June 14, 2019

Today’s astrology struck me as requiring more than a pretty picture to illustrate its worth. Here is an image of the astrology of June 14, 2019.

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Contained within this tapestry of planets, several figures emerge. Today the Moon, Neptune, and Mars all harmonize together in the shape of an equilateral triangle, what we call a grand trine. Grand trines are trines in triplicate, three planets each forming 120° angles to one another. This gives a feeling of harmony, even laziness or ease. It is important to take note of the fact that these planets are in water signs, showing us that there is emotional, spiritual, and psychic lethargy that underlies the astrology of the moment. A reminder that what seems to be benign might actually be something sloth-inducing in disguise.

June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

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Piercing the center of this grand trine is a fierce opposition, one pole characterized by Pluto and Saturn, loosely conjunct in Capricorn, the other colored by Neptune, Mars, and the North Node, all conjunct in Cancer. We have been anticipating, and feeling the eventual perfection, of this opposition of Saturn and Mars. 

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Saturn is the planet of rules, boundaries, constriction, time. Mars is the planet of war, conquest, action, heat. With Saturn opposing Mars today, we get the forceful message that people are standing in our way. There may be unexpected assaults made on us, our character, our reputation. There may also be other kinds of let down today, confrontations with enemies, or perhaps just a confrontation with the cold hard feeling of “NO,” given to us by Saturn.

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I feel ill at ease saying that this kind of upset is “Karmic” or meaningful, because the honest truth is that things these days are just difficult. Labeling them spiritually meaningful one way or another doesn’t ease the burden of time, loss, pain. I think feeling into this darkness might be most helpful at this time, exploring the edges of our rejection, our uncertainty, our shame. Perhaps there is something here for us. At least the contrast of this depth of frustration is something to compare with future joys, which certainly will appear on the horizon. This is also a good day for doing physical things to get our energy out, so that this rage does not stay stuck in our physical body.

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Notice now that the grand trine is also cut by a t-square aspect, the focal point of which is Neptune, planet of fantasy. Jupiter squares Neptune, and the sun squares Neptune as well. The Sun’s opposition to Jupiter is waning but still present. The planets put pressure on Neptune, and this is a point of fissure, friction, eruption for us. It helps us break out of the lethargy of the grand trine, and gives us an escape from the Saturnian torment of the Mars/Saturn opposition. 

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Perhaps there is a heightening of consciousness that comes with all of this turmoil. The planets forcing us to focus on Neptune, king of dreams, seems on the surface to be a disturbing sort of medicine. Do we soothe our earthly frustration with prayer? Do we use Dionysian escape to cope? Or, do we turn to the higher vibration of Neptune’s energy to find a way forward? A path toward healing? Turning the other cheek to the abuses of Saturn and Mars, old gods if I’ve ever seen them, and finding a way to play, to sing, to dream? How long do we sit with our rage before it burns our lungs? Does Neptune always equal avoidance? I’m not sure, today. 

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I always want to be helpful. But today I am more in awe of the poetry of this astrology. It seems suggestive of the turning of the wheel in a significant manner, one I haven’t yet contemplated. I hope that in the thick of things, you can hum a Neptunian song. Anger gives us energy, but healing, often is nebulous, slow, lacking boundary, lacking plan. Whatever comes to you today, I hope these words can give context for connectivity, strength, and heart.