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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/

Mutable Grand Cross to slough off the dross

With Jupiter currently square Saturn in exact alignment at present, and within a degree of opposition to Neptune, we have a mutable T-square forcing our hand now, obliging us to make moral judgement calls and confront our ethical or philosophical standpoint.

astrology, Mutable grand crossI have spoken about this in a previous article but a further development this week sees the Sun gradually coming into alignment with the above three planets in what will be by the beginning of June 2016 a perfect Mutable Grand Cross, or Grand Square if you prefer, as all four planets align to be 90 degrees apart from each other, thus squaring the zodiac circle. During that first week in June, Venus will also align in exact conjunction with the Sun and thus provide a fifth planet for the Grand Square in mutable signs.

As Jupiter opposes Neptune and Sun/Venus oppose Saturn, the tension and resonance between the planets linked thus suggests the timing of a noteworthy meeting, or shift, or event of some significance occurring in our lives. Two oppositions like this making up the perfect cross pattern in the square can play themselves out via relationship exchanges, where each person plays out either side of the opposition. Sun/Venus wants to shine socially and feel beautiful or attractive, while Saturn demands rules, like dress code, time constraints or rules to play by. In Gemini both Sun and Venus facilitate socialising, meeting new people, valuable business opportunities, exchange of ideas, a busy mind and speech and a fine time to explore the neighbourhood, meet the neighbours, distribute your message or get your product out there. Wanting to be liked and popular may override any extreme tendencies potentially.

However, Saturn opposing Sun/Venus traditionally implies some degree of self-consciousness, or self-worth issues. This clashes with the desire to shine, like a stern parent restricting or criticizing a young adolescent child, potentially hampering their long-term feelings of adequacy in the world. They may never feel good enough to do anything as a result. Saturn will be the restricting force in our lives now, challenging us to bring our own self-esteem to the table, to prove that we are worthy, to test our patience when progress is slow. Sometimes it is the law clamping down, or an authority figure, whether internal or external, for in time we internalise the authority figures of our youth and they become our own inner voice of reason and conscience, for better or worse.

At this time of the alignment now and strengthening by early June, we may even find ourselves over-compensating or acting tough to hide our own insecurities, which can end up blocking our inter-relationships or business opportunities, especially if we neglect to see our affect on the other party. Retreating into inaction is also to be avoided, unless of course you are a self-realized soul and you are showing by example the futility of engagement with or in the material world due to its tendency to ensnare one in repeated samsara – the wheel of repeated birth and death. But such souls are few and far between. We will all need to conform in some way, modify our self-expression in order to fit in with society around us, with the rules of our culture. But never lose your confidence in yourself and your own unique worth just because your culture or society frowns on your tastes of style. The current clamping down of the police state in the name of our own good is to be questioned, as much as the rule of law is to be respected. This may well be a time where these issues need to be addressed in our lives.

Since this is a mutable Grand Cross, where all the planets involved (5 out of 10) are in mutable signs, the secret to success will lie in one’s flexibility or adaptability. The art of survival lies in the ability to change with the circumstances, to evolve basically. Mutability implies a time of change, even endings in order to facilitate beginnings. Can you handle your new found freedom or restriction? Either way the more flexible your are the better. It will take tolerance, acceptance and understanding, being able to see the longer term rewards of our choices. Sometimes an apparent austerity, like enforced solitude or restricted movement may appear unfavourable, but if seen in a different light may actually be facilitating a time of study and even self-healing. So it all depends on one’s perspective. Solitude also bring peace of mind. Something hard to find in a crowded world some might say. And studiousness is one of the benefits of the solitary, serious mindset that arises during this alignment, studiousness and the ability to climb to the heights of academic success too, where the results of hard mental input are rewarded with acclaim or accreditation. For example the great classical astrologers Nicholas Culpepper and William Lilly were both born under the Sun opposition Saturn influence, and both were anti-establishment, were ridiculed for their discoveries in science, but eventually acknowledged as the scholarly geniuses that they were.

Astrology, Saturn, Mutable grand crossWatch out for depression though at this time, for Venus opposing Saturn is known for limiting the social scene somewhat. Not everyone can handle solitude. To be at peace with one’s own company is a symptom of a healthy mind, as long as one is also at peace with a crowd. At the end of the day, or life, for that matter, a lot boils down to the ability to keep a positive attitude to everything. And that sometimes requires shifting one’s attitude, shifting the “assemblage point” as the shamans of South America’s Toltec tradition call it. Even the Buddha, after years of penance and austerity, had to come to the realization that he needed a shift in consciousness toward a more balanced, middle way. He was able to discard his outmoded preconceptions when they no longer served him, and acquire a totally new perception of reality.

So don’t be afraid to shine in a way not usually condoned by society, don’t be shy to shift. Sometimes, despite our once cherished philosophical outlook or foundation crumbling beneath our world, heaven is still just a shift away, a shift in attitude that suddenly allows the Sun to shine through the clouds of dogma, sentiment or misconception, revealing the truth that was hiding in plain sight all along. The mists of Neptune square Sun now may cloud our better judgement, may bewilder us with superstition or even pseudo-spirituality; the square from Jupiter may incline us to indulge in the rhetoric of moralised scripture, may push us to sip too deeply from the cup, yet clarity can prevail when Saturnine logic, study, observation and scrutiny are added to the mix. Then practical spirituality, heaven on earth, love above the law, all await us like a June bride on a bright summer’s day.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/mutable-grand-cross-to-slough-off-the-dross/