Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Today the Moon is new in Libra at about 7:09 am EDT. This conjunction of the Sun and Moon has some serious company. Not only are there four other planets in Libra, but the Sun and Moon plus Mercury are making a square to Pluto in Capricorn.
This aspect indicates a potent turning point of some kind; you could say it’s got an ominous feeling, though there is also a sense of clarity about this chart, something focused and with clear intention. This could manifest many ways, personally and as a collective event. Remember, it’s sitting right opposite the Aries Point, where there is currently a planet — Uranus, which is about surprises and inventions. So there’s some psychic tension in this aspect, and it would be fair enough to get the feeling that something big is brewing. If you’ve noticed a more-pervasive-than-usual sense of anxiety or doom in the air, this aspect structure illustrates the feeling. If you’ve noticed that you’re feeling like you can actually make decisions, it’s the same picture.
Yes, fear is pervasive in our cultural messages anyway. Pluto in Capricorn has been shaking our social, cultural and institutional foundations for a couple years now. And Pluto in general, for many people, carries a feeling of what they think of as imminent death: the fear of change, of surrender, of anything compelling.
So why is this heightened now?
For one thing, having the Sun and Moon together in a perfect square to Pluto is shining the light of the solar system onto the planet known as ‘the irresistible force’. Irresistible force has a ring of inevitability to it; and that feels like one is powerless to do anything about it — that is, except dance with the idea and ultimately the experience. Culturally, we’re not trained to see powerlessness as a comfortable place. We struggle with surrender and tell ourselves stories about how in control we are, how decisive and independent and goal-oriented we are. But ultimately we are powerless against death, despite all the ways we can put it off, make it nicer or mold our conceptions of it.
The energy of the New Moon is lighting up Pluto from Libra. Libra’s all about beauty and balance, right? So what gives, with all this fear? Alice Bailey (1880-1949) had some thoughts about this, expressed in her book Esoteric Astrology. In asking what exactly Libra is balancing, she posits that it is soul and form. That is, spirit and body are seeking their balance in Libra, and this can be scary for an eternal soul existing in a body that will die. In her view, this calls for deep meditation and reflection, which is why Libra can seem so mellow, even though what it’s thinking about can be profound.
Mercury conjunct the Sun and Moon is transmitting this whole vibe as though we’ve just turned on the radio of the collective consciousness. We knew all those stations were there broadcasting all the time, but now that planets have come into alignment, we can actually hear what they’re playing. Apparently they’ve all switched to a 2012 ‘uneasy-listening’ format, with weather updates from the still-building Uranus-Pluto square. Except for one thing: Mercury is perfectly tuned to Uranus right now, and that is actually about bringing in news, an idea, an innovation.
Yet turn the dial a little and we’re listening to Mercury square Pluto. This is where we get fanaticism or fear feeding itself. Witness, for instance, the doomsday freak-out some have engaged in over the comet Elenin’s current close approach of Earth. You’d have thought we’d managed to shake the idea that comets spell the end of the world back in the 1700s at least. But a group called “The Truther Girls” dubbed Elenin’s approach an “Extinction Level Event.” It’s a perfect illustration of this New Moon contemplation of fear — or of life.
And here’s the thing: when we have our so-called leaders in Congress pulling moves like waiting until just yesterday to approve the disaster relief spending, it does start to look like everything we count on is about to come crashing down. And ‘everything’ comes to mean anything from the actual bridges we drive over to our country’s political process to any shred of trust in our fellow humans.
No wonder we’re on edge. But we don’t need to teeter over it. For one thing, the Sun and Moon and even Mercury will move through Libra and out of this particular square fairly quickly. More importantly, we have access to this idea of spirit and body seeking balance. We have a square aspect, which locates this tension within us and asks us for action. And we’re at the start of a new season, giving us an organic template for pausing, grounding and resetting our intentions and rhythm. Put all those together, and the idea of powerlessness can shrink a bit.
Change may still feel scary. If you’re someone whose buttons were pushed by last week’s astrology, unleashing long-repressed fury or desire like an eruption, the prospect may feel violent. But leaves don’t change color and fall off in one day. Feel within to gauge where your soul/form balance is. If you can make a choice that brings them closer to alignment, the decision itself may be the most radical part of the process. That is about taking over the power to choose — the only power we really have.
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