Noon Pacific time the Cancer Moon creates a Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres. Emotions and sensitivity (especially that keyed to hurt) run high; issues of authority or territory may drive tension and force emotional displays. The key to balancing it all may be 1) we must really care, and 2) we must feel secure enough in our own power that we don’t feel threatened by others’ needs. If dealing with someone who seems unreasonable, try to offer them reassurance concerning their own security and safety–that’s really what they’re worried about. 2 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square with the Uranus opposition to Pallas-Zeus. This is Cardinal and so active; tension is likely over each individual’s fear that they either will not reach a goal or ambition, or that they are doing something stupid. Try to keep perspective and realize that getting overwrought doesn’t help resolve anything. 10 PM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and Mercury (conjunct NN) and trines Saturn. Reality is what it is, but we may insist that it’s taking us in a direction it isn’t, and point to our own thoughts and perceptions as proof. Find someone clear-sighted to bounce your thoughts off of. Midnight the Moon conjuncts Juno and trines Vesta (it’s also still squaring Merc). We may be feeling very empowered at this point, swinging-through-the-trees energetic and capable, especially when it comes to surety about our home, what we honor, and our mate. Your perception isn’t wrong, but it may be a bit distorted by our sheer abundance of energy, so proceed with care.
14 September what we’ve learned from the past can guide us in adjusting our priorities now; if we don’t use some sort of guideline we run the risk of engaging in erratic, disruptive behavior that risks fouling our own ambitions and desires. Be open to change, even transformation, that’s available in relationships, to apply to finances, and through a general atmosphere of Love—really, accepting the need for reform is the only way to access the treasure—feelings are much more reliable than thoughts at this time—material matters reveal all we need to know and see. (Pallas parallel and Vesta quincunx the South Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and semi-square Zeus, Venus trine Pluto, Mercury contra-parallel Venus, Earth quincunx Black Moon Lilith)
Today’s image is a letter, addressed and sealed, never intended to be mailed. Do you have something to say to someone and it needs saying, for your own peace? The reality is that if we believe that the only closure comes from expressing our feelings directly to someone, then we’re not talking about expressing, we’re really hoping for a reaction or to engage with them–we’re not looking for peace, we’re looking for enmeshment. If you have something to say, say it–to the air, in a letter, shouting from on top of a mountain–and then let it go. True Self-expression doesn’t need an audience–and as that old saying goes, what we think of someone else is none of their business.
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10 September our actions and choices are just a little off; we know better and still somehow manage to make a poor decision. It’s not a disaster, but does make us feel as if we’re not in control. What should reassure us is that perceptions, especially mental ones, are exaggerated and may be influenced by what we want to think rather than by reality; our own desires may lead us in entirely the wrong direction. Too, relationships and financial matters retreat under a haze of wishful thinking, illusion, or imaginative optimism—don’t make any pronouncements on these at this point, but do explore ways to creatively expand income and take relationships in a direction that’s closer to ideal. Artists and creators of all types, you have an opportunity to wield the creative in a highly conscious manner if your goal is earning or creating beauty. (Perfecting Today: Mars semi-square Pallas, Venus opposed Neptune, Mercury sextile Jupiter and parallel Zeus)
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. . . . as in, ‘getting rid of or being done with pain’. The Full Moon in Pisces occurs at 6:38 PM Pacific time of the 8th at 16 Pisces 19, and is conjunct Chiron, quincunx Zeus, and captures Saturn, Vesta, and Juno in a Water Grand Trine. Since a FM is a culmination, we are arriving at an ending—but of what? Most likely the ending of some hurtful situation or wound which is healed via our own emotion-guided empowerment that comes directly from living our highest values in some form. The reality picture requires we modify ambitions and desires, and thereby we create surroundings that truly meet our highest standards—and this is very possibly through modifications or changes on the home front, with our behavior toward and treatment of the mate, and/ or by aligning our goals with what we honor and find sacred. This is a course-correction point that offers significant lessening of psychic and emotional pain, if we 1) will apply the needed changes to the environment and practices, and 2) be willing to let the pain go. Miss either component, and things stay much the same.
The AstroEssence: 4 September relationship demands, what we want, and our means of earning may all violate the needs of the home front, the mate, highest values, or those things we find sacred—and yet our minds are set, and unwilling to bend to accommodate those values or needs. We find ourselves in a spot that feels restricted and that seems contrary to what we would normally want or support—but this is when we ask ourselves if that’s really true. A review of our actual priorities, and of what’s truly restricting us, is in order. (Perfecting today: Venus contra-parallel Vesta, Mercury semi-square Saturn)
Lunar movement: 11 AM PDT the Capricorn Moon trines the Sun, giving us a period of clarity. Note what you’re aware of now, and how you perceive it, as your viewpoint is likely accurate (unless the figurative Sun is in your eyes!) 3 PM PDT the Moon opposes Juno and sextiles Vesta. Are we butting heads needlessly? That’s the question–anything that doesn’t directly empower and respect our values should be let go. This is the beginning of an Earth Grand Cross with Juno, Uranus, and Zeus; the Moon also sextiles Chiron. We are trying to assert the Self and balance this need with our chances for ambition fulfillment–the unexpected gets in the way, and our own wounds, or our fear of hurting others, make us hesitant. This all happens in ways that affect the material situation. Going after what you want is fine, as long as you are acutely aware of where your territory ends and that of others begins; accomplishment only comes when we operate with full knowledge of others’ rights and privileges. 9 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Saturn. This is a point when we can give emotions structure and containment; make sure they take fluid, rather than rigid, shapes.
Grand Trine with Vesta-Juno-Chiron=This reinforces the idea that to successfully empower ourselves we need to be sensitive to the wounds and sacred places of others, as well as making sure our choices honor our Chirotic gifts and our own priorities.
Today’s image is a cave-dwelling salamander that lives in the dark and breathes through its skin. Look for unusual ways to accomplish the usual and necessary; this will evolve talents with little effort.
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From ‘Attachments—Asking Why’, an article on relationships in the current ECLIPSE:
We’ve talked about Ceres’ sex-deadening energy specifically when it contacts the Mars, chart ruler, or Sun or Sun ruler of a male from a female’s chart, or within a same sex interaction in either person’s chart to the other’s, but Ceres can bring her overwhelming Earth Mama or directly maternal vibe by moving aspect, and so temporarily put a damper on drives, unless the individuals can relate to an elemental form of sexuality—if the involved individuals are too civilized, too strongly identify caring with mothering, or are too frightened of Nature and natural behaviors (these make some people feel out-of-control), then a Ceres transit can really gum things up, the worst part being that one might feel the change is permanent, rather than transitory.
Just a Little Lunar Essence for 30 August: the Moon enters Scorpio at 1:53 AM Pacific time of the 30th. 1 PM PDT the Moon trines Neptune. We are open to deep feeling, inspiration, and creative change–whatever moves you at this point is likely to be very positive–unless you let yourself be mislead. Vet your ideas by imagining potential outcomes; if they’re all good, you’ve got a green light. 3 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres and trines Earth. We connect with our power by connecting, literally, with the earth. Garden, work with clay, walk outside barefoot, swim in a natural body of water, plant something–it will bring power, balance, and peace.
31 August relationships may support us, and our money and/ or talent supports our skills, but only if we refuse to dwell on our wounds or to think like losers! At this time the world really is ours to make of it what we will; don’t abdicate your immense power to declare your territory as your own in favor of playing victim or out of a mistaken belief that it’s egotistical to declare yourself—there’s nothing modest or virtuous about pretending to be weaker or more confused than we actually are. (Perfecting today: Venus semi-square Pallas, Mercury contra-parallel Chiron and semi-square Vesta, Earth trine Ceres)
27 August it’s all about power, and the power we imagine we have is for all intents and purposes what we actually wield. That means a couple of things: those who believe they are powerful really are; those who have no conscience or awareness of others as separate human beings are actually dangerous; and those who believe they have no power will find that fantasy (for it is a fantasy, to think we are helpless) playing out, too. Talk, and what we see, reflects only a small portion of the power-shifts going on; assume what’s obvious is like an iceberg, that there’s a lot more to things that we don’t see.
As well, there’s basic conflict between opposites; expect butting heads rather than cooperation, even when getting along would be easier. (Perfecting today: Neptune parallel Ceres, Venus square Mars, Mercury semi-square Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Ceres and Neptune)
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24 August we see some raw, unadulterated, Self-focused (but not necessarily selfish) drive around ambitions and desire fulfillment come forward—we may just observe this in relationships, or may feel it ourselves—and some may become intent on making relationships or ambition scenarios payoff. The problem will be that thinking will be contrary to effective ambition fulfillment—it may in fact be so contrary to it that it crashes any efforts we make—and yet, pursuit of goals and wants isn’t out of the question, it just has to be done by feeling and instinct, like negotiating a pitch-dark room. Already launched ambition efforts may rake in Love or Money. Unique Self-expression suffers only to the extent that it fails to follow our own highest values and standards—if it does, we might be able to heal something long ago damaged and waiting for closure. (Venus sextile Zeus, Mercury contra-parallel Zeus, opposed Chiron, and quincunx Uranus, Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus and contra-parallel Vesta)
Today’s image is a young man, all alone, walking down a muddy road; in every direction, as far as the eye can see, there is nothing but a sea of yellow grass. No matter how alone or isolated we feel, we are still going forward, still going somewhere. It’s our own hubris that lets us think we know our destination; it’s much more natural that we don’t.
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20 August wisdom is found in dark places, and in standing up for ourselves, though one place we won’t find good alternatives offered is on the home front or by the mate; it might be too much a time when everyone is focused on their own creative empowerment, and so what they share will speak more of their own insecurities and power situations than anything else. Avoid authorities today; they won’t be any help. Stand on your own two feet, though, and you can make dreams a reality. (Perfecting today: Pallas semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Neptune trine Juno, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres)
The Moon enters Cancer at 1:45 AM PDT of the 20th. 9:30 AM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Pallas and trines Ceres. We may be trundling along, feeling pretty satisfied (the Cancer Moon can have that effect) when suddenly we realize we’re doing something (or allowing something to happen) that is decidedly unwise–and further, someone is increasing their power or reach because of it. Deployment of skills is called for, along with a Willingness (no, a complete commitment) to claim our own power and territory, and stand ready to defend it. Just the readiness makes conflict unlikely. 2 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Juno and forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Vesta. We are empowered specifically through our emotions; equal parts creativity and dedication make up the recipe that offers truly effective empowerment options. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Pluto and sextiles Mercury, catching Venus at the midpoint of the two. What’s communicated, what we hear, shows us exactly where the darkness lies, who is at the heart of it, what can be gained, and exactly what needs to change–“wisdom is found in dark places”. Now it’s up to us.
Today’s image is a Trickster figure, who awards you something favorable. Watch for this person, and thank them–Tricksters aren’t always out to fool you, you know :)
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For Saturday, 16 August: determining power situations and power distribution seems vital, and yet we have a major distraction to all this in creative expression in the home or through a cause we support; the wish to express creative ideas takes our time and attention from dealing with issues of authority and from fully owning our own power position—and that easily creates problems. It might help to remain aware of two things: communications may be incomplete and erratic, so we can’t take for granted that we know the whole score (it’s almost like a mini-Merc retro effect), and we need to do whatever smart alternative the reality picture commands—to ignore it in favor of creative expression at this time is to court unpleasant mix-ups in agreements and to risk having our own power of choice usurped by the quick and the sneaky. (Ceres parallel the North Node, Neptune trine Vesta, Saturn semi-square Pallas, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)
And for Sunday the 17th: we finally feel an enormous positive shift in the Cosmos—or at least in our little part of it—with the planet of Love and Money meeting the planet of expansion and abundance—so what could go wrong? We have a basic scenario for prosperity, specifically through communicating with or listening to those who hold the power; but difficulties with delusion or deception, fantasy, troubles within the home or with the mate, and instincts that seem to be at odds with the way the world works, may all show against us. The trick may be to keep things, whether relationships or finances, on a power exchange basis—that way it’s clear what’s changing hands—and realize that instinct and imagination sometimes aren’t our friends—at least that’s so when it comes to Money or Love—we need to stay focused on reality to make gains and feel good. (Venus conjunct Jupiter, quincunx Neptune, square Vesta, Mercury sextile Ceres, Sedna square the Sun-Earth axis)