– Mercury in Leo trine Saturn Rx in Sagittarius and quincunx Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Sun in Cancer semi-sextile Vesta in Gemini
– Eris stations Rx at 23:38 Aries at 3:32 pm EDT (turns direct on Jan 9)
– Full Moon at 27:40 Capricorn/Cancer at 6:56 pm EDT
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 11:10 pm EDT
A couple of days ago did Ceres, a symbol of our nurturing principle, make ingress to Taurus, a fertile, sensual earth sign, amidst a Grand Trine in water signs formed by the Sun in Cancer, Mars in Scorpio and retrograde Chiron in Pisces. Ceres will only advance a few degrees into Taurus before she will turn retrograde and re-enter Aries on October 13. This means that we will seek to build up and sustain a support system we can rely on together with the emotional and material security we crave by getting in touch with a more feminine, tender and docile way of taking care of things during her transit through Taurus, because we have realized that our problems won’t be solved and our suffering won’t end until we evolve from reacting in extreme, violent, revengeful and emotional intense ways and shed these deeply ingrained psychic patterns we inherited from our ancestors and our past. Instead, we need to nurture our higher nature or potential and foster healthy maternal traits if we want to be able to bridge, mend and heal. Therefore, the Full Moon’s adjusting aspects to Vesta in Gemini are asking us to unlearn old, defensive habits that keep us from being objective and rational in the pursuit of our causes or the things we hold sacred. It is important that we commit us to open communication, to forming connections, to looking at both sides of an issue and also toward flexibility and adaptability.
Eris, a symbol of strife and competition, is stationing retrograde today, implicating that we are entering a phase that will extend until January 9 of next year, during which we have a chance to review our state of mind, especially in regard to being mindful or at discord with our environment or even within ourselves. We will moreover revisit the approach we use in order to succeed. With Mercury in Leo engaged in a trine aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius on which he follows up with a quincunx to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, a personal plan or creative idea we have been pursuing for a longer time has finally materialized and things are coming together for us, but this requires that we let go off any expectations or preconceived notions we might have in this context.
As the Cancer New Moon culminates in the Capricorn Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Capricorn New Moon back in January also comes to fruition, demanding integration and reconciliation of the maternal and paternal archetypes. Using the symbolical imagery, ‘the hand with the prominent thumb’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) has led us to ‘a large aviary’ (Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn Full Moon) – willfulness as an expression of the ‘higher mind’ in the human race (5, the number of fingers on a hand, is a symbol of humankind operating on a higher mental level) or of ‘individuality’ has resulted in an increase in compassion, solidarity and sympathy (all of which are higher values associated with level 6 or the spiritual realm, symbolized by the large aviary), whereas ‘the fulfillment of the individual’s creative function through his participation in a group performance’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon from January 9) has been realized in ‘an Indian’s girl introduction of her white lover to her assembled tribe’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer Sun) – a higher evolved trait, value or ideal (the white lover) has been introduced into the human tribe that inspires us to respond from this ‘higher level’ instead of reacting from the instinctual level.
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 27:40 Capricorn states:
“A large aviary. Keynote: The enjoyment of spiritual values by the soul able to familiarize itself with their implications – CLAIRAUDIENCE.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 27:40 Cancer states:
“An Indian girl introduces her white lover to her assembled tribe. Keynote: Inner rebirth through a total acceptance of the primordial values manifest in the human body and the natural functions – RETURN TO NATURE.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 246-247 and 128-129, respectively)
Tarot card of the day is the “8 of Pentacles”, suggesting that we’re building on our previous successes, especially in regard to the work we’ve done in the past or the visions and dreams we’ve had. We need to be diligent, make an effort and plug away. Important is also in this regard to find out the facts, to increase our expertise, to check and recheck what we’re doing.