Just a Little AstroEssence 19 November 2012: ‘Done In’


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‘Boats by a Cliff’ Nordstrom 1911 {{PD-Art}}

November 19th we are suddenly faced with a good deal of pressure, and some really good advice–that we will likely as not disregard. Mars opposes Ceres, casting our action urge in a somewhat juvenile light; the temptation may be to act in some way just because Mom or the authorities wouldn’t like it, or we are determined not to respect Mother Nature, simply wanting our way somewhere she’d best be taken into account. We are done in by our own perversity, and the worst part may be that there is some perfectly lovely information, advice, logic, or reasoning at our feet–and we either don’t see it, don’t recognize it as useful, or dismiss it as wrong–gee thanks, Mercury retrograde! Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any way to sort that gem from the dross that seems to flow everywhere–so we will just have to do our best and accept that our judgment is off, one way or another (Vesta square Pallas, Mercury trine Pallas, quincunx Vesta, opposed Sedna).

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Just a Little AstroEssence for Your Weekend: ‘Opening the Door’


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‘Leaving the Studio’ Paxton 1921 {{PD-Art}}

For Friday the 16th:

2 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Pluto, inviting an emotional purge, especially one centered on the things we feel restricted by (Capricorn). A few will use the emotions or intuition to gain power or to destroy, while a handful of others may see a way to transform either the emotional approach or the matters of the House with Cancer on the cusp–if this is you, believe what you see in the ‘doorway’, and step through.

Saturday the 17th:

November 17th the Sun and Mercury meet up in Inferior Conjunction (the meeting that occurs when Merc is retro), and both conjunct the North Node; Mars also sextiles Neptune. This may plant a seed that is specifically oriented toward creative action, either in matters of the House where the Sun-Merc-NN falls (25-26 Scorpio) or in matters of a generally Scorpionic nature–so things that involve research, secrets, mysteries, emotional depths, destruction, re-birth, transformation–and these latter can be of materials or individuals who change or re-make themselves in some way, especially in matters of feeling and ‘heart’. We likely get an energy boost, and start something intense and meaningful to us personally–and perhaps of import to others, as well.

And for Sunday the 18th:

Around 4:30 AM PST the Moon hits the midpoint of Neptune-Mars, which should illuminate, through feeling or intuition, those creative acts, choices, and moves we spawned yesterday. It’s a chance to course-correct so that the whole psyche can support our efforts. 1PM PST the Moon squares Saturn; we either find we need to contain the emotions or we find ourselves hitting a brick wall in the feeling department. Either way it’s almost an invitation to stop trying to navigate everything emotionally, and tune up logic and pure reason–Moon in Aquarius will support this, and we’ll get a fresh, and likely needed, perspective.

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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

Have a great weekend!

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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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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