Anyone speak "astrologer"?
- This was on one of my other lists, and I tracked it down to
but while it sure looks a lot better than the usual "AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): If
you have been stuck out of sight, and feeling ignored, you now have a real chance to
get your glad rags on" we see everywhere, and, of course, don't work. This person
looks like she knows what's going on, but- I don't. Is there an astrologer out there
who can translate? I was thinking this might spur some discussion that would be
useful teaching/learning experiences for those of us with only passing knowledge of
astrology. For example what's a quincunx? How would I check out my natal mars?
(and what does this have to do with the SCA?)
Note: These influences are working during the entire month, and form a substrate for
each individual day.
Mars is the big news. For the next year, it is the big news. And this month it gears up,
transiting many of the sensitive points which it will stimulate again.
Mars is energy, drive, unbridled ego expression. Mars is goal-oriented, not brooking
obstacles. Mars is feisty, ready to take on all comers. Mars gets us where we want to
Mars is transiting the stolid sign of Taurus, where it will be until the end of January,
moving back and forth (from Earth's vantage point). Taurus is an earth sign, the
earthiest of the earth signs. Virgo, September's major sign, is also an earth sign. Thus
Mars and Sun support each other now. September is a good month for moving on
your goals in a practical way. Earth is the element that knows how to make things
work in this real life on this real earth.
In Virgo we analyze, we learn, we perfect technique and expression. We develop right
work and right service. We smooth off the rough edges, and prepare to meet the
world on equal termswhich we do in Libra. With Taurus we are productive. We use
Virgo's knowledge to create something tangible. We build something practical and
lasting, like a home, a family, or a fortune.
Mars in Taurus provides the energy and the motive power to do that building.
However, building thoroughly takes time and deliberation. Mars in Taurus is a slow
Mars, and being Mars, an energy of action, is sometimes frustrated by the slow pace
of life. However, Mars in Taurus is steady, and keeps moving ahead.
Unless it turns retrograde, which it is now preparing to do, Mars moves very slowly
indeed, which strengthens its influence. Now, in September, It is slowing down for its
retrograde turn on October 1. This month it traverses degrees 18-24 of Taurus,
which it will cover twice more during the next few months.
This Mars pathway includes three conjunctions with the U.S. Vesta, at 20 Taurus.
Vesta represents focus, security, safety, and all things which promote the protection
of the hearth, such as investments. Taurus is the premier money sign, with a special
talent for attracting money. In the U.S. chart (Sibly), Vesta in Taurus sits in the fifth
house of speculation. (The New York Stock Exchange was established earlyon May
17, 1792, with a Taurus Sun.)
The U.S. investment energy has another adventurous influence, besides being in the
fifth house. Its Vesta sits right at the North Node of Mars, adding a shot of Martian
assertiveness to all financial endeavors. And perhaps propelling the nation into wars
in order to accumulate assets.
Mars, then, will be transiting the U.S. fifth house during much of the next few
months, stimulating speculation and risk-taking, and perhaps also stimulating
warlike action. BUT THEN ON OCTOBER 1, MARS DOES TURN RETROGRADE, or
reverses course. During the two months of retrogradationOctober and November
there will be much to review. Life will slow down then.
Lessons are to build what you can, now in September. But at the same time, to realize
that beginning October 1, all bets are off. Finances and assets are the major focus.
Use your Virgo smarts to best arrange your financial life to weather storms in the
economic, political, and social scenes.
Check out your natal Mars, as well as your natal Aries, for clues about how this
coming retrograde Mars will operate for you.
The U.S. Mars is in Gemini in the seventh house of partnership. This is a set-up for a
trader, a salesperson, and a dealmaker. It squares Neptune in the ninth, showing,
amongst other things, our dominating trade in oil.
It appears that the rising price of oil could be a major source of economic dislocation.
A chain reaction could result in social chaos.
There is a large cast in this September drama. The major supporting actor is Chiron,
who often disrupts situations in order to open them to a larger, more holistic
Chiron is now finishing up its work in Capricorn before it makes its final entrance into
Aquarius in December. Remember, it is the Wounded Healer. Thus in its transits it
often exposes wounds. Capricorn is "the Establishment." It refers to the big
institutions of society, its skeleton, just as it refers to our skeletons. Chiron has been
transiting in Capricorn for two years, exposing weaknesses in "the system."
(Capricornians, have you noticed that? It has been and is healing time for you.)
The U.S. Pluto is at 28 Capricorn, where it has been accumulating great institutional
power. Over these years it has progressed only to 30 degrees of Capricorn. The arena
of special focus is money and assets, for it is in the second house, which is associated
with Taurus. Thus the accumulation of great resources has been Pluto's task. Pluto is
also an extremistit goes all the way. Since World War II, the U.S. has built up global
capitalism, and become banker to the world. (Capricorn is also a builder. The U.S.
progressed Sun entered Capricorn in 1945. Enter Harry Truman as President. His Sun
was in Taurus, sign of a Builder. Now the U.S. progressed Sun has just entered Pisces,
the dissolver. And we have Bush & Co., who destroy whatever they touch.)
Chiron is back and forth over the U.S. Pluto and progressed Pluto during 2005,
beginning in January, and intensifying now in September, October, and November.
Chiron, too, is moving very slowly. It will turn direct on October 4, exposing to light
some of the festering wounds of U.S. capitalism and world power.
Chiron in the U.S. chart is in the 4th house in Aries, showing the U.S. warlike
tendency. This is apt now to be the U.S. downfall.
This coming Mars retrograde period may be, as I've mentioned before, a dress
rehearsal for the U.S. Mars turning retrograde by progression next summer. That U.S.
progressed Mars is literally standing still now.
Mars this autumn is very, very potent.
There are an incredible number of quincunxes all during September. These are
aspects of continual adjustment. There is no "getting things settled" or having things
"just right." We need to be continually aware and flexible. Frequent unpredictable
events may unsettle us.
The constant throughout the month is Mars quincunx Jupiter, a combination which
refers to the warrior. During most of the month, they make a Yod, or Finger of God,
with Pluto, adding deep transformational power to the mix. It is as though Mars, God
of War, is in the hands of powerful destiny now. On September 18, as Venus squares
Saturn, Mars as the lever in the Finger of God sits squarely overhead in Washington
The New Moon on September 3 will open new doors of power for the nation. It
conjoins the Mars, and the progressed Sun, of GW Bush. A very powerful Pluto,
stationary direct, is rising in Washington DC. Transiting Uranus opposes the New
Moon, bringing unpredictability to the mix.
Culmination is at the Full Moon on September 17. September 17-18 will be fateful
days for the nation, and thus for all of us.
The Nodes of the Moon are transiting in Aries and Libra, the polarity of war and
peace, self and others, thereby adding another association with war. During
September, they square the U.S. Sun in Cancer, thus challenging the nation's ego. At
the same time, transiting Vesta in Cancer is conjoining the U.S. Sun, indicating that
the ego involvement is about investments and assets.
This is true for all of us. We will feel our security challenged.
The four major asteroids all have important roles now, as well as Venus. This shows
that women, and real-life issues, are crucial.
September is a difficult month, and it opens a challenging autumn season. However,
there is at the same time a great deal of strength and drive available to us. Clarity
concerning our goals is essential. Mars needs a strong sense of mission, or purpose.
And it is important to maintain patience and persistence.
Note: A VOC Moon period is when the Moon is making no further major planetary
aspects before it changes signs. Moon and its aspects are strongly associated with
our everyday behavior, and without those aspects to direct our course, we are left
much more free to pursue our own ends in our own way. It is like you're driving down
the freeway and find the road signs removed for awhile. On the one hand, plans may
go awry, you may miss your exit; on the other hand, inner work is greatly favored as
those external "instructions" are reduced.
Times used are EST, because the overall influences for the United States are centered
in Washington DC. Click on a date to jump to the calendar entry for that
> Mars is the big news. For the next year, it is the big news. And this month it gears up,Transiting: moving across the sky, making angles with other planets,
> transiting many of the sensitive points which it will stimulate again.
entering and leaving signs and houses.
> Mars is transiting the stolid sign of Taurus, where it will be until the end of January,Astrology is calculated from the point of view of everything moving
> moving back and forth (from Earth's vantage point).
around the Earth (geocentric) not the Sun (heliocentric; altho' there
*is* a system of "heliocentic astrology"). Because of this, sometimes
a planet will seem to moving backward (retrograde).
> Taurus is an earth signThe signs are grouped by element: earth, air, water, fire.
> Mars in Taurus provides the energy and the motive power to do that building.The planets and the signs all have specific traits. A planet combines
with the sign it's occupying to exert a specific influence that partakes
of both sets of traits.
> This Mars pathway includes three conjunctions with the U.S.Conjunction: when two planets or points of interest are at the same
point along the zodiac belt.
Vesta, at 20 Taurus.
Vesta is one of the major asteroids. It represents hearth and home as
well as sudden releases of pent-up energy.
> In the U.S. chart (Sibly)The "Sibly" chart is the most commonly-accepted "birth chart" of
the United States of America (calculated for the signing of the
Declaration of Independence at Philadelphia, I believe).
> Vesta in Taurus sits in the fifthHouses, as opposed to the fixed constellations, are determined
> house of speculation.
by finding the degree on the zodiac corresponding to the sky point
that was just on the eastern horizon at birth (the ascendant) and
dividing the sky from that point into 12 (usually unequal) pie sections,
by several different methods. Which method (Placidus, Koch, Alcabitius,
Regiomontanus, etc.) to use is to astrologers as which OS to use is to
programmers. Each house governs a different sphere of living: home,
work, fun, finances, travel, partnerships, etc.
> Check out your natal Mars, as well as your natal Aries, for clues about how thisYour "natal Mars" is the point at which Mars was situated in the sky at
> coming retrograde Mars will operate for you.
the moment of your birth. Your "natal Aries" is the situation of the
constellation Aries -- what planets were in it, and where -- at the
moment of your birth.
> It squares Neptune in the ninth, showing,A square, or quadrature, is a 90-degree angle, the worst aspect.
> amongst other things, our dominating trade in oil.
> The major supporting actor is Chiron,Chiron is an asteroid in an unusual place, between Saturn and Uranus. It
> who often disrupts situations in order to open them to a larger, more holistic
represents the unhealable wound that everyone has, the sore spot that
won't go away. Your natal Chiron can be the wound, the wounded one, the
one who wounds, or the healer. It was only discovered in (most of) our
lifetimes, and so has no place in medieval astrology, but I find it a
*profoundly* meaningful symbol and give it a lot of attention in my
> Chiron is back and forth over the U.S. Pluto and progressed Pluto during 2005,A progressed position is the place a planet would be in if you took X
number of years, and moved the chart forward the same number of days by
> There are an incredible number of quincunxes all during September.A quincunx is an angle of 150 degrees, or 5 signs. Being "not
quite" a straight line, it represents something that's "out
of whack", that needs to be knocked into alignment.
> During most of the month, they make a Yod, or Finger of God,A yod is a non-canonical aspect of three points that form a figure
> with Pluto, adding deep transformational power to the mix.
somewhat resembling a figure 7 or L. It gets its mystical meaning from
the fact that yod is the Hebrew letter Y, and is the first letter of
the Ineffable Name of God.
> A very powerful Pluto,It was going forward but just seemed to stop just before it goes
> stationary direct,
retrograde. Pluto stations can have major influence on large groups,
including entire countries. They can also toss a monkey wrench (for
good or ill) into individual lives. I joined the SCA just after a
Pluto station right on my ascendant...and the rest is history.
> is rising in Washington DC.Is on the Eastern horizon.
> The Nodes of the Moon are transiting in Aries and Libra,The points at which the path of the moon cuts across the ecliptic.
> Note: A VOC Moon periodVOC = "void of course", not making any major angles. Since the moon
moves so quickly relative to the other planets, it makes *lots*
of angles. When it doesn't, that's notable. Making decisions is bad,
reassessing is good.
Hope this helps.
Baron Steffan ap Kennydd, OP, OL, Firebrand Her. Ext.
Are you on the Rolls Ethereal? You should be!
- Thank you, Steffan; it's been a long time since anyone has spoken
this clearly about modern astrology in my hearing. You explain a
lot that I'd forgotten, if indeed I ever knew it.
- On Thu, 1 Sep 2005, Steve Mesnick wrote:
>Mars is at its closest to earth in some 6,000 years, or so I read.
>> Mars is the big news. For the next year, it is the big news. And this
>> month it gears up, transiting many of the sensitive points which it
>> will stimulate again.
> Transiting: moving across the sky, making angles with other planets,
> entering and leaving signs and houses.
<snip useful information>
>> Note: A VOC Moon periodBut - How can you reassess without making a decision?
> VOC = "void of course", not making any major angles. Since the moon
> moves so quickly relative to the other planets, it makes *lots*
> of angles. When it doesn't, that's notable. Making decisions is bad,
> reassessing is good.
=Tamar the Gypsy