Urania's Well: Astrology for Changing Times

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Diotima Mantineia began studying astrology in 1968, taking classes from Zoltan Mason in New York City. For the next 22 years, she practiced astrology only for herself and her friends, continuing her studies while watching an increasingly humanistic, psychologically oriented, modern astrology blossom through the work of leading astrologers such as Noel Tyl, Liz Greene, Rob Hand, Marion March, Stephen Arroyo and Howard Sasportas. In 1986, Diotima began her study of Wicca and started reading Tarot, discovering that she is a gifted intuitive. In 1991, she began practicing both astrology and Tarot professionally. She majored in plant and soil science both in college and grad school, and grows much of her own food and "materia magica" on her land in the mountains of western North Carolina. Diotima’s personal spiritual path is rooted in the Western mystery traditions, the principles of Yoga, and a profound connection with the natural world. Wicca gives structure to her spiritual journey, and she utilizes shamanic practices for healing and to live in harmony with Nature. Over 15 years of studying Chinese martial arts has given her a deep appreciation of Taoist thought which has strongly influenced her magical and personal philosophy. You can find her at www.uraniaswell.com

fall_leaves.jpgThis is the most important New Moon of the year. It’s an eclipse that will further emphasize the Saturn-Neptune square that has been dogging us this year, particularly in the political, social and environmental arenas, including an inability to get to the truth, “othering” (e.g. racism, misogyny, religious persecution), floods and fires and major problems with pollution, particularly water pollution. These and other Saturn-Neptune issues (finding truth, spiritual materialism, a pull towards authoritarianism) are being brought to our attention so we can fix them, both in our personal lives and on a larger stage. The eclipse insists we look at how we’re doing with that, and work on manifesting our spiritual ideals in a practical way.

As with all challenging charts — and make no mistake, this is a formidable chart — there is a tremendous amount of power being made available to us, so we will need to stay focused and sharp to make sure that power is directed to our benefit, and hopefully the benefit of all. The benefits here, if we work with the energy, include powerful, practical visions, a balancing of perspective, improved health, wisdom born of experience, and a deeper insight into our personal spiritual paths.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lion-love.jpgCourage. Generosity. Love. Creativity. Leadership. These are all attributes of Leo, and this month we have an opportunity to express these qualities ourselves and use them to change our lives, and — to whatever extent we can — to change our world.  

The Leo New Moon falls on August 2nd at 4:46 PM. and gives us a blueprint for the month ahead. Leo epitomizes the drive for self-expression and creativity, yet the sign is not as self-centered as many think. An artist must have an audience, and an awakened Leo deeply appreciates each member of that audience as a unique and treasured expression of the human spirit.

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Emotional Literacy: New Moon in Cancer

"Teachers need to be comfortable talking about feelings. This is part of teaching emotional literacy – a set of skills we can all develop, including the ability to read, understand, and respond appropriately to one’s own emotions and the emotions of others."—Daniel Goleman

This New Moon in Cancer brings a chart of deep emotion, with a strong undercurrent of power being used effectively in the material world. True power, like a sun, radiates outward from an inner core. Control that is seized or imposed is not power, though it is often mistaken for such. Control ties you to what you are controlling. Power lets you take action in freedom and create what you will.


We’ll see a lot of attempts at grabbing power this month, but hopefully we will also see people of wisdom stepping into their own power and making changes in the world. Like you, perhaps.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fire-in-cauldron.jpgA life truly lived
burns away what is no longer relevant
gradually reveals our essence
until, at last, we are strong enough 
to stand in our naked truth

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    Imagine me shaking my fist at both Mars and Neptune. Thanks for the heads-up.
  • Tony Lima
    Tony Lima says #
    Great, yet a find a grain of salt in my observations due to how some humans delve in the Third Person, and also because it maybe a

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b2ap3_thumbnail_rumi-dont-go-back-to-sleep.jpgThis is a powerful New Moon, with the two major configurations in our skies right now (the square between Uranus and Pluto, and the T-square of Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn-Mars ) emphasized and intertwined in profoundly transformative ways.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_castle-in-the-air.jpgThe New Moon in Pisces is an eclipse this year, which means that this chart will be in effect for a period of between 6 months and a year. (The influences of these charts are more like waves — rising and then ebbing with the tide — than a spigot that is turned on and off). It occurs on Tuesday, March 8, at 8:57 pm EST.
It’s a powerful chart that floods us with a tsunami of watery Pisces energy. The sensible response to a tsunami is to head for higher ground, but some people will try to control it. Nit-picking bureaucrats, bombastic preachers, media manipulators and other small minds with limited perspectives will be out in force, trying to divert or direct this emotional, spiritual deluge, but it will not be contained. 
It will severely challenge our ideas of what is and is not spiritual. We’ll be asked to understand that everything, every atom of our reality, is created from and a part of the greater reality of All That Is. This means not only every beautiful sunrise, pristine forest and happy ending, but also every cigarette butt in the road, every shantytown, every mass shooting situation, every leaking nuclear plant — it’s all spiritual.
The driving forces behind the Universe are creativity and love. Love demands that we have free will, and free will means we get to create some pretty unpleasant stuff, both individually and en masse. So we are challenged to create more consciously, and work in tandem to create with more awareness and compassion.
Finding the sacred, finding what we want to bring into being, finding what we love, is our job. We are individual creative forces, and each one of our choices matter. Even if we don’t know quite how to fix what is wrong and we find ourselves surrounded by the results of many negative choices — our own and others’ — knowing where we want to be, envisioning the reality that we desire, that we choose, is profoundly important.
It’s like voting. Voting is a magical act. Proportionately, your vote may seem insignificant given that well over a hundred million people vote in a USA election, but it is not. Voting strengthens the energetic, telepathic, magical connection between you and others whose dreams are at least partially in alignment with your own. That is true for everyone, but as a magical practitioner, you can consciously strengthen the connection, and so strengthen the dream when you record your ballot.
Just remember that you vote every day of your life. You vote by how you live your life, how you approach and deal with others, how you act and think in every minute of every day.
There is tremendous freedom and power in aligning our will and our actions, in making sure the practical details of our lives are in resonance with our mystical insights and personal values. Live your life on that level, and you can surf the tsunami. But if you let unintegrated, unconscious forces drive you, you’ll get tossed around like a piece of driftwood.
Yes, this is a powerful eclipse. You will be challenged to step into a more evolved, aware, and influential version of yourself. There is a potential for miracles as well. This quote from the last chapter of Thoreau’s “Walden” is good advice for these next few months.:
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

Back In The U.S.A.

When the eclipse chart is cast for Washington, DC, it is predictive for the country. This is not an easy chart. A friend of mine used to describe certain experiences as A FOG — Another F&*%ing Opportunity for Growth, and I think we will all have plenty of opportunities for growth over the next few months. The point to remember is that they *are* opportunities, and it is often true — particularly when Saturn and Jupiter are involved, as they are in this chart — that the harder the challenge, the greater the opportunity, and the more room there is for growth and eventual beneficial outcomes.
(A couple of paragraphs for astrology students: Find the chart here. Yes, I know there are two powerful trines, but recall that trines simply mean an easy flow of energy. They are not necessarily beneficial, or at least, beneficial to us in a way we can currently appreciate, especially when the social and transpersonal planets are involved. Nor is Jupiter invariably a bringer of good news — the only thing Jupiter can really promise is expansion and growth, but it will often help us expand lemons into lemonade.
An individual can take the powerful energy in this chart and run with it, turn it into growth and opportunities realized. But on a national stage, we are more likely to see problematic manifestations, especially with the Uranus-Pluto square still within 2 degrees, and the tight T-square from Saturn to the Jupiter-New Moon opposition. Note also Jupiter’s influence on this chart — it co-rules Pisces and rules Sagittarius, and so it is the ultimate dispositor of every planet in this chart — except Neptune, Pisces co-ruler, and Mercury. It’s in mutual reception with Mercury and both planets are in the signs of their detriment. The Jupiter-Saturn interaction is also highly influential — Sagittarian issues will loom large in the upcoming months, Also notice that only Uranus and Pluto are not in mutable signs. Then, of course, you’ll want to look at the rulerships of the angles, and the 5th house focus, as well as Mars still square to Mercury.)
There are several major wake up calls indicated. More than one will be in areas ruled by the fifth house; children, schools, stock markets, sports and entertainment, creativity, royalty (read: political/business leaders and celebrities) and so-called “high-society” (read: extremely wealthy people whose wealth and privilege turn their b2ap3_thumbnail_shenanigans.jpgshenanigans into news)
Pisces is a sign that brings together, coalesces, merges, reminds us that we are all inextricably connected — to each other, to the planet and its web of life, and to the universe. We will be inescapably — and probably forcibly — reminded of these deep connections in many fifth house areas, all of which naturally tend towards individuation, not merging.
This combination could get interesting, and will doubtlessly play out clearly in the political arena through release of previously secret material, scandals and conflicts between authoritarian ideas and democratic ideals.  I expect emotional upheavals relating to political figures, with religion and spirituality being dragged into the mix in a big way. This election season will clearly illustrate that if we wish to manifest our ideas and ideals we must understand and work with the power of the emotions and the collective unconscious. We are challenged to expand out of our comfort zones, learn to listen to each other, and seek out points of agreement as a foundation for a cooperative, democratic society.
There will be environmental wake up calls as well, both in the form of geological upheavals (earthquakes, underground explosions, severe storms) and pollution, particularly water pollution. (This will be global, not just the USA) The Flint water crisis will continue to unfold, other problems with water will be exposed, and public health issues will be of increasing concern. Whatever your personal wake up calls may be over the next few months, make careful, informed choices, because they will have long-term consequences.
Fear (Saturn) is strong in this chart, and when fear sends its tendrils into the collective unconscious (Neptune, Pisces) the reaction is often mindless destruction. (I highly recommend this article on authoritarian ideation and fear, and how that is playing into Trump’s popularity and the current political climate in general.)
Like anger, fear has its uses. It helps us react appropriately to dangerous situations. But — also like anger —  when we cling to it, we have a large and deadly tiger by the tail. Learning to release our fears, to live our lives with courage and commitment, is the work of a lifetime. We get lots of opportunities for practice over the next 6 months or so. 
Most spiritual traditions offer a way to understand the world that gives those who follow its ways a sense of underlying safety. But I believe it is the mystical and experiential paths that give us a truly solid sense of security, of belonging, of how our individuality is cherished within the entirety of All That Is, and how we can use that as a source of courage and power in our lives. These next few months will be an excellent time to drag your fears into the light of your spiritual beliefs and experiences as well as your reasoning mind, and release those that do not serve you, but simply constrict your life force and your magic.
If you’d like to learn more about the personal wake up calls that are in store for you, contact me for a consultation


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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    There will be, Anthony, and I'm glad to know you are taking some action!
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    I've signed several online petitions to stop water privatization schemes by the world bank in Africa and India. I suspect there w

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fire-coals.jpgHolding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Gautama Buddha

There’s a lot of change in the air with Monday’s New Moon in Aquarius — Mars, the planet of action and confrontation, has a tight hold on the reins of this chart, with stern Saturn and unpredictable Uranus as the co-pilots. There is tremendous potential for effective action, but also for conflict and even violence, as Mars is strong in its own sign of Scorpio and challenging the Aquarius New Moon.

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