Mars symbolizes our instinct to move forward and the intelligence of action, so during a Mars retrograde, which is afoot now, those activities can feel turned upside down, suspended.
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Waves Become Wings: Neptune, Betrayal and the Myth of Ariadne. Neptune transits often have us feeling lost at sea, but myth can shed light on the pain of Neptunian betrayal, the other face of trust, to a beautiful development of consciousness. This is the subject of an article I recently had published in The Mountain Astrologer that I want to share with you for contemplation.
Today the Sun enters Aries, heralding the Spring Equinox in the western hemisphere. Meditating upon this turn of the symbolic wheel, I was drawn to an image I particularly adore called, 'the triumph of Minerva over Aries'. Read more...
When a planet enters a new sign it takes on the qualities and interests of that sign. It can be understood as a kind of archetypal renewal that gives rise to origin stories, carrying sparks of insight that unfold throughout the planet’s passage of the sign. These principles have been at work as October cradled Jupiter’s annual move into a new sign, Scorpio (October 10th).
I am so very pleased and excited to announce that my new book, Jung on Astrology, is now available!
This book gathers Jung’s thoughts on astrology in a single volume for the first time. My co-editor and colleague Keiron Le Grice and I selected the writings from Jung’s Collected Works, seminars, and letters, which contain numerous discussions of this ancient divinatory system.
Understood as a symbolic representation of the archetypes of the collective unconscious, Jung found in astrology a wealth of spiritual and psychological meaning, for it represents the “sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.”
Men are not free when they’re doing just what they like.
Men are only free when they’re doing what the deepest self likes.
And there is getting down to the deepest self! It takes some diving.
It seems we are surrounded by an ocean of sound and noise. Social and political concerns pull at us like the unyielding tide, and we navigate the news and what seems like daily incursions on freedoms and principles. We are living in a period of massive upheaval with breakdowns, breakthroughs, and revolution (Uranus) being empowered and compelled by underlying archetypal processes of change (Pluto). “Nobody told me there'd be days like these/Strange days indeed/most peculiar”. Thank you, John Lennon.
On December 21st we enter the season of Capricorn, which marks another turning of the great wheel of the year as the Winter Solstice.
Oh, Mercury retrograde... attitudes in response to this regular phenomenon, coming up August 30th to September 22nd, range wide: worry-bead clicking, cautious planning, liberal scapegoating of this wily god for what goes wrong, and then there’s the annoyance all these views incite, which leads to writing-off and ignoring the retrograde altogether. Now this is not to say that things don’t go wonky when Mercury goes retrograde, they certainly do, but literalism and causal thinking have done a number to the way we think about this aspect of Mercury’s cycle. I therefore want to bring some reconsidered reflection to Mercury’s retrograde.
The Saturn Neptune square is one of the significant transits of the year. Their cyclical meetings combine somewhat opposing needs of individual form and union through dissolution. So we find that together they have much to say about the relationship between our dreams, idealizations and reality. The myth of Ariadne, the Cretan princess, gives us a powerful way of imagining into this archetypal dynamic and how it moves through us.