NorthPoint Astrology Journal
by Pam Younghans
Three planets -- the Sun, Venus and Chiron -- move into the next zodiac sign this week. When a planet changes signs, it represents our readiness to take the next step along our growth path.
In terms of the Sun and Venus, since these two celestial bodies move through all 12 signs of the zodiac in about 12 months, we are fairly used to the ongoing progress their movement represents. There is also a familiarity involved, since these growth steps cycle through every year.
In general, the Sun's position by sign indicates a 30-day theme for our personal development. The Sun has been in Aries since the Equinox on March 20, and has been supporting us in beginning new endeavors, in taking risks and moving through fear, and in being willing to act on our desires.
Now, as the Sun moves from Aries into Taurus on Tuesday, we shift into a new phase where we must cultivate and care for any newly-planted seeds, helping them send their roots deep into the soil so that later expansion is fully supported.
Venus' location by sign shows what short-term themes will play out in the areas of values, relationships, aesthetics and finances -- in other words, all those ways in which we express and receive love, beauty and comfort.
When Venus moves into Gemini on Saturday, we are encouraged to branch out in these areas, to be more interactive and open to a variety of people and experiences. In general, while Venus is in Gemini (until May 19), we will all benefit from being openminded and from being as willing to listen as we are to share our own story.
The effect is different when a slower-moving planet such as Chiron changes signs. Since we have had several years to work with the energies of Chiron in Aquarius, its shift into Pisces may require a period of adjustment as we get used to the new impulse of energies and learnings.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, has been in Aquarius since 2005, exposing and helping resolve our wounds of separation. In the face of feeling abandoned, rejected or alienated, we have been searching for connection, community, and a feeling of belonging. As we have gained the higher perspective, we have been afforded the opportunity to claim our healing through the awareness that we are all connected, that we are never alone, and that each of us is a vital part of the Whole.
For those of us born with Chiron in Aquarius (February 1955 through January 1961), we've had our Chiron return sometime in the past five years. As our personal 50-year Chiron cycle ended and a new one began, we've specifically needed to deal with any remaining ways in which the wound of separation had not yet been healed.
Chiron enters Pisces on Tuesday this week, and we will begin to feel what this new energy is about. We'll just have a brief sampling, however, since Chiron will go retrograde in June and then backtrack into Aquarius in mid-July, to finally re-enter Pisces for his full eight-year run in February 2011.
Those who were born between January 1961 and February 1969 will be most familiar with the wounds associated with Chiron in Pisces, and will be experiencing their own Chiron Return sometime between now and 2019. That wound might be experienced as a deep longing for spiritual union -- a connection that is hindered or prevented by a lack of faith or trust, a fear of being hurt, or a deep feeling of martyrdom or victimization.
The good news is that, just as Chiron in Aquarius has inspired us to heal separation through creating community and awakening to the higher perspective, Chiron in Pisces will inspire us to heal these wounds of distrust through opening our high heart, through which we are able to give and receive love freely and without judgment or reservation.
Although the Uranus-Saturn opposition is not exact until next week (Monday, April 26), we are well within the orb of its influence now, and actually have been for several weeks already. The exact date of any long-term planetary interaction marks the peak of influence, not just a single day's impact.
Under this influence, we are learning to deal with changing circumstances in responsible ways. The effects of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and the ongoing aberrant weather patterns can be seen as one manifestation of the Uranus-Saturn energies. These naturally-occurring events have thrown our usual routines and expectations (Saturn in Virgo) out the window and required us to learn new flexibility and trust (Uranus in Pisces).
Through this opposition, we are being challenged to make substantial changes in the way we've always done things -- whether that be in regards to larger-scale issues such as the health care system, or on more personal levels through finding new methods for resolving problems and healing physical or emotional difficulties.
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