Locked and Loaded
Coming off a nice kite formation and an overall very harmonious chart the week before, after a very intense month prior to that, this chart sends us back into an intense two-month period – as the Pluto-Uranus-Jupiter T-Square aspects are winding down. The summer aspects really shook things up, notably with the so-called great American eclipse on August 21st with events such as Robert E. Lee affair, the North Korean missile crisis, the Texas flood, hurricane Irma and so the chart for the Autumn equinox is less volatile but still quite tense.
Jupiter -Uranus opposition
The Jupiter-Uranus opposition can signify release from restrictions, hence ruptures or departures that bring liberating changes, as well as restlessness leading to drastic changes and as this opposition has marked much of the year, it’s final two months can be an opportunity to pursue, complete and consolidate changes in one’s life.
The kite formation is no longer complete, but there are still many positive aspects around this opposition. Mars, Mercury, and Venus close-knit in Virgo, sextile and trine to Jupiter and Uranus. Moreover, Saturn, highly charged on this chart, also has two strong Trines with Jupiter and Uranus respectively favor many qualities to help this change: Solitude, reflectiveness, expansiveness, pragmatism, clarity, sharpness, contentedness, benevolence, optimism, talkativeness, and creative intellect.
I think that these aspects denote overall favorable conditions to manage the changes and reforms called for in personal and societal levels.
Neptune – Mercury - Saturn T-Square
This aspect, however, brings a strongly challenging inhibition to the transformation process with moods such as mental confusion, pessimism, uncertainty, frustrations, dissension, lack of realism, and discouragement. Although the Neptune opposition brings confusion to the normally precise, accurate Virgo sign (Mercury is ruler of Virgo, while Venus is its fall - and the Moon in Scorpio Opposite Uranus, conjunct with Jupiter can bring more confusion) ; this can be attenuated by the Pluto trines and a sextile with Neptune, that bring impetus for new activities, risk, stimulation, alertness, deep solutions, altruism, spiritual searching, psychological insights, and strong love.
Sun -Saturn - Chiron T-Square
Interestingly, Saturn and Chiron are square to each other right close to the solstice and equinoctial points and hence compose difficult aspects with the Sun at both equinoxes and solstices this astrological year. Besides the provocative Mars aspects, this Chiron – Saturn square marks the year with strong challenges to self-esteem, stirring up deep wounds and raising issues that call for strong healing impetus.
So we are dealings with problems of strong impetus for deep structural changes resulting in power struggles, that are challenged by inhibitions and insecurities. As this Pluto – Jupiter- Uranus T-Square fades out over the next two months, it will end with a bang as Mars joins the fray to form a combustible Mars- Pluto – Uranus T-Square to shake things up in November finally fading by mid-December when the holiday season brings less intense new energies marked by Jupiter’s moves into Scorpio. It could be good to consider this very tough Mars aspect as a final shaking of the house, to test its strength, as it were. If solid foundations were built during the year, then the house should be able to withstand the storm.
Although the aspects this year are quite intense and volatile, for those concerned with self-transformation, it is good to keep in mind that it is these types of aspects that allow one to look at oneself in a deeper way, and to undertake meaningful problem-solving initiatives, and so, if one works at it, they often provide very useful situations for effective self-transformation and individual growth - it is in difficult situations that one's true mettle comes through. In that sense, this chart fits well with the "journey to the underworld" symbolism linked to the Fall season, a period of introspection and facing the darkness within before discovering the inner light.
Robert Hand, Planets in Transit