Full Moon in Pisces August 2015: A Dream-Like Perception

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida - 'Barcas en la Playa' 1909 {{PD}}

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida – ‘Barcas en la Playa’ 1909 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 11:35 AM PDT on the 29th of August at 6 Pisces 06, and it makes us work to find its meaning; though it’s quick to tell us that our previous optimistic efforts, our openness, what we’ve shared publicly and with the social circle, our beliefs and faith (all through a waning opposition of the Moon-Earth to Jupiter), and that our ideals, creative efforts, inspirations or delusions (conjunction to Neptune) contribute to the Full Moon results we see now, it offers us no other major indicators of what may transpire. We could, then, conclude that we are getting feedback on our attitude toward or efforts to acquire bounty, to expand our world, to learn something new, to teach, or to interact socially, to assess an ideal, to create or avoid (through Neptunian delusion)–but that would only be part of the story. We may need to use a dream-like perception, a lens that allows the unconscious, the Collective, or the creative faculties to make leaps and connections we wouldn’t make based solely on facts (Jupiter).

The Pisces Full Moon makes two other, minor aspects: a semi-square to Uranus, and a novile to Ceres. The contact to Uranus suggests there is something unanticipated, surprising or unexpected that tosses a monkey wrench into the works, possibly resulting in an abruptly changing viewpoint or need to adapt spontaneously, and the contact to Ceres says there is an element of ‘Natural Genius’ about the revelations of the Full Moon, its endings or conclusions, and the results that come about based on our need to improvise and respond quickly.

Fortuitous outcomes are ours if we refuse to take the initial feedback as definitive. We may see the end of a dream or creative project, a stripping away of illusion, we may get feedback on a fantasy or ideal (Neptune and Pisces placement), and should we then process it by a critical analysis of what we’ve learned (Jupiter and Sun in Virgo) we may shut off the flow of further reverberations and implications. In the Houses of the natal chart that hold the Full Moon, the House that follows, and the House two Houses before (for example, if the FM falls in your 5th, as it does in the general chart for Seattle, the other two Houses involved will be the 6th and the 3rd), we find the areas to watch for potential surprises, revelations, changes in viewpoint, and ‘happy accidents’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Illumined By A Shaft Of Light, A Large Cross Lies On Rocks Surrounded By Sea’. No matter what faith we embrace, we can’t help but take this as a religiously-oriented scenario; we see ‘fallen faith’, a religious outlook that couldn’t stand up to true spiritual illumination, that falls in the light of new awareness. So, this isn’t about religion at all, it’s about something we ‘had faith’ in that is made obsolete by a dawning understanding, a new insight we are gaining by Full Moon events, and we should expect stirred up emotions (the Sea) because of it.

We always look at the Sun for a Full Moon, as source of the ‘energy’ we experience; it is, ‘A Harem’. Really! The symbolic implication is that there is a stable of valuable, attractive assets available to us–and we should draw on that. These are likely talents, energy, or understanding that we ‘horde’ a bit, hiding them away–now is the time to take them from our internal ‘harem’ and show them to the world! The Jupiter symbol is also worth a look, as the surface outcome will be directly tied to it: ‘Black And White Children Play Together Happily’. Ostensibly, a harmony is reached–look beyond that, for the real gifts.

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Full Moon in Pisces August 2015

 

The Divinity of Our Astrological ‘Face’

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"Bird of god 1861" by Joanna Mary Boyce - http://www.mystudios.com, 2009-08-07. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

“Bird of god 1861” by Joanna Mary Boyce – http://www.mystudios.com, 2009-08-07. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Though we often speak of the Ascendant as representing our ‘face,’ that personality with which we meet the world, this is only partially true; even as we put our Ascendant characteristics forward on first meeting (and as a byproduct insist that others respect and respond to this ‘face’), we must remember that the Ascendant is a result of the interaction of the innate, Soul expressive characteristics and the environment in which we find ourselves as we are developing, and so does not exist when we are born, but comes to be with a combination of time and influences (both in the sense of timing, of entering the Earthly existence at a precise moment and place, and in the sense of the passing of time and how it changes things). It helps to think of the Ascendant as the result of a chemical reaction, the combining of two distinct elements to create a third that is itself distinct. All this is by way of saying that the concept of our ‘face’ in astrology is much more complex than just the Ascendant; let’s look at exactly what the concept of ‘the face’ signifies, and how we might pinpoint this astrologically.

The one thing about our own physical face that is uniformly true for each of us is that we will never be able to observe our own face directly, and this is true of the astrological ‘face’ as well. We need a mirror or reflective surface to observe our face in the physical world, and we need the reactions of others to us, and the reactions of the Universe (seen in events and situations) in order to derive an idea of what it is that we are presenting. Our entire reality is reflecting back to us our own essence, which is embodied in the spiritual equivalent of the face, the Soul.

In many traditions, the essence of God is equated to His face, which is consistently described as something that we cannot look upon directly. We see this in the Bible, where in Exodus God is reported to have said, “Thou canst not see my face: for no man shall see my face and live,” and this same concept is repeated in many writings, such as when St. John declares that “no man hath seen God at any time,” and Jewish tradition describes the face only in plural, punim, signifying the ‘greater than’ concept of Being. Since we are considered in multiple traditions to have been made in the image of God, then it’s reasonable to believe that directly observing our own face would be akin to directly observing God’s, which we cannot do in life. We even see this idea in the practice of not looking directly into the face of those who are considered chosen by God (such as the emperors of China); to gaze into the face of a divine Being was to show disrespect and to do that, we are told repeatedly in many traditions, is not possible while we live.

But, different facets of our own reality that reveal our ‘face’ will be reflected back to us in different ways, symbolized by certain astrological bodies, points, and interactions. For instance, our Moon, and any aspects it makes, will be reflecting our emotional reality as it is ‘thrown out’ into the World, and by studying these aspects, we can learn something about our emotional face, something which we cannot know without this interaction. So, we may indeed relate to our Pisces Moon, feeling emotionally imaginative, connected to the Universe, and open; but it’s in our Moon’s opposition to Saturn that we see bits of our emotional ‘face’ as it really exists, as we may find emotional security is gained with a sturdy or rule-centered world, that we are threatened by the idea of putting down roots, that we find physical labor untenable emotionally, or that we respond to those who offer us boundaries for our free-floating emotional nature. These are just some of the possibilities, and each allows us a glimpse of our own ‘face’ that we cannot see by direct observation.

Celtic culture has the concept of ‘face-price,’ which can have various applications, from a dowry to the price paid by the family of a murderer to his or her victim’s family, and this definition introduces the idea of value or cost (Venus) to the concept of ‘face.’ Venus and its aspects can tell us in what way we will engage in exchanges of one kind or another, what these will bring us, and what they will cost. Caroline Myss speaks of the ‘inner prostitute,’ and Venus in this sense is akin to the idea of the ways we will bargain for our survival.

For instance, a woman with Venus in Virgo might value her literal virginity quite highly (or might carry very high standards in some related area); but, we see by this Venus’ trine to Mars in Capricorn that the partner she would accept (as well as the nature of the actions she requires of herself) is serious, stable, and offers security–this is the price one must pay to be with her, and these standards may cost her someone she finds attractive but who cannot or will not provide the essential thing for which she will exchange her Venus (love). If, on the other hand, this woman had Mars in Gemini square her Venus, she might both idealize a glib, social, quick-thinking man and at the same time find she is unwilling to be with him (the square)–we see this typically with a ‘can’t live with him, can’t live without him’ scenario–and of course she would be at odds in a very real sense with her own way of acting in the world. Of course, there are many possible manifestations–the important thing is that all of them will reveal a little something more about our very personal essence, our own divine ‘face.’

This is a re-print of a piece that originally appeared on my blog at Yahoo360 pre-2008

The forecast for Thursday and Friday August 27th and 28th is here and my books are here

27-28 August 2015: Considered Action

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We may be carrying baggage we don't need; these two days let us put that burden down. By Morley, Photo by Bedside Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

We may be carrying baggage we don’t need; these two days let us put that burden down. By Morley, Photo by Bedside Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

On the 27th we are ready to choose or take action based on our highest values and goals, and fortune smiles upon us, poised to heap on the rewards, as long as we follow a few simple precepts: don’t allow yourself to be dragged back into past ways of thinking or to past situations, especially in relationships or in relation to values; don’t ignore or deny any part of the reality picture–all must be considered; and treat everyone fairly and as an equal. With this latter idea, we sometimes approach it as, ‘I grant you the right to be considered equal to me’. No no no no–any high-handedness will come back as a b*tch slap to the ego–a review of what true humility entails will be in order for some, before those actions and choices will really be effective.

By the 28th, though our minds are on the future, we could see our efforts hit a brick wall, often in subtle ways that are hard to pin down. The reasons are either financial, or due to relationship facets we aren’t acknowledging–and what’s new to us isn’t easily integrated into the reality picture. With Saturn currently major body of latest degree, we may feel inexplicably shut down. The only answer that will get things moving may be to take a radical (for each individual) tack, to try something previously untried, or to act atypically for our usual character and responses. This doesn’t have to be negative or earth-shaking; it does need to let us see things in a new way.

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26 August 2015: Optimism Abounds

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Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 - 'Sunshine and Haze' {{PD}}

Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 – ‘Sunshine and Haze’ {{PD}}

Thinking is positive, constructive, steady, with hints of brilliance, and communications can solidify plans and set deals in stone. Even if we don’t like what we hear, it doesn’t hurt us, and optimism abounds. What could go wrong? We could overdo–but there are worse things, right? Shine, let others know who you are and what you can do, go Big, or just hang around–in any case, share the Love, share the essence of who you are, and watch things happen, most of them very good.

‘Vesta in the Natal Chart’ should debut next week! At more than 50,000 words, it offers profiles of Vesta in action in the charts of well-known individuals, definitions of the asteroid in aspect to the other energies and in the Houses, and a personal workbook to help you pinpoint your Vestal priorities. Watch here for the release!

25 August 2015: Accept It

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'Still Life with Roses' Giovanni Boldini {{PD}}

‘Still Life with Roses’ Giovanni Boldini {{PD}}

What’s really driving everyone today is hidden; as long as we accept that, we’ll see that empowerment or understanding can’t be aimed for, it’s just something we’ll have to stumble into, if it’s attained at all. That’s freeing, in its own way, and could help us to allow experiences, thoughts, or approaches we would normally turn away from, and so give results something fresh and unanticipated.

Don’t let anybody tell you that relationships formed online aren’t real. Yesterday I learned of the passing of a long-time client, and I mourn her. The funny thing is that from my point of view, all of you, readers and clients, are a group; I expect this to affect you, too, even though it’s unlikely you know this woman. Someone dear, funny, smart, and aligned with a mystical point of view has left the Collective; together, we can’t help but feel the loss of such a spirit. I like to think that now her questions will be answered and the mysteries that plagued her will be solved at last. Sending you love on your journey, Claire–we’ll miss you!

 

24 August 2015: Bat-Like Sensitivity

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Here's something you don't see every day. 'Fairy Hordes Attacking A Bat' by John Anster Fitzgerald, before 1923 {{PD}}

Here’s something you don’t see every day. ‘Fairy Hordes Attacking A Bat’ by John Anster Fitzgerald, before 1923 {{PD}}

Why is it that those with whom we expect to be in harmony, especially partners, are bringing up all those things we’d rather ignore? Why does everything that’s communicated feel so hurtful, even when it’s clearly not intended as such? We’re stronger than ever, especially mentally, with a number of recent positive steps forward supporting our current healthy approach, so what gives? It’s something about going forward, about ambitions and the way we’re seeing them, that is unbalancing things. Too much attention is on, ‘I Want’, and the mere weight of our own Self-interest is making cooperation or collaboration feel like a demanding burden; Self-focus is endowing us with a bat-like sensitivity that’s picking up every micro-shift in the air and magnifying our own feelings in response–no wonder it feels like interacting hurts! The good news is that this reveals precisely how and where we are overly sensitive, where we may be carrying hurts that would be long healed if not for our insistence on nurturing them. Let them go, and proceed through the day freely–that personal power you feel right now? That’s the ability to make things happen.

There’s a nice, long Void today, beginning just after 3 PM Pacific for the Sagittarius Moon, not ending until entry into Capricorn at 9:21 PM PDT. Don’t try to push forward at this time, and anything started now, or commitments made, may end abruptly and prematurely, or just may not go anywhere at all. Plan on a little adventure, maybe outdoors, for the last hours of the Moon in Sag–

Your Weekend 22-23 August 2015: Clarity of Mind

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This portion of a recent high-resolution picture from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows twisting dark trails criss-crossing light coloured terrain on the Martian surface. Newly formed trails like these had presented researchers with a tantalizing Martian mystery but are now known to be the work of miniature wind vortices known to occur on the red planet - Martian dust devils. Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona {{PD}}

This portion of a recent high-resolution picture from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows twisting dark trails criss-crossing light coloured terrain on the Martian surface. Newly formed trails like these had presented researchers with a tantalizing Martian mystery but are now known to be the work of miniature wind vortices known to occur on the red planet – Martian dust devils. Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona {{PD}}

On the 22nd, in order to connect with our own sense of empowerment, we must do two things: reject hurt (even and most especially those wounds we have been embracing for a long time!) and we must be willing to fit the individuality–our originality, our uniqueness–to the critical feedback we receive. The temptation is to rebel against any critique, whether we judge it good or bad, to strike out on our own–but almost certainly, our choices and actions at this point will be based too much on our own delusions, fantasies, and ideals–and so are likely to be less successful than they could be if we were hooked into the world as it is. Helpful hints: reality was illuminated clearly yesterday, the 21st–if you can recall what you perceived then and apply it to now, you can make the most of what comes your way. Unfortunately, it’s a time when our minds and our instincts are somewhat off, not to be trusted–and even the material reality conceals things we’d be better off addressing. Right now, it’s not a matter of willingness so much as of clarity–until the dust clears, we are better off proceeding with care, and recalling yesterday when we saw how precisely gifted we are, and how and in what form we realized we must put it to use.

Luna enters Sagittarius at 1:41 PM Pacific time. You’ll be emotionally tuned-in to this area of the natal chart–the matters of this House are the one place today your impulses and perceptions are likely to be correct.

The 23rd everything may go according to our own relationship with the social sphere and/ or with our own recent expansion efforts. If we are cool with not trying to control others or anything not in our purview, we can enjoy true harmony between thought and instinct, values and wisdom, allowing us to make choices that are ultra-appropriate to who we are and what we need. It’s all about the spirit with which we meet things, and the willingness to attend to duties, to serve–and so reap the benefits.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

This Week: 17-21 August 2015: Empowerment Formulas

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The Path seems narrower and darker than it is--there are lots of work-arounds--look up for inspiration! 17 April 2006, 16:37 Source Huangshan, China (YELLOW MOUNTAIN/LANDSCAPE) Chi King Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The Path seems narrower and darker than it is–there are lots of work-arounds–look up for inspiration! 17 April 2006, 16:37
Source Huangshan, China (YELLOW MOUNTAIN/LANDSCAPE) Chi King Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Have you noticed today’s trend toward empowering thought arrived at via examination of past opportunity and expansion options? We see exactly how to achieve our goals, if we’re willing to both accept external help and resources, and widen our ideas of how we can get where we want to go, based on past successful efforts.

The 18th both events and instincts may foster the urge to retreat–we want to go back in time, not into the future–but we can gain some control by looking to our own ‘blind spots’ for one or more issues that may be causing our hesitation.

On the 19th we’re feeling strong, so may be doubly surprised by what comes at us. Just know it won’t hurt a bit as long as we’re flexible and open to spontaneity.

20 August and we may not like what we hear–so much so that we may pretend we didn’t hear it! Not a good strategy, as currently on a Collective level, we’re determining the upcoming power and freedom balance for individuals. Dealing with realities is the only way to keep the group out of what should be a personal decision-making process.

Events or developments of the 21st may make us feel as if we’ve been ambushed; walls are up, borders and boundaries are impenetrable, restrictions are clear, and we may believe there are only two options: wreak havoc, or abandon our standards. There is a third option, however: access your most original and unique qualities or talents, and treat them as if they are worth a great deal–then watch as circumstances change around you.

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Your Weekend: 15-16 August 2015: Receiving the Truth

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'Backlit Margarita Island Sunset in Las Guevaras, Venezuela' 19 December 2013,  Author: The Photographer Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

‘Backlit Margarita Island Sunset in Las Guevaras, Venezuela’
19 December 2013,
Author: The Photographer Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Now that the Moon is waxing, and we’re through today’s (the 15th‘s) surprising and deeply truthful/ revealing communications, we can focus on what matters, on what we value–and on who and what we love. No matter what we saw or learned or discovered today, it ended in Love–and if it didn’t, all I can say is you’re doing it wrong. No really–you may be stuck on the way what you found out is conflicting with your highest aims. It’s time to get unstuck, and embrace the fallible but human element, rather than the rigid rules in your own head–after all, they won’t keep you warm at night.

For Sunday, the 16th, we have an interesting kind of trick we must perform: in order to keep from hurting ourselves or others with our actions, and to keep our thoughts focused on the Love we’ve been experiencing, we need to seat consciousness in a kind of anti-ambition, anti-desire stance. It’s a state that doesn’t ask anything from others or the world–go-getters, don’t fret, it’s just for a little while–and it’s most effective at opening our minds and horizons to those things we may not notice when our attention is on desire or goal fulfillment. It’s a receptivity, an energy of attraction and surrender, just made to be helped along by Venus retrograde, and the result will be much more, and much more rewarding, than just avoiding harm or missteps.

Update on Vesta: It’s almost here! If by ‘almost’ you mean (as I do) that it should be out by or at least near the end of the month. Thanks for being so patient!

ReThinking OurSelves: New Moon in Leo 2015

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'The Reflection' Edward Simmons, before 1931 {{PD}}

‘The Reflection’ Edward Simmons, before 1931 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 7:52 AM Pacific time on the 14th of August. This New Moon falls in Leo, a sign that, for better or worse, asks us to consider starting a new relationship with ourselves–or, to sort through the many Selves we carry, and choose to support those that further the personal agenda. The conjunction to retro Venus begs us to look at our own part in relationships and/ or financial matters, and at how our ego and identity-oriented wants (Leo) have shaped our values and investments, as well as the way they’ve shaped what and who surround us.

The conjunction to Venus is telling in another way, as well: it demands a new, integrated relationship with the Self. It costs us (Venus retro) to have different identities, different forms of behavior, keyed to different situations; a positive, holistic ‘I Am’ removes a kind of internal dependence on an ‘Other’ (Venus as relationship), where we determine who we are by bouncing off this ‘not I’, whether that is a difference created within our own minds or within actual relationships.

The New Moon is also quincunx Chiron in Pisces and trine Uranus in Aries. We are called upon to modify or adjust our idea of what hurts us (as this is a major factor in the shaping of those varied identities), and to take out for a jaunt new, unique, original, or inventive versions of the ‘I Am’ (Uranus, Aries). We won’t necessarily choose to retain all these–they should be viewed as experiments–but by the Full Moon that follows we should have a clear idea of what to integrate, and we will likely see that this integration offers some degree of healing (Chiron) to what is probably a rather nebulous, Cosmic pain (Pisces).

Also of note: the NM is in close novile to the current North Node; this may suggest a kind of brilliant resolution to an identity issue or problem is at hand with New Moon events. What’s born here will be Path-influencing, simply because we are somehow deciding who we are.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Carrier Pigeon Fulfilling Its Mission’. I think that’s fairly clear: we ‘get the message’ about some important facet of who we are, and in the process, likely define what we want. That’s not a bad promise for a New Moon, is it?

New Moon in Leo August 2015

Can’t Anticipate, Can’t Control: 11-13 August 2015

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Claude Monet - 'Twilight, Venice' 1907 {{PD}}

Claude Monet – ‘Twilight, Venice’ 1907 {{PD}}

Yes yes yes yes, Jupiter enters Virgo today, but what we’re really dealing with is Ceres, which trines Black Moon Lilith and is sextiled by Saturn. Nature and/ or authorities intrude on the reality picture, and we must deal with what we’d rather ignore. That’s certainly true for me. Late yesterday I had an emergency visit with an ophthalmologist about a potential retinal tear; luckily everything is fine, and I just have to keep an eye on it (how ironic!) for the next three weeks. By tomorrow, the 12th, we see those things we can’t control traded out for whatever it is that’s destroying our chances at empowerment, curtailing our ambitions, probably lying to us, spoiling rewards and, I know this is dramatic, destroying what we find sacred. That’ll certainly take my mind off my eyeball! Over these two days, the good news is that if we’ve learned from our past choices and actions, we can handle it, potentially sorting truth from fiction and re-claiming our power. The 13th may be challenging–we’re still not getting everything we want–but if we’re willing to modify both the way we deal with the material side of things and be reasonably flexible in our standards, we can attract some unique, original, and spontaneously generated opportunities, some of which may offer the chance to heal a wound or two, and some of which we may be surprised to find have been sitting right in front of us all along. Have a great couple of days! Our tendency may be to take things too seriously, and to see developments as more monumental than they actually are–try to focus on the lighter side, on small pleasures, and you’ll enjoy the next few days a lot more.

 

Abandoning Armor for Solitude: 10 August 2015

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You may want to be as defensive as this guy, but it'll just lead to grief. 'A warrior from Central India'  1912 15 x 12 cm. (6 x 4 1/2 in.) Notes Written on border: "Delhi Durbar." "1912" {{PD}}

You may want to be as defensive as this guy, but it’ll just lead to grief. ‘A warrior from Central India’ 1912 15 x 12 cm. (6 x 4 1/2 in.) Notes Written on border: “Delhi Durbar.” “1912” {{PD}}

Some of us are deadly serious, feeling we need to get down to the nitty-gritty, while others are thinking about and responding from their egos–and the two will definitely not get along. Same story for those who want to spread Love and sunshine and those who feel there’s something negative right around the corner that they just can’t anticipate–all they can do is fret and walk around with a personal raincloud over their heads.  Everyone picks a mood and goes with it, to (mostly) less than harmonious results. Communication is bizarre, or bizarrely misunderstood, and our own thoughts may lead us to radical conclusions, or off the deep end. Surprising revelations may be on the agenda, and what we don’t know can cost us. This really isn’t as much of a problem as it seems; it’s a day to work and do what we do and just be alone, abandoning the inclination toward typical Monday morning frenzied pursuit of goals in favor of meeting the day in a more receptive, contemplative way, one that allows plenty of quiet, and centers on Self-reliance.

Mars has just entered Leo, where his war cry is likely to be, “Do it for me!” or maybe, “Do it for glory!” The Warrior will be making no aspects, other than a trine to the South Node, which practically begs us to go back to old, ‘easy’ ways, just to get something (exciting) going. With the Moon moving into Cancer just before 6 AM Pacific time, if we care unthinkingly, we may get swept up in movements and causes that aren’t ours. Just remember not to let emotion drive the wagon, and ask yourself, ‘What do I need?’ in order to re-center on what’s important to you. (Perfecting today: Mars contra-parallel Pluto, Venus square Sedna, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)

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Your Weekend: 8-9 August 2015

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'The Pumpkin Harvest' by Giovanni Segantini {{PD}}

‘The Pumpkin Harvest’ by
Giovanni Segantini {{PD}}

Saturday the 8th it’s all about us: what we want, lust for, desire, what we aim for, our goals and ambitions; on Sunday, the 9th, the reality picture reflects those things hidden or denied–possibly to our panicky chagrin–and we should use material matters as a measure of what to modify in order to head in the direction we want to go. Anything else you need to know? Me neither.

The Vesta book is coming along–I’m dismayed that it’s still not ready, but happy that I’m getting so much material in. Don’t worry–it really is on its way! And have a great weekend!

Questioning Everything: 7 August 2015

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'Grimaces et misères: les Saltimbanques'  1888 signed b.r.: F Pelez {{PD}}

Today may feel like a bit of a circus, until we realize the power lies with us. ‘Grimaces et misères: les Saltimbanques’
1888 signed b.r.: F Pelez {{PD}}

Today we question everything; it’s all about the relative power positions, and though we’re thinking big, expansive thoughts, we’re also prone to exaggerate others’ abilities and reach, and so may find ourselves intimidated, even though we are poised to do and be just as we’d like. We’re thrown off by the aura of authority some adopt, and too, the need to negotiate may make us feel unsure of what we have and what we actually want. That’s okay–relax and think critically, calling on your power of discernment. Displays of temper and brute force are to be avoided; you’ll only get a horrendous reputation insisting on getting things your way. You’ll know what to do the minute you accept that you are a powerful Being in charge of your own life (but not in charge of anyone else’s), and stop looking to others or the environment to smooth the way or give you permission. (Ceres sesq Juno, qnx Jupiter, opp Mars, qnx Mercury; Merc conj Jupiter, enters Virgo, and parallels Jupiter)

Trusting Ourselves to Choose: 6 August 2015

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Antony Gormley #70 watching another of his statues being engulfed by the sea, Brighton-le-Sands 21 September 2008 Source geograph.org.uk Photo by Humphrey Bolton  Copyright on this image is owned by Humphrey Bolton and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0

Antony Gormley #70 watching another of his statues being engulfed by the sea, Brighton-le-Sands 21 September 2008
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Photo by Humphrey Bolton Copyright on this image is owned by Humphrey Bolton and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0

Were you engulfed in the drama yesterday, or did you just watch it roll by, cool and measured in response? Our reaction to what was presented was nothing so much as a measure of our own emotional health, and if we fell down, what we need today is some unconditional Love–and luckily, it’s scheduled. You’ll be offered loving thoughts, and you can offer these to others, too–and be ready, as accepting the Love offered could challenge one or more of your standards, could cause you to see others in a new, less judgmental light–and that’s good, as it opens your world just a little bit more. However, the one thing we should all do is keep our advice to ourselves (and look at me, right here, offering advice!) It seems we’ll all have a somewhat skewed view of reality at present, with too much emphasis on difficulties and obstacles, and that means what we tell others in an attempt to aid them won’t effectively apply to the real-world picture–it may be too pessimistic by half–in fact, receiving skewed advice from others may cause us to change our views of the individual who offered it, or to take destructive steps, because what’s told us is so out of alignment that the effect our actions create is negligible (and so ineffective) or unanticipatible, in terms of results.

By contrast, choices we make on our own, without the input of others, go very well. Make the most of this Self-driven action, because it can offer us material empowerment in a form we hadn’t thought about before, and because what we need to do to make a difference, to make change happen, to wipe out something negative, is crystal clear, ready and waiting for us to take the first step. (Perfecting today: Fist of God-Saturn sq Merc, apex Vesta; Mercury conj Venus; Mars trine Saturn; Pluto sesq Merc and qnx Sun; Earth qnx Juno)

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Hidden Agendas Revealed: 5 August 2015

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It may feel like we're in the midst of snapping alligators, but that's an exaggeration, isn't it? Postcard 1906 {{PD}}

It may feel like we’re in the midst of snapping alligators, but that’s an exaggeration, isn’t it? Postcard 1906 {{PD}}

We see exactly what’s important to us, what we care about, and how to honor it, and yet, what’s up with all these people?–some of whom we love–where relationships are suddenly full of ego and everyone’s concerned with either upping their power quotient or blocking ours. It seems we’ve all been carrying hidden agendas, and now we’re not only showing them to others we’re actively competing for what we want. This doesn’t have to get ugly–all it takes is a consciousness that accepts there’s plenty for everyone–but we may need to take a step back in interactions and allow ourselves some space. Communications will carry our true thoughts, fears, and aims–so don’t connect unless you feel safe being honest–and don’t allow material matters (which are better off left as they are or manipulated to prevent loss), or the details of what’s shared, to distract us from acting and responding as our best Selves. We have a chance at major empowerment and connecting successfully with our own potentials–if we can accept the extent of our own influence and reach–denial leaves us less potent than we began. (Perfecting today: Pluto trine Juno, Black Moon Lilith sextile Mars and sesquiquadrate Earth, Venus square Saturn and sesquiquadrate Vesta, Mercury square Sedna, Vesta trine Sun/ sextile Earth)

Getting in the Swing: 4 August 2015

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"To my hammer's swing / Hitherward sweep / Vapours and fogs! / Hovering mists! / Donner, your lord, summons his hosts!" Arthur Rackham  (illustrator) 'The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie'  (1910) {{PD}}

“To my hammer’s swing / Hitherward sweep / Vapours and fogs! / Hovering mists! / Donner, your lord, summons his hosts!” Arthur Rackham (illustrator) ‘The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie’ (1910) {{PD}}

Tuesday, August 4th, gaining a sense of personal effectiveness and power seems to run contrary to our beliefs and values; it’s as if what we need to do to make an impact is something we don’t really want to consider. The fact is, we may want and not understand what it will take to get it. Our desires are exaggerated, and making a beeline toward their fulfillment won’t get us the clout we’d like, either, no matter how obstacle-free the distance from ‘here’ to ‘there’ seems to be. If we pause for a moment, we realize we know the smart approach–it’s the practical one, the one for which we have the skills–and even if it doesn’t get us the flashy influence that would’ve tested our morals, it does bring us something that arises from our own understanding and wisdom–and so can bring us our wants without violating our beliefs or standards. Some will receive bursts of reward, knowledge, or praise over how they’ve shined in the world, and this can foster big changes–and those willing to see will have full access to the facts and the wise alternatives. (Vesta qnx Juno, Venus conj Jupiter both sesq Pluto, Sun trine Pallas)

Featured configuration: a Fist of God (also known as Thor’s Hammer, for Asgardians), consisting of Venus-Jupiter square Saturn, all sesquiquadrate Pluto=the reality picture for Love and/ or Money is based on facts/ what we know–that’s the only way to successfully make changes happen, at this point.

The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths 'The Children of Odin for the Book of Northern Myths' Padraic Colum (author) Willy Pogany (illustrator) 1916 {{PD}}

The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths
‘The Children of Odin for the Book of Northern Myths’ Padraic Colum (author) Willy Pogany (illustrator) 1916 {{PD}}

Working at a mad pace on the Vesta book, which just keeps growing. Thought I’d have it done by now, but since I’m acting as my own editor, well, let’s just say transiting Pluto square my Sun, and t Neptune quincunx my Mars, keeps me up at night, wondering, “Am I doing the right thing?” That same combo is likely what’s giving me some amazing dreams–I should preface this tale with the way I see words as I say (or type) them, almost like a banner that runs by. I cannot recognize a spoken word unless I have some concept of how to spell it (even if that’s a phonetic version). In this dream I was speaking a language I didn’t know, and I remember only vaguely seeing one very long word that began ‘oexti’  and ended ‘putl’. I was speaking with a man in a big feather cape, with a round hat. It felt as if something really momentous was about to happen. And then I woke up; the dream left only a lingering picture. Maybe, as has happened before, I’ll get a second installment to that dream image sometime in the future. Have a great week!

 

The Aquarius Full Moon July 2015: Reviving Ideals

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What has become stiff, false, unreal must be awaken and revitalized. Henri Rousseau - 'La zingara addormentata' 1920 {{PD}}

What has become stiff, false, unreal must be awakened and revitalized. Henri Rousseau – ‘La zingara addormentata’ 1920 {{PD}}

Just a side note to my readers: Blue Moons are neither astrological nor astronomical events, and so they hold no significance in these arenas; they are only a ‘thing’ because two Full Moons happen to fall in a (man-made) calendar month.

The Full Moon occurs on 31 July 2015 at 3:42 AM Pacific time at 7 Aquarius 55. Unless we allow an orb of more than 4 degrees for aspects, which we won’t, we get no contacts for this Moon. That’s okay–it places all the emphasis, and pinpoints the culmination, to matters of the House axis in the natal chart across which this Full Moon lies. We have an ending, reach a peak or goal, a revelation or understanding, in the area of the chart where Aquarius falls. We can look to the opposite House, the one that holds the Leo Sun, for some sense of where this came from, for explanation. Since the Sun is the originating light, we should be able to draw a line from those Leonine or House related circumstances that led to our Aquarian event, culmination, or ending; in the beginnings, we see the seeds of our result.

The Sabian for the Sun, the originating light, is ‘A Communist Activist Spreading His Revolutionary Ideals’. As individuals, at some point in life we in some way rebelled from what was and declared our new goals and ideals; this is what has spurred developments along the path to today, toward the specific result we get at the Full Moon. Our own radical choices, our own idealism, our own need to be different, apart, independent, modern, or ‘new’ has compelled a particular kinetic energy through time, and here we see the outcome. We may note that the Full Moon occurs just before Venus dips back into Leo; there may be more than a little connection between this Full Moon outcome and what went down 8 years ago. What happens is no one’s responsibility but our own, born in our declaration of our values, and our insistence on letting everyone know what embodies our ideal.

The Full Moon Sabian is: ‘Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures On Display’. The image is a little eerie, as wax can have a hauntingly translucent quality that resembles skin, but skin seen in dreams or airbrushed to downy opacity. This offers the figures a kind of mocking resemblance to living Beings, but in no way can they be confused with humans–and that may be the point: real life and living isn’t something done for display, isn’t about being ‘beautifully gowned’ to no point or effect, and this Full Moon may show us where our own version of living for the way it looks must end.

The implication is that something unusual, idealistic, radical we chose in the past led us, no matter our intentions, to a stance or way of Being that is artificial, inflexible, that is for show only–and we must let it go now. In some way what we found so perfect in the past has become something fake; we must reconnect with the inspired, wild origins of what has become lifeless, and give it life once again.

Aquarius Full Moon 31 July 2015

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Feeling Retrograde Ourselves: late July 2015

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You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

Oh! Venus and Uranus are just sitting there, at 00 Virgo and 20 Aries, respectively–and if you’ve got anything in the region (no more than a degree or two either side) of 00 of the Mutables or 20 of the Cardinals, then it may have been a little like having an elephant make himself comfortable on your lap–so, not comfortable at all. Venus and the Mutable contacts (they’ll be playing the lounge at the Paramus Holiday Inn on Friday!) are the lesser of the two stressors, moving from Virgo to Leo and taking our minds, well, right back to ourselves, but the improvement will be that we’ll have the lens of our own needs, ego, and our sense of generosity through which to gauge things.

Uranus, however, has been at this spot since late June–giving us plenty of time to see matters involving those related Cardinal points grind to a halt. Now, with the Uranus retrogradation, what we’ll observe will likely be our own Will doing an about-face, a kind of reticence where we once pushed forward so confidently. Add to this that Pluto is less than a degree from the point where he will go direct in late September, and you have a patchwork of energies in stop and go mode, mostly stop (or lingering painfully, maybe inching forward).

Be glad; this is a chance to really, truly, get yourself right with these energies and the points they’re contacting in the personal chart. They’ve slowed it down so we can catch up, ponder, really learn how to control this specific point of contact, and/ or are offering us a chance to refine what we’re trying to rush forward with. We’ve been feeling frustrated, thinking we know what we want and how to get it–this slowing is the Universe tutoring us on all we don’t know that we thought we did. Think about what you’ve been dealing with, and consider what it means to you (Venus), how original or inventive your urges, or how well they serve the individuality (Uranus), think about what really needs to change (don’t worry about how you’ll make it happen–Pluto), and for good measure let’s acknowledge Neptune, which is dragging the creative energies along the highway like tin cans tied to the bridal car. It’s time for a sort of Zen contemplation that can happen even as we go about our daily tasks. And we can look forward to at least a small denouement with the Full Moon of the 31st.

See a previous post for more on the Venus retrograde. My books are here, and the Vesta book is almost wrapped up. Enjoy your week!

A Tactical Retrograde: Venus Retreats 25 July 2015

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Venus Retrograde July 2015Our Lady of Love and Money has been lingering at the 00 Virgo mark for a bit now, and tomorrow (the 25th) at 2:29 AM Pacific time, she begins her apparent backward motion. ‘Tactical Retrograde’ is a military term meaning ‘retreat’, and this retro period may be centered in an examination of Venus and chart-area themed euphemisms, all continuations in one form or another of circumstances 8 years ago. Virgo is mutable earth, connecting us to practical matters, but the shift into Leo’s fixed fire narrows the attention and subject matter to ourselves and our wants–and initial aspects suggest we will have to work in symbols, euphemisms, metaphors, to look indirectly at our subjects, because to do otherwise would be too harsh to allow for much progress.

We’ll start out the retro period with a critical (Virgo) mindset; we want to set things right, correct, account for, and otherwise get matters of Love and Money on track. Keeping our usual close orbs, the turnaround point makes no contacts. The first aspect completed is a square to Saturn (other than a square from the Moon, which is likely to kick things off emotionally), and that only when Venus proceeds into Leo. The implication may be that for all our good intentions, reality comes along and delivers some hard facts–and those facts are about ourselves and our egos (Leo), and whether we successfully ‘shine’ within our own lives–or not. And we’ll be given some illuminating feedback from the social circle when Venus hits Jupiter–so, like it or loathe it, what we have to look forward to is illumination of the things within our own attitudes and expectations that have created our current Love and Money circumstances.

Of course, a Venus retro distorts our usual Venusian standards and perceptions; we’re willing to experiment in these areas in ways we would typically find unappealing, too costly, below our standards, or even repulsive. We are also prone to alterations to taste and fancies in both literal and figurative senses; the trick, though, is not to avoid trying something new, it’s just to make sure that, as long as Venus moves backward, we don’t take steps in Venusian areas that can’t be easily undone later. Dye your hair–yes, shave your head and tattoo hair on it–no; try new foods–yes, insist on preparing the blowfish yourself–no; date someone you wouldn’t usually look twice at–yes, marry them on your first date–no; paint a wall purple–yes, paint the entire house inside and out purple, no; decide to open a savings account–yes, decide to empty your 401K and dump it all in the stock market, no; jet to Spain for four days–yes, abandon your current life and jet to Spain with no intention of ever returning, oh no. It’s not that you won’t like what you’ve done after direction–maybe you will–it’s that the retro period is for shifting your perceptions, allowing a new viewpoint that can allow experimentation and a broadening of horizons, not for making definitive life changes. You may wake up when it’s over and find it wasn’t for you–that’s why it’s so important you don’t do anything irrevocable. Venereal risks of all kinds are a problem at this time, because we just aren’t assessing things the usual way. Just be aware.

We can get a lot of clues about what we’ll be dealing with by looking back 8 years. That’s the last time Venus retrograded in this spot, and circumstances, topics, and dilemmas will often simply re-appear, sometimes just as they were, other times in new guises–but still posing the same fundamental questions and challenges. Of note: a Fist of God in effect on turnaround day made up of a square between Jupiter and Saturn, apex Vesta=this may signal that our efforts and ideas oriented toward expansion clash with the reality picture–the only thing that may survive are those matters we honor, and what we find sacred, especially in the home life or in the relationship with the mate. Since Saturn and Jupiter are the two first contacts of retro Venus (not counting Luna), this might describe our retro experience. Out of the conflict comes what really matters–if you become overwhelmed, make a strategic tactical retrograde, and deal with it when the pressure subsides. Happy Venus Retrograde!

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This has lots to ponder, from the excellent Jude Cowell over at ‘Stars Over Washington’

Just a Little AstroEssence 21-24 July 2015: Think About It

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Memento mori, Napoli {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons with Thanks--

Memento mori, Napoli {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons with Thanks–

The 21st Matters are very solidly delineated; rules are firm and obvious, obstacles have clearly defined outlines, restrictions are out in the open, and what it takes to accomplish is enumerated definitively. It all seems to be above-board and laid out for our perusal–but seems is the operative word. Our own wounds have a voice in what we choose to ignore or deny, and we may not be aware of this, as thinking, though intuitively following our inner wisdom, still manages to skirt those issues we’re in denial of or feel we must avoid. We won’t be conscious of it, but we’ll go out of our way to hide from ourselves what’s unpleasant, and that will obscure our path to empowerment. If we can deal with facts and what is in an equitable way, not allowing ourselves to shy away out of vague feelings of unease, we can accomplish a lot–otherwise the main activity might be spinning our wheels. (Chiron parallel Black Moon Lilith, Neptune contra-parallel Juno, Mercury parallel and sesq Pallas while falling at the midpt of Sedna-Black Moon Lilith, Sun tr/ Earth sxt Saturn)

By the 22nd it’s all about the facts, and we’re able to see (and are firmly connected to) the reality picture–and that means it’s a good time to make decisions, to maneuver, or assess circumstances. Our attention will shift more toward ourselves, and we’ll likely get a little more objectivity concerning material matters at this point, paving the way for the Superior Conjunction of Merc and the Sun, the seed moment for plans and ideas, on the 23rd. (The 22nd: Merc tr Saturn, Sun enters Leo/ Earth enters Aquarius)

The 23rd Self examination goes well; we know what we want and need, and are cogitatin’ how to get it. With Merc entering Leo to join up with the Sun, we enjoy a clear mandate for promoting ourselves and our causes, as expressing highest values is just naturally the smart thing to do. Be prepared, though: nothing really worthwhile comes completely free, at this point–getting what we want will cost. (Vesta tr Pallas, Earth qnx Venus)

The 24th we’re nostalgic for the past, probably for some sense of autonomy we once had, as our ideas are opposed (or just not supported) by authorities or Mother Nature. We’re out of balance, looking too intently to others for permission; remember you’re in charge of you, of your accomplishments, efforts, and the arbiter of your choices and level of Self-control, and you’ll make excellent progress. (Merc opp Ceres and tr SN)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 20 July 2015: The Natural Choice

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If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out--trust yourself.  Frederick Goodall 'The Finding of Moses' 1862

If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out–trust yourself.
Frederick Goodall ‘The Finding of Moses’ 1862

20 July we hold the personal authority at this time to shape our Path just as we’d like–but somehow the social sphere, or the opportunities offered us, or the facts, don’t support our choices. We are disconnected from our ideals, our thinking is deluded or confused (a rare few will stumble on good creative ideas, out in the weeds), and we’re just not able, no matter how hard we try, to see the wise choice. Dealing with today’s energies requires a sense of Self-trust that doesn’t shut down incoming data because it threatens illusions–those who are defensive tell themselves others are just messing with their dreams, but they actually may need to reassess what they value–the real worth of things is hidden beneath ideals and illusions, at this time–and all of us are almost certainly missing something in our assessment of what is and what we want. Use Nature as a guide, and be completely willing to accept responsibility for your own choices–at this point what we choose is no one’s fault but our own. (Perfecting today: Ceres tr NN, Jupiter sq Sedna, Neptune contra-parallel Venus and sesq Mercury, Sun sesq Pallas)

Bonus: for everyone with placements at 00 degrees of all signs except Leo and Libra: Venus is speaking, in relation to that placement or point she’s contacting–are you listening? She talks of Love, Money, and what you left unfinished, 8 years ago.

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Your Weekend Outlook 18-19 July 2015: Not What It Seems

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'L'Illusion' Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

‘L’Illusion’ Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

Saturday the 18th we become horribly willful about our ambitions and desires, and those things we admire, love, or value suddenly seem to warrant criticism. Why? It could be that our minds are in rebellious mode; we’re resisting every group expectation and progressive call out of sheer pique–but we may also be dealing with our own deep need for freedom–and we may not see any other way of feeling our independence except by pushing away others or by refusing to conform–even when that’s what we want. Instincts, driven by matters we’ve ignored or denied, may drive us in the wrong direction, and both messages we receive and our own thoughts are erratic–we’re only getting part of the story at any one time. Take it easy, avoid knee-jerk reactions, and try not to be too aggressive with others–if we can’t divine our own best actions, we certainly can’t divine theirs!

Sunday the 19th we enjoy healing communications and a sense of empowerment brought forward by exercising our values, and by interaction in relationships or by earning. Material matters are serious, may bring about great and irrevocable change, and may not seem to be as intense or life-changing as they really are. Tread with care.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 16-17 July 2015: Facts Won’t Help

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By George Grie wikidata:Q4160484 'Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer' Date 2007 Source/Photographer http://www.neosurrealismart.com  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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‘Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer’
Date 2007
Source/Photographer http://www.neosurrealismart.com Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

For everyone, finances and relationships can be very strained at this point; or, reality introduces some new and unexpected twists and turns to the Money or Love picture. You’re on the verge of big shifts in one or both of these areas–and if you’ve put in your time and energy, the results could be excellent.

On the 16th our own ambitions and wants get in the way of clear thinking and communicating–not what we’d like to hear after the New Moon gave us a kind of clean slate. Taking as kind a viewpoint as possible within interactions and toward others is the best way to avoid unintended damage, though don’t expect to have a great relationship with facts today–it’s just not happening.

Due to popular demand :) I’ll be adding in a word image or two as they occur to me; today it’s the Titanic, the lost ocean liner (I heard it mentioned six times in one day, and couldn’t ignore it!) What massive project is ‘going down’, and there’s nothing you can do about it, but acknowledge it? Is it the newness of the venture (the ‘maiden voyage’) that prevents you recognizing it’s just not feasible? What you may need to see is that there’s some recklessness attached, some hubris or reassurances that can’t be backed up–better to get out now than when it actually begins to sink. Or are you the iceberg, intractable, and causing difficulties for others because of it? Though it may not be a problem now, compromise will be the most effective way to keep contacts and relationships intact.

On the 17th the imagination or creativity is challenged by what we see before us. The response we need to have will be one that allows us to be in complete command of ‘the vision’–anything less, and we can be easily mislead. Bonus: know that the social circle won’t be much help, and neither will ‘what you know’–successful activity might rely more on faith or inspiration at this point.

Today’s image is the word ‘Tudor’. It’s an English Royal family, it’s a house construction style, there’s a stylized rose named for it–but all stem from a specific, ‘glory days’ time period for a particular kingdom–and that suggests a couple of things: that ‘glory days’ aren’t meant to go on forever, that styles change, that influence is a fleeting thing, that sometimes you’re prominent and then, well, you’re not. Consider too whatever associations this word brings forward for you–or it may simply be a synchronicity marker, a flag to tell you, ‘Pay attention!’

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The Cancer New Moon 15 July 2015: Healing An Imbalance

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Paul Gauguin - Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Cancer occurs at 6:25 PM Pacific time on the 15th at 23 Cancer 14, and makes only a few contacts, so I’ll be stretching orbs a bit so that we get some kind of picture. Usually I shy away from expansive orbs, as I feel things can get sloppy fast; this time, though, we have a loose Grand Trine that really may be the heart of the event. Too, I usually don’t pay much attention to what else is happening, preferring to focus on the New or Full Moon contacts so that we can delineate the NM or FM effects away from everything else, making it very clear what leads to what. Today I’m breaking both those rules–hold on!

Though I’m stretching those orbs, I won’t go crazy with it, and that means that the Mercury-Mars pairing that some might consider conjunct the New Moon won’t be for me–but we still need to note that aggressive speech under a banner of how much one cares may be the offering of the day. This also suggests that those not normally assertive verbally or with their ideas may find a little fire today and let everyone know what they think–and this possibly signals for them a new way of communicating or of expecting to be treated, courtesy of the New Moon.

There’s also the matter of Venus at 29 tense degrees of Leo. The poor girl is wound up tight about identity, who’s in the spotlight, about matters of generosity, about how to best shine, and about recent vicissitudes in Love or Money–and she’s preparing to retrograde soon, which implies that all this stress will find outlet in re-visiting similar topics, matters, or life areas from 8 years ago, whatever those were for you, when she last retrograded at approximately this point in the chart. Note this: whether or not current Venusian stresses seem to relate to 8 years ago, they will flow out through those life areas where Venus retros soon, the same ones visited 8 years ago–so don’t be fooled if the forms they take look new or unfamiliar.

Now, finally, the New Moon! It has sextiles to Black Moon Lilith and Sedna (though fails to fall at their midpoint), creates a loose Water Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron, and the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis forms a T-square with Uranus. What’s born at the New Moon is born from instinct, or from those things we’ve ignored or denied, or by anger stirred by matters that normally fall in our ‘blind spot’–suddenly we see them, and wow, are we upset! What’s born makes for emotional release, and that can’t help but offer healing, even if the precipitating event itself is upsetting.

The idea is that if we attended to things yesterday (see my post for the 14th) what comes forward now may be something healing and emotionally positive (the Water GT, Chiron), and that potentially results in real-world change or the lifting of restrictions (Saturn). The ‘T’ involving Uranus suggests we may be taken by surprise by what’s born–we may not have anticipated the new understanding that underpins events, and we may feel pressure to ‘modernize’, to learn new protocols, to catch up to the group, or to be original and inventive–but in any case what begins is something unusual, at least in terms of what we cared about (Cancer) previously. Likely subjects are described by the natal House where the New Moon occurs, and/ or the Houses where your natal Sun and Moon sit, or those they rule (and probably a combination of these). A few will rebel or act erratically in reaction to what happens, taking anything upsetting as an individual affront, and missing the chance for healing and removal of restrictions that events bring.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Woman And Two Men Castaways On A Small Island Of The South Seas’  Now, no matter how copacetic a scenario involving three may be, eventually someone feels like a third wheel–and that makes either a tricycle, or a really uncomfortable scene. With this image we’re told these are castaways–so involuntarily in this situation–and the implication is there’s no one else there. We should also be aware of the imbalance in energies: two representatives of the animus, doing energy and one of the being, receptive energy–and so the symbol may speak to an imbalance in our own approach that possibly precipitates the New Moon upset or change. We may be emphasizing aggression, action, ‘tackling’ a job, and using too little receptivity; the result of this kind of imbalance is typically the kind of surprises we will have at the New Moon: entirely of our own creation, we look upon them astonished, shocked that such upset, healing, and the resulting freedom, are actually of our own making.

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The New Moon in Cancer 15 July 2015

Just a Little AstroEssence 8-14 July 2015: Tiltin’

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'Le Moulin de la Galette', by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

‘Le Moulin de la Galette’, by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

8 July we suddenly feel that everyone is a lot more caring–at least, that’s what they say, what they communicate–but our attention is likely on our own ambitions and wants, and how what we’re doing in the everyday is in conflict with achieving our goals. Actions should be based on ideals, and as long as we keep the ego out of it, we can’t be led astray or deceived–but be too Willful or aggressive, and you might find yourself tilting at windmills, Quixote-style.

Take note of the Earth-Pluto, still conjunct, and the way the Sun-Earth-Pluto forms a T-square with Zeus=at this point we may get a glimpse ahead to serious material change on the horizon, with our ambition and desire picture as the tipping factor; our desires propel the shift, which is likely generated through conflict, the need to resolve tension, or a breaking away from current direction in order to make a big, dramatic push toward getting what we want.

9 July temper, irritation, and the need to choose (probably over something we’ve been torn about for some time) come forward from our ‘blind spot’ and challenge our equilibrium. Instincts can inform the direction we take, but our usual weaknesses are still in place; that means that to succeed we’ll need to recognize that we’re not infallible, and then ask for help to fill in our own skill or knowledge gap. That’s the best bet for putting ourselves in a good position, from which we can then act in the most effective way possible.

10 July action and successful Self-assertion flow from wisdom and skills, and if we can communicate our own empowerment position, we can deal with any upset concerning current life direction (we should anticipate either criticism over our independence or leadership, and/ or a lack of cooperation from others). Determine your own course at this time, and be Self-responsible–it’s the only way to have control over outcomes.

11 July talk is about power, even if it doesn’t seem to be, and material matters may make us feel less than adequately empowered. Best results come when we stay both centered and calm, no matter what.

12 July we can draw on empowerment lessons of the past to inform our present, and erratic behavior, rebelliousness, and show-offy displays of intellect or educational heft earn us a punch in the nose (figuratively or literally) and send us reeling off course. Channel contrariness into original efforts, and don’t worry about whether those efforts are propelling you closer to goals–it’s time to indulge your unique spark, to celebrate your individuality, and to find a form for it that wreaks as little havoc as possible.

We enter Dark of the Moon today–giving ourselves a little more solitude, a little more time to do things, and a little more space for contemplation and rest will benefit everything we do, and prepare us for the New Moon new beginning ahead.

13 July we could experience difficult financial or relationship situations, and though mental processes are practically-oriented and even wise, they may not adequately honor those things we value most. Communications could be fanciful, mislead us, or inspire us, and we see precisely how to go about healing troubled situations. If we can find a way to re-orient ourselves to our highest standards, we can make valuable headway in fixing what might have gone wrong, with our pocketbook or our interactions.

14 July it’s the things we’ve been ignoring, denying, and generally shoving under the rug that trip us up today. Instinct whispers to avoid those matters but odds are we will ignore the warning and plow forward–and we find ourselves tiltin’ at windmills again. And, resulting actions and choices cause unintended havoc in the reality picture. Slow down and deal with things one at a time–and don’t leave unpleasant dealings for later–attend to them now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2-7 July 2015

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Albert Anker 'Kind mit Puppe' (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Albert Anker ‘Kind mit Puppe’ (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Hello Poppets (defined as “a small figure of a human being used in sorcery and witchcraft”–yes, I’m sure that’s what I meant!) I’m back with a wee look ahead, here in the lee of the Full Moon. Yesterday’s events most likely re-defined something for you, something related to the House where the FM fell. And look, it wasn’t so bad, was it? We’re up and walking around already! Whether there was a tad of trauma involved or not, the change (even if it doesn’t seem so yet) is for the good–and if you were paying attention, it probably gave you a pretty solid idea of what to do next.

Today (the 2nd), we hear and say some surprising things; communications can turn on a dime, can shock, or we may receive a message (ultimatum?) from the group. Gird your loins. As to material matters, navigate them using instinct, and be aware of the potential for tripping over your own ‘blind spot’ material.

On the 3rd there may be a lot of unnecessary grousing, irritation, and behavior that threatens, just a little, the current power structure. Where you stand in the power hierarchy determines whether this is good or bad :) Bonus: you may get a great idea or two, or understand how to expand interests or please the social sphere–but it’s not the best time to act on that. Note the inspired thoughts, and wait to implement.

On the 4th deep breathing is in order; enjoy the oddly quiet interior landscape. The good news is, that suggests we won’t be thinking about ourselves excessively, or mulling things over too much. We get an idea of what to expect by asking, What’s usually going on when we’re not focused on ourselves?

The 5th is problematic: we fixate on (or at least see) everything in our reality that “needs correcting”. The key is to recognize just how much of this is within our control to change–and how much is our own fault, because we’ve ignored or neglected matters. Please note: non-defensive communication brings cooperation, possibly reward, and definitely improves relationships.

Today, the 6th, the Sun opposes Pluto–which means that heavy-hitter is conjunct the Earth. The Sun also quincunxes Pallas. The implication may be that the environment and/ or material matters pose danger, a threat of destruction, or the opportunity for re-building or even transformation, in the Capricorn-connected areas of the natal chart, and in those ruled by Pluto. It’s smart to be willing to handle that Plutonian element of change head-on. Own your personal power (don’t pretend to be smaller than you are!) and things will move ahead productively.

And finally, by Tuesday the 7th the mental faculties are shining bright–and possibly become set in stone. Accepting that thinking must remain as it is today is a mistake that will cause us to act in ways that conflict with our highest values (and possibly damage our relationship to the mate or the home circumstances), and that may encourage us to sublimate upset and funnel it into relationships, or into financial ‘acting out’. Stay flexible, my friends; the only way things will go badly is if we are set on seeing ourselves and our thinking as ‘perfect’.

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Full Moon in Capricorn falls at 7:20 PM Pacific time on 1 July 2015 at 9 Cap 55: From Impetus Comes Change

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Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned

Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned “I Watched the Water-Snakes,” it depicts a sailor on the bowsprit of a sailing ship tied to a dead albatross, with water-serpents in the sea around him. 1876 {{PD}}

I’m making an exception on orbs this time around, allowing four+ degrees so that we can include the Full Moon conjunct Pluto and opposed Mars. The symmetry of it, with one on one end of the event axis and one on the other, and at either side of the FM degree as if they are two children on a see-saw, trying to balance out something between them, can’t be ignored. It’s as if our anger, action urge, personal initiative, or ‘I Want’ (Mars) launches things (as companion to the Sun, without which we’d have no Full Moon), and in the culmination this becomes either a transformative or destructive energy (Pluto), potentially changing or tearing down our walls, barriers, rules, the structure of our lives, or those things that have been holding us back (Capricorn).

The FM is also sextile Neptune and square Vesta, implying that what must change may conflict with the way we believe things should be—we’ll be bucking our own values, in this regard—but the contact to Neptune suggests we have a chance to create something much more like our ideals—so don’t resist.

The FM also forms apex to a loose Fist of God with a base of Sedna square Venus. A Fist always suggests that what occurs will be tough, that we’ll in some way ‘take a beating’, but here we see that our own ‘blind spot’ or instinctual response within a financial or relationship situation will be involved with (and perhaps be a catalyst for) FM action. What occurs (or more specifically, what we do—Mars) could initiate rage (Pluto) but could also act as a ‘tipping point’ for the change the FM promises.

Special notice goes to a minor aspect that seems to cry out (via the 29 degree placement of Saturn) for attention, and that is the Full Moon’s novile to a Saturn under stress. The ‘genius’ (the novile) of what culminates at the FM comes directly from a stressful reality situation, one of having been or having been required to be restrained, from obstacles, dead ends, delays, or setbacks that have now become intolerable—or perhaps where we see we must do something to break the impasse.

Sabian for the FM: ‘An Albatross Feeding From The Hand Of A Sailor’ This symbol speaks directly to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, which tells of an albatross following a ship, considered good luck, and the sailor who shoots it, in the eyes of the crew bringing disaster to their voyage—hence the term, ‘an albatross around one’s neck’, meaning that something or some action has marked you as the bringer of bad things. Here though the sailor feeds the albatross, so encourages the potentials for good luck. That suggests that if we embrace whatever changes, transforms, or is destroyed with the Full Moon, we will increase our chances of a fortuitous outcome.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘A Large Diamond In The First Stages Of The Cutting Process’ This suggests that what culminates at the Full Moon comes as we make efforts to achieve a goal; we are not promised that we will reach that goal, but instead that in the process of moving forward (expressing our Mars) we encounter change and its inevitable effects (Pluto), and then must go from there.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 22 June 2015: Opportunity Abounds

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Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

As you may have guessed, I’m halting ‘Born Today’ for the foreseeable (ha! a forecasting joke) future. Sorry to those who might be disappointed. Instead I offer today’s look ahead and today’s image (for synchronicity and guidance), in the hope that you’ll forgive me.

22 June we may attract some unprecedented opportunities that come from our attitude of independence and/ or our sense of originality, but acquiring true power isn’t to be, at least not if we haven’t taken care of every, and I mean every, denied or ignored thing, and every spot of rage we carry. That doesn’t stop us from making the most of what does come our way—we have the energy and verve to make huge progress—but if we want to hold authority, we’d better first purge ourselves of anger and resentment—especially the upset we’d consciously swear up and down we don’t have. (Ceres sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith, Jupiter trine Uranus)

Today’s image is a plant that’s been getting too little light. What vital element have you not been getting enough of to function at peak levels? That’s the question we answer today.

Your Weekend Forecast 20-21 June 2015: Navigating the Waters

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Anders Zorn 1891

Anders Zorn 1891

20 June reality is not what it appears to be—and in particular, destructive or transformative elements may not play out as anticipated. What ‘blocks the light’ isn’t an obstacle so much as an expression of power that we are interpreting as a blockage or wall. Transform your idea of what’s stopping you, and you will be able to see how to get where you want to go. (Saturn quincunx Sun and semi-square Pluto)

21 June attempts to expand our reach clash with our highest values and priorities, and what we value we automatically think will be destroyed—and our thoughts, inescapable, seem written in stone. It’s an odd day when we feel caught by a dozen different currents, with none strong enough to actually determine our course, and none weak enough to allow us to row our boat out of the whirlpools and onto shore. There can be a lot of needless fear generated by our own busy minds; at the same time, we may come up with ideas that are winners, especially if they concern tapping into our personal power and working with, rather than against, authorities. Changes to relationships and financial circumstances occur at this time because we are too thoroughly divorced from reality; embrace what is, as decisions will go better and outcomes will be a lot more positive than they will if we ignore it. (Jupiter sesquiquadrate Vesta, Venus quincunx Pluto, parallel Mercury, and Merc and Venus contra-parallel Saturn, with Merc trine Ceres, and Sun into Cancer/ Earth into Capricorn)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

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'The Harvest Moon' Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

‘The Harvest Moon’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

This is the New Moon report and the daily aspects for the 16th from the second-to-last and current issue of ECLIPSE. The title, ‘Out of Pain’, is meant to imply both that what arises may be formed by our wounds, and that it may help carry us away from a mindset of hurt.

16 June efforts bring empowerment—that’s pretty straightforward—but material results may be influenced by our blind spot issues, and so not exactly follow expectations. The more Self-aware we are, the better our results are likely to be, and whatever you end up with, you need to realize that it is a manifestation of your conscious choices and unconscious mind—and so mixes the two—any part that surprises you should be examined closely for the implications it carries about what you’re brewing out of your own sight. (Mars sextile Juno, Earth quincunx Sedna)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

We’ll call this NM the arm of a T-square that it would normally be just a tad too wide to consider, in aspect to the opposition between Black Moon Lilith and Chiron. When we note the presence of the Earth, though, we have to admit we have a Grand Cross with this trio, so I suppose it’s only right to count it as part of this larger configuration, even though Earth’s presence in one corner only signals a material effect to the whole pattern. What is birthed at the New Moon comes directly from the way our sense of hurt, a specific wound, possibly the primal one, collides with all those matters we’ve ignored or denied, or with our sense of rage over some injustice, and what results is some new material condition, probably some sort of knowledge, response (‘getting the message out’ or going forward in educating the Self), retreat to the religious for answers, or the removal of someone or something to a far off place (Sagittarius).

The NM also sextiles Juno, conjuncts Mars, and makes a close semi-sextile to Sedna (only 2 minutes from exact, which is why we note it). These contacts reiterate the message of the Grand Cross, emphasizing the ‘I Am’, the ego, personal empowerment, and that material hidden in the blind spot or that lives below the surface and expresses as instinct. It also speaks of action taken, either at the NM or spurred by it, and promises we hold enough clout to do as we choose—and we likely choose something arising from or addressing our wounds and our regrets.

We talk about something originating with or born at the New Moon phase when it might be more appropriate to talk about the NM as a kind of aperture through which we glimpse something new, or at least, something we’ve never noticed before. As in the case of this NM, the materials that generate the new start may have been around a long time (the Chirotic wound, the rage of BML, Sedna) but we are allowed at this point to get a new sight of them in a specific combination that reveals something not previously noticed, either about the character of the energy itself, or about the way we’ve up to now interpreted it.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Frost-Covered Trees Against Winter Skies’. We get a winter image/ symbol for a summer NM (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere—then you’re getting one ‘in season’). This suggests, no matter on which side of the equator you reside, a distinctive ‘season’ during which the landscape (inner or outer) is uniform, and ‘wears’ the specifics of the time. Winter is the point in the cycle when everything is still, dormant, or dead. What we don’t often realize about winter is that this is a necessary time; there are seeds that wouldn’t sprout without the soaking they get from snow, there are bulbs that won’t bloom without weeks of cold, and the soil and many living things retreat from activity, in a way resting and replenishing for the growth to come in spring. Dormancy is its own ‘event’, its own form of activity—and that’s something that as humans living in an animus/ ‘doing’ driven society we may neglect to appreciate.

This tells us that, in the wake of NM events, we may need to ‘go dormant’, may need to retreat from active involvement in matters, even for just a short time, if the New Moon offers a new viewpoint that we aren’t accustomed to, and about which we haven’t yet made up our minds. The symbol is a reassurance that we needn’t act right away, should we need time to contemplate what we’ve had to confront, what we’ve needed to process, and what may have changed because of it.

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Born Today 12 June

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You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini--it's NOT all in your head! 'The Fire' Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini–it’s NOT all in your head! ‘The Fire’ Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

If someone could take a picture of you on the inside this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, they would probably title it, ‘Soul on Fire!’ You have boundless energy to pursue your life’s purpose, a mind sparking sharp as flint–it just needs a little magnesium and some tinder, aka the right substance and fuel, to burn bright–and a conscious refusal to allow neither hurt, rage, or ignored issues to get in your way. What can you expect from all this? You can expect to make some very smart choices, to acquire or sharpen some needed and highly useful skills, and you may want to begin positioning yourself to make a presentation to authorities–that will pay off very nicely, very quickly. Happy Birthday, Gemmy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 June

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The good news is you won't lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck 'Salome II'

The good news is you won’t lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’

Wow! This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday, you may have a lot of trouble getting outside your own head! It will seem like your brain is on fire, and you’ve got to do, act, choose–and you’ve got to do it now. You do know that will be an illusion, right? You know that what’s pushing you isn’t Willfulness or even the ego, but those matters you’ve pushed aside and should’ve taken care of long ago–that, and any pain you carry will be the impetus behind your radical and aggressive push forward this coming year–but I hope you aren’t judging this as a bad thing. It’s actually an inspired thing, something prompted by your own inner wisdom and driven by your need to develop and show skills you’ve long wanted to acquire and/ or perfect. You want to be your best Self, and that’s an admirable thing–and you’ll devote this coming year to achieving it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 10 June

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh - 'Pinks' c1920 {{PD}}

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – ‘Pinks’ c1920 {{PD}}

It’s a new era for you this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday; you’ll learn to respect what your emotions tell you, and to revere the accuracy of the intuition, as never before. Honing the uniqueness of your perceptual abilities, and learning how to use them, will be the driving force–but it won’t necessarily be easy. You may have to make some mistakes in order to learn the value of your intuitive knowledge, and you may have to learn to balance what you perceive with real-world feedback–and both of those are good, useful in the way you’ll be called upon to make important choices, and perhaps to lead. You’ll need to apply your wisdom to many areas, but there are potentials for significant healing, use of your Chiron-themed skills, and the chance to clear up matters too long ignored or denied. You’re on a role, perception and wisdom-wise–take advantage of it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 9 June

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Thomas Le Clear - 'Interior with Portraits' c1865 {{PD}}

Thomas Le Clear – ‘Interior with Portraits’ c1865 {{PD}}

The challenge to you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, is to formulate original ideas, especially those that can put you in a leadership or pioneering position, and then to act on them. That sounds simple enough, but may leave you wondering just how to know if what you are moved to do is truly original; here are a few things that may help: perhaps ‘unique’, or ‘born out of a Higher Mind impulse’ are better descriptors of what can and should move you this year–both allow for you to take something that may have been done before and to do it in a very individual way, one that reflects who you are; emotions and intuition will be in conflict with these impulses, and either won’t be available as reliable guides, or will pull you in an entirely different direction, so that little forward progress is made, and awareness of this is important; find an individual or group that can fill that intuitive advice role, even if that’s the ‘180 degree’ rule, where whatever they say, you do the opposite! and know that wisdom can be drawn from past hurt and the imaginings of future ones, from a willingness to face problems right away, and from being willing to think before you do, and then to do–that combo, thinking and doing, are your strong suit this year, no question. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 8 June

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You don't have to spend years in the chorus, if you'll only listen to the Universe, Gemini.  Jean-Louis Forain 'The Singer in Pink' {{PD}}

You don’t have to spend years in the chorus, if you’ll only listen to the Universe, Gemini. Jean-Louis Forain ‘The Singer in Pink’ {{PD}}

Though your mind is on the career or public reputation and the achievement of ambitions and goals this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your energy will actually be going in a completely different direction, leaving you pretty bummed at year’s end when you’re no closer to your aims than you are today. Cheer up, dear Gemini: the reality is that both Luck (with a big ‘L’!) and opportunity are scheduled for you–it’s just that you have to be alert to them when they arrive, and open to pursuing the course they require. What comes up may strike you as taking you away from the direction you want to head, but the truth is that your mind is stuck in a rut, and that includes in the aspiration department; the Universe will very kindly offer you (probably more than one) Big Chance to Be Somebody–so don’t blow the opportunity to, for instance, star in a Broadway play because you’re insisting on auditioning for a walk-on for TV. The Universe has better dreams for you than you could ever have for yourself–it’s on you if you turn them down and insist on your own narrow vision. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 7 June

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Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre  Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

You’re headed toward action, dear Gemini, that will open up your world to new structures, rules, and order–and that sounds awful, doesn’t it? You may be wondering, Where’s that freedom I asked for? Oh, you’ll get it–and from that you’ll create a new framework upon which to hang your choices. The trick to making it work will be staying emotionally and intellectually in synch, and that may take a cool, Big Picture approach to happenings and circumstances–and though you typically like to think your way through things, the mental faculties may seem stuck in place this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, frustrating your efforts to bring order to that personal freedom you’ll soon experience. The potential for anything goes will come in the matters of the Houses where Sag and Leo are in the natal chart, and these are the same areas that will require re-building. Remember, keep feelings and the philosophy behind your reasoning aligned; gain empowerment and wisdom from past hurts and slights–it’s a source of invaluable insight; and be prepared to feel some things you’ve never felt before, and to take action because of this–all the other change flows from there. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence for 10 June 2015 ‘Surprise!’

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You might burst a seam, if you're not careful. 'A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam' by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

You might burst a seam, if you’re not careful. ‘A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam’ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

10 June if you’ve been straining at the seams to whisper those sweet nothings to that special someone, or just to have your say in relationship, now’s the time—Merc’s stationary retrograde and will sit roughly at this point even after direction—and holding in this much tension over the course of three or four days could cause unpleasant bursting—or maybe just a few random and passionate exclamations to no one in particular. We’re in an excellent position to show who we are, to emphasize our uniqueness and originality in a way that’s totally accepted—so don’t fear making the connection, go for it! At the very least you’ll probably make a new friend, or, if the energy is aimed at some other Venusian interest like earning or diplomacy or aesthetics, you can expect to have some (probably surprising) success. (Mercury sextile Venus, Sun sextile/ Earth trine Uranus)

‘Born Today’s will follow–

Grand Square 7-14 June 2015

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'Sign' by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

‘Sign’ by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

This week’s tip:

Grand Square-Mars and the Sun are filling in a config with Chiron, Black Moon Lilith, and Pallas, which will last through sometime late Pacific time on the 14th. This takes our own particular stew of wisdom, ignored or denied factors, rage or perceptions of injustice, and energies dedicated to hurt or healing, and gives them energy and purpose. This combo can take us forward quickly, either into a morass of trouble, or on an active and smart path to healing–our choice, of course, with the determining factor how much the ego is involved in our choices.

Born Today 6 June

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Don't let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, 'Monkeys as Judges of Art', 1889 {{PD}}

Don’t let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, ‘Monkeys as Judges of Art’, 1889 {{PD}}

You’ve got ambitions, dear Gemini, and this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll spend your time expanding your horizons, and in the process making changes. That sounds simple, but the reality will be that the extent of your knowledge (especially its limits), your relationship to the social sphere, and your beliefs about life itself will all coalesce and drive those changes you choose–and that can mean that changes may be less about choice and how this will take you toward your goals, and more about pressures you feel and your willingness (or lack of it) to learn new things. Circumstances will hinge on how willing you are to open your mind, heart, and world to new experiences–but you should know, there’s no one right answer to this–sometimes it will be smarter to, as a former First Lady admonished us, ‘Just say No.’ That means personal discretion becomes incredibly important–and the key for you using that this coming year is to refuse to allow past hurts to cast their shadow on what you know to be wise and/ or practical. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

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The Astrology of ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’

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Rudolf Ernst 'The Perfume Maker' 19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

Rudolf Ernst ‘The Perfume Maker’
19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

This is from the current issue of ECLIPSE.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2007)  I initially thought this was based on a true story when I started the movie, though it became clear somewhere along the way that it was, even if based in reality, a kind of fairy-tale. The main character is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (created by the writer Patrick Süskind in his 2001 novel of the same name as the movie), and we follow him from birth to death—or re-absorption by the Universe, as it were—with the presentation of his birth data and the date of his leaving this plane, the latter including the time. So, I thought it would be fun to look at his chart, and see if it really described a man who had a tremendously heightened sense of smell—but no ability to feel—and who goes on a ruthless quest to capture the odor of ‘beautiful woman’ in a bottle. The movie is gorgeously made, and has many striking moments, the best of which is when Grenouille, taken to be hanged in the town square, unleashes his intoxicating creation, to amazing results.

The story begins with Grenouille’s birth in the early morning at the Paris fish market on 17 July 1738. I chose 9 AM as the time, in part because it gives him a Void 29 degree Moon in Cancer in the 11th House=extreme sensitivity without the usual emotional protection afforded the individual (the Void status, which can make the environment seem like it’s assaulting the person, 24/7), located in the House of goals, wishes, dreams, making this sensitivity central to his existence. The Void Moon is square Pluto=emotions, under stress, burnt out, destroyed. He also has Mercury in Cancer conjunct Saturn-Neptune and only 4 minutes off an exact sextile to his Mars in Taurus=what a perfect portrait of a man driven by acute senses (Merc in Cancer) with the creative compulsion (Neptune—which by the way also rules perfumes, along with Venus) to bring what he imagines into reality (Saturn), via actions (Mars) that are focused on sensation and the sensory experience (Taurus)! Then when we see Venus in Leo conjunct the North Node=the Self-confidence (Leo) to bring one’s values, even the essence of Love (Venus) into the life as a kind of destiny (NN), and 00 degree Pluto in his own sign (the essence of death, and the power of regeneration, just being discovered) in a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Zeus (when the ambition to create the ultimate scent is realized, he returns, ashes to ashes, dust to dust), we have to wonder, Did Herr Süskind have knowledge of astrology, or consult someone in choosing that date? It’s hard to believe he didn’t.

See the chart here–

Born Today 5 June

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You needn't be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You needn’t be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You may be on a bit of a rampage this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini–you want to clear out, clean out, start over, transform, or regenerate the life–and you have the energy, grace, and ambition to do it successfully. One way or another, the emotional life is on lock-down, which in this period is a positive; this way it doesn’t distract with drama or draining scenarios, but offers a surety in feelings that shows constancy and balance–so if there’s drama, it may come from others, not you, though we must consider that those with whom you interact may be reacting to a little passive-aggression on your part, or from frustration that you seem so emotionally cool. A little reassurance to those you care about, and no engagement in head games, goes a long way at this time. Really, it’s full speed ahead for your life make-over, with one notable exception: you must deal directly with hurtful matters you’ve previously ignored or been in denial about–if you don’t, you’ll meet these progress-halters in full flower later, and by then they’ll have taken on a life of their own. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 4 June

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Skulptur “Aggression (Opera 36)” von Karl Anton wolf
Vienna CoA
This is a photo of public art indexed in a public art catalogue of Vienna (Austria) under the number: 42677 (other) .
Date 20 February 2015, 16:09:30
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This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may identify a little too strongly with power, the expression of Will, and your personal wants, dear Gemini. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve recently been persuaded that a ‘might makes right’ attitude is the only way to get your needs met–and that’s unfortunate, taking your normally interested-in-negotiating and networking Self and placing it in a role that could be very uncomfortable for you (unless you are among those with a Libran Pluto trine their Sun natally). The trick here is to access your innate empathy (and admittedly, that might be a difficult goal right now), and then to superimpose it when you must deal with others–this might keep you from driving right over them in your zest to get where you’re going, and keeping awareness that their experience is just as real to them as yours is to you is vital now. The thing is, all this push that you’re in the midst of is actually a welcome and necessary development, helping free you from what had come to seem like a morass of indecision and others’ preferences. You have a right, and it’s healthy for you, to concentrate on your needs and aims at this time–it’s just important that you don’t trample anyone else in doing it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 3 June

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You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. "Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)" by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France - Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. “Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)” by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France – Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

Your intuition and emotional responses offer wisdom this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday–and really, could you ask for a better inner compass? You are getting ready to take some very fortunate action, in terms of change or re-building your world, in service to ambitions and desires, and in the way you will have a much greater presence on the social scene. This could entail travel, further education, a teaching position for you, or something involving publishing, but in any case will involve an expansion of your world that will allow your new choices to be evident to all–so choose with care–and as I’ve said, that shouldn’t be difficult, considering you will enjoy excellent inner guidance. What might not go so well could be relationships and/ or finances, especially late in the year. To avoid problems: handle things as they come up–don’t put them off for later; be very clear in what areas you are actually empowered–pretending to have reach, skills, or authority that you really don’t will get you into a mess; and don’t exaggerate. Anything. Ever. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 2 June

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You’re getting ready to make your move, dear Gemini, but it seems that what you counted on for stability has been shifting in unpredictable ways, making you feel much less sure of your ideas, and so prompting nothing so much as hesitation–but that’s already cost you (a little), and it’s not like you don’t know in what ways you want to expand or make changes–you just need a bit of reassurance, and I’m here to offer it to you. Empowerment in this instance comes from dealing with all those things you’ve put off, ignored, or denied, and from transforming and channeling rage (especially anger engendered by injustices you’ve experienced or observed) into an actual re-construction of the framework in which you operate. It won’t be enough at this point just to think and act–you have to be fueled by desire, and a need to end each day with the world a little better off than you met it in the morning–and you are more than ready for this, as what you’re after creating and doing right now is truly inspired. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 1 June

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‘Force of Change Evolution’ Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from ‘The Origin of Species’.
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You’re headed for change, dear Gemini, the kind that will provide opportunity and perhaps force you to re-think with whom you want to move forward in life. The cooperative aspect of things may be prominent, and you will have to vet ambitions and desires against existing partnerships and collaborative ventures–and there’s no telling what kind of further change, to the point of destruction or abandonment of previously viable circumstances, this will bring about. I don’t mean to frighten you–this will for the most part be quite mild, and may spring from highly positive creative efforts and/ or be in line with the planned life direction–it’s just that when you look back from the vantage point of your next birthday, you may be awfully surprised by how much has been swept away, and how much revolutionized, revitalized, and effectively re-born. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 31 May

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Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

This coming year is no piece of cake, but offers immense opportunity for creativity and reward, Gemini. Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

You are at a creative and inspirational peak, dear Gemini–so where do you go from here? You still have a lot of creative juice, so there’s plenty more mileage to get out of this, with the highlight being that if you haven’t already, you’re going to gain a great deal from what have been (and will continue to be) some pretty smart decisions. Profit, reward, Love–they’ll come to you, but to believe this gain will be a piece of cake just because you’re a creative dynamo would be naive–you’ve probably already discovered, you have to work for it, and what comes at you won’t necessarily be easy to handle–and with emotions running deep and possibly feeling easily hurt, you may have to make a concerted effort to stay on target. Self-discipline pays off, and so does belief in yourself. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 30 May

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You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

Your birthday this year, dear Gemini, falls on the same day as the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, the meeting that occurs when Merc is retrograde. It’s a seed moment for everyone, but coinciding with your Solar Return, it becomes the symbolic birth of a new, big idea or way of thinking, especially about yourself, a change that does not become apparent for some time. How will you know things are different, then? You can expect creativity and the imagination to blossom, to take wild or unanticipatible turns, to be inspired in rare and amazing ways, and to potentially lead you into new spiritual or experiential territory. If you are an Artist, this could be a potential peak in idea generation, and if you are not an Artist, your life will be full of creative alternatives and ways of dealing–you’ll see things in a way that gives you many more potential choices than ever before–and that could take you into new endeavors not previously considered. One caveat: you can be too easily mislead at this time, so do check inspirations, especially those that involve cooperative projects and partners, against facts and realities for real-world realization potentials. Otherwise, you’re in for a year when you and the Cosmos can really collaborate successfully, Gemini! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 29 May

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YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, 'Salomé' 1869 {{PD}}

YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, ‘Salomé’ 1869 {{PD}}

Though the inclination may be to think about things more than anything else, dear Gemini, what you really need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is exercise your intellectual understanding of yourself and events at the highest level possible. You’ll need to see and feel your personal power and reach in action; you’ll also need to fully experience your connection to Nature, whether that’s achieved through the workings of your own body or through immersing yourself in some form of wilderness or extreme elements. The result will be empowerment of the most unique aspects of the individuality and the public display of the ambitions that should draw supporters and advocates to help you meet your goals. The only thing that might trip you up could be those elements of the life you’ve neglected or denied; deal with them, head-on, and you should be golden. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 28 May

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You’ll have an almost Libran attention to balance, especially of the mental faculties, this coming Solar year, Gemini. Cornelis de Man, ‘A Man Weighing Gold ‘ c1670 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, you’ll have the chance to achieve a perfect balance among factors of identity, purpose, emotions, strength, and sense of personal authority, and this is first instigated by sorting everything out mentally. From intellectual understanding you can create with your life a holistic statement of who you are and what you’re about, and though this process occurs over approximately the next three years, you’ll early find that there’s another necessary step to attend to: knowing what you care about, specifically in relationships and money matters. Establishing values in these areas will have a kind of miraculous effect: you’ll find that the kinds of things that used to hurt you will no longer affect you. You won’t be bulletproof, exactly; it’ll be more like you drift above those previous concerns that will come to feel more petty than anything else. Elevating your consciousness will open the way to a widening of your horizons and give you a resourcefulness and optimism surrounding pursuit of goals that will be truly empowering. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Full Moon in Pisces August 2015: A Dream-Like Perception

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida - 'Barcas en la Playa' 1909 {{PD}}

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida – ‘Barcas en la Playa’ 1909 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 11:35 AM PDT on the 29th of August at 6 Pisces 06, and it makes us work to find its meaning; though it’s quick to tell us that our previous optimistic efforts, our openness, what we’ve shared publicly and with the social circle, our beliefs and faith (all through a waning opposition of the Moon-Earth to Jupiter), and that our ideals, creative efforts, inspirations or delusions (conjunction to Neptune) contribute to the Full Moon results we see now, it offers us no other major indicators of what may transpire. We could, then, conclude that we are getting feedback on our attitude toward or efforts to acquire bounty, to expand our world, to learn something new, to teach, or to interact socially, to assess an ideal, to create or avoid (through Neptunian delusion)–but that would only be part of the story. We may need to use a dream-like perception, a lens that allows the unconscious, the Collective, or the creative faculties to make leaps and connections we wouldn’t make based solely on facts (Jupiter).

The Pisces Full Moon makes two other, minor aspects: a semi-square to Uranus, and a novile to Ceres. The contact to Uranus suggests there is something unanticipated, surprising or unexpected that tosses a monkey wrench into the works, possibly resulting in an abruptly changing viewpoint or need to adapt spontaneously, and the contact to Ceres says there is an element of ‘Natural Genius’ about the revelations of the Full Moon, its endings or conclusions, and the results that come about based on our need to improvise and respond quickly.

Fortuitous outcomes are ours if we refuse to take the initial feedback as definitive. We may see the end of a dream or creative project, a stripping away of illusion, we may get feedback on a fantasy or ideal (Neptune and Pisces placement), and should we then process it by a critical analysis of what we’ve learned (Jupiter and Sun in Virgo) we may shut off the flow of further reverberations and implications. In the Houses of the natal chart that hold the Full Moon, the House that follows, and the House two Houses before (for example, if the FM falls in your 5th, as it does in the general chart for Seattle, the other two Houses involved will be the 6th and the 3rd), we find the areas to watch for potential surprises, revelations, changes in viewpoint, and ‘happy accidents’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Illumined By A Shaft Of Light, A Large Cross Lies On Rocks Surrounded By Sea’. No matter what faith we embrace, we can’t help but take this as a religiously-oriented scenario; we see ‘fallen faith’, a religious outlook that couldn’t stand up to true spiritual illumination, that falls in the light of new awareness. So, this isn’t about religion at all, it’s about something we ‘had faith’ in that is made obsolete by a dawning understanding, a new insight we are gaining by Full Moon events, and we should expect stirred up emotions (the Sea) because of it.

We always look at the Sun for a Full Moon, as source of the ‘energy’ we experience; it is, ‘A Harem’. Really! The symbolic implication is that there is a stable of valuable, attractive assets available to us–and we should draw on that. These are likely talents, energy, or understanding that we ‘horde’ a bit, hiding them away–now is the time to take them from our internal ‘harem’ and show them to the world! The Jupiter symbol is also worth a look, as the surface outcome will be directly tied to it: ‘Black And White Children Play Together Happily’. Ostensibly, a harmony is reached–look beyond that, for the real gifts.

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Full Moon in Pisces August 2015

 

The Divinity of Our Astrological ‘Face’

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"Bird of god 1861" by Joanna Mary Boyce - http://www.mystudios.com, 2009-08-07. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

“Bird of god 1861” by Joanna Mary Boyce – http://www.mystudios.com, 2009-08-07. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Though we often speak of the Ascendant as representing our ‘face,’ that personality with which we meet the world, this is only partially true; even as we put our Ascendant characteristics forward on first meeting (and as a byproduct insist that others respect and respond to this ‘face’), we must remember that the Ascendant is a result of the interaction of the innate, Soul expressive characteristics and the environment in which we find ourselves as we are developing, and so does not exist when we are born, but comes to be with a combination of time and influences (both in the sense of timing, of entering the Earthly existence at a precise moment and place, and in the sense of the passing of time and how it changes things). It helps to think of the Ascendant as the result of a chemical reaction, the combining of two distinct elements to create a third that is itself distinct. All this is by way of saying that the concept of our ‘face’ in astrology is much more complex than just the Ascendant; let’s look at exactly what the concept of ‘the face’ signifies, and how we might pinpoint this astrologically.

The one thing about our own physical face that is uniformly true for each of us is that we will never be able to observe our own face directly, and this is true of the astrological ‘face’ as well. We need a mirror or reflective surface to observe our face in the physical world, and we need the reactions of others to us, and the reactions of the Universe (seen in events and situations) in order to derive an idea of what it is that we are presenting. Our entire reality is reflecting back to us our own essence, which is embodied in the spiritual equivalent of the face, the Soul.

In many traditions, the essence of God is equated to His face, which is consistently described as something that we cannot look upon directly. We see this in the Bible, where in Exodus God is reported to have said, “Thou canst not see my face: for no man shall see my face and live,” and this same concept is repeated in many writings, such as when St. John declares that “no man hath seen God at any time,” and Jewish tradition describes the face only in plural, punim, signifying the ‘greater than’ concept of Being. Since we are considered in multiple traditions to have been made in the image of God, then it’s reasonable to believe that directly observing our own face would be akin to directly observing God’s, which we cannot do in life. We even see this idea in the practice of not looking directly into the face of those who are considered chosen by God (such as the emperors of China); to gaze into the face of a divine Being was to show disrespect and to do that, we are told repeatedly in many traditions, is not possible while we live.

But, different facets of our own reality that reveal our ‘face’ will be reflected back to us in different ways, symbolized by certain astrological bodies, points, and interactions. For instance, our Moon, and any aspects it makes, will be reflecting our emotional reality as it is ‘thrown out’ into the World, and by studying these aspects, we can learn something about our emotional face, something which we cannot know without this interaction. So, we may indeed relate to our Pisces Moon, feeling emotionally imaginative, connected to the Universe, and open; but it’s in our Moon’s opposition to Saturn that we see bits of our emotional ‘face’ as it really exists, as we may find emotional security is gained with a sturdy or rule-centered world, that we are threatened by the idea of putting down roots, that we find physical labor untenable emotionally, or that we respond to those who offer us boundaries for our free-floating emotional nature. These are just some of the possibilities, and each allows us a glimpse of our own ‘face’ that we cannot see by direct observation.

Celtic culture has the concept of ‘face-price,’ which can have various applications, from a dowry to the price paid by the family of a murderer to his or her victim’s family, and this definition introduces the idea of value or cost (Venus) to the concept of ‘face.’ Venus and its aspects can tell us in what way we will engage in exchanges of one kind or another, what these will bring us, and what they will cost. Caroline Myss speaks of the ‘inner prostitute,’ and Venus in this sense is akin to the idea of the ways we will bargain for our survival.

For instance, a woman with Venus in Virgo might value her literal virginity quite highly (or might carry very high standards in some related area); but, we see by this Venus’ trine to Mars in Capricorn that the partner she would accept (as well as the nature of the actions she requires of herself) is serious, stable, and offers security–this is the price one must pay to be with her, and these standards may cost her someone she finds attractive but who cannot or will not provide the essential thing for which she will exchange her Venus (love). If, on the other hand, this woman had Mars in Gemini square her Venus, she might both idealize a glib, social, quick-thinking man and at the same time find she is unwilling to be with him (the square)–we see this typically with a ‘can’t live with him, can’t live without him’ scenario–and of course she would be at odds in a very real sense with her own way of acting in the world. Of course, there are many possible manifestations–the important thing is that all of them will reveal a little something more about our very personal essence, our own divine ‘face.’

This is a re-print of a piece that originally appeared on my blog at Yahoo360 pre-2008

The forecast for Thursday and Friday August 27th and 28th is here and my books are here

27-28 August 2015: Considered Action

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We may be carrying baggage we don't need; these two days let us put that burden down. By Morley, Photo by Bedside Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

We may be carrying baggage we don’t need; these two days let us put that burden down. By Morley, Photo by Bedside Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

On the 27th we are ready to choose or take action based on our highest values and goals, and fortune smiles upon us, poised to heap on the rewards, as long as we follow a few simple precepts: don’t allow yourself to be dragged back into past ways of thinking or to past situations, especially in relationships or in relation to values; don’t ignore or deny any part of the reality picture–all must be considered; and treat everyone fairly and as an equal. With this latter idea, we sometimes approach it as, ‘I grant you the right to be considered equal to me’. No no no no–any high-handedness will come back as a b*tch slap to the ego–a review of what true humility entails will be in order for some, before those actions and choices will really be effective.

By the 28th, though our minds are on the future, we could see our efforts hit a brick wall, often in subtle ways that are hard to pin down. The reasons are either financial, or due to relationship facets we aren’t acknowledging–and what’s new to us isn’t easily integrated into the reality picture. With Saturn currently major body of latest degree, we may feel inexplicably shut down. The only answer that will get things moving may be to take a radical (for each individual) tack, to try something previously untried, or to act atypically for our usual character and responses. This doesn’t have to be negative or earth-shaking; it does need to let us see things in a new way.

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26 August 2015: Optimism Abounds

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Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 - 'Sunshine and Haze' {{PD}}

Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 – ‘Sunshine and Haze’ {{PD}}

Thinking is positive, constructive, steady, with hints of brilliance, and communications can solidify plans and set deals in stone. Even if we don’t like what we hear, it doesn’t hurt us, and optimism abounds. What could go wrong? We could overdo–but there are worse things, right? Shine, let others know who you are and what you can do, go Big, or just hang around–in any case, share the Love, share the essence of who you are, and watch things happen, most of them very good.

‘Vesta in the Natal Chart’ should debut next week! At more than 50,000 words, it offers profiles of Vesta in action in the charts of well-known individuals, definitions of the asteroid in aspect to the other energies and in the Houses, and a personal workbook to help you pinpoint your Vestal priorities. Watch here for the release!

25 August 2015: Accept It

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'Still Life with Roses' Giovanni Boldini {{PD}}

‘Still Life with Roses’ Giovanni Boldini {{PD}}

What’s really driving everyone today is hidden; as long as we accept that, we’ll see that empowerment or understanding can’t be aimed for, it’s just something we’ll have to stumble into, if it’s attained at all. That’s freeing, in its own way, and could help us to allow experiences, thoughts, or approaches we would normally turn away from, and so give results something fresh and unanticipated.

Don’t let anybody tell you that relationships formed online aren’t real. Yesterday I learned of the passing of a long-time client, and I mourn her. The funny thing is that from my point of view, all of you, readers and clients, are a group; I expect this to affect you, too, even though it’s unlikely you know this woman. Someone dear, funny, smart, and aligned with a mystical point of view has left the Collective; together, we can’t help but feel the loss of such a spirit. I like to think that now her questions will be answered and the mysteries that plagued her will be solved at last. Sending you love on your journey, Claire–we’ll miss you!

 

24 August 2015: Bat-Like Sensitivity

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Here's something you don't see every day. 'Fairy Hordes Attacking A Bat' by John Anster Fitzgerald, before 1923 {{PD}}

Here’s something you don’t see every day. ‘Fairy Hordes Attacking A Bat’ by John Anster Fitzgerald, before 1923 {{PD}}

Why is it that those with whom we expect to be in harmony, especially partners, are bringing up all those things we’d rather ignore? Why does everything that’s communicated feel so hurtful, even when it’s clearly not intended as such? We’re stronger than ever, especially mentally, with a number of recent positive steps forward supporting our current healthy approach, so what gives? It’s something about going forward, about ambitions and the way we’re seeing them, that is unbalancing things. Too much attention is on, ‘I Want’, and the mere weight of our own Self-interest is making cooperation or collaboration feel like a demanding burden; Self-focus is endowing us with a bat-like sensitivity that’s picking up every micro-shift in the air and magnifying our own feelings in response–no wonder it feels like interacting hurts! The good news is that this reveals precisely how and where we are overly sensitive, where we may be carrying hurts that would be long healed if not for our insistence on nurturing them. Let them go, and proceed through the day freely–that personal power you feel right now? That’s the ability to make things happen.

There’s a nice, long Void today, beginning just after 3 PM Pacific for the Sagittarius Moon, not ending until entry into Capricorn at 9:21 PM PDT. Don’t try to push forward at this time, and anything started now, or commitments made, may end abruptly and prematurely, or just may not go anywhere at all. Plan on a little adventure, maybe outdoors, for the last hours of the Moon in Sag–

Your Weekend 22-23 August 2015: Clarity of Mind

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This portion of a recent high-resolution picture from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows twisting dark trails criss-crossing light coloured terrain on the Martian surface. Newly formed trails like these had presented researchers with a tantalizing Martian mystery but are now known to be the work of miniature wind vortices known to occur on the red planet - Martian dust devils. Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona {{PD}}

This portion of a recent high-resolution picture from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows twisting dark trails criss-crossing light coloured terrain on the Martian surface. Newly formed trails like these had presented researchers with a tantalizing Martian mystery but are now known to be the work of miniature wind vortices known to occur on the red planet – Martian dust devils. Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona {{PD}}

On the 22nd, in order to connect with our own sense of empowerment, we must do two things: reject hurt (even and most especially those wounds we have been embracing for a long time!) and we must be willing to fit the individuality–our originality, our uniqueness–to the critical feedback we receive. The temptation is to rebel against any critique, whether we judge it good or bad, to strike out on our own–but almost certainly, our choices and actions at this point will be based too much on our own delusions, fantasies, and ideals–and so are likely to be less successful than they could be if we were hooked into the world as it is. Helpful hints: reality was illuminated clearly yesterday, the 21st–if you can recall what you perceived then and apply it to now, you can make the most of what comes your way. Unfortunately, it’s a time when our minds and our instincts are somewhat off, not to be trusted–and even the material reality conceals things we’d be better off addressing. Right now, it’s not a matter of willingness so much as of clarity–until the dust clears, we are better off proceeding with care, and recalling yesterday when we saw how precisely gifted we are, and how and in what form we realized we must put it to use.

Luna enters Sagittarius at 1:41 PM Pacific time. You’ll be emotionally tuned-in to this area of the natal chart–the matters of this House are the one place today your impulses and perceptions are likely to be correct.

The 23rd everything may go according to our own relationship with the social sphere and/ or with our own recent expansion efforts. If we are cool with not trying to control others or anything not in our purview, we can enjoy true harmony between thought and instinct, values and wisdom, allowing us to make choices that are ultra-appropriate to who we are and what we need. It’s all about the spirit with which we meet things, and the willingness to attend to duties, to serve–and so reap the benefits.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

This Week: 17-21 August 2015: Empowerment Formulas

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The Path seems narrower and darker than it is--there are lots of work-arounds--look up for inspiration! 17 April 2006, 16:37 Source Huangshan, China (YELLOW MOUNTAIN/LANDSCAPE) Chi King Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The Path seems narrower and darker than it is–there are lots of work-arounds–look up for inspiration! 17 April 2006, 16:37
Source Huangshan, China (YELLOW MOUNTAIN/LANDSCAPE) Chi King Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Have you noticed today’s trend toward empowering thought arrived at via examination of past opportunity and expansion options? We see exactly how to achieve our goals, if we’re willing to both accept external help and resources, and widen our ideas of how we can get where we want to go, based on past successful efforts.

The 18th both events and instincts may foster the urge to retreat–we want to go back in time, not into the future–but we can gain some control by looking to our own ‘blind spots’ for one or more issues that may be causing our hesitation.

On the 19th we’re feeling strong, so may be doubly surprised by what comes at us. Just know it won’t hurt a bit as long as we’re flexible and open to spontaneity.

20 August and we may not like what we hear–so much so that we may pretend we didn’t hear it! Not a good strategy, as currently on a Collective level, we’re determining the upcoming power and freedom balance for individuals. Dealing with realities is the only way to keep the group out of what should be a personal decision-making process.

Events or developments of the 21st may make us feel as if we’ve been ambushed; walls are up, borders and boundaries are impenetrable, restrictions are clear, and we may believe there are only two options: wreak havoc, or abandon our standards. There is a third option, however: access your most original and unique qualities or talents, and treat them as if they are worth a great deal–then watch as circumstances change around you.

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Your Weekend: 15-16 August 2015: Receiving the Truth

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'Backlit Margarita Island Sunset in Las Guevaras, Venezuela' 19 December 2013,  Author: The Photographer Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

‘Backlit Margarita Island Sunset in Las Guevaras, Venezuela’
19 December 2013,
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Now that the Moon is waxing, and we’re through today’s (the 15th‘s) surprising and deeply truthful/ revealing communications, we can focus on what matters, on what we value–and on who and what we love. No matter what we saw or learned or discovered today, it ended in Love–and if it didn’t, all I can say is you’re doing it wrong. No really–you may be stuck on the way what you found out is conflicting with your highest aims. It’s time to get unstuck, and embrace the fallible but human element, rather than the rigid rules in your own head–after all, they won’t keep you warm at night.

For Sunday, the 16th, we have an interesting kind of trick we must perform: in order to keep from hurting ourselves or others with our actions, and to keep our thoughts focused on the Love we’ve been experiencing, we need to seat consciousness in a kind of anti-ambition, anti-desire stance. It’s a state that doesn’t ask anything from others or the world–go-getters, don’t fret, it’s just for a little while–and it’s most effective at opening our minds and horizons to those things we may not notice when our attention is on desire or goal fulfillment. It’s a receptivity, an energy of attraction and surrender, just made to be helped along by Venus retrograde, and the result will be much more, and much more rewarding, than just avoiding harm or missteps.

Update on Vesta: It’s almost here! If by ‘almost’ you mean (as I do) that it should be out by or at least near the end of the month. Thanks for being so patient!

ReThinking OurSelves: New Moon in Leo 2015

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'The Reflection' Edward Simmons, before 1931 {{PD}}

‘The Reflection’ Edward Simmons, before 1931 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 7:52 AM Pacific time on the 14th of August. This New Moon falls in Leo, a sign that, for better or worse, asks us to consider starting a new relationship with ourselves–or, to sort through the many Selves we carry, and choose to support those that further the personal agenda. The conjunction to retro Venus begs us to look at our own part in relationships and/ or financial matters, and at how our ego and identity-oriented wants (Leo) have shaped our values and investments, as well as the way they’ve shaped what and who surround us.

The conjunction to Venus is telling in another way, as well: it demands a new, integrated relationship with the Self. It costs us (Venus retro) to have different identities, different forms of behavior, keyed to different situations; a positive, holistic ‘I Am’ removes a kind of internal dependence on an ‘Other’ (Venus as relationship), where we determine who we are by bouncing off this ‘not I’, whether that is a difference created within our own minds or within actual relationships.

The New Moon is also quincunx Chiron in Pisces and trine Uranus in Aries. We are called upon to modify or adjust our idea of what hurts us (as this is a major factor in the shaping of those varied identities), and to take out for a jaunt new, unique, original, or inventive versions of the ‘I Am’ (Uranus, Aries). We won’t necessarily choose to retain all these–they should be viewed as experiments–but by the Full Moon that follows we should have a clear idea of what to integrate, and we will likely see that this integration offers some degree of healing (Chiron) to what is probably a rather nebulous, Cosmic pain (Pisces).

Also of note: the NM is in close novile to the current North Node; this may suggest a kind of brilliant resolution to an identity issue or problem is at hand with New Moon events. What’s born here will be Path-influencing, simply because we are somehow deciding who we are.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Carrier Pigeon Fulfilling Its Mission’. I think that’s fairly clear: we ‘get the message’ about some important facet of who we are, and in the process, likely define what we want. That’s not a bad promise for a New Moon, is it?

New Moon in Leo August 2015

Can’t Anticipate, Can’t Control: 11-13 August 2015

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Claude Monet - 'Twilight, Venice' 1907 {{PD}}

Claude Monet – ‘Twilight, Venice’ 1907 {{PD}}

Yes yes yes yes, Jupiter enters Virgo today, but what we’re really dealing with is Ceres, which trines Black Moon Lilith and is sextiled by Saturn. Nature and/ or authorities intrude on the reality picture, and we must deal with what we’d rather ignore. That’s certainly true for me. Late yesterday I had an emergency visit with an ophthalmologist about a potential retinal tear; luckily everything is fine, and I just have to keep an eye on it (how ironic!) for the next three weeks. By tomorrow, the 12th, we see those things we can’t control traded out for whatever it is that’s destroying our chances at empowerment, curtailing our ambitions, probably lying to us, spoiling rewards and, I know this is dramatic, destroying what we find sacred. That’ll certainly take my mind off my eyeball! Over these two days, the good news is that if we’ve learned from our past choices and actions, we can handle it, potentially sorting truth from fiction and re-claiming our power. The 13th may be challenging–we’re still not getting everything we want–but if we’re willing to modify both the way we deal with the material side of things and be reasonably flexible in our standards, we can attract some unique, original, and spontaneously generated opportunities, some of which may offer the chance to heal a wound or two, and some of which we may be surprised to find have been sitting right in front of us all along. Have a great couple of days! Our tendency may be to take things too seriously, and to see developments as more monumental than they actually are–try to focus on the lighter side, on small pleasures, and you’ll enjoy the next few days a lot more.

 

Abandoning Armor for Solitude: 10 August 2015

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You may want to be as defensive as this guy, but it'll just lead to grief. 'A warrior from Central India'  1912 15 x 12 cm. (6 x 4 1/2 in.) Notes Written on border: "Delhi Durbar." "1912" {{PD}}

You may want to be as defensive as this guy, but it’ll just lead to grief. ‘A warrior from Central India’ 1912 15 x 12 cm. (6 x 4 1/2 in.) Notes Written on border: “Delhi Durbar.” “1912” {{PD}}

Some of us are deadly serious, feeling we need to get down to the nitty-gritty, while others are thinking about and responding from their egos–and the two will definitely not get along. Same story for those who want to spread Love and sunshine and those who feel there’s something negative right around the corner that they just can’t anticipate–all they can do is fret and walk around with a personal raincloud over their heads.  Everyone picks a mood and goes with it, to (mostly) less than harmonious results. Communication is bizarre, or bizarrely misunderstood, and our own thoughts may lead us to radical conclusions, or off the deep end. Surprising revelations may be on the agenda, and what we don’t know can cost us. This really isn’t as much of a problem as it seems; it’s a day to work and do what we do and just be alone, abandoning the inclination toward typical Monday morning frenzied pursuit of goals in favor of meeting the day in a more receptive, contemplative way, one that allows plenty of quiet, and centers on Self-reliance.

Mars has just entered Leo, where his war cry is likely to be, “Do it for me!” or maybe, “Do it for glory!” The Warrior will be making no aspects, other than a trine to the South Node, which practically begs us to go back to old, ‘easy’ ways, just to get something (exciting) going. With the Moon moving into Cancer just before 6 AM Pacific time, if we care unthinkingly, we may get swept up in movements and causes that aren’t ours. Just remember not to let emotion drive the wagon, and ask yourself, ‘What do I need?’ in order to re-center on what’s important to you. (Perfecting today: Mars contra-parallel Pluto, Venus square Sedna, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)

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Your Weekend: 8-9 August 2015

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'The Pumpkin Harvest' by Giovanni Segantini {{PD}}

‘The Pumpkin Harvest’ by
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Saturday the 8th it’s all about us: what we want, lust for, desire, what we aim for, our goals and ambitions; on Sunday, the 9th, the reality picture reflects those things hidden or denied–possibly to our panicky chagrin–and we should use material matters as a measure of what to modify in order to head in the direction we want to go. Anything else you need to know? Me neither.

The Vesta book is coming along–I’m dismayed that it’s still not ready, but happy that I’m getting so much material in. Don’t worry–it really is on its way! And have a great weekend!

Questioning Everything: 7 August 2015

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Today may feel like a bit of a circus, until we realize the power lies with us. ‘Grimaces et misères: les Saltimbanques’
1888 signed b.r.: F Pelez {{PD}}

Today we question everything; it’s all about the relative power positions, and though we’re thinking big, expansive thoughts, we’re also prone to exaggerate others’ abilities and reach, and so may find ourselves intimidated, even though we are poised to do and be just as we’d like. We’re thrown off by the aura of authority some adopt, and too, the need to negotiate may make us feel unsure of what we have and what we actually want. That’s okay–relax and think critically, calling on your power of discernment. Displays of temper and brute force are to be avoided; you’ll only get a horrendous reputation insisting on getting things your way. You’ll know what to do the minute you accept that you are a powerful Being in charge of your own life (but not in charge of anyone else’s), and stop looking to others or the environment to smooth the way or give you permission. (Ceres sesq Juno, qnx Jupiter, opp Mars, qnx Mercury; Merc conj Jupiter, enters Virgo, and parallels Jupiter)

Trusting Ourselves to Choose: 6 August 2015

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Antony Gormley #70 watching another of his statues being engulfed by the sea, Brighton-le-Sands 21 September 2008 Source geograph.org.uk Photo by Humphrey Bolton  Copyright on this image is owned by Humphrey Bolton and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0

Antony Gormley #70 watching another of his statues being engulfed by the sea, Brighton-le-Sands 21 September 2008
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Were you engulfed in the drama yesterday, or did you just watch it roll by, cool and measured in response? Our reaction to what was presented was nothing so much as a measure of our own emotional health, and if we fell down, what we need today is some unconditional Love–and luckily, it’s scheduled. You’ll be offered loving thoughts, and you can offer these to others, too–and be ready, as accepting the Love offered could challenge one or more of your standards, could cause you to see others in a new, less judgmental light–and that’s good, as it opens your world just a little bit more. However, the one thing we should all do is keep our advice to ourselves (and look at me, right here, offering advice!) It seems we’ll all have a somewhat skewed view of reality at present, with too much emphasis on difficulties and obstacles, and that means what we tell others in an attempt to aid them won’t effectively apply to the real-world picture–it may be too pessimistic by half–in fact, receiving skewed advice from others may cause us to change our views of the individual who offered it, or to take destructive steps, because what’s told us is so out of alignment that the effect our actions create is negligible (and so ineffective) or unanticipatible, in terms of results.

By contrast, choices we make on our own, without the input of others, go very well. Make the most of this Self-driven action, because it can offer us material empowerment in a form we hadn’t thought about before, and because what we need to do to make a difference, to make change happen, to wipe out something negative, is crystal clear, ready and waiting for us to take the first step. (Perfecting today: Fist of God-Saturn sq Merc, apex Vesta; Mercury conj Venus; Mars trine Saturn; Pluto sesq Merc and qnx Sun; Earth qnx Juno)

See my books here; the Vesta book should be available within one-two weeks. Have a great Thursday!

Hidden Agendas Revealed: 5 August 2015

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It may feel like we're in the midst of snapping alligators, but that's an exaggeration, isn't it? Postcard 1906 {{PD}}

It may feel like we’re in the midst of snapping alligators, but that’s an exaggeration, isn’t it? Postcard 1906 {{PD}}

We see exactly what’s important to us, what we care about, and how to honor it, and yet, what’s up with all these people?–some of whom we love–where relationships are suddenly full of ego and everyone’s concerned with either upping their power quotient or blocking ours. It seems we’ve all been carrying hidden agendas, and now we’re not only showing them to others we’re actively competing for what we want. This doesn’t have to get ugly–all it takes is a consciousness that accepts there’s plenty for everyone–but we may need to take a step back in interactions and allow ourselves some space. Communications will carry our true thoughts, fears, and aims–so don’t connect unless you feel safe being honest–and don’t allow material matters (which are better off left as they are or manipulated to prevent loss), or the details of what’s shared, to distract us from acting and responding as our best Selves. We have a chance at major empowerment and connecting successfully with our own potentials–if we can accept the extent of our own influence and reach–denial leaves us less potent than we began. (Perfecting today: Pluto trine Juno, Black Moon Lilith sextile Mars and sesquiquadrate Earth, Venus square Saturn and sesquiquadrate Vesta, Mercury square Sedna, Vesta trine Sun/ sextile Earth)

Getting in the Swing: 4 August 2015

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"To my hammer's swing / Hitherward sweep / Vapours and fogs! / Hovering mists! / Donner, your lord, summons his hosts!" Arthur Rackham  (illustrator) 'The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie'  (1910) {{PD}}

“To my hammer’s swing / Hitherward sweep / Vapours and fogs! / Hovering mists! / Donner, your lord, summons his hosts!” Arthur Rackham (illustrator) ‘The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie’ (1910) {{PD}}

Tuesday, August 4th, gaining a sense of personal effectiveness and power seems to run contrary to our beliefs and values; it’s as if what we need to do to make an impact is something we don’t really want to consider. The fact is, we may want and not understand what it will take to get it. Our desires are exaggerated, and making a beeline toward their fulfillment won’t get us the clout we’d like, either, no matter how obstacle-free the distance from ‘here’ to ‘there’ seems to be. If we pause for a moment, we realize we know the smart approach–it’s the practical one, the one for which we have the skills–and even if it doesn’t get us the flashy influence that would’ve tested our morals, it does bring us something that arises from our own understanding and wisdom–and so can bring us our wants without violating our beliefs or standards. Some will receive bursts of reward, knowledge, or praise over how they’ve shined in the world, and this can foster big changes–and those willing to see will have full access to the facts and the wise alternatives. (Vesta qnx Juno, Venus conj Jupiter both sesq Pluto, Sun trine Pallas)

Featured configuration: a Fist of God (also known as Thor’s Hammer, for Asgardians), consisting of Venus-Jupiter square Saturn, all sesquiquadrate Pluto=the reality picture for Love and/ or Money is based on facts/ what we know–that’s the only way to successfully make changes happen, at this point.

The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths 'The Children of Odin for the Book of Northern Myths' Padraic Colum (author) Willy Pogany (illustrator) 1916 {{PD}}

The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths
‘The Children of Odin for the Book of Northern Myths’ Padraic Colum (author) Willy Pogany (illustrator) 1916 {{PD}}

Working at a mad pace on the Vesta book, which just keeps growing. Thought I’d have it done by now, but since I’m acting as my own editor, well, let’s just say transiting Pluto square my Sun, and t Neptune quincunx my Mars, keeps me up at night, wondering, “Am I doing the right thing?” That same combo is likely what’s giving me some amazing dreams–I should preface this tale with the way I see words as I say (or type) them, almost like a banner that runs by. I cannot recognize a spoken word unless I have some concept of how to spell it (even if that’s a phonetic version). In this dream I was speaking a language I didn’t know, and I remember only vaguely seeing one very long word that began ‘oexti’  and ended ‘putl’. I was speaking with a man in a big feather cape, with a round hat. It felt as if something really momentous was about to happen. And then I woke up; the dream left only a lingering picture. Maybe, as has happened before, I’ll get a second installment to that dream image sometime in the future. Have a great week!

 

The Aquarius Full Moon July 2015: Reviving Ideals

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What has become stiff, false, unreal must be awaken and revitalized. Henri Rousseau - 'La zingara addormentata' 1920 {{PD}}

What has become stiff, false, unreal must be awakened and revitalized. Henri Rousseau – ‘La zingara addormentata’ 1920 {{PD}}

Just a side note to my readers: Blue Moons are neither astrological nor astronomical events, and so they hold no significance in these arenas; they are only a ‘thing’ because two Full Moons happen to fall in a (man-made) calendar month.

The Full Moon occurs on 31 July 2015 at 3:42 AM Pacific time at 7 Aquarius 55. Unless we allow an orb of more than 4 degrees for aspects, which we won’t, we get no contacts for this Moon. That’s okay–it places all the emphasis, and pinpoints the culmination, to matters of the House axis in the natal chart across which this Full Moon lies. We have an ending, reach a peak or goal, a revelation or understanding, in the area of the chart where Aquarius falls. We can look to the opposite House, the one that holds the Leo Sun, for some sense of where this came from, for explanation. Since the Sun is the originating light, we should be able to draw a line from those Leonine or House related circumstances that led to our Aquarian event, culmination, or ending; in the beginnings, we see the seeds of our result.

The Sabian for the Sun, the originating light, is ‘A Communist Activist Spreading His Revolutionary Ideals’. As individuals, at some point in life we in some way rebelled from what was and declared our new goals and ideals; this is what has spurred developments along the path to today, toward the specific result we get at the Full Moon. Our own radical choices, our own idealism, our own need to be different, apart, independent, modern, or ‘new’ has compelled a particular kinetic energy through time, and here we see the outcome. We may note that the Full Moon occurs just before Venus dips back into Leo; there may be more than a little connection between this Full Moon outcome and what went down 8 years ago. What happens is no one’s responsibility but our own, born in our declaration of our values, and our insistence on letting everyone know what embodies our ideal.

The Full Moon Sabian is: ‘Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures On Display’. The image is a little eerie, as wax can have a hauntingly translucent quality that resembles skin, but skin seen in dreams or airbrushed to downy opacity. This offers the figures a kind of mocking resemblance to living Beings, but in no way can they be confused with humans–and that may be the point: real life and living isn’t something done for display, isn’t about being ‘beautifully gowned’ to no point or effect, and this Full Moon may show us where our own version of living for the way it looks must end.

The implication is that something unusual, idealistic, radical we chose in the past led us, no matter our intentions, to a stance or way of Being that is artificial, inflexible, that is for show only–and we must let it go now. In some way what we found so perfect in the past has become something fake; we must reconnect with the inspired, wild origins of what has become lifeless, and give it life once again.

Aquarius Full Moon 31 July 2015

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Feeling Retrograde Ourselves: late July 2015

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You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

Oh! Venus and Uranus are just sitting there, at 00 Virgo and 20 Aries, respectively–and if you’ve got anything in the region (no more than a degree or two either side) of 00 of the Mutables or 20 of the Cardinals, then it may have been a little like having an elephant make himself comfortable on your lap–so, not comfortable at all. Venus and the Mutable contacts (they’ll be playing the lounge at the Paramus Holiday Inn on Friday!) are the lesser of the two stressors, moving from Virgo to Leo and taking our minds, well, right back to ourselves, but the improvement will be that we’ll have the lens of our own needs, ego, and our sense of generosity through which to gauge things.

Uranus, however, has been at this spot since late June–giving us plenty of time to see matters involving those related Cardinal points grind to a halt. Now, with the Uranus retrogradation, what we’ll observe will likely be our own Will doing an about-face, a kind of reticence where we once pushed forward so confidently. Add to this that Pluto is less than a degree from the point where he will go direct in late September, and you have a patchwork of energies in stop and go mode, mostly stop (or lingering painfully, maybe inching forward).

Be glad; this is a chance to really, truly, get yourself right with these energies and the points they’re contacting in the personal chart. They’ve slowed it down so we can catch up, ponder, really learn how to control this specific point of contact, and/ or are offering us a chance to refine what we’re trying to rush forward with. We’ve been feeling frustrated, thinking we know what we want and how to get it–this slowing is the Universe tutoring us on all we don’t know that we thought we did. Think about what you’ve been dealing with, and consider what it means to you (Venus), how original or inventive your urges, or how well they serve the individuality (Uranus), think about what really needs to change (don’t worry about how you’ll make it happen–Pluto), and for good measure let’s acknowledge Neptune, which is dragging the creative energies along the highway like tin cans tied to the bridal car. It’s time for a sort of Zen contemplation that can happen even as we go about our daily tasks. And we can look forward to at least a small denouement with the Full Moon of the 31st.

See a previous post for more on the Venus retrograde. My books are here, and the Vesta book is almost wrapped up. Enjoy your week!

A Tactical Retrograde: Venus Retreats 25 July 2015

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Venus Retrograde July 2015Our Lady of Love and Money has been lingering at the 00 Virgo mark for a bit now, and tomorrow (the 25th) at 2:29 AM Pacific time, she begins her apparent backward motion. ‘Tactical Retrograde’ is a military term meaning ‘retreat’, and this retro period may be centered in an examination of Venus and chart-area themed euphemisms, all continuations in one form or another of circumstances 8 years ago. Virgo is mutable earth, connecting us to practical matters, but the shift into Leo’s fixed fire narrows the attention and subject matter to ourselves and our wants–and initial aspects suggest we will have to work in symbols, euphemisms, metaphors, to look indirectly at our subjects, because to do otherwise would be too harsh to allow for much progress.

We’ll start out the retro period with a critical (Virgo) mindset; we want to set things right, correct, account for, and otherwise get matters of Love and Money on track. Keeping our usual close orbs, the turnaround point makes no contacts. The first aspect completed is a square to Saturn (other than a square from the Moon, which is likely to kick things off emotionally), and that only when Venus proceeds into Leo. The implication may be that for all our good intentions, reality comes along and delivers some hard facts–and those facts are about ourselves and our egos (Leo), and whether we successfully ‘shine’ within our own lives–or not. And we’ll be given some illuminating feedback from the social circle when Venus hits Jupiter–so, like it or loathe it, what we have to look forward to is illumination of the things within our own attitudes and expectations that have created our current Love and Money circumstances.

Of course, a Venus retro distorts our usual Venusian standards and perceptions; we’re willing to experiment in these areas in ways we would typically find unappealing, too costly, below our standards, or even repulsive. We are also prone to alterations to taste and fancies in both literal and figurative senses; the trick, though, is not to avoid trying something new, it’s just to make sure that, as long as Venus moves backward, we don’t take steps in Venusian areas that can’t be easily undone later. Dye your hair–yes, shave your head and tattoo hair on it–no; try new foods–yes, insist on preparing the blowfish yourself–no; date someone you wouldn’t usually look twice at–yes, marry them on your first date–no; paint a wall purple–yes, paint the entire house inside and out purple, no; decide to open a savings account–yes, decide to empty your 401K and dump it all in the stock market, no; jet to Spain for four days–yes, abandon your current life and jet to Spain with no intention of ever returning, oh no. It’s not that you won’t like what you’ve done after direction–maybe you will–it’s that the retro period is for shifting your perceptions, allowing a new viewpoint that can allow experimentation and a broadening of horizons, not for making definitive life changes. You may wake up when it’s over and find it wasn’t for you–that’s why it’s so important you don’t do anything irrevocable. Venereal risks of all kinds are a problem at this time, because we just aren’t assessing things the usual way. Just be aware.

We can get a lot of clues about what we’ll be dealing with by looking back 8 years. That’s the last time Venus retrograded in this spot, and circumstances, topics, and dilemmas will often simply re-appear, sometimes just as they were, other times in new guises–but still posing the same fundamental questions and challenges. Of note: a Fist of God in effect on turnaround day made up of a square between Jupiter and Saturn, apex Vesta=this may signal that our efforts and ideas oriented toward expansion clash with the reality picture–the only thing that may survive are those matters we honor, and what we find sacred, especially in the home life or in the relationship with the mate. Since Saturn and Jupiter are the two first contacts of retro Venus (not counting Luna), this might describe our retro experience. Out of the conflict comes what really matters–if you become overwhelmed, make a strategic tactical retrograde, and deal with it when the pressure subsides. Happy Venus Retrograde!

See books and services–and to those waiting for the Vesta book, it’s on its way, though I may not make the promised end-of-July deadline. Thanks for making me so busy!

This has lots to ponder, from the excellent Jude Cowell over at ‘Stars Over Washington’

Just a Little AstroEssence 21-24 July 2015: Think About It

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Memento mori, Napoli {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons with Thanks–

The 21st Matters are very solidly delineated; rules are firm and obvious, obstacles have clearly defined outlines, restrictions are out in the open, and what it takes to accomplish is enumerated definitively. It all seems to be above-board and laid out for our perusal–but seems is the operative word. Our own wounds have a voice in what we choose to ignore or deny, and we may not be aware of this, as thinking, though intuitively following our inner wisdom, still manages to skirt those issues we’re in denial of or feel we must avoid. We won’t be conscious of it, but we’ll go out of our way to hide from ourselves what’s unpleasant, and that will obscure our path to empowerment. If we can deal with facts and what is in an equitable way, not allowing ourselves to shy away out of vague feelings of unease, we can accomplish a lot–otherwise the main activity might be spinning our wheels. (Chiron parallel Black Moon Lilith, Neptune contra-parallel Juno, Mercury parallel and sesq Pallas while falling at the midpt of Sedna-Black Moon Lilith, Sun tr/ Earth sxt Saturn)

By the 22nd it’s all about the facts, and we’re able to see (and are firmly connected to) the reality picture–and that means it’s a good time to make decisions, to maneuver, or assess circumstances. Our attention will shift more toward ourselves, and we’ll likely get a little more objectivity concerning material matters at this point, paving the way for the Superior Conjunction of Merc and the Sun, the seed moment for plans and ideas, on the 23rd. (The 22nd: Merc tr Saturn, Sun enters Leo/ Earth enters Aquarius)

The 23rd Self examination goes well; we know what we want and need, and are cogitatin’ how to get it. With Merc entering Leo to join up with the Sun, we enjoy a clear mandate for promoting ourselves and our causes, as expressing highest values is just naturally the smart thing to do. Be prepared, though: nothing really worthwhile comes completely free, at this point–getting what we want will cost. (Vesta tr Pallas, Earth qnx Venus)

The 24th we’re nostalgic for the past, probably for some sense of autonomy we once had, as our ideas are opposed (or just not supported) by authorities or Mother Nature. We’re out of balance, looking too intently to others for permission; remember you’re in charge of you, of your accomplishments, efforts, and the arbiter of your choices and level of Self-control, and you’ll make excellent progress. (Merc opp Ceres and tr SN)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 20 July 2015: The Natural Choice

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If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out--trust yourself.  Frederick Goodall 'The Finding of Moses' 1862

If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out–trust yourself.
Frederick Goodall ‘The Finding of Moses’ 1862

20 July we hold the personal authority at this time to shape our Path just as we’d like–but somehow the social sphere, or the opportunities offered us, or the facts, don’t support our choices. We are disconnected from our ideals, our thinking is deluded or confused (a rare few will stumble on good creative ideas, out in the weeds), and we’re just not able, no matter how hard we try, to see the wise choice. Dealing with today’s energies requires a sense of Self-trust that doesn’t shut down incoming data because it threatens illusions–those who are defensive tell themselves others are just messing with their dreams, but they actually may need to reassess what they value–the real worth of things is hidden beneath ideals and illusions, at this time–and all of us are almost certainly missing something in our assessment of what is and what we want. Use Nature as a guide, and be completely willing to accept responsibility for your own choices–at this point what we choose is no one’s fault but our own. (Perfecting today: Ceres tr NN, Jupiter sq Sedna, Neptune contra-parallel Venus and sesq Mercury, Sun sesq Pallas)

Bonus: for everyone with placements at 00 degrees of all signs except Leo and Libra: Venus is speaking, in relation to that placement or point she’s contacting–are you listening? She talks of Love, Money, and what you left unfinished, 8 years ago.

I’m almost fully booked for the next few months–if you’ve queried but haven’t reserved time, you may want to nowor get my books here–and everyone, have a great Monday!

Your Weekend Outlook 18-19 July 2015: Not What It Seems

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'L'Illusion' Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

‘L’Illusion’ Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

Saturday the 18th we become horribly willful about our ambitions and desires, and those things we admire, love, or value suddenly seem to warrant criticism. Why? It could be that our minds are in rebellious mode; we’re resisting every group expectation and progressive call out of sheer pique–but we may also be dealing with our own deep need for freedom–and we may not see any other way of feeling our independence except by pushing away others or by refusing to conform–even when that’s what we want. Instincts, driven by matters we’ve ignored or denied, may drive us in the wrong direction, and both messages we receive and our own thoughts are erratic–we’re only getting part of the story at any one time. Take it easy, avoid knee-jerk reactions, and try not to be too aggressive with others–if we can’t divine our own best actions, we certainly can’t divine theirs!

Sunday the 19th we enjoy healing communications and a sense of empowerment brought forward by exercising our values, and by interaction in relationships or by earning. Material matters are serious, may bring about great and irrevocable change, and may not seem to be as intense or life-changing as they really are. Tread with care.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 16-17 July 2015: Facts Won’t Help

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By George Grie wikidata:Q4160484 'Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer' Date 2007 Source/Photographer http://www.neosurrealismart.com  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

By George Grie wikidata:Q4160484
‘Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer’
Date 2007
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For everyone, finances and relationships can be very strained at this point; or, reality introduces some new and unexpected twists and turns to the Money or Love picture. You’re on the verge of big shifts in one or both of these areas–and if you’ve put in your time and energy, the results could be excellent.

On the 16th our own ambitions and wants get in the way of clear thinking and communicating–not what we’d like to hear after the New Moon gave us a kind of clean slate. Taking as kind a viewpoint as possible within interactions and toward others is the best way to avoid unintended damage, though don’t expect to have a great relationship with facts today–it’s just not happening.

Due to popular demand :) I’ll be adding in a word image or two as they occur to me; today it’s the Titanic, the lost ocean liner (I heard it mentioned six times in one day, and couldn’t ignore it!) What massive project is ‘going down’, and there’s nothing you can do about it, but acknowledge it? Is it the newness of the venture (the ‘maiden voyage’) that prevents you recognizing it’s just not feasible? What you may need to see is that there’s some recklessness attached, some hubris or reassurances that can’t be backed up–better to get out now than when it actually begins to sink. Or are you the iceberg, intractable, and causing difficulties for others because of it? Though it may not be a problem now, compromise will be the most effective way to keep contacts and relationships intact.

On the 17th the imagination or creativity is challenged by what we see before us. The response we need to have will be one that allows us to be in complete command of ‘the vision’–anything less, and we can be easily mislead. Bonus: know that the social circle won’t be much help, and neither will ‘what you know’–successful activity might rely more on faith or inspiration at this point.

Today’s image is the word ‘Tudor’. It’s an English Royal family, it’s a house construction style, there’s a stylized rose named for it–but all stem from a specific, ‘glory days’ time period for a particular kingdom–and that suggests a couple of things: that ‘glory days’ aren’t meant to go on forever, that styles change, that influence is a fleeting thing, that sometimes you’re prominent and then, well, you’re not. Consider too whatever associations this word brings forward for you–or it may simply be a synchronicity marker, a flag to tell you, ‘Pay attention!’

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The Cancer New Moon 15 July 2015: Healing An Imbalance

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Paul Gauguin - Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Cancer occurs at 6:25 PM Pacific time on the 15th at 23 Cancer 14, and makes only a few contacts, so I’ll be stretching orbs a bit so that we get some kind of picture. Usually I shy away from expansive orbs, as I feel things can get sloppy fast; this time, though, we have a loose Grand Trine that really may be the heart of the event. Too, I usually don’t pay much attention to what else is happening, preferring to focus on the New or Full Moon contacts so that we can delineate the NM or FM effects away from everything else, making it very clear what leads to what. Today I’m breaking both those rules–hold on!

Though I’m stretching those orbs, I won’t go crazy with it, and that means that the Mercury-Mars pairing that some might consider conjunct the New Moon won’t be for me–but we still need to note that aggressive speech under a banner of how much one cares may be the offering of the day. This also suggests that those not normally assertive verbally or with their ideas may find a little fire today and let everyone know what they think–and this possibly signals for them a new way of communicating or of expecting to be treated, courtesy of the New Moon.

There’s also the matter of Venus at 29 tense degrees of Leo. The poor girl is wound up tight about identity, who’s in the spotlight, about matters of generosity, about how to best shine, and about recent vicissitudes in Love or Money–and she’s preparing to retrograde soon, which implies that all this stress will find outlet in re-visiting similar topics, matters, or life areas from 8 years ago, whatever those were for you, when she last retrograded at approximately this point in the chart. Note this: whether or not current Venusian stresses seem to relate to 8 years ago, they will flow out through those life areas where Venus retros soon, the same ones visited 8 years ago–so don’t be fooled if the forms they take look new or unfamiliar.

Now, finally, the New Moon! It has sextiles to Black Moon Lilith and Sedna (though fails to fall at their midpoint), creates a loose Water Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron, and the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis forms a T-square with Uranus. What’s born at the New Moon is born from instinct, or from those things we’ve ignored or denied, or by anger stirred by matters that normally fall in our ‘blind spot’–suddenly we see them, and wow, are we upset! What’s born makes for emotional release, and that can’t help but offer healing, even if the precipitating event itself is upsetting.

The idea is that if we attended to things yesterday (see my post for the 14th) what comes forward now may be something healing and emotionally positive (the Water GT, Chiron), and that potentially results in real-world change or the lifting of restrictions (Saturn). The ‘T’ involving Uranus suggests we may be taken by surprise by what’s born–we may not have anticipated the new understanding that underpins events, and we may feel pressure to ‘modernize’, to learn new protocols, to catch up to the group, or to be original and inventive–but in any case what begins is something unusual, at least in terms of what we cared about (Cancer) previously. Likely subjects are described by the natal House where the New Moon occurs, and/ or the Houses where your natal Sun and Moon sit, or those they rule (and probably a combination of these). A few will rebel or act erratically in reaction to what happens, taking anything upsetting as an individual affront, and missing the chance for healing and removal of restrictions that events bring.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Woman And Two Men Castaways On A Small Island Of The South Seas’  Now, no matter how copacetic a scenario involving three may be, eventually someone feels like a third wheel–and that makes either a tricycle, or a really uncomfortable scene. With this image we’re told these are castaways–so involuntarily in this situation–and the implication is there’s no one else there. We should also be aware of the imbalance in energies: two representatives of the animus, doing energy and one of the being, receptive energy–and so the symbol may speak to an imbalance in our own approach that possibly precipitates the New Moon upset or change. We may be emphasizing aggression, action, ‘tackling’ a job, and using too little receptivity; the result of this kind of imbalance is typically the kind of surprises we will have at the New Moon: entirely of our own creation, we look upon them astonished, shocked that such upset, healing, and the resulting freedom, are actually of our own making.

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The New Moon in Cancer 15 July 2015

Just a Little AstroEssence 8-14 July 2015: Tiltin’

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'Le Moulin de la Galette', by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

‘Le Moulin de la Galette’, by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

8 July we suddenly feel that everyone is a lot more caring–at least, that’s what they say, what they communicate–but our attention is likely on our own ambitions and wants, and how what we’re doing in the everyday is in conflict with achieving our goals. Actions should be based on ideals, and as long as we keep the ego out of it, we can’t be led astray or deceived–but be too Willful or aggressive, and you might find yourself tilting at windmills, Quixote-style.

Take note of the Earth-Pluto, still conjunct, and the way the Sun-Earth-Pluto forms a T-square with Zeus=at this point we may get a glimpse ahead to serious material change on the horizon, with our ambition and desire picture as the tipping factor; our desires propel the shift, which is likely generated through conflict, the need to resolve tension, or a breaking away from current direction in order to make a big, dramatic push toward getting what we want.

9 July temper, irritation, and the need to choose (probably over something we’ve been torn about for some time) come forward from our ‘blind spot’ and challenge our equilibrium. Instincts can inform the direction we take, but our usual weaknesses are still in place; that means that to succeed we’ll need to recognize that we’re not infallible, and then ask for help to fill in our own skill or knowledge gap. That’s the best bet for putting ourselves in a good position, from which we can then act in the most effective way possible.

10 July action and successful Self-assertion flow from wisdom and skills, and if we can communicate our own empowerment position, we can deal with any upset concerning current life direction (we should anticipate either criticism over our independence or leadership, and/ or a lack of cooperation from others). Determine your own course at this time, and be Self-responsible–it’s the only way to have control over outcomes.

11 July talk is about power, even if it doesn’t seem to be, and material matters may make us feel less than adequately empowered. Best results come when we stay both centered and calm, no matter what.

12 July we can draw on empowerment lessons of the past to inform our present, and erratic behavior, rebelliousness, and show-offy displays of intellect or educational heft earn us a punch in the nose (figuratively or literally) and send us reeling off course. Channel contrariness into original efforts, and don’t worry about whether those efforts are propelling you closer to goals–it’s time to indulge your unique spark, to celebrate your individuality, and to find a form for it that wreaks as little havoc as possible.

We enter Dark of the Moon today–giving ourselves a little more solitude, a little more time to do things, and a little more space for contemplation and rest will benefit everything we do, and prepare us for the New Moon new beginning ahead.

13 July we could experience difficult financial or relationship situations, and though mental processes are practically-oriented and even wise, they may not adequately honor those things we value most. Communications could be fanciful, mislead us, or inspire us, and we see precisely how to go about healing troubled situations. If we can find a way to re-orient ourselves to our highest standards, we can make valuable headway in fixing what might have gone wrong, with our pocketbook or our interactions.

14 July it’s the things we’ve been ignoring, denying, and generally shoving under the rug that trip us up today. Instinct whispers to avoid those matters but odds are we will ignore the warning and plow forward–and we find ourselves tiltin’ at windmills again. And, resulting actions and choices cause unintended havoc in the reality picture. Slow down and deal with things one at a time–and don’t leave unpleasant dealings for later–attend to them now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2-7 July 2015

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Albert Anker 'Kind mit Puppe' (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Albert Anker ‘Kind mit Puppe’ (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Hello Poppets (defined as “a small figure of a human being used in sorcery and witchcraft”–yes, I’m sure that’s what I meant!) I’m back with a wee look ahead, here in the lee of the Full Moon. Yesterday’s events most likely re-defined something for you, something related to the House where the FM fell. And look, it wasn’t so bad, was it? We’re up and walking around already! Whether there was a tad of trauma involved or not, the change (even if it doesn’t seem so yet) is for the good–and if you were paying attention, it probably gave you a pretty solid idea of what to do next.

Today (the 2nd), we hear and say some surprising things; communications can turn on a dime, can shock, or we may receive a message (ultimatum?) from the group. Gird your loins. As to material matters, navigate them using instinct, and be aware of the potential for tripping over your own ‘blind spot’ material.

On the 3rd there may be a lot of unnecessary grousing, irritation, and behavior that threatens, just a little, the current power structure. Where you stand in the power hierarchy determines whether this is good or bad :) Bonus: you may get a great idea or two, or understand how to expand interests or please the social sphere–but it’s not the best time to act on that. Note the inspired thoughts, and wait to implement.

On the 4th deep breathing is in order; enjoy the oddly quiet interior landscape. The good news is, that suggests we won’t be thinking about ourselves excessively, or mulling things over too much. We get an idea of what to expect by asking, What’s usually going on when we’re not focused on ourselves?

The 5th is problematic: we fixate on (or at least see) everything in our reality that “needs correcting”. The key is to recognize just how much of this is within our control to change–and how much is our own fault, because we’ve ignored or neglected matters. Please note: non-defensive communication brings cooperation, possibly reward, and definitely improves relationships.

Today, the 6th, the Sun opposes Pluto–which means that heavy-hitter is conjunct the Earth. The Sun also quincunxes Pallas. The implication may be that the environment and/ or material matters pose danger, a threat of destruction, or the opportunity for re-building or even transformation, in the Capricorn-connected areas of the natal chart, and in those ruled by Pluto. It’s smart to be willing to handle that Plutonian element of change head-on. Own your personal power (don’t pretend to be smaller than you are!) and things will move ahead productively.

And finally, by Tuesday the 7th the mental faculties are shining bright–and possibly become set in stone. Accepting that thinking must remain as it is today is a mistake that will cause us to act in ways that conflict with our highest values (and possibly damage our relationship to the mate or the home circumstances), and that may encourage us to sublimate upset and funnel it into relationships, or into financial ‘acting out’. Stay flexible, my friends; the only way things will go badly is if we are set on seeing ourselves and our thinking as ‘perfect’.

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Full Moon in Capricorn falls at 7:20 PM Pacific time on 1 July 2015 at 9 Cap 55: From Impetus Comes Change

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Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned

Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned “I Watched the Water-Snakes,” it depicts a sailor on the bowsprit of a sailing ship tied to a dead albatross, with water-serpents in the sea around him. 1876 {{PD}}

I’m making an exception on orbs this time around, allowing four+ degrees so that we can include the Full Moon conjunct Pluto and opposed Mars. The symmetry of it, with one on one end of the event axis and one on the other, and at either side of the FM degree as if they are two children on a see-saw, trying to balance out something between them, can’t be ignored. It’s as if our anger, action urge, personal initiative, or ‘I Want’ (Mars) launches things (as companion to the Sun, without which we’d have no Full Moon), and in the culmination this becomes either a transformative or destructive energy (Pluto), potentially changing or tearing down our walls, barriers, rules, the structure of our lives, or those things that have been holding us back (Capricorn).

The FM is also sextile Neptune and square Vesta, implying that what must change may conflict with the way we believe things should be—we’ll be bucking our own values, in this regard—but the contact to Neptune suggests we have a chance to create something much more like our ideals—so don’t resist.

The FM also forms apex to a loose Fist of God with a base of Sedna square Venus. A Fist always suggests that what occurs will be tough, that we’ll in some way ‘take a beating’, but here we see that our own ‘blind spot’ or instinctual response within a financial or relationship situation will be involved with (and perhaps be a catalyst for) FM action. What occurs (or more specifically, what we do—Mars) could initiate rage (Pluto) but could also act as a ‘tipping point’ for the change the FM promises.

Special notice goes to a minor aspect that seems to cry out (via the 29 degree placement of Saturn) for attention, and that is the Full Moon’s novile to a Saturn under stress. The ‘genius’ (the novile) of what culminates at the FM comes directly from a stressful reality situation, one of having been or having been required to be restrained, from obstacles, dead ends, delays, or setbacks that have now become intolerable—or perhaps where we see we must do something to break the impasse.

Sabian for the FM: ‘An Albatross Feeding From The Hand Of A Sailor’ This symbol speaks directly to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, which tells of an albatross following a ship, considered good luck, and the sailor who shoots it, in the eyes of the crew bringing disaster to their voyage—hence the term, ‘an albatross around one’s neck’, meaning that something or some action has marked you as the bringer of bad things. Here though the sailor feeds the albatross, so encourages the potentials for good luck. That suggests that if we embrace whatever changes, transforms, or is destroyed with the Full Moon, we will increase our chances of a fortuitous outcome.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘A Large Diamond In The First Stages Of The Cutting Process’ This suggests that what culminates at the Full Moon comes as we make efforts to achieve a goal; we are not promised that we will reach that goal, but instead that in the process of moving forward (expressing our Mars) we encounter change and its inevitable effects (Pluto), and then must go from there.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 22 June 2015: Opportunity Abounds

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Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

As you may have guessed, I’m halting ‘Born Today’ for the foreseeable (ha! a forecasting joke) future. Sorry to those who might be disappointed. Instead I offer today’s look ahead and today’s image (for synchronicity and guidance), in the hope that you’ll forgive me.

22 June we may attract some unprecedented opportunities that come from our attitude of independence and/ or our sense of originality, but acquiring true power isn’t to be, at least not if we haven’t taken care of every, and I mean every, denied or ignored thing, and every spot of rage we carry. That doesn’t stop us from making the most of what does come our way—we have the energy and verve to make huge progress—but if we want to hold authority, we’d better first purge ourselves of anger and resentment—especially the upset we’d consciously swear up and down we don’t have. (Ceres sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith, Jupiter trine Uranus)

Today’s image is a plant that’s been getting too little light. What vital element have you not been getting enough of to function at peak levels? That’s the question we answer today.

Your Weekend Forecast 20-21 June 2015: Navigating the Waters

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Anders Zorn 1891

Anders Zorn 1891

20 June reality is not what it appears to be—and in particular, destructive or transformative elements may not play out as anticipated. What ‘blocks the light’ isn’t an obstacle so much as an expression of power that we are interpreting as a blockage or wall. Transform your idea of what’s stopping you, and you will be able to see how to get where you want to go. (Saturn quincunx Sun and semi-square Pluto)

21 June attempts to expand our reach clash with our highest values and priorities, and what we value we automatically think will be destroyed—and our thoughts, inescapable, seem written in stone. It’s an odd day when we feel caught by a dozen different currents, with none strong enough to actually determine our course, and none weak enough to allow us to row our boat out of the whirlpools and onto shore. There can be a lot of needless fear generated by our own busy minds; at the same time, we may come up with ideas that are winners, especially if they concern tapping into our personal power and working with, rather than against, authorities. Changes to relationships and financial circumstances occur at this time because we are too thoroughly divorced from reality; embrace what is, as decisions will go better and outcomes will be a lot more positive than they will if we ignore it. (Jupiter sesquiquadrate Vesta, Venus quincunx Pluto, parallel Mercury, and Merc and Venus contra-parallel Saturn, with Merc trine Ceres, and Sun into Cancer/ Earth into Capricorn)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

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'The Harvest Moon' Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

‘The Harvest Moon’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

This is the New Moon report and the daily aspects for the 16th from the second-to-last and current issue of ECLIPSE. The title, ‘Out of Pain’, is meant to imply both that what arises may be formed by our wounds, and that it may help carry us away from a mindset of hurt.

16 June efforts bring empowerment—that’s pretty straightforward—but material results may be influenced by our blind spot issues, and so not exactly follow expectations. The more Self-aware we are, the better our results are likely to be, and whatever you end up with, you need to realize that it is a manifestation of your conscious choices and unconscious mind—and so mixes the two—any part that surprises you should be examined closely for the implications it carries about what you’re brewing out of your own sight. (Mars sextile Juno, Earth quincunx Sedna)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

We’ll call this NM the arm of a T-square that it would normally be just a tad too wide to consider, in aspect to the opposition between Black Moon Lilith and Chiron. When we note the presence of the Earth, though, we have to admit we have a Grand Cross with this trio, so I suppose it’s only right to count it as part of this larger configuration, even though Earth’s presence in one corner only signals a material effect to the whole pattern. What is birthed at the New Moon comes directly from the way our sense of hurt, a specific wound, possibly the primal one, collides with all those matters we’ve ignored or denied, or with our sense of rage over some injustice, and what results is some new material condition, probably some sort of knowledge, response (‘getting the message out’ or going forward in educating the Self), retreat to the religious for answers, or the removal of someone or something to a far off place (Sagittarius).

The NM also sextiles Juno, conjuncts Mars, and makes a close semi-sextile to Sedna (only 2 minutes from exact, which is why we note it). These contacts reiterate the message of the Grand Cross, emphasizing the ‘I Am’, the ego, personal empowerment, and that material hidden in the blind spot or that lives below the surface and expresses as instinct. It also speaks of action taken, either at the NM or spurred by it, and promises we hold enough clout to do as we choose—and we likely choose something arising from or addressing our wounds and our regrets.

We talk about something originating with or born at the New Moon phase when it might be more appropriate to talk about the NM as a kind of aperture through which we glimpse something new, or at least, something we’ve never noticed before. As in the case of this NM, the materials that generate the new start may have been around a long time (the Chirotic wound, the rage of BML, Sedna) but we are allowed at this point to get a new sight of them in a specific combination that reveals something not previously noticed, either about the character of the energy itself, or about the way we’ve up to now interpreted it.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Frost-Covered Trees Against Winter Skies’. We get a winter image/ symbol for a summer NM (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere—then you’re getting one ‘in season’). This suggests, no matter on which side of the equator you reside, a distinctive ‘season’ during which the landscape (inner or outer) is uniform, and ‘wears’ the specifics of the time. Winter is the point in the cycle when everything is still, dormant, or dead. What we don’t often realize about winter is that this is a necessary time; there are seeds that wouldn’t sprout without the soaking they get from snow, there are bulbs that won’t bloom without weeks of cold, and the soil and many living things retreat from activity, in a way resting and replenishing for the growth to come in spring. Dormancy is its own ‘event’, its own form of activity—and that’s something that as humans living in an animus/ ‘doing’ driven society we may neglect to appreciate.

This tells us that, in the wake of NM events, we may need to ‘go dormant’, may need to retreat from active involvement in matters, even for just a short time, if the New Moon offers a new viewpoint that we aren’t accustomed to, and about which we haven’t yet made up our minds. The symbol is a reassurance that we needn’t act right away, should we need time to contemplate what we’ve had to confront, what we’ve needed to process, and what may have changed because of it.

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Born Today 12 June

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You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini--it's NOT all in your head! 'The Fire' Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini–it’s NOT all in your head! ‘The Fire’ Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

If someone could take a picture of you on the inside this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, they would probably title it, ‘Soul on Fire!’ You have boundless energy to pursue your life’s purpose, a mind sparking sharp as flint–it just needs a little magnesium and some tinder, aka the right substance and fuel, to burn bright–and a conscious refusal to allow neither hurt, rage, or ignored issues to get in your way. What can you expect from all this? You can expect to make some very smart choices, to acquire or sharpen some needed and highly useful skills, and you may want to begin positioning yourself to make a presentation to authorities–that will pay off very nicely, very quickly. Happy Birthday, Gemmy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 June

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The good news is you won't lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck 'Salome II'

The good news is you won’t lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’

Wow! This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday, you may have a lot of trouble getting outside your own head! It will seem like your brain is on fire, and you’ve got to do, act, choose–and you’ve got to do it now. You do know that will be an illusion, right? You know that what’s pushing you isn’t Willfulness or even the ego, but those matters you’ve pushed aside and should’ve taken care of long ago–that, and any pain you carry will be the impetus behind your radical and aggressive push forward this coming year–but I hope you aren’t judging this as a bad thing. It’s actually an inspired thing, something prompted by your own inner wisdom and driven by your need to develop and show skills you’ve long wanted to acquire and/ or perfect. You want to be your best Self, and that’s an admirable thing–and you’ll devote this coming year to achieving it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 10 June

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh - 'Pinks' c1920 {{PD}}

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – ‘Pinks’ c1920 {{PD}}

It’s a new era for you this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday; you’ll learn to respect what your emotions tell you, and to revere the accuracy of the intuition, as never before. Honing the uniqueness of your perceptual abilities, and learning how to use them, will be the driving force–but it won’t necessarily be easy. You may have to make some mistakes in order to learn the value of your intuitive knowledge, and you may have to learn to balance what you perceive with real-world feedback–and both of those are good, useful in the way you’ll be called upon to make important choices, and perhaps to lead. You’ll need to apply your wisdom to many areas, but there are potentials for significant healing, use of your Chiron-themed skills, and the chance to clear up matters too long ignored or denied. You’re on a role, perception and wisdom-wise–take advantage of it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 9 June

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Thomas Le Clear - 'Interior with Portraits' c1865 {{PD}}

Thomas Le Clear – ‘Interior with Portraits’ c1865 {{PD}}

The challenge to you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, is to formulate original ideas, especially those that can put you in a leadership or pioneering position, and then to act on them. That sounds simple enough, but may leave you wondering just how to know if what you are moved to do is truly original; here are a few things that may help: perhaps ‘unique’, or ‘born out of a Higher Mind impulse’ are better descriptors of what can and should move you this year–both allow for you to take something that may have been done before and to do it in a very individual way, one that reflects who you are; emotions and intuition will be in conflict with these impulses, and either won’t be available as reliable guides, or will pull you in an entirely different direction, so that little forward progress is made, and awareness of this is important; find an individual or group that can fill that intuitive advice role, even if that’s the ‘180 degree’ rule, where whatever they say, you do the opposite! and know that wisdom can be drawn from past hurt and the imaginings of future ones, from a willingness to face problems right away, and from being willing to think before you do, and then to do–that combo, thinking and doing, are your strong suit this year, no question. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 8 June

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You don't have to spend years in the chorus, if you'll only listen to the Universe, Gemini.  Jean-Louis Forain 'The Singer in Pink' {{PD}}

You don’t have to spend years in the chorus, if you’ll only listen to the Universe, Gemini. Jean-Louis Forain ‘The Singer in Pink’ {{PD}}

Though your mind is on the career or public reputation and the achievement of ambitions and goals this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your energy will actually be going in a completely different direction, leaving you pretty bummed at year’s end when you’re no closer to your aims than you are today. Cheer up, dear Gemini: the reality is that both Luck (with a big ‘L’!) and opportunity are scheduled for you–it’s just that you have to be alert to them when they arrive, and open to pursuing the course they require. What comes up may strike you as taking you away from the direction you want to head, but the truth is that your mind is stuck in a rut, and that includes in the aspiration department; the Universe will very kindly offer you (probably more than one) Big Chance to Be Somebody–so don’t blow the opportunity to, for instance, star in a Broadway play because you’re insisting on auditioning for a walk-on for TV. The Universe has better dreams for you than you could ever have for yourself–it’s on you if you turn them down and insist on your own narrow vision. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 7 June

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Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre  Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

You’re headed toward action, dear Gemini, that will open up your world to new structures, rules, and order–and that sounds awful, doesn’t it? You may be wondering, Where’s that freedom I asked for? Oh, you’ll get it–and from that you’ll create a new framework upon which to hang your choices. The trick to making it work will be staying emotionally and intellectually in synch, and that may take a cool, Big Picture approach to happenings and circumstances–and though you typically like to think your way through things, the mental faculties may seem stuck in place this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, frustrating your efforts to bring order to that personal freedom you’ll soon experience. The potential for anything goes will come in the matters of the Houses where Sag and Leo are in the natal chart, and these are the same areas that will require re-building. Remember, keep feelings and the philosophy behind your reasoning aligned; gain empowerment and wisdom from past hurts and slights–it’s a source of invaluable insight; and be prepared to feel some things you’ve never felt before, and to take action because of this–all the other change flows from there. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence for 10 June 2015 ‘Surprise!’

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You might burst a seam, if you're not careful. 'A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam' by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

You might burst a seam, if you’re not careful. ‘A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam’ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

10 June if you’ve been straining at the seams to whisper those sweet nothings to that special someone, or just to have your say in relationship, now’s the time—Merc’s stationary retrograde and will sit roughly at this point even after direction—and holding in this much tension over the course of three or four days could cause unpleasant bursting—or maybe just a few random and passionate exclamations to no one in particular. We’re in an excellent position to show who we are, to emphasize our uniqueness and originality in a way that’s totally accepted—so don’t fear making the connection, go for it! At the very least you’ll probably make a new friend, or, if the energy is aimed at some other Venusian interest like earning or diplomacy or aesthetics, you can expect to have some (probably surprising) success. (Mercury sextile Venus, Sun sextile/ Earth trine Uranus)

‘Born Today’s will follow–

Grand Square 7-14 June 2015

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'Sign' by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

‘Sign’ by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

This week’s tip:

Grand Square-Mars and the Sun are filling in a config with Chiron, Black Moon Lilith, and Pallas, which will last through sometime late Pacific time on the 14th. This takes our own particular stew of wisdom, ignored or denied factors, rage or perceptions of injustice, and energies dedicated to hurt or healing, and gives them energy and purpose. This combo can take us forward quickly, either into a morass of trouble, or on an active and smart path to healing–our choice, of course, with the determining factor how much the ego is involved in our choices.

Born Today 6 June

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Don't let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, 'Monkeys as Judges of Art', 1889 {{PD}}

Don’t let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, ‘Monkeys as Judges of Art’, 1889 {{PD}}

You’ve got ambitions, dear Gemini, and this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll spend your time expanding your horizons, and in the process making changes. That sounds simple, but the reality will be that the extent of your knowledge (especially its limits), your relationship to the social sphere, and your beliefs about life itself will all coalesce and drive those changes you choose–and that can mean that changes may be less about choice and how this will take you toward your goals, and more about pressures you feel and your willingness (or lack of it) to learn new things. Circumstances will hinge on how willing you are to open your mind, heart, and world to new experiences–but you should know, there’s no one right answer to this–sometimes it will be smarter to, as a former First Lady admonished us, ‘Just say No.’ That means personal discretion becomes incredibly important–and the key for you using that this coming year is to refuse to allow past hurts to cast their shadow on what you know to be wise and/ or practical. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

I’ve got new offerings and a few openings for consults–see those here–Thanks, and have a great weekend!

The Astrology of ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’

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Rudolf Ernst 'The Perfume Maker' 19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

Rudolf Ernst ‘The Perfume Maker’
19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

This is from the current issue of ECLIPSE.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2007)  I initially thought this was based on a true story when I started the movie, though it became clear somewhere along the way that it was, even if based in reality, a kind of fairy-tale. The main character is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (created by the writer Patrick Süskind in his 2001 novel of the same name as the movie), and we follow him from birth to death—or re-absorption by the Universe, as it were—with the presentation of his birth data and the date of his leaving this plane, the latter including the time. So, I thought it would be fun to look at his chart, and see if it really described a man who had a tremendously heightened sense of smell—but no ability to feel—and who goes on a ruthless quest to capture the odor of ‘beautiful woman’ in a bottle. The movie is gorgeously made, and has many striking moments, the best of which is when Grenouille, taken to be hanged in the town square, unleashes his intoxicating creation, to amazing results.

The story begins with Grenouille’s birth in the early morning at the Paris fish market on 17 July 1738. I chose 9 AM as the time, in part because it gives him a Void 29 degree Moon in Cancer in the 11th House=extreme sensitivity without the usual emotional protection afforded the individual (the Void status, which can make the environment seem like it’s assaulting the person, 24/7), located in the House of goals, wishes, dreams, making this sensitivity central to his existence. The Void Moon is square Pluto=emotions, under stress, burnt out, destroyed. He also has Mercury in Cancer conjunct Saturn-Neptune and only 4 minutes off an exact sextile to his Mars in Taurus=what a perfect portrait of a man driven by acute senses (Merc in Cancer) with the creative compulsion (Neptune—which by the way also rules perfumes, along with Venus) to bring what he imagines into reality (Saturn), via actions (Mars) that are focused on sensation and the sensory experience (Taurus)! Then when we see Venus in Leo conjunct the North Node=the Self-confidence (Leo) to bring one’s values, even the essence of Love (Venus) into the life as a kind of destiny (NN), and 00 degree Pluto in his own sign (the essence of death, and the power of regeneration, just being discovered) in a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Zeus (when the ambition to create the ultimate scent is realized, he returns, ashes to ashes, dust to dust), we have to wonder, Did Herr Süskind have knowledge of astrology, or consult someone in choosing that date? It’s hard to believe he didn’t.

See the chart here–

Born Today 5 June

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You needn't be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You needn’t be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You may be on a bit of a rampage this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini–you want to clear out, clean out, start over, transform, or regenerate the life–and you have the energy, grace, and ambition to do it successfully. One way or another, the emotional life is on lock-down, which in this period is a positive; this way it doesn’t distract with drama or draining scenarios, but offers a surety in feelings that shows constancy and balance–so if there’s drama, it may come from others, not you, though we must consider that those with whom you interact may be reacting to a little passive-aggression on your part, or from frustration that you seem so emotionally cool. A little reassurance to those you care about, and no engagement in head games, goes a long way at this time. Really, it’s full speed ahead for your life make-over, with one notable exception: you must deal directly with hurtful matters you’ve previously ignored or been in denial about–if you don’t, you’ll meet these progress-halters in full flower later, and by then they’ll have taken on a life of their own. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 4 June

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Skulptur “Aggression (Opera 36)” von Karl Anton wolf
Vienna CoA
This is a photo of public art indexed in a public art catalogue of Vienna (Austria) under the number: 42677 (other) .
Date 20 February 2015, 16:09:30
Photo by Clemens Mosch
Camera location 48° 09′ 18.23″ N, 16° 27′ 18.82″ E Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Austria

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may identify a little too strongly with power, the expression of Will, and your personal wants, dear Gemini. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve recently been persuaded that a ‘might makes right’ attitude is the only way to get your needs met–and that’s unfortunate, taking your normally interested-in-negotiating and networking Self and placing it in a role that could be very uncomfortable for you (unless you are among those with a Libran Pluto trine their Sun natally). The trick here is to access your innate empathy (and admittedly, that might be a difficult goal right now), and then to superimpose it when you must deal with others–this might keep you from driving right over them in your zest to get where you’re going, and keeping awareness that their experience is just as real to them as yours is to you is vital now. The thing is, all this push that you’re in the midst of is actually a welcome and necessary development, helping free you from what had come to seem like a morass of indecision and others’ preferences. You have a right, and it’s healthy for you, to concentrate on your needs and aims at this time–it’s just important that you don’t trample anyone else in doing it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 3 June

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You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. "Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)" by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France - Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. “Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)” by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France – Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

Your intuition and emotional responses offer wisdom this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday–and really, could you ask for a better inner compass? You are getting ready to take some very fortunate action, in terms of change or re-building your world, in service to ambitions and desires, and in the way you will have a much greater presence on the social scene. This could entail travel, further education, a teaching position for you, or something involving publishing, but in any case will involve an expansion of your world that will allow your new choices to be evident to all–so choose with care–and as I’ve said, that shouldn’t be difficult, considering you will enjoy excellent inner guidance. What might not go so well could be relationships and/ or finances, especially late in the year. To avoid problems: handle things as they come up–don’t put them off for later; be very clear in what areas you are actually empowered–pretending to have reach, skills, or authority that you really don’t will get you into a mess; and don’t exaggerate. Anything. Ever. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 2 June

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http://www.flickr.com/people/30674396@N00 http://www.flickr.com/photos  Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

http://www.flickr.com/people/30674396@N00 http://www.flickr.com/photos Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

You’re getting ready to make your move, dear Gemini, but it seems that what you counted on for stability has been shifting in unpredictable ways, making you feel much less sure of your ideas, and so prompting nothing so much as hesitation–but that’s already cost you (a little), and it’s not like you don’t know in what ways you want to expand or make changes–you just need a bit of reassurance, and I’m here to offer it to you. Empowerment in this instance comes from dealing with all those things you’ve put off, ignored, or denied, and from transforming and channeling rage (especially anger engendered by injustices you’ve experienced or observed) into an actual re-construction of the framework in which you operate. It won’t be enough at this point just to think and act–you have to be fueled by desire, and a need to end each day with the world a little better off than you met it in the morning–and you are more than ready for this, as what you’re after creating and doing right now is truly inspired. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 1 June

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'Force of Change Evolution'  Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from 'The Origin of Species'. Ade McO-Campbell http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ade_mc Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Force of Change Evolution’ Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from ‘The Origin of Species’.
Ade McO-Campbell http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ade_mc Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

You’re headed for change, dear Gemini, the kind that will provide opportunity and perhaps force you to re-think with whom you want to move forward in life. The cooperative aspect of things may be prominent, and you will have to vet ambitions and desires against existing partnerships and collaborative ventures–and there’s no telling what kind of further change, to the point of destruction or abandonment of previously viable circumstances, this will bring about. I don’t mean to frighten you–this will for the most part be quite mild, and may spring from highly positive creative efforts and/ or be in line with the planned life direction–it’s just that when you look back from the vantage point of your next birthday, you may be awfully surprised by how much has been swept away, and how much revolutionized, revitalized, and effectively re-born. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 31 May

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Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

This coming year is no piece of cake, but offers immense opportunity for creativity and reward, Gemini. Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

You are at a creative and inspirational peak, dear Gemini–so where do you go from here? You still have a lot of creative juice, so there’s plenty more mileage to get out of this, with the highlight being that if you haven’t already, you’re going to gain a great deal from what have been (and will continue to be) some pretty smart decisions. Profit, reward, Love–they’ll come to you, but to believe this gain will be a piece of cake just because you’re a creative dynamo would be naive–you’ve probably already discovered, you have to work for it, and what comes at you won’t necessarily be easy to handle–and with emotions running deep and possibly feeling easily hurt, you may have to make a concerted effort to stay on target. Self-discipline pays off, and so does belief in yourself. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 30 May

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You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

Your birthday this year, dear Gemini, falls on the same day as the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, the meeting that occurs when Merc is retrograde. It’s a seed moment for everyone, but coinciding with your Solar Return, it becomes the symbolic birth of a new, big idea or way of thinking, especially about yourself, a change that does not become apparent for some time. How will you know things are different, then? You can expect creativity and the imagination to blossom, to take wild or unanticipatible turns, to be inspired in rare and amazing ways, and to potentially lead you into new spiritual or experiential territory. If you are an Artist, this could be a potential peak in idea generation, and if you are not an Artist, your life will be full of creative alternatives and ways of dealing–you’ll see things in a way that gives you many more potential choices than ever before–and that could take you into new endeavors not previously considered. One caveat: you can be too easily mislead at this time, so do check inspirations, especially those that involve cooperative projects and partners, against facts and realities for real-world realization potentials. Otherwise, you’re in for a year when you and the Cosmos can really collaborate successfully, Gemini! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 29 May

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YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, 'Salomé' 1869 {{PD}}

YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, ‘Salomé’ 1869 {{PD}}

Though the inclination may be to think about things more than anything else, dear Gemini, what you really need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is exercise your intellectual understanding of yourself and events at the highest level possible. You’ll need to see and feel your personal power and reach in action; you’ll also need to fully experience your connection to Nature, whether that’s achieved through the workings of your own body or through immersing yourself in some form of wilderness or extreme elements. The result will be empowerment of the most unique aspects of the individuality and the public display of the ambitions that should draw supporters and advocates to help you meet your goals. The only thing that might trip you up could be those elements of the life you’ve neglected or denied; deal with them, head-on, and you should be golden. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 28 May

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Cornelis de Man,  'A Man Weighing Gold ' c1670 {{PD}}

You’ll have an almost Libran attention to balance, especially of the mental faculties, this coming Solar year, Gemini. Cornelis de Man, ‘A Man Weighing Gold ‘ c1670 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, you’ll have the chance to achieve a perfect balance among factors of identity, purpose, emotions, strength, and sense of personal authority, and this is first instigated by sorting everything out mentally. From intellectual understanding you can create with your life a holistic statement of who you are and what you’re about, and though this process occurs over approximately the next three years, you’ll early find that there’s another necessary step to attend to: knowing what you care about, specifically in relationships and money matters. Establishing values in these areas will have a kind of miraculous effect: you’ll find that the kinds of things that used to hurt you will no longer affect you. You won’t be bulletproof, exactly; it’ll be more like you drift above those previous concerns that will come to feel more petty than anything else. Elevating your consciousness will open the way to a widening of your horizons and give you a resourcefulness and optimism surrounding pursuit of goals that will be truly empowering. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

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