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TERSE IS THE word that arrises when I
look at this month's chart, a feeling of
great tensions afoot along with significant
creative possibilities, and some polarisation
between the two.
It is also an important month as far as
long term processes go as we are having
the fourth, and second last, instalment of
the Saturn/Uranus opposition, that major
deconstruction process that crashed the
world's financial structures in 2008, a
process that continues well into this year.
If we take the transit of Pluto through
Capricorn into account with its similar
themes, the same will continue for years,
in many ways defining this era of our lives.
While the Saturn/Uranus knocks over
the walls, Pluto is the front-end loader
that bulldozes the site, then starts on the
foundations. This applies to all structures
in our world, inner and outer, and
particularly our internal psychic and
The basic themes of the Saturn/
Uranus are the clash between the forces of
stability, conservatism and resistance with
those of innovation, radical change and
the liberation of creative and individual
spirit; challenges to the status quo from fast
changing situations and new possibilities;
challenges from places of earth realism to
the seduction of materialism, technology
and superficial change. This polarisation,
this clash of opposites, is a huge part of
the collective tension of the time. But,
ultimately, the urge is to create a new unity
between the two -- the wise and practical
use of innovative change for the collective
So we have another round of this
intense alchemy at this time and can
expect some shocks, challenges and cracks
appearing in what is losing its validity in our
worlds. The Saturn/Uranus, peaking on the
27th, will activate both the revolutionary
and the conservative inside us and let us
know more about the state of play between
them. One key issue is how to flex our
systems to incorporate the new into those
internal structures that are essentially
valid and real, as opposed to those based
on old conditioning and other people's
belief systems. Expect tension levels to be
quite high and make sure you are looking
after yourself with things like bodywork,
massage and yoga.
The Sun in Aries is having an interesting
time in the midst of this, energised by
a trine to it ruler Mars, surrounded by a
bunch of goddesses in the form of
Persephone, Diana and Psyche, all conjunct,
and squaring Pluto in Capricorn. Poor
bloke's in a bit of a jam. He'd prefer to
simply run off with his mate Mars, but the
goddesses are either dragging him into the
underworld or demanding that he become
more sensitive and mystical, while Pluto is
forcing deep change upon him and setting
him up for power struggles with mother
figures to test him out!
The placements of both Mars and
Venus are indicative of the contradictory
nature of this time. Mars in Leo is a fie r y,
energetic place for the old warrior, very
forward moving and well placed with a
sextile to Saturn and a trine to Uranus
and the Sun, drawing energy from each
and able to act strongly in the face of the
collective line-up. However, he's in a T-
square with the Moon in Scorpio and
Venus and Mercury conjunct in late Aries,
bringing him into conflict with the feminine
in different forms. This is not an easy time
for masculine/feminine relationships and
will turn up the heat in our love lives in
both good and not so good ways.
While challenged, Venus has a better
time of it. On the cusp of Aries and
Taurus, there's much good quality creative
energy around, which can receive and
absorb some of the Martian fire. Conjunct
Mercury, she will naturally draw our
attention and focuses towards both our
relationships and creative expression in
all its forms and we're not just talking
superficially here. Venus and Mercury are
in, or will come into, sextiles Neptune and
Chiron in Aquarius and trines to Pluto,
giving both our minds and our hearts
access to some real power for change and
to the exceptional healing and opening
qualities of the Chiron/Neptune.
These more gentle aspects allow the
intellect to reach out into the right brain,
the non-rational and intuitive sides of our
minds. The sensitising and spiritualising
qualities of this also make for some
exceptional openings to deeper insight
and broader vision. The parallel influence
on our creative potential is equally great,
even exalted, as these openings give us
access to sources of creative inspiration
normally beyond most of us by opening
up doors to the collective unconscious
or archetypal layers of reality. We can get
inspired and informed by consciously
accessing this, even at these times of great
tension, particularly through our spiritual
and creative practices.
While we are experiencing these
various forms of tension, astro-dramas
and openings, there is the sense of a much
bigger energetic overseeing proceedings
this month. The Moon is again high in
the sky, in Scorpio and conjunct the Shiva
asteroid, while Ceres, an image of the Great
Mother, is conjunct Pluto, the western
equivalent of Shiva. Clearly, the great
powers, these images of Shiva and Shakti,
of the Great Mother and her consort and
of the essence of tantra, are worthy of
meditation and contemplation, as they
remind us our day to day experience is part
of a much greater cosmic drama.
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