Through the Shining Veil: Planetary Ingresses for Self-Reflection
TO SELENE, THE MOON
The Fumigation from Aromatics.
Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:
Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon, whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.
At 7:09 p.m. Mountain time today, the Moon moves from Pisces to Aries. This is called an ingress, when a planet enters a new sign or house.
The most common use of ingresses is in mundane astrology, the branch that examines how planets affect a whole community or nation. In mundane astrology, solar ingresses, the quarterly ingresses of the Sun into the cardinal signs (Aries at the spring equinox, Cancer at the summer solstice, Libra at the fall equinox, and Capricorn at the winter solstice) define the qualities for the upcoming year (Sun at 0 degrees Aries) or quarter (Sun at 0 degrees of each of the seasonal signs). This is considered to affect communities, cities, states, nations, groups, or corporations.
But ingresses are relevant to each of us individually as well. When a planet moves into a new sign, that combination of energies is heightened for the course of the planet’s journey through the sign. The period of time it takes that planet to transit, or move across, the first degree or two of the sign is a potent preview of how we experience these energies. If we have a planet or planets in that sign in our natal chart, then the energy is again heightened when the transiting planet comes near the positions of our natal planets. When a planet hits zero degrees of a sign, it gives us a taste of what we can expect during its sojourn in that portion of the zodiac, letting us anticipate and prepare for the future.
The faster planets, such as the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and the Sun, will ingress new signs regularly throughout the year. The Moon changes sign every two to three days, and the Sun ingresses a new sign each month. Mercury and Venus are never too far from the Sun. Mars spends roughly two months in a sign. Slower planets, such as Jupiter, Saturn, and the outer planets, change signs less frequently and stay longer in a sign, bringing more importance and a broader scope to their ingresses. In this paper we’ll look at the Moon’s ingress to Aries today, Mars’s back-and-forth between Sagittarius and Scorpio, and Jupiter’s ingress to Libra in the fall.
Would you like to know how these planetary ingresses affect you and how you can work with them to understand yourself better and make your life easier? Download my free workbook: Through the Shining Veil: Planetary Ingresses for Self-Reflection. It’s free and you don’t have to sign up for anything; however, if you like this and think you’d like other things I do, please join my email newsletter list.
Joy Vernon is widely recognized by tarot professionals as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup has grown into the most active and one of the largest tarot-specific meetups in the world. Joy works as a psychic and teacher at Isis Books. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.
© 2016 by Joy Vernon. All rights reserved.