During the week following today’s vernal equinox, nine minor planets will change sign or direction, implying major shifts deep in the background of your life and the world. So many shifts in a short period may be construed to be a single event when considered as a whole. Just as with the seven square aspects from Uranus to Pluto taking place from 2012 to 2015, take them as a whole you should.
Since 2012, when Uranus finally advanced far enough into Aries to reach its first separation of 90 degrees from Pluto in Capricorn, the angular relationship between the two planets has remained substantially the same.
A separation of 90 degrees on the zodiac (and in the sky) defines a square aspect. Ever since their first square of 2012, Uranus and Pluto have more or less held the same aspect by alternating periods of apparent retrograde motion.
The alternating retrogrades, combined with their slow apparent orbital travel, have combined to repeat precisely the square from Uranus to Pluto four times so far, with three more to go. In between precise repetitions, Uranus and Pluto have remained within what astrologers call “orb of aspect.”
Basically, “orb of aspect” means close enough to be functional. Hence, by maintaining substantially the same spatial separation over a long period of time, Uranus and Pluto are also maintaining a continuous event. It is a continuum that (to paraphrase Eric) defines our era.
An analogous principle of continuity applies to astrological events clustering in a short period of time, even though they may be widely separated on the zodiac. We will see a lot of those temporal clusters before the end of this year. The minor planet shuffle during this coming week, however, has a flavor all its own.
Of the nine minor planets shifting sign or direction between today and next Thursday, five of them (Pholus, Cyllarus, Bienor, Orius and Rhiphonos) are classified as centaurs.
Astronomy defines centaurs by their inherently unstable, highly elongated and steeply inclined orbits that typically cross the more regular paths of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and/or Neptune.
Because of their eccentric motions, which symbolically integrate the outer solar system (consisting of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune), centaurs are often correlated with the psychological concept of “shadow material” in astrology. Though the concept is complex and nuanced, one definition of shadow material is what goes on deep in the background inside of you, pending integration into the foreground of your life.
Three of the other objects shifting direction or sign over the next seven days (1992 QB1, Ixion and Quaoar) orbit the Sun from way out in Pluto’s neighborhood — the Kuiper Belt.
Ever since the earliest days of the Uranus-Pluto square, Eric has repeatedly noted that objects in the outer reaches of the solar system represent the deep background behind world events unless otherwise triggered to prominence (usually by an aspect from the inner solar system). That’s where Ceres, the ninth minor planet making a shift before next Thursday, comes in.
Ceres is now classified as a dwarf planet by astronomers. For astrologers, because Ceres is the largest object in the “main belt” of asteroids between the outer solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) and the inner solar system (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars), Ceres has among its many interpretations the quality of an intermediary.
In the case of nine minor planets variously shifting over the next week, Ceres would appear to be an emblematic intermediary between the more evident events in your life (represented by the inner solar system), and the deep background both inside and outside of you (represented by the centaurs and Kuiper Belt objects).
Ceres is thus a symbolic key to the door behind which major changes will implicitly be taking place both inside and outside of you during the days immediately at hand.
To employ the key that Ceres is, begin with awareness of its other interpretations. Be aware that, on a scale corresponding to the inner solar system, Ceres correlates with how nourishment (or lack thereof) is fundamental to your life holding together or falling apart. On a scale commensurate with the outer solar system, Ceres functions as an emblem of how the Divine Feminine (or lack of same) is fundamental to how the world itself, and your connections to it, hold together or fall apart.
Most of all, be aware that Ceres is retrograde, returning to Libra this weekend after an initial sojourn into Scorpio. In other words, Ceres, in all of its manifestations, will be showing you something you have seen before, and recently, over the week to come.
Therefore, pay attention over the next week or so. Look for what you have seen before, and recently, regarding how nourishment issues, feminine qualities and intermediaries of one sort or another show up for you over the next seven days. If you can be so alert, you will receive valuable clues.
Through interpretations of Ceres as your key, you may receive reiterated information regarding your own inner workings. By applying Ceres to unlock, you may be able to ascertain some valuable data you previously missed or overlooked regarding what’s going on behind the scenes in the world at large. Finally, by being conscious of how it is appropriate to consider closely concurrent events holistically, you may become more whole yourself.
Becoming more whole is a worthy goal. If astrology is any indicator, the week to come will give you a chance to attain the objective. The information you receive of your own inner workings will make you more self-aware.
With greater self awareness, you will be able to perceive personal connections with what has previously been considered separate or simply and somehow hidden from you, both within and without. Finally, through new connections perceived you will be better able to integrate your consciousness, your actions, and your life with what has previously been operating deep in the background of your existence.
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