Julian Bell 'Darvaza' 2010
Passing Through Alchemical Fire
Mars Rx Conjunct The Lunar South Node
The protector, defender, and the blood lust God of War has traveled across the sky in tandem with the lunar south node since mid-May of this year. It will remain in orb until mid-October. We are brought up close and personal with our chosen priorities and how we have acted on them, or not. Our feet are being held to the fire.
On June 8th, 2018, Mars will make its first partile conjunction to the Lunar South Node at 7° Aquarius 09’. The chart for this event is dominated by 2 T-squares. Mars on the lunar axis squares Uranus in one hemisphere, and squares Jupiter on the other. These two dynamic elements will combine later in the summer to form a fixed grand cross. The Moon is conjunct Chiron in Aries, ruled by the Mars-nodal axis alignment. Circumstances regarding issues of healing and mentoring will be exhumed and brought up into awareness. Planet Venus in Cancer separates from trines to Jupiter and Neptune forming
an emotionally charged water element grand trine that is kited by Pluto in Capricorn. Intuition, visions, dreams, and desire all collaborate to drive our evolutionary path forward.
Mars is the first planet that is “superior” to the Earth. When we view Mars in the sky we are gazing outwards toward the larger gaseous giants of our solar system. Both Mercury and Venus travel within the Earth’s orbit, closer to the Sun. Mercury, Venus, and Mars comprise a psychic chain. Thought and ideation is drawn outward through attraction or aversion into action or inaction. The dynamic interaction that occurs between these personal planets arises from our core, passes through an alchemical fire, and is propelled outward.
As the ruler of the sign of Aries, the initiatory archetype of the Fire element, Mars correlates to the primordial self-actualizing force that permeates the Cosmos. Mars is energy that arises spontaneously, impulsively, instinctively, seeking outer form. Arising in consciousness the thought form is prioritized with desire, and manifested as actualized choice. Mars is the primal, self-actualizing impulse that expresses as “I am that I am”. At his best Mars is courageous, bold, and daring. He is the fearless pioneer and the wide-eyed explorer. In his shadow he becomes aggressive, filled with rage, and obsessively self-centered.
Mars will retrograde from June 26 to August 27, 2018. The two T-squares found in the first Mars-nodal axis chart are still active. In this chart we have Venus adding to the celestial mix as she conjoins the lunar north node, opposes Mars, and squares Jupiter. A third T-square is formed by the Cancer Sun opposing Saturn in his native Capricorn, both squaring Chiron reinforcing the themes of emotional wounding, healing, and mentoring.
From a geocentric perspective, as a faster moving planet orbits past a slower moving planet, the slower moving planet appears to stand still and then move backwards. You can observe this phenomenon on
the highway when you pass another vehicle. From your perspective, the other vehicle is moving backwards. Because the opportunity exists for objectivity, retrograde cycles express as an Aquarian archetype. Its energetic frequency also recycles, allowing a period of introspection and retrospection. Relative to planet Mars, the focus will be on our most recent behavior and the choices we made in that regard. Did we have the courage of our convictions? Did we lash out at someone because they reminded us of something in ourselves that we don’t like? Did we attend to our own emotional or physical needs exclusively without regard for others? I love the quote from the movie, The Exotic Marigold Hotel. “It will be okay in the end. If it is not okay, it is because it is not the end.”
From the end of July to the end of August we will all have the opportunity to look at these situations and change the structure of that interpersonal transaction. During the retrograde cycle, Mars will conjoin the lunar south node 3 times.
June 8, 2018 7° Aquarius 9'
July 20, 2018 5° Aquarius 56' Rx
Sept 26, 2018 4 Aquarius 10'
At the heart of the retrograde cycle, the July conjunction of Mars and the lunar south node will occur at 5° Aquarius 56’. On that day, a fixed grand cross is formed. Mars Retrograde in Aquarius squares the Moon, Jupiter, and Uranus, and opposes the Sun. The Sun in Cancer conjoins Pallas Athene and the Lunar North Node in Leo. The placement of the Sun by sign, house, and aspect reveals the nature of our life purpose. With the lunar north node in Leo, new potentials will be revealed and awakened to actualize our life purpose. The Moon in Scorpio rules the Sun’s current sign. The Moon and Jupiter in Scorpio oppose Uranus in Taurus. The two oppositions square each other.
This conjunction occurs in the midst of the eclipse cycle, only 1 week before the total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018. The archetype of this cross is doubled in on itself as the Moon is the ruler of the Sun.
For most of the next 7 years Uranus will transit through the sign of Taurus, ruled by Venus as her inner expression. Venus in Virgo applies to an opposition to Neptune in his native Pisces. Venus sextiles Jupiter in Scorpio. Jupiter is applying to a last quarter trine to Neptune. Saturn separates from a last quarter trine to Uranus. Chiron in Aries trines the Sun, opposes the Moon, and squares Saturn.
There are 4 creative quintiles. Venus forms a gibbous biquintile with Mars. Venus forms a gibbous quintile with the lunar south node. Saturn forms a crescent quintile with Neptune. Chiron forms a crescent quintile with Pluto.
These powerful configurations speak to relationships and circumstances that will bring the understanding and realization of what is really important to us, what we know in our hearts that we cannot live without. We will redefine our priorities. Emotional energy will run at full speed, electrified by shocks that could shake the foundation of everything that we value but also everything that we think to be true. We will be inexorably drawn to that which looms as much greater than ourselves. Will we recognize the synchronicities as they show up? Circumstances might seem more numinous if we are receptive to the new cycles and rhythms that will pulsate through our inner world
of hopes, dreams, beliefs and the shimmering structures of our outer world. Planet Neptune These powerful configurations speak to relationships and circumstances that will bring the understanding and realization of what is really important to us, what we know in our hearts that we cannot live without. We will redefine our priorities. Emotional energy will run at full speed, electrified by shocks that could shake the foundation of everything that we value but also everything that we think to be true. We will be inexorably drawn to that which looms as much greater than ourselves. Will we recognize the synchronicities as they show up? Circumstances might seem more numinous if we are receptive to the new cycles and rhythms that will pulsate through our inner world of hopes, dreams, beliefs and the shimmering structures of our outer world. Planet Neptune correlates to our dreams and visions. The true nature of reality is that we are dreaming ourselves.
The Lunar Nodes
The lunar south and north nodes anchor the endpoints of the Soul’s evolutionary axis. They trace the line of the Soul’s intended advancement, in each lifetime, from past to future, anchored in the present by the natal moon. The lunar south node correlates to the emotional composite of the Soul’s recent lunar egocentric structure. Here dwells the collective karmic memory of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of past, the residue of emotional experiences held in the subtle matrix of the emotional body. In each moment of space and time consciousness resides in the place of our inner emotional compass, ever scanning for evidence of the “true north” facilitated by the lunar north node. The lunar north operates much like a magical moving sidewalk. This intersection of the Earth’s ecliptic and the Moon’s orbit points and facilitates the way to the Soul’s probable future.
Is it not true that karma is simply choice? The choice that we make in each moment, some that seem insignificant, others are more serious. What shows up in the phenomenal world is the end product of the seed thought from which it was born. We invent, project, and instinctively attract the outcome of our thoughts and desires. What shows up as relationship and circumstance comes from within, not without.
At the last conjunction on September 26th, 2018, Venus completes the fixed cross with Mars-lunar south node, Jupiter, and Uranus. The archetype of Venus to the pervades this Mars transit. Venus has many faces. She is Desire itself. She is both the selfless and the covetous lover. She appears as ultimate beauty with egoistic vainglory in her shadow. She embodies as the natural world. Astrologically Venus and Taurus correlate to our essential needs and their resources. What we fundamentally need to survive. What is essential and fundamental has personal meaning. Venus and Taurus correlate to our values and where we find the real meaning in our lives. The electric shocks that Uranus is generating, through jolts of interruption and disruption, will awaken us to a collective understanding of where our values and priorities must be in order for each and all of us to survive. Facilitating trines from Sun and Mercury to Mars enable the journey down into our personal underworld and illuminates and actualizes the psychic and emotional relics and artifacts that are unearthed.
Transiting lunar nodes correlate to the direction and nature of the current evolutionary dynamic. With the lunar south node in Aquarius we can expect unaddressed issues from the past to be awakened, and during the Mars Rx cycle, ongoing issues from the past will be re-awakened . The polarity of the Leo-Aquarius archetype is about the balance of the individual and its community. Leo is “me”. Aquarius is “everyone else”. We are going to be tasked with situations that require reconciling our own needs versus what the community needs.
Jason Holley points out that during the day there is just one star in the sky—the Sun. At night there is an infinite multitude of stars. We are in fact crystallized in a solar/day world. Unless we go far out into nature we do not have total darkness in the night sky. We are very familiar with our Sun, but how many other suns do we know? The archetype of Leo has a cohering singularity. In Aquarius we find multiplicity. At the core of Leo is heart fire—a swirling vortex of life force--Soul fire connected to solar fire.
Uranus is said to be the ruler of Aquarius. Discovered at the time of the American and French Revolutions, Promethean Uranus correlates to rebellion against authority. Aquarius follows Capricorn in the natural zodiac. Authoritative Capricorn and Saturn create form and structure. Capricorn, ruled by Saturn correlates to the consensus of society, its laws and regulations, ethics, standards, and mores. A process of crystallization occurs. Things become hard and fixed. Things become stuck. Uranus interrupts and disrupts these crystallized forms allowing new forms and structures to be created as part of the natural process of evolution. We are already knee deep in this process. The epic celestial events of the recent past are clearly reflected in world events.
“Ester asked why people are sad. ‘That’s simple’ said the old man. ‘They are prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or it it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.’”
--Paulo Coelho, The Zahir