The towering presence and unparalleled majesty of many (if not most) of the largest trees started from the smallest of seeds. Similarly, many (if not most) of the greatest and most inspiring people in history arose, and continue to rise, from prosaic places and common circumstances.
There is something reassuring about those who start from the bottom and work their way up through the ranks. They give you faith both in them and in yourself.
Additionally, those who have emerged from little privilege to assume great responsibility are often more fully capable of respecting and appreciating both the struggle and nobility of an ordinary life.
There were times when the astrologers of antiquity claimed to foretell the emergence of either great personalities or great nations. Unfortunately, many (if not most) of the specific forecasting techniques used by those astrologers of old were not preserved for us to deconstruct and test now.
To cite just one case, we still cannot be certain of exactly what it was that the legendary three wise men from the east saw in the sky that guided them to be present with presents for what was recorded to be an exceptional (albeit humble) birth.
It requires only a slightly imaginative and optimistic application of basic astrological principles, however, to anticipate something substantial emerging from humble beginnings this week. While it’s a complex picture, a lot of it has to do with the Moon and Mars.
Based on the qualitative (and hence subjective) astrological guidelines called essential dignities, tomorrow’s New Moon in Scorpio represents a new lunar cycle starting in a rather low place. That’s because Scorpio is on the opposite side of both the zodiac and the sky from Taurus.
To use astrologer’s lingo, Taurus is where the Moon is said to be exalted, which is another way of saying ‘powerful’. Logically, and reflecting the cycles of human experience, the other side of power is referred to by astrologers as being ‘in fall’.
Anybody who has learned to walk knows from an early age what it means to fall. As you grow, falling (whether symbolically or actually) continues to be part of living and learning. Whenever you get either literally or metaphorically off balance, a stumble is almost sure to follow. Yet, unless a debilitating injury results from a fall, the experience nearly always results in your becoming something greater and more stable than before.
Originating from the humility that accrues, falling makes you wiser. From that wisdom, in turn, comes a more competent and more worthy you. So it is that a lunar cycle starting with the Moon briefly sharing the same degree of Scorpio with the Sun tomorrow can only give rise to something better than the time and circumstances of your life when that cycle begins.
Much the same can be said for Mars entering Libra on Thursday. That’s because Libra is on the opposite side of the zodiac and sky from Aries, where Mars is said to rule.
While ruling is not precisely the same as exaltation for astrologers, the general idea of a position and time of power still applies. By the same token, the sign opposing a planet’s rulership is where that object is said to be ‘in detriment’.
While being in detriment is not precisely the same as being in fall, the sense is similar. When a planet is in detriment, it is very much like a person born into poverty rather than privilege. It is not necessarily the beginning of a hopeless and hapless life. On the contrary, a planet in detriment, much like a person of humble birth, has only one place to go: up.
So it will be for all that Mars correlates with in your life upon its ingress to Libra. Your energy, your desires, your ego drive and your ambitions (all of which correspond to Mars) will implicitly be positioned to rise like a rocket after Thursday — provided you do not conduct yourself so as to blow up on the launching pad.
All of which is to say that the astrology of this week is not in any way bad news for anything but (possibly) your pride. If you can simply refrain from putting on haughty airs and manage to stay off the proverbial high horse, any falls or detriments will be behind you sooner rather than later. What the astrology of this week actually augurs is a need to be humble for a little while, in order to promptly arise as something truly worthy of greatness.
Lunar cycles last but a month, giving rise to the inherent promise of yet another beginning. In addition, Mars will emerge from its relatively brief tenure in Libra less than two months from now, to reprise its implied glory in Scorpio.
Scorpio, you see, is the other sign (besides Aries) where Mars and the sheer force of your will, to which it corresponds, can powerfully exert as a ruler in wise and wonderful ways. But first, you must make the most of every chance you get to derive benefit from what astrology indicates will be a rather promising experience with humility through the remainder of this year.
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