Just a Little Lunar Essence for Today 7 September 2012: ‘Abdication’

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Don’t be this fella. ‘Three Studies of a Donkey’ Gerard ter Borch the Elder 1612

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9 AM PDT 7 September Luna squares Chiron, sextiles Pallas, and quincunxes Pluto. We try to adjust but it still hurts–we have to accept that a little pain is inevitable, and maybe it’s smart to open arms to the adjustment, the acceptance, and the hurt, as a reminder that we’re human. A few will take the fleeting and wide Finger of God with Gemini Moon apex and base of Mars-Pluto to heart and lash out, show real anger, or have a tantrum. The rest of us will let it glide by, abdicating the opportunity to act like an ass.

Just a Little Lunar Essence for Today 5 September 2012: ‘Feeling Ambitious’

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‘On the Beach’ William Simmler pre-1914 {{PD-Art}}

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11 AM PDT kicks off a flurry of Lunar activity, with the Taurus Moon trine the Sun, followed by Moon quincunx Zeus, with a semi-sextile to Jupiter thrown in for the exaggeration factor. We may get all bent out of shape over others’ reception of our ambitions and plans, and they have a similar reaction to our response. We see easily how our emotions aren’t in the best place to support our wants–and that should lead us to re-consider how appropriate they may or may not be. Rather than suppress the emos, just let them out safely, possibly by ranting in a room with the door closed and no one else in sight.

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Just a Little Astro Essence for Today 4 September 2012: ‘Keeping One’s Head’

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It’s not recommended that children be given a dog and a gun and sent out to play. Unknown artist, probably from the 18th century {{PD-Art}}

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The 4th promises trouble with the conscience.  A Finger of God is formed with base of Mercury-Mars and apex of Pallas-Uranus. This may seem at first a lot like looking down the barrel of a loaded rifle–but it doesn’t end up with anyone’s head coming off, as long as we observe a few simple precautions. With Mars in Scorpio, the impulse might be to act rather dramatically, but if we let Mercury in Virgo temper action with critical reasoning, what we’ll get instead of an explosion is a flash of wisdom or skill. Beautiful!

Just a Little Astro Essence on the Pisces Full Moon ‘A Spur to Accomplishment’

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‘The Jockey’ Toulouse-Lautrec {{PD-Art}}

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The Full Moon in Pisces occurs at 6:57 AM Pacific time of the 31st at 8 Pisces 33. Along with the conjunction to Chiron, the sextile to Pluto, and the semi-sextile to Uranus, the Full Moon adds a semi-sextile to Pallas and a sesquiquadrate to Venus, but eschews any aspect of more than 2 degrees, for precision! This tells us that, added to the experience of either hurting or healing, we learn something, something we can define as wisdom–so what happens has a deep and useful meaning, whether we recognize that or not, and that we must adjust either relationships or finances (or perhaps even re-align values) in order to accommodate what we learn.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is ‘A Jockey Spurs His Horse, Intent on Outdistancing His Rivals’  With the Moon nestled within the square between Uranus and Pluto, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to find that this energy is one of finishing a race, with the sense of competition at a fever pitch. Certainly we see this striving all around us, in the US at a national level with the Presidential campaign, and personally as we spoke about before, with each of us trying to empower ourselves, to enhance our individuality. This symbol suggests that all will be focused; it does not, however, promise victory.

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Just a Little Astro Essence for 28-29 August 2012: ‘Risk’

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‘Paysanne de Frascati at the confessional’ Bodinier 1826 {{PD-Art}}

From the current ECLIPSE:

On the 28th our Mercurial energies are on fire, yet we don’t know it! The urge to communicate is hidden–and that means it leaks out in all kinds of goofy ways. We may channel the urge through involvement with nature, tangling with Mom or authorities, or in negotiations–and this means that all these areas are open to risk, the biggest one being that we might give something away about our own position or beliefs that we’d hope to keep quiet about. Both our inner wisdom and our need to feel unique or to shock will be influencing what goes on–so be very very aware.

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Though I’ve been mostly away from the internet these last couple of weeks, I had to come back to thank Jo Tracey for nominating me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. She actually tagged me from her newish site, And Anyways that covers all her non-astro adventures. Do check it out–she’s got a great eye and shares her photos, food exploits, and much more–so thank you, Jo! And on to the rules (because these things always have rules). Personally, I won’t hold any of my nominees to list publishing or Soul-baring–that’s up to them. So, I’ll call them ‘the suggestions’–and they are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you (that would be you Jo…)
  3. State 7 things about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and link to them
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the awards requirements.

1) When I was younger I seemed to be tall–now I seem short–what happened?  2) I love to read 3) I don’t sleep as much as I need or would like to–I’m too afraid I’ll miss something 4) I love to cook 5) I’ve actually, literally, skinned a cat (for anatomy class–before that I thought it was just a saying, that there’s more than one way!) 6) I studied midwifery; the first baby I caught was named Gustavo–he should be 32 by now 7) I love to garden

Bloggers whose work I admire, in no special order:

1. I’ve got to start with Jo–and her new blog–she has a light touch and shares her interests, excellent photos, and thoughts in a way that’s almost like taking a break when you read it–and my Pisces Moon loves an escape!

2. There’s another blog from one of my astro friends that should be mentioned, Two Hours You’ll Never Get Back by Jude Cowell–a lovely and thought-provoking diversion with a touch of humor.

3. wildmonkeysects  makes occasional, sharp-witted observation of the world–what more could you want?

4. When looking to identify the planets in the sky, I love the highly informative Naked Eye Planets  This site should answer most of your astronomy questions, and quite a few about the lore behind the major bodies

5. Deb’s Tarot Goodness a succinct, no-nonsense take on the upcoming week through Tarot

6. Her Halcyon Phase has an engaging, righteous (and I mean that in a good way), thought-provoking energy

7. Shannon Food is a meditation on what the earth produces, what we can do with it, and what it means to us, written by a true Chef of the heart

8.  The Oculus Divinorum’s The Feral Tarot can be appreciated by anyone into the Art of the Cards–part resource, part exploration, always interesting

9. The Mirror of Aphrodite offers a take on relationships and our behavior in them that is both exciting and full of common sense

10. An astute and very intriguing take on spirituality, paganism, and autism can be found at The Other Side

11. A discussion of science fiction, fantasy, and Art that focuses on the way we see and interpret these: These Other Realms

12. Exploring the human condition through thought, and sometimes astrology, Learning Curve on the Ecliptic

13. Peter Stockinger’s Traditional Astrology Weblog is an excellent resource for all things traditional and horary

14. Shifting Realities by Verena Heinrich offers concentrated astro assessment with lots of detail

and finally, 15. A Question of Mindfulness offers first-person experience and spiritual insight in a thoughtful, considered way

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Just a Little on the Perseid Showers 2012

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Perseus at work, rescuing Andromeda, in a painting by Edward Burne-Jones, 1888 {{PD-Art}}

Here’s a good presentation on the Perseids that also offers you an App to count meteor activity in your area for NASA. The display of ‘falling stars’ we see every year at this time is created as our atmosphere collides with the debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. Enjoy the show!

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Just a Little Astro Essence for 9-10 August 2012: ‘Languid Summer Days’

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Love this painting by Charles Courtney Curran–even used it in an early issue of ECLIPSE. For me it perfectly evokes the heat and humidity of a languid summer day. 1888 {{PD-Art}}

Just needed to come up for air in my quest to 1) finish client work, 2) finish the Vesta book, which will be free to current subscribers, 3) finish an extra for subscribers (that will also be for sale to non-subscribers) on Chiron’s elevation in 2012, and 4) enjoy a little bit of summer before it’s gone. It’s beautiful weather right now, the garden’s in full bloom, we’re harvesting zucchini, carrots (it’s the Northwest, there’s really only one gardening season!) tomatoes, bell and hot peppers, Swiss chard, and just today, some delicate, pink-skinned fingerling potatoes–I hope you’re enjoying the atmosphere (and eating as well) as we are right now.

The 9th of August we see Vesta sextile Pallas  (we work to balance what the social sphere reveres and what we know is wise) and Venus quincunx the North Node and trine Neptune. This latter grouping promises some ‘dream come true’ or ideal conditions, especially in love and/ or money, but we will be made aware of how having that dream may interfere with (or even change) our destined direction. Consider carefully, with full awareness that having your cake will alter whether you can eat it in the future, too.

The 10th of August brings spanky fresh Mercury direct trine the North Node, and communications seem to come to life, up and running with messages flying all over the place, especially messages pertaining to plans and the future. It feels like prime time to get all those things going we put on hold during the retrograde–but we’re not there totally until Merc is back out past the point at which he made his turnaround (reached on 22 August)–just keep this in mind.

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A Little Astro Essence + the Aquarius Full Moon: ‘A Quiet Inspiration’

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‘Meditation By the Sea’ Artist Unknown mid-1800s {{PD-Art}} via Wikimedia Commons

For today:

Prior to 5 PM PDT the Moon trines Vesta, finds herself at the midpoint of Pluto-Chiron, and sextiles Uranus. This may be like a small bomb going off, with emotional expression of our principles creating a minor firestorm. This almost certainly takes the form of words spoken or thoughts shared, with the Moon in Aquarius and Vesta in Gemini, but abrupt action may follow that changes the landscape significantly, so take special care with what you say, and what you share (it’s a poem!)

And about that Full Moon:

The Aquarius Full Moon arrives at 8:28 PM Pacific time of August 1 at 10 Aquarius 15

Keeping our usual strict 2 degree orb for aspects made by the Full Moon as it melds with Earth, we see sextiles to Uranus and Pallas in Aries, and trines to Vesta and Jupiter in Gemini. So much flowing energy fixes the Aquarian Full Moon in a constructive atmosphere of originality, wisdom, ‘right’ values, and a positive place in the social order. We are being given the gift of understanding (an Aquarian strength) of how we fit in, how we should think of our place (Gemini) and what we should do (Aries). The Sabian gives us an image upon which to draw: ‘During a Silent Hour, a Man Receives a New Inspiration Which May Change His Life’ We are shown an image that we may at first assume applies to the individual during meditation, and his or her receipt of, in essence, a ‘new spirit’ that directs him or her down a new life path, and this would not be wrong–that indeed may be the case for many, stilling the mind and finding the answers within–but this may for others represent finding a literal quiet spot, and in this retreat, something is introduced into one’s sphere that has a life altering effect. You may not see a great deal of difference between the two, but we are noting the difference between an inner solution, and one that may quite literally drop into one’s lap.

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Notes on the Astro Essence for 31 July 2012: ‘Ups and Downs’

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‘The Swing’ Weguelin 1893 {{PD-Art}}

July 31st brings us Venus trine Saturn; we can take what we gained from yesterday and make it permanent, make it real. Don’t hesitate–you deserve this.

1:30 AM PDT the Moon squares Mars; we are angry at our own assertiveness, aggression, or purely at our needs. That’s not reasonable; show your Mars some love.

1:30 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Juno, unexpectedly empowering us through emotions; by 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Sedna, and we forget the beauty of the emotional support of our own empowerment–in fact, we feel nothing at all but pressure (Moon square Saturn). By 5 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Venus, and we realize our recent ups and downs have taken a toll. At this point, kindness to ourselves and others is a must.

Void begins at 5:25 PM PDT; the Moon enters Aquarius at 2:56 AM PDT August 1st.

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