Pressure is building in the heavens, things are about to burst. Today Venus makes an exact square to Mars, something she has been working towards for some days now. Tensions in relationships come to a head as do conflicts between different ways of doing things – action versus persuasion, forthrightness versus subtlety, sheer force versus tactics. How well we can manage these tensions will inform what we manage to get out of these times; an ability to balance and find solutions or agreements will lead to creative opportunities and new ideas and directions to explore. Lose your nerve and where there is tension might collapse into an unproductive battle of wills with nothing coming from it but exhaustion. It is a good time to practice deep breathing and staying focused.
While some tensions come to a head today the overall sense of increasing tension does not let up just yet. The Sun is moving right into the t-square formation with Uranus and Pluto, rough waters there as the Sun (who has a huge ego) confronts Uranus who wants to revolutionise ideas about ego while Pluto wants us all to knuckle down and got on with some real work. Yet more tensions – between philosophy and action, self and community, high ideals and reality. Navigating through these stormy waters could bring some of your most profound insights or realisations or aspirations. It could set you on a new and beautifully inspiring course for the future or again, it could leave you exhausted and confused.
Try to tune in to any tensions you are feeling, understand what lies at the root of them. If you are used to meditating you might find active meditation, such as a walking meditation, or dance or yoga more practicable than a sitting meditation at this time. If you are not used to meditating try to clear some time to do something that also clears your head – make some space for the solutions to come in. This is not a time to force anything as force will too easily get caught in the crossfire of all these conflicting energies at the moment. By the same token it is not a time to be passive as you will get caught in the maelstrom and be unable to find your way out.
The Sabian symbols for this square:
PHASE 144 (LEO 24°): TOTALLY CONCENTRATED UPON INNER SPIRITUAL ATTAINMENT, A MAN IS SITTING IN A STATE OF COMPLETE NEGLECT OF BODILY APPEARANCE AND CLEANLINESS.
KEYNOTE: An interior focalization of energy and consciousness at the expense of all forms of outward activity and care.
This traditional image of the Hindu holy man in the typical Western mind may well hide the fact that without proper training and intense concentration, what we usually consider spiritual attainment, self-realization and the “God experience” is not possible. The “intoxicated chickens” of the Leo 21° symbol must learn self-discipline if they want to “fly.” There can be no halfway measures if the goal of true Yoga is to be reached.
This fourth stage symbol, as usual, suggests a certain kind of “technique,” or at least an adequate means to reach an envisioned goal. The means is TOTAL CONCENTRATION.
PHASE 234 (SCORPIO 24°): AFTER HAVING HEARD AN INSPIRED INDIVIDUAL DELIVER HIS “SERMON ON THE MOUNT,” CROWDS ARE RETURNING HOME.
KEYNOTE: The need to incorporate inspiring experiences and teachings into everyday living.
Today we hear a great deal about “peak experiences” (Maslow). The great problem facing everyone who has had such experiences is how to assimilate what has been felt, seen or heard, and how to let it transform his everyday consciousness and behavior. If this is not done the experience may turn confusing or toxic and perhaps destructive of the integrity of the person.
This fourth symbol as usual suggests to us what has to be done or how to do it. The “return home” from the high mountain, or from any “upper chamber” of the consciousness, may lead to a sense of oppression by the normal realities of existence, or else the soul that has been illuminated may retain enough of that light to transfigure every daily situation. This is the great CHALLENGE TO TRANSFORMATION.
This is a really good, detailed write up of the influence of this square: