Astrology of Now: Into the Red Zone
“Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.”
Proverb from Egypt
If you happen to have any planets or important angles between 17° and 22° in just about any sign, you will be feeling a mighty pull of astrology this week and next. But the astrology is so strong that every one of us who heeds the zeitgeist, will witness something. This is a season of tension.
First of all, there’s that tough knot in Capricorn — South Node 17°, Saturn 19° and Pluto 22°. This unforgiving combination has been transforming the lives of many over the past month or so. This triple conjunction is about flushing something down the toilet. In the mundane world, this is about the disappearance of structures that we took for granted — legal systems, say, or democracy. Or possibly the illusion that tackling climate change can be postponed until Thursday week?
But just as we’ve become used to that constant energy-sapping triumvirate, along come Mars, followed by a very slow Mercury, in opposition to these three. So, just to be a bit scary, the gods of death face off against the god of war and the god of quick-quick who goes slow. This is across the axis of tribe-family vs. governments; mother vs father; parents vs children; the axis of security. So we may well be feeling a trifle insecure.
Today, Mars is at 18°, and by next week (June 20) he’ll be exactly opposite Pluto — and so will Mercury. This is volatile, aggressive, fast, war-like energy ricocheting across the sky. It’s bullets flying back and forth. Wear your flak-jacket — especially if you have stuff in Cancer or Capricorn. (The UK has it’s Moon at 19° Cancer.) The incident in the Gulf could be escalated — viz the Gulf of Tonkin and the “weapons of man destruction”. Just to add to this, for the next few days, the Moon is in Scorpio, ruled by both Mars and Pluto. This could mean events happen swiftly.
At the same time, there’s something completely different happening around these degrees in other parts of the sky. The two planets of boundless expansion, Neptune and Jupiter, in the signs of expansive boundlessness, Pisces and Sagittarius, come into an exact hard aspect — at 18°. These two are both in their own signs, so very powerful — and just to add to the tension, Neptune is standing practically still before turning retrograde on June 21. This is dams bursting, floods (of water, people, money, ideas); things going out of control. On the plus side, these are planets of compassion, sacrifice and spiritual rebirth.
This creates a massive tidal pull across that corner of the sky, but there’s more. Saturn is also precisely at 18° in his own sign in that same quadrant — making a beautiful, supportive sextile to Neptune. It’s strong, strong stuff, and it’s important to go with the flow, but not be pulled under. I wouldn’t be getting into a dinghy to cross the Mediterranean this week or going white-water rafting.
On a personal level, this mixture of strong planetary energies could be a moment of tension, then breakthrough and release. It really depends where this is happening in your chart. For many, there’s going to be some loss.
We are in the build-up to eclipse season, of course, in July — and a major Mercury retrograde. The good news is that Mars exits Cancer on July 2, the day of the eclipse, and Pallas Athena may also be strapping on her peace-keepiner’s helmet later this summer.
It might be useful to remind yourself of an important principle of martial arts — use your enemy’s own weight against him.