Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 19 April 2014: Wizard Wise

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You know there's got to be a catch if the place is enchanted. 'The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo' by MS Stillman 1889 {{PD}} Here's the background for the painting in case you're interested: http://sites.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/special/authors/boccaccio/boc-10-5.html

You know there’s got to be a catch if the place is enchanted. ‘The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo’ by MS Stillman 1889 {{PD}} Here’s the background for the painting in case you’re interested: http://sites.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/special/authors/boccaccio/boc-10-5.html

19 April There may be a kind of cognitive dissonance between our perceptions (especially the mentality with which we face things) and what we typically honor or consider sacred. Expediency may trump upholding values, at least at first glance, and we may find ourselves or others obscuring the facts out of a desire not to find out about or deal with anything unpleasant—and worse, even if we’re trying to make contact with the Truth, it may reside in our ‘blind spot’, and so be unfindable. The best course is a prudent one: respect your usual priorities, even if they don’t seem important right now, stick to the facts, speak with clarity and respect for all (especially if you don’t feel it!) and don’t allow yourself to get contentious with your ‘traditional’ adversaries, even if the complaint seems justified or harmless—you won’t gain any ground in the scuffle. (Neptune sesquiquadrate Vesta, Venus quincunx Mars, Mercury opposed Vesta, semi-square Neptune, and parallel Sedna, Sun moves into Taurus and Earth into Scorpio)

Today’s image is a man dressed as a magnificent wizard, his companion walking along in a t-shirt and jeans–but it’s the companion who holds all the magic. This one’s self-explanatory: don’t be fooled by outward appearances–don’t think you know just by looking, or by what someone tells you they are–they have to show it, too.

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Pluto Retrograde 14 April 2014

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'Nocturne in Blue and Silver' James McNeill Whistler c1870s {{PD}}

‘Nocturne in Blue and Silver’ James McNeill Whistler c1870s {{PD}}

Pluto retrogrades at 4:47 PM PDT, and may get lost so close to the Lunar eclipse. It’s not that this won’t have an effect–it will send out the psychic equivalent of infrasound–but that it will likely be attributed to the boogy man of the eclipse, which has become the catch-all Lunar basket for every menacing vibe around. The turnaround of Pluto happens below consciousness; we don’t notice it, until we notice it, typically as a shift in background, in tone, in luck–suddenly things aren’t going smoothly, secrets can’t be kept (or, conversely, something is submerged or ‘gotten away with’ which we can count on being revealed on direction), something hidden nags, something dark lingers at the edge of the light. It’s all very ominous–except it’s not; Pluto is just as much a part of the Universe as any other energy. When it’s direct we see the wisdom in taking out the trash, cleaning up the mess, in death and decay as part of the cycle, but on retrograde all we see is the trash, the mess, or the death and decay–we may be so riveted by this display that we forget it’s an integral part of making the whole thing work.

If the representative of the god of the Underworld turns around in hard aspect to any of your natal bodies or points, you may become especially aware of the darkness associated with those areas–or you may need to deal with your own or another’s power displays related to it. Pluto retrogrades for almost six months at a time; this time it goes direct on 22 September 2014 at 10 Capricorn 59. The sheer length of its apparent backward movement means we sooner or later accommodate the planet’s motion within the psyche; it soon feels like it’s ‘just the way things are’–and for nearly half a year, it is.

The Eclipses of April 2014

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'Cornstalks in the Moonlight' Theodor Kittelsen c1900 {{PD}}

‘Cornstalks in the Moonlight’ Theodor Kittelsen c1900 {{PD}}

The eclipse of 15 April falls at 25 Libra 15, and is a Full Moon (Lunar eclipse), conjunct transiting energies Ceres, North Node, and Vesta, opposed t Juno, quincunx t Sedna, sesquiquadrate t Venus, and sextile t Pallas. On its own the eclipse suggests a watershed point in partnership, cooperative efforts, artistic endeavors, and in regard to ‘the Other’, everything and everyone outside ourselves. A Full Moon brings an ending, but within this is found a new beginning; this particular culmination/ beginning is amplified by an eclipse, and married (so Libra!) to Nature/ Authority (Ceres), the future (NN), and to an impeccable level of dedication of life energy (Vesta)–it is, in effect, a relational seed point that carries a walloping life force–and this contradicts the kind of puny, Willful, egotistical sense of empowerment that may be found in negative manifestation of Juno in Aries (opposition), as well as causing adjustment to the unconscious (Sedna) and cooperation with what’s ultimately wise (Pallas). The Sabian for this eclipse is, ‘An Eagle And A Large White Dove Change Into Each Other’ This symbolism implies that the ‘other’ focus of Libra involves an actual transformation of one half of a pair into the other, and vice versa; what we are observing or are partnered with, then, becomes what we are.

The Solar eclipse occurs April 28-29 (depending on your location) at 8 Taurus 51, a New Moon that only sextiles Neptune; everything else is outside even a generous orb, with Mercury just days past Superior Conjunction (if this were moving toward the eclipse point I would consider counting it) and Mars, though moving retrograde, outside the orb for a quincunx. That lays it all on Neptune and the Sabian for this eclipse, ‘A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree’. The New Moon, eclipse or not, also indicates new starts; so, we’re looking at a new beginning that may be born of ideals, fantasy, or creative application (Neptune), and that could represent (the Christmas tree) a time of celebration, could usher in an ‘ideal’ period, or present the beginning of a personal creative initiative (birth) or renaissance (re-birth). We’re looking at a pair of factors (the Sabian and Neptune) that describe personal ideals–but particularly with the Sabian, we have to note that the celebration is based on our relationship to the unseen, on faith. It’s not related to any specific religion, but instead on our individual idea of a kind of ‘perfect moment’, the kind that memories are built on and that are striven for consistently in everyday life.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 11 April 2014: Resisting Healing

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/samkharadze/4365125766/  by Mikheil Samkharadze (kesha) Released under  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

http://www.flickr.com/photos/samkharadze/4365125766/ by Mikheil Samkharadze (kesha) Released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

3:30 PM PDT the Virgo Moon sextiles Jupiter, trines Pluto, and quincunxes Uranus. Transformation or destruction is easy, and we’re tempted to ‘do it big’. Take careful measure as to whether this is an original and essentially creative impulse, or one that arises from rebellion, erratic perceptions, or a wish to lose the Self in anarchy. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Chiron and semi-sextiles Zeus. We may resist healing out of the erroneous idea that it could spoil the impetus behind an ambition or desire (for instance, if we believe we must be in emotional pain to be an artist, we wouldn’t want to lose what we see as creative ‘fuel’). Part of the process of healing is realizing that pain does not make us a deeper, more sensitive, or more perceptive person, that in fact it does the opposite, narrowing our viewpoint and restricting our understanding. So, consider letting that pain go.

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Venus Conjunct Neptune: Imagine Empowerment

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'Dancing Fairies' August Malmström 1866 {{PD}}

‘Dancing Fairies’ August Malmström 1866 {{PD}}

The conjunction of Venus to Neptune perfects on the 11th in Pisces; this can be an almost magical-feeling combination, with the desire nature and relationship/ financial/ asset emphases of Venus melting temporarily into the inspired Neptune in Pisces, fueling imagination, fantasy, dreams, creativity, delusion, and attention to the spiritual. What we get is an opportunity to imagine our ideal, and to apply that ideal in relationships, in earning situations, to living our values, and to creating. We have enormous potential for getting what we want, or for creating favorable circumstances or positioning in terms of what we want–but we can’t do that by simply imagining it. No matter how powerful our want or dedicated our visualization, we need to take action; this is a physical world where we are hoping to manifest our dream, and the unseen responds much more quickly to our desires when we take a material step to make things happen. It’s like making a statement to the Universe, “I’m willing to use my energy to get what I want”; we move, and so heaven and earth move, too.

In this case, the conjunction of Venus and Neptune occurs semi-square Juno in Aries, which also happens on the same day to conjunct the Sun. We’re being handed the recipe right here: taking initiative, a leadership role, or taking action (Aries, Fire) as we aim directly at what we want–use the status or position you already have (Juno) to make it happen (and we all have influence somewhere–don’t pretend you don’t!) The Sun shines a bright spotlight on what we need to do at a personal level; at this time there’s no excuse for not knowing how to proceed to fulfill that dream.

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The Daily Word Image 8 April 2014: Share the Light

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'Nymphs Bathing' by Antonio Muñoz Degrain no later than 1924 {{PD}}

‘Nymphs Bathing’ by Antonio Muñoz Degrain no later than 1924 {{PD}}

Today’s image is two nymphs in a forest clearing at night; they lean together, and one pours some burning oil from her vessel into the empty one the other carries–now both hold lights in the darkness. This image refers to the sharing of real knowledge–not what we think we know, but those things we are sure of; they illuminate our lives–and if we tell others, they get the benefit as well. Today you may be called on at some point to share knowledge that will profoundly help another–don’t hesitate, don’t be afraid.

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 April 2014: A Vow of Silence

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Reliquary by Lippo Vanni c1355 courtesy of the Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons Photo released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License.

Reliquary by Lippo Vanni c1355 courtesy of the Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons Photo released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License.

7 April contests of Will are on the agenda; we communicate aggressively, believing we’re just defending what’s ours, though we’re perceived as threatening the power and rights of others. Here’s the thing: being too focused on what’s sacred to us may make us too quick to see others who share our values or work toward a mutual cause as threatening, likely because they, too, are communicating aggressively and not knowing it. Today the air’s rife with a sense of what we might describe as worship, even holiness, but instead of prompting peace it’s making everyone assume that others are trying to take that feeling and what generates it away. A vow of silence and attempting to live our ideals in a real-world sense might help; so might listening without pre-formulating an answer as the other person speaks. Too, realizing that what we honor may not need defending can be a powerful mantra against overreaction. (Perfecting today: Vesta sextile Pallas, Mars opposed Juno, Mercury into Aries and contra-parallel Vesta)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 6 April 2014: Coping Mechanisms

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If you must join the race, make sure you have a good horse. 'Portrait of St. Galmier' by Emil Adam c1885 {{PD}}

If you must join the race, make sure you have a good horse. ‘Portrait of St. Galmier’ by Emil Adam c1885 {{PD}}

6 April we can see our ambitions and wants right-over-there, but we may have a hard time making any progress toward them as we’ll keep having to adjust our thinking or our communications so that they consistently serve the direction we want to be headed—and even a willingness to do this won’t save us from authorities who just don’t want to see us move forward. It’s an awkward set of aspects, because it can make everyone feel just a touch paranoid, as it seems others are out to get us, whether they really are or not. Coping mechanisms include long walks on the beach, watching sunset with a drink in hand, or reading a good book, in short anything that both relaxes us and removes us from participation in what once, many moons ago, was referred to as the ‘Rat Race’. (Perfecting today: Sun sesquiquadrate Zeus, Mercury quincunx the North Node and contra-parallel Ceres)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 5 April 2014: A Contrary Undercurrent

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'Girl Reading' Georgios Jakobides c1882 {{PD}}

‘Girl Reading’ Georgios Jakobides c1882 {{PD}}

5 April everything may be surface-sunny but have a contrary undercurrent that could make even the slightest hiccup contentious. Things will be fine as long as most of us can walk around getting our way, without someone snatching the rose-colored glasses from the bridge of our held-in-the-air nose. Yes, it might be that bad—and yes, the contentiousness will be shown by both sides of that equation. Communication suffers as everyone listens with the idea that they are in charge, and that it’s within their power to call the shots and ‘yay or nay’ what someone else is saying, deciding, or even thinking. Desires take on a materialistic or sensual note, which we have a good chance of fulfilling if we don’t get co-opted by those who are looking for a sparring partner. Everyone who manages not to be mixed up in this mess may get swept up in the atmosphere of creativity and dreams—and can get really useful information on how to make money, show love, or carve a future using only the imagination. (Mars contra-parallel Pallas, Venus into Pisces and parallel the North Node, Mercury quincunx Ceres and contra-parallel Juno, Earth conjunct and parallel Zeus)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 4 April 2014 + the Daily Image

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Photo by Julie Demboski © 2005 All Rights Reserved

Photo by Julie Demboski © 2005 All Rights Reserved

4 April we may make some fate-altering changes in the areas of relationships, Love, or Money; thoughts are sudden, erratic, unpredictable, and may tend to intellectualize matters when we might be better off concentrating on how we feel, or on judging things by our values, rather than trying to reason them out. If we can center ourselves in a combination of our own hard-won wisdom and awareness of those matters we feel are sacred and must be protected and revered, we’ll then be able to calm the mind and choose from a point of serenity (Merc in Pisces). Surroundings may wound, literally or figuratively (by what we learn or observe)—take extra care. (Venus semi-square Pluto and trine North Node, Finger of God apex Mercury with base of Pallas-Vesta, Mercury contra-parallel Uranus, Earth quincunx Chiron)

Today’s image is a group of people gathered around a karaoke machine, singing ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ in perfect harmony.
“Knee deep in flowers we’ll stray
We’ll keep the showers away
And if I kiss you in the garden, in the moonlight
Will you pardon me?”
Who doesn’t love the sweetness of that song, once you listen to it? Carry your ‘garden’ with you all day, in the form of this song and the sentiment it conveys.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 2 April 2014: Defining Ourselves

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Notice the wings on the angel with uplifted arms. 'Vision of the Throne of the Lord (The Paris Apocalypse)' c1400 by an Unknown Miniaturist working in Liege {{PD}}

Notice the wings on the angel with uplifted arms. ‘Vision of the Throne of the Lord (The Paris Apocalypse)’ c1400 by an Unknown Miniaturist working in Liege {{PD}}

There’s a current Cardinal Grand Square with Earth-Zeus, Pluto, Sun-Uranus, and Jupiter. This brings four contrasting inclinations into contact, and probably conflict: material ambitions, change or the existing power structure, a need to be seen for the uniqueness and originality of our Purpose, and the social sphere. Each of us may experience a different equation involving these elements, but the overall meaning is one of better defining ourselves, especially knowing who we are and what we want. That’s a very good thing to know, in anticipation of the Grand Cross and the eclipses. Make sure you’re honest with yourself and others about what you need and want; if you’re not, it will not only make it impossible for the Universe to deliver what you need, it will also mean what you’re hiding won’t remain a secret for long–and even if it’s modest or mild, information hidden comes off like we’re trying for deception–not the best for either finding your tribe or fulfilling your Soul’s intent.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 1 April 2014: What Truly Matters

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'Spring Sun at Konginkangas' by Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1906 {{PD}}

‘Spring Sun at Konginkangas’ by Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1906 {{PD}}

1 April brings power struggles between partners, relationship and financial choices that are divorced from what’s smart, and yet, in all the hubbub, everyone keeps an eye on what truly matters to them—so if you see someone trash something at this point, you know they don’t care. Communication has desire and goals behind it, and is followed by action—so if they say they’re going to do it, they will. The social scene suffers when scrutinized—so either don’t look, or change with whom you hang out. (Juno opposed Zeus, Venus opposed Pallas and trine Vesta, Mercury parallel Zeus and Mars, Sun-Earth axis square Jupiter)

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 31 March 2014: Love and Rules

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These two certainly did not follow the rules. 'Abelard and his Pupil Heloise' EB Leighton 1882 {{PD}}

These two certainly did not follow the rules. ‘Abelard and his Pupil Heloise’ EB Leighton 1882 {{PD}}

8 AM PDT of the 31st the Aries Moon opposes retro Mars and quincunxes Saturn; what ensues may be an emotional tug-of-war over independence and leading the way–and yet motives are confused and people may end up contradicting themselves in the race to be first or to be in charge. The vibe ends up being disconcerting to those who think about who’s saying what; those lacking introspection sail through with nary a scratch. Anyone who wants to win will go the restrained and modest route. Noon Pacific time the Moon sextiles Venus. It’s a good time for an assignation, as long as you follow the rules (Venus in Aquarius). 2 PM PDT the Moon trines Pallas. Emotional wisdom is easily accessible and can guide choice and action at this time in a successful direction. 3 PM PDT the Moon opposes Vesta. We may feel distant from our highest values at this point; enacting emotional independence gives us the impression that we don’t have to put our priorities and obligations into the equation–it would be a mistake not to. 7 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts the South Node and opposes North Node-Ceres. We may take a trip down memory lane, or even actually fall back into old ways, and lose our mojo. Stay focused in the present, and clear about the influence we hold and the territory that is ours, for best results. Void begins at 7:21 PM PDT as the Moon begins to move out of opposition to Ceres; the Moon enters Taurus at 10:21 PM PDT.

I’ve been so busy I failed to update the charts for ECLIPSE in a timely way, but they’re fixed nowalso updated what’s in the current ECLIPSE, which you can see here. I hope you enjoyed the New Moon new start–have a great week!

 

A Little Something on Saturn Transits

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Saturn would thoroughly approve. 'Sylvia Darning (a Sock)' Harold Gilman 1917 {{PD}}

Saturn would thoroughly approve. ‘Sylvia Darning (a Sock)’ Harold Gilman 1917 {{PD}}

Look at transits of Saturn as an opportunity to show how serious you are about accomplishment, progress, and dealing with the reality picture. It’s not glamorous, but it is a foundational energy for everything we do of consequence. Hard transits (sometimes the conjunction, square, opposition, quincunx, sesquiquadrate—that last is 135 degrees) typically begin with a challenge, something tough, unpleasant, an obstacle or a complete roadblock. We’re being asked to look at how we’ve failed to use, or have misused, Saturn energies; this is why they are appearing in external circumstances. Should the Saturn negative manifestation be an inner state (depression, hopelessness, ‘I can’t’) we’re actually facing the same circumstance, but have adopted the inner reaction attempting to convince ourselves that we’re handling it, that we’re responding. If there’s one thing Saturn requires, it’s concrete steps—and if we are telling ourselves that depression is a form of taking responsibility, we are in for one tough, probably ultra-long, transit experience.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 27 March 2014: The Doorway + The Daily Word Image

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Portrait of Marguerite van Mons by T Van Rysselberghe {{PD}}

Portrait of Marguerite van Mons by T Van Rysselberghe {{PD}}

27 March wisdom comes from Nature, our own inner nature or what we observe in the wild. Connecting with the nature/ wisdom message could be the doorway to healing empowerment situations, and to changing what needs to be changed, in particular our current way of taking in and processing information; it may be important to break down our old method of mental processing (which probably contains a lot of assumptions that are no longer valid) in order to construct something more suitable to how we think and how we communicate now; our example, once again, is in Nature, or found in consciously harmonizing our inner process with our current needs. (Perfecting today: Pallas parallel Ceres, Chiron contra-parallel and Pluto square Juno, Mercury sesquiquadrate the North Node and Vesta, and sextile Pluto)

Today’s image is a color: a blue slightly darker and richer than a peacock’s feather. Whenever you see it, you’ll know it’s a marker in time, a synchronous moment, or a flag telling you something important is happening, and so to pay attention.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 26 March 2014: The Path

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'The Path Through the Irises' Claude Monet {{PD}}

‘The Path Through the Irises’ Claude Monet {{PD}}

10 AM PST the Aquarius Moon quincunxes Jupiter, perhaps tempting us to adjust what we think to what the social order prescribes. Can be a point when the group exerts a tremendous amount of influence on our thoughts and our behaviors (whether we rebel or accept their standards wholeheartedly); as long as we’re aware of this we can respond in a more measured way than we otherwise might. 11:30 AM PST the Moon sextiles Uranus-Juno. Emotions and intuitions aid expressions of uniqueness that lead to empowerment. 6 PM PST the Moon trines Zeus. We can intellectually see a clear path to ambition realization, but we need to remember that we have to back up ideas with action (and perhaps take on a partner, Zeus in Libra). Midnight the Moon conjuncts Venus. We can feel a perfect love or empathy based in intellectual understanding or group membership in common. This could offer a nice break from the natural tendency to critique, and if expressed could win us new friends.

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Just a Little on the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

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'The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed With the Sun' William Blake {{PD}}

‘The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed With the Sun’ William Blake {{PD}}

This is an excerpt from the Grand Cross article in the current ECLIPSE:

The aspects don’t actually perfect all at once; in fact, I don’t think that’s possible, with Mars traveling in the opposite direction to the other three, and with Pluto-Uranus being exact on the 21st and Jupiter closest to them on the 20th. Mars is the hold out; every other body has to wait for him to create the Cross (a very Martian, ‘the world revolves around me!’ attitude!) though by the time he arrives, Jupiter is already poised to flee and Uranus and Pluto are parting So, the T-square is actually stronger prior to hooking up with Mars, and that implies that, depending on where in the personal chart each arm falls, we may already be in the midst of developments when the Martian energy arrives—and that suggests that things that have occurred have accumulated so that, with Mars in the picture, we are prompted to choose or act definitively on the concerned circumstances.

Something to consider in the personal chart is that two of the Cross factors will be below the horizon, and two above; this means that the above horizon elements are much more likely to involve others directly, to be ‘visible’ to onlookers, to involve contact with the world, institutions, businesses, or to involve one’s own job or vocation. The below horizon elements are much more likely to be processed at an internal level and to drive one’s own impulses and choices but not necessarily be obvious to others.

We can speak in general of what one of the energies above or below the horizon might mean, always keeping in mind that the particular House it rules in the natal chart, as well as its natal situation and any aspects it’s currently making to natal factors, can all figure in to meaning. For instance, Jupiter in Cancer above the horizon in the Whole Sign 10th=the broadcast or public ‘reveal’ of sensitivities, knowledge, beliefs, or the Jupiterian facet of the Cross/ T experience comes from others or is ‘out in the open’ in some way, definitely affecting the reputation or career; Pluto is then below the horizon in the 4th, suggesting that the change, upset, destruction, rage, or transformative facet happens on the inside or ‘close to home’ in some way, and may be a factor in what’s revealed, in this case coming either from the deepest Self or through the family relationship or actual living situation.

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The Daily Word Image 22 March 2014: A Camping Trip

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'Camp Fire' by Winslow Homer 1880 {{PD}}

‘Camp Fire’ by Winslow Homer 1880 {{PD}}

Today’s image is each of us, sitting at a campfire as the sun comes up, cradling one of those enameled-tin cups of hot coffee between your cold hands. This suggests both a change of pace is in order (a ‘camping trip’ of one kind or another), and that an appreciation of the little things will really serve us well right now.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 21 March 2014: Higher Wisdom

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'Two Ladies Testing the Waters' Jacob Wagner 1891 {{PD}}

‘Two Ladies Testing the Waters’ Jacob Wagner 1891 {{PD}}

21 March what draws our attention may seem an unwise or impractical way to spend our time and energy, but it will really have the intelligence of our highest priorities and values behind it. Don’t fight what comes up—trust the wisdom of your Higher Self and the Universe—they’ve delivered exactly what you need to experience (Perfecting today: Sun contra-parallel Pallas, parallel Vesta)

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 20 March 2014 + the Daily Word Image

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'Nighthawks' Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

‘Nighthawks’ Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

2 AM PST of the 20th the Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto and squares Venus. We may get perversely destructive or nosy in relationships, digging for no real reason, and inspiring rebellion in the process. Transforming the inclination to dig into a push to work out long-term or lingering conflicts may help break down mental relationship barriers and help us recognize the value of what we have. 4 AM PST the Moon trines Chiron, priming us for hurt or healing–a deliberate choice must be made. 8 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Saturn and opposes Sedna. We may side with authorities, the rules, with the secure way and the safety of boundaries, but we need to consider whether we do this because its where we feel at home, or if we do this out of fear. Use blind instinct (one way of positively using Sedna) to decide.

Today’s image is a diner on a rain-slick street, with people arriving in twos and threes to sit in its buttery light and drink coffee and stay dry. We tend to think of our membership in groups as it relates to our family, our professional group, or even our generation, but we have the chance to experience camaraderie, a brief communion built from shared experience, more often than we might realize. Over the next week or two, notice when you become part of these fleeting tableaux, and welcome the sense of warmth and connectedness it can offer, even if nothing unusual happens and you don’t speak with anyone.

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 March 2014: Kryptonite

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' Women Bathing' Gauguin 1885 {{PD}}

‘ Women Bathing’ Gauguin 1885 {{PD}}

19 March it’s like our own personal Kryptonite is floating around in the air, wiping us out, even when we try to follow the smart path, to stick to our strengths, to follow the rules, to avoid the wrath of authorities—and yet somehow we are letting our contrariness show around the edges, and others are responding as if we’re in full-out rebellion! The key to this is: quit trying to find a ‘safe’ avenue for power expression—there isn’t one, right now—every move looks like a threatening one to those who fear their power is built on bluster and the backs of others, rather than their own effort. Instead, abandon the material world, to whatever extent you are able, and enter either a spiritual one or one of fantasy and escape—in either case, you’ll find a climate more conducive to creative thinking and acceptance of individuality, and you can spend the time enriching your inner life, until the sh*t storm passes. (Perfecting today: Chiron contra-parallel Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Juno, Uranus sesquiquadrate Pallas, Sun quincunx and contra-parallel Vesta)

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The Daily Image 18 March 2014: Ask

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Graffiti in Herzliya Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Graffiti in Herzliya Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s image is a graffiti-covered wall with a single, rainbow-colored word on it: ‘Ask’. So, ask what you want to know, of someone else, of something else, of the Universe–you’ll get an answer–then it will be up to you to have the grace to accept it.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 17 March 2014: Shadows

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17 March is an odd day where it feels like anything can happen. The contrast between those things we rely on as measures (our highest values, our level and extent of empowerment, our wisdom and experience, the clarity of the psychic ‘light’ in which we observe our surroundings) and the seeming lack of capacity we currently enjoy in which to exercise our prerogatives is sharp and glaring. It seems that to do what’s smart automatically creates pain, efforts to expand our world, to learn or teach, or to explore something new and exotic is unduly costly or interferes seriously with important relationships—and communication seems to have fallen into a fog from which it can’t get up! If we can drift and dream today, and really want to discover something, we can inspect our pain for the wisdom it holds; it’s the shadows that tells us where things stand today, not the sunlight. (Vesta contra-parallel Juno, Chiron parallel Pallas and the Sun quincunx Pallas, Venus quincunx Jupiter, Mercury enters Pisces)

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Full Moon in Virgo on 16 March at 10:08 AM PST at 26 Virgo 01: Getting What We’ve Worked For

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Steel Workers by Winold Reiss c1920 Property of Library of Congress {{PD}}

Steel Workers by Winold Reiss c1920 Property of Library of Congress {{PD}}

This Full Moon falls at the midpoint of Mars-Pallas, widely sextile Saturn, apex to a Finger of God with base of Mercury and the South Node, sesquiquadrate Venus, and trine Sedna. With this culmination, we may find ourselves finishing up some smart actions, ones that draw on our past (or on knowledge from the past), communicate it, and by so doing access unconscious and instinctive qualities that we draw into our reality and that thereby help shape it. This likely applies to some project, quest, or effort we see conclude at or near this point, and with only a few exceptions it should bring a good result for all of us. These are things we’ve been trying for, working toward, and if we don’t get what we were aiming for, it’s likely because it’s not really the best thing for us—not an easy thing to accept when we’ve worked so hard.

The wisdom of a Full Moon in Virgo is that the answer to why or why not is in the details; it’s available for examination, open to assessment, and if we don’t see why things have gone as they have, it’s because we’re ignoring the facts, or because we haven’t truly done the work—we’re only telling ourselves we have.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 14 March 2014: Reflections

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'The Leaf' EA Forbes 1897 {{PD}}

‘The Leaf’ EA Forbes 1897 {{PD}}

14 March is a day when thought easily sparks action and communicating makes things move, but there are two plagues, erraticism and unreliability, which may scotch the entire works. Words can be accidentally incendiary, though quick reflexes and a willingness to cooperate, separately or together, can save the day. Too, the group may see it as their prerogative to control both action and individuals, which can spur rebellion when all we really want is to feel independent, or at least, unique; there may be lots of kerfuffle kicked up by individuals over what their obligation is or isn’t to the group. Listening politely is probably the best way to handle things; expression will satisfy most people with no other follow-up. On top of this, it may feel like spiritual matters and material ones are light years apart; think of them as reflections, not opposites. (Perfecting today: Mercury trine Mars, semi-square Uranus)

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 14 March 2014: No Balance

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Even Juno's symbol (the peacock feather) won't help this young tightrope walker. 'Il Saltimbanco' Antonio Mancini 1870 {{PD}}

Even Juno’s symbol (the peacock feather) won’t help this young tightrope walker. ‘Il Saltimbanco’ Antonio Mancini 1870 {{PD}}

3 AM PDT of the 13th the Leo Moon sextiles Zeus, making us very sure of ourselves and our ambitions. We think we can feel or intuit our way toward them–those enjoying positive contacts to the natal Sun right now actually can. 5 PM PDT the Moon creates a Grand Cross with Saturn opposed Sedna and her own opposition to Mercury; at this time the Moon also quincunxes the Sun. Thoughts and emotions are caught between the reality picture and the unseen forces of the spirit that move just below consciousness; every time we try to reason or feel our way toward some sort of clarity, the constraints of reality clash with some serious, primal, and essential ‘knowing’ that we carry deep inside–the result is difficulty seeing without having the vision jangled by what we sense, or tuning in to the intuition without having material matters intrude. There’s no balancing this, we just have to get through it. 11 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Mars and conjuncts Pallas. We can act with real wisdom at this time; schedule all your decidin’ for right now.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 12 March 2014 + the Daily Word Image

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'Spring' by Millet c1870 {{PD}}

‘Spring’ by Millet c1870 {{PD}}

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12 March we may feel innately clumsy, with attempts to move forward causing unnecessary hurt, what we thought was smart turning out to be destructive, and worst of all may be the surprising nature of our own skills; what we were sure were practical additions to our repertoire may seem anything but at this time. Don’t worry, a great deal of this is a cacophony of odds and ends energies that just don’t seem to have a home, instead flying through the air and sticking in the most inconvenient places. We just need to let the static charge dissipate, and realize that perceptions right now are fritzed out, too—we shouldn’t try to assess anything until a little time has passed. (Perfecting today: Chiron sesquiquadrate the North Node, Pluto sesquiquadrate Pallas, Pallas contra-parallel Uranus)

Today’s image is participatory; open the nearest book, without looking place your finger on a page, and read what the Universe has to say to you today. I’ll share what mine was: “Was his wife unhappy? That was unfortunate, but it was, after all, her problem.” That’s from ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates. To me that gives a keynote of Self-responsibility in the happiness department; everyone must see to their own happiness, and if we experience someone who cares enough about us to want us to be happy, that’s just extra, a blessing, icing on the cake of life. So what’s your message, and what do you translate it to mean?

On Tax Time and the Moon’s Voids

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Obviously, this get-together didn't start during a Void--unless of course they thought it wouldn't go well. 'Merry Trio' Judith Leyster c1630 {{PD}}

Obviously, this get-together didn’t start during a Void–unless of course they thought it wouldn’t go well. ‘Merry Trio’ Judith Leyster c1630 {{PD}}

We’re coming up on tax time in the US, but these rules apply in any country at any time when paying anything where you could be audited and the tax man could come back for more. These suggestions apply equally to personal taxes and business taxes, and have proven very useful in the real world; for myself, in a business that invites scrutiny (astrology is actually illegal in some parts of the US) I’ve filed using these guidelines for at least eighteen years now, and I’ve never been audited or had the return questioned in any way. These suggestions are based on some I first saw in the work of March and McEvers—if you’re not familiar with them and their well-presented work, you might want to be; their series, ‘The Only Way to . . .’ offers an excellent grounding in a number of Astro-areas.

It seems it’s all in the moment you release the Return; whether dropping it in a mailbox or pushing ‘Send’ on the computer, that is the point at which you lose control of the numbers, and entrust them to Big Brother. So to that end, you choose a moment during the Moon’s Void of Course period, every two and one half days. This can get tricky, as sometimes the Void is only a few minutes in length; but it’s worth planning ahead for.

The idea is that the Moon symbolizes the forward (linear) movement from one event to the next that is the essence of daily life; it represents time, not in Saturn’s slow, trudging-forward, span-of-eons way, but in the way that nothing sits still, everything is changing perpetually, and the Moon captures that changing nature of life in its swift cycle of waxing and waning. When it’s in the Void, it has made the last major aspect it will make to another body while still in that sign; it leaves the Void when it enters the next sign. In that period between the final aspect and entering a new sign, the Moon is said to carry no energy behind it; events, then, lack that same impetus, trailing off into nothing, coming to nothing, or never getting off the ground in the first place. This is advantageous in paying the tax bill as it would typically be scrutinized for discrepancies and extra due; offering it in a Void period, though, removes the energy that would ‘cling’, in a psychic sense, to the Return, which should allow it to flow through the system without a hitch, with either payment or refund over in no time. Whenever you want to put something through a system and have it pass through with little problem and without drawing attention, then initiating the journey during the Moon’s Void is the right time.

Stay away from submitting something during a Void when you DO want it to draw attention. Don’t enter a contest, submit a paper or article, or apply for a job or for entrance to a college, or make that ‘first moment’ in the Void for anything else where you want to be seen and heard. No interviews, placing orders, or announcements, either. There is another condition that applies to the Void, the potential for things not to go as planned. This chiefly applies to gatherings or something actually started during the Void, and it plays off what we anticipate going forward; if we believe we can start the party and it will be just fine, a convivial evening of laughter and warmth, what we may get is a lot of no-shows, a couple of fistfights, or an evening where everyone stands in icy silence with a drink in their hand—unanticipated outcomes, certainly, all bringing the unexpected as whatever energies were flying around fell into the Void as this unfortunate party got started, filling it

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 6 March 2014: Ripples

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'The Yerres, Effect of Rain' Gustave Caillebotte 1875 {{PD}}

‘The Yerres, Effect of Rain’ Gustave Caillebotte 1875 {{PD}}

The Lunar Essence for the 6th from this week’s ECLIPSE:

5 AM PST of the 6th the Taurus Moon conjuncts Sedna and opposes Saturn. The intuition gets some very high wattage at this point; you may feel you can ‘see’ through walls, and in a way, you can. Emotion, though, may be unwilling to stay within bounds and out of other peoples’ territory–a little restraint not only keeps things civil but lets you show true respect for the boundaries others need. 1 PM PST the Moon quincunxes Mars, making us unsure of actions if we’re using the emotions to gauge ‘rightness’. Rely on feedback from others or a partner in order to know if the choice is a good one (Mars in Libra). 5 PM PST the Moon squares Pallas and quincunxes North Node-Vesta. Being overly attached to using our skills or our smarts at this time will both knock us off course and cause ripples with our causes, on the home front, or with the mate. A modest approach works best for the time being. Void begins at 6:26 PM PST; the Moon enters Gemini at 6:38 PM PST. Just after 8 PM Pacific the Moon trines Venus and quincunxes Ceres. Relationships based on love go well, but those based on power do not. Jockeying for supremacy is a tiring activity; you might prefer retreating from any situation that threatens to drain you for no good reason–better to wrap yourself in the love freely offered than the interaction with strings attached. 10 PM PST the Moon sextiles Juno. We empower ourselves by thinking about the emotions of the situation–Moon in Gemini gives us both clarity and distance needed to be at least somewhat objective.

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Today’s image is the experience of walking in the rain; it connects us to the planet, and makes us aware that we really are a part of things, as few other events do. If you can, do it; if you can’t, close your eyes and remember what it feels like–or go out and experience the weather your part of the world is having right now–be aware that you’re standing on the skin of the Earth, spinning through space–there’s just nothing else like it.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 3 March 2014: Solid Undercurrents

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'Between the Waves' Aivazovsky 1898 {{PD}}

‘Between the Waves’ Aivazovsky 1898 {{PD}}

3 March skills may not get paid what they’re worth, and it’s like someone shines a huge spotlight on our identity and ego injuries. The good thing is, this can be a point of purging, a release from wounds that have tied up some part of our talents—these can now go free. We are tuned in to our ambitions and desires, and we are on point with our actions. It’s really the solid undercurrents that save the day, so don’t let the surface roughness take over; if you do you’ll miss a real opportunity to advance your own cause. (Mars parallel Pallas, Venus semi-square Chiron, Sun parallel Zeus, conjunct Chiron, sextile Pluto)

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A Little Something on the New Moon in Pisces 2014

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That New Moon seed may be planted in a dream. 'Legend of St. Francis--Dream of the Palace' Detail, by Giotto di Bondone {{PD}}

That New Moon seed may be planted in a dream. ‘Legend of St. Francis–Dream of the Palace’ Detail, by Giotto di Bondone {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs just a hair’s-breadth before the end of the day on the 28th, Pacific time (at 10 Pisces 39 at 11:59 PM PST). In Pisces the New Moon promises a new start for everyone, a Collective seed moment that carries all possibilities, and for the individual, it can spark a new dream, ideal, or delusion, with all the positives and negatives that those might entail.

This meeting of Sun and Moon happens widely conjunct Chiron, semi-sextile Uranus, trine Jupiter; the NM also makes a wide sesquiquadrate to Mars in Libra, which is stationed but still technically direct. These contacts infuse the creative spark or dream planted for each of us with the power of healing, an aspect of the radical or the surprising, the opportunity to expand in some way (probably in what we care about, with Jupiter in Cancer); the only discord comes from an over-exercise of ego, or perhaps from taking action based on a delusion (or perhaps based on one’s partner’s delusion, with Mars in Libra!) Look to the natal House where this NM falls for a sense of where a fresh creative development, inspiration, opportunity, chance, or mistake based on something misperceived or misunderstood might appear. If this NM makes contact to a natal body or point, consider that natal energy vital to what comes about, especially in terms of how and where (by the House the contacted body rules) the new beginning may show itself.

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 26 February 2014: Moonlight

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'Moonlit Night on the Dnieper' Arkhip Kuindzhi 1882 {{PD}}

‘Moonlit Night on the Dnieper’ Arkhip Kuindzhi 1882 {{PD}}

Today’s image is someone driving on a desolate moonlit road, who is so distraught by the song on the radio they must pull over, put their head in their hands, and weep. If we can let sorrow flow through us, experiencing it but not making a permanent place for it in our hearts, we will be compassionate but also at peace; there will be no sadness lodged within to be suddenly broken loose by a song, or a memory, or the moonlight.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 25 February 2014: A Straightforward Recipe

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'Girl Chopping Onions' Gerrit Dou 1646 {{PD}}

‘Girl Chopping Onions’ Gerrit Dou 1646 {{PD}}

25 February rage comes from hurt, and transformation of what is comes from healing skills—a very straightforward recipe—but we’ll witness the clash of the individual against the social order, in many forms, and the thing we’ll need to know is that the individual, no matter what she says, will be feeling far from empowered. That can make for destructive and hurtful expressions that seem to come out of nowhere, but it can also foster the kind of permanent, healing change that brings the individual a sense of successful personal expansion of his world or of his reach. The only advice I can offer is to not accept your own internal sense of disempowerment, no matter how real it feels from the inside—it won’t be accurate, and may push you to do stupid things. (Pluto sextile Chiron, Jupiter square Uranus, Uranus contra-parallel Juno)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 24 February 2014: The Global Is Personal

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Note the costellation globe in the lower right corner 'The Great Vanity, Still-Life' Sebastian Stoskopff 1641 {{PD-Art}}

Note the constellation globe in the lower right corner ‘The Great Vanity, Still-Life’ Sebastian Stoskopff 1641 {{PD-Art}}

24 February that crisis in highest values, what we’re dedicated to, and home and family moves into the global consciousness and helps dictate our life direction. Of course this influences everyone differently, but it’s likely to center in partnerships, relationships, and/ or in the matters of the House where the meeting takes place (at 29 Libra, Vesta conjunct NN) We may be in this crisis state because we want to cement financial and love relationships in stone—we may be afraid of losing them, or worse, being forgotten ourselves—and we are in need of a serious ‘security fix’. Don’t be hard on yourself over this—though we may be tempted to ‘stiff upper lip’ it, we’d do well to indulge our need and attend to security needs—not by pestering others for promises, but by taking initiative and being responsible for ourselves. (Perfecting today: Vesta conjunct the NN, Venus sextile Saturn, trine Sedna)

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 23 February 2014: Look Again

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'Favourites' Sir Edwin Henry Landseer c1835 {{PD}}

‘Favourites’ Sir Edwin Henry Landseer c1835 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a horse saddle slung over the railing in an old barn. Here is the thought: sometimes the needed equipment is right where you left it.

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Ukraine on Fire

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‘The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction’ Mihály Zichy 1878 {{PD}}

‘The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction’ Mihály Zichy 1878 {{PD}}

This post appeared first in the current issue of ECLIPSE, and was written on 20 February. As we turn our attention now toward Venezuela, we need to remember that what burns, burns–going through hell is no different in Europe than it is in South America, or anywhere else. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll have a great weekend–and if you’re looking for the forecast, please subscribe!

Rioting in Ukraine, centered in the capital of Kiev, has reached a crisis point, with deaths in the double-digits as of this morning—and other than Russia, which hopes to bring Ukraine back under its control, the rest of the world is slow to react. Let’s look briefly at what the astrology might tell us.

Ukraine adopted a Declaration of State Sovereignty in July 1990, but it wasn’t until 24 August 1991 that the parliament officially created Ukraine as an independent state, putting into practice the declaration of Ukrainian law over Soviet law, with a formal dissolution of the Soviet state in December of that year. With a noon chart for the August date, set for Kiev, we get a Sun at 00 Virgo, appropriate for an area that has, as long as it’s existed, been seen as just a region of another nation, until this point; this also fits the character of the country well, as Ukraine was long known as an agricultural producer, the ‘breadbasket’ of the region. The Aquarius Moon is within a day or so of culmination at Full, suggesting a national character both emotionally mature and intellectually astute. There are a slew of planets in retrograde: Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune, Juno, and Saturn; in order, this suggests difficulties surrounding finances/ trade, communications/ free speech, truly remaining independent, in either creative abilities (there may be too much reliance on agriculture, for instance, and too little on entrepreneurial innovation or manufacturing) or this could suggest an inability to clearly understand the way they come across (Neptune is sextile the country’s Ascendant, though we must remember the angles are unreliable)—but Neptune is also trine Sedna (confusion about their own hidden urges, a serious ‘blind spot’) and Neppy also conjuncts Juno and Uranus—again with the independence, empowerment, and perhaps confusion or inability to see how to achieve these. The Saturn retrograde is of special note; it could suggest a government that can’t keep up with the times, that is disorganized, that is always one step behind, a country in total that is perpetually unhappy with those in authority (the quincunx to the Sun—and their history supports this), or where the authorities may have had a poor idea of financial realities or management (shown by Saturn retro plus Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune, with Saturn quincunx the Sun and the Sun out-of-sign conjunct Venus).

Now an unpopular leader has turned away from a trade deal with the West and toward greater enmeshment with Russia—and the people are seriously unhappy about it, resulting in about a month of riots so far—and they turned deadly in the double digits this week. When we look at current transits (as of the 20th) we see what I read as an overripe situation, with lots of significant contact just a degree or so past contact to origin chart energies, suggesting a great deal of tension, issues that have been presented but with no progress achieved. Now we look at what’s still in contact by degree even if past exact, and at what’s immediately approaching—that will tell us which way the whole situation may fall.

Transiting Ceres is currently square origin chart Saturn, and just moving past sextile to the o Sun/ trine o Earth=Ceres likely represents the protesters, people recognizing their own authority and trying to exercise it in relation to the authorities and in-place system of their country—and so far those in charge are oblivious. T Saturn (current authorities) is on its way to sextile origin chart Mars (violence) and then square Jupiter (the public, word getting out, and possibly specifically word getting out via social media—for all its modernity it’s a very Jupiterian thing)=in other words, more violence and trouble ahead, but it may be bad enough that the world really takes active notice, not this half-hearted acknowledgment of problems that’s going on now. T Pluto is trine o Sedna=a blind spot for the rage and violence, and Pluto is also at the midpoint of o Uranus-Neptune=this could imply that rage and the desire for change could suddenly get very radical—maybe in ways the authorities have failed to imagine—or there could be abrupt upheaval that creates something no one anticipated (Neptune rules Ukraine’s Earth, and this could mean some direct material effects to the country itself). T Venus is at 20 Cap—the next thing she aspects is Mars, by trine=violence will cost, thoroughly and easily more destructive than anyone anticipates, and it will take a human toll.

T Mercury and Sun are both near/ poised to opposition to their origin chart counterparts, promising that prevailing energies will certainly test the nation’s identity, even existence, and its ability to process what’s happening and to communicate with each other. T Chiron is sextile Sedna, and so putting its two hurtful cents centered on wounds deep-seated in the Ukrainian psyche via the Plutonian blind spots/ rage expression. T Juno is opposed o Mars=clearly the struggle and violence are over who holds the power, which translates to who holds status and calls the shots—but in opposition, it doesn’t seem the riots will have the effect the demonstrators are hoping for. T Uranus is square itself and makes a Grand Cross with t Jupiter and o Pallas=growing pains! and susceptibility by the public to taking radical, erratic, and unusual measures to try and achieve that desired sense of freedom, as they are convinced this is the wise thing to do—they are willing to risk revolution. The Nodal axis will soon hook into o Venus, the SN by trine=old issues of money and old relationships may end up sending them back toward Russia’s influence. T Sedna is trine o Mars=again, participants in this drama are unaware of the true effect their violence will have. T Zeus squares o Juno=this suggests that ambition and desire are squaring off with a want for empowerment and status—a clash that has yet to resolve, of course.

T Mars sextiles the o Venus-Mercury midpoint and catches o Zeus at the midpoint of the sextile=action is driven by ideas, money, and ambition—but you didn’t need astrology to tell you that! And finally, t Vesta is at 29 degrees conjunct the t North Node=it’s both a crisis in highest values and a crisis in the direction the country’s headed—but honestly, is there anything else worth making revolution over?

 

Just a Little Lunar Essence 21 February 2014: Below the Surface

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'Lotus Lilies' Charles Courtney Curran 1888 {{PD}}

‘Lotus Lilies’ Charles Courtney Curran 1888 {{PD}}

8 AM PST of the 21st the Scorpio Moon sextiles Venus and squares Mercury. Romantic encounters get behind the facade, below the surface, or reveal secrets; some will revel in a certain sexiness in the air, others will try to suppress it. We’re willing to go out on a limb for something we care about. The funny thing is, if we try to make contact through words (or try to deliberately convey a message in any form) it may get garbled and, if received, may bring an angry or (worse) indifferent response–right now, go on instinct alone. 2 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Saturn and opposes Sedna. We get an emotional take on the stand-off between our reality picture and those elements of the psyche of which we’re unaware. How do we do that, exactly? We intuit or feel through the physical reality those hidden facets–and we react, without really knowing what we’re reacting to. This can usher in completely irrational responses to physical events or requirements the material world imposes, and can make us feel (or feel we’re witnessing in others) a mini-meltdown. If you do, don’t worry, it’s merely the psyche’s attempt to bring something otherwise hidden to the surface–if you don’t understand it now, just wait–you will. 5 PM PST the Moon trines Juno. We can use feeling or intuition to guide us in empowering ourselves–we may see effective steps to take in a dream, or a daydream, a movie, image, or during the creative process (Juno in Pisces). With a portion of this aspect ‘reaching into the Void’, so to speak, we may find a receptive attitude, or a deliberate stillness, most conducive to receiving inspiration. Void begins at 5:27 PM PST; the Moon enters Sagittarius at 2:12 AM Pacific time of the 22nd.

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 20 February 2014

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'A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts' Jean Beraud c1881 {{PD}}

‘A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts’ Jean Beraud c1881 {{PD}}

Today’s image is you, out walking on a windy day; a crumpled piece of paper blows toward you and plasters itself against your leg. You reach down, pick it up, and see a single word written on it–what is that word? Even if it seems to be nonsense, a jumble of letters or a word that seems to have no relation to what’s happening in your life now, take note: the thing itself or what the word signifies/ symbolizes/ spells unscrambled will arrive in your consciousness over the next week–this will play a significant role in revealing something to you that’s already underway but of which you’re not yet aware.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 19 February 2014: X-Ray Vision

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'Skull with a Burning Cigarette' Vincent Van Gogh 1885-1886 {{PD}}

‘Skull with a Burning Cigarette’ Vincent Van Gogh 1885-1886 {{PD}}

19 February Relationships and financial matters both center on who holds the power, purse strings, or has say so. In any pairing, partnership, or confrontation, each side will be operating under at least a modest amount of delusion, misunderstanding, or fantasy—keep this in mind at all times, about both others and yourself. Creativity can flourish if you’re in the early creative stages of a project, but avoid altering already done work, as this could prove both problematic and not to your taste later. It’s also a day when it will feel like we have x-ray vision, able to see everyone’s wants, ambitions, and desires—just remember, yours are showing too. (Venus sesquiquadrate Juno, semi-square Neptune, Sun sesquiquadrate Zeus)

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Image 18 February 2014: Bull!

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'Bulls Fighting' George Stubbs 1786 {{PD-Art}}

‘Bulls Fighting’ George Stubbs 1786 {{PD-Art}}

18 February the reality picture shows us exactly how to empower ourselves; believe what’s presented, and make sure your vision is clear—otherwise you might misinterpret, or possibly ignore a vital part of the situation picture, which is a danger with the Merc T in action. The shift into Pisces/ Virgo of the Sun/ Earth signals a shift in attention to the spiritual and the Collective, while earthly matters focus on accounting, organizing, and critiquing. The contrast between the two this time of year can be brutal, but understanding that both the spiritual/ creative, and the material, need equal attention and effort applied will solve any imbalance. Too, it helps to remember that in the larger scheme of things the material and the spiritual are one and the same; only our minds perceive them as contrasting. (Saturn trine Juno, Mercury T-square with Sedna-Saturn, Sun into Pisces/ Earth into Virgo, Sun trine the North Node)

Today’s image is a bright red pickup truck pulling a trailer full of bawling cows on the open highway. We might like to think they’re on their way to a nice pasture somewhere, to moo and graze and frolic like Ferdinand the Bull, but it’s more likely that they’re headed for the butcher. The cows, of course, are unmindful of where their journey is taking them; it’s the same with some humans. Right now we need to be more conscious, more mindful of where we’re headed than ever before. Take a good look at the highway you’re on–don’t fool yourself into thinking that tomorrow won’t rise directly from today, because it will. Think consciously about what you must do to end up where you’d really like to go–and then, like Ferdinand, take some time to smell the flowers–enjoying the journey is just as important as reaching the destination.

For those wondering who this Ferdinand is, it’s a character from one of my favorite children’s books

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Just a Little AstroEssence 17 February 2014: Rock-the-Boat

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'The Run Home' Henry Scott Tuke 1902 {{PD-Art}}

‘The Run Home’ Henry Scott Tuke 1902 {{PD-Art}}

17 February is one of those days when we are likely to say (or think!) anything; what comes to mind is spontaneous, possibly heretical or outrageous, clever, and rock-the-boat fun (or unfun, depending on how you feel about boat rocking). We could find ourselves rebelling before we are even aware we’ve opened our mouth—communicate with caution, and cut others some slack—they will be as surprised as you are by what they communicate. Do pay attention, though, as the individuality will shine through, slipping out without anyone being able to form it as they usually will—and that means we get a glimpse of the ‘real’ person behind the crafted personality.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 16 February 2014: Distortion

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Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, Alaska. Produced by the US Air Force {{PD}}

Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, Alaska. Produced by the US Air Force {{PD}}

11 AM PST of the 16th the Virgo Moon trines Venus. This is a point when within the general unpleasantness of the day we can find an absolutely beautiful experience in a relationship (where things are already going well) or working with the material world–either episode is rewarding, and may help lift us above our day with a transcendent event. 7 PM PST the Moon trines Sedna, sextiles Saturn, and opposes Juno. We may act to empower ourselves and be missing some vital piece of the reality picture. It will likely feel as if we can intuit our way through, but there could be serious missteps if we don’t pull back and wait to see what else may develop. Midnight the Moon quincunxes retro Merc. Messages are garbled, especially those we receive through the emotions, through intuition, or through critical thinking. Just assume that what you’re perceiving is missing some parts or radically distorted, and be cautious in interpreting information or conversation.

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Just a Little on the Leo Full Moon 14 February and the Inferior Conjunction of the 15th

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'Caught' by Luigi Monteverde 1888 {{PD}}

‘Caught’ by Luigi Monteverde 1888 {{PD}}

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Full Moon in Leo 14 February 2014 at 3:53 PM Pacific time at 26 Leo 12

With the FM sextile the Mars-Vesta combo we can expect a conclusion of sorts in what I’m tempted to describe as ‘sacred action’. I suspect this is about coming to a decision as to how we are conducting ourselves, specifically in how we’re employing our energy, in some important situation, possibly in the home or with the mate. It may be a point when we acknowledge what we are or are not willing to do, or when we see that we have reached a point of dedication—we need to commit—and so make a significant statement to the Universe: ‘This is important to me’. It also applies to the setting of a personal agenda that expresses the Self (Leo FM)—we can expect that what we find ourselves committing to at this time will be a feature of our days for some time to come.

15 February brings the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and retrograde Mercury. This is a point of inception, even insemination, if you will! Something new is planted, and coming just after the Full Moon, we may look at this point as an expression of the new start that naturally follows a finish like the one brought by the FM. Usually we have a bit of a gap, a winding down that allows dissipation of the culminating energy, in the period through to the New Moon—but this time that culmination requires a new start in order to be valid itself—in this case, without the new start that culmination would be a rest stop, rather than an end. That suggests that through to the New Moon we will be nurturing the new start, and part of how this will happen is with reviews, revivals, and other Merc retrograde mechanisms; it will be an Inferior Conjunction that sparks that needed Full Moon start (or re-start!) where the sacred action includes the kind of editing of the life course that is central to taking a successful new direction or making a successful new commitment.

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Recognizing Intuition

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Sure, we can describe intuition as the gate to the castle. By Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD-Art}}

Sure, we can describe intuition as the gate to the castle. By Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD-Art}}

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Intuition . . . is something we all have and that we all use, but it’s not necessarily something we are conscious of, or recognize when it’s in play.  Intuition is easily mislabeled; fear, ego, want, or the mind (unaspected Mercury alert! either natally or by transit, when natal Merc is not being stimulated) can jump in and convince us that the urge is one of pure information, and intuitive insight, rather than the biased wish, thought, or frightened assumption it really is. How do we recognize intuition?

Intuition is instantaneous  We don’t gradually come to an intuitive insight, nor do we cogitate our way there; it’s like a little ‘ping’ inside us that is not centralized in the mentality but fills the awareness.

Synchronicity signals  These needn’t be related directly to the intuitive insight; instead, synchronicities act as a signal that we are traveling along the Path with our senses ‘wide open’, and thus that we are open to those connections, leaps of logic, and ‘right assumptions’ we must make spurred by the intuitive insight.

Not willed, but allowed  Intuition doesn’t appear on command–we can’t will ourselves to have an intuitive insight, and we can’t plan ahead for one. We can allow them to happen–but that involves paying attention every time they do–and too often we will judge them, then push them aside with one rationale or another (“But I’m already committed to ‘x’, I can’t change now!” “Everyone will laugh at me if I bring this up” “That contradicts the way things seem to be!”) We must honor and follow the intuitive prompts we are offered–don’t, and the well goes dry–or at least narrows to a trickle.

Intuition comes whole By that I mean it arrives in the awareness all of a piece, not straggling in bit by bit. However, this is no guarantee that an intuition will hand you what you consider a complete answer or detailed Path. It’s not uncommon to be given a ‘next step’ with no idea of where it will lead, or proof that it’s ‘right’–that’s where our own trust in the Universe comes in, with trust in the Cosmos tantamount to trust in our intuition.

Intuition refrains from bias  Even though an intuition can be highly definitive, pointing very strongly to one point of action or attitude, it does not carry heavy condemnation of other potentials. If we find ourselves wallowing in how bad the varied possibilities except for the one we’ve chosen, then we are likely involved in some sort of ego-persuasive reasoning, not intuition. Intuition gives a ‘clean’ perception that does not waste energy denigrating other options. Period.

Intuition does not spur fantasy  In fact, intuition removes a great deal of the impetus to extrapolate–after we receive and act on a true intuition, we are likely to be in a continued state of openness, one that accepts all possibilities and waits for some indication of what’s to come, rather than pushing forward into a state of ‘I want’.

Intuition rarely presents as words/ a thought  Those who have a great deal of Venus, Neptune, Cancer, or Pisces in the natal chart will know what I’m talking about, while those with a lot of Air or Earth may not be so quick to understand: typically something that presents in words/ a thought is an idea, not an intuition. Remember how I said it comes into the awareness whole and immediate? We may then translate that into words and thought–but if it starts that way, it’s more likely the mind, putting in its two cents–that’s not bad, it’s just not intuition.

24 Hours of Lunar Aspects 10-11 February 2014: How Much You Care

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'La Toilette' Eva Gonzales 1879 {{PD}}

‘La Toilette’ Eva Gonzales 1879 {{PD}}

1 PM PST of the 10th the Moon sextiles Pallas. Wisdom is ours, if we’ll just make the effort. 5 PM PST the Moon squares Uranus. Are we surprised by what seems to come out of the blue, or did we have a hint about this, if we look back on the actions of those involved? (Cardinal placements) 9 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, trines Chiron, and opposes Pluto. Whatever happens, in our own minds it will be vastly exaggerated; that said, permanent hurt or healing may occur. Intention rooted in how much you care (Cancer Moon) will be everything, at this point.

5 AM PST of the 11th the Cancer Moon opposes Venus. This may bring a reassessment of feeling or of actual relationships themselves; we care but find our feelings hitting a figurative brick wall. Don’t make any decisions at this point–instead realize that you’re too sensitive right now to keep reasonable perspective. 7 AM PST the Moon squares Zeus. Ambitions kick into high gear, and we may feel that our emotional attachments are holding us back. This would be incorrect; what we’re feeling is the artificial or exaggerated nature of our wants, as we measure the truth of our emotions against anything that’s not real or reasonable in our goals. It can be unpleasant, but without losing our illusions we won’t be able to get where we want to go. 1 PM PST the Moon trines Juno and the two form a loose Grand Trine with Saturn. Empowerment takes material form; it shows either in circumstances or in who owns/ controls what, who has say over our surroundings. Take a good look around: what you get is a rare glimpse into who’s really running things, from the ground up.

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On the Olympic Games Winter 2014

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'The Skating Minister' Henry Raeburn c1790 {{PD}}

‘The Skating Minister’ Henry Raeburn c1790 {{PD}}

Here’s a little something I wrote a couple weeks ago (in ECLIPSE) speculating on how the Sochi Olympic games might pan out; considering the reports that are coming out of there this evening, I think it’s time to share.

As far as I can figure out, the games themselves actually begin on the 6th, with the very first events scheduled for 10 AM local time (Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding and Women’s Freestyle Moguls, in case you’re wondering), and with the opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday evening, the 7th, probably for the convenience of much of the broadcast audience. I think using the advent of the first contest, rather than the opening ceremonies, makes good sense—recall the death of the luger at the Vancouver games in 2010, which occurred before the opening ceremony, suggesting that significant things can indeed happen prior to the ‘official’ beginning of the games. So we’ll look at this point in time, the beginning of the contests, against the inception chart for the modern version of the Olympic Games.

The first modern games were held beginning 6 April 1896, but the structure and international, committee-style governing body was created 23 June 1894 in Paris; we don’t have a time, but a noon chart seems to suit the proceedings, with the Sun and Zeus (ambition and desire) conjunct in Cancer (suggesting the ‘waxing and waning’ nature of the original, 4-years-between-games schedule) in the 10th, making for high public visibility and establishing these as games that carry status (there had been others in various places at various times post the ancient Greek games, but none had the international scope or prestige the original version of the current games almost immediately took on). We also note Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto conjunct in the 9th in Gemini=sports, glamor, and power communicated on an international level—and countries have been taking the Olympics very seriously since this inception, seeing wins as reflecting the nations themselves. Venus sits in the 8th in Taurus, trine Ceres and Vesta, suggesting the extent to which reverence for the Olympics has turned the games into cash machines for entire nations, never more so than in the past twenty years, when related production, infrastructure improvements, merchandising, and endorsements for athletes have skyrocketed, and the quest for new sports to award medals for goes on and on, sometimes to a ridiculous extent (BMX Cycling, Table Tennis, Curling—anyone?) And Saturn trines Jupiter, setting in stone, so to speak, the games for some time—and though there have been boycotts, delays, and a few cancellations, they always come back stronger than ever.

When we put the start of the upcoming winter games in Sochi in comparison to the Olympic inception chart, we see a Taurus Moon for the current events—there may be lots of reporting about accommodations and conditions for the athletes, food and comforts available to them—and this Moon opposes the original Uranus, with UR ruling the 5th and the Moon the 10th=sudden events, risky and surprising, that affect the status of the games as well as the nature of the ‘business’. Pluto (ruler of the original 2nd) of the current games sextiles the founding chart’s Uranus and quincunxes the original Neptune, ruler of the 6th=there are going to be some destructive surprises surrounding money, in the events themselves, and the sense of obligation for the host country. Current chart’s Jupiter forms a perfect Grand Trine in Water with current Chiron and founding Uranus=the public and/ or the athletes, injury, and those surprise elements again, creating an emotional maelstrom. And the current Saturn opposes the founding chart’s Venus, suppressing the one thing that has driven the games to ever bigger, but not necessarily better, displays and commercialism: money. Overall the impression is one of minor or major disasters of a stripe that cause chaos and suppression or denial of revenue—but does that equal terrorist activity?

When we look at the more disruptive influences, we see some activity (Pluto to some founding placements and opposed current Jupiter, aspects to current Chiron) that suggest destruction, particularly explosions or other surprising events, and injury to the public or to revenues (current Pluto in fact falls at the midpoint of founding Uranus and current Chiron). These same contacts, though, could imply minor disasters or unexpected events that are blown all out of proportion, and certainly, any kind of protests, for example those that may surround the participation of gay athletes (by the athletes themselves or other groups) could have a rage factor that can read in the chart as dangerous. But, with the games experiencing a Pallas return, the biggest impact may actually be from having to face what the committee has created in the present form of the Olympics; the wisdom or lack of it in current arrangements may be abundantly clear at this time. The chart interaction also suggests that the results may resonate most strongly in the economic area, and in a loss of sponsor and nation support (Saturn opp Venus, the latter ruler of 1st and 8th, the former ruler of the 4th of foundations). Current Vesta in a Grand Trine with founding Moon and Mercury say that the genuine beliefs and values of all the participants will be front and center, that emotional perspectives may prevail, and that all of it will be communicating exactly how everyone feels. Perhaps it will mirror the kind of terror that comes when we face ourselves, and the world we’ve created, whether the effects were intended or not.

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Just a Little Mercury Retrograde 6 February 2014: Upset or Ecstasy

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'The Sense of Sight' Annie Louisa Swynnerton 1895 {{PD}}

‘The Sense of Sight’ Annie Louisa Swynnerton 1895 {{PD}}

A little something from ECLIPSE:

Mercury Retrograde The Messenger retrograded on the 6th at 1:43 PM Pacific time at 3 Pisces 20, and during his backward trip re-enters Aquarius; in the Whole Sign chart, this means a definite change of Houses occurs, emphasizing the shift in atmosphere with a shift in area of expression, as well. Starting the Mercurial journey in Water suggests the first issues that surface will be emotional ones, likely seeming to intrude on the mind either from the larger Collective or from one’s own overactive imagination. At the point of turnaround Merc is in close aspect to nothing else (the conjunction to Neptune isn’t technically perfected, and so lacks oomph or relevancy, yet). This implies the possibility that we may enter the retrograde receiving emotional messages or info that we are completely unable to process mentally—and this suggests, upset or ecstasy, that we will be hard pressed to understand or communicate our feelings, leading to unavoidable frustration. Then Merc retreats to Aquarius, and the mind may suddenly unscramble the earlier emotional reactions, with the current danger that we will go too far toward intellectualizing—and so distance ourselves from feelings we really need to deal with. When Merc turns, just let the emotions happen—it’s normal for a Merc retro period to make understanding difficult, so don’t try—and when the mind is suddenly up and running again upon Merc’s entry into Aquarius (albeit with lots of short circuits, thanks to the retro!) you will (almost without any effort) get a handle on the preceding emotions—then the trick is to not talk yourself out of your feelings—which will be the most likely temptation as Merc moves backward through Aquarius

And from the Search Terms grab-bag:

“getting laid off in Mercury retrograde”

Since this term showed up before the actual start of the retro this afternoon, I’m wondering if this individual is anticipating bad news–and that means, you knew something, even if it was only through your spidey-sense, that told you it’s coming. The real focus, then, might need to be on what happened during Venus retrograde (21 December 2013-31 January 2014). Since this clearly affects the income, I think detective work on matters that manifested during the Venus turnaround is called for, as that will likely reveal the true issue. If you’re wondering if a layoff during Merc retro has particular consequences, the answer is yes; as an employer, making a hiring or firing decision during such a cycle means that you may be drawing conclusions from incomplete information, that you may not be assessing individuals correctly, and that you almost certainly will change your opinion of your choice after direction. For the person who receives such news, you can bet that you don’t know the real reasons behind it, and you may receive some satisfaction in the idea that your employer will probably regret moving on it at this time–though of course, you may never know that for sure. There is also the possibility that, if you did receive signals of a potential job loss before the retrograde, the actual commencement of the retro period may bring a change of mind, a re-consideration, that could nix previous decisions. So, don’t despair yet–and if it does come to pass, embrace the idea that something not so great is being removed from your life (albeit forcibly) to make room for something much better.

The Daily Word Image 6 February 2014: Consolation

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'Still Life with Fruit' Constantin Daniel Stahi 1915 {{PD}}

‘Still Life with Fruit’ Constantin Daniel Stahi 1915 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a bowl of the most perfect pears you can imagine. Did you know that the ancient Greeks believed that the newly dead were offered pears, to console them and assuage their homesickness? Even when we believe that someone doesn’t need (or deserve) comfort or reassurance, we must understand that they do; each of us can offer comfort, even if only in the smallest way, to another. Be vigilant for that person to whom you can offer aid, understanding, or assistance–it’s almost a certainty that at first you may not see their need, or that you may resist–but judgment isn’t part of this–and know that there’s someone who is watching out for you, and who will offer you assistance, too.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 5 February 2014: An Opportunity to Heal

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'The Gift' Ángel Zárraga 1910 {{PD}}

‘The Gift’ Ángel Zárraga 1910 {{PD}}

5 February Empowerment efforts/ struggles take on major consequences and are very very real; ambition and destiny hang in the balance, and material circumstances are likely to offer obstacles rather than positive feedback or support. It may feel very dramatic, but it takes on these hues only to get your attention, to get you to take the opportunity to heal that you are offered now. Though our eyes are on the prize or what we want, our efforts need to address gathering the knowledge or traveling to the place that will allow us to re-align with spirit. We can offer spiritual sustenance to others, too, if we’re so inclined. (Perfecting today: Juno quincunxes Zeus, sesquiquadrates the NN, quincunxes Earth, Jupiter trines Chiron, Sun trines Zeus)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 4 January 2014: Willfulness Loses

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'Two Fighting Boys' Guilio del Torre 1927 {{PD}}

‘Two Fighting Boys’ Guilio del Torre 1927 {{PD}}

4 February Willfulness challenges good sense—let’s hope willfulness loses. If the ego suggests it, you can be sure it’s a poor idea; too, resist acting out of anger, as it will almost surely be unjustified. (Mars semi-square Pallas)

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 19 April 2014: Wizard Wise

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You know there's got to be a catch if the place is enchanted. 'The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo' by MS Stillman 1889 {{PD}} Here's the background for the painting in case you're interested: http://sites.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/special/authors/boccaccio/boc-10-5.html

You know there’s got to be a catch if the place is enchanted. ‘The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo’ by MS Stillman 1889 {{PD}} Here’s the background for the painting in case you’re interested: http://sites.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/special/authors/boccaccio/boc-10-5.html

19 April There may be a kind of cognitive dissonance between our perceptions (especially the mentality with which we face things) and what we typically honor or consider sacred. Expediency may trump upholding values, at least at first glance, and we may find ourselves or others obscuring the facts out of a desire not to find out about or deal with anything unpleasant—and worse, even if we’re trying to make contact with the Truth, it may reside in our ‘blind spot’, and so be unfindable. The best course is a prudent one: respect your usual priorities, even if they don’t seem important right now, stick to the facts, speak with clarity and respect for all (especially if you don’t feel it!) and don’t allow yourself to get contentious with your ‘traditional’ adversaries, even if the complaint seems justified or harmless—you won’t gain any ground in the scuffle. (Neptune sesquiquadrate Vesta, Venus quincunx Mars, Mercury opposed Vesta, semi-square Neptune, and parallel Sedna, Sun moves into Taurus and Earth into Scorpio)

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Pluto Retrograde 14 April 2014

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'Nocturne in Blue and Silver' James McNeill Whistler c1870s {{PD}}

‘Nocturne in Blue and Silver’ James McNeill Whistler c1870s {{PD}}

Pluto retrogrades at 4:47 PM PDT, and may get lost so close to the Lunar eclipse. It’s not that this won’t have an effect–it will send out the psychic equivalent of infrasound–but that it will likely be attributed to the boogy man of the eclipse, which has become the catch-all Lunar basket for every menacing vibe around. The turnaround of Pluto happens below consciousness; we don’t notice it, until we notice it, typically as a shift in background, in tone, in luck–suddenly things aren’t going smoothly, secrets can’t be kept (or, conversely, something is submerged or ‘gotten away with’ which we can count on being revealed on direction), something hidden nags, something dark lingers at the edge of the light. It’s all very ominous–except it’s not; Pluto is just as much a part of the Universe as any other energy. When it’s direct we see the wisdom in taking out the trash, cleaning up the mess, in death and decay as part of the cycle, but on retrograde all we see is the trash, the mess, or the death and decay–we may be so riveted by this display that we forget it’s an integral part of making the whole thing work.

If the representative of the god of the Underworld turns around in hard aspect to any of your natal bodies or points, you may become especially aware of the darkness associated with those areas–or you may need to deal with your own or another’s power displays related to it. Pluto retrogrades for almost six months at a time; this time it goes direct on 22 September 2014 at 10 Capricorn 59. The sheer length of its apparent backward movement means we sooner or later accommodate the planet’s motion within the psyche; it soon feels like it’s ‘just the way things are’–and for nearly half a year, it is.

The Eclipses of April 2014

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'Cornstalks in the Moonlight' Theodor Kittelsen c1900 {{PD}}

‘Cornstalks in the Moonlight’ Theodor Kittelsen c1900 {{PD}}

The eclipse of 15 April falls at 25 Libra 15, and is a Full Moon (Lunar eclipse), conjunct transiting energies Ceres, North Node, and Vesta, opposed t Juno, quincunx t Sedna, sesquiquadrate t Venus, and sextile t Pallas. On its own the eclipse suggests a watershed point in partnership, cooperative efforts, artistic endeavors, and in regard to ‘the Other’, everything and everyone outside ourselves. A Full Moon brings an ending, but within this is found a new beginning; this particular culmination/ beginning is amplified by an eclipse, and married (so Libra!) to Nature/ Authority (Ceres), the future (NN), and to an impeccable level of dedication of life energy (Vesta)–it is, in effect, a relational seed point that carries a walloping life force–and this contradicts the kind of puny, Willful, egotistical sense of empowerment that may be found in negative manifestation of Juno in Aries (opposition), as well as causing adjustment to the unconscious (Sedna) and cooperation with what’s ultimately wise (Pallas). The Sabian for this eclipse is, ‘An Eagle And A Large White Dove Change Into Each Other’ This symbolism implies that the ‘other’ focus of Libra involves an actual transformation of one half of a pair into the other, and vice versa; what we are observing or are partnered with, then, becomes what we are.

The Solar eclipse occurs April 28-29 (depending on your location) at 8 Taurus 51, a New Moon that only sextiles Neptune; everything else is outside even a generous orb, with Mercury just days past Superior Conjunction (if this were moving toward the eclipse point I would consider counting it) and Mars, though moving retrograde, outside the orb for a quincunx. That lays it all on Neptune and the Sabian for this eclipse, ‘A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree’. The New Moon, eclipse or not, also indicates new starts; so, we’re looking at a new beginning that may be born of ideals, fantasy, or creative application (Neptune), and that could represent (the Christmas tree) a time of celebration, could usher in an ‘ideal’ period, or present the beginning of a personal creative initiative (birth) or renaissance (re-birth). We’re looking at a pair of factors (the Sabian and Neptune) that describe personal ideals–but particularly with the Sabian, we have to note that the celebration is based on our relationship to the unseen, on faith. It’s not related to any specific religion, but instead on our individual idea of a kind of ‘perfect moment’, the kind that memories are built on and that are striven for consistently in everyday life.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 11 April 2014: Resisting Healing

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/samkharadze/4365125766/  by Mikheil Samkharadze (kesha) Released under  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

http://www.flickr.com/photos/samkharadze/4365125766/ by Mikheil Samkharadze (kesha) Released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

3:30 PM PDT the Virgo Moon sextiles Jupiter, trines Pluto, and quincunxes Uranus. Transformation or destruction is easy, and we’re tempted to ‘do it big’. Take careful measure as to whether this is an original and essentially creative impulse, or one that arises from rebellion, erratic perceptions, or a wish to lose the Self in anarchy. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Chiron and semi-sextiles Zeus. We may resist healing out of the erroneous idea that it could spoil the impetus behind an ambition or desire (for instance, if we believe we must be in emotional pain to be an artist, we wouldn’t want to lose what we see as creative ‘fuel’). Part of the process of healing is realizing that pain does not make us a deeper, more sensitive, or more perceptive person, that in fact it does the opposite, narrowing our viewpoint and restricting our understanding. So, consider letting that pain go.

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Venus Conjunct Neptune: Imagine Empowerment

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'Dancing Fairies' August Malmström 1866 {{PD}}

‘Dancing Fairies’ August Malmström 1866 {{PD}}

The conjunction of Venus to Neptune perfects on the 11th in Pisces; this can be an almost magical-feeling combination, with the desire nature and relationship/ financial/ asset emphases of Venus melting temporarily into the inspired Neptune in Pisces, fueling imagination, fantasy, dreams, creativity, delusion, and attention to the spiritual. What we get is an opportunity to imagine our ideal, and to apply that ideal in relationships, in earning situations, to living our values, and to creating. We have enormous potential for getting what we want, or for creating favorable circumstances or positioning in terms of what we want–but we can’t do that by simply imagining it. No matter how powerful our want or dedicated our visualization, we need to take action; this is a physical world where we are hoping to manifest our dream, and the unseen responds much more quickly to our desires when we take a material step to make things happen. It’s like making a statement to the Universe, “I’m willing to use my energy to get what I want”; we move, and so heaven and earth move, too.

In this case, the conjunction of Venus and Neptune occurs semi-square Juno in Aries, which also happens on the same day to conjunct the Sun. We’re being handed the recipe right here: taking initiative, a leadership role, or taking action (Aries, Fire) as we aim directly at what we want–use the status or position you already have (Juno) to make it happen (and we all have influence somewhere–don’t pretend you don’t!) The Sun shines a bright spotlight on what we need to do at a personal level; at this time there’s no excuse for not knowing how to proceed to fulfill that dream.

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The Daily Word Image 8 April 2014: Share the Light

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'Nymphs Bathing' by Antonio Muñoz Degrain no later than 1924 {{PD}}

‘Nymphs Bathing’ by Antonio Muñoz Degrain no later than 1924 {{PD}}

Today’s image is two nymphs in a forest clearing at night; they lean together, and one pours some burning oil from her vessel into the empty one the other carries–now both hold lights in the darkness. This image refers to the sharing of real knowledge–not what we think we know, but those things we are sure of; they illuminate our lives–and if we tell others, they get the benefit as well. Today you may be called on at some point to share knowledge that will profoundly help another–don’t hesitate, don’t be afraid.

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 April 2014: A Vow of Silence

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Reliquary by Lippo Vanni c1355 courtesy of the Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons Photo released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License.

Reliquary by Lippo Vanni c1355 courtesy of the Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons Photo released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License.

7 April contests of Will are on the agenda; we communicate aggressively, believing we’re just defending what’s ours, though we’re perceived as threatening the power and rights of others. Here’s the thing: being too focused on what’s sacred to us may make us too quick to see others who share our values or work toward a mutual cause as threatening, likely because they, too, are communicating aggressively and not knowing it. Today the air’s rife with a sense of what we might describe as worship, even holiness, but instead of prompting peace it’s making everyone assume that others are trying to take that feeling and what generates it away. A vow of silence and attempting to live our ideals in a real-world sense might help; so might listening without pre-formulating an answer as the other person speaks. Too, realizing that what we honor may not need defending can be a powerful mantra against overreaction. (Perfecting today: Vesta sextile Pallas, Mars opposed Juno, Mercury into Aries and contra-parallel Vesta)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 6 April 2014: Coping Mechanisms

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If you must join the race, make sure you have a good horse. 'Portrait of St. Galmier' by Emil Adam c1885 {{PD}}

If you must join the race, make sure you have a good horse. ‘Portrait of St. Galmier’ by Emil Adam c1885 {{PD}}

6 April we can see our ambitions and wants right-over-there, but we may have a hard time making any progress toward them as we’ll keep having to adjust our thinking or our communications so that they consistently serve the direction we want to be headed—and even a willingness to do this won’t save us from authorities who just don’t want to see us move forward. It’s an awkward set of aspects, because it can make everyone feel just a touch paranoid, as it seems others are out to get us, whether they really are or not. Coping mechanisms include long walks on the beach, watching sunset with a drink in hand, or reading a good book, in short anything that both relaxes us and removes us from participation in what once, many moons ago, was referred to as the ‘Rat Race’. (Perfecting today: Sun sesquiquadrate Zeus, Mercury quincunx the North Node and contra-parallel Ceres)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 5 April 2014: A Contrary Undercurrent

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'Girl Reading' Georgios Jakobides c1882 {{PD}}

‘Girl Reading’ Georgios Jakobides c1882 {{PD}}

5 April everything may be surface-sunny but have a contrary undercurrent that could make even the slightest hiccup contentious. Things will be fine as long as most of us can walk around getting our way, without someone snatching the rose-colored glasses from the bridge of our held-in-the-air nose. Yes, it might be that bad—and yes, the contentiousness will be shown by both sides of that equation. Communication suffers as everyone listens with the idea that they are in charge, and that it’s within their power to call the shots and ‘yay or nay’ what someone else is saying, deciding, or even thinking. Desires take on a materialistic or sensual note, which we have a good chance of fulfilling if we don’t get co-opted by those who are looking for a sparring partner. Everyone who manages not to be mixed up in this mess may get swept up in the atmosphere of creativity and dreams—and can get really useful information on how to make money, show love, or carve a future using only the imagination. (Mars contra-parallel Pallas, Venus into Pisces and parallel the North Node, Mercury quincunx Ceres and contra-parallel Juno, Earth conjunct and parallel Zeus)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 4 April 2014 + the Daily Image

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Photo by Julie Demboski © 2005 All Rights Reserved

Photo by Julie Demboski © 2005 All Rights Reserved

4 April we may make some fate-altering changes in the areas of relationships, Love, or Money; thoughts are sudden, erratic, unpredictable, and may tend to intellectualize matters when we might be better off concentrating on how we feel, or on judging things by our values, rather than trying to reason them out. If we can center ourselves in a combination of our own hard-won wisdom and awareness of those matters we feel are sacred and must be protected and revered, we’ll then be able to calm the mind and choose from a point of serenity (Merc in Pisces). Surroundings may wound, literally or figuratively (by what we learn or observe)—take extra care. (Venus semi-square Pluto and trine North Node, Finger of God apex Mercury with base of Pallas-Vesta, Mercury contra-parallel Uranus, Earth quincunx Chiron)

Today’s image is a group of people gathered around a karaoke machine, singing ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ in perfect harmony.
“Knee deep in flowers we’ll stray
We’ll keep the showers away
And if I kiss you in the garden, in the moonlight
Will you pardon me?”
Who doesn’t love the sweetness of that song, once you listen to it? Carry your ‘garden’ with you all day, in the form of this song and the sentiment it conveys.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 2 April 2014: Defining Ourselves

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Notice the wings on the angel with uplifted arms. 'Vision of the Throne of the Lord (The Paris Apocalypse)' c1400 by an Unknown Miniaturist working in Liege {{PD}}

Notice the wings on the angel with uplifted arms. ‘Vision of the Throne of the Lord (The Paris Apocalypse)’ c1400 by an Unknown Miniaturist working in Liege {{PD}}

There’s a current Cardinal Grand Square with Earth-Zeus, Pluto, Sun-Uranus, and Jupiter. This brings four contrasting inclinations into contact, and probably conflict: material ambitions, change or the existing power structure, a need to be seen for the uniqueness and originality of our Purpose, and the social sphere. Each of us may experience a different equation involving these elements, but the overall meaning is one of better defining ourselves, especially knowing who we are and what we want. That’s a very good thing to know, in anticipation of the Grand Cross and the eclipses. Make sure you’re honest with yourself and others about what you need and want; if you’re not, it will not only make it impossible for the Universe to deliver what you need, it will also mean what you’re hiding won’t remain a secret for long–and even if it’s modest or mild, information hidden comes off like we’re trying for deception–not the best for either finding your tribe or fulfilling your Soul’s intent.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 1 April 2014: What Truly Matters

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'Spring Sun at Konginkangas' by Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1906 {{PD}}

‘Spring Sun at Konginkangas’ by Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1906 {{PD}}

1 April brings power struggles between partners, relationship and financial choices that are divorced from what’s smart, and yet, in all the hubbub, everyone keeps an eye on what truly matters to them—so if you see someone trash something at this point, you know they don’t care. Communication has desire and goals behind it, and is followed by action—so if they say they’re going to do it, they will. The social scene suffers when scrutinized—so either don’t look, or change with whom you hang out. (Juno opposed Zeus, Venus opposed Pallas and trine Vesta, Mercury parallel Zeus and Mars, Sun-Earth axis square Jupiter)

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 31 March 2014: Love and Rules

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These two certainly did not follow the rules. 'Abelard and his Pupil Heloise' EB Leighton 1882 {{PD}}

These two certainly did not follow the rules. ‘Abelard and his Pupil Heloise’ EB Leighton 1882 {{PD}}

8 AM PDT of the 31st the Aries Moon opposes retro Mars and quincunxes Saturn; what ensues may be an emotional tug-of-war over independence and leading the way–and yet motives are confused and people may end up contradicting themselves in the race to be first or to be in charge. The vibe ends up being disconcerting to those who think about who’s saying what; those lacking introspection sail through with nary a scratch. Anyone who wants to win will go the restrained and modest route. Noon Pacific time the Moon sextiles Venus. It’s a good time for an assignation, as long as you follow the rules (Venus in Aquarius). 2 PM PDT the Moon trines Pallas. Emotional wisdom is easily accessible and can guide choice and action at this time in a successful direction. 3 PM PDT the Moon opposes Vesta. We may feel distant from our highest values at this point; enacting emotional independence gives us the impression that we don’t have to put our priorities and obligations into the equation–it would be a mistake not to. 7 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts the South Node and opposes North Node-Ceres. We may take a trip down memory lane, or even actually fall back into old ways, and lose our mojo. Stay focused in the present, and clear about the influence we hold and the territory that is ours, for best results. Void begins at 7:21 PM PDT as the Moon begins to move out of opposition to Ceres; the Moon enters Taurus at 10:21 PM PDT.

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A Little Something on Saturn Transits

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Saturn would thoroughly approve. 'Sylvia Darning (a Sock)' Harold Gilman 1917 {{PD}}

Saturn would thoroughly approve. ‘Sylvia Darning (a Sock)’ Harold Gilman 1917 {{PD}}

Look at transits of Saturn as an opportunity to show how serious you are about accomplishment, progress, and dealing with the reality picture. It’s not glamorous, but it is a foundational energy for everything we do of consequence. Hard transits (sometimes the conjunction, square, opposition, quincunx, sesquiquadrate—that last is 135 degrees) typically begin with a challenge, something tough, unpleasant, an obstacle or a complete roadblock. We’re being asked to look at how we’ve failed to use, or have misused, Saturn energies; this is why they are appearing in external circumstances. Should the Saturn negative manifestation be an inner state (depression, hopelessness, ‘I can’t’) we’re actually facing the same circumstance, but have adopted the inner reaction attempting to convince ourselves that we’re handling it, that we’re responding. If there’s one thing Saturn requires, it’s concrete steps—and if we are telling ourselves that depression is a form of taking responsibility, we are in for one tough, probably ultra-long, transit experience.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 27 March 2014: The Doorway + The Daily Word Image

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Portrait of Marguerite van Mons by T Van Rysselberghe {{PD}}

Portrait of Marguerite van Mons by T Van Rysselberghe {{PD}}

27 March wisdom comes from Nature, our own inner nature or what we observe in the wild. Connecting with the nature/ wisdom message could be the doorway to healing empowerment situations, and to changing what needs to be changed, in particular our current way of taking in and processing information; it may be important to break down our old method of mental processing (which probably contains a lot of assumptions that are no longer valid) in order to construct something more suitable to how we think and how we communicate now; our example, once again, is in Nature, or found in consciously harmonizing our inner process with our current needs. (Perfecting today: Pallas parallel Ceres, Chiron contra-parallel and Pluto square Juno, Mercury sesquiquadrate the North Node and Vesta, and sextile Pluto)

Today’s image is a color: a blue slightly darker and richer than a peacock’s feather. Whenever you see it, you’ll know it’s a marker in time, a synchronous moment, or a flag telling you something important is happening, and so to pay attention.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 26 March 2014: The Path

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'The Path Through the Irises' Claude Monet {{PD}}

‘The Path Through the Irises’ Claude Monet {{PD}}

10 AM PST the Aquarius Moon quincunxes Jupiter, perhaps tempting us to adjust what we think to what the social order prescribes. Can be a point when the group exerts a tremendous amount of influence on our thoughts and our behaviors (whether we rebel or accept their standards wholeheartedly); as long as we’re aware of this we can respond in a more measured way than we otherwise might. 11:30 AM PST the Moon sextiles Uranus-Juno. Emotions and intuitions aid expressions of uniqueness that lead to empowerment. 6 PM PST the Moon trines Zeus. We can intellectually see a clear path to ambition realization, but we need to remember that we have to back up ideas with action (and perhaps take on a partner, Zeus in Libra). Midnight the Moon conjuncts Venus. We can feel a perfect love or empathy based in intellectual understanding or group membership in common. This could offer a nice break from the natural tendency to critique, and if expressed could win us new friends.

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Just a Little on the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

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'The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed With the Sun' William Blake {{PD}}

‘The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed With the Sun’ William Blake {{PD}}

This is an excerpt from the Grand Cross article in the current ECLIPSE:

The aspects don’t actually perfect all at once; in fact, I don’t think that’s possible, with Mars traveling in the opposite direction to the other three, and with Pluto-Uranus being exact on the 21st and Jupiter closest to them on the 20th. Mars is the hold out; every other body has to wait for him to create the Cross (a very Martian, ‘the world revolves around me!’ attitude!) though by the time he arrives, Jupiter is already poised to flee and Uranus and Pluto are parting So, the T-square is actually stronger prior to hooking up with Mars, and that implies that, depending on where in the personal chart each arm falls, we may already be in the midst of developments when the Martian energy arrives—and that suggests that things that have occurred have accumulated so that, with Mars in the picture, we are prompted to choose or act definitively on the concerned circumstances.

Something to consider in the personal chart is that two of the Cross factors will be below the horizon, and two above; this means that the above horizon elements are much more likely to involve others directly, to be ‘visible’ to onlookers, to involve contact with the world, institutions, businesses, or to involve one’s own job or vocation. The below horizon elements are much more likely to be processed at an internal level and to drive one’s own impulses and choices but not necessarily be obvious to others.

We can speak in general of what one of the energies above or below the horizon might mean, always keeping in mind that the particular House it rules in the natal chart, as well as its natal situation and any aspects it’s currently making to natal factors, can all figure in to meaning. For instance, Jupiter in Cancer above the horizon in the Whole Sign 10th=the broadcast or public ‘reveal’ of sensitivities, knowledge, beliefs, or the Jupiterian facet of the Cross/ T experience comes from others or is ‘out in the open’ in some way, definitely affecting the reputation or career; Pluto is then below the horizon in the 4th, suggesting that the change, upset, destruction, rage, or transformative facet happens on the inside or ‘close to home’ in some way, and may be a factor in what’s revealed, in this case coming either from the deepest Self or through the family relationship or actual living situation.

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The Daily Word Image 22 March 2014: A Camping Trip

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'Camp Fire' by Winslow Homer 1880 {{PD}}

‘Camp Fire’ by Winslow Homer 1880 {{PD}}

Today’s image is each of us, sitting at a campfire as the sun comes up, cradling one of those enameled-tin cups of hot coffee between your cold hands. This suggests both a change of pace is in order (a ‘camping trip’ of one kind or another), and that an appreciation of the little things will really serve us well right now.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 21 March 2014: Higher Wisdom

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'Two Ladies Testing the Waters' Jacob Wagner 1891 {{PD}}

‘Two Ladies Testing the Waters’ Jacob Wagner 1891 {{PD}}

21 March what draws our attention may seem an unwise or impractical way to spend our time and energy, but it will really have the intelligence of our highest priorities and values behind it. Don’t fight what comes up—trust the wisdom of your Higher Self and the Universe—they’ve delivered exactly what you need to experience (Perfecting today: Sun contra-parallel Pallas, parallel Vesta)

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 20 March 2014 + the Daily Word Image

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'Nighthawks' Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

‘Nighthawks’ Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

2 AM PST of the 20th the Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto and squares Venus. We may get perversely destructive or nosy in relationships, digging for no real reason, and inspiring rebellion in the process. Transforming the inclination to dig into a push to work out long-term or lingering conflicts may help break down mental relationship barriers and help us recognize the value of what we have. 4 AM PST the Moon trines Chiron, priming us for hurt or healing–a deliberate choice must be made. 8 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Saturn and opposes Sedna. We may side with authorities, the rules, with the secure way and the safety of boundaries, but we need to consider whether we do this because its where we feel at home, or if we do this out of fear. Use blind instinct (one way of positively using Sedna) to decide.

Today’s image is a diner on a rain-slick street, with people arriving in twos and threes to sit in its buttery light and drink coffee and stay dry. We tend to think of our membership in groups as it relates to our family, our professional group, or even our generation, but we have the chance to experience camaraderie, a brief communion built from shared experience, more often than we might realize. Over the next week or two, notice when you become part of these fleeting tableaux, and welcome the sense of warmth and connectedness it can offer, even if nothing unusual happens and you don’t speak with anyone.

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 March 2014: Kryptonite

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' Women Bathing' Gauguin 1885 {{PD}}

‘ Women Bathing’ Gauguin 1885 {{PD}}

19 March it’s like our own personal Kryptonite is floating around in the air, wiping us out, even when we try to follow the smart path, to stick to our strengths, to follow the rules, to avoid the wrath of authorities—and yet somehow we are letting our contrariness show around the edges, and others are responding as if we’re in full-out rebellion! The key to this is: quit trying to find a ‘safe’ avenue for power expression—there isn’t one, right now—every move looks like a threatening one to those who fear their power is built on bluster and the backs of others, rather than their own effort. Instead, abandon the material world, to whatever extent you are able, and enter either a spiritual one or one of fantasy and escape—in either case, you’ll find a climate more conducive to creative thinking and acceptance of individuality, and you can spend the time enriching your inner life, until the sh*t storm passes. (Perfecting today: Chiron contra-parallel Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Juno, Uranus sesquiquadrate Pallas, Sun quincunx and contra-parallel Vesta)

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The Daily Image 18 March 2014: Ask

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Graffiti in Herzliya Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s image is a graffiti-covered wall with a single, rainbow-colored word on it: ‘Ask’. So, ask what you want to know, of someone else, of something else, of the Universe–you’ll get an answer–then it will be up to you to have the grace to accept it.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 17 March 2014: Shadows

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17 March is an odd day where it feels like anything can happen. The contrast between those things we rely on as measures (our highest values, our level and extent of empowerment, our wisdom and experience, the clarity of the psychic ‘light’ in which we observe our surroundings) and the seeming lack of capacity we currently enjoy in which to exercise our prerogatives is sharp and glaring. It seems that to do what’s smart automatically creates pain, efforts to expand our world, to learn or teach, or to explore something new and exotic is unduly costly or interferes seriously with important relationships—and communication seems to have fallen into a fog from which it can’t get up! If we can drift and dream today, and really want to discover something, we can inspect our pain for the wisdom it holds; it’s the shadows that tells us where things stand today, not the sunlight. (Vesta contra-parallel Juno, Chiron parallel Pallas and the Sun quincunx Pallas, Venus quincunx Jupiter, Mercury enters Pisces)

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Full Moon in Virgo on 16 March at 10:08 AM PST at 26 Virgo 01: Getting What We’ve Worked For

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Steel Workers by Winold Reiss c1920 Property of Library of Congress {{PD}}

Steel Workers by Winold Reiss c1920 Property of Library of Congress {{PD}}

This Full Moon falls at the midpoint of Mars-Pallas, widely sextile Saturn, apex to a Finger of God with base of Mercury and the South Node, sesquiquadrate Venus, and trine Sedna. With this culmination, we may find ourselves finishing up some smart actions, ones that draw on our past (or on knowledge from the past), communicate it, and by so doing access unconscious and instinctive qualities that we draw into our reality and that thereby help shape it. This likely applies to some project, quest, or effort we see conclude at or near this point, and with only a few exceptions it should bring a good result for all of us. These are things we’ve been trying for, working toward, and if we don’t get what we were aiming for, it’s likely because it’s not really the best thing for us—not an easy thing to accept when we’ve worked so hard.

The wisdom of a Full Moon in Virgo is that the answer to why or why not is in the details; it’s available for examination, open to assessment, and if we don’t see why things have gone as they have, it’s because we’re ignoring the facts, or because we haven’t truly done the work—we’re only telling ourselves we have.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 14 March 2014: Reflections

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'The Leaf' EA Forbes 1897 {{PD}}

‘The Leaf’ EA Forbes 1897 {{PD}}

14 March is a day when thought easily sparks action and communicating makes things move, but there are two plagues, erraticism and unreliability, which may scotch the entire works. Words can be accidentally incendiary, though quick reflexes and a willingness to cooperate, separately or together, can save the day. Too, the group may see it as their prerogative to control both action and individuals, which can spur rebellion when all we really want is to feel independent, or at least, unique; there may be lots of kerfuffle kicked up by individuals over what their obligation is or isn’t to the group. Listening politely is probably the best way to handle things; expression will satisfy most people with no other follow-up. On top of this, it may feel like spiritual matters and material ones are light years apart; think of them as reflections, not opposites. (Perfecting today: Mercury trine Mars, semi-square Uranus)

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 14 March 2014: No Balance

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Even Juno's symbol (the peacock feather) won't help this young tightrope walker. 'Il Saltimbanco' Antonio Mancini 1870 {{PD}}

Even Juno’s symbol (the peacock feather) won’t help this young tightrope walker. ‘Il Saltimbanco’ Antonio Mancini 1870 {{PD}}

3 AM PDT of the 13th the Leo Moon sextiles Zeus, making us very sure of ourselves and our ambitions. We think we can feel or intuit our way toward them–those enjoying positive contacts to the natal Sun right now actually can. 5 PM PDT the Moon creates a Grand Cross with Saturn opposed Sedna and her own opposition to Mercury; at this time the Moon also quincunxes the Sun. Thoughts and emotions are caught between the reality picture and the unseen forces of the spirit that move just below consciousness; every time we try to reason or feel our way toward some sort of clarity, the constraints of reality clash with some serious, primal, and essential ‘knowing’ that we carry deep inside–the result is difficulty seeing without having the vision jangled by what we sense, or tuning in to the intuition without having material matters intrude. There’s no balancing this, we just have to get through it. 11 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Mars and conjuncts Pallas. We can act with real wisdom at this time; schedule all your decidin’ for right now.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 12 March 2014 + the Daily Word Image

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'Spring' by Millet c1870 {{PD}}

‘Spring’ by Millet c1870 {{PD}}

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12 March we may feel innately clumsy, with attempts to move forward causing unnecessary hurt, what we thought was smart turning out to be destructive, and worst of all may be the surprising nature of our own skills; what we were sure were practical additions to our repertoire may seem anything but at this time. Don’t worry, a great deal of this is a cacophony of odds and ends energies that just don’t seem to have a home, instead flying through the air and sticking in the most inconvenient places. We just need to let the static charge dissipate, and realize that perceptions right now are fritzed out, too—we shouldn’t try to assess anything until a little time has passed. (Perfecting today: Chiron sesquiquadrate the North Node, Pluto sesquiquadrate Pallas, Pallas contra-parallel Uranus)

Today’s image is participatory; open the nearest book, without looking place your finger on a page, and read what the Universe has to say to you today. I’ll share what mine was: “Was his wife unhappy? That was unfortunate, but it was, after all, her problem.” That’s from ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates. To me that gives a keynote of Self-responsibility in the happiness department; everyone must see to their own happiness, and if we experience someone who cares enough about us to want us to be happy, that’s just extra, a blessing, icing on the cake of life. So what’s your message, and what do you translate it to mean?

On Tax Time and the Moon’s Voids

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Obviously, this get-together didn't start during a Void--unless of course they thought it wouldn't go well. 'Merry Trio' Judith Leyster c1630 {{PD}}

Obviously, this get-together didn’t start during a Void–unless of course they thought it wouldn’t go well. ‘Merry Trio’ Judith Leyster c1630 {{PD}}

We’re coming up on tax time in the US, but these rules apply in any country at any time when paying anything where you could be audited and the tax man could come back for more. These suggestions apply equally to personal taxes and business taxes, and have proven very useful in the real world; for myself, in a business that invites scrutiny (astrology is actually illegal in some parts of the US) I’ve filed using these guidelines for at least eighteen years now, and I’ve never been audited or had the return questioned in any way. These suggestions are based on some I first saw in the work of March and McEvers—if you’re not familiar with them and their well-presented work, you might want to be; their series, ‘The Only Way to . . .’ offers an excellent grounding in a number of Astro-areas.

It seems it’s all in the moment you release the Return; whether dropping it in a mailbox or pushing ‘Send’ on the computer, that is the point at which you lose control of the numbers, and entrust them to Big Brother. So to that end, you choose a moment during the Moon’s Void of Course period, every two and one half days. This can get tricky, as sometimes the Void is only a few minutes in length; but it’s worth planning ahead for.

The idea is that the Moon symbolizes the forward (linear) movement from one event to the next that is the essence of daily life; it represents time, not in Saturn’s slow, trudging-forward, span-of-eons way, but in the way that nothing sits still, everything is changing perpetually, and the Moon captures that changing nature of life in its swift cycle of waxing and waning. When it’s in the Void, it has made the last major aspect it will make to another body while still in that sign; it leaves the Void when it enters the next sign. In that period between the final aspect and entering a new sign, the Moon is said to carry no energy behind it; events, then, lack that same impetus, trailing off into nothing, coming to nothing, or never getting off the ground in the first place. This is advantageous in paying the tax bill as it would typically be scrutinized for discrepancies and extra due; offering it in a Void period, though, removes the energy that would ‘cling’, in a psychic sense, to the Return, which should allow it to flow through the system without a hitch, with either payment or refund over in no time. Whenever you want to put something through a system and have it pass through with little problem and without drawing attention, then initiating the journey during the Moon’s Void is the right time.

Stay away from submitting something during a Void when you DO want it to draw attention. Don’t enter a contest, submit a paper or article, or apply for a job or for entrance to a college, or make that ‘first moment’ in the Void for anything else where you want to be seen and heard. No interviews, placing orders, or announcements, either. There is another condition that applies to the Void, the potential for things not to go as planned. This chiefly applies to gatherings or something actually started during the Void, and it plays off what we anticipate going forward; if we believe we can start the party and it will be just fine, a convivial evening of laughter and warmth, what we may get is a lot of no-shows, a couple of fistfights, or an evening where everyone stands in icy silence with a drink in their hand—unanticipated outcomes, certainly, all bringing the unexpected as whatever energies were flying around fell into the Void as this unfortunate party got started, filling it

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 6 March 2014: Ripples

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'The Yerres, Effect of Rain' Gustave Caillebotte 1875 {{PD}}

‘The Yerres, Effect of Rain’ Gustave Caillebotte 1875 {{PD}}

The Lunar Essence for the 6th from this week’s ECLIPSE:

5 AM PST of the 6th the Taurus Moon conjuncts Sedna and opposes Saturn. The intuition gets some very high wattage at this point; you may feel you can ‘see’ through walls, and in a way, you can. Emotion, though, may be unwilling to stay within bounds and out of other peoples’ territory–a little restraint not only keeps things civil but lets you show true respect for the boundaries others need. 1 PM PST the Moon quincunxes Mars, making us unsure of actions if we’re using the emotions to gauge ‘rightness’. Rely on feedback from others or a partner in order to know if the choice is a good one (Mars in Libra). 5 PM PST the Moon squares Pallas and quincunxes North Node-Vesta. Being overly attached to using our skills or our smarts at this time will both knock us off course and cause ripples with our causes, on the home front, or with the mate. A modest approach works best for the time being. Void begins at 6:26 PM PST; the Moon enters Gemini at 6:38 PM PST. Just after 8 PM Pacific the Moon trines Venus and quincunxes Ceres. Relationships based on love go well, but those based on power do not. Jockeying for supremacy is a tiring activity; you might prefer retreating from any situation that threatens to drain you for no good reason–better to wrap yourself in the love freely offered than the interaction with strings attached. 10 PM PST the Moon sextiles Juno. We empower ourselves by thinking about the emotions of the situation–Moon in Gemini gives us both clarity and distance needed to be at least somewhat objective.

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Today’s image is the experience of walking in the rain; it connects us to the planet, and makes us aware that we really are a part of things, as few other events do. If you can, do it; if you can’t, close your eyes and remember what it feels like–or go out and experience the weather your part of the world is having right now–be aware that you’re standing on the skin of the Earth, spinning through space–there’s just nothing else like it.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 3 March 2014: Solid Undercurrents

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'Between the Waves' Aivazovsky 1898 {{PD}}

‘Between the Waves’ Aivazovsky 1898 {{PD}}

3 March skills may not get paid what they’re worth, and it’s like someone shines a huge spotlight on our identity and ego injuries. The good thing is, this can be a point of purging, a release from wounds that have tied up some part of our talents—these can now go free. We are tuned in to our ambitions and desires, and we are on point with our actions. It’s really the solid undercurrents that save the day, so don’t let the surface roughness take over; if you do you’ll miss a real opportunity to advance your own cause. (Mars parallel Pallas, Venus semi-square Chiron, Sun parallel Zeus, conjunct Chiron, sextile Pluto)

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A Little Something on the New Moon in Pisces 2014

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That New Moon seed may be planted in a dream. 'Legend of St. Francis--Dream of the Palace' Detail, by Giotto di Bondone {{PD}}

That New Moon seed may be planted in a dream. ‘Legend of St. Francis–Dream of the Palace’ Detail, by Giotto di Bondone {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs just a hair’s-breadth before the end of the day on the 28th, Pacific time (at 10 Pisces 39 at 11:59 PM PST). In Pisces the New Moon promises a new start for everyone, a Collective seed moment that carries all possibilities, and for the individual, it can spark a new dream, ideal, or delusion, with all the positives and negatives that those might entail.

This meeting of Sun and Moon happens widely conjunct Chiron, semi-sextile Uranus, trine Jupiter; the NM also makes a wide sesquiquadrate to Mars in Libra, which is stationed but still technically direct. These contacts infuse the creative spark or dream planted for each of us with the power of healing, an aspect of the radical or the surprising, the opportunity to expand in some way (probably in what we care about, with Jupiter in Cancer); the only discord comes from an over-exercise of ego, or perhaps from taking action based on a delusion (or perhaps based on one’s partner’s delusion, with Mars in Libra!) Look to the natal House where this NM falls for a sense of where a fresh creative development, inspiration, opportunity, chance, or mistake based on something misperceived or misunderstood might appear. If this NM makes contact to a natal body or point, consider that natal energy vital to what comes about, especially in terms of how and where (by the House the contacted body rules) the new beginning may show itself.

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 26 February 2014: Moonlight

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'Moonlit Night on the Dnieper' Arkhip Kuindzhi 1882 {{PD}}

‘Moonlit Night on the Dnieper’ Arkhip Kuindzhi 1882 {{PD}}

Today’s image is someone driving on a desolate moonlit road, who is so distraught by the song on the radio they must pull over, put their head in their hands, and weep. If we can let sorrow flow through us, experiencing it but not making a permanent place for it in our hearts, we will be compassionate but also at peace; there will be no sadness lodged within to be suddenly broken loose by a song, or a memory, or the moonlight.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 25 February 2014: A Straightforward Recipe

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'Girl Chopping Onions' Gerrit Dou 1646 {{PD}}

‘Girl Chopping Onions’ Gerrit Dou 1646 {{PD}}

25 February rage comes from hurt, and transformation of what is comes from healing skills—a very straightforward recipe—but we’ll witness the clash of the individual against the social order, in many forms, and the thing we’ll need to know is that the individual, no matter what she says, will be feeling far from empowered. That can make for destructive and hurtful expressions that seem to come out of nowhere, but it can also foster the kind of permanent, healing change that brings the individual a sense of successful personal expansion of his world or of his reach. The only advice I can offer is to not accept your own internal sense of disempowerment, no matter how real it feels from the inside—it won’t be accurate, and may push you to do stupid things. (Pluto sextile Chiron, Jupiter square Uranus, Uranus contra-parallel Juno)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 24 February 2014: The Global Is Personal

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Note the costellation globe in the lower right corner 'The Great Vanity, Still-Life' Sebastian Stoskopff 1641 {{PD-Art}}

Note the constellation globe in the lower right corner ‘The Great Vanity, Still-Life’ Sebastian Stoskopff 1641 {{PD-Art}}

24 February that crisis in highest values, what we’re dedicated to, and home and family moves into the global consciousness and helps dictate our life direction. Of course this influences everyone differently, but it’s likely to center in partnerships, relationships, and/ or in the matters of the House where the meeting takes place (at 29 Libra, Vesta conjunct NN) We may be in this crisis state because we want to cement financial and love relationships in stone—we may be afraid of losing them, or worse, being forgotten ourselves—and we are in need of a serious ‘security fix’. Don’t be hard on yourself over this—though we may be tempted to ‘stiff upper lip’ it, we’d do well to indulge our need and attend to security needs—not by pestering others for promises, but by taking initiative and being responsible for ourselves. (Perfecting today: Vesta conjunct the NN, Venus sextile Saturn, trine Sedna)

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 23 February 2014: Look Again

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'Favourites' Sir Edwin Henry Landseer c1835 {{PD}}

‘Favourites’ Sir Edwin Henry Landseer c1835 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a horse saddle slung over the railing in an old barn. Here is the thought: sometimes the needed equipment is right where you left it.

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Ukraine on Fire

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‘The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction’ Mihály Zichy 1878 {{PD}}

‘The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction’ Mihály Zichy 1878 {{PD}}

This post appeared first in the current issue of ECLIPSE, and was written on 20 February. As we turn our attention now toward Venezuela, we need to remember that what burns, burns–going through hell is no different in Europe than it is in South America, or anywhere else. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll have a great weekend–and if you’re looking for the forecast, please subscribe!

Rioting in Ukraine, centered in the capital of Kiev, has reached a crisis point, with deaths in the double-digits as of this morning—and other than Russia, which hopes to bring Ukraine back under its control, the rest of the world is slow to react. Let’s look briefly at what the astrology might tell us.

Ukraine adopted a Declaration of State Sovereignty in July 1990, but it wasn’t until 24 August 1991 that the parliament officially created Ukraine as an independent state, putting into practice the declaration of Ukrainian law over Soviet law, with a formal dissolution of the Soviet state in December of that year. With a noon chart for the August date, set for Kiev, we get a Sun at 00 Virgo, appropriate for an area that has, as long as it’s existed, been seen as just a region of another nation, until this point; this also fits the character of the country well, as Ukraine was long known as an agricultural producer, the ‘breadbasket’ of the region. The Aquarius Moon is within a day or so of culmination at Full, suggesting a national character both emotionally mature and intellectually astute. There are a slew of planets in retrograde: Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune, Juno, and Saturn; in order, this suggests difficulties surrounding finances/ trade, communications/ free speech, truly remaining independent, in either creative abilities (there may be too much reliance on agriculture, for instance, and too little on entrepreneurial innovation or manufacturing) or this could suggest an inability to clearly understand the way they come across (Neptune is sextile the country’s Ascendant, though we must remember the angles are unreliable)—but Neptune is also trine Sedna (confusion about their own hidden urges, a serious ‘blind spot’) and Neppy also conjuncts Juno and Uranus—again with the independence, empowerment, and perhaps confusion or inability to see how to achieve these. The Saturn retrograde is of special note; it could suggest a government that can’t keep up with the times, that is disorganized, that is always one step behind, a country in total that is perpetually unhappy with those in authority (the quincunx to the Sun—and their history supports this), or where the authorities may have had a poor idea of financial realities or management (shown by Saturn retro plus Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune, with Saturn quincunx the Sun and the Sun out-of-sign conjunct Venus).

Now an unpopular leader has turned away from a trade deal with the West and toward greater enmeshment with Russia—and the people are seriously unhappy about it, resulting in about a month of riots so far—and they turned deadly in the double digits this week. When we look at current transits (as of the 20th) we see what I read as an overripe situation, with lots of significant contact just a degree or so past contact to origin chart energies, suggesting a great deal of tension, issues that have been presented but with no progress achieved. Now we look at what’s still in contact by degree even if past exact, and at what’s immediately approaching—that will tell us which way the whole situation may fall.

Transiting Ceres is currently square origin chart Saturn, and just moving past sextile to the o Sun/ trine o Earth=Ceres likely represents the protesters, people recognizing their own authority and trying to exercise it in relation to the authorities and in-place system of their country—and so far those in charge are oblivious. T Saturn (current authorities) is on its way to sextile origin chart Mars (violence) and then square Jupiter (the public, word getting out, and possibly specifically word getting out via social media—for all its modernity it’s a very Jupiterian thing)=in other words, more violence and trouble ahead, but it may be bad enough that the world really takes active notice, not this half-hearted acknowledgment of problems that’s going on now. T Pluto is trine o Sedna=a blind spot for the rage and violence, and Pluto is also at the midpoint of o Uranus-Neptune=this could imply that rage and the desire for change could suddenly get very radical—maybe in ways the authorities have failed to imagine—or there could be abrupt upheaval that creates something no one anticipated (Neptune rules Ukraine’s Earth, and this could mean some direct material effects to the country itself). T Venus is at 20 Cap—the next thing she aspects is Mars, by trine=violence will cost, thoroughly and easily more destructive than anyone anticipates, and it will take a human toll.

T Mercury and Sun are both near/ poised to opposition to their origin chart counterparts, promising that prevailing energies will certainly test the nation’s identity, even existence, and its ability to process what’s happening and to communicate with each other. T Chiron is sextile Sedna, and so putting its two hurtful cents centered on wounds deep-seated in the Ukrainian psyche via the Plutonian blind spots/ rage expression. T Juno is opposed o Mars=clearly the struggle and violence are over who holds the power, which translates to who holds status and calls the shots—but in opposition, it doesn’t seem the riots will have the effect the demonstrators are hoping for. T Uranus is square itself and makes a Grand Cross with t Jupiter and o Pallas=growing pains! and susceptibility by the public to taking radical, erratic, and unusual measures to try and achieve that desired sense of freedom, as they are convinced this is the wise thing to do—they are willing to risk revolution. The Nodal axis will soon hook into o Venus, the SN by trine=old issues of money and old relationships may end up sending them back toward Russia’s influence. T Sedna is trine o Mars=again, participants in this drama are unaware of the true effect their violence will have. T Zeus squares o Juno=this suggests that ambition and desire are squaring off with a want for empowerment and status—a clash that has yet to resolve, of course.

T Mars sextiles the o Venus-Mercury midpoint and catches o Zeus at the midpoint of the sextile=action is driven by ideas, money, and ambition—but you didn’t need astrology to tell you that! And finally, t Vesta is at 29 degrees conjunct the t North Node=it’s both a crisis in highest values and a crisis in the direction the country’s headed—but honestly, is there anything else worth making revolution over?

 

Just a Little Lunar Essence 21 February 2014: Below the Surface

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'Lotus Lilies' Charles Courtney Curran 1888 {{PD}}

‘Lotus Lilies’ Charles Courtney Curran 1888 {{PD}}

8 AM PST of the 21st the Scorpio Moon sextiles Venus and squares Mercury. Romantic encounters get behind the facade, below the surface, or reveal secrets; some will revel in a certain sexiness in the air, others will try to suppress it. We’re willing to go out on a limb for something we care about. The funny thing is, if we try to make contact through words (or try to deliberately convey a message in any form) it may get garbled and, if received, may bring an angry or (worse) indifferent response–right now, go on instinct alone. 2 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Saturn and opposes Sedna. We get an emotional take on the stand-off between our reality picture and those elements of the psyche of which we’re unaware. How do we do that, exactly? We intuit or feel through the physical reality those hidden facets–and we react, without really knowing what we’re reacting to. This can usher in completely irrational responses to physical events or requirements the material world imposes, and can make us feel (or feel we’re witnessing in others) a mini-meltdown. If you do, don’t worry, it’s merely the psyche’s attempt to bring something otherwise hidden to the surface–if you don’t understand it now, just wait–you will. 5 PM PST the Moon trines Juno. We can use feeling or intuition to guide us in empowering ourselves–we may see effective steps to take in a dream, or a daydream, a movie, image, or during the creative process (Juno in Pisces). With a portion of this aspect ‘reaching into the Void’, so to speak, we may find a receptive attitude, or a deliberate stillness, most conducive to receiving inspiration. Void begins at 5:27 PM PST; the Moon enters Sagittarius at 2:12 AM Pacific time of the 22nd.

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 20 February 2014

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'A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts' Jean Beraud c1881 {{PD}}

‘A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts’ Jean Beraud c1881 {{PD}}

Today’s image is you, out walking on a windy day; a crumpled piece of paper blows toward you and plasters itself against your leg. You reach down, pick it up, and see a single word written on it–what is that word? Even if it seems to be nonsense, a jumble of letters or a word that seems to have no relation to what’s happening in your life now, take note: the thing itself or what the word signifies/ symbolizes/ spells unscrambled will arrive in your consciousness over the next week–this will play a significant role in revealing something to you that’s already underway but of which you’re not yet aware.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 19 February 2014: X-Ray Vision

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'Skull with a Burning Cigarette' Vincent Van Gogh 1885-1886 {{PD}}

‘Skull with a Burning Cigarette’ Vincent Van Gogh 1885-1886 {{PD}}

19 February Relationships and financial matters both center on who holds the power, purse strings, or has say so. In any pairing, partnership, or confrontation, each side will be operating under at least a modest amount of delusion, misunderstanding, or fantasy—keep this in mind at all times, about both others and yourself. Creativity can flourish if you’re in the early creative stages of a project, but avoid altering already done work, as this could prove both problematic and not to your taste later. It’s also a day when it will feel like we have x-ray vision, able to see everyone’s wants, ambitions, and desires—just remember, yours are showing too. (Venus sesquiquadrate Juno, semi-square Neptune, Sun sesquiquadrate Zeus)

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Image 18 February 2014: Bull!

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'Bulls Fighting' George Stubbs 1786 {{PD-Art}}

‘Bulls Fighting’ George Stubbs 1786 {{PD-Art}}

18 February the reality picture shows us exactly how to empower ourselves; believe what’s presented, and make sure your vision is clear—otherwise you might misinterpret, or possibly ignore a vital part of the situation picture, which is a danger with the Merc T in action. The shift into Pisces/ Virgo of the Sun/ Earth signals a shift in attention to the spiritual and the Collective, while earthly matters focus on accounting, organizing, and critiquing. The contrast between the two this time of year can be brutal, but understanding that both the spiritual/ creative, and the material, need equal attention and effort applied will solve any imbalance. Too, it helps to remember that in the larger scheme of things the material and the spiritual are one and the same; only our minds perceive them as contrasting. (Saturn trine Juno, Mercury T-square with Sedna-Saturn, Sun into Pisces/ Earth into Virgo, Sun trine the North Node)

Today’s image is a bright red pickup truck pulling a trailer full of bawling cows on the open highway. We might like to think they’re on their way to a nice pasture somewhere, to moo and graze and frolic like Ferdinand the Bull, but it’s more likely that they’re headed for the butcher. The cows, of course, are unmindful of where their journey is taking them; it’s the same with some humans. Right now we need to be more conscious, more mindful of where we’re headed than ever before. Take a good look at the highway you’re on–don’t fool yourself into thinking that tomorrow won’t rise directly from today, because it will. Think consciously about what you must do to end up where you’d really like to go–and then, like Ferdinand, take some time to smell the flowers–enjoying the journey is just as important as reaching the destination.

For those wondering who this Ferdinand is, it’s a character from one of my favorite children’s books

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Just a Little AstroEssence 17 February 2014: Rock-the-Boat

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'The Run Home' Henry Scott Tuke 1902 {{PD-Art}}

‘The Run Home’ Henry Scott Tuke 1902 {{PD-Art}}

17 February is one of those days when we are likely to say (or think!) anything; what comes to mind is spontaneous, possibly heretical or outrageous, clever, and rock-the-boat fun (or unfun, depending on how you feel about boat rocking). We could find ourselves rebelling before we are even aware we’ve opened our mouth—communicate with caution, and cut others some slack—they will be as surprised as you are by what they communicate. Do pay attention, though, as the individuality will shine through, slipping out without anyone being able to form it as they usually will—and that means we get a glimpse of the ‘real’ person behind the crafted personality.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 16 February 2014: Distortion

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Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, Alaska. Produced by the US Air Force {{PD}}

Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, Alaska. Produced by the US Air Force {{PD}}

11 AM PST of the 16th the Virgo Moon trines Venus. This is a point when within the general unpleasantness of the day we can find an absolutely beautiful experience in a relationship (where things are already going well) or working with the material world–either episode is rewarding, and may help lift us above our day with a transcendent event. 7 PM PST the Moon trines Sedna, sextiles Saturn, and opposes Juno. We may act to empower ourselves and be missing some vital piece of the reality picture. It will likely feel as if we can intuit our way through, but there could be serious missteps if we don’t pull back and wait to see what else may develop. Midnight the Moon quincunxes retro Merc. Messages are garbled, especially those we receive through the emotions, through intuition, or through critical thinking. Just assume that what you’re perceiving is missing some parts or radically distorted, and be cautious in interpreting information or conversation.

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Just a Little on the Leo Full Moon 14 February and the Inferior Conjunction of the 15th

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'Caught' by Luigi Monteverde 1888 {{PD}}

‘Caught’ by Luigi Monteverde 1888 {{PD}}

A little something on the Valentine’s Day Full Moon in Leo, and on the Inferior Conjunction of Sun and Mercury retrograde on the 15th, from ECLIPSE. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Full Moon in Leo 14 February 2014 at 3:53 PM Pacific time at 26 Leo 12

With the FM sextile the Mars-Vesta combo we can expect a conclusion of sorts in what I’m tempted to describe as ‘sacred action’. I suspect this is about coming to a decision as to how we are conducting ourselves, specifically in how we’re employing our energy, in some important situation, possibly in the home or with the mate. It may be a point when we acknowledge what we are or are not willing to do, or when we see that we have reached a point of dedication—we need to commit—and so make a significant statement to the Universe: ‘This is important to me’. It also applies to the setting of a personal agenda that expresses the Self (Leo FM)—we can expect that what we find ourselves committing to at this time will be a feature of our days for some time to come.

15 February brings the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and retrograde Mercury. This is a point of inception, even insemination, if you will! Something new is planted, and coming just after the Full Moon, we may look at this point as an expression of the new start that naturally follows a finish like the one brought by the FM. Usually we have a bit of a gap, a winding down that allows dissipation of the culminating energy, in the period through to the New Moon—but this time that culmination requires a new start in order to be valid itself—in this case, without the new start that culmination would be a rest stop, rather than an end. That suggests that through to the New Moon we will be nurturing the new start, and part of how this will happen is with reviews, revivals, and other Merc retrograde mechanisms; it will be an Inferior Conjunction that sparks that needed Full Moon start (or re-start!) where the sacred action includes the kind of editing of the life course that is central to taking a successful new direction or making a successful new commitment.

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Recognizing Intuition

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Sure, we can describe intuition as the gate to the castle. By Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD-Art}}

Sure, we can describe intuition as the gate to the castle. By Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD-Art}}

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Intuition . . . is something we all have and that we all use, but it’s not necessarily something we are conscious of, or recognize when it’s in play.  Intuition is easily mislabeled; fear, ego, want, or the mind (unaspected Mercury alert! either natally or by transit, when natal Merc is not being stimulated) can jump in and convince us that the urge is one of pure information, and intuitive insight, rather than the biased wish, thought, or frightened assumption it really is. How do we recognize intuition?

Intuition is instantaneous  We don’t gradually come to an intuitive insight, nor do we cogitate our way there; it’s like a little ‘ping’ inside us that is not centralized in the mentality but fills the awareness.

Synchronicity signals  These needn’t be related directly to the intuitive insight; instead, synchronicities act as a signal that we are traveling along the Path with our senses ‘wide open’, and thus that we are open to those connections, leaps of logic, and ‘right assumptions’ we must make spurred by the intuitive insight.

Not willed, but allowed  Intuition doesn’t appear on command–we can’t will ourselves to have an intuitive insight, and we can’t plan ahead for one. We can allow them to happen–but that involves paying attention every time they do–and too often we will judge them, then push them aside with one rationale or another (“But I’m already committed to ‘x’, I can’t change now!” “Everyone will laugh at me if I bring this up” “That contradicts the way things seem to be!”) We must honor and follow the intuitive prompts we are offered–don’t, and the well goes dry–or at least narrows to a trickle.

Intuition comes whole By that I mean it arrives in the awareness all of a piece, not straggling in bit by bit. However, this is no guarantee that an intuition will hand you what you consider a complete answer or detailed Path. It’s not uncommon to be given a ‘next step’ with no idea of where it will lead, or proof that it’s ‘right’–that’s where our own trust in the Universe comes in, with trust in the Cosmos tantamount to trust in our intuition.

Intuition refrains from bias  Even though an intuition can be highly definitive, pointing very strongly to one point of action or attitude, it does not carry heavy condemnation of other potentials. If we find ourselves wallowing in how bad the varied possibilities except for the one we’ve chosen, then we are likely involved in some sort of ego-persuasive reasoning, not intuition. Intuition gives a ‘clean’ perception that does not waste energy denigrating other options. Period.

Intuition does not spur fantasy  In fact, intuition removes a great deal of the impetus to extrapolate–after we receive and act on a true intuition, we are likely to be in a continued state of openness, one that accepts all possibilities and waits for some indication of what’s to come, rather than pushing forward into a state of ‘I want’.

Intuition rarely presents as words/ a thought  Those who have a great deal of Venus, Neptune, Cancer, or Pisces in the natal chart will know what I’m talking about, while those with a lot of Air or Earth may not be so quick to understand: typically something that presents in words/ a thought is an idea, not an intuition. Remember how I said it comes into the awareness whole and immediate? We may then translate that into words and thought–but if it starts that way, it’s more likely the mind, putting in its two cents–that’s not bad, it’s just not intuition.

24 Hours of Lunar Aspects 10-11 February 2014: How Much You Care

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'La Toilette' Eva Gonzales 1879 {{PD}}

‘La Toilette’ Eva Gonzales 1879 {{PD}}

1 PM PST of the 10th the Moon sextiles Pallas. Wisdom is ours, if we’ll just make the effort. 5 PM PST the Moon squares Uranus. Are we surprised by what seems to come out of the blue, or did we have a hint about this, if we look back on the actions of those involved? (Cardinal placements) 9 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, trines Chiron, and opposes Pluto. Whatever happens, in our own minds it will be vastly exaggerated; that said, permanent hurt or healing may occur. Intention rooted in how much you care (Cancer Moon) will be everything, at this point.

5 AM PST of the 11th the Cancer Moon opposes Venus. This may bring a reassessment of feeling or of actual relationships themselves; we care but find our feelings hitting a figurative brick wall. Don’t make any decisions at this point–instead realize that you’re too sensitive right now to keep reasonable perspective. 7 AM PST the Moon squares Zeus. Ambitions kick into high gear, and we may feel that our emotional attachments are holding us back. This would be incorrect; what we’re feeling is the artificial or exaggerated nature of our wants, as we measure the truth of our emotions against anything that’s not real or reasonable in our goals. It can be unpleasant, but without losing our illusions we won’t be able to get where we want to go. 1 PM PST the Moon trines Juno and the two form a loose Grand Trine with Saturn. Empowerment takes material form; it shows either in circumstances or in who owns/ controls what, who has say over our surroundings. Take a good look around: what you get is a rare glimpse into who’s really running things, from the ground up.

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On the Olympic Games Winter 2014

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'The Skating Minister' Henry Raeburn c1790 {{PD}}

‘The Skating Minister’ Henry Raeburn c1790 {{PD}}

Here’s a little something I wrote a couple weeks ago (in ECLIPSE) speculating on how the Sochi Olympic games might pan out; considering the reports that are coming out of there this evening, I think it’s time to share.

As far as I can figure out, the games themselves actually begin on the 6th, with the very first events scheduled for 10 AM local time (Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding and Women’s Freestyle Moguls, in case you’re wondering), and with the opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday evening, the 7th, probably for the convenience of much of the broadcast audience. I think using the advent of the first contest, rather than the opening ceremonies, makes good sense—recall the death of the luger at the Vancouver games in 2010, which occurred before the opening ceremony, suggesting that significant things can indeed happen prior to the ‘official’ beginning of the games. So we’ll look at this point in time, the beginning of the contests, against the inception chart for the modern version of the Olympic Games.

The first modern games were held beginning 6 April 1896, but the structure and international, committee-style governing body was created 23 June 1894 in Paris; we don’t have a time, but a noon chart seems to suit the proceedings, with the Sun and Zeus (ambition and desire) conjunct in Cancer (suggesting the ‘waxing and waning’ nature of the original, 4-years-between-games schedule) in the 10th, making for high public visibility and establishing these as games that carry status (there had been others in various places at various times post the ancient Greek games, but none had the international scope or prestige the original version of the current games almost immediately took on). We also note Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto conjunct in the 9th in Gemini=sports, glamor, and power communicated on an international level—and countries have been taking the Olympics very seriously since this inception, seeing wins as reflecting the nations themselves. Venus sits in the 8th in Taurus, trine Ceres and Vesta, suggesting the extent to which reverence for the Olympics has turned the games into cash machines for entire nations, never more so than in the past twenty years, when related production, infrastructure improvements, merchandising, and endorsements for athletes have skyrocketed, and the quest for new sports to award medals for goes on and on, sometimes to a ridiculous extent (BMX Cycling, Table Tennis, Curling—anyone?) And Saturn trines Jupiter, setting in stone, so to speak, the games for some time—and though there have been boycotts, delays, and a few cancellations, they always come back stronger than ever.

When we put the start of the upcoming winter games in Sochi in comparison to the Olympic inception chart, we see a Taurus Moon for the current events—there may be lots of reporting about accommodations and conditions for the athletes, food and comforts available to them—and this Moon opposes the original Uranus, with UR ruling the 5th and the Moon the 10th=sudden events, risky and surprising, that affect the status of the games as well as the nature of the ‘business’. Pluto (ruler of the original 2nd) of the current games sextiles the founding chart’s Uranus and quincunxes the original Neptune, ruler of the 6th=there are going to be some destructive surprises surrounding money, in the events themselves, and the sense of obligation for the host country. Current chart’s Jupiter forms a perfect Grand Trine in Water with current Chiron and founding Uranus=the public and/ or the athletes, injury, and those surprise elements again, creating an emotional maelstrom. And the current Saturn opposes the founding chart’s Venus, suppressing the one thing that has driven the games to ever bigger, but not necessarily better, displays and commercialism: money. Overall the impression is one of minor or major disasters of a stripe that cause chaos and suppression or denial of revenue—but does that equal terrorist activity?

When we look at the more disruptive influences, we see some activity (Pluto to some founding placements and opposed current Jupiter, aspects to current Chiron) that suggest destruction, particularly explosions or other surprising events, and injury to the public or to revenues (current Pluto in fact falls at the midpoint of founding Uranus and current Chiron). These same contacts, though, could imply minor disasters or unexpected events that are blown all out of proportion, and certainly, any kind of protests, for example those that may surround the participation of gay athletes (by the athletes themselves or other groups) could have a rage factor that can read in the chart as dangerous. But, with the games experiencing a Pallas return, the biggest impact may actually be from having to face what the committee has created in the present form of the Olympics; the wisdom or lack of it in current arrangements may be abundantly clear at this time. The chart interaction also suggests that the results may resonate most strongly in the economic area, and in a loss of sponsor and nation support (Saturn opp Venus, the latter ruler of 1st and 8th, the former ruler of the 4th of foundations). Current Vesta in a Grand Trine with founding Moon and Mercury say that the genuine beliefs and values of all the participants will be front and center, that emotional perspectives may prevail, and that all of it will be communicating exactly how everyone feels. Perhaps it will mirror the kind of terror that comes when we face ourselves, and the world we’ve created, whether the effects were intended or not.

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Just a Little Mercury Retrograde 6 February 2014: Upset or Ecstasy

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'The Sense of Sight' Annie Louisa Swynnerton 1895 {{PD}}

‘The Sense of Sight’ Annie Louisa Swynnerton 1895 {{PD}}

A little something from ECLIPSE:

Mercury Retrograde The Messenger retrograded on the 6th at 1:43 PM Pacific time at 3 Pisces 20, and during his backward trip re-enters Aquarius; in the Whole Sign chart, this means a definite change of Houses occurs, emphasizing the shift in atmosphere with a shift in area of expression, as well. Starting the Mercurial journey in Water suggests the first issues that surface will be emotional ones, likely seeming to intrude on the mind either from the larger Collective or from one’s own overactive imagination. At the point of turnaround Merc is in close aspect to nothing else (the conjunction to Neptune isn’t technically perfected, and so lacks oomph or relevancy, yet). This implies the possibility that we may enter the retrograde receiving emotional messages or info that we are completely unable to process mentally—and this suggests, upset or ecstasy, that we will be hard pressed to understand or communicate our feelings, leading to unavoidable frustration. Then Merc retreats to Aquarius, and the mind may suddenly unscramble the earlier emotional reactions, with the current danger that we will go too far toward intellectualizing—and so distance ourselves from feelings we really need to deal with. When Merc turns, just let the emotions happen—it’s normal for a Merc retro period to make understanding difficult, so don’t try—and when the mind is suddenly up and running again upon Merc’s entry into Aquarius (albeit with lots of short circuits, thanks to the retro!) you will (almost without any effort) get a handle on the preceding emotions—then the trick is to not talk yourself out of your feelings—which will be the most likely temptation as Merc moves backward through Aquarius

And from the Search Terms grab-bag:

“getting laid off in Mercury retrograde”

Since this term showed up before the actual start of the retro this afternoon, I’m wondering if this individual is anticipating bad news–and that means, you knew something, even if it was only through your spidey-sense, that told you it’s coming. The real focus, then, might need to be on what happened during Venus retrograde (21 December 2013-31 January 2014). Since this clearly affects the income, I think detective work on matters that manifested during the Venus turnaround is called for, as that will likely reveal the true issue. If you’re wondering if a layoff during Merc retro has particular consequences, the answer is yes; as an employer, making a hiring or firing decision during such a cycle means that you may be drawing conclusions from incomplete information, that you may not be assessing individuals correctly, and that you almost certainly will change your opinion of your choice after direction. For the person who receives such news, you can bet that you don’t know the real reasons behind it, and you may receive some satisfaction in the idea that your employer will probably regret moving on it at this time–though of course, you may never know that for sure. There is also the possibility that, if you did receive signals of a potential job loss before the retrograde, the actual commencement of the retro period may bring a change of mind, a re-consideration, that could nix previous decisions. So, don’t despair yet–and if it does come to pass, embrace the idea that something not so great is being removed from your life (albeit forcibly) to make room for something much better.

The Daily Word Image 6 February 2014: Consolation

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'Still Life with Fruit' Constantin Daniel Stahi 1915 {{PD}}

‘Still Life with Fruit’ Constantin Daniel Stahi 1915 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a bowl of the most perfect pears you can imagine. Did you know that the ancient Greeks believed that the newly dead were offered pears, to console them and assuage their homesickness? Even when we believe that someone doesn’t need (or deserve) comfort or reassurance, we must understand that they do; each of us can offer comfort, even if only in the smallest way, to another. Be vigilant for that person to whom you can offer aid, understanding, or assistance–it’s almost a certainty that at first you may not see their need, or that you may resist–but judgment isn’t part of this–and know that there’s someone who is watching out for you, and who will offer you assistance, too.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 5 February 2014: An Opportunity to Heal

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'The Gift' Ángel Zárraga 1910 {{PD}}

‘The Gift’ Ángel Zárraga 1910 {{PD}}

5 February Empowerment efforts/ struggles take on major consequences and are very very real; ambition and destiny hang in the balance, and material circumstances are likely to offer obstacles rather than positive feedback or support. It may feel very dramatic, but it takes on these hues only to get your attention, to get you to take the opportunity to heal that you are offered now. Though our eyes are on the prize or what we want, our efforts need to address gathering the knowledge or traveling to the place that will allow us to re-align with spirit. We can offer spiritual sustenance to others, too, if we’re so inclined. (Perfecting today: Juno quincunxes Zeus, sesquiquadrates the NN, quincunxes Earth, Jupiter trines Chiron, Sun trines Zeus)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 4 January 2014: Willfulness Loses

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'Two Fighting Boys' Guilio del Torre 1927 {{PD}}

‘Two Fighting Boys’ Guilio del Torre 1927 {{PD}}

4 February Willfulness challenges good sense—let’s hope willfulness loses. If the ego suggests it, you can be sure it’s a poor idea; too, resist acting out of anger, as it will almost surely be unjustified. (Mars semi-square Pallas)

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