Just a Little AstroEssence 15 November 2012: ‘Contradictions’


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Just let it all go by, if you can. ‘Woman With Fans’ Manet 1873 {{PD-Art}}

From the current ECLIPSE (order today and get the issue that includes the Solar eclipse analysis from this week’s event); a new issue arrives tonight, Pacific time!

November 15th is a day of adjustment; it may feel like everything doesn’t quite fit. Saturn quincunxes Uranus and Venus quincunxes Pallas; could we have a more clear prescription for bad judgment from ants-in-the-pants? No, we could not. Change will seem necessary, but at the same time inappropriate, What’s smart will cost us and what’s frugal won’t be smart, and neither containment nor anarchy works. Don’t even try to control it, for your blood pressure’s sake–just let it all go by, if you can.

And in the Lunar outlook (also from ECLIPSE):

3 PM PST the Sagittarius Moon sextiles Venus and squares Pallas. This is a peculiar aspect, in that we may feel flush, prosperous, or loved, and so do something immensely unwise in our state of confidence. It’s one of those things we should just sit back and enjoy; that little exciting spark of an idea is probably exactly what you should avoid, right now.

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A Little Something on the Upcoming Eclipse 13 November 2012: ‘Senseless Sport’


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‘Right and Left’ Homer 1909 {{PD-Art}}

New Moon of November 13th at 2:07 PM Pacific Standard time at 21 Scorpio 56 is a Solar eclipse

The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘Hunters Shooting Wild Ducks’. This suggests something free and wild stalked by, and possibly destroyed by, something predatory–and the something predatory is equipped with ‘arms’ and ‘ammo’ against which the hunted is essentially defenseless. The ‘wild things’ are frightened from their protective cover, made to flee in the hope that they can protect themselves by getting away. Though it may seem obvious, we should note that duck hunting is a very deliberate, planned activity; one does not just happen to take one’s hunting rifle when one is out for a stroll, just happen to flush ducks from their cover, and think, ‘Well, maybe I’ll take a crack at those!’ We must be aware that this may be the underlying state of the previously described conflict (in an earlier paragraph): that the conflict could in fact be one where one party seeks to ‘ambush’, take by surprise, or take advantage of the other. Duck hunting, we must acknowledge, doesn’t very often result in duck on the dinner table–it is instead much more considered, however inappropriately, ‘sport’, and there’s a good chance that if you find yourself as the stalkee, this could indeed be the attitude of the stalk-er. That will make it both very hard to make sense of things, and impossible to drag a reason for such aggression out of the stalk-er; feeling his or her power, they are unlikely to feel the need to justify their choice.

This is part of the eclipse analysis from the latest ECLIPSE Weekly Aspect Digest

Something well worth a review as that magical end date to the Mayan calendar approaches

UK Astrologer Pippa Ponton talks General Petraeus and Chiron

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Just a Little AstroEssence 9 November 2012: ‘Poison Bite or Poison Pen’


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‘The Spider’ Gysis 1884 {{PD-Art}}

Rather than give you a tidbit from the current ECLIPSE, I want to talk about some current in-play energies, and my personal experience of them yesterday; after talking to a number of people after the ‘event’, (though not about it) I’m fairly sure most everyone is or has been experiencing at least one of two possible effects: poison bite or poison pen–and figuratively speaking, the two are likely to overlap.

My attention was drawn to what might be floating around when, while on Facebook, I made a very mild comment on a friend’s post. I remember thinking how bland the comment was, and wondering why I was even bothering–and now I see that I was playing a part in this woman’s drama. She answered my comment with a brief tirade that went all over the place (Taxes? Obamacare? Where did that come from? My remark was about how nice it would be if we could all get along, a mutual respect in the health-front arena, with the hope that conventional and alternative methods could both be used, echoing–I thought–what she had said). This screed ended with her calling my comment asinine and asking if I was “happy now?” I wondered what the heck she meant.

Foolishly, perhaps, I tried to answer non-confrontationally, but trying not to allow her to wipe her feet on me, either, which I felt she had done with the name-calling. I stated what I thought she’d said, trying to draw a clearer connection to what I thought had been my innocuous remark, and I said, as it was so obvious to me, that her anger was misdirected and her rudeness uncalled for. I would say I shouldn’t have said that last, though I don’t believe it escalated things; she was already on a tear, and besides it was true: I hadn’t done or said anything to inspire this, and I can be sure of that because I had initially said so little! I don’t mind being called an ass if I am one, but I just did not see where she was getting this, and I thought that would make her realize that what to me seemed an intense overreaction on her part had to have been based on her misunderstanding my comment and my intention.

Her answer was to bring forward more non-sequiturs, including saying that her initial (very vague) post was “based on real-life”, to ask some questions out of left field, toaccuse me of “making things worse” and “kicking her when (she) was down”, and then she did something I find unforgivable: she tried to use my birth chart to insist that I must be “attacking” her, citing my 10th House Saturn as apparently making me aggressive and evil. This kind of condemnation based on some very old interpretations of a singular placement (in this case, based on the charts of world leaders, “gaining power before a pride-induced fall” was the common conception) suggests not only a lack of experience in chart interpretation but a shallow and, yes, vindictive way of thinking. It’s like saying that everyone with a 00 Taurus Sun must be a Hitler–it not only doesn’t follow, it’s insulting.

I never, ever indict someone based on their birth chart–it’s too complicated a subject to blithely pull out one item to try to bludgeon someone with in an argument. In my mind it’s akin to judging or condemning someone because of their skin color, eye color, or the timbre of their speaking voice–it’s something that just is, and to try to gain the upper hand in a dispute (and here I have to say, in my own mind I wasn’t actually in a dispute–I was confused, and a wee bit offended) by labeling a particular facet or aspect of the chart as bad is just wrong. I felt I had been cast against my will as the enemy, receiving vitriol that was unrelated to me or my comment, and that in her mind this justified any underhanded tactic to paint me as bad. I answered that no kick had been administered, and that I was sorry she felt that way–and then unfriended her, not to be vindictive myself, but because nobody needs ‘friends’ who treat them like that.

This occurred in the window for that 10:30 AM Lunar aspect I cited yesterday about housecleaning with the Moon trine Pluto (which can be both symbolic and literal)–but that Plutonian element can also be rage, and clearly, my former friend was immersed in it. The most interesting thing about real-time, current, but swift moving transit interaction with my natal chart was the way retro Merc was heading back toward my Midheaven–easily linking words to public reputation/ career or a public ‘space’–and t Venus, ruler of four planets in my chart, was conjunct my natal Sun–I’m not really sure how that might’ve played in–jealousy? thinking I should ‘pay’ somehow?–while the t Moon was conjunct my Vertex–manifesting something fated, a ‘step along the way’, which I can only think was to draw my attention and prepare me for more of these instances of dealing with someone who is clearly dealing with themselves, and not with me–and with t Neptune opposed my natal Pluto, quincunx my Merc, trine my Neptune, and square my MC, it’s easy to see how I could misunderstand and be misunderstood, but also bringing events that clear out what’s no longer relevant (Pluto), teaching me to adjust and clarify my communications (Merc) and making me a prime target for projection–and this latter has always been so, with my 7th House Pluto often receiving others’ perceptions of themselves and transferring them to their perception of me. She was, in effect, attacking, and looking in the mirror, saw that person who was reflected was attacking, too.

So I got the poison pen, and so did a few others I encountered yesterday–but there were also some poison bites that were quite literal. Spider bites, rashy, pokey injuries, and mystery maladies–and all of this I would hook in the general picture to Mercury retro square Chiron and Neptune, with Saturn trine Chiron-Neptune bringing it into the reality picture. We can see, too, that with Chiron involved we will either get hurt, or add to our own understanding and unique skills. This influence will be in effect through, roughly, the 16th, and again, probably manifesting in intangibles only (since Saturn will have moved on somewhat) starting 9 December and lasting through about the 15th. Stay alert to the possibility that what’s being communicated is much more about the speaker than the recipient, and stay away from spider hidey-holes, real or symbolic–their bite may be especially irritating right now.

Just a Little Lunar Essence 8 November 2012: ‘Social Approval’


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‘Breton Women in the Meadow’ Bernard 1888 {{PD-Art}}

From the current ECLIPSE:

10:30 AM PST the Virgo Moon trines Pluto, giving us the opportunity for emotional housecleaning and successful reforms–take it. 10:30 PM PST the Moon squares Jupiter; we may suddenly find ourselves at odds with the social circle–best approach is to take it easy–you’re unlikely to change them, so rather than upset yourself fruitlessly you might want to look at ways to expand your reach that don’t involve seeking social approval.

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And get a traditional perspective on the upcoming eclipse of  13 November from the excellent Peter Stockinger.

Just a Little Lunar Essence 7 November 2012: ‘Pick Your Poison’


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We may not be able to choose our own poison, today. ‘Circe and Sylla’ shows how the enchantress Circe poisoned the waters in which the handmaiden Sylla was to bathe; geesh, it was all over a guy. by Strudwick 1886 {{PD-Art}}

Void begins at 2:28 PM PST; the Moon enters Virgo at 9:35 PM PST of the 7th.

The Virgo Moon immediately opposes Neptune, separating the men from the boys, as they used to say–and by that I mean, we’ll find ourselves on one side or the other of a wide divide: we’ll either be firmly ensconced in fantasy, delusion, deception, or a vibrant and vivid creativity, or we’ll be highly sensitive, highly emotional, and highly focused on details, and possibly very critical as a result. I’m not sure we’ll be able to choose our poison, in this instance; we may just realize where we stand in the midst of it, as both alternatives are highly reactive ones.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 6 November 2012: ‘Make A Choice’


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‘Canvassing for a Vote’ Bingham 1852 {{PD-Art}}

From the latest ECLIPSE; get it now to get your upcoming Solar eclipse influences in order!

November 6th: Besides the retrograde of Mercury (at 3:03 PM PST at 4 Sagittarius 18) we have Juno sextile Zeus, Venus sesquiquadrate the South Node, the Sun quincunx Jupiter, and the Earth as apex to a Finger of God with base of Juno-Zeus. What a tidy little package (most of ) this makes! Though Mercury may be taking a great deal of our attention, we really should keep an eye on that Finger, as it describes a power struggle by a pair of Olympians (the US election?) one of whom feels terminally disrespected and who’s out for revenge, while the other holds all the real power–you figure out who’s who! When we look at the Sabian for the Earth at this point, we get this: ‘Head Covered With a Rakish Silk Hat, Muffled Against the Cold, A Man Braves A Storm’ That says to me that Frankenstorm Sandy will not succeed in keeping voters home–and possibly suggests a minimum of Merc-style problems, at least for the election.

The Venus-SN aspect, as well as the Sun-Jupiter one, describe an active social arena where both the past and the reality situation will have to be respected if anyone is to gain. Obviously, adjustments will need to be made by all parties–but in the end this will be worth it–and I have a sense that, at least on a smaller scale, this may usher in a new era, one that is both more practical, more kind, and more rewarding for all concerned.


Just a Little AstroEssence 5 November 2012: ‘Tried-And-True’


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Find someone reliable to help you gain perspective. ‘Het Duet’ by Van Beveren 1850 {{PD}}

November 5th Jupiter perfects opposition to Juno and Pallas sextiles Sedna. It may seem that our own empowerment options are in direct contradiction to what the social arena expects or will accept–and we won’t feel we have the internal measure of wisdom necessary to sort it out. This would be correct; we must look outside ourselves for some yardstick against which to judge the situation before us. Go for tried-and-true sources of counsel rather than spinning off on a new tangent; what seems original or unique might really just be freakish–remember, our ‘pickers’ are off right now.

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Your Weekend 2-4 November 2012: ‘Against the Tide’ + Get Your Eclipse Report!


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‘Oarsmen Rowing on the Yerres’ G. Caillebotte c1878 {{PD-Art}}

Currently we’re looking at a Void now through 12:44 AM PDT tomorrow, November 3rd; Voids typically play out in weird combinations of short-circuited efforts, ennui, low energy, false starts, and sometimes the unanticipated outcome or opportunity. Today seems right on target as I wander listlessly from room to room. Thank goodness it all perks up tomorrow with the Moon’s entry into Cancer, if only by giving us a definite lens through which to inspect our surroundings. As I said in ECLIPSE:

Upon entry of the Moon into Cancer at 12:44 AM PDT of the 3rd, a trine is formed with Neptune that may set the tone for the entire transit of this, the Moon’s own sign. Events may be interpreted through an emotional lens that features fantasy, imagined circumstances, ideals, and/ or deceptions accepted as fact, and confusion is as likely an emotional ‘outlook’ as is taking a creative and imaginative tack with the day. It’s your choice, but then again, it may be rowing against the tide to try and stay super-grounded at this point. Try to channel Neptune’s seminal influence (seminal as it informs the Moon’s transit of the entire sign of Cancer) into some area where you can put creativity fueled by emotions to good use.

And for Sunday the 4th:

November 4th sees Saturn perfect his trine to Ceres and Venus reach sesquiquadrate to Sedna. We may feel a challenging atmosphere surrounding the gentle, receptive, relationship-keyed energies, as well as around those natural powers that are distinctly female; the difficulty may be that either some harder-edged inclination wants to tame, restrict, or contain these influences, or that, especially in the case of a female herself, these influences may simply be ‘forgotten’, for a time. How you react may all depend on your own balance of Saturn (reality-keyed, fixed, rigid, serious and stolid, constructive and constrictive energy) and Venus (relationship and asset-keyed, playful, desiring and affectionate, luxury-loving, jealous and teasing, receptive and symbolically soft and fluid).

I am doing a limited number of Eclipse Reports keyed to the upcoming November eclipses as they affect the individual natal chart. This is a report that zeroes in on what the eclipses might bring forward in your life over the next six months (through to the next eclipse set). Eclipses seem to elaborate themes that manifest through each individual differently, and the chart can be a helpful guide to where in life these will show and how we might best handle them. These reports are delivered by email in PDF form and will look at the ways the eclipse energies ‘light up’ the natal scenario; ideally, the report highlights the issues that will be most prominent for you, and will offer some commentary on other major transits in force at the time that may influence eclipse effects. These are not complete natal assessments, nor are they meant to answer current life questions (though they might, considering the impact eclipses can have)–instead they look at a temporary effect, like an electrical current sent surging through a circuit–until the current is re-directed six months later. That means the reports talk about targeted areas of your chart, with everything written by me personally–no computer generated material is used–but that also means that I get to the point, so if you’re looking for length or excessive verbiage (though I’m certainly capable of it!) these are not typically part of the package. Write me at my name at hotmail.com to inquire about availability–please understand that spaces may go quickly so that I cannot guarantee how long they will be available–cost is $55 for non-subscribers, for paid subscribers it’s $35 (Please, send no money until you’ve contacted me–I will bill you). Please be patient as I answer mail and set up appointments–you will be notified quickly if no space is available, and I will post here as soon as spaces are filled. And if you’d rather get the general eclipse outlook for the first event (the New Moon eclipse of 13 November), plus the detailed daily forecast and more, it’s already available, subscribe now!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 1 November 2012: ‘Reject Unhappiness’


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‘Self Portrait as Jean Valjean, with Emile Bernard at right’ Gauguin 1888 {{PD-Art}}

From the current ECLIPSE:

November 1st brings Venus quincunx Chiron and opposed Uranus, while the Sun sesquiquadrates Vesta. We would like to be spontaneous, but it just doesn’t go well, and someone or something discourages us in the Love or money department–and I’m not sure they have a right or a reason to. We may be seeing all the inconveniences of having a strong values system at this time (we would really just like to not re-cycle, or stop for pedestrians, or wipe down the exercise bike, just this once) but our sense of pride won’t allow it. The urge to act out is just a re-channeled reaction to that discouragement we were given–and when we realize that, we can take the reins and not be a victim of unconscious impulses. Assess the discouragement and you’ll likely see someone unhappy offering you the downer–so just ignore them.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 31 October 2012: ‘Feeling We Must Be Heard’


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‘The Gossip’ Gestel c1905 {{PD-Art}}

The Moon enters Gemini at 11:41 AM PDT.

Right away the Moon forms a T-square with a square to Neptune and an opposition to Mercury. It may be tempting for those so inclined to drive communications off into a ditch full of tall tales and outright lies; everyone else will be frustrated in getting their message across and everyone will be prone to misunderstandings. Though with Merc going retro soon the sense that we must  be heard (or make the agreement, or draw the contract) immediately strong, insisting at this time will only cause difficulties. Relax, retreat, and re-group before going forward.

8 PM PDT the Moon trines Venus; we can enjoy ourselves at this point, though the question is, will money be flowing to us or through our fingers? You know who you are, so you know which one it will be–proceed accordingly.

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