Autumn Equinox 2015

We enter the Autumn season on September 23rd with the Sun in Libra joining the North Node, asteroid Juno and Black Moon Lilith, casting a subtle yet revealing light into the shadow side of relationships for healing, resolution, renewal, and in some cases release. Mercury, further along in Libra moves Retrograde while Libra’s ruling planet Venus makes her way out of a Retrograde shadow in Leo, forming a fire trine with Uranus in Aries and with asteroids Pallas Athene (goddess of art and war) and Eurynome (daughter of Oceanus, representing the sea) in Sagittarius. A warrior aspect of the divine feminine is in full effect, but not necessarily in a warring way. This week she is getting more of a kick out of expressing all her quirks, hilarity, virtuosity, daring, and creativity without holding back or offering any sort of apologies.

She is seeking to gain our undivided attention but without words. She is encouraging us to dance with life’s infinite possibilities, to look beneath the surface of things for answers and inspiration…

or as in the case of this peahen, to her own reflection…

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after all, Mercury retrograde signals a time for looking within. There are many fascinating worlds within worlds, mirages within mirages, and we are made of billions of atoms, our lungs expanding and contracting as does the star system we inhabit.

Venus, the Morning Star, named after the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure is regaining her equilibrium after a long violent storm and showing us how to do the same. Inconjunct to Chiron in Pisces, she wants us to play with the edginess we might be feeling, and not take every little uncomfortable thing so seriously. We would do well to appreciate our selves and pat ourselves on the back for coming as far as we have, surmounting obstacle after obstacle, through tears and laughter, living to tell the tales.

With the Moon void-of-course conjunct asteroid Ceres in Capricorn, the day begins with a bit of a heavy note, as people are extra sensitive to their surroundings, very much aware of any areas of lack or displacement. In the wake of the tragic loss of refugees, the aftermath of earthquakes and ferocious fires, we are faced with the sobering reality of our mortality, the fragility of our earthly shells. There is a silver lining to the dark cloud above us, but we must seek it out. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but we must be willing to walk there. Jupiter in Virgo lends a pair of helping hands in cleaning up many of the messes we’ve found ourselves in. The asteroid Ostara, named after the goddess of Spring is also conjunct the Moon and Ceres, which makes for an interesting parallel of opposites, as it is the beginning of Spring in the southern hemisphere.

Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn has just recently reentered Sagittarius until December 2017, and political pressure is in the air. Most of of us have been warned at an early age to be careful of mixing religion and politics into conversations, but they are also shoved in our faces incessantly, without so much as offering a brief respite from a constant barrage of what we’re supposed to think, do, and accept as slaves and as truth. Well, that boat is about to topple over.

phot0 of a painting by Sona Babajanyan

photo of a painting by Sona Babajanyan

As for the Moon again, I have long had this theory that the VOC moons each vibrate certain frequencies in a sign that are quite different than when the moon is making major aspects, and not just in a “nothing will come of this” way. There are spiritual frequencies that become more accessible to those who are receptive to them. It has come to my attention that the VOC moon in Capricorn favors contact with Pan and the faerie realm, often more readily when the moon is not VOC in this sign. It is also believed by some that the autumn equinox and season is one in which contact with the elusive unicorn is more easily made.

This would probably include contact with all sorts of elusive creatures that seem strange to us in our realm of existence. So, those of you with gentle yet weary souls, gather your creature comforts, whether visible or imagined, and remember that no matter where you are or what you’re going through:

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should…”  – Max Ehrmann

Venus and Isis in Leo

Venus is conjunct the asteroid Isis at 24 degrees of Leo today (July 6th) with Jupiter close behind at 22 degrees. The energy of this combination has been present since the beginning of the month, lingering throughout, and with this I see a powerful resurgence of divine feminine energy. Venus the planet of love, beauty, and prosperity is a particularly prominent influence now as she entered a pre-shadow phase on June 21st, enters Virgo on July 18th, goes Retrograde on July 24th, reenters Leo on the Full Moon of the 31st, and then stations direct in this sign on September 6th. Her post-shadow phase will end by October 8th as she reenters the sign of Virgo.

The super stellium Jupiter/Venus/Isis started off late June, early July in a grand trine with Uranus in Aries and Ixion in Sagittarius. Venus and Isis are sextile Mercury in Gemini today while the Sun in emotional Cancer is opposite Pluto in stern Capricorn, which has been amplifying power struggles, heightening projections and internalizations of opposing forces. For about a week’s time many people have been going off on tirades while others are simply being more vocal about their beliefs, whether in self-defense or in the act of breaking free from tyranny. There are many profound awakenings occurring, and some of them might seem quite “rude”. However, it is a time when corrective measures can also be more easily taken, both verbally and otherwise.

Isis and Osiris by Susan Boulet

Isis and Osiris by Susan Seddon Boulet

Venus is typically happy in the sunny sign of Leo, where she is often able to express the full gamut of her love and creativity. When she turns Retrograde later this month and throughout August these qualities may turn inward for many, taking the form of renewed passion for familiar projects, interests, and possibly loves from the past. In a similar way, the asteroid Isis represents areas that we may seek to reconnect, restore, reconcile and reunite lost parts of ourselves and others close to us. In the Egyptian myth, after Osiris was torn to pieces by his brother Set, Isis frantically searched the world for all of his parts and eventually put him back together and brought him to life. Venus and Isis together represent the coming together of feminine forces, as well as the retrieval of “lost” fragments of one’s soul. Traced back to their original sources, Venus and Isis may even be one and the same. In Leo they beckon us, both male and female to tune into the Solar aspect of consciousness, and to assert ourselves with dignity and grace.

The intense focus of female energy embodied in a fiery masculine sign is significant for both men and women. In this instance, with Isis present the feminine counterpart helps support or heal the male in some way. On an internal level, the right and left hemispheres of the brain may either come into greater harmony or discord, while the circadian rhythms seek their balance.

In a symbolic sense, Isis is akin to a female Jesus, although she arrived far before his time. As the mother of the sun god Horus she was one of the first mother figures venerated as an incarnation of divinity. Every aspect of Isis is steeped in mystery and magic. The two syllables of her name fascinate us on so many levels, because she IS an inherent part of us. In the dictionary we read that the word genesis simply means the beginning of something, but it is translated by certain scholars as the “Genes of Isis”.  This is said to be where the Book of Genesis took its title.

In my natal chart the asteroids Isis and Osiris are both conjunct my Sun, but I never knew how to interpret this until I gained a deeper understanding of the rich history of them both. In August 2015 these two asteroids will be almost but not quite in conjunction in the sign of Virgo. Jupiter, Venus and asteroid Isis in Leo are currently positioned at the cusp of the 9th house of the US chart, as if the Bible-thumping hasn’t already begun…

Overall, the pairing of Isis and Venus now might be helping us to bring and piece together the things we wish to heal and manifest. This is a great time for solving puzzles or making witch ladders, vision boards, and other magical or artistic renderings of the heart.

Isis Bless!