The Essence for 16 June 2011: Emotional Business


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Gauguin 1889 {{PD-Art}}

1 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Venus; we are challenged to adjust the emotions to what is communicated concerning relationships, money, and love. Just before 5 PM the Moon squares Saturn, Cardinal to Cardinal, of course, and presents us with a solid manifestation and/ or roadblock to our attempts to see to emotional business (Capricorn). It seems others, especially partners, are busy preventing our ‘smooth sailing’–but we provide the same roadblocks for them! The emotional need to impose rules and boundaries that is part and parcel of the Moon in Cappy is simply meeting the reality of trying to regulate the emotional landscape for everyone in sight–if your own boundaries are in the right places, this aspect can pass with nary a whisper–everyone else may receive a stoning, and not in a good way.

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The Essence of the Lunar Eclipse, 15 June 2011: The Power of Nature


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With this eclipse we will experience the pre-verbal power of our own nature. Fearnley c.1830 {{PD-Art}}

1:13 PM PDT of the 15th is the Lunar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius 23, with the Sun/ Earth-Moon axis conjunct the Nodal axis (Earth and Moon conjunct the North Node) and a T-square formed to the asteroid Ceres (at 26 Pisces 17), symbol of Mother Nature, of natural power and authority, of agriculture and growing things, of negotiation, and of mothering/ nurturing, and Mars is quincunx the Full Moon/ Earth conjunction, as is the asteroid Sedna, indicator of our ‘blind spot.’

The aspect picture is unusual in that we have a culmination that essentially challenges us to push forward with even more,exceptional energy that is rife with a sense of authority (Ceres), that requires us to modify our approach, actions, and efforts (the Mars quincunx), that attempts to nurture what’s important (Ceres), but that is fundamentally lacking in consciousness of the Self (the Sedna effect on Moon–the unconscious and the feelings–and the Sun–the identity)–a very tough aspect picture indeed. So, we will feel the push and pressure to put ourselves forward, to claim authority, to enact our Will, and yet will be without something so vital that it is literally the first differentiation we make as living beings; we experience our first Self-consciousness, our initial sense of ‘I,’ when we realize that Mommy/the  maternal figure is actually a separate Being from ourselves–and it is the moment before this realization that we will re-experience with this Full Moon eclipse.

This means the eclipse opens for us a kind of view into our primordial consciousness–and because this is pre-verbal, essentially experienced through feeling and sensation, the most likely funnel will be the Ceres placement, as it sits in the Pisces abiogenesis. Through our relationship to Mother Nature (so, through our senses, perceptions, and bodies, as well as interaction with the natural world), through a circumstance of negotiation (likely where emotions, rather than reasoning, should drive the discussion), through the act of nurturing or mothering or being mothered, or through dealing with our own or another’s given authority (the kind that a parent has over a child, for instance), we will meet the eclipse essence. The urge to affect the life direction (the Nodal contact) melds with the Will, the ‘I am,’ and the basic desire nature (“I want!”) and yet consciousness of the Self is not apparent–and we will be carried on a tide of feeling, sensation, and perception just as we were in early infancy!

That does not mean our responses and perceptions will be immature; rather, they will be fully felt in a way that leaves no room for verbally-framed thought– the desire to act, driven by feeling but lacking a root in a strong identity or thought-consciousness, will be the fundamental energy available.

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The Essence for 13 June 2011: The Energy Twilight


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The energy twilight might feel like this. Rousseau {{PD-Art}}

Void begins at 10:44 AM PDT; for West Coasters, it’s another day spent in the energy twilight. The Moon doesn’t enter Sagittarius until 7:38 PM PDT. The Moon squares Neptune and we’re off to the races. After what for many will be, if not a hard day, then a wearing one, we must deal with delusion, fantasy, deception, and a foggy feeling that things are out-of-control. Resentment and frustration might be the result, as we are tired of going at things straight-on and finding them slippery and illegible–but that’s where we can find our aid, if we take an almost Zen approach here things can go very well. Focus on ideals, accept how nebulous things are at the moment, and embrace the playful, the imaginative, and the creative as a way to rise above any frustration.

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Saturn Direct 12 June 2011: Get Off of My Cloud!


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Tell Saturn, 'Get your own cloud!' Constable 1822 {{PD-Art}}

The Old Man goes direct in the 9 PM hour Pacific on the 12th, at 10 Libra 26. Saturn makes no close (2 degrees or less) aspects at this time, so it seems the direction may be very subtle; for those who are sensitive to it (which will likely be those who currently have transiting Saturn pinning down one or more natal factors) the effect may be felt as relief, though it’s almost certain that the solution to the Saturn ‘ailment’ won’t be presented yet (probably not until Saturn begins to move forward, and/or moves off the aspect being formed)–instead it will likely be felt as, ‘I may not know what to do yet, but I know there’s a way out.’

We should keep in mind that not everyone responds in the same way to a retrograde heavy going direct; for some this is positive, but for others, who function better under retro energy, something they were ‘working’ successfully may now be suppressed, contained, or restricted, as Saturn re-gains his forward footing and re-asserts his strength. Since his strength is in control, rules, authority, and caution, his ability to exert himself unfettered can actually slow some things down considerably. This is especially hard on those who are strongly Uranus oriented natally; I know from experience that, with Uranus as chart ruler, Saturn’s retrograde is the time when I can move, construct, and build most quicklyand this is so in spite of a highly positive Saturn relationship in my natal scenario–direct in Sag, in the 10th, trine Uranus, sextile Mars, Jupiter, Sun, Chiron. When Saturn goes direct, I become much more aware of just what restricts me–and I can have a tendency to be more pessimistic about my chances in any venture, a perfect expression of a strong awareness of the Saturn presence. Watch carefully your response to Saturn’s direction; an innate too-prominent awareness of the need for discipline, a nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, and a no-nonsense approach that comes naturally to you may mean that you suffer a bit during Saturn’s direct period–where it’s reminding more carefree others about the need for rules and discipline, you may feel an extra-heavy burden of duty, a palpable loss of freedom, and a lack of ‘fun,’ as long as you follow those natural inclinations. Focus on Uranian and Jupiterian energies, both transiting and natal, to see just how and where you might find relief during Saturn’s direct period.

Irregardless of whether you work better under Saturn retrograde or Saturn direct, you will likely notice that the matters of the natal House where Saturn does his turnaround will show changes, possibly visible through a concrete manifestation of something into which we’ve put serious effort.

The Essence for 11-12 June 2011: A Blank Canvas


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Fill this weekend's canvas with anything you want. Rembrandt {{PD-Art

Talk about a blank canvas: this weekend there is a Void almost the entire day Saturday Pacific time (with Moon entering Scorpio at 5:34 PM PDT); then there are no Lunar aspects between a 3:30 AM sextile of the Moon to Pluto on the 12th, and an 11:30 PM sextile to Juno. It seems like a weekend to let go of all our usual moorings–so that’s my suggestion, Lunar-ly-speaking.

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The Essence for 10 June 2011: Dual Grand Trines


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Just playing with words: dual/ duel by Repin 1899 {{PD-Art}}

4:30 PM Pacific and the Moon trines Pallas, and begins a Grand Trine where it will move on to contact Mercury by trine in Gemini. This grouping will last through 9:30 or so PDT, and promises excellent emotional communication; we’ll know what to say, how to say it, and read ourselves and others accurately. If you have something to tell someone, now’s the time.

By 11:30 PM PDT there’s a new Grand Trine formed, with the Moon, Sun, and Vesta. This illuminates who we are, how we feel, and what’s important to us; we consider to what we dedicate our lives, and can draw direct parallels to our identity and choices. This is an affirmation of the Soul’s purpose; if we aren’t busy seeing the way our values have played out in our lives, then we may want to re-consider both what we’ve chosen and how we see ourselves.

The Essence for 9 June 2011: Creative Is As Creative Does


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Decamps 1833 {{PD-Art}}

Moon enters Libra 3:31 PM PDT. This forms a Finger of God with a base of Jupiter sextile Neptune, as well as a trine to Venus. This suggests that if we are working the social arena and/ or the expansion plans well in co-operation with either the creative flow and/ or our most characteristic Neptunian energies (see the natal chart for details on this) we will open the intuition wide and strong, especially as it applies to the Arts, to aesthetics, and to relationship (Libra). Can earn, open to reward, embrace love, or, in a worst case scenario, become jealous of what you think others have. Just remember, you don’t know what it’s like to be them :)

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The Essence for 8 June 2011: Listen


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Intuition may wear little wings and no pants. Ferdinand Leeke {{PD-Art}}

Keep in mind Venus is in the 29th degree of one of her own signs, and none-too happy about leaving it for the airy, chatty Gemini. Expect some mild crises in relationships, material matters, or financial ones, with the emphasis likely on whether they are providing that Taurean reassurance we value right now.

Just after 9 AM PDT the Virgo Moon squares Mercury in Gemini, making for conflicts that seem as if they’re grounded in facts, details, and accounting, but they’re really emotional, pure and simple. Everyone may be too quick to speak their minds; in fact, we’re likely to speak before we know our minds. Caution is in order.

6 PM Pacific the Moon conjoins Juno and the two are an arm to a T-square with the Sun/ Earth axis. The current Juno position suggests we have been seeking empowerment through reflection on and working on life purpose and the material circumstances that will advance our agenda; now the Moon comes along and chimes in: we are given an emotional take on our efforts and the situation, and a bonus: intuition is now speaking, loud and clear, offering a precise and detailed critique. Listen.

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The Essence for 7 June 2011: A Virgoan Accounting


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Klimt 'Cradle' c.1910 {{PD-Art}}

Void begins at 8:28 AM PDT, with the Moon entering Virgo at 12:33 PM PDT.  As always, first things we must deal with these days are Neptune (opposed) and Jupiter (trine), and both are fresh and a little chappy, like a newborn’s behind–no matter how we try to soothe them, to ease into the energies, we’re likely to find them just a touch fussy. The Virgo Moon may want to apply her well-developed (like muscles!!) critical faculties to imaginative ventures, creative projects, or in assessing ideals–and that just won’t go over well with a Neptune that wants only to be immersed in his own nebulous, creative, but detached-from-reality viewpoint. Neptune in Pisces insists on being embraced in an All-is-One, no boundaries way, and the Virgo Moon finds that, well, maybe a little frightening; the Moon needs at this time to take an accounting, to know exactly where she stands–and Neptune will allow none of it.

As to Jupiter, this aspect suggests that the drama between the Moon and Neptune will pour out right into the social sphere–get it? Pour, sphere? Like a huge fishbowl, we’ll find our creative conflicts and the space between our needs and our ideals on display in our typical social arena. That’s no fun, but the social sphere will be more sympathetic to the Virgoan needs than we might at first think, and that means we need not suffer embarrassment or feel that we’ll be seen as low on Neptune (dull and lacking creativity)–there will be an understanding that pinning down the material particulars is necessary–in fact, many may find an acknowledgment that we can’t be creative without them.

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The Essence for 6 June 2011: Rocket Fuel!


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So your week probably won't be this exciting/ stressful, but you are likely to be ready and willing to tackle your goals {{PD}}

The Moon sextiles Saturn, just before 2 AM of the 6th, Pacific time. This connects the emotional experience neatly to reality, grounding us for the week ahead. A sextile to h.Zeus around 5:30 AM PDT awakens our ambitions and desire nature–so we’re grounded, and we’ve got our rocket fuel! For those who want to hit the ground running, this is the perfect set-up; for everyone else, it may feel like the Leo Moon and her contacts are pointing out just what slackers we are! Don’t take it personally–this just happens to be a time keyed to those who are highly motivated and very much Self-driven–it’s not an indictment of those who take things a little easier.

10:30 AM Pacific the Moon sextiles the Sun and opposes Pallas, shining a light on emotional needs–and unfortunately we may feel that what we need for emotional fulfillment is in direct contradiction to what is wise. This is an illusion of placement–where it’s our vantage point that makes us think the unwise thing will be the fulfilling one–so in this case do what you know to be wise, and emotional satisfaction will follow on its own.

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