The Essence for 2 August 2011: Blame It On Virgo


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Hughes pre-1915 {{PD-Art}}

All quiet on the Lunar front until 2 PM PDT, when the Moon creates a T-square with the Nodal axis, followed at 3:30 PM PDT by the Moon’s trine to Sedna. This suggests a bit of an emotional showdown over life direction (and this can be internal or external), and then, perhaps out of some resentment that we have to face this question at all, we easily ‘blank out’–there may be a concerted effort to ignore what we might term ‘irritants to the conscience’–not that we necessarily have anything to ‘look’ at–it’s more like we just think we should be fussing over details or taking an accounting–just blame it on the Virgo Moon :/

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Bulletin: the Universe, Don Draper, and Dream Life


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Claesz early 17th century {{PD-Art}}

What the Universe is Made Of

This is what I wrote last week about this past Sunday:

“Just after noon of the 31st, the Moon trines the North Node–and at about the same time the Moon also forms a loose Fist of God with a Moon/ Sedna square apex Pluto. The entire picture is one of unanticipatable material events (Sedna in Taurus) that have emotional results–and, contrary to the usual, we do not need to work out the square before Pluto is accessed–this time, it just happens. A Plutonian event can be anything that involves an exercise of power–just keep that in mind. It’s not necessarily a trauma, destructive act, or experience of rage–it could as easily be a transformative event that feels like a major blessing–so be ready for anything.”

I had no way of knowing how very true this would be for me. I experienced an unanticipatable transformative event, through another’s generosity and kindness. I don’t have specific permission to write about this, so I’ll keep things vague; it concerns a subscriber, an artist, who came to Seattle and invited me to meet with her. I and my daughters have been fans of her work since long before I started the blog, but it so happens that she found me, in a synchronicity of the Universe; I went to the meeting (as she was here on business, I knew she would have her work with her) planning to (and excited to!) buy a piece. Her work has a balanced, resonant, living quality that is both vibrant and serene; it contains that juxtaposition in a careful blend of delicacy and proportion that has always spoken to me. Small pieces of hers were some of the first real Art I’d ever bought–and now I would get to meet the Artist, and she liked me, too–I was going into the meeting ‘pre-approved,’ so to speak! which mattered to me; I’m not terribly good at meeting others, my youthful ease in making friends now replaced in late middle age by some distress: do I look all right? What will I say? Despite my chatty nature online, I have difficulty with small talk in person; I’m a get-to-the-point-er, with little capacity for graceful, cogent exchanges. She greeted me warmly, accepting and open, and that was gift enough.

In the course of working as an astrologer, I’ve received a number of presents, lovely expressions of gratitude and generosity: flowers, spa products, hand decorated boxes, handmade cards, all easy to accept as we judge them as small, a gesture rather than a sacrifice. So it made it especially moving for me when the Artist offered me the very piece I’d spotted and fallen in love with the moment I looked around; I wanted to buy it, but she made this perfect, simple piece a gift–and it challenged all my ideas of who I am, what I could accept from another, and what I deserved. It was especially touching to me in that we had spoken briefly about the difficulty of making a living in these times; I wanted to offer her the support she had been offering to me–but she rose above material considerations and gave me an invaluable gift of spirit. Through her amazing generosity she signaled an absolute faith and trust in the Universe–a statement of fearlessness about her own situation that says to me she is on the Path to transforming her life in amazing ways, and that gave me a gift much larger than the one I held in my hands. It’s been several years since my own faith in the Universe was tested through stress and fear; it was a wonderful reminder of the kind of positive energy that things run on, after all.

Have you ever experienced a gift or interaction that served to transform you, or that reinforced your positive beliefs about the Universe? How did it change your life? I want to say ‘Thank You’ to the Artist–and you might want to thank the one who gave to you, too.

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The Essence for 1 August 2011: Freak Factor


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Caracci 16th century

8 AM PDT the Moon opposes Chiron and quincunxes Uranus (and semi-sextiles Venus for several hours, making our relationships the centerpiece); will we recognize our tendency to hurt others, or will we lash out without really comprehending our ulterior motives? Whatever we do, it will be done without the realization that we are criticizing or becoming angry based on our own pain, and our own deficiencies; we’re not really seeing others at this time, and our critique may concern those things about ourselves that strike us as causing us to be rejected by others. Our own ‘freak factor’ comes forward and, to avoid the major part of the pain, we try to pin it on someone else. Embrace your uniqueness and miss the unpleasantness.

The Weekend Essence + Leo New Moon, 30-31 July 2011: Powerful Days


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From the Visconti Tarot deck 15th century

6 AM PDT of the 30th sees the Moon trine Uranus and quincunx Chiron. It’s like we’ll get a kick in the pants–and whether it hurts or not is up to how we receive it! We can either let it hit us right in the primal wound (which will make us howl!) or we can let it hit us and use the momentum to propel ourselves forward and up–which won’t hurt at all–in fact it should revv up our unique skills. It’s a great influence, if we’re willing to go with it! Now, this is the start of a Finger of God, apex Moon, involving Chiron and Pluto as the base. Separate from other effects, the Finger offers, very simply, healing with a willingness to change, with resultant emotional and intuitive benefits. It’s no more complicated than that.

New Moon is at 11:39 AM Pacific at 7 Leo 15. The Leo New Moon reads as releasing subtle but powerful energies; it opposes Pallas (and Earth, of course), squares Jupiter, and quincunxes Pluto. There are other things close but outside the strict 2 degree orb–so we leave them alone.

The aspects suggest changes (possibly intense, traumatic, inevitable, sweeping, or arising from the destructive or the negative) challenge us to prove what we believe to be wise really is. It’s a giant reality check of a very personal nature; the upsets will require us to truly show who we are–and what’s more, there will be a public element to this. It’s very possible we will feel under a microscope at this time. We may be observed by the social circle, we may be tested by our students, readers, audience, our teachers, or those within our religious hierarchy, or we may be challenged to broadcast or publish our knowledge or wisdom and then to defend it. This may be a tempering of the Soul and the Soul’s Purpose–but will in many ways be more gentle than we might anticipate, and we should come out the other side (for this NM may just be the beginning of a long-term effect, rather than just a singular happening) much more sure of who we are and what we’re here to do (and consequently what we are also NOT here to do, courtesy of Pluto, who will help us eliminate and start again.)

Just after noon of the 31st, the Moon trines the North Node–and at about the same time the Moon also forms a loose Fist of God with a Moon/ Sedna square apex Pluto. The entire picture is one of unanticipatable material events (Sedna in Taurus) that have emotional results–and, contrary to the usual, we do not need to work out the square before Pluto is accessed–this time, it just happens. A Plutonian event can be anything that involves an exercise of power–just keep that in mind. It’s not necessarily a trauma, destructive act, or experience of rage–it could as easily be a transformative event that feels like a major blessing–so be ready for anything.

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The Essence for 29 July 2011: A Moment of Universal Enlightenment


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Cole 1828 {{PD-Art}}

9:30 AM Pacific of the 29th the Moon creates a Finger of God by sextile to Sedna with apex of North Node. There are all kinds of theories that say we have no business considering the transiting NN in configurations, but I beg to differ, as what I’ve observed time and again is that energy ‘points’ can be very telling–and I think this is one of those times. This may show as a sense of being emotionally lost–and if we can embrace that, rather than becoming panicked or demanding answers, we will be shown ‘the way’ (NN). Sounds like a Universal moment of enlightenment :)

Void begins at 11:21 AM PDT as the Moon pulls away from sextile to Sedna. The Moon enters Leo at 11:16 PM PDT; that leaves us with a massive Void period, when just about anything may come forward. The only clue we have is that the Moon is Void in Cancer, suggesting that whatever happens, it arises from feeling and intuitive response.

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The Essence for 28 July 2011: Empowering Beauty


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Rosenberg 1921 {{PD-Art}}

Mercury’s in 00 Virgo just before 11 AM PDT, and a fresh attitude ensues–though we must be vigilant as criticism or focus on details flows a little too easily :) This also means that Venus (Leo) is sextile Juno (Libra), with Merc (Virgo) at the midpoint, Neptune (Pisces) opposed Mercury, and Ceres (Aries) opposed Juno, and they’re all at 00! A Finger of God is formed by Venus/ Juno with apex Neptune, and this suggests that empowerment through the realization of beauty (and this may be through relationships, works of Art, or finances) result in a burst of creative energy. This can be easily communicated (Merc) and though empowerment options are available, we may have to work (or even fight!) it out, in order to get the formula of rights and responsibilities fairly distributed.

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The Essence for 27 July 2011: A Sensitive Moondance


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Mantegna 15th century {{PD-Art}}

4 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Mercury (with Venus at the midpoint) and squares Juno. The picture becomes one of tense communications over relationships or finances, with the goal of empowering ourselves. Tip-toe at this time; we (and everyone else on the planet!) could be drastically over-sensitive, hair-trigger crabby, and a wee bit Self-destructive, with so much tension in the Gemini Lunar Air.

The Moon/ Juno aspect never perfects (which might promise not a single empowerment urge fulfilled); Juno slips out of her 29 degree 59 minute position into Libra–you can almost hear her sigh with relief (or at least, with the feeling that she might have some fun and get a little support from a partner), can’t you? Juno changes sign at 4:33 PM PDT, meaning that the Moon goes from having a potential aspect with the Queen of Olympus to having only a conversation with Mercury as they bounce Venus between them (and they’re tense and too rough with her, really).

Void begins at 5:37 PM PDT, with the Moon entering Cancer at 6:11 PM PDT.

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The Essence for 26 July 2011: Mind in Disguise


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Hunt 1852 {{PD-Art}}

2 PM PDT the Moon trines Vesta; the emotional atmosphere is highly supportive of making choices according to our highest values, of respecting the home front and of our most intimate relationships. Embrace the opportunity (for that’s what it is!) to follow the emotional and intuitive prompts at this time, for they will take us in the right direction. Watch, though, that the mind doesn’t insert itself in the sheep’s clothing of an intuition or feeling; with Moon in Gemini, this is a real possibility.

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The Essence for 25 July 2011: Material Empowerment, Material Needs


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Degas 1876-1878 {{PD-Art}}

The Sun moves in and forms a loose Mystic Rectangle with an out-of-sign sextile to Juno, trine Earth (and possibly Pallas, if you’re feeling generous), sextile Ceres (and Uranus, again, if we say so!) This draws a window for smart, positive, and unique empowerment options tailored to the individual and the individual’s material needs. Do focus on what circumstances, equipment, and possessions you need to truly empower yourself (and by empower yourself, I mean whatever you need to effectively assert yourself and make your unique, productive contribution). What’s both appropriate and true to who you are can be manifested at this time.

7:30 AM PDT the Moon trines Juno where she sits in the 29th degree of Virgo. I must say, Juno’s passage through Virgo has inclined her to be a tad touchy, a bit too critical, and a little demanding as she has expected an accounting from all around her–and yet we must thank her, for drawing our attention to the need for knowing where we stand, and of just what our assets and options really consist. At this time it’s a crisis situation: a last audit is being made, and with the Moon’s contact we will definitely have an emotional reaction to it. Don’t panic; just take notes :)

The Weekend Essence, 23-24 July 2011: It’s All So Serious


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Gossaert 'The Three Children of Christian II of Denmark' 1526 {{PD-Art}}

8 AM PDT of the 23rd the Moon trines Pluto; power is in harmony with the emotions and intuition, and these feelings can guide us easily toward excellent, lasting (Capricorn) manifestations of our own strength and effectiveness. If you have a natal placement at 5 Virgo (and that could apply to many of you, particularly those now receiving a Pluto trine to natal Pluto) this will energize the natal point with a massive power boost, unerringly guided by the feeling nature. For those with a 5 Virgo placement, this is practically a mandate to utilize the natal energy to its utmost. If the placement happens to be Pluto, look to both Pluto’s natal aspects and matters of the House where he’s placed and the House he rules to see where and with what addition influences the power matrix is likely to be brought forward–and I say “be brought forward” as you will be obligated to take this power in hand yourself–denial of your own power can bring it toward you, exercised by others, with unpleasant results. If the placement at 3-7 Virgo is not Pluto, use the same formula (natal aspects, House location, House the body rules) in searching out the meaning and areas of activity, with particular attention to any difficulties or hang-ups recently linked to expression of this energy–they can be transformed at this point, with excellent results.

Just before 6 PM PDT of the 24th the Moon quincunxes the North Node and effectively forms a Finger of God with Venus at 25 Cancer and the South Node roughly at the Moon/ Venus midpoint. This lasts through about 12:30 AM PDT of the 25th, with the Moon’s conjunction to Sedna and Mars’ inclusion in the midpoint picture (with his position not quite one degree past conjunction with the South Node) along the way. This tells a story of feelings, instincts, and the way they affect relationships, values, and/ or the financial picture mattering a great deal in formation of the Path; and yet we are unable to comprehend exactly how what we do shapes where we’re headed, and what’s more, we’re acting based too much on the past. A heady, important, and confusing picture that kicks off the week for our European friends with a bang and may give North and South America some portion of a sleepless night. Oy.

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