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click to enlarge ERIC FRANCIS COPPOLINO
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"Long distance runner, what you standing there for?"

—The Grateful Dead

Though the Sun is now in Scorpio, there is some unusual activity going on over in Libra and one sign back in Virgo. The current astrology weaves together these three signs beautifully, which is useful.

Let's start with Libra, or rather, the Aries-Libra axis. The lunar nodes are currently positioned across the first degrees of those signs. The nodes move slowly, and have taken 18 months to make it across this most important axis of the zodiac. They move in reverse, so they start at the end of a sign and then retrograde back to the beginning.

Now they are aligned with this thing called the Aries Point; the South Node is in the first degree of Aries (called the Aries Point), and the North Node is in the first degree of Libra.

This aligns the personal-as-political or individual-as-cultural property that both the Aries Point and the nodes often display. Both elements have a way of increasing the scale of events and ideas.

You might say that it puts our whole mini-era of history into a kind of resonator, which makes it easier to hear what we're saying to ourselves and to one another. In other words, to hear the message that we are sending to ourselves and to one another, all that's necessary is to listen—and this is especially easy now, since the message is so clear.

Listening, of course, is an issue. Most people either don't have the time or don't care. Yet there is vital information coming through. If you start to get the same message coming through many channels, you know that your own mind is talking to you.

Later this month the nodes arrive in Virgo-Pisces, which will give us an extended phase of emphasis on that sign polarity. There's plenty else going on in that vicinity as well.

As you may be aware, back in August, Jupiter ingressed Virgo for a one-year visit. Venus and Mars have been in a series of conjunctions through the year. The first one was in Aries, and then there was another in Leo. As of early November, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are in Virgo, making a series of conjunctions.

In late October, Mars conjoined Jupiter, followed by Venus. Next, on November 2, Venus and Mars align for the third and last time of the year.

That's a lot of conjunctions in Virgo within a short time, involving planets that are real to us, planets we don't need telescopes to see or any special theory to feel. That alone is interesting, particularly when you remember that there have been two prior Venus-Mars conjunctions recently; this is all part of a developing story. Of course, that's the nature of astrology: the perpetual work in progress.

This set of conjunctions is evoking astrological history—or said another way, it's talking to many, many natal charts. For example, Pluto was in Virgo from 1957 through 1972 (minus a little time on each far end of that range); Uranus was in Virgo from 1962 through 1968. The result was something called the Uranus-Pluto conjunction. There were three exact contacts, from 1965 through mid-1966.

If you're wondering how The Beatles went from "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" to "I am The Walrus" in such a short time, think: Uranus-Pluto.

As an exact astrology event, the conjunctions were short-lived, spanning just nine months. But they were the concentrated epicenter of an energy wave that resounded in all directions, and with which we are still living today.

By today I mean in contemporary times, though because there is so much unusual activity in Virgo right now, the Uranus and Pluto placements in the charts of millions of people are now being activated. This is called a transit—what happens if you're born with a planet in a particular place, and then at some future time, something comes along and makes an aspect to it. For the past couple of months and into the present, the charts of all people and all events from the 1960s are taking multiple transits.

The 1960s were an unusual time. It wasn't exactly a unique era—the Uranus-Pluto cycle tends to stir the pot, and there have been several similar eras throughout the centuries. Yet that particular conjunction happening in its own way, at that time, created something really wild.

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