Posts Tagged ‘Astrology’

Saturn in Libra, we keep returning to where we were before

July 22, 2010

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It seems like Saturn was just in Libra the other day but it’s really been since the beginning of April 2010 and a lot has happened since that time! Those of us with planets or points in Virgo couldn’t be happier while those of us with planets or points in Libra or in early cardinal shudder at thinking about how it is possible that these incredible transits we are going through may in fact be ramping up in intensity! Since I have both I am resigned yet excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity presented by the challenging planetary picture of our current times.

Saturn in Libra shows that we will be challenged in the area of relationship, in compromise, in diplomacy. I can’t help but wonder what these next couple of years will bring in terms of marraige or divorce among the larger populace. I suspect unions will form and dissolve as always, but we may see a lot more public attention paid to this issue, if possible, and I for one am hoping that fairness is served in the realm of gay marriage while Saturn is in Libra and that the union of same sex couples is honored in the way the union between heterosexual couples is honored now. As someone who is working to plan my own wedding during this time I can see the traditional association of Libra with marriage will play out strongly in my own life during these next few years. Saturn remains in Libra until October 2012.

The Cardinal Cross that is getting so much attention is coming to a peak is a few days as Saturn opposes Uranus (again) then opposes Jupiter and squares Pluto, all within the next month. The cultural and societal angst we are all feeling, that we are all a part of, is faced with extraordinary pressures on many levels.

I looked ahead to the next time Saturn visits Libra in 2038. At that time Pluto will be in late Aquarius and Uranus in early Leo, with Jupiter following Saturn into Libra, so that planetary picture looks much easier, with Saturn cooperating with both Pluto and Uranus instead of forcing matters to a head as they are now.

Saturn in Libra wishes for us to communicate with our partners. I know we are afraid they will leave us if they knew how we truly thought. Or we are afraid we love them more than they love us, or vice versa. Let us put aside our measuring devices and work (Saturn) on loving each other (Libra). Love is not an arena where we need to compete. At least not while Saturn is in Libra. It is time for us to work at loving together.
Kathleen Powers
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Working my way out of limbo

May 26, 2010

One under-rated positive of the escalating Grand Cardinal Cross that is going to dominating the skies this summer is that it brings about change and helps us to turn the corner.

I feel like I’ve been in limbo for some time. Is it due to so many planets at the end of mutable signs? Or is it Neptune on my sun? Whatever, the tension that is created along with a grand cross, especially in cardinal signs, impels us to take new steps and leave the land of limbo we’ve all been living in for so long.

It’s been some time since I’ve written here and a lot has happened. I’ve gotten engaged, I quit my job, and I am getting ready to move from Michigan to California in the next couple of weeks. I’ve been waiting for things to sort themselves out for so long with the relocation logistics I finally just decided to say f#$% it this week and go for it. Sometimes you have to trust the universe. My fiance is waiting for me in California, we’ve been doing this long distance thing for months. With Uranus and Jupiter both ready to leap into Aries I can’t take the waiting any more! Instead of waiting for change to come to me I am bringing the change to my life now. I am taking control, so Aries, instead of going with the flow, so Pisces.

We are done going with the flow. Now that Chiron is in Pisces some of our collective wounds stem from going along with what seems to be the flow. Now as Uranus and Jupiter enter Aries we become pioneers who forge ahead into our own personal adventures, often rashly, but with great joie de vivre.

Saturn opposite Uranus from the front lines

April 12, 2010

A major astrological story since 2008 has been the transiting opposition of Saturn and Uranus, with five passes. Here is the rundown of the dates and degrees, with the degrees rounded up, as well as the Sabian Symbols for the degrees involved.

November 4, 2008 at 19 Virgo/Pisces
– 19 Virgo: A Swimming Race
– 19 Pisces: A Master Instructing His Disciple

February 5, 2009 at 21 Virgo/Pisces
– 21 Virgo: A Girls’ Basketball Team
– 21 Pisces: Under The Watchful And Kind Eye Of A Chinese Servant, A Girl Fondles A Little White Lamb

September 15, 2009 at 25 Virgo/Pisces
– 25 Virgo: A Flag At Half-Mast In Front Of A Public Building
– 25 Pisces: A Religious Organization Succeeds In Overcoming The Corrupting Influence Of Perverted Practices and Materialized Ideals

April 26, 2010 at 29 Virgo/Pisces
– 29 Virgo: A Seeker After Occult Knowledge Is Reading An Ancient Scroll Which Illumines His Mind
– 29 Pisces: Light Breaking Into Many Colors As It Passes Through A Prism

July 26, 2010 at 1 Aries/Libra
– 1 Aries: A Woman Just Risen From The Sea; A Seal Is Embracing Her
– 1 Libra: In A Collection Of Perfect Specimens Of Many Biological Forms, A Butterfly Displays The Beauty Of Its Wings, Its Body Impaled By A Fine Dart

I like how the Sabian Symbols tell a story. We begin with a sense of both competition and of being taught and watched over by someone who has more life experience than we have. At the midpoint we mourn the past as we also eliminate anything that is corrupt and outdated. We then move into a state of illumination of mind and spirit. Finally we have a new beginning which is somehow both beautiful and bittersweet.

My Ascendant is 19 Virgo, and the first pass of Saturn opposite Uranus was exactly conjunct my Ascendant to the minute! I have been undergoing a lot of changes since this transit began, that’s even without mentioning that transit Uranus flirted with my Descendant for over a year before this opposition involving Saturn hit. I want to talk about two of the biggest changes, love and moving to a new home, which are somewhat related.

In September or October 2008 I decided I wanted to move, preferably west. I have lived in Michigan my entire life and during a trip to Sedona I decided I was ready for a big change. This was just before the first exact hit and at the time transit Saturn was also squaring natal Saturn and my Midheaven which are conjunct.

Saturn opposite Uranus falls in my 1st house to 7th house axis and I think it’s important to remember that even when the 1/7 axis is not in orb of a square to the 4/10 house axis that 1/7 is by nature square 4/10. I heard Noel Tyl make that point once and I think it is very important. It is why people feel torn between career (10) and family (4), and between the needs of their committed partner (7) and their own needs (1). But I digress, and my Midheaven is at 17 Gemini so is certainly in orb of a square to my Ascendant anyway. What I am trying to say is that when the four angles of the chart are affected, all areas of life are affected: self, other, home and career. And only one of those angels needs to be touched by a transiting planet for all four angles to be affected.

I wasn’t sure how I would manifest a move out west but was certain I wanted to do this. I let the idea be for a time.

On January 31, 2009 (a few days before the 2nd exact pass of Saturn opposite Uranus) I met a wonderful man. My birthday is February 15 so the opposition was in my solar return in a tight aspect for 2009 as well (and it fell in the 4/10 axis in my return chart). We started dating and by the next exact pass of Saturn opposite Uranus in September 2009 we had decided to relocate to San Francisco together. My sweetheart grew up there and desired to return, he had stayed in Michigan to court me. We moved in together in Michigan on Halloween 2009 in preparation of moving across the country.

I strongly desire to change my career as well as my location. Of note I took a Reiki class in October 2008 and became a Reiki Master in March of 2010. I plan to transition into a career as an energy worker and Reiki Master when I move to California and I think the timing of these things speaks to this transit, too.

Currently as I write this in April 2010 I am trying to figure out the logistics of moving to California from Michigan. I have a lot to figure out including an upside-down mortgage in a rotten housing market, but I see the 4th exact pass coming up and I know it will help take me where I want to go. The 4th pass falls at 29 Virgo/Pisces and is in harmonious aspect to my 4th house ruler Jupiter at 29 Capricorn.

By the time the last pass hits in July I should be established in California with my sweetheart. My home, relationships, career and my approach to life all will have changed dramatically. Since my progressed Venus is in my 7th house at 1 Aries I think I can speculate on how that final pass might manifest itself, but I’ll keep that speculation to myself.

I could point to a lot of other influences during this same time period from all the planets, notable transits from Pluto, Neptune and even Jupiter. But we can learn a lot from looking at just Saturn opposite Uranus. Old versus New. Tradition versus Innovation. Habit versus Change. Things will never again be the same, and that’s a good thing.

There is one more change I need to implement while this aspect is still going on, and that is weight loss. I have gained some weight during this opposition, even with transit Saturn in my first house. I think it is the extra stress. But now I need to use my Saturnian discipline while Saturn has returned to Virgo to make the needed changes and stick to the desired regimen I need in order to successfully lose weight.

Reiki and Astrology

March 16, 2010

I have no idea how many people out there practice both Reiki and astrology but I imagine the intersection to be a rather small group. None-the-less, I think these two modalities work very well together.

I took Reiki I & II in fall of 2008 from William Lee Rand at The International Center for Reiki Training. I had always thought that Reiki was a healing technique but what I didn’t realize was the broad spectrum of things that could be “healed” with Reiki. Not only physical ailments but also mental and emotional difficulties could be addressed with Reiki. In fact, any problems or desires a persona might have can be helped by Reiki. Need help finding the right job? You can use Reiki. Need help getting along in your relationships? You can use Reiki. Need help getting over a breakup? You can use Reiki.

When I took Reiki I & II I had just recently returned from The Blast II Astrology Conference in Sedona which was in fact a real blast! I was on fire for astrology, and although I was taking this energy work class I was still thinking about astrology constantly! So when William Lee Rand had us working with the distant symbol he asked that we write down on a piece of paper what it was we wanted to send Reiki to, distantly. It could be anything in the past, present or future, and it could be related to any part of our lives: health, finances, relationships, or anything else we could think of. It was then the idea struck.

I have a tight Mars-Pluto square in my natal chart and at the time transit Pluto was beginning an applying conjunction to my natal Mars which would be followed by a square to natal Pluto. Now anyone with a Mars-Pluto aspect can tell you this is difficult at best, and I was concerned about how the transit of Pluto would affect this difficult natal aspect. So when William Lee Rand instructed us to write down where we wanted the distant Reiki sent I immediately wrote down Mars square Pluto and so we sent the Reiki to my natal aspect.

I have done this with other aspects and transits in my chart. I have even used the birth chart as a focus for the Reiki. To me it is amazing and really helps to focus the energy. Of course, Reiki is intelligent energy and already goes where it is needed most, but I do think that helping it along with such an intention is valuable. And sometimes the problems and issues are so broad it would take a paragraph to explain them on paper whereas as astrologer can sum up an incredible range of issues by saying something like Mars square Pluto.

I asked my Reiki instructor what he thought of this method for he had actually been an astrologer before he became a Reiki Master. He did not use astrology any more but was supportive of my idea. Admittedly he did not think that the astrology was necessary, but for someone like me who thinks of everything in astrological terms using these symbols as the focus of energy work makes sense.

This coming weekend I am taking Advanced Reiki Training and Reiki Master Training. I have been practicing my distant Reiki because it is a method I haven’t used as much as the others and again I am reminded at how profound such techniques can be. I’d be interested if there are other astrologers and Reiki practitioners who have tried combining these practices, but whether or not there are, I know it works for me.


My first entry: Chiron

February 17, 2010

New Moon Conjunct Chiron: Feeling Self-Conscious

A pimple. Such a small thing. I usually do not let such a small thing bother me. But the last new moon in Aquarius was conjunct Chiron and Neptune and lucky me, it fell conjunct my 6th house sun. Suddenly I’m feeling self-conscious all over again.

A day or two after the new moon I noticed a pimple. I could feel it. Small, hard, angry and a little painful. On the cusp of my upper lip, right in the middle. I pulled a tiny little mirror out of my purse and examined it to see how it looked and it was so tiny it was barely visible. Yet it felt like a gigantic disfigurement on my face and just about took over my consciousness for two whole days.

I have natal Chiron in Aries and Aries rules the head and face so I begin to make the connection to the new moon conjunct Chiron on my sun. I have also heard that such blemishes are related to Venus-Pluto and the day this pimple formed was the day of the transiting Venus-Pluto square, both in aspect to my natal first house Pluto which has had Saturn sitting on it for quite some time now. Can I really relate all of these transits to one pimple? It fits, and that’s without even mentioning Jupiter and Mars flirting at or near the same degree at Saturn, Pluto, Venus.

But this is about Chiron, and about how when Chiron is active in a chart a person can really feel self-conscious and wounded. I got to thinking about this because I felt like my reaction to this tiny pimple that other people could probably not even notice was quite over the top. And I was reminded of something that happened to me a long, long time ago. Another small thing, yet apparently also a wound still in need of healing. One that also involved my Aries Chiron.

When I was a young girl I was involved in judo. I remember once, near the end of my involvement with that martial art, a small exchange, yet it has stuck with me all these years. I was at a tournament with my sensei and the other students from my dojo. I had just been beaten badly. My face was red and swollen, damaged either by the mat or by my opponent. I approached my sensei in shame for having lost. I was stuck at my belt level and needed so many tournament wins to advance but there was only one other woman in my bracket and she beat me every time, being twice my age and likely also twice my weight. I was discouraged and smarting from the loss. My sensei looked at me and said:

“Does your face hurt?”
I nodded yes, it did hurt. I would have bruises from the fight.
“It hurts me, too!” My sensei burst out laughing as did several other people nearby.

I do not know how many kids have been victims of that poor joke but it really hurt my feelings that day. I was probably 11 at the time, maybe 10, maybe 12. Chiron is the mentor, the teacher, the guide. Yet he is capable of inflicting deep wounds. My also judo sensei wounded me in other ways I will not go into here, but they also fit the Aries-Chiron archetype. My martial arts instructor: Chiron in Aries.

A deep memory sparked from a pimple. New moon conjunct Chiron. A time to pray for healing of old wounds, but first you must remember them.