We’re living through times that feel crazy because no one has ever experienced astrological energies like this before. Pluto in Capricorn, Mars-Saturn-Antares square Neptune and the lunar nodes, and the Eris-Uranus conjunction are causing unrest because we have no blueprints for how to resolve these energies- what was once considered wisdom has proven to be a fraud, thanks to Pluto ruler of Scorpio, aka Hades lord of the Underworld, his transit through Capricorn the sign of winter solstice has seen the illusions of capitalist economics and organized religion shattered, leaving us with no choice but to look inward for our own inner wisdom and guidance to create a new and better world, and in doing so, set out on a journey to heal our pain, our family’s pain, our society’s pain, and our planet’s pain. Many are not ready for this journey but for those who are, asteroid Persephone is our guide. Persephone enters the Underworld at Zero Libra, leaving her mother Ceres whose grief causes the leaves to fall and the world to become barren. At Zero Capricorn Persephone is in the depths of the Underworld, and united with Pluto. At Zero Aries she exits the underworld and returns to the Earth realm of her mother Ceres, whose joy in being reunited with Persephone brings the new life of spring. The Sun carries a piece of this mythology as it travels the wheel of the year, but asteroid Persephone herself, taking several years to circle the zodiac, tells a longer and more elaborate story.
I first learned about asteroid Persephone towards the end of 2012 when she was in the final degrees of Libra, opposite my natal Sun. Asteroid goddesses have a funny way of saying hello to me like that. I got to know her as she transited through Pluto’s own sign, Scorpio, with asteroid Psyche as her close companion, staying a handful of degrees conjunct as they traveled onward through Sagittarius and Capricorn together, reaching conjunction with Pluto in January of 2014, at the exact same time that Venus was also conjunct Pluto, during the Venus retrograde that marked the beginning of her Capricorn cycle. Click here to see my chart for the Aquarius New Moon of January 2014, showing the conjunction of Persephone, Psyche, Venus retrograde, and Pluto.
Today, August 26th 2016, asteroid Persephone enters Cancer- at Zero degrees, the summer solstice point, she is as far away from the underworld as she can get, in full unity with her mother Ceres, who is in Taurus trine the Sun. This chart is for tomorrow, August 27th when the Sun’s trine to Ceres is exact, the Cancer Moon is opposite Pluto. Pluto’s current retrograde will station direct at 14 degrees Capricorn, the degree exact opposite fixed star Sirius 14 Cancer, a once in a lifetime aspect.