People are finding each other. That’s not new: it’s spring. Regardless of the temperature outside, sparks are flying inside whenever the year rolls into Aries. This year, however, there’s an added edge.
2014 is definitely the Year of the Relationship. For the first half of the year, Mars is going backwards and then forwards in Libra, the sign of the Scales; and all over the globe people are discovering what being in true balance—in harmony with the world and with oneself—demands; and weighing themselves and their partners to see if they’ve got what it takes.
“Hey, I got my chart done. I’m a Libra with Taurus Rising.”
End of story. But it’s not the end of YOUR story, which is a good thing, or astrologers like me would starve.
An astrological chart is a snapshot of a moment in time; a birth-chart is the snapshot of the moment in time when YOU were born. It describes your character and predilections based on planetary positions at that time; and THAT is what you mean when you say your chart was “done”. You sat down with an astrologer, who mapped out those positions and told you about your character, which you weighed by what YOU know about yourself. He or she then might have mentioned some current planetary influences, voiced a few warnings or suggestions, accepted your payment, and sent you on your way. That is what MOST people mean when they say that their chart was “done”; so for them, what I am going to say is utter heresy.
A chart is never DONE: a chart is READ. And more than once: YOU do not stop growing or changing as you get older; your birth-chart is something that develops, over time, like an old-fashioned photograph. Some parts of it will be emphasized by events or experience; others lie dormant for decades, waiting to be triggered by a chance meeting or an opportunity disguised as loss. You kind of grow into it.
Stress and trauma as well as joy and ecstasy can lead us to forget what we know of our strengths and vulnerabilities; a chart goes on reflecting these, acting as a catalogue of our abilities to handle whatever life sends us. An astrologer reading that chart can remind us of them, holding up a timely mirror to bring perspective and balance, so that we can go on.
Because WE’RE not done.
I was thinking about context—loosely defined, environment. Context is where things happen; content is what those things are; convention is to some extent why they happen; and constraint is what prevents them from happening.
All of these ideas are connected.
Each of these words begins with the prefix “con”, which means together, which means…relationship. Everything we do with another being—or even by ourselves—implies relationship with someone or something else.
And it tells a story. Out of such elements are narratives constructed—that is, built together.
What appeals and has always appealed to me about astrology is that it tells the story of the relationships in our lives, describes their natures, heralds their arrivals. Our stories begin and end with our connections to others; but the middle bits also hang on the characters we meet, what we do with them, and how we feel about it.
Right now, with Mars in Libra, the emphasis globally is on how we play with others, and the importance of getting along. There has never been a better time to examine the quality of our interactions with others, to analyze their motivations and our own, and to concentrate and consider the effects of choices made on all concerned.
Starting with ourselves. The smartest, kindest, coolest thing we can do for others is to understand our own narratives. Our stories. Concept.
Every day the weather changes; and we complain. Too hot; too cold; too much rain; not enough rain. We react; we take it personally. But weather is neutral: it rains on us whether or not we have an umbrella. Planetary patterns affect us the same way, whether we know it or not.
“Mercury Retrograde AGAIN!!” I heard all last month, when it was. But people who never heard of astrology, let alone retrogrades, still lost keys and files, missed planes and appointments, and confused instructions and directions. Over Christmas and all through January, people sulked and sooked about relationships gone wrong and finances being awry—a 6-week Venus Retrograde; now we are into a LENGTHY Mars AND Saturn Retrograde period, during which time getting anything started will feel like slogging through a swamp filled with molasses. The good thing about retrogrades is that they slow us down, so we can work smarter and more efficiently; the bad thing about retrogrades is that they slow us down, so due diligence takes longer. Either way, some will complain and some will wear rubbers.
This is Astro-Weather—the psychic-emotional climate mirrored in the skies. It WILL have an impact, whether one believes in astrology or not. As with meteorological forecasts, if we know what’s coming, we can prepare. Either generally, as with trends for the area; or specifically, with a professional look at one’s chart. I recommend the latter—obviously—but for the reason that the clues as to HOW to ride out storms or capitalize on sunny periods lie within the chart of each individual. It isn’t prescriptive—human nature is ornery and requires internal debate; and astrologers, like meteorologists can be WRONG—but the information is THERE, if you look for it. And if you need help in locating it—call me!
Newspaper astrology—EEEEEWWWWW! What crap—wrong two days out of three! Who reads this stuff? Who WRITES it?
I do. Or I have, in the past.
Newsflash: newspaper horoscopes are based on REAL astrology—actual positions of the planets—in particular, the Sun and the Moon, in relation to each other and to each Zodiacal sign in succession, plus any additional planetary configurations of interest. And all this in a paragraph or two. Tall order? You betcha!
Ariel Harper Nave
“I believe that there is NOTHING sent us that we cannot handle if we know ourselves well enough and that’s why I do what I do.”