A Perfect Storm
The Equinox, Full Moon and Easter........2013
The timing of so many planets in Pisces/Water in the lead up to the Autumn Equinox (spring in the Northern Hemisphere) and onward to tomorrow’s full moon and then Easter, was perhaps a celestial reminder of the need for balance and the conscious exercise of softer and more tolerant and compassionate attitudes; for we have now transited into a much more Fiery period where the emphasis swings back to Uranus and Pluto and more overtly yang energies. In some respects we have the ingredients for a perfect storm.
As the chart (reproduced below) suggests, the energies are shifting. Mars (whom March is named after) has recently moved into Aries, its own sign. With the Sun (which is exalted in Aries) also taking up residence and Uranus also in the early degrees, a threshold is crossed and a potent masculine force rises. And yet the timing of the equinox sees the Moon in Cancer (also in its own sign) forming a grand trine with Saturn (in Scorpio) and Neptune, Chiron and Mercury (in Pisces).
Venus, the Goddess, is also in the late degrees of Pisces (the sign of her exaltation), so overall the feminine force is still strong - as exemplified for example by Barack Obama’s speech (on the day of the equinox) to Israeli students, encouraging them to stand in the shoes of Palestinians. These were evocative Neptune/Pisces statements. Meanwhile on the same day the most unpredictable events would unfold in Canberra. For many commentators and experienced political observers it was an altogether bizarre and unexpected implosion. When the dust settled and heads rolled most were left pondering why? Join the Sun and Mars, planet of drives and impulses, to the unpredictable Uranus, in the action sign of Aries, with all three connected to destructive Pluto and……bingo!
Libra, the sign of the full moon and opposite to Aries, is symbolic of beauty, harmony, justice (or equality) and relationship. And it is the relationship theme that is strongly emphasised by the alignment, for here there are 4 personal planets aligned with the Uranus/Pluto energy, forming a dynamic T-square which is strongly yang in its emanation. And not just any four planets but two pairs which are the major female/male archetypes – Moon/Sun and Venus/Mars.
As reported in today’s Sydney Morning Herald a young Tunisian woman (known as ‘Amina’) recently posted two photos on Facebook as a political protest against the oppression of women in her country. In the first she is reclining topless with the words “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of the honour of anyone” emblazoned on her torso. In the second she is giving the finger, her tattooed body exclaiming “F--- your morals”.
Amina has now been admitted by her parents to a psychiatric ward (against her will). Meanwhile the Tunisian Commissioner for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (a man) confirmed to the media that "Her act could bring about an epidemic. It could be contagious and give ideas to other women. It is therefore necessary to isolate [the incident]. I wish her to be healed."
On the eve of the full moon there could be no better archetypal showing of an independent and courageous young woman (Venus in Aries) standing up for the rights of the feminine (opposite the Moon) and overpowered by a combination of the masculine (Sun, Mars and Uranus in Aries) and repressive authority (Pluto in Capricorn)
Relationships are in many respects key to this period; significantly between the sexes and between friends, but also in regards family, community, country and, most importantly, with one’s soul or higher self. Freedom, equality, respect for and the rights of the feminine (on all levels) are also strongly emphasised and it is worth remembering that there is much strength still in the water signs to tap into during what looks like an intense yet heightened, rich and likely exciting Easter.
Till next time……Bob