Monday, April 23, 2007

End Of Saturn Retrograde At Last

One day in early December 2006, a rather flustered on duty police officer accidently reversed his car into mine, and like all astro folk, I’m hardwired to pause mid-event to look for likely matching transits; a quick scan of the environment reveals planet, sign and house signatures, then it’s just a case of superimposing the relevant chart aspects over it all, courtesy of minds eye technology. In this case Saturn (planet of law enforcement) just hours previously had begun a retrograde phase (appearing to move backwards).

Sceptics say the event was just a coincidence, because lots of other people that day didn’t encounter the reversing police officer in their path, but sceptics don't seem to understand that astrology deals with a tailor-made unfolding of events, born of an abundance of elements such as times, dates and places of then and now, along with all the possibilities of expression each astro symbol carries. It's about showing how the universe is out-picturing us, weaving together for each individual the closest external manifestation-match for their inner landscape at any moment.

Of course there was a lot more going on in my chart than Saturn retrograde, but to go into all that would take all day as there was A LOT going on at the time (hence one very flustered police officer); though I will say that Saturn was squaring Neptune in my chart, and the police officer remarked ‘I just didn’t see you’. Anyway, upshot was he admitted liability, and I set about making a claim for the damage. It took ages. Ages and ages for each step of the way to inch closer to completion, which is a trademark of the retrograde phase – the dragging of the heels and the wading through of the treacle. But each delay that happened I simply remarked ‘ah, Saturn retrograde I presume', while nodding like a very wise and knowing person.

I got a final letter this weekend, as Saturn ended its retro phase and began direct motion once again, informing me that full costs had been recovered and the case was considered closed. That’s the end of that then.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Full Moon In Libra On 2nd April...

...takes place around 6.15pm UK time, but the energy builds up gradually during the preceding days, and slowly lessens after that. Full moon energy is sometimes tangible as a heaviness or tension in the air, and situations can hold the tension within them, much like our bodies storing up stress. Because of this, a full moon can also indicate a turning point in a situation - a release of energy leading to change we’ve been working towards for some time.

The moon in Libra stands opposite to the sun in Aries for this full moon. Libra the scales symbolises the balancing and harmonising of connections and relationships; while Aries is more self focused, on preferences, priorities, goals and agenda. These two signs are chalk and cheese in the way they can be other-orientated and self-orientated respectively, but both perspectives are necessary for true balance, and this is where the potential for tension comes in, as the Aries path gets rather more bad press than the Libra way in our society, being associated with behaviour labelled undesirable and selfish.

Recently I chose to end a friendship (with good cause from my point of view, of course). My friend told me I was wrong to end our friendship, as it meant I was ‘too conditional’, and ‘not unconditional enough’. It wasn’t the evolved thing to do, apparently, and in her eyes, placed me firmly at the lower end of the spiritual spectrum, along with Ouija boards and Jackie Stallone’s buttock divinations.

Happily, I have both moon and north node in Aries, so remained unconvinced that my relationship with Divine Universal Life Force could be either enhanced or diminished, as a result of me acting in a way that made her feel better about her world. But there’s lots of thinking out there that supports her argument, and not just in so called spiritual thinking, it's everywhere; most recognisable as the ‘You Would If You Loved Me’ school of thought.

So for me, the annual full moon in Libra indicates the chance to become aware of how our need to be liked and loved by others is impacting our current agenda, or the set of intentions designed to hold us in alignment with our true Self. Because choosing to follow whatever makes us feel more in alignment with ourselves is non-negotiable in my book, and is something I wish for each and everyone everywhere, unconditionally.