Planet Waves FM: Mars in Sagittarius, Equinox & Living With War

In this week’s edition, I look at Mars in Sagittarius, as well as the Libra equinox and New Moon — and then consider the chart of Barack Obama’s speech last week declaring a new war in the Middle East.

Chart for Obama's speech.

Chart for Obama’s speech.

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Participation is Reciprocation — Venus Sextile Saturn

By 9:03 am EDT (13:03 UT) on Sunday, Venus will have advanced through Virgo to the point where it will be sixty degrees away from Saturn in Scorpio. That will be an aspect called a closing sextile. The result of that aspect will largely depend on the extent to which your participation is reciprocation.

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Venus sextile Saturn will not happen in a vacuum. It will take place just hours before Mars advances through Sagittarius to precisely square Neptune in Pisces.

For all intents and purposes, astrological events that are only hours apart can be considered concurrent. Hence Mars-square-Neptune will be functionally simultaneous with Venus-sextile-Saturn.

Eric has emphasized Mars heavily this week here on Planet Waves, and justifiably so. Look at your own life and how desire, wanting, assertion and other issues associated with Mars have come to the fore since Mars entered Sagittarius last Saturday.

Additionally, the impending Martian square to Neptune has received a lot advance attention for good reason. Mars aspects tend to express significantly for days and days before they are exact. Also, Neptune is known for the width of what astrologers call its ‘orb of influence’.

Venus sextile Saturn, however, is no slouch. Venus is, in the words of Robert Hand, “a Yin planet.” As such, Venus is by definition a reciprocal complement to the “Yang” that Mars (among other things) represents.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Cancer weekly for Feb. 24, 2012

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Pisces is the sign in your chart associated with faith and with long journeys. A New Moon in this house is setting your sails on a journey likely to take you across the oceans, be they metaphorical or literal oceans. This is a spiritual quest unlike few others in your lifetime, leading you to places you may only have dreamed of or that you didn’t even know existed. Whether this is literally or metaphorically, think of yourself as an explorer on a quest for a higher sublime truth. What you need to take with you now is an open mind, a sense of perspective and a philosophical approach on all that is emerging which will allow you to absorb a greater truth, elevating and expanding your consciousness; this will act as a beacon of light and wisdom leading your way forward. Enter this phase with the curiosity of a child without preconceived notions of what you might find. As long as you are willing to explore your ambitions, you will discover abilities within you that you didn’t even know you had. You can also trust you have and will make friends along the way, who are supportive of you and above all keep faith in a higher power that guides you. You are being liberated and if you could go anywhere, where would it be? This much freedom can be scary, but it is also empowering if you remember that ultimately your journey is your destination.

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While Monsanto may be “vulnerable” in a Kansas wheat-growers’ lawsuit and has been overruled in Guatemala, illegal agriculture is not only endangering lives elsewhere in Latin America, but around the world. Meanwhile, global warming may leave some bird species unable to adapt; the California drought is bringing birds and mosquitoes together to spread West Nile virus (mosquitoes are the agents that spread it to humans); and the birds of Perdue — chickens — are receiving drastically less antibiotics these days.

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Venus Diving into the Sun

By Carlos Cedillo

Hello dear readers! Yes, I had an unexpected break last week. It was a 6 Kame/Death day, Sept. 8, 2014, and there was a very big solar flare and Full Moon trine Mars and Saturn.

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My computer was just one of many things that got fried and died last week. This is all good as we learn to appreciate letting go of things that no longer serve us and prepare for our new lives we are co-creating with the universe.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, Obama also tried to announce another ‘war’ we are supposed to start against the ISIS group of terrorists WE armed, ostensibly to fight Bashar Assad’s army in Syria.

Fortunately, his announcement came during a time that Venus is descending from its position as the Morning Star — what the ancient Maya described as diving into the Sun — and she will be behind the Sun on Oct. 25, 2014, (Muharram, Islamic New Year).

So even though the announcement came on a strong Venus energy day, 8 Qanil/Rabbit, that energy will not be sustainable. In contrast, Venus was very prominent as the Morning Star on Sept. 11, 2001.

According to an article by John Major Jenkins written in 1995, a new 104-year Venus cycle began on April 3, 2001, which was 1 Ahau/Sun. Venus rose as the morning star that day and remained so through Sept. 11, 2001, when she was still very prominent in the morning sky.

I held a 1 Ahau/Sun “Xochiquetzal” fire ceremony March 22, 2011, in San Marcos, Texas. Because of the importance of this day in the Venus cycle, I believe the name of one of the hero twins of the Popol Vuh myth cycle, Hunajpu, translates as “1 Ahau.” Venus is being born from the head of the Sun! Now I understand why 1 Ahau is known to the Aztecs as Xochiquetzal’s (Flower maiden’s) day.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Taurus weekly for Nov. 13, 2009

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It’s time to do that Taurus thing again and get out of your head. One of the odd miracles of your sign is that yours is simultaneously the most physical of the 12 and also the one most likely to get trapped upstairs. You have options at the moment, and your mind will come in handy as far as determining what is healthy and what is not; what you actually want and what you don’t. Notice when you’re getting mixed up in a process of rationalizing. If you’re having conversations with people who are not there, call them and work it out in real life. This will give you permission to explore the exceptionally interesting opportunities in your environment. Stick to who or what you actually want and you will be perfectly safe.

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Same Issues, Separate Paths — Mercury and Venus Tomorrow

If Mercury and Venus are any indication, your head and heart will encounter some of the same issues on separate paths tomorrow. Mercury appears to be slowing down in Libra on its way to pass between Earth and the Sun. Venus appears to be speeding up in Virgo on its way to the Sun’s far side.

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Mercury, among other things, correlates with your head — specifically how you think. Venus, among other things, corresponds to your heart — specifically how you feel.

Mercury appears to be decelerating on approach to station retrograde for the third time this year on Oct. 4, at 2+ Scorpio. Venus appears to be accelerating at it approaches the halfway point between its much less frequent retrograde periods.

Mercury entered the echo (or “shadow”) phase of its next retrograde two days ago as it moved past 16+ Libra, where it will resume direct motion again on Oct. 25. Venus is now entering the dawn’s glare to temporarily disappear from view before resuming visibility in the western sky after sundown later this year.

One would be hard-pressed to find two planets on more different paths than Mercury and Venus are now. The same may very well be true of what you are thinking and how you are feeling.

Yet, in both astrology and in your life, separate paths sometimes lead to something of the same circumstances — at least for a short while. In astrology’s case, at least, such will be the state of affairs for Mercury and Venus tomorrow.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Leo monthly for June 1, 2006

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The last time this happened, it was a lot less obvious. Now you see the pattern. Now you cannot only take it a lot more personally, you can involve yourself in a personal way and work the situation to your best possible advantage. The message or reward of this month’s Mars-Saturn conjunction in your birth sign is some combination of discipline paying off, patience providing the perfect opportunity to act, and hard work being rewarded with something changing in your favor. In fact, anything you experience this month you can work in your favor, but now it’s even more important that you see it that way. When you make the one major decision that seems to be looming, you’ll probably notice how long you’ve gone not quite feeling like yourself, and have the revelation of what it feels like to be suddenly acting in accord with your own nature, after quite a long delay. Not a bad plan.

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Breaking the Taboo on Desire

There exists a taboo on going for what you really want. Because we live in a society that’s all about ‘freedom of choice’ it’s not easy to see this, especially to someone who gets lost in the choice between Arby’s and Wendy’s, or between Cialis and Viagra.

There is a rumor that desire gets a person into trouble. This one has been viral in religious and spiritual philosophies going back millennia — whether it’s the Christians’ ban on sexual desire or the reportedly Buddhist idea that desire only forms attachments and therefore leads to misery.

The flaming arrow, Planet Waves symbol of Chiron.

The flaming arrow, Planet Waves symbol of Chiron, today lending itself to Mars in Sagittarius.

And it soaks into Western culture in the form of, ‘Don’t want what you really want; be a good boy/girl and want the shitty substitute we’re trying to sell you’. There is the notion that curiosity killed the cat. There is the ruse of not allowing oneself to want because if you want you might be tempted.

In astrology Mars is the planet of drive and desire, and it’s now in the sign of single-pointed focus — Sagittarius. As described Monday, Mars is going to be on quite an adventure, making 18 conjunctions and many other aspects during the next six or seven weeks. Each one of those aspects represents a twist on desire. Each comes with a different flavor, approach and result.

Some of these experiences could be used to demonstrate that desire is a bad thing. Yet in every situation there is another factor involved — that is how an aspect pattern works. In every situation, something will be influencing or modifying the nature of Mars, even as Mars wants to fly straight through the air to its destination.

The first of these influences is Heracles (what you might think of as wanting too much, or at the expense of all else), and the next is Tantalus (wanting what you cannot have, or think you cannot have — a dynamic where what you want eludes you, and desire gets the blame).

Then there is the extended square to Neptune, which is exact on Sept. 21; however, the orb of Neptune is so wide, it’s usually taken effect before anyone knows it’s an influence. Under the current influence of Neptune, I suggest you stick to what you’ve wanted for a while and not let any factor dissuade you from thinking that your desire is not valid. With Neptune you must remember how to swim rather than acting like you’re standing on solid ground.

I will offer again that in our society it’s OK to want, but there is a taboo on wanting what you really want — which is why there are so many distractions, and why they are so popular.

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The Guide to E-Holes

By Jen Sorensen

By Jen Sorensen

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