Good Day To . . . 13 August 2020 Fire When Ready

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‘The Royal Yacht Squadron’s schooner Modwena dressed overall offshore’ By Antonio de Simonec1920 {{PD}}

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . vow not to make yourself a target. The inclination may be to try and inflict your Will on those in power; you know you’re right, and they should acknowledge that and change–your idea or methodology is simply better! Unfortunately, they just won’t see it that way, and since they hold the power . . . you could end up wearing a big ol’ bullseye, soon to be fired upon.

You may also find that the power to ‘fire when ready’ is yours, most particularly if ‘the facts’ are on your side. In any event, opportunities to change the distribution of power in your sphere will exist–in which case the question becomes, how do you hit your target, without becoming one yourself?

The answer is, you might not be able to–and that needs to be okay, for now. To continue this tiresome symbolism, keep your powder dry and wait for opportunities–because those will come sooner than you anticipate, and you need to be ready.

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

Good Day To . . . 12 August 2020 The Delicious Word

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‘Servant Returning from the Market (La Pourvoyeuse)’ By Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin 1738 {{PD}}

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . listen for the delicious word, look for the uplifting relationship, open your arms to the Love offered. Being open to either a supportive social circle or ‘the facts’ will stave off any destructive or deleterious energies, while keeping a firm eye on reality (and a good grip on the creative urge), and welcoming the spontaneous and original will make for surprising outcomes where everybody is enriched. To close off to the positive will only leave room for the expansion of the negative–so do your part, and be loved.

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

Good Day To . . . 11 August 2020 The Worry Bridge

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‘Ilmbrücke in Weimar’ By Christian Rohlfs 1892 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . stay calm and think carefully; here’s why: there are a couple of influences with the potential to be exceptionally confusing as we try to navigate them. The gist of it is that the mind will be too strongly affected by events of the past to reason as effectively as we actually need it to, and perceptions are ‘assaulted’, in a way, so that we suffer contradictory reasoning that may leave us frazzled in trying to sort through it. The best thing I think I can do is elaborate on the pair of influences; awareness of their existence is probably the most important thing in gaining an accurate perspective.

One involves discord created by health matters that appear to conflict with our desires, ambitions, and wants. It seems either our health precludes pursuing what we’d like to, or the steps we must take to preserve health appear to create barriers to getting what we want. Here’s my take: you can’t get and enjoy what you’d like to, can’t achieve, if you’re dead. That should make it clear that protecting the health must be the priority.

The other influence brings delusions, illusions, fantasies, and nebulous, haunting fears to bear on the health picture; if we are frightened that we don’t have an accurate picture of what’s healthy, what’s right, it’s likely to preoccupy us, draining our energy from pursuit of goals and dumping it into a bottomless pit of anxiety. Look at it this way: we do our best to stay healthy, and we worry about illness only when we actually begin to experience it. There’s no sense in worrying about something that hasn’t happened and may never happen. Do your best to act in the best health interests of yourself and others, and cross the ‘worry bridge’ only if and when you come to it.

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

Good Day To . . . 10 August 2020 Concentrated Feeling

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Scarlet skimmer at Keitakuen in Osaka, June, 2016.

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . be ready for a shock, surprise, accident, revelation. Events turn on the unexpected, what the group wants may clash with our ideas of how it should be, and we may be shook up by our own erratic, original, or subversive thoughts. The mind is unreliable, perceptions are tricky, and the senses may pull the rug out from under us–and the worst part may be that, try as we might to discern the facts or apply our beliefs, we find only marginal success. How to handle this? We should do as we do when signifier of the mental processes and perceptions, Mercury, goes retrograde: we concentrate on the feeling nature, on funneling perceptions so that emotional reactions become our language. The Taurus Moon will help ground us through material input, emphasizing comfort and the language of sensation, taste, smell, appetite; 11 AM-7 PM PDT the Moon will be in the vicinity of Uranus, surprising us through our surroundings and sensory experience, highlighting the availability of information through the feelings and intuition.

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Good Day To . . . 9 August 2020 Power Basket

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‘Girl Arranging Flowers’ By William McGregor Paxton 1921 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . not reject reality. Today our own actions and choices are likely to point out exactly how we may be disrespecting our own highest values, and how we may be pushed to act by those things we currently ignore or deny. We create a big mess if we refuse to see and deal with ‘what is’, but we can very successfully heal whatever we find if we 1) will take responsibility for those things that really are our responsibility (part of the reason we’ve repressed certain things is an unwillingness to admit what happens is up to us), and 2) cheerfully redistribute power. With that latter, you could do it begrudgingly, but that only perpetuates a sense that there’s not enough to go around; do it happily, and suddenly everyone’s ‘power basket’ is full.

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Good Day To . . . 8 August 2020 Darwinism In Action

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Respect the right authority in the right arena. By Meister der Heiligen Sippe der Ältere – Photo By Jebulon 23 October 2013 {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32706287

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . not listen to some social group or clique that wants to share ‘facts’ that are a distinct danger to your health. Under current conditions that likely applies to anyone who thinks they know better than the world’s epidemiologists. Though our knowledge of Covid-19 is growing and so changing every day, there are some solid established facts that those who are always looking for conspiracies (or looking to make a name for themselves), those who barely passed high school science but who now ‘just know’ how we should conduct ourselves, and those who earned their medical degrees on Facebook, will try to persuade you aren’t valid. You may be told that if you are spiritually and/ or biologically healthy you have nothing to fear, or that if you’re young it won’t be worse than the common cold (part of why this virus can be so deadly is that this is new to our immune systems–on an individual basis they may not be equipped to respond adequately), or that this is just Nature’s way of sorting us out–and with that last, I actually agree: survival of the fittest includes decimating populations who aren’t smart enough to respect the science of the virus, to learn, adapt, and so survive. Wear a mask over nose and mouth, social distance, wash your hands, do your part–when it comes to science, your beliefs don’t matter–and doing what’s suggested will, at the very least, show you care for and respect your fellow human beings.

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

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Good Day To . . . 7 August 2020 Unmoored

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‘Evans Bay’ By James M. Nairn 1893 {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . make the distinction among what we know to be true, what we simply think is true, what we believe, and what we’ve been told and accepted without proof. Sort through this, and a powerful creative impulse is at your disposal–but first you’ll have to deal with a sense of being unmoored, of having to turn over every stone in order to align inner knowing with outer verification, and all of it subject to measurement against our highest values. By the end of the day the mind should be clear, perceptions more accurate, and the Truth much easier to see.

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

Good Day To . . . 6 August 2020 Insinuations

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‘Paul Guillaume, Novo Pilota’ By Amedeo Modigliani 1915 {{PD}}

The 6th Is A Good Day To . . . not allow pressure or insinuations from others to dissuade you of the importance of maintaining your highest values and honoring your commitments. You may be tempted to behave in ways that are both uncharacteristic and unwise, all in the name of keeping the peace or at least dodging criticism. You’ve handled a lot worse lately, sometimes brilliantly–there’s no reason to fold under this weak sh*t now.

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

Good Day To . . . 5 August 2020 I’m Opposed!

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You may bend yourself all out of shape today if you let your temper get the best of you. Photo By Rudolf Koppitz 1925 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . take it really easy. You may feel like shouting every time something happens, “I’m opposed to that!” and your reaction may have nothing to do with actual circumstances. It seems we resist our own values and the obligations we’ve willingly taken on, seeing them as ball-and-chain attachments rather than as positively grounding elements of a balanced landscape; we get aggressive over or even toward our own ambitions and desires, assessing others’ comments as criticism and our own criticism of what we want but haven’t achieved as a complete injustice; and we ponder the costs of the past, all those ways we’ve ‘paid’ for less-than-satisfactory circumstances, that leaves us wishing we had made better ‘investments’ of time and energy.

How do we handle this deep, inner current of anger and dissatisfaction? We must focus our energy and attention on one of three things: 1) health, 2) Nature–get out in it, and 3) on those life areas where we hold personal authority, especially those areas where we are responsible for and to others. Hold in your mind the ideal You as you would like to see yourself in these roles and performing these functions; you also might look to someone you admire, and model your attitude on them. This isn’t a fix-all so much as giving you something important to focus on, that both helps you cut through the veil of anger and discontent, and that will at least in some small way help you re-align priorities and feelings.

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Good Day To . . . 4 August 2020 Out In The Open

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‘Central Park’ By George Wesley Bellows 1905 {{PD}}

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The 4th Is A Good Day To . . . get it all out in the open. We are likely to feel resistant to facts and engage in unrealistic thinking, but if we can just do three things we can navigate these influences very effectively: 1) be willing to re-assess those things and people we love (or perhaps more accurately, those things and people we think we love). If we’ve been telling ourselves a story that isn’t true, now’s the time to find out; and if we’re saying we love something because we think it sends a certain message about who we are, then that’s not love, it’s branding. 2) don’t focus on the negatives of the past; at this time we’re prone to exaggerate them, when what we really need is to change the narrative we tell ourselves about what was. 3) be willing to see reality, warts and all, and then to accept it and follow our inner voice, which has the wisdom to handle it. And one more hint: the power position is not the position to be seeking at this time; that will come quite naturally with addressing the other life components that are interfering with interpreting and responding to reality accurately.

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

Full Moon in Aquarius 3 August 2020 Movin’ On Up

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S103-E-5037 (21 December 1999)— Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery recorded this rarely seen phenomenon of the full Moon partially obscured by the atmosphere of Earth. The image was recorded with an electronic still camera at 15:15:15 GMT, Dec. 21, 1999 NASA – http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-103/html/s103e5037.html {{PD}}

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The Full Moon perfects at 8:58 AM PDT on the 3rd at 11 Aquarius 45, loosely sextile Chiron and catching Ceres (which Saturn also happens to parallel) at the midpoint, square Uranus, and sesquiquadrate Venus in Gemini. A Full Moon in Aquarius brings culmination, conclusion, a finish or ending, and so at least to some extent understanding, as Higher Mind either orchestrates and delivers the realizations that come with ‘lessons’ or delivers innovative, inventive, or original ‘answers’, sometimes to questions we didn’t even know we had, and sometimes via surprises, accidents, or serendipities!

Contacts this time suggest healing through accepting some facet of our own authority–this is, in essence, the response we must give when the difficult Uranian situation occurs, and this situation in turn likely springs from the difficult Venusian one, centered in relationships, finances, or values. With Aquarius, Aries, and Gemini involved talk, especially assertions stating ‘I Am’ or ‘I Know’, comes to the fore, though the Uranian element of the equation sits firmly in Taurus, telling us that something physical may spark speeches, declarations, and attempts to define the Self and persuade others of the legitimacy of the designation.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘On A Vast Staircase Stand People Of Different Types, Graduated Upward’. Does this imply some sort of human hierarchy or Karmic ‘ranking’, does it represent different points of development or evolution for the individual, or does it simply illustrate how we’re all at a slightly different ‘place’ on the same ‘staircase’? When we weigh the aspects made by this Full Moon with this symbol, it may be that part of what we come to understand with FM events is that everyone has a slightly different perspective, depending on their spot on life’s staircase; that would suggest that the sense of understanding one person gets may be other than what someone at a different point, and so having a different perspective, concludes. This might warn us not to judge others using our own perspective; our conclusion is valid for us, for the position we hold, but may not be valid for anyone else.

‘Night Fete, International Fisheries Exhibition 1883 London, England’ By Frederick Whymper {{PD}}

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian for a Full Moon: ‘An Evening Party Of Adults On A Lawn Illumined By Fancy Lanterns’. The social circle we move in as individuals is illuminated by the glow of maturity (this is an adult party), and this again emphasizes, when combined with the Full Moon’s Sabian, that different perspectives depend on our personal viewpoint–or said another way, birds of a feather flock together. Our conclusion might be that there are good reasons for us to be where we are in life; acknowledging that our experiences are tailor-made for what we need to discover, learn, experience goes a long way toward seeing that accepting our circumstances is the first step in learning from them, and then moving on to an even more desirable situation. The Aquarius Full Moon delivers a chance to move up a step or two as we gain understanding; sticking to our misconceptions, refusing to learn, is literally the only thing standing in our way.

Good Day To . . . 2 August 2020 No Regrets

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Édith Piaf regrets nothing–so live so that you don’t have regrets, too. By Remirus – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48598628

The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . review the past for all those times we didn’t listen to our instincts, and try to apply what you learned then to a current situation where you’re being presented with a false choice: it seems that if you do the right thing, you’ll lose a particular power position. This is false, an ‘argument’ advanced by the ego to try to keep you from doing the wise or practical thing, rather than the ego-indulgent one. It may seem dangerous to see yourself as the authority in this situation, but it’s not taking the reins that brings things crashing down. Trust yourself and your integrity–if you make choices that allow you to look yourself in the mirror without flinching, then you’ll regret nothing, and you’ll have done the right thing.

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

Good Day To . . . 1 August 2020 Clash of the Titans

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‘Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado’ Photo By William Henry Jackson c1874 {{PD}}

The 1st Is A Good Day To . . . do our best to stay out of an ego war between two individuals or entities who are impervious to input–so they don’t learn, just continue to butt heads–and further, we should strive not to be one of these parties ourselves. Just being in this atmosphere can drive thoughts to the dark side and make us unduly pessimistic. Our armor comes in two forms: one is in having the Self-possession and poise to deal with what we’ve been avoiding–it loses its negative pull when dragged out into the light and faced–and we should allow actions and choices to be informed by that still, small voice within. We know more than we think we do–it’s time to trust ourselves to respond appropriately–but this only works if we are truly honest with ourselves. Refuse to see reality, and judgement quite naturally and understandably will take a wrong turn. Use a lifeline and phone a friend if you’re really unsure.

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Good Day To . . . 30-31 July 2020 Realignment

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Sheep (race Red Head Manech) at Zuhalmendi. Ascain, Basque Country, France. Photo By Basotxerri 2018 CC BY-SA 4.0 File:Ascain – Oveja -BT- 02.jpg

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . question why it is today that we seem to be insisting on doing the thing that’s bad for us. We’ve got some odd ideas, maybe even delusions, about what fulfilling ambitions and desires might mean, we seem to be courting contrary opinions and looking for difficult social interactions, facts mean (almost) nothing, as far as we’re concerned, and we may push without thinking in relationships and over assets even though we know it’s not wise to! What gives? It’s simple, really: our imaginations have gotten the better of us; we’ve been fantasizing and then responding as if those fantasies (many of which are on the angry or paranoid side of things) are real–and they’re not. Realign thinking by concentrating on the practical and the ideal. Be satisfied for now with taking a step back–and know that it’s a well-deserved break, with circumstances that will bring significant healing tomorrow, the 31st–which also happens to be a day when our attention is on the current trajectory of our life direction. We’ll find some especially clever and innovative ways of getting ourselves where we want to go–so plan on big steps tomorrow, and just sit back and stay out of trouble today.

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Let’s Discuss: Natal Moon Square the Ascendant

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The natal Moon in contact with the natal Ascendant can feel very much as if the individual is constantly interacting with and displaying the emotional nature.’Reaching for the Moon’ By Edward Mason Eggleston 1933 {{PD}}

The 29th is a day when no new aspects perfect, so maybe we should take some time to look at one of those topics I previously asked readers to submit.

“Thank you for your offer. If you choose so, I’d like to hear about my Moon square Asc aspect (birth data redacted for privacy). For the last few years, I’ve been trying to align questions about responsibilities (work, family, relationships, community) with what I consider my free will, independence, identity (I work in artistic field). Maybe it’s a never-ending process. Wish I could feel more decisive/confident with my choices/path.”

I can tell you with confidence that reconciling a natal square is a never-ending process; no matter how well we do at resolving the conflict and expressing the energies, we can always lift the expression of those energies to ever-higher forms–and that translates to a life-long fine-tuning process. So, the individual describes a pull between the Will and identity and those larger responsibilities that involve others–and the first thing we see in the chart is that the Moon rules the 4th of family of origin, which immediately emphasizes the perhaps perpetual conflict between the individual emotional experience and familial expectations. The personality of the individual, and the way that individual interacts with the world, is in some way at odds with the role or expectations within the family, in conflict with the concept of ‘home’ as they understand it, and/ or in basic discord with one or both parental figures. Ironically, though, the Moon is in the Capricorn 10th, suggesting that duty and a close link to one or both parents is actually what makes this Moon comfortable–so it may be that phrasing this square as an identity vs. obligations challenge is a bit of a distraction, at least in terms of emotional expression–it may really be that it’s the manner of reaching out to the world (the Ascendant) that makes this person emotionally uncomfortable.

What we see with the 10th House Moon ruling the 4th House suggests a kind of ‘tag team’ of authority and nurture from the parents, with the individual’s Moon in Capricorn in the 10th ruling the 4th, and Ceres, mother and authority, posited in the 4th in Cancer. These parents work together, and may see imposing rules and boundaries, expectations and goals, as a form of nurture–and a Capricorn Moon clearly sees it that way, too.

But the Ascendant, the way the individual interacts with and presents the Self to the world on first meeting, the persona and personality, is keyed to the energies of Aries–and that’s an energy that says, ‘I can do it myself, I want to do it my way, follow me!’ The Ascendant, in fact, is apex to a Finger of God with a base of Neptune, an almost Cazimi Sun-Mercury, and Venus, all in Scorpio in the 8th, and Uranus in Virgo in the 6th (and we note a close-but-no-cigar Finger combo of Mars and Pluto in Virgo, just outside comfortable quincunx range). This may be why it feels as if the emotions aren’t being served: an enormous amount of creative, identity/ Soul, communication, and relationship energy is interacting with the most original and unique impulses and then funneled out to the world through the personality, with the base placements in 6th and 8th suggesting a reliance on input/ feedback/ cooperation and understanding from others, especially through the course of work and discharge of duties–this individual can’t express things they find meaningful without others–and the individual feels they must be at the head of the line, leading, guiding, doing (Aries apex)–and yet we must remember that the outlet of the Ascendant carries a fundamental discord with the emotional nature via the square, which we might sum up as ‘duty (to parents, career, or convention-Capricorn, on which the feelings depend for a sense of well-being) vs. ‘a need to trail-blaze, express the individual Will, to have one’s say and way as an outlet to so many of the basic energies, including the Soul’s reasons for being here (Sun in aspect to the Aries Ascendant).

Add to this that the Capricorn Moon, which naturally aspects all that the Ascendant aspects, also happens to lie at the rough midpoint of the Sun grouping and the 12th House Chiron-Saturn-Black Moon Lilith in Pisces–which does not aspect the Ascendant. What! What? And now we see/ feel what is pestering the feeling nature that is on its own essentially at ease with the Soul/ communication/ love and creative nature and with the Uranian need for original expression, and with the Martian-Plutonian need to act and feel of consequence within the world. What the Moon is not at ease with is the way all these energies are expressed through the Ascendant–that’s where the conflict lies.

Too, that Uranus-Mars-Pluto grouping, such a dynamic and urgent mixture, requiring action, spontaneity, and a certain amount of power, directly conflicts (opposition) with Chiron-Saturn-Black Moon Lilith. It may be that action, especially spontaneous or unusual action, or action that seeks to create power and impact for the Self, stirs unconscious (12th) anger, resentment, and guilt–and so creates a feedback loop that hides the hurt, even as the emotional nature is highly aware of it (Saturn ruling the Moon)–and these angers and hurts are possibly brought into real-world circumstances periodically, as the unconscious ‘reaches out’ and orchestrates physical reality (Saturn).

The Moon contact to Chiron-Saturn-Black Moon Lilith implies that what’s really, really hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrages has also wounded, and the individual senses this (12th House) through the Moon’s emotional and intuitive faculties. Saturn of this grouping rules the Moon–and though the Soul’s expression is muy simpatico with what’s hurt and hidden (Sun group trine Saturn group), as is the feeling nature (Moon), we see the personality, the part that wants to meet the world head-on, the Martian-ruled Ascendant and the ‘I Am’ energies of Mars-Pluto and respect for uniqueness that is Uranus, is not simpatico.

The conflict, then, is a knotty one, and not easily (or possibly ever) resolvable. There are several things you might try to help make the energies more at ease with one another, with a focus on honoring the choices and career path, which you mention not having as much confidence in as you’d like. First, know that the emotions and emotional feedback will, for you, be much more reliable an indicator of right choice and right career than anything else. You are definitely meant to express your creative nature, to emphasize what you see of beauty and worth; your feelings will also be an excellent guide in responding to responsibilities and obligations, especially those involving the family. Most of your Water placements are in ‘soft’ aspect to the Earth Moon, and they find a great deal of emotional sustenance and nurture through real-world expression of what the emotions and the Soul both need and perceive.

It’s the ego or individual Will that cooks up problems; despite the way Mars-Pluto has found to cooperate with the Soul, it takes constant adjustments (the quincunxes of the Finger) for the creative, Soul, emotional, and action energies to express through the Arian personality–and that automatically means that the Martian ‘doing’ energies and the sheer Will have too big a say in choices and actions. The ego-power-individuality is also ‘against’ conscious awareness of hurt, vulnerabilities, and deep anger, especially when they’re observed in the real world–and that kind of denial can cripple creativity and relationships, as the ego insists on not looking at the negative, on powering through. So, honor the feeling nature more, and give it more trust–it’s best placed to handle, negotiate among, and facilitate the other charts energies, and can guide you in a much more perceptive way than the Will or ego can do.

I hope this helps, dear Seeker! Back to ‘Good Day To . . . ‘ tomorrow!

And, in case you missed the first installment

Good Day To . . . 28 July 2020 Roiled

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By Antoni Karwowski – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9478921

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . refuse to act out of fear, to overreact to pressures from the social sphere, or to succumb to what’s unwise or impractical. What you’ve hidden from others may come out; that’s just a fact. All you can do is remain calm and know that what’s mustered against you at this time is of your own making. No blame here, just a reminder that not ignoring or being in denial of reality is always the best way to go. For those who don’t keep a full closet, the day may pass with very little kerfuffle, with the Scorpio Moon filling in a loose Water Grand Trine with Neptune and first Mercury and then Vesta, suggesting emotions and minds roiled by secrets, deceptions, and what we didn’t know before, but potentially stabilized by being very clear on our highest values, by what really matters to us.

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A Good Day To . . . 27 July 2020 Spontaneous Soul

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‘Celebration of Earth, Air, Fire and Water’ By William Johnstone 1974 GMA 1313 – National Galleries of Scotland {{PD}}

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . tap in to your spontaneity. It’s a time to celebrate your own uniqueness, to embrace what’s surprising or unusual, to trot out your own most original ideas and qualities, and the result will likely be some stunning opportunity, some worthy creative mojo, and the ability to fine-tune change while honoring all you revere. Beware of: being mislead, particularly by any ‘lens’ you may place over relationships, financial or social situations, or in relation to who you are at core; also consider that thinking and action are fundamentally at odds, which could mean our best course is to act only on those original or creative impulses that we’ve already kicked around for awhile. Action can (and should) carry the spontaneous impetus of ‘in the moment’, but should also reflect some concept, function, or role that truly reflects the Soul.

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 July 2020 Two Avenues

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‘View from the Hohe Warte towards Heiligenstadt’ By Carl Moll c1900 {{PD}}

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . take a ‘two-avenues’ approach to things, as both are worth traveling: one, think healthy–strive for balance, purity, honesty–and two, open your arms to the relationships and the profits that can come to you from pursuing your goals. Now you’ll notice, you can’t be in a relationship alone (insert your own marriage joke here), and profits have to come from somewhere–so not just being open, but reaching out and showing what you can do, and where you want to go, are what it takes to attract what for at least some of us will turn out to be a surprising level of support.

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

Good Day To . . . 25 July 2020 Be Wise

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‘Be Wise’ is like ‘Be Best’, but better. By The White House from Washington, DC – Be Best Bowling with First Lady Melania Trump, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=78800522

The 25th Is A Good Day To . . . do what’s smart or practical, and leave power plays for another day. There’s inner turmoil, a disconnect between the mentality and our ideas of what we can and can’t do, of how far we can reach, and how capable or outfitted to handle circumstances we truly are–so stick to what you know to be wise, and let all the rest go, just for today.

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Good Day To . . . 24 July 2020 That Dog Won’t Hunt

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‘Diana the Huntress’ By Gaston Casimir Saint-Pierre latter half of the 19th century {{PD}}

The 24th Is A Good Day To . . . apply a standard of Love to everywhere you want to exercise power, and then be willing to modify your own procedures if they don’t meet the ‘Loving Test’: is it kind? is it loving? does it avoid creating harm? If all the answers are ‘Yes’, you can go forward and power-express your heart out. One caution: instinct can’t substitute for careful thought or that Love test, so don’t use that as an excuse–that dog won’t hunt, and you’ll end up wasting some perfectly good forward-moving energy.

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Good Day To . . . 23 July 2020 Look In The Shadows

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The 23rd Is A Good Day To . . . look at what’s hidden away in shadow, what’s been pushed out of sight, what’s been buried with a half-conscious desire to forget, look at the way what we didn’t want to think about offers us a formidable action plan that fulfills at least one very large ambition or desire. It’s no time to be squeamish. Hint for effectiveness: don’t worry about gaining new power, worry about using the power you’ve already got, so that it doesn’t stop responding to your mojo and accrue to someone else.

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Good Day To . . . 22 July 2020 Get Sparked

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The 22nd Is A Good Day To . . . look around. The real world circumstances that surround us are showing us, no holds barred, the exact contents of those hidden or denied parts of the psyche that live in our ‘blind spot’ or that fuel our instincts (Saturn trine Sedna). A few things that help us be productive with this: The Sun enters Leo, aiding focus on the Self (don’t be distracted by the blame game, no matter how deserving that other party is!); make a concerted effort to sort thoughts from actual circumstances, and the social influence from our actual highest values (Jupiter opp and contraparallel Vesta, Mercury contraparallel Saturn); and allow room for spontaneity, as that’s how inspiration gets in and originality gets sparked (Merc sxt Uranus).

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Good Day To . . . 21 July 2020 Imagine Greater

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Energy Arc, central electrode of a Plasma Lamp. Photo By PiccoloNamek CC BY-SA 3.0

The 21st Is A Good Day To . . . imagine greater. We’ve just had a Sun opposition to Saturn and sextile Sedna, with Saturn contraparallel Pallas, which only served to bring reality into a too-sharp focus that allowed no room for dreaming and plenty of room to see how stupid we’ve been or to re-live or re-enact regrets, all spurred by those fears we’ve hidden even from ourselves (a knotty little mess of Mars, Mercury, Pallas, Sedna, Chiron). How to remedy this? We stop undermining ourselves (especially in the health department), to align thinking precisely with our own abundant inner wisdom, and to stop reacting out of fear of being hurt–and then we celebrate (that is, take full advantage of) the Neptune trine to Vesta, which allows us to apply all our creative energy, idealism, and imagination to those areas of life we revere, find sacred, or want to honor through active support and exploitation. A simple formula, but if followed can take you light-years ahead of where you are right now.

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New Moon 20 July 2020 Past As Prologue

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By Édouard Manet Probably c1860s {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 10:31 AM PDT at 28 Cancer 26, sesquiquadrate Ceres, opposed Saturn which is closely conjoined the Earth, and forming the base to a Finger of God by sextile to Sedna in Taurus with an apex of the South Node in Sagittarius. We’re offered a fresh emotional slate with this event, but the question is, is it a clean emotional slate? That is, is the viewpoint and agenda devoid of baggage, free of old aversions and biases, and so truly based in what we care about at this moment, at this point in time?

Well, we’re human, so gaining such a blank, unburdened emotional outlook as adults is unlikely. Instead, we are probably going to discover we care about one or more ‘new’ things or areas in life related to matters of the natal House that contains Cancer or that holds the natal Moon. What we care about, though, will be inextricably linked to the actual current reality picture and material situation (probably as it relates to those natal Cancer/ Moon placements). With the involvement of both Ceres and the Moon, the theme of mother or nurturing will likely be prominent, specifically through a lens of the kinds of power that accrue to someone who carries responsibilities, or who becomes responsible for someone or something else. Our interest may arise from or show us the difficulty of our own or someone in authority’s power position, and out of this, triggered by this Moon event, we’ll see our own instinctual responses and/ or our ‘blind spot’ material brought forward in such a way that we create a version of the past.

Often when we see something referring to the past being re-created in the present, we’re inclined to freak out. We don’t want to go ‘backward’, or at least don’t want to move toward something we think is regressive. This time, though, there’s no need. The past in this instance refers to something learned from experience, something that spurred the widening of our world or our viewpoint, that introduced us to something ‘foreign’ but exciting and expansive, something that helped us reach out and become a part of the wider world. The experience we had then can inform the experience we have now, and that’s a good thing, a refresher directly from the Universe that shows us how we’ve grown, and re-asserts the means by which we did–and in the process challenges us now to use a similar experience or method to foster growth once again.

The Temple of Zeus at Cuma. Photo By Bobbylamouche at French Wikipedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1643589

The Sabian for this Moon event features an odd cross between Libran and Gemini-themed symbology: ‘A Greek Muse Weighing Newborn Twins In Golden Scales’. What do those astro symbols relate back to? The Air element, Gemini the twins and Libra the scales, which is essentially missing from the active Cardinal energies of the current sky in the form of a relatively empty Libra. Major energies fill the other Cardinal signs, but Libra holds only Juno and Zeus–and though Juno is precisely opposed Mars in his own sign of Aries, formidable as she is, the Queen of Olympus is no match for the Warrior, at least as they represent major energies within the psychic pantheon for the individual. The Mars-Juno match-up shows us how our Will, Self-interest, choices, and actions (Mars in Aries) have put us into specific empowerment venues and roles, ones that involve cooperation or aesthetics (Juno in Libra), but these aren’t integrated into the New Moon picture, leaving the energies to ‘dangle’ without potential for resolution.

Too, the fact that those scales are described as “Golden” implies a certain purity or high value–that is, what’s missing is as important as what’s present and active, in reading this image.

There is also the matter of ‘A Greek Muse’. I’m inclined to see that in this instance (in the New Moon snapshot of the sky) as pointing us toward Libra once again–in this case, toward the only body I’m currently using that carries a Greek, as opposed to Roman, name: Zeus, which sits at 19 Libra 58, closely opposed the Black Moon Lilith point in Aries and square the midpoint and each of Pallas-Jupiter in Capricorn, and also square Vesta in Cancer–creating a completed Cardinal Cross (as opposed to the Cardinal opposition formed by the New Moon-Sun opposite Earth-Saturn).

The Cardinal opposition emphasized the material/ physical experience, especially the barriers we face or the issues that limit us (Earth-Saturn) that will be illuminated/ triggered/ will generate new attitudes of caring, nurture, and concern (NM in Cancer). The factor of Time (Saturn), and what we’ve learned in the past or from its passage, is also vital to the equation.

The Sabian, then, may provide information that the initial aspect picture only hinted at. A Cardinal Cross is an action plan, a dynamic roadmap of what is in play–and knowing what’s in play automatically offers us answers about how to handle it. Our ambition and desire picture, particularly as it’s expressed through cooperative arrangements, partnerships, and the Arts (Zeus in Libra) is triggered by the friction provided by all that we’ve ignored, denied, or that has enraged us about ourselves (Black Moon Lilith in Aries), and this in turn prompts application of our highest standards and values, an assessment of and re-affirmation of our commitments and what we honor (Vesta in Cancer), and what comes from this tension are smart and practical opportunities to make solid, concrete responses (Pallas-Jupiter in Capricorn) to the issues before us.

The New Moon picture turns out, after careful consideration, to be much more personal, and much more focused on the individual initiative and perceptions, than it seemed at first glance. The action, then, is largely on the inside, though certainly, how we feel (Cancer) about our surroundings and material circumstances (Earth-Saturn) and the ways they restrict, hedge us in, help us build, or restrain us (Capricorn) will be the trigger for it all.

A Good Day To . . . 19 July 2020 Aim With Care

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‘The Archer’ By Max Nonnenbruch {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . to aim very carefully, to know what’s your purview and what isn’t, and to hunt and assert only within your own territory. Today fortune not only doesn’t favor the bold, it will smite the sloppy–so proceed toward any target with consummate care, cognizant of clear boundaries, and absolutely no desire to pick a fight–because if you do get aggressive, the whole thing, whatever that may be, could go down in flames. Even cooperative efforts could bruise us badly. Remember, it’s Dark of the Moon right now–pushing and fretting should be avoided–if possible, retreat and reflection will not only feel the best, they have a good chance of offering a slice of enlightenment.

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A Good Day To . . . 18 July 2020 Short Cut

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Silek lanyah, traditional martial arts of the Minangkabau people in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Silek lanyah is always performed in a muddy paddy field. Photo By Dody Guci CC BY-SA 4.0

The 18th Is A Good Day To . . . know that Self-assertion centered in a confident and accurate picture of who we are will be highly effective–but assertion that ignores barriers or reality itself, that grabs for power, that skips over inconvenient facts, and that is not based in kindness, will burn us down through our own poor choices. That could make it sound like this is a hide-under-the-covers day, but it’s not; all we have to do to avoid disaster is to refuse to try what we think is a short-cut in the handling of any situation. We may be tempted to cut corners today in an area we haven’t mastered, or aren’t that familiar with–but if we know our strengths and weaknesses, we also know where short-cuts just won’t work–so really, this is about our ability to be honest with ourselves about what we know and what we can do.

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A Good Day To . . . 17 July 2020 Partial Integrity

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‘On the Balcony’ By John William Godward 1911 {{PD}}

The 17th Is A Good Day To . . . look at why it appears what we see as wise or practical doesn’t seem to serve ambition fulfillment. We want what we want, possibly quite intensely, and we make the assumption that doing smart things, things that are ‘safe’ and that are well-considered and low risk, should bring us what we desire–but not today. We reach for something, and it moves farther away! That’s because we are acting in only partial integrity–upright and honest as far as it goes, but conveniently leaving out some things we’d rather ignore or deny–and it’s only in facing those that we have a chance in hell at grabbing the brass ring. Acknowledge what is, warts and all, and you’ll be able to move forward very effectively, as the wisdom we’re calling on for guidance will then be truly wise, and truly complete.

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A Good Day To . . . 16 July 2020 Schadenfreude

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‘Under the Shade of a Tree’ By Kuroda Seiki 1898 {{PD}}

The 16th Is A Good Day To . . . note that there’s not only no rest for the wicked, there’s no rest for anyone else, either! It may seem like dark forces are out to get us, but the reality is what we’re experiencing is awareness of every single place in our lives where love is missing. If we try to wield power, exercise authority, make things go our way, dig deep or research, try to make changes, or act with an eye on the future, we see at each step of the way how and where we’re failing to bring a loving attitude, to meet circumstances with our ‘Best Self’, where we are polluting our own lives with anger, bitterness, vengeful or resentful thoughts, or just a general desire to experience Schadenfreude.

Though it may feel like the Universe rebuking us, it’s really about seeing that we can’t tell ourselves that we’re loving Beings if we’re busy harboring resentments or wishing for someone else’s failure. Today’s about Self-awareness, and offers us the chance to repair those particular situations or relationships, to make positive change to our own part in things, so that we don’t in future regret our choices.

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A Good Day To . . . 15 July 2020 Down the Rabbit Hole

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‘The White Rabbit’ By John Tenniel 1890 {{PD}}

The 15th Is A Good Day To . . . scramble down into the depths–you heard me, look right into the abyss, shine your light in, unafraid, right down into the dank, tarry tonsils of the monster–because that’s where the power and/ or the circumstances of empowerment lie (Sun opposed Pluto).

The part that you might not realize right off, that might keep you from ever even examining this shadow, is that there are no surprises in there, nothing we don’t already know about, nothing we can’t handle. The reality is that what we’ll be looking at are all things we shoved into that shadowy area in the first place–and those are the very things that offer agency and autonomy by resolving them (Juno parallel Black Moon Lilith).

It may feel a bit like plunging down the rabbit hole, but the Moon in Taurus says indulging in a little material comfort can make the trip a whole lot easier, and we should take advantage of this right now as our vision is all that much more acclimated to seeing in the waning light as we’re on the approach to a New Moon, slated for early on the 20th PDT.

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A Good Day To . . . 14 July 2020 Striking Flint

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Yeah, today might feel a little like this. By De Vuurmeesters – De Vuurmeesters website/ eigen fotomateriaal, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47013433

The 14th Is A Good Day To . . . wonder why the heck everybody’s so angry, touchy, out-of-sorts, aggressive, ‘me first’, or just plain mean. Mars meets Chiron in Aries, and it’s like striking flint against metal: injuries around our sense of agency, autonomy, Self, of having ‘enough’, of being able to act, to see our Will shape matters, comes starkly forward, sparking against our personal wounds, our hurts around those same issues of agency and personal significance, and perhaps most notably, interacting with those ways in which our most unique skills haven’t been recognized by others.

It hurts, and unfortunately our attention is directed toward all the ways we’ve missed opportunities or been unsupported by the social arena (Sun opposed Jupiter). Everyone, ourselves included, may be prickly, and that kind of atmosphere suggests we might leave confrontations, requests, and demands for another day, that we might want to cut everyone a lot of slack and ignore outbursts, angry words, and abrupt, anger-fueled actions–and yet, be aware of what’s setting each individual off; knowing the sore spots that we and those around us may hide or smooth over in less tense times shows us the very places where we might want to apply remedies so that we can take such sensitivities out of the life equation all together. So, a day for reading the signals, retreating, and working out effective ways to address healing.

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A Good Day To . . . 13 July 2020 The Imaginative Impulse

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By Renilson Alves de Alcântara – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81066430

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . notice a shift from yesterday: where just a day ago you were urged to imagine and plan but to remain smart (and largely static) in implementing those plans, today you can go full-speed-ahead with creative energy, as values empower and the imaginative impulse is working in tandem with inner wisdom and brings a sense of practicality that aids creative work of all kinds. Relationships aid efforts and may hold the key needed to accomplish, while what can be fills the vision and inspires. All in all, a day when we can set big things in motion, and take great leaps forward.

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A Good Day To . . . 12 July 2020 Dare to Be Wise

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Man with a full back tattoo, ‘Michael and the Dragon’, adapted from Die Bibel in Bildern (Revelation) engraving. Enlightenment motto “Sapere aude” is tattooed in the upper back, meaning ‘Dare to know’ or ‘Dare to be wise’. Tatoo: Anton Ivkin, Photograph: Alexander Kuzovlev CC BY-SA 4.0

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . make important plans, and to get very clear on what you want. Mercury goes direct in Cancer, and the Sun trines Neptune, freeing the mind so that suddenly it all falls into place. By ‘all’ I mean what you care about, and with the Sun’s spotlight on our ideals, our dreams, and our creative goals, we’ll be able to picture exactly where we want to go, and probably how to get there, as well. But, there are a couple of cautions: don’t share with the social order–they won’t offer support; the facts may not seem to support your aims right now, but don’t worry, they will eventually; and don’t think that somehow what we might refer to as ‘The Laws of Wisdom’ are suspended at this point–what you know to be wise or smart still needs to be taken into consideration with your planning and prepping. But otherwise, dream, love, create, and visualize away!

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A Good Day To . . . 11 July 2020 Identity Indigestion

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‘Studio Lunch’ By Henry Siddons Mowbray c1900 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . go with what pays off, rewards, nurtures, or provides, and let everything else go, for now. Pursuing ambitions only creates conflict, and desire fulfillment brings a kind of identity indigestion–what we’re hungry for doesn’t necessarily fit the Soul’s longings–so going after goals just doesn’t agree with us, one way or another. It’s an unusual approach, but counting your assets, Love, and blessings, and responding to the original, the accident, the spontaneous all contribute to well-being and prosperity, often in ways we couldn’t otherwise have consciously arranged. Set aside the push forward and the attempt to manipulate or control situations, and then fix attention on all the positives, and watch them multiply.

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A Good Day To . . . 10 July 2020 A Marvelous Orchestration

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By М. Курушин – …И звезда с звездою говорит / Сост. [[w:ru:Баньковский, Лев Владимирович|Л. Баньковский]], Художник М. Курушин — Пермь: Кн. изд-во, 1986. — 202 с., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71341998

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . be a bit astonished at how effortlessly on-track we are. Healing happens, love and reward permeate awareness, and health in the largest sense forms our future. It’s a day to marvel at the orchestration of the Universe, and to sit back and follow its lead.

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A Good Day To . . . 9 July 2020 The Sticking-Place

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‘Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth’ By John Singer Sargent 1889 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . use our instincts to root around in the depths of those issues we’ve avoided or denied, as examining what’s been neglected or rejected generates a kind of brilliant alchemy that offers insight we never suspected we had. It takes deliberate effort to gather benefits today, as the overall atmosphere is conflict-ridden and potentially injurious, especially to health, relationships, and finances; it can also affect the power balance–and that’s only sometimes for the good. It just so happens that all the reward is hidden within all that we’ve been ignoring or denying; screw your courage to the sticking-place, and have at it.

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A Good Day To . . . 8 July 2020 Icebergs and Innovation

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‘The Iceberg’ By Frederic Edwin Church 1875 {{PD}}

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . surprise yourself with your own understanding, knowledge, abilities, or insight, particularly as you express it through channels of empowerment and responsibility. In this last day before Mercury stations in preparation for once again going direct, our thoughts seem to be all hard-edged and communications may feel like deliberate provocations; it’s in taking a Higher Mind approach (that is, a viewpoint that if not seeing the larger reasons for things, at least is aware that those exist, that what we’re seeing and experiencing is that bit of the iceberg that bobs above the ocean’s surface) that we get some perspective and so aren’t swept into angry, irritated, or aggressive responses ourselves. Important point: don’t expect to necessarily reason out why things are the way they are right now; it needs to be enough that we know we can’t see the whole dynamic from here. Focus too intently on the underpinnings, and our vision goes all blurry–it’s a safety issue, keeping us from dwelling on areas that will distract us, bleed our energy, or confuse (the presence of the latter pretty reliably indicates what M. Scott Peck characterized as ‘evil’–and nobody needs to fill their consciousness with that in order to avoid it). Then, allow yourself to show your most original, unique, and inventive characteristics and abilities, and so find delight in being alive–and have a great day!

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A Good Day To . . . 7 July 2020 Shake It Up

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‘The Salmon Leap By Francis Wheatley 1783 {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . see that rewards, love, and good outcomes may come by directly addressing difficult circumstances. It may be that we stumble into the fortuitous situation, but it’s up to us to handle the problem and then reap the benefit. Opportunity comes by doing the unusual, by straying from our usual wisdom or by being impractical, and we can gain love or money by refusing to follow the herd or by using the facts, rather than force, to win the day. It may read as backward, but we need to shake ourselves up, a little, and this is the way to do it.

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Good Days To . . . 5 and 6 July 2020 Steady On

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‘Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love’ Artist Unknown 1755 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . realize that today we wake up aligned in some important way. The highest values and ideals inform the Soul, the identity, and the purpose, and offer us an unerring compass, at least for today. Concentrate efforts on what and who you care about–all else pales by comparison.

By the 6th we are in a good position to focus the instincts on discovering what health matters need attention. Remember that ‘health’ is a broad term that can be applied to almost any life area, though current transiting contacts indicate that physical and emotional comfort and care will figure prominently–if you see a need, do something about it. One rather large caution also comes forward: we may be severely tempted to do the unwise or impractical thing either in relationships or with money–obviously, step away from that cliff! Stick to the safe move, the modest investment, and the reasonable interaction; spending to try to prove our love, wasting money in an attempt to impress (others or ourselves), or buying trouble with a loved one out of a sheer sense of contrariness are all possible. Just don’t.

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Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn 4 July 2020 A Volatile Choice

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The Full Moon perfects at 9:43 PM PDT of the 4th at 13 Capricorn 37–and just so happens to be a Lunar eclipse, the third and final eclipse of the recent set. We see an enormous concentration of energies in Capricorn right now, which contains the Moon, Earth, Pallas, Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, the latter at 29 tense degrees (with the Saturn situation suggesting real-world pressures from which we can’t escape). The thing about this is that the Sun, arbiter of where our attention goes, of what’s in the spotlight, is in Cancer, emphasizing our emotions, our connections to others, and matters of care and nurture; add to this that the Sun is only two minutes from perfection conjoining Vesta at the time of the eclipse, and we see that what occurs with this Full Moon will occur in the real-world (Capricorn, Saturn) even as our attention is on intangibles, feelings, and the ‘comfort and care’ picture (Cancer). We have emotion, then, on both ends of the eclipse axis, with the involvement of Cancer and of course the Moon. It also suggests that we will be striving to operate at the level of our highest values and commitments (Vesta)–and that may offer an added layer of stress as we try to meet our own high standards.

Illustration by John D Batten for “Indian Fairy Tales” edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1892 {{PD}}

We’ll set our orbs to ‘generous’, as that gives us a dynamic picture of eclipse events. There’s a sextile to Ceres, a trine to Uranus, and a sesquiquadrate to Sedna, which implies easy personal expression of authority or a ‘mothering’ attitude (which may include overstepping those personal bounds), an urge to spontaneity, originality, and inventiveness, and difficulty ‘hearing’ the instincts or in seeing our own blind spot. So, a great deal of progressive, get-to-it energy focused on those we care about or have dominion over, coupled with an inability to adequately hear our own inner dialogue.

And what sets all this off? A Cardinal Grand Cross formed by the eclipse Earth-Moon opposition to the Sun-Vesta, crossed by a very close opposition of Chiron to Juno, which, though it sits ‘behind’ the eclipse by degree, implies that a recent (and possibly ongoing) wound to the autonomy or empowerment situation ‘blossoms’ with the eclipse contact. This suggests the trigger to authority expression, boundary leaping, spontaneity, and lack of touch with instinct and our own weaknesses is seated in this recent hurt, and that it creates an unsolvable emotional dilemma: do we honor our feelings about the situation (especially its material aspects–Moon-Earth; that is, do we honor the wound?), or do we honor the call to be our ‘best Self’ via elevation of those highest and most refined facets of our identity and commitments (Sun-Vesta)?

‘Bergziegen (Mountain Goat)’ By Franz Marc 1913 {{PD}}

That’s the choice, and it won’t be an easy one in the moment, in spite of how it may appear an easy choice when laid out like this, pre-eclipse. The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture’. This may best be illuminated in light of the Sun and Vesta’s Sabian at this time as it ‘fills in’ the axis and provides the literal illumination of the eclipse scenario itself, ‘A Very Old Man Facing A Vast Dark Space To The Northeast’. In both images we are presented with ‘witnesses to history’, to what may have disappeared or been forgotten, lost in the darkness, and this may relate to the triggering wound set off by the eclipse, a hurt that we, or those who inflicted it, may have tried to consign to the shadows. Our blind spot also resides in our internal darkness, out of our sight, and may as well figure in to what occurs.

There’s an interesting aside in the way that a chart drawn for the Northern Hemisphere assigns the direction of northeast to the 3rd House (this is something we need to know in horary, for instance, when trying to locate an object using a chart). This House describes all kinds of communication, local interactions, our neighbors and siblings (and the oldest sibling, in particular), and the act of writing. This may hint that the eclipse involves one or more of these elements, and certainly suggests that our experience will be as much lived in interaction with the world as it is an internal event, seen only by us. Some situation that has caused us pain may be resolved–or may act to blow things up–but in either case, brings a kind of ending or denouement to an emotionally volatile scenario.

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 3 July 2020 It’s A Mad World

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“A Mad Tea Party” From a 1907 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. illustrations by Arthur Rackham {{PD}}

The 3rd Is A Good Day To . . . relax. That vibe that’s rolling through you is the Lunar eclipse of the 4th, pushing energy before it like an object moving through water. The temptation may be to feel ‘carried away’ by the energy; you may hear a ringing in the air, feel the ground vibrating beneath your feet, or feel soaked to the bone with feeling on a perfectly dry day–but in any case know that, if you were dating the eclipse, this would be a situation where the eclipse says, ‘It’s me, not you’, making very clear that you are two separate entities, after all, and so not responsible for each other’s existence.

Keeping that personal independence from surroundings and surrounding events in mind, you’ll see that today sets the stage for the eclipse tomorrow, chiefly in two ways: one is the way that the facts, wisdom, and practicality are all amplified and exaggerated, opportunities align with best-case scenarios and choices, and optimism floods those areas that are truly our best options–so go toward those. The mind is slightly less defensive than usual, so accesses instinct that much more readily. Today can see great plans made or steps taken–just relax into it.

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A Good Day To . . . 2 July 2020 The Gauntlet

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‘Raspberries in a Gauntlet’ By George Henry hall 1868 {{PD}} Photo By Daderot – Own work https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71676728

The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . be aware: wisdom either transforms the life, or what you consider wise is destroyed in light of real-world events or laid waste by a vengeful other. It could be that you finally have the power to do the smart thing, or the practical thing, or it could be that you must purge or destroy because what is just isn’t practical, doesn’t measure up or suit your needs. It may feel as if you’re running a gauntlet, but the reality is that if you don’t cast yourself as a dynamic player, you become by default a victim–and nobody wants that. Some meshing of the power situation with the skill set, or with wise or practical ways of expressing, must occur–there’s just no way around it. Hints for success: if you don’t accept your full measure of power, if you reject the idea that you are the arbiter of your own fate, someone else will grab that power or privilege for their own–and it may be very difficult to re-claim it, once it’s gone. Don’t try to sort things with the mind–it will only stick you in a repeating loop that will accomplish zero. And look for the roots of your power within a combination of personal authority and highest values–find the correct mixture of the two and you’ll be unstoppable.

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A Good Day To . . . 1 July 2020

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‘Der Brief (The Letter)’ By Johann Georg Meyer 1851 {{PD}}

The 1st Is A Good Day To . . . promise yourself you won’t communicate from a position of hurt–and further, that you won’t inflict hurt yourself. One thing we need to remember about our own part in hurting others is that we don’t get to determine whether someone else should feel hurt by something we’ve done; it’s not up to us to grant permission, or to assess the validity of someone else’s experience. Today’s a day that may test our own ability to recognize someone else’s pain, to honor it, and to apologize, if appropriate–and part of that is refusing to judge the ‘rightness’ of another’s experience.

If your response to this is, ‘Well sometimes others say they’ve been hurt to manipulate,’ I would say, ‘Yes, sometimes they do, but we don’t have to respond to that. Our only job here is to acknowledge that we can’t really know the experience of someone else. If you feel someone is trying to manipulate or control you, you can witness their statement of hurt, admit (to yourself) that you don’t get to judge this, all the while refusing to feel an obligation to ‘answer’ the demand you believe is being made. If you’ve been raised to jump to and see assuaging others’ discomfort as your responsibility, this may be very difficult for you. But learn how to respond appropriately, and you’ll be free.’

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‘Squirrel Eating Chestnuts’ By Kawabata Gyokushō c1890 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a one-eyed squirrel so small he fits through the cage around the bird feeder and shares seed as if he’s one of the birds! In what way has seeing yourself as ‘not enough’ made you adopt behaviors you wouldn’t otherwise have engaged in, or hang with a crowd you don’t really feel a part of? Have you judged yourself unable to compete in the arena you really want to be in? Being unique is a gift, and your tribe will (at least, eventually) appreciate and honor that (I’m particularly talking to those who may be leading with these energies: ground-breakers like Aquarius, deep feelers like Scorpio, and Artists like Pisces), so there’s no need for Self-exile–you just need the courage to enter the fray–and then again, there’s nothing wrong with seeing the world from another point of view, and making friends who are very different than you, especially ones who may not entirely understand you–but they accept you, and that’s what counts.

A Good Day To . . . 30 June 2020 Sidle Up

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Sidle up sounds like saddle up, doesn’t it? By Anson Ambrose Martin c1840 {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . approach things obliquely, especially expressions of personal Will or efforts to promote one’s own competence or elevate one’s own status. Even though we may feel alight with good ideas and eager to implement them, we may not anticipate the way what we’ve ignored or denied up to now comes roaring back to muck things up. And it’s not just that; this is the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (inferior referring to Mercury’s retrograde state), a time when our retro-period mulling plants the seeds for new ideas and ways of thinking, so can be the starting point of ways of seeing that would find our current choices, if successfully implemented, less than satisfying.

Better to proceed with caution, allowing ourselves to be informed via the surprise, the off-beat, and the unexpected, meeting challenges with an inventive and original turn of mind, not pushing too hard for any particular result.

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Today’s word image is: on a warm summer night, a car idles for hours. In what way are we ‘running our engine’, wasting energy and resources, when we should ‘go dark’, allowing ourselves to rest? Covid times are tough on all of us, in ways we often can’t anticipate, and prompting us to try to be continually ‘ready’ for what we must face, to always be doing something productive or to improve the Self. That may have served us as an initial response to a multitude of stressors, but as summer arrives we need to be willing to get adequate rest, to refuse a kind of hyper-responsibility that doesn’t serve and is highly draining. Turn off your engine, get out of the vehicle, and look up at the stars.

A Good Day To . . . 29 June 2020 Collision

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This artist’s concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. NASA/ JPL-Caltech {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . duck and cover–or embrace every shred of pure Power you can get your hands on–there’s no in-between. We’ve been waiting for this re-match with Jupiter and Pluto, and it’s finally here: exaggerating clashes, the forces of destruction working to obliterate the facts, beliefs transcending all dangers and all reason–so really, a day when maniacs, dictators, the unreasonable and the fanatic may prosper all out of proportion, simply out of a conscience-free desire to advance their Will and a willingness to reach out without discretion, while those who value reality, who consider the welfare of the larger social order, who embrace the Power of their own spiritual connection, or who have Faith may seem to be under imminent threat (though special note: those who hold misguided faith are in for an awakening, a devastation of their false god, a repudiation based in fact).

The reality is, though, that formidable as these darker, more power-hungry forces may be, they are equally matched in a contest with Faith in the Universe, with the sheer might of the positive, the optimistic, and the long arc of justice. It’s a time when instinct can serve us well, providing we can sort it from the mind and the emotions (though the emotions, when ‘clear’, can guide and inform the instincts).

Think back to their first meeting in April of this year, view the second surge now, with another perfecting mid-November. Too, review if possible their last pair of meetings, in December 2007 (in Sagittarius) and December 1994 (in Scorpio). There should be some sort of thread discernible, most probably a personal one reflecting larger dissonance in the world but just as easily one that is so very personal that it’s been hidden, kept private, and now is exposed (or re-exposed, at least to us). Often we see the House placement in the natal chart signifying the way the larger social effect manifests at our real-world level, and/ or the subjects where we find upheaval. The effect is one of change, expansion, destruction, applied to the facts and faith of the world as we know it. Brace for impact.

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A movie recommendation for the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction: Melancholia by Lars Von Trier.

A Good Day To . . . 28 June 2020 Not In Our Stars

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

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . do it. Mars sextiles Saturn, making for smooth, real-world efforts–just enough restraint, just enough push–and Mercury conjoins Vesta, rooting thought processes in highest values, which guarantees that what you plan and do will be in line with the essence of what you honor (less-than-satisfactory results should prompt Self-examination, particularly in terms of what you find sacred in life–in this case, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves). Yes, Merc is still retro, but here we don’t rely on the mind but the things we find important to guide us. Moon in Libra makes things pleasant in interaction and aesthetics, and aids in negotiations, so don’t be afraid to approach ‘the Other’.

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A Good Day To . . . 27 June 2020 Serendipity

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Original work on canvas by Roberta Pinna. Owner/Collector: Sergio Marchionne. Photo By Ginevra Caracciolo 88 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75108567

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . know that, for as much care and caution as we needed to exercise yesterday, today we can throw caution to the winds. Mars enters Aries, offering us confidence (perhaps even too much!) and a novile to Uranus suggests that serendipity, coincidence, the sudden event, the accident, the surprise, the shock, the revelation, the innovation or invention, interaction with ‘the group’, or a Higher Mind understanding offers brilliant benefits. Any questions? Of course not–that was rhetorical–go get ’em!

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A Good Day To . . . 26 June 2020 Fry Day

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‘A Portrait of a Mother and her Two Sons’ By Hilda Fearon 1911 {{PD}}

“Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”–my mom

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . be really really clear on where and from whom the anger is coming. This might be our own temper, spilling over, someone else’s, or a combination, and could come in many forms, some of which are unlikely to actually look like the aggressions they are. Blame it on a 29 degree Mars in Pisces (so good at hiding, good at camouflaging as something else) in a T-square with the 29 degree Nodal axis across Gemini-Sagittarius. The square brings conflict to the surface, including our own internal conflicts, and forces them out into the world via  choices and actions (Mars), thoughts (Gemini), and beliefs (Sagittarius) related to the life path.

This may distract from the ‘real’ issue, which is a careful weighing of and thinking about Power. What our power is worth to us is the issue, and there’s a particular focus on the way our thinking shapes (quite literally in some instances) our relationships to both others and to money.

We may be exhausted by the end of the day, but we do get through it, probably having gained some very clear ideas of where we stand–and we should be glad of it, as lately we’ve been more or less acting or choosing through the fog of Mars in Pisces, the retro Mercury, and the shook up values, relationships, and asset picture of a retro Venus. Too, we’re not out of eclipse season yet; another comes on 4 July, and that means we’re still becalmed, unable to choose a direction that serves our best interests yet, still riding in that valley between events through uncertain and sometimes contradictory energies.

Hint for sorting things out today: those who get angriest either have the most to hide, or are just discovering how messed up things really are. If that’s you, be kind with yourself–in reality nobody expects you to know or anticipate everything.

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A Bit of This Week: 22-25 June 2020

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‘Le Palais Contarini’ By Claude Monet 1908 {{PD}}

In the Near Future It’s Good To . . . be ready to adjust and re-adjust our stances on just about everything. The big news on the 22nd was Neptune stationing retrograde and likely removing at least a couple layers of fog, misperception, misdirection, and/ or deception. This switch will point out over the course of the retrograde what dreams we can realistically move toward, which we must nix, and which need more attention, modification, or creative input in order to be viable, and may also offer a reality check on an ideal or two. This is longer-term, and so likely to be delivered by moving aspects to the chart related to natal Neptune or the transiting body to other natal points, which can help pinpoint when the influence may come forward in the life, and can indicate which life areas might see the clearing skies.

As with all the ‘heavier’ bodies, Neptune moves very slowly at direction and regression points, and so may leave the impression that this is the state of Neptune-tinged areas permanently, but there’s one thing to remember: the Neptune influence is like standing knee-deep in a muddy lake. We can’t see the bottom, even though we know it’s there, and we can’t see what else may be floating around us in the water. It can be unnerving if we focus too much on defining what we can’t see; still, we must keep in mind there are things we can’t see, and though imagination can serve to ‘fill out’ what’s invisible it’s not really advisable, as it’s too easy to let the fears drive the imagination. This period also includes a Neptune contra-parallel to Juno, suggesting a ‘big reveal’ (or at least a new idea about) the roles where you call the shots or cooperate with the mate; where you’ve been fooling yourself about your own power and reach may become apparent. Be glad you’re finding out this way, and not in some more stressful or demanding scenario.

On the 24th Venus stations direct, ending our long national nightmare of aesthetics gone wrong and the sampling of relationships outside our usual territory. Hopefully it brought some successful experimentation and revealed a new love or revenue stream, and maybe kicked off some fast friendships. Venus does her turnaround in Gemini, and that may give us a break; what we think of things may coalesce quickly and be unusually clear for a concurrent Merc retro period–and that can only act to bolster confidence.

There are two noteworthy minor contacts (but those can be major under the right circumstances, can’t they?) on the 25th: Uranus sextiles Vesta, and the Sun conjoins Hygeia. With the first we may see surprises or sudden developments delivered through the home scene and those life areas to which we dedicate our efforts. This is highly individual for each person, and could also suggest we see some intimate relationship, home situation, or cause we’re committed to through a Higher Mind lens, which could offer revelations concerning where and to what we should dedicate our efforts. The second just puts a big spotlight on health; stay aware that health is a state of being that can apply to almost anything–in this case, with the pairing in Cancer, we are likely to focus on the health of what and who we care about, or the health of anything related to the matters of the House where Cancer is located in the natal chart.

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Good Day To . . . 13 August 2020 Fire When Ready

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‘The Royal Yacht Squadron’s schooner Modwena dressed overall offshore’ By Antonio de Simonec1920 {{PD}}

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . vow not to make yourself a target. The inclination may be to try and inflict your Will on those in power; you know you’re right, and they should acknowledge that and change–your idea or methodology is simply better! Unfortunately, they just won’t see it that way, and since they hold the power . . . you could end up wearing a big ol’ bullseye, soon to be fired upon.

You may also find that the power to ‘fire when ready’ is yours, most particularly if ‘the facts’ are on your side. In any event, opportunities to change the distribution of power in your sphere will exist–in which case the question becomes, how do you hit your target, without becoming one yourself?

The answer is, you might not be able to–and that needs to be okay, for now. To continue this tiresome symbolism, keep your powder dry and wait for opportunities–because those will come sooner than you anticipate, and you need to be ready.

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Good Day To . . . 12 August 2020 The Delicious Word

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‘Servant Returning from the Market (La Pourvoyeuse)’ By Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin 1738 {{PD}}

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . listen for the delicious word, look for the uplifting relationship, open your arms to the Love offered. Being open to either a supportive social circle or ‘the facts’ will stave off any destructive or deleterious energies, while keeping a firm eye on reality (and a good grip on the creative urge), and welcoming the spontaneous and original will make for surprising outcomes where everybody is enriched. To close off to the positive will only leave room for the expansion of the negative–so do your part, and be loved.

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Good Day To . . . 11 August 2020 The Worry Bridge

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‘Ilmbrücke in Weimar’ By Christian Rohlfs 1892 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . stay calm and think carefully; here’s why: there are a couple of influences with the potential to be exceptionally confusing as we try to navigate them. The gist of it is that the mind will be too strongly affected by events of the past to reason as effectively as we actually need it to, and perceptions are ‘assaulted’, in a way, so that we suffer contradictory reasoning that may leave us frazzled in trying to sort through it. The best thing I think I can do is elaborate on the pair of influences; awareness of their existence is probably the most important thing in gaining an accurate perspective.

One involves discord created by health matters that appear to conflict with our desires, ambitions, and wants. It seems either our health precludes pursuing what we’d like to, or the steps we must take to preserve health appear to create barriers to getting what we want. Here’s my take: you can’t get and enjoy what you’d like to, can’t achieve, if you’re dead. That should make it clear that protecting the health must be the priority.

The other influence brings delusions, illusions, fantasies, and nebulous, haunting fears to bear on the health picture; if we are frightened that we don’t have an accurate picture of what’s healthy, what’s right, it’s likely to preoccupy us, draining our energy from pursuit of goals and dumping it into a bottomless pit of anxiety. Look at it this way: we do our best to stay healthy, and we worry about illness only when we actually begin to experience it. There’s no sense in worrying about something that hasn’t happened and may never happen. Do your best to act in the best health interests of yourself and others, and cross the ‘worry bridge’ only if and when you come to it.

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Good Day To . . . 10 August 2020 Concentrated Feeling

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Scarlet skimmer at Keitakuen in Osaka, June, 2016.

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . be ready for a shock, surprise, accident, revelation. Events turn on the unexpected, what the group wants may clash with our ideas of how it should be, and we may be shook up by our own erratic, original, or subversive thoughts. The mind is unreliable, perceptions are tricky, and the senses may pull the rug out from under us–and the worst part may be that, try as we might to discern the facts or apply our beliefs, we find only marginal success. How to handle this? We should do as we do when signifier of the mental processes and perceptions, Mercury, goes retrograde: we concentrate on the feeling nature, on funneling perceptions so that emotional reactions become our language. The Taurus Moon will help ground us through material input, emphasizing comfort and the language of sensation, taste, smell, appetite; 11 AM-7 PM PDT the Moon will be in the vicinity of Uranus, surprising us through our surroundings and sensory experience, highlighting the availability of information through the feelings and intuition.

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Good Day To . . . 9 August 2020 Power Basket

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‘Girl Arranging Flowers’ By William McGregor Paxton 1921 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . not reject reality. Today our own actions and choices are likely to point out exactly how we may be disrespecting our own highest values, and how we may be pushed to act by those things we currently ignore or deny. We create a big mess if we refuse to see and deal with ‘what is’, but we can very successfully heal whatever we find if we 1) will take responsibility for those things that really are our responsibility (part of the reason we’ve repressed certain things is an unwillingness to admit what happens is up to us), and 2) cheerfully redistribute power. With that latter, you could do it begrudgingly, but that only perpetuates a sense that there’s not enough to go around; do it happily, and suddenly everyone’s ‘power basket’ is full.

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Good Day To . . . 8 August 2020 Darwinism In Action

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Respect the right authority in the right arena. By Meister der Heiligen Sippe der Ältere – Photo By Jebulon 23 October 2013 {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32706287

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . not listen to some social group or clique that wants to share ‘facts’ that are a distinct danger to your health. Under current conditions that likely applies to anyone who thinks they know better than the world’s epidemiologists. Though our knowledge of Covid-19 is growing and so changing every day, there are some solid established facts that those who are always looking for conspiracies (or looking to make a name for themselves), those who barely passed high school science but who now ‘just know’ how we should conduct ourselves, and those who earned their medical degrees on Facebook, will try to persuade you aren’t valid. You may be told that if you are spiritually and/ or biologically healthy you have nothing to fear, or that if you’re young it won’t be worse than the common cold (part of why this virus can be so deadly is that this is new to our immune systems–on an individual basis they may not be equipped to respond adequately), or that this is just Nature’s way of sorting us out–and with that last, I actually agree: survival of the fittest includes decimating populations who aren’t smart enough to respect the science of the virus, to learn, adapt, and so survive. Wear a mask over nose and mouth, social distance, wash your hands, do your part–when it comes to science, your beliefs don’t matter–and doing what’s suggested will, at the very least, show you care for and respect your fellow human beings.

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Good Day To . . . 7 August 2020 Unmoored

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‘Evans Bay’ By James M. Nairn 1893 {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . make the distinction among what we know to be true, what we simply think is true, what we believe, and what we’ve been told and accepted without proof. Sort through this, and a powerful creative impulse is at your disposal–but first you’ll have to deal with a sense of being unmoored, of having to turn over every stone in order to align inner knowing with outer verification, and all of it subject to measurement against our highest values. By the end of the day the mind should be clear, perceptions more accurate, and the Truth much easier to see.

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Good Day To . . . 6 August 2020 Insinuations

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‘Paul Guillaume, Novo Pilota’ By Amedeo Modigliani 1915 {{PD}}

The 6th Is A Good Day To . . . not allow pressure or insinuations from others to dissuade you of the importance of maintaining your highest values and honoring your commitments. You may be tempted to behave in ways that are both uncharacteristic and unwise, all in the name of keeping the peace or at least dodging criticism. You’ve handled a lot worse lately, sometimes brilliantly–there’s no reason to fold under this weak sh*t now.

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Good Day To . . . 5 August 2020 I’m Opposed!

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You may bend yourself all out of shape today if you let your temper get the best of you. Photo By Rudolf Koppitz 1925 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . take it really easy. You may feel like shouting every time something happens, “I’m opposed to that!” and your reaction may have nothing to do with actual circumstances. It seems we resist our own values and the obligations we’ve willingly taken on, seeing them as ball-and-chain attachments rather than as positively grounding elements of a balanced landscape; we get aggressive over or even toward our own ambitions and desires, assessing others’ comments as criticism and our own criticism of what we want but haven’t achieved as a complete injustice; and we ponder the costs of the past, all those ways we’ve ‘paid’ for less-than-satisfactory circumstances, that leaves us wishing we had made better ‘investments’ of time and energy.

How do we handle this deep, inner current of anger and dissatisfaction? We must focus our energy and attention on one of three things: 1) health, 2) Nature–get out in it, and 3) on those life areas where we hold personal authority, especially those areas where we are responsible for and to others. Hold in your mind the ideal You as you would like to see yourself in these roles and performing these functions; you also might look to someone you admire, and model your attitude on them. This isn’t a fix-all so much as giving you something important to focus on, that both helps you cut through the veil of anger and discontent, and that will at least in some small way help you re-align priorities and feelings.

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Good Day To . . . 4 August 2020 Out In The Open

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‘Central Park’ By George Wesley Bellows 1905 {{PD}}

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The 4th Is A Good Day To . . . get it all out in the open. We are likely to feel resistant to facts and engage in unrealistic thinking, but if we can just do three things we can navigate these influences very effectively: 1) be willing to re-assess those things and people we love (or perhaps more accurately, those things and people we think we love). If we’ve been telling ourselves a story that isn’t true, now’s the time to find out; and if we’re saying we love something because we think it sends a certain message about who we are, then that’s not love, it’s branding. 2) don’t focus on the negatives of the past; at this time we’re prone to exaggerate them, when what we really need is to change the narrative we tell ourselves about what was. 3) be willing to see reality, warts and all, and then to accept it and follow our inner voice, which has the wisdom to handle it. And one more hint: the power position is not the position to be seeking at this time; that will come quite naturally with addressing the other life components that are interfering with interpreting and responding to reality accurately.

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Full Moon in Aquarius 3 August 2020 Movin’ On Up

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S103-E-5037 (21 December 1999)— Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery recorded this rarely seen phenomenon of the full Moon partially obscured by the atmosphere of Earth. The image was recorded with an electronic still camera at 15:15:15 GMT, Dec. 21, 1999 NASA – http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-103/html/s103e5037.html {{PD}}

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The Full Moon perfects at 8:58 AM PDT on the 3rd at 11 Aquarius 45, loosely sextile Chiron and catching Ceres (which Saturn also happens to parallel) at the midpoint, square Uranus, and sesquiquadrate Venus in Gemini. A Full Moon in Aquarius brings culmination, conclusion, a finish or ending, and so at least to some extent understanding, as Higher Mind either orchestrates and delivers the realizations that come with ‘lessons’ or delivers innovative, inventive, or original ‘answers’, sometimes to questions we didn’t even know we had, and sometimes via surprises, accidents, or serendipities!

Contacts this time suggest healing through accepting some facet of our own authority–this is, in essence, the response we must give when the difficult Uranian situation occurs, and this situation in turn likely springs from the difficult Venusian one, centered in relationships, finances, or values. With Aquarius, Aries, and Gemini involved talk, especially assertions stating ‘I Am’ or ‘I Know’, comes to the fore, though the Uranian element of the equation sits firmly in Taurus, telling us that something physical may spark speeches, declarations, and attempts to define the Self and persuade others of the legitimacy of the designation.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘On A Vast Staircase Stand People Of Different Types, Graduated Upward’. Does this imply some sort of human hierarchy or Karmic ‘ranking’, does it represent different points of development or evolution for the individual, or does it simply illustrate how we’re all at a slightly different ‘place’ on the same ‘staircase’? When we weigh the aspects made by this Full Moon with this symbol, it may be that part of what we come to understand with FM events is that everyone has a slightly different perspective, depending on their spot on life’s staircase; that would suggest that the sense of understanding one person gets may be other than what someone at a different point, and so having a different perspective, concludes. This might warn us not to judge others using our own perspective; our conclusion is valid for us, for the position we hold, but may not be valid for anyone else.

‘Night Fete, International Fisheries Exhibition 1883 London, England’ By Frederick Whymper {{PD}}

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian for a Full Moon: ‘An Evening Party Of Adults On A Lawn Illumined By Fancy Lanterns’. The social circle we move in as individuals is illuminated by the glow of maturity (this is an adult party), and this again emphasizes, when combined with the Full Moon’s Sabian, that different perspectives depend on our personal viewpoint–or said another way, birds of a feather flock together. Our conclusion might be that there are good reasons for us to be where we are in life; acknowledging that our experiences are tailor-made for what we need to discover, learn, experience goes a long way toward seeing that accepting our circumstances is the first step in learning from them, and then moving on to an even more desirable situation. The Aquarius Full Moon delivers a chance to move up a step or two as we gain understanding; sticking to our misconceptions, refusing to learn, is literally the only thing standing in our way.

Good Day To . . . 2 August 2020 No Regrets

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Édith Piaf regrets nothing–so live so that you don’t have regrets, too. By Remirus – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48598628

The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . review the past for all those times we didn’t listen to our instincts, and try to apply what you learned then to a current situation where you’re being presented with a false choice: it seems that if you do the right thing, you’ll lose a particular power position. This is false, an ‘argument’ advanced by the ego to try to keep you from doing the wise or practical thing, rather than the ego-indulgent one. It may seem dangerous to see yourself as the authority in this situation, but it’s not taking the reins that brings things crashing down. Trust yourself and your integrity–if you make choices that allow you to look yourself in the mirror without flinching, then you’ll regret nothing, and you’ll have done the right thing.

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Good Day To . . . 1 August 2020 Clash of the Titans

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‘Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado’ Photo By William Henry Jackson c1874 {{PD}}

The 1st Is A Good Day To . . . do our best to stay out of an ego war between two individuals or entities who are impervious to input–so they don’t learn, just continue to butt heads–and further, we should strive not to be one of these parties ourselves. Just being in this atmosphere can drive thoughts to the dark side and make us unduly pessimistic. Our armor comes in two forms: one is in having the Self-possession and poise to deal with what we’ve been avoiding–it loses its negative pull when dragged out into the light and faced–and we should allow actions and choices to be informed by that still, small voice within. We know more than we think we do–it’s time to trust ourselves to respond appropriately–but this only works if we are truly honest with ourselves. Refuse to see reality, and judgement quite naturally and understandably will take a wrong turn. Use a lifeline and phone a friend if you’re really unsure.

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Good Day To . . . 30-31 July 2020 Realignment

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Sheep (race Red Head Manech) at Zuhalmendi. Ascain, Basque Country, France. Photo By Basotxerri 2018 CC BY-SA 4.0 File:Ascain – Oveja -BT- 02.jpg

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . question why it is today that we seem to be insisting on doing the thing that’s bad for us. We’ve got some odd ideas, maybe even delusions, about what fulfilling ambitions and desires might mean, we seem to be courting contrary opinions and looking for difficult social interactions, facts mean (almost) nothing, as far as we’re concerned, and we may push without thinking in relationships and over assets even though we know it’s not wise to! What gives? It’s simple, really: our imaginations have gotten the better of us; we’ve been fantasizing and then responding as if those fantasies (many of which are on the angry or paranoid side of things) are real–and they’re not. Realign thinking by concentrating on the practical and the ideal. Be satisfied for now with taking a step back–and know that it’s a well-deserved break, with circumstances that will bring significant healing tomorrow, the 31st–which also happens to be a day when our attention is on the current trajectory of our life direction. We’ll find some especially clever and innovative ways of getting ourselves where we want to go–so plan on big steps tomorrow, and just sit back and stay out of trouble today.

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

Let’s Discuss: Natal Moon Square the Ascendant

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The natal Moon in contact with the natal Ascendant can feel very much as if the individual is constantly interacting with and displaying the emotional nature.’Reaching for the Moon’ By Edward Mason Eggleston 1933 {{PD}}

The 29th is a day when no new aspects perfect, so maybe we should take some time to look at one of those topics I previously asked readers to submit.

“Thank you for your offer. If you choose so, I’d like to hear about my Moon square Asc aspect (birth data redacted for privacy). For the last few years, I’ve been trying to align questions about responsibilities (work, family, relationships, community) with what I consider my free will, independence, identity (I work in artistic field). Maybe it’s a never-ending process. Wish I could feel more decisive/confident with my choices/path.”

I can tell you with confidence that reconciling a natal square is a never-ending process; no matter how well we do at resolving the conflict and expressing the energies, we can always lift the expression of those energies to ever-higher forms–and that translates to a life-long fine-tuning process. So, the individual describes a pull between the Will and identity and those larger responsibilities that involve others–and the first thing we see in the chart is that the Moon rules the 4th of family of origin, which immediately emphasizes the perhaps perpetual conflict between the individual emotional experience and familial expectations. The personality of the individual, and the way that individual interacts with the world, is in some way at odds with the role or expectations within the family, in conflict with the concept of ‘home’ as they understand it, and/ or in basic discord with one or both parental figures. Ironically, though, the Moon is in the Capricorn 10th, suggesting that duty and a close link to one or both parents is actually what makes this Moon comfortable–so it may be that phrasing this square as an identity vs. obligations challenge is a bit of a distraction, at least in terms of emotional expression–it may really be that it’s the manner of reaching out to the world (the Ascendant) that makes this person emotionally uncomfortable.

What we see with the 10th House Moon ruling the 4th House suggests a kind of ‘tag team’ of authority and nurture from the parents, with the individual’s Moon in Capricorn in the 10th ruling the 4th, and Ceres, mother and authority, posited in the 4th in Cancer. These parents work together, and may see imposing rules and boundaries, expectations and goals, as a form of nurture–and a Capricorn Moon clearly sees it that way, too.

But the Ascendant, the way the individual interacts with and presents the Self to the world on first meeting, the persona and personality, is keyed to the energies of Aries–and that’s an energy that says, ‘I can do it myself, I want to do it my way, follow me!’ The Ascendant, in fact, is apex to a Finger of God with a base of Neptune, an almost Cazimi Sun-Mercury, and Venus, all in Scorpio in the 8th, and Uranus in Virgo in the 6th (and we note a close-but-no-cigar Finger combo of Mars and Pluto in Virgo, just outside comfortable quincunx range). This may be why it feels as if the emotions aren’t being served: an enormous amount of creative, identity/ Soul, communication, and relationship energy is interacting with the most original and unique impulses and then funneled out to the world through the personality, with the base placements in 6th and 8th suggesting a reliance on input/ feedback/ cooperation and understanding from others, especially through the course of work and discharge of duties–this individual can’t express things they find meaningful without others–and the individual feels they must be at the head of the line, leading, guiding, doing (Aries apex)–and yet we must remember that the outlet of the Ascendant carries a fundamental discord with the emotional nature via the square, which we might sum up as ‘duty (to parents, career, or convention-Capricorn, on which the feelings depend for a sense of well-being) vs. ‘a need to trail-blaze, express the individual Will, to have one’s say and way as an outlet to so many of the basic energies, including the Soul’s reasons for being here (Sun in aspect to the Aries Ascendant).

Add to this that the Capricorn Moon, which naturally aspects all that the Ascendant aspects, also happens to lie at the rough midpoint of the Sun grouping and the 12th House Chiron-Saturn-Black Moon Lilith in Pisces–which does not aspect the Ascendant. What! What? And now we see/ feel what is pestering the feeling nature that is on its own essentially at ease with the Soul/ communication/ love and creative nature and with the Uranian need for original expression, and with the Martian-Plutonian need to act and feel of consequence within the world. What the Moon is not at ease with is the way all these energies are expressed through the Ascendant–that’s where the conflict lies.

Too, that Uranus-Mars-Pluto grouping, such a dynamic and urgent mixture, requiring action, spontaneity, and a certain amount of power, directly conflicts (opposition) with Chiron-Saturn-Black Moon Lilith. It may be that action, especially spontaneous or unusual action, or action that seeks to create power and impact for the Self, stirs unconscious (12th) anger, resentment, and guilt–and so creates a feedback loop that hides the hurt, even as the emotional nature is highly aware of it (Saturn ruling the Moon)–and these angers and hurts are possibly brought into real-world circumstances periodically, as the unconscious ‘reaches out’ and orchestrates physical reality (Saturn).

The Moon contact to Chiron-Saturn-Black Moon Lilith implies that what’s really, really hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrages has also wounded, and the individual senses this (12th House) through the Moon’s emotional and intuitive faculties. Saturn of this grouping rules the Moon–and though the Soul’s expression is muy simpatico with what’s hurt and hidden (Sun group trine Saturn group), as is the feeling nature (Moon), we see the personality, the part that wants to meet the world head-on, the Martian-ruled Ascendant and the ‘I Am’ energies of Mars-Pluto and respect for uniqueness that is Uranus, is not simpatico.

The conflict, then, is a knotty one, and not easily (or possibly ever) resolvable. There are several things you might try to help make the energies more at ease with one another, with a focus on honoring the choices and career path, which you mention not having as much confidence in as you’d like. First, know that the emotions and emotional feedback will, for you, be much more reliable an indicator of right choice and right career than anything else. You are definitely meant to express your creative nature, to emphasize what you see of beauty and worth; your feelings will also be an excellent guide in responding to responsibilities and obligations, especially those involving the family. Most of your Water placements are in ‘soft’ aspect to the Earth Moon, and they find a great deal of emotional sustenance and nurture through real-world expression of what the emotions and the Soul both need and perceive.

It’s the ego or individual Will that cooks up problems; despite the way Mars-Pluto has found to cooperate with the Soul, it takes constant adjustments (the quincunxes of the Finger) for the creative, Soul, emotional, and action energies to express through the Arian personality–and that automatically means that the Martian ‘doing’ energies and the sheer Will have too big a say in choices and actions. The ego-power-individuality is also ‘against’ conscious awareness of hurt, vulnerabilities, and deep anger, especially when they’re observed in the real world–and that kind of denial can cripple creativity and relationships, as the ego insists on not looking at the negative, on powering through. So, honor the feeling nature more, and give it more trust–it’s best placed to handle, negotiate among, and facilitate the other charts energies, and can guide you in a much more perceptive way than the Will or ego can do.

I hope this helps, dear Seeker! Back to ‘Good Day To . . . ‘ tomorrow!

And, in case you missed the first installment

Good Day To . . . 28 July 2020 Roiled

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By Antoni Karwowski – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9478921

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . refuse to act out of fear, to overreact to pressures from the social sphere, or to succumb to what’s unwise or impractical. What you’ve hidden from others may come out; that’s just a fact. All you can do is remain calm and know that what’s mustered against you at this time is of your own making. No blame here, just a reminder that not ignoring or being in denial of reality is always the best way to go. For those who don’t keep a full closet, the day may pass with very little kerfuffle, with the Scorpio Moon filling in a loose Water Grand Trine with Neptune and first Mercury and then Vesta, suggesting emotions and minds roiled by secrets, deceptions, and what we didn’t know before, but potentially stabilized by being very clear on our highest values, by what really matters to us.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 July 2020 Spontaneous Soul

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‘Celebration of Earth, Air, Fire and Water’ By William Johnstone 1974 GMA 1313 – National Galleries of Scotland {{PD}}

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . tap in to your spontaneity. It’s a time to celebrate your own uniqueness, to embrace what’s surprising or unusual, to trot out your own most original ideas and qualities, and the result will likely be some stunning opportunity, some worthy creative mojo, and the ability to fine-tune change while honoring all you revere. Beware of: being mislead, particularly by any ‘lens’ you may place over relationships, financial or social situations, or in relation to who you are at core; also consider that thinking and action are fundamentally at odds, which could mean our best course is to act only on those original or creative impulses that we’ve already kicked around for awhile. Action can (and should) carry the spontaneous impetus of ‘in the moment’, but should also reflect some concept, function, or role that truly reflects the Soul.

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 July 2020 Two Avenues

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‘View from the Hohe Warte towards Heiligenstadt’ By Carl Moll c1900 {{PD}}

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . take a ‘two-avenues’ approach to things, as both are worth traveling: one, think healthy–strive for balance, purity, honesty–and two, open your arms to the relationships and the profits that can come to you from pursuing your goals. Now you’ll notice, you can’t be in a relationship alone (insert your own marriage joke here), and profits have to come from somewhere–so not just being open, but reaching out and showing what you can do, and where you want to go, are what it takes to attract what for at least some of us will turn out to be a surprising level of support.

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

Good Day To . . . 25 July 2020 Be Wise

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‘Be Wise’ is like ‘Be Best’, but better. By The White House from Washington, DC – Be Best Bowling with First Lady Melania Trump, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=78800522

The 25th Is A Good Day To . . . do what’s smart or practical, and leave power plays for another day. There’s inner turmoil, a disconnect between the mentality and our ideas of what we can and can’t do, of how far we can reach, and how capable or outfitted to handle circumstances we truly are–so stick to what you know to be wise, and let all the rest go, just for today.

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

Good Day To . . . 24 July 2020 That Dog Won’t Hunt

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‘Diana the Huntress’ By Gaston Casimir Saint-Pierre latter half of the 19th century {{PD}}

The 24th Is A Good Day To . . . apply a standard of Love to everywhere you want to exercise power, and then be willing to modify your own procedures if they don’t meet the ‘Loving Test’: is it kind? is it loving? does it avoid creating harm? If all the answers are ‘Yes’, you can go forward and power-express your heart out. One caution: instinct can’t substitute for careful thought or that Love test, so don’t use that as an excuse–that dog won’t hunt, and you’ll end up wasting some perfectly good forward-moving energy.

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

Good Day To . . . 23 July 2020 Look In The Shadows

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The 23rd Is A Good Day To . . . look at what’s hidden away in shadow, what’s been pushed out of sight, what’s been buried with a half-conscious desire to forget, look at the way what we didn’t want to think about offers us a formidable action plan that fulfills at least one very large ambition or desire. It’s no time to be squeamish. Hint for effectiveness: don’t worry about gaining new power, worry about using the power you’ve already got, so that it doesn’t stop responding to your mojo and accrue to someone else.

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

See the recent New Moon in Cancer here–

Good Day To . . . 22 July 2020 Get Sparked

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By Technikum nr 7, Warszawa – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64471321

The 22nd Is A Good Day To . . . look around. The real world circumstances that surround us are showing us, no holds barred, the exact contents of those hidden or denied parts of the psyche that live in our ‘blind spot’ or that fuel our instincts (Saturn trine Sedna). A few things that help us be productive with this: The Sun enters Leo, aiding focus on the Self (don’t be distracted by the blame game, no matter how deserving that other party is!); make a concerted effort to sort thoughts from actual circumstances, and the social influence from our actual highest values (Jupiter opp and contraparallel Vesta, Mercury contraparallel Saturn); and allow room for spontaneity, as that’s how inspiration gets in and originality gets sparked (Merc sxt Uranus).

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

See the recent New Moon in Cancer here–

Good Day To . . . 21 July 2020 Imagine Greater

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Energy Arc, central electrode of a Plasma Lamp. Photo By PiccoloNamek CC BY-SA 3.0

The 21st Is A Good Day To . . . imagine greater. We’ve just had a Sun opposition to Saturn and sextile Sedna, with Saturn contraparallel Pallas, which only served to bring reality into a too-sharp focus that allowed no room for dreaming and plenty of room to see how stupid we’ve been or to re-live or re-enact regrets, all spurred by those fears we’ve hidden even from ourselves (a knotty little mess of Mars, Mercury, Pallas, Sedna, Chiron). How to remedy this? We stop undermining ourselves (especially in the health department), to align thinking precisely with our own abundant inner wisdom, and to stop reacting out of fear of being hurt–and then we celebrate (that is, take full advantage of) the Neptune trine to Vesta, which allows us to apply all our creative energy, idealism, and imagination to those areas of life we revere, find sacred, or want to honor through active support and exploitation. A simple formula, but if followed can take you light-years ahead of where you are right now.

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See the New Moon here–

New Moon 20 July 2020 Past As Prologue

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By Édouard Manet Probably c1860s {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 10:31 AM PDT at 28 Cancer 26, sesquiquadrate Ceres, opposed Saturn which is closely conjoined the Earth, and forming the base to a Finger of God by sextile to Sedna in Taurus with an apex of the South Node in Sagittarius. We’re offered a fresh emotional slate with this event, but the question is, is it a clean emotional slate? That is, is the viewpoint and agenda devoid of baggage, free of old aversions and biases, and so truly based in what we care about at this moment, at this point in time?

Well, we’re human, so gaining such a blank, unburdened emotional outlook as adults is unlikely. Instead, we are probably going to discover we care about one or more ‘new’ things or areas in life related to matters of the natal House that contains Cancer or that holds the natal Moon. What we care about, though, will be inextricably linked to the actual current reality picture and material situation (probably as it relates to those natal Cancer/ Moon placements). With the involvement of both Ceres and the Moon, the theme of mother or nurturing will likely be prominent, specifically through a lens of the kinds of power that accrue to someone who carries responsibilities, or who becomes responsible for someone or something else. Our interest may arise from or show us the difficulty of our own or someone in authority’s power position, and out of this, triggered by this Moon event, we’ll see our own instinctual responses and/ or our ‘blind spot’ material brought forward in such a way that we create a version of the past.

Often when we see something referring to the past being re-created in the present, we’re inclined to freak out. We don’t want to go ‘backward’, or at least don’t want to move toward something we think is regressive. This time, though, there’s no need. The past in this instance refers to something learned from experience, something that spurred the widening of our world or our viewpoint, that introduced us to something ‘foreign’ but exciting and expansive, something that helped us reach out and become a part of the wider world. The experience we had then can inform the experience we have now, and that’s a good thing, a refresher directly from the Universe that shows us how we’ve grown, and re-asserts the means by which we did–and in the process challenges us now to use a similar experience or method to foster growth once again.

The Temple of Zeus at Cuma. Photo By Bobbylamouche at French Wikipedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1643589

The Sabian for this Moon event features an odd cross between Libran and Gemini-themed symbology: ‘A Greek Muse Weighing Newborn Twins In Golden Scales’. What do those astro symbols relate back to? The Air element, Gemini the twins and Libra the scales, which is essentially missing from the active Cardinal energies of the current sky in the form of a relatively empty Libra. Major energies fill the other Cardinal signs, but Libra holds only Juno and Zeus–and though Juno is precisely opposed Mars in his own sign of Aries, formidable as she is, the Queen of Olympus is no match for the Warrior, at least as they represent major energies within the psychic pantheon for the individual. The Mars-Juno match-up shows us how our Will, Self-interest, choices, and actions (Mars in Aries) have put us into specific empowerment venues and roles, ones that involve cooperation or aesthetics (Juno in Libra), but these aren’t integrated into the New Moon picture, leaving the energies to ‘dangle’ without potential for resolution.

Too, the fact that those scales are described as “Golden” implies a certain purity or high value–that is, what’s missing is as important as what’s present and active, in reading this image.

There is also the matter of ‘A Greek Muse’. I’m inclined to see that in this instance (in the New Moon snapshot of the sky) as pointing us toward Libra once again–in this case, toward the only body I’m currently using that carries a Greek, as opposed to Roman, name: Zeus, which sits at 19 Libra 58, closely opposed the Black Moon Lilith point in Aries and square the midpoint and each of Pallas-Jupiter in Capricorn, and also square Vesta in Cancer–creating a completed Cardinal Cross (as opposed to the Cardinal opposition formed by the New Moon-Sun opposite Earth-Saturn).

The Cardinal opposition emphasized the material/ physical experience, especially the barriers we face or the issues that limit us (Earth-Saturn) that will be illuminated/ triggered/ will generate new attitudes of caring, nurture, and concern (NM in Cancer). The factor of Time (Saturn), and what we’ve learned in the past or from its passage, is also vital to the equation.

The Sabian, then, may provide information that the initial aspect picture only hinted at. A Cardinal Cross is an action plan, a dynamic roadmap of what is in play–and knowing what’s in play automatically offers us answers about how to handle it. Our ambition and desire picture, particularly as it’s expressed through cooperative arrangements, partnerships, and the Arts (Zeus in Libra) is triggered by the friction provided by all that we’ve ignored, denied, or that has enraged us about ourselves (Black Moon Lilith in Aries), and this in turn prompts application of our highest standards and values, an assessment of and re-affirmation of our commitments and what we honor (Vesta in Cancer), and what comes from this tension are smart and practical opportunities to make solid, concrete responses (Pallas-Jupiter in Capricorn) to the issues before us.

The New Moon picture turns out, after careful consideration, to be much more personal, and much more focused on the individual initiative and perceptions, than it seemed at first glance. The action, then, is largely on the inside, though certainly, how we feel (Cancer) about our surroundings and material circumstances (Earth-Saturn) and the ways they restrict, hedge us in, help us build, or restrain us (Capricorn) will be the trigger for it all.

A Good Day To . . . 19 July 2020 Aim With Care

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‘The Archer’ By Max Nonnenbruch {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . to aim very carefully, to know what’s your purview and what isn’t, and to hunt and assert only within your own territory. Today fortune not only doesn’t favor the bold, it will smite the sloppy–so proceed toward any target with consummate care, cognizant of clear boundaries, and absolutely no desire to pick a fight–because if you do get aggressive, the whole thing, whatever that may be, could go down in flames. Even cooperative efforts could bruise us badly. Remember, it’s Dark of the Moon right now–pushing and fretting should be avoided–if possible, retreat and reflection will not only feel the best, they have a good chance of offering a slice of enlightenment.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 July 2020 Short Cut

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Silek lanyah, traditional martial arts of the Minangkabau people in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Silek lanyah is always performed in a muddy paddy field. Photo By Dody Guci CC BY-SA 4.0

The 18th Is A Good Day To . . . know that Self-assertion centered in a confident and accurate picture of who we are will be highly effective–but assertion that ignores barriers or reality itself, that grabs for power, that skips over inconvenient facts, and that is not based in kindness, will burn us down through our own poor choices. That could make it sound like this is a hide-under-the-covers day, but it’s not; all we have to do to avoid disaster is to refuse to try what we think is a short-cut in the handling of any situation. We may be tempted to cut corners today in an area we haven’t mastered, or aren’t that familiar with–but if we know our strengths and weaknesses, we also know where short-cuts just won’t work–so really, this is about our ability to be honest with ourselves about what we know and what we can do.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 July 2020 Partial Integrity

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‘On the Balcony’ By John William Godward 1911 {{PD}}

The 17th Is A Good Day To . . . look at why it appears what we see as wise or practical doesn’t seem to serve ambition fulfillment. We want what we want, possibly quite intensely, and we make the assumption that doing smart things, things that are ‘safe’ and that are well-considered and low risk, should bring us what we desire–but not today. We reach for something, and it moves farther away! That’s because we are acting in only partial integrity–upright and honest as far as it goes, but conveniently leaving out some things we’d rather ignore or deny–and it’s only in facing those that we have a chance in hell at grabbing the brass ring. Acknowledge what is, warts and all, and you’ll be able to move forward very effectively, as the wisdom we’re calling on for guidance will then be truly wise, and truly complete.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 July 2020 Schadenfreude

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‘Under the Shade of a Tree’ By Kuroda Seiki 1898 {{PD}}

The 16th Is A Good Day To . . . note that there’s not only no rest for the wicked, there’s no rest for anyone else, either! It may seem like dark forces are out to get us, but the reality is what we’re experiencing is awareness of every single place in our lives where love is missing. If we try to wield power, exercise authority, make things go our way, dig deep or research, try to make changes, or act with an eye on the future, we see at each step of the way how and where we’re failing to bring a loving attitude, to meet circumstances with our ‘Best Self’, where we are polluting our own lives with anger, bitterness, vengeful or resentful thoughts, or just a general desire to experience Schadenfreude.

Though it may feel like the Universe rebuking us, it’s really about seeing that we can’t tell ourselves that we’re loving Beings if we’re busy harboring resentments or wishing for someone else’s failure. Today’s about Self-awareness, and offers us the chance to repair those particular situations or relationships, to make positive change to our own part in things, so that we don’t in future regret our choices.

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

A Good Day To . . . 15 July 2020 Down the Rabbit Hole

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‘The White Rabbit’ By John Tenniel 1890 {{PD}}

The 15th Is A Good Day To . . . scramble down into the depths–you heard me, look right into the abyss, shine your light in, unafraid, right down into the dank, tarry tonsils of the monster–because that’s where the power and/ or the circumstances of empowerment lie (Sun opposed Pluto).

The part that you might not realize right off, that might keep you from ever even examining this shadow, is that there are no surprises in there, nothing we don’t already know about, nothing we can’t handle. The reality is that what we’ll be looking at are all things we shoved into that shadowy area in the first place–and those are the very things that offer agency and autonomy by resolving them (Juno parallel Black Moon Lilith).

It may feel a bit like plunging down the rabbit hole, but the Moon in Taurus says indulging in a little material comfort can make the trip a whole lot easier, and we should take advantage of this right now as our vision is all that much more acclimated to seeing in the waning light as we’re on the approach to a New Moon, slated for early on the 20th PDT.

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

A Good Day To . . . 14 July 2020 Striking Flint

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Yeah, today might feel a little like this. By De Vuurmeesters – De Vuurmeesters website/ eigen fotomateriaal, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47013433

The 14th Is A Good Day To . . . wonder why the heck everybody’s so angry, touchy, out-of-sorts, aggressive, ‘me first’, or just plain mean. Mars meets Chiron in Aries, and it’s like striking flint against metal: injuries around our sense of agency, autonomy, Self, of having ‘enough’, of being able to act, to see our Will shape matters, comes starkly forward, sparking against our personal wounds, our hurts around those same issues of agency and personal significance, and perhaps most notably, interacting with those ways in which our most unique skills haven’t been recognized by others.

It hurts, and unfortunately our attention is directed toward all the ways we’ve missed opportunities or been unsupported by the social arena (Sun opposed Jupiter). Everyone, ourselves included, may be prickly, and that kind of atmosphere suggests we might leave confrontations, requests, and demands for another day, that we might want to cut everyone a lot of slack and ignore outbursts, angry words, and abrupt, anger-fueled actions–and yet, be aware of what’s setting each individual off; knowing the sore spots that we and those around us may hide or smooth over in less tense times shows us the very places where we might want to apply remedies so that we can take such sensitivities out of the life equation all together. So, a day for reading the signals, retreating, and working out effective ways to address healing.

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

A Good Day To . . . 13 July 2020 The Imaginative Impulse

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By Renilson Alves de Alcântara – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81066430

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . notice a shift from yesterday: where just a day ago you were urged to imagine and plan but to remain smart (and largely static) in implementing those plans, today you can go full-speed-ahead with creative energy, as values empower and the imaginative impulse is working in tandem with inner wisdom and brings a sense of practicality that aids creative work of all kinds. Relationships aid efforts and may hold the key needed to accomplish, while what can be fills the vision and inspires. All in all, a day when we can set big things in motion, and take great leaps forward.

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A Good Day To . . . 12 July 2020 Dare to Be Wise

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Man with a full back tattoo, ‘Michael and the Dragon’, adapted from Die Bibel in Bildern (Revelation) engraving. Enlightenment motto “Sapere aude” is tattooed in the upper back, meaning ‘Dare to know’ or ‘Dare to be wise’. Tatoo: Anton Ivkin, Photograph: Alexander Kuzovlev CC BY-SA 4.0

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . make important plans, and to get very clear on what you want. Mercury goes direct in Cancer, and the Sun trines Neptune, freeing the mind so that suddenly it all falls into place. By ‘all’ I mean what you care about, and with the Sun’s spotlight on our ideals, our dreams, and our creative goals, we’ll be able to picture exactly where we want to go, and probably how to get there, as well. But, there are a couple of cautions: don’t share with the social order–they won’t offer support; the facts may not seem to support your aims right now, but don’t worry, they will eventually; and don’t think that somehow what we might refer to as ‘The Laws of Wisdom’ are suspended at this point–what you know to be wise or smart still needs to be taken into consideration with your planning and prepping. But otherwise, dream, love, create, and visualize away!

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A Good Day To . . . 11 July 2020 Identity Indigestion

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‘Studio Lunch’ By Henry Siddons Mowbray c1900 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . go with what pays off, rewards, nurtures, or provides, and let everything else go, for now. Pursuing ambitions only creates conflict, and desire fulfillment brings a kind of identity indigestion–what we’re hungry for doesn’t necessarily fit the Soul’s longings–so going after goals just doesn’t agree with us, one way or another. It’s an unusual approach, but counting your assets, Love, and blessings, and responding to the original, the accident, the spontaneous all contribute to well-being and prosperity, often in ways we couldn’t otherwise have consciously arranged. Set aside the push forward and the attempt to manipulate or control situations, and then fix attention on all the positives, and watch them multiply.

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

A Good Day To . . . 10 July 2020 A Marvelous Orchestration

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By М. Курушин – …И звезда с звездою говорит / Сост. [[w:ru:Баньковский, Лев Владимирович|Л. Баньковский]], Художник М. Курушин — Пермь: Кн. изд-во, 1986. — 202 с., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71341998

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . be a bit astonished at how effortlessly on-track we are. Healing happens, love and reward permeate awareness, and health in the largest sense forms our future. It’s a day to marvel at the orchestration of the Universe, and to sit back and follow its lead.

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

A Good Day To . . . 9 July 2020 The Sticking-Place

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‘Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth’ By John Singer Sargent 1889 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . use our instincts to root around in the depths of those issues we’ve avoided or denied, as examining what’s been neglected or rejected generates a kind of brilliant alchemy that offers insight we never suspected we had. It takes deliberate effort to gather benefits today, as the overall atmosphere is conflict-ridden and potentially injurious, especially to health, relationships, and finances; it can also affect the power balance–and that’s only sometimes for the good. It just so happens that all the reward is hidden within all that we’ve been ignoring or denying; screw your courage to the sticking-place, and have at it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 8 July 2020 Icebergs and Innovation

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‘The Iceberg’ By Frederic Edwin Church 1875 {{PD}}

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . surprise yourself with your own understanding, knowledge, abilities, or insight, particularly as you express it through channels of empowerment and responsibility. In this last day before Mercury stations in preparation for once again going direct, our thoughts seem to be all hard-edged and communications may feel like deliberate provocations; it’s in taking a Higher Mind approach (that is, a viewpoint that if not seeing the larger reasons for things, at least is aware that those exist, that what we’re seeing and experiencing is that bit of the iceberg that bobs above the ocean’s surface) that we get some perspective and so aren’t swept into angry, irritated, or aggressive responses ourselves. Important point: don’t expect to necessarily reason out why things are the way they are right now; it needs to be enough that we know we can’t see the whole dynamic from here. Focus too intently on the underpinnings, and our vision goes all blurry–it’s a safety issue, keeping us from dwelling on areas that will distract us, bleed our energy, or confuse (the presence of the latter pretty reliably indicates what M. Scott Peck characterized as ‘evil’–and nobody needs to fill their consciousness with that in order to avoid it). Then, allow yourself to show your most original, unique, and inventive characteristics and abilities, and so find delight in being alive–and have a great day!

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 July 2020 Shake It Up

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‘The Salmon Leap By Francis Wheatley 1783 {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . see that rewards, love, and good outcomes may come by directly addressing difficult circumstances. It may be that we stumble into the fortuitous situation, but it’s up to us to handle the problem and then reap the benefit. Opportunity comes by doing the unusual, by straying from our usual wisdom or by being impractical, and we can gain love or money by refusing to follow the herd or by using the facts, rather than force, to win the day. It may read as backward, but we need to shake ourselves up, a little, and this is the way to do it.

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

Good Days To . . . 5 and 6 July 2020 Steady On

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‘Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love’ Artist Unknown 1755 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . realize that today we wake up aligned in some important way. The highest values and ideals inform the Soul, the identity, and the purpose, and offer us an unerring compass, at least for today. Concentrate efforts on what and who you care about–all else pales by comparison.

By the 6th we are in a good position to focus the instincts on discovering what health matters need attention. Remember that ‘health’ is a broad term that can be applied to almost any life area, though current transiting contacts indicate that physical and emotional comfort and care will figure prominently–if you see a need, do something about it. One rather large caution also comes forward: we may be severely tempted to do the unwise or impractical thing either in relationships or with money–obviously, step away from that cliff! Stick to the safe move, the modest investment, and the reasonable interaction; spending to try to prove our love, wasting money in an attempt to impress (others or ourselves), or buying trouble with a loved one out of a sheer sense of contrariness are all possible. Just don’t.

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

Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn 4 July 2020 A Volatile Choice

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See the forecast for the 3rd here–

The Full Moon perfects at 9:43 PM PDT of the 4th at 13 Capricorn 37–and just so happens to be a Lunar eclipse, the third and final eclipse of the recent set. We see an enormous concentration of energies in Capricorn right now, which contains the Moon, Earth, Pallas, Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, the latter at 29 tense degrees (with the Saturn situation suggesting real-world pressures from which we can’t escape). The thing about this is that the Sun, arbiter of where our attention goes, of what’s in the spotlight, is in Cancer, emphasizing our emotions, our connections to others, and matters of care and nurture; add to this that the Sun is only two minutes from perfection conjoining Vesta at the time of the eclipse, and we see that what occurs with this Full Moon will occur in the real-world (Capricorn, Saturn) even as our attention is on intangibles, feelings, and the ‘comfort and care’ picture (Cancer). We have emotion, then, on both ends of the eclipse axis, with the involvement of Cancer and of course the Moon. It also suggests that we will be striving to operate at the level of our highest values and commitments (Vesta)–and that may offer an added layer of stress as we try to meet our own high standards.

Illustration by John D Batten for “Indian Fairy Tales” edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1892 {{PD}}

We’ll set our orbs to ‘generous’, as that gives us a dynamic picture of eclipse events. There’s a sextile to Ceres, a trine to Uranus, and a sesquiquadrate to Sedna, which implies easy personal expression of authority or a ‘mothering’ attitude (which may include overstepping those personal bounds), an urge to spontaneity, originality, and inventiveness, and difficulty ‘hearing’ the instincts or in seeing our own blind spot. So, a great deal of progressive, get-to-it energy focused on those we care about or have dominion over, coupled with an inability to adequately hear our own inner dialogue.

And what sets all this off? A Cardinal Grand Cross formed by the eclipse Earth-Moon opposition to the Sun-Vesta, crossed by a very close opposition of Chiron to Juno, which, though it sits ‘behind’ the eclipse by degree, implies that a recent (and possibly ongoing) wound to the autonomy or empowerment situation ‘blossoms’ with the eclipse contact. This suggests the trigger to authority expression, boundary leaping, spontaneity, and lack of touch with instinct and our own weaknesses is seated in this recent hurt, and that it creates an unsolvable emotional dilemma: do we honor our feelings about the situation (especially its material aspects–Moon-Earth; that is, do we honor the wound?), or do we honor the call to be our ‘best Self’ via elevation of those highest and most refined facets of our identity and commitments (Sun-Vesta)?

‘Bergziegen (Mountain Goat)’ By Franz Marc 1913 {{PD}}

That’s the choice, and it won’t be an easy one in the moment, in spite of how it may appear an easy choice when laid out like this, pre-eclipse. The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture’. This may best be illuminated in light of the Sun and Vesta’s Sabian at this time as it ‘fills in’ the axis and provides the literal illumination of the eclipse scenario itself, ‘A Very Old Man Facing A Vast Dark Space To The Northeast’. In both images we are presented with ‘witnesses to history’, to what may have disappeared or been forgotten, lost in the darkness, and this may relate to the triggering wound set off by the eclipse, a hurt that we, or those who inflicted it, may have tried to consign to the shadows. Our blind spot also resides in our internal darkness, out of our sight, and may as well figure in to what occurs.

There’s an interesting aside in the way that a chart drawn for the Northern Hemisphere assigns the direction of northeast to the 3rd House (this is something we need to know in horary, for instance, when trying to locate an object using a chart). This House describes all kinds of communication, local interactions, our neighbors and siblings (and the oldest sibling, in particular), and the act of writing. This may hint that the eclipse involves one or more of these elements, and certainly suggests that our experience will be as much lived in interaction with the world as it is an internal event, seen only by us. Some situation that has caused us pain may be resolved–or may act to blow things up–but in either case, brings a kind of ending or denouement to an emotionally volatile scenario.

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 3 July 2020 It’s A Mad World

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“A Mad Tea Party” From a 1907 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. illustrations by Arthur Rackham {{PD}}

The 3rd Is A Good Day To . . . relax. That vibe that’s rolling through you is the Lunar eclipse of the 4th, pushing energy before it like an object moving through water. The temptation may be to feel ‘carried away’ by the energy; you may hear a ringing in the air, feel the ground vibrating beneath your feet, or feel soaked to the bone with feeling on a perfectly dry day–but in any case know that, if you were dating the eclipse, this would be a situation where the eclipse says, ‘It’s me, not you’, making very clear that you are two separate entities, after all, and so not responsible for each other’s existence.

Keeping that personal independence from surroundings and surrounding events in mind, you’ll see that today sets the stage for the eclipse tomorrow, chiefly in two ways: one is the way that the facts, wisdom, and practicality are all amplified and exaggerated, opportunities align with best-case scenarios and choices, and optimism floods those areas that are truly our best options–so go toward those. The mind is slightly less defensive than usual, so accesses instinct that much more readily. Today can see great plans made or steps taken–just relax into it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 July 2020 The Gauntlet

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‘Raspberries in a Gauntlet’ By George Henry hall 1868 {{PD}} Photo By Daderot – Own work https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71676728

The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . be aware: wisdom either transforms the life, or what you consider wise is destroyed in light of real-world events or laid waste by a vengeful other. It could be that you finally have the power to do the smart thing, or the practical thing, or it could be that you must purge or destroy because what is just isn’t practical, doesn’t measure up or suit your needs. It may feel as if you’re running a gauntlet, but the reality is that if you don’t cast yourself as a dynamic player, you become by default a victim–and nobody wants that. Some meshing of the power situation with the skill set, or with wise or practical ways of expressing, must occur–there’s just no way around it. Hints for success: if you don’t accept your full measure of power, if you reject the idea that you are the arbiter of your own fate, someone else will grab that power or privilege for their own–and it may be very difficult to re-claim it, once it’s gone. Don’t try to sort things with the mind–it will only stick you in a repeating loop that will accomplish zero. And look for the roots of your power within a combination of personal authority and highest values–find the correct mixture of the two and you’ll be unstoppable.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 July 2020

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‘Der Brief (The Letter)’ By Johann Georg Meyer 1851 {{PD}}

The 1st Is A Good Day To . . . promise yourself you won’t communicate from a position of hurt–and further, that you won’t inflict hurt yourself. One thing we need to remember about our own part in hurting others is that we don’t get to determine whether someone else should feel hurt by something we’ve done; it’s not up to us to grant permission, or to assess the validity of someone else’s experience. Today’s a day that may test our own ability to recognize someone else’s pain, to honor it, and to apologize, if appropriate–and part of that is refusing to judge the ‘rightness’ of another’s experience.

If your response to this is, ‘Well sometimes others say they’ve been hurt to manipulate,’ I would say, ‘Yes, sometimes they do, but we don’t have to respond to that. Our only job here is to acknowledge that we can’t really know the experience of someone else. If you feel someone is trying to manipulate or control you, you can witness their statement of hurt, admit (to yourself) that you don’t get to judge this, all the while refusing to feel an obligation to ‘answer’ the demand you believe is being made. If you’ve been raised to jump to and see assuaging others’ discomfort as your responsibility, this may be very difficult for you. But learn how to respond appropriately, and you’ll be free.’

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

‘Squirrel Eating Chestnuts’ By Kawabata Gyokushō c1890 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a one-eyed squirrel so small he fits through the cage around the bird feeder and shares seed as if he’s one of the birds! In what way has seeing yourself as ‘not enough’ made you adopt behaviors you wouldn’t otherwise have engaged in, or hang with a crowd you don’t really feel a part of? Have you judged yourself unable to compete in the arena you really want to be in? Being unique is a gift, and your tribe will (at least, eventually) appreciate and honor that (I’m particularly talking to those who may be leading with these energies: ground-breakers like Aquarius, deep feelers like Scorpio, and Artists like Pisces), so there’s no need for Self-exile–you just need the courage to enter the fray–and then again, there’s nothing wrong with seeing the world from another point of view, and making friends who are very different than you, especially ones who may not entirely understand you–but they accept you, and that’s what counts.

A Good Day To . . . 30 June 2020 Sidle Up

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Sidle up sounds like saddle up, doesn’t it? By Anson Ambrose Martin c1840 {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . approach things obliquely, especially expressions of personal Will or efforts to promote one’s own competence or elevate one’s own status. Even though we may feel alight with good ideas and eager to implement them, we may not anticipate the way what we’ve ignored or denied up to now comes roaring back to muck things up. And it’s not just that; this is the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (inferior referring to Mercury’s retrograde state), a time when our retro-period mulling plants the seeds for new ideas and ways of thinking, so can be the starting point of ways of seeing that would find our current choices, if successfully implemented, less than satisfying.

Better to proceed with caution, allowing ourselves to be informed via the surprise, the off-beat, and the unexpected, meeting challenges with an inventive and original turn of mind, not pushing too hard for any particular result.

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

Today’s word image is: on a warm summer night, a car idles for hours. In what way are we ‘running our engine’, wasting energy and resources, when we should ‘go dark’, allowing ourselves to rest? Covid times are tough on all of us, in ways we often can’t anticipate, and prompting us to try to be continually ‘ready’ for what we must face, to always be doing something productive or to improve the Self. That may have served us as an initial response to a multitude of stressors, but as summer arrives we need to be willing to get adequate rest, to refuse a kind of hyper-responsibility that doesn’t serve and is highly draining. Turn off your engine, get out of the vehicle, and look up at the stars.

A Good Day To . . . 29 June 2020 Collision

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This artist’s concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. NASA/ JPL-Caltech {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . duck and cover–or embrace every shred of pure Power you can get your hands on–there’s no in-between. We’ve been waiting for this re-match with Jupiter and Pluto, and it’s finally here: exaggerating clashes, the forces of destruction working to obliterate the facts, beliefs transcending all dangers and all reason–so really, a day when maniacs, dictators, the unreasonable and the fanatic may prosper all out of proportion, simply out of a conscience-free desire to advance their Will and a willingness to reach out without discretion, while those who value reality, who consider the welfare of the larger social order, who embrace the Power of their own spiritual connection, or who have Faith may seem to be under imminent threat (though special note: those who hold misguided faith are in for an awakening, a devastation of their false god, a repudiation based in fact).

The reality is, though, that formidable as these darker, more power-hungry forces may be, they are equally matched in a contest with Faith in the Universe, with the sheer might of the positive, the optimistic, and the long arc of justice. It’s a time when instinct can serve us well, providing we can sort it from the mind and the emotions (though the emotions, when ‘clear’, can guide and inform the instincts).

Think back to their first meeting in April of this year, view the second surge now, with another perfecting mid-November. Too, review if possible their last pair of meetings, in December 2007 (in Sagittarius) and December 1994 (in Scorpio). There should be some sort of thread discernible, most probably a personal one reflecting larger dissonance in the world but just as easily one that is so very personal that it’s been hidden, kept private, and now is exposed (or re-exposed, at least to us). Often we see the House placement in the natal chart signifying the way the larger social effect manifests at our real-world level, and/ or the subjects where we find upheaval. The effect is one of change, expansion, destruction, applied to the facts and faith of the world as we know it. Brace for impact.

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

A movie recommendation for the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction: Melancholia by Lars Von Trier.

A Good Day To . . . 28 June 2020 Not In Our Stars

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

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . do it. Mars sextiles Saturn, making for smooth, real-world efforts–just enough restraint, just enough push–and Mercury conjoins Vesta, rooting thought processes in highest values, which guarantees that what you plan and do will be in line with the essence of what you honor (less-than-satisfactory results should prompt Self-examination, particularly in terms of what you find sacred in life–in this case, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves). Yes, Merc is still retro, but here we don’t rely on the mind but the things we find important to guide us. Moon in Libra makes things pleasant in interaction and aesthetics, and aids in negotiations, so don’t be afraid to approach ‘the Other’.

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A Good Day To . . . 27 June 2020 Serendipity

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Original work on canvas by Roberta Pinna. Owner/Collector: Sergio Marchionne. Photo By Ginevra Caracciolo 88 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75108567

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . know that, for as much care and caution as we needed to exercise yesterday, today we can throw caution to the winds. Mars enters Aries, offering us confidence (perhaps even too much!) and a novile to Uranus suggests that serendipity, coincidence, the sudden event, the accident, the surprise, the shock, the revelation, the innovation or invention, interaction with ‘the group’, or a Higher Mind understanding offers brilliant benefits. Any questions? Of course not–that was rhetorical–go get ’em!

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A Good Day To . . . 26 June 2020 Fry Day

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‘A Portrait of a Mother and her Two Sons’ By Hilda Fearon 1911 {{PD}}

“Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”–my mom

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . be really really clear on where and from whom the anger is coming. This might be our own temper, spilling over, someone else’s, or a combination, and could come in many forms, some of which are unlikely to actually look like the aggressions they are. Blame it on a 29 degree Mars in Pisces (so good at hiding, good at camouflaging as something else) in a T-square with the 29 degree Nodal axis across Gemini-Sagittarius. The square brings conflict to the surface, including our own internal conflicts, and forces them out into the world via  choices and actions (Mars), thoughts (Gemini), and beliefs (Sagittarius) related to the life path.

This may distract from the ‘real’ issue, which is a careful weighing of and thinking about Power. What our power is worth to us is the issue, and there’s a particular focus on the way our thinking shapes (quite literally in some instances) our relationships to both others and to money.

We may be exhausted by the end of the day, but we do get through it, probably having gained some very clear ideas of where we stand–and we should be glad of it, as lately we’ve been more or less acting or choosing through the fog of Mars in Pisces, the retro Mercury, and the shook up values, relationships, and asset picture of a retro Venus. Too, we’re not out of eclipse season yet; another comes on 4 July, and that means we’re still becalmed, unable to choose a direction that serves our best interests yet, still riding in that valley between events through uncertain and sometimes contradictory energies.

Hint for sorting things out today: those who get angriest either have the most to hide, or are just discovering how messed up things really are. If that’s you, be kind with yourself–in reality nobody expects you to know or anticipate everything.

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

A Bit of This Week: 22-25 June 2020

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‘Le Palais Contarini’ By Claude Monet 1908 {{PD}}

In the Near Future It’s Good To . . . be ready to adjust and re-adjust our stances on just about everything. The big news on the 22nd was Neptune stationing retrograde and likely removing at least a couple layers of fog, misperception, misdirection, and/ or deception. This switch will point out over the course of the retrograde what dreams we can realistically move toward, which we must nix, and which need more attention, modification, or creative input in order to be viable, and may also offer a reality check on an ideal or two. This is longer-term, and so likely to be delivered by moving aspects to the chart related to natal Neptune or the transiting body to other natal points, which can help pinpoint when the influence may come forward in the life, and can indicate which life areas might see the clearing skies.

As with all the ‘heavier’ bodies, Neptune moves very slowly at direction and regression points, and so may leave the impression that this is the state of Neptune-tinged areas permanently, but there’s one thing to remember: the Neptune influence is like standing knee-deep in a muddy lake. We can’t see the bottom, even though we know it’s there, and we can’t see what else may be floating around us in the water. It can be unnerving if we focus too much on defining what we can’t see; still, we must keep in mind there are things we can’t see, and though imagination can serve to ‘fill out’ what’s invisible it’s not really advisable, as it’s too easy to let the fears drive the imagination. This period also includes a Neptune contra-parallel to Juno, suggesting a ‘big reveal’ (or at least a new idea about) the roles where you call the shots or cooperate with the mate; where you’ve been fooling yourself about your own power and reach may become apparent. Be glad you’re finding out this way, and not in some more stressful or demanding scenario.

On the 24th Venus stations direct, ending our long national nightmare of aesthetics gone wrong and the sampling of relationships outside our usual territory. Hopefully it brought some successful experimentation and revealed a new love or revenue stream, and maybe kicked off some fast friendships. Venus does her turnaround in Gemini, and that may give us a break; what we think of things may coalesce quickly and be unusually clear for a concurrent Merc retro period–and that can only act to bolster confidence.

There are two noteworthy minor contacts (but those can be major under the right circumstances, can’t they?) on the 25th: Uranus sextiles Vesta, and the Sun conjoins Hygeia. With the first we may see surprises or sudden developments delivered through the home scene and those life areas to which we dedicate our efforts. This is highly individual for each person, and could also suggest we see some intimate relationship, home situation, or cause we’re committed to through a Higher Mind lens, which could offer revelations concerning where and to what we should dedicate our efforts. The second just puts a big spotlight on health; stay aware that health is a state of being that can apply to almost anything–in this case, with the pairing in Cancer, we are likely to focus on the health of what and who we care about, or the health of anything related to the matters of the House where Cancer is located in the natal chart.

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