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Magickal Monday: Your Guide to the Week Ahead - 9/10/12

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As I mentioned in last week's post, Neptune dominated the Republican convention, but Saturn ruled the Democratic one. The inception chart for the DNC had 20 degrees of Capricorn rising, with ruler Saturn exalted in Libra, square to Venus in Cancer in the 7th house of public image. Venus was in mutual reception with the Taurus Moon oppose the Midheaven, which means that women and women’s issues also are a strong focus in this chart (reflected in the attention given during the convention to Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Sandra Fluke and women’s rights).

Saturn is the planet of governance, stability, practicality and tradition. It rules Capricorn, and also is the traditional ruler of Aquarius. It is the archetypal “Father Time” (which fits right in with the message of “we need more time” that was repeated by both former President Clinton and President Obama). In traditional astrology, Saturn is seen as a “malific”, planet, one that brings “bad luck and trouble”. Certainly it can bring restriction, inhibition, difficulty, delays, and disappointments. But above all, Saturn is the Teacher. It is not inherently malific, it simply delineates and holds the boundaries and limitations of time and space. It defines the arena within which physical existence is created from the matrix of universal Consciousness. Like any good teacher, Saturn challenges, but it also rewards, and can bring lasting gains — advancement built on a solid foundation, recognition for work well done, and the paradoxical freedom that comes only after you learn to function skillfully within limitations.

Michelle Obama has a Capricorn Sun in her natal chart, and possibly an Aquarian Moon, though we don’t know her birth time. (We astrologers want to see Michelle’s birth certificate!) Saturn is at home in Aquarius, widely conjunct Venus, and there is probably a conjunction between her Moon and Venus, whether that Moon is in Aquarius or Pisces. So, at least four, probably five, planets in her chart, including her Sun and Saturn itself, are in signs ruled by Saturn. The First Lady’s progress through life has been notably Saturnian in its accomplishments. She had a solid, conservative upbringing, and a sterling academic career beginning in high school, through Princeton, to the J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her career in the public sector and academic administration also reflected Saturnian goals and accomplishments.

Her speech at the DNC on the opening night was a “grand slam” to quote CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (and if there was rather more fuss about her dress than about any male politician’s clothing, well, to my mind that says as much about just how snoringly dull men’s clothing is as it does about holding women to a different standard). Anyway, transiting Venus ruled the event chart of the speech (Taurus was rising when she began speaking), opposing her Capricorn Sun, while transiting Neptune conjuncted her natal Venus — both aspects refer to beauty, glamour and being in the spotlight, and also highlight women’s issues.

Transiting Saturn was exactly square her natal Sun, which reinforces my point about Saturn bringing rewards to those who learn its lessons. Saturn to the Sun, even in a challenging aspect like a square, can bring recognition and acclaim as often as it brings censure or rejection. Its gifts are not random, though. They are bestowed on those who, like the First Lady, have made the effort and done the work. Nonetheless, a square of Saturn to the Sun is always a challenging aspect in one way or another, and it’s an easy guess that she is under no small amount of stress at the moment.

It is also worth noting that Saturn rules standards, and, according to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at University of Wisconsin, “The First Lady's speech Tuesday was written at a 12th grade level - the highest in history among the wives of presidential nominees and far above Ann Romney's lowest mark of a 5th grade level."

The role of elder statesman is a quintessentially Saturnian one, and Bill Clinton, with his Leo Sun currently being sextiled by Saturn, played that role to the hilt in a somewhat over-long but highly lauded speech. Saturn also rules facts, and Clinton had plenty of those to share with the enthusiastic audience. His natal Moon is in 20 degrees of Taurus. When he began speaking, the transiting Moon was at 17 Taurus, conjunct the Ascendant at 18 Taurus, and transiting Venus was in his 10th house, in an over-the-sign-line conjunction with his natal Saturn at 2 degrees of Leo. (Note to convention organizers everywhere: Don’t ever think you can rush a Taurus Moon and Leo Sun combination off the stage, especially under supportive transits. It just won’t work!)

If you’ve wondered what astrological configuration gives Clinton his remarkable charisma, it’s the Mars-Neptune conjunction in Libra right on his Libra Ascendant. Remember that Libra, ruled by Venus, is the sign of sociability, and getting along with others. The conjunction of Mars and Neptune usually gives tremendous personal magnetism, and when that conjunction is placed in Libra, also conjunct Venus, strong in the sign it rules, on the Ascendant, and combined with the Sun and three other planets in Leo, you have undeniable “star power”.

Right now, transiting Uranus is in his 7th house, opposing his Ascendant and the Mars-Neptune conjunction. (This means, of course, that transiting Pluto is squaring that configuration.) Uranus, now retrograde, will directly oppose his ascendant at the end of October. I have no doubt we will be hearing more from and about Mr. Clinton in the upcoming campaign, and it’s likely that there will be some sudden, unexpected, transformative and electrifying events around him.

I’ll be taking a look at both Obama’s and Romney’s charts in the upcoming weeks, and assessing their chances for winning the election. But for now, let’s move on to the week ahead:

The week begins with a sensitive, nurturing, waning Moon in Cancer, and Mercury conjuncting the Sun. A good day to take action on health-related issues, particularly with the Moon moving into a trine with Mars around noon (all times are Eastern) Take care of yourself and others, and remember to step back occasionally to look at the whole forest — don’t just count the trees.

The Moon in Cancer through most of Tuesday, squaring Saturn around 6:00, and a semi-square between Mercury and Venus may mean people tend to be particularly sensitive to criticism today. You may not want to be kind and empathetic towards others, but make the effort anyway. Then spend some time in the evening taking care of yourself.

Wednesday dawns with the Moon well into Leo, conjuncting Venus then trining Uranus in the late morning/early afternoon. This is a sexy, sparkling, show-off combination, and if you have something you want to flaunt, now’s the time for it. Just don’t let the details or your ego trip you up — the Moon will semi-square first the Sun and then Mercury today, both in detail- and service-oriented Virgo. The Moon squares Mars around midnight — cranky, snippy, whiney behavior may be on the evening’s menu.

Thursday, Venus in Leo begins to separate from its after-midnight trine to Uranus in Aries, while the Moon makes awkward, if minor, aspects to the outer planets. Unless the outer planets are on sensitive points in your chart, it will probably be a relatively quiet day.

Friday, the Moon moves into Virgo early morning, then opposes Neptune around 7:30 a.m. Grasping the details may bring some sense of emotional security, but it’s important to keep the big picture in mind — and the Golden Rule as well. Later in the day, the Moon moves into a trine with Pluto. This would be a fine night to do an introspective magickal working — some kind of personal inquiry work on the Dark Moon to clear internal obstacles and set goals for the upcoming New Moon.

Saturday morning, with the Virgo Moon sextile Mars and square Jupiter, might be a good time to catch up on household errands and tasks, or to work on organizing something in your life. The New Moon in 24 degrees of Virgo happens at 10:11 p.m. A New Moon sets the stage for the month ahead. Where does this New Moon fall in your natal chart? The house that it falls in will be emphasized in the month ahead, and if you have any natal placements between 19 and 29 degrees of mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), you will be especially affected by this lunation. (For more information on houses in your chart, see my earlier post.) Mercury is conjunct the Moon, and strong in its own sign, so there will be a particular focus in the month ahead on practical solutions, service-oriented work, analysis, criticism, and issues of health and well-being. Negative manifestations of this New Moon alignment include gossip, nit-picking, and lying.

On Sunday, first the Moon and then Mercury enter Libra, bringing a focus on relationships, balance, and social affairs. Mars in Scorpio inconjuncts Jupiter, a tense aspect. Games and adventures tend to get particularly competitive — don’t let the urge to win at all costs wreck the fun. The Moon quickly moves on to square Pluto and Uranus in the evening — just a few days in advance of their next exact square. Again, we have a trigger for the ongoing lessons of this square — lessons of freedom and control, destruction and transformation, revolution and breakdown, stunning breakthroughs and deep insights. Watch where these planets fall as they transit through your chart. Which houses are emphasized? Which planets are aspected by the transiting pair, and which houses do those planets rule? This information will tell you in which areas of your life you are being challenged to break free and transform.

Until next week!


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Diotima Mantineia began studying astrology in 1968, taking classes from Zoltan Mason in New York City. For the next 22 years, she practiced astrology only for herself and her friends, continuing her studies while watching an increasingly humanistic, psychologically oriented, modern astrology blossom through the work of leading astrologers such as Noel Tyl, Liz Greene, Rob Hand, Marion March, Stephen Arroyo and Howard Sasportas.

In 1986, Diotima began her study of Wicca and started reading Tarot, discovering that she is a gifted intuitive. In 1991, she began practicing both astrology and Tarot professionally.

She majored in plant and soil science both in college and grad school, and grows much of her own food and "materia magica" on her land in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Diotima’s personal spiritual path is rooted in the Western mystery traditions, the principles of Yoga, and a profound connection with the natural world. Wicca gives structure to her spiritual journey, and she utilizes shamanic practices for healing and to live in harmony with Nature. Over 15 years of studying Chinese martial arts has given her a deep appreciation of Taoist thought which has strongly influenced her magical and personal philosophy. You can find her at www.uraniaswell.com


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