The Sun is conjunct Uranus in Taurus today.
Here's what to watch for:
* A golden excitement
* Liquid beeswax enlightenment
* Lusting for sunshine
* Promethean pleasure gardens
* Ground shaking, awakening, revelations
* Rebellion, liberation, and energized solar intelligence
* A yang breakthrough
* Potency and virility mixed with vanity
* A new science, a new technology, made of earth
* Bonding with others to form something new
* Cooperative breakthroughs
* Shocking, beautiful, and disruptive
* With Venus having just entered her detriment in the sign of Mars, there is an extra fiery mood behind this transit.
* At the same time, with Venus moving into a conjunction with Chiron, the image of productive partnerships, or of joining with others for the sake of a healing or educational initiative comes to mind.
* The 8th hexagram of the I Ching is called "Bonding," and it depicts waters flowing from multiple sources into a reservoir, like the image of a co-op, a collective, or a power partnering.
* When the fourth line changes it points to the person, concept, or idea, at the center of a union being worthy of joining with. It also tells us that expressing our devotion to such principles or people openly and expressively will be positive and successful.
* The transformed hexagram led to Hexagram 16, called "Enthusiasm," and it is a picture of whipping up enthusiasm in order to rally people to make progressive, rapid and exciting changes or transitions.
* So, it's an exciting moment for progress, breakthrough, enthusiasm and the joining of forces for healing changes and initiatives.
* The warning in such a sequence, the built-in beware, is to remember that it is especially important during times of great transition or triumph to watch that we do not justify more than we need to.
* For example, on that day when you get a windfall and simultaneously find that your bills are going to be way less than you thought they were, you might be tempted to blow some money. So, feeling too liberal at a moment of progress, we can easily take steps backward and immediately dampen our progress. Caution is therefore needed during moments of breakthrough, no matter how exciting, beautiful, or charged things might appear.
* Breakthroughs are also temporary and eventually followed by stagnation again. How we handle and move through a breakthrough sets us up for how we will handle the eventual stagnation to come.
* When seeking the Sunlight breakthrough, it's important to remember the source of all visible light. We should be like honey bees, seeking out the nectar of the being from which all light, and all darkness, pours.
* Because the real breakthrough is to hear the sound of the Lord walking in the gardens of eternity, during the cool of the day, the in-between time, and to stop hiding in unnatural happiness, as we have so many times before, and to fling open the gates of our hearts instead.
Prayer: Fling open the doors of our hearts. May we walk with you once more through the infinite variety of your heavenly realms.
The Notre Dame fire is yet another remarkable instance of the Grand Fire trine...perhaps even more specifically the exalted Sun in Aries making a trine to a just turned retrograde Jupiter in fiery Sagittarius while the Sun is flowing forth from the squares to the South Node, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn...a religious icon, a monolithic structure from the past, at once political, cultural, and theological, is burning down...the news breaks as the Moon travels through the sign of the Virgin...
I see this event as hopeful somehow...relieving even...though I take no joy or pleasure in seeing temples devastated...
* The exalted Sun speaks to peak events, at the south bending, with Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, the dismantling of old structures, the death and resurrection of old heroes, monuments, and icons.
* The trine to retrograde Jupiter from the Sun shows the simultaneous benefits being provided from the forces of fire and fate...things that must be burned will burn...when the cathedral as old and sturdy as the knees of the world falls, then we too can find our knees again...can say a true prayer once more...
* It is remarkable to note that Notre Dame was literally built on top of the ruins of a temple once dedicated to Jupiter...
* There is no temple that will not eventually return to ashes and water...every rain that falls upon us is the forgiveness of an old temple fire....so many temples burn when we understand that every form in this world is a house of the holy....then...how beautiful it is to imagine this temple being lifted into the clouds, to rain down and release people of its stony grip...
* Every true psalm comes from the pain and outstanding glory of our separation from the holy cities of the lord...when temples burn they also become celestial...they find an ethereal home in the upper spheres...
* Notre Dame just cut the heavenly ribbon in a sphere we can't see with our naked eyes right now
* When we consider the "passion" of the Christ, we must always consider the pain of loving so much that it burns through every fear and every stone and every wall.
* When we consider the "passion" of the Virgin, whose secret zodiacal antiscia is to fiery Aries, we might recognize the purifying and patient fire of the maiden...there is a young winged angel, or many of them, trapped in the forgetful stones of our traditions...and they cannot be released from their servitude, to reclaim their never tainted beauty, until a rosy hero dies or a black stoned edifice is leveled to ash and rises to rain.
* Interestingly, this afternoon, as I was purging my office, I put away all of my Christian icons, except for an image of Christ and Mother Theresa. I thought to myself, "I need less of these icons and more space around me for the love of Christ to breathe, for the love of the Mother to rest."
I didn't know that Notre Dame was burning...
Prayer: Show us your home in the heavens, give us the vision to see your mighty love, lifting us up even as we feel that we're burning down...
The exalted Sun in Aries is moving into a trine with Jupiter today, just as Jupiter has turned retrograde in Sagittarius, and just as Venus in Pisces is moving into a square with Jupiter. On top of this, the Moon in Leo will be forming a grand fire trine with Jupiter and the Sun today.
Here's what to watch for:
* The grand fire trine brings with it a sense of action, urgency, will power, intentionality, and force. Fire may purify, reduce or essentialize, and also mobilize us. Fire can take a variety of energies, events, and circumstances, and somehow boil them down to a single essence, emerging from which we may find a single intention, idea, or focus.
* With the Sun exalted and making a trine with Jupiter, the image of clarity, illumination, and insight are also highlighted. Watch for flashes of insight and illumination to appear, along with the desire to act on whatever insights are arriving.
* With Jupiter having just turned retrograde and with the Sun separating from Saturn and Pluto and the South Node in Capricorn, there is an opportunity to correct mistakes made in the past, to recognize the futility of an old way of doing something, or to begin acting on the lessons learned from a humbling or challenging experience that one has recently had.
* The grand fire trine with the Sun leaving the square of Saturn, and with benefic Venus also squaring Jupiter, may also indicate a moment of innovation, of finding a new solution to an old problem, of finding help from allies, friends, or lovers. There is a "can do" positivism in the air around this transit, but it will take both a sober and realistic attitude about what is and isn't working and about what has and hasn't worked in the past.
* The grand fire trine, along with the separating square from the Sun to Saturn and the South Node also suggest the need for relentless effort, will-power, intentionality, and the courage of a higher form of concentration.
* In the I Ching, the 18th hexagram is sometimes called "Repairing the Damage," and its image is that of the wind moving around the base of a mountain. When something gets in our way, we have to adapt. When a life path, a series of events, or an intention falls apart, perhaps due to a roadblock, we must reflect upon what led to the event and then rectify the situation through deliberate, concentrated efforts. Sometimes something brand new is needed. Sometimes we need to return to something we've forgotten or neglected.
* The first line of hexagram 18 depicts a son cleaning up after the mess made by a father. The son could easily persist in the same errors, make the same mistakes, and find himself reaping the same results, or, by studying where his father's path started to decay and fall apart, he can become wiser and avoid making the same mistakes.
* However, line 1 changing leads to hexagram 26, called "The Taming Power of the Great." This hexagram basically says that if we want to make great changes, avoid great errors, or do great things, spiritually speaking, we need to study the concentration, will power, and wisdom of great people. People who have adapted, changed, evolved, and maintained spiritual concentration over very long periods of time.
* We very often think that we are free. We think that we are co-creators. We think "I create my own reality." And we shun fate. We think of fate as a negative thing. In fact, some astrologers or other diviners will even build entire careers on either trying to remain entirely positive, acting as though the future is 100% up to their clients, or that everything is evolving positively, or they will build their careers on not at all having to deal with the psychological and spiritual reality of fate by remaining "technical," focusing only on making accurate predictions or on using techniques efficiently. But, then we have to ask a few important questions. "If we are so free, can we easily give up our most compulsive behaviors or habits? Can we withdraw our senses from their attachments? Can we control their constant wandering? Can we easily shift our desires and fears, our attention and focus?" The answer of course is "no." If we try to quiet our minds for even just five minutes in meditation, most of us struggle mightily. And so our talk about freedom ends up being just as compulsive and unconscious as the yogurt commercial that drives us straight to the fridge so we can eat "healthy/conscious/green/organic/naturally farmed/vegan prayed over/low sugar yogurt...three times a day, as we count calories and try to look better in our yoga pants while creating confessional Instagram posts about the results we're hoping to manifest later in 2019, just after reposting someone's hilarious meme about how awful the year has been already...."omg...what's up with the stars!?! I'm already over 2019, 2020 NOW please!"
* So, we aren't that free. Or, put differently, we are deeply free but we don't know how to use our freedom because we're so deeply ignorant about the best use of it. We also mistake the defense of our compulsive, worst behaviors, for our freedom and autonomy, becoming wildly aggressive if someone suggests that we are actually lacking maturity, concentration, sobriety, or wisdom. In fact, the very idea that we could become better versions of ourselves is made impossible because of the most famous self-help mantras, which we chant on our way back to eat another cup of yogurt: "I had bad parents," or "I'm not about to become a perfectionist. I'm all about self-love."
* Hexagram 18 to 26, in straight talk: "You want to become your better self, then grow up and do it! Stop talking about your freedom and agency and get back to what you know is healthy. Or innovate a new way of being a better version of you. Don't blame your parents. Don't pretend you're free and empowered already. Recognize the stagnation or decay in your life, on whatever level it may exist, for what it is. Your body, your environment, your situation, is a reflection of how you are using your free will. Don't like it? Use your free will differently and then over time watch as the quality of your consciousness changes. Study the lives and wisdom of people who have walked this path and found ways of being spiritually successful. Do it now. And don't stop doing it or you'll be back here again."
* Such is the fierceness of a grand fire trine with the Sun separating from Saturn, the South Node, and Pluto.
* With Venus squaring Jupiter in the mix, the good news is that there are resources for us to draw on right now, friends to share the journey with, enthusiasm and creativity, and even love, to join hands with as we go.
* Life is like music, and we are like instruments. When we develop actual spiritual staying power in life, we learn how to be played and play along. We learn how to pick back up and follow the beat when we feel out of sync with it. Our freedom does not exist in terms of our ability to be separate. Because by acting separately we exhaust our will and hence we lose our freedom. Our real freedom exists in terms of our ability to develop the will power to stay in harmony with the movements of love.
Prayer: I am an instrument, being played; my sweet Lord, help me to sing along.
Venus is moving into a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, while the Sun in Aries is moving into a square with Saturn and the south node of the Moon in Capricorn.
A meditation on this set of transits today...
* Venus' conjunction to Neptune in Pisces is romantic, dreamy, cooling, calming, fluid, emotionally uplifting, imaginative, hopeful, compassionate, and idealistic, whereas the Sun in Aries square to Saturn in Capricorn is controlled, powerful,willful, active, structured, dutiful, traditional, hard, dry, hot, and uncompromising.
* Venus conjunct Neptune craves intimacy, secrecy, benefits from women, friends, partners, or colleagues.
* The Sun/Saturn square is principled, enforcing, consequential, and wants to mold the world to its will.
* Venus conjunct Neptune is the ideal of paradise, of perfection, beauty, grace, and bliss forever.
* The Sun/Saturn square with the south node is an image of one trying to force something to happen with great effort. Imagine a man trying to cut down a tree with a dull or rusty saw. He is failing hard. Trying and trying but exhausting himself.
* Venus conjunct Neptune is the image that drives the man on in his efforts...the impossible dream of the beautiful home he will build with the wood from the tree that keeps him feverishly working at the impossible.
* If and when he is finally exhausted, he will then reach for a cold and intoxicating beverage. A potion of forgetting or "self-forgiveness." Or a potion of indulgence or "self-love." A potion of apathy or not caring any longer. The man, finally exhausted, says, "If I can't accomplish this task, then nothing matters. Nothing is worth my time. It's all an illusion anyway."
* Then, the man begins drinking his poison, just as feverishly as he was trying to cut down the tree.
* While he was sawing, someone might have come along and said, "Why don't you stop and sharpen your blade?" to which he would have replied, "I don't have time for that!"
* While he was drinking his potions, one after another, just as feverishly, one may have said, "Why don't you stop drinking all by yourself and come for a walk with me?" to which he would have replied, "What's the point in that?"
* These are, of course, the extremes of spiritual life informed purely by the ego. When spiritual life is rooted in the desire for personal happiness or liberation, when it is rooted in the impossible ideals of personal perfection or ceaseless inner empowerment, we are like the man trying to cut down a mighty tree with a rusty saw. The rusty saw is our selfish motivation. When our motivation is for personal gain, then we will suffer feverishly with whatever we are endeavoring for until we are finally exhausted by our finitude. A spiritual goal, a humanitarian goal, an artistic goal, or any other kind of "noble" goal, when it comes from the place of lusting for what we do not personally have, from what we want or desire in some way for ourselves, will eventually exhaust us.
* Once we are exhausted, we then sometimes think to ourselves, "Trees cannot be cut down." We don't stop to think, "Maybe a different approach. Maybe a sharpened saw would do the trick." Instead, we try to forget, try to deny, or try to pretend as though nothing matters anyway. We then celebrate this attitude and take it up as a lifestyle. We're still sawing away with a self-serving attitude, but now we're sawing thin air and saying things like, "There is no higher truth, no higher goals, no higher good...that's all an illusion, and there is no point here, it's all subjective. I'm only human, and so I'm forgiving myself of these pointless spiritual endeavors and just doing what I want."
* This so-called "letting go and just being human" may sound enlightened. But, it's actually even more exhausting because, now, even though we are still sawing away, we are no longer aware of what we're doing...
* Sometimes the pattern becomes cyclical. We eventually wake up from our intoxication and say, "My god. I need to get back to my sawing!" And so we take the rusty blade back to the tree and start all over again until we're exhausted once more and once more take to our drinking.
* Imagine that for many souls, there are countless lifetimes spent like this. Why? Because love is a choice.
* We know there must be something higher, but we cannot fathom that this something higher is not a personal goal or ambition but a personal person, a being, like us, who does not desire perfection from us, who is not asking us to achieve anything, but rather is hoping, waiting, and longing, for a surprising, mysterious, and intimate relationship. This relationship is not forced upon anyone, just as the man drinking and sawing, sawing and drinking, is not forced to stop.
* Without this relationship, we are always trying and failing, failing and trying. We fail at the trying and we try at the failing.
* Think about it. Our social media feeds are filled with two basic pictures of egoism. One is the confessional images we post of ourselves achieving something, of feeling so great because we've transcended something, ascended, gained, won, in some way or other aspired and attained victory. The other is the picture we post of just how good or bad we feel to have lost, or to have given up those pointless perfection trips and to have found self-love along with our ice cream sandwich, vacation time, or self-indulgent days at the spa.
* On the other hand, the natural result of using our free will to make love of the divine, and love of others, our first concern (as Jesus taught), is that we are able to be loved in return. We may thus enter into the bliss of so many eternal relationships and divine associations. In this heavenly realm, all is accomplished without vanity. En route to this realm, the blade of love and sweetness is sharp and effective in cutting through our illusions of isolation and yet cannot harm or exhaust anyone.
* And again, now, to our astrology of the day...
* The Sun/Saturn square can be like the rusty blade. The Venus/Neptune conjunction can be the hopeless selfish ideal we cannot stop chasing, the tree we are trying to cut down, or the intoxicating beverage of personal ambition or personal failure, looping endlessly. These images are made acute right now by the planets but they exist perpetually.
* On the other hand, what lies beneath these transits is the same truth behind all transits....that we may surrender both the relentlessness of personal ambition and personal failure, for the sake of love.
Prayer, an excerpt from St Francis: "O divine master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it's in dying that we are born to eternal life."
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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.