Your Weekend 27-28 August 2016 A Lot of Love, A Lot of Power

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Le goûter sur l'herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

Le goûter sur l’herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This weekend the emphasis is on our own strength, and finding a balance of expression between the highly personal (instinct, idiosyncrasy, hurt, relationships) and the wider world (the social sphere, what’s wise, our ability to have an impact). Both sides of the equation must reach a state that allows optimum expansion of reach that still protects (that is, allows unique ‘statements’ by) the individual, and also guards the integrity of the core purpose, identity, and intents. The idea is to maximize our expression, while still remaining, in whatever way this applies, ‘safe’. Not a time to take risks, as our sense of what’s smart will conflict with our instincts, causing (quite naturally) confusion; but we can connect cleanly with opportunities for gain (especially in the House of the natal chart that holds the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo, and those Houses ruled by Venus), and we can gain a solid sense of who we are at our best (in our ‘ideal’ form), of our most valuable skills, as well as where our true power, territory, and influence lie. The ideas and way of thinking about ourselves that we set now will last (and so affect everything going forward) for some time to come–and so set us up for success (if we focus on our value and abilities) or disappointment (if we think too much about what we don’t have, or see ourselves as victims) (Saturday: Pallas sq Sedna, Chiron sesq Juno, Venus conj and parallel Jupiter, Sun trine Ceres/ Sunday: Hygeia conj Zeus, Neptune contra-p Pallas, Venus p Ceres and Chiron, conj Merc and nov Juno, Merc stations pre-retro on the 30th)

The word image for the weekend is an expensive Tartan picnic blanket, spread out on the summer grass. This is in essence a pleasant ‘stage’ upon which to have a picnic–but, in the image, there is no luncheon displayed, nor do we see picnic participants, at least not yet. Where in your life is the stage set for a celebration of the current ‘weather’, of what you have (a celebration of abundance), or of whom you’re with? Do you put off enjoying what is, waiting for things to be ‘perfect’? Or is it that you fail to see (and so enjoy) the small celebrations available every day, over the many little things we’re lucky enough to have and enjoy? Do you need to take time off, to relax, with no particular agenda or goals, for a while? Consider the phrase, ‘It’s no picnic’–and then resolve, in one form or another, to have one.

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 5 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, is likely to be filled with contests of power and authority; not only will you spar and negotiate with those who hold power in your world, you’ll also begin accruing significant power through these interactions, in effect joining the ranks of the establishment and declaring dominion over your own special territory and ‘subjects’. You are, at this time, destined to establish yourself, especially in areas of Love and Money, and the approach you embrace at this time will set the tone for the entire year, and may reverberate for some time after that–so choose your ideas, words, and communications with special care. Expect to gain, to reap the reward (or at least, the result) of opportunities taken in the past, and know that what comes to you now is completely deserved. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 6 Virgo: focus is on empowerment (making your presence and Will felt), on status, and on partnership, and the kind and amount of cooperation you’re getting, and this extends through to your next birthday, Virgo. You may be measuring power situations and your own effectiveness with a very personal set of standards, and everything that happens, much more than usually, will feel like it’s happening in big bold life-size experiences that are only happening to you. Because of this, you may temporarily lose both perspective and a sense of compassion toward others–but this Self-focus is necessary in order to prepare you to enter a creative heyday, and realization of one or more ideals or dreams, in the near future. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

26 August 2016 Work Your Magic With Care

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John Bauer - Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

John Bauer – Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The mental faculties have a genius for finding and exploiting empowerment situations; it’s almost as if we think about having an impact and we do! This facility is tempered by a lot of conditions and caveats, though: we may be confused or following a deception or illusion if the areas involved are ones we’ve been angry over or have assiduously ignored or been in denial of; we may find ourselves thinking from a stance of past values, rather than current ones; we may imagine we’re fueled by a righteous cause or spiritual necessity when we’re really trying to show our independence in relationship or finances, hoping to gently ‘stick it’ to someone we suspect (yes, it’s easy to be paranoid, right now) doesn’t love or respect us; and we may eschew what and who we care about out of a misguided idea that others are not being honest with us. As much as possible, stay grounded in your current ideas, viewpoints, ways of perceiving, and your most evolved way of seeing the past–we must work to keep our own hidden beliefs and prejudices from coloring our current perceptions, and especially from allowing vague suspicions to taint perfectly good relationships (Vesta trine SN, Neptune trine and Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Uranus parallel and Venus qnx Pallas, Venus trine Sedna, Merc nov Juno and contra-parallel Venus)

Today’s word image is individuals, seen at a distance, helping each other scale a mountain. Right now many of us may be dealing with issues surrounding how much we need or want others in our lives; we try to measure our own need for aid, possibly with the built-in judgment that to accept or require assistance from others is bad. Nothing could be less true: a version of cooperation is the heart of civilization, and needed for everything from survival to creating Art (for if we make it, what does it matter, unless there’s someone to receive it?) See if you carry some judgment against working with others, seated in misplaced pride, unreal pressures and expectations, or in the myth of ‘rugged individualism’–and then let it go.

Vincent van Gogh - 'Enclosed Field with Ploughman' 1888 {{PD}}

Virgo can make significant progress right now, especially in terms of the ‘power harvest’ that lies just upon the horizon. Vincent van Gogh – ‘Enclosed Field with Ploughman’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 4 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, you may be dealing with important crises in Love or Money–and yet, if you’ll take a step back, you’ll see that they aren’t problems, but turning points, ones that will allow you to align the real-world issues surrounding assets and interactions in a way much more in line with what you need and want, and how you truly feel. You may think yourself a little cold, taking a largely mental approach to these matters, but the reality is that applying your own critical assessments to these areas will vastly improve them–and open the way for the ‘power position’ that you are very close to achieving. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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25 August 2016 Imagined Dragons

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"Ryu sho ten" or "Ryu shoten" ("Dragon rising to the heavens"), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko's Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

“Ryu sho ten” or “Ryu shoten” (“Dragon rising to the heavens”), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko’s Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

The AstroEssence: A great deal of the free-floating angst we’ve been experiencing may come down to a pair of Mars contacts this week: yesterday’s perfection of Mars conjoined Saturn, and today’s perfection of Mars square Neptune. This combination urges us to apply our Will to the physical environment–and promises at least some ability to shape our reality, as long as we don’t succumb to confusion, illusion, deception, or that particular form of imagination that we turn against ourselves, causing panic, fear, even despair, conjuring upset (and so paralysis) out of thin air. This is in part why I urged action and confidence yesterday, as soon enough we would face a Neptunian doubt or three, imagined dragons menacing our way forward. Today’s mission is clear: continue forward with what you set in motion, and instead of entertaining hesitations, actively access creativity, especially when confronted with something that brings forward fear. Tackle problems and invent, envision, and then act on those inspirations; doing so combines the required active stance with a useful channeling of energies that might otherwise feed insecurities. And don’t be surprised if creative efforts either run into problems on first look, or arise from problems (the square); in either case, it’s our response that both matters, and determines our success, with results coming clear most likely when Saturn squares Neptune, perfecting September 3rd.

We also see these familiar themes still front-and-center: we have the wisdom to pursue the ‘healthy’ Path–but as always, it’s a matter of choice; wants, finances, or relationship dynamics could spur rebellion or spark unreliability as we seek (a probably unreasonable) independence from issues; and we are not thinking like the social sphere, which could emphasize our differences (with the biggest problem the potential for distraction from what really matters) (Pallas contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars sq Neptune, Venus qnx Uranus, Merc contra-parallel Jupiter)

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a surge in the electrical lines leading into a house. We rely on a constant, steady stream of power, whether from the power company, our metabolism, or our psyche; when there’s a surge, the system overloads, and the contact becomes destructive. In the individual this results in manic behavior, compulsive agitation, and we lose the ability to rest, accept gaps and spaces in efforts, we lose the grace to value the element of Time (often needed for something to develop, to ripen), and we fail to value the receptive and responsive stances that are the necessary complement to action. How or where are you overloaded, and what steps may be needed to restore balance or refurbish contact, so that it’s useful, rather than destructive, once again?

A little weird fun from Imagine Dragons that isn’t so far off our feelings this week

For those born with the Sun at 3 Virgo: this coming year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself ever-more concerned with the power situation in your world: who holds it, how much you have, your say or lack of it over others (and theirs over you), and the influence you have in a particular area or ‘territory’ you can call your own. This may be the year when you establish yourself as an authority in some area vital to your identity; it may also, depending on your age, be the year when you find a mentor or become one yourself, and issues with your parents or over being a parent yourself may be prominent. Independence and the ability to exert your Will will be the focus; the two main caveats are: don’t focus on material results at the expense of relationships, and keep actions and choices grounded in reality–deceptions and creativity are both abundant. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

24 August 2016 The Struggle Toward Awareness

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'The Lantern Bearers' Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

‘The Lantern Bearers’ Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may be tempted to let our values and priorities slide, to set ourselves at odds with the social sphere, or to ignore the potential for wounding others within relationships, just to make things happen; the smart thing would be to reassess our values, if they’re getting in the way of growth, expansion, or ‘the facts’, to remember/ reconnect with Nature and our place in it, and to stop ignoring those realities that don’t serve our current idea of who we are–with this latter, deal with what’s been denied so that it no longer contradicts the Self-image. If we’re not honest with ourselves, it’s impossible to have ‘clean’ relationships or to teach, advise, or to interact with enough Self-awareness that everything we say doesn’t contain a touch of irony to those who are more awake. We have the chance to manifest our Will at this time, to apply the control, the restraint, and the ‘rules’ of reality to manipulate the physical world so that it is an exact realization of our wants and intents–don’t blow it by denying ambitions or desires (out of false modesty or a reluctance to claim those wants as your own–see the ‘Self-image’ section, above), and don’t think that things can be ‘thought’ into being–today is about action, choice, Self-responsibility, and knowing (and proudly claiming) your essence (Pallas sesq Vesta and qnx Jupiter, Mars conj Saturn, Venus contra-parallel Juno and opp Chiron, Merc contra-parallel Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and semi-sq Zeus)

Today’s word image is a sponge. As if that isn’t obvious! There are areas of life for all of us where our boundaries are down, and we are wont to absorb the environment and the associated influences indiscriminately. My thought is that this area of both trust and vulnerability may be located in matters of the House that holds Pisces (I confine it to the sign, as where Neptune sits we are often more conscious of issues of faith, acceptance, and a tendency to accept influences). Consider in what life areas you may be too prone to accept what you’re told, offered, or that you experience without the needed critical assessment and the deployment of a discerning perception (both related to opposing sign Virgo). You may need to ‘wring out’ the sponge, relieving yourself of burdens and ideas accepted without much inspection–or you may simply need to note where you have uncritically taken for granted the truth of things, and perhaps look at how much of this agrees/ clashes with what you believe, and what you think, need, and feel.

Oda Krohg - 'A Japanese Lantern' 1886 {{PD}}

Oda Krohg – ‘A Japanese Lantern’ 1886 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 2 Virgo: you may have the odd sensation this year, Virgo, that your fate and future are rushing toward you–which may make the inability to see clearly what’s coming all the more frustrating. It may be a year when sights are set on ambitions, goals, and the desire nature, but when not much happens in fulfilling those areas, as energy will shortly go toward emotional conflict, and the need to work out with others how much of that feeling nature you are willing to share, and how much you must keep for yourself, in order to fuel the push toward creating what you want–because if the emotions are sent too completely in one direction or another, developments in what you aim to create will go slowly, sporadically, or grind to a halt. You duty is to allocate emotional energy in the correct proportion between relationships and your own needs–everything else this year is small stuff. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

23 August 2016 Unhealthy Choice

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Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice

Crosby, Stills, and Nash

The AstroEssence: I know! I can seem very negative–but then, you shouldn’t bother reading my assessments of the daily influences if you only want the sunny side of things, or if you think only some parts of life are ‘spiritual’, and others not–we have an intangible essence (the Soul, if you will) that’s having a material experience–how can everything we do not be a reflection of the spirit? And that’s my lead-in to today’s perfecting aspect set, which consistently warns us against our own destructive, rebellious, erratic, impulsive, ego-centered, negative impulses (whew!). Within we feel the urge toward empowerment, toward making our mark, having our say, expressing ourselves, but it goes awry; it seems the most easily shifted, independent urges within us are front and center in a way that sees spirit, mind, and heart suffering as we set out to express and end up rebelling, destroying, or just plain insisting things must be done our way. Thoughts may foster acting from wounds, in retaliation or response, and relationships shake our power foundations, not actually threatening them so much as making us question them–and really, today, it is our own mind, rather than circumstances or others, doing a number on us. Be willing to adjust: thinking, to what we know to be wise–we know what’s smart, it’s a matter of letting go of our contrariness long enough to follow that wisdom–as well as be willing to confront those things that we are choosing that are detrimental to our well-being, and to mellow what are inclined to be knee-jerk actions or responses into something a little more impersonal–again, the smart thing to do, say, or be is known, we just have to do it. And don’t worry; by tomorrow attitudes will become much more grounded, and restraint will allow us to give positive form to our actions, choices, and Will (Hygeia sq Pluto and contra-parallel Uranus, Mars sesq Uranus, Venus semi-sq Juno, Merc contra-parallel Chiron and qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is the empty lot in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle where Neptune Coffee used to be. A gas explosion in March of this year destroyed a handful of businesses and blew out windows in a two block radius; the Neptune was leveled. Luckily it happened in the early morning hours when the fewest number of people were in what is usually a heavily trafficked area, and there were no fatalities, only minor injuries. But, walking by the empty lot can be haunting, and it brings to mind this: what good thing in your life has been wiped out or removed in a shocking way, and it’s been long enough that the hole it left now just seems like part of the landscape? We can learn to live with anything; the trick is not letting awareness of what we’ve lost slip away.

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 1 Virgo: health is at the core of all you attend to this year, Leo: physical well-being, financial, emotional, spiritual, all areas of life are vetted for balance, vigor, and sustainability. Some hints on making the most of things: don’t let your imagination fill in the blanks–stick to facts and realities; make sure the emotional perceptions receive attention, with an emphasis on security and comfort–this is important, as the emotions will, temporarily, drive the life direction; and don’t allow your instincts and inner knowledge to be drowned out by the social sphere. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

22 August 2016 Harvest in Mind

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Saturnino Herrán - La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

Saturnino Herrán – La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: our attention is on what’s wrong (this has been a trend, lately, right?), on what’s dark, hidden (but then, how do we know something’s there if it’s hidden?), on the unhealthy, the destructive, and any sense of change, as it likely strikes us as decay or deliberate waste. We may fully embrace this preoccupation with the intention of assessing issues and fixing them, but between an inclination to misjudge or misread our own values (yes, it can be done, when we are not processing experiences along most characteristic lines) and the tendency to both exaggerate and see shadows where there are none, we are best off delaying any critiques and plan-making for a later time. Best approach: focus on ‘the facts’, don’t fight obviously inevitable change, and keep what you hope to accomplish (in the form of ‘the harvest’) perpetually in mind (Vesta semi-sq Sedna and trine Neptune, Merc conj Jupiter, the Sun enters Virgo, semi-sq Hygeia and sesq Pluto)

By Sir James - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

By Sir James – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

Today’s word image is bocce balls. I don’t know much about bocce; my only association is with the courts that were always busy in San Diego’s Balboa Park. At the time it struck me as something only old people would play, but now I think I was mistaking more gentle exertion as automatically only appealing to those who were unable to do anything more strenuous, an idea I’ve since learned isn’t valid. What ‘game’ might you be dismissing as irrelevant to you, that it might behoove you not just to learn the rules for, but perhaps consider participating in?

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d'epoca {{PD}}

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d’epoca {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 0 Virgo: all the action this year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, will be centered on issues of identity and matters of the natal House where the Sun is posited. You may be accused of navel-gazing or being Selfish, but really, you need to take this time for yourself, to sort through and be sure about who you are and who you want to be–it’s the only way you’ll be able to wrap your head around what’s slated, and just beginning to show itself, for your future. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 20-21 August 2016 Trends Are Deceptive

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'Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound' George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

‘Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound’
George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 20th: we may suffer an odd combination of influences that could easily steer us wrong: one concerns how thoughts are focused on what isn’t happening/ working in fulfillment of ambitions and wants; the other is a rejection of what we know to be wise, smart, practical, or that involves a refusal to use our already-learned skills, and this rejection/ refusal is seated in some aspect of our current identity or Self-image. Together the two tracks converge so that we may make some poor or mistaken choices out of frustration or a wish not to acknowledge who, exactly, we are. If hiding in a closet or some sunless hole isn’t possible (and who wants to do that, anyway?) our best bet may be conscious Self-acceptance (no matter how that may make us cringe over denied character traits or experience), along with a vow to let go of judgement, a tendency that comes far too easily with Mercury’s transit of Virgo (Merc semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun opp Pallas)

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen - 'Retrato de Guigui' {{PD}}

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen – ‘Retrato de Guigui’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color white (technically all color!) I realized this as, in asking myself what the word image is, I saw a series of white animals, birds, and objects, and then realized that at least the past two images had been white things, too (a stork and an egg), at least as they were envisioned. We may have personal associations with the color, or cultural ones; some see white as indicating purity, fidelity, or innocence, while some link it to death, or to sacrifice, or to sterility, coldness, or authority (as in the wearing of a white coat to signify status in a health setting, for instance)–and of course your own preferences and experiences will figure in to the meaning of white for you, whether it’s the ideas attached to the color, or whether it points out something that is that color and offers further meaning. At the very least, use it as a marker of synchronicity or of being ‘in the flow’ when you observe it.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Leo: you may spend a good part of your year, Leo, through to your next birthday adjusting to new emotional circumstances or truths–and these changes can’t help but affect who you are, causing a drawn out period of modification and accommodation that is especially personal. You have a good sense of what’s smart, what’s practical, right now, and should use it as you go forward, as little else will offer guidance, and you could feel lost if you don’t embrace and accept your current reality. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - 'The Tower of Babel' 1563 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence for the 21st: It’s a terrible thing when our reasoning and our social role both fall into our blind spot, leaving neither our own minds nor our usual patterns and responsibilities as reliable guides. Relationships don’t help, either, as we’re in the midst of greater or lesser power struggles that permeate even the most benign exchanges. What we can do is use sensitivities not related to the mind (intuition, feeling, those 6th, 7th, and 8th senses! etc); these will bring invaluable info as long as we acknowledge our own power wants and those territories we wish to claim as our own–if we don’t admit what we want, the feeling nature will lead us astray. Compounding perceptual difficulties is the way facts just won’t speak of realities, at this time–be prepared for that (Mercury and Jupiter trine Sedna, though Merc and Jup don’t perfect their conjunction until the 22nd, Venus sesq Ceres)

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a fish ready to be filleted. What does that bring to mind? Anticipation of a good dining experience? Revulsion at eating something with a face? The fish is a symbol of Christianity; to fillet it may be to ‘take the backbone’ out of a religious viewpoint. If you’re an astrologer you may think of Pisces, and wonder what it means if only one of the symbol pair is gutted. A fish was one of Vishnu’s incarnations, again suggesting a connection to divinity. We could go on and on, since the fish carries so much symbolism. This one, though, has been ‘fished for’, ‘caught’, and is now being ‘prepared’–is there anything like that in your life, that may need to be seen for what it really is?

For those born with the Sun at 29 Leo: though it may not seem like it, eventually emotions catch up with the rest of you, and internal harmony is restored; you’ll likely take action repeatedly until you feel balanced. You think big and use discernment; make sure it doesn’t devolve into petty criticism and over-concern with detail. The creative may become an outlet for feelings and perceptions ignored or denied–that can be very good, if you know how to shape and direct those energies, or very bad, if they end up deceiving you or others. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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19 August 2016 Perfect Health

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Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

The AstroEssence: in the light of the recent Full Moon, we honor our own power, we see how that over which we have dominion must be adjusted or changed, and we are able to visualize our own version of ‘perfect health’, and so implant a guideline within the unconscious; the mind is very receptive to positive input at this time, though conscious adjustment to anything too radical or unusual may be required. Visualization, spiritual practice (which is really life, isn’t it?), exploring our own inventiveness and originality, and efforts that honor our own responsibilities and our ability to affect our world are favored (Vesta trine Ceres, Neptune parallel Hygeia, Saturn qnx Vesta, Mercury opp Chiron and qnx Uranus)

Joseph Crawhall III 'Stork' {{PD}}

Joseph Crawhall III ‘Stork’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a stork wading in a river. As a child the only time I heard storks mentioned was with that puzzling idea that storks delivered babies in little slings, like takeout burritos; as an adult I saw them nesting at the tops of chimneys in the Netherlands, and suddenly the story that they could slip in and bring a baby made a little more sense. Is there something you find curious that might make a lot more sense if you knew its origins? And how do you sort that from something that has no explanation? If we approach everything in life as having a reason for being, no matter how obscure or nonsensical, then we in essence cast a vote for a Universe that not only makes sense but has reasons for being the way it is–which should put your mind at ease.

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 27 Leo: you may find yourself acting under an influence this year that is very difficult to pin down: you could insist on behaving in ways contradictory to what you know to be smart. The sense of unthinking rebellion, of push-back toward everything you’ve been led to believe was wise or practical, has its roots in the way you have recently consistently denied what your instincts have told you. Alienating yourself from your own inner knowing can only be remedied by trusting yourself once again–and that requires letting go of what or whomever you have substituted as guide. You can do it. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

17-18 August 2016 Inspired by Higher Mind

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A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence of the 17th and 18th, and the Lunar Essence of the Full Moon in Aquarius: Leading up to the Full Moon we are faced with a question: Are we changed by Love, Money, or secrets revealed about values or assets, or are we the agent of change in areas of Love, in finances, in the keeping or spilling of secrets, or in recognizing a change in our values, and so changing how we relate? Since Earth signs are involved (Venus trine Pluto), we should expect a material, or at least tangible, impact; we may be ‘undone’, with some Venusian aspect of life devastated, destroyed, or transformed (don’t panic, this may be a good thing!) This fundamental change sets the stage for the conclusion, end, or completion associated with the Full Moon, 2:25 AM PDT of the 18th at 25 Aquarius 51. This is a near miss, an almost eclipse, and the impact we feel may be as much the Venus-Pluto aspect that precedes the Lunar event (as it leaves us reeling and yet unsure of what hit us) as it is the pull of the Full Moon itself.

This Full Moon, along with Uranus, forms the base for a Finger of God, with apex Jupiter. Should we also include Mercury, which is conjoined Jupiter and within orb of Uranus, but not the Full Moon? It’s a tough call, but I’m inclined to say Yes, as proximity to the other elements of the Finger means Mercurial energy will enter in some form–it just may not be what it seems. That is, we may believe we have come by rational means to a concluding belief, decision to expand, teach, or learn, or concerning a social role (Jupiter)–but the mind may simply be a means of translating our perceptions at the level of Higher Mind (Uranus) that is revealed through events of this Aquarian FM. This suggests it may be Higher Mind inspired feeling (Aquarius Moon) that is really running the show, not the cogitations of our limited, trapped-in-three-dimensions brains. Awareness of this will make us more open to spontaneity and give us confidence in our own choices (both Uranus in Aries) and this in turn allows a more attuned experience than does being overly-focused on our thinking and the illusion of control this inevitably gives.

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA - 'Happy Finger Friends Love' by D Sharon Pruitt     CC BY 2.0

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA – ‘Happy Finger Friends Love’ by D Sharon Pruitt CC BY 2.0

Too, let’s note the way Chiron is caught at the midpoint of the Finger’s base; since the opposition with Jupiter is separating, the implication may be that the dynamic of the Finger begins with a wound, or with an instance of healing, that then spurs the Higher Mind understanding that melds with the FM event to offer that Jupiterian result.

The Full Moon is also apex to a loose Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for you Vikings) with base of Vesta and Hygeia. This may take us further back in time, to where an instance or pattern of not honoring our health (the Cardinal square between Vesta and Hygeia) helps bring about the Full Moon event–which, as you know, is likely to be related to matters of the House where the Full Moon falls.

A novile is formed by the Full Moon to Pluto, and the Sun/ Earth-Moon axis squares Sedna, creating a T-square. A sense of rebellion from what is instinctual may combine with a deep urge toward destruction and change–this makes a kind of engine for the configurations to run on, generating some deep conflict and energizing our embrace of change. We may reject or find unacceptable our usual, unprocessed response, and the conflict this engenders, along with an advantageous glimpse of what things might be like with the upsetting factors gone, eliminated, or reformed, is enough to make all the rest spring into action.

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Elefantino di Giulia Orecchia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

And now we need to examine the elephant in the room. Her name is Pallas, and she’s conjoined the Full Moon in Aquarius. This suggests that everything involved with the Full Moon is a measure or test of our wisdom and practicality, as well as our skills and ability to apply them. This theme will loom large, and yet we won’t necessarily be seeing events, feelings, urges, and our responses to them as a test-taking or assessment–that only comes later, when the conclusion that is unavoidable with a Full Moon event makes it clear we wound up where we are because of what we consider smart, what we know, and how practical our ultimate orientation.

The Sabian symbol for 26 Aquarius (remember, we read up) is, ‘A Garage Man Testing A Car’s Battery With A Hydrometer’. This emphasizes the mechanism of testing, which we’ve already discussed. A battery is Uranian, while the hydrometer points toward the importance of feeling and so the Water signs involved: Chiron in Pisces, and one part of the Fist base, in Cancer. Both these signs are volatile emotionally, at least in part because the barriers between the individual and the Collective/ Others is blurred, even as we ‘test’ it from our own unique expressions of Will and viewpoint (Uranus in Aries). This could imply that if we are having a hard time processing our own feelings surrounding this FM, we may divert our emotions into a Big Picture expression, one that allows us to express but doesn’t risk quite so much emotional exposure, even to ourselves.

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian with a Full Moon, simply because it is the origin of all light, and so enables perception. ‘After The Heavy Storm, A Rainbow’. So, whatever troubles are stirred at this time, we can be assured it’s for the good, or at the very least, that it will all work out positively.

The only aspects not addressed by the FM are Venus’ contra-parallel to Zeus and parallel to the North Node; these add a flavor of drama, wherein relationships, values, or finances push back on our ambitions, and where we struggle to reconcile wants with maintenance of what we care about. It’s easy to see that this will add tension to the feeling nature, and again make us work to figure things out, rather than allowing Higher Mind to possess us for a time.

(Perfecting on respective days: Venus trine Pluto/ Pallas sesq Hygeia, Venus contra-parallel Zeus and parallel NN, Sun sq Sedna)

Odilon Redon - L'oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

Odilon Redon – L’oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

The word image for both days is a peeled, hard-boiled egg. We’re always talking about ‘potential’, especially in terms of our own lives and our own creativity. An egg is potential itself, but hard-boiling it captures potential and turns it into solid mass; it is what it is, at that moment–there’s no more room for development. The events of this Full Moon may show us that certain things can no longer remain (at least in our minds) in that state of potential; they will have already hardened, taken shape, and so must be accepted, used, dealt with as they are.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo: speaking of potential, you are fairly bursting with it–but what you need to know is that making the most of it won’t come easily: you will be tempted to fight every instinct and the deep, rhythmic primordial knowledge of life itself as it attempts to guide and inform you. Why would you resist that? It could be that you’ve come to believe too strongly in your own individuality; it’s time to acknowledge that there are forces out there bigger than you, and that they want to help. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Leo: a lot of things have come to an end recently, and you move into a new emotional ‘day’, with all the optimism that can offer. You’ve learned a great deal; we could say you’ve become wise, from all you’ve experienced. It’s time to take what you know and apply it in the smartest way possible; all that you know will coalesce to create a kind of ‘magic touch’ that, with even minimal effort, will manifest exactly what you’re aiming for. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Full Moon in Aquarius August 18 2016

16 August 2016 Going Rogue

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By Villy Fink Isaksen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

By Villy Fink Isaksen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

'Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot' by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of 'Treasure Island' {{PD}}

‘Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot’ by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of ‘Treasure Island’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: If we follow our instincts and/ or minds, we end up in unhealthy territory; relationships, financial matters, or as-yet unrenovated values lead us back to the past, in some way, and this makes us inclined to take up old ‘wounded’ or rebellious or erratic ways of processing current events. It may feel as if all our ‘buttons’ are being pushed at once. We’ve got to remember two things right now: we abandoned those from-the-past means of handling things because they were wounded expressions, and so unproductive–and we know better now, precisely because we’ve learned from what we’ve already experienced. Don’t let a small hurt couple with an urge to go rogue, because all we’ll get is a toxic blow-up of greater or lesser proportions. Channel energy into innovation, original expression, and the willingness to lead (if you’re usually a follower) or follow (if you usually lead)–and with this last concerning one’s position within the group, if you take what you think is the opposite of your usual role and it doesn’t work out, you can be sure that you’ve been thinking of your place in things all wrong (Hygeia qnx SN, Pallas contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus parallel Sedna and contra Hygeia, Merc parallel Chiron, Sun qnx Chiron and trine Uranus)

Today’s word image is really a question: When ‘the dream’ is realized, manifest right in front of us, do we recognize it? This may be the hardest step in the process, knowing when to shift gears and acknowledge that we’ve gotten exactly what we wanted.

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo: Your year may begin in some way that feels especially emotionally punishing, in a kind of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ scenario, but this matter quickly goes to a higher plane and takes an intellectual form, and how you face this sets the tone for the rest of the year, which features: the most amazing circumstances through which to display your originality, your inventiveness, and your mental brilliance; and a bit of a tightrope that requires you to adjust yourself to avoid hurt. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

15 August 2016 The Beauty of Your Path

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Jan Brueghel I -' A wooded landscape with travelers on a path' c1607 {{PD}}

Jan Brueghel I -‘ A wooded landscape with travelers on a path’ c1607 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today we all glimpse (or are immersed in, or struck by) the beauty of the Path we’ve chosen; we see the particular grace our life direction offers us, the way relationships have shown us exactly what we needed to learn and experience, and we also see the cost of our choices. It’s a day of revelation, one that prompts actions that transform our world–and these expressions of power both repudiate something we refuse to follow or accept that is required by society at large (this something is likely related to matters of the House Jupiter is currently transiting in the natal chart), and show what we care about, what we love, and this is done at least in part by our rejection of the unreal, the deceptive, or the delusional. Self-acceptance of our own unique viewpoint allows a healing of sorts, and makes our choices and actions especially effective (Jup contra-parallel Juno, Mars nov Pluto, Venus conjoined the NN and contra-parallel Neptune, Merc parallel Ceres and semi-sq Juno, Sun semi-sq Vesta)

By Jon - Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

By Jon – Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

Today’s word image is a sandcastle. This is a good symbolic approximation of life itself: we build with the tiniest bits of material, time, and experience, our creations simple or elaborate, many-chambered or uncomplicated, we put in a little effort or a lot, and the elements wear down our creation, in an instant or slowly, over time. What does your sandcastle look like, and what does it say about your choices, and your life?

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo: if you don’t adjust your behaviors and/ or use your talents, you will find yourself wounded at some point during the year between now and your next birthday. I can’t really pinpoint what will occur, only that you’re on a course that implies your own inflexibility will cause your grief–but, if you can follow your best impulses toward originality, and can find a place within, leadership role of, or willingly cooperate with ‘the group’, you can pull from yourself something truly rewarding and perfectly unique–your own highly meaningful contribution to the world. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Your Weekend 13-14 August 2016 Sunrise With Sea Monsters

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The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 13th: Though there is a broad theme of the individual v. the social order, when we squint (a modest ‘correction’ to our perceptions) we find that the struggle is actually a mental one within our own minds. The heart of it is our attitude toward authority in general, and the quirks and resistance we impose on current power relationships that echoes unresolved issues with those at one time in charge of us, particularly Mom. There are a few things we can be sure of, and which can act as rough guides to our choices: being hurt over what we’ve chosen to ignore or deny is, besides being nonsensical, just Self-defeating; being erratic or unreliable creates losses; ‘thinking big’ may help us overcome limitations; and if we experience a dust-up with authorities (or those who see themselves this way), we should examine the situation for the possibility we’ve projected our inner struggle, superimposing it on an interaction or relationship–the ‘blame game’ won’t do any good, and may keep us from resolving our inner quandary, which will only invite more discord and foster further power struggles until claimed and resolved (Chiron sesq Black Moon Lilith, Jup qnx Uranus, Mars qnx Ceres, Venus sesq Uranus and sq Saturn, Merc parallel Jupiter)

Saturn goes direct and just as it does, Venus completes a square to it; the sense may be that we are just now seeing what stands in the way of Love, happiness, Money, or values realization. The direction and Venus contact brings a dawning, and the temptation may be to become hyper-critical (Venus in Virgo) of what we desire, or bitter toward those who stand in our way; we’d be better served questioning how much of what we think has really just been accepted wholesale from the social circle. Important to note: the upcoming square of Saturn to Neptune promises that these difficulties with Venusian subjects pave the way for effective (though not necessarily easy) realization or materialization of a dream, ideal, or spiritual goal (Neptune).

'Sunrise With Sea Monsters' J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

‘Sunrise With Sea Monsters’ J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Today’s word image is a penguin. What does this bring to mind? A ‘scheme’ in black and white (suggesting an odd combination of extremes)? Some kind of cartoon stereotype anthropomorphizing them? ‘March of the Penguins’ (sad alert!)? The ‘Batman’ villain (and then, is he the natty Burgess Meredith version, or the slimy Danny DeVito version)? It’s likely most of us have only seen these animals in zoos–which effectively makes them a kind of unicorn, something we experience only in an artificial (zoo) and rarefied (in their home in the Antarctic region) environment, so something that may feel in some essential way unreal. Unless you are a zoologist specializing in order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae, you probably hold some unrealistic, quaint, or fanciful ideas about penguins; look around for that thing in your life it feels you are familiar with, that it seems you know so much about, and question your assumptions and the image you impose, under the principle it’s better to know what something really is, than to carry and respond to the illusions in your head.

By Joseolgon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

By Joseolgon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo: Emotional harmony and continuity will be strong this year, with actions easily in concert with aims, and ‘knowing’ through the feeling nature almost a given. By late in the year, nearer to your next birthday, though, you may be seriously hurt, forced to access inner wisdom or to take a practical approach in order to deal with the wound–but it all leads to a wiser, more mature You. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 14th: Here we see that ideas concerning Venusian matters are dealt with and the new understanding applied to the dream, in preparation for the material manifestation or spiritual realization promised at the perfection of the Saturn-Neptune square (see The Saturn Direction under the 13th). We find the most profitable and beneficial concepts connected to our own uniqueness and originality, and likely will experience these ideas as personally empowering, though they may stir up trouble with authorities or even Mother Nature–just know it probably can’t be helped, as our ‘mental contrariness’ somehow shines through (Venus parallel Uranus and opp Neptune, Merc contra-parallel Juno and sesq Ceres)

327px-Alice_drink_meToday’s word image is a bottle marked ‘Drink Me’ (shades of Alice in Wonderland!) What’s in the bottle? Your poison, whatever that may be in life. Your job is to either say ‘No’ to it (a true rejection that captures no part of the spirit, as occurs when one resists, rather than feels indifferent or willingly lets go), or to consume it and through your own power and purity transform it, making it harmless. You know the best choice for you–do one or the other, and don’t knock the bottle off the table, thinking that breaking it removes the temptation–you wouldn’t be the first to take desperate measures to try to rescue what’s all wrong for you.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo: Fate has something difficult in store for you, but it will only seem like a problem while you’re waiting for your thinking to catch up with developments; after that, you experience a year of practical advances and the building of profitable circumstances. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

 Enjoy your weekend!

 

12 August 2016 We Think We Know

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It’s a trap!

. . . and by ‘trap’ I mean we will sincerely believe we have a clear intellectual grasp and a wise perspective–but health matters (mental, emotional, physical, but especially spiritual ones) cloud instincts and obscure access to inner knowledge, and social pressures could cause us to ignore hurt and sweep matters in need of attention under the rug, only adding to our being out-of-touch in a way that might not be obvious–and if we are aware of some disconnect, we may be too strongly tempted to deny it, just to feel we’re moving forward. Wounds of which we’re not entirely conscious may push us to mark territory, exert our Will over others, and just generally posture as authorities–but we would do far better to abandon the standards of the social order in favor of dealing with hidden, ignored, or denied matters, or those that enrage us, especially as they affect relationships. Embracing those matters we’d rather turn away from will pay off, whether right now we are in a position to see how that will happen or not. Adding to this is a very loose Water Grand Trine involving Neptune, Vesta, and Black Moon Lilith=we are prevented from knowing just how much we are in denial of, or avoiding, and we may see dodging issues as vital to our survival–an exaggeration that justifies our desire to turn away! Indulging in this may be Self-defeating, in the worst sense. And that’s the AstroEssence (Perfecting today: Hygeia sesq Sedna, Pallas enters Gemini, Chiron nov Ceres, Neptune qnx Hygeia, Jupiter semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and opp Chiron, Venus sxt BML)

Not the kind of trap we're talking about. Winslow Homer - 'Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots' 1874 {{PD}}

Not the kind of trap we’re talking about. Winslow Homer – ‘Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots’ 1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is–oh, you’re going to love this, after ‘teeth’ yesterday–it’s a butterfly with teeth! This comic image combines something that is seen as lovely but essentially harmless–in fact, unable to defend itself–with a symbol of both the ability to defend (who wants to get bitten?) and the ability to process, to consume, to assimilate and do. This may speak to a fear many people have: of being ‘beautiful’ but almost helpless, certainly losing an edge of aggression and dynamism, after spiritual transformation–that is, after going from what we imagine is a caterpillar (ordinary) to a butterfly (extraordinary). We tend to confuse spiritual advancement (itself a misnomer–maybe it should be ‘spiritual experiences’, which we would otherwise call ‘life’) as an end-game that brings a kind of beatific passivity, all sunshine and smiles, all troubles swept away. Whether we make these assumptions in terms of the spiritual journey or something more materially-oriented (career development, perhaps), there are a few things to consider: we don’t simply go from one static extreme to another–not only is development not so one-dimensional, it’s also non-linear–we can easily be a butterfly one moment and back to a caterpillar the next–and certainly, spiritual development is meant to advance understanding, which in itself is both a kind of armor, and an attitude that is much more accepting of the cyclic nature of life, as well as of the life-death-life that we see in the continuous round of simultaneous growth and decay. The fear is unnecessary, and reveals itself to be so as the spirit truly begins to grasp that defenses aren’t actually necessary, because the Universe never attacks.

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleFor those born with the Sun at 20 Leo: the sense of being solitary, even in the midst of a crowd, may be strong for you through the first two-thirds of the year, heading toward your next birthday. Connecting may be an issue, and your ego may get in your way. ‘Emotional knowledge’, learning about emotional realities and understanding the complexities of feeling within your situation, are on the agenda–and will result in a splendid emotional harmony arriving in that final third of the year, the kind of positive feeling that will allow you to act in perfect concert with your identity, Soul needs, and intentions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

11 August 2016 Shape Your Lust!

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Lawrence Koe - 'Idyll' c1910 {{PD}}

Lawrence Koe – ‘Idyll’ c1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We find unique and effective ways of gaining, ways that directly fulfill ambitions and desires, that may use relationships, talents, or assets in order to accomplish our goals, and that pay off one way or another–and it all goes down smoothly, almost effortlessly, as if ‘luck’ is with us, or these positive developments are ‘meant to be’ in a big picture sense–and maybe they are. There’s beauty in acknowledging our desires, and sharing our goals with others–they just might want to help you attain them. Take care in interactions, though, as lust can get away from us–the choices are to shape it consciously or be driven by it unconsciously–and unthinking advances or expressions of want could be the order of the day (Perfecting today: Venus nov Zeus)

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is teeth! We all have very particular associations with teeth, whether we think of our own, those of animals (sharks!), or the many sayings involving them: ‘take a bite out of’ or ‘bit off more than one can chew’, ‘the gnashing of teeth’, ‘tooth and nail’, or stories like how George Washington had wooden teeth, how people used to tie a string from a rotten tooth to a door knob and then slam it to remove, or the biosociological concept of baring teeth to frighten others (yet the human smile is supposed to mean the opposite), etc. The interesting thing is that when we think of teeth as symbols we see that most of our references to them refer to two concepts: either consumption, or tension/ aggression. Then there are dreams about teeth, with Edgar Cayce describing teeth as our thoughts and words, with dreams of loose or lost teeth as signaling regret for what we’ve said. Look at the first few ideas that pop into your mind when you think of teeth, and what these may say about both your viewpoint and what you may choose to ‘sink your teeth into’.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo: the early part of your year, counting through to your next birthday, may be spent in unusual moves meant to deal with feelings that seem hurtful and out-of-control. If you can hold back from overreacting (that is, realize that emotional responses are exaggerated in your mind), you may find that living with the feelings can open up some original creative approaches to both problems and Self-expression, ones that can open up your world and take what you create and what you do to a new level. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

10 August 2016 A Danger of Erosion

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'Stromschnelle' - Gerhard Rießbeck - Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe)     CC BY-SA 2.0

‘Stromschnelle’ – Gerhard Rießbeck – Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe) CC BY-SA 2.0

The AstroEssence: Rage or destructive attitudes are in danger of eroding our internal wisdom, even as (or perhaps because) we turn away from that anger or from matters that need attention; somehow ignoring or denying the problem appears to be the solution–and that’s where we go wrong. We need to think about it, and then clear it out, one way or another. Relationships could be mine fields unless we maintain a respectful approach to the other, no matter how things appear. Transform communication through critical thinking and a willingness to let go of rules, parameters, and structures–avoiding falling into old, ingrained patterns in how we think, speak, and listen will make the difference–and know that being open to change will have a further benefit of offering personal empowerment and could elevate status (Pluto semi-square Juno, Venus contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and sxt Vesta, Mercury trine Pluto)

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Today’s word image is an astronaut. How perfect for an astrology blog, that we see ourselves as ‘star voyagers’ spinning through space, pinned to the Earth, looking out at the Cosmos! What does an astronaut mean to you? Does the symbol point your attention toward some recent horoscope event or learning occasion centered on astrology/ astronomy? Was this job ever an aspiration for you? Do you see astronauts as modern versions of explorers, as people who take extreme, calculated risks, or has the length of time we’ve been going to and returning from space made the entire venture seem old hat, and not very thrilling at all? Do you see space travel as a waste of money, an inevitable result of man’s ever-expanding push outward, or as an outdated dream? The astronaut is merely the most visible human component in a much larger effort, like an actor in a movie–it takes many more people to put the whole thing together than we ever see–and, mistakenly, we tend to assign far more credit or blame to that visible person than they actually deserve. Are you seeing someone as having a greater role in something than they really do, and holding them responsible, when they’re just the ‘front man’? Or are you the astronaut, ready to enter a harsh environment in the name of exploring the unknown?

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo: you’re gathering steam for some truly unique and original Self-expression, but you’re not there yet; you have some emotional digging to do, some secret-discovering and some changes to make, before you’ll be ready to shine. Though the emotional element of things may seem unimportant (and so you may be tempted to ignore or skip dealing with feelings), they are actually the heart and soul of what you will create, and so must be attended to before you can make that unique statement of who you are. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

9 August 2016 The Ladies Have It

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'Musicienne du silence' Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

‘Musicienne du silence’ Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The ladies have it, if by ‘it’ you mean an ability to cooperate, share power, and combine complementary talents and status in order to go much farther together than any individual could alone–and by ‘ladies’, we really mean the part within all of us that is receptive, and so open to cooperation, a sharing of power, and a willingness to exercise abilities and prerogatives to aid others as much as themselves. There is also an almost magical ability to access the instincts and that primal ‘knowing’ we carry within by staying clear on, and true to, our highest values, when acting or interacting. We profit, in one form or another, by empowering ourselves and others–and that empowerment comes through a partnership mentality that is tuned to the instincts and the values–miss any component, and results are likely to be unproductive, if not outright divisive (Vesta nov Sedna, Venus sxt Juno)

Today’s word image is a violin. It’s here I note that an individual response to an image overrides any definition I might offer. My thoughts: violins are ‘prodigy’ instruments, often taken up before the individual can actually make a choice, requiring discipline, dedication, and control of an extraordinary degree, and their sound is like liquid emotion, often used to heighten feeling in a movie or during a musical experience. Personally, it reminds me of how I didn’t get one of my daughters the lessons she requested (at about nine years old) and I’ve been sorry about not giving her that opportunity ever since–so for me, this is a symbol of regret.

Fotothek_df_tg_0008204_Theosophie_^_AlchemieFor those born today: 17 Leo, described in yesterday’s post, lasts until after 10 PM of the 9th, Pacific time; in order to once again ‘line up’ day and degree the best way possible, you read yesterday’s post if your Sun is at 17–or you wait for tomorrow’s, if your Sun is 18 Leo. In any case, Happy Birthday, Leo!

8 August 2016 The Way Things Are

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Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: the reality picture (and subsequently, our attention) is focused on matters of ‘health’ (in all its forms) and the way these influence realization of our goals, or shape our ambitions and desires. In accepting and then working with the way things are, we not only find a way forward, we see precisely where our strengths and our ability to influence lies–and we use it, embracing our own authority (no matter how circumscribed or tenuous) and thereby gaining, profiting, or furthering relationships (Perfecting today: Saturn sxt Hygeia, Venus trine Ceres, Mercury conjoined the NN, Sun sxt Zeus)

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a small float plane lands on a smooth lake. The thing that always strikes me about this kind of transportation is how specific it is–you can’t change your mind mid-flight and toot on over to an airport! In what way are you being very particular about moving forward, so much so that you may be limiting your potentials? Sometimes we must be very specific, because we already know exactly what it takes to ‘arrive’ at a highly specialized destination, but we may become overly specific in how we move forward without having a very specific goal in mind, and so could curtail possibilities and delay progress.

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France - Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo: (Please check your natal chart to know whether you should read yesterday’s forecast, today’s, or tomorrow’s, according to the degree of your Sun) You may have realized some important or significant ambition or goal of late, and you may be wondering, now what? You may have an almost immediate emotional crisis to deal with (possibly involving aesthetic matters or the partner), and after that you’re called upon to act and/ or to choose–and this may occur in life areas where the choices conflict with your intentions. Take your time, sort it out, and don’t act reflexively or in anger–that definitely won’t get you where you want to go. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m considering offering reports on the upcoming September eclipses (no, the one in mid-August is not an eclipse, but a near miss) in two versions, one a succinct report that concentrates on the meaning for you (no astro-details), the other including the astro-details as they contact your natal chart, and this is very important: these reports only address the impact of the eclipse–the report does not exhaustively cover everything happening in your chart, it focuses on the set of events as they interact with your chart. The emphasis will be on you, and how these might impact you, and you need to be aware, this may or may not address current issues you think are important–often an eclipse set lets you know where things are really happening, or where they’re ‘warming up’, as well as what areas may undergo drastic change, a ‘wipeout’, rather than answering matters that grab your attention currently–though of course, sometimes they do. The briefer report that offers the meaning and life areas impacted for you, based on the eclipse’s contact to your natal chart, will be $35 and run 1-2 single-spaced PDF pages, while the more detailed will run 2-3+ single-spaced pages at $50. Both are delivered by email as soon as possible. I’ll let you know right here if I decide to go forward–and those who’ve already contacted me and asked about this will be first in line, if I decide to offer them. Thanks to all who’ve inquired!

Your Weekend 6-7 August 2016 What We Honor, What We Think

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"Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices" Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress--no known restrictions

“Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices” Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress–no known restrictions

The AstroEssence for Saturday may involve a peculiar sort of instinctive, reflexive action and thought that may bring erraticism to new heights and conflict to relationships–and though we know what we do flies in the face of our internal wisdom, we find ambitions and desires intrude and inspire acting out against the current situation. We act, do, and think in spite of ourselves–and it’s this internal distance, this awareness, that allows us to prevent disaster by focusing on our highest values and those things we know we want to protect and preserve. Measure everything you want to do against your standards and priorities–if it passes muster, go ahead (Perfecting today: T-sq Venus opp Pallas both sq Mars, Venus semi-sq Zeus, Mercury parallel Sedna, sq Saturn, and sesq Uranus, Sun nov Vesta)

Today’s word image is a sno-cone. For me this brings to mind a childhood treat, something eaten in only the hottest weather. Is there something you enjoy that you deny yourself, demanding conditions be ‘just so’ before you can have or do it?

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 6th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) Your world (or should I say your ‘reality picture’?) is changing in major ways, like it or not, and it’s up to you to take advantage of those ways in which you can have your say and affect the outcome. This may require that you are willing to go over old territory, things you already thought were settled, and re-hash matters, especially those concerning power and things that have been kept secret. It won’t be easy, but courage will help you shape things largely as you really want them to be. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

For Sunday we may discover that the key to getting what we want, fulfilling ambitions and reaching goals, may be to find a way to work with complementary energies or entities. These are things, people, organizations that inherently conflict, and yet may provide two necessary parts in our quest for fulfillment. Some tips: reject what’s deceptive, and you may end up rejecting what’s creative or spiritually perceptive–it’s baby with the bathwater if you do, so just don’t take any Neptunian element as being entirely obvious or reliable; keep thinking and communications on ‘the high road’; and look for the wisdom and practicality that may be offered through relationships or by watching ‘the bottom line’ (Zeus at the midpoint of Venus sq Mars, Venus parallel Pallas, Merc contra-parallel Zeus, Hygeia, and the SN, and opp Neptune, Sun qnx Pluto)

Looks like the tree is heaving them at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Looks like the tree is heaving coconuts at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a coconut. To me growing up these were exotic, something that spoke of an entire other way of life, of unimagined experience, and handling them was a whole other thing again: they almost felt like some strange cross between animal and plant (I think it’s the hair🙂 ). Look for something you have in your life now that you approach with that much wonder, so different than the every day, and explore it further–and if you don’t have something like that, go look for it!

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 7th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) For now, change and tough times are behind you; this year ahead, through to your next birthday, is filled with efforts toward ambition realization, especially through the experience of emotional partnership, and with consideration for others and some aesthetic ‘good sense’, you can go far. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Thank you, and enjoy your weekend!

5 August 2016 Excavations, Explorations

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William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Virgo, and we may start to see ‘virgin territory’ as a desirable place to explore, transform, or critique. We go where we’ve never been before in relationships or financially, or we are willing to be accountable publicly for some change in our values–it’s as if we’re saying, ‘Yes, that’s who I am, not what you expected, right? I’m not afraid to go there”. This is good, if it’s freeing you to express genuine feeling, not so good if it’s an aberration fostered by a too-prickly relationship with Virgoan characteristics, right now (check natal Merc for what it might be receiving by transit–a tense aspect or two almost certainly promises you’ll go out on a limb, then try to saw it off).

The mind may almost compulsively dig into areas where matters are denied or ignored, or where deep change is happening but those involved are pretending everything is just fine. This will cause friction, especially in relationships or financially, but if handled consciously (with deliberate discernment, rather than a critical approach), may excavate areas painful or too long ignored, allowing healing to begin. Warning: thinking easily drifts into the fantastical and unreal; stay connected to the facts–and don’t mistake your or another’s thoughts for facts–for best results (Perfecting today: Venus sesq Pluto, Merc sxt Black Moon Lilith and contra-parallel Neptune)

Today’s word image is a picture of a stranger, found in a box of old family photos. Whose ‘surprise photo’ are you most likely to find emerging from the past? Who within the family is this person connected to, and why? And does this illuminate anything about this family member for you?

Vincent van Gogh 'Olive Trees' 1888 {{PD}}

Vincent van Gogh ‘Olive Trees’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo: If you’re willing to let go of outmoded or irrelevant energy drains, and acquiesce to re-making those areas that need ‘power reform’, you can mid-way through your year, through to your next birthday, find like-minded others and develop an aesthetic both of which will support realizing your goals and ambitions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

4 August 2016 The Engine of Ambitions

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 "Motor Manufacturing" by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

“Motor Manufacturing” by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

The AstroEssence: Our ambitions drive everything right now; we have innovative, unique, and inspiring thoughts about our desires, wants, and goals, and we see what’s impractical or unwise about the form our current aims take, and so can modify our intended direction and our efforts. Our quest to express our individuality pushes us forward, and we’re heartened both by seeing how and why things didn’t work in the past, and how we and our ambitions can fit into the social fabric now. Optimism is pervasive, but take care not to bite off more than you can handle (Pallas sesq Zeus, and Merc nov Zeus and parallel Uranus, Sun nov Jupiter and qnx the SN)

Juan Téllez Hellín - 'Work' 1903 {{PD}}

Juan Téllez Hellín – ‘Work’ 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is unfinished knitting. What have we begun to knit together, pulling in different threads to make a coherent and cooperative whole, that we’ve lately put aside, neglected, or given up on? Whatever the project is, remind yourself of what you intended at the time, then look at things in the light of now–that’s the only way to know if it’s right to pick it up and finish, or to unravel things, and put the energy and materials to a better use.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Leo: Though most of the year goes smoothly, you are actually headed for great change; the question is, will this be forced upon you, or will you see the writing on the wall, and modify your course so that what you’re required to do fits into what you want, anyway? You prepare best by being flexible, and at the same time being as Self-responsible and Self-aware as possible; avoid being too critical of yourself or others, as this is especially likely at those points when emotions overcome you. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By mik Krakow - Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

By mik Krakow – Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

Thank you, Readers!

3 August 2016 Good For Us

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Elizabeth Forbes - 'Blackberry Gathering' c1912 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence: What we love is actually good for us right now–can you imagine? It may seem like a trick, a deception, a sleight-of-mind, but we’ll only be mislead if we focus our attention too narrowly on ourselves and our interests; keep the world in mind, and our actions and choices can verge on transformative, that’s how effective our ‘reach’ into the real world can be. Make it pleasant, make it pretty, make it profitable, and we’ll all benefit. And we find, in exerting ourselves, that if we anticipated pain for taking charge and being responsible, we were wrong–empowering ourselves is not just hurt-free, but helps us shed any illusions we may have accepted as valid (Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Mars semi-sq Pluto, Venus nov Hygeia, Sun qnx Neptune)

Today’s word image is a forest, where every tree trunk is covered with butterflies. To me butterflies are symbols of potential, of what someone or something can become, and a forest speaks of an environment that acts as a sheltering place to gather, replenish, and breed, a proper ground for bringing something to fruition. This image may prompt us to look at how well our environment incubates our efforts; are they properly nourished, allowed to develop, recognized as valid once they are complete? If not, consider modifications that can help support even the most delicate and elusive of ideas, the inspired kind we must take seriously and pursue, before the moment passes. See one man’s efforts to support butterflies here, and a real-life forest such as our image describes here.

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo: there is a ‘fresh’ feeling to your new Solar year, one that offers you the time, energy, and inclination to address old issues, see to lingering problems, and adjust current matters so that you are rid of what’s outdated and can effectively turn your attention on the future. You are entering a larger process of change that will take some time; getting right with the past is your first step forward. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

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New Moon in Leo + 2 August 2016 Find the Groove

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1912 Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

If you don’t find your groove, moving forward may feel like this. 1912
Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Action-taking and choice-making are impulsive and yet create opportunities, and may in particular create an opportunity related to the New Moon; this abundance of possibility is true for us, as long as we access instinct, don’t confuse that with wishful thinking, and stay aligned with our genuine priorities. We can make gains in knowledge and widen our horizons, if we can find the groove. Strange as it may sound, just don’t think about it; that may be our best ‘in’ to the instinctual nature, along with feelings that are clear (that is, not confused with thought). Those who confuse the sources and meaning of their impulses will find it costly, damaging to either relationships or finances, while everyone else can successfully ignore the unpleasant or denied in favor of the instinctual and what’s true to oneself (Mars into Sagittarius, Vesta-Pallas-Juno Water Grand Trine still in effect–see forecast for the 1st–with Vesta also perfecting a sextile to Ceres, Venus sq Sedna, Mercury contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleThe Lunar Essence is exemplified by the New Moon in Leo, falling at 10 degrees 57 minutes, at 1:44 PM PDT of the 2nd. This event in Leo brings a focus of Self-awareness, of our part in the larger scheme, and particularly makes us aware of how we might ‘shine’ in life. This meeting of Sun and Moon (as viewed from our perspective on Earth) ends the Dark period and signifies energetically an inception, a new start, a seed moment, likely related to the real-world matters represented by the House in the natal chart in which the NM falls. The aspects made tell us the story; this New Moon is square to Black Moon Lilith, trine Saturn, quincunx Neptune (and close to but too far out to count a quincunx to the SN), and sesquiquadrate Chiron. We personally (Leo) can begin the process of materialization, or we can find shape and context for these matters, or we can limit or otherwise contain issues related to matters of the House where the NM falls. It will take some effort, some of it potentially unpleasant, but the results can be both healing and creative (especially if you can find that groove!) and can remove a long-held shadow from the psyche.

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Children Play On A Swing Hanging From The Branches Of A Huge Oak Tree’. This may tell us that our best approach, as with the ‘not thinking’ mentioned above, is one that takes a carefree attitude with developments, toward both what we do or generate and what comes from outside us. Play may be our most useful and productive way of engaging the energies, as it all ‘hangs’ on our wisdom and strength, signified by the oak in the image.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Leo: it may feel like you have just awakened, just been struck by the lightning of an exciting and vital idea, or that you are embarking on a renewed life, even if nothing in your circumstances has changed. This is the effect of having your Solar Return follow so closely in the lee of a New Moon. The emphasis, for you this year, is on creativity; be willing to be flexible, to make the changes, adjustments, and modifications that will support exercising your creative energies and doing right by your spiritual needs, because a helpful wind is with you–you can go a lot farther than you think. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

1 August 2016 A Tangle of Impulses

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By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach - 'Der Rettung Entgegen' 1913 {{PD}}

By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach – ‘Der Rettung Entgegen’ 1913 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re well into Dark of the Moon, that three day period prior to the New Moon when the Lunar light is absent, effectively removing our symbolic connection to the passing of time–and it’s this sense of timelessness that we should be mindful of right now. Particularly in that final 24 hours before the New Moon, we may find turning inward more natural than turning outward, and aligning our inner life with our outer one especially difficult, as they seem to be so disconnected. That means that meditation, contemplation, revery, creativity, and seeking the vision are all especially effective now, while activities with a purely external focus don’t get the attention they need, and so don’t go as well as they could. Add to this Mars at 29 Scorpio, and we have the potential for a lot of compulsive or poorly thought out actions and choices, prior to the Mars entry into Sagittarius (and Mars moves into Sagittarius only about two hours before perfection of the New Moon, suggesting that the impulse to act may come forward before the intention, the ‘why’, becomes clear). Perhaps a note to the Self reminding us that though the inner life and viewpoint seem to be of ultimate importance, even more ‘real’, during this period, we are still physical beings in a material world, so measured activity and some caution is advised.

'Le Bec de Gaz - Nuit bleue' Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

‘Le Bec de Gaz – Nuit bleue’ Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

It’s the perfect time to reach emotional balance, specifically by getting clear within our own minds on what we are dedicated to, where we are empowered to act effectively, and by following the wisdom that exists internally and that is externally offered. It’s in being sure within ourselves of where we want to spend our energy and time, and how we can best exercise our prerogatives, that we find guidance toward the smart choice, or the practical one, and so insure we have the desired impact.

If we align our mentality too closely to material matters, we may find ourselves hurting, particularly through relationships or financial matters, and it’s almost guaranteed we won’t understand why–the tendency will be to blame others or circumstances, rather than see that our own viewpoint needs adjustment (Water Grand Trine of Vesta-Juno-Pallas, Mercury at the midpoint of Vesta-Juno and opp Pallas, Merc trine Ceres, Venus qnx Chiron, Sun sesq Chiron and trine Saturn)

Mihail Simonidi (1870 - 1933) - Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Mihail Simonidi (1870 – 1933) – Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a swan. Distilling the many meanings and associations of a swan, we see them as symbols of purity, associated with Venus, and linked to music. Look for the ‘swan element’ within your life, those things that represent beauty, purity, and the pure sensory enjoyment that comes from the Venusian aesthetic, especially through music–or just watch for swans, alerting you to synchronicities ahead.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Leo: early in your ‘new year’ you may feel emotionally confused, cut off from the feeling nature by real or imagined barriers, but soon enough you adjust, chiefly by realizing that it’s your own creative energy that’s distorting your perceptions–and that energy needs a solid outlet for expression. This may be your quest this year: to find the ‘perfect’ expressive mode for either your artistic or spiritual Beingness–everything else may take a back seat, until such expression is found. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great start to your week!

Your Weekend 30-31 July 2016 Inner Knowing

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Edgar Degas - 'Jeune femme avec Ibis' c1861 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Jeune femme avec Ibis’ c1861 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for Saturday: doing what’s smart empowers (and though you may think, Duh, of course it does! you might be surprised how often we turn away from what we know to be wise, in favor of what’s popular, fashionable, expedient, cheaper, quicker, etc). We call on our inner knowing, in order to be as effective as possible–but this only works if in thinking critically we don’t become destructive or overly focused on the pessimistic or consumed by our own rage or sense of injustice. Keep it balanced, keep it real, and put emotion on the back burner–it will only lead you wrong (Pallas trine Juno, Mercury enters Virgo and sesquiquadrates Pluto, Sun squares Black Moon Lilith)

Dick Ket, 'Still Life with Eggs' 1934 {{PD}}

Dick Ket, ‘Still Life with Eggs’ 1934 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a basket of eggs–in contradiction to that saying, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ Though caution and alertness are still advisable, this may be a time to put all our eggs–that is, all our effort and energy investment–in a single direction. It could be we need to concentrate and push forward without distraction in order to actually achieve what we’ve been aiming at. No more meandering or slow build-up–all-out effort, carefully applied, is now called for.

For those born with the Sun at 8 Leo: as much as half your upcoming year, through to your next birthday, may be spent in the ’emotional dark’, where you may either decline to engage the emotional perceptions or where you may be flying blind, groping for some kind of realization and order connected to the feelings. Eventually, though, illumination comes, and it has tangible, material or physical results that shape your reality, likely in a very positive way. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By Pierre-Auguste Renoir - {{PD}}

By Pierre-Auguste Renoir – {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for Sunday: be aware that the past shapes current ambitions–and may influence negative thinking about aims and goals, as well–and that means what we assume about our wants may be mistaken, rooted in a past that no longer is. Again, smart moves that lead to empowered circumstances are possible; keep in mind that the unexpected, the revolutionary, and the modern may bring benefits but also costs, and these can easily get out-of-hand. Look for easy flow, in both positive and less useful ways, between matters of the Houses ruled by Venus and Uranus in the natal chart (SN parallel Zeus, Pallas sxt Ceres, Venus trine Uranus, Merc semi-sq Zeus)

Michaelangelo Meucci. 1892 {{PD}}

Michaelangelo Meucci. 1892 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a songbird. Are you aware of the ‘song you sing’? That is, do you really know what you’re telling others, celebrating, announcing to the Universe? We’re often unaware of what we’re conveying, thinking we’re presenting one focus when many facets of which we’re unaware are seen (and responded to) by others. We may think we can consciously control what ‘comes out’, but the reality is that what we genuinely are shapes everything. The more honest we are with ourselves, the more authentic our ‘song’ becomes.

For those born with the Sun at 9 Leo: it’s easy to build what you care about this year, through to your next birthday; you have the energy and drive, and previously noted constraints and barriers seem to have fallen away. Don’t waste the opportunity to order your reality in a way that’s much closer to the ideal. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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29 July 2016 Measuring Ourselves

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By Vaido Otsar - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45458209

By Vaido Otsar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45458209

The AstroEssence: Uranus retrogrades today at 24 Aries 30, and begins backing toward a trine with Venus that perfects in just two days. This suggests a review of both the originality/ uniqueness and the erratic nature or unreliability of our own actions and choices (Uranus in Aries). We measure their worth, their effect on relationships and finances, and we look at how well they serve our own ends and interests (Venus in Leo). Matters of health in any form may figure in to your re-assessment (Venus semi-sq Hygeia); we won’t be able to unsee what we notice about ourselves at this time, so better to take the matter in hand and do something about it. Modern or unusual methods might provide the answers, though it may take some time (through the retrograde, perhaps?) to come to that conclusion. Look to feel this most strongly, at least initially, in the House with Aquarius on the cusp.

'target with Four Faces' Jasper Johns http://www.artchive.com/artchive/J/johns/target_4.jpg.html Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

‘target with Four Faces’ Jasper Johns http://www.artchive.com/artchive/J/johns/target_4.jpg.html Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Our Uranian considerations may be part of a larger trend toward smart thinking and wise planning that we somehow find difficult to enact. Knowing what’s right may be easy, but making choices or taking actions that support that knowledge may create conflict or in some way prove tough. Finding a way isn’t impossible, though, and indications are this will come clear by the 31st. (Mercury parallel Pallas and sq Mars)

Today’s word image is an angry person venting their anger at the ‘wrong’ Other. If we are avoiding expressing ourselves directly to the person who stirs these emotions in us, then we must consider that we are, for any number of reasons, not being honest with ourselves or with the Universe–and the result is often misdirected animus. Own your feelings, and know that there is a certain amount of choice involved; when we pretend that emotions ‘just happen’, and so in significant ways take us over, we are denying the important point that the feeling couldn’t exist for more than an instant unless we focus on it and feed it–and that is very much a choice.

By Eric Carrasco-Nuñez - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49829117

By Eric Carrasco-Nuñez – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49829117

For those born with the Sun at 7 Leo: hidden or ignored matters bubble to the surface through conflict–I’m sorry, you’re just not going to be able to avoid this–but once dealt with these matters that you once pushed aside can become a source of strength and support–and even better, they can be mustered to uphold justice in some important context within your life. Emotions will speak; be sure you listen. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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28 July 2016 Inner Health

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Carl Larsson 'Summer Morning' 1908 {{PD}}

Carl Larsson ‘Summer Morning’ 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Attention is on health, and that covers a lot of ground, depending on your focus: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual. We are likely to be critical of what we see (Jup in Virgo) especially in terms of externals, of the health of the social order (Jupiter again), but what we need to know is that what we’re seeing, and the origin of our focus, is really us, at a personal level; what we complain of, admire, or desire in matters of health and see in others (Hygeia in Libra) are really statements about ourselves and our responses and reactions to our environment (Sun in Leo). It may be dismissed as simplistic, but what we see out there is definitely what we’re carrying inside, so that externals guide us as to our own need to modify, clear, and make healthy (Perfecting today: Sun sextile Hygeia and semi-square Jupiter)

Photo by Ismoon (talk) 21:34, 25 February 2012 of public domain material, Artist unknown

Photo by Ismoon (talk) 21:34, 25 February 2012 of public domain material, Artist unknown

Today’s word image is a red flower and a stone. What kind of impulse do you have to interact with the two? Is the first thing you think of to smash the flower with the stone? To move the stone so the flower may grow and expand? To put the flower in your hair and the stone in your pocket? To leave them just as they are? To wonder what those two things are doing there? If the flower is ‘new growth’, a chance to ‘blossom’, that needs nurture and space, and the stone is your in-built Saturnian need to aggress, to stop or contain something, then your response to this pair should tell you something about how you’re treating new creations and fledgling projects and energies, and what rules or boundaries you may be imposing on them.

Der grüne Löwe, der Sol verschlingt. Book illustration in Rosarium philosophorum, published 1550 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany {{PD}}

Der grüne Löwe, der Sol verschlingt. Book illustration in Rosarium philosophorum, published 1550 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 6 Leo: The health of your primary relationships may be paramount this year, through to your next birthday, with a need to do what’s smart and practical calling the shots. You may be tempted to keep secrets or bury less-than-pleasant factors under the rug, but that will only foster guilt and tensions that may keep even the most inevitable-seeming positive things from happening. Talk it out, this year, and think before you speak; these should be your mantras. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

27 July 2016 Balancing Act

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'Woman Holding a Balance' Johannes Vermeer {{PD}}

‘Woman Holding a Balance’ Johannes Vermeer {{PD}}

There’s a loose Water Grand Trine with Vesta, Juno, and Pallas, all in very early degrees of their respective signs. This offers the balancing of what’s smart, what’s empowering, and what’s sacred to us through the emotions. In this case, getting the emotions under control (the early degrees of a sign can be raw and chaotic) will bring about the balancing. Whatever you’re reacting strongly to can be sorted successfully by asking: What’s the wise choice here? What supports my feelings of effectiveness as well as my highest values? This should tame and direct the passions, as well as soothe what may be a highly overwrought (and so inaccurate) perception of what’s going on.

The AstroEssence: If we’ll accept the unusual idea, the radical (compared to our current way of reasoning) thought, if we’ll accept that a situation really can be healed, we’ll find healthy outlets for our thinking (look to Leonine energies as well as those Houses in the natal chart ruled by Mercury), as well as resolve conflicts that stretch tentacles below the surface of consciousness (Mercury trine Uranus, square Sedna, nov Hygeia, and qnx Chiron)

Herakles and Syleus. Attic red-figure amphora, 480–470 BC. Oionokles Painter - Photo by Jastrow (2006) {{PD}}

Herakles and Syleus. Attic red-figure amphora, 480–470 BC. Oionokles Painter – Photo by Jastrow (2006) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an ancient Greek vase. A ‘container’ from the past can be useful now; look to what gave shape, form, restraint to the thinking or the life previously, and consider using this method once again, if only temporarily, to contain what might otherwise overwhelm.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Leo: the state of the health, and ‘healthy’ behaviors (or their rejection), will drive much of what occurs through the first half of the year–and the way you deal with this determines whether issues are eventually brought into the light and made to add to your power, or buried thoroughly, to act as a burr under the skin. You know which is better, right? Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

26 July 2016 Smart is Relative

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By Vorakorn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41019843

The AstroEssence: It may feel today as if what’s smart is relative, and in a way, that’s right: viewpoint defines our ideas of wisdom, practicality, and ‘right thinking’. That should tell you there’s no Universal ‘right answer’ at the moment, only what’s right for the individual; too, our focus may be on what’s not working, rather than what is, with a tendency to be overly critical because we’ve lost perspective–and if you are criticizing something or someone for a lack of practicality, re-frame it as a statement of wisdom, and the other way around, criticism of something as unwise needs to be seen through a lens of practicality. Be lenient in your judgments of others, and allow them the same freedom to choose as you demand for yourself. (Sun qnx Pallas)

Egon Schiele - 'Edith with Striped Dress, Sitting' 1915 {{PD}}

Egon Schiele – ‘Edith with Striped Dress, Sitting’ 1915 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is stripes. Stripe patterns are a meshing of two distinct colors that ‘work together’ without losing their uniqueness. We also talk about ‘a different stripe’ meaning something of great contrast to something else, and we talk about how a tiger can’t change its stripes, meaning something has a nature that cannot be modified. One of these may apply to something in your life–two things working together but distinct, something that is what it is, no matter how we’d like to see it–or it may just be that when you see stripes you need to note what’s going on around you, for future reference.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Leo: emotional crisis that could lead to material upset kicks off your year, through to your next birthday, and health and/ or ‘habits’ need attention–what was smart for you in the past no longer is, and yet I don’t mean to be negative–it’s in dealing with these stresses early in the year that you will gain your power. All denied or hidden matters will be sorted, and those things that enrage you will be righted or eliminated, leaving you in a strong position to have and to shape things exactly as you like. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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By Michelet – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1066709

25 July 2016 Foresight

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The AstroEssence: We may be consumed with honoring, participating in, and going after what we care about, and the focus may be on how this fits in with our relationships, or the Love and Money available if we pursue our ambitions. We have a certain genius right now for finding the place where what we are dedicated to intersects with our needs for companionship, Self-fulfillment, and gain; an uncanny ability to look ahead and know where we are currently headed, and how to shift so we get where we want to go, allows us to imagine alternatives, their likely outcomes, and to choose among these so that our highest values are not just honored, but lived (Vesta enters Cancer, Venus sxt Zeus, Sun nov NN)

Today’s word image is standing in a very long line, not knowing what it’s a line for! It sounds like a joke, but in the Soviet era there were stories about how as soon as people saw a line forming, they got in it–it didn’t really matter what it was for, as one could trade the goods if they weren’t of use. What are you waiting for, and do you even know if you’re in the right line for the thing you want?

For those born with the Sun at 03 Leo: This may sound very odd, like a terrible fortune cookie, but here’s your formula for success in the coming year, through to your next birthday: ‘Clean Living’ (and/ or concern for the health and welfare of the partner or others) will afford you practical skills and/ or wisdom–both the skills and the wisdom will have spiritual significance or overtones, or may be creative in nature, leading to prolific times. Cryptic, right? Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

24 July 2016 Step Carefully

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Carl Bantzer Schwälmer 'Tanz (Dance)' 1897-1898 {{PD}}

Carl Bantzer Schwälmer ‘Tanz (Dance)’ 1897-1898 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Relationships challenge us, specifically over values or the way we feel, and both interactions and money matters excavate areas of feeling and intent we’ve long thought set in stone. Thoughts strive for the ‘healthy’ approach, whatever that means to the individual, but communications and our own reasoning processes repeatedly point out our less-than-positive habits and tendencies; there’s no glossing things over and ignoring the ugly parts, the potential for damage, or the dangers, which shimmer vividly before us as we light the cigarette or run toward the cliff wearing our homemade parachute. Tips for handling what comes at us: value change–that is, find the rewards in it; accept that all relationships have a dark side, and that even a dream job or earning opportunity asks us to exchange a little of our power in order to skirt ‘death’ (think symbolically); and know that all of us are trying to purge our minds and concentrate on what’s positive, what thoughts and ideas will build us up–but in purging, all that dross has to go somewhere, so step carefully (Venus qnx Pluto, Mercury semi-sq Hygeia)

Derpy_bunny_graffitiToday‘s word image is a hungry rabbit with very big teeth! Despite the cartoon-y nature of the image, what we’re seeing is something normally harmless that could take quite a bite out of us if motivated. Temperaments fluctuate, dispositions morph and change; watch for the unexpected, aggressive ‘hunger’ from a quarter that’s normally passive, or more often seen as victim than aggressor. (I promise you, I actually write the word image before I go look for an accompanying pic–sometimes it just works out too well!)

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By Joseolgon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

For those born with the Sun at 02 Leo:
Your year may get off to a fiery start, but soon you enjoy internal emotional harmony, which may be your biggest asset, now through to your next birthday. This kind of agreement within yourself can propel you with unusual speed and precision toward your goals, so aim carefully, as you’re likely to find yourself speeding in that direction. What’s ahead? Taking the power, status, and reach you’ve achieved (no matter how major or minor you may see this as) and doing the smart thing with it, the healing thing, the healthy thing. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

23 July 2016 A Smart Environment

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Charles Frederick Ulrich - 'Typesetter at Enschede Haarlem' 1883 {{PD}}

Charles Frederick Ulrich – ‘Typesetter at Enschede Haarlem’ 1883 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We don’t want to see displays of power or force–they’re hurtful, wounding, damaging, and contrary to our ideals–but we can’t quite accept all we need to in order to create our ‘smartest’ (that is, best for our growth and happiness) environment; the result is that we are going after our ambitions and desires, whether they are really good for us (and whether they involve their own displays of power, force, or even bullying) or not (and part of why we persist in our pursuit is that we have a ‘knack’, or perhaps we just see an opening, right now). The dissonance could be very subtle, but it’s there, hidden behind statements of need or ‘we must!’ Proceed with consciousness (Pallas qnx Hygeia, Chiron parallel Ceres, Mars nov Zeus, Venus semi-sq Vesta, Sun the arm of a T-sq with Ceres and Juno)

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Today’s word image is a book cipher. How clear is your communication? Do you ‘encrypt’ things out of an unwillingness to embrace your own desires, hoping to get others to take the initiative, or is it a matter of fear at being ‘seen’? Do you obscure your meaning hoping others will misread it (and then, when you point back and say, “But you misunderstood,” do you feel powerful?) Do you try to sound more sophisticated than you are, or perhaps smarter (though the only one judging you as less sophisticated or smart is yourself!)? Are you using words to hide your message, or to reveal it? Even if you want to obscure your message, for any reason (and there are many legitimate reasons you might want to), are you clear about what and why you’re communicating that way? That’s important to know.

For those born with the Sun at 01 Leo: the emotional ‘power situation’ is front and center this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and the challenges it brings won’t be easy. You are trying to determine or attain your ‘correct’ or desired status, and exercising your prerogatives is paramount; there is a certain deep need to make your mark, to face and find your own place among authorities, and you’d like to work out something with Mother Nature–whether that’s your actual role vis a vis Gaia herself, or a sorting out of a health crisis or ‘mothering’ issue, it’s all meant to clear up identity and authority issues, and give you your proper place. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your Saturday!

22 July 2016 A Subtle Case

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‘Spider Web’ Photo By Arivumathi – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29524796

The AstroEssence: Today the Sun enters Leo, putting the focus on ourselves, and it’s a subtle case of a pair of Fingers of God that permeate thoughts and may allow reasoning to be altered, despite a less-than-desirable influence created by the social sphere or the facts (Jupiter contra-parallel Hygeia–and this may usher in a few public health crises, besides). Each of the Fingers includes Mercury, one as base with Zeus, apex the South Node, the other as apex itself, with base of Pluto-South Node (and in some ways we ought to consider Venus as part of the ‘Mercury effect’, since it is both closer in aspect to the Node than Mercury, and widely conjoined the Messenger). These are both a little loose, but noteworthy as the inconjunct of Merc to Pluto and the sextile of Merc to Zeus perfect today.

In Merc-Venus sxt Zeus apex SN, we have ideas and thoughts centered on the worth and talents of the Self and the ambitions and goals fixed firmly on the past; we look at the origins of our development and our viewpoint, and consider how this experience has shaped us (and for some, it will feel very limiting; the tendency may be to blame the past for current situations and future prospects).

With Merc-Venus as the apex to a Finger with base of SN-Pluto, we may transform, in our own minds and interpretations, the past and its effects, thereby ‘freeing’ or otherwise reforming the thought processes and the understanding of our own skills, opening the way to create a future without the limits we’ve carried up to now.

The two Fingers work in concert: one shows us how we’ve proceeded, how we’ve viewed ourselves and our potentials, up to now, the other allows us to actually draw power from the past, by re-processing our perceptions of it, and thereby giving us a future much more in tune with our current Beingness and outlook. So that’s good.

Today’s word image is a spider living within a bunch of grapes on the vine. At first we might think this image indicates something nefarious within something positive or desirable or wholesome–but I look at it another way: the spider lives between the grapes and doesn’t harm them, in fact it keeps other bugs from doing damage. It allows the grapes to grow and ripen without invasion by creatures that would destroy them. What in your life that you’re automatically regarding as bad or negative is actually doing a service, serving a purpose, and doing no harm?

Arbuckle_Bros._Coffee_Company_(3092966757)For those born with the Sun at 00 Leo the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, brings difficult situations that will determine the balance of power, personal influence, and depth of your commitment to both yourself and others–and all of it requires flexibility in feeling, a willingness to respond appropriately to real-world changes in circumstances, to what’s known or discovered, and to what’s shared/ owned–but don’t worry, your intuition is turned up to High. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Leo!

 

21 July 2016 Resisting Reality

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When we ignore reality we row against the current. 'A boat race between two boys at the island of Dalarö, in the Stockholm archipelago' Anders Zorn 1885 {{PD}}

When we ignore reality we row against the current. ‘A boat race between two boys at the island of Dalarö, in the Stockholm archipelago’ Anders Zorn 1885 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We act and choose against our own instincts–why? We are resisting reality; following ideals and going for dreams doesn’t seem to have paid off, and now we are feeling let down, betrayed, unsupported by our personal Universe. Let’s shake off that myopia and align our thinking with the facts: it’s not that reality has failed to serve us, it’s we who have failed to respond to the true state of what is. We must re-examine dreams to see their real worth, what they’ll actually cost us, and willingly modify them to fit our real-life circumstances; do that, and genuine progress won’t be far behind (Mars opp Sedna, Venus qnx Neptune, Sun contra-parallel Saturn)

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Photo provided by Turismo Emilia Romagna Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s Word image is soft-serve vanilla ice cream in one of those cones that taste like paper. Love this or loathe it, it’s supposed to be a treat. What in your life that’s supposed to be a reward doesn’t feel that way? Are you going along with something as a reward, when it’s no reward for you? Or what do you like that could be loads better by just upgrading the ingredients? If it’s supposed to be a positive, don’t just accept what’s handed to you–you should do everything you can to make it enjoyable.

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

Those born with the Sun at 29 Cancer are on the verge of discovering a new strength, a new purpose, or a new pleasure, and the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will bring this to light through some kind of material conflict or struggle. That isn’t necessarily bad; it only means you may have to work for it, or assert your right to it over the objections of others. The empowerment you receive by going for it will turn over a lot of old ground, uncover a secret or two, and definitely will re-make life as you know it. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Cancer!

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20 July 2016 The Past Delivers the Present

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The path we follow today certainly determines where we end up tomorrow. 'The Sunken Road in the Cliff at Varangeville' (1882)-Claude Monet {{PD}}

The path we follow today certainly determines where we end up tomorrow. ‘The Sunken Road in the Cliff at Varangeville’ (1882)-Claude Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our role in relationships, or our responsibility for finances, looms large; we get real-world feedback that either shows us our limits or delivers a solid manifestation of what we’ve put in to one or both of these Venusian venues. Past choices deliver current outcomes–and may wound, show us our weaknesses, or heal some hurt we held in our imaginations, rather than in reality (Chiron in Pisces). The good thing is that we gain, maybe socially, but definitely in tangible terms. Examine efforts and thinking in light of what past methods have produced; be willing to give up what doesn’t work–that only helps make room for more, and better (Venus trine Saturn, sesq Chiron, and nov Jupiter, Merc qnx SN and semi-sq Vesta, Sun sesq SN)

Edgar Degas, 'Woman ironing' 1873 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas, ‘Woman ironing’ 1873 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an ironing board. This symbol of the housewife’s drudgery is something of an antique; new fabrics, steaming, more casual dress, and the proud display of wrinkles has taken this item out of daily use. You may have some personal associations with this–I see it as an example of something we all know now, that may soon pass so far out of use that coming generations won’t even know what it is–and that prompts examination of how the passage of time modifies our idea of what’s necessary, what’s useful.

1280px-Kloster_Rüti_-_Mitra_-_Stadtmuseum_Rapperswil_2012-12-01_16-04-33_(P7700)For those born with the Sun at 28 Cancer the coming year promises an emotional ‘showdown’, a defining of the true emotional perceptions and state (and we know that may secure, alter, or otherwise bring change in any number of ways)–and there are also indications that everything that happens relates to you determining to whom and what you want to dedicate your life energy. You may find the perfect partner this year–or may re-dedicate yourself to the one you have. In any case, serious matters are sorted, and life determining directions chosen, whether this is done consciously or not (with the ‘not’ looking as if externals are pushing you in this direction or that, closing off and opening options, willy-nilly). Good luck, Cancer, and Happy Birthday!

 

19 July 2016 Mercury Quincunx Neptune + The Capricorn Full Moon: True to Ourselves

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John William Godward - Dolce Far Niente (1897) {{PD}}

John William Godward – Dolce Far Niente (1897) {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The quincunx makes communications, and parsing our own thoughts, difficult: we are not good judges of info coming at us, and we’re not good judges of what we think; images and ideas swim and dissolve, facts seem to mutate and morph before our eyes, and we are easily distracted, drawn in the direction of the fantastical, the fanciful, and the untrue. We are unsure–that is, we are unsure if we are alert, cautious about drawing conclusions, and aware of the potential to be mislead or deceived–those who are sure are almost certainly laboring under a Neptunian illusion of one kind or another.

The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs on the 19th at 27 CAP 40 at 3:56 PM PDT. This FM challenges us to act, to commit ourselves, to live our highest values, to actively honor what we care about; the basis is the FM’s sextile to Mars, with both inconjunct Vesta, which is apex to this Finger of God. Our choices and what we do will, whether we intend them to or not, reveal precisely what is most important to us, indeed, what we find sacred, in life. This Finger offers moments of genuine Truth, the kind that lets us know everyone’s standards and investments, and they ours–and these will be especially precious, and especially hard to discern, with Merc-Neptune in play.

The Lunar event also sextiles Chiron, trines Sedna, and with Uranus as the arm to the Sun-Earth/ Moon axis forms a T-square. Do these aspects describe what prompts the Full Moon ending or conclusion, or do they flow from the Lunar occurrence? It could be either; circumstances of healing or display of skills may be involved, instincts guiding us, with either the Full Moon presenting a stressful ‘test’ of the individuality focused on the willingness to be unique or independent, or this pressured situation, a crisis concerning expressing the individuality, coming from FM events.

Hiroshi Yoshida - Kumoi-Zakura (Kumoi Cherry Trees) 1919 {{PD}}

Hiroshi Yoshida – Kumoi-Zakura (Kumoi Cherry Trees) 1919 {{PD}}

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Large Aviary’. With the Full Moon we are seeing circumstances of stress, instinct, the need for action or choice that reveals priorities, and a requirement (via the FM events along the Sun-Earth/ Moon axis) that puts pressure on the individuality picture, and all of it accompanied by a persistent difficulty sorting fact from fiction, reality from delusion. So under these conditions, what does the Sabian suggest? An Aviary is a man-made construct, something that holds what would otherwise be wild, living things; we are looking at restrictions or boundaries put on what should be free. This relates directly to the circumstances of the T-square, and refines our understanding of it; stress will come from some element of our own Self-expression and our sense of freedom. The Sabian tells us that the constraints we suffer, whether imposed from within or without, are artificial ones.

The Sabian for the Sun, originator of all light/ enlightenment (symbolically speaking) illuminates this further: ‘An Indian Girl Introduces Her White Lover To Her Assembled Tribe’. The stress is about doing what’s right for us, apart from societal or ‘tribal’ constraints; we are effectively challenged to do what we are spurred to do as individuals, regardless of the expectations of others, hence the need to reconcile the pressure we may suffer to the need to be ourselves, wholly and completely.

The Full Moon mandate, then, is to act, in character, despite any confusion or uncertainty, and realize (though we may not be able to define this until after the fact) that others are showing their priorities, and we ours to them. We receive assistance from healed others and the healed parts of ourselves, and if we can allow it to ‘speak’, instinct will be a trustworthy guide to successful resolution of that call to be true to who we are.

Full Moon in Capricorn July 2016

Today’s word image is all shades of green. The different shades can be soothing, revivifying, or nauseating, and everything in between; note what the greens you encounter today stir in you, and what that might say about interaction with your environment.

Those born with the Sun at 27 Cancer: Your year is wide open before you, but you would be wise to subtly arrange efforts and events so that they support your highest priorities, goals, and those relationships and causes you are willing to dedicate your life energy to; anything less won’t bring a lasting, or meaningful, result. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

18 July 2016 Rumors

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Paul Klee - 'Oh! These Rumors!' 1939 {{PD}}

Paul Klee – ‘Oh! These Rumors!’ 1939 {{PD}}

If you’ve been reading that we have a series of three eclipses coming up, the first mid-August, that’s incorrect; what we have at that point is a near miss, alignment-wise, that appeared to be an eclipse initially, but has since been re-calculated as just a hair off. With even a near event, though, we may feel it, like when a big truck blows by you as you stand on the sidewalk; you don’t actually get sucked off the pavement, but for just a second, you feel a kind of lift and it seems you might! Especially if you have placements at or the eclipse makes hard contacts from its spot at 25 Aquarius 51, this Full Moon may have the impact of an eclipse, ‘wiping out’ something currently in force; look too for a significant shift in the House that holds Aquarius or with the Waterbearer on the cusp.

The AstroEssence: rumors abound, information is strangely hurtful, and yet what you hear is not telling you anything you don’t already know in the relationship or financial department. There’s a bias toward what the social circle believes and wants you to believe; advantages come to those who propagate the party line, no matter how unfair that seems to the free-thinker. Everybody’s too concerned with their own idea of who they are, and Self-promotion runs through anything that’s not strictly about the facts. Accept as evidentiary only what is provided with concrete details or real-world circumstances to back it up. Opinions don’t matter; what’s real does. Let go of your preconceived notions and prejudices, or you’ll end up becoming the victim of them (Mercury sesq Chiron, trine Saturn, nov Jupiter, and parallel Venus, Sun parallel Vesta and sesq Neptune)

Today’s word image is a scrub brush and some cleanser. Ouch! Such harsh cleaning methods aren’t often called for, but there may be something that needs a thorough scouring, and this may be physical, mental, spiritual, emotional. We need to be real; whatever it is has become so completely sullied that we have to clear away the detritus and bare the core issue, unadorned, for re-evaluation, re-assessment, or to make it usable once again.

Beham, (Hans) Sebald (1500-1550): Sol, from The Seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac, 1539 {{PD}}

Beham, (Hans) Sebald (1500-1550): Sol, from The Seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac, 1539 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Cancer: as you enter a new Solar year you’re going strong, sailing on the impetus of some effective moves and choices, some clear instincts, and a faithfulness to values that has kept you on course. What you must deal with now are matters of delusion vs. reality, and the capacity to birth your dreams into the world. A practical orientation serves you, as does a realistic attitude that makes you willing to eliminate what no longer serves. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Cancer!

 

17 July 2016 A Mandate to Heal

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'Glittering Sea' Hiroshi Yoshida 1925 {{PD}}

‘Glittering Sea’ Hiroshi Yoshida 1925 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’ve been immersed in a great deal of healing energy for a few days now, and if you haven’t availed yourself of it then you’ve almost certainly found yourself, intentionally or not, lashing out, hyper-sensitive to some perceived hurt. The keyword here is ‘perceived’; all that sensitivity, that understanding of where to apply something soothing, unless directed at flesh or spirit in need of healing, sits on the psychic skin like a rash, irritating us until we reach our limit. Things we’ve been ignoring in relationship or finances are the most likely catalysts; awareness that our thinking is off, in terms of real-world perception, is vital to responding in the most effective way. To review: efforts toward healing, guided by values and instinct rather than circumstances, are the best way to handle this over-stimulating influence (Mars trine Chiron, Venus sq Black Moon Lilith and nov Vesta, Saturn contra-parallel Mercury and sesq the Sun, Sun sxt Sedna)

'Fruta húmeda manzana' Sandra Gómez Pi CC BY-SA 3.0  http://blog.illustraciencia.cat/2015/04/fruta-humeda-manzana-sandra-gomez-pi.html

‘Fruta húmeda manzana’ Sandra Gómez Pi CC BY-SA 3.0 http://blog.illustraciencia.cat/2015/04/fruta-humeda-manzana-sandra-gomez-pi.html

Today’s word image is two unripe apples plucked prematurely from the tree. This is an obvious and somewhat suggestive symbol of having ‘harvested’ something before it was ready (we’re far too quick to associate an apple with sin, aren’t we?) The number two implies cooperation–and are we ever ‘willing’ before we’re truly ‘ready’? What are you feeling impatient over? And is it too late to stop yourself from taking (or taking advantage of) something that really needs more time to develop?

From a manuscript on Jainism, art dating 17th to 18th centuries {{PD}}

From a manuscript on Jainism, art dating 17th to 18th centuries {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Cancer: recent times have been busy, and the pace won’t slow anytime soon. There’s demand over the coming Solar year (through to your next birthday) for you to demonstrate your unique gifts and a requirement that you step up to mend a long-time rift or wound; don’t put this off, as it’s a vital part of both honing your instincts and honoring your values. Expect an emotional shift partway through the year that will make you more restrained, more contained. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

For Saturday’s forecast, word image, and birthday glimpse ahead, please see the previous post–and have a great day!

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16 July 2016 Along Noble Lines

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Paul Gauguin - Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1897 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1897 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The mind is in excellent working order, aligned with our highest values and with all loving relationships–with the latter suggesting discord reveals where love is lacking–and the issue may be that though thoughts run along noble lines, they lack connection to what’s practical, what’s been ignored or denied, and most importantly, what’s truly smart. We could follow our ideals into a logistical abyss, unless we are careful to draw lines from A to B–and then follow them.

We also see action and choice that by its very nature heals, and though this is prompted by emotion and intuition, we can thank our mental faculties for coordinating our efforts along the most effective lines.

Note that the Sun square to Uranus and contra-parallel Pluto will in essence shine a spotlight on those Uranus-Pluto issues that have been plaguing us for some time. Look for sudden events or abrupt episodes of ‘enlightenment’ that are distinctly Plutonian in undertone. The Sun may blind us, at first, to our best response, but a little reflection on past struggles of this nature will reveal what we should do (Mercury and Venus conjoin to qnx Pallas, nov Vesta, sq Black Moon Lilith, with Merc also parallel Vesta, the Sun, Mars, and Chiron form a Water Grand Trine, with the Sun also sq Uranus and contra-parallel Pluto)

Nymphicus_hollandicus_1876Today’s word image is a cockatiel. When I think of these birds I think of how smart they are, and how much they like to interact, but also how high-strung; they can develop nervous habits in captivity like pulling out their own feathers–which brings us to the question of, Should we be keeping these animals in cages at all? As a symbol this may speak to some part of ourselves that may be hyper-reactive in social situations, that may fret when we would do better to be free in our actions. Look for some way in which you may repress yourself, creating (unnecessary) tension and stress as a result.

'Cercavila menuda de la Festa Major d'Igualada 2013. Nan infantil - Sol' Photo by Jordiferrer CC BY-SA 3.0

‘Cercavila menuda de la Festa Major d’Igualada 2013. Nan infantil – Sol’ Photo by Jordiferrer CC BY-SA 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 24 Cancer: you may have an emotion-driven Solar year ahead, through to your next birthday, when you will be empowered to heal long-standing hurts. Doing so may bring resistance from the group; it’s inevitable that as you change, the dynamic will change. Embrace what’s most unique about yourself, and know that honoring your need to explore, to learn, and to share what you discover will help you create the future you really want, with or without group approval. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

15 July 2016 Disconnected

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A gorgeous photo of Pluto, just because. Thanks, NASA! {{PD}}

A gorgeous photo of Pluto, just because. Thanks, NASA! {{PD}}

. . .but being disconnected is a good thing, in this case: it allows us to embrace optimism and look toward the future–which is where our attention needs to be. It allows us to ignore reality and darker matters, and to do so safely, just for now. Don’t worry about the negatives, and don’t listen to the social sphere–take ‘facts’ with the skepticism they deserve–go forth with a sense of accountability, enthusiasm for the details and responsibilities, with discernment that does not devolve into criticism, with an eye to the eventual ‘harvest’, and you’ll have an exceptionally productive and satisfying day (Venus contra-parallel Saturn, nov NN, semi-sq Jupiter, Merc semi-sq Jupiter but not yet perfecting conjunction to Venus, also Merc nov NN and contra-parallel Pluto)

This photo by Ziko is so deft it looks like a painting. CC BY-SA 3.0

This photo by Ziko is so deft it looks like a painting. CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is an apron. Is it a symbol of servitude or of service? It all depends on your attitude.

I’ve decided to reinstate ‘Born Today’ with a daily, very brief description for each degree of the Sun roughly corresponding to the current calendar day; today it’s 23 Cancer:

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

Those born with the Sun at 23 Cancer may find they have an emotional year ahead, one where surprises prevail and energy soars. Willfulness, action, and difficult choices may define your next trip around the Sun; will you use your sensitivity and spark to hurt or heal? Both are within your power.

Donate–Read–and have a great Friday!

14 July 2016 Bright

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Artist be trippin’. Our Lady of “The Most Bright Star” 1700 Photo by A.I. Kazantsev {{PD}}

The mind is ‘bright’ today, in some fundamental way that separates it from the ego and the Will–and so allows us to consider things in an unusually objective light. Objective, that is, if we are not trying to run an agenda for our own gratification or empowerment; if we are, we’ll likely convince ourselves our reasoning is sound. The test? Are our thoughts focused on making someone else do or react as we like? If so, we’re not on an impartial course.

But most of us will be aligned with our highest values, with relationships and finances benefiting from this, as well as bringing about a ‘mental health’ state that is strongly centered in facets of our ‘Best Self’. Barring any contrary transits to a personal natal placement, the overall effect should be one of extraordinary insight and the chance to judge our circumstances accurately, and to make especially clear-sighted plans, that are faithful to those matters, situations, causes, and individuals that matter most. Good day for: mending interactions with the mate, choosing investments, and assessing relationships in ways that reveal their sacred nature (or their lack of it) (Venus parallel Vesta, Mercury sxt Hygeia, sq Juno, contra-parallel Mars, and parallel the Sun, which is contra-parallel Mars)

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‘Mother and child’ by Blek le Rat, Los Angeles Photo by Stefan Kloo 2008 CC BY 2.0

Today’s word image is a mother with her child. Whatever you have created in this world, accept it, love it, and try to understand it or try to understand why you made it, before you even think of trying to change it.

13 July 2016 Empowerment Via Reality

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Caspar David Friedrich 1809 {{PD}}

Caspar David Friedrich 1809 {{PD}}

Our own inner wisdom and practicality make us acutely aware of matters hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrage, and yet we also know that to dig up the past or what’s already been will prevent not just healing, it will distance us from our own values, making personal navigation exceptionally difficult. We don’t feel good turning away from what needs to come to light, and we know that empowerment comes directly from dealing with reality, with ‘what is’ in its most concrete terms–but being too aggressive, even in pursuit of reform, will have the unfortunate effect of making us just ‘one of the mob’, even if we’re just a mob of one. All that makes us unique, original, special in our own way is temporarily erased when we indulge our sense of righteous anger. A little humility, along with the strength to question whether we actually do know better, will go a long way toward helping us form an accurate picture of who and where we are, and so help us know what we can do and be most effectively (Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, Chiron sq Vesta, Saturn nov Juno, Mars qnx Uranus, Merc sesq SN, sq Ceres, then enters Leo)

Today’s word image is a man holding two leashes, and no dogs. Are we getting ahead of ourselves, somehow, ambitious to equip ourselves for what hasn’t yet occurred? There’s being prepared, and then there’s doing something so far ahead of developments that it becomes nonsensical. Make sure you’re not trying to rush something that, one way or another, needs more time.

12 July 2016 A Measure of Desire

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Vincent van Gogh - 'Starry Night Over the Rhone' 1887 {{PD}}

Vincent van Gogh – ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’ 1887 {{PD}}

Today we are challenged, one way or another, to assess our desires: how healthy are they? how empowering? how close to our ideals? how wise? We may inherently reject the need for change, or those inevitable developments we can do nothing about–but, we would be wise to embrace, if not the actual change, then the need for it, along with that need to look again at what and where we are. Change that follows guidelines of values and honors what we truly care about is vital to our well-being; so is being willing to commit resources to promoting health and nurturing autonomy. Thoughts are confusing, and what’s wise isn’t necessarily clear (though it certainly feels like it should be!) Be willing to question yourself, your aims, and to re-evaluate them in terms of what matters–this is the only approach that will truly work (Uranus sxt Vesta, Venus sxt Hygeia, sq Juno, and contra-parallel Pluto, Merc sesq Neptune, Sun sesq Pallas)

'Glass of Water--Condensation' Photo by James Petts from London, England  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Glass of Water–Condensation’ Photo by James Petts from London, England Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a paper cup of water. Water is Life, the material of baptism, something we can’t live without but will die from if we become immersed in for long. This symbol may be a signal to appreciate the basics, the very elements that make up our world, and to respect them, and the way they support our more complex Being, making possible a life beyond mere survival. This might also be an invitation to ‘contain emotion’ in some way that allows us to ‘take it in’, to use it and make it part of ourselves, to make it a supportive component, rather than being overcome by it.

Moon in Libra, then Scorpio (a Water sign, at 8:52 PM PDT), applies to our Water imagery; if you’re so inclined, you can support clean water for all here, or here (both check out through Charity Navigator)

Enjoy your Tuesday!

11 July 2016 A Better World

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‘Dazu Rock Carvings, Bao Ding buddhas’
23 February 2007 Photo by Truthven Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The good news is thoughts, ideas, and communications are healing–don’t keep kindness to yourself, as sharing will actually be a salve to others–instincts can guide where and when to apply–and the matters of the Houses of the natal chart ruled by Mercury can be ‘put right’ at this time, with sudden ideas or an unexpected ‘coming together’ of info adding illumination, though radical or abrupt changes to what already is won’t be supported, and neither will messages centered on change or rebellion–we just won’t hear those and be moved, as we might otherwise be. So, energy expression should go toward making the world a better place, especially intellectually or conceptually, with a generous helping of Love for ourselves the foundation (Venus enters Leo, after spending the day in a ‘crisis of caring’ at 29 degrees Cancer).

Now the more difficult circumstances: an underlying discord between opposing or complementary entities (male-female, positive-negative, yin-yang) prevents smooth coordination or any chance of working together for very long. We may be perceiving the reality picture as a rough one, and could use the unity, use the help–but past frictions are making true cooperation impossible at this moment. Give it some time–each person has to work through that sticking point, likely a mental one, that’s inhibiting real teamwork–and accept that we have our own impediments to cooperation, too–it’s not just the other guy. Now is not the time to push for big change; we’d do best to get our own thoughts into some kind of objective, and very patient, order (Venus contra-parallel Mars and sesq SN, Mercury sq Uranus, trine Chiron, sesq Saturn, and sxt Sedna)

Textile bag "Chuspa" created between 0900 and 1470 Pre-Columbian {{PD}}

Textile bag “Chuspa”
created between 0900 and 1470 Pre-Columbian {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an open purse. This is figurative, of course; ‘currency’ comes in many forms. ‘Generosity’ is a keyword; so is consciousness of (rather than judgment of) worth. Share in appreciation, not out of obligation; the positive effects of paying attention to and ‘promoting’ what we find of worth (no matter what form it takes) are amplified at this time. It’s a situation of ‘what we send out we get back’, very quickly, at this point in time. Experiment (says my Aquarius Ascendant!) and you’ll see this almost instantly at work.

Many thanks to those who’ve been so generous with me–your spirit inspired the daily image! And everyone, have a great start to your week!

Your Weekend 9-10 July 2016 Remove the Filters

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'Paysage au Pouldu' Paul Gauguin 1889 {{PD}}

‘Paysage au Pouldu’ Paul Gauguin 1889 {{PD}}

Saturday: We may find it difficult both to utilize creative energies in profitable or productive ways and to express the wisdom we know we have within; and this is in spite of the optimism we are feeling and the plentiful opportunities we see all around us. Relationships and/ or finances may be subject to misunderstandings or outright deceptions, and what we want, as well as our interactions, suffer under the burden of unreal ideals to which we flawed humans may find it impossible to adhere. Our expectations don’t jibe with reality, and how quickly we are able to set aside what we anticipated and instead deal with what is will determine how well things go for us. The healthy way is optimism, and an openness that allows us to share our burdens and delights with others, and they with us. A commitment to reality and a sense of being ‘in this together’ will make for effective and positive outcomes (Hygeia enters Libra, Venus sesq Neptune, Mercury sesq Pallas, Sun sxt Jupiter)

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Photo courtesy of User:FA2010 Wikimedia Commons {{PD}}

Saturday’s word image is a vacuum that spews out, rather than sucks in! What mechanism or device used in our thinking or our behavior is not just ineffective, it is bringing about the opposite outcome to what we actually want? Admit you are the source of at least a fraction of your troubles, rid yourself of this Self-perpetuated obstacle, and notice how certain difficulties just fall away.

Paul Gauguin 1893 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin 1893 {{PD}}

Sunday: Our values or relationships themselves challenge our priorities, and the scenario presented is, ‘Choose: you can have what you care about, or me/ what I care about’; this is a false dichotomy likely presented by someone who either holds and wants to retain power over you, or who wants your power for their own. Emotionalism can make it easy to act in accord with the demand, just to remove the pressure, but doing so would put you at a distinct disadvantage, and shrink your options and choices to almost nil–so trust your values and priorities, instead, and what you know to be right (Mars qnx Vesta, Venus sq Ceres, Merc trine Mars)

'In the bark' Claude Monet 1887 {{PD}}

‘In the bark’ Claude Monet 1887 {{PD}}

Sunday’s word image is a blue-green color filled with undulating light, as if you’re observing the world from under water. Consider the emotional filters we all use, and make note of the ones that allow us to observe without becoming overly involved, or heavily judgmental, but that help us maintain a cool equilibrium. You’ll need this mild distancing at some point today, if only to keep you from blowin’ it up.

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8 July 2016 Following Instincts

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'Rue de Paris, temps de pluie' Gustave Caillebotte 1876 {{PD}}

‘Rue de Paris, temps de pluie’ Gustave Caillebotte 1876 {{PD}}

Interactions today are based on instincts, with the goal, conscious or not, of the need to wound or heal others or ourselves (contradictory and varied intents are to be expected), and we follow our internal prompts in spite of difficulties thrown in our way by circumstances, ‘the rules’, or authority figures. Those in power are bent on pointing out to us what’s wrong with what we want or aspire to, but we are thinking big, and can use mental faculties to tap into faith or opportunity (which is dictated by where your idols lie) and use it as propulsion forward. One warning: be very clear in the differences among thought, feeling, instinct, and desire–it’s easy to confuse them, especially when we want something so much we justify it as instinctual, rather than a choice–instincts, and opportunities shown us by the mind, are what we should be following today (Venus sxt Sedna, sesq Saturn, and trine Chiron, Mercury sxt Jupiter, Sun sq Zeus)

Today’s word image is an outdoor concert in the rain. Are you the kind of person who would see this as an adventure, an inconvenience, or an insult, feeling the concert would be ruined? Can you enjoy something as much when it doesn’t go as planned as you do when it does? Do you take such developments personally, or do you see them as just part of living? We may do well to widen our parameters for accepting and enjoying the unexpected; in our symbol, we see a chance to appreciate two sensations, two senses, at once.

7 July 2016 Get Some Perspective

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Montpellier Mural
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Relationships or finances could offer nasty surprises, the unexpected could cost us, and what we care about or our values could be challenged by modern advances or a ‘forward thinking’ stance we’re not ready for, while innovations could, at least initially, spark conflict or take an undue toll. What arises may blindside us, not least because we may have been living too much in our own heads, listening to a tape loop that reinforces what we already think; we missed some shouted warnings, threats, and/ or outright promises concerning change, specifically the way our ambitions and goals need to be modified for continued viability. There is also the matter of those in authority (or those who think they hold it) becoming secretive or ‘going negative’ in some way, in an attempt to hold on to power. If we can get outside our own heads and get some perspective, we’ll do fine–doing that means all those things that arrive as shocks or surprises to others don’t surprise us at all. Those able to be most objective and least Self-involved win (Sun-Merc opp Pluto and sq Zeus, Venus sq Uranus, Juno enters Scorpio)

Eva Gonzalès - 'White Shoes' 1878 {{PD}}

Eva Gonzalès – ‘White Shoes’ 1878 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a shoe. What kind of shoe do you see? Use the very first image that pops into your mind. Shoes are quite literally a form of foundation; the characteristics of the shoe you imagine should tell you a little something about the current state of your psychic, social, and spiritual foundation, with a willingness to interpret the information symbolically opening the way to effective ‘repairs’.

See more eyeball fooling painted surfaces, and Enjoy your Thursday!

Hillary and the FBI + AstroNotes for 6 July 2016

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Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1874 {{PD}}

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1874 {{PD}}

FBI Announcement of No Charges Against Hillary + Juno!

Just a few astro-points: at the time of the announcement of the FBI recommendation of no charges, the Moon was Void-of-Course at 29 degrees of Cancer–and also moving to square her natal Juno at 29+ Libra (this does not negate the Void, as only planets and lights are classically considered to determine Voids). We’re seeing the worst (the square) about this Juno figure (Clinton, with Juno suggesting power, status, and, yes, an identity as the ‘wronged wife’) and what we learn is not going to amount to anything (the Void). As an aside, she also has Black Moon Lilith at 29 Capricorn natally, suggesting life long tension surrounding secrets or matters ignored or denied, and perhaps a perpetual state of feeling angry and wronged, particularly in regard to ‘the rules’–and considering this is opposed her natal Vesta in Cancer, any time she stands up for her priorities or looks to further her highest values (she has done significant work promoting accessible health care for children), difficult forces come out of the woodwork to oppose her–or so it seems to her.

In glancing at her chart and today’s transits, we note Chiron and Mars fill in a Water Grand Trine with her natal Vesta=actions and choices easily either hurt or heal the values and to what she dedicates her energies–so people may either forgive the choices or permanently condemn her for them, but in any case, it’s a conclusion largely driven by emotion (Water); the Earth quincunxes her natal Pluto-Mars in 10th of career and public image (and if we consider the transiting South Node, we make her Mars-Pluto apex to a Finger of God)=we are offered the deep down dirt, the material results of both behavior and investigation laid bare, and there’s an implication that we must adjust our ideas to fit the reality–the result is a purge, a deconstruction of actions and choices; we also see the Moon at the time of announcement within orb of trine to her natal Jupiter, ruler of her Whole Sign 2nd=no matter what you think of Ms. Clinton, the details offered by FBI Director Comey speak of her Self-worth, Self-image, personal assets, talents, general way of seeing herself within the larger context of the world (all 2nd House)–so see her, and judge her, as you will.

P.S. Somehow I left out the most obvious part: t Juno will by the 26th conjoin Hillary’s Sun, and is already within orb in its current position. Is it any surprise she’s prevailing at this point?

Here’s something I wrote on the Clintons in the past.

Here's Juno, telling someone what to do. Antonio Randa (Italy, 1577-1650) ' Juno and King Aeolus at the Cave of Winds' {{PD}}

Here’s Juno, telling someone what to do. Antonio Randa (Italy, 1577-1650) ‘ Juno and King Aeolus at the Cave of Winds’ {{PD}}

And speaking of Juno, the Juno probe has arrived and begun its orbit of Jupiter: here are details on the mission itself. And Jude Cowell gives us some insight.

Symbolically speaking we’re seeing the uniting of a couple, two gods ‘marrying’, intending at least for a time to communicate and ‘live together’. Despite all the clashes that followed their return to Olympus, Juno and Jupiter were initially very happy together, enjoying a 300 year honeymoon corresponding to the time they stayed away from their home turf and the other gods. This is an interesting thing to consider: how good is a relationship, really, if it only thrives in a rarefied, isolated environment?

Notes on the 6th of July 2016

We can enjoy some extraordinary luck today, unusual, even magical experiences, ‘breaks’, and serendipities, as long as we are flexible and open to changes in the blink of an eye, able to go with sudden developments and innovations. Surprises may arise from past choices, and cooperation may hit a high point, with male-female relations exceptionally smooth–each play their hand and the other likes it–also look for the ways you can take advantage of easy alignment of matters in the Houses ruled by Venus and Mars. For instance, if you have Aries on the 3rd, Taurus on the 4th, and Libra on the 9th it might be the perfect day to schedule a test or home inspection, to sign a contract for work on the home or involving real estate, to re-enroll in school or a home-study course, or it could be a good time to make plans to travel to see family at a distance.

The Sun and Mercury meet in Superior (direct motion for Mercury) Conjunction, bringing a minor cycle seeded at the Inferior Conjunction (around 10 May) to a conclusion. Whatever may have begun at that time reaches its apex–and ends, wraps up, or proves untenable, making it clear we should move on (Uranus nov SN, Venus trine Mars, Sun conj Merc)

Duckling by Bruno Liljefors 1903 {{PD}}

Duckling by Bruno Liljefors 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a duckling alone on a pond. We may be experiencing a sense of loneliness, of abandonment, or of vulnerability, as if in some important area or way we are too ‘young’ to handle our present environment. Realize everything holds risk, but to focus on that is crippling; instead work at stretching your wings, and staying alert.

 

5 July 2016 What’s Ideal?

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884 {{PD}}

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884 {{PD}}

Our thoughts are idealized, and our attention is on the ‘bright spots’ of the past–and if we lived in a vacuum, that would suit these inclinations splendidly. We are thinking a great deal about what perfection looks like, or would be. As it is, though, we may find that either Love or Money matters (whichever is your particular poison) tempts us to go against what we know to be wise, or to venture into territory calling for (or possibly promising to others) skills we don’t possess. The remedies: take note of creative ideas; the inspiration is genuine, though it’s important to accept that we might not be in a place at present to act on those ideas, not least because our idealized version of things will present a number of problems. Don’t do anything you know to be unwise–this needs to be stated only because the obviousness of the sentiment might make us think it’s something to transcend. And when you’re in over your head, acknowledge it and ask for help–it’s the smart thing to do (Venus sesq Pallas, Mercury trine Neptune, Sun trine SN)

Neu Schwanstein, the castle that inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. Photo by böhringer friedrich Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

Neu Schwanstein, the castle that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Photo by böhringer friedrich Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

Today’s word image is Disneyland. Yes, the ‘Magic Kingdom’, mother of all theme parks. How do you feel about the place? Almost everyone has a reaction, whether they’ve ever been there or not. Are you enchanted with the re-imagining of Archetypal figures, angered by the pernicious stereotyping, worn out at the thought of trudging through an artificial world with the family? Do you see it as too tame, or a shame, promoting a worldview that’s so supremely Western and so terribly white? Do you look forward to the chance to enjoy what you enjoyed as a child, and do you identify with any of the characters to be found in Disney products? Your reaction to the idea of Disneyland itself likely corresponds to the way you’re approaching the world, assumptions, judgments, and all. Allow your response to reveal something useful, in terms of real life, and your attitude toward it.

Please see the previous post for info on the New Moon. Enjoy your Tuesday, and U. S., it’s back to work!

New Moon in Cancer 4 July 2016 A Mystic Dynamic

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Giovanni Boldini 1906 {{PD}}

Giovanni Boldini 1906 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Cancer occurs at 4:01 AM PDT of the 4th at 12 degrees 53 minutes, and the most striking feature of the event is that it forms a loose Mystic Rectangle involving the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis, which includes Mercury conjoined the Sun-Moon and Pluto conjoined the Earth, and the Nodal axis which also has Neptune conjoined the South Node and Jupiter conjoined the North, though with our normally tight (2 degrees or less) New Moon orbs, not all of those bodies and points would be considered in aspect to some of the others. A configuration is able to pull in things that might not otherwise be considered in contact by its sheer power of connection (that is, the power of each part is amplified by being part of a configuration; it’s as if being part of a pattern extends the orb of each body–or maybe we should think of it as the pattern pulling energies into play by proximity to one of the config’s elements). With the Mystic Rectangle formed by this New Moon, a kind of synergy is added to what begins or is seeded: whatever’s born arises from the convergence of a number of factors involving what we care about (Cancer) vs. what exists right now (Capricorn).

The ease with which these various combinations meld and then amplify is what the Mystic Rectangle is all about. There’s Neptune-South Node in Pisces=we either create from the past or use something imagined or created in the past, or we find that past imaginings were illusions, fantasies, or deceptions; Pluto-Earth=material changes, or changes to what we count on or find familiar, to the structure of our lives via both the concrete and rules, boundaries, restrictions, or a transformation or destruction of the ‘real world’ landscape; North Node-Jupiter=opportunities for the future, optimism about the future, or something learned or conveyed (facts) that shape the future; Moon-Sun-Mercury=what we care about we think about, and it acts upon and is acted upon by the other parts of the configuration. The overall picture is one of creative response to change that teaches us something, or from which we learn, and this creates future opportunities, even creates the future itself. Be aware: the tendency may be to live too much in our heads, to see an idea coalesce and then believe we ‘have done’ merely by the thinking. This is a NM that offers a great deal of mental ‘fodder’, but that will support material new starts, even more completely and thoroughly than we might think.

Katholische Kirche St. Gertrud in Köln, Ostseite Date April 2012 Source  Own work Author HOWI - Horsch, Willy  GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version

Katholische Kirche St. Gertrud in Köln, Ostseite
Date April 2012
Source Own work
Author HOWI – Horsch, Willy GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version

We should note the wide, separating quincunx of the New Moon to Saturn=this may lend an aura of ‘too late’ or unreality to our ideas and efforts–but this is an illusion (Saturn sq Neptune). The Sun is also parallel Venus today, suggesting there’s gain to be had in simply being conscious–and that’s good news. The NM is also in wide square to Zeus, and with Pluto-Earth, forms a tense T-square=the ambition and desire picture may make or break the material changes we allow to come forward–and that means this could be the pivotal issue that decides what precisely in our world changes, as we measure all potential alterations against how well they serve the ambition and desire picture.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Hand With A Prominent Thumb Is Held Out For Study’. In palmistry the thumb seems to indicate flexibility and Willfulness of the individual; in a cultural context, we might say it suggests a certain disrespect of others (thumbing one’s nose at something) or a signal that one wants to be ‘taken along for the ride’ (hitchhiking). But the thing that might be most important about the thumb is that it is our ‘opposable digit’–that is, the placement of the thumb in relation to the other fingers offers us as a species an enormous advantage, and is said to be the reason we dominate the earth.

So what does this mean for the NM? The fact that the thumb is mentioned as prominent implies that what begins at this point may be more a matter of Will and skill, combined, than of anything else. Too, the hand is being ‘held out for study’, which echoes involvement of the Nodal axis in the Mystic Rectangle, and may signal the importance, the future-determining ‘stuff’, that the New Moon events will bring. No matter what, it does point to the Self-determining nature of the events and our reactions to them; whether we are Willful or flexible, disdainful, or just going with the flow, we have to admit that it’s our choice, with how we fare resting firmly in our ability to exploit our most unique capabilities and skills.

Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy 1829 {{PD}}

Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy 1829 {{PD}}

Our New Moon daily word image is a man standing on a beach, being circled by a large dragonfly. I observed this, and haven’t been able to light on a definitive meaning, though it’s ripe for a few jokes (he’s the ‘Mother of Dragonflies’, for instance!) I finally decided that what it really ‘says’ is something about our interconnectedness with Nature, that we are far more part of the picture at a fundamental level than we consciously realize, just one element in an elemental world. Notice your own interaction with Nature today, especially in any ways you might hold yourself apart, recoil from contact or reality, or see yourself as ‘above’ other life forms; if you have these kinds of reactions or thoughts, they will point directly to areas where you are lacking realistic awareness of the natural order (which is, in essence, a place where the playing field is absolutely level), or where you have somehow removed yourself from it.

I wish someone would yell at me when I forget a Moon event chart–finally, here it is!

New Moon in Cancer 4 July 2016

Your Weekend 2-3 July 2016 An Instinctual Picnic

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'A Picnic at Portofino' George Spencer Watson 1910 {{PD}}

‘A Picnic at Portofino’ George Spencer Watson 1910 {{PD}}

Saturday our thoughts and communications have something beautifully instinctual about them; be sure to really listen to yourself and to others, as the unconscious perceptual nature makes itself and its wisdom known, and that means there are no stumbles if we’ll simply pause to hear what’s really going on (and which way we should go–the instincts are dead on with that!) Even with the potential for scenarios requiring adjustment (either to the material situation and/ or to what we think we know), we find that the instincts will serve us if we’ll just give them some attention (Mercury nov Sedna and trine Pallas, the Sun semi-sq Sedna and qnx Saturn)

Sunday presents a radically mixed (and so confusing) bag: on the one hand we may find that things we’ve said and done in the past may hamper us now, and the reality picture seems to not only contradict our highest values and priorities, but to actually impede us in exercising our status (that’s a wide net that generally covers circumstances where we would normally be empowered to act but for some reason can’t). Add to this the potential to be mislead, even mightily deceived, and we could feel there’s nothing we can count on. Contrast this with the way creativity and opportunity are spread out before us like a picnic; we are offered rare, nearly guaranteed circumstances for future success, and if we can keep our heads screwed on straight, and find creative venues that suit our specific, unique sensibilities, we can give that dream, the really big one, a reasonable chance for manifestation (Juno sesq SN, Saturn contra-parallel Vesta, Jupiter parallel NN, Mercury sesq Mars, Sun trine Neptune)

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The titling on the picture reads: “THE HOME-COMING OF THE BRIDE Having at last found a cavern that promises well as a dwelling-place, the male Scorpion leads his bride into it. Next morning the cave has only one tenant” But they don’t say which one! Photo by P. H. Fabre CC BY 4.0

This weekend’s word image is something my husband observed this morning and shared with me in an email: “I stood behind a woman at the bus stop this morning who had a Scorpio tattoo on her toe and then, when the bus I was on was driving through downtown, it stopped next to a car whose license plate said WTRSIGN.” We may be dealing with action and choice dictated both by the need for conscious change (Mars in Scorpio) and those matters ignored, denied, or that enrage that may be driving us from the unconscious (Black Moon Lilith, also in Scorpio), and individually we may look for this effect in matters of the natal Houses that hold Water signs. Expect strong emotional reactions to be the initial signal, pushed by a psychic ‘wave’, that mental or physical change is underway–then watch which direction following those emotions may take you.

Have a wonderful, safe, and restful weekend, and to all in the U.S., Happy Independence Day!

Your Weekend 27-28 August 2016 A Lot of Love, A Lot of Power

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Le goûter sur l'herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

Le goûter sur l’herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This weekend the emphasis is on our own strength, and finding a balance of expression between the highly personal (instinct, idiosyncrasy, hurt, relationships) and the wider world (the social sphere, what’s wise, our ability to have an impact). Both sides of the equation must reach a state that allows optimum expansion of reach that still protects (that is, allows unique ‘statements’ by) the individual, and also guards the integrity of the core purpose, identity, and intents. The idea is to maximize our expression, while still remaining, in whatever way this applies, ‘safe’. Not a time to take risks, as our sense of what’s smart will conflict with our instincts, causing (quite naturally) confusion; but we can connect cleanly with opportunities for gain (especially in the House of the natal chart that holds the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo, and those Houses ruled by Venus), and we can gain a solid sense of who we are at our best (in our ‘ideal’ form), of our most valuable skills, as well as where our true power, territory, and influence lie. The ideas and way of thinking about ourselves that we set now will last (and so affect everything going forward) for some time to come–and so set us up for success (if we focus on our value and abilities) or disappointment (if we think too much about what we don’t have, or see ourselves as victims) (Saturday: Pallas sq Sedna, Chiron sesq Juno, Venus conj and parallel Jupiter, Sun trine Ceres/ Sunday: Hygeia conj Zeus, Neptune contra-p Pallas, Venus p Ceres and Chiron, conj Merc and nov Juno, Merc stations pre-retro on the 30th)

The word image for the weekend is an expensive Tartan picnic blanket, spread out on the summer grass. This is in essence a pleasant ‘stage’ upon which to have a picnic–but, in the image, there is no luncheon displayed, nor do we see picnic participants, at least not yet. Where in your life is the stage set for a celebration of the current ‘weather’, of what you have (a celebration of abundance), or of whom you’re with? Do you put off enjoying what is, waiting for things to be ‘perfect’? Or is it that you fail to see (and so enjoy) the small celebrations available every day, over the many little things we’re lucky enough to have and enjoy? Do you need to take time off, to relax, with no particular agenda or goals, for a while? Consider the phrase, ‘It’s no picnic’–and then resolve, in one form or another, to have one.

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 5 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, is likely to be filled with contests of power and authority; not only will you spar and negotiate with those who hold power in your world, you’ll also begin accruing significant power through these interactions, in effect joining the ranks of the establishment and declaring dominion over your own special territory and ‘subjects’. You are, at this time, destined to establish yourself, especially in areas of Love and Money, and the approach you embrace at this time will set the tone for the entire year, and may reverberate for some time after that–so choose your ideas, words, and communications with special care. Expect to gain, to reap the reward (or at least, the result) of opportunities taken in the past, and know that what comes to you now is completely deserved. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 6 Virgo: focus is on empowerment (making your presence and Will felt), on status, and on partnership, and the kind and amount of cooperation you’re getting, and this extends through to your next birthday, Virgo. You may be measuring power situations and your own effectiveness with a very personal set of standards, and everything that happens, much more than usually, will feel like it’s happening in big bold life-size experiences that are only happening to you. Because of this, you may temporarily lose both perspective and a sense of compassion toward others–but this Self-focus is necessary in order to prepare you to enter a creative heyday, and realization of one or more ideals or dreams, in the near future. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

26 August 2016 Work Your Magic With Care

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John Bauer - Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

John Bauer – Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The mental faculties have a genius for finding and exploiting empowerment situations; it’s almost as if we think about having an impact and we do! This facility is tempered by a lot of conditions and caveats, though: we may be confused or following a deception or illusion if the areas involved are ones we’ve been angry over or have assiduously ignored or been in denial of; we may find ourselves thinking from a stance of past values, rather than current ones; we may imagine we’re fueled by a righteous cause or spiritual necessity when we’re really trying to show our independence in relationship or finances, hoping to gently ‘stick it’ to someone we suspect (yes, it’s easy to be paranoid, right now) doesn’t love or respect us; and we may eschew what and who we care about out of a misguided idea that others are not being honest with us. As much as possible, stay grounded in your current ideas, viewpoints, ways of perceiving, and your most evolved way of seeing the past–we must work to keep our own hidden beliefs and prejudices from coloring our current perceptions, and especially from allowing vague suspicions to taint perfectly good relationships (Vesta trine SN, Neptune trine and Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Uranus parallel and Venus qnx Pallas, Venus trine Sedna, Merc nov Juno and contra-parallel Venus)

Today’s word image is individuals, seen at a distance, helping each other scale a mountain. Right now many of us may be dealing with issues surrounding how much we need or want others in our lives; we try to measure our own need for aid, possibly with the built-in judgment that to accept or require assistance from others is bad. Nothing could be less true: a version of cooperation is the heart of civilization, and needed for everything from survival to creating Art (for if we make it, what does it matter, unless there’s someone to receive it?) See if you carry some judgment against working with others, seated in misplaced pride, unreal pressures and expectations, or in the myth of ‘rugged individualism’–and then let it go.

Vincent van Gogh - 'Enclosed Field with Ploughman' 1888 {{PD}}

Virgo can make significant progress right now, especially in terms of the ‘power harvest’ that lies just upon the horizon. Vincent van Gogh – ‘Enclosed Field with Ploughman’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 4 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, you may be dealing with important crises in Love or Money–and yet, if you’ll take a step back, you’ll see that they aren’t problems, but turning points, ones that will allow you to align the real-world issues surrounding assets and interactions in a way much more in line with what you need and want, and how you truly feel. You may think yourself a little cold, taking a largely mental approach to these matters, but the reality is that applying your own critical assessments to these areas will vastly improve them–and open the way for the ‘power position’ that you are very close to achieving. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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25 August 2016 Imagined Dragons

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"Ryu sho ten" or "Ryu shoten" ("Dragon rising to the heavens"), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko's Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

“Ryu sho ten” or “Ryu shoten” (“Dragon rising to the heavens”), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko’s Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

The AstroEssence: A great deal of the free-floating angst we’ve been experiencing may come down to a pair of Mars contacts this week: yesterday’s perfection of Mars conjoined Saturn, and today’s perfection of Mars square Neptune. This combination urges us to apply our Will to the physical environment–and promises at least some ability to shape our reality, as long as we don’t succumb to confusion, illusion, deception, or that particular form of imagination that we turn against ourselves, causing panic, fear, even despair, conjuring upset (and so paralysis) out of thin air. This is in part why I urged action and confidence yesterday, as soon enough we would face a Neptunian doubt or three, imagined dragons menacing our way forward. Today’s mission is clear: continue forward with what you set in motion, and instead of entertaining hesitations, actively access creativity, especially when confronted with something that brings forward fear. Tackle problems and invent, envision, and then act on those inspirations; doing so combines the required active stance with a useful channeling of energies that might otherwise feed insecurities. And don’t be surprised if creative efforts either run into problems on first look, or arise from problems (the square); in either case, it’s our response that both matters, and determines our success, with results coming clear most likely when Saturn squares Neptune, perfecting September 3rd.

We also see these familiar themes still front-and-center: we have the wisdom to pursue the ‘healthy’ Path–but as always, it’s a matter of choice; wants, finances, or relationship dynamics could spur rebellion or spark unreliability as we seek (a probably unreasonable) independence from issues; and we are not thinking like the social sphere, which could emphasize our differences (with the biggest problem the potential for distraction from what really matters) (Pallas contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars sq Neptune, Venus qnx Uranus, Merc contra-parallel Jupiter)

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a surge in the electrical lines leading into a house. We rely on a constant, steady stream of power, whether from the power company, our metabolism, or our psyche; when there’s a surge, the system overloads, and the contact becomes destructive. In the individual this results in manic behavior, compulsive agitation, and we lose the ability to rest, accept gaps and spaces in efforts, we lose the grace to value the element of Time (often needed for something to develop, to ripen), and we fail to value the receptive and responsive stances that are the necessary complement to action. How or where are you overloaded, and what steps may be needed to restore balance or refurbish contact, so that it’s useful, rather than destructive, once again?

A little weird fun from Imagine Dragons that isn’t so far off our feelings this week

For those born with the Sun at 3 Virgo: this coming year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself ever-more concerned with the power situation in your world: who holds it, how much you have, your say or lack of it over others (and theirs over you), and the influence you have in a particular area or ‘territory’ you can call your own. This may be the year when you establish yourself as an authority in some area vital to your identity; it may also, depending on your age, be the year when you find a mentor or become one yourself, and issues with your parents or over being a parent yourself may be prominent. Independence and the ability to exert your Will will be the focus; the two main caveats are: don’t focus on material results at the expense of relationships, and keep actions and choices grounded in reality–deceptions and creativity are both abundant. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

24 August 2016 The Struggle Toward Awareness

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'The Lantern Bearers' Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

‘The Lantern Bearers’ Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may be tempted to let our values and priorities slide, to set ourselves at odds with the social sphere, or to ignore the potential for wounding others within relationships, just to make things happen; the smart thing would be to reassess our values, if they’re getting in the way of growth, expansion, or ‘the facts’, to remember/ reconnect with Nature and our place in it, and to stop ignoring those realities that don’t serve our current idea of who we are–with this latter, deal with what’s been denied so that it no longer contradicts the Self-image. If we’re not honest with ourselves, it’s impossible to have ‘clean’ relationships or to teach, advise, or to interact with enough Self-awareness that everything we say doesn’t contain a touch of irony to those who are more awake. We have the chance to manifest our Will at this time, to apply the control, the restraint, and the ‘rules’ of reality to manipulate the physical world so that it is an exact realization of our wants and intents–don’t blow it by denying ambitions or desires (out of false modesty or a reluctance to claim those wants as your own–see the ‘Self-image’ section, above), and don’t think that things can be ‘thought’ into being–today is about action, choice, Self-responsibility, and knowing (and proudly claiming) your essence (Pallas sesq Vesta and qnx Jupiter, Mars conj Saturn, Venus contra-parallel Juno and opp Chiron, Merc contra-parallel Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and semi-sq Zeus)

Today’s word image is a sponge. As if that isn’t obvious! There are areas of life for all of us where our boundaries are down, and we are wont to absorb the environment and the associated influences indiscriminately. My thought is that this area of both trust and vulnerability may be located in matters of the House that holds Pisces (I confine it to the sign, as where Neptune sits we are often more conscious of issues of faith, acceptance, and a tendency to accept influences). Consider in what life areas you may be too prone to accept what you’re told, offered, or that you experience without the needed critical assessment and the deployment of a discerning perception (both related to opposing sign Virgo). You may need to ‘wring out’ the sponge, relieving yourself of burdens and ideas accepted without much inspection–or you may simply need to note where you have uncritically taken for granted the truth of things, and perhaps look at how much of this agrees/ clashes with what you believe, and what you think, need, and feel.

Oda Krohg - 'A Japanese Lantern' 1886 {{PD}}

Oda Krohg – ‘A Japanese Lantern’ 1886 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 2 Virgo: you may have the odd sensation this year, Virgo, that your fate and future are rushing toward you–which may make the inability to see clearly what’s coming all the more frustrating. It may be a year when sights are set on ambitions, goals, and the desire nature, but when not much happens in fulfilling those areas, as energy will shortly go toward emotional conflict, and the need to work out with others how much of that feeling nature you are willing to share, and how much you must keep for yourself, in order to fuel the push toward creating what you want–because if the emotions are sent too completely in one direction or another, developments in what you aim to create will go slowly, sporadically, or grind to a halt. You duty is to allocate emotional energy in the correct proportion between relationships and your own needs–everything else this year is small stuff. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

23 August 2016 Unhealthy Choice

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Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice

Crosby, Stills, and Nash

The AstroEssence: I know! I can seem very negative–but then, you shouldn’t bother reading my assessments of the daily influences if you only want the sunny side of things, or if you think only some parts of life are ‘spiritual’, and others not–we have an intangible essence (the Soul, if you will) that’s having a material experience–how can everything we do not be a reflection of the spirit? And that’s my lead-in to today’s perfecting aspect set, which consistently warns us against our own destructive, rebellious, erratic, impulsive, ego-centered, negative impulses (whew!). Within we feel the urge toward empowerment, toward making our mark, having our say, expressing ourselves, but it goes awry; it seems the most easily shifted, independent urges within us are front and center in a way that sees spirit, mind, and heart suffering as we set out to express and end up rebelling, destroying, or just plain insisting things must be done our way. Thoughts may foster acting from wounds, in retaliation or response, and relationships shake our power foundations, not actually threatening them so much as making us question them–and really, today, it is our own mind, rather than circumstances or others, doing a number on us. Be willing to adjust: thinking, to what we know to be wise–we know what’s smart, it’s a matter of letting go of our contrariness long enough to follow that wisdom–as well as be willing to confront those things that we are choosing that are detrimental to our well-being, and to mellow what are inclined to be knee-jerk actions or responses into something a little more impersonal–again, the smart thing to do, say, or be is known, we just have to do it. And don’t worry; by tomorrow attitudes will become much more grounded, and restraint will allow us to give positive form to our actions, choices, and Will (Hygeia sq Pluto and contra-parallel Uranus, Mars sesq Uranus, Venus semi-sq Juno, Merc contra-parallel Chiron and qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is the empty lot in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle where Neptune Coffee used to be. A gas explosion in March of this year destroyed a handful of businesses and blew out windows in a two block radius; the Neptune was leveled. Luckily it happened in the early morning hours when the fewest number of people were in what is usually a heavily trafficked area, and there were no fatalities, only minor injuries. But, walking by the empty lot can be haunting, and it brings to mind this: what good thing in your life has been wiped out or removed in a shocking way, and it’s been long enough that the hole it left now just seems like part of the landscape? We can learn to live with anything; the trick is not letting awareness of what we’ve lost slip away.

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 1 Virgo: health is at the core of all you attend to this year, Leo: physical well-being, financial, emotional, spiritual, all areas of life are vetted for balance, vigor, and sustainability. Some hints on making the most of things: don’t let your imagination fill in the blanks–stick to facts and realities; make sure the emotional perceptions receive attention, with an emphasis on security and comfort–this is important, as the emotions will, temporarily, drive the life direction; and don’t allow your instincts and inner knowledge to be drowned out by the social sphere. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

22 August 2016 Harvest in Mind

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Saturnino Herrán - La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

Saturnino Herrán – La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: our attention is on what’s wrong (this has been a trend, lately, right?), on what’s dark, hidden (but then, how do we know something’s there if it’s hidden?), on the unhealthy, the destructive, and any sense of change, as it likely strikes us as decay or deliberate waste. We may fully embrace this preoccupation with the intention of assessing issues and fixing them, but between an inclination to misjudge or misread our own values (yes, it can be done, when we are not processing experiences along most characteristic lines) and the tendency to both exaggerate and see shadows where there are none, we are best off delaying any critiques and plan-making for a later time. Best approach: focus on ‘the facts’, don’t fight obviously inevitable change, and keep what you hope to accomplish (in the form of ‘the harvest’) perpetually in mind (Vesta semi-sq Sedna and trine Neptune, Merc conj Jupiter, the Sun enters Virgo, semi-sq Hygeia and sesq Pluto)

By Sir James - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

By Sir James – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

Today’s word image is bocce balls. I don’t know much about bocce; my only association is with the courts that were always busy in San Diego’s Balboa Park. At the time it struck me as something only old people would play, but now I think I was mistaking more gentle exertion as automatically only appealing to those who were unable to do anything more strenuous, an idea I’ve since learned isn’t valid. What ‘game’ might you be dismissing as irrelevant to you, that it might behoove you not just to learn the rules for, but perhaps consider participating in?

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d'epoca {{PD}}

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d’epoca {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 0 Virgo: all the action this year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, will be centered on issues of identity and matters of the natal House where the Sun is posited. You may be accused of navel-gazing or being Selfish, but really, you need to take this time for yourself, to sort through and be sure about who you are and who you want to be–it’s the only way you’ll be able to wrap your head around what’s slated, and just beginning to show itself, for your future. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 20-21 August 2016 Trends Are Deceptive

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'Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound' George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

‘Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound’
George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 20th: we may suffer an odd combination of influences that could easily steer us wrong: one concerns how thoughts are focused on what isn’t happening/ working in fulfillment of ambitions and wants; the other is a rejection of what we know to be wise, smart, practical, or that involves a refusal to use our already-learned skills, and this rejection/ refusal is seated in some aspect of our current identity or Self-image. Together the two tracks converge so that we may make some poor or mistaken choices out of frustration or a wish not to acknowledge who, exactly, we are. If hiding in a closet or some sunless hole isn’t possible (and who wants to do that, anyway?) our best bet may be conscious Self-acceptance (no matter how that may make us cringe over denied character traits or experience), along with a vow to let go of judgement, a tendency that comes far too easily with Mercury’s transit of Virgo (Merc semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun opp Pallas)

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen - 'Retrato de Guigui' {{PD}}

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen – ‘Retrato de Guigui’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color white (technically all color!) I realized this as, in asking myself what the word image is, I saw a series of white animals, birds, and objects, and then realized that at least the past two images had been white things, too (a stork and an egg), at least as they were envisioned. We may have personal associations with the color, or cultural ones; some see white as indicating purity, fidelity, or innocence, while some link it to death, or to sacrifice, or to sterility, coldness, or authority (as in the wearing of a white coat to signify status in a health setting, for instance)–and of course your own preferences and experiences will figure in to the meaning of white for you, whether it’s the ideas attached to the color, or whether it points out something that is that color and offers further meaning. At the very least, use it as a marker of synchronicity or of being ‘in the flow’ when you observe it.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Leo: you may spend a good part of your year, Leo, through to your next birthday adjusting to new emotional circumstances or truths–and these changes can’t help but affect who you are, causing a drawn out period of modification and accommodation that is especially personal. You have a good sense of what’s smart, what’s practical, right now, and should use it as you go forward, as little else will offer guidance, and you could feel lost if you don’t embrace and accept your current reality. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - 'The Tower of Babel' 1563 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence for the 21st: It’s a terrible thing when our reasoning and our social role both fall into our blind spot, leaving neither our own minds nor our usual patterns and responsibilities as reliable guides. Relationships don’t help, either, as we’re in the midst of greater or lesser power struggles that permeate even the most benign exchanges. What we can do is use sensitivities not related to the mind (intuition, feeling, those 6th, 7th, and 8th senses! etc); these will bring invaluable info as long as we acknowledge our own power wants and those territories we wish to claim as our own–if we don’t admit what we want, the feeling nature will lead us astray. Compounding perceptual difficulties is the way facts just won’t speak of realities, at this time–be prepared for that (Mercury and Jupiter trine Sedna, though Merc and Jup don’t perfect their conjunction until the 22nd, Venus sesq Ceres)

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a fish ready to be filleted. What does that bring to mind? Anticipation of a good dining experience? Revulsion at eating something with a face? The fish is a symbol of Christianity; to fillet it may be to ‘take the backbone’ out of a religious viewpoint. If you’re an astrologer you may think of Pisces, and wonder what it means if only one of the symbol pair is gutted. A fish was one of Vishnu’s incarnations, again suggesting a connection to divinity. We could go on and on, since the fish carries so much symbolism. This one, though, has been ‘fished for’, ‘caught’, and is now being ‘prepared’–is there anything like that in your life, that may need to be seen for what it really is?

For those born with the Sun at 29 Leo: though it may not seem like it, eventually emotions catch up with the rest of you, and internal harmony is restored; you’ll likely take action repeatedly until you feel balanced. You think big and use discernment; make sure it doesn’t devolve into petty criticism and over-concern with detail. The creative may become an outlet for feelings and perceptions ignored or denied–that can be very good, if you know how to shape and direct those energies, or very bad, if they end up deceiving you or others. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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19 August 2016 Perfect Health

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Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

The AstroEssence: in the light of the recent Full Moon, we honor our own power, we see how that over which we have dominion must be adjusted or changed, and we are able to visualize our own version of ‘perfect health’, and so implant a guideline within the unconscious; the mind is very receptive to positive input at this time, though conscious adjustment to anything too radical or unusual may be required. Visualization, spiritual practice (which is really life, isn’t it?), exploring our own inventiveness and originality, and efforts that honor our own responsibilities and our ability to affect our world are favored (Vesta trine Ceres, Neptune parallel Hygeia, Saturn qnx Vesta, Mercury opp Chiron and qnx Uranus)

Joseph Crawhall III 'Stork' {{PD}}

Joseph Crawhall III ‘Stork’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a stork wading in a river. As a child the only time I heard storks mentioned was with that puzzling idea that storks delivered babies in little slings, like takeout burritos; as an adult I saw them nesting at the tops of chimneys in the Netherlands, and suddenly the story that they could slip in and bring a baby made a little more sense. Is there something you find curious that might make a lot more sense if you knew its origins? And how do you sort that from something that has no explanation? If we approach everything in life as having a reason for being, no matter how obscure or nonsensical, then we in essence cast a vote for a Universe that not only makes sense but has reasons for being the way it is–which should put your mind at ease.

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 27 Leo: you may find yourself acting under an influence this year that is very difficult to pin down: you could insist on behaving in ways contradictory to what you know to be smart. The sense of unthinking rebellion, of push-back toward everything you’ve been led to believe was wise or practical, has its roots in the way you have recently consistently denied what your instincts have told you. Alienating yourself from your own inner knowing can only be remedied by trusting yourself once again–and that requires letting go of what or whomever you have substituted as guide. You can do it. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

17-18 August 2016 Inspired by Higher Mind

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A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence of the 17th and 18th, and the Lunar Essence of the Full Moon in Aquarius: Leading up to the Full Moon we are faced with a question: Are we changed by Love, Money, or secrets revealed about values or assets, or are we the agent of change in areas of Love, in finances, in the keeping or spilling of secrets, or in recognizing a change in our values, and so changing how we relate? Since Earth signs are involved (Venus trine Pluto), we should expect a material, or at least tangible, impact; we may be ‘undone’, with some Venusian aspect of life devastated, destroyed, or transformed (don’t panic, this may be a good thing!) This fundamental change sets the stage for the conclusion, end, or completion associated with the Full Moon, 2:25 AM PDT of the 18th at 25 Aquarius 51. This is a near miss, an almost eclipse, and the impact we feel may be as much the Venus-Pluto aspect that precedes the Lunar event (as it leaves us reeling and yet unsure of what hit us) as it is the pull of the Full Moon itself.

This Full Moon, along with Uranus, forms the base for a Finger of God, with apex Jupiter. Should we also include Mercury, which is conjoined Jupiter and within orb of Uranus, but not the Full Moon? It’s a tough call, but I’m inclined to say Yes, as proximity to the other elements of the Finger means Mercurial energy will enter in some form–it just may not be what it seems. That is, we may believe we have come by rational means to a concluding belief, decision to expand, teach, or learn, or concerning a social role (Jupiter)–but the mind may simply be a means of translating our perceptions at the level of Higher Mind (Uranus) that is revealed through events of this Aquarian FM. This suggests it may be Higher Mind inspired feeling (Aquarius Moon) that is really running the show, not the cogitations of our limited, trapped-in-three-dimensions brains. Awareness of this will make us more open to spontaneity and give us confidence in our own choices (both Uranus in Aries) and this in turn allows a more attuned experience than does being overly-focused on our thinking and the illusion of control this inevitably gives.

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA - 'Happy Finger Friends Love' by D Sharon Pruitt     CC BY 2.0

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA – ‘Happy Finger Friends Love’ by D Sharon Pruitt CC BY 2.0

Too, let’s note the way Chiron is caught at the midpoint of the Finger’s base; since the opposition with Jupiter is separating, the implication may be that the dynamic of the Finger begins with a wound, or with an instance of healing, that then spurs the Higher Mind understanding that melds with the FM event to offer that Jupiterian result.

The Full Moon is also apex to a loose Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for you Vikings) with base of Vesta and Hygeia. This may take us further back in time, to where an instance or pattern of not honoring our health (the Cardinal square between Vesta and Hygeia) helps bring about the Full Moon event–which, as you know, is likely to be related to matters of the House where the Full Moon falls.

A novile is formed by the Full Moon to Pluto, and the Sun/ Earth-Moon axis squares Sedna, creating a T-square. A sense of rebellion from what is instinctual may combine with a deep urge toward destruction and change–this makes a kind of engine for the configurations to run on, generating some deep conflict and energizing our embrace of change. We may reject or find unacceptable our usual, unprocessed response, and the conflict this engenders, along with an advantageous glimpse of what things might be like with the upsetting factors gone, eliminated, or reformed, is enough to make all the rest spring into action.

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Elefantino di Giulia Orecchia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

And now we need to examine the elephant in the room. Her name is Pallas, and she’s conjoined the Full Moon in Aquarius. This suggests that everything involved with the Full Moon is a measure or test of our wisdom and practicality, as well as our skills and ability to apply them. This theme will loom large, and yet we won’t necessarily be seeing events, feelings, urges, and our responses to them as a test-taking or assessment–that only comes later, when the conclusion that is unavoidable with a Full Moon event makes it clear we wound up where we are because of what we consider smart, what we know, and how practical our ultimate orientation.

The Sabian symbol for 26 Aquarius (remember, we read up) is, ‘A Garage Man Testing A Car’s Battery With A Hydrometer’. This emphasizes the mechanism of testing, which we’ve already discussed. A battery is Uranian, while the hydrometer points toward the importance of feeling and so the Water signs involved: Chiron in Pisces, and one part of the Fist base, in Cancer. Both these signs are volatile emotionally, at least in part because the barriers between the individual and the Collective/ Others is blurred, even as we ‘test’ it from our own unique expressions of Will and viewpoint (Uranus in Aries). This could imply that if we are having a hard time processing our own feelings surrounding this FM, we may divert our emotions into a Big Picture expression, one that allows us to express but doesn’t risk quite so much emotional exposure, even to ourselves.

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian with a Full Moon, simply because it is the origin of all light, and so enables perception. ‘After The Heavy Storm, A Rainbow’. So, whatever troubles are stirred at this time, we can be assured it’s for the good, or at the very least, that it will all work out positively.

The only aspects not addressed by the FM are Venus’ contra-parallel to Zeus and parallel to the North Node; these add a flavor of drama, wherein relationships, values, or finances push back on our ambitions, and where we struggle to reconcile wants with maintenance of what we care about. It’s easy to see that this will add tension to the feeling nature, and again make us work to figure things out, rather than allowing Higher Mind to possess us for a time.

(Perfecting on respective days: Venus trine Pluto/ Pallas sesq Hygeia, Venus contra-parallel Zeus and parallel NN, Sun sq Sedna)

Odilon Redon - L'oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

Odilon Redon – L’oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

The word image for both days is a peeled, hard-boiled egg. We’re always talking about ‘potential’, especially in terms of our own lives and our own creativity. An egg is potential itself, but hard-boiling it captures potential and turns it into solid mass; it is what it is, at that moment–there’s no more room for development. The events of this Full Moon may show us that certain things can no longer remain (at least in our minds) in that state of potential; they will have already hardened, taken shape, and so must be accepted, used, dealt with as they are.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo: speaking of potential, you are fairly bursting with it–but what you need to know is that making the most of it won’t come easily: you will be tempted to fight every instinct and the deep, rhythmic primordial knowledge of life itself as it attempts to guide and inform you. Why would you resist that? It could be that you’ve come to believe too strongly in your own individuality; it’s time to acknowledge that there are forces out there bigger than you, and that they want to help. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Leo: a lot of things have come to an end recently, and you move into a new emotional ‘day’, with all the optimism that can offer. You’ve learned a great deal; we could say you’ve become wise, from all you’ve experienced. It’s time to take what you know and apply it in the smartest way possible; all that you know will coalesce to create a kind of ‘magic touch’ that, with even minimal effort, will manifest exactly what you’re aiming for. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Full Moon in Aquarius August 18 2016

16 August 2016 Going Rogue

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By Villy Fink Isaksen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

By Villy Fink Isaksen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

'Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot' by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of 'Treasure Island' {{PD}}

‘Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot’ by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of ‘Treasure Island’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: If we follow our instincts and/ or minds, we end up in unhealthy territory; relationships, financial matters, or as-yet unrenovated values lead us back to the past, in some way, and this makes us inclined to take up old ‘wounded’ or rebellious or erratic ways of processing current events. It may feel as if all our ‘buttons’ are being pushed at once. We’ve got to remember two things right now: we abandoned those from-the-past means of handling things because they were wounded expressions, and so unproductive–and we know better now, precisely because we’ve learned from what we’ve already experienced. Don’t let a small hurt couple with an urge to go rogue, because all we’ll get is a toxic blow-up of greater or lesser proportions. Channel energy into innovation, original expression, and the willingness to lead (if you’re usually a follower) or follow (if you usually lead)–and with this last concerning one’s position within the group, if you take what you think is the opposite of your usual role and it doesn’t work out, you can be sure that you’ve been thinking of your place in things all wrong (Hygeia qnx SN, Pallas contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus parallel Sedna and contra Hygeia, Merc parallel Chiron, Sun qnx Chiron and trine Uranus)

Today’s word image is really a question: When ‘the dream’ is realized, manifest right in front of us, do we recognize it? This may be the hardest step in the process, knowing when to shift gears and acknowledge that we’ve gotten exactly what we wanted.

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo: Your year may begin in some way that feels especially emotionally punishing, in a kind of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ scenario, but this matter quickly goes to a higher plane and takes an intellectual form, and how you face this sets the tone for the rest of the year, which features: the most amazing circumstances through which to display your originality, your inventiveness, and your mental brilliance; and a bit of a tightrope that requires you to adjust yourself to avoid hurt. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

15 August 2016 The Beauty of Your Path

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Jan Brueghel I -' A wooded landscape with travelers on a path' c1607 {{PD}}

Jan Brueghel I -‘ A wooded landscape with travelers on a path’ c1607 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today we all glimpse (or are immersed in, or struck by) the beauty of the Path we’ve chosen; we see the particular grace our life direction offers us, the way relationships have shown us exactly what we needed to learn and experience, and we also see the cost of our choices. It’s a day of revelation, one that prompts actions that transform our world–and these expressions of power both repudiate something we refuse to follow or accept that is required by society at large (this something is likely related to matters of the House Jupiter is currently transiting in the natal chart), and show what we care about, what we love, and this is done at least in part by our rejection of the unreal, the deceptive, or the delusional. Self-acceptance of our own unique viewpoint allows a healing of sorts, and makes our choices and actions especially effective (Jup contra-parallel Juno, Mars nov Pluto, Venus conjoined the NN and contra-parallel Neptune, Merc parallel Ceres and semi-sq Juno, Sun semi-sq Vesta)

By Jon - Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

By Jon – Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

Today’s word image is a sandcastle. This is a good symbolic approximation of life itself: we build with the tiniest bits of material, time, and experience, our creations simple or elaborate, many-chambered or uncomplicated, we put in a little effort or a lot, and the elements wear down our creation, in an instant or slowly, over time. What does your sandcastle look like, and what does it say about your choices, and your life?

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo: if you don’t adjust your behaviors and/ or use your talents, you will find yourself wounded at some point during the year between now and your next birthday. I can’t really pinpoint what will occur, only that you’re on a course that implies your own inflexibility will cause your grief–but, if you can follow your best impulses toward originality, and can find a place within, leadership role of, or willingly cooperate with ‘the group’, you can pull from yourself something truly rewarding and perfectly unique–your own highly meaningful contribution to the world. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Your Weekend 13-14 August 2016 Sunrise With Sea Monsters

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The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 13th: Though there is a broad theme of the individual v. the social order, when we squint (a modest ‘correction’ to our perceptions) we find that the struggle is actually a mental one within our own minds. The heart of it is our attitude toward authority in general, and the quirks and resistance we impose on current power relationships that echoes unresolved issues with those at one time in charge of us, particularly Mom. There are a few things we can be sure of, and which can act as rough guides to our choices: being hurt over what we’ve chosen to ignore or deny is, besides being nonsensical, just Self-defeating; being erratic or unreliable creates losses; ‘thinking big’ may help us overcome limitations; and if we experience a dust-up with authorities (or those who see themselves this way), we should examine the situation for the possibility we’ve projected our inner struggle, superimposing it on an interaction or relationship–the ‘blame game’ won’t do any good, and may keep us from resolving our inner quandary, which will only invite more discord and foster further power struggles until claimed and resolved (Chiron sesq Black Moon Lilith, Jup qnx Uranus, Mars qnx Ceres, Venus sesq Uranus and sq Saturn, Merc parallel Jupiter)

Saturn goes direct and just as it does, Venus completes a square to it; the sense may be that we are just now seeing what stands in the way of Love, happiness, Money, or values realization. The direction and Venus contact brings a dawning, and the temptation may be to become hyper-critical (Venus in Virgo) of what we desire, or bitter toward those who stand in our way; we’d be better served questioning how much of what we think has really just been accepted wholesale from the social circle. Important to note: the upcoming square of Saturn to Neptune promises that these difficulties with Venusian subjects pave the way for effective (though not necessarily easy) realization or materialization of a dream, ideal, or spiritual goal (Neptune).

'Sunrise With Sea Monsters' J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

‘Sunrise With Sea Monsters’ J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Today’s word image is a penguin. What does this bring to mind? A ‘scheme’ in black and white (suggesting an odd combination of extremes)? Some kind of cartoon stereotype anthropomorphizing them? ‘March of the Penguins’ (sad alert!)? The ‘Batman’ villain (and then, is he the natty Burgess Meredith version, or the slimy Danny DeVito version)? It’s likely most of us have only seen these animals in zoos–which effectively makes them a kind of unicorn, something we experience only in an artificial (zoo) and rarefied (in their home in the Antarctic region) environment, so something that may feel in some essential way unreal. Unless you are a zoologist specializing in order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae, you probably hold some unrealistic, quaint, or fanciful ideas about penguins; look around for that thing in your life it feels you are familiar with, that it seems you know so much about, and question your assumptions and the image you impose, under the principle it’s better to know what something really is, than to carry and respond to the illusions in your head.

By Joseolgon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

By Joseolgon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo: Emotional harmony and continuity will be strong this year, with actions easily in concert with aims, and ‘knowing’ through the feeling nature almost a given. By late in the year, nearer to your next birthday, though, you may be seriously hurt, forced to access inner wisdom or to take a practical approach in order to deal with the wound–but it all leads to a wiser, more mature You. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 14th: Here we see that ideas concerning Venusian matters are dealt with and the new understanding applied to the dream, in preparation for the material manifestation or spiritual realization promised at the perfection of the Saturn-Neptune square (see The Saturn Direction under the 13th). We find the most profitable and beneficial concepts connected to our own uniqueness and originality, and likely will experience these ideas as personally empowering, though they may stir up trouble with authorities or even Mother Nature–just know it probably can’t be helped, as our ‘mental contrariness’ somehow shines through (Venus parallel Uranus and opp Neptune, Merc contra-parallel Juno and sesq Ceres)

327px-Alice_drink_meToday’s word image is a bottle marked ‘Drink Me’ (shades of Alice in Wonderland!) What’s in the bottle? Your poison, whatever that may be in life. Your job is to either say ‘No’ to it (a true rejection that captures no part of the spirit, as occurs when one resists, rather than feels indifferent or willingly lets go), or to consume it and through your own power and purity transform it, making it harmless. You know the best choice for you–do one or the other, and don’t knock the bottle off the table, thinking that breaking it removes the temptation–you wouldn’t be the first to take desperate measures to try to rescue what’s all wrong for you.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo: Fate has something difficult in store for you, but it will only seem like a problem while you’re waiting for your thinking to catch up with developments; after that, you experience a year of practical advances and the building of profitable circumstances. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

 Enjoy your weekend!

 

12 August 2016 We Think We Know

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It’s a trap!

. . . and by ‘trap’ I mean we will sincerely believe we have a clear intellectual grasp and a wise perspective–but health matters (mental, emotional, physical, but especially spiritual ones) cloud instincts and obscure access to inner knowledge, and social pressures could cause us to ignore hurt and sweep matters in need of attention under the rug, only adding to our being out-of-touch in a way that might not be obvious–and if we are aware of some disconnect, we may be too strongly tempted to deny it, just to feel we’re moving forward. Wounds of which we’re not entirely conscious may push us to mark territory, exert our Will over others, and just generally posture as authorities–but we would do far better to abandon the standards of the social order in favor of dealing with hidden, ignored, or denied matters, or those that enrage us, especially as they affect relationships. Embracing those matters we’d rather turn away from will pay off, whether right now we are in a position to see how that will happen or not. Adding to this is a very loose Water Grand Trine involving Neptune, Vesta, and Black Moon Lilith=we are prevented from knowing just how much we are in denial of, or avoiding, and we may see dodging issues as vital to our survival–an exaggeration that justifies our desire to turn away! Indulging in this may be Self-defeating, in the worst sense. And that’s the AstroEssence (Perfecting today: Hygeia sesq Sedna, Pallas enters Gemini, Chiron nov Ceres, Neptune qnx Hygeia, Jupiter semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and opp Chiron, Venus sxt BML)

Not the kind of trap we're talking about. Winslow Homer - 'Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots' 1874 {{PD}}

Not the kind of trap we’re talking about. Winslow Homer – ‘Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots’ 1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is–oh, you’re going to love this, after ‘teeth’ yesterday–it’s a butterfly with teeth! This comic image combines something that is seen as lovely but essentially harmless–in fact, unable to defend itself–with a symbol of both the ability to defend (who wants to get bitten?) and the ability to process, to consume, to assimilate and do. This may speak to a fear many people have: of being ‘beautiful’ but almost helpless, certainly losing an edge of aggression and dynamism, after spiritual transformation–that is, after going from what we imagine is a caterpillar (ordinary) to a butterfly (extraordinary). We tend to confuse spiritual advancement (itself a misnomer–maybe it should be ‘spiritual experiences’, which we would otherwise call ‘life’) as an end-game that brings a kind of beatific passivity, all sunshine and smiles, all troubles swept away. Whether we make these assumptions in terms of the spiritual journey or something more materially-oriented (career development, perhaps), there are a few things to consider: we don’t simply go from one static extreme to another–not only is development not so one-dimensional, it’s also non-linear–we can easily be a butterfly one moment and back to a caterpillar the next–and certainly, spiritual development is meant to advance understanding, which in itself is both a kind of armor, and an attitude that is much more accepting of the cyclic nature of life, as well as of the life-death-life that we see in the continuous round of simultaneous growth and decay. The fear is unnecessary, and reveals itself to be so as the spirit truly begins to grasp that defenses aren’t actually necessary, because the Universe never attacks.

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleFor those born with the Sun at 20 Leo: the sense of being solitary, even in the midst of a crowd, may be strong for you through the first two-thirds of the year, heading toward your next birthday. Connecting may be an issue, and your ego may get in your way. ‘Emotional knowledge’, learning about emotional realities and understanding the complexities of feeling within your situation, are on the agenda–and will result in a splendid emotional harmony arriving in that final third of the year, the kind of positive feeling that will allow you to act in perfect concert with your identity, Soul needs, and intentions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

11 August 2016 Shape Your Lust!

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Lawrence Koe - 'Idyll' c1910 {{PD}}

Lawrence Koe – ‘Idyll’ c1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We find unique and effective ways of gaining, ways that directly fulfill ambitions and desires, that may use relationships, talents, or assets in order to accomplish our goals, and that pay off one way or another–and it all goes down smoothly, almost effortlessly, as if ‘luck’ is with us, or these positive developments are ‘meant to be’ in a big picture sense–and maybe they are. There’s beauty in acknowledging our desires, and sharing our goals with others–they just might want to help you attain them. Take care in interactions, though, as lust can get away from us–the choices are to shape it consciously or be driven by it unconsciously–and unthinking advances or expressions of want could be the order of the day (Perfecting today: Venus nov Zeus)

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is teeth! We all have very particular associations with teeth, whether we think of our own, those of animals (sharks!), or the many sayings involving them: ‘take a bite out of’ or ‘bit off more than one can chew’, ‘the gnashing of teeth’, ‘tooth and nail’, or stories like how George Washington had wooden teeth, how people used to tie a string from a rotten tooth to a door knob and then slam it to remove, or the biosociological concept of baring teeth to frighten others (yet the human smile is supposed to mean the opposite), etc. The interesting thing is that when we think of teeth as symbols we see that most of our references to them refer to two concepts: either consumption, or tension/ aggression. Then there are dreams about teeth, with Edgar Cayce describing teeth as our thoughts and words, with dreams of loose or lost teeth as signaling regret for what we’ve said. Look at the first few ideas that pop into your mind when you think of teeth, and what these may say about both your viewpoint and what you may choose to ‘sink your teeth into’.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo: the early part of your year, counting through to your next birthday, may be spent in unusual moves meant to deal with feelings that seem hurtful and out-of-control. If you can hold back from overreacting (that is, realize that emotional responses are exaggerated in your mind), you may find that living with the feelings can open up some original creative approaches to both problems and Self-expression, ones that can open up your world and take what you create and what you do to a new level. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

10 August 2016 A Danger of Erosion

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'Stromschnelle' - Gerhard Rießbeck - Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe)     CC BY-SA 2.0

‘Stromschnelle’ – Gerhard Rießbeck – Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe) CC BY-SA 2.0

The AstroEssence: Rage or destructive attitudes are in danger of eroding our internal wisdom, even as (or perhaps because) we turn away from that anger or from matters that need attention; somehow ignoring or denying the problem appears to be the solution–and that’s where we go wrong. We need to think about it, and then clear it out, one way or another. Relationships could be mine fields unless we maintain a respectful approach to the other, no matter how things appear. Transform communication through critical thinking and a willingness to let go of rules, parameters, and structures–avoiding falling into old, ingrained patterns in how we think, speak, and listen will make the difference–and know that being open to change will have a further benefit of offering personal empowerment and could elevate status (Pluto semi-square Juno, Venus contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and sxt Vesta, Mercury trine Pluto)

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Today’s word image is an astronaut. How perfect for an astrology blog, that we see ourselves as ‘star voyagers’ spinning through space, pinned to the Earth, looking out at the Cosmos! What does an astronaut mean to you? Does the symbol point your attention toward some recent horoscope event or learning occasion centered on astrology/ astronomy? Was this job ever an aspiration for you? Do you see astronauts as modern versions of explorers, as people who take extreme, calculated risks, or has the length of time we’ve been going to and returning from space made the entire venture seem old hat, and not very thrilling at all? Do you see space travel as a waste of money, an inevitable result of man’s ever-expanding push outward, or as an outdated dream? The astronaut is merely the most visible human component in a much larger effort, like an actor in a movie–it takes many more people to put the whole thing together than we ever see–and, mistakenly, we tend to assign far more credit or blame to that visible person than they actually deserve. Are you seeing someone as having a greater role in something than they really do, and holding them responsible, when they’re just the ‘front man’? Or are you the astronaut, ready to enter a harsh environment in the name of exploring the unknown?

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo: you’re gathering steam for some truly unique and original Self-expression, but you’re not there yet; you have some emotional digging to do, some secret-discovering and some changes to make, before you’ll be ready to shine. Though the emotional element of things may seem unimportant (and so you may be tempted to ignore or skip dealing with feelings), they are actually the heart and soul of what you will create, and so must be attended to before you can make that unique statement of who you are. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

9 August 2016 The Ladies Have It

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'Musicienne du silence' Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

‘Musicienne du silence’ Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The ladies have it, if by ‘it’ you mean an ability to cooperate, share power, and combine complementary talents and status in order to go much farther together than any individual could alone–and by ‘ladies’, we really mean the part within all of us that is receptive, and so open to cooperation, a sharing of power, and a willingness to exercise abilities and prerogatives to aid others as much as themselves. There is also an almost magical ability to access the instincts and that primal ‘knowing’ we carry within by staying clear on, and true to, our highest values, when acting or interacting. We profit, in one form or another, by empowering ourselves and others–and that empowerment comes through a partnership mentality that is tuned to the instincts and the values–miss any component, and results are likely to be unproductive, if not outright divisive (Vesta nov Sedna, Venus sxt Juno)

Today’s word image is a violin. It’s here I note that an individual response to an image overrides any definition I might offer. My thoughts: violins are ‘prodigy’ instruments, often taken up before the individual can actually make a choice, requiring discipline, dedication, and control of an extraordinary degree, and their sound is like liquid emotion, often used to heighten feeling in a movie or during a musical experience. Personally, it reminds me of how I didn’t get one of my daughters the lessons she requested (at about nine years old) and I’ve been sorry about not giving her that opportunity ever since–so for me, this is a symbol of regret.

Fotothek_df_tg_0008204_Theosophie_^_AlchemieFor those born today: 17 Leo, described in yesterday’s post, lasts until after 10 PM of the 9th, Pacific time; in order to once again ‘line up’ day and degree the best way possible, you read yesterday’s post if your Sun is at 17–or you wait for tomorrow’s, if your Sun is 18 Leo. In any case, Happy Birthday, Leo!

8 August 2016 The Way Things Are

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Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: the reality picture (and subsequently, our attention) is focused on matters of ‘health’ (in all its forms) and the way these influence realization of our goals, or shape our ambitions and desires. In accepting and then working with the way things are, we not only find a way forward, we see precisely where our strengths and our ability to influence lies–and we use it, embracing our own authority (no matter how circumscribed or tenuous) and thereby gaining, profiting, or furthering relationships (Perfecting today: Saturn sxt Hygeia, Venus trine Ceres, Mercury conjoined the NN, Sun sxt Zeus)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a small float plane lands on a smooth lake. The thing that always strikes me about this kind of transportation is how specific it is–you can’t change your mind mid-flight and toot on over to an airport! In what way are you being very particular about moving forward, so much so that you may be limiting your potentials? Sometimes we must be very specific, because we already know exactly what it takes to ‘arrive’ at a highly specialized destination, but we may become overly specific in how we move forward without having a very specific goal in mind, and so could curtail possibilities and delay progress.

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France - Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo: (Please check your natal chart to know whether you should read yesterday’s forecast, today’s, or tomorrow’s, according to the degree of your Sun) You may have realized some important or significant ambition or goal of late, and you may be wondering, now what? You may have an almost immediate emotional crisis to deal with (possibly involving aesthetic matters or the partner), and after that you’re called upon to act and/ or to choose–and this may occur in life areas where the choices conflict with your intentions. Take your time, sort it out, and don’t act reflexively or in anger–that definitely won’t get you where you want to go. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m considering offering reports on the upcoming September eclipses (no, the one in mid-August is not an eclipse, but a near miss) in two versions, one a succinct report that concentrates on the meaning for you (no astro-details), the other including the astro-details as they contact your natal chart, and this is very important: these reports only address the impact of the eclipse–the report does not exhaustively cover everything happening in your chart, it focuses on the set of events as they interact with your chart. The emphasis will be on you, and how these might impact you, and you need to be aware, this may or may not address current issues you think are important–often an eclipse set lets you know where things are really happening, or where they’re ‘warming up’, as well as what areas may undergo drastic change, a ‘wipeout’, rather than answering matters that grab your attention currently–though of course, sometimes they do. The briefer report that offers the meaning and life areas impacted for you, based on the eclipse’s contact to your natal chart, will be $35 and run 1-2 single-spaced PDF pages, while the more detailed will run 2-3+ single-spaced pages at $50. Both are delivered by email as soon as possible. I’ll let you know right here if I decide to go forward–and those who’ve already contacted me and asked about this will be first in line, if I decide to offer them. Thanks to all who’ve inquired!

Your Weekend 6-7 August 2016 What We Honor, What We Think

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"Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices" Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress--no known restrictions

“Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices” Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress–no known restrictions

The AstroEssence for Saturday may involve a peculiar sort of instinctive, reflexive action and thought that may bring erraticism to new heights and conflict to relationships–and though we know what we do flies in the face of our internal wisdom, we find ambitions and desires intrude and inspire acting out against the current situation. We act, do, and think in spite of ourselves–and it’s this internal distance, this awareness, that allows us to prevent disaster by focusing on our highest values and those things we know we want to protect and preserve. Measure everything you want to do against your standards and priorities–if it passes muster, go ahead (Perfecting today: T-sq Venus opp Pallas both sq Mars, Venus semi-sq Zeus, Mercury parallel Sedna, sq Saturn, and sesq Uranus, Sun nov Vesta)

Today’s word image is a sno-cone. For me this brings to mind a childhood treat, something eaten in only the hottest weather. Is there something you enjoy that you deny yourself, demanding conditions be ‘just so’ before you can have or do it?

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 6th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) Your world (or should I say your ‘reality picture’?) is changing in major ways, like it or not, and it’s up to you to take advantage of those ways in which you can have your say and affect the outcome. This may require that you are willing to go over old territory, things you already thought were settled, and re-hash matters, especially those concerning power and things that have been kept secret. It won’t be easy, but courage will help you shape things largely as you really want them to be. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

For Sunday we may discover that the key to getting what we want, fulfilling ambitions and reaching goals, may be to find a way to work with complementary energies or entities. These are things, people, organizations that inherently conflict, and yet may provide two necessary parts in our quest for fulfillment. Some tips: reject what’s deceptive, and you may end up rejecting what’s creative or spiritually perceptive–it’s baby with the bathwater if you do, so just don’t take any Neptunian element as being entirely obvious or reliable; keep thinking and communications on ‘the high road’; and look for the wisdom and practicality that may be offered through relationships or by watching ‘the bottom line’ (Zeus at the midpoint of Venus sq Mars, Venus parallel Pallas, Merc contra-parallel Zeus, Hygeia, and the SN, and opp Neptune, Sun qnx Pluto)

Looks like the tree is heaving them at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Looks like the tree is heaving coconuts at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a coconut. To me growing up these were exotic, something that spoke of an entire other way of life, of unimagined experience, and handling them was a whole other thing again: they almost felt like some strange cross between animal and plant (I think it’s the hair🙂 ). Look for something you have in your life now that you approach with that much wonder, so different than the every day, and explore it further–and if you don’t have something like that, go look for it!

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 7th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) For now, change and tough times are behind you; this year ahead, through to your next birthday, is filled with efforts toward ambition realization, especially through the experience of emotional partnership, and with consideration for others and some aesthetic ‘good sense’, you can go far. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Thank you, and enjoy your weekend!

5 August 2016 Excavations, Explorations

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William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Virgo, and we may start to see ‘virgin territory’ as a desirable place to explore, transform, or critique. We go where we’ve never been before in relationships or financially, or we are willing to be accountable publicly for some change in our values–it’s as if we’re saying, ‘Yes, that’s who I am, not what you expected, right? I’m not afraid to go there”. This is good, if it’s freeing you to express genuine feeling, not so good if it’s an aberration fostered by a too-prickly relationship with Virgoan characteristics, right now (check natal Merc for what it might be receiving by transit–a tense aspect or two almost certainly promises you’ll go out on a limb, then try to saw it off).

The mind may almost compulsively dig into areas where matters are denied or ignored, or where deep change is happening but those involved are pretending everything is just fine. This will cause friction, especially in relationships or financially, but if handled consciously (with deliberate discernment, rather than a critical approach), may excavate areas painful or too long ignored, allowing healing to begin. Warning: thinking easily drifts into the fantastical and unreal; stay connected to the facts–and don’t mistake your or another’s thoughts for facts–for best results (Perfecting today: Venus sesq Pluto, Merc sxt Black Moon Lilith and contra-parallel Neptune)

Today’s word image is a picture of a stranger, found in a box of old family photos. Whose ‘surprise photo’ are you most likely to find emerging from the past? Who within the family is this person connected to, and why? And does this illuminate anything about this family member for you?

Vincent van Gogh 'Olive Trees' 1888 {{PD}}

Vincent van Gogh ‘Olive Trees’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo: If you’re willing to let go of outmoded or irrelevant energy drains, and acquiesce to re-making those areas that need ‘power reform’, you can mid-way through your year, through to your next birthday, find like-minded others and develop an aesthetic both of which will support realizing your goals and ambitions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

4 August 2016 The Engine of Ambitions

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 "Motor Manufacturing" by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

“Motor Manufacturing” by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

The AstroEssence: Our ambitions drive everything right now; we have innovative, unique, and inspiring thoughts about our desires, wants, and goals, and we see what’s impractical or unwise about the form our current aims take, and so can modify our intended direction and our efforts. Our quest to express our individuality pushes us forward, and we’re heartened both by seeing how and why things didn’t work in the past, and how we and our ambitions can fit into the social fabric now. Optimism is pervasive, but take care not to bite off more than you can handle (Pallas sesq Zeus, and Merc nov Zeus and parallel Uranus, Sun nov Jupiter and qnx the SN)

Juan Téllez Hellín - 'Work' 1903 {{PD}}

Juan Téllez Hellín – ‘Work’ 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is unfinished knitting. What have we begun to knit together, pulling in different threads to make a coherent and cooperative whole, that we’ve lately put aside, neglected, or given up on? Whatever the project is, remind yourself of what you intended at the time, then look at things in the light of now–that’s the only way to know if it’s right to pick it up and finish, or to unravel things, and put the energy and materials to a better use.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Leo: Though most of the year goes smoothly, you are actually headed for great change; the question is, will this be forced upon you, or will you see the writing on the wall, and modify your course so that what you’re required to do fits into what you want, anyway? You prepare best by being flexible, and at the same time being as Self-responsible and Self-aware as possible; avoid being too critical of yourself or others, as this is especially likely at those points when emotions overcome you. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By mik Krakow - Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

By mik Krakow – Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

Thank you, Readers!

3 August 2016 Good For Us

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Elizabeth Forbes - 'Blackberry Gathering' c1912 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence: What we love is actually good for us right now–can you imagine? It may seem like a trick, a deception, a sleight-of-mind, but we’ll only be mislead if we focus our attention too narrowly on ourselves and our interests; keep the world in mind, and our actions and choices can verge on transformative, that’s how effective our ‘reach’ into the real world can be. Make it pleasant, make it pretty, make it profitable, and we’ll all benefit. And we find, in exerting ourselves, that if we anticipated pain for taking charge and being responsible, we were wrong–empowering ourselves is not just hurt-free, but helps us shed any illusions we may have accepted as valid (Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Mars semi-sq Pluto, Venus nov Hygeia, Sun qnx Neptune)

Today’s word image is a forest, where every tree trunk is covered with butterflies. To me butterflies are symbols of potential, of what someone or something can become, and a forest speaks of an environment that acts as a sheltering place to gather, replenish, and breed, a proper ground for bringing something to fruition. This image may prompt us to look at how well our environment incubates our efforts; are they properly nourished, allowed to develop, recognized as valid once they are complete? If not, consider modifications that can help support even the most delicate and elusive of ideas, the inspired kind we must take seriously and pursue, before the moment passes. See one man’s efforts to support butterflies here, and a real-life forest such as our image describes here.

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo: there is a ‘fresh’ feeling to your new Solar year, one that offers you the time, energy, and inclination to address old issues, see to lingering problems, and adjust current matters so that you are rid of what’s outdated and can effectively turn your attention on the future. You are entering a larger process of change that will take some time; getting right with the past is your first step forward. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

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New Moon in Leo + 2 August 2016 Find the Groove

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1912 Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

If you don’t find your groove, moving forward may feel like this. 1912
Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Action-taking and choice-making are impulsive and yet create opportunities, and may in particular create an opportunity related to the New Moon; this abundance of possibility is true for us, as long as we access instinct, don’t confuse that with wishful thinking, and stay aligned with our genuine priorities. We can make gains in knowledge and widen our horizons, if we can find the groove. Strange as it may sound, just don’t think about it; that may be our best ‘in’ to the instinctual nature, along with feelings that are clear (that is, not confused with thought). Those who confuse the sources and meaning of their impulses will find it costly, damaging to either relationships or finances, while everyone else can successfully ignore the unpleasant or denied in favor of the instinctual and what’s true to oneself (Mars into Sagittarius, Vesta-Pallas-Juno Water Grand Trine still in effect–see forecast for the 1st–with Vesta also perfecting a sextile to Ceres, Venus sq Sedna, Mercury contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleThe Lunar Essence is exemplified by the New Moon in Leo, falling at 10 degrees 57 minutes, at 1:44 PM PDT of the 2nd. This event in Leo brings a focus of Self-awareness, of our part in the larger scheme, and particularly makes us aware of how we might ‘shine’ in life. This meeting of Sun and Moon (as viewed from our perspective on Earth) ends the Dark period and signifies energetically an inception, a new start, a seed moment, likely related to the real-world matters represented by the House in the natal chart in which the NM falls. The aspects made tell us the story; this New Moon is square to Black Moon Lilith, trine Saturn, quincunx Neptune (and close to but too far out to count a quincunx to the SN), and sesquiquadrate Chiron. We personally (Leo) can begin the process of materialization, or we can find shape and context for these matters, or we can limit or otherwise contain issues related to matters of the House where the NM falls. It will take some effort, some of it potentially unpleasant, but the results can be both healing and creative (especially if you can find that groove!) and can remove a long-held shadow from the psyche.

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Children Play On A Swing Hanging From The Branches Of A Huge Oak Tree’. This may tell us that our best approach, as with the ‘not thinking’ mentioned above, is one that takes a carefree attitude with developments, toward both what we do or generate and what comes from outside us. Play may be our most useful and productive way of engaging the energies, as it all ‘hangs’ on our wisdom and strength, signified by the oak in the image.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Leo: it may feel like you have just awakened, just been struck by the lightning of an exciting and vital idea, or that you are embarking on a renewed life, even if nothing in your circumstances has changed. This is the effect of having your Solar Return follow so closely in the lee of a New Moon. The emphasis, for you this year, is on creativity; be willing to be flexible, to make the changes, adjustments, and modifications that will support exercising your creative energies and doing right by your spiritual needs, because a helpful wind is with you–you can go a lot farther than you think. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

1 August 2016 A Tangle of Impulses

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By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach - 'Der Rettung Entgegen' 1913 {{PD}}

By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach – ‘Der Rettung Entgegen’ 1913 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re well into Dark of the Moon, that three day period prior to the New Moon when the Lunar light is absent, effectively removing our symbolic connection to the passing of time–and it’s this sense of timelessness that we should be mindful of right now. Particularly in that final 24 hours before the New Moon, we may find turning inward more natural than turning outward, and aligning our inner life with our outer one especially difficult, as they seem to be so disconnected. That means that meditation, contemplation, revery, creativity, and seeking the vision are all especially effective now, while activities with a purely external focus don’t get the attention they need, and so don’t go as well as they could. Add to this Mars at 29 Scorpio, and we have the potential for a lot of compulsive or poorly thought out actions and choices, prior to the Mars entry into Sagittarius (and Mars moves into Sagittarius only about two hours before perfection of the New Moon, suggesting that the impulse to act may come forward before the intention, the ‘why’, becomes clear). Perhaps a note to the Self reminding us that though the inner life and viewpoint seem to be of ultimate importance, even more ‘real’, during this period, we are still physical beings in a material world, so measured activity and some caution is advised.

'Le Bec de Gaz - Nuit bleue' Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

‘Le Bec de Gaz – Nuit bleue’ Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

It’s the perfect time to reach emotional balance, specifically by getting clear within our own minds on what we are dedicated to, where we are empowered to act effectively, and by following the wisdom that exists internally and that is externally offered. It’s in being sure within ourselves of where we want to spend our energy and time, and how we can best exercise our prerogatives, that we find guidance toward the smart choice, or the practical one, and so insure we have the desired impact.

If we align our mentality too closely to material matters, we may find ourselves hurting, particularly through relationships or financial matters, and it’s almost guaranteed we won’t understand why–the tendency will be to blame others or circumstances, rather than see that our own viewpoint needs adjustment (Water Grand Trine of Vesta-Juno-Pallas, Mercury at the midpoint of Vesta-Juno and opp Pallas, Merc trine Ceres, Venus qnx Chiron, Sun sesq Chiron and trine Saturn)

Mihail Simonidi (1870 - 1933) - Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Mihail Simonidi (1870 – 1933) – Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a swan. Distilling the many meanings and associations of a swan, we see them as symbols of purity, associated with Venus, and linked to music. Look for the ‘swan element’ within your life, those things that represent beauty, purity, and the pure sensory enjoyment that comes from the Venusian aesthetic, especially through music–or just watch for swans, alerting you to synchronicities ahead.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Leo: early in your ‘new year’ you may feel emotionally confused, cut off from the feeling nature by real or imagined barriers, but soon enough you adjust, chiefly by realizing that it’s your own creative energy that’s distorting your perceptions–and that energy needs a solid outlet for expression. This may be your quest this year: to find the ‘perfect’ expressive mode for either your artistic or spiritual Beingness–everything else may take a back seat, until such expression is found. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great start to your week!

Your Weekend 30-31 July 2016 Inner Knowing

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Edgar Degas - 'Jeune femme avec Ibis' c1861 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Jeune femme avec Ibis’ c1861 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for Saturday: doing what’s smart empowers (and though you may think, Duh, of course it does! you might be surprised how often we turn away from what we know to be wise, in favor of what’s popular, fashionable, expedient, cheaper, quicker, etc). We call on our inner knowing, in order to be as effective as possible–but this only works if in thinking critically we don’t become destructive or overly focused on the pessimistic or consumed by our own rage or sense of injustice. Keep it balanced, keep it real, and put emotion on the back burner–it will only lead you wrong (Pallas trine Juno, Mercury enters Virgo and sesquiquadrates Pluto, Sun squares Black Moon Lilith)

Dick Ket, 'Still Life with Eggs' 1934 {{PD}}

Dick Ket, ‘Still Life with Eggs’ 1934 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a basket of eggs–in contradiction to that saying, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ Though caution and alertness are still advisable, this may be a time to put all our eggs–that is, all our effort and energy investment–in a single direction. It could be we need to concentrate and push forward without distraction in order to actually achieve what we’ve been aiming at. No more meandering or slow build-up–all-out effort, carefully applied, is now called for.

For those born with the Sun at 8 Leo: as much as half your upcoming year, through to your next birthday, may be spent in the ’emotional dark’, where you may either decline to engage the emotional perceptions or where you may be flying blind, groping for some kind of realization and order connected to the feelings. Eventually, though, illumination comes, and it has tangible, material or physical results that shape your reality, likely in a very positive way. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By Pierre-Auguste Renoir - {{PD}}

By Pierre-Auguste Renoir – {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for Sunday: be aware that the past shapes current ambitions–and may influence negative thinking about aims and goals, as well–and that means what we assume about our wants may be mistaken, rooted in a past that no longer is. Again, smart moves that lead to empowered circumstances are possible; keep in mind that the unexpected, the revolutionary, and the modern may bring benefits but also costs, and these can easily get out-of-hand. Look for easy flow, in both positive and less useful ways, between matters of the Houses ruled by Venus and Uranus in the natal chart (SN parallel Zeus, Pallas sxt Ceres, Venus trine Uranus, Merc semi-sq Zeus)

Michaelangelo Meucci. 1892 {{PD}}

Michaelangelo Meucci. 1892 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a songbird. Are you aware of the ‘song you sing’? That is, do you really know what you’re telling others, celebrating, announcing to the Universe? We’re often unaware of what we’re conveying, thinking we’re presenting one focus when many facets of which we’re unaware are seen (and responded to) by others. We may think we can consciously control what ‘comes out’, but the reality is that what we genuinely are shapes everything. The more honest we are with ourselves, the more authentic our ‘song’ becomes.

For those born with the Sun at 9 Leo: it’s easy to build what you care about this year, through to your next birthday; you have the energy and drive, and previously noted constraints and barriers seem to have fallen away. Don’t waste the opportunity to order your reality in a way that’s much closer to the ideal. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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29 July 2016 Measuring Ourselves

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By Vaido Otsar - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45458209

By Vaido Otsar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45458209

The AstroEssence: Uranus retrogrades today at 24 Aries 30, and begins backing toward a trine with Venus that perfects in just two days. This suggests a review of both the originality/ uniqueness and the erratic nature or unreliability of our own actions and choices (Uranus in Aries). We measure their worth, their effect on relationships and finances, and we look at how well they serve our own ends and interests (Venus in Leo). Matters of health in any form may figure in to your re-assessment (Venus semi-sq Hygeia); we won’t be able to unsee what we notice about ourselves at this time, so better to take the matter in hand and do something about it. Modern or unusual methods might provide the answers, though it may take some time (through the retrograde, perhaps?) to come to that conclusion. Look to feel this most strongly, at least initially, in the House with Aquarius on the cusp.

'target with Four Faces' Jasper Johns http://www.artchive.com/artchive/J/johns/target_4.jpg.html Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

‘target with Four Faces’ Jasper Johns http://www.artchive.com/artchive/J/johns/target_4.jpg.html Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Our Uranian considerations may be part of a larger trend toward smart thinking and wise planning that we somehow find difficult to enact. Knowing what’s right may be easy, but making choices or taking actions that support that knowledge may create conflict or in some way prove tough. Finding a way isn’t impossible, though, and indications are this will come clear by the 31st. (Mercury parallel Pallas and sq Mars)

Today’s word image is an angry person venting their anger at the ‘wrong’ Other. If we are avoiding expressing ourselves directly to the person who stirs these emotions in us, then we must consider that we are, for any number of reasons, not being honest with ourselves or with the Universe–and the result is often misdirected animus. Own your feelings, and know that there is a certain amount of choice involved; when we pretend that emotions ‘just happen’, and so in significant ways take us over, we are denying the important point that the feeling couldn’t exist for more than an instant unless we focus on it and feed it–and that is very much a choice.

By Eric Carrasco-Nuñez - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49829117

By Eric Carrasco-Nuñez – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49829117

For those born with the Sun at 7 Leo: hidden or ignored matters bubble to the surface through conflict–I’m sorry, you’re just not going to be able to avoid this–but once dealt with these matters that you once pushed aside can become a source of strength and support–and even better, they can be mustered to uphold justice in some important context within your life. Emotions will speak; be sure you listen. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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28 July 2016 Inner Health

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Carl Larsson 'Summer Morning' 1908 {{PD}}

Carl Larsson ‘Summer Morning’ 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Attention is on health, and that covers a lot of ground, depending on your focus: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual. We are likely to be critical of what we see (Jup in Virgo) especially in terms of externals, of the health of the social order (Jupiter again), but what we need to know is that what we’re seeing, and the origin of our focus, is really us, at a personal level; what we complain of, admire, or desire in matters of health and see in others (Hygeia in Libra) are really statements about ourselves and our responses and reactions to our environment (Sun in Leo). It may be dismissed as simplistic, but what we see out there is definitely what we’re carrying inside, so that externals guide us as to our own need to modify, clear, and make healthy (Perfecting today: Sun sextile Hygeia and semi-square Jupiter)

Photo by Ismoon (talk) 21:34, 25 February 2012 of public domain material, Artist unknown

Photo by Ismoon (talk) 21:34, 25 February 2012 of public domain material, Artist unknown

Today’s word image is a red flower and a stone. What kind of impulse do you have to interact with the two? Is the first thing you think of to smash the flower with the stone? To move the stone so the flower may grow and expand? To put the flower in your hair and the stone in your pocket? To leave them just as they are? To wonder what those two things are doing there? If the flower is ‘new growth’, a chance to ‘blossom’, that needs nurture and space, and the stone is your in-built Saturnian need to aggress, to stop or contain something, then your response to this pair should tell you something about how you’re treating new creations and fledgling projects and energies, and what rules or boundaries you may be imposing on them.

Der grüne Löwe, der Sol verschlingt. Book illustration in Rosarium philosophorum, published 1550 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany {{PD}}

Der grüne Löwe, der Sol verschlingt. Book illustration in Rosarium philosophorum, published 1550 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 6 Leo: The health of your primary relationships may be paramount this year, through to your next birthday, with a need to do what’s smart and practical calling the shots. You may be tempted to keep secrets or bury less-than-pleasant factors under the rug, but that will only foster guilt and tensions that may keep even the most inevitable-seeming positive things from happening. Talk it out, this year, and think before you speak; these should be your mantras. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

27 July 2016 Balancing Act

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'Woman Holding a Balance' Johannes Vermeer {{PD}}

‘Woman Holding a Balance’ Johannes Vermeer {{PD}}

There’s a loose Water Grand Trine with Vesta, Juno, and Pallas, all in very early degrees of their respective signs. This offers the balancing of what’s smart, what’s empowering, and what’s sacred to us through the emotions. In this case, getting the emotions under control (the early degrees of a sign can be raw and chaotic) will bring about the balancing. Whatever you’re reacting strongly to can be sorted successfully by asking: What’s the wise choice here? What supports my feelings of effectiveness as well as my highest values? This should tame and direct the passions, as well as soothe what may be a highly overwrought (and so inaccurate) perception of what’s going on.

The AstroEssence: If we’ll accept the unusual idea, the radical (compared to our current way of reasoning) thought, if we’ll accept that a situation really can be healed, we’ll find healthy outlets for our thinking (look to Leonine energies as well as those Houses in the natal chart ruled by Mercury), as well as resolve conflicts that stretch tentacles below the surface of consciousness (Mercury trine Uranus, square Sedna, nov Hygeia, and qnx Chiron)

Herakles and Syleus. Attic red-figure amphora, 480–470 BC. Oionokles Painter - Photo by Jastrow (2006) {{PD}}

Herakles and Syleus. Attic red-figure amphora, 480–470 BC. Oionokles Painter – Photo by Jastrow (2006) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an ancient Greek vase. A ‘container’ from the past can be useful now; look to what gave shape, form, restraint to the thinking or the life previously, and consider using this method once again, if only temporarily, to contain what might otherwise overwhelm.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Leo: the state of the health, and ‘healthy’ behaviors (or their rejection), will drive much of what occurs through the first half of the year–and the way you deal with this determines whether issues are eventually brought into the light and made to add to your power, or buried thoroughly, to act as a burr under the skin. You know which is better, right? Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

26 July 2016 Smart is Relative

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By Vorakorn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41019843

The AstroEssence: It may feel today as if what’s smart is relative, and in a way, that’s right: viewpoint defines our ideas of wisdom, practicality, and ‘right thinking’. That should tell you there’s no Universal ‘right answer’ at the moment, only what’s right for the individual; too, our focus may be on what’s not working, rather than what is, with a tendency to be overly critical because we’ve lost perspective–and if you are criticizing something or someone for a lack of practicality, re-frame it as a statement of wisdom, and the other way around, criticism of something as unwise needs to be seen through a lens of practicality. Be lenient in your judgments of others, and allow them the same freedom to choose as you demand for yourself. (Sun qnx Pallas)

Egon Schiele - 'Edith with Striped Dress, Sitting' 1915 {{PD}}

Egon Schiele – ‘Edith with Striped Dress, Sitting’ 1915 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is stripes. Stripe patterns are a meshing of two distinct colors that ‘work together’ without losing their uniqueness. We also talk about ‘a different stripe’ meaning something of great contrast to something else, and we talk about how a tiger can’t change its stripes, meaning something has a nature that cannot be modified. One of these may apply to something in your life–two things working together but distinct, something that is what it is, no matter how we’d like to see it–or it may just be that when you see stripes you need to note what’s going on around you, for future reference.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Leo: emotional crisis that could lead to material upset kicks off your year, through to your next birthday, and health and/ or ‘habits’ need attention–what was smart for you in the past no longer is, and yet I don’t mean to be negative–it’s in dealing with these stresses early in the year that you will gain your power. All denied or hidden matters will be sorted, and those things that enrage you will be righted or eliminated, leaving you in a strong position to have and to shape things exactly as you like. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By Michelet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1066709

By Michelet – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1066709

25 July 2016 Foresight

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The AstroEssence: We may be consumed with honoring, participating in, and going after what we care about, and the focus may be on how this fits in with our relationships, or the Love and Money available if we pursue our ambitions. We have a certain genius right now for finding the place where what we are dedicated to intersects with our needs for companionship, Self-fulfillment, and gain; an uncanny ability to look ahead and know where we are currently headed, and how to shift so we get where we want to go, allows us to imagine alternatives, their likely outcomes, and to choose among these so that our highest values are not just honored, but lived (Vesta enters Cancer, Venus sxt Zeus, Sun nov NN)

Today’s word image is standing in a very long line, not knowing what it’s a line for! It sounds like a joke, but in the Soviet era there were stories about how as soon as people saw a line forming, they got in it–it didn’t really matter what it was for, as one could trade the goods if they weren’t of use. What are you waiting for, and do you even know if you’re in the right line for the thing you want?

For those born with the Sun at 03 Leo: This may sound very odd, like a terrible fortune cookie, but here’s your formula for success in the coming year, through to your next birthday: ‘Clean Living’ (and/ or concern for the health and welfare of the partner or others) will afford you practical skills and/ or wisdom–both the skills and the wisdom will have spiritual significance or overtones, or may be creative in nature, leading to prolific times. Cryptic, right? Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

24 July 2016 Step Carefully

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Carl Bantzer Schwälmer 'Tanz (Dance)' 1897-1898 {{PD}}

Carl Bantzer Schwälmer ‘Tanz (Dance)’ 1897-1898 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Relationships challenge us, specifically over values or the way we feel, and both interactions and money matters excavate areas of feeling and intent we’ve long thought set in stone. Thoughts strive for the ‘healthy’ approach, whatever that means to the individual, but communications and our own reasoning processes repeatedly point out our less-than-positive habits and tendencies; there’s no glossing things over and ignoring the ugly parts, the potential for damage, or the dangers, which shimmer vividly before us as we light the cigarette or run toward the cliff wearing our homemade parachute. Tips for handling what comes at us: value change–that is, find the rewards in it; accept that all relationships have a dark side, and that even a dream job or earning opportunity asks us to exchange a little of our power in order to skirt ‘death’ (think symbolically); and know that all of us are trying to purge our minds and concentrate on what’s positive, what thoughts and ideas will build us up–but in purging, all that dross has to go somewhere, so step carefully (Venus qnx Pluto, Mercury semi-sq Hygeia)

Derpy_bunny_graffitiToday‘s word image is a hungry rabbit with very big teeth! Despite the cartoon-y nature of the image, what we’re seeing is something normally harmless that could take quite a bite out of us if motivated. Temperaments fluctuate, dispositions morph and change; watch for the unexpected, aggressive ‘hunger’ from a quarter that’s normally passive, or more often seen as victim than aggressor. (I promise you, I actually write the word image before I go look for an accompanying pic–sometimes it just works out too well!)

By Joseolgon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

By Joseolgon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

For those born with the Sun at 02 Leo:
Your year may get off to a fiery start, but soon you enjoy internal emotional harmony, which may be your biggest asset, now through to your next birthday. This kind of agreement within yourself can propel you with unusual speed and precision toward your goals, so aim carefully, as you’re likely to find yourself speeding in that direction. What’s ahead? Taking the power, status, and reach you’ve achieved (no matter how major or minor you may see this as) and doing the smart thing with it, the healing thing, the healthy thing. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

23 July 2016 A Smart Environment

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Charles Frederick Ulrich - 'Typesetter at Enschede Haarlem' 1883 {{PD}}

Charles Frederick Ulrich – ‘Typesetter at Enschede Haarlem’ 1883 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We don’t want to see displays of power or force–they’re hurtful, wounding, damaging, and contrary to our ideals–but we can’t quite accept all we need to in order to create our ‘smartest’ (that is, best for our growth and happiness) environment; the result is that we are going after our ambitions and desires, whether they are really good for us (and whether they involve their own displays of power, force, or even bullying) or not (and part of why we persist in our pursuit is that we have a ‘knack’, or perhaps we just see an opening, right now). The dissonance could be very subtle, but it’s there, hidden behind statements of need or ‘we must!’ Proceed with consciousness (Pallas qnx Hygeia, Chiron parallel Ceres, Mars nov Zeus, Venus semi-sq Vesta, Sun the arm of a T-sq with Ceres and Juno)

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By Vincent van Gogh – Photograph: Wikipedia Loves Art participant “shooting_brooklyn. Uploaded from the [http://www.flickr.com/groups/wikipedia_loves_art/pool/ Wikipedia Loves Art photo pool on Flickr, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8947766

Today’s word image is a book cipher. How clear is your communication? Do you ‘encrypt’ things out of an unwillingness to embrace your own desires, hoping to get others to take the initiative, or is it a matter of fear at being ‘seen’? Do you obscure your meaning hoping others will misread it (and then, when you point back and say, “But you misunderstood,” do you feel powerful?) Do you try to sound more sophisticated than you are, or perhaps smarter (though the only one judging you as less sophisticated or smart is yourself!)? Are you using words to hide your message, or to reveal it? Even if you want to obscure your message, for any reason (and there are many legitimate reasons you might want to), are you clear about what and why you’re communicating that way? That’s important to know.

For those born with the Sun at 01 Leo: the emotional ‘power situation’ is front and center this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and the challenges it brings won’t be easy. You are trying to determine or attain your ‘correct’ or desired status, and exercising your prerogatives is paramount; there is a certain deep need to make your mark, to face and find your own place among authorities, and you’d like to work out something with Mother Nature–whether that’s your actual role vis a vis Gaia herself, or a sorting out of a health crisis or ‘mothering’ issue, it’s all meant to clear up identity and authority issues, and give you your proper place. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your Saturday!

22 July 2016 A Subtle Case

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‘Spider Web’ Photo By Arivumathi – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29524796

The AstroEssence: Today the Sun enters Leo, putting the focus on ourselves, and it’s a subtle case of a pair of Fingers of God that permeate thoughts and may allow reasoning to be altered, despite a less-than-desirable influence created by the social sphere or the facts (Jupiter contra-parallel Hygeia–and this may usher in a few public health crises, besides). Each of the Fingers includes Mercury, one as base with Zeus, apex the South Node, the other as apex itself, with base of Pluto-South Node (and in some ways we ought to consider Venus as part of the ‘Mercury effect’, since it is both closer in aspect to the Node than Mercury, and widely conjoined the Messenger). These are both a little loose, but noteworthy as the inconjunct of Merc to Pluto and the sextile of Merc to Zeus perfect today.

In Merc-Venus sxt Zeus apex SN, we have ideas and thoughts centered on the worth and talents of the Self and the ambitions and goals fixed firmly on the past; we look at the origins of our development and our viewpoint, and consider how this experience has shaped us (and for some, it will feel very limiting; the tendency may be to blame the past for current situations and future prospects).

With Merc-Venus as the apex to a Finger with base of SN-Pluto, we may transform, in our own minds and interpretations, the past and its effects, thereby ‘freeing’ or otherwise reforming the thought processes and the understanding of our own skills, opening the way to create a future without the limits we’ve carried up to now.

The two Fingers work in concert: one shows us how we’ve proceeded, how we’ve viewed ourselves and our potentials, up to now, the other allows us to actually draw power from the past, by re-processing our perceptions of it, and thereby giving us a future much more in tune with our current Beingness and outlook. So that’s good.

Today’s word image is a spider living within a bunch of grapes on the vine. At first we might think this image indicates something nefarious within something positive or desirable or wholesome–but I look at it another way: the spider lives between the grapes and doesn’t harm them, in fact it keeps other bugs from doing damage. It allows the grapes to grow and ripen without invasion by creatures that would destroy them. What in your life that you’re automatically regarding as bad or negative is actually doing a service, serving a purpose, and doing no harm?

Arbuckle_Bros._Coffee_Company_(3092966757)For those born with the Sun at 00 Leo the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, brings difficult situations that will determine the balance of power, personal influence, and depth of your commitment to both yourself and others–and all of it requires flexibility in feeling, a willingness to respond appropriately to real-world changes in circumstances, to what’s known or discovered, and to what’s shared/ owned–but don’t worry, your intuition is turned up to High. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Leo!

 

21 July 2016 Resisting Reality

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When we ignore reality we row against the current. 'A boat race between two boys at the island of Dalarö, in the Stockholm archipelago' Anders Zorn 1885 {{PD}}

When we ignore reality we row against the current. ‘A boat race between two boys at the island of Dalarö, in the Stockholm archipelago’ Anders Zorn 1885 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We act and choose against our own instincts–why? We are resisting reality; following ideals and going for dreams doesn’t seem to have paid off, and now we are feeling let down, betrayed, unsupported by our personal Universe. Let’s shake off that myopia and align our thinking with the facts: it’s not that reality has failed to serve us, it’s we who have failed to respond to the true state of what is. We must re-examine dreams to see their real worth, what they’ll actually cost us, and willingly modify them to fit our real-life circumstances; do that, and genuine progress won’t be far behind (Mars opp Sedna, Venus qnx Neptune, Sun contra-parallel Saturn)

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Photo provided by Turismo Emilia Romagna Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s Word image is soft-serve vanilla ice cream in one of those cones that taste like paper. Love this or loathe it, it’s supposed to be a treat. What in your life that’s supposed to be a reward doesn’t feel that way? Are you going along with something as a reward, when it’s no reward for you? Or what do you like that could be loads better by just upgrading the ingredients? If it’s supposed to be a positive, don’t just accept what’s handed to you–you should do everything you can to make it enjoyable.

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

Those born with the Sun at 29 Cancer are on the verge of discovering a new strength, a new purpose, or a new pleasure, and the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will bring this to light through some kind of material conflict or struggle. That isn’t necessarily bad; it only means you may have to work for it, or assert your right to it over the objections of others. The empowerment you receive by going for it will turn over a lot of old ground, uncover a secret or two, and definitely will re-make life as you know it. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Cancer!

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20 July 2016 The Past Delivers the Present

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The path we follow today certainly determines where we end up tomorrow. 'The Sunken Road in the Cliff at Varangeville' (1882)-Claude Monet {{PD}}

The path we follow today certainly determines where we end up tomorrow. ‘The Sunken Road in the Cliff at Varangeville’ (1882)-Claude Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our role in relationships, or our responsibility for finances, looms large; we get real-world feedback that either shows us our limits or delivers a solid manifestation of what we’ve put in to one or both of these Venusian venues. Past choices deliver current outcomes–and may wound, show us our weaknesses, or heal some hurt we held in our imaginations, rather than in reality (Chiron in Pisces). The good thing is that we gain, maybe socially, but definitely in tangible terms. Examine efforts and thinking in light of what past methods have produced; be willing to give up what doesn’t work–that only helps make room for more, and better (Venus trine Saturn, sesq Chiron, and nov Jupiter, Merc qnx SN and semi-sq Vesta, Sun sesq SN)

Edgar Degas, 'Woman ironing' 1873 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas, ‘Woman ironing’ 1873 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an ironing board. This symbol of the housewife’s drudgery is something of an antique; new fabrics, steaming, more casual dress, and the proud display of wrinkles has taken this item out of daily use. You may have some personal associations with this–I see it as an example of something we all know now, that may soon pass so far out of use that coming generations won’t even know what it is–and that prompts examination of how the passage of time modifies our idea of what’s necessary, what’s useful.

1280px-Kloster_Rüti_-_Mitra_-_Stadtmuseum_Rapperswil_2012-12-01_16-04-33_(P7700)For those born with the Sun at 28 Cancer the coming year promises an emotional ‘showdown’, a defining of the true emotional perceptions and state (and we know that may secure, alter, or otherwise bring change in any number of ways)–and there are also indications that everything that happens relates to you determining to whom and what you want to dedicate your life energy. You may find the perfect partner this year–or may re-dedicate yourself to the one you have. In any case, serious matters are sorted, and life determining directions chosen, whether this is done consciously or not (with the ‘not’ looking as if externals are pushing you in this direction or that, closing off and opening options, willy-nilly). Good luck, Cancer, and Happy Birthday!

 

19 July 2016 Mercury Quincunx Neptune + The Capricorn Full Moon: True to Ourselves

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John William Godward - Dolce Far Niente (1897) {{PD}}

John William Godward – Dolce Far Niente (1897) {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The quincunx makes communications, and parsing our own thoughts, difficult: we are not good judges of info coming at us, and we’re not good judges of what we think; images and ideas swim and dissolve, facts seem to mutate and morph before our eyes, and we are easily distracted, drawn in the direction of the fantastical, the fanciful, and the untrue. We are unsure–that is, we are unsure if we are alert, cautious about drawing conclusions, and aware of the potential to be mislead or deceived–those who are sure are almost certainly laboring under a Neptunian illusion of one kind or another.

The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs on the 19th at 27 CAP 40 at 3:56 PM PDT. This FM challenges us to act, to commit ourselves, to live our highest values, to actively honor what we care about; the basis is the FM’s sextile to Mars, with both inconjunct Vesta, which is apex to this Finger of God. Our choices and what we do will, whether we intend them to or not, reveal precisely what is most important to us, indeed, what we find sacred, in life. This Finger offers moments of genuine Truth, the kind that lets us know everyone’s standards and investments, and they ours–and these will be especially precious, and especially hard to discern, with Merc-Neptune in play.

The Lunar event also sextiles Chiron, trines Sedna, and with Uranus as the arm to the Sun-Earth/ Moon axis forms a T-square. Do these aspects describe what prompts the Full Moon ending or conclusion, or do they flow from the Lunar occurrence? It could be either; circumstances of healing or display of skills may be involved, instincts guiding us, with either the Full Moon presenting a stressful ‘test’ of the individuality focused on the willingness to be unique or independent, or this pressured situation, a crisis concerning expressing the individuality, coming from FM events.

Hiroshi Yoshida - Kumoi-Zakura (Kumoi Cherry Trees) 1919 {{PD}}

Hiroshi Yoshida – Kumoi-Zakura (Kumoi Cherry Trees) 1919 {{PD}}

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Large Aviary’. With the Full Moon we are seeing circumstances of stress, instinct, the need for action or choice that reveals priorities, and a requirement (via the FM events along the Sun-Earth/ Moon axis) that puts pressure on the individuality picture, and all of it accompanied by a persistent difficulty sorting fact from fiction, reality from delusion. So under these conditions, what does the Sabian suggest? An Aviary is a man-made construct, something that holds what would otherwise be wild, living things; we are looking at restrictions or boundaries put on what should be free. This relates directly to the circumstances of the T-square, and refines our understanding of it; stress will come from some element of our own Self-expression and our sense of freedom. The Sabian tells us that the constraints we suffer, whether imposed from within or without, are artificial ones.

The Sabian for the Sun, originator of all light/ enlightenment (symbolically speaking) illuminates this further: ‘An Indian Girl Introduces Her White Lover To Her Assembled Tribe’. The stress is about doing what’s right for us, apart from societal or ‘tribal’ constraints; we are effectively challenged to do what we are spurred to do as individuals, regardless of the expectations of others, hence the need to reconcile the pressure we may suffer to the need to be ourselves, wholly and completely.

The Full Moon mandate, then, is to act, in character, despite any confusion or uncertainty, and realize (though we may not be able to define this until after the fact) that others are showing their priorities, and we ours to them. We receive assistance from healed others and the healed parts of ourselves, and if we can allow it to ‘speak’, instinct will be a trustworthy guide to successful resolution of that call to be true to who we are.

Full Moon in Capricorn July 2016

Today’s word image is all shades of green. The different shades can be soothing, revivifying, or nauseating, and everything in between; note what the greens you encounter today stir in you, and what that might say about interaction with your environment.

Those born with the Sun at 27 Cancer: Your year is wide open before you, but you would be wise to subtly arrange efforts and events so that they support your highest priorities, goals, and those relationships and causes you are willing to dedicate your life energy to; anything less won’t bring a lasting, or meaningful, result. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

18 July 2016 Rumors

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Paul Klee - 'Oh! These Rumors!' 1939 {{PD}}

Paul Klee – ‘Oh! These Rumors!’ 1939 {{PD}}

If you’ve been reading that we have a series of three eclipses coming up, the first mid-August, that’s incorrect; what we have at that point is a near miss, alignment-wise, that appeared to be an eclipse initially, but has since been re-calculated as just a hair off. With even a near event, though, we may feel it, like when a big truck blows by you as you stand on the sidewalk; you don’t actually get sucked off the pavement, but for just a second, you feel a kind of lift and it seems you might! Especially if you have placements at or the eclipse makes hard contacts from its spot at 25 Aquarius 51, this Full Moon may have the impact of an eclipse, ‘wiping out’ something currently in force; look too for a significant shift in the House that holds Aquarius or with the Waterbearer on the cusp.

The AstroEssence: rumors abound, information is strangely hurtful, and yet what you hear is not telling you anything you don’t already know in the relationship or financial department. There’s a bias toward what the social circle believes and wants you to believe; advantages come to those who propagate the party line, no matter how unfair that seems to the free-thinker. Everybody’s too concerned with their own idea of who they are, and Self-promotion runs through anything that’s not strictly about the facts. Accept as evidentiary only what is provided with concrete details or real-world circumstances to back it up. Opinions don’t matter; what’s real does. Let go of your preconceived notions and prejudices, or you’ll end up becoming the victim of them (Mercury sesq Chiron, trine Saturn, nov Jupiter, and parallel Venus, Sun parallel Vesta and sesq Neptune)

Today’s word image is a scrub brush and some cleanser. Ouch! Such harsh cleaning methods aren’t often called for, but there may be something that needs a thorough scouring, and this may be physical, mental, spiritual, emotional. We need to be real; whatever it is has become so completely sullied that we have to clear away the detritus and bare the core issue, unadorned, for re-evaluation, re-assessment, or to make it usable once again.

Beham, (Hans) Sebald (1500-1550): Sol, from The Seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac, 1539 {{PD}}

Beham, (Hans) Sebald (1500-1550): Sol, from The Seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac, 1539 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Cancer: as you enter a new Solar year you’re going strong, sailing on the impetus of some effective moves and choices, some clear instincts, and a faithfulness to values that has kept you on course. What you must deal with now are matters of delusion vs. reality, and the capacity to birth your dreams into the world. A practical orientation serves you, as does a realistic attitude that makes you willing to eliminate what no longer serves. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Cancer!

 

17 July 2016 A Mandate to Heal

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'Glittering Sea' Hiroshi Yoshida 1925 {{PD}}

‘Glittering Sea’ Hiroshi Yoshida 1925 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’ve been immersed in a great deal of healing energy for a few days now, and if you haven’t availed yourself of it then you’ve almost certainly found yourself, intentionally or not, lashing out, hyper-sensitive to some perceived hurt. The keyword here is ‘perceived’; all that sensitivity, that understanding of where to apply something soothing, unless directed at flesh or spirit in need of healing, sits on the psychic skin like a rash, irritating us until we reach our limit. Things we’ve been ignoring in relationship or finances are the most likely catalysts; awareness that our thinking is off, in terms of real-world perception, is vital to responding in the most effective way. To review: efforts toward healing, guided by values and instinct rather than circumstances, are the best way to handle this over-stimulating influence (Mars trine Chiron, Venus sq Black Moon Lilith and nov Vesta, Saturn contra-parallel Mercury and sesq the Sun, Sun sxt Sedna)

'Fruta húmeda manzana' Sandra Gómez Pi CC BY-SA 3.0  http://blog.illustraciencia.cat/2015/04/fruta-humeda-manzana-sandra-gomez-pi.html

‘Fruta húmeda manzana’ Sandra Gómez Pi CC BY-SA 3.0 http://blog.illustraciencia.cat/2015/04/fruta-humeda-manzana-sandra-gomez-pi.html

Today’s word image is two unripe apples plucked prematurely from the tree. This is an obvious and somewhat suggestive symbol of having ‘harvested’ something before it was ready (we’re far too quick to associate an apple with sin, aren’t we?) The number two implies cooperation–and are we ever ‘willing’ before we’re truly ‘ready’? What are you feeling impatient over? And is it too late to stop yourself from taking (or taking advantage of) something that really needs more time to develop?

From a manuscript on Jainism, art dating 17th to 18th centuries {{PD}}

From a manuscript on Jainism, art dating 17th to 18th centuries {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Cancer: recent times have been busy, and the pace won’t slow anytime soon. There’s demand over the coming Solar year (through to your next birthday) for you to demonstrate your unique gifts and a requirement that you step up to mend a long-time rift or wound; don’t put this off, as it’s a vital part of both honing your instincts and honoring your values. Expect an emotional shift partway through the year that will make you more restrained, more contained. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

For Saturday’s forecast, word image, and birthday glimpse ahead, please see the previous post–and have a great day!

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16 July 2016 Along Noble Lines

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Paul Gauguin - Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1897 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1897 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The mind is in excellent working order, aligned with our highest values and with all loving relationships–with the latter suggesting discord reveals where love is lacking–and the issue may be that though thoughts run along noble lines, they lack connection to what’s practical, what’s been ignored or denied, and most importantly, what’s truly smart. We could follow our ideals into a logistical abyss, unless we are careful to draw lines from A to B–and then follow them.

We also see action and choice that by its very nature heals, and though this is prompted by emotion and intuition, we can thank our mental faculties for coordinating our efforts along the most effective lines.

Note that the Sun square to Uranus and contra-parallel Pluto will in essence shine a spotlight on those Uranus-Pluto issues that have been plaguing us for some time. Look for sudden events or abrupt episodes of ‘enlightenment’ that are distinctly Plutonian in undertone. The Sun may blind us, at first, to our best response, but a little reflection on past struggles of this nature will reveal what we should do (Mercury and Venus conjoin to qnx Pallas, nov Vesta, sq Black Moon Lilith, with Merc also parallel Vesta, the Sun, Mars, and Chiron form a Water Grand Trine, with the Sun also sq Uranus and contra-parallel Pluto)

Nymphicus_hollandicus_1876Today’s word image is a cockatiel. When I think of these birds I think of how smart they are, and how much they like to interact, but also how high-strung; they can develop nervous habits in captivity like pulling out their own feathers–which brings us to the question of, Should we be keeping these animals in cages at all? As a symbol this may speak to some part of ourselves that may be hyper-reactive in social situations, that may fret when we would do better to be free in our actions. Look for some way in which you may repress yourself, creating (unnecessary) tension and stress as a result.

'Cercavila menuda de la Festa Major d'Igualada 2013. Nan infantil - Sol' Photo by Jordiferrer CC BY-SA 3.0

‘Cercavila menuda de la Festa Major d’Igualada 2013. Nan infantil – Sol’ Photo by Jordiferrer CC BY-SA 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 24 Cancer: you may have an emotion-driven Solar year ahead, through to your next birthday, when you will be empowered to heal long-standing hurts. Doing so may bring resistance from the group; it’s inevitable that as you change, the dynamic will change. Embrace what’s most unique about yourself, and know that honoring your need to explore, to learn, and to share what you discover will help you create the future you really want, with or without group approval. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

15 July 2016 Disconnected

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A gorgeous photo of Pluto, just because. Thanks, NASA! {{PD}}

A gorgeous photo of Pluto, just because. Thanks, NASA! {{PD}}

. . .but being disconnected is a good thing, in this case: it allows us to embrace optimism and look toward the future–which is where our attention needs to be. It allows us to ignore reality and darker matters, and to do so safely, just for now. Don’t worry about the negatives, and don’t listen to the social sphere–take ‘facts’ with the skepticism they deserve–go forth with a sense of accountability, enthusiasm for the details and responsibilities, with discernment that does not devolve into criticism, with an eye to the eventual ‘harvest’, and you’ll have an exceptionally productive and satisfying day (Venus contra-parallel Saturn, nov NN, semi-sq Jupiter, Merc semi-sq Jupiter but not yet perfecting conjunction to Venus, also Merc nov NN and contra-parallel Pluto)

This photo by Ziko is so deft it looks like a painting. CC BY-SA 3.0

This photo by Ziko is so deft it looks like a painting. CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is an apron. Is it a symbol of servitude or of service? It all depends on your attitude.

I’ve decided to reinstate ‘Born Today’ with a daily, very brief description for each degree of the Sun roughly corresponding to the current calendar day; today it’s 23 Cancer:

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

Those born with the Sun at 23 Cancer may find they have an emotional year ahead, one where surprises prevail and energy soars. Willfulness, action, and difficult choices may define your next trip around the Sun; will you use your sensitivity and spark to hurt or heal? Both are within your power.

Donate–Read–and have a great Friday!

14 July 2016 Bright

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Our Lady of "The Most Bright Star" 1700 Photo by A.I. Kazantsev {{PD}}

Artist be trippin’. Our Lady of “The Most Bright Star” 1700 Photo by A.I. Kazantsev {{PD}}

The mind is ‘bright’ today, in some fundamental way that separates it from the ego and the Will–and so allows us to consider things in an unusually objective light. Objective, that is, if we are not trying to run an agenda for our own gratification or empowerment; if we are, we’ll likely convince ourselves our reasoning is sound. The test? Are our thoughts focused on making someone else do or react as we like? If so, we’re not on an impartial course.

But most of us will be aligned with our highest values, with relationships and finances benefiting from this, as well as bringing about a ‘mental health’ state that is strongly centered in facets of our ‘Best Self’. Barring any contrary transits to a personal natal placement, the overall effect should be one of extraordinary insight and the chance to judge our circumstances accurately, and to make especially clear-sighted plans, that are faithful to those matters, situations, causes, and individuals that matter most. Good day for: mending interactions with the mate, choosing investments, and assessing relationships in ways that reveal their sacred nature (or their lack of it) (Venus parallel Vesta, Mercury sxt Hygeia, sq Juno, contra-parallel Mars, and parallel the Sun, which is contra-parallel Mars)

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‘Mother and child’ by Blek le Rat, Los Angeles Photo by Stefan Kloo 2008 CC BY 2.0

Today’s word image is a mother with her child. Whatever you have created in this world, accept it, love it, and try to understand it or try to understand why you made it, before you even think of trying to change it.

13 July 2016 Empowerment Via Reality

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Caspar David Friedrich 1809 {{PD}}

Caspar David Friedrich 1809 {{PD}}

Our own inner wisdom and practicality make us acutely aware of matters hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrage, and yet we also know that to dig up the past or what’s already been will prevent not just healing, it will distance us from our own values, making personal navigation exceptionally difficult. We don’t feel good turning away from what needs to come to light, and we know that empowerment comes directly from dealing with reality, with ‘what is’ in its most concrete terms–but being too aggressive, even in pursuit of reform, will have the unfortunate effect of making us just ‘one of the mob’, even if we’re just a mob of one. All that makes us unique, original, special in our own way is temporarily erased when we indulge our sense of righteous anger. A little humility, along with the strength to question whether we actually do know better, will go a long way toward helping us form an accurate picture of who and where we are, and so help us know what we can do and be most effectively (Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, Chiron sq Vesta, Saturn nov Juno, Mars qnx Uranus, Merc sesq SN, sq Ceres, then enters Leo)

Today’s word image is a man holding two leashes, and no dogs. Are we getting ahead of ourselves, somehow, ambitious to equip ourselves for what hasn’t yet occurred? There’s being prepared, and then there’s doing something so far ahead of developments that it becomes nonsensical. Make sure you’re not trying to rush something that, one way or another, needs more time.

12 July 2016 A Measure of Desire

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Vincent van Gogh - 'Starry Night Over the Rhone' 1887 {{PD}}

Vincent van Gogh – ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’ 1887 {{PD}}

Today we are challenged, one way or another, to assess our desires: how healthy are they? how empowering? how close to our ideals? how wise? We may inherently reject the need for change, or those inevitable developments we can do nothing about–but, we would be wise to embrace, if not the actual change, then the need for it, along with that need to look again at what and where we are. Change that follows guidelines of values and honors what we truly care about is vital to our well-being; so is being willing to commit resources to promoting health and nurturing autonomy. Thoughts are confusing, and what’s wise isn’t necessarily clear (though it certainly feels like it should be!) Be willing to question yourself, your aims, and to re-evaluate them in terms of what matters–this is the only approach that will truly work (Uranus sxt Vesta, Venus sxt Hygeia, sq Juno, and contra-parallel Pluto, Merc sesq Neptune, Sun sesq Pallas)

'Glass of Water--Condensation' Photo by James Petts from London, England  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Glass of Water–Condensation’ Photo by James Petts from London, England Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a paper cup of water. Water is Life, the material of baptism, something we can’t live without but will die from if we become immersed in for long. This symbol may be a signal to appreciate the basics, the very elements that make up our world, and to respect them, and the way they support our more complex Being, making possible a life beyond mere survival. This might also be an invitation to ‘contain emotion’ in some way that allows us to ‘take it in’, to use it and make it part of ourselves, to make it a supportive component, rather than being overcome by it.

Moon in Libra, then Scorpio (a Water sign, at 8:52 PM PDT), applies to our Water imagery; if you’re so inclined, you can support clean water for all here, or here (both check out through Charity Navigator)

Enjoy your Tuesday!

11 July 2016 A Better World

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‘Dazu Rock Carvings, Bao Ding buddhas’
23 February 2007 Photo by Truthven Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The good news is thoughts, ideas, and communications are healing–don’t keep kindness to yourself, as sharing will actually be a salve to others–instincts can guide where and when to apply–and the matters of the Houses of the natal chart ruled by Mercury can be ‘put right’ at this time, with sudden ideas or an unexpected ‘coming together’ of info adding illumination, though radical or abrupt changes to what already is won’t be supported, and neither will messages centered on change or rebellion–we just won’t hear those and be moved, as we might otherwise be. So, energy expression should go toward making the world a better place, especially intellectually or conceptually, with a generous helping of Love for ourselves the foundation (Venus enters Leo, after spending the day in a ‘crisis of caring’ at 29 degrees Cancer).

Now the more difficult circumstances: an underlying discord between opposing or complementary entities (male-female, positive-negative, yin-yang) prevents smooth coordination or any chance of working together for very long. We may be perceiving the reality picture as a rough one, and could use the unity, use the help–but past frictions are making true cooperation impossible at this moment. Give it some time–each person has to work through that sticking point, likely a mental one, that’s inhibiting real teamwork–and accept that we have our own impediments to cooperation, too–it’s not just the other guy. Now is not the time to push for big change; we’d do best to get our own thoughts into some kind of objective, and very patient, order (Venus contra-parallel Mars and sesq SN, Mercury sq Uranus, trine Chiron, sesq Saturn, and sxt Sedna)

Textile bag "Chuspa" created between 0900 and 1470 Pre-Columbian {{PD}}

Textile bag “Chuspa”
created between 0900 and 1470 Pre-Columbian {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an open purse. This is figurative, of course; ‘currency’ comes in many forms. ‘Generosity’ is a keyword; so is consciousness of (rather than judgment of) worth. Share in appreciation, not out of obligation; the positive effects of paying attention to and ‘promoting’ what we find of worth (no matter what form it takes) are amplified at this time. It’s a situation of ‘what we send out we get back’, very quickly, at this point in time. Experiment (says my Aquarius Ascendant!) and you’ll see this almost instantly at work.

Many thanks to those who’ve been so generous with me–your spirit inspired the daily image! And everyone, have a great start to your week!

Your Weekend 9-10 July 2016 Remove the Filters

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'Paysage au Pouldu' Paul Gauguin 1889 {{PD}}

‘Paysage au Pouldu’ Paul Gauguin 1889 {{PD}}

Saturday: We may find it difficult both to utilize creative energies in profitable or productive ways and to express the wisdom we know we have within; and this is in spite of the optimism we are feeling and the plentiful opportunities we see all around us. Relationships and/ or finances may be subject to misunderstandings or outright deceptions, and what we want, as well as our interactions, suffer under the burden of unreal ideals to which we flawed humans may find it impossible to adhere. Our expectations don’t jibe with reality, and how quickly we are able to set aside what we anticipated and instead deal with what is will determine how well things go for us. The healthy way is optimism, and an openness that allows us to share our burdens and delights with others, and they with us. A commitment to reality and a sense of being ‘in this together’ will make for effective and positive outcomes (Hygeia enters Libra, Venus sesq Neptune, Mercury sesq Pallas, Sun sxt Jupiter)

Photo courtesy of User:FA2010 Wikimedia Commons {{PD}}

Photo courtesy of User:FA2010 Wikimedia Commons {{PD}}

Saturday’s word image is a vacuum that spews out, rather than sucks in! What mechanism or device used in our thinking or our behavior is not just ineffective, it is bringing about the opposite outcome to what we actually want? Admit you are the source of at least a fraction of your troubles, rid yourself of this Self-perpetuated obstacle, and notice how certain difficulties just fall away.

Paul Gauguin 1893 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin 1893 {{PD}}

Sunday: Our values or relationships themselves challenge our priorities, and the scenario presented is, ‘Choose: you can have what you care about, or me/ what I care about’; this is a false dichotomy likely presented by someone who either holds and wants to retain power over you, or who wants your power for their own. Emotionalism can make it easy to act in accord with the demand, just to remove the pressure, but doing so would put you at a distinct disadvantage, and shrink your options and choices to almost nil–so trust your values and priorities, instead, and what you know to be right (Mars qnx Vesta, Venus sq Ceres, Merc trine Mars)

'In the bark' Claude Monet 1887 {{PD}}

‘In the bark’ Claude Monet 1887 {{PD}}

Sunday’s word image is a blue-green color filled with undulating light, as if you’re observing the world from under water. Consider the emotional filters we all use, and make note of the ones that allow us to observe without becoming overly involved, or heavily judgmental, but that help us maintain a cool equilibrium. You’ll need this mild distancing at some point today, if only to keep you from blowin’ it up.

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8 July 2016 Following Instincts

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'Rue de Paris, temps de pluie' Gustave Caillebotte 1876 {{PD}}

‘Rue de Paris, temps de pluie’ Gustave Caillebotte 1876 {{PD}}

Interactions today are based on instincts, with the goal, conscious or not, of the need to wound or heal others or ourselves (contradictory and varied intents are to be expected), and we follow our internal prompts in spite of difficulties thrown in our way by circumstances, ‘the rules’, or authority figures. Those in power are bent on pointing out to us what’s wrong with what we want or aspire to, but we are thinking big, and can use mental faculties to tap into faith or opportunity (which is dictated by where your idols lie) and use it as propulsion forward. One warning: be very clear in the differences among thought, feeling, instinct, and desire–it’s easy to confuse them, especially when we want something so much we justify it as instinctual, rather than a choice–instincts, and opportunities shown us by the mind, are what we should be following today (Venus sxt Sedna, sesq Saturn, and trine Chiron, Mercury sxt Jupiter, Sun sq Zeus)

Today’s word image is an outdoor concert in the rain. Are you the kind of person who would see this as an adventure, an inconvenience, or an insult, feeling the concert would be ruined? Can you enjoy something as much when it doesn’t go as planned as you do when it does? Do you take such developments personally, or do you see them as just part of living? We may do well to widen our parameters for accepting and enjoying the unexpected; in our symbol, we see a chance to appreciate two sensations, two senses, at once.

7 July 2016 Get Some Perspective

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Montpellier Mural
Photo by Wolfgang Staudt from Saarbruecken, Germany Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Relationships or finances could offer nasty surprises, the unexpected could cost us, and what we care about or our values could be challenged by modern advances or a ‘forward thinking’ stance we’re not ready for, while innovations could, at least initially, spark conflict or take an undue toll. What arises may blindside us, not least because we may have been living too much in our own heads, listening to a tape loop that reinforces what we already think; we missed some shouted warnings, threats, and/ or outright promises concerning change, specifically the way our ambitions and goals need to be modified for continued viability. There is also the matter of those in authority (or those who think they hold it) becoming secretive or ‘going negative’ in some way, in an attempt to hold on to power. If we can get outside our own heads and get some perspective, we’ll do fine–doing that means all those things that arrive as shocks or surprises to others don’t surprise us at all. Those able to be most objective and least Self-involved win (Sun-Merc opp Pluto and sq Zeus, Venus sq Uranus, Juno enters Scorpio)

Eva Gonzalès - 'White Shoes' 1878 {{PD}}

Eva Gonzalès – ‘White Shoes’ 1878 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a shoe. What kind of shoe do you see? Use the very first image that pops into your mind. Shoes are quite literally a form of foundation; the characteristics of the shoe you imagine should tell you a little something about the current state of your psychic, social, and spiritual foundation, with a willingness to interpret the information symbolically opening the way to effective ‘repairs’.

See more eyeball fooling painted surfaces, and Enjoy your Thursday!

Hillary and the FBI + AstroNotes for 6 July 2016

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Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1874 {{PD}}

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1874 {{PD}}

FBI Announcement of No Charges Against Hillary + Juno!

Just a few astro-points: at the time of the announcement of the FBI recommendation of no charges, the Moon was Void-of-Course at 29 degrees of Cancer–and also moving to square her natal Juno at 29+ Libra (this does not negate the Void, as only planets and lights are classically considered to determine Voids). We’re seeing the worst (the square) about this Juno figure (Clinton, with Juno suggesting power, status, and, yes, an identity as the ‘wronged wife’) and what we learn is not going to amount to anything (the Void). As an aside, she also has Black Moon Lilith at 29 Capricorn natally, suggesting life long tension surrounding secrets or matters ignored or denied, and perhaps a perpetual state of feeling angry and wronged, particularly in regard to ‘the rules’–and considering this is opposed her natal Vesta in Cancer, any time she stands up for her priorities or looks to further her highest values (she has done significant work promoting accessible health care for children), difficult forces come out of the woodwork to oppose her–or so it seems to her.

In glancing at her chart and today’s transits, we note Chiron and Mars fill in a Water Grand Trine with her natal Vesta=actions and choices easily either hurt or heal the values and to what she dedicates her energies–so people may either forgive the choices or permanently condemn her for them, but in any case, it’s a conclusion largely driven by emotion (Water); the Earth quincunxes her natal Pluto-Mars in 10th of career and public image (and if we consider the transiting South Node, we make her Mars-Pluto apex to a Finger of God)=we are offered the deep down dirt, the material results of both behavior and investigation laid bare, and there’s an implication that we must adjust our ideas to fit the reality–the result is a purge, a deconstruction of actions and choices; we also see the Moon at the time of announcement within orb of trine to her natal Jupiter, ruler of her Whole Sign 2nd=no matter what you think of Ms. Clinton, the details offered by FBI Director Comey speak of her Self-worth, Self-image, personal assets, talents, general way of seeing herself within the larger context of the world (all 2nd House)–so see her, and judge her, as you will.

P.S. Somehow I left out the most obvious part: t Juno will by the 26th conjoin Hillary’s Sun, and is already within orb in its current position. Is it any surprise she’s prevailing at this point?

Here’s something I wrote on the Clintons in the past.

Here's Juno, telling someone what to do. Antonio Randa (Italy, 1577-1650) ' Juno and King Aeolus at the Cave of Winds' {{PD}}

Here’s Juno, telling someone what to do. Antonio Randa (Italy, 1577-1650) ‘ Juno and King Aeolus at the Cave of Winds’ {{PD}}

And speaking of Juno, the Juno probe has arrived and begun its orbit of Jupiter: here are details on the mission itself. And Jude Cowell gives us some insight.

Symbolically speaking we’re seeing the uniting of a couple, two gods ‘marrying’, intending at least for a time to communicate and ‘live together’. Despite all the clashes that followed their return to Olympus, Juno and Jupiter were initially very happy together, enjoying a 300 year honeymoon corresponding to the time they stayed away from their home turf and the other gods. This is an interesting thing to consider: how good is a relationship, really, if it only thrives in a rarefied, isolated environment?

Notes on the 6th of July 2016

We can enjoy some extraordinary luck today, unusual, even magical experiences, ‘breaks’, and serendipities, as long as we are flexible and open to changes in the blink of an eye, able to go with sudden developments and innovations. Surprises may arise from past choices, and cooperation may hit a high point, with male-female relations exceptionally smooth–each play their hand and the other likes it–also look for the ways you can take advantage of easy alignment of matters in the Houses ruled by Venus and Mars. For instance, if you have Aries on the 3rd, Taurus on the 4th, and Libra on the 9th it might be the perfect day to schedule a test or home inspection, to sign a contract for work on the home or involving real estate, to re-enroll in school or a home-study course, or it could be a good time to make plans to travel to see family at a distance.

The Sun and Mercury meet in Superior (direct motion for Mercury) Conjunction, bringing a minor cycle seeded at the Inferior Conjunction (around 10 May) to a conclusion. Whatever may have begun at that time reaches its apex–and ends, wraps up, or proves untenable, making it clear we should move on (Uranus nov SN, Venus trine Mars, Sun conj Merc)

Duckling by Bruno Liljefors 1903 {{PD}}

Duckling by Bruno Liljefors 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a duckling alone on a pond. We may be experiencing a sense of loneliness, of abandonment, or of vulnerability, as if in some important area or way we are too ‘young’ to handle our present environment. Realize everything holds risk, but to focus on that is crippling; instead work at stretching your wings, and staying alert.

 

5 July 2016 What’s Ideal?

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884 {{PD}}

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884 {{PD}}

Our thoughts are idealized, and our attention is on the ‘bright spots’ of the past–and if we lived in a vacuum, that would suit these inclinations splendidly. We are thinking a great deal about what perfection looks like, or would be. As it is, though, we may find that either Love or Money matters (whichever is your particular poison) tempts us to go against what we know to be wise, or to venture into territory calling for (or possibly promising to others) skills we don’t possess. The remedies: take note of creative ideas; the inspiration is genuine, though it’s important to accept that we might not be in a place at present to act on those ideas, not least because our idealized version of things will present a number of problems. Don’t do anything you know to be unwise–this needs to be stated only because the obviousness of the sentiment might make us think it’s something to transcend. And when you’re in over your head, acknowledge it and ask for help–it’s the smart thing to do (Venus sesq Pallas, Mercury trine Neptune, Sun trine SN)

Neu Schwanstein, the castle that inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. Photo by böhringer friedrich Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

Neu Schwanstein, the castle that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Photo by böhringer friedrich Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

Today’s word image is Disneyland. Yes, the ‘Magic Kingdom’, mother of all theme parks. How do you feel about the place? Almost everyone has a reaction, whether they’ve ever been there or not. Are you enchanted with the re-imagining of Archetypal figures, angered by the pernicious stereotyping, worn out at the thought of trudging through an artificial world with the family? Do you see it as too tame, or a shame, promoting a worldview that’s so supremely Western and so terribly white? Do you look forward to the chance to enjoy what you enjoyed as a child, and do you identify with any of the characters to be found in Disney products? Your reaction to the idea of Disneyland itself likely corresponds to the way you’re approaching the world, assumptions, judgments, and all. Allow your response to reveal something useful, in terms of real life, and your attitude toward it.

Please see the previous post for info on the New Moon. Enjoy your Tuesday, and U. S., it’s back to work!

New Moon in Cancer 4 July 2016 A Mystic Dynamic

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Giovanni Boldini 1906 {{PD}}

Giovanni Boldini 1906 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Cancer occurs at 4:01 AM PDT of the 4th at 12 degrees 53 minutes, and the most striking feature of the event is that it forms a loose Mystic Rectangle involving the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis, which includes Mercury conjoined the Sun-Moon and Pluto conjoined the Earth, and the Nodal axis which also has Neptune conjoined the South Node and Jupiter conjoined the North, though with our normally tight (2 degrees or less) New Moon orbs, not all of those bodies and points would be considered in aspect to some of the others. A configuration is able to pull in things that might not otherwise be considered in contact by its sheer power of connection (that is, the power of each part is amplified by being part of a configuration; it’s as if being part of a pattern extends the orb of each body–or maybe we should think of it as the pattern pulling energies into play by proximity to one of the config’s elements). With the Mystic Rectangle formed by this New Moon, a kind of synergy is added to what begins or is seeded: whatever’s born arises from the convergence of a number of factors involving what we care about (Cancer) vs. what exists right now (Capricorn).

The ease with which these various combinations meld and then amplify is what the Mystic Rectangle is all about. There’s Neptune-South Node in Pisces=we either create from the past or use something imagined or created in the past, or we find that past imaginings were illusions, fantasies, or deceptions; Pluto-Earth=material changes, or changes to what we count on or find familiar, to the structure of our lives via both the concrete and rules, boundaries, restrictions, or a transformation or destruction of the ‘real world’ landscape; North Node-Jupiter=opportunities for the future, optimism about the future, or something learned or conveyed (facts) that shape the future; Moon-Sun-Mercury=what we care about we think about, and it acts upon and is acted upon by the other parts of the configuration. The overall picture is one of creative response to change that teaches us something, or from which we learn, and this creates future opportunities, even creates the future itself. Be aware: the tendency may be to live too much in our heads, to see an idea coalesce and then believe we ‘have done’ merely by the thinking. This is a NM that offers a great deal of mental ‘fodder’, but that will support material new starts, even more completely and thoroughly than we might think.

Katholische Kirche St. Gertrud in Köln, Ostseite Date April 2012 Source  Own work Author HOWI - Horsch, Willy  GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version

Katholische Kirche St. Gertrud in Köln, Ostseite
Date April 2012
Source Own work
Author HOWI – Horsch, Willy GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version

We should note the wide, separating quincunx of the New Moon to Saturn=this may lend an aura of ‘too late’ or unreality to our ideas and efforts–but this is an illusion (Saturn sq Neptune). The Sun is also parallel Venus today, suggesting there’s gain to be had in simply being conscious–and that’s good news. The NM is also in wide square to Zeus, and with Pluto-Earth, forms a tense T-square=the ambition and desire picture may make or break the material changes we allow to come forward–and that means this could be the pivotal issue that decides what precisely in our world changes, as we measure all potential alterations against how well they serve the ambition and desire picture.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Hand With A Prominent Thumb Is Held Out For Study’. In palmistry the thumb seems to indicate flexibility and Willfulness of the individual; in a cultural context, we might say it suggests a certain disrespect of others (thumbing one’s nose at something) or a signal that one wants to be ‘taken along for the ride’ (hitchhiking). But the thing that might be most important about the thumb is that it is our ‘opposable digit’–that is, the placement of the thumb in relation to the other fingers offers us as a species an enormous advantage, and is said to be the reason we dominate the earth.

So what does this mean for the NM? The fact that the thumb is mentioned as prominent implies that what begins at this point may be more a matter of Will and skill, combined, than of anything else. Too, the hand is being ‘held out for study’, which echoes involvement of the Nodal axis in the Mystic Rectangle, and may signal the importance, the future-determining ‘stuff’, that the New Moon events will bring. No matter what, it does point to the Self-determining nature of the events and our reactions to them; whether we are Willful or flexible, disdainful, or just going with the flow, we have to admit that it’s our choice, with how we fare resting firmly in our ability to exploit our most unique capabilities and skills.

Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy 1829 {{PD}}

Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy 1829 {{PD}}

Our New Moon daily word image is a man standing on a beach, being circled by a large dragonfly. I observed this, and haven’t been able to light on a definitive meaning, though it’s ripe for a few jokes (he’s the ‘Mother of Dragonflies’, for instance!) I finally decided that what it really ‘says’ is something about our interconnectedness with Nature, that we are far more part of the picture at a fundamental level than we consciously realize, just one element in an elemental world. Notice your own interaction with Nature today, especially in any ways you might hold yourself apart, recoil from contact or reality, or see yourself as ‘above’ other life forms; if you have these kinds of reactions or thoughts, they will point directly to areas where you are lacking realistic awareness of the natural order (which is, in essence, a place where the playing field is absolutely level), or where you have somehow removed yourself from it.

I wish someone would yell at me when I forget a Moon event chart–finally, here it is!

New Moon in Cancer 4 July 2016

Your Weekend 2-3 July 2016 An Instinctual Picnic

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'A Picnic at Portofino' George Spencer Watson 1910 {{PD}}

‘A Picnic at Portofino’ George Spencer Watson 1910 {{PD}}

Saturday our thoughts and communications have something beautifully instinctual about them; be sure to really listen to yourself and to others, as the unconscious perceptual nature makes itself and its wisdom known, and that means there are no stumbles if we’ll simply pause to hear what’s really going on (and which way we should go–the instincts are dead on with that!) Even with the potential for scenarios requiring adjustment (either to the material situation and/ or to what we think we know), we find that the instincts will serve us if we’ll just give them some attention (Mercury nov Sedna and trine Pallas, the Sun semi-sq Sedna and qnx Saturn)

Sunday presents a radically mixed (and so confusing) bag: on the one hand we may find that things we’ve said and done in the past may hamper us now, and the reality picture seems to not only contradict our highest values and priorities, but to actually impede us in exercising our status (that’s a wide net that generally covers circumstances where we would normally be empowered to act but for some reason can’t). Add to this the potential to be mislead, even mightily deceived, and we could feel there’s nothing we can count on. Contrast this with the way creativity and opportunity are spread out before us like a picnic; we are offered rare, nearly guaranteed circumstances for future success, and if we can keep our heads screwed on straight, and find creative venues that suit our specific, unique sensibilities, we can give that dream, the really big one, a reasonable chance for manifestation (Juno sesq SN, Saturn contra-parallel Vesta, Jupiter parallel NN, Mercury sesq Mars, Sun trine Neptune)

P. H. Fabre CC BY 4.0

The titling on the picture reads: “THE HOME-COMING OF THE BRIDE Having at last found a cavern that promises well as a dwelling-place, the male Scorpion leads his bride into it. Next morning the cave has only one tenant” But they don’t say which one! Photo by P. H. Fabre CC BY 4.0

This weekend’s word image is something my husband observed this morning and shared with me in an email: “I stood behind a woman at the bus stop this morning who had a Scorpio tattoo on her toe and then, when the bus I was on was driving through downtown, it stopped next to a car whose license plate said WTRSIGN.” We may be dealing with action and choice dictated both by the need for conscious change (Mars in Scorpio) and those matters ignored, denied, or that enrage that may be driving us from the unconscious (Black Moon Lilith, also in Scorpio), and individually we may look for this effect in matters of the natal Houses that hold Water signs. Expect strong emotional reactions to be the initial signal, pushed by a psychic ‘wave’, that mental or physical change is underway–then watch which direction following those emotions may take you.

Have a wonderful, safe, and restful weekend, and to all in the U.S., Happy Independence Day!

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