Today is the New Moon in Aquarius (exact at 4:39 pm EST; you can view the full chart here). This New Moon is happening in the context of Mercury ingressing Pisces (tomorrow) Venus stationing direct in Capricorn (also tomorrow) and retrograde Jupiter opposing Pluto (exact tomorrow, but has been in effect for a while).
All of these factors combine to impart a sense of impending rapid transitions.
Beginning with today, Eric has described today’s New Moon as “a friendly event with a ‘let’s get together’ theme.”
He continues, “This is a beautiful chart for participation in any kind of group or collective experience while expressing your individuality,” adding, “You’re unlikely to be invited to step out, however — you will need to push the issue and see what happens. If you cannot be yourself, you don’t belong there — wherever ‘there’ is.”
Yet the Aquarius New Moon will be followed very closely by Venus stationing, and Venus retrogrades tend to be on the subtle side (compared with, say, Mercury retrogrades). So while the New Moon is about individuality within group participation, tomorrow’s Venus station may warrant some conscious stillness and introspection.
Venus has taken us on a six-week exploration of our values and resources, and of the past — including in the form of old friends and lovers reappearing; the influence of your family on your patterns of relating; your family’s influence on how you feel about love, relating and sex.
In the context of that inner inventory, Venus is stationing in a conjunction with four other planets in Capricorn: Pluto, Narcissus, Psyche and Persephone. This puts Venus in the midst of the Uranus-Pluto square and cardinal grand cross — the bigger, era-defining astro-picture — at the same time that it puts us in contact with some of our most intimate psychological challenges.
Eric discusses this configuration in the first segment of this week’s Planet Waves FM broadcast; here are some notes on the individual planets involved:
Venus and Pluto: transformative, lusty, deep, earthy.
Narcissus: being in love with oneself to the exclusion of any interest in others; our attraction to others’ displays of self-interest.
Psyche: the sensation of a mental-level injury that will not heal — that is, the inability to heal/resolve it is a perception, not a reality; an injury to faith (in yourself, a relationship, another person).
Persephone: we’re in Northern Hemisphere winter, and sure enough, Persephone is down in the underworld with Pluto; a reflection of how stuck society is on the toxic equation “sex=rape”; yet there’s an opportunity to come to the surface.
My own take on this configuration is that in the process of retrograding, Venus has taken us to the place where we’re fixated on our own lost and wounded inner ‘daughter’ or fought-over feminine side. (Do you ever feel like every faction of society except yourself gets to define what it is to embody the feminine? If it’s not the patriarchy, it’s our mothers.) It’s an aspect of self-image we’re over-focused on, though with good reason, since it often seems to be in the hands of others to the point of feeling like it can never be wrested back.
This place is rooted deep in the past, nestled in ‘the way things have always been’, which is actually a form of the underworld. And who do we meet there but the Lord of Change, Pluto. Venus gets close, stations direct and asks:
“Which do you value more: your sense of wounding and ‘the way things were/have seemingly always been’? Or do you value emerging from that place, letting it die, and rebuilding your whole self?”
Easier said than done, but deciding is the first step.
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