On Tuesday, September 16th, Mercury conjuncts the North Node of the Moon’s Nodal Axis at 19° Libra. This is a perfect occasion to post a fast and dirty about what is up with the Moon’s Nodes and get cozy with the Aries/Libra polarity.
The Moon’s Nodes are an axis—there is a North Node and 180° away, a South Node. They are the places in space where the Moon’s orbit around the Earth crosses the elliptic of Earth’s orbit around the Sun. When New or Full Moons occur at a Nodal point, we experience eclipses on Earth—Solar (New Moon) if at the North Node; Lunar (Full Moon) if at the South. Their ‘motion’ in the heavens is the opposite direction to all other planets in our solar system. Therefore they are thought to be above the frey so to speak—hanging on the periphery of all the daily celestial drama. They stay in a sign for about 19 months at a time, and take about 18 years to come full circle around the zodiac.
Here is my fast and dirty theory about one secret to outer planet transits.
But first let me define some terms:
inner planets (i.e. personal planets)—planets inside the Asteroid Belt
personal planets—Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars I call them the worker bees. The Moon is the Queen Bee for she works her magic around the entire zodiac each month. Next is Mercury and Venus, who are never far from the Sun, fleshing out the sign he occupies each month. Mars is the renegade of the bunch, taking roughly 2 years to make his path around to each sign. Along with the Rising Sign, these guys are the building blocks of the personality—the nuts and bolts.
What I mean by maps is your solar return!
Every year around your birthday, the Sun goes back to the precise position he was in at the time of your birth. The subsequent chart that can be erected is known as the solar return. Deciphering what this chart says, can help you map out the next 12 or so months.
On August 24th, 2014, Mercury/Mars/Saturn/Uranus will combine to form one of the most unique astrological aspects, the Yod, a.k.a. the Finger of God, the Eye of God, the Finger of Fate.
If you have planets or points at the 16th-17th degree of Aries or Libra, pay close attention! Even if you don’t, the areas in your chart that are brought to the fore, especially Aries’ house, will be a place of action.
Here’s a fast and dirty crash course on what the heck is going on!
In a large celestial mixing bowl combine:
- 3 planets
- 2 inconjuncts
- 1 sextile
What the hell is an inconjunct?
How is it related to a quincunx?
Wait, did you just misspell ‘conjunct’ and call me a mean name?
Nope. An inconjunct and a quincunx are the same thing. It is an aspect between 2 planets or points, 150° apart. Not to be confused with an opposition which is 180°.
And in honor of the many inconjuncts currently swirling about in the heavens, I wanted to write another fast and dirty post on what exactly these things are and how they compute in the astrological chart.
Right now in the heavens, 3 of the slow-moving outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) and Chiron (asteroid) are retrograde.
Huh? How does this compute?
This is my fast and dirty research results about retrograde planets.
- retrograde motion is when a planet APPEARS to slow down and move backwards in the sky—this does not actually happen, just seems to from Earth
- the symbol for retrograde is Rx
- the sun and moon never go retrograde
- the inner planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) go retrograde much less often and for shorter durations than the outer planets (Jupiter through Pluto), who stay retrograde for a long time throughout the year
- regular old natal placements can sometimes take on the feeling of a retrograde and vice versa; e.g. Saturn conjunct Venus in the natal and Venus Rx sure do share similarities; also Mars in the 12th House can be as uncomfortable as a natal Mars Rx
- when a planet is in transit with a natal planet and goes into the retrograde/station/direct cycle, there is the potential for the transit to ‘hit’ the natal planet with an exact aspect three times
- it is generally accepted that retrogrades in the natal indicate past lives and karma, with each planet/position pointing to specific circumstances in a former life
Alright? I want to dig a bit deeper into this phenomena of retrogradation for a sec.