Just a Little Bit About Your Weekend 16-17 June 2012: ‘Step Carefully’

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‘Woman Walking in the Snow’ Utagawa mid-19th century {{PD-Art}}

The 16th sees Venus square Chiron. This could consume us with relationship hurts, real or imagined (Pisces) or just thought about (Gemini), with the contemplation itself causing guilt and upset. We will be touchy, and so will others, and we must make a special effort not to interact or spend out of long-held hurt–by this time we all should know, that won’t cure it.

And on the 17th:

8:30 AM PDT conjunction of the Moon to the South Node makes for some nostalgic talk and those who take a walk down memory lane may ‘remember’ what’s complete fantasy, thanks to Mercury/ Neptune. Contact to the South Node is also a point when we may fall back into old habits or find the past preferable to the present–don’t let this be you!

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A Taste of Venus Retrograde 15 May 2012: ‘Tastes Change’

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The hat Venus wears here is the kind of taste mistake we could make during the retro period. ‘Cupid Complaining to Venus’ by Cranach the Elder {{PD-Art}}

Here’s a little of what I said in ECLIPSE about today’s retrograde of Venus (at 7:32 AM PDT at 23 Gemini 59):

Any Venus area where we have met a dead end while she’s direct is an area prime for rejuvenation during retrograde.

This means that the changed tastes and willingness to try the new and unusual in Venusian pursuits that typically surfaces during this time can be a means to re-generate a part of life that we have worn into a rut with too narrow a viewpoint, taste palette, or definition of what’s ‘right’ or appropriate for us. ‘New’ can definitely be the keyword that frees up an area and an approach leading to new relationships, experiences, and an enhanced aesthetic sense that lasts and benefits us long past Venus’ direction. The retro period can serve to modify our Venusian standards and perceptions so that they are wider and at the same time more refined once the planet appears to move forward again.

What do you make of the impending Facebook IPO during the retrograde period of the planet symbolizing, among other things, relationships and cash? I haven’t studied any charts related to FB, including Zuckerberg’s, but do feel that the stock is immensely overvalued, and that it may plunge drastically within months of the initial offering. Don’t say I didn’t warn you ;) (then again, if I’m wrong, you can take yourself to lunch on your earnings!)

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Relax With A Cuppa, and ECLIPSE! New Issue Out Now!

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Mucha’s ‘Seated Woman with Coffee Cup’ is all golden-y and Venus-like, don’t you think? pre-1939 {{PD-Art}}

So sorry, I’ve been MIA getting the new ECLIPSE together: this week an article on finding traits brought from past lives in the horoscope; Venus’ Direction and a Little on Uranus/ Pluto’s perfection, both coming up later this month; plus the Weekly Aspect and Lunar Forecast, and the New Moon! Subscribe and get it fresh in your email, at around 6:30 PM Pacific time tonight, the 14th, and every Thursday.

Here’s a peek, from ‘The Direction of Venus':

Venus goes direct on 27 June at 8:06:49 AM Pacific time at 7 Gemini 29. Is all this down-to-the-second precision necessary? Not always, but this time she’ll be catching up with the Sun by semi-sextile less than 24 hours after her direction (and of course quincunxing the Earth), and is within  aspect of Pallas/ Uranus (sextile), a sesquiquadrate of Saturn, a square to Chiron, and a quincunx to Pluto, which is less than one degree from exact conjunct Earth. That’s not even counting aspects at more than 2.5 degrees, because we don’t get all sloppy and invite everybody to the party, do we? Of course not; we only want those who will be intimately bound up with (or at least fencing with) our goddess of Love. How else would we know what she’ll have her eye on?

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Just a Little Lunar Essence for Today 13 June 2012: ‘Hot and Windy, with a Chance of Aggression’

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From the current ECLIPSE (Get it Here!):

12:30 PM PDT the Aries Moon quincunxes Mars in Virgo; is it dry in here, or is it just me? So much naked assertive energy armed with facts and details and a hot breath of intuition makes getting in touch with emotions nearly impossible; either we think we’re ‘Feeling Whisperers’ but end up beating everyone with the broad side of our Arian sword (or maybe with a big heavy accounting ledger!) trying to get to the emotion, or we try to straightforwardly talk it out only to find actions and exchanges devolving into criticism spoken or acted out. This is best used as an opportunity to adjust our emotional need to assert, and to become more aware of the ways in which we may judge when the situation doesn’t really call for our opinion.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence for Today 12 June 2012: ‘Shush’

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Just a little something from ECLIPSE Weekly Aspect Digest; for the whole picture, click here

We have a 5:30 PM PDT square of the Aries Moon to Mercury in Cardinal signs. Uncomfortable emotions may push us to tell way too much about what we care about/ for (Merc in Cancer). Sharing our feelings isn’t a bad thing, but it does give far too much information to those who either don’t want it or who might be tempted to misuse it. The key is to share only with those who care for us–that way our loving concern and outright adoration can’t be used against us. Just before 7 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Venus, who is still retro. If we’ve shared too much, this could be the time when we realize we should’ve kept it to ourselves–everyone else may be shown the emotional drawbacks of already extant relationships or financial situations.

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Just a Little Astro Essence for Today 11 June 2012: ‘Heavy With Symbolisms’

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From this week’s ECLIPSE Weekly Aspect Digest:

Today Mercury creates a T-square by opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus, though the two slow movers in the equation haven’t once again perfected their square (that happens on the 24th of June). Though we might think this would be a great time for understanding the square and its impact on us, Merc’s semi-square to Sedna effectively nixes our awareness of it. So, the dynamic is of Pluto/ Uranus effects on our thoughts and communications, but without our ability to see that! Eek! I would bet this will be a day heavy with symbolisms and synchronicities–look for these, and they will be loaded with information about Uranus/ Pluto for you.

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Your Weekend 8-10 June 2012: ‘Confusion and Creativity’

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We really are all traveling in the same boat. ‘The Ferry’ by Fox 1910 {{PD-Art}}

On the 8th:

10 PM PDT the Moon trines Saturn and is sneaking up on a square to Sedna; we either rein ourselves in, or we come up against external stops or restrictions, and in either case, we don’t recognize the cause! This may be perfectly visible to others, so you might want to ask around :)

For the 9th:

Just before 6 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Neptune in his own sign; the tension of the past few days can be released in a huge burst of creative activity fueled by emotional release–or, the intuition can seriously mislead or delude, as can the emotions if they are not directed into a distinct creative outlet. Be ‘on purpose’ in what you choose, or have it chosen for you, with havoc or unintended consequences as a result.

And for the 10th:

On the 10th Juno and Ceres perfect their opposition, and Mercury squares Pallas–what an unfortunate combination of influences! Just at the time when we need to draw on our wisdom in communications and in relation to others who are in the same Self-interested boat as we, we find our minds are reacting and formulating contrary to wisdom and our own best interests.

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Sign Relationships, the Quincunx, and Extreme Degree Meanings

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A delicate balance must be achieved when dealing with the contrasts of adjacent or quincunx sign energies. Vermeer c1663 ‘Woman With a Balance’ {{PD-Art}} via Wikimedia Commons

In our quest to access all possible meanings inherent in each sign of the Zodiac, we shouldn’t overlook how the relationships among signs have an effect on meaning. Specifically, we can look at how each sign has a meaning that is a reaction to the one preceding it. This is an especially helpful point of view to have in at least three instances: 1) when we have a placement at 00 degrees of a sign, 2) when we have a placement at 29 degrees of a sign, and 3) when we are talking about the relationship between placements that sit in neighboring signs, or those in signs that are quincunx each other.

For example, Mercury at 00 Libra implies that the communication skills are at the beginning of a journey that will orient expression toward diplomacy, fairness, and balance. These are the impulses; they are in reaction to what came before, the experience of Virgo. The Mercury-centered lessons of Virgo are ones of discernment, critical assessment, and communication as service. We can see a Libra Mercury as a set of values and attitudes that spring from experiences of a Virgoan nature, especially from experiences of a negative Virgoan nature. The impulse toward diplomacy may spring from the one-sided nature of criticism, and from the desire to put the Virgo penchant for communication as service into a situation that acknowledges the rights and contributions of the other party, while the Libran desire for fairness may spring from the experience of receiving criticism.

What about when we have a placement at 29 degrees? This is a situation where we have experienced the gamut of manifestations available in the sign, and there is pressure for the individual to ‘finish up’ the lessons of that placement in that sign–this means that one is on the verge of embracing the values of the next sign in the sequence. For instance, what if one has Neptune in the 29th degree of Libra? Likely there is a sense of being very familiar with disillusion in love and delusion in relationship, even from a very young age. There will also be a strong understanding of spirituality in partnership, and the way in which imagination and fantasy can have both positive and negative influences in relationships will also be inherently understood. There may be a certain feeling of dissatisfaction in this knowledge, a feeling that there’s nothing anyone can tell them in this arena. There may be a mental ‘reaching toward’ the ideas of deep, intense communion with Neptunian energies, of the desire to ‘dig up dirt’ (Scorpio) rather than ‘smooth things over’ (Libra). One will be restless with Neptunian energies; of course, as with all planetary positions, the house placement will tell us much about how these experiences will manifest.

When we have placements that are semi-sextile, or quincunx, we have some idea that they have a relationship, and the aspect lets us know the (uneasy) nature of their alliance. But what about when we have placements in adjacent, or quincunx, signs, and they have no ‘formal’ relationship to each other? Then we can look at the way they fail to communicate, and why, by noting the natures of the signs. For example, let’s look at Mars in Gemini and Venus in Cancer–how do they see each other? Mars is likely to funnel assertive energies through communication (especially words/ talk), to exercise the ego energies through networking and social outlets; Venus is ahead of Mars in the Zodiac, and has brought values and relationship concerns into the Cancerian sphere. Venus says, ‘Relationships can’t be just talk, just flitting from occasion to occasion, they must be caring and nurturing,’ while Mars says, ‘My ego wants things light and social; why must relationships be so smothering?’ This means, generally, that Mars and Venus will always be slightly at odds in expression, symbolizing disparities in the personality and the successful manifestation of each of the involved energies.

Placements in signs that are quincunx each other suffer a similar awkwardness in relationship. For instance, Sun in Pisces and Pluto in Libra will never quite express ‘in sync’ with each other. The Sun will be embracing the Universe, accepting all, emphasizing the spirituality inherent in every Being, while Pluto watches from afar and cautions: relationships can be destructive! Negative urges do not support a Oneness of All! Be serious! Suspect everybody!

Noting the relationships between signs can add a little something extra to our understanding of our placements, and as well can help us understand why some energies express with more harmony to neighboring placements than do others. Briefly, Aries is the ego/ individuality rebelling from the All is One stance of Pisces; Taurus says, it’s not just about me, it’s about my things and environment; Gemini says, don’t be so wrapped up in the material, lets talk! while Cancer pleads, don’t be so frivolous, nurturing and love must be sincere; Leo says, good grief, let’s get back to the Star of the show; Virgo says, quit being such an ego-maniac, go help out, and fix everything; Libra puts the other before the Self, and the whole thing better be pretty! while Scorpio says, I can’t make nice any longer, let’s dig up the bodies! Sagittarius says, I can’t live in a cave anymore, let’s get out and explore; Capricorn insists one sit still and get serious; Aquarius wants no restraints whatsoever, unless the group says so, and Pisces says, you can’t be one in the group, you must be the group!

This article is a reprint that first appeared on my blog at Yahoo 360, and that was again re-issued about four years ago–but it’s a worthy subject that can stand another look! Have a great day! jd

Dance With Neptune, Watch Venus Kiss the Sun

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‘Dancers in Pink and Green’ Degas {{PD-Art}}

If you felt Neptune’s retrograde at all, it was probably something of a heavy thump, the gentle placement of leaden boots onto your feet, the pulling down of a woolly, brain-stifling cap over your head, the settling of a thick blanket over you that traps humidity and causes a vague, unreachable itch, or, for a few, feeling like the heart is a huge thing, turning over with a thud just under the breastbone. It’s more likely to arrive in a feeling of foreboding or nameless weight that sneaks in during the daily routine than it is to make for the kind of distinct effect other energies do: ‘before Neptune’s retro’ and ‘after Neptune’s retro’ are not so easily or clearly defined. This behemoth turned around at 3 Pisces 09, with the most immediate shift felt via natal placements that he is either squatting on or aspecting by hard angle; you might also feel an alteration in the trade winds buffeting the House in the natal chart with Pisces on the cusp, or perhaps the settling in of something dense and obscuring related to those matters. But in those instances of conjunction or aspect of Neptune to the natal, you will likely sense or be presented with a change in the creative flow, imaginative abilities, to the fantasy life, or to the ‘tune’ you normally dance to in this life area. Changes are not necessarily negative, especially if you have Neptune retro natally–then you might feel ‘back in the swim’ in a way you haven’t lately–but even if you are suddenly more comfortable with the flow of things, it can be disorienting (a Neptune specialty!) and even one who’s celebrating wants to avoid happily twirling through the fog and right off a cliff.

Today is Venus’ visible transit across the Sun, a startling phenomenon that will not be possible to observe from our vantage point here on Earth again until 2117. Don’t look directly at it–just as with an eclipse, you must protect your eyes from unkind consequences–and there are many places online to watch, should you be in a clouded area (as I am!) Astrologically, this is simply a Sun/ Venus conjunction–it’s the angle that makes it special, as it’s allowing us to see dainty Venus with the furnace of the Sun as a backdrop–but it is a meeting of retro Venus and Sun in Gemini, suggesting at the very least that the attention spotlight is on a re-consideration of relationships and/ or finances. Look for a denouement of sorts, in spite of the fact that the retro period isn’t yet over; expect some kind of ending, conclusion, wrap-up, or resolution that will probably surprise or enlighten in some important way.

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After the eclipse: What Now?

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‘Winter Illumination at Nabana-No-Sato’ source panoramio author cyber0515 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Did you feel it? The answer is probably yes and no–this eclipse is both particularly stimulating and elusive to conscious perception–and so we enter this eclipse period (active through to the next eclipse set, in six months) both excited (in a way I would almost describe as occurring at the molecular level!) and harboring a distinct sense of mystery about what’s to come (and what’s happening right now), a near-mystic state wherein each of us mentally and perceptually rests somewhere on a continuum between unconscious and confused all the way to centered and enlightened. This enlightenment is of a very specific kind, a knowing that does not involve words or concepts, but that is more of an emotional feeling and sensory feeling experience. It surrounds us, it is us, it envelopes us, and our ability to be at peace with this, a kind of inspiration (almost literally in the ancient sense of ‘to breathe in’) that is like standing deep in the Cosmic flow. Our comfort with this atmosphere is what’s in question over the next half-year, and we will need to ask ourselves, what will we do with this, what will we make of it?

What we see in the present, though, at least in terms of what it suggests about our future, is in one way or another misleading; this we must grapple with on our own. Some advice from ECLIPSE Weekly Aspect Digest:

With the Gemini/ Sagittarius axis energized at this time, it becomes especially important to sort what’s ‘real’ from the mass of information and possibilities included in what we think, what we’re told, what we believe, what Faith tells us is so, and what we learn or experience from our naturally limited, first-person viewpoint. This eclipse brings that challenge into focus, and requires only that we know who we are, in order to handle what comes successfully. To see ourselves as a Warrior for our own Will (which usually causes us so much trouble!) is precisely what is needed in order to remember who we are in the face of projections about where we’re headed that are misleading, that we misunderstand or misinterpret, or that we don’t experience at all (not seeing the shadow of the Lunar Sabian image).

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