Stop it! Resist it!
There is a great deal of hype about today’s Eclipse and the one on November 3rd. These are powerful celestial phenomena, reflecting the tumult below. Yup, they ARE mighty; but guess what? They’re regular events!
Eclipses happen every six months or so, in predictable patterns which recur every 19 years. There are generally two: a Solar (New Moon) and a Lunar (Full Moon). Sometimes there are three: two Solars and a Lunar, or two Lunars and a Solar. They come whenever the Moon’s Nodes cross the Ecliptic (the Sun’s apparent path, around which the ancients plotted the Zodiac) close to a New or Full Moon; and they last several minutes to an hour.
And so far the world hasn’t ended.
Okay, folks, it’s time once again to sort out matters done and left undone. Every 3 months or so, we go through the planetary exercise known as Mercury Retrograde: this time the dates are October 21st to November 10th, with a shadow period thereafter through the 27th. During those 5 weeks, phone calls will drop; planes will be late; emails will be lost, or sent unwittingly to the wrong people; all memory of dates or appointments will be suspended; and translators will choose an incorrect idiom. Misunderstandings abound; and normal communication screeches to a halt.
Mercury R has a wretched rep.
This is a personal (and partial) list, arranged only alphabetically. It is no accident that many of these titles hail from the 1970s: it was a period of astrological renaissance; and not at all coincidentally I began learning astrology at that time. There are many other fine tomes out there; but these have been and continue to be MY inspiration.
I have never understood people who fear getting older. Have they considered the alternative? Aren’t they curious about what could happen?
Birthdays for me are watermarks, signs of progress and possibility. “Wow! I made it to six! (Or sixty.)” They are also beginnings of new cycles of growth and opportunity and challenge; and astrology is made up of those cycles. Every year, the Sun returns to its natal position (not always on the calendar birthday); and a chart drawn for that moment describes the nature and focus of that year. Years when Solar Return planets intersect with natal planets are particularly eventful; but there are quiet years, too. Understanding the year as a cycle in itself allows us to work with its rhythms—to make the most of it—and to forgive ourselves if we occasionally wax and wane.
I have a theory, developed over time, that every major planet has asteroid hench-creatures, minions who refine larger planetary principles with nuanced subtlety. Let me explain by example.
Saturn, the legendary malefic, the stern taskmaster of the planetary host, represents limitations, pain, insecurity, and fear; but it also stands for discipline, structure, and focus. But its two servants, Chiron and Sedna, relate to very different aspects of those things.
A panacea. That’s what it isn’t. Astrology as a framework is only as good as the person interpreting the chart. Astrology works; astrologers are fallible. Which is why a consultation is just that—astrologer and client poring over the map, travelers together, trying to discern the best routes to navigate to avoid disasters and toll-booths.
So why should whirling rocks in the atmosphere influence our daily lives? And do they? And—if so—is there any point in trying to out-run destiny? After an astrologer has pronounced one’s fate, what’s the point of trying to change it?
Modern astrology is often akin to psychology, insofar as it concerns itself with the workings of the psyche. Jung’s work on archetypes draws heavily on his fascination with metaphor, in an attempt to create a language of imagery to describe the soul; and most modern astrologers owe a debt to Jung’s enthusiasm for astrology as just such a language. If you can name the monster, you can beat it.
Herbalists have known for ages that poison plants always have antidotes growing nearby. If we are having a hard time in our lives, the cure is almost always within ourselves--if we KNOW those selves well enough. Astrology can give clues to the inner cures for the toxicity in our lives, just by reframing them.
I mentioned the square between Uranus & Pluto the other day. These are slow movers, as planets go—Uranus takes 84 years to circle the Sun; and Pluto a stunning 224. Uranus changes sign every 5 years or so, give or take for retrograde motion; Pluto—whose orbit is erratic—can take up to 20, making it a generational influence. These Titans appear in every chart; but unless they are emphasized by aspect to other natal planets or activated by transiting ones, they remain sleeping giants.
Not at the moment.
This fall there are a number of tricky astrological events; and things are going to seem dire. There are two Eclipses, one Solar and one Lunar, which is normal, except that they set off the already-precarious balance among the slower-moving planets, notably Uranus and Pluto, who are making their 4th exact square (of 7). In other words, the celestial dice are loaded.
So what does this mean for you and me?
I live and work in the Zeitgeist Hotel. It’s a house in the North End of Halifax. But it’s also a state of mind: zeitgeist, literally, time-ghost, or the spirit of the times; and hotel, a place to rest temporarily.
The name came about thusly: time was, if you stayed at my mother’s house, accommodations were lavish. Near-gourmet meals, freshly-laundered linens, flowers on the bedside table. Her standards of hospitality were high; but inflexible. I, born to less affluent times, but no less hospitable, would hand you a bowl of whatever was going in the kitchen; a clean towel; and a blanket for the couch, if no bed were available. My friend Joe, observing the phenomenon, dubbed my household “the Zeitgeist Hotel”; and so it remains to this day.
I have another friend who is channelling a fantasy novel in which my house and I appear (by name). It figures as a kind of halfway house for extra-terrestrial beings--like an immigrant welcome centre...she’s not far wrong.
I feel outed…but y’all are welcome. In the Zeitgeist Hotel.
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.”