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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Just a Little AstroEssence 17 February 2014: Rock-the-Boat

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'The Run Home' Henry Scott Tuke 1902 {{PD-Art}}

‘The Run Home’ Henry Scott Tuke 1902 {{PD-Art}}

17 February is one of those days when we are likely to say (or think!) anything; what comes to mind is spontaneous, possibly heretical or outrageous, clever, and rock-the-boat fun (or unfun, depending on how you feel about boat rocking). We could find ourselves rebelling before we are even aware we’ve opened our mouth—communicate with caution, and cut others some slack—they will be as surprised as you are by what they communicate. Do pay attention, though, as the individuality will shine through, slipping out without anyone being able to form it as they usually will—and that means we get a glimpse of the ‘real’ person behind the crafted personality.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 16 February 2014: Distortion

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Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, Alaska. Produced by the US Air Force {{PD}}

Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, Alaska. Produced by the US Air Force {{PD}}

11 AM PST of the 16th the Virgo Moon trines Venus. This is a point when within the general unpleasantness of the day we can find an absolutely beautiful experience in a relationship (where things are already going well) or working with the material world–either episode is rewarding, and may help lift us above our day with a transcendent event. 7 PM PST the Moon trines Sedna, sextiles Saturn, and opposes Juno. We may act to empower ourselves and be missing some vital piece of the reality picture. It will likely feel as if we can intuit our way through, but there could be serious missteps if we don’t pull back and wait to see what else may develop. Midnight the Moon quincunxes retro Merc. Messages are garbled, especially those we receive through the emotions, through intuition, or through critical thinking. Just assume that what you’re perceiving is missing some parts or radically distorted, and be cautious in interpreting information or conversation.

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Just a Little on the Leo Full Moon 14 February and the Inferior Conjunction of the 15th

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'Caught' by Luigi Monteverde 1888 {{PD}}

‘Caught’ by Luigi Monteverde 1888 {{PD}}

A little something on the Valentine’s Day Full Moon in Leo, and on the Inferior Conjunction of Sun and Mercury retrograde on the 15th, from ECLIPSE. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Full Moon in Leo 14 February 2014 at 3:53 PM Pacific time at 26 Leo 12

With the FM sextile the Mars-Vesta combo we can expect a conclusion of sorts in what I’m tempted to describe as ‘sacred action’. I suspect this is about coming to a decision as to how we are conducting ourselves, specifically in how we’re employing our energy, in some important situation, possibly in the home or with the mate. It may be a point when we acknowledge what we are or are not willing to do, or when we see that we have reached a point of dedication—we need to commit—and so make a significant statement to the Universe: ‘This is important to me’. It also applies to the setting of a personal agenda that expresses the Self (Leo FM)—we can expect that what we find ourselves committing to at this time will be a feature of our days for some time to come.

15 February brings the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and retrograde Mercury. This is a point of inception, even insemination, if you will! Something new is planted, and coming just after the Full Moon, we may look at this point as an expression of the new start that naturally follows a finish like the one brought by the FM. Usually we have a bit of a gap, a winding down that allows dissipation of the culminating energy, in the period through to the New Moon—but this time that culmination requires a new start in order to be valid itself—in this case, without the new start that culmination would be a rest stop, rather than an end. That suggests that through to the New Moon we will be nurturing the new start, and part of how this will happen is with reviews, revivals, and other Merc retrograde mechanisms; it will be an Inferior Conjunction that sparks that needed Full Moon start (or re-start!) where the sacred action includes the kind of editing of the life course that is central to taking a successful new direction or making a successful new commitment.

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Recognizing Intuition

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Sure, we can describe intuition as the gate to the castle. By Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD-Art}}

Sure, we can describe intuition as the gate to the castle. By Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD-Art}}

This is a re-print from a May 2013 issue of ECLIPSE, to help us re-orient ourselves from what feels like a recent flood of feeling, information, and white noise; or as we usually call it, Mercury retrograde! To see everything, articles as well as the complete aspect and Lunar, hour-by-hour forecast and the Daily Word Image, please subscribe!

Intuition . . . is something we all have and that we all use, but it’s not necessarily something we are conscious of, or recognize when it’s in play.  Intuition is easily mislabeled; fear, ego, want, or the mind (unaspected Mercury alert! either natally or by transit, when natal Merc is not being stimulated) can jump in and convince us that the urge is one of pure information, and intuitive insight, rather than the biased wish, thought, or frightened assumption it really is. How do we recognize intuition?

Intuition is instantaneous  We don’t gradually come to an intuitive insight, nor do we cogitate our way there; it’s like a little ‘ping’ inside us that is not centralized in the mentality but fills the awareness.

Synchronicity signals  These needn’t be related directly to the intuitive insight; instead, synchronicities act as a signal that we are traveling along the Path with our senses ‘wide open’, and thus that we are open to those connections, leaps of logic, and ‘right assumptions’ we must make spurred by the intuitive insight.

Not willed, but allowed  Intuition doesn’t appear on command–we can’t will ourselves to have an intuitive insight, and we can’t plan ahead for one. We can allow them to happen–but that involves paying attention every time they do–and too often we will judge them, then push them aside with one rationale or another (“But I’m already committed to ‘x’, I can’t change now!” “Everyone will laugh at me if I bring this up” “That contradicts the way things seem to be!”) We must honor and follow the intuitive prompts we are offered–don’t, and the well goes dry–or at least narrows to a trickle.

Intuition comes whole By that I mean it arrives in the awareness all of a piece, not straggling in bit by bit. However, this is no guarantee that an intuition will hand you what you consider a complete answer or detailed Path. It’s not uncommon to be given a ‘next step’ with no idea of where it will lead, or proof that it’s ‘right’–that’s where our own trust in the Universe comes in, with trust in the Cosmos tantamount to trust in our intuition.

Intuition refrains from bias  Even though an intuition can be highly definitive, pointing very strongly to one point of action or attitude, it does not carry heavy condemnation of other potentials. If we find ourselves wallowing in how bad the varied possibilities except for the one we’ve chosen, then we are likely involved in some sort of ego-persuasive reasoning, not intuition. Intuition gives a ‘clean’ perception that does not waste energy denigrating other options. Period.

Intuition does not spur fantasy  In fact, intuition removes a great deal of the impetus to extrapolate–after we receive and act on a true intuition, we are likely to be in a continued state of openness, one that accepts all possibilities and waits for some indication of what’s to come, rather than pushing forward into a state of ‘I want’.

Intuition rarely presents as words/ a thought  Those who have a great deal of Venus, Neptune, Cancer, or Pisces in the natal chart will know what I’m talking about, while those with a lot of Air or Earth may not be so quick to understand: typically something that presents in words/ a thought is an idea, not an intuition. Remember how I said it comes into the awareness whole and immediate? We may then translate that into words and thought–but if it starts that way, it’s more likely the mind, putting in its two cents–that’s not bad, it’s just not intuition.

24 Hours of Lunar Aspects 10-11 February 2014: How Much You Care

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'La Toilette' Eva Gonzales 1879 {{PD}}

‘La Toilette’ Eva Gonzales 1879 {{PD}}

1 PM PST of the 10th the Moon sextiles Pallas. Wisdom is ours, if we’ll just make the effort. 5 PM PST the Moon squares Uranus. Are we surprised by what seems to come out of the blue, or did we have a hint about this, if we look back on the actions of those involved? (Cardinal placements) 9 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, trines Chiron, and opposes Pluto. Whatever happens, in our own minds it will be vastly exaggerated; that said, permanent hurt or healing may occur. Intention rooted in how much you care (Cancer Moon) will be everything, at this point.

5 AM PST of the 11th the Cancer Moon opposes Venus. This may bring a reassessment of feeling or of actual relationships themselves; we care but find our feelings hitting a figurative brick wall. Don’t make any decisions at this point–instead realize that you’re too sensitive right now to keep reasonable perspective. 7 AM PST the Moon squares Zeus. Ambitions kick into high gear, and we may feel that our emotional attachments are holding us back. This would be incorrect; what we’re feeling is the artificial or exaggerated nature of our wants, as we measure the truth of our emotions against anything that’s not real or reasonable in our goals. It can be unpleasant, but without losing our illusions we won’t be able to get where we want to go. 1 PM PST the Moon trines Juno and the two form a loose Grand Trine with Saturn. Empowerment takes material form; it shows either in circumstances or in who owns/ controls what, who has say over our surroundings. Take a good look around: what you get is a rare glimpse into who’s really running things, from the ground up.

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On the Olympic Games Winter 2014

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'The Skating Minister' Henry Raeburn c1790 {{PD}}

‘The Skating Minister’ Henry Raeburn c1790 {{PD}}

Here’s a little something I wrote a couple weeks ago (in ECLIPSE) speculating on how the Sochi Olympic games might pan out; considering the reports that are coming out of there this evening, I think it’s time to share.

As far as I can figure out, the games themselves actually begin on the 6th, with the very first events scheduled for 10 AM local time (Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding and Women’s Freestyle Moguls, in case you’re wondering), and with the opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday evening, the 7th, probably for the convenience of much of the broadcast audience. I think using the advent of the first contest, rather than the opening ceremonies, makes good sense—recall the death of the luger at the Vancouver games in 2010, which occurred before the opening ceremony, suggesting that significant things can indeed happen prior to the ‘official’ beginning of the games. So we’ll look at this point in time, the beginning of the contests, against the inception chart for the modern version of the Olympic Games.

The first modern games were held beginning 6 April 1896, but the structure and international, committee-style governing body was created 23 June 1894 in Paris; we don’t have a time, but a noon chart seems to suit the proceedings, with the Sun and Zeus (ambition and desire) conjunct in Cancer (suggesting the ‘waxing and waning’ nature of the original, 4-years-between-games schedule) in the 10th, making for high public visibility and establishing these as games that carry status (there had been others in various places at various times post the ancient Greek games, but none had the international scope or prestige the original version of the current games almost immediately took on). We also note Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto conjunct in the 9th in Gemini=sports, glamor, and power communicated on an international level—and countries have been taking the Olympics very seriously since this inception, seeing wins as reflecting the nations themselves. Venus sits in the 8th in Taurus, trine Ceres and Vesta, suggesting the extent to which reverence for the Olympics has turned the games into cash machines for entire nations, never more so than in the past twenty years, when related production, infrastructure improvements, merchandising, and endorsements for athletes have skyrocketed, and the quest for new sports to award medals for goes on and on, sometimes to a ridiculous extent (BMX Cycling, Table Tennis, Curling—anyone?) And Saturn trines Jupiter, setting in stone, so to speak, the games for some time—and though there have been boycotts, delays, and a few cancellations, they always come back stronger than ever.

When we put the start of the upcoming winter games in Sochi in comparison to the Olympic inception chart, we see a Taurus Moon for the current events—there may be lots of reporting about accommodations and conditions for the athletes, food and comforts available to them—and this Moon opposes the original Uranus, with UR ruling the 5th and the Moon the 10th=sudden events, risky and surprising, that affect the status of the games as well as the nature of the ‘business’. Pluto (ruler of the original 2nd) of the current games sextiles the founding chart’s Uranus and quincunxes the original Neptune, ruler of the 6th=there are going to be some destructive surprises surrounding money, in the events themselves, and the sense of obligation for the host country. Current chart’s Jupiter forms a perfect Grand Trine in Water with current Chiron and founding Uranus=the public and/ or the athletes, injury, and those surprise elements again, creating an emotional maelstrom. And the current Saturn opposes the founding chart’s Venus, suppressing the one thing that has driven the games to ever bigger, but not necessarily better, displays and commercialism: money. Overall the impression is one of minor or major disasters of a stripe that cause chaos and suppression or denial of revenue—but does that equal terrorist activity?

When we look at the more disruptive influences, we see some activity (Pluto to some founding placements and opposed current Jupiter, aspects to current Chiron) that suggest destruction, particularly explosions or other surprising events, and injury to the public or to revenues (current Pluto in fact falls at the midpoint of founding Uranus and current Chiron). These same contacts, though, could imply minor disasters or unexpected events that are blown all out of proportion, and certainly, any kind of protests, for example those that may surround the participation of gay athletes (by the athletes themselves or other groups) could have a rage factor that can read in the chart as dangerous. But, with the games experiencing a Pallas return, the biggest impact may actually be from having to face what the committee has created in the present form of the Olympics; the wisdom or lack of it in current arrangements may be abundantly clear at this time. The chart interaction also suggests that the results may resonate most strongly in the economic area, and in a loss of sponsor and nation support (Saturn opp Venus, the latter ruler of 1st and 8th, the former ruler of the 4th of foundations). Current Vesta in a Grand Trine with founding Moon and Mercury say that the genuine beliefs and values of all the participants will be front and center, that emotional perspectives may prevail, and that all of it will be communicating exactly how everyone feels. Perhaps it will mirror the kind of terror that comes when we face ourselves, and the world we’ve created, whether the effects were intended or not.

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Just a Little Mercury Retrograde 6 February 2014: Upset or Ecstasy

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'The Sense of Sight' Annie Louisa Swynnerton 1895 {{PD}}

‘The Sense of Sight’ Annie Louisa Swynnerton 1895 {{PD}}

A little something from ECLIPSE:

Mercury Retrograde The Messenger retrograded on the 6th at 1:43 PM Pacific time at 3 Pisces 20, and during his backward trip re-enters Aquarius; in the Whole Sign chart, this means a definite change of Houses occurs, emphasizing the shift in atmosphere with a shift in area of expression, as well. Starting the Mercurial journey in Water suggests the first issues that surface will be emotional ones, likely seeming to intrude on the mind either from the larger Collective or from one’s own overactive imagination. At the point of turnaround Merc is in close aspect to nothing else (the conjunction to Neptune isn’t technically perfected, and so lacks oomph or relevancy, yet). This implies the possibility that we may enter the retrograde receiving emotional messages or info that we are completely unable to process mentally—and this suggests, upset or ecstasy, that we will be hard pressed to understand or communicate our feelings, leading to unavoidable frustration. Then Merc retreats to Aquarius, and the mind may suddenly unscramble the earlier emotional reactions, with the current danger that we will go too far toward intellectualizing—and so distance ourselves from feelings we really need to deal with. When Merc turns, just let the emotions happen—it’s normal for a Merc retro period to make understanding difficult, so don’t try—and when the mind is suddenly up and running again upon Merc’s entry into Aquarius (albeit with lots of short circuits, thanks to the retro!) you will (almost without any effort) get a handle on the preceding emotions—then the trick is to not talk yourself out of your feelings—which will be the most likely temptation as Merc moves backward through Aquarius

And from the Search Terms grab-bag:

“getting laid off in Mercury retrograde”

Since this term showed up before the actual start of the retro this afternoon, I’m wondering if this individual is anticipating bad news–and that means, you knew something, even if it was only through your spidey-sense, that told you it’s coming. The real focus, then, might need to be on what happened during Venus retrograde (21 December 2013-31 January 2014). Since this clearly affects the income, I think detective work on matters that manifested during the Venus turnaround is called for, as that will likely reveal the true issue. If you’re wondering if a layoff during Merc retro has particular consequences, the answer is yes; as an employer, making a hiring or firing decision during such a cycle means that you may be drawing conclusions from incomplete information, that you may not be assessing individuals correctly, and that you almost certainly will change your opinion of your choice after direction. For the person who receives such news, you can bet that you don’t know the real reasons behind it, and you may receive some satisfaction in the idea that your employer will probably regret moving on it at this time–though of course, you may never know that for sure. There is also the possibility that, if you did receive signals of a potential job loss before the retrograde, the actual commencement of the retro period may bring a change of mind, a re-consideration, that could nix previous decisions. So, don’t despair yet–and if it does come to pass, embrace the idea that something not so great is being removed from your life (albeit forcibly) to make room for something much better.

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