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A Good Day To . . . 11 November 2019

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

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

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

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

See tomorrow’s Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 10 November 2019

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

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

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

See the upcoming Full Moon outlook here–

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 9 November 2019

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

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

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

See the Full Moon post here–

A Good Day To . . . 8 November 2019

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 November 2019

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 November 2019

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 November 2019

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 November 2019

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 October 2019

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

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

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

See last Sunday’s New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 October 2019

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

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

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

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 October 2019

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

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

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

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 28 October 2019

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

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

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

See the New Moon here–

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 October 2019

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

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

The forecast for the New Moon this evening is here–

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

New Moon in Scorpio 2019: The Sting of the Unexpected

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By Ferdinand Landerer CC BY 4.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 October 2019

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

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

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

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

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 25 October 2019

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

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

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

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

See the upcoming New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 24 October 2019

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 October 2019

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 October 2019

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

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

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

The Parental Inner Voice: The Internalized Mother and Father

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Good Day To . . . 20 October 2019

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In it together is better. Illustration of Adam and Eve in the Garden, from From the Brockhaus and Efron Jewish Encyclopedia (1906—1913) Artist Unknown {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . go full tilt for ambition fulfillment and to extract rewards, profits, and/ or Love from the reality situation. Hints for success: look to how others, particularly partners, can enhance or facilitate the situation, and remember that others also have goals and needs–help them where you can.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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 . . . 11 November 2019

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

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

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

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See tomorrow’s Full Moon forecast here–

A Good Day To . . . 10 November 2019

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

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

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

See the upcoming Full Moon outlook here–

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Good Day To . . . 9 November 2019

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

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

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See the Full Moon post here–

A Good Day To . . . 8 November 2019

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

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

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

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A Good Day To . . . 5 November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 November 2019

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

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

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A Good Day To . . . 3 November 2019

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

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

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A Good Day To . . . 2 November 2019

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

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

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A Good Day To . . . 1 November 2019

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

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

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A Good Day To . . . 31 October 2019

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

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

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

See last Sunday’s New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 30 October 2019

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

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

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

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 29 October 2019

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

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

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

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 28 October 2019

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

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

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

See the New Moon here–

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A Good Day To . . . 27 October 2019

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

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

The forecast for the New Moon this evening is here–

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New Moon in Scorpio 2019: The Sting of the Unexpected

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By Ferdinand Landerer CC BY 4.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 October 2019

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

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

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

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

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 25 October 2019

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

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

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

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

See the upcoming New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 24 October 2019

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 October 2019

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

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

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

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 October 2019

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

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

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

The Parental Inner Voice: The Internalized Mother and Father

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Good Day To . . . 20 October 2019

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In it together is better. Illustration of Adam and Eve in the Garden, from From the Brockhaus and Efron Jewish Encyclopedia (1906—1913) Artist Unknown {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . go full tilt for ambition fulfillment and to extract rewards, profits, and/ or Love from the reality situation. Hints for success: look to how others, particularly partners, can enhance or facilitate the situation, and remember that others also have goals and needs–help them where you can.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.