We’ve reached the end of the Cancer lunation cycle that started out with a Solar Eclipse, which was the third and last of the current eclipse season. As this special New Moon fell into the 11th house of my natal chart in quincunx aspect to my natal Moon in Sagittarius in house 4 and in the 12th house of my Solar Return chart in opposition to Ceres in Capricorn in the 6th, my social creativity had to adjust to the many things on my private schedule, inclusive the unfinished business I was forced to take care of and on the resolve of which I’m still working. Thus, I fell a bit behind with everything, especially after the Full Moon event, which triggered my Sun/Moon midpoint in the natal 5th house, which actually reminded me about my creative intentions, getting me started on a project I had on my mind for a long time. However, came the Third Quarter Phase, appropriately termed the crisis in consciousness, the Leo Sun conjunct the ASC of my Solar Return chart was squared by the Taurus Moon. Not only was my creativity stuck, I also indulged and spoiled my inner child instead of expressing my creative side during the few hours of spare time I had left. However, at least, I dealt in a constructive way with the mental disturbance that’s been dominating this phase, when Venus in Cancer squared Eris Rx in Aries, Pallas Rx in Aquarius squared Jupiter in Taurus, Mars in Gemini sextiled Eris Rx in Aries and formed a lesser octile triangle with Pallas Rx in Aquarius and the nodal axis in addition to the waning Sun-Moon square, Mercury in Leo’s semi-square to Saturn in Libra and Vesta Rx in Aquarius’ semi-square to Ceres in Aries. Tough conditions with lots of problems and challenges to work through, indeed, yet a clarifier and eye-opener that confronted us with current realities or, in other words, the discordant mentality that defines our postmodern age, symbolized by Eris’ archetype.
Norway, a peaceful, progressive country, where the criminal rate is minimal, was shaken by twin attacks (Mars in Gemini) on July 22 that left over 90 people dead, most of them young people in a popular summer camp (Mars in Gemini). A homegrown fanatic/psychopathic fantasist and narcissist (Venus in Cancer square Eris Rx in Aries, Pallas Rx in Aquarius square Jupiter in Taurus, the Aries Moon ruled by Mars and being dispositor of Venus, the Sun in the last degree of Cancer with the Sabian Symbol “A daughter of the American revolution” in this setup) prepared and carried out the attacks in the belief that these would launch a necessary revolution in the Western world with the specific aim to save Europe from Muslims. Extremism at its most exaggerated form coupled with radicalized self-righteousness. The end justified the means; his cause stood above everything else, allowing him to enforce his narrow self-interests and personal ideology with total disregard for others and in ‘cold blood’, immersed in an alternate reality his mind constructed for him that is ‘autistic’ in its nature and characterized by emotional detachment.
On July 23, after the Sun had made ingress to Leo and the Moon ingress to Taurus, and then engaged in
a quincunx aspect with Neptune Rx in Pisces, was English singer Amy Winehouse found dead at the age of 27. When her mother last saw her the day before, she said that Amy seemed to be ‘out of place’. Her shining light has been fading for a while until it finally dissipated entirely. Energy depleted, like a switch being turned off (Vesta Rx in Aquarius semi-square Ceres in Aries). With the Leo Sun also in trine to Ceres on the Aries Point, where the “personal becomes political”, the suddenness and shock of these attacks and killings, especially of the children, would draw world-wide attention, while causing considerable grief and this would include a celebrity. Though not really surprising, considering Amy’s drug and alcohol history, her passing reminded us of other young artists who had died at that age and thus of the price of stardom in a culture marked by reckless competition, divisiveness and discord, where all kinds of drugs are used to substitute for a sense of wholeness and connection with the whole of existence. Tarot card of the day was “The Devil”, coming with the message “I can untie the binds and set myself free”, which Amy did as she escaped from this mad world.
Meanwhile in the U.S. on Capitol Hill, the debt talks reached an impasse, because the leaders failed to find common ground during an exhausting, heated fight over the last few days between the two parties. At the end of the day, there were only harsh words, but no basis for compromise due to egocentric notions. All this entire debating has so far provided is an outstanding example of the divisive, discordant mentality, narrow self-interests and extreme selfishness (Ueber-individualization) associated with the lower vibration of Eris. With Ceres stationing retrograde today at the Aries Point as Chiron Rx in Pisces semi-sextiles Uranus Rx in Aries, developments seem to move backwards to the point where they began. Republican House Speaker Boehner misses the cuts target, which postpones the deficit vote, while Democratic President Obama threatens to veto the Speaker’s measures to increase the debt. I, for my part, am sitting here, struggling to compose this blog post, as I failed again to get inspired. Back to square one. My friend, who wanted to call me on Skype tonight, did once again not ‘deliver’. Back to where we started. Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Cups”, suggesting that a sense of illusiveness prevails. Millions are at risk of starvation in Southern Africa, because the aid caravan is too late. Nobody pays attention until the disaster has arrived. During the retrograde we have a chance to review and become aware of these developments as well as where our support is needed and where we have to end a cycle of self-undoing.