This Week 26-31 October 2020 Honor and Accept

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‘Park in Autumn’ By
Michał Gorstkin-Wywiórski c1900 {{PD}}

Just a peek ahead at what to expect:

Today, the 26th, we have a Moon-Neptune conjunction by late PDT, but that’s not the thing that draws my attention; I’m concerned with a sextile of Pallas-Neptune, with Mars still close in square to Pallas. The Moon proceeding to conjunction with Neptune later today only adds emotion and possibly unsettling intuitions to what is already promised: unwise actions (Pallas sq Mars) based on delusion, fantasy, or misperception (Neptune). Add the Sun’s sesquiquadrate to Neptune, and we see that all eyes will be on an array of misbegotten, confusing, and downright untrue choices, actions and events–and all we can do is hope that a Venus trine to Sedna and quincunx Ceres, and Mercury sextile Vesta, will allow at least some of us to heed our own inner knowing and values (if we can accept our own authority), and avoid the illusory nature of what others may try to choose for us (I’m talking to you, US Senate, as against the will of the majority you go forward with a very unwise Supreme Court confirmation–and ‘unwise’ isn’t just my opinion; every single thing involved with this should warn them off proceeding, not just because of Mars and Mercury both retrograde, but also by the symbolism of the real-life super-spreader event that was her nomination announcement).

And almost immediately, those who chose to act on the 26th will have some regrets by the 27th! Let’s just say that some will suddenly realize what they’ve done, in two ways: it will become apparent that choices and actions actually conflict with highest values (Mars sesq Vesta), and that feedback from others puts the spotlight on what we’ve ignored or denied in order to get to this point (Venus and Mercury enter Libra, the latter opp Black Moon Lilith). Trusting our own personal sense of authority, honoring our right to be and to run our own lives, will allow for some inspiring and brilliant perceptions–and keep us out of the muck, for now (Pallas nov Ceres).

On the 28th standing in our own light, honoring ourselves as worthy, brings problems in relationships, but it must be done–even if it hurts (Venus qnx BML, Mercury trine Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Vesta, sesq NN, and qnx Chiron).

The 29th we’d be smart to allow things we’ve buried or hidden, even from ourselves, to inform (and so adjust) thinking. Right now the facts or even our beliefs will only take us so far–we need to see our world, warts and all, in order to succeed (BML parallel Sedna, Jupiter qnx NN, Merc qnx Sedna).

Friday the 30th we have a challenge before us: honor and accept who we are and the responsibilities we hold, especially those things that are unique and original to and about us–we excel in relationships and/ or financial matters if we do–or pay the psychological piper with inner discord if we don’t (Juno contra-parallel Sedna, Venus nov Juno, Sun contra-parallel Uranus).

On the 31st we have a Full Moon (report to follow in a separate post), and we’re offered a unique opportunity in a deja vu sort of way: again, if we will honor our uniqueness and autonomy, and the responsibilities to act with integrity and to create that these imbue us with, we can heal in important ways (Mars parallel Chiron, Sun opp Uranus).

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It’s a week to act with integrity, to trust ourselves, and to refuse to be fooled or misled–so, like a regular week! Have a great one, and Happy Halloween thinning-of-the-veil!

What Are We Feeling? A Snapshot of the Now and What’s To Come 21 October 2020

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Photo By Luc Viatour, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3626879

I’m sure many of us are feeling the heightened energy in the current atmosphere–and even as I write this I’m aware of the inadequacy of that phrase, ‘heightened energy’–it’s really more like the heaviest breeze you’ve ever felt, or maybe like floating inside a lead cloud. My symbol choices may be clunky, but I have no doubt you all know what I’m talking about.

For me it’s manifested as an inability to go to sleep. Now normally when I suffer insomnia, it’s either caused by a hamster wheel of overthinking spinning to the tune of free-floating anxiety, or it’s sheer, unfettered resistance of the ‘I’m a big girl and I don’t have to go to bed right now’ variety.

This time, though, it’s a pure alertness that doesn’t cause and isn’t prompted by anxiety; instead I’m simply AWAKE, with no agenda trying to push its way to conscious consideration–and for me, that’s really weird.

Clearly, this is a wave that’s lapping the globe, generated by a spectacular array of world events–and right now might be a good time to put a pin in the whole thing (with so many bodies in Capricorn, including today the Moon), so that any upset this frequency is creating can be seen for what it is: a Collective ‘web’ in which we’re all vibrating, and so it’s only natural we’re concerned there’s a spider that will emerge at any time to either eat us or wrap us in silk for later!

Here’s something that may help: the big changes, the big traumas, are already done–Saturn and Pluto are done with their dance, and that means that the real-world manifestations of change have already fallen into place (even if we haven’t yet seen those results, or you haven’t seen the dust settle in your part of the world, yet). By mid-December Saturn will be moving into Aquarius, fostering the processing of previous material events in intellectual terms, finding where they fit into and reflect both the modern Zeitgeist and our own future, and delivering revelations that push some of us to rebellion, some of us to the avant garde in our arena, some of us to erratic (and probably Self-destructive) behaviors, and some to show our most unique and original qualities and creative abilities. And really, it’s your choice, since it’s all seated in our response to prevailing energies, rather than determined by any one thing or series of things that happen to us.

The real culprit shakin’ our web is Jupiter. I really hesitate to call Jupiter by one of its traditional names, The Greater Benefic. It’s not that the moniker is untrue, but that Jupiter can be big, loud, colorful, overwhelming, sweeping in its effects–and that can feel a lot like bullying to more sensitive types, especially those heavy in Water (they need to feel and then sort through those feelings around what’s happening, before they can enjoy it) and those heavy in Air, as they need to digest events mentally, before they can determine their reactions (and that’s so even when onlookers might see things as unreservedly positive–how can they be, asks the Air individual, if I don’t yet know what I think of them?)

As easily as Jupiter can bring bounty, it can bring too much–and if it’s too much of something we didn’t want in the first place, that can be its own kind of trauma. So, now that we’ve properly recognized that Jupiter can be indiscriminately too too, we’ll look at his role in the current situation; we won’t worry about past contacts much, because honestly, at this point so much has happened that going back to sort through with a fine-toothed comb is a waste of time, simply because we don’t need the past illuminated–it’s what’s coming that’s important, now.

Jupiter’s direct and rapidly approaching Pluto, which is also direct as of earlier this month–but at this point the latter is barely moving, lingering on the 22nd degree, where Jupiter will, by November 12th, meet him. Are our beliefs destroyed, transformed, or seen for the darkness they carry? Or is it that what we know takes on meaning via matters of Power and the way they play out? Are we too quick to rage, our upset grown out of all proportion, or do the facts set us free by the way they transform the situation, our outlook, our world? No matter what, Jupiter and Pluto together mean an exaggerated effect, and too many of us respond to Pluto with fear, especially when our own sense of Power is inadequate, damaged, or we have rejected our own strength; that can spell dangerous misunderstanding about what’s happening, what’s changing, that may spiral us into destructive mode out of fear, when a better response would be to reassure ourselves that the Universe is working to our benefit (Jupiter) no matter what those changes (Pluto) we’re facing look like on the surface.

At this point Mars will be poised to go direct, on the 13th–and that adds a strong impetus to move, act, do, that rides on the energy wave of the Jupiter-Pluto meeting. What we learn may prompt our choices and motivate us–but we need to take care, as tendencies to exaggeration and extremes (Jupiter-Pluto specialties) may distort what we glean so that we essentially make those choices based on misleading impressions. It may be difficult to see at the time that the heightened atmosphere is meant to help us ‘receive’ what we need to know–but awareness that it doesn’t reflect reality in its correct proportions is vital to not overreacting, to not destroying or raging out of misunderstanding.

This is a potent influence, and so relatively strong for awhile; the most dangerous point for action based on misperception or illusion will be 5th-9th of December, as Mars moves to semi-sextile Neptune (thanks, Maree!), with the semi-sextile shouting loud and clear that what we base our actions and choices on at a personal level (Mars in Aries) needs adjustment and re-assessment, especially the small kinds that sneak under the radar (the semi-sextile). Those ideals (Neptune) we’ll think we’re serving won’t quite align with reality–so we must tread with care.

Let’s look at the Sabian for the meeting of Jupiter and Pluto: ‘A Soldier Receiving Two Awards For Bravery In Combat’. It’s going to feel very much like that; we’ll want to respond as if in the heat of battle, believing we’re doing the right, the noble, the brave (Mars in Aries!) thing–but as we can see from the larger picture, our viewpoint will be exaggerated, off, over-the-top–and that means our judgment of what to do, how to act, and how it’s all going to work out, will simply be a fantasy (Mars-Neptune).

So, we need to be prepared to feel things ‘too much’, at times, in the coming months, and we must also know that to act on our initial impressions will create problems, simple because what we learn, see, and experience will suffer some sort of distortion. But knowing that, we can go softly, and not need that big stick at all.

New Moon in Libra 16 October 2020 Discovery

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‘Butterflies’ By Fujishima Takeji 1904 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 12:31 PM PDT on the 16th at 23 Libra 53, after just recently passing Zeus at 21 Libra and so still conjoined, and still within opposition of Mars, which recently conjoined Earth as the Warrior continued apparent backward motion. Immediately the New Moon takes on the tone of the near-past, where emotional aspirations and attentions toward ambitions and passions have been faced with the effectiveness (or not) of choices and actions meant to bring those goals into concrete realization. What dawns here may derive from recent choices and interactions, and let us know who will help us, who has hindered us, and who we must cooperate with or accept support (or even criticism) from, in order to make ‘it’ happen. With whom do we want to bond, with whom partner or share, in whom are we interested romantically, with whom are we aligned? This New Moon brings forward these important questions–but do we get an answer, during Merc retrograde?

Merc in Scorpio is prone to dig, and that doesn’t always sit well within Libran relationships–too, our Mercury cycle may focus our thinking in directions other than those brought forward by the New Moon, so it may be highly individual whether these two tie together in any way. If we don’t learn who is vital to our efforts and our happiness at the New Moon, we’ll definitely get an inkling at the Inferior Conjunction–simply because our excavations will naturally have at least some effect on our relationships, and vice versa.

This time the Lunar event forms one end of an opposition (the other end being the Earth and Mars), with both ends squared by Capricorn residents Jupiter (yes, we’ll give the orb a little more than usual, this time, because this body touches the two that have closer aspects to the NM), Pluto, and Saturn–and of course, that makes a Cardinal T-square. That’s a configuration of tension, stretching all energy components to their extremes within the situation, but it promises us something: we can resolve the basic opposition if we can resolve the conflict the ‘arm’ introduces to the general dynamic.

That presents a picture of ambition and desire fulfillment, and who or what is helping (or hindering) with that, as it stands in relation to our own actions and choices, and how these have affected the material situation. We’ll be seeing the disparities between enacting our Will (Aries) and our desires (Zeus–which naturally involve others, even if only in the form of an audience or witness, because we might ask if we really find satisfaction in a totally unnoticed act–even with an anonymous one, we want to see it affect others–Libra).

We sort through these disparities between getting our way and getting what we desire by recognizing what we’re doing that works, and what is impeding us–and this New Moon says we do so using the three energies of the square in a disciplined and controlled (Capricorn) way. There is a strong element of responsibility in all this, via both the need to assess our own behavior and its effectiveness, and in the ways to modify that in order to get what we truly want.

Jupiter says we need to face the facts, especially those that are restraining us or hemming us in, or it suggests that it’s our relationship to (or perhaps subjugation to) the social order that is causing problems, or that our expansion attempts are poorly engineered, or that our faith is somehow misplaced (probably invested in an unworthy authority figure). Saturn says we just need to stop! or that authorities have deemed we must, or that we are failing to follow ‘the rules’ or to discipline ourselves–and so we miss at least some of our marks. With Pluto the idea of power struggle is introduced, again possibly with authorities, or we either fail to recognize that change has occurred, or that changes need to be made. We underestimate the force behind the social order, the inevitability of evolution, and the march of time, and this New Moon allows us to re-calibrate, in terms of our own efforts.

Remember, it’s natural to weigh things, with this Libra New Moon–we’re meant to assess one thing against another–so don’t succumb to internal critics that may confuse discernment in matters that directly affect you with judging things that have nothing to do with you. Right now, weighing your own choices, actions, and goals is what it’s all about.

Though I don’t typically talk about other aspects in a New or Full Moon picture, because I prefer to keep the energies discussed Lunar-relevant, I want to mention a close square currently in place: Ceres in Aquarius square Sedna in Taurus, both late in the sign but not so late that they demand our attention (right now, at mid-28 degrees, they’re just whining and pulling on our sleeves!) This may bring an entirely different tension that we could mistake for New Moon conflict; in reality this shows more as our own intellectually held concepts of our personal authority as they clash with those matters that either sit in our ‘blind spot’ or that we ‘know but don’t know’. Here the clash is internal, and likely highly distracting, stirring all kinds of feeling–but not the same ones stirred by the Lunar need to measure our actions, and our effectiveness, as it applies to goals and the World.

Too, Black Moon Lilith at this time is found at 29 Aries 29, placing those things we’d like to ignore or that enrage us at a precarious, hard-to-maintain position that could become explosive–and that means this tension might factor in, as well.

This New Moon really is about knowing ourselves (Mars in Aries, retrograde, and so going over territory we’ve already seen but need to reassess), and this knowing must be in the context of our relationships with others. New interactions or bonds can be born at this time, just as long as we face what we need to. This NM may feel a lot more like a Full Moon because of the Mars opposition–so don’t be surprised if it brings as many endings as beginnings.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘ A Butterfly With A Third Wing On Its Left Side’. This New Moon seems to be about discovery, specifically about our own assets and what we can do with them. An extraneous ‘third wing’ may at first appear useless, random, even in the way of our successful ‘flight’, but on a butterfly a wing is an object of delicacy and beauty, with location on the left suggesting a spiritual purpose or meaning to it. It may be that with this New Moon we find something, in the course of all our other weighing and measuring, that offers a profound spiritual connection to our own beauty and ability–do your best to accept it as genuine, and to incorporate it in your idea of You.

Feel like Saturn’s giving you a hard time lately? Are you near a Return? You may want to visit (or re-visit) this real-life Saturn advice.

Mercury Retrograde 13 October 2020 Feeling It

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The Messenger (and Trickster) enters apparent retrograde motion at 6:05 PM PDT of the 13th at 11 Scorpio 40–and his first move will be to reapply by opposition to Uranus, which is also retrograde. That aspect last perfected on the 7th, and perhaps offers a glimpse into this Water (Scorpio) into Air (Libra) cycle.

‘Mercury Sent to Admonish Aeneas’ By JMW Turner http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mercury-sent-to-admonish-aeneas-202360 {{PD}}

Mercury always means review: re-visiting, re-considering, reflecting, and perhaps going over plans or making plans to ‘try again’. We start that period in emotional, intuitive Water, and will initially be asking ourselves, “What am I feeling, and what do I think about that?”

In Scorpio this kind of review involves digging, getting to or acknowledging secrets, assessing our feelings about change and determining what further change we might want. It also encompasses those situations where Power is in play, and any relationships or situations where passions have been stirred, or betrayals have occurred (and remember, the concept of betrayal is seldom objective, when it comes to personal interactions–often it can be a matter of perspective, and this retrograde may bring consciousness of this to the fore).

With the re-visit to the Uranus opposition the first aspect, we may find that something we ‘knew’ (especially something Higher Mind or academically. i.e. fact-oriented) is overturned. We are likely to be surprised by some discovery we make, or shocked at something we witness, perpetrated by others in our direction or by ourselves unexpectedly, that latter as we ‘explode’ from accumulated pressures or act erratically in a bid for freedom. It could be that we wrap our minds around some spiritual concept for the first time (something we may have sensed or ‘known’ but been unable to put into mental forms like words), or we may find that accident illuminates our feelings about something–and so changes our perceptions.

House matters that come forward for this retrograde always have the chance of involving the subjects and energies of the natal Houses Mercury rules, and we must typically add to this the House where Mercury is currently transiting. That gives you some idea of where to be on the lookout for change, research, and re-thinking, as well as the potential ‘surprise’ factor of this particular retrograde, and can offer a head start if you know present circumstances in one or more of these realms are dicey.

The Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (‘Inferior’ referring to Mercury’s retrograde status) occurs around the 25th-26th of October, marks a point I would characterize as a ‘birth’ point, where some attitude or mental choice takes form and perhaps is decided upon or simply becomes conscious, and this is based on what’s been revealed so far during the retro. Just remember not to act, yet.

Fountain with head of Mercury on Mercury Street in Pompeii watercolor by Luigi Bazzani from the book “Pompeii”, by Amedeo Maiuri (Pompeii superintendent from 1924-1961) {{PD}}

We re-align our passions, explore what we’ve been hesitant to think about or to really know what we feel about it, and then Mercury retros into Libra–and all the focus moves to our relationships, or, less probably, to financial or aesthetic matters. This occurs in the final few days of October, and is characterized by a back-and-forth square of Mercury to Saturn, which happens one more time after Mercury turns direct (on November 3rd, with the final square very close the 4th-7th).

This back-end bookends the retro period with a hard reality check for each of us, concerning all that we’ve reviewed and concluded over the cycle. Our present realities, as well as any boundaries, limitations, and requirements of duty or obligation come into direct conflict with at least some facet of our thinking–and this is a good thing, meant to show us where we might have slipped into thinking that doesn’t take into account where we really are or what we’re actually surrounded by or must deal with.

Use this retro period to see where you can transform the thinking or perceptions about those things you feel passionate about, have an overwhelming curiosity over, or need to investigate for what’s been hidden from you, and how this can constructively be applied to relationships with those you care about–and be ready for revelation, that can spin the whole game in another direction. The usual admonitions apply, with no signing or buying of major items, unless you’ve already pre-retro thoroughly inspected conditions and agree to them, and with the expectation that any agreements reached or conclusions drawn will likely need review or revision after Mercury goes direct.

Let’s Discuss: Chiron Pt. 1

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Just thought this was pretty–it has nothing to do with Chiron–fungi are very Plutonian! Watercolour depiction of the fly agaric, 1892. Likely painted at an art class near Bristol, England, the writing says “Agaricus muscarius” and “Leigh woods Sept/92” CC BY 4.0

In our ongoing exploration of specific natal aspects Readers have submitted for discussion (submissions are closed), we focus now on Chiron. Though initially considered an asteroid, it’s currently classified as a Centaur (it was in fact the first-discovered, lending its character to the classification itself), which is defined as an object orbiting the Sun between the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt–and yet it behaves a little bit like a comet, so also carries a cometary designation (95P), and some even consider it a dwarf planet. All this variety (or is it confusion?) about how to categorize it hints at one of its most prominent characteristics: that what it designates in our natal charts has layers of meaning, an onion of hurt, experience, skill, and unique perspective, all of which can teach us about ourselves and our place within the world.

There is the Chiron hurt, something so deep and pervasive the individual can often be unaware of it; there is what we learn from the hurt, that we can then utilize, to help both ourselves and others; there is a Chirotic gift (or more than one) related to the sign and to our own processing and experience of it, which before 2012 we could offer only to others (and that we can now access–and so ‘do’–for ourselves); and there is a Transpersonal expression of this energy, one that takes the individual, cumulative Chiron knowledge and applies it to the Collective condition. So, Chiron designates qualities that are highly personalized, highly individual, and that with enough effort at understanding and re-shaping, we may at some point in life lift from the entirely personal, reactionary arena to utilization of the ‘gift within the wound’, to, finally, a transpersonal, Collective expression, one where our gift in some way answers a need found in the Collective or out in the world.

(Birth data redacted) I am interested in my Chiron, in Capricorn. I have had numerous struggles with structures and authority figures. I feel that this recent period has been sort of like a final exam or defending my thesis. I know that the wound doesn’t really go away but I feel stronger just putting all the past struggles into context now instead of feeling as though they are coming at me as a series of random tortures. I wonder what you would have to say about a broad now-moment and a future with Chiron in Capricorn. Thanks for choosing my inquiry–if you do!

You don’t ask about an aspect, but rather an entity, a single body, which is okay when it’s one that in the general astrological world still suffers from a state of too little clarity–that is, it’s difficult to see Chiron’s action in the natal chart when we see it in its most simplistic terms, ‘wound and gift’. That tempts us to want to reduce its effects to a clear-cut negative or positive, and that’s not only unproductive, it dismisses our need to look at how truly personal the manifestations of this energy are, how completely they have been tailored to our character, experience, and responses. Neither of those definitions of Chiron as wound and gift is wrong, but those labels do remove the nuances of what can be a very important, even vital, influence for the individual.

For you, Chiron plays a fundamental role in Self-image, with its location in the 2nd of assets and talents, and in Capricorn, the wound almost certainly involves your relationships to and reactions to both structures in the life and the concept of authority, with the initial reaction almost always presenting in response to those who hold authority in your life. At least part of why you may be responding so strongly and personally to Capricorn life areas is this body’s location in the 2nd of Self-image–it may feel that what hurts you also, inevitably, defines you (and we might want to throw in rules, ways in which your Will or feelings have been thwarted or restricted, and matters where you feel it’s ‘all work and no play’, particularly when this stands in contrast to what others around you seem to enjoy).

Does it feel as if the drudgery always falls to you? Where Chiron sits can often seem to be a difficult place, one where we’re denied joy, and if it does for you, dear Reader, that’s not surprising, especially considering that the closest aspect Chiron makes to a major body is its opposition to Uranus–and that may feel as if every time you try to ‘be yourself’ or act spontaneously or think independently (Uranus rules the 3rd) you get a Capricorn response (which may sound like ‘Control yourself’ or ‘Sit down’ or even ‘You’re not allowed’ or ‘That idea’s crazy!’). Compound this with Uranus in the 8th suggesting that others seem to have all the freedom, are allowed to be as erratic, unpredictable, or unique as they want–and that you may feel you have to clean up after them–it may be the only initially perceived path that allows you to feel good about yourself, by complying with these ‘demands’ (and this is supported by Chiron’s semi-sextile to the Ascendant and its trines to Jupiter and Hygeia in the 6th, all possibly making you feel it’s your duty to serve the larger social order, and to modify yourself in order to do so, that being healthy depends on it–but really, being healthy depends on working out your relationship to Chiron and the social order that surrounds you, rather than just complying with it, as you’ll never find peace by conforming).

And, with Uranus in the 8th but ruling the 3rd (as well as the close assembly of Sun, Mercury, and NN–Whole Sign), you may have the feeling that others are either trying to control your thinking, or that they are assessing your mental processes and reasoning as flighty, unreliable, or ‘out there’–and so, by extension, calling you these things (Sun in Aquarius 3rd), reaching into the mentality and insulting the Capricorn wound, which demands adherence to and observance of the rules, the status quo, and authorities. It may seem you are being insulted, expected to be ashamed, every time you act in ways that feel original or unique to you–but that’s an internal mechanism, one that plays out in you but that is spurred by others, even though the message you may be getting is, ‘Who do you think you are?’

One of the most difficult facets of your placement is that this energy is in a highly personal space (the 2nd, the part of you that judges yourself) but doesn’t contact any of the personal planets. Without contact to the personals (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) one can feel adrift, as if the wider world, even the Universe, is targeting you, inflicting puzzling and unwarranted Capricornian penalties, suppressing your efforts at Self-improvement and earning (2nd)–and unless you can get some perspective, may trap you in ‘Me Against The World’ scenarios that play out over and over in new circumstances, but using old energies. Capricorn Chiron can bring a heavy sense of responsibility, and that’s difficult to fulfill when you feel that authority may consistently be against you (or that authorities have such high expectations or standards for your performance that you feel they’ll never be met).

Born just after a Lunar eclipse, hence the natal Sun and North Node are quite close, and may give a sense that accomplishment is a relentlessly difficult uphill climb, as if the prime moment for presenting what you know and feel has somehow passed. Re-frame this as a sense of completion in terms of being ready to pass things on to others or to cooperate with others in your efforts. A sesquiquadrate of Chiron to Ceres points out how tough the relationship is not just to external authorities but to your own inner sense of being in charge, of granting yourself permission to go forward. Become your own authority, in a sense, and this may offer the freedom you’ve (probably) been seeking.

Though this exercise was about natal aspects, not forecasts, I can suggest this: both personal security about who you are, and about making your way in the world, likely comes from disciplined expression of the talents, especially the creative ones, when applied to achieving specific goals with the cooperation of others (Chiron ruler Saturn conjoined Neptune in Libra in the 11th of goals, wishes, friendship, group involvement); look for others who support your originality and who are accepting of an individuality that’s comfortable for you–and there’s no ‘right’ model for this, that’s what makes it so hard–you have to trust yourself and stay firmly connected to the reality of things, even as you dream and invent. This may be an intense academic stance, may involve the sciences or futurism, may be about creative uniqueness, especially manifesting the imagined in real-world terms, or the way Higher Mind and spirituality are intertwined, and may involve a need to write, speak, or communicate your specific viewpoint to others.

Taking an intellectual approach (Sun and Merc in Aquarius) may initially cause internal conflict as Chiron demands a material response, but seeing that creativity in the current reality (Chiron ruler Saturn conj Neptune) is needed will resolve the tension, without too much conscious effort. Knowing healing is possible will go a long way toward repair of the wound; so will seeing the creative or spiritual take material form in the life.

Part Two coming next week, and if you want to know more about Chiron, you may want to try my book, which takes a personal, experiential approach to exploring your Chiron placement, using both definitions and an included workbook and question format–have a great weekend!

Pluto Grinds Into Gear

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Pluto spends so much time retrograde each and every year (roughly six months) that it tends, in whatever direction it’s exhibiting apparent movement, to become like background noise, a steady, grating grind, often convincing us that the conditions it offers are unavoidable, inevitable, ‘just the way it is’, simply because they take shape and then, because of Pluto’s snail-quick movement, stay that way. This is especially true at points of retrograde and direction; the circumstances around both Power and Change seem cemented in place, even as deep and scary changes well beyond our control appear unavoidable. So, simultaneous feelings of being stuck, accompanied by a sense that all will soon be flung into chaos from massive change.

At this point in time, ‘America’s Laxative’ might be exactly what Pluto is! Antique bottle of “Pluto Water” from French Lick Springs. From a display of memorabilia and antiques at the West Baden Springs hotel, French Lick Indiana.
Photo by Geoffrey A. Landis CC BY-SA 3.0

This time, the first aspect it makes after direction will almost be inadvertent; as Pluto shifts its apparent direction (while still at the same 22 Capricorn 29 position), Mars in retrograde motion in its own sign of Aries slips toward a square, perfecting on the 9th of October–and what do we get from Cardinal squares? Action! Change! And no small amount of conflict, fiery pushes to express, and temper. It’s almost as if these two don’t mean to meet, as neither is in actual forward motion–and that can imply that the conflicts engendered aren’t ones we look for, but stem instead from more compartmentalized energies that happen to find themselves at odds. BUT, Mars will be moving retro, and Pluto will still be at the station position–and that could signal regressive upsets (that is, ones springing up, re-ignited, from the past), old territory of resentments, grievances, and Will thwarted, clashing with an entrenched power position or entity that is both immovable and seemingly permanent–yet here is the lesson of a square: that the particulars, the specific circumstances of each body, speak of the actual situation from which the conflict will arise–so that the anger may have a difficult time knowing where to go, that actions may be timid or find us ‘holding back’, and that the stock-still and apparently impenetrable nature of power matters at present is not at all the reality–things are on the brink of changing.

We may get some of the story, of both the square repercussions and the overall disposition of energies, if we examine a few other contacts on and around the 9th. At that point we actually see Zeus in Libra step in opposed Mars, forming a tight T-square with our heroes just as their contact reaches perfection. That implies that what we see aflame will be fueled by frustrations or denials around ambitions and desires. We also see that Pluto will be quincunx, Mars sextile, and Zeus trine the North Node=creation of our future comes directly from pursuing those ambitions, with success dependent on how well we adjust to and are able to modify the power situation, or to create change or even to change ourselves.

But perhaps most telling about the atmosphere may be a Finger of God with base of Venus-Juno, apex Chiron. This suggests that for each of us the power situation may feel very personal, but that with some effort, we can actually heal some significant facet of things (and this is so no matter the frustrations of the square/ T-square, though we should note, these matters aren’t necessarily the same–they could exist in two completely separate situations). We use our talents, our assets, what we care about, our relationships, or our values, applying them to the power we currently hold, even if that power seems inadequate to address a larger situation. (This is one of those times when doing what we can ends up multiplying its effect, being far more potent than we imagine possible). Putting into action what we have, doing what we can, opens the door to healing a personal wound (Chiron in Aries) around the Self, the identity, the ability to act as an individual, and around expression of the Will. Sound familiar? This may be a further expression of what occurred at the recent Full Moon, building (Pluto in Capricorn) on new, different, necessary changes to the power landscape, ones that will in time reveal Truth, and in doing so offer transformation of one kind or another to each individual.

Full Moon in Aries 1 October 2020 The Roles We Play

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Photo By Emma Brick, Japan Folk Stage Art, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Full Moon perfects at 2:05 PM PDT on the 1st at 9 Aries 08, the Moon and Earth meeting just after passing over Chiron (the Earth by a couple of days, the Moon by a couple of hours), and with which the Full Moon is still conjoined. It suggests that FM events arise from our wounds–not necessarily hurtful at present (in fact, hurts that are likely tucked away, out of sight, or which we think we’ve grown past), but injuries centered in those factors of personal autonomy, expression of Will, leadership, and temper/ anger that we’ve not yet faced and/ or processed. These can be ego wounds (held purely within the emotions or psyche) or they may be related to actions taken and the repercussions and reactions these brought, or to actions not taken, and our regrets, particularly about things we could’ve been or roles we could’ve played, that are now (to our way of thinking) out of reach.

Since this is a Full Moon in Aries, it brings to culmination something about identity and role, especially about who we think we are. It’s the Self-image, the sum total of all our choices, viewed through the mental lens (Aries rules the head, after all–it’s where we ‘look out’ from at the world). This Moon is very much about conclusions or arriving at a pinnacle related to the Self-image we carry inside, and at least some of that may involve how singular we feel, how connected to others, how independent, how ‘different’, and how this state might wound us, as well. The semi-sextile the Moon makes to Uranus makes us aware of all the ways we may ‘stick out’, be unusual or seen as ‘foreign’, and it could emphasize our sense of being alone, or conversely, our sense of being a part of ‘the Group’, but perhaps not adequately appreciated or even seen.

The Full Moon also makes a novile to Ceres, the asteroid at 29 tense degrees, suggesting a crisis situation that we can address in some brilliant way. The implication is that what happens at the FM sparks a new way of approaching health and what we ingest (in all forms, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, especially when this intake is unconscious, shown by the presence of the Moon in the equation), gives us clever ways to benefit from, support, and interact with Mother Nature (and this can be anything from understanding and respecting our own impulses and nature to caring for our little piece of the planet), and can show us adept ways to negotiate for what we want (remember Ceres was able to negotiate even with someone as powerful as Pluto/ Hades and successfully get her desires met, within reason–and that might be something to remember here, that if our asks are appropriate, we can get them). And that leads us to this: in the overall scheme of things, this aspect promises we will find excellent and beneficial ways of dealing with Power, whether it’s expressing our own, gaining more, or dealing with those who have the power to influence us.

And that’s it, a very simple but striking aspect picture for this Aries Full Moon: it’s about us, our role and how we see ourselves, it’s about the Power picture in our lives, it’s about where and how we might feel isolated/ ostracized and just as much where we feel we fit in, and it suggests another important effort to ‘get along’ with Mother Nature.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Teacher Gives New Symbolic Forms To Traditional Images’. Let’s also note the Sabian for the Sun, source of the Moon’s light: ‘Having Passed Through Narrow Rapids, A Canoe Reaches Calm Waters’. The combined message seems to be that Full Moon events will offer a new take on what already is, will re-frame the status quo in such a way that we reach a peaceful détente with whatever has been harrowing or threatening personal serenity. Obviously, there’s a lot that can torment us nowadays, but this promises a fresh understanding of and approach to what has been trying–and that’s nothing but good.

Together Sabians and aspects tell us that we will enjoy a new and more tranquil sense of ‘I Am’–I for one couldn’t ask for more.

I’m taking some time off, and don’t know at this point when I’ll be back. I’ll pop in when I can. Thank you to All! And have a wonderful October!

Good Day To . . . 30 September 2020 Beautiful Secrets

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By Hendrik Voogd 1807 {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . know that what we have been turning away from or trying not to think about is where all the Love, Beauty, and Rewards reside today. Our previous disinclination to deal with certain matters is based in either delusional thinking or having been misled, and that’s caused us to fear what will actually benefit us, once we face it. Somehow, someway, what seems a little dark and mysterious and so maybe scary holds something highly worthwhile for us. Plunge in; what had been a beautiful secret you’d been keeping from yourself can become an excellent asset or reward fully available to you, mystery, shame, and fear-free. Bonus for those who were misled: if you can understand the why behind someone’s deception, you gain a clearer vision of who they are, and you’ll see the situation open up for you via the application of equal measures of empathy and a sense of control/ knowledge within the relationship that elevates your standing.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 29 September 2020 Head, Meet Brick Wall!

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‘Head of a Woman’ By Andrea Verrocchio c1475 {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . be aware that, despite a strong sense of personal empowerment and a mental stance that embraces can-do-ism, we are likely to find that efforts in just about any direction will meet with immovable resistance. There is a way around the brick walls, barriers, catches, and opposition we find, and that consists of being Self-aware enough to insure that actions and choices aren’t arising from past hurt that puts the ego or a sense of grievance in charge.

It’s worth asking why we’re so injured; what defines the injury, so that we can locate it, inspect it, and drag it out into the light where it can die? It’s seated in one of two identity aspects: either it comes from not being seen for who we truly are, or from not being seen as we’d like to be seen. The former is a genuine injury, one that suggests those around us don’t have clear vision and so ‘injure’ us with every interaction, while the latter says we’re in an indignant snit because someone isn’t agreeing to pretend we are who we say we are (rather than who we are by our simple existence). It’s the difference between having others support our true Self, and having others support an engineered Self-image that isn’t true to the Soul.

So it’s obvious: we either need to cull those around us, choosing more genuinely loving individuals to populate our world, or we need to realize that, if we want to promote a non-genuine image of ourselves, we’ve got to accept that at least some people won’t want to play the image game–and that’s not going to feel good, when we interact with them. Making ambitions and desires harmonize with highest values isn’t easy in a world that makes so many demands on us, but it’s vital to creating success that feels like success. Just something to occupy our minds, should we be adept enough to keep from whacking into that brick wall!

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 28 September 2020 Out of Love

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‘The Triumphs of Caesar, 5. The Elephants’ By Andrea Mantegna c1490 {{PD}}

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . adjust our surroundings so that the figurative elephant sitting on our figurative chest doesn’t drain us of creativity or make us so tired and distracted that we do something rash. That elephant is Saturn stationing direct, and it may seem that the state we find ourselves in will last forever, but it won’t, so know that anything uncomfortable, that restricts or binds us, or that appears to block or deny us something, will pass, and so will in some way a situation that seems secure or a state that seems permanent. In these latter circumstances, it becomes about awareness that time itself is change, and that we must appreciate what we have even as we know it will become something else someday, just like we will.

The one thing working really, really well today is a female-male kind of dynamic, anything where complementary energies can cooperate or work together, thanks to Venus trine Mars. This can translate in many ways, including taking the right actions in Love or Money, making a move to gain, profiting from our choice, or doing out of Love. Strangely enough, we might also see aggression stirred in competition for Love or Money, or a ‘Me First’ grab for assets or rewards, with Mars in Aries. But, we also have Venus in Leo, suggesting that any move toward absconding with assets or taking ‘too much’ could muster a fiery defense of the need to share, or the right of the original owner to keep their fair share–so don’t worry, Venus will defend herself! Moving in the positive ways that we can and doing what we’re empowered to right now will take our focus off the places where we may be temporarily stuck, and help us relax in that area that, just for now, is refusing to budge from the current status quo (Thanks, Saturn!)

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 27 September 2020 Big Brain

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That’s what I thought. ‘Diagram of the Brain’
By an Unknown Miniaturist 14th century {{PD}}

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . remember the good things. Today we’re tempted to focus on what wasn’t good, what didn’t work, and what failing cost us, but not only is it not helpful to stare at the past, it puts all the em-PHA-sis on the wrong Sy-LLA-ble. Wisdom is contained in taking a more natural approach, in allowing instinct and our connections to rhythm and timing to orchestrate moves forward, and in trusting that the Big Brain that is the Universe both knows more than we do and, in some large indefinable way, loves us and so will lead us and time things right for us. Let our own tiny brains rest for awhile, okay?

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 26 September 2020 Mistaken Identity

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‘The Mask’ By Thomas Dewing 1902 {{PD}}

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . to realize that we undermine our own best interests, partly out of delusion about the effects certain practices will actually have, and partly out of compulsions arising from a desire to ‘fix’ relationships or financial situations. It’s a case of mistaken identity: we’ve mistaken ourselves for repair persons, or architects, or maybe, in some cases, idiot whisperers–but no matter what, taking on a role where we feel we can ‘correct’ others is, how do I say this politely? Oh, yeah, delusional. Act as consciously as possible, and concentrate on what’s ‘healthy’, however you may define that, and if you feel compelled to re-do something, make it a room in your house, or your own most troublesome qualities.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 25 September 2020 Processing

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‘Factory in the Moonlight’ By Maximilien Luce 1898 {{PD}}

The 25th Is A Good Day To . . . keep in mind the Finger of God formed yesterday; that assessment of the Finger ends with this sentence: “See your thoughts for today (the 23rd) as not fully formed or informed, and have the courage to wait.” That means that today and yesterday, the 24th and 25th, we are ready to assess things. Processing that Finger at present requires some other, new considerations: we need to know that today instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ won’t automatically serve ambitions, but that if we are willing to modify thinking to accommodate that instinctual knowing, the mentality just might support our goals; and that looking toward the future, especially in terms of what we think, act out, and dream, is a very good thing to do, but that we must remain aware of the way what we think we want is somehow tainted by our fears and wounds–so suss out that fear-influence (because it will change our idea of what’s desirable), before setting ourselves on a particular course.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 24 September 2020 Shrouded

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‘By the Waters of Babylon’ By Arthur Hacker 1888 {{PD}}

The 24th Is A Good Day To . . . keep in mind the Finger of God formed today; that assessment of the Finger ends with this sentence: “See your thoughts for today (the 23rd) as not fully formed or informed, and have the courage to wait.” That means that by today, the 24th, we are ready to assess things. Here, however, we need to be careful about two other issues: one is the tendency to allow our thinking to be out of touch with our actions and choices–nobody likes someone who says one thing but whose actions clearly promote another–and our own ideas of what we value and are willing to commit to may be shrouded with some unrealistic, disingenuous, or outright insincere pretensions–that is, we may be telling ourselves some untruths in order to maintain a Self-image that wouldn’t stand up to a clear-eyed examination of our actual behavior and commitments. Vow to pursue only the goals and ambitions where we are clear on what we’re hoping to get out of them; we are able to generate a plethora of useful and original ideas today, and need to see where they can be best applied, so they don’t go to waste.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 23 September 2020 You Can’t Imagine

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Today’s not the day to ask, ‘What’s in the box?’ Even if we get an answer, we won’t interpret it correctly. ‘Portrait of a Girl with a Patch Box’ By Philippe Mercier 1760 {{PD}}

The 23rd Is A Good Day To . . . see that lines of reasoning around what’s ideal, what’s worthy, even what’s real, aren’t functioning as they should; clarity eludes us and our own thoughts, especially about what we want, what’s worth keeping or seeking, are difficult to grasp or generate barriers and ‘reasons why’ we should or shouldn’t go forward. The result is a kind of limbo we may not be aware we’re in! Creativity may suffer, as we throw out the masterpiece or take efforts in an untenable direction, and our sense of what’s possible is distinctly distorted, erring toward the pessimistic and the suppressive.

The best option is to take a step back and make no big, definitive moves just yet. Just one day from now a Finger of God forms, with base of Neptune-Pluto, apex Venus. This ought to help us define for ourselves on the 24th and 25th what matters, specifically what needs to go and what matches the ideal, especially creatively, and so should go forward. Until that point we can’t imagine what we really need to, can’t figure out what to measure it against. See your thoughts today as not fully formed or informed, and have the courage to wait.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 22 September 2020 Heart of Darkness

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The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church 1859 {{PD}}

The 22nd Is A Good Day To . . . examine whether that shadow hovering nearby is cast by some action or choice of our own, the implications of which we’re in denial of–or is that shade thrown by ‘the Other’, someone hoping to exert their power over us, or perhaps even hoping to convince us that our empowerment depends upon their approval? As the Sun moves into Libra, others loom large, and it’s up to us to sort out whether our attention should be going to being honest with ourselves about our own behavior, or to assessing and so re-balancing a power situation (likely a cooperative or dependent one) with another. Things must be illuminated, because even if we don’t see it now, our responses today will matter to and affect our future.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 21 September 2020 Expectation Adjustment

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The Weighing of the Heart of Ani from the Book of the Dead. At left, Ani and his wife Tutu; at center, Anubis weighs Ani’s heart against the feather of Maat; at right, the monster Ammut, who will devour Ani’s soul if he is unworthy, awaits the verdict, while the god Thoth prepares to record it. At top are gods acting as judges. Photographed by the British Museum; original artist unknown – Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum by Edna R. Russmann {{PD}}

The 21st Is A Good Day To . . . adjust your expectations in areas where you’re anticipating reward, asset delivery, your own work or actions of others meeting your values and standards, financial remuneration, and where you’re expecting to be welcomed, accepted, even fêted. It’s not that you won’t receive what you’re aiming for, it’s more like what comes in more strongly reflects what the social order wants to spare/ allot you or the bare cold facts demand than it will your own imagined recompense in Love or Money. This also applies to relationships, where you could be surprised at the influence ‘the crowd’ or hard realities have on the interaction. Be ready to adjust not just expectations, but also your idea of the venture itself; there’s a distinct possibility that relationships or projects will prove less pure, less true, and even more shallow or mercenary than you thought possible at the start. See this, though, as useful information that will keep you from investing poorly in terms of time, energy, and attention, and instead allows you to deal with things as they really are, and so to deal with them most effectively.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 20 September 2020 Pressures

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By Raw Imagination People Expect – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=94110844

The 20th Is A Good Day To . . . recognize that neither pressure from the social sphere nor our own dark thoughts can be allowed to run the show today. Instincts and our interior knowing, that sense of having the answer, of automatically knowing the difference between right and wrong, is what needs to be employed to sort our genuine responses from our learned ones (or the ones that arise from the pressures to please or to fit in). Follow core values and core, defining qualities, and things will unfold in an understandable and manageable fashion from there.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 19 September 2020 A Flood of Ambition

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‘The Flooding’ By Ernest Slingeneyer 1879 {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . be aware we are likely to be flooded with ambitions, desires, and an almost frenzied energy aimed at achieving goals–and yet what we’re prompted to do is neither wise nor practical! The unrealistic and insistent bent to our wants should, if nothing else, tell us that we are pushing too hard or trying to move too fast–and that signals either that there’s some element to this we’d just like to skip over, to ignore (and that could then come back on us in disastrous ways), or that what we think we’ll feel if we reach our goal will fill some hole, the emptiness of which we’re sensing acutely at this time. In any case, slow down, at least enough to allow the mental processes to ‘catch up’ in terms of planning, clarity of reasoning, and to sort through commitments so that anything in play will support, rather than undermine, our goals.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . .18 September 2020 Fairy Tale Theatre

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The 18th Is A Good Day To . . . be alert to the potential fairy tales we or others might spin, all in the name of trying to convince ourselves we really are living up to our highest ideals–whether or not that’s reality. What do we get, if we face what is, in all its possible permutations? We see what might be hidden from or denied by or to others; we hear the inspiring message, the specific one we need just now. Then we adjust adjust adjust, according to what has been revealed.

But what if we continue on our present course, maintaining in some area a gossamer veil that obscures our view? We engage in fairy tale theatre, to some extent; we delude or are deluded, mislead or are misled, achieving a kind of Self-inflicted victimhood (even if we are the ones dishing out untruths), spun out of wishes and the energy of matters we have ignored or are in denial about. This is a day when we get exactly what we create (sounds obvious, and yet we do things all the time that we convince ourselves will turn out contrary to logic, or that we will escape the repercussions of), with results in direct proportion to how well we are aligning actions, choices, and behaviors with our highest goals and ideals.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

New Moon in Virgo 17 September 2020 A Soul Critique

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Honestly, this doesn’t look too bad–which may just go to show that hell is a personal, internal creation. ‘A Soul in Hell’ By Evelyn De Morgan 1902 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 4:00 AM PDT at 25 Virgo–those are some nice round numbers, aren’t they? (And as an aside, don’t read anything into that–numbers are a human-created system–there’s no mystical meaning in neither having minutes.) The NM noviles Vesta, right away telling us that what begins at this time is something that carries a spark of genius, in terms of the way it can instigate important commitments, can dedicate our energies to what really matters to us, and can bring the spiritual into interactions. What is birthed right now matters, to the Soul, to the psyche, and to the manifestations of these in the life, as they arise from our own accounting and critique (Virgo) of who we are (the Sun) and how we feel (the Moon).

The New Moon, which is of course conjoined the Sun and opposed the Earth, also happens to square the Nodal axis. The Nodes are not bodies but ‘markers’, in a sense, of the points at any one time when the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic, and so can be thought of as energetic placeholders, adding depth to analysis of the Moon’s situation at any particular point, and indicating the direction of a general energy stream moving from South Node to North. Since this Grand Cross consists of the event bodies (New Moon-Sun), one that’s always linked to the Sun anyway (the ever-opposing Earth), and these extremity markers (the Nodes), no one could be faulted for thinking this isn’t truly relevant to the event–but it is, simply because this likely signals the kind of ongoing tension typical to a GC that is kicked off by the New Moon event. That is, what starts at the NM simultaneously brings forward questions of identity and role (the Sun), the past (South Node), and the direction we’re headed in life (North Node), and this happens as a logical matter of course, and again marking the depth of meaning behind the NM itself and giving events the sense that decisions and choices must be made.

The New Moon trines Pluto and is in close trine to Saturn, suggesting just how easily profound change may occur, particularly in ways that change the material reality or that create structure or limit restraints. Further, Sedna could be considered to fill in a loose Earth Grand Trine with Saturn, indicating that either our instincts and intuitive faculties, or those matters we carry in our ‘blind spot’, become instrumental in events. Do we have a choice here as to whether we get a leg up with accurate instinctual perceptions or suffer at the hands of matters we just aren’t conscious of? No, probably not, though we can do our best to stay open to change, and so to Truth–a willingness to see and know may be our most important asset.

The New Moon in Virgo forms quincunxes to the Black Moon Lilith point and to Mars, the latter of which is still stationary in Aries, poised to break backward in apparent motion. The light dawning with the New Moon may slowly begin to illuminate what we need to do about matters we’ve ignored or denied–but whether that comes as a flash of knowledge all at once, or seeps in over the coming days, can’t be known, and considering that Mars is technically already retrograde, may imply that we don’t do anything, but instead learn what must be done, and then reserve action for a later date.

The NM also makes a sesquiquadrate to Uranus. This points out to us the need to ‘make peace’ with our own uniqueness. Too often we seek to subdue, distort for acceptability’s sake, or otherwise hide what is most true to ourselves, partly out of fear: to be known and seen is to be vulnerable, and partly out of a desire to be accepted. But, this Moon event will help us see, even if it’s only in some small way, how embracing a unique part of ourselves will make us truer to who we are at a Soul level. Special note: if you have something 8 and 12 degrees Aquarius, then that natal placement fills in the base of a Fist of God with Uranus and New Moon as apex. The suggestion is that Moon events might come directly from a clash between your most unusual qualities and the natal energy as they try to ‘get along’. For you the ‘recipe’ for making the most of New Moon events very firmly rests in the need to accept something you up until now may have seen as too ‘out there’ to be incorporated as a part of the identity–but now you must find a way.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘A Flag At Half-Mast In Front Of A Public Building’. The editor in me wants to correct that to say ‘half-staff’ as half-mast is only shipboard–and then I wonder, is that ‘mistake’ part of the message itself? Is it meant to convey that the mourning of loss and show of respect shown by lowering a flag is actually, in some strange way, misplaced? Maybe it draws our attention to an area we have been mourning, something that brings us sadness, only to point out to us that we are sad either about the ‘wrong’ component of the situation, or that we are misunderstanding our own mourning, either the need to or the need not to (which in some circles could be seen as unacceptable and so punished). In any case, this sadness has a public component, a public ‘face’, so that we may be challenged to examine whether what we are told we should be mourning really matters to us, or whether we are mourning something else entirely in private, participating in group sadness as a way to find ‘cover’ for our real feelings. Whatever happens at the New Moon, it may involve the loss of a feeling state (real or pretend) that moves us by its subtraction closer to living a most genuine life.

Good Day To . . . 16 September 2020 A Personal Reckoning

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‘In der Gartenlaube’ By Arnold Böcklin 1891 {{PD}}

The 16th Is A Good Day To . . . watch what you communicate to those who nurture you, care for you, have some form of control over you, as well as be cognizant of what ‘message’ you’re sending to Nature/ the Universe itself (Mercury sesquiquadrate Ceres). You’re asked in some way to make a statement about who you are and what path you think you’re taking, vs. what path you really are taking. It’s a very personal reckoning (which means others may not even know it’s happening, and if you’re not tuned in, neither will you–and of course, this will largely be invisible to you within others’ experiences, as well). You’re asked to consider critically, to take accounting of (Sun in Virgo) what you think (North Node in Gemini) and measure it against what the facts truly are (South Node in Sagittarius, all three components in a T-square). Do it willingly, for best results; otherwise the Universe may force consideration of identity and life direction–and that would only add unneeded pressure.

Remember, we’re in the Dark of the Moon period–inner work and contemplation will actually serve to make more happen than will externally-focused efforts.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 15 September 2020 Inclined to be Wild

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By Charles J Sharp – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89660159

The 15th Is A Good Day To . . . question our motives and choices. Not in a way that says that they’re wrong or bad, but instead in a way that pauses to ask: is that a choice that aligns with my values? is that an original idea, or one that comes from a desire to get attention simply by disrupting? am I justifiably rebelling, or just trying to mess it up for someone else? is that an elevated idea, or merely an angry one, confusing righteousness with integrity? You get my drift–we may endanger our own assets and relationships out of an inclination toward the wild, erratic, or from a pure wish to shock–and that kind of impulse suggests that what we really need is some attention. Yes, that’s a genuine need (in spite of how so many of us were told to sit quietly in the corner, that to want to show what we can do, and be appreciated for it, was selfish–I’m here to tell you it’s not). Consistently, the inclination to disrupt arises from repressed or denied need for authentic energy expression–instead we are likely to have been told only certain ways of expressing are acceptable coming from us–and live by someone else’s standards for too long, and it can all get explosive. Do your best to recognize, stop, and then channel those hair-up-the-you-know-what feelings into something positive you actually want to be responsible for.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 14 September 2020 A Drop of Courage

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‘Destiny’ By John William Waterhouse 1900 {{PD}}

The 14th Is A Good Day To . . . let go of the past! Especially those parts that distorted our Self-image, that have kept us (so far) from being as closely connected to manifesting our Soul’s intents as we’d like. Sometimes we hide from ourselves, not really wanting to see the path we were born to take–and I’m not saying that there are only one right set of steps for each individual, I’m saying that there’s an overall aim we carry within, one that makes the absolute most of who we are–and that it’s not unusual for the awesomeness of that purpose (the spiritual intensity of it, that is!) to unconsciously overwhelm us, prompting a kind of hide-and-seek with our own destiny. That’s no way to spend your life energy, your potential, your days.

Though our minds might try to sabotage us, just a little (skipping away too easily from matters we have chosen to ignore or deny), today we actually have the capacity to see exactly what needs to change (or needs to be stripped away entirely) to make us more genuine versions of ourselves–all it takes is a willingness to listen to our instincts, and a wee drop of courage.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 13 September 2020 Empowerment Glitches

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‘Waiting’ By Edgar Degas 1882 {{PD}}

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . recognize that much as we might like to exercise our prerogatives and make our wishes felt over our own territory, it’s just not to be. We don’t see the situation clearly, so that what seems like reasonable effort or measures to take to us is, somehow, way off base–and if we do insist on going forward, we likely find the results are not at all what we intended them to be. Glitches and hold-ups signal the need to step back from pursuit of the current goal, no matter how inconsequential that goal seems; judgment is off, and inspecting too-closely relationships or finances simply amplifies hurt, feelings of inadequacy, and/ or resentments, putting us on a destructive path. Take refuge in the creative or the spiritual, and wait for more supportive influences to make your Will felt.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 12 September 2020 Big Opportunity–Jupiter Direct

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‘Jupiter’ By Hans Thoma {{PD}}

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . see that the powers-that-be are offering you something good–it might take a little effort, a little hard work, but you’re being dealt into the game–and to refuse to play, for whatever reason, will be like shooting yourself in the foot–you can blame it on someone else, but you picked up the gun and pulled the trigger. It’s a day when you really don’t want any of the typical excuses we as individuals use to avoid engagement with others, that stop us uncritically applying ourselves, or that make us feel righteous in withdrawing from the social expectations or larger public arena, from ruining what could be a genuine and highly fruitful opportunity. We have to be ready to accept new ideas into our thought-bubble, to adapt to fresh information or surprises, to proactively shape the aftermath of an accident or revelation to make the most of it–but doing so will benefit us in large and largely unanticipated ways.

So much of this is connected to Jupiter’s turnaround in Capricorn, freeing up the generous impulses of those empowered by the status quo, benefiting those who follow the rules (or those who previously balked at them, and now find the rules are changing in their favor). The first aspect Jupiter will move forward to form is a sextile to Neptune, signaling that it’s the season for creative endeavor, especially when that’s centered in hard work and serious effort, but also that it may be easy to succumb to the fabled ‘alternative facts’ if we aren’t committed to reality in an unbiased way.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See discussion of the recent Mars retrograde here–

Good Day To . . . 11 September 2020 Negotiating for Power

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‘Summer Night’ By Eilif Peterssen 1886 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . use relationships with those in power to reach your own power ends. Sounds ruthless, doesn’t it? What we’re really talking about is strategically leveraging relationships in a way (and this is really important) that is respectful of both positions and also doesn’t begrudge the other something they can use, as well. Too often we go into negotiations with someone we see as having superior power believing that we deserve something, but they don’t deserve anything, because we judge them to already have ‘more’. We forget that to get others to share their power to benefit us there must be something positive (even if it’s just a good feeling at doing the ‘right’ thing) in it for the other party–and that acknowledging the worthiness of others (even when we don’t agree with it, or don’t agree that they should have what they have) is basic to seeing everyone as worthy–it’s our belief in judgment, in thinking we get to make the call, that poisons many power related interactions.

We’re aided today in a number of ways; here are the potential boosts and cautions: we may be driven by wounds we’ve hidden (even from ourselves) and by those matters that hurt but that we are in denial of–luckily, there’s a real-world mechanism that may throw up barriers to us proceeding that can save us from ourselves–so the moral is, if something stops us from going forward, we’re being rescued from a move based on unsound motivations; we’re clear-eyed today, but that may not allow crisp mental reasoning–instead, try accessing Truths through vetting circumstances against ideals, by exercising the imagination, and by tapping into your own creativity, as well as enjoying creative manifestations from others.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See discussion of the recent Mars retrograde here–

Good Day To . . . 10 September 2020 A Better Tomorrow

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By mike winkelmann aka. beeple – behance.net, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86057145

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . let go of two things: illusions you carry about Love or Money, and thinking that arises from a wounded perspective. Both need to be done in service to a better tomorrow–the implication being that not doing one or both may result in a true relationship or financial crisis, or a line of reasoning that prompts some really poor decisions. How best to do this? Some hints to get you started: be as honest with yourself as possible about what’s actually gone down in the past, and about what you really want in your future–telling yourself tales about these, though soothing now, will put you in a bad spot in the weeks and months to come; be sensitive to others, especially if that’s not your usual style–the Moon in Cancer squaring Mercury in Libra today asks that you think about others’ feelings as much as your own, but communications must be clear and honest, without a hint of passive-aggression or ulterior, manipulative intent; and note that Merc is currently opposed Chiron and in about two days will quincunx Uranus, suggesting that communications that are driven by hurt or meant to wound will generate shocking or surprising events or accidents that will then require ‘clean-up’–so do your best to face relationships and financial matters head-on, and keep communications clear, clean, and rooted in the Truth.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See discussion of the recent Mars retrograde here–

Good Day To . . . 9 September 2020 Mars Retrograde: Inside the Vehicle

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Alexandre Louis – Album de photo de Marcel Louis 1910 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . keep your limbs and head inside the car! Were you ever driving along on a road trip that seemed to last forever, driving, driving, and idly put your hand out the window to watch it caught and buffeted by the wind, and had an adult (for you were only a child, just trying to stay occupied) yell at you, ‘Get your arms inside this car! Do you want them cut off as we pass that truck?!’ That’s this Mars retro in a nutshell: the perpetual threat of sudden limb (or is it head?) loss, over re-visiting recent issues surrounding temper, aggression, assertion, recent choices or actions, or Will. The vehicle is ourselves, and Mars is the fuel, deploying it the issue. And of course, losing your Aries-ruled noggin can have two forms: one is if others come at us and ‘take our heads off’ over something, and the other is if we lose control of ourselves. Both are distinct possibilities.

I like to look at the point when a body officially turns retrograde, as it seems to give us a snapshot of what the course of the retro promises (particularly what the early part holds in store). This happens at 3:23 PM PDT of the 9th at 28 Aries 08, but we’ve probably already gotten a preview as Mars slowed to a crawl then standstill in recent days. Late in Aries, his own sign, Mars is likely already beginning to chafe without the anticipated retro; the stress of reaching the end of the window for perfect personal expression, the kind that recognizes no boundaries and no need for cooperation or thought of others, and having that window shut (sending Mars into Taurus, a realm where Will matters not nearly so much as material reality and security) would have in any case have been causing excessive unrest, especially if one is feeling that the ‘I Am’ statements or expression of the Will hasn’t been as complete or successful as hoped. So, there would be a bit of an issue anyway, and along comes apparent retro status to offer the dissatisfied and over-anxious a chance to re-visit choices and efforts–which situation inevitably adds its own stress, as individuals feel the pressure of just one more chance to get ‘it’ right.

Mars is itself Void at this point, as it would make no other aspects (though we do observe that the Moon would soon sextile it, it matters not, as the Moon, too, would be Void by then). Void status adds a huge amount of stress as it signals energy in stasis, a status doubly difficult for a Self-starter like Mars. The implication is that while traversing the sign a Void body did all it could in that sign–and now must wait for a new ‘style’ (the next sign) to once again find expression. Mars, then, begins his retro highly frustrated–and looking for outlets.

The first aspect made by the retrograde body seems to ‘set the tone’ for the retro period. Here it’s an opposition to Juno in Libra that suggests empowerment within partnership or cooperative arrangements will face a climax or crisis point, when who has the ‘right’ (a very Aries word!) to do what within the situation is sorted out. Straightforward enough, yes? Then we see a quincunx to the Sun on the 19th, suggesting what’s been revealed so far during the retro requires adjustment to what we pay attention to, matters of identity, or both. Right after the Sun moves into Libra (relationships are great! isn’t everything pretty? don’t we all get along wonderfully!?) and less than a week after the quincunx Mars conjoins the Black Moon Lilith point, suggesting that our optimism about working it all out with others may have been overly rosy, premature, or just plain wishful thinking.

But it’s the next thing, a Cardinal T-square with Mars-BML opposed Mercury and all square Saturn in Capricorn, that brings it all home. Those things about our choices or actions that we’ve ignored, been in denial about, or that have been perpetrated out of suppressed rage (or that have stirred rage in others) is communicated from without (probably directly from others with whom we are in relationships or cooperative arrangements–Merc in Libra), and it makes for real-world conflict (especially with authorities or established entities that are seen as ‘legitimate’ or supported by the status quo), crises over boundaries, restrictions, or rules, or bottom-line practicalities we can’t get around that may generate ‘next steps’ and/ or arise from our actions and others’ reactions to them.

By Nasjonalbiblioteket from Norway – Livet paa Mars / Life on Mars, No restrictions, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60741535

So, hands, arms, and especially heads inside the car; know that your ‘drive’, whether literal or figurative, needs special care and attention, particularly when it comes to interaction and responsibilities shared with others. Being honest with ourselves about our own and others’ prerogatives, territory, and motivations will go a long way toward keeping us safely on the road, avoiding any fiery, temper-induced upsets.

If it’s any consolation, on the 9th the Sun also trines Jupiter=reach out, take opportunities, be optimistic, learn from what comes at you, and enjoy the day. We’ll have plenty of others that will be not-so-smooth, so rest and celebrate while and what you can.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 8 September 2020 Bricks

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By Jean-Noël Lafargue – Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=745477

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . know that destiny is empowerment, and empowerment is destiny. At first glance, I admit, that sounds like nonsense, but the flow of energy today is such that we act based on many accumulated choices that came before, and in acting we place another brick into the Path forward leading to our destiny. We act building on previous actions (and so have limited, in a sense, what we are currently empowered to do), which led us to where we are now, and we choose again based on that empowerment level, creating our next step, which has further implications for empowerment in the future. Today, more directly than on most days, we are quite literally laying the groundwork for our future. The best part is that we’re especially clear-eyed right now, able to see fantasy or bullsh*t for what it is, and so can rather easily avoid it in making our choice.

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Good Day To . . . 7 September 2020 Mince Your Words

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‘Banquet With Mince Pie’ By Willem Claesz Heda 1635 If you look closely, you can see an ornate gilt salt cellar topped with with a figure of Neptune holding a trident and riding a sea-horse. What’s not to love? {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . be careful with what you communicate. We will be speaking and just being in a relatively unconscious state (no matter what your usual consciousness experience), speaking with the influence of wounds and those things we’re angry or in denial about, and so perhaps saying things, or even challenging the authority of others, entirely without meaning to. Just something it’s very important to be aware of.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 6 September 2020 Prickly Egos

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The 6th Is A Good Day To . . . try not to take obstructions to your Will to heart; they aren’t personal, though they’ll likely feel so, as Venus enters Leo and, as we say in the interrogation game, gets our ‘egos up’. It will appear things we’re actually fully empowered to do, have, or be will in some way be denied us, but you need to know, this denial is about the larger, structural issues that are frustrating a lot of movement or action, not just yours. Too, it may seem that partners or others with whom we have interdependent relationships may be the culprits (Juno in Libra) but again, this is a perceptual quirk, and/ or is really about a larger systemic barrier that could be causing a similar pressure to others, and this can be expected to travel up and down a hierarchy or ‘line’ of responsibility or authority, making it appear to be the fault of individuals, when most often it’s a manifestation of a broader set of suppressive circumstances. Stay cool; responding in exaggerated or off-the-cuff ways will only be digging yourself a small hole to climb out of later.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 5 September 2020 Amp It Up

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‘Torre de Hércules’ By Camilo Díaz Baliño 1933 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . take your future firmly in hand. Efforts to build in the direction you desire should be serious, with attention concentrated on things that will truly matter. Don’t let that scare you; it’s a matter of aligning thoughts, actions, and relationships with highest values and priorities. Really, it’s how we should be aiming to operate all the time; this kind of harmony amps up and focuses energy in a way that brings a much bigger response from the Universe than we ever anticipated, as the unseen coordinates responses in support of our vision, sometimes even before we’ve recognized that vision ourselves!  Too, remind yourself of how past experiences empower you today, and act on health matters that need attention, or to preserve the positive state that exists now–you can head off future problems with smart precautions today.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 4 September 2020 Stir It Up

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‘The Cook’ By Bernardo Strozzi c1625 {{PD}}

The 4th Is A Good Day To . . . stir things up by doing the unexpected, by being willing to reassess the past, open to seeing values and commitments in a refreshed light, and by knowing that the urge to action must be vetted through both the values and what you ‘know but don’t know’; to ignore either, or to pursue something you know to be impractical or unwise, would mean you lose the benefits that being consciously more tuned in and yet simultaneously more ready to take things in an unanticipated direction can and will confer.

Don’t be afraid of the basic and age-old conflicts between seeming opposites that may come up now, either. Don’t tie yourself in knots trying to maintain what you may see as your ‘traditional’ position. Instead realize that effectively dealing with (and so disarming) the opposition rests in not butting heads in the same old ways. Once again, stir it up, do the unexpected but smart, and new more effective ways of being and interacting open up to you.

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Good Day To . . . 3 September 2020 The Smart Thing

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‘Morning, Interior’ By Maximilien Luce 1890 {{PD}}

The 3rd Is A Good Day To . . . do what you love that also happens to be good for you. I know! How un-glamorous! But it’s also the smart thing, helping combat some stressful thoughts or messages received, and it looks out for your future reality–so all in all, a very good approach to take. And take note: with Mars retrograding in his own sign in just a few days, actions and choices will soon be much less clear, and much more likely to be triggered by anger, Willfulness, and ‘I want’–and that means judgment today may be considerably more in line with how you actually want to be in the world.

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Good Day To . . . 2 September 2020 Laser Focus

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The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . brace yourself! You’d think we’d get some respite after the emotional ordeal (or maybe I should be more diplomatic and say ‘experience’) of the Full Moon, but we just don’t. We may question matters of stability, love, wonder if we have an accurate view of the past or those things we’ve chosen to ignore, and we may question whether we’re really as unique or original in our creativity as we’ve been thinking. Is some Self-review a good idea? Always. Is trying to define anything that relies at least in part on the thoughts, assessments, or cooperation of others the way to go right now? Definitely not. The trick is really this: today, go after ambition and desire fulfillment with a laser focus, and have faith in your original and inventive impulses–because that’s where effective efforts and accomplishment lies right now.

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Full Moon 1 September 2020 Suspension

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‘Dubrovnik bei Mondlicht’ By Eduard Kasparides 1915 {{PD}}

The first thing that draws my attention is the tidy sextile of the Full Moon in Pisces to Uranus, and the second thing is the loose Finger of God with base of Moon-Earth sextile Pallas and apex of Vesta; there’s also a close sesquiquadrate to Venus in Cancer. Though the FM makes no conjunctions among the bodies I use, it does sit in a kind of suspension between Neptune and Ceres; I’m aware this isn’t a true midpoint picture, but somehow the overwhelmingly watery nature of the Full Moon scenario seems to ask that we notice this, maybe even more than the precise sextile to Uranus in Taurean Earth or the quincunx to Fiery Vesta–or maybe that’s the point, that being cradled as it is between two strong indicators of Water/ Nature may suggest that these qualities are prominent in the relationships among the closer FM aspects. It does land at the midpoint of the current Saturn-Black Moon Lilith square, describing the Full Moon events as representing a point of tension in all that we ignore, deny, or are enraged by in the reality picture or in current restrictions, rules, or assertions of authority.

The deets: perfection occurs at 10:22 PM PDT of the 1st at 10 Pisces 12. The aspects suggest a resolution to stresses, especially emotional ones, triggered by fuller understanding (Uranus), which leads to greater wisdom (Pallas), resulting in a solidification of highest values and commitments to those values (Vesta). This will be very welcome, considering how we live in a kind of suspension at present, one consisting of the threats from a water-borne, communicable, difficult-to-contain virus (Neptune) and the reactions of Mother Nature Herself, via the effects of global warming, on-going food availability, production, affordability, and distribution issues, and the vagaries of Nature in terms of weather and planetary health, which have taken a decided uptick in extremity and impact on both the ecosystem itself and on humanity.

That Finger could also bring sudden accident or surprise to which we have to respond practically or wisely (the latter translating as ‘doing what we know we should, rather than what we want’), with the outcome a freshly realized dedication or new commitment (perhaps unexpected, and possibly arising from the way something else ends at this point courtesy of the closures that typically accompany the Full Moon)–or perhaps this need to respond smartly comes from our own or others’ rebellion–which may or may not successfully lead us to a clearer understanding of and dedication to our highest values.

The sesquiquadrate of the Full Moon to Venus in Cancer is troubling, though. It calls us to immerse ourselves in our relationships, to swim in our feeling, to relate to financial situations or assets emotionally–and yet when done through the Piscean lens of the Full Moon in difficult (sesquiquadrate) aspect we are likely to be overwhelmed or to find upset that we or others don’t care enough, or that material matters may swamp us and make it feel as if it’s impossible to recover. Our fears in these areas, our relationships and our finances, are apt to be exaggerated–know that your perspective is off, and don’t act in these areas at this time, as you’ll surely misjudge the severity of the situation.

The FM’s semi-square to each component of the square between Saturn and BML suggests that real-world events, endings, or restrictions/ delays we experience at this point arise directly from circumstances we’ve ignored or denied–and that says that Full Moon occurrences offer us the chance to respond to these things (maybe even require it). The FM event is ‘pressured’ by the unrecognized, unacknowledged, and reality itself–which may give FM events the feeling of being forced, to at least some degree.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Men Traveling A Narrow Path, Seeking Illumination’. In concert with this we look at the source of the Full Moon’s light, the Sun Sabian: ‘In Her Baby A Mother Sees Her Deep Longing For A Son Answered’. These together suggest that we may find ourselves dedicating energies to a relatively narrow or focused Path at this time; this has the qualities of Vesta, which just so happens to be at the apex of the Finger, and represents our most revered values, causes, and principles. Expect to discover what is truly precious to you, particularly via the emotions, and then allow events to unfold, waiting a bit for emotional extremes to recede: what you’re left with will be what’s most important, what you should serve, protect, and support.

 

Good Day To . . . 31 August 2020 Challenges of the Cross

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Not the kind of cross we’re talking about, but still–Shillito Cross in Shillito Woods, Ramsley Moor, Derbyshire, probably erected by monks from Beauchief Abbey during the 13th Century as a navigation aid for travellers to outlying fields. Photo By Martinvl CC BY-SA 4.0

The 31st Is A Good Day To . . . focus on a Cardinal Grand Cross that lasts through the 2nd and then on the 3rd adds Mars to the arm with Black Moon Lilith; the other factors are Venus, Juno and Saturn. This is the cross that all of our challenges, anxieties, and upsets get hung on today, with our own sense of empowerment, our relationships and/ or finances, and the physical and solid perceptual reality picture all supplying components that in some degree we’ll each need to deal with. Here are the things everyone will deal with: hidden or denied matters either make themselves known or must be acknowledged or dealt with directly; our own position (the one that says, ‘I am in charge of me and my issues’) stands in conflict with our relationships, our finances, or both; reality presents some walls, some non-negotiable terms, or some endings. Know that what we are stopped from doing, however this obstacle presents itself, is to our benefit; it would’ve cost us (money or love), or would’ve created its own barriers to or curtailing of our empowerment, if we’d gotten our way. Don’t forget: the Universe really is looking out for us, if we’ll just accept/ listen.

The Cardinal nature of this configuration means we may already be in motion when confronted by one or more of these matters, or that we have seen these things developing. Though the need to deal with things may have a sudden urgency, or may seem to come out of the blue, it doesn’t really take us by surprise; Saturn retro tells us we’ve known about at least some of this for a long time, and now Saturn ‘delivers’ it to us in a way we can’t avoid. The addition of Mars on the 3rd says the individual will be required to make choices or take action on what’s before them at that point–or may signal that we are forced to do so by someone else, or that our own anger or aggression brings things to a head.

There is a simple-but-not-easy-to-implement way of handling all this: we ‘shine a light’ on those matters that normally fall into our ‘blind spot’ (which calls for a high degree of Self-awareness)–or, we listen without mental or emotional intrusion to our instincts. If we can do that, access what we ‘know but don’t know’, we can do well, taking the natural impetus to confront and complete issues or advance an agenda of a Cardinal Cross and using it to our benefit (Sun parallel Sedna).

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Good Day To . . . 30 August 2020 Resisting Power, Resisting Beauty

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The formation suggests a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal; this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . ask: what is it about resisting those we perceive as having power that makes us feel good about ourselves? It seems inversely proportional: we are ‘good’ in direct relationship to how ‘bad’ we see the power person being–but that, we should become conscious of, is totally irrational. We do not gain virtue when we stand next to someone we judge negatively; that’s a particular kind of magical thinking that most of us don’t question. It’s entirely human to paint our assessments of others with value judgments unique to our lens (or more often, to our tribe)–but we need to know that the assumptions we make that derive from that are fiction, not fact.

And, when this prompts us to indulge on a regular basis in a form of oppositional-defiant disorder, we undercut ourselves and our causes without even realizing it. To contradict, to say no to, to defy and deny, simply because the opposite party seems to wield more power than we do (or because we think that the act of saying yes is a form of cooperation that gives away our power) is its own form of handing away our power, in that we see ourselves as denying power to the Other, but we may fail to note we are also cutting off options for our own power expression. We may feel powerful in the moment, but this is the power of being against something, and for nothing, other than our right to say no. To see ourselves as receiving virtue from that act just compounds the issue (and may in some cases simply be a way we justify our choices, a way to feel good about something that may, in some instances, not represent our best interests at all).

Power is a long game that requires not just facing the reality that’s before us but also acknowledging those things that everyone else may look away from–that’s where the power actually lies, as those who operate from the fullest awareness of the entire reality picture invariably win. Too, in engaging in power struggles (for they are struggles, even when there’s no overt tug-of-war) we may also resist the beauty or value that may come with cooperation. Today, no fairy tales, and use values to heal where you can, either taking action on them and remedying some hurt, or soothing wounds by rising above them.

(Seemed important to share today’s aspects: Chiron trine Vesta, Mercury opp and contra-parallel Neptune and parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus opp and Sun sesq Pluto)

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Good Day To . . . 29 August 2020 Observational Lens

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Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques. NASA, Photo By Astronaut Michael Edward Fossum {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . get out of our own heads. We think and speak too much from hurt if we’re not Self-aware (and who is totally conscious? Most of us are at least softening the edges of reality with a largely harmless observational lens), so being as cognizant of real-world circumstances and details as possible is important. The best (quality and success-wise) ideas are backed by ideals, and we currently have the ability to transmit these to the social order, so do your best to infuse interaction with a big shot of integrity-based decisions, viewpoints, and action. Live Your Truth, and be on the lookout for the kinds of irony, contradiction, and hypocrisy that can overtake us when we stray from our Highest Values.

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Good Day To . . . 28 August 2020 Hammer of the Gods

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‘God the Father Creating the Heavens’ By Jean-Charles François 1760 {{PD}}

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . talk about the astrological health picture–of ourselves, of the Earth–and Nature’s responses to our efforts to tamp down Her assertions (for what’s a virus but a living thing sent out into the world by Mom to compete for territory and success with other living things? A creative statement, perhaps, or a created statement, generated by the Mother of All Earthly Creation, Ceres.)

There’s a Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for the Norse among us) with a base of Venus-Zeus in Cardinal signs (compelling action because we care–Cancer–about others/ loved ones–Libra) and apex of Earth-Ceres, with the Sun semi-square each factor of the base. This is a picture of everything we care about, everything we reach for and want for ourselves as human beings, in a crisis (square) situation, with the inevitable outcome showing in a difficult relationship to Nature (Ceres) and our material surroundings (Earth), a need to adjust our interaction to the needs of the planet, and a need to take into consideration her other inhabitants, as well.

The configuration itself is a punishing one. A Fist always describes a clash (the base square) between two disparate energies that are trying to find a way to resolve their issues and work together; even if they don’t find a way to mesh, the result is the energy at the apex, and it’s in the way the base energies have either resolved their clash, or failed to, that determines whether the apex energies manifest in a positive or negative manner.

This Fist stresses all that we love (Venus) in its conflict relationship to our own appetites and heedless desires, our thoughtless taking-what-we-want (Zeus), and asks us to consider what needs of the environment (Earth) would cause the response that Nature (Ceres) makes. For instance, in answer to global warming, Nature deploys the current unprecedented hurricane situation in the US gulf; for the first time we’re seeing two hurricanes at once, and storm Laura at the time of this writing promises something I’ve never heard in US hurricane forecasting before: an unsurvivable storm surge of 20 feet. If you are a reader in the storm zone, I hope you made it out of there, and are sheltered, safe, and warm!

So, we’re challenged to both admit how our appetites have affected the natural order, and admit that we are the only ones who can do anything about the disruption; Nature is only responding to our interaction with her and her creations–it’s up to us to learn respect, before we as living organisms are overwhelmed ourselves.

Ad for “Pluto Water” laxative by Pluto Water company. Text at the bottom recommends it as a preventative for Spanish Influenza. Printed in LA Herald Oct 1918. Pluto water contained an assortment of minerals, most notably lithium salts.

The only other thing of which I’d like to make note is the Cardinal square of Pluto to Juno. This simply points to the tension of a power struggle that calls for action (the Cardinal placement). Here we may see the power establishment sparring with the kind of empowerment that comes from cooperative efforts (Juno in Libra). The resistance of the power elite to sharing that power can’t be overestimated. In any case, it’s a day to reflect on all that it’s within our power to do, whether we admit/ recognize we hold that power or not.

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Good Day To . . . 27 August 2020 Creating Drag + A Mini-Lesson on Zeus

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‘Dreams’ By Ellen Montalba 1880s {{PD}}

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . profit from, share, or invest in the Creative and/ or the Ideals. Dreams come True–or do they? It’s a day when our positive fantasies come to life, our dream of Money or Love may materialize, or what we’ve imagined we’d love appears, happens, or we finally have the opportunity to engage in–and we may suddenly be faced with the way fulfilling our desires isn’t what we thought it would be. It’s not that we find out we don’t want what we dreamed of–instead it’s that when we get it we see that it doesn’t actually support our ambitions, that it adds complications to the desire picture, that it throws up impediments to our goals, that it brings forward conflicts we didn’t anticipate, or in some other way doesn’t serve what we’ve been aiming for. The question then is, which needs adjustment, our ambitions or our dreams?

There’s something else important here of which we should take note: when we hold contradictory dreams, imaginings, goals, or even entertain and relate to contradictory beliefs or standards, we set up a dynamic that almost guarantees both internal dissonance and difficulty creating what we want. We can hold the recognition that something can be two things at once, and we can accept that, without causing friction; it’s when we hold two contradicting absolutes in our minds that trouble occurs. If we dream of a life of freelance mountain climbing with no fixed address but also want a life shared day in and day out with our family and to nest at home, we find that these dreams don’t support each other: we find we can’t live a life of ‘no strings’ and also have all the ‘strings’ that come with intimate involvement in family life and the making of a home.

Or something like this: we believe we are good because we are a follower of ‘X’, which/ who teaches that killing is wrong–and yet we’re okay with killing when we judge someone to have broken another of X’s dictates, or even when someone else has broken that prohibition against killing–suddenly we think we should have the power to punish for the offense–but then that makes us killers, too. How can we still judge ourselves to be adherents to our faith (and therefore ‘good’) if we don’t follow the rules (no matter how good we judge the excuse to break them to be)? Therein lies the conflict, one we may successfully ignore for a long time.

Carrying these kind of contradictory intentions/ standards can have the overall effect of creating drag on our ability to accomplish, beyond any internal discord we may feel (and often this discord exists inside us consciously undetected). Influences like those we are under today can bring out the contradictions, the discord, or can present us with certain clashes within our own presumptions, beliefs, or expectations that can (but no longer should) be ignored.

For a few of us, today will feature a major deception or misperception centered in Love or Money; for some others it brings something that feels like ‘True Love’, and to you I say, Enjoy it! Time will tell whether it’s actually the dream situation it seems to be–and I genuinely hope it is.

ZEUS TAPINAĞI Photo By Ali Hakan İlban CC BY-SA 4.0

(To help you understand what’s happening today, the newly perfected aspects are Venus trine Neptune and square Zeus, and Sun semi-sq Zeus. For those unfamiliar, Zeus signifies our ambitions, our desires, our lusts, even, and a certain hubris that accompanies a passionate insistence that our want justifies our taking–think of Zeus swooping down on any number of individuals in order to sate his appetites, many times deceiving in order to fulfill his desire. Zeus also reps the kind of passion that drives a dream, that helps us set goals, that keeps us moving forward. When you read it in a chart, keep in mind both the positive, hard-working ambition to make things better and to achieve, and the pushy arrogance and inclination to just take what’s wanted–either, or both alternately, can be at work. Too, Zeus may carry an added potential relating to someone who holds power such that an individual seeks to access power through relationship to, often when the kind of power desired would be unavailable to the individual otherwise. See a brief example of this here)

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Good Day To . . . 26 August 2020 Action!

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‘Runddans i Græsted’ By Julius Paulsen 1909 {{PD}}

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . put ideas into action. I know! Lately it’s seemed like we can’t move forward without risking putting a foot wrong, but today that changes: action, especially when we channel what we’ve learned to build the future, is supported, and thinking is ‘bright’, purposeful, and empowering. Two caveats: rather than focus on ambitions, seek to affect what you know needs attention, choose to do things that are right; and keep highest values in mind with each choice–that way you can’t go wrong.

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Good Day To . . . 25 August 2020 Mash-Up

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‘Wooded Landscape’ By Albert Bierstadt {{PD}}

The 25th Is A Good Day To . . . take a deep breath; then get your bearings before going forward. Today is a mash-up of numerous, sometimes conflicting, influences; here are some pointers on how to sort it out: trust your sense of uniqueness, of individuality, of originality, as it’s not only aligned with inner wisdom and practicality, but is keyed to support both ambition fulfillment and mental acuity. Don’t count on ‘luck’ to get you through–doing so will end up costing you. Nature is your friend today; the social sphere, not so much. And whatever you do, don’t let negative fantasies overwhelm efforts or send you into a dark place–the operative world is ‘fantasies’, meaning ‘not real’.

That Fist of God I talked about on the 23rd (Saturn-Mars square, apex Mercury) perfects today. Here’s what I said then–just add sparkles: “it funnels a good deal of existing but denied upset, shame, tension, desire for power, and thwarted Will into a critical assessment of what’s before us, including those with whom we interact–no wonder things explode!”

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Good Day To . . . 24 August 2020 Battering Ram

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Battering ram found in 2010 at a depth of 81 metres in the area of the battle of the Aegadian islands, fought on 10 March 241 BC, during the First Punic War. Carved inscription in Punic letters: “May this [ram] be directed against the ship with the wrath of Ba’al, who makes it possible to reach the mark, may this go and strike the hewn shield in the centre.“ {{PD}}

The 24th Is A Good Day To . . . refuse to be a human battering ram! With Mars square Saturn it’s the Will (and sometimes an angry, temperamental, insistent, I-must-have-my-way-Will) that makes us put our heads (so Martian!) down and run directly at immovable objects. And have no doubt, what we want to shove, topple, or punch today WILL NOT BUDGE. With each body in its own sign, each force is at its strongest–and so each side will spend a great deal of energy, one to impose a want, one to resist any change, a pointless expenditure. We are pushed to act out like this by our own denied inner torment, by wounds we’ve not yet made peace with, and by the way our minds prompt us to do anything other than deal with our issues (Merc sesq Black Moon Lilith, qnx Chiron, and semi-sq Hygeia). Face what’s really bothering you, and you won’t need to storm any walls, or exhaust yourself in defending your own.

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Good Day To . . . 23 August 2020 The Fist of Power

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William; Barge on the River, Sunset; Tate; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/barge-on-the-river-sunset-202413

The 23rd Is A Good Day To . . . tread with care around Power. I hate having to tell you that, but it seems attempts at communicating our ideas or just going about our business (even when it doesn’t involve or infringe upon others) stirs up some surprisingly pernicious conflict. It’s as if those in power (and in those places where you hold power, this applies to you, too) will see themselves as threatened, even when no threat exists. That suggests that everyone may become aware they’ve somehow exceeded their rightful limits–and what does a guilty conscience do? It reacts as if that’s what’s being done to them! So, cultivate awareness of where your territory begins and ends, don’t overstep it, maybe reassure others you don’t see them as carrying a target on their backs, and a great deal of the tension and subliminal fear might dissipate.

Sources: Merc opposes and Juno sesquiquadrates Ceres–see what I mean? The real corker, though, is the Fist of God with base of Pluto-Black Moon Lilith, apex Virgoan Mercury–it funnels a good deal of existing but denied upset, shame, tension, desire for power, and thwarted Will into a critical assessment of what’s before us, including those with whom we interact–no wonder things explode! This lasts through its perfection on the 25th, at least.

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Good Day To . . . 22 August 2020 The Flip Side

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By Arkhip Kuindzhi 1878 {{PD}}

The 22nd Is A Good Day To . . . be aware that there might be a lot troubling us below the surface. The ways we have strayed from our own highest values, the ways we’ve failed to achieve particular goals, and the ways that hurt has crippled our ability to act effectively and to choose correctly will all be lurking under conscious awareness and so making us see ourselves in a particular, unflattering way. That means we could waste an entire day feeling bad and fearing we haven’t done what we need to do–which leads us to feeling bad about ourselves once again, and around and around.

What we need to know is this: at some point we will become aware of, even begin to obsess over, these whispering upsets, and it’s our job to realize that the lens through which we’re seeing things is shaped and distorted by the fears our imaginations cook up. Awareness that we have moved away from our ideals is a good thing, because it tells us what we need to do; pretending that there’s no way to re-align ourselves, to re-fresh our commitments, or to forgive ourselves for goals not met, is not. As the Sun moves into Virgo, use its bright spotlight to look at ways we can better reach for aims, handle details, assess matters, and better conduct ourselves, and remember: the flip side of criticism is forgiveness.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Here’s the recent New Moon–

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A Good Day To . . . 21 August 2020 Unfacts

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3 September 1967: Road traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right. Jan Collsiöö – Så var det {{PD}}

The 21st Is A Good Day To . . . know your own mind. The danger is that the social order will, let’s just be blunt, try to feed you a line of bullsh*t–and it’s up to you to recognize the unhealthiness of what’s presented. The way the instincts naturally recoil, if we pay heed, will tell us all we need to know about the veracity of the material. The Sun and Mercury will be parallel, though Merc will be in Virgo and the Sun in that last, stressed degree of Leo, possibly indicating some jarring criticisms of the Self that shake us mightily–and, if we accept them, that set us up to swallow the ‘un-facts’ the social sphere will try to persuade us are not just reality, but possibly our only option (Merc sesq Jupiter). There’s a cost to not listening to what we know (Venus semi-sq Sedna), to our inner wisdom, or just to that plain, cut-to-the-chase practical voice that sounds when we must cut through the confusion and find our way.

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Here’s the recent New Moon–

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Good Day To . . . 20 August 2020 Unsure

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‘An der Marktmauer’ By Karl Hermann Otto Müller-Samerberg 1946 {{PD}}

The 20th Is A Good Day To . . . take a step back. As we have so often lately, we’re prompted to invest in something decidedly unwise–but why? We’re seriously alienated from our own instincts; call it a lack of Self-trust, a lack of trust in the Universe, or maybe just an unwillingness to see reality as it is (for to see it would mean we would have to deal with it). Whatever it is, we’re bleeding assets (friends, intimate relationships, money, things we value), breeding unsureness around who we are at core, and prompting ourselves to question our very purpose–and none of that is good–in fact, it’s not just passively negative, it’s actively damaging. Our best course today might be titled, ‘No Sudden Moves’. The inclinations are so subliminally pessimistic that keeping our balance temporarily is key to not succumbing to despair or nihilism. Stick to what you know, and don’t let this overly gloomy lens persuade you it’s the real state of things–it’s just not. No blame of yourself or others, and a little kindness, is the most effective way to get through the day.

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Here’s the recent New Moon–

Good Day To . . . 19 August 2020 Unmade

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It almost looks like she’s holding a tablet! ‘Den syge pige’ By Michael Peter Ancher 1882 {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . ask yourself what’s the worst choice you could make? The influences are such that we may be tempted to burn it all down to the ground, spurred by everything we wish wasn’t so, by every lie we’ve told ourselves, by every instinct we reject. We are quite clearly focused on meeting goals and fulfilling ambitions; it’s all the things we refuse to see, refuse to handle, that get in our way. We have an unhealthy passion to gaze into the abyss, and then we’re shocked when it gazes back! But there’s nothing in that dark space of the heart that we didn’t put there ourselves, and that should be reassuring: there is nothing that we’ve made, at least energetically, that can’t be unmade. Refuse to destroy, refuse to entertain that ‘worst choice’, and instead transform what’s before you–it’s not only the best thing to do, it’s the right and responsible thing to do.

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Here’s the recent New Moon–

This Week 26-31 October 2020 Honor and Accept

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‘Park in Autumn’ By
Michał Gorstkin-Wywiórski c1900 {{PD}}

Just a peek ahead at what to expect:

Today, the 26th, we have a Moon-Neptune conjunction by late PDT, but that’s not the thing that draws my attention; I’m concerned with a sextile of Pallas-Neptune, with Mars still close in square to Pallas. The Moon proceeding to conjunction with Neptune later today only adds emotion and possibly unsettling intuitions to what is already promised: unwise actions (Pallas sq Mars) based on delusion, fantasy, or misperception (Neptune). Add the Sun’s sesquiquadrate to Neptune, and we see that all eyes will be on an array of misbegotten, confusing, and downright untrue choices, actions and events–and all we can do is hope that a Venus trine to Sedna and quincunx Ceres, and Mercury sextile Vesta, will allow at least some of us to heed our own inner knowing and values (if we can accept our own authority), and avoid the illusory nature of what others may try to choose for us (I’m talking to you, US Senate, as against the will of the majority you go forward with a very unwise Supreme Court confirmation–and ‘unwise’ isn’t just my opinion; every single thing involved with this should warn them off proceeding, not just because of Mars and Mercury both retrograde, but also by the symbolism of the real-life super-spreader event that was her nomination announcement).

And almost immediately, those who chose to act on the 26th will have some regrets by the 27th! Let’s just say that some will suddenly realize what they’ve done, in two ways: it will become apparent that choices and actions actually conflict with highest values (Mars sesq Vesta), and that feedback from others puts the spotlight on what we’ve ignored or denied in order to get to this point (Venus and Mercury enter Libra, the latter opp Black Moon Lilith). Trusting our own personal sense of authority, honoring our right to be and to run our own lives, will allow for some inspiring and brilliant perceptions–and keep us out of the muck, for now (Pallas nov Ceres).

On the 28th standing in our own light, honoring ourselves as worthy, brings problems in relationships, but it must be done–even if it hurts (Venus qnx BML, Mercury trine Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Vesta, sesq NN, and qnx Chiron).

The 29th we’d be smart to allow things we’ve buried or hidden, even from ourselves, to inform (and so adjust) thinking. Right now the facts or even our beliefs will only take us so far–we need to see our world, warts and all, in order to succeed (BML parallel Sedna, Jupiter qnx NN, Merc qnx Sedna).

Friday the 30th we have a challenge before us: honor and accept who we are and the responsibilities we hold, especially those things that are unique and original to and about us–we excel in relationships and/ or financial matters if we do–or pay the psychological piper with inner discord if we don’t (Juno contra-parallel Sedna, Venus nov Juno, Sun contra-parallel Uranus).

On the 31st we have a Full Moon (report to follow in a separate post), and we’re offered a unique opportunity in a deja vu sort of way: again, if we will honor our uniqueness and autonomy, and the responsibilities to act with integrity and to create that these imbue us with, we can heal in important ways (Mars parallel Chiron, Sun opp Uranus).

Vintage postcard {{PD}}

It’s a week to act with integrity, to trust ourselves, and to refuse to be fooled or misled–so, like a regular week! Have a great one, and Happy Halloween thinning-of-the-veil!

What Are We Feeling? A Snapshot of the Now and What’s To Come 21 October 2020

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Photo By Luc Viatour, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3626879

I’m sure many of us are feeling the heightened energy in the current atmosphere–and even as I write this I’m aware of the inadequacy of that phrase, ‘heightened energy’–it’s really more like the heaviest breeze you’ve ever felt, or maybe like floating inside a lead cloud. My symbol choices may be clunky, but I have no doubt you all know what I’m talking about.

For me it’s manifested as an inability to go to sleep. Now normally when I suffer insomnia, it’s either caused by a hamster wheel of overthinking spinning to the tune of free-floating anxiety, or it’s sheer, unfettered resistance of the ‘I’m a big girl and I don’t have to go to bed right now’ variety.

This time, though, it’s a pure alertness that doesn’t cause and isn’t prompted by anxiety; instead I’m simply AWAKE, with no agenda trying to push its way to conscious consideration–and for me, that’s really weird.

Clearly, this is a wave that’s lapping the globe, generated by a spectacular array of world events–and right now might be a good time to put a pin in the whole thing (with so many bodies in Capricorn, including today the Moon), so that any upset this frequency is creating can be seen for what it is: a Collective ‘web’ in which we’re all vibrating, and so it’s only natural we’re concerned there’s a spider that will emerge at any time to either eat us or wrap us in silk for later!

Here’s something that may help: the big changes, the big traumas, are already done–Saturn and Pluto are done with their dance, and that means that the real-world manifestations of change have already fallen into place (even if we haven’t yet seen those results, or you haven’t seen the dust settle in your part of the world, yet). By mid-December Saturn will be moving into Aquarius, fostering the processing of previous material events in intellectual terms, finding where they fit into and reflect both the modern Zeitgeist and our own future, and delivering revelations that push some of us to rebellion, some of us to the avant garde in our arena, some of us to erratic (and probably Self-destructive) behaviors, and some to show our most unique and original qualities and creative abilities. And really, it’s your choice, since it’s all seated in our response to prevailing energies, rather than determined by any one thing or series of things that happen to us.

The real culprit shakin’ our web is Jupiter. I really hesitate to call Jupiter by one of its traditional names, The Greater Benefic. It’s not that the moniker is untrue, but that Jupiter can be big, loud, colorful, overwhelming, sweeping in its effects–and that can feel a lot like bullying to more sensitive types, especially those heavy in Water (they need to feel and then sort through those feelings around what’s happening, before they can enjoy it) and those heavy in Air, as they need to digest events mentally, before they can determine their reactions (and that’s so even when onlookers might see things as unreservedly positive–how can they be, asks the Air individual, if I don’t yet know what I think of them?)

As easily as Jupiter can bring bounty, it can bring too much–and if it’s too much of something we didn’t want in the first place, that can be its own kind of trauma. So, now that we’ve properly recognized that Jupiter can be indiscriminately too too, we’ll look at his role in the current situation; we won’t worry about past contacts much, because honestly, at this point so much has happened that going back to sort through with a fine-toothed comb is a waste of time, simply because we don’t need the past illuminated–it’s what’s coming that’s important, now.

Jupiter’s direct and rapidly approaching Pluto, which is also direct as of earlier this month–but at this point the latter is barely moving, lingering on the 22nd degree, where Jupiter will, by November 12th, meet him. Are our beliefs destroyed, transformed, or seen for the darkness they carry? Or is it that what we know takes on meaning via matters of Power and the way they play out? Are we too quick to rage, our upset grown out of all proportion, or do the facts set us free by the way they transform the situation, our outlook, our world? No matter what, Jupiter and Pluto together mean an exaggerated effect, and too many of us respond to Pluto with fear, especially when our own sense of Power is inadequate, damaged, or we have rejected our own strength; that can spell dangerous misunderstanding about what’s happening, what’s changing, that may spiral us into destructive mode out of fear, when a better response would be to reassure ourselves that the Universe is working to our benefit (Jupiter) no matter what those changes (Pluto) we’re facing look like on the surface.

At this point Mars will be poised to go direct, on the 13th–and that adds a strong impetus to move, act, do, that rides on the energy wave of the Jupiter-Pluto meeting. What we learn may prompt our choices and motivate us–but we need to take care, as tendencies to exaggeration and extremes (Jupiter-Pluto specialties) may distort what we glean so that we essentially make those choices based on misleading impressions. It may be difficult to see at the time that the heightened atmosphere is meant to help us ‘receive’ what we need to know–but awareness that it doesn’t reflect reality in its correct proportions is vital to not overreacting, to not destroying or raging out of misunderstanding.

This is a potent influence, and so relatively strong for awhile; the most dangerous point for action based on misperception or illusion will be 5th-9th of December, as Mars moves to semi-sextile Neptune (thanks, Maree!), with the semi-sextile shouting loud and clear that what we base our actions and choices on at a personal level (Mars in Aries) needs adjustment and re-assessment, especially the small kinds that sneak under the radar (the semi-sextile). Those ideals (Neptune) we’ll think we’re serving won’t quite align with reality–so we must tread with care.

Let’s look at the Sabian for the meeting of Jupiter and Pluto: ‘A Soldier Receiving Two Awards For Bravery In Combat’. It’s going to feel very much like that; we’ll want to respond as if in the heat of battle, believing we’re doing the right, the noble, the brave (Mars in Aries!) thing–but as we can see from the larger picture, our viewpoint will be exaggerated, off, over-the-top–and that means our judgment of what to do, how to act, and how it’s all going to work out, will simply be a fantasy (Mars-Neptune).

So, we need to be prepared to feel things ‘too much’, at times, in the coming months, and we must also know that to act on our initial impressions will create problems, simple because what we learn, see, and experience will suffer some sort of distortion. But knowing that, we can go softly, and not need that big stick at all.

New Moon in Libra 16 October 2020 Discovery

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‘Butterflies’ By Fujishima Takeji 1904 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 12:31 PM PDT on the 16th at 23 Libra 53, after just recently passing Zeus at 21 Libra and so still conjoined, and still within opposition of Mars, which recently conjoined Earth as the Warrior continued apparent backward motion. Immediately the New Moon takes on the tone of the near-past, where emotional aspirations and attentions toward ambitions and passions have been faced with the effectiveness (or not) of choices and actions meant to bring those goals into concrete realization. What dawns here may derive from recent choices and interactions, and let us know who will help us, who has hindered us, and who we must cooperate with or accept support (or even criticism) from, in order to make ‘it’ happen. With whom do we want to bond, with whom partner or share, in whom are we interested romantically, with whom are we aligned? This New Moon brings forward these important questions–but do we get an answer, during Merc retrograde?

Merc in Scorpio is prone to dig, and that doesn’t always sit well within Libran relationships–too, our Mercury cycle may focus our thinking in directions other than those brought forward by the New Moon, so it may be highly individual whether these two tie together in any way. If we don’t learn who is vital to our efforts and our happiness at the New Moon, we’ll definitely get an inkling at the Inferior Conjunction–simply because our excavations will naturally have at least some effect on our relationships, and vice versa.

This time the Lunar event forms one end of an opposition (the other end being the Earth and Mars), with both ends squared by Capricorn residents Jupiter (yes, we’ll give the orb a little more than usual, this time, because this body touches the two that have closer aspects to the NM), Pluto, and Saturn–and of course, that makes a Cardinal T-square. That’s a configuration of tension, stretching all energy components to their extremes within the situation, but it promises us something: we can resolve the basic opposition if we can resolve the conflict the ‘arm’ introduces to the general dynamic.

That presents a picture of ambition and desire fulfillment, and who or what is helping (or hindering) with that, as it stands in relation to our own actions and choices, and how these have affected the material situation. We’ll be seeing the disparities between enacting our Will (Aries) and our desires (Zeus–which naturally involve others, even if only in the form of an audience or witness, because we might ask if we really find satisfaction in a totally unnoticed act–even with an anonymous one, we want to see it affect others–Libra).

We sort through these disparities between getting our way and getting what we desire by recognizing what we’re doing that works, and what is impeding us–and this New Moon says we do so using the three energies of the square in a disciplined and controlled (Capricorn) way. There is a strong element of responsibility in all this, via both the need to assess our own behavior and its effectiveness, and in the ways to modify that in order to get what we truly want.

Jupiter says we need to face the facts, especially those that are restraining us or hemming us in, or it suggests that it’s our relationship to (or perhaps subjugation to) the social order that is causing problems, or that our expansion attempts are poorly engineered, or that our faith is somehow misplaced (probably invested in an unworthy authority figure). Saturn says we just need to stop! or that authorities have deemed we must, or that we are failing to follow ‘the rules’ or to discipline ourselves–and so we miss at least some of our marks. With Pluto the idea of power struggle is introduced, again possibly with authorities, or we either fail to recognize that change has occurred, or that changes need to be made. We underestimate the force behind the social order, the inevitability of evolution, and the march of time, and this New Moon allows us to re-calibrate, in terms of our own efforts.

Remember, it’s natural to weigh things, with this Libra New Moon–we’re meant to assess one thing against another–so don’t succumb to internal critics that may confuse discernment in matters that directly affect you with judging things that have nothing to do with you. Right now, weighing your own choices, actions, and goals is what it’s all about.

Though I don’t typically talk about other aspects in a New or Full Moon picture, because I prefer to keep the energies discussed Lunar-relevant, I want to mention a close square currently in place: Ceres in Aquarius square Sedna in Taurus, both late in the sign but not so late that they demand our attention (right now, at mid-28 degrees, they’re just whining and pulling on our sleeves!) This may bring an entirely different tension that we could mistake for New Moon conflict; in reality this shows more as our own intellectually held concepts of our personal authority as they clash with those matters that either sit in our ‘blind spot’ or that we ‘know but don’t know’. Here the clash is internal, and likely highly distracting, stirring all kinds of feeling–but not the same ones stirred by the Lunar need to measure our actions, and our effectiveness, as it applies to goals and the World.

Too, Black Moon Lilith at this time is found at 29 Aries 29, placing those things we’d like to ignore or that enrage us at a precarious, hard-to-maintain position that could become explosive–and that means this tension might factor in, as well.

This New Moon really is about knowing ourselves (Mars in Aries, retrograde, and so going over territory we’ve already seen but need to reassess), and this knowing must be in the context of our relationships with others. New interactions or bonds can be born at this time, just as long as we face what we need to. This NM may feel a lot more like a Full Moon because of the Mars opposition–so don’t be surprised if it brings as many endings as beginnings.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘ A Butterfly With A Third Wing On Its Left Side’. This New Moon seems to be about discovery, specifically about our own assets and what we can do with them. An extraneous ‘third wing’ may at first appear useless, random, even in the way of our successful ‘flight’, but on a butterfly a wing is an object of delicacy and beauty, with location on the left suggesting a spiritual purpose or meaning to it. It may be that with this New Moon we find something, in the course of all our other weighing and measuring, that offers a profound spiritual connection to our own beauty and ability–do your best to accept it as genuine, and to incorporate it in your idea of You.

Feel like Saturn’s giving you a hard time lately? Are you near a Return? You may want to visit (or re-visit) this real-life Saturn advice.

Mercury Retrograde 13 October 2020 Feeling It

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The Messenger (and Trickster) enters apparent retrograde motion at 6:05 PM PDT of the 13th at 11 Scorpio 40–and his first move will be to reapply by opposition to Uranus, which is also retrograde. That aspect last perfected on the 7th, and perhaps offers a glimpse into this Water (Scorpio) into Air (Libra) cycle.

‘Mercury Sent to Admonish Aeneas’ By JMW Turner http://www.artuk.org/artworks/mercury-sent-to-admonish-aeneas-202360 {{PD}}

Mercury always means review: re-visiting, re-considering, reflecting, and perhaps going over plans or making plans to ‘try again’. We start that period in emotional, intuitive Water, and will initially be asking ourselves, “What am I feeling, and what do I think about that?”

In Scorpio this kind of review involves digging, getting to or acknowledging secrets, assessing our feelings about change and determining what further change we might want. It also encompasses those situations where Power is in play, and any relationships or situations where passions have been stirred, or betrayals have occurred (and remember, the concept of betrayal is seldom objective, when it comes to personal interactions–often it can be a matter of perspective, and this retrograde may bring consciousness of this to the fore).

With the re-visit to the Uranus opposition the first aspect, we may find that something we ‘knew’ (especially something Higher Mind or academically. i.e. fact-oriented) is overturned. We are likely to be surprised by some discovery we make, or shocked at something we witness, perpetrated by others in our direction or by ourselves unexpectedly, that latter as we ‘explode’ from accumulated pressures or act erratically in a bid for freedom. It could be that we wrap our minds around some spiritual concept for the first time (something we may have sensed or ‘known’ but been unable to put into mental forms like words), or we may find that accident illuminates our feelings about something–and so changes our perceptions.

House matters that come forward for this retrograde always have the chance of involving the subjects and energies of the natal Houses Mercury rules, and we must typically add to this the House where Mercury is currently transiting. That gives you some idea of where to be on the lookout for change, research, and re-thinking, as well as the potential ‘surprise’ factor of this particular retrograde, and can offer a head start if you know present circumstances in one or more of these realms are dicey.

The Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (‘Inferior’ referring to Mercury’s retrograde status) occurs around the 25th-26th of October, marks a point I would characterize as a ‘birth’ point, where some attitude or mental choice takes form and perhaps is decided upon or simply becomes conscious, and this is based on what’s been revealed so far during the retro. Just remember not to act, yet.

Fountain with head of Mercury on Mercury Street in Pompeii watercolor by Luigi Bazzani from the book “Pompeii”, by Amedeo Maiuri (Pompeii superintendent from 1924-1961) {{PD}}

We re-align our passions, explore what we’ve been hesitant to think about or to really know what we feel about it, and then Mercury retros into Libra–and all the focus moves to our relationships, or, less probably, to financial or aesthetic matters. This occurs in the final few days of October, and is characterized by a back-and-forth square of Mercury to Saturn, which happens one more time after Mercury turns direct (on November 3rd, with the final square very close the 4th-7th).

This back-end bookends the retro period with a hard reality check for each of us, concerning all that we’ve reviewed and concluded over the cycle. Our present realities, as well as any boundaries, limitations, and requirements of duty or obligation come into direct conflict with at least some facet of our thinking–and this is a good thing, meant to show us where we might have slipped into thinking that doesn’t take into account where we really are or what we’re actually surrounded by or must deal with.

Use this retro period to see where you can transform the thinking or perceptions about those things you feel passionate about, have an overwhelming curiosity over, or need to investigate for what’s been hidden from you, and how this can constructively be applied to relationships with those you care about–and be ready for revelation, that can spin the whole game in another direction. The usual admonitions apply, with no signing or buying of major items, unless you’ve already pre-retro thoroughly inspected conditions and agree to them, and with the expectation that any agreements reached or conclusions drawn will likely need review or revision after Mercury goes direct.

Let’s Discuss: Chiron Pt. 1

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Just thought this was pretty–it has nothing to do with Chiron–fungi are very Plutonian! Watercolour depiction of the fly agaric, 1892. Likely painted at an art class near Bristol, England, the writing says “Agaricus muscarius” and “Leigh woods Sept/92” CC BY 4.0

In our ongoing exploration of specific natal aspects Readers have submitted for discussion (submissions are closed), we focus now on Chiron. Though initially considered an asteroid, it’s currently classified as a Centaur (it was in fact the first-discovered, lending its character to the classification itself), which is defined as an object orbiting the Sun between the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt–and yet it behaves a little bit like a comet, so also carries a cometary designation (95P), and some even consider it a dwarf planet. All this variety (or is it confusion?) about how to categorize it hints at one of its most prominent characteristics: that what it designates in our natal charts has layers of meaning, an onion of hurt, experience, skill, and unique perspective, all of which can teach us about ourselves and our place within the world.

There is the Chiron hurt, something so deep and pervasive the individual can often be unaware of it; there is what we learn from the hurt, that we can then utilize, to help both ourselves and others; there is a Chirotic gift (or more than one) related to the sign and to our own processing and experience of it, which before 2012 we could offer only to others (and that we can now access–and so ‘do’–for ourselves); and there is a Transpersonal expression of this energy, one that takes the individual, cumulative Chiron knowledge and applies it to the Collective condition. So, Chiron designates qualities that are highly personalized, highly individual, and that with enough effort at understanding and re-shaping, we may at some point in life lift from the entirely personal, reactionary arena to utilization of the ‘gift within the wound’, to, finally, a transpersonal, Collective expression, one where our gift in some way answers a need found in the Collective or out in the world.

(Birth data redacted) I am interested in my Chiron, in Capricorn. I have had numerous struggles with structures and authority figures. I feel that this recent period has been sort of like a final exam or defending my thesis. I know that the wound doesn’t really go away but I feel stronger just putting all the past struggles into context now instead of feeling as though they are coming at me as a series of random tortures. I wonder what you would have to say about a broad now-moment and a future with Chiron in Capricorn. Thanks for choosing my inquiry–if you do!

You don’t ask about an aspect, but rather an entity, a single body, which is okay when it’s one that in the general astrological world still suffers from a state of too little clarity–that is, it’s difficult to see Chiron’s action in the natal chart when we see it in its most simplistic terms, ‘wound and gift’. That tempts us to want to reduce its effects to a clear-cut negative or positive, and that’s not only unproductive, it dismisses our need to look at how truly personal the manifestations of this energy are, how completely they have been tailored to our character, experience, and responses. Neither of those definitions of Chiron as wound and gift is wrong, but those labels do remove the nuances of what can be a very important, even vital, influence for the individual.

For you, Chiron plays a fundamental role in Self-image, with its location in the 2nd of assets and talents, and in Capricorn, the wound almost certainly involves your relationships to and reactions to both structures in the life and the concept of authority, with the initial reaction almost always presenting in response to those who hold authority in your life. At least part of why you may be responding so strongly and personally to Capricorn life areas is this body’s location in the 2nd of Self-image–it may feel that what hurts you also, inevitably, defines you (and we might want to throw in rules, ways in which your Will or feelings have been thwarted or restricted, and matters where you feel it’s ‘all work and no play’, particularly when this stands in contrast to what others around you seem to enjoy).

Does it feel as if the drudgery always falls to you? Where Chiron sits can often seem to be a difficult place, one where we’re denied joy, and if it does for you, dear Reader, that’s not surprising, especially considering that the closest aspect Chiron makes to a major body is its opposition to Uranus–and that may feel as if every time you try to ‘be yourself’ or act spontaneously or think independently (Uranus rules the 3rd) you get a Capricorn response (which may sound like ‘Control yourself’ or ‘Sit down’ or even ‘You’re not allowed’ or ‘That idea’s crazy!’). Compound this with Uranus in the 8th suggesting that others seem to have all the freedom, are allowed to be as erratic, unpredictable, or unique as they want–and that you may feel you have to clean up after them–it may be the only initially perceived path that allows you to feel good about yourself, by complying with these ‘demands’ (and this is supported by Chiron’s semi-sextile to the Ascendant and its trines to Jupiter and Hygeia in the 6th, all possibly making you feel it’s your duty to serve the larger social order, and to modify yourself in order to do so, that being healthy depends on it–but really, being healthy depends on working out your relationship to Chiron and the social order that surrounds you, rather than just complying with it, as you’ll never find peace by conforming).

And, with Uranus in the 8th but ruling the 3rd (as well as the close assembly of Sun, Mercury, and NN–Whole Sign), you may have the feeling that others are either trying to control your thinking, or that they are assessing your mental processes and reasoning as flighty, unreliable, or ‘out there’–and so, by extension, calling you these things (Sun in Aquarius 3rd), reaching into the mentality and insulting the Capricorn wound, which demands adherence to and observance of the rules, the status quo, and authorities. It may seem you are being insulted, expected to be ashamed, every time you act in ways that feel original or unique to you–but that’s an internal mechanism, one that plays out in you but that is spurred by others, even though the message you may be getting is, ‘Who do you think you are?’

One of the most difficult facets of your placement is that this energy is in a highly personal space (the 2nd, the part of you that judges yourself) but doesn’t contact any of the personal planets. Without contact to the personals (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) one can feel adrift, as if the wider world, even the Universe, is targeting you, inflicting puzzling and unwarranted Capricornian penalties, suppressing your efforts at Self-improvement and earning (2nd)–and unless you can get some perspective, may trap you in ‘Me Against The World’ scenarios that play out over and over in new circumstances, but using old energies. Capricorn Chiron can bring a heavy sense of responsibility, and that’s difficult to fulfill when you feel that authority may consistently be against you (or that authorities have such high expectations or standards for your performance that you feel they’ll never be met).

Born just after a Lunar eclipse, hence the natal Sun and North Node are quite close, and may give a sense that accomplishment is a relentlessly difficult uphill climb, as if the prime moment for presenting what you know and feel has somehow passed. Re-frame this as a sense of completion in terms of being ready to pass things on to others or to cooperate with others in your efforts. A sesquiquadrate of Chiron to Ceres points out how tough the relationship is not just to external authorities but to your own inner sense of being in charge, of granting yourself permission to go forward. Become your own authority, in a sense, and this may offer the freedom you’ve (probably) been seeking.

Though this exercise was about natal aspects, not forecasts, I can suggest this: both personal security about who you are, and about making your way in the world, likely comes from disciplined expression of the talents, especially the creative ones, when applied to achieving specific goals with the cooperation of others (Chiron ruler Saturn conjoined Neptune in Libra in the 11th of goals, wishes, friendship, group involvement); look for others who support your originality and who are accepting of an individuality that’s comfortable for you–and there’s no ‘right’ model for this, that’s what makes it so hard–you have to trust yourself and stay firmly connected to the reality of things, even as you dream and invent. This may be an intense academic stance, may involve the sciences or futurism, may be about creative uniqueness, especially manifesting the imagined in real-world terms, or the way Higher Mind and spirituality are intertwined, and may involve a need to write, speak, or communicate your specific viewpoint to others.

Taking an intellectual approach (Sun and Merc in Aquarius) may initially cause internal conflict as Chiron demands a material response, but seeing that creativity in the current reality (Chiron ruler Saturn conj Neptune) is needed will resolve the tension, without too much conscious effort. Knowing healing is possible will go a long way toward repair of the wound; so will seeing the creative or spiritual take material form in the life.

Part Two coming next week, and if you want to know more about Chiron, you may want to try my book, which takes a personal, experiential approach to exploring your Chiron placement, using both definitions and an included workbook and question format–have a great weekend!

Pluto Grinds Into Gear

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Pluto spends so much time retrograde each and every year (roughly six months) that it tends, in whatever direction it’s exhibiting apparent movement, to become like background noise, a steady, grating grind, often convincing us that the conditions it offers are unavoidable, inevitable, ‘just the way it is’, simply because they take shape and then, because of Pluto’s snail-quick movement, stay that way. This is especially true at points of retrograde and direction; the circumstances around both Power and Change seem cemented in place, even as deep and scary changes well beyond our control appear unavoidable. So, simultaneous feelings of being stuck, accompanied by a sense that all will soon be flung into chaos from massive change.

At this point in time, ‘America’s Laxative’ might be exactly what Pluto is! Antique bottle of “Pluto Water” from French Lick Springs. From a display of memorabilia and antiques at the West Baden Springs hotel, French Lick Indiana.
Photo by Geoffrey A. Landis CC BY-SA 3.0

This time, the first aspect it makes after direction will almost be inadvertent; as Pluto shifts its apparent direction (while still at the same 22 Capricorn 29 position), Mars in retrograde motion in its own sign of Aries slips toward a square, perfecting on the 9th of October–and what do we get from Cardinal squares? Action! Change! And no small amount of conflict, fiery pushes to express, and temper. It’s almost as if these two don’t mean to meet, as neither is in actual forward motion–and that can imply that the conflicts engendered aren’t ones we look for, but stem instead from more compartmentalized energies that happen to find themselves at odds. BUT, Mars will be moving retro, and Pluto will still be at the station position–and that could signal regressive upsets (that is, ones springing up, re-ignited, from the past), old territory of resentments, grievances, and Will thwarted, clashing with an entrenched power position or entity that is both immovable and seemingly permanent–yet here is the lesson of a square: that the particulars, the specific circumstances of each body, speak of the actual situation from which the conflict will arise–so that the anger may have a difficult time knowing where to go, that actions may be timid or find us ‘holding back’, and that the stock-still and apparently impenetrable nature of power matters at present is not at all the reality–things are on the brink of changing.

We may get some of the story, of both the square repercussions and the overall disposition of energies, if we examine a few other contacts on and around the 9th. At that point we actually see Zeus in Libra step in opposed Mars, forming a tight T-square with our heroes just as their contact reaches perfection. That implies that what we see aflame will be fueled by frustrations or denials around ambitions and desires. We also see that Pluto will be quincunx, Mars sextile, and Zeus trine the North Node=creation of our future comes directly from pursuing those ambitions, with success dependent on how well we adjust to and are able to modify the power situation, or to create change or even to change ourselves.

But perhaps most telling about the atmosphere may be a Finger of God with base of Venus-Juno, apex Chiron. This suggests that for each of us the power situation may feel very personal, but that with some effort, we can actually heal some significant facet of things (and this is so no matter the frustrations of the square/ T-square, though we should note, these matters aren’t necessarily the same–they could exist in two completely separate situations). We use our talents, our assets, what we care about, our relationships, or our values, applying them to the power we currently hold, even if that power seems inadequate to address a larger situation. (This is one of those times when doing what we can ends up multiplying its effect, being far more potent than we imagine possible). Putting into action what we have, doing what we can, opens the door to healing a personal wound (Chiron in Aries) around the Self, the identity, the ability to act as an individual, and around expression of the Will. Sound familiar? This may be a further expression of what occurred at the recent Full Moon, building (Pluto in Capricorn) on new, different, necessary changes to the power landscape, ones that will in time reveal Truth, and in doing so offer transformation of one kind or another to each individual.

Full Moon in Aries 1 October 2020 The Roles We Play

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Photo By Emma Brick, Japan Folk Stage Art, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Full Moon perfects at 2:05 PM PDT on the 1st at 9 Aries 08, the Moon and Earth meeting just after passing over Chiron (the Earth by a couple of days, the Moon by a couple of hours), and with which the Full Moon is still conjoined. It suggests that FM events arise from our wounds–not necessarily hurtful at present (in fact, hurts that are likely tucked away, out of sight, or which we think we’ve grown past), but injuries centered in those factors of personal autonomy, expression of Will, leadership, and temper/ anger that we’ve not yet faced and/ or processed. These can be ego wounds (held purely within the emotions or psyche) or they may be related to actions taken and the repercussions and reactions these brought, or to actions not taken, and our regrets, particularly about things we could’ve been or roles we could’ve played, that are now (to our way of thinking) out of reach.

Since this is a Full Moon in Aries, it brings to culmination something about identity and role, especially about who we think we are. It’s the Self-image, the sum total of all our choices, viewed through the mental lens (Aries rules the head, after all–it’s where we ‘look out’ from at the world). This Moon is very much about conclusions or arriving at a pinnacle related to the Self-image we carry inside, and at least some of that may involve how singular we feel, how connected to others, how independent, how ‘different’, and how this state might wound us, as well. The semi-sextile the Moon makes to Uranus makes us aware of all the ways we may ‘stick out’, be unusual or seen as ‘foreign’, and it could emphasize our sense of being alone, or conversely, our sense of being a part of ‘the Group’, but perhaps not adequately appreciated or even seen.

The Full Moon also makes a novile to Ceres, the asteroid at 29 tense degrees, suggesting a crisis situation that we can address in some brilliant way. The implication is that what happens at the FM sparks a new way of approaching health and what we ingest (in all forms, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, especially when this intake is unconscious, shown by the presence of the Moon in the equation), gives us clever ways to benefit from, support, and interact with Mother Nature (and this can be anything from understanding and respecting our own impulses and nature to caring for our little piece of the planet), and can show us adept ways to negotiate for what we want (remember Ceres was able to negotiate even with someone as powerful as Pluto/ Hades and successfully get her desires met, within reason–and that might be something to remember here, that if our asks are appropriate, we can get them). And that leads us to this: in the overall scheme of things, this aspect promises we will find excellent and beneficial ways of dealing with Power, whether it’s expressing our own, gaining more, or dealing with those who have the power to influence us.

And that’s it, a very simple but striking aspect picture for this Aries Full Moon: it’s about us, our role and how we see ourselves, it’s about the Power picture in our lives, it’s about where and how we might feel isolated/ ostracized and just as much where we feel we fit in, and it suggests another important effort to ‘get along’ with Mother Nature.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Teacher Gives New Symbolic Forms To Traditional Images’. Let’s also note the Sabian for the Sun, source of the Moon’s light: ‘Having Passed Through Narrow Rapids, A Canoe Reaches Calm Waters’. The combined message seems to be that Full Moon events will offer a new take on what already is, will re-frame the status quo in such a way that we reach a peaceful détente with whatever has been harrowing or threatening personal serenity. Obviously, there’s a lot that can torment us nowadays, but this promises a fresh understanding of and approach to what has been trying–and that’s nothing but good.

Together Sabians and aspects tell us that we will enjoy a new and more tranquil sense of ‘I Am’–I for one couldn’t ask for more.

I’m taking some time off, and don’t know at this point when I’ll be back. I’ll pop in when I can. Thank you to All! And have a wonderful October!

Good Day To . . . 30 September 2020 Beautiful Secrets

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By Hendrik Voogd 1807 {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . know that what we have been turning away from or trying not to think about is where all the Love, Beauty, and Rewards reside today. Our previous disinclination to deal with certain matters is based in either delusional thinking or having been misled, and that’s caused us to fear what will actually benefit us, once we face it. Somehow, someway, what seems a little dark and mysterious and so maybe scary holds something highly worthwhile for us. Plunge in; what had been a beautiful secret you’d been keeping from yourself can become an excellent asset or reward fully available to you, mystery, shame, and fear-free. Bonus for those who were misled: if you can understand the why behind someone’s deception, you gain a clearer vision of who they are, and you’ll see the situation open up for you via the application of equal measures of empathy and a sense of control/ knowledge within the relationship that elevates your standing.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 29 September 2020 Head, Meet Brick Wall!

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‘Head of a Woman’ By Andrea Verrocchio c1475 {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . be aware that, despite a strong sense of personal empowerment and a mental stance that embraces can-do-ism, we are likely to find that efforts in just about any direction will meet with immovable resistance. There is a way around the brick walls, barriers, catches, and opposition we find, and that consists of being Self-aware enough to insure that actions and choices aren’t arising from past hurt that puts the ego or a sense of grievance in charge.

It’s worth asking why we’re so injured; what defines the injury, so that we can locate it, inspect it, and drag it out into the light where it can die? It’s seated in one of two identity aspects: either it comes from not being seen for who we truly are, or from not being seen as we’d like to be seen. The former is a genuine injury, one that suggests those around us don’t have clear vision and so ‘injure’ us with every interaction, while the latter says we’re in an indignant snit because someone isn’t agreeing to pretend we are who we say we are (rather than who we are by our simple existence). It’s the difference between having others support our true Self, and having others support an engineered Self-image that isn’t true to the Soul.

So it’s obvious: we either need to cull those around us, choosing more genuinely loving individuals to populate our world, or we need to realize that, if we want to promote a non-genuine image of ourselves, we’ve got to accept that at least some people won’t want to play the image game–and that’s not going to feel good, when we interact with them. Making ambitions and desires harmonize with highest values isn’t easy in a world that makes so many demands on us, but it’s vital to creating success that feels like success. Just something to occupy our minds, should we be adept enough to keep from whacking into that brick wall!

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 28 September 2020 Out of Love

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‘The Triumphs of Caesar, 5. The Elephants’ By Andrea Mantegna c1490 {{PD}}

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . adjust our surroundings so that the figurative elephant sitting on our figurative chest doesn’t drain us of creativity or make us so tired and distracted that we do something rash. That elephant is Saturn stationing direct, and it may seem that the state we find ourselves in will last forever, but it won’t, so know that anything uncomfortable, that restricts or binds us, or that appears to block or deny us something, will pass, and so will in some way a situation that seems secure or a state that seems permanent. In these latter circumstances, it becomes about awareness that time itself is change, and that we must appreciate what we have even as we know it will become something else someday, just like we will.

The one thing working really, really well today is a female-male kind of dynamic, anything where complementary energies can cooperate or work together, thanks to Venus trine Mars. This can translate in many ways, including taking the right actions in Love or Money, making a move to gain, profiting from our choice, or doing out of Love. Strangely enough, we might also see aggression stirred in competition for Love or Money, or a ‘Me First’ grab for assets or rewards, with Mars in Aries. But, we also have Venus in Leo, suggesting that any move toward absconding with assets or taking ‘too much’ could muster a fiery defense of the need to share, or the right of the original owner to keep their fair share–so don’t worry, Venus will defend herself! Moving in the positive ways that we can and doing what we’re empowered to right now will take our focus off the places where we may be temporarily stuck, and help us relax in that area that, just for now, is refusing to budge from the current status quo (Thanks, Saturn!)

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 27 September 2020 Big Brain

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That’s what I thought. ‘Diagram of the Brain’
By an Unknown Miniaturist 14th century {{PD}}

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . remember the good things. Today we’re tempted to focus on what wasn’t good, what didn’t work, and what failing cost us, but not only is it not helpful to stare at the past, it puts all the em-PHA-sis on the wrong Sy-LLA-ble. Wisdom is contained in taking a more natural approach, in allowing instinct and our connections to rhythm and timing to orchestrate moves forward, and in trusting that the Big Brain that is the Universe both knows more than we do and, in some large indefinable way, loves us and so will lead us and time things right for us. Let our own tiny brains rest for awhile, okay?

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 26 September 2020 Mistaken Identity

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‘The Mask’ By Thomas Dewing 1902 {{PD}}

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . to realize that we undermine our own best interests, partly out of delusion about the effects certain practices will actually have, and partly out of compulsions arising from a desire to ‘fix’ relationships or financial situations. It’s a case of mistaken identity: we’ve mistaken ourselves for repair persons, or architects, or maybe, in some cases, idiot whisperers–but no matter what, taking on a role where we feel we can ‘correct’ others is, how do I say this politely? Oh, yeah, delusional. Act as consciously as possible, and concentrate on what’s ‘healthy’, however you may define that, and if you feel compelled to re-do something, make it a room in your house, or your own most troublesome qualities.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 25 September 2020 Processing

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‘Factory in the Moonlight’ By Maximilien Luce 1898 {{PD}}

The 25th Is A Good Day To . . . keep in mind the Finger of God formed yesterday; that assessment of the Finger ends with this sentence: “See your thoughts for today (the 23rd) as not fully formed or informed, and have the courage to wait.” That means that today and yesterday, the 24th and 25th, we are ready to assess things. Processing that Finger at present requires some other, new considerations: we need to know that today instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ won’t automatically serve ambitions, but that if we are willing to modify thinking to accommodate that instinctual knowing, the mentality just might support our goals; and that looking toward the future, especially in terms of what we think, act out, and dream, is a very good thing to do, but that we must remain aware of the way what we think we want is somehow tainted by our fears and wounds–so suss out that fear-influence (because it will change our idea of what’s desirable), before setting ourselves on a particular course.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 24 September 2020 Shrouded

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‘By the Waters of Babylon’ By Arthur Hacker 1888 {{PD}}

The 24th Is A Good Day To . . . keep in mind the Finger of God formed today; that assessment of the Finger ends with this sentence: “See your thoughts for today (the 23rd) as not fully formed or informed, and have the courage to wait.” That means that by today, the 24th, we are ready to assess things. Here, however, we need to be careful about two other issues: one is the tendency to allow our thinking to be out of touch with our actions and choices–nobody likes someone who says one thing but whose actions clearly promote another–and our own ideas of what we value and are willing to commit to may be shrouded with some unrealistic, disingenuous, or outright insincere pretensions–that is, we may be telling ourselves some untruths in order to maintain a Self-image that wouldn’t stand up to a clear-eyed examination of our actual behavior and commitments. Vow to pursue only the goals and ambitions where we are clear on what we’re hoping to get out of them; we are able to generate a plethora of useful and original ideas today, and need to see where they can be best applied, so they don’t go to waste.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 23 September 2020 You Can’t Imagine

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Today’s not the day to ask, ‘What’s in the box?’ Even if we get an answer, we won’t interpret it correctly. ‘Portrait of a Girl with a Patch Box’ By Philippe Mercier 1760 {{PD}}

The 23rd Is A Good Day To . . . see that lines of reasoning around what’s ideal, what’s worthy, even what’s real, aren’t functioning as they should; clarity eludes us and our own thoughts, especially about what we want, what’s worth keeping or seeking, are difficult to grasp or generate barriers and ‘reasons why’ we should or shouldn’t go forward. The result is a kind of limbo we may not be aware we’re in! Creativity may suffer, as we throw out the masterpiece or take efforts in an untenable direction, and our sense of what’s possible is distinctly distorted, erring toward the pessimistic and the suppressive.

The best option is to take a step back and make no big, definitive moves just yet. Just one day from now a Finger of God forms, with base of Neptune-Pluto, apex Venus. This ought to help us define for ourselves on the 24th and 25th what matters, specifically what needs to go and what matches the ideal, especially creatively, and so should go forward. Until that point we can’t imagine what we really need to, can’t figure out what to measure it against. See your thoughts today as not fully formed or informed, and have the courage to wait.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 22 September 2020 Heart of Darkness

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The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church 1859 {{PD}}

The 22nd Is A Good Day To . . . examine whether that shadow hovering nearby is cast by some action or choice of our own, the implications of which we’re in denial of–or is that shade thrown by ‘the Other’, someone hoping to exert their power over us, or perhaps even hoping to convince us that our empowerment depends upon their approval? As the Sun moves into Libra, others loom large, and it’s up to us to sort out whether our attention should be going to being honest with ourselves about our own behavior, or to assessing and so re-balancing a power situation (likely a cooperative or dependent one) with another. Things must be illuminated, because even if we don’t see it now, our responses today will matter to and affect our future.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 21 September 2020 Expectation Adjustment

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The Weighing of the Heart of Ani from the Book of the Dead. At left, Ani and his wife Tutu; at center, Anubis weighs Ani’s heart against the feather of Maat; at right, the monster Ammut, who will devour Ani’s soul if he is unworthy, awaits the verdict, while the god Thoth prepares to record it. At top are gods acting as judges. Photographed by the British Museum; original artist unknown – Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum by Edna R. Russmann {{PD}}

The 21st Is A Good Day To . . . adjust your expectations in areas where you’re anticipating reward, asset delivery, your own work or actions of others meeting your values and standards, financial remuneration, and where you’re expecting to be welcomed, accepted, even fêted. It’s not that you won’t receive what you’re aiming for, it’s more like what comes in more strongly reflects what the social order wants to spare/ allot you or the bare cold facts demand than it will your own imagined recompense in Love or Money. This also applies to relationships, where you could be surprised at the influence ‘the crowd’ or hard realities have on the interaction. Be ready to adjust not just expectations, but also your idea of the venture itself; there’s a distinct possibility that relationships or projects will prove less pure, less true, and even more shallow or mercenary than you thought possible at the start. See this, though, as useful information that will keep you from investing poorly in terms of time, energy, and attention, and instead allows you to deal with things as they really are, and so to deal with them most effectively.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 20 September 2020 Pressures

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By Raw Imagination People Expect – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=94110844

The 20th Is A Good Day To . . . recognize that neither pressure from the social sphere nor our own dark thoughts can be allowed to run the show today. Instincts and our interior knowing, that sense of having the answer, of automatically knowing the difference between right and wrong, is what needs to be employed to sort our genuine responses from our learned ones (or the ones that arise from the pressures to please or to fit in). Follow core values and core, defining qualities, and things will unfold in an understandable and manageable fashion from there.

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Good Day To . . . 19 September 2020 A Flood of Ambition

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‘The Flooding’ By Ernest Slingeneyer 1879 {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . be aware we are likely to be flooded with ambitions, desires, and an almost frenzied energy aimed at achieving goals–and yet what we’re prompted to do is neither wise nor practical! The unrealistic and insistent bent to our wants should, if nothing else, tell us that we are pushing too hard or trying to move too fast–and that signals either that there’s some element to this we’d just like to skip over, to ignore (and that could then come back on us in disastrous ways), or that what we think we’ll feel if we reach our goal will fill some hole, the emptiness of which we’re sensing acutely at this time. In any case, slow down, at least enough to allow the mental processes to ‘catch up’ in terms of planning, clarity of reasoning, and to sort through commitments so that anything in play will support, rather than undermine, our goals.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . .18 September 2020 Fairy Tale Theatre

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The 18th Is A Good Day To . . . be alert to the potential fairy tales we or others might spin, all in the name of trying to convince ourselves we really are living up to our highest ideals–whether or not that’s reality. What do we get, if we face what is, in all its possible permutations? We see what might be hidden from or denied by or to others; we hear the inspiring message, the specific one we need just now. Then we adjust adjust adjust, according to what has been revealed.

But what if we continue on our present course, maintaining in some area a gossamer veil that obscures our view? We engage in fairy tale theatre, to some extent; we delude or are deluded, mislead or are misled, achieving a kind of Self-inflicted victimhood (even if we are the ones dishing out untruths), spun out of wishes and the energy of matters we have ignored or are in denial about. This is a day when we get exactly what we create (sounds obvious, and yet we do things all the time that we convince ourselves will turn out contrary to logic, or that we will escape the repercussions of), with results in direct proportion to how well we are aligning actions, choices, and behaviors with our highest goals and ideals.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

New Moon in Virgo 17 September 2020 A Soul Critique

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Honestly, this doesn’t look too bad–which may just go to show that hell is a personal, internal creation. ‘A Soul in Hell’ By Evelyn De Morgan 1902 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 4:00 AM PDT at 25 Virgo–those are some nice round numbers, aren’t they? (And as an aside, don’t read anything into that–numbers are a human-created system–there’s no mystical meaning in neither having minutes.) The NM noviles Vesta, right away telling us that what begins at this time is something that carries a spark of genius, in terms of the way it can instigate important commitments, can dedicate our energies to what really matters to us, and can bring the spiritual into interactions. What is birthed right now matters, to the Soul, to the psyche, and to the manifestations of these in the life, as they arise from our own accounting and critique (Virgo) of who we are (the Sun) and how we feel (the Moon).

The New Moon, which is of course conjoined the Sun and opposed the Earth, also happens to square the Nodal axis. The Nodes are not bodies but ‘markers’, in a sense, of the points at any one time when the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic, and so can be thought of as energetic placeholders, adding depth to analysis of the Moon’s situation at any particular point, and indicating the direction of a general energy stream moving from South Node to North. Since this Grand Cross consists of the event bodies (New Moon-Sun), one that’s always linked to the Sun anyway (the ever-opposing Earth), and these extremity markers (the Nodes), no one could be faulted for thinking this isn’t truly relevant to the event–but it is, simply because this likely signals the kind of ongoing tension typical to a GC that is kicked off by the New Moon event. That is, what starts at the NM simultaneously brings forward questions of identity and role (the Sun), the past (South Node), and the direction we’re headed in life (North Node), and this happens as a logical matter of course, and again marking the depth of meaning behind the NM itself and giving events the sense that decisions and choices must be made.

The New Moon trines Pluto and is in close trine to Saturn, suggesting just how easily profound change may occur, particularly in ways that change the material reality or that create structure or limit restraints. Further, Sedna could be considered to fill in a loose Earth Grand Trine with Saturn, indicating that either our instincts and intuitive faculties, or those matters we carry in our ‘blind spot’, become instrumental in events. Do we have a choice here as to whether we get a leg up with accurate instinctual perceptions or suffer at the hands of matters we just aren’t conscious of? No, probably not, though we can do our best to stay open to change, and so to Truth–a willingness to see and know may be our most important asset.

The New Moon in Virgo forms quincunxes to the Black Moon Lilith point and to Mars, the latter of which is still stationary in Aries, poised to break backward in apparent motion. The light dawning with the New Moon may slowly begin to illuminate what we need to do about matters we’ve ignored or denied–but whether that comes as a flash of knowledge all at once, or seeps in over the coming days, can’t be known, and considering that Mars is technically already retrograde, may imply that we don’t do anything, but instead learn what must be done, and then reserve action for a later date.

The NM also makes a sesquiquadrate to Uranus. This points out to us the need to ‘make peace’ with our own uniqueness. Too often we seek to subdue, distort for acceptability’s sake, or otherwise hide what is most true to ourselves, partly out of fear: to be known and seen is to be vulnerable, and partly out of a desire to be accepted. But, this Moon event will help us see, even if it’s only in some small way, how embracing a unique part of ourselves will make us truer to who we are at a Soul level. Special note: if you have something 8 and 12 degrees Aquarius, then that natal placement fills in the base of a Fist of God with Uranus and New Moon as apex. The suggestion is that Moon events might come directly from a clash between your most unusual qualities and the natal energy as they try to ‘get along’. For you the ‘recipe’ for making the most of New Moon events very firmly rests in the need to accept something you up until now may have seen as too ‘out there’ to be incorporated as a part of the identity–but now you must find a way.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘A Flag At Half-Mast In Front Of A Public Building’. The editor in me wants to correct that to say ‘half-staff’ as half-mast is only shipboard–and then I wonder, is that ‘mistake’ part of the message itself? Is it meant to convey that the mourning of loss and show of respect shown by lowering a flag is actually, in some strange way, misplaced? Maybe it draws our attention to an area we have been mourning, something that brings us sadness, only to point out to us that we are sad either about the ‘wrong’ component of the situation, or that we are misunderstanding our own mourning, either the need to or the need not to (which in some circles could be seen as unacceptable and so punished). In any case, this sadness has a public component, a public ‘face’, so that we may be challenged to examine whether what we are told we should be mourning really matters to us, or whether we are mourning something else entirely in private, participating in group sadness as a way to find ‘cover’ for our real feelings. Whatever happens at the New Moon, it may involve the loss of a feeling state (real or pretend) that moves us by its subtraction closer to living a most genuine life.

Good Day To . . . 16 September 2020 A Personal Reckoning

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‘In der Gartenlaube’ By Arnold Böcklin 1891 {{PD}}

The 16th Is A Good Day To . . . watch what you communicate to those who nurture you, care for you, have some form of control over you, as well as be cognizant of what ‘message’ you’re sending to Nature/ the Universe itself (Mercury sesquiquadrate Ceres). You’re asked in some way to make a statement about who you are and what path you think you’re taking, vs. what path you really are taking. It’s a very personal reckoning (which means others may not even know it’s happening, and if you’re not tuned in, neither will you–and of course, this will largely be invisible to you within others’ experiences, as well). You’re asked to consider critically, to take accounting of (Sun in Virgo) what you think (North Node in Gemini) and measure it against what the facts truly are (South Node in Sagittarius, all three components in a T-square). Do it willingly, for best results; otherwise the Universe may force consideration of identity and life direction–and that would only add unneeded pressure.

Remember, we’re in the Dark of the Moon period–inner work and contemplation will actually serve to make more happen than will externally-focused efforts.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 15 September 2020 Inclined to be Wild

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By Charles J Sharp – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89660159

The 15th Is A Good Day To . . . question our motives and choices. Not in a way that says that they’re wrong or bad, but instead in a way that pauses to ask: is that a choice that aligns with my values? is that an original idea, or one that comes from a desire to get attention simply by disrupting? am I justifiably rebelling, or just trying to mess it up for someone else? is that an elevated idea, or merely an angry one, confusing righteousness with integrity? You get my drift–we may endanger our own assets and relationships out of an inclination toward the wild, erratic, or from a pure wish to shock–and that kind of impulse suggests that what we really need is some attention. Yes, that’s a genuine need (in spite of how so many of us were told to sit quietly in the corner, that to want to show what we can do, and be appreciated for it, was selfish–I’m here to tell you it’s not). Consistently, the inclination to disrupt arises from repressed or denied need for authentic energy expression–instead we are likely to have been told only certain ways of expressing are acceptable coming from us–and live by someone else’s standards for too long, and it can all get explosive. Do your best to recognize, stop, and then channel those hair-up-the-you-know-what feelings into something positive you actually want to be responsible for.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 14 September 2020 A Drop of Courage

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‘Destiny’ By John William Waterhouse 1900 {{PD}}

The 14th Is A Good Day To . . . let go of the past! Especially those parts that distorted our Self-image, that have kept us (so far) from being as closely connected to manifesting our Soul’s intents as we’d like. Sometimes we hide from ourselves, not really wanting to see the path we were born to take–and I’m not saying that there are only one right set of steps for each individual, I’m saying that there’s an overall aim we carry within, one that makes the absolute most of who we are–and that it’s not unusual for the awesomeness of that purpose (the spiritual intensity of it, that is!) to unconsciously overwhelm us, prompting a kind of hide-and-seek with our own destiny. That’s no way to spend your life energy, your potential, your days.

Though our minds might try to sabotage us, just a little (skipping away too easily from matters we have chosen to ignore or deny), today we actually have the capacity to see exactly what needs to change (or needs to be stripped away entirely) to make us more genuine versions of ourselves–all it takes is a willingness to listen to our instincts, and a wee drop of courage.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 13 September 2020 Empowerment Glitches

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‘Waiting’ By Edgar Degas 1882 {{PD}}

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . recognize that much as we might like to exercise our prerogatives and make our wishes felt over our own territory, it’s just not to be. We don’t see the situation clearly, so that what seems like reasonable effort or measures to take to us is, somehow, way off base–and if we do insist on going forward, we likely find the results are not at all what we intended them to be. Glitches and hold-ups signal the need to step back from pursuit of the current goal, no matter how inconsequential that goal seems; judgment is off, and inspecting too-closely relationships or finances simply amplifies hurt, feelings of inadequacy, and/ or resentments, putting us on a destructive path. Take refuge in the creative or the spiritual, and wait for more supportive influences to make your Will felt.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 12 September 2020 Big Opportunity–Jupiter Direct

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‘Jupiter’ By Hans Thoma {{PD}}

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . see that the powers-that-be are offering you something good–it might take a little effort, a little hard work, but you’re being dealt into the game–and to refuse to play, for whatever reason, will be like shooting yourself in the foot–you can blame it on someone else, but you picked up the gun and pulled the trigger. It’s a day when you really don’t want any of the typical excuses we as individuals use to avoid engagement with others, that stop us uncritically applying ourselves, or that make us feel righteous in withdrawing from the social expectations or larger public arena, from ruining what could be a genuine and highly fruitful opportunity. We have to be ready to accept new ideas into our thought-bubble, to adapt to fresh information or surprises, to proactively shape the aftermath of an accident or revelation to make the most of it–but doing so will benefit us in large and largely unanticipated ways.

So much of this is connected to Jupiter’s turnaround in Capricorn, freeing up the generous impulses of those empowered by the status quo, benefiting those who follow the rules (or those who previously balked at them, and now find the rules are changing in their favor). The first aspect Jupiter will move forward to form is a sextile to Neptune, signaling that it’s the season for creative endeavor, especially when that’s centered in hard work and serious effort, but also that it may be easy to succumb to the fabled ‘alternative facts’ if we aren’t committed to reality in an unbiased way.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See discussion of the recent Mars retrograde here–

Good Day To . . . 11 September 2020 Negotiating for Power

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‘Summer Night’ By Eilif Peterssen 1886 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . use relationships with those in power to reach your own power ends. Sounds ruthless, doesn’t it? What we’re really talking about is strategically leveraging relationships in a way (and this is really important) that is respectful of both positions and also doesn’t begrudge the other something they can use, as well. Too often we go into negotiations with someone we see as having superior power believing that we deserve something, but they don’t deserve anything, because we judge them to already have ‘more’. We forget that to get others to share their power to benefit us there must be something positive (even if it’s just a good feeling at doing the ‘right’ thing) in it for the other party–and that acknowledging the worthiness of others (even when we don’t agree with it, or don’t agree that they should have what they have) is basic to seeing everyone as worthy–it’s our belief in judgment, in thinking we get to make the call, that poisons many power related interactions.

We’re aided today in a number of ways; here are the potential boosts and cautions: we may be driven by wounds we’ve hidden (even from ourselves) and by those matters that hurt but that we are in denial of–luckily, there’s a real-world mechanism that may throw up barriers to us proceeding that can save us from ourselves–so the moral is, if something stops us from going forward, we’re being rescued from a move based on unsound motivations; we’re clear-eyed today, but that may not allow crisp mental reasoning–instead, try accessing Truths through vetting circumstances against ideals, by exercising the imagination, and by tapping into your own creativity, as well as enjoying creative manifestations from others.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See discussion of the recent Mars retrograde here–

Good Day To . . . 10 September 2020 A Better Tomorrow

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By mike winkelmann aka. beeple – behance.net, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86057145

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . let go of two things: illusions you carry about Love or Money, and thinking that arises from a wounded perspective. Both need to be done in service to a better tomorrow–the implication being that not doing one or both may result in a true relationship or financial crisis, or a line of reasoning that prompts some really poor decisions. How best to do this? Some hints to get you started: be as honest with yourself as possible about what’s actually gone down in the past, and about what you really want in your future–telling yourself tales about these, though soothing now, will put you in a bad spot in the weeks and months to come; be sensitive to others, especially if that’s not your usual style–the Moon in Cancer squaring Mercury in Libra today asks that you think about others’ feelings as much as your own, but communications must be clear and honest, without a hint of passive-aggression or ulterior, manipulative intent; and note that Merc is currently opposed Chiron and in about two days will quincunx Uranus, suggesting that communications that are driven by hurt or meant to wound will generate shocking or surprising events or accidents that will then require ‘clean-up’–so do your best to face relationships and financial matters head-on, and keep communications clear, clean, and rooted in the Truth.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See discussion of the recent Mars retrograde here–

Good Day To . . . 9 September 2020 Mars Retrograde: Inside the Vehicle

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Alexandre Louis – Album de photo de Marcel Louis 1910 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . keep your limbs and head inside the car! Were you ever driving along on a road trip that seemed to last forever, driving, driving, and idly put your hand out the window to watch it caught and buffeted by the wind, and had an adult (for you were only a child, just trying to stay occupied) yell at you, ‘Get your arms inside this car! Do you want them cut off as we pass that truck?!’ That’s this Mars retro in a nutshell: the perpetual threat of sudden limb (or is it head?) loss, over re-visiting recent issues surrounding temper, aggression, assertion, recent choices or actions, or Will. The vehicle is ourselves, and Mars is the fuel, deploying it the issue. And of course, losing your Aries-ruled noggin can have two forms: one is if others come at us and ‘take our heads off’ over something, and the other is if we lose control of ourselves. Both are distinct possibilities.

I like to look at the point when a body officially turns retrograde, as it seems to give us a snapshot of what the course of the retro promises (particularly what the early part holds in store). This happens at 3:23 PM PDT of the 9th at 28 Aries 08, but we’ve probably already gotten a preview as Mars slowed to a crawl then standstill in recent days. Late in Aries, his own sign, Mars is likely already beginning to chafe without the anticipated retro; the stress of reaching the end of the window for perfect personal expression, the kind that recognizes no boundaries and no need for cooperation or thought of others, and having that window shut (sending Mars into Taurus, a realm where Will matters not nearly so much as material reality and security) would have in any case have been causing excessive unrest, especially if one is feeling that the ‘I Am’ statements or expression of the Will hasn’t been as complete or successful as hoped. So, there would be a bit of an issue anyway, and along comes apparent retro status to offer the dissatisfied and over-anxious a chance to re-visit choices and efforts–which situation inevitably adds its own stress, as individuals feel the pressure of just one more chance to get ‘it’ right.

Mars is itself Void at this point, as it would make no other aspects (though we do observe that the Moon would soon sextile it, it matters not, as the Moon, too, would be Void by then). Void status adds a huge amount of stress as it signals energy in stasis, a status doubly difficult for a Self-starter like Mars. The implication is that while traversing the sign a Void body did all it could in that sign–and now must wait for a new ‘style’ (the next sign) to once again find expression. Mars, then, begins his retro highly frustrated–and looking for outlets.

The first aspect made by the retrograde body seems to ‘set the tone’ for the retro period. Here it’s an opposition to Juno in Libra that suggests empowerment within partnership or cooperative arrangements will face a climax or crisis point, when who has the ‘right’ (a very Aries word!) to do what within the situation is sorted out. Straightforward enough, yes? Then we see a quincunx to the Sun on the 19th, suggesting what’s been revealed so far during the retro requires adjustment to what we pay attention to, matters of identity, or both. Right after the Sun moves into Libra (relationships are great! isn’t everything pretty? don’t we all get along wonderfully!?) and less than a week after the quincunx Mars conjoins the Black Moon Lilith point, suggesting that our optimism about working it all out with others may have been overly rosy, premature, or just plain wishful thinking.

But it’s the next thing, a Cardinal T-square with Mars-BML opposed Mercury and all square Saturn in Capricorn, that brings it all home. Those things about our choices or actions that we’ve ignored, been in denial about, or that have been perpetrated out of suppressed rage (or that have stirred rage in others) is communicated from without (probably directly from others with whom we are in relationships or cooperative arrangements–Merc in Libra), and it makes for real-world conflict (especially with authorities or established entities that are seen as ‘legitimate’ or supported by the status quo), crises over boundaries, restrictions, or rules, or bottom-line practicalities we can’t get around that may generate ‘next steps’ and/ or arise from our actions and others’ reactions to them.

By Nasjonalbiblioteket from Norway – Livet paa Mars / Life on Mars, No restrictions, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60741535

So, hands, arms, and especially heads inside the car; know that your ‘drive’, whether literal or figurative, needs special care and attention, particularly when it comes to interaction and responsibilities shared with others. Being honest with ourselves about our own and others’ prerogatives, territory, and motivations will go a long way toward keeping us safely on the road, avoiding any fiery, temper-induced upsets.

If it’s any consolation, on the 9th the Sun also trines Jupiter=reach out, take opportunities, be optimistic, learn from what comes at you, and enjoy the day. We’ll have plenty of others that will be not-so-smooth, so rest and celebrate while and what you can.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 8 September 2020 Bricks

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By Jean-Noël Lafargue – Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=745477

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . know that destiny is empowerment, and empowerment is destiny. At first glance, I admit, that sounds like nonsense, but the flow of energy today is such that we act based on many accumulated choices that came before, and in acting we place another brick into the Path forward leading to our destiny. We act building on previous actions (and so have limited, in a sense, what we are currently empowered to do), which led us to where we are now, and we choose again based on that empowerment level, creating our next step, which has further implications for empowerment in the future. Today, more directly than on most days, we are quite literally laying the groundwork for our future. The best part is that we’re especially clear-eyed right now, able to see fantasy or bullsh*t for what it is, and so can rather easily avoid it in making our choice.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 7 September 2020 Mince Your Words

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‘Banquet With Mince Pie’ By Willem Claesz Heda 1635 If you look closely, you can see an ornate gilt salt cellar topped with with a figure of Neptune holding a trident and riding a sea-horse. What’s not to love? {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . be careful with what you communicate. We will be speaking and just being in a relatively unconscious state (no matter what your usual consciousness experience), speaking with the influence of wounds and those things we’re angry or in denial about, and so perhaps saying things, or even challenging the authority of others, entirely without meaning to. Just something it’s very important to be aware of.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Day To . . . 6 September 2020 Prickly Egos

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The 6th Is A Good Day To . . . try not to take obstructions to your Will to heart; they aren’t personal, though they’ll likely feel so, as Venus enters Leo and, as we say in the interrogation game, gets our ‘egos up’. It will appear things we’re actually fully empowered to do, have, or be will in some way be denied us, but you need to know, this denial is about the larger, structural issues that are frustrating a lot of movement or action, not just yours. Too, it may seem that partners or others with whom we have interdependent relationships may be the culprits (Juno in Libra) but again, this is a perceptual quirk, and/ or is really about a larger systemic barrier that could be causing a similar pressure to others, and this can be expected to travel up and down a hierarchy or ‘line’ of responsibility or authority, making it appear to be the fault of individuals, when most often it’s a manifestation of a broader set of suppressive circumstances. Stay cool; responding in exaggerated or off-the-cuff ways will only be digging yourself a small hole to climb out of later.

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Good Day To . . . 5 September 2020 Amp It Up

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‘Torre de Hércules’ By Camilo Díaz Baliño 1933 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . take your future firmly in hand. Efforts to build in the direction you desire should be serious, with attention concentrated on things that will truly matter. Don’t let that scare you; it’s a matter of aligning thoughts, actions, and relationships with highest values and priorities. Really, it’s how we should be aiming to operate all the time; this kind of harmony amps up and focuses energy in a way that brings a much bigger response from the Universe than we ever anticipated, as the unseen coordinates responses in support of our vision, sometimes even before we’ve recognized that vision ourselves!  Too, remind yourself of how past experiences empower you today, and act on health matters that need attention, or to preserve the positive state that exists now–you can head off future problems with smart precautions today.

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Good Day To . . . 4 September 2020 Stir It Up

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‘The Cook’ By Bernardo Strozzi c1625 {{PD}}

The 4th Is A Good Day To . . . stir things up by doing the unexpected, by being willing to reassess the past, open to seeing values and commitments in a refreshed light, and by knowing that the urge to action must be vetted through both the values and what you ‘know but don’t know’; to ignore either, or to pursue something you know to be impractical or unwise, would mean you lose the benefits that being consciously more tuned in and yet simultaneously more ready to take things in an unanticipated direction can and will confer.

Don’t be afraid of the basic and age-old conflicts between seeming opposites that may come up now, either. Don’t tie yourself in knots trying to maintain what you may see as your ‘traditional’ position. Instead realize that effectively dealing with (and so disarming) the opposition rests in not butting heads in the same old ways. Once again, stir it up, do the unexpected but smart, and new more effective ways of being and interacting open up to you.

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Good Day To . . . 3 September 2020 The Smart Thing

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‘Morning, Interior’ By Maximilien Luce 1890 {{PD}}

The 3rd Is A Good Day To . . . do what you love that also happens to be good for you. I know! How un-glamorous! But it’s also the smart thing, helping combat some stressful thoughts or messages received, and it looks out for your future reality–so all in all, a very good approach to take. And take note: with Mars retrograding in his own sign in just a few days, actions and choices will soon be much less clear, and much more likely to be triggered by anger, Willfulness, and ‘I want’–and that means judgment today may be considerably more in line with how you actually want to be in the world.

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Good Day To . . . 2 September 2020 Laser Focus

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The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . brace yourself! You’d think we’d get some respite after the emotional ordeal (or maybe I should be more diplomatic and say ‘experience’) of the Full Moon, but we just don’t. We may question matters of stability, love, wonder if we have an accurate view of the past or those things we’ve chosen to ignore, and we may question whether we’re really as unique or original in our creativity as we’ve been thinking. Is some Self-review a good idea? Always. Is trying to define anything that relies at least in part on the thoughts, assessments, or cooperation of others the way to go right now? Definitely not. The trick is really this: today, go after ambition and desire fulfillment with a laser focus, and have faith in your original and inventive impulses–because that’s where effective efforts and accomplishment lies right now.

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Full Moon 1 September 2020 Suspension

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‘Dubrovnik bei Mondlicht’ By Eduard Kasparides 1915 {{PD}}

The first thing that draws my attention is the tidy sextile of the Full Moon in Pisces to Uranus, and the second thing is the loose Finger of God with base of Moon-Earth sextile Pallas and apex of Vesta; there’s also a close sesquiquadrate to Venus in Cancer. Though the FM makes no conjunctions among the bodies I use, it does sit in a kind of suspension between Neptune and Ceres; I’m aware this isn’t a true midpoint picture, but somehow the overwhelmingly watery nature of the Full Moon scenario seems to ask that we notice this, maybe even more than the precise sextile to Uranus in Taurean Earth or the quincunx to Fiery Vesta–or maybe that’s the point, that being cradled as it is between two strong indicators of Water/ Nature may suggest that these qualities are prominent in the relationships among the closer FM aspects. It does land at the midpoint of the current Saturn-Black Moon Lilith square, describing the Full Moon events as representing a point of tension in all that we ignore, deny, or are enraged by in the reality picture or in current restrictions, rules, or assertions of authority.

The deets: perfection occurs at 10:22 PM PDT of the 1st at 10 Pisces 12. The aspects suggest a resolution to stresses, especially emotional ones, triggered by fuller understanding (Uranus), which leads to greater wisdom (Pallas), resulting in a solidification of highest values and commitments to those values (Vesta). This will be very welcome, considering how we live in a kind of suspension at present, one consisting of the threats from a water-borne, communicable, difficult-to-contain virus (Neptune) and the reactions of Mother Nature Herself, via the effects of global warming, on-going food availability, production, affordability, and distribution issues, and the vagaries of Nature in terms of weather and planetary health, which have taken a decided uptick in extremity and impact on both the ecosystem itself and on humanity.

That Finger could also bring sudden accident or surprise to which we have to respond practically or wisely (the latter translating as ‘doing what we know we should, rather than what we want’), with the outcome a freshly realized dedication or new commitment (perhaps unexpected, and possibly arising from the way something else ends at this point courtesy of the closures that typically accompany the Full Moon)–or perhaps this need to respond smartly comes from our own or others’ rebellion–which may or may not successfully lead us to a clearer understanding of and dedication to our highest values.

The sesquiquadrate of the Full Moon to Venus in Cancer is troubling, though. It calls us to immerse ourselves in our relationships, to swim in our feeling, to relate to financial situations or assets emotionally–and yet when done through the Piscean lens of the Full Moon in difficult (sesquiquadrate) aspect we are likely to be overwhelmed or to find upset that we or others don’t care enough, or that material matters may swamp us and make it feel as if it’s impossible to recover. Our fears in these areas, our relationships and our finances, are apt to be exaggerated–know that your perspective is off, and don’t act in these areas at this time, as you’ll surely misjudge the severity of the situation.

The FM’s semi-square to each component of the square between Saturn and BML suggests that real-world events, endings, or restrictions/ delays we experience at this point arise directly from circumstances we’ve ignored or denied–and that says that Full Moon occurrences offer us the chance to respond to these things (maybe even require it). The FM event is ‘pressured’ by the unrecognized, unacknowledged, and reality itself–which may give FM events the feeling of being forced, to at least some degree.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Men Traveling A Narrow Path, Seeking Illumination’. In concert with this we look at the source of the Full Moon’s light, the Sun Sabian: ‘In Her Baby A Mother Sees Her Deep Longing For A Son Answered’. These together suggest that we may find ourselves dedicating energies to a relatively narrow or focused Path at this time; this has the qualities of Vesta, which just so happens to be at the apex of the Finger, and represents our most revered values, causes, and principles. Expect to discover what is truly precious to you, particularly via the emotions, and then allow events to unfold, waiting a bit for emotional extremes to recede: what you’re left with will be what’s most important, what you should serve, protect, and support.

 

Good Day To . . . 31 August 2020 Challenges of the Cross

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Not the kind of cross we’re talking about, but still–Shillito Cross in Shillito Woods, Ramsley Moor, Derbyshire, probably erected by monks from Beauchief Abbey during the 13th Century as a navigation aid for travellers to outlying fields. Photo By Martinvl CC BY-SA 4.0

The 31st Is A Good Day To . . . focus on a Cardinal Grand Cross that lasts through the 2nd and then on the 3rd adds Mars to the arm with Black Moon Lilith; the other factors are Venus, Juno and Saturn. This is the cross that all of our challenges, anxieties, and upsets get hung on today, with our own sense of empowerment, our relationships and/ or finances, and the physical and solid perceptual reality picture all supplying components that in some degree we’ll each need to deal with. Here are the things everyone will deal with: hidden or denied matters either make themselves known or must be acknowledged or dealt with directly; our own position (the one that says, ‘I am in charge of me and my issues’) stands in conflict with our relationships, our finances, or both; reality presents some walls, some non-negotiable terms, or some endings. Know that what we are stopped from doing, however this obstacle presents itself, is to our benefit; it would’ve cost us (money or love), or would’ve created its own barriers to or curtailing of our empowerment, if we’d gotten our way. Don’t forget: the Universe really is looking out for us, if we’ll just accept/ listen.

The Cardinal nature of this configuration means we may already be in motion when confronted by one or more of these matters, or that we have seen these things developing. Though the need to deal with things may have a sudden urgency, or may seem to come out of the blue, it doesn’t really take us by surprise; Saturn retro tells us we’ve known about at least some of this for a long time, and now Saturn ‘delivers’ it to us in a way we can’t avoid. The addition of Mars on the 3rd says the individual will be required to make choices or take action on what’s before them at that point–or may signal that we are forced to do so by someone else, or that our own anger or aggression brings things to a head.

There is a simple-but-not-easy-to-implement way of handling all this: we ‘shine a light’ on those matters that normally fall into our ‘blind spot’ (which calls for a high degree of Self-awareness)–or, we listen without mental or emotional intrusion to our instincts. If we can do that, access what we ‘know but don’t know’, we can do well, taking the natural impetus to confront and complete issues or advance an agenda of a Cardinal Cross and using it to our benefit (Sun parallel Sedna).

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Good Day To . . . 30 August 2020 Resisting Power, Resisting Beauty

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The formation suggests a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal; this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . ask: what is it about resisting those we perceive as having power that makes us feel good about ourselves? It seems inversely proportional: we are ‘good’ in direct relationship to how ‘bad’ we see the power person being–but that, we should become conscious of, is totally irrational. We do not gain virtue when we stand next to someone we judge negatively; that’s a particular kind of magical thinking that most of us don’t question. It’s entirely human to paint our assessments of others with value judgments unique to our lens (or more often, to our tribe)–but we need to know that the assumptions we make that derive from that are fiction, not fact.

And, when this prompts us to indulge on a regular basis in a form of oppositional-defiant disorder, we undercut ourselves and our causes without even realizing it. To contradict, to say no to, to defy and deny, simply because the opposite party seems to wield more power than we do (or because we think that the act of saying yes is a form of cooperation that gives away our power) is its own form of handing away our power, in that we see ourselves as denying power to the Other, but we may fail to note we are also cutting off options for our own power expression. We may feel powerful in the moment, but this is the power of being against something, and for nothing, other than our right to say no. To see ourselves as receiving virtue from that act just compounds the issue (and may in some cases simply be a way we justify our choices, a way to feel good about something that may, in some instances, not represent our best interests at all).

Power is a long game that requires not just facing the reality that’s before us but also acknowledging those things that everyone else may look away from–that’s where the power actually lies, as those who operate from the fullest awareness of the entire reality picture invariably win. Too, in engaging in power struggles (for they are struggles, even when there’s no overt tug-of-war) we may also resist the beauty or value that may come with cooperation. Today, no fairy tales, and use values to heal where you can, either taking action on them and remedying some hurt, or soothing wounds by rising above them.

(Seemed important to share today’s aspects: Chiron trine Vesta, Mercury opp and contra-parallel Neptune and parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus opp and Sun sesq Pluto)

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Good Day To . . . 29 August 2020 Observational Lens

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Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques. NASA, Photo By Astronaut Michael Edward Fossum {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . get out of our own heads. We think and speak too much from hurt if we’re not Self-aware (and who is totally conscious? Most of us are at least softening the edges of reality with a largely harmless observational lens), so being as cognizant of real-world circumstances and details as possible is important. The best (quality and success-wise) ideas are backed by ideals, and we currently have the ability to transmit these to the social order, so do your best to infuse interaction with a big shot of integrity-based decisions, viewpoints, and action. Live Your Truth, and be on the lookout for the kinds of irony, contradiction, and hypocrisy that can overtake us when we stray from our Highest Values.

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Good Day To . . . 28 August 2020 Hammer of the Gods

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‘God the Father Creating the Heavens’ By Jean-Charles François 1760 {{PD}}

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . talk about the astrological health picture–of ourselves, of the Earth–and Nature’s responses to our efforts to tamp down Her assertions (for what’s a virus but a living thing sent out into the world by Mom to compete for territory and success with other living things? A creative statement, perhaps, or a created statement, generated by the Mother of All Earthly Creation, Ceres.)

There’s a Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for the Norse among us) with a base of Venus-Zeus in Cardinal signs (compelling action because we care–Cancer–about others/ loved ones–Libra) and apex of Earth-Ceres, with the Sun semi-square each factor of the base. This is a picture of everything we care about, everything we reach for and want for ourselves as human beings, in a crisis (square) situation, with the inevitable outcome showing in a difficult relationship to Nature (Ceres) and our material surroundings (Earth), a need to adjust our interaction to the needs of the planet, and a need to take into consideration her other inhabitants, as well.

The configuration itself is a punishing one. A Fist always describes a clash (the base square) between two disparate energies that are trying to find a way to resolve their issues and work together; even if they don’t find a way to mesh, the result is the energy at the apex, and it’s in the way the base energies have either resolved their clash, or failed to, that determines whether the apex energies manifest in a positive or negative manner.

This Fist stresses all that we love (Venus) in its conflict relationship to our own appetites and heedless desires, our thoughtless taking-what-we-want (Zeus), and asks us to consider what needs of the environment (Earth) would cause the response that Nature (Ceres) makes. For instance, in answer to global warming, Nature deploys the current unprecedented hurricane situation in the US gulf; for the first time we’re seeing two hurricanes at once, and storm Laura at the time of this writing promises something I’ve never heard in US hurricane forecasting before: an unsurvivable storm surge of 20 feet. If you are a reader in the storm zone, I hope you made it out of there, and are sheltered, safe, and warm!

So, we’re challenged to both admit how our appetites have affected the natural order, and admit that we are the only ones who can do anything about the disruption; Nature is only responding to our interaction with her and her creations–it’s up to us to learn respect, before we as living organisms are overwhelmed ourselves.

Ad for “Pluto Water” laxative by Pluto Water company. Text at the bottom recommends it as a preventative for Spanish Influenza. Printed in LA Herald Oct 1918. Pluto water contained an assortment of minerals, most notably lithium salts.

The only other thing of which I’d like to make note is the Cardinal square of Pluto to Juno. This simply points to the tension of a power struggle that calls for action (the Cardinal placement). Here we may see the power establishment sparring with the kind of empowerment that comes from cooperative efforts (Juno in Libra). The resistance of the power elite to sharing that power can’t be overestimated. In any case, it’s a day to reflect on all that it’s within our power to do, whether we admit/ recognize we hold that power or not.

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Good Day To . . . 27 August 2020 Creating Drag + A Mini-Lesson on Zeus

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‘Dreams’ By Ellen Montalba 1880s {{PD}}

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . profit from, share, or invest in the Creative and/ or the Ideals. Dreams come True–or do they? It’s a day when our positive fantasies come to life, our dream of Money or Love may materialize, or what we’ve imagined we’d love appears, happens, or we finally have the opportunity to engage in–and we may suddenly be faced with the way fulfilling our desires isn’t what we thought it would be. It’s not that we find out we don’t want what we dreamed of–instead it’s that when we get it we see that it doesn’t actually support our ambitions, that it adds complications to the desire picture, that it throws up impediments to our goals, that it brings forward conflicts we didn’t anticipate, or in some other way doesn’t serve what we’ve been aiming for. The question then is, which needs adjustment, our ambitions or our dreams?

There’s something else important here of which we should take note: when we hold contradictory dreams, imaginings, goals, or even entertain and relate to contradictory beliefs or standards, we set up a dynamic that almost guarantees both internal dissonance and difficulty creating what we want. We can hold the recognition that something can be two things at once, and we can accept that, without causing friction; it’s when we hold two contradicting absolutes in our minds that trouble occurs. If we dream of a life of freelance mountain climbing with no fixed address but also want a life shared day in and day out with our family and to nest at home, we find that these dreams don’t support each other: we find we can’t live a life of ‘no strings’ and also have all the ‘strings’ that come with intimate involvement in family life and the making of a home.

Or something like this: we believe we are good because we are a follower of ‘X’, which/ who teaches that killing is wrong–and yet we’re okay with killing when we judge someone to have broken another of X’s dictates, or even when someone else has broken that prohibition against killing–suddenly we think we should have the power to punish for the offense–but then that makes us killers, too. How can we still judge ourselves to be adherents to our faith (and therefore ‘good’) if we don’t follow the rules (no matter how good we judge the excuse to break them to be)? Therein lies the conflict, one we may successfully ignore for a long time.

Carrying these kind of contradictory intentions/ standards can have the overall effect of creating drag on our ability to accomplish, beyond any internal discord we may feel (and often this discord exists inside us consciously undetected). Influences like those we are under today can bring out the contradictions, the discord, or can present us with certain clashes within our own presumptions, beliefs, or expectations that can (but no longer should) be ignored.

For a few of us, today will feature a major deception or misperception centered in Love or Money; for some others it brings something that feels like ‘True Love’, and to you I say, Enjoy it! Time will tell whether it’s actually the dream situation it seems to be–and I genuinely hope it is.

ZEUS TAPINAĞI Photo By Ali Hakan İlban CC BY-SA 4.0

(To help you understand what’s happening today, the newly perfected aspects are Venus trine Neptune and square Zeus, and Sun semi-sq Zeus. For those unfamiliar, Zeus signifies our ambitions, our desires, our lusts, even, and a certain hubris that accompanies a passionate insistence that our want justifies our taking–think of Zeus swooping down on any number of individuals in order to sate his appetites, many times deceiving in order to fulfill his desire. Zeus also reps the kind of passion that drives a dream, that helps us set goals, that keeps us moving forward. When you read it in a chart, keep in mind both the positive, hard-working ambition to make things better and to achieve, and the pushy arrogance and inclination to just take what’s wanted–either, or both alternately, can be at work. Too, Zeus may carry an added potential relating to someone who holds power such that an individual seeks to access power through relationship to, often when the kind of power desired would be unavailable to the individual otherwise. See a brief example of this here)

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Good Day To . . . 26 August 2020 Action!

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‘Runddans i Græsted’ By Julius Paulsen 1909 {{PD}}

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . put ideas into action. I know! Lately it’s seemed like we can’t move forward without risking putting a foot wrong, but today that changes: action, especially when we channel what we’ve learned to build the future, is supported, and thinking is ‘bright’, purposeful, and empowering. Two caveats: rather than focus on ambitions, seek to affect what you know needs attention, choose to do things that are right; and keep highest values in mind with each choice–that way you can’t go wrong.

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Good Day To . . . 25 August 2020 Mash-Up

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‘Wooded Landscape’ By Albert Bierstadt {{PD}}

The 25th Is A Good Day To . . . take a deep breath; then get your bearings before going forward. Today is a mash-up of numerous, sometimes conflicting, influences; here are some pointers on how to sort it out: trust your sense of uniqueness, of individuality, of originality, as it’s not only aligned with inner wisdom and practicality, but is keyed to support both ambition fulfillment and mental acuity. Don’t count on ‘luck’ to get you through–doing so will end up costing you. Nature is your friend today; the social sphere, not so much. And whatever you do, don’t let negative fantasies overwhelm efforts or send you into a dark place–the operative world is ‘fantasies’, meaning ‘not real’.

That Fist of God I talked about on the 23rd (Saturn-Mars square, apex Mercury) perfects today. Here’s what I said then–just add sparkles: “it funnels a good deal of existing but denied upset, shame, tension, desire for power, and thwarted Will into a critical assessment of what’s before us, including those with whom we interact–no wonder things explode!”

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Good Day To . . . 24 August 2020 Battering Ram

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Battering ram found in 2010 at a depth of 81 metres in the area of the battle of the Aegadian islands, fought on 10 March 241 BC, during the First Punic War. Carved inscription in Punic letters: “May this [ram] be directed against the ship with the wrath of Ba’al, who makes it possible to reach the mark, may this go and strike the hewn shield in the centre.“ {{PD}}

The 24th Is A Good Day To . . . refuse to be a human battering ram! With Mars square Saturn it’s the Will (and sometimes an angry, temperamental, insistent, I-must-have-my-way-Will) that makes us put our heads (so Martian!) down and run directly at immovable objects. And have no doubt, what we want to shove, topple, or punch today WILL NOT BUDGE. With each body in its own sign, each force is at its strongest–and so each side will spend a great deal of energy, one to impose a want, one to resist any change, a pointless expenditure. We are pushed to act out like this by our own denied inner torment, by wounds we’ve not yet made peace with, and by the way our minds prompt us to do anything other than deal with our issues (Merc sesq Black Moon Lilith, qnx Chiron, and semi-sq Hygeia). Face what’s really bothering you, and you won’t need to storm any walls, or exhaust yourself in defending your own.

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Good Day To . . . 23 August 2020 The Fist of Power

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William; Barge on the River, Sunset; Tate; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/barge-on-the-river-sunset-202413

The 23rd Is A Good Day To . . . tread with care around Power. I hate having to tell you that, but it seems attempts at communicating our ideas or just going about our business (even when it doesn’t involve or infringe upon others) stirs up some surprisingly pernicious conflict. It’s as if those in power (and in those places where you hold power, this applies to you, too) will see themselves as threatened, even when no threat exists. That suggests that everyone may become aware they’ve somehow exceeded their rightful limits–and what does a guilty conscience do? It reacts as if that’s what’s being done to them! So, cultivate awareness of where your territory begins and ends, don’t overstep it, maybe reassure others you don’t see them as carrying a target on their backs, and a great deal of the tension and subliminal fear might dissipate.

Sources: Merc opposes and Juno sesquiquadrates Ceres–see what I mean? The real corker, though, is the Fist of God with base of Pluto-Black Moon Lilith, apex Virgoan Mercury–it funnels a good deal of existing but denied upset, shame, tension, desire for power, and thwarted Will into a critical assessment of what’s before us, including those with whom we interact–no wonder things explode! This lasts through its perfection on the 25th, at least.

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Good Day To . . . 22 August 2020 The Flip Side

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By Arkhip Kuindzhi 1878 {{PD}}

The 22nd Is A Good Day To . . . be aware that there might be a lot troubling us below the surface. The ways we have strayed from our own highest values, the ways we’ve failed to achieve particular goals, and the ways that hurt has crippled our ability to act effectively and to choose correctly will all be lurking under conscious awareness and so making us see ourselves in a particular, unflattering way. That means we could waste an entire day feeling bad and fearing we haven’t done what we need to do–which leads us to feeling bad about ourselves once again, and around and around.

What we need to know is this: at some point we will become aware of, even begin to obsess over, these whispering upsets, and it’s our job to realize that the lens through which we’re seeing things is shaped and distorted by the fears our imaginations cook up. Awareness that we have moved away from our ideals is a good thing, because it tells us what we need to do; pretending that there’s no way to re-align ourselves, to re-fresh our commitments, or to forgive ourselves for goals not met, is not. As the Sun moves into Virgo, use its bright spotlight to look at ways we can better reach for aims, handle details, assess matters, and better conduct ourselves, and remember: the flip side of criticism is forgiveness.

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Here’s the recent New Moon–

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A Good Day To . . . 21 August 2020 Unfacts

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3 September 1967: Road traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right. Jan Collsiöö – Så var det {{PD}}

The 21st Is A Good Day To . . . know your own mind. The danger is that the social order will, let’s just be blunt, try to feed you a line of bullsh*t–and it’s up to you to recognize the unhealthiness of what’s presented. The way the instincts naturally recoil, if we pay heed, will tell us all we need to know about the veracity of the material. The Sun and Mercury will be parallel, though Merc will be in Virgo and the Sun in that last, stressed degree of Leo, possibly indicating some jarring criticisms of the Self that shake us mightily–and, if we accept them, that set us up to swallow the ‘un-facts’ the social sphere will try to persuade us are not just reality, but possibly our only option (Merc sesq Jupiter). There’s a cost to not listening to what we know (Venus semi-sq Sedna), to our inner wisdom, or just to that plain, cut-to-the-chase practical voice that sounds when we must cut through the confusion and find our way.

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Here’s the recent New Moon–

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Good Day To . . . 20 August 2020 Unsure

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‘An der Marktmauer’ By Karl Hermann Otto Müller-Samerberg 1946 {{PD}}

The 20th Is A Good Day To . . . take a step back. As we have so often lately, we’re prompted to invest in something decidedly unwise–but why? We’re seriously alienated from our own instincts; call it a lack of Self-trust, a lack of trust in the Universe, or maybe just an unwillingness to see reality as it is (for to see it would mean we would have to deal with it). Whatever it is, we’re bleeding assets (friends, intimate relationships, money, things we value), breeding unsureness around who we are at core, and prompting ourselves to question our very purpose–and none of that is good–in fact, it’s not just passively negative, it’s actively damaging. Our best course today might be titled, ‘No Sudden Moves’. The inclinations are so subliminally pessimistic that keeping our balance temporarily is key to not succumbing to despair or nihilism. Stick to what you know, and don’t let this overly gloomy lens persuade you it’s the real state of things–it’s just not. No blame of yourself or others, and a little kindness, is the most effective way to get through the day.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Here’s the recent New Moon–

Good Day To . . . 19 August 2020 Unmade

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It almost looks like she’s holding a tablet! ‘Den syge pige’ By Michael Peter Ancher 1882 {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . ask yourself what’s the worst choice you could make? The influences are such that we may be tempted to burn it all down to the ground, spurred by everything we wish wasn’t so, by every lie we’ve told ourselves, by every instinct we reject. We are quite clearly focused on meeting goals and fulfilling ambitions; it’s all the things we refuse to see, refuse to handle, that get in our way. We have an unhealthy passion to gaze into the abyss, and then we’re shocked when it gazes back! But there’s nothing in that dark space of the heart that we didn’t put there ourselves, and that should be reassuring: there is nothing that we’ve made, at least energetically, that can’t be unmade. Refuse to destroy, refuse to entertain that ‘worst choice’, and instead transform what’s before you–it’s not only the best thing to do, it’s the right and responsible thing to do.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Here’s the recent New Moon–