“Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience. What’s really radical is being willing to look right at the problems we face and still insist that we can solve them. A stubborn commitment to solving problems and a faith in our ability to do so doesn’t need to be naïve.” – Alex Steffen, Interview in The Sun

jupiterMercury, Venus and Jupiter, all in Aries, are moving into a rather rare conjunction that will be exact on Wednesday. This triple conjunction forms a harmonious trine (120-degree angle) to the North Node in Sagittarius, bringing an optimistic, expansive, breakthrough kind of flavor to the whole week.

Aries is the sign of the self, and conjunctions always involve both beginnings and endings — in this case, related to self-perception (Mercury in Aries), self-love (Venus in Aries), and self-confidence (Jupiter in Aries). Ideally, this Aries trio inspires us with the courage to express our authentic selves, and take inspired action on our desires.

Our self-perception and self-love (or lack thereof) informs our vision for the future — both personally and for the collective. If we accept the dominant cultural belief system of the separate, isolated self in a random, chaotic universe that operates on the principle of survival of the fittest, then we are indeed doomed. If we accept the belief that we are born sinners and our only salvation is in leaving our bodies and the planet, then we are likewise doomed.

But if we can broaden our understanding of ourselves — as the infinite beings that we truly are, infinite consciousness always connected with Source — then anything is possible.

We’re coming out of a phase of tough testing. Last month the conglomeration of Aries planets made a stressful square with Pluto the Dark Lord (see Entering the Underworld) and opposed Saturn the Taskmaster (see Balance, Essence and Kinship). All while navigating an especially trying Mercury Retrograde. The purpose was to clarify our passions to ensure that we’re headed in the right direction, to align our direction within the broader context of these times, and to let go of what’s holding us back from creating the future we desire.

sagittariusThe Aries triple-conjunction wants movement and action, and its trine with the Sagittarius North Node amplifies our faith and courage. The North Node always points to the best way forward, and the North Node in Sagittarius (March 3, 2011-August 29, 2012) says: embrace optimism, trust your intuition and instincts, stand in your truth, follow your bliss, and focus on the big picture and higher vision. Unplug from the media barrage of misinformation (Gemini South Node) and plug into your own inner guidance.

As of Wednesday, we’re out of the post-Mercury-Retro “shadow” (the lingering influence of the Retrograde) and it’s all systems go. If we effectively pared down and let go during the stressful Aries aspects last month, then we’re ready for take-off.

The Sabian Symbol for this conjunction (25 degrees Aries) is: “The revelation of new potentialities. Be open. Be able and willing to shape your translucent mind in the form revealing spiritual fulfillment. And you will be able to experience life and power on inner as well as outer planes. The implied message is one of faith. Man can only truly experience what he deeply believes he can experience.” (from Dane Rudhyar’s An Astrological Mandala)

– Emily Trinkaus

Note to Portlandia Peeps – Join me tonight, 7:00-8:30, for Meet the Outer Planets! We’ll be looking at Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, their current shenanigans in the sky and what that means for you personally (bring your birth chart). All the details on the Events page.