We’ve just wrapped up another spell of Mercury retrograde, and passed by the Libra Equinox — but some of the most exciting astrology of the year is still ahead of us. That would involve Saturn, which changes signs to Libra on Oct. 29 and makes a square aspect to Pluto. Saturn changing signs is a refreshing change, particularly to one of its strongest signs of the lot.
Earlier this week, we experienced the first Libra equinox with Pluto in Capricorn: Sun square Pluto in the cardinal signs. This is the most recent of many firsts associated with this still-new Pluto transit. In a few weeks Saturn will enter Libra and we’ll experience another major event: Saturn in Libra square Pluto, one of the true stand-out sluggers in the vast aspect repertoire of astrology.
I spent most of last week at Burning Man, a kind of festival in the Nevada desert held each Labor Day. The event takes its name from the burning of a giant neon and wooden effigy of a man, which is burned on Saturday night as 40,000 people gather around and watch. In my daily series (now running about four times a day) I’m looking at Burning Man in words and pictures, explaining the basics of this odd, survivalist example of capitalism turned inside-out.
For those of you who may not know, Eric is at Burning Man this week. I spoke with him briefly last night; he has a rented satellite phone that actually works pretty well. He has made the trek across the country and settled into Poly Paradise. Eric has no internet access, so he has been unable to submit the usual brilliant astro-journalism piece for today’s newsletter.
As you may have read on our main page, the Mercury Retrograde Special Report has been published. The retrograde is in Libra and Virgo from Sept. 7 through Sept. 29, arriving with a significant series of events that leads the way into a whole new astrological cosmos, taking us that much closer to the true astrology of 2012.