Have you gained a sense of your Sensitivity? Around here there was a definite shift at around four degrees, then a huge change at about two degrees, as the Grand Trine reformed.
As Mercury Stands Still and turns Backwards under a Solstice SuperMoon with Jupiter entering Cancer, it would be an excellent time to list every event, circumstance, drama, Emotion, or Pattern that Challenged you during the first half of 2013. Then over the next three weeks take at least an hour a week to flesh out some details about each Challenge –
- What happened,
- What you were doing before it happened,
- What you felt,
- Who if anyone (or any thing) you felt like blaming for it,
- What you did about it,
- Whether you can detect any likely warning signs that could provide advance notice in the future,
- What you might do differently next time,
- How you might handle it if you were fully competent to do so.
No question that we’re going to be re-experiencing these Challenges over the next six months, and the purpose of the whole adventure is for you to become competent at dealing with them. So a little directed Attention while Mercury is in a contemplative mood will be very powerful.
The difference between Karma and Consciousness is Choice. When something sneaks up on us and we aren’t prepared to deal with it, we react from Habit, and it’s usually a Habit that fits the situation poorly, if not catastrophically. We don’t have the opportunity to Choose – largely because, since it’s Unconscious, we don’t see it coming. When the same Pattern approaches and we know it’s coming, we’ve dealt with it successfully before, we have some degree of confidence, and we have an array of strategies for dealing with it, then we have time to assess how the drama is unfolding, Choose a response, stay attuned to whether or not it’s working, and if not try an alternate response.
Keep your list handy, and Pay Attention when any of the Challenges repeat. It’s going to happen anyway, but if you’re Paying Attention, you can make the process of ditching self-sabotage much easier and more powerful.
Gemini and Cancer
As we write this, Jupiter is crossing from Gemini into Cancer. Jupiter represents Amplification, Expansion, Extension, Extroversion, Openness. It’s not all that Signs are about, but each Sign is a reaction to excesses of the previous Sign. Gemini is flibbertigibbet, to quote Sally. Aries creates something brand new, then casts it in concrete in Taurus (in reaction to everyone’s complaint that they don’t know what it is – since Aries is all Intuitive, there’s no explaining and justifying), till it’s suddenly realized that it’s only a half-baked prototype, probably won’t work, and could be done a lot more effectively. So Gemini tears it apart.
Nothing amiss there; Gemini is performing a very useful service – scienterrific types would call it reverse engineering, with improvement in mind. The Gemini stage is equivalent to brainstorming – collecting ideas without prejudgment, as a first step toward version 2.0. Ranking and vetting the ideas comes later, but in the brainstorming stage no critique is allowed, in order to assure that no idea is intimidated before it gets onto the whiteboard.
Can you correlate any of these timespans with events or processes in your own life, or on any larger stages?
- Jupiter in Aries (Intuitive Creativity) – June 2010 to June 2011
- Jupiter in Taurus (Casting in Concrete) – June 2011 to June 2012
- Jupiter in Gemini (Disassembly) – June 2012 to June 2013
The US Supreme Court is certainly disassembling voting rights, for instance. Of course the US Congress has been Disassembling democracy for far longer than a year, but has it stepped up its efforts since June 2012?
Now Jupiter is in Cancer. By the time we get to Cancer, folks are quite sick of indecision, apparent disregard for consequences (Gemini can be very impersonal), and apparent obstructiveness. They want to see something built rather than torn apart, they want to see some consistency, and they want to see some compassion. It will be easier to go back to Creating, but with some knowledge about what we’re building and why, and with some experience under our belt about what might work and what apparently won’t.
Think It Over
It’s several hours before Mercury turns Retrograde, at 6am PDT on June 26. Mercury asks us to review our Rhetoric three times a year, for three weeks at a shot. Of course by the time Mercury – or any other planet – goes Retrograde, it has already crossed the area of review, and by the time it turns Direct again and then recrosses the same territory for the third time, it’s an eight-week process. This time around, Mercury is asking us to review the Scorpio-through-Pisces zones of Cancer.
Just as each day has a morning that resembles Spring, an afternoon that’s like Summer, an evening that parallels Autumn, and a night that reminds us of Winter, each Sign contains a miniature version of the entire Zodiac. The Sign of Cancer starts with the Cancer segment (pure Creative Compassion), moves to the Leo zone (Compassion for the Self), Virgo (Recognition of Hubris), Libra (Compassion for Other), and so on. The Scorpio through Pisces zones of Cancer are about Understanding Compassion (Scorpio), Releasing Attachment (Sadge), Balancing Self-Care with Compassion for Other (Capricorn), Codifying Compassion (Aqua), and Opening the Heart (Pisces).
Starting June 26, we walk through this process backwards, starting with Opening the Heart (Pisces), then moving on to rewriting the “rules” for what Compassion is and isn’t (Aqua), and so on. As you can imagine, a Retrograde period is an intense learning experience, as we, for instance, have to rewrite our conceptualizations about Compassion three times. Keep in mind that this is Mercury – Intellectuality, Communication, and Trickster Magic. So in the Pisces zone of Cancer we’re reviewing how our thoughts and words, and unseen Intentions and Prayers and Wishes, influence the way we nurture ourselves and others, and to what degree we do.
So all in all this Review, starting June 9, then backward till July 21, then forward again through August 8, is about how our thoughts and words put Compassion into our day-to-day lives, and impact other people.
Now that we understand Orb and Sensitivity, we can make sense of the fact that one degree of Orb around a Mercury Station lasts about a week prior to the Station, and half a week after the Station. In other words, we spend one and a half of the eight weeks exploring the degree of the Retrograde Station, and one and a half weeks exploring the degree of the Direct Station – and the other five weeks reviewing the space in between.
Tomorrow’s Retro Station occurs at 24 Cancer, “A woman and two men castaways on a small island of the South Seas.” While the span of the Retrogradation covers Scorpio through Pisces, the Station degree itself is actually within the Aries zone of Cancer – in the Aries zone we open to Accepting an entirely new way to live and express Compassion. It’s not something we do, it’s something we Accept or Resist, though of course Resistance is futile. So on balance, it sounds like we’re getting Conscious about how Competition and Manipulation impact our ability to be Compassionate and Collaborative.
The Wide Septile Yod
We first encountered the Wide Septile Yod in Midsummer Night’s Portal. This “Yod” is still here, and dominates the Mercury Station chart, as all three of its corners are involved in the Big Configurations of the day.
- One corner is the Mercury Station itself, tightly Square to Eris.
- A second corner is Saturn, which is also a corner of the Grand Trine with Neptune and Sun-Lilith.
- The third corner is Moon-Juno, which is still the apex of a T-Square with the Nodes.
The tight Square from Mercury to Eris (confronting Denial) means that the Mercury Retro period will be bringing a good quantity of the clandestine into the light of day. This revelation will feed the Septile Yod, which is about Occult Power. In other words, expect the revealed information to have impact far beyond how it appears.
Saturn is tails when Jupiter is heads – as Jupiter represents Expansion, Saturn symbolizes Contraction. But not in any negative sense – Saturn means Focus Your Attention on the First Priority, just as Cancer reigns in Gemini’s intellectual wanderlust. While the Grand Trine (using three degrees of Orb) includes Neptune (Spiritual Clarity) and Sun-Lilith (pre-intellectual Instincts) along with Saturn (Focus), Jupiter is within five degrees of its impending Trine to Saturn, and Jupiter Trine Saturn means that Expansion and Contraction work together (contradiction occurs only in the Mind, not in Reality), Gracefully. What’s the Jupiter-Saturn Coin? Growth in Social Consciousness.
At the moment when Mercury is Stationary, the Moon is only a fourth of a degree shy of being Initiated by Juno. Juno’s ongoing T-Square with the Nodes implies that our Unconscious Identity (Juno), through no overt action of our own, is shifting in such a way to bring us into clarity about our Karma and our Mission (the Nodes). The Moon is a trigger-finger. In other words, this Mercury Station could be a major Tipping Point for our adventures in Consciousness.
So the Septile “Yod” (Occult Power) unifies all three of the Big Events that are on tap astrologically – our
- Consciousness Growth and Activation of our Mission (Moon-Juno T-Square),
- The effortlessness (Grand Trine) of our Focus (Saturn) on Collaboration (Sun-Lilith-Jupiter) and Spirit (Neptune), and
- Revelation of hidden Manipulation and Competition (Mercury Stationary Square to Eris)
Such a unification could represent a great leap forward, personally, culturally, and Planetarily.
From June 28 till August 2, Mars steps Out of Bounds. A planet has a stronger impact when it’s Out of Bounds (beyond the Tropic of Cancer or Capricorn, in this case the Tropic of Cancer). Mars represents Action. While it’s Out of Bounds it traverses 21 Gemini to 14 Cancer – once again emphasis on the transition from hunting broadly for new Ideas, to focusing on Nurturance. For a week or so around July 20, Mars joins Lilith and Jupiter in the Saturn-Neptune Grand Trine. That will be very dynamic. We should see major changes happening in our Lives and in the World in mid-July.
Saturn, Lord of our Grand Trine, takes its own Station on July 7, turning Direct at 5 degrees of Scorpio, “A massive rocky shore resists the pounding of the Sea.” Just to provide another lesson in Orb and Sensitivity, as we write this, Saturn is only seven arcminutes (less than one eighth of one degree) from the location of its Station. Which is to say, Saturn is really Stationary (very Strong) as we speak. Saturn has been within one degree of its Station since June 2. If you’re wondering why you’ve been feeling like you need to Focus on The Most Important Thing (or figure out what that is!), this is why!
So the Saturn Station is Septile to the Mercury Station, meaning that getting Conscious about how Competition and Manipulation impact our ability to be Compassionate and Collaborative (Mercury) and Focusing on what will withstand the assault of extreme Emotion (Saturn) reinforce one another in unseen ways that are more powerful than we know.
Love the name, Uvarovite! Garnet isn’t a Mineral, it’s a fairly large family of Minerals. Uvarovite fills up one branch of the Garnet family, the Calcium-Chromium branch. It’s not only a Heart-Opening Mineral, but a Crystal that invites Magic. It’s a yang version of Dioptase, the favored Crystal of the Faerie Kingdom. Like Chiron and Miracles, Magic is just action that we don’t understand. The less Conscious we are, the more we have to disallow Magic because we don’t know how it works. Much Magic and Miracle occur in Dimensions that Muggles Deny the existence of. Just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.