Just a Little AstroEssence 12 March 2014 + the Daily Word Image

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'Spring' by Millet c1870 {{PD}}

‘Spring’ by Millet c1870 {{PD}}

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12 March we may feel innately clumsy, with attempts to move forward causing unnecessary hurt, what we thought was smart turning out to be destructive, and worst of all may be the surprising nature of our own skills; what we were sure were practical additions to our repertoire may seem anything but at this time. Don’t worry, a great deal of this is a cacophony of odds and ends energies that just don’t seem to have a home, instead flying through the air and sticking in the most inconvenient places. We just need to let the static charge dissipate, and realize that perceptions right now are fritzed out, too—we shouldn’t try to assess anything until a little time has passed. (Perfecting today: Chiron sesquiquadrate the North Node, Pluto sesquiquadrate Pallas, Pallas contra-parallel Uranus)

Today’s image is participatory; open the nearest book, without looking place your finger on a page, and read what the Universe has to say to you today. I’ll share what mine was: “Was his wife unhappy? That was unfortunate, but it was, after all, her problem.” That’s from ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates. To me that gives a keynote of Self-responsibility in the happiness department; everyone must see to their own happiness, and if we experience someone who cares enough about us to want us to be happy, that’s just extra, a blessing, icing on the cake of life. So what’s your message, and what do you translate it to mean?

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On Tax Time and the Moon’s Voids

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Obviously, this get-together didn't start during a Void--unless of course they thought it wouldn't go well. 'Merry Trio' Judith Leyster c1630 {{PD}}

Obviously, this get-together didn’t start during a Void–unless of course they thought it wouldn’t go well. ‘Merry Trio’ Judith Leyster c1630 {{PD}}

We’re coming up on tax time in the US, but these rules apply in any country at any time when paying anything where you could be audited and the tax man could come back for more. These suggestions apply equally to personal taxes and business taxes, and have proven very useful in the real world; for myself, in a business that invites scrutiny (astrology is actually illegal in some parts of the US) I’ve filed using these guidelines for at least eighteen years now, and I’ve never been audited or had the return questioned in any way. These suggestions are based on some I first saw in the work of March and McEvers—if you’re not familiar with them and their well-presented work, you might want to be; their series, ‘The Only Way to . . .’ offers an excellent grounding in a number of Astro-areas.

It seems it’s all in the moment you release the Return; whether dropping it in a mailbox or pushing ‘Send’ on the computer, that is the point at which you lose control of the numbers, and entrust them to Big Brother. So to that end, you choose a moment during the Moon’s Void of Course period, every two and one half days. This can get tricky, as sometimes the Void is only a few minutes in length; but it’s worth planning ahead for.

The idea is that the Moon symbolizes the forward (linear) movement from one event to the next that is the essence of daily life; it represents time, not in Saturn’s slow, trudging-forward, span-of-eons way, but in the way that nothing sits still, everything is changing perpetually, and the Moon captures that changing nature of life in its swift cycle of waxing and waning. When it’s in the Void, it has made the last major aspect it will make to another body while still in that sign; it leaves the Void when it enters the next sign. In that period between the final aspect and entering a new sign, the Moon is said to carry no energy behind it; events, then, lack that same impetus, trailing off into nothing, coming to nothing, or never getting off the ground in the first place. This is advantageous in paying the tax bill as it would typically be scrutinized for discrepancies and extra due; offering it in a Void period, though, removes the energy that would ‘cling’, in a psychic sense, to the Return, which should allow it to flow through the system without a hitch, with either payment or refund over in no time. Whenever you want to put something through a system and have it pass through with little problem and without drawing attention, then initiating the journey during the Moon’s Void is the right time.

Stay away from submitting something during a Void when you DO want it to draw attention. Don’t enter a contest, submit a paper or article, or apply for a job or for entrance to a college, or make that ‘first moment’ in the Void for anything else where you want to be seen and heard. No interviews, placing orders, or announcements, either. There is another condition that applies to the Void, the potential for things not to go as planned. This chiefly applies to gatherings or something actually started during the Void, and it plays off what we anticipate going forward; if we believe we can start the party and it will be just fine, a convivial evening of laughter and warmth, what we may get is a lot of no-shows, a couple of fistfights, or an evening where everyone stands in icy silence with a drink in their hand—unanticipated outcomes, certainly, all bringing the unexpected as whatever energies were flying around fell into the Void as this unfortunate party got started, filling it

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 6 March 2014: Ripples

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'The Yerres, Effect of Rain' Gustave Caillebotte 1875 {{PD}}

‘The Yerres, Effect of Rain’ Gustave Caillebotte 1875 {{PD}}

The Lunar Essence for the 6th from this week’s ECLIPSE:

5 AM PST of the 6th the Taurus Moon conjuncts Sedna and opposes Saturn. The intuition gets some very high wattage at this point; you may feel you can ‘see’ through walls, and in a way, you can. Emotion, though, may be unwilling to stay within bounds and out of other peoples’ territory–a little restraint not only keeps things civil but lets you show true respect for the boundaries others need. 1 PM PST the Moon quincunxes Mars, making us unsure of actions if we’re using the emotions to gauge ‘rightness’. Rely on feedback from others or a partner in order to know if the choice is a good one (Mars in Libra). 5 PM PST the Moon squares Pallas and quincunxes North Node-Vesta. Being overly attached to using our skills or our smarts at this time will both knock us off course and cause ripples with our causes, on the home front, or with the mate. A modest approach works best for the time being. Void begins at 6:26 PM PST; the Moon enters Gemini at 6:38 PM PST. Just after 8 PM Pacific the Moon trines Venus and quincunxes Ceres. Relationships based on love go well, but those based on power do not. Jockeying for supremacy is a tiring activity; you might prefer retreating from any situation that threatens to drain you for no good reason–better to wrap yourself in the love freely offered than the interaction with strings attached. 10 PM PST the Moon sextiles Juno. We empower ourselves by thinking about the emotions of the situation–Moon in Gemini gives us both clarity and distance needed to be at least somewhat objective.

And the Daily Image, a word picture used for synchronicity and guidance, also from ECLIPSE:

Today’s image is the experience of walking in the rain; it connects us to the planet, and makes us aware that we really are a part of things, as few other events do. If you can, do it; if you can’t, close your eyes and remember what it feels like–or go out and experience the weather your part of the world is having right now–be aware that you’re standing on the skin of the Earth, spinning through space–there’s just nothing else like it.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 3 March 2014: Solid Undercurrents

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'Between the Waves' Aivazovsky 1898 {{PD}}

‘Between the Waves’ Aivazovsky 1898 {{PD}}

3 March skills may not get paid what they’re worth, and it’s like someone shines a huge spotlight on our identity and ego injuries. The good thing is, this can be a point of purging, a release from wounds that have tied up some part of our talents—these can now go free. We are tuned in to our ambitions and desires, and we are on point with our actions. It’s really the solid undercurrents that save the day, so don’t let the surface roughness take over; if you do you’ll miss a real opportunity to advance your own cause. (Mars parallel Pallas, Venus semi-square Chiron, Sun parallel Zeus, conjunct Chiron, sextile Pluto)

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A Little Something on the New Moon in Pisces 2014

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That New Moon seed may be planted in a dream. 'Legend of St. Francis--Dream of the Palace' Detail, by Giotto di Bondone {{PD}}

That New Moon seed may be planted in a dream. ‘Legend of St. Francis–Dream of the Palace’ Detail, by Giotto di Bondone {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs just a hair’s-breadth before the end of the day on the 28th, Pacific time (at 10 Pisces 39 at 11:59 PM PST). In Pisces the New Moon promises a new start for everyone, a Collective seed moment that carries all possibilities, and for the individual, it can spark a new dream, ideal, or delusion, with all the positives and negatives that those might entail.

This meeting of Sun and Moon happens widely conjunct Chiron, semi-sextile Uranus, trine Jupiter; the NM also makes a wide sesquiquadrate to Mars in Libra, which is stationed but still technically direct. These contacts infuse the creative spark or dream planted for each of us with the power of healing, an aspect of the radical or the surprising, the opportunity to expand in some way (probably in what we care about, with Jupiter in Cancer); the only discord comes from an over-exercise of ego, or perhaps from taking action based on a delusion (or perhaps based on one’s partner’s delusion, with Mars in Libra!) Look to the natal House where this NM falls for a sense of where a fresh creative development, inspiration, opportunity, chance, or mistake based on something misperceived or misunderstood might appear. If this NM makes contact to a natal body or point, consider that natal energy vital to what comes about, especially in terms of how and where (by the House the contacted body rules) the new beginning may show itself.

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 26 February 2014: Moonlight

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'Moonlit Night on the Dnieper' Arkhip Kuindzhi 1882 {{PD}}

‘Moonlit Night on the Dnieper’ Arkhip Kuindzhi 1882 {{PD}}

Today’s image is someone driving on a desolate moonlit road, who is so distraught by the song on the radio they must pull over, put their head in their hands, and weep. If we can let sorrow flow through us, experiencing it but not making a permanent place for it in our hearts, we will be compassionate but also at peace; there will be no sadness lodged within to be suddenly broken loose by a song, or a memory, or the moonlight.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 25 February 2014: A Straightforward Recipe

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'Girl Chopping Onions' Gerrit Dou 1646 {{PD}}

‘Girl Chopping Onions’ Gerrit Dou 1646 {{PD}}

25 February rage comes from hurt, and transformation of what is comes from healing skills—a very straightforward recipe—but we’ll witness the clash of the individual against the social order, in many forms, and the thing we’ll need to know is that the individual, no matter what she says, will be feeling far from empowered. That can make for destructive and hurtful expressions that seem to come out of nowhere, but it can also foster the kind of permanent, healing change that brings the individual a sense of successful personal expansion of his world or of his reach. The only advice I can offer is to not accept your own internal sense of disempowerment, no matter how real it feels from the inside—it won’t be accurate, and may push you to do stupid things. (Pluto sextile Chiron, Jupiter square Uranus, Uranus contra-parallel Juno)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 24 February 2014: The Global Is Personal

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Note the costellation globe in the lower right corner 'The Great Vanity, Still-Life' Sebastian Stoskopff 1641 {{PD-Art}}

Note the constellation globe in the lower right corner ‘The Great Vanity, Still-Life’ Sebastian Stoskopff 1641 {{PD-Art}}

24 February that crisis in highest values, what we’re dedicated to, and home and family moves into the global consciousness and helps dictate our life direction. Of course this influences everyone differently, but it’s likely to center in partnerships, relationships, and/ or in the matters of the House where the meeting takes place (at 29 Libra, Vesta conjunct NN) We may be in this crisis state because we want to cement financial and love relationships in stone—we may be afraid of losing them, or worse, being forgotten ourselves—and we are in need of a serious ‘security fix’. Don’t be hard on yourself over this—though we may be tempted to ‘stiff upper lip’ it, we’d do well to indulge our need and attend to security needs—not by pestering others for promises, but by taking initiative and being responsible for ourselves. (Perfecting today: Vesta conjunct the NN, Venus sextile Saturn, trine Sedna)

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 23 February 2014: Look Again

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'Favourites' Sir Edwin Henry Landseer c1835 {{PD}}

‘Favourites’ Sir Edwin Henry Landseer c1835 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a horse saddle slung over the railing in an old barn. Here is the thought: sometimes the needed equipment is right where you left it.

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Ukraine on Fire

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‘The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction’ Mihály Zichy 1878 {{PD}}

‘The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction’ Mihály Zichy 1878 {{PD}}

This post appeared first in the current issue of ECLIPSE, and was written on 20 February. As we turn our attention now toward Venezuela, we need to remember that what burns, burns–going through hell is no different in Europe than it is in South America, or anywhere else. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll have a great weekend–and if you’re looking for the forecast, please subscribe!

Rioting in Ukraine, centered in the capital of Kiev, has reached a crisis point, with deaths in the double-digits as of this morning—and other than Russia, which hopes to bring Ukraine back under its control, the rest of the world is slow to react. Let’s look briefly at what the astrology might tell us.

Ukraine adopted a Declaration of State Sovereignty in July 1990, but it wasn’t until 24 August 1991 that the parliament officially created Ukraine as an independent state, putting into practice the declaration of Ukrainian law over Soviet law, with a formal dissolution of the Soviet state in December of that year. With a noon chart for the August date, set for Kiev, we get a Sun at 00 Virgo, appropriate for an area that has, as long as it’s existed, been seen as just a region of another nation, until this point; this also fits the character of the country well, as Ukraine was long known as an agricultural producer, the ‘breadbasket’ of the region. The Aquarius Moon is within a day or so of culmination at Full, suggesting a national character both emotionally mature and intellectually astute. There are a slew of planets in retrograde: Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune, Juno, and Saturn; in order, this suggests difficulties surrounding finances/ trade, communications/ free speech, truly remaining independent, in either creative abilities (there may be too much reliance on agriculture, for instance, and too little on entrepreneurial innovation or manufacturing) or this could suggest an inability to clearly understand the way they come across (Neptune is sextile the country’s Ascendant, though we must remember the angles are unreliable)—but Neptune is also trine Sedna (confusion about their own hidden urges, a serious ‘blind spot’) and Neppy also conjuncts Juno and Uranus—again with the independence, empowerment, and perhaps confusion or inability to see how to achieve these. The Saturn retrograde is of special note; it could suggest a government that can’t keep up with the times, that is disorganized, that is always one step behind, a country in total that is perpetually unhappy with those in authority (the quincunx to the Sun—and their history supports this), or where the authorities may have had a poor idea of financial realities or management (shown by Saturn retro plus Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune, with Saturn quincunx the Sun and the Sun out-of-sign conjunct Venus).

Now an unpopular leader has turned away from a trade deal with the West and toward greater enmeshment with Russia—and the people are seriously unhappy about it, resulting in about a month of riots so far—and they turned deadly in the double digits this week. When we look at current transits (as of the 20th) we see what I read as an overripe situation, with lots of significant contact just a degree or so past contact to origin chart energies, suggesting a great deal of tension, issues that have been presented but with no progress achieved. Now we look at what’s still in contact by degree even if past exact, and at what’s immediately approaching—that will tell us which way the whole situation may fall.

Transiting Ceres is currently square origin chart Saturn, and just moving past sextile to the o Sun/ trine o Earth=Ceres likely represents the protesters, people recognizing their own authority and trying to exercise it in relation to the authorities and in-place system of their country—and so far those in charge are oblivious. T Saturn (current authorities) is on its way to sextile origin chart Mars (violence) and then square Jupiter (the public, word getting out, and possibly specifically word getting out via social media—for all its modernity it’s a very Jupiterian thing)=in other words, more violence and trouble ahead, but it may be bad enough that the world really takes active notice, not this half-hearted acknowledgment of problems that’s going on now. T Pluto is trine o Sedna=a blind spot for the rage and violence, and Pluto is also at the midpoint of o Uranus-Neptune=this could imply that rage and the desire for change could suddenly get very radical—maybe in ways the authorities have failed to imagine—or there could be abrupt upheaval that creates something no one anticipated (Neptune rules Ukraine’s Earth, and this could mean some direct material effects to the country itself). T Venus is at 20 Cap—the next thing she aspects is Mars, by trine=violence will cost, thoroughly and easily more destructive than anyone anticipates, and it will take a human toll.

T Mercury and Sun are both near/ poised to opposition to their origin chart counterparts, promising that prevailing energies will certainly test the nation’s identity, even existence, and its ability to process what’s happening and to communicate with each other. T Chiron is sextile Sedna, and so putting its two hurtful cents centered on wounds deep-seated in the Ukrainian psyche via the Plutonian blind spots/ rage expression. T Juno is opposed o Mars=clearly the struggle and violence are over who holds the power, which translates to who holds status and calls the shots—but in opposition, it doesn’t seem the riots will have the effect the demonstrators are hoping for. T Uranus is square itself and makes a Grand Cross with t Jupiter and o Pallas=growing pains! and susceptibility by the public to taking radical, erratic, and unusual measures to try and achieve that desired sense of freedom, as they are convinced this is the wise thing to do—they are willing to risk revolution. The Nodal axis will soon hook into o Venus, the SN by trine=old issues of money and old relationships may end up sending them back toward Russia’s influence. T Sedna is trine o Mars=again, participants in this drama are unaware of the true effect their violence will have. T Zeus squares o Juno=this suggests that ambition and desire are squaring off with a want for empowerment and status—a clash that has yet to resolve, of course.

T Mars sextiles the o Venus-Mercury midpoint and catches o Zeus at the midpoint of the sextile=action is driven by ideas, money, and ambition—but you didn’t need astrology to tell you that! And finally, t Vesta is at 29 degrees conjunct the t North Node=it’s both a crisis in highest values and a crisis in the direction the country’s headed—but honestly, is there anything else worth making revolution over?

 

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