Saturn enters Sagittarius

There are so many powerful occurrences in the skies right now, but what leapt out to me is Saturn, after 2 years, moving into a new sign on the 23rd. Uncomfortable bedfellows it seems. Saturn - strict, authoritarian, and suffering no fools. Sagittarius- optimistic, generous, and idealistic.

Yet Saturn here offers a very powerful foundation for our notions on freedom and our dreams. He calls for a mature and practical focus. We have the opportunity to take our free-spirited ideals and make something concrete from them.

Sagittarius is no wishy-washy dreamer, but the ability to look into horizons can create a perpetual reaching outwards that struggles to achieve anything tangible. Saturn here says - I see your ideals and I raise you pragmatism.

1 medium, 1 brush, 1 colour = truth

The centaur is all about higher purpose, meaning, and truth. Now we are asked to first reality-check our visions and hopes, and then manifest our personal philosophy.

Saturn has been deeply rooted in Scorpio - digging up our darkest fears, forcing us to face them. We'll return to this theme for a short while in June 2015 when Saturn retrogrades, but the next 2-3 years will be the experience after the abyss.

We are all already reaching out, spreading our arms out wide and reaching up to our dreams, and we will continue to do so. Anything less than authentic, anything less than from your highest truth and moral compass, will not fly with Saturn. I have learnt that, amazingly, it's possible to find freedom within restrictions. In fact, for some of us, possible to find our most centred freedom.

We can also not hand over our personal authority to others. If we do so we will struggle during this period. It's one thing to ask for support, it's another to give up your power, or to play the victim.

Put aside your 'brand', your 'style', what's trending, and all those varied directions you are pulled in. Centre yourself, breathe, look within, and you will find your truth... then take charge of it.

horizons {Sagittarius New Moon}

Many of our thoughts or experiences have been, and continue to be, shadowed by a strong Scorpio influence. For some of us, it may be deep losses, for others it's nostalgic endings. Either way, we have been undergoing transformations.

The New Moon, in the sign of expansion, optimism, and 'reaching for the stars', gives us hope.

If we are open, we can see the purpose of the endings, or the healing after the losses. We can accept the sacrifice of one thing for another. Often what we deem as sacrifice is something that was finished anyway, or that on some level we knew was never right for us. Scorpio tells us what is necessary, no matter how dark, how sad, or how fearful.

Sagittarius is on the other side of the river, ready with an outstretched hand out a smile. Reminding us that life goes on. That the purpose of life is to be itself. To realise itself.

We are to fully be who we are meant to be. And loss and all that hurts is part of the wholeness of experience. Beyond that, there is beauty, adventure, new goals, endless possibilities.... new horizons. We are not completely out of the dark, but it's an important first step.

So feet up onto the bank, out of the murky waters, say goodbye, walk on, and don't look back.

Scorpio days

Our days have and continue to be intense. Hidden feelings and thoughts rise to the surface, and nothing feels light and airy at all. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are moving through Scorpio.* The general energy, our thinking, and our relationships.

This past couple of weeks I have experienced some of the worst emotions and some of the worst fears. It threw me into a spiralling hole of suspicion. All well-founded I might add. It's these types of situations, where we have grounds to think what we're thinking, that can be difficult to escape.

Scorpio is about survival, and doing whatever it takes to do so. If you have been passive or complacent in the past, you can discover a hidden impetus to do what is necessary. Personally, I have a tendency to Aware Naivety. I am aware of a situation turning sour or a person's true unkind motives, and yet I want to believe that honesty, goodness, and truth will prevail.

Instead, in this situation, Scorpio has pushed me to uncover truths and information that will arm me, to share old lies, and to survive.

Inside the hole we blame others, we claim that life is unfair, we obsess about what might happen, we are stuck in Black&White thinking, we take extreme measures, we are paranoid, jealous, possessive, and spiteful.

It is no use drowning in fears of what could happen. Instead, we let go of complacency, prepare ourselves, and deal with the worst when and if it happens at all. Like a scorpion, if it's attacked it's ready.

Let's take the best of what the scorpion can give us;

be prepared for the worst
hope for the best

Scorpio is about death and rebirth - transformation. What is happening right now in our relationships is ensuring that things will never be the same again.

* Sun until Nov 22nd, Mercury until 27th, Venus until 16th.

The Semi-Sextile

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In my experience, the Semi-Sextile is not a 'weak' Sextile. It's also neither a soft/harmonious or hard/disharmonious aspect. Likewise, claiming that it's a 'lesser' Sextile is like saying a child is a lesser adult, completely unhelpful.

Many astrology students reasonably suggest that as the two planets are in signs with nothing in common, it makes sense that they do not 'get along'. However, their position as neighbours is a vital relationship. Also keep in mind that planets are neutral to each other, and all points need to be considered to discover how they will work together.

When I think of the Semi-Sextile I think of the neighbour relationship.
Neighbours are in our immediate environment.
We can't really avoid them - we still hear them or have to deal with their dog barking at night.
We often make a point of getting along, whatever we might think of them.
They come to our parties by default.
Our children are friends by proximity.
It's a default relationship no matter how unlike we may be.

Two neighbouring Semi-Sextile planets are part of our immediate character.

While they don't share Element, Modality, or Polarity, they are in a relationship of immediate development - one immediately preceding/following the other. At the very least, (if this cyclic approach doesn't gel with your idea of a static natal chart) it's a relationship of immediate proximity/contact.

The most important point about the Semi-Sextile is that it's a seed, an innate potential. It could be seen as karmically working it's way toward the Sextile and then Trine. However you choose to view it, it's a starting point that is readily experienced in our lives.

What can be challenging about this aspect is that two very different styles of functioning are involved. There is friction and stress - but both these words need to be properly understood.

What is easy about this aspect is that it lies in our conscious minds (unlike Chironic wounds for example), and with self-awareness, it's readily accessed for further growth.

Seed Card, Linnea Vedder Shults


Susan M
Jupiter in Scorpio 7thH Semi-Sextile Uranus in Libra 6thH.

Susan is easily drawn to intense, meaningful, and passionate relationships. She seeks to be of use in instigating transformation and is unafraid of unorthodox methods.

At best, her ability to see people's potential and her enthusiasm to be of help, is a profound asset to all her relationships, including those in her career. She is able to adopt a generously relaxed attitude and a truly open-minded perspective, allowing everyone their personal truth. She walks her talk and thereby offers transformation by osmosis

At worst, she believes that she can be the agent for change and directly transform the other person into the best person they can be by her efforts. She tends to refuse to see the reality of a failing relationship because she is determined, blindly faithful, or gullible, believing that everything will turn out fine. She may subconsciously choose the chaos of volatile relationships to get her fix for transformative work, in herself or others.

The wonderful point here is that Susan has the potential power to bring out that infinite transformation in herself and others.

It will best occur when she can deal with her tendency to approach others too intensely, self-righteously, or dogmatically, as well as her tendency to choose to remain ignorant of a failing relationship. In other words, she needs to detach enough to see people for who they are rather than for who she believes they could be.

Her personal relationships will benefit from a foundation of mutual respect and love, rather than a guru-disciple imbalance - empowering others rather than controlling them.

The Semi-Sextile as a seed, means that we normally begin at the level of fumbling child who can learn the better expression of the aspect. This easily accessible personality-work, opens up an avenue to deeper soul-work with Chrion, Pluto, Square aspects, and the other truly challenging points.

Semi-sextile points from others (in agreement):

Arroyo, S. - persistent, constantly interacting.
Meyer, M. - initial emergence of self-awareness
Hone, M.E. - slightly stressful

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© The Owl in the Moon 2013

Meeting Aries-Libra Descendant

Aries Ascendant - Libra Descendant

This is the impulsive persona, becoming the assertive persona, who is developing the diplomat.

This person is instinctively; forthright, competitive, blunt, an initiator.

Retrograde planets: re -everything

Whenever I read an article that includes phrases like, 'your computer will malfunction', or, 'don't sign contracts', in regards to Mercury Retrograde, I tune out.

Retrograde planets have so much to offer us, and the idea that this apparent motion is detrimental is misleading.

Unique Disease ▲ Chiron Uranus aspects

My obsession with interest in Chiron has merged with my holistic approach to body dis-ease. It's been interesting for me to feel how Chiron aspects could manifest as illnesses in the client. Chiron, in myth, was a great healer who suffered two wounds, an emotional one (rejected by parents) and a physical one (arrow wound). The latter is the one usually considered, and while it's a metaphor for soul-pain, we often manifest unexpressed/unresolved soul-pain through our bodies.