The moon moves fast. It spends approximately 2.5 days in each zodiac sign, cycling through the whole wheel in a month (“moonth”). As it circles the sky (from our perspective on Earth), it comes into various aspects with the other planets. Because the moon moves so quickly, the energy of most of these aspects is subtle. There’s little build-up and it’s over fast.
Sometimes, however, the moon’s transits pick up on an existing energy, sort of calling us back to look at what we may have missed.
Today, as the moon enters Leo, it will immediately come into opposition with Pluto and a square to Jupiter, following the path that Mars just paved.
It will be quick, but it can bring forward another wave of whatever energy arose for us as Mars entered its T-square with Pluto and Jupiter.
The friction of a square and the tension of an opposition don’t always feel good, but not everything feels good in the process.
Sometimes our best solutions come through what we learn in the struggle.
Understanding the Context
As I’ve learned more about astrology, I’ve found it helpful to consult an actual chart showing the placement of the planets in the sky by degree.
In referencing a transit chart on a daily basis, I’ve noticed that what often gets lost in discussions about astrology is the context.
The moon’s aspects to Pluto and Jupiter aren’t happening in isolation. It’s picking up on whatever messages the Mars transit brought up.
And it’s important to realize that the T-Square between Mars, Pluto, and Jupiter isn’t over.
The T-square energy was forming even before Mars entered Leo, and the planets are still sitting in roughly the same angles.
A Subtle Distinction
Instead of thinking about these aspects as isolated events, it’s more accurate to consider them as part of the same story.
It less of
Mars opposed Pluto then moved on, then squared Jupiter, then the moon came into Leo and did the same.
and more like:
Mars was forming an opposition to Pluto and once that energy solidified, it squared Jupiter adding a new energy to this opposition, then the moon came in to the still-existing dynamic of this moment.
This may be a subtle distinction, but it’s an important one to consider, because it more accurately reflects the energetic principles underlying human emotions and behavior, which is a main reason I study astrology.
As Above, So Below
The reason I like to use astrology in my work is because it gives us a map to our human experience.
The principle here is “as above, so below.”
Understanding that these transits are not isolated events, but rather are happening in context, can help us see the patterns in our emotions and behaviors.
Here’s a simple example that comes up often with my coaching clients.
You have an argument with your spouse before you leave for work. The argument leaves you feeling annoyed or frustrated.
You go to your office, and a colleague isn’t responsive to your emails or you encounter other friction in getting things done.
You’re not as productive as you want to be, and you come home feeling annoyed. Your kids want your attention and you snap at them or ignore them.
The things that happen at work aren’t separate from what happened at home in the morning. And what happens at home in the evening isn’t separate from what happened at work.
They are all part of the same story: when you get to work, you’re still in the energy of the argument with your spouse. If you’re not aware that you’re in this energy, it will infect the interactions you have during the day.
In fact, maybe the friction at work wouldn’t have been a big deal if you had come to work with different energy.
Bringing awareness to how the context shapes our energy can help us see patterns and make changes.