Fierce Struggles and Strange Fancies, October 7 – 11

We have a quite a full astral menu this week, with a multitude of opportunities to overcome some of our worst obstacles and as well as options as to how to respond to whatever life tosses our way.

As I type Mars in Virgo moves closer into an exact opposition with Neptune in Pisces, an aspect of crazy or hazy making which has been building for several days and will be in effect for a few more. We’ve had some rude awakenings lately, and the myriad ways we have been lied to or have lied to ourselves is being spelled out for us, literally or symbolically. Desires are also changing radically for many people. What once was desperately wanted is now nothing more than a fleeting fancy of the past. Things that we once grasped onto for dear life are now just passing through. Now there is suddenly something more pressing, more important to focus on, and it might even seem a bit foreign or strange to us. Perhaps for certain folks there is something or someone more attractive to pursue than what was previously sought after.

We were energetically hit earlier this morning (October 6, 2015) with the Sun square to Pluto, and some who were knocked out physically might not yet have been able to stand fully upright and figure out what just happened there. The Sun in Libra squaring the god of the underworld indicates that many close relationships are in boot camp right now. This is no joke – it’s about shaping up or shipping out, with or without whoever is pushing those dreaded buttons. The keyword is Impact. Did something or someone have a profound impact on you, or did you have an impact on something, or someone?

On a more benevolent note, we have been pushed whether from a source that seems to be outside of us or from within to better ourselves in some way. That is, to see a problem as it is and face it head on, and to tackle it both ruthlessly and lovingly at the same time. Yes this is possible and doesn’t have to be such a struggle but it usually feels that way. Sometimes, good old fashioned “tough love” is exactly what we need to give or receive. It doesn’t mean being forced to do something against our will, but it often does mean that we need to work for something we want and not expect for it to be handed to us on a golden platter.

The Divine Feminine in her various forms such as Kali Ma, Sekhmet, and Freyja has been unleashing her pent up fury since mid-September, activated by Venus in Leo’s fire trine to Uranus and Pallas Athene, and the Lunar Eclipse in Aries on the 27th which highlighted the polarities and battles between male and female. There has been a balancing out of affairs but not necessarily in easy-going ways.

The Rape of Proserpina by Nicolas Mignard

The Rape of Proserpina by Nicolas Mignard

The asteroid Persephone named after the goddess of the underworld is conjunct Uranus in Aries which still in a trine with Pallas Athene, so the wild and wide-eyed goddess partially covered in blood still wields her sword, ready for anything…almost.  Her own, ultimately meaning our own internal revelations may finally take the cake. These are the ones we just did not see coming.

Venus, goddess of love enters tidy Virgo and exits her retrograde (July 25 – September 6) post-shadow on October 9th, just as Mercury stations to Direct motion after being retrograde since September 17th. It often takes a few weeks for Venus to express herself freely again after going through the ordeal of backtracking. With Venus in Leo down memory lane old flames reappeared, buried emotions rose up and out like a volcano, creative projects took unexpected turns, some people regressed to childhood and certain children rose hell. There were beautiful manifestations too. Some of us revisited and enjoyed epic arts and music of the past.

It doesn’t take as many days for Mercury’s shifting of gears to help get us back into the swing of things according to our preferences. On the 9th, Mercury stations at 1 degree Libra conjunct the North Node. This brings up the importance of speaking our truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. There may not be a judge before us, but we are hard pressed to show up for something that demands our attention.

With Libra’s ruling planet Venus instantly moving into a square with Saturn after entering Virgo and exiting her post-shadow, the weekend might be a bit chilly, whether that relates to actual weather or emotional exchanges. It may also simply mean that we are ready to get serious in a relationship to our self or someone else. Due to Venus’s upcoming transit, getting serious could very well indicate the use of vacuum cleaners, dish towels and desk amenities.

Last but not least, we have help from the eternal optimist Jupiter, forming a trine to Pluto on the 11th. Not sure yet if that will be something for us to jump up and down with glee about, but at least it won’t be boring 🙂 The Sun opposes Uranus, right before the New Moon on the 12th. More on that coming up soon!


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