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?

 

Just a Little Lunar Essence 21 February 2014: Below the Surface

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'Lotus Lilies' Charles Courtney Curran 1888 {{PD}}

‘Lotus Lilies’ Charles Courtney Curran 1888 {{PD}}

8 AM PST of the 21st the Scorpio Moon sextiles Venus and squares Mercury. Romantic encounters get behind the facade, below the surface, or reveal secrets; some will revel in a certain sexiness in the air, others will try to suppress it. We’re willing to go out on a limb for something we care about. The funny thing is, if we try to make contact through words (or try to deliberately convey a message in any form) it may get garbled and, if received, may bring an angry or (worse) indifferent response–right now, go on instinct alone. 2 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Saturn and opposes Sedna. We get an emotional take on the stand-off between our reality picture and those elements of the psyche of which we’re unaware. How do we do that, exactly? We intuit or feel through the physical reality those hidden facets–and we react, without really knowing what we’re reacting to. This can usher in completely irrational responses to physical events or requirements the material world imposes, and can make us feel (or feel we’re witnessing in others) a mini-meltdown. If you do, don’t worry, it’s merely the psyche’s attempt to bring something otherwise hidden to the surface–if you don’t understand it now, just wait–you will. 5 PM PST the Moon trines Juno. We can use feeling or intuition to guide us in empowering ourselves–we may see effective steps to take in a dream, or a daydream, a movie, image, or during the creative process (Juno in Pisces). With a portion of this aspect ‘reaching into the Void’, so to speak, we may find a receptive attitude, or a deliberate stillness, most conducive to receiving inspiration. Void begins at 5:27 PM PST; the Moon enters Sagittarius at 2:12 AM Pacific time of the 22nd.

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The Daily Word Image from ECLIPSE 20 February 2014

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'A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts' Jean Beraud c1881 {{PD}}

‘A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts’ Jean Beraud c1881 {{PD}}

Today’s image is you, out walking on a windy day; a crumpled piece of paper blows toward you and plasters itself against your leg. You reach down, pick it up, and see a single word written on it–what is that word? Even if it seems to be nonsense, a jumble of letters or a word that seems to have no relation to what’s happening in your life now, take note: the thing itself or what the word signifies/ symbolizes/ spells unscrambled will arrive in your consciousness over the next week–this will play a significant role in revealing something to you that’s already underway but of which you’re not yet aware.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 19 February 2014: X-Ray Vision

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'Skull with a Burning Cigarette' Vincent Van Gogh 1885-1886 {{PD}}

‘Skull with a Burning Cigarette’ Vincent Van Gogh 1885-1886 {{PD}}

19 February Relationships and financial matters both center on who holds the power, purse strings, or has say so. In any pairing, partnership, or confrontation, each side will be operating under at least a modest amount of delusion, misunderstanding, or fantasy—keep this in mind at all times, about both others and yourself. Creativity can flourish if you’re in the early creative stages of a project, but avoid altering already done work, as this could prove both problematic and not to your taste later. It’s also a day when it will feel like we have x-ray vision, able to see everyone’s wants, ambitions, and desires—just remember, yours are showing too. (Venus sesquiquadrate Juno, semi-square Neptune, Sun sesquiquadrate Zeus)

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Image 18 February 2014: Bull!

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'Bulls Fighting' George Stubbs 1786 {{PD-Art}}

‘Bulls Fighting’ George Stubbs 1786 {{PD-Art}}

18 February the reality picture shows us exactly how to empower ourselves; believe what’s presented, and make sure your vision is clear—otherwise you might misinterpret, or possibly ignore a vital part of the situation picture, which is a danger with the Merc T in action. The shift into Pisces/ Virgo of the Sun/ Earth signals a shift in attention to the spiritual and the Collective, while earthly matters focus on accounting, organizing, and critiquing. The contrast between the two this time of year can be brutal, but understanding that both the spiritual/ creative, and the material, need equal attention and effort applied will solve any imbalance. Too, it helps to remember that in the larger scheme of things the material and the spiritual are one and the same; only our minds perceive them as contrasting. (Saturn trine Juno, Mercury T-square with Sedna-Saturn, Sun into Pisces/ Earth into Virgo, Sun trine the North Node)

Today’s image is a bright red pickup truck pulling a trailer full of bawling cows on the open highway. We might like to think they’re on their way to a nice pasture somewhere, to moo and graze and frolic like Ferdinand the Bull, but it’s more likely that they’re headed for the butcher. The cows, of course, are unmindful of where their journey is taking them; it’s the same with some humans. Right now we need to be more conscious, more mindful of where we’re headed than ever before. Take a good look at the highway you’re on–don’t fool yourself into thinking that tomorrow won’t rise directly from today, because it will. Think consciously about what you must do to end up where you’d really like to go–and then, like Ferdinand, take some time to smell the flowers–enjoying the journey is just as important as reaching the destination.

For those wondering who this Ferdinand is, it’s a character from one of my favorite children’s books

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