Balsamic Moon Phase: release, dream, mysticism
Moon in Aries/Taurus (10:16 am ET/2:16 pm UT)
Goddess of Wisdom: Tara (Goddess Who Guides)
God of Will: Ian (God of The East)
Skill: swim with the currents of the sea change
Catalysts for Change: premature action, racism, missed details, lagging, dragging down, closed to other options or opportunities, increased use of substances to cope, escapism, confusion, distorting things, emotionally walled-off for protection, enforced silence, stereo-typical behavior, denial
True Alignments: synchronicities and patterns, freedom from restrictions of the past, learning how to fix or integrate something, new options, new sense of being, authenticity, discovery, observation, fun social interaction, seeing the bigger picture, seeing things line up, lifting something that has held something else down
Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: "a mature woman reawakened to romance"
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the music of the spheres"
Today, the Ruler of the Seas, Neptune, stations retrograde, opening a period of time where we transcend obstacles, barriers, and difficulties. These are old imprints (mindsets, beliefs, limitations, perceptions, dysfunctions) that are lingering from the "old world." Neptune stations retrograde at 10 Pisces and the Sabian symbol of "an aviator in the clouds." The dynamic to rise above the crumbling past is in effect through November 18, 2015.
But the seas and skies may be stormy today, as the day a planet stations retrograde or direct tends to be tumultuous. In order for us to transcend issues, we have to see them. They have to be pointed out. We have to recognize the problem. Neptune is nebulous by nature, and "an aviator in the clouds" does not have the clearest view, but he or she does have instruments for these occasions. We have the tools that we need to not only see the obstacles or issues but also to take us far above those things. We can figure it out and keep flying, even when we are uncertain about our course.
It's rather jarring to have planets stationing retrograde and direct back to back. Mercury stationed direct just yesterday. Emotional "vertigo" can ensue anytime this happens, but especially when Neptune and Pisces are involved. Neptune/Pisces does not tolerate harshness well, and the energy tends to pull back into itself when fears are heightened (especially fears about survival). Fears are hidden away in order to maintain psychological equilibrium.
But the mission of Neptune's retrograde through November is to awaken what has been hidden, isolated, shadowed, lost in an escape, or arrested in development. Neptune will station direct at the degree of the Sabian symbol "a girl blowing a bugle." A call from the "music of the spheres" is going out to awaken humanity to the greater reality of the world at large and our individual selves. The call rallies us to overcome the difficulties we face. This is in effect between now and November 18. (More on this and other retrograde cycles in the forthcoming audio recording for the Gemini New Moon.)
Today, we can facilitate the process by opening our minds to other ideas, discoveries, alternatives, and options. Neptune and Pisces bring a flood of creativity that can be used for anything. By freeing our minds of previously-held beliefs that are restrictive, we can flow with the currents. We don't need to dive from truth that is revealed today. We can face it. We can adjust to it. We can feel the effervescence of the waves and let them take us to a new place of perception.