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Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

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May 10, 2011

Astrological speculations about Jane Eyre

 

 

How I love Jane Eyre. The recent film is the best screen version ever! I’ve been imagining Jane’s chart. Clearly a prominent Saturn ♄: hard work, struggle, but also great inner strength and incredible integrity. And Pluto ♇: death and the underworld - as a child she lost her parents, uncle, good friend, and suffered other people’s shadow projections and abuse; yet she possesses power, intensity, and depth.

There are many possibilities for her chart, but here’s a good guess:
Aries ♈ Sun - at her core Jane is independent, impulsive, passionate, courageous, and has a compelling need for freedom.
Scorpio ♏ Moon - she is strong-willed, has a private nature, penetrating glance, and intense emotions smoldering beneath the surface.
Virgo ♍ rising - Jane developed her persona to be of service and is abundantly clever, diligent, and skillful.
An emphasized 12th house - she is described as ‘obscure’ and ‘otherworldly.’ She experiences tremendous denial in the outward world; yet she is also talented with inspired artistic ability.
These are a few of the archetypes that Jane Eyre seems to strongly embody. Thoughts?

*By the way, this activity of analyzing literature is very in line with the current transit of Mercury ☿ (analysis) conjunct ☌ Venus ♀ (art)


May 9, 2011

Spread the word of love!

 

 

Think, speak, remember, share and connect with love. For a couple weeks light-footed Mercury ☿ (Hermes), the Messenger god, and beautiful Venus ♀ (Aphrodite), goddess of love, are extra close and twice they merge. First on 5/9 in Aries ♈ - encouraging new, bold, and spirited expressions. Then on 5/16 in Taurus ♉ - inspiring us to maintain serenity, grounded-ness, and beauty in relationships.


May 1, 2011

Excitement, boldness, and strong gut feelings abound!

 

 

The potential for dynamism and liveliness is high today. Mars ♂, the archetype of going after what you want with zeal and confidence, is amplified by Jupiter’s ♃ expansiveness and the Moon’s ☽ sensitive emotional receptors. Excitement, boldness, and strong gut feelings abound as the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter join in 23º Aries.


April 22, 2011

Venus conjunct Uranus in Aries

 

 

As Mercury slows to turn direct tomorrow, we may yet experience a few surprises: Venus, goddess of all things beautiful, artistic, and charming collides with brilliant but rule-breaking Uranus in the impetuous sign of Aries... Not to mention Venus is not so comfortable with fast-acting, trailblazing Aries, as he represents the opposite of her more balanced and receptive nature.

Although Venus (Aphrodite) and Mars (Ares) are opposite, as we know, opposites attract. In mythology they were lovers.


April 20, 2011

Sun enters Taurus, Venus enters Aries

 

 

Today the Sun enters Taurus ♉, sign of the bull. Taurus is about savoring the tastes and textures, basking in the the richness and fullness of the moment, and enjoying the pleasures of music, nature, and touch. Tomorrow however, Venus enters Aries ♈, so we will still have 5 planets expressing through the fiery, passionate, and action-oriented archetype of the ram.


April 3, 2011

New Moon in Aries, Mars conjunct Uranus

 

 

There is a New Moon in Aries today activating the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, & Uranus also in Aries(!), the archetype of brave new beginnings. A perfect modus operandi for all this fiery energy: “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it” (Johann Von Goethe). With Mercury retrograde and an opposition to Saturn, however, we may feel some resistance holding us back.

The planets mentioned above are in various degrees of Aries, but also today, Mars meets up with Uranus in the same degree of early Aries. This is a super high octane combination!!


March 30, 2011

Mercury goes retrograde

 

 

Mercury goes retrograde at 4:48p EDT until Apr 23. This is not a negative time, but rather the perfect time for a mental retreat inward. It may feel annoying to break one’s usual drive forward because of delays or issues in need of review or repair, but the retrograde period is an organic, necessary, and divine part of the eternal cycle. It can be a time of re-discovery & re-visioning, a time that balances us.

Mercury is turning retrograde at 24º Aries ♈ and going back to 13º Aries. Wherever you have these degrees of Aries in your chart is the house of experience where the bulk of your review, repair, or contemplation will take place.


March 28, 2011

We must “stand the tension of the opposites”

 

 

Perhaps there is a part that wants to rush forward into a new adventure, ready for the journey ahead, and feeling optimism and faith. Yet there is another part that is cautious, remembering past failures, and shrewdly weighing the pros & cons. 3/28: Jupiter in Aries (sign of “I”) opposition Saturn retrograde in Libra (sign of “we”). Yes, these energies may feel in conflict, yet they balance and temper one another.

This is the last of 3 oppositions between Jupiter and Saturn in this sequence - the first was on May 23 2010, the second on August 16 2010. This may correlate with a final trigger of a certain internal conflict/reconciliation regarding these two different planets (principles) now in opposite signs. Jupiter is about expansion, Saturn is about consolidation...

Jung suggests that we must “stand the tension of the opposites” in order to transcend them... “The apparently unendurable conflict is proof of the rightness of your life. A life without inner contradiction is either only half a life or else a life in the Beyond... The self is made manifest in the opposites and in the conflict between them.”
-C.G. Jung


March 21, 2011

The Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries

 

 

Powerful energies are at play today! There is a potential for surprising little fires to blaze up suddenly - as the Sun, fresh into Aries ♈, sign of the archetypal warrior - lights up and heats up freedom-loving, revolutionary Uranus ♅. Aries helps us develop genuine courage and Uranus urges us towards integrated authentic self-expression, resonating with inner pressing truths.


March 19, 2011

The “Super Moon”

 

 

The Full “Super Moon,” said to have a stronger pull on the tides of the oceans and the blood in our bodies... Unpredictable and shocking is still in the air. Uranus seeks change for the purpose of freeing us from ego limitations.  I am envisioning best possible outcomes (The Moon opposes Uranus today, and after the Sun enters Aries on 3/20, marking the Spring Equinox, the Sun conjoins Uranus on 3/21)!


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