The Moon is in Scorpio again today, now applying to square Jupiter and then sextile Pluto before trining Chiron and the Sun in Pisces later this afternoon.
Meanwhile Mars is conjoining with Uranus in Aries as both simultaneously trine Jupiter in Leo and square Pluto in Capricorn.
Let’s do some explaining of these aspects and then look at a list of possible effects…
First off, whenever a faster moving planet conjoins Uranus we should expect the unexpected with regard to the qualities of the planet. For example, Mars is a planet of aggression, ambition, willfulness, muscularity, competition, and violence. What happens when these patterns of Mars take on the Uranian qualities of sudden shocks and disruptions, unexpected surges and emancipatory blasts of energy? Add to this the qualities of the south node of the moon, Pluto and Jupiter in the mix: the karmic past meets bigness, exaggeration, pride, victory, optimism, and cockiness, as well as depth, the mysteries of the unconscious, raw destructive force, regenerative power, and repressed or suppressed “stuff” potentially exploding to the surface. Sounds like a lot, right? But then we have to remember, even though this is an incredibly dynamic aspect pattern, it effects each person differently, some more dramatically than others. Sometimes aspects are felt more internally, psychologically, or even unconsciously, while for others the events are more external or even historical (being part of something very big happening in the collective that reflects the planetary patterns).
This is why knowing your birth chart can be so helpful when it comes to understanding in what areas of life we are each being effected.
For now, here’s a list of how the transits might be showing up:
* The past is calling to us…is the way forward somehow the way back?
* The desire for freedom or a new beginning is strong, possibly overpowering
* A sudden impulse leads to bumping your head, stubbing your toe, getting into a fender bender…surprise hiccups that say “wake up!”
* The exciting discovery of something deeply valuable that’s been hidden from plain sight (wills, legacies, inheritance)
* A stroke of good luck or unexpected success (winning something, a windfall, business suddenly booming)
* An old pattern is finally recognizable…its finally time to move past it..we finally see how strong its hold has been in our lives
* An inventive idea with a plan of action surfaces quickly
* Quirky health problems appearing out of the blue
* The dark side of our strategies are exposed…suddenly our ambitions look or feel fraudulent
* We want to move forward, but something keeps blocking us…what is it?
* Growing pains/labor injuries
* Impatience and impulse as major themes in relationships
* Ignorance or willful denial of the truth..playing it safe, keeping things superficial
* Forcing an issue without regard for others
* Selfishness as a major theme in relationships, the “unconscious” self centered person
It’s not that all of these themes will be happening for each person. Sometimes it’s only one theme taking center stage. We have to do a little reflecting to identify the planetary energies in our lives. From there the deeper question is always, “What is being asked of me? What are these patterns showing me about myself or my life? What gifts are being offered and what offerings are being asked for?”
Add into all of this that we have a Scorpio moon making some intense aspects today, and we’ve got a pretty gnarly looking sky right now. smile emoticon
My agenda for the day: take it slow and get more spring cleaning projects going…I’m going to utilize this energy for purging, sorting, and cleansing.
Prayer: Help us learn to feel the planetary patterns in our every day lives, and then help us to see both what they’re giving us and what they’re asking for.
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Today the Moon is in Aries, applying to conjoin unpredictable Uranus while it squares eruptive Pluto. Should be an interesting day!
Since the Venus/Mars conjunction in Aries is exact right now, and since many people have been viewing its beauty alongside of the Moon in the western sky, let’s take today’s horoscope to look at the Venus/Mars conjunction from yet another angle (I’ve already covered it several times in recent weeks, but aren’t there esoteric bookshops in every city from here to infinity? More!).
First lets start with some favorite images of the red woman:
* Women as entrepreneurs
* Women as pioneers
* Women who fiercely love other women
* The red tent
* The wild woman
* The butch woman
* The Tomboy
* The freedom loving woman
* The motorcycle mamma, mustang sally
* The competitive woman
* The independent earning woman
* The olympian woman
* The rebel/activist woman
* The no bullshit bully woman
* The I’m every woman woman
Each of these images of woman we may find within ourselves right now, regardless of whether we are male or female, straight, gay or anywhere in between. What’s so compelling about astrology is that it challenges us to see the autonomy of a great variety of gender images in terms of the imagination first. Feminism isn’t just about women, in other words, but perhaps even more primarily its about the pantheon of feminine images. Feminine deities. Feminine attitudes. Some of which are more butch or masculine than others. Some of which are more androgynous. Some of which are more domestic or worldly or otherworldly. Which do we emphasize more, the unitive sense of “the feminine,” or the particular images? By emphasizing the unitive banner of “THE” feminine, is it possible that one of the more masculine images of the feminine is speaking? Doesn’t “THE” feminine point to the bold leadership qualities of Venus in Aries? At the same time, doesn’t the singularizing force of Venus in Aries unfortunately emphasize a more masculine vision of feminine? Doesn’t “THE” feminine ironically overshadow so many other feminine deities with its monocular vision? Is this why Venus in Aries was traditionally considered to be in her “detriment?” Surely the feminine needs a rallying cry and some leadership…..or does it? Nothing might piss Venus in Aries off more than suggesting that her fight isn’t on behalf of THE feminine, but rather her SELF. Nothing might irk a feminist warrior, flying the flag of THE feminine, more, than suggesting she’s simply projecting a wish to belong to club “dude.”
As soon as we start defining the feminine, trying to unite it, bring it together, focus it, strengthen it, unify it, empower it, or whatever else, in other words, we have to consider the idea that we are secretly caught in the Mars ruled land of Venus in Aries.
In this strange and reddening region, it’s possible that a woman’s idealistic love for other women, women’s battles for “women as a whole,” can be the secret expression of an ashamed or unconscious masculinity, a covert selfishness whose support of “diversity,” is actually a kind of sexualized desire for more and more of what is the “same as itself.”
This homo-erotic longing for sameness has been commented on since as far back as Plato’s ideas about a male ruled utopian republic. The more “ideal” and “unifying” we get, the more “masculine” we might even say, the more we crave sameness and the more likely we are to project this sameness onto anything and everyone. When we “see red,” it’s hard to see ourselves seeing red, and so even though we might like to think we’re defending diversity or marginalized images or peoples, it could be that we’re caught in the homoerotic red frenzy of Venus in a Mars’ ruled sign.
Now. Take all of this and throw it out. We’re too quick to feel indicted. Venus in Aries is too quick to feel defensive and misunderstood and reactive. Isn’t it also true that like cures like? Isn’t there something about strengthening and focusing the many diverse images of feminine that helps? Helps what? Helps “combat” the tendency for the feminine to be simplified into one single image of feminine in the first place! It’s a strange paradox, but can’t advocacy of the feminine into a relatively more unified field, complete with respect and awareness of all the contradictory images of feminine be a good thing? Can’t we use a little of that monocular/masculine focusing like a counter-jab to the tendency for a masculine dominant world to overly simplify the feminine? Can’t we unify into a feminine roar? Why the hell not?! Might it not be Mars’ overly simplified idea about himself speaking when we say that the feminine can’t contain within its multitudes an image of mars as well? Isn’t that his secret weapon of repression…”you can’t get angry because that makes you a man and aren’t you here to support women?”
Isn’t the most radical idea about feminism the idea that feminism is more inclusive to the masculine than the masculine is to itself?
Since my twenties, every single woman I’ve dated exclusively for a longer period of time has at one point had a romantic relationship with another woman. I have always been attracted to Venus in Aries. I find her version of inclusion the kind I like…a woman within me whose not ashamed of her manhood. As a Cancer male with Pluto in Libra squaring both my sun and Moon, I find the fiercest, most masculine “advocacy” of diversity and particularity to be like an inner isle of Lesbos, where both Sappho and Aristotle alike are constantly being reborn. I sometimes feel like I’m a lesbian inside a man’s body. Sometimes it feels like an ironic curse of some kind, and other times it feels like just the kind of whoopee weed I’m glad I’m smoking.
We’re so quick to get impatient with the complexities of gendered archetypal images. We have no tolerance for intolerance and we have no intolerance for tolerance, usually at all the wrong times. We resist gender in gendered ways and we love gender in completely unimaginative ways.
Even now as I write…I’m not sure I’m seeing anything real…just that lovely, deep red.
Prayer: help us to redden our red
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Horoscope of the day…
As Mars has just entered Neptune’s home sign of Pisces, and as its immediately applying to conjoin Neptune, it’s a good time to look at the Mars/Neptune relationship to sexuality. Since Mars rules desire and Neptune rules the reaching or yearning for the ineffable, there is a very clear relationship between these two planets in aspect to each other and the worlds of sexuality, especially the complexities of the orgasm.
The word “orgasm,” means something like “to swell” or “to ripen,” and there is even an etymological link with the words “anger” and “heat.” Another phrase used by the french to describe an orgasm is “la petite mort,” which means “the little death,” though the french saying is thought to refer more toward the post-orgasmic state than the orgasm itself. Either way, the planetary forces of Mars and Neptune are intimately related to both the sexual drive, the excitement, the swelling, the releasing or dissolving, and even the death that follows an orgasm or sexual climax.
As the rulers of the first and last signs of the zodiac, Mars and Neptune are like metaphors for a greater cycle, whose symbolism is intimately presented by the orgasm. Life begins with an explosion, a swelling, a frustration…whether we’re looking at the big bang or labor pains (women even orgasm during labor sometimes), the emergence of something new has a Mars like quality. And yet, Mars also implies desire, an end toward which something is propelled…a guiding fantasy or image or archetype calling us. The guiding fantasy, the image, is Neptune. The dream, the mythological story, the yearning for finality or return, for redemption or dissolution, this is Neptune’s call to Mars. And yet Neptune is also death. An illusion of redemption that quickly becomes the blank eyes of a decomposing body…ashes to ashes…blown on the wind across the sea.
Orgasms hold the same pattern and also present similar complications to our relationship fantasies. We meet someone, we share a connection, heat and excitement and frustrations are built, a swelling is created. We see in that person an image of redemption, of finality, of everything we’ve ever wanted. We dance the elaborate dance of mating and courtship (Mars among other things to the Greeks was a god of dance), and then we explode into the mess of love, and through our climaxes we fall away from each other and die.
We fall away from each other because the guiding fantasy is exhausted, and we become bored with each other. The gleam wears off. The fantasy is too familiar, and we start to long for something new. Maybe we find something new, and new heat is built…but over time the same exhaustion is likely to repeat itself. Why does this happen?
All discussions and debates about monogamy aside, it happens because it’s an archetypal experience. And with knowledge of the experience it’s possible to shift our relationship with the pattern.
For example, in the Taoist tradition there are specific suggestions for how often to release during intercourse so that the vital essence (lets call it the ability of our guiding fantasies to stay alluring and powerful) remains in tact. In many other traditions, periods of celibacy are recommended for the sake of longevity, health, and intimacy alike. With the planets Mars and Neptune its always possible for our physical strength, stamina, and vitality to get easily depleted or overwhelmed by our desires for ecstasy or release.
Most people inherently know all of this but nonetheless struggle with it in their relationships. Even if it just means that the guiding fantasies of our sexual lives need variety, need times to rest and be intimate in different ways so to build back the “charge” between us…we need to learn how to be wiser about this pattern. Neptune’s effect on our desire nature is often to completely exhaust and extinguish our sexual potency as well as our richest fantasies, like salmon who quickly die after reaching their spawning ground upstream.
At the same time, the entire Mars/Neptune pattern can work in reverse, which creates a different problem. The desire for that which is “beyond this world,” can also look down its nose at Mars’ heat and swelling. Neptune/Mars can thus become the martial restraint of our fantasies because we are concerned only with “higher and holier” things. This pattern has obviously created an entire history of sexual repression that is just as disturbing if not more disturbing than our inability to keep our sexual charges alive with each other over time.
Another pattern with Mars/Neptune is the inability to hold our orgasms. Nocturnal emissions or wet dreams, as well as premature ejaculations are all instances of the Mars/Neptune phenomenon. And here again we have a range of complex issues at play. On the one hand, for thousands of years orgasms have been looked down upon by religions around the world as unclean, and yet most religions have a kind of special exception for nocturnal emissions. Wet dreams were considered the product of an evil succubus preying upon men in their sleep during the medieval times, whereas St. Augustine viewed them neutrally (they weren’t sins) because they were involuntary, whereas various Jewish texts imply that they are the result of impure “daytime” thoughts (we might recognize the foreshadowing of Freud in this idea). But on the other hand, the famous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey suggested that they were more likely among men who didn’t masturbate (perhaps an indication of sexual repression).
We can’t help but living with a swelling and erotic, even angry and frustrating desire nature. Mars is part of who we are. But within that nature there is also the implication of our mortality. Our limitations. We can’t have desires for something “more” without the feeling of being limited by or frustrated by what “is.” Neptune on the other hand is the guiding fantasy, illusion, or hope for a final salvation from these limitations. When combined with Mars we will go to great lengths to achieve this final salvation. We’ll go to great lengths to absolve our cravings. The question becomes, “Do my heavenly desires weaken and exhaust my life force, or do they maintain it?” And the answer is generally found in our ability to understand the dynamics between Mars and Neptune and continue working them creatively in our lives and relationships.
Some ideas to consider:
* Not all orgasms are good
* Not all spiritual restraint from sexual release is healthy
* Not all heavenly desires are strengthening us
* Not all earthly angers and frustrations are “lower” or “less than”
* Not all swelling needs to be controlled
* Not all releasing needs to be allowed
* Just because we love each other doesn’t mean we don’t need breaks from sex, doesn’t mean we don’t need time to build the charge back up
* Sometimes sex without orgasm is better, it keeps the guiding fantasy of the connection alive
* Sometimes sex WITH orgasm is better, it allows for the guiding fantasy of the connection to die and change
* Sometimes you really do need a cleanup shower after sex
* Sometimes the guilt of sex is good for you
* Sometimes its not
* Sometimes you can’t hold it, so don’t try
* Sometimes you can so you should work on it
Prayer: I can’t hold it much longer, it’s getting stronger…Baby, I got sick this morning, A sea was stormin inside of me, Baby I think I’m capsizing, the waves are risin and risin. And when I get that feeling, I want sexual healing…(Marvin Gaye)
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The Moon is in Libra today, moving into its last quarter phase over the next 24 hours. Meanwhile the Sun has entered the final, Mercury ruled decanate of Capricorn, and Mercury and Venus are entering the second, Mercury ruled decanate of Aquarius. Last but not least, tomorrow morning Mars leaves Aquarius and enters Pisces to stay for over a month.
The last quarter Moon asks us to look at what’s left and to make wise choices with what’s remaining. It’s an evaluation moment. Some things will stay and others will go. It’s a finally coming home kind of moment. A finalizing or wrapping up of the holiday spirit that began and passed over and through our year’s first moon cycle. There is a bittersweet sense of an ending in the making. As this ending reflects the signs of Libra and Capricorn we will likely be evaluating how our relationships are helping or hindering our personal ambitions, reputation, and sense of destiny. We’ll be asking ourselves, “Are things equal? Do they need to be equal? How can the burden of responsibilities be shared differently so to create the ideal situation for everyone and for the future?”
With so much Mercury emphasis in the air, and with Mercury preparing to enter its retrograde cycle later this month, there is also a sense of urgency right now to get our ducks in a row. To get organized, to sort through the setup, or to structure our lives according to our most important thoughts and ideas. What we think and meditate upon, the images and ideas, are constantly shaping our reality. It might be a time where we have to look at our surroundings and update the external environment so that our newest ideas are reflecting back to us the new future toward which we’re heading. For example…sometimes it’s good practice to reorganize our altars or even the images streaming on our desktop computers. The careful placement of our ideas around us in the physical world is like a form of Magic…one that Mercury especially seems to appreciate.
Finally, with Mars about to enter Pisces it’s like a new season of weather is moving through Mars’ archetypal landscape. While Mars is always about passion, drive, desire, aggression, confrontation, muscle, strength, courage, and adrenaline, the sign Mars is traveling through modifies or colors the Mars energy in particular ways. As Mars has been culminating in Aquarius, the drive has been toward the confrontational nature of progressive ideas. The courage that it takes to stand up to authorities or traditions that are in some ways outworn or outdated. The courage to do something new. The desire to ennoble and elevate society or culture. The martial qualities of various groups or group/cultural ideologies, etc. With Mars entering Pisces, the expression of Mars will start to reach beyond even these worldly concerns and into the ineffable. Mars in Pisces is like the composer possessed by a fugue state of creativity, caught in a maddening frenzy of angelic yearning. He will starve himself and die so that the song he hears comes through for the world. There is a martyr’s quality to this mars..the bombs strapped to the chest, and the terrorizing alleluia of a Joan of Arc kamikaze. Glistening armor or the poetry of the troubadours. The rush into an ennobling defeat. This is also a Mars who struggles with impotency..the feeling of an overwhelming fatigue, a single rower set against the ocean. The underdog victory or collapse…the saint and the crucifixion, the memorial for the poor and the holy words echoing off the walls of some old stone temple. The gaze into the first sun’s rays…the angels and the knights of vain glory. A monty python’s grail.
Prayer: Help our ideas find their way into our lives and outside of the private places where we hold them captive. So that they might begin to have a life of their own, and so that they are less likely to kick the doors down and dive bomb others when they finally escape.
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.