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Friday, April 3, 2020

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There are important activations today and tomorrow in the celestial colliseum. Venus enters Gemini this afternoon (trining Saturn in Aquarius), Mercury joins Neptune in Pisces tonight, Jupiter finally meets up with Pluto in Capricorn tomorrow evening, and of course Chiron in Aries has been squaring Moon’s nodes.

There is a nebulousness to our mental and vocational activities today. We, or those around us, can be a little forgetful or confused. The truth seems a bit obscured by a daunting unfathomable reality that is beyond our control. And as we try to talk about it or understand it in order to relate to one another better, it just goes down a rabbit hole of blabber. We are feeling more talkative, relatable, and outgoing now that Venus has entered chatty sociable Gemini, but the limitations of Saturn in Aquarius thwart that desire to go out and walk or drive around town. We are instead forced into videoconferencing our friends and loved ones. And as Jupiter will be partile Pluto tomorrow evening, the culmination of these globally significant Plutonian conjunctions climaxes in extremes of loss or abundance. Jupiter is expansive and abundant and filled with opportunity. It brings great rewards and encourages us to seek greater and ever more diverse philosophies, cultures, and ideas. Pluto, on the other hand, God of the underworld, brings limitation, loss, death, sorrow, and rules the skeletons hidden deep in our closets. But the beauty of Pluto is that once we truly face the dark shadows of our own personal underworld, we are set free and liberated to be reborn, often metaphorically explained through the story of the phoenix that rises from the ashes of its own funeral pyre. So, if we have not faced important shadows, deep insecurities, lies, or abuses either given or taken, the reckoning could very well seep up out of the mist and bring us through the fire we need to burn it to the ground and begin anew. If the exposure of this darkness will help us develop a deeper connection to our nearest and dearest, this is a very apropos time. With Venus entering Gemini we are wont to communicate our thoughts to those we love, and with Jupiter conjunct Pluto we are seeking expansion and rebirth in order to align (Capricorn) with Universal Truth, with God, with Goddess. Walk through the fire, question the answers, share your feelings and thoughts with those you love. This is the great cleansing. The healing of our deepest darkest wounds (Chiron square the Nodes). This is our journey from fear and anxiety to glorious forgiveness and awakening. We will all sing again.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

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So much has transpired in the past two weeks. I’ve put together a portfolio of my photographs (geoffgronlund.myportfolio.com), social distancing has become l0ckdown in many many more places, and our sense of uncertainty and fear has escalated into waves of anxiety and depression. There is no mistaking the magnitude of our global situation, however dire it may be from one place to another. Staying home and staying safe is critical to lessening the infections and deaths from Coronavirus.

Saturn entered Aquarius on March 22nd. Because Saturn is restrictive and responsible, and Aquarius is community and friendship, social distancing is very apropos for the Saturn in Aquarius transit. More importantly, however, Saturn brings our sense of responsibility and achievement into alignment, begging the question of what does that imply for the next two-and-a-half years (Saturn’s journey through each sign). We are reestablishing and rebuilding new societal and communal structures. We are completely reevaluating the value of these crucial parts of our lives. Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is in Taurus, which is the sign of what we value, our resources, our property, our self-sustainment. So when you synthesize these planets, the signs they’re in, and their rulers, we get a story. This is the story of actively (Mars) rebuilding (Saturn) our communities (Aquarius) by determining what is most valuable and self-sustaining (Taurus) for a better future (Aquarius).

As Mars begins its journey through Aquarius, after passing Saturn at 0° on Tuesday, we are all feeling a bit anxious and on edge. The fiery nature of Mars in the sign that rules our nervous system is prone to anxiety, especially in these fearful times. But I’m not here to fan those flames of fear. I am here to explain what good we can focus on during these transits. We are all feeling Mars and Saturn in Aquarius today, especially as Moon approaches an opposition to them in Leo this afternoon. She is already beginning to reflect all of these things back to us, as if looking into a mirror, awakening us to their potentials. Potentials that serve us.

Mars allows us to be bold, take action, and stand up for ourselves and what we believe in. In proper alignment, it is the creative spark that ignites a passion in us to boldly follow new paths forward. Aquarius rules our nervous system, science, community, and setting the bar higher. It seeks to go beyond the status quo, to rebel against the old outmoded ways of the past (Capricorn), to establish a future that reflects the values of higher consciousness. The sparks and inspirations that you’re having, perhaps with your friends over Zoom or Skype, are the valuable focal points for us right now. With Moon approaching an opposition to Saturn and Mars (in that order) today, we can expect to nurture these values and ideas, taking heart that our anxiety and fear are simply not serving us for the greater good and higher potential of what is to come. Granted some of us may be in places where the situation is quite dire, but that means it is even more imperative that we hold space with these visions of a better future for our communities and society-at-large. The world needs our hope and our ideas and our visions. Beyond the grueling monotony of traditional values and patriarchal mindsets, where greed and corruption and ulterior motives are rampant, there is a new civilization emerging. Today we reflect upon this and hold space with sparks of inspiration that can advance ourselves, our families, and our communities into a more aligned and awakened planet for our children’s children. Don’t feed into the rabbit hole of fear and anxiety. Lift yourself up into a reality of hope and love, tenderness and care, understanding and forgiveness. We are all related.

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January 22, 2020

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Moon in Capricorn until 8:20am Friday brings reflection upon all the strife, pain, and loss we’ve suffered in the past year, giving us ample opportunity to see more clearly the hard lessons we are emotionally evolving to understand. Because once we understand WHY Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn may have knocked down so much in our lives, we can begin to build on that beautiful new foundation and elevate our future to places that were once only imaginable.

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January 20, 2020

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Fields of Union County, November 27, 2019 – Photo by Geoff Gronlund

We have been living the Capricorn dream, which is more of a concrete reality than a dream. The bugs and critters that have been infesting our nooks and crannies have come out to play and we are doing all we can to eliminate them from our domain. So many problems and responsibilities, issues from our past, boundaries crossed and penance due, karmic cleansing. What Capricorn has taught us is right from wrong, truth from lies, work from play, integrity from treachery. These are hard lessons, and hard earned lessons. The struggles we’ve gone through haven’t been easy, and they seem to continue testing us, as if they’re not going away.

We can expect the unexpected, however, as Sun moves into Aquarius today and the New Moon is in Aquarius on Friday. A breath of fresh air seems to drift out of the dark forest of Capricorn and into the open fields, allowing us to see the bright blue sky again. This is a glimpse of the rebirth we will emerge from this coming December. In the meantime, we are incubating and maturing. We are expanding the vessel of the Self in order to contain all that our rebirth will bring. Our task today, as Moon passes Mars in Sagittarius, is to look far into our journey, our soul, the expansive landscape that we both seek and traverse every day, and recognize the actions we need to take in order to discover all the colors of our rainbow, all the layers of achievement we are striving to manifest. Layers that encompass every shade of light, from the darkest moors of desolation to the brightest warmth of a loving embrace.

Aquarius is the harbinger of brilliance, discovery, and greater awareness. Blake’s Poetic Genius, if you will. There is a wise voice whispering across eternity through everything, and it is up to us to awaken our capacity to not only hear it, but to listen. Worlds are colliding, synchronicity is mounting, and channels are opening. Emerge from the forests of Capricorn into the fields of Aquarius. Discover your greatest future.

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Mars Retrograde (June 26 – August 27, 2018)

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Mars stationed retrograde on Wednesday, June 26th, at 9° Aquarius. Here’s what that means…

We follow patterns in life: habits, routines, responsibilities…unconscious behavior patterns. As Mars slows down and stations retrograde, these patterns emerge from our unconscious into our awareness, allowing us to glimpse a portion of our being that had been on autopilot for nearly two years. Instead of perpetually repeating our patterns and not heeding other winds of change blowing our way, the winds now cease so these can all crystallize in front of our very eyes. We can assess the patterns and understand much more clearly WHY we should take a new course of action. All the advice that was whispered to us over the past couple of years, all the subtle feelings of wanting to change but not feeling ready to, not wanting to, not believing it was necessary; they’re all staring us in the face with wide bright eyes waiting for us to open up our maps and plan a new course. And they are reassuring us that this new course is going to be better than the last!

If a new course is truly welcomed by us in our hearts, greater freedom will emerge and help liberate us from the shackles that chained us to our unconscious behaviors for so long. Aquarius liberates us if we heed its lightning flashes of inspiration with open hearts and minds. Mars stationing here brings a fiery fervor to this inspiration and stirs conceivably monumental achievement if we harness the flavors of this recipe. All the action you’ve been wanting to take but have put off? “Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.” New visions, new goals, new cycles and patterns, these all resonate with you becoming YOU! As Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn (August 12) to station direct and reemerge into Aquarius (September 10), we will be revisiting perhaps hard-to-handle truths and consequences that put us where we are. Capricorn shakes up the bullshit to expose boundaries and lies, wrong-doings, karmic patterns that need to shed like a snake sheds its skin in due time.

MAKE time to meditate upon your patterns, your bullshit behaviors, your shortcomings, etc. before (and during) Mars’ transit back into Capricorn on August 12th. If you get yourself in order and have a good sense of your map and new course before Mars reenters Capricorn, Capricorn will reward you with authority and recognition and a reputation that you deserve. That authority will come if you open your eyes to your old patterns, patterns you can consider old friends that you don’t have much in common with anymore. Make peace with those patterns, and instead of calling them bad or evil or horrible patterns, call them friends that brought you to where you are today. They taught you lessons, helped you understand your world, and helped you land upon the solid ground you’re standing upon now.

And beware! Mars in Aquarius can really shock your electronics, your speed, your elitism, your high standards, your higher-than-thouness! Advancement and progress through higher-consciousness with community, friends, and all collective endeavors is upon us. Gather with these people, open up your maps, plan your journeys, lash the mainsail, set a course, and embark upon those high seas of your destiny toward horizons of freedom and inspiration moving brightly through the rain and stars and wind!

Relationships can suffer due to Mars’ placement in Aquarius. It can bring a detachment to our passions, thus severing our grounded desires we tend to familiarize ourselves with. If you are aware of this subtlety it can serve your relationship well. Do things together with friends and community that can help you both grow and awaken and become more inspired in life. Brainstorm ideas, even if they’re far-fetched. Build dreams and visions. Go vision quest together or separately for the sake of your relationship. Understand the process of inspiration and freedom!

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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius

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By Mike Dubois

Today’s New Moon in Aquarius is widely conjunct the South Node of the Moon in Aquarius, which means it is partially in alignment with Earth and Sun, which means a partial Solar Eclipse. That’s right, it’s eclipse season, which means openings, or portals, into change and growth are upon us. New Moons are harbingers of new beginnings, new intentions being set, recognition that changes to our lives need to be made. Where is this happening for you?

There are electric, high-consciousness charges beaming in and stirring up our cauldron with inspirational ideas and visions of a better future. A better future for ourselves and our community. How would you like to improve the circle of like-minded friends and community members you relate to and appreciate in your life? What organizations would you like to help? Can you afford to donate your services, ideas, or finances to a good cause to better society or your local community?

With so much darkness around us, it is high time the deep blue rays of divine vision pouring forth from the vessel of Aquarius flow through us like a raging stream of sustained awakening. This New Moon eclipses Sun and begs we look back into our roots, our seeds, our previous beginnings to witness what has previously enlightened us in our past. Do we need to humble ourselves before the Great Mystery? Are our ideals for show or are they for progress? Will our legacy be valued by our children’s children? How many generations are your actions and accomplishments affecting?

Nurture inclusion toward progress within your tribe. It has been unlocked. Go forth through the portal of Electric Truth and lead those who seek direction, follow those who honor the sacred Mysteries, and recognize all the beauty of the petals on the flowers growing in the garden of your mind.

Mercury is swimming just beside Sun and Moon today, so be sure that whatever intentions you set forth, you do so in writing or in spoken word. It is good to at least perform this ritual in the mind, but there is immense power in our words. Communicate to your people, your loved ones, your friends. Listen to those who communicate to you. Honor your higher self and involve it deeply in your community. Our tribes and paradigm need to work together locally and share both hearts and minds with one another in order to find social freedom.

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