As Virgo's month it is time to honour the support, nourishment and fertility of the earth and this image of the priestess as an intermediary with our physical home. The Sun and Mercury are together, along with Ceres and Hekate, forming the foundation of the Grand Sextile. This sends out multiple good aspects to Saturn on the North Node, to Pluto, to Hygeia on the South Node and a huge conjunction of the Moon, Black Moon, Jupiter and Lilith in Cancer, while being opposed by Chiron and Neptune in Pisces.
Ceres or Demeter is a terrestrial form of the Great Mother and, like the Moon, a symbol of maternal and unconditional love, nurture and protection, physical and spiritual nourishment and of the earth as mother. She is said to be a co-ruler of Virgo and so affirms the great depth of the sign underneath its more mercurial expressions. Having Hekate, witch queen and medicine woman, in this conjunction adds great mystery and her own healing potency to it. There's a great deal of secret women's business inherent here with both Ceres and Hekate that seeks conscious recognition via the Sun and Mercury.
The opposition to Chiron and, to a lesser extent, with Neptune pierces into the layers of Virgo to unravel some of the excessively analytical left brain activity at the surface of the sign. This will heal old disconnects between its mental and earth layers by creating and enhancing bridges between the psychic fluidity of Pisces and the profoundly still and earthy intelligence of the Virgoan priestess.
Unfortunately, on an outer level, the position of Chiron also represents the expressions of the wounding masculine upon the earth, driven by unconscious and anaesthetised individuals acting out their own rage and unhealed trauma. (As I write, the Queensland government has given energy corporations unrestricted exploration rights to the pristine Channel Country, allowing fracking with all its toxic environmental hazards in an essentially organic region. This gives literal expression to the mythological rape and abduction, of Ceres' daughter Kore. Her mother's response was to freeze the world over turning it barren!)
The Sun also sextiles the Moon in Cancer, a lovely mix of earth and water and one of the better Sun/Moon combinations, giving a degree of stabilising that's been missing for many months. In its last quarter, the Moon will be perfectly conjunct Jupiter and very visible in the night sky, with the hidden Black Moon and Lilith asteroid within its orb - all in all, a massive expression of the light and dark, grace and deep mystery.
This lunar conglomeration is also the linchpin between the Grand Sextile and another Grand Cross, once again involving Pluto, the Uranus/Medusa conjunction and Venus in Libra. So we have the elaborately interconnecting weave of the sextile with the radical challenges of linking our relationship and emotional processes once again with the Uranus/Pluto square. This is a recipe for major turmoil and eruptions, but with the possibilities for long-reaching breakthroughs in stagnating emotional patterning.
Venus in Libra is traditionally an easy, fluid transit as the planet rules the sign with a coupling of their mutual traits. The expression of love and quality relatedness, the urge to create beauty, balance and harmony is shared. The shadow of both, however, involves the need to present the "good" diplomatic face colluding with the avoidance of anger, conflict and the need to assert.
You think this is going to work when Uranus and Medusa are firing up in the opposite sign of Aries? When Pluto, the Black Moon and Lilith are all demanding that the deepest truths be expressed, however disruptively, and lived? This is unlikely, especially when Venus' position in the Grand Cross is another manifestation of the collective need to radically change and deepen our relationship experience. As challenging as this will get at times, the same aspects will push for liberating changes that release a great deal of energy, especially with the Moon/Jupiter involved as well.
There is a final reason for this being an extraordinary month, as for the first time in 26 years the North Node of the Moon will conjunct Saturn, this time in Scorpio, something that peaks on the 17th (just as Pluto goes stationary in an exact sextile from Capricorn). It's a line-up that asks us to claim more of our own authority, to dig deep past our conditioning to get closer to our dharma to that which we must do because our souls call us to.
And this not just an awareness thing. Saturn pushes us to take absolute responsibility for creating our future, one that is closer to our soul's callings, to act if we're ready and if not, to get stuck into the necessary preparation work.
All power to you.
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 32nd year of private practice. www.sacredlawfirm.com.au
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 35th year of private practice.