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The Libra Equinox ~ And Gollum

Posted by Lauren on September 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM

September 21st ~ 28th

We wants it, we needs it.  Must have the precious.  They stole it from us.  Sneaky little hobbitses.  Wicked, tricksy, false! ~ Gollum (The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers)


The term “Equinox” comes from the Latin, aequus (equal) and nox (night), because at this time of the year the days and nights are relatively equal in length at every place on the earth.  It speaks of an equanimity in keeping with the Libra theme of balance and equality.  A theme that will be hard pressed in the present climate of power brokers and greediness, where the wealth and power is concentrated with the few, while the lower “47%” languish.  For as the Sun enters Libra this weekend, at the time of the Equinox, it will apply to its engagement with the Uranus/Pluto square, which becomes exact on the Full Moon on September 29th.  This week may be setting the stage for what could be an incendiary Full Moon at the end of the month.


Sam: Who are they?

Gollum: Wicked men.  Servants of Sauron.  They are called to Mordor.  The Dark One is gathering, soon be ready.

Sam: Ready to do what?

Gollum: To make his war.  The last war that will cover all the world in shadow.

~ (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)


The Big Picture is the 5 year Uranus/Pluto square.  Some of the keywords for Uranus/Pluto are freedom from oppression.  These are times in history when it becomes apparent that unjust circumstances that had previously been tolerated will not just go away if we ignore them, and will instead appear to be getting worse.  The precipitating factors for much due changes usually come through a series of events that reveal a stark inequality, or some sort of corrupt, dark underbelly in society.  The small picture this week is Venus in Leo square Mars in Scorpio.  This is a combination that at its best is passionate, loving and profound.  But at its basest exudes greed, lust, possession, addiction, jealousy and grasping in all its lustfully seductive glory.  They are being linked together in various ways, but one of the most interesting ways is through 2 planetary pictures called Thor’s Hammer.  One is between Uranus/Pluto sesquare Venus; the other is between Venus/Mars sesquare Uranus.  In this we will be learning about and exploring the differences between need and greed; between the haves and the have-nots; as well as between love and attachment.  


Gandalf told me you were one of the River-folk.  He said your life was a sad story.  You were not so very different from a Hobbit once, were you?  Smeagol.  That was your name once, wasn’t it? ~ Frodo (The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers)


Often mistaken for each other, greed, lust and attachment are not love.  Attachment is the belief that you cannot survive, that you will die if you don’t get, have and possess the object of your desire.  Like Gollum and the Ring of Power.  And under the added influence of Venus/Mars there seems that there can never be enough.  Of course, this is a completely mistaken notion.  And not only that, but inherent in attachment is pain, because so long as one’s happiness is predicated on someone or something outside of ourselves we are always in danger of having that thing taken away.  No matter how passionately we cling, beg, grovel or threaten.  When you truly love someone, by contrast, you simply want that person to be happy.  Even if that means their happiness requires them to be away from you.  In this way, your happiness is derived from their happiness.


The ring is powerful.  Before one who holds it knows what it can do, he desires it.  Gollum is an example of this desire.  He has only eyes to see it - the rest of his body has deteriorated.  The ring is so powerful that Sauron’s success in taking over Middle Earth rests on its retrieval.  With the ring, one can conquer and control all things.  This power, becomes the ultimate evil.  Eventually, the bearer is consumed by the need for power and control. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)


For some it would seem, that the more they have, the more they desire, like a never-ending hole of emptiness that is never filled.  But now in Libra season, in the light of the Uranus/Pluto square, we seek moderation and equality, where the modest are raised up and the mighty inevitably fall.  Not out of vengeance, but simply for the sake of equanimity and the greater good of all.

But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam.  I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me.  It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien (The Return of the King)


For the week of September 21st thru the 28th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:



There’s a lot of contentious energy out there, and it will be very difficult not to be dragged into it this week.  And with Uranus in your sign, you are all too ready to rise to the occasion.  Probably the best way to defuse the situation is to not engage in it, and try to imitate the art of diplomacy... even though this is not your forté.  Here are some wise words from Mother Teresa: “If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.  What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.  Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.  In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.



Home and family is where the heart is for Taurus.  This is where you find your strength and stability.  But it can also become an area of contention as you move into the week ahead.  This can be due to so many extenuating circumstances that appear to be beyond your control.  But be prepared to face the challenge of big changes in your future.  It may be that you have reached the point that a situation that has been bothering you for some time will need to change.  The next question is whether or not you are up for the challenge.



“Sharp words cut like a sword, but words of wisdom heal.” ~ Proverbs 12:18.  Another way of looking at your ruler Mercury in diplomatic Libra, navigating a contentious world, is through the words of Mother Teresa: “People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.”  There are a lot of statements being tossed around, some of them true, some of them not, some of them gaffes, some of them sheer betrayals.  But truly the only words you have control over are the ones that come out of your own mouth.  So long as they are based on truth, there are no regrets.



In keeping with the wave of the recent Virgo Moon, there has probably been some sort of attempt to create some order and organization in your life, particularly on the home scene.  But when circumstances keep changing, and every time you think you have a moment, some crisis has befallen, it’s hard to get a handle on this.  There also has to be some sort of balance between impulsively throwing everything out and starting all over again, and not doing anything.  Some of that stuff you are unearthing, just may be more valuable than at first it seems.



What you hear, and what you say could have some serious repercussions this week.  Everyone has their opinions, and it certainly makes sense to get your point across.  Just be aware that not everyone is going to be sharing the same point of view, and no matter what you say or do, you’re probably not going to convince them any way.  The best way to navigate this weather, coming up to the Full Moon is to first of all look for points of agreement.  Secondly, understand where your opponent is coming from and meet them on their home turf.  You have to learn their language in order for them to hear what you have to say.  It’s not always about us and them.



This is one of those weeks when you should seriously look at your financial picture.  It’s not just about you.  It’s about the whole financial world picture as well, and the ways that it is changing.  You’re going to have to start re-thinking how you are going to fit into this new world paradigm, and what sort of adjustments are going to have to be made.  Don’t act right away though.  The inclination is to impulsively think in drastic measures, but perhaps only some creative adjustments are necessary.  



Enjoy the weekend while you may, filling it with people, activities and all things spiritual and adventurous.  And allow some of that positive reinforcement to carry you through the week that follows, which is going to be a little more challenging.  Financial tensions can bleed over into your personal relationships, and vice verse, as you begin to think in more drastic terms of survival and adjustment.  There is a much bigger dynamic unfolding here, but one thing becomes evident, and that is some sort of change is going to be inevitable and probably can no longer be avoided.



“War is always a dangerous thing and brings with it destruction and devastation.  Therefore it should not be resorted to rashly, but should be used as a last recourse.” ~I Ching.  Pick your battles wisely.  So intent on winning, you could be distracted from what you really need to be focusing on, which is more about purging and tying up loose ends to prepare for a new start to come.  Trusted, with Mars in your own sign, you’re not going to back down for anything, and will cling passionately to the familiar.  Just remember, that a certain amount of flexibility, and willingness to embrace change, is key here.  It is not fun when you are being forced to change.  On the other hand, you don’t want to furrow yourself into a rut either.



The weekend flows smoothly, and can in fact lead you to some successful agreements with others that leaves you both encouraged and spirited going into the week ahead.  What Sagittarius has been having to curb though lately is their tongue, and their opinions.  There is something to be said about the wonderful art of debate, and part of that process is in the style that you present your side.  You have to meet them somewhere between here and Timbuktu in order to get your point fully across to them.  Though at times, it truly seems, as if the divide is getting wider and wider, the only way the world is going to truly change is through discussion and debate.



Love relationships are intense magnetic and deeply sexual this week.  Just watch out for some possible jealousy as a result.  It is even possible to feel like you are transforming, your whole life is changing, through a relationship beginning, or being committed to at this time.  All commitments or contracts made this week are going to have an almost revolutionary effect on the outcome of your life, as you see various aspects of your life transforming.  As Pluto has been traveling through your sign for many years, all sorts of experiences are gong to be unfolding. Some scary, some revealing, and some incredibly awesome.  Shoot for the awesome!



If you’re looking for your life to be calm, routine and expected, this is probably not the week for you.  On the other hand, if you are willing to be flexible and tolerant of other people’s points of view, then there is so much to learn.  Even though it may not necessarily be what you want to hear. And a lot of what you are going to be learning these days, and the people that you are learning from, are those people that you meet in your everyday life, in the coffee shop, the grocer or the guy who sells the flowers.  Or the person who sits next to you in the subway.  Hey, you never know.



As the Sun enters Libra on the Equinox this weekend, it will look askance at Neptune, in the early degrees of your sign.  At times it may appear to be that you are giving way more than you are receiving.  But the truth of the matter is, that nothing is ever given for naught.  “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.  The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.  In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.” ~ Mother Teresa.

Categories: Ingress, Cardinal Square

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