There are times when it seems pretty easy to interpret the nature of the transits we are under. One can use basic astrological principles and glean all the necessary factors and come up with a pretty clear sense of where we are and are going. And then, there are times like this. Ever since December 21st, when Venus went retrograde, we have been under a series of retrograde planets, one after the other, which complicates things enormously.
The next couple of weeks may seem a bit surreal. The Sun moves into mystical Pisces on February 18th, immediately entering into a conjunction with Pisces’ ruling planet Neptune, exact on February 23rd but in effect throughout this period.
The stabilizing force of Capricorn cannot be underestimated. A six-planet cardinal grand cross continues to play out, and with it the potential for great unrest or downright calamity (internally or externally manifested): Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, Mars in Libra are squaring off with Pluto, the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn.
The year 2013 ends with the astral equivalent of the Big Bang, greeting the New Year with a figurative fireworks display worthy of the Gods. Half a dozen celestial bodies choreographed in a transcendent dance focus their intense energies on a mostly unsuspecting earthbound population below.
Background – I must start this article by looking at the nature of retrograde cycles in general. The reason for this is that we are now entering a period that is very different from the typical retrograde patterns. Normally, retrograde cycles are a basic part of the astrological landscape, especially when we look at the planets in the outermost location of our solar system. Many of them spend 4-5 months each year in retrograde motion. Also, Mercury, the planet with the most frequent retrograde cycles, is retrograde every 4 months for about 3 weeks. All of these cycles are regular and thus have become a part of our life, even for those who know nothing of astrology. We have become accustomed to the natural rhythms of these predictable patterns. Right now, however, we are in a very unusual time period that can become much less difficult if we understand what is being asked of us.
Astral activity is light and relatively easy going for the next couple of weeks, giving us a brief respite from the general intensity of our time. While a sense of instability in the world, and perhaps in our own personal lives, will increase towards the end of the year and into spring of 2014, what is also present is opportunity.