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Your Weekend 21 January 2018 The Point

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‘Red Houses’ by Agnes Weinrich, c1921 {{PD}}

Health and circumstances of empowerment both balance on the past; we see clearly the thread that connects past behaviors and choices to our current situation (Hygeia and Juno conjoined the South Node). The point of such insight, of course, is to modify our thinking, our intentions, our approach with an eye on the future we’d like to create (Mercury quincunx the North Node). Today we do that best by scrutinizing relationships and finances specifically for those related things we try to ignore, to turn away from, or that make us angry but which we bury for the sake of a surface peace or continued income (Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith). This scrutiny will almost undoubtedly be unpleasant, and probably uncomfortable, but it will have the virtue of bringing us closer to our Truth (and this is so even if we don’t share our insights or confront others over what we feel are wrongs). Get angry, and wash that anger away with love–that’s the potential available today.

Here’s the result of a fight over a stray animal. ‘What An Unbranded Cow Has Cost’ by Frederic Remington 1894 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an Old West shoot-out, where no one gets shot. That’s a good thing, and yet, you have to wonder, what was all the shooting about? Are you in a similar situation now? This image suggests it may come to nothing–maybe that’s a hint that all parties can just walk away, now, and save their ammo for a more productive fight.

Your Weekend 20 January 2018 Haunted

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Jan Grubiński ‘Pejzaż o zachodzie słońca’ 1908 {{PD}}

Our attention, even in the full sunlight of consciousness, is drawn repeatedly to what enrages us, what we would rather look away from, what we would like to ignore or deny (Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith), and this leads to contemplation and discussion of (even the working out of agreements over) power and reach, to negotiating and bargaining with those who hold power over us, or over whom we hold sway (Mercury quincunx Ceres). No matter how much we turn our attitudes and faces toward the light, we will find ourselves haunted by what offends, deeply irritates, and consumes us with righteous anger; in order to retain our own current power and relevancy, and to maintain sufficient dignity and autonomy, we may need to adjust, to discharge some of the outrage, or mobilize it in some useful channel–failing that, a deep breath and a step back may keep us from some unseemly, potentially disastrous entanglements.

Rembrandt ‘Artemis’ Nautilus cup detail 1633 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a poison passed off as a medicine. There are many things that fall under this description, though the most obvious might be chemotherapy, where the death of the bad is accompanied by a certain unavoidable amount of the death of the good. This encourages two questions: one, is there ever truly a benefit to accepting poison into one’s person? That is, is loss of the good with the bad simply to be expected, and can the same result be attained by other means? And two, does poison plus faith create its own alchemy, changing the detrimental to the beneficial? Is there some confusion? Are you taking in a poison that you think is medicine, or vice versa, a medicine that for you is a poison? This is a highly personal subject, and is by no means a criticism of anyone’s treatment of choice for any thing. Remember, the Daily Word Image is symbolic, meant to prompt consideration of what’s behind and beyond the physical and observable. 

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 January 2018 Problem Children

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Anonymous pair, Artist Unknown, c1900 {{PD}}

Pallas enters Taurus, bringing wisdom down-to-earth and making the practical and the skilled valued, and the Sun enters Aquarius, emphasizing an intellectual approach, or a modern one, that encourages discovery and understanding. With that as the general tone, we may see reality right in line with it (Saturn parallel Pallas) even as our attention goes to what isn’t smart or practical, as if it’s the Universe’s ‘problem children’ that get all our energy (Sun sq Pallas). That means we may be distracted (Merc sxt Neptune), which can result in actions and choices that do not align with instincts (Mars opp Sedna) or that can bring almost magically fortuitous outcomes (Venus nov Neptune), the stuff of our ideals or fantasies. What makes the difference between headstrong acting-out and reward manifestation? A strong sense of what we value, and a willingness to think about and invest in what we honor (Merc nov and Venus sxt Vesta).

‘Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord’ By Adolph Tidemand – EwGseaUks6vhrQ at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29835502

Today’s word image is: attending a wedding. What’s getting together right under your nose? Are you supporting something by your mere presence that you otherwise don’t think is a good idea? Does official recognition of this pairing change the way you feel about it, or about each of the participants?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 18 January 2018 Half-Hearted

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Little cushion, a love token made by a sailor, England, about 1900. Musée du Coeur (collection of Mr and Mrs Boyadjian ), MRAH, Jubilee Park, Brussels. Photo By Vassil CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

It seems we’ve seen and accepted that values and priorities are integral to good health (Vesta parallel Hygeia), and we’ve taken steps to heal ourselves (Mars trine Chiron), but we may still resist what we know deep inside to be true, as wonky thinking asserts itself in half-hearted follow-through (Mercury semi-sq Mars, sesq Sedna). Accept that modifications need to happen, if you’re going to make the most of recent positive developments; nothing goes forward without your acknowledgment that further change is necessary, not optional, and that the things you long for can’t occur until significant shifts take place.

Today’s word image is the color red. Use it as a sign of synchronicities and a notice that you should be paying careful attention at that moment.

Just a Little AstroEssence 17 January 2018 Health

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

Our health–mental, emotional, spiritual, and especially physical–shapes our world and viewpoint today. The state of health appears to dictate our ability to respond in an empowered way, to act–with the greater the degree of erraticism or unpredictability implying a sense of less power–and somehow a rejection of wisdom in favor of Love or Money suggests we are taking a ‘higher mind’ approach to things that removes us from our actual emotional reaction. We can get a little lost inside our own heads, so that finding a static point about which we are entirely certain in our assessment and feeling can become the difference between wasted time and progress (Saturn nov Juno and Hygeia, which are conj, Mars qnx Uranus, Venus squares Pallas and enters Aquarius, Sun semi-sq Neptune)

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso ‘The Leap of the Rabbit’ 1910 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is that interval where the Universe is pushing you to leap, but you don’t yet see anything to leap to. Vague, I know, but also a moment we can all identify with. Though this is typically the most nerve-wracking point in any venture, we should make a conscious effort to relax into the uncertainty–relaxing makes it that much easier to hear exactly what the Universe is ‘saying’.

See the New Moon in Capricorn here–

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 January 2018 New Moon in Capricorn ‘Uncertainty Principle’

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Though this is considerably more moonlight than we get with a New Moon, this picture seems to capture the spirit of this NM well. ‘Dubrovnik bei Mondlicht’ (Dubrovnik by Moonlight) 1914 By Eduard Kasparides {{PD}}

We have a handful of interesting pair-ups, aside from the New Moon today. Ceres conjoins the North Node point, creating a conscious awareness of how our current power position is forming our future–and perhaps generating some confusion, fear, or delusion, or an insistence on idealism, because of it (Neptune parallel Zeus)–add to this Mercury conjoined Black Moon Lilith, for a touch of paranoid thinking or obsessive anger or worry, and you set the New Moon stage as one where we may be very concerned over what’s to come. Being anxious, even potentially acting or lashing out, almost becomes a given, as that energy must go somewhere, discharge somehow–and that’s how we make a little explosive casing for New Moon events.

The New Moon is 6:17 PM Pacific time at 26 Capricorn 54, conjoined an already separating Venus, but not close enough to be considered conjoined Pluto, over which Sun and Moon have both recently passed. This scenario suggests that the New Moon event is born as a reaction to recent trauma or change and the risk/ reward potentials it has presented. Now, we are thinking, we must stabilize things, figure out the ‘rules’ as they currently stand, set parameters, contain the matter, or choose a shape and structure for developments, trying to control them. What we may not see is that they have already been given a Capricornian shape, and that the New Moon is actually our reaction to that. Difficulty knowing this may be the function of the semi-square of the Moon to Neptune; we’ll almost certainly struggle, to see our own ideals clearly as we grope for a guideline, or just to make it through what will likely feel like an entirely arbitrary fog. Why are we having such a hard time? we may wonder; it’s Neptune, inciting its own kind of uncertainty principle (though the ‘real’ one is Heisenberg’s, that is an apt analogy for this effect, as well).

The New Moon falls at the rough midpoint of a Mars-Chiron trine, suggesting NM events have some origin in or connection to both our own choices/ actions and our wounded nature, perhaps even that the NM event is our effort at finding a balance between the two influences. The NM is also in rough square to both Uranus and Pallas, both in Aries; it may feel like the NM is our reaction to the unpredictability, erratic nature, and/ or wisdom (or lack of it) of others. Our Willful attempt (Cappy NM) to contain or put up barriers or arrest the Will of others (the Aries placements) finds expression in conflict (the square), but doesn’t require open warfare. The trine of the NM to Sedna says we either access instinct, and so respond adeptly to the ‘threat’, or we respond out of the depths of our own ‘blind spot’, setting other, new physical consequences (Sedna in Taurus) in motion.

Caspar David Friedrich ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’ 1817 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Pilgrims Climbing The Steep Steps Leading To A Mountain Shrine’. This suggests a building of effort, toward eventual attainment, that is very much in tune with Capricorn, as are both the symbol of the mountain and the humble pilgrim. No matter what shape New Moon events take, and no matter what they are in response to, we embody the sincerity of the pilgrim, who acknowledges there is something bigger, ‘more than’, ‘out there’, and that the only way to understand things in this uncertain world is to take steps, one at a time, that lead us to the sacred place (the shrine of the symbol). And that journey, whether we are conscious of the sacred nature of those steps or not, is life, isn’t it?

Hint for personal New Moon interpretation: Look for the configurations; there’s potential for two Fingers of God (base of NM-Chiron or base of NM-Mars, apex a natal body, also Grand Trine with NM and Sedna, third component a natal body). Remember, for a Finger the apex must be quincunx (150 degrees) from each base element, with an orb of no more than two degrees from both base elements. A Grand Trine can be a little looser–give it 3 degrees orb.

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 January 2018 Waking From the Dream

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I’d want to wake from this dream, if only because it’s so crowded! The dreamer is in the left corner, in case you had trouble finding her. ‘The Reconciliation of Titania and Oberon’ 1846, By Joseph Noel Paton {{PD}}

We’re in Dark of the Moon right now, you know; that makes influences like a whisper not quite heard, permeating the unconscious, seeping into dreams, curling around our ankles like fog–nothing truly dramatic, just persistent and stealthy, felt rather than seen, noticed only in the most oblique ways. That’s unusually subtle for an aspect like Jupiter sextile Pluto, which exaggerates or informs or fact-checks circumstances of change, transformation, or destruction: are things really destroyed? Do we know whether the transformation took? Is the danger as big as it seems? We see the dark side of Love or Money, and our imaginations run away with us, likely in a negative direction (Venus parallel Pluto and semi-sq Neptune). But here’s the good thing: the practicality and wisdom of our own minds and reasoning power reasserts itself (Mercury parallel Pallas), pulling us back from the brink, cutting through the fog, waking us from the dream, and showing us what may have been lurking in our ‘blind spot’, making us that much more prepared to go forward successfully (Sun trine Sedna).

Today’s word image is too much pepper. I know someone who cooks with what I consider too much ground black pepper–in fact, it’s pretty much the only spice she ever uses! Don’t get into a rut; variety really is the spice of life–season things in a new way, and watch the new ‘flavors’ as they come to the fore.

Your Weekend 14 January 2018 Harsh Surprise, Positive Benefit

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‘The Frosty Morning’ 1894, By Nikolai Nikanorovich Dubovskoy

That’s what today boils down to: surprising circumstances, shocks, revelatory information, intellectual jolts, incursion of the modern, the new, or the group into the individual prerogative, but all of it results in highly positive benefits, generating healing or unique use of our skills (Sun sq Uranus and sxt Chiron). Vesta enters Sagittarius and noviles Zeus, opening our eyes and our horizons to the ways we can honor and innovate in achieving our goals, while Chiron noviles the South Node, drawing on the past for answers and ways of redressing ills. Our actions and choices are deft, clever (Mars novile Saturn) and we gain by following our instincts (Venus trine Sedna). The only negative may be that it’s so easy to believe messages we were given in the past that we may miss who and what we really are today (Mercury nov SN).

Drawing By John Singer Sargent CC0

Today’s word image is a lie told because the truth is unacceptable. Is that okay? No. Face what is; reality, no matter how painful, is always preferable to a fantasy–and it’s important to know, we can’t begin to make effective change until we know exactly where we stand.

Your Weekend 13 January 2018 Be the Current

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‘La Dordogne’ By Frits Thaulow 1902 {{PD}}

Be aware that actions and choices may spring from outrage, acknowledged or not, or from a healthy sense of righteousness (Mars semi-sq Black Moon Lilith), and that the messages we send and receive will chafe against the usual social norms, our beliefs, or the facts as we see them (Mercury semi-sq Jupiter), and yet what actually grabs our attention are the shiny surprises, the unpredictability of relationships and rewards, and the unexpectedly contrary nature of our wants, all of which can just as easily inflict injury as they can heal it (Venus sq Uranus and sxt Chiron). ‘Head above water’ may be the goal for most of us as we struggle to decipher and handle what comes at us; a better aim might be ‘Swim with the current’, allowing influences to inform and illuminate what we see, think, and do, while keeping an eye out for rough water ahead–or, if you can rise to it, ‘Be the current’, sending your influence out in gentle but surprising ripples.

‘Tea Cup Ballet’ Artist : Olive Cotton (Australia, b.1911, d.2003) {{PD}} gelatin silver photograph, gift of the Artist Accession Number : 218.1980

Today’s word image is a hot cup of tea, gone cold. Do you drink it, or throw it out? Re-heat it, wait for someone else to clear it up, berate yourself for having abandoned it, are you angry at the waste, or do you fail to give it a second thought? Answer that, and then replace “hot cup of tea gone cold” with “relationships”. What do you think of your answer, now?

Just a Little AstroEssence 12 January 2018 Focus On: Mercury Conjoined Saturn

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Thomas Pollack Anshutz ‘The Ironworkers’ Noontime’ 1879 {{PD}}

In Capricorn, Merc the Messenger, the Shapeshifter, he of the fleet and varying (Mercurial!) meets Saturn the Taskmaster, symbol of all that is ‘Real’, the god of denial, oppression, discipline, and accomplishment, and everything, communications, thoughts, writings, messages spoken and unspoken, realities symbolic and literal, give us a running assessment of our world, our reality, and our effectiveness at interacting with and affecting it. It’s as if the Universe holds up a three (or four)-dimensional mirror to each of us, offering precise, detailed, and un-sugar-coated feedback on who and where we are, right now. Listen. Ponder. Respond Appropriately. Give yourself credit for all that’s going right. Consider that at this time, you are able to suppress the nagging, running commentary of the mind, and so to allow reality, with this meeting in an Earth sign, to bring things (and especially the meaning of things) ‘home’ to you with the impact of a falling anvil! Hard (and inadvisable) to ignore.

Today’s word image is a chameleon. Symbolic of the Mercurial nature of today’s aspect, this image draws our attention to the changeability of matters. Don’t be surprised if, when you look away from something, then look back, it appears much different than it did at first glance.

Just a Little AstroEssence 11 January 2018 Serious

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George Inness ‘Home at Montclair’ 1892 {{PD}}

It’s a very serious day today, in the sense that we are solidly aligned with reality, with what matters to us, and with the thoughts that empower and guide us to effective action. We may balk at tackling power issues directly, or at looking unflinchingly into the darkness, and yet we’ll still process, be aware of, and so successfully deal with heavy matters in highly positive ways. We might call it a day when the unconscious takes the wheel, and that’s a good thing. Only two things can push us off course: if we are worried about expressing our power or being in charge (and so struggle with others for dominion), or if we’re worried about how things may pan out in future (wanting guarantees and assurances), then we may be tempted in the direction of tortuous reasoning trying to justify our choices–which will inevitably turn things in a bad direction. Relax into circumstances, let go of the obsessive or over-controlling approach that can spell downfall, and trust that you are a source of highly effective guidance and inspiration today, as long as you keep anxiety out of the equation (Venus parallel Saturn, Sun parallel Pluto, Mercury nov Mars, Juno, and Hygeia, Mercury sesq NN and Ceres)

By Kippelboy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19143963

Today’s word image is peeling away old wallpaper, to find a magnificent hand-drawn scene beneath. What needs to be removed, to let the creation, the beauty, shine through? Careful and deliberate efforts that reveal the inspired, the artisanal, or the unique might be required today.

And have a great Thursday!

Just a Little AstroEssence 10 January 2018 No Gap

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Aurora Borealis in Estonia, Photo By Kristian Pikner Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

The only shift today is Mercury fleeing Sagittarius and entering Capricorn; as quickly as the Messenger flies, we’re used to every few weeks making the adjustment. In this instance, we may find ourselves narrowing our horizons, moving our attention from the Big Picture to the concrete and material. What occupied our thoughts as theories, wishes, or ‘What Ifs’ cries out to be given physical form or seen realized in real life. Make a conscious effort to bring to reality something recently only thought of; even the smallest effort at materialization will help the energy flow in productive directions, unimpeded by any gap between mental and material.

Henri Rousseau – ‘Jungle with Lion’ 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is cutting a path forward through thick undergrowth with a machete. Sometimes it’s necessary to forge ahead, to apply sheer Will power to going forward on ‘the Path’; too often we hesitate, scared silly we’re going to make a ‘wrong choice’. The reality is we can’t make a ‘wrong’ choice, as we’re making it! It comes from who we are; does that mean it’s the perfect choice? Maybe, maybe not, but at the very least, by making the choice we are being both Self-determining and learning whether that option really does or does not work for us. Be bold, but wield your power with care, and some finesse–a machete cavalierly handled can cut what it’s not meant to– so know you have more power than you may believe or be aware of, and proceed from there. 

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 January 2018 Change Your Fate

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Alphonse Mucha ‘Fate’ 1919 {{PD}}

Today we see and feel a rare confluence of energies perfectly suited to offer life and even Soul-changing opportunities. Relationships, finances, or our own ego or Will may be the catalyst (Sun-Venus-Pluto conj, all sxt Mars), or events/ evolution within or without may prompt change. Thoughts support desires, and suss out the most effective way for us to pursue opportunity, which springs either from potentials seeded in the past or from our own previous choices and actions (Mercury nov Jupiter and parallel Venus, Jupiter parallel SN). The way we become aware of all these energies is likely through the conflict between our current ambitions and desires and our resources or relationships; somehow these don’t support our goals, and this sparks the whole merry chase for shaping our lives and ourselves more to our liking (Sun-Venus-Pluto sq Zeus).

Today both Venus and Pluto begin a new cyclic period in relation to the Sun. The initiation of a new cycle always suggests we need to be on the lookout for new forms and patterns related to these bodies. These can come in the internal form of seeing these influences in a new light, or in external developments that show us these are no longer what we once believed them to be. Awareness that our relationship to matters of assets, interactions, Love, values, change, and destructive inclinations may all more or less find new forms; it’s up to us to note the shifts, and accept a ‘new reality’ in regard to the spectrums Venus and Pluto cover.

By D J Shin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23019400

Today’s word image is: while sitting in your car, considering taking certain life steps, you see another car approach that presents as identical, seemingly right down to the passengers! Encountering the doppelgänger is something that happens to all of us–the question is whether we recognize ourselves in that other when it occurs. So, something like when the Groundhog looks for his shadow, if you’ve seen your doppelgänger of late, consider it a signal that your Self-awareness is ‘on’ and so accurate, but if you haven’t, consider that the answers you’re seeking are likely being reflected back to you in some way, with a change of focus necessary to perceive them.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 8 January 2018 Push or Shove?

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By author DrGML; artist Leda Luss Luyken painted and photographed the artwork – artist Leda Luss Luyken’s own files, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10364392

Will we take today’s influences and push ourselves, or will we simply shove others, waiting for them to make it happen? We enjoy a huge advantage in facing the day: we’re firing on all cylinders, swimming in the groove that magnifies the potential for benefits and rewards, and we take a smart and realistic stance (Mars sxt Pluto, Venus conj the Sun by Superior Conjunction and both sxt Jupiter, Merc parallel Saturn and trine Pallas). Thinking enjoys remarkable clarity and signifies harmony between Soul and mind (Sun parallel Mercury). Is there anything that could muck up so much positive juju? Why yes, there is: it’s that enthusiasm that might cause us to shove others rather than motivate ourselves, a failure to take assertive instincts and apply them to transforming circumstances or the Self, and instead to bully, darken, destroy (Mars sxt Pluto, Sun sxt Jupiter=magnifying the Self). Keeping an optimistic outlook in relation to the social sphere and where it’s going is not just the healthy thing, it’s the thing that could help channel assertive energies in a positive direction (Jupiter parallel and and Chiron semi-sq Hygeia)

‘Woman with a Dove’ Opatija, Photo By Berthold Werner, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38552070

Today’s word image is a dove mistaken for a pigeon. This struck me as if it were a dream image, where a symbol of peace is seen as a much more ordinary bird (who called them “rats with wings”?) So, what ideal or agent of peace in your life is being misidentified as something ordinary, and so likely being taken for granted? ‘Appreciation’ may be the keyword here.

Your Weekend 7 January 2018 Echoes

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Talbot Hughes ‘Echo’ 1900 {{PD}}

Influences today are oblique, coming at us sideways, so to speak, and echoing instinctive knowledge, what we know but haven’t recognized (info carried in the ‘blind spot’), or the past and what it has taught us (Neptune semi-sq Pallas, Mercury qnx Sedna and paralled by the Sun). How successfully do we handle this? It may all depend on our relationship to various women in our lives, or to the anima spirit within or without, or to the financial reality and arrangements, as these challenge our personal autonomy and right to choose for ourselves (Venus qnx Ceres). The information we need is evident, right in front of us, and it’s up to us to ‘read reality’, and combine it with highest values as applied to matters we’ve ignored or that have enraged us (Vesta nov Black Moon Lilith). A successful reading of What Is, plus a vetting against values and what we’d rather ignore, promises we’ll find our answers, or at least what we’re looking for in the moment as it applies to our priorities and commitments, and that what comes forward as needing to be acted upon has a touch of genius, giving the whole thing a satisfying and inspired feeling.

By the way, the asteroid Echo is at approximately 15 Scorpio 56 today, making it still conjoined Mars and Jupiter, square Ceres and the Nodal axis, and sextile Sun and Venus, and tying it firmly into today’s picture–but was it necessary to look up this object, to get the ‘message’ or sense of ‘Echo’? No–I only looked after having written this post. This is a great example of how we don’t need more minor bodies in order to see what’s happening, we just need to be well acquainted with potentials for what we do examine daily. The essence will come through, with minor bodies acting to reinforce one’s perceptions, or sometimes to pinpoint something the meaning of which would otherwise remain diffuse.

Special notes: if you have a natal placement at 15-18 Gemini, you’re on the receiving end of a Finger of God, the apex of which is the natal placement. This promises action characteristic of your Soul and purpose, performed in Love, that broadens outlook or potentials, via the natal energy or the House matters it rules. If you have something at 14-17 Taurus then you’re looking at a Grand Cross with the natal energy as one arm; expect reflections of the past to echo through decisions about life direction and power expression, involving the natal placement or the House it rules, if any.

Today’s word image is a man in a ladies pant suit. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, really, though the issue may be one of fit; the proportions will be off, as will the tailoring to curves that don’t exist in the wearer. What in your life is ill-fitting, not from being the wrong thing, but from the attempt to apply a set of suppositions that are not cut for the situation?

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Your Weekend 6 January 2018 What You Want

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Depicts Bahram Gur (central figure) on horseback hunting three doe, from a Khamseh of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi. Behind the hunter stand two attendants on horseback, and one on foot. In the far distance two hunters stand behind a rocky hillhttp://www.britishmuseum.org/research {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17783246

What You Want, like a headline in a newspaper, hangs over everything today; our Will, our wants, are Big (Mars conj Jupiter) but don’t fear, this is a healthy thing, a positive Self-expression thing (Mars parallel Hygeia). That sounds like a recipe to go get ‘it’–and yet, we may be too steeped in the past (especially in what we wanted in the past, bent on seeing an old desire filled, without asking if we still want it–Mars parallel SN pt); couple that with a certain fussiness and vanity surrounding our expectations of the future (Venus qnx NN pt) and we may end up trying to heal our thoughts and obsessive ruminations rooted in the past (Mercury sq Chiron, semi-sq Hygeia) rather than indulging our most unique and original sensibilities (Mercury trine Uranus)

‘Two Hummingbirds “Copper-tailed Amazili”‘ By Martin Johnson Heade c1870 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a hummingbird visiting a feeder in the dead of winter. Sometimes we so strongly associate something with a particular setting or cyclical point in time that we forget that those things exist at other points, too. What surprising, out-of-season thing have you encountered lately, and what did it remind you of (potentially, that may be a reminder of something you miss, or that evokes a much different perspective on things, one you wouldn’t normally take in this ‘season’)?

Just a Little AstroEssence 5 January 2018 Real-World Reaction

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Fritz Erler ‘Diana the Huntress in an Autumn Landscape’ c1920 {{PD}}

We assert ourselves on the social scene, or make big, sudden moves; we’re focused on opportunity or education, on teaching or reaching the facts, and on grabbing possibilities or accessing info before they’re gone. That can mean that we almost immediately find what in our real-world scenario will be resistant to, shaken by, or altered with our choices. See that instant feedback as a good thing, a chance to modify ambitions and ways of perceiving material circumstances– it wouldn’t otherwise do to get what we want and then find it impossible to manage, or to fit into our ‘real life’ (Mars parallel Jupiter and semi-sq Saturn, Sun parallel Saturn and qnx SN, Merc semi-sq Zeus)

I saw something like this

Today’s word image is a dress, gown, or outfit from another century. Did you see something from the 20th, or farther back in time? Does the clothing belong to a period you personally relate strongly to? Is what you saw elegant, militaristic, or does it signify certain activities or professions? What do you think your choice (or more accurately, what popped into your head) says about you?

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 4 January 2018 Take No Prisoners

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Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky – ‘Ice-Breakers on the Frozen Neva in St. Petersburg’ 1876 {{PD}}

Are those obstacles real, part of the external world, imposed by regulations, rules, the laws of physics and physical reality, and signs, written or not, announcing, ‘Go No Farther’, or are the barriers we face generated by our own Will, insistence, ego, and aggression, factors that may meet resistance from others and so actually be caused by us? If we are in a position of authority, we feel challenged, and if we are seeking to express our own autonomy and authority, we meet externals that hold us back, or down. If we persist, will we be successful in our efforts? If we’ve thought things through, and believe wholeheartedly in our own idea, while at the same time being willing to do whatever it takes, and are also prepared to burn it all down if necessary–then Yes. If you find yourself lacking a ‘Take No Prisoners’ attitude, then you should wait for another day, one that won’t depend so heavily on a kind of single-minded ruthlessness in reaching goals (Saturn sesq and Mars sq Ceres, Mercury parallel Pluto)

Today’s word image is a massive waterfall, frozen solid. Of course, we’re seeing this in real life with Niagara Falls. As a symbol, this may suggest powerful emotion that has ceased to ‘flow’. Two questions you need to consider: Is there something you feel strongly about that you have frozen in place, to avoid feeling those feelings? And if you don’t begin to deal with them now, what do you think will happen when there’s a thaw?

Just a Little AstroEssence 3 January 2018 Beautiful Dreamer

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Illustration by W. E. F. Britten 1900 {{PD}}

You’re a beautiful dreamer today, and you can heal yourself; make sure that visualizations and daydreams show the ideal, the creative, and the values standards at their peak. What you ‘see’ may cause a needed modification to Self-expression, to commitments and priorities, and to original efforts, but it’s all for a good cause: the realization of a dream, the perfection of an ideal, or the manifestation of Love. Do take care that the desire for Love or asset betterment doesn’t fall prey to the deceptive or illusory–connect to the skills and the wounds, particularly the Chirotic ones, to know whether what’s presented is a positive answer, or just creates more misleading questions (Chiron trine and Uranus qnx Vesta, Venus sxt Neptune)

‘The Horse Rustler’ By William Herbert Dunton {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a cowboy.There are a great many things this image could convey, and if there are other more appropriate associations for you, that’s fine, but I’m thinking this: a cowboy is an individual leading a tough, mostly rootless, hand-to-mouth existence particular to Western North America, whose hardscrabble lifestyle has been wildly romanticized by those who greatly misunderstand it. Is there something (or someone) in your life you’re ignoring the down-and-dirty, very rough details of, romanticizing it to suit your own needs? Are you dressing up some role or activity of your own in a way that denies how hard it might actually be on you? Is romanticizing something a way for you to cope? And do you care if your image of something may be wildly off the mark in terms of the reality it recognizes (or ignores)?

Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, illustrated by the drawing, top of the post.

Year after year unto her feet,
The while she slumbereth alone,
Over the purpled coverlet
The maiden’s jet black hair bath grown,
On either side her trancéd forth
Forth streaming from a braid of pearl;
The slumb’rous light is rich and warm,
And moves not on the rounded curl.

The silk star-braided coverlid
Unto her limbs itself doth mould
Languidly ever, and amid
Her full black ringlets downward roll’d
Glows forth each softly shadow’d arm,
With bracelets of the diamond bright;
Her constant beauty doth inform
Stillness with love and day with light.

She sleeps; her breathings are not heard
In palace chambers far apart;
The fragrant tresses are not stirred
That lie upon her charmed heart.
She sleeps; on either side upswells
The gold fringed pillow lightly prest;
She sleeps, nor dreams, but ever dwells
A perfect form in perfect rest.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2 January 2018 Uranus Direct, Everybody Else in Trouble!

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Bühnenbild bei Vollmond “Eine Nacht in Venedig” (2015) Photo By SFM2016 – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The social order or opportunities themselves spell trouble for those who hold authority or responsibility (Jupiter sq Ceres), those powered by ego or aggression or sheer Will find themselves at a point of reckoning (Mars sq Nodal axis), and relationships and/ or finances are fired in the crucible of instinct and the effects of the ‘blind spot’ on choices and commitments (Venus sesq Sedna)–and all of it, along with the Uranus Direction in Aries, spells, if not outright revolution, then a riotous response by the individual to the world at large.

But as always, we need to focus our attention on what’s working, what can help us handle the pressure and potential disorientation delivered by the above aspects. Our assets include the ability to formulate clear plans and receive sharp insight related to our goals (Mercury sxt Zeus) and we muster the imagination, creative ability, and spiritual understanding to handle what comes (Sun sxt Neptune). All in all, a disruptive and even exciting set of influences that we are more than up to handling, as long as we keep our heads and refuse to succumb to Self-imposed confusion or fear.

Another word about the Uranus Direction: Vesta sits quincunx the planet upon direction, so that if you have a natal placement at 23-26 Virgo, the direction promises to provide a turnaround, an answer, a revelation to a question or conundrum concerning commitments and values framed through their interaction with the natal energy.

Everybody can expect a little chaos, especially of the reactive or emotional variety; though the revolution seems to be enacted without, it’s a true indicator of upheaval and changes within.

Today’s word image is: a hair stylist who creates a hair dye that changes color repeatedly after application. Fun, right? As a message, it suggests the ‘coloring’ of thoughts in some way that continues to change. Have we adopted beliefs or mental stances that, out of necessity or even fickleness, keep morphing? Does that make them more useful, or is the adoption of such thinking an add-on, that is, not natural to you? And was this mode of thinking possibly originally adopted out of rebellion, an urge to be seen as unique? If so, do you need such externals anymore just to prove your individuality to yourself? Or do you simply enjoy playing with your image?

A New Year’s Wish For You For 2018

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By Nicodemusgold – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54297561

Here’s my New Year’s wish for every one of you: that you make no resolutions for 2018. Here’s why: we must stop seeing ourselves as ‘works in progress’ and start treating ourselves as if we are already adequate to do whatever we dream of, to face whatever we need to. There’s no need to gather courage, resolve to be better in some way, to put off living and doing, or try to ‘clean up’ some area of your life. Perfection is not a goal, it’s an artificial (and static) state, so stop yearning for it; it only prompts judgment, guilt, suffering, and ultimately, rejection of ourselves. We are not perfect, and never will be, but we are perfectly lovable the way we are–so love yourself, be open to receiving love from others, and have a wonderful 2018! Thus endeth the homily 🙂

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Full Moon 1 January 2018 The Making of an Emotional Truth

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William Stott of Oldham. ‘The Birth of Venus’ 19th century {{PD}}

The Full Moon of the 1st at 11 Cancer 37 at 6:23 PM Pacific time doesn’t make many close aspects, though it does form a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Mars; the Full Moon also opposes Sun-Venus, which are heading toward Superior Conjunction, and which during that period (5th-9th, roughly) will pass together over Pluto. This Sun-Venus circumstance-to-come only figures in as it alerts us to potential responses to Full Moon events–and it could be that the Full Moon itself acts as a pre-echo, a harbinger of what the Sun-Venus situation will bring, likely involving changes to the valuing of the identity, to the sense of Self-Love, to the concept of what assets we possess, both literally and in the form of talents and abilities; or, Pluto may contribute transformation energy, a kind of nuclear blast that sends change out in incontestable ripples, or it could bring about shifts in Sun-Venus through an experience with Power–and this all kicked off by a Lunar completion, finish, realization, or ending, one that anticipates some entré to the Sun-Venus-Pluto effect via the developments of the Full Moon.

And what are those? They will concentrate largely in a re-balancing of effort/ Will and the creative urge. We may see where we need to do more, where to apply our creative ideas, how to facilitate those things that so far have dwelt only in the imagination–and we do this through feeling (Cancer, the Moon, Water GT) as it can be materialized (Moon’s conjunction to Earth). The most useful result may be that we will see exactly how to make what has remained nebulous or a mere creative notion into a materialization of emotion, in essence a felt event or object, an expression of what we care about, something that encapsulates a personal emotional Truth.

‘The Pearls of Aphrodite’ Herbert James Draper 1907 {{PD}}

The opposition to Sun-Venus simply points to the future, to the alteration (as the two move over Pluto) of our Self-concept and/ or our asset picture, changing it in response to what we do or create at the Full Moon. We create the image of ourselves by what we create! Simple and confusing, all at once.

Are there dangers here? Of course–they are Martian: the ego can overwhelm, aggression can take hold, or illusion can drive a less-than-productive course–and yet, it’s all useful, in that we will be allowed to refine our efforts, to see more clearly how to make the world in the image we prefer–so even disappointing results can show us the way.

The Sabian for this Full Moon is, ‘A Chinese Woman Nursing A Baby Whose Aura Reveals Him To Be The Reincarnation Of A Great Teacher’. With this image we see Universal recognition of the advanced spirit, of the ‘teachers’ we all encounter, no matter what form they take, whether they be individuals, institutions, or events; that is, if we look we can see what can guide us, what holds worth, what will advance our own spirit–it simply requires willingness to see, something we aren’t always open to.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘An Illustrated Lecture On Natural Science Reveals Little-Known Aspects Of Life’. Again, if we are willing to see (or listen, in the spiritual sense–‘an illustrated lecture’) what we might otherwise (incorrectly) refer to as ‘the secrets of Life’ will be revealed (incorrect because there are no secrets, not really)–and again, all it takes is intention to see, is willingness to let go of illusion.

Just a Little AstroEssence 31 December 2017 Power Place

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Carl Moll – ‘The Blue Lantern’ 1903 {{PD}}

Vesta is semi-squared by Venus and parallels Juno, setting up a slightly tense dynamic of lady-energies (the power of the feminine, the anima, the receptive, the nurturing, the gestating), empowerment issues, and priorities, commitments, and values that searches for internal harmony; that is, though actions arises out of potential discord, it quickly evolves into expression that is correct for our roles and our current ‘power place’ in things. Thoughts are clear and on point, especially in power terms (Mercury trine Ceres) and we send and receive messages relating to authority with amazing precision (in spite of the way most of these are unspoken). All this measuring of empowerment and consideration of communications may require the identity to re-shape itself, as we see that instincts and our ‘blind spot’ may both offer input that demands a new, more accurate Self-image be adopted (Sun sesq Sedna).

‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester (1804-72)) – Illustrated London News [[PD}}

Today’s word image is a child much too old to literally believe in the existence of Santa Claus, who does. I’m not talking about ‘the magic of the season’, nor am I referring to a truly young person; this is about someone who has a rough time socially because his family has gone to great lengths to convince him that there is a mysterious stranger who brings him presents once a year–when others at his junior high school have long been in on the reality of things. Is it bad to believe in mysterious forces that work in your favor? Of course not–that’s pretty much the essence of my definition of the Universe–but it may be detrimental to insist on ‘alternate facts’ so deliberately that it causes a rift for the individual with the rest of the world. In this case, the individual has no say–he has simply been told by people he trusts that this is so. It brings to mind that saying about treating someone like a mushroom–they’re fed sh*t and kept in the dark! Look around–is it time you stopped believing something, now that the belief is actually becoming a problem? Does that belief separate you from reality in a negative way? Does it make it difficult to get along with others? Or do you know someone like this, who insists on keeping themselves in the dark? You can spot one of these beliefs by the way the individual insists that circumstances and all talk support the belief, with no contradictions (that is, no reality) allowed.

Just a Little AstroEssence 30 December 2017 Subliminal Punch

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Tom Thomson – ‘The West Wind’ c1916 {{PD}}

We have a single, subtle aspect perfecting today, Pallas contra-parallel Ceres; it may be entirely subliminal, exerting an influence below conscious awareness–and that can lend it way more punch than it deserves. What’s wise or practical comes up against any role we play that sees us exerting our personal power, negotiating for what we want, or calling the shots with those over whom we hold sway. Somehow, taking charge contradicts the smart move, and exercising our Will turns out to be impractical. Does that mean holding back, taking cover, abdicating responsibility, is our best choice? Not necessarily; both bodies are in Fire, and that may suggest that this discord is a prompt to find a new, smarter way to make our Will felt, to offer our guidance, or to take a ‘Big Picture’ stance in negotiations. Old forms of Power expression don’t work as they used to, and what’s wise has changed over time; this aspect brings that reality to our attention, and asks us to adapt, if we want to remain potent and relevant.

‘Fleeing skeleton’ By Władysław Podkowiński 1891 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: the last book you purchased. Have you read it yet? What did it come to mean to you? Or is it all in the title, a personal message from the Universe like a note in a bottle that washes up at your feet? In my case, I’m going with the title of a book I picked up just today: ‘The Bone Clocks’ by David Mitchell. Sounds like attending to my aging skeleton might be advisable! What about you?

Just a Little AstroEssence 29 December 2017 A Touch of Genius

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Paul Klee – ‘Gespenst eines Genies’ (Ghost of a Genius) 1921 {{PD}}

Today Venus conjoins the point Black Moon Lilith, and both are novile the South Node; the conjunction happens in Capricorn, and makes for a rather grim tendency to concentrate on negatives. We see relationships and/ or financial situations in light of what enrages us, rather than focusing on what we love about them, and the impulse is to lock things down, to contain the bad feelings, or to try our darnedest to continue to ignore or deny matters, in spite of the way we are oh-so-conscious of them now. We may just want to put a lid on it, when it might be much healthier to shift our focus from judging things as negative to seeing them as information. This might allow us the emotional distance to access the novile aspect’s ability to add a touch of genius to proceedings via memory; we are able to dip into the past and extract just the right thing to turn that downer into a beneficial event or to see profit from something built in the past. It’s up to us to find the serendipitous connection between previous circumstances and now, and to use this as a lens through which to re-focus our interpretation of the current situation.

‘Into The Black’ Uploaded to WikiMedia by tm
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Today’s word image is the color black–or rather, the absence of color, as a black object absorbs all the colors in the spectrum, bouncing nothing back to the eye. So, this image may prompt us to look for one of two things: something in our lives that acts as a ‘black hole’, which can never be ‘filled’, or something that refuses to interact with us, that doesn’t bounce anything back to us. Do we want this in our lives? may be the question–and then, what are we willing to do about it?

Just a Little AstroEssence 28 December 2017 Crisp Thought

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Like biting into a really fresh, tart apple, our thoughts are clear and crisp, and focused on the future (Mercury trine the North Node in Fire). We’re far-seeing, and the facts are evident and in plain sight. It’s a good time to plan, and to think through your course of action–the only caveat is to realize that we can get too mental, too much lost in our own heads, if we’re not careful.

By Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6383771

Today’s word image is a crowded bus that can’t take on any more passengers, and so drives by the stop. There’s usually a good reason why we miss something that seemed like an opportunity, or that we may even have seen as our ‘right’. Trust the Universe; if something passes you by, know that it wasn’t right for you, for one of a thousand reasons that you may never know.

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 December 2017 The Creative Moment

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‘The Painter’s Honeymoon’ 1864 Frederic Leighton {{PD}}

The reality picture makes us remarkably clear on our values, on what we care about (Saturn nov Vesta); we may at this time commit to someone or something, possibly supporting an entity or effort we never anticipated caring for–or we may see how our highest values have shaped the reality picture in surprising ways (that is, in ways we didn’t realize our values were actually exerting an effect on). In spite of some issues over the exercise of authority and what we get from it (Venus sesq Ceres), we find a direct line from our intentions and actions to creative responses and output (Mars trine Neptune). Expect some revelation concerning commitments and what we honor, expect to re-shape the values and Self-image accordingly, and use the harmony of personal and creative energies to tackle big creations, and to make significant efforts you want others to see as uniquely your own. Take advantage of the creative moment. Good luck, and happy creating!

‘Thrushes’ Nest’ Fidelia Bridges 1877 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a single, young bird alone in a nest. The word ‘fledgling’ comes to mind, someone or something new, untried, fresh, inexperienced–but on the cusp of ‘spreading its wings’, getting acquainted with the wide world and showing that world what or who it is. Is this you, ready to put out there a new idea, invention, creation, or effort, to play a role you haven’t yet tried? Something is ready, ripe, formed, and waiting, and it may be a little scary at first, but you should know the timing is right. Or are you seeing this in someone else? If the latter, consider what encouragement, advice, caution, or support you can offer–but take care to speak only from genuine experience, rather than from any assumption you’re making about how it all works.

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 December 2017 Hidden

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Fernand Khnopff – ‘The Veil’ 1887 {{PD}}

It’s all about what’s hidden, ignored, denied, or about what has and continues to enrage us; the mind is filled with these thoughts, and all attention goes there (Sun conjoined Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel BML). A very special key, one that frees us from this obsessive and mostly fruitless ruminating, is found in the past, in experiences or lessons that we didn’t suspect, until now, to truly be of use (Sun-BML nov SN). Think back for that solution or answer; it’s of an Aquarian nature, found in the modern, technological, advanced, intellectual, in the matters of the House where Aquarius is in the natal chart, or in a simple state of understanding, which may involve taking a cooler approach to things, from a different angle than you assumed before.

By Javcon117* from USA – My Pink Snowman, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54768735

Today’s word image is a snowman. To my surprise, I’ve found that people have very individual associations with and feelings about snowmen. When I think of them, I feel a little tired. As a child the adults always suggested making them, but wouldn’t allow use of anything but rocks to make a face–and the result was a bit grim. It always seemed like a sad labor that resulted in a grit-faced monster, rather than the jolly being I’d envisioned. Now to me a snowman symbolizes someone’s idea of ‘keeping others busy’, that is just disappointing, a waste of time and energy, to those others; I’ll look around for that in my life. So what do snowmen mean to you? That’s what you should ask yourself–and go from there.

Just a Little AstroEssence 25 December 2017 Engaging the Future

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A tree on Hadrian’s Wall (Sycamore Gap) in Northumberland, UK. Photo by Tom Habibi, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Venus and Saturn, conjoined and at the midpoint of South Node-Jupiter, engage the North Node by sesquiquadrate–and we note a brief Fist of God is formed by the Moon when in very late Pisces/ very early Aries it squares Venus-Saturn and so also sesquiquadrates the NN (lasting from about 2-8 PM Pacific time). Solid manifestations of Love may be the theme today–ironic, on a day when so many will exchange gifts–but for everyone a sense of being able to look around and touch what you love, what you value, what you see as an asset–and as well to see where that love, in all its forms, may be lacking. It’s all about how past choices, how past responses to ‘the facts’, to social pressures, and one’s own level of optimism and adventure have created the Now–and during the period of the Fist, we get a chance to reconcile the feeling nature and intuitive perceptions (the Moon) with the Love state within the material reality (Venus-Saturn)–and quite naturally, this creates the future (NN apex).

The Peace Bridge, Tbilisi By Amir Hossein Eslami – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63883484

Today’s word image is the phrase ‘Peace on Earth’. We’re not likely to get this, as long as there are nation-states, tribalism, and conflicting interests–but we can try. Make your own little corner of the world a peaceful haven; that’s not just a good thing for you, but a contribution to us all. Merry Christmas, if you celebrate, and wishing All a wonderful last week of this surprising and tumultuous year!

Just a Little AstroEssence 24 December 2017 Reckoning

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Михаил М. Гужавин (Mikhail Markelovich Guzhavin)- Зимняя ночь (1917) {{PD}}

It’s a day of reckoning, where our optimism is tempered with a stark awareness of how and why our hopes and intentions may not mesh with the current life direction, and where opportunities may cause conflict with our plans (Jupiter sq Nodal axis)–and this, in turn, might play on our wounds, and make us question our own strength and fitness to live out our choices (Mars sesq Chiron, Sun sesq Ceres). With Saturn and the Sun just entering Capricorn, and Merc freshly direct, we may feel a wee bit overwhelmed, as if barriers and dead ends are popping up everywhere. The reality, though, is that we’re being asked to slow down and take a thorough look, both at where we are and what we want. Venus helps, as she enters Cap, attuning us to the benefits of hard work and the parameters of concrete realities, even as she conjoins Saturn and novile Vesta, showing us what we treasure (and so are sure we want to keep solid) in terms of commitments, relationships, and those things we honor. If we see there’s no hurry, we can embrace our needs, values, and priorities, and so see clearly how we want things to progress.

Today’s word image is a piece of embroidery that takes years to complete. Is there some project you’ve been working on, piece by piece, for a long time? Have you put off completing it for some time, because it’s complicated, or other life events have called? Or is that a way to see life, each ‘stitch’ (choice/ action) creating a pattern that close up isn’t discernible, but makes a distinct ‘picture’ when viewed from a distance?

‘Embroidery with Scenes from the Life of the Virgin’ unknown artist {{PD}}

Just a Little AstroEssence 23 December 2017 Revved Up

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By Dietmar Rabich – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53804703

The only aspect perfecting today is a parallel of Mars and Juno. That may not sound like much, until you consider that puts the need for personal empowerment together with the ego, the sex drive, the action urge, the Will, the ‘I Am’, and the very energy that gets us out of bed in the morning! We may not even realize how strong our push, not just for autonomy, but for making an impact, making a difference, or making waves might be. Self-awareness and caution are highly prized today, but so is the opportunity to make significant inroads in meaningful, personal goals and in advancing the individual agenda.

‘View of a Corridor’ 1662 By Samuel van Hoogstraten {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a bag of birdseed that bursts, sending seed everywhere. ‘Eating like a bird’ comes to mind, a phrase meant to indicate a delicate appetite, even though we now know that birds eat tremendous amounts for their size each and every day–and that suggests some appetite or ‘push’ toward something that we or others see as or are characterizing as something quite the opposite to what it actually is. Where is want being portrayed as quite modest, when it’s really quite ravenous? Do you want to furnish a massive amount of whatever it is that’s required, or are you thinking it’s time to align appetites and consumption so that there’s no misperception of where resources are going?

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 December 2017 Take Your Time

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Gardner Symons ‘The First Snowfall’ c1920 {{PD}}

Mercury stations direct in Sagittarius (at 13 degrees, even!). The turnaround points are typically tense; we want to act, as we sense things are changing. We may even sense that our way of processing events is changing, precipitating an urge to act or come to conclusions while we are still ‘ourselves’. There may be a wee panic; am I losing my mind, are people keeping things from me, are my beliefs failing me, what don’t I know? (those last two particularly appropriate for Mercury in Sagittarius) This time Merc changes apparent direction without making any super-close aspects, and since it moves relatively slowly after direction, we require a very close shave to call them significant. We’ll likely feel the shift in matters of the House holding Sag–something will become clearer, or will be apparent–and in the matters of the Houses Mercury rules. Best to give things a day or two before going forward. That tension that can make us want to hurry can cause as much of a warp to perceptions as can the actual retro period, so allow a little time to pass, before going forward.

Today we also see Pluto sextile Vesta, suggesting that highest values, what we honor, what we find sacred may undergo change, possibly from what we learn on the Merc direction, and Jupiter semi-squares Saturn, implying some discord between beliefs and reality, or the social sphere and restrictions (or again, the reality of things), or between what we know and what we see in front of us. This, too, may contribute to the changes to what we value, as we parse the facts and the real-world situation.

Yesterday was the Solstice, the day in the Northern Hemisphere when daylight is shortest, while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks the longest stretch of daylight–so, important everywhere, not astrologically, but symbolically; in winter it suggests a renewal of hope. We’ve seen the ‘darkest day’, and now the light will steadily increase, and as light-sensitive Beings we respond to that positively. We instinctively feel we are safer in the light–and ‘staying in the light’ does, in so many ways, keep us from harm.

Today’s word image is sunlight on the pines, on a very cold day. Take a moment, visualize this (or whatever scenario in nature you find peaceful). Can you smell the cedar, hear the bird song, feel the sun on your skin? Make sure to allow yourself and others time for such pauses in the coming weeks–we’ll all feel better for it.

John Constable {{PD}}

Remember that cloud of healing energy that we formed during the Eclipse years, specifically as an energy ‘bank’ on which those who needed it could draw? Just a reminder that it’s still there, available if you need it–and open for deposits, if you’d like.

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 December 2017 What Have We Become?

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Today the Sun enters Capricorn, parallels Venus, conjoins Saturn, and falls at the midpoint of the South Node and Jupiter (and so sesquiquadrates the North Node). This collection of contacts tells us who we are, specifically what we have created in the real world, in terms of both our personal character and our accomplishments, an appropriate assessment and review as we stand on the cusp of the Mercury direction. This happens naturally; the mind goes toward measuring quality and status, particularly in concrete, quantifiable terms. The influences on this process involve our values and our internal wisdom and practicality (Venus trine Pallas), which work together to create an accurate portrait of what we have become. Believe your own Self-assessment; you’re on solid ground with it, as long as you don’t succumb to rationalization or a denial of instincts (Venus qnx Sedna).

Today’s word image is a hot air balloon floating over a prairie at dawn. Does this signal adventure to you, ‘rising above’, ‘getting a bird’s eye view’, freedom, or is it frightening, something that could suddenly go out from under you and plunge you to earth? Is it transportation, romantic, impractical, or just fun? Or does it suggest something (an idea, a personality) inflated on ‘hot air’, that can’t travel on bombast forever? For some reason I’m seeing this symbol as something to be interpreted personally, as if only the individual associations have valid meaning–so it’s your call completely.

Just a Little AstroEssence 20 December 2017 A Sparkly Kick

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The 20th, like so many other days recently, holds a special, sparkly-magic kick, if we can only get out of our own way to use and enjoy it! The viewpoint offered by our creative imagination and/ or our ideals opens up myriad possibilities to exercise our prerogatives and make a significant impact on our own lives–the limits hinge on our ability to imagine ourselves in power (Neptune nov Juno)–and we gain, earn, or benefit through optimism, reaching out through publication, teaching, or broadcasting functions, or through the largesse of the social sphere (Venus nov Jupiter). The hitch, that stumbling block we may be tempted to place at our own feet, concerns the wound scenario, particularly within relationships or financial situations (Venus sq Chiron). To combat the urge to Self-sabotage, we must fully and without reservation embrace our most unique qualities, the things that make us so precisely who we are (Venus trine Uranus). Do that, and we can count on surprises and revelations that bring reward.

John Singer Sargent – ‘The Birthday Party’ 1886 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a reflection of that Venus-Uranus trine and the Venus novile to Jupiter: a household prepares for a birthday party. What’s a birthday party but a celebration of an individual’s uniqueness? The world just wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of each and every one of us; be aware of that today, as the idea that individual Beingness itself is worthy (and so worth celebrating) may be a good thing to remember. The reward that comes from recognizing each unique contribution may surprise you.

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 December 2017 Saturn Into Capricorn

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Saturn in Capricorn will give us the determination and iron constitution necessary to climb that mountain. Plate from ‘The Fables of Aesop’, “The Wolf and the Goat” 1909 By Edward Julius Detmold {{PD}}

With no other aspects perfecting or changes happening today, all the focus is on Saturn and the sign of Capricorn–even the Moon is there! So here’s a re-look at my previously published post, with the good news that the tension suffered (starting around the 10th) while Saturn lingered at 29 Sagittarius will dissipate. The sense of a ‘fresh start’ is bound to be evident–make the most of it!

19 December 2017 8:49 PM Pacific time, though that precise measure isn’t really necessary–Saturn moves slowly enough that its changes can sneak up on us–but when it changes signs, we do feel it, as the world seems to change ‘flavor’ around us. Saturn is the planet of reality, of the material world and all the accomplishments and barriers, both literal and figurative, within it. That’s why we are likely aware of the sign change right away; even if we aren’t conscious of astrology, we may be conscious of a shift, something like when you turn a kaleidoscope just a quarter turn. Things are rearranged, the light behind them may seem different, but they’re (usually) not unrecognizable (that’s more likely when transiting Saturn contacts transiting Uranus or Pluto, giving the kaleidoscope a full turn or two, or even shaking it upside down, and that shake-up may happen personally when transiting Uranus or Pluto contacts natal Saturn).

See? Capricorn energies can be your friend. ‘Heidi and a Goat’ By Jessie Willcox Smith 1921 {{PD}}

What we see as Saturn enters Capricorn is a perfect blend of effort and time, with the new sign shaping these into real-world results. We see what we have created over a long period, one that required Self-discipline and a persistent application of energy–or, we see circumstances resulting from a lack of application and discipline. We reap results of sustained and serious endeavors, or the long-term neglect of what we should’ve attended to; we see how our use of time affects us. If we thought things would take care of themselves, this may be the point when we find out they have not.

We can’t really talk about Saturn entering Capricorn without discussing Pluto’s journey through the sign. Pluto plowed through and continues to disrupt, destroying, wreaking havoc to what was secure, solid, established, bringing the possibilities of freedom from old constraints, transformation of institutions and barriers, and also ushering in a long-term falling away of obstructions to our perception of Truth and Reality. That doesn’t mean everyone sees the real world for what it is; it’s still an individual choice where we must be willing to see things as they areotherwise we can observe certain contingents who seem to be so completely oblivious to reality and ‘the facts’ that it defies logic. This is the Pluto effect: a stripping away of barriers that either shows you the real deal (if you accept that your world is changing) or that prompts a complete turning away from real world circumstances (if you don’t), substituting a Plutonian-centered non reality that promises nothing is changing, and that in fact you will be restored to some previous (unrealistic) level of all-powerful beingness. And now Saturn enters the sign, carrying a bucket of high-grade cement, ready to apply agents of constraint and form to all that Pluto has disrupted.

What we will see is this: that Saturn entering its own sign may result in Saturn cutting off, ending, or constraining transformations created by Pluto in Capricorn, whether those transformations are complete or not. Saturn may require those changes slow down, or it may insist on them taking solid form, or creating a new system within which to work, or it could deny their potential all together–but in any case it begins to solidify what had previously been fluid–or I should say, molten, as Pluto melted down without regard for status or standing. We add time to change, and we get a New Reality–and at the entry of Saturn into Capricorn, we get a glimpse of where things are headed, a peek at what’s beginning to emerge from the shadows.

As Saturn enters Capricorn we look at what aspects it makes immediately; this offers some idea of the initial impact of the sign change. Saturn will semi-square the South Node and Jupiter, which means Saturn is caught at the midpoint of the two; our first view of Saturn’s effects may involve the past and the public sector, or our beliefs and how they mesh with ‘the facts’, or we could see how work or effort made previously may offer opportunity in the present. Saturn will also sesquiquadrate the North Node (of course–in aspect to one Node is to be in aspect to both) and the Sun catches up to conjoin Saturn quickly, suggesting we see the situation when it is still new, raw, fresh–and we see the difficulties of where it will lead. And, the transiting Moon is also in Capricorn when Saturn enters, passing over Pluto. This suggests that what we see may give us a scare, may make us want to ‘reform’ from what we see or intuit, or may show us how we really feel about changes that have happened–and so what we are likely to want to establish, as Saturn makes his way through the sign.

Today’s word image is a dream where you were directly provided with ‘the answers’–that you can’t remember upon awakening! Be reassured–those keys are in your mind somewhere–and will come to you at the right time.

Read more of my work here, or search for your favorite topic here at the blog. And here’s a little something discussing tensions associated with the 29th degree, as well as a few other topics–and have a great rest-of-the-year!

Just a Little AstroEssence 18 December 2017 Improving on Realism

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All that Sag and New Moon energy makes us ready to tackle problems and make things better. ‘Riddaren Rider’ 1914 By John Bauer {{PD}}

Under the light of a waxing Moon, we inspect our values, our relationships, our assets, and ourselves for the health and ‘rightness’ of things. It’s a day where we assess, and maybe tackle inconsistencies, in what we care about–and where we find clever ways to make things better, to help them flourish. We come to understand: it’s all good (Venus nov Hygeia).

Today’s word image is Paul Bunyan and Babe, his Blue Ox. Do you know these characters? You can read up on it here in a fairly comprehensive view of the origins and iterations of this folk figure. This image suggests to me someone or something big, out-sized even, hard-working, good-hearted, an extraordinary, larger-than-life entity that carries mythic status. Are you dealing with someone or something like this right now? Do you feel overwhelmed? Does a myth-like quality surrounding someone or something make it especially difficult to deal with, or to get others to see in a realistic light? In spite of its positive nature, do you feel that the mythic size of this offers no place for you to express as it takes up all the figurative oxygen in the room, or perhaps you feel bowled over by the sheer magnitude of it, and so one way or another find yourself ‘left in the dust’? Don’t let your feelings fester, and know that you’re not a ‘bad guy’ just for wanting to make an impact, have a say, feel relevant, and see things (or have others see things) in a realistic light.

See what to expect from the New Moon of the 17th here–and read up on tomorrow’s entry of Saturn into home port Capricorn here–thanks!

Your Pre-New Moon Weekend 16-17 December 2017 Finding Peace

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‘Feeding the Doves’ By George Dunlop Leslie {{PD}}

The Dark of the Moon leading up to the New Moon in Sagittarius will be gently fraught with energies that may make us feel a little anxious or aggressive, but that channeled successfully will actually lead to profit, originality, and successfully bringing forward lessons learned in the past and applying them to construct the future (Venus sxt Zeus and semi-sq Mars, Mercury sxt SN/ trine NN, Sun trine Uranus-Pallas) Relationships support ambitions, even if we may find it a tad hard to get others to take action in the way we envision, and despite Merc’s retro status, we see what’s smart, what’s practical, and what is uniquely suited to the current situation. All this is available if we take a cool, intellectual or innovative approach to matters (Juno enters Aquarius), and if we take the Merc retro precaution of being fully aware that there are facets of our decisions and information of which we don’t yet have knowledge.

By the 17th we’ll have found the ‘right’ creative channels and our own most profitable and authoritative role, and our actions and choices are likely fortuitous, despite being a wee bit haunted by doubts or the fear that we’re missing some vital clue. We end up finding that priorities and values are challenged to prove their relevance and veracity; as long as we’re clear on our ideals, we’ll have a solid ability to assess the direction in which our actions and choices are taking us.

Hint: The key to dealing with Mercury retrograde this time around may be in compartmentalizing ‘thought areas’, tackling them in narrow, one-at-a-time fashion that doesn’t demand we mentally process everything at once, just one small specific matter before us–and of course, use our feeling nature, as much or more than we use our minds, to suss out the landscape.

Word image for the weekend is: a dove, caught in a chimney. The global symbol of peace enters a conduit intended to release smoke and toxic gasses and then can’t find its way out. Sounds like the experience of the current Collective spirit! On a personal level, this suggests that our sense of cooperation, our willingness to live in harmony with others, our inner intentionality of causing no harm has taken a wrong turn, and is in danger of being extinguished. We can put it another way: our feelings of hope may be floundering, slowly poisoned by a loss of freedom, autonomy, and a chokingly toxic atmosphere. All is not lost; it will take careful, gentle, persistent efforts, but our sense of hope can be returned to its natural, free state–so don’t give up on those things that ‘keep hope alive’.

Or, is there a scenario in play right now where you feel someone is ‘shoving peace down your throat’, demanding a passive, play-nice interaction, despite your actual feelings. If so, time, with great care, to extricate yourself from constraints and express how you feel.

See the New Moon of the 17th here–and have a wonderful weekend!

17 December 2017 New Moon in Sagittarius: Sculpting Reality

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‘Portrait of Anna Vaughan Hyatt’ 1915 By Marion Boyd Allen {{PD}}

The New Moon falls at 26 Sagittarius 31 at 10:30 PM Pacific time of the 17th, and it sits between a figurative rock and hard place, cradled by Saturn, the rock which is about to vacate Sag for the comfort of home turf Capricorn, and on the other side by ‘hard place’ Venus, over which the Moon has just ‘swept’. As the Moon and Sun are moving swiftly away from one body and the other will ‘fall away’ into a new sign (even as the Sun-Moon themselves soon enter that sign, the Sun set to meet Saturn there), the scenario suggests that the New Moon brings facts, beliefs, knowledge, or other outreach into the reality picture–it’s apparent what the situation truly is, and what it may cost or reward us with factors in–or, we already know the costs or rewards going in, and now find out the impact in real-world terms. That means that new starts come with a balance sheet, and the awareness that we must do something (Fire placement) in reaction to what we learn. Restraint and aesthetics and/ or relationships also factor in, and our eye remains on ‘the prize’ (possibly causing us to fix our gaze on the rear view mirror, rather than the road ahead), even if our goal doesn’t seem related to New Moon events.

The New Moon also squares Chiron, trines Pallas-Uranus, and quincunxes Sedna, suggesting some pain or triggering of old issues springs from NM events, or that the difficult circumstances presented require use of the Chirotic skills (those represented by the natal situation of your Chiron). What occurs is smart, at least in the sense that what happens is the most practical turn of events for the individual, with the potential for the wise move to be spurred by the group or by a ‘fresh’ understanding, provided by the New Moon. Expect some ‘sudden wisdom’, the revelation of which may provide the answer to (or reason for) the pain, and know that what occurs will require either a re-calibration of the instincts, or allow for a glimpse into one or more ‘blind spots’ from which we suffer.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘A Sculptor At His Work’. Aha! There’s that Saturn effect, applying knowledge and/ or working with reality in a talented way (and very possibly a Chirotic one, that is skilled or healing). We shape things as we want them to be, in part unconsciously, via the mechanism of our own instincts and values. Notice that it all funnels into a response to reality, one that may leave us better off than it found us, but that’s totally dependent on how firmly we accept that we are responsible, we are the creators.

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 December 2017 Simple

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By Paul René Reinicke – Own work by User:ReneReinicke, 2010-09-24, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18163667

It’s all upbeat today–unless we fall prey to the single negative, which, if we do, effectively wipes out all that good mojo! First the many, many positives. We act and choose with an awareness of those matters too long neglected or denied, and we are rewarded for that, on a personal level and through our status and reach on the social scene. Thoughts, though couched in the vaguely unsound terms of the retrograde period, are loving, beneficial, optimistic–and that works its own kind of magic, attracting reward, positive attention, and enhancing our standing and authority–all good, right? The facts work in our favor, opportunities offer a fast lane to accomplishment, and belief systems are out in the open and so easy to understand and work with. That down side? It’s within us, within our potential to be victims of our own wounds. If we allow a sense of injury to dominate our thinking and our interactions, we lose. It’s that simple (Mars sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury conjoined Venus and both trine Ceres, Sun nov Jupiter and sq Chiron).

Today’s word image is: a man works near an open, live wire. Is there something in your environment that you’ve been ‘working around’, assuming (or hoping) it won’t hurt you? Or is this someone, a ‘live wire’ who could sweep you up in their hi-jinks, or simply in their enthusiasm–and would you want that to happen? Would it be joyful or a distraction? This is a call to inspect the environment, for what it could mean, should you bump up against that ‘energy conduit’, and to remind you that your safety isn’t guaranteed, no matter how familiar the atmosphere.

Beware of those free downloads purporting to offer my work that are really malware, and of that psychic who claims to have studied with me (I do not endorse her), and if you’re looking for a little AstroEssence on Saturn entering Capricorn, it’s here–thanks, and have a great day!

Saturn Enters Capricorn 2017

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Hans Thoma {{PD}}

19 December 2017 8:49 PM Pacific time, though that precise measure isn’t really necessary–Saturn moves slowly enough that its changes can sneak up on us–but when it changes signs, we do feel it, as the world seems to change ‘flavor’ around us. Saturn is the planet of reality, of the material world and all the accomplishments and barriers, both literal and figurative, within it. That’s why we are likely aware of the sign change right away; even if we aren’t conscious of astrology, we may be conscious of a shift, something like when you turn a kaleidoscope just a quarter turn. Things are rearranged, the light behind them may seem different, but they’re (usually) not unrecognizable (that’s more likely when transiting Saturn contacts transiting Uranus or Pluto, giving the kaleidoscope a full turn or two, or even shaking it upside down, and that shake-up may happen personally when transiting Uranus or Pluto contacts natal Saturn).

What we see as Saturn enters Capricorn is a perfect blend of effort and time, with the new sign shaping these into real-world results. We see what we have created over a long period, one that required Self-discipline and a persistent application of energy–or, we see circumstances resulting from a lack of application and discipline. We reap results of sustained and serious endeavors, or the long-term neglect of what we should’ve attended to; we see how our use of time affects us. If we thought things would take care of themselves, this may be the point when we find out they have not.

Juno admires hubby Saturn’s new leggings. By Veronese {{PD}}

We can’t really talk about Saturn entering Capricorn without discussing Pluto’s journey through the sign. Pluto plowed through and continues to disrupt, destroying, wreaking havoc to what was secure, solid, established, bringing the possibilities of freedom from old constraints, transformation of institutions and barriers, and also ushering in a long-term falling away of obstructions to our perception of Truth and Reality. That doesn’t mean everyone sees the real world for what it is; it’s still an individual choice where we must be willing to see things as they areotherwise we can observe certain contingents who seem to be so completely oblivious to reality and ‘the facts’ that it defies logic. This is the Pluto effect: a stripping away of barriers that either shows you the real deal (if you accept that your world is changing) or that prompts a complete turning away from real world circumstances (if you don’t), substituting a Plutonian-centered non reality that promises nothing is changing, and that in fact you will be restored to some previous (unrealistic) level of all-powerful beingness. And now Saturn enters the sign, carrying a bucket of high-grade cement, ready to apply agents of constraint and form to all that Pluto has disrupted.

What we will see is this: that Saturn entering its own sign may result in Saturn cutting off, ending, or constraining transformations created by Pluto in Capricorn, whether those transformations are complete or not. Saturn may require those changes slow down, or it may insist on them taking solid form, or creating a new system within which to work, or it could deny their potential all together–but in any case it begins to solidify what had previously been fluid–or I should say, molten, as Pluto melted down without regard for status or standing. We add time to change, and we get a New Reality–and at the entry of Saturn into Capricorn, we get a glimpse of where things are headed, a peek at what’s beginning to emerge from the shadows.

As Saturn enters Capricorn we look at what aspects it makes immediately; this offers some idea of the initial impact of the sign change. Saturn will semi-square the South Node and Jupiter, which means Saturn is caught at the midpoint of the two; our first view of Saturn’s effects may involve the past and the public sector, or our beliefs and how they mesh with ‘the facts’, or we could see how work or effort made previously may offer opportunity in the present. Saturn will also sesquiquadrate the North Node (of course–in aspect to one Node is to be in aspect to both) and the Sun catches up to conjoin Saturn quickly, suggesting we see the situation when it is still new, raw, fresh–and we see the difficulties of where it will lead. And, the transiting Moon is also in Capricorn when Saturn enters, passing over Pluto. This suggests that what we see may give us a scare, may make us want to ‘reform’ from what we see or intuit, or may show us how we really feel about changes that have happened–and so what we are likely to want to establish, as Saturn makes his way through the sign.

Read more of my work here–and have a great rest-of-the-year!

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 December 2017 Future Love

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Mars tourism poster commissioned by SpaceX CC0

Love, relationships, and rewards pave the way toward the future (Venus trine NN)–but how? Today we find real-world manifestations of positives we’ve created that flow from the past to the present (Venus parallel Saturn and sxt SN); in other words, we are reaping the results of Love given out, in the form of Love received, of money, or of advantage in some way beneficial to us. Look around–results may not fit your immediate idea of ‘reward’, but may be more subtle, or more along the lines of gratitude you may feel for where you are right now, and if you feel a deficit of some kind, consider passing a little of that Love to someone else, to show both yourself and the Universe that you aren’t really without, after all.

Retrograde Mercury has been, and continues to be, inordinately busy, contacting once again energies for the most part just recently aspected. This time its a novile to Juno and a semi-square to Mars. This may make for restless, somewhat aggressive thoughts, but out of the turbulence comes clever approaches to power that are very effective at delivering to you ways that allow personal abilities and efforts to impact areas of concern. Just don’t demand instant clarity when ideas are formulating–instead sit back, and let them emerge from the tussle on their own.

‘Cordobesas’ 1922 By Julio Romero de Torres {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: a small pitcher of fresh cream sits on the morning table. I grew up in a world of powdered creamers, so to me this is a minor luxury, and I appreciate it even though I take my coffee black. This image suggests we’ll enjoy the ‘cream’, the best of something. Be aware of those small, wonderful facets of your world today–you’ll get a lot more delight out of them than usual.

Again, I’d like to warn you off ‘free downloads’ of my books–they seem to be proliferating, and are almost certainly opportunities to acquire malware. There’s also a psychic claiming to have studied with me, among many others, but I don’t recognize the name (though it’s possible we had contact under another name) and I’ve found no record of any interaction between us–so if you’re ever shopping for a psychic, I do not endorse her, just so you know. Correction: apparently we are connected on LinkedIn, a site I pay very little attention to and through which I’m connected to many people I don’t actually know.

Have a great day!

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 13 December 2017 Health

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‘La Malade (The Patient): Hélène Chatenay’ 1892 Félix Vallotton {{PD}}

We’re thinking about all facets of our health, even if the topic seems to be otherwise; everything is being measured against what it does for or to us, and how good that is for us overall. The dangers are that this may become only an intellectual exercise, with needs seen but then not acted upon, and anywhere real world circumstances cause friction with the ideal, the needs of the current reality may prevail–which is not so good. Generally speaking, if you can conceive of how to ‘do it better’, then implement that idea–it’s your best course of action today, and just coincidentally, may advance ambitions (Hygeia enters Aquarius, Saturn semi-sq Vesta, Mercury nov Hygeia and sxt Zeus).

Dessin de valise By David Ring CC0

Today’s word image is: packing up in order to vacate a house. Since we’re talking astrology here, I of course think of the astrological Houses–and if you use the Whole Sign system as I do, that suggests we focus on a body about to change signs–so this could apply to Hygeia, which changes signs today, Juno, which moves into Aquarius on the 16th, or Saturn into Capricorn, on the 19th. Maybe this suggests an overall shift to an intellectual approach to coping, to one of understanding that may be for our own health, and/ or to a stronger orientation to making over reality into what we really want it to be, rather than seeing our ideals as ‘over there’ and the real world as ‘over here’. Integration of ideals, then, might be the order of the day, along with resolving to drive events in a desirable direction, rather than seeing ourselves as victims of circumstance.

Just a Little AstroEssence 12 December 2017 All In

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John Singer Sargent ‘Fishing for Oysters at Cancale’ 1877 {{PD}}

The Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury occurs today, the 12th, in Sagittarius. This is a point of inception within the Mercury-Sun cycle, the time when moving in apparent retrograde the Messenger/ Trickster meets ‘the light of day’ in one form or another. The Sun illuminates our world, so that when the planet of communication appears to meet it from our vantage point here on Earth, we get a glimpse of what’s been hidden during the Merc retro period; we also see this realization, knowledge, or revelation spark the beginning of something related either to matters of the House where this meeting occurs in the natal chart, or to matters of the Houses Mercury rules in the natal chart (with the possibility that the House ruled by the Sun is also involved).

‘Les Demoiselles Schwartz’ Anders Zorn {{PD}}

Close aspects the Conjunction makes at the time of the event reveal something of what begins and/ or is discovered. In this instance there is only one, a nearly exact sextile formed by the Moon in Libra. This suggests the revelation or beginning is emotional, possibly arrived at intuitively, and involving a partner, someone you love, someone with whom you cooperate or negotiate, the Arts (your relationship to creativity), and the working out through communication of the emotional element or relationship between you. If you have a natal placement at 21 Taurus (2 degree orb either side of this point) it becomes a personal Finger of God, with the emotional discovery planting a seed within the relationship that will bring results related to the natal energy or matters of the House it rules with the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury when Merc is direct (occurring on 17 February 2018, in the 29th degree of Aquarius, telling us at the very least that it may bring crisis, a ‘do or die’ choice, or bring stress already extant to a head).

The other aspect perfecting today is a conjunction of Vesta and Jupiter in Scorpio. Truths revealed, secrets uncovered, or commitments vetted and then made known publicly show us how far our real-life priorities stray from our highest ideals or from what ‘the facts’ warrant–and it’s an examination likely spurred by the social sphere and its events. Commitments are assessed; are we all in? We may find ourselves doubling down, just to make a point. Or, we may take a distanced approach, in which case we criticize society, weighing events against what we ‘know’ and our own personal standards–but taking this tack doesn’t allow for personal revelation, if we only see the need for improvement ‘out there’, rather than seeing that what happens internally is vital to shaping what we see manifest externally.

Today’s word image is a child crying alone in the corner. Is there someone sad in your life, someone you don’t recognize may be isolating themselves because of that sadness? No one should feel this lonely; do something about it.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Just a Little AstroEssence 11 December 2017 Mind Power

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By Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Renoir, peintre du bonheur : 1841-1919, de Gilles Néret, Köln, Taschen, 2001, p. 332. ISBN 9783822857410, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14861163

Think it, and you can make the change you value happen; that’s today’s recipe, and luckily for us, our thinking and communications are aligned, without any special effort on our part, with our highest values, with due respect for our relationships and financial needs, and in perfect harmony with our ambitions and desires–though this is all based on our true feelings and attitudes, so may not reflect those we declare as our own. It’s a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket, without all the scary factory stuff or the menacing Oompa-Loompas. I know, I know, the irony of having this kind of power during a retrograde is extraordinary, but I suspect this is a mechanism to protect us from ourselves: make the strength and impact potential of this kind of energy fully conscious and fully controlled by a non-retrograde mentality, and it could be a prescription for overdoing, even annihilating, what we only mean to improve, a Pandora’s box of our own making. So, be glad that at least some of the possible implications of what we do will not be obvious to us–the knowing might only hold us back, or maybe just keep us up at night after the fact; one thing we need to accept is that sometimes our not knowing precisely what we set in motion is the only way to get us from point A to B. Brace yourself for the transformation that you will facilitate; look for inspiration or aid on the social scene, from learning and so working with ‘the facts’, and/ or by seeing right before your eyes how beliefs drive results. Navigate these influences wisely, my friends, and don’t allow doubt concerning your own worth or the worth of your goals to waylay you. (Venus semi-sq Juno, Mercury nov Vesta and Jupiter and parallel Pluto and Venus, Sun sxt Zeus)

Today’s word image is a giant monster crab roils an Italian bay. I need to explain: this was part of a dream last night (and boy, hasn’t the dream world been rife with odd symbols and unusual scenes?) This particular part of the dream pointed me toward next July, when the Sun moves through Cancer–interestingly enough, also reminding us that that’s where the Earth is, right now. So, something with origins this month may lead to some monster-size outcome in late June-July. July 9th, for example, shows heavies Saturn, Earth, Pluto, and Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn, facing only the Sun and Pallas in Cancer, just as we enter Dark of the Moon territory and deal with Venus in Leo at 29 highly stressed degrees, and with Merc on the way to forming apex to a Finger of God with Earth and Neptune as the base (and as a perfect combination of Earth and Sea), with this formula suggesting the material world is either ideal, deluding us, or we’re manifesting the creative, and it results in thinking/ reasoning/ a ‘message’ (Mercury in Leo) that is purely and completely who we are. Just something to keep our eye on, and watch for timing and synchronicities concerning.

Your Weekend 9-10 December 2017 The Truth of Things

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‘The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun’ c1807 William Blake {{PD}}

While all our attention is on Mars entering Scorpio on the 9th, we may find things take on a Plutonian tone, and we’d be forgiven for thinking this shift is why–but it’s not. Mars moving into Scorpio is a bit like this, debuting as a kind of Willfulness uncaring of waste or destruction, acting to make a point, to dig down, or even to get revenge–but what occurs, whether actions and choices bring results arrived at accidentally or deliberately, is that the Truth of things is revealed. Not a bad result at all for a transit that may feel very bull-in-a-china-shop–and of course, as Mars continues through the sign, it aspects individual factors in the natal chart, tailoring the experience to each of us uniquely.

On the 9th that Plutonian feeling is much more likely attributable to another set of contacts, and these promise truths arise out of unwise or impractical financial matters or relationship interactions (Venus parallel Pluto and sesq Pallas). The darker corners of our personal intimacies are lit up, and we may have the opportunity to see, and change, those less-than-smart facets of relationships or in our approach to money, earning, or asset management. We may even want to ‘go to war’ over Venusian life areas, but we need to know that urge would be prompted by our own darkness as it seeks an external target–so a crusade is definitely not a good idea at this time–and in its milder form brings to mind the old saying about how when you point at someone, four of your fingers are actually pointing back at you.

What’s most central to things, though, is the state of retrograde Mercury: parallel both Saturn and the Sun, trine Pallas, and quincunx Sedna. The mind, though not functioning as it normally does, is attuned to the reality picture and aware of what’s wise, smart, or practical–temporarily it’s only instincts and a more active mental stance that are on the fritz. That means that if we take in what is in a kind of passive mode, not reacting or insisting on taking action, we can enjoy a relatively crisp, objective, and accurate glimpse at the current picture. These ‘bright spots’ in the midst of Merc retros are always a welcome departure, and should be appreciated for the wealth of info they can make available–all we must do is be completely receptive, and our ‘Power Position’ or the positives of negotiation will be apparent (Sun trine Ceres).

 

‘Couple, Kids and Confusion’ By Shafiahmedrizvi 2011 CC BY-SA 4.0

By the 10th we may have learned something that confuses, alters, or otherwise makes unclear that relationship or asset picture (Venus square Neptune), or that inspires us through the difficulty it presents. We know what’s healthy–it’s obvious (Sun nov Hygeia) and the mind is quick and clever, in spite of its current direction (Mercury trine Uranus), but there is one caution: unprocessed or unresolved wounds may exert their influence on our thinking. Just sayin’.

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The weekend’s word image is this: after a conversation with someone, you have a dream that provides information you must pass on to the individual. For me this took the form of a discussion with someone about their frazzled, tired state and their back pain. In the dream I saw this person gazing into one of those convex mirrors you see on the street that allow drivers to see traffic coming from a blind corner; in this case, the mirror was on a drive-thru lane of a Starbucks! Then I was shown a chair that had a hard, upper back piece that would tilt a bit when leaned against, and my thought in the dream was, ‘Those are never comfortable–they don’t fit the back correctly, so you can’t even use them as a backrest.’ My interpretation? She’s ‘driving’ herself too hard, taking in too much caffeine in order to keep the energy level high, and the back pain is being exacerbated by either a literal ‘bad chair’, or is symbolic, springing from a sense that she lacks adequate support.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 8 December 2017 Passions Strained

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‘Angels at Mamre (Holy Trinity)’ by Andrei Rublev 1420 {{PD}}

The two most prominent aspects are difficult for two entirely different reasons: with Neptune trine Vesta it’s about how easily we are confused about the nature of our own highest values (they are affected by hidden or destructive issues, shown by Vesta in Scorpio), and how Venus sesquiquadrate Uranus may see relationships or financial arrangements, especially those we ‘have faith in’ or rely on for ‘the facts’ (Venus in Sag), reacting to us or surprising us with unanticipated events or Willfulness on the part of others or ‘the group’ (Uranus in Aries), even as we (eventually) realize that what occurs is actually positive (Venus novile Mars). In the midst of such tumultuous and disorienting energies it could be hard to see how this will all, and I mean all, be to our benefit, but if we let the noise fall away what we find is that we are being directed to put our attention and efforts into empowering ourselves (maybe asking for cooperation, but not bothering with permission), exercising our prerogatives (using what we have to best effect), and consciously building what we want in our future, in part by bringing forward what’s good from the past (Sun novile Juno and trine the North Node). Focus on this and you’ll go farther than you expect. Encapsulating today’s energy, this quote: “Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln

Photo by Georg Slickers Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

Today’s word image is a wildfire burns on the coldest day of the year. Who says fire and ice can’t coexist? Look for the life area where something is burning hot and out-of-control, and consider that just because whatever it contacts is indifferent doesn’t mean that fire (anger) won’t cause damage.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 7 December 2017 Wedded to Reform

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I’m assuming Collins and Jordan were not married to each other. Photo By Lola’s Big Adventure! from Washington/Newcastle/Sunderland, UK – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3830052

I want to say our hearts are in the right place, with actions guided by our highest values, but it’s more like our spirits are in the right place, as our hearts may be wedded to transformation in the positive, to reform, or may carry a bit of larceny or destruction in their warm and willing cockles (Mars parallel Vesta, Venus novile Pluto). We do, we choose, and we act in accord with those things we honor, and perhaps this happens because we are open to change to our loves and loyalties; being willing to walk away, to sacrifice, means that we are perpetually choosing to do things for affirming reasons, not out of obligation or a sense of being trapped–and a life rooted in the joy of choosing to is much more rewarding than a life of obligation.

Thinking, already riding through the retrograde fog, takes a turn away from believing in our own sense of personal authority, leaving us unsure, particularly in awareness of our own rights–somehow the social sphere jars our surety in ourselves, making us wonder if ‘their’ way is superior. Hint: it’s not. (Mercury contra-parallel Ceres and semi-square Jupiter). It’s a day to feel our way forward, to trust instincts, and to bank on our own good intents.

Awareness works better than a sword for the ghosts we’re talking about. Photo from “Hours with the Ghosts or, Nineteenth Century Witchcraft” by Henry Ridgely Evans, 1891 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a distinct ‘form’, spotted repeatedly out of the corner of one’s vision, that is not, in any Saturnian sense, ‘there’. Is someone ‘haunting’ you, appearing just out of direct perception? Is this a Being from another dimension, a ghost of relationships past (or maybe even future), or someone operating on this plane in the Now and doing things that affect you but remaining out of your sight/ consciousness? The message may be simple: widen your attention, and be open to learning about what you don’t see–sometimes it’s hard to accept that something can be without our witnessing it–time to get more sophisticated in our perceptions. I know, Merc retro, yada yada, but this is a launch point, to introduce the concept–don’t expect immediate results, even though that’s certainly a possibility.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 6 December 2017 Fearless

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By Rhbrakman – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38497984

Our empowerment is found in following instincts, and at least somewhat in allowing ourselves to let the idea that we ‘know but don’t know’ dominate. What we do is highly effective, but whether we get the results we want or not is dependent on our own thoughts and perceptions: we get to see ‘where our head’s at’, with thoughts and ideas often literally appearing in solid form or creating the circumstances before us. It seems like magic, but it’s really just that we’re temporarily immersed in a hyper-concrete vein of Universal energy; stay positive, flow with it, and I guarantee that at some point today you’ll get direct proof of how important an optimistic and fearless attitude can be.

Today’s word image is: on the grounds of a lion tamer’s compound, a lion roams free. This image comes from a memory from my childhood (I may have told this before, and if so, apologies). We lived in a rural part of California, and down the road lived an actual, honest-to-god lion tamer and his wife. My parents were friends with them, and one day when I was 5 my mother took me to visit. As we drove up to the house, my mother turned to me and said, ‘Now watch out, because there’s an old lion that’s loose. Don’t think it’s tame, it will hurt you”–and then we got out of the car. I think that walk between the car and the house was the longest walk I’ve ever taken. Is there someone communicating things that are scaring the bejeezus (spell correct offered ‘bejewels’!) out of you? And if so, have you asked yourself what kind of person would want to scare another person so badly?

From today’s vantage point, just the idea that we can or should ‘tame’ a wild animal, caging them and using whips to force certain behaviors, makes those who see that as our prerogative barbarians. And in case you’re wondering, a few years later the lion tamer was killed, in the ring during a performance, by his own animals.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 5 December 2017 A Low Profile

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‘Arrangement in Yellow and Gray’ James Abbott McNeill Whistler c1877 {{PD}}

What’s smart may contradict our expression of power or authority–but sometimes we need to keep a low profile and assets intact, in order to act at a more propitious time. That may be hard to accept, but a clear-eyed look at the reality picture shows us the score; from that we can see: restraint is all. Efforts that reflect a knowledge of and take off from acknowledgment of What Is succeed, while those mired in delusion, fantasy, or a misunderstanding of the world as it is falter.

Serenity Now! By Zach Dischner 2009 Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a shade of green that brings to mind spring growth. What’s just beginning, fresh and not yet totally formed? Are you happy about it, and so willing to nurture it, do you see it as a complication, or do you want to nip it in the bud, right now?

A little something pertaining to Mercury retrograde, plus more!

Your Weekend 21 January 2018 The Point

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‘Red Houses’ by Agnes Weinrich, c1921 {{PD}}

Health and circumstances of empowerment both balance on the past; we see clearly the thread that connects past behaviors and choices to our current situation (Hygeia and Juno conjoined the South Node). The point of such insight, of course, is to modify our thinking, our intentions, our approach with an eye on the future we’d like to create (Mercury quincunx the North Node). Today we do that best by scrutinizing relationships and finances specifically for those related things we try to ignore, to turn away from, or that make us angry but which we bury for the sake of a surface peace or continued income (Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith). This scrutiny will almost undoubtedly be unpleasant, and probably uncomfortable, but it will have the virtue of bringing us closer to our Truth (and this is so even if we don’t share our insights or confront others over what we feel are wrongs). Get angry, and wash that anger away with love–that’s the potential available today.

Here’s the result of a fight over a stray animal. ‘What An Unbranded Cow Has Cost’ by Frederic Remington 1894 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an Old West shoot-out, where no one gets shot. That’s a good thing, and yet, you have to wonder, what was all the shooting about? Are you in a similar situation now? This image suggests it may come to nothing–maybe that’s a hint that all parties can just walk away, now, and save their ammo for a more productive fight.

Your Weekend 20 January 2018 Haunted

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Jan Grubiński ‘Pejzaż o zachodzie słońca’ 1908 {{PD}}

Our attention, even in the full sunlight of consciousness, is drawn repeatedly to what enrages us, what we would rather look away from, what we would like to ignore or deny (Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith), and this leads to contemplation and discussion of (even the working out of agreements over) power and reach, to negotiating and bargaining with those who hold power over us, or over whom we hold sway (Mercury quincunx Ceres). No matter how much we turn our attitudes and faces toward the light, we will find ourselves haunted by what offends, deeply irritates, and consumes us with righteous anger; in order to retain our own current power and relevancy, and to maintain sufficient dignity and autonomy, we may need to adjust, to discharge some of the outrage, or mobilize it in some useful channel–failing that, a deep breath and a step back may keep us from some unseemly, potentially disastrous entanglements.

Rembrandt ‘Artemis’ Nautilus cup detail 1633 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a poison passed off as a medicine. There are many things that fall under this description, though the most obvious might be chemotherapy, where the death of the bad is accompanied by a certain unavoidable amount of the death of the good. This encourages two questions: one, is there ever truly a benefit to accepting poison into one’s person? That is, is loss of the good with the bad simply to be expected, and can the same result be attained by other means? And two, does poison plus faith create its own alchemy, changing the detrimental to the beneficial? Is there some confusion? Are you taking in a poison that you think is medicine, or vice versa, a medicine that for you is a poison? This is a highly personal subject, and is by no means a criticism of anyone’s treatment of choice for any thing. Remember, the Daily Word Image is symbolic, meant to prompt consideration of what’s behind and beyond the physical and observable. 

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 January 2018 Problem Children

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Anonymous pair, Artist Unknown, c1900 {{PD}}

Pallas enters Taurus, bringing wisdom down-to-earth and making the practical and the skilled valued, and the Sun enters Aquarius, emphasizing an intellectual approach, or a modern one, that encourages discovery and understanding. With that as the general tone, we may see reality right in line with it (Saturn parallel Pallas) even as our attention goes to what isn’t smart or practical, as if it’s the Universe’s ‘problem children’ that get all our energy (Sun sq Pallas). That means we may be distracted (Merc sxt Neptune), which can result in actions and choices that do not align with instincts (Mars opp Sedna) or that can bring almost magically fortuitous outcomes (Venus nov Neptune), the stuff of our ideals or fantasies. What makes the difference between headstrong acting-out and reward manifestation? A strong sense of what we value, and a willingness to think about and invest in what we honor (Merc nov and Venus sxt Vesta).

‘Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord’ By Adolph Tidemand – EwGseaUks6vhrQ at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29835502

Today’s word image is: attending a wedding. What’s getting together right under your nose? Are you supporting something by your mere presence that you otherwise don’t think is a good idea? Does official recognition of this pairing change the way you feel about it, or about each of the participants?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 18 January 2018 Half-Hearted

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Little cushion, a love token made by a sailor, England, about 1900. Musée du Coeur (collection of Mr and Mrs Boyadjian ), MRAH, Jubilee Park, Brussels. Photo By Vassil CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

It seems we’ve seen and accepted that values and priorities are integral to good health (Vesta parallel Hygeia), and we’ve taken steps to heal ourselves (Mars trine Chiron), but we may still resist what we know deep inside to be true, as wonky thinking asserts itself in half-hearted follow-through (Mercury semi-sq Mars, sesq Sedna). Accept that modifications need to happen, if you’re going to make the most of recent positive developments; nothing goes forward without your acknowledgment that further change is necessary, not optional, and that the things you long for can’t occur until significant shifts take place.

Today’s word image is the color red. Use it as a sign of synchronicities and a notice that you should be paying careful attention at that moment.

Just a Little AstroEssence 17 January 2018 Health

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

Our health–mental, emotional, spiritual, and especially physical–shapes our world and viewpoint today. The state of health appears to dictate our ability to respond in an empowered way, to act–with the greater the degree of erraticism or unpredictability implying a sense of less power–and somehow a rejection of wisdom in favor of Love or Money suggests we are taking a ‘higher mind’ approach to things that removes us from our actual emotional reaction. We can get a little lost inside our own heads, so that finding a static point about which we are entirely certain in our assessment and feeling can become the difference between wasted time and progress (Saturn nov Juno and Hygeia, which are conj, Mars qnx Uranus, Venus squares Pallas and enters Aquarius, Sun semi-sq Neptune)

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso ‘The Leap of the Rabbit’ 1910 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is that interval where the Universe is pushing you to leap, but you don’t yet see anything to leap to. Vague, I know, but also a moment we can all identify with. Though this is typically the most nerve-wracking point in any venture, we should make a conscious effort to relax into the uncertainty–relaxing makes it that much easier to hear exactly what the Universe is ‘saying’.

See the New Moon in Capricorn here–

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 January 2018 New Moon in Capricorn ‘Uncertainty Principle’

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Though this is considerably more moonlight than we get with a New Moon, this picture seems to capture the spirit of this NM well. ‘Dubrovnik bei Mondlicht’ (Dubrovnik by Moonlight) 1914 By Eduard Kasparides {{PD}}

We have a handful of interesting pair-ups, aside from the New Moon today. Ceres conjoins the North Node point, creating a conscious awareness of how our current power position is forming our future–and perhaps generating some confusion, fear, or delusion, or an insistence on idealism, because of it (Neptune parallel Zeus)–add to this Mercury conjoined Black Moon Lilith, for a touch of paranoid thinking or obsessive anger or worry, and you set the New Moon stage as one where we may be very concerned over what’s to come. Being anxious, even potentially acting or lashing out, almost becomes a given, as that energy must go somewhere, discharge somehow–and that’s how we make a little explosive casing for New Moon events.

The New Moon is 6:17 PM Pacific time at 26 Capricorn 54, conjoined an already separating Venus, but not close enough to be considered conjoined Pluto, over which Sun and Moon have both recently passed. This scenario suggests that the New Moon event is born as a reaction to recent trauma or change and the risk/ reward potentials it has presented. Now, we are thinking, we must stabilize things, figure out the ‘rules’ as they currently stand, set parameters, contain the matter, or choose a shape and structure for developments, trying to control them. What we may not see is that they have already been given a Capricornian shape, and that the New Moon is actually our reaction to that. Difficulty knowing this may be the function of the semi-square of the Moon to Neptune; we’ll almost certainly struggle, to see our own ideals clearly as we grope for a guideline, or just to make it through what will likely feel like an entirely arbitrary fog. Why are we having such a hard time? we may wonder; it’s Neptune, inciting its own kind of uncertainty principle (though the ‘real’ one is Heisenberg’s, that is an apt analogy for this effect, as well).

The New Moon falls at the rough midpoint of a Mars-Chiron trine, suggesting NM events have some origin in or connection to both our own choices/ actions and our wounded nature, perhaps even that the NM event is our effort at finding a balance between the two influences. The NM is also in rough square to both Uranus and Pallas, both in Aries; it may feel like the NM is our reaction to the unpredictability, erratic nature, and/ or wisdom (or lack of it) of others. Our Willful attempt (Cappy NM) to contain or put up barriers or arrest the Will of others (the Aries placements) finds expression in conflict (the square), but doesn’t require open warfare. The trine of the NM to Sedna says we either access instinct, and so respond adeptly to the ‘threat’, or we respond out of the depths of our own ‘blind spot’, setting other, new physical consequences (Sedna in Taurus) in motion.

Caspar David Friedrich ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’ 1817 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Pilgrims Climbing The Steep Steps Leading To A Mountain Shrine’. This suggests a building of effort, toward eventual attainment, that is very much in tune with Capricorn, as are both the symbol of the mountain and the humble pilgrim. No matter what shape New Moon events take, and no matter what they are in response to, we embody the sincerity of the pilgrim, who acknowledges there is something bigger, ‘more than’, ‘out there’, and that the only way to understand things in this uncertain world is to take steps, one at a time, that lead us to the sacred place (the shrine of the symbol). And that journey, whether we are conscious of the sacred nature of those steps or not, is life, isn’t it?

Hint for personal New Moon interpretation: Look for the configurations; there’s potential for two Fingers of God (base of NM-Chiron or base of NM-Mars, apex a natal body, also Grand Trine with NM and Sedna, third component a natal body). Remember, for a Finger the apex must be quincunx (150 degrees) from each base element, with an orb of no more than two degrees from both base elements. A Grand Trine can be a little looser–give it 3 degrees orb.

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 January 2018 Waking From the Dream

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I’d want to wake from this dream, if only because it’s so crowded! The dreamer is in the left corner, in case you had trouble finding her. ‘The Reconciliation of Titania and Oberon’ 1846, By Joseph Noel Paton {{PD}}

We’re in Dark of the Moon right now, you know; that makes influences like a whisper not quite heard, permeating the unconscious, seeping into dreams, curling around our ankles like fog–nothing truly dramatic, just persistent and stealthy, felt rather than seen, noticed only in the most oblique ways. That’s unusually subtle for an aspect like Jupiter sextile Pluto, which exaggerates or informs or fact-checks circumstances of change, transformation, or destruction: are things really destroyed? Do we know whether the transformation took? Is the danger as big as it seems? We see the dark side of Love or Money, and our imaginations run away with us, likely in a negative direction (Venus parallel Pluto and semi-sq Neptune). But here’s the good thing: the practicality and wisdom of our own minds and reasoning power reasserts itself (Mercury parallel Pallas), pulling us back from the brink, cutting through the fog, waking us from the dream, and showing us what may have been lurking in our ‘blind spot’, making us that much more prepared to go forward successfully (Sun trine Sedna).

Today’s word image is too much pepper. I know someone who cooks with what I consider too much ground black pepper–in fact, it’s pretty much the only spice she ever uses! Don’t get into a rut; variety really is the spice of life–season things in a new way, and watch the new ‘flavors’ as they come to the fore.

Your Weekend 14 January 2018 Harsh Surprise, Positive Benefit

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‘The Frosty Morning’ 1894, By Nikolai Nikanorovich Dubovskoy

That’s what today boils down to: surprising circumstances, shocks, revelatory information, intellectual jolts, incursion of the modern, the new, or the group into the individual prerogative, but all of it results in highly positive benefits, generating healing or unique use of our skills (Sun sq Uranus and sxt Chiron). Vesta enters Sagittarius and noviles Zeus, opening our eyes and our horizons to the ways we can honor and innovate in achieving our goals, while Chiron noviles the South Node, drawing on the past for answers and ways of redressing ills. Our actions and choices are deft, clever (Mars novile Saturn) and we gain by following our instincts (Venus trine Sedna). The only negative may be that it’s so easy to believe messages we were given in the past that we may miss who and what we really are today (Mercury nov SN).

Drawing By John Singer Sargent CC0

Today’s word image is a lie told because the truth is unacceptable. Is that okay? No. Face what is; reality, no matter how painful, is always preferable to a fantasy–and it’s important to know, we can’t begin to make effective change until we know exactly where we stand.

Your Weekend 13 January 2018 Be the Current

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‘La Dordogne’ By Frits Thaulow 1902 {{PD}}

Be aware that actions and choices may spring from outrage, acknowledged or not, or from a healthy sense of righteousness (Mars semi-sq Black Moon Lilith), and that the messages we send and receive will chafe against the usual social norms, our beliefs, or the facts as we see them (Mercury semi-sq Jupiter), and yet what actually grabs our attention are the shiny surprises, the unpredictability of relationships and rewards, and the unexpectedly contrary nature of our wants, all of which can just as easily inflict injury as they can heal it (Venus sq Uranus and sxt Chiron). ‘Head above water’ may be the goal for most of us as we struggle to decipher and handle what comes at us; a better aim might be ‘Swim with the current’, allowing influences to inform and illuminate what we see, think, and do, while keeping an eye out for rough water ahead–or, if you can rise to it, ‘Be the current’, sending your influence out in gentle but surprising ripples.

‘Tea Cup Ballet’ Artist : Olive Cotton (Australia, b.1911, d.2003) {{PD}} gelatin silver photograph, gift of the Artist Accession Number : 218.1980

Today’s word image is a hot cup of tea, gone cold. Do you drink it, or throw it out? Re-heat it, wait for someone else to clear it up, berate yourself for having abandoned it, are you angry at the waste, or do you fail to give it a second thought? Answer that, and then replace “hot cup of tea gone cold” with “relationships”. What do you think of your answer, now?

Just a Little AstroEssence 12 January 2018 Focus On: Mercury Conjoined Saturn

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Thomas Pollack Anshutz ‘The Ironworkers’ Noontime’ 1879 {{PD}}

In Capricorn, Merc the Messenger, the Shapeshifter, he of the fleet and varying (Mercurial!) meets Saturn the Taskmaster, symbol of all that is ‘Real’, the god of denial, oppression, discipline, and accomplishment, and everything, communications, thoughts, writings, messages spoken and unspoken, realities symbolic and literal, give us a running assessment of our world, our reality, and our effectiveness at interacting with and affecting it. It’s as if the Universe holds up a three (or four)-dimensional mirror to each of us, offering precise, detailed, and un-sugar-coated feedback on who and where we are, right now. Listen. Ponder. Respond Appropriately. Give yourself credit for all that’s going right. Consider that at this time, you are able to suppress the nagging, running commentary of the mind, and so to allow reality, with this meeting in an Earth sign, to bring things (and especially the meaning of things) ‘home’ to you with the impact of a falling anvil! Hard (and inadvisable) to ignore.

Today’s word image is a chameleon. Symbolic of the Mercurial nature of today’s aspect, this image draws our attention to the changeability of matters. Don’t be surprised if, when you look away from something, then look back, it appears much different than it did at first glance.

Just a Little AstroEssence 11 January 2018 Serious

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George Inness ‘Home at Montclair’ 1892 {{PD}}

It’s a very serious day today, in the sense that we are solidly aligned with reality, with what matters to us, and with the thoughts that empower and guide us to effective action. We may balk at tackling power issues directly, or at looking unflinchingly into the darkness, and yet we’ll still process, be aware of, and so successfully deal with heavy matters in highly positive ways. We might call it a day when the unconscious takes the wheel, and that’s a good thing. Only two things can push us off course: if we are worried about expressing our power or being in charge (and so struggle with others for dominion), or if we’re worried about how things may pan out in future (wanting guarantees and assurances), then we may be tempted in the direction of tortuous reasoning trying to justify our choices–which will inevitably turn things in a bad direction. Relax into circumstances, let go of the obsessive or over-controlling approach that can spell downfall, and trust that you are a source of highly effective guidance and inspiration today, as long as you keep anxiety out of the equation (Venus parallel Saturn, Sun parallel Pluto, Mercury nov Mars, Juno, and Hygeia, Mercury sesq NN and Ceres)

By Kippelboy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19143963

Today’s word image is peeling away old wallpaper, to find a magnificent hand-drawn scene beneath. What needs to be removed, to let the creation, the beauty, shine through? Careful and deliberate efforts that reveal the inspired, the artisanal, or the unique might be required today.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 January 2018 No Gap

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Aurora Borealis in Estonia, Photo By Kristian Pikner Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

The only shift today is Mercury fleeing Sagittarius and entering Capricorn; as quickly as the Messenger flies, we’re used to every few weeks making the adjustment. In this instance, we may find ourselves narrowing our horizons, moving our attention from the Big Picture to the concrete and material. What occupied our thoughts as theories, wishes, or ‘What Ifs’ cries out to be given physical form or seen realized in real life. Make a conscious effort to bring to reality something recently only thought of; even the smallest effort at materialization will help the energy flow in productive directions, unimpeded by any gap between mental and material.

Henri Rousseau – ‘Jungle with Lion’ 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is cutting a path forward through thick undergrowth with a machete. Sometimes it’s necessary to forge ahead, to apply sheer Will power to going forward on ‘the Path’; too often we hesitate, scared silly we’re going to make a ‘wrong choice’. The reality is we can’t make a ‘wrong’ choice, as we’re making it! It comes from who we are; does that mean it’s the perfect choice? Maybe, maybe not, but at the very least, by making the choice we are being both Self-determining and learning whether that option really does or does not work for us. Be bold, but wield your power with care, and some finesse–a machete cavalierly handled can cut what it’s not meant to– so know you have more power than you may believe or be aware of, and proceed from there. 

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 January 2018 Change Your Fate

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Alphonse Mucha ‘Fate’ 1919 {{PD}}

Today we see and feel a rare confluence of energies perfectly suited to offer life and even Soul-changing opportunities. Relationships, finances, or our own ego or Will may be the catalyst (Sun-Venus-Pluto conj, all sxt Mars), or events/ evolution within or without may prompt change. Thoughts support desires, and suss out the most effective way for us to pursue opportunity, which springs either from potentials seeded in the past or from our own previous choices and actions (Mercury nov Jupiter and parallel Venus, Jupiter parallel SN). The way we become aware of all these energies is likely through the conflict between our current ambitions and desires and our resources or relationships; somehow these don’t support our goals, and this sparks the whole merry chase for shaping our lives and ourselves more to our liking (Sun-Venus-Pluto sq Zeus).

Today both Venus and Pluto begin a new cyclic period in relation to the Sun. The initiation of a new cycle always suggests we need to be on the lookout for new forms and patterns related to these bodies. These can come in the internal form of seeing these influences in a new light, or in external developments that show us these are no longer what we once believed them to be. Awareness that our relationship to matters of assets, interactions, Love, values, change, and destructive inclinations may all more or less find new forms; it’s up to us to note the shifts, and accept a ‘new reality’ in regard to the spectrums Venus and Pluto cover.

By D J Shin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23019400

Today’s word image is: while sitting in your car, considering taking certain life steps, you see another car approach that presents as identical, seemingly right down to the passengers! Encountering the doppelgänger is something that happens to all of us–the question is whether we recognize ourselves in that other when it occurs. So, something like when the Groundhog looks for his shadow, if you’ve seen your doppelgänger of late, consider it a signal that your Self-awareness is ‘on’ and so accurate, but if you haven’t, consider that the answers you’re seeking are likely being reflected back to you in some way, with a change of focus necessary to perceive them.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 8 January 2018 Push or Shove?

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By author DrGML; artist Leda Luss Luyken painted and photographed the artwork – artist Leda Luss Luyken’s own files, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10364392

Will we take today’s influences and push ourselves, or will we simply shove others, waiting for them to make it happen? We enjoy a huge advantage in facing the day: we’re firing on all cylinders, swimming in the groove that magnifies the potential for benefits and rewards, and we take a smart and realistic stance (Mars sxt Pluto, Venus conj the Sun by Superior Conjunction and both sxt Jupiter, Merc parallel Saturn and trine Pallas). Thinking enjoys remarkable clarity and signifies harmony between Soul and mind (Sun parallel Mercury). Is there anything that could muck up so much positive juju? Why yes, there is: it’s that enthusiasm that might cause us to shove others rather than motivate ourselves, a failure to take assertive instincts and apply them to transforming circumstances or the Self, and instead to bully, darken, destroy (Mars sxt Pluto, Sun sxt Jupiter=magnifying the Self). Keeping an optimistic outlook in relation to the social sphere and where it’s going is not just the healthy thing, it’s the thing that could help channel assertive energies in a positive direction (Jupiter parallel and and Chiron semi-sq Hygeia)

‘Woman with a Dove’ Opatija, Photo By Berthold Werner, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38552070

Today’s word image is a dove mistaken for a pigeon. This struck me as if it were a dream image, where a symbol of peace is seen as a much more ordinary bird (who called them “rats with wings”?) So, what ideal or agent of peace in your life is being misidentified as something ordinary, and so likely being taken for granted? ‘Appreciation’ may be the keyword here.

Your Weekend 7 January 2018 Echoes

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Talbot Hughes ‘Echo’ 1900 {{PD}}

Influences today are oblique, coming at us sideways, so to speak, and echoing instinctive knowledge, what we know but haven’t recognized (info carried in the ‘blind spot’), or the past and what it has taught us (Neptune semi-sq Pallas, Mercury qnx Sedna and paralled by the Sun). How successfully do we handle this? It may all depend on our relationship to various women in our lives, or to the anima spirit within or without, or to the financial reality and arrangements, as these challenge our personal autonomy and right to choose for ourselves (Venus qnx Ceres). The information we need is evident, right in front of us, and it’s up to us to ‘read reality’, and combine it with highest values as applied to matters we’ve ignored or that have enraged us (Vesta nov Black Moon Lilith). A successful reading of What Is, plus a vetting against values and what we’d rather ignore, promises we’ll find our answers, or at least what we’re looking for in the moment as it applies to our priorities and commitments, and that what comes forward as needing to be acted upon has a touch of genius, giving the whole thing a satisfying and inspired feeling.

By the way, the asteroid Echo is at approximately 15 Scorpio 56 today, making it still conjoined Mars and Jupiter, square Ceres and the Nodal axis, and sextile Sun and Venus, and tying it firmly into today’s picture–but was it necessary to look up this object, to get the ‘message’ or sense of ‘Echo’? No–I only looked after having written this post. This is a great example of how we don’t need more minor bodies in order to see what’s happening, we just need to be well acquainted with potentials for what we do examine daily. The essence will come through, with minor bodies acting to reinforce one’s perceptions, or sometimes to pinpoint something the meaning of which would otherwise remain diffuse.

Special notes: if you have a natal placement at 15-18 Gemini, you’re on the receiving end of a Finger of God, the apex of which is the natal placement. This promises action characteristic of your Soul and purpose, performed in Love, that broadens outlook or potentials, via the natal energy or the House matters it rules. If you have something at 14-17 Taurus then you’re looking at a Grand Cross with the natal energy as one arm; expect reflections of the past to echo through decisions about life direction and power expression, involving the natal placement or the House it rules, if any.

Today’s word image is a man in a ladies pant suit. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, really, though the issue may be one of fit; the proportions will be off, as will the tailoring to curves that don’t exist in the wearer. What in your life is ill-fitting, not from being the wrong thing, but from the attempt to apply a set of suppositions that are not cut for the situation?

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Your Weekend 6 January 2018 What You Want

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Depicts Bahram Gur (central figure) on horseback hunting three doe, from a Khamseh of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi. Behind the hunter stand two attendants on horseback, and one on foot. In the far distance two hunters stand behind a rocky hillhttp://www.britishmuseum.org/research {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17783246

What You Want, like a headline in a newspaper, hangs over everything today; our Will, our wants, are Big (Mars conj Jupiter) but don’t fear, this is a healthy thing, a positive Self-expression thing (Mars parallel Hygeia). That sounds like a recipe to go get ‘it’–and yet, we may be too steeped in the past (especially in what we wanted in the past, bent on seeing an old desire filled, without asking if we still want it–Mars parallel SN pt); couple that with a certain fussiness and vanity surrounding our expectations of the future (Venus qnx NN pt) and we may end up trying to heal our thoughts and obsessive ruminations rooted in the past (Mercury sq Chiron, semi-sq Hygeia) rather than indulging our most unique and original sensibilities (Mercury trine Uranus)

‘Two Hummingbirds “Copper-tailed Amazili”‘ By Martin Johnson Heade c1870 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a hummingbird visiting a feeder in the dead of winter. Sometimes we so strongly associate something with a particular setting or cyclical point in time that we forget that those things exist at other points, too. What surprising, out-of-season thing have you encountered lately, and what did it remind you of (potentially, that may be a reminder of something you miss, or that evokes a much different perspective on things, one you wouldn’t normally take in this ‘season’)?

Just a Little AstroEssence 5 January 2018 Real-World Reaction

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Fritz Erler ‘Diana the Huntress in an Autumn Landscape’ c1920 {{PD}}

We assert ourselves on the social scene, or make big, sudden moves; we’re focused on opportunity or education, on teaching or reaching the facts, and on grabbing possibilities or accessing info before they’re gone. That can mean that we almost immediately find what in our real-world scenario will be resistant to, shaken by, or altered with our choices. See that instant feedback as a good thing, a chance to modify ambitions and ways of perceiving material circumstances– it wouldn’t otherwise do to get what we want and then find it impossible to manage, or to fit into our ‘real life’ (Mars parallel Jupiter and semi-sq Saturn, Sun parallel Saturn and qnx SN, Merc semi-sq Zeus)

I saw something like this

Today’s word image is a dress, gown, or outfit from another century. Did you see something from the 20th, or farther back in time? Does the clothing belong to a period you personally relate strongly to? Is what you saw elegant, militaristic, or does it signify certain activities or professions? What do you think your choice (or more accurately, what popped into your head) says about you?

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 4 January 2018 Take No Prisoners

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Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky – ‘Ice-Breakers on the Frozen Neva in St. Petersburg’ 1876 {{PD}}

Are those obstacles real, part of the external world, imposed by regulations, rules, the laws of physics and physical reality, and signs, written or not, announcing, ‘Go No Farther’, or are the barriers we face generated by our own Will, insistence, ego, and aggression, factors that may meet resistance from others and so actually be caused by us? If we are in a position of authority, we feel challenged, and if we are seeking to express our own autonomy and authority, we meet externals that hold us back, or down. If we persist, will we be successful in our efforts? If we’ve thought things through, and believe wholeheartedly in our own idea, while at the same time being willing to do whatever it takes, and are also prepared to burn it all down if necessary–then Yes. If you find yourself lacking a ‘Take No Prisoners’ attitude, then you should wait for another day, one that won’t depend so heavily on a kind of single-minded ruthlessness in reaching goals (Saturn sesq and Mars sq Ceres, Mercury parallel Pluto)

Today’s word image is a massive waterfall, frozen solid. Of course, we’re seeing this in real life with Niagara Falls. As a symbol, this may suggest powerful emotion that has ceased to ‘flow’. Two questions you need to consider: Is there something you feel strongly about that you have frozen in place, to avoid feeling those feelings? And if you don’t begin to deal with them now, what do you think will happen when there’s a thaw?

Just a Little AstroEssence 3 January 2018 Beautiful Dreamer

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Illustration by W. E. F. Britten 1900 {{PD}}

You’re a beautiful dreamer today, and you can heal yourself; make sure that visualizations and daydreams show the ideal, the creative, and the values standards at their peak. What you ‘see’ may cause a needed modification to Self-expression, to commitments and priorities, and to original efforts, but it’s all for a good cause: the realization of a dream, the perfection of an ideal, or the manifestation of Love. Do take care that the desire for Love or asset betterment doesn’t fall prey to the deceptive or illusory–connect to the skills and the wounds, particularly the Chirotic ones, to know whether what’s presented is a positive answer, or just creates more misleading questions (Chiron trine and Uranus qnx Vesta, Venus sxt Neptune)

‘The Horse Rustler’ By William Herbert Dunton {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a cowboy.There are a great many things this image could convey, and if there are other more appropriate associations for you, that’s fine, but I’m thinking this: a cowboy is an individual leading a tough, mostly rootless, hand-to-mouth existence particular to Western North America, whose hardscrabble lifestyle has been wildly romanticized by those who greatly misunderstand it. Is there something (or someone) in your life you’re ignoring the down-and-dirty, very rough details of, romanticizing it to suit your own needs? Are you dressing up some role or activity of your own in a way that denies how hard it might actually be on you? Is romanticizing something a way for you to cope? And do you care if your image of something may be wildly off the mark in terms of the reality it recognizes (or ignores)?

Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, illustrated by the drawing, top of the post.

Year after year unto her feet,
The while she slumbereth alone,
Over the purpled coverlet
The maiden’s jet black hair bath grown,
On either side her trancéd forth
Forth streaming from a braid of pearl;
The slumb’rous light is rich and warm,
And moves not on the rounded curl.

The silk star-braided coverlid
Unto her limbs itself doth mould
Languidly ever, and amid
Her full black ringlets downward roll’d
Glows forth each softly shadow’d arm,
With bracelets of the diamond bright;
Her constant beauty doth inform
Stillness with love and day with light.

She sleeps; her breathings are not heard
In palace chambers far apart;
The fragrant tresses are not stirred
That lie upon her charmed heart.
She sleeps; on either side upswells
The gold fringed pillow lightly prest;
She sleeps, nor dreams, but ever dwells
A perfect form in perfect rest.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2 January 2018 Uranus Direct, Everybody Else in Trouble!

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Bühnenbild bei Vollmond “Eine Nacht in Venedig” (2015) Photo By SFM2016 – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The social order or opportunities themselves spell trouble for those who hold authority or responsibility (Jupiter sq Ceres), those powered by ego or aggression or sheer Will find themselves at a point of reckoning (Mars sq Nodal axis), and relationships and/ or finances are fired in the crucible of instinct and the effects of the ‘blind spot’ on choices and commitments (Venus sesq Sedna)–and all of it, along with the Uranus Direction in Aries, spells, if not outright revolution, then a riotous response by the individual to the world at large.

But as always, we need to focus our attention on what’s working, what can help us handle the pressure and potential disorientation delivered by the above aspects. Our assets include the ability to formulate clear plans and receive sharp insight related to our goals (Mercury sxt Zeus) and we muster the imagination, creative ability, and spiritual understanding to handle what comes (Sun sxt Neptune). All in all, a disruptive and even exciting set of influences that we are more than up to handling, as long as we keep our heads and refuse to succumb to Self-imposed confusion or fear.

Another word about the Uranus Direction: Vesta sits quincunx the planet upon direction, so that if you have a natal placement at 23-26 Virgo, the direction promises to provide a turnaround, an answer, a revelation to a question or conundrum concerning commitments and values framed through their interaction with the natal energy.

Everybody can expect a little chaos, especially of the reactive or emotional variety; though the revolution seems to be enacted without, it’s a true indicator of upheaval and changes within.

Today’s word image is: a hair stylist who creates a hair dye that changes color repeatedly after application. Fun, right? As a message, it suggests the ‘coloring’ of thoughts in some way that continues to change. Have we adopted beliefs or mental stances that, out of necessity or even fickleness, keep morphing? Does that make them more useful, or is the adoption of such thinking an add-on, that is, not natural to you? And was this mode of thinking possibly originally adopted out of rebellion, an urge to be seen as unique? If so, do you need such externals anymore just to prove your individuality to yourself? Or do you simply enjoy playing with your image?

A New Year’s Wish For You For 2018

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By Nicodemusgold – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54297561

Here’s my New Year’s wish for every one of you: that you make no resolutions for 2018. Here’s why: we must stop seeing ourselves as ‘works in progress’ and start treating ourselves as if we are already adequate to do whatever we dream of, to face whatever we need to. There’s no need to gather courage, resolve to be better in some way, to put off living and doing, or try to ‘clean up’ some area of your life. Perfection is not a goal, it’s an artificial (and static) state, so stop yearning for it; it only prompts judgment, guilt, suffering, and ultimately, rejection of ourselves. We are not perfect, and never will be, but we are perfectly lovable the way we are–so love yourself, be open to receiving love from others, and have a wonderful 2018! Thus endeth the homily 🙂

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Full Moon 1 January 2018 The Making of an Emotional Truth

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William Stott of Oldham. ‘The Birth of Venus’ 19th century {{PD}}

The Full Moon of the 1st at 11 Cancer 37 at 6:23 PM Pacific time doesn’t make many close aspects, though it does form a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Mars; the Full Moon also opposes Sun-Venus, which are heading toward Superior Conjunction, and which during that period (5th-9th, roughly) will pass together over Pluto. This Sun-Venus circumstance-to-come only figures in as it alerts us to potential responses to Full Moon events–and it could be that the Full Moon itself acts as a pre-echo, a harbinger of what the Sun-Venus situation will bring, likely involving changes to the valuing of the identity, to the sense of Self-Love, to the concept of what assets we possess, both literally and in the form of talents and abilities; or, Pluto may contribute transformation energy, a kind of nuclear blast that sends change out in incontestable ripples, or it could bring about shifts in Sun-Venus through an experience with Power–and this all kicked off by a Lunar completion, finish, realization, or ending, one that anticipates some entré to the Sun-Venus-Pluto effect via the developments of the Full Moon.

And what are those? They will concentrate largely in a re-balancing of effort/ Will and the creative urge. We may see where we need to do more, where to apply our creative ideas, how to facilitate those things that so far have dwelt only in the imagination–and we do this through feeling (Cancer, the Moon, Water GT) as it can be materialized (Moon’s conjunction to Earth). The most useful result may be that we will see exactly how to make what has remained nebulous or a mere creative notion into a materialization of emotion, in essence a felt event or object, an expression of what we care about, something that encapsulates a personal emotional Truth.

‘The Pearls of Aphrodite’ Herbert James Draper 1907 {{PD}}

The opposition to Sun-Venus simply points to the future, to the alteration (as the two move over Pluto) of our Self-concept and/ or our asset picture, changing it in response to what we do or create at the Full Moon. We create the image of ourselves by what we create! Simple and confusing, all at once.

Are there dangers here? Of course–they are Martian: the ego can overwhelm, aggression can take hold, or illusion can drive a less-than-productive course–and yet, it’s all useful, in that we will be allowed to refine our efforts, to see more clearly how to make the world in the image we prefer–so even disappointing results can show us the way.

The Sabian for this Full Moon is, ‘A Chinese Woman Nursing A Baby Whose Aura Reveals Him To Be The Reincarnation Of A Great Teacher’. With this image we see Universal recognition of the advanced spirit, of the ‘teachers’ we all encounter, no matter what form they take, whether they be individuals, institutions, or events; that is, if we look we can see what can guide us, what holds worth, what will advance our own spirit–it simply requires willingness to see, something we aren’t always open to.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘An Illustrated Lecture On Natural Science Reveals Little-Known Aspects Of Life’. Again, if we are willing to see (or listen, in the spiritual sense–‘an illustrated lecture’) what we might otherwise (incorrectly) refer to as ‘the secrets of Life’ will be revealed (incorrect because there are no secrets, not really)–and again, all it takes is intention to see, is willingness to let go of illusion.

Just a Little AstroEssence 31 December 2017 Power Place

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Carl Moll – ‘The Blue Lantern’ 1903 {{PD}}

Vesta is semi-squared by Venus and parallels Juno, setting up a slightly tense dynamic of lady-energies (the power of the feminine, the anima, the receptive, the nurturing, the gestating), empowerment issues, and priorities, commitments, and values that searches for internal harmony; that is, though actions arises out of potential discord, it quickly evolves into expression that is correct for our roles and our current ‘power place’ in things. Thoughts are clear and on point, especially in power terms (Mercury trine Ceres) and we send and receive messages relating to authority with amazing precision (in spite of the way most of these are unspoken). All this measuring of empowerment and consideration of communications may require the identity to re-shape itself, as we see that instincts and our ‘blind spot’ may both offer input that demands a new, more accurate Self-image be adopted (Sun sesq Sedna).

‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester (1804-72)) – Illustrated London News [[PD}}

Today’s word image is a child much too old to literally believe in the existence of Santa Claus, who does. I’m not talking about ‘the magic of the season’, nor am I referring to a truly young person; this is about someone who has a rough time socially because his family has gone to great lengths to convince him that there is a mysterious stranger who brings him presents once a year–when others at his junior high school have long been in on the reality of things. Is it bad to believe in mysterious forces that work in your favor? Of course not–that’s pretty much the essence of my definition of the Universe–but it may be detrimental to insist on ‘alternate facts’ so deliberately that it causes a rift for the individual with the rest of the world. In this case, the individual has no say–he has simply been told by people he trusts that this is so. It brings to mind that saying about treating someone like a mushroom–they’re fed sh*t and kept in the dark! Look around–is it time you stopped believing something, now that the belief is actually becoming a problem? Does that belief separate you from reality in a negative way? Does it make it difficult to get along with others? Or do you know someone like this, who insists on keeping themselves in the dark? You can spot one of these beliefs by the way the individual insists that circumstances and all talk support the belief, with no contradictions (that is, no reality) allowed.

Just a Little AstroEssence 30 December 2017 Subliminal Punch

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Tom Thomson – ‘The West Wind’ c1916 {{PD}}

We have a single, subtle aspect perfecting today, Pallas contra-parallel Ceres; it may be entirely subliminal, exerting an influence below conscious awareness–and that can lend it way more punch than it deserves. What’s wise or practical comes up against any role we play that sees us exerting our personal power, negotiating for what we want, or calling the shots with those over whom we hold sway. Somehow, taking charge contradicts the smart move, and exercising our Will turns out to be impractical. Does that mean holding back, taking cover, abdicating responsibility, is our best choice? Not necessarily; both bodies are in Fire, and that may suggest that this discord is a prompt to find a new, smarter way to make our Will felt, to offer our guidance, or to take a ‘Big Picture’ stance in negotiations. Old forms of Power expression don’t work as they used to, and what’s wise has changed over time; this aspect brings that reality to our attention, and asks us to adapt, if we want to remain potent and relevant.

‘Fleeing skeleton’ By Władysław Podkowiński 1891 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: the last book you purchased. Have you read it yet? What did it come to mean to you? Or is it all in the title, a personal message from the Universe like a note in a bottle that washes up at your feet? In my case, I’m going with the title of a book I picked up just today: ‘The Bone Clocks’ by David Mitchell. Sounds like attending to my aging skeleton might be advisable! What about you?

Just a Little AstroEssence 29 December 2017 A Touch of Genius

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Paul Klee – ‘Gespenst eines Genies’ (Ghost of a Genius) 1921 {{PD}}

Today Venus conjoins the point Black Moon Lilith, and both are novile the South Node; the conjunction happens in Capricorn, and makes for a rather grim tendency to concentrate on negatives. We see relationships and/ or financial situations in light of what enrages us, rather than focusing on what we love about them, and the impulse is to lock things down, to contain the bad feelings, or to try our darnedest to continue to ignore or deny matters, in spite of the way we are oh-so-conscious of them now. We may just want to put a lid on it, when it might be much healthier to shift our focus from judging things as negative to seeing them as information. This might allow us the emotional distance to access the novile aspect’s ability to add a touch of genius to proceedings via memory; we are able to dip into the past and extract just the right thing to turn that downer into a beneficial event or to see profit from something built in the past. It’s up to us to find the serendipitous connection between previous circumstances and now, and to use this as a lens through which to re-focus our interpretation of the current situation.

‘Into The Black’ Uploaded to WikiMedia by tm
Photo by Vieira_da_Silva Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is the color black–or rather, the absence of color, as a black object absorbs all the colors in the spectrum, bouncing nothing back to the eye. So, this image may prompt us to look for one of two things: something in our lives that acts as a ‘black hole’, which can never be ‘filled’, or something that refuses to interact with us, that doesn’t bounce anything back to us. Do we want this in our lives? may be the question–and then, what are we willing to do about it?

Just a Little AstroEssence 28 December 2017 Crisp Thought

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Like biting into a really fresh, tart apple, our thoughts are clear and crisp, and focused on the future (Mercury trine the North Node in Fire). We’re far-seeing, and the facts are evident and in plain sight. It’s a good time to plan, and to think through your course of action–the only caveat is to realize that we can get too mental, too much lost in our own heads, if we’re not careful.

By Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6383771

Today’s word image is a crowded bus that can’t take on any more passengers, and so drives by the stop. There’s usually a good reason why we miss something that seemed like an opportunity, or that we may even have seen as our ‘right’. Trust the Universe; if something passes you by, know that it wasn’t right for you, for one of a thousand reasons that you may never know.

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 December 2017 The Creative Moment

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‘The Painter’s Honeymoon’ 1864 Frederic Leighton {{PD}}

The reality picture makes us remarkably clear on our values, on what we care about (Saturn nov Vesta); we may at this time commit to someone or something, possibly supporting an entity or effort we never anticipated caring for–or we may see how our highest values have shaped the reality picture in surprising ways (that is, in ways we didn’t realize our values were actually exerting an effect on). In spite of some issues over the exercise of authority and what we get from it (Venus sesq Ceres), we find a direct line from our intentions and actions to creative responses and output (Mars trine Neptune). Expect some revelation concerning commitments and what we honor, expect to re-shape the values and Self-image accordingly, and use the harmony of personal and creative energies to tackle big creations, and to make significant efforts you want others to see as uniquely your own. Take advantage of the creative moment. Good luck, and happy creating!

‘Thrushes’ Nest’ Fidelia Bridges 1877 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a single, young bird alone in a nest. The word ‘fledgling’ comes to mind, someone or something new, untried, fresh, inexperienced–but on the cusp of ‘spreading its wings’, getting acquainted with the wide world and showing that world what or who it is. Is this you, ready to put out there a new idea, invention, creation, or effort, to play a role you haven’t yet tried? Something is ready, ripe, formed, and waiting, and it may be a little scary at first, but you should know the timing is right. Or are you seeing this in someone else? If the latter, consider what encouragement, advice, caution, or support you can offer–but take care to speak only from genuine experience, rather than from any assumption you’re making about how it all works.

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 December 2017 Hidden

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Fernand Khnopff – ‘The Veil’ 1887 {{PD}}

It’s all about what’s hidden, ignored, denied, or about what has and continues to enrage us; the mind is filled with these thoughts, and all attention goes there (Sun conjoined Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel BML). A very special key, one that frees us from this obsessive and mostly fruitless ruminating, is found in the past, in experiences or lessons that we didn’t suspect, until now, to truly be of use (Sun-BML nov SN). Think back for that solution or answer; it’s of an Aquarian nature, found in the modern, technological, advanced, intellectual, in the matters of the House where Aquarius is in the natal chart, or in a simple state of understanding, which may involve taking a cooler approach to things, from a different angle than you assumed before.

By Javcon117* from USA – My Pink Snowman, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54768735

Today’s word image is a snowman. To my surprise, I’ve found that people have very individual associations with and feelings about snowmen. When I think of them, I feel a little tired. As a child the adults always suggested making them, but wouldn’t allow use of anything but rocks to make a face–and the result was a bit grim. It always seemed like a sad labor that resulted in a grit-faced monster, rather than the jolly being I’d envisioned. Now to me a snowman symbolizes someone’s idea of ‘keeping others busy’, that is just disappointing, a waste of time and energy, to those others; I’ll look around for that in my life. So what do snowmen mean to you? That’s what you should ask yourself–and go from there.

Just a Little AstroEssence 25 December 2017 Engaging the Future

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A tree on Hadrian’s Wall (Sycamore Gap) in Northumberland, UK. Photo by Tom Habibi, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Venus and Saturn, conjoined and at the midpoint of South Node-Jupiter, engage the North Node by sesquiquadrate–and we note a brief Fist of God is formed by the Moon when in very late Pisces/ very early Aries it squares Venus-Saturn and so also sesquiquadrates the NN (lasting from about 2-8 PM Pacific time). Solid manifestations of Love may be the theme today–ironic, on a day when so many will exchange gifts–but for everyone a sense of being able to look around and touch what you love, what you value, what you see as an asset–and as well to see where that love, in all its forms, may be lacking. It’s all about how past choices, how past responses to ‘the facts’, to social pressures, and one’s own level of optimism and adventure have created the Now–and during the period of the Fist, we get a chance to reconcile the feeling nature and intuitive perceptions (the Moon) with the Love state within the material reality (Venus-Saturn)–and quite naturally, this creates the future (NN apex).

The Peace Bridge, Tbilisi By Amir Hossein Eslami – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63883484

Today’s word image is the phrase ‘Peace on Earth’. We’re not likely to get this, as long as there are nation-states, tribalism, and conflicting interests–but we can try. Make your own little corner of the world a peaceful haven; that’s not just a good thing for you, but a contribution to us all. Merry Christmas, if you celebrate, and wishing All a wonderful last week of this surprising and tumultuous year!

Just a Little AstroEssence 24 December 2017 Reckoning

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Михаил М. Гужавин (Mikhail Markelovich Guzhavin)- Зимняя ночь (1917) {{PD}}

It’s a day of reckoning, where our optimism is tempered with a stark awareness of how and why our hopes and intentions may not mesh with the current life direction, and where opportunities may cause conflict with our plans (Jupiter sq Nodal axis)–and this, in turn, might play on our wounds, and make us question our own strength and fitness to live out our choices (Mars sesq Chiron, Sun sesq Ceres). With Saturn and the Sun just entering Capricorn, and Merc freshly direct, we may feel a wee bit overwhelmed, as if barriers and dead ends are popping up everywhere. The reality, though, is that we’re being asked to slow down and take a thorough look, both at where we are and what we want. Venus helps, as she enters Cap, attuning us to the benefits of hard work and the parameters of concrete realities, even as she conjoins Saturn and novile Vesta, showing us what we treasure (and so are sure we want to keep solid) in terms of commitments, relationships, and those things we honor. If we see there’s no hurry, we can embrace our needs, values, and priorities, and so see clearly how we want things to progress.

Today’s word image is a piece of embroidery that takes years to complete. Is there some project you’ve been working on, piece by piece, for a long time? Have you put off completing it for some time, because it’s complicated, or other life events have called? Or is that a way to see life, each ‘stitch’ (choice/ action) creating a pattern that close up isn’t discernible, but makes a distinct ‘picture’ when viewed from a distance?

‘Embroidery with Scenes from the Life of the Virgin’ unknown artist {{PD}}

Just a Little AstroEssence 23 December 2017 Revved Up

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By Dietmar Rabich – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53804703

The only aspect perfecting today is a parallel of Mars and Juno. That may not sound like much, until you consider that puts the need for personal empowerment together with the ego, the sex drive, the action urge, the Will, the ‘I Am’, and the very energy that gets us out of bed in the morning! We may not even realize how strong our push, not just for autonomy, but for making an impact, making a difference, or making waves might be. Self-awareness and caution are highly prized today, but so is the opportunity to make significant inroads in meaningful, personal goals and in advancing the individual agenda.

‘View of a Corridor’ 1662 By Samuel van Hoogstraten {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a bag of birdseed that bursts, sending seed everywhere. ‘Eating like a bird’ comes to mind, a phrase meant to indicate a delicate appetite, even though we now know that birds eat tremendous amounts for their size each and every day–and that suggests some appetite or ‘push’ toward something that we or others see as or are characterizing as something quite the opposite to what it actually is. Where is want being portrayed as quite modest, when it’s really quite ravenous? Do you want to furnish a massive amount of whatever it is that’s required, or are you thinking it’s time to align appetites and consumption so that there’s no misperception of where resources are going?

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 December 2017 Take Your Time

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Gardner Symons ‘The First Snowfall’ c1920 {{PD}}

Mercury stations direct in Sagittarius (at 13 degrees, even!). The turnaround points are typically tense; we want to act, as we sense things are changing. We may even sense that our way of processing events is changing, precipitating an urge to act or come to conclusions while we are still ‘ourselves’. There may be a wee panic; am I losing my mind, are people keeping things from me, are my beliefs failing me, what don’t I know? (those last two particularly appropriate for Mercury in Sagittarius) This time Merc changes apparent direction without making any super-close aspects, and since it moves relatively slowly after direction, we require a very close shave to call them significant. We’ll likely feel the shift in matters of the House holding Sag–something will become clearer, or will be apparent–and in the matters of the Houses Mercury rules. Best to give things a day or two before going forward. That tension that can make us want to hurry can cause as much of a warp to perceptions as can the actual retro period, so allow a little time to pass, before going forward.

Today we also see Pluto sextile Vesta, suggesting that highest values, what we honor, what we find sacred may undergo change, possibly from what we learn on the Merc direction, and Jupiter semi-squares Saturn, implying some discord between beliefs and reality, or the social sphere and restrictions (or again, the reality of things), or between what we know and what we see in front of us. This, too, may contribute to the changes to what we value, as we parse the facts and the real-world situation.

Yesterday was the Solstice, the day in the Northern Hemisphere when daylight is shortest, while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks the longest stretch of daylight–so, important everywhere, not astrologically, but symbolically; in winter it suggests a renewal of hope. We’ve seen the ‘darkest day’, and now the light will steadily increase, and as light-sensitive Beings we respond to that positively. We instinctively feel we are safer in the light–and ‘staying in the light’ does, in so many ways, keep us from harm.

Today’s word image is sunlight on the pines, on a very cold day. Take a moment, visualize this (or whatever scenario in nature you find peaceful). Can you smell the cedar, hear the bird song, feel the sun on your skin? Make sure to allow yourself and others time for such pauses in the coming weeks–we’ll all feel better for it.

John Constable {{PD}}

Remember that cloud of healing energy that we formed during the Eclipse years, specifically as an energy ‘bank’ on which those who needed it could draw? Just a reminder that it’s still there, available if you need it–and open for deposits, if you’d like.

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 December 2017 What Have We Become?

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Today the Sun enters Capricorn, parallels Venus, conjoins Saturn, and falls at the midpoint of the South Node and Jupiter (and so sesquiquadrates the North Node). This collection of contacts tells us who we are, specifically what we have created in the real world, in terms of both our personal character and our accomplishments, an appropriate assessment and review as we stand on the cusp of the Mercury direction. This happens naturally; the mind goes toward measuring quality and status, particularly in concrete, quantifiable terms. The influences on this process involve our values and our internal wisdom and practicality (Venus trine Pallas), which work together to create an accurate portrait of what we have become. Believe your own Self-assessment; you’re on solid ground with it, as long as you don’t succumb to rationalization or a denial of instincts (Venus qnx Sedna).

Today’s word image is a hot air balloon floating over a prairie at dawn. Does this signal adventure to you, ‘rising above’, ‘getting a bird’s eye view’, freedom, or is it frightening, something that could suddenly go out from under you and plunge you to earth? Is it transportation, romantic, impractical, or just fun? Or does it suggest something (an idea, a personality) inflated on ‘hot air’, that can’t travel on bombast forever? For some reason I’m seeing this symbol as something to be interpreted personally, as if only the individual associations have valid meaning–so it’s your call completely.

Just a Little AstroEssence 20 December 2017 A Sparkly Kick

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The 20th, like so many other days recently, holds a special, sparkly-magic kick, if we can only get out of our own way to use and enjoy it! The viewpoint offered by our creative imagination and/ or our ideals opens up myriad possibilities to exercise our prerogatives and make a significant impact on our own lives–the limits hinge on our ability to imagine ourselves in power (Neptune nov Juno)–and we gain, earn, or benefit through optimism, reaching out through publication, teaching, or broadcasting functions, or through the largesse of the social sphere (Venus nov Jupiter). The hitch, that stumbling block we may be tempted to place at our own feet, concerns the wound scenario, particularly within relationships or financial situations (Venus sq Chiron). To combat the urge to Self-sabotage, we must fully and without reservation embrace our most unique qualities, the things that make us so precisely who we are (Venus trine Uranus). Do that, and we can count on surprises and revelations that bring reward.

John Singer Sargent – ‘The Birthday Party’ 1886 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a reflection of that Venus-Uranus trine and the Venus novile to Jupiter: a household prepares for a birthday party. What’s a birthday party but a celebration of an individual’s uniqueness? The world just wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of each and every one of us; be aware of that today, as the idea that individual Beingness itself is worthy (and so worth celebrating) may be a good thing to remember. The reward that comes from recognizing each unique contribution may surprise you.

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 December 2017 Saturn Into Capricorn

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Saturn in Capricorn will give us the determination and iron constitution necessary to climb that mountain. Plate from ‘The Fables of Aesop’, “The Wolf and the Goat” 1909 By Edward Julius Detmold {{PD}}

With no other aspects perfecting or changes happening today, all the focus is on Saturn and the sign of Capricorn–even the Moon is there! So here’s a re-look at my previously published post, with the good news that the tension suffered (starting around the 10th) while Saturn lingered at 29 Sagittarius will dissipate. The sense of a ‘fresh start’ is bound to be evident–make the most of it!

19 December 2017 8:49 PM Pacific time, though that precise measure isn’t really necessary–Saturn moves slowly enough that its changes can sneak up on us–but when it changes signs, we do feel it, as the world seems to change ‘flavor’ around us. Saturn is the planet of reality, of the material world and all the accomplishments and barriers, both literal and figurative, within it. That’s why we are likely aware of the sign change right away; even if we aren’t conscious of astrology, we may be conscious of a shift, something like when you turn a kaleidoscope just a quarter turn. Things are rearranged, the light behind them may seem different, but they’re (usually) not unrecognizable (that’s more likely when transiting Saturn contacts transiting Uranus or Pluto, giving the kaleidoscope a full turn or two, or even shaking it upside down, and that shake-up may happen personally when transiting Uranus or Pluto contacts natal Saturn).

See? Capricorn energies can be your friend. ‘Heidi and a Goat’ By Jessie Willcox Smith 1921 {{PD}}

What we see as Saturn enters Capricorn is a perfect blend of effort and time, with the new sign shaping these into real-world results. We see what we have created over a long period, one that required Self-discipline and a persistent application of energy–or, we see circumstances resulting from a lack of application and discipline. We reap results of sustained and serious endeavors, or the long-term neglect of what we should’ve attended to; we see how our use of time affects us. If we thought things would take care of themselves, this may be the point when we find out they have not.

We can’t really talk about Saturn entering Capricorn without discussing Pluto’s journey through the sign. Pluto plowed through and continues to disrupt, destroying, wreaking havoc to what was secure, solid, established, bringing the possibilities of freedom from old constraints, transformation of institutions and barriers, and also ushering in a long-term falling away of obstructions to our perception of Truth and Reality. That doesn’t mean everyone sees the real world for what it is; it’s still an individual choice where we must be willing to see things as they areotherwise we can observe certain contingents who seem to be so completely oblivious to reality and ‘the facts’ that it defies logic. This is the Pluto effect: a stripping away of barriers that either shows you the real deal (if you accept that your world is changing) or that prompts a complete turning away from real world circumstances (if you don’t), substituting a Plutonian-centered non reality that promises nothing is changing, and that in fact you will be restored to some previous (unrealistic) level of all-powerful beingness. And now Saturn enters the sign, carrying a bucket of high-grade cement, ready to apply agents of constraint and form to all that Pluto has disrupted.

What we will see is this: that Saturn entering its own sign may result in Saturn cutting off, ending, or constraining transformations created by Pluto in Capricorn, whether those transformations are complete or not. Saturn may require those changes slow down, or it may insist on them taking solid form, or creating a new system within which to work, or it could deny their potential all together–but in any case it begins to solidify what had previously been fluid–or I should say, molten, as Pluto melted down without regard for status or standing. We add time to change, and we get a New Reality–and at the entry of Saturn into Capricorn, we get a glimpse of where things are headed, a peek at what’s beginning to emerge from the shadows.

As Saturn enters Capricorn we look at what aspects it makes immediately; this offers some idea of the initial impact of the sign change. Saturn will semi-square the South Node and Jupiter, which means Saturn is caught at the midpoint of the two; our first view of Saturn’s effects may involve the past and the public sector, or our beliefs and how they mesh with ‘the facts’, or we could see how work or effort made previously may offer opportunity in the present. Saturn will also sesquiquadrate the North Node (of course–in aspect to one Node is to be in aspect to both) and the Sun catches up to conjoin Saturn quickly, suggesting we see the situation when it is still new, raw, fresh–and we see the difficulties of where it will lead. And, the transiting Moon is also in Capricorn when Saturn enters, passing over Pluto. This suggests that what we see may give us a scare, may make us want to ‘reform’ from what we see or intuit, or may show us how we really feel about changes that have happened–and so what we are likely to want to establish, as Saturn makes his way through the sign.

Today’s word image is a dream where you were directly provided with ‘the answers’–that you can’t remember upon awakening! Be reassured–those keys are in your mind somewhere–and will come to you at the right time.

Read more of my work here, or search for your favorite topic here at the blog. And here’s a little something discussing tensions associated with the 29th degree, as well as a few other topics–and have a great rest-of-the-year!

Just a Little AstroEssence 18 December 2017 Improving on Realism

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All that Sag and New Moon energy makes us ready to tackle problems and make things better. ‘Riddaren Rider’ 1914 By John Bauer {{PD}}

Under the light of a waxing Moon, we inspect our values, our relationships, our assets, and ourselves for the health and ‘rightness’ of things. It’s a day where we assess, and maybe tackle inconsistencies, in what we care about–and where we find clever ways to make things better, to help them flourish. We come to understand: it’s all good (Venus nov Hygeia).

Today’s word image is Paul Bunyan and Babe, his Blue Ox. Do you know these characters? You can read up on it here in a fairly comprehensive view of the origins and iterations of this folk figure. This image suggests to me someone or something big, out-sized even, hard-working, good-hearted, an extraordinary, larger-than-life entity that carries mythic status. Are you dealing with someone or something like this right now? Do you feel overwhelmed? Does a myth-like quality surrounding someone or something make it especially difficult to deal with, or to get others to see in a realistic light? In spite of its positive nature, do you feel that the mythic size of this offers no place for you to express as it takes up all the figurative oxygen in the room, or perhaps you feel bowled over by the sheer magnitude of it, and so one way or another find yourself ‘left in the dust’? Don’t let your feelings fester, and know that you’re not a ‘bad guy’ just for wanting to make an impact, have a say, feel relevant, and see things (or have others see things) in a realistic light.

See what to expect from the New Moon of the 17th here–and read up on tomorrow’s entry of Saturn into home port Capricorn here–thanks!

Your Pre-New Moon Weekend 16-17 December 2017 Finding Peace

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‘Feeding the Doves’ By George Dunlop Leslie {{PD}}

The Dark of the Moon leading up to the New Moon in Sagittarius will be gently fraught with energies that may make us feel a little anxious or aggressive, but that channeled successfully will actually lead to profit, originality, and successfully bringing forward lessons learned in the past and applying them to construct the future (Venus sxt Zeus and semi-sq Mars, Mercury sxt SN/ trine NN, Sun trine Uranus-Pallas) Relationships support ambitions, even if we may find it a tad hard to get others to take action in the way we envision, and despite Merc’s retro status, we see what’s smart, what’s practical, and what is uniquely suited to the current situation. All this is available if we take a cool, intellectual or innovative approach to matters (Juno enters Aquarius), and if we take the Merc retro precaution of being fully aware that there are facets of our decisions and information of which we don’t yet have knowledge.

By the 17th we’ll have found the ‘right’ creative channels and our own most profitable and authoritative role, and our actions and choices are likely fortuitous, despite being a wee bit haunted by doubts or the fear that we’re missing some vital clue. We end up finding that priorities and values are challenged to prove their relevance and veracity; as long as we’re clear on our ideals, we’ll have a solid ability to assess the direction in which our actions and choices are taking us.

Hint: The key to dealing with Mercury retrograde this time around may be in compartmentalizing ‘thought areas’, tackling them in narrow, one-at-a-time fashion that doesn’t demand we mentally process everything at once, just one small specific matter before us–and of course, use our feeling nature, as much or more than we use our minds, to suss out the landscape.

Word image for the weekend is: a dove, caught in a chimney. The global symbol of peace enters a conduit intended to release smoke and toxic gasses and then can’t find its way out. Sounds like the experience of the current Collective spirit! On a personal level, this suggests that our sense of cooperation, our willingness to live in harmony with others, our inner intentionality of causing no harm has taken a wrong turn, and is in danger of being extinguished. We can put it another way: our feelings of hope may be floundering, slowly poisoned by a loss of freedom, autonomy, and a chokingly toxic atmosphere. All is not lost; it will take careful, gentle, persistent efforts, but our sense of hope can be returned to its natural, free state–so don’t give up on those things that ‘keep hope alive’.

Or, is there a scenario in play right now where you feel someone is ‘shoving peace down your throat’, demanding a passive, play-nice interaction, despite your actual feelings. If so, time, with great care, to extricate yourself from constraints and express how you feel.

See the New Moon of the 17th here–and have a wonderful weekend!

17 December 2017 New Moon in Sagittarius: Sculpting Reality

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‘Portrait of Anna Vaughan Hyatt’ 1915 By Marion Boyd Allen {{PD}}

The New Moon falls at 26 Sagittarius 31 at 10:30 PM Pacific time of the 17th, and it sits between a figurative rock and hard place, cradled by Saturn, the rock which is about to vacate Sag for the comfort of home turf Capricorn, and on the other side by ‘hard place’ Venus, over which the Moon has just ‘swept’. As the Moon and Sun are moving swiftly away from one body and the other will ‘fall away’ into a new sign (even as the Sun-Moon themselves soon enter that sign, the Sun set to meet Saturn there), the scenario suggests that the New Moon brings facts, beliefs, knowledge, or other outreach into the reality picture–it’s apparent what the situation truly is, and what it may cost or reward us with factors in–or, we already know the costs or rewards going in, and now find out the impact in real-world terms. That means that new starts come with a balance sheet, and the awareness that we must do something (Fire placement) in reaction to what we learn. Restraint and aesthetics and/ or relationships also factor in, and our eye remains on ‘the prize’ (possibly causing us to fix our gaze on the rear view mirror, rather than the road ahead), even if our goal doesn’t seem related to New Moon events.

The New Moon also squares Chiron, trines Pallas-Uranus, and quincunxes Sedna, suggesting some pain or triggering of old issues springs from NM events, or that the difficult circumstances presented require use of the Chirotic skills (those represented by the natal situation of your Chiron). What occurs is smart, at least in the sense that what happens is the most practical turn of events for the individual, with the potential for the wise move to be spurred by the group or by a ‘fresh’ understanding, provided by the New Moon. Expect some ‘sudden wisdom’, the revelation of which may provide the answer to (or reason for) the pain, and know that what occurs will require either a re-calibration of the instincts, or allow for a glimpse into one or more ‘blind spots’ from which we suffer.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘A Sculptor At His Work’. Aha! There’s that Saturn effect, applying knowledge and/ or working with reality in a talented way (and very possibly a Chirotic one, that is skilled or healing). We shape things as we want them to be, in part unconsciously, via the mechanism of our own instincts and values. Notice that it all funnels into a response to reality, one that may leave us better off than it found us, but that’s totally dependent on how firmly we accept that we are responsible, we are the creators.

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 December 2017 Simple

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By Paul René Reinicke – Own work by User:ReneReinicke, 2010-09-24, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18163667

It’s all upbeat today–unless we fall prey to the single negative, which, if we do, effectively wipes out all that good mojo! First the many, many positives. We act and choose with an awareness of those matters too long neglected or denied, and we are rewarded for that, on a personal level and through our status and reach on the social scene. Thoughts, though couched in the vaguely unsound terms of the retrograde period, are loving, beneficial, optimistic–and that works its own kind of magic, attracting reward, positive attention, and enhancing our standing and authority–all good, right? The facts work in our favor, opportunities offer a fast lane to accomplishment, and belief systems are out in the open and so easy to understand and work with. That down side? It’s within us, within our potential to be victims of our own wounds. If we allow a sense of injury to dominate our thinking and our interactions, we lose. It’s that simple (Mars sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury conjoined Venus and both trine Ceres, Sun nov Jupiter and sq Chiron).

Today’s word image is: a man works near an open, live wire. Is there something in your environment that you’ve been ‘working around’, assuming (or hoping) it won’t hurt you? Or is this someone, a ‘live wire’ who could sweep you up in their hi-jinks, or simply in their enthusiasm–and would you want that to happen? Would it be joyful or a distraction? This is a call to inspect the environment, for what it could mean, should you bump up against that ‘energy conduit’, and to remind you that your safety isn’t guaranteed, no matter how familiar the atmosphere.

Beware of those free downloads purporting to offer my work that are really malware, and of that psychic who claims to have studied with me (I do not endorse her), and if you’re looking for a little AstroEssence on Saturn entering Capricorn, it’s here–thanks, and have a great day!

Saturn Enters Capricorn 2017

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Hans Thoma {{PD}}

19 December 2017 8:49 PM Pacific time, though that precise measure isn’t really necessary–Saturn moves slowly enough that its changes can sneak up on us–but when it changes signs, we do feel it, as the world seems to change ‘flavor’ around us. Saturn is the planet of reality, of the material world and all the accomplishments and barriers, both literal and figurative, within it. That’s why we are likely aware of the sign change right away; even if we aren’t conscious of astrology, we may be conscious of a shift, something like when you turn a kaleidoscope just a quarter turn. Things are rearranged, the light behind them may seem different, but they’re (usually) not unrecognizable (that’s more likely when transiting Saturn contacts transiting Uranus or Pluto, giving the kaleidoscope a full turn or two, or even shaking it upside down, and that shake-up may happen personally when transiting Uranus or Pluto contacts natal Saturn).

What we see as Saturn enters Capricorn is a perfect blend of effort and time, with the new sign shaping these into real-world results. We see what we have created over a long period, one that required Self-discipline and a persistent application of energy–or, we see circumstances resulting from a lack of application and discipline. We reap results of sustained and serious endeavors, or the long-term neglect of what we should’ve attended to; we see how our use of time affects us. If we thought things would take care of themselves, this may be the point when we find out they have not.

Juno admires hubby Saturn’s new leggings. By Veronese {{PD}}

We can’t really talk about Saturn entering Capricorn without discussing Pluto’s journey through the sign. Pluto plowed through and continues to disrupt, destroying, wreaking havoc to what was secure, solid, established, bringing the possibilities of freedom from old constraints, transformation of institutions and barriers, and also ushering in a long-term falling away of obstructions to our perception of Truth and Reality. That doesn’t mean everyone sees the real world for what it is; it’s still an individual choice where we must be willing to see things as they areotherwise we can observe certain contingents who seem to be so completely oblivious to reality and ‘the facts’ that it defies logic. This is the Pluto effect: a stripping away of barriers that either shows you the real deal (if you accept that your world is changing) or that prompts a complete turning away from real world circumstances (if you don’t), substituting a Plutonian-centered non reality that promises nothing is changing, and that in fact you will be restored to some previous (unrealistic) level of all-powerful beingness. And now Saturn enters the sign, carrying a bucket of high-grade cement, ready to apply agents of constraint and form to all that Pluto has disrupted.

What we will see is this: that Saturn entering its own sign may result in Saturn cutting off, ending, or constraining transformations created by Pluto in Capricorn, whether those transformations are complete or not. Saturn may require those changes slow down, or it may insist on them taking solid form, or creating a new system within which to work, or it could deny their potential all together–but in any case it begins to solidify what had previously been fluid–or I should say, molten, as Pluto melted down without regard for status or standing. We add time to change, and we get a New Reality–and at the entry of Saturn into Capricorn, we get a glimpse of where things are headed, a peek at what’s beginning to emerge from the shadows.

As Saturn enters Capricorn we look at what aspects it makes immediately; this offers some idea of the initial impact of the sign change. Saturn will semi-square the South Node and Jupiter, which means Saturn is caught at the midpoint of the two; our first view of Saturn’s effects may involve the past and the public sector, or our beliefs and how they mesh with ‘the facts’, or we could see how work or effort made previously may offer opportunity in the present. Saturn will also sesquiquadrate the North Node (of course–in aspect to one Node is to be in aspect to both) and the Sun catches up to conjoin Saturn quickly, suggesting we see the situation when it is still new, raw, fresh–and we see the difficulties of where it will lead. And, the transiting Moon is also in Capricorn when Saturn enters, passing over Pluto. This suggests that what we see may give us a scare, may make us want to ‘reform’ from what we see or intuit, or may show us how we really feel about changes that have happened–and so what we are likely to want to establish, as Saturn makes his way through the sign.

Read more of my work here–and have a great rest-of-the-year!