The Eagle (Scorpio) contains the Sun and
Moon together, representing the determined commitment required
to transform hard physical and emotional experience into spiritual
value, through accepting it.
The Bull (Taurus) holds Mars, representing
strong, steady and practical action, which takes place in
its own time and will not be speeded up.
The Lion (Leo) holds Saturn, representing
structure and authority whose aim is positive, but that can
feel oppressive to those who are subject to it, or may disagree.
The Man/woMan (Aquarius) holds Neptune,
representing the spirit of Aquarius, a sense of everyone being
independent although, at the same time, connected (not easy,
but then, we’ve only just started this two thousand
years of the Aquarian Age!).
Each of these four energies could hardly be more different
from the others and, in this New Moon chart, they are at the
four corners of a great square. As they are geometrically
connected, the principles they represent have to work together
for the next month. This particular great square would seem
to be about the intense focus and commitment involved in bringing
powerful people to an agreed course of humanitarian action.
The drive behind the action would need leadership, at the
same time accepting each individual’s contribution as
worthy of inclusion.
Mars is retrograde at this time: perhaps it’s just
as well actions are being held back until they pass the test
of practicality, in whatever circumstances are being faced.
The New Moon itself is making a fading trine aspect to Uranus,
so we are still open to inspiration from anywhere or anyone
(Uranus is in Pisces).
Communication, though, looks focussed in quite another way
(Mercury, just into Sagittarius, is making no direct connection
to the square). Our thoughts and conversations are now more
broadly based than they will have been recently, although
sometimes they may be a bit ungrounded (Mercury squares Uranus).
On 14 November, Mercury begins 20 days of moving retrograde,
suggesting a rethinking process that won’t be hurried.
Putting this together with the great square suggests the wisdom
of giving time to discussion; when people with fixed ideas
continue to sit at the table, they can be worked on by the
needs of situations. On a personal level, if you are in a
difficult situation at the moment, don’t try to solve
it all at once, but be prepared to consider any idea that
arises this month. Open discussion allows time for organic
development to take place. Solutions arise more easily when
we are patient.
The next New Moon, in Sagittarius on 1 December 05, shows
that we will then be ready for movement to take place. The
Sun/Moon will be trining Saturn and sextiling Neptune, instead
of squaring them – through discussion, there will be
greater understanding of the principles involved. Mercury,
retrograding at that time, and in Scorpio until 4 December,
will ensure that the deeper issues are not forgotten in the
turmoil of change.
The way to solve a square is to find that activity, or principle,
that can fulfil all the corners at the same time. As Scorpio,
Taurus, Leo and Aquarius are the fixed principles of each
of the four elements of life, their working together harmoniously
creates, and enables, us living on earth: they are supposed
to work together! This is a month when we can face the blocks
created by our central misunderstanding. Though most people
don’t consciously think about this, the assumption is
that we are alone on earth, unconnected with each other and
separate from the spiritual level. If we deliberately turn
that around, asking for spiritual assistance, and insisting
on looking at our experience from the broadest viewpoint we
can manage, then inspired solutions will simply arise out
of our discussions.
This may seem an overly optimistic view of the New Moon
chart, but if we don’t even hold these ideas possible
of achievement, they cannot ever be achieved. I hope you don’t
get tired of my saying this: if we endeavour to hold our own
problems in the lightest perspective, we are doing the best
we can for world affairs, and for humanity as a spiritual
Jupiter is now in Scorpio for the next year, and we will
not be able to ignore the emotions, or rationalise them into
‘sensible responses.’ You may have noticed already
a sense of grief arising for no reason, it could be a collective
grief. The only thing left to do is let the emotions be what
they are. Notice how you feel, give yourself room to feel
it, and get on with life anyway. In discussion with friends
the other day, we were remembering the beginning of the old
‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ cartoon film.
Just after Snow White has been set free from death by the
Wicked Queen’s hunter, she is running in terror for
her life through the dark wood, with branches snagging her
dress, and huge eyes watching her evilly from the darkness.
She collapses sobbing on the ground, and we gradually see
that she is in a gentle grove of trees, and the eyes materialise
as belonging to deer and rabbits and so on, who gather to
watch her in kindness and wonder.
This image is perfect for Jupiter in Scorpio, exaggerating
both ends of the emotional spectrum. It also shows graphically
how I feel when thoughts of worry and anxiety for anything
get the better of me. I run wildly through the darkness of
my pessimistic mind until I am exhausted – familiar?
And when I view it all from the light of my heart, I can see
that my thoughts were running automaton-like along the same
old tracks, keeping me away from seeing how things really
I would like to leave you with the image of waking from
your life’s ‘nightmares,’ to find yourself
in a lovely grove of trees, with the timid aspects of your
personality stepping out of the shadows, to gather round the
heart-light of your Zodiac Sun-sign.
Let your heart glow for a moment,
let your body breathe;
then choose the next activity,
and do it.