The Equinox comes. The days of the week hang suspended between light and darkness. The temporary balance of the equinox gives way to the forces of winter and darkness in the Northern Hemisphere, and unleashes the light in the Southern.
Seasonal Preview- Highlight Reel
The meeting between the forces of light darkness ends, sending us tumbling into the next season, where the cycles of both Mars and Saturn change significantly. Mars finds a new arena in Leo and Saturn moves his offices to Libra, unlocking a new set of energies for both.
Saturn into Libra- Oct. 29th
Saturn leaves Virgo for Libra at the end of October. Put frankly, Saturn’s reign in Virgo has been brutal. The grim planet has spent the last 2 years pruning the tree of life to the point that it looks like a Christmas tree in mid-May. Certainly, Saturn has had a little help from Uranus in devastating the material level, but seriously- credit where credit is due.
Saturn’s movement into Libra is a sign of better times to come. The structural, administrative planet is considered by traditional astrologers to be in its Exaltation in Libra, meaning that it provides results of the best quality. It is a period of readjustment, where the structure of government and business moves to adapt to the character of the times rather than imposing alienated ideological frameworks. A look back at the last two times that Saturn visited Libra reveals a pair of periods where the United States began moving back in the right direction after a period of imbalance and stagnation.
Saturn’s movement into Libra also takes the planet off-angle from Uranus, turning down the volume on the crises the opposition between the two planets has produced. The two planets will clash again in the Spring of 2010, but for the Fall we will be left with some breathing room.
Mars in Leo- Oct. 16th– June 7th
Mars will move into Leo in Mid October, establishing a new arena for the lord of war. Mars’ time in Leo closes the door the disastrous cycle behind us- the Mars in Cancer retrograde. The Mars in Cancer cycle brought the worst out of many, presiding over messy conflicts without clear winners. Quagmire, anyone?
Mars movement into Leo and his subsequent establishment of a new archetypal cycle there will not be without challenges, but they will, for the most part, be less of a fucking mess than those activated by Mars in Cancer. Mars’ time in Leo will activate issues surrounding leadership, self expression, and self presentation.
When one considers that Mars’ retrograde will cross Barack Obama’s Sun and Mercury (in Leo), we can certainly expect the crisis in leadership to be played out on the American political stage. The Mars retrograde is also likely to activate some of Israel’s more difficult karma. The last time Mars went retrograde in Leo was 1995, a year where Israel saw its prime minister assassinated and suffered the Beit Lid massacre. One can hope that it will be an end to a cycle of violence rather than a reignition, but hope finds little purchase on the fallow ground of world politics.