How do the planets and stars speak to each other?
And how do they speak to me?
Picture the scene. A campsite somewhere in North Norfolk with a circle of tents set up. A campfire in the centre had been burning well and now was embers. Seats positioned around the fire ready for occupants to muse on how the planets and stars speak – well it was an astrology camp! Early morning dew on the ground. Sounds of people quietly waking up. Smell of coffee in the air.
The night before. The fire burning brightly. Drumming and chatter. A Virgo new Moon had been visible and we basked in the energy.
And so … back to the morning after the Virgo New Moon night before. A campsite waking up. Queuing for showers and this is when my story really begins.
“How do we talk about astrology more easily, how the planets and stars speak to each other”.
This was the question myself and a friend were pondering. We’d both been astrologers for more than 20 years and lived and breathed the stars. And we both knew just how useful this knowledge is for every day decisions and for making those life changes easily and, probably more crucially, living through change and being great at it. I’d worked with hundreds of people with their birth charts and taught and given talks on the subject. And it still fascinates me just how amazing this Universe of ours is! Back to that early morning …
The whole shower queue were interested in the New Moon and what it meant. Where was Virgo in each of their charts? And where did the New Moon show up in their lives. How to make good use of this ‘newness’. What does it mean … and is there more to the whole ‘planets in the sky’? By the time we’d all been through the showers we had converts and, I have no doubt, they will still be accessing their birth charts and the stars of the moment. Once you know … well … you know!
Our ancestors watched the sky for planetary, and star, movements. The light of the Sun and the Moon helped plans for travel and for planting. The wheel of the year turned and festivals honouring each season were held. To live with the earth and to watch the sky was as natural as our attention these days is to weather forecasts.
A brief version of the Cycle of the Moon!
A new Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon occupy the same place in the sky. The Moon only has light reflected from the Sun. And so, when they are together, the light is slight and a mere sliver. However the implications for us and for the energy are huge. New beginnings. Fresh start. Great energy now going to build (wax) as the Moon gains reflected sunlight on the journey towards fullness.
Over the next 28/29 days the Moon will travel through each sign of the zodiac. When it is directly opposite the Sun it will be at full ness of light. And, after Full Moon, the light begins to diminish and fade (wane). We see it as a cycle of energy building towards maximum and then lessening towards minimum. And, in the 3 nights before a new moon the energy/light of the moon is at it’s lowest – the dark of the moon. Then the small sliver of silver appears in the sky heralding the new! Beautiful.
In astrology we have terms for the various patterns that the stars and planets make to each other. And those patterns allow the planets and stars to speak to each other. The energies blend in some way or other. It may be a comfortable energy or it may be a challenge. No planet or star is ever operating in a lone way though. And that is the difference between looking at the chart as a whole and looking at individual parts of the chart.
If we apply what we know of the cycle of the Moon to other planets so we begin to hear what the planets and stars have to say to us.
A brief meander through astrological terms
You may hear these terms and, quite simply, this is what they mean.
Conjunct – stars or planets next to each other. This is the moment a seed is planted. The energies are well and truly blended together or melded.
Sextile – stars or planets at 60º from each other. The seed takes root and begins. The energies are close enough to each other to be ‘friendly’ and yet are beginning to show their separate colours.
Square – stars or planets at 90º from each other making a square aspect in the circle of the chart. Striving and working at making something happen and work well. Often there will be a challenge here as the energies want to be themselves again … however this is impossible as they are connected. Squares are interesting!
Trine – stars or planets at 120º from each other making a triangle in the circle of the chart. We enter the realm of aspiration and being motivated for growth and of the energies working together to inspire. Helpful.
Opposition – stars or planets opposite each other. Maximum light and awareness. Opportunities to watch the energies individually from the other point of view. Oppositions are great for understanding why and where we’re off to next!
And now for you
An astrologer will look at the chart of the sky as a whole entity. However that doesn’t stop anyone standing under the Moon at night and marvelling at the amazing Universe with all the possibilities there for us as human beings. And, when you take that moment to stand under the sky, you open the possibility that the planets and stars will speak to you in a mixture of their language and yours!
How do the planets and stars speak to each other? By constantly moving around the Universe creating different patterns with each other and with us.
And how do they speak to me? By giving us all choices, information, light, maybe the odd challenge, opportunities to learn and grow.
We are humans living on the most astonishing and amazing planet in this incredible Universe we call home.
As always, with love, from Alison x