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

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

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

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

 

Abandoning Armor for Solitude: 10 August 2015

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

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

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

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

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Your Weekend: 8-9 August 2015

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

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

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

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

Questioning Everything: 7 August 2015

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

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

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

Trusting Ourselves to Choose: 6 August 2015

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

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

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

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

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Hidden Agendas Revealed: 5 August 2015

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

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

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

Getting in the Swing: 4 August 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Aquarius Full Moon July 2015: Reviving Ideals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aquarius Full Moon 31 July 2015

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Feeling Retrograde Ourselves: late July 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Tactical Retrograde: Venus Retreats 25 July 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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