By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone
Contributing writers for Wake Up World
In these times of intense change and transformation, is it any surprise that, astrologically speaking, we are currently standing at the precipice of another huge energetic shift?
Today’s Full Moon in Aries reflects an important milestone in our current evolutionary transition. The winds of change are most definitely upon us, and now is a time in which our response to each individual moment we experience will reflect what is left for us to still emotionally integrate and how much of the shift has already occurred within us.
But, unlike other shifts we have recently endured, this Full Moon in Aries brings not a subtle shift but an electric shock; a perceptual upgrade that will change the course of our lives and alter our energetic blueprint in ways our logical minds may (at first) struggle to comprehend.
Let’s look at the astrological alignments accompanying this Full Moon, and how they are affecting our current spiritual evolution…
Completion and Renewal: Uranus in Aries Conjunct Mars in Capricorn
The first planetary alignment worth mentioning is the intense tensions angle being formed between Uranus in Aries and Mars in Capricorn. On their own, both of these frequencies reflect highly explosive tendencies, and together, this alignment will (and possibly already has) brought some deep unresolved emotional baggage to the surface.
The current climate of our human evolution is highly emotional, and the combined frequency of these two planets in conjunction is helping not only to bring through (Capricorn/Earth) any unhealthy stagnancy and dis-ease within us to the surface, but to make those feelings erupt (Aries/Fire) from within, in a way that cannot be ignored.
When we respond to this eruption within ourselves, by objectifying and releasing the tensions and blocks that are causing this stagnancy and discomfort, we can then move forward, making choices that honour the emotional work that we each came here to experience.
Alongside the Mars/Uranus conjunction, we also have the Moon (conscious emotional awareness) aligned with Uranus in Aries, and Pluto (unresolved emotional awareness) in alignment with Mars in Capricorn. These alignments add fuel to this tension angle, creating a very deep transformative experience — one of completion and renewal.
This cycle will be complete around October 30th, 2016, at which time we will be invigorated by new energies that will drive us forward and help us to pioneer the next phase in our process of transmuting the consciousness here on Earth.
Letting go and moving forward: Saturn in Sagittarius and the Nodes of the Moon
Supporting this process of completion and renewal is the alignment of Saturn in Sagittarius with the Nodes of the Moon. At an energetic level, the Nodes of the Moon relate to our personal karmic journey; the North Node represents the karmic lessons we came here to experience, learn from and integrate; the South Node represents the gifts and challenges we bring to this karmic journey. Together, the Lunar Nodes work to channel our awareness into directions that shift our perspective and support our evolutionary path.
As Saturn (representing emotional growth) is current connecting with the karmic Nodes, and have been for some time, much of our recent direction and experiences have felt like we are on a boat on the open waters, swaying from one side to another in the turbulent tides. This has caused us to experience feelings of extreme polarity — such as excitement followed by the complete absence of meaning, or determination followed by total dejection. While this phase is incredibly challenging, it offers us the opportunity to find an emotional ‘middle ground’ that both supports and reflects what is right for us in our own lives, and what is not, through the direct experience of contrast and extremes.
A new response: Neptune in Pisces and Venus in Scorpio
As the undercurrent of our emotions (represented here by the Water signs of Pisces and Scorpio) rises up to the surface, we are currently being offered the opportunity to explore the energetic wounds we carry us due to the (unnatural) sense of separateness we have been conditioned to experience. This sense of separation (from each other and the cosmic whole) manifests as emotional barriers and defenses. However, with Neptune (in Pisces) being in harmonic connection with Venus (in Scorpio), this alignment offers us a rare opportunity to identify those areas in our lives where we still maintain emotional defenses and guards, and to respond with a new level of gentleness and openness. It is an invitation for healing. It beckons us to identify and break down both the conscious and unconscious defense mechanisms we carry within our psyche, which actually feed our feelings of separation and prevent our hearts from being fully present and active in each moment.
This is a vital next step for each of us. We cannot expect any change to manifest, or to create a world that is rooted in compassion and genuine connection if we ourselves are not able to evolve beyond the constraints of this self-fulfilling dynamic or separateness and self-protection. And this alignment is offering us an important opportunity to achieve this; to gain a deep awareness of the ingrained emotional guards and boundaries that continue to separate us, and to consciously respond with more softness and openness in every interaction and decision we make in our lives.
The leap forward: The Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Libra
The Sun in Libra is current shifting our awareness toward a broader, more balanced perspective of the path our spiritual evolution is taking. From this perspective, a new pattern of thinking is being formed, supported by the alignment of Jupiter (intuitive awareness) and Mercury (logical awareness), both also in Libra. These two frequencies help us to begin ‘rewiring’ our thinking, integrating the left (logical) and right (intuitive) hemispheres of the brain. This integration is vital to our process of awakening.
In each moment and situation, we have both a challenge and a choice; to respond with a new open, integrated consciousness and see where that change leads us, or to experience the separation that still lingers within our psyche. But, if you find yourself still limited by feelings of separation, remember: there is nothing inherently good or bad to be found here. Embracing a new level of openness in our lives (however unfamiliar or uncomfortable it may initially feel) allows us to practice living from our intuitive/heart-center in a world that is heavily logic/mind-oriented; on the other hand, experiencing those lingering feelings of separation and emotional protectiveness offers us the opportunity to observe and gain insight into our current evolutionary journey, and to better appreciate the value of the openness and integration we are working to embrace.
Ultimately, both experiences have incredible value on our spiritual journey, and both ultimately support our transition into a higher, healing consciousness — if we allow them to.
Full Moon Message: The Winds of Change
As we seek to align ourselves with the universal flow, it can be helpful to understand how we have come to operate from the current frequency of the world – How the fears of the mind have come to govern our reality.
The mind is an amazing tool. Using that tool to explore the very experience of life itself is our human gift, and what sets us apart from the animal kingdom. Our evolution from primal instinct to conscious exploration is the basis for us moving out of survival consciousness and into a higher way of being. It is a vital step in our evolution, and indeed, our survival.
The evolutionary advancements humanity has made so far can all be traced back to our survival needs. Our intuition and instincts once served to keep us alive by giving us subtle messages in the moment to which we responded, but over time it was replaced with a growing mental awareness — which planned for our survival. But, as the mind developed, it soon overpowered the subtle frequency of our intuition.
As a direct manifestation of this development, humanity shifted from living in an intuitive state of harmony with nature and each other and operating from our inner authority in the moment (symbolized by the matriarchal era), to creating hierarchical structures that center around planning and therefore, externalizing authority and reducing our need to rely on intuition in each moment — which served to separate us from nature and create divisions among us (symbolized by the patriarchy).
The masculine era and the hierarchical structures it is associated with are often given a bad name; it has separated us from the very nature that connects us to each other, to earth and ultimately to ourselves. And yet, the paradox is that it is that very separation that has brought us here, to this level of physical advancement that will serve us in the next step in our evolution, which is not only to connect back to our intuitive essence but to advance beyond it; to explore the very nature of what it is to be alive in physical form while consciously knowing that we are mere expressions of the Source of all things. Like the boat in the open tide, humanity has come to a point where we may find the higher, middle ground, through the direct experience of polarity. And it is through this experience of polarity — from matriarchy to patriarchy, and from intuition to the mind — that we will come to integrate the two; to bring spirit and matter together as one.
Before we are able to live fully in this state, we must first reconnect to the subtle frequency of our intuition. We are at a point where allowing the mind to run the show on its own no longer serves our evolution. We are beyond that. The mind has brought us to a place where our needs for survival no longer need to take primary priority, ironically, unless we continue to operate from that mind-driven state (which is responsible for the separation from nature and systemic destruction we currently see in our world.) But devaluing the mind and returning to only a state of intuition is not the answer either…
When our intuition and our mind connect as one, what we experience is emotion. If our intuitive survival instincts are governed (overruled) by the mind, our emotions tend toward fear and duality — after all, the mind’s role in our survival is to plan ahead, perceiving (and attempting to mitigate) problems and threats before they happen. But when we learn to trust our intuition to guide us in the moment and use the mind as a creative, forward-thinking tool — as a means to explore consciousness and share insights — we begin to experience is the emotion of love and connectivity as our inner state of being.
In this journey of awakening, we are learning to live in a state of gentleness and flow. It is only our fear and pain — functions of the mind — that separate us from the very forces that would dissolve them. The inner calm that comes from connecting to our inner knowing and trusting in our intuitive, innate guidance creates an energetic expression that is gentle and adaptable, yet at the same time penetrating and powerful beyond what the mind could ever perceive.
“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.” ~ Ming-Dao Deng
The wind of change is blowing upon us. Ride the wind, and trust it to take you with it. Know that you are always where you are supposed to be. Watch and listen. Do not fear the storm, for it is your soul calling for you to reconnect; to live in a state that is beyond the limits of the mind; to transcend the polarity of spirit and matter, and live wholly in your body of awareness, with the mind and intuition integrated as one.
Simon & Jennifer
About the authors:
Simon Vorster is an evolutionary astrologer and teacher who has been practising astrology for over 11 years. Together with his partner and co-founder of Raising Vibrations, Jennifer Langstone, their work is rooted in helping souls de-condition the self and empower the soul into making new conscious choices. Through the website, Raising Vibrations Astrology, and the consulting services they offer, Simon and Jennifer share their thoughts and insights and, using the powerful tool of evolutionary astrology, help and guide others to find their own spiritual paths, live authentically in the moment and understand ways they are able to positively effect their own spiritual evolution.
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by Kit Walker
911 is the cornerstone of the lie. It has also been referred to as the litmus test. I am beginning to wonder if the time of karmic retribution for 911, and all the suffering that it begat, is upon us.
Let’s take a look at the chart of 911. The most salient feature is the opposition of Saturn in Gemini, and Pluto in Sagittarius, forming a T-Square with the Sun in Virgo.
It’s worth noting that right now, July 8, 2016, Saturn has progressed around half of the zodiac, and has just passed, for the second time, this time in retrograde motion, the degree where Pluto was on 911, 12 degrees Sagittarius. As Saturn is the planet of karma, one might suspect that something karmic is in the works, related to 911.
Also, the most recent new moon in Gemini, on June 4, 2016, was on exactly the degree of Saturn on 911, 14 Gemini. And that new moon completed the ongoing mutable t-square with Saturn in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo, making a grand cross. This mutable grand cross was VERY exact, no more than 3 degrees orb of difference between any of the planets involved.
As the Gemini new moon was the focus of the cross, we could say it was the beginning of a new way of SEEING, as Gemini rules the eyes. As Neptune also is involved, it can mean a seeing that goes beyond what meets the eye, a kind of clairvoyance being made available to everyone. A seeing into the depths (Neptune), and then taking responsibility (Saturn) for what you see. And taking responsibility means responding, to what we see. Without this kind of seeing beyond the surface, we cannot act effectively.
My recent article “The Dream Comes True: Reclaiming Our Imagination “ explores that grand cross in more depth:
Saturn has to do with karma, and it is contacting the Pluto of 911, if we look at that event as an entity, which it is. Both of these planets have to do with karma, and Saturn always has a lesson. What are we supposed to learn from all this?
Saturn was in Gemini on that fateful day. Saturn is The Tower. Gemini is the twins. The TWIN TOWERS. Pluto, explosive. And, Gemini at its worst can be utter superficiality. Phoniness. When it is not integrated with the other signs it can be the liar. And the lie. So now, with Saturn facing that Saturn, from the other side, it is demanding to know the truth. Sagittarius is what prevents Gemini from degenerating into falsity.
When Sagittarius, and in fact, the whole cross of mutable signs are included in the Gemini experience, Gemini becomes the witness, the infinite mirror. It’s time for us to look in the mirror and SEE what we have become. And this could include seeing how being in collective denial about 911 and the entire can of worms that it represents is actually eating our souls, quite literally. Pluto can be vampiric, the Parasite that eats souls. How have we been complicit?
Could this be the moment when the chickens come home to roost, and the real perpetrators of 911 are exposed and brought to justice? As Neptune is involved as well, the issue of suffering is integral to this configuration. The massive and ongoing suffering that was seeded that day has to be taken into account and reckoned with. Up until now, it has not been. And this entire multi-headed hydra of lies and corruption has become a serious, if not fatal drain on the energy of humanity. It will kill the host eventually, make no mistake about it.
And as Neptune has to do with illusion, we may be in for the complete exposure of the sleight of hand that was done on that day. It’s not like it was so brilliant that someone with their eyes open could not see what happened, and even who was and is responsible, but group mind took over, and the propaganda got catapulted, as was so famously said by the liar-in-chief (Saturn in Gemini).
We can see also in the chart, a grand trine in air, with Mercury in Libra, Saturn in Gemini, and Uranus in Aquarius. Perfect for catapulting propaganda. The smooth talking of Mercury in Libra directly conjunct the ascendant, and the superficial worldview of Saturn in Gemini, propagated through the masses.
But 911 won’t die. It is there, like the flame on the burner, just cooking us until we come to a boil. Could this be the moment?
To look at exact dates: on June 10, six days after the Gemini new moon opposite Saturn with the grand cross, Saturn passed retrograde conjunct the 911 Pluto position. And the final pass, when Saturn goes direct and contacts the 911 Pluto for the last time, will be October 13, 2016. Getting close to “election” time in the USA! Perhaps right now we are beginning a final review on some level, which will culminate in some kind of breaking open mid October.
A week later, on October 20, 2016, Mars conjuncts Pluto, in Capricorn, which could manifest as some kind of volatile action, with military (Mars) energy. Could the election even be aborted, by some kind of “electile dysfunction”?
And is it just another coincidence that September 28, 2016, Pluto stations direct at 14 Capricorn, exactly square to the 14 degree Libra Mercury AND ascendant of the 911 chart? It could very well be time for the whole terrorist narrative to die, as we get to see with our own eyes behind the curtain just how the deception was and is done, and who exactly are the real terrorists.
Also July 14, Jupiter in Virgo conjuncts the Sun of 911. This can signify some kind of healing (Virgo) around the event, especially since the north node is also in Virgo, very near that position.
Then we can also look at when Saturn finishes transiting the Saturn Pluto opposition of 911. November 4, 2016 is when Saturn opposes the position of the 911 Saturn in Gemini for that last time. Just days before the US election.
we are in the “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” moment
What does all this mean? Well, it could go any number of ways. It really is up to us. It could be the moment when things really break down even more, and the lie becomes the “law of the land” in a totalitarian kind of way. But is that the reality we want to create? But look, this is the choice we face. Do we cast our vote for the Lie? or do we contribute our will, and our imagination to a real transformation, one with eyes and hearts wide open?
If you really do want to see in this way, it is available now. You just have to allow it. But that means you have to be willing to SEE the truth. That’s the hard part. If you are not willing even to look, if you are willing to just swallow the pre-arranged story, because you’d rather not be bothered, then you lose the advantage that clear vision brings with it.
It also can be the moment when the entire lie comes crashing down, like the towers in New York. I am leaning more towards this scenario. 911 is the cornerstone of that lie. When it is exposed and healed, it could very well be the beginning of a massive cascade of dominoes where this whole time loop false “reality” collapses, and all the actors of malicious intent are exposed for all to see.
The election cycle has become so all consuming and viscerally repugnant, that this “election” may be the perfect moment for a collective vomit like the world has never seen. We are already feeling it. You know, when you know you are going to throw up, but you still try to resist it, but then the body takes over and you just have to go with it. But let’s remember too, usually you feel much better after you throw up. Hard to tell exactly how that will look, but it looks to me like a purge is in order.
Anyway, just a heads up. I noticed this line-up in the planets and thought it was worth pointing out.
Henry Seltzer – The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. This is a complex month when inner planet retrogrades bring a sense of confusion and potential upset, switching gears, and when all three outer planets are once again very much in evidence, signaling transformation. Mercury is in its retrograde for the entire month, and then some, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account.
Mercury stations direct on Sunday, May 22nd, one day after a dramatic Full Moon that is closely conjunct retrograde Mars, so that this is one particularly strong weekend of the entire Mercury Retrograde period. Mercury finally escapes its retrograde shadow next month, on June 7th.
It is also fascinating to note that when the New Moon comes along, on Friday, May 6th, the Sun and Moon make a grand trine in Earth signs with Jupiter and Pluto, bringing the volatile forming square between Jupiter and Saturn fully into the picture, and Uranus-Pluto as well. This grand trine is formed once again when Mercury stations two weeks later, at 14 degrees of Taurus.
Jupiter in mid-Virgo stations this month also, and remains all month in close contra-parallel with Neptune in Pisces, opposite Jupiter. With all the outer planets triggered in this way, what we have is another rather intense monthly cycle, with plenty of introspective moments and with other-dimensional intimations that nudge us into the personal evolution that our higher selves have apparently long ago signed up for.
Venus is the personal planet that pairs with Mars, as in female — male energies, and as exemplified also by the fact that they rule the opposite signs of Libra and Aries, Taurus and Scorpio. For almost the entire month of May, Venus is in Taurus, the sign she rules, and is therefore quite strong, especially at the time of the May 6th Taurus New Moon when she also makes an inconjunct aspect to retrograde Mars, now running backward through the sign of Sagittarius.
Venus makes another contact with retrograde Mercury in Taurus, a conjunction, on Friday, May 13th, in the exact timing also of the First Quarter Moon. These interesting combinations with retrograde personal planets signify an emphasis on areas that Venus rules: art, beauty, earth magic, connecting with others around us and especially with important partners. These subjects are therefore on our minds and in our hearts for most of the month, when we will be looking beneath the covers of our artistic and our relationship dynamics for the underlying motivation.
With Jupiter and Saturn coming into the third and final pass of their perfect square alignment, this is also an exciting month for their own contrast in archetypal energies. Jupiter stations to direct motion on May 9th, the same morning when Mercury conjuncts the Sun, marking one peak of the retrograde period.
The New Moon of May 6th makes a potent grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, repeated when Mercury stations direct on the 22nd, so that all through the month this dance of the social planets is very much emphasized. Everyone therefore gets a big hit of applied philosophy now, and of social responsibility, recognizing where they might be able to plug themselves in for the purpose of creating a better system.
In the most positive way of seeing this, there is a sense of joy through limitation, as Jupiter enhances the normally depressing character of restrictive Saturn, as well as a sense of healthy grounding imparted to the Jupiter people in the group, those with strong Jupiter in their charts or a Sagittarius emphasis.
Uranus and Pluto remain in square, with no further exact hits, but still only separated by five or six degrees, as they receive an unusual level of emphasis also, throughout the month. Uranus and the new planet, Eris, are close to exactly conjunct, which will perfect next month. Pluto gets a boost as well, from Saturn all month long, and from the New Moon of the 6th, Mercury-Venus on the 13th, and by Mercury’s station to direct motion on the 22nd.
Because Saturn and Pluto continue in their close parallel aspect, existing structures of society are dying and new ones arising to take their place, which is also happening on an individual level. There is inevitability to the sense of revolutionary progress indicated by these further developments of the Uranus-Pluto square, as this intense and pivotal year of our supremely fractious decade continues to unfold.
SF Source Astrograph May 2016