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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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.

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‘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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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)

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
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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!

1 July 2016 Profit

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Gain is possible in many forms today. 'Earthbound' Evelyn De Morgan 1896 {{PD}}

Gain is possible in many forms today. ‘Earthbound’ Evelyn De Morgan 1896 {{PD}}

We gain, we get opportunities, we profit, we get more (or better) simply by being willing to face what isn’t working within the ambition and desire picture, particularly the ways in which our goals are causing conflict or upset to others (Zeus in Libra). A clear-eyed look at where we stand will take some nerve, especially since the reality picture may be making it abundantly obvious in what areas we aren’t powerful or in charge; our natural response may be to feel sorry for ourselves, then go out and try to prove the Universe wrong, but we benefit much more by acceptance of what the real world is telling us. We need the feedback of the concrete world, because our thinking is too easily clouded now by those things we’ve tried to ignore, gone out of our way to deny, or that have gotten under our skin–and that means hyper-reactivity is a danger, even for the most sedate among us. We may also see many efforts in many forms to stop or control Nature–not a good idea. To review: opportunity abounds and we gain if we assess ambitions and their effects ruthlessly; note what the circumstances of our reality are telling us, but don’t take them to heart; don’t resist Nature (or Time, for that matter); and keep in mind that the more buried material we carry, the more touchy we may be–and that can definitely affect our judgment at this time (Saturn sesq Ceres, Venus sq Zeus and sxt Jupiter, Mercury trine Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is a sound: the hoot of an owl, without seeing one. We’re hearing what’s smart, what’s wise, but we may have trouble taking it in, as we’re either unsure of the source or we are ‘believe it when we see it’ types. Consider that wisdom is wisdom no matter the origins, and to expect visual ‘proof’ of the rightness of things before we’ll implement them may be just slightly unreasonable.

We start Dark of the Moon around 4 AM Pacific time of the 1st. It’s a time to allow for silences and the sounds of Nature, to retreat, to rest, relax, to be open to meditation and contemplation. Have a wonderful, laid back Friday!

 

30 June 2016 Focus On: Venus Opposed Pluto

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She comes within orb, and he has an effect, like it or not. Frederic William Burton 1863 {{PD}}

She comes within orb, and he has an effect, like it or not. Frederic William Burton 1863 {{PD}}

Let’s look at the opposition of Venus to Pluto: falling across the Cancer/ Capricorn axis of the individual natal chart, we may see within a matter we care about represented by one or both of those Houses a threat to what we value, to a relationship, or to a financial source; these will be challenged by circumstances of change, transformed before our eyes or without our consent, or promised obliteration or re-birth, all to force us to re-define some Venusian facet as experienced through the House where Venus currently transits. We should expect change in terms of the rules in force with, the structure that supports, or the material manifestation of, the Venus matter. We may see this as a measure of how much we care, as a kind of test administered by an authoritarian, cranky Universe, but that would be a misperception; what we’re really experiencing will be the stripping away of sentimentality surrounding these Venus issues, which comes about through those unavoidable challenges.

That means that what occurs offers us a chance to see the Venus matter fresh, and to then take a new, more realistic approach as this expression of Venus is reconstituted or resurrected in a more practical or disciplined (Capricorn) form. It’s a given that this event (whether it is a long, subtle unwinding or an abrupt and permanent rending) requires the probing of areas and relationships we’d like to ignore or that make us very angry. We will specifically explore those areas we have deemed sacred, to which we’ve dedicated our life energies, turning over every stone as we look for the slimy thing or the spidery impulse beneath–and what we find plays in to our response to the Plutonian effect on the Venusian subject. Yes, we will uncover some ‘bad’ as we go, some less-than-flattering notions about Venus, what we care about, and how we show that caring–but it’s all in service of seeing our Love, our Money, or our Values in a more appropriate, and much more honest, light (Vesta sesq Black Moon Lilith, Venus opp Pluto)

White Tipped Black moth (Melanchroia chephise) http://www.flickr.com/photos/20087733@N00/306331255/ Clinton & Charles Robertson from Del Rio, Texas & College Station, TX, USA Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

White Tipped Black moth (Melanchroia chephise) http://www.flickr.com/photos/20087733@N00/306331255/ Clinton & Charles Robertson from Del Rio, Texas & College Station, TX, USA Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a black moth. A moth can be a little freaky, so overtly hairy, with wing patterns that often look like eyes–but when we think about how we glorify the butterfly and disdain the moth, we have to admit they are much more similar than not. The difference is a moth is seen as destructive, eating our woolens and infesting, stripping, and killing our trees, and so we allow ourselves to focus on their ugly features, rather than emphasizing the attractive qualities as we do with the butterfly, which doesn’t threaten anything at all.

So is this symbol one that asks us to recognize the beauty in what’s destructive (how very Venus-Pluto!) or does it point out that the differences between what we judge to be negative and what we judge to be positive are not as great as we think? Or does it simply show us that our assessment of anything is entirely based on how it affects us, and our senses simply follow that assessment, seeing the harmless as beautiful, and the destructive as evil, when an objective view might be that both fit in to the larger whole in a complementary fashion that we may or may not understand.

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29 June 2016 The Acid Test

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Etching, aquatint, by Morozov589 CC BY-SA 4.0

Etching, aquatint, by Morozov589 CC BY-SA 4.0

Most everyone is focused on, celebrating, or tensed for the Mars direction, and with good reason, especially this cycle, with Mars turning just as he receives some harsh regard from the Sun and some covert stimulation from the Underworld; there’s bound to be a little acid splash, as Mars in Scorpio creates change (Pluto) to what we put our attention on (the Sun), and does it with a stinging, deadly seriousness, a ‘now or never’ opportunism that threatens permanence to either alterations or status quo (Brexit, anyone?) It’s enough to make people leap when they’d be rather smart to look, first. But the good news is that this period will be the peak of this effect; from here on the impulse to fling acid in the figurative face of our nemeses will dissipate quickly, as will the impulse to act in order to feel we’re making an impact, or in a desperate effort to exert control. Until we’re out of the shade of these combined contacts, we’ll likely be looking to the past for reward, for sustenance, and for companionship, and we may be longing for ‘the good old days’ in some way that allows nostalgia to override the realities of the past.

One other thing informs our thoughts, briefly but sharply: we see an effective way to empowerment, and this occurs under duress. Whether it’s the pressure that churns the mind and agitates up an idea, or whether the status forces a choice that itself creates pressure, the result is that we find a good way to extend our reach, to enhance our standing, or to have the kind of influence we desire (Mars stations direct sesq the Sun and parallel Pluto, Venus trine the SN, Mercury trines Juno at 29 degrees of their respective Air signs, then enters Cancer)

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Photo by Saba5555 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Today’s word image is a bee, in the early morning, nestled in the flower where it spent the night. Sometimes a bee caught out late camps in a blossom and waits for daylight and warmth; we should be like that bee, right now. Though the current influences foster exceptional productivity and progress in personal efforts, we need to be willing to take our necessary rest when the time is right–how else will we continue to produce at such a stunning pace?

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28 June 2016 An Unhealthy Vein

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'A Friendly Call' William Merritt Chase 1894 {{PD}}

‘A Friendly Call’ William Merritt Chase 1894 {{PD}}

We have access to wisdom, and skills are on point, and both may be available through ourselves or others; thinking aligns with values, and our empowerment options seem to line up with those areas where we already hold power and with willing aid from authorities or highers ups–so where’s the problem? It may lie in a certain, very specific vein of thought that is decidedly unhealthy for us, possibly shown by the less positive side of our natal Mercury by sign and aspect.

Whether the issue’s signified by the return of an old habit, a new ‘bad practice’, or a negative emotional turn, our mentality can run in an unhealthy direction, and we may be prone to excuse it, or not even spot it, so that it is able to take significant, destructive hold. Trust those with whom you have a shared mental outlook to be able to tell you what must go; all you need to do is ask (Juno parallel Ceres, Merc sq Hygeia and parallel Venus, Sun trine Pallas)

Please note: tomorrow Mars stations direct, and will be sesquiquadrate the Sun and parallel Pluto. Assertive energy that’s not ‘claimed’ or sufficiently employed may be looking for a place to express, and where it lights it may be destructive, as the tendency will be to see what needs change, what draws our criticism, and to sic our Martian energies on it. Tread with care, as the force of release is bound to be too enthusiastic and somewhat clumsy–and Mars is always best when we find a productive, positive target, and let it loose at that.

Martin Le France, 1451 {{PD}}

Martin Le France, 1451 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a witch. What does that mean to you? For some it’s a childhood character that doesn’t exist in real life, for others it’s a blasphemous label, for still others it’s an older term for those who practice Wicca, while others may not think of this as a person so much as a kind of curse, something hurled, especially toward a crone, to show disrespect and to take another’s power by naming–if you can spot a witch and call her out, the belief is she’s somehow then helpless. Which of these you relate to may say something about your own views of and relationship to the idea of elemental power and perception–and about what powers, in yourself or others, you may reject due to fear.

27 June 2016 Creative Capital

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William Orpen 'The Eastern Gown' 1905 {{PD}}

William Orpen ‘The Eastern Gown’ 1905 {{PD}}

The wonderful thing about today is that the creativity flows, imagination pays in astonishing ways, and relationships live up to our ideals; too, a sense of being powerful in some area that is clearly our province is supported by our thinking, and generates ideas. We are able to use past successes to inform the now, tapping into creative capital, with results surpassing our expectations. So what might stop these miracles of progress? Our own mentality, if it is focused too acutely back at ourselves, if it is mired in past injuries, or if we are acting from a sense of woundedness–then we might see forward motion at an inexplicable halt, and find ourselves wondering if there’s anything we might do about it, which takes us back to that creative energy: it might need to be employed to once more tune in to the Love all around us, to set us back aright (Ceres nov SN, Venus trine Neptune, Merc sxt Ceres, sq Chiron, and parallel the Sun)

'Woman With Lorgnette' Artist Unknown, from the Epoche Louis-Philippe {{PD}}

‘Woman With Lorgnette’ Artist Unknown, from the Epoche Louis-Philippe {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crown of pearls. We all have these just hanging around, waiting to be worn, don’t we? Pearls are the only gem created by a living creature, and as symbols of purity, have often adorned wedding garb or been involved in the ceremony–though a pearl as an engagement ring is said to be bad luck, as pearls have also been linked with tears (sometimes described as the tears of angels)–and pearls were a way in Medieval Venice of telling the ladies from the courtesans (nobles 1, prostitutes 0). So, pearls, and their form is a crown: not only the topmost Chakra, but also the thing worn by royalty, the ultimate symbol of a reigning monarch’s power. This symbol may be about tapping into our own highest, purest power, a spiritual manifestation of our integrity, connection to and honoring of the divine–which suggests a link to Vesta, currently at 18 Gemini–and though still within range of square to Jupiter, trine to Zeus, and quincunx to Pluto, rapidly moving away, implying a sense of  losing anchors related to the social milieu, our own ambitions and wants, and the change we want to see occur. It may be time for re-consideration of our current position, especially as it applies to our beliefs and our status, in light of changing times; align yourself consciously with your highest values (that is, crown yourself with pearls!) and you’ll know where you stand.

Your Weekend 25-26 June 2016 Opportunities for Change

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Joaquin Sorolla - 'Las Tres Velas' 1902 {{PD}}

Joaquin Sorolla – ‘Las Tres Velas’ 1902 {{PD}}

That’s the essence of it, this weekend: aspects offering ease in opening doors, for making fortuitous choices and change, ease in transforming knowledge, contacts, or assets into a material form or opportunity we have long desired (or perhaps that we have intuited as correct for us), and this is accomplished through attention to detail, through understanding the social milieu in which we move, and by having a clear understanding of what currently exists in the now (for how can we effectively change something if we don’t see it as it really is?). When faced with realities and having the desire to create change, at this time we are best off if we are flexible in our demands and parameters concerning relationships and/ or finances–a temporary ‘down’ or restriction is just that, temporary–and if we have a willingness to trust instincts and to modify the assertive urges of the ego to be, well, somewhat less aggressive; adoption of these measures can bring about little miracles–or at least, positive surprises and small, astounding leaps ahead–and can set the stage for making precisely the kind of significant progress and alterations to life direction that we are all striving for (Jup trine Pluto, Venus semi-sq Sedna and qnx Saturn, Merc qnx Mars and sxt Uranus, Sun nov Sedna)

Don't let a clown talk you into something you don't want to do. Amandus Faure 'Artistin und Pierrot' 1908 {{PD}}

Don’t let a clown talk you into something you don’t want to do. Amandus Faure ‘Artistin und Pierrot’ 1908 {{PD}}

This weekend’s image is a clown hitchhiking by the side of the road. What matter in your life that is in some way indefinable or troublingly obscured is asking you to ‘pick it up’? What’s hiding behind a genial mask, trying to engage you? Someone in clown make-up is unrecognizable–be aware that whatever is appealing to your generous nature to be taken along for the ride will be hiding its true nature from you–proceed from there.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

 

 

24 June 2016 Using Discretion

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Girl with a pomegranate, by William Bouguereau 1874 {{PD}}

‘Girl with a Pomegranate’ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1874 {{PD}}

Contrariness may be the order of the day, but as long as we don’t play identity politics (feeding on or reacting from stereotypes, especially ones concerning female-male dynamics) and don’t insist on picking at what’s better left alone, we’ll be fine–in fact, better than fine, if we do these things: Look at those hidden depths, ignored issues, and things that make you angry, just don’t touch; and truly honoring (through thought, word, and action) our ambitions and desires. And, refuse to live within the wound–it’s just not the place to be (Vesta trine Zeus, Chiron contra-parallel Hygeia, Venus sesq Mars, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith, Sun trine BML)

Today’s image is a whole pomegranate. We know this as the fruit that kept Persephone, still a mortal, in Hades for 6 months after she ate 6 seeds while visiting the Underworld; that suggests there’s something in our world, should we willingly ‘partake of the fruit’, that will bind us in our own Hell, obligating us to spend time in a presumably less-than-comfortable environment or forcing our awareness of something that to us is tortuous. We are told that Persephone ate because she was hungry, so, presumably, we may find that our appetite for something may bring more problems, or keep us stuck in place, in a way we never anticipated.

23 June 2016 Trust Yourself

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František Kaván - 'The Air of Home' 1894 {{PD}}

František Kaván – ‘The Air of Home’ 1894 {{PD}}

Let’s just say, we’ve got our sh*t together, but the social order just isn’t supporting us. We know just what we should change, we are feeling centered and sure of our power as individuals and as unique Beings, and yet . . . our ambitions and desires are squelched within the social arena, one way or another. We might also be short-circuited by those who put their own expansion first, or who feel we must ‘learn’ something (or really, probably acknowledge their supremacy in some area we have aspirations in) before we proceed with the opportunity that is right in front of us–but their reality doesn’t have to be ours.

As long as we are willing to align our behavior with our highest values and standards, to ‘invest’ in relationships, and to act as stewards of our assets (that is, to use what we have and what is under our control with consciousness of the implications of our choices), we can trust our own thinking concerning ambition fulfillment–and go forward, joyfully, from there (Pluto qnx Vesta, Uranus conjoined Ceres, Jupiter contra-parallel Zeus, Venus trine Pallas, Merc trine Zeus)

Tip for the current Moon in Aquarius: if you’re puzzled by another’s emotional reaction, find they (or you) don’t seem to be having one, or see yourself or another rationalizing what otherwise might be upsetting, then you’re witnessing the influence of Moon in Aquarius. Just remember that the most common result is confusing feeling and thinking, and you’ll do well in sorting it all out.

Georges Seurat - 'Le Jardinier' c1892 {{PD}}

Georges Seurat – ‘Le Jardinier’ c1892 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a gardener breaking the peace of a beautiful summer day with his weed whacker. Of course, the person or thing creating the disturbance, symbolized by this image, will be different for each person. We have to ask ourselves a couple of questions about what might be bothering us: is this merely an irritant (to be ignored) or is this a serious disturbance to us? Is this thing that’s bothering us actually the byproduct of necessary action? Is it simply someone making a lot of noise, for their own reasons? And do we have the power to stop it? If the answer to that last question is No, then we need to find a way to live with whatever is getting under our skin–so defining it, by seeing just what it may be accomplishing (or not) is a good start.

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22 June 2016 Focus On: Merc Conjoined Vesta: Sacred Thought

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Carl Holsøe 'Mother and Child in a Dining Room Interior' {{PD}}

Carl Holsøe ‘Mother and Child in a Dining Room Interior’ {{PD}}

That cuts two ways: on the one hand we can focus on our highest values and we naturally use them as a guide, aligning our choices and actions to our priorities with ease; on the other hand, this can make us so reverent toward our own ideas and conclusions that we are unable to allow in new facts or to genuinely respect the ideas of others–and in either case this attitude spills over into matters of the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart, making it either easier to act in those areas or spreading the blind spot in ways we might not expect.

This applies to communications, contracts, and other purely Mercurial factors, as well, where we’ll either take everything as gospel (and worse, take everything we think is implied as gospel, accepting whatever our own minds supply as what’s promised by the Other), or we’ll find ourselves unable to come to agreement unless others are in complete accord with our own thoughts–and how likely is that, ever? Disagreement with the social sphere is also possible, as is discord over ‘the facts’ or methods of reaching out or expansion. Though things may feel very ‘in the moment’ and transitory, they will affect the life direction–so choose and respond with care.

There’s a vivid bright spot, too, found in instinctual reactions within relationships or in financial matters. We are attuned to our own needs (Sedna in Taurus), to what gives us comfort, and so can spontaneously go toward what is beautiful, rewarding, or brings gain. This also suggests listening to our instincts may be key to creating the atmosphere we need and want; we may be able to dial down the static enough to see what really matters, and what really nourishes.

René-Antoine Houasse Before 1688 {{PD}}

René-Antoine Houasse Before 1688 {{PD}}

Minerva is in the center top of the picture, wearing blue and a nice helmet. Behind her are, left to right in the clouds, Mercury, Saturn, Juno, and I’m not sure about back right (it could be Venus), though below that you see Diana.

In searching for Art for this post, I somehow took myself to portraits of Minerva, and wondered if this was a prompt to check out the position of the asteroid. She’s currently at 22-23 Leo, trine the close conjunction of Uranus-Ceres and square Mars. This reinforces the already-discussed aspect picture, suggesting that wisdom (Minerva is very similar to and sometimes synonymous with Pallas Athena) is generally in contradiction to, and possibly exerting pressure on, our preferred actions and choices at this time, and that a need to exert our power or authority, or a need to rebel or feel revolutionary, may be the driving factors behind ignoring what we know to be smart.

I’d also like to note Hygeia opposed Chiron. I’ve begun watching Hygeia and it’s already proven illuminating. It seems, in its most general sense, to represent health, or what might be described as the healthiest state possible related to the contacted energy, with hard aspects suggesting a less-than-optimal state and soft aspects reading as supportive of a healthy energy function. With this opposition to Chiron, we see a state of optimal health in direct conflict with, or contradictory to, the healing of wounds. This might imply that any wounds we currently carry across the Pisces-Virgo axis of the natal chart (related to the signs or the matters of the Houses this spans) aren’t good for us and yet they might be serving a purpose; or, it may mean that our focus on our wounds, though we may see this as helping us to heal, may actually be keeping us from healing. Or, we may find a means of serving others through focusing on what’s most healthy for us.

Foto: Jonn Leffmann  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Foto: Jonn Leffmann Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a can of vegetables. Though ostensibly a ‘healthy’ thing, we now know that food loses a great deal of its vitamins and minerals, and certainly loses a great deal of what we might call its ‘life force’, when canned. This image may suggest something we have been classifying as healthy for us doesn’t really offer what it could if we took it in ‘live’, raw, or ‘fresh’. I’ll leave it to you to pinpoint what in your life this might refer to.

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21 June 2016 A Measure of Our Dedication

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Paul Gauguin: Study of a Nude (Suzanne Sewing), 1880 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin: Study of a Nude (Suzanne Sewing), 1880 {{PD}}

Aspects perfecting today ask us to assess our personal level of dedication to those things we say or believe we are committing our life energy in service of; a big part of this assessment will involve discerning whether what we say we serve is what we actually serve. It’s a matter of thinking, perceiving, and processing honestly (Vesta in Gemini). Our capacity for truthiness comes into play, and likely involves some formula using the quincunx of Vesta to Pluto (our personal bullshit detector, tuned to sniffing out anything that threatens our highest values and most important commitments) and Jupiter in Virgo, which is square one and trine the other (affording us the ability to critically examine the intersection of ‘the facts’, our beliefs, and the social sphere in which we move). Knowing how close we are to our intended mark requires being honest with ourselves, and being able to do something about what we find requires internal flexibility, the capacity to admit we were wrong or that our beliefs were distorted, without dissipating our energy in pointless anger at ourselves, rather than in taking needed action.

We may also see a clash between individuals, each of whom believes the role of leader or authority should fall to them; in the end, you (and they) may see that neither is correct in that idea. We may feel isolated in some way, and as well tempted to undermine authorities or weaken our own or others’ empowerment through thinking that springs from stressful cooperative or partnership situations; it’s our ideas about how the partnership or cooperative effort should go that cause issues. Here, perspective is key, as is the realization that most of the stress is from skewed expectations, not the situation itself. Take a step back, and think and speak with real care (Vesta T-sq Nodes, Mars qnx Ceres, Merc sesq Juno)

Today’s word image is a little dog dressed in human-style clothes. Something that’s been ‘dogging’ us (or something that we are the caretaker of or responsible for the welfare of) is being dressed up inappropriately; that is, either we’re seeing it as something it’s not, or it’s being presented to us as fundamentally other than it is. Strive to see its true nature, and you will.

Sagittarius Full Moon 20 June 2016 The Sticking Place

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© User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Macbeth: If we should fail?
Lady Macbeth: We fail!
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we’ll not fail.

–The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act I, Scene VII

But of course, the Scottish general and his ambitious wife do fail, spectacularly, and though I don’t see this Full Moon as bringing failure, I do think it might require we screw our own courage to the sticking place, in order to face some knowledge we acquire or some unavoidable facts (Sagittarius); what we learn will likely ask us to bring something that affects our status or our empowerment options to a definitive point or conclusion.

The Full Moon occurs at 4:02 AM PDT of the 20th at 29 Sagittarius 32, opposing Venus, in wide trine to Uranus and Ceres which are closely conjoined, sextile to Black Moon Lilith and Juno, and the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis squares Chiron (and if we’d like to count Hygeia, we get a Grand Cross). The placement by degree of this Moon tells us stress may accompany the promised resolution. All but the sextile to Juno are outside our usual stringent 2 degree (give or take a bit) limit for creating a New or Full Moon picture, and that says that the focus of this event will definitely be our own empowerment or power expression within a particular role we currently hold; it may also involve some radical and definitive assessments of the ‘once and for all’ kind involving the mate or partner, and we know this will bring about a healing for us, a return to health, in some important arena (likely related to the House in the natal chart where this Full Moon falls).

Brooklyn_Museum_-_Rabbits_and_MoonThis is the second Full Moon in Sagittarius in a row; it may echo the May Full Moon, or could present the resolution to what we learned at that point. In either case, this FM maximizes our personal power and our Self-responsibility; there’s no getting away from the fact that we create our own Fate–hence our need for sticking-place courage, in order to deal with whatever comes along, and to make the choices only we can make.

As long as we do not fall prey to our own sentimentality, to relationship demands or affections that warp our good sense or our need to support our own optimal health, we can see things for what they really are, and in seeing acknowledge what needs to happen for our own wholeness. The Sabian for this Full Moon is, ‘The Pope Blessing The Faithful’; we are the ‘holy authority’ that must give its blessing to our choices and our life direction–no external authority or blessing is needed, though if one is bestowed, it’s a clear signal that you are headed in the right direction.

We always inspect the Sabian for the Sun with a Full Moon, as a clue to the source of Full Moon events: ‘A Parade Of Bathing Beauties Before Large Beach Crowds’. This suggests to me a chance to show our attributes, who we are, to those in our sphere; it suggests accolades for our innate Beingness, a kind of credit we often fail to acknowledge, or even be aware of, something which can get lost within relationships, but a kind of credit we must all remember to take.

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Full Moon in Sagittarius June 2016

 

 

Your Weekend 18-19 June 2016 The Dream Dissolved, or Made Real

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Beata Beatrix, ca 1864-70 {{PD}}

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Beata Beatrix, ca 1864-70 {{PD}}

The worst thing is that, if our response to Friday’s influences (especially that lingering pressure of the Saturn-Neptune square) isn’t thoroughly processed, we may end up taking actions or making choices that are at least very serious, in terms of their implications or repercussions, and possibly devastatingly destructive–and this may lead to a mindset that is disconnected in important ways from the reality picture. Our choice of whether to allow a dream to dissolve, or to move on giving it form and structure, is not the determining factor–neither choice is superior–the whole thing rests on whether we actually make a choice. We may think we have time to ponder, or that we can take a more passive stance and the ‘right’ thing will simply come into being, but that is abdication of the very power that we must embrace in order to use Saturn-Neptune in the most positive way–and in abdicating our power, we invite external sources of power, in the form of others and their Will, or the impulses of chaos and helplessness, to wreak havoc, or at least really really mess things up.

Suffrage_universelIf we have accepted that challenge to make a definitive statement around the dream, a Yea or Nay to going forward, then our weekend will be pleasant and possibly mildly eventful, with a few surprises, a revelation or two about our own egos and values, and a resulting placidity of mind that reflects a sense of all right within our world (no matter what’s happening on the rest of the globe). If we have failed to take a specific direction, we may find that circumstances offer empowerment, but only at the price of seriously distorting our values and priorities, and/ or that the group or ‘being unique’ may ask some very uncomfortable things of us that violate our own precepts or world view. Peace requires acknowledgment of and engagement with reality (that is, the agreed-upon common reality)–everything else breeds discord, and attracts ‘accident’.

Evelyn de Morgan - 'Phosphorus and Hesperus', (1881)

Evelyn de Morgan – ‘Phosphorus and Hesperus’, (1881) {{PD}}

I’ve noticed lately that individuals seem to be Self-separating into the two facets of the square: there are those who are dealing very effectively with reality (and having serious, concrete successes because of this) and those who are not, with the range from totally delusional to a troublesome lack of perspective on the Self and the world. If you are currently mired in disappointed hopes, are finding the world wrong and yourself right, or lamenting either how misunderstood you are or how foolish everyone else is, you may be wrapped tightly in the Neptunian side of the equation; if you are acknowledging your fears, the harshness (and joys!) of the world, and are doing something about them, then you are embracing the Saturnian side of things–and right now, getting down with Saturn is the most productive place to be (Vesta sesq Juno, Mars parallel Pluto and qnx Uranus, Mercury semi-sq Uranus and contra-parallel Saturn)

Saturday’s word image is a billiard ball. An odd thing, as on its own it’s really meaningless–it’s only when you have a table and cues and many other balls that this item gains real meaning. Maybe this is a reminder that ourselves and our lives are simply part of a much larger ‘game’, urging modesty in assessing our impact or judging the importance of other components. Or maybe it’s an admonition to take those Saturnian steps, to assemble what’s needed to create meaningful play–which is what occurs when we combine Saturn and Neptune in appropriate ways.

ranz Müller-Münster: Stürmen und Drängen 1902 {{PD}}

Franz Müller-Münster: Stürmen und Drängen 1902 {{PD}}

Sunday’s word image is the ghost in the machine. What’s haunting you? Or is it some energy that seems to infest an effort or a process that should be easily controlled? Or is this something within the mentality that’s exerting an unwanted effect? Whatever form it takes, what does it tell you must be acknowledged, before your ‘machine’ will be ghost-free?

Have a wonderful, ghost-free weekend!

 

17 June 2016 Boxing Up the Dream

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Waterhouse {{PD}}

Waterhouse {{PD}}

We can and will take that title in one of two ways: either we will give up on a dream, goal, ideal, or plan (that is, box it up for later, or to ‘give away’ for good), or we will box one of those up as one does when purchasing to take something home. So, we will abandon, or completely buy into as well as create a form and structure for, something we’ve long contemplated or had our sights on.

If we buy in, we likely spend now through mid-August researching, learning, reaching out, and giving form to the dream, preparing it for its reveal to the world; if we abandon it, we may do so intending to pursue it later, or with the belief that this particular dream is dead, no longer a fit for our lives. If the latter, we’ll probably see how unreasonably restrictive, harsh, or oppressive the conditions surrounding making that dream a reality–and even if we’re unsure, if that’s what we’re seeing, that’s our clue it’s best abandoned, at least for now.

Which of these attitudes we embrace rests firmly on our own assessment of our personal wisdom and strength. At this time our thoughts and mentality are true to who we are, and we desire empowerment simply because we care, and want to do something about those situations important to us. So, success rests with our own confidence in ourselves, with a feeling that our mentality has a clear grasp on issues and options, and with the sense that we can trust ourselves to make choices that follow our deepest values and ideals (Perfecting today: Ceres at the midpoint of Mercury-Pallas sq; Merc is also parallel Vesta, Saturn sq Neptune, Venus enters Cancers and trines Juno)

Today’s word image is a globe with many countries colored a bright red. If you come here often you’re probably thinking, there’s that red again! But some kind of irritating, aggressive, pugnacious, inflammatory element does seem to be in the air, doesn’t it? Let’s take this as a cue to consciously take our own assertive energies down a notch, to intentionally refuse to aggress, to instead flood the atmosphere with gentle light, with the essence of acceptance (that’s what we all really want for ourselves, isn’t it?), to offer the Universe something bright and clear to fill and overcome the anger and the dark. And to W. K., who will probably now write me a scathing note, I want him to know that his comments have been for some time routed to spam–I don’t even read them anymore, and ask that he keep his gift of venom for himself–and if you also have someone who has targeted you as the recipient of their anger, you should do the same.

Have a lovely, and peaceful, Friday.

 

16 June 2016 The Ideal Through the Real

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"Saimi in the Meadow" by Eero Järnefelt 1891 {{PD}}

“Saimi in the Meadow” by Eero Järnefelt 1891 {{PD}}

We find the way to dream realization, living ideals, creating and communing through our connection to Nature, and through those roles and that power we hold in the real world. Responsibilities point directly at our areas of empowerment, and show us the forms and manner of materializing our ideals and dreams. It’s a tidy loop that may confound with its simplicity; some will be loathe to see it as so direct, because complicating things removes the need to acknowledge how much power to affect things they truly have (Perfecting today: Neptune nov Ceres)

Today’s word image is a red cuckoo nesting in the bright yellow nest of another bird. Now I knew that cuckoo’s had something to do with the nesting of other birds, but when I saw this symbol I had to go investigate the cuckoo’s real-life behavior in order to make sense of it. It seems the cuckoo is known for laying its eggs in other bird’s nests; this from Wikipedia: “The common cuckoo is a brood parasite; it lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. At the appropriate moment, the hen cuckoo flies down to the host’s nest, pushes one egg out of the nest, lays an egg and flies off. The whole process takes about 10 seconds. A female may visit up to 50 nests during a breeding season.” And this is accompanied by a roughly 66% acceptance in the host nest of the cuckoo’s offspring as its own.

From plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes {{PD}}

From plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes {{PD}}

The colors of the image also speak, the red of aggression and perhaps passion, the yellow of the mental and of intelligence, and so possibly refers to intellectual energy, property, or ‘space’. Are we the cuckoo, inserting ourselves out of anger or enthusiasm into someone else’s space? Are we perhaps expecting to ‘piggyback’ our efforts or creativity largely off of someone else’s energy and assets? Or are we aggressed against, dealing with the intrusion of someone’s ideas or expectations as to how we should use our energy? This isn’t a pretty picture, but does refer to something that can happen quite easily when our boundaries are not what they should be, or when our own passion for something causes us to ignore the right of others to make their own choices.

Here’s a little more on the consequences of allowing someone else to put ‘their eggs in your nest’

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15 June 2016 Forget Everything You Know About Pain

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Aleksander Gierymski c1894 {{PD}}

Aleksander Gierymski c1894 {{PD}}

Aspects suggest we may learn some startling things today, at least some of which may illuminate our pain. If we are open to it, what we discover, uncover, realize, or finally understand may obliterate the concept of pain as we currently know it–or at least show us why and how we ache as we do. Unusual, innovative, or revolutionary thinking may express in clever ways that highlight our uniqueness, or may align us in beneficial ways with the group. Accepting what’s new and modern serves us, as does setting aside the ego in order to express compassion through exercise of creative or spiritual gifts, especially those related to your natal Chiron placement (Merc nov Uranus, Sun sq Chiron)

Today’s word image is a cocoon. Not every idea, project, or impulse is immediately ready for expression. Let that thing you’re anxious for develop and present itself in its own time.

14 June 2016 Eyes on the Future

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EXPO Station, one of the most futuristic and trendy subways in Singapore, according to photographer Willian Cho 2008 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

EXPO Station, one of the most futuristic and trendy subways in Singapore, according to photographer Willian Cho 2008 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Much of what we discussed yesterday is still in effect, so you might want to give that a gander, as well:)

Those who fix their psychic gaze firmly on the future will benefit most, simply by their acceptance of the need for (sometimes drastic) change. Those who also do best put Collective or group well-being and interests ahead of their own, at least when it comes to expressing personal power, making choices, or taking action, as a too Self-oriented viewpoint will guarantee conflicts over ambition and desire fulfillment; that is, if we’re ‘out for ourselves’ we will run up against obstacles and denials, while if we plan our moves with our own and the greater good in mind, we will find the way much smoother. Too, don’t let the past intrude on the present, and know that modesty in the face of authority, and when under scrutiny ourselves, goes a long way toward getting others on our side (Pluto sq Zeus and trine NN, Merc qnx Ceres, Sun sxt Uranus and qnx Mars)

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Photo by Jebulon Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Today’s word image is a sewing machine. If you have training in how to use it, it will stand for a specific skill you possess; if you don’t know how to use it, it may stand for something you’d like to learn to do, or it may represent work or skills you see others as having. Sewing is the kind of activity we all may have judgments about, possibly seeing it as an impressive skill, as ‘woman’s work’, as a basic for an aspiring designer, as menial labor, as something that belonged to mom or grandma and that you don’t think about, as an activity only performed by slave labor in the third world, as a mechanical means of achieving what for thousands of years could only be done by hand, or you may have personal associations with a sewing machine that come from your own experience. Whatever you associate with a sewing machine speaks to a current attitude you carry toward a skill or a means of creating/ achieving; seeing the attitude through the symbol may offer enough distance to illuminate a troublesome or useful factor that can help you move forward. Or, in the most general sense, it may be about ‘putting it all together’.

13 June 2016 Focus On: Neptune Retrograde + Revealing Words

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'Canada Geese and morning fog in Golden Gate Park' Brocken Inaglory  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Canada Geese and morning fog in Golden Gate Park’ Brocken Inaglory Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Of course, our old friend Neptune has been virtually motionless late in the 11th degree and early in the 12th of Pisces for some time now; we may have worked this energy and its impact into our own chart through its contacts (or lack of them, isolating this massive dose of inspiration, confusion, spiritual enlightenment, and energy-suckage in matters of the House its transiting), and convinced ourselves things may always stay that way. The retrograde point of something so sluggish as Neptune may resemble the slow-turn of a heavy stone wheel: it’s moving almost imperceptibly, grinding down what it touches, compressing that point and those natal bodies it forms major aspects to in such a way that the alteration in direction brings no relief, and little hope for change. Instead it threatens to take the slow-grind over territory we thought we’d already dealt with, and give the matter another layer of grist, so to speak, grinding away at new aspects of the same old subjects.

So, we shouldn’t expect immediate results from the retro–what we most likely feel is the return of something we thought we’d just dealt with a minute ago–and now we see it with the Neptunian influence withdrawn or changed somehow. We may question or re-examine our spirituality, our creative efforts or urges, may become confused to the point of do-overs, or just unable to navigate with any confidence. We could also see the imagination, spiritual efforts, or creative talents freed of their conventional Neptunian ‘beliefs’; that means that how we see and define those areas might get the chance for permanent alteration, should we decide to explore, experiment, or feel our way through the fog.

Neptune, Saturn, Vesta, and Jupiter are still forming a Grand Cross, and with Neptune’s retrograde we may apply those creative changes to the reality picture, the social role, and/ or to those causes we dedicate ourselves to, or to the home or mate. The shift in direction of Neptune offers us a new way to see all or part of the energy involved in the Grand Cross, and so to address it more accurately through the beliefs, the spirituality, or the creativity.

We also have a Fist of God with apex Mercury and base of Zeus-Pluto, with the impact continuing for a couple of days. This suggests that concerns surrounding power and desire combine, possibly through conflicts that arise, or that naturally exist between those power needs and the ambition/ desire picture, and fill the mind, the communications, and those things that are communicated by others. It may be an unavoidable free-for-all as no one will be terribly successful at keeping what they want, and how much reach they wish to have, under wraps. Brace yourself to hear some surprising power wants–and some even more surprising lusts, desires, and goals. The only ones who come out of this without revealing themselves are silent and invisible. A square of Venus to Chiron says this might hurt, especially in the way it reveals things about our relationships, and Venus quincunx Mars says we are vulnerable to awkward acting out or poor decisions that could jeopardize our assets, if we’re not careful.

Today’s word image is a red suit. A suit is something we ‘put on’, and red suggests energy and possibly power or influence. In what way are we perhaps pretending we have more power or ability or energy to handle things than we really do? We may think we have to wear this suit when we really don’t–if we can just admit the true situation.

Your Weekend 11-12 June 2016 Acceptance

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'Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob' Childe Hassam c1902 {{PD}}

‘Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob’ Childe Hassam c1902 {{PD}}

The Weekend is relatively quiet (in terms of upset or conflict), offering the chance to take action or make choices that heal, a chance to adjust our thinking so that it brings maximum empowerment, and brings results from being innovative, spontaneous, or ‘ourselves’ that are distinctly ‘profitable’ (in all senses of the word). All we have to do is acknowledge those things within our material environment that we have been ignoring, denying, or that have fostered rage, and while accepting that the past can’t be altered, seeing the future is still ours to shape as we will (Saturday Pluto perfects a trine to the NN/ sxt to SN, while on Sunday Saturn nov Black Moon Lilith, Mars trines Chiron, Venus sxt Uranus, Merc enters Gemini and qnx Juno)

BlackJava_female,_1905The word image for the 11th is a hen. Chickens are a particularly productive and useful (from a human point of view) creature, but we don’t always treat them respectfully. Aside from often raising them in deplorable conditions and eating them (which is really the ultimate disrespect, isn’t it? though maybe it’s worse that we feed them to each other, forcing them to become cannibals, a completely unnatural state for them), we talk about a coward (or goad someone who’s not a coward, but whom we’d like to control) by calling them ‘chicken’, we ‘play chicken’ by driving or running straight toward someone else, daring them to veer away, we talk about someone being ‘mad as a wet hen’, meaning they are totally upset but also unable to effectively address what disturbs them, and we describe as ‘henpecked’ those who allow a woman to have a greater say in their lives than they do. It’s likely you’ll have some sort of visceral response to at least one of these hen-related concepts; look at what it tells you about a personal ‘sore spot’, and watch for the chicken as a symbol, alerting you or showing you a synchronous moment, throughout the day.

Feels her note could've been better. Anna of Austria by Charles Beaubrun 17th century {{PD}}

Feels her note in the park could’ve been better. Anna of Austria by Charles Beaubrun 17th century {{PD}}

The word image for the 12th: imagine yourself on a bench at the park on a lovely, breezy day. A piece of paper dances in the air and then flies toward you, catching on your leg. You pick it up; what does it say? This exact scenario happened to someone I know. The paper was the last page of a letter describing the estrangement between two lovers; it ended with the sentence, ‘Why are we still fighting?’ Your paper may say something else, or you may resonate to that closing sentence, concerning something important to you over which you’ve experienced conflict, and why that conflict is still going on.

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10 June 2016 A Drink From the Cauldron

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Emil Carlsen - 'Study in Grey' 1906 {{PD}}

Emil Carlsen – ‘Study in Grey’ 1906 {{PD}}

This could be Ceres, currently in Aries, Mars' sign, brewing up said potion. John William Waterhouse - Magic Circle 1885 {{PD}}

This could be Ceres, currently in Aries, Mars’ sign, brewing up said potion. John William Waterhouse – Magic Circle 1885 {{PD}}

Mars, still on his backward course, offers us a drink from the cauldron; do we accept? From his place in Scorpio, the Warrior could be offering us a potion that makes us choose and act from emotion, and so probably not respond in our own best interests; he could also proffer a potion that urges us to dig deep (and whether that’s beneficial or not is a personal matter), and he almost certainly puts us in a position of acting and choosing in contradiction to our own instincts. We act out of our ‘blind spot’, and so in a fundamental way don’t know what we’re doing.

However, we can access enormous strength and authority (the kind that allows us to confidently command our own lives) with two positive steps: by reconciling ourselves to the social sphere in which we move (this involves accepting differences as they exist, and so refusing to condemn the social order as a whole, rather than debilitating ourselves by railing against them), and by paying careful attention to those areas where we actually hold significant power, and thereby seeing where we can successfully make the most change, or do the most good. It’s in accepting our personal capacity to affect things while still respecting the social order that we find our most effective and impactful means of empowerment (Perfecting today: Mars opp Sedna, Jupiter semi-sq Juno, Sun sxt Ceres)

'Marinha' José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior 1894 {{PD}}

‘Marinha’ José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior 1894 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a glimpse of the ocean. What does that mean to you? A tantalizing, fleeting vision of something desirable, or are you frightened of the sea? Does it mean that your attention is elsewhere, on some other part of the environment? That you’re not able to experience it close up, but are stuck in the ‘cheap seats’? That you are traveling too quickly to enjoy what surrounds you? Bodies of water typically symbolize our emotions; to ‘glimpse the ocean’ might be to be conscious of just a portion of very deep and restless feelings. Consider your response to today’s phrase, and then what it’s saying symbolically about your emotional state, and a potential sea of unacknowledged feeling.

9 June 2016 Translating the Vision

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'Bartholomew's Vision' 1889 Mikhail Nesterow {{PD}}

‘Bartholomew’s Vision’ 1889 Mikhail Nesterow {{PD}}

We’ve got a ‘new’ Grand Cross, as Vesta moves in to take the place of the now departed pair of Sun and Venus. This brings in values, our highest values, in fact, and those matters and individuals to whom we dedicate our life energy; these matters speak to the stress generated by the T-square of Neptune, Jupiter, and Saturn. As we know, such major energies in play can have very different manifestations within individual lives, but we know that matters of the Houses ruled by these bodies may factor in or present the stage upon which our values are tested. Or, we may see a more general expression, as application of creativity or avoidance (through delusion) in the real world meets assessment by the social sphere; that is, we may see how much support our social milieu offers to the individual expression of creativity in material surroundings and concrete terms. Our possession or grasp of ‘the facts’ may be challenged by the reality picture, or we may discover the obstacles on our path to getting the word out, or to achieving educational or expansion goals.

The Vision and its translation into the three-dimensional world is vetted. We are able to see clearly how our energy dedication has affected our ability to bring dreams to reality. We’re offered a clear look at what we have wrought, and how well (or not) that serves our spiritual Vision, our creative need (because just being alive is energy that naturally generates creative expression of one kind or another), and those matters we declare sacred, and wish to honor through our efforts in this imperfect world. We can shape our forward momentum in any way we choose; recognizing our power and respecting our instincts is vital, though taking definitive action on what we realize might better wait until the 12th or after, when we are not so inclined to act contrary to our own better instincts or motives (that is, we may resent what we discover on first hearing/ realizing; a few days grace period will help us accept what we find) (Perfecting today: Pluto trine NN, Venus sxt Ceres, Mercury conjoins Sedna and opp Mars)

Here, everyone is a mouse. 日本語: 鼠草子絵巻 'The Mouse Story' Muromachi to Momoyama period (16th century)

Here, everyone is a mouse. 日本語: 鼠草子絵巻 ‘The Mouse Story’ Muromachi to Momoyama period (16th century)

Today’s word image is a mouse. If we’re thinking literally, the symbol may hint at some way we’re ‘infested’ with something pesky or damaging, something that nibbles away at our resources or our confidence. Or are we speaking of too much time on the computer (with the mouse)? Or are we in some way keeping ourselves too modest or plain (quiet as a mouse, country mouse) in comparison to what the situation calls for? Underplaying our hand can ring false to those who can handle (and who welcome) our energy; better to be true to ourselves than to shrink-to-fit a bland or unrewarding situation.

8 June 2016 Healing Is A Matter of Mind

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Writing it all down might help, too. Gerard ter Borch c1655 {{PD}}

Writing it all down might help, too. Gerard ter Borch c1655 {{PD}}

Matters ignored or denied reach out from the past and seem to block the way forward–and yet, we know what to do to heal the situation; at least, we will if we stop and think for a minute–so it becomes a matter of choice: will we keep problems intact, embracing them as part of our identity, continuing to look away, or will we look at the situation and plan or decide what to do? Healing is a matter of the mind; think it, and we can repair it–issues (or our feelings about them) that don’t heal through the mentality suggest our thinking about them is wrong in the first place. Smart money is on facing those hangovers from the past, doing what needs to be done, and then, with the way clear, making plans for what we want to do in future (SN sesq Black Moon Lilith/ NN semi-sq BML, Merc sxt Chiron)

Not quite what I saw yesterday, but close. Wilhelmstraße in Herne Jun. 2011 Photo by Frank Vincentz Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Not quite what I saw yesterday, but close. Wilhelmstraße in Herne
Jun. 2011 Photo by Frank Vincentz Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a sandwich board (a kind of folded sign) sitting on the sidewalk, with the word ‘Pluto’ handwritten on it, and an arrow pointing straight up. I saw this, and it made me smile. Were they trying to point at the place in the sky where Pluto might be found? Probably not. Were they confused about Pluto and Hades, his ferocious Doppelgänger, thinking they reign over Heaven, rather than Hell? Of course not–who could make that mistake? Although, when I thought about it, I concluded that the arrow pointing up may have spoken of one of two things: either we should be on the lookout for Plutonian figures making themselves known (coming up from the Underworld), or we should consider that, if we accept change as not just inevitable, but as desirable, Pluto may indeed signify its own kind of Heaven, offering constant transformation and renewal, and so perpetually generating and supporting Hope.

 

7 June 2016 In Partnership We Find Strength

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Egyptian Figures, 5th Dynasty, Photo by Andreas Praefcke {{PD}}

Egyptian Figures, 5th Dynasty, Photo by Andreas Praefcke {{PD}}

Empowerment becomes a matter of cooperation; it’s in finding partners, creating diplomatic avenues and ties, and forming alliances that we as individuals gain dominion over our own lives–at least, that’s the way it plays out today. It’s not easy, though, as we must balance relationship needs, our own needs and aims, and both the past and the direction we’re headed; we’re swimming in a stream and must be cognizant of the bank we walked on and the current that’s carrying us forward, as well as remain aware of those who are floating along, caught in the same current, with us, all with an eye of where we’re hoping downstream to clamber out of the water. This likely means psychic overload, as we try to maintain at least four points of focus simultaneously–and if we find ourselves trying to keep all factors afloat at once, that’s when a figurative drowning becomes the likely end result.

How to avoid disaster? Use cooperative relationships to weigh and measure options, and remember that partnering with others doesn’t mean giving up your autonomy or control, it simply means finding ways to do things that are beneficial for everyone concerned. It also means being willing to shoulder our own responsibilities; if we don’t or aren’t, we may find it hard to locate anyone willing to partner with us. Too, we are able to see precisely who we have become, and what that’s worth, as a result of our past experiences, and this offers us the chance to see exactly where we are going, if we change nothing in our projected Path. Today we’re offered a rare moment of perfect clarity that shows us the outcome generated by who we are right now–and if we’re not happy with this, we will be able to pinpoint exactly what must change, in order to take in hand, and alter, our future (Juno enters Libra, Sun-Venus form T-square with the Nodes)

Today’s word image is a cask of salted cod. This preservation method was so good that in centuries past barrels of fish were treated like currency. Re-visiting the existence of this ancient commodity may prompt us to ask ourselves: What asset have we been so busy preserving, conserving, saving, trading on, or using as collateral, that we have forgotten it originally had another use entirely–in the case of the cod, as food. Look in your own life for something saved, even hoarded, something with value to you, that you may have held onto for so long that you’ve failed to honor it by putting it to good use.

See previous posts for info on the Grand Cross.

6 June 2016 Double Up

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'Bees & Cardoon Flower' Photo By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Bees & Cardoon Flower’ Photo
By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

First, I have a word image for the 5th: two bees push each other inside a flower, eager for nectar and pollen. This may be internal–two parts of the Self, especially the psyche, in conflict over which gets your active attention, which is ‘fed’–or external–you compete with someone else over a finite supply of energy or sustenance. In either case, we must recognize that, though the Universal ‘supply’ is limitless, our personal one may have its boundaries, and this is especially so if we’re talking about personal supplies of energy or resources. Don’t be distracted by struggle–instead simply make a choice, and don’t impose on yourself a judgment (that is, guilt) for choosing as you do–it’s your right to spend your energy as you want.

Venus and the Sun finally perfect their meeting in Gemini today, the 6th, marking their Superior (that is, direct motion of Venus) Conjunction, a once-every-18-months event. This can be seen as the inception point of a new cycle of Venus in relation to the energy that drives all life–and so marks a gentle shift, in this case, in the way we think about (Gemini) Venusian subjects like relationships, Love, diplomacy, and Money. In 9 months Venus will once again retrograde (in Aries), and what we might notice at that point is the way our thinking has changed in the life areas signified by the House in the natal chart where the turnaround occurs–but I digress (or is that pro-gress?)

What we see and realize today is heightened through the excessive harmony the Sun and Venus enjoy; they double up, and we find our consciousness is in perfect agreement with our values and our thinking, so that we may feel extremely confident, emboldened to make adjustments to the power matrix or to institute change, to pursue ambitions and desires, and to deal with, probably obliquely, matters too long ignored or denied (and though it likely won’t be pleasant, dealing with these matters will be more than worthwhile) (Venus conjoins and is parallel the Sun, and both are quincunx Pluto, trine Zeus, and sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith)

In case you missed it, here’s the outlook for the New Moon of the 4th and remember, the Grand Cross (see previous posts) is still in effect all day today, the 6th.

From the B. O. T. A. Tarot

From the B. O. T. A. Tarot

Word image for the 6th is a black tower standing in a grassy field. This brings to mind the Tower card of the Tarot, a highly Plutonian image associated with catastrophic change outside the reach of the individual. What it may suggest is that, in the midst of the confidence and energy we are likely to enjoy today, we may be wise to remember we’re not in control of the Universe, but only ourselves, and that means things unforeseen can still occur; remaining aware of this possibility may only be wise.

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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.

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‘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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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

‘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.

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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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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
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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!

1 July 2016 Profit

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Gain is possible in many forms today. 'Earthbound' Evelyn De Morgan 1896 {{PD}}

Gain is possible in many forms today. ‘Earthbound’ Evelyn De Morgan 1896 {{PD}}

We gain, we get opportunities, we profit, we get more (or better) simply by being willing to face what isn’t working within the ambition and desire picture, particularly the ways in which our goals are causing conflict or upset to others (Zeus in Libra). A clear-eyed look at where we stand will take some nerve, especially since the reality picture may be making it abundantly obvious in what areas we aren’t powerful or in charge; our natural response may be to feel sorry for ourselves, then go out and try to prove the Universe wrong, but we benefit much more by acceptance of what the real world is telling us. We need the feedback of the concrete world, because our thinking is too easily clouded now by those things we’ve tried to ignore, gone out of our way to deny, or that have gotten under our skin–and that means hyper-reactivity is a danger, even for the most sedate among us. We may also see many efforts in many forms to stop or control Nature–not a good idea. To review: opportunity abounds and we gain if we assess ambitions and their effects ruthlessly; note what the circumstances of our reality are telling us, but don’t take them to heart; don’t resist Nature (or Time, for that matter); and keep in mind that the more buried material we carry, the more touchy we may be–and that can definitely affect our judgment at this time (Saturn sesq Ceres, Venus sq Zeus and sxt Jupiter, Mercury trine Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is a sound: the hoot of an owl, without seeing one. We’re hearing what’s smart, what’s wise, but we may have trouble taking it in, as we’re either unsure of the source or we are ‘believe it when we see it’ types. Consider that wisdom is wisdom no matter the origins, and to expect visual ‘proof’ of the rightness of things before we’ll implement them may be just slightly unreasonable.

We start Dark of the Moon around 4 AM Pacific time of the 1st. It’s a time to allow for silences and the sounds of Nature, to retreat, to rest, relax, to be open to meditation and contemplation. Have a wonderful, laid back Friday!

 

30 June 2016 Focus On: Venus Opposed Pluto

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She comes within orb, and he has an effect, like it or not. Frederic William Burton 1863 {{PD}}

She comes within orb, and he has an effect, like it or not. Frederic William Burton 1863 {{PD}}

Let’s look at the opposition of Venus to Pluto: falling across the Cancer/ Capricorn axis of the individual natal chart, we may see within a matter we care about represented by one or both of those Houses a threat to what we value, to a relationship, or to a financial source; these will be challenged by circumstances of change, transformed before our eyes or without our consent, or promised obliteration or re-birth, all to force us to re-define some Venusian facet as experienced through the House where Venus currently transits. We should expect change in terms of the rules in force with, the structure that supports, or the material manifestation of, the Venus matter. We may see this as a measure of how much we care, as a kind of test administered by an authoritarian, cranky Universe, but that would be a misperception; what we’re really experiencing will be the stripping away of sentimentality surrounding these Venus issues, which comes about through those unavoidable challenges.

That means that what occurs offers us a chance to see the Venus matter fresh, and to then take a new, more realistic approach as this expression of Venus is reconstituted or resurrected in a more practical or disciplined (Capricorn) form. It’s a given that this event (whether it is a long, subtle unwinding or an abrupt and permanent rending) requires the probing of areas and relationships we’d like to ignore or that make us very angry. We will specifically explore those areas we have deemed sacred, to which we’ve dedicated our life energies, turning over every stone as we look for the slimy thing or the spidery impulse beneath–and what we find plays in to our response to the Plutonian effect on the Venusian subject. Yes, we will uncover some ‘bad’ as we go, some less-than-flattering notions about Venus, what we care about, and how we show that caring–but it’s all in service of seeing our Love, our Money, or our Values in a more appropriate, and much more honest, light (Vesta sesq Black Moon Lilith, Venus opp Pluto)

White Tipped Black moth (Melanchroia chephise) http://www.flickr.com/photos/20087733@N00/306331255/ Clinton & Charles Robertson from Del Rio, Texas & College Station, TX, USA Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

White Tipped Black moth (Melanchroia chephise) http://www.flickr.com/photos/20087733@N00/306331255/ Clinton & Charles Robertson from Del Rio, Texas & College Station, TX, USA Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a black moth. A moth can be a little freaky, so overtly hairy, with wing patterns that often look like eyes–but when we think about how we glorify the butterfly and disdain the moth, we have to admit they are much more similar than not. The difference is a moth is seen as destructive, eating our woolens and infesting, stripping, and killing our trees, and so we allow ourselves to focus on their ugly features, rather than emphasizing the attractive qualities as we do with the butterfly, which doesn’t threaten anything at all.

So is this symbol one that asks us to recognize the beauty in what’s destructive (how very Venus-Pluto!) or does it point out that the differences between what we judge to be negative and what we judge to be positive are not as great as we think? Or does it simply show us that our assessment of anything is entirely based on how it affects us, and our senses simply follow that assessment, seeing the harmless as beautiful, and the destructive as evil, when an objective view might be that both fit in to the larger whole in a complementary fashion that we may or may not understand.

Donate–read–enjoy your Thursday!

29 June 2016 The Acid Test

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Etching, aquatint, by Morozov589 CC BY-SA 4.0

Etching, aquatint, by Morozov589 CC BY-SA 4.0

Most everyone is focused on, celebrating, or tensed for the Mars direction, and with good reason, especially this cycle, with Mars turning just as he receives some harsh regard from the Sun and some covert stimulation from the Underworld; there’s bound to be a little acid splash, as Mars in Scorpio creates change (Pluto) to what we put our attention on (the Sun), and does it with a stinging, deadly seriousness, a ‘now or never’ opportunism that threatens permanence to either alterations or status quo (Brexit, anyone?) It’s enough to make people leap when they’d be rather smart to look, first. But the good news is that this period will be the peak of this effect; from here on the impulse to fling acid in the figurative face of our nemeses will dissipate quickly, as will the impulse to act in order to feel we’re making an impact, or in a desperate effort to exert control. Until we’re out of the shade of these combined contacts, we’ll likely be looking to the past for reward, for sustenance, and for companionship, and we may be longing for ‘the good old days’ in some way that allows nostalgia to override the realities of the past.

One other thing informs our thoughts, briefly but sharply: we see an effective way to empowerment, and this occurs under duress. Whether it’s the pressure that churns the mind and agitates up an idea, or whether the status forces a choice that itself creates pressure, the result is that we find a good way to extend our reach, to enhance our standing, or to have the kind of influence we desire (Mars stations direct sesq the Sun and parallel Pluto, Venus trine the SN, Mercury trines Juno at 29 degrees of their respective Air signs, then enters Cancer)

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Photo by Saba5555 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Today’s word image is a bee, in the early morning, nestled in the flower where it spent the night. Sometimes a bee caught out late camps in a blossom and waits for daylight and warmth; we should be like that bee, right now. Though the current influences foster exceptional productivity and progress in personal efforts, we need to be willing to take our necessary rest when the time is right–how else will we continue to produce at such a stunning pace?

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28 June 2016 An Unhealthy Vein

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'A Friendly Call' William Merritt Chase 1894 {{PD}}

‘A Friendly Call’ William Merritt Chase 1894 {{PD}}

We have access to wisdom, and skills are on point, and both may be available through ourselves or others; thinking aligns with values, and our empowerment options seem to line up with those areas where we already hold power and with willing aid from authorities or highers ups–so where’s the problem? It may lie in a certain, very specific vein of thought that is decidedly unhealthy for us, possibly shown by the less positive side of our natal Mercury by sign and aspect.

Whether the issue’s signified by the return of an old habit, a new ‘bad practice’, or a negative emotional turn, our mentality can run in an unhealthy direction, and we may be prone to excuse it, or not even spot it, so that it is able to take significant, destructive hold. Trust those with whom you have a shared mental outlook to be able to tell you what must go; all you need to do is ask (Juno parallel Ceres, Merc sq Hygeia and parallel Venus, Sun trine Pallas)

Please note: tomorrow Mars stations direct, and will be sesquiquadrate the Sun and parallel Pluto. Assertive energy that’s not ‘claimed’ or sufficiently employed may be looking for a place to express, and where it lights it may be destructive, as the tendency will be to see what needs change, what draws our criticism, and to sic our Martian energies on it. Tread with care, as the force of release is bound to be too enthusiastic and somewhat clumsy–and Mars is always best when we find a productive, positive target, and let it loose at that.

Martin Le France, 1451 {{PD}}

Martin Le France, 1451 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a witch. What does that mean to you? For some it’s a childhood character that doesn’t exist in real life, for others it’s a blasphemous label, for still others it’s an older term for those who practice Wicca, while others may not think of this as a person so much as a kind of curse, something hurled, especially toward a crone, to show disrespect and to take another’s power by naming–if you can spot a witch and call her out, the belief is she’s somehow then helpless. Which of these you relate to may say something about your own views of and relationship to the idea of elemental power and perception–and about what powers, in yourself or others, you may reject due to fear.

27 June 2016 Creative Capital

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William Orpen 'The Eastern Gown' 1905 {{PD}}

William Orpen ‘The Eastern Gown’ 1905 {{PD}}

The wonderful thing about today is that the creativity flows, imagination pays in astonishing ways, and relationships live up to our ideals; too, a sense of being powerful in some area that is clearly our province is supported by our thinking, and generates ideas. We are able to use past successes to inform the now, tapping into creative capital, with results surpassing our expectations. So what might stop these miracles of progress? Our own mentality, if it is focused too acutely back at ourselves, if it is mired in past injuries, or if we are acting from a sense of woundedness–then we might see forward motion at an inexplicable halt, and find ourselves wondering if there’s anything we might do about it, which takes us back to that creative energy: it might need to be employed to once more tune in to the Love all around us, to set us back aright (Ceres nov SN, Venus trine Neptune, Merc sxt Ceres, sq Chiron, and parallel the Sun)

'Woman With Lorgnette' Artist Unknown, from the Epoche Louis-Philippe {{PD}}

‘Woman With Lorgnette’ Artist Unknown, from the Epoche Louis-Philippe {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crown of pearls. We all have these just hanging around, waiting to be worn, don’t we? Pearls are the only gem created by a living creature, and as symbols of purity, have often adorned wedding garb or been involved in the ceremony–though a pearl as an engagement ring is said to be bad luck, as pearls have also been linked with tears (sometimes described as the tears of angels)–and pearls were a way in Medieval Venice of telling the ladies from the courtesans (nobles 1, prostitutes 0). So, pearls, and their form is a crown: not only the topmost Chakra, but also the thing worn by royalty, the ultimate symbol of a reigning monarch’s power. This symbol may be about tapping into our own highest, purest power, a spiritual manifestation of our integrity, connection to and honoring of the divine–which suggests a link to Vesta, currently at 18 Gemini–and though still within range of square to Jupiter, trine to Zeus, and quincunx to Pluto, rapidly moving away, implying a sense of  losing anchors related to the social milieu, our own ambitions and wants, and the change we want to see occur. It may be time for re-consideration of our current position, especially as it applies to our beliefs and our status, in light of changing times; align yourself consciously with your highest values (that is, crown yourself with pearls!) and you’ll know where you stand.

Your Weekend 25-26 June 2016 Opportunities for Change

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Joaquin Sorolla - 'Las Tres Velas' 1902 {{PD}}

Joaquin Sorolla – ‘Las Tres Velas’ 1902 {{PD}}

That’s the essence of it, this weekend: aspects offering ease in opening doors, for making fortuitous choices and change, ease in transforming knowledge, contacts, or assets into a material form or opportunity we have long desired (or perhaps that we have intuited as correct for us), and this is accomplished through attention to detail, through understanding the social milieu in which we move, and by having a clear understanding of what currently exists in the now (for how can we effectively change something if we don’t see it as it really is?). When faced with realities and having the desire to create change, at this time we are best off if we are flexible in our demands and parameters concerning relationships and/ or finances–a temporary ‘down’ or restriction is just that, temporary–and if we have a willingness to trust instincts and to modify the assertive urges of the ego to be, well, somewhat less aggressive; adoption of these measures can bring about little miracles–or at least, positive surprises and small, astounding leaps ahead–and can set the stage for making precisely the kind of significant progress and alterations to life direction that we are all striving for (Jup trine Pluto, Venus semi-sq Sedna and qnx Saturn, Merc qnx Mars and sxt Uranus, Sun nov Sedna)

Don't let a clown talk you into something you don't want to do. Amandus Faure 'Artistin und Pierrot' 1908 {{PD}}

Don’t let a clown talk you into something you don’t want to do. Amandus Faure ‘Artistin und Pierrot’ 1908 {{PD}}

This weekend’s image is a clown hitchhiking by the side of the road. What matter in your life that is in some way indefinable or troublingly obscured is asking you to ‘pick it up’? What’s hiding behind a genial mask, trying to engage you? Someone in clown make-up is unrecognizable–be aware that whatever is appealing to your generous nature to be taken along for the ride will be hiding its true nature from you–proceed from there.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

 

 

24 June 2016 Using Discretion

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‘Girl with a Pomegranate’ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1874 {{PD}}

Contrariness may be the order of the day, but as long as we don’t play identity politics (feeding on or reacting from stereotypes, especially ones concerning female-male dynamics) and don’t insist on picking at what’s better left alone, we’ll be fine–in fact, better than fine, if we do these things: Look at those hidden depths, ignored issues, and things that make you angry, just don’t touch; and truly honoring (through thought, word, and action) our ambitions and desires. And, refuse to live within the wound–it’s just not the place to be (Vesta trine Zeus, Chiron contra-parallel Hygeia, Venus sesq Mars, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith, Sun trine BML)

Today’s image is a whole pomegranate. We know this as the fruit that kept Persephone, still a mortal, in Hades for 6 months after she ate 6 seeds while visiting the Underworld; that suggests there’s something in our world, should we willingly ‘partake of the fruit’, that will bind us in our own Hell, obligating us to spend time in a presumably less-than-comfortable environment or forcing our awareness of something that to us is tortuous. We are told that Persephone ate because she was hungry, so, presumably, we may find that our appetite for something may bring more problems, or keep us stuck in place, in a way we never anticipated.

23 June 2016 Trust Yourself

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František Kaván - 'The Air of Home' 1894 {{PD}}

František Kaván – ‘The Air of Home’ 1894 {{PD}}

Let’s just say, we’ve got our sh*t together, but the social order just isn’t supporting us. We know just what we should change, we are feeling centered and sure of our power as individuals and as unique Beings, and yet . . . our ambitions and desires are squelched within the social arena, one way or another. We might also be short-circuited by those who put their own expansion first, or who feel we must ‘learn’ something (or really, probably acknowledge their supremacy in some area we have aspirations in) before we proceed with the opportunity that is right in front of us–but their reality doesn’t have to be ours.

As long as we are willing to align our behavior with our highest values and standards, to ‘invest’ in relationships, and to act as stewards of our assets (that is, to use what we have and what is under our control with consciousness of the implications of our choices), we can trust our own thinking concerning ambition fulfillment–and go forward, joyfully, from there (Pluto qnx Vesta, Uranus conjoined Ceres, Jupiter contra-parallel Zeus, Venus trine Pallas, Merc trine Zeus)

Tip for the current Moon in Aquarius: if you’re puzzled by another’s emotional reaction, find they (or you) don’t seem to be having one, or see yourself or another rationalizing what otherwise might be upsetting, then you’re witnessing the influence of Moon in Aquarius. Just remember that the most common result is confusing feeling and thinking, and you’ll do well in sorting it all out.

Georges Seurat - 'Le Jardinier' c1892 {{PD}}

Georges Seurat – ‘Le Jardinier’ c1892 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a gardener breaking the peace of a beautiful summer day with his weed whacker. Of course, the person or thing creating the disturbance, symbolized by this image, will be different for each person. We have to ask ourselves a couple of questions about what might be bothering us: is this merely an irritant (to be ignored) or is this a serious disturbance to us? Is this thing that’s bothering us actually the byproduct of necessary action? Is it simply someone making a lot of noise, for their own reasons? And do we have the power to stop it? If the answer to that last question is No, then we need to find a way to live with whatever is getting under our skin–so defining it, by seeing just what it may be accomplishing (or not) is a good start.

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22 June 2016 Focus On: Merc Conjoined Vesta: Sacred Thought

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Carl Holsøe 'Mother and Child in a Dining Room Interior' {{PD}}

Carl Holsøe ‘Mother and Child in a Dining Room Interior’ {{PD}}

That cuts two ways: on the one hand we can focus on our highest values and we naturally use them as a guide, aligning our choices and actions to our priorities with ease; on the other hand, this can make us so reverent toward our own ideas and conclusions that we are unable to allow in new facts or to genuinely respect the ideas of others–and in either case this attitude spills over into matters of the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart, making it either easier to act in those areas or spreading the blind spot in ways we might not expect.

This applies to communications, contracts, and other purely Mercurial factors, as well, where we’ll either take everything as gospel (and worse, take everything we think is implied as gospel, accepting whatever our own minds supply as what’s promised by the Other), or we’ll find ourselves unable to come to agreement unless others are in complete accord with our own thoughts–and how likely is that, ever? Disagreement with the social sphere is also possible, as is discord over ‘the facts’ or methods of reaching out or expansion. Though things may feel very ‘in the moment’ and transitory, they will affect the life direction–so choose and respond with care.

There’s a vivid bright spot, too, found in instinctual reactions within relationships or in financial matters. We are attuned to our own needs (Sedna in Taurus), to what gives us comfort, and so can spontaneously go toward what is beautiful, rewarding, or brings gain. This also suggests listening to our instincts may be key to creating the atmosphere we need and want; we may be able to dial down the static enough to see what really matters, and what really nourishes.

René-Antoine Houasse Before 1688 {{PD}}

René-Antoine Houasse Before 1688 {{PD}}

Minerva is in the center top of the picture, wearing blue and a nice helmet. Behind her are, left to right in the clouds, Mercury, Saturn, Juno, and I’m not sure about back right (it could be Venus), though below that you see Diana.

In searching for Art for this post, I somehow took myself to portraits of Minerva, and wondered if this was a prompt to check out the position of the asteroid. She’s currently at 22-23 Leo, trine the close conjunction of Uranus-Ceres and square Mars. This reinforces the already-discussed aspect picture, suggesting that wisdom (Minerva is very similar to and sometimes synonymous with Pallas Athena) is generally in contradiction to, and possibly exerting pressure on, our preferred actions and choices at this time, and that a need to exert our power or authority, or a need to rebel or feel revolutionary, may be the driving factors behind ignoring what we know to be smart.

I’d also like to note Hygeia opposed Chiron. I’ve begun watching Hygeia and it’s already proven illuminating. It seems, in its most general sense, to represent health, or what might be described as the healthiest state possible related to the contacted energy, with hard aspects suggesting a less-than-optimal state and soft aspects reading as supportive of a healthy energy function. With this opposition to Chiron, we see a state of optimal health in direct conflict with, or contradictory to, the healing of wounds. This might imply that any wounds we currently carry across the Pisces-Virgo axis of the natal chart (related to the signs or the matters of the Houses this spans) aren’t good for us and yet they might be serving a purpose; or, it may mean that our focus on our wounds, though we may see this as helping us to heal, may actually be keeping us from healing. Or, we may find a means of serving others through focusing on what’s most healthy for us.

Foto: Jonn Leffmann  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Foto: Jonn Leffmann Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a can of vegetables. Though ostensibly a ‘healthy’ thing, we now know that food loses a great deal of its vitamins and minerals, and certainly loses a great deal of what we might call its ‘life force’, when canned. This image may suggest something we have been classifying as healthy for us doesn’t really offer what it could if we took it in ‘live’, raw, or ‘fresh’. I’ll leave it to you to pinpoint what in your life this might refer to.

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21 June 2016 A Measure of Our Dedication

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Paul Gauguin: Study of a Nude (Suzanne Sewing), 1880 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin: Study of a Nude (Suzanne Sewing), 1880 {{PD}}

Aspects perfecting today ask us to assess our personal level of dedication to those things we say or believe we are committing our life energy in service of; a big part of this assessment will involve discerning whether what we say we serve is what we actually serve. It’s a matter of thinking, perceiving, and processing honestly (Vesta in Gemini). Our capacity for truthiness comes into play, and likely involves some formula using the quincunx of Vesta to Pluto (our personal bullshit detector, tuned to sniffing out anything that threatens our highest values and most important commitments) and Jupiter in Virgo, which is square one and trine the other (affording us the ability to critically examine the intersection of ‘the facts’, our beliefs, and the social sphere in which we move). Knowing how close we are to our intended mark requires being honest with ourselves, and being able to do something about what we find requires internal flexibility, the capacity to admit we were wrong or that our beliefs were distorted, without dissipating our energy in pointless anger at ourselves, rather than in taking needed action.

We may also see a clash between individuals, each of whom believes the role of leader or authority should fall to them; in the end, you (and they) may see that neither is correct in that idea. We may feel isolated in some way, and as well tempted to undermine authorities or weaken our own or others’ empowerment through thinking that springs from stressful cooperative or partnership situations; it’s our ideas about how the partnership or cooperative effort should go that cause issues. Here, perspective is key, as is the realization that most of the stress is from skewed expectations, not the situation itself. Take a step back, and think and speak with real care (Vesta T-sq Nodes, Mars qnx Ceres, Merc sesq Juno)

Today’s word image is a little dog dressed in human-style clothes. Something that’s been ‘dogging’ us (or something that we are the caretaker of or responsible for the welfare of) is being dressed up inappropriately; that is, either we’re seeing it as something it’s not, or it’s being presented to us as fundamentally other than it is. Strive to see its true nature, and you will.

Sagittarius Full Moon 20 June 2016 The Sticking Place

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© User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

© User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Macbeth: If we should fail?
Lady Macbeth: We fail!
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we’ll not fail.

–The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act I, Scene VII

But of course, the Scottish general and his ambitious wife do fail, spectacularly, and though I don’t see this Full Moon as bringing failure, I do think it might require we screw our own courage to the sticking place, in order to face some knowledge we acquire or some unavoidable facts (Sagittarius); what we learn will likely ask us to bring something that affects our status or our empowerment options to a definitive point or conclusion.

The Full Moon occurs at 4:02 AM PDT of the 20th at 29 Sagittarius 32, opposing Venus, in wide trine to Uranus and Ceres which are closely conjoined, sextile to Black Moon Lilith and Juno, and the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis squares Chiron (and if we’d like to count Hygeia, we get a Grand Cross). The placement by degree of this Moon tells us stress may accompany the promised resolution. All but the sextile to Juno are outside our usual stringent 2 degree (give or take a bit) limit for creating a New or Full Moon picture, and that says that the focus of this event will definitely be our own empowerment or power expression within a particular role we currently hold; it may also involve some radical and definitive assessments of the ‘once and for all’ kind involving the mate or partner, and we know this will bring about a healing for us, a return to health, in some important arena (likely related to the House in the natal chart where this Full Moon falls).

Brooklyn_Museum_-_Rabbits_and_MoonThis is the second Full Moon in Sagittarius in a row; it may echo the May Full Moon, or could present the resolution to what we learned at that point. In either case, this FM maximizes our personal power and our Self-responsibility; there’s no getting away from the fact that we create our own Fate–hence our need for sticking-place courage, in order to deal with whatever comes along, and to make the choices only we can make.

As long as we do not fall prey to our own sentimentality, to relationship demands or affections that warp our good sense or our need to support our own optimal health, we can see things for what they really are, and in seeing acknowledge what needs to happen for our own wholeness. The Sabian for this Full Moon is, ‘The Pope Blessing The Faithful’; we are the ‘holy authority’ that must give its blessing to our choices and our life direction–no external authority or blessing is needed, though if one is bestowed, it’s a clear signal that you are headed in the right direction.

We always inspect the Sabian for the Sun with a Full Moon, as a clue to the source of Full Moon events: ‘A Parade Of Bathing Beauties Before Large Beach Crowds’. This suggests to me a chance to show our attributes, who we are, to those in our sphere; it suggests accolades for our innate Beingness, a kind of credit we often fail to acknowledge, or even be aware of, something which can get lost within relationships, but a kind of credit we must all remember to take.

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Full Moon in Sagittarius June 2016

 

 

Your Weekend 18-19 June 2016 The Dream Dissolved, or Made Real

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Beata Beatrix, ca 1864-70 {{PD}}

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Beata Beatrix, ca 1864-70 {{PD}}

The worst thing is that, if our response to Friday’s influences (especially that lingering pressure of the Saturn-Neptune square) isn’t thoroughly processed, we may end up taking actions or making choices that are at least very serious, in terms of their implications or repercussions, and possibly devastatingly destructive–and this may lead to a mindset that is disconnected in important ways from the reality picture. Our choice of whether to allow a dream to dissolve, or to move on giving it form and structure, is not the determining factor–neither choice is superior–the whole thing rests on whether we actually make a choice. We may think we have time to ponder, or that we can take a more passive stance and the ‘right’ thing will simply come into being, but that is abdication of the very power that we must embrace in order to use Saturn-Neptune in the most positive way–and in abdicating our power, we invite external sources of power, in the form of others and their Will, or the impulses of chaos and helplessness, to wreak havoc, or at least really really mess things up.

Suffrage_universelIf we have accepted that challenge to make a definitive statement around the dream, a Yea or Nay to going forward, then our weekend will be pleasant and possibly mildly eventful, with a few surprises, a revelation or two about our own egos and values, and a resulting placidity of mind that reflects a sense of all right within our world (no matter what’s happening on the rest of the globe). If we have failed to take a specific direction, we may find that circumstances offer empowerment, but only at the price of seriously distorting our values and priorities, and/ or that the group or ‘being unique’ may ask some very uncomfortable things of us that violate our own precepts or world view. Peace requires acknowledgment of and engagement with reality (that is, the agreed-upon common reality)–everything else breeds discord, and attracts ‘accident’.

Evelyn de Morgan - 'Phosphorus and Hesperus', (1881)

Evelyn de Morgan – ‘Phosphorus and Hesperus’, (1881) {{PD}}

I’ve noticed lately that individuals seem to be Self-separating into the two facets of the square: there are those who are dealing very effectively with reality (and having serious, concrete successes because of this) and those who are not, with the range from totally delusional to a troublesome lack of perspective on the Self and the world. If you are currently mired in disappointed hopes, are finding the world wrong and yourself right, or lamenting either how misunderstood you are or how foolish everyone else is, you may be wrapped tightly in the Neptunian side of the equation; if you are acknowledging your fears, the harshness (and joys!) of the world, and are doing something about them, then you are embracing the Saturnian side of things–and right now, getting down with Saturn is the most productive place to be (Vesta sesq Juno, Mars parallel Pluto and qnx Uranus, Mercury semi-sq Uranus and contra-parallel Saturn)

Saturday’s word image is a billiard ball. An odd thing, as on its own it’s really meaningless–it’s only when you have a table and cues and many other balls that this item gains real meaning. Maybe this is a reminder that ourselves and our lives are simply part of a much larger ‘game’, urging modesty in assessing our impact or judging the importance of other components. Or maybe it’s an admonition to take those Saturnian steps, to assemble what’s needed to create meaningful play–which is what occurs when we combine Saturn and Neptune in appropriate ways.

ranz Müller-Münster: Stürmen und Drängen 1902 {{PD}}

Franz Müller-Münster: Stürmen und Drängen 1902 {{PD}}

Sunday’s word image is the ghost in the machine. What’s haunting you? Or is it some energy that seems to infest an effort or a process that should be easily controlled? Or is this something within the mentality that’s exerting an unwanted effect? Whatever form it takes, what does it tell you must be acknowledged, before your ‘machine’ will be ghost-free?

Have a wonderful, ghost-free weekend!

 

17 June 2016 Boxing Up the Dream

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Waterhouse {{PD}}

Waterhouse {{PD}}

We can and will take that title in one of two ways: either we will give up on a dream, goal, ideal, or plan (that is, box it up for later, or to ‘give away’ for good), or we will box one of those up as one does when purchasing to take something home. So, we will abandon, or completely buy into as well as create a form and structure for, something we’ve long contemplated or had our sights on.

If we buy in, we likely spend now through mid-August researching, learning, reaching out, and giving form to the dream, preparing it for its reveal to the world; if we abandon it, we may do so intending to pursue it later, or with the belief that this particular dream is dead, no longer a fit for our lives. If the latter, we’ll probably see how unreasonably restrictive, harsh, or oppressive the conditions surrounding making that dream a reality–and even if we’re unsure, if that’s what we’re seeing, that’s our clue it’s best abandoned, at least for now.

Which of these attitudes we embrace rests firmly on our own assessment of our personal wisdom and strength. At this time our thoughts and mentality are true to who we are, and we desire empowerment simply because we care, and want to do something about those situations important to us. So, success rests with our own confidence in ourselves, with a feeling that our mentality has a clear grasp on issues and options, and with the sense that we can trust ourselves to make choices that follow our deepest values and ideals (Perfecting today: Ceres at the midpoint of Mercury-Pallas sq; Merc is also parallel Vesta, Saturn sq Neptune, Venus enters Cancers and trines Juno)

Today’s word image is a globe with many countries colored a bright red. If you come here often you’re probably thinking, there’s that red again! But some kind of irritating, aggressive, pugnacious, inflammatory element does seem to be in the air, doesn’t it? Let’s take this as a cue to consciously take our own assertive energies down a notch, to intentionally refuse to aggress, to instead flood the atmosphere with gentle light, with the essence of acceptance (that’s what we all really want for ourselves, isn’t it?), to offer the Universe something bright and clear to fill and overcome the anger and the dark. And to W. K., who will probably now write me a scathing note, I want him to know that his comments have been for some time routed to spam–I don’t even read them anymore, and ask that he keep his gift of venom for himself–and if you also have someone who has targeted you as the recipient of their anger, you should do the same.

Have a lovely, and peaceful, Friday.

 

16 June 2016 The Ideal Through the Real

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"Saimi in the Meadow" by Eero Järnefelt 1891 {{PD}}

“Saimi in the Meadow” by Eero Järnefelt 1891 {{PD}}

We find the way to dream realization, living ideals, creating and communing through our connection to Nature, and through those roles and that power we hold in the real world. Responsibilities point directly at our areas of empowerment, and show us the forms and manner of materializing our ideals and dreams. It’s a tidy loop that may confound with its simplicity; some will be loathe to see it as so direct, because complicating things removes the need to acknowledge how much power to affect things they truly have (Perfecting today: Neptune nov Ceres)

Today’s word image is a red cuckoo nesting in the bright yellow nest of another bird. Now I knew that cuckoo’s had something to do with the nesting of other birds, but when I saw this symbol I had to go investigate the cuckoo’s real-life behavior in order to make sense of it. It seems the cuckoo is known for laying its eggs in other bird’s nests; this from Wikipedia: “The common cuckoo is a brood parasite; it lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. At the appropriate moment, the hen cuckoo flies down to the host’s nest, pushes one egg out of the nest, lays an egg and flies off. The whole process takes about 10 seconds. A female may visit up to 50 nests during a breeding season.” And this is accompanied by a roughly 66% acceptance in the host nest of the cuckoo’s offspring as its own.

From plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes {{PD}}

From plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes {{PD}}

The colors of the image also speak, the red of aggression and perhaps passion, the yellow of the mental and of intelligence, and so possibly refers to intellectual energy, property, or ‘space’. Are we the cuckoo, inserting ourselves out of anger or enthusiasm into someone else’s space? Are we perhaps expecting to ‘piggyback’ our efforts or creativity largely off of someone else’s energy and assets? Or are we aggressed against, dealing with the intrusion of someone’s ideas or expectations as to how we should use our energy? This isn’t a pretty picture, but does refer to something that can happen quite easily when our boundaries are not what they should be, or when our own passion for something causes us to ignore the right of others to make their own choices.

Here’s a little more on the consequences of allowing someone else to put ‘their eggs in your nest’

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15 June 2016 Forget Everything You Know About Pain

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Aleksander Gierymski c1894 {{PD}}

Aleksander Gierymski c1894 {{PD}}

Aspects suggest we may learn some startling things today, at least some of which may illuminate our pain. If we are open to it, what we discover, uncover, realize, or finally understand may obliterate the concept of pain as we currently know it–or at least show us why and how we ache as we do. Unusual, innovative, or revolutionary thinking may express in clever ways that highlight our uniqueness, or may align us in beneficial ways with the group. Accepting what’s new and modern serves us, as does setting aside the ego in order to express compassion through exercise of creative or spiritual gifts, especially those related to your natal Chiron placement (Merc nov Uranus, Sun sq Chiron)

Today’s word image is a cocoon. Not every idea, project, or impulse is immediately ready for expression. Let that thing you’re anxious for develop and present itself in its own time.

14 June 2016 Eyes on the Future

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EXPO Station, one of the most futuristic and trendy subways in Singapore, according to photographer Willian Cho 2008 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

EXPO Station, one of the most futuristic and trendy subways in Singapore, according to photographer Willian Cho 2008 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Much of what we discussed yesterday is still in effect, so you might want to give that a gander, as well:)

Those who fix their psychic gaze firmly on the future will benefit most, simply by their acceptance of the need for (sometimes drastic) change. Those who also do best put Collective or group well-being and interests ahead of their own, at least when it comes to expressing personal power, making choices, or taking action, as a too Self-oriented viewpoint will guarantee conflicts over ambition and desire fulfillment; that is, if we’re ‘out for ourselves’ we will run up against obstacles and denials, while if we plan our moves with our own and the greater good in mind, we will find the way much smoother. Too, don’t let the past intrude on the present, and know that modesty in the face of authority, and when under scrutiny ourselves, goes a long way toward getting others on our side (Pluto sq Zeus and trine NN, Merc qnx Ceres, Sun sxt Uranus and qnx Mars)

Photo by Jebulon Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Photo by Jebulon Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Today’s word image is a sewing machine. If you have training in how to use it, it will stand for a specific skill you possess; if you don’t know how to use it, it may stand for something you’d like to learn to do, or it may represent work or skills you see others as having. Sewing is the kind of activity we all may have judgments about, possibly seeing it as an impressive skill, as ‘woman’s work’, as a basic for an aspiring designer, as menial labor, as something that belonged to mom or grandma and that you don’t think about, as an activity only performed by slave labor in the third world, as a mechanical means of achieving what for thousands of years could only be done by hand, or you may have personal associations with a sewing machine that come from your own experience. Whatever you associate with a sewing machine speaks to a current attitude you carry toward a skill or a means of creating/ achieving; seeing the attitude through the symbol may offer enough distance to illuminate a troublesome or useful factor that can help you move forward. Or, in the most general sense, it may be about ‘putting it all together’.

13 June 2016 Focus On: Neptune Retrograde + Revealing Words

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'Canada Geese and morning fog in Golden Gate Park' Brocken Inaglory  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Canada Geese and morning fog in Golden Gate Park’ Brocken Inaglory Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Of course, our old friend Neptune has been virtually motionless late in the 11th degree and early in the 12th of Pisces for some time now; we may have worked this energy and its impact into our own chart through its contacts (or lack of them, isolating this massive dose of inspiration, confusion, spiritual enlightenment, and energy-suckage in matters of the House its transiting), and convinced ourselves things may always stay that way. The retrograde point of something so sluggish as Neptune may resemble the slow-turn of a heavy stone wheel: it’s moving almost imperceptibly, grinding down what it touches, compressing that point and those natal bodies it forms major aspects to in such a way that the alteration in direction brings no relief, and little hope for change. Instead it threatens to take the slow-grind over territory we thought we’d already dealt with, and give the matter another layer of grist, so to speak, grinding away at new aspects of the same old subjects.

So, we shouldn’t expect immediate results from the retro–what we most likely feel is the return of something we thought we’d just dealt with a minute ago–and now we see it with the Neptunian influence withdrawn or changed somehow. We may question or re-examine our spirituality, our creative efforts or urges, may become confused to the point of do-overs, or just unable to navigate with any confidence. We could also see the imagination, spiritual efforts, or creative talents freed of their conventional Neptunian ‘beliefs’; that means that how we see and define those areas might get the chance for permanent alteration, should we decide to explore, experiment, or feel our way through the fog.

Neptune, Saturn, Vesta, and Jupiter are still forming a Grand Cross, and with Neptune’s retrograde we may apply those creative changes to the reality picture, the social role, and/ or to those causes we dedicate ourselves to, or to the home or mate. The shift in direction of Neptune offers us a new way to see all or part of the energy involved in the Grand Cross, and so to address it more accurately through the beliefs, the spirituality, or the creativity.

We also have a Fist of God with apex Mercury and base of Zeus-Pluto, with the impact continuing for a couple of days. This suggests that concerns surrounding power and desire combine, possibly through conflicts that arise, or that naturally exist between those power needs and the ambition/ desire picture, and fill the mind, the communications, and those things that are communicated by others. It may be an unavoidable free-for-all as no one will be terribly successful at keeping what they want, and how much reach they wish to have, under wraps. Brace yourself to hear some surprising power wants–and some even more surprising lusts, desires, and goals. The only ones who come out of this without revealing themselves are silent and invisible. A square of Venus to Chiron says this might hurt, especially in the way it reveals things about our relationships, and Venus quincunx Mars says we are vulnerable to awkward acting out or poor decisions that could jeopardize our assets, if we’re not careful.

Today’s word image is a red suit. A suit is something we ‘put on’, and red suggests energy and possibly power or influence. In what way are we perhaps pretending we have more power or ability or energy to handle things than we really do? We may think we have to wear this suit when we really don’t–if we can just admit the true situation.

Your Weekend 11-12 June 2016 Acceptance

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'Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob' Childe Hassam c1902 {{PD}}

‘Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob’ Childe Hassam c1902 {{PD}}

The Weekend is relatively quiet (in terms of upset or conflict), offering the chance to take action or make choices that heal, a chance to adjust our thinking so that it brings maximum empowerment, and brings results from being innovative, spontaneous, or ‘ourselves’ that are distinctly ‘profitable’ (in all senses of the word). All we have to do is acknowledge those things within our material environment that we have been ignoring, denying, or that have fostered rage, and while accepting that the past can’t be altered, seeing the future is still ours to shape as we will (Saturday Pluto perfects a trine to the NN/ sxt to SN, while on Sunday Saturn nov Black Moon Lilith, Mars trines Chiron, Venus sxt Uranus, Merc enters Gemini and qnx Juno)

BlackJava_female,_1905The word image for the 11th is a hen. Chickens are a particularly productive and useful (from a human point of view) creature, but we don’t always treat them respectfully. Aside from often raising them in deplorable conditions and eating them (which is really the ultimate disrespect, isn’t it? though maybe it’s worse that we feed them to each other, forcing them to become cannibals, a completely unnatural state for them), we talk about a coward (or goad someone who’s not a coward, but whom we’d like to control) by calling them ‘chicken’, we ‘play chicken’ by driving or running straight toward someone else, daring them to veer away, we talk about someone being ‘mad as a wet hen’, meaning they are totally upset but also unable to effectively address what disturbs them, and we describe as ‘henpecked’ those who allow a woman to have a greater say in their lives than they do. It’s likely you’ll have some sort of visceral response to at least one of these hen-related concepts; look at what it tells you about a personal ‘sore spot’, and watch for the chicken as a symbol, alerting you or showing you a synchronous moment, throughout the day.

Feels her note could've been better. Anna of Austria by Charles Beaubrun 17th century {{PD}}

Feels her note in the park could’ve been better. Anna of Austria by Charles Beaubrun 17th century {{PD}}

The word image for the 12th: imagine yourself on a bench at the park on a lovely, breezy day. A piece of paper dances in the air and then flies toward you, catching on your leg. You pick it up; what does it say? This exact scenario happened to someone I know. The paper was the last page of a letter describing the estrangement between two lovers; it ended with the sentence, ‘Why are we still fighting?’ Your paper may say something else, or you may resonate to that closing sentence, concerning something important to you over which you’ve experienced conflict, and why that conflict is still going on.

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10 June 2016 A Drink From the Cauldron

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Emil Carlsen - 'Study in Grey' 1906 {{PD}}

Emil Carlsen – ‘Study in Grey’ 1906 {{PD}}

This could be Ceres, currently in Aries, Mars' sign, brewing up said potion. John William Waterhouse - Magic Circle 1885 {{PD}}

This could be Ceres, currently in Aries, Mars’ sign, brewing up said potion. John William Waterhouse – Magic Circle 1885 {{PD}}

Mars, still on his backward course, offers us a drink from the cauldron; do we accept? From his place in Scorpio, the Warrior could be offering us a potion that makes us choose and act from emotion, and so probably not respond in our own best interests; he could also proffer a potion that urges us to dig deep (and whether that’s beneficial or not is a personal matter), and he almost certainly puts us in a position of acting and choosing in contradiction to our own instincts. We act out of our ‘blind spot’, and so in a fundamental way don’t know what we’re doing.

However, we can access enormous strength and authority (the kind that allows us to confidently command our own lives) with two positive steps: by reconciling ourselves to the social sphere in which we move (this involves accepting differences as they exist, and so refusing to condemn the social order as a whole, rather than debilitating ourselves by railing against them), and by paying careful attention to those areas where we actually hold significant power, and thereby seeing where we can successfully make the most change, or do the most good. It’s in accepting our personal capacity to affect things while still respecting the social order that we find our most effective and impactful means of empowerment (Perfecting today: Mars opp Sedna, Jupiter semi-sq Juno, Sun sxt Ceres)

'Marinha' José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior 1894 {{PD}}

‘Marinha’ José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior 1894 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a glimpse of the ocean. What does that mean to you? A tantalizing, fleeting vision of something desirable, or are you frightened of the sea? Does it mean that your attention is elsewhere, on some other part of the environment? That you’re not able to experience it close up, but are stuck in the ‘cheap seats’? That you are traveling too quickly to enjoy what surrounds you? Bodies of water typically symbolize our emotions; to ‘glimpse the ocean’ might be to be conscious of just a portion of very deep and restless feelings. Consider your response to today’s phrase, and then what it’s saying symbolically about your emotional state, and a potential sea of unacknowledged feeling.

9 June 2016 Translating the Vision

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'Bartholomew's Vision' 1889 Mikhail Nesterow {{PD}}

‘Bartholomew’s Vision’ 1889 Mikhail Nesterow {{PD}}

We’ve got a ‘new’ Grand Cross, as Vesta moves in to take the place of the now departed pair of Sun and Venus. This brings in values, our highest values, in fact, and those matters and individuals to whom we dedicate our life energy; these matters speak to the stress generated by the T-square of Neptune, Jupiter, and Saturn. As we know, such major energies in play can have very different manifestations within individual lives, but we know that matters of the Houses ruled by these bodies may factor in or present the stage upon which our values are tested. Or, we may see a more general expression, as application of creativity or avoidance (through delusion) in the real world meets assessment by the social sphere; that is, we may see how much support our social milieu offers to the individual expression of creativity in material surroundings and concrete terms. Our possession or grasp of ‘the facts’ may be challenged by the reality picture, or we may discover the obstacles on our path to getting the word out, or to achieving educational or expansion goals.

The Vision and its translation into the three-dimensional world is vetted. We are able to see clearly how our energy dedication has affected our ability to bring dreams to reality. We’re offered a clear look at what we have wrought, and how well (or not) that serves our spiritual Vision, our creative need (because just being alive is energy that naturally generates creative expression of one kind or another), and those matters we declare sacred, and wish to honor through our efforts in this imperfect world. We can shape our forward momentum in any way we choose; recognizing our power and respecting our instincts is vital, though taking definitive action on what we realize might better wait until the 12th or after, when we are not so inclined to act contrary to our own better instincts or motives (that is, we may resent what we discover on first hearing/ realizing; a few days grace period will help us accept what we find) (Perfecting today: Pluto trine NN, Venus sxt Ceres, Mercury conjoins Sedna and opp Mars)

Here, everyone is a mouse. 日本語: 鼠草子絵巻 'The Mouse Story' Muromachi to Momoyama period (16th century)

Here, everyone is a mouse. 日本語: 鼠草子絵巻 ‘The Mouse Story’ Muromachi to Momoyama period (16th century)

Today’s word image is a mouse. If we’re thinking literally, the symbol may hint at some way we’re ‘infested’ with something pesky or damaging, something that nibbles away at our resources or our confidence. Or are we speaking of too much time on the computer (with the mouse)? Or are we in some way keeping ourselves too modest or plain (quiet as a mouse, country mouse) in comparison to what the situation calls for? Underplaying our hand can ring false to those who can handle (and who welcome) our energy; better to be true to ourselves than to shrink-to-fit a bland or unrewarding situation.

8 June 2016 Healing Is A Matter of Mind

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Writing it all down might help, too. Gerard ter Borch c1655 {{PD}}

Writing it all down might help, too. Gerard ter Borch c1655 {{PD}}

Matters ignored or denied reach out from the past and seem to block the way forward–and yet, we know what to do to heal the situation; at least, we will if we stop and think for a minute–so it becomes a matter of choice: will we keep problems intact, embracing them as part of our identity, continuing to look away, or will we look at the situation and plan or decide what to do? Healing is a matter of the mind; think it, and we can repair it–issues (or our feelings about them) that don’t heal through the mentality suggest our thinking about them is wrong in the first place. Smart money is on facing those hangovers from the past, doing what needs to be done, and then, with the way clear, making plans for what we want to do in future (SN sesq Black Moon Lilith/ NN semi-sq BML, Merc sxt Chiron)

Not quite what I saw yesterday, but close. Wilhelmstraße in Herne Jun. 2011 Photo by Frank Vincentz Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Not quite what I saw yesterday, but close. Wilhelmstraße in Herne
Jun. 2011 Photo by Frank Vincentz Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a sandwich board (a kind of folded sign) sitting on the sidewalk, with the word ‘Pluto’ handwritten on it, and an arrow pointing straight up. I saw this, and it made me smile. Were they trying to point at the place in the sky where Pluto might be found? Probably not. Were they confused about Pluto and Hades, his ferocious Doppelgänger, thinking they reign over Heaven, rather than Hell? Of course not–who could make that mistake? Although, when I thought about it, I concluded that the arrow pointing up may have spoken of one of two things: either we should be on the lookout for Plutonian figures making themselves known (coming up from the Underworld), or we should consider that, if we accept change as not just inevitable, but as desirable, Pluto may indeed signify its own kind of Heaven, offering constant transformation and renewal, and so perpetually generating and supporting Hope.

 

7 June 2016 In Partnership We Find Strength

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Egyptian Figures, 5th Dynasty, Photo by Andreas Praefcke {{PD}}

Egyptian Figures, 5th Dynasty, Photo by Andreas Praefcke {{PD}}

Empowerment becomes a matter of cooperation; it’s in finding partners, creating diplomatic avenues and ties, and forming alliances that we as individuals gain dominion over our own lives–at least, that’s the way it plays out today. It’s not easy, though, as we must balance relationship needs, our own needs and aims, and both the past and the direction we’re headed; we’re swimming in a stream and must be cognizant of the bank we walked on and the current that’s carrying us forward, as well as remain aware of those who are floating along, caught in the same current, with us, all with an eye of where we’re hoping downstream to clamber out of the water. This likely means psychic overload, as we try to maintain at least four points of focus simultaneously–and if we find ourselves trying to keep all factors afloat at once, that’s when a figurative drowning becomes the likely end result.

How to avoid disaster? Use cooperative relationships to weigh and measure options, and remember that partnering with others doesn’t mean giving up your autonomy or control, it simply means finding ways to do things that are beneficial for everyone concerned. It also means being willing to shoulder our own responsibilities; if we don’t or aren’t, we may find it hard to locate anyone willing to partner with us. Too, we are able to see precisely who we have become, and what that’s worth, as a result of our past experiences, and this offers us the chance to see exactly where we are going, if we change nothing in our projected Path. Today we’re offered a rare moment of perfect clarity that shows us the outcome generated by who we are right now–and if we’re not happy with this, we will be able to pinpoint exactly what must change, in order to take in hand, and alter, our future (Juno enters Libra, Sun-Venus form T-square with the Nodes)

Today’s word image is a cask of salted cod. This preservation method was so good that in centuries past barrels of fish were treated like currency. Re-visiting the existence of this ancient commodity may prompt us to ask ourselves: What asset have we been so busy preserving, conserving, saving, trading on, or using as collateral, that we have forgotten it originally had another use entirely–in the case of the cod, as food. Look in your own life for something saved, even hoarded, something with value to you, that you may have held onto for so long that you’ve failed to honor it by putting it to good use.

See previous posts for info on the Grand Cross.

6 June 2016 Double Up

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'Bees & Cardoon Flower' Photo By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Bees & Cardoon Flower’ Photo
By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

First, I have a word image for the 5th: two bees push each other inside a flower, eager for nectar and pollen. This may be internal–two parts of the Self, especially the psyche, in conflict over which gets your active attention, which is ‘fed’–or external–you compete with someone else over a finite supply of energy or sustenance. In either case, we must recognize that, though the Universal ‘supply’ is limitless, our personal one may have its boundaries, and this is especially so if we’re talking about personal supplies of energy or resources. Don’t be distracted by struggle–instead simply make a choice, and don’t impose on yourself a judgment (that is, guilt) for choosing as you do–it’s your right to spend your energy as you want.

Venus and the Sun finally perfect their meeting in Gemini today, the 6th, marking their Superior (that is, direct motion of Venus) Conjunction, a once-every-18-months event. This can be seen as the inception point of a new cycle of Venus in relation to the energy that drives all life–and so marks a gentle shift, in this case, in the way we think about (Gemini) Venusian subjects like relationships, Love, diplomacy, and Money. In 9 months Venus will once again retrograde (in Aries), and what we might notice at that point is the way our thinking has changed in the life areas signified by the House in the natal chart where the turnaround occurs–but I digress (or is that pro-gress?)

What we see and realize today is heightened through the excessive harmony the Sun and Venus enjoy; they double up, and we find our consciousness is in perfect agreement with our values and our thinking, so that we may feel extremely confident, emboldened to make adjustments to the power matrix or to institute change, to pursue ambitions and desires, and to deal with, probably obliquely, matters too long ignored or denied (and though it likely won’t be pleasant, dealing with these matters will be more than worthwhile) (Venus conjoins and is parallel the Sun, and both are quincunx Pluto, trine Zeus, and sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith)

In case you missed it, here’s the outlook for the New Moon of the 4th and remember, the Grand Cross (see previous posts) is still in effect all day today, the 6th.

From the B. O. T. A. Tarot

From the B. O. T. A. Tarot

Word image for the 6th is a black tower standing in a grassy field. This brings to mind the Tower card of the Tarot, a highly Plutonian image associated with catastrophic change outside the reach of the individual. What it may suggest is that, in the midst of the confidence and energy we are likely to enjoy today, we may be wise to remember we’re not in control of the Universe, but only ourselves, and that means things unforeseen can still occur; remaining aware of this possibility may only be wise.

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