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A Good Day To . . . 19 October 2019

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By Alexandre Calame 1855 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . notice our own erratic or spontaneous behavior, as it may undermine our power position, and this can be traced directly to the way our actions and choices are at odds with our deepest convictions, values, and commitments. We betray ourselves, in a sense, but if we can change our thinking, specifically rooting out any guilt or unacknowledged desires, particularly for power, then we can align our thought/ action with positive, conscious change and reform, rather than being victims of our own conflicted impulses.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 October 2019

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‘The Voice , Summer Night’ By Edvard Munch 1896 {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . speak out, speak up, say exactly what you want. Voicing your concerns, desires, or needs isn’t the only step to be taken today; the other thing you must do is be flexible with commitments, energy dedication, and what you honor, with the goal of making these obligations suit who you are even better than they already do.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 October 2019

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‘Still Life With Fruit, Goblet, and Canary (Nature’s Bounty)’ By Severin Roesen 1851 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . transform your ideas of what is wise, smart, or practical, OR advance your skill level, adding to or honing it. Of course, we’ve adopted those notions of wisdom in the first place precisely because we feel they are ‘best guidelines’ against which to judge our options and actions, and we may feel perfectly satisfied with our skill level. This is a warning call, however, to help you get out ahead of inevitable changes to come. Just look into the darker, ignored corners of your life; that hints at what you must prepare for. If you do, the future will be highly rewarding, bringing returns of opportunity, ‘luck’, and bounty.

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

See the assessment for the recent Full Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 16 October 2019

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‘By the Light of a Candle’ By Konrad Krzyżanowski 1914 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . look at ways in which we’re being headstrong and so undermining our health: overindulging, candle-at-both-ends-burning, etc. This is driven by wounds and the unacknowledged issues in our lives-so the obvious answer is, address these, and Self-care will suddenly become a lot easier.

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

See the assessment for the recent Full Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 15 October 2019

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‘An Architectural Fantasy with Figures’ By Gerard Houckgeest 1638 {{PD}}

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . think creatively, as the payoffs will be significant, especially in terms of the authority you can claim or the reach you’ll enjoy. Too, those in charge may offer reward, and the possibility for recognition is significant. The downside may be the lure of fantasy or magical thinking, or the desire to hide in confusion when faced with taking full responsibility for the Self. As long as we hold the twin concepts of reality and truth as our gods, we’ll avoid misleading or being misled, and can translate our creative power into plans and thoughts that are smart and so inherently contain a solid go-ahead for follow-through.

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

See the assessment for the recent Full Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 14 October 2019

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‘La Dordogne’ By Frits Thaulow 1903 {{PD}}

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . examine the two major currents flowing through our lives, and find a way to reconcile them so that they can work together; if we can find their confluence we can put powerful forces to work on our behalf. One influence suggests that our beliefs dictate both our opportunities and our ambition fulfillment–which means we manifest exactly what we expect–while the other influence shows us precisely the ways in which our current identity and/ or purpose conflicts with either the powers-that-be or the need for willing change. If we can modify the way we ‘shine’ so that we are in harmony with the powerful, or so that we willingly accept obvious and needed change, we can likely bring forward our most optimistic visions of what we want and where we want to go. Today is about proactively adjusting ourselves and our attitudes so that the Universe can deliver its best results.

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

See yesterday’s Full Moon assessment here–

A Good Day To . . . 12 October 2019

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‘The Death of the Gravedigger’ By Carlos Schwabe {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . dig into the reasons behind why we are currently ignoring both our better instincts and our inner wisdom. It’s rooted in the fact that the group or the partner has recently rejected our choices or actions (we may have preemptively insisted they are erratic or unreliable, beating them to the punch!) or in the way we really have acted wildly or spontaneously and it very clearly hasn’t paid off. The problem is this: we think that unsuccessful choice was an instance where we followed our instincts or what we thought was smart, so now we’re thinking what the hell, if doing our best wasn’t good enough, why consider what’s wise, practical, or natural at all? We misunderstand; the impetus behind our issue wasn’t following instinct or wisdom. We were tuned out, thinking we’d connected to our deeper knowing when we hadn’t. We followed rebellious or erratic urges trying to prove our independence, trying to prove we have lots original to offer. Now it’s time for an attitude adjustment, one that acknowledges we might’ve made a poor choice–and we can do much better, once we are open to seeing where we went wrong.

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

See tomorrow’s Full Moon assessment here–

A Good Day To . . . 11 October 2019

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‘Spring’ ByTeodor Axentowicz 1899 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . see ourselves clearly. Yes, we’re always trying to do that, but today this makes the difference between success and a fumble. We’ll likely be responding to matters we’ve tried to brush aside or pretend didn’t exist, and how we handle this is the crux of everything. My advice? Endure the discomfort (don’t let it be an excuse to ignore things), and deal with the issues, no matter how unpleasant you anticipate they will be. Just remember, this might involve as much not doing (that is, refusing to be baited or misled) as it does actively tackling matters.

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

And if you’re looking for something on the Aries Full Moon of the 13th

Full Moon in Aries 13 October 2019: I Want

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‘Dubrovnik by Moonlight’ By Eduard Kasparides, 1915, is a lovely destination for an Aries Full Moon, even if Dubrovnik is associated with opposite sign Libra (according to this article: https://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/46520/20170428/travel-destinations-based-zodiac-sign.htm)

The Full Moon culminates at 2:07 PM PST at 20 Aries 13 on the 13th. The Full Moon is apex to a Finger of God with base of Pallas in Scorpio and Juno in Virgo. The Finger signals a kind of energy funnel, uniting the two base energies and showing how their synergy results in the apex energy. The import of this configuration is that the result found in the apex isn’t necessarily what one would expect from combining the two base energies. In this case, the detail-oriented, responsible, status-conscious entity focused on empowerment engages with the deep diving, deep thinking ‘Truth Warrior’, and what we get is a denouement made up of Full Moon events. These are Aries charged: assertive, even aggressive expressions of Self, Will, wanting, and/ or leadership. The individual may see this manifest as a confluence of inner and outer circumstances that bring both confidence and urgency to a choice to act; how this plays out will depend on the way the FM fits into the natal chart, but for everyone it will carry an emotional element, an awakening to or conclusion to some feeling about our personal place, role, or identity, and around our ability to act on those feelings.

The Full Moon is also closely opposed the asteroid Zeus, which is snuggled (Zeus! snuggled!) right up to the Sun, only 6 minutes apart. All Lunar events get their energy from the Sun as the origin of light, so that at a Full Moon the Sun and its situation is integral to FM meaning. In this case, the Sun-Zeus conjunction suggests that Full Moon events spring directly from where and how we’ve put our attention on ambition and desire fulfillment. What we want has created the circumstance brought to fruition with FM events–we’ll see results we’ll judge as positive or negative, and should keep in mind that these are the end-product of deeply held desires.

The FM makes two other aspects: a trine to the Ceres-Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius, and a square to Pluto in Capricorn. The Lunar event may flow from or create an instance of individual power expression within the social sphere. That is, the individual will show their personal authority within a context that makes this expression visible to others, as they display assets of knowledge and experience (Sagittarius). This knowledge sharing may trigger FM events, or come from them, but in either case flows easily, a natural by-product of the ‘I Am’, and suggests the FM itself may call this expression forward, giving it a spotlight.

The square to Pluto implies that all the other expressions brought forward by the Full Moon are possible because of serious but difficult change-in-progress to current structures and power situations. The guardrails we’re used to are gone, and no new ones are yet in place, not completely. The Lunar event is made possible at least in part because of these changes, but this aspect also signals that the Full Moon situation itself may instigate even more change, and this won’t necessarily be easy (the square). Or, it may be that Full Moon events put difficult change before us (something we may need to take initiative on–Aries), or require a resurrection of old ways temporarily, or even the closing off of some feeling in the Self–but no matter what form the Plutonian element takes, it implies the Full Moon is a point at which we’ll need to address a tough matter in the emotional shape of rage, destruction, change, re-birth, transformation, or death, and these may be symbolic manifestations (for instance, a scalding incident may equal rage) or more direct ones (an actual fight or rule change, for example).

Young boxers fresco, Akrotiri, Greece {{PD}}

The Full Moon, then, is a sort of statement of who we are, and what we want–right now, as things have coalesced at the point of culmination. The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Pugilist Enters The Ring’. Seems apt, for an Aries Full Moon: the individual is ready to fight, to win. That suggests our own and others’ aggressive nature may be closer to the surface than we think. It could be an instance where we think we’re just saying, but others receive it as shouting, demanding, insisting–so interact with care. We want, and may not realize that desire is showing quite nakedly.

The Sun, origin of Lunar light, has the Sabian ‘A Sunday Crowd Enjoying The Beach’. This may reflect the Jupiter-Ceres contact, in that the social order may be instrumental in putting things in motion, with our experience being that we are dynamic while others seem to be spectators or ‘taking things easy’. We may at least in part be moved to act, then, out of frustration or a sense that others are enjoying a ‘day at the beach’ while we toil! Here it’s good to keep in mind the way the social sphere offers a venue for our knowledge sharing or belief expression (a crowd is just another name for an audience), as well as reminding ourselves that if we think we’re the only ones making an effort, then we aren’t seeing clearly.

‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle Grand Jatte’ By Georges Seurat 1884 {{PD}}

A Good Day To . . . 10 October 2019

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‘Cupid Blindfolded and Two Doves’ By Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo 1757 CC0

The 10th is a Good Day To . . . make a concerted effort to keep our own wounds and negative impulses from destroying our status and empowerment options. That sounds easy enough, assuming we know what’s in our own best interests–and that’s where we fall down today, believing we’re seeing correctly the lay of the land and how it affects us–and we’re not. Beliefs inform, even take over, thought, and that means that accuracy in assessment relies on how closely our judgments of ourselves and the world align with reality.

One strength today is a capacity to accept change in empowerment methods and even in status–but we must do so ‘blindly’, simply because our faculties of analysis are off. We find our personal power and authority in acknowledging the darker elements and those things we may have been turning away from. In recognizing these matters we’re able to recognize what the cost might be, if we indulge, if we ignore, if we fail to remedy. And really, that’s all we’re looking for, right? Guidance on what factors will have an impact, and which we must do something about.

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

A Good Day To . . . 9 October 2019

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‘Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers’ By Paul Gauguin 1888 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . consider if going your own way is as productive and beneficial as you think. Or maybe for you it’s the impulse to eschew originality or innovation in order to retain status. Or is it that being rebellious or radical seems the only way around the authority of others or the power ranks as they currently exist? The headline today is really about two things that will be behind these behaviors: 1) that we may not understand the costs involved in our actions and choices, and 2) that we may not understand ourselves well enough to be good judges of our own actions. Handle this energy by rejecting the experimental in favor of the tried and true, and give this impulse a creative form–it’s the only way to enfold the need for original expression safely into the the power structure as it stands now. Any other approach invites the kind of disruption that may bring a revolution (one that you may believe is both due and desirable) that in reality causes chaos and eats up any chance at living our purpose as productively and creatively as possible.

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

A Good Day To . . . 8 October 2019

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‘A Romance’ By Santiago Rusiñol 1894 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . dump both delusions about Power and actions and choices based on hurt. ‘Clean up your act!’ might be the mantra today; doing so offers some dazzling and unexpected payoffs in terms of reach, role, and ability to affect circumstances. Romance and/ or finances could get deep; expect hidden facets of both to come to the surface, thanks to Venus entering Scorpio.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 October 2019

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‘U źródła’ By Henryk Siemiradzki 1898 {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . trust the instincts, imagination, creativity, and ideals to provide needed wisdom and practical guidance. Trust yourself! Dreams and values are a beacon for thought and action, and connecting to your own inner power as well as Nature itself promises both to reveal what’s standing in your way and an effective way to handle it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 October 2019

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The 6th is a Good Day To . . . work out the obstacles that either the social sphere or our own beliefs put in the way of our empowerment or of our attaining the status we desire. Instincts and highest values are one and the same at this time, which would usually endow us with extraordinary harmony in thought and action, but it’s clear that for all our internal alignment in these areas we must still modify what we want, relationships, and/ or what we’re willing to pay to get where we want to go. Thinking runs along conventional lines, which may be at least part of the problem (original or innovative approaches are few and far between), though the other issue centers on where our attention goes: rather than wrestling with ourselves over our potential distrust of our own impulses, we’d do best to keep our eye on any problems or circumstances that make a smooth past-to-future transition more difficult than it needs to be.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 October 2019

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‘Shrimpers’ By Lionel Percy Smythe 1882 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . full on embrace all that we’ve been running away from. I know! Who’d have guessed that a big ol’ armful of denied or ignored matters would be just the ticket? But all the answers, all of worth, all our rewards, profits, and Love come from the courageous move of facing what we’d rather not. Such a simple dictate, and it pays off. Really, resistance is futile.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 October 2019

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‘Face of a Girl’ By Kuroda Seiki 1890 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . take extra care with our words, as there’s a danger of both misinterpretation and deception (deliberate or not), and what we don’t acknowledge or accept leaks out, exposing weaknesses, needs, and desires–many of which we’d rather keep to ourselves. This makes for reasoning that could resist what we otherwise know to be wise, and could result in an unhealthy focus on aesthetics, money, or impossibly perfect romance in relationships. It’s best to sit back, allow things to happen around us, take the initiative only in the most straightforward and innocuous of matters.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 October 2019

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‘South American Landscape’ By Frederic Edwin Church 1856 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . watch Mars enter Libra. Do we have to? No, but if we’re aware of the Warrior changing signs, it’s all to our advantage; otherwise we can end up suddenly frustrated, passive-aggressive, and feeling we must (needlessly) show our independence within partnerships. That’s what Mars in his sign of detriment tends to bring out in us, if we’re not conscious that the ego, Will, and action urge are finding it more difficult than usual to express.

Also note: wisdom fails us today in matters of Love, Money, or feeling; we have an usually potent ability to support our health and keep our wounds in perspective–that’s truly beneficial; and Merc enters Scorpio, and we may find the mind going to dark places–and if we allow it, it effectively kills originality.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 October 2019

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‘De første Anemoner’ By H. A. Brendekilde 1889 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . watch Pluto station direct. This may feel like a light at the end of the tunnel, a break, a reward, a promise–but don’t expect yourself to trust this right away. The shift is subtle and at the same time right beneath your feet, so that it’s hard to believe what’s intimated will actually come to be. Don’t worry–it, or something very like it, will.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 October 2019

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Painting by Andrew Stevovich, ‘Hat Party’, Photo By Andr.V.S. – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29316041

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The 1st is a Good Day To . . . all the things we’d rather not see or acknowledge create illusions or misperceptions that end up robbing us of our mojo. How to combat it? By sticking to the reality picture, what’s solid, practical, and steady–these things can be counted on, by willingly adjusting our own ideas to accommodate the needs and expectations of others (without, of course, abandoning our own priorities and values), and by not paying too much mind to what we see ourselves as able to do in the first place–that only makes us curtail our efforts prematurely–if we’re busy measuring our potential options, then we sure aren’t exercising them.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 September 2019

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ECLIPSE Readers will probably recognize this pic, by an unidentified Artist, {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . keep your eye on the future; here’s how: 1. deceptions come from those things we deny or ignore–but so do inspirations; 2. action and choice must be based on BOTH values and instincts–if the ‘support’ of one or the other of these internal guidelines is missing, don’t do it; 3. ambitions must align with what we value as well as not overdraw assets–and no matter what, refuse to fight over the power of Self-determination–you have it already, no matter what anyone else thinks; 4. smart ideas spring from exploring the empowerment options or exercising the status you already enjoy–no need to wait until you attain tomorrow’s rank to get moving; and finally, 5. don’t overthink it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 September 2019

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‘The Picturebook’ By Lilla Cabot Perry c1900 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . adjust your expressions of personal authority, or your exercising of prerogatives over others, with an eye to where you consciously want to go and the future you want to create. The mind is off-kilter, somehow alienated from its own deeply felt commitments and values, so that the way we think we should respond or choose needs to be filtered through our vision of the life we want to build. Just for today, the future is the only thing we should be aiming for, the thing we must keep in mind with each choice and decision, the only thing that matters.

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

New Moon in Libra 28 September 2019: Pairing Up

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At the Moulin Rouge, two women waltzing, 1892, By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec {{PD}}

I want to talk about the New Moon, at 5 Libra 20 that perfects at 11:26 AM Pacific time, but I also want to discuss how many pairs there are in the heavens right now! Some are paired by conjunction at the same degree, while others are paired by parallel standing, but the extraordinary number of these duos screams their importance at the time of a New Moon, as if Luna is crowd surfing the Universe–or maybe it’s that the Moon is opening an energy door, ushering the various combinations into new expression, putting new push behind them with the spirit of Libran cooperation.

Moon in Libra can be paralyzing, as we compulsively (and maybe unendingly) consider all sides, and too much emotional focus on partners or others, on the social sphere or on aesthetics, on fairness and ‘balance’, may in the end distort our perceptions. When this is the New Moon, it can mean new thoughts or concepts (Libra is an Air sign) in regard to others, the Arts, or what we are willing to do in cooperation with others. It may seem our feelings are fickle at this time, but it’s more like we’re having feelings that are just occurring to us! These are emotional responses we haven’t realized we were having, until now. With this New Moon that’s even more pronounced, due to the pull of that black hole duo, South Node-Saturn, and the relationship scenario of the Sun-Moon combination vis-a-vis Mars and Venus. Both leave us feeling a little stretched, a little tattered, as if we’ve lost our mojo just as our goal is within reach. Don’t take this too seriously, as the New Moon specifically offers a new start, ‘fresh meat’, or whatever image you come up with to signal an uptick in energy and optimism.

The New Moon in Libra is caught between Venus and Mars, but not quite at the midpoint; it’s closer to Mars, but if we see it in straightforward symbolic terms, the Sun and Moon are both moving away from Mars, even as Venus has already passed them and is herself moving away. That is, the New Moon event sees our conscious attention (the Sun) and unconscious mind (the Moon) turning away from deliberate action and choice, away from taking the initiative, possibly in pursuit of feeling, assets, or rewards, but even as our attention turns what we find desirable gets farther away from us. It may be that we are ‘waking up’ too late to some feeling situation, and the New Moon is delivering notice of this.

The New Moon is also quincunx Uranus in Taurus, with Moon and Sun only 24 minutes from exact, suggesting that the big shock or surprise or revelation is yet to come, and in some way we’ll have to adjust to it. It’s as well squine Pluto. That’s a 105 degree aspect that’s a cross between a square and a trine, implying some of the ease of the trine but with all the conflict or problems of the square. Such a minor contact takes on greater resonance by being one of the few close aspects Luna is making. We might want to think of it this way: the Moon-Sun are, at New lunation time, taking the same point of view, having the same perspective on all the other energies, and in the case of Pluto there may be a deep desire for change and a simultaneous deep fear of it–or maybe that’s power, or death, or transformation, or a desire to burn it all down and rise again, re-made.

In this case, the aspect manifests as the force that makes us consider, perhaps just for a moment, jumping from a great height that we’re actually petrified by, or tempting us with a primal pull toward a thing we believe consciously we’d do anything to avoid–with the implied result that this is destructive/ transformative in a permanent way.

The New Moon is also opposed Chiron, and though this is a separating aspect, it suggests that it’s matters related to injuries to the Will, or to the current material reality, that are being re-made. The Sabian symbol is, ‘A Man Watches His Ideals Taking A Concrete Form Before His Inner Vision’. Here a human concentrates on the mental picture, the inner eye, as it gives form, face, and function to one or more of his/ her/ their ideals. This can be many things, but the image first and foremost suggests the energy of an ideal gathering manifestable shape, the vision being a precursor to physical possibility, to literal creation. The surprise, as shown by the close aspect of Uranus to the New Moon, is that unless we have thorough Self-knowledge we may not be able to anticipate our vision. Perhaps it’s a little of what we fear, what we believe, that controls the shape and intensity of New Moon events–so take things, at the very least, as being representative of the inner reality, and be aware that the new lunar cycle offers the inspiration to take off in a new direction.

Now to the pairs in the sky: we start, of course, with South Node-Saturn in Capricorn, which we’ve been feeling like a weight around our necks for some time. It’s the restrictions we’ve built coming forward from the past, to be lived now. Ouch. Then there’s Black Moon Lilith-Neptune in Pisces. What can you say about those things ignored or denied that are obscured from our view, hidden in the fog, or that we’re being lied to about? The imagination is as likely to work for us as against us. This may or may not be a fog of our own choosing, but it definitely makes knowing what’s happening difficult, with the big danger being we’ll be misled–and that’s only enhanced by the Mercury-Black Moon Lilith parallel, bedeviling the mind (consciously or not) with all it’s tried to forget (and the result of that may be that even if there’s nothing to be worried about, we worry!)

Vesta and Sedna sit together in Taurus and reinforce that unseen/ values connection, marrying both the willingness to commit and the instincts to material well-being and surroundings–‘comfort levels’ may be the most obvious measure of this. Venus parallels Neptune, again bringing forward familiar themes, but this time linking values and that Neptunian influence, pointing toward the New Moon values/ ideals thread, or toward a kind of ‘wildest dreams’ payoff, and this is echoed by a Venus-Jupiter sextile–we’ll call it the ‘more/ better aspect’. Taking a chance in order to win love or money could be a good idea–but only if your ideals/ beliefs are real-life aligned with what you truly love.

Bonus! A soon-to-perfect (the 30th) Pallas-North Node Water Trine: Smart emotions, practicality, and skills shape the future. Git you some.

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 27 September 2019

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By Dominicus Johannes Bergsma – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79090678

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . embrace the solid foundations, whatever form they take, that have been built or otherwise brought forward from the past. You’ll need them, with those things you don’t know, especially in relationships or finances, leading you in the wrong direction. I know! Scary, right? But hold on; we can make adjustments. Our reasoning is decidedly impractical, unwise, right now, but if we know that, we can look outside ourselves for feedback. We don’t have to blindly follow what someone else suggests, but knowing that our mind is on the fritz at just this point and in just this way means we can step back from things, get a bead on the larger picture, view it in a less personal way–which often reveals exactly what we should do, to avoid pitfalls.

Remind yourself it is the Dark of the Moon–and that means it’s much better not to charge forward, and no need to make up our minds, or make a choice.

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 September 2019

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Traditional and modern, all at once. Photo By Uoaei1, CC BY-SA 4.0

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . think about and plan for ambition and desire fulfillment–but do it without creating conflict over who holds the power–and especially beware of those with a destructive bent (and no matter what, don’t let this be you!) The mind is at peak, right now, and this is so in spite of its place in Libra; though famous for being indecisive, Libra knows who to court and how to cooperate, once her mind is made up–and that’s how it should go for you, too. This mind over heart thing expires the 27th, when thoughts take a decidedly impractical, even unwise, turn, and the feeling nature struggles to adjust to confusing or deceptive circumstances or to what’s been too long ignored.

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

I’ve taken a sneak peek ahead at the New Moon–and yowzah! The event itself holds surprises or shocks–but the other aspects suggest those are overwhelmingly positive, showering us with Love or Money, or some other delicious Venusian treat! So get ready.

A Good Day To . . . 25 September 2019

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Freudenberg near Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, By I, Christoph Michels, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2229782

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . be aware of how values, seeing to assets, relationships, or financial situations are dragging you, probably repeatedly, back into the past or a past scenario that keeps you stuck. Today, use the mind and the current status/ position and any power that comes with it to handle, and alter, if desired, the boundaries the world seems to draw for us. Use the mind and aim for goal fulfillment; the heart is too bogged down with conflicting feeling and a sense of vulnerability to function as compass right now. This mind over heart thing extends through tomorrow, the 26th, but expires the 27th, when thoughts take a decidedly impractical, even unwise, turn, and the feeling nature struggles to adjust to confusing or deceptive circumstances or to what’s been too long ignored.

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

We’re moving–yay!–but that means I may not be here as regularly as I’d like. I’ll try to work ahead and pop in as often as possible, just letting you know there may be stretches, some long ones, possibly, where this page won’t have new material.

A Good Day To . . . 24 September 2019

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‘Lion Dancing at Sugou, Gifu Pref. (Sugo shihsi, Gifu)’ By Tanaka Masaki 1978 Gift of the artist CAI CCO

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . make your status, power position, or reach felt in the world. For biggest payoff, make sure what you do doesn’t suffer conflict between commitments and what you should be doing (anybody who’s ever procrastinated knows what I mean!) And about what you hear: is it too good to be true? Then it isn’t. Today, the better you know yourself, the smarter and more useful to your ends your choices will be.

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 September 2019

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‘Cow’s Skull With Calico Roses’ By Georgia O’Keefe 1931 CCO Art Institute of Chicago

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . separate wounds from your empowerment position (knowing the difference means you won’t act out of some unacknowledged hurt), align thinking with creative impulses, and accept not getting your way or the need to acquiesce to others as the appropriate (and most rewarding) response you can have at this moment.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 September 2019

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The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . follow these guidelines: what’s beautiful, delicious, worthy is also good for you; the mind may be torn between the pull of the past and the need to move forward–look around for others on the same path–they can help you resolve the emotional block that’s keeping you from moving along; and it’s smart in the moment to do what’s practical or wise without regard to ‘missing pieces’ that you’re either ignoring or in denial of, but carry that on too long and it becomes detrimental.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 September 2019

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The 21st is a Good Day To . . . realize that what we believe is embodied in the material world, right in front of us, and that may help us rid ourselves of an illusion or two. The creative, imaginative, the world of what can be can’t flourish unless we can clearly see what already is; that’s our job today. Also: a tough evaluation of the validity of personal values as well as being cognizant of those times we’ve followed faulty instincts (that is, mistaken tainted reasoning or wish fulfillment for our true North inner guidance) will make the responsive nature and its pitfalls clearer, and so steer us away from thinking that’s rooted in hurt or feelings of powerlessness.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 September 2019

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By Eugène Carrière c1900 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . consider health through the lens of power, and identity through the lenses of what you honor in real life, and what you honor within. The theme for today is assessment; thought, not action. That doesn’t mean you can’t do, just that you need to be clear on the implications of the doing.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 September 2019

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‘River Scene with Forest Beyond’ By Walter Leistikow {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . exert yourself, and in so doing change, transform, or reform those who have power over you. It’s not about being aggressive; rather, it’s about healing negative feelings on both sides by showing what you can offer, provide, or innovate that is original, unusual, or surprising in a positive way. Hint for success: honor the beauty in everyone, but most especially in those who are hiding it on the inside.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17-18 September 2019

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By Kreuzschnabel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36304960

The 17th and 18th it’s a Good Day To . . . temporarily shut down communication. I know! Usually we’re looking for ways to make our exchanges clear, to avoid offense, to understand and be understood–but not today. This is prime time to keep it all to yourself. Potentials include precipitating chaos or accidents with the ‘wrong’ message, hurting the ones you love, and causing damage to otherwise healthy power arrangements. This trend may all be because Saturn is going direct on the 18th, at 13 Capricorn 54. That could make for a sense of building pressure, and just three hours after direction the Moon will trine Saturn from Taurus. It’ll likely to be an emotional dam bursting, whatever restraint held it in giving way in an instant. Plan accordingly.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 September 2019

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‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, no. 094, part 3: Autumn’ By Hiroshige 1857 {{PD}}

The 16th it’s a Good Day To . . . exploit the action urge through roles or empowerment avenues we already hold or are empowered within. Reasoning is as far from the influence of our own hurt as it can get, so this may be a good time to make decisions we then carry out through those roles and power positions.

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

Weekend Notes 14-15 September 2019

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Eastern great egret landing at Tennōji Park in Osaka. Photo by Laitche CC BY-SA 4.0

Mercury and Venus both move into Libra the 14th–not a big deal, but indicative of a general trend toward cooperation, toward seeking a partner, toward getting together to talk it out–and this in spite of an underlying disharmony on the 15th in communications and overall in relationships and relating. Too, on the 15th the ability to think clearly about the financial situation or earning opportunities is too much influenced by others–and that means poor choices (or at least ones that don’t suit you as well as they should)–and what we don’t attend to will shape the future. Those poor choices might include an illusion that being powerful or in charge of our own lives might damage our health–and that in itself may keep us from making moves with our own well-being where it belongs, firmly central to all considerations.

 

Finding Joy in the Horoscope

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‘Circle Dancing’ By Franz Stuck 1910 {{PD}}

I thought instead of a forecast for the weekend (because I anticipate we’ll all be sorting through the Lunar energies of the Full Moon for a bit), I’m offering a re-print from ECLIPSE, modified and edited slightly. Have a wonderful weekend!

Do you ever have a moment with a stranger? One where your eyes meet and you feel this kind of Soul blending and for a heartbeat of time you completely lose awareness of your surroundings? The moment stretches, and then you fall out of it, as abruptly as it began, usually at the moment you realize how odd it is for you to have locked eyes with a total stranger. It’s funny to think that some of the best moments I’ve ever experienced were brought about by this kind of wordless, ultra-fleeting encounter; what made it pleasant were two conditions that gurus are constantly telling us we need to cultivate: losing awareness of the Self, and losing spiritual boundaries, in the sense that you lose not just the consciousness of yourself as separate, but feel a distinctly boundary-less connectedness, a Oneness with All That Is, because in truth, when you are having this kind of experience, you are not just one with the stranger, you are one with everything.

Neither of these, the loss of Self-awareness or the sense of connection, can be commanded consciously. We may well ask, why do we not share many, or any, of these moments with people we already know? It doesn’t happen for a very simple reason: because we have imposed a thick lens of expectations, anticipations, imaginings, and the past onto the individuals we know, and it keeps us from connecting on that pure level. Sometimes, of course, spirit manages to leak through the illusions each has imposed upon the other, and we do have that moment of perfect harmony, perfect awareness—but not often, and certainly not as often as we’d like with our most intimate relationships.

Of course, there are ways to encourage such experiences, as through meditation (an attempt to set Self-consciousness aside), in sleep (through dreams, where the unconscious, and so our connections to the Cosmos, become prominent), and in the practice of seeing without that imposed lens, which can only be dealt with consciously, moment-to-moment—something the Seeker strives for continually. We can note the propensity for such experiences, as well as the likely venues or circumstances during which we may experience them, through the House placement of related energies; more on that in a moment.

‘Young Man and Woman’ By Charles W. Hawthorne 1915 {{PD}}

There is another kind of communion with a stranger, one where the connection sparks from observing or being involved in a mutually shared experience, usually starting in a shared remark, an answer, and an understanding. This typically leads to the temporary loss of boundaries between the two spirits involved; we share the experience through a common event, a shared observation or connection that is like an acknowledgment: “Yes, we have shared the same thing, at the same time, we understand each other”. This does not often have the purity of the Soul-to-Soul encounter, but does include the feeling of connectedness; in this instance, we don’t lose the sense of separateness, but do feel the link to others. These often have the character of Jupiter (the social scene), Uranus (a group experience), or Neptune (the ‘mass’ experience, shared with a very large group).

The more intimate, Soul-to-Soul, boundary-less moments can be characterized by transiting bodies making contact to natal bodies, with the area of experience delineated either by the House transited and/ or by the House matters ruled by the contacted body. For instance, Ceres transiting the 4th square Uranus in the 1st in Virgo, ruling the 6th, can bring a harsh experience or surprise from Nature (the square) that reflects the health, or comes from or affects the job or duties (6th) but that could result in a transcendent moment that illuminates one’s connection to Nature, that even shows one how much a seamless part of Nature we truly are as human Beings. It’s the real-life Circle of Life, and during our brief experience we are at One with it. Or, this same contact could bring forward a deep inner sense of natural authority (Ceres) that is expressed as higher knowledge or through taking an academic or innovative (Uranus) approach on the job or toward health (6th).

I think of these moments, even when instigated by less-than-pleasant happenings or triggers, as points of Joy in the chart, potential times of learning and transcendence. Here are a few of the possible associations that will help you find the potentials in your own chart. Whether the contacts are transiting, Solar Arc, Secondary Progression, or natal, they all carry the ability to offer those fleeting times of perfection in relating to All That Is.

The inner planets offer some obvious entrance points to joy when contacted by transit, though as transiting elements themselves they typically must aspect one of the ‘heavier’ energies (Jupiter out) in order to have the potential for this specific kind of impact—and of course, those contacts are most fleeting. The Moon speaks of joy gained through emotional experience or intuited in purest form, the Sun through expression of the identity or Soul Purpose, Mercury through communicating something we consider important, Venus through Love or the experience of reward or expression of values, and Mars through taking action or a statement of ‘I Am’.

The asteroids act as more narrow conduits, and in the case of Sedna the body moves very slowly, prolonging the contact to a natal body. Sedna aspecting a natal body brings long-term experiences of the depths of the contacted energy that takes us close to life-death-life, probably repeatedly and in many forms.

Ceres signals joy gained through expression of authority, power, connection to Nature, nurture of what ‘belongs’ to you, or negotiation, Vesta through gestures involving those energies to which we are dedicated, the home and mate, through what we regard as sacred, Pallas through use of practical skills or innate wisdom, Juno through circumstances of empowerment or status, and Zeus through realization of ambitions and desires.

Jupiter offers the joy of expanding one’s world or experience, as well as the joy gained from acceptance on the social scene. It also signifies the joy of knowledge, the desire to ‘know just to know’ and the association of this energy with ancestry and the past, as Jupiter carries the kind of information that relies on the accumulated knowledge of those who came before.

Saturn offers the joy of reality, as well as the intangible joy of accomplishment. Sometimes we denigrate the material world, mistakenly believing that it’s inferior to the spiritual. In such an instance our definition of spiritual is lacking: the material world is the spiritual world, as much as the unseen factors are. When we look at our material surroundings and physical manifestations and happenings as indeed spiritual, we open up an entirely new way of relating to the material—and we begin to see the infinite in the finite, in what can be held in the hand.

Uranus offers the joy of surprise, the joy of the new, the joy of awakening, intellectually or otherwise, and has the unique ability to give us the experience of leadership and individuality at the same time as it can blend us perfectly with the group.

Neptune offers the joy of creation, with the manifestation of what one has only dreamed or imagined, the potential of living one’s ideals, and holds the most promise for the boundary-less experience, as does anything related to the matters of the House that contains Pisces.

Pluto offers the joy of renewal, of change, of the end of something painful or arduous, and the joy of phoenix-like transformation, with re-birth as the ultimate expression of pure hope, with a sense of hope bringing the greatest joy of all.

Catch Friday night’s Full Moon report here–

Full Moon in Pisces 13 September 2019: Tilting At Windmills

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‘La nuit au léger brouillard’ By Félix Vallotton, 1913 {{PD}}

The Full Moon perfects at 9:31 PM Pacific time at 21 Pisces 04. The Earth and Moon have recently conjoined Neptune, and are still within orb of the planet; the FM also occurs sextile Pluto, widely opposed Mars and with large orbs square Jupiter (and so forming a T-square with the latter two bodies). A Full Moon promises endings, conclusions, or the cessation of something, and in this instance, the sextile to Pluto suggests that what occurs either fosters change or arises from it, likely referring to a dream, an ideal, a deception, a misunderstanding, an inspiration, or some other Neptunian factor that comes to an end. The ending may come from conflict with the larger social circle, from facing hard facts, or possibly the ending is necessitated by the intractability of our own beliefs (square Jupiter). Efforts to reach out, publish, broadcast, expand may have met problems, turning our attention in another direction–in this instance, causing us to either shed a dream, or cut through the fog of delusion or deception, seeing at last the hard facts of the matter.

Then again, with Neptune conjoined the Full Moon, what occurs may be hidden, obscured such that we may be forced to act (Mars) without understanding what we’re doing or why we’re doing it (opposition Neptune)–or will we choose to remain frozen, not comprehending what’s happening? The Mars opposition Neptune-FM suggests this inability to know what to do is only compounded by the proximity of Mars to the Sun, the implication being that something else gets the lion’s share of attention, obscuring our choices or actions, or even blocking awareness of our own wants–and so we act or choose unsure of what’s finished or what it means, unsure of our part in it, or our choices going forward. That explanation’s a little confusing on its own, and probably not very reassuring, either, though it is important to know that it all comes down to knowing that we can’t know, we can only try to pick out the shape of things by looking at areas other than those actually creating the impact (the Full Moon). It’s like watching shadows and trying to guess what’s making the shapes; we can be right on, or totally mislead.

One thing of note that may offer some clarity is the Mystic Rectangle in effect, which includes ruler of the FM and the nearly exact Mars-Neptune opposition. Currently this consists of South Node-Saturn, Neptune-Black Moon Lilith, Mars, North Node. The implication is that this synergy blends realities or restrictions of the past with those dreams, creative goals, or ideals we’ve rejected or ignored (likely as too difficult for us to achieve on our own, considering the other elements of the Rectangle are Mars and the NN). This suggests that at this Full Moon time we should be looking at discarded dreams, reassessing them for viability, especially since the social sphere or the facts will show us the hard reality at this time (FM sq Jupiter)–and that means, we might be able to put them to bed once and for all, or go after them once again, if we recognize that it’s not only not too late, but that we really are equipped to go after what we dream of.

That Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Prophet Carrying Tablets Of The New Law Is Walking Down The Slopes Of Mount Sinai’. Spiritual conviction takes many shapes; this Full Moon may clarify something about the ways we should or shouldn’t put those convictions to use, with the FM promised resolution bringing fresh insight to what’s most deeply meaningful to us at a spiritual level. This could involve a new dedication of our energy, a new intent or ‘law’ put into practice. We also look at the Sun symbol for a Full Moon: ‘A Royal Coat Of Arms Enriched With Precious Stones’. The source of the FM enlightenment may be our own striving to ‘rise above’, to attain a kind of nobility, or to simply become ‘cream of the crop’ in some area (likely related to the House in which the FM falls in the natal chart).

By Honoré Daumier c1868 {{PD}}

What occurs at this Full Moon eliminates something, reveals the Truth of a matter, and allows us to re-connect to an old dream or spiritual intent–and all while we at best wander a bit, and at worst tilt at the wrong windmill.

 

A Good Day To . . . 13 September 2019

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By Chino at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia by SreeBot, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16465958

The 13th it’s a Good Day To . . . whatever you do, reject illusion, deception, and don’t acquiesce to looking away. To do this successfully we’ve got to want to see the Truth, see reality. Embrace this completely; it’s our way toward reward, Beauty, Love, positive change, and our way out of being at the mercy of the group, out of accident, out of chaos.

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

The Full Moon picture will follow.

 

A Good Day To . . . 12 September 2019

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‘Golden Hours’ By John William Godward 1913 {{PD}}

The 12th it’s a Good Day To . . . let mind meld with feeling and allow instinct to guide them both. But the key may actually be this: go your own way. Don’t engage in either power struggles or try to slap the social sphere–those are energy-dissipating distractions.

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

A Good Day To . . . 11 September 2019

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‘Alcea rosea’ By Berthe Morisot 1880 {{PD}}

The 11th it’s a Good Day To . . . act on, rely on, base efforts on what we know or have established in the past, especially thinking along wise, practical, and practiced lines. That’s not exciting or glamorous, but it is smart, at least right now; we’re clear-thinking in terms of what empowers us and what roles we hold, but can’t embrace originality or uniqueness without abandoning wisdom–a dicey proposition, as our good judgement falls away if we indulge and go spontaneous and uncharted. Stay with what’s solid, what we’ve got experience with, and if we dedicate our work to what we truly honor, we find reward in ways we didn’t anticipate along what seemed like such a safe, predictable, even dull, course.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars (and the Sun, just for another day). This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 10 September 2019

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Strangely, I felt that this picture, and particularly the title, might be speaking directly to someone out there today. ‘And when did you last see your father?’ By William Frederick Yeames 1868 {{PD}}

The 10th it’s a Good Day To . . . question the opportunities presented–or perhaps, to question whether they will take us in the direction we want to go. We’re seeing clearly and for once Self-sabotage isn’t on the agenda in any form–so take this chance to look at where you’re headed, to see if what’s on offering will accommodate current goals or require new ones, and then be brave enough to change direction if that’s more appealing, more in line with Soul expression. Don’t worry–the viewpoint today is practical, skill-centered, even wise. Decisions will be sound.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars, and the Sun. This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 9 September 2019

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‘Blackberry Gathering’ By Elizabeth Forbes c1912 {{PD}}

By the 9th it’s a Good Day To . . . avail yourself of the opportunities presented, the facts, and/ or the wisdom of the social sphere (I know! Shocking! But in-between swings to the extreme, the social order can be quite helpful in orienting us to the smartest course, even when it’s showing us the way not to go). We have emotional issues, especially around our own thinking, that can make it difficult to know what to do, but if we stick to acting from fact or seeing to details, we won’t go wrong.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 & 8 September 2019

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‘It’s Raining Comets’ This artist’s conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, whose infrared detectors picked up indications that one or more comets was recently torn to shreds after colliding with a rocky body. NASA/JPL-Caltech – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/multimedia/pia14739.html {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want. If you claim your power, you’ll be endowed with original ideas, innovative impulses, and an inventive, unique point-of-view, one that provides the wisdom to avoid sore spots in yourself and others. There’s the potential to as they say, facetiously or not, ‘burn with the intensity of a thousand Suns’–but this can take a downturn, if you aren’t able to escape your own wounded way of seeing. Inability or unwillingness to accept total Self-responsibility can lead to a spectacular flame out featuring erratic, unpredictable, unexpected, or rebellious behavior. The good part is, it’s your choice.

By the 8th it’s a Good Day To . . . if possible face, or at least find a work-around, for those things we’re trying not to admit or acknowledge. That’s necessary, despite conflict with or disapproval from the Powers-That-Be. Constructive action, the kind that’s entirely under your control, is your best course today; if big projects are scary, start with the small stuff–it’ll mean more than you think. Tackling the large and looming isn’t required in order for you to have a positive impact.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 September 2019

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By Christof Berger – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11603378

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . to surprise yourself with all you can do. The range of your authority might need to be explored, and though others may push back over things they’d rather not acknowledge, you’ll discover both the worth of the power you hold and the limits to it (and as well, you’ll see the benefits of knowing those limits and exercising some Self-restraint). Show your empowerment, but at the same time don’t ignore the facts and don’t bother to contradict the social order–you’ll be setting a brush fire (courtesy of Mercury in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius) if you do.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 September 2019

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Redstarts and Butterflies. Five studies in one frame.’ By Bruno Liljefors 1885 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . let power flow where it will. Trying to control who or what has the juice will be unproductive, and for once, the social order may know more than we do about who should get to do what (and remember, seeing someone on top doesn’t mean they’ll stay there–they could just be gathering enough rope to hang themselves). Act on instinct, stick with tried-and-true roles for the moment, and keep thinking disciplined and reality-focused, as failing to do so can open hidden, ignored, or denied cans-of-worms.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 October 2019

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By Alexandre Calame 1855 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . notice our own erratic or spontaneous behavior, as it may undermine our power position, and this can be traced directly to the way our actions and choices are at odds with our deepest convictions, values, and commitments. We betray ourselves, in a sense, but if we can change our thinking, specifically rooting out any guilt or unacknowledged desires, particularly for power, then we can align our thought/ action with positive, conscious change and reform, rather than being victims of our own conflicted impulses.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 October 2019

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‘The Voice , Summer Night’ By Edvard Munch 1896 {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . speak out, speak up, say exactly what you want. Voicing your concerns, desires, or needs isn’t the only step to be taken today; the other thing you must do is be flexible with commitments, energy dedication, and what you honor, with the goal of making these obligations suit who you are even better than they already do.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 October 2019

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‘Still Life With Fruit, Goblet, and Canary (Nature’s Bounty)’ By Severin Roesen 1851 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . transform your ideas of what is wise, smart, or practical, OR advance your skill level, adding to or honing it. Of course, we’ve adopted those notions of wisdom in the first place precisely because we feel they are ‘best guidelines’ against which to judge our options and actions, and we may feel perfectly satisfied with our skill level. This is a warning call, however, to help you get out ahead of inevitable changes to come. Just look into the darker, ignored corners of your life; that hints at what you must prepare for. If you do, the future will be highly rewarding, bringing returns of opportunity, ‘luck’, and bounty.

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

See the assessment for the recent Full Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 16 October 2019

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‘By the Light of a Candle’ By Konrad Krzyżanowski 1914 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . look at ways in which we’re being headstrong and so undermining our health: overindulging, candle-at-both-ends-burning, etc. This is driven by wounds and the unacknowledged issues in our lives-so the obvious answer is, address these, and Self-care will suddenly become a lot easier.

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

See the assessment for the recent Full Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 15 October 2019

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‘An Architectural Fantasy with Figures’ By Gerard Houckgeest 1638 {{PD}}

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . think creatively, as the payoffs will be significant, especially in terms of the authority you can claim or the reach you’ll enjoy. Too, those in charge may offer reward, and the possibility for recognition is significant. The downside may be the lure of fantasy or magical thinking, or the desire to hide in confusion when faced with taking full responsibility for the Self. As long as we hold the twin concepts of reality and truth as our gods, we’ll avoid misleading or being misled, and can translate our creative power into plans and thoughts that are smart and so inherently contain a solid go-ahead for follow-through.

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

See the assessment for the recent Full Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 14 October 2019

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‘La Dordogne’ By Frits Thaulow 1903 {{PD}}

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . examine the two major currents flowing through our lives, and find a way to reconcile them so that they can work together; if we can find their confluence we can put powerful forces to work on our behalf. One influence suggests that our beliefs dictate both our opportunities and our ambition fulfillment–which means we manifest exactly what we expect–while the other influence shows us precisely the ways in which our current identity and/ or purpose conflicts with either the powers-that-be or the need for willing change. If we can modify the way we ‘shine’ so that we are in harmony with the powerful, or so that we willingly accept obvious and needed change, we can likely bring forward our most optimistic visions of what we want and where we want to go. Today is about proactively adjusting ourselves and our attitudes so that the Universe can deliver its best results.

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

See yesterday’s Full Moon assessment here–

A Good Day To . . . 12 October 2019

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‘The Death of the Gravedigger’ By Carlos Schwabe {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . dig into the reasons behind why we are currently ignoring both our better instincts and our inner wisdom. It’s rooted in the fact that the group or the partner has recently rejected our choices or actions (we may have preemptively insisted they are erratic or unreliable, beating them to the punch!) or in the way we really have acted wildly or spontaneously and it very clearly hasn’t paid off. The problem is this: we think that unsuccessful choice was an instance where we followed our instincts or what we thought was smart, so now we’re thinking what the hell, if doing our best wasn’t good enough, why consider what’s wise, practical, or natural at all? We misunderstand; the impetus behind our issue wasn’t following instinct or wisdom. We were tuned out, thinking we’d connected to our deeper knowing when we hadn’t. We followed rebellious or erratic urges trying to prove our independence, trying to prove we have lots original to offer. Now it’s time for an attitude adjustment, one that acknowledges we might’ve made a poor choice–and we can do much better, once we are open to seeing where we went wrong.

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A Good Day To . . . 11 October 2019

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‘Spring’ ByTeodor Axentowicz 1899 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . see ourselves clearly. Yes, we’re always trying to do that, but today this makes the difference between success and a fumble. We’ll likely be responding to matters we’ve tried to brush aside or pretend didn’t exist, and how we handle this is the crux of everything. My advice? Endure the discomfort (don’t let it be an excuse to ignore things), and deal with the issues, no matter how unpleasant you anticipate they will be. Just remember, this might involve as much not doing (that is, refusing to be baited or misled) as it does actively tackling matters.

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And if you’re looking for something on the Aries Full Moon of the 13th

Full Moon in Aries 13 October 2019: I Want

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‘Dubrovnik by Moonlight’ By Eduard Kasparides, 1915, is a lovely destination for an Aries Full Moon, even if Dubrovnik is associated with opposite sign Libra (according to this article: https://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/46520/20170428/travel-destinations-based-zodiac-sign.htm)

The Full Moon culminates at 2:07 PM PST at 20 Aries 13 on the 13th. The Full Moon is apex to a Finger of God with base of Pallas in Scorpio and Juno in Virgo. The Finger signals a kind of energy funnel, uniting the two base energies and showing how their synergy results in the apex energy. The import of this configuration is that the result found in the apex isn’t necessarily what one would expect from combining the two base energies. In this case, the detail-oriented, responsible, status-conscious entity focused on empowerment engages with the deep diving, deep thinking ‘Truth Warrior’, and what we get is a denouement made up of Full Moon events. These are Aries charged: assertive, even aggressive expressions of Self, Will, wanting, and/ or leadership. The individual may see this manifest as a confluence of inner and outer circumstances that bring both confidence and urgency to a choice to act; how this plays out will depend on the way the FM fits into the natal chart, but for everyone it will carry an emotional element, an awakening to or conclusion to some feeling about our personal place, role, or identity, and around our ability to act on those feelings.

The Full Moon is also closely opposed the asteroid Zeus, which is snuggled (Zeus! snuggled!) right up to the Sun, only 6 minutes apart. All Lunar events get their energy from the Sun as the origin of light, so that at a Full Moon the Sun and its situation is integral to FM meaning. In this case, the Sun-Zeus conjunction suggests that Full Moon events spring directly from where and how we’ve put our attention on ambition and desire fulfillment. What we want has created the circumstance brought to fruition with FM events–we’ll see results we’ll judge as positive or negative, and should keep in mind that these are the end-product of deeply held desires.

The FM makes two other aspects: a trine to the Ceres-Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius, and a square to Pluto in Capricorn. The Lunar event may flow from or create an instance of individual power expression within the social sphere. That is, the individual will show their personal authority within a context that makes this expression visible to others, as they display assets of knowledge and experience (Sagittarius). This knowledge sharing may trigger FM events, or come from them, but in either case flows easily, a natural by-product of the ‘I Am’, and suggests the FM itself may call this expression forward, giving it a spotlight.

The square to Pluto implies that all the other expressions brought forward by the Full Moon are possible because of serious but difficult change-in-progress to current structures and power situations. The guardrails we’re used to are gone, and no new ones are yet in place, not completely. The Lunar event is made possible at least in part because of these changes, but this aspect also signals that the Full Moon situation itself may instigate even more change, and this won’t necessarily be easy (the square). Or, it may be that Full Moon events put difficult change before us (something we may need to take initiative on–Aries), or require a resurrection of old ways temporarily, or even the closing off of some feeling in the Self–but no matter what form the Plutonian element takes, it implies the Full Moon is a point at which we’ll need to address a tough matter in the emotional shape of rage, destruction, change, re-birth, transformation, or death, and these may be symbolic manifestations (for instance, a scalding incident may equal rage) or more direct ones (an actual fight or rule change, for example).

Young boxers fresco, Akrotiri, Greece {{PD}}

The Full Moon, then, is a sort of statement of who we are, and what we want–right now, as things have coalesced at the point of culmination. The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Pugilist Enters The Ring’. Seems apt, for an Aries Full Moon: the individual is ready to fight, to win. That suggests our own and others’ aggressive nature may be closer to the surface than we think. It could be an instance where we think we’re just saying, but others receive it as shouting, demanding, insisting–so interact with care. We want, and may not realize that desire is showing quite nakedly.

The Sun, origin of Lunar light, has the Sabian ‘A Sunday Crowd Enjoying The Beach’. This may reflect the Jupiter-Ceres contact, in that the social order may be instrumental in putting things in motion, with our experience being that we are dynamic while others seem to be spectators or ‘taking things easy’. We may at least in part be moved to act, then, out of frustration or a sense that others are enjoying a ‘day at the beach’ while we toil! Here it’s good to keep in mind the way the social sphere offers a venue for our knowledge sharing or belief expression (a crowd is just another name for an audience), as well as reminding ourselves that if we think we’re the only ones making an effort, then we aren’t seeing clearly.

‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle Grand Jatte’ By Georges Seurat 1884 {{PD}}

A Good Day To . . . 10 October 2019

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‘Cupid Blindfolded and Two Doves’ By Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo 1757 CC0

The 10th is a Good Day To . . . make a concerted effort to keep our own wounds and negative impulses from destroying our status and empowerment options. That sounds easy enough, assuming we know what’s in our own best interests–and that’s where we fall down today, believing we’re seeing correctly the lay of the land and how it affects us–and we’re not. Beliefs inform, even take over, thought, and that means that accuracy in assessment relies on how closely our judgments of ourselves and the world align with reality.

One strength today is a capacity to accept change in empowerment methods and even in status–but we must do so ‘blindly’, simply because our faculties of analysis are off. We find our personal power and authority in acknowledging the darker elements and those things we may have been turning away from. In recognizing these matters we’re able to recognize what the cost might be, if we indulge, if we ignore, if we fail to remedy. And really, that’s all we’re looking for, right? Guidance on what factors will have an impact, and which we must do something about.

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

A Good Day To . . . 9 October 2019

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‘Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers’ By Paul Gauguin 1888 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . consider if going your own way is as productive and beneficial as you think. Or maybe for you it’s the impulse to eschew originality or innovation in order to retain status. Or is it that being rebellious or radical seems the only way around the authority of others or the power ranks as they currently exist? The headline today is really about two things that will be behind these behaviors: 1) that we may not understand the costs involved in our actions and choices, and 2) that we may not understand ourselves well enough to be good judges of our own actions. Handle this energy by rejecting the experimental in favor of the tried and true, and give this impulse a creative form–it’s the only way to enfold the need for original expression safely into the the power structure as it stands now. Any other approach invites the kind of disruption that may bring a revolution (one that you may believe is both due and desirable) that in reality causes chaos and eats up any chance at living our purpose as productively and creatively as possible.

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A Good Day To . . . 8 October 2019

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‘A Romance’ By Santiago Rusiñol 1894 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . dump both delusions about Power and actions and choices based on hurt. ‘Clean up your act!’ might be the mantra today; doing so offers some dazzling and unexpected payoffs in terms of reach, role, and ability to affect circumstances. Romance and/ or finances could get deep; expect hidden facets of both to come to the surface, thanks to Venus entering Scorpio.

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A Good Day To . . . 7 October 2019

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‘U źródła’ By Henryk Siemiradzki 1898 {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . trust the instincts, imagination, creativity, and ideals to provide needed wisdom and practical guidance. Trust yourself! Dreams and values are a beacon for thought and action, and connecting to your own inner power as well as Nature itself promises both to reveal what’s standing in your way and an effective way to handle it.

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A Good Day To . . . 6 October 2019

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The 6th is a Good Day To . . . work out the obstacles that either the social sphere or our own beliefs put in the way of our empowerment or of our attaining the status we desire. Instincts and highest values are one and the same at this time, which would usually endow us with extraordinary harmony in thought and action, but it’s clear that for all our internal alignment in these areas we must still modify what we want, relationships, and/ or what we’re willing to pay to get where we want to go. Thinking runs along conventional lines, which may be at least part of the problem (original or innovative approaches are few and far between), though the other issue centers on where our attention goes: rather than wrestling with ourselves over our potential distrust of our own impulses, we’d do best to keep our eye on any problems or circumstances that make a smooth past-to-future transition more difficult than it needs to be.

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A Good Day To . . . 5 October 2019

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‘Shrimpers’ By Lionel Percy Smythe 1882 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . full on embrace all that we’ve been running away from. I know! Who’d have guessed that a big ol’ armful of denied or ignored matters would be just the ticket? But all the answers, all of worth, all our rewards, profits, and Love come from the courageous move of facing what we’d rather not. Such a simple dictate, and it pays off. Really, resistance is futile.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 October 2019

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‘Face of a Girl’ By Kuroda Seiki 1890 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . take extra care with our words, as there’s a danger of both misinterpretation and deception (deliberate or not), and what we don’t acknowledge or accept leaks out, exposing weaknesses, needs, and desires–many of which we’d rather keep to ourselves. This makes for reasoning that could resist what we otherwise know to be wise, and could result in an unhealthy focus on aesthetics, money, or impossibly perfect romance in relationships. It’s best to sit back, allow things to happen around us, take the initiative only in the most straightforward and innocuous of matters.

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A Good Day To . . . 3 October 2019

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‘South American Landscape’ By Frederic Edwin Church 1856 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . watch Mars enter Libra. Do we have to? No, but if we’re aware of the Warrior changing signs, it’s all to our advantage; otherwise we can end up suddenly frustrated, passive-aggressive, and feeling we must (needlessly) show our independence within partnerships. That’s what Mars in his sign of detriment tends to bring out in us, if we’re not conscious that the ego, Will, and action urge are finding it more difficult than usual to express.

Also note: wisdom fails us today in matters of Love, Money, or feeling; we have an usually potent ability to support our health and keep our wounds in perspective–that’s truly beneficial; and Merc enters Scorpio, and we may find the mind going to dark places–and if we allow it, it effectively kills originality.

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A Good Day To . . . 2 October 2019

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‘De første Anemoner’ By H. A. Brendekilde 1889 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . watch Pluto station direct. This may feel like a light at the end of the tunnel, a break, a reward, a promise–but don’t expect yourself to trust this right away. The shift is subtle and at the same time right beneath your feet, so that it’s hard to believe what’s intimated will actually come to be. Don’t worry–it, or something very like it, will.

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A Good Day To . . . 1 October 2019

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Painting by Andrew Stevovich, ‘Hat Party’, Photo By Andr.V.S. – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29316041

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The 1st is a Good Day To . . . all the things we’d rather not see or acknowledge create illusions or misperceptions that end up robbing us of our mojo. How to combat it? By sticking to the reality picture, what’s solid, practical, and steady–these things can be counted on, by willingly adjusting our own ideas to accommodate the needs and expectations of others (without, of course, abandoning our own priorities and values), and by not paying too much mind to what we see ourselves as able to do in the first place–that only makes us curtail our efforts prematurely–if we’re busy measuring our potential options, then we sure aren’t exercising them.

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A Good Day To . . . 30 September 2019

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ECLIPSE Readers will probably recognize this pic, by an unidentified Artist, {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . keep your eye on the future; here’s how: 1. deceptions come from those things we deny or ignore–but so do inspirations; 2. action and choice must be based on BOTH values and instincts–if the ‘support’ of one or the other of these internal guidelines is missing, don’t do it; 3. ambitions must align with what we value as well as not overdraw assets–and no matter what, refuse to fight over the power of Self-determination–you have it already, no matter what anyone else thinks; 4. smart ideas spring from exploring the empowerment options or exercising the status you already enjoy–no need to wait until you attain tomorrow’s rank to get moving; and finally, 5. don’t overthink it.

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A Good Day To . . . 29 September 2019

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‘The Picturebook’ By Lilla Cabot Perry c1900 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . adjust your expressions of personal authority, or your exercising of prerogatives over others, with an eye to where you consciously want to go and the future you want to create. The mind is off-kilter, somehow alienated from its own deeply felt commitments and values, so that the way we think we should respond or choose needs to be filtered through our vision of the life we want to build. Just for today, the future is the only thing we should be aiming for, the thing we must keep in mind with each choice and decision, the only thing that matters.

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New Moon in Libra 28 September 2019: Pairing Up

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At the Moulin Rouge, two women waltzing, 1892, By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec {{PD}}

I want to talk about the New Moon, at 5 Libra 20 that perfects at 11:26 AM Pacific time, but I also want to discuss how many pairs there are in the heavens right now! Some are paired by conjunction at the same degree, while others are paired by parallel standing, but the extraordinary number of these duos screams their importance at the time of a New Moon, as if Luna is crowd surfing the Universe–or maybe it’s that the Moon is opening an energy door, ushering the various combinations into new expression, putting new push behind them with the spirit of Libran cooperation.

Moon in Libra can be paralyzing, as we compulsively (and maybe unendingly) consider all sides, and too much emotional focus on partners or others, on the social sphere or on aesthetics, on fairness and ‘balance’, may in the end distort our perceptions. When this is the New Moon, it can mean new thoughts or concepts (Libra is an Air sign) in regard to others, the Arts, or what we are willing to do in cooperation with others. It may seem our feelings are fickle at this time, but it’s more like we’re having feelings that are just occurring to us! These are emotional responses we haven’t realized we were having, until now. With this New Moon that’s even more pronounced, due to the pull of that black hole duo, South Node-Saturn, and the relationship scenario of the Sun-Moon combination vis-a-vis Mars and Venus. Both leave us feeling a little stretched, a little tattered, as if we’ve lost our mojo just as our goal is within reach. Don’t take this too seriously, as the New Moon specifically offers a new start, ‘fresh meat’, or whatever image you come up with to signal an uptick in energy and optimism.

The New Moon in Libra is caught between Venus and Mars, but not quite at the midpoint; it’s closer to Mars, but if we see it in straightforward symbolic terms, the Sun and Moon are both moving away from Mars, even as Venus has already passed them and is herself moving away. That is, the New Moon event sees our conscious attention (the Sun) and unconscious mind (the Moon) turning away from deliberate action and choice, away from taking the initiative, possibly in pursuit of feeling, assets, or rewards, but even as our attention turns what we find desirable gets farther away from us. It may be that we are ‘waking up’ too late to some feeling situation, and the New Moon is delivering notice of this.

The New Moon is also quincunx Uranus in Taurus, with Moon and Sun only 24 minutes from exact, suggesting that the big shock or surprise or revelation is yet to come, and in some way we’ll have to adjust to it. It’s as well squine Pluto. That’s a 105 degree aspect that’s a cross between a square and a trine, implying some of the ease of the trine but with all the conflict or problems of the square. Such a minor contact takes on greater resonance by being one of the few close aspects Luna is making. We might want to think of it this way: the Moon-Sun are, at New lunation time, taking the same point of view, having the same perspective on all the other energies, and in the case of Pluto there may be a deep desire for change and a simultaneous deep fear of it–or maybe that’s power, or death, or transformation, or a desire to burn it all down and rise again, re-made.

In this case, the aspect manifests as the force that makes us consider, perhaps just for a moment, jumping from a great height that we’re actually petrified by, or tempting us with a primal pull toward a thing we believe consciously we’d do anything to avoid–with the implied result that this is destructive/ transformative in a permanent way.

The New Moon is also opposed Chiron, and though this is a separating aspect, it suggests that it’s matters related to injuries to the Will, or to the current material reality, that are being re-made. The Sabian symbol is, ‘A Man Watches His Ideals Taking A Concrete Form Before His Inner Vision’. Here a human concentrates on the mental picture, the inner eye, as it gives form, face, and function to one or more of his/ her/ their ideals. This can be many things, but the image first and foremost suggests the energy of an ideal gathering manifestable shape, the vision being a precursor to physical possibility, to literal creation. The surprise, as shown by the close aspect of Uranus to the New Moon, is that unless we have thorough Self-knowledge we may not be able to anticipate our vision. Perhaps it’s a little of what we fear, what we believe, that controls the shape and intensity of New Moon events–so take things, at the very least, as being representative of the inner reality, and be aware that the new lunar cycle offers the inspiration to take off in a new direction.

Now to the pairs in the sky: we start, of course, with South Node-Saturn in Capricorn, which we’ve been feeling like a weight around our necks for some time. It’s the restrictions we’ve built coming forward from the past, to be lived now. Ouch. Then there’s Black Moon Lilith-Neptune in Pisces. What can you say about those things ignored or denied that are obscured from our view, hidden in the fog, or that we’re being lied to about? The imagination is as likely to work for us as against us. This may or may not be a fog of our own choosing, but it definitely makes knowing what’s happening difficult, with the big danger being we’ll be misled–and that’s only enhanced by the Mercury-Black Moon Lilith parallel, bedeviling the mind (consciously or not) with all it’s tried to forget (and the result of that may be that even if there’s nothing to be worried about, we worry!)

Vesta and Sedna sit together in Taurus and reinforce that unseen/ values connection, marrying both the willingness to commit and the instincts to material well-being and surroundings–‘comfort levels’ may be the most obvious measure of this. Venus parallels Neptune, again bringing forward familiar themes, but this time linking values and that Neptunian influence, pointing toward the New Moon values/ ideals thread, or toward a kind of ‘wildest dreams’ payoff, and this is echoed by a Venus-Jupiter sextile–we’ll call it the ‘more/ better aspect’. Taking a chance in order to win love or money could be a good idea–but only if your ideals/ beliefs are real-life aligned with what you truly love.

Bonus! A soon-to-perfect (the 30th) Pallas-North Node Water Trine: Smart emotions, practicality, and skills shape the future. Git you some.

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 27 September 2019

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By Dominicus Johannes Bergsma – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79090678

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . embrace the solid foundations, whatever form they take, that have been built or otherwise brought forward from the past. You’ll need them, with those things you don’t know, especially in relationships or finances, leading you in the wrong direction. I know! Scary, right? But hold on; we can make adjustments. Our reasoning is decidedly impractical, unwise, right now, but if we know that, we can look outside ourselves for feedback. We don’t have to blindly follow what someone else suggests, but knowing that our mind is on the fritz at just this point and in just this way means we can step back from things, get a bead on the larger picture, view it in a less personal way–which often reveals exactly what we should do, to avoid pitfalls.

Remind yourself it is the Dark of the Moon–and that means it’s much better not to charge forward, and no need to make up our minds, or make a choice.

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A Good Day To . . . 26 September 2019

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Traditional and modern, all at once. Photo By Uoaei1, CC BY-SA 4.0

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . think about and plan for ambition and desire fulfillment–but do it without creating conflict over who holds the power–and especially beware of those with a destructive bent (and no matter what, don’t let this be you!) The mind is at peak, right now, and this is so in spite of its place in Libra; though famous for being indecisive, Libra knows who to court and how to cooperate, once her mind is made up–and that’s how it should go for you, too. This mind over heart thing expires the 27th, when thoughts take a decidedly impractical, even unwise, turn, and the feeling nature struggles to adjust to confusing or deceptive circumstances or to what’s been too long ignored.

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I’ve taken a sneak peek ahead at the New Moon–and yowzah! The event itself holds surprises or shocks–but the other aspects suggest those are overwhelmingly positive, showering us with Love or Money, or some other delicious Venusian treat! So get ready.

A Good Day To . . . 25 September 2019

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Freudenberg near Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, By I, Christoph Michels, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2229782

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . be aware of how values, seeing to assets, relationships, or financial situations are dragging you, probably repeatedly, back into the past or a past scenario that keeps you stuck. Today, use the mind and the current status/ position and any power that comes with it to handle, and alter, if desired, the boundaries the world seems to draw for us. Use the mind and aim for goal fulfillment; the heart is too bogged down with conflicting feeling and a sense of vulnerability to function as compass right now. This mind over heart thing extends through tomorrow, the 26th, but expires the 27th, when thoughts take a decidedly impractical, even unwise, turn, and the feeling nature struggles to adjust to confusing or deceptive circumstances or to what’s been too long ignored.

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We’re moving–yay!–but that means I may not be here as regularly as I’d like. I’ll try to work ahead and pop in as often as possible, just letting you know there may be stretches, some long ones, possibly, where this page won’t have new material.

A Good Day To . . . 24 September 2019

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‘Lion Dancing at Sugou, Gifu Pref. (Sugo shihsi, Gifu)’ By Tanaka Masaki 1978 Gift of the artist CAI CCO

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . make your status, power position, or reach felt in the world. For biggest payoff, make sure what you do doesn’t suffer conflict between commitments and what you should be doing (anybody who’s ever procrastinated knows what I mean!) And about what you hear: is it too good to be true? Then it isn’t. Today, the better you know yourself, the smarter and more useful to your ends your choices will be.

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A Good Day To . . . 23 September 2019

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‘Cow’s Skull With Calico Roses’ By Georgia O’Keefe 1931 CCO Art Institute of Chicago

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . separate wounds from your empowerment position (knowing the difference means you won’t act out of some unacknowledged hurt), align thinking with creative impulses, and accept not getting your way or the need to acquiesce to others as the appropriate (and most rewarding) response you can have at this moment.

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A Good Day To . . . 22 September 2019

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The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . follow these guidelines: what’s beautiful, delicious, worthy is also good for you; the mind may be torn between the pull of the past and the need to move forward–look around for others on the same path–they can help you resolve the emotional block that’s keeping you from moving along; and it’s smart in the moment to do what’s practical or wise without regard to ‘missing pieces’ that you’re either ignoring or in denial of, but carry that on too long and it becomes detrimental.

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A Good Day To . . . 21 September 2019

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The 21st is a Good Day To . . . realize that what we believe is embodied in the material world, right in front of us, and that may help us rid ourselves of an illusion or two. The creative, imaginative, the world of what can be can’t flourish unless we can clearly see what already is; that’s our job today. Also: a tough evaluation of the validity of personal values as well as being cognizant of those times we’ve followed faulty instincts (that is, mistaken tainted reasoning or wish fulfillment for our true North inner guidance) will make the responsive nature and its pitfalls clearer, and so steer us away from thinking that’s rooted in hurt or feelings of powerlessness.

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A Good Day To . . . 20 September 2019

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By Eugène Carrière c1900 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . consider health through the lens of power, and identity through the lenses of what you honor in real life, and what you honor within. The theme for today is assessment; thought, not action. That doesn’t mean you can’t do, just that you need to be clear on the implications of the doing.

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A Good Day To . . . 19 September 2019

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‘River Scene with Forest Beyond’ By Walter Leistikow {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . exert yourself, and in so doing change, transform, or reform those who have power over you. It’s not about being aggressive; rather, it’s about healing negative feelings on both sides by showing what you can offer, provide, or innovate that is original, unusual, or surprising in a positive way. Hint for success: honor the beauty in everyone, but most especially in those who are hiding it on the inside.

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A Good Day To . . . 17-18 September 2019

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By Kreuzschnabel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36304960

The 17th and 18th it’s a Good Day To . . . temporarily shut down communication. I know! Usually we’re looking for ways to make our exchanges clear, to avoid offense, to understand and be understood–but not today. This is prime time to keep it all to yourself. Potentials include precipitating chaos or accidents with the ‘wrong’ message, hurting the ones you love, and causing damage to otherwise healthy power arrangements. This trend may all be because Saturn is going direct on the 18th, at 13 Capricorn 54. That could make for a sense of building pressure, and just three hours after direction the Moon will trine Saturn from Taurus. It’ll likely to be an emotional dam bursting, whatever restraint held it in giving way in an instant. Plan accordingly.

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A Good Day To . . . 16 September 2019

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‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, no. 094, part 3: Autumn’ By Hiroshige 1857 {{PD}}

The 16th it’s a Good Day To . . . exploit the action urge through roles or empowerment avenues we already hold or are empowered within. Reasoning is as far from the influence of our own hurt as it can get, so this may be a good time to make decisions we then carry out through those roles and power positions.

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Weekend Notes 14-15 September 2019

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Eastern great egret landing at Tennōji Park in Osaka. Photo by Laitche CC BY-SA 4.0

Mercury and Venus both move into Libra the 14th–not a big deal, but indicative of a general trend toward cooperation, toward seeking a partner, toward getting together to talk it out–and this in spite of an underlying disharmony on the 15th in communications and overall in relationships and relating. Too, on the 15th the ability to think clearly about the financial situation or earning opportunities is too much influenced by others–and that means poor choices (or at least ones that don’t suit you as well as they should)–and what we don’t attend to will shape the future. Those poor choices might include an illusion that being powerful or in charge of our own lives might damage our health–and that in itself may keep us from making moves with our own well-being where it belongs, firmly central to all considerations.

 

Finding Joy in the Horoscope

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‘Circle Dancing’ By Franz Stuck 1910 {{PD}}

I thought instead of a forecast for the weekend (because I anticipate we’ll all be sorting through the Lunar energies of the Full Moon for a bit), I’m offering a re-print from ECLIPSE, modified and edited slightly. Have a wonderful weekend!

Do you ever have a moment with a stranger? One where your eyes meet and you feel this kind of Soul blending and for a heartbeat of time you completely lose awareness of your surroundings? The moment stretches, and then you fall out of it, as abruptly as it began, usually at the moment you realize how odd it is for you to have locked eyes with a total stranger. It’s funny to think that some of the best moments I’ve ever experienced were brought about by this kind of wordless, ultra-fleeting encounter; what made it pleasant were two conditions that gurus are constantly telling us we need to cultivate: losing awareness of the Self, and losing spiritual boundaries, in the sense that you lose not just the consciousness of yourself as separate, but feel a distinctly boundary-less connectedness, a Oneness with All That Is, because in truth, when you are having this kind of experience, you are not just one with the stranger, you are one with everything.

Neither of these, the loss of Self-awareness or the sense of connection, can be commanded consciously. We may well ask, why do we not share many, or any, of these moments with people we already know? It doesn’t happen for a very simple reason: because we have imposed a thick lens of expectations, anticipations, imaginings, and the past onto the individuals we know, and it keeps us from connecting on that pure level. Sometimes, of course, spirit manages to leak through the illusions each has imposed upon the other, and we do have that moment of perfect harmony, perfect awareness—but not often, and certainly not as often as we’d like with our most intimate relationships.

Of course, there are ways to encourage such experiences, as through meditation (an attempt to set Self-consciousness aside), in sleep (through dreams, where the unconscious, and so our connections to the Cosmos, become prominent), and in the practice of seeing without that imposed lens, which can only be dealt with consciously, moment-to-moment—something the Seeker strives for continually. We can note the propensity for such experiences, as well as the likely venues or circumstances during which we may experience them, through the House placement of related energies; more on that in a moment.

‘Young Man and Woman’ By Charles W. Hawthorne 1915 {{PD}}

There is another kind of communion with a stranger, one where the connection sparks from observing or being involved in a mutually shared experience, usually starting in a shared remark, an answer, and an understanding. This typically leads to the temporary loss of boundaries between the two spirits involved; we share the experience through a common event, a shared observation or connection that is like an acknowledgment: “Yes, we have shared the same thing, at the same time, we understand each other”. This does not often have the purity of the Soul-to-Soul encounter, but does include the feeling of connectedness; in this instance, we don’t lose the sense of separateness, but do feel the link to others. These often have the character of Jupiter (the social scene), Uranus (a group experience), or Neptune (the ‘mass’ experience, shared with a very large group).

The more intimate, Soul-to-Soul, boundary-less moments can be characterized by transiting bodies making contact to natal bodies, with the area of experience delineated either by the House transited and/ or by the House matters ruled by the contacted body. For instance, Ceres transiting the 4th square Uranus in the 1st in Virgo, ruling the 6th, can bring a harsh experience or surprise from Nature (the square) that reflects the health, or comes from or affects the job or duties (6th) but that could result in a transcendent moment that illuminates one’s connection to Nature, that even shows one how much a seamless part of Nature we truly are as human Beings. It’s the real-life Circle of Life, and during our brief experience we are at One with it. Or, this same contact could bring forward a deep inner sense of natural authority (Ceres) that is expressed as higher knowledge or through taking an academic or innovative (Uranus) approach on the job or toward health (6th).

I think of these moments, even when instigated by less-than-pleasant happenings or triggers, as points of Joy in the chart, potential times of learning and transcendence. Here are a few of the possible associations that will help you find the potentials in your own chart. Whether the contacts are transiting, Solar Arc, Secondary Progression, or natal, they all carry the ability to offer those fleeting times of perfection in relating to All That Is.

The inner planets offer some obvious entrance points to joy when contacted by transit, though as transiting elements themselves they typically must aspect one of the ‘heavier’ energies (Jupiter out) in order to have the potential for this specific kind of impact—and of course, those contacts are most fleeting. The Moon speaks of joy gained through emotional experience or intuited in purest form, the Sun through expression of the identity or Soul Purpose, Mercury through communicating something we consider important, Venus through Love or the experience of reward or expression of values, and Mars through taking action or a statement of ‘I Am’.

The asteroids act as more narrow conduits, and in the case of Sedna the body moves very slowly, prolonging the contact to a natal body. Sedna aspecting a natal body brings long-term experiences of the depths of the contacted energy that takes us close to life-death-life, probably repeatedly and in many forms.

Ceres signals joy gained through expression of authority, power, connection to Nature, nurture of what ‘belongs’ to you, or negotiation, Vesta through gestures involving those energies to which we are dedicated, the home and mate, through what we regard as sacred, Pallas through use of practical skills or innate wisdom, Juno through circumstances of empowerment or status, and Zeus through realization of ambitions and desires.

Jupiter offers the joy of expanding one’s world or experience, as well as the joy gained from acceptance on the social scene. It also signifies the joy of knowledge, the desire to ‘know just to know’ and the association of this energy with ancestry and the past, as Jupiter carries the kind of information that relies on the accumulated knowledge of those who came before.

Saturn offers the joy of reality, as well as the intangible joy of accomplishment. Sometimes we denigrate the material world, mistakenly believing that it’s inferior to the spiritual. In such an instance our definition of spiritual is lacking: the material world is the spiritual world, as much as the unseen factors are. When we look at our material surroundings and physical manifestations and happenings as indeed spiritual, we open up an entirely new way of relating to the material—and we begin to see the infinite in the finite, in what can be held in the hand.

Uranus offers the joy of surprise, the joy of the new, the joy of awakening, intellectually or otherwise, and has the unique ability to give us the experience of leadership and individuality at the same time as it can blend us perfectly with the group.

Neptune offers the joy of creation, with the manifestation of what one has only dreamed or imagined, the potential of living one’s ideals, and holds the most promise for the boundary-less experience, as does anything related to the matters of the House that contains Pisces.

Pluto offers the joy of renewal, of change, of the end of something painful or arduous, and the joy of phoenix-like transformation, with re-birth as the ultimate expression of pure hope, with a sense of hope bringing the greatest joy of all.

Catch Friday night’s Full Moon report here–

Full Moon in Pisces 13 September 2019: Tilting At Windmills

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‘La nuit au léger brouillard’ By Félix Vallotton, 1913 {{PD}}

The Full Moon perfects at 9:31 PM Pacific time at 21 Pisces 04. The Earth and Moon have recently conjoined Neptune, and are still within orb of the planet; the FM also occurs sextile Pluto, widely opposed Mars and with large orbs square Jupiter (and so forming a T-square with the latter two bodies). A Full Moon promises endings, conclusions, or the cessation of something, and in this instance, the sextile to Pluto suggests that what occurs either fosters change or arises from it, likely referring to a dream, an ideal, a deception, a misunderstanding, an inspiration, or some other Neptunian factor that comes to an end. The ending may come from conflict with the larger social circle, from facing hard facts, or possibly the ending is necessitated by the intractability of our own beliefs (square Jupiter). Efforts to reach out, publish, broadcast, expand may have met problems, turning our attention in another direction–in this instance, causing us to either shed a dream, or cut through the fog of delusion or deception, seeing at last the hard facts of the matter.

Then again, with Neptune conjoined the Full Moon, what occurs may be hidden, obscured such that we may be forced to act (Mars) without understanding what we’re doing or why we’re doing it (opposition Neptune)–or will we choose to remain frozen, not comprehending what’s happening? The Mars opposition Neptune-FM suggests this inability to know what to do is only compounded by the proximity of Mars to the Sun, the implication being that something else gets the lion’s share of attention, obscuring our choices or actions, or even blocking awareness of our own wants–and so we act or choose unsure of what’s finished or what it means, unsure of our part in it, or our choices going forward. That explanation’s a little confusing on its own, and probably not very reassuring, either, though it is important to know that it all comes down to knowing that we can’t know, we can only try to pick out the shape of things by looking at areas other than those actually creating the impact (the Full Moon). It’s like watching shadows and trying to guess what’s making the shapes; we can be right on, or totally mislead.

One thing of note that may offer some clarity is the Mystic Rectangle in effect, which includes ruler of the FM and the nearly exact Mars-Neptune opposition. Currently this consists of South Node-Saturn, Neptune-Black Moon Lilith, Mars, North Node. The implication is that this synergy blends realities or restrictions of the past with those dreams, creative goals, or ideals we’ve rejected or ignored (likely as too difficult for us to achieve on our own, considering the other elements of the Rectangle are Mars and the NN). This suggests that at this Full Moon time we should be looking at discarded dreams, reassessing them for viability, especially since the social sphere or the facts will show us the hard reality at this time (FM sq Jupiter)–and that means, we might be able to put them to bed once and for all, or go after them once again, if we recognize that it’s not only not too late, but that we really are equipped to go after what we dream of.

That Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Prophet Carrying Tablets Of The New Law Is Walking Down The Slopes Of Mount Sinai’. Spiritual conviction takes many shapes; this Full Moon may clarify something about the ways we should or shouldn’t put those convictions to use, with the FM promised resolution bringing fresh insight to what’s most deeply meaningful to us at a spiritual level. This could involve a new dedication of our energy, a new intent or ‘law’ put into practice. We also look at the Sun symbol for a Full Moon: ‘A Royal Coat Of Arms Enriched With Precious Stones’. The source of the FM enlightenment may be our own striving to ‘rise above’, to attain a kind of nobility, or to simply become ‘cream of the crop’ in some area (likely related to the House in which the FM falls in the natal chart).

By Honoré Daumier c1868 {{PD}}

What occurs at this Full Moon eliminates something, reveals the Truth of a matter, and allows us to re-connect to an old dream or spiritual intent–and all while we at best wander a bit, and at worst tilt at the wrong windmill.

 

A Good Day To . . . 13 September 2019

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By Chino at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia by SreeBot, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16465958

The 13th it’s a Good Day To . . . whatever you do, reject illusion, deception, and don’t acquiesce to looking away. To do this successfully we’ve got to want to see the Truth, see reality. Embrace this completely; it’s our way toward reward, Beauty, Love, positive change, and our way out of being at the mercy of the group, out of accident, out of chaos.

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The Full Moon picture will follow.

 

A Good Day To . . . 12 September 2019

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‘Golden Hours’ By John William Godward 1913 {{PD}}

The 12th it’s a Good Day To . . . let mind meld with feeling and allow instinct to guide them both. But the key may actually be this: go your own way. Don’t engage in either power struggles or try to slap the social sphere–those are energy-dissipating distractions.

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A Good Day To . . . 11 September 2019

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‘Alcea rosea’ By Berthe Morisot 1880 {{PD}}

The 11th it’s a Good Day To . . . act on, rely on, base efforts on what we know or have established in the past, especially thinking along wise, practical, and practiced lines. That’s not exciting or glamorous, but it is smart, at least right now; we’re clear-thinking in terms of what empowers us and what roles we hold, but can’t embrace originality or uniqueness without abandoning wisdom–a dicey proposition, as our good judgement falls away if we indulge and go spontaneous and uncharted. Stay with what’s solid, what we’ve got experience with, and if we dedicate our work to what we truly honor, we find reward in ways we didn’t anticipate along what seemed like such a safe, predictable, even dull, course.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars (and the Sun, just for another day). This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 10 September 2019

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Strangely, I felt that this picture, and particularly the title, might be speaking directly to someone out there today. ‘And when did you last see your father?’ By William Frederick Yeames 1868 {{PD}}

The 10th it’s a Good Day To . . . question the opportunities presented–or perhaps, to question whether they will take us in the direction we want to go. We’re seeing clearly and for once Self-sabotage isn’t on the agenda in any form–so take this chance to look at where you’re headed, to see if what’s on offering will accommodate current goals or require new ones, and then be brave enough to change direction if that’s more appealing, more in line with Soul expression. Don’t worry–the viewpoint today is practical, skill-centered, even wise. Decisions will be sound.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars, and the Sun. This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 9 September 2019

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‘Blackberry Gathering’ By Elizabeth Forbes c1912 {{PD}}

By the 9th it’s a Good Day To . . . avail yourself of the opportunities presented, the facts, and/ or the wisdom of the social sphere (I know! Shocking! But in-between swings to the extreme, the social order can be quite helpful in orienting us to the smartest course, even when it’s showing us the way not to go). We have emotional issues, especially around our own thinking, that can make it difficult to know what to do, but if we stick to acting from fact or seeing to details, we won’t go wrong.

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A Good Day To . . . 7 & 8 September 2019

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‘It’s Raining Comets’ This artist’s conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, whose infrared detectors picked up indications that one or more comets was recently torn to shreds after colliding with a rocky body. NASA/JPL-Caltech – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/multimedia/pia14739.html {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want. If you claim your power, you’ll be endowed with original ideas, innovative impulses, and an inventive, unique point-of-view, one that provides the wisdom to avoid sore spots in yourself and others. There’s the potential to as they say, facetiously or not, ‘burn with the intensity of a thousand Suns’–but this can take a downturn, if you aren’t able to escape your own wounded way of seeing. Inability or unwillingness to accept total Self-responsibility can lead to a spectacular flame out featuring erratic, unpredictable, unexpected, or rebellious behavior. The good part is, it’s your choice.

By the 8th it’s a Good Day To . . . if possible face, or at least find a work-around, for those things we’re trying not to admit or acknowledge. That’s necessary, despite conflict with or disapproval from the Powers-That-Be. Constructive action, the kind that’s entirely under your control, is your best course today; if big projects are scary, start with the small stuff–it’ll mean more than you think. Tackling the large and looming isn’t required in order for you to have a positive impact.

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A Good Day To . . . 6 September 2019

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By Christof Berger – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11603378

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . to surprise yourself with all you can do. The range of your authority might need to be explored, and though others may push back over things they’d rather not acknowledge, you’ll discover both the worth of the power you hold and the limits to it (and as well, you’ll see the benefits of knowing those limits and exercising some Self-restraint). Show your empowerment, but at the same time don’t ignore the facts and don’t bother to contradict the social order–you’ll be setting a brush fire (courtesy of Mercury in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius) if you do.

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A Good Day To . . . 5 September 2019

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Redstarts and Butterflies. Five studies in one frame.’ By Bruno Liljefors 1885 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . let power flow where it will. Trying to control who or what has the juice will be unproductive, and for once, the social order may know more than we do about who should get to do what (and remember, seeing someone on top doesn’t mean they’ll stay there–they could just be gathering enough rope to hang themselves). Act on instinct, stick with tried-and-true roles for the moment, and keep thinking disciplined and reality-focused, as failing to do so can open hidden, ignored, or denied cans-of-worms.

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