Not If, How

To some extent, we have all seen (or should have seen) the present day coming. Those of us who are older are (or should be) seeing it come around. It is not a question of whether some rather substantial changes are going to happen. It is a matter of how. If the current astrology is any indication, you matter.


This week, the so-called “personal planets” (which usually can be said to include the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) are playing a substantial role in the astrology. Even so, that role is in a longer-term context.

That context is being provided by the interpersonal planets (Saturn and Jupiter), along with the planets that correlate more closely to the history of established cultures and nations (including, but not limited to, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto).

As if to initiate the “personal” side of things for this coming week, Mercury will leave Virgo behind to join the Sun in Libra shortly after 8:42 pm EDT tonight (which translates to seconds after 00:42 UTC tomorrow morning).

In the meantime, the Sun and Moon are gradually moving farther apart even as Venus and Mars are moving closer together. On Thursday, the combined motions of all the personal planets will reach an implicit climax.

Venus and Mars come together in the same degree of the same sign — for what both astrologers and astronomers call a conjunction — roughly every other year. The last time was 2015. The next time will be on Thursday, in Virgo.

About two hours after the Venus-Mars conjunction, the Libra Sun and Aries Moon will reach their monthly opposition (or, as it is usually called: a Full Moon). That’s a lot of astrological activity in one day, but it’s not about one day.

It took nearly two years for Venus and Mars to get to where they are now. Likewise, it’s been about a year since Mercury toured Libra, and nearly a month since the last Full Moon. Very much like the prospect of substantial change, the astrological events having to do with personal planets next week have all been coming for a while.

With those events will implicitly come personal choices. In general, there will be no clearly “right” or “wrong” electives. In most cases there be three ways you can go, and the consequences of each way.

First, you can act to favor going back to the way things were before now. Or, you will be able to endeavor to keep things the way they are now. The upside to either path will be the lure of familiar outcomes.

Both scenarios, however, will almost certainly require you to put more energy into the effort than you will get out of it. That’s because you will be resisting change during a time when there is no longer any excuse for not seeing it coming.

The third path is not passively letting change happen to you, either. Rather, it is being receptive (Venus, or the Moon if you will) to something different from before. It is also being both thoughtful (Mercury) and active (Mars) in determining what that difference is. Of course, this approach will have its challenges.

It is not easy to break personal habits and patterns, even if you are dissatisfied with them. In addition, uncertainty comes with the territory of moving forward.

All that being said, there is one clear reward of electing neither to go back nor to stay in the same place. It is the satisfaction of knowing that you are now participating in what will one day be seen as what was coming, even if all you reshape is your own life.

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6 thoughts on “Not If, How

  1. Barbara Koehler

    I believe what you say about the personal planets and that personal energy coalesced at the time of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rice 10 days ago, at the time of the Virgo New Moon. The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulen Cruz, gave a moving diatribe Friday night against the insufficient organization regarding efforts to bring needed supplies and help to her country. I’m sure we will hear more such self expression in the coming weeks.

    It was Ceres – in no uncertain term – that fueled Mayor Cruz to speak out in such a way. When Ceres was discovered (Jan. 1, 1801) the Moon was at 28 Cancer 59. Transiting Ceres at the time of the Virgo New Moon was at 28 Cancer 33 and channeling her own discovery chart’s Moon. They both were opposite the U.S. natal Pluto at 27+ Capricorn. Astrologer Lynn Hayes has said that she believes Ceres is the higher octave of the Moon.

    In Ceres discovery chart Jupiter in Leo sextiles Uranus in Libra and now trans. Jupiter opposes trans. Uranus. It is not only the present Jupiter-Uranus cycle that fuels the present opposition between the two, it would seem that Ceres has brought her own private supply of Jupiter-Uranus energy and it’s not in disharmony. Mayor Cruz has given us an example of what the 3rd path looks like, by not going back and not staying in the same place.

  2. chief niwot's son

    Thank you, Len. Your reading of the planets is timely, and supportive. I am on the third path right now, and it is playing out much as you have described. Your words carry re-assurance.

  3. Pisces Sun

    Be, thank you for reminding us of Ceres’ role this past week in Puerto Rico.
    Len, thank you for the beautiful astrology filled with insight.
    Although there are three paths vice two, it still reminds me of a beautiful poem wrote more than a century ago~

    The Road Not Taken

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iβ€”
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost, 1916

  4. Kazimira Rachfal

    Dear Len, Thank you for this wisdom. ‘ even if all you reshape is your own life’ is a beautiful and courageous call to my personal responsibility and healing at a time when all I can control is my own field of existence as Mars and Venus come together in my sign this week.

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