A journey into the realm of Gods, Goddesses and the human heart
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A dance between the two largest planets of our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, is just beginning. Two powerful archetypes that somehow are felt as opposites, yet they are not exactly so.
A full cycle between these two planets begins every 20 years. This cycle in which we now find ourselves began on May 28, 2000 with the conjunction in Taurus. The first square occurred with Jupiter in Scorpio and Saturn in Leo (the other way around to the one today), on December 17, 2005. The opposition was on the 23 May 2010 with Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo and the square that begins now, will be exact on August 3, 2015 withJupiter in Leo and Saturn in Scorpio, at about 28 ° of each sign. In March and May 2016 will form but this time with Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. Therefore in each cycle, the first square takes place  on the fifth year after the conjunction, the opposition on the tenth year and on the 15 years the last waning square, such as the one we are experiencing now.
Before considering what this aspect might bring in our lives, it is important to note that this is often an internal process, due to the quality of Jupiter to be a practically personal planet, not as the current square between Uranus and Pluto which also has been in action since 2010, when everything seems to occur as a result of events external to us, as the world financial crisis.
Jupiter invites us to expand, to risk, to leave the neighborhood, cross the pond in search of other mentalities, other philosophies of life, other ideals. It opens doors to new plans and perspectives for the future. It encourages us to expand to other areas of experience, different from those we were born in. Gives us more confidence (sometimes too much) and optimism to launch us to seek that which will give meaning to our lives and find that we have always wanted to do, conscious or unconsciously. Breaks our inhibitions and we suddenly think: “why not?”. Normally the inner urgency is to search beyond the known limits. In this way we dare to take a look at the possibilities of our life, beyond the cultural boundaries of the town, the people, the environment in which we have born and grown. Jupiter fills us with anticipation and excitement when thinking about the possibilities of the future.
Learning other languages, travel, connect with foreign people, working for an NGO which enable us to visit faraway lands, are all jupiterian impulses, it encourage us to jump and cross bridge, not knowing what we will find at the end of it.
Saturn, on the other hand, confronts with our responsibilities, our duties, our mortality, with what most of us call the absolute reality of our lives. Saturn speaks to us of our mortality, the time we have on this Earth and our possibilities according to the social class from which we come. Saturn is our ambition to amass a respectable social position or profession and this normally means to conform to the cultural rules from where we live. Saturn says: “Better bird in hand than 100 flying”, “it’s nice to dream, but reality is woven by working hard” “the harder you work the further you’ll get“.
In the Saturnian speech, expansion for its own sake does not exist. “If you want to jump to a bridge must make sure that its foundations are strong and stable” says Saturn.
This is the dilemma, we find ourselves in right now, as of this moment, in some aspect of our life.Something is telling us: “Well, finally this is the time to leave, move, expand”. Something gives us this opportunity. But on the other hand, something equally powerful, tells us. “Not yet, you must be careful. “what if it doesn’t work and you risked your security?”
Many aspects of our lives may play the Saturn role at this time in our lives: the Boss, Parents, the Bank, Government, Finances, Family, Husband, Wife, Children. All of them will be the recipients of our projected Saturn.
Although this square will not be exact until August 3, 2015, at the moment, these two planets are less than 4º of orb. We can therefore say that the apparently opposing voices of these two powerful gods can be heard loud and clear.
Wherever Saturn and Jupiter are transiting in your chart, is the area of your life where this dispute of “expansion” and “be careful and responsible” is taking place.
During these meetings, progress in our projects may be more difficult than normal,with unforeseen complications that call us to plan better. Difficulties with official entities, by issues that normally we have ignored for a while and now seem to appear at the same time.
Themes of renewal of documents, payments to government entities, projects that are stopped by the indecisiveness of other, trips that are delayed for different reasons, etc, etc.
The most stressful periods are now until the end of November, and then again from July and August 2015. Especially for those with  fixed signs on their charts (Taurus-Leo – Scorpio and Aquarius). Also in 2016, from March until the end of May and then during June, but this time already in mutable signs,therefore it will affect those with Geminis-Virgo – Sagittarius and Pisces in his birth charts.
It is important to take things very calmly and understand that there are certain issues that need to be resolved and certain responsibilities that one should take. Separating the emotions of these proceses is vital and acting as an adult, indispensable. Tax issues may appear, debts with the government or with others, so we must try to solve these things without trying to escape from it , since in any equation which involves Saturn, to rid oneself of responsibility without consequences is virtually impossible. It is therefore important to plan with time and ensure that our desire for rapid expansion does not blind us to the corresponding steps.
This does not have be a negative impact if we do our homework and fulfill what he should do. Conversely, it can be a great opportunity to do the right thing and not have to pay the consequences later.
Another point to consider is that Jupiter represents our beliefs and also sometimes our fanaticism, do not forget that in 2001, when the Twin Towers fell down,  this two planets were just separating from the conjunction that began in 2000, therefore wherever these planets are in our chart, also help us bring to consciousness the consequences of our actions guided by believes imposed by others. Seeing the restriction on the “other” is typical of these moments. Therefore a little self-analysis is important and required, to stop projecting our shadow and limitations on others and thus stop being victims of something or someone else. The reasons of our inability to progress, usually are within us and not in others. It is so much easier to say: ‘But is that they do not let me progress, to express myself, to be’. “That” or “that one”  which does not allow me to be, is usually the recipient of our projections, where we deposit all our impossibilities and our limitations (Saturn). Think again and ask yourself, what is the reason why you do not progress.
During this square, the themes of independence, religion, philosophy, (ISIS), will be the carriers of our inner struggle. It is through these themes that we will express our inner struggle to expand and grow without fear. Let us remember that Saturn lives within our psyche and that of others, like Jupiter.
Depending on how, the culture you come from, the collective in which you have been born and grown, has managed these two archetypes, will be how you will live this time. If your culture has glorified expansion no matter what, that’s what you‘ll do, if on the other hand, you come from cultures where expansion has always been truncated by a Government, authoritarian or too ambitious parents, a dictatorial system, an empire, etc, then it is in this way that you will live this transit. As a victim of the circumstances.
Observe carefully this struggle in the depth of your psyche and decides which path to follow. The more aware we live this process, the more growth it will bring.
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We all know that the Lunar nodes are those points where eclipses occur. Whenever there’s a new moon or full near the nodes, we have eclipses. But actually,

what are these points and what makes them so important? We know that they are quite measurable, since we know at all times exactly where they are and we also know that they describe two points where two imaginary planes intersect. The Nodes are those points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic, or in other words, the apparent passage of the Sun on the celestial sphere. But of course we also know that it is really us on Earth, that move around the Sun, giving us the illusion that is the Sun that moves around us.


In both Vedic Astrology and the Hubber system, these nodes are vital points of the chart, and of course to any astrologer who works constantly doing astrological charts for people, for a long time, these are, crucial points.
Despite all of this, what we do know, is that they reveal extraordinary insight of the person’s journey through life, from the point of view of the soul of the individual. The North node seems to describe these qualities we need to develop to become a complete and conscious individual, the South node, show us the starting point in this life or past lives, depending how you look at the picture.Is that point which we need to evolve and move away from to be able to make progress in our spiritual development. Depending on different points of view, the South node may also describe the environment and cultural conditioning and values in which the individual was born.12a-Nodes-NN_000
On September 25 this year, and for the first time since August 19, the 1808, Saturn is in conjunction with the North node and therefore in opposition to the South node. This happens about 9 degrees of Scorpio, so depending on where the angle Scorpio-Tauro is in the chart, will probably hint on what this event is bringing to our lives.
In 1808, there were also many wars in Europe, i.e. Spain with France, the war of Finland with Russia (the Russians invaded Finland without prior notice). The French surrendered to Spanish troops at the battle of Bailén, but then won the battle of Tudela. Napoleon joins his army in Spain. Carlos IV abdicated in favour of his son, Ferdinand VII. Mercury hides Saturn, apparently. Beethoven played his Symphony 5 and 6 for the first time in a marathon of piano at a benefit concert.
It is very difficult for any astrologer to know what really means this combination at this particular historical moment, but even so we can concentrate on what we do know. We all know that Saturn is the Great Master, Lord of Karma, father, and the great “mirror of reality” of our lives. In Scorpio, it has been helping us discover, bring to light, reveal, themes of our unconscious that need expression and recognition. Both Scorpio and the House 8, confront us with our need to survive in spite of it all. Speaks to us about our financial dependencies, our sexuality and above all, of the need to change and evolve to be able to continue living. Saturn in Scorpio is inviting us to confront those issues that we really “must do” or “must fix” , and must “confront” to be able to move on and evolve. Taking into account that the North node corresponds somewhat with that concept of the Kabbalah called “Tikkun”, or “Rectification” or “Repair”, we can start drawing some conclusions about what this cosmic “encounter”, which has also the company of Venus, at about 10 degrees of Scorpio, at the moment. It is certainly in the field of personal relationships that we meet these challenges in a clear and transformative way. Especially when we are talking about the less popular aspects of Scorpio and the 8 House, as the money of others, our debts, our assumption “that if the other has more than us, “must” help us, in particular the Government, and here come the themes of “unemployment”, banks, social security, credit cards, etc.
In a general way, we can formulate some possible scenarios for action, taking into account also that the angle of the Lunar nodes is also called the “angle of destiny”. Perhaps this is the moment when Fate manifests outright, giving us the opportunity to “concretize”, “shape” our deepest longings. It can also be the opportunity to understand what is our relationship with ‘authority’, who are the figures of authority in our lives and how is it that we have allowed ourselves, to reach a situation where we don’t have any authority. Issues of the past that we believed solved might return to our consciousness to be able to give them the proper “burial”. What role plays sexuality in our relationship and how to handle “shared money”.
Who has the final word within the relationship, and how this coincides with who brings more or less money home. The power games within our relationships, i.e. “I spend more of your money the less satisfied I am”, are also on the table, so that we can recognize what is that the soul really needs to heal, to grow. The lesson that no one is responsible for ourselves, except our parents “when we are children”. And when I say kids, I am not speaking of children up to age 30. My personal practice is more full than ever with clients that are struggling with these crucial issues within “personal relationships”, that are NOT only 7 House issues.
So, we have enough material to reflect on, to examine and meanwhile, “we must go on living”, searching, working and elaborating on this incredible mystery that is Life, the emotional world, Mind, Nature, being Human.

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September 11th, is an important date for the Catalans and also for the whole world, and for completely different reasons, I mean that while here in Catalunya marks a national day, or Diada, this time was celebrated in a loud way, while the rest of the world remembers the infamous S11, when the World Trade Center two towers were attacked by two plane loaded with passengers. For some reason, I have decided that it was time to write about this full moon in PISCES, which is not formed until the 19th, but to which we are all heading, in the hope of finding some response on the issues presented by the new moon of September 5. This lunation occurs two days before the Autumn equinox, for the northern hemisphere and Spring for the southern hemisphere, which mark the point when the days begin to shorten or lengthen respectively. The trip to and from the darkness to light-
As we all know, this lunation as all the others, has its special characteristics. In addition to illuminating the angularity Virgo-Piscis, which confronts us with the dynamics to give form to our spirit, to manifest in the physical world (Virgo), the immeasurable, the ineffable (PISCES). The development of a technique (Virgo) which will help us express our divine inspiration (PISCES). This angularity speaks of the birth of Christ (PISCES) of a Virgin Mother (Virgo). But before Mary, virgins were not only virgins for not having been sexually ravaged, but because they did not belong to any men. i.e. As in the case of Vesta (many think that this asteroid rules Virgo, somehow) who struggles to find completion and fulfillment in life on her own, without the need to include the other, through meditation and dedication to a God or Goddess. Hence the image of the Priestess, who returns to the temple, to think and meditate, theme which also colors the Virgo-Pisces opposition. What PISCES brings to Virgo is also the understanding that no matter how much technique we may have, the spirit is not always materialized when one wants to. Picasso said: “I work all the time, so when I connect with the divine inspiration, it finds me working”.
The most remarkable or extraordinary of this lunation is the Venus-Saturno-Lunar Node conjunction in Sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, trigone Neptune and especially Chiron, and in quadrature to Pallas and Mars in Leo. The theme of love and the abuse of power in relationships between men and women, comes to mind, and interestingly, for the first time in India, the 4 men who raped a 23 years old woman in a bus, late last year, which then died in the hospital of the wounds inflicted in the attack, have been sentenced to death, with incredible loud reaction from men and women, in this country which clearly shows that is really changing. Saturn and Pluto are in the third Sextile of this cycle, in which they are in mutual reception, meaning, in a sign that the other rules. Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. In various parts of the world quite a few sexual abuse cases have jumped to the press like never before and many rapists, some in their 80s have been held accountable for abuse of power over young people of both sexes, acts committed, in several cases, almost 40 years earlier. Saturn isn’t named “Lord of Karma” by nothing. It is difficult to escape the winds of Karma while you are alive and even after death, as in the case of Jimmy Savile, the presenter of the BBC, who has been found guilty of dozens of cases of sexual abuse, what has ruined his memory and reputation, posthumously.
In the universal Chart of this lunation, considering the Asc. as the 0 degree of Aries, the conjunction Venus-Saturn-node obviously falls in the 8th House or Gate into the world of Hades, which certainly confirms, the series of scandals of corruption of our politicians and authority figures, who keep coming to our Courts. the square with Mars and Pallas, speaks of more than one situation power struggles between two parties on issues of shared finances and/or inheritances. These themes seem to arrive to a pivotal point at the peak of this lunation. THE trigone to Chiron, reflects the possibility of healing in the experience of these themes which are very Scorpio themes. As the Second House talks about the money we earn, the 8th House or Scorpio, speaks to us of that money which we can have access to, but without any power, i.e., money which creates debts and dependence on others. Separations, divorces, inheritances, are all triggered by this lunation in Pisces.
Gemini and Sagittarius are also affected by this, specially all those born in the last degrees of these signs.
This lunation impels us to the analysis of our true intentions and the ability to recognize that it is time to let go of certain cultural and family patterns to emerge as individuals and live our lives fully. While it is sometimes easier to follow the road marked by those who were born before us and above all, our culture, before raising a flag, ask yourself, if you really are in accordance with that side you are fighting with.
Negotiations on possible intervention in Syria is what is on the table at the moment, internationally and meanwhile the number of refugees and displaced persons grows in the form of an invasion in bordering countries. The destruction on the streets of this country seems inconceivable. What is clear is that the number of people escaping the situation is greater than those who struggle, indicating that most people want to live in peace and to be able to feed and care for their children. We’ll see what this lunation brings to this situation, what is clear is that Pisces and Virgo also speak of discerning which side we are on and if we are on one side or the other, or as PISCES tells us, we all are ONE, we have many more things in common than differences, therefore, What are we really fighting for?