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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 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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Is It the End or the Beginning?

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Sun conjunct Mercury conjunct Ceres conjunct Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn today and tomorrow. The most tremendous achievements require the most tremendous work. Halfway only gets you halfway. Those of us who’ve walked with integrity by taking responsibility for our actions, decisions, and failures are reaping rewards that have come through great effort. It’s not easy owning up to the choices we’ve made when they brought us dead ends and losses. But that is necessary if we are to make it through this planetary gauntlet without repercussions. Stop blaming others, stop blaming institutions, stop blaming anything and anyone who isn’t responsible for the limitations and mistakes in your life. The reckoning is upon us. The King is entering the hall where the Lord of Karma, the Lord of the Underworld, the Lady of Gaia, and the Messenger have been discussing our circumstances. What is the King learning from them? How will we know all that is being communicated? What do YOU think they’re talking about? I’m guessing it’s obvious now that we all have to go through hell before we get to heaven, at least proverbially speaking. Where are you now?

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Photo credit: Geoff Gronlund, Portland Head Light during Hurricane Sandy, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, October 28, 2012.

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Full Moon in Cancer, Friday, January 10, 2020

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The Full Moon penumbral lunar eclipse at 20° Cancer is Friday, January 10th at 2:22pm EST.

Moon is reflection. It exemplifies the process (phases) of reflecting upon ourselves, showing then hiding from us the entirety of who we are. Our undigested emotional trauma, our fears, our insecurities, our personal hangups, our inner child that needs affection, tenderness, and security. It is a time when we can fully see and recognize how these stresses in our lives are triggers that keep us in deeply carved ruts of personal plaque. When the light of our Sun fully reflects upon our Moon, all these facets of ourselves are exposed for us to reflect upon in hopes of understanding ourselves better and recognizing how to better nourish ourselves. Thus it is when we should bring to the altar whatever may be holding us back and preventing us from unfolding our wings so that we can let those things go and progress toward a more absolute awakening, not just a fleeting one. This Full Moon eclipse occurs in its home sign at 20° Cancer, magnifying its value and importance.

There is a caveat, however. As typical as this may seem, and it is typical this time of year, what is not typical is what Moon is opposing. There is a momentous communion of planets in Capricorn right now, magnified Sunday with an exact Saturn/Pluto conjunction (more on that in a future post). Saturn, Pluto, Mercury, Sun, Ceres, Jupiter, and Moon’s south node are all there, convening to play a daunting role in our Full Moon process. Remember, Moon is reflecting light from the Sun, who is assembled with all of these planets in Capricorn. Thus we are approaching a critical moment of reflection upon all the limitations, deaths, lies, failures, boundaries crossed, and inner workings of our darkest experiences and corners we’ve been hiding from and have been hidden from us. We are stripping the layers off into the deepest roots of our foundation in life and recognizing it for the first time. All the decisions, the reasons (or lack thereof) for our choices, and how they led us to where we are. Because of the austere and unyielding influence of the Capricorn congregation, this will make for a rather painful attempt to honor and process our Cancerian traumas and insecurities.

It would be best to plan a quiet weekend in order to respect our boundaries and nurture our personal space, making plenty of time for reflection, affection, dissemination, and integration. Let what light there is shine in from the fringes and illuminate your weary soul. What exactly needs to be released, or gained, in our lives in order to achieve the transformation necessary to unfold our glorious wings of triumph? This is a balancing act of honoring our greatest strengths while forgiving our greatest weaknesses. Don’t let the geopolitical drama engulf you in depression and anxiety. Love and healing and evolution begin in our hearts and in the hearts of our loved ones at home and in our community.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

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Mars in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn starts our day today. These planets are in their home signs (Mars traditionally), helping them both work together to bring us further personal growth. The recognitions we’ve been having over the past week or so are begging us to take action and stay committed to the changes and rebuilding process we’ve embarked upon. We are in the midst of a deep psychological rebirth that can only come to fruition through determination and loyalty to our intentions. As Moon enters Libra this morning, we begin to weigh the value of the relationships we’ve been witnessing and more clearly understanding over the past few weeks. The grounding reality check going on has been an opportunity to lay a foundation under these relationships and build up and out into vastly more expansive horizons. Venus will enter Aquarius very early tomorrow morning, helping us raise the bar on our relationships and instill a higher purpose and calling to the value of them. Perhaps we will begin to recognize how we can apply that value to our community and tribal network. What essential contributions can our most sacred relationships bring to enhance the community and circle of friends we cherish? It is time to work together to elevate our local vibrations. Gather those you love this Solstice weekend and forge a unique future of communal engagement. The changes coming are going to begin there.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Whether you’ve heard about the Saturn Pluto conjunction on Jan 12, 2020 or you haven’t, it doesn’t matter. There has been an ominous sense of doom pervading and growing in our lives for quite some time. There is death, loss, and a foreboding anxiety about what may be lost next. Depending upon where this is happening in you natal chart paints the picture of how and what kind of dread you’ve been experiencing. And it’s not just happening to you. It’s happening to everyone everywhere, and it’s happening on the geo-political and socio-economic stage. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn take NO prisoners. Trust me. We have 38 days to look up from the trenches we’ve dug for ourselves and build whatever it takes to emerge into a magic we so desperately want and need. It won’t happen without commitment.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

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This morning began with a very early Moon/Neptune conjunction in Pisces, which we likely felt last night trickling in. Moon in Pisces, especially conjunct Neptune in its own sign, is the essence of experiencing the womb in waking life, a watery etheric dreamlike essence that helps us better understand how to trust in the process of becoming. As she approaches Aries, we begin to feel the inevitability of separation from this, thus preparing ourselves to re-individuate and take the reins of our lives back into our own hands. Spending the day meditating on this process will be good for us.

With this Moon/Neptune conjunction in Pisces comes things that are beyond our control, and that includes news we don’t expect or want with retrograde Mercury in Scorpio semi-sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius digging up even more shadows from the past.

Late tomorrow evening and into Saturday, Sun in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn which sextiles Neptune in Pisces (which also means Sun trines Neptune). We are caught in a battle between escapism and pragmatism, confused about the values of each. Likely opting for the former, we may get caught in a web of crossed boundaries, responsibilities left by the side of the road in a bag with all our prudent choices in it. There are lessons through this process, however. Just be mindful of your actions and the consequences that could result from those actions. By Sunday we can lick our wounds and hike back the seven miles to look for our bag of pragmatic prudence on the side of the road.

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New Moon, Sunday, October 27, 2019

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Tonight at 11:39pm EDT we have a New Moon at 4° Scorpio opposing Uranus at 4° Taurus. At the same time, Mars and Saturn are squaring each other in Libra and Capricorn respectively. This is an extremely powerful New Moon centered around embodying the sacred through awakening our sexual forces. Harnessing these forces is a sensitive dance, however. There is electrifying turmoil in the reaches of our emotional body seeking outward expression. We are facing the most powerful sexual archetypes in a myriad of placements and aspects, so relationship dynamics are most pressing on this New Moon. Our passions and perversions may swing wildly across boundaries into shadows we have repressed deep within our emotional bodies. Because of this, we need to ground ourselves and value some moments alone to recognize these feelings and desires, allow them to lose their affiliation with language, and harness them through heart-centered alignment of the elemental bodies. Our roots may be blocked or unleashed, and our minds may be stagnant or rampant, but whatever the case, open the channels and valleys to allow an uninhibited flow of these tsunamic forces through our physical, emotional, mental, and etheric bodies so they may come back into healthy alignment. We are about to upgrade our journey through life. How do you intend to do that?

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The Fog is Lifting

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Saturn. Great commanding deity of TIME, KARMA, WORK, AUTHORITY, STRUCTURE. Without Saturn we would get nothing accomplished, never feel guilty about anything, never reap what we sow, never mature, and nothing would stay together. With Saturn reigning over all of these things, thus the weight it can put upon our own shoulders, it is no surprise that its changes will affect our own.

As Saturn stations direct this week (yesterday, technically), the proverbial chains that have been holding us down, back, and in, are unlocked and beginning to come loose. The fog is lifting. We are beginning to feel that there truly is potential in the plans and visions we were coaxing into existence earlier this year but were stifled in our capacity to manifest. A very heavy weight is coming off our chests. The pieces that fell apart between April 29th and now can be picked up and put back together again, but this time we can build an even better future, as difficult as it may sound.

We of course have to remember that Saturn is still in its ruling sign of Capricorn, along with Pluto and Moon’s South Node, so our coming achievements will reflect the essence of this archetype. The essence of Capricorn is journeying from student to master, beginner to advanced, childish to mature, the sea to the mountaintop. It is utilizing the lessons learned through hard work, diligence, integrity, strife, karma, guilt, and the crossing of boundaries, to make something of our soul’s journey. We all fell somewhere these past five months, perhaps we fell and fell and fell. Maybe we did things we shouldn’t have done. Maybe we got lazy or stupid while soaking up so much fun in the summer Sun. But hopefully we all made it through and are here to read or write about it.

Take heed of the whispers Saturn gleaned upon you from time-to-time over the summer (or winter in the southern hemisphere). Ideas of how to improve your career, your practice, your study, your mentoring, your parenting, your time management. These are all areas we are going to begin feeling better about. The work is not finished by any means, but there is beginning to be light at the end of the dark confusing tunnel of setbacks and struggles we have been through. With right action and conscious process we can attain now what we could only imagine attaining before. We can now climb that mountain.

Much as we have to remember that Saturn (and Pluto and SN) are still in Capricorn, we also have to remember that all the inner planets, including Sun, are either in or approaching Libra. They will one-by-one come to square Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn between Sep 22 and Nov 5. This is not to be taken lightly, because the inner planets reflect our day-to-day experiences and relationships, especially the latter when they’re all in Libra. We will be forced to examine and build upon the pieces of our relationships that may have been shattered or struggled to evolve lately. Saturn and Pluto can bring tremendous limitations and loss into our lives. Loss of people, jobs, security, friends, health. But they knock us down that we might rise again mightier than before. The phoenix rising from the ashes, building a new future, a new relationship, a new career. Particularly as these inner planets transit Libra and square Saturn and Pluto, we will feel a strong pull to honor the significant people in our lives and how we emotionally manage those relationships. Remember that honoring those people can also mean letting them go. This is about aligning our integrity in the realm of relationships through whatever is necessary. How can we build upon the relationships we are already in in a more harmonious and balanced manner? What can we let go of willingly that will bring peace to the love we share with them? It will be an October of recognizing our passive-aggressive behaviors and perhaps being put in our place because of them. Be mindful of your actions, but especially be mindful of your REactions. Saturn is prone to taking things too far just to find out where the boundaries are. If you remain vigilant of your actions, you can find that boundary without crossing it. In other words, think before you speak.

Find your gift. Nurture that gift. While Moon’s south node is in Capricorn, its north node is in Cancer. North node is the beacon we strive to find on the high seas of life. It is the coordinate we set our tack to. With Moon’s north node in Cancer we need to process our experiences and feel into our emotional bodies. It’s much easier said than done, but spending time within ourselves and learning to understand how we react to things that happen to us, be it loss, fear, anxiety, or even joy, ecstasy, peace, helps us get to know our inner child. There is always an inner child to nurture, secure, protect, and teach. When we saddle up and gather our reins, or hoist the mainsail and cast off our mooring toward the beacon in the distance, take good care of yourself. Don’t be so hard on yourself or so rigid in your game plan. Saturn in Capricorn is a double signature for rigidity and strictness. Cancer softens. So, without being lazy or possessive or gluttonous, as Cancer is wont to be, be soft on yourself and others on this journey.

Your achievements await you, but you must honor those around you who are accompanying you on this journey through life. Love the ones who love you. We cannot take this ride alone. Build a new future from the pieces that remain and build it with those you love. The lenses are being polished and the lighthouse is beckoning. It is time to set your course. Blessings, mate!

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