Leonardo’s Ultima Cena has intrigued and enthralled viewers for centuries. The painting will continue to be interpreted through both scholarly study and artists recreating it. Indeed, the analysis of the painting, and what da Vinci had in mind when he painted it, has been the subject of many books and articles, and will continue to engage the minds of thinkers in various academic disciplines. How does astrology enter the picture?

The Moon, familiar because we see it almost every night, is nevertheless mysterious–especially when we ponder its origin and nature. Astrologically, we understand the Moon’s association with femininity, motherhood, the nurturing instinct, food, self-care, the body’s immune system, emotions, caring for others, our household and home, and much more.
The Moon is responsible for our basic survival instincts.

Can the cycles of Jupiter and Saturn help teachers better understand school students and their development hurdles? Alex Trenoweth explains the role astrology could play in the pressure cooker of our classrooms
Imagine these scenarios:

It starts in heaven and ends in hell. First, successfully losing weight, but soon enough losing control instead, developing an addiction to food. An estimated 70 million people worldwide[1] suffers from a serious eating disorder (ED) and many die trying to beat the fat. At the core of the ED spectrum, ranging from anorexia and bulimia to binge eating and orthorexia, we find a fascinating connection to the mythology of Earth Mother Ceres, the goddess of fertility and grain, and her daughter, the young maiden Proserpina. It is a myth of change and of natural transition

As Jupiter enters Libra in September for his once in 12-year visit, the global scene has rarely been in such a state of ‘high tension’! Brexit has revealed a new level of anti-establishment sentiment fuelling the revolutionary urge for change, the force underpinning the 2010’s, as the USA heads toward elections in the midst of anger, confusion & disillusionment, and global terror events are escalating.

The history of Jupiter in Libra offers us some key moments in our current story with the formation of the EEC in 1957, which then morphed into the EU in 1993 with the Euro currency – (also first World Trade Centre bombing). Then 2004 saw the enlargement of NATO as the EU incorporated most of former Eastern Bloc. During the past 12 years we’ve had the first GFC in 2008, with subsequent controls from central banks who offered massive loans to lesser EU members with debt they could never repay.

The Transits through the Ages : It is interesting to see how the Transits of Venus have coincided with major shifts  in consciousness throughout the cycles between Gemini or Sagittarius Ages being 243- years or alternating shorter Ages from one to the next the 121.5 or 105.5 year cycle. It does appear that the oscillating mini  Ages of Venus connect us to a renewed spirit – culturally , scientifically, politically, religiously and philosophically shifting our perspectives, guiding our principles and shaping our values.  The shifting worldview is shaped by Venus, representing our changing values, our social attachments, what we are attached to, what is popular, what we like and what we dislike permeating culture, fashion, art, our connection to our environment, religion, politics, knowledge, science and all help inform and create the new world.
A brief look at the past few mini Ages from the Renaissance to now gives us an idea of some of the things that created waves and  shifts in collective consciousness.

For the next 9 months Black Moon Lilith moves through Libra. During these 9 months the opportunity arises for us to detangle and elaborate on certain aspects in our relationships adding a personal BML touch of how we relate.

It’s back!

Saturn in Scorpio that is! It maybe just what we need to help ourselves sort out anything we are holding onto unnecessarily due to fear, conditioning or guilt. Just imagine how light we could be if we let some of that go completely. Now is the time, that second chance, that chance in a lifetime really, as Saturn moves through Scorpio only once every 30 years.

So as Saturn dips back into Scorpio till September 18th, now retrograde it will travel back to  28°17 Scorpio by August 3rd before turning direct again,   making a square to Jupiter in Leo and a newly retrograde Venus. Taking control of every aspect of our lives, as Saturn represents, is given a great command for honesty and living the truth during this time. With Jupiter aligned by square, it maybe hard and quite a test, but rest assured you’ll get the message somehow or another. Honesty is the best policy at this time especially when Saturn represents the structure of your life, it’s about You and how you do exactly that. Venus’ retrograde connection at this time grounds the whole experience into real life, not imagined or hopeful, possible or maybe, but real, very real, no self-deception tolerated during this test.

An image comes to mind with Saturn in Scorpio that represents an alchemical formula we can use to help lighten ourselves up, to help ourselves live a life that better suits our purpose and our needs(and no you don’t have to turn yourself int0 an $%83&^! to do so), this is where guilt and fear that others may not like what you do, rear their ugly head and prevent us from true liberation. In order to free ourselves we must shed some skin, transform our attitude, lighten up, get rid of the dross that’s making life heavy , get rid of anything that is darkening our pathway, jobs, relationships, attitudes, habits, anything that no longer suits our new perspectives and grand ideas. As a good reminder and as astronomers would attest,  physical Saturn would float in water!!! Quite the opposite to the ancient connection of the hardships and heaviness of Saturn and associations with lead.

Saturn works on us so we get it right! Getting it right, is what works for you. The easy message here is to lighten up, to transform ourselves how and where we can, for life can often be as hard or as heavy as we make it, where we can see no way out, where we feel like we have no options. The short, quick yet potent dip back into Scorpio, is not just that, but a return to the deep dark forrest in which we need to dig to get ourselves out, to sit in the alchemical furnace and rid ourselves of any remaining dross for then we can be truly free to fly into Sagittarius again come September.

See article below.


An image from Michael Maier’s alchemical text, Atalanta fugiens (1618), showing Saturn (the prima materia or raw substance) being transformed through the calcinatio, the process of burning away dross and black bile.- source www.astro.com

“Doing Time in Scorpio” Saturn in Scorpio

UT 20:34 Oct 5th  2012 –   Dec 24th 2014

June 16 2015 –  Sept 19 2015

Saturn enters  Scorpio, from the airy heights of Libra, floating in ideas,  plans for a better way and a more balanced life, Saturn now gets more serious and grounded. Saturn was last in Scorpio 29.5 years ago  at the end of 1982 for a few months, returning in Sep 1983 till end 1985. Saturn now returns to the black pools of the Scorpions lair to get us all to face the truth,  confront our demons, attend to that which we’ve preferred to cover up. In the end we  end up better off for it, renewed, transformed after we’ve al done time in Scorpio. Wherever Saturn does time, rewards are manifest from hard work, facing reality and being true to ourselves.

28 years ago is a long time and 28 years ago we were all 28 years younger, perhaps stupider, more naive, less confidant, all those things that only time and maturity will bring.  Wherever Scorpio is in your chart think back 28 years ago and notice what you were entrenched in then. Maybe you were too young to notice or remember, but we do have a chance to transform yet again. However so, Saturn tells us where and how we will now grow up further, take on more responsible roles, act more responsibly and be more daring about being us. In Scorpio, through Saturn we learn to give and take, lash out appropriately (of course) and mature further. Close and intimate relationships,  our sexuality,  our attitude to money, death and our controlling ways all come up for review. Saturn likes only his rules and in Scorpio is dared to be challenged on some, the Devil Card in the Tarot comes to mind.  We all get serious with Saturn in Scorpio about what we really want and what we really need and together it means we really, really  mean it .

In Libra, Saturn has been on his best behaviour, tolerant and diplomatic and our many ideas now turn into action.  Saturn joins the North Node, and a Scorpionic flavour heats the world around us as Saturn also enters Pluto’s realm. In modern rulership Saturn and Pluto will be in mutual reception, inhabiting each others signs. Whilst in traditional rulership Saturn is in Mars’ sign as is Uranus, in Aries.  Saturn and Uranus both is Mars’ signs, and the mutual reception between Pluto and Saturn, add so much intensity to the next two years, yet activate much of the change hoped for, because Scorpio is fixed and fights to change something. Uranus in modern terms is also  acknowledged as being exalted in Scorpio, as Uranus favours the ultimate change that doing time in Scorpio brings.

Real and effective change and transformation is what we can hope for during this phase, as it is accentuated by the Pluto and Uranus square which will be in effect throughout Saturn’s time in Scorpio. We can expect things to really take shape, the promises of Saturn after some hard work has been done. Saturn however is resistant to change and prefers stability. In Scorpio we are challenged to make Saturn work for us by taking control and attending to the revolution at hand. Saturn in Scorpio doesn’t take it how it is, but strives to uncover anything that seems amiss, doesn’t miss a trick and doesn’t tolerate any bullshit. Anything that appears to be safely guarded will now be uncovered, or buried for good.

Since Saturn’s last stint in Scorpio, we live in a much different world, collectively we are much more, aware, awake and connected. Opportunities for real growth come with this transit, personally and globally. Saturn will be in Scorpio until the end of 2014, when it enters Sagittarius. In Scorpio, Saturn accesses what lies and burns at the core, good or bad, it is like living a real life Truth or Dare. By the time Saturn enters Sagittarius we will have learnt to live our Truth and Dare to own up to it. Saturn will retrograde back to Scorpio for another brief stint from June 16 to Sept 19 2015 for one last deliberate hit,  just to make sure we have really got the truth we stand by.

At this ingress into Scorpio 2012, Saturn trines Neptune. Both have traveled in and out of a trine aspect during 2012 and now consolidate that bond in water. Real Saturn and unreal Neptune, father time and king of timelessness work together confirming that our Dream is Real, or making sure that we have one. Saturn’s entrance is joined by Mercury also at zero Scorpio and both create a grand trine with Neptune and Ceres .   “Note to self” our minds are set,  they are made up, we know what this means. as Mercury conjunct Saturn helps us prepare mentally for the coming phase.  Ceres’ persistent and productive energy creates  a lock of fluid energy, where we are driven by the power of water, intuition and love. It is important to not give up during this quest,  for we are challenged to go as deep, as far and as wide as we dare. The water will help us find what we are looking for, as water always seeps, seeks and makes it’s way to the lowest point, we are being asked to go deep down within to find the treasure. We can look forward to Jupiter moving into Cancer during mid 2013 and into 2014 to really consolidate a grand water trine, when things may begin to flow more to our liking.

Venus in Virgo, helps us all be more rational and heralds a time of needing to be well organized and of service. Yet she is opposite Neptune and too encourages us to build on the Dream. Venus represents what we attract into our lives and Neptune is a great agent of attraction too. Opposite Neptune in Virgo, Venus tells of a need for accepting others, the use of perception and a good dose of discernment in how we go about getting what we want.  Venus will help us find our way in the dark, put together the clues and follow our hunches. Think Hermione in Harry Potter.

Mars at the end of Scorpio sends  a signal to Saturn  “that there’s no room for both of us here in the house of Scorpio” as he leaves quickly for Sagittarius. Mars encourages  us to continue to be emotionally guided,   to hold onto what we’ve learnt, what works and what doesn’t work by being emotionally driven or is it ridden?. Mars trines Pallas Athena  who has just moved back to Pisces and the Goddess of Cool, adviser of Heroes gives Mars some counsel on keeping cool, calm and collected and planning his course of action more strategically.

The Moon is exactly conjunct Jupiter, Jupiter has just turned on us to move retrograde.It is time to harness what we now believe in, internalize what we’ve learnt. Jupiter’s stay in Gemini has opened our hearts and minds to so many ways of seeing that now we will get a chance to make better sense of it all.We have all the information we need, we are challenged to consolidate our big ideas and new ways of thinking. With Mercury and Saturn (an 8th harmonic square degree aspect away at 135degrees) also in aspect to Moon and Jupiter,  it is confirmed to make the most of what you already know and do. The Moon wanes and trines the Sun in Libra a sure sign to keep balanced, consider others points of view and opinions and be guided by finding more peace and equilibrium in your world. Moon Jupiter also makes a quintile again to Uranus, our big plans have had to do with change and moving on, so let the magic in this combination help you invent and design what you’re already planning.

So through this Time, as Father Time represents Time and Scorpio represents doing Time, make your Time during this Time ultimately rewarding. Don’t be scared, but open your third eye, delve and uncover further the mystery of what you’re made of, what drives you, who drives you, what stops you and  what turns you on or off. Get to know the devil that resides within as  it’s better the Devil you know, than the one you don’t know.


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