The Essence for 6 September 2011: ‘T’ for Trouble


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Backhuysen c1690 'Ships in Distress in a Raging Storm' {{PD-Art}}

Moon squares Uranus, 1 AM PDT. Oh those Cardinals, emotion (Moon) and action-heavy, with an anarchic and rebellious spirit thrown into the pot as well! This could spell capital ‘T’ Trouble for some; for everyone else, we may see mild to very serious emotional upset. Conflict may center on showing how we have freedom, a ‘Nobody can tell me what to do!’ statement that, hey, look around, no one asked us to make! The thing is, we’ll be having the riot or rebellion in our own heads, more than anywhere else. Bar fights, stupid dares that we accept, and inebriated, spur-of-the-moment trips across the county line to get married are all possibilities.

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The Essence for 5 September 2011: Answer Carefully


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Kusakabe Kimbei pre-1933 {{PD}}

10 AM PDT the Moons squares Ceres, and we are likely confronted with the demands of authority or nature. Answer carefully. At this same point the Moon trines Mercury, perhaps inclining us to share information (or just to gab!) much too easily. If we are required to exchange or collect information, it may go very smoothly, but we must be aware of how messages are sent even before we realize we’re telegraphing our thoughts. Another instance where being as aware as possible is best, and where reticence may serve better than openness.

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The Essence for 4 September 2011: A Natural Result


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Manet 1864 {{PD-Art}}

It’s post 7 AM PDT before the Moon quincunxes Jupiter, making us feel the social scene is against us–whether they are or not is a whole other story :) Soon after (9 AM-ish Pacific) the Sag Moon squares the Sun/ Earth axis. Tension is a natural result; use it to get yourself moving–under a Sagittarius Moon, we must get going–and movement is the point, more even than having a goal!

1 PM PDT the Moon sextiles h.Zeus; we’ve been sailing along smoothly on good feeling–now we can put that to work for ambition or desire fulfillment. Follow the urge, as long as the emotions/ intuition says it’s okay–otherwise, pull back and let the ‘opportunity’ go by. 4 PM PDT sees the Moon sextile Saturn–and if we’ve followed our inclinations, we may have a very satisfying result at this point.

The Essence for 3 September 2011: Primed to Heal


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'The Healing of Justinian by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian' by Fra Angelico c1439 {{PD-Art}}

The Void begins at 12:42 PM PDT; the Moon enters Sagittarius at 2:03 PM PDT. Just past 5 PM PDT the Moon squares Chiron, priming us to feel hurt–or are we primed to heal some longstanding wound? Our choice probably aligns with our current feeling toward the Cosmos (Pisces) and our willingness to venture into ‘new’ emotional territory (Sagittarius).

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The Essence for 2 September 2011: Something That Pleases Our Senses


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Waterhouse 1895 'The Shrine' {{PD-Art}}

2:30 AM PDT the Scorpio Moon trines the Earth in Pisces. We are very emotional, or very much in touch with sensation, with feeling, and we have an expectation of being able to make this feeling real in a physical form. This will bring forward interesting urges and may make us frustrated, as we try to realize the unseen in something that pleases our senses. Earth being in Pisces may, in fact, salt this urge now through the time of the Sun’s change into Libra, as the Piscean urge married to the symbol of the very ground upon which we sit asks us to attempt an almost (but not entirely!) impossible manifestation that connects the Cosmos with the world around us. Can be a huge spur to creative activity, and lots of fun, if we can go with it!

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The Essence for 1 September 2011: Resistant to Wisdom


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de Campione 'Allegory of Love and Wisdom' Really? This seems like resistance to me. 19th century {{PD-Art}}

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As 8:30 AM PDT approaches the Libra Moon squares Pallas; we may find ourselves emotionally resistant to wisdom–imagine that! Just parse out if your feeling comes from a true discord with outdated ‘words to live by’ or if you’re having a childish reaction.

10 AM PDT the Moon trines Neptune, making for easy creativity or confusion; Void begins 10:36 AM Pacific. Moon enters Scorpio at 11:48 AM PDT. Does our mood darken at this point, just a little? It probably does. This may be the point where we genuinely feel Jupiter’s retrograde kick in–and with the Moon in Water, it could be surprisingly emotional.

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The Essence for 31 August 2011: Way Too Real


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Gerome 'Duel After a Masquerade Ball' 1859 {{PD-Art}}

By 5 AM the Moon has moved on to conjunct Juno and semi-sextile Venus. What will our empowerment at this time cost us? That’s the question of the moment (and for some, the question of the day, week, month, even year).

6 AM PDT the Moon meets h.Zeus, and our ambitions may be ignited–and so might our desires. Self-knowledge is what we can get from this. Just before 11:30 AM PDT the Moon hits Saturn, and it all becomes way too real; we can know exactly what’s genuine about our feelings. If we need to, we can suppress our emotion with some success, too.

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The Essence for 30 August 2011: Are You Dull or is it Just Me?


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We may have some serious doubts about our own depths today. Godward 1906 {{PD-Art}}

Void begins at 10:20 AM PDT; Moon enters Libra at 11:25 AM PDT. Our first aspect doesn’t arrive until around 2:30 PM PDT when the Moon quincunxes Chiron. Fresh in Libra, our feelings will likely be focused on a partner, or on aesthetics–and when the Lunar sensitivity hits Chiron, we’ll ‘feel the burn’ of just how and where Libran urges are failing to be fulfilled. Note what comes forward, as it will show us what we may be feeling but pushing below the surface for the sake of harmony (that’s oh-so-Libran!) Remember information is power, and most particularly, it’s power over our own behavior.

By 4 PM PDT the Moon opposes Uranus. There are one of two main possibilities: either we feel very much at odds with the group, or we may be feeling decidedly dull, as if all the excitement is ‘out there.’ Partnerships may lack ‘juice’ and we may perceive our aesthetics as incredibly ordinary. This is just a perception; avoid judging yourself or anything else at this time. Editorial work, anything involving artistic judgment, attempts at innovation, exploitation of the Higher Mind, all must wait until a later point to be effective. Just relax for a while; enjoy yourself, and don’t fret–accessing mental acuity isn’t on the agenda right now.

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The Essence for 29 August 2011: Alignment


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'Out at Home' Fletcher 1905 Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic via Boston Public Library and oaktree_b

2:30 PM PDT the Virgo Moon will sexitle Mars–now our action urge is aligned with our emotional perceptions; the intuition serves as guide. An excellent aspect for athletic competition, particularly for those whose natal chart is touched by one or the other body.

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The Weekend Essence for 27-28 August 2011: ‘A Merry-Go-Round’


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There must be a merry-go-round somewhere; in the meantime, enjoy the show. Lautrec 1887 {{PD-Art}}

The 27th

Just past 7 AM PDT the Moon sextiles h.Zeus, stirring up the emotions in service of the ambitions and desires–uh-oh–then just before 9 AM Pacific the Moon sextiles Saturn (with a following shove from semi-sextile Mars). This is a set of aspects that screams, “Look out! I’m going after what I want!” It’s a huge push to go for it, with all the accompanying potential of overlooking the details (discovered when the Moon hits Virgo) or running over others in the process (revealed when the Moon reaches Libra). I’m not saying don’t grab this wave of enthusiasm and ride it for all it’s worth–I’m just saying if and when you do, be as cognizant as possible of the positions and needs of others, as these may be quite tender, and easily crushed.

The 28th

The 28th we have the New Moon for August at 8:03 PM Pacific time at 5 Virgo 27. The NM is just 3 ½ degrees from Venus; she obviously whizzed past without a care for the Solar energy she’d been so close to just a week before. This suggests to me that we must widen our orb for this NM, or be left in the dust! So, the NM enjoys a conjunction to Venus, a trine to Pluto, an opposition to Chiron, and, best of all, forms a loosey-goosey apex to a Finger of God with base of Uranus/ Vesta. The picture here is complicated, which probably reflects the response we will have to this new energy point; this is the seed point, the birth, of something that may consist of information, news, or an idea that will offer access to a ‘harvest’ (the reward itself) or a methodology (that gives access to a reward or payoff), or consists of another Virgoan matter (such as service of one kind or another, a job or accounting, etc.) that offers a chance of reward.

The Sabian is apt, and describes perfectly the roundabout atmosphere that I anticipate we’ll experience: ‘A Merry-Go-Round.’ I don’t know that there’s anything more to add, except that the image does suggest some excitement, and a dizzying sense that could easily disorient us. Just keep in mind: New Moons are beginnings, and that means we may not see the oak before the acorn is planted, nurtured, and allowed to grow–in other words, don’t expect to see the end result at this point. That’s not to say that there isn’t some routing to be done, some cleaning and clearing and tidying up–Pluto is involved, after all–but the main thrust is compelling, somewhat out of our hands or our control, and mostly quite positive. So that’s good.


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