January 30 to February 5, 2017
Your Guide to Planetary Energies
by Pam Younghans
Photo: In honor of the eagle energies we are working with this lunar cycle — an “eagle aurora” captured over Grotfjord, Norway, in 2012 (photo by Bjørn Jørgensen, posted as NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day)
WORDS FLY fast and furious this week. Mercury, the planetary ruler of communications and logistics, is involved in challenging aspects almost every day, and is activating a cardinal grand cross that compels us to “be the change we want to see.” The greatest impact appears to be in the days leading up to the First Quarter Moon on Friday.
We start off with a Mercury-Uranus square on Tuesday that indicates disruptions and rebellions against outdated forms of thought. This can be a very insightful day, with new ideas coming forward, but it is not very stable energy, so can feel rather chaotic.
Similar themes continue on Wednesday, when Mercury is exactly square Eris, the goddess of discord. We are imaging a better future, but tend to be more argumentative than cooperative. This aspect also raises the voice of women, especially those who have felt unheard and disrespected.
ON THURSDAY, Mercury squares Jupiter and opposes the asteroid Vesta, bringing the influence of the cardinal grand cross to bear. Impatience must be tempered by discipline for us to make long-lasting change. It can be easy to go overboard, so get very grounded and calm before making long-term decisions or commitments.
Behind the scenes, a lovely Neptune-Pallas alignment (exact on Wednesday) is helping us imagine a better future. This influence, while subtle, helps us access the wisdom of compassion, as we are aware of those who are in pain and want to do what we can to ease that suffering.
In spite of all the turmoil we’re experiencing, this alignment in Pisces encourages nonviolent resistance rather than face-to-face combat, and also helps us tap into higher guidance. The one caution is to be very aware of how visual images can be used to create illusion and to affect mass consciousness.
THE FIRST QUARTER MOON occurs in Taurus on Friday. This is an important phase in the lunar cycle, especially since our Full Moon on February 10 will also be a Lunar Eclipse.
This First Quarter Moon challenges us to bring into form the ideas that were initiated with the Aquarius New Moon last Friday. In this visionary time, we must do something practical and concrete to support a new future.
THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the position of the First Quarter Moon encourages us to think in new ways about where we go from here:
“An old teacher fails to interest his pupils in traditional knowledge: The inadequacy of past knowledge in time of crisis.”
Here are excerpts from astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this symbolic image:
“The emergence of new developments is emphasized. Traditional concepts are not adequate to confirm the new conditions of existence. This symbol indicates that even the most consecrated tradition does not have the real answer to the problem. We might speak here of the principle of CREATIVE FRUSTRATION.”
JUPITER’S INFLUENCE is heightened this week; the massive planet is moving very slowly in preparation for the start of its retrograde (backward) phase next Sunday. As the largest known planet in our solar system, Jupiter is a bit like one of those magic mirrors that makes everything it reflects look bigger. With Jupiter involved in the grand cross energies this week, we will continue to feel that the challenges before us are magnificent in scope.
Astrologer Bil Tierney writes that while Jupiter is retrograde (until June 9):
“It is a marvelous time for gaining deeper insights into spiritual or philosophical matters, as wisdom can flow easier from the superconscious and make contact with the conscious self. It urges the individual to seek out the underlying truth concerning current matters.”
What a fortuitous time for us to have help in seeking out underlying truths and accessing higher wisdom!
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IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: As the world around you changes, you are compelled to think in new ways, to explore what you really believe in, and to take action to bring your ideals into form. Pay close attention to the insights you receive and mine the gold from them, while making sure the sludge is washed away. As you do this, you are emboldened to take action, supported by your higher spiritual wisdom.
Yours in peace,
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