NATURAL RHYTHMS CONSULTING

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

The  beginning of something has significance, and what happens in the sky relates to what happens on Earth.  The process of becoming whole involves working with the planets in stages of initiation.  First, there are the personal planets to be integrated, held in check by Saturn. Next is the crossing over the Centaur bridge, where Chiron leads to the transpersonal planets, bodies that require awakening, flow, and presence.  This phase of initiation  is held in check by Pluto.  The third phase pushes out to the new level boundary of consciousness, the spirit territory. Understanding these dynamic energies, as demonstrated through the ever-changing cosmic weather, encourages greater ability to live connected to purpose and meaning.  Establishing connection to the energy source and simultaneously remaining grounded--As Above, So Below--gives a sense of true location. The key ingredients for this celestial navigation,  are listed here with current longitudinal position, and are updated at each New Moon. 

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The Sun is the Invincible Spirit. So great is this universal wonder that it must come in small doses, distributed as it travels around the 360 degrees of the Zodiac over the course of a year.  The Sun's position symbolizes the active presence of the Divine.  At this New Moon, the Sun is at 18 Taurus 02.  The Sun is aligned with Venus (her own sign), the Moon (exalted here), Uranus, and Jupiter

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 The Moon is the Receiver, catching emotional attachments, hooks, and patterns. The Moon receives and moves through her angular relationship with the Sun over the course of the month, reflecting the Sun's invincible spirit through her silver light.   The Moon delights in shape-shifting, and  in the repetitive ebb and flow from night to day and  from New to Full in predictable sequence.   We see this dance every month, beginning at the New Moon, timed for the Moon's alignment with the Sun, where Soul is connected with Spirit.  The current New Moon, standing with the Sun as described above, is at 18 Taurus 02.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree reads as follows: A new continent, fresh and green, rises out of the ocean.  (Note: Zealandia [also known as Tasmantis and Te Riu-a-Maui] was named the Earth's 8th continent in 2017.)

HIGHLIGHTS for 2024
We have wrapped up 5 years of historic change (2019-2023). In 2024, April was a month of anticipation, with the Mercury Rx, the  Total Solar Eclipse across the US on April 8, 2024 (19+ Aries), and the  Jupiter-Uranus conjunction on April 20, at 21 Taurus 49, a Eureka! moment.  Saturn is now Direct in Pisces, suggesting redemptive repair. Neptune is reiterative at the late degrees of Pisces, emphasizing the need to approach the unconscious and befriend the archetypal energies found therein.  To do so requires a dissolving of what is no longer necessary or valid; Pluto supports this, wrapping up the restructuring begun in 2008, with the movement into Aquarius on January 20.  This is temporary, however, with a recoiling Rx in early May.  Direct again by mid-October, Pluto will be at the anaretic degree of Capricorn during the US presidential election,  after which full engagement in Aquarius begins on November 19.  In many areas, 2024 looks promising for manifesting solid, evolutionary change. 

THE ECLIPSE SEASONS 

Eclipses occur in pairs or trios.  Though the visual effect occurs on the day of,  the influence can be felt before, during, and after, covering an immediate  period  of 6-8 weeks (the eclipse season),  and also up to 6 months.  The  energies can be touched off at various times, often by transits of the Moon's nodal axis, the Sun, the Moon, or Mars to the "hot" degree.   Solar eclipses occur at New Moons, when the Moon (eclipses) blocks the Sun, creating an eerie  shadow on the Earth's surface. Emotional reactions overpower logic, with new beginning suggested.  Lunar eclipses occur at Full Moons, when the  Earth passes between the opposing Sun and the Moon,  creating a shadow across the Moon. This highlights the mundane impact on the emotional landscape, suggesting endings.   The exactitude of the alignment defines the type (total, annular, partial, appulse).   Eclipses resonate  at different levels of consciousness.  Because eclipses involve the alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and  the Earth, in relation to the nodal axis of the Moon, eclipses have a "destiny" quality to them as they highlight certain areas of the Zodiac.   The nodal cycle is 18.6 years;  the Lunar Nodes spend approximately 1.5 years in a sign pair. While there is a personal impact, with the position in the Zodiac  determining focus, the mundane impact is obvious in the making of  history, based on the section of Earth that holds the shadows. The trigger point date for sensitivity of the degree  is often before or after the exact date, hence eclipse seasons  have elongated influence.  The 2024 Eclipses are listed below.

  • Mar 25, 2024          Lunar Eclipse  at     5 LI 07            Activated after (Nov. 20, 2024)
  • April 8, 2024*        Total Solar       at     19 AR 24          Nodal pass on January 21, 2024, with  Sun and Pluto entering Aquarius on the 20th, giving more blast to the sky. Other dates to watch with regard to this eclipse are March 21-22 (D pass of Mercury);  April 15, (Rx pass); and May 4 (D pass). On May 25,  Mars transits this degree. 
  • Sept. 17, 2024         Lunar Eclipse at     25 PI 41               Activated after (May 14, 2025)
  • Oct. 2, 2024            Solar Eclipse  at      10 LI 04               Activated before (July 10, 2024)

PLANETARY LOCATIONS

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 Mercury  is the communicator.    Mercury has 3-4 Retrograde (Rx) cycles every year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks, and each offering a period of reflection, recalibration, revision, and resolution, as Mercury and the Sun exchange the message of a particular degree of the Zodiac. Mercury aims to make connections and move on.  Clever, agile, and appreciative of humor,  Mercury will bring wisdom to the conversation with light and good will. At this New Moon,  Mercury is D at 21 Aries 55, In this perigrine position, Mercury will work through Mars.  

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Venus refines, evaluates, and strives to make ideals real.  Her cycle is complex and mysterious, beginning while Retrograde as an Evening Star, moving through conjunctions with the Sun, and shifting from Evening Star to Morning Star, and back. This cycle recalibrates Venus' relationship to the Sun. At this New Moon, Venus is a Morning Star, calm and rushing  into love and life for 9 months, epitomizing the feminine as the container of gestation, until her next Exterior Conjunction in June.  At this New Moon, Venus is at 10 Taurus 40, comfortable in her own sign, and enjoying the socializing with the heavy hitters.

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Mars  is the warrior on a mission, with  energy that can pierce and penetrate in swift motion.  At this New Moon, Mars is Direct at 5 Aries 45, also comfortable in his own sign, eager to "get the job done". 

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Jupiter  is the wise guru, the planet of expansion.   Jupiter has the big picture, and functions best as a problem solver, planner, project manager.  Jupiter has the vision and wants to take the leaps needed to create something big and wonderful. Jupiter is Direct at 25 Taurus 47.  Practicality is the best focus; things are  shifting and changing, with Uranus nearby. 

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Saturn is the  planet that sets limitations and boundaries, while offering a karmic payback if necessary. Saturn relates to time, records, the destiny of earth experience, and often presents challenges. Saturn is Direct and  stands at 17 Pisces 13 at this New Moon. In Pisces, Saturn offers  a reminder to take responsibility.  No one's coming to rescue, fix, or save the day. No persecution or victimization is allowed, but kindness furthers. Saturn's reminders of limits and boundaries can be found everywhere, and even in the most unexpected places. 

CHIRON, URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, THE LUNAR NODES

Representing the archetype of the  Wounded Healer, Chiron is a minor planet/comet/dwarf planet located  between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus. Sometimes referred to as the key to the soul, and  representing audacious attempts, pushing forward despite the wounds, it  forms  a bridge between the Chaldean limits represented by Saturn and the transpersonal realm represented by Uranus. Chiron encourages processing and integration. Holistic healing methods can be helpful, considering this quote from Rumi:  "The wound is the place where the Light enters you."  Chiron has a 50 year eccentric orbit and is currently at 21 Aries 05. (The US, with a  20 AR 08 Chiron position, is reverberating with this energy as well as that of the Pluto return.)  

 

Where the inner planets represent aspects of personality development in the life project, the outer planets push us toward the transpersonal and provide a collective container for the development of consciousness.  The twists and turns of these bodies facilitate our evolution, sometimes disturbing peace of mind.  Uranus, the Awakener, disrupts and is chaotic, while aiming to  transform as it brings in intuitive consciousness.  Uranus entered the sign of Taurus in March, 2019, and will remain there for  7 years, clarifying security, practicality, resources, and values.  Uranus, full of surprises, provides energy to break traditions and calibrate revolutionary ideas.  Technology, one domain of Uranus,  continues to amaze, and is becoming more practical, and therefore seen as necessary. At this New Moon, Uranus is Direct at 22 Taurus 47. Uranus will turn Rx in the beginning of September.

Nebulous Neptune, with its emphasis on psychic or spiritual consciousness, aims to dissolve and  transcend,  bringing  the vicissitudes of the tides forward to be dissolved. Neptune is diving further into the oceanic fog where the  gems of spiritual truths can surface.  Neptune's ethereal nature continues to deliver the surreal dreamlike kaleidoscope of the shifting reality.  At this New Moon, Neptune is  Direct, at 29 Pisces 08. Neptune will turn Rx in the beginning of July. 

Unequivocal Pluto, with it focus on psychological consciousness,  aligns with the principle of metamorphosis.  Small but mighty, Pluto has been steamrolling the reality we once knew.  Pluto made three contacts with the US Pluto (27 Capricorn 32 Rx) in 2022: February 20:  the Russian attack on Ukraine; July 11: worldwide economic stress; and Dec. 28, 2022: the need for an ending.  But the ending seems to be nowhere in sight, with the Rx natal placement, coupled with the late degree.  A brief relief was felt when Pluto moved into Aquarius in March, 2023, but his Rx turn back into Capricorn in June, 2023 quickly put that to rest.  The work is not over yet!  Pluto turned Direct at 27 Capricorn 53 on October 10, 2023 to begin another journey thorugh the last three degrees of Capricorn, to approach Aquarius once again. On the world stage, the focus  shifted to Israel and to the issue of displacement on many levels, with much collateral damage. Pluto reached forward into  Aquarius on January 20, 2024 and relief was felt again only to be met with deeper conflict.  Pluto doesn't get far...relentlessly, Pluto retrogrades  back one final time on  May 1, 2024, to sit at the  last degree of Capricorn in September and October, 2024.  Last (or anaretic) degrees portend extreme outcomes, often of a destructive nature, for karmic completion.  Capricorn's anaretic 29 degree is one of collecting, as in a debt. On October 12,  Pluto turns Direct again and moves finally and solidly into Aquarius on November 19, 2024. At that time, the US presidential election will have taken place.  At this New Moon, Pluto is Rx at 2 Aquarius 05.

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The transiting Lunar Nodes, representing the dragon's head and tail, travel backwards  and function in polarity, emphasizing a particular section of the Zodiac to work with.  Rudhyar described the nodal line as a fateful, destined space.  The Nodal Axis has shifted into the Aries-Libra polarity;  self vs. other, assertion vs. compromise; alone vs. together are the themes to balance.  At this New Moon, NNode is Rx at 15 Aries 21; SNode is at 15 Libra 21.

MAJOR ASTEROIDS
The four major asteroids are located in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, and because of this placement in the planetary line-up,  offer further insight into aspects of  personality. Names after female goddesses, they are associated with feminine consciousness.

  • Ceres  (1801) is associated with fertility, nurturing, and agriculture.  Ceres has a 4.6 yr. orbital period, and is currently transiting Direct at 21 Capricorn 22. 
  • Pallas (1802) is associated with warrior-type strength and conviction, wisdom, and cool-headed judgment.  Pallas has a 4.62 yr. orbital period, and is currently transiting Direct at 3 Sagittarius 36 Rx.  
  • Juno  (1805) is associated with marriage and the role of the wife. Juno has a 4.35 yr. orbital period, and is currently transiting at 7 Virgo 01. 
  • Vesta (1807) is associated with home and hearth, self-sufficiency, and investments. Vesta has a 3.63 yr orbital period, and is currently transiting at 12 Cancer 28.

DWARF PLANETS (also known as Trans Neptunian Objects) orbit the Sun.  Their orbital periods are extreme, as they are located in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. There are currently 10 Dwarf Planets that have been added to the astrological lexicon.  As with previous planetary discoveries, their discovery over the last 20 years has brought forth new awareness and resonance with aspects of consciousness. Diverse and global, they are listed alphabetically below:

  • Eris (2005): Greek; Justice.  Current location is 25 Aries 03.
  • GongGong (2007): Chinese; Integration. Current location is 5 Pisces 55.
  • Haumea (2005): Hawaiian; Motherly Commitment. Current location is  0 Scorpio 44 Rx
  • Ixion (2001): Greek; Shadow Self/Ego. Current location is 5 Capricorn 49 Rx
  • MakeMake (2005): Easter Island; Manifestation.  Current location is 9 Libra 07 Rx.
  • Orcus (2004): Roman; Taking Stock.  Current location is 14 Virgo 19 Rx
  • Quaoar (2002): Native American; Omnibenificence.  Current location is 9 Capricorn 54 Rx
  • Salacia (2004): Roman; Presence. Current location is  10 Aries 24.
  • Sedna (2003): Inuit; Transcendence.  Current location is 0 Gemini 07.
  • Varuna (2000): Hindu; Good Citizenship. Current location is 6 Leo 47