How are you doing coming out of Mercury retrograde? I’ve noticed that I’m still reassembling the bits of what went a little wonky, got neglected or went underground. I suggest you do a checkover of all such projects, and think back to what you were doing at the time the retrograde stated in late June just to make sure you catch all the stray kittens.
Meanwhile, this is the week of the grand sextile. A grand sextile is planets arranged in every other sign, forming a Star of David. This one takes place in the earth and water signs. It’s not very clear in the full chart on this page, but you can see it more clearly in the simplified version of the chart here.]
You can see it with the green lines at the center of the wheel, which are trines (120-degree aspects), or the blue lines, which are sextiles (60-degree aspects). The red lines represent the T-square between the Moon, the Sun and Saturn that is happening at the same time. That T-square is as significant as the grand sextile — its message is ‘don’t take forever to do what you’re here to do. Time is of the essence’.
The grand sextile aspect pattern, for its part, is being touted around the Internet as a new Harmonic Convergence. We get these aspects from time to time and some astrologers get some buzz going. I keep reading that this pattern is completed by the presence of the Moon and the Sun, however, the Sun is in a fire signs, and not part of the grand sextile. The Moon comes sweeping by in a matter of a few hours, though its South Node — that little orange horse shoe on the left side of the page — stays where it is for a while. As for the Sun, it too aspects all of these planets, though the geometry is different; instead of a lot of trines and sextiles, the Sun makes squares, semi-sextiles and quincunxes.
I think this is a cool aspect pattern. If nothing else, it represents a moment of stability (the grand sextile), and some tension (the Sun’s various aspects) and some opportunity to weave together the pattern of your life in a conscious way. It’s very nice to see all the earth and water signs — the feminine signs — in the ‘on’ position.
For those who are hoping against hope that this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, I will only say this: if we want to make change, then it is change we have to make. No planetary configuration does that for us. It only shows what is possible. Aspects, like talents, exist as potentials. It’s what we do with them that counts.
In light of that, I propose you scan your life for what you really want to get done. Have a new go at the things that have put up resistance, or that you have resisted. There are some cool aspects to Uranus that we’ll cover later in the week — these could spark some innovation and an opportunity to express your individualism in a group context.
As weeks come, this is one of the friendlier ones of the year — make the most of it.
As for the Harmonic Convergence: that event in 1987 was not based on an astrological alignment, contrary to the popular rewriting of history. It was a human event, participated in by people in a great many cities and countries. You can read more about it in the first chapter of this pdf.