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I have moved into a tiny apartment in the beautiful Fry Springs Neighborhood of Charlottesville – where the trees are old and large, the people are friendly and active and the vehicular traffic is a little slower. Also, I am living in the same space as three other Dharma practitioners – we have dubbed it the Dharma Duplex. And I must say that the mandala of Dharma practice is nearly palpable. My place is an efficiency – two rooms, a bathroom and a tiny kitchenette. Therefore my queen size bed does not fit (if I have any other furniture), so… I am planning to sleep on an air mattress and do more practice. Plus I will be practicing and studying a bit of Tibetan (language) as my current class is loaded with people who speak it quite well.
Well so that covers me, and now on to the Astrology update, which you are probably all waiting for, saying, “I wish that Leo Rising Kirby would stop talking about himself!” Good luck on that one! But I digress. Currently, as you are probably aware, whether consciously or not, there are several significant aspects brewing in the transiting planets. The stellium (3 or more planets in the same sign) of Neptune, Chiron and Jupiter are still relatively close together, forming a strong conjunction in the sign of Aquarius – all around the later degrees for now. Therefore anyone with planets in Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio) can expect to have their discipline tested, especially if we have the tendency to exaggerate or procrastinate. Jupiter might exacerbate these patterns. And, as if this conjunction were not enough, there’s more! Ha!
I want to add that I am mentioning the major aspects that are currently occurring. There are also many positive, slighter aspects currently pending. I practice frequency-based, choice-centered astrology and I do not want to give the impression that we have gloom and doom coming up – because we do not! But we might have to face some additional challenges with new and creative behaviors (over the next month or two).
Recently transiting Pluto and Mars were opposing – August 20th – August 27th. This, along with what I am going to describe next, might have really caused some storminess – whether in yourself or in the people around you. This aspect occurred in the very early degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), so if you have planets there, this may have brought up some resentment, irritation and that persnickety “old stuff.” This was probably a hot time, which thankfully is mellowing now.
Finally, transiting Uranus and Saturn are moving into opposition, again. These planets have been involved in a pirouette for the past 12 months or so and they will continue to do so, off and on, through April of 2010. However, right now, they are coming together in another close opposition. This is happening in the later degrees of the Mutable signs, so watch for a sense of rebellion and an “only-gonna-do-it-my-way” attitude. Uranus is the planet of progression, shock-the-old-patterns-into-changing and authenticity, while Saturn has more to do with tradition, practicality and self-discipline. This aspect, only occurring in a 50 year cycle, is quite rare and will not be happening again until the middle of the 21st century. Therefore, I would recommend for everyone to take a little extra time over the month of September to have some quiet time – reflect, meditate, walk in the woods, and most importantly – relax! With Mercury going retrograde in a few weeks, it is time to get our lives organized so we are not rushing to catch up with ourselves. Also, if you want to, you can say to yourself, “Thank you for the opportunity to purify this negative karma.” That is, if the need arises and you feel this might be appropriate for your situation.
Okay, with that wonderful news, good luck! (Actually, this can be a great time for growth and learning. Personally I look at these giants as very rewarding – when we are disciplined and do our personal work and practice, it definitely pays off.)