Mercury in Virgo squares Ceres in Gemini and then casts a sextile to the North Node in Scorpio (trine South Node in Taurus), challenging us to make a decision based on the newest developments, which haven’t worked out one way or another in regard to what we consider perfect conditions or the easiest, most effective manner to deal with the situation, in order to be able to master this test of our will and take advantage of support we can actually get through new connections or other associations or contacts we made, thereby relying on the record we’ve built up in the past and their influence in matters that could further our future prospects. Ceres in Gemini’s trine to Saturn in Libra indicates the completion of an unresolved and unjust social or relationship issue, where rapport and agreement has now been established and we have come to acknowledge that there’s no shortcut to success, but a continuous applying of efforts and commitment to our ideas and plans that call for diligence, the ‘right’ or proper attitude and personal sophistication or ‘culturedness’ and civility. This is the lead up to the Virgo New Moon at 10:10 pm EDT when we’ll be planting fresh intentions or bring forth a new impulse in the sense of Self- and skill improvement or perfection through analysis, discernment, correction, methodology and efficiency.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 23:37 Virgo states:
“Mary and her little lamb. Keynote: The need to keep a vibrant and pure simplicity at the core of one’s being as one meets the many tests of existence – INNOCENCE.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 165-166)
Implied by this symbolical picture is the necessity to protect our ‘innocence’, the purity of our heart, from ‘dark’
influences (powerful psychic triggers, subconscious and habitual reactions that cause us to give up or in and to respond from a lower, instinctual, primal level with fear, hatred, revenge, violence, rage, anguish etc.) and thus ourselves from defeat or self-sabotage. As this is actually an old nursery rhyme plus Ceres (disposited by Mercury, who is conjunct the New Moon and is dispositing it as well) is very prominent in this context, “nursing mental discernment” (in form of a child’s innocence, naivety or purity that doesn’t judge with eyes colored by prejudice and bias) is very important in this context.
“Mary (the mother of Jesus) had a little Lamb (Jesus is the Lamb of God) whose fleece was white as snow (Jesus knew no sin, therefore being white as snow — according to the Bible) and everywhere that Mary went the Lamb was sure to go (Jesus’ message of unconditional love).”
Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Wands”, suggesting that we’ll be seeing something through to the end and will persisting against the odds or despite of setbacks. There might be a last test or challenge before we can reach success, but as long as we don’t give up, we will achieve our goals. Therefore, it is important that we show stamina and keep our resolve. We will eventually prosper if we maintain our position with patience and vigilance.
In the news: The publication of pictures of nude royalties continues – first Prince Harry made the headlines and now Duchess Kate – the deeper message here involves ROYALTY and nudeness or purity as evoked in the Sabian Symbol. Our innocence and pureness is what makes us ‘royals’ or the ‘elite’ of creation. When we are pure at heart, we follow in the steps of the angels (or the message of Jesus, who incorporated the love principle into the sphere of matter and life), but when our mind is colored by the lower instincts and we ‘literally see red’ (the color of blood), we let the ‘beast’ within us speak. Therefore, and especially as we reflect upon the events in Libya, we need to keep in mind the teachings of ‘innocence’ instead of screaming “an eye for an eye” or a “tooth for a tooth” or we’ll never master the stage of discord (Eris) that defines our postmodern age. Evolution is a slow, arduous process of consciousness becoming ever more conscious of itself through the evolution of lower, denser forms to lighter, higher forms.