So on the book blog I've got a review of The Wizard and the Witch. Since whatever audience here is probably more interested in that topic than the general public, you should probably check it out.
But anyway, on Sunday I went to a lecture by Linea Van Horn-- "Blinded By The Light: Planets Conjunct The Sun."And while I was at that, she was pointing out that folks with a Sun/Mercury conjunction tend to be very fixed on their own ideas and not change their thinking even if the situation or times change. At which point I thought of the quote from Liza that I mentioned in that review!
So I had to look, and yeah, he TOTALLY has a Sun-Mercury conjunction! Almost exactly, and then he's got Mars pretty close in there as well. Oh, astrology, sometimes you nail things down so well.
On the other hand, on the same day I was having a conversation with someone else in my astrology group and she was totally flummoxed that I have artistic talent without ANY Virgo or Pisces or anything else she asked me about in my chart. I was all, "Well, I'm a Taurus" and she was all, "But that's plants," and I'm all "well, I'm just happy I don't kill all of my plants...."
I asked my shrink today if April was any crazier than usual. She said, "So far no, March was worse," but then said it's been nuts all year. Yeah, that's not gonna improve from what I hear.
"Often a crisis can be a blessing in disguise, and we should all be glad that Jupiter is involved in the Cardinal Grand Cross. Although in part, Jupiter serves to amplify the potentially scary effects of Mars, Uranus and Pluto, Jupiter also brings hope. Jupiter can give you the philosophical strength and wisdom to make the whole mad explosion of life make sense. Getting out of a tight spot takes hard work… but it also requires the belief that the light at the end of the tunnel ISN’T just an oncoming train."
And then there's Libra Seeking Balance:
"For those expecting the Grand Cross to bring closure or a clear end to some phase in their life or a relationship, I am beginning to see evidence this may not occur right away. In part because a Grand Cross is a stable pattern with the four corners balancing each other, and due to the Sun and Mercury both in Taurus by the time the last aspect rolls into place, giving us seven planets in earth and water. Have you ever been driving along and run into a patch of deep, gooey mud? That’s the effect all those planets in earth and water will have on the momentum built up during Aries Season. Rather than continue to blindly dash forward, we could end up sitting in one place having to deal with all the side issues we had previously ignored."
I decided to look at an eclipse table and see if any eclipses lined up with significant years for me.
1996 (started dating): Apr 3, 1996 7:07 PM Sun 14 Ari 31 Opposition Moon 14 Lib 31(LE). That one literally kicked off within a few weeks of my dating life starting at age 18, hah. On my Mercury/Pluto/nodes.
1997 (dad got diagnosed with a disease, I graduated high school and went on to college): nothing hitting anything significant on me. Probably hitting on my parents' though because the big thing then was Virgo and Pisces. I don't have any of that, but that's their ascendants/descendants.
1998 (significant relationship): Aug 21, 1998 10:03 PM Sun 28 Leo 48 Conjunct Moon 28 Leo 48(SE)--near my Saturn. Relationship kicked off a few months later and was a very Saturn Return-y (for him) one and me (Saturn transiting 7th).
1999 (relationship ended, started working):
Near to my Mars and Saturn in Leo. Both the relationship ending and the job starting were in fall.
2001 (graduated from college, lost job): June 21, 2001 7:58 AM Sun 0 Can 11 Conjunct Moon 0 Can 11(SE)--hitting around my Jupiter in Cancer. Not that lucky? Graduation happened right before that, got laid off around the end of the year. Around the beginning of 2002 I got another job and relationship at the same time.
June 24, 2002 5:42 PM Sun 3 Can 11 Opposition Moon 3 Cap 11(LE)
I don't think this one really is ah, responsible for any of that, but I should probably mention it. Hits around Jupiter again.
Around the start of 2004, the relationship ended:
May 15, 2003 11:36 PM Sun 24 Tau 53 Opposition Moon 24 Sco 53(LE)
Nov 8, 2003 8:13 PM Sun 16 Sco 13 Opposition Moon 16 Tau 13(LE)
Nov 23, 2003 5:59 PM Sun 1 Sag 14 Conjunct Moon 1 Sag 14(SE)
Around my Venus for the first one, Uranus for the second one and my moon again on the third.
In the later end of 2004, I had wisdom teeth surgery and a flooded apartment that I had to vacate for several months:
May 4, 2004 4:33 PM Sun 14 Tau 42 Opposition Moon 14 Sco 42(LE)
This one was on Uranus.
Oct 27, 2004 11:07 PM Sun 5 Sco 02 Opposition Moon 5 Tau 02(LE)
In the vicinity of my ascendant--this one went on during the apartment/tooth drama time.
In 2005, my dad went into the hospital for the rest of his life.
Apr 24, 2005 6:06 AM Sun 4 Tau 20 Opposition Moon 4 Sco 20(LE)
2007: dad dies, no significant eclipse action going on for me then. Go figure. But again, it was a Pisces/Virgo time going on and that hits my parents more than me.
2012: I have both temporary and permanent job changes going on:
Nov 25, 2011 1:09 AM Sun 2 Sag 37 Conjunct Moon 2 Sag 37(SE)
June 4, 2012 7:11 AM Sun 14 Gem 14 Opposition Moon 14 Sag 14(LE)
Moon and Neptune.
2013: birthday eclipse again around ascendant:
Apr 25, 2013 3:57 PM Sun 5 Tau 45 Opposition Moon 5 Sco 45(LE)
I get way disillusioned and eventually get a car a few months later.
And in October will be...
Oct 8, 2014 6:50 AM Sun 15 Lib 05 Opposition Moon 15 Ari 05(LE)
Oct 23, 2014 5:56 PM Sun 0 Sco 25 Conjunct Moon 0 Sco 25(SE)
Mercury/Pluto/nodes and asccendant/Sun. I wonder what shit that brings on?
Now to be fair, let's look at years where eclipses hit my planets but nothing I remember as being significant happened: 1995 had Uranus and Sun/Ascendant, 2000 had a hit on Mars, 2008 and 2009 had hits on Mars and Saturn, 2010 had a hit on Jupiter, 2011 had a hit on Moon. But now I'm kinda wondering if I just don't remember anything specific. I know a hell of a lot of Teh Dramaz was going on at work from 2008 on, but none of it started to screw with me until around 2011-2012.
Now let's categorize by planet and drama:
Sun/Ascendant: surgery and flooding, dad going into hospital, basically giant emotional drama, car buying: So....not good, overall.
Moon and Venus: dating, probably foreshadowing relationship ending.
Uranus: dating, flood, surgery--not good.
Mercury/Pluto/Nodes: dating, on a good scale.
Saturn: dating and work, but not consistently identifable drama. Plusses and minuses.
Mars: dating and work, but not consistently identifiable drama.
Jupiter: job, dating, but not consistently identifiable drama. Started out good for what I could identify.
Lord, that is how my day is going today. I'm so gonna go home and drink tonight at some point.
"The themes (which will be prominent during April) are sudden (Uranus) emotional expansion (Jupiter in Cancer) colliding with power struggles/authority (Pluto in Capricorn). Or…unexpected (Uranus) transformations (Pluto) with a lucky break (Jupiter) thrown in to help you navigate. It all depends on what planets/houses in your chart are being activated.
The tension or anxiety that you’re feeling is the buildup, but it’s all part of the same issue. By now, you should have an idea of what the Cross will bring. The Cancer area of your chart (being activated by transiting Jupiter) is where you’ll find help, relief, release or support. Yes, even though Jupiter is stirring things up (making them bigger) it’s still Jupiter. Don’t ignore it.
If you have planets/angles/Nodes (natal or progressed) from 10 to 14 degrees of the Cardinal signs, you may be especially tense over the next few days. If you have a birthday between now and April 3rd, these aspects will play a major part in your upcoming year (they’ll be part of your Solar Return)."
Ruh-roh. But yeah, that figures that I will be tense because everything is crazy here.
Oh, hey, here's another good post.
"What that can look like for you is the possibility of whatever isn't working in your life suddenly devolving into some level of chaos and unbearable stress, leaving you feeling powerless and trapped. But if you end up in that position, there is also the opportunity to use the planetary friction to break through whatever you find yourself mired in, to a place of MUCH greater freedom, increased passionate energy, deep and profound meaning and expansive, optimistic faith. "
"Chances are, any significant partner in your life is going to have a prominent, natal Saturn. You meet the woman you’ll eventually marry, and discover that she has Saturn in her 7th House of committed relationships. Saturn also features prominently in her family’s charts, and she carries its theme into her experience of partnership. She knows that relationships require hard work, but she also expects them to fail. And, she’s drawn to Saturn’s energy in her partners (you).
The two of you get married. You can trundle along on automatic pilot, following Saturn’s thread and repeating your family’s (and her family’s) issues. Maybe those issues aren’t so bad, but maybe you get trapped in the negative Saturn cycle: fear, repression and expectation of failure. The point is that your partner is your chance (just as you are her chance) to become aware of those issues, and find a different way of dealing with them. So you work on speaking up in your relationship, in spite of that dismissive voice (in your head) that says what you want to express is inappropriate or wrong. Your wife will probably understand your fears, because she’s had similar fears about relationships in general. But you both have the potential to tackle these issues with determination and commit (Saturn) to improving things. Together, the two of you can confront those barriers, because you’re companions in Saturn’s hard country."
So it seems like everyone over at ElsaElsa has gone all broody-clucky-I-want-a-family over this aspect. Or wah, I want a home, or whatever. Then there's also this one.
Am I the only person who isn't all "yay home and family?" Because honestly, I am so not into those things whatsoever. Home to me has never been the snuggly-wuggly place where I am safe and loved and cuddled--growing up it was more like, "home is where the war is because now we can REALLY fight now that we don't have an audience." Not to mention all the fighting and bitching about cleaning and cooking. That stuff to me is poison, not nurturing. To this day I am incredibly UNsappy about home. To me, home is where I am storing my crap and sleeping tonight, whether that's the place I pay rent at or a hotel room or someone's house or whatever. I have zero intention of buying a house and I've only "put down roots" where I rent because I can't be arsed to do the work to move.
I have Jupiter in Cancer natally, but I don't relate to it at all. I am all about the detached empty-ish Aquarian fourth house (home is cold and weird?) and the Sadge moon going everywhere but home all day and night. So hearing all the broody-clucky-home-is-snuggly-and-nurturing talk is making me want to vomit. Blech! And I get to hear all this for a year? Bleaaaaaaaaaaah.
Oh well, at least what with being a permasingle and all, I don't have to worry about being extra fertile or crap like that. Doing the happy dance on that one. Plus it is not in any of my relationship houses (plus as we know, I'm immune to such things when they hit my planets), so no worries.
Oh, hm, I like the sound of this: "With Cancer on the cusp of the 9th you can make a home wherever you travel- unlike the gardenias I am trying to move from my front yard to the back, your roots transplant easily." I guess that explains it!