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Just a Little AstroEssence 20 February 2018 What We Don’t Know

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

What we choose not to know today won’t hurt us–in fact, it will make us act more practically or wisely than we might have otherwise–but it could undermine our healthier inclinations, or could create some tortured reasoning around desire and ambition fulfillment. We could engage in smart choices we almost immediately regret or see the short-comings of; could indicators be more at odds with themselves? Probably not. Likely results in a day where we don’t make any major problems for ourselves–we may actually put a few beneficial conditions in place–but in the end may feel frustrated and would rather write-off the whole thing as a wash (Hygeia semi-sq and Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, Mercury sesq Zeus and semi-sq Pluto).

Rain Drenched Bird, Photo By Bhaskar.albert – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21043391

Today’s word image is a bedraggled bird finds shelter from the rain under the eaves.What wild and free-flying impulse or desire do you have that might need a little caring-for, a little protection, right now? Shelter that spontaneity and desire to ‘fly high’; it’s of great Soul-value, and losing it can begin an unwinding of the life force, a lessening of desire, initiation of an unfortunate kind of spiritual retreat.

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 February 2018 A Healthy Will

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‘Great Generals of the Desert and the Spirits of Grasses and Trees Who Dwell in the Void of Water and Land’ Ming dynasty, 15th century {{PD}}

Our actions and choices create the future, as they always do (Mars trine NN) but today, unlike most days, we can trust them completely. We accept our role in this creation, accept our power to effect it, and have integrated inner wisdom, a sense of practicality, and awareness of those things we have ignored or denied, so that our efforts are fully informed, and so completely healthy expressions of our Beingness and intents (Venus sxt Black Moon Lilith, parallel Juno, sxt Pallas, semi-sq Uranus, Sun parallel Hygeia).

Paperweight, glass art from Gozo, Malt. Photo By Edwinb CC0

Today’s word image is this: you hold a glass paperweight in your hand, thinking it is filled with colorful swirls, until you look more closely and see that it actually depicts _________ . That’s your Rorschach test for today.

Your Weekend 18 February 2018 Spirit Central

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‘The Storm Spirits’ By Evelyn De Morgan c1900 {{PD}}

We communicate directly with spirit today, directly with and from our own and others’ power space (Sun enters Pisces and along with Merc noviles Pluto). Conditions advise against listening to our instincts–they’re distorted by fear, so not in tune with what we really need–and though it may seem contradictory, do allow yourself to be spontaneous and to express your most unique and original inclinations, even if it takes a toll on relationships and/ or finances–your health is most important, in the end, and will be aided if you speak from your central spiritual power. Just sort impulses into positive and not-so by what you’ve learned from your own past; therein lies all you need to know to make right choices today (Uranus sxt Hygeia while Hygeia sq Sedna, Pallas parallel SN, Venus contra-parallel Uranus).

By Steve Evans from Citizen of the World – Americana: Scarecrow, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25839973

Today’s word image is a scarecrow standing in a long-dead garden. Are you trying to protect something that’s no longer viable, that in one way or another has been ‘dead’ for some time? Ponder what you may be getting from continuing to behave as if this ‘garden’ is still producing, and consider that your vigilance may be doing no one any good, possibly distracting you or draining energy from much better uses.

Your Weekend 17 February 2018 Cause-And-Effect

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In honor of Aquarius, which has taken us for a ride, of late. William Bell Scott ‘The Little Water-Carrier’ 1862 {{PD}}

Vesta trines the North Node today, suggesting that whatever direction you find yourself headed, it reflects your values accurately. Not the values you say you have, but the ones you actually live–and yet we may be unable or unwilling to see how what we hold dear shapes our lives, with Mercury entering Pisces and prompting obscuring or idealizing of what we face. The reality is, we’ll behold  the outcome of those seeds planted earlier, around mid-December 2017, at the time of the Inferior Conjunction; the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (when they meet with Merc direct) perfects today and shows us what our choices have created, many of which will have been made in the unconscious. What comes to light is a minor lesson in cause-and-effect, one that we may be tempted to intellectualize or rationalize (Aquarius) in an attempt to deal with what will likely feel like an imminent crisis (Sun and Merc meet at 29 degrees)–and this sense of crisis may be what pushes us to act on fantasy, to make deluded choices, or to allow ourselves to be mislead, willingly accepting something that if we pushed back would prove false (Mars sq Neptune). It sounds a little bleak, doesn’t it? But, what we may find is if we enter conflict or circumstances of discord with a clear sense of identity (or, failing that, a strong ego), we easily see the spiritually correct answer for ourselves as individuals (that is, there’s no spiritual formula, but a response that resonates with the Soul) with which we can resolve whatever lies before us.

‘The Horses of San Marco, Looking North’ By Reginald Barratt 1906 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: someone you know takes a trip you always wanted to take, and you aren’t a bit envious. This happened to me, and I expected I would be jealous, but I instantly realized that the trip that person took wouldn’t be anything like the one I would take–they are on their ‘journey’, in the largest and the most particular senses, and I am on mine, so that even if we did the same things when we arrived, we would have markedly different experiences. This may be obvious to you, but it wasn’t to me, and maybe the point is a wider one, suggesting we never really can know the dimensions of someone else’s experiences, someone else’s Path.

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 February 2018 Waves

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By Bjornsphoto – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25217401

Strangely, kind of a quiet day, in spite of any disturbances generated by Venus quincunx Ceres. After the revelations of the eclipse, which may only now begin to dawn, we are likely to experience a ‘making waves’ vibe that ruffles relationships and/ or fiances, and brings values into question, and this is so regardless of the way that, when we consult our sense of inner knowing, we get a straight, dependable answer that’s highly expressive of our true priorities and standards (Vesta parallel Pallas). Don’t be mislead or distracted by the waves; know that as long as choices echo highest values, you’ll remain on the right track–or at least make decisions that suit and express you, even if you end up putting yourself into an untenable position.

By Carsten Frenzl from Obernburg, Deutschland – faceless, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35078047

Today’s word image is a truck full of mannequins. Here’s an online description of the origins of the word ‘mannequin’: ” 1902, “model to display clothes,” from French mannequin (15c.), from Dutch manneken. A French form of the same word that yielded manikin, and sometimes mannequin was used in English in a sense “artificial man” (especially in translations of Hugo). Originally of persons, in a sense where we might use “model.” Later (by 1939) of artificial model figures to display clothing.” The part that caught my attention was ‘artificial man’–and a truckload of them suggests a crowd of ‘fake people’. Is there a group like this in your life? Would you like to get away from them? Do you find yourself inadvertently a part of this group? Consider them an example of what and who not to be.

 

15 February 2018 Solar Eclipse in Aquarius: Revelation, Revolution

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Robert Spencer ‘The Seed of Revolution’ {{PD}}

We see a partial Solar eclipse at 27 Aquarius 07 at 1:05 PM Pacific time of the 15th. Aquarius suggests a theme of understanding, beneath the flash of what’s new and original, beneath the trend toward being different, and below the busyness of the intellect and the fussiness of the academic; this is emphasized by the way this New Moon is tucked late in the sign along with the planet Mercury and asteroids Juno and Hygeia, all with less than a 1.25 degree span, so very close together. A New Moon is a time of beginnings, of inception, and in this sign and with these fellow travelers suggests the start to a new way of thinking and feeling centered on a healthy personal sense of empowerment. Somehow we have a better understanding of who we are and of our emotional landscape, and that translates into clearer perceptions in the life area (as determined by subjects of the House) in the natal chart where the eclipse falls.

It also translates into new starts, things begun in the spirit of an emotional need for an intellectual quest–or the intellectual need to discover and connect to the emotions. In whichever way you’re lacking, this Solar eclipse will prompt consideration of the missing facet, likely revealing healthy and fitting ways in which you can empower yourself. This New Moon promises a new and original mindset, tailored to who you are, a revolution in how you approach life itself, a spark that may bring chaos but that ultimately lights the way toward more effective forms of communication between the Self and the Universe. (On a personal note, look to the Houses of the natal chart ruled by Mercury for clues as to and from where that communication might flow).

The Solar eclipse and company also sextiles Uranus, catching Chiron at the midpoint. This implies sudden revelation, with the capacity to heal (most likely) or to wound (a scant possibility). The inclination is to reveal and understand, and so to make a space to heal, or to react radically and cause hurt to the Self or others. The NM also squares Sedna, and we’ll count a wide square to Jupiter, as all together these form a Fixed T-square that is destined to make a bigger splash than we might at first think. The understanding and revelation we receive with the eclipse will create tension among ‘the facts’ or beliefs, and the instincts and those things we ‘know but don’t know’; this discord may lead to the eclipse events, or may spring from them, but in either case will translate into a new understanding, and so to taking a new direction.

One other minor aspect of note: the eclipse is semi-square the point Black Moon Lilith–and of course, that means BML is sesquiquadrate the Earth. This implies that something ignored or denied will cause a problem that leads to eclipse events–or vice versa, that eclipse events bring forward difficult circumstances that have up to now been ignored or denied. This may be, at the time of the eclipse, the most prominent thing, a thing you’d hoped would just go away that now, ‘in your face’, must be dealt with–it could distract from deeper, evolutionary shifts that occur, so that we only later see how much has changed, and what a revelation that change is.

‘The Oak’ By Issak Ilich Levitan c1880 {{PD}}

It all adds up to a kind of revolution, the nature of which is determined by the revelations received; they are instructions on how to empower ourselves in the most positive way possible, and suggest that tension or missteps arise directly from a failure to reconcile the nuts and bolts of the reality picture with our belief system and those things that are a part of our nature. What happens here is described in the Sabian symbol for the eclipse: ‘A Tree Felled And Sawed To Ensure A Supply Of Wood For The Winter’. A resource sacrificed to see us through coming tough times may be what we face with revolution, which is a systemic change meant to foster a better life in a better world–but always, there is a winter that precedes a flourishing spring, one that must be lived through, best we can, as Nature goes through Her cycles and humankind reorganizes into a new system. What happens with the Solar eclipse may be our symbolic supply of wood, meant to see us through a stressful period while the world is rearranged and healed, the terrain becoming ready to bloom around us once again.

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 February 2018 Siren Song

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We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones–Captain Nemo, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

John Reinhard Weguelin 1905 {{PD}}

We’re all tangled up in the Dark of the Moon, thinking big and sure of ourselves and of the rightness of our facts, and yet resisting our own inner voice, the one that can be so vital during times that decide the direction our Path will take (Sun conj Juno and both sq Sedna, Jupiter parallel Pallas). Every cell in our body is vibrating with the New Moon eclipse to come, the salt waters of the blood stream pulled like any ocean toward the extremity of the event; that can make us reckless, too prone to assess our own wisdom as greater than it really is, or to confuse optimism with what’s smart, with ‘knowing’. We need to focus on ‘mental health’, trusting ourselves to know what’s what; if it sounds questionable, it is (Mercury conj Hygeia). We need to watch out for the undercurrents, riptides formed by what we’ve ignored or denied, or by a flow of anger not yet released (Juno and the Sun semi-sq Black Moon Lilith). This can pull us under; we’ll also flail, perhaps risking relationships or finances, if we insist on pursuing desires or ambitions at this time (Venus sesq Zeus and semi-sq Pluto). We may only mean to follow our dream, but we may end up causing damage, instead–so proceed with caution, and be aware of the siren call exerted by the approaching New Moon.

Today’s word image is hearing a disembodied voice. What does it say to you?

Just a Little AstroEssence 13 February 2018 Smooth and Rough

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First, the smooth: an original take on things, especially one that draws on the past, is the light we should follow today. The most unique things about ourselves, our talents and the ability to jump to them spontaneously, along with the courage to express ourselves, will be key to personal fulfillment at this time, as will a willingness to accept the modern, the advanced, the new, and to approach all with the idea that understanding will breed sympathy, and so help us see the other side of things (Sun conj Juno, both sxt Uranus, Mercury parallel the South Node). Win-win will always be better than single-minded Self-interest–in a way, today you can actually achieve both.

Now the rough: the mind is prone to reactionary thinking, exaggerating issues and resisting the facts and/ or what the social order asserts (Mercury sq Jupiter). When confronted with authority, the tendency may be to choose the impractical or unwise, in a show of misplaced defiance (Pallas sq Ceres). Add to this that we are potentially either misunderstanding our own values and priorities, or that we are deluded about what truly matters to us, and we have a recipe for bad judgment and ‘wrong’ decisions (Neptune sq Vesta).

The only way to avoid the possibility of bad judgment is to fully invest in our unique take on things; trusting our most personal and original viewpoint will take us in the right direction, as long as we don’t get all philosophical and try to filter things by some theoretical or absolute standards, as we are likely to have a distorted or irrational view of these at this time. Keep it all keyed to who you are, and you can’t go far wrong.

By LincolnGroup11 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27439778

Today’s word image is: having to do the ‘wrong’ thing before you can do the ‘right’ one. When this happens, it may feel like a waste of time, a dead end, but the reality is we learn from this, and perhaps put off that ‘right’ move until the time is appropriate and everything aligns. Never fear that you’ve made a mess of things; you did it so you could find out something, even if that’s only to teach yourself never to do that again.

Just a Little AstroEssence 12 February 2018 Power In Mind

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Workshop of George Frederic Watts ‘Chaos’ 1875 {{PD}}

Will our rebelliousness cause our own destruction, or is it that the ego just can’t share power (or can’t do anything to support those that do have it)? Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and parallel Pluto suggests we are not on board with the power politics of the current picture, and perhaps think that blowing it all up is our only option. The reality of it is a bit different: we are pushed toward creating chaos because of our own denial of instincts and avoidance of what we should attend to (Black Moon Lilith sesquiquadrate Sedna). Steer a course by relationships, financial needs, and values, as all will be attuned to what’s healthy in the larger sense (Venus parallel Hygeia); our other big plus is our mentality at this time: somehow, in being able to put aside what we’d rather not see at the moment, we are able serve ambitions and desires in a way that honors what we find important, sacred, or meaningful, and this has a relatively powerful ability to manifest our aims (Mercury nov BML, semi-sq Saturn, trine Zeus and parallel Vesta). The trick is not allowing our complaints over current power distribution to distract us from the way we can get exactly what we want, regardless of who holds what in the realm of power.

Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium – Chasing an orange car in Roussillon, Provence, France. CC BY-SA 2.0

Today’s word image is a bright orange car–or rather, a triumvirate of them! Cars are a means of getting somewhere, and the color orange implies overflowing energy, and the number three? That’s a number of balance, of equilibrium, perhaps suggesting that a roaring go-get-‘um attitude must have two others ‘legs’ that, well considered, keep things in a productive state. Adequate rest and fuel, of course, may be one of those, while the other is likely the mental, emotional, and spiritual considerations that give that energy both a shape and a desirable aim. Measure which of your ‘legs’ may be in need of attention, and don’t let any one of them do all the driving.

Your Weekend 11 February 2018 Serendipity

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Children playing at sunset on a Mekong bank, not far from the island of Don Loppadi in Si Phan Don (4000 islands), Laos Photo By Basile Morin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65175348

We make smart change (Mars nov Pluto)–and that may sound a lot like yesterday, but it’s not; today marks a completely different kind of energy. It’s a flow that combines effort with serendipity, with the more effort made, the more fortuitous the outcomes. The mind is sharp and sure, as thoughts align with beliefs, making for a kind of confidence in our own ideas that’s hard to beat (Mercury parallel Jupiter); in some this might go too far, leading to exaggeration, over-promising, or bragging that leaves everyone disappointed later. We avoid that by keeping attention on what’s healthy (Sun conj Hygeia)–and what’s more healthy than moderation? Enjoy the day, accept synchronicities as appearing for your benefit, and be willing to make the big move or the deep plunge, as the Universe is more than ready to assist you.

By Louis Paul Dessar, photo by Philippe Alès Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Today’s word image is someone who’s always late to a meeting, date, or event. Is that you? No matter who the chronically late person is, we have to ask, What are they holding back, withholding, or otherwise resisting? Being late (trying to control the expenditure of time) is trying to give voice to something the individual may not realize they feel, or that they feel unsafe expressing more directly. Is this an expression of resentment, an attempt to exert some power in what feels to them like an imbalance in the relationship, or is this an outgrowth of general disorganization that allows them to abdicate responsibility for so much. In any case, it’s not something that ‘happens to us’, and needs to be looked at for what that repeated action is really trying to say.

 

Your Weekend 10 February 2018 Contrary Effects

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Photo By Carol M. Highsmith – Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2015631245 {{PD}}

The question is, will we see transformation of our Love or Money toward an ideal, or will these disintegrate into a nebulous oblivion? A change of fortune–that’s the broad influence behind Venus’ entry into Pisces and novile to Pluto. The aspect itself promises something probably unanticipated and likely more dazzling than anything we would’ve come up with during Venus’ passage through Aquarius; suddenly the landscape changes (we get out of our own heads, and get a little space for our thoughts to heal or to express a unique talent–Mercury nov Chiron), and that change supports a shift that calls on our creativity and our spiritual essence to respond. This affects our relationships and/ or our asset situation as what we care about changes, transforming into something else, taking a shape that reflects alterations to the institutions, ‘rules’, and structures of our lives that began with Pluto’s entry into Capricorn; we’ll likely see another step in just what these modifications mean (particularly how we will benefit) in real world terms when Venus sextiles Saturn on the day of the Solar eclipse, the 15th.

With these shifts as the underpinnings, we see two contrary effects: our actions and choices both give support to and show the extent of our own personal strength and authority (Mars trine Ceres), but they may seem ‘unlucky’, creating conflicts that block our receipt of ‘more’ or bringing upset within the social sphere or to our own belief system (Sun sq Jupiter). Stick with what enhances your power position, in this case; any negative feedback is fleeting, and based on attitudes, inner or outer, that would disempower you, if given full rein.

Today’s word image is the 70’s song, ‘Magnet and Steel’. Do you know this song? It’s been playing in my head for two days, and I had to get it out by putting it here 🙂 What in your life acts like a magnet on you? Is there something you feel compelled toward, as if you are helpless? Or does something or someone respond to you that way? We may need reminding that we are not helpless within the situation; we can change our responses and others’ responses to us by–drumroll–changing ourselves, or at least by altering our responses away from what may feel automatic. That’s not the answer we usually arrive at, when we want things to change, especially when we feel some aspect of the situation is completely out of our control, but in this instance we are offered the chance to see that who we are has a powerful affect on both what surrounds us and our interactions–we don’t have to be the magnet OR the steel!

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 February 2018 A Troubled Past Re-Visited

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‘Down to the Sea’ By Rockwell Kent c1910 {{PD}}

Health matters, especially those we might’ve faced at some point in the past, are on our minds today–and these can be previous times of disturbed thoughts or emotional or spiritual trials, as well as those of the physical realm. These issues may come to the fore, exaggerated in our own minds, contradicting our stated beliefs, or stirred up by our awareness of social standards that we don’t seem to meet. Calming troubled waters comes through practical attention to our physical well-being and to the condition of the material world itself; we must focus in the moment, on the state of things as they are right now, in order to see things with some wisdom, and to gain a sufficiently accurate perspective (Jupiter sq Hygeia, Mercury parallel Pallas, nov Saturn, and conj the South Node, Sun semi-sq Saturn).

Louis Léopold Boilly ‘Conversation dans un Parc’ 1812 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: you run into an acquaintance on the street, who introduces you to their companion–someone you’ve never seen, heard of, or met before. This person says something that in thinking about it later you start to see as a kind of ‘pronouncement’ from the Universe, with the confirmation that this stranger gave you an extraordinary message being the way, as you all part, they say good-bye and call you by a (pleasant) name no one has used for you since childhood.

Just a Little AstroEssence 8 February 2018 Astounding

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All our energy and attention goes to the fulfillment of ambitions and desires; it’s as if we suddenly become hyper-aware of the fragile and fleeting nature of life, and so compelled to achieve meaning, to have an impact that comes straight from the Soul, before it’s all over. The interesting thing is that, in this case, what offers a brilliant bit of inspiration or just the information we need is something we’ve been ignoring, avoiding, or that has previously seemed unjust or enraging; now, by engaging with one or more of these matters, we see the way clear to get what we truly want. An astounding day, if we can meet what’s before us totally without fear (Sun trine Zeus and nov Black Moon Lilith).

Today’s word image is hearing and/ or seeing the same name mentioned simultaneously. It may not have to be a name, but may only be something coming at you from dual sources at the same time, a simultaneity of expression that tells us by its very synchronicity that it holds meaning. For me that name was ‘Harry’. I don’t know anyone by that name, so it made me think of Prince Harry–so I guess I’m looking for the prince in my own life 😉

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 February 2018 Wisdom Heals

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‘The Awakening’ By Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

We may initially reject healing thoughts or words, resistant to the idea that we must let go of our hurt–but if we will just allow ourselves to see the wisdom and practicality in healing what’s injured, we’ll not only end the day feeling more ‘whole’ than when we started, we’ll also let go of any conflicts generated by disparities between our values or within relationships that specifically require we ignore our own instincts, or that ask us to operate within our ‘blind spot’. That is, relationships or our own values may urge us to ignore instinctual responses (toward Self-interests or Self-preservation) and/ or may ask us to ‘look the other way’, letting our own ignorance of or lack of perspective on some issue pave the way for someone else’s purposes. Proceed from a viewpoint of Love, equally for Self and Others, and look for the smart solution, or the practical one–therein lies salvation (Venus sq Sedna, Mercury semi-sq Chiron, Chiron nov Pallas).

‘Unicorn’ By Gustave Moreau 1885 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: you look out the window and see a unicorn. Nowadays we use the term ‘unicorn’ to stand for something so rare, so unlikely that it seems impossible–and yet there it is. Where’s the unicorn in your life? Are you having a hard time believing it’s real? This is your notice that it’s not only real, that you must actively respond to it as real, or you’ll be at a big disadvantage.

See the special on ‘Born Today’ Solar Return reports–

Just a Little AstroEssence 6 February 2018 Mind and Heart

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“Puerto Rican street artist Alexis Diaz teamed up with Chilean artist INTI to create a new mural for O.Bra Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their mural, which took over 1 week to complete, blends the two artist’s distinct imagery: Diaz’s detailed and crosshatched line work with colorful under layers, and INTI’s subjects inspired by life, death and religion, particularly Christianity” Commentary and Photo By The Photographer – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55545297

Our original expression and our values are backed up by both mind and heart, with a wonderful coordination among our relationships, our commitments, and our personal sense of authority and effectiveness. So what’s that nagging doubt that won’t let us perform at maximum? For lack of a better term, let’s call it our conscience. We know there are things we haven’t attended to, that we’ve been ignoring or denying and that need to be faced, including anger over issues we’ve been reticent to confront, and that is prickling our conscience in such a way that, sooner or later, we become aware that we can’t free our minds and our creative energy completely until we deal with the gritty details. Face what needs facing, and today can be a day of extraordinary personal accomplishment; our most unique qualities can find form and expression, and so allow us to offer our own thoroughly characteristic contribution (Mercury sxt Vesta and opposed Ceres, with the latter qnx Black Moon Lilith and trine Vesta, Venus semi-sq BML and sxt Uranus).

Kuniyoshi Yasuo ‘Dream’ 1921 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a dream with people in it you ‘know’ only at a distance, from media, politics, or through their public role. When that happens to me, I inspect them as symbolic, exploring their function (real or fictional), name/ character name, or consider what I think of them or have heard of them of late, and what any or all of those might mean as they apply to my life.

Still wondering about the “little beard” of yesterday’s image? Check out a potential added meaning on the post for the 5th.

Just a Little AstroEssence 5 February 2018 Unsettled

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‘The Seven Sisters on Geisangenfjord’ 1915 By Karl Paul Themistokles von Eckenbrecher {{PD}}

Change is the order of the day. Deep, erratic, rebellious but brilliant and original cuts to the bone in values and commitments may draw on the past and require a thorough mental examination of every dark and ignored thing before they can take shape–oh but when they do gather form, we’ll find our power and our path vis-à-vis the facts, the social order, or our belief system. Probably a bigger (that is, more meaningful) day than we’ll realize in the moment; don’t be surprised if you get a shock or two, or a revelation, especially around the home situation, the partner, or those areas you find sacred. Don’t allow thoughts to fixate on the negative, and don’t dissipate energy in anger or nostalgia–neither will serve you, and will only distract from some rather amazing potential developments (Vesta parallel the South Node, Uranus sesq and Pluto nov Vesta, Jupiter sq Juno, Mercury parallel Black Moon Lilith).

Illustration by John Bauer for ‘Broder Martin’ (Brother Martin) by Emil Eliasson in “Bland tomtar och troll” (Among gnomes and trolls), 1913 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something with a tiny beard. A kitten, a goat, a young man, an old man (or even a woman), a stuffed animal, something or someone you see in the media or on the street or in a photo. Whatever this wee beard and the person or thing that sports it makes you feel, is the important ‘image’ for today.

Addendum: Could that “little beard” be someone ‘fronting’ for someone else, ‘bearding’ for them so their true intentions or inclinations don’t become known?

Please see the Services page for a new special, and have a great week!

 

Your Weekend 4 February 2018 Scary!

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Anders Zorn ‘Scared’ (etching) 1912 {{PD}}

Everything may seem scary right now; we feel vulnerable, menaced both by our wounds and those things summoned by the imagination, giving us the sense we’re being pursued and that there’s nowhere to hide. Two points to help you deal with this: attention to and scrutiny of wounds can actually reveal the way to permanently heal them, and the material world may present some risky or harsh but very wise or practical ways to approach what comes forward today. It’s a matter of not allowing ourselves to get so distracted by fear or anticipation of disaster that we miss the very smart opportunity or the healing element right in front of us (Neptune contra-parallel Sedna, Saturn semi-sq Hygeia and trine Pallas, Sun nov Chiron).

Paul Klee ‘Der Goldfisch’ 1924 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a kitten dipping into a fishbowl, angling for a goldfish. Are you engaged in something that’s purely a part of your nature, that to an observer might seem a wee bit barbaric or mercenary? Are you following urges at the expense of civilized co-existence? Does it feel like you’re just “hungry”, and doing what comes naturally? Is someone accusing you of thoughtless or heedless behavior? Does what you think of as ‘the natural order of things’ make this urge ‘right’, or is containing natural urges an important thing for you?

Your Weekend 3 February 2018 Shape Up!

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Adolph Menzel ‘Atelierwand (Studio Wall)’ 1851 {{PD}}

We can shape things as we like today, with our values and commitments offering a form into which we pour the essence of our energy; it’s pure creativity, without the need for an Art or a singular creative act to give it contours. We are both the source and the means of conveyance, with thoughts perfectly synchronized with action, and choices truly reflecting reasoning and the intellect. That said, we may find ourselves resistant to what’s smart or practical (I suspect it won’t feel original enough for our Soul-essence), and our fondness for and awareness of our own empowerment may put us at odds with the facts, with our own beliefs, and/ or with the social sphere–but otherwise, it’s a day when we can manifest so much that is at the core of our Beingness, in one form or another (Sun nov Saturn and parallel Vesta, Mercury sxt and parallel Mars and square Pallas, Venus and Juno conjoined and square Jupiter).

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Today’s word image is finding a note in your jacket pocket that reads, ‘Save me’–and you don’t know where it came from or who wrote it. Where does your mind go?

Just a Little AstroEssence 2 February 2018 It’s All About Venus

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William Blake Richmond ‘Venus and Anchises’ c1890 {{PD}}

All that we’ve gathered of worth from the past, as well as our relationships and those ways in which we give or Love, are the mechanisms behind what happens today (Venus parallel the South Node). Those Venusian viewpoints and subjects flourish (and that can feel positive or less than), even as we keep a solid connection to the real-world situation, likely through irritations, obstacles, or small discomforts we must work around or accommodate (Venus semi-sq Saturn). The great thing is we have lots of arrows in our quiver: our values and commitments show their worth and keep us on point (Venus parallel Vesta) and encourage a healthy, balanced approach (Venus conj Hygeia) that supports attaining ambitions and desires (Venus trine Zeus), and we’ll also sense the advantage in facing what we might otherwise turn away from, deny, or meet only with temper (Venus and Hygeia nov Black Moon Lilith). That addresses our attitude, but here’s how it might translate into action: impulses may need to be curbed, actions slowed for sufficient consideration, as we’ll either feel guiding wisdom may need modification or we’ll simply resist what’s practical and smart (Mars quincunx Pallas). We have the right foundation and sensibilities for moving forward, but our judgment may be skewed–keep that in mind today, and slow your roll, so that reason can moderate or overcome impulse.

NASA {{PD}}

Today’s word image is someone who puts something up for sale, but then refuses to sell it, even when offered exactly what they say they want. Is there someone in your world claiming to offer something, then not producing when it’s accepted? Do you feel like it’s a bait-and switch? Do you feel the person is honestly conflicted, or duplicitous? Or are you doing this, and not even aware you’re doing it? Sending such thoroughly mixed signals to the Universe is a real problem; for best results, get all your intentions on a single wavelength.

Just a Little AstroEssence 1 February 2018 Pure Power

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‘The Union of Earth and Water (Antwerp and the Scheldt)’ By Peter Paul Rubens 1617 {{PD}}

Are you pursuing ambition fulfillment, or pure Power, or are those one and the same for you? Today we see how vital possessing and wielding power is to our own satisfaction, and we see precisely how close or far away we are from realizing full throttle empowerment. Hints for making the most of today’s influences: Be optimistic and look for opportunity–at the same time, remain aware of the darker side of things, and of the pitfalls and dangers of a one-note approach; let the facts and the current power distribution offer guidance as to what will work best; be creative, but refuse to be deluded or deceived; and finally, use your real-life past for what it can tell you about dealing with barriers or obstacles (Juno trine and Pluto square Zeus, Saturn semi-square Juno and novile the South Node, Mercury parallel Pluto, Sun parallel Jupiter).

18th century French clock face {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: from an antique clock that no longer works, the wind-up key suddenly ‘jumps’ out of the keyhole. This actually happened (we saw the key leap to the chair below!) and wondered: what is going on? The clock is set to the time we got married (the ‘I dos’ were at 4:10 PM), and of course there’s that old saying, ‘Even a stopped clock is right twice a day’, suggesting that even the most wrong things can inadvertently, once in a while, actually be right. But my thought is this: a key is useless for a clock that can’t be wound and doesn’t function. So what thing that seemed vital (a key to something) will prove itself unnecessary, and so be removed from the scene (the key ‘jumping’ from the clock)?

Please scroll down to see the assessment of yesterday’s Lunar eclipse–and have a great day!

 

Lunar Eclipse 31 January 2018 Emotional Intelligence

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‘Moon Over Dresden’ By Johan Christian Claussen Dahl 1826 {{PD}}

The Lunar eclipse of 31 January 2018 occurs at 5:27 AM Pacific time at 11 Leo 37, just two minutes past exact conjunction to asteroid Ceres, and acting as apex to a loose Finger of God with base of Black Moon Lilith (which is a point, of course, not a body) and Neptune; the Full Moon is also sesquiquadrate Chiron, but everything else is outside the orb for a Lunar event, even when that event is an eclipse.

Falling in Leo, the Full Moon suggests a completion, ending, or the consummation of something related either to the House matters in the individual chart where the eclipse occurs, or to the identity, the lion’s roar that makes a statement about who we are, and particularly about where our heart lies (Leo rules the heart). We are, then, at the time of a Full Moon, full of feeling, and this time that’s about ourselves, and how we fit into the emotional landscape.

An eclipse is an extreme; this one is apex to a Finger, which points to a blending of the creative, imaginative, spiritual, or delusional with those matters too long ignored, denied, or that have enraged us, with the result being the Lunar event, the Lunar extremity, the culmination or revelation with who we are at the center of it all. Facing what we’ve avoided in a creative way, or with a spiritual viewpoint, shows us who we are, especially emotionally; we could say that this Lunar eclipse reveals the state of our emotional intelligence, setting the stage for our responses through the coming six months, to the next Lunar eclipse.

The Lunar event happens conjoined Ceres, suggesting that the event itself is an experience of our own strength, the extents of our authority, or involves the overseeing of others or the negotiation of a particular situation. Ceres also implies the potential for the eclipse to bring a health related event, such as an allergic reaction; we see Ceres prominence right now with the virulence of the flu in the US. Ceres always speaks of power and Nature, and the relationship for the individual between the two; in this instance, the Lunar event carries this message within the Leonine expression that arises from Black Moon Lilith (the ignored, avoided, denied, or enraging) and Neptune (inspiration, the spiritual, the creative, the confusing, the deceptive).

Nature might make a statement at the Lunar eclipse, something concerning those things we’ve ignored or denied (climate change, anyone?) and what we’ve created of a Neptunian nature (to include pathogens fostered in a lab or inadvertently in an ever-warming environment). This may signal the rise of the seas, even though it will play out over time—or it may say that we might finally connect emotionally (the Moon) with Mother Earth in a meaningful way, one that moves us to save Her, emotional intelligence of another kind altogether.

Add to this a difficult aspect to Chiron, symbol of our primal wound, and of those gifts we possess that can offer healing to others (and since 2012, to ourselves, as well). The tension of the Finger, shown by the quincunxes, is channeled into the Lunar response, which itself is in conflict with something of a Chirotic nature: our wounds, someone else’s wound, or the deep need to share a healing skill, which may not be acceptable to others (this latter reflects that dynamic where someone has an issue, says they desire healing, but will not let go of their wound—often it’s too much a part of the identity, and in this case, the feeling nature may gain its sense of shape, depth, and even personal relevance—Leo–from this wound). Or, the exercise of creatively dealing with what we’ve avoided may unavoidably cause wounding or pain, to ourselves or others. In some way the wound impacts the Lunar expression, which is one of power or its lack, or of the relationship to Nature. It’s nothing short of what weaves us into the world, the Cosmos, ourselves as much a part of Nature as what we observe outside us.

Oda Krohg – ‘A Japanese Lantern’ 1885 {{PD}}

The Sabian Symbol for the Lunar eclipse is, ‘An Evening Party Of Adults On A Lawn Illumined By Fancy Lanterns’. This is a symbol of a kind of luxury, the freshness of a summer lawn, lanterns in the darkness, the company of other mature individuals, the sense of earned respite and relaxation. The scene carries a quality that may transport an adult back to childhood, or foster romantic sensibilities; in any case, the implication is that life is going well enough that the struggle can be set aside, at least temporarily, that Nature can be appreciated in a state (darkness) that we usually avoid—so in that way, suggests harmony with the environment, and a sense of security that allows us to move outside normal parameters. In the context of the Lunar eclipse, this might imply that whatever comes forward here makes a kind of statement about the individual (Leo) and their place within the natural order (Ceres), and that this is dictated by that interplay of Black Moon Lilith and Neptune, potentially drawing the Lunar result from the individual temperament (BML) and the spiritual orientation (Neptune).

With a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘On A Vast Staircase Stand People Of Different Types, Graduated Upward’. As the body that generates the light that creates the Lunar phases in the first place, the Sun symbol offers hints as to the origins of the Lunar event. Here we see a kind of representation of humanity, with the implication that we are evolving ever upward (no matter how it looks down here on earth!) The staircase, of course, invokes the hackneyed metaphor of life as a climb, each step a movement upward, to a more advanced position—but that isn’t how life works—every step doesn’t take us up, it may not even take us forward—so this symbol may at bottom question suggest we set aside our assumption that we are ever evolving upward. We are ever evolving, true, but the path isn’t a straight one, so we should dump the metaphor in favor of just accepting the ride, rather than trying to measure how high we stand on the staircase.

And what about all that hyperventilating about the rarity of this Full Moon?

Just a Little AstroEssence 30 January 2018 The Verge

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Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

Yes, we’re on the verge of an eclipse, and we all feel it, one way or another: the tidal pull of Earth’s only natural satellite plucks at the oceans of our own bodies, putting internal pressure on past hurts, primal wounds, relationships, and makes us hyper-aware of the repercussions of our own actions. It’s smart to pay attention to those things we might normally dismiss or gloss over; it’s also smart to listen to instinct, and that ‘still, small voice within,’ as Edgar Cayce used to say. Giving attention to both will inform our thinking and reasoning, and that’s really what’s needed: an openness to what hasn’t been said, to what we and others are considering doing. Laying open the pathways between the unseen and the assumed, the thoughts and prior wounds, and the ego and what we’re denying or angered over will give us a more than modest advantage over those who proceed as if the surface is all (Juno nov and Mars parallel Black Moon Lilith, Chiron sxt Sedna, Venus nov and the Sun semi-sq Chiron)

Today’s word image a room where it’s snowing inside. Look for the obvious incongruity, the misplaced activity or element, even the nonsense part of the situation, and don’t just nod and accept it–challenge it.

Just a Little AstroEssence 29 January 2018 The Undertow of Love

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Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida – ‘El baño, Jávea’ 1904 {{PD}}

The ocean of life looks calm today, but that’s a mental illusion, a trick to make you wade in unguarded. When you’re chest-deep what you find is that Love is a reality, as solid as any material object, the result of (or is that in response to?) any action, and the realness of it draws us back, either to re-live a past emotional state, to recall it, maybe to mourn it, or to hide in our past delusions or fantasies. Just know that while you’re playing the Love game, riding Love’s emotional currents, you may get caught in the undertow, swept back to the past, and so miss what’s going on right now, real-time, on today’s very solid shores (Venus conj SN and nov Saturn, Mercury semi-square Neptune).

‘The Last Respects’ By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1886 {{PD}}

Today’s word image: You look out your window, and see a big, black, shiny hearse pull up in front of your house. What does it make you think? And what do you feel? Do you assume it’s there for you, stopping for directions, or for some purpose that falls somewhere in between?

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Your Weekend 28 January 2018 The Mind In Harmony

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Jan Sanders van Hemessen 1550 {{PD}}

The mental faculties are aligned with the instincts, successfully accessing all that we ‘know but don’t know’, accurately perceptive of the real world, and so capable of offering ourselves and others the healing that can come through words or disseminated ideas. Share your thoughts, and put this unusual clarity to good use (Mercury trine Sedna, parallel Saturn, and sextile Chiron).

‘The Goldfish Seller’ By George Dunlop Leslie {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something fishy. So maybe an actual, literal fish, or the image or symbol, acting as a synchronistic mechanism alerting us to the importance of the current moment–or to something ‘fishy’ (suspicious) in our environment or interactions.

 

Your Weekend 27 January 2018 Needless Revolt

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‘The Church at Volendam’ By Elizabeth Nourse c1910 {{PD}}

We feel such a light inside, such a sense of harmony with our own essence, that it’s kind of remarkable how we passive-aggressively resist authority, and how we speak in spontaneous and original ways that could spark real conflict. The best approach may be to enjoy our own light and warmth, and to honor it; it may be that bowing to others today, or restraining ourselves within socially acceptable limits, could bring out the rebel in us, whether we actually dislike cooperating or not (though take note: it could be an excellent day to earn or influence by exerting your charm). There’s nothing less productive or less kind than needless revolt; go ahead and bask in your own sun, even as you must refuse to see the existence of or assertions of others as automatically encroaching on your liberty (Venus opp Ceres, Sun parallel Venus, Merc sq Uranus).

Drake Brookshaw, Artist, ARP (Air Raid Precautions) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an ambulance arriving at a non-emergency. Does this suggest someone is overdoing it, or responding as if the situation is critical when it’s not? Is this an image of panic, alarm, or over preparedness? Or is this about being equipped to handle the worst, and remaining responsive and ready? It may be a prompt to measure both our preparedness and our propensity to treat mundane circumstances as emergencies, and adjust according to what we find.

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 January 2018 Mesmerized

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Gustav Klimt 1894 {{PD}}

Mars enters Sagittarius and we want to have an impact: far-reaching, on things far away, on beliefs, and on the facts, with the latter either relating to changing those realities or on giving them a ‘cover story’ that aligns them more closely with what we believe. Under this influence, the facts might seem more aggressive than usual, insisting upon themselves in a way that could raise our ire, anger the ego, expand our viewpoint (whether we are willing or not), or drive our choices, and leave us little room for fantasy or supposition–and that’s a good thing, the way Mars through Sagittarius may force alignment with a real-world picture that is inclusive of what’s foreign to us, and so something we need to learn about.

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Today we also see Venus semi-square Chiron and Neptune quincunx Ceres; we notice all the ways our values, relationships, and financial arrangements set off our wounds or call forward our unique skills, and we may find later, when looking back, that our own imaginations were what kept us from fully exercising our prerogatives. That means that, though clear sight is always our goal, right now that’s prevented by our own inclinations. We mesmerize ourselves into believing we are less (or less capable) than we truly are–that’s a spell that needs to be broken as soon as possible.

Today’s word image is the color green. Green suggests newness, or an untried quality, or one lacking training. Fecundity might be implied; what new in the life, what thing just begun, or just now growing, what untried ideas or efforts, need to go forward? Or is it jealousy or envy, giving a Venusian name to behavior that can otherwise be confounding?

Just a Little AstroEssence 24-25 January 2018 Oh What a Tangled Web

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As Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn and Pluto parallels Pallas and semi-squares Vesta we find ourselves excavating the framework of our thoughts, the rules we have accepted as necessary or even as reality itself, and the barriers and restraints that keep out what we find destructive, unpleasant, threatening, or just bizarre, as we judge exposure to these as unwise or impractical; they turn attention from those areas to which we’d like to dedicate ourselves and our life energy, and so must be purged. We may spin ourselves a tangled web, if we try to handle such deep and extensive housecleaning in a single day; better to let things fall away naturally, without too much direct effort. Our energy is best expended on being clear about our values and priorities (Sun sextile Vesta) and in pursuing those goals involving what we are sure we value or care about (Mars parallel Venus, Sun parallel Mars), as thoughts centered on pure ambitions unattached to what we value are sure to be too strongly fixed on the conflicts achieving our ends would entail, and so be less than useful, too prone to take a destructive turn (Mercury square Zeus and conjoined Pluto). In truth, we are readying ourselves, creating mental and intention clarity that will drive everything tomorrow, the 25th (Mars novile Zeus, Mercury sextile Jupiter).

By An Errant Knight – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37632333

The word image for the 24th is a shovel. Does this bring to mind gardening, hard labor, construction, burying the bodies? When we use it as a verb, we often mean it in a derogatory way, accusing someone for instance, of shoveling sh*t (telling lies) or shoveling in the food (gluttony). So, does the image of a shovel invoke some form of productive work, or is it an action word, suggesting our negative image of someone else, or they of us?

The word image for the 25th is two women spending an afternoon making soap. What is it that you’re preparing to ‘clean up’? Or what artisanal skill have you been considering developing? Now’s the time.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 January 2018 Unseen Influence

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‘L’aventure’ By Georges de Feure 1898 {{PD}}

We want to act, or to choose, not just to get it done, but to get it done ruthlessly, to purge what needs to go, to destroy what shouldn’t be there–there’s extremity to our urges, and to our statements of who and what we are–and yet we can’t seem to act today without the interference of those matters we have been assiduously ignoring, denying, or consistently (though probably quietly) enraged over. Be aware of the influence of the unseen, the discounted, and of what we’ve ‘tuned out’, consciously or not; just knowing we are open to these stealthy currents is enough to ward off their biggest effects (Mars at the end of Scorpio is novile Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn)

Special note: Hygeia and Juno are still traveling along together in Aquarius, and will remain so through 5 February. This links empowerment to health, especially to a healthy mental attitude or a well-educated (formally or not) intellect. Understanding is key here; why things are the way they are, whether they are in balance or not, and how power within a situation, or its lack, plays on health are the running themes during this period.

Tang Minghuang dao Shu {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something Chinese, or Chinese-influenced. Take whatever pops into your mind as a symbol of something that needs your understanding or attention, and go from there.

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 January 2018 Spiritual Magic

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Henri Martin – ‘The Apparition’ 1894 {{PD}}

It’s now required that what’s been healed inside you, the part of your Soul and identity that expresses your spiritual essence, must be shared in all ways in which you’re empowered. Impulses are healthy, and we are acting in our own ‘best image’; we are a potent creative force, poised to use our skills–now see what spiritual magic comes from within (Chiron novile Juno-Hygeia, Sun novile Neptune)

Kuniyoshi Utagawa, ‘The Magic Toads’ c1849 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a suit of clothes, laid out on a bed. This brings to mind that saying, ‘He’s an empty suit of clothes’, meaning he’s all bluster, talk, hot air, of no substance–a ‘hollow’ man, in any meaningful sense. It’s an image of ineffectuality. Is there some area in your life where you feel you aren’t having an impact? Or are you currently dealing with someone like this, someone who may present himself as able or important but who can’t even make a ripple in the water? In the most general terms, this is a signal to take charge yourself, either by changing up your approach, trying something original or new, or by ignoring or bypassing ‘the empty suit’.

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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Just a Little AstroEssence 20 February 2018 What We Don’t Know

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

What we choose not to know today won’t hurt us–in fact, it will make us act more practically or wisely than we might have otherwise–but it could undermine our healthier inclinations, or could create some tortured reasoning around desire and ambition fulfillment. We could engage in smart choices we almost immediately regret or see the short-comings of; could indicators be more at odds with themselves? Probably not. Likely results in a day where we don’t make any major problems for ourselves–we may actually put a few beneficial conditions in place–but in the end may feel frustrated and would rather write-off the whole thing as a wash (Hygeia semi-sq and Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, Mercury sesq Zeus and semi-sq Pluto).

Rain Drenched Bird, Photo By Bhaskar.albert – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21043391

Today’s word image is a bedraggled bird finds shelter from the rain under the eaves.What wild and free-flying impulse or desire do you have that might need a little caring-for, a little protection, right now? Shelter that spontaneity and desire to ‘fly high’; it’s of great Soul-value, and losing it can begin an unwinding of the life force, a lessening of desire, initiation of an unfortunate kind of spiritual retreat.

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 February 2018 A Healthy Will

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‘Great Generals of the Desert and the Spirits of Grasses and Trees Who Dwell in the Void of Water and Land’ Ming dynasty, 15th century {{PD}}

Our actions and choices create the future, as they always do (Mars trine NN) but today, unlike most days, we can trust them completely. We accept our role in this creation, accept our power to effect it, and have integrated inner wisdom, a sense of practicality, and awareness of those things we have ignored or denied, so that our efforts are fully informed, and so completely healthy expressions of our Beingness and intents (Venus sxt Black Moon Lilith, parallel Juno, sxt Pallas, semi-sq Uranus, Sun parallel Hygeia).

Paperweight, glass art from Gozo, Malt. Photo By Edwinb CC0

Today’s word image is this: you hold a glass paperweight in your hand, thinking it is filled with colorful swirls, until you look more closely and see that it actually depicts _________ . That’s your Rorschach test for today.

Your Weekend 18 February 2018 Spirit Central

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‘The Storm Spirits’ By Evelyn De Morgan c1900 {{PD}}

We communicate directly with spirit today, directly with and from our own and others’ power space (Sun enters Pisces and along with Merc noviles Pluto). Conditions advise against listening to our instincts–they’re distorted by fear, so not in tune with what we really need–and though it may seem contradictory, do allow yourself to be spontaneous and to express your most unique and original inclinations, even if it takes a toll on relationships and/ or finances–your health is most important, in the end, and will be aided if you speak from your central spiritual power. Just sort impulses into positive and not-so by what you’ve learned from your own past; therein lies all you need to know to make right choices today (Uranus sxt Hygeia while Hygeia sq Sedna, Pallas parallel SN, Venus contra-parallel Uranus).

By Steve Evans from Citizen of the World – Americana: Scarecrow, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25839973

Today’s word image is a scarecrow standing in a long-dead garden. Are you trying to protect something that’s no longer viable, that in one way or another has been ‘dead’ for some time? Ponder what you may be getting from continuing to behave as if this ‘garden’ is still producing, and consider that your vigilance may be doing no one any good, possibly distracting you or draining energy from much better uses.

Your Weekend 17 February 2018 Cause-And-Effect

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In honor of Aquarius, which has taken us for a ride, of late. William Bell Scott ‘The Little Water-Carrier’ 1862 {{PD}}

Vesta trines the North Node today, suggesting that whatever direction you find yourself headed, it reflects your values accurately. Not the values you say you have, but the ones you actually live–and yet we may be unable or unwilling to see how what we hold dear shapes our lives, with Mercury entering Pisces and prompting obscuring or idealizing of what we face. The reality is, we’ll behold  the outcome of those seeds planted earlier, around mid-December 2017, at the time of the Inferior Conjunction; the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (when they meet with Merc direct) perfects today and shows us what our choices have created, many of which will have been made in the unconscious. What comes to light is a minor lesson in cause-and-effect, one that we may be tempted to intellectualize or rationalize (Aquarius) in an attempt to deal with what will likely feel like an imminent crisis (Sun and Merc meet at 29 degrees)–and this sense of crisis may be what pushes us to act on fantasy, to make deluded choices, or to allow ourselves to be mislead, willingly accepting something that if we pushed back would prove false (Mars sq Neptune). It sounds a little bleak, doesn’t it? But, what we may find is if we enter conflict or circumstances of discord with a clear sense of identity (or, failing that, a strong ego), we easily see the spiritually correct answer for ourselves as individuals (that is, there’s no spiritual formula, but a response that resonates with the Soul) with which we can resolve whatever lies before us.

‘The Horses of San Marco, Looking North’ By Reginald Barratt 1906 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: someone you know takes a trip you always wanted to take, and you aren’t a bit envious. This happened to me, and I expected I would be jealous, but I instantly realized that the trip that person took wouldn’t be anything like the one I would take–they are on their ‘journey’, in the largest and the most particular senses, and I am on mine, so that even if we did the same things when we arrived, we would have markedly different experiences. This may be obvious to you, but it wasn’t to me, and maybe the point is a wider one, suggesting we never really can know the dimensions of someone else’s experiences, someone else’s Path.

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 February 2018 Waves

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By Bjornsphoto – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25217401

Strangely, kind of a quiet day, in spite of any disturbances generated by Venus quincunx Ceres. After the revelations of the eclipse, which may only now begin to dawn, we are likely to experience a ‘making waves’ vibe that ruffles relationships and/ or fiances, and brings values into question, and this is so regardless of the way that, when we consult our sense of inner knowing, we get a straight, dependable answer that’s highly expressive of our true priorities and standards (Vesta parallel Pallas). Don’t be mislead or distracted by the waves; know that as long as choices echo highest values, you’ll remain on the right track–or at least make decisions that suit and express you, even if you end up putting yourself into an untenable position.

By Carsten Frenzl from Obernburg, Deutschland – faceless, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35078047

Today’s word image is a truck full of mannequins. Here’s an online description of the origins of the word ‘mannequin’: ” 1902, “model to display clothes,” from French mannequin (15c.), from Dutch manneken. A French form of the same word that yielded manikin, and sometimes mannequin was used in English in a sense “artificial man” (especially in translations of Hugo). Originally of persons, in a sense where we might use “model.” Later (by 1939) of artificial model figures to display clothing.” The part that caught my attention was ‘artificial man’–and a truckload of them suggests a crowd of ‘fake people’. Is there a group like this in your life? Would you like to get away from them? Do you find yourself inadvertently a part of this group? Consider them an example of what and who not to be.

 

15 February 2018 Solar Eclipse in Aquarius: Revelation, Revolution

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Robert Spencer ‘The Seed of Revolution’ {{PD}}

We see a partial Solar eclipse at 27 Aquarius 07 at 1:05 PM Pacific time of the 15th. Aquarius suggests a theme of understanding, beneath the flash of what’s new and original, beneath the trend toward being different, and below the busyness of the intellect and the fussiness of the academic; this is emphasized by the way this New Moon is tucked late in the sign along with the planet Mercury and asteroids Juno and Hygeia, all with less than a 1.25 degree span, so very close together. A New Moon is a time of beginnings, of inception, and in this sign and with these fellow travelers suggests the start to a new way of thinking and feeling centered on a healthy personal sense of empowerment. Somehow we have a better understanding of who we are and of our emotional landscape, and that translates into clearer perceptions in the life area (as determined by subjects of the House) in the natal chart where the eclipse falls.

It also translates into new starts, things begun in the spirit of an emotional need for an intellectual quest–or the intellectual need to discover and connect to the emotions. In whichever way you’re lacking, this Solar eclipse will prompt consideration of the missing facet, likely revealing healthy and fitting ways in which you can empower yourself. This New Moon promises a new and original mindset, tailored to who you are, a revolution in how you approach life itself, a spark that may bring chaos but that ultimately lights the way toward more effective forms of communication between the Self and the Universe. (On a personal note, look to the Houses of the natal chart ruled by Mercury for clues as to and from where that communication might flow).

The Solar eclipse and company also sextiles Uranus, catching Chiron at the midpoint. This implies sudden revelation, with the capacity to heal (most likely) or to wound (a scant possibility). The inclination is to reveal and understand, and so to make a space to heal, or to react radically and cause hurt to the Self or others. The NM also squares Sedna, and we’ll count a wide square to Jupiter, as all together these form a Fixed T-square that is destined to make a bigger splash than we might at first think. The understanding and revelation we receive with the eclipse will create tension among ‘the facts’ or beliefs, and the instincts and those things we ‘know but don’t know’; this discord may lead to the eclipse events, or may spring from them, but in either case will translate into a new understanding, and so to taking a new direction.

One other minor aspect of note: the eclipse is semi-square the point Black Moon Lilith–and of course, that means BML is sesquiquadrate the Earth. This implies that something ignored or denied will cause a problem that leads to eclipse events–or vice versa, that eclipse events bring forward difficult circumstances that have up to now been ignored or denied. This may be, at the time of the eclipse, the most prominent thing, a thing you’d hoped would just go away that now, ‘in your face’, must be dealt with–it could distract from deeper, evolutionary shifts that occur, so that we only later see how much has changed, and what a revelation that change is.

‘The Oak’ By Issak Ilich Levitan c1880 {{PD}}

It all adds up to a kind of revolution, the nature of which is determined by the revelations received; they are instructions on how to empower ourselves in the most positive way possible, and suggest that tension or missteps arise directly from a failure to reconcile the nuts and bolts of the reality picture with our belief system and those things that are a part of our nature. What happens here is described in the Sabian symbol for the eclipse: ‘A Tree Felled And Sawed To Ensure A Supply Of Wood For The Winter’. A resource sacrificed to see us through coming tough times may be what we face with revolution, which is a systemic change meant to foster a better life in a better world–but always, there is a winter that precedes a flourishing spring, one that must be lived through, best we can, as Nature goes through Her cycles and humankind reorganizes into a new system. What happens with the Solar eclipse may be our symbolic supply of wood, meant to see us through a stressful period while the world is rearranged and healed, the terrain becoming ready to bloom around us once again.

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 February 2018 Siren Song

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We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones–Captain Nemo, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

John Reinhard Weguelin 1905 {{PD}}

We’re all tangled up in the Dark of the Moon, thinking big and sure of ourselves and of the rightness of our facts, and yet resisting our own inner voice, the one that can be so vital during times that decide the direction our Path will take (Sun conj Juno and both sq Sedna, Jupiter parallel Pallas). Every cell in our body is vibrating with the New Moon eclipse to come, the salt waters of the blood stream pulled like any ocean toward the extremity of the event; that can make us reckless, too prone to assess our own wisdom as greater than it really is, or to confuse optimism with what’s smart, with ‘knowing’. We need to focus on ‘mental health’, trusting ourselves to know what’s what; if it sounds questionable, it is (Mercury conj Hygeia). We need to watch out for the undercurrents, riptides formed by what we’ve ignored or denied, or by a flow of anger not yet released (Juno and the Sun semi-sq Black Moon Lilith). This can pull us under; we’ll also flail, perhaps risking relationships or finances, if we insist on pursuing desires or ambitions at this time (Venus sesq Zeus and semi-sq Pluto). We may only mean to follow our dream, but we may end up causing damage, instead–so proceed with caution, and be aware of the siren call exerted by the approaching New Moon.

Today’s word image is hearing a disembodied voice. What does it say to you?

Just a Little AstroEssence 13 February 2018 Smooth and Rough

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First, the smooth: an original take on things, especially one that draws on the past, is the light we should follow today. The most unique things about ourselves, our talents and the ability to jump to them spontaneously, along with the courage to express ourselves, will be key to personal fulfillment at this time, as will a willingness to accept the modern, the advanced, the new, and to approach all with the idea that understanding will breed sympathy, and so help us see the other side of things (Sun conj Juno, both sxt Uranus, Mercury parallel the South Node). Win-win will always be better than single-minded Self-interest–in a way, today you can actually achieve both.

Now the rough: the mind is prone to reactionary thinking, exaggerating issues and resisting the facts and/ or what the social order asserts (Mercury sq Jupiter). When confronted with authority, the tendency may be to choose the impractical or unwise, in a show of misplaced defiance (Pallas sq Ceres). Add to this that we are potentially either misunderstanding our own values and priorities, or that we are deluded about what truly matters to us, and we have a recipe for bad judgment and ‘wrong’ decisions (Neptune sq Vesta).

The only way to avoid the possibility of bad judgment is to fully invest in our unique take on things; trusting our most personal and original viewpoint will take us in the right direction, as long as we don’t get all philosophical and try to filter things by some theoretical or absolute standards, as we are likely to have a distorted or irrational view of these at this time. Keep it all keyed to who you are, and you can’t go far wrong.

By LincolnGroup11 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27439778

Today’s word image is: having to do the ‘wrong’ thing before you can do the ‘right’ one. When this happens, it may feel like a waste of time, a dead end, but the reality is we learn from this, and perhaps put off that ‘right’ move until the time is appropriate and everything aligns. Never fear that you’ve made a mess of things; you did it so you could find out something, even if that’s only to teach yourself never to do that again.

Just a Little AstroEssence 12 February 2018 Power In Mind

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Workshop of George Frederic Watts ‘Chaos’ 1875 {{PD}}

Will our rebelliousness cause our own destruction, or is it that the ego just can’t share power (or can’t do anything to support those that do have it)? Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and parallel Pluto suggests we are not on board with the power politics of the current picture, and perhaps think that blowing it all up is our only option. The reality of it is a bit different: we are pushed toward creating chaos because of our own denial of instincts and avoidance of what we should attend to (Black Moon Lilith sesquiquadrate Sedna). Steer a course by relationships, financial needs, and values, as all will be attuned to what’s healthy in the larger sense (Venus parallel Hygeia); our other big plus is our mentality at this time: somehow, in being able to put aside what we’d rather not see at the moment, we are able serve ambitions and desires in a way that honors what we find important, sacred, or meaningful, and this has a relatively powerful ability to manifest our aims (Mercury nov BML, semi-sq Saturn, trine Zeus and parallel Vesta). The trick is not allowing our complaints over current power distribution to distract us from the way we can get exactly what we want, regardless of who holds what in the realm of power.

Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium – Chasing an orange car in Roussillon, Provence, France. CC BY-SA 2.0

Today’s word image is a bright orange car–or rather, a triumvirate of them! Cars are a means of getting somewhere, and the color orange implies overflowing energy, and the number three? That’s a number of balance, of equilibrium, perhaps suggesting that a roaring go-get-‘um attitude must have two others ‘legs’ that, well considered, keep things in a productive state. Adequate rest and fuel, of course, may be one of those, while the other is likely the mental, emotional, and spiritual considerations that give that energy both a shape and a desirable aim. Measure which of your ‘legs’ may be in need of attention, and don’t let any one of them do all the driving.

Your Weekend 11 February 2018 Serendipity

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Children playing at sunset on a Mekong bank, not far from the island of Don Loppadi in Si Phan Don (4000 islands), Laos Photo By Basile Morin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65175348

We make smart change (Mars nov Pluto)–and that may sound a lot like yesterday, but it’s not; today marks a completely different kind of energy. It’s a flow that combines effort with serendipity, with the more effort made, the more fortuitous the outcomes. The mind is sharp and sure, as thoughts align with beliefs, making for a kind of confidence in our own ideas that’s hard to beat (Mercury parallel Jupiter); in some this might go too far, leading to exaggeration, over-promising, or bragging that leaves everyone disappointed later. We avoid that by keeping attention on what’s healthy (Sun conj Hygeia)–and what’s more healthy than moderation? Enjoy the day, accept synchronicities as appearing for your benefit, and be willing to make the big move or the deep plunge, as the Universe is more than ready to assist you.

By Louis Paul Dessar, photo by Philippe Alès Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Today’s word image is someone who’s always late to a meeting, date, or event. Is that you? No matter who the chronically late person is, we have to ask, What are they holding back, withholding, or otherwise resisting? Being late (trying to control the expenditure of time) is trying to give voice to something the individual may not realize they feel, or that they feel unsafe expressing more directly. Is this an expression of resentment, an attempt to exert some power in what feels to them like an imbalance in the relationship, or is this an outgrowth of general disorganization that allows them to abdicate responsibility for so much. In any case, it’s not something that ‘happens to us’, and needs to be looked at for what that repeated action is really trying to say.

 

Your Weekend 10 February 2018 Contrary Effects

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Photo By Carol M. Highsmith – Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2015631245 {{PD}}

The question is, will we see transformation of our Love or Money toward an ideal, or will these disintegrate into a nebulous oblivion? A change of fortune–that’s the broad influence behind Venus’ entry into Pisces and novile to Pluto. The aspect itself promises something probably unanticipated and likely more dazzling than anything we would’ve come up with during Venus’ passage through Aquarius; suddenly the landscape changes (we get out of our own heads, and get a little space for our thoughts to heal or to express a unique talent–Mercury nov Chiron), and that change supports a shift that calls on our creativity and our spiritual essence to respond. This affects our relationships and/ or our asset situation as what we care about changes, transforming into something else, taking a shape that reflects alterations to the institutions, ‘rules’, and structures of our lives that began with Pluto’s entry into Capricorn; we’ll likely see another step in just what these modifications mean (particularly how we will benefit) in real world terms when Venus sextiles Saturn on the day of the Solar eclipse, the 15th.

With these shifts as the underpinnings, we see two contrary effects: our actions and choices both give support to and show the extent of our own personal strength and authority (Mars trine Ceres), but they may seem ‘unlucky’, creating conflicts that block our receipt of ‘more’ or bringing upset within the social sphere or to our own belief system (Sun sq Jupiter). Stick with what enhances your power position, in this case; any negative feedback is fleeting, and based on attitudes, inner or outer, that would disempower you, if given full rein.

Today’s word image is the 70’s song, ‘Magnet and Steel’. Do you know this song? It’s been playing in my head for two days, and I had to get it out by putting it here 🙂 What in your life acts like a magnet on you? Is there something you feel compelled toward, as if you are helpless? Or does something or someone respond to you that way? We may need reminding that we are not helpless within the situation; we can change our responses and others’ responses to us by–drumroll–changing ourselves, or at least by altering our responses away from what may feel automatic. That’s not the answer we usually arrive at, when we want things to change, especially when we feel some aspect of the situation is completely out of our control, but in this instance we are offered the chance to see that who we are has a powerful affect on both what surrounds us and our interactions–we don’t have to be the magnet OR the steel!

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 February 2018 A Troubled Past Re-Visited

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‘Down to the Sea’ By Rockwell Kent c1910 {{PD}}

Health matters, especially those we might’ve faced at some point in the past, are on our minds today–and these can be previous times of disturbed thoughts or emotional or spiritual trials, as well as those of the physical realm. These issues may come to the fore, exaggerated in our own minds, contradicting our stated beliefs, or stirred up by our awareness of social standards that we don’t seem to meet. Calming troubled waters comes through practical attention to our physical well-being and to the condition of the material world itself; we must focus in the moment, on the state of things as they are right now, in order to see things with some wisdom, and to gain a sufficiently accurate perspective (Jupiter sq Hygeia, Mercury parallel Pallas, nov Saturn, and conj the South Node, Sun semi-sq Saturn).

Louis Léopold Boilly ‘Conversation dans un Parc’ 1812 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: you run into an acquaintance on the street, who introduces you to their companion–someone you’ve never seen, heard of, or met before. This person says something that in thinking about it later you start to see as a kind of ‘pronouncement’ from the Universe, with the confirmation that this stranger gave you an extraordinary message being the way, as you all part, they say good-bye and call you by a (pleasant) name no one has used for you since childhood.

Just a Little AstroEssence 8 February 2018 Astounding

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All our energy and attention goes to the fulfillment of ambitions and desires; it’s as if we suddenly become hyper-aware of the fragile and fleeting nature of life, and so compelled to achieve meaning, to have an impact that comes straight from the Soul, before it’s all over. The interesting thing is that, in this case, what offers a brilliant bit of inspiration or just the information we need is something we’ve been ignoring, avoiding, or that has previously seemed unjust or enraging; now, by engaging with one or more of these matters, we see the way clear to get what we truly want. An astounding day, if we can meet what’s before us totally without fear (Sun trine Zeus and nov Black Moon Lilith).

Today’s word image is hearing and/ or seeing the same name mentioned simultaneously. It may not have to be a name, but may only be something coming at you from dual sources at the same time, a simultaneity of expression that tells us by its very synchronicity that it holds meaning. For me that name was ‘Harry’. I don’t know anyone by that name, so it made me think of Prince Harry–so I guess I’m looking for the prince in my own life 😉

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 February 2018 Wisdom Heals

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‘The Awakening’ By Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

We may initially reject healing thoughts or words, resistant to the idea that we must let go of our hurt–but if we will just allow ourselves to see the wisdom and practicality in healing what’s injured, we’ll not only end the day feeling more ‘whole’ than when we started, we’ll also let go of any conflicts generated by disparities between our values or within relationships that specifically require we ignore our own instincts, or that ask us to operate within our ‘blind spot’. That is, relationships or our own values may urge us to ignore instinctual responses (toward Self-interests or Self-preservation) and/ or may ask us to ‘look the other way’, letting our own ignorance of or lack of perspective on some issue pave the way for someone else’s purposes. Proceed from a viewpoint of Love, equally for Self and Others, and look for the smart solution, or the practical one–therein lies salvation (Venus sq Sedna, Mercury semi-sq Chiron, Chiron nov Pallas).

‘Unicorn’ By Gustave Moreau 1885 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: you look out the window and see a unicorn. Nowadays we use the term ‘unicorn’ to stand for something so rare, so unlikely that it seems impossible–and yet there it is. Where’s the unicorn in your life? Are you having a hard time believing it’s real? This is your notice that it’s not only real, that you must actively respond to it as real, or you’ll be at a big disadvantage.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 6 February 2018 Mind and Heart

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“Puerto Rican street artist Alexis Diaz teamed up with Chilean artist INTI to create a new mural for O.Bra Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their mural, which took over 1 week to complete, blends the two artist’s distinct imagery: Diaz’s detailed and crosshatched line work with colorful under layers, and INTI’s subjects inspired by life, death and religion, particularly Christianity” Commentary and Photo By The Photographer – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55545297

Our original expression and our values are backed up by both mind and heart, with a wonderful coordination among our relationships, our commitments, and our personal sense of authority and effectiveness. So what’s that nagging doubt that won’t let us perform at maximum? For lack of a better term, let’s call it our conscience. We know there are things we haven’t attended to, that we’ve been ignoring or denying and that need to be faced, including anger over issues we’ve been reticent to confront, and that is prickling our conscience in such a way that, sooner or later, we become aware that we can’t free our minds and our creative energy completely until we deal with the gritty details. Face what needs facing, and today can be a day of extraordinary personal accomplishment; our most unique qualities can find form and expression, and so allow us to offer our own thoroughly characteristic contribution (Mercury sxt Vesta and opposed Ceres, with the latter qnx Black Moon Lilith and trine Vesta, Venus semi-sq BML and sxt Uranus).

Kuniyoshi Yasuo ‘Dream’ 1921 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a dream with people in it you ‘know’ only at a distance, from media, politics, or through their public role. When that happens to me, I inspect them as symbolic, exploring their function (real or fictional), name/ character name, or consider what I think of them or have heard of them of late, and what any or all of those might mean as they apply to my life.

Still wondering about the “little beard” of yesterday’s image? Check out a potential added meaning on the post for the 5th.

Just a Little AstroEssence 5 February 2018 Unsettled

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‘The Seven Sisters on Geisangenfjord’ 1915 By Karl Paul Themistokles von Eckenbrecher {{PD}}

Change is the order of the day. Deep, erratic, rebellious but brilliant and original cuts to the bone in values and commitments may draw on the past and require a thorough mental examination of every dark and ignored thing before they can take shape–oh but when they do gather form, we’ll find our power and our path vis-à-vis the facts, the social order, or our belief system. Probably a bigger (that is, more meaningful) day than we’ll realize in the moment; don’t be surprised if you get a shock or two, or a revelation, especially around the home situation, the partner, or those areas you find sacred. Don’t allow thoughts to fixate on the negative, and don’t dissipate energy in anger or nostalgia–neither will serve you, and will only distract from some rather amazing potential developments (Vesta parallel the South Node, Uranus sesq and Pluto nov Vesta, Jupiter sq Juno, Mercury parallel Black Moon Lilith).

Illustration by John Bauer for ‘Broder Martin’ (Brother Martin) by Emil Eliasson in “Bland tomtar och troll” (Among gnomes and trolls), 1913 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something with a tiny beard. A kitten, a goat, a young man, an old man (or even a woman), a stuffed animal, something or someone you see in the media or on the street or in a photo. Whatever this wee beard and the person or thing that sports it makes you feel, is the important ‘image’ for today.

Addendum: Could that “little beard” be someone ‘fronting’ for someone else, ‘bearding’ for them so their true intentions or inclinations don’t become known?

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Your Weekend 4 February 2018 Scary!

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Anders Zorn ‘Scared’ (etching) 1912 {{PD}}

Everything may seem scary right now; we feel vulnerable, menaced both by our wounds and those things summoned by the imagination, giving us the sense we’re being pursued and that there’s nowhere to hide. Two points to help you deal with this: attention to and scrutiny of wounds can actually reveal the way to permanently heal them, and the material world may present some risky or harsh but very wise or practical ways to approach what comes forward today. It’s a matter of not allowing ourselves to get so distracted by fear or anticipation of disaster that we miss the very smart opportunity or the healing element right in front of us (Neptune contra-parallel Sedna, Saturn semi-sq Hygeia and trine Pallas, Sun nov Chiron).

Paul Klee ‘Der Goldfisch’ 1924 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a kitten dipping into a fishbowl, angling for a goldfish. Are you engaged in something that’s purely a part of your nature, that to an observer might seem a wee bit barbaric or mercenary? Are you following urges at the expense of civilized co-existence? Does it feel like you’re just “hungry”, and doing what comes naturally? Is someone accusing you of thoughtless or heedless behavior? Does what you think of as ‘the natural order of things’ make this urge ‘right’, or is containing natural urges an important thing for you?

Your Weekend 3 February 2018 Shape Up!

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Adolph Menzel ‘Atelierwand (Studio Wall)’ 1851 {{PD}}

We can shape things as we like today, with our values and commitments offering a form into which we pour the essence of our energy; it’s pure creativity, without the need for an Art or a singular creative act to give it contours. We are both the source and the means of conveyance, with thoughts perfectly synchronized with action, and choices truly reflecting reasoning and the intellect. That said, we may find ourselves resistant to what’s smart or practical (I suspect it won’t feel original enough for our Soul-essence), and our fondness for and awareness of our own empowerment may put us at odds with the facts, with our own beliefs, and/ or with the social sphere–but otherwise, it’s a day when we can manifest so much that is at the core of our Beingness, in one form or another (Sun nov Saturn and parallel Vesta, Mercury sxt and parallel Mars and square Pallas, Venus and Juno conjoined and square Jupiter).

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Today’s word image is finding a note in your jacket pocket that reads, ‘Save me’–and you don’t know where it came from or who wrote it. Where does your mind go?

Just a Little AstroEssence 2 February 2018 It’s All About Venus

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William Blake Richmond ‘Venus and Anchises’ c1890 {{PD}}

All that we’ve gathered of worth from the past, as well as our relationships and those ways in which we give or Love, are the mechanisms behind what happens today (Venus parallel the South Node). Those Venusian viewpoints and subjects flourish (and that can feel positive or less than), even as we keep a solid connection to the real-world situation, likely through irritations, obstacles, or small discomforts we must work around or accommodate (Venus semi-sq Saturn). The great thing is we have lots of arrows in our quiver: our values and commitments show their worth and keep us on point (Venus parallel Vesta) and encourage a healthy, balanced approach (Venus conj Hygeia) that supports attaining ambitions and desires (Venus trine Zeus), and we’ll also sense the advantage in facing what we might otherwise turn away from, deny, or meet only with temper (Venus and Hygeia nov Black Moon Lilith). That addresses our attitude, but here’s how it might translate into action: impulses may need to be curbed, actions slowed for sufficient consideration, as we’ll either feel guiding wisdom may need modification or we’ll simply resist what’s practical and smart (Mars quincunx Pallas). We have the right foundation and sensibilities for moving forward, but our judgment may be skewed–keep that in mind today, and slow your roll, so that reason can moderate or overcome impulse.

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Today’s word image is someone who puts something up for sale, but then refuses to sell it, even when offered exactly what they say they want. Is there someone in your world claiming to offer something, then not producing when it’s accepted? Do you feel like it’s a bait-and switch? Do you feel the person is honestly conflicted, or duplicitous? Or are you doing this, and not even aware you’re doing it? Sending such thoroughly mixed signals to the Universe is a real problem; for best results, get all your intentions on a single wavelength.

Just a Little AstroEssence 1 February 2018 Pure Power

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‘The Union of Earth and Water (Antwerp and the Scheldt)’ By Peter Paul Rubens 1617 {{PD}}

Are you pursuing ambition fulfillment, or pure Power, or are those one and the same for you? Today we see how vital possessing and wielding power is to our own satisfaction, and we see precisely how close or far away we are from realizing full throttle empowerment. Hints for making the most of today’s influences: Be optimistic and look for opportunity–at the same time, remain aware of the darker side of things, and of the pitfalls and dangers of a one-note approach; let the facts and the current power distribution offer guidance as to what will work best; be creative, but refuse to be deluded or deceived; and finally, use your real-life past for what it can tell you about dealing with barriers or obstacles (Juno trine and Pluto square Zeus, Saturn semi-square Juno and novile the South Node, Mercury parallel Pluto, Sun parallel Jupiter).

18th century French clock face {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: from an antique clock that no longer works, the wind-up key suddenly ‘jumps’ out of the keyhole. This actually happened (we saw the key leap to the chair below!) and wondered: what is going on? The clock is set to the time we got married (the ‘I dos’ were at 4:10 PM), and of course there’s that old saying, ‘Even a stopped clock is right twice a day’, suggesting that even the most wrong things can inadvertently, once in a while, actually be right. But my thought is this: a key is useless for a clock that can’t be wound and doesn’t function. So what thing that seemed vital (a key to something) will prove itself unnecessary, and so be removed from the scene (the key ‘jumping’ from the clock)?

Please scroll down to see the assessment of yesterday’s Lunar eclipse–and have a great day!

 

Lunar Eclipse 31 January 2018 Emotional Intelligence

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‘Moon Over Dresden’ By Johan Christian Claussen Dahl 1826 {{PD}}

The Lunar eclipse of 31 January 2018 occurs at 5:27 AM Pacific time at 11 Leo 37, just two minutes past exact conjunction to asteroid Ceres, and acting as apex to a loose Finger of God with base of Black Moon Lilith (which is a point, of course, not a body) and Neptune; the Full Moon is also sesquiquadrate Chiron, but everything else is outside the orb for a Lunar event, even when that event is an eclipse.

Falling in Leo, the Full Moon suggests a completion, ending, or the consummation of something related either to the House matters in the individual chart where the eclipse occurs, or to the identity, the lion’s roar that makes a statement about who we are, and particularly about where our heart lies (Leo rules the heart). We are, then, at the time of a Full Moon, full of feeling, and this time that’s about ourselves, and how we fit into the emotional landscape.

An eclipse is an extreme; this one is apex to a Finger, which points to a blending of the creative, imaginative, spiritual, or delusional with those matters too long ignored, denied, or that have enraged us, with the result being the Lunar event, the Lunar extremity, the culmination or revelation with who we are at the center of it all. Facing what we’ve avoided in a creative way, or with a spiritual viewpoint, shows us who we are, especially emotionally; we could say that this Lunar eclipse reveals the state of our emotional intelligence, setting the stage for our responses through the coming six months, to the next Lunar eclipse.

The Lunar event happens conjoined Ceres, suggesting that the event itself is an experience of our own strength, the extents of our authority, or involves the overseeing of others or the negotiation of a particular situation. Ceres also implies the potential for the eclipse to bring a health related event, such as an allergic reaction; we see Ceres prominence right now with the virulence of the flu in the US. Ceres always speaks of power and Nature, and the relationship for the individual between the two; in this instance, the Lunar event carries this message within the Leonine expression that arises from Black Moon Lilith (the ignored, avoided, denied, or enraging) and Neptune (inspiration, the spiritual, the creative, the confusing, the deceptive).

Nature might make a statement at the Lunar eclipse, something concerning those things we’ve ignored or denied (climate change, anyone?) and what we’ve created of a Neptunian nature (to include pathogens fostered in a lab or inadvertently in an ever-warming environment). This may signal the rise of the seas, even though it will play out over time—or it may say that we might finally connect emotionally (the Moon) with Mother Earth in a meaningful way, one that moves us to save Her, emotional intelligence of another kind altogether.

Add to this a difficult aspect to Chiron, symbol of our primal wound, and of those gifts we possess that can offer healing to others (and since 2012, to ourselves, as well). The tension of the Finger, shown by the quincunxes, is channeled into the Lunar response, which itself is in conflict with something of a Chirotic nature: our wounds, someone else’s wound, or the deep need to share a healing skill, which may not be acceptable to others (this latter reflects that dynamic where someone has an issue, says they desire healing, but will not let go of their wound—often it’s too much a part of the identity, and in this case, the feeling nature may gain its sense of shape, depth, and even personal relevance—Leo–from this wound). Or, the exercise of creatively dealing with what we’ve avoided may unavoidably cause wounding or pain, to ourselves or others. In some way the wound impacts the Lunar expression, which is one of power or its lack, or of the relationship to Nature. It’s nothing short of what weaves us into the world, the Cosmos, ourselves as much a part of Nature as what we observe outside us.

Oda Krohg – ‘A Japanese Lantern’ 1885 {{PD}}

The Sabian Symbol for the Lunar eclipse is, ‘An Evening Party Of Adults On A Lawn Illumined By Fancy Lanterns’. This is a symbol of a kind of luxury, the freshness of a summer lawn, lanterns in the darkness, the company of other mature individuals, the sense of earned respite and relaxation. The scene carries a quality that may transport an adult back to childhood, or foster romantic sensibilities; in any case, the implication is that life is going well enough that the struggle can be set aside, at least temporarily, that Nature can be appreciated in a state (darkness) that we usually avoid—so in that way, suggests harmony with the environment, and a sense of security that allows us to move outside normal parameters. In the context of the Lunar eclipse, this might imply that whatever comes forward here makes a kind of statement about the individual (Leo) and their place within the natural order (Ceres), and that this is dictated by that interplay of Black Moon Lilith and Neptune, potentially drawing the Lunar result from the individual temperament (BML) and the spiritual orientation (Neptune).

With a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘On A Vast Staircase Stand People Of Different Types, Graduated Upward’. As the body that generates the light that creates the Lunar phases in the first place, the Sun symbol offers hints as to the origins of the Lunar event. Here we see a kind of representation of humanity, with the implication that we are evolving ever upward (no matter how it looks down here on earth!) The staircase, of course, invokes the hackneyed metaphor of life as a climb, each step a movement upward, to a more advanced position—but that isn’t how life works—every step doesn’t take us up, it may not even take us forward—so this symbol may at bottom question suggest we set aside our assumption that we are ever evolving upward. We are ever evolving, true, but the path isn’t a straight one, so we should dump the metaphor in favor of just accepting the ride, rather than trying to measure how high we stand on the staircase.

And what about all that hyperventilating about the rarity of this Full Moon?

Just a Little AstroEssence 30 January 2018 The Verge

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Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

Yes, we’re on the verge of an eclipse, and we all feel it, one way or another: the tidal pull of Earth’s only natural satellite plucks at the oceans of our own bodies, putting internal pressure on past hurts, primal wounds, relationships, and makes us hyper-aware of the repercussions of our own actions. It’s smart to pay attention to those things we might normally dismiss or gloss over; it’s also smart to listen to instinct, and that ‘still, small voice within,’ as Edgar Cayce used to say. Giving attention to both will inform our thinking and reasoning, and that’s really what’s needed: an openness to what hasn’t been said, to what we and others are considering doing. Laying open the pathways between the unseen and the assumed, the thoughts and prior wounds, and the ego and what we’re denying or angered over will give us a more than modest advantage over those who proceed as if the surface is all (Juno nov and Mars parallel Black Moon Lilith, Chiron sxt Sedna, Venus nov and the Sun semi-sq Chiron)

Today’s word image a room where it’s snowing inside. Look for the obvious incongruity, the misplaced activity or element, even the nonsense part of the situation, and don’t just nod and accept it–challenge it.

Just a Little AstroEssence 29 January 2018 The Undertow of Love

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Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida – ‘El baño, Jávea’ 1904 {{PD}}

The ocean of life looks calm today, but that’s a mental illusion, a trick to make you wade in unguarded. When you’re chest-deep what you find is that Love is a reality, as solid as any material object, the result of (or is that in response to?) any action, and the realness of it draws us back, either to re-live a past emotional state, to recall it, maybe to mourn it, or to hide in our past delusions or fantasies. Just know that while you’re playing the Love game, riding Love’s emotional currents, you may get caught in the undertow, swept back to the past, and so miss what’s going on right now, real-time, on today’s very solid shores (Venus conj SN and nov Saturn, Mercury semi-square Neptune).

‘The Last Respects’ By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1886 {{PD}}

Today’s word image: You look out your window, and see a big, black, shiny hearse pull up in front of your house. What does it make you think? And what do you feel? Do you assume it’s there for you, stopping for directions, or for some purpose that falls somewhere in between?

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Your Weekend 28 January 2018 The Mind In Harmony

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Jan Sanders van Hemessen 1550 {{PD}}

The mental faculties are aligned with the instincts, successfully accessing all that we ‘know but don’t know’, accurately perceptive of the real world, and so capable of offering ourselves and others the healing that can come through words or disseminated ideas. Share your thoughts, and put this unusual clarity to good use (Mercury trine Sedna, parallel Saturn, and sextile Chiron).

‘The Goldfish Seller’ By George Dunlop Leslie {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something fishy. So maybe an actual, literal fish, or the image or symbol, acting as a synchronistic mechanism alerting us to the importance of the current moment–or to something ‘fishy’ (suspicious) in our environment or interactions.

 

Your Weekend 27 January 2018 Needless Revolt

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‘The Church at Volendam’ By Elizabeth Nourse c1910 {{PD}}

We feel such a light inside, such a sense of harmony with our own essence, that it’s kind of remarkable how we passive-aggressively resist authority, and how we speak in spontaneous and original ways that could spark real conflict. The best approach may be to enjoy our own light and warmth, and to honor it; it may be that bowing to others today, or restraining ourselves within socially acceptable limits, could bring out the rebel in us, whether we actually dislike cooperating or not (though take note: it could be an excellent day to earn or influence by exerting your charm). There’s nothing less productive or less kind than needless revolt; go ahead and bask in your own sun, even as you must refuse to see the existence of or assertions of others as automatically encroaching on your liberty (Venus opp Ceres, Sun parallel Venus, Merc sq Uranus).

Drake Brookshaw, Artist, ARP (Air Raid Precautions) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an ambulance arriving at a non-emergency. Does this suggest someone is overdoing it, or responding as if the situation is critical when it’s not? Is this an image of panic, alarm, or over preparedness? Or is this about being equipped to handle the worst, and remaining responsive and ready? It may be a prompt to measure both our preparedness and our propensity to treat mundane circumstances as emergencies, and adjust according to what we find.

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 January 2018 Mesmerized

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Gustav Klimt 1894 {{PD}}

Mars enters Sagittarius and we want to have an impact: far-reaching, on things far away, on beliefs, and on the facts, with the latter either relating to changing those realities or on giving them a ‘cover story’ that aligns them more closely with what we believe. Under this influence, the facts might seem more aggressive than usual, insisting upon themselves in a way that could raise our ire, anger the ego, expand our viewpoint (whether we are willing or not), or drive our choices, and leave us little room for fantasy or supposition–and that’s a good thing, the way Mars through Sagittarius may force alignment with a real-world picture that is inclusive of what’s foreign to us, and so something we need to learn about.

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Today we also see Venus semi-square Chiron and Neptune quincunx Ceres; we notice all the ways our values, relationships, and financial arrangements set off our wounds or call forward our unique skills, and we may find later, when looking back, that our own imaginations were what kept us from fully exercising our prerogatives. That means that, though clear sight is always our goal, right now that’s prevented by our own inclinations. We mesmerize ourselves into believing we are less (or less capable) than we truly are–that’s a spell that needs to be broken as soon as possible.

Today’s word image is the color green. Green suggests newness, or an untried quality, or one lacking training. Fecundity might be implied; what new in the life, what thing just begun, or just now growing, what untried ideas or efforts, need to go forward? Or is it jealousy or envy, giving a Venusian name to behavior that can otherwise be confounding?

Just a Little AstroEssence 24-25 January 2018 Oh What a Tangled Web

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As Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn and Pluto parallels Pallas and semi-squares Vesta we find ourselves excavating the framework of our thoughts, the rules we have accepted as necessary or even as reality itself, and the barriers and restraints that keep out what we find destructive, unpleasant, threatening, or just bizarre, as we judge exposure to these as unwise or impractical; they turn attention from those areas to which we’d like to dedicate ourselves and our life energy, and so must be purged. We may spin ourselves a tangled web, if we try to handle such deep and extensive housecleaning in a single day; better to let things fall away naturally, without too much direct effort. Our energy is best expended on being clear about our values and priorities (Sun sextile Vesta) and in pursuing those goals involving what we are sure we value or care about (Mars parallel Venus, Sun parallel Mars), as thoughts centered on pure ambitions unattached to what we value are sure to be too strongly fixed on the conflicts achieving our ends would entail, and so be less than useful, too prone to take a destructive turn (Mercury square Zeus and conjoined Pluto). In truth, we are readying ourselves, creating mental and intention clarity that will drive everything tomorrow, the 25th (Mars novile Zeus, Mercury sextile Jupiter).

By An Errant Knight – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37632333

The word image for the 24th is a shovel. Does this bring to mind gardening, hard labor, construction, burying the bodies? When we use it as a verb, we often mean it in a derogatory way, accusing someone for instance, of shoveling sh*t (telling lies) or shoveling in the food (gluttony). So, does the image of a shovel invoke some form of productive work, or is it an action word, suggesting our negative image of someone else, or they of us?

The word image for the 25th is two women spending an afternoon making soap. What is it that you’re preparing to ‘clean up’? Or what artisanal skill have you been considering developing? Now’s the time.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 January 2018 Unseen Influence

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‘L’aventure’ By Georges de Feure 1898 {{PD}}

We want to act, or to choose, not just to get it done, but to get it done ruthlessly, to purge what needs to go, to destroy what shouldn’t be there–there’s extremity to our urges, and to our statements of who and what we are–and yet we can’t seem to act today without the interference of those matters we have been assiduously ignoring, denying, or consistently (though probably quietly) enraged over. Be aware of the influence of the unseen, the discounted, and of what we’ve ‘tuned out’, consciously or not; just knowing we are open to these stealthy currents is enough to ward off their biggest effects (Mars at the end of Scorpio is novile Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn)

Special note: Hygeia and Juno are still traveling along together in Aquarius, and will remain so through 5 February. This links empowerment to health, especially to a healthy mental attitude or a well-educated (formally or not) intellect. Understanding is key here; why things are the way they are, whether they are in balance or not, and how power within a situation, or its lack, plays on health are the running themes during this period.

Tang Minghuang dao Shu {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something Chinese, or Chinese-influenced. Take whatever pops into your mind as a symbol of something that needs your understanding or attention, and go from there.

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 January 2018 Spiritual Magic

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Henri Martin – ‘The Apparition’ 1894 {{PD}}

It’s now required that what’s been healed inside you, the part of your Soul and identity that expresses your spiritual essence, must be shared in all ways in which you’re empowered. Impulses are healthy, and we are acting in our own ‘best image’; we are a potent creative force, poised to use our skills–now see what spiritual magic comes from within (Chiron novile Juno-Hygeia, Sun novile Neptune)

Kuniyoshi Utagawa, ‘The Magic Toads’ c1849 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a suit of clothes, laid out on a bed. This brings to mind that saying, ‘He’s an empty suit of clothes’, meaning he’s all bluster, talk, hot air, of no substance–a ‘hollow’ man, in any meaningful sense. It’s an image of ineffectuality. Is there some area in your life where you feel you aren’t having an impact? Or are you currently dealing with someone like this, someone who may present himself as able or important but who can’t even make a ripple in the water? In the most general terms, this is a signal to take charge yourself, either by changing up your approach, trying something original or new, or by ignoring or bypassing ‘the empty suit’.

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.