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16 September 2013 – This week’s Astrology


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What’s happening this week?

This is what you might call a Big Week up in the heavens as several major themes are all unfolding and finalizing at the same time. Don’t worry, next week is a lot lighter, but this is what we have to work through first:

The Grand Cross

The slower moving planets Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto are still forming an aspect pattern called a T Square. Jupiter in Cancer is opposite Pluto in Capricorn – and they are both square to Uranus in Aries.

This week this aspect pattern becomes a Grand Cross as fast moving Mercury in Libra takes up position on the fourth point. (You may remember that Venus did the same thing about a month ago)

As Mercury is currently moving quickly he makes aspects to the other three planets in succession and the Grand Cross formation lasts until the end of the week. Mercury was square Pluto over the weekend, opposes Mercury this morning and will square Jupiter in the early hours of Friday.

The most obvious interpretation is a “cross to bear” – a situation that is stuck, where people are at loggerheads with each other, or a situation that is at breaking point as tension builds and stretches everyone’s nerves. Also look out for scenarios of having to go through with something you wish you hadn’t agreed to but now have to make the best of.

On a more proactive note the arrival of talk-talk Mercury in Libra – the Scales – could be extremely helpful. This feels like a chance to thrash out differences and to arrive at new agreements. Stress can actually be reduced by involving a new person – someone to help out, to talk to, to help share the load, and so on. If nothing else Mercury in Libra is brilliant at seeing all sides to an issue and appreciating everyone’s point of view.

Saturn sextile Pluto, and Pluto turning direct

The theme of resolution is underlined by the fact that Pluto – the slowest moving planet of them all – turns direct on Friday evening, having been retrograde since the middle of April. He also aligns with serious Saturn at the weekend for the third and final time (a sextile that was exact on 27 December last year and again on 8 March.)

When it comes to change Pluto has no equal. Known as the planet of “death and rebirth” he loves to demolish in order to rebuild and he slams the door behind him. This turning point could easily relate to a matter that’s been unfolding for months. There’s a sense of reaching the end of the road with anything that is simply no longer sustainable, the “I can’t do this anymore” or “someone else has had too much of my power and now I want it back again.” Note also that these two planets are in “mutual reception” – currently occupying each other’s signs, Saturn being in Pluto’s sign of Scorpio and Pluto being in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn, strengthening the pact between them. The old order changeth.

Venus conjunct Saturn, sextile Pluto

The love planet Venus also travelling through Scorpio plays into this scenario, meeting up with Saturn in Scorpio on Wednesday evening and aligning with Pluto a few hours later. This can play out in two ways – love gets serious, intense and needs huge commitment, or a love issue comes screeching to a halt in front of a great big concrete wall. Love triangles will be especially sensitive.

The Full Moon in Pisces

We could say, in fact, that everything will be super sensitive midweek! The Full Moon is traditionally a time of enlightenment, insights and fruition. However she is also notorious for domestics and in Pisces, arguably the most sensitive of all the signs, the emotional tides will be high and real feelings will swim to the surface. This sign also rules alcohol so be careful what you do/say/agree to after a few glasses of inhibition loosening wine! If you’re madly in love and cracking open the champagne you should be fine, but if you want to raise a touchy subject with anyone/need to stay in control then I’d go for the soda water. Finally – drink/drive is always a no-no of course but this week it’s a NO-NO. Stay safe.

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4 March 2013 – This week’s Astrology

I read once that retrograde Mercury periods (3 times a year, each of 3 weeks duration) are about being presented with the things we need to learn.  There may be some truth in that. Obviously, we learn all the time, but a retrograde Mercury seems to make the lessons more noticeable.

Mercury is currently retrograde in Pisces – the sign of mutable water that rules the sea, the feelings, mysticism and all altered states of consciousness and the means thereof – eg meditation on the healthy side, drugs/alcohol on the other side! So far in this retrograde period the most serious lesson came when my dog was attacked by another dog on the beach. She ended up bleeding and half drowned but she fortunately didn’t need stitches. My reason for telling you this story is that the other owner swore her dog had never done anything like this before but as she’s opening up a cafe on the beach it was as well that she found out now. I pointed out that it could’ve been a child. I like to think that some child, or another small dog, has now been saved. But it’s the ultimate retro Mercury cautionary tale – no assumptions. Just because something has never happened before doesn’t mean that it can’t happen now.

Otherwise – I’ve had food poisoning. Lesson to self is never to eat reheated rice. Have as a result totally cleared out the fridge – made me muse on the symbolism of what else in life might be past its sell by date or not worth reheating? My body is saying a loud NO to wine for now which reminds me that it is in fact poison. At least I’ve lost 4 kilos. Oh yes – plumbing story ongoing, nobody has turned up to look at it never mind fix it – and the hotel where I’m staying overnight next week in Athens has now ignored three requests for driving instructions. Next note to self is to do everything possible to ensure that we don’t end up driving around in small circles in the rain in a city I don’t know… stress recipe.

Mercury plays a big role this week –

  • Conjunct the Sun today
  • Conjunct Venus, trine Saturn and sextile Pluto early Wednesday (the latter two being repeat aspects from 12 February)
  • Square Jupiter early Sunday (repeat of aspect first made 9 February)

In brief – look out for re-runs or second chances. Remember your “re” words – revisit, reappraise, rethink and review. What do you really want? What would you have to change now to get what you want the most in the future?

These are important questions as slow moving Saturn retrograde in Scorpio also repeats an aspect, the sextile to slowest of them all Pluto, that was exact first on 27 December at the end of last year and will be exact again on 21 September this year. These contacts bracket a nine month period of intense change – especially if you have planets around 9 degrees of Scorpio or Capricorn (if you don’t know you can send me your birthday and I can tell you if this applies to your horoscope or not).

The important point is that the midpoint of this long transit is now, not April/May which would be halfway through the nine months, and whatever major event/issue dominates your horizons right now could set the tone for months to come. However, there is still a sense of a lot going on at a hidden subterranean level so please bear in mind the usual retro Mercury advice which is to buy yourself time wherever necessary.


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