Astrographs | August 9 2012
This Last Quarter Moon, traditionally a time of reassessment and reevaluation, is accompanied as well this month by Mercury stationing to direct motion on the previous day. This brings us to a much more internal place than usual, where we can take the opportunity of thinking over where we are heading and where we have been. Mercury‘s change of direction is welcome, and implies that we are definitely more focused and externally oriented, but there are still strong symptoms present of the somewhat difficult Mercury Retrograde period, gradually lessoning, that will continue hanging around for the next two weeks.
As Mercury stations, and for the next few days, Mercury strongly aspectsNeptune, symbolizing an increase in the level of both confusion and also incipient spirituality present in our lives right now. Neptune, strongly placed near the beginning of its own sign of Pisces, represents numinous other-dimensional realms that are essentially beyond logical understanding, better expressed by music and poetry. We all partake of a dual nature that includes, as Jung documented, the deep and vast unconscious process below and beyond the level of consciousness that taps into myth and long-lost ancestry, and that underlies, even though we might not be fully aware of it, everything that we think and do.
This powerful Neptune factor makes this a particularly good time to meditate, or to relax by taking in nature, or by simply being. As we indwell on our relationship to the cosmos, we could find that some of the answers we are feverishly seeking in our busy lives might appear to us, welling up from our interior depths as if by magic.
Interestingly, Venus is now in Cancer, sign of nurturing, and is in trine with Neptune. Venus also opposes Pluto, an intense condition that could bring up all kinds of relationship issues. This gets stronger over the next week leading up to the mid-month New Moon. As we mull over the well-springs of our behavior and where our lives are actually heading, we are therefore in the midst of a thoughtful episode of relationship activity that while it has its overly idealized and even confusing moments, is nonetheless a life-changing ongoing study and reevaluation of how we do relationship with significant partners, and indeed with ourselves.
Dates given for astrological events are based on U.S. Pacific Time Zone (UTC +8).
Henry Seltzer has a graduate degree in Linguistics and has studied Computer Science, and attended MIT as an undergraduate, but his real study is Astrology and Tarot. Henry’s study of Astrology began with an interest in Jungian psychological symbolism in 1975. He was immediately fascinated by how accurately the planetary patterns reflect individual psychological reality. He believes Astrology is a window from the material world into the spiritual. Because Astrology is based on concrete observable phenomena, and yet makes use of this data in an entirely different way, it forms a bridge between the scientific materialistic world view and that of the Artistic, the Esoteric, and the Spiritual.
Henry began to work within this remarkable field of study, and to share his insights with other people, and in 1985 created the computer program that eventually became TimePassages. His goal was to make generally available the information that Astrology can provide. By making it easier for people to explore their own and other people’s charts, or “horoscopes”, Henry hoped that anyone could gain greater self-knowledge and also that the world-shaking information that Astrology really does work would spread.