Friday’s Last Quarter Moon takes place at nearly 1 AM, July 6th, on the West Coast, and later for points east. In any case this is quite a dynamic quarter moon, featuring a major trine configuration as well as multiple square alignments; and this includes, of course, that between the Sun in mid-Cancer and the Moon in Aries. Jupiter and Neptune form a lovely trine in Water signs, brought into further prominence by the Cancer Sun in close trine with both. This grand trine in Water features Neptune in his own sign of Pisces, which is tricky because the essential nature of this numinous planetary archetype is orthogonal to the horizontal world of ordinary happenings and financial business. In standing outside of common events and run-of-the-mill activities, Neptune is famously “not at home” in the physical world of the senses. This can lead on the one hand to spiritual realizations beyond egoic posturing, lending an aura of mystery and profound enlightenment, yet also to mistaken judgments, idealization, and flights of fantasy. Trickster Uranus also aligns with Neptune, being semi-square, while the Sun is quintile Uranus to within a tenth of a degree. Jupiter of course is fine with all of the above – bring it on! he says – and promotes an attitude of joyful mirth to whichever way these outer planet archetypes manage to play themselves out in each of our individual lives. Meanwhile, the Moon in Aries highlights the presence there of both Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and Eris, a Feminine Warrior energy that is, at her worst, disruptive to no apparent purpose, and at her best lining up in support of true soul intention, disruptive though it might be. These planetary energies are also featured now, because Jupiter aspects their midpoint by less than ¼ of a degree, while Moon resides within a degree of it with the Sun in square. All of the above illustrate that this is a complex and confrontational configuration, taking place in a complex time in the history of our evolving culture. Each of us, in our individual lives, is closely and thornily engaged, as we attempt to understand where our errant society is headed and how to plug ourselves in, and as we struggle with the torrent of revelations coming down.
And, indeed, we are seeing the best and the worst of what the American government and its population can manage. On the one hand there was recently the treatment of immigrant families, with in most cases the parents being lied to about where their children were headed as they were separated from them upon being taken into custody. Over 2,000 children still remain to somehow be reunited with their families, as has now been mandated by the courts. This practice, intended as a cruel deterrent, and redolent of authoritarian dictatorships going back to Nazi Germany, is being universally condemned by other democratic countries around the world and by the vast majority of US citizens, who have been demonstrating in increasing numbers all over the country. A new species of activism is rising up to call for a change to this policy, and to protest other signs of public disenfranchisement, as seen by the determination of conservative members of the US congress to force the seating of a right-wing judicial appointment, going against their own stated guidelines for an election year, and pledged to reverse Roe v. Wade, and a woman’s right to choose, in defiance of the preferences of 67% of the American populace. The prominence of both Uranus and of Saturn in the current skies indicates that the polarization that we have seen in the last twelve months or more is, rather than calming down, increasing. Saturn and Pluto remain in parallel to each other, with the Sun and Moon making a wide T-square to Pluto, and with this latter symbol for major life transformation about to be strongly highlighted in the upcoming extremely potent Solar Eclipse, a week away, at 20 plus degrees of Cancer. Their combination indicates major structural change, and traditionally also symbolizes “conservative empowerment,” as was evident in September 2001, when Saturn and Pluto opposed each other across the Ascendant and Descendant axis of the US chart for July 4th, 1776.
Retrograde Mars, also highlighted, being contra-parallel to the Sun and opposite Mercury while remaining in parallel with Saturn, brings greater consciousness to everything that we are observing, as we seek to better understand the hidden motivations of ourselves and others during a crucial summer. We might be able – through a process of meditative introspection – to learn where it is that we really stand on the issues of the day, and where we need to put our money and our deeds on the line; this in order to be in alignment with where our deepest values lie, and to be able to act in accordance with our most profound inner convictions.
The Sabian Symbols for this First Quarter Moon form, as usual, an interesting counter-point to the current astrological currents. They are, for the Sun, in the fifteenth degree of Cancer, “A group of people who have overeaten and enjoyed it.” If we make this into a metaphor for life, we might imagine that the enormous banquet hall referenced in some renditions of this symbol could be Nature itself, in which case we can see this as a symbol of the unending enjoyment of the natural world as a source of spiritual sustenance. Marc Edmund Jones, who fostered the creation of these symbols, refers to, “the inescapable richness of life in any normal manifestation of itself… an effective and smooth demonstration of human competence.” We might also hear in this a reminder of the dangers of human greed, and a warning against excess. For the Moon, in the same degree of Aries, we find, “A Native American weaving a blanket,” which reminds us again of the natural world, which indigenous peoples have always remained close to. The weave of the blanket might even suggest a ceremonial act, echoing the various strands of human experience that make up a community, tribe, or nation. Jones has, “excellence of self-expression” and “the individual’s gift for preserving or enhancing … the culture in which he finds himself.” Indeed, we must at all costs continue to represent our values as we struggle to unite around common goals, rising to the occasion and to the implicit challenge of these fractious times, and seek to preserve or memorialize the very best that we can find within us and as a society.
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.