HERE WE ARE, beginning the last week of August and even setting foot into September before the next issue of this journal is written. How, in heaven’s name, did this month pass by so quickly? Perhaps the heavens can supply some answers …

Pluto in Capricorn is currently dismantling certain structures in our reality that have become too confining or restrictive, especially if they have been undermining our ability to be fully in charge of our lives. This is occurring for structures both in our personal lives and in our society.

TIME is ruled by Capricorn — and no doubt most of us can relate to the feeling that Time has been our master, with schedules deciding when we should do this or that, with little of the free-flowing moments outside of Time that truly engage our souls. I know that when I finally have a day without a specific time I need to be anywhere or do anything, there’s an entirely different feeling I carry with me throughout that day.

In today’s society, most of us rely on the 24-hour clock to guide our activities. We become impatient when we are “late,” and irritated when others interfere with getting something done “on time.”

BY RUNNING OUR LIVES based on strict schedules, we have lost connection with our internal clock, which is a vital guidance tool and helps us move through our lives with greater certainty and authority. Our internal mechanism knows the secret of perfect timing, which may not be as readily accessed when we script our lives by the hour.

Pluto knows that this reliance on external timekeepers is not in our best interests. And so, one of the structures that Pluto is deconstructing is Time and our reliance on it. This process is being enhanced through the Pluto-Uranus square.

Jupiter in Gemini may also be affecting our perception of time. Our minds are receiving greater quantities of information and our daily activities are becoming more varied. We may feel that there isn’t enough time to absorb it all or get it all done, so we perceive time to be moving more quickly than before. At the same time, Jupiter in Gemini is helping us see a bigger picture than usual, which also reduces the importance of living by the clock.

I MENTIONED last week that I would keep you informed about when the other planets in our solar system interact with (“trigger”) the energies of the upcoming Pluto-Uranus square. We actually will experience some of that effect this evening (early Monday in some time zones), with the Moon conjunct Pluto at 7:05pm PDT and then square Uranus at 8:19pm. The Moon moves quickly enough that we may not notice major events — but if we are tuned in, we should be able to pick up on the themes and emotions that are building.

We may become more aware of issues needing our attention on Monday and Tuesday, when Pluto and Uranus both form minor “sesquisquare” aspects with Mercury. These aspects can correspond with situations that stir up irritation or frustration.

With these aspects, we may over-react if we perceive our authority has been questioned, or out of a need to control or manipulate people and situations (Pluto in Capricorn). Or we may lash out at others or feel particularly rebellious if we feel something or someone is standing in the way of our rights and freedoms (Uranus). To navigage these situations, we must call upon the qualities of calmness, patience and self-observation.

WEDNESDAY’S ASPECTS provide support for projects and communications. Pluto trine the Sun will assist us in making adjustments as needed to reach our goals, and Saturn sextile Mercury can increase our ability to work well together, especially on creative projects. These are aspects of empowerment and stabilization, both of which will no doubt come in handy!

Thursday looks a little rockier, with the Sun opposing Chiron and quincunx Uranus. Both of these aspects require us to be able to see issues from another person’s point of view — which can be difficult if we are SURE we are RIGHT.

FRIDAY’S FULL MOON is a “blue moon,” which just means that it is the second Full Moon within one calendar month. Full Moons occur about 29-1/2 days apart, so if one occurs on the first day of a longer month, we can have another Full Moon that same month. It doesn’t happen all that often, which is why we have the phrase “once in a blue moon” to describe something that doesn’t happen very often.

Pluto is in harmonious relationship with the “Lights” (the Sun and Moon) at the Full Moon, so this lunation should help us let go of the restrictions of the past. At the same time, Uranus is in slightly uncomfortable relationship with the two Lights, so we are also likely to experience some frustrations and restlessness wherever things are moving more slowly than we would ideally like.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon gives form to both the empowering influence of Pluto and the impatience of Uranus: “A jockey spurs his horse, intent on outdistancing his rivals: Intense mobilization of energy and skill in the drive for success in any social performance affected by the competitive spirit.”

ANOTHER IMPORTANT SHIFT takes place this week: the Moon’s North and South Nodes change signs. These two points move backward through the zodiac — so the North Node is moving from Sagittarius to Scorpio, and the South Node is moving from Gemini to Taurus.

The North Node represents our shared path of highest growth, and is in each sign for about 18 months. We can look to the positive qualities of Scorpio as general guidance from now through February of 2014. These qualities include passionate dedication and involvement in life, awareness of our own and others’ motivations, the ability to share resources with others, and the ability to let go of what has outlived its usefulness and vibrancy.

Conversely, the negative qualities of the South Node’s sign represents our default mode, our lowest common denominator. The lower-vibrational qualities of Taurus include stubbornness, possessiveness, avoiding change, over-reliance on routine for a source of security, and resistance to accepting help from others.

Also, the Nodes determine the timing and sign location of eclipses. With the Nodes changing signs, we will also see the eclipses shift from Sagittarius-Gemini into Scorpio-Taurus — starting with a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 13.



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