Astrological Musings & More

AstrologerHave you ever wondered why, throughout the history of human life on Planet Earth, we have always had a fascination with and been in awe of the stars? Some might attribute it to our natural curiosity and desire to learn and explore things we don’t know or understand. That, however, doesn’t explain why we have always felt the stars and planets have an influence on us, even before we had any knowledge or understanding of gravity with its push-pull influence.

Were we looking up with awe and wonder because someone came from there and we were hoping they would return? Did we see the stars as having an influence on us because those who came from the stars had an influence, albeit good or bad, on us? Did it cause us to become even more curious about what’s out there?

So many unanswered questions. So many theories.

Did you know there have been theories that there is a planet in the same orbit as Earth but exactly on the opposite side of the Sun? I’m sure by now, with all the probes we’ve sent into space, they’ve either proven that or dis-proven it. However, I can’t ever remember hearing anything one way or another.

Then there’s the “theory” put forth by a series of books, called “The Earth Chronicles”, by the late author Zecharia Sitchin that there’s a “12th” planet that enters our solar system every 3600 years. The Sumerians knew of its existence and referred to it as Nibiru. There is plenty of evidence in both biblical references and other ancient texts to support this theory. My question is, where astrology is concerned, what effect would the entrance of this wayward planet create for those living on Planet Earth upon its arrival? What new energies would be created? How would it affect the creation of astrological charts? Really gives you something to think about, besides the excitement the arrival of the planet would create!

Darwin knew there was a “missing link” to the evolution of mankind. Many have searched for the missing piece that would explain how we’ve come so far so fast. Perhaps we still look up in awe and wonder because we know that part of us came from the stars. We yearn to know where that might be and wish we could “return” to the stars.

New Moon in Cancer 2In the meantime, there’s a New Moon in Cancer occurring on Friday, June 27th at 4:08 a.m. EDT. That means the Moon is in the sign it rules or, as astrologers refer to it, its “home” sign.

Even though this is a New and not a Full Moon, you may find your emotions going from the heights of excitement down to the depths of depression. The good news? These moods don’t last long.

This is a very domestic sign but also a very intuitive, impressionable sign. Because the energies of this placement are placid and serene, reactions to impressions and intuitive messages aren’t quick, but rather time is taken to contemplate the information before acting on it.

There can be a tendency to be too passive. With the Sun and Moon both in Cancer there can be inertia that produces laziness.

With this being a New Moon, Cancer allows for new beginnings where home life and/or emotions are concerned.

Mercury DrectFor those of you who dread Mercury being retrograde, you can breathe now. Mercury will be turning direct on Tuesday, July 1st at 8:50 a.m. EDT.

Once again we have a planet in its “home” sign as Gemini is one of the two signs Mercury rules – Virgo being the other.

The energies of Mercury in Gemini are versatile, unbiased and impersonal. Because of this, the truth is more easily perceived. This is a time when, if you are influenced by this placement, you will be more concerned with facts than the attitudes of those who surround you.

This is a great time for learning, writing and speaking. Languages and mathematics are easier now. Clear communications of any kind are easier under the influence of this placement.

Nerves can still become frazzled from being exposed to busy environments for too long. Remember to allow yourself periods of solitude and meditation to avoid fatigue and irritability.

You may also find yourself flitting from one idea or project to another as Mercury in Gemini can stimulate a variety of interests.

Used constructively, this can be a time of learning and creating!

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As a final note, I wanted to remind you that, even though Mercury has turned direct, we still have three planets retrograde.

Saturn 2Saturn in Scorpio is retrograde until July 20th, still offering lessons about persistence, thoroughness, and determination. It’s also about learning to deal with people and situations calmly and efficiently. If you are harboring deep resentment concerning any person or situation, you may find yourself having to face the resolution of that during this time.

With Saturn in Scorpio, the sign of death, you may be being told that it’s time to let some things die. Transformation is another Scorpio quality, but in order to allow this to happen, you have to let go of what stands in your way. For this, you must seek out your inner reflections about your place in the society you live in. These insights can be the stimulus for real transformation to take place.

Neptune in Pisces 2Then there’s Neptune in Pisces which is retrograde until November 16th. Here, the lessons are concerning any illusions we may have about our spirituality, values and all things mysterious.

For some, it may seem terrifying to think that some idea, person or group of people that seems so real to us, could possibly be an illusion that has hidden a real truth that could aid in our growth and enlightenment. We tend to look outside of ourselves for hope and the promise of a better future. To realize that no one holds that answer but us can cause disbelief, for that means we have to claim responsibility and stop evading or denying that there is work we must do.

Pluto 2And, finally, there’s Pluto in Capricorn retrograde until September 22nd. This is a time of spiritual growth, limited only by our conscious minds. There is a need to fulfill individual growth. Without this growth, we can regress. When we regress, because we truly are all connected, we impede planetary growth. For ourselves and everyone else, this is a time where we need to release all that no longer serves us and open ourselves to new ideas, new perspectives and new ways of doing and being.

With Pluto in Capricorn, it especially becomes a lesson of how to link our individuality and our philosophies with that of the society and culture we find ourselves in this lifetime. It becomes an increasing awareness of both ones power and powerlessness within that society and how this can be used for the good of all.

Related lessons dealing with self-discipline, self-determination and, sometimes, submission to a higher authority can occur during this retrograde of Pluto in Capricorn. If we are to spiritually evolve, we must release such things as guilt and the need to manipulate others. Lessons involving these factors may also make an appearance now so that they may be released.

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I’ve repeated the information I gave when these planets began their retrograde motion because I really feel this is important. Transformation of ones world begins with transformation of oneself. That is done by courageously turning inward and being honest with oneself about what you discover, what needs to be healed and what needs to be released. As we transform ourselves, those energies ripple out and aid in the transformation of the Earth. We, and Earth, could really use that right now.

Until next time….

Transformation 2Love & Blessed Be