Today’s New Links
Laura writes ~ Today’s photograph would not fit properly in the picture box above, so take a look at the whole photo sent to me by many wise owls. Owls are everywhere! And they are well-ensconced in the fabric of the planet.
Today’s energy brings a reawakening of something, something brought back to life, second chances.
That is all we really need to know today. If you are interested in a more complex understanding, read on. But if it begins to frustrate you, leave it be. Return to it later if you want.
The consciousness of the Sun is collaborating with the consciousness of the Earth to evoke certain responses within the consciousness of humanity. Sunspot AR1748 continues complex activity, though when the spot turned directly toward Earth, it ceased flares. Relatively speaking, the earlier flares this week were pretty rapid in succession – power punches. Instead of being bombarded with the energy for change, we are being guided through changes with tenderness. Such is Gaia-Sophia’s love for humanity. Did you know you were that loved?
If this sunspot does send a flare, the intent will be different from the intent of the flares sent earlier this week. Remember that we are dealing with the properties of light (which is information that ultimately leads to some sort of action, change, or alchemy).
Today Tara, the Mahavidya who is directing this month, asks us to take ourselves out of time. That is, to suspend focus on the past or future and concentrate wholly in the present.
If you take direction well, you will notice that your attention gravitates to something for intense observation. From that we gain insight or wisdom. To facilitate this little gift today, go outside and pay close attention to the natural world. This will help shift to the appropriate brainwave. I know everyone here has a deep connection with nature and I really do not need to mention that we should go outside, but life is fast and sometimes it bears reminding.
May is highlighted by a solar eclipse in Taurus and lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. Eclipses intensify new and full moons, making us aware of our true priorities, as well as signaling major beginnings and endings. The third of seven exact squares will form between Uranus and Pluto, reminding us that we are in the midst of transformative changes for ourselves and the world. Beginning in mid-April, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars gradually entered a slower, mellower pace as they moved from Aries to Taurus. Along with Saturn in Scorpio, this fixed energy can bring more grounding and focus, as long as we can remain open to positive changes.
During the first week of May, we are in the last phase of the April Scorpio full moon and lunar eclipse, with a theme of healing and releasing old patterns. It is best to focus on resolution and completion until May 9. Decisions made between eclipses can have unexpected results, while matters begun surrounding an eclipse can assume greater importance. From May 5-7, Mercury and Mars in Taurus will form a harmonious trine to Pluto in Capricorn, which increases our focus and ability to take a deeper approach in our communications and actions. It is a good time to take positive actions leading to greater empowerment and commitment.
On May 9, the New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs at 19 Taurus 31. It is aligned with Mercury, Mars, South Node and Pallas in Scorpio. Taurus themes include personal resources/finances, along with needs, desires and values. Mercury and Mars combine intellect and action to enliven communications, while Pallas provides a holistic perspective. As this is a South Node eclipse, the focus is on releasing the old (patterns, beliefs, etc.) so an upgrade can occur that leads to new beginnings.
The Astrology of May features Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto plus two eclipses. Mercury runs through Taurus during the first part of May, being conjunct to the May 9th Solar Eclipse taking place in the 20th degree of that sign, which also conjuncts the South Node of the Moon and makes a quintile aspect to idealistic Neptune. Mercury then enters Gemini, the sign of its rulership, on the 15th, just in time to host the Sun for the powerful Gemini-Sagittarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse of May 24th, the third eclipse in just this one thirty-day period, encouraging us to think as well as feel our way through. Eclipses are more intense lunations — as recent headlines also indicate — making these transformative times that we are currently managing to live through even more poignant and accelerating the drum beat of change.
The big news this month is the converging of Uranus and Pluto for their third encounter of the close kind. This happens on May 20th. There were two previous exact hits last year of their revolutionary and pressure-packed square, out of a total of seven, with reverberations echoing down to the final years of these “Turbulent Teens.” We are, all of us, caught up in the vice of change and we might as well acknowledge this simple and straightforward fact. No one will emerge in the same condition as they started. The culture itself will undergo massive and radical transformation before we are finished, or else we are finished in quite another sense of the word. We must hang together now in collective action that is both local and ultimately global, or we will dangle separately.
What do you think about the intense energy we have been feeling with Mars in the fire sign Aries along with the sun? It has been a very war-like violent energy, as witnessed by the event in Boston and the fertilizer plant in Texas. I am so glad we are out of the Aries energy and into the energy of Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, although Mars will still be traveling along with the Sun for a few more days. We are still feeling the Mars energy, and Syria is now in the spot light.
On the full moon day of April 25th I heard on the news that Syria was using chemical weapons. I thought -oh no – this is bad news because the moon and Saturn are over Syria, Iran, and Israel, and the Sun and Mars are opposing that aspect. I was concerned about what that energy would trigger, and here we are in another crisis. How will this crisis be solved?
I had the time period from April 15th to the end of the month underlined in my Astrology book because of the intense energy it would create. It started out on Monday the 15th with the gold bubble bursting. Many people lost lots of money with their gold stock. It really took a tumble.
Then we had the Boston Marathon and everyone knows what happened there. Then a couple of days later there was an explosion at a chemical plant in Texas. That was a very fiery explosive week and it appeared to me like Boston was a war zone. My compassion goes out to everyone who was hurt, or lost loved ones in those events. We need to move into a higher frequency Earth where violence does not exist.
Taurus rules money. We have already experienced the downfall of the gold market. With Mars opposing Saturn it seems like there will be more challenges around money. Normally Mars and Saturn together bring police involvement, military action and challenges with money. Maybe the old system will continue to change so the new money system can finally manifest. Where is the abundance for everyone? Will that be a manifestation of the New Earth? If so, let’s all see us living on that Earth. It’s just a matter of changing our perception of life and feeling and manifesting love.
The meaning of the degree of this past full moon (April 25) was ‘A woman at an open grave.’ My degree book goes on to say that the principle of integration and form is withdrawn; leaving the Void-the open grave that ends all attachments. Check out the Tarot card called Judgment. It has a picture of a woman angel blowing a trumpet (Gabrielle) and people are coming out of their graves. Does this mean we have released our attachments to the past? New creation comes out of the Void. What is next?
Now the upcoming eclipse New Moon is on May 9th. The meaning of this degree is a new continent rising out of the ocean. It brings the surge of new potentiality after the crisis. When the mind has been emptied and light has been called upon to purify the consciousness freed from its attachment and contaminations, a new release of life can emerge out of the infinite ocean of potentiality. It sounds like we are on our way to something new. How exciting is this?
Thursday’s Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon, the first of three eclipses over the next thirty days, unlocks the power of Saturn in combination with Mars and Neptune for a slow-motion roller coaster of a ride. The concentration and focus implied by Saturn, conjunct the eclipse Moon degree, is brought to bear in close opposition to the Sun and also Mars, within the context of the emotional depth and intensity of Scorpio, implying relationship stops and starts; while Neptune in Pisces colors this event as well by its almost exact sextile to the Sun/Mars midpoint at 5 degrees of Taurus. Saturn with Neptune is a problematic combination, since these planetary archetypes are entirely antithetical. The dreamy unreality of Neptune suffers in collision with hard-nosed and reality-oriented Saturnian limitation that has it that no illusion is worth the investment of energy. Looking at this collision of values from the standpoint of poor disrespected Saturn, his desire for order and for grounded realistic approaches instead comes to an uncertain pause, feet dangling in mid-air.
The Sun boosted the already-powerful energy of the New Moon by releasing an M-6 class solar flare overnight. M-6 is a very strong flare. I was hoping we would have fireworks on the Sun! I say this because the energy we are under is cause for celebration. The energetic upgrade from this New Moon is returning us to wholeness, to ourselves – returning us to who we really are. The Mahavidya Chinnamasta (who is real) and the Eris energy (which is archetypal) are blowing like wind. The Sun joined in.
We know that there are always two sides to anything involving Eris, so it is also implied that nefarious activities are proliferating, while the wonderful upgrade is happening. Make no mistake about it. Nefarious activities are happening. But, at this point, we only need to be aware that they are happening. In this way, we are not tricked or bound to any deeds, spells, curses, rituals (whatever you want to call it – I call it Archontic trickery) that are being perpetrated upon the collective of humanity.
Wednesday’s Full Moon is yet another in the series of potent Full Moon configurations that have been happening around the end of every month. They have been taking place in the first ten degrees of their respective signs, bringing those signs into prominence and aspecting also the outer planets at similar degrees of Aries (Uranus); Scorpio (Saturn); Capricorn (Pluto); and Neptune and Chiron). It is these signs that have also been hardest hit lately with the powerful currents of outer planet archetypes, although all signs, and all individuals, are vitally affected.
The Full Moon phase in any case represents a reaching out for balance, and for relationship, and in the case of this Libra Full Moon, this is especially so. Also the Sun exactly conjuncts Venus, again symbolizing issues predominate of self and other. The Sun is also in close conjunction with Uranus, with Mars nearby, so that surprises are more than likely, as well as the potential for startling news, perhaps even accidents. Involuntary actions or reactivity might well have unintended consequences. We are also currently more sensitive to feeling hurt by our closest associations, since Jupiter is in perfect square right now with Chiron, the Wounded Healer, while Saturn remains in aspect to both and Pluto sextiles Saturn and Chiron, creating a close Yod formation focused on Jupiter. Finally, this Full Moon makes a T-square to Pluto, bringing into highlight the radically revolutionary Uranus-Pluto square, indicating personal and societal transformation, ever present now and reaching out for another crescendo by mid-May.