MERCURY CAZIMI IN CANCER

The public and private worlds are inseparably connected … the tyrannies and servilities of one are the tyrannies and servilities of the other.” -Virginia Woolf

Messenger planet Mercury is currently transiting in the last decan of Cancer and comes into a superior conjunction with the Sun today at 15:37pm EST.

This brief moment is known as a ‘’Cazimi’’ (from the Arabic word kasmimi) when a planet is said to be ‘’in the heart of the Sun’’ or within 16’ of longitude (16 arc minutes) from the Sun and is thought to bring illumination or clarity as Mercury speaks from the solar throne.

Since this conjunction is taking place in the sign of Cancer, the realization that come to you at this time may have an emotional/intuitive/creative/fertile undertow and have to do with what you need to feel nourished and wealthy on an emotional/spiritual/physiological/environmental but also collective level not only to survive but also to THRIVE.

Patterns of stagnation that relates to your emotional wellbeing are offered opportunities to flow now as stale fixated ways are dislodged.

Things that happened to you in-utero or when you were a small child still informs your ways of being in the world and this is some of what the Moon-ruled sign of Cancer relates to.

This brief aspect will have different degrees of importance and meaning depending on where Cancer is located in your birth chart and if you have any planets on the Cardinal axis (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)

You can also look to where the Moon is located in your chart and the aspects it receives from other planets to gain a greater understanding of the ways in which you may have experienced nurturing as a child and the ways you go about fulfilling your needs.

There are no good or bad Moon signs fyi. The symbols in the birth charts represents dynamics at play and I have seen thriving Scorpio Moons and emotionally dysfunctional Cancer Moons. You are born within the patterns of a certain moment in time which is represented by your birth chart. The dynamics at work in your life and what feels familiar and intimate for you may be foreign to someone else. A greater understanding of your Moon sign, placement and aspects can allow you to find more ease for its expression and nurture yourself and others in the ways that feels the most fluid and integrative for you. I call it ‘’breastfeeding your Moon’’.

Albert Aublet (1851–1938), Selene (1880), oil on canvas, 144.1 x 115.5 cm, location not known. Wikimedia Commons.

FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN: Fabricated Worlds

This week’s astrology highlights the transitional period we find ourselves in and the bigger tectonic shifts occurring in our world which is reflected by the movement of the planets.

There are a lot of overlapping aspects some of which have to do with the past and some which are a preview of things to come in the near future.

On a mundane level, the Full Moon in Capricorn sheds light on the old systems and societal constructs which have been on their way out for quite some time and slowly being replaced by the promise of the 200 year Air period which is upon us.

It would be too simplistic to isolate this Full Moon in Capricorn as being only relevant for this week, when we are amidst such foundational changes on a collective level. Things may look the same but deep down you may feel yourself, your priorities, and the world around you changing in surprising ways.

Pluto, planet of underworld transformation, has been traveling in Capricorn since 2008 and is about to enter the Air sign of Aquarius in the Spring of 2023. Pluto in Capricorn has done a fine job of exposing corrupt structures, especially since it came into a conjunction with Saturn in January of 2020 which saw the culmination of power-grabbing corporations hijacking the collective into a forced big-pharma coup, while shepherding consciousness into a collective virtual hallucination in order to contain, monitor, and profit from the masses.

Being ruled by Saturn, Capricorn has a lot to do with reality and accountability. Things are the way they are because x,y,z whether you like it or not. You can get with the program or you can move deeper into the hallucination while being coddled by ‘’The Powers that be Inc.’’  

Saturn is currently transiting in Aquarius which is paving the way for Pluto’s entry next year into the sign of the Water Bearer. We are getting a glimpse of what it means to be moving through a triplicity shift (Earth to Air period) interacting with artificial intelligence and absorbing information and knowledge at an increasingly rapid pace. Our lives are being augmented by the quick synapses of AI, while we are coming to grasp with the deeper implications of the planned obsolescence of consumer culture and the industrialization of our food and nature.

The Full Moon in Capricorn sheds light on these themes as we slowly extricate ourselves from the dreams of our predecessors which held the suburban-nuclear-family-two-car-driveway-retirement-fund fantasy as the peak of success.

Chiron in Aries is a big player in the current astrology and offers healing, especially where you may have felt castrated out of your will and personal autonomy. It is not so much about giving up or being a victim but more so about surrendering to the pain in order to understand where it is coming from. Take your deepest dissatisfactions, frustrations and lay them in front of you. What are they made of? What is it trying to show you? Where is your power resting? Is it in your hands? Who is doing the dreaming?

Venus in Gemini forms a trine with Saturn in Aquarius while also squaring Neptune in Pisces. We can grow and benefit from the connections we make in the virtual world but the virtual world can easily become more real than the real world. We are walking a fine line between thinking that we are in control versus being influenced by things that bypass our conscious awareness. Where we focus our attention has never been so convoluted. Our body cannot differentiate between the experiences of the virtual world versus the experiences of the real world. We are saying goodbye to a way of being while thinking ourselves into the multiplicity of this 200 year Air period with all that it entails. Can you keep up?

Uranus in Taurus is and will continue to be activated in the weeks to come urging us out of our familiar comfort zone, prompting us to push on the boundaries of what we think is possible. If you feel compelled to think outside of the box, you are on the right track! The power is in your hands or is it?

“Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation.”
― Terence McKenna

Mars in Taurus – Mercury in Cancer

Mars just left the sign of Aries for Taurus and Mercury left the sign of Gemini for Cancer.

In terms of elemental qualities we go from Fire and Air (impulse and ideas) to Earth and Water (tangible and meaningful). In terms of modalities Mars leaving the initiating Cardinal sign of Aries for the stubborn Fixity of Taurus could feel quite distinct, slowing down speed and progress. We might become aware of the material obstacles, the habits or patterns that must be dislodged before we can have the freedom of movement or the meaningful experiences that we crave even if we don’t know what that looks like in this fast changing world.

Uranus and the North Node are both transiting in Taurus which has been disrupting the ways in which we use to find stability and peace. The same old grooves or pathways won’t cut it and we must evolve whether we like it or not. What used to feel safe and steady is now susceptible to the striking evolutionary genius yet unpredictable Uranian impulse. Things that feel oppressive or limiting could become unbearable. With the North Node transiting in Taurus we might be compulsively attached to material comfort, simplicity and stability, looking for ways to shelter ourselves from the stress and anxiety of current realities. But Uranus could continue to bring the opposite of what you think you need in order to break you open to the intelligence that sleeps within you when you get too comfortable. The more you try to stick to the status quo, the more Uranus will taunt you towards something different, something new, something more exciting. Your intuition could be telling you one thing, yet you may feel compelled towards safety. You may have to find new ways to ground yourself in your physical world. A small revolution awaits you especially if you have important placements in the Fixed signs.

Mercury in Cancer until the 19th of July is sure to bring a certain amount of romantic nostalgia, pushing us to recreate family rituals or reminiscing on the past.

Safety, food, money and shelter could be a center of focus with Taurus and Cancer being highlighted in the next few weeks. Just remember that the only constant in this world is change and strive on. 🔥

NEW MOON IN GEMINI – MAY 30th, 2022

The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. Energy follows thought, and which we focus on expands. We are all hard wire for this ability. Choose wisely.

Messenger planet Mercury rules over the Gemini New Moon and is still moving retrograde in the sign of Taurus which is helping us revise the ways in which we ground ourselves and embody our physical reality. More extensively, Mercury is ruled by Venus who just entered the sign of Taurus, enabling sensual pleasures to be experienced more readily.

Mercury is currently on Fixed Star Algol aka the Head of Medusa at 26 degrees of Taurus and will station direct here on June 3rd just as Saturn stations retrograde in Aquarius. There may be an underlying tendency towards worry, fear or negative thinking but things are truly not as bad as they seem. This may be a fair warning against losing your mind on something that won’t or can’t be changed atm. You can avoid getting petrified by redirecting your gaze onto the things that are productive for your well being.

What’s happening in the Gemini part of your chart may be possible because of what’s happening in the Taurus part of your chart. You may be preoccupied with building on pre-existing structures or looking for situations which offer you the most opportunities and resources to work with.

There are no planets in Water signs atm which means it could be easier to use common sense to make decisions although there may also be a tendency towards inflexibility or aloofness.

The New Moon offers an almost impeccable clean slate on which to write your intentions thanks to Mars and Jupiter in Aries in a supportive aspect to the New Moon. Take advantage of the mobility currently available to get stuff done and bring progress where there are openings.

Nothing is perfect in this world but your energy investments have a chance of being revitalized, clarified and distilled so that you can better focus on what makes your heart sing.

SUN ENTERS GEMINI – MAY 20th, 2022

Just like the needles of a clock,
the luminaries keep spinning in their respective cycles demarcating a perpetual shifting landscape.

Some important planetary ingress are taking place in the next few days:

May 20th: The Sun enters Gemini : Cool, breezy

May 21st: Mercury’s inferior conjunction with the Sun: Opportunities for illuminations

May 24th: Mars enters its home sign of Aries and will serve as fuel for Jupiter already transiting in Aries

Today the Sun escapes the first instalment of eclipses on the Taurus-Scorpio axis (next one will be in late October) as it enters the Mutable Air sign of Gemini at 21:23 Eastern Time Zone.

This weekend, you may have the opportunity to see through the shadows that have been slowing you down or at least move with increased agility thanks to Gemini’s ability to cleverly navigate duality. Like all Air signs, Gemini relates to the mind, the intellect and the ability to assess things from a breezy place. Like all Mutable signs Gemini’s talent lies in navigating change, having the flexibility and open-mindedness to understand situations from different angles. It might get easier to apply objective detachment on things that are problematic.

Trickster planet Mercury, which rules the sign of Gemini, has been moving retrograde since May 10th and almost simultaneously reaches the borders of Gemini, greeting the Sun at zero degrees of Gemini for its inferior conjunction before re-entering the sign of Taurus on Sunday. Mercury’s Cazimi (in the heart of the Sun) is exact Saturday at 15:18 Eastern Time and represents the half-way point of Mercury’s retrograde.

You may feel a new sense of clarity emerging or approach things from a different angle especially for things you have been wrestling with since the end of April. After meeting the Sun in Gemini, Mercury retrograde almost immediately re-enters the Fixed sign of Taurus which foretells that it might get harder to change your mind on things that are already in motion although you understand the ambiguity. You could feel a sense of certainty about something and it might get easier to call things by their names after a somewhat confusing period. You might be compelled to stand your ground on what feels important to you not because of stubbornness but to avoid further difficulties down the road.

Embrace the cool and detach pragmatism of the next few days, banish doubt and take notes of the knowing that sits within your heart. Pay attention to what is being said as the meaning behind words is being revealed.

Mercury will station direct at 26 degrees of Taurus on Fixed Star Algol on June 2nd so we are not done with Mercury’s retrograde but this weekend’s Cazimi serves as illumination on the path.

MAY 2022- SCORPIO LUNAR ECLIPSE HIJACKED DESIRES

‘’In the future there will be no boundary between media anticipating our desires and completely dictating them. The integration will be so sophisticated, memories of agency will become a myth’’

Astrologers (myself included) tend to be prescriptive because people often come to us to help them contextualize their lives and more extensively the past and the future. Modern astrology also has the reflex of attributing the North Node with progress and positive manifestations and the South Node with release and purging the bad stuff. But what if the Nodes of the Moon and the Eclipses were simply describing a condition and a process that is not necessarily good or bad but just IS?

In the past two years, the Nodes of the Moon (where the eclipses take place) were moving through the sign of Gemini and Sagittarius with the South Node in Sagittarius seemingly removing mobility, perspective and faith (Sagittarius words) while the North Node in Gemini brought a challenging amount of contradictory information to contend with and an over emphasis on the news and media. Was it a good thing that we became immobilized and unable to project ourselves into the future (South Node in Sagittarius) while spending an unhealthy amount of our time socializing in zoom rooms and speculating on the veracity of the news? (North Node in Gemini) I wouldn’t say so.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the compelling nature of the North Node (Rahu /The Head of the Dragon) as it tends to act as an insatiable force wherever it is emphasized. The North Node is said to compel because it is a head without a body and doesn’t have a stomach to digest. Therefore, it can never feel quite satiated which is another way of describing how the pursuit of material desires cannot bring lasting satisfaction.

With the North Node currently in Taurus it feels to me like a time of embodiment and simplifying what has become overly complicated which is some of the good qualities found in the sign of Taurus. However, there is also a reflex of not wanting to rock the boat and just wanting to stabilize and secure things. Which is understandable after the two years of trauma we have collectively endured.

The tail end of the Eclipse Dragon (Ketu /South Node) is currently in Scorpio and will be there until mid 2023 and is being delineated (very simply) as a good time to purge negative emotions. Scorpio being a sign of profound transformation and the South Node often compared to a point of saturation, it makes sense that this would be a good time to release some of the trauma and heavy feelings that have been accumulating since 2020. The South Node in Scorpio could also be described as a time of profound loss.

Most astrological delineations about this cycle of eclipses tend to emphasize the good qualities of Taurus and the bad qualities of Scorpio and I think this is an oversimplification of the current astrology and it kind of misses the point. 

The North Node in Taurus has been compelling us into Taurean behaviours like trying to stabilize things and follow the path of least resistance as opposed to rocking the boat even further which is totally understandable because people are exhausted from being in a permanent state of trauma. Scorpio might be trying to have a real and honest conversation but Taurus is shushing them and saying:

‘’Not right now, not in front of the guest darling’’.

So it might not be possible to get to the bottom of something right now even if you would really want to. People don’t have the bandwidth for more intensity (a scorpio word). You may have to be content with what’s on your plate but as the year unfolds, you might eventually have to face some of the hard truths especially if you have important placements in the Fixed signs.

I would say that the Scorpio Lunar Eclipse on May 15-16th (which would be a Full Moon if it wasn’t eclipsed) describes a condition of spiritual, emotional and intellectual constipation and hijacking. Why would I say that? A Full Moon in Scorpio would usually be delineated as a cathartic event because it would expose and illuminate (Full Moon) difficult emotions and conditions so that they can be processed, purged and released. Scorpio is not afraid to get down and dirty into the depth of emotions, pain, trauma and taboos. Scorpio has an x-ray vision that allows for a very real and honest appraisal of whatever it is looking at. However, there might be no way to get the release you actually need right now which could mean that things might be left undigested for the time being.

This Full Moon in Scorpio is being eclipsed so it’s kind of like an emotional (Moon) catharsis interrupted or the inability to focus and get a clear picture of what’s bothering you or what you need right now. You might have to live with the ambiguity of your anger or the impossibility of getting a clear answer which could feel draining if you’re trying to move on.

At the time of the Lunar Eclipse, the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio (the mind of the people) are both applying to a square with Saturn in Aquarius (time constraint, the rules, responsibilities, limitations, reality) showing that there is an inability to flow or move into deeper intimacy with ourselves, with others, and with our true desires, probably for a bunch of totally legitimate reasons and mostly because things will tend to flow into what feels harmonious, stable and secure even though that’s mostly just a bias. (thanks to the North Node currently transiting in Taurus)


MARS CONJUNT NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A screen sits between you and your loved ones.
A screen sits between you and your true desires.
A screen sits between you and what’s real.
 

I’ve been watching the Moon swell up all week knowing that a lot of us are feeling emotionally and spiritually exhausted which is pushing us to find contentment in the present moment. But I also know that there is a lot of anger and disappointment lodged in so deeply that it can’t even be identified and released right now and that a lot of us are actually dissociating.

This Scorpio Lunar Eclipse is ruled by Mars in Pisces which is currently conjunct Neptune so the usual martial functions are totally diluted. Mars is focus. Mars likes things to be clearly delineated and efficient. Mars wants to get to the point so that it can move on but Neptune is blurring the lines.

Mars is anger, desires and self-agency. Neptune is fantasy, illusion, and dissolution. Qualities that if you spend any time at all on social media are most likely deformed because these platforms are engineered to hijack your consciousness and your free will (another Mars word). Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces could be misleading. You know you’re being lied to, you know you’re being manipulated but you can’t really locate where it’s coming from except for a lingering malaise.

Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces is like a sailor lost at sea in the fog, being lured by mermaids further and further from the shore. (reality) Mars conjunct Neptune shows a condition of desires being hijacked by fantasy. A situation where glamor and projection covers reality with the soft glow of longing for something that is not quite tangible.

”Let’s just pretend, let’s play make belief”

Mars is still angry but anger and vitality (Mars words) are getting dissolved into pursuing or getting lost into the intangible realms of Neptune. What’s your escape? What’s the balm that soothes you? What’s the medicine that pacifies you?

Venus conjunct Chiron in Aries at the time of the eclipse speaks of castrated will, unfulfilled desires, or lost of autonomy.

Some things can’t be solved right now because there is an inability to name things. We can’t name things because we are overwhelmed, tired, distracted and at lost for words. Mars conjunct Neptune is confusing. What should feel like a simple equation is too complicated to untangle.

Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces ruling over the eclipsing Full Moon in Scorpio is like being trapped in a hall of mirrors. We might be confusing a projected image for our true desires or we might be just too numb to care. Either way, one thing is for sure is that the current astrology speaks of collectively dissociating deeper into the virtual and media circus while our desires are being deeply embedded into the algorithm. And this hijacking of our will and of our desires is really something to think about. It could become harder to ignore as we progress through the year and more holes get revealed in the stories we chose to believe.

Forecast for the week of May 2nd

A partial Solar Eclipse in Taurus took place on the 30th of April and another Eclipse (Lunar) will occur on May 15th in Scorpio which opens up an important dynamic across the Taurus-Scorpio axis in the following weeks.

The signs of Taurus and Scorpio have a lot to do with intuition, especially the intuition of the body. Taurus is a sign ruled by Venus which means that Taurus tends to gravitate towards ease, beauty, comfort and what feels grounding or harmonizing in the most natural and organic ways. Scorpio is a sign ruled by Mars which means that Scorpio tends to intensify our most basic survival needs and brings us directly in contact with the powers inherent in our animal and desire nature. (for better or for worse)

At this time, we may be compelled towards greater health, being prompted to return towards rhythms, habits, and patterns which ground us. This may be done by simplifying what feels overly complicated and harmonizing what feels disrupted. Nature can play an important role in centering us back to our natural rhythms and you may feel the need to: touch grass, breathe, hang out with animals, eat good food and indulge your 5 senses with simple pleasure, presence, and embodiment.

Anything that feels counter intuitive could become like a thorn on your side and this will gradually become more and more obvious as we approach the Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on May 15th.

There are a lot of movable pieces that haven’t fallen into place yet and even though we may be craving simplicity and balance, things outside of our control could continue to bring surprises this week.

Venus enters Aries today (2nd of May) after having been in Pisces since early April which brings a considerable change of pace (because Venus rules the Sun in Taurus) Desires could become gradually more individualistic and we may have less patience for things (relationships, patterns, situation, habits) which feels draining. With Venus in Aries which is ruled by Mars still transiting in Pisces, it could be that there is a conflict between the need to act on a more egoic and personal level versus trying to see the silver lining and learn the lessons within your current predicaments without necessarily acting on them. You or someone else may try to bargain and it might be hard to gain clarity or reassurance or get a straight answer on something that you are trying to move ahead with.

Personal needs and what’s best for the greater good could be intertwined and feel harder to differentiate. This may be a case of ‘’I am doing this because I want to help” but really you or someone else is just being selfish. On the other hand, if you’ve been compromising too much, you may feel the need to focus on yourself and what YOU need. Either way, Venus in Aries may be a call to action for things that have been simmering but these things might not be as straightforward as you would like and a quick fix may bring unexpected results.

The Sun will conjoin Uranus in Taurus on the 5th which is a catalyst aspect that will be felt all week and may relate to something you are trying to free yourself from. There may be a part of your life undergoing radical transformation in an effort to return to health, stability and grounding.

Finally Mercury in Gemini will turn retrograde on May 10th so the themes playing out this week will surely need more time in the marinade before you can get the flavours you are looking for.

NEW MOON IN ARIES – HEAL THYSELF

The New Moon arrives late tonight/early morning on April 1st at 11º of Aries in a conjunction with Chiron.

Chiron’s interpretations in Astrology relate to wounding, vulnerability and healing. Significant aspects with Chiron in your birth chart can represent core woundings but also important wisdom that come from those wounds. Chiron is a minor planet that was discovered in 1977 and integrated into astrology by relating it to the mythology of its name.

You can read the mythology surrounding Chiron for a full picture of his archetype but basically, Chiron was a healer and a teacher who accidentally got shot by a poisoned arrow during a battle. Although he was a really knowledgeable healer, he could not heal himself and was doomed to live eternally with a wound that wouldn’t heal so he renounced his immortality for the life of Prometheus who had been chained to a rock and left to die for giving fire to mankind.

I recently saw one of my favorite Chiron interpretation ever by astrologer Cameron Allen who said:

‘’At the end of the day, Chiron enacted what he was taught to do from day one which is to abandon himself.’’

We are slowly thawing from the long stagnation of the last two years reflected by important conjunctions of the malefic planets in both Capricorn and Aquarius (two Saturn ruled signs) that saw us pressurized into uncomfortably tight corners and confronted to unsustainable patterns, situations, ways of thinking, connections, habits, relationships and limiting circumstances or responsibilities that didn’t allow us to evolve easily (in the ways that nature likes to move) and that has felt like a LOT of hard work. (thanks Saturn!)

Aries is a Fire sign ruled by Mars. The Sun is considered exalted here. Aries is independent, vital and creative. Aries likes to move, flow, act, react and it especially likes to get its way right away. Aries really doesn’t care what your mom or cousin thinks.

Mars rules the sign of Aries and at the time of the New Moon, Mars is applying to a conjunction with Saturn in Aquarius. 

This is the ”driving a race car with the brakes on’’ aspect. The energy of Mars needs a fast channel to move through but the energy of Saturn is limiting and heavy. Mars conjunct Saturn is frustrated energy that has nowhere to go. People who have the conjunction in their birth chart can work tirelessly for long hours but there is a pent up frustration here that is hard to release and it feels like the never ending grind. 

The Astrology of the last few years gave us a lot of practice with this type of influence and we are used to an unusual amount of restricted blood flow which also means that we might not really even notice that blood is not circulating properly through our body. We’ve learned to live with the light headed dizziness that comes with not being fully oxygenated. We’ve scrolled for long hours in front of our screens contorted into unnatural posture with kinked necks, trying to bond and connect with our human family without really ever feeling satiated.

But now Spring is here, and the Sun is in Aries, and the light is returning, and our feet are itchy, and we need to stretch wider than ever, and shake our limbs out of their slumber, and dance, and take a deep breath outside looking at the rising Sun, and feel alive again, in the real world of our own making.

So the questions I have for you on the eve of this New Moon in Aries conjunct healer Chiron is:

Which parts of yourself have you abandoned in the hopes of helping and has it been worth the sacrifice?

What does healing look like for you and does your preoccupation with other people keep you from fully taking care of your own well being?

What does creativity look like for you and does your preoccupation and responsibilities keep you from fully embodying your Daimon and experiencing your full creative potential?

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”
― Novalis

FULL MOON IN CANCER: WE ARE THE OLD AND THE NEW WORLD‘’

”True and real safety is cultivated deep within, in the felt sense of one’s full integrity, in embracing the authority one has over their human experience. Safety is not avoidance or denial. It’s not banishing discomfort for the illusion of safety. It is becoming increasingly clear that in the time of mass psychosis, the ubiquitous plea to be ‘’kept safe’’, is in actuality a desperate strategy to be kept safe from reality.’’ Lubomir Arsov


The Full Moon in Cancer arrives Monday night in opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. A Full Moon is a time when the Moon casts her light on the darkened landscape that surrounds us, illuminating what is usually shrouded in darkness.

It is said that the Moon is at home in Cancer, a sign often associated with the protection of the womb, the home, the family and the special privileges that come from being sheltered from the harsh realities of life. Like a child protected in her innocence and powerlessness by the adults that provide for her, the Moon finds sustenance and safety in the sign of Cancer.

If Cancer is associated with the Child, the sign of Capricorn which sits in opposition is often associated with the Adult or the Authority. The Sun is currently transiting in Capricorn and is in conjunction with Pluto on the day of the Full Moon ensuring that we get a full glimpse of the things which are usually hidden from us.

‘’ On the outer reaches of the solar system, Pluto represents the principle of regeneration and transformation through elimination and renewal. Discovered in the period that saw the development of atomic power, the Great Depression and the birth of dreadful dictatorships, Jeff Mayo called it the symbol of the great heights or fearful depths to which man can rise or fall.’’

Pluto is a planet associated with the underworld, the unconscious, the hidden and the force that exert control over us from a shadowy place. The deep cathartic changes brought by Pluto are usually pretty painful and often not by choice. Changes brought by Pluto are slow and far reaching. There cannot be renewal without death and when we enter the realm of Pluto we are never far from the process of death and decay which feels unfair, scary, difficult and mostly outside of our control. (Ask anyone who has experienced a Pluto transit.)

Pluto by Franz von Stuck

Pluto initiates us to the darkness of the unknown and the power that comes from transcending what has invisible power over us. To transcend your fear of death means to live in the totality of your life and power. There is also no possible spiritual mastery without mastering death or at least our fear of death. Death has such a powerful hold on us that it holds us inside our limited, restrictive and controlled lives.

The sign of Capricorn has received a lot of attention in the last few years with Saturn transiting there in 2018 to 2020 and the epochal conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn that occurred on January 13th, 2020 at 22 degrees of Capricorn and which many astrologer have observed to symbolize the last desperate attempts at control coming from the corrupt institutions as we move from a 200-year Earth period into a 200-year Air period. Two years after the much dreaded Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, we can clearly see the totalitarian impact of such transits as ‘’the powers at be’’ shuffle around to restrict or preserve a semblance of control.

Capricorn is often compared to the systems and hierarchical structure of societies. I could spell it out for you but it’s becoming increasingly clear to everyone that we are currently undergoing very big societal changes that will be far reaching. The authorities have made it their full responsibility to tell you what you can and cannot do. You may have found temporary safety in having to make no decisions, staying in your house while finding comfort in the virtual cocoon of the metaverse. Having an external threat replace the inherent existential dread that is often part of the human experience is convenient but it is not a sustainable convenience.

The Full Moon culminating in Cancer may bring to light the reality of your circumstances and what is lacking especially when it comes to the emotional connections that support and nourishes you. You may have sold your soul to the devil for a semblance of comfort, protection, nourishment and a really good bedtime story but this semblance of safety might be revealing itself to be less than satisfactory and you may have to abandon something, a fear or an illusion before you can proceed ahead on your journey.

Big Brother aka the government/big pharma and their technocratic apparatus can only provide a faint semblance of protection and nourishment for what the human soul really needs sits at the extreme opposite of what these institutions offer. Obviously, to get out of this predicament and return to the flow and connectivity of life also means you have to take full responsibility for your existence and your health.

Rebel planet Uranus stations direct in Taurus on Tuesday just as the Nodal axis enters the Taurus-Scorpio axis. Things are going to get a lot more chaotic, the systems are crumbling. Might as well come to term now with the idea of getting back to normal. Periods of upheaval are opportunities for renewal and we now have an amazing opportunity to step out of these dying paradigms which are killing the earth and the human soul for profit and create something entirely new, that is more aligned with life. Now is not the time to get comfortable.

This world is shrouded in darkness. Here, only a few can see their way free. These few birds escape from the net and fly away.

DARKNESS & LIGHT – WINTER SOLSTICE

Before social media and the fast pace and brief acknowledgement of important celestial markers under 24hour blue light exposure emitted from our electronic devices, humans and cultures evolved around the movement of the Sun. The reality is that without the light of the Sun, nothing can exist or grow on planet Earth. This simple yet profound reality means that most civilizations up until very recently were mostly preoccupied with the disappearance and return of the light and complex rituals and mythologies surrounding the Solstitial and Equinoctial Gates are built within our history.

Important monuments were erected all over the world to observe significant celestial events, including the Winter Solstice. 40 000 years ago, long before the Greek astronomer Hipparchus (who lived around 120 BCE and usually gets credit for discovering the Equinoxes) cave-dwelling humans who made art in the Chauvet cave of Northern Spain, the Lascaux site in France, and Neolithic sites like Göbekli Tepe were already observing the Solstice and Equinox. There is as much mythology about this time of the year as there are stars in the sky.

Nature and our bodies are biologically wired to move with the ebbs and flow of natural light. This is something important to keep in mind as real darkness is almost completely absent from our modern reality. Cell regeneration happens in the dark of night when we are sleeping. We are becoming increasingly aware of the physiological and psychological implications and damages that come from looking at a screen after sunset. Today is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn and crosses the Gate of the Gods. The return of the light and the promise of life is imminent.