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1. Wes "Scoop" Nisker

2. A t-square is a challenging planetary configuration where two planets (or sets of planets) are in opposition to each other and each is also square (at 90°) to a third planet or set of planets. The focal point is the planet at 90° to the opposition. Fixed signs tend toward stasis.

3. All transits include 2° orbs, unless otherwise specified. Transiting Saturn squared natal Mercury from April 25, 1999 to January 28, 2000; the natal Sun from May 12, 1999 to March 4, 2000; and conjoined natal Jupiter from May 23, 1999 to March 18, 2000. Currently, transiting Saturn opposes natal Mercury from September 7, 2005 to July 3, 2006; opposes the natal Sun from September 28, 2005 to July 21, 2006; squares natal Jupiter from October 16, 2005 to August 1, 2006; will conjoin the natal Moon from September 6, 2006 to July 3, 2007 and natal Pluto from September 20, 2006 to July 18, 2007. On February 15, 2006, the solar arc Ascendant is at 6°39’ Leo; transiting Saturn is retrograde at 6°21’ Leo; and the solar arc IC is at 27°49’ Libra.

4. The yod configuration is named after the Hebrew letter yud or yod, a y-shaped glyph that represents the “presence of the divine.” This may explain why the triangular yod configuration (two planets sextile each other and 150 degrees from a third) represents a powerful calling or destiny. Read more about what Rabbi Howard Cohen says about the Hebrew letter yod.

5. Transiting Uranus conjoined the natal Midheaven from May 12, 2003 to February 21, 2005; transiting Pluto square natal Mars from February 13, 2004 to November 28, 2006 and conjoins the natal Descendant from February 21, 2004 to December 2, 2006; and transiting Neptune opposes the natal Moon from March 16, 2006 to January 7, 2009.

6. The waxing trine is from January 5 – May 19, 2006. Learn more about the (progressed) lunation cycle in An Overview of Dane Rudhyar’s Approach to Cycles (TMA, Feb. 1998), by Nicki Michaels.



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Life Dancer
From The Mountain Astrologer, April-May 2006 (1)

Q. In June 1999, my partner of 11 years found himself a new life. Since then, I've been rediscovering myself. For awhile, I've been ready for something new to come dancing into my life, but I feel like I'm stagnating: same home, same job, same friends. Is it Neptune in Aquarius that has me feeling that I'm missing something?  
— Life Dancer

A. As an eclectic radio personality says, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own!”1 — excellent advice for you. With five natal planets in a fixed t-square,2 no wonder you periodically land in a rut. Harness that same planetary pattern to dream your way out — and then transform your dreams into reality.

Your enquiring mind and restless soul long to explore the essence of truth (Aquarian North Node, Sun and Mercury conjunct in the 9th house), while your passionate and creative intellect yearns for connection to life, love, and power (3rd-house South Node–Moon–Pluto conjunction in opposition), creating a heightened need to continually rediscover yourself (11th-house Jupiter squaring both polarities), so that life won’t get stale.

Birth Chart: Holy Grower
Natal Chart - Life Dancer
Source: Birth Certificate

At the time your partner evaporated, transiting Saturn stimulated that t-square, and life hasn’t been the same. Now, transiting Saturn is again engaging this planetary pattern, while also closing in on your solar arc Ascendant, creating a natural tendency toward inertia, exacerbated by solar arc IC conjunct natal Saturn.3

However, there are additional influences at work — ones that propel you to tango through life, even as your reluctant feet seem stuck to the floor. Your current impatience began years ago, as transiting Uranus shook things up as it conjoined the natal Midheaven. This impatience is further fed by transiting Pluto’s powerful directive to eliminate outmoded behaviors (last-quarter square to natal Mars) and an intense longing to create deeper connections, and be transformed in the process (transiting Pluto conjunct natal Descendant, opposing natal Ascendant). Because natal Mars is the apex of a yod4 (known as “the finger of God”), destiny truly calls you now.

It’s possible that transiting Neptune in Aquarius (soon to oppose natal 3rd-house Moon) stimulates the “I’m getting nowhere fast” feeling, but you can shift this.5 Invoke the higher vibration of Neptune and commune with your inner self through meditation, journaling, or other inspirational and centering activities. Consider “What is inspired action?” and see where that possibility leads you.

Now, at the waxing trine of the 30-year progressed lunation cycle, it’s time for you to envision and then move toward a life that suits your soul. Harness transiting Saturn’s energy to create and then implement an action plan. Move toward your goals (transiting Saturn opposed Sun–Mercury) and release past disappointments — they’re history (transiting Saturn conjunct natal Moon)! In short, don’t wait for something new to come dancing into your life, instead start dancing through life and see what amazing possibilities you can create for yourself.6




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