Astrological Musings & More

Cassini Crashes into Saturn

If you’re interested in our space explorations at all, you’ve probably heard that the Cassini spacecraft mission, a joint venture of NASA, ESA and the Italian space agency, ended its seven year mission to Saturn on September 15, 2017.

During that time it did many fly-bys of the moons of Saturn while it observed seasonal changes on both Saturn and Titan. What is being called “The Grand Finale” began in April as Cassini was placed on its impact course, making 22 orbits that passed between the planet and its rings. The idea was to expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant before plunging it into Saturn, thus ensuring Saturn’s moons remain pristine for future exploration.

Back in late March, I had written an article about Saturn in which I mentioned how some astrologers have come to recognize it as a revealer of past life information. A ‘karmic” planet, if you will, that can reveal, both by the sign and house it’s in, the work we came into this lifetime to do. Being retrograde in your natal chart brings double emphasis to this karmic possibility.

Beside this, though, its position and sign in the natal chart can also point to the area where we most strongly feel limited and showing us to meet it head on, we can transform these challenges into our greatest strengths. It is literally our teacher.

Here’s my question. I thought about this planet’s energy and influence, with its many lessons to teach us, and started to wonder, “Does crashing an alien spacecraft into a planet disrupt and/or change the energy and influence from that planet?”

I’ll grant you, Saturn isn’t a small planet, but just the same, will our space “junk” make any changes to how Saturn affects us here on Earth – even just in the short term? I had to ask.

No matter what, from a space exploration and astronomical point of view, this was one heck of an adventure that lasted almost 20 years. Launched on October 15, 1997, its mission has finally come to an end. The information it’s gathered will be studied for many more years!

New Moon in Virgo

The New Moon this month takes place on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:30 a.m. EDT with the Moon immediately going Void for about 4½ hours before it enters the sign of Libra.

Why do I mention this? Well, the actual New Moon happens with the Sun and Moon both in Virgo. A New Moon is about new beginnings, but the influence of a New Moon is also seen by some to last for three days – the day before, the day of, and the day after. If you are in need of practical energies that are very discriminating, methodical, and precise, then, by all means, begin your work with the Sun and Moon both in Virgo. Just be sure to start it before the Moon goes Void.

On the other hand, if you could use energies that strengthen the intuition, imagination, and ambition, then you may want to wait until later when the Moon slides into Libra.

Moon in Virgo energies can be obsessive as well as create an excessive preoccupation with details and create an overly critical attitude. The upside to this placement is good analytical ability and an interest in intellectual pursuits.

Virgo energy is also good for business. Some of that has to do with an organizational ability and the ability to deal with details (when kept in balance).

This New Moon you have a choice – Virgo, the sign it’s actually happening in, or Libra the sign it will move to on the same day. It all depends on the new beginning you’re looking for.

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On Friday, September 22nd, the Sun makes its annual entrance into the sign of Libra at 4:02 p.m. EDT. It’s a balance and harmony thing. So is the Autumn Equinox, the beginning of Fall, where day and night are now equal.

Being an Air sign, Libra is very much into communication, especially in the form of debate which provides intellectual stimulus, something else that Libra enjoys.

Libra doesn’t guarantee balance or harmony but does offer the energies for achieving either one or both, if we so desire. After all, the energies of Libra are charming, diplomatic, easygoing, idealistic, and romantic.

Libra has been accused of being indecisive, but that comes more from looking at things from as many points of view as possible. Then there’s the fact that Libra doesn’t like discord, so the decision must avert that at all costs.

The love of beauty, harmony, and romance can sometimes cause those born under this sign (or find themselves being affected by the energies), to become frivolous, gullible, and even flirtatious.

It’s all good…Libra is just searching for balance. This is a wonderful energy to welcome into your journey!

Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto, which has been in Capricorn since January, 2008, has been retrograde, this time, since April 20, 2017. On Thursday, September 28th at 3:33 p.m. EDT, it will once again turn direct.

It seems that over the years of its transit through Capricorn, Pluto goes retrograde in April and returns to direct in September on a pretty regular basis. So what should this be telling us?

Well, as I have often said, Pluto is about transformation, especially where it concerns the removal of those things that no longer serve good purpose. Capricorn is an earth sign, ruled by Saturn (who brings us lessons), and is all about the physical world and structure.

Whatever part of your chart has Capricorn in it, that’s where Pluto is and that’s where this retrograde will take place. The retrograde transit ferrets out those things, in that area of your life, that need transforming. To ignore or deny this necessary change to manifest in any number of unpleasant ways.

The good news is that to be open to change can produce some wonderful opportunities in your life. The key is being willing (really willing) to let go. That means being open to the “death” or destruction of things in your life so that Pluto can create the “rebirth” of something new.

So, what has been happening in your life? Has retrograde Pluto in Capricorn brought you some interesting and challenging lessons? What did you learn?

With the direct motion of Pluto in Capricorn, you have the opportunity to use what you’ve learned to make changes for yourself and to help others, should they need it. That’s a total win-win situation!

Mercury in Libra

Then there’s Mercury. It will be moving into Libra on Friday, September 29 at 8:42 p.m. EDT. These are energies that seek harmony and justice.

There is a curiosity about the thinking and behavior of others due to a concern about human relations. Libra, after all, is about partnerships of all kinds. Some affected by this placement will seek out others with fine minds and who are honest by nature. Good communications and happiness in relationships are essential.

Decisions may take a while to make because the desire to understand and consider all sides of a situation is as strong as is the desire to be just and fair with the final decision. If too much time is taken to decide, the opportunity to act could be lost.

If you have an interest in psychology, astrology, public relations, sociology, or the law, the energies of this placement provide a prime opportunity to study them. This is a good placement for the legal professions, counseling, arbitration, and other forms of public relations. Something to consider, if you have Mercury in Libra.

Overall, this is a very good placement for all of us to communicate well, think clearly, and be able to see things from other people’s points of view.

Well, the New Moon is only hours away. I hope yours is filled with good, new beginnings.

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Love & Blessed Be

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