TRANSCRIPT Ep. 217 | The Solar and Pluto Plunge into Aquarius! (Jan. 15, 2024)
Hi there Invisible Pal, April right here, and the date at present is January fifteenth, 2024. Welcome to Episode 217 of the Massive Sky Astrology Podcast. This week, the Solar makes a sextile facet to Neptune. A passionate Aries First Quarter Moon units the stage for the Solar’s highly effective conjunction with Pluto simply earlier than every strikes into Aquarius. Mercury elements Jupiter and Saturn, and Venus sq. Neptune asks us to have a look at actuality. Plus, I reply a listener query in regards to the quincunx facet.
Solar sextile Neptune (Jan. 15, 2024, 4:38 pm PST)
The week begins with the Solar’s sextile to Neptune on January fifteenth at 4:38pm Pacific Time. The Solar in Capricorn is the chief who delineates the trail to achievement for everyone. However Capricorn can typically be a bit of harsh, a bit of too dedicated to the underside line, and impatient once we don’t reside as much as its requirements, which has actually been accentuated within the years that Pluto has been in Capricorn.
Because the Solar in Capricorn connects with Neptune in Pisces, it’s guided a bit by softer issues. How do our buildings and varieties and plans work to make the world a greater place? To assist others in want and to make us higher folks as effectively?
The Solar is at 25º21’ Capricorn on the Sabian image, 26 Capricorn, A water sprite. It is a form of pleasant image that exhibits the earthy nature of Capricorn, the power to be within the bodily world and loving it. And I really like the picture of a water sprite. It’s so totally different from the way in which we usually take into consideration Capricorn. Nevertheless it so fantastically fits, I feel, this sextile with watery Neptune.
Aries First Quarter Moon (Jan. 17, 2024, 7:52 pm PST)
And now for the Moon Report. It begins with the Aries First Quarter Moon on January seventeenth at 7:52 pm Pacific Time. It’s the most energetic First Quarter Moon of the 12 months. The First Quarter is the a part of the lunar cycle the place we’re requested to take motion. Or, to place it one other method, the place some form of motion is required, and we are going to see this occur whether or not we consciously take motion or not.
One thing that we initiated at that January 11 New Moon in Capricorn is now prepared for some form of motion. And with Aries, it usually is one thing that we’ll consciously take motion about. The Moon right here is sq. the Solar in an in depth conjunction with Pluto. It’s very near the tip of the signal. And so we’re actually feeling that coming as much as the end line of Pluto in Capricorn and feeling the sturdy must act.
The stress of this explicit First Quarter sq. between the Solar and Moon is that the Moon in Aries is form of impatient and impulsive, whereas the Solar in Capricorn plans its actions and may be very strategic with the strikes that it makes. However the benefit right here is that with Capricorn, we form of need every part to line up simply so earlier than we act, and we will get a bit of bit caught. However the Moon in Aries will certainly get us unstuck. And as is at all times the case with a First Quarter Moon, we would not make precisely the fitting strikes, however it is very important do one thing.
I’ve been watching these great movies on YouTube, with a person who does housecleaning, and he cleans these intensely cluttered and soiled areas. And he will get in there – and he truly is a Solar signal Aries, and I used to be struck by one thing that he stated, which is, he walks into an area, and if he’s simply overwhelmed by the quantity of muddle, he’ll select one small house, and he’ll simply transfer one thing. As a result of he says getting one thing into movement will get him unstuck and will get the power transferring. And I really like that as a picture for this First Quarter Moon. Simply transfer one thing, do one thing, and the act of doing that will get us unstuck.
That is the First Quarter Moon in a lunar section household cycle that started with a New Moon on April 19, 2023, at 29º50’ Aries. That was a photo voltaic eclipse, and as I bear in mind, it was a very profound one. It was the primary photo voltaic eclipse we’d had in Aries in plenty of years. So the Aries areas in our beginning charts hadn’t been touched in fairly this fashion by the eclipse power of change. And so this actually stirred issues up. Now we’re on the First Quarter Moon, 9 months later, in that cycle. And that is the time once we’re known as to take motion, not solely on what we started on the January 11 New Moon in Capricorn, however in a bigger sense, what we conceived or initiated again at that photo voltaic eclipse in April of final 12 months.
9 months from now will come the Full Moon on this Lunar Section Sequence on October 17, 2024. And 9 months after that’s the Final Quarter Moon on this cycle on July 17, 2025. So these are necessary dates to bear in mind, 9 months and 18 months from now, in no matter it’s that we’re pushing exhausting to do one thing with at this First quarter.
Void-of-Course Moon durations
Let’s have a look at the Void-of-Course Moon durations for this week. They’re all extraordinarily quick Void-of-Course durations as a result of the Solar and Pluto are on the very, very finish of the signal of Capricorn. So, the Moon will make a facet to one of many two of these, and it takes no time in any respect between the time the Moon makes the facet and the time that it strikes on to Aquarius.
On January 15, the Moon in Pisces sextiles Pluto at 8:33 p.m. Pacific Time. It’s Void of Course for about quarter-hour earlier than it enters Aries at 8:48 p.m. Now these, as I stated, are very quick Void-of-Course Moon durations. There maybe isn’t quite a bit we will do about breaking outdated habits and initiating new ones, which is often the work of our Void-of-Course durations. However we will maintain house for the thought.
This Void-of-Course Moon presents a chance, as a result of it’s a sextile facet. And the chance, I feel, is about surrendering – Moon in Pisces – relatively than attempting to carry on and be in management.
On January 18th, the Moon in Aries squares Pluto simply after midnight, three minutes previous midnight Pacific Time, and it’s Void-of-Course for under 12 minutes earlier than it enters Taurus at 12:12 am. The sq. facet, as we all know, represents a battle. That is the battle that we’re seeing in that First Quarter Moon between the Moon in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. It’s about passionate, easy motion symbolized by Aries versus the exterior management that’s symbolized by Pluto in Capricorn.
And eventually, on January 20, the Moon in Taurus trines the Solar at 5:57 a.m. and eight seconds, Pacific Time. It’s Void of Course for below one minute till the Moon goes into Gemini at 5:57 a.m. and 55 seconds Pacific Time. We are able to nearly do nothing with this apart from that second, if we should always consider it and pause, we will take heed to the reward that at all times comes with a trine facet.
Gradual and regular wins the race, is the message with the Moon in Taurus, which doesn’t transfer quick, but it surely strikes steadily. And it’s on this trine to the Solar on the very finish of Capricorn. And saying to the extent that we’re ending this Capricorn season with a way of success, it’s as a result of we took it at a Taurus tempo, sluggish and regular.
Mercury sextile Saturn (Jan. 18, 2024, 12:49 am PST)
On January 18th at 12:49 am Pacific Time, Mercury makes a sextile facet to Saturn. It is a closing sextile, which means Mercury is behind Saturn. And a closing sextile brings one final likelihood to do one thing associated to the character of those planets. Mercury in Capricorn is deliberate and systematic in the way in which it organizes its ideas and expresses its concepts. And it’s sextile Saturn in Pisces, and Saturn guidelines Capricorn. So Saturn in Pisces form of has the final phrase right here. What it’s telling us, I feel, is that whereas Mercury in Capricorn needs us to be very organized, very cautious in what we are saying and the way we are saying it, Saturn in Pisces provides us the invitation to go off script a bit of bit – to improvise, to make use of our instinct in a method that we’d not usually see with Mercury in Capricorn in facet to Saturn.
However Pisces makes an enormous distinction right here, and I’ve been noticing this actually ever since Saturn first went into Pisces final March, that issues associated to Saturn are tending to be a bit of softer and a bit of extra reliant on instinct and going off script.
Mercury trine Jupiter (Jan. 19, 2024, 1:31 am PST)
The subsequent day, on January 19 at 1:31 am Pacific Time, Mercury trines Jupiter. It is a highly effective facet between the planet of concepts and articulation, Mercury, and Jupiter, the planet of huge concepts. Your ideas have actual energy simply now. The Sabian image for Mercury at this trine is 7 Capricorn, A veiled prophet of energy. And one thing about conserving our concepts a bit of bit hidden perhaps provides them extra energy.
Jupiter’s Sabian image is 7 Taurus, A girl of Samaria. And it comes from the story of the lady of Samaria within the Bible, who got here to imagine Jesus’ claims that he was the Messiah, after which went and unfold the phrase to others – regardless that Sumerians had no dealings with Jews for essentially the most half. So at this trine, highly effective phrases permit us to open our minds and see issues in a brand new method.
Venus sq. Neptune (Jan. 19, 2024, 7:49 a.m. PST)
On January nineteenth, at 7:49 am Pacific Time, Venus squares Neptune at 25º26’ minutes Sagittarius and Pisces. Once we see a facet between Venus and Neptune, we at all times know there’s a message that has to do with love and reality. And since it is a sq. facet, we will safely assume there’s some form of battle.
Perhaps we’re disillusioned by somebody who we care about. Perhaps we uncover that we’ve trusted the unsuitable particular person with our coronary heart or with our cash. This isn’t essentially an enormous drawback. It’s a fairly quick facet. It’s solely in impact for a few days, but it surely could be extra critical when you’re having Neptune by transit aspecting your individual beginning chart, particularly Venus.
The best way transits typically present up is simply on the planet round us, not at all times one thing that’s taking place to us personally. You may occur to look at a movie on the evening earlier than this facet that has one thing to do with the theme of disillusionment in love or some form of deception, particularly associated to cash or romance. Or a pal may share a narrative with you about one thing that’s taking place with them. The character of the battle may very well be represented by the Sabian symbols for Venus and Neptune at this sq.. Venus is on 26 Sagittarius, A flag bearer – one who’s guided by sturdy beliefs. Neptune is on the image 26 Pisces, a New Moon that divides its influences which regularly suggests folks going their very own methods to pursue totally different paths.
Solar conjunct Pluto (Jan. 20, 5:46 a.m. PST)
Solar enters Aquarius (Jan. 20, 6:07 a.m. PST)
Pluto enters Aquarius (Jan. 20, 4:56 p.m. PST)
January twentieth is an enormous day. It brings a profound confluence of the Solar making a conjunction with Pluto at 5:46 a.m. on the final minute of the final diploma of Capricorn. After which the Solar enters Aquarius at 6:07 a.m., and Pluto reenters Aquarius at 4:56 p.m.
The Solar’s conjunction with Pluto is like an exclamation mark on the finish of Pluto’s most up-to-date time in Capricorn, which started on June 11, 2023. It is a very exhausting planet that’s been in a stern and critical signal since 2008. So, on January twentieth, the Solar and Pluto maintain arms after which leap into Aquarius.
The Solar’s Aquarius season annually is a month of exploring our social connections, in regards to the methods through which we join with others to create huge issues. Aquarius is the alternative signal from Leo, which is the signal of particular person creativity. And so Aquarius represents the issues that we will actually solely create in live performance with others. Together with Pluto, the Solar will probably be joined on this signal by Mercury on February 4, by Mars on February 12, and by Venus on February 16.
The interval between February sixteenth and when the Solar enters Pisces on February 18th, we’ll see a stellium of 5 planets in Aquarius, so count on group and planning for the long run to be high of thoughts.
Pluto in Aquarius will emphasize the profound significance of making issues collectively, however Pluto is just not a planet of creation. It’s the planet that takes no matter is standing in the way in which of realizing the upper potential of that signal and eliminating it. We are able to count on to see the shadowy sides of social media, synthetic intelligence, privateness points, and so forth. As Pluto does its job of purifying the communal territory of Aquarius, Pluto will return into Capricorn briefly between September 1st and November nineteenth, after which it goes again into Aquarius and stays there via March 2043.
Listener Query: The Quincunx Facet
On this week’s listener query, listener Elliott asks, by way of Speakpipe:
Elliott: Hi there, April and fellow Massive Sky listeners. That is Elliott with one other query. So, I hold fascinated with the quincunx facet, which is a superb phrase as a result of it jogs my memory of one other phrase that’s not such a pleasant phrase, which is form of inconvenient in dialog. Anyway, so I feel it additionally is named inconjunct.
However, you understand, you learn all these things about the way it’s like a horrible facet and also you get well being issues and, you understand, the energies don’t mesh and all this. I don’t find out about that as a result of it’s additionally one signal away from a trine. So a quincunx is one log off of an opposition, but it surely’s additionally one log off of a trine, proper?
And I imply, take into consideration Aries and Scorpio, which I feel are quincunx, they’re each actually passionate indicators, or Gemini and Scorpio. Are each actually into info and analysis, and attending to the underside of issues, and accumulating information, and so it looks like they don’t have something in widespread, however they form of do.
So, perhaps you would give us a bit of mini lesson on quincunx. Okay. Quintunx? Quincunx. Bye!
April: Elliott, thanks on your query! It’s an thrilling one for me as a result of I really like speaking about planetary elements. The quincunx is a facet that separates two planets by 150 levels. They happen in indicators that, with a only a few exceptions, don’t share a lot in widespread in any respect. They aren’t in the identical or a appropriate component. They aren’t in the identical modality – cardinal, mounted, or mutable.
After I was studying astrology again within the Paleolithic period, the quincunx was typically known as inconjunct, and that’s not incorrect, however inconjunct additionally refers back to the semi sextile facet, which separates planets by 30 levels. The semi sextile additionally happens between planets and indicators with nothing in widespread. For instance, Aries and Taurus – Hearth and Earth, Cardinal and Mounted.
The inconjunct elements describe a relationship like the type we would have at a celebration, the place we don’t know that many individuals. We would strike up a dialog with somebody subsequent to us, or we could be launched to somebody, and in each instances, it’s instantly clear that we now have completely nothing to speak about.
There are exceptions, Elliott, however they’re not likely linked to being one signal away from a trine or an opposition. A trine and an opposition are distinct and really totally different from a quincunx. Being one signal away from a trine or an opposition actually can assist you discover a quincunx facet within the chart. You simply look to the alternative signal; so say it’s Taurus, the alternative signal is Scorpio, and the indicators on both facet of Scorpio – Libra and Sagittarius – that is the place a quincunx facet is probably to happen. Nevertheless it doesn’t provide any form of sympathy between the 2 indicators which can be within the quincunx relationship.
The exceptions should do with planetary rulership. So that you talked about Aries and Scorpio, and sure, they’re each passionate, however in very alternative ways. One is in a really fiery and simple method, one is a bit more watery and a bit of extra below the floor. However, Aries and Scorpio, importantly, share Mars as their planetary ruler. So that they don’t do Mars in the identical method, however not less than they will agree that motion is necessary.
Taurus and Libra share Venus as a ruler. Most cancers and Sagittarius are linked as a result of Sagittarius’s ruling planet, Jupiter, is taken into account exalted or very sturdy in Most cancers. And, within the semi-sextile class, Capricorn and Aquarius each are dominated by Saturn, in order that they have that in widespread.
So, as a result of planets in a quincunx are working in ways in which have so little in widespread, it’s a facet that’s above all about compromise. Neither planet in a quincunx will get to be fully snug. Going again to that cocktail celebration analogy, when you and that different visitor work extremely exhausting, you may be capable of discover a approach to maintain a dialog, but it surely’s plenty of work, and by the point you sit all the way down to dinner, you may each have a headache.
We usually are simply not that motivated to work that tough, except there’s a bodily attraction, which is one other attribute of the quincunx typically once we see it in synastry, or we simply don’t have any alternative however to work together with this particular person. Perhaps they’re a co-worker or a member of the family.
In synastry, if two folks have planets quincunx one another, one could be fascinated by the opposite, and typically they flip themselves inside out to attempt to be of service to them. And clearly, this may result in a reasonably unbalanced relationship that could be actually compelling, however not at all times tremendous snug.
I feel we will all take care of having a few areas of life which can be form of quincunxy, the place we bend over backwards to make one thing work.
Perhaps it’s our job, perhaps it’s a relationship, but when your complete life had been that method, when you had tons of quincunx elements in your chart with out plenty of trines or sextiles to offset them, you’ll most likely find yourself fairly aggravated and, sure, most likely extra prone to dis-ease. It’s a facet that’s of the character of Virgo, an indication of bodily well being, and Scorpio, which is linked with emotional and psychological well being. So when you do have plenty of quincunx elements in your chart, I might not be shocked to see well being issues. And I might go a step additional and say that quincunxes in your chart, particularly linked to the Ascendant, may give testimony to the sorts of ailments you could be vulnerable to and what tends to make them manifest.
It’s an interesting facet and really quite a bit has been written and stated about it by a few of my colleagues. I’m going to depart a few hyperlinks within the episode abstract to movies and books associated to the quincunx, and in addition the Yod – typically yawd, which is a configuration through which you may have two planets which can be each in quincunx facet to a 3rd.
Elliott, I hope that helps, and thanks for giving me the chance to speak about this fascinating facet.
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