Sagittarius & Capricorn Festivals:
The End of Year 2007
Subtle Meanings of the Astrological Aspects at the end of 2007 
The Power of Uranus
With the preceding, we need to take a look at the retrograde Uranus period which started 23 Jun 07 and lasted through 24 Nov 07. Uranus and Saturn form a pair in what they bring to a person's life – a sort of 'odd couple', if you will. Whereas Saturn represents necessities which are borne out of causes often having their roots far in the past, Uranus represents progress, growing beyond the bounds of those environing conditions indicated by Saturn and brings about those circumstances that foster better conditions for the unfolding of one's spiritual life. During the retrograde phase of Uranus, that progress can often get thwarted by the outer world and one then embarks on an inner quest to find out why things went wrong and what is needed to get one's spiritual progress back on track. Uranus entered the shadow area in the first week of March this year and there were certain definitive steps that people made in that time that were meant to take them forward into a new phase of life or an expansion of sorts during that period. If there were setbacks after Jun 23rd it meant either the conditions for progress were not properly in place or personal difficulties kept one from realizing the full potential of what Uranus was supposed to bring from the first few months of 2007. Essentially, we are revisiting what was going on spiritually around the first part of March and we are being given another shot at whatever it was we were trying to externalize – if those steps were needed.
Both stations of Uranus this year had a strong theme of instruction in them. The direct station just past (Nov 24th) had as its symbol:
“An officer instructing his men before a simulated assault under a barrage of live shells.”
It is this symbol that is being revisited now, and Uranus is still on that degree. The degree of the retrograde station on Jun 23rd had as its symbol:
“A Master instructing his disciple.”
Uranus will pass this point again in March 8th of next year. The March ingress of Uranus into the Uranus shadow area and the November station were meant to encourage and empower us. Somewhere deep within the psyche we were and are again being called to take courageous spiritual steps forward. Curiously, Uranus will remain on the 15th degree of Pisces until Dec 14th, just as Saturn reaches its retrograde station for this year.
Here is the scenario, then: We have a chance to take a step out of the comfort zone and do something daring – something that was beckoning in the first part of the year. When Saturn turns retrograde we will see if we finally got it right. Then, maybe, if there has been 'misfortune' over the past months or couple of years, real or imagined, the coming Rat and Ox months will supply the energies that will allow us the space to heal that. As for the retrograde period of Uranus, the symbol for that is fairly self-explanatory – there has been a lot of inner instruction going on since June 24th, either from real Masters or from the higher Self, which is the true Master anyway. I think it is fair to say that we have all learned quite a bit in the past few months, and mainly about ourselves. Now, it is time to apply all that garnered wisdom under 'the barrage of live shells' that life has on offer.
A Large White Dove
As for the final retrograde period under consideration – that of Neptune – it has been and gone, but we need to have a look at it anyway because Neptune will be in its shadow area until Feb 18th next year. Hence, we are now applying what Neptune brought to us during the retrograde phase (24 May 07 – 1 Nov 07). Neptune first crossed into its shadow area on 1 Feb 07 on the 20th degree of Aquarius, the symbol for which reads:
“A large white dove bearing a message.”
This symbol speaks of a deep and abiding message or indication from the Soul, the significance of which should bring us deep inner peace. Neptune carries the energy of truth-spiritual Truth. Therefore, look at what was going on in your life around the first part of February this year and in the first part of November as well. What was the higher message for you? Were you able to live it and bring it through into your outer life? This latter point is what was meant to be exhibited in the outer life through the agency of Neptune. Neptune will remain on this 'dove' degree until the 22nd of December.
When Neptune made its retrograde station in the latter part of May this year it was on the 23rd degree of Aquarius, the symbol for which reads:
“A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws.”
The message here is about inner training. However, training under Neptune often carries subtle meanings with it. Neptune is the planet of subtlety, nuance, refined sensitivity and understanding. The retrograde phase of Neptune this time was about overcoming coarser and heavy emotions-'bearish' problems-with aim toward being better able to implement what was being shown to us at the time Neptune crossed into its shadow area in the first part of the year. When Neptune finally crosses the degree of its retrograde station for the last time on 18 Feb 08, we will have hopefully learned the self-discipline needed to finally carry through with the message that the higher Self was trying to impart to us and thus be free of certain issues, or maybe just one issue, that had been holding us back prior to that. Maybe then we can all find a greater sense of peace within ourselves and have a message of cheer to give out to the world.
Capricorn Festival at the Full Moon Christmas Eve
The final item for consideration in this letter is the full moon of December, which occurs on the 24th at 11:15 AM AEDT (00:15 UT). What a great Christmas gift this will be! (I am serious, now.) The full moon axis straddles the first degrees of the Cancer/Capricorn axis, which are also known as Aries points, being the 1st degree of cardinal signs. Thus, this will be a very powerfully-felt full moon and it will bring some big changes with it. It is a pity that it is not an eclipse, too. One can dream, though. In that figure we find the Sun conjunct Jupiter, Pluto and Mercury, with the Sun and Jupiter also in quintile to Uranus. Ring any bells? *
Quintiles bring those crises that release creative gifts for people, and when Aries points are involved something of profound beauty can be brought into being, along with a little chaos to make it interesting. You may want to stay out of airplanes during those few days if you can. Uranus rules air travel. I am not forecasting any disasters here, but things could get a little problematic if significant planets or angles are activated in one's chart. In addition to the little stellium, the Moon conjoins the retrograde Mars, completing the geometric pattern with Uranus, the Sun and Jupiter.
The symbol for the Sun/Jupiter degree reads as follows:
“Three rose windows in a gothic church, one damaged by war.”
This symbol speaks of the waste brought by conflict and the damage to the beauty in life that unnecessary upset can bring. It is also a warning not to give one's emotions over to negativity, lest the 'window to the Soul' be damaged, especially in such a time of retreat as the Capricorn interlude.
The symbol for the Moon is equally revealing:
“A man on a magic carpet hovers over a large area of land.” The message here is to rise above things when strife looms large and not to lose one's greater perspective and sense of calm. Mars/Moon is a classic indicator for petty arguments and familial strife, and when it opposes such a powerful stellium, watch out! We know that the Christmas season can be a time fraught with family difficulties. Of course, if you want to end a relationship and burn your bridges, the full moon of December would be a great time to do so, but be very carefully considered before you do. Patterns, like the one indicated by this full moon figure, have a way of coming back on a person. Keep in mind, too, that Saturn is contra-parallel to Chiron during the full moon and will be exact toward the end of January. Just be careful, compassionate and kind in your dealings with people. There are some very fated circumstances indicated for the entire final part of this Year of the Pig. However, the December full moon is one of the more creative ones I have seen for a while and it has the strong tinge of originality and genius with it. Enjoy!
2008 Brings a Fresh Outlook
Well, that's it for me for another year. I go into retreat myself after this letter until the New Year. Actually, I have a fair amount of work on over the holidays, but don't tell anyone. I am supposed to be on retreat. Whatever happens, we go into 2008 with a fresh outlook, with a lot of old baggage left behind, with great hopes for the future and a few surprises in store-hopefully good ones! We will see what the new government has in reserve for us here in Australia. We will have to see what the inauguration chart holds. I will be doing the Chinese New Year forecast early in the year and I will be resuming regular letters again before too long. In all, I think 2008 looks a fair bit brighter emotionally. There is excitement in the air, and rightly so-new starts all around. The Earth Rat is about establishing stability and standing for something solid, about empowering one's self and guarding what is good and true within us. Let us be certain that we go into 2008 free of anything that would prove to be a hindrance to those things.
After hearing the bagpipes the other day I was thinking about the strange twists that life has taken since I have been in Australia and especially since 2000. It has all been good in retrospect and has brought some very nice things to me – most especially, some mighty fine friends. I, and I dare say we, are truly blessed to have the lives we have. Count on your friends. They will get you through a lot. Mine sure have. I like to think I have done the same for them. We may not all march to the same drummer or know all the same tunes, but the shared music is a wonderful thing. In the sunset of this year let your music be joyful, and don't let the sun go down on problems unsolved. Life is too short to worry about what might have been or what could have been different. Make things what you want them to be now. Don't wait. I can see a lone piper in my mind's eye standing on a small hill, playing a jig, moving with the music and rousing the hearts of all who can hear him. The music of the Soul has that effect upon people, too. We may stand alone or think that we do, but others hear us and they like what they hear more often than not. Pick a tune and play it for all that it is worth. Play it loud – play it proud!
29 Nov 2007
*From Quintile letter of 21 Sep 04
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