27 January Early afternoon Pacific time we enter Dark of the Moon territory; meditation and contemplation are always recommended for this period, and with the Moon moving through late Sag, Capricorn, and early Aquarius, quiet intellectual pursuits, acts or rituals of devotion, or modest, hands-on projects, preferably where you work alone, are also appropriate. Not all of us can tuck away until the New Moon, though, so we may find out in the world that ignoring what we know to be wise fosters real hurt, that those with power seem prone to casually use it, and that words for the present take on exaggerated importance—take care to say what you mean, and mean what you say. This DoM seems to be a gentle quagmire of poor decision making, should we wade in indiscriminately. Out and about, adopt a modest demeanor and a circumspect approach to all things, and you’ll reach the NM with no major scarring (Chiron opposed Pallas, Pluto sextile Juno, Mercury trine Vesta)
I’ll skip the ‘whys’ for today, the 25th, and just offer a few helpful hints: if you find yourself jealous of someone else’s status or position, stay away for now—proximity will only spark problems; whatever you do, don’t get into it with authorities—they will not respond well; and Self-talk may be unreasonably negative today—what’s on your mind hints at areas you need to give serious attention to, at some point when you’re on an even mental keel and can be as objective as possible (Perfecting today: Chiron conjunct Juno, Mercury square Saturn, Sedna)
Again, just the advice for the 26th: Hitting the books or making efforts on behalf of the group are probably the least risky ways to use our energy, and make any exhibition of skills low-key at this time—too much flash could draw attention (the unwanted kind) from higher-ups (Perfecting today: Pallas opposed Juno, Mercury semi-square Uranus)
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Saturn in Scorpio is currently opposed Sedna in Taurus, and by the 25th Mercury will cap off a neat little T-square with these two. Add to this Mars quincunx Sedna (also by the 25th), and we have an interesting recipe active over the coming week or so, worthy of note. This is what I wrote in the Daily (for ECLIPSE subscribers) for the Moon’s contact to Sedna, on the 23rd: 1 AM PST of the 23rd the Moon quincunxes Sedna, urging adjustment to the feelings when we might not be sure what’s driving the change! Either something we’re not consciously unaware of (but unconsciously noticing) is prompting modification, restraint, pull-back, or jumping in with both feet, or something from our own deepest nature, from a wordless well of just being, is trying to guide us. In either case, this is probably a good urge to follow; file it under ‘intuition is safe to listen to even when we don’t know why’.
This may begin the dynamic; the emotional perceptions prompt action that likely remains more or less a mystery in terms of what moves us. The ‘T’ makes communication either the outlet for the stand-off between Sedna and Saturn, or it becomes the resolution for the two, translating energies in a pair of signs that are more about perception and experience than they are prone to formulate things in words. Watch the natal Houses of your own chart ruled by Mercury for areas where the Sedna-Saturn opposition is likely to manifest. We may see the reality picture, or the establishment, rules, or structure of things (Saturn) troubled, even challenged, by primal forces–suddenly we’re taking life very very seriously–or we find problems when a ‘blind spot’ which hides some vital component remains unseen. Others will see the difficulty, and the solution, but we may not. This can work out in a variety of ways, but flexibility, a willingness to act and perhaps to defend what may need defending (Mars), as well as a willingness to recognize that sensation, intuition, and those strong, pre-verbal parts of ourselves need not always bend to the mind and those ‘civilizing’ influences to which we’ve become accustomed, will go a long way toward handling this opposition in the best way possible.
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21 January we may find that what’s wise runs contrary to our natural inclination, so that we must decide whether principles or empowerment is preferable, and then choose. We do get a hot line on ambition fulfillment, the job hunt, or learn particulars about what we desire that will help us wrangle it in. We may be feeling smart, but this is no time for confrontations with authorities, and negotiation wins go to those who emphasize skills over pride (Pallas semi-square Ceres, Vesta sesquiquadrate Juno, Mercury trine Zeus)
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19 January we are challenged to do what’s smart or use our skills by the social sphere or in order to teach/ learn, and the result is genuine communication. This doesn’t seem headline worthy, until we realize that those who fail to get the word out in a wise or accomplished form will suffer a sense of being out of the loop, or worse, abandoned by the social circle.
Evening of the 20th Pacific time sees the Sun enter Aquarius and Earth into Leo. That brings a gentle but perceptible shift in our attention as it moves from concrete material matters, achievement, and the role and reach of authority and takes up instead questions of higher thought, originality, and inventiveness. At play today: a Grand Square with the Nodes and the Sun-Earth axis, suggesting some tension over personal life direction and how well that manifests our uniqueness as individuals and our philosophy of life; and the ongoing Mystic Rectangle consisting of Jupiter-Pallas-Pluto-Chiron. This config lays the groundwork for some dazzling and life altering accomplishments in the social arena, for smart, healing change, for the sharing of wisdom that can change our world–will you let go of what no longer works, and take part in personal and social reform?
17 January Home, our relationship with the mate, and our commitments are influenced by our deepest beliefs and perceptions, and vice versa, we are changed within by something we experience in the Vestal arena. This may represent the kind of life event that brings a sea change to the outlook, the commitments, or the sense of Self that forever after alters us, just a little. It’s important to note that at the time we may not feel what shifts is really a good thing to have happen—but with time we’ll see it wasn’t just necessary, but inevitable. (Perfecting today: Vesta quincunx Sedna, Sun sesquiquadrate Pallas)
Cancer Full Moon 15 January 2014 at 25 Cancer 58 at 8:52 PM PST: Caring for Power
The Sabian is, ‘Guests Are Reading In The Library Of A Luxurious Home’ This suggests a few things: that we are in the midst of learning something or being informed by what’s going on—pay attention; that our circumstances are really very good, and that we may have downplayed them or may be unappreciative; and that we are currently lacking in a conscious awareness that we are, in a way, guests here on Earth, with all the temporary enjoyment, responsibilities, and need for good conduct being a guest entails. The Sun, which we always look to as a source of Moon-light, is, ‘A Nature Spirit Dancing In The Iridescent Mist Of A Waterfall’ Ahh, Ceres again! With the Full Moon we are being given a chance to experience our own spirits as part of Nature, guests on the Earth, enjoying the beauty and sustenance of a cool mist (for who has been in the lee of a waterfall and not felt replenished by Mother Earth?) and it is only our preoccupation with the material and the spiritually insignificant that keeps us from thoroughly experiencing it as our daily reality. That may be at the heart of the FM revelations—that power we will end up caring for will, for most of us, center in the experience of being alive and fully appreciative of this, though for a few, it will be all about worldly power—when you encounter one of them, just step aside, and go on your way.
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13 January–today is the day to delve into the mystery that is us—sounds a little ridiculous, right? But it truly is a good day for Self-inspection, the kind that considers all the deepest feelings and beliefs that move us and direct our choices and even our thoughts. Take this tack and you will discover some things, and put a few others that have been bothering you to rest; ignore the need to reflect on your own motivations and you’ll likely find yourself zoning out, as anything even close to attentive will require that willingness to peer into the dark (Sun trine Sedna)
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When we think of the natal horoscope as a kind of map of the Soul’s intentions during this lifetime, we see how, in a very real but also totally symbolic way, everything revolves around the Sun, the symbol of the Soul’s intent within the chart. I know we come back to this question over and over, but it’s so vital to understanding the natal chart, and to finding nuances of meaning that help illuminate why there are clear differences among individuals who are all born under the same Sun sign. We can break down a sign even more than its usual 30-degree span using ancient measurements called decans. The decans originated as a kind of calendar that allowed people to keep track of the apparent motion of the heavens, one day to the next; the markers used were various stars or star groups as they rose and set. With decans, each sign is divided into thirds, with each section influenced by correlation to the other zodiacal signs in the same element, so that, for example, Aries is divided into 10 degree sections, with the first 10 ruled by Aries itself, so that the influence is of the nature of Aries’ ruler, Mars. The second 10 corresponds to the next Fire sign in the zodiac, Leo, so that the decan influence is the Sun, and the 3rd is of course corresponding to Sagittarius, and so influenced by Jupiter. The initial decan of each sign is ruled by itself, so that the ruler of the 1st decan is always also the ruler of the sign. Another example: Leo, also a Fire sign like Aries, has a 1st decan ruled by the Sun (corresponding to Leo itself), then a 2nd decan ruled by Jupiter (as the next Fire sign after Leo is Sagittarius), and a 3rd decan influenced by Mars (for Aries, the Fire sign that comes after Sag, as we move around the zodiacal ‘circle’).
8 January It’s a moment of Truth, the kind where we find out what the true reach of our power is, and how much of our status and Self-image is based in reality, how much in illusion. Mind you, illusion can mean untruth or deception, but it can also mean a projection that only enhances the reputation, despite the nebulous source of the image. We are spurred to action, with the material effects entirely dependent on that illusion-empowerment ratio. Too, if we need to convince someone we’ve got the clout or cojones, we can—as long as we believe we do! (Perfecting today: Neptune conjunct Juno, Mars square Jupiter, Mercury square Ceres, semi-square Chiron, Earth sesquiquadrate Neptune-Juno)