20 January 2017 Reverence

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Marianne Stokes - 'The Queen and the Page' 1895 {{PD}}

Marianne Stokes – ‘The Queen and the Page’ 1895 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Whether we are aware of it or not, we may revere those in power, those who have or even exert authority, and we may value any power expression we can muster, too. From those too invested in seeing themselves as harmless, as victims, or as manifesting only positivity in the world, we may see passive-aggression, the undermining of others, or righteous attack, all delivered without any idea of the irony caused by the disparity between their Self-image and their actions; with those inclined to Self-assertion anyway, going overboard may happen without much thought, making for a harsher impact than intended. For everyone else, standing middle-of-the-road aggression-wise, we may see equal possibilities for getting caught up in the hoopla, or for simple retreat, when what’re known colloquially as Anglo-Saxon terms (or punches!) start to fly. Reverence for our highest values, rather than for the power to implement them, is vital, and putting relationships and financial well-being (though both are under pressure) above the need to make a statement will go a long way toward thwarting unconscious expressions and avoiding the influence to thinking of repressed or denied issues (Vesta trine Black Moon Lilith, Venus sxt Pluto and contra-parallel Ceres, Mercury sxt Pallas and nov Black Moon Lilith)

'Strawberry' Photo by Theo Crazzolara CC BY 4.0 2016

‘Strawberry’ Photo by Theo Crazzolara CC BY 4.0 2016

Today’s word image is strawberries. I leave this image for completely personal interpretation. For me, strawberries are an allergen, something that makes me prickle and itch, and thoroughly miserable–which makes me think there’s something front-and-center in my life that is causing the same irritation, and I’ve not yet made the connection.

For those born with the Sun at 0 Aquarius: Emotional conflicts, dilemmas, and upsets may get the lion’s share of your attention this year, Aquarius; it may be a continual state of feeling crisis, despite you more than likely feeling you are the only unemotional, rationally reasoning Being in your world! That means you may be prone to project your emotional reactions onto others, attributing upsets to them rather than to your need to deal with what you feel. Do your best to understand and accept your own feelings, as they may cause difficulties in relationships or financial situations from which you can’t recover. On the up side, this Solar year brings you surprising opportunities, and you’ll be able to make effective critical assessment of your activities and so know whether they’re actually taking you in the direction you want to go. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 1 Aquarius: This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may spend a lot of time clearing out what no longer serves your aims; even when you think you’re doing something else, you will be vetting the landscape for what must go, change, or transform into a thing more useful to you. It’s all good to be so focused on what needs to change, but you’ll need to be careful not to forget relationships or your own financial needs along the way; the zealous way you pursue reform this year may hamper, rather than enhance, reaching goals, unless you keep the need for both Love and assets in mind. Good luck, Aquarius, and Happy Birthday!

19 January 2017 Disruptors

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Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach  before 1913 {{PD}}

Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach before 1913 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Disruptions are subtle, and disruptors appear to carry the sanction of the social sphere or seem to have ‘the facts’ behind them–but on all sides, what we’re really seeing is a creative interpretation of the reality picture, one that encourages a sense of righteousness and so seems to convey the right to push back against what we don’t like. We’d be a lot better served by vetting the group stance against the facts in evidence (and possibly in keeping what we find to ourselves), by incorporating ‘what is’ into the dream (and so accepting and working with the reality picture), by avoiding indulgence that can deteriorate health, while showing a hearty respect for information and for those willing to take action–and if we don’t agree, we need to get up, get out, and do the same (Jupiter contra-parallel Uranus, Mars sq Saturn and Mercury parallel Saturn, Venus sq Hygeia, Sun enters Aquarius and nov Neptune)

Luigi Bazzani {{PD}}

Luigi Bazzani {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a family of ancient Rome, gathered in the peristylium (inner open courtyard) of their domus, as they prepare to leave for good. This image has some particular implications beyond the situation of a family leaving their home. As Roman culture began to lose cohesiveness (and the empire its grip on lands near and far) there came a point when the old style of house was abandoned altogether; the style, when revived later, became the template for the religious cloister. The word image doesn’t delve into why the family is leaving, and that suggests that our focus should be on the scene itself. We may be called upon to abandon something familiar, something with ‘ancient’ roots, that seemed safe, that we thought of as ‘home’, and that this leave taking is part of our spiritual evolution (as symbolized by the use of this style going from personal abode to cloister)–and this idea of evolution is valid no matter what the surface reason for moving on.

For those born with the Sun at 29 Capricorn: There’s something coming this Solar year, through to your next birthday, that will shape how you present yourself, as well as how you think of yourself, in the future. Whether this is a single event or a pressure or circumstance of longer duration, it will require you to modify the current personality, Self-image, way of meeting the world, and in doing so will alter the life course. Could I be any more vague? No–and the only further hint to what’s coming lies in something (or many things) that reflect an Aquarian nature (individuals, groups, modern methods, higher reasoning and the intellect, a capacity for understanding, high tech, philosophy, the radical or revolutionary, accidents and the unexpected or surprising). Just remember, it’s not what happens that’s important, it’s how you choose to respond–that keeps most of the control in your hands. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

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18 January 2017 A Beautiful Genius

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'The Elements' JEH Macdonald {{PD}}

‘The Elements’ JEH Macdonald {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: When I talk about a beautiful genius, I don’t mean an individual or even an individual choice or thought, I mean an attitude, a viewpoint, a lens through which we observe most sharply the way beauty, love, talent, or assets sustains our rightful place, and vice versa, how our position and power may nurture the beauty all around us, especially that found in relationships. It’s the meshing of power, place, and beauty that focuses intentions and actions and takes them to a higher, inspired level. To fit this lens to our personal perspective, we’ll have to make adjustments to how we’re thinking and seeing, particularly to subtle but influential programming we have mistaken for instinct (Juno qnx Sedna, Venus nov Ceres)

Here's a fellow. {{PD}}

Here’s a fellow. {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: men in kilts! How could I have gone most of my life with only a handful of these sightings, then in the space of a single day, seen three, each in a completely different place (so it wasn’t some kind of clan gathering or club of guys who like skirts!) Certainly being pant-less has been practiced in many forms for millennia, but I think right now, kilts are a thing. Look around you for something rare that you’re suddenly seeing a lot, and consider what it says about undercurrents (or under-things!) and trends in your world.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Capricorn: This year you’re faced with a difficult task: to define once and for all what your highest values really encompass, and what holding those values might require you to do. It’s imperative that you are honest with yourself; it’s also imperative that once you have nailed down your value-concepts, you take steps to make them a centerpiece in your life. Will this cause much disruption? It depends on what your values truly turn our to be. Be fearless, in assessing what matters, and in then changing your life to express this. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

17 January 2017 Foreshadowing the Future

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Joseph DeCamp  'The Blue Cup' 1908 {{PD}}

Joseph DeCamp ‘The Blue Cup’ 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We undermine our own choices and actions because of our awareness of the judgment the social order may pass on us; both eyes on the target, rather than one on our goal, one on social feedback, is definitely in order. To do this we’ll need to embrace (or alternately, completely get rid of) our real-world values expressions and commitments–it’s a point when we see where our energy is really going–and by eliminating that which doesn’t reflect our highest standards, we protect and support what really matters, simply by making our energy more available to it. Loving relationships can show us what’s smart; so can money matters, oddly enough. And perhaps most important, we need to know that everything communicated at this point foreshadows our future; believe the messages both in and behind words, thoughts, and other energy exchanges, as they tell us what others (and we ourselves) will be doing, responding to, and thinking in the days and months to come (Mars qnx Jupiter, Venus parallel Pallas, Mercury trine NN, Sun opp Vesta)

Eggs of the British warblers. {{PD}}

Eggs of the British warblers. {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a round of robins; on a winter morning they hop across the grass. This symbol may be noteworthy for a couple of reasons: robins are notorious for their singularity; they don’t really flock, so when there are many in one place, it’s considered unusual. They are also known for ‘listening’ for their food, rather than looking for it; they hear worms churning below ground but close to the surface when weather has been wet but the sun has returned. This image suggests 1) we may find ourselves resistant to getting together with others–but it turns out we all have a common aim, and 2) we’re going to have to listen, in all its forms, if we want a good result from our seeking–seeing and even intuiting isn’t going to be enough.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Capricorn: You’ve worked hard to right wrongs, attend to what’s been ignored, and to clean out the closets in general–so what, now? Your previous efforts have shown you that the most important thing you can do to stay on track with goals and to improve life is to find out and commit to clearly those things, people, causes that reflect your highest and most heartfelt values–so that’s what you must do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. You’re ready, and most important of all, taking action at this time, and making choices, brings all kinds of healing, and so peace–and that’s good to hear, isn’t it? Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

 

 

16 January 2017 Fighting Nature

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'Miranda -- The Tempest' 1916 John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

‘Miranda — The Tempest’ 1916 John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today we find ourselves fighting Nature (or the nature of the thing with which we’re dealing), and we have to ask, Why? For some it will be the need to support the illusion of originality or independence (if these people would only remember to ask themselves, is there anything ever that’s truly new, or truly without ties? No–and that means they needn’t be so hard on themselves), for others a fear of committing resources (fear of not having ‘enough’), and for still others it’s an unthinking expression of the wound (‘I act out and lash out, because I don’t want to recognize my hurt’). Being as conscious as possible of our own and others ‘blind spots’, especially those areas we want to ignore, deny exist, or that enrage us, trusting ourselves to be strong enough to respond adequately to anything, and vowing to resist our own inclination to push back with authorities, will go a long way toward smoothing out ups and downs, and will help take us forward, rather than sideways or back (Uranus semi-sq Pallas, Mars conj Chiron and contra-parallel Ceres, Venus sesq Vesta, Sun sxt Black Moon Lilith)

This is called 'The Love Letter', but could apply to today's word image, if we think of it as someone trying to get you to stop loving yourself. Ferdinand Georg Waldmueller - 'Der Liebesbrief' 1848 {{PD}}

This is called ‘The Love Letter’, but could apply to today’s word image, if we think of it as someone trying to get you to stop loving yourself. Ferdinand Georg Waldmueller – ‘Der Liebesbrief’ 1848 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is hate mail. Whether it comes in a pretty perfumed envelope in snail mail or through email, Twitter, over a loudspeaker, or wrapped nicely in a passive-aggressive remark, it’s all the same: an advertisement for the nastiness that lives inside the speaker. Remember to whom that ick belongs, next time someone tries to gift you with it.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Capricorn: You’re beyond the reach of authorities this Solar year in some very important way; the only thing that can trip you up is your own propensity to ignore, deny, or become righteous over what you’d rather not see. What offers you this Super Power? A firm grounding in what’s important in your life, and a sureness about what you want to dedicate your energy to and for. Bonus hint: your mate needs to be your best friend–don’t put them, consciously or not, into the enemy camp. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

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15 January 2017 Undercurrents

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The Nix as a brook horse by Theodor Kittelsen 1908 {{PD}}

The Nix as a brook horse by Theodor Kittelsen 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Subtle undercurrents of ambition, lust, want, and the urge for dominion (a slightly different expression than a straight-for-power grab) will flow beneath the social, creative, and fact-based realities, today; be aware that every interaction is a statement, and believe every statement for the power need/ want it expresses. Look out for the ambitious, and Artists, look to Nature for inspiration (Jupiter parallel Zeus, Neptune semi-sq Ceres)

You've got your girl, you've got your Sun, you've got your space helmet--where's the friend? "Girl in Faroese Costume" by Edel Davidsen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

You’ve got your girl, you’ve got your Sun, you’ve got your space helmet–where’s the friend? “Girl in Faroese Costume” by Edel Davidsen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a child’s drawing, of the child-artist and her best friend. Imagine the child-artist is you, right now–who would be in that picture with you, your crayon hands linked, a bright Sun shining down on you? How successfully do you nurture that inner child in the present? You’ll likely see how crucial the connection to this individual is, once you look at it in these terms.

Here they are! "Children of Different Skin Colour" by Snorri Petersen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

Here they are! “Children of Different Skin Colour” by Snorri Petersen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Capricorn: You may feel like you’re flying blind this year, but don’t give up; this is an elaborate mechanism you’ve devised in order to bring those things hidden, denied, or that enrage to the surface to be handled, and it’s in the handling that you learn your greatest lesson: You have what you need to know deep inside, and what occurs this Solar year, through to your next birthday, will require you to both trust your own instincts and learn not to suppress or ignore input you don’t like. Now that doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Assets for the year include the way you will develop enhanced critical thinking, the way you will find spiritual sustenance, and, after a struggle, the way the creative urge will serve you. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

14 January 2017 Love Under the Sun

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Even if it's not summer where you are, it may feel like it. 'Nevelzon (A sunny morning)' Leo Gestel 1910 {{PD}}

Even if it’s not summer where you are, it may feel like it. ‘Nevelzon (A sunny morning)’ Leo Gestel 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: No matter where you are, or what the weather, it’s going to feel bright and sunny; Love, Opportunity, Reward, Wisdom, whatever asset you value should surround you aplenty, and the resources or opportunity needed to advance ambitions is right there. There are only a couple of things that might keep that bounty tantalizingly out of reach: rejection of our own instincts; confusion fostered by ‘the group’ or our own contrary inclinations; or what Stuart Smalley (now known as Senator Al Franken) used to refer to as “stinkin’ thinkin'”, where we mentally chew the negative ad infinitum–and this can cause us to unknowingly refuse an offering, simply because we won’t recognize it! Remedy is found in accepting that things are okay, if not perfect, and in focusing on what’s going right, on gratitude, rather than adopting a gloomy or pessimistic or reform-minded bent just because that seems more useful (because today it’s not, and will actually lead us into deceiving ourselves) (Venus parallel Jupiter and Zeus, contra-parallel Sedna and Uranus, Merc parallel Pluto, Sun nov Pallas and Hygeia, trine Sedna, sq Ceres, and semi-sq Neptune)

What won't we make dioramas of? Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk History of surgical anaesthesia, Mortar, Diorama. The first surgical operation carried out with a general anaesthetic. CC BY 4.0

What won’t we make dioramas of? Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk History of surgical anaesthesia, Mortar, Diorama. The first surgical operation carried out with a general anaesthetic.
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Today’s word image is an incompetent anesthesiologist. Nobody wants that in real life, of course; someone lax or unskilled could kill the patient. As a symbol, though, this is a little complicated. Nobody falls into this profession; it takes years of specialized study and licensing–so then what could cause the incompetence? Inattention, certainly, though again, no one chooses this because they want an easy job. No, the incompetence comes from personal breakdown, mental or emotional, possibly spawning alcohol or drug abuse out of control, and that breakdown and response is itself just a surface reaction to something deeper: despair, depression, a kind of Cosmic indifference, a Universal anger. Maybe this is an admonition to look deeper at some failure we have recently observed; maybe we shouldn’t dismiss it as the bad judgment of a weak individual, but as a symptom of an existential flaw that needs to be addressed and healed. Or, we can take this symbol in another way: someone is trying to ‘gas’ us (deceive or mislead), but they’re not doing a very good job. What or who’s recently drawn your attention by the sheer lack of capability exhibited? Time to give it a deeper look.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Capricorn: I hate to say it, but it’s all about Power for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday: yours, and that which is exerted by authorities and others over you, and reaching a reasonable balance where both sides are served may not be easy. On your side in the struggle: sharp instincts, a deep sense of ‘knowing’, and smarts, leavened with a tendency to ignore your own weaknesses. On their side: sheer Will and the weapons of aggression and assertion, with their weakness being ego. You might wonder why you have to battle others for dominion over your own life and energy at this time–all I can tell you is that at some point you lacked stewardship, and now must show you are capable of running your own ship. PS It might not be people, but Nature Herself you’re in a struggle with–no matter what, take good care of yourself. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

13 January 2017 Adjustments

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Jūlijs Feders - 'The Gauja Valley' 1890 {{PD}}

Jūlijs Feders – ‘The Gauja Valley’ 1890 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Guess what? Adjustments are required, and if we don’t get out ahead of them and make them willingly, the elements involved will be taken out of our hands and changes will occur anyway–and then we’re screwed, not because anything bad happens, necessarily, but because shiny objects will overwhelm rationality and drag us straight back to the more destructive modes of the past. Payoffs and rewards come from anticipating what might come out of the blue (contrary as that sounds), as this keeps us alert, in the moment, and flexible (Mars qnx Zeus, Venus nov Uranus, Sun parallel Mercury and Pluto, and nov SN)

Today’s word image is a car sporting a bumper sticker that reads, ‘Empathy’, that runs someone over. Watch for the yawning irony gap between what’s stated and its distance from reality–too, be aware that moving forward doesn’t have to leave a series of bodies in its wake.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Capricorn: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may spend exploring the various ways in which you interact with and can benefit from authorities and power, with the express idea of learning how you can gain power yourself. Don’t be too literal in your interpretation of what constitutes power and its expression; even if you believe you aren’t interested in it, you must acknowledge that to steer your own life course requires accepting your own power, and then being responsible for it. You may also struggle with Nature, this year, in the form of health matters or natural events–but the good news is you’ll reach your next birthday the better for it. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Please see the previous post for the Full Moon forecast–

12 January 2017 Come Together

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John William Waterhouse - 'The Decameron' c1915 {{PD}}

One thing I’m not crazy about with this picture is the way the women all seemed to be enthralled with the lone man–a discarded instrument even sits next to one, suggesting they’re all taking a passive approach to things, putting aside their interests–let’s not let this be the reality, ladies! John William Waterhouse – ‘The Decameron’ c1915 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We have the resources to make dreams and ideals a reality–the question is, are we really willing to ‘spend’ them on our supposed dreams? This may bring a reality check of the kind that forces us to vet what we have been proclaiming we want–a ‘put our money where our mouth is’ moment–and should we discover we are unwilling to part with assets to back up our words or announced goals, we should celebrate it as a moment of true clarity, a chance to course-correct, to align our internal image with our actual manifestation of identity. We are likely to see that some of our priorities and commitments are actually unhealthy, and we begin thinking in concrete, practical, even hard-headed terms. It may be a rough ride for those who want to keep pretending they will become something they have no intention of actually investing in, but the rest of us can be free of old labels, and of the internal distortions created when we fool ourselves in an attempt to fool others. PS Chances of being fooled as to the actual state of relationships or finances is high, but so is the chance to profit from the creative or to spin an image of ourselves as Love or Money manifest (whether this is accurate or not) (Vesta sesq Hygeia, Venus conj Neptune, Mercury enters Capricorn)

full-moon-in-cancer-january-2017The Full Moon occurs at 3:34 AM of the 12th Pacific time at 22 Cancer 27, where it fills in as the arm of a Cardinal Grand Cross, with Jupiter-Zeus on one end and Uranus-Ceres on the other, with the opposition of the Sun filling in and inviting Pluto (despite the fact that the lord of the Underworld sees the Sun separating from contact). In other aspects we’ll keep our orbs crisp, with a quincunx to Saturn-Juno and a trine to Chiron. The config is dynamic, tense, but fueled by spontaneity, optimism, desire, an awareness of the fulsome presence of Nature (and Her unpredictability), and a consciousness that sees the need for change, destruction, and in some cases, transformation, in the name of renewal, and especially in terms of those who hold the Power. The Full Moon event should bring a culmination of energies that most likely sees a conclusion reached, spurred by changes in the reality picture and our awareness of it, and all of it based in what we care about, what we’re sensitive to (Moon in Cancer) and how this can mesh with real-world conditions and circumstances (Sun in Capricorn).

This brings healing (the Chiron trine) and forces us to adjust to the real-world state of our empowerment (quincunx Saturn-Juno)–fantasies will no longer do, echoing the other aspects for the day unrelated to the Full Moon. The Cross itself brings opportunity for ambition fulfillment and the need to balance this with our own unique needs within the power structure/ Nature, with what we care about, and with the conscious knowledge that certain facets of the reality picture (and possibly the emotional one) must change, in some stark and significant way.

Just maybe we may also want to consider a loose Water Grand Trine involving the Moon-Earth meeting reaching out to Chiron in Pisces and Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio. This hints at healing through balance that allows emotional acknowledgment of matters previously hidden, denied, or that enraged. The essence of many of the aspects for today and for the Full moon seems to hinge on successfully allowing two at least somewhat contradictory or unalike forces to meet, and from that meeting finding equilibrium; just something to keep in mind going forward.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘The Meeting Of A Literary Society’. This symbol speaks of the coming together of minds, to consider ideas expressed in a concrete form, in this case, in writing–and in a twist, this could specifically apply to contracts, as a meeting of the minds is the primary condition for the formation of such agreements. This suggests the Full Moon events express a material or manifest form of one or more ideas, allowing them to be vetted in the real world. Though the environment for inspection is a civilized one, what results may not be quite so, as the inclusion of Pluto, Zeus, and Uranus in the Full Moon picture suggests some extreme passions and unpredictable alternatives may suddenly be on the table, pushing the feeling nature (Moon in Cancer) to extremes and/ or draw conclusions.

Edgar Degas - 'Achille De Gas in the Uniform of a Cadet' c1856 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Achille De Gas in the Uniform of a Cadet’ c1856 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the Sun, instigator of the Full Moon phenomenon, is, ‘A Soldier Receiving Two Awards For Bravery In Combat’. The figure of ‘a soldier’ suggests one of many, who is responsible for and in control of only him or herself–but all awards a soldier can receive on the battlefield are tied directly to her or his actions that specifically benefit both his cause and his fellow soldiers. So, this could imply that what culminates at the Full Moon started with actions that went ‘above and beyond’–and this is the result.

Bonus: those with natal placements at 20-23 of Leo may be in for major emotional healing or wounding, likely as Full Moon events reveal something about their origins that was previously unrealized.

Bonus bonus: Full Moon work with Auntie Moon

For those born with the Sun at 22 Capricorn: You’re at or very near the summit, right about now, and you reach the crest of your goal only to find–another big climb ahead of you. Don’t despair; you can rest for a brief while and gather in the benefits of the level you’ve already achieved–and if you look around you’ll see that you’ve got the resources, the support, and the personal authority to begin the journey up that next mountain–and it’s more than likely that you’ll reach the summit for this Solar year’s goal much sooner than you expect–so get ready to celebrate–after that climb, of course. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Donate! Read! And have a wonderful Full Moon!

11 January 2017 Wisdom Watch

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'On the Heights' - Charles Courtney Curran c1909 {{PD}}

‘On the Heights’ – Charles Courtney Curran c1909 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Everything smart tells us to retreat to the past, to give up on our ambitions–but how smart can that feedback really be? This is one of those times when all we have to do is keep a fix on our dreams, on the ideal, on healing, and it will be ours–so why the negative, give-it-up tone from our surroundings? There is a certain, contrary pressure that seems to build that manifests right before a big leap forward, or in the time just prior to achieving our dreams; most people succumb to this, believing they’re getting a clear signal that things aren’t working–the rest hold on, and get what they set out to attain. Now that begs the question, how do we tell the difference between a legitimate discouragement meant for our good, and this kind of false assessment? It’s all in understanding one’s own development phase: if you have reached a point where ideas and efforts have been tested and refined, and you receive negative, give-up-now feedback, you are actually at the point of breakthrough. At any other point in development, this would be something to listen to and respect, but at a culmination, a near-end point, it’s not. It’s not necessarily easy to tell the two situations apart, but one thing that seems consistent with the ‘ignore it’ scenario is that you will hear from others, often those who are not successful at all in real terms, that you should give up–and if you look closely at them, you’ll realize they want company in the ‘should’ve, could’ve’ world they occupy–or if the social order is telling you your idea is daft, consider how much they benefit from separating you from your instincts and your connection to the Universe–and it’s the same with many whose feedback is discouraging. As always, assess with care and honesty–and then do what makes sense, in the context of your situation, and their response (Pallas conj SN and sesq Zeus, Jupiter contra-parallel Sedna, Venus parallel Neptune and semi-sq Ceres, Mercury qnx Vesta, Sun sxt Chiron and axis T-square Jupiter)

'Still Life with Samovar and Chinese Teacup' Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

‘Still Life with Samovar and Chinese Teacup’ Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is, once again, the dregs in a teacup, this time making a smile that also looks like a quarter Moon. My sense was this is a waxing quarter, placing it at 4 February. It may simply be: watch for something positive or good, something that makes you smile, to come forward at this point.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Capricorn: Wounds will heal, and gifts develop, if you’ll only think of yourself for a change; the social order, and authorities empowered through your efforts, may both fight against this, but the reality is that this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, needs to be a time when you concentrate on You–and that may mean having the courage, wherewithal, and Self-discipline to go it alone. Bonus: be very cautious in communications–don’t believe everything you hear, and don’t tip your own hand. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

10 January 2017 Delicate and Decent

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'Lady with a Fan', Eva Gonzales c1870 {{PD}}

‘Lady with a Fan’, Eva Gonzales c1870 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may feel that others, or circumstances, are holding us back–or is it really that we take action and don’t consider the consequences, then act surprised when the reality picture restrains us? We must ask ourselves a question: Are my controls internal or external? Do I only apply the brakes when forced to? Am I too hesitant, not responding unless the world gives me a push? And consider this, as well: if the world seems to be holding you back, in what way are you refusing to respect what is? Conversely, if you’re holding yourself back, what is it about your own capabilities that you don’t trust? At this time we may see some radical behaviors and responses, but don’t take them at face value; what we’re not seeing is the spur behind the act, which can give the action a whole other meaning (Vesta enters Cancer, Saturn conj Juno, Mars sxt Pluto, Sun sq Uranus)

'The Lamp' - Mary Cassatt c1891 {{PD}}

‘The Lamp’ – Mary Cassatt c1891 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a delicate ladies fan, carved from ivory. Of course, no one carries a fan anymore, and ivory is forbidden, both legally and out of sheer decency. So what does this image suggest? Something quite beautiful that may be ‘out of time’, both a relic and made of a material we no longer find acceptable. It would be wrong in so many ways to create new ones–we can admire the workmanship and the custom of a time gone by, even as we acknowledge it’s just not right for today. Find the thing in your life that both represents defunct behaviors and violates current standards–and get rid of it.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Capricorn: Confronting the group, or your own radical or unusual behavior, is the key to begin your healing–and you won’t gain strength, or the support of others, without dealing with the Uranian element in your life. Don’t worry, you’ve already adequately dealt with the contradictions and conflicts in the ambition and desire picture–you now know what you want, and whether it’s worth pursuing–and once you achieve that healed state you should be aiming for this Solar year, through to your next birthday, opportunities will unfold before you, likely through the Arts or through those who want to see you succeed. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great Tuesday!

9 January 2017 Kinetic Freedom

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By Julietchristine - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39111834

By Julietchristine – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39111834

The AstroEssence: Reconciliation of our feelings about the past is on the agenda, though the impulse may be to look only for the benefits of past exploits and not the emotional damage they entailed. We are also compelled to nail down or constrain anything that draws our attention or that speaks of a difficult future, in a move we see as protective, no doubt. The reality is that if we will face the negative feelings from the past and truly see them for what they are, we will also see that they are no longer ‘ours’–that is, we no longer feel that way, even in relation to the events that sparked them, and so are, in a very real sense, free. Once feelings are dealt with (or, if we just refuse to reconsider them), we can find a certain wisdom in action; kinetics are where it’s at, in terms of connecting to our inner wisdom, to what’s smart, and to what’s practical. Literally getting yourself into motion is the best thing you can do–all the rest will sort itself out from there, though failure to relinquish old emotions (and so old hurts) keeps one from being as thoroughly empowered and effective as one might (Jupiter sxt Juno, Venus parallel SN and sesq Jupiter, Mars parallel Pallas, Sun parallel Saturn and sesq NN)

By Steve Bridger from Bristol, UK - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=389178

By Steve Bridger from Bristol, UK – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=389178

Today’s word image is a home altar. Even if we don’t consciously set one up, some place in our home we can find a ‘gathering’ of items representing what’s important to us–and sometimes there are several. It’s a place attended to daily, where we often add or remove items on a regular basis, where what is there, or what it represents, is a focus of our waking efforts. And if you have one you have deliberately set up in spiritual practice, I’d like you to look for the other ‘altars’ where you live–each place of ritual and respect tells a story about what’s truly important to us, about where we put our faith.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Capricorn: You may be consumed this Solar year, through to your next birthday, with resolving those obstacles that stand between you and ambition and desire fulfillment–but first you may need to get a handle on the feeling nature. Unacknowledged destruction left in your wake after a recent metamorphosis hasn’t yet been addressed–and until it is, and amends made, you may not find it easy to move forward. Dealing with what got trashed, left behind, changed, or otherwise eliminated is required, but once done, the way will be wide open to get one or two of your most potent current ambitions fulfilled. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

8 January 2017 Scanning the Horizon

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By Arctic light - Frank Olsen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28219474

By Arctic light – Frank Olsen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28219474

The AstroEssence: The Messenger stations direct at 1:43 AM Pacific time, and I find that taking a snapshot of the moment of direction often reveals something about the trends to follow–so here goes. Mercury changes direction while being body of latest degree, which suggests a real turnaround in our conclusions and recently-reached assessments–not a big surprise at a station of Merc, but definitely more pronounced than we might expect, and in Sagittarius what we may find ourselves doing is scanning the horizon, for what we can learn, for ‘the facts’, or to find circumstances that reflect, or where we can implement, our faith. The first aspect Mercury will make (not counting Lunar ones received) will be a quincunx to Vesta, implying that adjustments in the values picture, and within the home and mate relationship, are to be anticipated. Too, we may find ourselves reassessing our commitments; what we value may have irrevocably altered during the retro period, but we’re just finding out, or even beginning to consider the implications, now.

The realizations of direction are accompanied by the urge to act, to ‘correct’ what’s not to our highest standards or what doesn’t reflect our commitments adequately, and we may find our attention repeatedly drawn toward those elements within our ambition or desire picture that don’t support, or that contradict, our identity, the Soul-image we carry of ourselves in ideal form. We may see the benefits in curbing our originality (being part of the group may offer more than being a standout, at this point), and relationships may ask that we forego erratic behavior or a too-spontaneous approach to interaction–but these conditions are only temporary, and it’s still up to us to choose (Merc stations direct, Mars sesq Vesta, Venus semi-sq Uranus, Sun sq Zeus)

By Théodore Chassériau - Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6726493

By Théodore Chassériau – Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6726493

Today’s word image is a pair of events: an individual leaps from a balcony railing, in one instance landing on a car, in the other landing on a trampoline and smilingly bouncing up. I’d say this is about how we take a fall, or a let-down, with one alternative ending in ‘crushing’ defeat, and the other suggesting an indomitable spirit that refuses wounding or censure. It’s always our choice how we process a problem or a loss, but we should remember that just because it hurts, it saddens us, or it removes the potential opportunity, doesn’t mean it has to stop our forward momentum or permanently end our efforts. Think of it as a ‘Leap of Faith’, where the faith to recover is more important than the faith it took to make the step in the first place. Do we need to mourn an upset? Of course, that’s part of acceptance and acknowledging what will never be–but if we want to be healthy, we don’t stay in that ‘down’ state, but bounce back, as quickly as we can.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Capricorn: Look to the emotions, especially as they express through the material world, through sustenance, comfort, and security, to navigate this Solar period through to your next birthday; you’ll find plenty of ‘messages’ in the way others share their material bounty that will be a lot more telling than anything they say–and conversely, your best expression of the feeling state comes through translating this into gifts, caretaking, or support of any kind for those you love. It’s an interesting, touchy-feely year for you, where you can, by expressing how you feel, pave the way for ambition and desire fulfillment, without actually having to go directly after them–what you want is instead drawn to you. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

7 January 2017 Faded Away

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Four unidentified women in swimwear in the Potomac Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C., 1922 {{PD}} Library of Congress

Four unidentified women in swimwear in the Potomac Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C., 1922 {{PD}} Library of Congress

The AstroEssence: Getting our way hurts, or at least leaves us very uncomfortable–whoda thunk? It may be because, as we reach out for what we want, we do so in ways that are already defunct; that is, we try to gain through relationships and interactions, financial situations and value expressions, that are no longer valid, that expired and oops–we didn’t notice, or have time-traveled ourselves, and so forgotten how they evolved, crumbled, or just plain faded away. Don’t get me wrong–they work for obtaining what we want in the moment–but may taint the well, so to speak, as a result. Maybe funnel energy instead into reconsidering relationships and financial situations, and into thinking about what you really want in your life, because current conditions put a glaring spotlight on what’s in play that also contradicts values and/ or is unwise (Chiron sq Juno, Venus conj SN, Sun contra-parallel Vesta and semi-sq Pallas)

Think of what's being offered as sacred. Photo By Steve Evans from Citizen of the World - Thailand: An Offering to the Deity, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25840140

Think of what’s being offered as sacred. Photo By Steve Evans from Citizen of the World – Thailand: An Offering to the Deity, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25840140

Today’s word image is a cup of coffee–but you don’t drink coffee. What’s being offered to you right now that you believe isn’t to your taste–or that you’ve actually sworn off of, for one reason or another? Consider that it may be time to try something new, to shake things up, and to realize that there’s no actual virtue in making hard and fast, but ultimately irrelevant, rules for living.

For those born with the Sun at 17 Capricorn: Was it you who transformed, or did your whole world just fall from beneath your feet? If the former, good for you, you’re on to your next stage of life, little butterfly–but if the latter, you have to triage your life during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, so that you can understand (and so permanently, emotionally release) why what happened happened. In either case, bringing forward with you what’s worthwhile from the past is important; so is recognizing that there’s only so much mulling to be done–then it’s time to accept and move on. Also, beware being too aggressive, or accepting to much interference from others–a balance is definitely needed. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

6 January 2017 The Everyday Crucible

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By H005 - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8384955

By H005 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8384955

The AstroEssence: Our tiny, narrow, life-on-earth focus will be on the struggle to wring rewards from our ambitions and desires, to fulfill ourselves; we’re trying to get the kind of support and cooperation (Zeus in Libra) we believe will facilitate and bring what we want from ‘the Dream’ (Venus in Pisces). But, simultaneously, our all-perceiving, Cosmic focus will, whether we are conscious of it or not, temper the identity through transformative fire–and this may be an actual experience of breakdown or change, where the individual is ‘destroyed’, left shattered, or undergoes involuntary loss, or, more likely, it will involve an off-stage metamorphosis (that is, something that happens to the Soul, but without our consciousness undergoing a direct experience)–and today is the point where this process, or its results, may be revealed. Expect in some way to see yourself differently, or to learn something fundamental about who you are that you’d never before realized (Venus sesq Zeus, Sun conj Pluto)

From John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland {{PD}}

From John Tenniel’s illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland {{PD}}

Today’s word image is more like a little story, and comes from a series of dreams I’ve had lately, that seem to fit the Sun-Pluto conjunction perfectly. The most coherent of these involved a group of scientists who were convinced the world would end in disaster; their answer was to round up a group of 60 people and genetically manipulate them so that they weren’t just human, they also carried the code for every other living thing, becoming part plant and part animal, and even were made to embody various facets of culture. I distinctly remember more than one person who became part book (literally having body parts made of paper!) and one who carried a space for ‘blue’! One person, a woman, seemed to be very angry about the transformations, stating she just wanted to be pure emotion, but everyone else was happy with what had been done, because they enjoyed what seemed to be a more objective or perhaps just wider sense of the world and what existed in it.

For those born with the Sun at 16 Capricorn: Change is definitely on the horizon, but the news flash is that it will be driven, not by your choices and wishes so much as by accident, surprise, revelation, and emotions, and so will not, in the end, actually be under your control–and that’s the thing you need to accept about all that develops this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. You may have mentally minimized the role of others or the Universe in making things happen, and now events will conspire to remind you you’re not in charge. A useful lesson, and one that will serve you very well, once you completely acknowledge the truth of it. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

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5 January 2017 Shock Troops

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By Christian Juel Mollback 'Cactus with Scarlet Blossoms', Irina, 2014-05-10 22:35, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38413341

By Christian Juel Mollback ‘Cactus with Scarlet Blossoms’, Irina, 2014-05-10 22:35, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38413341

The AstroEssence: We are prone to be highly aggressive, maybe most especially when we fear we’ll have our independence taken away by ‘the group’. All we can really do is refuse to deploy the shock troops, and instead take actions and make choices supported by faith, facts, and/ or the larger social order, in service to bringing our ambitions and goals to reality. A ‘stay in your own lane’ day that can have surprising benefits, not the least of which is that by focusing on our own goals we draw the positive attention of those in power, or who can offer aid. Originality brings the cooperation of others and gives us greater reach; watch for the surprising and the unexpected, and be willing to part with your shekels if in some form it affords you wisdom (even if that means you learn where not to invest time, energy, or funds!) (Uranus trine Juno, Mars parallel Jupiter and Zeus, and contra-parallel Sedna and Uranus, and nov Ceres, Venus conj Pallas)

Today’s word image is something I’ve seen three times in the past two days: a car trunk secured with nothing but tape. In the first instance, it was a sparkling Mercedes with what actually appeared to be Scotch tape (that thin clear tape used for wrapping presents) neatly applied on either side of the trunk; I joked about it to my husband, wondering aloud if the hostage knew how easily they could escape, but by the time I saw it the second time . . . let’s just say I started to wonder how much we’re packing around with us that we could oh-so-easily just let go.

For those born with the Sun at 15 Capricorn: Are you actually ready to transform, or are you just happy to know that change is coming, even if it’s difficult, messy, or leaves destruction in its wake? That’s a question you need to answer this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, because without knowing how you really feel about creating upset in current situations (which will progress anyway, no matter what you believe), you may go into things believing nothing will happen until you’re ready–which is exactly the opposite of what will occur, and precisely what I’m trying to warn you about. So, resolve to BE AWAKE, and to believe what you see; nothing comes at you without plenty of advance notice, though that may be subtle or easily ignored. And don’t let communications stress you–make it a habit to read between the lines, so that you’ll know what to take seriously, and what to blow off. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

4 January 2017 Jupiter, Jupiter, Jupiter!

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By NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) - http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/16/image/bj/

By NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) – http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/16/image/bj/

The AstroEssence: Jupiter’s contact to Uranus is getting all the press, but I want to talk about another pair of the Behemoth’s contacts that are currently very close, the sextile to Saturn and the quincunx to Chiron (which of course gives us a square between Saturn and Chiron). First a note on the Jupiter-Uranus opposition: there’s a tendency to characterize a major aspect between the slower-moving bodies as having some kind of blanket effect on everyone, but like any aspect, it may appear more or less potently in the individual life–and this one may only be observed as we watch the social order (Jupiter) in conflict with groups or rebellious individuals (Uranus). If this opposition aspects any bodies in the natal chart, you’re probably feeling the conflicts over freedom, belief, dependability, originality, independence, and reasoning (beliefs vs. facts vs. higher mind intellectual rationales); where this opposition falls in the chart may also pinpoint the areas, relationships, and subject matters where, whether it touches natal bodies or not, the conflict may be felt. But remember, these are big concepts, and may not always be obvious to us in the moment–and we must be careful not to project our expectations onto the atmosphere or into life events; instead we must be aware of potentials, but not too prone to attribute everything to a single celestial event. Now on to those other Jupiter contacts.

Jupiter connects it all; here with its moon Ganymede. NASA/JPL - ftp://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/miscellaneous/planetary/voyager/jupiter/vg1_p20945.tiff {{PD}}

Jupiter connects it all; here with its moon Ganymede. NASA/JPL – ftp://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/miscellaneous/planetary/voyager/jupiter/vg1_p20945.tiff {{PD}}

The sextile of Jupiter to Saturn, and the quincunx to Chiron, both speak of real-world conditions impacting us, shaping our world views and actually wounding us via material matters, restrictions and denials, rules and authorities, and/ or the requirements made of us when we build or achieve (and yes, we may think, ‘Jupiter-Uranus!’–but it may be Saturn-Chiron). We’ll have to adjust to these conditions, or suffer hurt; but the up side is that these stresses may also call forward unique skills, and the involvement of Jupiter tells us that we have the needed facts, the faith, and/ or the optimism to tackle issues. Bonus if you have any natal bodies at 18-22 Taurus: this would act as apex to a Finger of God with base of Jupiter-Saturn, suggesting that the Taurean energy is the key to expanding your opportunities or your world.

We also feel a slight but perverse current in the direction of altering what we already know to be wise that stirs unneeded upheaval within relationships and financial matters. The need may be to perfect what we care for most, with the intellectual itch we feel with Merc in Sagittarius urging us on, but do your best not to let an inclination to be contrary override some more than acceptable standards and practices already in place. Ask yourself, Will this really make things flawless? The answer is, likely, no (Perfecting today: Pluto semi-sq Pallas and Venus, Venus qnx Vesta, Mercury enters Sagittarius)

Tidbit: With Sedna opposed Black Moon Lilith across the Taurus-Scorpio axis, doors will open–the question is, Do you want to go through them? If you choose to enter, expect a deep and slightly disturbing (that is, unsettling in the way certain matters just. can’t. be. ignored) experience.

Das Schokoladenmädchen (Fräulein Baldauf) (1744) Jean-Étienne Liotard {{PD}}

Das Schokoladenmädchen (Fräulein Baldauf) (1744)
Jean-Étienne Liotard {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a harried waitress moving from unoccupied table to unoccupied table. This symbol may ask us to consider what we’re really serving, in our day-to-day hurry; a look at not just our activities, but the purposes they serve and the way they affect others, may also be in order. No one wants to waste effort ‘serving’ something that, in some sense, is empty.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Capricorn: Ambitions may push against instincts and what you know deep within this Solar year, through to your next birthday; you may spend the entire time trying, in one form or another, to reconcile your desires and aims against the sense that you shouldn’t proceed toward them, at least not with the individuals you are currently planning to work or march into the future with. A few things to measure your feeling against: look at the implications behind the material situation; you may be assuming this will go a certain way favorable to you when your inner voice is trying to tell you it won’t–and count only the facts and actual material accomplishments, not plans or brags, if you want an accurate picture of things. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

3 January 2016 Beneath the Surface

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An almond tree, blooming beneath a covering of snow. Photo By Àngela Llop - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25355619

An almond tree, blooming beneath a covering of snow. Photo By Àngela Llop – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25355619

The AstroEssence: Years ago my father owned a small almond ranch in the California desert, in a place you’d never guess would make for good farming–and yet the remarkable thing was that, just below the alkaline crust of earth ran a small but powerfully rushing river. Influences today are subtle but, if you tap into them, potent, like that surging water below bare soil; it provided more than enough water, but only when accessed with a pump–otherwise nature didn’t find it easy to puncture that brittle clay crust, and little grew. We may find a strong undercurrent in the reality picture that somehow contradicts our own values–it may feel as if we’re hopelessly old-fashioned, out of step, or naive, unable to tap in to the rush of feeling below the surface–and this may mess with our sense of values, giving us the feeling that it would be smart to review what we dedicate our energies to–and it would. We need to punch through, to access what flows below the surface, to be sure that what we’re committed to indeed matches our priorities and values. What we’re likely to find is that our minds have been on what mattered all along–and once we’ve reviewed things, we can renew our dedication with confidence (Vesta qnx Pallas, Saturn contra-parallel Vesta, Merc sxt Venus)

'Job Lot Cheap' by William Michael Harnett 1878 {{PD}}

‘Job Lot Cheap’ by William Michael Harnett 1878 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a tall stack of newly acquired, ‘to read’ books. According to the website Open Culture, this is “Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読. Tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく.” The Japanese word as it applies to books is a play on the concept of letting anything pile up–as if all piling up in the world were voluntary! Though some treat it as a thing we shouldn’t do, equating it to hoarding, acquiring books to be read in time gives me a great deal of pleasure, and the joy of being able to go choose from that pile when it’s time for a new book is something I celebrate and look forward to. The matter then seems to be: are we sure that what we’ve allowed to accumulate actually has a reason for being, that it serves a purpose? Would we be better off without it, or does its very existence enhance our lives?

For those born with the Sun at 13 Capricorn: You’re heading toward big commitment, and big change–are you ready? You appear primed to act on your feelings this year, but need to be aware that at least some of those emotions are based more in fantasy or idealization of someone or something than they should be. You need to find that balance between impulse and belief, between hurt/ retreat and the real world as it is, and between the urge to go it alone and the need to find a place within the group. If you can sort those topics out during the upcoming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself transformed, and with it what surrounds you. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

2 January 2017 Being Modern

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Not exactly new, but it still feels fresh. 'Yellow-Red-Blue' 1925 Wassily Kandinsky {{PD}}

Not exactly new, but it still feels fresh. ‘Yellow-Red-Blue’ 1925 Wassily Kandinsky {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Actions and choices are inspired by our own unique viewpoint; there’s no need to stress over being original, modern, or to fear we won’t be in the avant garde–we act with a flourish that is both current in style and accurately reflects the intellect–even radically so. This spurs smart and practical thinking, and boosts confidence, which means we’ll benefit by knowing our own territory and then exercising our Will within it (Mars nov Uranus, Venus parallel Juno and enters Pisces, Mercury sxt Pallas)

Today’s word image is a quiet drink before the fire, marking the end of the holiday season, and the beginning of the New Year. It seems we need to be conscious of what is ending right now; to wrap it up willingly, with style, may be the best way to reconcile ourselves to the fact that time is passing, and we must move on, much as we might wish to linger in the sparkling settings, the dazzling fireworks, and the well wishes that come even from strangers. Acknowledging that one way or another we are required to ‘come back down to earth’ isn’t something to regret, but something to embrace, as it’s only those Capricorn-flavored, nose-to-the-grindstone times that allow us to appreciate so much the celebrations of good fortune, family, and friends. Happy New Year, y’all–

For those born with the Sun at 12 Capricorn: This Solar year, Cappy, it seems you achieve the perfect balance between expansion and contraction, between reaching out, getting more, and pursuing goals with optimism, and carefully maintaining what you’ve already built. It’s not glamorous, but it is a period when your foundations, and by extension your power, can make tremendous gains, and so solidify a growing reputation and the status this conveys. Take care that this is a positive growth in the reputation; also be aware that some people in your sphere will not be happy with your advancement–and it will be necessary for you to decide how to handle feedback meant to slow you down (my suggestion: reject it!) Also, let emotions and intuition lead–big rewards could come from this. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

 

1 January 2017 Keep It Low Key

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Dawn in Joshua Tree California, USA 7 October 2013 Photo by Jessie CC BY-SA 3.0

Dawn in Joshua Tree California, USA 7 October 2013 Photo by Jessie CC BY-SA 3.0

The AstroEssence: What we refuse to intuit will hurt us; that is, if we disdain instinctive knowledge for a more commonly agreed-upon reality, we will suffer from those things hidden, ignored, or that enrage, and this will both skew thinking and undermine our efforts to see to our health and well-being. Too, actions may not have the results we expect them to; it’s a day best spent in low-key or creative pursuits (Black Moon Lilith opp Sedna, Neptune sq Hygeia, Mars parallel Neptune, Merc qnx Vesta)

For those born with the Sun at 11 Capricorn: It’s all about Love and Assets this year–and you may face challenges in both arenas, with the big danger that you may be feeling too erratic, too rebellious, or are too intent on being ‘original’, and so end up tanking both social standing and any real opportunity to achieve goals and meet desires. So, Self-control is obviously the key to success this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. Bonus: if you have something natally at, or when transiting bodies pass through, 16-22 Gemini, consider this a highly fortuitous time, when results will go far beyond the effort you put into them, and ‘luck’ is with you, so watch the skies–speaking of which, Good Luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

31 December 2016 It’s All Relative

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Michel Zeno Diemer - 'The Ahırkapı Lighthouse' before 1939 {{PD}}

Michel Zeno Diemer – ‘The Ahırkapı Lighthouse’ before 1939 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our confidence levels determine how adept we are at going after what we want today, and this is measured in two ways: how well we’ve reconciled our personal sense of injury with those wounds ‘approved’ by the social order (are we open about our hurt, is there shame surrounding it that makes us hide, do we feel acceptance of our injuries, perhaps through supportive foundations or groups, or do we feel no one is capable of understanding our precise wound?), and how closely connected to the ‘ideal’ (whatever that may be in your own mind) our steps to address or remedy our wounds have been. If we feel we’ve been effective at doing what we could to alleviate our pain (even if we still hold that pain), then we are likely to be highly aware of our own power within the life situation, and so wield it in the name of getting what we want/ deserve; if we’ve not, for one reason or another, been willing to see to our own health, we may find the power to affect things taken from our hands. We could call it a moment of living karma, and we could note that the degrees of successful deployment of our energy are relative, mostly to our own understanding of hurt and reward. We may be preoccupied in the moment, however, with our own actions and choices, with some of us following the dream, some allowing the ego to lead (or mislead), some allowing inspiration to flow through, and some taking creative action of significant proportions. The day holds a lot of potential; don’t be hard on yourself if you find at the end of it that you review and see many more layers to things than initially appeared (Juno sxt Zeus, Jupiter qnx Chiron, Mars conj Neptune and both sq Hygeia, Venus nov Pluto, Sun sesq Sedna)

For those born with the Sun at 10 Capricorn: Review of the past, of past accomplishments, and particularly of the things that may have kept us from doing or being is on the agenda–and it’s tremendously effective fuel to create present-day change. You are at the perfect point as an individual to use the intellect and your deep sense of understanding to transform the life; you have a clear idea of how you want to live and who you want to be, and you can make it happen. It may not be easy, but it will be immensely rewarding, especially in the way you can reinforce relationships, and all interactions based on love. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

30 December 2016 Finding Magic

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We might be facing matters through our dreams, too. 'Brünnhilde lies asleep, surrounded with magic fire' By Arthur Rackham 1910 {{PD}}

We might be facing matters through our dreams, too. ‘Brünnhilde lies asleep, surrounded with magic fire’ By Arthur Rackham 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today it’s all about what’s been hidden or ignored; it can’t be avoided any longer, and it touches perceptions, communications, and relationships in a distinct way, making us very unsure of where our attention needs to go. We’re easily distracted, easily mislead, but may find that in attending to the ignored and denied real magic occurs. Face the unpleasant and look for inspiration, creative impetus, and the ideal, among the weeds (Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury trine NN and nov BML, Sun sxt Neptune and semi-sq BML)

For those born with the Sun at 9 Capricorn: This Solar year, through to your next birthday, represents a creative peak for you; you may produce the most imaginative or original work you’ve ever done at this time, or you may be inundated with ideas that you’ll spend years bringing into reality. In either case, it’s a time when those impulses toward the ideal, in whatever form, should be followed–just don’t fall into the small minority of those with this Sun degree who will either build this year’s empire on deceit, or who will be thoroughly deceived themselves. Financial and relationship situations will be tested; stick to your values, and all will be well, even if doing so brings a (temporary) rough time. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

 

29 December 2016 Lost in Translation

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Joueuse de guitare' c1897 {{PD}}

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Joueuse de guitare’ c1897 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What does it mean that Uranus goes direct during a Mercury retrograde? Possibly that the higher reasoning and intellect go into overdrive, but find the concepts and information are un-relatable, either because one can’t seem to find the right words, or because the ideas themselves remain indistinct. Communication, then, becomes difficult, and it may appear each individual doesn’t know her or his own mind–but that’s not so, it’s just a problem translating that electric impulse of pure knowledge into a language that can be understood. The Arts offer a great way to funnel this higher mind material, and as well offer a way to link instincts with those matters too long ignored or denied–they need to be worked out, and music or dance or the visual arts, any venue that employs one’s artistic impulse, even untraditional ones, provide a perfect outlet–but take care that relationships or financial situations don’t become venues for working out the neglected–that likely only results in upset. It’s a really good time for inventors and those looking for a unique approach, as new and startling concepts and work-arounds occur to us, and we take a kind of ruthless view of what we care about, both as a housecleaning measure and one that offers to make the changes we seek. The best approach overall might be to be gentle with ourselves and others, in order to avoid a too radical purging, and to keep from doing what we can’t take back (Uranus goes direct, Pluto contra-parallel Vesta, T-square Venus as arm to a Black Moon Lilith-Sedna opp)

Today’s word image is two tickets to the theater. A theater experience is a companionable one; we typically go with others, in order to have even more individuals act out a story, to entertain us. Are you part of the audience, or are you an act-er? Each has its place–right now there’s a need to either appreciate what you’re being presented with, or to act out what you truly want to present to others.

For those born with the Sun at 8 Capricorn: It’s the dawning of a new emotional era for you, one that will change the way you think–and that change is driven not just by a new viewpoint, but by the inclusion of new information and ‘facts’ you weren’t previously aware of. This is good overall, but may disturb the equilibrium of your life in the moment. Be aware: new agreements lead to new situations–and these may or may not fit with what already is. You’re actually on the way, this Solar year through to your next birthday, to making a dream come true–so careful progress that acknowledges what has changed, and what’s still solid, is vital to success. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Please see the previous post for the New Moon assessment.

28 December 2016 The Capricorn New Moon: The Big Bang

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'The Helix Nebula' Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

‘The Helix Nebula’ Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Astro and Lunar Essence: We enjoy a New Moon in Capricorn at 10:53 PM Pacific time at 7 CAP 59, but it’s not the only activity we need to note. This New Moon conjoins the Sun-Mercury Inferior Conjunction (the meeting that occurs when Mercury is in the midst of the retro cycle) with this tying the NM beginning into the action via the sextile of Mars and Merc, Merc’s conjunction with the Sun, and the Sun’s integral part in opposing (and creating) the New Moon phenomenon. As well, there is an emphasis on action, choice, and what we as individuals can do or make happen–and this builds toward, and then likely finds expression through, the New Moon moment.

The fact that the New Moon falls in Capricorn suggests that what begins may be either constructive/ positive, setting something solid in motion that allows for the establishment of a new beginning, or that it may signal restraint or an ending, with the Sea Goat’s conservative and cautious nature put to work in our own best interests as we refrain from, or put an end to–and so set something new in motion.

The NM is of course still sextile Mars and approaching sextile to Neptune; it’s also roughly semi-square both Black Moon Lilith (remember, that’s a point, rather than a body) and Venus (which places the NM at their midpoint), and semi-sextile Hygeia. These contacts are, in the larger scheme of things, relatively minor–and yet they accumulate their modest effects by gentle pushes to the ether, this way and that. The result is that what begins now is creative (though don’t assume that’s positive! or that it comes in a traditionally recognized creative form) as it feeds on both matters ignored or denied, and on those health issues (mental, physical, spiritual, emotional) that are nibbling at the edges of our consciousness with worry or the soon-to-be undeniable recognition of some health matter that must be addressed. Right now, though we likely become aware of these issues, we aren’t forced to move on them–that point likely comes later, at the Superior Conjunction.

And, with the coinciding of the NM with the Inferior Conjunction, we see a moment in time where what begins may be larger than we realize, and we’re fortuitously offered a timeline along which we can expect at least a partial result, with the Superior Conjunction (when Merc is once again direct and meets the Sun). This can result in our own version of the Big Bang as something that coalesces now reaches a point of intensity that brings bigger-than-the-sum-of-its-parts results with the SC of 5 March. We should note the Superior Conjunction occurs midway through Pisces, giving the events a dream-come-true potential, or one of unreality or deception.

'Lady at the Window' Caspar Netscher (circa 1639–1684) {{PD}}

‘Lady at the Window’
Caspar Netscher (circa 1639–1684) {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘In A Sunlit Home Domesticated Birds Sing Joyously’. Considering all the other contacts in play at the time of the NM, this implies that what occurs may bring something out into the light, creating an opportunity for Self-expression and peace within the ‘home’ of the individual (internally or within surroundings)–but the word ‘domesticated’ suggests this is done with passions or forces that have been ‘tamed’, rather than with something new–and this implies that the new start may grown out of mastery of the Self, the environment, or one’s already adept qualities or abilities.

(Mars parallel SN, semi-sq Ceres, and sxt Mercury, Vesta sesq Juno, Saturn sq Chiron)

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For those born with the Sun at 7 Capricorn: You are poised between acting (which may be rash or out of anger) and creating (which may be inspired or confused)–and the best way to choose exactly how you will use your energy should be determined by what supports your health best in all its facets. Looking out for your well-being is the key to solidifying your authority and your place in things (your status). Once you choose how to go forward, you’ll find yourself re-thinking what was–but be bold, embrace your choices, and don’t allow regret to cloud what could be a year full of achievement. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

27 December 2016 Focus On: Pallas Enters Pisces

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'Pallas Athena' Franz von Stuck, 1898 {{PD}}

‘Pallas Athena’ Franz von Stuck, 1898 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Pallas enters Pisces, and we can pull wisdom from the very air,  from a whiff of the spiritual or the creative, and from an inner state of drift, daydreaming, or escape. It’s as if sleep, play, dreams, a warm bath, even the humidity levels carry the key to what’s smart, what’s practical, and it’s ours for the taking, right there in what we breathe and of what our bodies largely consist. To access it, though, we have to know how to let go of the ego, how to untether from the here and now, and how to hold on to nothing–the very opposite of our usual (and quite natural) grasp response. The usual Piscean routes are all very welcoming right now, but the Warrior Woman in this venue demands that a practical translation occur: employing our skills, we take our inspirations, our imaginings, and we create something of use from them. It may sound like an assignment, but it’s really the essence of the creative process–for why else do we have those urges, but to turn them into something that touches the world? (Mercury semi-sq Venus)

Also, taking action is easy–just make sure you look at where you’re going, literally and figuratively (Sun sxt Mars)

Here’s something useful from the excellent Astrologer Kelly Surtees

For those born with the Sun at 6 Capricorn: You’re going to be moving forward aggressively (or assertively, if you prefer) this year, but you’re going to have to do some hard re-thinking in the process. It’s not your reasoning that’s unsound–that’s actually been exceptional– but your hindsight and your Self-perceptions that are suffering. Re-examine the past for what it really tells you (as opposed to what you’ve been telling yourself about it, all this time), and look at choices with an eye to your own health, which includes the actual benefits that may be conveyed to you. Both these measures will make your Solar year, through to your next birthday much more successful than they might be sans review and examination. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

26 December 2016 The Past As Pattern

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Pink and Poppy Wallpaper by William Morris 1881 {{PD}}

Pink and Poppy Wallpaper by William Morris 1881 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Are we acting based on what we still carry from the past, from accumulated knowledge, or are we acting reactive to the past, in which case we’re unthinkingly playing out an old response or pattern? In either case, our reasoning lacks clarity, whether from a too-imaginative approach (which can lead to unreal expectations) or from a deluded one that fights not only the social norms but our own instincts, too, in the hope of proving an illusion is actually real. Power (which is not a dirty word–it’s just the ability to affect the environment, and to exercise dominion over yourself) is found within the values–and that means we must stop ignoring instinctive responses (normalizing the abnormal) and we must work hard to separate inspired thinking from wishful–and we do this best in two ways: acknowledging the legitimacy of everything in our world (not just the parts we like) and by keeping our eye on the consequences of our choices. If we do, we’ll deal with disparities before they become issues, and we’ll make choices that take us in the direction we want to go (provided we actually understand what our aim will bring us!) (Mars conjoins the SN, semi-sq Uranus, and sesq Jupiter, Venus sxt Ceres, Mercury sxt Neptune, sesq Sedna, contra-parallel Vesta, and semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun trine NN)

Aberdaron Fisherman Evan Williams, who predicted a fine summer, and was proved right. Photo by Geoff Charles -     CC0view terms     File:Aberdaron Fisherman, Evan Williams, who predicted a fine summer and was proved right. CC0

Aberdaron Fisherman Evan Williams, who predicted a fine summer, and was proved right. Photo by Geoff Charles – CC0

Today’s word image is a man, standing on the corner, shouting, “The world will never end”. Isn’t that the opposite of the old stereotype of the ragged prophet proclaiming the end of the world to all passersby? Things are upside down, right now–it’s a chance to let go not just of stereotypes, but of old patterns of thinking, assuming, and being. It’s humbling to know things are not as you thought they were–and that realization is an invitation to join the world as it is, and in doing so, make yourself relevant to it.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Capricorn: You are very much in danger of falling into old patterns, of re-enacting the past, or of assuming that having done things a certain way before means those methods will still hold today–not so. Your task this Solar year, through to your next birthday, is to tune in to the direction you want your life to take–you think you already know, but you need to examine the correlation between your actual actions and your goals–and then take full responsibility for getting yourself there. Don’t wait for others to supply the missing pieces–you may have to go out and round them up yourself. The good news is that you are more than equal to the task, with energy and a keen Self-focus that will serve you well (though it might anger those used to having you at their disposal–if it does, reconsider their place in your life, and their command of your energy). Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

25 December 2016 Like a Rose

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'The Roses of Heliogabalus' - Lawrence Alma-Tadema {{PD}}

‘The Roses of Heliogabalus’ – Lawrence Alma-Tadema {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Here’s an odd configuration: Jupiter and Uranus are in opposition (and playing off the Nodes), Sedna and Black Moon Lilith are in opposition, with Uranus semi-square Sedna and sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith, while Jupiter is semi-square BML and sesquiquadrate Sedna. It’s like a skinny Mystic Rectangle, with all the fun pressed out. Why so much stress? For many, it’s Christmas, a time equally fraught with joy and pressure; but for everyone, it seems the tension between complete freedom in the form of total license contrasts directly in some way with the call for social conformity, or possibly contradicts the impulse toward freedom by demanding the individual stick to ‘the facts’, or draws in chaos and the unanticipated with each attempt at expansion. This occurs simultaneous to a tug-of-war between our instincts and ‘deep knowing’, and all those matters we’ve ignored, denied, or that enrage us–and each of the oppositions interact under unpleasant conditions. This suggests each individual will be under enormous internal tension and has a good chance of responding in undisciplined fashion to externals if the pressure remains unconscious; it may feel as if one’s fate is at stake, when it really isn’t. With conscious awareness this kind of overblown, reactive thinking comes the option of refusing the radical response in favor of the less rigid, less judgmental one, which is wise, considering how easily this can escalate into a lose/ lose situation.

This isn’t the only perfecting influence today. We’ll just be entering Dark of the Moon territory late in the day Pacific time, and that means the impetus and energy could drain away from both positive and negative endeavors. We also see a very busy Venus that offers ideal conditions, dreams come true, spiritual fulfillment, and gives the resources, especially spiritual and emotional ones, to reach out to others, to take offered opportunities, and to support permanent change or the building of a new foundation. That is, if you want to act better, want to respond more kindly and more accurately to others, today is the day to make that reform a reality. We may also see a lot of fortuitous opportunity and lucky spontaneous synchronicities that may, oddly enough, bolster confidence in the caring nature of the Universe, and this allows us to purge our thinking of destructive or negative tendencies. We come out the other side of this smelling like roses, while never losing our awareness of those things we haven’t yet handled, but will need to (Venus at the midpoint of Saturn-Uranus sxt both and trine Jupiter, Merc parallel Pluto and nov Venus, Sun nov Black Moon Lilith)

'Still life: Tea Service' Albert Anker {{PD}}

‘Still life: Tea Service’ Albert Anker {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a cup of tea, where the leaves settle in the bottom of the cup and take the shape of a leaping dolphin. Reading tea leaves is, of course, a form of prognostication; it’s literally the dregs of what made the beverage in the first place, ‘speaking’ to you! Living is a lot like sipping tea: we take it in a bit at a time, it scalds if it’s too hot or becomes unappealing if it’s too cold, and if we’ll bother to look at the aftermath of our interactions, we’ll find a clear though likely symbolic message about our choices and our future.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Capricorn: The first half or so of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be quiet, at least on the inside, as you ponder some serious and even dark matters, especially as they pertain to who you are–but by the second half of the year, you are ready to launch: a business, a new venture, a marriage, an assault, a missile–the list is virtually endless, but it all has the objective of allowing you to make your mark on the world–it’s time. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

24 December 2016 What Is And What Could Be

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The AstroEssence for the 24th: Anybody for a revolution? Probably not, though freedom is certainly on our minds. That urge to upheaval works itself out, though, and what is and what could be find a perfect balance today, allowing us to make effective, proportional progress as we are able to keep current conditions, the unexpected, and what’s coming all in mind. Surprises are offset by the capacity for original response and chaos is easily contained. Actions somehow all end up conforming to what we cherish most, to the needs of mate or home, and to our own need to honor what we care about. We reach the end of the day feeling we’ve expressed something true to our essence, and to our Soul’s mission–on a day like today, we’d have to work very hard to avoid it (Saturn trine Uranus, Finger of God with base of Sun-Mars, apex Vesta)

By Qurren - Qurren's file, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1221749

By Qurren – Qurren’s file, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1221749

Today’s word image is a garden trowel. You know, that little shovel for digging. It’s important to pick the right tool for the job; with a trowel, you have something ideal for lifting plants from pots, for harvesting root vegetables, and for transplanting small plants–but if you have a big job, planting a tree or digging a foundation, for instance, a trowel will never do. If you’ve been working away at something, now you may need to consider that a larger implement (that is, a more sweeping or more suitable one) may be needed–it’s about recognizing you can’t move things any further without the aid of something bigger.

For those born with the Sun at 3 Capricorn: Your Solar year, through to your next birthday, is all about mobilizing yourself and your talents to serve those things to which you’re committed–that’s any combination of home, mate, family, or larger causes. Hints to maximize your progress: allow the past to inform the present; it can offer you priceless information that will make your path that much easier, and don’t allow emotional drama to run the show–also avoid anyone who tries to tell you to take a more modest path, or who suggests you should settle for less than you aim for. You have the support of some fabulous energies this year–make the most of them. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

23 December 2016 In the Balance

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Well I'd be safe--and you? "De Heksenwaag (Witches' scales) at Oudewater, Netherlands. In medieval times, women suspected of witchcraft were weighed on the scale. Should they weigh more than a specified amount, they were deemed unable to fly and therefore not witches. At that time, a certificate from Oudewater saved many women who were at danger of stoning or being burnt at the stake after a rigged trial. Today such certificates are a tourists attraction." Martinvl - Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

Well I’d be safe–and you? “De Heksenwaag (Witches’ scales) at Oudewater, Netherlands. In medieval times, women suspected of witchcraft were weighed on the scale. Should they weigh more than a specified amount, they were deemed unable to fly and therefore not witches. At that time, a certificate from Oudewater saved many women who were at danger of stoning or being burnt at the stake after a rigged trial. Today such certificates are a tourists attraction.” Martinvl – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The AstroEssence: Our attention is on health, our own and that of systems and organizations with which we are involved. That balance among the ins and outs, consumption and elimination of what’s not needed, utilization of energy and resources, a re-thinking of restrictions and constraints, is underway. We must face realities; some of those deal with endings, others with exploitation (in a positive way) of our talents and assets, and we look at ‘what is’ with an eye to reform–that’s a very good way to spend the day, sussing out just what needs to change, and how we can achieve a reasonable balance among elements. See the forecast for those born with the Sun at 2 Capricorn, below, for info on the current Finger of God (Hygeia sq the Nodes, Venus trine Zeus, Mercury parallel Saturn, Sun parallel Hygeia)

Library Walk New York City Photo by Lesekreis CC0

Library Walk New York City Photo by Lesekreis CC0

Today’s word image is a pencil. What’s the big advantage of using a pencil? It’s easily erased. Figuratively speaking, don’t write anything in ink at this time–things will change too much in the near future for us to anticipate successfully where we’ll be and what we’ll want later.

For those born with the Sun at 2 Capricorn: There’s a lot of fight and energy in you this year, for good reason: your Solar Return features a Finger of God with base of Sun-Mars and apex of Vesta. This describes the entire year, ‘Big Picture’ style: through the course of the year, through to your next birthday, you will learn and then fine-tune what you must do to honor what’s important to you, including your mate, your home circumstances, and those causes to which you want to dedicate your life, taking all those interactions and commitments to the next level. This is the preliminary step in living your values in an unprecedented (not unpresidented!) way, and so attracting into being your next dream. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

 

22 December 2016 New Perspectives

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'Althea' JW Alexander 1894 {{PD}}

‘Althea’ JW Alexander 1894 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Now in retro, Merc makes the same minor aspect to Pallas he did on the 11th of December; this suggests a re-visiting of something we judged to be either practical or wise, with the turnaround freeing us from our usual way of thinking. New perspectives are the result. On other fronts, rebellious urges fight what we know to be good for us. If you feel like being wild, consider that the urge is really about something else, something you may be afraid to reject directly. Self-sabotage is never a good substitute for dealing with issues–and consider too that if your fear of addressing this springs from anticipation of how someone else will react, they may be controlling you, if you’re responding to a previous, unspoken threat  (Uranus sesq Hygeia, Mercury semi-sq Pallas)

By © Benoît Prieur / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19376011

By © Benoît Prieur / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19376011

Today’s word image is a minor traffic accident, where those involved thoughtlessly block the road, then drive away leaving parts of their cars in the middle of the street! This may be a reminder for Self-awareness and the impact we can have, literal or otherwise, on others.

For those born with the Sun at 1 Capricorn: Change, reformation, transformation are in your blood this Solar year, through to your next birthday, but you’ll have to proceed with care–it’s possible others may use emotional pressure that pushes you in a destructive direction. They may not mean for that to be the result, but it’s your most likely response to any sort of manipulation, even when it has a harmless or positive intent behind it. Try to draw distinctions between your emotional perceptions and those of others, and proceed with care–you ‘own’ an intense amount of energy and power this year, and you may not realize it at the start–make it your mission to become completely aware of your true strength. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

21 December 2016 Practical and Optimistic

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Winslow Homer 'The Bridle Path, White Mountains' 1868 {{PD}}

Winslow Homer ‘The Bridle Path, White Mountains’ 1868 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our attention goes to the practical–always a bit of a downer before these holidays, as it happens every year when the Sun enters Capricorn–but it also starts to prep us for the New Year, giving us a sense of optimism about what we can accomplish–optimism, that is, if we don’t get distracted or discouraged by the hard work that we know will be involved. Don’t wait until the New Year for any needed reformation or closet-cleaning–you’ll feel much better if you do it now.

And as to questions concerning why I’m not talking about Mercury-Pluto, it’s because the aspect didn’t perfect–Merc turned around before they conjoined–and in my experience that usually results in just a taste of the aspect, if anything at all. An uncompleted conjunction in which one of the bodies begins retrograde movement before perfection of the aspect typically brings a brief and confusing, out-of-left-field experience of the combination that quickly dissipates–and so signifies nothing so much as how this combination might come forward later for the individual, when the aspect actually occurs. So, odd or disturbing or devastating thoughts or communications, the fleeting consideration of a different way of thinking, or the brief idea that something’s got to go, may be the only manifestation of the future meeting of Mercury and Pluto we get for now. If you can grasp it, it’s a little peek into the future, one that holds hints about what or how things may change, rather than offering a literal picture of what the conjunction, when it perfects, will actually bring (Sun enters Capricorn, Mars semi-sq Pluto)

Bronze bit and bridle in the British Museum. Tag on exhibit reads: "Bronze horse-bit and other ornaments from a bridle. Etruscan, 700-650 BC. Perhaps made at Betulonia. The cheek pieces are cast in the form of horses, a motif perhaps derived from the Near East. Other ornaments show influence from central Europe." Castellani Collection GR 1873.9-20.246 (Bronze 357)" Photo by Ealdgyth CC BY-SA 3.0

Bronze bit and bridle in the British Museum. Etruscan, 700-650 BC. Perhaps made at Betulonia. The cheek pieces are cast in the form of horses. Castellani Collection GR 1873.9-20.246 (Bronze 357)” Photo by Ealdgyth CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is a bridle. We can think of this as an instrument for guiding, restraining, and controlling something much larger and more wild than we are–our animal nature. The image may suggest we look closely at just what we’re using (methods, thinking, practices) to keep those instinctive and impulsive inclinations in check. It’s a good exercise for the retrograde period, because Mercury’s status will allow us to see things in a different way–and that may allow us to realize where we’re holding back too much, where we need a tad more restraint, and where we need to loosen our grip.

For those born with the Sun at 0 Capricorn: You’ve got a busy year ahead, one where you’ll work to make your dreams a reality–but will you achieve your goals? Yes, if you follow a few simple rules: expect cooperation, but don’t expect others to give you the whole story, or take you into their confidence–you’ll need to respect that they want to hold something back at this point; keep the past in the rear view mirror, operationally speaking–there’ll come a point late in the Solar year when you may be tempted to reenact or model current efforts on the past–don’t; and, whatever you do, ‘do it like a boss’–that demeanor works for you better than any other, this year. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

20 December 2016 Take the Reins

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'Conductrices de chariots a l'Hypodrome' James Tissot c1884 {{PD}}

‘Conductrices de chariots a l’Hypodrome’ James Tissot c1884 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: On our minds: a healthy balanced mentality, as we try to get ‘more’–is it even possible to enjoy mental equilibrium when we are striving to ‘get’? Today it is, if we take the reins and do it like a goddess: confidently, with the aim of making the absolute best we can of things, of driving in the direction we want to go. And when presented with a choice, do what’s smart and/ or positive, because in the end, it all will become known by others (Jupiter semi-sq and Mercury nov Hygeia, Venus sxt Juno)

Today’s word image is the side by side placement of colors black and white. We think of them as opposites and in a sense they are, if we’re seeing one as all colors, and one as the absence of color–but we also use this combination to indicate not just stark contrasts, but inescapable conditions, facts or agreements or limitations set out in direct terms. Is there something you’re seeing in black and white terms that may be more subtle, that you may be misjudging as an ‘either/ or’ choice or condition, when it’s really several shades of gray (but not 50!)? Or is it a need to get down to basics, to ‘the contract’ and its stipulations, and go forward either accepting or implementing what it spells out? This may be a minor reality check for perceptual (especially mental) acuity to complement freshly-retro Mercury, especially as our awareness applies to our (usually unwritten) agreements..

For those born with the Sun at 29 Sagittarius: Action is ‘where it’s at’ for you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, but choices may be made on the fly, under circumstances that feel as if you’re required to hop from a moving car and hit the pavement running. A couple of things you may need to consider as your year unfolds: do you need to exit the speeding conveyance (read, whatever’s currently moving you forward) at all? If you jump out and start running, will you fall behind on your true goals? Could you possibly roll out (make the impact of change less dramatic)? And if you choose to leap from the car and immediately begin running, you’d better be brave enough to look around and make sure you’re running in the right direction. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

19 December 2016 Necessary Incubation

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'Hatchlings' By Victor Stabin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18404598

‘Hatchlings’ By Victor Stabin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18404598

The AstroEssence: Do our choices and actions become more unsure, confused, as Mars enters Pisces? Maybe, but they may also reflect our highest inspirations, and we are more likely to actively pursue and defend our dreams and goals. The thing is, though, Mercury turns retrograde in semi-square to Mars, so that our thinking becomes fuzzy, or we become unsure of our own reasoning–and so pre-disposes us to the less productive side of Mars, at least initially. Don’t worry–that can mean indulging in daydreams, a marathon of reading or watching movies, indulging in escape of one kind or another, or some other period of necessary incubation, in preparation for taking action, choosing a direction, or asserting one’s choice. As long as we honor those methods, expressions, and modes that support our health, and keep our values supporting the highest good for ourselves and others in mind, we are unlikely to misstep at this point. Special note for the situation of US electors as they vote today: there may be some surprising changes of mind, as the need to mobilize ideals comes forward (I make no guesses as to whom and in what direction these changes of mind may occur!) The biggest surprise for me would be if everyone votes as they’ve already declared they will (Mercury retrograde, Vesta trine Hygeia, Mars enters Pisces, Merc semi-sq Mars)

There's a sharp dresser for you. And the 'do! Pietro Benvenuti - 'Apollo, Winner of the Serpent Python', 1813 {{PD}}

There’s a sharp dresser for you. And the ‘do! Pietro Benvenuti – ‘Apollo, Winner of the Serpent Python’, 1813 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a python. Is there something in your world that’s slowly squeezing the life out of you, that you really need to rid yourself of? You may have mixed feelings about letting this thing go, especially if it’s something (or someone!) you love–but your job is to take care of you, and now is the time.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Sagittarius: You have wisdom and practicality on your side–and now it feels like you’re stepping off, into the abyss. For you this may indeed be uncharted territory, but unless you’re landing on another planet this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will certainly find someone who’s gone before you. Listen to what they have to say, even, or maybe especially, if they are someone who’s nothing like you. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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18 December 2016 Choose

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Henriette Browne  - 'A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch' c1870 {{PD}}

Henriette Browne – ‘A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch’ c1870 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We are empowered by doing, by choosing, and our choices are wise ones, as our attention is on the practical, on our current skills, and on what’s smart–who can quibble with that? One caveat: put health first–and that may require modifying ambitions and denying desires that could hold the seeds of destruction–be willing to pull back, investing energy in what works, what makes sense, and what you can build on (Hygeia semi-sq Zeus, Mars parallel Juno, Mercury parallel Hygeia, Sun sxt Pallas)

Today’s word image is a bird, confused, that keeps fluttering up against a window, trying to get up into the rafters. A bird makes me think of the part of each of us that is truly free–and if that part of us is confused, it keeps trying to express our freedom, to behave in an unfettered and spontaneous way, in an inappropriate place. Are you trying to express yourself in the wrong place? If there’s some arena where you’re showing who you are, and yet not succeeding in the way you expect to, consider that it’s not your efforts that are inappropriate, it’s the venue where you’re trying to present them.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Sagittarius: Wisdom is yours–whether you want it or not–and this will have real-world consequences that may make for a deep emotional impact. You’d think being wise would be great, right? The problem is, as human beings, sometimes we don’t want to be wise; sometimes that generates heartbreak, makes us abandon a dream, or makes us be far more practical than our creative Soul might wish. Try not to see such clarity as a burden–if you’re brave, you can take yourself far this Solar year by listening to that voice of wisdom you carry inside. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

17 December 2016 Add Feeling

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"Moon Night" (1906) Sascha Schneider {{PD}}

“Moon Night” (1906) Sascha Schneider {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 17th: Why is it that everywhere we look today, we seem to see circumstances within our reality that contradict our highest values, that challenge those causes to which we’re dedicated, and that point out the flaws in our mate or partner? This seems to be so, even when these conditions are things we’ve chosen, the result of our energy expenditures, which we assume should mean they’d be much more to our liking. What’s gone wrong? Well nothing, really, it’s just that the current focus is on ‘the facts’ and how restrictive, punitive, judgmental, or harsh they seem, and that doesn’t leave any room for how these things make us feel. Add that component to your perceptions, and suddenly things will take on dimension, depth, and be a whole lot more user-friendly. Take note of the Sun-Merc parallel, as this is the lens through which we’re viewing the world today; it shines a light on the tension within the mentality, as Mercury slows to retrograde in Capricorn, with the turnaround bringing a period for considering our material assets and for really digging into what’s holding us back (Saturn sesq Vesta, Sun parallel Mercury)

They say time waits for no man, but clearly here he's sittin' it out. Chronos, Photo By Twice25 e Rinina25 - Twice25 e Rinina25, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1022388

They say time waits for no man, but clearly here he’s sittin’ it out. Chronos, Photo By Twice25 e Rinina25 – Twice25 e Rinina25, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1022388

Today’s word image is a concept, ‘procrastination’. I’m always dismayed when people seem to treat procrastination as if it’s a disease they’ve caught, one over which they have no control. They smile and shrug sheepishly and blame the mysterious power of procrastination for keeping them from doing, being, or changing. I think this comes, at least in part, from a serious misunderstanding of what procrastination is–we seem to see it as a trait, or perhaps an affliction–but it’s a choice. And it’s not a choice made because our goal is to procrastinate; we procrastinate because of whatever else we don’t want to face, do, discover, admit, or engage with, and that’s the important point: procrastination isn’t a thing, it’s just a multi-syllabic name for a pig-headed refusal to acknowledge and deal with a difficult situation. Using the word ‘procrastinate’ gives us distance from something that’s actually very immediate; maybe from now on instead we should say, ‘I refuse to deal with x’, and bring the focus and the responsibility back to ourselves.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Sagittarius: You are on the verge of making some very smart choices and moves–in fact, things may already be in motion now–but for success you’ll need to take the ‘right’ intellectual stance, that is, to place what you want to do in the mental context that will support it and facilitate your efforts. That may sound vague, until you realize that viewpoint is everything; someone who doesn’t believe they can climb a mountain in the first place will never begin the journey, much less seek out the gear and find a path forward. If you have any natal placements at 24-29 of Cancer these can provide an answer to how to proceed–otherwise, watch transiting energies, including the Moon–when they hit this degree area during the coming Solar year, they can play a vital part in energizing your intents and drawing them to the next step. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

'Worship of the Shepherds' by Bronzino {{PD}}

‘Worship of the Shepherds’ by Bronzino {{PD}}

No matter what your beliefs, get together with friends and celebrate the solstice point of change and renewal. In the Northern Hemisphere, we mark how dark it’s been, and how this is the turning point–from here on out, the light grows. This year the Solstice occurs at 2:44 AM Pacific time on the 21st; as always, this marks the Sun’s entry into Capricorn, and this year it happens just after the Moon in Libra has squared the Solar orb (suggesting the climate has been emotionally harsh, especially in relationships), and as the Sun makes a sextile to Mars and semi-square to Venus, suggesting the tone for the season may be one of choosing, doing, and doing so perhaps aggressively; and what do we remember from the Sun-Venus making the same contact on the 14th? That things get better from here–and this time, the change sticks.

16 December 2016 Beneath the Waves

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'In the Waves, or Ondine' Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

‘In the Waves, or Ondine’ Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Beneath the waves of feeling (today they mostly have a Moon transiting Leo character of bluster, Self-concern–and this concern should not be seen as negative–attention-seeking, and glorious, shining accomplishment–and for some, ‘accomplishment’ is nothing more than ‘being their shining Self’!) we find the treasure in relationships and the financial situation, even though we may start our inspection with a focus on hurt, or how it isn’t working. Adjustment is achieved by refining the viewpoint (most easily done by changing what we’re looking at–that is, by finding something within the situation or individual of which we approve, which then allows us to see other positive qualities and potentials). A few negative-Nellies will pull the profit from hurt, their own or others’, but winners reach reward through use of unique skills and the willingness to modify impulses so that they reflect feedback from reality (Venus nov Chiron, Sun qnx Sedna)

'Hanging Apples' by DeScott Evans. And what are they hanging by? Twine! {{PD}}

‘Hanging Apples’ by DeScott Evans. And what are they hanging by? Twine! {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a ball of twine. Such an ordinary thing, that used to be a lot more commonly available than it is now–if you want to tie something with twine, you have to search for it! No longer is it the household and business staple it once was. What thing that used to be basic to your everyday functioning has almost disappeared? And are you happy with what’s taken its place?

For those born with the Sun at 25 Sagittarius: You are on your way to making some very wise moves and choices in life, but two things must happen first, in order for those choices to be successful: 1) you must be willing to set aside what you think you know or sense in favor of what’s really happening, and 2) you have to resolve, one way or another, the current ‘crisis in caring’. You may care too much, or too little, but either way you must gain emotional stability and surety before you can go forward. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

For goodness sake, read! 'La Lectura' by Raimundo Madrazo {{PD}}

For goodness sake, read! ‘La Lectura’ by Raimundo Madrazo {{PD}}

15 December 2016 Underlying Motives

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 "Regentag in Kyoto" 1901. bez. s.l. (seinem lieben) Pankok. Farbradierung. Bl. 8 der Mappe aus Japan Photo by ArishG Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

“Regentag in Kyoto” 1901. bez. s.l. (seinem lieben) Pankok. Farbradierung. Bl. 8 der Mappe aus Japan Photo by ArishG Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The AstroEssence: We may feel it’s vital we show our wisdom simultaneously with our power, out of a need to exaggerate both. Examine the insecurity that drives this, if you find yourself going in this direction, as it speaks of much greater vulnerabilities than we might imagine–and these need to be addressed, before they lead us to deny our values or commitments for some anticipated reward, relationship, or financial potential that will in the end definitely not be what we want (Chiron parallel Ceres, Jupiter parallel Pallas, Venus contra-parallel Vesta)

The Mirror of Venus - 1875 - Edward Burne-Jones {{PD}}

The Mirror of Venus – 1875 – Edward Burne-Jones {{PD}}

Today’s word image is water. As often happens, the image can have many possible meanings, but today I’m thinking it’s something that when spotted should draw our attention to the underlying emotional content of the situation.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Sagittarius: You may have been ignoring your instincts as of late, but they’re trying to break through, and you need to help them. In order to ‘hear’ the messages (some of which are warnings) they’re sending, you need to: pay attention to the entire material/ physical scene, not just the parts you like; you need to embrace all the facts, not just the ones you like; you need to admit that the social gauge in which you operate has a few things to tell you that could be very useful, and make enough difference to facilitate success; and you have to be sincere in what you care for–no faking it. Follow these suggestions, and by Solar year’s end, before or just after your next birthday you should see all the pieces fall into place, offering an emotional peace that can support those instinctive messages and bring about a new, improved state of identity and Soul development. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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14 December 2016 Doin’ It. Seriously.

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James Tissot - 'Two Sisters' 1862 {{PD}}

James Tissot – ‘Two Sisters’ 1862 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Even though our actions and choices are practical and smart, we may somehow end up sabotaging ourselves; matters buried, ignored, and unresolved push out without our realizing, shaping our efforts before we even begin to think about them, and we cause further damage when we reach for power before considering the consequences and responsibilities, before we even consider whether we want it! At this time, what we don’t acknowledge can hurt us; what we ignore or don’t admit twists our impulses and our thinking, just enough to contort our intentions and bring unanticipated results. We approach things seriously–and find we have a kind of genius for making permanent and significant changes right now–just take care that what you alter, you won’t later long for in its previous condition (Ceres sesq NN, Mars conj Pallas, parallel Black Moon Lilith, and nov Pluto, Sun semi-sq Venus)

A special note on the Sun’s current relationship to Venus: a semi-square is the most inharmonious aspect the Sun can make to Venus. In the natal chart, if we see the Sun as the primary significator of the Self, the contention is (as explained by Astrologer Isabel Hickey) that in spite of this internal discord, the individual can’t truly be at odds with the concept of Love; there can be only so much ‘drift’ within the Soul away from the elemental force of the Universe. That said, in a personal instance there is some misconception of Love that must be resolved before relationships or earning ability can reach peak form–consciousness (the Sun) must find harmonious footing with Love (Venus). When we see this aspect made up of two transiting bodies, as it is today, this discord enters the air; relationships and finances both reach a point of maximum critical tension, the kind of conflict that exists within an otherwise caring scenario. The good news is that this is as bad as it gets–and if you’ve been dealing with some situation where love (or money) was the missing ingredient, you now have a chance to see precisely where (and possibly why) there’s a lack, and fill it.

By Arthur Pond c1750 {{PD}}

By Arthur Pond c1750 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an Artist opening a new box of oil pastels. Whatever role you ‘wear’, gather your materials, and get to work–it’s not just prime-time for the creative or for skilled expression of all kinds, it’s a time when we need an expressive outlet, in order to deal with atmospheric tension and discord, even, or maybe most especially, when we’re not an active part of it.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Sagittarius: You’re gearing up to make your move, but first you’ve got to deal with all those matters ignored, denied, or that enrage, because they’re gumming up your otherwise excellent instincts–and if you expect to take advantage of the many opportunities keyed precisely to your ambitions that will be coming your way this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’d better get to the psychic housecleaning. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

13 December 2016 Under the Mystic Full Moon

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Jan Brueghel the Elder, Landscape of Paradise and the Loading of the Animals in Noah’s Ark, 1596 {{PD}}

Note the pair of unicorns in the background. What happened between loading them on the ark, and now? Jan Brueghel the Elder, ‘Landscape of Paradise and the Loading of the Animals in Noah’s Ark’, 1596 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Prior to the culmination of the Moon-Earth/ Sun-Saturn opposition, we’ll likely be caught up with the power situation as it exists in our world, and particularly with two facets of it: what kind of hurt other power players or those in authority may have inflicted in the past, and how we might exploit and deploy our own urges toward gaining power via opportunities, especially in the form of satisfying appetites. Though this can prompt a little more navel-gazing and a few more vengeance fantasies than are productive, we are keyed toward obtaining power or influence within a situation only in the smartest way–and so we likely avoid indulging in anything either counter-productive or that triggers negative consequences down the road (Chiron contra-parallel Ceres, Pluto nov Pallas, Jupiter conj Zeus)

Full Moon in Gemini occurs at 4:05 PM Pacific time at 22 Gemini 25. The Mystic Rectangle of which the Full Moon is a part actually formed a couple of days ago, but the FM will probably bring the potentials initiated by formation to completion, realization, or expression–that is, something that only began to show itself or take shape just before or early in the weekend (maybe even gathering momentum out of our sight) now reaches fulfillment, becomes obvious, or concludes. The arms of the Mystic Rectangle are made up of: Moon-Earth in Gemini, Ceres-Uranus in Aries, Sun-Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter-Zeus in Libra. Active modalities are Cardinal and Mutable, Elements involved are Air and Fire, and we may have a more-than-usually high chance of the Full Moon events having a material or environmental, real-world impact, not just via the Cardinal energy, but due to the involvement of Earth, Saturn, and Ceres. Mental perceptions play a part as well, through Uranus (the intellect), Gemini, and Libra–and we may put beliefs in both the mental and emotional categories (Jupiter), with emotions a natural component of a Full Moon, which typically reveals, concludes, or completes a feeling response or emotional perception in relation to ourselves and our identity (the Sun)–but in what arena?

This little cocktail is a 'Bittersweet Symphony

This little cocktail is a ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ By Visitor7 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33142586

First though, what does a Mystic Rectangle promise? Think of it as a kind of cocktail made of energy. Each component gives us a single, unique ‘taste’, but it’s only when everything is combined in just the right amounts that it takes on a nuanced flavor that goes beyond any one ingredient. A Mystic Rectangle is the proportional ‘mix’ that creates a sum much bigger than its parts by bringing together at least four disparate but harmoniously relating energies–in this case, we have eight. These energy ‘flavors’ play off each other, acting as both receivers and catalysts, and so acting and being acted upon. Add to this the emotional and conclusive states inherent in the Full Moon, and we have something both dynamic, indicating the relationships of these bodies and the way they create something larger than they could individually, and something complete, meaning that the energy of the mix finds a final, definitive form at this point, and it’s likely something that brings an emotional perception or reality to a peak, or to an end.

Where the Full Moon falls, as well as where each of the Rectangle’s points falls, within the natal chart will tell the individual where in the life this dynamic will be in play; the general pattern, though, tells us that the synergy of the emotional impact of our surroundings and how we think of these (the Moon-Earth in Gemini) bring original or unusual individual responses that urge action and use of power, the kind that makes a statement about who we are that we want others to see or hear (Ceres-Uranus in Aries), and this statement affects our real-world situation (Sun-Saturn in Sagittarius), revealing beliefs and facts about the kind of cooperation or support we can expect in fulfilling our wants and ambitions (Jupiter-Zeus in Libra). The Full Moon shows the result of a complex interaction of the actual reality situation and our perceptions of it, especially our emotional perceptions.

There is also a quincunx of the Full Moon to Black Moon Lilith, a trine to Mars, and a square of Chiron with the Sun-Earth axis. This suggests that, though a Mystic Rectangle is a generally fortuitous configuration, implying the potential for serendipitous circumstances and ‘coincidences’ and really excellent timing of events and choices, these may come about through or are accompanied by difficulties. There is the possibility that the Full Moon brings or is followed by the uncomfortable need to examine what has been ignored, denied, or that has enraged, and this comes with both conflict over wounds inflicted and received and how they’ve shaped Self-expression and accomplishment, and creates a strong, no-holds-barred sense of needing to act, to do something about what’s perceived. That tells us that, though we may be highly conscious of and possibly actively involved with stresses at the time of the Full Moon, there will be available a set of positive synchronicities that we will most likely first become aware of through the feeling nature, and/ or through some kind of completion or ending–and if we can hook that urge to act to the symmetry of the Rectangle, we can take leaps forward in both consciousness and accomplishment.

By Alexei Savrasov - qgEUs-kiMGydOg at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13500799

By Alexei Savrasov – qgEUs-kiMGydOg at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13500799

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘Three Fledglings In A Nest High In A Tree’ In this symbol we have a ‘Trinity’ of something new, untested, ‘fresh’, ready (or very close to ready) to ‘leave the nest’ for the first time. This implies that whatever is completed at the Full Moon will then be ready for a ‘test flight’, to be taken out and tried in the real world. This sends us back to the point of the Rectangle that holds Jupiter-Zeus in Libra; Jupiter can represent the social order, the wider world, ‘the facts’ this world presents to us, and echoes the relation of Beliefs (Jupiter) to the spiritual number of the Trinity within the symbol. The matters of whatever House holds 18 Libra in your chart will describe where or in what capacity (what role) you will be bringing the Full Moon experience, after processing, out into the world, both to test its viability and to test its spiritual resiliency. In some way, what we are testing in the world will reflect our ambitions or wants, and we bring this forward with the goal of finding out how much support we might expect, and how these fledglings (ideas, choices, actions, creations) will affect our relationships and even our finances (Libra).

We also look to the Sabian for the Sun, as this gives us the ‘origin story’, the energy that drives the Full Moon picture. ‘A Group Of Immigrants As They Fulfill The Requirements Of Entrance Into The New Country’. This suggests that what occurs or is accomplished at this time is something we’ve been moving toward for a long time, something we have (literally or figuratively) studied for, filed the paperwork for, uprooted ourselves for, gone on an adventure for, left behind a previous life for, and/or crossed borders or boundaries to attain. We are on the threshold of something akin to a brand new life–let’s savor it.

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For those born with the Sun at 22 Sagittarius: See above; I’ve just described your year. Good luck, Sag, and Happy Birthday!

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12 December 2016 Willing To Go Deep

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Fillette au faucon' 1879 {{PD}}

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Fillette au faucon’ 1879 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re willing to do the deep work, even to act against our instinct to turn away, and this willingness shines a light on our true situation in terms of power and authority, even as it shapes relationships and/ or finances, and in doing so shapes the future. ‘Shape’ might be too strong a word, really; it’s more like relationships or finances ‘pick up the vibe’ of that deep work, and this creates the kind of intangible change from which the future is formed. Flex your muscles, connect with Nature, cooperate with authorities who offer approval (this latter works out much better for us than we might see at the time) (Pluto semi-sq Hygeia, Mars sq Sedna, Venus qnx NN, Sun trine Ceres)

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Icelandic Gyrfalcons by James Audubon 1838 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a falcon. A bird of prey must have something it’s hunting–not only is that it’s nature, it’s the way it survives. Do we condemn a falcon for being what it is? We might if we’re its prey, but really, no, we don’t. Realize that to certain others, we might seem to be human ‘birds of prey’, while to us someone else is; inevitably, it seems, to some extent everyone sees themselves as a victim. We’re not talking circle of life here, we’re talking viewpoint, and how strength in any situation is almost automatically seen as predatory by those who don’t have it, while in another situation, the assessment of who’s predator, who’s prey, may be much different.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Sagittarius: It’s all about who holds power and authority in your life right now, isn’t it? Even situations that don’t seem to involve power must be recognized as based on the current power picture, and you are primed to do it. Determining what you want to do (exercising power) and who you want to be (power over your own life) is the heart of what you’ll deal with, now through this Solar year to your next birthday. Hints to handle it well: don’t insist on being totally original–that’s a trap–and don’t hurt anybody. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 10-11 December 2016 The Real Thing

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Hugo Simberg  'The Wounded Angel' - Haavoittunut enkeli 1902 {{PD}}

Hugo Simberg ‘The Wounded Angel’ – Haavoittunut enkeli 1902 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 10th: We see reality–and normally I would follow that with ‘like it or not’–but today we’re almost guaranteed to see the advantages in our real-world situation, to perceive how we can best profit, gain Love, or create relationships within it, and we are creatively adept, and so on our game in terms of both originality and aesthetic judgment. The only caveat is this: none of this will apply if one is divorced from ‘the Truth’ (which, really, is just another name for reality). At the very least, take a good hard look at where you are in the lifetime goals and achievement spectrum today; though accomplishments aren’t everything, Saturn demands a certain amount of building, even if those constructions aren’t tangible (Saturn conjoined by the Sun, sextiled by Zeus, and paralleled and semi-squared by Venus, Sun at the midpoint of Saturn-Zeus, Mercury sxt Neptune and sesq Sedna)

Today’s word image is a hummingbird feeder, cracked by a hard freeze. Yes, ice imagery again–this time applying to a source of supply. Something that offers assets or is the origin of sustenance for us (think in broad terms of support or nurture) is suddenly unavailable–and that means we’re thrown back on our own devices, at least temporarily. Be prepared.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Sagittarius: You have finished or are now in the process of finishing up or ending something major–now what? You may be tempted to mess it all up, to rebel against the constraints of what you’ve just created, but you know better than that–what you really need to do is avoid looking for ways others aren’t supportive (your energy can get lost in this, feeling sorry for yourself, and so kill your forward momentum); instead look for what you’ve learned from your past experiences, especially the hurtful ones, and put to work the skills you’ve acquired from those circumstances. If you do, you’ll discover some pretty amazing skills are at your disposal–and then it will be your duty to put them to work. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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The AstroEssence for the 11th: How troubling! There’s an underlying current that prompts us to destroy or otherwise negate our commitments to those very things and individuals and causes that are most important to us. We’re susceptible to this because we’re put off a little by what we know to be wise–we’re resentful of the constraints it puts on us or the demands it makes on us–and we’re likely to feel that health demands full communications and unfettered thinking; that, however, is a recipe for hurt and a prompt for us to be our most unreliable and erratic Self–which of course is not in line with values. Instead of responding to this with a childish insistence on ‘being free’, we might do better to take the focus off ourselves and look at the impact we can have on others–and then vow to make it a positive one (Venus parallel Pluto and opp Vesta, Merc semi-sq Pallas and nov Hygeia, Sun-Earth axis in T-sq with Chiron, Sun trine Uranus and sesq Vesta)

Today’s word image is a wound that isn’t life threatening, but won’t heal. This is more common than one might think; you yourself might even suffer from one. The danger with this situation is that one can become obsessed with the wound, allowing its existence to command the life–and that’s not to mention the way worry over its refusal to heal can distract and debilitate. The message here may be something as simple (and as hard to do) as fully realizing the import of not stressing over matters we can do nothing about. That realization offers a kind of grace, and a certain freedom, that takes us beyond material concerns.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Sagittarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be busy confronting hurts and allowing that to crack open the personality in such a way that your expressions become entirely original and very forward-thinking. What you do with this ‘gift’ is up to you, but it will almost certainly require you to reassess your commitments and to reconsider where and with whom you best invest your time and energy. You are almost certain to regret some of those investments made in the past; now’s your time to correct them. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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9 December 2016 Look For The Opportunities

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The AstroEssence: What we know to be wise battles instincts and those things in our ‘blind spot’ (defined as areas where we lack connection to the real-world truth of things), and actions and choices are at least in part responses to those matters we’d rather ignore, deny, or that enrage us–and that means we’re sitting on a load of emotional jet fuel, ready to launch ourselves into orbit with a sense of indignation while still managing to maintain the illusion that what we’re doing or how we’re reacting is justified and makes sense. We’ll be looking to blame others; boy, are we off the mark! So what does make sense, considering we’re personally unable to round up all the facts? There are two things we can rely on to navigate: one is push back; when we’re doing something unwise, or acting in a way that’s based on suppressed emotion, we’ll feel immediate, seemingly non-specific tension–that’s our clue that we’ve wandered into potentially destructive territory. The other navigational aid might seem ineffective, unless we’re aware of how much our framing of the situation affects how we handle it–then we’ll know to put an optimistic twist on things, one that highlights any opportunities circumstances may present. (Pallas sq Sedna, Mars sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun sxt Jupiter)

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By Clem – Flickr: 2010-06-03 – 100L2154, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19850785

Today’s word image is a frozen bird bath, autumn leaves caught in the stiff swirls of water. Though there are several possible messages here, the one I find most applicable is the idea that the frozen water disrupts the routine–so you may want to look for ways to change it up, or you may want to wait and see what’s withdrawn, made unavailable, or is suddenly difficult, and take that as a suggestion to spend your time otherwise.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Sagittarius: This year may feel like a ‘now or never’ time, when you are either stopped dead in your tracks with no way to go forward, or when you finally see the fruits of your hard work delivered. Which will it be? Past ‘investment’ of time and energy will have a lot to do with which of these two alternatives materializes for you. Two ways to maximize the potentials of this Solar year: reach out to others, especially where information exchange benefits both parties, and take opportunities as they come, rather than waiting for ‘better’ ones, or delaying, thinking they’ll exist forever. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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8 December 2016 Headlong Into the Future

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By Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50272911

By Martin Falbisoner – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50272911

The AstroEssence: We resist preoccupation with those things that linger in the shadows, that distress us and distract from what needs to be done; we instead rush headlong into the future–at least in our own minds, if not in the actions we pursue. Not having our minds on the present can signal inspired thinking that takes us forward, or inattentiveness that kills efforts on the vine. Relationships and finances take their most healthy forms–and that means that any ‘falling away’ we experience at this time is really the best course for us, and that unpleasantness or lack is meant to foster better approaches and methods in us–so one way or another, we benefit (Venus parallel Hygeia, Mercury semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and trine NN)

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Today’s word image is a single page from a book. It flutters down from the book shelf, you read it and would like to know what book it comes from as it’s intriguing, but none of the books on the shelves match the page! This image reminded me of those memories that pop up and seem not to fit anything about your life–maybe it’s a way you behaved once, maybe it’s something that happened that seems like a dream now, so unlikely did the events play out, but whatever it is, it doesn’t have a place within who you are; instead it’s an outlier that can make us uncomfortable, as it hints at either unacknowledged facets within ourselves, or that life is much less predictable than we suppose. If you’ve had some kind of memory like this ‘visit’ you lately, welcome it, because it probably tells you about something, some quality or inclination, that lingers just below the surface, and that you might be smart to take a stand on before it influences things again.

For those born with the Sun at 17 Sagittarius: Opportunity and desire will serendipitously come together for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–so what more do you need? An awareness both that time is passing, and that the unexpected could play a big role in what occurs after you take advantage of those chances to get what you want, and in being aware that the time frame for modifying and fine-tuning the Self is over–it’s time to work with what you’ve got, perfected or not. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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7 December 2016 Delayed Reaction

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By George Morren - Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

By George Morren – Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Aquarius and feelings, especially surrounding relationships, get crossed with the intellect; emotional perceptions will lag behind real-world events, and that means we’ll realize we needed a witty retort, will get upset with what was communicated, or feel we must answer someone or something, well after the event that triggered the feeling. This may send a large number of us around grumbling under our breath, and result in choices and actions that have the aim of showing us our own power–whether that’s a productive goal or not. Because of the emotional experience, we may become enamored of flexing our muscles, just to show we can. It arises from a feeling of helplessness engendered by the frustration of those lagging emotional perceptions, but we should take care to look at the content of the frustration more than the feeling itself; we’re likely to find that we’re hanging our agitated emotions on a minor incident that doesn’t warrant such a response. Too, examining the actual exchange may reveal something we need to address that can remove the source of (probably unconscious) irritation, once and for all.

We should also talk about the squine (yes, ugly name, isn’t it? It comes from the way this contact of 105 degrees falls just between a square–90 degrees–and a trine–120) formed between Mercury and Uranus-Ceres (with Uranus-Ceres also contacting Chiron and Mars, the latter aspecting Mercury). Squines may tell us about difficult situations that bring luck or ease, or conversely, about something we think we can breeze through that brings no end of conflict. In this instance, we might see Uranus-Ceres in Aries as representative of the individual impulses toward both power and originality, with Mercury in Capricorn suggesting restrictive thoughts, communications, and ideas from the Self or others. In the most general terms this could suggest that something forbids, restrains, or requires discipline or a definite ‘shape’, and we respond either spontaneously and uniquely, or spontaneously and rebelliously, but either way we make our choice, influenced by our wounds and our need to act and show others our power within the situation–for better or worse. Also important to know: our ambitions and desires don’t enjoy the benefit of our instincts today–so stick to the facts and don’t indulge impulses in this department–they are more likely prompted by fears or wishes than the guidance of internal knowing (Mars sxt Ceres, Merc semi-sq Mars, Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Venus enters Aquarius)

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Today’s word image is the color green. It’s our color for sychronicities, for grabbing our attention and bringing us into the present moment, and suggests when we notice it we may have an opportunity for growth, we may be meeting something entirely new and should be aware of that (we’re ‘green’ in the sense of inexperienced), or it could be a warning that we are possibly jealous and unaware of it (‘the green-eyed monster’ ‘green with jealousy’).

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal - Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal – Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

For those born with the Sun at 16 Sagittarius: serious, earth-shattering revelations and change are on the agenda for you, now through to your next birthday, but the funny thing is, this may happen without your conscious awareness, and may be so subtle or behind-the-scenes that it ends up taking you completely by surprise. It may go down like this: the change comes, and with it opportunity/ good fortune–and you must take that while you can, as you’ll either soon be required to take on a solid, dependable role, or will be faced with a formidable obstacle. That’s your map for the coming year. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

6 December 2016 Benefits

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‘La mort de la mère’ Ernest Lincker c1911 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Benefits of all kinds come from ‘clean living’ (whatever that means to you) and this apparently involves pursuing our ambitions, being creative, and being open to spontaneous action. It seems health in all areas comes from a positive and pro-active Self-focus that calls for realization of our goals. That’s a very nice recipe for going after exactly what we want, but keep in mind: success with these energies requires us to reassess our commitments (willingly revising our standards so they are real-world oriented and practical), be cautious, as making choices and taking action brings the unexpected, and we need to be actively aware that the spotlight will naturally fall on the Beautiful, the Prosperous, on Relationships, Finances, areas of Cooperation, Diplomatic endeavors, and on those things that we might envy. With those matters spotlighted, we need to either learn from what we observe and/ or be aware that what we’re seeing is exaggerated, and may present an unreal level of ‘perfection’ that we should not expect ourselves to attain (chiefly because it’s essentially an illusion) (Hygeia nov Zeus, Mars sxt Uranus, Venus sxt Hygeia and nov Neptune, Mercury qnx Vesta, Sun parallel Venus)

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Edvard Munch – Death and the Child (1899) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a dream I had last night, the message of which I will translate: no one can escape death. Grim, right? Except, how differently would we behave if we actually accepted that idea, that we would indeed one day end (at least in our current form)? If we did accept it, that is, truly realize it, we would probably have a viewpoint much closer to the one we see in those who have gone through a terrible ordeal, a disaster, a life-changing illness, or a near-death experience: we would likely see things in a more eternal light, with much different kinds of ‘investment’ made in the everyday. What we appreciate would change markedly, as would what we care about. It’s worth trying to consciously adopt a seriously long view in our decision-making and our energy investments at this point, mostly because we just can’t know what our choices will bring (reflected by the current Mars-Uranus sextile).

For those born with the Sun at 15 Sagittarius: If you can accept some major change that’s coming up shortly, you will encounter some big opportunities or ‘lucky’ turn of events this Solar year, through to your next birthday. These will, perhaps surprisingly, be followed by the need for serious hard work, in order to make the most of them, to cement their benefits in place, and to make the achievements they make possible permanent. At the same time, the emotional life may be tough, as feelings may clash with your Self-image and you could be the victim of deception, or possibly just fall for an illusion. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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3-5 December 2016 Possibilities

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Tallinn bay during December storm from Merivälja. Tallinn, Estonia. A striking photo by Aleksandr Abrosimov CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Tallinn bay during December storm from Merivälja. Tallinn, Estonia.
A striking photo by Aleksandr Abrosimov CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The AstroEssence for the 3rd: We may be misguided about the intentions or actual actions of those in charge–and we clash, or we show our upset, feeling we’re not allowed to be our most creative Self. That’s really just a distraction, though, and only those who are busy avoiding knowing what they can do to improve their own situation stall there. Everyone else sees the opportunity promised by solid effort, and the gains to be made by accessing instinct and being willing to look at our own weaknesses, and then do something about them (Neptune sq Juno, Jupiter nov NN, Mars sxt Saturn, Venus trine Sedna)

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Crows Fly by Red Sky at Sunset Portfolio/Series: from the Series Hana Kurabe. Artist: Shibata Zeshin {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crow. I’ve seen and heard this bird referred to an unusual number of times in the past 24 hours–and that usually means it’s something to pay attention to. The striking thing is that most of the references were negative, referring to them as pests–but to me they’re something of a totem, a creature much more intelligent (there’s video here, crow vs. kindergartner here, and a little something on their love life here) than we’ve realized before, even able to communicate with one another, to recognize different humans, and to use tools. As a symbol the crow suggests there’s something or someone operating in our sphere that we’re underestimating–and so perhaps not respecting, or giving the regard, we should.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Sagittarius: It may seem that relationships or funds you thought were in the bag are now slipping away–but were they ever really in your grasp? This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’re going to see what made you think you had it, what made it slip away, and you’ll more than likely be given a second chance. Make the most of it by 1) putting actual, physical (or at least materially tangible) hard work into it, and 2) by not allowing the emotions (which will probably feel like they’re at a crisis point through much of the year) to be subsumed by the intellect. Follow that prescription, and you should reach your next birthday in a much better position to get what you want–you might even by then already have it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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The Hut in Trouville, Low Tide (1881) By Claude Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 4th: This may be a day when we and others are inclined to go right for what we desire, and yet there’s this undercurrent, a sense that we’ve forgotten something, or that there’s something we just don’t see, that’s going to catch up with us. If we’re willing to accept we may have made a poor decision or two, or hurt someone in the past, then we will (for lack of a better word) attract a much more positive outcome to our efforts. Maybe it’s the power of genuine humility, or maybe it’s that in removing the kinds of barriers that denial erects, we allow a lot more good stuff in, too (Chiron sesq Vesta, Neptune parallel SN, Mars trine Zeus, Venus nov SN, Mercury nov Black Moon Lilith)

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The Crystal Ball (1902) by John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crystal ball. In the figurative sense, we’re always hoping someone has one and can tell us what’s coming. Don’t worry about what’s coming–and in particular, don’t worry about what others are saying is coming. Soothsayer or not, nobody really knows what tomorrow brings.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Sagittarius: You’ll be attaining emotional equilibrium soon–and after some time of being off-balance, that will feel really good. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you really want to want to use that balanced state to get done all that you Want To Do, but don’t get ahead of yourself–first you need to clear our what doesn’t belong. Then you’ll be able to go full steam ahead. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 5th: The outlook? Love and/ or Money appears or makes its presence known, in real-world terms. That might be very very good (Venus nov Saturn)

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Today’s word image is a cat sleeping curled on a window ledge. What can we learn from a cat, besides independence, good Self-esteem, and grace? A cat never makes itself stay awake. Get all the rest you need, and don’t feel bad for doing it.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Sagittarius: You’re closing in on finishing, accomplishing, or otherwise laying the foundations for something you’ve worked at for a long time–so what seems to be the problem? Your own ambitions may be the sticking point; you may be insisting on having things just so–and that suggests you’re not trusting the Universe quite as much as you might need to, to get the best results. Relax, and know that you’re on the way to having that hard work recognized–just got to loosen up a bit, first. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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Adélaïde Labille-Guiard {{PD}}

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2 December 2016 Good For Us

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Le Déjeuner au bord de la rivière’ c1879 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What’s good for us has the benefit of somehow expanding our world, and that’s undeniably positive, though how that expansion unfolds and what it brings are dependent on a particular equation: the tension created by conflict between our own empowerment, ability to choose, and ability to translate our Will into effective change or creation, and our pure creative urge, our fantasies, and/ or our delusions, determines what benefits we receive. So, empowerment divided by the impetus of the imagination equals rewards of Love or Money (or, in worst case scenarios, costs us, or brings jealousy or competitive nastiness). Today we’ll move to do something positive for ourselves, and the result depends both on how firmly we understand how to turn our intentions into reality, and how firmly we are connected to the real-world possibilities of our imagination. Luckily, thinking runs along practical and cautious lines, and so promises to be more of an aid than a stumbling block (Jupiter nov Hygeia, Venus at the midpoint of the Juno-Neptune square, Mercury enters Capricorn)

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Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is a groundhog. Uh-oh, are we repeating something we could easily avoid or improve on, if we’d only apply the necessary insight? That may sound a bit as if I’m saying, “Just be enlightened, okay?” but I’m really saying we all carry those answers inside, the ones that can guide our behavior and perceptions in a way that aligns with our highest goals and values; it’s up to each of us to recognize that, in reality, we know what the ‘right’ approach or response is, but we let our human fears and needs get in the way and muddy the waters. Today we must recognize that we could move past this tiresome re-run, if we’d only take the high road out of there.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Sagittarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find that your emotional perceptions are unfolding in such a way that they reveal you to be someone you never thought you were! The surprises over your emotional responses will be as much yours as anyone else’s, and may be profoundly confusing to you, until you realize this: the current emotional perceptions are built on permanent changes already in place–and your feelings are just now catching up. Though you might like this ‘New You’ (you’ll likely be more in control of your emotional expression, and emotions may support constructive action) there could be down sides, too (you may find yourself being harsh in judgment or withholding of affection or approval, when things don’t go your way). Tempering the temper, so to speak, is what this coming year is all about. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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1 December 2016 Belief-Driven Action

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It’s time to ask ourselves, in all honesty, what we’re actually putting out into the world. Are you a cheerful person? Do you choose the more positive take on any situation, the more negative (out of caution, perhaps), or the one that fits your beliefs? Are you realistic? Do you consider the psychic impact of what you’re saying or doing, beyond its veracity or the need to convey it? Are you a complainer, feeling justified in spewing your anger (sometimes dressed up as righteous commentary), not aware of the fact that you’re adding to, rather than alleviating, the garbage level? Just a thought, to make us all, myself included, more aware of what we’re really sharing with others.

Though I don’t usually take note of the apparent direction or retrograde motion of the asteroids (mostly because their meaning is so much a slice of other, major energies that we need to keep our eye on the big boys, instead–and since all bodies are only meaningful in relation to other bodies or points, a change in direction on its own doesn’t tell us much of anything–plus, there’s the whiplash factor with some asteroids, so that their apparent direction changes happen so frequently they become meaningless), today I want to make an exception, as we see Vesta go retro and Chiron go direct, as they form a sesquiquadrate to each other. Add to this that Saturn (parallel Hygeia) loosely fills in a Fist by square to Chiron, and we may see this: real-world ‘wounds’ or skills are required, through difficult circumstances, to manifest within the reality picture (that is, in concrete terms), and the result shows us just how our egos are aligning (or not) with those things we revere. This brings a reality check (a ‘health check’, really) on our support of our own causes, measuring how dedicated we actually are to the mate or the home life, and so offering a chance to course-correct, should we be weighting one side of the scales too much, either too selfishly, or too selflessly, for the overall good.

We also see a trine of two major players, Mars and Jupiter, in Air signs. Mars in Aquarius brings action and choice prompted by the intellect (positives: inclined to think before we do; negatives: we may be too disconnected from realities to make the best choices), and Jupiter in Libra promises an expansion of fairness (but possibly only after extremes have been swung between), the expectation of partnering with the social order (so that the individual may make the mistake of believing that the social sphere is in agreement with their personal agenda), opportunity through cooperation (though there is the danger we may acquiesce too much, trying to be fair) or through the partner, the Arts, the mate, and Jupiter in this sign invites beliefs to invade relationships, either supporting or clouding the interaction. The two planets trine implies belief-driven action but offers no guarantee as to how accurate the perceptions guiding our efforts truly are. Current conditions suggest we are more than a little susceptible to believing our own press, so that awareness of the skewed nature of the personal viewpoint becomes something we must embrace consciously, in order to both allow others plenty of leeway, and to navigate things as successfully as possible ourselves.

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Vincenzo Cabianca c1860 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a nun walking the corridors of a hospital. This seems to be a symbol of two things: submission to a greater power (subjugation of the ego) and dedication to service in the form of facilitating healing. We don’t have to go to such blatant lengths as entering a religious order to serve others or our God–but we do need to recognize and be consciously dedicated in this life to some variety of causes or commitments, in order to be living to the fullest.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Sagittarius: This year you may find yourself reaping the rewards of your creative or imaginative efforts, or your dedication to ideals–or not reaping them, if you’ve previously failed to put your all into action. You may have suffered under the illusion that you have plenty of time to make that dream a reality–this year will be a wake-up call reminding you that it’s your job to translate wants and fantasies into their real-life expressions. The good news is the mind and emotions are primed to go to work, and to see the most practical route to dream realization–so go for it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

30 November 2016 Clean Up

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Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas c1877 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may insist on a bit of psychic housecleaning today, urged on by thoughts of the future, and particularly thoughts of where our relationships and/ or financial situation are taking us, and also by those matters too long hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrage, and so must be addressed. We’ll be intent on sweeping out the corners, on ridding ourselves of illusions, on airing out all that’s been sequestered, forbidden, or that seems unjust–and we must be aware of and ready for the potential for this action to bring change to relationships and/or material matters and earning. There is also the matter of our being faced with exactly which dreams are feasible, and which must be let go. Whatever shifts occur, whether they appear so or not, will be done in the interests of what’s to come; we may not see it this way right now, but changes that happen will, eventually, be seen as having been in our own best interests (Venus sesq NN and sxt Black Moon Lilith, Sun-Earth axis sq Neptune)

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‘Pair of Scissors and Sparrow’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a pair of scissors where the blades just don’t meet effectively anymore. How many things are we holding on to that aren’t capable of ‘doing the job’ any longer? In other words, what in our lives just doesn’t ‘cut it’ at this point? This symbol offers hints as to where to begin that housecleaning.

For those born with the Sun at 9 Sagittarius: It looks like you’ve got your sh*t together, and it’s a good thing, as you meet a point of fate at some time this Solar year, through to your next birthday. In time you’ll recognize this as-yet undetermined event as a major life turning point–so keep that in mind as things go down. You may also be faced with either going after that Big Dream or letting it go, once and for all. None of this will be easy or completely pain-free, but what it will cost you in loss of fantasies and an uncomfortably clear look at the reality picture, will end up benefiting you in terms of your ability to apply critical thinking to making your dreams come true. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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29 November 2016 + New Moon in Sagittarius: A Place Among the Elements

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Juno’s symbol, out in the elements. By J.-H. Janßen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21877131

The AstroEssence: We see permanent change to the health, to the health of relationships or finances, and/ or to power situations, their balance and influence. The group may have their say and it influences our own state or assets, or it may be that sudden revelations, a forward-thinking approach, or our own erratic impulses guide our actions and reactions–but in any case our thinking is not in alignment with either our instincts or that primal ‘knowing’ we carry deep within, and that means we may not see how our own inclinations and prejudices are working to shape things, for better or worse (Pluto parallel Hygeia, Venus sq Ceres and Uranus and sxt Chiron, Mercury qnx Sedna)

The New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 4:17 AM PST at 7 SAG 42, closely conjoined asteroid Juno, square the Nodal axis, sesquiquadrate Uranus-Ceres, square Neptune and trine Vesta. The NM scenario echoes that of the transiting script; that is, we see a very similar story in the Lunar event and the completed aspect picture, though they don’t actually connect to each other. A Sag New Moon is a new beginning that brings our gaze to the far-off horizon; it marks an inception that stirs us to travel, to move, to do (New Moon in a Fire sign), sparking a restless energy that must be exorcised via action. The aspects the NM makes tell us how the energy will flow, in seeking fulfillment, and we know from the sign placement that what begins now is born out of optimism, is an expression of faith, or is something that arises from ‘the facts’, whatever those may be.

Conjoined Juno and square the Nodal axis, the NM promises that what begins here is centered on power and life direction, specifically at a personal level, and that creates a conduit meshing (and so making sense of) the future as it grows out of the past. It may be easier than at any previous time to see how what we’ve been and done in the past has lead to now, and we’ll clearly see what this presages for the future. Illusions or fantasies that block our perceptions will be stripped away–to keep them means we must turn away from the new start–and those most unique facets of our identity and our individuality must adjust to what’s presented here, namely the most effective way to our own empowerment. ‘Natural’ roles and expressions (for instance, our role as a woman or a man, as a mother or father, or as a sexual or creative Being) shouldn’t be ignored in choosing our life direction; we are meant to seek a place among the elements at this time, though we might be tempted to deny that these life-long role-affinities are still a part of us (out of a need to feel we’ve grown beyond them, perhaps?) We need to recognize that the NM offers an event or beginning that allows us to bring these roles to a higher, more authoritative expression, one that brings their realization much closer to our ideal.

We have the support of the mate or home environment, and can count on our highest values to help define the new start we’re offered; we also see how those things to which we’ve chosen to dedicate our energy literally create the Path forward–again, how the past has formed and informs the future. Today’s scenario may be one where we are caught up with the daily aspects in such a way that our attention goes to those permanent changes, as we attempt to manage them, so that both the unconscious and the New Moon slip in their influence without our seeing it, until a little time has passed. This is supported by the Sabian symbol for the New Moon: ‘Within The Depths Of The Earth New Elements Are Being Formed’. Deeper elements of the Self will bubble to the surface, in time; they are called forth by changes in the current landscape, and by the promise of what’s on the horizon–and, whether we are aware of it or not, they begin to form, to gain coherence and cohesion, with this Sagittarius New Moon.

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For those born with the Sun at 8 Sagittarius: As the Sun enters the 8th degree of the sign, it is precisely conjoined with Juno, with no variation at all, and is also exactly square the Nodes. This is of note if only because we rarely see such a crisp picture involving more than one body or point–and here it suggests you are, at this point in time, a totally empowered Being, and that the events this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will revolve around you seeing how your past has created your future. It may be upsetting, disheartening, or exhilarating, to realize with such clarity how much you have been in charge of your own life and fate all along, but its best purpose is to open your eyes to the fact that this year, there’s nothing stopping you from making your life exactly what you want it to be. Here’s a hint to go about it: rewards come from taking a chance, from unexpected sources, and by demonstrating your own originality. Good luck, Sag, and Happy Birthday!

20 January 2017 Reverence

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Marianne Stokes - 'The Queen and the Page' 1895 {{PD}}

Marianne Stokes – ‘The Queen and the Page’ 1895 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Whether we are aware of it or not, we may revere those in power, those who have or even exert authority, and we may value any power expression we can muster, too. From those too invested in seeing themselves as harmless, as victims, or as manifesting only positivity in the world, we may see passive-aggression, the undermining of others, or righteous attack, all delivered without any idea of the irony caused by the disparity between their Self-image and their actions; with those inclined to Self-assertion anyway, going overboard may happen without much thought, making for a harsher impact than intended. For everyone else, standing middle-of-the-road aggression-wise, we may see equal possibilities for getting caught up in the hoopla, or for simple retreat, when what’re known colloquially as Anglo-Saxon terms (or punches!) start to fly. Reverence for our highest values, rather than for the power to implement them, is vital, and putting relationships and financial well-being (though both are under pressure) above the need to make a statement will go a long way toward thwarting unconscious expressions and avoiding the influence to thinking of repressed or denied issues (Vesta trine Black Moon Lilith, Venus sxt Pluto and contra-parallel Ceres, Mercury sxt Pallas and nov Black Moon Lilith)

'Strawberry' Photo by Theo Crazzolara CC BY 4.0 2016

‘Strawberry’ Photo by Theo Crazzolara CC BY 4.0 2016

Today’s word image is strawberries. I leave this image for completely personal interpretation. For me, strawberries are an allergen, something that makes me prickle and itch, and thoroughly miserable–which makes me think there’s something front-and-center in my life that is causing the same irritation, and I’ve not yet made the connection.

For those born with the Sun at 0 Aquarius: Emotional conflicts, dilemmas, and upsets may get the lion’s share of your attention this year, Aquarius; it may be a continual state of feeling crisis, despite you more than likely feeling you are the only unemotional, rationally reasoning Being in your world! That means you may be prone to project your emotional reactions onto others, attributing upsets to them rather than to your need to deal with what you feel. Do your best to understand and accept your own feelings, as they may cause difficulties in relationships or financial situations from which you can’t recover. On the up side, this Solar year brings you surprising opportunities, and you’ll be able to make effective critical assessment of your activities and so know whether they’re actually taking you in the direction you want to go. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 1 Aquarius: This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may spend a lot of time clearing out what no longer serves your aims; even when you think you’re doing something else, you will be vetting the landscape for what must go, change, or transform into a thing more useful to you. It’s all good to be so focused on what needs to change, but you’ll need to be careful not to forget relationships or your own financial needs along the way; the zealous way you pursue reform this year may hamper, rather than enhance, reaching goals, unless you keep the need for both Love and assets in mind. Good luck, Aquarius, and Happy Birthday!

19 January 2017 Disruptors

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Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach  before 1913 {{PD}}

Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach before 1913 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Disruptions are subtle, and disruptors appear to carry the sanction of the social sphere or seem to have ‘the facts’ behind them–but on all sides, what we’re really seeing is a creative interpretation of the reality picture, one that encourages a sense of righteousness and so seems to convey the right to push back against what we don’t like. We’d be a lot better served by vetting the group stance against the facts in evidence (and possibly in keeping what we find to ourselves), by incorporating ‘what is’ into the dream (and so accepting and working with the reality picture), by avoiding indulgence that can deteriorate health, while showing a hearty respect for information and for those willing to take action–and if we don’t agree, we need to get up, get out, and do the same (Jupiter contra-parallel Uranus, Mars sq Saturn and Mercury parallel Saturn, Venus sq Hygeia, Sun enters Aquarius and nov Neptune)

Luigi Bazzani {{PD}}

Luigi Bazzani {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a family of ancient Rome, gathered in the peristylium (inner open courtyard) of their domus, as they prepare to leave for good. This image has some particular implications beyond the situation of a family leaving their home. As Roman culture began to lose cohesiveness (and the empire its grip on lands near and far) there came a point when the old style of house was abandoned altogether; the style, when revived later, became the template for the religious cloister. The word image doesn’t delve into why the family is leaving, and that suggests that our focus should be on the scene itself. We may be called upon to abandon something familiar, something with ‘ancient’ roots, that seemed safe, that we thought of as ‘home’, and that this leave taking is part of our spiritual evolution (as symbolized by the use of this style going from personal abode to cloister)–and this idea of evolution is valid no matter what the surface reason for moving on.

For those born with the Sun at 29 Capricorn: There’s something coming this Solar year, through to your next birthday, that will shape how you present yourself, as well as how you think of yourself, in the future. Whether this is a single event or a pressure or circumstance of longer duration, it will require you to modify the current personality, Self-image, way of meeting the world, and in doing so will alter the life course. Could I be any more vague? No–and the only further hint to what’s coming lies in something (or many things) that reflect an Aquarian nature (individuals, groups, modern methods, higher reasoning and the intellect, a capacity for understanding, high tech, philosophy, the radical or revolutionary, accidents and the unexpected or surprising). Just remember, it’s not what happens that’s important, it’s how you choose to respond–that keeps most of the control in your hands. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

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18 January 2017 A Beautiful Genius

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'The Elements' JEH Macdonald {{PD}}

‘The Elements’ JEH Macdonald {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: When I talk about a beautiful genius, I don’t mean an individual or even an individual choice or thought, I mean an attitude, a viewpoint, a lens through which we observe most sharply the way beauty, love, talent, or assets sustains our rightful place, and vice versa, how our position and power may nurture the beauty all around us, especially that found in relationships. It’s the meshing of power, place, and beauty that focuses intentions and actions and takes them to a higher, inspired level. To fit this lens to our personal perspective, we’ll have to make adjustments to how we’re thinking and seeing, particularly to subtle but influential programming we have mistaken for instinct (Juno qnx Sedna, Venus nov Ceres)

Here's a fellow. {{PD}}

Here’s a fellow. {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: men in kilts! How could I have gone most of my life with only a handful of these sightings, then in the space of a single day, seen three, each in a completely different place (so it wasn’t some kind of clan gathering or club of guys who like skirts!) Certainly being pant-less has been practiced in many forms for millennia, but I think right now, kilts are a thing. Look around you for something rare that you’re suddenly seeing a lot, and consider what it says about undercurrents (or under-things!) and trends in your world.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Capricorn: This year you’re faced with a difficult task: to define once and for all what your highest values really encompass, and what holding those values might require you to do. It’s imperative that you are honest with yourself; it’s also imperative that once you have nailed down your value-concepts, you take steps to make them a centerpiece in your life. Will this cause much disruption? It depends on what your values truly turn our to be. Be fearless, in assessing what matters, and in then changing your life to express this. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

17 January 2017 Foreshadowing the Future

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Joseph DeCamp  'The Blue Cup' 1908 {{PD}}

Joseph DeCamp ‘The Blue Cup’ 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We undermine our own choices and actions because of our awareness of the judgment the social order may pass on us; both eyes on the target, rather than one on our goal, one on social feedback, is definitely in order. To do this we’ll need to embrace (or alternately, completely get rid of) our real-world values expressions and commitments–it’s a point when we see where our energy is really going–and by eliminating that which doesn’t reflect our highest standards, we protect and support what really matters, simply by making our energy more available to it. Loving relationships can show us what’s smart; so can money matters, oddly enough. And perhaps most important, we need to know that everything communicated at this point foreshadows our future; believe the messages both in and behind words, thoughts, and other energy exchanges, as they tell us what others (and we ourselves) will be doing, responding to, and thinking in the days and months to come (Mars qnx Jupiter, Venus parallel Pallas, Mercury trine NN, Sun opp Vesta)

Eggs of the British warblers. {{PD}}

Eggs of the British warblers. {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a round of robins; on a winter morning they hop across the grass. This symbol may be noteworthy for a couple of reasons: robins are notorious for their singularity; they don’t really flock, so when there are many in one place, it’s considered unusual. They are also known for ‘listening’ for their food, rather than looking for it; they hear worms churning below ground but close to the surface when weather has been wet but the sun has returned. This image suggests 1) we may find ourselves resistant to getting together with others–but it turns out we all have a common aim, and 2) we’re going to have to listen, in all its forms, if we want a good result from our seeking–seeing and even intuiting isn’t going to be enough.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Capricorn: You’ve worked hard to right wrongs, attend to what’s been ignored, and to clean out the closets in general–so what, now? Your previous efforts have shown you that the most important thing you can do to stay on track with goals and to improve life is to find out and commit to clearly those things, people, causes that reflect your highest and most heartfelt values–so that’s what you must do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. You’re ready, and most important of all, taking action at this time, and making choices, brings all kinds of healing, and so peace–and that’s good to hear, isn’t it? Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

 

 

16 January 2017 Fighting Nature

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'Miranda -- The Tempest' 1916 John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

‘Miranda — The Tempest’ 1916 John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today we find ourselves fighting Nature (or the nature of the thing with which we’re dealing), and we have to ask, Why? For some it will be the need to support the illusion of originality or independence (if these people would only remember to ask themselves, is there anything ever that’s truly new, or truly without ties? No–and that means they needn’t be so hard on themselves), for others a fear of committing resources (fear of not having ‘enough’), and for still others it’s an unthinking expression of the wound (‘I act out and lash out, because I don’t want to recognize my hurt’). Being as conscious as possible of our own and others ‘blind spots’, especially those areas we want to ignore, deny exist, or that enrage us, trusting ourselves to be strong enough to respond adequately to anything, and vowing to resist our own inclination to push back with authorities, will go a long way toward smoothing out ups and downs, and will help take us forward, rather than sideways or back (Uranus semi-sq Pallas, Mars conj Chiron and contra-parallel Ceres, Venus sesq Vesta, Sun sxt Black Moon Lilith)

This is called 'The Love Letter', but could apply to today's word image, if we think of it as someone trying to get you to stop loving yourself. Ferdinand Georg Waldmueller - 'Der Liebesbrief' 1848 {{PD}}

This is called ‘The Love Letter’, but could apply to today’s word image, if we think of it as someone trying to get you to stop loving yourself. Ferdinand Georg Waldmueller – ‘Der Liebesbrief’ 1848 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is hate mail. Whether it comes in a pretty perfumed envelope in snail mail or through email, Twitter, over a loudspeaker, or wrapped nicely in a passive-aggressive remark, it’s all the same: an advertisement for the nastiness that lives inside the speaker. Remember to whom that ick belongs, next time someone tries to gift you with it.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Capricorn: You’re beyond the reach of authorities this Solar year in some very important way; the only thing that can trip you up is your own propensity to ignore, deny, or become righteous over what you’d rather not see. What offers you this Super Power? A firm grounding in what’s important in your life, and a sureness about what you want to dedicate your energy to and for. Bonus hint: your mate needs to be your best friend–don’t put them, consciously or not, into the enemy camp. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

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15 January 2017 Undercurrents

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The Nix as a brook horse by Theodor Kittelsen 1908 {{PD}}

The Nix as a brook horse by Theodor Kittelsen 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Subtle undercurrents of ambition, lust, want, and the urge for dominion (a slightly different expression than a straight-for-power grab) will flow beneath the social, creative, and fact-based realities, today; be aware that every interaction is a statement, and believe every statement for the power need/ want it expresses. Look out for the ambitious, and Artists, look to Nature for inspiration (Jupiter parallel Zeus, Neptune semi-sq Ceres)

You've got your girl, you've got your Sun, you've got your space helmet--where's the friend? "Girl in Faroese Costume" by Edel Davidsen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

You’ve got your girl, you’ve got your Sun, you’ve got your space helmet–where’s the friend? “Girl in Faroese Costume” by Edel Davidsen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a child’s drawing, of the child-artist and her best friend. Imagine the child-artist is you, right now–who would be in that picture with you, your crayon hands linked, a bright Sun shining down on you? How successfully do you nurture that inner child in the present? You’ll likely see how crucial the connection to this individual is, once you look at it in these terms.

Here they are! "Children of Different Skin Colour" by Snorri Petersen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

Here they are! “Children of Different Skin Colour” by Snorri Petersen, 8 years 2004 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Capricorn: You may feel like you’re flying blind this year, but don’t give up; this is an elaborate mechanism you’ve devised in order to bring those things hidden, denied, or that enrage to the surface to be handled, and it’s in the handling that you learn your greatest lesson: You have what you need to know deep inside, and what occurs this Solar year, through to your next birthday, will require you to both trust your own instincts and learn not to suppress or ignore input you don’t like. Now that doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Assets for the year include the way you will develop enhanced critical thinking, the way you will find spiritual sustenance, and, after a struggle, the way the creative urge will serve you. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

14 January 2017 Love Under the Sun

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Even if it's not summer where you are, it may feel like it. 'Nevelzon (A sunny morning)' Leo Gestel 1910 {{PD}}

Even if it’s not summer where you are, it may feel like it. ‘Nevelzon (A sunny morning)’ Leo Gestel 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: No matter where you are, or what the weather, it’s going to feel bright and sunny; Love, Opportunity, Reward, Wisdom, whatever asset you value should surround you aplenty, and the resources or opportunity needed to advance ambitions is right there. There are only a couple of things that might keep that bounty tantalizingly out of reach: rejection of our own instincts; confusion fostered by ‘the group’ or our own contrary inclinations; or what Stuart Smalley (now known as Senator Al Franken) used to refer to as “stinkin’ thinkin'”, where we mentally chew the negative ad infinitum–and this can cause us to unknowingly refuse an offering, simply because we won’t recognize it! Remedy is found in accepting that things are okay, if not perfect, and in focusing on what’s going right, on gratitude, rather than adopting a gloomy or pessimistic or reform-minded bent just because that seems more useful (because today it’s not, and will actually lead us into deceiving ourselves) (Venus parallel Jupiter and Zeus, contra-parallel Sedna and Uranus, Merc parallel Pluto, Sun nov Pallas and Hygeia, trine Sedna, sq Ceres, and semi-sq Neptune)

What won't we make dioramas of? Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk History of surgical anaesthesia, Mortar, Diorama. The first surgical operation carried out with a general anaesthetic. CC BY 4.0

What won’t we make dioramas of? Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk History of surgical anaesthesia, Mortar, Diorama. The first surgical operation carried out with a general anaesthetic.
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Today’s word image is an incompetent anesthesiologist. Nobody wants that in real life, of course; someone lax or unskilled could kill the patient. As a symbol, though, this is a little complicated. Nobody falls into this profession; it takes years of specialized study and licensing–so then what could cause the incompetence? Inattention, certainly, though again, no one chooses this because they want an easy job. No, the incompetence comes from personal breakdown, mental or emotional, possibly spawning alcohol or drug abuse out of control, and that breakdown and response is itself just a surface reaction to something deeper: despair, depression, a kind of Cosmic indifference, a Universal anger. Maybe this is an admonition to look deeper at some failure we have recently observed; maybe we shouldn’t dismiss it as the bad judgment of a weak individual, but as a symptom of an existential flaw that needs to be addressed and healed. Or, we can take this symbol in another way: someone is trying to ‘gas’ us (deceive or mislead), but they’re not doing a very good job. What or who’s recently drawn your attention by the sheer lack of capability exhibited? Time to give it a deeper look.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Capricorn: I hate to say it, but it’s all about Power for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday: yours, and that which is exerted by authorities and others over you, and reaching a reasonable balance where both sides are served may not be easy. On your side in the struggle: sharp instincts, a deep sense of ‘knowing’, and smarts, leavened with a tendency to ignore your own weaknesses. On their side: sheer Will and the weapons of aggression and assertion, with their weakness being ego. You might wonder why you have to battle others for dominion over your own life and energy at this time–all I can tell you is that at some point you lacked stewardship, and now must show you are capable of running your own ship. PS It might not be people, but Nature Herself you’re in a struggle with–no matter what, take good care of yourself. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

13 January 2017 Adjustments

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Jūlijs Feders - 'The Gauja Valley' 1890 {{PD}}

Jūlijs Feders – ‘The Gauja Valley’ 1890 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Guess what? Adjustments are required, and if we don’t get out ahead of them and make them willingly, the elements involved will be taken out of our hands and changes will occur anyway–and then we’re screwed, not because anything bad happens, necessarily, but because shiny objects will overwhelm rationality and drag us straight back to the more destructive modes of the past. Payoffs and rewards come from anticipating what might come out of the blue (contrary as that sounds), as this keeps us alert, in the moment, and flexible (Mars qnx Zeus, Venus nov Uranus, Sun parallel Mercury and Pluto, and nov SN)

Today’s word image is a car sporting a bumper sticker that reads, ‘Empathy’, that runs someone over. Watch for the yawning irony gap between what’s stated and its distance from reality–too, be aware that moving forward doesn’t have to leave a series of bodies in its wake.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Capricorn: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may spend exploring the various ways in which you interact with and can benefit from authorities and power, with the express idea of learning how you can gain power yourself. Don’t be too literal in your interpretation of what constitutes power and its expression; even if you believe you aren’t interested in it, you must acknowledge that to steer your own life course requires accepting your own power, and then being responsible for it. You may also struggle with Nature, this year, in the form of health matters or natural events–but the good news is you’ll reach your next birthday the better for it. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Please see the previous post for the Full Moon forecast–

12 January 2017 Come Together

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John William Waterhouse - 'The Decameron' c1915 {{PD}}

One thing I’m not crazy about with this picture is the way the women all seemed to be enthralled with the lone man–a discarded instrument even sits next to one, suggesting they’re all taking a passive approach to things, putting aside their interests–let’s not let this be the reality, ladies! John William Waterhouse – ‘The Decameron’ c1915 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We have the resources to make dreams and ideals a reality–the question is, are we really willing to ‘spend’ them on our supposed dreams? This may bring a reality check of the kind that forces us to vet what we have been proclaiming we want–a ‘put our money where our mouth is’ moment–and should we discover we are unwilling to part with assets to back up our words or announced goals, we should celebrate it as a moment of true clarity, a chance to course-correct, to align our internal image with our actual manifestation of identity. We are likely to see that some of our priorities and commitments are actually unhealthy, and we begin thinking in concrete, practical, even hard-headed terms. It may be a rough ride for those who want to keep pretending they will become something they have no intention of actually investing in, but the rest of us can be free of old labels, and of the internal distortions created when we fool ourselves in an attempt to fool others. PS Chances of being fooled as to the actual state of relationships or finances is high, but so is the chance to profit from the creative or to spin an image of ourselves as Love or Money manifest (whether this is accurate or not) (Vesta sesq Hygeia, Venus conj Neptune, Mercury enters Capricorn)

full-moon-in-cancer-january-2017The Full Moon occurs at 3:34 AM of the 12th Pacific time at 22 Cancer 27, where it fills in as the arm of a Cardinal Grand Cross, with Jupiter-Zeus on one end and Uranus-Ceres on the other, with the opposition of the Sun filling in and inviting Pluto (despite the fact that the lord of the Underworld sees the Sun separating from contact). In other aspects we’ll keep our orbs crisp, with a quincunx to Saturn-Juno and a trine to Chiron. The config is dynamic, tense, but fueled by spontaneity, optimism, desire, an awareness of the fulsome presence of Nature (and Her unpredictability), and a consciousness that sees the need for change, destruction, and in some cases, transformation, in the name of renewal, and especially in terms of those who hold the Power. The Full Moon event should bring a culmination of energies that most likely sees a conclusion reached, spurred by changes in the reality picture and our awareness of it, and all of it based in what we care about, what we’re sensitive to (Moon in Cancer) and how this can mesh with real-world conditions and circumstances (Sun in Capricorn).

This brings healing (the Chiron trine) and forces us to adjust to the real-world state of our empowerment (quincunx Saturn-Juno)–fantasies will no longer do, echoing the other aspects for the day unrelated to the Full Moon. The Cross itself brings opportunity for ambition fulfillment and the need to balance this with our own unique needs within the power structure/ Nature, with what we care about, and with the conscious knowledge that certain facets of the reality picture (and possibly the emotional one) must change, in some stark and significant way.

Just maybe we may also want to consider a loose Water Grand Trine involving the Moon-Earth meeting reaching out to Chiron in Pisces and Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio. This hints at healing through balance that allows emotional acknowledgment of matters previously hidden, denied, or that enraged. The essence of many of the aspects for today and for the Full moon seems to hinge on successfully allowing two at least somewhat contradictory or unalike forces to meet, and from that meeting finding equilibrium; just something to keep in mind going forward.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘The Meeting Of A Literary Society’. This symbol speaks of the coming together of minds, to consider ideas expressed in a concrete form, in this case, in writing–and in a twist, this could specifically apply to contracts, as a meeting of the minds is the primary condition for the formation of such agreements. This suggests the Full Moon events express a material or manifest form of one or more ideas, allowing them to be vetted in the real world. Though the environment for inspection is a civilized one, what results may not be quite so, as the inclusion of Pluto, Zeus, and Uranus in the Full Moon picture suggests some extreme passions and unpredictable alternatives may suddenly be on the table, pushing the feeling nature (Moon in Cancer) to extremes and/ or draw conclusions.

Edgar Degas - 'Achille De Gas in the Uniform of a Cadet' c1856 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Achille De Gas in the Uniform of a Cadet’ c1856 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the Sun, instigator of the Full Moon phenomenon, is, ‘A Soldier Receiving Two Awards For Bravery In Combat’. The figure of ‘a soldier’ suggests one of many, who is responsible for and in control of only him or herself–but all awards a soldier can receive on the battlefield are tied directly to her or his actions that specifically benefit both his cause and his fellow soldiers. So, this could imply that what culminates at the Full Moon started with actions that went ‘above and beyond’–and this is the result.

Bonus: those with natal placements at 20-23 of Leo may be in for major emotional healing or wounding, likely as Full Moon events reveal something about their origins that was previously unrealized.

Bonus bonus: Full Moon work with Auntie Moon

For those born with the Sun at 22 Capricorn: You’re at or very near the summit, right about now, and you reach the crest of your goal only to find–another big climb ahead of you. Don’t despair; you can rest for a brief while and gather in the benefits of the level you’ve already achieved–and if you look around you’ll see that you’ve got the resources, the support, and the personal authority to begin the journey up that next mountain–and it’s more than likely that you’ll reach the summit for this Solar year’s goal much sooner than you expect–so get ready to celebrate–after that climb, of course. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Donate! Read! And have a wonderful Full Moon!

11 January 2017 Wisdom Watch

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'On the Heights' - Charles Courtney Curran c1909 {{PD}}

‘On the Heights’ – Charles Courtney Curran c1909 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Everything smart tells us to retreat to the past, to give up on our ambitions–but how smart can that feedback really be? This is one of those times when all we have to do is keep a fix on our dreams, on the ideal, on healing, and it will be ours–so why the negative, give-it-up tone from our surroundings? There is a certain, contrary pressure that seems to build that manifests right before a big leap forward, or in the time just prior to achieving our dreams; most people succumb to this, believing they’re getting a clear signal that things aren’t working–the rest hold on, and get what they set out to attain. Now that begs the question, how do we tell the difference between a legitimate discouragement meant for our good, and this kind of false assessment? It’s all in understanding one’s own development phase: if you have reached a point where ideas and efforts have been tested and refined, and you receive negative, give-up-now feedback, you are actually at the point of breakthrough. At any other point in development, this would be something to listen to and respect, but at a culmination, a near-end point, it’s not. It’s not necessarily easy to tell the two situations apart, but one thing that seems consistent with the ‘ignore it’ scenario is that you will hear from others, often those who are not successful at all in real terms, that you should give up–and if you look closely at them, you’ll realize they want company in the ‘should’ve, could’ve’ world they occupy–or if the social order is telling you your idea is daft, consider how much they benefit from separating you from your instincts and your connection to the Universe–and it’s the same with many whose feedback is discouraging. As always, assess with care and honesty–and then do what makes sense, in the context of your situation, and their response (Pallas conj SN and sesq Zeus, Jupiter contra-parallel Sedna, Venus parallel Neptune and semi-sq Ceres, Mercury qnx Vesta, Sun sxt Chiron and axis T-square Jupiter)

'Still Life with Samovar and Chinese Teacup' Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

‘Still Life with Samovar and Chinese Teacup’ Max Schödl 1869 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is, once again, the dregs in a teacup, this time making a smile that also looks like a quarter Moon. My sense was this is a waxing quarter, placing it at 4 February. It may simply be: watch for something positive or good, something that makes you smile, to come forward at this point.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Capricorn: Wounds will heal, and gifts develop, if you’ll only think of yourself for a change; the social order, and authorities empowered through your efforts, may both fight against this, but the reality is that this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, needs to be a time when you concentrate on You–and that may mean having the courage, wherewithal, and Self-discipline to go it alone. Bonus: be very cautious in communications–don’t believe everything you hear, and don’t tip your own hand. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

10 January 2017 Delicate and Decent

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'Lady with a Fan', Eva Gonzales c1870 {{PD}}

‘Lady with a Fan’, Eva Gonzales c1870 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may feel that others, or circumstances, are holding us back–or is it really that we take action and don’t consider the consequences, then act surprised when the reality picture restrains us? We must ask ourselves a question: Are my controls internal or external? Do I only apply the brakes when forced to? Am I too hesitant, not responding unless the world gives me a push? And consider this, as well: if the world seems to be holding you back, in what way are you refusing to respect what is? Conversely, if you’re holding yourself back, what is it about your own capabilities that you don’t trust? At this time we may see some radical behaviors and responses, but don’t take them at face value; what we’re not seeing is the spur behind the act, which can give the action a whole other meaning (Vesta enters Cancer, Saturn conj Juno, Mars sxt Pluto, Sun sq Uranus)

'The Lamp' - Mary Cassatt c1891 {{PD}}

‘The Lamp’ – Mary Cassatt c1891 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a delicate ladies fan, carved from ivory. Of course, no one carries a fan anymore, and ivory is forbidden, both legally and out of sheer decency. So what does this image suggest? Something quite beautiful that may be ‘out of time’, both a relic and made of a material we no longer find acceptable. It would be wrong in so many ways to create new ones–we can admire the workmanship and the custom of a time gone by, even as we acknowledge it’s just not right for today. Find the thing in your life that both represents defunct behaviors and violates current standards–and get rid of it.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Capricorn: Confronting the group, or your own radical or unusual behavior, is the key to begin your healing–and you won’t gain strength, or the support of others, without dealing with the Uranian element in your life. Don’t worry, you’ve already adequately dealt with the contradictions and conflicts in the ambition and desire picture–you now know what you want, and whether it’s worth pursuing–and once you achieve that healed state you should be aiming for this Solar year, through to your next birthday, opportunities will unfold before you, likely through the Arts or through those who want to see you succeed. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great Tuesday!

9 January 2017 Kinetic Freedom

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By Julietchristine - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39111834

By Julietchristine – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39111834

The AstroEssence: Reconciliation of our feelings about the past is on the agenda, though the impulse may be to look only for the benefits of past exploits and not the emotional damage they entailed. We are also compelled to nail down or constrain anything that draws our attention or that speaks of a difficult future, in a move we see as protective, no doubt. The reality is that if we will face the negative feelings from the past and truly see them for what they are, we will also see that they are no longer ‘ours’–that is, we no longer feel that way, even in relation to the events that sparked them, and so are, in a very real sense, free. Once feelings are dealt with (or, if we just refuse to reconsider them), we can find a certain wisdom in action; kinetics are where it’s at, in terms of connecting to our inner wisdom, to what’s smart, and to what’s practical. Literally getting yourself into motion is the best thing you can do–all the rest will sort itself out from there, though failure to relinquish old emotions (and so old hurts) keeps one from being as thoroughly empowered and effective as one might (Jupiter sxt Juno, Venus parallel SN and sesq Jupiter, Mars parallel Pallas, Sun parallel Saturn and sesq NN)

By Steve Bridger from Bristol, UK - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=389178

By Steve Bridger from Bristol, UK – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=389178

Today’s word image is a home altar. Even if we don’t consciously set one up, some place in our home we can find a ‘gathering’ of items representing what’s important to us–and sometimes there are several. It’s a place attended to daily, where we often add or remove items on a regular basis, where what is there, or what it represents, is a focus of our waking efforts. And if you have one you have deliberately set up in spiritual practice, I’d like you to look for the other ‘altars’ where you live–each place of ritual and respect tells a story about what’s truly important to us, about where we put our faith.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Capricorn: You may be consumed this Solar year, through to your next birthday, with resolving those obstacles that stand between you and ambition and desire fulfillment–but first you may need to get a handle on the feeling nature. Unacknowledged destruction left in your wake after a recent metamorphosis hasn’t yet been addressed–and until it is, and amends made, you may not find it easy to move forward. Dealing with what got trashed, left behind, changed, or otherwise eliminated is required, but once done, the way will be wide open to get one or two of your most potent current ambitions fulfilled. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

8 January 2017 Scanning the Horizon

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By Arctic light - Frank Olsen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28219474

By Arctic light – Frank Olsen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28219474

The AstroEssence: The Messenger stations direct at 1:43 AM Pacific time, and I find that taking a snapshot of the moment of direction often reveals something about the trends to follow–so here goes. Mercury changes direction while being body of latest degree, which suggests a real turnaround in our conclusions and recently-reached assessments–not a big surprise at a station of Merc, but definitely more pronounced than we might expect, and in Sagittarius what we may find ourselves doing is scanning the horizon, for what we can learn, for ‘the facts’, or to find circumstances that reflect, or where we can implement, our faith. The first aspect Mercury will make (not counting Lunar ones received) will be a quincunx to Vesta, implying that adjustments in the values picture, and within the home and mate relationship, are to be anticipated. Too, we may find ourselves reassessing our commitments; what we value may have irrevocably altered during the retro period, but we’re just finding out, or even beginning to consider the implications, now.

The realizations of direction are accompanied by the urge to act, to ‘correct’ what’s not to our highest standards or what doesn’t reflect our commitments adequately, and we may find our attention repeatedly drawn toward those elements within our ambition or desire picture that don’t support, or that contradict, our identity, the Soul-image we carry of ourselves in ideal form. We may see the benefits in curbing our originality (being part of the group may offer more than being a standout, at this point), and relationships may ask that we forego erratic behavior or a too-spontaneous approach to interaction–but these conditions are only temporary, and it’s still up to us to choose (Merc stations direct, Mars sesq Vesta, Venus semi-sq Uranus, Sun sq Zeus)

By Théodore Chassériau - Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6726493

By Théodore Chassériau – Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6726493

Today’s word image is a pair of events: an individual leaps from a balcony railing, in one instance landing on a car, in the other landing on a trampoline and smilingly bouncing up. I’d say this is about how we take a fall, or a let-down, with one alternative ending in ‘crushing’ defeat, and the other suggesting an indomitable spirit that refuses wounding or censure. It’s always our choice how we process a problem or a loss, but we should remember that just because it hurts, it saddens us, or it removes the potential opportunity, doesn’t mean it has to stop our forward momentum or permanently end our efforts. Think of it as a ‘Leap of Faith’, where the faith to recover is more important than the faith it took to make the step in the first place. Do we need to mourn an upset? Of course, that’s part of acceptance and acknowledging what will never be–but if we want to be healthy, we don’t stay in that ‘down’ state, but bounce back, as quickly as we can.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Capricorn: Look to the emotions, especially as they express through the material world, through sustenance, comfort, and security, to navigate this Solar period through to your next birthday; you’ll find plenty of ‘messages’ in the way others share their material bounty that will be a lot more telling than anything they say–and conversely, your best expression of the feeling state comes through translating this into gifts, caretaking, or support of any kind for those you love. It’s an interesting, touchy-feely year for you, where you can, by expressing how you feel, pave the way for ambition and desire fulfillment, without actually having to go directly after them–what you want is instead drawn to you. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

7 January 2017 Faded Away

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Four unidentified women in swimwear in the Potomac Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C., 1922 {{PD}} Library of Congress

Four unidentified women in swimwear in the Potomac Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C., 1922 {{PD}} Library of Congress

The AstroEssence: Getting our way hurts, or at least leaves us very uncomfortable–whoda thunk? It may be because, as we reach out for what we want, we do so in ways that are already defunct; that is, we try to gain through relationships and interactions, financial situations and value expressions, that are no longer valid, that expired and oops–we didn’t notice, or have time-traveled ourselves, and so forgotten how they evolved, crumbled, or just plain faded away. Don’t get me wrong–they work for obtaining what we want in the moment–but may taint the well, so to speak, as a result. Maybe funnel energy instead into reconsidering relationships and financial situations, and into thinking about what you really want in your life, because current conditions put a glaring spotlight on what’s in play that also contradicts values and/ or is unwise (Chiron sq Juno, Venus conj SN, Sun contra-parallel Vesta and semi-sq Pallas)

Think of what's being offered as sacred. Photo By Steve Evans from Citizen of the World - Thailand: An Offering to the Deity, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25840140

Think of what’s being offered as sacred. Photo By Steve Evans from Citizen of the World – Thailand: An Offering to the Deity, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25840140

Today’s word image is a cup of coffee–but you don’t drink coffee. What’s being offered to you right now that you believe isn’t to your taste–or that you’ve actually sworn off of, for one reason or another? Consider that it may be time to try something new, to shake things up, and to realize that there’s no actual virtue in making hard and fast, but ultimately irrelevant, rules for living.

For those born with the Sun at 17 Capricorn: Was it you who transformed, or did your whole world just fall from beneath your feet? If the former, good for you, you’re on to your next stage of life, little butterfly–but if the latter, you have to triage your life during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, so that you can understand (and so permanently, emotionally release) why what happened happened. In either case, bringing forward with you what’s worthwhile from the past is important; so is recognizing that there’s only so much mulling to be done–then it’s time to accept and move on. Also, beware being too aggressive, or accepting to much interference from others–a balance is definitely needed. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

6 January 2017 The Everyday Crucible

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By H005 - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8384955

By H005 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8384955

The AstroEssence: Our tiny, narrow, life-on-earth focus will be on the struggle to wring rewards from our ambitions and desires, to fulfill ourselves; we’re trying to get the kind of support and cooperation (Zeus in Libra) we believe will facilitate and bring what we want from ‘the Dream’ (Venus in Pisces). But, simultaneously, our all-perceiving, Cosmic focus will, whether we are conscious of it or not, temper the identity through transformative fire–and this may be an actual experience of breakdown or change, where the individual is ‘destroyed’, left shattered, or undergoes involuntary loss, or, more likely, it will involve an off-stage metamorphosis (that is, something that happens to the Soul, but without our consciousness undergoing a direct experience)–and today is the point where this process, or its results, may be revealed. Expect in some way to see yourself differently, or to learn something fundamental about who you are that you’d never before realized (Venus sesq Zeus, Sun conj Pluto)

From John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland {{PD}}

From John Tenniel’s illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland {{PD}}

Today’s word image is more like a little story, and comes from a series of dreams I’ve had lately, that seem to fit the Sun-Pluto conjunction perfectly. The most coherent of these involved a group of scientists who were convinced the world would end in disaster; their answer was to round up a group of 60 people and genetically manipulate them so that they weren’t just human, they also carried the code for every other living thing, becoming part plant and part animal, and even were made to embody various facets of culture. I distinctly remember more than one person who became part book (literally having body parts made of paper!) and one who carried a space for ‘blue’! One person, a woman, seemed to be very angry about the transformations, stating she just wanted to be pure emotion, but everyone else was happy with what had been done, because they enjoyed what seemed to be a more objective or perhaps just wider sense of the world and what existed in it.

For those born with the Sun at 16 Capricorn: Change is definitely on the horizon, but the news flash is that it will be driven, not by your choices and wishes so much as by accident, surprise, revelation, and emotions, and so will not, in the end, actually be under your control–and that’s the thing you need to accept about all that develops this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. You may have mentally minimized the role of others or the Universe in making things happen, and now events will conspire to remind you you’re not in charge. A useful lesson, and one that will serve you very well, once you completely acknowledge the truth of it. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

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5 January 2017 Shock Troops

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By Christian Juel Mollback 'Cactus with Scarlet Blossoms', Irina, 2014-05-10 22:35, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38413341

By Christian Juel Mollback ‘Cactus with Scarlet Blossoms’, Irina, 2014-05-10 22:35, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38413341

The AstroEssence: We are prone to be highly aggressive, maybe most especially when we fear we’ll have our independence taken away by ‘the group’. All we can really do is refuse to deploy the shock troops, and instead take actions and make choices supported by faith, facts, and/ or the larger social order, in service to bringing our ambitions and goals to reality. A ‘stay in your own lane’ day that can have surprising benefits, not the least of which is that by focusing on our own goals we draw the positive attention of those in power, or who can offer aid. Originality brings the cooperation of others and gives us greater reach; watch for the surprising and the unexpected, and be willing to part with your shekels if in some form it affords you wisdom (even if that means you learn where not to invest time, energy, or funds!) (Uranus trine Juno, Mars parallel Jupiter and Zeus, and contra-parallel Sedna and Uranus, and nov Ceres, Venus conj Pallas)

Today’s word image is something I’ve seen three times in the past two days: a car trunk secured with nothing but tape. In the first instance, it was a sparkling Mercedes with what actually appeared to be Scotch tape (that thin clear tape used for wrapping presents) neatly applied on either side of the trunk; I joked about it to my husband, wondering aloud if the hostage knew how easily they could escape, but by the time I saw it the second time . . . let’s just say I started to wonder how much we’re packing around with us that we could oh-so-easily just let go.

For those born with the Sun at 15 Capricorn: Are you actually ready to transform, or are you just happy to know that change is coming, even if it’s difficult, messy, or leaves destruction in its wake? That’s a question you need to answer this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, because without knowing how you really feel about creating upset in current situations (which will progress anyway, no matter what you believe), you may go into things believing nothing will happen until you’re ready–which is exactly the opposite of what will occur, and precisely what I’m trying to warn you about. So, resolve to BE AWAKE, and to believe what you see; nothing comes at you without plenty of advance notice, though that may be subtle or easily ignored. And don’t let communications stress you–make it a habit to read between the lines, so that you’ll know what to take seriously, and what to blow off. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

4 January 2017 Jupiter, Jupiter, Jupiter!

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By NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) - http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/16/image/bj/

By NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) – http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/16/image/bj/

The AstroEssence: Jupiter’s contact to Uranus is getting all the press, but I want to talk about another pair of the Behemoth’s contacts that are currently very close, the sextile to Saturn and the quincunx to Chiron (which of course gives us a square between Saturn and Chiron). First a note on the Jupiter-Uranus opposition: there’s a tendency to characterize a major aspect between the slower-moving bodies as having some kind of blanket effect on everyone, but like any aspect, it may appear more or less potently in the individual life–and this one may only be observed as we watch the social order (Jupiter) in conflict with groups or rebellious individuals (Uranus). If this opposition aspects any bodies in the natal chart, you’re probably feeling the conflicts over freedom, belief, dependability, originality, independence, and reasoning (beliefs vs. facts vs. higher mind intellectual rationales); where this opposition falls in the chart may also pinpoint the areas, relationships, and subject matters where, whether it touches natal bodies or not, the conflict may be felt. But remember, these are big concepts, and may not always be obvious to us in the moment–and we must be careful not to project our expectations onto the atmosphere or into life events; instead we must be aware of potentials, but not too prone to attribute everything to a single celestial event. Now on to those other Jupiter contacts.

Jupiter connects it all; here with its moon Ganymede. NASA/JPL - ftp://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/miscellaneous/planetary/voyager/jupiter/vg1_p20945.tiff {{PD}}

Jupiter connects it all; here with its moon Ganymede. NASA/JPL – ftp://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/miscellaneous/planetary/voyager/jupiter/vg1_p20945.tiff {{PD}}

The sextile of Jupiter to Saturn, and the quincunx to Chiron, both speak of real-world conditions impacting us, shaping our world views and actually wounding us via material matters, restrictions and denials, rules and authorities, and/ or the requirements made of us when we build or achieve (and yes, we may think, ‘Jupiter-Uranus!’–but it may be Saturn-Chiron). We’ll have to adjust to these conditions, or suffer hurt; but the up side is that these stresses may also call forward unique skills, and the involvement of Jupiter tells us that we have the needed facts, the faith, and/ or the optimism to tackle issues. Bonus if you have any natal bodies at 18-22 Taurus: this would act as apex to a Finger of God with base of Jupiter-Saturn, suggesting that the Taurean energy is the key to expanding your opportunities or your world.

We also feel a slight but perverse current in the direction of altering what we already know to be wise that stirs unneeded upheaval within relationships and financial matters. The need may be to perfect what we care for most, with the intellectual itch we feel with Merc in Sagittarius urging us on, but do your best not to let an inclination to be contrary override some more than acceptable standards and practices already in place. Ask yourself, Will this really make things flawless? The answer is, likely, no (Perfecting today: Pluto semi-sq Pallas and Venus, Venus qnx Vesta, Mercury enters Sagittarius)

Tidbit: With Sedna opposed Black Moon Lilith across the Taurus-Scorpio axis, doors will open–the question is, Do you want to go through them? If you choose to enter, expect a deep and slightly disturbing (that is, unsettling in the way certain matters just. can’t. be. ignored) experience.

Das Schokoladenmädchen (Fräulein Baldauf) (1744) Jean-Étienne Liotard {{PD}}

Das Schokoladenmädchen (Fräulein Baldauf) (1744)
Jean-Étienne Liotard {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a harried waitress moving from unoccupied table to unoccupied table. This symbol may ask us to consider what we’re really serving, in our day-to-day hurry; a look at not just our activities, but the purposes they serve and the way they affect others, may also be in order. No one wants to waste effort ‘serving’ something that, in some sense, is empty.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Capricorn: Ambitions may push against instincts and what you know deep within this Solar year, through to your next birthday; you may spend the entire time trying, in one form or another, to reconcile your desires and aims against the sense that you shouldn’t proceed toward them, at least not with the individuals you are currently planning to work or march into the future with. A few things to measure your feeling against: look at the implications behind the material situation; you may be assuming this will go a certain way favorable to you when your inner voice is trying to tell you it won’t–and count only the facts and actual material accomplishments, not plans or brags, if you want an accurate picture of things. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

3 January 2016 Beneath the Surface

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An almond tree, blooming beneath a covering of snow. Photo By Àngela Llop - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25355619

An almond tree, blooming beneath a covering of snow. Photo By Àngela Llop – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25355619

The AstroEssence: Years ago my father owned a small almond ranch in the California desert, in a place you’d never guess would make for good farming–and yet the remarkable thing was that, just below the alkaline crust of earth ran a small but powerfully rushing river. Influences today are subtle but, if you tap into them, potent, like that surging water below bare soil; it provided more than enough water, but only when accessed with a pump–otherwise nature didn’t find it easy to puncture that brittle clay crust, and little grew. We may find a strong undercurrent in the reality picture that somehow contradicts our own values–it may feel as if we’re hopelessly old-fashioned, out of step, or naive, unable to tap in to the rush of feeling below the surface–and this may mess with our sense of values, giving us the feeling that it would be smart to review what we dedicate our energies to–and it would. We need to punch through, to access what flows below the surface, to be sure that what we’re committed to indeed matches our priorities and values. What we’re likely to find is that our minds have been on what mattered all along–and once we’ve reviewed things, we can renew our dedication with confidence (Vesta qnx Pallas, Saturn contra-parallel Vesta, Merc sxt Venus)

'Job Lot Cheap' by William Michael Harnett 1878 {{PD}}

‘Job Lot Cheap’ by William Michael Harnett 1878 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a tall stack of newly acquired, ‘to read’ books. According to the website Open Culture, this is “Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読. Tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく.” The Japanese word as it applies to books is a play on the concept of letting anything pile up–as if all piling up in the world were voluntary! Though some treat it as a thing we shouldn’t do, equating it to hoarding, acquiring books to be read in time gives me a great deal of pleasure, and the joy of being able to go choose from that pile when it’s time for a new book is something I celebrate and look forward to. The matter then seems to be: are we sure that what we’ve allowed to accumulate actually has a reason for being, that it serves a purpose? Would we be better off without it, or does its very existence enhance our lives?

For those born with the Sun at 13 Capricorn: You’re heading toward big commitment, and big change–are you ready? You appear primed to act on your feelings this year, but need to be aware that at least some of those emotions are based more in fantasy or idealization of someone or something than they should be. You need to find that balance between impulse and belief, between hurt/ retreat and the real world as it is, and between the urge to go it alone and the need to find a place within the group. If you can sort those topics out during the upcoming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself transformed, and with it what surrounds you. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

2 January 2017 Being Modern

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Not exactly new, but it still feels fresh. 'Yellow-Red-Blue' 1925 Wassily Kandinsky {{PD}}

Not exactly new, but it still feels fresh. ‘Yellow-Red-Blue’ 1925 Wassily Kandinsky {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Actions and choices are inspired by our own unique viewpoint; there’s no need to stress over being original, modern, or to fear we won’t be in the avant garde–we act with a flourish that is both current in style and accurately reflects the intellect–even radically so. This spurs smart and practical thinking, and boosts confidence, which means we’ll benefit by knowing our own territory and then exercising our Will within it (Mars nov Uranus, Venus parallel Juno and enters Pisces, Mercury sxt Pallas)

Today’s word image is a quiet drink before the fire, marking the end of the holiday season, and the beginning of the New Year. It seems we need to be conscious of what is ending right now; to wrap it up willingly, with style, may be the best way to reconcile ourselves to the fact that time is passing, and we must move on, much as we might wish to linger in the sparkling settings, the dazzling fireworks, and the well wishes that come even from strangers. Acknowledging that one way or another we are required to ‘come back down to earth’ isn’t something to regret, but something to embrace, as it’s only those Capricorn-flavored, nose-to-the-grindstone times that allow us to appreciate so much the celebrations of good fortune, family, and friends. Happy New Year, y’all–

For those born with the Sun at 12 Capricorn: This Solar year, Cappy, it seems you achieve the perfect balance between expansion and contraction, between reaching out, getting more, and pursuing goals with optimism, and carefully maintaining what you’ve already built. It’s not glamorous, but it is a period when your foundations, and by extension your power, can make tremendous gains, and so solidify a growing reputation and the status this conveys. Take care that this is a positive growth in the reputation; also be aware that some people in your sphere will not be happy with your advancement–and it will be necessary for you to decide how to handle feedback meant to slow you down (my suggestion: reject it!) Also, let emotions and intuition lead–big rewards could come from this. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

 

1 January 2017 Keep It Low Key

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Dawn in Joshua Tree California, USA 7 October 2013 Photo by Jessie CC BY-SA 3.0

Dawn in Joshua Tree California, USA 7 October 2013 Photo by Jessie CC BY-SA 3.0

The AstroEssence: What we refuse to intuit will hurt us; that is, if we disdain instinctive knowledge for a more commonly agreed-upon reality, we will suffer from those things hidden, ignored, or that enrage, and this will both skew thinking and undermine our efforts to see to our health and well-being. Too, actions may not have the results we expect them to; it’s a day best spent in low-key or creative pursuits (Black Moon Lilith opp Sedna, Neptune sq Hygeia, Mars parallel Neptune, Merc qnx Vesta)

For those born with the Sun at 11 Capricorn: It’s all about Love and Assets this year–and you may face challenges in both arenas, with the big danger that you may be feeling too erratic, too rebellious, or are too intent on being ‘original’, and so end up tanking both social standing and any real opportunity to achieve goals and meet desires. So, Self-control is obviously the key to success this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. Bonus: if you have something natally at, or when transiting bodies pass through, 16-22 Gemini, consider this a highly fortuitous time, when results will go far beyond the effort you put into them, and ‘luck’ is with you, so watch the skies–speaking of which, Good Luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

31 December 2016 It’s All Relative

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Michel Zeno Diemer - 'The Ahırkapı Lighthouse' before 1939 {{PD}}

Michel Zeno Diemer – ‘The Ahırkapı Lighthouse’ before 1939 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our confidence levels determine how adept we are at going after what we want today, and this is measured in two ways: how well we’ve reconciled our personal sense of injury with those wounds ‘approved’ by the social order (are we open about our hurt, is there shame surrounding it that makes us hide, do we feel acceptance of our injuries, perhaps through supportive foundations or groups, or do we feel no one is capable of understanding our precise wound?), and how closely connected to the ‘ideal’ (whatever that may be in your own mind) our steps to address or remedy our wounds have been. If we feel we’ve been effective at doing what we could to alleviate our pain (even if we still hold that pain), then we are likely to be highly aware of our own power within the life situation, and so wield it in the name of getting what we want/ deserve; if we’ve not, for one reason or another, been willing to see to our own health, we may find the power to affect things taken from our hands. We could call it a moment of living karma, and we could note that the degrees of successful deployment of our energy are relative, mostly to our own understanding of hurt and reward. We may be preoccupied in the moment, however, with our own actions and choices, with some of us following the dream, some allowing the ego to lead (or mislead), some allowing inspiration to flow through, and some taking creative action of significant proportions. The day holds a lot of potential; don’t be hard on yourself if you find at the end of it that you review and see many more layers to things than initially appeared (Juno sxt Zeus, Jupiter qnx Chiron, Mars conj Neptune and both sq Hygeia, Venus nov Pluto, Sun sesq Sedna)

For those born with the Sun at 10 Capricorn: Review of the past, of past accomplishments, and particularly of the things that may have kept us from doing or being is on the agenda–and it’s tremendously effective fuel to create present-day change. You are at the perfect point as an individual to use the intellect and your deep sense of understanding to transform the life; you have a clear idea of how you want to live and who you want to be, and you can make it happen. It may not be easy, but it will be immensely rewarding, especially in the way you can reinforce relationships, and all interactions based on love. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

30 December 2016 Finding Magic

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We might be facing matters through our dreams, too. 'Brünnhilde lies asleep, surrounded with magic fire' By Arthur Rackham 1910 {{PD}}

We might be facing matters through our dreams, too. ‘Brünnhilde lies asleep, surrounded with magic fire’ By Arthur Rackham 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today it’s all about what’s been hidden or ignored; it can’t be avoided any longer, and it touches perceptions, communications, and relationships in a distinct way, making us very unsure of where our attention needs to go. We’re easily distracted, easily mislead, but may find that in attending to the ignored and denied real magic occurs. Face the unpleasant and look for inspiration, creative impetus, and the ideal, among the weeds (Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury trine NN and nov BML, Sun sxt Neptune and semi-sq BML)

For those born with the Sun at 9 Capricorn: This Solar year, through to your next birthday, represents a creative peak for you; you may produce the most imaginative or original work you’ve ever done at this time, or you may be inundated with ideas that you’ll spend years bringing into reality. In either case, it’s a time when those impulses toward the ideal, in whatever form, should be followed–just don’t fall into the small minority of those with this Sun degree who will either build this year’s empire on deceit, or who will be thoroughly deceived themselves. Financial and relationship situations will be tested; stick to your values, and all will be well, even if doing so brings a (temporary) rough time. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

 

29 December 2016 Lost in Translation

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Joueuse de guitare' c1897 {{PD}}

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Joueuse de guitare’ c1897 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What does it mean that Uranus goes direct during a Mercury retrograde? Possibly that the higher reasoning and intellect go into overdrive, but find the concepts and information are un-relatable, either because one can’t seem to find the right words, or because the ideas themselves remain indistinct. Communication, then, becomes difficult, and it may appear each individual doesn’t know her or his own mind–but that’s not so, it’s just a problem translating that electric impulse of pure knowledge into a language that can be understood. The Arts offer a great way to funnel this higher mind material, and as well offer a way to link instincts with those matters too long ignored or denied–they need to be worked out, and music or dance or the visual arts, any venue that employs one’s artistic impulse, even untraditional ones, provide a perfect outlet–but take care that relationships or financial situations don’t become venues for working out the neglected–that likely only results in upset. It’s a really good time for inventors and those looking for a unique approach, as new and startling concepts and work-arounds occur to us, and we take a kind of ruthless view of what we care about, both as a housecleaning measure and one that offers to make the changes we seek. The best approach overall might be to be gentle with ourselves and others, in order to avoid a too radical purging, and to keep from doing what we can’t take back (Uranus goes direct, Pluto contra-parallel Vesta, T-square Venus as arm to a Black Moon Lilith-Sedna opp)

Today’s word image is two tickets to the theater. A theater experience is a companionable one; we typically go with others, in order to have even more individuals act out a story, to entertain us. Are you part of the audience, or are you an act-er? Each has its place–right now there’s a need to either appreciate what you’re being presented with, or to act out what you truly want to present to others.

For those born with the Sun at 8 Capricorn: It’s the dawning of a new emotional era for you, one that will change the way you think–and that change is driven not just by a new viewpoint, but by the inclusion of new information and ‘facts’ you weren’t previously aware of. This is good overall, but may disturb the equilibrium of your life in the moment. Be aware: new agreements lead to new situations–and these may or may not fit with what already is. You’re actually on the way, this Solar year through to your next birthday, to making a dream come true–so careful progress that acknowledges what has changed, and what’s still solid, is vital to success. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

Please see the previous post for the New Moon assessment.

28 December 2016 The Capricorn New Moon: The Big Bang

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'The Helix Nebula' Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

‘The Helix Nebula’ Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Astro and Lunar Essence: We enjoy a New Moon in Capricorn at 10:53 PM Pacific time at 7 CAP 59, but it’s not the only activity we need to note. This New Moon conjoins the Sun-Mercury Inferior Conjunction (the meeting that occurs when Mercury is in the midst of the retro cycle) with this tying the NM beginning into the action via the sextile of Mars and Merc, Merc’s conjunction with the Sun, and the Sun’s integral part in opposing (and creating) the New Moon phenomenon. As well, there is an emphasis on action, choice, and what we as individuals can do or make happen–and this builds toward, and then likely finds expression through, the New Moon moment.

The fact that the New Moon falls in Capricorn suggests that what begins may be either constructive/ positive, setting something solid in motion that allows for the establishment of a new beginning, or that it may signal restraint or an ending, with the Sea Goat’s conservative and cautious nature put to work in our own best interests as we refrain from, or put an end to–and so set something new in motion.

The NM is of course still sextile Mars and approaching sextile to Neptune; it’s also roughly semi-square both Black Moon Lilith (remember, that’s a point, rather than a body) and Venus (which places the NM at their midpoint), and semi-sextile Hygeia. These contacts are, in the larger scheme of things, relatively minor–and yet they accumulate their modest effects by gentle pushes to the ether, this way and that. The result is that what begins now is creative (though don’t assume that’s positive! or that it comes in a traditionally recognized creative form) as it feeds on both matters ignored or denied, and on those health issues (mental, physical, spiritual, emotional) that are nibbling at the edges of our consciousness with worry or the soon-to-be undeniable recognition of some health matter that must be addressed. Right now, though we likely become aware of these issues, we aren’t forced to move on them–that point likely comes later, at the Superior Conjunction.

And, with the coinciding of the NM with the Inferior Conjunction, we see a moment in time where what begins may be larger than we realize, and we’re fortuitously offered a timeline along which we can expect at least a partial result, with the Superior Conjunction (when Merc is once again direct and meets the Sun). This can result in our own version of the Big Bang as something that coalesces now reaches a point of intensity that brings bigger-than-the-sum-of-its-parts results with the SC of 5 March. We should note the Superior Conjunction occurs midway through Pisces, giving the events a dream-come-true potential, or one of unreality or deception.

'Lady at the Window' Caspar Netscher (circa 1639–1684) {{PD}}

‘Lady at the Window’
Caspar Netscher (circa 1639–1684) {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘In A Sunlit Home Domesticated Birds Sing Joyously’. Considering all the other contacts in play at the time of the NM, this implies that what occurs may bring something out into the light, creating an opportunity for Self-expression and peace within the ‘home’ of the individual (internally or within surroundings)–but the word ‘domesticated’ suggests this is done with passions or forces that have been ‘tamed’, rather than with something new–and this implies that the new start may grown out of mastery of the Self, the environment, or one’s already adept qualities or abilities.

(Mars parallel SN, semi-sq Ceres, and sxt Mercury, Vesta sesq Juno, Saturn sq Chiron)

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For those born with the Sun at 7 Capricorn: You are poised between acting (which may be rash or out of anger) and creating (which may be inspired or confused)–and the best way to choose exactly how you will use your energy should be determined by what supports your health best in all its facets. Looking out for your well-being is the key to solidifying your authority and your place in things (your status). Once you choose how to go forward, you’ll find yourself re-thinking what was–but be bold, embrace your choices, and don’t allow regret to cloud what could be a year full of achievement. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

27 December 2016 Focus On: Pallas Enters Pisces

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'Pallas Athena' Franz von Stuck, 1898 {{PD}}

‘Pallas Athena’ Franz von Stuck, 1898 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Pallas enters Pisces, and we can pull wisdom from the very air,  from a whiff of the spiritual or the creative, and from an inner state of drift, daydreaming, or escape. It’s as if sleep, play, dreams, a warm bath, even the humidity levels carry the key to what’s smart, what’s practical, and it’s ours for the taking, right there in what we breathe and of what our bodies largely consist. To access it, though, we have to know how to let go of the ego, how to untether from the here and now, and how to hold on to nothing–the very opposite of our usual (and quite natural) grasp response. The usual Piscean routes are all very welcoming right now, but the Warrior Woman in this venue demands that a practical translation occur: employing our skills, we take our inspirations, our imaginings, and we create something of use from them. It may sound like an assignment, but it’s really the essence of the creative process–for why else do we have those urges, but to turn them into something that touches the world? (Mercury semi-sq Venus)

Also, taking action is easy–just make sure you look at where you’re going, literally and figuratively (Sun sxt Mars)

Here’s something useful from the excellent Astrologer Kelly Surtees

For those born with the Sun at 6 Capricorn: You’re going to be moving forward aggressively (or assertively, if you prefer) this year, but you’re going to have to do some hard re-thinking in the process. It’s not your reasoning that’s unsound–that’s actually been exceptional– but your hindsight and your Self-perceptions that are suffering. Re-examine the past for what it really tells you (as opposed to what you’ve been telling yourself about it, all this time), and look at choices with an eye to your own health, which includes the actual benefits that may be conveyed to you. Both these measures will make your Solar year, through to your next birthday much more successful than they might be sans review and examination. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

26 December 2016 The Past As Pattern

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Pink and Poppy Wallpaper by William Morris 1881 {{PD}}

Pink and Poppy Wallpaper by William Morris 1881 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Are we acting based on what we still carry from the past, from accumulated knowledge, or are we acting reactive to the past, in which case we’re unthinkingly playing out an old response or pattern? In either case, our reasoning lacks clarity, whether from a too-imaginative approach (which can lead to unreal expectations) or from a deluded one that fights not only the social norms but our own instincts, too, in the hope of proving an illusion is actually real. Power (which is not a dirty word–it’s just the ability to affect the environment, and to exercise dominion over yourself) is found within the values–and that means we must stop ignoring instinctive responses (normalizing the abnormal) and we must work hard to separate inspired thinking from wishful–and we do this best in two ways: acknowledging the legitimacy of everything in our world (not just the parts we like) and by keeping our eye on the consequences of our choices. If we do, we’ll deal with disparities before they become issues, and we’ll make choices that take us in the direction we want to go (provided we actually understand what our aim will bring us!) (Mars conjoins the SN, semi-sq Uranus, and sesq Jupiter, Venus sxt Ceres, Mercury sxt Neptune, sesq Sedna, contra-parallel Vesta, and semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun trine NN)

Aberdaron Fisherman Evan Williams, who predicted a fine summer, and was proved right. Photo by Geoff Charles -     CC0view terms     File:Aberdaron Fisherman, Evan Williams, who predicted a fine summer and was proved right. CC0

Aberdaron Fisherman Evan Williams, who predicted a fine summer, and was proved right. Photo by Geoff Charles – CC0

Today’s word image is a man, standing on the corner, shouting, “The world will never end”. Isn’t that the opposite of the old stereotype of the ragged prophet proclaiming the end of the world to all passersby? Things are upside down, right now–it’s a chance to let go not just of stereotypes, but of old patterns of thinking, assuming, and being. It’s humbling to know things are not as you thought they were–and that realization is an invitation to join the world as it is, and in doing so, make yourself relevant to it.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Capricorn: You are very much in danger of falling into old patterns, of re-enacting the past, or of assuming that having done things a certain way before means those methods will still hold today–not so. Your task this Solar year, through to your next birthday, is to tune in to the direction you want your life to take–you think you already know, but you need to examine the correlation between your actual actions and your goals–and then take full responsibility for getting yourself there. Don’t wait for others to supply the missing pieces–you may have to go out and round them up yourself. The good news is that you are more than equal to the task, with energy and a keen Self-focus that will serve you well (though it might anger those used to having you at their disposal–if it does, reconsider their place in your life, and their command of your energy). Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

25 December 2016 Like a Rose

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'The Roses of Heliogabalus' - Lawrence Alma-Tadema {{PD}}

‘The Roses of Heliogabalus’ – Lawrence Alma-Tadema {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Here’s an odd configuration: Jupiter and Uranus are in opposition (and playing off the Nodes), Sedna and Black Moon Lilith are in opposition, with Uranus semi-square Sedna and sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith, while Jupiter is semi-square BML and sesquiquadrate Sedna. It’s like a skinny Mystic Rectangle, with all the fun pressed out. Why so much stress? For many, it’s Christmas, a time equally fraught with joy and pressure; but for everyone, it seems the tension between complete freedom in the form of total license contrasts directly in some way with the call for social conformity, or possibly contradicts the impulse toward freedom by demanding the individual stick to ‘the facts’, or draws in chaos and the unanticipated with each attempt at expansion. This occurs simultaneous to a tug-of-war between our instincts and ‘deep knowing’, and all those matters we’ve ignored, denied, or that enrage us–and each of the oppositions interact under unpleasant conditions. This suggests each individual will be under enormous internal tension and has a good chance of responding in undisciplined fashion to externals if the pressure remains unconscious; it may feel as if one’s fate is at stake, when it really isn’t. With conscious awareness this kind of overblown, reactive thinking comes the option of refusing the radical response in favor of the less rigid, less judgmental one, which is wise, considering how easily this can escalate into a lose/ lose situation.

This isn’t the only perfecting influence today. We’ll just be entering Dark of the Moon territory late in the day Pacific time, and that means the impetus and energy could drain away from both positive and negative endeavors. We also see a very busy Venus that offers ideal conditions, dreams come true, spiritual fulfillment, and gives the resources, especially spiritual and emotional ones, to reach out to others, to take offered opportunities, and to support permanent change or the building of a new foundation. That is, if you want to act better, want to respond more kindly and more accurately to others, today is the day to make that reform a reality. We may also see a lot of fortuitous opportunity and lucky spontaneous synchronicities that may, oddly enough, bolster confidence in the caring nature of the Universe, and this allows us to purge our thinking of destructive or negative tendencies. We come out the other side of this smelling like roses, while never losing our awareness of those things we haven’t yet handled, but will need to (Venus at the midpoint of Saturn-Uranus sxt both and trine Jupiter, Merc parallel Pluto and nov Venus, Sun nov Black Moon Lilith)

'Still life: Tea Service' Albert Anker {{PD}}

‘Still life: Tea Service’ Albert Anker {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a cup of tea, where the leaves settle in the bottom of the cup and take the shape of a leaping dolphin. Reading tea leaves is, of course, a form of prognostication; it’s literally the dregs of what made the beverage in the first place, ‘speaking’ to you! Living is a lot like sipping tea: we take it in a bit at a time, it scalds if it’s too hot or becomes unappealing if it’s too cold, and if we’ll bother to look at the aftermath of our interactions, we’ll find a clear though likely symbolic message about our choices and our future.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Capricorn: The first half or so of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be quiet, at least on the inside, as you ponder some serious and even dark matters, especially as they pertain to who you are–but by the second half of the year, you are ready to launch: a business, a new venture, a marriage, an assault, a missile–the list is virtually endless, but it all has the objective of allowing you to make your mark on the world–it’s time. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

24 December 2016 What Is And What Could Be

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The AstroEssence for the 24th: Anybody for a revolution? Probably not, though freedom is certainly on our minds. That urge to upheaval works itself out, though, and what is and what could be find a perfect balance today, allowing us to make effective, proportional progress as we are able to keep current conditions, the unexpected, and what’s coming all in mind. Surprises are offset by the capacity for original response and chaos is easily contained. Actions somehow all end up conforming to what we cherish most, to the needs of mate or home, and to our own need to honor what we care about. We reach the end of the day feeling we’ve expressed something true to our essence, and to our Soul’s mission–on a day like today, we’d have to work very hard to avoid it (Saturn trine Uranus, Finger of God with base of Sun-Mars, apex Vesta)

By Qurren - Qurren's file, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1221749

By Qurren – Qurren’s file, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1221749

Today’s word image is a garden trowel. You know, that little shovel for digging. It’s important to pick the right tool for the job; with a trowel, you have something ideal for lifting plants from pots, for harvesting root vegetables, and for transplanting small plants–but if you have a big job, planting a tree or digging a foundation, for instance, a trowel will never do. If you’ve been working away at something, now you may need to consider that a larger implement (that is, a more sweeping or more suitable one) may be needed–it’s about recognizing you can’t move things any further without the aid of something bigger.

For those born with the Sun at 3 Capricorn: Your Solar year, through to your next birthday, is all about mobilizing yourself and your talents to serve those things to which you’re committed–that’s any combination of home, mate, family, or larger causes. Hints to maximize your progress: allow the past to inform the present; it can offer you priceless information that will make your path that much easier, and don’t allow emotional drama to run the show–also avoid anyone who tries to tell you to take a more modest path, or who suggests you should settle for less than you aim for. You have the support of some fabulous energies this year–make the most of them. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

23 December 2016 In the Balance

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Well I'd be safe--and you? "De Heksenwaag (Witches' scales) at Oudewater, Netherlands. In medieval times, women suspected of witchcraft were weighed on the scale. Should they weigh more than a specified amount, they were deemed unable to fly and therefore not witches. At that time, a certificate from Oudewater saved many women who were at danger of stoning or being burnt at the stake after a rigged trial. Today such certificates are a tourists attraction." Martinvl - Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

Well I’d be safe–and you? “De Heksenwaag (Witches’ scales) at Oudewater, Netherlands. In medieval times, women suspected of witchcraft were weighed on the scale. Should they weigh more than a specified amount, they were deemed unable to fly and therefore not witches. At that time, a certificate from Oudewater saved many women who were at danger of stoning or being burnt at the stake after a rigged trial. Today such certificates are a tourists attraction.” Martinvl – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The AstroEssence: Our attention is on health, our own and that of systems and organizations with which we are involved. That balance among the ins and outs, consumption and elimination of what’s not needed, utilization of energy and resources, a re-thinking of restrictions and constraints, is underway. We must face realities; some of those deal with endings, others with exploitation (in a positive way) of our talents and assets, and we look at ‘what is’ with an eye to reform–that’s a very good way to spend the day, sussing out just what needs to change, and how we can achieve a reasonable balance among elements. See the forecast for those born with the Sun at 2 Capricorn, below, for info on the current Finger of God (Hygeia sq the Nodes, Venus trine Zeus, Mercury parallel Saturn, Sun parallel Hygeia)

Library Walk New York City Photo by Lesekreis CC0

Library Walk New York City Photo by Lesekreis CC0

Today’s word image is a pencil. What’s the big advantage of using a pencil? It’s easily erased. Figuratively speaking, don’t write anything in ink at this time–things will change too much in the near future for us to anticipate successfully where we’ll be and what we’ll want later.

For those born with the Sun at 2 Capricorn: There’s a lot of fight and energy in you this year, for good reason: your Solar Return features a Finger of God with base of Sun-Mars and apex of Vesta. This describes the entire year, ‘Big Picture’ style: through the course of the year, through to your next birthday, you will learn and then fine-tune what you must do to honor what’s important to you, including your mate, your home circumstances, and those causes to which you want to dedicate your life, taking all those interactions and commitments to the next level. This is the preliminary step in living your values in an unprecedented (not unpresidented!) way, and so attracting into being your next dream. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

 

22 December 2016 New Perspectives

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'Althea' JW Alexander 1894 {{PD}}

‘Althea’ JW Alexander 1894 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Now in retro, Merc makes the same minor aspect to Pallas he did on the 11th of December; this suggests a re-visiting of something we judged to be either practical or wise, with the turnaround freeing us from our usual way of thinking. New perspectives are the result. On other fronts, rebellious urges fight what we know to be good for us. If you feel like being wild, consider that the urge is really about something else, something you may be afraid to reject directly. Self-sabotage is never a good substitute for dealing with issues–and consider too that if your fear of addressing this springs from anticipation of how someone else will react, they may be controlling you, if you’re responding to a previous, unspoken threat  (Uranus sesq Hygeia, Mercury semi-sq Pallas)

By © Benoît Prieur / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19376011

By © Benoît Prieur / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19376011

Today’s word image is a minor traffic accident, where those involved thoughtlessly block the road, then drive away leaving parts of their cars in the middle of the street! This may be a reminder for Self-awareness and the impact we can have, literal or otherwise, on others.

For those born with the Sun at 1 Capricorn: Change, reformation, transformation are in your blood this Solar year, through to your next birthday, but you’ll have to proceed with care–it’s possible others may use emotional pressure that pushes you in a destructive direction. They may not mean for that to be the result, but it’s your most likely response to any sort of manipulation, even when it has a harmless or positive intent behind it. Try to draw distinctions between your emotional perceptions and those of others, and proceed with care–you ‘own’ an intense amount of energy and power this year, and you may not realize it at the start–make it your mission to become completely aware of your true strength. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!