The Sun, who continues his long road trip with Eros, has gone into Virgo to join Jupiter, who has just entered the sign himself and, in doing so, moved away from the square with Saturn that contributed to August being such a tough month of stops and starts. The joining of Sun, Eros and Jupiter is an incredibly dynamic, joyous and expressive combination. It's one that usually brings a timely activation of positivity, playfulness, confidence and trust in the essential goodness of life.
It's a bit of a contradiction being in Virgo, though, as the earthiness of the sign plus its preference for containing energy can partially inhibit the full solar blast of the expressive masculine - but this could essentially be a good thing. Jupiter is known for his shadows of excess, arrogance and infidelity, easily drawing Eros into his fast and loose capacity for seduction and sexual game playing, while the Sun will just keep pouring his power into whatever he touches.
On another level, this conjunction is a good reminder to Virgo that life isn't all about duty, responsibility, necessity and do-aholism. It's just as important for one's health to break out periodically, have some fun, take some risks, let that deep intensity get some fresh air and some loving!
So, one of the challenges for each of us is getting the right balance between honouring this explosion of creative, erotic energy and the need to have some healthy containment around its shadow expressions. This is especially true when this conjunction is opposite Neptune and the Shiva asteroid in Pisces. This is a brilliant line-up for both spiritual and authentic tantric practices, but one that can also make a mess of our psychic boundaries out there in the world.
Another lineup that pulls us to the extrovert end of this spectrum is a month long conjunction of Venus and Mars in Leo, around the same degree as the Jupiter/Juno sacred marriage conjunction in May and trining the liberating Uranus during the same period. The passion generated by this is, in resonance with the Sun/Jupiter/Eros, not just sexual but also tremendously creative and ideally needs physically expression as well as subtler outlets.
The New Moon eclipse on the 13th (2.42 pm AWST, 4.42 pm AEST) at 20 degrees of Virgo is also conjunct Eros, while trining Pluto and Ceres in Capricorn. The awesome inherent power of the eclipse is further charged by the flowing connection to the transformative energies of Pluto, supporting deep and lasting life changes. The same aspect to Ceres allows us to reach into union with the great mother/earth mother energies for safety, nourishment, earth and environmental connections and the ability to move on from the kind of losses that any real personal transformation requires.
The strongest aspect to this eclipse is an exact opposition to Chiron in Pisces. This is a deeply penetrating energy for healing and for initiations into richer expressions of the healers within. It also offers the ability to bring about a greater unity between the earthy priestess qualities of Virgo and the exquisite sensitivity and spiritual openness of Pisces. The Wounded Healer here is enormously empowered by the eclipse as he focuses on soul level wounds to our sensitivity, to the vulnerable and magical child within us, on sexual and relationship wounds. His actions are intense and often painful as he pierces through layers of defences, anesthetisation and unconsciousness to expose the earlier wounds. But times like these can lead to some of the most spectacular and liberating experiences of our lives.
The Full Moon eclipse on the 28th (10.52 am AWST, 12.52 pm AEST) is even more unique. It is the second Blue Moon in two months and the fourth eclipse in Libra in three years, the latter a representation of a long term revolution of our relationship dynamics and experiences. And like the previous three, this eclipse brings up very new relationship possibilities in the North Node in Libra, while activating much past-life based territory to do with one's individuality and its expression, with the Moon on the South Node in Aries. This can set up some extremely tense experiences to do with this tension between opposites, including the attraction of slipping back into past and familiar dynamics while being powerfully attracted to the soul visions of the Sun on the North Node.
And what an attraction! The Sun is in a tight conjunction with Eros, North Node, Black Moon, Juno and, to a lesser extent, Mercury. To put this in a nutshell, it describes a collective movement towards experiencing relationships that meld the youthfulness of the erotic masculine with the committed wisdom of the marriage goddess Juno. Such connections are profoundly life changing, burning through ancient forms of karma on the way towards relationships based on truth, equality, tantric potency and in sync with our deepest soul purposes. Phew!
Whether these are purely inner processes, outer events or connections, or a mixture of both, all depends on our personal circumstances and on where our souls want to lead us. What we can be certain of is that, once again, the deepest changes are upon us!
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 34th year of private practice.
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 35th year of private practice.