As the Moon moves through a series of conjunctions to Saturn, the South Node, and Pluto in Capricorn today, Pluto is stationing to turn retrograde and Saturn will also be turning retrograde in the next week as it moves into a conjunction with the south node.
Here's what to watch for:
* Reversals. Retrogrades often bring reversals of fortune. Whether we are losing something that was gained or giving up something that we've been invested in, the theme of reversal is in the air right now.
* Contraction. Saturn and Pluto with the South Node all point toward consolidation and contraction. Trimming down. Cutting out. Tightening up. Simplifying. Purging. Focusing. Judging and eliminating. Detaching. Reducing. It's that kind of time.
* Transforming the structures of our lives. Remodeling, gutting, or replacing foundations.
* Weighty events, grave, serious, and consequential, forcing us to rethink, relinquish, resist, or rectify.
* The sense that something of deeper significance is at work, churning, contracting, forcing our hand.
* The tangible sense of being oppressed, weighed down or victimized by forces outside of one's control.
* Failure, defeat, humiliation, or suffering as agents of immediate change. A change of priorities that comes swiftly and is serious and straight to the point.
* The need to deepen and solidify commitments, to set aside anything that isn't absolutely necessary, to refine, shape, structure, and crystalize a new form through the catharsis of major life events happening in rapid succession.
* An obsession with getting down to the most basic or the most essential. The overwhelming desire to contain, control, define or hold what is too vast, deep, or powerful for anyone to hold.
* Being taken over by something that we thought we could handle. Having to wave the white flag and say, "I'm in over my head."
* All of this is, of course, a preview of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction that is coming next winter. The process is now well underway.
* There is a lesson for us in all of thsi if we are willing to listen, and it has to do with recognizing our limitations. One of the most common lessons we are each learning, over, and over, and over again, is that we are not in control of the Universe. In fact, most days we aren't in control of our own minds, our impulses, desires, and actions. We are swerve drivers. And at some point, our attempt to control, consume, and stay ahead of the curve catches up to us, as in a dream where we cannot run at just the time when we need to run, or walk when we need to walk. Our legs become heavy. The machinery of our lives begins to glitch and our signal, the hologram body, starts to flicker. We are possessed by that which we possess, and brought down by that which we have attempted to control.
* However, for those who recognize this, moments of breakdown, moments of reversal and contraction, are joyous and relieving. Ahh, the soul sighs...now I can return to the plain truth. Now I can deal with the refreshment of reality as it is, not as I've been pretending it to be.
* The attempt to avoid the reality of Saturn and Pluto is like the attempt to dress up a corpse and pretend that it is alive. We aren't made for this kind of dishonesty.
Prayer: Let the dead bury the dead. Call us home and teach us to relinquish all control and all sense of proprietorship, so that we might know what it means to be held and owned by your love.
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...
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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.