I’ve noticed the masses nowadays know something about Mercury in retrograde…. realizing that it is a “bad” time for communication and technology along with a host of other things that we blame retrogrades for. Today, April 15, 2018, the new moon is in 26 degrees Aries, Mercury has stationed direct, and we have received the spark of ignition from the divine patterns that craft our universe.
The astrological climate has been in a chaotic state ever since the solar eclipse in February, and, as the heavenly bodies transition from the waters of Pisces to the new warmth of Aries, we have chances to restructure our spiritual response to issues in our lives and reposition our thoughts on future steps. With this new moon at 26 degrees Aries, it conjuncts Uranus, bringing the intuitive encouragement we need to move forward, to push up and out of the murky realms of indecision and undefinition. What resources have we learned from others, and how does that apply to our individual lives? This new moon energy is truly wisdom-centered, due to its position in the third decan of Aries which is ruled by Sagittarius. No matter what sign our suns are or how our birth chart looks, this new moon activates the initiator in us and questions how we will focus our passion/flames with intention and purpose. How do we let go of blaming and throwing weight around, so we can move without constraints in our processes of becoming our greatest selves and living our best lives? We acknowledge the pains of the past without becoming trapped in its complex webs. This new moon teaches us about the healing and direction found in working with fire.
A huge event occurred in astronomy toward the end of March 2018, and this event is highly significant in how we view and interact with the universe. A team of astronomers discovered a faint smudge of a galaxy called NGC1052-DF2 (or DF2, for short) that may have no dark matter at all; the group’s results show that DF2 has either a minuscule amount of dark matter or none at all. No one has never seen a galaxy like this before. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has around 30 times more dark matter than ordinary matter. Ordinary matter is all of the “stuff” in the universe made of atoms—animals, plants, planets, stars, gas, dust, etc. Dark matter is much more evasive. No one knows exactly what it is, but there is strong evidence through testing that undetected matter of some kind exists, has mass, and interacts with ordinary matter through gravity, playing a vital role in holding galaxies like ours together. On the other hand, “DF2 doesn’t have a dense central region like most spiral galaxies, or a central black hole like most elliptical galaxies. There are ten bright clusters of stars in the galaxy, but they orbit the center of the galaxy much slower than expected.” This find literally challenges the way we think galaxies function.
Astrologically, I think it’s significant that the discovery of DF2 occurred when the sun entered Aries, and as the asteroid Chiron prepares to leave Pisces and enter Aries. DF2 looks like “pinpoints of light” instead of an actual galaxy, and it may be older than the theorized big bang of our universe. In western astrology, dark matter is situated as very Piscean, as this final zodiac represents the immaterial spirit, the esoteric wound of creation, things that cannot be touched. Aries is the birthing of the sun, the facilitator of light as it benefits matter. DF2’s discovery during the Pisces-Aries shift could represent the paradigm shift brought upon us as we gather our energies to come out of unconscious darkness to a head-bright awareness of our own vitality (a vitality that includes success and pain).
Chiron, over the span of 2018, will exist in that very duality. As the wounded healer shifts from Pisces to Aries, only to retrograde back to Pisces, we learn what psychic damage should be brought from unconsciousness to consciousness. Chiron in Pisces allowed us to dig deep into spiritual mutilations that haven’t seen the light of day; Chiron in Aries will make room for us to use light and fire to examine more clearly what we have uncovered–how do we heal the ego, after the dark matter of our experiences has been made aware to our consciousness? How do we position and interact with our physical bodies now that we have learned more about our spiritual beings?
The way in which the cosmos flows and disrupts has a direct effect on our lives as planetary beings. I love setting written intentions on fire as a new moon ritual. As the flames transform matter, allow Chiron, Uranus and the moon’s vibrations to transmute dark matter into conscious grounding.
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