What’s the best way to get the most out of your astrologer? By doing the work. By taking the decision to get the most out of your life.
What do I mean by that? Just this: to me, the biggest difference between an astrological consultation and a psychic reading is the client’s participation---in the session, and in his or her life.
This Eclipse at 21• Virgo is focused on tolerance and working together towards a shared goal. The Sabian Symbol image is “A girls’ basketball team”, which emphasizes cooperation, in a sport traditionally dominated by men.
Girls are superb b’ball players, as anyone who knows the game will tell you. But tradition says otherwise; and for a long time women had to fight to be recognized as the consummate athletes they are. Bucking tradition in order to get something DONE is the theme of this Eclipse; and believe me, there’s plenty to do. Europe is awash in refugees, souls seeking only a better life; missing and murdered Aboriginal women deserve a proper inquiry into their disappearances; people of colour all over America fear for their children’s lives—and their own. The recurring question remains: “Why can’t we live together in harmony, and how do we do that?”
Trouble is, the status quo is almost always in SOMEBODY’S interest.
Eclipses shake things up, which can be disconcerting; but sometimes that’s a GOOD thing. Ideas and interests get entrenched in murky places; and eclipse energy tends to push us out of the rut and make us DO something about it. We can do this; we can buck tradition; we can get going and help.
And we must.
Eclipse today (September 13th). Oh-oh—what fresh hell is this? Should I just hide?
Negative, Captain. Eclipses are energy. Learn how to USE it.
Here’s what you do. Figure out WHERE it is—i.e., in which astrological house of your birth chart it lands. 1st House? Revamp your approach to life. 2nd House? Overhaul your finances. 3rd House? GREAT! WRITE! 4th House? FINE! MOVE! 5th House? CREATE! 6th House? Get that physical you’ve been putting off. 7th House? Check in with your partner, because your relationship is going to get a huge WHOOSH of amperage, and you want to keep it balanced. (Don’t have one? You will…) 8th House? Expect transformation involving other people’s values—birth-death-legacy-divorce—meeting your own. 9th House? TRAVEL! 10th House? Career issues are up. 11th House? Friends and groups are going to up the ante. 12th House? Time to get your spiritual house in order.
Next, take a DEEP BREATH. Don’t panic. Expect disruption, because any surge in energy will do that; but relax: you CAN handle it. The important thing is to know where it falls, so that you can meet it calmly. Preparation is all.
And once you have calmed down, sort your priorities pertaining to the House involved. Don’t know which one it is? Call an astrologer.
Preferably this one.
This morning, in preparation for teaching a course, I pulled out all of my astrological books and looked at them. I set them all out on a table, and arranged them in piles according to topic, reminiscing and noting the gaps.
I had never done that before.
Astrology is based on time and space, and what may be derived from studying the astronomical mirror—the positions of the planets and stars--overhead. It is a body of empirical knowledge, composed of observed data and lore, of records kept of moments in time—of perceived patterns and regularly repeated cycles that occur around significant events.
September looms. For Canadians and Americans alike, election fever mounts. For parents and their progeny, school awaits, with all that that entails: the annual rites of education and passage.
For astrologers, however, THIS September is exceptionally packed. We have, on tap, in order of appearance, Venus going Direct on September 6th; a partial Solar Eclipse on the 13th; Mercury going Retrograde on the 17th and Pluto going Direct on the 25th; and a total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th.
Busy? You betcha! What does it all mean? Let’s take it one by one.
Venus goes Direct on September 6th, with a Shadow (catch-up) Period until October 9th. That means that all the good background work we did during August on our relationships with love and money is going to pay off, right? We’re safe until the next Venus Retrograde in March of 2017, aren’t we? Er, yes, unless we put our feet in our mouths or sign on the wrong dotted line when Mercury goes Retrograde. This gives us a window of eleven days (with an Eclipse in the middle) to consolidate those gains. We will need to move nimbly to get it all done.
That Eclipse, at 21• Virgo, is a doozy. Eclipses are like floodlights of energy trained on whatever part of the Zodiac they fall. This one’s focused on the notion of teamwork towards a common goal: “A girls’ basketball team.” In the charts for Ottawa and Washington, the Eclipse falls in the 3rd House of Communication, which reminds us that in battles for the electorate, truth is the first victim. In the Haligonian chart, we have a 2nd House Eclipse, which demands that we work together to get our fiscal house in order. (Or else.) And Virgo is the sign of the Critic: in the rest of the chart, we have Mercury setting off the waning Uranus-Pluto square, which has dominated world events since 2011. Words can heal: they can also inflame, and the stakes are enormous. Virgo will not tolerate sloppy or inaccurate language as we hammer out negotiations on peace or immigration or budgets large and small.
And then Pluto goes Direct. Because it is so small and far away, and because misguided astronomers have downgraded its planetary status, it is tempting to discount Pluto and to take its shift in direction as a non-event. This would be a mistake. Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun: it occupies a sign for 12-31 years, so it may be thought of as a generational influence, one of complete overhaul. (It’s in Capricorn right now, the sign of governments, banks, and systems.) When it moves in aspect with other slow-moving planets (Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune), things happen; but they are triggered by faster planets, in this case Mercury. All this happens two days before the total Lunar Eclipse of the 27th, which also squares Pluto. The prognosis is absolute transformation through communication, and its effect will be global, for good or for ill.
In other words, a full slate.
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.”