by Robert Wilkinson
As we cruise through October’s chatter and juggling of multiple tasks and views, I thought it would be good to point out major influences affecting all signs.
First, the pattern that's imposed on all our charts. We ALL are experiencing this "atmosphere," though the emphasis shifts based in our Ascendant, or rising sign. Let me explain.
As I touched on in the recent New Moon articles, we have a wide spread of planets in signs. We have most of the planets spread out in a fairly even distribution of signs, showing that at least half of our reality is occupied with events signified by the planets being in those houses.
We all have Venus in the house where we have late Virgo. We all have the Sun in the house where we have late Libra. We have Saturn in early Scorpio, Mercury in late Scorpio, and Mars in early Sagittarius. Pluto is in early Capricorn, Neptune is in early Pisces, and Uranus is in early Aries. This means we’re all fairly spread out at present, with the personality focus in the houses where we have the sequence of signs across Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.
The only planet outside of this span is Jupiter in mid-Gemini. That means we are all experiencing the energy of the “Bucket” Jones Pattern. Where the Moon is plays a part in how we’re dealing with and focusing these energies. However, in a “Bucket,” the “handle” is the most important part, since that gives us a handle on how to “grasp” the other energies and turn them to account, or focus them through the "nozzle" of the handle.
Jupiter is expansive, and teaches. It shows us where we can experience a sense of liberation, adventure, opening, and potential to grow into a greater life, understanding, and effectiveness. It is the grace and mercy that balances the severities of life.
In Gemini, the sign of the exploratory lower mind, Jupiter opens many doors of perception, many different ways to learn, many different facets of seeing any given thing. Since June, ALL of us have had opportunities to open to new ideas, new perspectives, new interpretations, any and all of which could lead us into a greater life adventure in the house affairs where we have Gemini, as well as those houses where we have Sagittarius and Pisces on the cusp.
Jupiter has just moved retrograde off its stationary point at 17 Gemini, and is now at 16 Gemini through November 2. The theme of 16 Gemini is “A woman suffragist haranguing.” Besides guaranteeing a lot of women’s issues will become front and center in the US election debate over the next two weeks, this degree is one of the nature of the personality learning what the Soul needs, of “spreading the word,” of passionate pleas for the purpose of persuading others of something, and finding those who are receptive to a message or knowledge we deeply feel is important.
Dr. Jones tells us this is about “the soul’s demand for a full participation in the responsibilities of human society,” and how values “are maintained only as there is a mutual give-and-take” respecting differences in views. We are told the keyword is “INDIGNATION” and when operating positively, this degree is “an unswerving determination to expand every potential of being and take part in every possible detail of world-wide reconstruction.” Of course, there are worlds within worlds, both in the outer and inner existence. It is there that the “reconstruction” will take place.
These are a few thoughts to keep in mind as we move through the next two weeks. Also, Mercury has now entered the area in Scorpio where it will retrograde back through beginning mid-November. That means we’re getting a “first look” at ground we’ll re-trace and re-examine (and re-re-examine!) the last week of November and first half of December. This will give us three angles of understanding what late Scorpio energy demands of us in the area it falls in our charts.
Generally, these energies involve appreciation and faith. Dr. Jones states this span of the zodiac is “sustaining,” “ideal,” “universal,” and “generalizing,” with 21-25 being more of a social focus, and 26-30 having more of a spiritual focus. Pay attention to how these are in play through October 29.
After that Mercury enters Sagittarius, preparing to go retrograde November 6 at 3:04 pm PST, 11:04 pm Greenwich at 5 Sagittarius. I’ll be writing more about the coming Mercury retrograde over the next few weeks, helping you get prepared to navigate this oft-recurring, mostly misunderstood phenomenon.
On a final note for today, in early November, just as Mercury prepares to go retrograde, Venus will finish a sequence of Cardinal T-squares that began in the Summer and moved energies in powerful ways in late September. So while it doesn’t directly affect the next 10 days, we’re still finishing (through Venus-ruled experiences and situations) whatever releases we’ve been mastering as the inner planets pass through Libra and make an opposition to Uranus and square to Pluto. You can find more by reviewing Astrology in September 2012 – Phase Two: A Solar T-Square Bringing Integration through Dynamic Events.
That period brought forth very important development in the year cycle and in our lives in late September and beginning of October. By checking out the article, as well as the one linked internally where I discuss the Mercury Cardinal T-square of the third week of September that immediately preceded the Solar T-square, you may understand what you’ll have to do, or move through, in the Venusian ruled areas as it finishes this sequence of squares and oppositions for 2012.
You can also find more by consulting the Cardinal T-square articles from June 2012, since those T-square threw the void into Libra, which is the subject of current T-square that throw the void back into Cancer. Summer challenged us to show good Libra skills, while these Autumn T-squares test our Cancer energies.
As a postscript to what’s been discussed here I found a few relevant links that elaborate on Jupiter in Gemini and other influences in the current atmosphere.
And because it’s such a new experience, but will be powerful over the next 2+ years, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, here’s Astrology in 2012-2013-2014 – Saturn in Scorpio
Also, part 2 of the recent New Moon articles has links to both the 2011 and 2012 Gemini Solar Eclipses as well as last November’s Solar Eclipse in early Sagittarius. Jupiter has put both Gemini Eclipse energies into play, and the Sagittarius Solar Eclipse will be directly in play as Mercury goes retrograde very close to the degree that Eclipse burned as a hot spot in all our lives for years to come.
So please take a new look at the energies of that Sagittarius Solar Eclipse to get insights about what will be reviewed, reworked, rehearsed, researched, or shown in a new light in November and December 2012 as the Sun crosses early Sag, powering up and putting a big light on those Eclipse endings, and then “birthed” or turned into something of worth by Venus in the third week of December.
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson