We have often heard the word "metaphysical" applied to astrology. The word metaphysics sets whatever it is you're talking about above the realm of the physical/material world. But that can be a very dangerous concept and easily misunderstood. Metaphysics is the study of the very basic, universal truths. It's dangerous when it gets separated from the everyday reality around us - then metaphysics becomes something made up in our heads that doesn't have anything to do with the real, objective world.
Metaphysics is actually a stage in the process of dialectics. (Check out On Practice by Mao for more on this). By observing what goes on around us we can come to some general conclusions as to their nature. We can then apply what we have concluded to actual, concrete situations, check out the results of what we've done and see if our conclusions (theories) were correct. If not, we then adjust our practice to correspond with reality and thereby make what we do better and more effective.
Astrology is the same. Studying astrology in relationship to only ourselves as individuals is separating us from reality, because reality is the sum total of what's happening to everybody - what's happening to one person is only a part of the whole thing. Acting only for the benefit of yourself as an individual is backwards Western thinking. Everything we do as individuals is related in one way or another to what everyone else is doing. Every action we take affects other people. The sooner we understand that the sooner we begin to act for the betterment of all people, and not just for ourselves and our friends or immediate family.
Mars went into Aquarius May 3rd. Aquarius is the sign of universal brother and sisterhood. It if futuristic, forward-looking, and the colors associated with it are all the colors of the Rainbow. Mars is energy. In death culture astrology it is the God of War: heavily destructive energy. We have to learn how to take the incredible energy of Mars and put it to good use. Now is the time to direct our energy towards building that Rainbow Nation, the eventual unity of all peoples on the planet in cooperation for the benefit of everyone, can and will be. We have some heavy opposition, but it is struggle that makes us strong.
That's what Saturn is about. Saturn is in Taurus now and has been since last year. Saturn is connected with Satan, the tester, putting us through shit to make us strong. That's another universal truth - the more we struggle the stronger we get. (Ho Chi Minh once wrote that "calamity has hardened and tempered me / and turned my mind into steel.") Be careful though, because Saturn can really put limits on things, especially while in Taurus, the Bull, which has the tendency to be very stubborn. Saturn at its best helps us to discipline ourselves to do what we have to do, and we really do need to be patient and learn to be diligent in attaining our goals.
The Moon changes signs every two or three days. In the light of the demonstrations in Washington last week I think it's important to point out that the Moon was in Leo from 4:37 a.m. Saturday May1st to 4:05 p.m. on Monday May 3rd. Leo is a fire sign, ruled by the Sun. At it's best it's extremely creative; at it's worst it's ego-fixed. With the Moon in Leo reactions are easily fiery and very hard to control. Monday afternoon the 3rd the Moon went into Virgo, which is very detailed, choosey, and calculated. With the Moon in Virgo we tend to think more before reacting off the wall about anything.
The Moon went into Libra on Thursday the 6th at 5:00 a.m. Libra is the scales, harmony and balance, the universal order. It's most apparent in relationships between people. The Moon in Libra is usually very nice. From there it goes into Scorpio on Saturday the 8th at 5:01 p.m. Scorpio is the life/death cycle. It can be rejuvenation or the deadly sting of the scorpion. There'll be a full moon in Scorpio on Monday the 10th. The intensity of Scorpio coupled with the intensity of a full Moon will be noticeable for sure.
Tuesday the 11th at 3:07 a.m. the Moon goes into Sagittarius, the Centaur. Half-human, half-horse, it is the Sage, combining the intuition of the horse with the wisdom of humans, shooting it's arrow high in the sky, striving for very high goals. It's a fire sign and digs to travel - the Moon in Sagittarius is far out, though it can be hard to deal with in certain circumstances. Everything has a dual nature, it can either be positive or negative.
The understanding possible from the study of astrology goes much deeper than the sketches made here. Relate all of what's been said here to the position of the planets when you were born and you can go very deep into what's affecting your actions and thoughts. You can get your horoscope (a charting of the planet's positions at your moment of birth) done for a couple of dollars at Circle Books, 215 S. State St., Ann Arbor, or you can get books there which teach you how to do your own. They also have a calendar that shows the planets' positions and their changes for every day, plus a lot of other information. Just knowing only the positions of the Sun and Moon every day can really help. The more information we have the closer we are to being able to define our own lives. Dig it.