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1. Including a 2° orb, transiting Pluto conjoins the natal Moon from December 23, 2003 to September 24, 2006. The Balsamic phase of the progressed lunation cycle is the final eighth of the 30-year cycle, and it began on August 16, 2001. Your progressed New Moon occurred on May 2, 2005. Learn more about the Progressed Lunation Cycle from The Lunation Cycle: A Key to Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and in the article, An Overview of Dane Rudhyar's Approach to Cycles (TMA, 2/98), by Nicki Michaels.

2. The progressed new Moon occurred at 21°40' Libra, while Spica is at approximately 23°50' Libra. Read more about the meaning of Spica and other fixed stars at Anne Wright’s web site.

3. Progressed Venus crosses the Descendant on March 21, 2007. Including a 2° orb, transiting Jupiter trines the natal IC from January 20 to October 9, 2006; and transiting Uranus trines the IC from April 1, 2007 to January 25, 2009.

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Stuck in the Mud
From The Mountain Astrologer, June-July 2006 (1)

Q. For some time, there have been so many changes in my life that I've been on edge — taking care of my mother and losing a brother while moving. Then, at the beginning of last summer, my dreams revealed a move to another state and meeting my potential life partner. But our house never sold, and now I feel stuck, not knowing what to do or where to go. Is it karma, or is there something in the placement of a planet that is causing this experience? I am interested in my soul's growth, for people had told me that I have a negative force around me. Please help me to see and understand what is going on and how much longer this is going to last. Or is there still more for me to learn?
— Stuck in the Mud

A. Do not despair! You are in the midst of a promising transition that bodes well for positive change. With transiting Pluto conjoining your natal Moon, the pain of recent years around your mother’s condition and the loss of your brother is profound and understandable.1 Now is the time to focus on completion.

View pain as a transformative agent and release outmoded perspectives, such as the “negative force” that others have mentioned. Connection to spirit (natal Neptune in the 6th house sextiling the Moon) can help you to transcend hopelessness and move toward a more open and optimistic perspective. You can either bathe in despair or choose to transmute through a Higher Power. With your naturally optimistic Sagittarius Moon–North Node conjunction trining Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto in the 5th house of creativity, an expressive outlet — writing, singing, dancing, painting, making music — might enable you to make the transition and transform your pain through creative imagination.

Birth Chart: Stuck in the Mud
Natal Chart - Stuck in the Mud
Source: Birth Certificate

Your prescient dream last summer, occurring near your 50th birthday and within months of your progressed New Moon (within a few degrees of the fixed star Spica, a benefic influence), is a hopeful sign from your psyche.2 As you move through and away from the pain of loss, you prepare the ground for new possibilities. Progressed Venus (love) exactly conjoins your natal Descendant (marriage), entering your 7th house next year, which indicates our internal readiness to find your life partner. This is supported by transiting Jupiter trining your natal IC (good for real estate) and Uranus also trining the IC (great for relocation).3 Invoke the spirit of new beginnings by creating an affirmation such as “I embrace new possibilities as I leave the pain of the past behind,” and then live it!

Take positive action to reverse your drift toward despondency, exacerbated by transiting Neptune’s (dissolving energy) ongoing square to natal Saturn (existing structures). At the time of this writing (February 2006), prepare the house to go on the market by spring, to take advantage of the supportive Jupiter transit. Allow yourself to trust in your dream for a new future, as you continue to exorcise the pain of loss, literally leaving your past behind.

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