Personal Evolution Astrology – Week of Sept. 27, 2010
Aries – The phrase “love-hate relationship” keeps coming to mind as I look at your chart for this week. With the Sun conjunct Saturn all week in your 7th House, you’re getting a concentrated dose of your Saturn lesson for the next two years: learning to create and maintain healthy boundaries in your relationships. Meanwhile Mars and Venus – your relationship planets – are doing a pretty passionate tango in your 8th House of shared resources. If you feel a little out of control, just remember your dance partner probably does too. And remember there is a point to all of this, which is you mastering the art of relationship between now and 2012.
Taurus – Everything seems to be happening in pairs this week. The Universe is sending a deeper message to your soul in the parade of twosomes you’re so aware of, although it may take a few weeks for this message to become completely clear. Even though you’ve got a ton of work on your table this week, you’d have to sleep in your office to avoid attention from all the would-be romancers. Just remember what your big goal is in all of this. If this person is for real, he or she will still be there in a few weeks when you’ve made it through crunch time. Another way of saying this is that you wouldn’t want to be with someone who doesn’t respect your passion and devotion to your dream.
Gemini – The difficulty you’re experiencing in getting your next big thing off the ground could be frustrating the hell out of you but it has a deeper meaning. Allowing yourself to relax and tune in to why this is happening can really help take the sting out of the slowdowns, delays, problems with authority and structure, and all of the other obstacles in your path right now. The big picture here is that Saturn is forcing you to get real serious about how you use your energy. You’re in a period in which you can’t afford to waste your energy flitting around from flower to flower or project to project. Saturn is teaching you what it means to buckle down, drop in and do the work – consistently, repeatedly, and with focus and attention. This is admittedly not your comfort zone. But rather than freefalling into blame, despair, or distraction, accept the challenge. What you see in your mind’s eye – the big vision, not the half-assed fallback version – is possible. You just have to be willing to work harder and want it more than you’ve ever allowed yourself to before.
Cancer – As I was reflecting on yet another week in which the key astrological signature in your chart indicates the – once again – heightened potential for intense emotional processing, I was reminded of a perspective Dr. Gilligan gave us at Trance Camp a couple years ago. Gilligan said that the only thing that can truly humanize our symptoms (rage, hurt, addiction, despair, depression, and on and on) is bringing them through the center of our being. “The center allows you to hold, in a unified way, multiple contradictory archetypal energies,” Gilligan said. When we run away from our symptoms into addictive behaviors, we abandon ourselves. When we use our heavy emotions as a prompt that it’s time to go to our center, because that’s the only place big enough to hold those feelings, we begin to heal – by making room for a soulful response to life’s problems to emerge.
Leo – There’s a bipolar quality to the energy this week. On the one hand, the Sun’s conjunction with Saturn in your 3rd House of thoughts and communication activates the energy of your Saturn lesson for the next two years – learning to be the master of your own mind. As we discussed in your Saturn in Libra report, this lesson often manifests by you experiencing your thoughts as heavy, negative, restrictive, burdensome – all those ‘bad’ Saturn qualities. What Saturn is trying to show you is how to go through the thoughts and into the underlying emotions that need to be accepted and released in order for you to move into happier, more productive thoughts. The flip side of this energy comes from Mercury (mind) opposing Jupiter and Uranus on the money axis of your chart. This aspect pattern can stimulate extremely insightful and brilliant mental states; you could solve a twenty-year problem in a few seconds of concentrated attention. The challenge with this aspect is that you mustn’t gloss over the details by falling in love with the big picture. Harness the beautiful potential you see by staying resolutely disciplined in doing what needs to be done in the real world to get from here to there.
Virgo – “Putting oneself down is narcissism in reverse,” writes Thomas Moore in Care of the Soul. “False humility denies the ego the attention it craves, but the denial itself is narcissistic, since it is a negative focus on ego rather than on the pleasurable possibilities of life.” Rather than retreating into this anti-ego parody of living, Moore urges us to listen to what the soul needs. Beneath the distorted pictures the ego throws up to blind us from its real agenda lie legitimate needs for self-love, accomplishment, pleasure, the appreciation of our fellow humans. “The secret in healing narcissism is not to heal it at all, but to listen to it,” Moore says. “Narcissism is a signal that the soul is not being loved sufficiently.” I keep talking to you about how your creative, romantic self is the key to having the money and possessions you long for. Start attracting what you long for this week by practicing non-judgmental listening to what your soul desires in the money-and-possessions area of your life.
Libra – If you’re feeling like life is a little much right now, then I want to reassure you that you’re in exactly the right place. With the Sun conjunct Saturn in your 1st House all week long (and some challenging lunar energy triggering this aspect in a major way), you should be feeling as if your challenges are running neck and neck with your resources. The only way Saturn can teach you the lesson he’s trying to impart between now and 2012 – that you have all the power you need within you to accomplish your biggest dreams – is by repeatedly pushing you beyond your self-imposed limitations. Only when you have rewritten your definition of self will you be able to tap the power of your soul that can make your dreams come true. Of course, this process is also called “identity crisis” and many less flattering names, so it’s important to treat yourself with all of the tenderness you can muster even as you push yourself harder than you’ve dared to push before.
Scorpio – This is a fascinating picture. I wish I could see into your life with the same x-ray vision you use to see beneath others’ masks and into their hearts. I see Mars and Venus doing their lovers’ dance in your 1st House – you’re obviously in the grip of some powerful emotion or obsession. And yet, with the Sun and Saturn conjunct in your 12th House of the deep unconscious mind, it feels as if a part of yourself is observing you from a rather austere and impartial seat of judgment, waiting for you to come to your senses so that your impulsive emotional outburst can be analyzed and parsed. One question you might ask yourself quite profitably this week is: “What part of my own psyche am I repressing in a way that causes me to periodically become so obsessed with owning, acquiring, dominating or feeling someone or something outside of myself?”
Sagittarius – You know, money is not a bad standard to judge your dreams by. I know you like to think you’re above the baser motivations in life. You do it for the love, not the money. You’re in it for the adventure, not the bottom line. I get it. But one of your major evolutionary lessons with Pluto in your money house for the next fifteen years is that your ability to fight for the little guy, soar with the eagles and generally heal the entire world is directly proportional to the resources at your disposal. Put more plainly: how much good can you really do if you’re always struggling to feed yourself and pay the rent? Without resources your dream isn’t a plan, it’s a daydream. So I want to give you permission to reevaluate your life strategy in terms of the bottom line this week. What do you need to change about your thinking in order to allow in the income you need to take that next big step you’re dreaming about?
Capricorn – You could go a couple different ways with the energy of this week’s Sun-Saturn conjunction in your 10th House. You could allow yourself to feel awed by the bigness of the calling you are feeling, and you could use that as an excuse to listen to the ego’s lies about your unworthiness and unwillingness, etc. Or you could realize that each day of this week is one small step along the road to readiness. You could recognize that your nature is to take two steps forward and one step back, two steps forward and one step back, and you could observe your times of stasis and/or retreat as part of the rhythmic dance of creation. Or you could judge them as proof of your incompetence. One path is the path of Fear, the other is the path of Love. Walking the path of Love requires a fierceness that is beyond the ordinary, and much of that fierceness involves the willingness to get up and dust yourself off from fall after fall after fall from Grace. And yet Grace is always there waiting for you, and she solemnly refuses to judge you, no matter how awkwardly you’ve fallen this time around. Isn’t that wonderful to know?
Aquarius – The one thing you absolutely need to remember this week is that you must be impeccable with your word in any and all situations where you are sharing power, sex or money. Before you open your mouth and agree to perform, pay or handle something, make double-sure you can deliver on your promise. Look down the road and see if this is something you’ll still want to do five months or five years from now. If you keep the importance of this in mind, you’ve got a fabulous week of opportunity lying ahead of you. Mars and Venus are lighting up your career sector, giving you both the drive to accomplish your goals and the attractive juju to make you look like the right person for the job. And Jupiter and Uranus are teaming up to make surprising influxes of money possible now.
Pisces – The Sun-Saturn conjunction in your 8th House brings your Saturn lesson of 2010-2012 to bear this week. The 8th House is the part of the horoscope that shows where and how we share energy with the other beings in our life. With Libra as the sign of your solar 8th House, you are infamous for over-giving – except when you’ve already given all of your energy away and have swung over to the opposite side of the scale (self-indulgence, addiction, isolation, escapism). What you must learn over the next two years is what you’ve learned in your relationship area over the past three years – namely that in order for your life to flow properly, your giving and receiving must be in balance. You will not be able to escape noticing where you’re out of balance this week; the challenge is to see through all of the stories you’ve built up to keep yourself from changing this old behavior pattern. What you need to do first is speak your truth to yourself; the rest will follow naturally. By the way, you have some amazing protection and abundance waiting for you once you are willing to claim your right to your own energy.