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)
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)
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)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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)
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.