It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…
The above quote from A Tale of Two Cities very aptly describes the current astrological weather.
As someone who has witnessed a quantum increase in my psychic abilities recently, I wonder more and more about forecasts and predictions. Are they really useful or do they lead to people manifesting their own brand of self- fulfilling prophecies? The associations many people have with the fairly routine Mercury Retrograde cycles come to mind here. So much of one’s experience can be attributed to expectations and intention. So from that head-space I ask, ” Would I be better off knowing about some tragic events that occurred in my life ahead of time?” or ” How can one truly describe the emotional landscape in reference to something that has yet to fully reveal itself?” My best understanding of astrology typically originates after fully living a transit. Period. It is through direct experience that I grow. Then the knowledge is truly accessible and teeming with vitality.
Disclaimer of sorts
So now that I am immersed in the thick of April 2014, I am ready to share some possibilities with you. These are possibilities, not absolutes. There will be much more to share after the party is over and we are throwing out the trash and putting away our party clothes. I know it may seem paradoxical that an intuitive person would be hesitant to prognosticate, but I never said this was simple!
Introducing the power players
I can certainly declare that the energies are here. I already blogged about my wild Wednesday here: musings-tornado. Last night was equally surreal as I drive home from my mother’s 80th birthday party. As I am about to merge onto a major artery, I see that traffic is not moving at all. I consider taking another route and quickly ignore that impulse. There was a major accident and I spent over an hour crossing a 3 mile stretch of highway. I sensed all four players on this ride – Uranus ( accident) Mars retrograde ( passive hostility among neighboring vehicles) Pluto ( loss of control of my mobility as I sit exhausted late at night surrounded by water on a crippled interstate thoroughfare) and Jupiter ( grace in this odd feeling of calm and peace that engulfed me in the thick of the event). I remembered how I felt when I learned of calamities that happened to other people and now this one is happening to me! I considered how people found themselves stranded during Katrina and how lucky I was to just be sitting in traffic. I realized that I could make myself be ok with my reality by simply accepting it. I did my best to hold onto that grace and to acknowledge that my Mars and Saturn are being activated big time. So exercising patience leads to my salvation.
Many have already begun to notice that life is exciting, captivating, miraculous, and combustible. These keywords are helpful clues as you begin to live with the energies of Uranus in Aries ( exciting), Pluto retrograde in Capricorn ( captivating) Jupiter In Cancer ( miraculous) and Mars retrograde in Libra ( combustible). What do you see with your inner eye when you recite those words to yourself?
Eclipses are often experienced a full month ahead of time and this Lunar Eclipse on April 15, 2014 at 25 degrees Libra ( also tax day and my mom’s 80th birthday) has already started alerting the masses to seriously examine how they relate intra-personally, interpersonally, and collectively. Behind the scenes, Pluto has been covertly plotting its reversal and will go retrograde on April 14, 2014, exerting an extra heavy emotional burden on the already overloaded cosmic circuitry. Then two weeks later we have the Solar Eclipse on April 22, 2014 at 9 degrees Taurus. But because of the cardinal cross action, the lunar one is the biggie to watch. Aries and Libra are about I and thou, yin and yang, male and female, diplomacy and aggression, war and peace. This event is a pre-cursor to the Grand Cross of Cardinal ( initiating) energies: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Wherever you have mid degree Aries, Cancer, Libra and/ or Capricorn is where your life will be dramatically energized, exaggerated, activated, and rebooted. The specific areas of life are dictated by which houses are ruled by or occupied by Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. If you do not have a chart, gather your time and place of birth and go to astro.com to get a copy. A Grand Cross is a special astrological configuration that is created by 2 oppositions and 4 squares. Squares are usually quite dynamic and game changers and in Cardinal Signs they are even more powerful. Oppositions and Squares together will create tremendous tension that needs to be expressed. The actual alignments begin on Easter Sunday April 20, 2014 with the Jupiter Pluto opposition and increased momentum builds through April 23, 2014 as the rest of the contacts move into place. Then later next month on May 19, 2014, Mars turns direct. Be prepared for more excitement then as we ride the second wave. Any blocked or repressed actions will surface big time once Mars is back on track.
History repeats itself?
The stage was being set in 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn. Global economics were being decimated and huge institutions such as financial systems, corporate entities and international governments were being shaken to the core, forced to deal with catastrophic loss caused by greed, waste, indifference, and secrecy. With Pluto what appears sudden is really not so. The damage happens slowly and deliberately and just builds over time.
Uranus entered Aries in 2011 and this occasion was so quickly commemorated by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. With Uranus in super fast Arles, there is no warning and all bets are off. The sad fact is that we are still reeling from the toxic atmospheric consequences of this event and this harsh reality may linger for more years to come.
So we are looking at the clash of two Titans, extremely stubborn and uncompromising Uranus and Pluto. These two have teamed up before, most recently with their conjunction on the 1960s ~ “So you say you want a revolution?”, Pluto asked Uranus. ” Be careful what you wish for because you might get it!”
This is a different time however, and while there are echoes of that transit now, it is with a new tune. Speaking of tunes, I always find astrological insights are incredibly abundant in popular culture. I suggest reading the headlines, watching tabloid TV, checking out the latest blockbuster film, or listening to the songs that have exploded. So let’s take a look at Mr, Happy, the enigmatic Pharrell Williams:
Check out a clip from today’s interview on CBS This Morning : Pharrell interview clip
Very fortuitous indeed that he mentions stars aligning. Do you think he knew I was going to feature him today in my post?
I am using this particular rectification chart because it places Neptune in the 12th house, Pluto near the MH, and Uranus in the 10th. Pharrell and his partner call themselves the Neptunes. This partnership has been the providing the masses with incredible music , mostly from behind the scenes. But with Pluto sextile Jupiter/ Mars in the second house and Sun/Venus opposing Uranus squaring the nodes, it was just a matter of time before Pharrell’s radical brand of genius would be center stage. His chart shows why it this year has been called the year of Pharrell; the celestial placements embody the heart of the Grand Cross. He has Sun, Venus, Chiron in mid degree Aries, Uranus still in orb of the action at 21 Libra, and North Node 12 Cap, South Node, 12 Cancer. This force of nature is living these transits to his natal chart and his infectious masterpiece Happy is exploding now. Why do you think this is the case? His song Happy gives us a clue on how to cope with this planetary stew. The message is that happiness is unlimited truth and is not contingent on forces outside of you.
How to rock this transit
Jupiter is exalted in Cancer so Jupiter is the way to go. Exaltation is a fancy way to say that Jupiter is very cozy in the sign of Cancer. Jupiter in Cancer can take many forms: some manifestations include faith in one’s family, fortune through care taking, expansion via one’s dreams, or exploration of one’s roots. Where is your Jupiter located? Which house(s) contain the middle degrees of Cancer? How about your moon? My Jupiter is in the 11th house so my friends and groups bring me support and provide me with spiritual fuel. My 5th and 6th houses are Cancer’s domains so dedicating myself to creative projects, ( blogging), recreation,and healthy daily routines ( sufficient exercise, sleep, nutrition) are especially important at this time. My spiritual foundation ( Jupiter) was my anchor as I sat alone on a dark crowded highway last night. I did not know how long I would remain there and realized that the only way out was through. My moon is in Gemini in the 4th house so you know I am going to communicate about my feelings until the cows come home. Hopefully I have done that here with humor ( Gemini) and sensitivity ( 4th house).
I cannot predict your personal outcomes for you. I would suggest you keep an open mind and an open heart and put aside any expectations and fears. Pay attention to the significant imagery inherent in the keywords for Uranus in Aries ( exciting), Pluto retrograde in Capricorn ( captivating) Jupiter In Cancer ( miraculous) and Mars retrograde in Libra ( combustible). Look for your Jupiter and draw strength from your primal sanctuary ( Cancer and the moon) and practice happiness simply because you can! This season is both the best of times and the worst of times. But the funny thing is, can’t that be said about any moment in time? If you really think about it, we always bring ourselves to the table and the condition of our inner life determines our experience outside of ourselves….
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