Astro-Notes on March 30, 2010 – taxed to the limit

With the Moon transiting Aquarius for most of the day, the atmosphere is electrified, our feeling nature is stimulated, the pace feels hectic and the mood is unpredictable. After her ingress to Pisces at 6:39 pm EDT we can lay back, relax and rewind. Mercury stations retrograde at 24:21 Aries at 4:47 pm EDT. He will turn direct on April 24 at 12:54 Aries. The shadow period stretches from March 17 to May 11. Mercury retracing his steps corresponds to a time of reviewing our activities and rethinking initiatives or how we initiate action and assert ourselves. Ceres’ conjunction to Chiron in Pisces starts a new cycle of nourishing awareness of the wounding and healing principle in our lives (a headline on msn per example reads “9 dead after infection outbreak [Pisces] in Alabama hospitals – Patients were treated with contaminated intravenous feeding bags [Ceres], which the product maker had to pull off the market [Mercury rx]; another headline reads “British singer Lilly Allen is fuming after details of her upcoming wedding were leaked [Pisces] – she vowed to track down whoever went public with their invitation and to ban them from the ceremony [Merc rx – invitation canceled]). A semi-square between Jupiter in Aries and Neptune in Aquarius that’s perfecting today exposes misjudgment and wrong expectations. It moreover refers to a lack of direction, to disorientation and misleading and unrealistic beliefs.

Personally, since the early afternoon I have a hard time to focus on anything. My mind seems to have come to a standstill together with Mercury stationing in the sky. When I saw my reflection in the mirror this morning I was shocked at how sick I look once again when I had hoped to have made it finally through this harsh winter, which doesn’t seem to end. Bummer.

Tarot card of the day is the “Ten of Wands”, suggesting that it’s time to rebalance. It indicates an uphill struggle, overextension, hard work and also that we may feel overburdened or shoulder too much. In regard to Mercury’s retrograde it shows strong determination and a pressing onward based on an overwhelming desire to succeed. During this period we may be inclined to take on too much, try to handle more than we can handle or too many things at once and have problems with delegating.

Astro-Notes on March 27 and 28, 2011 – pause and complete

March 27:

The semi-sextile between Vesta in Capricorn and the North Node in Sagittarius is an adjustment in regard to the life direction, signifying that another step has been taking in this context by dedicating our energy on that, which must be done and is necessary for the fulfillment of our future prospects. Succeeding Venus’ ingress to Pisces at 2:52 am EDT, where she will travel until April 21 and which correlates to a time of heightened emotional sensitivity and sense impressions, during which we evaluate on a feeling level and in a reflective and inclusive manner, while responding in an intuitive, imaginative way, is her semi-sextile to Uranus in Aries that stimulated our blissful desire nature with an inrush of adrenaline, demanding from us to complement our envisioned satisfaction with highly energized, appropriate action.

Tarot card of the day was the “Hanged Man”, indicating a temporary pause and phase of relaxation and suspension.

Therefore, Ed and I had decided to ‘skip’ the radio show this week. I used the time to pack a few more boxes and to complete my paperwork, which included the mailing process and my unfulfilled obligations in this regard.

March 28:

The Moon made ingress to Aquarius at 6:59 am EDT, providing a highly charged atmosphere as the background for the Sun-Pluto square that happens in sync with the perfection of the Jupiter-Saturn opposition. As some long-standing issues we’ve been struggling with peak, we’re forced to recognize our limits, understand the extend of our ability to control and manage and to realize the implications and consequences of our actions. Challenging circumstances demand from us to take charge and to turn a corner in order to overcome conditions that work against us or constrain us.

Tarot card of the day is “The World”, suggesting the culmination of a long series of events or the final and successful completion of any issue at hand.

Today’s news alert us to the spreading of the radioactive particles released into the Pacific Ocean by Japan’s defunct nuclear power plant (Sun square Pluto) over Massachussetts, where this has been measured in the rainwater, which shows us that the precipitation cycle spans the whole wide world, passing through all man-made borders (Jupiter opposition Saturn). What goes around comes around (The World).

Astro-Notes on March 26, 2011 – taking control

As the waning Capricorn Moon squares the Aries Sun at the time of the Third Quarter Moon, she’s accompanied by Venus in Aquarius’ semi-square to Jupiter in Aries and sesqui-quadrate to Saturn Rx in Libra, on which Venus follows up with a conjunction to Neptune in Aquarius. Therefore, the ensuing crisis in consciousness feels like a test in self-discipline.  Although we may experience restlessness and impatience under the pressure to complete our mission and to succeed with our cause, we need to proceed carefully or at least in a balanced, even-tempered manner instead of rushing things, which could undo our best efforts with the effect of wasting our energy. Approaching the situation from a state of inner stability is the basis for collaboration on all fronts and assists us with the coordination of tasks and resources into coherent action. Thus, we’ll begin a new cycle of evaluating with immediate and acute awareness of the delicate intricacies involved in crisis situations.

Tarot card of the day is “The Chariot”, which comes with the message to take control and move forward with care. There is a need to remain focused and to keep the emotions in check. We need to harness our energy and apply it wisely in order to conquer the obstacles in our path.

Astro-Notes on March 21, 2011 – Ready for change

Prior to Ceres’ ingress to Pisces at 12:39 pm EDT, where she will be traveling until July 11, 2011, will she engage in a sesqui-quadrate to Saturn Rx in Libra, calling for appropriate measures to take care of the progress we want to see. Ceres’ transit through Pisces corresponds to a time when we nurture our dreams, visions and longings, depend on our higher ideals and sensitivities for support and foster a sense of unity and solidarity. With the Sun-Uranus conjunction perfecting today at the Aries Point, the process of individualization receives new impetus and individual and collective rights, causes and liberties new prominence. We’re ready for change and determined to make advances. Mercury in Aries’ quincunx to Juno Rx in Virgo indicates an adjustment from the level of initial thought to the act of practicing.

Tarot card of the day is “The Fool”, suggestive of spontaneous action, lateral thinking and unlimited potential. This card is associated with the start of a new journey. Seize the day and enjoy it. Act now without concerns for the risks.

Personal Note: I had the good fortune to attend our circle’s Full Moon ritual on Saturday evening for which we had to drive out to the countryside. Angie was so nice to give those without wheels a ride. Right upon arrival did we go on a walk through the forest. The path led us to a protected valley, where the river is winding its way through curves and bends, grazed by majestic old trees, which have grown wild in astonishing shapes, revealing their ‘personalities’. We sat down on the bench that overlooks the valley and enjoyed the breathtaking view, then followed the path down to the riverscape and came in close contact with the river and the trees. It was an amazing experience. Cynthia had brought a pair of rubber boots for me, which she gave to me as a present, this gentle, generous soul. To my surprise and joy I got a few more gifts that evening, true to the spirit of sharing that permeated the atmosphere – a necklace made from leather with a tree painted on it from Helen, an amulet with a special engraving from Cynthia, an acorn seed with a crystal from Sharon and a quartz from LeAnn. I was overwhelmed by all the warmth, generosity and spirit of connecting and exchanging (such a perfect expression of the mutable grand cross) within our circle of Lightworkers. Our host Dyana’s house was as beautiful and inviting as her amazing ‘backyard’. We all felt so blessed and had a wonderful time. The full, illumined disc of the Moon shone upon us all the way back to our homes.

Astro-Notes on March 20, 2011 – Spring Equinox

The Sun’s Aries ingress today at 7:20 pm EDT marks the beginning of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere; for the Southern Hemisphere it is the beginning of fall. For astrologers, the Sun’s position at the Vernal Equinox Point, where the Ecliptic and the Celestial Equator intersect in the East, marks the start of the astrological year. We also celebrate International Astrology Day today. The spring equinox is one of the four great solar festivals and a quarter day in the wheel of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of light. This festival is sacred to dawn, the east, the morning star and to youth. Eostre (from whose name the direction East and the holiday Easter is derived) is a dawn goddess of the Saxons, like Aurora and Eos. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so is the vernal equinox the time of new life. Holidays in March are dedicated to all the great fertility goddesses, who show themselves in the blossoms, the leaves on the trees, the sprouting of the crops, the mating of birds and the birth of young animals. In the agricultural cycle, it is time for planting. We are assured that life will continue.

The Sun’s transit through Aries corresponds to a time of emergence and self-assertiveness, when we feel the urge to initiate action, especially in our self-interest, are determined and courageous, even daring, and are strongly inclined to express our animus. With the Ceres-Neptune conjunction in the last degree of Aquarius perfecting today, we’re starting a new cycle of awareness about the unfolding of cyclical processes in individual lives and collective experiences that can be taken as a last chance to take care of envisioned or imagined choices. Both inner planets, Mercury in Aries and Venus in Aquarius, form tense semi-squares to Chiron in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn, respectively, while the Pisces Sun, prior to his ingress, casts a semi-sextile to the Ceres-Neptune conjunction. This calls for straightforward thinking  and decisive action in regard to highly sensitive issues, in particular what our self-undoing concerns (or, in other words, where we have shot ourselves in the foot) in a direct addressing of the wounding and healing principle, which demands an original, progress-oriented approach tailored to fit individual and collective needs in times of crises, which stress appropriate and authoritative management, especially in cases where we deal with forces beyond our control. The ingress chart is a seasonal chart and is therefore relevant for the next 3 months.

Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Wands”, a card that stands for dynamic energy and a creative approach to life. It indicates a positive, uplifting, vibrant energy and self-assured, energetic action that tends to the seeds of spirit, gets a lot accomplished and focuses on work and career. The female principle is expressed through the element of fire, hence the card’s connotation to business success for women and raising money for charity.

Listen to us on BlogTalkRadio today from 4 – 6 pm EDT. Our guest is astrologer Terrence Guardino, who will talk about the events in Japan. Here’s the link to the show:

Astro-Notes on March 19, 2011 – Virgo Super Full Moon 2011

Like every other Full Moon, the Virgo Full Moon today at 02:10 pm EDT is a time of culmination and illumination that reveals the measure of success and failure of the seed planted at the beginning of this particular lunation cycle. The keynote of the Pisces New Moon “Protective Shielding” is now receiving its full light of meaning, expressed in the Sun-Moon opposition. This axis forms a mutable Grand Cross with the nodal axis, which is a particularly stressful configuration that exerts a push-pull effect and conveys a sense of urgency and inevitability that is magnified because this is a Super Moon with extremely strong gravitational pull on the Earth (additionally emphasized by the forming opposition between Jupiter and Saturn with the Sun in middle), whereby the focus is on resolving (Full Moon in Virgo) the problems we are confronted with in order to overcome the challenges represented by the line of destiny or, in other words, our life direction’s course. Another opposition from Mars in Pisces to Juno Rx in Virgo stresses the importance of the message by highlighting the use of corrective, unifying action in our interrelations, especially what the unconscious and conscious processes concerns. At the time of the First Quarter Moon was the Sun in Pisces in the position of Mars, facing Juno Rx in Virgo, thereby shining light on the functionality of our relationship dynamics. With Mars taking this place, we now need to do something about it.

As demonstrated by “the Lady wrapped in fox fur” (Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon) do we have to use our creative intelligence in this process and concentrate on practical, workable solutions, whereby it is required from us to integrate all pieces of information, all the different ideas, concepts and viewpoints, all of our knowledge and theories, our imaginations and visions into our analysis and methodologies.

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 28:47 Virgo states:

“A seeker after occult knowledge is reading an ancient scroll which illumines his mind. Keynote: After a crisis one should seek to realign the renewed consciousness with the primordial Revelation of the Truth of Man – ROOT KNOWLEDGE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 28:47 Pisces states:

“Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism. Keynote: The analytical power of the mind necessary for the formulation of life processes in their many aspects – DIFFERENTIATION.”

 (Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 168-169 and 287, respectively)

Implied by these symbolical pictures is the need to tap into all sources of knowledge and to look up information we have gained through experience in particular in order to be able to see our situation in a different light, from various angles and with new eyes.

The Sun in Pisces in the Full Moon chart is approaching conjunction to Uranus in Aries and Ceres in Aquarius is applying in another conjunction to Neptune at the last degree of the sign, which shows us that a cycle is about to end and that there is a dawning awareness, an almost graspable inspiration or the promise of a moment of brilliancy – an AHA – moment – and a silver lining appearing on the horizon. However, a sacrifice (Pisces) might be required.

Tarot card of the day is “The Tower”, signifying change or the reversal of a situation, which has the potential to bring freedom, to help us climbing out of a rut or to shake us up. It represents moreover a time when lightning strikes.

I drew this card for March 15 and 16 when the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and in Libya really got out of control. Today, we have a chance to correct and reverse the developments or to ‘fall from the tower’.

Astro-Notes on March 13, 2011 – endings and beginnings

The Moon made ingress to Cancer at 10:29 am EDT – yes, it’s Daylight Savings Time again and even though it doesn’t look like it, at least not here in our area, spring is just around the corner – setting us in a supportive, caretaking mood, where we crave after safety, protection and warmth, especially as she engaged right away in a square to Uranus, who has newly arrived in Aries. This might have felt quite unsettling or stirred up past sentimentalities we need to move on from. Bygones are bygones. Juno Rx in Virgo’s trine to Vesta in Capricorn implies that our continuing efforts to work on improving, correcting or compartmentalizing relationship dynamics have brought results. Venus in Aquarius’ semi-square to the North Node in Sagittarius stresses that we individually and collectively need to evaluate our future prospects with a sense of emergency and apply foresight, in particular what the long-term perspective concerns. Mercury in Aries’ square to Pluto in Capricorn triggers suspicions and forces us to address our concerns directly.

This is not the most thrilling setup for a radio show. But our guest for today, Zane B. Stein, an expert on Chiron, had chosen this date and now with everything that’s going on in the world it seems a bit off topic (fitting for today’s challenging aspect pattern) to talk about Chiron when all we’re concerned about is the situation in Japan and the possibility of a nuclear fallout (Mercury square Pluto). However, this was decided in advance (Juno Rx trine Vesta) and since Chiron is a symbol of the wounding and healing principle the topic is still very relevant, especially if we interpret Chiron’s position in Pisces as a wound inflicted by water or the ocean (undersea earthquake followed by a tsunami) and a wound incurred by the leak of radioactive material into the atmosphere, which makes us aware of our self-undoing as we unleash forces beyond our control and which cannot be contained and then build these nuclear power plants on a fault line – as if we were mad. By facing this catastrophe, we’re moreover made to realize that we’re indeed all connected and that in the same way as a tsunami rushes from one coast of the ocean to the next will the air we all breathe carry the radioactivity around the globe.

Tarot card of the day is the “Prince of Cups”, which indicates a time of transition, of beginnings or endings, of change and new excitements. There is a flavor of the naïve, innocent and idealistic.

Here’s the link to today’s show: