As the days get shorter, as the laborious Presidential campaign cannot come to an end fast enough, as fire and flood defined the summer season, it can be hard to feel hopeful about the future. And as protests for social, economic, racial and environmental justice grow, it may seem the rest of 2016 will continue to be filled with concern, apprehension, and mistrust, as well as the call for real and dramatic change in our society.
In looking back on the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice charts of 2016, even the Winter Solstice 2015 chart, the major constant during these times has been the stressful interaction between realistic but often discouraging Saturn and, idealistic but also deceptive, Neptune. Projecting irrational fears and anxieties onto others is a hallmark of the worst that Saturn/Neptune has to offer. Yet Neptune can also tear at the veil of illusion to reveal reality, even bringing idealism down to earth, as has certainly happened during this election season.
Another problematic planetary dynamic from the Summer Solstice still affecting the Fall energy is the difficult interaction between Mercury the messenger, ruler of thought and communication, and Saturn/Neptune. Once again, a lack of truth telling, negative, misleading and critical verbiage, and just being discouraged by it all, has had us feeling weighed down, wishing it would soon end, from the national to the local level.
Yet in some respects, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel, clarity among the confusion, hope and faith that some quality of meaningful change is on the way.
To begin with, as the Fall Equinox occurs on September 23rd, both Mercury and Pluto, from our vantage point here on Earth, appear to be standing still in the sky above, forming an exact and powerful interaction between them. As a result, probing and insightful thinking and dialogue, seeing beneath the surface, uprooting what is hidden so it can be brought up to the light of day, will be quite powerful in the near future, especially around the Equinox itself.
But what is most helpful in the Equinox chart is a very close contact between the Sun, and positive, expansive Jupiter, both in harmony seeking Libra. It’s as if there will be a growing sense of hopefulness, that we can feel more optimistic for the future, that we’re more willing to accept our differences, and be open to the other person’s point of view. And it’s quite possible we’ll be inspired by someone in a leadership role, from the Pope to the President, to seek peace and harmony, and connect with our common humanity.
Before further elaborating on this likelihood, let’s take a look at the condition of one of the personal planets to gauge what is on the horizon. In fact, it’s as if Mars, the planet of action and taking the initiative, reflects the weeks ahead. Just days after Fall begins, Sept 21, the Red planet moves into the ambitious, goal seeking, sign of Capricorn. Of course, folks with political aspirations will be at full throttle until election day, so this is the ideal placement for aggressive Mars to assert his will and express self-confidence as manifested by those in the public eye.
Yet it’s quite serendipitous that on November 9th, the day after the election, the Warrior God moves into the humanitarian, egalitarian sign Aquarius, accentuating the very positive interaction between Mars in freedom and justice seeking Sagittarius, and Uranus in independent, action oriented Aries in the Equinox chart. It’s as if the actions taken by the public for the common good, groups demonstrating for truth and the rights of all peoples and the Planet, takes the headlines, inspiring more of us to get even further involved in causes we believe in.
Interestingly, just before Christmas, Mars moves into compassionate Pisces, and assumes the role of Protector of the less fortunate, encouraging us to act upon those ideals of Peace on Earth, Good Will to All, but with special meaning in these troubled times.
What most defines the coming three months is the placement, and the ultimate interaction, between Jupiter and Saturn, the planets of growth, maturity, and social responsibility. While these two giants of the solar system were in stressful contact as Spring and Summer began, and the naturally expansive Jupiter energy was also confined by being placed in reserved, detail oriented Virgo, the God of Good Fortune is now in the sociable, harmony seeking sign Libra, while Saturn is continuing his 2 1/2 year journey through positive, freedom loving Sagittarius. This does not mean that disciplined, structured, at times limiting Saturn has now become a different breed of goat. But the hard edged tendency toward heaviness and pessimism is lightened up a bit while the God of Time is in the forward looking sign of the Archer. A more mature and realistic approach toward other cultures, broader and more inclusive belief systems, are just some of what we can hope for and aspire to at this time.
What is most hopeful as November becomes December, is a very harmonious and encouraging interaction between the two planets that help define how well responsibilities and obligations are met, and where patience and moving forward, pragmatism and optimism, find a good balance. In fact, Jupiter and Saturn are in unison all through December, and almost to Inauguration Day 2017, a most fortuitous way to end 2016 and begin the new year.
Two planetary contacts with this solar system pair stand out near Fall’s end. As December begins, Mars in Aquarius energizes both Jupiter and Saturn, accentuating the very positive interaction between Mars in freedom seeking Sagittarius and Uranus in independent Aries in the Fall Equinox chart. It’s possible something positive will be initiated at this time that sparks a sense of optimism and hopefulness, either domestically or in foreign affairs.
In addition, independent Uranus, the planet of both the uniqueness of the individual and the ideals of collective humanity, impacts Jupiter and Saturn just as winter comes upon us, bringing the new and different, perhaps even productive changes in the status quo, as well as continuing movement for revolutionary social change.
Of course the problems of our nation, the rest of the world, and Mother Earth, will still be with us as Winter moves into 2017. Economic, social, and environmental challenges will demand even more of our attention and responsible actions. Yet it’s likely we will at least be feeling more hopeful about the possibilities we can create, more open minded and inclusive toward others, and more thoughtful about the empathy and compassion we are called to have for one another.
May the blessings in your life, and the goodness in others, inspire you in the weeks to come.