Aspects by Mars today highlight the necessity of honesty and integrity. Possibly the most important thing in life is being true to one’s principles, however frowned upon by others. The urge to secure social approval is a powerful pull with biological roots. Yet the ability to overcome that urge is your privilege as a thinking, conscious human being.
Venus is involved today in an intriguing aspect pattern. It seems to highlight the potential for growth in examining our standards for truth and general believability. It’s true the importance of fact-checking is now perhaps more important than ever; yet there is something more in this particular set of contacts.
Today Mars in Pisces squares Ixion in Sagittarius. With Mars in Pisces upping the sensitivity ante, you’ll want to watch how you react to things that upset you — especially anything that smacks of injustice or amorality. It does not give you the green light to react in kind; two wrongs never make a right.
There’s a pair of interesting aspects involving the signs Capricorn and Pisces today; together, they seem to suggest that anyone looking to subvert the dominant paradigm has some energy they can tap into. First up is Venus in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn. On one level, this speaks of intense sexuality and deep, passionate emotions.
The First and Last Quarter Moons are said to be times of action. As both Sun and Moon also move into new signs today, this would seem to be a reminder that making changes for the better begins with each of us. There is no shortage of causes that could use a little more support, enthusiasm or fresh perspective. Creating the future is an ongoing process.
In one of the sign readings for the upcoming 2017 annual edition, The Book of Your Life, Eric writes that minor planet Varuna represents “the inherent equality of all people; and the necessity that for our social order to stay intact, the most important thing we can do is to keep our agreements with people.”
Everyone knows that rigid beliefs can be polarizing. So what is it about the all-embracing concept of universal love that can engender tension in people? See if you can get under the surface of that puzzle today as Venus in Pisces squares the Great Attractor in Sagittarius. You’ll be aided by Mars making its conjunction to Chiron in Pisces.
The activity in Pisces today would seem to suggest a move toward greater empathy or amicability. Be gentle, and remember that we don’t always know the stories of those we meet. The ability to brighten other people’s lives is one of the great joys of being on this planet, and often all that takes is a smile, a kind word or a benevolent deed.
Mercury retrograde ended a few days ago (on Jan. 8), though it’s still working itself through what’s called the second shadow phase. It takes some adjustment to get used to the ‘new’ quality of Mercury once it’s changed directions, so give this a little time. Be patient as you work out the details of things that seemed to be stuck.
Is runaway religious or spiritual dogma getting in the way of your erotic imagination? In other words, is a long list of ‘shoulds’ and ‘should nots’ making it hard for you to fully enjoy sex? Centaur Pholus in Sagittarius is square the asteroid Eros in Pisces. Simply trying to ignore your beliefs is not likely to work.
Who do you believe? There’s a lot of bluster in the media, from all sides of every issue. Do verifiable historical and scientific facts mean anything anymore? Will what you believed yesterday mean anything next week? Mars is conjunct Borasisi in Pisces today. This is a very emotional position for Mars; it’s hard for the planet of action to get any solid traction here.
Today’s Full Moon involves a relatively rare aspect that astrologers call a ‘grand cross’, meaning four objects at 90 degrees apart around the circle. In this case, that’s the Sun, the Moon, Jupiter and Eris, all at 22+ degrees of their respective signs. Eric spoke of this pattern in Tuesday’s Planet Waves FM.