Things that reflect or amplify serve a dual purpose. In positive situations, they show us or give us more of what is desired. We tend to think of this as ‘good’. In negative situations, they show or give us more of what we don’t want. We generally call that ‘bad’. But it doesn’t have to be, if we add one crucial factor to the equation: awareness.
Awareness sometimes seems even more helpful in situations we call ‘bad’ — though being aware of the ‘good’ is key to enjoying and being grateful for it, and sharing it with others. This is the role I see the Moon playing over the next couple of days as it interacts with planets in prickly situations in Aries: that as it amplifies or reflects what is going on, the key to using it as a balm or emotional escape valve is your own ability to bring your deeper awareness to whatever transpires.
Here’s the scene: if you read Monday’s Daily Astrology post, you know that Friday’s Mars-Uranus conjunction in Aries (exact at 2:17 pm EDT and in effect now) has the potential to manifest as serious volatility. That can come in the form of combativeness/militancy, sudden and serious (and avoidable, if you stay conscious and proactive) accidents, and unpleasant consequences to hasty decisions (though productive results may come from thinking things through).
Mars-Uranus is an aspect that some might approach with fear, but I think approaching it with a high degree of focus and a reminder to count to ten (or 100) if something unexpected sets you off is a more constructive tack. (And don’t forget basics like driving the speed limit and avoiding thoughtless, easily avoidable risks.) In other words, using your awareness is key to mitigating (or preventing) damage.
Along with that Aries activity, Venus ingresses Aries today at 11:15 pm EDT. Aries is a prickly spot for Venus. It’s the sign Mars rules and the sign of ‘I am’, and those two factors make it difficult for Venus to express herself well there. She takes on the assertiveness associated with Martian passion and loses some of the receptivity and empathy we usually associate with her. It’s not a death sentence for love by any means (I have Venus in Aries myself), but it often makes it easy to forget to look at situations from a partner’s perspective.
Again, it’s awareness and a level of heightened emotional or social intelligence that offers a way to work with Venus in Aries. Self-assertion and awareness of one’s own needs in sex and love is great; it just isn’t the end of the story.
The key is to be conscious of that tendency or dynamic so that you remember to take the next step in balancing out a relationship. If one’s first impulse is not to give or nurture or allow in (different from ‘getting’), it will take that extra awareness to develop those things as second and third impulses.
So over the next couple of days, as we adjust to the challenge of our feminine principle wearing Mars’ cock and balls, and Mars holding a match to Uranus, does the astrology offer any assistance?
I think so, and the Moon is one place it’s coming from. The waxing Moon ingresses Leo at 2:50 am EDT on Friday, and over the next couple of days proceeds to trine Venus, the Sun, Mars and Uranus in fairly quick succession. Trines are known to be easeful, flowing aspects that occur between signs of like element — in this case, fire. It might sound counterintuitive that adding fire to fire could help what I’ve been describing, but bear with me.
First of all, these trines the Moon is making have positive descriptions attached to them: loving, harmonious, positive for domestic and public life, attracting resources (Venus); harmony between inner and outer self, stability, self-reliance (Sun); vitality, harmony between will and actions, constructive (Mars); originality, independence, healing potential (Uranus).
Now, the Moon is about our inner, emotional life. It may not have the same kind of worldly impact carried by Mars conjunct Uranus. But it is this fabulously effective reflector and amplifier. Can you allow it to amplify your awareness of what is going well in your life (and in the world) and see your own reflection in that?
Or if, over the next few days you find yourself living through some of the less desirable possibilities described here, can you allow it to show you all the little steps that led you there? And as it reflects that picture back to you, will you allow yourself to see whatever lessons it holds? An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but failing that, the Moon is offering an emotional escape valve so you can learn from it productively.