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Has anyone been wondering why I have not been writing much recently? Well I have been busy processing many things – grief, old terror, new fear, etc. I figure I am now ready to share a little bit of what I’ve been experiencing.
Over the past month, I have witnessed too much suffering, sickness and death. And this is more personal than the recent school shooting in CT, although that was also very tragic and quite frightening. That news definitely hit me hard. And just as a disclaimer, I’m about to mention some heavy stuff, so read on with caution. 🙂
Beginning around Thanksgiving, one of my friends from work cut himself really badly and another was hospitalized. And actually he was in a coma with only a ten percent chance of survival, so I started grieving for him days before he died. Then on the day that he was taken off life support, I learned two pieces of bad news simultaneously. First, another friend went to the ER, luckily only for a minor procedure, and second, one of my family members, a loved one was going in for tests because they feared they might have cancer. Then a week later, while I was at the wake of the early friend’s passing, we found out it was cancer, albeit with a treatable forecast. However, in the coarse of two to three weeks, I faced more suffering than I had over the entire prior year.
So what was happening in my Astrology chart which might indicate this overwhelming amount of suffering?
Well (obviously), several things. One generally does not go from loving an easy life to immediately facing many types of suffering unless one or more major aspects are happening (usually difficult transits will “bring” the most overt suffering from the outside world). Again, just to reiterate, the transits do not bring anything. Rather they are a reflection of our karma. The seeds are already planted. The degree to which our karma manifests is contingent with our frequency (choices, spiritual awareness, devotion to a spiritual path, etc).
With that said, let me get back to my above question. We all went through the brief but intense aspect of Mars conjunct Pluto – whether any afflictions came to us or not, we probably wondered why there were more accidents over that two to three day period. Personally, I was lucky and did not experience anything too difficult personally. But in my chart, Mars and Pluto were both squaring my Natal Mercury. At the time, I brushed this minor planet (Mercury) aside saying, “Oh, it is just the mind-oriented planet, thankfully it is not the Sun or Moon.” Yeah, well, I made a mistake in doing so. This error in judgment came about because every planet operates on multiple levels in Spiritual Astrology.
On the gross level, Mercury has to do with the nervous system, with cars and local transportation, with communication with others, siblings aunts and uncles, and with electronics (computers and especially with communication devices). So a couple of these were affected for me personally. But I was fortunate to, knock on wood, avoid bodily harm. And I thought, I’ve dodged that bullet, I am fine! Yeah, not so fast. Here’s why:
Every planet functions on many levels. The gross levels are the planets in signs and houses. This info is very personal and obvious (to anyone perceptive enough to notice). Then, still on a gross level, the planets make aspects to each other. These aspects can play vital roles in determining how that planet’s energy will manifest. But now let’s go to a subtler level. The planets also act as subtle barometers for each house and sign. What does this mean?
Each planet rules one (or two) signs. This is where Astrology becomes complicated, so if I lose you, don’t worry, you are not alone! Anyway, Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo – its diurnal and nocturnal manifestations respectively. So no matter where Mercury falls in your birth chart, it will still play a role in the houses with Gemini and Virgo on their cusps. I realize I am using a lot of challenging astro-jargon, so thanks for trying to keep up. Here’s an example of what I am talking about:
I have Mercury in my 9th house in Aries. This is the gross information I was talking about above. On more of a subtle level, Mercury also plays a role in my 11th and 2nd houses because these have Gemini and Virgo on them (I am a Leo rising after all). Therefore, when Pluto and Mars made the difficult square aspect to Mercury, in addition to activating my nervous energy and affecting my computer, the issues reflected within the second and eleventh houses were also activated!
Plus, transiting Saturn is in Scorpio very close to my Nadir (4th house cusp). So I will discuss this as well. And we cannot forget that Uranus is still in orb with Pluto, making the Mars / Pluto conjunction even more intense.
I need to mention too, that I still stand by what I wrote previously about Saturn in Scorpio and about Transiting Mars conjunct Pluto. These can both be whammies, but it depends on where they fall in your chart and what they are aspecting.
More to follow, thanks for reading. Hope this was not over anyone’s head!