Outside Looking In: Riots in Sweden


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'Midwinter Sacrifice' harks back to Sweden's distant past, and may hint that no matter how thoroughly suppressed, violent inclinations are part of every nation's history and psyche. Carl Larsson 1915 {{PD-Art}}

‘Midwinter Sacrifice’ harks back to Sweden’s distant past, and may hint that no matter how thoroughly suppressed, violent inclinations are part of every nation’s history and psyche. Carl Larsson 1915 {{PD-Art}}


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Riots are spreading through certain enclaves of Stockholm, specifically those housing immigrants; claiming marginalization and segregation from the mainstream is increasingly prevalent, claiming racism and class-ism in a country known for its efforts at equitable treatment, protesters are lighting cars and property on fire and attacking responding police and fire units–and this has been going on for days. This crisis seems to have been building for many years, so I wondered what we might learn about the dynamic here by looking at the chart generally considered appropriate for the founding of modern-day Sweden, 6 June 1523 no time known in Stockholm, with current transits to it.

I randomly drew the transit chart for about 10 AM local time in Stockholm for the 22nd of May. The first thing I notice is that Jupiter is just 1 degree 51 minutes from conjunction with Sweden’s natal Gemini Sun. The Sun in the chart of a country can stand for the leader, the King or President, but can also stand for the ‘energy heart’ of a nation. Jupiter meets the country’s Sun; this could be seen both as ‘foreigners’ meeting the heart of the nation, but also as the populace, society at large, applying to the nation’s identity. Attempts to expand Sweden’s social arena are now being seen for what they are by all accounts, lacking an inclusive and accepting quality.

This same Jupiter also trines the country’s n Sedna, while t Sedna and t Mars are conjunct and in semi-sextile to the Sun. Things are coming up from the depths of the national psyche, and spurring anger/ violence (and the setting of fires! so very Martian), yet Sedna also conveys a lack of awareness here: both rioters/ immigrants and entrenched native Swedes do not see themselves or these events with any clarity–which promises the tensions will continue.

Interesting, too, that t hZeus is exactly conjunct Sweden’s n Juno=ambitions and wants are coming ‘from the outside’ and demanding equal empowerment. We also note a natal aspect of Vesta opposed Pluto, with a soon to occur Pluto Return! The natal aspect itself could imply that for many years Sweden has elevated the highest ideals and honored the worth of home and family structure, while denying internal darkness or destructive urges–and certainly, in modern times they have made a point of non-aggression. The question becomes, though, if you have this aspect, once you transform your system into your ideal, the most advanced (from your viewpoint) possible, where does the Plutonian energy go? You’ve created a system that claims to value all equally, perhaps never anticipating the influx of immigrants so culturally different from Swedes. This Pluto Return may bring that dilemma up to the surface, and out into the light.

Lunar Eclipse 24 May 2013: ‘The End of the Illusion’


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'Allegorical Portrait of Anna of Austria as Minerva', Owl included, by Simon Vouet c1640 {{PD-Art}}

‘Allegorical Portrait of Anna of Austria as Minerva’ by Simon Vouet c1640 {{PD-Art}}

The final eclipse in a series of three occurs 24 May at 9:24:55 PM PDT at 4 Sagittarius 08, with the only aspect a square to Neptune. Since a Lunar eclipse is a Full Moon, we would naturally look for the conclusion of something; in this instance, though, we have the energy of a T-square as the primary outlet, suggesting that any resolution realized will be funneled into Neptunian results, events, or will be met with a Neptune-focused consciousness. Whatever concludes for us will spur Neptunian expression of a kind that is most characteristic of our natal Neptune. That means that though we may intend to be creative, to do dream explorations, to begin a regular meditation practice, or to sleep a full 8 hours every night, for example, we may instead find ourselves chasing a recurring fantasy (Sagittarius related, so focused on an educational, religious, travel, reaching out/ publishing/ broadcasting or foreign influences/ destinations scenario, or in the matters of the natal House with Sag on the cusp), being lied to once again, confused, or back on the same creative or delusional path.

What we thought had ended a month ago (let’s call it our belief that something wasn’t possible) is now being faced as possible, with all the tribulations involved apparent. So, we were notified at the initial Lunar eclipse of this set that the dream really was possible, and now we are being shown the nitty-gritty of how to do it–that is, if we’ll only refuse to be caught in characteristic Neptunian ideas, escapes, or avoidances. The month since the initial eclipse has presented us with every potential conflict in relation to realizing that dream, symbolized by the T-square of Neptune to the eclipse axis. We are now, with this eclipse, seeing the end of the illusion: we see what it takes to reach our ‘impossible’ goal–which is to say, we are truly, at this time, equipped to pursue and achieve it.

The Sabian Symbol is ‘An Old Owl Sits Alone On The Branch Of A Large Tree’.  This draws my attention to Pallas, which happens to be body of latest degree at 27 Taurus 52, and which receives a conjunction from Mars. This suggests we look to the spot in the natal chart where the eclipse falls, or where Pallas transits, for the wisdom needed to act, even to fight, in order to pursue our dream.

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Uranus-Pluto Comes Home: the Vestal T-Square


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'Tea house at Koishikawa the Morning After a Snowfall' by Hokusai c1830 {{PD-Art}}

‘Tea house at Koishikawa the Morning After a Snowfall’ by Hokusai c1830 {{PD-Art}}

Starting on the 22nd, Vesta creeps in to create a T-square with big guns Pluto and Uranus. How, we might ask, will this change a dynamic Cardinal picture that has on-and-off been driving action for months? It introduces what may be a fairly surprising factor to the equation: our care for home, the intimate partner, and those matters in life we find sacred, are suddenly being weighed against the push for change and expression of each individual’s uniqueness (or against each individual’s role within the group). Innovation and invention, the power to truly affect circumstances, and the deep need to eliminate certain unproductive elements in the life will all threaten those sacred causes and sacred personal spaces, including relationships.

The square between heavies Pluto and Uranus perfects once again on the 20th, and may by its familiarity persuade us that, though we’re knee-deep in resolving the conflict (which could feel like many things; it doesn’t necessarily present as something over which we appear to have direct control–this likely dependent on the natal Houses through which they’re transiting and the natal situation for them itself) we may not anticipate that there are new dimensions yet to show themselves that are either a direct result of the square, or that come about because of actions we take to resolve the square. It’s highly possible we’ll see the Vestal upset as our own fault, springing from something we or others may categorize as selfish–but who will look out for us, if we don’t? And we must ask ourselves, when others criticize our choices, is it fair for me to put myself first? Nine times out of ten, the answer will be a resounding ‘Yes’.

So, we grapple, and then must deal with the repercussions of this on our intimate relationships, on our home situation, and to our causes, those things we find sacred as well as those things to which we dedicate our life energy. How are we to know that we are handling things ‘correctly’? The first ‘test’ may be the issue of fairness to ourselves; solutions are no good for anyone when we sacrifice our well-being to satisfy someone else. The next criterion may be recognizing the need for elimination or change to particular facets of our lives–the overarching purpose of the square is just that, and can’t be set aside to preserve outmoded elements that really must go, or that at the very least must morph to accommodate current conditions and needs. Lastly, we must be willing–to do what needs doing, to meet all challenges with a loving heart, and to choose what’s best for ourselves even as we vow not to harm others (and here we should note, we are not responsible for others’ hurt and pain that is in reaction to our choices–it’s vain to think we can control others’ reactions to us, and it’s manipulative for others to believe we should tailor our actions to their feelings).

If we face the conflicts and challenges presented by the square with a pure intent, meeting the circumstances with the idea of doing what’s best for all concerned, we are likely to find resolutions presenting themselves sooner rather than later–it’s our own resistance to what we know we must do, leave behind, or change that drags out difficulties. There are many possible outcomes to Uranus-Pluto, but all involve release, and taking in something new, an evolution of circumstances that reflects an individual revolution in consciousness–and since there’s no way to stop it, we’d be much better off embracing it, no matter what we think we know about how things ‘should be’.

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Your Week-End 17-19 May 2013: ‘With Care’


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'Jetty at Low Tide aka the Walter Pier' Joseph DeCamp before 1923 {{PD-Art}}

‘Jetty at Low Tide aka the Walter Pier’ Joseph DeCamp before 1923 {{PD-Art}}

Bits from the current ECLIPSE:

Around 5 PM PDT of the 17th the Leo Moon moves into a unique position: she ends up filling in a Fist of God as she squares the Sun (apex Pluto) and the Earth (apex Uranus). This double fist suggests an excessive amount of action and/ or tension in play, with the emotions or intuition fueling identity issues the result in change, transformation, or destruction, and with emotions or intuition fueling reaction to material matters that creates radicalism, upset, revolution, or that spurs originality and ‘forward thinking’. It’s certainly a day when anything really can happen–be ready.

18 May we may find ourselves and others hedging bets; relationships sparkle with surprises and ‘fresh’ interaction, but carry depths of danger, rage, or a serious interest in creating change, while communication is deceptive, confusing, or centered on fantasies, and even the most direct and honest of us will land slightly askew of reality. Caution will come naturally to most of us as we sense the riptide beneath otherwise gentle social and emotional currents. Accept the positive while remaining aware that shocks, deception, and some scary depths could wait just around the corner. (Venus sextile Uranus, quincunx Pluto, Mercury square Neptune, quincunx Saturn)

A little bit of Lunar essence for Sunday the 19th, also from ECLIPSE:

3 AM PDT of the 19th the Moon opposes Chiron, either making us hard as steel (“Nothing can hurt me!”) or melding us so completely with our pain we feel we are one. In either case, our best course of action is to ask ourselves ‘why?’–why do we hurt from this? why do we continue to live this moment as if it’s still happening? why don’t we let it go? 9 AM PDT the Moon trines the South Node and quincunxes Juno. Something from the past may cause us to stumble in implementing our own empowerment; take a critical stance, don’t just accept memories as accurate or still valid. 6 PM PDT the Moon squares Jupiter and trines Mars, making us keen to act but perhaps rubbing the social circle the wrong way. We are likely to be critical of others in justifying our own actions, but we need to remember, no justification is required, though we do need to make choices we can live with later. 9:30 PM PDT the Moon trines Sedna, pulling us deep into contemplation or Self-reflection, or blanking us out in escape mode. Neither is more virtuous, though we should keep in mind that if we’ve been avoiding looking closely at ourselves, now really is the time, as something productive will come out of it.

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 May 2013: ‘Skirting the Fringe’


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Princess Tuvstarr Gazing Down Into the Dark Waters of the Forest Tarn' John Bauer 1913 {{PD-Art}}

Princess Tuvstarr Gazing Down Into the Dark Waters of the Forest Tarn’ John Bauer 1913 {{PD-Art}}

16 May either we can’t make contact with our brains, or we are able to plunge deep into the psyche and come up with immense understanding–there’s no in between. We toy with the idea that it might be smart to modify or disregard some portion of our highest values, or to not look too closely at the effect of our choices on the intimate relationship or the home. Wrong! That’s just a bad idea, and likely leads us into erratic, fringe behavior or into dark places we’d rather (with good reason) not go. If we’re not fighting ourselves and our own principles we’re fighting the crowd or the group–and will not in any instance come out the winner.

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Here’s What You Need to Know Today


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Note carefully who's all bark, and who's got some bite today. 'Portrait of a Lady With a Dog' Lavinia Fontana pre-1614 {{PD-Art}}

Note carefully who’s all bark, and who’s got some bite today. ‘Portrait of a Lady With a Dog’ Lavinia Fontana pre-1614 {{PD-Art}}

15 May could bring out some amazing displays of power, ambition, and desire, or could simply be all talk, no bite behind it. How can we sort the posers from the players?  Look to the past, and compare accomplishments v. brags–that’ll quickly tell you who to keep your eye on, to bet on, or to co-operate with, and who to smile at and quietly ignore. (Perfecting today: Mercury enters Gemini, semi-square Ceres, sesquiquadrate hZeus, Ceres square hZeus)

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Depths or Surfaces? Sun Conjunct Sedna


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'Depths of the Woods' by Lillian Genth c1905 {{PD-Art}}

‘Depths of the Woods’ by Lillian Genth c1905 {{PD-Art}}

With the Sun conjunct Sedna today, we have only two options, really: either we delve deep within in a kind of psychic revery that lets us explore our deepest recesses, promising significant Self-discovery but that removes us from effective interaction, or we ‘blank out’ the inner life and work with reflective surfaces only, bright shiny things that catch our attention and keep us integrated with the world. Neither is a superior stance; some need that time for Self-reflection, while others, for one reason or another, are better suited to dealing with the business of the day, leaving the Soul-searching for another time. The world keeps turning, and things and people keep moving–we can’t all retreat for a contemplative bout at once. How do you know which you should engage in? You don’t need to know, it will come upon you. Some will straddle the two worlds, and connect them, and some will spend one part of the day ‘above ground’ and one part ‘below’–but by the time the Sun has moved on from Sedna we will have discovered something new, either within us, or in our interaction with the world, and that bit of knowledge will be important in informing future choice and reactions.

Your Weekend Outlook 11-12 May 2013: ‘The Message Isn’t Enough’


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I love this Kodak Instant Photo by photographer Augusto De Luca, shared under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic  Thank you, Augusto!

I love this Kodak Instant Photo by photographer Augusto De Luca, shared under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic Thank you, Augusto!

From ECLIPSE Weekly Aspect Digest: 11 May Mercury and the Sun meet in Superior Conjunction, and both conjunct Pallas–let’s call it a ‘Wisdom Bomb’! Not that it blows anything up, though there is the chance that we’ll get rid of any ingrained stupidity we’ve been holding on to as a nostalgic contrivance, a habit, or a ‘really bad decision’ we felt we couldn’t go back on–until now. Today lets us see how foolish so much of what we fuss about really is, and it shows us ways we can streamline, improve, and advance our lives–and it’s up to us to use what we learn–merely receiving the message isn’t enough.

On the 12th, the Void begins at 6:34 AM PDT; the Moon enters Cancer at 2:57 AM PDT of the 13th.  Though there are lots more details in ECLIPSE, this is what we need to know: we just can’t plan on anything going as we anticipate it will. Going in knowing that will make us more alert, more cautious, and perhaps coach us to put off meaningful choices (and especially meaningful talk) for another time–which would be a very good idea.

Just a Little AstroEssence 10 May 2013: ‘The Universal Messenger’


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'Cascading Milky Way' European Southern Observatory  S.Brunier Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

‘Cascading Milky Way’ European Southern Observatory S.Brunier Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

10 May sees one very interesting aspect form: the Sun conjuncts Pallas. Enlightenment is almost assured; the question will be, Will we accept what we see/ are shown? What’s illuminated is important, but we may not recognize this as true–in fact, this ‘spotlight’ was necessary because we’d done such a good job of looking away from the subject or issue. We must also remember that this conjunction happens in the shadow cast by the eclipse, and is in actuality part of the eclipse–and that likely means that, sometime after the event, we will experience a moment of clarity, when something that affects the material (Taurus placement), that involves the practical or what is wise (Pallas) will shine through–it will be quite obvious what should be done, what our best response is–but will we do it? That may hang on the revelations made manifest by the eclipse; the ‘job’ of the Solar eclipse is to bring something new or game-changing to our consciousness, so that this is an extension of it, a test of how sincerely we accept and are willing to act on the messages the Universe delivers.

This is from the Newsletter; see much more in ECLIPSE

Venus Into Gemini: ‘Talkity-Talkity-Talk’


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'Au Theatre' Albert Guillaume c1925 {{PD-Art}}

‘Au Theatre’ Albert Guillaume c1925 {{PD-Art}}

Venus entered Gemini this morning Pacific time at 8:04 AM, and made no, yes I said no, immediate aspects. A planet off on its own like that, freshly into a new way of expressing, will generally take that form and run with it. Relationships, artistic expression, finances, and those subjects of Houses with Gemini on the cusp in the individual natal chart, as well as those in Venus-ruled Houses, and those issues related to bodies posited in Taurus and Libra, are likely engaged in a chatty, effusive, information-filled communing fest; thoughts race, concentration suffers just a little, and ideas are almost literally bouncing off everything and everyone around us. Fun, but tiring, and a bit frustrating for the goal-oriented or those under serious Saturn or Pluto transits–they may resort to desperate, pulling teeth sorts of interaction–and are probably surprised when their ‘victims’ up and run away, first chance!

This lasts through sometime on the 13th, when Venus makes her first aspect, a square to Neptune. At that time we can expect relationships, finances, or values to conflict with the creative urge; we’ll find out what the cost is of implementing our imagination, or our dreams. Will we want to pay it? That’s an individual matter; the only thing we can be sure of is that there will be a price, and that we will need to seriously weigh the potentials of both sides of the equation (think them over, or maybe talk them over, with Venus in Gemini) before we choose.

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