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Friday morning’s Full Moon eclipse in the sign of Cancer, early afternoon or evening for the east coast and Europe, is quite a powerful event, and is blessed with a Capricorn lineup of planets including Sun, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto in conjunction. This collision of Sun and Mercury is partile and extremely close, meaning that Mercury is greatly emphasized, while Saturn-Pluto, in close conjunction and two degrees away from Sun- Mercury, is greatly significant as well, about to perfect two days later on January 12th. The highlighted presence of Mercury in this eclipse configuration indicates that greater consciousness is an important part of our evolutionary journey now. As far as Saturn-Pluto, these two powerhouse planets have been drawing closer together for the past six months, including a close parallel aspect between them that has been very nearly exact for all that time. This is therefore no sudden outbreak of Saturn power, but rather a culmination and peak energy of a long process that is far from over. Looking at Saturn-Pluto in its historical framework within the collective will be valuable, and timely, and more on that below. Looking at this storied astrological event from the standpoint of our own individual development, this conjunction brings great transformational power along with it, implying that whatever is outmoded and up for revision or removal must inevitably change. Our attitude to this is key: whether we go willingly, or kicking and screaming, we will pass through the gate of this climactic weekend and we will not be the same person that we were, on the other side of it.
Regarding the collective implications of Saturn-Pluto, we will want to reference noted astrologer, Richard Tarnas, and his seminal work from 2005, Cosmos and Psyche. In this monumental exposition of modern Western astrology, he delineates various outer planet combinations in action, including Saturn-Pluto, which have historically been associated with war, examples being WW I, the Cold War, Viet Nam, and 9-11. Saturn-Pluto is also associated with the conflict between man and nature, and as well what Tarnas calls “conservative empowerment.” The most recent conjunction took place in late 1982, when there was the conservative empowerment of the Reagan years with as well a great buildup of nuclear weaponry. At that time we had the Contra war in Nicaragua, attempting to take down the newly elected socialist Sandinista government there, and covertly supported by the Reagan administration. This theme of conservative empowerment is, quite tellingly, in accord with the current political climate here in the U.S., as evidenced by the solid holding of the line on the part of conservatives against progressive attempts at presidential impeachment and removal. The ongoing threat from a few days ago of war with Iran, is also consistent with this dire symbolism. At the time of this writing, on the 9th, it appears as though there is a potential for breakthrough – movement to avoid escalation to actual warfare – and this is greatly to the relief of a war-weary U.S. population. The notion of grace applying toward positive outcomes is reflected in the Full Moon eclipse configuration by other more optimistic factors, such as strong Jupiter.
In regard to the global situation as affecting the responses of the U.S. population, there is also the symbolism to consider of Chiron, the Wounded Healer. It is quite significant that the Sun and Moon eclipse degrees of 20 + Capricorn and Cancer make a partile T-square to U.S. Chiron, located at 20 + Aries in the revolutionary birth chart from July 4, 1776. This highlighted presence of U.S. Chiron reflects the upset and fears of this population with regard to the decades of war without letup that began with the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of 9-11, and continues into the present moment. Chiron in our current skies is also highlighted, its placement in early Aries being emphasized in the Christmas Day New Moon eclipse that began the current cycle, and also closely aspected in the current Cancer Full Moon eclipse by a semi-sextile from volatile Uranus, and an extremely close quintile from Sun and Mercury. Again, consciousness is key, whether dealing with the lead-up to potential war with Iran, or dealing with our own internal wounding that can have the negative effect of inhibiting progress toward evolutionary growth.
Eris is also active in this eclipse configuration, being square to Saturn-Pluto within one degree, and thus an important piece of the symbolism. The Eris archetype is one of a Feminine Warrior energy in support of soul intention. Her presence with Saturn-Pluto indicates that, going forward, we must individually aspire to articulate and act upon only what arises from deep within us, as our most sincere bottom-line values. The new Nature planet called Makemake, associated with environmental activism, is also currently highlighted. Located at 7 + degrees of Libra, he is parallel to Mercury, Saturn, the eclipse Sun, and also the eclipse Moon, the latter parallel being quite exact. Makemake is also closely squared by Jupiter and the lunar South Node, potentially a powerfully positive influence. This indicates that issues of the environment will become even more greatly activated over the first half of 2020, as is appropriate to the direness of our global situation. Again, consciousness is key.
All in all, the message of this very powerful Full Moon eclipse is quite clear; that it is high time to be up and doing, to serve the collective moment and as well our own most authentic selves by standing up for what it is that we most deeply believe. We have the example of this Cancer Moon, opposed to the Capricorn stellium, which in its ultimate essence is fundamentally nurturing. In view of this symbolism of nurture, we might reflect upon the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, who in his 19th Century day, also saw the dire situation of the world around him, and yet, perhaps like us as well, also found cause for hope:
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods
With warm breast and with Ah! bright wings.
Find out with this report that gives detailed descriptions of your transits for a three, six or twelve month period. This report was written by astrologer Henry Seltzer.
All transits are fully interpreted with insightful clues on how to navigate the challenges ahead and gives the date range for when each transit is in effect. Includes transits to planets Mars through Pluto. Also includes interpretations for Chiron - a unique feature of this report!Preview Your Report
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 astrology of Haumea seems to be related to love of the natural world and to the fecundity of natural process. This archetype thus signals profound connection to Nature, connection to Source, and a form of natural charisma.
The astrology of Makemake is related to love of the natural world and to the activism associated with defending the environment. This archetype thus signals a profound connection to nature that is quite similar to the archetype of Haumea, his fellow traveler in the Kuiper Belt, with the same astronomical designation and also named from the pantheon of indigenous gods and goddesses.
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.