The Voice of the Fall Equinox 2016

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Summer is about to end. The Autumnal Equinox is coming—light and darkness balancing each other. The physical warmth of the season is aging, turning slowly into a spiritual fire that kindly awakens human souls on earth. You can feel it everywhere, in the smells of the earth.

Equinoxes are challenging. They are all about balance between two opposite—yet complementary—forces. There is no effort without resting; no achievement without patience; no celebration without hard work. So, where are you stumbling? We all are, somewhere. We are indeed creatures of habit, but our habits are rarely balanced.

Personally, I worry too much. I always think to the worst case scenario, acting according to my pessimist mindset. Sometimes this might be a pro, but actually it is exhausting most of the time. I know you just can’t live like that, but to me trusting the Universe is hard. And in the end, a challenge.

What about you? What is your challenge?

The Sun Enters Libra

The Sun is about to enter Libra—the sign of balance. As you may know, I don’t really believe in general horoscopes. Nevertheless, I’m curious: how is the Sun doing with this equinox? If we are struggling with balance, why shouldn’t he? It sounds like a bad joke, but technically the Sun in Libra is in his fall. It’s a hard time for everybody.

Let’s see… he is leaving behind Virgo—where he had a bad square to Mars in Sagittarius—to conjunct Jupiter in Libra. I don’t want to make it too complicated, after all we are just playing a little bit with astrology here. Still, this image speaks by itself. No more controversy, struggles and fights—the lord of trust, faith and wisdom is waiting for the new Sun of Autumn.

Have a good week.

 

Venus conjunct Jupiter in Virgo

As we have discussed in a previous article, this month we are going to assist to a very tight conjunction between Jupiter and Venus. In this post we are going to describe the meaning of this aspect which is going to take place in the sign of Virgo on August 27th.

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Venus and Jupiter—the two benefics—are traditionally known as Fortuna Minor and Fortuna Major, respectively. They were regarded as “good planets” which brought fortune and happiness in life: Jupiter represents expansion, ideals, trust, confidence, growth, a sense of belonging and abundance; Venus is the goddess of love that brings romance, pleasure, contentment, balance, beauty and well-being.

Theoretically their conjunction can be read as a combination of the given symbologies. So, for example we have: fulfilling relationships; abundance of love; beautiful ideals; aesthetics (philosophy of art, beauty and taste); wealth and health; growth experiences through relationships; community support; trust and openness towards others, etc.

Now that we’ve got a list of possible meanings we have to narrow them down to those compatible with Virgo. Basically the sign tunes—like a radio—the planetary energy, giving it a specific frequency or “mode of expression”. Unfortunately, this is when bad news get in the way because Jupiter and Venus in Virgo are in their detriment and fall, respectively.

This means that the Virgo energy is not very compatible with those of the planets. First of all—as an earth sign—Virgo is mainly concerned with practical issues such as work, money, stability, and so on. Specifically, it is a very work oriented sign: it is efficient, attentive to details, responsible, humble and it fits perfectly in job routine. As you can see things are not going to be as rosy as we expected.

Let’s see now how this type of energy is going to affect the conjunction. Jupiter in Virgo is not able to express freely its higher, philosophical, ideals and it is literally brought back down-to-earth. Its ability to expand and grow things is applied to the material plane (earth element), so the leading thought becomes: “work hard and everything is going to be all right”. Mainly, Jupiter in Virgo brings wealth through hard work and confidence—still, any higher achievement is sacrificed in return.

Similarly, Venus in Virgo loses both her artistic and romantic qualities. The love she is able to express here passes through the earth element: she’s mainly concerned with the well-being of the beloved ones, taking care of them through material support. It is a motherly and mature type of love. If Jupiter in Virgo brings wealth, Venus’ gift is a good health.

In conclusion, this conjunction enables us to confront an underestimated—but not so unusual—form of love. It is that type of love which requires us to take responsibility, to work hard, to take care of those we love, to believe that in the end everything’s going to be alright. Venus and Jupiter in Virgo may be debilitated—unable to be who they really are—but they are nevertheless able to give us a precious life lesson.

Stargazing: August 2016 Celestial Events

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July 28, 29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

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Delta Aquarids meteor shower takes place every year from about July 12 to August 23. Its nominal peak occurs around July 28-29, during which we can observe up to 20 meteors per hour. The moon is waning, so its slender crescent shouldn’t get in the way too much.


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August 11, 12 – Perseids Meteor Shower

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Probably the most famous meteor shower, Perseids are traditionally known as Tears of Saint Lawrence. They are the easiest to spot since during their peak they produce up to 60 falling stars per hour. Just look toward Cassiopeia—the W-shaped constellation—during the night of August 11 and enjoy the show.


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August 16 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation

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On August 16, Mercury reaches maximum distance away from the Sun. This means it can be spotted by the naked eye, looking to the western horizon just after sunset. Since its light is very weak, you can use Jupiter and Venus as a reference.


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August 27 – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

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On August 27 we are going to see a rare phenomenon: Venus and Jupiter are going to be just 0.06 degrees from one another—so close that (for the naked eye) they are going to merge together in a single star! Don’t miss it!


 

Karma vs Providence

The Law of Karma and the Divine Providence are two different ways of understanding the laws that rule human destiny. In this article we are going to consider them from an astrological perspective, in order to understand how they are affecting us on a subconscious level. We don’t need to believe in them: they represent nevertheless two different ways of seeing the world and making decisions.

Karma and Providence are two completely opposite concepts—even geographically speaking. They are part of two vast belief systems, far too complex to face in a single article. So, let’s clear up what we mean here when we speak of Karma and Providence respectively.

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With the term “Karma” we mean the general belief that good intent and good deed contribute to future happiness (good karma), while bad intent and bad deed contribute to future suffering (bad karma). It is a law of cause and effect, so everyone is responsible for what’s happening to him. It is also a law based on reward and punishment—equally applied to everyone.

You don’t need to believe in reincarnation to have this kind of mindset. If you are a down-to-earth, responsible, self-made person with a strong sense of individuality, you are probably going to resonate with this law which—from the astrological perspective—corresponds to Saturn.

Justice is the moral compass of this law, so to speak, since the point here is to balance back a broken equilibrium. It is also a linear way of thinking, based on moral judgement—good brings good and bad brings bad. From this perspective the Universe is a predictable place. This makes us feel we are in control, that we are the makers of our own fate.

Providence and Jupiter

In Christianity, Providence is generally speaking God’s intervention in the world. As such, what happens to you is always inherently good—even though it’s hard and senseless. As they say, God has a plan for you but from your human, limited perspective you can’t get the bigger picture yet. He may be tough, but God gives you nothing you can’t handle. He knows what he is doing:  you just need to trust the process.

Again, you don’t need to believe in God or be a Christian to embrace this mindset. People who consider life as a learning experience—a journey always able to give them teachings—are on this wavelength. They know that whatever happens they will be enriched, because they value their experience more than their material achievements. They are led by a form of wisdom, which in astrology corresponds to Jupiter. They know how to face uncertainty.

Faith is the moral compass of Providence. You just have to trust this force to provide you with everything you need in order to make the experience you are supposed to do. If currently you are not getting something in your life it means that at the moment you don’t need it to make that experience.

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Giving a meaning to the Law of Attraction

In the spiritual community the most famous law which describes how destiny works is the Law of Attraction—technically ruled by Venus. From a psychological point of view this law can be summed up by this C.G. Jung’s sentence: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” (please read the Venus page for further details).

The truth is that the law of attraction doesn’t come with a moral compass: it’s just a vibrational—or unconscious—mechanism. What’s gives this law a direction is the fact we resonate with a saturnian or jovial mindset which are able to give meaning to what we are going through.

Let’s say for example your car broke down. The law of attraction says that you are resonating with this experience, therefore you are attracting it in your life. But this still doesn’t make any sense. It’s like saying: “you are going to Berlin by plane because it can fly”. Describing a mechanism doesn’t necessarily give us an answer.

So why has your car broken down? A Saturn person would react by saying:


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How could this happen? Who is responsible for this?

What have I done wrong (in my past/previous life)?

If I’m  attracting this into my life, it means I’m wrong

If you are attracting this into your life, it means you are wrong

How can I prevent this from happening again?

You should do this to prevent it from happening again


As you can see this way of thinking follows a punishment/reward mindset with a strong sense of justice and responsibility. Saturn people unconsciously believe in “Karma” because in the end they believe they are causing what’s happening to them.

A Jupiter person would react in a totally different way, by saying:


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What am I supposed to learn?

Did this happen before? What do I still have to learn?

If I’m  attracting this into my life, it means I need it to grow as a person

If you are attracting this into your life, it means you need it to grow as a person

If it were to happen again it means that I have not learned the lesson yet

I am going to benefit from this experience


They believe in “Providence” because they think the Universe is always going to provide them with what they need in order to make the experience they are supposed to do. Their ultimate goal is expansion and growth which are strong jovial symbologies.

Now you should be able to discern whether you are following a Saturn mentality or a Jupiter mentality in your life, and better understand how they are affecting the way you react to certain situations. This is extremely helpful because it reveals your hidden belief system and allows you to expand your inner awareness.

Facing the Unknown

We live in a time of great uncertainty. Forgetful of our past, we are more than ever projected into an indefinite future. The Brexit referendum outcome is just the last manifestation of the way we perceive the world of today. Since this lack of security makes us feel vulnerable and frightened, we close ourselves—as the United Kingdom did.

We seek comfort in the analysis and forecasts of the experts, or worse: we believe the false promises of populists and demagogues to send evil—yet another scapegoat—away. We want to know, so we think we can take control of the situation and dispel our insecurity. Ultimately, we just don’t want to feel that way.

As a great tool for making accurate predictions, Astrology is no exception. We can misuse it to convince ourselves we are in control of what’s going to happen. Actually, to a certain level we always are; still, we have to surrender to the fact we are not able to control—nor to predict—everything. We might be the captain of our ship, but the weather is never certain.

From the astrological perspective, all we have said so far falls under the saturnian symbology : fear, being closed, feeling lonely, building boundaries, scapegoats (the goat refers to Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn), taking control, be independent, and so on. For this reason I don’t feel that giving an astrological analysis of Brexit is—at least right now—of any help because it would only strengthen our desire for prediction and control.

In response to the new uncertain European scenario (I am based in Italy, by the way) I’d like to respond by focusing on the force which enables us to face and deal with uncertainty: Jupiter . This is in my opinion the best thing to do at the moment, especially because the planet of trust and confidence is currently debilitated (detriment in Virgo).

This means that right now Jupiter’s intervention doesn’t come for free, but requires us to make some efforts. Remember that we are always able to make a difference in our “inner sky” (our soul or psyche). We may not be able to change a situation we are stuck with, but we can always change the way we react.

How do we face the unknown?

If you are analyzing and making predictions you are not accepting the unknown. You are rather trying to change it into the “known”. So the first thing we must learn in order to face it—is just to face it. You can’t do it if you are running away from it. Just surrender to the truth that the unknown is part of life and embrace the fact that sometimes you are going to feel vulnerable and insecure because of it. It’s perfectly fine to feel that way. Just stop analyzing.

This way of thinking is going to release your emotions: you are going to feel them instead of trying to avoid them by telling yourself you shouldn’t be there. By doing so, you’re also going to stop feeding them: every time you run away from your fears you just make them stronger. Now that we have cleared this up, we can move on and develop Jupiter—the bearer of our higher trust and faith.

Trust and faith () are indeed all we need to face the unknown. It is as simple as that. The hard part is to develop them without lying to yourself or being naive. We all know that bad things happen—the world is a place full of misery and tragedy. We just can’t pretend that “everything is going to be alright”. How could we, after all that happened to us? The saturnian force easily becomes a temptation difficult to resist. We want to stay closed to protect ourselves. We are scared of the future.

So how do we shift our perspective from Saturn to Jupiter? How do we turn fear into confidence? Mainly, by stop focusing only on the outcome—the outward result of our actions and decisions—and start giving more importance to our inner growth and experience ().

We live in a materialist society obsessed with results, to the point we are more concerned about our children’s school grades rather than their learning experience. I am not saying results don’t matter, they do. But if you focus too much on them you will eventually forget that—whatever happens—you are going to make a valuable experience on the path of your personal, spiritual growth. This way of thinking allows you to make mistakes—even to fail—simply because the outcome is not the point anymore.

They say experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. I think experience is what you get—anyway. This is why in astrology Jupiter is the planet of optimism: it puts you in a win-win situation. Actually, from this perspective only if you keep doing always the same things you are losing. You know them already, so you are not learning anything new. The unknown is no longer the place where to project your worst fears and insecurities: it becomes the symbol of your unexpressed potential. So you start to long for it.

As you can see we have reached a totally different point of view. Here’s some sentences to help you resonate more with Jupiter’s vibration and shift your perspective.


Am I overanalyzing because I’m scared?

What are the fears I am projecting in this situation?

What kind of experience would I gain from the worst case scenario?

How would this make me grow as a person?

How did I handle a similar situation in the past? What did I learn?

If I was to fail, what have I learned so far?


There’s no need to answer these questions. What’s effective is to let them resonate within you, allowing them to change your mindset. It is also important to understand that we are not trying to eradicate Saturn’s point of view: it is key when it comes to get tangible results. But only Jupiter can be your guide in facing the unknown.