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Triple Alignment of Retrograde Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Virgo – Aug 2016 – the Three Wise Men do it again

The triple alignment of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter this month is a moderately rare opportunity to see the three planetary bodies close together in the night sky on the western horizon just after sunset.

Mercury conjunct Venus conjunct JupiterMercury and Venus are close all month and eventually Venus exactly conjuncts Mercury as the latter slows to his stationary position in the sky before going into a 3 week retrograde motion, from our observers’ point of view on earth. This alignment is curiously exact on the very day that both of them also conjunct Jupiter to within a single degree on 30 August ‘16. And it further also happens to be the day of the Mercury stationary, traditionally the most critical day in the general Mercury shadow/retrograde event.

So throughout August both planets are in synch and closely involved in identical alignments with other planets, like for example, the harmonious trine with Pluto around mid month. Pluto in Greek mythology is the lord or the underworld, and when positively aspecting Mercury the winged messenger and Venus the goddess of love, one may find an opportunity to tap into valuable insights via research or brainstorming or meditation, or to revive, rediscover or renovate social connections, and the doors they open. It is a great time to attend yoga workshops or retreats or see a counsellor, or even just deepen friendships, which in themselves are healthy when chosen from the appropriate association. When days are dark and friends are few, it only takes one true friend to provide a solution or shift in perception that aids the journey.

Amazingly the trine of Venus to Pluto, which is at its most exact on 17 Aug, is on the eve of the full moon associated with Sri Balarama, the brother of Krishna, representative of the elder brother, guide, and dear-most friend and protector. This trine is describing a time of intensified emotional depth, which can facilitate the highest forms of love. It facilitates spiritual regeneration, a perfect time for an initiation, based on love, and a healing of the heart or relationship department. The days leading up to and just after the 17th will be the window of alignment, so this is a wonderful full moon opportunity to harness, particularly via the power of music or sound to uplift the consciousness, as taught in numerous ancient cultures and practices since ancient times on the planet. I will be celebrating the full moon event with song, drum and dance, hopefully good company, and a little feasting perhaps, if such an oxymoron exists. Basically relationships can be healed during this window around the full moon. Venus trine Pluto, Mercury trine Pluto

The simultaneous square aspects from Mercury and Venus to Saturn earlier this August have already tested relationships to breaking point and some may have failed the stress test. Good company is hard to find, but solitude is better than irreconcilable bad association. Those who have chosen to take the higher road will find over the full moon period a chance to heal any strained relationships, or the opportunity to end bad ones by discovering better alternatives. As to which way you play it, which choice you take, that is up to you, or higher arrangement, whatever your perspective of life.

Remember too, as Venus opposes Neptune in the zodiac also around 15 August, that any relationship of healer and patient, victim and rescuer, fallen and saviour, needs to be kept healthy for both parties, for either sides are vulnerable to exploitation in such mutual relationships, and even the cheater and the cheated are two sides of the same coin of a potentially unhealthy relationship if it disempowers one or the other party, or if it perpetuates unhealthy lifestyle patterns or habits in any relationship. That said, many souls are struggling with the hard knocks of life on earth, devoid of knowledge, battered down by the lower modes and much in need of a merciful hand to help them up. So the balance between empowering and perpetuating victimhood needs to be maintained for both parties to really benefit the most from any relationship.

Of course all of these are but introductions to the main event of this month, namely the exact triple alignment on the day of Mercury’s station – 30 August. Already from 21 August Mercury will slow down to an exact conjunction with Jupiter for at least two weeks until 4 September, when Mercury gradually begins to edge away in retrograde motion from Jupiter. Because of it occurring on the Mercury retrograde event, it becomes a particularly rare and valuable opportunity worth harnessing, as the window of conjunction is stretched to over two weeks, when it would normally only last two days. This fortnight will facilitate a greater philosophical awareness and insight, where we can see the bigger picture, visit further horizons, and expand our understanding or network to incorporate more than before. Just be very careful – considering the conjunction falls in Virgo – not to be overcome by pettiness, and miss the opportunity for growth due to minor or insignificant issues. This is a great planetary aspect for higher studies, tertiary education, particularly religion and law, as well as foreign travels and business even, if that is your penchant. The elections and current search for new Public Protector will be buzz themes to benefit from airtime under a Mercury/Jupiter conjunction. With the immanent Mercury station and retrograde involved, delays, hitches, backtracking, etc could be the order of the day, and that implies delays in any legal, political or educational issues.

Mercury conjunct Venus conjunct JupiterSome, however, will benefit from the available opportunity to harness empowered speech, lecturing or political campaigning, as well as improved studies; anyone who’s career depends on smooth or fluent talking potentially benefits during this extended fortnight. Wit and wisdom should win the day, or a big propaganda machine. And when Venus finally joins the alignment for a couple of days just before and after the 30th August peak, the third force adds her rays of benediction to the conjunction, bringing generosity and optimism to the equation. This then becomes a truly friendly and sociable time, even if in the shy, reserved, modest and dutiful sign of Virgo. At its best it can facilitate healthy, healing relationships based on mutual service and upliftment, with peace as the lubricant. Just be careful that it doesn’t lead to complacency of course, lest the great opportunity to evolve, grow and expand goes by unharnessed simply because Maya’s lap seemed comfortable at the time.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/triple-alignment-of-retrograde-mercury-venus-and-jupiter-in-virgo-aug-2016-the-three-wise-men-do-it-again/

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/