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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

War and Peace and the Grand Sextile of 2013

Above-Grand Sextile pattern. Notice the Star of David pattern
As we approach July's final weekend some heavy astrological energy begins to heat up as Mars in Cancer approaches its opposition to Pluto at 9 degrees of Capricorn-Cancer. This transit becomes exact July 27, at 6:47 p.m EST.
Mars-Pluto oppositions are intense and prone to volatile, sometimes even violent exchanges of energy. If this is aspecting a personal planet in your natal chart expect to experience frustration at the very least and you could find yourself in the mood to start an argument or someone could start one with you. Sometimes this transit relates to sexual issues and sexual jealousy or even violence in extreme cases.
As Mars is in Cancer expect your own and/or other people's emotions to be over the top and Cancer planets often evoke the most powerful of emotional responses. Issues could erupt around feelings, money and assets or debt, security and issues concerning the home in your personal life and in the world.
Prior to this transit Venus is opposing Neptune, becoming exact at July 26, at 8:08 a.m, EST, and this energy will be building between now and then.
This transit will add general confusion to the angry energy in the sky with a lot of people blowing off steam over something they are unclear about or know nothing about. Check your facts!
Venus is generally associated with money and love, so be careful about signing contracts that have to do with money, or anything else. Sometimes, situations concerning love are revealed under this transit that may not be or appear what you believe them to be. Take things with a grain of salt until this transit passes, and if you wear rose colored glasses now would be the time to take them off.
On the other hand, if you are in a stable situation with few problems it can be associated with romance and glamour. But re-read the previous sentence and if your relationship does not fit the bill, do not make it out to be more than it is.
On a world level we will hear a lot about joint finances (taxpayer money) debts and the rhetoric may be unclear, untrue or confusion. Mars-Pluto is volatile and expect situations to erupt in the hot spots around the globe. Mars-Pluto also relates to sexual violence, and Venus-Neptune is prime for an old fashioned scandal.
Jupiter is opposing Pluto and this transit, becomes exact August 7. This relates to the promotion of philosophical, moral or religious beliefs that can become fanatical in nature. Obstacles can occur that relate to money, lawsuits, and other situations that involve pressure from one person trying to convince another their viewpoint is the only correct one. More on this transit later.
Mars squares Uranus, becoming exact July 31, and this transit relates to sudden, unexpected and explosive circumstances. This is the time to think before you act not let the results of anger control your future. And be careful of careless accidents. We could see accidents in the news and we will see explosive situations, for certain. Mars-Pluto-Uranus generally relates to military-police type events.
And even though the Uranus-Pluto square is now 3 degrees apart, Mars will set off the powerful configuration we all live under. This means the events that occur in the world at this time will be bigger and have the potential of affecting many people.
The Grand Sextile of July 2013
Now...take a deep breath. Because on July 29, we have planetary help in the form of a Grand Sextile in the heavens that has the potential to bring some positive energy to your situation if it is aspecting your personal chart and to the world.
A grand sextile is a rare planetary configuration consisting of six (60 degree angle) planets that go all the way around the chart forming 6 sixty degree angles. This is a  very rare, and I mean rare configuration forming what looks like a hexagram, or it resembles the Star of David. A configuration like this occurred in 2003, but beyond that my research does not turn up another one for more years than I can look.
The planets involved in the Grand sextile are-
-the Moon in Taurus
-Venus in Virgo
-Mars/Jupiter in Cancer
-Saturn in Scorpio
-Neptune in Pisces
-Pluto in Capricorn
You can see this is a configuration made up of Earth and Water planets. Earth planets bring stability and practicality and water planets soothe and bring soft, flowing emotional energy.
There are 6 trines, 6 sextiles and 3 oppositions contained within this complex pattern to name a few.
Sextiles are about opportunities and communication. They show us where our chances of success might lie if we move forward and put this knowledge into action. Opportunities are not a given, they are opportunities. We must push these opportunities forward with action, to get a desired result! In other words, this transit could make us feel good, we could see an opportunity and then not act on it, and that's all there is to it. Future results will need action. You chart will be aspected by this transit if you have Earth or Water planets at 3-8 degrees.
On the other hand this could be a perfect day to start something new and we can see positive results from past actions! There is magic in this configuration we may never see again.
I would like to say this rare transit will bring world peace, but the drive and initiative to do so must be there. It will increase the chances of peace, and show us what that might look like, but it is up to us-the collective to make the push and generate the action to do so in the world, and in our personal lives. There is however a very positive timeframe in which to see movement toward peace and solving some of the problems the world faces.
Any one born on this day will have a very lucky chart, similar to the Grand Water trine earlier this month. Make the most of it!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Full moon and Mercury goes direct: making the most of the grand trine

Mercury goes direct on July 20, at 2:22 pm EST. Mercury reached its stationing degree of 13 degrees on  July 17, where it will remain until July 25. 

Mercury is considered stationary retrograde July 20-25. The stationary direct period is perhaps the most important time of the retrograde period (next to the stationary retrograde period) as things may begin to move forward again, but often direction is not yet clear and glitches can still occur and the direction of events and situations can change again during this time.

Mercury squares Uranus during this period (July 17-25)  at 13-12 degrees of Cancer-Aries. Mercury-Uranus transits can relate to computer, communication and transportation problems along with speech, travel and young people. You may feel nervous, restless, make mistakes in haste, or feel distracted. It is a transit prone to gossip, impractical ideas, lack of continuity, and impulsive actions. You may tend to change your mind frequently or unexpectedly.

Mercury-Uranus transits can produce sudden, shocking and unexpected news that seem to come out of the blue.

As Mercury goes direct ideas that may have been  in the works when Mercury turned retrograde may now move forward with brilliant inspiration at its best. This is erratic, abrupt energy that is difficult for many to handle or direct and will take effort to channel in a positive direction.

 On a world level we will see and hear sudden and unexpected news about many situations. The news is abuzz about George Zimmerman's acquittal and debate about Stand Your Ground laws, 20 children died in India due to contaminated school lunches and Detroit filed for bankruptcy July 18. These are just a few of the stories we have heard and there will be many more.

Mercury goes direct on the US natal chart Sun, representing the President and the government. There will be much debate during these days about important issues.

This is a critical period because  as Mercury goes direct it sets off the Uranus-Pluto square again, now at 12-9 degrees of Aries-Capricorn  bringing turmoil and upheaval to the world, along with major events that affect many people. You will experience important events in your life if it is setting off personal planets in your natal chart.

Mercury will continue to be in its post retrograde shadow period  until August 4. After this it will resume normal speed, and Mercurial events will return to normal until the next retrograde in Scorpio October 21.

The grand water trine can bring some positive energy to our lives and the world and this transit peaked July 17. The energy of the trine however will continue to exert its planetary influence over the coming few weeks. As Mercury goes direct, the time is now to act on your ideas and catch the positive wave of energy as it exerts influence. We will not see a positive planetary configuration like this again for a very long time. To make the most of this major transit  it is best to try and align with the energy of the three planets involved: Neptune/ (creativity, compassion and spirituality-Jupiter/faith, higher principals and expansion, and Saturn/structure and discipline) None of this is easy however with the other planetary energies exerting their influence at the same time.

July's full moon falls at 0 degrees of Aquarius on the heels of Mercury turning direct July 22, at 2:07 p.m. EST, and this is considered a SuperMoon.  This is a powerful moon and Aquarius is the natural ruler of the 11th house of groups and organizations and the collective. We will see and experience events on both a personal level and there will be concern with the collective we are all a part of. Perhaps it is time to look at things in your life in a new and different manner.

Aquarius is ruled  by Saturn and Uranus and this full moon/supermoon will embody those principals represented by the planets it rules: Uranus: freedom, breaking free, unexpected twists and turns and Saturn is the planet of discipline, structure, responsibility and in some cases repression or depression.

This moon squares Saturn at 4 degrees of Scorpio, and this can have a wet blanket effect, or bring responsibilities obligations and a dose of reality to the fore, whatever your reality may be. There could be endings of many types during this time.

Mars conjuncts Jupiter in Cancer on the same day at 5 degrees, also becoming part of the grand trine in water. Mars/Jupiter however, can bring drama, and situations may become blown out of proportion as Cancer is the most emotional of all signs, and Mars is considered at its fall in Cancer, meaning the energy of Mars does not work well, and in fact can work badly and actions can go eschew.

Mars rules action and men, and Jupiter rules religion, younger men, foreign people, laws, and police to name a few. This transit will bring situations made bigger than they should be, expansive egos, and some around you may seem to have an inflated sense of self-importance. It is a reckless and careless transit prone to bad decision making if not kept in check. We will see news of men, younger men, possible protests, and events involving governments and laws over the weekend.  

Even through Mars becomes part of the grand trine in water, it also becomes part of the Uranus-Pluto square adding energy to that volatile configuration.

Venus also enters Virgo where it is considered to be at its fall as well in this sign. Venus rules love, and we will become pickier and more critical with the planet of love in this sign (as well as more discerning if used positively) When the planets of love (Mars and Venus) are in signs considered to be at their fall, energy, and actions can become negative and produce the opposite of what it should, and this paints a picture of  love gone amuck, mountains made out of molehills, drama, trauma and much critical bickering and decision making.  Do things have to be this way? Absolutely not, although we will certainly see these energies play out in the news. Knowledge is power which is why I am writing this blog!

Venus opposes Neptune, becoming exact on July 26, and this transit can confuse love or money. If you are in doubt of a situation or things appear to good to be true, they probably are too good to be true! This is a transit of scandals, love triangles and con artists at work. If used creativity it could produce some beautiful moments as long as you don't take things too seriously,  or produce some serious creative energy. Compassion could be called upon.

The Sun also enters Leo at 11:56 a.m. EST on Monday, and Leo is the ruler of the fifth house of children and love affairs as well as the most dramatic of signs.

Three major bodies are at the critical degree of 0 on Monday-the Sun, Venus, and the full moon.

The 0 degree of fixed signs-the moon and the Sun signify that events occurring may have a permanent affect, and the 0 degree of a mutable sign-Venus-means events that occur can be changeable.

Look for Monday to be a significant day for many individuals and the world in general.

I was standing outside late the other night thinking about all of this and how it will affect things. The world is in chaos around us, but in the midst of it we have an opportunity to seize the magic of a major energy (grand water trine) that we have not experienced in a century. It will take discipline (Saturn) to stay focused but the magic is still there amid the craziness. It is up to us to grab the moment, focus and make it work for us!