As we navigate these times of change under the current Saturn-Neptune square, ask yourself:
“How can I create a new form out of an old structure?”
“How can I make the world a better place?”
“Where is my World Wide Web?”
Saturn-Neptune – New Forms from Old Structures
Throughout 2016 the planets Saturn (reality/tradition) and Neptune (idealism/possibility) will clash in the heavens. The gift of the Saturn-Neptune battle is to create new forms out of old structures, though the birthing process is not always smooth. Saturn rules dry earth and Neptune deep water. When you mix water with earth you get mud, but that mud can be sculpted into amazing new forms. When these two planetary giants last met in 1989 in Capricorn, a series of surprising events changed the course of history and there are distinct parallels with the events of today.
Firstly, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989 reminded us of the fragility of our environment – this year climate change has killed 25% of the coral on the Barrier Reef and scientists all over the world are fighting to raise awareness and reverse the damage. Secondly, in 1989 the Berlin Wall, a seemingly impenetrable structure, was knocked down, reuniting East and West Germany and paving the way for the breakdown of the Soviet Union. This year we’ve seen the clash of idealism vs reality in the UK with the Brexit vote which could eventually lead to the breakdown of the European Union. Thirdly, in China in 1989 the communist government attacked the pro-democracy student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square while in 2016 Muslim extremists are launching attacks on pro-democracy civilians from all parts of the world.
But perhaps the most significant event of 1989, the one that will be remembered long after we’ve forgotten about ISIS, was the invention of the World Wide Web, a technology which has revolutionised the lives of billions of people all over the world. At the time, Timothy Berners-Lee was working as a software engineer at a particle physics lab in Geneva. He noticed that visiting scientists were having difficulty sharing information and remarked: “There was different information on different computers, but you had to log onto different computers to get at it. Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer. Often it was just easier to go and ask people when they were having coffee…” To solve this problem Timothy invented HTTP (web language), HTML (the linking of web resources) and the URL (the website address). He also created the first web page editor/browser and the first web server. Under that Saturn-Neptune influence of 1989, not only did he create a new structure out of an old form, but he and his colleagues advocated to ensure that the World Wide Web would be available on a royalty-free basis forever, to ensure diversity and equality of access.
As we navigate these times of change under the current Saturn-Neptune square, ask yourself: “How can I create a new form out of an old structure?” “How can I make the world a better place?” “Where is my World Wide Web?”
August Full Moon – Expect the Unexpected!
The August full moon falls in Aquarius on the 18th August. Aquarius is a quirky energy at the best of times and this full moon links in with Uranus, making the whole full moon period even more unpredictable, with a tense, electrical pulse. Be flexible, keep your sense of humour and expect the unexpected!
Featured Sign – Virgo the Goddess
This year, from 23rd August until 23rd September, the Sun travels through earth sign Virgo, the independent woman who answered to no man, but served the Goddess herself. In ancient times Virgo was the holy woman of the temple who initiated men into the sacred, healing rites of sexuality.
Virgos are noted for their calm demeanour, attention to detail, healing energies, love of nature and mastery of art and craft. When in balance, they are one of the most practical, kind-hearted and caring signs with an intuitive understanding of the mind-body connection. Usually blessed with fine minds, they are masters of research, data and language and instinctively understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Negatively, Virgos can suffer from hypochondria, be over-critical, especially of self, highly-strung and prone to permanent worry and anxiety. Virgo rules the abdomen, intestines, spleen and central nervous system. When Virgos are out of balance they can suffer nervous problems, and stomach and intestinal disorders. The Virgo colours are earthy tones, green and dark brown. Virgo’s greatest lesson is to learn to accept imperfection in themselves and others.
August Moon Calendar
Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.
Full Moon 18th
29th – 1st
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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