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Life’s a Marathon Comrades – the horoscope of a marathon mind

This weekend’s Earthy Grand Trine coincides with the Mutable Grand Cross mentioned in a previous post. It also coincides with one of the most grueling athletic events in South Africa, if not the world, namely the Comrades Marathon.

MercuryThis marks the second Earthy Grand Trine this month, the first being when the Sun and Moon joined the Jupiter – Pluto trine in the first week of May. Now it’s the chance for Mercury to join the Jupiter – Pluto alignment and again make their trine aspect a grand one. Curiously Jupiter is the one pivotal planet involved in both the Grand Trine and the Grand Cross. Since Jupiter is in Virgo now, the multiple alignments could bring material challenges, like service delivery, health issues and financial challenges for example, but it also provides the ability to surmount these same challenges, either through refining the daily regimen, being dutiful, attending to details, going the extra mile or putting service before pleasure.

Even in the run up to the Olympic Games in Brazil later this year, crises are arising with only months to go before the kick-off. Just this week – during these alignments – Rio was seen to be medically unfit to host the event due to pollution, particularly in the surrounding waters, so high that contamination and sickness is almost guaranteed for participants who will arrive from all over the world. This is practically unprecedented in Olympic history, where the entire international event could be scuppered due to lack of attention to health, to cleanliness and sanitation – all Jupiter in Virgo issues. Remember Jupiter has been going retrograde for some months now, and is still hardly moving forward after its recent station direct earlier in May. As a result the Olympic clean-up is moving slower than expected, but there is hope that it will be sufficient and timely. The other problem is of course the Zika Virus, a life threatening disease plaguing Brazil on the eve of its finest hour. All these health issues combined may just be too much for the politically and economically embattled country to deal with. With Jupiter in Virgo now, purity and refinement are the issues at stake. So many planets are symbolically applying pressure on Jupiter here in this rare simultaneous Grand Trine, plus Grand Cross, that it will take an Olympian effort to rise to the standards required to clean up the act and meet the needs on all levels. The same may apply in our individual personal lives too.

I want to focus though on the current Grand Trine and Grand Cross, falling simultaneously on the Comrades Marathon event of Sunday 29 May, which will be an equally daunting test of one’s mettle, and what it takes to endure such super-intense athletic stress when running around 90km in just over 6 hours. Not only does an athlete here require topmost physical fitness, but more importantly steely mental stamina to run a race such as this. If you look at the logo of the Comrades Marathon and the images on the medals, you will see that Mercury, the winged messenger features as the patron god. Coincidentally this race is run every year during the month of Gemini the twins, which just happens to be ruled by Mercury himself, that fleet-footed, winged-ankled racer of the zodiac. So it is no surprise I suppose that last year’s winner and second place in the women’s category, both South Africans, have in their horoscopes Sun conjunct Mercury. That is too much of a coincidence. Also the second place Charne Bosman, is herself a Gemini Sun sign, with Mercury obviously also then in Gemini. Certainly these two women perfectly fit the archetype of the Gemini twins, personifications of the Mercurial winged runner so aptly pictured on the logo and medals.Mercury

Although last year’s winner, Caroline Wostmann (January 18, 1983), has Sun conjunct Mercury in Capricorn, and second place Charne Bosman (June 11, 1985) has Sun conjunct Mercury in Gemini, both are blessed with Mercury’s fleetness of foot it seems, if these results are anything to go by. This adds further evidence to the astrological data base of case studies, generally speaking. Now we have a degree of correlation between marathon winners and their horoscopes. However, that’s not the only coincidence between these winners’ charts. Although they are unique individuals with differing abilities and strengths which enable them to perform these Olympian feats, both also share the super powerful Mars trine Pluto aspect in their horoscopes. This is known to provide enormous vitality and potent willpower. Also the self-discipline required to direct that will is just the ingredient that seems to enable these marathon winners. Caroline, the gold medallist, actually also won the Two Oceans Marathon earlier last year too. So in other words here we have a psyche that is able to focus all its reserves into one direction, one goal, so that internal friction is eliminated. Thus no energy is lost due to conflicting demands due to obvious exhaustion in other parts of the psyche or body, and the will is able to override the need to alleviate the suffering involved to win. Mars is the athletic influence and Pluto is the dynamic willpower, combined harmoniously in a trine aspect in these two winning athletes. Caroline said in an interview just after winning last year: “I’m in a huge amount of pain, I pushed myself to the limit…I’m aching all over but I’m so happy – it’s worth all the pain.” Now that is what you get from an “eye on the prize” Capricorn, hill-climbing goat, with the material strength and singleness of purpose Capricorn confers. Added to that the Mars trine Pluto and you have a marathon winner. Add to this the fact that in her chart Saturn is also conjunct Pluto and in trine aspect to Mars, and you get the ambition, discipline, desire for status and determination to get gold or achieve record-breaking feats. Let’s hope her knees and skeleton (associated with Capricorn and Saturn) hold out under the tremendous pounding of winning marathons.

Lacking these Saturnian influences in her chart, Charne Bosman, the silver medalist, does however have natal Mercury also in a wide trine to Pluto. And that is exactly part of the current Grand Trine alignment with Jupiter that we have occurring this weekend. So she will show us how it’s done. For ultimately we all have to run our own marathon, namely our long race called life on earth. And to pace ourselves during this marathon event lasting decades generally, it ends up being the mind that is the most important muscle in completing the event in style and with grace and in a position where we can say we deserve a medal. After all, we don’t need to compete against the other runners, but rather against our own minds, or against the modes of nature that sway our minds. We have to compete against our own lower selves to bring out our personal best, thereby saying we have qualified, passed the test, won the marathon of life. And this current Mercury trine Pluto, as seen in our silver medallist, and in this weekend’s Grand Trine, is part of what it takes.

Mercury mindI say this because Mercury, the winged messenger, represents in astrology the rational mind, and Pluto, as mentioned earlier, suggests will power among other things. The trine aspect between the two in a chart is thus known by some as “the transcendent mind”. Pluto is traditionally the higher octave of Mars, both rulers of Scorpio. In other words we are not talking any more about athletic Martial strength or physical stamina as the ingredient required to succeed in this marathon of ours, for naturally the body weakens with age and strength is lost. Yet the mind endures, and carries us onward until our last breath, much longer than the body sometimes. And it is therefore mental stamina that really makes a marathon winner. Even Arnold “the governator” and Mr Universe body building winner, said that it is more in the mind than in the muscle that success is first to be found. And Mercury trine Pluto guarantees the ability to concentrate the mind. It is the gift of the meditator, who can focus that mind to the exclusion of any outside distractions. We all need this current Mercury trine Pluto quality of mind, for it provides a determined desire to succeed on our journey – the desire required to win an ultra-marathon like the Comrades.

When combined with Jupiter, as it is this weekend, the Grand trine formed between Mercury and Pluto should allow us to harness our wondering minds, focus them in meditation practice, fitness training or scholarly study, to the exclusion of distractions, but also to the degree that we are not overly self-absorbed, but rather discover our hidden mental abilities and the way in which they can be utilized for the betterment of all society. Also Jupiter reminds us here that we all gained our skills by learning from a guide or teacher in our chosen field. Curiously even our gold and silver Comrades Marathon medalists here both happen to be trained by the same coach – Lindsey Parry, which goes to show that having a qualified guide or trainer in your corner goes a long way to mastering the mind and harnessing the magic that lies within.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/lifes-a-marathon-comrades-the-horoscope-of-a-marathon-mind/

The Earthy Grand Trine to help us realign: South Africa’s future in the balance

This week the Sun is in an earthy Grand Trine alignment with Jupiter and Pluto, bringing with it tremendous opportunity for personal growth and insight.

Grand Trine: South AfricaThe Sun is within 3 degrees of an exact 120 degree trine alignment with Jupiter today and at its usual rate of 1 degree a day, will be exact by Tuesday 3 May. It then moves toward an exact trine alignment with Pluto on Saturday 7 May. So for this entire week the influence of the Grand Trine will be available to us as a boost to our lives.

When two planets align at this angle in the same elemental signs – this time earthy Taurus and Virgo – it’s called a trine, which facilitates a healthy blending of the two planetary archetypes concerned. But when three planets align like this all in the mutual elements, it’s called a Grand Trine, and the three planetary archetypes are available to be harnessed for the duration of the alignment. We can allow for an orb of about 5 degrees as the faster-moving planet (in this case the Sun) approaches the exact angle. In other words from today, as the Sun approaches the focal planet of the three – Jupiter – already the influence of the alignment will be operational. Then by Tuesday 3 May the alignment becomes most potent, and as the Sun moves onward it approaches the alignment with Pluto, becoming exact, or again particularly potent by Saturday. Throughout this first week in May 2016 then we can expect the influence to be present.

Now Jupiter is already in its Trine aspect to Pluto, albeit with an orb of 4 degrees, and this part of the alignment thus is already facilitating in us wonderfully increased organizational ability or opportunity that can be useful in business, education and general public welfare, particularly where the recipient of the input is not just our own ego but rather society as a whole, or more specifically, the masses, most of whom may be needy. It provides an uplifting, almost exuberant quality to our natures, particularly those of us with the earth signs prominent in our charts, Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn. But generally we can all feel potentially more inspired, able to access our potential and, more particularly, inspire others to achieve theirs.

Now as the Sun gets involved in this aspect, it adds a more personal opportunity, the Sun being symbolic of our personality, our ego, as well as, curiously, any leader or head of an organization. So opportunity or favour from our boss, parent or leader in general may be forthcoming. It immediately boosts self-confidence, which attracts generosity from others, with a preference for fairness, good judgement and general good luck. Magnanimity in oneself and one’s benefactor or head may be available as a result. This can also imply good judgement by the law courts in favour of the masses, if not the head of state. Sometimes there is a conflict between favouring the head of a country or favouring his or her population, where one benefits at the expense of the other. Numerous heads of state are being challenged to face the music, the law courts now, like the Presidents of both Brazil and South Africa, who could both be on the verge of losing their jobs due to corruption – basically stealing from their people. So it will be interesting to see which way the sword of justice swings for them and the masses. Sun trine Jupiter could imply that the leader is given the benefit of the doubt as far as the legal judgement is concerned.

By the end of the week, as the Sun trines Pluto, righteous indignation may come to the fore, though it will bring out leadership qualities in us and the heads of state. It remains to be seen if either will use the opportunities and skills available for selfish interests or equitable and just distribution. Certainly investigative skill will be available to get to the truth, to the human motivations involved, and as long as the masses get their just share too, we and the leaders can possibly all come out benefiting from this Earthy Grand Trine. Especially if the charges against the leaders are trumped up, fabricated to bring them down by some ulterior force behind the scenes, not playing by the rules. Then the BRICS could topple because they tried to stop the NATO onslaught.

Ultimately the earth signs involved in this Grand Trine should facilitate us tapping into opportunities on the ground, and skills and resources will become available for us to further our material objectives. For the New Moon around the same time, at the end of this week, means that the Moon will also enter the Grand Trine as it conjuncts the Sun and thus both Sun and Moon will be in simultaneous alignment to Jupiter and Pluto. This means even more potency will be added since four heavenly bodies will be involved, even if only for a few hours. The Moon will indicate, possibly, the exact time of the result of this alignment manifesting to us, whether judgement or opportunity. Indeed, the New Moon moment in earthy Taurus on 6 May at 19h30 GMT (21h30 South Africa) could be just the moment that this alignment bears its greatest fruit. The Sun symbolises the head of state or boss, but the Moon symbolises the people, and since also trine Pluto here, facilitates the ability to handle and deal with and perhaps even resolve emotionally intense situations for the better by relinquishing the old and greatly improving domestic and business matters. Certainly emotional resilience will be available, along with resolve and unwavering determination to achieve your goal unobstructed. So nobody will be able to force anyone to do something they don’t wish to do, and that which is confidential will be kept secret. Thus we may never know how close we came to changing the course of our history for better or worse, because old allegiances and family ties make blood thicker than the ink of any contract or document written in law.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/the-earthy-grand-trine-to-help-us-realign-south-africas-future-in-the-balance/