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Hi everyone. Today, the 1st August is the day of my solar return, my actual birthday is tomorrow and the skies above us show today is a day of contrasts and calmer waters to swim in. The main connection and action today as this ceasefire kicks in and talks begin is at 16 degrees of Cancer where Venus is moving, 16 degrees of Scorpio with Saturn and 16 degrees of Aries where we find Uranus.
Venus as the planet of relationships, money, resources, values and what we are attracted to is being pulled two ways today. Firstly it is making an easy, unspectacular trine with Saturn, so here is energy backing solid, stable relationships, being careful with your cash and making careful but unexciting decisions. This aspect is the equivalent of sitting at home on the sofa with a warming cup of hot chocolate watching soap operas. On the other hand, Venus makes a square aspect to Uranus, the planet of rebellion and doing your own thing. In this aspect we may be drawn in dealing and meeting up with people who are a little bit dangerous but none the less talented, spending our hard earned cash on something new and exciting but maybe not so practical, or you may just feel like you want to go out and have a great time on your own and getting a little bit drunk in the process. You may want to go out and enjoy yourself and do something wild and crazy, but your conscience will be holding you back, holding you back, holding you back…
These aspects seem pretty balanced against each other in an uneasy truce exactly as we have now holding in the Middle East. The Moon today is being judge and jury in Libra continuing the theme of balance and equality. Israel and Hamas are sitting out in a 72 hour ceasefire waiting for the other side to jump first. Venus if you remember is the planet of diplomacy, and she is in the nationalistic, security based and historically linked sign of Cancer holding sway over the big boys in the skies (Uranus and Saturn) who want to get at each other’s throats again through the inconjunct aspect that they are currently in. Venus will move out of the way in a day or two and and you might think that the gloves may be off when she does and the Moon enters Scorpio, but as I will explain another aspect is coming along to put some water on the raging fire.
Looking at the other planets, Mars is still making a very close square to Jupiter in the skies as well both at 3 degrees Scorpio and Leo respectively and it is well worth considering that the Israeli Moon sits at 4 degrees Leo too, therefore Mars making a square to it is only going to rattle their mood yet more. This square is adventurous and one of stretching yourself to the limit, of taking a risk, reaching out and trying to achieve more and more. With the impasse holding elsewhere in the skies, this is a very frustrated and irritated Mars square Jupiter, a finger on the trigger kind of aspect for today.
As I mentioned, there is one other calming aspect that is starting to form and that also comes from Mars as it moves closer to a trine to serene yet foggy Neptune in Pisces. Neptune for the time that this aspect is active will lessen the need for action and violence and for taking urgent decisions. Here we will have a calm descending as Venus is doing to Saturn and Uranus, however with Neptune, there is always something going on out of sight and out of mind. Hidden preparations are being made now, actions are not seen but being taken anyway, misdirection is rife, lies are being told, sacrifices are being made. Because things calm down under Mars trine Neptune, it doesn’t mean they are getting any better. Neptune dissolves and lessens your energy, lulls you into a false sense of security, weakens your will and drive to succeed. Don’t be fooled that the crisis is over. It isn’t but the heat is being taken out, for now at least.
All in all, what we have now is a holding pattern that is going to be active for a few days. Maybe a rest bite for a while, a breather, a time to take stock and recover. After the week of high competition and action with the hot Mars square to the Sun, an aspect now dissipating, we need it…
While the eyes of the world have been on flight MH17, Ukraine, Israel and the Gaza strip, in Northern Africa, civil war threatens to tear the country of Libya formally ruled by Colonel Qaddafi to pieces. The situation is so dangerous that the British foreign office have told all Britons to leave the North African nation and the Americans recently pulled their people out too.
Libya formed on 24th Dec 51 - Tripoli at 00.00 hrs has transiting Uranus right now exactly opposing (orb 0.01 degrees) the Libyan Mars at this minute, therefore there is unpredictable and dangerous fighting going on. That Uranus moving in the 8th house of inevitable change is trine to the natal Mercury, the chart and Midheaven rulers therefore revolutionary forces have a hold on this country and it’s leadership too; civil war and anarchy is taking over. Uranus also opposes administrative Saturn heaping more pressure on this nation as the rebel planet forces shocking change on the way the country is run.
The pain and wounding to this nation is obvious with transiting Chiron now bang on the Descendant hitting all angles of this chart as well as making a square aspect to that all important Mercury. Pluto the planet of opposes the 10th house Uranus, ruling the 6th house of the services including the police and military, so they are being overpowered by a brutal and uncompromising force.
With Jupiter making a favourable trine to the natal Jupiter in the 7th house of relations with foreign neighbours, many of the representatives and diplomatic staff of other countries have had a window to get out of Libya before all hell does break loose in Tripoli and Benghazi, the two largest cities.
If this civil war does eventually leave a power gap, what or who will fill it? Well with the North Node (the point of fate and destiny) moving onto spiritual Neptune, military Mars and administrative Saturn in close conjunction, will it be a hard line religious group? I have a nasty feeling that ISIS or a Islamic military group aligned to it’s brutal and conservative values (Neptune, Mars and Saturn in 2nd house of personal values) may see this moment as an opportune one to spread it’s wings yet further. Of course, as a major oil producing country, Libya is a huge prize. This is one to keep an eye on…
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In the early hours of tomorrow (26th July 2014), Mars shifts from the sign of Libra where it has been for the best part of 6 months, because it went into retrograde motion for 2 and a half months between March and May, into the very different sign of Scorpio. Mars in Libra was all about relationships and fairness and standing up for and maybe even fighting for what you thought was right. Now in moving into Scorpio, Mars takes on a very, very different complexion. Libra can be all things to all people if it wants to be, after all this is the sign of relating and therefore you have to show different facets of your character to get on with different people. Mars in Scorpio doesn’t see things like this. With Scorpio, you love me or you hate me, we get on or we don’t. You see, there is no middle ground at all when planets are resident in this sign.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign where as in Libra is a cardinal air one, so while previously we tended to get our desires and thoughts out in the open and act on them, from tomorrow we will do things in a much more secretive and emotional manner before we finally make our minds up on any course of action. Mars is happier in this sign than the last one where it was in detriment. Not surprising since Mars all about going forward and being positive and Libra is holding you back trying not to upset anyone. Mars in Libra was all about being considerate, in Scorpio, things are not going to be fair any more and someone is going to get hurt.
Saying that, there is consideration here but on an internal level, we will keep things under our hats, brood on our actions for a long while until it is time to strike. I know as I have this position of Mars in Scorpio in my own natal chart. It often takes me a long, long time to make my mind up, and often in deciding to do something important I will get a knot in my stomach, I will get nervous and tied up into a complete emotional turmoil. A lot of us will never reveal our intentions to anyone, and we will have secrets and desires that you will never see on the surface. The only thing is that these motivations may stay bottled or stored up for weeks, months, maybe even years on end; it takes a huge effort to get them out into the open. The relief when we do finally act and make a positive decision is palpable, and then all the tension that builds up inside releases in a rush of energy. When those with Mars in Scorpio do act we are not half hearted at all, we tend not to leave anything on the table and a very ruthless side will appear. There is a huge amount of determination here and there is the potential for enormous concentration bordering on obsession. If you can harness the power and control of Scorpio with the boundless energy of Mars, you have a force to use that can be truly unstoppable.
We can be the nicest of people to know, and we will do out upmost for anyone and we don’t really want to make any waves. The reason is that we instinctively know that if we do, then whole lives can be turned upside down, including our own. Therefore we smile sweetly and nod approvingly knowing that it is better to keep things on an even keel than to rock the boat. Those of us with Mars in Scorpio like myself won’t let anyone know about our intentions, we are intensely secretive, however when we do make a move, it will be a decisive and a very tough one. Jealousy in any situation is something we all have to guard against, and there is a sly manipulative side that comes out too, this is me being honest here!! Don’t ever think that those of us with Mars in Scorpio are outwardly aggressive as this is far from the case. If we can get the job done without hurting anyone, we will. Change for us with Mars in Scorpio is not easy, however so when committed to a course of action, it will be do or die process, quite literally a fight to the death. There is little room to move with Mars in the sign of the Scorpion once you set something in motion.
In the world around us in the next month and a half (Mars in Scorpio until 13th September), things could get very nasty in the conflict zones that are already raging. Scorpio is the sign of intimate sharing, and you can’t get more intertwined than Gaza and Israel or the Ethnic Russians living in Ukraine. Mars entering this sign spells danger for these unstable parts of the globe as the mood of not backing down to the other intensifies more. My fear under this combination is that there will be no room for change or variation, and the objective of each side will just have to be achieved. There may be a lot of underhand and secretive moves now, this is a position of espionage, being sly and careful about what you reveal to others; a poker player’s dream position for sure. What you see in the news may not reflect what is happening in reality. This can also be a very brutal and violent combination if provoked and enraged, and the potential for unspeakable atrocity is very real with Mars in Scorpio. When the full force of anger is let loose, then it will not be pretty. Saturn is already in this house and with a conjunction between Mars and Saturn scheduled for the 23rd to 26th August, look out for some very disturbing headlines in the news.
I feel that you will sense a big difference in the air from tomorrow as the last in a series of big planetary moves and sign changes finally occurs. We are into a new season, one where once we have decided to go in a stated direction, we will continue onwards until we have a resolution, one way or the other. None of this, maybe, possibly, let’s compromise to get things sorted, oh no!! It’s finally time for decisive action, for change, and to eliminate indecision in our lives.
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