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As of today (MONDAY), Saturn is now at the 29th degree, the final Anaretic degree, of Sagittarius . The countdown to Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn on December 19th/20th continues! Just over a week remains (…between now and the end of my Saturn Return, hallelujah).
Here at the 29th degree – the degree on which Mercury pivoted and first began its retrograde – Saturn in Sag is scrutinizing, probing, examining, and bringing a serious sense of urgency to our actions and big decisions.
What is your Truth? Are you in alignment with it?
What are your beliefs and worldviews? Are you embodying them at their highest expression?
Where do you plant your faith and hope? Are they secure and well nourished?
This week ushers us into the dark moon phase in preparation for the New Moon in Sagittarius next MONDAY (or late SUNDAY, depending on your time zone).
A few days after the New Moon next week, the skies will be shaking with some intense activity as the Sun reaches its most southern point at the December Solstice, and Saturn conjoins with the Sun at 0 degrees Capricorn. Big stuff is coming!
But for now, we are encouraged to sink into the lessons we have learned this year, reflecting deeply on the experiences that have shaped us since Saturn first entered Sag on December 23rd, 2014.
I find wilting, dying flowers strangely beautiful in a melancholic, haunting way. The transience of their vibrancy and sweet, sickly smelling surrender to decay, is somehow mesmerizing for me.
That’s what this week feels like – meditating on the year’s flowers wilting and dying, while simultaneously catching the faint, delicate smells of future flowers, still buried intact in their seed capsules, preparing for spring.
On TUESDAY the Sun will conjoin with Mercury retrograde, fusing identity and purpose with thought and communication. These types of conjunctions are called “inferior conjunctions” and they are unique to Mercury and Venus. They occur when Mercury (or Venus; the only two planets that orbit closer to the Sun than the Earth does) is aligned exactly BETWEEN the Earth and the Sun.
In contrast, during a superior conjunction, Mercury is on the other side of the Sun – further away from Earth). Check out an app like Solar System Scope to see what this actually looks like in real time.
Mercury’s inferior conjunctions are arranged in the sky in the same way as a New Moon (i.e. when the Moon is between the Earth and Sun), and thus they carry similar symbolism. With the planet of thought, knowledge, and communication is so close to us, in front of the Sun, we are likely to receive important insights and intuitive glimpses around this time – without our conscious ego selves interfering.
This inferior conjunction also means that we are mid-way through this retrograde period, right in the thick of it. How’s it going? What gems have you been collecting and processing?
On the same day (TUESDAY), Jupiter conjoins Vesta in Scorpio and we re-dedicate ourselves to growing and expanding toward new freedoms by facing our fears and vulnerabilities.
WEDNESDAY brings us the Moon traveling through Scorpio and conjoining with Mars, and then later with Jupiter on THURSDAY, bringing our emotions deep into the depths and stirring that Scorpionic pot.
The Moon (symbolizing our emotional, internal, subconscious self) moves so quickly that it makes many aspects during a week that I generally don’t have time to comment on, but I’ve decided to begin mentioning when the Moon makes meaningful aspects that bring attention to other cosmic events. Wednesday brings us some intensity, while Thursday stirs a large spoonful of luck and blessing into that pot of intensity.
Throughout THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY, as the Moon dies into darkness, Venus and Mercury Rx will conjoin (exact on FRIDAY) and trine the North Node which is conjunct Ceres, an asteroid that speaks to mothering/nurturing symbolism.
This is a lovely aspect that highlights our relational communications, our artistic creations, our pleasure, our joy. In respect to these themes we are being gently persuaded to reach and stretch a little higher, to spread our wings for a dreamy adventure beneath the Balsamic Moon, when intuition and the subconscious is at full strength.
What is being nurtured, here under the cover of darkness? What new life is being sung sweetly out of hiding?
If you have personal planets around ~16-18 Sag and Leo, you may feel this magic alight in your life in some particularly special way. Mercury also trined the North Node on November 19th when it was moving Direct, and thus you may see some correlations between these dates.
Ceres, who has been dancing with the North Node in Leo for a while now, Stations Retrograde on SATURDAY, while still trining Venus and Mercury Rx. You likely won’t see the fruits of this simmering magic for a while yet, with Mercury and now Ceres trekking backwards, but be patient. Listen closely for the restless whispers of those flowers of the future, still encapsulated in their seed pods.
Ceres’ Retrograde on the North Node will bring your creative, alchemical processes deeper into the womb of Leo, to permeate them with greater vitality and life.
On FRIDAY and SATURDAY, the Sun makes a series of aspects we just experienced through Mercury. The Sun squares Chiron on FRIDAY, and then trines Uranus on SATURDAY, within a stone’s throw of Saturn.
Old hurts and painful memories may be emerging and surfacing during this often tension-filled holiday season, but at the same time, we are letting go and sinking our teeth into our increasing freedom, to be who we want to be.
On SUNDAY, we are quickly nearing the beginning of a new lunation cycle, as the sky’s lunar body moves into alignment with the Sun. Before it reaches its New Moon position at 26′ Sagittarius however, the Moon will bounce off Mercury Rx and Venus, re-activating that recent magic trine.
As Pallas turns Direct, conjunct Uranus in Aries on SUNDAY, we are able to more clearly see the big picture and the steps that will take us to our destination.
It may not be a typical route. It may not involve the usual strategies. It may not be a path socially-approved by the mainstream, but we are seeing a blueprint unfurl within our minds. The compass has undeniably pointed us in an authentic direction.
On the same day, Vesta in Scorpio squares the Nodal Axis, bringing her sacred attention and focus to an important intersection and set of choices, deep within our inner caves.
With the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius, it is important to bring the symbolism of this polarity into balance.
Aquarius without Leo, its opposite sign, is either completely isolated as an innovative outcast and defiant rebel… or it has completely submitted its individuality to the collective consciousness and offered up its utility value as a nameless tool for advancing humanity in whatever way the group sees fit.
The integration of Leo in this dynamic (within the cosmic DNA of all of us) enables Aquarius to claim, retain, and contribute its visionary leadership abilities and brilliant ideas within a collaborative group effort, without compromising its sense of self and authentic direction, and without rejecting/being rejected from the groups that so desperately need its forward-thinking genius.
There is no one like you in a world of 7.6 billion people. No one.
Shine bright and bring your innate and unique gifts out into the light.
(authorship of above quote disputed here)
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