22.02.2014 Astrology

Digging for Gold

Astrology with Daniel Sowelu

February starts 18 hours after the exact new moon, with both Sun and Moon in Aquarius and much of the new moon, new beginnings symbolism. They are far enough apart though to collect quite different aspects from the other planets and asteroids. The Sun gets some zingy, enlivening connections to Eros and Uranus, while the Moon gets a hard Saturn aspect and trines to a spiritually exceptional stellium in late Libra; both have an opposition to the Lilith asteroid.

An Aquarius Sun sextiling its ruling planets Uranus in Aries is a fabulous transit, where the individualistic, innovative spirit of both gets some great airing. The internal barometers for this energy are intellectual and spiritual passion, inspiration and excitement for new creative possibilities. This livewire expression is given additional electricity and erotic/creative charge by positive connections from both to the life-enhancing Eros in Sagittarius. This is a good injection of light and looseness into the ongoing intensity of the Uranus/Pluto square, which was so powerful at New Year.

The Moon in Aquarius squaring Saturn in Scorpio (who is also conjunct the Shiva asteroid) is a tough and dour aspect. It confronts each of us with all the ways we deny or attempt to escape our deepest emotions, sexuality, power and shadows. As always with Saturn, though, the challenges are both a demand and an opportunity to identify and take responsibility for what keeps us internally divided between dark and light, upper and lower chakra, conditioning and our own inherent wisdom. We may not like his methods but the opportunities for working towards greater wholeness are worth it.

The Moon, however, also trines an exceptional conjunction of Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Hekate and the North Node in late Libra and early Scorpio, a complex mixture of warrior, priestess, earth mother and medicine woman/man energies. Anything that joins with the North Node represents something new emerging from the unconscious, in this case new visionary melding of ancient feminine earth traditions with masculine warrior energies. Invoked in these visions are new expressions of the priestess, the spiritual warrior and the sacred activist, of shamanism and spiritual midwifery. This is an exciting development and a multiple conjunction that continues all the way through to August, a signature aspect of the year.

The planet Mercury, on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces, also trines the stellium, making its energies not just available on emotional levels but for conscious recognition. Mercury rules the operations of the mind, with conscious connection with the inner mysteries amongst its deeper attributes underneath the day to day mechanisms of the human intellect. This is a brilliant aspect for study and learning in preparation for the eventual manifestation of these seed visions, but we're not just talking about intellectual learning. Mercury is conjunct the nebulous and psychically opening Neptune in Pisces, a combination that diffuses the harder rational edges within to expose the mind to its mystical dimensions. This is great for all meditative practices that both deepen and expand our range of awareness.

Another potent multiple conjunction this month involves Pluto, Venus, Psyche and Persephone in Capricorn, each squaring Uranus, each opposing Jupiter in Cancer and each sextiling Chiron in Pisces! Once again, our relationships and relationship dynamics are under the intense pressures of the Uranus/Pluto square but with simultaneously tremendous support for healing, resensitisation and expansive growth.

Mythologically, this is the goddess of love, with her ethereal, mystical daughter-in- law hanging out with the god and goddess of the underworld with their twin processes of purification and empowerment. This demands that we let go of the old and surrender what shadows our hearts. It demands we take risks to feel right down to the soul level and to claim our right to create tantric, soul-to-soul connections with another.

This is a peak in a number of collective processes that have been occurring over the last two years. These have been intent on revolutionising our relationships, our attitudes towards marriage and commitment, lancing our old wounds and annihilating excessive attachments in order to free us to create bonds based on more authentic expressions of ourselves and our capacity for love. In the above arrangement, the goddess of marriage Juno is also conjunct Chiron and Neptune, another speaking of great healing and the longing for sacred forms of "marriage".

Finally, the benevolent Jupiter has retrograded back to 12 degrees of Cancer and in doing so, is exactly opposite Pluto, while trining Chiron. Jupiter opposite Pluto is one of the best transits for transformation on any level in our lives because it combines the intensity and ruthlessness of Pluto, aided and abetted by Uranus, with the actions of Jupiter as an agent of grace, expansion and freedom. And like his Hindu equivalent, Ganesh, he acts as a remover of obstacles along the path. The same applies to our healing processes through Jupiter teaming with Chiron. At times like this, when deep change and healing is demanded of each of us, this is welcome news. It's not just about shovelling the …. but about digging for gold.

Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 33rd year of private practice.www.sacredlawfirm.com.au

Daniel Sowelu

Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 35th year of private practice.