Astrology Basics Introduction This 6-week webinar series provides an introduction to the complex world of astrology and is suitable for beginners, new students, or anyone with a general interest in the topic. [...]
Saturn: God of Time
In mythology Saturn was known as the Greek God Kronos (Chronos, Cronus), the God of Time. Mythical Saturn’s family structure is quite complex, but quite fascinating if you have an interest in such things. For our purposes however, what is most significant is what Saturn represents. The word “chronology” has its origins in Kronos, and for Saturn, reflects the organization or structure of time. Thus, many references to the qualities and characteristics of this planet have a relationship to things which are time-bound and organized....Read more
Career, Honor, Standing in the World The Tenth House of the horoscope represents the areas of life associated with Career, Profession, Honor and one’s Status in the World. This is an ‘earth’ house [...]
Jupiter is often referred to as the greater benefic (Venus being the lesser), representing success, achievement, good luck, positive results and boundless benefits. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius and natural ruler of the 9th House, so there are many commonalities that link the planet, sign and house. We associate adventure, a search for truth and meaning, philosophy, and personal and spiritual growth with all three, though Jupiter is a powerful fellow in his own right symbolizing the energy of expansion.
Uranus is the rebel of the solar system (literally - it rotates on its side). It has a particularly strong influence on all of us in our early forties as the instigator of the classic mid-life crisis. This is the time when Uranus reaches the half way point of its 84-year orbit and needles us with questions about whether we are freely expressing ourselves with true authenticity.
The Ninth House of the horoscope represents the areas of life that, in many ways, take us to higher realms. Philosophy, International Travel, Foreign Cultures and Higher Learning all serve to expand our inner and outer worlds. This is a ‘fire’ house, representing activities that inspire us to pursue them with passion and enthusiasm. There is a sense of individualism here that ignites a type of pioneering spirit and self-confidence.
This is the path of the evolved Warrior. The mantram for Scorpio is, “Warrior am I and from the battle I emerge triumphant.” We are asked to do battle with our lower selves, our ego, the unredeemed parts of ourselves that usually hang out in the underworld.
Once these unfinished parts of ourselves are recognized, accepted and held in the cauldron of a loving heart, transformation occurs. And this is the Scorpio journey. We are tested, we have trials, but we emerge triumphant.
As planetary co-rulers of the sign, the mere mention of these two forces suggest Scorpio’s potential as a powerhouse of energy. This team may seem to have an overabundance of forceful dynamism, however they each represent a different dimension of drive and power that comes together in the sign of Scorpio.
Scorpio is a water sign and from this one can assume that matters involving its ruling planets, Pluto and Mars, draw in a type of feeling or emotional energy, including sensitivity to nuances and undercurrents of issues that may not be obvious to everyone.
The Eighth House of the horoscope is often perceived as quite daunting, largely I think because it represents areas of life that most of us don’t fully understand and many would rather not talk about. The house of Transformation, Death, Sex, and Rebirth conjures up a great deal, but that is only part of this realm.
Some areas of finance are housed here including shared resources (‘other people’s money), taxes, inheritance, alimony, loans and mortgages. There are also elements of spirituality, psychology, emotional support, well-being, and the occult. How and why these seemingly disparate areas of life come together in this house will become clearer as we consider its ruling sign and planets.
One of the major players in this Libra new moon is the planet Uranus. Uranus is exactly opposite the Sun/Moon conjunction. This configuration can inspire an evolutionary leap of consciousness in the area of our personal relationships. How this expansion may play out in your life only you can discern, but it helps to be aware of the possibility. Uranus represents the invitation to expand our minds beyond our conditioning and any preconceived ideas of what is possible.
Venus Rulership is expressed in two signs. Libra is the second sign of the zodiac ruled by the planet Venus, the other is Taurus. Last month we looked at the Mercury rulerships, so Libra and Taurus are the second pair of signs in the zodiac which share a planetary ruler. Like Gemini and Virgo, the Venus ruled signs also represent one air sign and one earth sign.
Air (Libra) reflects energy directed towards communication and connection, marking this sign as another of our ‘bridge-builders’ linking ideas and people. Earth (Taurus) is a grounding type of energy directed towards manifestation, giving form to ideas by creating structure and making things happen. Considering the elements alone one can begin to see how Venus appropriately represents both of her domains.
New moons constitute an in-breath. It’s a time to pause and reflect on where we are and where we wish to be. We set intentions, we ponder on what we wish to create, develop, make manifest. We consider any guidance we may have received at the full moon and make plans to act on what needs to come forth. At the time of a new moon the moon and sun sit right next to each other in the sky and they are always in the same sign.