Hello to readers in Montreuil!
Planetary patterns continue to merge time zones as the past and future meld with the now, so continue to keep those multidimensional beanies firmly in place for at least another week—longer if you can handle it. And don’t forget the ET antennae—there are still lots of transmissions occurring and even if you can’t hear them directly, you’re probably still receiving the broadcasts. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/11/aliens-radio-signals-space-brexit-trump
But don’t be dismayed if you’re feeling more than a little discombobulated by the current tumult and can’t get comfortable in the here and now. You are not out of touch, you are actually in tune. Our present global situation is deeply unsettling because we’re caught in a maelstrom of change with no clear outcome in sight. Finding peace in the midst of this uncertainty—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—is the challenge, especially when so many dimensions are broadcasting so many diverse messages all at once. What’s more, because most of us are already worn thin by the incessant intensity, it’s that much harder to hold a clear vision about what’s happening.
The primary message of the week—its contractive force, as well as the source of our existential anxiety—is a Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn that began on January 5, was exact and separating on January 11, and is finally over by January 18. This conjunction indicates power struggles, individual and collective, personal or professional, and one of the ways this signature displays its intensity is through a refusal to budge from self-interest. It’s also certain in its certainty, which means anyone who doesn't agree must be wrong. That kind of rigidity encourages despots of every type to throw their weight around. (Shutdown, anyone?)
The Sun/Pluto conjunction also previews the future, giving us a glimpse of what the Saturn/Pluto conjunction will be like in January 2020, which we know from historical manifestations tends to favor inhibiting forces that exert power in any way possible. By April this year, Saturn and Pluto come within 3° of each other and stay in close contact throughout May into early June—a prolonged comingling that provides strong indications of what lies ahead.
But that’s not all—I did say there were a lot of transmissions. Mars, currently in Aries is on the offensive this week, as it squares Saturn. This pernicious influence began Saturday, January 11, is exact and separating on January 21 (approximately six hours after the lunar eclipse), and pulls out of range by January 31. Expect this fractious interaction to intensify the psychic noise, political rhetoric, and perhaps even physical assault levels: Mars represents military might and Saturn represents authority, including the authority of the State; as a result of this clash, tension increases in all those places that are already too agitated. The eclipse only amplifies this tension.
And there’s more:
We’re still under the influence of the Jupiter/Neptune square and the Saturn/Neptune sextile—two ongoing astral combinations that free imagination and have the power to inspire new solutions to old problems. I’m not suggesting Neptune is a universal remedy for what ails—many would argue that its penchant for illusion and delusion override any positive contribution. But—and this is a big but—a vision is required before anyone can create a new reality. Neptune represents the ability to dream; Jupiter turns that ability expansive; and Saturn facilitates turning inspiration into action. Dreams push creativity forward. So continue to use these two Neptunian interactions to make progress in your personal life but also realize that when we dream together, collective progress is possible.
Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, also offers some relief as she conjuncts Jupiter, joining its square to Neptune. Venus begins her conjunction to Jupiter today, January 16; their perfect union is exact on January 22 and separating; it ends on January 28. Let Venus inspire your dreams and visions. On the physical plane, this Venus/Jupiter conjunction could spark and possibly ignite a romantic fire, especially as Mars trines that conjunction, fueling passions. Again, let Venus inspire your intentions.
Back to the tough stuff: Mr. Trump has transiting Pluto opposite his natal Saturn, and while that opposition won’t be exact until February 20, 2020, it is close enough to be felt, deeply. His structures are breaking down and he can no longer rely on his tried and true methods. He is channeling the zeitgeist. Yes, his reactions are awful, but he is an example of what happens when Pluto pokes your weak spots. Remember, Pluto is about death and rebirth, which means that under any Pluto transit you must first surrender what is inauthentic before you can rebuild on the basis of integrity. When revelations finally come to light that Mr. Trump not only colluded with the Russians but also committed treason by selling the United States to a foreign power, we can only hope that it will be possible to undo what he’s put in motion. It may take years to repair the damage done and restore faith in our government, but it can be done, especially if we reject the idea of hatred and the idea that freedom of speech means saying anything we want, even if it is untrue and harmful, and acknowledge that the right to bear arms doesn’t grant a license to kill with assault weapons. There’s a lot of work to do, but it can be done.