Friday, June 12, 2020

In Honor of Neptune

Material development is important, but it only provides physical comfort. Peace of mind contributes to good health. Families that are moved by kindness, whether rich or poor, are happy; whereas those that are rich, but lacking in kindness and affection are unhappy. ~@DalaiLama

Scientists declare that it's human nature to be compassionate. All living beings who experience feelings of pleasure and pain ultimately survive as a result of love and compassion. If we human beings help each other, serve each other, with compassion, we'll be happy. ~@DalaiLama

Mars in Aries


Mars has been inconspicuous in our predawn sky for some months. It’s slowly gotten brighter and redder. Now the drama is about to begin- and by October, Mars will outshine Jupiter!

Of course, the main reason for Mars’ extremes in brightness has to do with its nearness (or lack of nearness) to Earth. And when Earth passes between Mars and the Sun on October 13, 2020- the red planet Mars will be at max. i.e. perigee (closest to the Earth) and appear brightest in our sky and fiery red, at that time.



Transiting Mars stations-retrograde at 28* Aries on Sept. 9, 2020 and is then in apparent backward motion until Nov. 14, 2020 when Mars stations-direct at 15* Aries.

Mars first enters the sign of Aries (it's home domicile) on June 27, 2020 and does not leave Aries until January 6, 2021. That's an exceptionally long time for Mars to spend in a particular sign. And as Mars moves forward and backward, it will square Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter in Capricorn- the planets most associated with the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The planet Mars is also indicative of fires, which will continue to ravage California this year.

Archetypally speaking, "Mars represents the principle of energetic force. It symbolizes that part of the psyche which impels us to act, to assert ourselves, to struggle, to press forward and against, to be courageous and vigorous, to be competitive or combative. Mars is the archetypal warrior: it governs the capacity for aggressiveness, anger, and physical energy, as well as tendencies toward injury, violence, and impulsiveness. It is connected with athletic activity, and also, as the polar complement to Venus, governs the yang aspect of sexuality. The Mars archetype is associated with the Greek mythic figure of Ares, the Roman Mars, the god of war. Major aspects involving Mars are indicative of how one tends to act and assert oneself in life and how one experiences conflict and aggression." ~Richard Tarnas

Image: Matt Pollack captured Mars from Little Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks of upstate New York in July 2018.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Stonehenge

Sunrise at Stonehenge today (8th June) was at 04.52 am., sunset is at 09.20 pm.

A Neptunian Week


If you like Neptune, you might really enjoy this week.
 
On June 11, the transiting Sun (21 Gemini) and Neptune (21 Pisces) are in exact square. And then on June 13, we have a Mars-Neptune conjunction at 21 Pisces.
 
Tr. Neptune first entered the sign of Pisces on April 4, 2011, went back into Aquarius August 4, 2011, and re-entered Pisces on Feb. 3, 2012. And Neptune will continue to transit Pisces until March 30, 2025.
 
Those tuned to the higher vibrations of Neptune this week, may feel inspired, or elevated by creative or spiritual aspirations, to manifest your dreams, visions, and ideals. Or you may feel esp. empathetic and compassionate- with a desire to serve, and act from a place of genuine altruism.
 
Otherwise, we can expect to lack clarity of focus and energy- to feel disjointed, or confused about our direction. While issues regarding boundaries, or victimization are highlighted as well. And the tendency to see what we want to see can set us up for disappointment or disillusionment- if we allow ourselves to be swept away by unrealistic expectations, fantasies, and illusions. Additionally- the impulse to escape reality may be strong this week- which is not necessarily a bad thing.
 
Mundanely, the spin-masters will be busy at work this week spreading disinformation, and creating alternative realities, that serve to undermine truth, and further their deceitful agendas.
 
Being quiet and contemplative, or listening to music that soothes the soul are highly recommended this week. As are all activities informed by your highest aspirations. The deep and profound sources of inspiration and imagination are always present, but perhaps we can tap into them more easily now.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Mars Principle

The June 5 Strawberry Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius squared Mars.

The Mars principle: “Aggression is not necessarily destructive at all.” wrote the psychoanalyst Clara Thompson. “It springs from an innate tendency to grow and master life which seems to be characteristic of all living matter. Only when this life force is obstructed in its development do ingredients of anger, rage, or hate become connected with it." 




"Mars represents the principle of energetic force. It symbolizes that part of the psyche which impels us to act, to assert ourselves, to struggle, to press forward and against, to be courageous and vigorous, to be competitive or combative. Mars is the archetypal warrior: it governs the capacity for aggressiveness, anger, and physical energy, as well as tendencies toward injury, violence, and impulsiveness. It is connected with athletic activity, and also, as the polar complement to Venus, governs the yang aspect of sexuality. The Mars archetype is associated with the Greek mythic figure of Ares, the Roman Mars, the god of war. Major aspects involving Mars are indicative of how one tends to act and assert oneself in life and how one experiences conflict and aggression." ~Richard Tarnas

Planetary Stations in June 2020

June 18: Mercury stations-retrograde at 14*45' Cancer, and is retrograde until July 12 when Mercury stations-direct at 5*30' Cancer.

June 23: Neptune stations-retrograde at 20*58' Pisces, and is retrograde until November 28 when Neptune stations-direct at 18:10' Pisces.

June 25: Venus stations-direct at 5*20' Gemini, after a retrograde period that began May 13, 2020.

Photo taken by Sormano Astronomical Observatory on June 5, 2020 @ Sormano CO Italia.

3 Eclipses

How often are there 3 eclipses in a month?
Beginning on June 5, we’ll have 3 eclipses in one lunar month. It’ll be the last time this happens until the year 2029. From 2000-2050, there are 3 eclipses in one lunar month 14 times. Meanwhile, in a calendar month, 3 eclipses are rare. (Bruce McClure)