By Cal Garrison, a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under a Void-of-Course Leo Moon, that will enter Virgo at around 10:03 p.m. (EST) on May 21. The sun changed signs over the weekend, moving from Taurus to Gemini at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday night. Venus enters Cancer on May 19, Mars has moved from Capricorn into Aquarius, and we’ve got a bunch of other aspects that give us plenty to think about.
The one that interests me the most is a string of connections that link Chiron with Uranus, Venus, and the Sun. I don’t know what the formal name for this type of planetary picture is, but I call it a necklace. When you get four planets, all equidistant from each other, all of them are involved in a conversation that tells a story. Each of these bodies is contained inside a square between Chiron and Venus. Within that framework, Uranus and the Sun hold space in the middle. The midpoint of the whole picture sits at fifteen degrees Taurus – transiting Jupiter will oppose that point during the last week of May and early June, so Jupiter has a place in this conversation as well.
Astrology is always subject to interpretation, and what I have to say about this necklace of aspects is based on my subjectivity; another astrologer might interpret it from a totally different angle. Within that consideration, my first impression of this chain of connections relates to the idea that we are in the middle of a series of changes that require all of us to get wind of the fact that it’s time to get used to the idea that nothing will ever be the same. We can’t bring back the good old days, and none of us is privy to what lies up on the road ahead. In essence there is “no going back” and we are confronted with the need to call upon our faith, and our Higher Mind to guide us safely into the future.
In order to check in on myself to see if my interpretation has any validity to it, I decided to zero in on the Sabian Symbols for the axis that sits at the midpoint of the whole shebang – the 15th degree of Taurus, and the 15th degree of Scorpio. What came up in the course of my research offers an interesting perspective that seems to support my first impression. I have copied both of those symbols here in their entirety for your edification. As I leave you to read them through and draw your own conclusions as to what they mean, in the same breath, I invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.
Phase 45 (Taurus 15°): Head covered with a rakish silk hat, muffled against the cold, a man braves a storm.
Keynote: The courage needed to meet the crises precipitated by social ambition.
The man with the silk hat has seen some of his ambitious efforts bring him social success; but he learns that often “nothing fails like success.” The storm may be within him, or it may attack his social status. He is ready to face it daringly. This shows a willingness to accept crises and to go through them — and therefore great character, the soil upon which a higher kind of consciousness may develop.
This is the fifth and final stage of this ninth five-fold sequence of symbols. It implies a transition to a new level at which the individual who has learned from experience demonstrates a truly mature mind. What is revealed here is character under adverse circumstances.
Phase 225 (Scorpio 15°): Children playing around five mounds of sand.
Keynote: Early steps in the development of a mind seeking to be attuned to the higher level of human evolution.
This is a particularly cryptic symbol. It may be deciphered if one realizes that Man’s essential destiny is to develop as a five-fold being, a “Pentagram” or five-pointed star. Number 5 symbolizes mind in its most creative and penetrating aspect, while number 4 refers to the life processes operating at present within the earth’s biosphere. Our Western civilization has realized only the lower level of this vibration 5; i.e. mind contaminated by compulsive instincts and emotional involvement. Some individuals, however, are born with a special potential for development of the higher, creative mind, and in social circumstances favoring this development. In most cases, they are still “playing around” with their unusual capacity. They are in the kindergarten stage of this higher mind development.
In this final stage of the 45th sequence of five symbols the transcendent possibilities of mental evolution, which require interpersonal communion in consciousness, are evoked. The free spirit of true scientific inquiry is only a foreshadowing of such a type of mind, which demands dedication to mankind as a whole. What is seen here is future-oriented growth.