12 February 2016 Sweet Nothings

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Cardinals in the anteroom of the Vatican--trying to listen in, of course. By Henri Adolphe Laissement 1895 {{PD}}

Cardinals in the anteroom of the Vatican–trying to listen in, of course. By Henri Adolphe Laissement 1895 {{PD}}

Today the seen and unseen worlds whisper to us–of Love, of treasure, of what’s lost, forgotten, or suppressed, through a lexicon of instincts and primordial knowing, of what could be, of what we imagine, of ideal futures and re-imagined pasts, beneath the words actually presented–and though these messages may be hard to grasp, we will see them delivered somehow through the material world, as well as the psychic one. Relationships can be tricky, best navigated on a combination of instinct and response to the real-world choices of the Other. In all situations, that means if we’re unsure of what we intuit, suspect, feel, or sense, we can parse the concrete situation for the same info, though it may be obscured by words or chatter or rote thought patterns, or our perception may be influenced by our disposition toward what’s delivering the message–we’d be wise to keep in mind McLuhan’s advice, that the medium is the message (Perfecting today: Venus trine Sedna and nov Saturn, Merc nov Neptune)

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11 February 2016 Use Your Imagination

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Illustration from "The Russian Story Book" by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

No really, that’s the advice: use your imagination. Some of us develop a low tolerance for the meandering kind of invention and fancy we entertained daily as children; now would be a good time to revive it. Earnings, relationships, artistic expression, Love, they all turn on a receptivity to the creative urge. Inspiration will seek concrete form; it’s up to you to make it happen (Venus semi-sq Neptune)

10 February 2016 Glimpsing the Future

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By Franz Zadrazil (painting) / Thomas Ledl (photo) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17033795

By Franz Zadrazil (painting) / Thomas Ledl (photo) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17033795

Here’s my advice for today: time travel to the future so you can see what the wise thing to do is right now. That’s not helpful at all, though it may assist us to know that the past is not a good guideline for what’s wise in this moment, nor for what makes the truly practical choice; for once, yesterday doesn’t apply to now. Short of transporting to tomorrow, we might do best to consider what environment will allow relationships, assets, talents, and values to flourish most freely and prolifically, and cultivate that. Find a door ajar to your next step in these areas; try to, if not walk through, get a glimpse of what’s on the other side. We might also look to the distractions and opportunities provided by the social circle, social media, broadcasts and publications, or the wider world; in them we find the facts that can shape tomorrow–just make sure that those ‘facts’ are rock-solid real (Pallas sesq and parallel the NN, Venus trine NN, Sun qnx Jupiter-NN)

9 February 2016 Subtle Wins, Love Wins Bigger!

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Franz Stuck 'Circle Dancing' 1909 {{PD}}

Franz Stuck ‘Circle Dancing’ 1909 {{PD}}

Today restraint, modesty, discretion, and a willingness to roll up the sleeves and dig, clean, or eradicate deeply are all rewarded; these actions and choices bring stability and a landscape that won’t morph unexpectedly before our eyes–and this supports some minor but terribly clever ideas on how to handle the reality picture. That said, though, we can tap into powerful forces for change that remain in some way subterranean. It’s as if the force of our intentions can ripple out and stir the quantum field, affecting all things eventually, but nothing visibly just yet. The most obvious effects come from temper or impulse that defies or distorts our highest values or priorities, and the expansion of what we care about, be it Love, Money, or something treasured, in an overt ‘ease of excess’ that may or may not ultimately be to our benefit–but it can make for a delicious break when we defy barriers, boundaries, and rules–just make sure the seductiveness of More or Bigger doesn’t contradict our inner wisdom. (Saturn parallel Pluto, Merc novile Saturn, Venus trine Jupiter, Mars qnx Vesta and trine Chiron, Jupiter sesq Pallas)

New Moon in Aquarius 2016 Higher Understanding

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti 'Holy Grail' 1873 {{PD}}

Dante Gabriel Rossetti ‘Holy Grail’ 1873 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Aquarius (also known as Lunar New Year) falls on the 8th at 6:38 AM Pacific time at 19 Aquarius 15. The NM forms close semi-sextiles to Venus and Chiron, with only 9 and 5 minutes difference, respectively, and so falls at the midpoint of their sextile; this on its own suggests the New Moon brings the healing power (Chiron) of Love (Venus) through intellectual understanding or through a greater knowledge of the reasons behind the facts (Aquarius). What’s born here can heal, can be a conduit for Love at its most pristine and potent, and can offer an elevated level of comprehension in terms of the ‘higher function’ of events–but that’s not the entire story.

The New Moon is also sextile Vesta, in wide quincunx to Jupiter, trines Black Moon Lilith-Zeus, and squares Mars. So, we may have two general scenarios: either the higher understanding and Love are reached through a negatively-perceived event, or through a positively perceived one. That is, we may act in reaction to some aggression, or as the conflict-initiating entity ourselves, or in reaction to a restrictive or demanding social or fact-based situation (likely in trying to fulfill ambitions or to rectify an injustice, with our choices guided by our highest values or the needs of the mate or home front), and this either flows from the NM healing event, or creates it.

That’s the difficult thing: the NM event may soothe us, or it may offer that healing and in the process create a stressful circumstance in reaction. There’s no way to know ahead of time, but we can look to the House in the natal chart where this NM falls; knowing the current circumstances of House matters will clue you in to what might be involved, and whether the initiating event is a negative or positive one.

The Sabian goes right along with the healing nature of the New Moon, ‘A Large White Dove Bearing A Message’ Expect to learn something; expect to gain an appreciation of the circumstances of peace (and this may come through war). In particular, we can heal a relationship that may be suffering. This comes through our own willingness to expand our understanding, to apply Love to all our connections, to accept peace–and that latter may be difficult for some of us to do.

Thoughts for the Weekend 6-8 February 2016

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When we're honest with ourselves, Lilith loses her anger. Maria Raquel Cochez, Lilith with M&M's No. 2, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72", 2013 http://mariaraquelcochez.com/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

When we’re honest with ourselves, Lilith loses her need to be angry. Maria Raquel Cochez, Lilith with M&M’s No. 2, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 72″, 2013 http://mariaraquelcochez.com/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Yesterday’s activity of Black Moon Lilith brings up the many circumstances where we may not play it in a straightforward way, being ornately casual, coy, or hinting hinting hinting–and all the while telling ourselves that we’re not aggressing (though energetically, we are). I’m very familiar with passive-aggression. As a four-planets-including-the-Sun-Libra, I’m highly aware of the way a wish not to push or force can marry with an unclaimed passion or unacknowledged want and result in a kind of disingenuousness: anyone being honest with themselves (and so honest with others, which means they are not assuming a co-dependent role in interaction) can see the unstated request for help, information, support, that is contained within the offhand comment, the kind remark, or the ostensibly helpful message offered. Conducting ourselves honestly requires more than just not telling lies; it takes continual vigilance (or really, just a willingness to do two things: say what we want, and not carry an expectation that others will make it happen for us). Something to keep in mind as we interact–and certainly, clarity of communication and intention is a wise thing to aim for.

If Friday drew out passive-aggression, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday bring forward despair, desperate action, greed, the promise of attaining our dreams at the price of our values, deep-dark thoughts, and obsessive-compulsive inclinations–sounds like a minefield, amirite? Rather than dwell on the negative particulars, I’d like to draw attention to the way there will be many inspiring, creative, and rewarding energies available–as long as we don’t succumb to the more easily tapped-into hysteria, negativity, and anger. What’s available Saturday: originality, the kind that can pay and guide smart action, if we’re willing to do ‘the hard work’, whatever that might be; on Sunday we gain significantly if we don’t allow our demons sway (see BML and honesty, above), and if we both face our ‘issues’ and unabashedly admit what it is we want; and on Monday our highest ideals fuel our dreams, and vice versa, and thoughts are equally well aligned with the real-world picture and with our ambitions and goals, making it exceptionally easy to make right choices that get us closer to fulfillment. Have a wonderful weekend, and please consider donating to this or your favorite blog!

Focus on: Black Moon Lilith 5 February 2016

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Raphaelle Peale − 'Venus Rising From the Sea - A Deception' 1822 {{PD}}

We have to look out for what we don’t immediately see today. Raphaelle Peale − ‘Venus Rising From the Sea – A Deception’ 1822 {{PD}}

The first part of what follows is a reprint from a past issue of ‘ECLIPSE’ on Black Moon Lilith; after that I have a few things to say about today’s conditions.

Black Moon Lilith is found at the ‘empty’ focal point within the Moon’s elliptical orbit (an ellipsis has two focal points—in this case, the Earth occupies one, the other is the Black Moon—so an energy point rather than a body). Where Black Moon Lilith is, we must have complete Truth; she connects us to our most basic integrity and needs, to those things that honor us as god and goddess, as deserving of equal right and equal treatment. She carves away what shames us, dishonors us, or refuses to recognize our right to control our own lives.

Where we find Black Moon Lilith in the chart, we find the point where we can’t allow pretensions, delusions, or behavior that disrespects ourselves, perpetrated by us or received from others. Often Lilith must destroy before she can renew—in that way she represents a compulsive point in the chart that both hypnotically attracts us and simultaneously repels us, as in the process of claiming our Black Moon we meet all those dark things that dishonor us, or that we have ignored or denied, or that enrage us.

The association of (all forms of) Lilith with sex is, I think, almost inadvertent; it seems that in any culture that wants to control behavior, certain fears are invoked, and linking sex and death is one of the most basic ways to tie together a primal urge with a primal fear, in the hope of preventing free sexual expression—so when characterizing Lilith in a patriarchal society where defiance is the worst crime, and death treated as the ultimate punishment, equating defiance with death brings sex along for the ride, so to speak. It’s worth noting, though, that the ‘crime’ the Lilith of the Garden of Eden is charged with, just after her insistence on equality and her banishment, is sex with demons. Sounds to my mind much more like a smear campaign than anything else, where all the cultural taboos are pinned to those figures whose behavior most threatens cultural stability (and so the power elite)

Why is all that important to today? Black Moon Lilith and Zeus are conjoined, while both sesquiquadrate Ceres; this grouping of BML-Zeus is also opposed Uranus-Vesta, with Pluto and Mercury making a T-square, and a trine to the Sun and quincunx to Chiron (though none of these will perfect as the Ceres and Zeus contacts will). Venus conjoins Pluto, with a result that echoes the other aspects, and Mars quincunxes Uranus, spurring us toward spontaneous, surprising, or original action.

The totality of today’s contacts suggest that wants and goals are driven by things we’re not acknowledging, or by rage or power needs not recognized, and it’s in our failure to see our own too-reverent attitude toward ourselves and our impulses that we run the risk of communicating or thinking in a destructive way. We can handle it by trying to maintain a respectful distance in our relationships (no matter how close they are), and by giving the wants and wishes of others as much weight in consideration as we give our own. It’s one of those rare days where in trying to make things happen that are important to us we may unwittingly overstep and destroy what we might otherwise cherish, if only we weren’t so busy.

Today’s word image is Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor. What does the conjuring of her image mean to you? What does it bring to mind? Whatever she evokes may figure significantly in your day. For me it’s all that talk of lavender eyes–so I’m on the lookout for the color as a synchronicity flag.

Focus on: Uranus-Vesta Conjoined in Aries 4 February 2016

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George Bellows 'The Circus' 1912 {{PD}}

George Bellows ‘The Circus’ 1912 {{PD}}

Today could be a dangerous day, and by dangerous I mean exciting, over-the-top, fulfilling–it’s the aftermath we have to be mindful of. The individuality urge is fired by the need to be original, to experiment, to be radical, to make chaos, revolution, or something entirely new and modern–and the Vestal influence can be both highly constructive, aligning our urges with our highest values or service to home and family, or can lead us to believe that our impulses and intellectual conclusions are sacred, not to be questioned or thwarted, and so effectively sending us on a monomaniacal tear. How do we tell the difference? Perspective is necessary; with Mercury also parallel Saturn, we must admit we know the rules, the proper boundaries–it becomes a matter of honoring our uniqueness while remaining aware of the real world and its limits, if we want to succeed.

The Daily Image: an electrical wall plug on fire. What we see burn today may be entirely unintentional, coming from an energy overload or misdirection. Safety first! And have a great Thursday!

3 February 2016 A Little Bit of Magic

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Ferdinand du Puigaudeau,- 'The Magic Lantern' c1900 {{PD}}

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau,- ‘The Magic Lantern’ c1900 {{PD}}

We have four sextiles perfecting today, offering, with a little effort on our part, magic (but then, how often is ‘magic’ simply the result of thought and work?):

Mars sextile Pluto=we’ve got the ‘digger’ quality of Mars in Scorpio cooperating with an energy that loves nothing better than to tear down what’s established (Pluto in Cap), almost guaranteeing successful demolition–whether that was our intention or not. The magic here is that something really can be obliterated without leaving a trace, or our choices and actions can transform at a deep and permanent level–the trick is being truly conscious of the effect we’re creating.

Venus sextile Juno=this spans the same signs as Mars-Pluto, with Venus in Cap and Juno in Scorpio. We may be invested in locking things down, in playing by the rules, and find that authorities (or those who think they are!) have ulterior motives and secret reasons for what they want. Here if we aren’t in full ownership of our own sense of authority and responsibility, we’ll see those with whom we’re in relationship try to exercise overreaching authority over us or our circumstances. If that occurs, it’s a clear indication you’re abdicating adulthood in some way. Those who step up and are willing to take the blame and the praise for their own choices will profit, one way or another.

Mercury sextile Chiron=this time it’s Cappy-Pisces, with Merc in the former and Chiron in the latter. Something tells us how to heal; the question is, will we listen? Merc in Cap suggests we may be closed to what’s being communicated, or that we are restricting what we are receptive to or even what we are exposed to, listening only to what reflects our own beliefs. If so, we’ll miss the healing message available.

Sun sextile Saturn=Saturn in Sag wants to know the solid facts; Sun in Aquarius illuminates higher knowledge. The difficulty might be that we may be too insistent that the only things that count as facts are things we can hold in our hand, point to, verify–and that leaves a whole lot of the Universe out of the equation. Our attention (the Sun) will be drawn to facts we may see at work or ‘know’ but that can’t be verified in a concrete way. In effect this becomes a chance to measure our ability to trust in our own perceptions–and possibly to find some way to make those perceptions more accurate, by aligning them with the real-world picture.

Uranus semi-square Ceres=a rebellious, wrong-headed insistence on being independent, ‘original’, or ‘free’ may undermine both our ability to use the sextiles and our ability to exercise our own power. Just watch for it–and enjoy your Wednesday!

2 February 2016 Headwind

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Alfred Gelbhaar 'Dom im Winter' 1920s {{PD}}

Alfred Gelbhaar ‘Dom im Winter’ 1920s {{PD}}

head·wind
ˈhedˌwind
noun
noun: headwind; plural noun: headwinds
  1. a wind blowing from directly in front, opposing forward motion.

We don’t like what we hear about our prospects for ambition and desire fulfillment, or is it that we’re thinking in some way that creates a tangle in these areas, making them appear more difficult to pursue than we thought? We feel we’re pushing against a headwind of one variety or another, our thoughts immediately framed as requiring huge effort and resistance. Our attention seems to be on the ways we lack empowerment, and we may be prone to see our wounds as the thing ‘keeping us down’. Consider that it’s within our control to shift our attention and choose our approach and our thinking, so that we go from feeling like a victim of the world to seeing ourselves as a healer of it (Chiron semi-sq Pallas, Merc sq Zeus, Sun sq Juno)

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Why Are They Together? Bill and Hillary

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Bill and Hillary Clinton Natal Wheel

Here’s a reprint from 2008, for the curious and the bemused, on this lazy Sunday:

Sometimes the attraction between partners is lost to onlookers. No other modern couple has caused the puzzled scrutiny and armchair analysis of their relationship more than Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton; now I’ll add my astrological take on the ‘whys’ of their relationship, using techniques featured in my book, THE ASTROLOGY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP. There’s just not room here to do an exhaustive dissection of the relationship astrologically, but in any case I find that’s rarely needed; not to shortchange any relationship on its complex nature, but the interaction between two individuals can typically be outlined fairly with a few strokes, and there are always a small handful of contacts that describe the relationship’s essence, and thus satisfy our goal without getting lost in minutiae. Conjunctions often spell out the core of the interaction, and in significant relationships there’s usually no shortage of these.

In many ways, the ‘star’ of this relationship in terms of attraction is the meeting of his 1st House Venus to her 12th House Neptune.  Venus in a man’s chart shows his ‘ideal partner,’ and in Bill’s case this is someone who probably literally embodies his anima (1st House placement); posited in Libra, his desire is for someone gracious, partnership oriented, and lovely as seen through his eyes, and conjoined Hillary’s Neptune, this may be precisely what he sees. In what’s likely a combination of projection of his Venus and the naturally obscuring and inspiring qualities imparted by contact with another’s Neptune, Bill may be genuinely confused by the polarized reactions others have to his wife. In the other direction, she may find his anima expresses certain more Universal qualities for her; he may carry to some extent her more empathetic qualities. He feels (and perhaps expresses) her pain, as well as that of the Collective.

Her Sun at 2 Scorpio is widely conjoined his Libra Juno, again referencing the strength of the Venus connection, as he will see Libran energy as ‘wifely.’ With this contact her very Soul essence expresses not just this ‘wifely’ role to him, but the power of the Scorpio placement is supported by him; he expects her to show a strong, empowered Self. What’s more, her Juno at 29 Sag (and we know what those 29 degree placements mean–they must express!) is conjunct his Pallas–he sees her as highly empowered and his own role as lending wisdom and skill to this.

His Earth conjoins her Pallas, suggesting that he grounds and supports materially the expression of her innate wisdom and skills. His Ceres squares her Sun, likely allowing her to carry his anima authority figure (though not without some conflict between them)–he may feel she’s something of a force of nature! And her Fire Jupiter fills in a Fire Grand Trine cross-chart with his Saturn and Vesta, painting a dynamic picture of real-world service to the social sphere as important to them both.

Bill’s Sun falls in Hillary’s 10th, conjoined her Zeus and Saturn–not the most romantic of placements, but she may feel she has a true supporter in him, and that her ambitions can be fulfilled through him, while her Sun falls in his 2nd–considering some of the already discussed contacts, he may identify with her, especially with her talents, very strongly–something that would probably surprise a great many people.

His Sun is conjoined her Saturn, a bit of a danger position. Even though strong, direct Saturn contacts in both directions (each person’s Saturn contacting something of the other person’s) are necessary for a relationship to be both lasting and serious, this is one of the tougher interactions, as she will spontaneously, and almost in spite of conscious feeling desire to repress his very essence (the Sun). He will sense this, and, considering the other contacts, will both remain in the relationship and seek to avoid her control at every turn; with his Saturn square her Sun, however, he may do the same to her, but more obliquely (square) likely through methods of open conflict.

Finally, we should backtrack a bit and look at general partner preferences for each. We’ve talked about Bill’s Venus, but what about Hillary’s? It sits in Scorpio; ‘ideal Hillary’ would have all the sexy, mysterious, stinging Scorpio attributes. Her ideal partner would have Leonine qualities, as shown by her Mars in Leo, and Bill has five placements there, including the Sun. As to his ideal view of himself, his Mars is in Libra, again aiming for partner-oriented, gracious, and sharing qualities with an aesthetic bent, just like his ideal woman.

We could go on with many more features, but I’ll close with this: her Ascendant squares his Sun-Zeus. This suggests that her personality rubs him the wrong way, at least in terms of what he believes will fulfill his Soul intent, ambitions, and desires; but her Midheaven, Saturn, and Zeus are widely conjoined that Sun-Zeus, suggesting her public persona, her sense of restraint and stability, and her ambitions complement his and help fulfill his wants. His Midheaven to her Vertex only reinforces the ‘destined’ feeling. No interaction is without its negatives, but when the aspirations of each individual connect so cleanly, they can remain together in spite of events that would break others apart.

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30 January-1 February 2016 Natural Change

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela 'Spring, study for the Jusélius Mausoleum frescos' 1903 {{PD}}

Akseli Gallen-Kallela ‘Spring, study for the Jusélius Mausoleum frescos’ 1903 {{PD}}

How can I help you?

I ask to make you think about what it is you really need, as opposed to those things that start to litter consciousness with lesser priorities and wants.

And I ask because it’s the function of what I’m doing here. On Earth, that is.

Or did you come here for the forecast? On the 30th our wounds may separate us in some way from our highest priorities–but it’s through the opening between hurt and what we care about that dreams may find a way into reality (Chiron contra-parallel Vesta, Venus sxt Neptune).

On the 31st natural changes and progressions result in surprising words and unexpected thoughts, and reveal attitudes within relationships and toward finances that may alter the way we see them, and what we share, from now on (Pluto semi-sq Ceres, Venus sesq Sedna, Merc sq Uranus)

February 1st sees change come to our highest values, or to the situation on the home front or with the mate; ‘statements’ previously hidden, ignored, or denied surface in a ‘big reveal’ that somehow illuminates the past in our present (Pluto sq Vesta, Merc sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun nov SN)

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Focus on: Merc Meets Pluto 29 January 2016

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We may wonder in our own world which side of the power struggle is Jacob, which one the Angel? 'Jacob Wrestling with the Angel' by Léon Bonnat 1875 {{PD}}

We may wonder in our own world which side of the power struggle is Jacob, which one the Angel? ‘Jacob Wrestling with the Angel’ by Léon Bonnat 1875 {{PD}}

Merc and Pluto both show up for this meeting in button down shirts, clutching their wallets and pearls, equipment for weighing and measuring carefully calibrated, posture rigid and eyes glazed over with ‘the rules’–they’re ready for business. Mercury has finally given up flight and is headed back to where he left off; he’s ready to talk, to negotiate, to inform, as long as things stay on topic, and he’s aware of the status quo, conscious of the need to deliver the establishment’s message. Pluto is out to change the system, destroy boundaries, and he’s been in this territory for a while; once he’s altered or transformed what is, a strange thing happens: the destructive energy is dissipated, and expressions of power come forward, power that enforces a new set of rules, boundaries, and installs a new authority in place of the old. The question is, where do these two meet in expression? Capricorn gives them both a tone, a background, a set of attitudes to play with, but each carries its own essence, bringing about a kind of chemical reaction that, despite their meeting in the same sign, may bring confrontation.

The root of the conflict may be this: Mercury is messenger of those who hold the reins right now; Pluto, half way through the sign, has already thrown the acid, the Molotov cocktail, and is in the process of taking the ruin of what was and constructing something new from it. That, my friends, is a fundamental conflict of interest. These two come together, and one, the quicker-moving one, is interested in making the argument for keeping things as they are; the other has been at work for quite a while, and is in the midst of creating a kind of re-birth in our ideas of authority, boundaries, and restraint. And both claim practicality, and the health of both personal life structures and those of governments, countries, and large systems, are best served by their methods.

What can we expect? The voice of current power-holders may carefully craft their message, with restrictions on who knows what, meant to keep things static, for safety, for the well-being of all, and of course, to retain power; the agents of change may claim a moral superiority in their very existence, a ‘change for change’s sake’ stance that does not acknowledge the new authorities rising from the ashes, intent on replacing the old, are just as distorted in priorities and viewpoint as the previous holders of power were. In other words, change does not equalize anything, nor does becoming part of the current power structure, because both are intent on grabbing power and keeping it–and when that is the goal, no message will assuage those without influence, and no revolution will make the situation more equitable.

So, what we may witness today are communications that have power acquisition and retention at their core–and this may be played a thousand ways, with harsh or destructive words, transformational ideas, the resurrection of concepts we thought were surely gone, and the obliteration of the old rules–but all of it concealing, one way or another, the power struggle currently at the heart of the Universe. In your own life an awareness that power is behind literally everything we deal with at this time will help reveal the layers of meaning. We need to understand that there’s an intensity to this (thanks, Pluto!) that goes beyond the normal level of power-seeking we see everyday, giving even the simplest exchanges a life-or-death tone that may seem over the top–but if we purge our minds of clutter and propaganda, we see the Truth of what’s being negotiated beneath.

28 January 2016 A Natural Healing

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 Author Arthur Wesley Dow 'Lavender and Green' 1912 {{PD}}


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Arthur Wesley Dow
‘Lavender and Green’ 1912 {{PD}}

Whatever ‘facts’ the social sphere or other concerned entity was trying to point out to us become clear, and if this knowledge was in some way meant to play on our weak spots or fears, it just won’t; it instead has the effect of offering a healing moment, one where we see how misguided the Other is–and this in turn gives us a very optimistic take on the future, on where we’re headed. Our strength and certainty today comes from our connection to the unseen (including but not limited to the spiritual) and through our spot in the ‘natural’ world; the more we can relax the mentality and allow ourselves immersion in the Universe (whatever form it takes) the better our day will proceed. Hint: don’t expect to meet events or decisions head-on right now; sensing and feeling rooted in our core nature and through our most characteristic roles is where it’s at (Ceres enters Pisces, Jupiter conj NN, Sun nov Chiron)

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26-27 January 2016 The Voice Within

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'To Hell and Back (Nothing)' 40" x 30" by Bryan Zanisnik, 2008 http://www.zanisnik.com Released by the copyright owner under GNU Free Documentation License

‘To Hell and Back (Nothing)’ 40″ x 30″ by Bryan Zanisnik, 2008 http://www.zanisnik.com Released by the copyright owner under GNU Free Documentation License

On the 26th no new aspects form; it’s the kind of day where we may wish the wave would finally break, but it just doesn’t–whatever was rolling forward, was stagnant, or was over or overcome continues in this mode. It can feel interminable; remind yourself things will change, and take your attention from what you’re waiting for to what actually needs doing in the now.

By the 27th our highest values and our instincts mesh brilliantly to offer exceptional guidance, if we’ll only listen uncritically to our interior dialogue. This may not be easy, as our attention is drawn by both our fears and hesitancies surrounding our possible future, and our discord with or angry rejection of the social circle and what it has to offer (especially in terms of what knowledge or facts it gives up for our use, or what education it implies we need). It’s obvious: listen to the inner voice–that’s where the mojo is (Vesta nov Sedna, Sun sesq Jupiter and NN)

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Your Weekend 22-25 January 2016 What’s Smart? + The Leo Full Moon

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 Artist  Willem van Aelst 'Still life with hunting equipment and dead birds' 1668 {{PD}}


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Willem van Aelst ‘Still life with hunting equipment and dead birds’ 1668 {{PD}}

The 22nd Pallas enters Aquarius and, especially while Merc remains retro, we may convince ourselves that every thought is an informed or wise one; au contraire, mon ami, it’s just not so. We may discount our own strength in a situation, even as we treat our wounds as sacred, to be honored rather than healed. This leads to some heavy forms of communication, destructive in some instances, transformative in others. The results all depend on what we really want to change and what we truly care for, deep inside (Vesta parallel Chiron and semi-sq Ceres, Merc conj Pluto)

The 23rd we feel a strong pull into the future, a forward-looking optimism that has practical values and a sense of personal responsibility at its root. We are in a position to understand our minds and our thinking clearly, though not in a position to act on the fairly objective picture we have; we are too damaged by, or perhaps fearful of, further hurt to choose an effective course (Jupiter conj NN, Venus into Capricorn, Merc parallel Ceres, Sun parallel Merc and semi-sq Chiron)

The Full Moon in Leo arrives at 5:46 PM Pacific time at 3 Leo 29. The closest aspect this FM makes is a sesquiquadrate to Chiron; it also opposes Pallas, and takes what amounts to a very wide swipe by quincunx (and so essentially misses) Venus fresh in Cappy (and it’s that newness to the sign that may make Venus more susceptible than usual). This suggests that the Full Moon brings an end, through difficult circumstances, to some unwise, ego-driven hurt that we’ve clung to too long. We have compromised both our values and our ability to heal this insult by willingly resuscitating it; now we have the chance to let it go, once and for all.

‘A Formally Dressed Elderly Man Stands Near Trophies He Brought Back From A Hunting Expedition’ This Full Moon Sabian says that what must be let go is something from the past, something we have collected and cherished (in our own way–the trophies), and we receive a hint that what we are called to let go resulted from our own aggression–but the circumstances that ‘earned’ them are no more, so that our energy is better focused in the now, and in what’s to come, than it is dwelling on the past (and that’s no matter how recently this past has been). It’s important to note that the ‘trophies’ the image refers to, at least in a hunting context, are actually living things pursued and killed, rather than the metal cups and plaques we nowadays typically label ‘trophies’, and this suggests the entire concept of pursuing and laying aggressive claim to the life energy (in whatever form) of another living thing is past its time. We ‘age’ ourselves when we cling to what was, whether it was a glory or a debacle–this Full Moon will show us that, and offer a letting-go opportunity.

For another take on the Full Moon, see Lua Astrology–

The 24th we set out to honor the reality picture, to deal with circumstances as they are, and to dedicate our energy and efforts to building knowledge, to reaching out, to discovering (Saturn in Sagittarius), but what’s been denied, hidden, ignored, or has enraged us at some point surfaces again and prompts rebellion, erratic reactions, or pushes us forward to a point where our response is totally original (at least within our typical lexicon of behavior). The fact is we can’t deal with the reality picture in any effective way if we are wearing a lens of anger or denial; that distorts our vision and automatically means our choices will not be the best we could make. Accept that the issue must be dealt with, and be thankful you were given the chance to handle it, rather than allowed to go ahead and make a muddle of things (Saturn trine Vesta, Uranus opp Black Moon Lilith)

The 25th we find a way to express our Will through our current status or empowerment situation–and isn’t that what we always seek? Be aware that, if you’re dealing with less-conscious others, your competence may attract some aggression–but pay it no mind (Mars conj Juno) We also have Mercury direct today. He turns around just shy of the middle of Capricorn, so if you have placements halfway through the Cardinals you can expect a certain amount of news or communication urgency related to the contacted natal energy–probably somebody (maybe you!) is trying to ‘nail it down’. First thing our valiant messenger contacts (not counting hits to Merc from the Moon) is Pluto, by 30 January; this may be the point when we get the ‘down and dirty’ that happened during the retro period but which somehow remained hidden, until now.

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21 January 2016 Intersection

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Bruno Liljefors 'Hawk and Black-Game' 1884 {{PD}}

Bruno Liljefors ‘Hawk and Black-Game’ 1884 {{PD}}

There are a couple of influences today that may intersect in a very interesting way. We are strong in consciousness; by that I mean, clear in our identity, our essence, in who we are, and possibly in our purpose and the impact we intend to have on our world, and we value this strength in ourselves–we want to express it, especially in relationship. And we also feel one of two forms of the Chirotic energy in play: an urge to heal, or one to inspect our wounds, and in both cases this is in relation to our ambitions and desires. We may find ourselves healing an important wound related to our goals and wants, either through taking action highly characteristic of ourselves to bring about the healing, or experiencing a healing that allows us to (finally!) take such action; or, we may become sidetracked by immersion of consciousness within the wound, causing us to miss this unusual opportunity to put something right. If we can accept how truly strong and capable we are in the now, we can heal and make great leaps forward, but if we become fascinated by our own wounded nature, we’ll deny our strength, and remain exactly where we are (Sun parallel Ceres, Venus sxt Ceres, Chiron qnx Zeus)

20 January 2016 Wait

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Heinrich Vogeler Vor Feierabend 1899 {{PD}}

Heinrich Vogeler Vor Feierabend 1899 {{PD}}

We’ve still got five days to go until Merc turns around, but we may be feeling an immense amount of end-of-retro pressure as he slows to a crawl after weeks of mental trickery (first changing direction in Aquarius, making us think we can still handle things intellectually, then entering Cap and making the world a tough place to get our minds around). Today our thoughts show a certain strength and natural resilience, we are keen to assert ourselves within our territory, and yet hidden issues, things we’ve ignored or are in denial about, or our own rage or unreliability may undermine attempts to make an impact. Note what comes up, especially in the areas of new ideas or suddenly revealed remedies for difficult situations, but don’t allow the internal mental pressures to cause you to act prematurely. Those impulses and ideas will be valuable later–right now effort must go to staying calm, and realizing there’s more to the story, yet to be revealed, so that making up the mind definitively at this point would end up shortchanging us significantly (Merc sq Black Moon Lilith and Uranus, and nov Ceres, Sun enters Aquarius)

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19 January 2016 No Illusions

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Pietro Testa 'The Allegorical Figures of Reason and Wisdom' 1630 {{PD}}

Pietro Testa ‘The Allegorical Figures of Reason and Wisdom’ 1630 {{PD}}

Steps taken and responses to relationships and/ or finances must be carefully weighed today, and we’re in the perfect position to do it; we know what’s wise, smart, or practical, and with absolutely no illusions about the state of things, the only thing that can sink us is our unwillingness to acknowledge what we see. Instinct and our own empowerment needs must be taken into account when assessing our connections to others or our asset situation–we must satisfy both our inner ‘knowing’ and our individual need to impress ourselves on our world. If we can serve those two facets of being, we will be able to modify Venusian circumstances and expressions so that they are the best they can be, right now (Venus qnx Sedna and semi-sq Juno, Sun conj Pallas)

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18 January 2016 Positive Pressure

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Assert yourself. 'Circus Scene' Robert Breyer 1908 {{PD}}

Assert yourself. ‘Circus Scene’ Robert Breyer 1908 {{PD}}

Today is a day when we will either aggressively repudiate the past and go full-tilt toward our dreams, or we will attract attack from others centered on our ambitions and goals. It’s imperative that we wholeheartedly embrace and actively pursue those things we want most, or we suffer an onslaught from others. The situation will work something like a positive pressure airlock: we must assert our energy vigorously in order to keep ‘contamination’ (in the form of others’ aggression and Will) from flowing in. If we don’t go after our desires, we run the risk of becoming tangled not just in others’ interference, but in our own internal debate over whether our ambitions are valid–and this not only hurts us, it will cost as it draws us away from consciously creating the Path. Don’t question yourself today–allow inspiration, ideals, and the spiritual to guide (Mars sesq SN, trine Neptune, and semi-sq Jupiter, Venus sq Nodes, Merc sq Zeus and sxt Chiron, Sun semi-sq Saturn and nov Neptune)

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17 January 2016 Always in Your Favor

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An early wheel of fortune from an illuminated psalter, by William de Brailes c1240 {{PD}}

An early wheel of fortune from an illuminated psalter, by William de Brailes c1240 {{PD}}

There are obstacles to getting what we want–or are there? If we look more closely at our current experiences, we’ll see that the material/ physical picture is actually working in our favor; we are being blocked from expansion in talent expression, asset gain or usage, or in relationships in such a way that where we are led/ forced to go is in reality a much-preferable alternative to our original intent and course. Accept this, and see the benefit in what’s denied (Venus sq Jupiter and semi-sq Mars, Sun parallel Saturn)

16 January 2016 Synergy

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Degas 'Aria after the Ballet' 1879 {{PD}}

Degas ‘Aria after the Ballet’ 1879 {{PD}}

On the 16th we have the perfect synergy of creative energy and the impetus and verve for change, action, the almost magical ability to transform–so what will we do with it? Asking ourselves before we plunge in isn’t required–inspiration will guide us in a smart direction–but it may make us feel a little more sure of ourselves as we go forward. If you really want to know, today is also the day you can find out what resides in the dark, deep, mysterious depths. Do (or pursue) what you’ve always dreamed of; the Universe is committed to assisting you (Perfecting today: Pluto nov Ceres, Neptune nov Pallas, Saturn semi-sq Pallas, Sun parallel Pluto)

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15 January 2016 Quiet Consideration

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John Singer Sargent - 'Val d'Aosta, A Man Fishing' 1907 {{PD}}

John Singer Sargent – ‘Val d’Aosta, A Man Fishing’ 1907 {{PD}}

Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu

Silence, restraint, and knowing the true worth of our partnerships, status, and the true depth of our ability to influence are paramount today. An attitude of quiet consideration, of circumstances, ourselves, or others, is most effective; if you must communicate, do it in concrete (physical or material) terms–all actual communication will occur this way–all the rest is just words (Saturn parallel Ceres, Venus nov Juno, Merc nov Saturn)

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and right-doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

14 January 2016 Gestation

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I'm asking you to nurture something without knowing what it is--will you do it? Mary Cassatt 'The Young Mother (Mother Berthe holding her baby)' c. 1900 {{PD}}

I’m asking you to nurture something without knowing what it is–will you do it? Mary Cassatt ‘The Young Mother (Mother Berthe holding her baby)’ c. 1900 {{PD}}

Though we have the urge and ability to reach out, and we have a clear picture of the past, what we really need to do is think about it. I mean that in the largest sense: sit back, close mouth, ruminate, not on a specific problem or goal, but in a way we might characterize as ‘mindless’–that is, a meditative state that is centered in the mind but not dependent on its functions. We aren’t thinking about anything; and in doing so, we include everything. That allows us to create a fertile mental space for the gestation of ideas–but be prepared, we won’t know just what those are. This requires a sort of faith in the unconscious, or in the Universe, to sift through relevant material and plant the right ‘seed’. We’ll know what it is come 23 March–until then, we trust (Ceres sq Sedna, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Mercury trine Jupiter, semi-sq Neptune, trine NN, and meeting the Sun in Inferior Conjunction, Sun and Merc trine Sedna)

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13 January 2016 We Know

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"The Gypsy Girl" Zeugma mosaic {{PD}}

“The Gypsy Girl” Zeugma mosaic {{PD}}

Today what’s communicated, through words, pictures, experiences, attitudes, that’s ‘in the air’ or in ‘signs’ of what will be, centers on what we already know instinctively, deep in our bones; it’s the writing on the wall we’ve overlooked, the power situation we’ve ignored, the natural change or progression we’ve pretended wouldn’t be, the difficult healing we’ve desired, the social role or opportunity we’ve been looking for, and it makes very clear where we’re headed, what our future will bring. If those last words about the future bring a chill, then this is your chance to change your final destination–and if these words are exciting for you, then pull out your shiniest dream, because it has a good possibility of becoming your reality (Pluto parallel Ceres, Venus sq Chiron and sxt Zeus, Merc trine Sedna, Sun trine NN and Jupiter, parallel Venus, semi-sq Neptune)

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12 January 2016 Think With Love

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'Angel of Love' :Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

‘Angel of Love’ :Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

Love (or maybe Money or Talents or Values) is where it’s at today; Venus trines Uranus, bringing spontaneous and surprising bursts of beauty, reward, and, let’s be real, unanticipated costs. Sudden expressions of talent can lift the ordinary to exceptional, and we may be challenged to face exactly where our priorities are, as we make freehand changes to what we’re willing to invest in, support, and use our talents and resources on. Venus also parallels Ceres and noviles Mercury-Pallas, steering all our Venusian choices into wisely and practically thought-out expressions of our own power within our rightful realm. Add to this that we have a clear and somehow inspired view of the world (Sun nov Saturn) that is informed by our deepest instincts (Vesta semi-sq Sedna) and for many reasons, this could be an extraordinary day.

Now that you’ve had time to vote in the poll of the 7th on Mars’ entry into Scorpio, I’m happy to report that as of this writing less than 2 percent of you anticipate revenge as a motivating force (for yourself or others) during the period, and absolutely no one thinks they’ll be dragged to hell and back–so, that’s good news!

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11 January 2016 Shaping the Path

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Gianfranco Campestrini 'Le ginestre (Verso il mare)' 1968 Source/Photographer Artgate Fondazione Cariplo e Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Gianfranco Campestrini ‘Le ginestre (Verso il mare)’ 1968
Source/Photographer Artgate Fondazione Cariplo e Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

It’s all about the direction we’re headed today, and that encompasses two areas: how much our personal power is able to shape our Path in the present, and how well we’ve stuck with our standards in the past. With the former, we must adjust our expression and the territory we consider our own, likely because relationships and/ or finances require we so so, and this conveniently shapes our life direction; with the latter, if we’ve been faithful to our values in the past we will be in a good position to think creatively, simply because we won’t be burdened with trying to clean up messes we made yesterday. We can adjust our power expression, responsive to the interaction or cost/ earnings challenges presented, but if we’ve betrayed our own standards in the past, there may be nothing we can do but face the problems that have arisen from our transgressions, and deal with them. Definitely not the worst thing that could happen, but it would be nice to head into the future with a clean psychic slate; the sooner we handle problems, the sooner we can tap into the creative mental flow that’s available today, but proceed with caution: inspiration and ideas are out there, but implementing them should wait until Merc turns around the 25th (Ceres qnx NN, Vesta parallel SN, Venus parallel Pluto and sxt Black Moon Lilith, Merc nov Neptune and semi-sq Saturn)

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10 January 2016 Focus on: Pluto Square Black Moon Lilith

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Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach 1913 {{PD}}

Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach 1913 {{PD}}

Most of the influences out there today are centered on Power (and secondarily, on how that settles out in relationships or affects finances or the asset picture), and Pluto square Black Moon Lilith epitomizes the best and worst of it. The issues will rest on (but this will not always be obvious) all those power expressions we have ignored from others, denied in ourselves, or that are made but don’t suit us, and must be changed, whether that’s to curb our own power statements or to get out from under those of others. Whatever’s been tamped down, put aside, overlooked (whether that’s out of fear, diplomacy–I’m looking at you, Libra–or indifference under less stressful times) will be excavated–and the square promises the unearthing comes under conditions of conflict or duress. The buried rage, the need to change things, the need to show our own significance, will not let those matters that under better circumstances we would continue to ignore or deny continue undisturbed. For most of us, this will involve mates, partnerships, a situation involving aesthetic expression, or something where we must cooperate with or work in concert with others (BML in Libra)–or it may be seated in matters of the natal House where BML is currently transiting. It’s just that BML has gotten herself into a hard relationship with Pluto, and the whole thing can’t be put aside or brushed off.

There are other power situations brewing in other areas, and the Pluto-BML situation may bleed into those; personal power expression and the scope of our sphere, our power ‘territory’, may need adjustment within the social sphere or in order to take advantage of current opportunities, and times past when we’ve found ourselves empowered may contribute to the need for a present-day, reality-oriented power-remaking (Jupiter qnx Ceres, Juno sesq SN). We do have some mojo working for us, though, specifically in that what we choose to do, or the actions we take, will do what they need to do to smooth things over and take us forward (Venus nov Mars, Mars nov NN)–and we don’t need more than that luck or facility or magic touch to soothe and make something positive out of all that upset.

Your Saturday and the New Moon in Capricorn 2016

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'Choirboys' José Gallegos y Arnosa c1890 {{PD}}

‘Choirboys’ José Gallegos y Arnosa c1890 {{PD}}

The 9th makes it easy to profit from efforts, take the opportunity, or do the rewarding thing; there’s a Willingness and enthusiasm provided by the still-conjoined Venus-Saturn in Fiery Sagittarius that is upped exponentially by the fact that they’re parallel, as well, and Mars novile Jupiter doubles down, making every gesture big and every action fortuitous. That’s a nice setting for the New Moon in Capricorn, which falls at 19 Cap 13 at 5:30 PST. We have to give it some generous orbs to make real contact at all, but that’s acceptable when it’s consistent; with nothing closer than the square from Zeus with a 57 minute difference, we can afford to loosen our parameters. The entire reason to look at the New Moon aspects in the first place is to impart meaning to the event; here we see the square to Zeus is actually part of a Cardinal Grand Cross with Earth and Uranus in the other arms, and there is also a sextile to Chiron and the NM is part of a loose Earth Grand Trine, with wide conjunction to Pallas and trines to Sedna and Jupiter-NN. Keeping in mind that major leeway for a Sun-Moon meeting is in order, we also have the NM conjoined Pluto, albeit well past exact.

The New Moon offers us a couple of scenarios; how it affects each individual is likely dependent on how the event hooks into the natal chart. No matter what, the New Moon itself is conjoined both Pluto and Pallas, with the implication potentially being that what has its origins here (in matters of the natal House where it falls) must move us from a destructive or power-focused approach to one that is more oriented toward skill acquisition or use and to what’s practical and wise–that is, moving from a Pluto viewpoint to a Pallas one. And this is what we carry into both the Grand Cross and the Grand Trine, the need to move forward, refine, draw back from a sheer need to control or change to one that seeks to change through application, of what we know, and what we know to be right. In the Grand Cross this arrives through a moment or event of tension, conflict, or confrontation, and the demands of the group or our own demands to be unique (Uranus) clash with our ambitions and desires (Zeus), and so affect our material situation (Earth), with a solution of sorts found in the ‘new approach’ of the New Moon.

In the Grand Trine the New Moon triggers a chance to harmonize a future-oriented opportunity (Jupiter-NN) that meets a primal and largely unconscious impulse, one that we might call an instinct (Sedna) through the NM event; that is, we are given a beginning that serves both an inner and an outer need, one that allows an interior urge an external outlet or expression. As well, the sextile to Chiron signals that all the events or beginnings that emerge from the New Moon energy offer healing, if we’ll take it.

The Sabian is, ‘A Hidden Choir Is Singing During A Religious Service’. Apparently, what Beethoven said explains something of the Sabian meaning: “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” In all the aspect scenarios, this New Moon offers connection, offers its own vibration as a conduit linking something tangible and something intangible. That is the ‘hidden choir’ of the event or beginning, bringing together or stringing a line between the seen and unseen, and doing so in a spiritually advanced way. We see that in, besides the aspect situations, the call to move along the Capricorn (that is, material) spectrum from more brute energies (Pluto) to more refined ones (Pallas). Bringing together a spiritual intention with a material one is what we’re here for–and this New Moon offers us a means to do it.

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8 January 2015 Getting Serious

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'The Tightrope Walker' 1895 Jean-Louis Forain {{PD}}

‘The Tightrope Walker’ 1895 Jean-Louis Forain {{PD}}

Everything gets serious today: we have to ‘get real’ in our assessment and use of assets, talents, and in the true nature of our relationships, and we may have to cut costs, restrain spending or assertiveness, or repress our feelings. Discipline may itself be beautiful, or may be the hallmark of all that’s worthy and desirable. Communications will reflect this temporary restraint, and at the same time add to tension, as words aren’t said in some kind of misguided need to retain control or to at least provide oneself with the illusion of it, and what is shared may be clipped, cryptic, or show the bare bones of instruction or facts. We can choose to focus on our sense of hurt, or our potential for healing, but in either case, action will, accidentally or not, cause injury or re-open old wounds, and we’ll find more obstacles to ambitions than stepping stones–but if we can accept that time, Universal laws, rules, and discipline can result, eventually, in a positive outcome, we can make significant progress and perhaps make something truly worthwhile (Mercury retros into Capricorn and sesq Chiron, Venus conjoins Saturn, Jupiter semi-sq Juno, Sun sxt Chiron and sq Zeus)

7 January 2015 Focus on: Pallas

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'Pallas Athena' Klimt 1898 {{PD}}

‘Pallas Athena’ Klimt 1898 {{PD}}

What’s smart for one person to do, pursue, or be may be decidedly unwise for someone else; giving away a million dollars is one experience for a billionaire and an entirely different one for the individual who has a million dollars plus one. So, context combines with perspective and is leavened with need or goals in determining what’s wise for an individual to do, be, or pursue–and the ability to apply skills, before, during, or after the decision-making may make the difference between momentary success (I want the sensation of flying, so I climb up on the roof and jump) and a more lasting solution with a more favorable outcome (I learn to sky-dive). Though it may seem that wisdom and skills are absolutes, they are relative (and can even be relative to each other–it’s far smarter to send a negotiator who ‘speaks the language’ than it is to simply send someone intelligent), and it’s the scope and contours of this relativity we must keep in mind when assessing Pallas.

Maximilian Liebenwein 'Pallas Athene' 1906 {{PD}}

Maximilian Liebenwein ‘Pallas Athene’ 1906 {{PD}}

The Warrior Woman representing both wisdom and skills harmonizes in an Earth Grand Trine with Sedna and the North Node-Jupiter=the smart thing is to find a balance among instincts, skills, and the desired life direction within the social sphere, as achieving synergy among these will allow for exponential growth, the element of ‘luck’, MORE, or however you wish to term opportunity for enhancement of the smart choice–that is, taking the opportunity that both serves the natural, internal need and the need found within the social order. It could mean finding your ‘place’ or role or purpose, at least temporarily.

Franz von Stuck  'Pallas Athene' 1898 {{PD}} Notice the similarity to Klimt's work, especially the breastplate--they were painted in the same year.

Franz von Stuck
‘Pallas Athene’ 1898 {{PD}} Notice the similarity to Klimt’s work, especially the breastplate–they were painted in the same year.

The key to this empowerment will be a willingness to adjust attitudes toward what we normally hold sacred (and in holding it sacred, we don’t make fresh observations or question priorities, which is what we’ll need to do–Vesta qnx Juno); the temptation that could scuttle our efforts will be to rebel, to do something just to be different, to insist on pure originality, to require academic back-up, justification, or support, or to simply act erratically, and so present, if not a danger, then an element of unreliability within that social order wherein we’re hoping to succeed (Sun sq Uranus). Find ‘right relationship’ among what’s personally wise and practical for you (that is, best use of skills), the needs of the social order, and the needs of the instinctive Beingness–and you could have a very good day indeed.

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And here is Carl Hagenbeck, who had Louis Corinth paint his portrait with a walrus named Pallas. I don’t get the connection :) Maybe they’re just friends?

Corinth 1898 {{PD}}

Corinth 1898 {{PD}}

If the January 3rd poll is any indication, Pluto is a strong influence in the natal chart of many of my readers. Not a surprise to me, really; with Venus in Scorpio square Pluto, I see the beauty in the Plutonian way, and that probably helps make Plutonians feel a little less like the bull in the china shop (a symbol so resonant of Scorpio-out-of-water, as its opposite number, Taurus). And now on to Mars, lately arrived in Scorpio. Transits set a kind of energy tone; the real effects come from contact to the natal placements, but we can’t discount the way the sign is emphasized as we run into others ‘having a transit’, or the way the sign’s influence shows through, in this case, moments of choice, action, effort, and anger, all Mars.

Need or want to understand your greatest priorities and commitments? Vesta can reveal these, showing you why you make the promises and alliances, and have the loyalties, that you do.

6 January 2016 Going On Instinct

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‘Jump’ Gemälde Zyklu Adam Marian Pete Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

If today were a swiftly moving, bracingly cold river, the best thing we could do is plunge right in without hesitation–heck, without too much thought at all–especially in terms of what we do and what we choose (NN trine Sedna, Mars nov Saturn). Merc’s already retro, and typically that brings a lack of surety (or maybe reliability) to the thought processes, and this is doubly so when Mercury retrogrades in an Air sign, as it has done this time in Aquarius. We may not be able to connect yet with the old retro reliables, Venus and the Moon, so that we may feel our way through what we would normally meet with the mind, though what we receive through the senses and sensation can carry a kind of wisdom of its own (Venus semi-sq Pallas); and we may be far too easily mislead by appearances, mirages, or plain old lies (Neptune trine Juno) when it comes to our province, our rights, and our status and its privileges. That leaves us to rely on instinct, on impulse, to trust that somewhere in our store of knowledge or reflex lies the appropriate response–so jump in, the water’s just fine!

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Bits ‘n Pieces for 3-5 January of the New Year 20 and 16!

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Sure, women can be Plutonian, and it doesn't mean she'll devour you, either! John Collier 'In the Venusberg Tannhäuser' 1901 {{PD}}

Sure, women can be Plutonian, and it doesn’t mean she’ll devour you, either! John Collier ‘In the Venusberg Tannhäuser’ 1901 {{PD}}

Do you have any Plutonian people in your life? If so, do you find you’re able to understand (or maybe withstand!) the sheer energy they emit better than the average human? And do you notice they don’t seem to understand their own psychic strength? If you’re hanging around with Plutonians, you’ve probably got a strong Plutonian inclination yourself–nobody else could put up with the x-ray vision that burns as often as it’s insightful, or the ripple that runs through the Cosmos every time one of these Hadean natives gets upset. This came to mind when I was interacting with my very Plutonian husband; he entered this plane in one of those waves of Uranus-Pluto in Virgo, and he has the added bonus of Mars also conjunct this pair, with an Aries Sun like a cherry on the energy sundae, focusing an enormous drive and powerful persona through the individual identity. We were talking about effective communications, and I mentioned to him that the way he goes at interaction is highly Plutonian: he charges forward, bludgeons the unsuspecting with words, then dashes away to his (mental) cave. For him, every conversation is a confrontation, everyone else someone to be bested; he’ll drag you into his own special hell, if given half a chance. It’s not a bad place, it’s just the one he’s comfortable in, and if you can stand the heat, you can get a lot out of that kitchen. Luckily I have Venus in Scorpio; I adore this energy, and I’m absolutely not afraid of the dark, literally or figuratively. What about you? You might be a Plutonian if:

3 points and you can definitely sympathize, empathize, and understand the Plutonian viewpoint; 4-6 points and you find that shadow in you at times; 7-8 points suggests a Plutonian facet to your nature that is definitely a vital expression of who you are; and 9 or more points makes you the Plutonian others make way for.

Somebody searches me every day, and every day they spell my name wrong; they add a ‘w’ where there is none. I don’t mind the misspelling, I mind what it says about the person seeking help. They are bothering to search out what I have to say, but they aren’t observant enough to realize that, day after day, they are searching incorrectly. It implies they aren’t really seeing what’s in front of them, and that implies they aren’t really understanding the posts they find. Whoever you are, slow down and really look–it can only make things easier.

Mercury hit 29 degrees on the 31st and we experienced a cascade of equipment failures over the following hours: my camera and memory card died (after being lost all summer and then working strangely); our car battery died with no warning; and our phone didn’t stop working, but it no longer rings and the speaker function doesn’t work (to everyone’s delight, really, because who likes to be on speaker?); and the cable ‘disappeared’, taking television service but not the internet with it! By the time Merc entered Aquarius in the AM Pacific time of the 2nd, all was resolved, but with Merc going retro at 5:06 AM PST on the 5th, we may have been dealing with what amounts to material world electrical/ modern method chaos, shaped by the sign and degree placement, but spurred by the upcoming retrograde. Leaving Capricorn may have strained the physical components of what carries energy impulses of one kind or another, as if the components themselves were being dragged across a rough surface; drained and damaged, the stress is only cleared with Merc’s entry into the tech-aligned sign of Aquarius. Also of note is the way Merc retros only 2 minutes from completing a square to Mars, suggesting that during the retro period we may want to act, or express our energy or anger, but may not be able to, or may first try words–which may prove woefully inadequate.

But with the retro only days away, I’m anticipating we might have a recurrence of the situation we just saw when Merc once again moves into Cap. This happened between my Whole Sign 12th and 1st Houses, suggesting that what manifested may have been expressions of ‘me’ and my unconscious, specifically in the ways I wanted to change communications, especially communications that were personal (the 1st). Where did it happen for you, and what effects did you notice, if any?

3 January we may discover our active philosophy of life and our working beliefs clash somehow with our highest ideals. With Mars entering Scorpio, we’ll have the energy and drive to dig it all up and resolve the discrepancy–and that’s a good thing to do, as carrying that kind of dissonance disrupts everything. A lucky ‘shift’ in Love or Money is also on the agenda; it’s change you can embrace and enjoy, a kind of reward for those open to modifying the current arrangement (Jupiter contra-parallel Vesta, Venus nov Pluto)

4 January is the day to ‘do it’: we enjoy almost unprecedented internal harmony, a surfeit of wisdom, practical skills are on point or we receive required help within the social sphere, and thoughts vibe to Love, though for a few Money might be the mental tuning fork. What we seek is right in line with our deepest values, and honors what we truly care about (but be prepared to see what you or others really care about–we could find our emphasis is on Love, Money, Relationships, or Life Values when we thought it was on a different one of the four). This is a day with ‘Success!’ written all over it, for those who trust themselves and the Universe–everybody else just gets a nice little boost so really, nobody loses (Jupiter trine Pallas, Venus trine Vesta, Merc parallel Venus)

5 January is an important day, though it might not be an easy one. We see what needs to change, and we may have to answer for missteps made yesterday that were based on misperceptions, fantasies, or lies. As a result, tempers will flare, even if our touchiness is only within our own minds; we won’t like having to face matters we’d rather ignore (especially if we’ve been successfully ignoring them up to now!) but doing so will have the virtue of clearing up a lot of shadows and handing back to us wasted, stolen, or misplaced energy (Venus sq Neptune, Merc sq Mars–though it doesn’t perfect–and Sun conjunct Pluto, both sq Black Moon Lilith)

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2 January 2016 Think It, And It Is

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Lajos Gulácsy 'The Garden of the Magician' 1906 - 1907 {{PD}}

Lajos Gulácsy ‘The Garden of the Magician’ 1906 – 1907 {{PD}}

There is an almost uncanny alignment between our mentality and the physical realm; what we think, our ideas, elide seamlessly with the material world. There is as well a kind of cooperation between limits and boundaries and the thought processes, so that each complements the other. We know when to stop, when to hold back (but whether we do so is a matter of choice!) The best thing is that, as long as we are willing to be very clear between what is and what could be, we will see wisdom shape the creative urge and funnel through the mind. Inspired and yet practical thinking is the result (Merc parallel Saturn, Neptune semi-square Pallas)

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The New Year 2015-2016 Ready to Act, Ready to Defend

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Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

Hmm, I titled this, ‘Ready to Act, Ready to Defend’, but it may actually be ‘Ready to Offend’, as on the 31st we have Venus sesquiquadrate Uranus, which may see relationships invite us to be our most erratic, irresponsible, irritating, radical, and original Self–or could tempt us to spend in unique and potentially regrettable ways. We may, inadvertently or even quite deliberately, sabotage interactions or acquisitions by ‘going too far’. Channeled well, we could earn through unusual means or create something of singular beauty, and Mars parallel Neptune gives us both the energy and the creative spark needed to manifest Love or Art in the form we believe it should ideally take (Venus in Sagittarius)–if, that is, we can hold it together under Uranus’ heady influence.

Thoughts run deep, and it may be difficult to consider something without assessing its potentials for power acquisition or significant change (Merc parallel Pluto); that could put us unconsciously on the mental defensive, should we be someone for whom power struggles are the very definition of power expression. We might do best to take our cues from this: whatever is spotlighted, whatever draws our attention, may be the most ‘natural’ venue for our effective individual expression, in part because our unconscious, our ‘blind spot’ material, and our instincts, will all be exerting their influence, and so tailoring our expression quite specifically to who we are. It’s a passionate, intense, and in many ways powerfully affecting atmosphere we ourselves generate on the run up to the New Year; then we have the 1st for sorting things out.

We may find a surprising amount of internal harmony in our New Year’s Day reflections, and the intellectual approach is most likely, so that any emotional impacts of our behavior are conveniently packed away for later examination. However, we may have to acknowledge something about our ambitions and desires, something that the past 24-48 hours or so has made abundantly clear. We’d best see this as a good thing, a chance to enter the next standard trip around the Sun with a more accurate understanding of our role and place in things, relative to what we want, what and who we care about, and what we hope to accomplish. Happy New Year, Everybody! (Vesta parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus semi-sq Zeus, Mercury enters Aquarius)

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29-30 December 2015 Caring About the Future

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Hans Thoma 1887 {{PD}}

Hans Thoma 1887 {{PD}}

With Venus’ entry into Sagittarius, we’re looking toward the horizon, as far ahead as we can, into the distance, if not into the future; what we need to know is that our outlook, though it seems focused on relationships and/ or finances, is actually influenced by those things we’re ignoring or denying, or those things about which we’re enraged, that are linked to relationships or finances. This has two effects: it makes us reactionary in thought and action, and it inspires us to think outside our usual box. Grab on to the inspiration–it can be truly original in the way it informs our more typical expressions, giving them real style–and separate (if possible) any thoughts or ideas from a sense of anger–anything that comes forward and is infested with outrage or vengeance will waste our energy and squander the imaginative energies that are ours for the tapping. Take aim carefully; at this time it’s as easy to destroy or be mislead as it is to create (Venus enters Sagittarius and is semi-square Pluto and Black Moon Lilith, Merc sq Mars and nov Neptune, Sun sxt Neptune)

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28 December 2015 We Have Ways

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Carl Bantzer 'Schwälmer Tanz' 1897-1898 {{PD}}

Carl Bantzer ‘Schwälmer Tanz’ 1897-1898 {{PD}}

Let’s sum it up: we have ways, with instituting wisdom and applying practical skills to real-life, and with melding relationship health or earning capacity with ambition and desire, that make today an excellent time for honed, precise application of energy. We get what we want, as long as we have, in some Universal way, earned it. Enjoy your day! (Perfecting today: Saturn nov Pallas, Venus nov Zeus)

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27 December 2015 What We Know, What We Want

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Though we've got clear ideas on how to advance our cause, we may get distracted. Caspar Netscher - 'Young Girl Holding a Letter' c1665 {{PD}}

Though we’ve got clear ideas on how to advance our cause, we may get distracted. Caspar Netscher – ‘Young Girl Holding a Letter’ c1665 {{PD}}

There’s a clear connection between our own authority and power, and the way to utilize this to realize ambitions–and as well, we have the mental ability to take what’s useful from the past with which to build the future; what we lack may be a sturdy confidence in our own wisdom, and a sense of the reality picture that makes us feel surefooted–and that’s necessary as the Sun moves through Capricorn. What can make the difference between attaining and merely dreaming (as if dreaming isn’t just as important!) is the ability to understand our own position in the power matrix, in relation to our abilities, talents, and capabilities, and in the world itself. An accurate perception of our own effectiveness, and the parameters our status allows, are required for moving successfully toward our goals–at this time everything else is either window dressing, or distraction (Ceres tr Zeus, Juno nov NN, Pallas parallel NN/ contra-parallel SN, Merc semi-sq Saturn and trine NN)

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26 December 2015 Embrace What Was

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Usually we turn away from the past, but today we embrace it. Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Burton 1864 {{PD}} Frederick William Burton

Usually we turn away from the past, but today we embrace it. Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Burton 1864
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Frederick William Burton

The thing we need to be aware of today is that the past created the now; if we remember that, we’ll avoid a lot of blaming, hand-wringing, or useless parsing of causes and origins that will inevitably lead us right back to the fact that what we chose and did in the past formed the present, absolutely. And, though it may sound crazy, we need to embrace the past, mistakes, foolishness, and all, for best results in the now. How does that work? Allow yourself to ‘Love What Was’, even if you hate it now, or even if you’re aware it did or does violate something you find sacred–there was a reason for it in your life, it made you who you are–how can you not love it? And ‘Love Yourself’, and especially those parts of yourself that you feel are tripping you up or interfering with smooth execution of plans–they are actually trying to tell you something, something important about what you really want, or who you really are. Be slow to act, and open your arms to all that created you, and you’ll end the day with one or more new and effective ways of seeing yourself and making your mark (Mars qnx SN and semi-sq Saturn, Venus trine SN, Merc trine Sedna, Sun sxt Juno, parallel Ceres, and sq Vesta)

Cancer Full Moon 25 December 2015

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'Canoe and Star' c1920 Arman Manookian {{PD}}

‘Canoe and Star’ c1920 Arman Manookian {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 3:11 AM PST at 3 Cancer 19, with Vesta creating a T-square to the Sun-Earth-Moon axis, the FM in sesquiquadrate to Ceres, and with generous orbs the FM forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Juno. A Full Moon, of course, concludes, brings to culmination, fruition, or end, completes, or designates a point when situations or circumstances cannot go on as they have, in effect taking a new tack or making it clear there’s no future in the current direction. We must always remain aware of the beginnings in endings, and the endings inevitably present in beginnings–a Full Moon brings a point such as this, without confining us to any particular form for the results.

The T-square puts us on notice that the highest values, the home situation, and/ or the situation with the mate will undergo a ‘stress test’–but this isn’t necessarily something that creates a tense mood or conflict. Rather, it’s a circumstance, situation, or event that brings into sharp focus the ways our actual behaviors or choices may conflict with what we find sacred, revere, or honor. It’s a chance to see clearly and bring to an end something that keeps us from truly honoring what we find important, or that keeps us from living our values–and it very likely involves something we care deeply for or about, or something that we nurture or see as our responsibility to protect and ‘grow’ (Cancer Full Moon). The contact to Ceres only reinforces this, probably pointing out how the pitfalls of holding or pursuing power, or of having it in an ‘overseer’ or parental relationship, creates difficulties which, with their acknowledgment, can be concluded at this Full Moon.

The Water Grand Trine is reassuring, telling us that balance can and will be achieved (but keep in mind, if we don’t willingly bring about a just measuring of circumstances and privileges, Nature, that is, Ceres, will do it for us!) Emotional clarity can be the result of judicious application of both ideals (especially spiritual ones) and exercise of empowerment through one’s ‘right status’. That is, using one’s current position and abilities to affect circumstances and change, and aligning this with the spiritual ideals, will offer a satisfying conclusion to a situation that may have been emotionally abrasive, that could’ve kept us off-balance, and that likely is the same situation that offers the ‘stress test’ through pointing out dissonance we’ve been living with but not noticing or possibly ignoring–and the Full Moon allows us to end that dissonant state.

The Sabian Symbol describes something telling for this Full Moon: ‘A Cat Arguing With A Mouse’. This suggests that whatever circumstance needs to come to an end, or whatever dissonance needs harmonizing, is something we may be generating ourselves, by taking a ludicrous position. The Water Grand Trine may also describe this pre-harmonized state, as our response to the empowerment situation is based on fantasy or misconception, rather than reality. In effect this says we have been operating under some untrue ideas about our own power position or ability to affect things, and the tension undergone at the Full Moon will show us exactly how much we really do hold the power, after all. It gives us the opportunity to align action (Cardinal placement) with ideals and express these through a more accurate understanding of our own power place in the Universe (Juno).

We typically also look at the Sun Sabian for a Full Moon, as this is the ‘source material’ for what we’re dealing with now. It is, ‘A Group Of People Outfitting A Large Canoe At The Start Of A Journey By Water’. This may imply that the emotional attitude that needs balancing and healing is one we received from the family/ group; we were outfitted with this emotional equipment early in life or in the project that brought us together (at the start of the journey), and now it needs modifying, so that our expressions accurately reflect our true position. We will no longer be the cat arguing with the mouse; that is, we will no longer fail to perceive the true power balance, or the true situation–and that will make all the difference.

The Full Moon ‘message’ is in line with the aspect situation for the 25th, with the added caveats that the social order may run mostly on hidden or ignored material (Jupiter contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith), so be prepared, and that instincts and ‘blind spot’ material will not aid smooth relationship or financial dynamics (Venus opposed Sedna)–so being aware that statements and beliefs won’t necessarily make ‘surface sense’, and that there’s too much roiling around beneath consciousness in relationship or financial matters will help us navigate what could be a rocky day. Knowing this, though, should predispose us to put our internal energy toward that Full Moon realization and re-making of our own power and position awareness, while in the social sphere we concentrate on sharing good feeling and leaving heavy relationship or financial matters for another day.

If you celebrate at this time, I wish you all the best in life–and if you don’t, I wish you the same!

Cancer Full Moon December 2015

22-24 December 2015 Mind, Faith, and Matter

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'The Awakening' Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

‘The Awakening’ Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

We have a three day period when our thoughts may quite literally create our reality, with the results manifesting in slightly different ways each day. On the 22nd we see the mind and our internal wisdom meld in such a way that, if we think about something, we are unlikely to choose poorly (on the other hand, if we refuse to think an issue through, we could choose very poorly). The way to express our power and authority comes directly from those methods we’ve observed in the past (as when we saw how authorities or those in power conducted themselves); what we’ve observed as effective behavior in others becomes our guide to choosing our own expressions. That has all the pitfalls you might expect, though we should know that what we’ve done is intellectualize the power behaviors of others (Ceres in Aquarius)–that tells us that if we can register the feelings those behaviors created, or if we can understand the attitudes behind the choices we saw others in charge make, we can gain enough mental distance to modify the choices those lessons offered so that they suit the person we are now (Ceres novile SN, Merc conj Pallas)

By the 23rd we may find we’ve formulated the perfect combination of rebellion from those in authority and a means of aligning thoughts with the status quo so that our originality is fostered even as we find our ‘place’ in the current order. The biggest issue may still be getting our ideas of who we are to mesh with the ways in which we want to express our power and affect the world; this time, shaking up the power picture as it now stands, or surprising authority figures or those who assume they’re in charge, is the way to unblock anything stuck, specifically because that kind of activity shows us how marginal and Self-imposed most boundaries really are (Uranus sxt Ceres, Merc novile Saturn, Sun semi-sq Ceres)

On the 24th we may find that we must adjust actions more in the direction of instinct and farther away from a reactionary standpoint that allows ‘blind spot’ material too much influence. That’s tricky at this point, as our thoughts are (still!) focused on attaining and expressing power, and we could see things in a light that paints us as having proprietary rights in areas not our own, including trying to dictate conditions for others. This is a distorted but perfectly logical outgrowth from that state of pure intellectual wisdom we enjoyed two days ago; it persuaded us that the mind has all the answers, and the reality is, at least in raw physical situations, it does. The true key to dealing with things successfully today is to accept relationship and financial realities as they truly are, warts and all. As long as you can see these matters in a wholistic light, and remember that light and darkness need each other in order to be complete, you won’t just gain in the Love and Money departments, but will find those areas can expand in ways you didn’t expect, almost all of them positive (certainly, all of them enlightening). ‘I want to Believe’ should be our motto, as the application of Faith to those things we find most precious will elevate what goes on today from good to much much better than anything planned or anticipated (Mars qnx Sedna, Venus sxt Jupiter and novile Black Moon Lilith, Merc parallel Ceres)

Uranus has reached the degree and minute (16 Aries 33) where he’ll linger until direction evening of the 25th Pacific time. If you have placements within 3 degrees either side of this in the Cardinals, it probably feels like a weight on you involving the natal energy, a sense of uncertainty, a fear of surprise or shock, an intellectual heaviness from which you fear you’ll never be released–but you will. Give it a few days past the direction before declaring yourself out of alternatives; that’s a Uranian specialty, and by the 28th you’ll likely have come up with one or more exciting options involving what seems irredeemably stuck now.

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21 December 2015 Choosing Our Direction

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"Djerba Er Riadh Street Art 03" by Rani777- Baha-Eddine MKD - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Djerba_Er_Riadh_Street_Art_03.JPG#/media/File:Djerba_Er_Riadh_Street_Art_03.JPG

“Djerba Er Riadh Street Art 03” by Rani777- Baha-Eddine MKD – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Djerba_Er_Riadh_Street_Art_03.JPG#/media/File:Djerba_Er_Riadh_Street_Art_03.JPG

Why are our ambitions and desires causing so much trouble today? We either think we don’t have the skills, or we think what we need to do to fulfill wants is unwise–but the actual problem is injured thought patterns, dysfunctional ways of thinking and processing info, and/ or thoughts that contradict desires, specifically by embracing the wound either out of a misguided idea it is in fact the reality, or because to heal would be to disrupt one’s life significantly. It may seem that it doesn’t matter what we choose–but it all comes down to this: do you want to be fulfilled, or do you want to remain intellectually comfortable? (Pallas and Merc sq Zeus, Merc sxt Chiron, Mars parallel Juno, Sun enters Capricorn/ Earth enters Cancer)

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20 December 2015 It’s Complicated

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Van Gogh 1882 'The Hague - Carpenter's Yard and Laundry' {{PD}}

Van Gogh 1882 ‘The Hague – Carpenter’s Yard and Laundry’ {{PD}}

It’s a complicated day full of complicated feelings, but we can gain something truly worthwhile from it, can see the Love, or even where and how to access resources, if we can get a little distance mentally and emotionally from what will feel like violations of our highest values–and this could include things causing disruption on the home front, with the spouse/ mate/ partner, or with those areas of life we honor and consider sacred–whether we are aware or not of holding that attitude.

Our sense of effectiveness, of our ability to express our Will, the urge to be different or to follow the group (whatever is unlike our usual inclination), to show our originality, all will threaten (or at least seem to require adjustment to) what we name a priority–and our need to earn, or our relationships, may pressure what we deem important in such a way that we may feel we must dishonor our highest values in order to deal with circumstances.

There are two elements that may make things even more difficult to handle: one is the way communications (and our own thinking!) will rub us the wrong way, surprising or shocking or causing a kind of feeling anarchy within; and two is the way our own choices and actions will be, not just anti-instinctual, but will undermine our creativity, and could possibly be based on accepting misunderstanding, believing a lie, or embracing a fantasy or deception as reality.

The peak discord will be from about 1 PM Pacific, just before the Moon enters Void status, through entry into Taurus at 4:12 PM PST. During that brief window it may be particularly hard to contain or even pinpoint our feelings–and this really will be the problem for the whole day, where it permeates events in a less intense form: that there is such internal discord, and or tough demands made by other facets of the life, that we may lose perspective and become alienated from our own core values–and so go astray because of it.

Out of all this, though, comes something related to the current position of transiting Venus (at 18 Scorpio), or through matters of the Houses Venus rules in the natal chart, that is positive, enlightening, and that fosters a bright new understanding of or knowledge concerning the Self (Vesta qnx Juno, Uranus contraparallel and Venus sesq Vesta, Mars contraparallel Sedna and sesq Neptune, Merc sq Uranus, Sun novile Venus)

Do you know your priorities and goals? Not those things you think you care about, but where your energy really goes? The dissonance between what we tell ourselves we want and what the Soul (working through the unconscious) drives us toward is what causes personal discord and stalls progress. Find out by examining your natal Vesta--and enjoy your Sunday!


19 December 2015 Deploying All Forces

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'Stillleben mit Samovar und chinesischer Teeschale' (Still Life with Samovar and Teacup) Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

‘Stillleben mit Samovar und chinesischer Teeschale’ (Still Life with Samovar and Teacup) Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

We have the drive, and the focus, to fulfill ambitions (or at least to create the circumstances that will pave the way), and we aren’t afraid to, as they say, break a few eggs to get that omelet made. The best part may be that we can see the value in our wounds, the way our hurts have given us wisdom and shaped us into the person we are now. We are bringing all our skills, learning, and experience to bear on achieving our goals–and that means thinking is laser-focused, concentrated on power expression and making successful change in our world. Is there any down side to today’s influences? There is a destructive quality, even a cruelty, about communications, so keenly aimed are they at accomplishment; that could mean we are less than sensitive to the needs of others. We could also be tempted to wallow a bit in hurt, as we’ll so appreciate the things we gain from it that we could forget the real purpose is to help us move forward. The Aries Moon doesn’t help, making us even more Self-focused, and the Moon’s meeting with Uranus around 4 PM PST suggests a point when we will be most likely thinking individually, and perhaps seem unreliable to others as a result (and we may see others this way, too.) Under the right circumstances the conjoining of Luna and Uranus could blend our own interests with those of the group, making us willing to share our energy and so serving both causes–and this could be emotionally freeing. We can be very effective today in moving toward our desires–just try not to lose sight of other priorities (relationships, financials, values, that might not seem so important right now) in the process.

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Focus On: Jupiter Novile Juno

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Henrik Weber - 'Composer Mihály Mosonyi and his Wife' 1840s {{PD}}

Henrik Weber – ‘Composer Mihály Mosonyi and his Wife’ 1840s {{PD}}

I know! It’s a minor aspect–but it may be the key to handling all the other aspects perfecting the 18th. It may be easy to feel stupid (Chiron sextile Pallas) and we may feel we must make significant adjustments in areas of Love or Money in order to express ourselves as thoroughly and uniquely as we like (Venus qnx Uranus); or, that feeling of lacking wisdom may come directly from a surprise in relationships or finances we believe we should’ve seen coming. Of course, the negative slant of these attitudes predispose us to give more attention and weight to what we’d normally ignore or deny for our own mental health and/ or effective functioning (Merc sq Black Moon Lilith), and could foster scrutiny of our own Path, a ‘Where Have I Been, Where Am I Going?’ question, or even an abrupt ‘Who the hell am I?” (Sun sq Nodal axis) that won’t currently be clear (or even intellectually accessible, considering the way our thoughts will be plagued by rage over injustices, or those matters usually dismissed–Merc sq BML–which means we’ll lack the objectivity we need to sort out these kinds of questions).

The novile, then, offers us a brilliant pairing between Water and Earth, emotion and the physical or material, between reaching out to connect or teach and reaching out to command, or in the social role enhancing our expression of our own empowerment, or vice versa, affecting our social role by flexing our muscles and showing our stuff. Jupiter and Juno reach out to each other and create a synergy that’s much greater than we might otherwise expect; it’s a case of two powerful entities (working together within the psyche, and/ or one played by ourselves, one by something external) acting so perfectly in concert that we don’t really have to think much about it–it just comes together on its own.

Though this marriage is natural, it won’t necessarily be without inequities or strife. This could involve us in an interaction of grossly uneven proportion, where one party holds the majority of power, or where one of the parties has status but lacks the respect needed to pull something off–that’s where the partner comes in, supplying the pull to make it happen, with the other supplying the backbone or needed judgment, without which the power expression might fizzle to nothing. So, it may be that negative currents today are handled by the kind of acceptance and cooperation typical of any partnership–not without problems or compromises, but in effect significantly more relevant than what either could accomplish alone.

The signs in which the two are placed (Jupiter in Virgo, Juno in Scorpio) suggest some sting, some criticism, but also a masterly eye for detail and depth of understanding–and who couldn’t use a little more of that? Enjoy your Friday!

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17 December 2015 The Power to Be Smart

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Circumstances may make us feel the judgments within and without are almost this harsh--but it's only our awareness of reality that's unusually sharp. Master of Soriguerola - 'Saint Michael Weighing Souls' Early 14th century {{PD}}

Circumstances may make us feel the judgments within and without are almost this harsh–but it’s only our awareness of reality that’s unusually sharp. Master of Soriguerola – ‘Saint Michael Weighing Souls’ Early 14th century {{PD}}

We’ll be given the opportunity to weigh Self-expression with no boundaries against what we want, especially in relationships–and we’ll gain in exact proportion to two things: how easily we accept our own internal wisdom, that guidance offered by the voice within, and how thoroughly we accept the extent of our own power and our power to affect things, even as we acknowledge those authorities greater than ourselves. That last is a tricky balancing act, calling for some clear-eyed knowledge of who we are that refuses to shy away from both our actual ability to make change (immense!) and the reality that in some cases, others really do hold the power (and so exercise the options), not us. Of course, there are ways we can affect things even in the most restricted circumstances–but today may be all about seeing that withdrawal of our effort or energy just because things aren’t precisely as we’d like them to be ultimately only sabotages ourselves. Note especially those situations where something we value is in direct conflict with either Nature or the Powers-That-Be–and know that in that case, to exercise our want is, in some vital way, purely destructive (Perfecting today: Uranus sq Pallas, Venus sq Ceres and sxt Pluto).

16 December 2015 Internal Dissonance

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Alexandre Cabanel - 'Echo' 1874 {{PD}}

Alexandre Cabanel – ‘Echo’ 1874 {{PD}}

That weird, echo-y feeling is nothing but the internal reverb between what we think we are and what we are in reality; today brings encounters, circumstances, and incidents that all point to this inevitable internal dissonance–and it’s up to us to ‘mind the gap’.  Our sense of woundedness is entangled with empowerment and status issues, and what draws our attention and takes center spot in our thoughts is part felt (through instinct) and part response (albeit unconscious) to those things we know but don’t–you know? The saving grace comes in the form of action and want, especially in relationship; a willingness to trust our impulses to do, to trust our choices, and to assert ourselves for what we desire will smooth out any internal discord and drown out a propensity to dwell on an ideal of perfection that we’ll never achieve, and which is a poor standard against which to rate our current, real-life effectiveness and elan (Chiron sesq Juno, Mars parallel Vesta, Merc sesq and Sun qnx Sedna).

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15 December 2015 Doubting Ourselves

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Self-doubt could wear us out today. 'Art and Literature' by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1866 {{PD}}

Self-doubt could wear us out today. ‘Art and Literature’ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1866 {{PD}}

On the 15th our instincts and our ‘blind spot’ material (things influencing us we aren’t consciously aware of, yet are easily seen by others) undermine our sense of empowerment and effectiveness–and that’s really all that matters, isn’t it? Without believing in ourselves we won’t act as if we have a right–a right to exercise our prerogatives, a right to assert ourselves, a right to openly claim our status and the privileges that go with it. We can get a handle on our doubts if we tame the emotions with a cool intellectual analysis of our circumstances (Aquarius Moon conjoined Ceres around 4 AM Pacific Standard Time)–that may allow us to, in the modern vernacular, “own our own power”–that’s our best hope for combating the Self-doubt that may plague us today (Perfecting: Juno contra-parallel Sedna).

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14 December 2015 Impenetrable Minds

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Best ashtrays ever. "Sinus" melamine ashtray. Systems design- The Ulm school. Exhibit at Disseny Hub Barcelona- DHUB HFG Walter Zeischegg- Ashtray- 1967 Photo by Kippelboy Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Best ashtrays ever. “Sinus” melamine ashtray. Systems design- The Ulm school. Exhibit at Disseny Hub Barcelona- DHUB HFG Walter Zeischegg- Ashtray- 1967
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Oh, damn, we’re back to rebellion again, refusing the social order or other ‘oppressor’ with the flaming resistance of a thousand Suns. Why? Our imaginations are working overtime; we can’t quite see the potential rewards ahead of us, and we’re freaking out, succumbing to every worst-case scenario we’ve ever considered. That’s what happens when we fail to channel the creative urge into something structured or meaningful: it permeates the mind with all the horrid fantasies we’ve ever dreaded could be, and we look around for a source of all the anxiety–and guess who we fix on? Everyone and everything that exemplifies beliefs different than our own, that holds to just the facts (without elaborate justifications–that feels threatening), and/ or that contradicts our ego. Don’t we sound like a problem? We aren’t really, it’s just that our minds feel solid, reliable, and concerned with the real world (Mercury in Capricorn), even as they are swamped by our out-of-control imaginings. This is compounded by the way others feel just as sure, and are just as much under the spell of Neptune, making us a little paranoid and a lot certain that panic or anger is the answer. Realize the mind and thoughts aren’t reliable today, and you’ve already won half the battle–then put that creative energy to work, making Mom a clay ashtray, or something (Mars contra-parallel Uranus, Venus semi-sq NN, Mercury sextile Neptune, Sun sq Jupiter)

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13 December 2015 Perfecting Ambitions

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The world really is your oyster; a new 'I Am' can be born. 'A Water Baby' Herbert James Draper 1899 {{PD}}

The world really is your oyster; a new ‘I Am’ can be born. ‘A Water Baby’ Herbert James Draper 1899 {{PD}}

Recently we’ve been treated to displays and revelations specifically focused on the ambition picture, both for ourselves and for others; now we’re past that need to rebel, the urge to be unreliable in a misguided show of independence, we’re no longer choosing in reaction to the group or some imagined sense of oppression, and finally, finally, we are ready to express our original ideas, our unique concepts and approaches, in the areas where our ambitions lie. We have the energy, focus, and strength to pursue exactly what we desire–and, whether we are conscious of it or not, we are in some way entirely endowed to achieve precisely what we want. This may be the point where many stumble: over the idea that they are already empowered, holding the status, or receiving the support needed to make their ambitions live; they don’t, can’t, or won’t believe they already have what they need, and this will be the thing that stops them–though of course, they’ll see it as a lack of a vital lynchpin that, if they’d only possessed it, would’ve fulfilled their dreams. It’s one of those periods when the whole world conspires to empower you, to give you what you want–why wouldn’t you open your arms and accept it? (The aspects that created the past effect were recent oppositions of Mars and Zeus to Uranus; aspects perfecting today are Mars conjoined Zeus, Juno parallel Zeus)

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12 February 2016 Sweet Nothings

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Cardinals in the anteroom of the Vatican--trying to listen in, of course. By Henri Adolphe Laissement 1895 {{PD}}

Cardinals in the anteroom of the Vatican–trying to listen in, of course. By Henri Adolphe Laissement 1895 {{PD}}

Today the seen and unseen worlds whisper to us–of Love, of treasure, of what’s lost, forgotten, or suppressed, through a lexicon of instincts and primordial knowing, of what could be, of what we imagine, of ideal futures and re-imagined pasts, beneath the words actually presented–and though these messages may be hard to grasp, we will see them delivered somehow through the material world, as well as the psychic one. Relationships can be tricky, best navigated on a combination of instinct and response to the real-world choices of the Other. In all situations, that means if we’re unsure of what we intuit, suspect, feel, or sense, we can parse the concrete situation for the same info, though it may be obscured by words or chatter or rote thought patterns, or our perception may be influenced by our disposition toward what’s delivering the message–we’d be wise to keep in mind McLuhan’s advice, that the medium is the message (Perfecting today: Venus trine Sedna and nov Saturn, Merc nov Neptune)

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11 February 2016 Use Your Imagination

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Illustration from "The Russian Story Book" by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

No really, that’s the advice: use your imagination. Some of us develop a low tolerance for the meandering kind of invention and fancy we entertained daily as children; now would be a good time to revive it. Earnings, relationships, artistic expression, Love, they all turn on a receptivity to the creative urge. Inspiration will seek concrete form; it’s up to you to make it happen (Venus semi-sq Neptune)

10 February 2016 Glimpsing the Future

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By Franz Zadrazil (painting) / Thomas Ledl (photo) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17033795

By Franz Zadrazil (painting) / Thomas Ledl (photo) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17033795

Here’s my advice for today: time travel to the future so you can see what the wise thing to do is right now. That’s not helpful at all, though it may assist us to know that the past is not a good guideline for what’s wise in this moment, nor for what makes the truly practical choice; for once, yesterday doesn’t apply to now. Short of transporting to tomorrow, we might do best to consider what environment will allow relationships, assets, talents, and values to flourish most freely and prolifically, and cultivate that. Find a door ajar to your next step in these areas; try to, if not walk through, get a glimpse of what’s on the other side. We might also look to the distractions and opportunities provided by the social circle, social media, broadcasts and publications, or the wider world; in them we find the facts that can shape tomorrow–just make sure that those ‘facts’ are rock-solid real (Pallas sesq and parallel the NN, Venus trine NN, Sun qnx Jupiter-NN)

9 February 2016 Subtle Wins, Love Wins Bigger!

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Franz Stuck 'Circle Dancing' 1909 {{PD}}

Franz Stuck ‘Circle Dancing’ 1909 {{PD}}

Today restraint, modesty, discretion, and a willingness to roll up the sleeves and dig, clean, or eradicate deeply are all rewarded; these actions and choices bring stability and a landscape that won’t morph unexpectedly before our eyes–and this supports some minor but terribly clever ideas on how to handle the reality picture. That said, though, we can tap into powerful forces for change that remain in some way subterranean. It’s as if the force of our intentions can ripple out and stir the quantum field, affecting all things eventually, but nothing visibly just yet. The most obvious effects come from temper or impulse that defies or distorts our highest values or priorities, and the expansion of what we care about, be it Love, Money, or something treasured, in an overt ‘ease of excess’ that may or may not ultimately be to our benefit–but it can make for a delicious break when we defy barriers, boundaries, and rules–just make sure the seductiveness of More or Bigger doesn’t contradict our inner wisdom. (Saturn parallel Pluto, Merc novile Saturn, Venus trine Jupiter, Mars qnx Vesta and trine Chiron, Jupiter sesq Pallas)

New Moon in Aquarius 2016 Higher Understanding

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti 'Holy Grail' 1873 {{PD}}

Dante Gabriel Rossetti ‘Holy Grail’ 1873 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Aquarius (also known as Lunar New Year) falls on the 8th at 6:38 AM Pacific time at 19 Aquarius 15. The NM forms close semi-sextiles to Venus and Chiron, with only 9 and 5 minutes difference, respectively, and so falls at the midpoint of their sextile; this on its own suggests the New Moon brings the healing power (Chiron) of Love (Venus) through intellectual understanding or through a greater knowledge of the reasons behind the facts (Aquarius). What’s born here can heal, can be a conduit for Love at its most pristine and potent, and can offer an elevated level of comprehension in terms of the ‘higher function’ of events–but that’s not the entire story.

The New Moon is also sextile Vesta, in wide quincunx to Jupiter, trines Black Moon Lilith-Zeus, and squares Mars. So, we may have two general scenarios: either the higher understanding and Love are reached through a negatively-perceived event, or through a positively perceived one. That is, we may act in reaction to some aggression, or as the conflict-initiating entity ourselves, or in reaction to a restrictive or demanding social or fact-based situation (likely in trying to fulfill ambitions or to rectify an injustice, with our choices guided by our highest values or the needs of the mate or home front), and this either flows from the NM healing event, or creates it.

That’s the difficult thing: the NM event may soothe us, or it may offer that healing and in the process create a stressful circumstance in reaction. There’s no way to know ahead of time, but we can look to the House in the natal chart where this NM falls; knowing the current circumstances of House matters will clue you in to what might be involved, and whether the initiating event is a negative or positive one.

The Sabian goes right along with the healing nature of the New Moon, ‘A Large White Dove Bearing A Message’ Expect to learn something; expect to gain an appreciation of the circumstances of peace (and this may come through war). In particular, we can heal a relationship that may be suffering. This comes through our own willingness to expand our understanding, to apply Love to all our connections, to accept peace–and that latter may be difficult for some of us to do.

Thoughts for the Weekend 6-8 February 2016

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When we're honest with ourselves, Lilith loses her anger. Maria Raquel Cochez, Lilith with M&M's No. 2, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72", 2013 http://mariaraquelcochez.com/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

When we’re honest with ourselves, Lilith loses her need to be angry. Maria Raquel Cochez, Lilith with M&M’s No. 2, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 72″, 2013 http://mariaraquelcochez.com/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Yesterday’s activity of Black Moon Lilith brings up the many circumstances where we may not play it in a straightforward way, being ornately casual, coy, or hinting hinting hinting–and all the while telling ourselves that we’re not aggressing (though energetically, we are). I’m very familiar with passive-aggression. As a four-planets-including-the-Sun-Libra, I’m highly aware of the way a wish not to push or force can marry with an unclaimed passion or unacknowledged want and result in a kind of disingenuousness: anyone being honest with themselves (and so honest with others, which means they are not assuming a co-dependent role in interaction) can see the unstated request for help, information, support, that is contained within the offhand comment, the kind remark, or the ostensibly helpful message offered. Conducting ourselves honestly requires more than just not telling lies; it takes continual vigilance (or really, just a willingness to do two things: say what we want, and not carry an expectation that others will make it happen for us). Something to keep in mind as we interact–and certainly, clarity of communication and intention is a wise thing to aim for.

If Friday drew out passive-aggression, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday bring forward despair, desperate action, greed, the promise of attaining our dreams at the price of our values, deep-dark thoughts, and obsessive-compulsive inclinations–sounds like a minefield, amirite? Rather than dwell on the negative particulars, I’d like to draw attention to the way there will be many inspiring, creative, and rewarding energies available–as long as we don’t succumb to the more easily tapped-into hysteria, negativity, and anger. What’s available Saturday: originality, the kind that can pay and guide smart action, if we’re willing to do ‘the hard work’, whatever that might be; on Sunday we gain significantly if we don’t allow our demons sway (see BML and honesty, above), and if we both face our ‘issues’ and unabashedly admit what it is we want; and on Monday our highest ideals fuel our dreams, and vice versa, and thoughts are equally well aligned with the real-world picture and with our ambitions and goals, making it exceptionally easy to make right choices that get us closer to fulfillment. Have a wonderful weekend, and please consider donating to this or your favorite blog!

Focus on: Black Moon Lilith 5 February 2016

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Raphaelle Peale − 'Venus Rising From the Sea - A Deception' 1822 {{PD}}

We have to look out for what we don’t immediately see today. Raphaelle Peale − ‘Venus Rising From the Sea – A Deception’ 1822 {{PD}}

The first part of what follows is a reprint from a past issue of ‘ECLIPSE’ on Black Moon Lilith; after that I have a few things to say about today’s conditions.

Black Moon Lilith is found at the ‘empty’ focal point within the Moon’s elliptical orbit (an ellipsis has two focal points—in this case, the Earth occupies one, the other is the Black Moon—so an energy point rather than a body). Where Black Moon Lilith is, we must have complete Truth; she connects us to our most basic integrity and needs, to those things that honor us as god and goddess, as deserving of equal right and equal treatment. She carves away what shames us, dishonors us, or refuses to recognize our right to control our own lives.

Where we find Black Moon Lilith in the chart, we find the point where we can’t allow pretensions, delusions, or behavior that disrespects ourselves, perpetrated by us or received from others. Often Lilith must destroy before she can renew—in that way she represents a compulsive point in the chart that both hypnotically attracts us and simultaneously repels us, as in the process of claiming our Black Moon we meet all those dark things that dishonor us, or that we have ignored or denied, or that enrage us.

The association of (all forms of) Lilith with sex is, I think, almost inadvertent; it seems that in any culture that wants to control behavior, certain fears are invoked, and linking sex and death is one of the most basic ways to tie together a primal urge with a primal fear, in the hope of preventing free sexual expression—so when characterizing Lilith in a patriarchal society where defiance is the worst crime, and death treated as the ultimate punishment, equating defiance with death brings sex along for the ride, so to speak. It’s worth noting, though, that the ‘crime’ the Lilith of the Garden of Eden is charged with, just after her insistence on equality and her banishment, is sex with demons. Sounds to my mind much more like a smear campaign than anything else, where all the cultural taboos are pinned to those figures whose behavior most threatens cultural stability (and so the power elite)

Why is all that important to today? Black Moon Lilith and Zeus are conjoined, while both sesquiquadrate Ceres; this grouping of BML-Zeus is also opposed Uranus-Vesta, with Pluto and Mercury making a T-square, and a trine to the Sun and quincunx to Chiron (though none of these will perfect as the Ceres and Zeus contacts will). Venus conjoins Pluto, with a result that echoes the other aspects, and Mars quincunxes Uranus, spurring us toward spontaneous, surprising, or original action.

The totality of today’s contacts suggest that wants and goals are driven by things we’re not acknowledging, or by rage or power needs not recognized, and it’s in our failure to see our own too-reverent attitude toward ourselves and our impulses that we run the risk of communicating or thinking in a destructive way. We can handle it by trying to maintain a respectful distance in our relationships (no matter how close they are), and by giving the wants and wishes of others as much weight in consideration as we give our own. It’s one of those rare days where in trying to make things happen that are important to us we may unwittingly overstep and destroy what we might otherwise cherish, if only we weren’t so busy.

Today’s word image is Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor. What does the conjuring of her image mean to you? What does it bring to mind? Whatever she evokes may figure significantly in your day. For me it’s all that talk of lavender eyes–so I’m on the lookout for the color as a synchronicity flag.

Focus on: Uranus-Vesta Conjoined in Aries 4 February 2016

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George Bellows 'The Circus' 1912 {{PD}}

George Bellows ‘The Circus’ 1912 {{PD}}

Today could be a dangerous day, and by dangerous I mean exciting, over-the-top, fulfilling–it’s the aftermath we have to be mindful of. The individuality urge is fired by the need to be original, to experiment, to be radical, to make chaos, revolution, or something entirely new and modern–and the Vestal influence can be both highly constructive, aligning our urges with our highest values or service to home and family, or can lead us to believe that our impulses and intellectual conclusions are sacred, not to be questioned or thwarted, and so effectively sending us on a monomaniacal tear. How do we tell the difference? Perspective is necessary; with Mercury also parallel Saturn, we must admit we know the rules, the proper boundaries–it becomes a matter of honoring our uniqueness while remaining aware of the real world and its limits, if we want to succeed.

The Daily Image: an electrical wall plug on fire. What we see burn today may be entirely unintentional, coming from an energy overload or misdirection. Safety first! And have a great Thursday!

3 February 2016 A Little Bit of Magic

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Ferdinand du Puigaudeau,- 'The Magic Lantern' c1900 {{PD}}

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau,- ‘The Magic Lantern’ c1900 {{PD}}

We have four sextiles perfecting today, offering, with a little effort on our part, magic (but then, how often is ‘magic’ simply the result of thought and work?):

Mars sextile Pluto=we’ve got the ‘digger’ quality of Mars in Scorpio cooperating with an energy that loves nothing better than to tear down what’s established (Pluto in Cap), almost guaranteeing successful demolition–whether that was our intention or not. The magic here is that something really can be obliterated without leaving a trace, or our choices and actions can transform at a deep and permanent level–the trick is being truly conscious of the effect we’re creating.

Venus sextile Juno=this spans the same signs as Mars-Pluto, with Venus in Cap and Juno in Scorpio. We may be invested in locking things down, in playing by the rules, and find that authorities (or those who think they are!) have ulterior motives and secret reasons for what they want. Here if we aren’t in full ownership of our own sense of authority and responsibility, we’ll see those with whom we’re in relationship try to exercise overreaching authority over us or our circumstances. If that occurs, it’s a clear indication you’re abdicating adulthood in some way. Those who step up and are willing to take the blame and the praise for their own choices will profit, one way or another.

Mercury sextile Chiron=this time it’s Cappy-Pisces, with Merc in the former and Chiron in the latter. Something tells us how to heal; the question is, will we listen? Merc in Cap suggests we may be closed to what’s being communicated, or that we are restricting what we are receptive to or even what we are exposed to, listening only to what reflects our own beliefs. If so, we’ll miss the healing message available.

Sun sextile Saturn=Saturn in Sag wants to know the solid facts; Sun in Aquarius illuminates higher knowledge. The difficulty might be that we may be too insistent that the only things that count as facts are things we can hold in our hand, point to, verify–and that leaves a whole lot of the Universe out of the equation. Our attention (the Sun) will be drawn to facts we may see at work or ‘know’ but that can’t be verified in a concrete way. In effect this becomes a chance to measure our ability to trust in our own perceptions–and possibly to find some way to make those perceptions more accurate, by aligning them with the real-world picture.

Uranus semi-square Ceres=a rebellious, wrong-headed insistence on being independent, ‘original’, or ‘free’ may undermine both our ability to use the sextiles and our ability to exercise our own power. Just watch for it–and enjoy your Wednesday!

2 February 2016 Headwind

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Alfred Gelbhaar 'Dom im Winter' 1920s {{PD}}

Alfred Gelbhaar ‘Dom im Winter’ 1920s {{PD}}

head·wind
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noun
noun: headwind; plural noun: headwinds
  1. a wind blowing from directly in front, opposing forward motion.

We don’t like what we hear about our prospects for ambition and desire fulfillment, or is it that we’re thinking in some way that creates a tangle in these areas, making them appear more difficult to pursue than we thought? We feel we’re pushing against a headwind of one variety or another, our thoughts immediately framed as requiring huge effort and resistance. Our attention seems to be on the ways we lack empowerment, and we may be prone to see our wounds as the thing ‘keeping us down’. Consider that it’s within our control to shift our attention and choose our approach and our thinking, so that we go from feeling like a victim of the world to seeing ourselves as a healer of it (Chiron semi-sq Pallas, Merc sq Zeus, Sun sq Juno)

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Why Are They Together? Bill and Hillary

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Bill and Hillary Clinton Natal Wheel

Here’s a reprint from 2008, for the curious and the bemused, on this lazy Sunday:

Sometimes the attraction between partners is lost to onlookers. No other modern couple has caused the puzzled scrutiny and armchair analysis of their relationship more than Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton; now I’ll add my astrological take on the ‘whys’ of their relationship, using techniques featured in my book, THE ASTROLOGY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP. There’s just not room here to do an exhaustive dissection of the relationship astrologically, but in any case I find that’s rarely needed; not to shortchange any relationship on its complex nature, but the interaction between two individuals can typically be outlined fairly with a few strokes, and there are always a small handful of contacts that describe the relationship’s essence, and thus satisfy our goal without getting lost in minutiae. Conjunctions often spell out the core of the interaction, and in significant relationships there’s usually no shortage of these.

In many ways, the ‘star’ of this relationship in terms of attraction is the meeting of his 1st House Venus to her 12th House Neptune.  Venus in a man’s chart shows his ‘ideal partner,’ and in Bill’s case this is someone who probably literally embodies his anima (1st House placement); posited in Libra, his desire is for someone gracious, partnership oriented, and lovely as seen through his eyes, and conjoined Hillary’s Neptune, this may be precisely what he sees. In what’s likely a combination of projection of his Venus and the naturally obscuring and inspiring qualities imparted by contact with another’s Neptune, Bill may be genuinely confused by the polarized reactions others have to his wife. In the other direction, she may find his anima expresses certain more Universal qualities for her; he may carry to some extent her more empathetic qualities. He feels (and perhaps expresses) her pain, as well as that of the Collective.

Her Sun at 2 Scorpio is widely conjoined his Libra Juno, again referencing the strength of the Venus connection, as he will see Libran energy as ‘wifely.’ With this contact her very Soul essence expresses not just this ‘wifely’ role to him, but the power of the Scorpio placement is supported by him; he expects her to show a strong, empowered Self. What’s more, her Juno at 29 Sag (and we know what those 29 degree placements mean–they must express!) is conjunct his Pallas–he sees her as highly empowered and his own role as lending wisdom and skill to this.

His Earth conjoins her Pallas, suggesting that he grounds and supports materially the expression of her innate wisdom and skills. His Ceres squares her Sun, likely allowing her to carry his anima authority figure (though not without some conflict between them)–he may feel she’s something of a force of nature! And her Fire Jupiter fills in a Fire Grand Trine cross-chart with his Saturn and Vesta, painting a dynamic picture of real-world service to the social sphere as important to them both.

Bill’s Sun falls in Hillary’s 10th, conjoined her Zeus and Saturn–not the most romantic of placements, but she may feel she has a true supporter in him, and that her ambitions can be fulfilled through him, while her Sun falls in his 2nd–considering some of the already discussed contacts, he may identify with her, especially with her talents, very strongly–something that would probably surprise a great many people.

His Sun is conjoined her Saturn, a bit of a danger position. Even though strong, direct Saturn contacts in both directions (each person’s Saturn contacting something of the other person’s) are necessary for a relationship to be both lasting and serious, this is one of the tougher interactions, as she will spontaneously, and almost in spite of conscious feeling desire to repress his very essence (the Sun). He will sense this, and, considering the other contacts, will both remain in the relationship and seek to avoid her control at every turn; with his Saturn square her Sun, however, he may do the same to her, but more obliquely (square) likely through methods of open conflict.

Finally, we should backtrack a bit and look at general partner preferences for each. We’ve talked about Bill’s Venus, but what about Hillary’s? It sits in Scorpio; ‘ideal Hillary’ would have all the sexy, mysterious, stinging Scorpio attributes. Her ideal partner would have Leonine qualities, as shown by her Mars in Leo, and Bill has five placements there, including the Sun. As to his ideal view of himself, his Mars is in Libra, again aiming for partner-oriented, gracious, and sharing qualities with an aesthetic bent, just like his ideal woman.

We could go on with many more features, but I’ll close with this: her Ascendant squares his Sun-Zeus. This suggests that her personality rubs him the wrong way, at least in terms of what he believes will fulfill his Soul intent, ambitions, and desires; but her Midheaven, Saturn, and Zeus are widely conjoined that Sun-Zeus, suggesting her public persona, her sense of restraint and stability, and her ambitions complement his and help fulfill his wants. His Midheaven to her Vertex only reinforces the ‘destined’ feeling. No interaction is without its negatives, but when the aspirations of each individual connect so cleanly, they can remain together in spite of events that would break others apart.

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30 January-1 February 2016 Natural Change

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela 'Spring, study for the Jusélius Mausoleum frescos' 1903 {{PD}}

Akseli Gallen-Kallela ‘Spring, study for the Jusélius Mausoleum frescos’ 1903 {{PD}}

How can I help you?

I ask to make you think about what it is you really need, as opposed to those things that start to litter consciousness with lesser priorities and wants.

And I ask because it’s the function of what I’m doing here. On Earth, that is.

Or did you come here for the forecast? On the 30th our wounds may separate us in some way from our highest priorities–but it’s through the opening between hurt and what we care about that dreams may find a way into reality (Chiron contra-parallel Vesta, Venus sxt Neptune).

On the 31st natural changes and progressions result in surprising words and unexpected thoughts, and reveal attitudes within relationships and toward finances that may alter the way we see them, and what we share, from now on (Pluto semi-sq Ceres, Venus sesq Sedna, Merc sq Uranus)

February 1st sees change come to our highest values, or to the situation on the home front or with the mate; ‘statements’ previously hidden, ignored, or denied surface in a ‘big reveal’ that somehow illuminates the past in our present (Pluto sq Vesta, Merc sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun nov SN)

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Focus on: Merc Meets Pluto 29 January 2016

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We may wonder in our own world which side of the power struggle is Jacob, which one the Angel? 'Jacob Wrestling with the Angel' by Léon Bonnat 1875 {{PD}}

We may wonder in our own world which side of the power struggle is Jacob, which one the Angel? ‘Jacob Wrestling with the Angel’ by Léon Bonnat 1875 {{PD}}

Merc and Pluto both show up for this meeting in button down shirts, clutching their wallets and pearls, equipment for weighing and measuring carefully calibrated, posture rigid and eyes glazed over with ‘the rules’–they’re ready for business. Mercury has finally given up flight and is headed back to where he left off; he’s ready to talk, to negotiate, to inform, as long as things stay on topic, and he’s aware of the status quo, conscious of the need to deliver the establishment’s message. Pluto is out to change the system, destroy boundaries, and he’s been in this territory for a while; once he’s altered or transformed what is, a strange thing happens: the destructive energy is dissipated, and expressions of power come forward, power that enforces a new set of rules, boundaries, and installs a new authority in place of the old. The question is, where do these two meet in expression? Capricorn gives them both a tone, a background, a set of attitudes to play with, but each carries its own essence, bringing about a kind of chemical reaction that, despite their meeting in the same sign, may bring confrontation.

The root of the conflict may be this: Mercury is messenger of those who hold the reins right now; Pluto, half way through the sign, has already thrown the acid, the Molotov cocktail, and is in the process of taking the ruin of what was and constructing something new from it. That, my friends, is a fundamental conflict of interest. These two come together, and one, the quicker-moving one, is interested in making the argument for keeping things as they are; the other has been at work for quite a while, and is in the midst of creating a kind of re-birth in our ideas of authority, boundaries, and restraint. And both claim practicality, and the health of both personal life structures and those of governments, countries, and large systems, are best served by their methods.

What can we expect? The voice of current power-holders may carefully craft their message, with restrictions on who knows what, meant to keep things static, for safety, for the well-being of all, and of course, to retain power; the agents of change may claim a moral superiority in their very existence, a ‘change for change’s sake’ stance that does not acknowledge the new authorities rising from the ashes, intent on replacing the old, are just as distorted in priorities and viewpoint as the previous holders of power were. In other words, change does not equalize anything, nor does becoming part of the current power structure, because both are intent on grabbing power and keeping it–and when that is the goal, no message will assuage those without influence, and no revolution will make the situation more equitable.

So, what we may witness today are communications that have power acquisition and retention at their core–and this may be played a thousand ways, with harsh or destructive words, transformational ideas, the resurrection of concepts we thought were surely gone, and the obliteration of the old rules–but all of it concealing, one way or another, the power struggle currently at the heart of the Universe. In your own life an awareness that power is behind literally everything we deal with at this time will help reveal the layers of meaning. We need to understand that there’s an intensity to this (thanks, Pluto!) that goes beyond the normal level of power-seeking we see everyday, giving even the simplest exchanges a life-or-death tone that may seem over the top–but if we purge our minds of clutter and propaganda, we see the Truth of what’s being negotiated beneath.

28 January 2016 A Natural Healing

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 Author Arthur Wesley Dow 'Lavender and Green' 1912 {{PD}}


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Arthur Wesley Dow
‘Lavender and Green’ 1912 {{PD}}

Whatever ‘facts’ the social sphere or other concerned entity was trying to point out to us become clear, and if this knowledge was in some way meant to play on our weak spots or fears, it just won’t; it instead has the effect of offering a healing moment, one where we see how misguided the Other is–and this in turn gives us a very optimistic take on the future, on where we’re headed. Our strength and certainty today comes from our connection to the unseen (including but not limited to the spiritual) and through our spot in the ‘natural’ world; the more we can relax the mentality and allow ourselves immersion in the Universe (whatever form it takes) the better our day will proceed. Hint: don’t expect to meet events or decisions head-on right now; sensing and feeling rooted in our core nature and through our most characteristic roles is where it’s at (Ceres enters Pisces, Jupiter conj NN, Sun nov Chiron)

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26-27 January 2016 The Voice Within

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'To Hell and Back (Nothing)' 40" x 30" by Bryan Zanisnik, 2008 http://www.zanisnik.com Released by the copyright owner under GNU Free Documentation License

‘To Hell and Back (Nothing)’ 40″ x 30″ by Bryan Zanisnik, 2008 http://www.zanisnik.com Released by the copyright owner under GNU Free Documentation License

On the 26th no new aspects form; it’s the kind of day where we may wish the wave would finally break, but it just doesn’t–whatever was rolling forward, was stagnant, or was over or overcome continues in this mode. It can feel interminable; remind yourself things will change, and take your attention from what you’re waiting for to what actually needs doing in the now.

By the 27th our highest values and our instincts mesh brilliantly to offer exceptional guidance, if we’ll only listen uncritically to our interior dialogue. This may not be easy, as our attention is drawn by both our fears and hesitancies surrounding our possible future, and our discord with or angry rejection of the social circle and what it has to offer (especially in terms of what knowledge or facts it gives up for our use, or what education it implies we need). It’s obvious: listen to the inner voice–that’s where the mojo is (Vesta nov Sedna, Sun sesq Jupiter and NN)

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Your Weekend 22-25 January 2016 What’s Smart? + The Leo Full Moon

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 Artist  Willem van Aelst 'Still life with hunting equipment and dead birds' 1668 {{PD}}


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Willem van Aelst ‘Still life with hunting equipment and dead birds’ 1668 {{PD}}

The 22nd Pallas enters Aquarius and, especially while Merc remains retro, we may convince ourselves that every thought is an informed or wise one; au contraire, mon ami, it’s just not so. We may discount our own strength in a situation, even as we treat our wounds as sacred, to be honored rather than healed. This leads to some heavy forms of communication, destructive in some instances, transformative in others. The results all depend on what we really want to change and what we truly care for, deep inside (Vesta parallel Chiron and semi-sq Ceres, Merc conj Pluto)

The 23rd we feel a strong pull into the future, a forward-looking optimism that has practical values and a sense of personal responsibility at its root. We are in a position to understand our minds and our thinking clearly, though not in a position to act on the fairly objective picture we have; we are too damaged by, or perhaps fearful of, further hurt to choose an effective course (Jupiter conj NN, Venus into Capricorn, Merc parallel Ceres, Sun parallel Merc and semi-sq Chiron)

The Full Moon in Leo arrives at 5:46 PM Pacific time at 3 Leo 29. The closest aspect this FM makes is a sesquiquadrate to Chiron; it also opposes Pallas, and takes what amounts to a very wide swipe by quincunx (and so essentially misses) Venus fresh in Cappy (and it’s that newness to the sign that may make Venus more susceptible than usual). This suggests that the Full Moon brings an end, through difficult circumstances, to some unwise, ego-driven hurt that we’ve clung to too long. We have compromised both our values and our ability to heal this insult by willingly resuscitating it; now we have the chance to let it go, once and for all.

‘A Formally Dressed Elderly Man Stands Near Trophies He Brought Back From A Hunting Expedition’ This Full Moon Sabian says that what must be let go is something from the past, something we have collected and cherished (in our own way–the trophies), and we receive a hint that what we are called to let go resulted from our own aggression–but the circumstances that ‘earned’ them are no more, so that our energy is better focused in the now, and in what’s to come, than it is dwelling on the past (and that’s no matter how recently this past has been). It’s important to note that the ‘trophies’ the image refers to, at least in a hunting context, are actually living things pursued and killed, rather than the metal cups and plaques we nowadays typically label ‘trophies’, and this suggests the entire concept of pursuing and laying aggressive claim to the life energy (in whatever form) of another living thing is past its time. We ‘age’ ourselves when we cling to what was, whether it was a glory or a debacle–this Full Moon will show us that, and offer a letting-go opportunity.

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The 24th we set out to honor the reality picture, to deal with circumstances as they are, and to dedicate our energy and efforts to building knowledge, to reaching out, to discovering (Saturn in Sagittarius), but what’s been denied, hidden, ignored, or has enraged us at some point surfaces again and prompts rebellion, erratic reactions, or pushes us forward to a point where our response is totally original (at least within our typical lexicon of behavior). The fact is we can’t deal with the reality picture in any effective way if we are wearing a lens of anger or denial; that distorts our vision and automatically means our choices will not be the best we could make. Accept that the issue must be dealt with, and be thankful you were given the chance to handle it, rather than allowed to go ahead and make a muddle of things (Saturn trine Vesta, Uranus opp Black Moon Lilith)

The 25th we find a way to express our Will through our current status or empowerment situation–and isn’t that what we always seek? Be aware that, if you’re dealing with less-conscious others, your competence may attract some aggression–but pay it no mind (Mars conj Juno) We also have Mercury direct today. He turns around just shy of the middle of Capricorn, so if you have placements halfway through the Cardinals you can expect a certain amount of news or communication urgency related to the contacted natal energy–probably somebody (maybe you!) is trying to ‘nail it down’. First thing our valiant messenger contacts (not counting hits to Merc from the Moon) is Pluto, by 30 January; this may be the point when we get the ‘down and dirty’ that happened during the retro period but which somehow remained hidden, until now.

Have a lovely weekend!

21 January 2016 Intersection

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Bruno Liljefors 'Hawk and Black-Game' 1884 {{PD}}

Bruno Liljefors ‘Hawk and Black-Game’ 1884 {{PD}}

There are a couple of influences today that may intersect in a very interesting way. We are strong in consciousness; by that I mean, clear in our identity, our essence, in who we are, and possibly in our purpose and the impact we intend to have on our world, and we value this strength in ourselves–we want to express it, especially in relationship. And we also feel one of two forms of the Chirotic energy in play: an urge to heal, or one to inspect our wounds, and in both cases this is in relation to our ambitions and desires. We may find ourselves healing an important wound related to our goals and wants, either through taking action highly characteristic of ourselves to bring about the healing, or experiencing a healing that allows us to (finally!) take such action; or, we may become sidetracked by immersion of consciousness within the wound, causing us to miss this unusual opportunity to put something right. If we can accept how truly strong and capable we are in the now, we can heal and make great leaps forward, but if we become fascinated by our own wounded nature, we’ll deny our strength, and remain exactly where we are (Sun parallel Ceres, Venus sxt Ceres, Chiron qnx Zeus)

20 January 2016 Wait

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Heinrich Vogeler Vor Feierabend 1899 {{PD}}

Heinrich Vogeler Vor Feierabend 1899 {{PD}}

We’ve still got five days to go until Merc turns around, but we may be feeling an immense amount of end-of-retro pressure as he slows to a crawl after weeks of mental trickery (first changing direction in Aquarius, making us think we can still handle things intellectually, then entering Cap and making the world a tough place to get our minds around). Today our thoughts show a certain strength and natural resilience, we are keen to assert ourselves within our territory, and yet hidden issues, things we’ve ignored or are in denial about, or our own rage or unreliability may undermine attempts to make an impact. Note what comes up, especially in the areas of new ideas or suddenly revealed remedies for difficult situations, but don’t allow the internal mental pressures to cause you to act prematurely. Those impulses and ideas will be valuable later–right now effort must go to staying calm, and realizing there’s more to the story, yet to be revealed, so that making up the mind definitively at this point would end up shortchanging us significantly (Merc sq Black Moon Lilith and Uranus, and nov Ceres, Sun enters Aquarius)

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19 January 2016 No Illusions

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Pietro Testa 'The Allegorical Figures of Reason and Wisdom' 1630 {{PD}}

Pietro Testa ‘The Allegorical Figures of Reason and Wisdom’ 1630 {{PD}}

Steps taken and responses to relationships and/ or finances must be carefully weighed today, and we’re in the perfect position to do it; we know what’s wise, smart, or practical, and with absolutely no illusions about the state of things, the only thing that can sink us is our unwillingness to acknowledge what we see. Instinct and our own empowerment needs must be taken into account when assessing our connections to others or our asset situation–we must satisfy both our inner ‘knowing’ and our individual need to impress ourselves on our world. If we can serve those two facets of being, we will be able to modify Venusian circumstances and expressions so that they are the best they can be, right now (Venus qnx Sedna and semi-sq Juno, Sun conj Pallas)

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18 January 2016 Positive Pressure

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Assert yourself. 'Circus Scene' Robert Breyer 1908 {{PD}}

Assert yourself. ‘Circus Scene’ Robert Breyer 1908 {{PD}}

Today is a day when we will either aggressively repudiate the past and go full-tilt toward our dreams, or we will attract attack from others centered on our ambitions and goals. It’s imperative that we wholeheartedly embrace and actively pursue those things we want most, or we suffer an onslaught from others. The situation will work something like a positive pressure airlock: we must assert our energy vigorously in order to keep ‘contamination’ (in the form of others’ aggression and Will) from flowing in. If we don’t go after our desires, we run the risk of becoming tangled not just in others’ interference, but in our own internal debate over whether our ambitions are valid–and this not only hurts us, it will cost as it draws us away from consciously creating the Path. Don’t question yourself today–allow inspiration, ideals, and the spiritual to guide (Mars sesq SN, trine Neptune, and semi-sq Jupiter, Venus sq Nodes, Merc sq Zeus and sxt Chiron, Sun semi-sq Saturn and nov Neptune)

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17 January 2016 Always in Your Favor

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An early wheel of fortune from an illuminated psalter, by William de Brailes c1240 {{PD}}

An early wheel of fortune from an illuminated psalter, by William de Brailes c1240 {{PD}}

There are obstacles to getting what we want–or are there? If we look more closely at our current experiences, we’ll see that the material/ physical picture is actually working in our favor; we are being blocked from expansion in talent expression, asset gain or usage, or in relationships in such a way that where we are led/ forced to go is in reality a much-preferable alternative to our original intent and course. Accept this, and see the benefit in what’s denied (Venus sq Jupiter and semi-sq Mars, Sun parallel Saturn)

16 January 2016 Synergy

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Degas 'Aria after the Ballet' 1879 {{PD}}

Degas ‘Aria after the Ballet’ 1879 {{PD}}

On the 16th we have the perfect synergy of creative energy and the impetus and verve for change, action, the almost magical ability to transform–so what will we do with it? Asking ourselves before we plunge in isn’t required–inspiration will guide us in a smart direction–but it may make us feel a little more sure of ourselves as we go forward. If you really want to know, today is also the day you can find out what resides in the dark, deep, mysterious depths. Do (or pursue) what you’ve always dreamed of; the Universe is committed to assisting you (Perfecting today: Pluto nov Ceres, Neptune nov Pallas, Saturn semi-sq Pallas, Sun parallel Pluto)

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15 January 2016 Quiet Consideration

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John Singer Sargent - 'Val d'Aosta, A Man Fishing' 1907 {{PD}}

John Singer Sargent – ‘Val d’Aosta, A Man Fishing’ 1907 {{PD}}

Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu

Silence, restraint, and knowing the true worth of our partnerships, status, and the true depth of our ability to influence are paramount today. An attitude of quiet consideration, of circumstances, ourselves, or others, is most effective; if you must communicate, do it in concrete (physical or material) terms–all actual communication will occur this way–all the rest is just words (Saturn parallel Ceres, Venus nov Juno, Merc nov Saturn)

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and right-doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

14 January 2016 Gestation

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I'm asking you to nurture something without knowing what it is--will you do it? Mary Cassatt 'The Young Mother (Mother Berthe holding her baby)' c. 1900 {{PD}}

I’m asking you to nurture something without knowing what it is–will you do it? Mary Cassatt ‘The Young Mother (Mother Berthe holding her baby)’ c. 1900 {{PD}}

Though we have the urge and ability to reach out, and we have a clear picture of the past, what we really need to do is think about it. I mean that in the largest sense: sit back, close mouth, ruminate, not on a specific problem or goal, but in a way we might characterize as ‘mindless’–that is, a meditative state that is centered in the mind but not dependent on its functions. We aren’t thinking about anything; and in doing so, we include everything. That allows us to create a fertile mental space for the gestation of ideas–but be prepared, we won’t know just what those are. This requires a sort of faith in the unconscious, or in the Universe, to sift through relevant material and plant the right ‘seed’. We’ll know what it is come 23 March–until then, we trust (Ceres sq Sedna, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Mercury trine Jupiter, semi-sq Neptune, trine NN, and meeting the Sun in Inferior Conjunction, Sun and Merc trine Sedna)

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13 January 2016 We Know

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“The Gypsy Girl” Zeugma mosaic {{PD}}

Today what’s communicated, through words, pictures, experiences, attitudes, that’s ‘in the air’ or in ‘signs’ of what will be, centers on what we already know instinctively, deep in our bones; it’s the writing on the wall we’ve overlooked, the power situation we’ve ignored, the natural change or progression we’ve pretended wouldn’t be, the difficult healing we’ve desired, the social role or opportunity we’ve been looking for, and it makes very clear where we’re headed, what our future will bring. If those last words about the future bring a chill, then this is your chance to change your final destination–and if these words are exciting for you, then pull out your shiniest dream, because it has a good possibility of becoming your reality (Pluto parallel Ceres, Venus sq Chiron and sxt Zeus, Merc trine Sedna, Sun trine NN and Jupiter, parallel Venus, semi-sq Neptune)

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12 January 2016 Think With Love

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'Angel of Love' :Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

‘Angel of Love’ :Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

Love (or maybe Money or Talents or Values) is where it’s at today; Venus trines Uranus, bringing spontaneous and surprising bursts of beauty, reward, and, let’s be real, unanticipated costs. Sudden expressions of talent can lift the ordinary to exceptional, and we may be challenged to face exactly where our priorities are, as we make freehand changes to what we’re willing to invest in, support, and use our talents and resources on. Venus also parallels Ceres and noviles Mercury-Pallas, steering all our Venusian choices into wisely and practically thought-out expressions of our own power within our rightful realm. Add to this that we have a clear and somehow inspired view of the world (Sun nov Saturn) that is informed by our deepest instincts (Vesta semi-sq Sedna) and for many reasons, this could be an extraordinary day.

Now that you’ve had time to vote in the poll of the 7th on Mars’ entry into Scorpio, I’m happy to report that as of this writing less than 2 percent of you anticipate revenge as a motivating force (for yourself or others) during the period, and absolutely no one thinks they’ll be dragged to hell and back–so, that’s good news!

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11 January 2016 Shaping the Path

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Gianfranco Campestrini 'Le ginestre (Verso il mare)' 1968 Source/Photographer Artgate Fondazione Cariplo e Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Gianfranco Campestrini ‘Le ginestre (Verso il mare)’ 1968
Source/Photographer Artgate Fondazione Cariplo e Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

It’s all about the direction we’re headed today, and that encompasses two areas: how much our personal power is able to shape our Path in the present, and how well we’ve stuck with our standards in the past. With the former, we must adjust our expression and the territory we consider our own, likely because relationships and/ or finances require we so so, and this conveniently shapes our life direction; with the latter, if we’ve been faithful to our values in the past we will be in a good position to think creatively, simply because we won’t be burdened with trying to clean up messes we made yesterday. We can adjust our power expression, responsive to the interaction or cost/ earnings challenges presented, but if we’ve betrayed our own standards in the past, there may be nothing we can do but face the problems that have arisen from our transgressions, and deal with them. Definitely not the worst thing that could happen, but it would be nice to head into the future with a clean psychic slate; the sooner we handle problems, the sooner we can tap into the creative mental flow that’s available today, but proceed with caution: inspiration and ideas are out there, but implementing them should wait until Merc turns around the 25th (Ceres qnx NN, Vesta parallel SN, Venus parallel Pluto and sxt Black Moon Lilith, Merc nov Neptune and semi-sq Saturn)

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10 January 2016 Focus on: Pluto Square Black Moon Lilith

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Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach 1913 {{PD}}

Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach 1913 {{PD}}

Most of the influences out there today are centered on Power (and secondarily, on how that settles out in relationships or affects finances or the asset picture), and Pluto square Black Moon Lilith epitomizes the best and worst of it. The issues will rest on (but this will not always be obvious) all those power expressions we have ignored from others, denied in ourselves, or that are made but don’t suit us, and must be changed, whether that’s to curb our own power statements or to get out from under those of others. Whatever’s been tamped down, put aside, overlooked (whether that’s out of fear, diplomacy–I’m looking at you, Libra–or indifference under less stressful times) will be excavated–and the square promises the unearthing comes under conditions of conflict or duress. The buried rage, the need to change things, the need to show our own significance, will not let those matters that under better circumstances we would continue to ignore or deny continue undisturbed. For most of us, this will involve mates, partnerships, a situation involving aesthetic expression, or something where we must cooperate with or work in concert with others (BML in Libra)–or it may be seated in matters of the natal House where BML is currently transiting. It’s just that BML has gotten herself into a hard relationship with Pluto, and the whole thing can’t be put aside or brushed off.

There are other power situations brewing in other areas, and the Pluto-BML situation may bleed into those; personal power expression and the scope of our sphere, our power ‘territory’, may need adjustment within the social sphere or in order to take advantage of current opportunities, and times past when we’ve found ourselves empowered may contribute to the need for a present-day, reality-oriented power-remaking (Jupiter qnx Ceres, Juno sesq SN). We do have some mojo working for us, though, specifically in that what we choose to do, or the actions we take, will do what they need to do to smooth things over and take us forward (Venus nov Mars, Mars nov NN)–and we don’t need more than that luck or facility or magic touch to soothe and make something positive out of all that upset.

Your Saturday and the New Moon in Capricorn 2016

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'Choirboys' José Gallegos y Arnosa c1890 {{PD}}

‘Choirboys’ José Gallegos y Arnosa c1890 {{PD}}

The 9th makes it easy to profit from efforts, take the opportunity, or do the rewarding thing; there’s a Willingness and enthusiasm provided by the still-conjoined Venus-Saturn in Fiery Sagittarius that is upped exponentially by the fact that they’re parallel, as well, and Mars novile Jupiter doubles down, making every gesture big and every action fortuitous. That’s a nice setting for the New Moon in Capricorn, which falls at 19 Cap 13 at 5:30 PST. We have to give it some generous orbs to make real contact at all, but that’s acceptable when it’s consistent; with nothing closer than the square from Zeus with a 57 minute difference, we can afford to loosen our parameters. The entire reason to look at the New Moon aspects in the first place is to impart meaning to the event; here we see the square to Zeus is actually part of a Cardinal Grand Cross with Earth and Uranus in the other arms, and there is also a sextile to Chiron and the NM is part of a loose Earth Grand Trine, with wide conjunction to Pallas and trines to Sedna and Jupiter-NN. Keeping in mind that major leeway for a Sun-Moon meeting is in order, we also have the NM conjoined Pluto, albeit well past exact.

The New Moon offers us a couple of scenarios; how it affects each individual is likely dependent on how the event hooks into the natal chart. No matter what, the New Moon itself is conjoined both Pluto and Pallas, with the implication potentially being that what has its origins here (in matters of the natal House where it falls) must move us from a destructive or power-focused approach to one that is more oriented toward skill acquisition or use and to what’s practical and wise–that is, moving from a Pluto viewpoint to a Pallas one. And this is what we carry into both the Grand Cross and the Grand Trine, the need to move forward, refine, draw back from a sheer need to control or change to one that seeks to change through application, of what we know, and what we know to be right. In the Grand Cross this arrives through a moment or event of tension, conflict, or confrontation, and the demands of the group or our own demands to be unique (Uranus) clash with our ambitions and desires (Zeus), and so affect our material situation (Earth), with a solution of sorts found in the ‘new approach’ of the New Moon.

In the Grand Trine the New Moon triggers a chance to harmonize a future-oriented opportunity (Jupiter-NN) that meets a primal and largely unconscious impulse, one that we might call an instinct (Sedna) through the NM event; that is, we are given a beginning that serves both an inner and an outer need, one that allows an interior urge an external outlet or expression. As well, the sextile to Chiron signals that all the events or beginnings that emerge from the New Moon energy offer healing, if we’ll take it.

The Sabian is, ‘A Hidden Choir Is Singing During A Religious Service’. Apparently, what Beethoven said explains something of the Sabian meaning: “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” In all the aspect scenarios, this New Moon offers connection, offers its own vibration as a conduit linking something tangible and something intangible. That is the ‘hidden choir’ of the event or beginning, bringing together or stringing a line between the seen and unseen, and doing so in a spiritually advanced way. We see that in, besides the aspect situations, the call to move along the Capricorn (that is, material) spectrum from more brute energies (Pluto) to more refined ones (Pallas). Bringing together a spiritual intention with a material one is what we’re here for–and this New Moon offers us a means to do it.

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8 January 2015 Getting Serious

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'The Tightrope Walker' 1895 Jean-Louis Forain {{PD}}

‘The Tightrope Walker’ 1895 Jean-Louis Forain {{PD}}

Everything gets serious today: we have to ‘get real’ in our assessment and use of assets, talents, and in the true nature of our relationships, and we may have to cut costs, restrain spending or assertiveness, or repress our feelings. Discipline may itself be beautiful, or may be the hallmark of all that’s worthy and desirable. Communications will reflect this temporary restraint, and at the same time add to tension, as words aren’t said in some kind of misguided need to retain control or to at least provide oneself with the illusion of it, and what is shared may be clipped, cryptic, or show the bare bones of instruction or facts. We can choose to focus on our sense of hurt, or our potential for healing, but in either case, action will, accidentally or not, cause injury or re-open old wounds, and we’ll find more obstacles to ambitions than stepping stones–but if we can accept that time, Universal laws, rules, and discipline can result, eventually, in a positive outcome, we can make significant progress and perhaps make something truly worthwhile (Mercury retros into Capricorn and sesq Chiron, Venus conjoins Saturn, Jupiter semi-sq Juno, Sun sxt Chiron and sq Zeus)

7 January 2015 Focus on: Pallas

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'Pallas Athena' Klimt 1898 {{PD}}

‘Pallas Athena’ Klimt 1898 {{PD}}

What’s smart for one person to do, pursue, or be may be decidedly unwise for someone else; giving away a million dollars is one experience for a billionaire and an entirely different one for the individual who has a million dollars plus one. So, context combines with perspective and is leavened with need or goals in determining what’s wise for an individual to do, be, or pursue–and the ability to apply skills, before, during, or after the decision-making may make the difference between momentary success (I want the sensation of flying, so I climb up on the roof and jump) and a more lasting solution with a more favorable outcome (I learn to sky-dive). Though it may seem that wisdom and skills are absolutes, they are relative (and can even be relative to each other–it’s far smarter to send a negotiator who ‘speaks the language’ than it is to simply send someone intelligent), and it’s the scope and contours of this relativity we must keep in mind when assessing Pallas.

Maximilian Liebenwein 'Pallas Athene' 1906 {{PD}}

Maximilian Liebenwein ‘Pallas Athene’ 1906 {{PD}}

The Warrior Woman representing both wisdom and skills harmonizes in an Earth Grand Trine with Sedna and the North Node-Jupiter=the smart thing is to find a balance among instincts, skills, and the desired life direction within the social sphere, as achieving synergy among these will allow for exponential growth, the element of ‘luck’, MORE, or however you wish to term opportunity for enhancement of the smart choice–that is, taking the opportunity that both serves the natural, internal need and the need found within the social order. It could mean finding your ‘place’ or role or purpose, at least temporarily.

Franz von Stuck  'Pallas Athene' 1898 {{PD}} Notice the similarity to Klimt's work, especially the breastplate--they were painted in the same year.

Franz von Stuck
‘Pallas Athene’ 1898 {{PD}} Notice the similarity to Klimt’s work, especially the breastplate–they were painted in the same year.

The key to this empowerment will be a willingness to adjust attitudes toward what we normally hold sacred (and in holding it sacred, we don’t make fresh observations or question priorities, which is what we’ll need to do–Vesta qnx Juno); the temptation that could scuttle our efforts will be to rebel, to do something just to be different, to insist on pure originality, to require academic back-up, justification, or support, or to simply act erratically, and so present, if not a danger, then an element of unreliability within that social order wherein we’re hoping to succeed (Sun sq Uranus). Find ‘right relationship’ among what’s personally wise and practical for you (that is, best use of skills), the needs of the social order, and the needs of the instinctive Beingness–and you could have a very good day indeed.

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And here is Carl Hagenbeck, who had Louis Corinth paint his portrait with a walrus named Pallas. I don’t get the connection :) Maybe they’re just friends?

Corinth 1898 {{PD}}

Corinth 1898 {{PD}}

If the January 3rd poll is any indication, Pluto is a strong influence in the natal chart of many of my readers. Not a surprise to me, really; with Venus in Scorpio square Pluto, I see the beauty in the Plutonian way, and that probably helps make Plutonians feel a little less like the bull in the china shop (a symbol so resonant of Scorpio-out-of-water, as its opposite number, Taurus). And now on to Mars, lately arrived in Scorpio. Transits set a kind of energy tone; the real effects come from contact to the natal placements, but we can’t discount the way the sign is emphasized as we run into others ‘having a transit’, or the way the sign’s influence shows through, in this case, moments of choice, action, effort, and anger, all Mars.

Need or want to understand your greatest priorities and commitments? Vesta can reveal these, showing you why you make the promises and alliances, and have the loyalties, that you do.

6 January 2016 Going On Instinct

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'Jump' Gemälde Zyklu Adam Marian Pete  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

‘Jump’ Gemälde Zyklu Adam Marian Pete Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

If today were a swiftly moving, bracingly cold river, the best thing we could do is plunge right in without hesitation–heck, without too much thought at all–especially in terms of what we do and what we choose (NN trine Sedna, Mars nov Saturn). Merc’s already retro, and typically that brings a lack of surety (or maybe reliability) to the thought processes, and this is doubly so when Mercury retrogrades in an Air sign, as it has done this time in Aquarius. We may not be able to connect yet with the old retro reliables, Venus and the Moon, so that we may feel our way through what we would normally meet with the mind, though what we receive through the senses and sensation can carry a kind of wisdom of its own (Venus semi-sq Pallas); and we may be far too easily mislead by appearances, mirages, or plain old lies (Neptune trine Juno) when it comes to our province, our rights, and our status and its privileges. That leaves us to rely on instinct, on impulse, to trust that somewhere in our store of knowledge or reflex lies the appropriate response–so jump in, the water’s just fine!

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Bits ‘n Pieces for 3-5 January of the New Year 20 and 16!

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Sure, women can be Plutonian, and it doesn't mean she'll devour you, either! John Collier 'In the Venusberg Tannhäuser' 1901 {{PD}}

Sure, women can be Plutonian, and it doesn’t mean she’ll devour you, either! John Collier ‘In the Venusberg Tannhäuser’ 1901 {{PD}}

Do you have any Plutonian people in your life? If so, do you find you’re able to understand (or maybe withstand!) the sheer energy they emit better than the average human? And do you notice they don’t seem to understand their own psychic strength? If you’re hanging around with Plutonians, you’ve probably got a strong Plutonian inclination yourself–nobody else could put up with the x-ray vision that burns as often as it’s insightful, or the ripple that runs through the Cosmos every time one of these Hadean natives gets upset. This came to mind when I was interacting with my very Plutonian husband; he entered this plane in one of those waves of Uranus-Pluto in Virgo, and he has the added bonus of Mars also conjunct this pair, with an Aries Sun like a cherry on the energy sundae, focusing an enormous drive and powerful persona through the individual identity. We were talking about effective communications, and I mentioned to him that the way he goes at interaction is highly Plutonian: he charges forward, bludgeons the unsuspecting with words, then dashes away to his (mental) cave. For him, every conversation is a confrontation, everyone else someone to be bested; he’ll drag you into his own special hell, if given half a chance. It’s not a bad place, it’s just the one he’s comfortable in, and if you can stand the heat, you can get a lot out of that kitchen. Luckily I have Venus in Scorpio; I adore this energy, and I’m absolutely not afraid of the dark, literally or figuratively. What about you? You might be a Plutonian if:

3 points and you can definitely sympathize, empathize, and understand the Plutonian viewpoint; 4-6 points and you find that shadow in you at times; 7-8 points suggests a Plutonian facet to your nature that is definitely a vital expression of who you are; and 9 or more points makes you the Plutonian others make way for.

Somebody searches me every day, and every day they spell my name wrong; they add a ‘w’ where there is none. I don’t mind the misspelling, I mind what it says about the person seeking help. They are bothering to search out what I have to say, but they aren’t observant enough to realize that, day after day, they are searching incorrectly. It implies they aren’t really seeing what’s in front of them, and that implies they aren’t really understanding the posts they find. Whoever you are, slow down and really look–it can only make things easier.

Mercury hit 29 degrees on the 31st and we experienced a cascade of equipment failures over the following hours: my camera and memory card died (after being lost all summer and then working strangely); our car battery died with no warning; and our phone didn’t stop working, but it no longer rings and the speaker function doesn’t work (to everyone’s delight, really, because who likes to be on speaker?); and the cable ‘disappeared’, taking television service but not the internet with it! By the time Merc entered Aquarius in the AM Pacific time of the 2nd, all was resolved, but with Merc going retro at 5:06 AM PST on the 5th, we may have been dealing with what amounts to material world electrical/ modern method chaos, shaped by the sign and degree placement, but spurred by the upcoming retrograde. Leaving Capricorn may have strained the physical components of what carries energy impulses of one kind or another, as if the components themselves were being dragged across a rough surface; drained and damaged, the stress is only cleared with Merc’s entry into the tech-aligned sign of Aquarius. Also of note is the way Merc retros only 2 minutes from completing a square to Mars, suggesting that during the retro period we may want to act, or express our energy or anger, but may not be able to, or may first try words–which may prove woefully inadequate.

But with the retro only days away, I’m anticipating we might have a recurrence of the situation we just saw when Merc once again moves into Cap. This happened between my Whole Sign 12th and 1st Houses, suggesting that what manifested may have been expressions of ‘me’ and my unconscious, specifically in the ways I wanted to change communications, especially communications that were personal (the 1st). Where did it happen for you, and what effects did you notice, if any?

3 January we may discover our active philosophy of life and our working beliefs clash somehow with our highest ideals. With Mars entering Scorpio, we’ll have the energy and drive to dig it all up and resolve the discrepancy–and that’s a good thing to do, as carrying that kind of dissonance disrupts everything. A lucky ‘shift’ in Love or Money is also on the agenda; it’s change you can embrace and enjoy, a kind of reward for those open to modifying the current arrangement (Jupiter contra-parallel Vesta, Venus nov Pluto)

4 January is the day to ‘do it’: we enjoy almost unprecedented internal harmony, a surfeit of wisdom, practical skills are on point or we receive required help within the social sphere, and thoughts vibe to Love, though for a few Money might be the mental tuning fork. What we seek is right in line with our deepest values, and honors what we truly care about (but be prepared to see what you or others really care about–we could find our emphasis is on Love, Money, Relationships, or Life Values when we thought it was on a different one of the four). This is a day with ‘Success!’ written all over it, for those who trust themselves and the Universe–everybody else just gets a nice little boost so really, nobody loses (Jupiter trine Pallas, Venus trine Vesta, Merc parallel Venus)

5 January is an important day, though it might not be an easy one. We see what needs to change, and we may have to answer for missteps made yesterday that were based on misperceptions, fantasies, or lies. As a result, tempers will flare, even if our touchiness is only within our own minds; we won’t like having to face matters we’d rather ignore (especially if we’ve been successfully ignoring them up to now!) but doing so will have the virtue of clearing up a lot of shadows and handing back to us wasted, stolen, or misplaced energy (Venus sq Neptune, Merc sq Mars–though it doesn’t perfect–and Sun conjunct Pluto, both sq Black Moon Lilith)

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2 January 2016 Think It, And It Is

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Lajos Gulácsy 'The Garden of the Magician' 1906 - 1907 {{PD}}

Lajos Gulácsy ‘The Garden of the Magician’ 1906 – 1907 {{PD}}

There is an almost uncanny alignment between our mentality and the physical realm; what we think, our ideas, elide seamlessly with the material world. There is as well a kind of cooperation between limits and boundaries and the thought processes, so that each complements the other. We know when to stop, when to hold back (but whether we do so is a matter of choice!) The best thing is that, as long as we are willing to be very clear between what is and what could be, we will see wisdom shape the creative urge and funnel through the mind. Inspired and yet practical thinking is the result (Merc parallel Saturn, Neptune semi-square Pallas)

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The New Year 2015-2016 Ready to Act, Ready to Defend

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Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

Hmm, I titled this, ‘Ready to Act, Ready to Defend’, but it may actually be ‘Ready to Offend’, as on the 31st we have Venus sesquiquadrate Uranus, which may see relationships invite us to be our most erratic, irresponsible, irritating, radical, and original Self–or could tempt us to spend in unique and potentially regrettable ways. We may, inadvertently or even quite deliberately, sabotage interactions or acquisitions by ‘going too far’. Channeled well, we could earn through unusual means or create something of singular beauty, and Mars parallel Neptune gives us both the energy and the creative spark needed to manifest Love or Art in the form we believe it should ideally take (Venus in Sagittarius)–if, that is, we can hold it together under Uranus’ heady influence.

Thoughts run deep, and it may be difficult to consider something without assessing its potentials for power acquisition or significant change (Merc parallel Pluto); that could put us unconsciously on the mental defensive, should we be someone for whom power struggles are the very definition of power expression. We might do best to take our cues from this: whatever is spotlighted, whatever draws our attention, may be the most ‘natural’ venue for our effective individual expression, in part because our unconscious, our ‘blind spot’ material, and our instincts, will all be exerting their influence, and so tailoring our expression quite specifically to who we are. It’s a passionate, intense, and in many ways powerfully affecting atmosphere we ourselves generate on the run up to the New Year; then we have the 1st for sorting things out.

We may find a surprising amount of internal harmony in our New Year’s Day reflections, and the intellectual approach is most likely, so that any emotional impacts of our behavior are conveniently packed away for later examination. However, we may have to acknowledge something about our ambitions and desires, something that the past 24-48 hours or so has made abundantly clear. We’d best see this as a good thing, a chance to enter the next standard trip around the Sun with a more accurate understanding of our role and place in things, relative to what we want, what and who we care about, and what we hope to accomplish. Happy New Year, Everybody! (Vesta parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus semi-sq Zeus, Mercury enters Aquarius)

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29-30 December 2015 Caring About the Future

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Hans Thoma 1887 {{PD}}

Hans Thoma 1887 {{PD}}

With Venus’ entry into Sagittarius, we’re looking toward the horizon, as far ahead as we can, into the distance, if not into the future; what we need to know is that our outlook, though it seems focused on relationships and/ or finances, is actually influenced by those things we’re ignoring or denying, or those things about which we’re enraged, that are linked to relationships or finances. This has two effects: it makes us reactionary in thought and action, and it inspires us to think outside our usual box. Grab on to the inspiration–it can be truly original in the way it informs our more typical expressions, giving them real style–and separate (if possible) any thoughts or ideas from a sense of anger–anything that comes forward and is infested with outrage or vengeance will waste our energy and squander the imaginative energies that are ours for the tapping. Take aim carefully; at this time it’s as easy to destroy or be mislead as it is to create (Venus enters Sagittarius and is semi-square Pluto and Black Moon Lilith, Merc sq Mars and nov Neptune, Sun sxt Neptune)

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28 December 2015 We Have Ways

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Carl Bantzer 'Schwälmer Tanz' 1897-1898 {{PD}}

Carl Bantzer ‘Schwälmer Tanz’ 1897-1898 {{PD}}

Let’s sum it up: we have ways, with instituting wisdom and applying practical skills to real-life, and with melding relationship health or earning capacity with ambition and desire, that make today an excellent time for honed, precise application of energy. We get what we want, as long as we have, in some Universal way, earned it. Enjoy your day! (Perfecting today: Saturn nov Pallas, Venus nov Zeus)

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27 December 2015 What We Know, What We Want

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Though we've got clear ideas on how to advance our cause, we may get distracted. Caspar Netscher - 'Young Girl Holding a Letter' c1665 {{PD}}

Though we’ve got clear ideas on how to advance our cause, we may get distracted. Caspar Netscher – ‘Young Girl Holding a Letter’ c1665 {{PD}}

There’s a clear connection between our own authority and power, and the way to utilize this to realize ambitions–and as well, we have the mental ability to take what’s useful from the past with which to build the future; what we lack may be a sturdy confidence in our own wisdom, and a sense of the reality picture that makes us feel surefooted–and that’s necessary as the Sun moves through Capricorn. What can make the difference between attaining and merely dreaming (as if dreaming isn’t just as important!) is the ability to understand our own position in the power matrix, in relation to our abilities, talents, and capabilities, and in the world itself. An accurate perception of our own effectiveness, and the parameters our status allows, are required for moving successfully toward our goals–at this time everything else is either window dressing, or distraction (Ceres tr Zeus, Juno nov NN, Pallas parallel NN/ contra-parallel SN, Merc semi-sq Saturn and trine NN)

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26 December 2015 Embrace What Was

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Usually we turn away from the past, but today we embrace it. Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Burton 1864 {{PD}} Frederick William Burton

Usually we turn away from the past, but today we embrace it. Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Burton 1864
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Frederick William Burton

The thing we need to be aware of today is that the past created the now; if we remember that, we’ll avoid a lot of blaming, hand-wringing, or useless parsing of causes and origins that will inevitably lead us right back to the fact that what we chose and did in the past formed the present, absolutely. And, though it may sound crazy, we need to embrace the past, mistakes, foolishness, and all, for best results in the now. How does that work? Allow yourself to ‘Love What Was’, even if you hate it now, or even if you’re aware it did or does violate something you find sacred–there was a reason for it in your life, it made you who you are–how can you not love it? And ‘Love Yourself’, and especially those parts of yourself that you feel are tripping you up or interfering with smooth execution of plans–they are actually trying to tell you something, something important about what you really want, or who you really are. Be slow to act, and open your arms to all that created you, and you’ll end the day with one or more new and effective ways of seeing yourself and making your mark (Mars qnx SN and semi-sq Saturn, Venus trine SN, Merc trine Sedna, Sun sxt Juno, parallel Ceres, and sq Vesta)

Cancer Full Moon 25 December 2015

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'Canoe and Star' c1920 Arman Manookian {{PD}}

‘Canoe and Star’ c1920 Arman Manookian {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 3:11 AM PST at 3 Cancer 19, with Vesta creating a T-square to the Sun-Earth-Moon axis, the FM in sesquiquadrate to Ceres, and with generous orbs the FM forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Juno. A Full Moon, of course, concludes, brings to culmination, fruition, or end, completes, or designates a point when situations or circumstances cannot go on as they have, in effect taking a new tack or making it clear there’s no future in the current direction. We must always remain aware of the beginnings in endings, and the endings inevitably present in beginnings–a Full Moon brings a point such as this, without confining us to any particular form for the results.

The T-square puts us on notice that the highest values, the home situation, and/ or the situation with the mate will undergo a ‘stress test’–but this isn’t necessarily something that creates a tense mood or conflict. Rather, it’s a circumstance, situation, or event that brings into sharp focus the ways our actual behaviors or choices may conflict with what we find sacred, revere, or honor. It’s a chance to see clearly and bring to an end something that keeps us from truly honoring what we find important, or that keeps us from living our values–and it very likely involves something we care deeply for or about, or something that we nurture or see as our responsibility to protect and ‘grow’ (Cancer Full Moon). The contact to Ceres only reinforces this, probably pointing out how the pitfalls of holding or pursuing power, or of having it in an ‘overseer’ or parental relationship, creates difficulties which, with their acknowledgment, can be concluded at this Full Moon.

The Water Grand Trine is reassuring, telling us that balance can and will be achieved (but keep in mind, if we don’t willingly bring about a just measuring of circumstances and privileges, Nature, that is, Ceres, will do it for us!) Emotional clarity can be the result of judicious application of both ideals (especially spiritual ones) and exercise of empowerment through one’s ‘right status’. That is, using one’s current position and abilities to affect circumstances and change, and aligning this with the spiritual ideals, will offer a satisfying conclusion to a situation that may have been emotionally abrasive, that could’ve kept us off-balance, and that likely is the same situation that offers the ‘stress test’ through pointing out dissonance we’ve been living with but not noticing or possibly ignoring–and the Full Moon allows us to end that dissonant state.

The Sabian Symbol describes something telling for this Full Moon: ‘A Cat Arguing With A Mouse’. This suggests that whatever circumstance needs to come to an end, or whatever dissonance needs harmonizing, is something we may be generating ourselves, by taking a ludicrous position. The Water Grand Trine may also describe this pre-harmonized state, as our response to the empowerment situation is based on fantasy or misconception, rather than reality. In effect this says we have been operating under some untrue ideas about our own power position or ability to affect things, and the tension undergone at the Full Moon will show us exactly how much we really do hold the power, after all. It gives us the opportunity to align action (Cardinal placement) with ideals and express these through a more accurate understanding of our own power place in the Universe (Juno).

We typically also look at the Sun Sabian for a Full Moon, as this is the ‘source material’ for what we’re dealing with now. It is, ‘A Group Of People Outfitting A Large Canoe At The Start Of A Journey By Water’. This may imply that the emotional attitude that needs balancing and healing is one we received from the family/ group; we were outfitted with this emotional equipment early in life or in the project that brought us together (at the start of the journey), and now it needs modifying, so that our expressions accurately reflect our true position. We will no longer be the cat arguing with the mouse; that is, we will no longer fail to perceive the true power balance, or the true situation–and that will make all the difference.

The Full Moon ‘message’ is in line with the aspect situation for the 25th, with the added caveats that the social order may run mostly on hidden or ignored material (Jupiter contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith), so be prepared, and that instincts and ‘blind spot’ material will not aid smooth relationship or financial dynamics (Venus opposed Sedna)–so being aware that statements and beliefs won’t necessarily make ‘surface sense’, and that there’s too much roiling around beneath consciousness in relationship or financial matters will help us navigate what could be a rocky day. Knowing this, though, should predispose us to put our internal energy toward that Full Moon realization and re-making of our own power and position awareness, while in the social sphere we concentrate on sharing good feeling and leaving heavy relationship or financial matters for another day.

If you celebrate at this time, I wish you all the best in life–and if you don’t, I wish you the same!

Cancer Full Moon December 2015

22-24 December 2015 Mind, Faith, and Matter

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'The Awakening' Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

‘The Awakening’ Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

We have a three day period when our thoughts may quite literally create our reality, with the results manifesting in slightly different ways each day. On the 22nd we see the mind and our internal wisdom meld in such a way that, if we think about something, we are unlikely to choose poorly (on the other hand, if we refuse to think an issue through, we could choose very poorly). The way to express our power and authority comes directly from those methods we’ve observed in the past (as when we saw how authorities or those in power conducted themselves); what we’ve observed as effective behavior in others becomes our guide to choosing our own expressions. That has all the pitfalls you might expect, though we should know that what we’ve done is intellectualize the power behaviors of others (Ceres in Aquarius)–that tells us that if we can register the feelings those behaviors created, or if we can understand the attitudes behind the choices we saw others in charge make, we can gain enough mental distance to modify the choices those lessons offered so that they suit the person we are now (Ceres novile SN, Merc conj Pallas)

By the 23rd we may find we’ve formulated the perfect combination of rebellion from those in authority and a means of aligning thoughts with the status quo so that our originality is fostered even as we find our ‘place’ in the current order. The biggest issue may still be getting our ideas of who we are to mesh with the ways in which we want to express our power and affect the world; this time, shaking up the power picture as it now stands, or surprising authority figures or those who assume they’re in charge, is the way to unblock anything stuck, specifically because that kind of activity shows us how marginal and Self-imposed most boundaries really are (Uranus sxt Ceres, Merc novile Saturn, Sun semi-sq Ceres)

On the 24th we may find that we must adjust actions more in the direction of instinct and farther away from a reactionary standpoint that allows ‘blind spot’ material too much influence. That’s tricky at this point, as our thoughts are (still!) focused on attaining and expressing power, and we could see things in a light that paints us as having proprietary rights in areas not our own, including trying to dictate conditions for others. This is a distorted but perfectly logical outgrowth from that state of pure intellectual wisdom we enjoyed two days ago; it persuaded us that the mind has all the answers, and the reality is, at least in raw physical situations, it does. The true key to dealing with things successfully today is to accept relationship and financial realities as they truly are, warts and all. As long as you can see these matters in a wholistic light, and remember that light and darkness need each other in order to be complete, you won’t just gain in the Love and Money departments, but will find those areas can expand in ways you didn’t expect, almost all of them positive (certainly, all of them enlightening). ‘I want to Believe’ should be our motto, as the application of Faith to those things we find most precious will elevate what goes on today from good to much much better than anything planned or anticipated (Mars qnx Sedna, Venus sxt Jupiter and novile Black Moon Lilith, Merc parallel Ceres)

Uranus has reached the degree and minute (16 Aries 33) where he’ll linger until direction evening of the 25th Pacific time. If you have placements within 3 degrees either side of this in the Cardinals, it probably feels like a weight on you involving the natal energy, a sense of uncertainty, a fear of surprise or shock, an intellectual heaviness from which you fear you’ll never be released–but you will. Give it a few days past the direction before declaring yourself out of alternatives; that’s a Uranian specialty, and by the 28th you’ll likely have come up with one or more exciting options involving what seems irredeemably stuck now.

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21 December 2015 Choosing Our Direction

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Why are our ambitions and desires causing so much trouble today? We either think we don’t have the skills, or we think what we need to do to fulfill wants is unwise–but the actual problem is injured thought patterns, dysfunctional ways of thinking and processing info, and/ or thoughts that contradict desires, specifically by embracing the wound either out of a misguided idea it is in fact the reality, or because to heal would be to disrupt one’s life significantly. It may seem that it doesn’t matter what we choose–but it all comes down to this: do you want to be fulfilled, or do you want to remain intellectually comfortable? (Pallas and Merc sq Zeus, Merc sxt Chiron, Mars parallel Juno, Sun enters Capricorn/ Earth enters Cancer)

Enjoy your day!

20 December 2015 It’s Complicated

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Van Gogh 1882 'The Hague - Carpenter's Yard and Laundry' {{PD}}

Van Gogh 1882 ‘The Hague – Carpenter’s Yard and Laundry’ {{PD}}

It’s a complicated day full of complicated feelings, but we can gain something truly worthwhile from it, can see the Love, or even where and how to access resources, if we can get a little distance mentally and emotionally from what will feel like violations of our highest values–and this could include things causing disruption on the home front, with the spouse/ mate/ partner, or with those areas of life we honor and consider sacred–whether we are aware or not of holding that attitude.

Our sense of effectiveness, of our ability to express our Will, the urge to be different or to follow the group (whatever is unlike our usual inclination), to show our originality, all will threaten (or at least seem to require adjustment to) what we name a priority–and our need to earn, or our relationships, may pressure what we deem important in such a way that we may feel we must dishonor our highest values in order to deal with circumstances.

There are two elements that may make things even more difficult to handle: one is the way communications (and our own thinking!) will rub us the wrong way, surprising or shocking or causing a kind of feeling anarchy within; and two is the way our own choices and actions will be, not just anti-instinctual, but will undermine our creativity, and could possibly be based on accepting misunderstanding, believing a lie, or embracing a fantasy or deception as reality.

The peak discord will be from about 1 PM Pacific, just before the Moon enters Void status, through entry into Taurus at 4:12 PM PST. During that brief window it may be particularly hard to contain or even pinpoint our feelings–and this really will be the problem for the whole day, where it permeates events in a less intense form: that there is such internal discord, and or tough demands made by other facets of the life, that we may lose perspective and become alienated from our own core values–and so go astray because of it.

Out of all this, though, comes something related to the current position of transiting Venus (at 18 Scorpio), or through matters of the Houses Venus rules in the natal chart, that is positive, enlightening, and that fosters a bright new understanding of or knowledge concerning the Self (Vesta qnx Juno, Uranus contraparallel and Venus sesq Vesta, Mars contraparallel Sedna and sesq Neptune, Merc sq Uranus, Sun novile Venus)

Do you know your priorities and goals? Not those things you think you care about, but where your energy really goes? The dissonance between what we tell ourselves we want and what the Soul (working through the unconscious) drives us toward is what causes personal discord and stalls progress. Find out by examining your natal Vesta--and enjoy your Sunday!


19 December 2015 Deploying All Forces

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'Stillleben mit Samovar und chinesischer Teeschale' (Still Life with Samovar and Teacup) Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

‘Stillleben mit Samovar und chinesischer Teeschale’ (Still Life with Samovar and Teacup) Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

We have the drive, and the focus, to fulfill ambitions (or at least to create the circumstances that will pave the way), and we aren’t afraid to, as they say, break a few eggs to get that omelet made. The best part may be that we can see the value in our wounds, the way our hurts have given us wisdom and shaped us into the person we are now. We are bringing all our skills, learning, and experience to bear on achieving our goals–and that means thinking is laser-focused, concentrated on power expression and making successful change in our world. Is there any down side to today’s influences? There is a destructive quality, even a cruelty, about communications, so keenly aimed are they at accomplishment; that could mean we are less than sensitive to the needs of others. We could also be tempted to wallow a bit in hurt, as we’ll so appreciate the things we gain from it that we could forget the real purpose is to help us move forward. The Aries Moon doesn’t help, making us even more Self-focused, and the Moon’s meeting with Uranus around 4 PM PST suggests a point when we will be most likely thinking individually, and perhaps seem unreliable to others as a result (and we may see others this way, too.) Under the right circumstances the conjoining of Luna and Uranus could blend our own interests with those of the group, making us willing to share our energy and so serving both causes–and this could be emotionally freeing. We can be very effective today in moving toward our desires–just try not to lose sight of other priorities (relationships, financials, values, that might not seem so important right now) in the process.

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Focus On: Jupiter Novile Juno

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Henrik Weber - 'Composer Mihály Mosonyi and his Wife' 1840s {{PD}}

Henrik Weber – ‘Composer Mihály Mosonyi and his Wife’ 1840s {{PD}}

I know! It’s a minor aspect–but it may be the key to handling all the other aspects perfecting the 18th. It may be easy to feel stupid (Chiron sextile Pallas) and we may feel we must make significant adjustments in areas of Love or Money in order to express ourselves as thoroughly and uniquely as we like (Venus qnx Uranus); or, that feeling of lacking wisdom may come directly from a surprise in relationships or finances we believe we should’ve seen coming. Of course, the negative slant of these attitudes predispose us to give more attention and weight to what we’d normally ignore or deny for our own mental health and/ or effective functioning (Merc sq Black Moon Lilith), and could foster scrutiny of our own Path, a ‘Where Have I Been, Where Am I Going?’ question, or even an abrupt ‘Who the hell am I?” (Sun sq Nodal axis) that won’t currently be clear (or even intellectually accessible, considering the way our thoughts will be plagued by rage over injustices, or those matters usually dismissed–Merc sq BML–which means we’ll lack the objectivity we need to sort out these kinds of questions).

The novile, then, offers us a brilliant pairing between Water and Earth, emotion and the physical or material, between reaching out to connect or teach and reaching out to command, or in the social role enhancing our expression of our own empowerment, or vice versa, affecting our social role by flexing our muscles and showing our stuff. Jupiter and Juno reach out to each other and create a synergy that’s much greater than we might otherwise expect; it’s a case of two powerful entities (working together within the psyche, and/ or one played by ourselves, one by something external) acting so perfectly in concert that we don’t really have to think much about it–it just comes together on its own.

Though this marriage is natural, it won’t necessarily be without inequities or strife. This could involve us in an interaction of grossly uneven proportion, where one party holds the majority of power, or where one of the parties has status but lacks the respect needed to pull something off–that’s where the partner comes in, supplying the pull to make it happen, with the other supplying the backbone or needed judgment, without which the power expression might fizzle to nothing. So, it may be that negative currents today are handled by the kind of acceptance and cooperation typical of any partnership–not without problems or compromises, but in effect significantly more relevant than what either could accomplish alone.

The signs in which the two are placed (Jupiter in Virgo, Juno in Scorpio) suggest some sting, some criticism, but also a masterly eye for detail and depth of understanding–and who couldn’t use a little more of that? Enjoy your Friday!

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17 December 2015 The Power to Be Smart

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Circumstances may make us feel the judgments within and without are almost this harsh--but it's only our awareness of reality that's unusually sharp. Master of Soriguerola - 'Saint Michael Weighing Souls' Early 14th century {{PD}}

Circumstances may make us feel the judgments within and without are almost this harsh–but it’s only our awareness of reality that’s unusually sharp. Master of Soriguerola – ‘Saint Michael Weighing Souls’ Early 14th century {{PD}}

We’ll be given the opportunity to weigh Self-expression with no boundaries against what we want, especially in relationships–and we’ll gain in exact proportion to two things: how easily we accept our own internal wisdom, that guidance offered by the voice within, and how thoroughly we accept the extent of our own power and our power to affect things, even as we acknowledge those authorities greater than ourselves. That last is a tricky balancing act, calling for some clear-eyed knowledge of who we are that refuses to shy away from both our actual ability to make change (immense!) and the reality that in some cases, others really do hold the power (and so exercise the options), not us. Of course, there are ways we can affect things even in the most restricted circumstances–but today may be all about seeing that withdrawal of our effort or energy just because things aren’t precisely as we’d like them to be ultimately only sabotages ourselves. Note especially those situations where something we value is in direct conflict with either Nature or the Powers-That-Be–and know that in that case, to exercise our want is, in some vital way, purely destructive (Perfecting today: Uranus sq Pallas, Venus sq Ceres and sxt Pluto).

16 December 2015 Internal Dissonance

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Alexandre Cabanel - 'Echo' 1874 {{PD}}

Alexandre Cabanel – ‘Echo’ 1874 {{PD}}

That weird, echo-y feeling is nothing but the internal reverb between what we think we are and what we are in reality; today brings encounters, circumstances, and incidents that all point to this inevitable internal dissonance–and it’s up to us to ‘mind the gap’.  Our sense of woundedness is entangled with empowerment and status issues, and what draws our attention and takes center spot in our thoughts is part felt (through instinct) and part response (albeit unconscious) to those things we know but don’t–you know? The saving grace comes in the form of action and want, especially in relationship; a willingness to trust our impulses to do, to trust our choices, and to assert ourselves for what we desire will smooth out any internal discord and drown out a propensity to dwell on an ideal of perfection that we’ll never achieve, and which is a poor standard against which to rate our current, real-life effectiveness and elan (Chiron sesq Juno, Mars parallel Vesta, Merc sesq and Sun qnx Sedna).

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15 December 2015 Doubting Ourselves

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Self-doubt could wear us out today. 'Art and Literature' by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1866 {{PD}}

Self-doubt could wear us out today. ‘Art and Literature’ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1866 {{PD}}

On the 15th our instincts and our ‘blind spot’ material (things influencing us we aren’t consciously aware of, yet are easily seen by others) undermine our sense of empowerment and effectiveness–and that’s really all that matters, isn’t it? Without believing in ourselves we won’t act as if we have a right–a right to exercise our prerogatives, a right to assert ourselves, a right to openly claim our status and the privileges that go with it. We can get a handle on our doubts if we tame the emotions with a cool intellectual analysis of our circumstances (Aquarius Moon conjoined Ceres around 4 AM Pacific Standard Time)–that may allow us to, in the modern vernacular, “own our own power”–that’s our best hope for combating the Self-doubt that may plague us today (Perfecting: Juno contra-parallel Sedna).

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14 December 2015 Impenetrable Minds

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Best ashtrays ever. "Sinus" melamine ashtray. Systems design- The Ulm school. Exhibit at Disseny Hub Barcelona- DHUB HFG Walter Zeischegg- Ashtray- 1967 Photo by Kippelboy Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Best ashtrays ever. “Sinus” melamine ashtray. Systems design- The Ulm school. Exhibit at Disseny Hub Barcelona- DHUB HFG Walter Zeischegg- Ashtray- 1967
Photo by Kippelboy Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Oh, damn, we’re back to rebellion again, refusing the social order or other ‘oppressor’ with the flaming resistance of a thousand Suns. Why? Our imaginations are working overtime; we can’t quite see the potential rewards ahead of us, and we’re freaking out, succumbing to every worst-case scenario we’ve ever considered. That’s what happens when we fail to channel the creative urge into something structured or meaningful: it permeates the mind with all the horrid fantasies we’ve ever dreaded could be, and we look around for a source of all the anxiety–and guess who we fix on? Everyone and everything that exemplifies beliefs different than our own, that holds to just the facts (without elaborate justifications–that feels threatening), and/ or that contradicts our ego. Don’t we sound like a problem? We aren’t really, it’s just that our minds feel solid, reliable, and concerned with the real world (Mercury in Capricorn), even as they are swamped by our out-of-control imaginings. This is compounded by the way others feel just as sure, and are just as much under the spell of Neptune, making us a little paranoid and a lot certain that panic or anger is the answer. Realize the mind and thoughts aren’t reliable today, and you’ve already won half the battle–then put that creative energy to work, making Mom a clay ashtray, or something (Mars contra-parallel Uranus, Venus semi-sq NN, Mercury sextile Neptune, Sun sq Jupiter)

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13 December 2015 Perfecting Ambitions

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The world really is your oyster; a new 'I Am' can be born. 'A Water Baby' Herbert James Draper 1899 {{PD}}

The world really is your oyster; a new ‘I Am’ can be born. ‘A Water Baby’ Herbert James Draper 1899 {{PD}}

Recently we’ve been treated to displays and revelations specifically focused on the ambition picture, both for ourselves and for others; now we’re past that need to rebel, the urge to be unreliable in a misguided show of independence, we’re no longer choosing in reaction to the group or some imagined sense of oppression, and finally, finally, we are ready to express our original ideas, our unique concepts and approaches, in the areas where our ambitions lie. We have the energy, focus, and strength to pursue exactly what we desire–and, whether we are conscious of it or not, we are in some way entirely endowed to achieve precisely what we want. This may be the point where many stumble: over the idea that they are already empowered, holding the status, or receiving the support needed to make their ambitions live; they don’t, can’t, or won’t believe they already have what they need, and this will be the thing that stops them–though of course, they’ll see it as a lack of a vital lynchpin that, if they’d only possessed it, would’ve fulfilled their dreams. It’s one of those periods when the whole world conspires to empower you, to give you what you want–why wouldn’t you open your arms and accept it? (The aspects that created the past effect were recent oppositions of Mars and Zeus to Uranus; aspects perfecting today are Mars conjoined Zeus, Juno parallel Zeus)

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