If we look for the most unique news event in the Collective during Mercury’s first crossing of Pallas and Pluto, and Squaring of Uranus, we find the recovery of the SpaceX first-stage rocket.
Background, if you’ve missed the story: The US Space Agency, NASA, has been inviting private industry and small startups into the “Space Race,” in the effort to spur innovation and reduce cost. Successful bidders include SpaceX, a rocket company founded and run by Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla, SolarCity), whose primary motivation seems to be to colonize Mars.
Satellite-launching rockets cost tens of millions to build, and they’ve been considered disposable, used once and discarded. Musk’s notion is to recover and reuse them. In mid-December a SpaceX rocket successfully launched eleven communication satellites, then turned ’round and came home, landing nose up in a bed of fire a few miles from its launch site in Florida. Jeff Bezos’s (Amazon) rocket company, Blue Origin, has also successfully recovered used rockets by landing them vertically, but his rockets don’t reach orbital altitudes.
SpaceX aims to reduce space travel costs by 99% with rocket recovery. Potential for increased space littering aside, this kind of puts us back in the 1960s, when the Sky was no longer the Limit, and folks purportedly walked on the Moon, before OPEC threw a wet blanket on our plans to emulate the Jetsons. Global Warming, Syria and Russia, and the rise of China were also prominent at the Mercury-Pluto Can-Opener.
So we can expect more development of the subway-to-Mars story in mid-January, at the Mercury-Pluto Exposition. Apart from the time-local Mercury Can-Opener template, the SpaceX story is also an excellent example of another phenomenon, the astrological Cycle. We’ve been referring to 2012-15 as “The Return of the ’60s” because Pluto Initiated a new Cycle with Uranus in 1965, and a characteristic of the astrological Cycle is that a new Energy emerges at the Initiation, then goes underground during the first one fourth of the Cycle, or until the planets “Square” one another. After this Waxing Square, the new Energy spreads widely. The Uranus-Pluto Square spanned 2012-2015, and we’ve seen a number of other ’60s themes becoming prominent – civil/human rights and marijuana decriminalization among the most obvious.
Two planets are said to “Square” one another, or to “be Square” to each other, when they are 90 Degrees apart, or one fourth of the way around the Zodiac from one another. In “Tropical” astrology, which we practice, the two imaginary lines drawn from Earth to each planet would be perpendicular to each other. So one of them would be rising or setting when the other was directly overhead.
A “Waxing” Square is created when the faster planet reaches one fourth of the way around the Zodiacal loop, ahead of the slower planet. The slower planet is moving too, so the Square doesn’t occur 90 Degrees from where the planets met, but rather when there are 90 Degrees between the two planets in real time. The “Waning” Square occurs when the faster planet is 270 Degrees ahead of, or 90 Degrees behind, the slower planet.
Keep in mind that the planets move from West to East. Its the daily turning of the Earth into the East that makes it look to us as though the planets and Stars and Sun and Moon move from East to West. You can see how the planets themselves move by taking a snapshot of the Sky every night at midnight.
As the name implies, a Square signifies a Fourth Harmonic relationship between the two planets. The Fourth Harmonic is about Dominion, and the Square is about Mastery through Challenge. If you think about your frustrations and breakthroughs in trying to Relate to someone who is very different from you in ways that you don’t understand, you’ll get a good handle on the Square. If you succumb to Preconceptions and Judgments and Other People’s Opinions and Expectations, you won’t get very far in either Relationships or Squares. If you’re genuinely interested in overcoming the barriers, willing to learn and practice new Skills, able to try something else when one strategy doesn’t work, open to Surprise, able to Suspend Judgment, and willing to give yourself credit for all the hard Work, you’ll find both Relationships and Squares to be Exciting and Rewarding.
Now it’s Jupiter’s turn to face the Mirror at the back of the bus – Retipuj Egardorter. We pay attention to the Stations, when a planet is changing directions, because that’s one of the times when a planet’s influence is Strongest, and because of these triple-plays, which are often Life-Changing. Jupiter’s triple-cross spans 14-24 Degrees of Virgo and mid-October 2015 through early August 2016. Jupiter starts moving forward again on 9 May.
One of Jupiter’s triple-plays, for instance, is an Opposition to Chiron. The Can-Opener occurred in early November. Jupiter may have Expanded your Discouragement then, in an effort to get you to step over the wall into Miracles. If you allowed Preconceptions and Judgments to slow you down then – this is common for Can-Openers, because they introduce us to new territory – we get another chance at the Exposition in late February. Expositions are easier, first because we’ve now seen it before, but also because events and feelings unfold more slowly and gradually, giving us a better opportunity to study and understand what’s going on. Our Confidence-Builder will occur in mid-August.
The Jupiter-Station chart is a busy one…
- The Jupiter-Edargorter Station is Conjunct the North Node, while the Moon and Ixion T-Square the Nodes
- Jupiter is also the focus of a Yod based on the Ceres-Eris Sextile
- It’s also the tail of a South-Node Kite, Grand-Trining Pallas and Sedna
- Sedna’s the focus of a Yod from the Haumea-Moon/Ixion Sextile
- Haumea has it’s own Yod, based on the North Node-Eris Sextile
- Pallas is also the focus of a T-Square across the Haumea-Eris Opposition
- Eris is Stationary, turning Direct in two days at the head of a second Kite with s Chaos-Ceres-Haumea Grand Trine, T-Squared by the New Moon
- The Eris-Haumea Opposition also forms a Trioctile Box with the Orcus-Neptune Opposition
It’s going to be a hard month for keeping secrets, and for keeping our remaining Masks held tight, as the New Moon extends this chart into the rest of January. Our “Pathological Genius” – our Unique Skills that have been Shamed into the Dungeon – will be irrepressible. Fear may be prominent, especially Fear of Abandonment and Annihilation as we move through the Ego Deaths necessary for Rebirth into our own Truth. There will be Boundaries to be moved, to Allow new parts of our Self to emerge into the Light of Day and to Defend their right to do so. It won’t feel any better but it will help anyway, if we remember that Courage is not the absence of Fear but the willingness to Act in the face of Fear.
If you have any natal planets in 14-24 Degrees of any of the mutable Signs (Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius), Jupiter is asking you to Expand around them.
This is basically the Pisces, Aries, and Taurus Duads of Virgo, a Duad being one twelfth of a Sign. If we regard Virgo (which we do) as the place where we dissemble the individual Ego in order to prepare to meet Other, then this is the area where we’ve pretty much dissembled, and now we’re starting to experiment with rebuilding.