Just a Little AstroEssence 6 April 2014: Coping Mechanisms

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

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

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

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Just a Little AstroEssence 5 April 2014: A Contrary Undercurrent

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

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

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

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Just a Little AstroEssence 4 April 2014 + the Daily Image

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Photo by Julie Demboski © 2005 All Rights Reserved

Photo by Julie Demboski © 2005 All Rights Reserved

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

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

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Just a Little AstroEssence 2 April 2014: Defining Ourselves

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

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

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

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Just a Little AstroEssence 1 April 2014: What Truly Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Little Something on Saturn Transits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 26 March 2014: The Path

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

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

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

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Just a Little on the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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