A Good Day To . . . 9 December 2019

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By Jules Larcher 1889 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . be willing to modify standards to take advantage of what’s smart or practical, and then be willing to act in accord with this–and contrarily speaking, we must also be willing to modify our standards when we find that for one reason or another they aren’t as wise as we believed–and in any case, we need to be willing to show that we will do what it takes to support the standards we hold, or to achieve in line with the principles we honor.

Too, we may be tempted by something that’s decidedly unhealthy for us, and we’d be smart to avoid indulging for now. What we can pursue, though, is fulfillment of our ambitions. Today the mind sparks on some inventive, original, even genius ways of getting where we want to go, and we’d be smart to put our energy toward goal attainment or desire realization, right now.

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

A Good Day To . . . 8 December 2019

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‘Wing of a Roller’ By Albrecht Dürer 1512 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . be as conscious as possible of how the past is affecting our sense of our own authority, as well as making us question what territory we can consider ours, and what belongs to others. We’re highly aware of our wounds, and it seems the social order (or perhaps that impersonal entity, ‘the facts’) is out to injure us even more–but that would be making everything much too personal (even though our experiences are of course highly personal, our place in the Universe and its workings is personal only from our point of view–so that seeing what happens to us as a direct rebuke or judgment makes us, incorrectly, place ourselves at the center of the Universe, when we’re really just the center of our personal, known world–but I digress). In short, try to take things impersonally, giving yourself some mental and emotional distance from events; if you do, you’ll be able to see precisely what the possibilities are, and will be able to pinpoint what dreams are best pursued, what fantasies best abandoned, and what mental stance is both rewarding (literally or figuratively) and healthy, offering significant potential for healing, especially within relationships.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 December 2019

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‘Bulls Fighting’ By George Stubbs 1786 {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that the mind and the instincts, that latter of which we might define as the ability to know even if we don’t know, will be directly at odds today. Mercury in Scorpio will oppose Sedna in Taurus; it may be a battle between the Truth we accept with our mind and what we feel in the environment. Know that the mental reality is really based on the emotions (Scorpio is a Water sign), and that the instincts are picking up information that threatens the current thinking–hence the battle. Do your best to give yourself a little distance, so that you might get an impersonal glimpse of what’s before you. It might help, too, to tune in to the symbolisms that physically surround you; there’s a message there, maybe many, and though you could find yourself arguing that the information is invalid, that you already know the Truth of things, that passion is definitely defensive–and that means it all warrants a second look, a re-consideration, a dispassionate examination.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 December 2019

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‘Il Bosco Sacro (The Sacred Grove)’ By Arnold Böcklin {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . stick to your highest values, fulfill commitments, and actively honor all that you care about–it will pay off, sometimes significantly. It may look as if those values and sacred areas somehow need adjustment, but that’s an optical illusion–they are excellent just the way they are–and connected to this, it may seem like your ability to affect circumstances is curtailed–but again, it’s a trick of the mind, rather than an accurate perception, and you should instead turn your attention toward honoring values–that’s where spending your energy will really matter.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 December 2019

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By Pierre Bonnard 1918 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . wonder just how what was wise or practical yesterday has somehow changed today. Really, it’s not that what’s smart has altered, it’s that we are working out the kinks in our instincts and in those things we ‘know but don’t know’, especially in terms of Love, relationships, or money, and with more information what looks like a wise approach or a smart thing to do changes. Choose based on what you know today, not what you knew yesterday.

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

Just added to links, ‘Spiral Spectrum’, beautiful, astro-relevant calendars by designer Julie Wilder–

A Good Day To . . . 4 December 2019

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‘A Roman Lady (Portrait of Anna Risi)’ By Frederic Leighton 1859 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that what’s smart doesn’t empower us–and power is what we want and need, in one form or another. Our way toward a solution is to think about/ face what we’d normally ignore or deny, or deal directly with what enrages us. It’s in taking on the unpleasant face-to-face that we ‘fix’ what’s preventing us from moving forward, that quite suddenly makes what’s smart practical, once again. The solution to the power dilemma is that simple, and that hard.

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

Just added to links, ‘Spiral Spectrum’, beautiful, astro-relevant calendars by designer Julie Wilder–

A Good Day To . . . 3 December 2019

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‘Athenais’ By John William Godward 1908 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . .  express your sexy, gorgeous, loving Self, going after what you crave, looking to get your reward–don’t worry, Venus is in Capricorn, bringing a good dose of restraint to all that desire fulfillment and sensual enjoyment–you’ll have too much good taste to overdo. It may present in yourself and others as frivolous pleasure seeking, but in reality there’s a serious, buttoned-down core that’s looking to build or achieve something solid and even lasting. Too, if part of what you desire is change, you can figure out some genius ways to make it happen–just look at what forms of power your attention is drawn to–those hold hints as to what you can co-opt and make work for you. Anything dark gets a light shone on it, so be prepared.

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

A Good Day To . . . Exploring Your Weekend 30 November-2 December 2019

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By Lalima – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16831428

The 30th: Lady Power! Venus conjoins Ceres in Capricorn, melding the receptive, loving, jealous, asset-related, and relationship-focused with a sense of personal authority and a confidence in one’s own ‘right thinking’. For some (specifically those who have ‘worked’ for ‘it’) this will be highly beneficial and rewarding; for those normally oriented to taking a more assertive stance, those used to imposing their Will on others and their world, this may be disconcerting and even disempowering. A passive openness after hard work and playing by the rules is what’s in vogue; too, the material reality around us or the guardrails keeping us in our own lane may require some adjustment to our direction but once accommodated may shine a light right where we need to be looking. Don’t take health for granted, and wounds may make themselves felt through an inner sense that we lack empowerment, even when we don’t.

The 1st sees the social order or the facts messing with our values; the challenge is to sort through the messages to judge their validity. How? The yardstick must be this question: what illuminates? If what’s communicated shines a genuinely informative light, then you know it’s true–and so must be accepted and acted on–all else can be dismissed.

The 2nd Jupiter moves into Capricorn. The Greater Benefic charges into the new sign and doesn’t slow until very late, after hitting 27 degrees plus and then retrograding, in mid-May 2020. That gives us a long run forward through a sign that requires Self-discipline in order to access opportunity, the facts, or to gain a wider experience. Expect circumstances that mean we have to learn or teach, we have to face the boundaries of ‘what is’ before expanding into new territory, we have to acknowledge the positives in stability, restraint, and sober reflection. Not scintillating, unless you’ve been waiting for your natural inclination to hard work or disciplined effort to bring reward–in which case you’ll be very pleased, indeed, during this period.

Today efforts aimed at the future bring Love or Money developed in the past–that is, our energy output today simply opens the way for positives or profit from yesterday to flow in. Our attention is drawn to what’s smart or practical; seeing how this can shape tomorrow is important, as is understanding the power of words and thoughts in creating change or transforming what we’re less than happy with.

‘La Leçon’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1906 {{PD}}

A Good Day To . . . 29 November 2019

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By Oreste Sercelli – José Rosael/Hélio Nobre/Museu Paulista da USP, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68903897

The 29th is a Good Day To . . .  be aware that words take solid form today, manifesting in real-world consequences or creating limits, restrictions, or walls to scale. People speak of their limits–and they’re speaking of themselves, no matter what or whom they believe they’re talking about–and agreements, promises, and ideas communicated take on a permanence we might not intend–so share with care.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27-28 November 2019

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‘The Fog Horn’ By Winslow Homer 1883 {{PD}}

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . get a gander at Neptune as it stations direct at 15 Pisces 55, as it does so while sextiling Vesta, while Vesta is opposed by Mercury (with Mercury’s trine to Neptune perfecting tomorrow, the 28th). Direction may dispel some of the murk around our priorities and those things we honor, and the fog should lift for the individual around at least some of the matters of the natal House where the direction occurs. No longer will we wonder if we’re doing the ‘right’ thing–though this might not coalesce into coherent thoughts immediately, or be communicated to or from others as soon as it’s realized–and by the 28th we either immerse our thinking in a universe of creative imagination, or we are mired in (or fed a load of) delusion, misdirection, or outright lies. It might not be easy to tell the difference, at first, but if we become still and listen, we’ll know. It’s only when there’s too much psychic noise that we are prone to accept what we’d do better to reject.

The 28th also sees Moon, Venus, and Ceres pile up early in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus. This expresses the heart of the day, offering a down-to-Earth concoction of sensitivity, Love, companionship, and expression of personal authority, delivered in surprising (and maybe strikingly sentimental) ways. Modern comforts celebrate traditions–what better indicator for a lovely Thanksgiving Day (in the US)? Be aware, though, that the unexpected is likely to spring directly from what’s been enraging us and denied, or from what we’ve been trying to ignore–so if possible clear up those neglected feelings and reactions before any significant gathering or interaction. And one other warning: words hold a lot of creative power today, and can stimulate the imagination, so take care that those words don’t go too far, or muddy otherwise clear, positive emotional waters (Mercury sesq Chiron).

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

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Happy Thanksgiving to All my US Readers, and happy Wednesday/ Thursday to Everyone else!

A Good Day To . . . 26 November 2019

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‘Tie Me Up’ By Aimeeperezsculptor 2013 This photo released under a Free Art License

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . ask ourselves, just how strict, how restrained, how cautious, must we be in order to gain, to respect our values, to stay or get healthy? We must measure our empowerment options against the true power they offer, and must judge them based on what we know to be wise or practical. Do our choices respect our skills and encourage their use? Do they offer some chance of healing or care that keeps body and soul together? These are the questions we should answer today.

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

This morning’s New Moon assessment is here–

A Good Day To . . . 25 November 2019

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By JanLenardo Wöllert – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5792557

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . stand ready to handle things that have big consequences. The surprise may be our discovery in real-world terms of who holds the power; we may be shocked, and yet easily adapt to any revelations or shifts in responsibility. It’s like a giant floodlight suddenly comes on, revealing the reality situation, warts and all. Taking a disciplined and practical approach to things as they are (once we’ve regained our balance!) proves to be productive and beneficial. Rewards come in tidy packages, or in restraint, and relationships require modesty or a statement of ‘being there when needed’. We get to the end of the day with a considerably different view of our world or our place in it. Just be ready.

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

See tomorrow’s forecast for the New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 24 November 2019

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‘The Sleeping Beauty’ By John Collier 1921 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . look closely at two major aspects that perfect today: Venus conjoins Jupiter late in Sagittarius, and Mars in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. With the former, we see abundant reward or massive disappointment due to exaggeration of expectations, centered on potentials for social advancement, travel (with emphasis on ‘new horizons’), and knowledge acquisition. Relationship dynamics may be out-sized and imply things are better, or worse, than they actually are, and we may be inclined to over-pay, in one form or another, for what we receive. The belief in Love may ground us, or move us to action, and may ‘come to the rescue’, especially in circumstances where we feel alienated or suffer too much emphasis on philosophy or fulfillment of an agenda in relationships or in creating Art in any form. We get ‘a lot’, somehow, and must deal with it, with the meeting relating directly to the matters of the House in the natal chart where it occurs.

The opposition offers an element of surprise, either at your own choices or actions or those of others. The spontaneity is driven by material/ sensory matters or issues of comfort, security, or need, but the moves spring from a dark place, or one where motives are hidden even from ourselves, and what’s behind those choices and actions may remain a mystery, no matter how hard we look. Circumstances to these events may have roots in or bring about the situation of abundance (and remember, this is just ‘a lot’, so may not be especially desirable!) or may muster conflict from the situation of ‘too much’. Beauty meets ‘the facts’ or a sense of optimism, perhaps with actions exposing the dark and surprising underbelly of things–or maybe it’s a search for Truth that generates chaos, a Higher Understanding, or a revelation that brings an opportunity for prosperity, Love, or profit. There are a million possible permutations–what’s important is our awareness that these factors are related in a way where each will affect, and possibly bounce off of or alter, the others.

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

See the upcoming New Moon here–

New Moon in Sagittarius 26 November 2019 The Beginning of Wisdom

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‘Noc gwiaździsta’ (Starry Night) By Józef Marian Chełmoński 1888 {{PD}}

The New Moon falls at 4 Sagittarius 02 at 7:04 AM PST of the 26th, with both bodies approaching conjunction to asteroid Pallas and trining Chiron. The Lunar event makes a pair of semi-sextiles which place the Moon at the rough midpoint of Mars in Scorpio and Ceres in Capricorn (and so makes Earth the apex of a Finger of God), and quincunxes Uranus. The New Moon also semi-squares the midpoint of transiting Saturn-Pluto, possibly noteworthy as a harbinger of the conjunction of these two in January that we’re all anticipating–and it semi-squares asteroid Zeus, placing the New Moon at the rough midpoint of Saturn-Pluto square Zeus. All these contacts, even the minor and modest ones, are worth exploring, as sometimes meaning is found in the subtlety of things, the interrelationships drawing associations we might otherwise have missed.

What are we looking at here? A smart, wise, or practical new beginning that requires we adjust to learning or experiencing the unexpected or unanticipated, the modern or the revelatory, and that we do so in order to preserve our autonomy, our place with or independent from the group, and/ or the personal power we’ve already established. It heals, or calls on our most unique skills, or both, and may hint at the emotional impact of upcoming changes to the reality picture, especially in terms of potential ambition or desire fulfillment, or its denial.

The New Moon brings an instance of learning something, or experiencing something, likely something we’ve been struggling to ignore or deny or not be consumed with rage by, with actions or choices stirred by events or by the emotional revelation that comes, and these address the scope of our current ability to wield power and affect our environment. We will develop a new attitude, a new philosophy, based on what occurs. Realization will be the big internal change, while we’ll also see material changes that signal the structure of (or structure behind) the ‘new’ power dynamic.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Old Owl Sits Alone On The Branch Of A Large Tree’. We have Athena’s symbol, the owl, in the image and the namesake asteroid conjoined the New Moon event–who says there isn’t a pattern to all this? The mention of the fact that the owl is alone seems superfluous, as owls are generally solitary creatures, and big sturdy trees their domain. I’m thinking that in this instance the symbol simply alerts us to the wisdom that the Lunar event will contain; it may be so obvious, so much a normal-seeming part of the landscape, that we could miss the smart message it offers, should we be expecting something splashier or more jarring. Characterization of the owl as “old” only reinforces the sense that this is something already around, that we are used to, and so may overlook, and as well, also reinforces the notion that there will be something wise, that is, that comes of experience, for us to take away from the event.

A Good Day To . . . 23 November 2019

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‘Horses in a Meadow’ By Edgar Degas 1871 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . own your power, and use it to go after what you want. That may sound aggressive, especially to the more timid among us, but in reality we’re talking about being ourselves to the fullest, which includes that kind of energy that reaches out and impresses our essence, our wants, and our creations,  on the environment. Of course, careful consideration before you act pays off, no question. Overall, though, it’s a day when ambitions can be fulfilled and wounds healed, so go forward with confidence–be yourself.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 November 2019

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By Béla Spányi 1914 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . scan the horizon for your next destination. Whether that’s a literal trip or an inner journey, sketch out the possibilities and consider new, perhaps exotic, goals, foci, or places to visit. The Sun moving into Sagittarius will shine the light on ways to learn, explore, grow–today we relax and consider a revised ambition picture, while taking care not to erode or neglect the already-established practical, and the stable and wise.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 November 2019

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Krishna and Radha looking into a mirror. Artist Unknown c1800 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . do your best to align your Self-image with the actual things you revere and dedicate your life energy to. It’s time to rid ourselves of disparities between the reality we inhabit and how we see ourselves, from the inside out. Today this requires we set ambitions aside, and need to see as clearly as possible not just the reality picture, but the ways in which hurt and the past influence choices as well as our own idea of who we are. Skewed visions of our identity and potentials separate us from our own power, and from claiming those roles where we can be both most ourselves, and most effective. A vague prescription, I know, but the particulars will never fall into square without an unambiguous set of qualities and priorities in place–that’s what we define, today.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 November 2019

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Peru, South or Central Coast, Inca peoples. Feathers knotted and sewn onto plain weave cotton ground. LACMA 77.70.12 Created between 1470 and 1534 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . align our efforts with reality, and heal injuries to our sense of personal authority, via the dawning clarity offered as Mercury stations direct. We’ll see where we’ve been ‘off’, how we may have misjudged the facts or the social fabric, and we’ll see much more effective ways to express our creativity. It’s a load off the mind, today, that opens the way toward better understanding and a closer connection with the Truth of things.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 November 2019

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Little known fact: Dragons are actually herbivores. Detail of a painting By Giovanni Battista Tiepolo c1768 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . embrace bringing to consciousness what we ‘know but don’t know’. It does no good to play coy with ourselves; what’s more, it’s in those places we’ve ignored or denied that we find the worthwhile, the precious, the assets, the Love–but that’s only after we slay a figurative dragon or three. Hint for success, just for today: those boogey men are only in your head.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 November 2019

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Really, there’s nothing scary in that dark corner. ‘Ukojenie’ By Piotr Stachiewicz c1884 {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . do everything you can to support all facets of your health, including to not be afraid to look in the dark corners (grim death will not be waiting there!) or to consider the less appealing aspects of living in a human body. It’s all for the good, and will mean no unpleasantness will sneak up on you at a later date.

Along with this, look for payoffs or ways to gain or make new relationships that serve the ambitions. Everyone loves a winner, or so they say, and you’ll have that shiny aura today, so why not take advantage of it? Work it, and reap the rewards.

And a guideline for everything: stick to the facts. Everything else will play on fears, or sucker punch you with unwarranted optimism.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 November 2019

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By Antoine-Louis Barye c1863 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . relax and regroup, after a morning (Pacific time) that is at least tense, and that may involve confrontation that feels life-or-death, or as if we must take action. The brief Void afternoon Pacific time (12:15 PM through 1:57 PM PST) comes after the Cancer Moon’s square to Mars which sits at 29 degrees of Libra, suggesting the potential for drama in relationships, over aesthetics or Art, struggles in diplomacy, and general friction over who cares, why, and what they might do about that emotional investment, followed by the Void when everyone limps to their corner and tries to recover. What follows as the Moon enters Leo is Luna’s quincunx to Ceres in Capricorn, implying that right away we must deal with ‘the rules’ or our power role concerning our own agency, our territorial mandate, about those we are responsible for, or about our interaction with Nature, to include our relationship with the organism we occupy (our body). We should expect an emotional ‘sorting out’, and a certain ‘stepping forward’ in terms of taking a specific attitude toward our own actions and aggression, which we will likely cast in the light of what we need as individuals to feel whole, or to ‘shine’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 November 2019

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Yasuo Mizui, ‘Zig and Zag I’ Lacoste, France July 1973 Photo By 8fukukoando8 – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . rebel–or is it? Really, why do we think that acting erratically, spontaneously, unreliably, zigging when others expect a zag, or pummeling others with ahead-of-their-time ideas will get us what we want? That’s not to say that our choice is bad, or that our acts or ideas aren’t worthy, but that it won’t lead us toward our goal–so then we must ask, Why do it? We may have been recently persuaded that our most unique characteristics, those things we’re committed to or honor, or that our own innate wisdom needs doctoring, modification, that there’s something wrong with these most unique parts of ourselves and our lives. We’re given this idea either by someone, or by the way the flow of assets or remuneration is going, right now. It may seem like we must alter our efforts, direction, or commitments, because they are wrong or inadequate, because the future we’re seeing in front of us appears to be a difficult one–but that would be an inaccurate picture. In fact, we must do the opposite: honor our most unique facets and talents, trust our inner wisdom, and honor what we find sacred, without criticism or fear that our standards, or we ourselves, are inadequate.

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

A Good Day To . . . 15 November 2019

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By Michal Klajban – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69381676

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . listen to our instincts, especially about our health. Is there something about how we’re pursuing our ambitions that’s causing a strain, running us ragged, are our desires taking a toll that our inner knowing is trying to alert us to? As Ceres enters Capricorn we need to take serious and solid measures to attend, at the very least, to diet and to how stress and our personal power situation (particularly our own sense of agency) is affecting our physical state of Being. Today we also get messages on how to empower ourselves or enhance our status, but we may not realize their validity or potential benefits until after Mercury is once again direct.

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

See the recent Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 14 November 2019

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‘The Loving Cup’ By Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1867 {{PD}}

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . face health or empowerment issues head-on. Both change and seeing the relevance of what’s happening may be difficult, but it’ll be clear that we need to take a realistic, warts-and-all view of what is, both to avoid losing what’s precious by being misled and to prevent our own rebellious inclinations from taking over at inopportune moments. Willingness to face what we’ve been ignoring or denying is the linchpin to success; it removes that destructive spark of desire to undermine our own cause, and it connects us to reality in a way that makes what we need to do obvious, as well as urging us to make short work of doing it.

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

See the recent Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . .13 November 2019

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Ogata Gekko’s ukiyo-e print of a dragon rising from the clouds around Mt. Fuji, from his Views of Mt. Fuji. 1896 {{PD}}

The 13th it’s a Good Day To . . . reach for your highest potential, a creative goal, a surprising opportunity, or for the change you’ve been longing for–all are not just possible, at least one of them is practically mandatory! Communication is both effective and realistic (a big surprise, considering the retro) and it’s easy to show restraint or to discipline or control ourselves. Optimism and imagination saturate the mind and look for ways to express–and our inclination is to give them disciplined and contained avenues that lead to tangible results. Today we also enjoy power, especially the power to create reform, in direct proportion to the sureness of our identity and our purpose. That is, if you know who you are in accurate and fairly objective terms, you can really make things happen–in that case, ‘the facts’ are definitely in your favor. One caveat: if you make agreements or sign contracts today, you may still suffer the traditional ‘retro regret’ once the period is over, as a sextile between Mercury and Saturn cements things firmly in place, and Merc’s trine to Neptune says we can be fooled, almost as easily as inspired–so tread (and sign) with care. Good luck, and have a wonderful day!

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

See yesterday’s Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 11 November 2019

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‘The Water Carrier’ By Francisco de Goya y Lucientes c1810 {{PD}}

For the 11th it’s a Good Day To . . . avoid those with a bad attitude. Yes, they’ll be everywhere, and it may seem as if the world is sorting itself out, with one group disgruntled and mired in the past, while the other is capable, clear-thinking, and in full-on Power-mode. It’s really just an effect of the Inferior Conjunction of retro Mercury and the Sun, marking an insemination point where what’s buried in the unconscious floats to the surface. This will launch us on a trajectory in either a positive direction or a negative one, depending on which of the two groups we gravitate toward.

Here’s the thing: if we are feeling bad, feeling that we have a lot to gripe about, and spend our day unfurling our list of Festivus grievances, we are likely to set in motion longer term (through to the Superior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun when Merc is direct, 11 January 2020) a series of negative experiences and encounters that support our viewpoint of others and the world. But, if we are being as Self-responsible as we possibly can, not blaming others or circumstances but instead looking for ways we can make things better, then we will initiate an excellent payoff at the Superior Conjunction, one keyed to matters of either natal House where one or the other of the Conjunctions occur. Planning for something positive sounds like a lot more fun than complaining–but it’s your choice.

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

See tomorrow’s Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 10 November 2019

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‘Paris Street, Rainy Day’ By Gustave Caillebotte 1876 {{PD}}

For the 10th it’s a Good Day To . . . embrace the transformative power of Love. That may seem like too vague a guideline to some, but it’s an umbrella under which everyone can gather, and guarantees that what’s shared avoids causing any harm and provides a welcoming shelter for those we care about. If we meet everything with Love, we will find a need to modify some of our responses and approaches–but isn’t that the point? To bring our interactions closer to our ideals.

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

See the upcoming Full Moon outlook here–

A Good Day To . . . Full Moon 12 November 2019

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‘Moonrise Over the Dunes’ By Eilif Peterssen 1883 {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . take stock, especially of material goals and desires, as the Full Moon brings security, prosperity, comfort, and stability-related matters to a head. Falling at 19 Taurus 51, 5:33 AM Pacific time, and closely conjoined Vesta, this Lunar event promises materialization in physical form of sensory or ‘sensed’ information, particularly that involved with commitments, the home and family, and the personal ‘passions’, and prompts discovery and definitive communication, even successful contracts (Mercury opp), this latter having an unusually stable ‘moment’ even in the midst of the retrograde.

Along with the Black Moon Lilith point this Full Moon forms the base to a Finger of God with apex the asteroid Zeus. The Finger takes the harmonious expression of the two base energies and funnels it into a third, likely unexpected, outcome shown by the apex energy. This Finger suggests Lunar conclusions highlight matters denied, ignored, or that enrage us, probably prompting action that results in ambition or desire fulfillment. It’s as if a clock has been ticking, and the Full Moon brings it to ‘the appointed hour’, creating a confluence of energetic trends that move forward the personal agenda.

The Full Moon also contacts both Saturn and Pluto, straddling their transiting midpoint by trine, and sesquiquadrates Juno. These contacts speak to the power situation, to its exercise or suppression, and to whatever influence and privilege the personal status affords. It presents us with a difficult situation related to our empowerment or standing that can be resolved by finding an intuitive/ emotional balance between discarding elements and cementing other elements in place. These aspects simply emphasize the message that is part and parcel of a Full Moon in Taurus, anyway: that establishing a reliable foundation and the prospect of continuity in resources and alliances is the optimum use of energy, right now.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Wisps Of Winglike Clouds Streaming Across The Sky’. The image may be best understood by drawing parallels between its symbology and that of the Sabian for the Sun, which sits in opposition to the Full Moon (as always!) and gives us clues as to the originating energy (as the Sun illuminates and so makes visible the Moon and gives it ‘phases’ to begin with). The Sun’s is, ‘A Woman Draws Away Two Dark Curtains Closing The Entrance To A Sacred Pathway’. Both suggest a covering or obscuring element that will be removed, the Moon’s by the ‘streaming’, which implies air flow (communication, information, or a shift in mental stance) that will at some point dissipate the clouds, the Sun’s by the woman (a force, like the movement within the atmosphere of the other symbol) as she draws the curtains aside.

The characterization of the clouds in the Moon’s symbol as ‘winglike’ suggests a lifting, even angelic, quality, in the sense of a divine gift or inspiration, or perhaps implying a general ‘elevation’ via Lunar events. This is so with the Sun’s image, as well, that by human effort clears the way, so to speak, to follow a divine path.

Influences also perfecting on this day suggest that in past wounds lie wisdom or the information that fosters a more practical or skill-oriented approach, and that efforts bring both opportunity and ‘luck’, especially if those efforts employ talents and assets or offer benefits to partners or others with whom you might cooperate.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and enlightening Full Moon!

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A Good Day To . . . 9 November 2019

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The shadow world needs to be acknowledged. By Candra Firmansyah – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73147148

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . separate hurt, Willfulness, and anxiety from what your empowerment status, purpose, and instincts define you as and/ or offer you. It’s about being clear-headed enough to perform at our best–and that’s not possible if we ignore our values, refuse to face what we’re in denial of, and insist on taking a stance as victim. Changes are yours to make, but can only happen if honesty is the standard by which everything is measured.

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See the Full Moon post here–

A Good Day To . . . 8 November 2019

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By Heinrich Vogeler – Künstlerkolonie Worpswede. 2011, ISBN 978-3-7913-4523-9, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23553258

The 8th is a good day to see dreams come true–really! Just like that. But then, so can nightmares. Mobilize energy to support Love (of yourself, as well as others), Beauty, to facilitate sharing assets (when that’s truly an expression of Love), to making Art, and to focusing on ideals. That’s the key to manifesting something wonderful, positive, something that embodies an ideal and highly admirable facet of the Self. Artist, Dreamer, Builder, Hard Worker, Realist, Creator–all are favored, but most especially successful when they bring forward wisdom, skills, and good sense honed in the past and applied to today. Can be a big, and highly productive, day.

Alert! We should be aware that Neptune is slated to go direct just before American Thanksgiving, on the 27th. Expect everyone to be operating in their own bubble that is more-or-less (maybe much, much less) connected to reality. Illusions can be stripped away, and true dreams and goals can become apparent, over the course of the first few days following direction. Welcome it as a chance to make contact at an authentic level, and as an opportunity to accept others as they are, rather than as we wish they were.

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A Good Day To . . . 5 November 2019

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The 5th is a Good Day To . . . watch proceedings carefully, as today we get a preview of what the upcoming Saturn-Pluto conjunction will bring. The two bodies are parallel, making for a kind of pre-echo, a stark and fleeting glimpse of what their meeting in Capricorn perfecting 12 January 2020 promises. In the largest sense we’ll see reality collide with the inevitability of change, the destruction of circumstances, institutions, and previous boundaries, restraints, and figures of authority. This brings transformation, if only through forcing awareness of the passage of time; it also offers to dig up secrets, the kind that rebuke the current power structure. We may see temporary chaos, the purpose of which is to renew, regenerate, and revive the constructs of our reality. Falling in Capricorn, it likely threatens those life factors that give stability and dependability to the day-to-day, to those facets of existence on which we rely–and yet, it can bring change that removes conditions that have limited our Power, our access to the Truth, or that have prevented us from seeing reality fully and in an accurate light.

This can also stir fear, as situations of destruction or disintegration may seem permanent, a disorder we’re unable to rein in. In select situations, where power has already undergone a change, circumstances can be cemented in place, becoming an undeniable part of the ‘new’ reality. It may be the ‘irresistible force vs. the immovable object’ related to the matters of the House in the natal chart where this falls. In any case, today gives us that glimpse ahead, which can be vital in preparing for the January conjunction itself.

It’s also notable that the January perfection of the aspect comes on the heels of a Lunar eclipse in Cancer which opposes it. That opposition includes Sun, Mercury, and Ceres conjoined Saturn-Pluto, and forms a T-square with conjoined Juno-Zeus. The general scenario is one of a power challenge: are you empowered to get what you truly desire? What we care about is weighed against reality, with the tension between the two inspiring the emotional effect of the Lunar eclipse.

But back to the 5th! We’re getting this preview, and as we do we may panic, moving in precipitous ways (particularly in ways that seem like we’re grabbing power, or that prove to be Self-destructive) that may compromise our integrity or our values. Don’t flip out! This is spurred by our hyper-awareness of our individual position in the Universe; a sense of aloneness is keen, even poignant. Know that thinking, especially about the future, is wonky, too heavily influenced by desires and matters ignored or denied to be trusted. Instead just survey what happens and ponder it, looking for the threads that suggest change, upset, or shifts in power, and gather clues that can help you prepare for the eclipses and conjunction that lie ahead.

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Posting may be spotty for a time, but I’ll be here as much as possible. Have a great day!

A Good Day To . . . 4 November 2019

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‘Song of the Angels’ By William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1881 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . attune thoughts to Love, so that actions and choices, which are today driven hard by ambitions and desires, won’t flounder on matters too long ignored or denied. Only selfish reasoning or an insistence on dodging what’s important can get in our way and trip us up. All hazards, at this point, are Self-generated.

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A Good Day To . . . 3 November 2019

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‘Mother and Three Children’ By Elizabeth Nourse 1906 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . use Love to Heal. Translate this into any form, practice, or application you like, but make sure it’s a pure intent that seeks only to nourish and repair–that’s where all our rewards come from, today. Take special efforts to treat others as partners or equals, and be especially considerate of the mate.

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A Good Day To . . . 2 November 2019

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By Karl Paul Themistokles von Eckenbrecher 1915 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . plan for, discuss, and communicate about the future. Somehow the mentality is in touch with that wisest part of ourselves today–that part that refuses to entertain nonsense or the negative–and though we are aware of a disorienting disconnect from our own instincts when we try to go on autopilot (so don’t), we are otherwise able to make significant gains when exploiting our status or current roles. This is one of those days that may show you there are perfectly good uses for a Mercury retrograde, and though it’s not the time to act on things, it is just right for laying out exactly the way you want it to be.

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A Good Day To . . . 1 November 2019

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‘”I am half-sick of shadows”, said the Lady of Shalott’ By John William Waterhouse 1915 {{PD}}

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . review what we’ve brought forward from the past that’s truly worthy and worthwhile; today that’s where we find treasure of all kinds, reward, profit, or discover love we may not have been aware of. With Merc retro in Scorpio we should expect this to stir up a lot of emotion, but it should also bring opportunity, and perhaps show us just how ‘lucky’ we really were/ are. Actions and choices are inspired by ideals and fired by the imagination, and it’s in taking personal responsibility for our own lives that we are able to realize, release, and then make use of our assets and the current situation in the best way possible.

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A Good Day To . . . 31 October 2019

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‘Les Bretonnes aux Ombrelles’ By Émile Bernard 1892 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . embrace the dark mental precipice we’ve plunged over with Merc’s turnaround in Scorpio. The Messenger’s reversal of apparent direction in Water may make us question our feelings, may make us obsess over a love (or hate) relationship, may make us insist on getting to the bottom of a mystery, may compel us to anxiously shout the question, ‘What’s in the box?’–in short, it will prompt thoughts and situations that ignite a persistent desire to reach an emotional conclusion by taking a deep dive. We assess the subjects of the House in the natal chart where the reversal occurs in light of how we feel–and if we’ve got it together, we use the retro period to make plans to change matters so they better align with how we’d like to feel. It’s a period when we can re-make the life to suit the emotional nature–or at least modify it so that we find a sense of satisfaction in some Scorpio related area, either in the largest way (through subjects that fall under the sign) or through matters of the House placement unique to us and pinpointed by the natal chart.

It’s important to note that, particularly today, we can plan or communicate in ways that lay out great actions or choices to be made in future–and it’s also a day when we can benefit by making the most of current roles, status, or empowerment options. We thrive on Self-responsibility, and we reach the end of the day having modified our beliefs or our social role so that it’s much healthier for us.

See last Sunday’s New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 30 October 2019

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‘The Tower of Babel’ By Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563 {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . be aware. Obvious, right? That’s something we’re always trying to do, but today it’s especially important to be conscious of what’s roiling beneath the surface–particularly below the surface of your own mind.

The interweaving of contacts is noteworthy, with a stationary Mercury caught up to and conjoined by Venus in Scorpio, with both opposed Sedna and novile Mars, and then throw in Mercury’s parallel to Pluto. The scenario is one of a becalmed mind filled with a stark and terrible beauty, one that aligns with and reflects our deepest held fears, angers, and hopes, especially those attuned to change, re-birth, and the re-making of our world. Too, this mental outlook rejects the instinctual nature and those things we ‘know but don’t know’; the result may be that rather than this being an entirely contained, individual experience, it is externalized, with other people, circumstances, and events taking on some of the parts. Thinking, then, may be a heavy pastime, one where we chase the same thoughts round and round–or one where we are inspired by relationships, beauty, even financial gain, but find it hard to plot a path forward, so alienated are we from our own instinctual responses, and this is so even as we are moved to act or choose in some pretty amazing, clever, or inventive ways. So, when Merc retrogrades, we may find ourselves in a really good position, without being entirely aware of how we got there! Or we could find we’ve ‘cart before the horse’-d it, and take our revisions from there.

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 29 October 2019

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‘Allegory of Fortune’ By Salvator Rosa c1650 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . not press your luck. Stick with what you know to be smart or practical–that’s where significant payoff is possible. And remember, just because you believe it, doesn’t mean it’s true, and certainly, others aren’t required to support your personal beliefs–so be sure to sift facts from the belief filter in which they get caught.

Aspect of the Day: Venus conjoins Pallas. It’s a day for Beautiful Warriors–just keep in mind what you read above.

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 28 October 2019

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‘Obstruction’ By Jane Sutherland 1887 {{PD}}

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . take cover, be ready for the unexpected, or be ready to think on your feet–it all depends on what parts of both the inner and outer life are still being rejected. The New Moon was supposed to dig these areas up and present us with circumstances to which we could respond–but if we aren’t yet through the process, we aren’t yet ready to take the necessary steps to move into the future.

Today requires a number of things: a reassessment of values and/ or relationships, a change in thinking, a willingness to explore new creative avenues, and a goal of ferreting out discrepancies between our energy commitments (time, what we honor, investment) and our actual priorities (in what life areas we spend our time and attention, rather than where we say we want to spend our time and attention). I know, that’s a bulky and too vague list, but it’s meant to spur awareness of, more than anything else, where we’re continuing to reject ourselves and our genuine needs. Face those areas, and it all becomes clear.

See the New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 27 October 2019

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‘The Boating Party Lunch’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1881 {{PD}}

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . accept real-world boundaries, and put relationships above principles. Those aren’t always the best parameters to use in meeting the world, but today they are the ones that will keep us safe and keep us aligned with what really matters–and what else is there?

The forecast for the New Moon this evening is here–

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New Moon in Scorpio 2019: The Sting of the Unexpected

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By Ferdinand Landerer CC BY 4.0

The New Moon perfects on October 27 at 4 Scorpio 24 at 8:37 PM PDT. It falls in opposition to Uranus, which is only 12 minutes from being conjoined by Earth (always spotted in the flat chart exactly opposite the Sun); it’s also in wide, separating quincunx to Chiron, and sesquiquadrates the Black Moon Lilith point that currently falls in Pisces. We’re on the verge of a shock, revelation, or perhaps just a burgeoning emotional experience that launches efforts toward fulfilling a higher goal or purpose. It’s a goal or purpose with a spiritual component or ‘mission’ (but then what do we do that doesn’t have that?) and it seeks deep and meaningful change or correction (Scorpio).

What we’ve ignored or denied about the creative life, the ideals, the need to express our originality and uniqueness, or to be part of the larger Collective make for a difficult Lunar event, one we might want to frame as ‘testing’ (especially if events are perceived as negative–the idea of being tested then shows us the important part is our response, not the event itself). The New Moon challenges the current feeling nature, and it’s from this tension that the new and likely startling events or viewpoint arise. New Moon circumstances irritate the wound, but also suggest ways to respond and adjust, offering a fresh take on an old injury to the ego or the ability to take action or to lead (Chiron in Aries).

The theme of this New Moon is ‘Disruption’, but as to whether effects of this are positive, negative, or a mixed bag is entirely dependent on the way the NM interacts with the natal chart. One thing we know with a Scorpio New Moon: we may have to go through an emotional ordeal, or experience primal feelings that take us to the depths of human nature (the Moon, Scorpio as a Water sign), but we emerge from that renewed, refreshed, remade–certainly not the same, in terms of the feeling outlook or perceptions.

‘Seal Rock, California’ By Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is: ‘A Massive Rocky Shore Resists The Pounding Of The Sea’. I suspect this describes our emotional reaction to Lunar events. We may resist suddenly changed circumstances, particularly emotional ones, or it may be that we resist implementing what ‘the group’ offers or demands, or what our own originality urges us to risk. This may represent an extreme instance when we must choose between rigid and complete defiance and ‘going with the flow’. Just know there’s no right answer, just what’s right for you.

Bonus: if you have a natal point or placement at 18-21 Gemini (any minutes past the 21 degree point or before 18 means this isn’t filling in the configuration, and so isn’t valid for you), the New Moon offers a very personal result centered on the uncovering of or facing of some ignored, denied, or enraging issues, possibly resulting in gossip, revelation, or network shifts or support (Gemini) that brings a new emotional state or feeling, one that could be a shock, or that shifts the emotional perceptions to a ‘Higher Mind’ state or that unites you with or marks you as entirely separate from ‘the group’ (Uranus opp). The involved natal body or point energies combine with Black Moon Lilith’s righteousness (justified or not) or rage to create the New Moon emotional result, or if one rejects her energies, the act of denial or ignoring of reality forms the base to a Fist of God/ Thor’s Hammer, with the New Moon bringing the result of that interaction.

Or, if you have something at 2 Gemini, it forms the base for a Finger of God with Chiron, the New Moon’s apex suggesting the potential for healing, especially to the way you think about something or interact, socially or sharing information, with others.

A Good Day To . . . 26 October 2019

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‘Jockeys on Horseback Before Distant Hills’ By Edgar Degas 1884 {{PD}}

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . act, choose, or assert yourself according to what you know is wise, smart, or practical, and you can’t go wrong. Well, actually, you could go wrong, if your thinking on the future is cattywampus, or if you don’t trust the most spontaneous and unique parts of yourself. But otherwise, you’re off to the races.

And one other thing: accidents, both lucky and tragic, occur when we stray too far from our authentic Self and our most genuine forms of expression. Just be aware.

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See Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 25 October 2019

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Do you think it’s weird that the art on their walls is all pics of humans? Because I do. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=562870

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . be conscious of the prevailing ‘theme’: necessary caution v. believing in Yourself. What’s needed today isn’t so much finding a balance as it is knowing which attitude to take in each situation: one time being restrained is key, while another time owning your power and authority is essential to success. One clue in sorting things out: judge which response is called for by asking yourself if your chosen course is in any way related to your wounds. If you see that taking an action would (theoretically, you hope) address some hurt or injustice, then you must acknowledge that whichever tack you were inclined toward is the wrong one of the two to take.

It’s just that right now our wounds are drawing too much energy, too much attention, for us to navigate in ways most beneficial to us. Listening to our hurts will separate our values from what’s wise–and we certainly don’t benefit when that happens! We do, however, have a guiding concept we can apply: deal only with what you love, or maybe, deal with everything as if you love it (whether you do or not), and if you do then any changes you make or power you exert will be just right, Goldilocks.

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See the upcoming New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 24 October 2019

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‘The Dream of St Joseph’ By Georges de La Tour c1625 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . ask yourself, What illusion am I currently accepting as real? It’s likely something prominent in our consciousness right now, something we are giving a lot of attention or energy to, and it’s definitely something that at best we’re seeing in some way distorted or enveloped in a film of unreality, and at worst we are completely deluded about this matter, to the point that our perception bears no resemblance to what is.

More than anything else, this is about honesty–our willingness to embrace it, to employ it, to see the world through that lens. Two points: though we may shy away from seeing things as they are because we fear it will hurt, seeing reality is the only way we can effectively interact with it, and if conscious awareness eludes us (it’s not necessarily your fault if you can’t see clearly–often we have been indoctrinated, deceived, or misled in some area, and find it particularly difficult to sort what is from what we’ve been told), try to look at current conditions through a lens of idealism. Searching for the ideal within the real both connects us more strongly to our values and helps us focus on the reality of what’s before us, in essence removing any imposed falsity.

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A Good Day To . . . 23 October 2019

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‘Three Witches: Scene from Macbeth’ By William Rimmer c1850s {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . be aware that our actions are strangely alienated from our own instincts, and our reasoning is disconnected from our values, with each misfire holding the potential for serious missteps and bad choices, especially the kind that we look back on, astonished, later: ‘What was I thinking?’

This is a signal that it’s time to dive deep; no more skimming the surface, responding by reflex, allowing inbuilt impulse to drive the show. Look into what’s been shunted to the side, ignored or denied, until now, and find how really worthy these matters can be. Know that it was only expediency or small matters of preference that relegated these subjects to a dark corner, and that now is the perfect time to regard, use, harvest, and exploit them.

Note: Sun enters Scorpio, so it’s only natural our attention goes toward Scorpionic subjects–and this shift will be invaluable in helping us shine a light on those ignored matters that now can be so profitable.

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A Good Day To . . . 22 October 2019

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Retreat to creative dreaming today. ‘Dream of St Ursula’ By Vittore Carpaccio 1495 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . ground yourself in reality and facts as much as possible, if you hope to make any real-world progress. We’re confused about what’s smart! We’re misled as to what’s practical! We act and choose and don’t even realize that it’s rooted in our psychic wounds! And those same wounds have warped our values! You see the problem here.

It’s a big messy stew and no matter what we grasp at, we lose our grip and feel lost in a very fundamental way. Our best bet is to embrace that stew. Yes, that’s what I said! Get right in and wallow in it! That puts you in a very useful place in this particular way: you are immersed in the creative. Or maybe that should be ‘The Creative’. If you must move through the reality scenario, do so carefully and fully engaged with what is solid and known; but if you can retreat from the everyday, take the opportunity–and allow the power of the imagination, the dream, the generative impulse, to fill you, inspire you, and guide you.

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A Good Day To . . . 21 October 2019

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I love the wise, direct, fox-smart gaze of the dog. ‘The Geography Lesson (Portrait of Monsieur Gaudry and His Daughter)’ By Louis-Léopold Boilly 1812 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . realize that power and effectiveness currently rest on two things: honoring what we truly care about, and making the most of creative energies that align with ideals. In following these directives we see opportunities available now that have their roots in the past–and this makes knowing the surrounding facts not only easy but we can judge which options to take with a high degree of accuracy. We know what’s smart, we know what’s wise–trust your mind.

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The Parental Inner Voice: The Internalized Mother and Father

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This weekend reading is an ECLIPSE re-print, edited, augmented, and with completely new sections added on Uranus and Neptune.

‘A Double Portrait’ By Abraham de Vries c1630 {{PD}}

The internalized voices of the mother and father (or the caretakers) are something everyone absorbs in childhood and carries for life. We know how a parent would likely respond to most everything we do, and often as not that assumed parental assessment floats through the mind as we make choices. But, as we age, we’re meant to compartmentalize those particular voices, and replace them with a central one belonging to ourselves, with ones belonging to our idealized Archetypes—the Mother and Father of our dreams, so to speak—as secondary, as a set of counselors. These have the benefit of being all-loving and totally supportive; they tell us what we need to hear to assure our choices are healthy for us and supportive of our Soul’s needs, and best of all, these Archetypal voices support the adult that we are, rather than commenting on the child we were. We can if we’re so inclined characterize these as God’s voice, the voice of our incorporeal guardians or angels, the Higher Self, or of the sexless but living Universe—whatever fits your belief system. The internal Parents will speak to what’s most productive for us as individuals—and this ‘feedback’ varies from that of the actual mother and father in situations where they were truly supportive to a kind of neutral, responsible common sense advice meant to aid.

Have your internal voices (at least the directly real-life parental ones) evolved from the personal voices of the actual caretakers into an Archetypal energy that ‘speaks’ in your best interests, or is the voice you hear still the one of the actual parent, with all the encouragement, judgment, and limitations of their life imposed on yours? And do you get that confused—or more likely, allow it to sidetrack you—when you’re in the midst of decision-making? We get some clues in the chart on how to deal with the parental influence by examining contact between the personal planets and lights (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) and other bodies, some that are specific to the personal chart and some that are universal. Here’s a quick look at the info, cookbook-style. Remember, of course, that these are not the only meanings these contacts have–we’re just concentrating on particular manifestations and concepts.

Jupiter in contact with the personals seems to have two main early expressions: seeing the individual or subject represented by the contacted energy as god-like, or seeing the contacted energy as something we always need ‘more’ of. We tend to relate this attitude to, or draw it from, whichever parent seemed god-like at the time—so not necessarily the parent who held the most authority, but the one to whom it seemed nothing was denied. When this takes on an Archetypal maturity, we see the opportunities we’ve had related to the contacted energy, and we access direct knowledge of the related concepts. Natal Venus in Scorpio trine Jupiter in Cancer may suggest we had a female caretaker who ‘had it all’ emotionally, and that she was either provided this by a god-like figure or that she herself was that figure. She was cared for emotionally, at least (Cancer), and sex and mystery (Scorpio) may have seemed to be her province, denied to the individual with the aspect, as was a sense of truly being nurtured, with that reserved for the caretaker as well—and this may have resulted in over-the-top sexual experimentation, emotional spending, or having 15 children, trying to claim Venus-Jupiter for oneself. With maturity and an Archetypal Jupiter in place, one is not only able to claim the energies for the Self, but also to see how they may be best used. In this case, knowledge of what it takes to nurture (Cancer) combines with the worth of Truth, deep and intense relationships, and yes, sexuality, to inform the life choices and open the Self to the wider world and its worth.

As the Old Man of the chart, Saturn in contact to any of the personals can describe the permanent influence of an authority figure, usually the parent perceived as ‘in charge’. Typically this is a sense of suppression of the characteristics of the contacted planet, with maturity bringing a change that incorporates Self-discipline in place of external restrictions. For instance, the natal Moon in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn, with Saturn repping the father, may suggest the individual observed suppression of the mother’s (Moon) independence, autonomy, or leadership potential and incorporated this into the emotional make-up, or that the individual directly experienced it her or himself, possibly through a denial of the intuition or even the emotions themselves. Every time this person makes a move on his or her own, he or she may experience that sense of paternal suppression, and so may show temper, aggression, or insist on the ‘I want’ in response. With maturity and the Archetypal response, though, the individual may shift from seeing Saturn as conflict and potential negation of the feelings to support of these through following the ‘rules’ and through sufficient Self-restraint. This is just one possibility, of course. When we’re still hearing the voice of one or the other parent, we will tend to refuse or at least resent complying with Saturn’s requirements; by the time we form an Archetypal version, we will frame it as the inner voice of caution and common sense—and likely have attracted one or two ‘real-life’ versions, people exhibiting extraordinary maturity no matter their age, on which to model our approach.

Uranus related to the inner parent concept may stand for one or both as erratic, unreliable, Self-involved, and if it applies to both maternal and paternal authority figures (for instance, by ruling or being posited in the 10th) the parents may have presented as a ‘group’, sticking together so that there was no way for the child to make an end run around one parent to appeal to the other. The home life may have been perceived as chaotic, no matter the surface appearance of things, and the sense that accidents could happen anytime, or that the parent could simply disappear, could breed hyper-vigilance in the child that becomes an uneasy sense of distrust of all others, or the world itself, in the adult. Relationships may innately seem precarious, and if there’s a denial of this influence, the individual could be repressive and controlling themselves, unconsciously seeking to keep potential chaos at bay.

In my upcoming Moon book I discuss the personal effects of Uranus using the chart of singer Karen Carpenter; here are a couple of excerpts:

“She has a 00 Cancer 34 Ascendant, with Uranus retrograde at 00 Cancer 57–this shouts naturally wired, high strung, nervous, and in Cancer the likely conduit for the nerves is the stomach, and possibly in motherhood (or the rejection of it–Carpenter had no children). Uranus rules the Whole Sign 8th, which holds Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury. We can see anorexia, the disease from which she suffered and from which she died, in at least one sense as rebellion: from control of others, from norms, from forced sharing (8th House) in an attempt to create one ‘private’ thing in the life, one thing completely, irrevocably under the individual’s sole control—and these planetary and point relationships describe this to a ‘T’.

Uranus can be seen as a kind of co-Ascendant, so closely and thoroughly is it tied to Karen’s connection point with the world. It suffers significant isolation from the other chart energies, with only a semi-square to Pluto (which touches Uranus’ ruler, the Moon) and a square to Juno. These aspects suggest intense control issues, a known component of the equation that prompts anorexia. But, though the two bodies Uranus touches are control-oriented, the involvement of Uranus suggests a fear of losing control, a dread of the chaotic and the unanticipated. She may have identified herself as potentially always on the verge of personal chaos (Uranus closely conjoined the Ascendant)—and that easily could’ve driven her to be constantly vigilant, and to clamp down on anything and everything within her reach.”

Neptune to the personals and linked to the parental figures can make for a number of intensely disorienting experiences for a child: the parent may seem to (or even tell the child that) they hold all the creative ‘cards’, making the child feel they can never live up to the parental creativity (this is not uncommon in the charts of children of successful artists or celebrities). The suggestion in the mind of the child is that the parent presents an ideal that can never be reached, convincing the child he or she is drab and untalented by comparison, even if the parent has never implied this. Or the child may suffer from a sense of nebulous or incomplete identity, taking their cues about who they are and how they feel from the parent. There may be a lack of boundaries that, if carried into adulthood, can bring gullibility, unrealistic creative attempts, and co-dependent relationships until the individual learns to set boundaries and clearly differentiates the Self and the Self’s responsibilities from those of others. The child being persuaded they’re someone they’re not is a distinct danger. Learning they’re not responsible for those around them (and especially for the feelings of those around them) can be a significant milestone.

The sense that it’s natural for the individual to feel they are just a small part of something larger can bring perpetual uncertainty, and may be the foundation of a spiritual search in adulthood; a good parent will recognize the fears and inability of the child to know where he or she ends and everyone else begins, and can assist them in channeling that Cosmic awareness into appropriate expression–a not-so-good parent may use the child like a battery, absconding with the child’s creative and life energies, insisting the child exists as an adjunct of them. This can be a tough enmeshment to recognize, as it may present as the parent deeply concerned with fostering the child (the modern ‘helicopter parent’ comes to mind) which can easily smother or disorient the child’s creative and imaginative urges. Most difficult contact for the native within their own chart? Neptune and the Moon, no question.

‘Abduction of Persephone and Pluto on Horseback’ By Giuseppe Scolari c1595 {{PD}}

Pluto is symbolic of what’s commonly known as ‘The Devouring Mother’, but that’s too narrow a definition by far; this is really a designator of a power figure, male or female, who overwhelmed the individual, and likely persuaded them that, whatever energy Pluto contacted was not to be theirs. The typical indoctrination involves framing the energy as destructive, as likely to obliterate the individual if she or he engages with it. Who would tell (or imply) something like this to a mere child? Sometimes it’s done out of fear, in an attempt to protect, but just as often it arises from rage, an attitude that says, ‘If I can’t have this, neither can you!’ When this is the voice we carry in our minds, we are likely forbidden to even think about the energy too much; we have been so conditioned to see it as, essentially, death, that we avoid it actively.

As we see others access that power, though, this leads (at least at first) not to accessing it ourselves, but to rage of our own at being denied something we see others have: we in essence become, attitudinally, the mirror of our caretaker in regard to this subject. The classic example is Venus square Pluto, which traditional literature calls a denial of Love for the individual until they learn to be loving. I find this a misunderstanding of the dynamic at work: the individual appears to not understand Love and to behave badly because of it, but they are actually reacting to the denial of Love for themselves, in that they are raging at being denied what they see everyone else have. They are not devoid of Love themselves, but so afraid of it (and in some cases this applies to money/ assets, too) that they dare not approach it. Remedy begins when the individual first tastes genuine Love (not romance) and finds they don’t die; dramatic as it seems, that’s what it takes to show them they can not only have it, that they are worthy of it—and that is the essence of the Plutonian Archetypal form, the ability to be powerful and unafraid, and so abandon the need to rage and destroy.

I often see Ceres described as a kind of ‘Earth Mother’ figure, but that paints her as entirely too passive (and with far too little power of her own). She is an active energy, Nature itself, and though she nurtures, her mothering role is this: she cares for and carefully tends the welfare of her offspring, as long as they do precisely what she wants. I contend that the story we know of Persephone/ Proserpina’s abduction by Pluto/ Hades is told from Ceres’/ Demeter’s point-of-view; that’s why it’s an abduction, not an elopement, and imprisonment in the Underworld rather than the voluntary experience of sexual maturity, which in itself requires the individual to separate from the maternal figure. Ceres’ grief at her daughter’s escape to the Underworld in many ways resembles a fit by a too-controlling parent: I will withhold the very essence of life to all that grows on the planet (creating autumn and winter, which hadn’t existed–before that it was perpetual summer) until my daughter returns to me. The daughter is treated like a possession, and the negotiation for her partial return is carried out not with her but with Pluto—she is never asked what she wants!

With Ceres in contact to the personals, then, we may see someone who was required to conform to the caretaker’s expectations to the letter in the areas of life signified by the contacted energy. Getting free from that all-encompassing hold means acting, not necessarily in ways we want to, but in ways that take us outside the parental reach. That means early attempts to break free of Ceres’ hold can be very bad choices, indeed—but they serve to make the individual more autonomous, at the very least, and that may set them on their way with a determination not to return to a Ceres-approved life. When we bring the Archetypal version of Ceres into being, we connect directly with what we might refer to as the ‘Voice of Nature’; this energy makes us highly aware of and respectful of all living things (and even that life essence found in inanimate objects, invested by the Being who created them) and in its fullest form makes it very difficult for us to stand by and allow damage to the Earth. Natal Ceres conjunct the Sun, for instance, may start out with the individual placing a Solar entity (the father, or the person about whom their internal Solar system orbits) in the center of the life, which is really a position each of us should hold in our own lives—it’s inappropriate for another to be in that place. You can imagine the drama that would unfold as this individual struggles to claim the Solar energy for their own—and the life-or-death tinged threats that may be made if the individual withdraws from the temporary Sun/ Ceres individual’s compass. Eventually, though, withdraw they will—because in the end, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

‘Demeter Mourning for Persephone’ By Evelyn De Morgan 1906 {{PD}}

Bonus knowledge on Ceres: When one person’s Ceres makes cross-chart contact to particular natal bodies of the mate, a super anti-romantic energy can ensue. For example, a woman’s Ceres conjunct a man’s Mars may start out okay (he may like the sense of nurture and acceptance he feels from her) but quickly devolves into something akin to a repelling energy: she soon starts to feel like Mom to him, and only if he’s into sex with Mom do things work out! It may not be that blatant (or icky) but he will likely come to see her every interaction with him as emasculating, in a sense—the funny thing is couples with this cross-chart interaction can end up staying together for a long time, as he becomes a serial adulterer (for sex) then returns to the mate for comfort and a sense of home.

 

A Good Day To . . . 9 December 2019

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By Jules Larcher 1889 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . be willing to modify standards to take advantage of what’s smart or practical, and then be willing to act in accord with this–and contrarily speaking, we must also be willing to modify our standards when we find that for one reason or another they aren’t as wise as we believed–and in any case, we need to be willing to show that we will do what it takes to support the standards we hold, or to achieve in line with the principles we honor.

Too, we may be tempted by something that’s decidedly unhealthy for us, and we’d be smart to avoid indulging for now. What we can pursue, though, is fulfillment of our ambitions. Today the mind sparks on some inventive, original, even genius ways of getting where we want to go, and we’d be smart to put our energy toward goal attainment or desire realization, right now.

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

A Good Day To . . . 8 December 2019

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‘Wing of a Roller’ By Albrecht Dürer 1512 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . be as conscious as possible of how the past is affecting our sense of our own authority, as well as making us question what territory we can consider ours, and what belongs to others. We’re highly aware of our wounds, and it seems the social order (or perhaps that impersonal entity, ‘the facts’) is out to injure us even more–but that would be making everything much too personal (even though our experiences are of course highly personal, our place in the Universe and its workings is personal only from our point of view–so that seeing what happens to us as a direct rebuke or judgment makes us, incorrectly, place ourselves at the center of the Universe, when we’re really just the center of our personal, known world–but I digress). In short, try to take things impersonally, giving yourself some mental and emotional distance from events; if you do, you’ll be able to see precisely what the possibilities are, and will be able to pinpoint what dreams are best pursued, what fantasies best abandoned, and what mental stance is both rewarding (literally or figuratively) and healthy, offering significant potential for healing, especially within relationships.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 December 2019

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‘Bulls Fighting’ By George Stubbs 1786 {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that the mind and the instincts, that latter of which we might define as the ability to know even if we don’t know, will be directly at odds today. Mercury in Scorpio will oppose Sedna in Taurus; it may be a battle between the Truth we accept with our mind and what we feel in the environment. Know that the mental reality is really based on the emotions (Scorpio is a Water sign), and that the instincts are picking up information that threatens the current thinking–hence the battle. Do your best to give yourself a little distance, so that you might get an impersonal glimpse of what’s before you. It might help, too, to tune in to the symbolisms that physically surround you; there’s a message there, maybe many, and though you could find yourself arguing that the information is invalid, that you already know the Truth of things, that passion is definitely defensive–and that means it all warrants a second look, a re-consideration, a dispassionate examination.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 December 2019

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‘Il Bosco Sacro (The Sacred Grove)’ By Arnold Böcklin {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . stick to your highest values, fulfill commitments, and actively honor all that you care about–it will pay off, sometimes significantly. It may look as if those values and sacred areas somehow need adjustment, but that’s an optical illusion–they are excellent just the way they are–and connected to this, it may seem like your ability to affect circumstances is curtailed–but again, it’s a trick of the mind, rather than an accurate perception, and you should instead turn your attention toward honoring values–that’s where spending your energy will really matter.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 December 2019

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By Pierre Bonnard 1918 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . wonder just how what was wise or practical yesterday has somehow changed today. Really, it’s not that what’s smart has altered, it’s that we are working out the kinks in our instincts and in those things we ‘know but don’t know’, especially in terms of Love, relationships, or money, and with more information what looks like a wise approach or a smart thing to do changes. Choose based on what you know today, not what you knew yesterday.

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

Just added to links, ‘Spiral Spectrum’, beautiful, astro-relevant calendars by designer Julie Wilder–

A Good Day To . . . 4 December 2019

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‘A Roman Lady (Portrait of Anna Risi)’ By Frederic Leighton 1859 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that what’s smart doesn’t empower us–and power is what we want and need, in one form or another. Our way toward a solution is to think about/ face what we’d normally ignore or deny, or deal directly with what enrages us. It’s in taking on the unpleasant face-to-face that we ‘fix’ what’s preventing us from moving forward, that quite suddenly makes what’s smart practical, once again. The solution to the power dilemma is that simple, and that hard.

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

Just added to links, ‘Spiral Spectrum’, beautiful, astro-relevant calendars by designer Julie Wilder–

A Good Day To . . . 3 December 2019

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‘Athenais’ By John William Godward 1908 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . .  express your sexy, gorgeous, loving Self, going after what you crave, looking to get your reward–don’t worry, Venus is in Capricorn, bringing a good dose of restraint to all that desire fulfillment and sensual enjoyment–you’ll have too much good taste to overdo. It may present in yourself and others as frivolous pleasure seeking, but in reality there’s a serious, buttoned-down core that’s looking to build or achieve something solid and even lasting. Too, if part of what you desire is change, you can figure out some genius ways to make it happen–just look at what forms of power your attention is drawn to–those hold hints as to what you can co-opt and make work for you. Anything dark gets a light shone on it, so be prepared.

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

A Good Day To . . . Exploring Your Weekend 30 November-2 December 2019

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By Lalima – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16831428

The 30th: Lady Power! Venus conjoins Ceres in Capricorn, melding the receptive, loving, jealous, asset-related, and relationship-focused with a sense of personal authority and a confidence in one’s own ‘right thinking’. For some (specifically those who have ‘worked’ for ‘it’) this will be highly beneficial and rewarding; for those normally oriented to taking a more assertive stance, those used to imposing their Will on others and their world, this may be disconcerting and even disempowering. A passive openness after hard work and playing by the rules is what’s in vogue; too, the material reality around us or the guardrails keeping us in our own lane may require some adjustment to our direction but once accommodated may shine a light right where we need to be looking. Don’t take health for granted, and wounds may make themselves felt through an inner sense that we lack empowerment, even when we don’t.

The 1st sees the social order or the facts messing with our values; the challenge is to sort through the messages to judge their validity. How? The yardstick must be this question: what illuminates? If what’s communicated shines a genuinely informative light, then you know it’s true–and so must be accepted and acted on–all else can be dismissed.

The 2nd Jupiter moves into Capricorn. The Greater Benefic charges into the new sign and doesn’t slow until very late, after hitting 27 degrees plus and then retrograding, in mid-May 2020. That gives us a long run forward through a sign that requires Self-discipline in order to access opportunity, the facts, or to gain a wider experience. Expect circumstances that mean we have to learn or teach, we have to face the boundaries of ‘what is’ before expanding into new territory, we have to acknowledge the positives in stability, restraint, and sober reflection. Not scintillating, unless you’ve been waiting for your natural inclination to hard work or disciplined effort to bring reward–in which case you’ll be very pleased, indeed, during this period.

Today efforts aimed at the future bring Love or Money developed in the past–that is, our energy output today simply opens the way for positives or profit from yesterday to flow in. Our attention is drawn to what’s smart or practical; seeing how this can shape tomorrow is important, as is understanding the power of words and thoughts in creating change or transforming what we’re less than happy with.

‘La Leçon’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1906 {{PD}}

A Good Day To . . . 29 November 2019

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By Oreste Sercelli – José Rosael/Hélio Nobre/Museu Paulista da USP, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68903897

The 29th is a Good Day To . . .  be aware that words take solid form today, manifesting in real-world consequences or creating limits, restrictions, or walls to scale. People speak of their limits–and they’re speaking of themselves, no matter what or whom they believe they’re talking about–and agreements, promises, and ideas communicated take on a permanence we might not intend–so share with care.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27-28 November 2019

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‘The Fog Horn’ By Winslow Homer 1883 {{PD}}

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . get a gander at Neptune as it stations direct at 15 Pisces 55, as it does so while sextiling Vesta, while Vesta is opposed by Mercury (with Mercury’s trine to Neptune perfecting tomorrow, the 28th). Direction may dispel some of the murk around our priorities and those things we honor, and the fog should lift for the individual around at least some of the matters of the natal House where the direction occurs. No longer will we wonder if we’re doing the ‘right’ thing–though this might not coalesce into coherent thoughts immediately, or be communicated to or from others as soon as it’s realized–and by the 28th we either immerse our thinking in a universe of creative imagination, or we are mired in (or fed a load of) delusion, misdirection, or outright lies. It might not be easy to tell the difference, at first, but if we become still and listen, we’ll know. It’s only when there’s too much psychic noise that we are prone to accept what we’d do better to reject.

The 28th also sees Moon, Venus, and Ceres pile up early in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus. This expresses the heart of the day, offering a down-to-Earth concoction of sensitivity, Love, companionship, and expression of personal authority, delivered in surprising (and maybe strikingly sentimental) ways. Modern comforts celebrate traditions–what better indicator for a lovely Thanksgiving Day (in the US)? Be aware, though, that the unexpected is likely to spring directly from what’s been enraging us and denied, or from what we’ve been trying to ignore–so if possible clear up those neglected feelings and reactions before any significant gathering or interaction. And one other warning: words hold a lot of creative power today, and can stimulate the imagination, so take care that those words don’t go too far, or muddy otherwise clear, positive emotional waters (Mercury sesq Chiron).

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

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Happy Thanksgiving to All my US Readers, and happy Wednesday/ Thursday to Everyone else!

A Good Day To . . . 26 November 2019

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‘Tie Me Up’ By Aimeeperezsculptor 2013 This photo released under a Free Art License

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . ask ourselves, just how strict, how restrained, how cautious, must we be in order to gain, to respect our values, to stay or get healthy? We must measure our empowerment options against the true power they offer, and must judge them based on what we know to be wise or practical. Do our choices respect our skills and encourage their use? Do they offer some chance of healing or care that keeps body and soul together? These are the questions we should answer today.

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

This morning’s New Moon assessment is here–

A Good Day To . . . 25 November 2019

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By JanLenardo Wöllert – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5792557

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . stand ready to handle things that have big consequences. The surprise may be our discovery in real-world terms of who holds the power; we may be shocked, and yet easily adapt to any revelations or shifts in responsibility. It’s like a giant floodlight suddenly comes on, revealing the reality situation, warts and all. Taking a disciplined and practical approach to things as they are (once we’ve regained our balance!) proves to be productive and beneficial. Rewards come in tidy packages, or in restraint, and relationships require modesty or a statement of ‘being there when needed’. We get to the end of the day with a considerably different view of our world or our place in it. Just be ready.

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

See tomorrow’s forecast for the New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 24 November 2019

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‘The Sleeping Beauty’ By John Collier 1921 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . look closely at two major aspects that perfect today: Venus conjoins Jupiter late in Sagittarius, and Mars in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. With the former, we see abundant reward or massive disappointment due to exaggeration of expectations, centered on potentials for social advancement, travel (with emphasis on ‘new horizons’), and knowledge acquisition. Relationship dynamics may be out-sized and imply things are better, or worse, than they actually are, and we may be inclined to over-pay, in one form or another, for what we receive. The belief in Love may ground us, or move us to action, and may ‘come to the rescue’, especially in circumstances where we feel alienated or suffer too much emphasis on philosophy or fulfillment of an agenda in relationships or in creating Art in any form. We get ‘a lot’, somehow, and must deal with it, with the meeting relating directly to the matters of the House in the natal chart where it occurs.

The opposition offers an element of surprise, either at your own choices or actions or those of others. The spontaneity is driven by material/ sensory matters or issues of comfort, security, or need, but the moves spring from a dark place, or one where motives are hidden even from ourselves, and what’s behind those choices and actions may remain a mystery, no matter how hard we look. Circumstances to these events may have roots in or bring about the situation of abundance (and remember, this is just ‘a lot’, so may not be especially desirable!) or may muster conflict from the situation of ‘too much’. Beauty meets ‘the facts’ or a sense of optimism, perhaps with actions exposing the dark and surprising underbelly of things–or maybe it’s a search for Truth that generates chaos, a Higher Understanding, or a revelation that brings an opportunity for prosperity, Love, or profit. There are a million possible permutations–what’s important is our awareness that these factors are related in a way where each will affect, and possibly bounce off of or alter, the others.

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

See the upcoming New Moon here–

New Moon in Sagittarius 26 November 2019 The Beginning of Wisdom

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‘Noc gwiaździsta’ (Starry Night) By Józef Marian Chełmoński 1888 {{PD}}

The New Moon falls at 4 Sagittarius 02 at 7:04 AM PST of the 26th, with both bodies approaching conjunction to asteroid Pallas and trining Chiron. The Lunar event makes a pair of semi-sextiles which place the Moon at the rough midpoint of Mars in Scorpio and Ceres in Capricorn (and so makes Earth the apex of a Finger of God), and quincunxes Uranus. The New Moon also semi-squares the midpoint of transiting Saturn-Pluto, possibly noteworthy as a harbinger of the conjunction of these two in January that we’re all anticipating–and it semi-squares asteroid Zeus, placing the New Moon at the rough midpoint of Saturn-Pluto square Zeus. All these contacts, even the minor and modest ones, are worth exploring, as sometimes meaning is found in the subtlety of things, the interrelationships drawing associations we might otherwise have missed.

What are we looking at here? A smart, wise, or practical new beginning that requires we adjust to learning or experiencing the unexpected or unanticipated, the modern or the revelatory, and that we do so in order to preserve our autonomy, our place with or independent from the group, and/ or the personal power we’ve already established. It heals, or calls on our most unique skills, or both, and may hint at the emotional impact of upcoming changes to the reality picture, especially in terms of potential ambition or desire fulfillment, or its denial.

The New Moon brings an instance of learning something, or experiencing something, likely something we’ve been struggling to ignore or deny or not be consumed with rage by, with actions or choices stirred by events or by the emotional revelation that comes, and these address the scope of our current ability to wield power and affect our environment. We will develop a new attitude, a new philosophy, based on what occurs. Realization will be the big internal change, while we’ll also see material changes that signal the structure of (or structure behind) the ‘new’ power dynamic.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Old Owl Sits Alone On The Branch Of A Large Tree’. We have Athena’s symbol, the owl, in the image and the namesake asteroid conjoined the New Moon event–who says there isn’t a pattern to all this? The mention of the fact that the owl is alone seems superfluous, as owls are generally solitary creatures, and big sturdy trees their domain. I’m thinking that in this instance the symbol simply alerts us to the wisdom that the Lunar event will contain; it may be so obvious, so much a normal-seeming part of the landscape, that we could miss the smart message it offers, should we be expecting something splashier or more jarring. Characterization of the owl as “old” only reinforces the sense that this is something already around, that we are used to, and so may overlook, and as well, also reinforces the notion that there will be something wise, that is, that comes of experience, for us to take away from the event.

A Good Day To . . . 23 November 2019

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‘Horses in a Meadow’ By Edgar Degas 1871 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . own your power, and use it to go after what you want. That may sound aggressive, especially to the more timid among us, but in reality we’re talking about being ourselves to the fullest, which includes that kind of energy that reaches out and impresses our essence, our wants, and our creations,  on the environment. Of course, careful consideration before you act pays off, no question. Overall, though, it’s a day when ambitions can be fulfilled and wounds healed, so go forward with confidence–be yourself.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 November 2019

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By Béla Spányi 1914 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . scan the horizon for your next destination. Whether that’s a literal trip or an inner journey, sketch out the possibilities and consider new, perhaps exotic, goals, foci, or places to visit. The Sun moving into Sagittarius will shine the light on ways to learn, explore, grow–today we relax and consider a revised ambition picture, while taking care not to erode or neglect the already-established practical, and the stable and wise.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 November 2019

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Krishna and Radha looking into a mirror. Artist Unknown c1800 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . do your best to align your Self-image with the actual things you revere and dedicate your life energy to. It’s time to rid ourselves of disparities between the reality we inhabit and how we see ourselves, from the inside out. Today this requires we set ambitions aside, and need to see as clearly as possible not just the reality picture, but the ways in which hurt and the past influence choices as well as our own idea of who we are. Skewed visions of our identity and potentials separate us from our own power, and from claiming those roles where we can be both most ourselves, and most effective. A vague prescription, I know, but the particulars will never fall into square without an unambiguous set of qualities and priorities in place–that’s what we define, today.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 November 2019

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Peru, South or Central Coast, Inca peoples. Feathers knotted and sewn onto plain weave cotton ground. LACMA 77.70.12 Created between 1470 and 1534 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . align our efforts with reality, and heal injuries to our sense of personal authority, via the dawning clarity offered as Mercury stations direct. We’ll see where we’ve been ‘off’, how we may have misjudged the facts or the social fabric, and we’ll see much more effective ways to express our creativity. It’s a load off the mind, today, that opens the way toward better understanding and a closer connection with the Truth of things.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 November 2019

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Little known fact: Dragons are actually herbivores. Detail of a painting By Giovanni Battista Tiepolo c1768 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . embrace bringing to consciousness what we ‘know but don’t know’. It does no good to play coy with ourselves; what’s more, it’s in those places we’ve ignored or denied that we find the worthwhile, the precious, the assets, the Love–but that’s only after we slay a figurative dragon or three. Hint for success, just for today: those boogey men are only in your head.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 November 2019

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Really, there’s nothing scary in that dark corner. ‘Ukojenie’ By Piotr Stachiewicz c1884 {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . do everything you can to support all facets of your health, including to not be afraid to look in the dark corners (grim death will not be waiting there!) or to consider the less appealing aspects of living in a human body. It’s all for the good, and will mean no unpleasantness will sneak up on you at a later date.

Along with this, look for payoffs or ways to gain or make new relationships that serve the ambitions. Everyone loves a winner, or so they say, and you’ll have that shiny aura today, so why not take advantage of it? Work it, and reap the rewards.

And a guideline for everything: stick to the facts. Everything else will play on fears, or sucker punch you with unwarranted optimism.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 November 2019

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By Antoine-Louis Barye c1863 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . relax and regroup, after a morning (Pacific time) that is at least tense, and that may involve confrontation that feels life-or-death, or as if we must take action. The brief Void afternoon Pacific time (12:15 PM through 1:57 PM PST) comes after the Cancer Moon’s square to Mars which sits at 29 degrees of Libra, suggesting the potential for drama in relationships, over aesthetics or Art, struggles in diplomacy, and general friction over who cares, why, and what they might do about that emotional investment, followed by the Void when everyone limps to their corner and tries to recover. What follows as the Moon enters Leo is Luna’s quincunx to Ceres in Capricorn, implying that right away we must deal with ‘the rules’ or our power role concerning our own agency, our territorial mandate, about those we are responsible for, or about our interaction with Nature, to include our relationship with the organism we occupy (our body). We should expect an emotional ‘sorting out’, and a certain ‘stepping forward’ in terms of taking a specific attitude toward our own actions and aggression, which we will likely cast in the light of what we need as individuals to feel whole, or to ‘shine’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 November 2019

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Yasuo Mizui, ‘Zig and Zag I’ Lacoste, France July 1973 Photo By 8fukukoando8 – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . rebel–or is it? Really, why do we think that acting erratically, spontaneously, unreliably, zigging when others expect a zag, or pummeling others with ahead-of-their-time ideas will get us what we want? That’s not to say that our choice is bad, or that our acts or ideas aren’t worthy, but that it won’t lead us toward our goal–so then we must ask, Why do it? We may have been recently persuaded that our most unique characteristics, those things we’re committed to or honor, or that our own innate wisdom needs doctoring, modification, that there’s something wrong with these most unique parts of ourselves and our lives. We’re given this idea either by someone, or by the way the flow of assets or remuneration is going, right now. It may seem like we must alter our efforts, direction, or commitments, because they are wrong or inadequate, because the future we’re seeing in front of us appears to be a difficult one–but that would be an inaccurate picture. In fact, we must do the opposite: honor our most unique facets and talents, trust our inner wisdom, and honor what we find sacred, without criticism or fear that our standards, or we ourselves, are inadequate.

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

A Good Day To . . . 15 November 2019

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By Michal Klajban – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69381676

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . listen to our instincts, especially about our health. Is there something about how we’re pursuing our ambitions that’s causing a strain, running us ragged, are our desires taking a toll that our inner knowing is trying to alert us to? As Ceres enters Capricorn we need to take serious and solid measures to attend, at the very least, to diet and to how stress and our personal power situation (particularly our own sense of agency) is affecting our physical state of Being. Today we also get messages on how to empower ourselves or enhance our status, but we may not realize their validity or potential benefits until after Mercury is once again direct.

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

See the recent Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 14 November 2019

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‘The Loving Cup’ By Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1867 {{PD}}

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . face health or empowerment issues head-on. Both change and seeing the relevance of what’s happening may be difficult, but it’ll be clear that we need to take a realistic, warts-and-all view of what is, both to avoid losing what’s precious by being misled and to prevent our own rebellious inclinations from taking over at inopportune moments. Willingness to face what we’ve been ignoring or denying is the linchpin to success; it removes that destructive spark of desire to undermine our own cause, and it connects us to reality in a way that makes what we need to do obvious, as well as urging us to make short work of doing it.

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

See the recent Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . .13 November 2019

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Ogata Gekko’s ukiyo-e print of a dragon rising from the clouds around Mt. Fuji, from his Views of Mt. Fuji. 1896 {{PD}}

The 13th it’s a Good Day To . . . reach for your highest potential, a creative goal, a surprising opportunity, or for the change you’ve been longing for–all are not just possible, at least one of them is practically mandatory! Communication is both effective and realistic (a big surprise, considering the retro) and it’s easy to show restraint or to discipline or control ourselves. Optimism and imagination saturate the mind and look for ways to express–and our inclination is to give them disciplined and contained avenues that lead to tangible results. Today we also enjoy power, especially the power to create reform, in direct proportion to the sureness of our identity and our purpose. That is, if you know who you are in accurate and fairly objective terms, you can really make things happen–in that case, ‘the facts’ are definitely in your favor. One caveat: if you make agreements or sign contracts today, you may still suffer the traditional ‘retro regret’ once the period is over, as a sextile between Mercury and Saturn cements things firmly in place, and Merc’s trine to Neptune says we can be fooled, almost as easily as inspired–so tread (and sign) with care. Good luck, and have a wonderful day!

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

See yesterday’s Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 11 November 2019

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‘The Water Carrier’ By Francisco de Goya y Lucientes c1810 {{PD}}

For the 11th it’s a Good Day To . . . avoid those with a bad attitude. Yes, they’ll be everywhere, and it may seem as if the world is sorting itself out, with one group disgruntled and mired in the past, while the other is capable, clear-thinking, and in full-on Power-mode. It’s really just an effect of the Inferior Conjunction of retro Mercury and the Sun, marking an insemination point where what’s buried in the unconscious floats to the surface. This will launch us on a trajectory in either a positive direction or a negative one, depending on which of the two groups we gravitate toward.

Here’s the thing: if we are feeling bad, feeling that we have a lot to gripe about, and spend our day unfurling our list of Festivus grievances, we are likely to set in motion longer term (through to the Superior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun when Merc is direct, 11 January 2020) a series of negative experiences and encounters that support our viewpoint of others and the world. But, if we are being as Self-responsible as we possibly can, not blaming others or circumstances but instead looking for ways we can make things better, then we will initiate an excellent payoff at the Superior Conjunction, one keyed to matters of either natal House where one or the other of the Conjunctions occur. Planning for something positive sounds like a lot more fun than complaining–but it’s your choice.

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

See tomorrow’s Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 10 November 2019

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‘Paris Street, Rainy Day’ By Gustave Caillebotte 1876 {{PD}}

For the 10th it’s a Good Day To . . . embrace the transformative power of Love. That may seem like too vague a guideline to some, but it’s an umbrella under which everyone can gather, and guarantees that what’s shared avoids causing any harm and provides a welcoming shelter for those we care about. If we meet everything with Love, we will find a need to modify some of our responses and approaches–but isn’t that the point? To bring our interactions closer to our ideals.

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

See the upcoming Full Moon outlook here–

A Good Day To . . . Full Moon 12 November 2019

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‘Moonrise Over the Dunes’ By Eilif Peterssen 1883 {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . take stock, especially of material goals and desires, as the Full Moon brings security, prosperity, comfort, and stability-related matters to a head. Falling at 19 Taurus 51, 5:33 AM Pacific time, and closely conjoined Vesta, this Lunar event promises materialization in physical form of sensory or ‘sensed’ information, particularly that involved with commitments, the home and family, and the personal ‘passions’, and prompts discovery and definitive communication, even successful contracts (Mercury opp), this latter having an unusually stable ‘moment’ even in the midst of the retrograde.

Along with the Black Moon Lilith point this Full Moon forms the base to a Finger of God with apex the asteroid Zeus. The Finger takes the harmonious expression of the two base energies and funnels it into a third, likely unexpected, outcome shown by the apex energy. This Finger suggests Lunar conclusions highlight matters denied, ignored, or that enrage us, probably prompting action that results in ambition or desire fulfillment. It’s as if a clock has been ticking, and the Full Moon brings it to ‘the appointed hour’, creating a confluence of energetic trends that move forward the personal agenda.

The Full Moon also contacts both Saturn and Pluto, straddling their transiting midpoint by trine, and sesquiquadrates Juno. These contacts speak to the power situation, to its exercise or suppression, and to whatever influence and privilege the personal status affords. It presents us with a difficult situation related to our empowerment or standing that can be resolved by finding an intuitive/ emotional balance between discarding elements and cementing other elements in place. These aspects simply emphasize the message that is part and parcel of a Full Moon in Taurus, anyway: that establishing a reliable foundation and the prospect of continuity in resources and alliances is the optimum use of energy, right now.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Wisps Of Winglike Clouds Streaming Across The Sky’. The image may be best understood by drawing parallels between its symbology and that of the Sabian for the Sun, which sits in opposition to the Full Moon (as always!) and gives us clues as to the originating energy (as the Sun illuminates and so makes visible the Moon and gives it ‘phases’ to begin with). The Sun’s is, ‘A Woman Draws Away Two Dark Curtains Closing The Entrance To A Sacred Pathway’. Both suggest a covering or obscuring element that will be removed, the Moon’s by the ‘streaming’, which implies air flow (communication, information, or a shift in mental stance) that will at some point dissipate the clouds, the Sun’s by the woman (a force, like the movement within the atmosphere of the other symbol) as she draws the curtains aside.

The characterization of the clouds in the Moon’s symbol as ‘winglike’ suggests a lifting, even angelic, quality, in the sense of a divine gift or inspiration, or perhaps implying a general ‘elevation’ via Lunar events. This is so with the Sun’s image, as well, that by human effort clears the way, so to speak, to follow a divine path.

Influences also perfecting on this day suggest that in past wounds lie wisdom or the information that fosters a more practical or skill-oriented approach, and that efforts bring both opportunity and ‘luck’, especially if those efforts employ talents and assets or offer benefits to partners or others with whom you might cooperate.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and enlightening Full Moon!

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

A Good Day To . . . 9 November 2019

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The shadow world needs to be acknowledged. By Candra Firmansyah – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73147148

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . separate hurt, Willfulness, and anxiety from what your empowerment status, purpose, and instincts define you as and/ or offer you. It’s about being clear-headed enough to perform at our best–and that’s not possible if we ignore our values, refuse to face what we’re in denial of, and insist on taking a stance as victim. Changes are yours to make, but can only happen if honesty is the standard by which everything is measured.

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

See the Full Moon post here–

A Good Day To . . . 8 November 2019

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By Heinrich Vogeler – Künstlerkolonie Worpswede. 2011, ISBN 978-3-7913-4523-9, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23553258

The 8th is a good day to see dreams come true–really! Just like that. But then, so can nightmares. Mobilize energy to support Love (of yourself, as well as others), Beauty, to facilitate sharing assets (when that’s truly an expression of Love), to making Art, and to focusing on ideals. That’s the key to manifesting something wonderful, positive, something that embodies an ideal and highly admirable facet of the Self. Artist, Dreamer, Builder, Hard Worker, Realist, Creator–all are favored, but most especially successful when they bring forward wisdom, skills, and good sense honed in the past and applied to today. Can be a big, and highly productive, day.

Alert! We should be aware that Neptune is slated to go direct just before American Thanksgiving, on the 27th. Expect everyone to be operating in their own bubble that is more-or-less (maybe much, much less) connected to reality. Illusions can be stripped away, and true dreams and goals can become apparent, over the course of the first few days following direction. Welcome it as a chance to make contact at an authentic level, and as an opportunity to accept others as they are, rather than as we wish they were.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 November 2019

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The 5th is a Good Day To . . . watch proceedings carefully, as today we get a preview of what the upcoming Saturn-Pluto conjunction will bring. The two bodies are parallel, making for a kind of pre-echo, a stark and fleeting glimpse of what their meeting in Capricorn perfecting 12 January 2020 promises. In the largest sense we’ll see reality collide with the inevitability of change, the destruction of circumstances, institutions, and previous boundaries, restraints, and figures of authority. This brings transformation, if only through forcing awareness of the passage of time; it also offers to dig up secrets, the kind that rebuke the current power structure. We may see temporary chaos, the purpose of which is to renew, regenerate, and revive the constructs of our reality. Falling in Capricorn, it likely threatens those life factors that give stability and dependability to the day-to-day, to those facets of existence on which we rely–and yet, it can bring change that removes conditions that have limited our Power, our access to the Truth, or that have prevented us from seeing reality fully and in an accurate light.

This can also stir fear, as situations of destruction or disintegration may seem permanent, a disorder we’re unable to rein in. In select situations, where power has already undergone a change, circumstances can be cemented in place, becoming an undeniable part of the ‘new’ reality. It may be the ‘irresistible force vs. the immovable object’ related to the matters of the House in the natal chart where this falls. In any case, today gives us that glimpse ahead, which can be vital in preparing for the January conjunction itself.

It’s also notable that the January perfection of the aspect comes on the heels of a Lunar eclipse in Cancer which opposes it. That opposition includes Sun, Mercury, and Ceres conjoined Saturn-Pluto, and forms a T-square with conjoined Juno-Zeus. The general scenario is one of a power challenge: are you empowered to get what you truly desire? What we care about is weighed against reality, with the tension between the two inspiring the emotional effect of the Lunar eclipse.

But back to the 5th! We’re getting this preview, and as we do we may panic, moving in precipitous ways (particularly in ways that seem like we’re grabbing power, or that prove to be Self-destructive) that may compromise our integrity or our values. Don’t flip out! This is spurred by our hyper-awareness of our individual position in the Universe; a sense of aloneness is keen, even poignant. Know that thinking, especially about the future, is wonky, too heavily influenced by desires and matters ignored or denied to be trusted. Instead just survey what happens and ponder it, looking for the threads that suggest change, upset, or shifts in power, and gather clues that can help you prepare for the eclipses and conjunction that lie ahead.

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

Posting may be spotty for a time, but I’ll be here as much as possible. Have a great day!

A Good Day To . . . 4 November 2019

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‘Song of the Angels’ By William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1881 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . attune thoughts to Love, so that actions and choices, which are today driven hard by ambitions and desires, won’t flounder on matters too long ignored or denied. Only selfish reasoning or an insistence on dodging what’s important can get in our way and trip us up. All hazards, at this point, are Self-generated.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 November 2019

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‘Mother and Three Children’ By Elizabeth Nourse 1906 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . use Love to Heal. Translate this into any form, practice, or application you like, but make sure it’s a pure intent that seeks only to nourish and repair–that’s where all our rewards come from, today. Take special efforts to treat others as partners or equals, and be especially considerate of the mate.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 November 2019

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By Karl Paul Themistokles von Eckenbrecher 1915 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . plan for, discuss, and communicate about the future. Somehow the mentality is in touch with that wisest part of ourselves today–that part that refuses to entertain nonsense or the negative–and though we are aware of a disorienting disconnect from our own instincts when we try to go on autopilot (so don’t), we are otherwise able to make significant gains when exploiting our status or current roles. This is one of those days that may show you there are perfectly good uses for a Mercury retrograde, and though it’s not the time to act on things, it is just right for laying out exactly the way you want it to be.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 November 2019

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‘”I am half-sick of shadows”, said the Lady of Shalott’ By John William Waterhouse 1915 {{PD}}

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . review what we’ve brought forward from the past that’s truly worthy and worthwhile; today that’s where we find treasure of all kinds, reward, profit, or discover love we may not have been aware of. With Merc retro in Scorpio we should expect this to stir up a lot of emotion, but it should also bring opportunity, and perhaps show us just how ‘lucky’ we really were/ are. Actions and choices are inspired by ideals and fired by the imagination, and it’s in taking personal responsibility for our own lives that we are able to realize, release, and then make use of our assets and the current situation in the best way possible.

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 October 2019

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‘Les Bretonnes aux Ombrelles’ By Émile Bernard 1892 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . embrace the dark mental precipice we’ve plunged over with Merc’s turnaround in Scorpio. The Messenger’s reversal of apparent direction in Water may make us question our feelings, may make us obsess over a love (or hate) relationship, may make us insist on getting to the bottom of a mystery, may compel us to anxiously shout the question, ‘What’s in the box?’–in short, it will prompt thoughts and situations that ignite a persistent desire to reach an emotional conclusion by taking a deep dive. We assess the subjects of the House in the natal chart where the reversal occurs in light of how we feel–and if we’ve got it together, we use the retro period to make plans to change matters so they better align with how we’d like to feel. It’s a period when we can re-make the life to suit the emotional nature–or at least modify it so that we find a sense of satisfaction in some Scorpio related area, either in the largest way (through subjects that fall under the sign) or through matters of the House placement unique to us and pinpointed by the natal chart.

It’s important to note that, particularly today, we can plan or communicate in ways that lay out great actions or choices to be made in future–and it’s also a day when we can benefit by making the most of current roles, status, or empowerment options. We thrive on Self-responsibility, and we reach the end of the day having modified our beliefs or our social role so that it’s much healthier for us.

See last Sunday’s New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 October 2019

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‘The Tower of Babel’ By Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563 {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . be aware. Obvious, right? That’s something we’re always trying to do, but today it’s especially important to be conscious of what’s roiling beneath the surface–particularly below the surface of your own mind.

The interweaving of contacts is noteworthy, with a stationary Mercury caught up to and conjoined by Venus in Scorpio, with both opposed Sedna and novile Mars, and then throw in Mercury’s parallel to Pluto. The scenario is one of a becalmed mind filled with a stark and terrible beauty, one that aligns with and reflects our deepest held fears, angers, and hopes, especially those attuned to change, re-birth, and the re-making of our world. Too, this mental outlook rejects the instinctual nature and those things we ‘know but don’t know’; the result may be that rather than this being an entirely contained, individual experience, it is externalized, with other people, circumstances, and events taking on some of the parts. Thinking, then, may be a heavy pastime, one where we chase the same thoughts round and round–or one where we are inspired by relationships, beauty, even financial gain, but find it hard to plot a path forward, so alienated are we from our own instinctual responses, and this is so even as we are moved to act or choose in some pretty amazing, clever, or inventive ways. So, when Merc retrogrades, we may find ourselves in a really good position, without being entirely aware of how we got there! Or we could find we’ve ‘cart before the horse’-d it, and take our revisions from there.

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 October 2019

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‘Allegory of Fortune’ By Salvator Rosa c1650 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . not press your luck. Stick with what you know to be smart or practical–that’s where significant payoff is possible. And remember, just because you believe it, doesn’t mean it’s true, and certainly, others aren’t required to support your personal beliefs–so be sure to sift facts from the belief filter in which they get caught.

Aspect of the Day: Venus conjoins Pallas. It’s a day for Beautiful Warriors–just keep in mind what you read above.

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 28 October 2019

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‘Obstruction’ By Jane Sutherland 1887 {{PD}}

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . take cover, be ready for the unexpected, or be ready to think on your feet–it all depends on what parts of both the inner and outer life are still being rejected. The New Moon was supposed to dig these areas up and present us with circumstances to which we could respond–but if we aren’t yet through the process, we aren’t yet ready to take the necessary steps to move into the future.

Today requires a number of things: a reassessment of values and/ or relationships, a change in thinking, a willingness to explore new creative avenues, and a goal of ferreting out discrepancies between our energy commitments (time, what we honor, investment) and our actual priorities (in what life areas we spend our time and attention, rather than where we say we want to spend our time and attention). I know, that’s a bulky and too vague list, but it’s meant to spur awareness of, more than anything else, where we’re continuing to reject ourselves and our genuine needs. Face those areas, and it all becomes clear.

See the New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 October 2019

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‘The Boating Party Lunch’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1881 {{PD}}

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . accept real-world boundaries, and put relationships above principles. Those aren’t always the best parameters to use in meeting the world, but today they are the ones that will keep us safe and keep us aligned with what really matters–and what else is there?

The forecast for the New Moon this evening is here–

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

New Moon in Scorpio 2019: The Sting of the Unexpected

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By Ferdinand Landerer CC BY 4.0

The New Moon perfects on October 27 at 4 Scorpio 24 at 8:37 PM PDT. It falls in opposition to Uranus, which is only 12 minutes from being conjoined by Earth (always spotted in the flat chart exactly opposite the Sun); it’s also in wide, separating quincunx to Chiron, and sesquiquadrates the Black Moon Lilith point that currently falls in Pisces. We’re on the verge of a shock, revelation, or perhaps just a burgeoning emotional experience that launches efforts toward fulfilling a higher goal or purpose. It’s a goal or purpose with a spiritual component or ‘mission’ (but then what do we do that doesn’t have that?) and it seeks deep and meaningful change or correction (Scorpio).

What we’ve ignored or denied about the creative life, the ideals, the need to express our originality and uniqueness, or to be part of the larger Collective make for a difficult Lunar event, one we might want to frame as ‘testing’ (especially if events are perceived as negative–the idea of being tested then shows us the important part is our response, not the event itself). The New Moon challenges the current feeling nature, and it’s from this tension that the new and likely startling events or viewpoint arise. New Moon circumstances irritate the wound, but also suggest ways to respond and adjust, offering a fresh take on an old injury to the ego or the ability to take action or to lead (Chiron in Aries).

The theme of this New Moon is ‘Disruption’, but as to whether effects of this are positive, negative, or a mixed bag is entirely dependent on the way the NM interacts with the natal chart. One thing we know with a Scorpio New Moon: we may have to go through an emotional ordeal, or experience primal feelings that take us to the depths of human nature (the Moon, Scorpio as a Water sign), but we emerge from that renewed, refreshed, remade–certainly not the same, in terms of the feeling outlook or perceptions.

‘Seal Rock, California’ By Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is: ‘A Massive Rocky Shore Resists The Pounding Of The Sea’. I suspect this describes our emotional reaction to Lunar events. We may resist suddenly changed circumstances, particularly emotional ones, or it may be that we resist implementing what ‘the group’ offers or demands, or what our own originality urges us to risk. This may represent an extreme instance when we must choose between rigid and complete defiance and ‘going with the flow’. Just know there’s no right answer, just what’s right for you.

Bonus: if you have a natal point or placement at 18-21 Gemini (any minutes past the 21 degree point or before 18 means this isn’t filling in the configuration, and so isn’t valid for you), the New Moon offers a very personal result centered on the uncovering of or facing of some ignored, denied, or enraging issues, possibly resulting in gossip, revelation, or network shifts or support (Gemini) that brings a new emotional state or feeling, one that could be a shock, or that shifts the emotional perceptions to a ‘Higher Mind’ state or that unites you with or marks you as entirely separate from ‘the group’ (Uranus opp). The involved natal body or point energies combine with Black Moon Lilith’s righteousness (justified or not) or rage to create the New Moon emotional result, or if one rejects her energies, the act of denial or ignoring of reality forms the base to a Fist of God/ Thor’s Hammer, with the New Moon bringing the result of that interaction.

Or, if you have something at 2 Gemini, it forms the base for a Finger of God with Chiron, the New Moon’s apex suggesting the potential for healing, especially to the way you think about something or interact, socially or sharing information, with others.

A Good Day To . . . 26 October 2019

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‘Jockeys on Horseback Before Distant Hills’ By Edgar Degas 1884 {{PD}}

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . act, choose, or assert yourself according to what you know is wise, smart, or practical, and you can’t go wrong. Well, actually, you could go wrong, if your thinking on the future is cattywampus, or if you don’t trust the most spontaneous and unique parts of yourself. But otherwise, you’re off to the races.

And one other thing: accidents, both lucky and tragic, occur when we stray too far from our authentic Self and our most genuine forms of expression. Just be aware.

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

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 25 October 2019

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Do you think it’s weird that the art on their walls is all pics of humans? Because I do. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=562870

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . be conscious of the prevailing ‘theme’: necessary caution v. believing in Yourself. What’s needed today isn’t so much finding a balance as it is knowing which attitude to take in each situation: one time being restrained is key, while another time owning your power and authority is essential to success. One clue in sorting things out: judge which response is called for by asking yourself if your chosen course is in any way related to your wounds. If you see that taking an action would (theoretically, you hope) address some hurt or injustice, then you must acknowledge that whichever tack you were inclined toward is the wrong one of the two to take.

It’s just that right now our wounds are drawing too much energy, too much attention, for us to navigate in ways most beneficial to us. Listening to our hurts will separate our values from what’s wise–and we certainly don’t benefit when that happens! We do, however, have a guiding concept we can apply: deal only with what you love, or maybe, deal with everything as if you love it (whether you do or not), and if you do then any changes you make or power you exert will be just right, Goldilocks.

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

See the upcoming New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 24 October 2019

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‘The Dream of St Joseph’ By Georges de La Tour c1625 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . ask yourself, What illusion am I currently accepting as real? It’s likely something prominent in our consciousness right now, something we are giving a lot of attention or energy to, and it’s definitely something that at best we’re seeing in some way distorted or enveloped in a film of unreality, and at worst we are completely deluded about this matter, to the point that our perception bears no resemblance to what is.

More than anything else, this is about honesty–our willingness to embrace it, to employ it, to see the world through that lens. Two points: though we may shy away from seeing things as they are because we fear it will hurt, seeing reality is the only way we can effectively interact with it, and if conscious awareness eludes us (it’s not necessarily your fault if you can’t see clearly–often we have been indoctrinated, deceived, or misled in some area, and find it particularly difficult to sort what is from what we’ve been told), try to look at current conditions through a lens of idealism. Searching for the ideal within the real both connects us more strongly to our values and helps us focus on the reality of what’s before us, in essence removing any imposed falsity.

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 October 2019

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‘Three Witches: Scene from Macbeth’ By William Rimmer c1850s {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . be aware that our actions are strangely alienated from our own instincts, and our reasoning is disconnected from our values, with each misfire holding the potential for serious missteps and bad choices, especially the kind that we look back on, astonished, later: ‘What was I thinking?’

This is a signal that it’s time to dive deep; no more skimming the surface, responding by reflex, allowing inbuilt impulse to drive the show. Look into what’s been shunted to the side, ignored or denied, until now, and find how really worthy these matters can be. Know that it was only expediency or small matters of preference that relegated these subjects to a dark corner, and that now is the perfect time to regard, use, harvest, and exploit them.

Note: Sun enters Scorpio, so it’s only natural our attention goes toward Scorpionic subjects–and this shift will be invaluable in helping us shine a light on those ignored matters that now can be so profitable.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 October 2019

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Retreat to creative dreaming today. ‘Dream of St Ursula’ By Vittore Carpaccio 1495 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . ground yourself in reality and facts as much as possible, if you hope to make any real-world progress. We’re confused about what’s smart! We’re misled as to what’s practical! We act and choose and don’t even realize that it’s rooted in our psychic wounds! And those same wounds have warped our values! You see the problem here.

It’s a big messy stew and no matter what we grasp at, we lose our grip and feel lost in a very fundamental way. Our best bet is to embrace that stew. Yes, that’s what I said! Get right in and wallow in it! That puts you in a very useful place in this particular way: you are immersed in the creative. Or maybe that should be ‘The Creative’. If you must move through the reality scenario, do so carefully and fully engaged with what is solid and known; but if you can retreat from the everyday, take the opportunity–and allow the power of the imagination, the dream, the generative impulse, to fill you, inspire you, and guide you.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 October 2019

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I love the wise, direct, fox-smart gaze of the dog. ‘The Geography Lesson (Portrait of Monsieur Gaudry and His Daughter)’ By Louis-Léopold Boilly 1812 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . realize that power and effectiveness currently rest on two things: honoring what we truly care about, and making the most of creative energies that align with ideals. In following these directives we see opportunities available now that have their roots in the past–and this makes knowing the surrounding facts not only easy but we can judge which options to take with a high degree of accuracy. We know what’s smart, we know what’s wise–trust your mind.

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

The Parental Inner Voice: The Internalized Mother and Father

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This weekend reading is an ECLIPSE re-print, edited, augmented, and with completely new sections added on Uranus and Neptune.

‘A Double Portrait’ By Abraham de Vries c1630 {{PD}}

The internalized voices of the mother and father (or the caretakers) are something everyone absorbs in childhood and carries for life. We know how a parent would likely respond to most everything we do, and often as not that assumed parental assessment floats through the mind as we make choices. But, as we age, we’re meant to compartmentalize those particular voices, and replace them with a central one belonging to ourselves, with ones belonging to our idealized Archetypes—the Mother and Father of our dreams, so to speak—as secondary, as a set of counselors. These have the benefit of being all-loving and totally supportive; they tell us what we need to hear to assure our choices are healthy for us and supportive of our Soul’s needs, and best of all, these Archetypal voices support the adult that we are, rather than commenting on the child we were. We can if we’re so inclined characterize these as God’s voice, the voice of our incorporeal guardians or angels, the Higher Self, or of the sexless but living Universe—whatever fits your belief system. The internal Parents will speak to what’s most productive for us as individuals—and this ‘feedback’ varies from that of the actual mother and father in situations where they were truly supportive to a kind of neutral, responsible common sense advice meant to aid.

Have your internal voices (at least the directly real-life parental ones) evolved from the personal voices of the actual caretakers into an Archetypal energy that ‘speaks’ in your best interests, or is the voice you hear still the one of the actual parent, with all the encouragement, judgment, and limitations of their life imposed on yours? And do you get that confused—or more likely, allow it to sidetrack you—when you’re in the midst of decision-making? We get some clues in the chart on how to deal with the parental influence by examining contact between the personal planets and lights (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) and other bodies, some that are specific to the personal chart and some that are universal. Here’s a quick look at the info, cookbook-style. Remember, of course, that these are not the only meanings these contacts have–we’re just concentrating on particular manifestations and concepts.

Jupiter in contact with the personals seems to have two main early expressions: seeing the individual or subject represented by the contacted energy as god-like, or seeing the contacted energy as something we always need ‘more’ of. We tend to relate this attitude to, or draw it from, whichever parent seemed god-like at the time—so not necessarily the parent who held the most authority, but the one to whom it seemed nothing was denied. When this takes on an Archetypal maturity, we see the opportunities we’ve had related to the contacted energy, and we access direct knowledge of the related concepts. Natal Venus in Scorpio trine Jupiter in Cancer may suggest we had a female caretaker who ‘had it all’ emotionally, and that she was either provided this by a god-like figure or that she herself was that figure. She was cared for emotionally, at least (Cancer), and sex and mystery (Scorpio) may have seemed to be her province, denied to the individual with the aspect, as was a sense of truly being nurtured, with that reserved for the caretaker as well—and this may have resulted in over-the-top sexual experimentation, emotional spending, or having 15 children, trying to claim Venus-Jupiter for oneself. With maturity and an Archetypal Jupiter in place, one is not only able to claim the energies for the Self, but also to see how they may be best used. In this case, knowledge of what it takes to nurture (Cancer) combines with the worth of Truth, deep and intense relationships, and yes, sexuality, to inform the life choices and open the Self to the wider world and its worth.

As the Old Man of the chart, Saturn in contact to any of the personals can describe the permanent influence of an authority figure, usually the parent perceived as ‘in charge’. Typically this is a sense of suppression of the characteristics of the contacted planet, with maturity bringing a change that incorporates Self-discipline in place of external restrictions. For instance, the natal Moon in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn, with Saturn repping the father, may suggest the individual observed suppression of the mother’s (Moon) independence, autonomy, or leadership potential and incorporated this into the emotional make-up, or that the individual directly experienced it her or himself, possibly through a denial of the intuition or even the emotions themselves. Every time this person makes a move on his or her own, he or she may experience that sense of paternal suppression, and so may show temper, aggression, or insist on the ‘I want’ in response. With maturity and the Archetypal response, though, the individual may shift from seeing Saturn as conflict and potential negation of the feelings to support of these through following the ‘rules’ and through sufficient Self-restraint. This is just one possibility, of course. When we’re still hearing the voice of one or the other parent, we will tend to refuse or at least resent complying with Saturn’s requirements; by the time we form an Archetypal version, we will frame it as the inner voice of caution and common sense—and likely have attracted one or two ‘real-life’ versions, people exhibiting extraordinary maturity no matter their age, on which to model our approach.

Uranus related to the inner parent concept may stand for one or both as erratic, unreliable, Self-involved, and if it applies to both maternal and paternal authority figures (for instance, by ruling or being posited in the 10th) the parents may have presented as a ‘group’, sticking together so that there was no way for the child to make an end run around one parent to appeal to the other. The home life may have been perceived as chaotic, no matter the surface appearance of things, and the sense that accidents could happen anytime, or that the parent could simply disappear, could breed hyper-vigilance in the child that becomes an uneasy sense of distrust of all others, or the world itself, in the adult. Relationships may innately seem precarious, and if there’s a denial of this influence, the individual could be repressive and controlling themselves, unconsciously seeking to keep potential chaos at bay.

In my upcoming Moon book I discuss the personal effects of Uranus using the chart of singer Karen Carpenter; here are a couple of excerpts:

“She has a 00 Cancer 34 Ascendant, with Uranus retrograde at 00 Cancer 57–this shouts naturally wired, high strung, nervous, and in Cancer the likely conduit for the nerves is the stomach, and possibly in motherhood (or the rejection of it–Carpenter had no children). Uranus rules the Whole Sign 8th, which holds Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury. We can see anorexia, the disease from which she suffered and from which she died, in at least one sense as rebellion: from control of others, from norms, from forced sharing (8th House) in an attempt to create one ‘private’ thing in the life, one thing completely, irrevocably under the individual’s sole control—and these planetary and point relationships describe this to a ‘T’.

Uranus can be seen as a kind of co-Ascendant, so closely and thoroughly is it tied to Karen’s connection point with the world. It suffers significant isolation from the other chart energies, with only a semi-square to Pluto (which touches Uranus’ ruler, the Moon) and a square to Juno. These aspects suggest intense control issues, a known component of the equation that prompts anorexia. But, though the two bodies Uranus touches are control-oriented, the involvement of Uranus suggests a fear of losing control, a dread of the chaotic and the unanticipated. She may have identified herself as potentially always on the verge of personal chaos (Uranus closely conjoined the Ascendant)—and that easily could’ve driven her to be constantly vigilant, and to clamp down on anything and everything within her reach.”

Neptune to the personals and linked to the parental figures can make for a number of intensely disorienting experiences for a child: the parent may seem to (or even tell the child that) they hold all the creative ‘cards’, making the child feel they can never live up to the parental creativity (this is not uncommon in the charts of children of successful artists or celebrities). The suggestion in the mind of the child is that the parent presents an ideal that can never be reached, convincing the child he or she is drab and untalented by comparison, even if the parent has never implied this. Or the child may suffer from a sense of nebulous or incomplete identity, taking their cues about who they are and how they feel from the parent. There may be a lack of boundaries that, if carried into adulthood, can bring gullibility, unrealistic creative attempts, and co-dependent relationships until the individual learns to set boundaries and clearly differentiates the Self and the Self’s responsibilities from those of others. The child being persuaded they’re someone they’re not is a distinct danger. Learning they’re not responsible for those around them (and especially for the feelings of those around them) can be a significant milestone.

The sense that it’s natural for the individual to feel they are just a small part of something larger can bring perpetual uncertainty, and may be the foundation of a spiritual search in adulthood; a good parent will recognize the fears and inability of the child to know where he or she ends and everyone else begins, and can assist them in channeling that Cosmic awareness into appropriate expression–a not-so-good parent may use the child like a battery, absconding with the child’s creative and life energies, insisting the child exists as an adjunct of them. This can be a tough enmeshment to recognize, as it may present as the parent deeply concerned with fostering the child (the modern ‘helicopter parent’ comes to mind) which can easily smother or disorient the child’s creative and imaginative urges. Most difficult contact for the native within their own chart? Neptune and the Moon, no question.

‘Abduction of Persephone and Pluto on Horseback’ By Giuseppe Scolari c1595 {{PD}}

Pluto is symbolic of what’s commonly known as ‘The Devouring Mother’, but that’s too narrow a definition by far; this is really a designator of a power figure, male or female, who overwhelmed the individual, and likely persuaded them that, whatever energy Pluto contacted was not to be theirs. The typical indoctrination involves framing the energy as destructive, as likely to obliterate the individual if she or he engages with it. Who would tell (or imply) something like this to a mere child? Sometimes it’s done out of fear, in an attempt to protect, but just as often it arises from rage, an attitude that says, ‘If I can’t have this, neither can you!’ When this is the voice we carry in our minds, we are likely forbidden to even think about the energy too much; we have been so conditioned to see it as, essentially, death, that we avoid it actively.

As we see others access that power, though, this leads (at least at first) not to accessing it ourselves, but to rage of our own at being denied something we see others have: we in essence become, attitudinally, the mirror of our caretaker in regard to this subject. The classic example is Venus square Pluto, which traditional literature calls a denial of Love for the individual until they learn to be loving. I find this a misunderstanding of the dynamic at work: the individual appears to not understand Love and to behave badly because of it, but they are actually reacting to the denial of Love for themselves, in that they are raging at being denied what they see everyone else have. They are not devoid of Love themselves, but so afraid of it (and in some cases this applies to money/ assets, too) that they dare not approach it. Remedy begins when the individual first tastes genuine Love (not romance) and finds they don’t die; dramatic as it seems, that’s what it takes to show them they can not only have it, that they are worthy of it—and that is the essence of the Plutonian Archetypal form, the ability to be powerful and unafraid, and so abandon the need to rage and destroy.

I often see Ceres described as a kind of ‘Earth Mother’ figure, but that paints her as entirely too passive (and with far too little power of her own). She is an active energy, Nature itself, and though she nurtures, her mothering role is this: she cares for and carefully tends the welfare of her offspring, as long as they do precisely what she wants. I contend that the story we know of Persephone/ Proserpina’s abduction by Pluto/ Hades is told from Ceres’/ Demeter’s point-of-view; that’s why it’s an abduction, not an elopement, and imprisonment in the Underworld rather than the voluntary experience of sexual maturity, which in itself requires the individual to separate from the maternal figure. Ceres’ grief at her daughter’s escape to the Underworld in many ways resembles a fit by a too-controlling parent: I will withhold the very essence of life to all that grows on the planet (creating autumn and winter, which hadn’t existed–before that it was perpetual summer) until my daughter returns to me. The daughter is treated like a possession, and the negotiation for her partial return is carried out not with her but with Pluto—she is never asked what she wants!

With Ceres in contact to the personals, then, we may see someone who was required to conform to the caretaker’s expectations to the letter in the areas of life signified by the contacted energy. Getting free from that all-encompassing hold means acting, not necessarily in ways we want to, but in ways that take us outside the parental reach. That means early attempts to break free of Ceres’ hold can be very bad choices, indeed—but they serve to make the individual more autonomous, at the very least, and that may set them on their way with a determination not to return to a Ceres-approved life. When we bring the Archetypal version of Ceres into being, we connect directly with what we might refer to as the ‘Voice of Nature’; this energy makes us highly aware of and respectful of all living things (and even that life essence found in inanimate objects, invested by the Being who created them) and in its fullest form makes it very difficult for us to stand by and allow damage to the Earth. Natal Ceres conjunct the Sun, for instance, may start out with the individual placing a Solar entity (the father, or the person about whom their internal Solar system orbits) in the center of the life, which is really a position each of us should hold in our own lives—it’s inappropriate for another to be in that place. You can imagine the drama that would unfold as this individual struggles to claim the Solar energy for their own—and the life-or-death tinged threats that may be made if the individual withdraws from the temporary Sun/ Ceres individual’s compass. Eventually, though, withdraw they will—because in the end, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

‘Demeter Mourning for Persephone’ By Evelyn De Morgan 1906 {{PD}}

Bonus knowledge on Ceres: When one person’s Ceres makes cross-chart contact to particular natal bodies of the mate, a super anti-romantic energy can ensue. For example, a woman’s Ceres conjunct a man’s Mars may start out okay (he may like the sense of nurture and acceptance he feels from her) but quickly devolves into something akin to a repelling energy: she soon starts to feel like Mom to him, and only if he’s into sex with Mom do things work out! It may not be that blatant (or icky) but he will likely come to see her every interaction with him as emasculating, in a sense—the funny thing is couples with this cross-chart interaction can end up staying together for a long time, as he becomes a serial adulterer (for sex) then returns to the mate for comfort and a sense of home.