February Energies

astro8199bpAstrophyllite, specializing in creating Order from Diversity.

With a lot going on, this is a confusing month.  Let’s first try to take it apart (“anal-yze” it), and then see which parts the Moon lights up when.  Here are February’s four ongoing Big Dramas:

  • The Uranus T-Square,
  • The Chiron Mjolnir,
  • The Quintile Box, and
  • The Septile Chain…

The Uranus T-Square

With of course Pluto (Mandatory Transformation) and Jupiter (Expansion and Amplification).

To review, a T-Square comprises two planets in Opposition, with a third planet at their Midpoint.  Or, one planet with two Squares to opposite sides of the Zodiac.  It means Mastery through Challenge.  Your natal T-Squares are the places where you have the greatest Mastery and the greatest self-judgment – simply because you’re motivated to keep trying (even if only in your imagination) till you finally get it right, but it’s not a binary issue with right and wrong about it.

It’s a Fourth-Harmonic issue, with all of the complex nuances involved in the concepts of Justice and Dominion.  Not Justice when seen from one person’s point of view (which is actually revenge), but Justice that takes into account all relevant perspectives.  And not Dominion in the sense of Control, but Dominion in the sense of Competence.  Natal Squares provide us with Mastery simply because we have more practice with them, and more practice with approaching them from various angles, than anyone else.  Square Mastery is particularly valuable in times of rapid Change (as in Now), when the traditional experts, who know how to do it rightrelative to the previous Paradigm – are stumped.

The ongoing Challenge to embody more and more of our Soul-Self, and realign our Ego-Self accordingly.  Most of us are pretty heavily invested in false Selves that serve specific goals, like the one that covers the mortgage or the one that takes care of the kids.  So there are likely to be a number of Ego Deaths of varying severity going on.  But as the old saying goes, rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated – it feels horrible, and it feels like we’re going to have to Abandon our “self” or others, but Ego-Death Emotions are always greatly exaggerated.  Not that it’s easy, but it’s not as bad as it seems.

Uranus of course is our Yintegrity – our willingness to do what we Want, moment to moment, without self-judgment.  Since mortgages and kids often play havoc with Yintegrity, in order to live in Yintegrity in a Yang World, we usually have to reduce our Commitments, be willing to renegotiate often, and extricate ourselves from circumstances where that sort of Freedom isn’t possible.  The Uranus-Pluto Square spans 2012 to 2015.  Hang in there.

We can see the Jupiter-Pluto chasm as Surrendering to the threat of constant Transformation – we have no idea who we’ll end up being.

The Chiron Mjolnir

Chiron, meanwhile, is Sextile to Pluto and Trine to Jupiter – it’s the key to unraveling the Challenge of the Uranus T-Square.  So there are two bridges across the Jupiter-Pluto chasm – the direct Challenge toward Yintegrity, and a more Grace-full path through Reframing.  They both lead to the same place.  We’ll be taking both routes.  At once.

The feet of the Mjolnir are Lilith (Yindependence) and the Vesta-Ceres-North Node triple Conjunction (allowing our understanding of the Sacred to come into alignment with our personal Mission and Desires, in order to be able to Sustain our Commitment to them)…

Miracles – and Despair.  When you encounter any discouragement or hopelessness, know you’re in the grips of Chiron.  Know you can’t anal-yse your way out of it, because you have to allow your assumptions about LifetheUniverseandEverything to shift, in order to perceive the places where your dreary outlook isn’t even relevant. 

You can PIAVA your way out of it, but you’ll need to be clever to not recreate the perceived “problem.”  For instance, if you PIAVA a solution to “Problem X,” you probably won’t be catapulted out of the box that has Problem X as a consequence of its construction.  You may have to find a way to PIAVA a World where “Problem X” doesn’t exist.  That’s more likely to take you where you want – or indeed, need – to go.

PIAVA a World where your commitment to your Deepest Desires is unquenchable, no matter what anyone says.  With a loving and gentle and fun and funny transition, of course.  

This Mjolnir is a much bigger deal that it appears to be – Mjolnirs aren’t usually considered a big deal by astrologers.  Remember that a Mjolnir is a Square with a third planet at the far Midpoint.  In this case, the Square is between Lilith and the triple Conjunction.  Another way to look at it, is a planet with two Trioctiles to different zones of the Zodiac – here, Chiron is that planet.  A Trioctile is three eighths of the way ’round the Loop.

Many important astrological Configurations add up to 360 degrees – a Mjolnir consists of a Square (90) and two Trioctiles (2 x 135) = 360.  A Mjolnir is often called a Hammer of Thor – Mjolnir is the Norwegian word for same.  In Hindu mythology, Vajra or Dorje is parallel.  The meaning is something very hard, like Diamond, that strikes like Lightning.  In other words, Epiphany.  Think of it as illumination rather than destruction.  Or if you want, destruction of impediments and Resistance.  While Diamond is the hardest substance around, it’s also very brittle.  When shattered it would shower Light in all directions.

Trioctile Angles are sometimes called Sesquisquares – a Square and a half.  The Trioctile is an Eighth-Harmonic Angle with undertones of the Third Harmonic.  The Eighth Harmonic represents Alignment and Balance.  To quote Angie Arrien (Tarot Handbook, p.55),

“The central portion of the symbol is a figure that stands in a Diamond, having pierced the webbed veils of illusion, delusion, and deception.”

The Third Harmonic represents Love with Wisdom.  So a Mjolnir has the potential to bring loving and gentle Realignment and Balance, even without our Great Reframer Chiron.  Vesta represents what we’re willing to Live or Die for, so this will deepen our experience of Ego Death.  But Ceres represents Sustainability, and the North Node carries our Deepest Desires, so abrogation of the North Node is a very serious Self-Abandonment, the kind of situation where it’s your own Soul that metes out the punishment.  And Lilith embodies the Freedom to Live in Yintegrity.  So these Dramas dance together pretty intimately.

The Quintile Box

The Quintile Box ties these Dramas together even more tightly, as its four corners are Pluto and Jupiter of the Uranus T-Square, and the triple Conjunction of the Chiron Mjolnir, plus the South Node.  The South Node of course represents our Karma and the Hidden Skills it masks, the very Skills we need to accomplish our Mission.  A Quintile Box is made up of two Oppositions forming an “X,” with the top and bottom each a Quintile apart, and the sides a Quintile and a half apart.  The two Oppositions here are Jupiter-Pluto and the Nodal Axis.  A Quintile Angle separates the triple Conjunction from Pluto.

A “Quintile and a half” is a Tridecile, or three tenths of the way ’round the Zodiac.  That puts us into the Tenth Harmonic (Fortune) with a Third Harmonic melody underneath.  So the Trideciles (Jupiter to the the triple Conjunction, and Pluto to the South Node) are by no means malevolent.  However, Quintiles – the Fifth Harmonic – can be hard, as they force us to Learn things that make Change inevitable.  In this case…

We’re being asked to Amplify our Worst Fears in order to allow us to Embrace them and Love them into Oblivion.  That will Liberate the Hidden Skills that will allow us to Sustain our Commitment to our own Mission.  Till recently we were dancing all around our Mission, but now we find that it’s no longer optional.

That is, Jupiter Quintile South Node Amplifies our Karma, while Pluto Quintile to the North Node and Friends means that the play gets very serious.  On the other hand, the Expansion of our Commitment to our Mission (Jupiter to triple Conjunction) and the Requirement that we face our Karma (Pluto to the South Node) are Tridecile relationships – Fortune with Love and Wisdom.  If it weren’t so hard, we’d be calling it Grace.

The Septile Chain

This is subtle but Big.  Saturn is Septile to Pluto which Septiles Neptune which is Septile to Eris – a cat’s cradle of heavy hitters.  The Septile or Seventh Harmonic is about Timing the use of Power.  You can strain all you want and nothing happens, till you get to the Tipping Point – and then you can knock it over with a feather, because you aren’t acting alone, you’re one of very many who pushed before you.  There are two types of Power – Conformity, and the Septile.  Pluto Power is about going with the flow and not paddling upstream.  Septile Power is about adding the last watt to a building stream of Potential, creating a new stream by being in the right place at the right time.

Healing, like our Healcebo Power or Shamanic Power, uses Septile Power.  Shamanic Rituals assemble the Energies in Potential-space, and when the Tipping Point is reached, the Energy is dispatched into third-dimensional form in a whoosh.  We’re referring to Shamanic Rituals, which are unique to the circumstances and participants, not Rituals of Repetition – which have their own Power.  Since All There Is Is Now, by invoking a Ritual of Repetition, you invoke the accumulation of every instance of its invocation.  There is a Seventh-Harmonic element to Rituals of Repetition if they’re relatively new, but by and large Rituals of Repetition inhabit the Second Harmonic.

The Neptune-Eris Septile stands at four degrees off, so it’s beyond our usual three-degree threshold, but considering the gravity of the players, it’s worth including.  But since everyone else is moving forward much more quickly than Eris, the overarching Saturn-Eris Angle is now closer to a Quincunx than a Triseptile.  Which is good, because it introduces Curiosity…

I Wonder what it is that I’m Resisting most of all.

That’s Wonder as in true Curiosity, the W in PIAVAW.  Resistance and Denial are killing cousins.  That’s exactly what we need to resolve the tension in the Uranus T-Square, the Chiron Mjolnir, and the Quintile Box.  But that’s only the personal element of the Septile Chain.  The other elements are far beyond personal – Neptune pertaining to the Cultural Unconscious and Pluto to the Planetary Unconscious.  These are looong Cycles.

The current Neptune-Pluto Cycle, even though it’s completed only one seventh of its journey, began in 1891 at 9 Gemini, “A quiver filled with arrows.”  While Rudhyar emphasizes Conquest, the only military operations of any significance in 1891 were Wounded Knee and a Chilean Civil War.  America’s Wounded Knee has never healed – Amerika is still inflexible about regarding Conquest as heroic – and a conflict between the forces of fascism and the forces of Yindependence may yet evolve before the Life of the Planet splits into two distinct vibrations.  And Wounded Knee was the Tipping Point in European Conquest over the Natives of the ‘New World’ who were rational beings with Souls who must not be enslaved or robbed that lived in North America.

The Chilean Civil War is interesting, as it was over the Legislature being unwilling to approve any of the President’s cabinet ministers – a bane in the US today, with the Republicrats vowing revenge over the Democans’ recent changing of the rules to permit cabinet approvals.  But the general flavor of 1891 was not about Conquest, or at least not wartime Conquest.  The automobile began commercial production.  The first glider flew.  The first successful powered flight also occurred, but since it used a steam engine it wasn’t considered sustainable.  Tesla demonstrated wireless transmission of electrical energy.

The overall tenor was the beginning of the “Gay Nineties” or “Naughty Nineties,” a period similar to the 1920s, where Avarice and Decadence were celebrated.  The American and European economies had recovered from the Depression of the 1870s and were celebrating relative prosperity, until the Panic of 1893 began another Depression, now sometimes added to the previous one to be called the Long Depression.  So the seeds of economic inequality were present at the Initiation of the current Pluto-Neptune .

The other Septiles are all Waning –

  • Saturn Septile to Pluto (Focus on the Global)
  • Saturn Biseptile to Neptune (Focus on Culture)
  • Saturn Triseptile/Quincunx to Eris (Focus on Denial)
  • Pluto Biseptile to Eris (Revealing Global Secrets)
  • Neptune Septile to Eris (Revealing Cultural Secrets)

Which means we are ending very many looong Cycles here.  Lots of Void Energy, lots of Potential, but the timing is not right for Creating.  Rather, on the Cultural and Global levels, it’s time for housecleaning, for throwing out the scoundrels, but not replacing them with Visionaries, instead replacing them with Caretakers.

All Together Now

That’s a huge bundle of Energies to be working with.  The constructive parts are mostly personal.  Neptune-Pluto is the Grand exception, which says to me that the New Global Culture that we’re Co-Creating must be about tolerating a wide mix of Yintegrity and Yindependence, and structuring a Collaborative Caretaker Society that’s more about local Community survival for the short term than about globalization or building long-term infrastructure.

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