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Thursday, December 5, 2013

G*d's Perfect Timing - Mars/Yehuda Meets Libra/Ephraim


Do you know your Ascendent ("Rising Sign") - If so, Mars will be transiting anywhere from ONE to THREE of your Houses (depending on the Degree of your Rising Sign and the latitude/longitude of where you were born) during the upcoming 8-month long Transit of the Sign of Libra.

Each House has a relationship to specific areas of your life. When Mars transits Libra, you may experience as follows:

  • Aries Rising: Conflicts with others over issues of partnerships and relationships.
  • Taurus Rising: Conflicts with others over issues of shared resources.
  • Gemini Rising: Conflicts with others over philosophy, religion and world-view.
  • Cancer Rising: Conflicts with others over business matters.
  • Leo Rising: Conflicts with others over group, community and global issues.
  • Virgo Rising: Conflicts with others over secrets, hidden agendas and perceived deceptions.
  • Libra Rising: Conflicts with others over ego issues.
  • Scorpio Rising: Conflicts with others over personal resources and scarcity/abundance issues.
  • Sagittarius Rising: Conflicts with others over information and communication issues.
  • Capricorn Rising: Conflicts with others over issues involving family and home.
  • Aquarius Rising: Conflicts with others over creativity issues.
  • Pisces Rising: Conflicts with others over issues of health, service, and personal care,

Of course, any Planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) as well as Asteroids, Lunar Nodes, etc. that are in the Sign of Libra will also be impacted by this Transit.

For instance, those with Mercury in Libra will have Mars pass over the Degree where their Mercury is placed several times during the 8-Month transit. Mars/Mercury conjunction makes for both fast thinking and fast talking, as well as aggressive communication and rash words. Depending on the House this drama unfolds in, and other Planets in that House, and the Angles of the other Planets to those Planets - well, you get the picture.

You can't know SPECIFICALLY about your own personal configuration unless you have your Natal Chart read and analyzed. That's what I do. Be in touch.

Now, what about all this conflict?  What does the TORAH tell us about these Archetypes?

MARS is associated with the TRIBE OF YEHUDA, and the Month of Nissan. It's noteworthy that during the week we read about Yehuda's brave face-off with the Prime Minister of Egypt, second in command only to Pharaoh himself  (who turns out to be none other than his long-lost brother Yosef). Here we have a detailed ARCHETYPE of the Mars/Yehuda energy as it plays out in the Parsha.

Yehuda, although fearful of the as-yet-unrevealed Yosef, faces his fears by illustrating COURAGEOUS CONFLICT, his willingness to go the distance with the most powerful man in the world, in order to right a great wrong, is a model of what Mars Transiting Libra is all about in it's spiritual potential. Mars/Yehuda at its best is a warrior for truth and righteousness, justice and fairness - even more so to protect and defend those weaker than itself. 

The "Yehuda Energy" of Mars as it Transits through LIBRA, the Sign associated with the Tribe of Ephraim, challenges aggression to become assertiveness, temper to become tempered, chaos to become self-control. It's an opportunity to grow - specifically in the particular area of your life where Libra/Ephraim falls in your personal Natal Chart.

In fact it's interesting to note that there is evolving prophecy regarding Yehuda and Ephraim in TaNaCH.

Zechariah 2:6 -    

"And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph (Ephraim), and I will bring them back; for I have mercy upon them; and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am HaShem their God, and I will hear them."

In fact, in the HAFTARA for the Parsha Vayigash THIS WEEK, the very week that Mars/Yehuda enters Libra/Ephraim, we read  Ezekiel 36:15-19, and it is written:

"The word of HaShem came to me, saying: Now you, son of man, take for yourself one piece of wood and write upon it, "for Judah," and for the Children of Israel, his comrades, and take one piece of wood and write upon it, "For Joseph, the wood of Ephraim and all the House of Israel, his comrades. Then bring them close to yourself, one to another, like one piece of wood, and they will become united in your hand. Now when the children of your people say to you, saying, "Will you not tell us what these things are to you," say to them: Thus said the LORD/HaShem/Elohim: Behold! I am taking the wood of Joeph which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the Tribes of Israel, his comrades, and I am placing them and him together with the wood of Judah, and I will make them into one piece of wood, and they will become one in My hand."

 What does that mean in regards to this Transit of Mars/Yehuda through Libra/Ephraim? 

IN WHATEVER AREA OF YOUR LIFE THIS TRANSIT TAKES PLACE - the House where it occurs, and whichever of the Planets (if any) are in this House - is your opportunity to apply CREATIVE CONFLICT positively to the particular situation in order to bring about UNITY AND HARMONY.

It's about becoming ONE.
It's about becoming WHOLE.
It's about integrating the disparate parts of yourself into each other.
It's about welcoming the "other" as yourself.

Discover how the 8-Month Transit of Mars through Libra plays out in your personalized Natal Chart, and where your opportunities for TURNING CONFLICT INTO UNITY and HARMONY are taking place!

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Monday, December 2, 2013


ALERT - The Planet Mars will be transiting through the Sign of Libra for 8 months! 

December 8th, 2013 - July 27, 2014, Mars (the Planet associated with the Tribe of Yehuda and the Hebrew Month of Nissan) will be in the Sign of it's "Detriment," Libra (Associated with the Planet Venus/Noga and the Tribe of Ephraim). Mars will be traveling back and forth (Direct and Retrograde) in the Sign of Libra for the longest time in recent history (the last 15 Mars cycles have lasted anywhere from two months to three weeks in duration). This is going to be a long transit!

"CONFLICTS (Mars) WITH OTHERS (Libra)" ... Yes it's obvious that Mars is aggressive, but did you know Libra, the Cardinal (Initiating) Air Sign is known as "the iron hand in the velvet glove" and that Libra is intensively interested in having its own way - nicely, of course, politely if possible, but emphatically so.

Aries/Mars is about the individual, Libra/Venus is about the relationship of the individual with others. Conflicts with others are unavoidable, but how to handle them in the most enlightened way - that gets tricky. Especially for Libra, who hates confrontation and uses diplomacy - or if that fails, outright manipulation - to fight.

Is it any wonder Libra is known as the Sign of the "Detriment" of the Planet Mars? Mars is forced to "play nice," while Libra is forced to deal with uncomfortable feelings of anger and conflict. It can be a confusing time.

Sun-Sign Libras, and especially those with their Natal Mars in Libra, and those with multiple Planets in Libra would be well-advised to order my "MARS IN LIBRA 2013-2014 REPORT," personalized for YOUR individual natal chart.

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Rosh Chodesh Tevet / Sagittarius New Moon / Happy Chanukkah!

New Moon in Sagittarius!

The New Moon at 10 Degrees Sagittarius comes to us at 2:22am Tuesday Israel time / 4:22pm Monday California time.

Rosh Chodesh TEVET falls on Monday Night (December 2nd) - The Month of Tevet is a 2-day Rosh Chodesh, (Tuesday/Wednesday).

Confusing? Not at all. The Hebrew Day begins at nightfall, the Solar day begins at dawn. Just think of it as New Moon / Rosh Chodesh "season," it comes every month - in 12 varieties of energetic flavor!

This year the New Moon in Sagittarius has a lot of HORSEPOWER! A tight Trine (120 degree angle) with Uranus in Aries (Nissan/Yehuda) and a Square (90 degree angle) to the important Asteroid Chiron (the "Wounded Healer") in Cancer (Tevet/Reuven), the New Moon in Sagittarius coming at the nick of time, to help lift the energy from the subterranean volcanic intensity of the previous Scorpio Cycle to the fiery and frolicsome Jupiter-tinged madcap roller derby/Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus-style level of lifestyle Sagittarius people love to operate at.

This year's Sagittarius New Moon is very Tevet-flavored, meaning that although the "incredible lightness of being" one can experience after being in Scorpio and then coming into Sagittarius, that lightness will be in fact tempered by Tevet, i.e. Capricorn, which this year in the Jewish Calendar Cycle dominates much of December 2013.

It's not all bad to have the Tevet/Cappy tempering, though. It actually creates conditions where the fiery enthusiasm of Sagittarius can become tangible and real, useful and even valuable when the Capricorn/Tevet energy is applied.

Uranus in Aries makes a nice tight TRINE to the New Moon in Sagittarius, adding FIREPOWER to the New Moon cycle.

Uranus is the planet of abrupt change, individuality (or as I like to say, radical, terminal uniqueness), of what we call "hiddushim," those blinding flashes of prophecy and insight that come to us in a moment, unbidden and yet welcome.

Aries of course is the Cardinal Fire Sign, associated with Mars - an enormous amount of "get up and go" supports the Sagittarius (Mutable Fire) New Moon, giving it a big BOOST, making sure the takeoff is powerful!

The Hebrew Calendar operates on a 19 year cycle, and some years the New Moon in Sagittarius falls on or near Rosh Chodesh Kislev, but this year (being a leap year, when we shore up the spaces in-between) we're actually closer to Tevet during this New Moon Cycle than we are to Kislev. It's JUPITER (Sagittarius/Tribe of Benyamin) and SATURN (Capricorn/Tribe of Dan) that are driving the energetic bus!

Jupiter in Hebrew is TZEDEK, and Saturn is SHABTAI, both these Luminaries have specific energetic functions in the Zodiac and in our lives.

Jupiter/Tzedek brings expansion, inspiration, a sense of joy. Saturn/Shabtai brings responsibility, structure, a sense of duty. What if there was a way to combine both these energies without them being antithetical to one another?

At this very moment, Transiting Jupiter/Tzedek is in the Sign of Cancer (Tammuz / Tribe of Reuven), expanding and inspiring all things NURTURING, all things GROWING, all things having to do with the concepts of FOOD, HOME, MOTHER and MONEY.

Transiting Saturn/Shabtai is in the Sign of Scorpio (Cheshvan, Tribe of Menashe) right now, evaluating, structuring, organizing and finding a way to USE the SECURITY generated by the Jupiter in Cancer concerns, finding a way to VALUATE what kind of ROI is being generated by those things we find value in at this time of our lives.

It's not a calendar coincidence that the Festival of CHANUKAH always marks the transit between the end of Kislev and the beginning of Tevet. Because Chanukah always begins on 25 Kislev, Rosh Chodesh Tevet always falls out on the 6th Candle of Chanukah.

Chanukah transits both Kislev and Tevet, this New Moon / Rosh Chodesh combines both Sagittarius and Capricorn. The LIGHT OF CHANUKAH comes at the darkest time of the Year, but what is light without a vessel? Tevet's STEADYING and SUPPORTIVE energy can build the vessel strong enough to hold all that Sagittarius light!

This is happening UNIVERSALLY, and it's happening INDIVIDUALLY.

  • Where does the New Moon in Sagittarius fall in your personal Natal Chart?
  • In what areas of your life will you most need to experience freedom?
  • Where do you need structure?
  • What new thing is being born?
  • In what area of your life do you long to manifest courage?

I'd love to connect with you and introduce you to yourself as I see you!

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