I’ve been getting phone numbers wrong, remembering
wrong dates for appointments, and forgetting friends’
birthdays. I’ve been forgetting to save things having
written them on the computer, and forgetting to send things
I thought I had sent. (Mars is retrograde every two years
for 2 ½ months, appearing to go backwards for the distance
of about half a sign. This year, that distance includes the
first part of Cancer in December, and a bit of Gemini through
January.) During the last month, especially from 15 November,
we’ve been continuing to trawl through emotional issues
around home comfort, and personal health and wellbeing, quite
possibly going over old issues - again! We have plenty of
time to sort family issues out, as our actions continue to
stir the Cancer pot until May 08.
Solving old family problems
Perhaps this time we will be spending long enough sorting
things out, that the situations will be healed at last. All
it takes is realising that old situations began in the past,
and those origins may not be alive in the present any more,
except in our memories. It is insisting on looking at memories
instead of relating to NOW, that keeps old reactions alive.
The thing to notice, when confronting a memory with someone,
is whether your emotion is a reaction from the past (habitual
and uncontrolled), or an up to date response to the present
(awake and intelligent). If you are responding from your up
to date self, you will be able to solve old problems and heal
old hurts. But if you are still in reaction-mode from the
past, you will not be able to change anything. This is all
much easier to say than to do!
I’ve been hearing of lots of relationships that started
in the autumn and turned out to be not what they seemed. Last
month the New Moon squared Neptune and we were misreading
signs so that they coincided with our ideals or desires. This
month, the New Moon squares Uranus and we are grappling with
loss, where the lesson is independence. The important thing
about being in love is that the other person is triggering
our capacity to feel the love that is in us always. We have
the opportunity to remain in touch with that feeling independently
of the person who started it off. That way, the love that
has been triggered flows out to everyone, including oneself.
This experience may be not just about relationships, but
also the misreading of signs in work or business, or any situation
involving our emotional needs or desires. If we make the personal
growth and changes, regardless of the outside circumstances,
we may find that things are not so bad out there after all.
But it is a confusing time, so it’s best not to expect
clarity for a while.
Last month . . .
Through late November and early December, Mars was very
close to connecting with Uranus. We were prone to breaks in
the focus of our energy, so that, in the middle of carrying
out one activity, we might have a feeling, or thought, that
has us branching out towards something new, and forgetting
to complete what we were doing. Generally, our minds are ahead
of our actions, so perhaps that’s why I think I’ve
done whatever it was, and only later discovered I didn’t
complete the action. The interference could be coming from
old emotions – and this is where that New Moon in Scorpio
Whatever House in your birth chart has Scorpio in it, that
would be where last month’s New Moon focussed, to complete
any unfinished business arising in that area of your life
before Pluto (who rules Scorpio) moves into Capricorn in January.
Pluto is still in Sagittarius, and it’s about getting
to the base line beliefs that help to create our life the
way it’s been. Were we to be completely in the present
and open to our life’s process, we would experience
much more flexibility and growth. It is our out-of-date beliefs
and desires that limit our ability to recognise and follow
the opportunities life offers.
- New Moon in Sagittarius
Sagittarius climbs the mountain of discovery that leads
to understanding. He cannot do this when tied to someone else’s
beliefs. We can only understand from our own viewing point,
so the task is to expand our view to include what others see
from theirs, which enables us to understand why they think
and feel as they do. This expanded view can only be seen from
further up the mountain, and we need to do the climbing -
the searching - ourselves from our own inner truth. This New
Moon is in harmony with Neptune and the search is for our
own spiritual connection, which reveals to us our true highest
priorities. Mercury and Chiron point out the healing potential
in our communications with each other this month. Our job
is to stay calm, and keep focussed on a win-win solution,
rather than being right.
. . . an exciting thought.
Jupiter will be crossing Pluto’s position on 11 December
in the last degrees of Sagittarius. We will have been feeling
this energy pressuring us to do more, be more, achieve more,
for some weeks, and it only begins to fade on 19 December,
when Jupiter enters Capricorn and we see what’s real.
It’s a window for inspirational ideas to reach humanity,
so make the most of it in the area you feel most excited about.
It is all there for you and possible - whether the ideas you
get are relevant at the moment, or not, will become clearer
after mid-December, and January offers opportunities to manifest
your plans. Any work your have put in will bear good fruit.
If you have been avoiding the work, you may find your harvest
is less than you hoped.
Jupiter is emphasising this transforming energy like the
crest of a wave that washes humanity into the next 230 years
or so, the next time Pluto will be in Sagittarius. The crest
of a wave collapses on the shore, and we will have to make
our own way doggedly after that. That next phase, of Pluto
in Capricorn for about 16 years, suggests the transformation
of our practical living, the operation of business and finance,
and all things material. The ideas that are surfacing now
are the tools we will be able to use to live more in harmony
with the earth. So allow this energy to take you as far as
you dare to think – it is a force from the centre of
our Galaxy, and is bringing the seed ideas of a new understanding