Astrology of Now: The Eclipse, the Pope and the Hajj
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has this to say about more than 700 people being crushed to death at Mina during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj: “As for the things that humans cannot control, you are not blamed for them. Fate and destiny are inevitable.”
Fate and destiny are by definition inevitable, of course, but the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is right to be furious. Those people died because of poor crowd control.
However, with the massive energies of Jupiter (pilgrimage) and Neptune (religious ecstasy) in opposition across the Zodiac right now, you might have expected a really huge number of people on the hajj this year. At the same time, Saturn, the planet of blockage, went into Sagittarius — also associated with pilgrimage — just a few days earlier, and at the time of the crush Saturn was exactly squaring Mars (0°), the planet of action. A square is again a stumbling block.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and Cuba is riding the Neptune-Jupiter high tide of religious feeling. Jupiter we associate with popes, and right now Jupiter in earthy, practical, unassuming Virgo, does seem to describe Francis. It’s interesting that the Pope has chosen to return to the Americas on a Mercury Retrograde.
The Pope has referred to himself as the son of immigrants, and, among others, it’s America’s vast pool of illegal immigrants who are hoping for an intercession from the pontiff. You would associate the planet Uranus with “aliens”, and on the day the Pope touched down in Washington, Venus, the planet of love in royal Leo, trined Uranus in Aries, the sign of the individual. Nice.
Tonight, starting around 1.30 am GMD, we have the Total Lunar Eclipse. It’s a strong one, and worth setting your alarm clock for. It peaks at around 3.50 am GMD at 4°40 Aries. Anyone with planets in early Cardinal signs — Libra, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn — will feel this especially, but it’s likely to have impact on the collective too. A visible eclipse, as this one will be over Europe, West Africa and the Eastern Americas must have greater symbolic impact than an invisible one. But this one is even stronger because the Moon herself is as close to the Earth as she ever gets.
Its also the final one in a “tetrad” of total Full Moon eclipses in Libra-Aries that has been shifting things for those signs especially. There’s one more eclipse in Libra-Aries next spring but it’s not part of this “total” grouping.
Remember that an eclipse softens, or sensitises, a point in the chart, so that when the point is touched by a transiting planet after or even before sometimes, events are triggered. The weeks following and preceding an eclipse such as this one are under this influence too.
Expect some endings, and the seeds of change.