Astrology of Now: Bright Ideas, Shiny Synapses
|The Moon from De Sphaera|
As I write, the Moon is running the gamut of an opposition to Pluto. She’s in her own sign, Cancer, so she’s no pushover, even for the lord of the Underworld. But as she slides through the sea of Cancer, she brings into action all kinds of interesting aspects between the outer planets.
She’s creates a Grand Trine with Neptune and Saturn, stimulating this emotional interaction between the numinous and the practical. She’s squaring Uranus and Pallas in feisty Aries, watch out for unexpected and maybe unwanted brainwaves.
She’ll quincunx the Sun and Mercury in Aquarius today too, that’ll be more ideas, conversations and theorising.
Meanwhile, Jupiter, the planet that makes things grow, is in the other ideas sign, Gemini, and trining Mercury and the Sun in Aquarius.
So what does this all add up to? It is a day for ideas, for sure, especially with Mars also in Aquarius, which is the sign of the grand design, the theory that explains everything. Charles Darwin is a good example of an Aquarian Sun with a big idea. Einstein had Jupiter in Aquarius opposite Uranus. Mars will be in Aquarius until March 12th, before sliding into dreaming Pisces and making a series of aspects to the outer planets again.
The picture I’ve used is from a Renaissance manuscript known as De Sphaera, which was made for the powerful Sforza family in Ferrara around 1470. It’s a series of very beautiful illustrations showing the attributes of the planets visually, rather like a deck of tarot cards.
This is the Moon. She stands precariously on two wheels, perhaps denoting her changeability, and above Cancer the crab. She holds a horn in one hand and a torch in the other. And it’s true, we don’t associate the Moon with lighting fires, but she does trigger the action of other planets.
Here is the following page from the manuscript, showing (apparently) occupations ruled by the Moon. The man in the middle looks curiously like the Magician from the Tarot, but he seems to be doing the three-cup trick. There’s a pilgrim in the bottom right, and at the top some fishermen. Right in the middle is a peasant, who seems to be thrashing his poor donkey.
If you have any bright ideas about these intriguing pictures, I would love to hear them.