Merc and the Sun, just having met in Scorpio in Superior Conjunction (that is, with Mercury in apparent direct motion), now turn our serious, intense gaze on what’s wise or practical (both novile Pallas), in terms of our real-world options (Merc parallel Saturn). It seems that if we research, investigate, or think deeply about something, some obstacle, problem, or issue we’re facing, the answer, or at least the next best step, comes to us. That’s nice, isn’t it? Especially considering there are two small rough points we may have to deal with: one will come in the form of the social circle vs. the individual seeking to exercise status, or in the form of one who’s trying to expand and one who’s trying to control that expansion (Jupiter contra-parallel Juno)–this is likely a stalemate; the second shows in the way relationships or financial matters are somehow smoothly able to hide what’s unpleasant or makes us angry (Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith). It’s as if those who love us, or our own resources (in the way we exercise our talents, or even spend) conspire with all those things we’d rather ignore to provide something soothing to distract us. That means we may enjoy the day, but be aware that could imply we miss our chance to find those answers we’ve been seeking–maybe put energy into first one, then the other.
Our vision, our dream, is in conflict with reality right now, but even if our gaze is firmly fixed on real-life and What Is, we are unable to perceive it with any accuracy. This is the premise from which we must begin our musings; it seems, though, we are prone to do the opposite, to make up our minds about reality, to judge it according to the things we imagine are true, and to treat that as Truth. If we’re aware of this tendency, we might be more prone to making fewer pronouncements about what will happen, or about what we or others should or shouldn’t do.
This can be our best use of the energies: knowing that lies, illusion, fantasy, or idealization overlays our perception of reality, and that barriers, boundaries, rules, and a ‘lack’ mentality may infect our dreams, our ideals, and our creative urge. ‘What Is’ may seem untenable, insurmountable, or far different than it really is. We should be glad of this dissonance; it forces us to move more slowly, to look with more care, and it urges us to wait for facts, and then to examine those thoroughly and with caution, aware that these may distort the picture or hide something important. ‘Seeing Is Believing’ may be the sum of this aspect, and yet it’s exactly what we shouldn’t do.
We can be inspired by what we perceive about the world at this time, but we can’t take that inspiration at face value; there is too much ephemeral, hidden, or just plain false in our awareness of reality. We may have some luck by willingly putting boundaries on our dreams–that brings the energy of the square under our control (Saturn) and so means we can shape the dream (Neptune) within parameters (Saturn) we choose. Currently Neptune is poised to go direct and sit stationary for enough time to allow Saturn to catch up and complete the square on the 26th. They stay within orb through roughly late December, but again do a long slow dance starting mid-2016.
I wanted to add this: It occurs to me there’s another possibility: that through something difficult (the square) we get the real facts about some matter that has been confusing, impossible to understand, or obscured in some fashion. As always, there are a thousand ways to read aspects–that’s just another!
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Sedna in Taurus is drawing our attention through relationships, finances, communications, our thinking, or all of them, showing us via material situations or those that relate to security (Taurus) where we need to observe and respond. The asteroid carries a variety of subtle meanings; she is the skeleton woman, representing the pattern of life-death-life, the great angakok (magician), and because she lies at the bottom of a cold Northern ocean, specifically points to our unused, misused, and disused life energies and impulses to create (especially those related to the anima of either sex). Her presence in the chart is revealing of what we may be aware of only unconsciously, or of matters we have pushed down or let go, allowing them to fall to the bottom of our own emotional and creative ocean–but they are there, lingering, exerting an influence, and so filling our perceptual ‘blind spot’, that area and those matters we just seem unable to perceive, in spite of the way they are typically obvious to everyone else. When brought to the surface (and this isn’t easily done) we gain power that may seem magical, but it’s only the strength of one who faces all their issues, ignoring nothing, accepting and so dealing with what we may prefer to remain unaware of.
On the 17th Venus is sesquiquadrate Sedna, and the Sun and Mercury, conjoined, are opposed it. This may present as rough relationship or financial doings about which we continue to maintain that we see and understand the situation clearly. Something is influencing our perceptions, and our thinking, and yet our own hidden matters are exerting their influence and we just can’t see how these are driving action and reaction in money or relationship matters, or in our own thinking; we are too busy believing it’s the other person, the money situation, or the assets themselves that are causing discord. The Sun’s contact to Sedna while conjoined with Mercury in Superior Conjunction gives us the opportunity to successfully bring one or more matters up from the depths and resolve them–if we’ll only acknowledge the influence they are having on our perceptions in the first place.
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The 15th we may find that dreams don’t fit our ideas of what constitutes successful status or empowerment, and confusion over what goals and partners we should reach for are almost a given. Here’s our guide: sort options by using ideals as a measure, and ask yourself, do I want the dream, or do I want the status? You may have to choose, though it’s worth considering that one or the other may not be a true fit (Perfecting today: Neptune sesquiquadrate Juno)
By the 16th relationships, and to a lesser extent communications, are firmly centered on what’s been denied, ignored, or what angers us. These upsets may not be the subject of interactions, but they will make up the underpinnings, and offer an opportunity to clear the air and make relationships as open and honest as possible. The good news is that our actions and choices create the future in a very direct way right now, and dreams reflect what we truly honor–and awareness of this means we’ll likely aim high with both (Neptune parallel Vesta, Mars parallel NN, Sun parallel Mercury, Venus conjoined and Sun/ Mercury semi-square Black Moon Lilith, with Sun-Merc meeting the 17th in Superior Conjunction, so that hidden or ignored matters may be instrumental in forming the resolution we can expect at the SC–which of course was seeded at the Inferior Conjunction of 30 September)
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On Friday we seem to face our nemesis (or if not the outright enemy, our opposite number, our counterpart–but intriguingly enough, we find the asteroid Nemesis at almost 15 Libra, square Pluto–and that implies that relationships, perhaps even our closest ones, could present a resistant kind of interaction that, if it escalates to conflict, could become seriously destructive). This may cause some hurt, chiefly by having to face the reality picture–but, if we are willing to consider change, and to use talents and assets to tackle what comes forward, then we may reap real-world rewards, particularly the solid, hold-in-your-hands kind.
Talk may be blustery, exaggerated, or expansive, opening our imagination to worlds, or offering us new knowledge, but our minds may do best applied to those matters we’ve ignored or denied, or in handling those things that make us almost primally angry–we have an ability to deal with those things particularly well right now (Venus parallel Chiron, contra-parallel Mars, and sextile Saturn, Mercury sextile Jupiter and novile Black Moon Lilith)
By Saturday Pacific time we may find our Will thwarted, but we have to ask, is this Self-imposed, threatened by another, or are we avoiding acting because we fear we may not have the skills to make it happen? It’s true that we may be a little confused or misguided about our assets and talents, but we’re also on the edge of inspiration, sending sensitive perceptual and psychic tendrils out in search of a way to unite our abilities with our dreams–so persistence in pushing through the fog may yield the hope, the clarity, and the wisdom we’re looking for (Mars contra-parallel Chiron, Venus quincunx Neptune, Mercury semi-square Pallas).
Get your weekend off to a great start–smile, and enjoy what you’ve got
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No, it’s not that we actually want to fight, it’s that Martian verve in the sign of relationships naturally looks outward, toward the Other, and in simply attempting to state ‘I Am’ acts assertively enough that he can’t help but encroach on others’ territory (or Will). This should clue us in to the danger: in just making ourselves and our choices known, we may be much more aggressive than is necessary. Mars can’t help but push outward–and the Martian urge may be twice as strong after Mars conjoins the North Node just before entering Libra. With the point and the planet meeting at 29 degrees of Virgo, the potential for active review of life direction, and our own much too critical response, can set off all kinds of intentions to make up for lost time, to straighten things out, to correct what needs correcting, to take circumstances in hand, to be really, truly responsible–and that much unfettered energy aimed at exerting control isn’t called for–we may overreact out of zeal, or the urge to catch up with partners, or the urge to please others, or simply out of fear that we’ve disappointed–and so overstep.
There is also the matter of Merc trining Chiron and quincunxing Uranus, suggesting words and messages will be utra-powerful, able to hurt or heal, and the deciding factor might be just how comfortable we are with our own uniqueness. We can see that positively reflected back to us in the communications, agreements, and remarks that come our way if we value our most unusual features, if we treasure the things that are most special about us, the things that in less healed times may make us feel like freaks. That’s the key–and if we reject what makes us different, every word coming our way may feel like it alienates us not just from others but from ourselves as well. So I guess the best course today is 1) take it easy, and 2) love yourself.
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The meeting of Sun and Moon occurs at 9:47 AM PST of the 11th at precisely 19 degrees Scorpio, trine Chiron, widely conjunct Mercury, and sextile Jupiter, along with the latter forming the base of a Finger of God with apex Uranus. When we consider the New Moon location in Scorpio, conjoined Mercury and contacting Chiron, we may conclude this Moon will bring change, a process of dissolution, a transformation (that is, energies taken from one distinct state to another), or resurrection that either represents a healing itself or that offers healing to some related matter, with emotional and mental effects as well (Merc + the Water placements). When we add the Finger, we see that a factor of knowledge or belief (Jupiter) may spark the new start or new way of thinking (the ‘newness’ that is part of any New Moon) and result in something both personal, ‘I’ directed (Aries) and radical, unusual, or original (Uranus), at least in terms of the usual for each individual. In many cases, it may be that acquiring new information sets some inevitable decay or Scorpionic process in motion, and the only response we can have is to ‘be ourselves’, or, possibly, to find shelter within some like-minded group (Uranus in Aries).
The Sabian Symbol for this Sun-Moon must be read with care; as it falls exactly on the degree, we read that degree, not the next one as we usually would with a degree + minutes placement. This is in keeping with the practice described by Dane Rudhyar in ‘The Astrology of Personality’, where he says, “Any fraction of a degree is to be considered as a whole degree. Aries 15 deg 0′ is to be read as Aries 15; but Aries 15 deg 1′, as well as Aries 15 deg 59′, represent Aries 16. The symbols are the expression of a span of activity, a cycle, the significance of which is released at once, the moment it begins.”
This time it’s, ‘A Parrot Repeats The Conversation He Has Overheard’. Again, this brings forward that Jupiterian idea of information, knowledge revealed, with the idea that it may be repeated without real understanding–and this suggests that the way in which we get this knowledge, or the bringer or broadcaster of the info, will not be aware of just what is being passed on, what is being revealed. Whatever that is, it is instrumental in initiating the Scorpionic change that offers healing, and to which we react in a very particular, highly individual way. Through the agency of passed on information, belief, or knowledge we see change put in motion, change that rests on a kind of discovery we make that causes us to react very much in character, with responses rising from that most unique part of ourselves.
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Adding to the Uranian erraticism and hair-trigger spontaneity of yesterday that bleeds into today, we also see that temper becomes the main issue for the 10th, specifically upsets related to the way we believe others are not respecting what is important to us. We will probably couch it mentally to ourselves in terms that see our priorities and sensitive subjects as sacred–and we see the crowd stomping in with muddy footwear, ruining the carpet, and trash talking our sacred cows–with our response at first likely an unthinking, ‘Who do they think they are?!’
Getting a handle on temper is vital; so is realizing that change is gonna happen, and that we’ll be much better off participating in it than we will be standing on the sidelines, trying to shout over the bulldozers. Being part of change gives us the chance to shape, re-make, resurrect, rebuild, or transform the involved materials, issues, or situations to our liking–in fact, it allows us to create opportunities. We’ll need to see this as a chance to improve our world, rather than seeing others’ Will and words as merely obliterating what we care about–if we can see the possibilities, we can then discern and follow a clear path to success.
(Perfecting today: Jupiter sesquiquadrate Ceres, Mars opposed Vesta, Mercury sesquiquadrate Vesta, semi-square Mars, and sextile Pluto, Sun sextile Jupiter)
Have a great day–if we can keep our fingers off the trigger, today can be full of opportunities and promise!
If we’re feeling not quite ourselves, if we’re aware of impulsiveness in our thinking or feeling that could cause accidents, if we’re sensing a kind of unthinking rebelliousness in our approach that could make us unreliable, then we’d better plan the next day or two around it. I know! We’re not supposed to cater to our moods like that, but this streak of Uranian erraticism runs through many of us like a bolt of lightning–hot and blinding us to anything but the impulse–and we need to take it into account if we want to succeed (or even if we want to arrive safely to the end of our day!) The great thing is the need to work around this urge will focus us on some very effective means of healing; the only caution is a blanket warning that we’re not able to see the most effective way (or the smartest way, either) to gain personal empowerment, so that all moves to support ambitions should be tabled until later (Perfecting the 9th: Pallas contra-parallel Juno, Sun trine Chiron and quincunx Uranus)
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8 November 2015 Venus enters Libra, her home turf, and at the same time conjoins the North Node and contra-parallels Chiron. This brings a little ‘zing’ as we feel the natural warmth of relationships, connections, romance, and the pleasant atmosphere of good manners and diplomatic remarks–and yet, there’s another little ‘zing’, and this one hurts! What is it about unfettered kindness that can sometimes wound us? Is it that it reminds us of lack of love in the past (a deficit that, we are probably acutely aware, we will never make up for), or does it show us how unloving some important relationship is now? Is there some relationship we can only half look at, turning away from what’s unkind or unloving about it, just so we can go on with it? Today there’s an atmosphere of Love and an almost palpable awareness of the very delicate nature of human connection–and if we can let enough of that Love in (because Love running over psychic scar tissue, like water over a raw wound, may be painful at first) we have a chance to heal at least some of that damage. Venus in Libra makes a velvety place for us to meet the Other, for true equality within relationship–and anything less, this time, will definitely cause us pain.
The Venus contact to the NN promises that the future is being shaped by what happens today, as is our thinking, which may show flashes of genius in areas of interaction, finances, planning, and communications, as Mercury is novile the NN.
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