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Posted in Aquarius, Direct Station, Jupiter, Leo, Mars, Retrograde Station, Sagittarius, Saturn, Sun, Virgo on 12/02/2009 by nemain nyx

I just had to break radio silence to announce that we have no major planets in retrograde until late this month when Mars goes on the 21st.

There have been quite a few changes in my life lately, a period of Venus/Uranus and Saturnine activity. However, I’m ready to approach the new year with a fresh start and a renewed sense of self.

This take-charge approach is enhances by a Sun/Mars trine in Sagg/Leo, but runs into difficulty given the opposition to Jupiter in Aquarius. On the personal front the Sun (although in trine with Mar’s current position) is squaring my natal Mars in Virgo. The stress of all this change is getting to me, and the need to arrange the chaos into some semblance of order is causing me to shut down.

I cannot wait until the transit of Jupiter squaring my natal Saturn is over. I realize now where my life has reached the point of excess and needs to be trimmed back, simplified, and let loose. Here’s to the coming new year!

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Jupiter Goes Direct!

Posted in Aquarius, Current Events, Direct Station, Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, Saturn, Venus on 10/12/2009 by ananda silvermoon

Happy Jupiter Direct, everyone! The planet of luck stationed direct just a few minutes ago at 17+ Aquarius.

Sorry things are kinda quiet around here; Nyx is traveling, and I’m overwhelmed with other stuff. Here’s Astrolabe’s interpretation of how my life is going right now:

Jupiter is Square your Moon applying with an orb of 01 degrees XX minutes.
Too much is happening! You may find yourself reacting to emotionally charged situations involving females now. There may also be some conflicts of opinion over differing judgments. You may need to adapt to extravagant or wasteful situations (often in public) and make important judgment calls. Be reasonable in your expectations about others, family matters, and real estate. Be honest with yourself about obligations. Don’t expect the world to do everything for you, and you don’t have to be everyone else’s protector.

Well, it’s right about the too much is happening part anyway. Here’s a little preview of the week ahead: Venus sextiles Mars and conjuncts Saturn on Tuesday (PDT), then enters Libra on Wednesday afternoon, promptly running into a square with Pluto that’s exact Thursday morning at 10:51 PDT. Mars’ entry to Leo on Friday is also accompanied by a Solar quincunx to Uranus and trine to Neptune the same day. On Sunday Mars also forms a quincunx to Pluto, on the same day that the Moon enters the sign ruled by these two planets, Scorpio. Holy crap, that’s a lot of energy in one week!

I’m dealing by staying busy, and getting things that need to get done, done. I’m reeling a bit from some recent news (very good!) about an upcoming event, and the associated astrology, which is a bit too much for me to believe right now. Of course, I’m seeing in it what I want to see; the Universe will unfold however it sees fit. My job now – and our job in general with astrology – is to take the opportunity the Universe is providing and make the best of it.

Mercury Stations Direct

Posted in Direct Station, Mercury, Virgo on 09/29/2009 by nemain nyx

Just as the Moon cycles and the womb cycles, the body must cycle through the taking in and releasing of breath. The incoming air is like the fullness of the moon or the fertility of the womb. The exhaling of the breath is as the moon wanes or the blood is spent and released from the body.

And just like the Moon and the womb, the process of becoming and releasing fullness is far longer than the actual instances of fullness or emptiness. In the practice of Pranayama, you learn to find peace and rest in the small pause after letting out the breath, and just before taking the air back in. Peace in the emptiness.

That is what I’m trying to do right now. As Mercury stalls in Virgo, adjusting to station direct, I’m trying to find a brief moment of relief, the long exhale is over and we’re about to get the energizing breath of Mercury’s forward momentum once again.

But just as in my breath practice, I get tense when I stay in that moment of emptiness. A body without air is a body in the first stages of death. Our culture has such a difficult time with death, it’s hard to block out the fear of dying. But this little moment of death is something that we experience every day without almost without thought or notice. That’s the trick of awareness. Putting to much thought towards it could cause you to over-analyze and begin to mistrust the process (how very Virgo!). Too little and you won’t come to appreciate the beauty of it. That is the balance that I’m trying to find today.

Blessings

Mercury and the Moon

Posted in Current Events, Direct Station, Gemini, Luna, Mercury, Neptune, Scorpio, Virgo on 09/27/2009 by ananda silvermoon

This recent tweet from Nyx got me thinking. In it, she complains that Mercury (currently in Virgo) is squaring her natal Moon, in Gemini. Virgo and Gemini are both ruled by Mercury, but since they are both mutable signs, they are also square each other. Only one other planet besides Mercury gets to rule two signs (in modern times, that is), and that planet is Venus, ruler of Taurus and Libra. Taurus and Libra aren’t square, they aren’t in trine. They share neither an element nor a modality. They’re actually in quincunx. But, both being ruled by Venus, both Taurus and Libra have an easygoing harmony and can coexist pretty well.

I don’t get the same feeling from Gemini and Virgo. Gemini loves ideas, and collects ideas and thoughts and phrases. Virgo is highly critical and prefers to fact-check everything. So Virgo would probably get pretty annoyed at Gemini’s willingness to believe or repeat everything she hears, while Gemini would begin to think that Virgo was such a bore, and a square. Which is what the two are: square.

Signs in quincunx seem to get along in a strange way; in fact, I’ve heard and experienced myself that it is common in synastry. I know of two couples with a Scorpio man and a Gemini woman; both get along in an eerily similar, strange way. It works! One of those couples just passed their 55th wedding anniversary.

Personally, I have Mercury in sextile with my natal moon right now; Virgo-Scorpio. Astrolabe says, “Feelings and emotions are expressed now comfortably. Conversations with females are prominent and pleasant.” Hmm, is that so? Also note that Nyx’s and my moons are in quincunx, from Gemini to Scorpio. Which might have something to do with why we get along so well!

Also since Mercury is nearing its direct station, it is slowing down and these aspects are more noticeable. Fortunately, soon after that, the aspects will start to ease up. Myself, I’m looking forward to Neptune’s direct station, which isn’t until early November. I’m really looking forward to Neptune getting off of my natal Mars, and since the conjunction is applying when Neptune is retrograde, it’ll be much nicer when Neptune is direct.

Barley Moon in Pisces and The Retrograde Extravaganza

Posted in Aries, Direct Station, Jupiter, Luna, Mercury, Neptune, Pisces, Pluto, Retrograde Station, Uranus on 09/01/2009 by nemain nyx

Some big motion in the coming weeks:

Friday, we have the big glorious full moon in Pisces (aka the Corn or Barley Moon) to preside over the start of our Labor Day Weekend, though she will quickly move into Aries for the remainder. A Piscean moon is fertile and sensitive, a great time to set some emotional healing in motion. (I also happen to have Eros sextile my Venus for this moon – Woo Woo!)

Next week is a big one, and I’ve been watching this coming for months now. From September 7th through about the 11th we will have FIVE planets in retrograde before Pluto goes direct. Three in Air Signs (Jupiter, Mercury, and Neptune).

What does this mean? I’m not sure, probably much of the same energy as we’re feeling now. I do know what to expect from a Mercury Retrograde phase, and hopefully we’ll hear more from Ananda as she finds it invigorating. I lean fatalistic so I’ve put all sorts of notes to myself like “watch your mouth, watch your driving, keep your head on straight” but we don’t all have to be as paranoid as me. I was born with all of my major planets direct.

In October I have a Sun/n.Saturn contact right about the time I go on a road trip (jeez, watch me try to plan anything). This is one for me to pay attention to. I have Saturn in Libra (looking down the barrel of my Saturn return in a couple years) and the Sun in Libra contact to Saturn will tell me a little bit about the type of situation I might be in for. It’s easy for me to assume that because Libra means “balance” and “partnership” that these are the areas where I’m going to feel the makeover. This is absolutely true, but Saturn is subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) so I can assume all I want about my return but I won’t know what I’m getting until I get it. Here’s my chance to feel a bit of the energy. It may be that some of the seeds sown during this contact might be further developed when I hit my return.

Venus Square Pluto

Posted in Capricorn, Direct Station, Mars, Opposition, Pisces, Retrograde Station, Saturn, Venus, Virgo on 04/02/2009 by ananda silvermoon

i scalded my hand, bit my tongue, lost a favorite coffee mug, and left a hat in a lecture hall. damnit.

venus is square pluto, in case you hadn’t noticed. and, sadly, it’s not going away really for a few more weeks. since she’s in retrograde, she still has to transit back over this point after going direct, and with the direct station only 4 degrees away, she’s really not moving that fast at all. which means this is going to be… well… what it is. a bunch of shit, really.

this square, in the early degrees of capricorn/aries, is lighting up anything in early degrees of cardinal signs, and causing a lot of crap for a fair number of people. the mars-saturn opposition is also like wham, in the 13-16 degrees Pisces/Virgo (and we can’t forget Uranus’ role if we’re talking about opposing Saturn right now – so make it 23 degrees or more of those signs). Lots of mutable action here.

anyway, that’s my thoughts on the skies right now. goodnight.

Mercury Shifts Out of Reverse

Posted in Direct Station, Mercury on 02/02/2009 by ananda silvermoon

At 11:10 PM last night, Mercury officially ended its retrograde cycle and resumed forward movement. Since January 11, we have been under the influence of retrograde Mercury – an influence that gets a bad rap, but is not necessarily as bad as it’s cracked up to be. Under retrograde Mercury, according to conventional wisdom, communication is difficult, and miscommunications can confuse plans and cause delays. In true Mercury retrograde fashion, this blog was conceived and plans were laid during the retrograde period, but we did not manage to get it up and running until last night, as Mercury hit its direct station. Schedule troubles, delays, miscommunications, confusion… sounds horrible, right? And it seems that so many of us have come to dread Mercury’s retrograde periods. However, Marguerite Manning argues in this article at Llewellyn Journal that we should all savor these times, because miscommunications are often serendipitous and surprises can lead to unanticipated transformations and new, better outcomes.

I tend to agree with her on the idea that we should savor, not dread, Mercury’s reverses – but maybe that’s just because I was born with Mercury retrograde, and tend to find it stimulating. My artistic and intellectual output, for instance, increases dramatically during Mercury retrograde, especially toward the first half (before the Sun-Mercury conjunction and Mercury’s perigee). Sometimes it is writing, sometimes it’s visual art, but it always starts streaming out of me when Mercury hits its retrograde station. I actually look forward to Mercury retrograde – I feel like it’s a time when I am on par with others or even better able to communicate, instead of being a bit more reticent and reluctant to communicate, as I usually am given my natal Mercury placement (as well as many other factors in my natal chart).

Her point about Mercury retrograde being a time to uncover lost or forgotten information is also an interesting one, that we should probably consider in the future. However, if you’re one of the other 99% of people who dislike Mercury retrograde and hate the confusion it causes, take a deep breath and let out a sigh of relief, because Mercury has moved back into forward motion.