By Len Wallick
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
— Helen Keller
The mass migration from Aquarius to Pisces continues. Mars not only takes its turn, it brings something extra.
First, some perspective. The Martian ingress into Pisces follows Chiron, the Sun and Mercury. There is one more to go. Not to be judged by its size, an auspicious asteroid named Karma will conclude matters for the time being when it enters Pisces on Thursday. Because Uranus has not yet ended its stay in Pisces, we have an inventory of one luminary, three major planets, Chiron — perhaps the most influential centaur planet — and asteroid Karma, whose time has come. That’s a lot.
All of this movement can be taken as a huge transfer of energy from Aquarius, a sign traditionally ruled by Saturn, to Pisces, one sign traditionally ruled by Jupiter (the other is Sagittarius). This implies a shift of influence from Saturn to Jupiter. The timing is auspicious because of how the astrology will peak on Friday. Jupiter is getting pumped up for the big one when it exactly squares Pluto at week’s end; in fact, we are feeling its energy now, and have been seeing its effects in the news. This is a relatively rare and tense aspect between Jupiter in early Aries, and Pluto, 90 degrees away in Capricorn. This cardinal square has been functional for several weeks now.
The expansive idealism of Jupiter finds definition in the fundamental force of Pluto. This has been expressing itself in a passionate zealotry that can only be released by direct and sustained action. Look at what is happening around the world. From the halls of the Wisconsin legislature to the shores of Tripoli in Libya, people are risking everything and holding nothing back. Then, consider this. Jupiter is only acting as a proxy, warming the spot that Uranus will take starting next year. We ain’t seen nothing yet.
The cascade of planets into Pisces is ramping this up because Jupiter derives a good deal of its identity and influence from what is going on in that sign. It is already very nearly overwhelming. So what, besides bolstering Jupiter further, does Mars bring to Pisces? It brings a third concurrent case of mutual reception — loosely defined as two planets in each other’s sign of rulership.
Mars rules Aries (and Scorpio). Pisces, as already mentioned, is originally ruled by Jupiter. Now that Mars is in Pisces and Jupiter is in Aries, Mars is in mutual reception with Jupiter. Such an arrangement serves to strengthen or reinforce both planets. There is also the idea that each planet takes on some of the characteristics of the other.
Whether or not you consider mutual reception to be relevant, it is notable that there are now three cases of it going on. Add to Mars’ mix the long-standing case of Uranus (ruler of Aquarius) in Pisces and Neptune (ruler of Pisces) in Aquarius. You also have Venus (ruler of Libra), which entered Capricorn earlier this month, in mutual reception with Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) in Libra. Because both are in cardinal signs, they form a major aspect — a square.
Three occurrences of mutual reception at the same time is rare. In astrology, anything rare is auspicious and worth looking at. The question is what we should be looking for. If we consider the historical implications of the current astrology, we are in a time when old paradigms are being tested. Those that no longer serve are being discarded or transformed. Those that still serve the greater whole productively will be part of the scaffold upon which our personal and political futures will be constructed.
We may thus theorize that these three concurrent but different cases of mutual reception, taking place at this particular time, are giving us a chance to test the concept and determine whether it will be a valid astrological tool in the future. If Jupiter in Aries is the drive to expand ideals to realization then a mutual reception with Mars in Pisces would appear to lend it support and sophistication. Jupiter-Aries in turn would function to expand the purpose of the Martian-Pisces imagination, re-tasking the objective of its creative aspirations from self-gratification to service to others. If we watch the course of personal and political events over the next couple days, we should get a clue what we can build upon next month when the other two cases of mutual reception come to an end.
Finally, there is the matter of Chiron. Whether one considers the 1960’s or last April, the previous occurrences of Chiron in Pisces have synchronized with some rather earth-shaking events. This time is no exception. With its demonstrated propensity for both focus and holistic perspective, the last few weeks have witnessed the weak links of long-held authoritarian chains being tested and broken. Now this maverick of a planet has added to its job description by punching the respective tickets of the Sun, Mercury and Mars as they came in to join the party under the sign of the fish.
In addition to the influence of Pisces and its ruling influence of Jupiter, the members of this mutable stellium (a large cluster of planets in the same sign at roughly the same degree) have something else in common. They all have been or soon will be touched by the healing hand as their first aspect after transition. If history is any indicator, the days to come may prove that series of conjunctions to be the most important of all.
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