This week is the Virgo New Moon, an obvious checkpoint in the year. It will be the last New Moon before the autumnal (Libra) equinox, with the added distinction of happening in an opposition to Chiron in Pisces. Because Chiron is so closely associated with the themes of Virgo and indeed tells us a good bit about Virgo, we have something of the perfect mirror.
Along the way there’s a series of poignant aspects, all involving blends of traditional and minor planets, which always strive to take us beyond ordinary consciousness. Monday, for example, Mercury in Virgo will be square trans-Neptunian object Chaos in Gemini, and also square centaur Pholus and a Pluto-like body called Ixion, both in Sagittarius. That’s an alignment that is, among other things, calling the mind to focus with an eternal question: do the concepts ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ mean anything?
There’s also the flirtation of how your mind handles the sensation of things seeming like they’re about to go out of control. (That’s a significant theme in our time of history.)
There are other aspects that are rich with information — such as Venus in Libra opposing Eris (a planet orbiting our Sun though far beyond Pluto) in Aries. This is offering some provocation to find oneself within one’s relationships. I read it as being about the ‘real you’ waking up in the midst of a coupling experience that involves the ‘relationship you’. These ‘two yous’ need to make friends and perhaps even fully reconcile their realities.
Yet in the background of all this is a gradually building aspect, a square, between Mars and Saturn, which comes into full focus on Sept. 9, a week from today. It may seem like that’s a long way off, but in my experience this is the kind of aspect to track and monitor as it develops. It’s offering opportunities and ideas, and describes a diversity of potential circumstances.
Squares can all be put to good use. They can be examples of integrity or working out the seeming contradictions that block integrity. Mars is in Leo, pulsing with vital force, courage and heat.
Saturn in Scorpio evokes many images, though one is sexual energy that’s frozen, stifled or suppressed by the traditions and values of your ancestors — right down to your parents and grandparents. Though we tend to push our relationships toward structure and supposed permanence, that can come at the cost of binding up vitality.
Gradually over the next week, Mars is moving into position to give Saturn a push. We have a kind of inner standoff (a square, which can also manifest as an event) between the passion of Mars and the potential stagnation or resistance of Saturn in Scorpio. This might be the ‘I’m so hot for him/her and he’s/she’s so cold’ kind of equation; it might be a lot more volatile. Yet whatever situation this represents will be entirely more productive and easier to handle if it’s taken incrementally rather than allowing yourself or anything around you to be pushed to its limits.
It would be better to do any of that melting of the ice that Saturn in Scorpio represents with some sunshine, body heat or maybe a hair dryer, rather than, say, a hot poker or bit of TNT. By now whatever this aspect represents for you is discernible. And you can start making decisions.
One point of assistance in terms of figuring out what this might be is that overnight (Sunday into Monday) the Moon is in Leo, making a conjunction to Mars and a square to Saturn. That’s providing a point of intuition or direct sensation. Then when Mars makes its exact square in seven days, the Moon will be conjunct Saturn and square Mars.
As for those other minor planets — one interesting element is that Mars is opposite the ever-important asteroid Juno. This may be provoking some tension in marital relationships, though it may have the flavor of social justice (for example, the human right to some independence). I suggest you take it gently; state your case as if you expect to be listened to. Listen to others and give them the satisfaction of knowing that you care.
If you’re interested in Juno, I can share this article from our Friday morning members’ series from late last year, published right before 12.21.12 — which gives my reading on the discovery chart of this intriguing asteroid.
Additional research by Amanda Painter.