The Essence of the New Moon for 3 April 2011: Glass Half Empty, or Glass Half Full?


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'Glass of Absinthe and a Carafe' Van Gogh 1887 {{PD-Art}}

The New Moon happens at 7:31 AM PDT on April 3rd, conjunct Jupiter, and opposed Saturn, h.Zeus, and of course the Earth. When it arrives, this may give the NM energy a bouncy feel, back-and-forth between optimistic seedlings, the hopeful beginnings of things, and a reality-based viewpoint that says, ‘Put a lid on ambitions and desires–be practical.’ It might be a no-fun face-off, and we will likely choose one side or the other, according to our personality. Are we more a glass half empty or glass half full kind of person? That will determine which role we play–and of course, casting ourselves as one means we must cast others in our environment as the other, someone to ‘blame’ as either a wet blanket or an irritating Pollyanna.

The Sabian is surprisingly menacing: ‘A Serpent Coiling Near a Man and a Woman’ That doesn’t sound like a symbol of optimism! And yet, what we may see in this is not danger, as our first impression might be; the snake is near, which requires only awareness. This is perhaps a suggestion that we bring ourselves down to earth, just a little, by keeping a sharp eye on what surrounds us. The man and woman mentioned in the symbol suggest inclusiveness; the warning to stay aware applies to everyone, no exceptions.

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(I wrote this NM assessment quite a while ago, but I just had a playful half full/ half empty conversation with two Twitter friends, @starcana (Suzi Dronzek of Cosmic Dirt Suzi’s link is normally found under ‘Astrology on a Daily Basis’ at right) and @SagittarianMind (of Richmond, Virginia). Follow them on Twitter and enjoy informative and amusing Twitter-wisdom :)

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The Essence for 2 April 2011: Temper Temper



Photo courtesy of Boris23 released to public domain via Wikimedia Commons

The Moon enters Aries at 4:16 AM PDT. Right away the Moon conjuncts Mars at 00 Aries; this could lead to emotion-driven temper, temper-driven emotion, assertive feeling (a sureness to the emotional picture), acting to get it done (supported by emotional conviction), ego tantrums, or passionately taking up a cause. Since this is the Aries Point, we should expect that what materializes has been brewing in the unseen sphere for some timethat means we must trust that what appears is representative of what we’ve been arranging and agreeing to–and that now we’re dealing with it in the material realm.

A sextile to Pallas around 6:30 PM PDT just precedes the square to Pluto, setting up a dynamic where we do something we know is smart (or, where it’s easy to do or choose the wise thing), and our reward for that is emotional conflict that may destroy, resurrect, investigate, or completely transform our feelings. This may be an interesting roller coaster from which we can learn an immense amount, and an episode from which we may emerge fundamentally changed (and considering this is in the darkest of the Dark of the Moon, the change can seep into us without our even knowing).

The Essence for 1 April 2011: No Fools Here


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'Pierrot and Harlequin' Cezanne 1888 {{PD-Art}}

The Lunar aspects are so sparse for the first day of April that I’m sharing them all, in hopes that we can all avoid foolishness, tomfoolery, being fooled, playing THE fool–but it’s perfectly fine to eat a fool–so there you go!

2 AM of the 1st the Moon opposes Juno, and we are faced with precisely what we must do to attain empowerment or gain the cooperation of others–a good point to pay attention! This lasts through around 10 AM Pacific when the Moon sextiles Sedna, and we experience a brief but possibly big-impact blind spot. The danger is we may walk into things feeling sorted-out and confident from the contact to Juno, and not realize that we are suddenly ‘blind’ in the situation.

8 PM-ish PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis, and we may feel we’re at an impasse; the emotional ‘read’ is that we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. This is a feeling that’s not connected to any actual life circumstances, but more of a momentary embracing of free-floating fear. Let it go and go on with your day.

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The Essence for 31 March 2011: A Moment of Indulgence and Escape


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Poster promoting use of the London Underground 1924 H. Taylor {{PD}}

Around 1 AM PDT the Moon conjuncts Venus–what can’t be repaired with a hug can be soothed by candy or a shiny penny. Venus can be quite literal at times, none more so than when in Pisces as she seeks to calm any agitation in sight. She encourages our emotions to zone out in whatever pleasure will give us ultimate calm–a moment of indulgence and escape encouraged.

6 AM PDT the Moon sextiles Pluto, and we can change it up if we need to; Pluto can purify the emotions and ‘clean’ the intuition–if you need to ‘sense’ something today, now’s the time. Dark of the Moon starts AM Pacific of the 31st–relax!

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The Essence for 30 March 2011: Knowing Our Own Minds


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There'll be a moment when we can glimpse our own minds clearly 13th Century Turkish {{PD}}

By 2:30 AM PDT the Moon sextiles stationary Mercury–it’s like an emotional thought-pause, and time can stand still. This gives us a glimpse at the mind as it is, without the typical in-motion view that makes it hard to pinpoint what we’re really about mentally. Can show us unusual things about our thinking and give us an objective view about the way we process life.

11:30 AM Pacific sees the Moon at the midpoint of Vesta/ Mars; actions chosen are seen as sacred–we feel their rightness, but must be careful not to throw the ego’s wants into the same sacred basket. 1:30 PM PDT and the Moon is conjunct Neptune–wrapping emotion up in inspiration or fantasy, we fuel ourselves up for a big push forward!

Void occurs at 3:22 PM PDT, with the Moon entering Pisces at 3:38 PM

First photo of Mercury from new orbiter released

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The Essence for 28 March 2011: Tug-of-War


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Give it your horizontal all, just like the Harvard U Tug-of-War team of 1888

6 PM PDT the Moon sextiles the Sun and semi-sextiles Pluto. This could have the feel of a tug-of-war, with a contest between dark and light in some surprising forms. Some may see this in terms of the individual (Aries) vs. the rules, boundaries, or restrictions, not necessarily (but possibly) imposed by others (particularly if they are part of government, or a large and imposing organization, all Cappy). It almost amounts to a translation and collection of light by the Moon, passing the energy between the bodies. Of course, Sun/ Pluto will have their own relationship, by square–and this could mean that emotion is triggered strongly through the Sun/ Pluto abrasion–because that’s what it may feel like, tender flesh rubbed on rough brick! Understanding, empathy, a feeling of belonging to the group (Aquarius Moon) may save the day. I certainly think it’s being felt, much more intensely than we typically feel the start of a new Sun/ Pluto cycle, though a close second contributor is found in the Sun being at the midpoint of Uranus/ Jupiter–exaggerating, electrifying, like a giant dancing on our last nerve. For the most part, all we can do is wait–though I have one other idea: Venus/ Ceres are exact in Pisces, and this may give us an out, through uniting the two, embracing loving authority and nurture as our role, in respecting relationships first, and in taking a co-operative attitude with Mother Nature. That might help :) Accepting responsibility with total kindness will be our strength.

The Essence for 27 March 2011: Keeping It Light and Factual


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Everything's better if we keep it light A. Macke 1912 {{PD-Art}}

The Moon trines Sedna in Earth at 11 AM PDT, and we may find we just don’t know what we feel. It may be easy to ignore upset, circumstances that would normally outrage or offend, or to fail to see the feeling reactions of others. When the Moon’s in Cap, contact to Sedna can come across as hard-nosed or indifferent; we’d do best to keep things light and factual.

By 2:30 PM PDT the Moon is square Mercury, suggesting either that communication rubs us the wrong way, or that we are dismayed by what we hear; we are just trying to be practical and balanced, but some want to charge forward and put themselves first–it’s upsetting! Just remember viewpoint is a subjective thing, and can change in an instant–whatever’s getting under the skin (a Cappy subject) is not worth harsh words or even harsh thoughts. :) Take things lightly today, especially as by 6:30 PM PDT the Moon is sextile Mars; it can be easy to get mad, with just a little Self-justifying Self-talk; opt for positive action that employs imagination, creativity, or that fulfills the ideals (all due to Mars in Pisces) instead.

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The Essence for 26 March 2011: Dig It Up, Tie It Down


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All kinds of skeletons might be found in the closet when the Moon hits Pluto Thanks to Tomas Castelazo for his photo Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

8 AM PDT places the Moon conjunct Pluto; why on a sunny (figuratively speaking) Saturday does the emotional nature insist on plumbing the depths? There’s a faint shadow over everything, impossible to shake, though we can use the undercurrents to get to the heart of any mystery, secrets, or upsets we’ve been wondering about. We can clean out the emotional closet; expect to find a few skeletons!

By 7 PM Pacific the Moon has formed a T-square with the Jupiter/ h.Zeus exact opposition, with Saturn just a tish away from exactitude. The dynamic is one where the emotions become the outlet for our attempts to impress the social sphere, get what we want, and expand the area of our ambitions, to tie these down in solid form, acknowledgment, or promises and boundaries. For some, sides will be taken: we may either see ourselves as almost-god-like and powerful enough to dictate who gets what, or we may see ourselves as an almost pure vibration of one-pointed desire–and in both cases we could lose dimension from our viewpoint, seeing things as simple and direct. Others may receive the emotion generated by the conflict of the two energies (and they may experience it as a need to clamp down on feeling and reaction), and still others will feel the dichotomy within, in a face-off over a simple expansion/ contraction dilemma–and a few will challenge the social sphere with solid examples of their ambitions and desires, presented on a fancy platter, “Love it or don’t; you’ll never know what I think!’ (Cap Moon)

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The Essence for 25 March 2011: Liberation


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Text in the corner of this ‘Oz’ cover says,

He drives a Maserati
She’s a professional model
The boy is the son of the
art editor of Time magazine
Some revolution!

Void begins 6:26 PM PDT; Moon enters Capricorn 6:57 PM. That brings us to the Moon square Uranus at the Aries Point, likely causing us to re-visit in some way our experience with Uranus into Aries. We may see a re-iteration of our personal Uranian experience, or we may see a contest of Wills, the erratic individual vs. the rules, the stoic, the confines of our own emotional understanding. Likely a sticky situation wherein anyone with a rebellious streak will go to town–and everyone else will be left in the Capricornian dust, picking up the pieces and stunned into goat-like silence.

I know it doesn’t sound pretty, but it may liberate a certain element within all of us that is a little too attracted to extremes, to drama, to the angry shout and flounce out of the room. So, think of it as a necessary purge, and don’t hold the role chosen against anyone who participates in the play.

Later evening sextiles to Ceres and Chiron simply allow us to establish who’s in authority (without any drama) and to heal.

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