It’s a little odd sometimes, being an astrologer. When I see some big transits coming up I plot them out ahead of time for all those close to me so I am prepared for how and where the aspects will land within the landscape of their lives (i.e. within their birth chart). And then… I live out the transits… and watch them unfold in the lives of people around me. Fate and freewill continue to be a complex, tangled mystery for me.
This double whammy of a Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio (exact LAST SATURDAY) sextiling a rare and potent Venus-Sun-Pluto triple conjunction in Capricorn (exact early on TUESDAY, AST), are NOT transits to glide by in silence, unnoticed.
Even if these transits do not activate your chart directly, you are likely to feel them in some capacity through last weekend and into this week.
It is intense. It is intense watching it play out in my own life, and in the lives of people around me. Not bad, necessarily. But for sure, intense, as we are all directly facing up to big stuff in big ways.
Relationship transformations is a major theme with the Venus-Sun-Pluto conjunction, but depending on how it is activating your birth chart, it could also be bringing up intensity around themes of money, pleasure, your artistic capacity, and your self-worth and confidence.
It could correlate with a veil being stripped away to reveal greater clarity, certainty, and resolve, in regards to your identity, sense of purpose and life direction, as well as in regards to your important relationships.
Whenever Scorpio and Pluto are heavily involved there is usually a lot of fear, since these energies also tend provoke irrevocable and profound change.
Change is inevitable in life. Facing a certain fear may be a necessity for you this week as something hits a breaking point. It could be fear around an ending, letting go, a new beginning, a second try, a truth emerging, control relinquishing, a reckoning, a deep healing.
Fear often prompts us to project – to point our finger at someone else for contaminating our lives with toxic vibes, rather than noticing where we are feeding an unchecked growing infection within ourselves.
It could be them. It could be you. It could be you both.
Be sure to bring careful, insightful, honest scrutiny to a situation before taking drastic action… and yet… don’t stop short of taking the necessary steps forward.
Avoidance is a hallmark trait of anxiety. When we are anxious and afraid of something, avoidance is an understandable coping strategy. If you have been desperately avoiding doing something you need/want to do, which scares the shit out of you, this could be the week where that avoidance strategy meets its expiry date.
These are the types of the transits that you know you will see play out in news headlines around the world, and the buzz around yesterday’s (SUNDAY’s) Golden Globes ceremony is a great example.
Remember that Jupiter entering Scorpio on October 10th, 2017 for its year-long transit (i.e. shining a mega spotlight on sexual secrets and abuses of power) correlated perfectly with when the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations emerged and when the #MeToo movement went viral (both within no more than 5 days of Jupiter’s ingress).
So when Mars conjoins Jupiter in Scorpio (exact last SATURDAY, Jan. 6th), on a global scale, we would expect to see another powerful, surging wave of this movement.
I didn’t watch the Golden Globes, but if you have been online today, it’s pretty hard to miss the ripples spreading out from this event. I thought a thorough analysis of this event would effectively flesh out the dynamics of these mega Scorpionic transits…
TIME’S UP NOW is an initiative that launched on January 1st, 2018 with a campaign to raise money for a legal defense fund that will provide support for those who have experienced sexual harassment and assault.
Time’s Up describes itself as “a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere… TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.”
In support of the Time’s Up campaign, most actresses wore all black to the Golden Globes ceremony and many were accompanied on the red carpet by activists who are doing important social justice work. Many of the award speeches featured powerful statements about womxn’s rights and the importance of speaking Truth to Power, especially when it comes to sexual harassment and assault.
At the time of the ceremony, the Moon was in Libra, building toward the Third Quarter Moon phase (exact today, MONDAY) squaring the Sun-Venus-Pluto triple conjunction in Capricorn.
The Libran Moon strengthens the Venus themes which are already so strong right now (Venus rules Libra).
Capricorn is a tough and powerfully enduring archetypal energy that overcomes barriers in order to achieve its goals. Sometimes, however, Capricorn can adopt too much of a “me against the world” perspective on life. Cap-types can become too narrowly-focused on their own individual pursuits as they aim for self-sufficient independence, and in doing so, they may create and contribute to the unjust social, political, and economic hierarchies in society.
While Capricorn can become overly preoccupied with climbing the ladder of success, Libra strives to get everyone climbing up society’s ladder at the same time, TOGETHER – so that no one is left behind (…while Pluto would probably knock the entire ladder down all together to level the playing field…).
As the campaign states:
“TIME’S UP on the imbalance of power. It’s time to fix it.”
Fixing imbalances? That’s Libra’s lifetime job.
So much Libra and so much Capricorn here! The goal is to bring everyone onto that platform of power.
If you’ve seen any of the news media you probably heard about Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement (fyi, lifetime achievement awards are very Capricornian).
Oprah’s birthchart is fascinating. As you can see she is quite a Venusian ground-breaking leader with a Libra mid-heaven (her career is built on – and expresses – Libran principles) and a beautiful Sun-Venus cazimi which imbues her core identity with Venusian, Libran energy. Interestingly Oprah has the same rare Sun-Venus aspect that was about to perfect by transit at the time of her speech!
Whereas it is Mars’ job to separate, to cut, to divide, to individualize… it is Venus’ (and Libra’s) job to connect, to unify, to bring together, to reconcile, to provide mutual support, to uphold healthy interdependence.
I know a number of Libra Suns. To be honest, many of them do not carry themselves with Libra’s effortless social skills and classy elegance that Venusian Oprah Winfrey so clearly has in abundance. And yet while these individuals in my life may come across awkward and shy, or even blunt and crass (I’m sure their full chart would reveal all personality influences), what I’ve noticed with all of them is that they all try very hard to be inclusive of others. They all seem to have finely tuned radars which immediately let them know when someone is feeling excluded or left out – they then move quickly to connect with that person in some capacity.
This can sometimes be a burden when taken to the extreme, but Venus’ and Libra’s beautiful gift, is to bring everyone into the centre of the group, making sure that no one is forgotten. Venus is associated with what we value in life – how we value ourselves and others.
Venus conjunct Pluto wants to transform your self-worth in the midst of facing your fears, wrestling with shame demons, and bringing shadow material into the light.
At the Golden Globes, Viola Davis spoke to this component of Venus’ symbolism…
Oprah’s great speech is also worth repeating in part here, because it speaks so well to her birth chart as well as to the current transits. Listen for that Third Quarter Libra Moon squaring the Venus-Sun-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn:
[Excerpts from CNN’s transcript of Oprah’s speech with my added analysis..]
“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.”
Mercury was squaring Chiron last SUNDAY, mirroring this statement about the importance of the press in publishing uncomfortable truths, and the power in publicly sharing the different injuries we have been dealt. Here we can see the obvious symbolism of womxn (Venus/Moon in Libra) speaking Truth to Power (Pluto in Capricorn).
The Sun is at the center of the Solar System, giving life to us all. Thus in astrology, the Sun is a very important player in the grand theatre of our lives. When the Sun is cazimi with another planet (i.e. they are tightly conjunct at the same degree), that planet is said to have “executive power”.
We are building to a Venus-Sun cazimi on TUESDAY, where Venus (the feminine principle) is seated on the throne with all the life-giving power and the ability to command attention to her needs and desires. This is reflected in Oprah’s speech – this year, womxn became the story.
Furthermore, as I pointed out earlier, Oprah has this Venus-Sun cazimi aspect in her own birth chart… and so what do we see at this time? Oprah seated on a throne – i.e. at a podium accepting this lifetime achievement award as the first black woman to do so, with mic in hand and everyone hanging on her every word.
“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.”
Here the inclusive nature of Libra is obvious – both in Oprah’s natal chart and by transit. In her Aquarian/Libran way, she is reaching out – past culture, geography, race, religion, politics, workplace, and even back into time – to connect and unify, and bring womxn of all backgrounds onto a platform of power to be recognized and acknowledged (Capricorn).
“…For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”
Capricorn and Saturn rule time. They also often symbolize traditional social systems of control and power. Saturn joined Pluto (the transformative death/rebirth planet) in Cap when it returned to its home sign of Capricorn on December 20th, 2017, after a ~29 year absence – meaning, the Time is Up for this patriarchal system.
Seriously, there could not be a more appropriate slogan for Saturn’s transit through Capricorn – Time’s Up Now!
“…In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.“
This powerful leader has Chiron conjunct the North Node in Capricorn in her birth chart, courageously leading us toward humanity’s most wounded territory in order to heal.
The current Venus-Sun-Pluto triple conjunction is occurring within 3 degrees of her Chiron-North Node conjunction, by the way, AND furthermore, in 2020, transformative Pluto will be transiting right over this sensitive point of destiny, evolution and growth. There is a rumour that Oprah is considering running for president… to usher in an era of deep, unifying, collective healing? Just putting it out there… 🙂
“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.“
I wrote earlier about how the # MeToo movement is quite Libran in nature in the way that it involved womxn connecting with each other based on shared experiences and struggles, and creating networks of mutual support among those who felt isolated and stigmatized by their secrets and stories of sexual assault. #MeToo went viral during the weekend when Venus entered into her home sign of Libra last October. However, many commented that #MeToo is only the beginning. The next question is Now What?
Venus conjunct the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn (the sign of long-term goals, hard work, power structures and endurance) is symbolic of the next level of Me Too; moving beyond awareness to action.
With this campaign slogan, Venus and Libra’s yearning for justice, equality, balance, fairness and unity, combines with the steely strength and determination of Capricorn, the almighty “fixer” and “leader” who will “fight hard” to ensure intention translates into tangible outcomes, come hell or high water.
As a planet prepares for a conjunction with the Sun, it is preparing to die and be reborn through the renewing life-giving center of the Sun, into a new cycle.
At the Golden Globes on Sunday, Venus (the sky’s feminine archetype) was preparing for its mega transformative rebirth early TUESDAY morning, alongside Pluto, the planet death and rebirth that speaks to power struggles and power exchanges – the surrendering of power, as well as the claiming of power.
As Oprah says, “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!”
In other words, the solar system’s feminine archetype is about to be reborn into new life cycle – a super charged Plutonian Venus cycle is on the horizon.
The triple conjunction is really the highlight of the week, but we aren’t done yet. On THURSDAY, Mercury will emerge from its retrograde shadow at 29° Sagittarius to enter Capricorn, joining a growing Cap stellium (when the Moon joins these planets next week for the New Moon in Capricorn, it will be a Cappy stellium of 6).
On SATURDAY Mercury slams into the wall of Saturn for the third time. During this time window from THURSDAY through the WEEKEND, there may be some difficult news received, a commitment or a big decision made, or the need to apply oneself to an important chore, task or deadline.
Also on SATURDAY, Venus in Cap will square Uranus in Aries while sextiling Chiron in Pisces. Unexpected financial and relational dynamics may occur which are initially jarring as they propel us out of our comfort zone, but ultimately these surprises may pave the way for some healing.
On SUNDAY, the Sun moves into the same aspects with Uranus and Chiron. So despite the sturdy Mercury-Saturn conjunction simultaneously taking place, the WEEKEND is hopping with erratic movement.
Hard aspects to Uranus create abrupt change, which can sometimes be stressful and cause anxiety even when change is welcoming in goodness. These transits can still feel chaotic.
If the WEEKEND brings a bit of stress and chaos, maybe these two perfect Uranian quotes (with a dose of Pluto) will keep your chin up!
“I have a secret love of chaos. There should be more of it. Do not believe — and I am dead serious when I say this — do not assume that order and stability are always good, in a society or in a universe. The old, the ossified, must always give way to new life and the birth of new things. Before the new things can be born the old must perish. This is a dangerous realization, because it tells us that we must eventually part with much of what is familiar to us. And that hurts. But that is part of the script of life.”
“Unless we can psychologically accommodate change, we ourselves begin to die, inwardly. What I am saying is that objects, customs, habits, and ways of life must perish so that the authentic human being can live. And it is the authentic human being who matters most, the viable, elastic organism which can bounce back, absorb, and deal with the new.” (–Philip K. Dick)*
“The thing about chaos, is that while it disturbs us, it too, forces our hearts to roar in a way we secretly find magnificent.” (–Christopher Poindexter)*
Be elastic and roar into this week!
Much love ❤
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