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Jan. 10, 2004 – We're in the New Year! 2004 begins with the big wave of Uranus full into Pisces for a seven-year phase. Uranus is one of the three outer planets, which reflect aspects of the collective consciousness. Any time one of these planets changes sign, we enter a new energy field, giving rise to new issues, trends, themes. Such outer planet changes bring many transitions. Relationships are reevaluated. Those who have not signed up for this phase, leave the planet.
Uranus brings surprises like lightning bolts: Expect the unexpected from The Awakener. As an indicator of the Higher Mind, Uranus will open new perspectives with a Pisces flavor. Like the two fish, Pisces can catch the wave and ride it, or get pulled out in the undertow.
I believe this new cycle will involve an increased sensitivity, tides of feelings reminding us of the interconnectedness of all peoples and all life. Not everyone will be comfortable with these waves of feeling, seeking to numb themselves with various substances. On the other hand, such waves of compassion can be spiritually uplifting, as we welcome god/dess light into our hearts and share it with each other. This increased sensitivity may necessitate more night and day dream-time, more meditation and prayer, to let wash through all the impressions that are coming in from many dimensions, to tune in and ride the wave.
Looking into the heavens, the two fish of Pisces flank two sides of the Great Square of Pegasus, the Flying Horse. In the northern hemisphere, this asterism is visible in the east after sunset for another month or so. Alpheratz is a star marking one corner of the Great Square, the corner nearest to Cassiopeia. Alpheratz is also the star of the head of Andromeda, the Chained Princess. She was to be sacrificed to the sea monster. In the sky, one of her arms seems to reach for one of the Pisces fish, the other arm to Lacerta, the Lizard. At her waist, we can see, even with the naked eye, the indistinct blur of the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest sister galaxy to our own Milky Way. It is time to unchain he Lady who gives birth to a galaxy!
This first Full Moon of the New Year features a potent T-square: the Sun and Moon, across the chart from each other in Capricorn and Cancer. The Sun is conjunct Chiron, the Shaman, indicating a new-year revelation and consciousness shift. Doesn't it feel like something's got to give? What is going to bring our world back into some kind of harmony and wholeness? The Full Moon in Cancer is conjunct Saturn, the form and shape of reality. Saturn is retrograde now, as we take responsibility for past actions and carefully consider the next steps.
Mars is in-between Sun-Chiron and Moon-Saturn. In its own sign of Aries (finally! after six months in Pisces), Mars is raring to go, but cautioned on both sides by consequences and the implications of past actions. Mars is conjunct Pallas Athena, the goddess of wisdom who loves and guides heroes. Athena helped Perseus cut off the head of Medusa, the snake-haired witch who paralyzes us with our own fears as she looks right through you and perceives
— with an objectivity like that of nature itself and our dreams, boring into the soul to find the naked truth, to see reality beneath all its myriad forms and the illusions and defenses it displays. — (Sylvia Perera, Descent to the Goddess)
Perseus, our Mars spiritual warrior, conquered his fears and went on to save Andromeda from the sea monster. It's that time again. Myths are replayed over and over.
At this Full Moon, Mars and Pallas Athena join at 13 degrees Aries, the zodiacal point that aligns with Alpheratz, the head of Andromeda. Let's free her from those chains and let her fly on the winged horse of imagination! Let us dream true dreams, beautiful dreams, dreams of love.
Speaking of galaxies, let us note that Mercury on this Full Moon is channeling the mysterious and powerful galactic center, sighted through 26 degrees Sagittarius on our zodiac dial. Keep your inner ears open! On into 2004!
— "Another world is not only possible, but she is on her way. On a quiet day, if you listen carefully, you can hear her breathing." — (Arundhati Roy)

Editor's note: Astrologer Kelley Hunter lives in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she leads stargazing nights. She teaches with Self Centre International at Caneel Bay Resort and is astrologer-in-residence for the Omega Institute winter programs in the Caribbean. Hunter recently earned her doctoral degree in an interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, cosmology and myth. To be on her e-mail list for monthly articles or for an astrology consultation, write kellhunter@earthlink.net. Explore her Web site here

Copyright 2003 by M. Kelley Hunter

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