Even after studying and practicing astrology for almost 20
years, I still feel awe and wonder when I see the planetary energies reflected
in world events and in the lives of individuals. I know astrology works, it has
proved itself over and again, yet still there is something magical about
noticing the correspondences between the cosmic cycles and what manifests on
Yesterday, the phrase cosmic highlighter pen came to
me. Thank you, universe, this analogy perfectly encapsulates how astrology
works and what it’s trying to show us. Everything in astrology has a set of
symbolic meanings and to interpret these meanings we must apply them to the
context of our own life circumstances, our individuality, our culture etc. and
the times we live in. And this is the beauty of astrology. It remains eternally
relevant, flexible and useful. And as the planets, points, asteroids and so on
continually process across our skies, like cosmic messengers they highlight issues and situations to be
aware of and to work on.
Here are a couple of examples of this cosmic highlighter
Is Saturn in Pisces Everywhere All At Once? (AKA there's plenty more fish in the sea and many more yous in the universe)On March 7, Saturn moved into Pisces. Five days later, on
March 12, the movie Everyone, Everything, All At Once swept the board at
the Oscars. As a sign, Pisces can be summed up by the title of this movie. In
its purest sense Pisces knows no boundaries. It doesn’t recognise time or space
and knows no limits.
The movie is about a woman living a very Saturnian life of
limitation and regret, in debt to the Inland Revenue Service and struggling to
navigate difficult family dynamics, including a disappointing marriage and the
burden of caring about what her father thinks which gets in the way of
accepting her daughter’s sexuality. It is this life of drudgery and perceived
failure that sets her on the path to experiencing multiple parallel lives in
alternative dimensions and in the end, to seeing and accepting the love and joy
within her mundane reality.
By winning so many Oscars (as well as many other awards)
this brilliant movie has been brought into mass consciousness. So what is this
trying to tell us?
There has been much written about what this film means. Many
have said it encapsulates nihilism; the meaningless of life and its struggles
and endeavours. By this analysis, the movie, like life, means nothing and
indeed the film, is, on the surface, non-sensical. And nihilism is a plausible
Piscean quality. That point of surrender to nothingness amidst the chaos. But
Pisces can be anything. Expand your awareness and this film and indeed life can
mean anything you want it to mean. Anything and everything is possible is what
I think this film is saying and surrendering to this notion can bring joy
and satisfaction in unexpected ways. If you’ve seen the film, you will have
your own thoughts.
But we are still talking about Saturn here. We are still
operating within the time boundaries and other constraints of our physical
existence and of the superego. But perhaps with Saturn in Pisces we might remind
ourselves that we are in fact spiritual beings experiencing a temporary physical
life. We might also remind ourselves to ground into our bodies and into the earth
regularly, so as to better experience freedom of spirit without dissolving into chaos. We might also
seek a way to reconcile the time constraints of Saturn with the timelessness of Pisces. How? Perhaps by remembering that while we focus so much on the past and
the future, in reality (reality is a great Saturnian word) there really only is the
eternal present. And in our present, we can experience the gift of meaningful surrender to
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Final Memos from Pluto in Capricorn
So now to Pluto in Capricorn. I know most of the attention is on Pluto’s ingress into Aquarius
in a few days, but it’s not done with Capricorn yet. It retrogrades back into
Capricorn twice before settling into Aquarius for the long haul in November
So what is Pluto in Capricorn highlighting for us, right
now? Remember the banking crisis of 2008, when Pluto first moved into
Capricorn? Now it’s in the last degree of the sign of the goat the world is
being reminded that there is still work to be done in the banking
sector and perhaps in the financial sector in general. In the last week or
so, two banks have reached crisis point. It seems that these banks, unlike the
larger retail banking sector, have a more niche clientele, so we can hope with
some optimism that this trend will not spread.
However, we are reminded that Pluto highlights where (collectively
and individually) we need to seize the opportunity for restructure, renewal and
rebirth. Pluto drags deep toxicity to the surface and purges so it can cleanse
and transform. In our personal lives, if Pluto is making connections with your
chart, if there is a repeat of earlier themes it highlights where we may need
to complete the work of Pluto in Capricorn so we can move on.
With love and Blessings,