Astrology of Now: 23° High Voltage
If you have any planets between 22° and 24°, you should be aware that Mars is putting a tremendous focus of energy into this very narrow area of the Zodiac.. 23° specifically is highly activated because Uranus, the planet of electricity, surprise and lighting is at 23° Aries, and this is the degree where Mars is due to station in the coming weeks.
Mars is the planet of violent action — retrograde, he behaves differently, but the consequences can be just as bad. We have had two powerful examples of this in the news this week. Jo Cox, the MP murdered in the street yesterday, had Chiron (the wound) at 23° Aries directly opposite Uranus (shock) at 23° Libra in her natal chart. Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, had Mars at 23° Aquarius (community) square to his Sun at 24° Scorpio.
The singer Meatloaf, who collapsed on stage yesterday has transiting Mars Rx sitting on his Jupiter (24° Scorpio) — the planet of excess which is placed at the top of his chart (in the public eye or “on stage”).
During a Mars Rx, there is also tremendous power in yielding. Bernie Sanders has given up his bid for presidency and thrown his weight behind Hillary Clinton, but by doing so he is furthering his agenda. He has Mars Rx in his natal chart — at 23° Aries opposite Venus at 22° Libra. He is a strong partner. Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, the left’s dream candidate who may be tapped by Clinton for Veep, has her North Node exactly on 23° Aries too. And what about Clinton herself? South Node at 23° Scorpio: this is a turning point for her. But she will need to adjust her course, and acknowledge Sanders and Warren.
****Correction: Bernie Sanders has not given up his bid. It’s more that Clinton has solidified her lead. (as of June 20. What is certain is that his contribution to the debate is not over. Currently he must be regrouping. Actually becoming Prez could be less important that ensuring real change.*****
Used appropriately, this energy can activate a major change in direction. Chris Murphy, the US Senator who filibustered for 14 hours in order to make room for anti-gun legislation this week — has Mercury (communications) at 23° Cancer, that is in an easy trine to Mars Rx. His speech was intended to protect his country and the children of his country, both concerns of Cancer.
Mars is currently moving very slowly backwards through Scorpio at 24°. In a few days, Mars will reach 23° and then station here and turn direct on June 30. However, Mars will stay on 23° until July 11. A lot of energy may be released when Mars turns direct in Scorpio, his own sign.
At the same time Uranus, the planet of explosions, surprises and electricity is exactly on 23° Aries (Mrs Cox was having her Uranus Half-Return). Ceres, the asteroid of nurturing, will soon join Uranus here for the final week of June.
Chiron (25°) is trining Mars Rx from Pisces, a weeping sign. Many tears are being shed right now.
The Full Moon at the solstice promises to be exceptionally potent. Both Sun and Moon will be visible in the sky at sunset, across the polarity of communications (29° Gemini-Sagittarius). This may portend a war of words (but we all know that is happening already) — however, what it powerfully tells us is that this is a time for dialogue and conversation, exchanging ideas, listening and gathering information. Action may go badly wrong.
If you have a planet at 23° in Cancer or Pisces, you have an opportunity to bring that changing energy forth easily. If you have something at 23° Fixed or Cardinal, the energy is more dynamic.
Take care and may the force be with you.