The Sun is met with oppositions to a conjunction of Jupiter and the Black Moon in Gemini, squares to Lilith conjunct Chiron in Pisces and an energising trine to Uranus in Aries. Off to one side is a semi-sextile to Saturn conjunct Venus in Scorpio, to the other the same to a conjunction of Mars, Pluto and Eros. Phew!
A conjunction of Jupiter, Sag's ruler, with the Black Moon is a very curious combination - the King with Kali if you like. Both are sources of spiritual power and grace, both are champions of their genders and yet they are traditional enemies. What powerful mixes of dark and light, the underworld and the heavens, upper and lower chakras! This feels an extraordinary opportunity, especially in Gemini, to understand more of the deepest workings of the psyche, our shadows masculine and feminine, and to bring greater awareness to the mysteries of the deep, sacred feminine.
When the Black Moon enters our relationship lives, including inner relationships like this one, she brings transformative, purifying fire to our desires, delusions and unconsciousness. She challenges Jupiter's bluster, pomposity, self aggrandisement and arrogance, as she seeks also the same deeper essence of Jupiter and of Sagittarius; an absolute commitment to the truth of things. This is a big learning transit and coincides with experiences that may not be what we asked for but we are glad for their educational value nevertheless.
Squares from Sagittarius to Pisces are never easy, as the swampiness of the fish's realm is so foreign and so resistant to the fire of the centaur. It's where the hero's gallant steed runs headlong into quicksand and flails around trying to escape and keep running free.
Fire signs have a tendency to override the more vulnerable parts of self, preferring action to feelings. But when Chiron, who's both king and guru to the centaurs, calls his own to face its wounds, then there really isn't much choice.
In the case of Chiron and Lilith together, another powerful sacred masculine/feminine teaming, the wounds are about the damage to the empowered, independent, individuated feminine inside, in our culture and our family systems. There is great healing power here running in both directions, with Chiron's shamanic penetration into our wounds and Lilith adding her ferocious, passionate Shakti to proceedings. In Pisces, the demand is that we stop running off, or off at the mouth, and to feel, to honour the exquisite emotional, psychic and spiritual sensitivity in each of us, however wounded.
It's another powerful month on the relationships front, with both Venus and Mars being heavied by Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn respectively. Venus/Saturn conjunctions tend to produce feelings of aloneness and isolation, placing us in a bubble where he turns his intense focus onto what's really happening, or not happening, in our love lives. And it's an empowering transit too, as it supports us to find our own truth and our own authority as to what is right for us and, in Scorpio, it's again about getting down to the deepest truth, so we can bring that authenticity to our relationships.
Mars conjunct Pluto is an incredibly powerful combination if it can be used well and with awareness, as it offers the possibility of aligning our will and desires with a greater will. For some, it allows us to tap deep reservoirs of primal power to push through obstacles and to enhance the expressions of the warrior energies of Mars. The caution around this is that it is also a transformer and purifier of old forms of anger and rage and you need a deep discriminating awareness not to act this out or project it into situations.
Venus and Mars are in sextile though, a good aspect to each other against the intensity of the Plutonian/Scorpionic background and its challenges. So it's one of those situations when, if things are good and essentially real, deep, empowering change to our relating, masculine/feminine balances and our sexuality are on the cards. If not, then we get to find out what's really going on and are supported to make the necessary changes.
There is a much subtler process going on here at the same time, though. Eros and Psyche have been described as higher octaves of Mars and Venus and so represent more refined energies available to our relating if we can access them. What is exceptional about this month's chart is that the Psyche asteroid is also conjunct Venus and Saturn, while Eros is with Pluto and Mars! The Saturn and Pluto challenges are also about working with what can refine and elevate the energies we bring to relationship.
It also doesn't hurt that these two multiple conjunctions form good aspects to Neptune, Lilith and Chiron in Pisces, who support the same processes of sensitisation and elevation.
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 28th 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.