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Saturn/Pluto Opposition - Aug. 4, 2001
"I'm having quite a time with these transits, seeing as my Sun and Mercury are at 12 Sagittarius. I should be experiencing transformation, but I feel more like a big truck spinning it's wheels going nowhere. Would that be Saturn? The last 5 years have been hell. I've got progressed Mars conjunct Saturn on my Vertex." - J.
Without having the rest of your chart, I can't assess 'why' the last
five years have been so difficult, but I would say that this opposition
now, with Pluto on your Sun & Mercury is when you have to "put your
money where your mouth is" in reference to any area of your life where
your personal will has been thwarted in aspiring toward or achieving
your own personal goals. There are bound to have been power struggles,
and it is essential that you 'grab the bull by the horns' and stand firm
with what you know is 'good' or 'right' for YOU!
The Saturn opposition would indicate that you may have cowered to
authority figures in the past, and that now the test is to stand up for
yourself and trust your own instincts, rather than doing 'the done
thing' and following orders or dictates that are destructive to your
well-being. Feeling like you are being pulled through a knothole
backwards is typical of a Pluto transit, and if it helps, most people
consider Saturn/Pluto combinations to be the toughest transits of all,
so things should improve in the not too distant future.
You can accelerate the improvement, however, by 'owning' your Sun,
the light of your soul, the self-actualization potential contained
within your chart, and your Mercury, your ability to communicate your
preferences and share your experiences with good humour and enthusiasm,
providing inspiration for others.
The opposition from Saturn is making you aware of your limitations,
but also insisting that you align yourself carefully with the most
effective and efficient application of your energies, which would also
support the prog. Mars/Saturn/Vx. It can be difficult as a woman 'in a
man's world' to embody and exert all of her own Mars/yang energy,
especially if she is in a relationship with a man, which can even
include a boss, a father or other significant male! After almost three
months of a Rx Mars, hopefully we have all dug deeply enough to know our
own desires and needs, have found a new level of self- respect deep
within our core (Pluto), and are willing to exercise our personal will
to enact choices towards that transformation of which you spoke.
Mars and Chiron both turned retrograde at 29°Sagittarius, and so the
changes and healings are gigantic! Slow down, yes, but not just to 'not
go fast,' but to notice and incorporate the vital ingredients of a
vibrant life for yourself. In turn, you will have more than enough
energy for what/whomever you want to spend it on, once you have nurtured
yourself. No more Little Miss Nice-Nice. It's time for some HONESTY
The 'big truck spinning its wheels' is Pluto, delving your deepest
core (Kore = Persephone = Pluto's consort and Queen of the Underworld).
Once it goes direct Aug.23, the opposition will also be off, and you
should begin to feel the rumblings of the earth moving beneath your
feet. Mars enters Capricorn on Sept. 8, and finally, well placed actions
will manifest results.
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Progressed Moon into Pisces - Aug. 13, 2001
"My progressed moon will go into Pisces on Wednesday and I would love some insight on it. I know what happened last time and I am hoping for a 'higher' experience this time around." - E.
I always see the
progressed Moon much like a satellite dish orbiting around the chart,
picking up signals on that particular frequency (re what sign it is in),
like a radio station. The sign the Moon passes through for that 2 1/2
year period will colour all of your personal experiences and habitual
patterns. It is as if the Moon will be wearing a Pisces filter for the
next while, and you need to lean toward your own Neptunian interests and
strengths in order to actualize the best from this passage, like your
psychic work, art, music, meditation (an alternative to mediCAtion) and
spirituality. You will also find that you attract more Pisceans and
Neptunian types during this period of time.
Pisces is YIN (receptive/feminine), and if you are open to RECEIVE
guidance, it will be there for you. If on the other hand, you identify
with the helpless victim, then you won't recognize help even when it
does come. Our societal environment is still so patriarchal that purely
'yin' activities and skills are not honoured nor even noticed in most
venues. Choosing your pathways and company carefully are vital, since
the Pisces Moon renders you more open and 'vulnerable' than ever. But
you can CHOOSE (as you know) to allow in only 'the highest' energies of
light, and support that with your conscious choices on a daily basis.
The denser the 'matter' the farther away from Neptune/Pisces it is,
so these passages can also be accompanied by a need or desire to
'lighten' your load, change your diet to include less meat, alcohol,
sugar and/or chemicals! You might want to take up watercolours or dance
or music to enhance your own inner awareness of your Feminine Soul.
Looking at your chart reveals that your prog. Moon has just hit the
exact waning square to itself, thus beginning the Last Quarter phase.
You might appreciate reading Dane Rudhyar's Lunation Cycle, and/or
Alexander Ruperti's Cycles of Becoming (his work is patterned after
Rudhyar's). This is the maturation phase of integrating the last 20 or
so years since the progressed Lunar Return (conjunction to itself).
Since it is in your 5th house (self-expression & fun) and going into the
6th (work & routines), I would say that your creative uniqueness needs
to be applied 'in earnest' into your daily activities and work, with a
renewed enthusiasm and confidence, in order to avoid boisterous
unmanageable people (5th house) and health upsets as a result (6th house).
Teach, share, enjoy! Be like a child again! Your prog. MC is
0.Virgo, so prog. Moon will be on the IC as it enters Pisces, and will
emphasize your home and comfort zones as being your best place for all
creative and imaginative pastimes. LISTEN to your intuition! Guidance
from past matriarchs may become available to you. You could also be
incredibly psychic about land investments and real estate, and you may
need to redecorate your office, studio or bedroom. Most of all, rejoice
in celebrating your own wholeness and watch for opportunities to
synthesize the dangling bits.
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Mars and Red Hair - Sept. 2, 2001
"Maybe it is just a coincidence that my red-heads have their Mars in the First House?" - J.
Mars is the RED Fire planet ruling the #1 Fire sign, Aries. Mars is
the most singularly potent expression of Fire we can have in a chart and
so is usually the most obvious, but all forms of Fire connected to the
body (First House, Mars or Sun) qualify for Red Hair, head wounds,
facial scars, caesarean births, impatience, anger, pure yang energy -
forward, forceful, creative.
I know a seven-year-old boy with Mars in Aries (exactly square
Uranus) who has had stitches in his forehead three times, and twice in
exactly the same place! For any of you parents out there, the fiery
kids, especially Mars in Fire, are usually the most likely to play with
fire, literally, so do be sure they understand the dangers. Also these
kids will often get fiery hot fevers to burn out any invasive germs that
may be trying to attack their bodies, and then they'll suddenly be
fine. Don't let it scare you; this is their way of releasing toxins.
Mars or ASC in Fire also needs to be physically active with all body
parts in good working order, if they expect their brains and hearts to
When analyzing any factor in a chart, it is always RELATIVE to the
rest of the chart, and to the life conditions into which the individual
is born. Not every Aries or Mars rising will be loud and boisterous,
but somewhere in their character, they can get 'all hot and bothered'
about stuff, and that is when they get things done! Medical astrology
is based on the correllations between the signs and the parts of the
body. Any time we can draw a parallel to the astrological signature
involved, we have access to remedies and balance points that might
easily be missed through different diagnostic techniques. Maladies
reflect that sign or planet's energy being blocked or sabotaged, and
associating the behaviours with that sign/planet can point to the
underlying cause of the trouble.
The reason that Mars-types (or transits to/from Mars) get headaches
is because the "I am" of Mars/Fire is not being allowed expression in
that person's life, or at least in a particular situation (the one that
gives them the headache). The same thing might be shown by a rash, an
itch, inflammation, hot flashes, lacerations, surgery, violence ... all
are revealing an imbalance of some sort in the ability to assert one's
identity and/or personal will. Anger is Fear turned outward, and both
are expressions of a Mars imbalance, where the "I am" is not strong and
focused. Any form of self-discipline like sports, dance, martial arts,
craftsmanship etc. can help to guide the untrained Mars into a
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North Node of the Moon - Oct. 10, 2001
"I would love to know a little more about the purpose of the North Node. I
have mine in Scorpio." - M.
You can find some fantastic reading material on the nodes in Spiritual
Astrology and Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller. You will find her listed at the BookZone, the recommended reading section of my web-site. Joanne Wickenburg (Seattle, WA) has done some fabulous work on the nodes that is often a real door-opener for students in understanding the lunar nodes, but I can't remember which book it is in. She also has a correspondence course.
The most important thing to remember with the nodes of the Moon is that
we are moving FROM the South Node TOWARD the North Node, so both ends of the
polarity have to be taken into consideration. The implication is that
whatever is indicated by the South Node (by sign, house, conjunctions etc.),
has been 'overdone' in some way, to the extent that there is a need to
balance the energies by focusing on the North Node and developing it more
While the SIGNS of the nodes will show you the WAY in which the
experiences will be lived, the HOUSES of the nodes tend to be more
revelatory as to your personal life story. You are needing to incorporate
your strengths from the house of the S.Node, and train them/yourself to be
applied more in the manner and area of the N.Node's house.
In most astrology (cook)books they will lump together the house and
related sign, like your N.Node in Scorpio ("or the 8th house"), but in
actual fact, you will usually find that the house position overrides the
sign, if one has to pull rank. Obviously, they will combine their
principles to create the personal expression that is yours.
However, the N.Node in Scorpio shows a soul intention and lesson in
SHARING your personal values and valuables ('the things that matter'), and
learning to TRUST. This starts with yourself, of course, and learning to
trust your own intuition, and following it. The lessons of Scorpio are
always around issues of Trust, and necessitate self-understanding and
self-mastery, in order not to 'trust' the 'wrong' people. You will probably
attract a lot of Scorpios into your life as well, to help you learn the
The Taurus S.Node would imply that there was abundance or well-being,
but a lack of sharing in past lives, perhaps because you were royalty, or
miserly, or maybe simply a peasant farmer who barely scraped together a
living from the land. There can be many reasons why these patterns are in
place, but the lesson here is about not hoarding, but also not squandering,
and this is not just about money. The Taurus/Scorpio polarity is about
values, personal and shared. Both signs know about boundaries, and how to
cover their assets :)
Since Scorpio is traditionally (before Pluto) ruled by Mars, and Taurus
by Venus, it might also be indicating a need to be more assertive in this
lifetime in pursuing what really matters to you, rather than being more
passive or complacent and waiting to receive your 'just due.' House
placements and tight aspects, especially conjunctions, will qualify all of
this, but this will give you a little bit to start with. Hope it helps.
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True Node or Mean? - Oct. 18, 2001
"I came across something called a 'True Node' but haven't found a south or north node." - C.
Most astrology programs only list the North Node (of the Moon), and so
your 'True Node' would be the North Node, and the South Node would be
exactly opposite that point.
The nodes, not being planetary bodies themselves, reflect the wobble of
the earth/moon cycles, and so in actuality they wobble back and forth a very
few minutes (not degrees) at a time (Rx & D), as they slowly move BACKWARDS
through the zodiac and your chart. They may change direction as often as
every three days or as seldom as once a month, but they are always
Prior to the mid-1970s we only had access to the 'Mean Nodes' which is
the average position of their wobbling, since it was so miniscule it was not
considered important. However, with the advent of computers and the
accuracy of ephemerides and diurnal tables increasing by leaps and bounds,
the 'True' position of the Nodes became a desired component in the chart.
The Amercian Ephemeris published by Astro-Computing Services in San Diego,
California, has listed both True and Mean Nodes ever since then. Most
software programs now have the option of whichever one you prefer, with a
listing of the other one somewhere as well.
As with everything in astrology there is controversy as to which one is
'right' or better, but there are no hard and fast rules that I know of. I
tend to use the True Node in birth charts, as it seems intuitively to be
more finely tuned to the individual, but in event charts and mundane
astrology, I have found that more often than not, it is the Mean Node that
is triggered exactly.
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