Well Saturn, how's this for Aquarian? By which, I mean to say eccentric. Since Venus and Uranus stationed Retrograde last weekend, more Planets have been (apparently) traveling backwards through the Constellations of the Zodiac than forwards. Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, Saturn, and Venus are all currently retrograde. Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter are currently direct, but none of them can be seen because they are too close to the Sun. This means every Planet we can see with eyes or Earth-Based telescopes is moving retrograde. This will hold until Saturn stations direct at 10:53pm PST tonight (8/1/15). What does it all mean? Good question.
Retrograde motion gives us an opportunity to go within for review and reset. Planets in the Underworld like Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter are being cleansed by the Fire of the Sun. Certainly, the coming Venus rebirth in Leo, the three 2015 Venus-Mars conjunctions and the three 2015 Venus-Jupiter Conjunctions are contributing to this quest.
The image that has been coming to me is a calling to compost our inner world tree into the soil from which our next will grow. It's much like the Tower card of the Tarot. Time to let the old Tower fall and to use its bricks to construct a new one. Another image that came in while I recorded this Hanuman / Kali Ma StarryTelling Podcast episode was that, with Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio, we are called to let the final feathers of the Phoenix burn so we can truly rise from the ashes. Perhaps the true rising begins with Saturn's station tonight and completes with Saturn's ingress into Sagittarius on September 17th, hours after Mercury next stations retrograde. Perhaps Saturn's entire transit through Sagittarius until December 19th, 2017 carries that cosmic calling. What will the coming Saturn Squares to Neptune, Jupiter, and the Lunar Nodes have to add to that quest?? And how about the Mutable Grand Cross formed by all of those players and the Gemini New Moon conjunct Venus next June? Intriguing! Time for some purification to prepare.
The Phoenix will rise! The new Tree will sprout! The new tower will be built! But first, can we let final feathers burn? Can we compost the old? Can we choose to dive from the crumbling Tower with hope as our cape rather than clutching our tired crown and falling in fear? The Fires of Will choose to follow the diver.
The Aquarius Moon shines brightly on this Revolution of Self. Sometimes we must destroy before we can create. What can you let burn today during Saturn's last hours of Scorpio retrograde?
Some dates for ceremony:
Saturn Stations Direct in Scorpio - 8/1/15
Venus Stations Direct in Leo - 9/6/15
Pluto Stations Direct in Capricorn - 9/24/15
Neptune Stations Direct in Pisces - 11/18/15
Chiron Stations Direct in Pisces - 11/27/15
Uranus Stations Direct in Aries - 12/25/15
Mars helical rise / return - 8/4/15
Venus in Cazimi - 8/15/15
Venus helical rise / rebirth - 8/22/15
Jupiter Ingress to Virgo - 8/11/15
Saturn Ingress to Sagittarius - 9/27/15
Mercury Libra Retrograde - 9/17-10/9/15
North Node Ingress to Virgo - 11/11/15
Venus-Mars Conjunctions - 2/21/15 (Ari), 8/31/15 (Leo), 11/2/15 (Vir)
Venus-Jupiter Conjunctions - 7/1/15 (Leo), 8/5/15 (Leo), 10/25/15 (Vir)
Jupiter Square Saturn - 8/3/15, 3/23/16, 5/26/16
Jupiter Opposite Neptune - 9/16/15
Saturn Square Neptune - 11/26/15, 6/17/15, 9/10/15
Gemini New Moon Mutable Grand Cross - 6/4/16