Sun Enters Aquarius 2021 — Purification, Discretion and Chaos

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Today the Sun enters Aquarius. In silence, the ice becomes transparent and welcomes the rays of the new sun in all its purity. The light returns and the ascent begins again. Gathered in the heart of winter, we guard the seed of our resolutions for the new year.

A few more days and it will be February. The name of this month has a double meaning. On one hand it means “fever”, on the other “purification”. It’s ironic finding the anniversary of one year of covid-19 falling under this month.

Dawn in the ice as a symbol for Sun Enters Aquarius 2021
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Yet, a purification of sort did happen in 2020. The earth deeply regenerated itself and even the ozone hole has closed. Mother Earth showed us that she can make it by herself, that she doesn’t really need us to do her thing. She just expect us to not bother her work too much.

But what about the fever meaning related to this month? Fever was also seen as a form of purification, even if not one of the most pleasant. In fact all the sulphuric forces accumulated through out the year find here a sort of threshold. In the opposite sign of Leo, they burst in a sudden fever and disappear.

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Discretion becomes Meditative Power

In our annual journey through the zodiacal virtues given to us by Rudolf Steiner, we find for the Aquarius the virtue of Discretion. There is something elegant in avoiding to reveal too much about ourselves or other people. And as you can see here, we are again asked to step back for a moment in order to live an inner life.

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Sun Enters Scorpio 2020 — Crossing the Threshold Alone

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The Sun has set. The light at dusk turns red, as if it was filtered by the black earth. The twilight resonates with the deepest parts of our soul. “There is life beyond death”. This is what the Sun tells us, as it goes through the sign of Scorpio.

The golden leaves on the trees begin to fall and rot. Nature falls prey to a magical sleep, shrouded in a thick fog. Our animal part feels the call of lethargy, as our vital forces diminish. And in the mist we can feel the echo of an ancient time when the curtain of the senses had not blinded us yet.

Have we turned on an inner light? Does our lamp have enough oil to make it through the season? Did we rekindle the spiritual flame inside of us?

Sun Enters Scorpio 2020: pumpkins, candles and tea lights

We all know the shadows are coming back. They are rising quickly from the memory of last spring. The specter of another lockdown hangs over us. And the fear of contagion has now returned. Thus, the questions above are anything but abstract or rhetorical.

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Sun Enters Libra 2020 — Approaching Michaelmas

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The Sun enters Libra, the last season of the year is eventually here. How is it possible? Where did summer go? It’s been like just a moment of fresh air, a sigh of relief caught between all the restrictions we’ve been through. And boom—it is already gone.

The Autumn Equinox was supposed to be a moment of perfect balance. Light and darkness meeting each other perfectly halfway, exchanging the baton. But this year knows no balance at all. 2020 is going to be remembered as a year full of extremes.

And now that fall is coming, we can feel it in the air. We need more light, more warmth, more life. Too much death and fear have been running through the ethers. We are not ready for darkness and cold yet, nor for witnessing Mother Nature’s death.

Sun Enters Libra 2020: A wood during sunset
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When there was light out there we faced our own shadows, in isolation. Now that the time of darkness is getting here we feel like we’ve already payed the price. Never have we experienced such a great need for inner light.

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Sun Enters Virgo 2020 — Moving with Grace through Challenges

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The last month of summer has begun. The Sun left the flaming Leo to step into the sign of the Lady. The Virgin dressed in pure white, holding a ear of golden wheat.

A purification process begins. The sulphur coming up from summer heat, bearer of the forces of the dragon, is counterbalanced by our rising discipline. Little by little, everything starts moving smoothly again as the air gets cooler and the days shorter and shorter.

You can almost feel it sometimes. A mixed feeling of nostalgia and relief after a late summer storm. The sunset light turning into a golden-honey shade, as the wind carries a different smell with it. The first signs of autumn peep timidly.

Sun Enters Virgo 2020: Woman taming a Lion
the queen victoria memorial, buckingham palace

The Power of Kindness

As the excess of heat eases down, our instincts get dulled. Anger, agitation, frustration, sexual drive—the sulphur that wrapped us up begins to thin out like a morning fog. We start to perceive other people back again, beyond our ego-wall. And the virtue of the Virgo can rise.

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Sun Enters Leo Bringing Compassion and Freedom

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A noble heart burning with passion, shining like gold upon the sea of chaos. The wise king, the good father, the Savior. The Sun enters his sign, reaching again the maximum of light and heat. The Star is at home.

Balance and openness belong to the heart. Not to the cold and bright head, enclosed in the skull. Not even to the dark and hot limbs, radiating from the body. They belong to the heart region—to the center—where the head opens down into the spine and the ribs curve into a protective embrace.

Sun in Leo, symbol of Compassion and Freedom
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Anthroposophy says that the figure of man is threefold. We find the nerve-sense system in the head region, represented by the Eagle. The motor-metabolic system in the limb region, represented by the Bull. And the rhythmic system in the respiratory and circulatory organs in the chest region, represented by the Lion.

Leo, the Lion, the sign of the Heart, celestial house of the Sun.

Horn of Plenty

Abundance, Compassion and Freedom

“Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give” said Victor Hugo. Even in times of crisis Nature gives herself abundantly as August approaches. In the time of the first harvest festival we are surrounded by the riches that flow from the horn of plenty.

And when our material needs and worries are unburdened by all this generosity we are blessed with the opportunity to stop looking at us. Me, me, me.. the chattering of the ego subsides and casually we find ourselves walking in other people’s shoes. Leaving out for a moment our struggles, we perceive those of others. And Compassion arises in us.

Zodiac Symbol of Leo

COMPASSION
becomes
FREEDOM
—Virtues of Leo by R. Steiner and H.P. Blavatsky—

Compassion becomes Freedom. But it is us what we mainly free ourselves from. By diving deep with all our being in the image of others, letting it live as it is inside of us. Dwelling in this central space is getting to know a dimension free from judgment and power.

After all, we are human beings next to other human beings. We walk together through this life learning from trial and error. Do we really need to judge? And if we do it, to what end?

Jupiter sextile Neptune: An Idealistic Impulse

On July 27th we are going to assist to the first sextile between Jupiter and Neptune retrograde. As we were saying in a previous article, these events are precious windows than enables us to reconnect to higher ideals. No doubt Compassion is one of them.

We can follow this astral stream to tap in a world of creative imagination to rethink the world. We had enough bad omens for 2020. Now we need new strengths of inspiration to make the world a better place.

A world where the forces of the heart are not going to be mocked or looked down at as naive. Or poetry seen as useless and mawkish. As Novalis provocatively said, reality is poetic and poetry is reality. And doesn’t ingenuity consist in denying one aspect of reality?

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Happy Spring Equinox 2017

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Hey everybody, happy Spring Equinox 2017!

Today light and darkness are perfectly balancing each other out. This is the day when we can celebrate the forces of light taking over darkness. The promise of the new light we witness every year at Christmas (Yule, the Wheel) is kept in this day. It’s part of the great process of Nature.

This is a very important date for astrologers. According to our art, this is the first of the year which starts with the entrance of the Sun in Aries. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, a powerful fire sign that grants us the initial boost typical of new beginnings.

So, what about you?

  • What were your Resolutions for the New Year? After all they are just like seeds, so this is the right time for making them sprout. Start to work on them, as the fire energy of the new year rises.
  • How is it going with Venus Retrograde and Jupiter Retrograde? They are important opportunities to work on our belief system. In addition, they are part of the Astrological Chart of 2017, so they are going to affect us for the following 12 months.
  • What does the warrior side of your personality look like? How did it help you to overcome darkness in the past? Since Mars is the ruler of Aries, this is a great time to reconnect with this powerful archetype.

Also remember to take a break and have a walk in Nature. Sometimes it’s all it takes to clear your mind and recharge the batteries. We are so taken by our daily life that we often forget to simply look around and appreciate beauty. As Dostoevsky once said, beauty will save the world. And what is it, if not symmetry and balance?

Take care and have a good week 🙏

Sun Entrance in Aries 2017 – The Spring Equinox

Reading Time : 3 minutesThe Spring Equinox is upon us! Temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer and longer. Have you already gone for a walk in nature? You definitely should, the Sun is smiling at us (here in Italy at least). But what about the stars?

As you may know according to Astrology the Spring Equinox is the first of the year. It is the moment when the Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. A new cycle starts, and since Astrology holds beginnings in high regard this event is huge. As your life is affected by the moment of your birth, so is the next year.

Let’s take a closer look to the chart of the Sun entrance in Aries.

Sun Entrance in Aries 2017 - The Spring Equinox - Astrological Chart

A Pressure Cooker

First of all, we have an excess of fire energy here. Usually it’s  not uncommon to find—as in this case—both Mercury and Venus in Aries as well. This because they never stray too far away from the Sun. But this year we also have Uranus, the Moon and Saturn: six out of ten planets in fire signs. Uranus is nothing new: it is in Aries for several years. On top of that, Saturn is in Sagittarius since 2015. But the Moon? Seriously? Do we really need other fire?

Fire is the element of action, will, passion, desire and ultimately transformation. No need to say that the last year has been quite… eventful. So we can expect this trend to continue the next year.

But how is it Mars? We want to check it out because the relief valve of all this fire is usually the god of war. It is in Taurus, though—duh! Taurus is about stability, consolidation and tranquility… so basically the relief valve is not going to work properly. He tends to defend the castle and never come out! And those left out—well—they can go to hell.

The Cardinal T-Square

So, what’s cooking? The Cardinal T-Square, of course. We have already discussed about it, so let’s sum it up briefly. Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter are battling in the sky, so to speak. They represent respectively the financial elites (Pluto in Capricorn), the people who stand up all around the world protesting for social justice (Uranus in Aries) and the legal systems (Jupiter in Libra) that abide mainly what is formally correct rather than what feels right for the people.

In the chart of the year we find Saturn conjunct the Moon. This means that the public opinion (the Moon represents the mass) is going to feel blocked and oppressed. The conjunction with Saturn is always very challenging; and in this case it is partile, meaning that the planets are on the same degree at 28° Sagittarius. In the end, having a weak Mars we can expect that the general discontent will increase. Coincidentally, the Saturn-Moon conjunction makes a trine with Uranus. This means that the protests will definitely rise, but their effect for this year will still be very weak due to Saturn.

On top of that, Mercury in Aries will set the media on fire. This will contribute to the above mentioned general discontent. Nothing new, right? This is after all a very well known media strategy to make us feel vulnerable and scared, as the Moon conjunct Saturn aspect suggests.

Both the Benefics are Retrograde

In the chart of the year Jupiter and Venus are both retrograde—which doesn’t help at all. Usually the benefics are able to balance tension with harmony (Venus) and pessimism with confidence (Jupiter). But in this case they are retrograde, which means that mainly they are going to make us question ourselves.

We can say that all that rising frustration can be an opportunity for questioning what we think to be right or wrong (read Jupiter Retrograde in Libra 2017 for further details) and the way passion affects our relationships (see Venus Retrograde in Aries 2017).

In Conclusion

I am not going to lie: this year is going to be tough. Obviously this is a very general interpretation that concerns the collective unconscious on a global scale. Each single country, as well as each single person, is going to be affected in a very specific way that doesn’t necessarily match this reading. However, the dynamic aspects involved (T-Square), the benefics retrograde, the Moon-Saturn conjunction, the excess of fire and a very weak Mars are all symptoms of both tension and energy stagnation.