Sparks are flying this week. SUNDAY’s Aries New Moon occurred side-by-side with Uranus, but the Sun will officially meet up with this electrifying planet through conjunction on WEDNESDAY. For the next 4 days or so, until the Sun enters Taurus early FRIDAY (or late Thursday for many of you), the air is buzzing and humming with high-voltage cosmic energy.
Of course, Mercury also turned Direct on SUNDAY (April 15th), so there’s an even bigger splurge of forward-moving energy right now.
Expect the unexpected. Expect the strange, unusual, and unconventional. Expect a quick-moving cascade of interesting events.
Improvise when necessary!
When I can let go of my anxiety of not knowing, and embrace the positive potentials in the midst of uncertainty, then I generally really appreciate Uranus transits. They can be exciting. They catapult you out of stuckness with an opportunity you never saw coming. They can surprise you with a synchronistic encounter that you can only shake your head at, while you marvel at the impeccable timing.
And yet Uranus transits can also create conflict and friction. Uranus in Aries wants the freedom to assert its autonomous will and take uninhibited, spontaneous action without a thought for the consequences that Saturn cares so much about. And this sometimes creates… problems.
So yes, initiate and launch and claim your individuality with this confident, freedom-loving vibe… but beware of the problems with the careless, inflammatory reactions that Uranus in Aries can coincide with (hopefully our political leaders heed this advice as well).
In the midst of this buzz, TUESDAY happens. TUESDAY is BUSY!
Venus (the benefic planet of love, beauty, and values) combined with the Moon (symbolizing our emotions and inner life) in Taurus, together oppose Jupiter while trining Pluto, thus reactivating the Jupiter-Pluto sextile of the past weekend.
Venus is in her rulership, her comfort zone in Taurus, while the Moon is in its exaltation here. This essentially means that these two celestial bodies are pretty powerfully placed while they make contact with a couple cosmic heavy weights.
The signs activated by Venus and the Moon involve Taurus, Capricorn, and Scorpio. Arguably the three most determined and enduring zodiac signs. The realm of love, beauty, and sweet tenderness is partnering with powerful, transformative catalysts of personal growth. Where is this super-charged trio of energies descending in your natal chart?
As several astrologers have already noted, throughout MONDAY and TUESDAY, in total, we will have 5 planets in their rulership or exaltation (including Mars and Saturn in Cap, and the Sun in Aries).
Take advantage of it and go deep. Push into that delicious challenge that beckons you.
That’s not all for TUESDAY. We also have Saturn kicking up some dust in Capricorn as it turns Retrograde, reminding us that spending the time building a solid foundation is always, always worthwhile. If you have to take apart and fix something in order to move forward, you can be sure that the second go will be more successful.
And! Also on TUESDAY, Chiron finally lets go of the final degree of Pisces, where it has been teetering for a while, and stumbles wholeheartedly onto 0 degrees Aries – the birthplace of the zodiac. Chiron, the wounded healer, has been in Pisces since about 2010, so this is a big shift.
Interestingly, Chiron’s 7-ish year journey in Pisces has coincided with Uranus’ 7-ish year transit through Aries. They both got their feet wet in Pisces and Aries respectively in April/May 2010, before dipping back into the previous signs with retrogrades… and then finally committing to their next zodiacal assignments in 2011.
Now Chiron is exiting Pisces and heading into Aries, just a couple weeks before Uranus heads into Taurus on May 15th. They will both retrograde back into the previous signs later on this year, as the slow-moving celestial bodies often do, but I think it is noteworthy that they’ve overlapped so closely throughout their transits in the last sign of the zodiac (Chiron in Pisces) and the first sign of the zodiac (Uranus in Aries).
Chiron in Pisces has been collectively bringing up disillusionment wounds related to: having faith in a benevolent, compassionate universe; experiencing ourselves as energetically and infinitely interconnected with each other and the environment; and trusting that there is a larger, transcendent divine goodness that we belong to, which envelops and permeates our everyday lives with meaning and purpose…
So… how are we doing with that?
I’ve got a Pisces Sun, Mercury and Jupiter, so I felt these disillusionment wounds deeply – as well as some of the sweet, sweet light that filters in after one emerges from a dark night of the soul. Hopefully you are sensing some of the same!
Meanwhile, Uranus in Aries has been stirring up a shit storm since its ingress in 2010 (my brother kindly reminded me for the 100th time that Uranus sounds like ‘Your Anus’).
Uranus has been blazing a chaotic path through the sign of the warrior with the torch of uncompromising willpower and nonnegotiable individual rights, as it repeatedly squared Pluto throughout its journey in Aries – one of the most talked about, enduring transits of our current times.
While we’ve seen impetuous, childish, ego-driven, dangerous exchanges of fire and calls for revenge, we’ve also seen courageous activists and advocates rise to positions of leadership. We’ve seen massive efforts for radical change and liberation correlated with this transit (e.g. Occupy, Arab Spring).
What have the last 7 years brought you since Uranus and Chiron first began their journeys in the spring of 2010; traveling through the houses of your natal chart marked by Aries and Pisces?
Now Uranus is about to leave Aries in a couple weeks, while Chiron is about to enter Aries this TUESDAY, as it re-starts its cycle around the zodiac.
What will Chiron in Aries bring us?
It will be a different flavour than what Uranus brought us. Perhaps less brazen, less ego-outraged, Chiron in Aries may bring us the courage to step into the unknown and daunting future. To test our strength in ways that bring healing and encouragement to others.
This is like a wounded world-weary warrior with newly acquired wisdom and insight; no longer possessed by naive, exuberant blood lust and a rash fighter’s impulse.
In Pisces, Chiron reminded us of our innate interdependence. Now as it transitions into Aries, the sign of the individual, how might we move toward enacting our autonomy and independence for the good of humanity – in ways that apply the hard-earned knowledge we’ve gained from past experiences?
How might we address and heal the ways that widespread, deep-rooted human fear and insecurity that contributes to so many of the world’s problems? How can we repair social, political, and cultural ruptures and chasms in ways that are just, and respectful of the rights and freedoms of the diverse individuals involved – rather than endlessly perpetuating them with cycles of revenge and violence? How can we dismantle the broader oppressive systems that inhibit us from individually living deep, full, authentic lives of vitality, meaning and purpose in community? How can we be fearless in bringing aid, rather than war?
Big questions without easy answers.
In thinking about this week’s transits – Mercury having just turned Direct, the Uranian ripple effects of an electrifying New Moon in Aries, and Chiron transiting the birth degree of the zodiac – I began thinking of babies.
Last week I had a picture of an pregnancy ultrasound and this week, a baby with an umbilical cord. What is up with that?!
I am not planning on having children, but birth honestly blows my mind. I find it so fascinating.
Have you seen (home) birth photos of the process? The intimate photos of a baby’s head crowning as it is in transition, emerging from the mother’s body? You can find these images online, although I warn you that they are graphic with lots of bodily fluids involved!
Personally, I find these photos so entrancing, magical and incredible (even when they kinda freak me out).
Birth is messy. Raw. Intense. Primal. Violent, even.
(And painful! Oh my god, it looks so painful. So much respect for mamas who have pushed an entire body out of their vagina.)
This is the domain of Aries. The first sign of the zodiac. Aries is the mighty, excruciating contraction that sends a unique missile of human energy out into this wild world. Aries is the baby’s first hearty scream.
A person’s astrological birth chart is created at the first intake of an independent breath. Before this, the little being is like a parasite of the mother, receiving oxygen through the placenta and the umbilical cord attached to their belly, rather than through their lungs.
I recently came across this quote, by someone named Rob Seven, where he discusses his personal rebirth story as an artist after a life crisis, and he uses the following analogy:
“It goes all the way back to birth. The baby’s not comfortable when it’s leaving it’s comfort space and it’s being pushed, through violent contractions to who knows where. So, I sorta developed that into my own saying, “birth always looks like death from the other side.'”
As the Sun conjuncts Uranus in Aries while Chiron tumbles into this fiery sign, it may be time to cut an umbilical cord. What fear or hesitation is holding you back from taking a deep, independent, liberating breath and being reborn into another chapter of your life?
We launch Taurus Season officially on THURSDAY with the Sun’s ingress, and then good-old Pluto, the planet of Hades, rumbles the floor boards of our deep psyches as it pivots into its Retrograde journey on SUNDAY.
Mercury continues its ongoing challenge with Saturn – never more than 5 degrees from the exact square throughout the entire month of April. We may still be feeling some pressures, some limits, some delays, some time crunches related to communications-related work, studies, or on an interpersonal level… but it’s likely easier than it was a few weeks ago. Less self-doubts, I hope. The horizon appears closer. The goal is in sight.
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