Today the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the fall of the twin towers in New York, is marked astrologically by an opposition between Mercury and Chiron.  If you grappled with last week’s confusion in the shape of Mercury opposite Neptune, you may find that, with today’s similar aspect involving Chiron you reach the nub of the problem, which can then begin a new healing.  The healing may be worked on the mental level, as it involves Mercury.  A tenth anniversary is a real marker, and it could be that with the emotional plane being so insistent in the past (year or ten), you may experience an emotional coming to terms, and are now ready to start a new phase of mental understanding.  Certainly I feel there has been a great deal of subconscious angst recently coming up to this point.  On that day 10 years ago, I heard the news on my way home on the train, from my commuter buddy at the time.  Then barely an hour later, it was the time for my Fixed Star meditation group to turn up.  So we sent out healing, barely knowing what we were sending out healing to.  The event was unprecedented, and incomprehensible.  The event itself has come to be synonymous astrologically in my mind with the late summer/early autumn Fixed Stars, among them one name Alkaid in the Big Dipper, the actual tip of the handle of the Big Dipper,  eerily similar to the word Alkaida.  The star we were working with that night was Denebola, a star in the constellation of Leo, and one of the meditators wrote in our little silver hologrammed spiral notebook a message that there will one day be Unity.  That is still a very much needed commodity, ten years on.  Venus is sextile Mars today, which instills a co-operation between the sexes.  My husband Mike and I travelled to New York for the first time in October 2007, and stood at Ground Zero.  My prayers there produced a sense of Heaven and Earth uniting in co-operation, those who had lost loved ones being helped to understand by those who had passed into other dimensions.  A book I read just a few weeks ago seemed to bring this thought to life.  It was written by Bonny McEneaney, whose husband died in the disaster.  It’s entitled “Messages: Signs, Visits, and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11” and I expect it is much more well-known in the U.S. than here.  The copyright at the beginning of the book tells us we can only quote a few lines, and I would have loved to quote some of the poems, but will just quote from the introduction: “This is a book about men and women who lost loved ones and who have been fortunate enough to have spiritual experiences surrounding these losses.  This is not a book about death.  It is a book about hope and the deep and loving connections that go well beyond the boundaries that exist between life and death.”  Tomorrow, Mercury trines Pluto, so this is a timely aspect for learning deep lessons, and moving on to a new phase of life and living.  Maybe for instance you have evolved a new philosophy, and can start to live it.  On the same day we have a Full Moon in Pisces, and emotions may be full on, but balanced and encompassed by a wider and deeper mental outlook.  On Thursday (15th) Mercury trines Jupiter, and all ye entrepreneurs out there should have a good day practicing your art.  Also favoured are students, such as freshers, embarking on new studies, and philosophers living new philosophies.  Later  that day Venus moves into one of its own signs, Libra.  This will be a stimulus to the Arts, and to relationships in general.  Justice, fairness and harmony will be much sought after, and there may be new initiatives in human rights.  In your own close relationship, if you have been splitting hairs and being a bit picky about the behaviour of your other half, you may change to seeking a rapprochement and be more willing to compromise about the foibles of your loved one.  On Friday 16th Pluto is stationary prior to turning direct, and you may start to make more long term progress in the area of your chart currently occupied by Pluto and the sign Capricorn.  The end of the week, Saturday 17th, brings an opposition between Venus and Uranus.  If you are socializing, be prepared for some erratic behaviour.  If you are having a quiet night in, it might turn out a bit like Abigail’s Party (Mike Leigh’s play, circa 1977).  Returning to the Fixed Stars, if you are lucky enough to have a clear sky at night you may still be able to catch the Supernova PTF 11kly exploding in the Pinwheel Galaxy (not to be confused with the Pinwheel Galaxy in Triangulum) near the tip of the handle of the Big Dipper.  Our meditation group used to occasionally nip out and stargaze on my primitive telescope, and wish they had a proper Astronomer guiding them!

The week in bullet points:

  • Monday – Deep thoughts and emotions
  • Thursday – Brisk sales, stimulating mental outlook, and smoother-sailing relationships
  • Friday – A sea-change towards progress
  • Saturday – Strange social outlook