclipses; they are now in North Aquarius and South Leo.

2008 Eclipses: The eclipses are Annular North Solar on Feb 7 at 17 Aquarius 44 followed by Total South Lunar February 21 at 1 Virgo 53 (this is within a degree of Saturn’s direct station May 2). Then on August 1 at 9 Leo 32 there is a Total South Solar Eclipse, followed by the Partial North Lunar on August 16 at 24 Aquarius 21.

January 2: Retrograde Mars at 29 Gemini 21 opposes Pluto at 29 Sagittarius. Clear away old issues to start a fresh New Year 2008. Watch out for triggers of sudden anger. Keep your words positive. Take your foot off the accelerator and stay cool!

January 6: Venus at 8 Sagittarius squares retrograde Saturn at 8 Virgo. Choices can bring conflicts to the surface that seem difficult to move through. Take time to weigh and sort out the details.

January 7: Mercury moves into the fixed air sign Aquarius. This is a long transit for fast-moving Mercury. Mercury stations retrograde at 23 Aquarius on January 28, stations direct February 18 at 8 Aquarius, and stays in that sign until it moves into Pisces on March 14. One idea at a time needs to be integrated and worked through.

On Mercury retrograde from the February 2007 Report: "Mercury is the fastest moving of all the planets that rotate around the Sun. Mercury works as a connector and helps us to make associations in our consciousness. Many of us traverse so rapidly through our intake of information and experience that we do not really take time to reflect or digest our thoughts, feelings or life experiences. But life ceases to have meaning when we just keep moving through it in a mechanical way. That tends to dull our senses by shutting down our minds.

The slowdown that occurs during Mercury retrograde provides us with an opportunity to reflect. Our focus is drawn away from everyday activities and we are provided with an opportunity to reassess and give careful consideration to what is happening in our lives.

Mercury retrograde is not the most popular of astrological influences because it tends to interfere with business as usual. Mercury retrograde is usually not the most optimal time to start a new job or project. New projects or ventures begun under the influence of Mercury retrograde are often short-lived. It is best to continue with what you’re doing while remaining open to reassess and redefine with new awareness.

Mercury retrograde is a time of cleansing when all the dross is cleared away. It’s an ideal time to meditate, walk in nature or go off on a retreat to soothe yourself and reconnect with your deeper parts held in the subconscious. Mercury retrograde gives you the opportunity to take inventory, reassess your life and clarify your objectives."

January 8: New Moon, 6:37 AM, at 17 Capricorn 33 with 4 Capricorn rising over Washington, DC. In the first house of Self or the nation Jupiter at 4 Capricorn rises within a stellium which includes the Sun, Moon and Mercury. This brings encouragement and hope for resolving world issues. Personal work on your career will pay off, as retrograde Saturn turns direct on May 2. Work within groups takes on a positive expectation as to what can be collectively accomplished that individually would be impossible. The separating retrograde Mars opposition to Pluto is fading but will re-emerge March 7 with Mars at 1 Cancer and Pluto at 1 Capricorn. Attend to issues marked by aggression and resentment with patience. Diplomacy pays dividends.

January 12: Venus 15 Sagittarius squares Uranus 15 Pisces. This a quick transit that can bring upsets. Take a fresh look at possibilities. Don’t go off the deep end. Breaking up may not be the right solution.

January 19: Venus 24 Sagittarius opposes retrograde Mars at 24 Gemini. Fast attractions are a breeze and should not be confused with a solid connection. Keeping this in mind, you can have fun.

January 20: the Sun enters the fixed air sign of Aquarius at 11:44 PM. In 2008 Aquarius becomes a prominent sign through the North Node of the Moon and the eclipse cycle. Aquarius is a collective sign and the last of the Air Triplicity. It has two rulers— Saturn, giving structure, and break-out-of-the-box Uranus, bringing unique and inventive possibilities. Group work, which is the Aquarian way, becomes paramount as a solution to world issues.

From the February 2007 Report: "Understanding Aquarius: the Sign and the Symbol." Be careful here; although Aquarius is the "Water Bearer," it is not a water sign. It is the last of the fixed signs on the fixed cross initiated by Taurus, the bull, on through Leo, the lion, Scorpio, the scorpion, and finally Aquarius. Fixed signs are at the center where we become responsible for the results of action taken. There is great power and strength within when we become focused and centered. A glyph of two wavy lines, one on top of the other represents Aquarius, collective air. It is the summation of the three air signs; for in Aquarius universal and natural laws are the guiding principle. Here, too, are the building blocks of knowledge, the hope for universal brotherhood and freedom from ignorance. Aquarius maintains the ever-evolving plans for human evolution. Above, the higher laws of the universe vibrate; while below they vibrate to natural law. Freedom is the cry here but it requires being responsive to these laws that give the desired results. Aquarius is the place of scientific procedure with both Saturn and Uranus as co-rulers. Science and discovery first require discipline, organization and testing before taking the leap into the unknown. Our society is built on this process. Morality and conscience determine the use of these discoveries. We must choose service to humanity and the planet; or opt for darkness and destruction. The choice is ours to make as we move more and more into the age of science, the Aquarian Age."

January 22: Full Moon at 1 Leo 54 with 25 Aquarius rising in Washington DC. Communicating Mercury conjoins spiritual and nebulous Neptune at 20 Aquarius on the hidden side of the Ascendant with the North Node at 27 Aquarius on the Ascendant and Uranus at 16 Pisces in the first house of Self or the nation. This can bring creative expression and opposing viewpoints and beliefs, heightened by Saturn at 7 Virgo retrograde sitting in the seventh house of relationships and open enemies. The Moon at 1 Leo 54 is in the sixth house opposing the Sun in the twelfth house at 1 Aquarius. Domestic issues such as job possibilities and health care are on the top of the voters’ list. Venus at 27 Sagittarius 50 is in a tight conjunction to Pluto at 29 Sagittarius 53, itself still opposing Mars retrograde (24 Gemini 32) but the aspect is separating which weakens its effect. Pressing economic and social issues are on the agenda for the nation and personally. Saturn and Jupiter are in a beneficial trine in earth signs, which helps ease disputes and brings new alliances.

January 24: Venus conjoins Pluto at 29 Sagittarius and then enters Capricorn. Wait awhile to make plans until the shift of signs gels, as Pluto will move into Capricorn as well.

January 26: At 10:44 PM Pluto moves into Capricorn with 11 Libra rising over Washington, DC. This ingress emphasizes improving relationships and balance. Pluto demands transformation and transfiguration. Pluto is Lord of Hades. Pluto rules the fixed water sign Scorpio. Pluto’s energy comes up from the bottom bringing with it the Dark Night of the Soul, feelings of being stuck and bound in the miasmas of the lower self, comprising lifetimes of experience. The Soul is the warrior taking up the battle with the Dweller on the Threshold, representing the miasmas. The battle is so intense that there can be only one victor; the Pluto experience is this battle. Once the lower self in these lower worlds is suffused with the true Soul Light, there emerges an inner unity and a triumphant resurrection from the ashes of the former self, often called, in the Western tradition, the "Phoenix Bird Rising."

The horoscope for the Pluto ingress into Capricorn has an amazing alignment in the third house of communications with Pluto at 0, Venus at 2, and Jupiter at 8 Capricorn, all trine retrograde Saturn at 7 Virgo in the eleventh house of hopes and goals as well as group affiliations. Anticipate hope and high expectations for solutions to global issues, but remember the Pluto process will be at work. Reinforcing this alignment is a stellium in Aquarius: the Sun at 5 followed by Chiron at 15, Vestal at 18, Neptune 21, Mercury at 23 and finally summing it up with the north node at 27 Aquarius 49. Wow! The Moon rules the tenth house but is quiet in the twelfth house at 20 Virgo in a separating opposition to Uranus in Pisces in the sixth house. We can feel quiet apprehension of the large changes ahead. The public will need time to respond to the effects of more and bigger globalization for better and for worse.

January 28: Mercury stations retrograde.
See above reference under January 7.

January 30: Mars stations direct at 5:33 PM at 24 Gemini. What a relief!  Next month Mars picks up speed from its station. Expect the outgoing energy associated with Mars to get us out of feeling tired, irritable and stagnant, to release us from our hibernation of sorts. You can start putting more vigor into your work and play; new inspirations emerge. Making connections will feel easier.

 

December 2007

Intensity is building!  December sets the stage for major changes in 2008. Jupiter transitions from its home in the gaseous fire sign of Sagittarius into the Cardinal Earth sign Capricorn on December 18, after a brief transit (December 4) through the Galactic Center at 26 degrees Sagittarius. On December 9 there is a New Moon at 17 degrees Sagittarius, after which, on December 11, Jupiter catches up to Pluto at 28 degrees Sagittarius. Pluto, a slow-moving planet that advances about two degrees a year, has finally reached the last degrees of Sagittarius, the sign it has occupied since November 11, 1995. Alongside Jupiter, Pluto’s stay in Sagittarius culminates, having opened an expansive, far-reaching vision of the future. Then the two planets enter Capricorn, bringing their planning and strategies into the pragmatic realm of earth energy. Pluto enters its new phase in the Cardinal Sign of Capricorn on January 25, 2008, where it will remain through March 23, 2023. In this politically- and organizationally- savvy sign, Pluto opens a new chapter in the World Order. The eve of December 21, the Winter Solstice, heralds the Capricorn Ingress. Then the Full Moon on December 23, still bright Christmas Eve, illuminates us with the splendor of its radiance and moves us with the force of its magnetic pull. We can feel the doors open and sense the wonder of our emerging potential. What a holiday season!

December 4. Jupiter passes through the Galactic Center. To get more info on the Galactic Center and the new planets Sedna and Eris, you can check out Philip Sedgwick’s website: www.philipsedgwick.com/GalacticCtr <http://www.philipsedgwick.com/GalacticCtr>

December 5.
Lovely Venus leaves her home in Libra and transits Scorpio until New Year’s Eve. Pay attention to those deeper feelings being triggered so you are able to work them through. Don’t let your emotions hold your sensitivity captive.

December 6.
Fast-moving Mercury in Sagittarius squares Saturn in Virgo. Digest what seems to be a lot to chew and keep an objective, open mind. Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) are subject to fluctuations and adjustments.

December 9.
New Moon at 17 degrees Sagittarius 16 minutes with 23 Pisces 26 rising over Washington, DC. This ninth house lunation is at home in Sagittarius, all the more so since the ruler of Sagittarius—outgoing, expansive Jupiter—rules the ninth house as well as the Pisces Ascendant. The Ascendant gives shape and focus to the lunation. But, along with Jupiter, idealistic and dreamy Neptune—Pisces’ co-ruler—comes in to mist and dissolve form, opening the door to large transitions. Heat and intensity build with the stellium of five fire planets in Sagittarius: the Sun, Moon, and Mercury are in the ninth house, and Pluto and Jupiter are just over the cusp in the tenth house. The glyph for Sagittarius represents a centaur taking aim with his bow and arrow. Shoot for a single-pointed reality. The aim is to bring unity within a diversity of philosophical views and religions. A larger, more tolerant global view is needed, although the process can be hot and explosive! Echoing this, the Midheaven is at 26 Sagittarius 24, directing focus on the Galactic Center.

While most of the planetary energies are above the horizon this month, Mars is retrograde in Cancer in the fourth house, and Saturn is in Virgo in the sixth—both below the horizon. And, Saturn is about to station retrograde. The South Node is also in the sixth house at 0 degrees Virgo, poised to transit backwards for a year-and-a-half through Leo. These difficult planetary energies create an anchor for the fast-changing scene above the horizon. Questions of survival and the cost to the environment of reckless progress keep us on more conservative and thoughtful footing. This applies to the economy with credit crunches from the cost of development confounded by rising energy costs and a difficult housing market.

December 10.
Mercury in Sagittarius squares volatile Uranus in Pisces. Plans need to be flexible in order for the right innovation to triumph. Embrace the inevitable upset as a healthy part of a long run success.

December 11. Beautiful, seductive Venus in Scorpio charms retrograde Mars in Cancer. Take advantage of this smooth trine as it operates in business and romance.

December 11. Jupiter conjoins Pluto at 28 Sagittarius. This pair is HOT, so take care not to stretch further than you can manage.
 
December 19. Jupiter enters Capricorn. Jupiter has been expansive in Sagittarius, but now the contracting influence of Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, makes jovial Jupiter more serious and conscientious. What do you have in your hand? Put your cards on the table.
 
December 20. Saturn stations retrograde at 8 Virgo 3. This is a "wait until spring" time to see what results your plans will bring. Now is a good period for doing the internal work that is part of organic growth. Plan new projects and thoroughly develop them.
 
December 21.
The Winter Solstice: the Sun has reached its furthest declination south in the Tropic of Capricorn. This is also the Capricorn Ingress which describes the three-month period until next spring’s Vernal Equinox. This winter is full of events with Jupiter now in Capricorn and Pluto soon to arrive, with the complication of retrograde Mars opposing the Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and then Pluto. The presidential primaries may not be as sewn-up as the spin-doctors would have us believe!

The cardinal earth sign Capricorn will be an important shaper of events throughout this year, as Pluto moves in, retrogrades out and then returns to stay until March 23, 2023. This is a "get ready: the movers are arriving shortly!" type of experience. Capricorn is the executive manager at the top of the Cardinal Cross devising large corporate and political strategies with worldwide implications. In esoteric studies, moving through Capricorn are three powerful rays. The First Ray is of will and power, complemented by the Third Ray of active intelligence, and put into action with the Seventh Ray of ritual order and magic. This combo is dynamic! Saturn rules Capricorn on both the inner and outer levels. The Capricorn glyph of the climbing goat fits perfectly as growth is always measured by the limits we surpass and this is Saturn at work. Work, then, is a key word for the Saturnian Capricorn, as are results; Capricorns look for the bottom line. Structure is also a key word for understanding Saturn, for structure makes the formative patterning for building on any level. Capricorn is also the sign of initiations or passing tests that prove one to be fit and worthy to move ahead. On the physical level, Capricorn rules the knees, skeleton and teeth. Saturn with its rings closing in as we age portrays our life story through our patterns of experience. Fear, a tool of Saturn, drives us to work harder for success or keeps us stuck.

December 23.
The Full Moon at 8:16 PM with 15 degrees Leo 19 rising over Washington, DC. This is a Full Moon to remember. Full Moon magnetism pulls at all the energies with its force, making planetary aspects to the Sun and Moon at this time especially potent. Realizations and initiations are associated with Full Moon’s powerful light. At this Full Moon, Leo rises and the Sun, ruler of Leo in the fifth house with three other planets, emphasizes creative leadership in crisis. The Sun is emphasized further as Leo rules the South Node in the seventh house of relationships. The Sun at 1 Capricorn 50 conjoins Jupiter at 1 Capricorn 12, and Mercury is at 5 Capricorn 28 while Pluto is behind the Sun at 28 Sagittarius 50—the power behind the throne. They are all opposing the Moon in its own sign Cancer and retrograde Mars at 2 Cancer 55. On the angles, Venus at 22 Scorpio in the fourth house squares Neptune at 20 Aquarius on the cusp of the seventh bringing out buried wounds and conflicts concerning love and family relationships. Dirty secrets can’t be hidden. Shortly the various presidential primaries will swing into action. We will see who emerges from theses tests of character.

December 24. Keep your temper in control when challenged: the Sun exactly opposes retrograde Mars. This adds fuel to issues from the Full Moon.

December 25. A Christmas gift comes with Mercury in Capricorn trine Saturn in Virgo. Communication is satisfying, even if it is only a telephone call.
 
December 30.
Venus enters Sagittarius. Hurray! Feelings lighten and optimism returns in time for the coming New Year. Make your resolutions and visualize them shot like arrows, arching toward their target.
 
December 31. Retrograde Mars is backing into Gemini.  Time to get back in touch with those you left hanging and resolve issues as Mars and Pluto are in opposition. Start the New Year feeling clean and clear.

 

November 2007 Astrological Report
By Linda Clave

Scorpio themes, sex, death and regeneration, open the month of November as All Souls Day, The Mexican Day of the Dead (http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/), and the Mother Kali Puja in the Hindu tradition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali), are celebrated on November 2. This is the time when the souls of the departed are nearer to our realm, and the veils between worlds are thinner. Ancient cultures considered the annual arrival of the constellation the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, when culminating in the evening sky at midnight, to be a time of the dead.
 
The sign Scorpio has a dual motion implied in its glyph—an "M" with an arrow pointing up. Scorpio is a fixed sign with great power. The release of stored energy through the sex act or creative regeneration starts with the "M" in a downward position, rising upward to fall again and rise once more with the arrow leading upward to freedom. Thus struggle is inherent in the passage through this sign. This process is represented by the symbols of the scorpion, the eagle and the phoenix. Focus on an object of desire or an ideal can start with fanatical zeal, but true love releases the Phoenix from the ashes (the arrow pointing up). 
 
Alice Bailey has written an illuminating book on the soul through the zodiac called, "The Labours of Hercules." The mantra for the experience of the Scorpio labor is "Warrior am I and from the battle I emerge triumphant."  In the eighth labor, Hercules must slay the nine-headed Hydra. This battle is a metaphor for the transcendent but latent spirit within humanity. First, Hercules must flush out the Hydra from its stench-drenched bog (or, uncover the hidden murk lurking in the unconscious mind). Then, nine heads must be slain while preserving the one immortal head (the energy within us that we need to connect with and sublimate in order to focus on higher aspirations and deeds). So Hercules must get down in the muck and fight the Hydra in its element. Energized by its muck, the Hydra regenerates twofold each head Hercules cuts off. Remembering the advice to defeat the Hydra by getting down on his knees to lift up the Hydra out of its mucky habitat, Hercules lifts the monster aloft. Thus do truth, light and reason release us from the clutches of our compressed psychological baggage—layers of memories compiled from the residue of lifetimes of experience. Once liberated, our energy flows once again and can be effectively directed. Hercules was left with the immortal head of Hydra that cannot die but must be restrained, so he buries it under a rock. This is another metaphor for the sublimation of gross desire in the service of the refined purposes of the Soul.
 
The nine heads are the nine tests Hercules will encounter. These are universal issues we all face in varying degrees. They begin with sex, money, comfort on the physical level followed by fear, hatred and desire for power on the emotional level, and finally pride, separation and cruelty on the spiritual level. When Hercules, who is both man and god, faces his accumulation of karma (termed the Dweller on the Threshold), the battle ensues, purifying his will. Struggling in the dark alone, he contacts the inner resources he gained in the earlier Fifth Labor. With renewed resilience, the inner warrior now emerges triumphant.
 
Continuing this theme, the Water element in Scorpio is silent, deep and still. While the surface activity appears minimal, underneath much power is being stirred. Mars and Pluto are the accepted co-rulers of Scorpio. Pluto is the God of the Underworld, and Mars is the God of War. They are able warriors possessing the strength to lead the battle to Death and Beyond. Here dynamism and focus emerge from the stirring of deep emotions. Unconscious behaviors and conflicted feelings surface. When so aroused they find passionate and very powerful expression (as seen in the artwork of Pablo Picasso’s "Guernica," or in Garcia Lorca’s "Blood Wedding"). When the outlet for creativity is blocked, addictions and other less desirable outcomes can be part of an inner struggle to gain dominance over the cesspool of guilt, shame and anger. Ultimately, surrender to the Light or Higher Power releases the suffering, taking over the work.  
 
Hooray! November 2 Mercury stations direct at 23 Libra 23.
Now that the pendulum swings forward again, new approaches and projects can emerge. Mercury will take a few days to really move past its stationing degree, so we still need to be patient.

November 4. Set back your clock! The Sun in Scorpio makes a beneficial trine to Mars in Cancer. It is a propitious day to initiate projects or to finish what you have been promising to do.

November 6. Lovely Venus at 27 Virgo makes a harsh square aspect to Pluto in Sagittarius.  Get the facts straight before taking on investments or legal challenges. Give romance the space to work through impasses.

November 7. The Sun at 15 Scorpio makes a trine aspect to Uranus at 15 Pisces.  This a great day to break out your new look or product, try out new methods, be inspired, do the unexpected.

November 8. Venus enters her home in Libra. Social activities and events get rolling. Plan your affairs and send out invitations. Harmony and diplomacy can do wonders while Venus is in Libra.

New Moon November 9 at 17 Scorpio 10 with Gemini 07 rising over Washington, DC.  This lunation finds the Sun and Moon in the Sixth House along with Mercury, ruler of the Ascendant, at 28 Libra. Health, work and fair work practices are the concerns as well as the media coverage of such events as the false news report by FEMA. Saturn and the South Node of the Moon are angular in Virgo, in the Fourth House of home or housing. Expect more fall-out in the housing market, mortgages and interest rates. Jupiter and Pluto, co-rulers of the lunation, are in the Seventh House in late Sagittarius. Our legal battles and adversaries demand careful understanding and attention. Nebulous Neptune is on the Midheaven at 19 Aquarius squaring the lunation in Scorpio. Chiron is at 10 Aquarius 43 on the hidden side of the Ninth House. Special interests and globalization issues are clouding our perception of the place we have among the world community. Where can we get leadership that is on target and truthful? Are we ready to take a clear look at what the environment is telling us in places like California? Mars, ruler of the lunation, is about to turn retrograde in the Second House in Cancer. This can be a difficult time with fuel costs for home heating on the rise. Conservation of energy is a necessity!

From the July report: Cancer is a key sign this year. When more than one planet stations and turns retrograde in a particular sign, that year the activity of those planets in those signs demand our focused attention.

So Mars turns retrograde November 15th, while we are in Scorpio, a sign co-ruled by Mars. Retrograde Mars stations at 12 Cancer close to the degree, 11 Cancer, where Mercury went retrograde.
Mars passes back into late Gemini in January 2008 and turns direct January 30 at 24 Gemini.

From March 4 until May 10 Mars will pass through Cancer again.

We can expect much emotional processing! This is especially true for those of us with a Sun, Moon, Mars, and lunar nodes, Ascendant or Cancer on an angular house cusp. Cancer and the Moon rule our habitual patterns at the cellular level and primal instinctual reactions coming from our family histories and roots. Mars is our outgoing energy and our survival drive. We need the strength and courage Mars gives us to motivate, initiate and defend ourselves.

Mars in Cancer retrograde will demand much reflection to become conscious of our less successful behaviors motivated by memories triggering our outgrown defenses.

November 19. Venus in Libra at 12 degrees makes a harsh square to retrograde Mars at 12 degrees Cancer. Let go of the hurt feelings, disappointments and accusations. Find forgiveness for yourself and others.

November 22. Thanksgiving Day with the Sun entering Sagittarius, the third of the fire triplicity. Sagittarius is mutable fire or the fire of transmutation. The glyph is the centaur, a horse on the bottom with a man on top who is aiming his bow upward into the heavens. Aiming high, fuelled by aspiration, this Jupiter-ruled sign is always raising and stretching the bar in all directions. The mantra for the Sagittarian experience is, "I see the goal.  I reach the goal and see another." Philosophy, religion, higher education and world travel are featured in this sign. This is a special year for Sagittarius with its ruler, Jupiter, in its own sign. Jupiter will transition into Capricorn on December 18 after moving into conjunction with Pluto. Pluto is also about to enter Capricorn in January 2008. A whole new dawn arises within the next few months.

Full Moon November 24 at 1 Gemini 55 with 3 degrees Capricorn rising over Washington, DC. Gemini rules the arms, hands, lungs and nervous system. The Moon in this sign is talkative and restless and highly responsive. The Fifth House placement of the Moon is an environment that adds creativity and color. All manner of speech and creative projects are easily taken up, but is there really enough time for so many endeavors? The stretch between the Moon in Gemini and the Sun in Sagittarius can bring classic over-extension. However, with Capricorn rising and Saturn in the Eighth House at 8 Virgo about to station near the South Node, factors of finance will set limits on over-expansion. Economic caution is in order. Reinforcing this need for caution is Neptune at 19 Aquarius in the Second House of personal finances squaring Mercury in the Eleventh House at 19 Scorpio. So, if you are dreaming of what can be done, dream on! But to make it come true will require the right timing and taking the time to do the necessary work. Capricorn rising also portends that political action will take the front seat as opposing candidates start to pick apart their opposition.

Another key factor in this lunation is the Jupiter effect. Religion is Jupiter’s realm. It can be dogmatic when practiced by a narrow sectarian group who have no tolerance for outsiders, or, in contrast, it can be broad in scope, full of the love that embraces all. A quote from Swami Vivekananda says it well:

"The really spiritual people are broad everywhere. Their love forces them to be so. Those to whom religion is a trade are forced to become narrow and mischievous by their introduction into religion of the competitive, fighting, and selfish methods of the world
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October 2007 Astrological Report

This month begins in the sign Libra, ruled by charming Venus, fair and beautiful. Here the art of expressing a softer, more romantic approach attracts the attention of a prospective mate rather than the bravura of forceful, aggressive Mars. Venus is aesthetic and works for harmonious resolutions. The Libran makes a natural lawyer, architect, artist or statesman.

Libra is the second sign in the triplicity of air, and as all air signs are communicators, Libra is the next step beyond getting in touch in Gemini, to getting to know you. Libra’s glyph represents a set of scales or the setting sun and emphasizes balance. The planet Saturn is exalted in Libra, for Libra is a cardinal air sign denoting action with thoughtful consideration. Saturn’s task is to set limits, implementing order for the public welfare. Here the will of the individual becomes subservient to the law. Libra is also the sign of marriage or partnership sanctioned by laws governing committed unions or spiritual vows. Libra is opposite Aries a sign full of youthful new projects and ideas springing forth with headstrong drive to express itself as "me." In Libra, the realization of the other dawns as "we," recognizing that diplomacy and artful tact are essential for success.

Change is key to all cardinal signs as they initiate the four seasons. Libra is the pivotal point of Fall. Here the Sun starts its journey south as it tucks down beneath the Equator in the Tropic of Capricorn. With lengthening night skies, evening events and social gatherings set the stage for Venusians to weave their magic.

The New Moon is on October 11 at 17 degrees of Libra with 2 degrees of Leo rising over Washington DC. This lunation falls on the cusp of the Fourth House with its ruling planet Venus in the Second House conjunct Saturn. Thus emphasis is on finances, the housing market, and health insurance issues. But the economy is the big issue—with no quick fixes. Echoing this, Mercury has slowed down in Scorpio and will turn retrograde in a few days. Mars is in Cancer where it has less natural affinity, and will remain there for the rest of the year. (Mars turns retrograde November 15 at 12 degrees of Cancer 27.) However, there is a lovely trine from retrograde Neptune in Aquarius in the Seventh House. The Seventh House is Libra’s natural house, the house of relationships. This blending of energies can refresh old ties and heal the pain of severed relationships.
   
Mercury on October 12 stations retrograde at 9 degrees Scorpio 04
. Scorpio never takes matters at face value. In-depth revaluation is a given, so issues concerning money and partnership assets will be closely investigated. A super sleuth like the character Sherlock Holmes must have been cast with a strong Mercury in Scorpio. At the Full Moon, Mercury will remain retrograde reinforcing the issues of the New Moon. Not until November 2 will Mercury station direct at 24 degrees Libra 23 (at which time Mercury leaves its retrograde position, a period often involving changes in plans. Having slowed our forward motion to move us into a deeper consideration of matters, we can now gradually emerge, having had the time to plan and digest possible outcomes.

October 12. In the Hindu tradition, Divine Mother is the closest divine form and the easiest to reach. Navaratri, the worship of the Divine Mother, will be celebrated from October 12 to 21. In Sanatana Dharma, all festival dates are calculated according to the lunar calendar. This is an excerpt from the Sri Karunamayi website
www.karunamayi.org <http://www.karunamayi.org/>

"This entire Creation has emanated from Divine Mother Herself, and She is constantly protecting Her creation with the utmost motherly care and affection. At all times, Her heart is overflowing with a cosmic flood of compassionate love for all beings, who are Her very own children. During special times, however, Her love and blessings are uniquely available to the world. The most special time in the entire year for seeking Mother’s blessing is known as "Navaratri."

During Navaratri, Devi is worshipped in Her three main forms as Sri Saraswati, Sri Lakshmi Devi, and Sri Durga Devi, also known as Sri Mahishasura Mardini. All three major forms of Divine Mother bestow their most abundant grace during Navaratri. Thus, any meritorious acts performed during Navaratri bring every kind of blessing, including true devotion, spiritual wisdom, divine protection, inner peace, and radiant energy.

October 13. A beautiful trine between the Sun at 19 Libra to Neptune retrograde at 19 Aquarius brings a great day to harmonize and express your feelings in the arts as well as in relationships.

October 23. The Sun enters the fixed water sign Scorpio. Scorpio is the most passionate of signs and would rather die before willingly giving up a love, a quest or a battle. This is the second sign in the water triplicity, and is characterized by deep stagnant pools and profound emotions. Sex, death and regeneration are Scorpio’s concerns. Therefore the sex organs and colon are the body parts associated with this sign, for they are needed to cleanse before regeneration. Mars and Pluto rule Scorpio, opening the depths of the underworld to investigation. This includes the subconscious realm, rich in innuendo and given to highly subjective interpretations of motivations, especially in relationships. Overcoming negative impulses and surmounting the emotions that drive them give the Scorpio native the strength of character they are known for. The Scorpio glyph includes the tail of the lethal scorpion known in frustration to even sting itself. But once having overcome its baser instincts of jealousy, rage and revenge, Scorpio can soar, transformed into the high-flying eagle. Then, finally, its last metamorphosis is from death and destruction to resurrection, symbolized by the phoenix.

October 25.
The Full Moon at 2 Taurus with 12 Leo rising over Washington, DC. Venus is the ruler of the Moon, which is situated at the most prominent point in the chart near the Midheaven. Venus at 15 Virgo in the Second House is in exact opposition to retrograde Uranus at 15 Pisces in the Eighth House, and Jupiter at 15 Sagittarius is making a harsh angle (square) to both of them. The financial picture remains in flux. The squares to Jupiter portend rises and falls coming from reports—often anxiously interpreted—pertaining to unresolved obstacles in securing credit for the housing market.

Have patience and it will work its way through to better, more successful opportunities and positions next May when Saturn emerges from its retrograde motion. By then Jupiter will be in the complementary earth sign Capricorn.

Linda Clave

 

Astrology Report September 2007

Look forward to a busy month ahead that processes a lot of change and adjustment as the elements shift from Fire to Earth. In addition, we have a Solar Eclipse on September 11. Hindus celebrate the birthday of Sri Krishna on September 4. In the Jewish tradition, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) fall on September 13, followed by Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) September 22. Then on September 23, Fall begins with the Autumnal Equinox, bringing the Harvest Full Moon on September 26. Fall breezes cool us down, school begins, cultural institutions come alive and we work with shorter daylight hours (and may even be chilled enough turn on the heat!). This is also hurricane season, when we can expect much turbulence.

The element shift from fiery fixed Leo to mutable Earth Virgo is a natural seasonal preparation for longer cooler days. This is the time when the Sun makes its way South to the Tropic of Capricorn. Here begins the difficult physical shift pulling us inward towards our core, much like the tree’s sap as it returns to its roots. Virgo is the Harvest in full swing, bringing in the sheaths that make the flour, canning or freezing the fruits and vegetables, and drying the corn planted in the last earth sign Taurus. These are all physical, practical, reality-based chores that keep life on track. So naturally Virgo is the sign associated with work that sorts out the best and discards what isn’t useful. To accomplish these tasks, faculties of sharp focus, discernment and discrimination are needed, leading to purity, cleanliness and consciousness of healthy living. Anatomically Virgo rules the intestines. The intestines again reinforce the link with our ability to sort and discriminate. This digestive process is the intake of the harvest into our physical system for our wellbeing. Mercury rules Virgo (as well as Gemini). In Virgo, Mercury is the conscious agent able to distinguish and apply the right portion and substance—much like the alchemist or pharmacist. Virgo is also a service sign. Service is humble and focuses its attention on the work process rather than glamour or the end reward. Unlike Leo who needs to be noticed and acclaimed, Virgo is happy in a quiet role as assistant, nurse or editor.

Please scroll down and check the July and August Reports for more info on the significance of the sign Virgo in the coming year.

This month we draw on the wisdom of guest astrologer, Peter Kubaska, an esoteric astrologer who has studied Alice Bailey material for forty years. Peter is past president of the Besant Lodge of the Theosophical Society, Boston, where he instructs esoteric astrology. Peter can be reached for consultations at 413 387-9208. (Please check out tsboston.org for more information.)

Virgo the Virgin is ruled by Mercury, which has a higher and lower aspect. The lower aspect, related to the Moon, works through the five senses, the nervous system and its sensibilities, and concrete concepts. The higher aspect of Mercury is purely abstract and formless, and functions through Insight and Intuition. The intuition is like the higher psychic nature, which functions through the heart. The intuition operates directly through the mind when it is full of spirit or soul. Intuitive wisdom thinks with the heart, and sees directly through the transformed mind. The Moon rules the brain through which the Mind has to function, for good or ill.
 
When you see the Moon, you see Form. Behind every form, like the Moon, are other levels and energies. The Moon (and Form) also reflects greater lights, like the Sun’s Being and Mercury’s higher Intuition. These are what interest the esoteric astrologer. Later along the Path, Mercury rules the rainbow bridge (antahkarana) between planetary and solar energy (etheric) levels. Solar energies refer to our solar system and its inner life. For instance, the 11/22-year cycle of sunspots is said by Theosophy to represent the beating of the solar heart. The Sun expresses itself through cycles much vaster than the seasonal cycles humans experience on the Earth planet.
 
While the standard rulers of the astrological signs work on the personality level, the spiritual student is more interested in probing beneath the surface. By meditating on the Signs and Planets, their symbols and meanings, their inner levels and energies are revealed.
 
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On inner levels, Virgo is said to be ruled by Vulcan. Who is Vulcan? Vulcan is the celestial blacksmith who lived in a volcano, forging weapons, shields and tools from metal and fire. Vulcan works with fire, and by repeated hammering (vibration, mantra, song), builds links between parts for the sake of the Whole. Each individual contains a spark of the divine nature within. Virgo, the Virgin, guards this spark until it is born and takes its full form. Virgo also rules the gestation process, or the labor pains one undergoes in giving birth to an idea, a creative work, or a baby. Vulcan represents staying power and the endurance of the spiritual will during this painstaking time. In many ways, Virgo represents the shaman’s solitary vigil, purification and voluntary renunciation until it achieves fruition in a shamanic dream, vision, or realized project. But Virgo is shy and retiring while it shelters the growing life within the cave of the heart. And it is long-suffering when attempting to share this life with the outer world at large. Patience and forbearance hold and guard the bigger picture, and both require real inner, authentic courage."

September 3. Saturn leaves Leo and enters Virgo to remain there until October 30, 2009. Wherever Saturn is by sign or house, either by transit or natal position, is the place of coming to grips with strengths and weaknesses. Saturn sets the bar at greater heights each time it goes around. When Saturn enters Virgo our focus will be on work, health, and issues relating to national health care initiatives. Whichever candidate comes up with a credible Health Care payment plan, Social Security entitlements guarantees, and spending controls for the care-giving institutions, will swing the elections. It is an excellent time to study nursing or enter the medical field in any number of capacities. Saturn is also associated with dharma or, "The Path." But finding one’s way is full of testing to prove and improve one’s moral and spiritual intentions to make them more conscious and effective. Ways and means to guide pragmatic efforts must have structure, and Saturn defines those structures and boundaries. This process leads to discriminative faculties promoting greater inner growth to best manage the outer challenges that are inevitable as one evolves.

If you are between 28 and 30 years old, this is your First Saturn Return, a time to take stock of your Life Direction. What path leads you to a holistic life style, with healthy rewards for your efforts? Time to kick addictions! There is no time for frivolous puttering. Get serious about your work. Put your plan in place, apply steady discipline to your resolutions, and Saturn will bring the rewards home in due time.

If you are between 58 and 60 years old, then this is the time for your Second Saturn Return. You have grown through your successes and mistakes. Now you have a sense of your Self, but where are you going from here? Are you planning to retire? Are you going to coast, or climb higher? Is your health an asset or do you need extensive renovation of your life patterns and habits? Most people are a mixture of both and need a lot of sorting and pruning. This is the time to make new practices like yoga or qi gong a life-long commitment. Keep your qi/prana flowing so your vitality will keep supporting you wherever you choose to go.

September 7. Pluto stations direct at 26 Sagittarius 18. Steam is building up the pressure to break through deep, old patterns and get them out on the surface so they can be discharged. Often this release isn’t pleasant and can feel threatening, but if you work it out, it won’t blow you out. For those sensitive to planetary energies this is a potent period as Pluto finishes moving through the Galactic Center for the last time (until it returns again 200 years from now).

September 9. Venus stations direct at 16 Leo 36. A sigh of relief is heard! This has been a tough time emotionally and financially.

September 11. A partial Solar Eclipse occurs at 18 Virgo 25 with 11 Libra 40 rising over Washington, DC. This eclipse is not total, but the memories of 9/11 are! An eclipse may be felt on that day but often is more keenly felt when other planets contact the degree of the sign of the eclipse, making it a point of sensitivity. If you have planets or angles within two degrees of the eclipse then you are more likely to feel its effects. Each eclipse belongs to a Saros Series comprised of a chain of eclipses spanning hundreds of years.   

Here is an excerpt from a book (The Eagle and the Lark) by astrologer, Bernadette Brady, who has done brilliant work on the Saros series. This is her take on the character of the eclipse of September 11, 2007, a Saros Series "9 New South" at 18 Virgo:

This Saros Series appears to be concerned with the bringing to the surface of long-term worries about loved ones, health or issues to do with paperwork or communication. This could manifest as a worrying piece of news about a loved one or responsibilities with paperwork coming home to roost. Any news will have a sense of destiny or fadedness about it."

Worry is a mental habit that needs concrete action to resolve its issues even if it is only our sincere prayers. Then we need to surrender the results to the higher energies available to us when we ask for their assistance.

This New Moon (Solar) Eclipse, has the Sun /Moon in Virgo in the twelfth house opposing Uranus at 16 Pisces 38 retrograde in the sixth house. This pattern has the flavor of a Full Moon as it has Libra, sign of the scales, on the Ascendant. Libra negotiates a balance between these planets in a push–pull effect between the sixth and twelfth houses. With the theme of oppositions, pulling out of a very deep rut gains renewed urgency, as Pluto, now direct at 26 Sagittarius, is challenged by Mars applying at 21 Gemini. Will Congress demand troop withdrawal? What has been done to secure the country since 9/11? Lies and half-truths won’t be tolerated. Also contributing to this pattern of getting down to the real unmasked issues is Venus now direct at 16 Leo 46 about to oppose Neptune at 19 Aquarius 53 retrograde. Venus rules the Ascendant and promotes a turning over of past legal and emotional affairs. For those with investments it can mean increased volatility in the financial markets. Hang tight and play along for the duration.

September 23. The Autumnal Equinox begins the Fall. Turning inward with the qi after the summer heat necessitates quite an adjustment in what we eat and what we wear. This year the adjustment requires more patience and the flexibility to swing into new options as Uranus sits on the cusp of the seventh house and makes a harsh square to Jupiter in the fourth house. Adding a sharp note, Mars in Gemini is just past the exact opposition to Pluto in Sagittarius. Venus direct in Leo has just moved beyond the point of the exact opposition to Neptune retrograde in Aquarius. Oppositions mean we need more balance. This is the season to get into balance—first internally, and then within our relationships.

Full moon September 26 at 3 degrees Aries 20, with 23 Capricorn rising over Washington, DC. These cardinal angles emphasize changing times both personally and politically. What ideals, issues or persons drive us to change? Retrograde Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius in the first house feel the opposing effects of Venus at 22 Leo in the seventh house of relationships along with Saturn and the South Node in Virgo near the eighth house. Venus rules the Libra Sun and Mars rules the Aries Moon. Venus is just moving on from the Neptune opposition and Mars is also moving on from the Pluto opposition. Regaining composure means having a strategy for long-term results in personal affairs and investments. Wait for the right moment and take time to breathe. Mercury at 29 Libra is about to change signs and go retrograde next month.                   


Astrology Report August 2007

Venus remains retrograde during the month of August and stations direct at 16 Leo 47 on September 8, one day after Pluto turns direct and just before the Solar Eclipse on September 11. This is an excellent time to do any type of aesthetic renovations. Update the way you present yourself. Become more radiant! Use this period to release of all the unpleasant and confusing issues that cloud your approach and dull your effect on others. The next Venus retrograde will not occur until March 2009, so do what you can to spruce yourself up with this opportunity.

Here is an interesting take on Venus retrograde from an astrologer friend who has a weekly report you can read on the net:

Stationary Venus is creating the twists and turns this week. Many of us already have experienced the pains of this cosmic event, which occurs once every 19 months. Venus last turned retrograde in the sign of Virgo eight years ago at 5° Virgo. But a longer range cycle reveals the closest repeat of this 2° Virgo 57' retrograde station on July 26, 1756 at 2° Virgo 5'. Venus retrograde patterns repeat in the same order every 251 years. Isn’t that interesting? When looking at the chart of the 1756 Venus retrograde station I see several interesting repeated patterns. Being near the same month and day we naturally expect a return of the Sun. But it is the stunning repeat of an exact Uranus position at 18° Pisces that catches my eye. More repeated patterns are found with Pluto in Sagittarius as it is now. Then Saturn was in Aquarius and Neptune was in Leo and they were in opposition, as they are now. Now this pair is in opposition but their signs are reversed (Saturn in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius). Another repeat from the chart of July 26, 2756 shows the Moon’s nodes in Virgo/Pisces but reverse of their arrangement now where the north node is in Pisces. A history lesson is in store with this one. (You can find more about Venus retrograde and a full weekly astrology report every week at
www.lunar-shadows.com, which is based on Dietrech Pessin’s Saturday radio report at 9:45AM 90.3FM WZBC Newton, MA. Dietrech is a full time career astrologer, author, consultant and lecturer. Join her for Tuesday classes 7-9pm. In Watertown, MA call 617-924-0929 or email her at dietrechpessin@lunar-shadows.com.


This is the last month that Saturn will be in Leo. So breathe deeply and finish up what you are being called to do. Let your light shine, put your heart into to it, make it creative and daring, so you will always have the magic you created. It will take another 28-year journey for Saturn to return to Leo. Notice too, that the final Harry Potter novel has been published. Harry and his magic are now history.

On September 3 Saturn will move from the fixed and fiery Leo into the mutable earth sign of Virgo—a good time to focus on taking charge of your health. Work and workers, health, analysis, refinement and discretion replace the bravura and continual drama of the artist/ king Leo. Nitty gritty details carried out by the workers of the hive make the honey we depend on. Emphasis is now moving toward the feminine. Her way is based on the awareness of Nature and the recognition of our innate natural cycles. Make health, health care and wellness a priority now. Wake up to integration. Make the parts serve the whole with your practice of yoga, qi gong, tai chi, etc.

The time has come to demand clean organic environments. Steady efforts of Saturn are needed to counteract the many dissociated enterprises that damage us through their ignorant polluting practices and reckless disregard of the facts on Global Warming.
Jupiter turns direct on August 6. Expansion is the key word for Jupiter. Jupiter is in its own sign, Sagittarius, until December 18 when Jupiter enters Capricorn. This is a great period for travel both through wisdom gained from spiritual practices or by taking the trip now that you have always wanted to. Higher education and publications of works are also featured.
    

On
August 7, Venus at 0 Virgo retrograde will make a harsh aspect to Mars at 0 Gemini 10. Be careful choosing your words when disagreements or conflicts arise. Attractions may be fleeting.

On
August 8 Venus retrograde returns to the sign of Leo. Venus will conjoin Saturn on the New Moon August 12. Review your expectations and commitments in the arenas of love and money. Find out what you really want, and what it will take to make it happen.

August 12 brings the New Moon at 19 Leo 51 with 1 Aquarius rising over Washington DC. This lunation has a stellium of Mercury, the Sun, Moon, Venus and Saturn in the Seventh House. The stellium opposes Neptune in the First House in Aquarius. In mundane astrology the First House represents the nation. The Seventh signifies open enemies or friends. The war continues to be a theme. With Neptune retrograde fogging issues, it will be hard to sort out what to do next. Chiron at 12 Aquarius 39 retrograde, also in the First House, suggests the path to healing will be difficult. However, the North Node at 7 Pisces sets a positive tone. Help toward a resolution can come from the collective will. Mars in Gemini in the Fourth House of roots is approaching an opposition to Jupiter in Sagittarius in the Tenth House representing the executive branch. Bush and his cabinet are out of touch with the people, continuing to ignore the facts and sticking to false promises. Saturn is trine Pluto so diplomatic efforts could resolve issues like nuclear weapons.

August 13 brings more emphasis on these themes as the Neptune opposition to the Sun, as well as the Venus-Saturn conjunction, become exact.

On
August 18 Mercury conjoins Saturn. You may find this a tough time to make decisions. Consequences from any contract signed at this time will be of long duration.

On
August 19 Mercury enters Virgo, a home placement for Mercury. Going beyond personal opinions and styles, clarity and analysis make work more precise and accurate.

On
August 23 the Sun enters Virgo. Mutable earth is a time of harvest and sorting. Changes are in the wind with two eclipses, the presence of Saturn in Virgo (until October 30, 2009), Venus stationing retrograde in Virgo, and the South Node in Virgo. All the attention swings to practical resolutions to problems, breaking down big issues into manageable chunks and bringing in careful analysis of facts before proceeding. The artist steps back to look at the creation with a critical eye.

On
August 23 Mars in Gemini opposes Jupiter in Sagittarius. Patience and flexibility are a big help.

On
August 25 Venus retrograde at 20 Leo is in opposition to Neptune 20 Aquarius retrograde. This brings back the New Moon issues and a tendency to be dreamy and nostalgic for the way things were. Love is tender and needs compassion and self-sacrifice to sustain it.

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August 28 we have a Full Moon Total North Eclipse at 4 Pisces 46. Ten degrees Virgo is rising over Washington DC. The opposite Total South Eclipse was at 13 Virgo on March 4, 2007. This polarity opens the doors and allows the old material from both signs to be released. No one can be sure of the exact effect of an eclipse but wherever they lie in your personal horoscope, they will have an effect on that area by house, sign and any planet within 2 degrees, not only on that day but through the next year’s cycle of eclipses and beyond with transits to that degree. In the Sixth House near the cusp of the Seventh, the Moon in Pisces conjoins the North Node—an area we strive toward, our future. The Sixth House has to do with our work routine and health while the Seventh has to do with partners and committed relationships as well as legal matters in lower courts. In the horary chart the nation is the First House. Here the Sun hovers close to the Ascendant in the Twelfth House conjunct the South Node. Mercury, the natural ruler of Virgo, is in the First House in a dynamic mutable cross with an opposition to retrograde Uranus in Pisces in the Seventh squaring feisty Mars in Gemini in the Tenth and Jupiter in Sagittarius the Fourth. Tensions are very high, all players are on base, and we need a home run. Much more political debate can be expected on what action to take for ending the Iraq War and making the nation safe from terrorist threats. Competition can be fierce, and candidates from both parties will be swinging and slinging. Critical barbs from the executive branch drive the heat up.
Weather can also be a challenge during hurricane season. (After two years FEMA under the Bush administration still hasn’t resolved the New Orleans recovery fiasco.) In a storm report on the net, forecasters predict the year 2007 will see an above-average number of storms. The averages for the past 40 years are 10.9 storms, 6.1 hurricanes and 2.3 intense hurricanes with winds above 110 mph. A Colorado State University team led by forecasting pioneer Bill Gray has predicted 17 Atlantic storms, with 9 becoming hurricanes and 5 reaching intense strength.
 

Astrology Report July 2007

Highlights for July:

Cancer is the moon’s sign. It is cardinal water, tidal motion pulled by the effect on the Earth by the lunar force. Out of the ocean Life has evolved as while in uterus we are surrounded and sustained by life giving fluid. Water makes our planet fit for Life.  Cancer then is the natural ruler of the Fourth House of home and family. Cancer’s glyph looks like 69 turned sideways or the ocean moving in tidal waves pushing and pulling us in its rhythmic play. We all need a place to grow and unfold out of and yet we have memories and imprints returning as well. Cancer is a birthing sign associated with the nurturing and mothering and the path leads us to climb upward to the tenth sign, cardinal earth Capricorn.  Together they represent parenting and our growth process.  The Full Moon is the climb from unconscious instinct to conscious awareness.  A mantra for the Cancer Full Moon from the esoteric tradition of Alice Bailey and the Tibetan says it nicely " I build a lighted house and therein dwell."

Mercury stations direct July 9 at 2 degrees Cancer 29 minutes

Mercury leaves its retrograde position, which is often described as a period of reevaluation and changes in plans. Having slowed down our forward motion to move us into a deeper consideration of matters, we can now slowly emerge having had the time to plan and digest possible outcomes.

Mercury is neither positive nor negative in its polarity but reflects the input from the planets and aspects closest to it. The next Mercury retrograde begins on October 12 at 9 degrees of Scorpio.

Cancer is a key sign this year. When more than one planet stations and turns retrograde in a particular sign that year the activity of those planets in those signs demand our focused attention.

So Mars turns retrograde this November 15th, while we are moving through Scorpio, a sign coruled by Mars. Retrograde Mars stations at 12 Cancer close to the degree, 11 Cancer, where Mercury went retrograde.  Mars passes back into late Gemini in January 2008 and turns direct January 30 at 24 Gemini.

From March 4 until May 10 Mars will pass through Cancer again.

We can expect much emotional processing! This is especially true for those of us with a Sun, Moon, Mars, and lunar nodes, Ascendant or Cancer on an angular house cusp.  Cancer and the moon rule our habitual patterns at the cellular level and primal instinctual reactions coming from our family histories and roots. Mars is our out going energy and our survival drive. We need the strength and courage Mars gives us to motivate, initiate and defend ourselves.

Mars in Cancer retrograde will demand much reflection to become conscious of our less successful behaviors motivated by memories triggering our outgrown defenses.   

Full Moon on June 30 at 8 degrees Capricorn 25 minutes. This is full moon brings a lot of stress to the foreground.

Rising over Washington, DC we have 26 Leo 48 minutes with Venus conjunct Saturn, ruler of the moon, very close behind at 22 Leo in the twelfth house opposing Neptune 21 Aquarius 42 retrograde on the hidden side of the seventh house of relationships.

Time is needed to put relationship issues through their tests and phases of purification.

Venus stations retrograde July 27 at 2 degrees Virgo 57 minutes. Venus Returns to 2 Virgo on the new Moon October11 2007

Venus is the planet gracing us with love, beauty, appreciation and social relations.  Venus is our Soul Sister leading us to greater inclusiveness, harmony and peace. She remains retrograde for 45 days passing back through Leo to emerge September 8 at16 degrees Leo 36. While remaining in Leo she passes back over Saturn’s station point and conjuncts Saturn at 4 Virgo on Oct 14 opposite the degree of the total lunar eclipse 4 Pisces 46 on August 28.

Need for love, recognition and expression will be resolved by reflective careful examination of ones work and love interests. Let go of outgrown beliefs based on formal institutional and religious sanctions. Love values Truth and authenticity of being. Ultimately that is what is most loveable.

Again Virgo is another sign emphasized with a lunar eclipse August 28 followed by a solar eclipse September 11.  Also there are two planets retrograde first Venus then Saturn, which turns retrograde at 8 degrees Virgo 34 minutes December20 just before the Winter solstice

Virgo is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. In Virgo we purify with analysis. Health and health care along with work in general and working conditions will be in the forefront of public awareness.  Breaking things down into fine detail will yield results in health such as molecular biology and genetic research as well as in science in general.

A quote from Swami Vivekananda on the value of work:

You must remember that all work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there and to wake up the soul. The power is inside every one of us, so is knowledge. The different works are like blows to bring them out, to cause these giants to wake up.

Saturn Returns are coming with Saturn entering Virgo September 3.  Watch for your Saturn cycle if it is in the first 8 degrees of Virgo, or conjunct your Sun, Moon or Ascendant.  You will feel the pressure to evaluate and measure their progress over the last 28 to 30 years the Saturn cycle.

New Moon on July 14 is at 21 degrees Cancer 41 minutes, planting time for our gardens and dreams.  What do you want to grow? This is the time to put forth your intentions.

This lunation in Cancer, the cardinal water, begins with Saturn rising in Leo as it was during the Full moon June 30.  Saturn in the First House is now at 23 degrees Leo and is still in opposition to retrograde Neptune in Aquarius in the Seventh House of relationships. Venus at 29 Leo 53 minutes is about to enter Virgo and station. The Sun and Moon are at 21 Cancer in the twelfth house.Expect issues to arise concerning prisons and health care.  Also there can be heated challenges to the boss/ our executive branch whether it is a private business or government.  What began on the Full Moon is now a carried over agenda.Moving foreword, we find Mercury is now direct making our communications easier. In addition we will experience an angular Mars prominent, focused and driven in the Tenth House conjunct Ceres in the earthy sign Taurus. They both make a harsh aspect to Chiron retrograde in Aquarius on the hidden side of the Seventh House of relationships. Expect emphasis on resolving of issues concerning the escalating violence in Iraq.  Professional and interpersonal relationships are also demanding care. There are possible stand off confrontations between opposing world leaders over nuclear power and weapons. We will be aware of the pressing need for economic growth within agriculture for food as well as new fuel sources and as a world trade item.   

Sun enters Leo July 23 at 1 AM EST

Full Moon on July 29 is at 6 degrees Aquarius 31 minutes with 16 degrees Aquarius 40 minutes rising.

This is a special Full Moon: This full moon is Guru Purnima in the Hindu tradition. It is the guru who shows us the way to lead a noble life and grants us the experience of the supreme light   All true teachers of Spiritual Knowledge are honored and asked for their blessing to aid the aspirant on the spiritual path.  In the ancient Indian scripture there are seven great sages called the sapta rishis, who have taken on perpetual responsibility for the entire world and its people. We can pray or meditate on this auspicious Full Moon asking for their guidance and expect a response.

Astrology of the full Moon: Interestingly this Full Moon is the response to the 16 Leo rising previous Full Moon June 30.  Here Neptune in Aquarius is in a T Cross. Neptune is leading asking for sensitivity to set the tone in the First House of the self. Saturn is now in the Seventh House of relationships in receding opposition but is challenged by Mars at the root in the Fourth House of home/ homeland. More sensitive response to issues or more smoke and mirrors?

Good Full Moon for friendships and healing work to restore balance where schisms have torn apart and undermined groups.

Leo is fixed fire, the Sun’s sign, full of warmth, charisma and creativity, while cool Aquarius, fixed air, is a winter sign ruled by Saturn whose nature is cool and by Uranus, the creative vortex of change.   So with frosty Saturn in firry Leo trine Pluto retrograde at the degree of the Galactic Center old ways are melted down and drawn into the greater universal play so vast and expansive there is no way to put a lid on it. They bring into balance the opposition of fire and ice. Mercury in Cancer is trine Uranus in the First House in Pisces; understanding comes from outside the box.

The dust is settling on cooled romances but time will tell if embers rekindle as Venus retrograde in Virgo in the Seventh House of relationships makes her way back into heart centered Leo. You can work with a little mantra;

Love overcomes all things.

Love never fails.

Love is the fulfilling of the Law.

Perfect love casts out fear.
 

June Astrological Report
Linda Clave

The two most significant events occurring monthly are the New and Full Moons. Lately the cycle has the Full Moon preceding the New Moon in a given month. The Full Moon on June 1 is at 10 degrees of Sagittarius opposite the Sun at 10 degrees of Gemini. This zodiacal pair is associated with information, education/learning and their synthesis. Sagittarius and Gemini are, respectively, mutable Fire and Air signs (mutable signs are transition times before seasonal change). Through this axis of Sagittarius and Gemini conscious growth and understanding increases our ability to process knowledge and information. As we become more aware and uncover our innate heritance of Mind and Spirit, we find ourselves on the path. We then awaken to realize that we are in the Now and have all we need inside of ourselves.

Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, king of the Olympian gods, encompasses travel, grandeur, philosophy and religion. Here the information that entered Gemini, the info terminal, is transformed from its digital computerized bits into a larger, more philosophical and spiritual context.

Gemini is the sign of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. Twins represent the two sides of our nature in communication, whether the Higher and Lower Self, male and female, or yin and yang. The inner True Self has an outer ego that manages the affairs of the day. The ability to coordinate these faculties gives the Gemini native excellent dexterity with a swift up take of incoming information.
 
The planet ruling Gemini is Mercury, the Messenger. Mercury, which is the closest planet to the Sun, has an orbit of 88 Earth days. This fast moving messenger can never be more than 30 degrees from the Sun. So, three times a year this planet appears to go retrograde in its motion. Mercury retrograde is often a period of reevaluation and changes in plans. It has a way of slowing down our forward motion to move us into a deeper consideration of matters, allowing us time to plan and digest possible outcomes. Mercury is neither positive nor negative in its polarity but reflects the input from the planets and aspects closest to it. Adaptability, intelligence, speech and writing are attributed to Mercury and the sign Gemini. Also associated with Mercury, Gemini, and the third house are issues concerning brothers, sisters, relatives, early education, and everyday travel (such as commuting).

Full Moon: this is the last of the three festival cfull moons highlighting the Community of World Servers. This is when operational plans for upcoming planetary work are distributed to groups through inner intuitive transmission. Groups are both formal organizations and collective numbers of individuals of like mind, who may not even know each other.

I discussed this work with a Gemini friend, esoteric astrologer Peter Kubaska. Peter said that the two planets Mercury and Venus associated with Gemini rule the Soul of Humanity, and both are considered sacred. Humanity is given a choice as to the way to move forward. One way is through Mars who mobilizes the lower instinctual reactions. This is the unenlightened outer personality using force and coercion to accomplish its goals. Lessons are learned eventually through unselfish sacrifice for the greater good of all. The other way is through the Mercury and Venus combination. They comprehend the extremes and relate them—Mercury through Vision, and Venus through the infusion of Love and Wisdom. They then apply the direct the flow of energy to a situation with the knowledge that the Light does the work. So which will we choose to lead our way? Is it war and aggression, or a vision contacting our Planetary Plan for Good?

Astrology of the Full Moon: 19 Sagittarius is rising over Washington, DC with the Moon 10 degrees Sagittarius 12 minutes in the twelfth house and the Sun in the sixth house at 10 degrees 12 minutes Gemini. Jupiter, ruler of the sign of the Moon, is at 15 Sagittarius retrograde near the Ascendant. Jupiter expands our consciousness to include new people and circumstances for our creative endeavors. Planets positioned such as these near the angles have a greater impact. Angular Mercury, ruler of the sign the Sun is in, is in Cancer in the seventh house of relationships. Emphasis is likely to focus on a number of domestic issues like the immigration reform bill, as well as currency and trade agreements. It can also be a personal time of dealing with our families. The unpredictable planet Uranus, in Pisces in the third house of communications, makes a harsh square aspect to Jupiter, so we can expect breakthroughs as well as setbacks. Communication between parties needs a lot of patience as well as firmness. Pressure is revved up with hot Mars near the angle of the fourth house of home/homeland in fiery Aries, and in the first house of Self we find retrograde Pluto behaving like a smoldering volcano in fiery Sagittarius. Saturn in Leo, (also a fire sign), in the eighth house, continues to oppose retrograde Neptune in Aquarius in the second house. The eighth and second houses work on the underlying psychological and financial issues. Here we have an opportunity to move through old habits and break out of stale and outworn traditions, as a nation as well as individually. Progress can seem sluggish with these outer slow-moving planets in fixed signs, but one day we will wake up and realize we have come a long way.

New Moon: beginning the seed cycle on June 14 at 11:13 PM EDT Washington, DC. The angles are active with 6 Aquarius rising, and Chiron and Neptune in the first house of Self in opposition to Saturn in Leo in the seventh house of relationships and lower courts. Lines of power are clearly drawn creating challenges from deeply contrasting ideologies and the religious groups that support them. On a positive note, charismatic Venus at 8 Leo is on the seventh house angle, highlighting negotiations and peaceful resolutions to contrasting personal approaches. The Sun and Moon at 23 degrees Gemini are in the fifth house. They focus their light on creativity, entertainment, children and lovers. Shortly after the New Moon the Sun swings into a challenge from opposing Pluto. With Pluto retrograde in the eleventh house we can be expecting covert power plays between political groups, presidential candidates and the Congress as well as world leaders.  Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, is stationing and turning retrograde at 11 Cancer in the sixth house. The sixth house deals with service, health, work, workers, working environments and conditions. Mercury will remain in retrograde until July 10, emphasizing recollection of memories and transactions. Heat is on the White House for policy investigations and the opening of records to the public.

Mars, Saturn and Pluto harmonize their forces in fire signs. They provide us with the spirit and will to accomplish what is on our agenda.

Other days of interest:

The Summer Solstice June 21 at 2:07 pm EDT. The Sun enters Cancer and here it seems to stand still. The Sun has reached its furthest declination North. The summer season begins in the Tropic of Cancer. This happens just a few hours before the first quarter moon when the seeds of the New Moon sprout. Expect a lot of heat from the five planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto) in fire signs. Summer opens with strength from the trine between Mars at 27 Aries and Pluto at 27 Sagittarius. Libra rises with Venus in Leo opposing Chiron retrograde in Aquarius. Old baggage in romances and relationships need working through.

 

The weather can be turbulent with Uranus in Pisces opposing the Moon in Virgo. Mercury on the Midheaven retrograde in Cancer, a water sign, could indicate issues of national interest concerning possible floods and water shortages. We will probably get a good taste of global warming.


June 23. Uranus, planet of unpredictable and sudden changes, turns inward, stationing retrograde at 18 Pisces (turning direct again not until November 24, 2007).

June 24. Mars leaves its natural fiery habitat in Aries to enter practical earthy Taurus.

June 30. The next Full Moon is at 8 Capricorn 25.  (See next month’s report).           

 

May Astrological Report
Linda Clave

May 2 is the Full Moon at 6:10 AM in Washington, DC. This promises to be a very powerful and significant Full Moon. Fixed Earth Taurus, the Bull, is ruled by Venus, and Fixed Water Scorpio, the Scorpion, is ruled by Mars and Pluto. This polarity activates the two most magnetic signs of the zodiac. Their attraction brings out the passion! With Mars and Venus as the lovers, emotions run the gamut between the sweetest love and the darkest expressions of jealousy, anger and hate. Bridling this force is at the center of many spiritual teachings. In the darkness is the light, and in the light is a speck of darkness, as evidenced in the yin/yang symbol. This interplay keeps Life in the body alive. In the Buddhist tradition the Buddha is said to be born, enlightened and to die under the light of this Moon. While in the esoteric tradition, this Full Moon is the Festival of Wesak, one of the three full moons setting the pattern for the year. The first was last month (see the April report) and the third will be next month. The lore of this festival is that in the Himalayas a gathering of initiates are in a secret valley awaiting the appearance of the Buddha and the Christ. They are there to experience the ceremony of the avatars of the East and West who synchronize their powers, bringing down their Light to manifest an energy whose effect will serve humanity for the coming year. Closer to our roots, Native women of the Mohawk and Matis traditions are working during these moons to bring back the power and wisdom of the Circle of the Grandmothers, the feminine energy needed to help restore the balance of the planet.

Astrological information: the Sun will be in Taurus at 11 degrees and 38 minutes with the Moon in opposition at 11 degrees 38 of Scorpio. Over Washington, DC, the Ascendant is 10 Taurus. So the Full Moon is playing out the relationship positions of I and Thou between the Sun conjunct Mercury in Taurus in the First House of self and self-initiative, and the Scorpio Moon in the Seventh House of relationships. They both form harsh aspects to the Tenth House Chiron in Aquarius. Chiron is the planet identified with the healing arts and healing issues that need our attention. Healing our personal pain is important. This can also refer to all the pain of the April 16 shootings, as well as that of the war. This combination is important to bills in Congress under consideration proposing the restriction of alternative therapies including the use of herbs and supplements of all varieties. Hearings on the bills are presently underway. Progress is slow but budding, with Saturn, planet of boundaries and limits now direct in motion. Saturn is moving forward but slowly— only minutes at 18 Leo, its stationing degree.  
Tips:  When a planet stations there is time to chew the issues thoroughly.  Haste only leads to frustration!

Venus, ruler of the Ascendant, is found in airy Gemini in the Second House of personal resources and innate talents. Here Venus is moving away from a conflicted relationship with Mars, co-ruler of the Full Moon in Scorpio, and the Seventh House of relationships. Venus also is moving away from an opposition to Jupiter in the Eighth House of finances tied to others, banks and credit.
What to expect: a gradual working out of heated issues with mates, friends or business partners.

Mars, Uranus and the North Node of the Moon are in Pisces.

Changes in groups and affiliations are in the long run good, but may be sudden and perplexing for they are still moving through the Lunar Eclipse issues (see March 2007).
Much healing is possible with grace born out of forgiveness and understanding. Venus trines Neptune. Chiron and Neptune oppose Saturn (now direct), amplified by Jupiter, which makes a positive influence.
Keep your resolutions high and your investments clean with Vesta in Sagittarius squaring Uranus in Pisces and the Lunar Nodes, and the impending opposition of Venus to Pluto.

The New Moon occurs on May 16 at 25 degrees of Taurus 33 minutes. The Ascendant is 29 Virgo 22 minutes over Washington, DC. This Ascendant is on the degree of the total Solar Eclipse of September 21, 2006. Stepping up the intensity is retrograde Pluto in the Fourth House of home/homeland, making a harsh square angle to the Ascendant. Mars in its own Fire sign is at the powerful Equinox degree of 0 Aries. Here Mars also squares Pluto. This Mars position on the cusp of the Seventh House brings legal matters to court. Mars can also indicate conflicts in lower courts, with open enemies in confrontation, family and spousal battles, or military aggression. The status quo can’t prevail.

Venus is in the Tenth House in Cancer. Venus rules this New Moon in Taurus on the cusp of the Ninth House. The Ninth House breathes perspective into all issues concerning the values we place on the Earth and its material substances. A global view is attainable through higher education, travel, religion and philosophy, all Ninth House concerns.
What is needed is to communicate with words of wisdom.  Mercury is also in the Ninth House. Mercury is the communications planet and rules the Ascendant. Slowly processing input from all sides could lead to negotiations helpful to resolving the many stuck issues, which include nuclear weapons, funding of the military at war, as well as the effects emissions of fossil fuels have on global warming, and national health care and land preservation.

Other days of interest:
May 5 Mercury in Taurus squares Saturn. Get a fully developed understanding of contracts or issues before signing or agreeing to anything.
May 6 Venus in opposition to Pluto. Stay focused on what you truly want. Keep your intent when challenged.
May13  Watch out! Mars opposes retrograde Pluto bringing up the Eclipse issues from September and March. Don’t push too hard; let your energies move through difficulties by keeping your space.
May 20 Mercury squares Uranus and opposes Jupiter. Don’t allow yourself to be separated from your Truth by obstacles put up by others or through your own misinformation.
May 21 The Sun enters Gemini, the Mutable Air sign of the Twins.
May 24 Neptune stations retrograde; you can feel dreamy or out of focus during this shift. Neptune returns to its direct motion November 1, 2007.
May 31 A Blue Moon (meaning the second Full Moon in a month).
This Full Moon will be covered in the next report.

April Astrological Forecast
Linda Clave

Aries is the initiating sign with its propelling forward motion. Here Spring begins with the fire of the Sun warming the Earth, opening the solar New Year and setting into action the cardinal cross. The four arms of the cross express the four directions and the four seasons. These directions form the compass points: Aries, Fire, East, Spring, followed by Cancer, Water, South, Summer, then Libra, Air, West, Fall and Capricorn, Earth, North, Winter. Below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere the points remain the same but the seasons are reversed. In most shamanic traditions East, Fire, is the spirit or light that lifts us. Wawate, a native teacher of spirituality, shared that the fire makes smoke, and this smoke carries our prayers to the Creator. She went on to say in her Metis tradition the medicine animal in the East is the high-flying eagle of North America, while in South America the medicine animal is the condor. These are birds that are associated with vision and illumination. Opening the door to the East in sacred fire ceremony begins the yearly journey. Certain sites in the US, such as Chaco Canyon in the West, have a cave whose entrance is illuminated only on this special morning sunrise. In the East, equinox sighting stones are used to mark the return of Spring in New Hampshire's American Stonehenge. Other sighting places can be found in the Mound Builder's Serpent Mound, and many other sites all over this country and the world.

So what is new comes out in the Spring. We get a fresh start!
This year we had an early start with the Vernal Equinox at zero degrees Aries on March 20th. This equinox arrived while still in the New Moon phase. It also happened to occur after a Solar Eclipse on March 18th, in the late degrees of the previous sign, Pisces.(See March report for more info on the eclipse.)

Aries Fire is associated with the head, expressed by the aggressive head-butting ram, its zodiacal animal. Traditionally Mars, with its outgoing energy, is said to rule Aries. When working from the deeper levels of the Self, Mercury, the connecting, consciously aware mental planet, modulates the impulsive tendencies of Aries. Mars gets our energy moving and focused while Mercury brings forth new inspiring ideas from the mental plane. When integrated they develop character with courage and integrity. Other positive traits from the fiery spirit of Aries include leadership, visionary ideas, pioneering of new methods, and the willingness to stand alone and take a risk.

Tips: When we turn inside, our fiery enthusiasm comes from intuition and connectedness to our core. Aries is known for "act first, think later," but that motto leads to back-stepping. Impatience and frustration can be minimized with forethought. Seeking to be in tune with one's inner guidance galvanizes a deeper inner support for moving from the start of a project through to its completion. Life moves through organic cycles following the flowing pattern of natural law accomplishing multiple stages of development along the way. Aries, the first stage, is as important as an acorn is to an oak tree. The future is in the present, but it will need the other signs to bring forth the completed manifestation of this innate potential.

Full Moon at 12 degrees Aries/Libra, April 2 at 1:16 PM in Washington, DC. The date for Easter is set yearly on the Sunday following the Aries Full Moon. In the Western tradition this is a sacred Full Moon celebrating the resurrection of Spirit after purification during the forty days of Lent. Spirit comes down to release the pain and suffering accumulated by the trials of the human condition. Many early cultures had crucified saviours attesting to a universal process symbolized by the sacrifice of the one for the many.

The Aries/ Libra combination is always about I and Thou, or relationships. So this is a time for getting feedback about the way our relationships are balanced. During the Equinox balance point, at zero degrees Aries, there is high energy available to make the shift from being in yin renewal to yang outward manifestation. (In the Fall Equinox at zero degrees Libra, the process reverses.) Take advantage of this time to get out of your rut and break the bondage of co-dependent associations.

The horoscope for the Full Moon has a Cancer Ascendant, which is ruled by the Moon. This emphasizes the home and the homeland. Questions will arise as to whether or not we feel safe and have a sense of security. This is echoed by the Sun in Aries at the Midheaven, the place of leadership, opposing the Moon in Libra at the Nadir, the place of the homeland. Venus, the dispositor of the moon, is in the earthy sign Taurus, and feels pressure from the harsh square angle to retrograde Saturn in Leo on the cusp of the second house of resources and funding. More issues will arise about our values and the cost all around to the nation and the economy, especially with regard to home sales and loans based on adjustable lending rates. Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius also make a challenging angle to Venus and oppose Saturn, demanding fairness and accountability for the actions taken by those in leadership. Mars, the ruler of Aries, is also in Aquarius in the eighth house. We can expect tests to the power and authority of the presidency and more questions about the right way to fund the military already deployed as well as the effectiveness of the military to bring the war to an end.

In the ninth house of philosophy, religion and higher courts, at a sensitive point from the previous full moon eclipse, Mercury is conjunct Uranus and the north node of the Moon in Pisces. This configuration is making a harsh square to Jupiter in Sagittarius. Expect more activity to do with immigration policies (from the fallout of the kind of round-up that separated children and families in the New Bedford, MA raid in March), surprise decisions by the courts, privacy issues, and new findings concerning health and fitness. Spiritual words from the Dali Lama or other esteemed figures will be a great inspiration to set a higher tone mitigating the stress of unresolved world crises. Erratic weather, effects of pollution on agriculture and wildlife, floods and global warming will continue to reflect the damage to the environment on planet Earth.

New Moon: 27 degrees Aries, April 17 at 7:36 AM in Washington, DC.
The Ascendant is in the earthy, fixed sign Taurus, characterized by steadfastness, stability, and a tactile physical orientation-or just plain stubbornness. Its ruler, Venus, planet of love, beauty and appreciation, is in the first house projecting great personal appeal and charisma. Venus, full of charm and very flirtatious in the airy sign Gemini, is quick to make the best of any situation. However, the square from Mars in Pisces in the eleventh house airs covert associations, making challenges and controversies public.

The twelfth house is very active with the Sun, Moon and Mercury in Aries. The emphasis is on behind-the-scenes initiatives in general, prisons, new medical treatments, hospitals, health practices and standards. This is reiterated with retrograde Saturn in the fourth house opposite Chiron and Neptune in the tenth house. With Pluto and Jupiter in Sagittarius retrograde in the eighth house, watch investments and stay hopeful as Saturn in the fourth trines Jupiter.

Other days of interest:

The Sun enters the earthy fixed sign of Taurus on April 20. Venus, planet of love and appreciation, rules Taurus in contrast to the stirring Mars energy of Aries. This is a feminine and very magnetic place, full of all the earth mysteries. The moon is exalted in Taurus, harmonious and fulfilling. Earth Day, Mother's Day, and dancing around the maypoles celebrate the grounding of the Aries fire into rhythms expressing the Mother Earth's fertility and beauty. Planting and development of land, cattle and agriculture are associated with Taurus as is the voice vibration. Bird songs are said to open the morning sunrise. Here there is much emphasis on staying power and endurance.

April 20: Saturn turns direct at 18 Leo. New directions and planning are able to get underway.

April 21: Mercury makes a trine to Jupiter and Saturn. This is a good day for signing contracts or for travel.

April 23: Venus makes an exact square to Mars. Be patient! Let go of having to have your own way, and things will work out for the best.

April 26: Venus squares Uranus so don't let upset plans or broken dates throw you. A better solution comes later.

April 28: Venus is in opposition to Jupiter, so don't go overboard in love or in spending, unless you can afford to.

April 29: Mars conjuncts Uranus. There can be many unexpected events as well as the energy to break out of stuck patterns.

April 30: Mars is square Jupiter. Take on what you can handle: don't overload your plate-or desk!

 

March Astrological Forecast

The special events for this month include two eclipses, a Lunar Eclipse on March 3 on the Full Moon, and a Solar Eclipse on March 18 at the New Moon, followed by the Spring Equinox on March 20. These events give us opportunities to cleanse both our physical and mental bodies and renew our belief in our self, our mission and our place on our chosen path.

It is difficult to say exactly what an eclipse will mean. Traditionally, if the eclipse shadow falls on a planet or angle (cusp of the first, fourth, seventh or tenth house0 within one or two degrees, this planet or angle will be activated for the period of a year as planets and the moon pass over that degree. Heightened by the extra activity, the shadow/dark side reveals itself for cleansing. Cleansing is multi-leveled as we have accumulated many experiences in the course of our lives, both in our present incarnation back through the lessons our souls have learned in previous lives.

The eclipses this year are in Pisces and Virgo, the two signs most associated with cleansing and discrimination. The north node of the moon, the dragon's head, is in Pisces, the last of the twelve zodiacal signs which sweeps up all the experiences from the preceding signs to dissolve them in the collective ocean of memory. Pisces, a mutable sign, is moving us from one phase to the next, leading us into the next cycle. Pisces is the last of the three water signs. Here feelings, intuition and psychic visions lead into realms beyond the physical to experience a sense of wholeness and of being part of a greater reality. Therefore this is the sign of religion. (The word "religion" means to bind together). The Lunar Eclipse March 3 has the moon in the opposite sign of Virgo, an earth sign where we learn to evaluate and separate the healthy usable seeds from the unhealthy ones. Virgo relies on analysis rather than feelings. Together, Pisces and Virgo are compassionate and truthful, making a checks and balances system.

The Lunar Eclipse focuses on eliminating unhealthy attitudes, beliefs and habits that keep us from experiencing the healthy balance we desire. The old traditions such as Lent or Passover were given to us with cleansing diets that included bitter foods to help detoxify the liver. Both physical and emotional attention is necessary. Bodywork that includes breathing into areas of concern is of great assistance. Body tissues store toxins and memories that can be released with an increase in circulation that promotes oxygenation. Low oxygen levels preserve toxicity in the body as charged memories from the past remain mired in stagnant areas. Wherever we are stuck, we need to bring fresh blood into the tissues to bring about change.

During the Lunar Eclipse, the US capital has Virgo rising with the Moon and South Node opposing the Sun which itself conjoins Uranus near the seventh house of relationships, and, Mercury is retrograde. Both the Sun and Uranus make a harsh square angle to expansive Jupiter in the fourth house of home. We can expect both domestic issues, such as national health care and social security benefits, to be on the congressional agenda as well as the funding of the war in Iraq. On a positive note, there can be scientific and creative breakthroughs. The mutable signs on the angles allow for more flexibility, and are not so decisive or assertive. And, as Mercury is retrograde, outcomes will take more time to manifest. Activity in the three fire signs keeps spirits bright and inspired while sorting out problems. The presidential hopefuls will be full of vigor and ideas.

Solar Eclipse March 18: The New Moon on the 18th is at the last two degrees of Pisces, followed in two days, March 20, by the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of spring in northern latitudes. The transition from mutable, soft and gentle Pisces water to the cardinal fire of action-oriented Aries, is the harshest change the body/mind/spirit has to adjust to all year.

Tips: It is best to give the self-renewal process time through movement and bodywork. Spiritual time is also essential to stay connected to your source. Re-dedicate yourself to disciplines such as yoga, chi gong or tai chi that enhance your wellbeing and give you strength and mobility for success.

Here the new is a cleansed or revised version of the old. What we can expect is emphasis on change but only after the dirty laundry is uncovered. This is especially so with Scorpio rising over the US capital and Saturn retrograde in Leo in the tenth house of executive/presidential matters opposing Neptune (co-ruler of Pisces) and Mars (co-ruler of the Scorpio ascendant) in Aquarius in the fourth house of home. Old files will reveal top leaders who, through neglect, oversight or deliberate cover-up, withheld facts concerning involvement in preliminary war assessments including intelligence reports on weapons of mass destruction. This is reiterated with the Sun square Pluto, ruler of the ascendant in Scorpio, bringing into focus investigations into the honesty, trustworthiness and effectiveness of executive management of the homeland and the hot issues of homeland security and immigration. On a positive note, Saturn and Jupiter (the other ruler of Pisces) are in a beneficial trine aspect to each other in fire signs. The element of fire has the effect of raising the bar in ethics and principles. Together, expanding Jupiter and contracting Saturn are the ruling forces affecting our planetary cycles. Good will is available to build towards solutions to problems both domestic and international.
 
- Linda Clave

 

Understanding Aquarius the sign and the symbol Be careful here, Aquarius is the water barer, but not a water sign. It is the last of the fixed signs on the fixed cross initiated by Taurus, the bull; on through Leo, the lion; Scorpio, the scorpion and finally with Aquarius. Cardinal signs are at the center where we become responsible for the results of action taken. There is great power and strength within when we become focused and centered. Aquarius, collective air, is represented by a glyph of two wavy lines, one on top of the other. It is the summation of the three air signs; for here universal and natural laws are the guiding principle. Here too are the building blocks of knowledge, the hope for universal brotherhood and freedom from our ignorance. It maintains the ever evolving plans for human evolution. Above, the higher laws of the universe vibrate; while below they vibrate to natural law. Freedom is the cry here but it requires being responsive to these laws that give the desired results. Therefore, Aquarius is the place of scientific procedure with both Saturn and Uranus as co-rulers. Science and discovery first requires discipline, organization and testing before we make leaps into the unknown. Our society is built on this process. Morality and conscience determine the use of these discoveries. We must choose service to humanity and the planet; or opt for darkness and destruction. The choice is ours to make as we move more and more into the age of science, the Aquarian age.

Aquarians, like Galileo, displayed the fixed idealism of this sign. His work led him to understand that the earth revolves around the sun, in spite of prevalent views to the contrary. He was imprisoned and nearly sentenced to death for such revolutionary thinking. Galileo was a typical Aquarian outsider whose single-minded focus inspired him to break through the limited world views of his day. Galileo's work, based upon sound scientific procedure, led us to a greater understanding of Universal principles of truth which irreversibly directed the flowering of Western Civilization.

George Washington, the first president of the United States, was a Revolutionary War general who embodied the vaunted ideas of honesty, freedom and democracy. Abraham Lincoln was another notable Aquarian. His open minded quest for knowledge and guidance led him to have séances in the Whitehouse. Betty Friedman was a typical Aquarian crusader, who is remembered for being at the forefront of the modern women's movement. Rosa Parks sparked the Civil Rights movement by refusing to relinquish her claim to equality.

Full moon February 2nd, Groundhogs Day, Candle mass or Imbolc

This year, the Aquarian full moon falls at the center of the winter season. The ancient Celts and others celebrated this time when winter is breaking and the days begin to lengthen. In sacred sites like Stonehenge, there are calendar stones that illuminate this solar position. This was a much anticipated time, when the birthing of lambs would symbolize the coming spring renewal. Today it is associated with creativity, breaking into the new and manifesting what began in seed form at the winter solstice.

We still have the tradition of observing the groundhog emerging from his earthen home to report whether he sees his shadow or not. Supposedly if he notices his shadow it foretells another six more weeks of winter. The middle of the quadrant is celebrated even in warmer climates. I have observed Guatemalan Mayan shamans perform sacred rituals for this occasion.

Astrology has always recognized the significance to the middle of fixed signs as the power point, the place of focus for the quadrant.

Full moon February 2 2007 is auspicious with Scorpio rising over Washington, DC, the sun conjunct Pallas and Chiron approaching Neptune. While Saturn and Neptune are in opposition and the moon in Leo is approaching Saturn. What's interesting about this full moon is that it tends to bring all the power shifts taking place in the world into our awareness.

The Scorpio rising square the sun, Chiron and Pallas in Aquarius and the Leo Moon asks what is underneath the surface, pressing for further investigation. The world is changing with current leaders fading out. We now have a new head of the United Nations, new presidents in Latin America and British Prime Minister Tony Blair is stepping down. Saturn is retrograde in Leo; a sign of leadership, where Saturn is desirable. What is needed is to find a course that you can stick to. Define for yourself what is most important and real. Take charge inside and set the tone.

Mercury is in the last degree of Aquarius and will move into Pisces then go into retrograde on February 13. A lot of people will be reassessing their opinions. Be cautious and careful; investigate any new situation before jumping in. Remain steady with your work or projects, but be willing to reevaluate details. If you know you are doing the right thing then it is a matter of minor shifts.

The sun will be in opposition to Saturn shortly after the full moon. This is a time of testing. Stay true to yourself by not allowing the criticism of others to intimidate you or disuade you. Stay on course.

Mercury Retrograde

The planet Mercury goes into retrograde in Pisces on the 13th of February shortly before the full moon. Mercury will come back out of retrograde on the 7th of March. It will appear stationary for a few days and then slowly go direct. Mercury usually goes into retrograde three times a year for approximately 24 days. Planets that go into retrograde appear to slow down from the standpoint of those of us observing from Earth. It appears as if the planet is moving backwards during this cycle. The visual effect is similar to what you experience if you're riding a train and pass another slower moving train. It appears as if the slower train is moving backwards.

Mercury is the fastest moving of all the planets that rotate around our sun. Mercury works as a connector and helps us to make associations in our consciousness. Many of us traverse so rapidly through our intake of information and experience that we do not really take time to reflect or digest our thoughts, feelings or life experiences. But life ceases to have meaning when we just keep moving through it in a mechanical way. That tends to dell our senses by shuting down our minds.

The slowdown that occurs during mercury retrograde provides us with an opportunity to reflect. The focus is drawn away from everyday activities and we're provided with an opportunity to reassess and give careful consideration to what's happening in our lives.

Mercury retrograde is not the most popular of astrological influences because it tends to interfere with business as usual. Mercury retrograde is usually not the most optimal time to start a new job or project. New projects or ventures begun under the influence of Mercury retrograde are often short lived. It's best to continue with what you're doing while remaining open to reassess and refine.

Mercury retrograde is a time of cleansing when all the dross is burned away. It's an ideal time to meditate, walk in nature or go off on a retreat. It's a time to soothe yourself and reconnect with the deeper parts of yourself held in the subconscious. Mercury retrograde gives you the opportunity to take inventory, reassess your life and clarify your objectives.

Saturn is in retrograde in Leo and Neptune is on the opposite side of the zodiac in Aquarius. The opposition of Saturn and Neptune challenges the structure of group activity, causing people to doubt the status quo. Our leadership is called into question. People are now questioning and criticizing the incompetence and cover up in the Whitehouse.

This is also a period of time when our new democratic congress is faced with some serious overriding issues. We're now questioning our involvement in a very unpopular war that is destructive to our country, Iraq and the rest of the planet. And there's also the fact that we're spending enormous amounts of money on things that are just not working.

New moon February 17, Chinese Astrology Year of the Boar

This new moon occurs at 28 degrees of Aquarius. The last degrees of all signs contain the maturity and wisdom of the sign. This is a new moon calling for caution as Mercury has just turned retrograde. This is an excellent time to reevaluate and root out old beliefs and values that no longer feel right for you. The Sun will enter Pisces on February 18 and the Year of the Boar begins.

Venus, our sense of love, harmony and relationships comes into a difficult 90 degree square to Pluto in Sagittarius on The 19th of February. You may experience some challenges and feelings of uneasiness over the course of events. This planetary configuration will have a greater impact if it aspects your own personal chart.

There may also be some political fallout may result in some form of investigation into the abuses of power pertaining to the war in Iraq or the mismanagement of the Katrina Relief Effort.

Retrograde Saturn continues to be in opposition to Neptune in the fourth house, which represents our roots or homeland. This leaves us feeling a strong sense of vulnerability around both domestic and international issues. And it may also contribute to the tremendous flux taking place in the political arena.

Venus is moving from its exalted position in Pisces where its influence is very flowing, subtle, sensitive and compassionate. Venus' influence takes on a Martian influence as it moves into Aries, which has a dynamic sort of get things moving energy.

Mars will shift from the cardinal, pragmatic sign of Capricorn where organization is established, and then move into Aquarius which will amplify its electromagnetic influence. The influence of Aquarius will cause Mars to have a greater impact upon our subtle bodies.

The Sun is furthest from it's natural home in Leo when it is positioned in Aquarius. The life force needs to be cultivated at this time to enhance the circulation and flow of energy in your body. Mars returns to each sign once every two years.

Aquarius governs the auric field and the bioelectrical functions of our body and mind. Mars moving into Aquarius provides an ideal opportunity to synchronize your physical and subtle bodies. It is essential for us to learn to sense energies to understand how they influence our mind and body.

Aquarius is the sign that rules friendship, brotherhood and humanitarian causes. The placement of the Sun in Aquarius helps us to understand our position in group dynamics. Are we making a contribution or merely showing up? And what value does our affiliation with a particular group hold for us? Do the groups we associate with fill our needs and do they offer appropriate channels for us to be of service.

Year of the Fire Boar in Chinese Astrology

We're moving into the year of the Fire Boar. The Fire Boar adds courage and is generally good for business. It is supportive of free and easy relationships with people. The Fire Boar is expansive and promotes thinking outside the box. The Fire Boar's influences are generally favorable and can support us in creating the kind of life we want. There is some need for caution. The Fire Boar can be stubborn and does not want to be limited. It does not like being told what to do. there can also be some tendency to go overboard with our expectations. We need to double check to make sure that our personal and business maters are clarified. Failure to do so may cause us some huge disappointments when we finally discover that our expectations can not be met in reality.

 

Astrological Report Introduction
Gaining insight into the astrological phenomena occurring within the universe allows us to align with the cosmic forces. A practical working knowledge of astrological influences allows us to harmonize our body, mind and spirit. The right time, place and use of energy are goals for us all. Understanding the flow of the universe helps us to get in tune so we can recognize and better utilize our opportunities.
 
The cyclical movement of the planets through the signs of the zodiac and their elements creates vibrational patterns that influence our daily experiences and interactions. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars move rapidly through the twelve signs of the zodiac. Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto take much longer to orbit the Sun, therefore they move much more slowly through the signs of the zodiac. The vibrational influences of the outer planets exert their influence over whole generations and cycles of time. The blend of planetary influences helps to establish a context that shapes our identity and determines the life paths we choose. This knowledge guides our developing consciousness and inner resources to enable us to determine how we move through the world.
 
The zodiac has twelve signs arranged in four quadrants (each quadrant comprising a season) and divided into four elements. The first quadrant starts at the Equinox in spring with the Cardinal sign of Aries, an initiating Fire sign ruled by Mars, which opens the world to the new. Next comes Taurus, the Fixed Earth sign, which introduces the planting phase, ruled by Venus. Finally for Spring, Gemini, the Mutable Air sign ruled by Mercury, branches out into the communication phase. In late June comes the opening of the summer quadrant at the Solstice where Cancer, the Cardinal Water sign, ruled by the moon, affects the movement of the tides. The Fixed Fire sign Leo, ruled by the Sun, follows, introducing summer heat. Virgo, the Mutable Earth sign ruled by Mercury, completes the summer cycle, sorting and categorizing all the fruits of the harvest, leaving all things in proper order.
 
The fall quadrant begins with the Autumnal Equinox as Libra, the Cardinal Air sign, ruled by Venus, brings the crisp clearing winds of autumn. This is the place of balance and law, where two meet and become one in partnerships and marriages. Mid-fall is governed by Scorpio, a Fixed Water sign ruled by Mars and Pluto. This is the time when the pond freezes over, and nature must die on the surface to relegate life inward, hibernating and regenerating. To finish fall, Sagittarius, the Mutable Fire sign ruled by the expansive planet Jupiter, pushes the mind's frontiers into the broadest questions of philosophy and religion. Here the transcendental rises to the forefront, inspiring travel and exploration. 
 
Heralding the Winter Solstice: the Cardinal Earth sign, Capricorn ruled by Saturn, takes the stage. Capricorn is the master organizer and strategist, always reaching upward toward the pinnacle of success. It is the place where boundaries are constructed with the old, time-tested and conservative ways and means. Next comes Aquarius, the Fixed Air sign ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. Brotherhood, humanitarian works and science are associated with this sign. Science, which is ruled by Saturn, is based on tested procedures that can be demonstrated repeatedly. However, it is the work of Uranus that breaks the rules to find a greater truth. The need for innovation is balanced with the need for procedure and testing. This sign embraces breadth and idealism. In Pisces, the Mutable Water sign, all the preceding signs are summarized. This is the end before the beginning. Pisces has two rulers, Jupiter and Neptune, which allows for the great expanse into the nebulous dimensions of inner and outer space. Our dreams and inspirations merge with practical realities, allowing us to forge ahead into the unknown. This leap of faith enables us to attain the highest levels of spiritual realization. Pisces also brings about expressions in music and the arts.

Linda Clave
Linda has a body/mind/spirit practice in the Boston, Massachusetts area. She combines her knowledge of astrology in her counseling, energy awareness training and her bodywork practice. She began her studies with Boston's renowned Isabel Hickey in the late sixties and went on to continue her studies with Peter Kubaska. Linda has taught astrology at the Theosophical Society.
 
A visionary artist and healer, Linda works with the elemental forces and their corresponding archangels. She is also a student of Vedanta, the Kabala, and dowsing. Linda worked with Walter Ness to develop the Inner Exploration Process, a unique method of experiencing and using life energy phenomena.
 
Linda is available for private astrological consultations and energetic clearings over the phone as well as through office visits.

Astrology for Empowerment

Linda Clave
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Using the horoscope to guide and develop the making of strategies for healthy choices.
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Working with energy techniques to enhance positive planetary influences for greater vitality and resourcefulness.
Consultations can be made in my office or over the phone.

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Linda Clave is also a body/mind /spirit therapist for more than 25 years.  She uses astrology with a variety of energy related tools, dowsing and healing pendulums as well as  creative exercises to bring out innate core vitality and reduce interferences. This process allows the body to return to harmonious efficiency and opens the door to authentic life choices.

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