Archive for October, 2009
It has occurred to me this morning, that I have neglected to post anything at all on Libra planets. So here goes… with apologies to all those beautiful Librans out there… It also gives me an excuse to show off some favourite flower pics- all in the name of grace & beauty.
Walking through the Botanical Gardens yesterday I lost count of the number of weddings I passed. Not only was it a glorious Spring day with the Jacarandas in bloom, the Harbour glistening and ferries gliding past, but with the New Moon in Libra, it was also a pretty good day for a Wedding Chart.
New Moon in Libra
New Moons are always about new starts, the energy of beginning something, well, new. Plenty has been written over the last week or so about the Libra New Moon. Rather than going back through it all, I will quote a passage from Jeff Jawer that says it all “The New Moon in Libra sows seeds of relationships and new alliances. It provides opportunities for rebalancing partnerships to create harmony and justice.”
Isn’t that what a wedding is about?
What makes this New Moon uber important is that it highlights and area of life that will come into focus towards the end of this month when Saturn moves out of Virgo into Libra where the ringed man is naturally very strong. Take a look at what houses Libra covers in your chart- this area of your life will require extra energy and commitment over the next couple of years.
Sun in Libra
Libra is that point where the individual meets the other. Sounds pretty deep, but in essence it means that the Sun in Libra is motivated by harmony and balance and defines itself through relationships with others. All of this makes Libra social, fair, a born diplomat and just a tad (?) flirtatious.
An Air sign, Libra Sun people have good brains, are able to see both sides of a story and come to an agreement between the two without necessarily anyone compromising their own beliefs. Ruled by Venus, Libra Sun people are also refined and love beauty, grace and gorgeousness in their surroundings. Loud noises, clashing colours, and disharmony of any sort sends shivers up the spine of a Libran. Tastes, colours and music must be balanced.
It is this drive for balance, parity and relationship which is also Libra’s shadow. In keeping a relationship alive, it can be very easy to forget that 2 individual people come into a relationship- one of which is yourself. In smoothing the tides of discontent, your often hide your own needs and feelings. In finding balance and peace, you also need to practice moderation.
Venus in Libra
This placement is Venus at her most beautiful and most charming. This is not, however, a particularly passionate placement for Venus. Libra is an air sign, so the idea and ideal of relationship is perhaps more real to them than the down and dirty sexual nature of a relationship- often leaving disappointment in its wake. Contrary to more watery Venus placements, Venus in Libra is able to rationalise what went wrong and dust herself off rather than indulge in feasts of chocolate and alcohol.
Venus in Libra is in the sign of her rulership. She is strong, refined, and what the traditional astrologers would term “essentially dignified”. Alluring and attractive, she is often a little like the fashion plate in a glossy magazine, just a little aloof and untouchable, but ever so gorgeous. Potty mouths and lager louts need not apply- this placement likes to be treated like a lady- nice manners, courtesy and appearance is important.
In a mans chart, Venus in Libra indicates a man who likes a woman with sophistication, high standards, and who doesn’t let them slip. He will be happy and able to cope with maintenance routines, but won’t take kindly to his love sucking down a Crownie and belting out “working Class Man” in the local pub.
Mercury in Libra
My very Scorpio husband (SH) has Mercury and Venus in Libra. The placement of these 2 planets turns ordering at restaurants into prolonged sagas as he balances what he wants to eat against what he thinks I will order. This deliberation is to ensure that both meals balance each other, that we each taste something we want to try and that the wine will match. But it drives me flipping crazy.
We have this thing in our house called Decision Night. It is the one night of the week where he has to make a decision. During the rest of the week, I will hunter gather and make the big decisions like… what we are going to eat that night. Most nights SH will come home, take over the kitchen & execute my vision perfectly. But on Thursdays I refuse to cooperate.
The conversation normally starts something like this:
Four Foot Nothing (FFN): What’s for dinner?
Me: I don’t know. You’ll have to ask your father.
FFN: That’s right, its decision night. (She phones SH)
FFN: Hey Dad, its decision night. What’s for dinner or are we going out?
SH: Does your Mum want to go out?
FFN: She says I have to ask you- its decision night.
SH: But I don’t know what eating regime she is on this week.
FFN: She says she is happy with whatever you decide, Dad.
SH: Can you put her on?
FFN: She says she doesn’t want to talk to you- this has to be your decision.
And so it goes on. Every Thursday night.
We have a giggle about it every week. It isn’t so much that he doesn’t like to make decisions- he makes many every day- it is that he doesn’t want the wrong decision to impact household harmony. Mercury in Libra weighs all possible outcomes before calling it. This is where the reputation for indecision comes in. Likewise, Libra ability to overlook the small stuff is in complete contrast to Virgos criticality.
In its higher form, with cooperation, compromise can be reached and marital balance and harmony preserved… and dinner on the table.
Mars in Leo
Yesterday was all about Me. Me, Me, Me, Me. Nobody else. And with Mars moving into Leo, that is exactly as it should be.
After getting back in touch with my trusty, but sadly neglected, SLR while on recent holidays, it occurred to me that whilst I had taken some good shots of other people’s cities, I had taken none of my own recently. Part of that has been a time factor and part of it is actually my rather complicated relationship to the city I live in.
I was born in Sydney and, after moving around to various NSW country towns, did my final year of High School in Sydney and my degree at Sydney University. I then left… as quickly as I could, and spent the next few years in Canberra- where I met my husband.
Sydney called again 17 years ago and we moved here for work reasons. Our daughter was born here, my birth family lives here, we have a great life here. I have never felt as if I belonged here. The other week I was in Melbourne and felt like I was coming home. But as a born and bred Sydney-sider, to say that is sacrilegious!
I see Sydney as I would see a beautiful and flashy diva of a sister. The type that you love, because she is family; the one that only you can criticise, because she is family; but that you have to admit you wouldn’t be friends with by choice. That makes sense to me in a weird sort of way. (And, for my sisters, before you think I am talking about you & go complaining to Mum, your egos are safe!)
And Sydney is undeniably gorgeous. The Diva that she is was gleaming under the spotlight of yesterdays glorious sunshine. It was as if she was saying in true Kath & Kim style “Look at moie, Look at moie.”
So, in true Mars in Leo style, I lunched at the Opera Bar, and over a glass of Tasmanian bubbles, decided that Sydney Harbour is truly the most beautiful one there is, the Jacaranda is truly the most beautiful blue-y purple in nature, and that I would love to be cruising away on Rhapsody of the Seas which was moored at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Because this is an astrology blog, naturally I also contemplated what Mars in Leo means (actually, I am lying about that, but it seemed like a good way to seamlessly segue way into this topic).
Mars is a hot and dry planet, so likes to create energy and activity. In Cancer (a cold and wet sign), it felt like it was trying to push through mud. Quite frankly, thats what many of us did feel like- particularly if you are a Fire sign, or have a strong Martian presence (eg Aries or Scorpio Rising). Leo, ruled by the Sun, is a Fire sign. Mars in Leo very much relishes the hotter conditions, and the opportunity to shine.
Mars in Leo is exciting, passionate, charismatic and committed. In Aries, Mars’ energy is in sparking creative energy, in Leo, it is all about the follow through- in more ways than one (if you know what I mean, wink wink). His energy lasts longer, creates excitement, and ensures admiration. OK, Mars in Leo is also egotistical and sometimes arrogant, but seriously, whats not to like? The energy, excitement and sheer romance of Mars in Leo draws admirers into the flame despite their own better judgment. The strong and steady sex drive doesn’t hurt either- although the temper, of tantrum like proportions, often can!
Men with Mars in Leo will woo their partners in the old fashioned romantic sense of the word with gifts, bling and dramatic flair. This is real courtier type behaviour. Whereas Mars In Aries is focused on the quick win, Mars in Leo wants it all to last- the romance is a very vital part of it and the way in which love is expressed.
Women with Mars in Leo need to be treated like a Queen. They will be drawn to partners who show Leo characteristics- charismatic and admired by others. They like to bask in reflected glory and be proud of who they are with. This woman will be attracted to a partner who is warm, generous and loyal.
Mars is going to be In Leo for around 8 months, including a lengthy retrograde period from mid December through to early March. He will not enter Virgo until early June 2010. Take a look at where Mars is in your chart, the house/s which Mars rules and also which house/s are covered by Leo. These will all be areas of focused and energised activity. Leo represents creativity, self expression and the things we give birth to- physically and symbolically, Mars is energy and forward motion… what is it you are working towards?
There is a scene in one of Billy Connolly’s videos (the wonderfully foul-mouthed Glaswegian Comedian & World Traveller) where Billy talks about the house he was born in falling down. As he tells it, 20-something Billy is staying across the road from the building he was born in. As he stands at the kitchen sink looking out, the building he was born in falls down. His 1st thought, being a hippy, is to look for the karmic meaning; and his 2nd thought, as an ambitious comedian was to say ‘Where are they going to put the plaque now the building is away?’
As astrologers we tend to look for the karmic meaning in many things- especially as newbie astrologers. A painful visit to the dentist? Must be transiting Saturn making a hard aspect to Mars. A car accident on the way home from work? A Mars/Uranus contact in the 3rd house. Put on weight? Progressed Moon must be moving through a water sign… or Taurus.
Yet before we knew anything about astrology, these events could be put down to:
- Eating too much crap and forgetting to floss. And shit happens.
- Loss of concentration, running late to get home, trying to construct the evening menu complete with shopping list in head. And shit happens.
- Eating too much, drinking too much, not exercising enough. And shit happens.
A couple of weeks ago as I was getting ready to go to work, a teeny muscle with a technical name (that I can never remember… sub something or other) behind my shoulder tore and I collapsed in a world of pain. Apparently this technically named little muscle is responsible for allowing you to move your arm forwards & backwards. As it was my left arm, this meant I couldn’t drive, getting dressed required amazing dexterity from my right arm & my boxing days are gone for good.
Now this next bit is embarrassing & quite revealing as to the depths of personal pain I will go through in the name of research, but… Once the painkillers kicked in, I checked out Solarfire to see which of the usual suspects could be responsible for bringing me down so low- and what karmic lessons have I been hiding from.
Due to the sudden nature of the injury I would look to Uranus. In the 1st house conjunct natal Chiron & opposing transiting Saturn he was a good target. But this is the point at which I have to make a confession.
I actually hurt this muscle 18 months ago, was advised not to box, decided I didn’t like that diagnosis, so just stopped exercising in the hope that it would get better without the hassle, expense & inconvenience of treatment. Eight kilos weight gain ensued, but the shoulder seemed OK. Flash forward to April this year & a new attempt at boxing (hey, Aries on the 2nd house- I need it for anger management J). Sure enough, I hurt it again. This time, I was very responsible and took myself off to my chiropractor for some very painful massage, acupuncture (not so painful) & adjustment work. Another couple of kilos crept on, but after a few weeks I figured the shoulder was as good as it was going to get and I couldn’t afford to put on any more weight, so back to the gloves I went, declaring to my trainer that I was now ready to be pushed out of my comfort zone. Famous last words.
So, in effect, this was a chronic (Saturn) unhealed (Chiron) injury, that suddenly (Uranus) tore.
Saturn is natally in my 1st house (in the 1st degree of Aries, and yes, being squared by Pluto), so body stuff is a Saturn thing for me. Transiting Saturn had just separated from an opposition with my natal Sun, a conjunction with natal Uranus, and was now, as I mentioned earlier opposing natal Chiron & applying to oppose my Pisces Moon.
So, lots of big karmic stuff happening:
- Tr Pluto square Saturn
- Tr Saturn conjunct Uranus (sep)
- Tr Saturn opposing Sun (sep)
- Tr Saturn opposing Chiron
- Tr Saturn opposing Moon (applying)
- Tr Uranus conjunct Chiron
- Progressed Moon 8th house
The injury was made worse by the fact that I had put on as much weight as I had. The habits and structures in my life are hurting me. I carry emotional crap on my shoulders, so perhaps this injury was a wake- up call for me to look at what is hurting me, what is stopping me from moving forward and what emotional ties and relationships may be weighing me down.
Obviously the weight gain is one thing, but the reasons behind that gain are important. My boxing days are over, so I need to find a less violent way of managing my stress. A male friend pointed out that I should just strap the “girls” to my chest so they won’t knock me out & hit the treadmill. Lap swimming (black-lining, as I call it) is something I have historically done when I have been at my healthiest, but has always come so easily to me that I overlook it as being real stress relief or real exercise. But, as an astro pal said, I wasn’t born with this much water for nothing! Note the emphasis on real? That is Saturn. The transformative stuff is Pluto, and the unhealed emotional crap is Chiron & the Moon, which are conjunct natally.
Karmic lesson, or shit happening? Sometimes it just does.