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Astrology: magic to leaven the weird

by Janette Dalgliesh
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By:  Janette Dalgliesh – Confluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know.

There’s no doubt the heavy energy of the Saturn-Pluto convergence – due to peak in January 2020 – is upon us.

Anything built on flimsy foundations, anything not robust, is likely to collapse, implode, or otherwise disintegrate.

My friend and fabulous astro-colleague, Mystic Medusa, writes brilliantly about the weird impacts on our global economics. She suggests that capitalism isn’t exactly ending; but it’s never going to look the way it used to.

Getting used to a whole new economic landscape is going to feel like hard work for some.

Probably less so, for those who know a little magic or a little conscious creation.

So you’ll be delighted to know we have some instant astro-magic at hand, to lighten the experience and provide potent fuel for new ways of thinking and new strategies to handle the weird.

Pluto recently turned direct, Mars has moved into grace-and-ease Libra, and Mercury sits opposite Uranus, all bringing a sense of lightening, and some fresh breezes to blow away the cobwebs.

But that’s not all.

Mercury – messenger of the gods, ruler of how we think (and also how we think ABOUT how we think) – is now in the Pluto-ruled sign of Scorpio, where everything matters, and there’s no such thing as trivia or superficial chit-chat.

Mercury is the trickster energy, the one who gets away with things no other deity can – including walking in and out of Pluto’s underworld realm at will.

This is a time where we can dig around in our unconscious, and bring forth treasure. It’s like deep-diving into your own soul, mining for the gold of your deepest hidden powers.

It’s not always the easiest of explorations, but bringing this stuff to mind for healing and processing is like your superpower right now.

And because he’ll go through a Retrograde period entirely in Scorpio, this is not some fly-by-night visit. This is at play through until December. More on that soon, but meanwhile…

… sitting right alongside Mercury in Scorpio is asteroid Pallas Athena, known to the Greeks as Minerva, goddess of military strategy, wisdom, commerce and unwavering laser-like intelligence.

Mercury explores the deepest soul information; Pallas Athena knows how to turn it to strategy.

And these two expert thinkers are on one point of a Grand Trine.

A Grand what now?

A 120º angle between two heavenly bodies or points is called a trine, and is said to be the most supportive angle of all.

When you have three bodies or points, forming a triangle with equal sides, that’s a Grand Trine.

It’s a potent combination, and this one is especially interesting because of its relationship to the Saturn-Pluto convergence. Stand by for some astro-tech talk!

Remember the Lunar Nodes? They’re the hypothetical points in the sky which describe the relationship between Earth, Sun and Moon. North and South Node always face each other. South represents the familiar and comfortable land of our past; North represents the unknown frontiers of the future towards which we are reaching.

The North Lunar Node has been sitting opposite the Saturn-Pluto dance, on and off, for some time now.  That can bring a sense of uncertainty and discomfort, an intense focus on ‘what am I dragging along from the past?’ and ‘how is that blocking my future?’.

It’s an important dynamic which supports our building the foundations for whatever it is we are creating, while simultaneously releasing and resolving outmoded burdens from the past.

But while that intense focus of the transformational inner work is brilliant and useful, it can feel like a boot to the face. Not necessarily pleasant.

This Grand Trine brings in Mercury and Pallas Athena on one leg, Neptune on the second leg and North Lunar Node on the third.

The Grand Trine calls for balance, equilibrium, harmony. Think about a three-legged structure, equal sided, balanced between three potent and pertinent points.

Neptune, Lord of the oceans, who knows how to tap into the illogical and the impossible and the intangible realms of dreams and the imagination.

North Lunar Node, that hypothetical point which connects to our sense of the future, what we are creating, the things and activities and pursuits and work and expressions which live out beyond the current known horizons, in the twilight zone where we don’t yet feel comfortable or relaxed.

Mercury and Pallas Athena, bringing soul-deep insights and gritty-reality strategies to the slippery dreams of Neptune, and the scary expansive possibilities inherent in the Lunar North Node.

Neptune is in Pisces, the North node is in Cancer, while Mercury and Pallas Athena sits in Scorpio – all water signs, signs which long for connection and which tap in to our emotional well-being.

Can you see how there is wild magic in this? Can you see how this can help you navigate the Saturn-Pluto convergence, if you let it?

Here are some ideas of how to leverage this astro dynamic:

  • Set aside time to do a major info dump from your brain onto the page. Don’t see this as a To Do list, but rather as a smorgasbord of ideas from which you can strategically pick and choose the ones that seem most fun and/or most beneficial. Hint: for best results, pick the items that do both.
  • Look at the three elements of this Grand Trine and see if you can identify which one of the three might have been neglected. I’ve been doing a great job of capturing dreams, and setting intentions for the future which my brain currently thinks is crazy impossible, but I’m lagging behind on the strategic piece. I’ll benefit hugely AND feel more relaxed once I’ve given Mercury and Pallas Athena more of my attention. Guess what’s on my schedule this weekend?
  • For more Mercury, spend some time in contemplation – not judgement, just awareness – of anything that wants to rise up from the depths of your soul. It might be something to heal, something to treasure, something to release. Meditation is your friend.
  • For more Pallas Athena action, consider activating a productivity approach which suits you – the Pomodoro trick, David Allen’s Getting Things Done, mind-mapping, etc. Remember this is strategy, not mere logistics.
  • For more Neptune energy, activate dreams. Start keeping a dream journal, try drinking a cup of mugwort tea before bed (sweetened with honey for sweeter dreams), set aside time daily for daydreaming without limitations. For best results, avoid letting the “how” interfere, during dedicated dream times.
  • For more North Node dynamic, keep reminding your brain that most of the scary break-out new things you want to be, do or have are not a genuine, immediate lethal threat. Want to build a business, renew a relationship, ditch an old job to make way for a new, change career, kick your 35yo child out into the world? None of those is going to kill you. In fact, it may save your life. And your brain is doing its job of keeping you safe, like a chihuahua barking at the postman. It’s your job to soothe it, so make sure you have that in hand.

Since we’re talking about three water signs, it’s also worth looking to any relationships you might still be hanging onto which are unhealthy for your emotional well-being.

It’s either time to walk away from that relationship, or to change the parameters of it and how it fits into your life. Water signs aren’t where we naturally think about boundaries, but in fact boundaries might be just what you need. Luckily, that North Node opposition to Saturn is helpful here. Saturn can be your mentor when it comes to figuring out how to create and maintain boundaries.

All in all, this supportive dynamic is a fabulous opportunity to step back a little, take a breath and get our collective ducks lined up for that upcoming Saturn-Pluto convergence.

And, if it helps, you can use this whole astrological perspective to observe the current societal weirdness.

Deception is being uncovered, strategy is being wielded, radically new ideas for the future are being explored.

Does it feel safe and relaxing and easy? Absolutely not.

Will anxiety and knee-jerk reaction serve us at this time? Nope – even though it feels ‘natural’ to give in to anxiety and alarm.

What will serve us instead is a blend of connectedness (we’re all in this together), strategic wisdom (long-term planning), thinking at a deeper level (who are we really, and who do we want to be?), and a willingness to contemplate some radical new solutions – all backed up by our determination to create something with robust and solid foundations.

That sounds about right, both personally and politically.

Exact times (US Eastern timezone)

  • 13 Oct 2019, 5:07pm – Full Moon at 20º Aries
  • Grand Trine ends around 23 October
  • Mercury in Scorpio until December

Janette Dalgliesh has a simple mission in life – to wreak more joy in the world. A keen student of astrology, brain science and Law of Attraction, she serves her people through astrology consults, coaching, teaching and writing. If you’d like Janette’s in-depth insights into your own unique astrological chart, you can find her via Facebook, or at her website Resonant Joy. Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

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