NELSON MANDELA DIES – RIP December 6, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the man who has inspired millions, whole generations, with his bravery, compassion, humanity and his wonderful smile, finally died last night at his home, in his own country, the country he helped free from the clutches of the “Apartheid”.
Perhaps by the almost childlike idea, that by having been born on the same date as this incredible human being, and by the fact that he was also born in the same year as my father, I had a special connection with this man who at the end of the sixties, with the world revolutionary movements, a little like now, except that a lot more idealistic and romantic, representing the struggle for freedom not only of the ‘white’ domination in an African country, but the struggle for domination established by a dominant and corrupt class of individuals, rather as it happens now.
Since I had knowledge of its existence that was at the end of the 1960s, when he was already imprisoned on Robben Island, but that never, by being very young at that time, really having taken consciousness of his greatness until the 1980s, when living in London, Jerry Dammers song “Free Nelson Mandela” and recorded by the Group The Special A.K.A, began to resonate worldwide, in some way, making us aware that with music and peaceful methods, simply by getting together to sing and to expose to the world the fact that young people also had a voice, gave us a sort of intoxicating power. It was in 1988, when newly arrived in Spain, on a trip to pick up my things from my apartment in London, the concert at Wembley, to celebrate 70 years of Mandela, took place, and like millions of young people, we sang and we celebrated the birthday of the man who had become the symbol of the unbreakable spirit in the fight for what is right.
If we look at the chart of this man, here with the progressions (in green) and transits (in red) for the time of his death, we can see the Moon in the 12 House in Scorpio, with the Lunar node in the ASC, just above the horizon, also in the 12 House, which helps us understand what “the dark den of horror and sorrow” of the 12 House, that traditional astrologer were talking about, really means and especially for Nelson Mandela. Yet, he managed to turn it into an extraordinary path to wisdom. Venus in Gemini in the DC, opening the door to Vesta (dedication and concentration in a life path) also in Gemini and Jupiter and Pluto in Cancer in the 7th House seems to describe his deep desire for peace and harmony in his relationships with others. with Marte in Libra, but in the 11th house, its revolutionary spirit through peaceful methods, had its maximum challenge, when he realized that without some action, his message was ignored by the violent apartheid.
With the Sun in the House 8 in Cancer in Trine to the Moon in Scorpio in the House 12, Mandela made very good use of its 27 years imprisonment (a full Saturn cycle), studying incessantly and preparing for his actions at the time when he would be released, something that I don’t think that doubted even for a second. If we look at transits for 1962, when was imprisoned, Saturn at the beginning of Aquarius had just passed the opposition to his natal Sun and in direct opposition to natal Neptune (ruler of his 4th house), from the last steps in the second house,(which changed his residence for 27 years).
It was in 1990, when Saturn again in his 2nd House in Capricorn, this time in exact opposition to his natal Sun, that Mandela was finally released. This particular moment in his life and the progressions and transits of this time, is very important for all of us, because in it, we see Pluto in transit from Scorpio, passing by his natal 12th house Moon in Scorpio and he is actually released. I wonder how many astrologers would have perhaps seen this transition as his death in prison instead of his release. But, as always, that was not the only transit, Uranus from the 1st house, was opposing Natal Pluto in house 7, and Jupiter (his ASC ruler) was in his sixth return to its natal position also in the 7th house. And it was his relationship with the white President of South Africa at that time, F. W. de Klerk, who made what came after Mandela’s liberation, a reality that we all already know about. We can say without fear that this was his “Kairos” (or the right moment) for him to come out from prison and take the position that he had prepared for, for so long, overthrow the “apartheid”, call for elections, and become the first Black President of South Africa.
I think the lesson that this man leaves us all with, is that we can turn our adversity into triumph, if we have the guts to pursue our dream. That we should abandon our defeating attitude of “why bother?”, since “nothing will change” that hits many parts of the world, many young people, including where I live at the moment. His example was never more relevant than now, when we are living a chain of events that lead us to believe less and less in our politicians, those people we pay with our taxes, to manage our affairs. The disenchantment that many of us feel, often leave us paralyzed, thinking that whatever we do means nothing. What a sad place to be!!
Mandela turned the 27 years of unjust imprisonment into a passage to liberate his nation, instead of coming out of it, to take revenge and lead the people of his country into further despair and chaos. As the current President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma said: “We all saw in Mandela what we would like to see in ourselves” (love it!). The humanity, compassion and wisdom of Mandela helped him in his difficult task of forgiving his oppressor, since he was aware that revenge was not the solution. The solution was to FORGIVE and forget the pain of the past and focus on the NOW and the possibilities of the future. How many countries and human tribes need to apply those concepts today?. “Why settle for the world as it is rather than work towards what it should be” (Obama)(love that one too!)
It is important that we should not forget people like Ghandi and Mandela, as they are the living proof that major changes can be obtained peacefully, without bloodshed and/or building nuclear weapons. Without spending the public money to destroy us rather than to educate us and set us free. We cannot afford to ignore of men such as Mandela, since as Obama also said: maybe the only opportunity that we have to share our time on this earth with a man like that.
Desmond Tutu said: “Mandela was like a diamond, almost faultless”
Nelson Mandela live forever! and I know he will rest in peace.
THE ENEMY WITHIN and how to find it in your birth chart! November 25, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
Tags: Projection in Astrology, Psychological astrology, The enemy within
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That connection between planets we call aspects, whether it be by angles of 180 °, 90 °, 150 ° particularly, show us clearly that part of ourselves we find hard to assimilate as ours and we tend to live it through other people
The planets called malefic in traditional Astrology like: Mars, Saturn and Pluto, to name a few, are those we find hardest to recognize within ourselves and we tend to see them in the eyes and actions of others. Yet, any planet can be projected to the outside or rather to someone else, which is the same as saying, that any planet can become our “shadow”.
We may find Mars, the Warrior, as those who always seem to compete with us, those who always seem to feel the need to argue with us. Saturn, the great critic is the most common of the projections, since our intense insecurity, low self-esteem and internal criticism, makes us feel criticized by others. A simple gesture, a word on the lips of another, can unleash a series of emotions and send us to that place in our psyche, where we are most vulnerable and most inadequate. Pluto, the Lord of darkness, is seen in the other as the one that who wants to dominate us, the one that doesn’t let us be who we really are, in the disguise of a parent, a boss or a lover.
As you might imagine, the ‘other’, usually those people closest to ourselves and with whom we share some sort of emotional relationship, becomes the monster that condemns us, who doesn’t values us, the parent, boss or friend who criticizes us, the one who envy us, who haunts us and judges us and doesn’t let us be happy. They are those people we wish would disappear from the face of the Earth, in order to be happy. If only they didn’t exist!!
It is clear that none of this takes place in the ‘other’, hardly so, but deeply within our psyche. All of this becomes even more interesting when comparing the astrological charts of two people,in what we call Synastry, and there that we can see, as if by magic, that planets in the chart of people who somehow become the recipient of our projections, those we call evil people, seem to be intertwined with ours in the most interesting fashion. Is this what attracted us to them? And if so, what is that quality that at first seems to join us in “something special”, to end so differently?
How many times have we said: “How is it possible that this person would do this?”, or “how could I have fallen in love with this person?” It is precisely at this point that we should take back our projections and look within ourselves. The right question then, would be: “What is it in the attitude of this person that has such an effect inside me?” What is he/she touching in me?
These apparent enemies are at the end our great masters and teachers, if we take advantage of the opportunity. If we stay victimized, blaming the other, then we are losing the lesson and it is a matter of time until ‘another person’ with a different face and even background, presses in us the same button. Part of the process of growing-up, is to learn these lessons and little by little, let go of the victimization process, to become the masters of our own development and our own experiences.
If you feel a victim of another, then you’re not learning the lesson and are stuck in a pattern that is crying loudly that you attend to it and shed some light on it. Through the chart, we can see clearly, which are those qualities we find difficult to assimilate and see in the eyes of others. Without awareness there is no happiness, although on the road towards it, we may go through the pain. Without pain there is no birth or transformation. Without transformation there is no life.
The drawing used in this article belongs to John Cleese’s wonderful book “FAMILIES, and how to survive them”
Full Moon in Taurus and Chiron and Neptune station direct! November 18, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
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As expected in a Mercury retrograde period, in the past 4 weeks I’ve found it very difficult to sit and write. Despite the fact that Mercury has stationed direct last week, it won’t leave the shadow zone until the 26th of this month.
As everyone will have experienced, the themes of communication, our mobiles, computers and paperwork, the signing of contracts, and with this retrograde in the sign of Scorpio in particular,also inheritance money, unemployment payments, social security, mortgages, credit cards, etc, have been delayed. Best thing to do under these circumstances, and we should remember this, since we’ll start 2014 with another retrograde of this planet, is to ensure that everything that has been planned, decided, arranged, signed, it has been read a thousand times before signing, and every points discussed in detail. Check, check, check. Verify everything, the functioning of the personal vehicle, is also an issue. When you have a verbal agreement with somebody, make sure that you two are on the same page, that the other has understood what you wanted to say, don’t just assume he or she has, because it is more than likely that it has not been so etc. In the end, this is what we can do, but that doesn’t mean that we completely avoid the effect of this imaginary motion of Mercury, a motion that seems retrograde, as seen from Earth. But like with everything in Astrology, this is mathematical imagination, which works almost with the same certainty of pure and hard mathematics. Those of us who investigate and work with this type of cosmic geometry and mathematics, check it and verify it daily.
What we are also learning from this Scorpian period is that the angle of its opposition, meaning Taurus, is where the message to be discovered, really lies. The point where the solution may be found.
And this brings us to this lunation that we have all experienced this week end and that somehow, it concludes the cycle started by the eclipse of November 3, which we all had the opportunity to feel in all its power. Especially in Phillipines. What really happened?. Scorpio opens the door to the darkness of our psyche, to face up to our real motivations, to our need of survival and what we must do in order do so. We were confronted with our little- or big power struggles we have with other people and with the emotional toll that this has on us. We have also been confronted with our financial dependencies, with our deepest fears, our doubts and terror of abandonment, with the need to survive by ourselves, with our emotional attachments seeking to curtail the freedom of the other. We have come face to face with the consequences and responsibilities of the excess of Venus, i.e., to let us be seduced by pleasure, sensuality, gluttony, etc ( Taurus department). And so, what does Taurus offer us then? As I have said on several occasions, the cusp of the House 8 (Scorpio) is called the “entrance to Hades’ and the cusp of the House 2 (Taurus)”the exit from Hades”. In other words, all that money we have access to but we have not earned with our own work takes us straight to Hades and the money we have made with our own efforts, offers us the escape from it. Taurus is an Earth sign and Scorpio is Water. Taurus is ruled by Venus and Scorpio by Mars and Pluto. Interestingly, for this full moon, Venus is in conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn. All of this seems to remind us that the Taurean fear of change and their materialism, finds in Scorpio the lesson that changing or even death, simply mean change,and it doesn’t mean the end necessarily, but simply a chance to start and discover a new dimension of our psyche. It teaches us that without these changes and renovations we perish and we disconnect from evolution. Life goes on and never mind how comfortable we may feel in a particular stage or period of our life, this will come at the end, to make way for other, a renewed period or situation more in tune with the rest of the world and of evolution. In the same way, Taurus, seems to offer to Scorpio, the lesson that in order to survive and to find stability in our lives, we nee to develop our own system of values, our creativity and above all, our self ESTEEM. We do not need the money of others, or seduce another to be able to support us, we need to believe in ourselves and connect with what makes us special, since WE ALL are. There isn’t another like us, despite our similarity with rest of the pack. We must find what is that we do better than anyone else and how we can translate it into a form of survival. I’m thinking at this point that “someone” has spent 142 million dollars in a painting by Francis Bacon, (http://www.clarin.com/sociedad/Record-US-millones-Francis-Bacon_0_1028897167.html) this week, when in the Philippines people do not have water, or means to feed their children, put a roof over their heads, and bury their dead. What does that tell us about ourselves? Something is out of balance completely. And 43 million in a diamond! With that money could solve the life of almost all Phillipinos, who have suffered this unfair tragedy. Venus Pluto in Capricorn?
It is clear that the passage of Venus by Capricorn has activated the current and famous square between Uranus and Pluto; Ceres, mother earth, next to Vesta, complete the T-square, opposing Uranus in Aries, from the sign of Libra and forming the square to Venus-Pluto in Capricorn. Once again these events bring to consciousness what still must be changed in this world and our desperate need to find a balance, allowing us all to live better, more at peace with everybody else. What a Libra lesson!
Jupiter in Cancer seems to be responsible for this amount of floods, tsunamis, excessive rainfall around the world, seems to remind us, the power of the feminine and course of Nature.
On the 19, tomorrow, Chiron will station direct and Neptune has done so on the 14th of this month. As in all the retrograde cycles, they lead us to reflection and the awareness of the power of the archetype they evoke. These two are in PISCES, therefore, according to where this sign is in your chart, it is where you are bringing to conscience these archetypes of disappointment, redemption, as well as the opportunity to find the elements that help us heal these wounds. It is there where perhaps you have suffered major disappointments due to your ability to connect with your imagination without looking at reality. On the other hand, it is also the place where your dreams may come true if they are brought down to earth and to consciousness.
Ceres and Vesta were in Trine to the Moon for this lunation, reaffirming the power of the feminine in our lives. Perhaps a chance to find a healthy balance between the masculine and the feminine within us.
The message of this full moon in Taurus, seems to remind us that we must respect this duality in the interior of our psyche, and give expression to these two parts of our being, to be able to provide security for ourselves and regain our self-esteem that surely has more to do with our power to survive, in an honest and full way, than with our ability to seduce another to do it for us.
We must not forget that Venus, the ruler of this full moon, was born of a castration, of the decision of a son of freeing himself from the parental bond, to discover himself and thus meet the Goddess of Beauty and Love through his own creativity.
Just as this full moon peaked yesterday, a large plane crashed in Russia. Tornadoes and high wind are hitting several parts of the world.
Scorpio Solar Eclipse – November 3rd 2013 November 4, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
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ARIES LUNAR ECLIPSE AND THE LAST MERCURY RETROGRADE OF THE YEAR! October 18, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
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Yes, it is true that it already feels as if things are being moved around us, delayed in some cases, but we must remember that this eclipse “closes” or presents a resolution (or difficulty, delay) to topics that began with the new moon in Libra on the 4th and 5th of October http://cristinalaird.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/libra-new-moon-today-and-tomorrow/
At the time, we talked about the shutdown of the Government of the United States for the inability of the Congress to agree on the “Obama Care”, or “Social Security” ( for the rest of us) in a country that was created by private enterprise. Now for this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, they arrived to some kind of solution or compromise, to the problem (more or less). The same thing is happening in our lives. The question would be. What were the issues that were mobilized for the new moon? and what is it that is happening now?
We all know that eclipses are lunations occurring near the Lunar nodes and which are extremely powerful and that in some way, it affects our consciousness, since they disrupt the normal flow of the electromagnetic waves emanating from the Sun. What new moons begin, full moons conclude. In eclipses, our consciousness directs its attention to the emotions that swim in the subconscious, confronting us with issues that voluntarily or involuntarily we’ve relegated to this dark part of our psyche. Therefore, far from being negative, is an opportunity to resolve issues that we know that we must meet, but that for some reason, we have delayed or denied. The longer they stay in the dark, the longer they threaten us, causing anxieties, fears, disease, rashes, muscle tension, headaches, etc.
As this eclipse happens in the Aries-Libra angle, which for the new moon connected with the Uranus-Pluto square, is therefore confronting us with topics on our ability to defend what is ours (Aries), in a diplomatic way (Libra). How we deal with our aggressiveness, our anger, especially when dealing with issues that affect us deeply. This situations teach us patience and help us to become aware of decisions that we have taken in the past and that we must now confront.
Mercury (already in its shadow zone),since the beginning of the month, stations retrograde on the 21, in the sign of Scorpio and still in orbit of conjunction to Saturn, aspect that was exact, on October 8 and due to the retrograde will form again on the 28 and 29 October and then (with mercury already in direct motion)on 25-26 November. We will feel ourselves forced to solve emotional, sexual, and financial issues we have with others. Secret relationship are greatly affected. Mortgages among couples also, all the the 8th House and Scorpio’s issues, like sexual slavery, rape, forced marriages for economic reasons, bank loans, unemployment, taxes, inheritance, are being illuminated primarily. As it is the subject of pornography on the Internet.
This is the last Mercury’s retrograde of the year and it runs from October 21 until November 11 when it returns to its direct motion. Its shadow period started earlier this month when it was forming a trine to Neptune at about 2 ° of Scorpio and it will leave its shadow area on 27 November at about 18 degrees. Therefore, all those who have planets in the fixed Cross (Tauro-Leo – Scorpio-Aquarius) around the 18º, are mainly affected. The contacted planet describes which are the affected areas of live that are being challenged. I think of Obama, who is Leo with Aquarius Asc. ;-D
Also makes me smile that the film based on the novel “Fifty shades of Grey” which describes a rsado-masochist relationship (very Scorpio and House 8) is being planned and filmed at the moment.
Ultimately, interesting moments, full of possibilities for the resolution of issues that cry out from the inside of our psyche, so that we pay them some attention.
Venus enters Sagittarius – TODAY October 7, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
Tags: Love between people of different races., Venus and the Moon, Venus in a Fire sign, Venus in Sagittarius
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VENUS enters Sagittarius this afternoon, bringing with her a little bit of optimism and spirit of adventure typically Sagittarians. It does so together with the Moon , both on their way to form a square to Neptune in PISCES between today and tomorrow. Follow the impulse of inspiration but remember to keep your feet on the ground, since this combination may prove a tad unrealistic and extravagant, but of course, in these times of harsh realities presented by the new moon in Libra’s two days ago, will refresh us the spirit and inspire us with enthusiasm and the need to take risk. Venus is in Sagittarius until November 5 and it will drive us to move beyond the neighborhood, with its love for other cultures, foreign lands and the different, especially around the 16-17 of this month, when contact Uranus in Aries.
People with this position of Venus in their birth chart, almost always fall in love with foreigners and thereby, with other cultures. They love to travel to faraway places that are completely different from the one they were born into. The work in travel agencies, as a teacher, professors, yoga teachers, etc, are good professions for Venus in Sagittarius. For signs of fire, creativity is a Necessity. People with planets in house 9, mainly Venus in house 9, Jupiter in house 7, Venus in conjunction to Jupiter, or square or opposition, all share this archetype.
The influence of the month seems to suggest then, to open our mind to other cultures, to the globalization that is inevitably occurring, to tolerance, the acceptance of which despite being different in language, customs, food, color of skin, etc, all are part of the unique ethnic group inhabiting the Earth, which is the human race. It is the difference that we are enriched by and this passage from Venus helps us understand that we must respect this. Whether we like it or not.
LIBRA NEW MOON today and tomorrow October 5, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
Tags: Fifty shades of Grey, New Moon in Libra
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We finally arrived at this new moon in Libra, which reactivates the current Uranus-Pluto square and also forms a square to Jupiter, so forming a Grand Cross cardinal, dynamic, which gives us one more opportunity to address issues of injustice in our lives and emotional situations we are struggling with and we have headlines like these:
“First hour of Tuesday, all public United States agencies, from le Department of Defense, through NASA, public museums, national parks, centers of research, to the White House and the Capitol itself, have begun to implement the plans to deal with the closure of the Government which came into effect last midnight to the inability of Democrats and Republicans to reach an agreement on the budget”.
I.e.: the closing of the Government of the United States, just because they cannot exercise the LIBRA’s principle par excellence which is sitting down to speak, in order to be able to agree on something. I only mention the situation in american politics, simply because it is the most obvious and known by all, rather than the local issues of smaller countries, but I invite you to share in this space, any local news that reflects this need to come to an agreement by two parties. As Saturn, Venus and the Lunar node in Scorpio continue for this lunation, the topics remain around issues of the use of public money, shared money, money from the husband/wife, child support in divorce, our debts, payment of taxes, inheritance, etc. i.e. themes of the 8th House and Scorpio.
One more opportunity to review what it really means finding an agreement in regards to custody of children, since for this New Moon, Mars is still in Leo and squares Venus in Scorpio (which is also the Ruler of this lunation in Libra), also, the right or not to inheritance, the right or not to pensions, and in the case of the United States the right to use public money to solve the famous “Obama Care”, that just means social security for all Americans, like France and Spain, and England and most European countries have.
But we must not forget the fact that Libra is traditionally ruled by Venus, the planet named after the goddess of Beauty, Seduction, Money and as you notice, I don’t use the term goddess of Love, since for me, Venus is not the goddess of Love. Or at least not of Love as most of us understand it: monogamous, faithful, devoted and patient love, or the love for our children. Venus in Scorpio has a particular experience in Sorpio that reminds us of Persefone or the modern version of her in the fiction character of Miss Anastasia Steel and her Hades, Christian Grey of the now so popular novel, “Fifty shades of Grey”. When you translate the title into Spanish, the inuendos that are reflected in its original title, are lost, and the fact that the name of the main character agrees with its irresistible gray eyes, an essential part of its charm, as well as the power, irresistible to a virgin, and his beauty and money, all themes Venus in Scorpio. Domination, submission, masochism, sexuality, etc. In the book they also sign an agreement (very Libra) before entering the world of Hades, which is what they do in their sexual journey. If you found this book in the last month, you now know why.It is curious to see, that the english actor who will play Christian Grey, gorgeous Charlie Hannam has the Sun in Aries opposite Pluto in Libra in his birthchart. Coincidence? Surely, he will play this role like no one else.
Fortunately, Saturn forms a trine to Chiron, so the issue of finding a solution to the deep wounds and the real reasons for our emotional imbalance, has a glorious chance of success. Searching in the depths of our psyche and the confrontation with our darker motives is undoubtedly one of the main themes of this lunation and absolutely vital to find a just settlement to the involved parties. Good time to put all the cards on the table and try to find a compromise, which will benefit all those involved.
This new moon in Libra is directly and almost exactly opposite Uranus, therefore unexpected events arising from a situation that is already on the table are expected, and as I am writing the terrible accident on the coast of Italy, where more than 300 immigrants have lost their life in the saddest of circumstances, remind us of the power of Pluto and Uranus. In short, an opportunity to solve current issues that must have prevented you from sleeping well lately and an invitation to a more comprehensive look at the interests of those with whom you disagree.
Themes that have been triggered by the Urano-Pluto square, are the ones we need to close. This New Moon in Libra reminds us that we can not simply decide to forget about it and that instead we need to find that desired emotional balance through resolving the situations with fairness, honesty and consciousness. Search inside you, in the depths of your being and don’t forget to see the other’s point of view.
The Saturn-Lunar Node conjunction of September 25th, 2013 September 20, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
Tags: lunar nodes, north node, SATURN, south node, the saturn lunar node conjunction
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We all know that the Lunar nodes are those points where eclipses occur. Whenever there’s a new moon or full near the nodes, we have eclipses. But actually, what are these points and what makes them so important? We know that they are quite measurable, since we know at all times exactly where they are and we also know that they describe two points where two imaginary planes intersect. The Nodes are those points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic, or in other words, the apparent passage of the Sun on the celestial sphere. But of course we also know that it is really us on Earth, that move around the Sun, giving us the illusion that is the Sun that moves around us.
In both Vedic Astrology and the Hubber system, these nodes are vital points of the chart, and of course to any astrologer who works constantly doing astrological charts for people, for a long time, these are, crucial points.
Despite all of this, what we do know, is that they reveal extraordinary insight of the person’s journey through life, from the point of view of the soul of the individual. The North node seems to describe these qualities we need to develop to become a complete and conscious individual, the South node, show us the starting point in this life or past lives, depending how you look at the picture.Is that point which we need to evolve and move away from to be able to make progress in our spiritual development. Depending on different points of view, the South node may also describe the environment and cultural conditioning and values in which the individual was born.
On September 25 this year, and for the first time since August 19, the 1808, Saturn is in conjunction with the North node and therefore in opposition to the South node. This happens about 9 degrees of Scorpio, so depending on where the angle Scorpio-Tauro is in the chart, will probably hint on what this event is bringing to our lives.
In 1808, there were also many wars in Europe, i.e. Spain with France, the war of Finland with Russia (the Russians invaded Finland without prior notice). The French surrendered to Spanish troops at the battle of Bailén, but then won the battle of Tudela. Napoleon joins his army in Spain. Carlos IV abdicated in favour of his son, Ferdinand VII. Mercury hides Saturn, apparently. Beethoven played his Symphony 5 and 6 for the first time in a marathon of piano at a benefit concert.
It is very difficult for any astrologer to know what really means this combination at this particular historical moment, but even so we can concentrate on what we do know. We all know that Saturn is the Great Master, Lord of Karma, father, and the great “mirror of reality” of our lives. In Scorpio, it has been helping us discover, bring to light, reveal, themes of our unconscious that need expression and recognition. Both Scorpio and the House 8, confront us with our need to survive in spite of it all. Speaks to us about our financial dependencies, our sexuality and above all, of the need to change and evolve to be able to continue living. Saturn in Scorpio is inviting us to confront those issues that we really “must do” or “must fix” , and must “confront” to be able to move on and evolve. Taking into account that the North node corresponds somewhat with that concept of the Kabbalah called “Tikkun”, or “Rectification” or “Repair”, we can start drawing some conclusions about what this cosmic “encounter”, which has also the company of Venus, at about 10 degrees of Scorpio, at the moment. It is certainly in the field of personal relationships that we meet these challenges in a clear and transformative way. Especially when we are talking about the less popular aspects of Scorpio and the 8 House, as the money of others, our debts, our assumption “that if the other has more than us, “must” help us, in particular the Government, and here come the themes of “unemployment”, banks, social security, credit cards, etc.
In a general way, we can formulate some possible scenarios for action, taking into account also that the angle of the Lunar nodes is also called the “angle of destiny”. Perhaps this is the moment when Fate manifests outright, giving us the opportunity to “concretize”, “shape” our deepest longings. It can also be the opportunity to understand what is our relationship with ‘authority’, who are the figures of authority in our lives and how is it that we have allowed ourselves, to reach a situation where we don’t have any authority. Issues of the past that we believed solved might return to our consciousness to be able to give them the proper “burial”. What role plays sexuality in our relationship and how to handle “shared money”.
Who has the final word within the relationship, and how this coincides with who brings more or less money home. The power games within our relationships, i.e. “I spend more of your money the less satisfied I am”, are also on the table, so that we can recognize what is that the soul really needs to heal, to grow. The lesson that no one else is responsible for ourselves, other than our parents “when we are children”. And when I say kids, I am not speaking of children up to age 30. I AM responsible for MY life. My personal practice is more full than ever with clients that are struggling with these crucial issues within “personal relationships”, that are NOT only 7 House issues.
So, we have enough material to reflect on, to examine and meanwhile, “we must go on living”, searching, working and elaborating on this incredible mystery that is Life, the emotional world, Mind, Nature, being Human.
FULL MOON IN PISCES – September 19th September 15, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
Tags: Full Moon, Full Moon in Pisces 2013, Venus - Saturn conjunction
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September 11th, is an important date for the Catalans and also for the whole world, and for completely different reasons, I mean that while here in Catalunya marks a national day, or Diada, this time was celebrated in a loud way, while the rest of the world remembers the infamous S11, when the World Trade Center two towers were attacked by two plane loaded with passengers. For some reason, I have decided that it was time to write about this full moon in PISCES, which is not formed until the 19th, but to which we are all heading, in the hope of finding some response on the issues presented by the new moon of September 5. This lunation occurs two days before the Autumn equinox, for the northern hemisphere and Spring for the southern hemisphere, which mark the point when the days begin to shorten or lengthen respectively. The trip to and from the darkness to light-
As we all know, this lunation as all the others, has its special characteristics. In addition to illuminating the angularity Virgo-Piscis, which confronts us with the dynamics to give form to our spirit, to manifest in the physical world (Virgo), the immeasurable, the ineffable (PISCES). The development of a technique (Virgo) which will help us express our divine inspiration (PISCES). This angularity speaks of the birth of Christ (PISCES) of a Virgin Mother (Virgo). But before Mary, virgins were not only virgins for not having been sexually ravaged, but because they did not belong to any men. i.e. As in the case of Vesta (many think that this asteroid rules Virgo, somehow) who struggles to find completion and fulfillment in life on her own, without the need to include the other, through meditation and dedication to a God or Goddess. Hence the image of the Priestess, who returns to the temple, to think and meditate, theme which also colors the Virgo-Pisces opposition. What PISCES brings to Virgo is also the understanding that no matter how much technique we may have, the spirit is not always materialized when one wants to. Picasso said: “I work all the time, so when I connect with the divine inspiration, it finds me working”.
The most remarkable or extraordinary of this lunation is the Venus-Saturno-Lunar Node conjunction in Sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, trigone Neptune and especially Chiron, and in quadrature to Pallas and Mars in Leo. The theme of love and the abuse of power in relationships between men and women, comes to mind, and interestingly, for the first time in India, the 4 men who raped a 23 years old woman in a bus, late last year, which then died in the hospital of the wounds inflicted in the attack, have been sentenced to death, with incredible loud reaction from men and women, in this country which clearly shows that is really changing. Saturn and Pluto are in the third Sextile of this cycle, in which they are in mutual reception, meaning, in a sign that the other rules. Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. In various parts of the world quite a few sexual abuse cases have jumped to the press like never before and many rapists, some in their 80s have been held accountable for abuse of power over young people of both sexes, acts committed, in several cases, almost 40 years earlier. Saturn isn’t named “Lord of Karma” by nothing. It is difficult to escape the winds of Karma while you are alive and even after death, as in the case of Jimmy Savile, the presenter of the BBC, who has been found guilty of dozens of cases of sexual abuse, what has ruined his memory and reputation, posthumously.
In the universal Chart of this lunation, considering the Asc. as the 0 degree of Aries, the conjunction Venus-Saturn-node obviously falls in the 8th House or Gate into the world of Hades, which certainly confirms, the series of scandals of corruption of our politicians and authority figures, who keep coming to our Courts. the square with Mars and Pallas, speaks of more than one situation power struggles between two parties on issues of shared finances and/or inheritances. These themes seem to arrive to a pivotal point at the peak of this lunation. THE trigone to Chiron, reflects the possibility of healing in the experience of these themes which are very Scorpio themes. As the Second House talks about the money we earn, the 8th House or Scorpio, speaks to us of that money which we can have access to, but without any power, i.e., money which creates debts and dependence on others. Separations, divorces, inheritances, are all triggered by this lunation in Pisces.
Gemini and Sagittarius are also affected by this, specially all those born in the last degrees of these signs.
This lunation impels us to the analysis of our true intentions and the ability to recognize that it is time to let go of certain cultural and family patterns to emerge as individuals and live our lives fully. While it is sometimes easier to follow the road marked by those who were born before us and above all, our culture, before raising a flag, ask yourself, if you really are in accordance with that side you are fighting with.
Negotiations on possible intervention in Syria is what is on the table at the moment, internationally and meanwhile the number of refugees and displaced persons grows in the form of an invasion in bordering countries. The destruction on the streets of this country seems inconceivable. What is clear is that the number of people escaping the situation is greater than those who struggle, indicating that most people want to live in peace and to be able to feed and care for their children. We’ll see what this lunation brings to this situation, what is clear is that Pisces and Virgo also speak of discerning which side we are on and if we are on one side or the other, or as PISCES tells us, we all are ONE, we have many more things in common than differences, therefore, What are we really fighting for?
The New Moon in Virgo of September and Chiron September 11, 2013Posted by cristinalaird in Astrology.
Tags: Chiron, New Moon, New Moon in Virgo, Virgo
As is usually the case, in September we have the new moon in Virgo, each year, coinciding in the Northern Hemisphere, with the end of the holidays for many and the return to work and studies. I can’t think of a better time to return to these type of activities than a new moon in Virgo! Every lunation has its own characteristics and this one is no exception. It peaks almost at an exact opposition to Chiron, the only immortal Centaur, who decides when to die and it does so by changing his immortality to save Prometheus. Chiron is an extraordinary figure, since despite having suffered two great injustices in his life, the first being, the rejection of his mother, when she realizes that has given birth to a half man, half beast, (for which he had no blame whatsoever, since his parents, Saturn and Philyra, change themselves into horses to avoid being caught, in their sexual act, by Saturn’s wife, Rhea) and the subsequent abandonment by her. Then already adult, being wounded by his own disciple and friend, Hercules, wound that he could not heal, despite being an extraordinary healer for others. Yet, this Centaur, is no victim. In spite of the injustices committed against him, he does not live his life as a victim. He even decides when and how to die. This extraordinary mythical character, who represents a small asteroid that has its orbit between Saturn and Uranus, between the limits of human existence (Saturn) and our projection towards the universe and understanding of our capabilities further than the boundaries of the human experience(Uranus), connects us with this intimate wound, that prevents us from moving forward, that compels us to limp through life, especially when it comes to show our best. Chiron works as a kind of bridge between the experience of the limitations of the material world (Saturn) against the freedom of the spirit world and other intuited but unknown dimensions of our existence (Uranus and other outer planets). That is to say that we connect with this Centaur, the most civilized of all the Centaurs, when we are called to the awareness of this connection between the extraordinary dimensions of Uranus that invites us to disconnect from emotions, feelings and physical realities, and the inevitable discomfort of the saturnian reality in our return to the body, the emotions , family, work, etc. Chiron takes 50 years to go around the Sun, so all those who are around this age, are on the one and only return from this asteroid in one lifetime, unless you live over a 100 years, and this gives us the opportunity to have a good look and the necessary recognition, to this aspect of our psyche, and at the same time a chance of heal. Only in the recognition,we find great peace and healing. Still, this is a process that needs time and work. So the return of Chiron in our birthchart, gives us the opportunity for redemption, of salvation. Great time to participate in a family constellation, if you’ve never done it. Chiron is a Grand Trine to Jupiter and Saturn and the North Node of the Moon, which provides us with the necessary “Temperance” to decide which is the best course of action. This lunation forms a Sextile (60 °) to Jupiter in Cancer and a Grand trine to Pluto and the South node and also a quincux (150th) to Uranus, which suggests the opening of a door to a new dimension, as if a last good bye was the intention. A glance at what we know that we must leave behind, before crossing that door to the new, and an unexpected event will give us the last push in the new direction. If you are starting a project, this is a magnificent moment to do so, especially if you need great precision, analysis of the different possibilities, with an awake and critical mind allowing you to correct and elaborate on different ways of doing so. As I write this I think of the situation in Syria and the decision to bomb strategic locations in that country. Hopefully Obama will get back to his senses and decide to wait. For PISCES, especially, but also for Gemini and Sagittarius, this is a great encouragement and a decisive fact in this year, and for Capricorn and Taurus a good time to resume projects that have been delayed or postponed for reasons beyond them. Resume your work, with optimism and strength and meditate on the things that you must leave behind before the leap to the new. It is essential to say thank you and goodbye before departure to whatever or whomever you are leaving behind.