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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The Essence for 22 July 2011: Pursued and Pursuer


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Even if we study this picture, it remains mysterious. Rimmer 'Flight and Pursuit' 1872 {{PD-Art}}

8 PM PDT brings the Moon square the Sun–fundamental differences among allies may come to light–though the Sun pulls ahead before the aspect perfects, and moves into Leo (9:12 PM Pacific), which, I suppose, begins the Void–but a backward one, with the pursued object outpacing the pursuer! Hmm, I wonder if that says anything about the current situation–because I think it does. Look for sudden reversals of situations that we assume to be a particular way, and especially look for a significant ‘drawing away’ of energy in a capacity that previously appeared set.

The Lunar orb enters Taurus, 9:58 PM PDT, and immediately aspects our friends: the Sun/ Earth axis by T, Neptune by sextile, and Ceres by semi-sextile–which latter two, technically, put Ceres at the midpoint of Neptune and the Moon. The T, as usual, asks us to examine the life direction; these are typically moments of reflection that help to keep our emotional outlook in line with our life efforts and the material situation we’re creating. The midpoint picture suggests that the place where our ideals, imagination, creativity, and fantasy meet our emotional and intuitive abilities is the place where we find our authority, connection to nature, and our ‘power role’–this can be a point where we see our way clear to express our primal creative intent–this can provide a great deal of vital information about our internal ‘power set-up’ and the ways we can successfully manifest/ access it.

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The Essence for 21 July 2011: Coming Clean


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Degas pre-1917 {{PD-Art}}

7:30 AM PDT the Moon opposes Saturn, likely prompting us to state our case or assert ourselves in partnership or relationship. This may be something of a culmination of this energy; there is a need for us to make clear who we are within the interaction dynamic–and we can do so at this point with unusual clarity, and with the very healthy option of putting our own needs and interests, especially emotional ones, first. By 9:30 AM Pacific the Moon opposes h.Zeus, suggesting that we have a good chance of feeling empowered by the way we handled the Saturn contact, and now we may put our desires and ambitions on the table. This is a ‘come clean’ series of contacts, and if handled well, could propel us to a higher level of honesty with others and ourselves.

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The Essence for 20 July 2011: Paperwork, Then Soul Searching


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The Semper Augustus tulip was the most expensive tulip sold during Tulipmania in the Netherlands, 17th century drawing in the Norton Simon collection, Los Angeles {{PD}}

3:30 AM PDT of the 20th the Moon trines the Sun and opposes Juno. We know who we are, but have some difficulty empowering ourselves–it seems others are critical or require specific paperwork (Virgo) and we thought our positive intention toward the Universe would be enough (Pisces). There’s really no arguing to be done here; believe in yourself and gather your papers and credentials. Void begins at 5:03 AM PDT as the Moon begins to pull away from Juno, with the Moon entering Aries, 9:25 AM PDT.

7:30 PM PDT the Moon squares Pluto, either heaping fuel on the Arian Fire (and perhaps supplying the resolve, via Capricorn, to act, condemn, confirm, or end the matter) or resulting in some active, deep, and possibly intrusive Soul searching–intrusive because the Soul we may be prompted to search might not be our own! Again, tread with care, and consider channeling this energy into cleaning out something, whether that’s internal or external. Taking the energy in hand positively can give us the vigor and perspective to re-generate, reform, or re-birth something important.

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The Essence for 19 July 2011: Love Transmitted, & One’s Own Little Corner of Hell


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Love transmitted in, what else? A Love Letter, by Pedro Lira pre-1912 {{PD-Art}} I almost went with a picture of hell by Bosch, but it looked a little too much like an unpleasant farmer's market!

9:30 AM PDT of the 19th the Moon trines Venus in Water, offering a tremendous opening for harmonious emotional outreach in relationships–take advantage, and plan something, even a small note or event, to coincide with this time–the feeling of love transmitted will be unmistakable.

1:30 PM PDT the Moon squares Mars; we may burst with emotional, aggressive talk, some (or all) of which will be streaming from the unconscious–or we may feel agitated and go looking for someone to talk it out with. Outrage could center on large institutions–they’re easy targets anyway, and this transit may make us feel our righteous attitude needs expression! In this instance, what you’re saying is probably right–but it’s likely to be a mad cacophony out there, as everyone may have steam to blow off. Don’t take angry words too seriously; many will be just a little bit tormented at this point, shouting out from their own little corner of hell, but not really meaning what they say.

The Essence for 18 July 2011: God’s Divining Rod


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God as Architect/ Builder from the frontispiece of the Moralisee Bible mid-13th century French

Prior to noon Pacific time the Moon sextiles Jupiter. At this point, what we feel will be exaggerated; if you happen to have a natal placement at 7 Libra or very close to it, then this placement will be the apex to a magnifying Finger of God–and like a divining rod the natal energy will receive the Piscean emotional energy in concert with the god-like Jupiterian energy and begin to ‘vibrate’–making the essence of this placement THE driving force for a considerable period (I’m guessing 24-48 hours) that will significantly overshadow anything else active at present. The better you know this energy, the more effectively you can command it. For those who don’t have a natal placement at this spot, the sextile will jump start emotional contact with the social scene, signifying a lively time or encounter.

By 9:30 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes h.Zeus–and if we’ve harnessed Saturn we can apply it to the ambitions and desires–the Pisces Moon energy has given us a creative way to think of accomplishing, and we can target something we seriously want or want to accomplish.


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