Highlighted Aspects this Week
TUE: Mercury sesquiquadrate Pluto, Venus trine Saturn
WED: Sun square Saturn
THU: Venus conjunct North Node
FRI: Venus sextile Jupiter
SAT: Mercury conjunct Mars
SUN: Venus quincunx Chiron, Neptune sesquiquadrate Ceres, Saturn biquintile Ceres, Uranus square Ceres, Venus trine Uranus
THE ENERGY WAVE that was initiated by the recent eclipse continues to crest, washing over us and transforming our lives. Although the solar eclipse was seen in totality only in the United States, its effects are clearly being felt worldwide.
The magnitude of current natural events on the planet, and their impact on all of Earth’s inhabitants, is overwhelming. Hurricane Harvey in the U.S., the devastating monsoon floods in South Asia, the high-magnitude earthquake in Mexico, and now hurricane Irma heading north after pummeling island nations in the Caribbean, have all occurred within the lunar cycle that began on August 21.
THE DWARF PLANET CERES was involved in a powerful cardinal grand cross at the time of the eclipse. Ceres represents our need to nurture and protect, and when under stress can manifest as challenges that have the ability to transform the emotional foundation of our lives. With Ceres in security-minded Cancer, the homeland, homes, families, and possessions can become the avenue through which change sweeps.
Ceres has been under continued pressure since the eclipse, when she was in exact opposition to cathartic Pluto. Since then, the dwarf planet has endured challenges from the other planets involved in the grand cross. Ceres finally completes the trials represented by the configuration when she forms a hard aspect to Uranus next Sunday.
Hopefully, as Ceres starts to move out of range of the grand cross planets next week, we also can move out of crisis mode and begin to put our energy into the healing and rebuilding process.
THE OTHER PLANETS also add their voices to the process this week. On Tuesday, a hard Mercury-Pluto aspect brings conflicts out into the open, but an easy Venus-Saturn aspect can help us maintain a sense of stability in the relationships that truly matter.
By Wednesday, we become much more realistic about what we can and cannot accomplish (Sun square Saturn). We’ll need to be careful not to become discouraged, but to interpret any setbacks as an opportunity to know what isn’t working. Once we clearly see the weaknesses in the systems that have failed, we can create stronger structures and make better choices going forward.
NEXT SATURDAY is the third Mercury-Mars conjunction of the current season — a rare occurrence made possible by Mercury’s retrograde phase. The first alignment between the two planets was in watery Cancer on June 28 and the second was in fiery Leo on September 3. This final alignment on September 16 is in down-to-earth Virgo.
While these two planets cross paths every year, their rendezvous this year is especially significant — not only because it’s occurring three times, but because they have tangoed together back and forth across the eclipse degree and seem to be strongly involved in manifestations related to the eclipse themes.
Mercury is the Messenger Planet, representing communication, planning, information, and short-distance journeys. Mars, named for the Roman god of war, symbolizes themes of action, desire, assertiveness, anger, and confrontation. We’ve seen more than our fair share of defensive and dramatic verbal posturing over these past three months. Perhaps as Mercury and Mars make their final alignment in pragmatic Virgo, we can shift course and focus on accomplishing the tasks that will make a real and positive difference in the world.
FIXED STAR NOTE: Jupiter is aligned with two fixed stars this week — Spica and Arcturus. Both of these stars are said to bring fortunate circumstances, but this does not mean we should just sit back and wait for gold to rain from the sky.
As astrologer Roderick Kidston writes, “although good luck can be had with Arcturus, you will still largely make your own luck due to your innate ability, determination, and persistence.” With these alignments occurring in Libra, we may see our efforts in social justice issues bear fruit during this time.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You perceive life very seriously this year, and may make important decisions related to your career and other life goals. Your challenges will be to take projects a step at a time, to have patience, and not to become discouraged when something doesn’t come out perfectly the first time. Fine-tune your methods, find out what does and doesn’t work, and make sure your goals are aligned with your spiritual beliefs. Taking the time to do this enables you to build a solid foundation that will support your future success.
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