Right now, the planets are lining up in a very unusual way and are creating some effects of which we need to be aware. On October 5th, 2012, Saturn entered Scorpio and on the very next day, Mars entered Sagittarius. When this happened both planets were at 0° of their respective signs. Meanwhile, Neptune is at 0° Pisces while Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Pluto are located between 6°-7° of their respective signs. Let me summarize so it’s very clear.
1. Mars, Saturn and Neptune were at 0° of their respective sign.
2. Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Pluto are in the very early degrees of their sign.
3. Jupiter has just turned retrograde in Gemini, which can have some similarities to the nature of a Mercury retrograde cycle.
4. Because seven planets are in early degrees, we are now in for much longer Moon void-of-course periods.
5. Suddenly, Saturn and Pluto are now in mutual reception.
During the last several days, many people have emailed or called me wondering what’s going on. Many people can feel something different, but don’t know what it might be. We have also seen a huge reversal in the Presidential race that has come very suddenly. So, let’s see if astrology can help shine some light on things.
When a planet enters a new sign, the tenor or tone of that planet changes very significantly. The way it will express itself is going to be quite different than before. And, that difference can happen very quickly, even to the degree that it is noticeable. Also, let me add a point that can often be missed. Every sign develops a certain mode of being that is connected to the previous sign developmentally speaking. Here’s an example: Aries is a sign that loves challenges, risk-taking, and needs to initiate new activity as much as possible. The following sign is Taurus, which can be said to unconsciously feel Aries in such a way as to need to shift its attention and motivation to develop entirely new qualities. So, Taurus moves slowly and deliberately, sticks with projects until they are finished, and is the epitome of thoroughness and dependability.
Each sign is a response to the previous sign and is in turn, setting the stage for the sign that follows it. The 12 signs are best seen as a unified Whole system where each part is connected to every other part. So, when many planets move into a new sign at the same time, a palpable shift takes place that can be felt organically. So, Saturn in light, balanced and social Libra suddenly becomes deeper, more intense and probing, and even demanding than before. Scorpio only involves itself with total passion and deep concern. Superficiality just doesn’t work for Scorpio. Mars, however, has also moved into a new sign. It was in Scorpio and is now in Sagittarius, the sign of expansion of awareness and the seeking of truth. However, the sign of Sagittarius is not, of itself, a sign of radical change. It is oftentimes more conservative than that. It is certainly the adventurer, traveler and lives for the open plains of life and thought, but it is also the religious zealot or dogmatist, unless its fiery nature has heeded the call of one or more of the outer planets – Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. When this happens, its ‘seeking-nature’ changes in form and becomes committed to the process of expansion to what Dane Rudhyar called “galactic or transcendent consciousness.’
So, new energies, priorities, and needs are emerging for us, but let’s look at the reality that so many planets are in the early degrees of their sign. The early degrees are clearly different in nature than the later degrees. The inherent qualities of the sign are still new, fresh and undeveloped. One has not had time to adjust to the new ‘feel’ of things. There is a New Moon quality to it that has the feel of ‘innocence and purity’ that is still uncomplicated.
Ponder this – seven planets are in the early degrees of their sign right now. What does it feel like as you contemplate it? Does it feel mature and clear, or young and even immature? During these seven planets tour of the signs they are just now entering, much will be done and even more will be considered and evaluated. But, whatever develops now is in its infancy and this includes the 2012 elections in the U.S.
Because so many planets are in the early degrees of their respective sign, we are in for much longer Moon void-of-course periods. These occur every 2-3 days normally, but usually last for only a few minutes or hours. Now, they can last for a day or more in some cases and this can happen more frequently. The subject of the nature of Moon void-of-course is pretty complicated actually. For now, let me suggest that there are three phrases that capture the essence of this phenomenon. They are as follows:
1) ‘Information is missing.’
2) ‘Things will turn out differently from what is expected.’
3) ‘Nothing will come of it.’
These periods however can also be quite creative, exciting and there can be relief from boredom. They are good for relaxation, having fun, meditation, reading, taking time to finish projects already started, handling errands, etc. You might want to find out when these periods are. And if 10 people request it, perhaps I can post these times on my website.
In future articles, I will be speaking about the meaning of Jupiter retrograde as well as the nature of Saturn and Pluto being in ‘mutual reception’, since these two phenomenon can be an article in itself.
We’d love to hear your feedback on how you’ve experienced the past few days, so feel free to write in your comments.