Dear Friend and Reader:
Thursday is the third night of the Moon, which is still in Pisces and about to make conjunctions to Uranus and Venus. The waxing crescent and Venus may be visible at sunset for the first time if skies are clear. Judging from the astrology charts, it looks like the Sun is sufficiently far from Venus to be able to see this, though it may be faint.
Mercury is in storm phase, just four days from stationing direct on Sunday. What that means is that the retrograde is nearly over, and Mercury is in a sensitive point of changing directions; and with that, commitments can change, the truth can come out, agreements can find a new place, and we can start to see where we agree or don’t agree — and do something about it.
This is not the time to mess with your computer or take apart the engine on your car. I suggest waiting even to make even simple change, and that if you do a backup, that you really know what you’re doing. Just about everything that caused a disaster during Mercury retrograde could have waited a couple of days or weeks. And yes, the chances are, it would have been less complex, cheaper and gone better.
The Sun is conjunct the Mean Node in Aquarius. Were we looking at the chart with no context, the proximity of the Sun to one of the lunar nodes, and the waxing Moon, would be telling us that there was just an eclipse, and that we are in the fortnight between eclipses. We are in the pattern-making phase right now, where we establish the trends that we want to continue for the next five to six months, till the eclipses of midsummer.
Small gestures count for a lot; movement in the direction of what you want or need counts; and letting go of patterns that don’t work perhaps counts for most. I’m aware of the potential frustration here as we navigate at times through what seems like a sea of unconscious material, and also substantial worldly chaos.
Venus and Mars are making aspects to the dwarf planet Makemake. A dwarf planet is something in the category of Pluto, that is, in Pluto’s size range. Dwarf planets can come from many types of minor planets. One used to be considered an asteroid, for example. Pluto used to be considered a planet. There are currently five of them designated (Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake and Eris). We last covered Makemake in this edition. I am gradually tuning into this planet, which is beyond Neptune with a 310 year orbit. The intuitive key phrase that came to me recently is the mystery of how things came to be the way they are.
We certainly do have something to wonder about here, where Venus and Mars are concerned. Venus represents women, but also what we cherish (that is, value), and the way that we love and need to be loved. Mars represents the acquisition of what we want, as well as direct desire. Both of these are under a lot of stress right now; both are almost entirely corrupted energies. When you consider what we say is important to us as a society, or to ourselves — then how little we value it (or the struggle we face along the way) — you get an idea of the state of Venus. When we consider Mars and notice that this warrior energy is turned to murder in the world, or the depiction of nonstop violence on the cinema or television screen, we have an assessment of what we do with Mars.
Makemake asks us to look at the mystery of how things got to be that way. It was not by accident.