Three separate components of today’s astrology can be interpreted together as a prelude to growth. Specifically, three possible stages of your own personal growth in 2014 are being symbolically anticipated now.
The process started with yesterday’s Capricorn New Moon, and continues with a cardinal square from the Capricorn Sun to Mars in Libra later today.
The third component is an opposition that is exact tomorrow, but functional now: from Mercury in Capricorn to retrograde Jupiter in Cancer.
Every New Moon is a conjunction of the luminaries, or put another way, the Sun and Moon sharing the same degree of the same sign. Every conjunction of Sun and Moon serves in turn as the template through which all conjunctions are interpreted, and all conjunctions correspond to a beginning.
The beginning represented by a conjunction is then followed by growth. You can see the growth that follows a conjunction of the luminaries with your own eyes. Starting today, the Moon separates from sharing the same sign with the Capricorn Sun and enters Aquarius.
As the Moon gradually continues to separate from the Sun in the days to come, the illuminated portion of the Moon will grow from one night to the next until the side of the Moon facing Earth is fully lit by an opposition to the Sun — a Full Moon.
Even as the Moon initiates the growth stage of its cycle today (inviting you to do the same), other objects are orienting to one another through means other than conjunction to imply subsequent stages of your growth later this year. The Sun, for example, is doing a little separating of its own.
The Sun last conjoined with Mars in cardinal Aries way back on April 17, 2013. Today, the Capricorn Sun reaches 90 degrees of separation from Mars’ current Libra placement — an aspect known as a cardinal square.
Because a new season begins when the Sun enters one of the four cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn), the territory of those signs is associated with initiative of all sorts. Square aspects, in turn, represent tension. Tension is associated with growing (as in the term “growing pains”), because when you act to resolve tension in any form, you frequently grow in some way as a fringe benefit.
Hence, the solar symbol of fully aware consciousness is combining with the Martian representation of energy today to elaborate on the Moon’s message and help you see further into the new year than one lunar cycle can take you. You are being coached from the get-go to approach any tension you feel now as a hurdle, which when cleared makes you more capable of clearing the next one. You are being encouraged to get a jump on the pain attributable to growth by recognizing the strain of a square aspect as a prelude to the eventual gain that a Full Moon represents.
That’s where Mercury and Jupiter come in. Today, even as the Moon initiates its growth cycle, Mercury is traversing cardinal Capricorn to oppose Jupiter’s retrograde through cardinal Cancer. Today, even as the Sun and Mars have separated to a cardinal square aspect that gets you started anticipating (and overcoming) the consequences of growth, the smallest planet, Mercury, is emulating a Full Moon by its orientation to Jupiter, the largest planet.
Just as a Full Moon literally reflects the light of the opposing Sun, Mercury’s versatile mental archetype is now moving to reflect Jupiter’s emblem of expansion. It is as if you are being asked to conceive now as a requisite for achieving later. It is as if you should ask what it would look like if your mind were to expand as a prelude to growth. Indeed, if there is anything to how today’s astrology appears to represent three stages of growth you may realize as the new year progresses, ask now you should.
Ask now not for what you want, but how to get it. Inquire now for how to attain the growth your aspirations will require of you. Anticipate now how to recognize and meet challenges so they contribute to, rather than obstruct, further growth. Visualize now so as to expand your mind’s ability to see ahead. Finally, be bold. Be bold and dare to see ahead to what you must necessarily be after today’s prelude to growth is finally realized in full. Because once you can see it, you can more surely be it.
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