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We’re visited by four Centaurs and a Total Lunar Eclipse.
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The Centaur Nessus
Elizabeth points out that Vesta, the head of our Flying Squirrel, is at 2 Pisces, “A squirrel hiding from hunters: The need for self-protection.” She quotes Anne Ortelee, “You can’t make this stuff up!”
And a couple of other things have popped up. First, Vesta is Conjunct the Centaur Nessus! My list of dwarf planets and Centaurs isn’t wide enough to include everybody, so I only occasionally look at the Centaurs Nessus and Asbolus. Well, this puts Nessus at the focus of our Flying Squirrel. Nessus is about Privilege and the calling out of Privilege, particularly Unconscious male Privilege.
So this week is a big week for a shift in Gender Balance, so Reanimation of the Earth is really right in line. Keep your eye on the News to see if more MCPs don’t shoot themselves in the foot like the Indiana government has with its attempt to legalize discrimination against everyone who offends your Limiting Beliefs. Which is actually an excellent practice for this week…
- Who offends you?
- What Experience lies beneath that offense?
- Any sense in which it Mirrors some part of yourself that you reject?
Don’t forget the Funhouse Mirrors.
For instance, I was grumbling to myself this afternoon about this very thing. When I suggested to myself that it might behoove to replace these negative thoughts with positives, my mind’s response was “Good, I’ll think about how good it would feel to get even!” Nice fellow, very spiritual. It was trespass that irritated me, but when I ask myself how I trespass (the direct Mirror), nothing pops up. In the Funhouse Mirror, though, what shows up is Deservingness. Am I willing to stand up and unequivocally Claim my Space? When I contemplate that, I find only visions of escalating violence rather than any sense of Peace and Safety. I don’t even have an image of the possibility of Claiming my Space. So I get to look beneath that Mirror for the little man behind the curtain. When I find him, look out, I’m going to…!
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The Centaur Asbolus
And then there’s Asbolus. In early Gemini, Asbolus completes a Grand Sextile, not in the short-term Moon-Vesta Flying Squirrel, but in the second, long-term Mercury-Makemake Flying Squirrel. So our Grand Sextile endures for a solid week. The corners are Asbolus, Juno, Makemake, Saturn, Ceres, and Mercury. Ceres has been Out of Bounds since Christmas.
A Grand Sextile (six planets evenly spaced around the Zodiac), recall, is a “virtuous circle,” where everything feeds and supports everything else. While we can think of a Grand Trine (three planets evenly spaced) as “dumb-luck” Grace, a Grand Sextile is more about Reward for Action and Creativity. When we “try something,” chances are it’ll work better than we imagined. Of course the six-pointed Star includes three nested Grand Trines, so there’s no shortage of spontaneous Creativity.
So Asbolus (Clairvoyance) supports Juno (Consciousness) which supports Makemake (Manifestation) which supports Saturn (Focus) which supports Ceres (Sustainability) which supports Mercury (Alertness) which supports Asbolus, etc, in a rising crescendo. Not only that, but we can take these in any order we want – so So Sustainability supports Consciousness which supports Focus, just to suggest one possible partial combination.
In other words, this week Intuition and Analysis and Growth and Attention and Permanence and Creativity are all mutually supportive.
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The Centaur Hylonome
The first Flying Squirrel, the short-term one created by the fast-moving Moon, doesn’t form it’s own Grand Sextile because there are two Vacancies, one in late Gemini or early Cancer and the other in late Libra or early Scorpio. There are probably Asteroids there, but unless the ‘roids are particularly relevant to the themes already identified, I don’t usually worry about them. Of course we’d find the prolific bisexual Apollo Out of Bounds in early Cancer. Acceptance of LGBTI is an important part of Gender Balance.
When our Beliefs or Dogmas or Archetypes change, our Boundaries change with them. Which brings us to the Stellium, a significant Configuration in its own right, for several reasons. The Stellium that forms the first Flying Squirrel’s right hand includes Pallas (Boundaries), Quaoar (Lawgiver) which was Stationary March 28, Chariklo (Beauty and Charm) which is Out of Bounds and also Stationary, and Hylonome (Grief and Liberation) which is this week’s main event, as it is Stationary at 9am PDT April 4 (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt9.htm), at 2 Capricorn.
When a planet is either Stationary or Out of Bounds, its influence is Stronger than usual. A planet is Out of Bounds when it’s further north than the Tropic of Cancer, or further south than the Tropic of Capricorn. A planet is Stationary when it’s within one degree (or within a week or so) of turning around – going Retrograde or going Direct. I won’t go into the details of Retrogradation here, since you can look up either “Stations” or “Retrograde” or “Repeating Events” (or even “Can-Opener”) in the Categories section at right. But there’s one consideration I do want to discuss here.
In general, when a planet is Approaching a major event, such as a Station or an important Angle, the influence is Strong, and grows Stronger until the event is Exact. After that, the influence fades fairly quickly if one is Conscious about the event, more slowly if one is not Conscious around it, and not at all if one is Defended against it. Stationary refers to the speed of a planet’s travel. So even though Quaoar’s Station was Exact last week, it’s still Stationary, but it’s impact is probably waning, as it’s not Approaching its event but Separating from it. On the other hand, Hylonome is Stationary and Approaching its Exact Station, so it is very Strong.
The Mythical Centaur Hylonome committed Suicide with the spear that killed her Lover, rather than live without him. So we interpret the Cosmic Centaur Hylonome to symbolize Grief over major Changes in our Life, such as detachment from an Archetype, or from any other Energy with which we had been Merged. We sometimes refer to it as Grief unto Ego Death, or Grief over Liberation. When we Let Go of an Archetype, we are literally Liberated, but all Losses must be Grieved, so Grief is involved even at Liberation. The Loss of an Archetype is indeed an Ego Death.
With Pallas Conjunct, Boundaries are obviously involved, and there is a strong implication that we will be strengthening a Boundary against an Archetypal Trance, or loosening a Boundary that overprotected us. The other two Energies, Quaoar and Chariklo – both of which are Strong by virtue of being either Stationary or Out of Bounds – imply charisma, as Charm and Beauty merge with The Lawgiver.
So we might expect to encounter a situation where we reluctantly but necessarily “draw the line” to prevent our Energies from being drained by gilded-tongued alien Energies that want to control our Lives and Decisions. Or it may be us with the gilded tongue, talking our way out of long-standing entanglements that no longer serve us.
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The Lunar Total Eclipse
Four hours before Hylonome’s Station, at 5am PDT on April 4 (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt5.htm), there’s a Total Eclipse of the Moon, at 15 Libra, “Circular Paths.” Of course 15 Libra Opposes Uranus and Squares Pluto, making this Eclipse another major debriefing of our Yintegrity adventures. The Energy continues into April 8, as the Sun and then Mercury work their way across Uranus. Meanwhile Jupiter, which forms a Trine-Sextile Bridge across the Axis of the Eclipse, is Stationary at 10am PDT April 8.
Eclipses reveal to us Energies which were previously merged with the background but which are now made obvious by their absence.
Between now and April 8, we will discover a huge new element of our True Self that we hadn’t noticed before, creating a major shift in our Lives. We’ll need to Grieve the Loss of the obsolete Identities that will fall away as a result. All Losses must be Grieved, no matter how much we think we’d Celebrate at their demise. The more we Embrace our Grief, the less painful it is.
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The Centaur Chariklo
Almost forgot that Chariklo, part of the Stellium, is Stationary on April 7! We’ll look at that in a separate post.