A Good Day To . . . 6 April 2020

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‘Sisters’ By Edouard Vysekal 1922 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . know that we are once again inspired and brimming with creative energy. This comes directly from clear boundaries (probably drawn yesterday after a less-than-positive experience) and a strong sense of and respect for our own instincts. We admit there are things we don’t know, and we admit that there are things we know without being able to point to any evidence, and this respect for and acceptance of ourselves works some small miracles, healing what needs healing, and reminding us of all the good things the past taught us, gave us, or shaped in us, that we use today.

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

See the upcoming Full Moon in Libra here–

Full Moon in Libra April 2020 An Impetus to Action

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‘Amor Holding a Glass Orb’ By Caesar van Everdingen c1660 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 7:34 PM PDT of the 7th at 18 Libra 43, and the immediately striking thing is that so many of the potential aspects have a wide orb. With that in mind, I’ll discuss those toward which the Moon will be moving to perfect contact; those that are past perfection won’t be included (unless still within a 2 degree margin), simply because in symbolic terms the wider margin and separating contact suggest what’s already past, not what’s coming. When the orb is smaller (that is within my normal consideration range of 2 and in some cases 3 degrees), applying or separating won’t hold so much weight, as I consider it as part of the current Full Moon picture.

The emphasis on Cardinal contact made by this Cardinal Moon can’t be over stated, and neither can the prominence of the Air element. This is a Moon that brings mental activity to a peak, and that in some way forces action. Out of the endings around relationships, contacts, partnerships, cooperative efforts, aesthetic efforts, and those who surround us or make up our audience, come the beginnings of new associations, and a new imperative to act, maybe in ways that create or reflect major change, especially if change has come to the ‘facts’ of the situation (this showing the strong influence of the Moon moving toward square of Jupiter-Pluto). What conclusions we draw, or what speaks to us now, brings urgency to the feeling nature, propelling us to do or think differently than we do now.

We’ll start with the closest aspect: a sesquiquadrate of the Moon-Earth combo to Venus. As ruler of the Full Moon, Venus connects through her placement in Air (Gemini), but the aspect itself implies difficult circumstances, possibly ones where what we like or assess as worthy is shown by a Full Moon conclusion to be less than we think. This may pertain to relationships, finances, or values, but will certainly cause emotional disquiet about with whom to share or partner. What’s revealed is that our stance in this regard has been taken largely for emotional reasons–and now the impact of that stance comes clear.

The Full Moon is heading toward squares to Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, both just over 6 degrees from perfection, which tells us how closely Jupiter and Pluto remain conjoined. This may suggest that the Full Moon reveals the true depth of this combo’s impact on our relationships, partnerships, and to those with whom we share and cooperate. We see the ways problems here may be inescapable, and may see interactions shut down, confined, restricted, or irrevocably transformed or changed. The emotional impact of the pairing is revealed through difficult circumstances or difficult interactions; feelings may be raw, but politely hidden or acted out through passive aggression, since Libra can’t bear to be seen as impolite!

The Full Moon also quincunxes Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, suggesting perhaps that our dreams will have to accommodate FM changes/ realities, or that we must let go of a delusion or two, as the need for action or different thinking just can’t accommodate what’s blatantly untrue or based in fantasy. The need to adjust may show as a need to let go of what’s not seated in reality, or in the need to adjust the dreams or goals to better fit revelations delivered by Full Moon endings.

The Moon and Earth are also heading toward a trine to Ceres in Aquarius. Ah, Mother Nature again, this time facilitating or making what must stop or conclude with this Moon quite obvious, and in a way, easy. She’s handing us the ability to understand in an academic sense; that means we still have time to deal with all she’s been showing us. Those who understand Nature, who accept its power, and recognize its authority, will look for ways to cooperate with Her–everyone else may fall victim in some form, insisting that Humans can conquer anything. No, not for long, we can’t, and it may be time to pay the piper. Approach the natural world with respect, or have the results taken out of our hands.

And lastly, the FM will meet up with (and should be considered conjoined already) to Zeus. This pulls focus toward the personal ambition and desire nature, showing an emotional culmination around the way forward and our own fulfillment.

Well, this hardly seems like a fair match. A Gang of Robbers Attack a Woman, Artist Unknown, 15th century {{PD}}

The Full Moon Sabian is, ‘A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding’. Is that the ‘hidden’ impact of Jupiter-Pluto, waiting to hit us emotionally with this Moon? Or is it humanity, having stolen from Mother Nature and the natural order, now hoping to get away with it? Or is this symbolic of something we’ve been hiding from ourselves, something we’ve been dishonest about, not wanting to admit its true impact? To whom does our world belong, and does this image suggest overreach, that now brings an emotional (and perhaps material) conclusion?

We also look at the Sabian for the Sun with a Full Moon: ‘The “Magic Carpet” Of Oriental Imagery’. Maybe what we’ll see at this Full Moon is the result of so much wishful thinking engaged in, so much indulgence in the idea that we can magically ‘escape’ our own actions or conduct. I think this Moon will tell us No, we really can’t.

 

A Good Day To . . . 5 April 2020

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‘The Elder: Saint Michael Weighing Souls’ By Juan de la Abadía c1485 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . recognize that, as much inspiration and creative imagination as you had yesterday, today your brain may try to fool you. This could be via a misperception, an incorrect impression, a confused ‘translation’, an outright lie presented as the Truth, or an imagined wrong, but in any case, what you think should not, just for now, be trusted. The trick to identifying the truth (or lack of it) behind any perception? It’s done by weighing the highest values you hold against your ambitions and desires. If the desire violates a value, then you know you’re lying to yourself–or being lied to by another, as that potential exists, too. Though this is obviously a drag, think of it as preventative medicine. Vow to see clearly, to pursue the truth, and to accept it when you see it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 April 2020

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By an unknown Etruscan master, c470BCE {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . appreciate the wisdom in spontaneity, the beauty and worth inherent in our current reality (and of course, for some of us, we’ll have to look extra long and hard, but it’s there), and above all, refuse to engage in what the illustrious Stuart Smalley would’ve termed ‘Stinkin’ Thinkin”. We will be sorely tempted to exaggerate our anger and fear, to decry the current social situation as permanent, and to scare ourselves with the facts and the inevitable changes we see promised in them. This is a moment when facing what is remains vital; at least for today, the way to handle our anxiety is to examine our ambitions and desires and be willing to modify them to better suit the changes we’ve undergone. It’s not a failure but a strength to acknowledge what’s outside our control, and we exhibit a healthy resilience when we see how recent events have altered our outlook, and so altered what we see as worthy and desirable in our lives, making obvious that our goals and aims need to reflect that change. Too, the unexpected can offer significant benefits, if we’re open to the surprise and the revelations of Higher Knowledge that can arrive out of the blue, so don’t succumb to pessimism or the temptation to paint our lives as tragic, when we’ll respond much better to hope and the shape and forward impetus it can bring to our lives.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 April 2020

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‘Beautiful Betty’ By Albert Lynch c1890 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . act and choose with the future in mind. We are filled with creative impulses and our active imaginations can, in both negative and positive ways, run away with our thinking and perceptions, so we need to be aware that our grand inspirations may be fantastic, or fantastically delusional. That only means that ideas should be noted, but action on them delayed until we can gain a bit of distance, and so a bit of perspective. Venus enters Gemini today, predisposing us to notice the beauty in our ideas and thoughts, and hopefully to translate that into loving attitudes toward others and in communications overall, as well as aiding us in shaping those inspired creative ideas into effective messages delivered through the Arts. Too, money and assets may linger on our minds, but again, we’re better off thinking about things than taking any action, just yet. We can see the beauty in planning, and should take advantage of it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1-2 April 2020

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‘Fairies Looking Through A Gothic Arch, or The Fairy Passage’ By John Anster Fitzgerald 1864 {{PD}}

The 1st-2nd are Good Days To . . . pursue that changed dream. We need to acknowledge that things have changed, and so have our true aims and wishes. We have been hurt, one way or another, and part of that hurt is recognition that what we were reaching for is no longer as desirable, in light of current circumstances, as it once was. Right now, what manifests best is something we truly hold some authority in or power over, something that’s, in that over-used term, ‘in our wheelhouse’. Use what you have, and this will reveal either the new dream itself or the best path toward forming or realizing that goal.

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 March 2020

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Rembrandt c1654 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . recognize that certain realities will hit us–but that’s no reason to despair. What we formerly thought smart may be transformed by fear, anger, or through the real-world situation our own actions and choices reveal–and we don’t want to be reactionary, to give in to that. Change is good at this time, if based on wisdom and practicality. Our saving grace is found in trusting our instincts, as well as acknowledging what we ‘know but don’t know’, as these factors will both prepare us for what’s to come, and reward us by offering a ‘next step’. However, don’t confuse thought, and especially not ‘mind chatter’, for the instinctual and knowing nature. The mind, given the lead, will take us in the wrong direction, if it’s not thoroughly informed by the natural world, particularly the part that lives within us.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 March 2020

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‘Mars désarmé par les Grâces (Mars Disarmed By the Graces)’ By Mossot {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . value your health, and think about your goals. Making plans to further ambitions is the perfect thing to do, as we are attuned to what needs to change in the empowerment picture to get where we want to go. We also benefit from altering bad habits, the worst possibly being the tendency to keep people who aren’t good for us in our lives. Today’s the day to send them packing, and put your own well-being first.

Mars follows Saturn into Aquarius, suggesting that the Higher Self helps guide the ego, if we’re open to it, and we may be more receptive to using modern methods to address issues. We are also likely to find a surprising capacity to innovate, to invent, and to be spontaneous, no matter what our usual attitude. Make sure you don’t use the intellect as a weapon. And it will probably be much easier for us to think before we do–which is nothing but a good thing.

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

A Good Day To . . . 28-29 March 2020 + A Bit About Saturn in Aquarius

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‘Forms of Saturn’ Drawings by Christiaan Huygens, 1633-1645 {{PD}}

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . listen to the facts, because that’s where we find the essence of wisdom, as well as the smart thing to do. We may be inclined to base action on belief, but the reality is that we honor our values by basing choices on knowledge, rather than faith–and honoring knowledge fosters natural change, and in change we find (fortuitously, almost ‘accidentally’) both Love and Money. A different formula than we might otherwise follow, but one that is aligned with rewarding those who respect what’s smart and practical, and so contribute positively to the social order.

Not much new emerges in terms of perfection between transiting bodies on the 29th, so now might be a good time to take a look at the impact of Saturn’s recent ingress to Aquarius. First I want to say that even a major zodiacal ‘heavy’ like Saturn changing signs doesn’t actually change much beyond the ‘background hum’ the shift in lens provides, at least at an individual level. For each of us it’s Saturn’s relationship to our natal planets and points that really counts. When it reaches orb of our various placements, Aquarian Saturn exerts one of three potential influences: it suppresses/ delays matters related to or ruled by the affected energy or indicated by the natal House it’s transiting; it denies or removes something that appeared to be feasible in relation to the contacted energies, placement, and rulerships; or it manifests/ brings into reality a related something applicable to transited House or point/ body of the natal scenario. Saturn either takes ‘it’ away, or makes it concrete, with the possibility that the form it takes wasn’t exactly what you were imagining.

‘Temple of Saturn’ By Luigi Bazzani 1894 {{PD}}

In each case, the effect often registers abruptly within our consciousness. It seems the Saturnian ‘turn’ comes out of the blue, but it’s really that we have been ignoring realities, charging forward, sure we’re going to make it–hard headed, as we embody a Saturnian state–and now the Universe reaches out, stops us, and this is consistently (whether we understand it or not) to our benefit.

In Aquarius, Saturn, maven of rules, regulations, and restrictions, may cut loose, temporarily releasing chaos, or making change through rebellion, as the status quo is tested. What’s ‘old’ may be mistaken for revolutionary, and what’s firmly established may put a ‘modern’ face on things. Dangers center in adhering too strictly to the letter of the law (the Aquarian fetish for taking an intellectual approach too enthusiastically applied), to see a radical change to the status quo as positive, even when it might throw everything into a negative chaos, and abruptly quitting long-term efforts or established relationships, especially of the individual to a group.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 March 2020

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By Pallavi Acharya – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76375364

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . think about your current reality, and then make the most of it (and possibly substantially gain) by doing the smart thing, the right thing, the thing in line with your true beliefs, the thing that benefits all of us. Opportunities come in this round-about way, and what’s light-hearted, entertaining, or relationship or profit focused reveals a deeper, more serious purpose. It’s a day of Self-trust, and via that trust and a commitment to deal with what’s real, a day that can carry forward profound meaning as to personal purpose. That’s a lot of potential; do your best.

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

A Good Day To . . . 25-26 March 2020

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You’ll feel much lighter if you examine (and so exorcise) those wounds. ‘Wings of the Morning’ By Edward Robert Hughes {{PD}}

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . embrace our hurt, and look closely and with compassion at exactly where that injury came from. I know! Sounds like precisely what we’re trying to get away from, right now–but maybe that’s the point: in facing what’s actually caused hurt, we take the power away from the imprint, the memory, the situation, and re-claim it for ourselves. We do this today and gain, as well as take a step toward supporting our mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional health–and it’s especially vital that we do, as the 26th shines a bright and unforgiving light on our wounds–and that requires us to access two ‘guides’ to actions, choices, and behaviors: we must listen to our own instincts and accept that wispy info that we ‘know but don’t know’, and we must respect both genuine authority (we know that when we see it!) and Mother Nature herself. Both show us the way to heal. Trust yourself, trust your authentic inner voice (rather than the ‘borrowed’ ones we’ve allowed to build a home in our heads), and don’t listen to the ‘crowd’ or succumb to the pressures of the social order.

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

A special and heart-felt Thank You to all who reached out through the comments on the last post. It was lovely to hear from each of you. Be well, my friends.

New Moon in Aries 24 March 2020 ‘It’s All About The One’

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‘King David: “Oh, that I had wings like a Dove, for then would I fly away, and be at rest.” Psalm 55-6 By Frederic Leighton 1865 {{PD}}

By ‘The One’, I don’t mean that magical someone who, we are taught (especially when we are little girls) will change our lives–or am I? I’m talking about each one of us–and in that sense, we are indeed ‘The One’ who can bring about change, hopefully for the better. Required isolation is putting the emphasis back on Self-responsibility, on taking the needed initiative individually–and this New Moon reflects that.

Moon and Sun meet at 4 Aries 12, at 2:28 AM PDT of the 24th, just before conjoining Chiron and the Black Moon Lilith point. This suggests a strong new course for healing by paying attention to all those things we’d rather ignore–or, in a less likely scenario, a deep, primal wounding via those factors we’ve insisted on ignoring–but in Aries, we are each, as a single entity, allowed to take our pick, to make our choices (or to garner the results of those choices already made).

The New Moon combo is moving toward perfection of a semi-sextile with Uranus in Taurus–something we don’t always need to take note of, but in this case, we do, because it’s approaching, rather than separating–and again we see the importance of the individual, this time as playing a role within a group (the dual symbolisms of Uranus), and all of this figuring in to the welfare of the environment (Taurus) as the group and individual are both part of it, and as they affect it.

The New Moon also forms a semi-square to Venus in Taurus, which in this chart is in its own sign and rules Earth, Juno, Zeus, Sedna, and Uranus, as well as a semi-square to Ceres, which places the New Moon at their midpoint. We could call this ‘The Worth of the Earth’; the bodies under Venus’ rulership suggest that we come to a new assessment of the value of human autonomy (Juno), the costs of ambition on a larger scale than that of the individual (Zeus), and of the price of paying no attention to our instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ (Sedna). The NM at the midpoint says that a new path must be found, a new balance, between Ceres in Aquarius (the demands of ‘the modern’ on Mother Nature, a new, progressive view of our relationship to and obligations to Nature and the natural order) and Venus in Taurus, which in a least one expression tells of the human need for material comfort and sustenance, which are gleaned from the environment and its products and assets.

In fact, the square between Venus and Ceres forms the base of a Fist, with the apex the Earth in Libra: it’s only by cooperation, by caring for others as much as we care for ourselves, that the New Moon tension can be resolved and reach some sort of accommodation between Nature and Humankind, a resolution that supports the health of the Earth, as well as the health of her inhabitants.

There is also the way the Sun-Earth axis, joined by the Moon, continues a Cardinal Grand Cross/ Square, for those who accept the Nodes as valid configuration points (long-time readers know I do). The need for action is both clear and fundamental to the way forward; we must deal with what we’ve wrought, in a way that handles both material and spiritual realities, and that recognizes the  rate of the passage of time is a crucial factor to success.

Though it’s a wee bit wide for a New Moon sextile, we can include Vesta in Gemini, if only because the symbolism is so striking: our ultimate values, what we find sacred and dedicate our energies to, are renewed, re-dedicated at this New Moon, as each individual takes action, makes our choices, takes on a new way of thinking (Gemini) that defines both our priorities and the way we will live day-to-day (around the Vestal hearth).

‘Wing of a Roller’ By Albrecht Dürer 1512 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon may confound us, at first: ‘A Triangle With Wings’. A flying inanimate object–I can’t help but picture a cold geometric shape with the feathered wings of a dove–makes an absurd image, until we think of the way a triangle is balanced, each leg in equal proportion to, and supporting, the other two. It’s this state of true balance that the New Moon is sparking in each of us, via the mechanism of individual choice, responsibility, and commitment. The wings are the symbolic equivalent of the spiritual component of all endeavors, reminding us that a kind of flight of the spirit is what we are always seeking, always aiming for, working to lift ourselves ever ‘higher’–and this image tells us that lift is achieved by attaining that balance. Usually we see this as an inner function, a personal goal, but the Aries New Moon tells us that spiritual ascension is possible only with the correct measure given each of the three legs of the triangle: the individual, the Collective, and Mother Nature Herself.

 

 

 

The Current Sitch–20 March 2020

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That’s pretend me, waiting to get back here! ‘Awaiting the Return’ By Eugene de Blaas {{PD}}

We’ve moved, a ferry ride away from our old house, but what feels like a world away from Seattle. The new place is in a forested neighborhood near the water. Eventually I’ll show you some pictures of my favorite things here, particularly of two giant cedars, a pair of does that graze behind the house, and of a group of trees, dead but still standing, like an elongated, bleached bone crown on the hillside. It’s peaceful here, a perfect place to recover from the cold–or maybe light flu?–that’s lingered for the past 3 weeks, both delaying my return and continuing to leave me more fatigued than I expect to be.

So, I missed our daily chats, but really–I leave you all for five figurative minutes, and somebody gets a pandemic started! Humans are constantly generating, constantly creating, and so is every other living thing. This can’t entirely be a surprise, especially since we’re in prime flu season in the Northern Hemisphere; but that doesn’t make our new reality of isolation, and considerable uncertainty and fear, any easier.

Rather than re-tread ground that many others have examined astrologically, ad infinitum, I’ll just say that the current Capricorn stellium of Pallas, Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto, all sited within less than a 3 degree span of one another, do speak of breakdown, of cells and the social construct, with normalcy the victim of virulence, of drastic, extreme choices, of belief as it clashes with ‘the facts’, and in some, a determined effort to defend the status quo, even as wisdom tells us change must happen, for the good of the public, as well as the survival of the individual.

This grouping is headed toward, at different rates, trine to Sedna in Taurus, toward a meeting of change and destruction and the need to make choices, over and over, that dovetails with what we ‘know but don’t know’, with what we instinctively react to, and with what we have judiciously remained unaware of via our ‘blind spot’–that last encompassing the Taurean realities of Nature itself and the way certain among us have bet that we wouldn’t meet a crisis, so we didn’t need to be informed, didn’t need to care–and the wheel turns, and we see what a bad bet it was.

But what I want to draw your attention to is a Cardinal Grand Square, involving the Sun/ Earth axis, along with current players Chiron-Black Moon Lilith in Aries and the Nodal axis. As the Sun-Earth move toward closer engagement by degree we see the tension of the Cardinal imperative to do something pushing against the individual injury/ weakness and the way we may be tempted to ignore or deny the role of the individual, or the importance of the choices the individual makes and the actions one takes, in what is happening–and all of this charts the course forward, as the future rolls out from what’s been done and dealt with (or not) in the past.

I don’t mean to heap responsibility on the individual; I’m only trying to say that the astrology speaks to me of the vital role each of us can play, simply by doing what needs doing, as long as our choices are informed by both the facts and our awareness of the needs of the Collective. Our individual efforts may be small, but they are all building blocks in the well-being of the planet and humanity–don’t ever think they are inconsequential, that they don’t matter–and really, it’s likely to be that in taking responsibility on a personal level, we gain in ways we haven’t yet thought of.

I want to know what you all need from me at this time. I can’t promise I’ll be posting every day, as I’m still not up to par, but I’ll do my best. Put suggestions in the comments, and I won’t make them public–you’ll just be talking to me about what might help you on this page. And many thanks to all those who commented, or wrote directly to me while I was away–it’s appreciated, though you should know that I don’t generally see these things until I return. When I get off line, I really get off line!

 

New Moon in Pisces 23 February 2020: A Dawning Awareness

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‘The Three Sisters from Policeman Creek, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. The Three Sisters are a trio of peaks. They are known individually as Big Sister, Middle Sister and Little Sister.’ Photo By Jakub Fryš – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The New Moon occurs at 4 Pisces 28 on the 23rd at 7:31 AM PST, semi-square Venus and loosely semi-square Jupiter (placing the NM at the rough midpoint), sextile Uranus and Mars (again, the NM is caught between them), and in loose trine to the North Node point and loose sesquiquadrate to Zeus-Juno in Libra. A New Moon in Pisces can bring a new dream, a dawning awareness of some new facet of the life, of some burgeoning desire or ideal, or the birth of a vision, fantasy, or even deception that inspires, whether what we imagine is true or not.

In this instance we are offered a spark, a fresh idea, that arises from the difficulty in balancing relationships or the need to earn with the social whirl or with a multitude of opportunities. Our own willingness and initiative, and serendipitous events and ‘coincidences’, shape our life direction and put us in a quandary: do we bow to the needs of others, graciously making ourselves small in order to ‘get along’ (and so, we might imagine, earn their Love), or serve our own ambitions and in the process discover who among our companions supports us, who falls away?

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is, ‘A Church Bazaar’. This is an event where like-minded (we might even say, spiritually attuned to one another) individuals who share a common belief framework about the ‘right’ way to live gather in order to share their handiwork, their creations, in a celebration of fellowship. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except how much do we experience, learn, or test our beliefs if we surround ourselves only with others who share an identical viewpoint to our own? This New Moon may incite a search for the wider world, as we seek the commonalities among, for instance, humankind, or those qualities we share with other sentient beings, rather than shrinking our world down to others who are more like us than not.

Aspects and Sabian combined suggest a need for new and broadening experience with others of the ‘not-like-us’ variety. It dawns on us that there’s more to the world than we suspected. Pisces wants us to dream, wants us to connect with the Collective, wants us to accept and to be accepted–and that last is probably, for anyone, a good place to start.

This is it for at least a couple of weeks. Have a wonderful and safe late winter–see you by spring!

A Good Day To . . . 22 February 2020

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‘The Voice, Summer Night’ By Edvard Munch 1896, The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . to respect the unique inner voice we all have, the one that can save us at the last moment, steer us in the right direction, that can channel our most positive attributes into ‘statements’ of action and choice that can define for others (as well as for ourselves) who we are at core. See it as an opportunity to create the changes you want; what you value, what you love, automatically aligns you with your highest values, and so guides choice. The best part is that the inner voice, the wisdom, and our own originality combine to form tomorrow–so if you want to know what’s coming, take careful note of what you do, say, feel today.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 February 2020

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‘Watchers of the Stars’ Artist Unknown, 16th century {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . watch out!! Hurt (or even the equivalent of a guilty conscience) is propelling at least some of our choices or actions, and that makes for spontaneity, originality, and unique approaches, but also for accidents, rebellions, and erratic behavior. The more easily we can accept all facets of ourselves (the more open we are to the dimensionality of our Beingness, to what we might judge light and dark, good and bad, positive and negative)–that is, the less judgmental we can be about ourselves, the more likely we are to act in ways that are both empowered and in-line with our ideas of who we are at our best. A few pointers: facts matter, whether we like it or not, the social sphere does have an impact, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, and our strength comes from both acceptance of and understanding of our past, and what important ideas and experiences we’ve brought forward from it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 February 2020

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‘Dream’ By Joan Brull c1905 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . take advantage of what you know, specifically to make dreams happen. Today features a lovely convergence of opportunity and creative essence; dream big, and view the social landscape in terms of ideals (and judge ‘the facts’ by those, too). Do that, and refuse to be moved to action or to choose based on the influence of all those things you want to deny or that enrage you; that is, don’t be destructively reactive out of avoidance. Do your best to respond out of positives, reaching for a goal, attention on what you want, not on what you don’t.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 February 2020

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The 19th is a Good Day To . . . apply your most creative energies and inclinations to those areas in life where you hold absolute power. That may affect many, or may only be relevant to you as an individual, but in any case, the day calls for idealism and imagination actively and cleverly applied–and you’re more than up to it, just as long as you’re not looking specifically for the benefit or payoff to your creative efforts. Forget about what it might bring you, and indulge the dream in its most perfect, and perfectly creative, form; accompanying thinking is smart and practical, though of course, during the retrograde best applied to review and refining, rather than to new commitments.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 18 February 2020

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Ramon Casas i Carbó ‘La Carga (The Charge) or Barcelona 1902’ though the picture was apparently done 1899-1900. {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . curb all impulses, because the inclination is to charge ahead, no holds barred, and that could result in poor expressions of power and unwise or impractical decisions that reverberate far into the future. What should we do? Be willing to think about how asserting ourselves will affect the road ahead, and as the Sun moves into Pisces, use our imaginations to see what could be, in an ideal world. Oh, and don’t do anything blatantly unhealthy–we’re too susceptible to out-sized impacts to the physical well-being, right now.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 17 February 2020

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By Azro Art Village, Morocco – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76674582

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . marry your effective power and real-world efforts to achieving ambition fulfillment and to addressing with the intuitive senses any ‘blind spot’ material that comes forward. The values and standards we believe we hold may be challenged by what’s actually wise or practical in the moment–and we need not to be so proud that we can’t bend to a smarter course. To prevent chafing, be flexible when the evidence suggests modification is needed, and really put your shoulder to the figurative grindstone–with the right attitude, mountains can be moved.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 16 February 2020 Mercury Retrograde: Dreaming Backwards

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‘Dreamers ‘ By Albert Joseph Moore c1865 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . listen. There’s an undertone to events that sneaks up on us, a dull roar that’s easy to dismiss as just background noise. It starts with a handful of contra-parallels, opposition-toned energy duos that enter the arena but don’t necessarily engage directly with each other: Our love for something or someone, our finances, or our relationships themselves are at odds with our own successful empowerment; the messages we receive or our own thinking fails to correctly understand the value (or lack of it) in what’s happening; and we’re likely to be surprised either by ourselves and our reactions or by what receives scrutiny or ‘the spotlight’–and there’s a chance that light will shine directly on something unusual, unique, radical, or original that we’ve done or are pursuing. Can make for a confusing atmosphere, the kind that shakes our confidence in our own identity or beliefs just enough to make us hesitate–and when we do, we should try the recommended listening, as an internal stillness and receptivity will offer (or make the way clear for) what we need to know.

This isn’t helped by the late afternoon Pacific time retrograde of Mercury in Pisces. It kicks in at 12 Pisces 53, with the first aspect it makes a semi-square to Saturn, and the first aspect made to it a square from the Moon in Sagittarius and then a sextile from Pallas and semi-sextile from Venus (over the first two days of the retro, with the order not being especially important). I see the way the retro period starts as a kind of harbinger of what to expect through the cycle; the ‘birth’ of the retrograde, and so its meaning. This time we have the retro occurring in Water, asking us to re-consider how we feel, with that examination of feelings showing us what values and relationships are making the ‘hard edges’ and difficult circumstances in our world. We have the wisdom and practical orientation to address what we see; at the same time, a flood of emotion bolstered by the square from the Moon in Sag, which we might describe as ‘difficult knowledge’, compels us to ‘dream backward’, that is, to assess the current reality, especially the emotional reality, by reviewing what previous dreams and ideals were chosen, which discarded, and how this built things as they are now. Exercise the imagination in the first half of the cycle, and in the latter half, exorcise it, flushing out delusions, misinterpretations, and untenable fantasies that are standing in the way of what you really want.

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

We’re finally moving, so I won’t be able to make daily posts as I won’t have access to my computer, but I’ll do my best to pop in when I can. Once we’re settled I’ll resume some sort of regular schedule–’til then, I’ll miss you all!

A Good Day To . . . 15 February 2020

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

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . heal the Self through straight-out indulgence of the senses, and then take that sense of renewal and put it to work to expand what you know, to make beliefs into facts, to get the social sphere on your side, to learn–to enhance whatever means of successfully contacting and intermingling your Will with the world fits the bill. We may feel a bit rudderless, but it’s nothing to panic about–instead recognize that it’s a fairly effective way to keep your mind off matters you’d rather not deal with anyway–appropriate to drift and dream a bit, even as you enjoy the pleasures of living in a body, and experiment with reaching out and impressing yourself on your surroundings.

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

A Good Day To . . . 14 February 2020

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By Stefan Krause, Germany – Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22857511

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . refuse to allow an unhealthy level of misdirected anger to torpedo relationships and/ or the ‘wise’ choice. The viewpoint is skewed in favor of knocking everyone and everything off balance, either out of a need to feel powerful (for that’s the cause of any disruptor who has no other goal than to disrupt!) or out of fear of what’s coming (because we think we may feel better if everything is out of whack and everybody unsure!) We do best to take a sober measure of the value of our relationships: do they support us? make our world better? offer love and positive interaction? And does the inflow and outflow of money make sense, considering where we want to go in life? Today take note, as what’s illuminated signals exactly what does and doesn’t work.

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

A Good Day To . . . 13 February 2020

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‘Portrait of a Young Married Couple’ By Jacob Jordaens c1617 {{PD}}

The 13th is a Good Day To . . . realize that what happens in relationships and/ or financial arenas will test the validity of the current life direction. Rather than focusing on the actual issue, focus on the bigger picture: what does the situation say about your larger goals or about the current behaviors and the direction they’re taking you? Usually we’d just weigh matters using our values and priorities as guidelines, but today we’re disconnected from standards in such a way that it could be easy to violate them–so move or make change with care, with the better choice being tentative planning, rather than execution, all with an eye to decoding what the Universe is telling us.

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

A Good Day To . . . 12 February 2020

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‘Rainbow’ By Ivan Aivazovsky 1873 {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that thinking is imaginative, inspired, but not necessarily wise or practical. Use this unusual set of conditions to assess those parts of your reality that need modification by planning what to do or how to approach it–problems can be solved, circumstances improved, by considering what your next move or change should be (as thinking will be creative and spiritually-cognizant) but by waiting until later to actually implement (as today we’re no judge of what’s smart or workable).

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

A Good Day To . . . 11 February 2020

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‘Mauritshuis’ By Johannes Vermeer c1660 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . listen to that part of us that ‘knows’ even as there’s nothing we can point to proving that we know! We gain by confidence in who we are, and that includes trusting our inner compass. The future looks difficult, hard to navigate, but there’s something in our nature related to a past hurt that can help put the anticipation of what’s coming in perspective, and so help eliminate any obstacles, real or imagined, to moving forward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 9-10 February 2020

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‘Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)’ By Winslow Homer 1870 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . relax! We’ve just been side-swiped by the Leo Full Moon, and we need to gather ourselves, take stock, and leave a space to recuperate. Today we may feel ‘out of it’ and we are, with creative, spiritual, and perceptive energies all drifting and anchorless; ride the tide of whatever’s happening without too much engagement, or too much concern–most issues can wait, just a bit. Don’t worry; we do have the immediate capacity to judge what’s wise or practical, what’s necessary to defend or improve, and if your energy must go somewhere, it’s best to send it after those factors, even as you sit back with a cup of coffee or a nice drink.

The 10th is a Good Day To . . . embrace the gift, the reward, the emotional gem you’ve been given via your experience of a deep wound. Today this can be very successfully applied to getting closer to your dream or goal, and it offers the bonus of showing you effective use of the power you currently hold. In what we may be reluctant to explore, we find one of our best assets.

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

Leo Full Moon 8 February 2020 Call and Response

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‘A Bather (Echo)’ By Jean-Jacques Henner 1881 {{PD}}

The Full Moon in Leo occurs at 11:33 PM PST at 20 Leo 00, sextile Zeus-Juno, square Vesta, and sesquiquadrate the South Node. These are contacts that wouldn’t even show up in most charts set to calculate only the ‘classic’ major bodies and points–so what does that say? Maybe it implies that what culminates here is subtle, and let’s face it, subtle isn’t a vibe that Leo does easily. Conclusions or endings arriving today may be, quite suddenly, dumped in our laps, presented as fait accompli, something we must just accept, no matter how we feel about it. That can make for major surprises delivered quietly, with a wink and a nod and a sudden twist of the entire landscape. We could feel ambushed, with delight or with upset, stunned in a way that on the outside is liable to be mild, even barely perceptible to others, but that inside re-shapes our outlook, or our entire world.

The sextile to Zeus-Juno in Libra points toward a resolution around ambitions and desires, and so a change (or cementing in place) to status and empowerment modes. If you have something at 19-22 Pisces in the natal chart, you may get a message delivered as clearly as a weather vane indicates the direction of the approaching storm, a sudden drop in pressure pulling in an answer to your goal or power situation represented by the Pisces natal energy or point. It acts as apex to a Finger of God; people who experience this may feel the whole thing is out of their hands, happening to them, rather than being at least nominally driven by their choices.

The square to Vesta may show us how and where our commitments and priorities clash with the demands of our own emotions or with our intuition. We have to ask: are we in conflict because we need to modify our stated values, because they don’t actually represent who we are, or is it that we fear what those values will be bringing us? Our reaction may spring, at least in part, from unpleasant experiences of the past, ones we link, consciously or not, with current events. Don’t be afraid to examine these issues at this time; the Leo energy of a Full Moon promises that we have a strong grip on identity, and though we may be surprised by our feelings, they aren’t alien to us, but instead easily traced to their origins. They hold recognizable shapes, and the FM may require we measure them for accuracy, ‘fit’, and appropriateness to our values, and vice versa, measure our values to see how we truly feel about them.

The Sabian for the Full Moon falls precisely on the degree without any minutes, meaning we read 20 Leo: ‘Zuni Indians Perform A Ritual To The Sun’. The symbol for the Sun, which we always inspect for clues as to the origins of the Full Moon light, is, ‘A Large White Dove Bearing A Message’. Taken together they make a kind of Cosmic call and response, a ritual ‘cris de coeur‘ to the source of all life, and the answer that is given. Whatever happens for the Full Moon, make sure you pay attention–this is energy put out into the Universe by the Soul, and that means what comes back to us has a great deal to say about who we are, and where we’re headed.

A Good Day To . . . 8 February 2020

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‘Waiting’ By Edgar Degas c1812 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . prepare for the late night Pacific time Full Moon in Leo. But leading up to that, we have a harmonious and productive day via spiritual and creative inspiration and the ability to find what’s of worth in areas we don’t usually want to give our energy to, and the result is thinking that both furthers ambition fulfillment and lays the foundations for the ‘next step’. Next up: the Leo Full Moon!

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 February 2020

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The Île de la Cité as seen from the Pont des Arts shortly before sunrise, Paris, France. By Daniel Vorndran / DXR, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31704254

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . embrace your responsibilities. I know! So unglamorous. But in some way we need to think of our current real-world position as a privilege–that not only gives us perspective on the past, it offers healing to some old, painful rifts. Take the concentration off goals, ambitions, and personal empowerment, just for today. Right now progress comes by putting the ego aside and doing what needs to be done without fanfare and without worrying whether this advances your wants or not. Surprisingly, this will put you in exactly the right spot to serve goals and aims tomorrow.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 February 2020

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‘Shakyamuni Conquering the Demons (Shaka Gōma-zu)’ By Kawanabe Kyōsai 1887 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . get over ourselves! That opens the way to a convergence of wisdom and experience that can’t be beat, and even offers a dollop of healing. The Full Moon is building; today’s effort will help set the stage for a successful FM conclusion, realization, or reward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 February 2020

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‘Japanese Garden’ By Emil Orlík 1904 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . do two things: attend to health issues, and communicate your original or revolutionary ideas for change. The group, in particular, will be receptive, and with a little effort both the health picture and the current power scenario will incline in the direction of the ideal. We may be tempted to abandon guidelines, values, and even to transgress close bonds in an attempt to get things moving, but that would be a foolish choice, wouldn’t it?

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 February 2020

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‘A Spiritual Landscape’ By Lucian Popov c1900 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . listen to instincts and believe those inner prompts where we ‘know but don’t know’; that’s where we find Love, reward, inspiration, acceptance that the Cosmos is, indeed, balanced, and a sense that all is exactly as it should be.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 February 2020

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‘Old Cedar Tree in Botanic Garden, Chelsea’ By Samuel Palmer 1854 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . act not with an eye on the future, but with concern only for the current wants, needs, and empowerment picture. Choose and move in a way that recognizes limits and yet maximizes impact and options, and you’re certain to gain. Don’t be overly concerned with sticking to your stricter guidelines–for once these won’t be helpful–or with worrying about tomorrow–it will take care of itself; instead, draw on real-world circumstances as they exist right now, and on past experience, and refuse to succumb to knee-jerk reactions and spontaneity, which immediately would translate as recklessness. Think before you leap.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 February 2020

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Woodcut By Bertha Züricher 1920 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . think critically about the facts, about the potentials for expansion, about your own beliefs and philosophies, and about feedback received from the social sphere. Everything you explore and much of what you conclude will be of benefit, most of it sooner rather than later.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 February 2020

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‘Landscape with a Rainbow’ By Joseph Wright of Derby {{PD}}

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . face issues, and take command of them. Just as it did yesterday, spontaneity and originality pay off, but you may first have to battle thinking (your own or that of others) that rejects instincts and a balanced approach. It may be a matter of seeing and accepting the full extent of your power, while proceeding with the conscious intent of causing absolutely no harm.

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 January 2020

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‘Created in New Zealand to celebrate and honor the global LGBTQ community’ Photo By Kategracemcalpine – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76055901

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want, because with a little flexibility and adjustment, you’re going to get it. Spontaneity and Higher Mind-inspired ideas carry a special, beneficial charge, as they’re in step with values and so aligned in the best way with the Soul’s intents. As Robert Browning wrote, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp”; today’s the day to put that into practice.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 January 2020

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The 30th is a Good Day To . . . share our beliefs, philosophies, and to be generous in thinking about others, but with one BIG warning, specific to when we’re dealing with those we love: any buried resentments, anger, or neglected matters will seep into interaction, so take care. Commune with others, but know that if we’re seeking to establish dominance or make a point or if there are resentments roiling beneath consciousness, we’ll taint the interaction and miss our chance to really, truly relate.

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 January 2020

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‘Sunshine in the Drawing Room III’ By Vilhelm Hammershøi 1903 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . stay in our lane. Steady as she goes is the way to go; sudden moves make for unwise or impractical choices, confusion, and maybe a little chaos. We feel our empowered best in asset management (including talent expression), relationships, and in living our values, and it pays off, as long as we are intent on taking a healed approach both in our own minds and in our actions. Cause no harm, focus on Love, and the day can hold unexpected benefits, and a certain amount of vivid, replenishing, probably figurative sunshine.

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

A Good Day To . . . 28 January 2020

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The Dream Garden by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maxfield Parrish, Photo By Bruce Andersen – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1554134

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . fight for that dream you pursued yesterday! The funny thing is, as soon as you step up to defend it, you’ll suddenly see that there are any number of elements within the social sphere, or opportunities to go forward, that mean you don’t have to fight with anyone, you simply have to proceed. A few will insist on a skirmish, not being flexible enough to change direction on a dime, but everyone else will find, to their relief and delight, that it’s a great time to pursue ambitions and desires, and that their unique and original contributions can find an outlet, and even better, an appreciative audience.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 January 2020

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By Agabaranska – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24783153

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . invest in the dream. We are tip-top at bringing our knowledge and experience acquired in the past into the present and giving it useful forms, and we are especially adept today at seeing how to infuse the real with the ideal. Creativity pays off, and relationships that are genuinely loving can take on ideal proportions. Go for it!

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 January 2020

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After making our case, what we might really need is a quiet place to retreat. ‘The Inglenook in My Studio’ By Mary Hiester Reid c1910

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . be prepared for conflict with your complementary number. That could be anyone, relative to who you are; we see it most clearly in anima/ animus, female/ male contrasts, but really, it can take the shape of any yin to our yang, or vice versa. This could also be seen in the ideal vs. the practical, the factual vs. potentials, or the receptive vs. the assertive–but in any case, be ready to defend your stance, not angrily, but robustly, armed with good reasons why your viewpoint should prevail. And then, let the most worthy position win.

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

New Moon in Aquarius 24 January 2020 Birth of Unanticipated Beauty

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‘The Birth of Aphrodite’ By Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky 1887 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Aquarius (also known as the Chinese New Year) occurs at 1:41 PM PST of the 24th at 4 Aquarius 21, sextile Chiron and square Uranus, but both of those on the wide and separating side, and we can also include a loose novile to Venus in Pisces. That suggests in a psychic sense the New Moon is dangling out there, a loner, an individualist, on its own, birthing something unanticipated, something startling and beautiful–and in Aquarius, that can be something new, modern, advanced, academic, unpredictable, or chaotic.

We may take an intellectual approach to the new feelings sparked at this time, or may discover a new understanding of an already extent situation, and these viewpoints arise from both a shock and a healing moment; those may be the same thing, or two different things, but together end up opening the door brilliantly to a reward, relationship, or ‘treasure’ of great spiritual depth, one that connects us in a unique way to the Collective.

However, there’s nothing brash about what happens here. The shocks are mild, traceable to a recent conflict or difficulty, and perceived in such a way that with a bit of effort, all can be healed, smoothed over, or put right, with the upset likely showing us exactly what we need to see. Conflict with the group is possible, or we may be guilty of erratic behavior, unreliability, or generating chaos ourselves, but it’s within the tumult that we find the seeds of understanding, revelation, and ultimately, acceptance.

The novile to Venus in Pisces holds our ideal of Love, relationship, asset acquisition or talent expression before us, and shows us a clever and inspired way to achieve it; we still have to reach for it, putting in some energy to make it a reality–nothing is guaranteed, and the unpredictable element, if left unaddressed, can take it all sideways in a heartbeat.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Council Of Ancestors Is Seen Implementing The Efforts Of A Young Leader’. Here the emphasis is on the experienced group recognizing the innovative leader, with the mention of youth a clue to that figure’s link to Higher Mind–for where else does wisdom come from, if one is short on experience? This implies that the revelations or reveals that accompany the New Moon are informed by a higher intelligence, and that it will take a cooperative effort, or an acceptance by the majority, to implement them.

No matter what form taken by the unanticipated beauty of the New Moon, and no matter how disorganized or shocking it is initially, it promises positives, information that makes our lives better, an understanding that unites rather than divides. It takes our breath away, and shifts our world-view toward the modern, the fresh, the future.

A Good Day To . . . 23 January 2020

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‘Street in Oban, Night’ By James Guthrie c1893 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . take a pause, and believe concrete circumstances as they exist, rather than allowing our fears to embroider reality. The danger is we misread fears as instinct and feel compelled to respond to them. The good news is we have a deft touch in the material world, optimism and knowledge that attract reward, wise and clever ways of processing info, and a relationship with Nature that enhances our own authority, autonomy, and power position. Don’t push too hard; it’s the darkest portion of the Dark of the Moon, and so more conducive to introspection and contemplation than to big, showy moves or declarations, as they just won’t ‘stick’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 January 2020

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From the Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons Art of the In-Between show at the Met. Photo By Rhododendrites CC BY-SA 4.0

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . remember all those ‘I want’ impulses that nearly ran us off the rails yesterday? Well now that same energy has morphed into smart, perceptive, and almost magically transformative urges, making us ‘lucky’ in bringing about change, re-shaping weighty matters, or in eliminating the unwanted. It takes a splash of imagination (which we may resist employing–funny that) and faith in ourselves and our own unique tastes and judgments–but these are warranted, and when put into action clarity of thought/ messaging and the potential for healing are both present.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 January 2020

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‘Dance. An Objectless Composition’ By Alexander Rodchenko 1915 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . keep our tempers and our egos in check, and our fingers off the launch button. At the same time, we can very successfully create effective, permanent, even transformative change–so, no need to be a wallflower, just keep in mind that we forget there’s a tomorrow at our own peril.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 January 2020

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By Korall – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4835780

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . think creatively, and consider the ways you can gain in the future. Today we have a special knack for being clever, imaginative, and for inspired thinking, especially when we focus on taking positive steps that have a cumulative effect on the path forward. The only issues occur if we ignore reality or real-world situations as they are, and if we think something good can come out of being destructive or engaging in power plays–it won’t.

The Sun enters Aquarius today, turning our attention to the modern, the innovative, the group, or toward manifesting our own originality. This transit really can make it all feel like a ‘new day’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 January 2020

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‘To Pastures New’ By James Guthrie 1883 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . .ask yourself: why is it that your attention is repeatedly drawn to any number of matters you’d rather ignore, pretend don’t exist, or that make you want to throw a fit? Even the most pleasant of topics somehow gets under our skin, and the whole thing has the unfortunate side effect of bringing things to a halt–or at least, engendering starts-and-stops that are disorienting and irritating in themselves.

There’s really only one answer to why this is happening: because you either need to pay attention to this, unfun as that may be, or there’s something to be drawn from it, a thing or state or conclusion you need to be conscious of. Stop resisting taking the time to consider what needs to be understood or attended to; the sooner you address it, the sooner you’re free of it, and even, may benefit from it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 January 2020

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By Farahanghis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76482235

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . figure out why the urge to be erratic or to surprise others with the unexpected is warring so directly with the desire for stability, regularity, and a measured response. We’re looking for a reaction, or to prove our uniqueness or individuality, and it’s not pretty. Things are flying out of our mouths, and our message is meant to rock others, to cause chaos! And others are shocking us with their message, or openly rebelling, or pulling a disappearing act, too; it’s like a competition to see who can be most outré–but kind of a sad one, as we’re all looking intently at those around us, since our goal isn’t expression, but to elicit a response.

Freeing ourselves from the compulsion to stir it up may be as simple as grounding ourselves. Look to the element of your natal Moon for guidance on what can make you feel secure–which in turn allows you to relax and opt out of the potential rumble. Water signs may need a bath, a swim, a good cry, a spa treatment, or merely to stay hydrated, in order to avoid manufacturing mayhem, while Earth signs benefit from sharing a nourishing meal, doing something highly tactile like sewing, sculpting, getting a massage, or actually getting down and dirty in the garden. Fire signs need activity–the more demands made on the muscles, and/ or the more excitement courted, the better, while Air signs–oh Air signs, always living in your head! Try intense intellectual engagement, whatever allows mental escapism for you, or the opposite, whatever allows you to blank out, a meditative state that goes beyond the usual, giving the feeling of either blending with the Universe or of not existing at all!

Current Moon in Scorpio just means you need to be passionate about your grounding choice, while being sure to soothe yourself even as you don’t ignore reality, or endanger your health or your career.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 January 2020

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‘Priestess of Delphi’ By John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . be careful with our words, careful with our power. We’re stronger than we know, and also, quite unintentionally, more aggressive than we realize, so that we think we’re just saying . . . but we’re really conjuring the spirits, longing to discharge energy through rebellion, by shocking others, through challenging the status quo, through out-reasoning or spiritual one-upsmanship (an ugly practice where we say, ‘Look at me! I’m more in harmony with the Universe than you are!’) Our connection to Nature is strong, especially as it informs our relationships, but we’re too easily convinced that our aggressive impulses are instinctive, and therefore necessary, ones. It’s a misdirection of creativity or a refusal to heal, an insistence instead on clinging to, or even causing, hurt. Appreciate what you’ve got, count your blessings–banal advice, I know, but effective, as the energy will be re-channeled, without us having to think too strenuously about how to pull back and make right.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 April 2020

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‘Sisters’ By Edouard Vysekal 1922 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . know that we are once again inspired and brimming with creative energy. This comes directly from clear boundaries (probably drawn yesterday after a less-than-positive experience) and a strong sense of and respect for our own instincts. We admit there are things we don’t know, and we admit that there are things we know without being able to point to any evidence, and this respect for and acceptance of ourselves works some small miracles, healing what needs healing, and reminding us of all the good things the past taught us, gave us, or shaped in us, that we use today.

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

See the upcoming Full Moon in Libra here–

Full Moon in Libra April 2020 An Impetus to Action

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‘Amor Holding a Glass Orb’ By Caesar van Everdingen c1660 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 7:34 PM PDT of the 7th at 18 Libra 43, and the immediately striking thing is that so many of the potential aspects have a wide orb. With that in mind, I’ll discuss those toward which the Moon will be moving to perfect contact; those that are past perfection won’t be included (unless still within a 2 degree margin), simply because in symbolic terms the wider margin and separating contact suggest what’s already past, not what’s coming. When the orb is smaller (that is within my normal consideration range of 2 and in some cases 3 degrees), applying or separating won’t hold so much weight, as I consider it as part of the current Full Moon picture.

The emphasis on Cardinal contact made by this Cardinal Moon can’t be over stated, and neither can the prominence of the Air element. This is a Moon that brings mental activity to a peak, and that in some way forces action. Out of the endings around relationships, contacts, partnerships, cooperative efforts, aesthetic efforts, and those who surround us or make up our audience, come the beginnings of new associations, and a new imperative to act, maybe in ways that create or reflect major change, especially if change has come to the ‘facts’ of the situation (this showing the strong influence of the Moon moving toward square of Jupiter-Pluto). What conclusions we draw, or what speaks to us now, brings urgency to the feeling nature, propelling us to do or think differently than we do now.

We’ll start with the closest aspect: a sesquiquadrate of the Moon-Earth combo to Venus. As ruler of the Full Moon, Venus connects through her placement in Air (Gemini), but the aspect itself implies difficult circumstances, possibly ones where what we like or assess as worthy is shown by a Full Moon conclusion to be less than we think. This may pertain to relationships, finances, or values, but will certainly cause emotional disquiet about with whom to share or partner. What’s revealed is that our stance in this regard has been taken largely for emotional reasons–and now the impact of that stance comes clear.

The Full Moon is heading toward squares to Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, both just over 6 degrees from perfection, which tells us how closely Jupiter and Pluto remain conjoined. This may suggest that the Full Moon reveals the true depth of this combo’s impact on our relationships, partnerships, and to those with whom we share and cooperate. We see the ways problems here may be inescapable, and may see interactions shut down, confined, restricted, or irrevocably transformed or changed. The emotional impact of the pairing is revealed through difficult circumstances or difficult interactions; feelings may be raw, but politely hidden or acted out through passive aggression, since Libra can’t bear to be seen as impolite!

The Full Moon also quincunxes Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, suggesting perhaps that our dreams will have to accommodate FM changes/ realities, or that we must let go of a delusion or two, as the need for action or different thinking just can’t accommodate what’s blatantly untrue or based in fantasy. The need to adjust may show as a need to let go of what’s not seated in reality, or in the need to adjust the dreams or goals to better fit revelations delivered by Full Moon endings.

The Moon and Earth are also heading toward a trine to Ceres in Aquarius. Ah, Mother Nature again, this time facilitating or making what must stop or conclude with this Moon quite obvious, and in a way, easy. She’s handing us the ability to understand in an academic sense; that means we still have time to deal with all she’s been showing us. Those who understand Nature, who accept its power, and recognize its authority, will look for ways to cooperate with Her–everyone else may fall victim in some form, insisting that Humans can conquer anything. No, not for long, we can’t, and it may be time to pay the piper. Approach the natural world with respect, or have the results taken out of our hands.

And lastly, the FM will meet up with (and should be considered conjoined already) to Zeus. This pulls focus toward the personal ambition and desire nature, showing an emotional culmination around the way forward and our own fulfillment.

Well, this hardly seems like a fair match. A Gang of Robbers Attack a Woman, Artist Unknown, 15th century {{PD}}

The Full Moon Sabian is, ‘A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding’. Is that the ‘hidden’ impact of Jupiter-Pluto, waiting to hit us emotionally with this Moon? Or is it humanity, having stolen from Mother Nature and the natural order, now hoping to get away with it? Or is this symbolic of something we’ve been hiding from ourselves, something we’ve been dishonest about, not wanting to admit its true impact? To whom does our world belong, and does this image suggest overreach, that now brings an emotional (and perhaps material) conclusion?

We also look at the Sabian for the Sun with a Full Moon: ‘The “Magic Carpet” Of Oriental Imagery’. Maybe what we’ll see at this Full Moon is the result of so much wishful thinking engaged in, so much indulgence in the idea that we can magically ‘escape’ our own actions or conduct. I think this Moon will tell us No, we really can’t.

 

A Good Day To . . . 5 April 2020

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‘The Elder: Saint Michael Weighing Souls’ By Juan de la Abadía c1485 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . recognize that, as much inspiration and creative imagination as you had yesterday, today your brain may try to fool you. This could be via a misperception, an incorrect impression, a confused ‘translation’, an outright lie presented as the Truth, or an imagined wrong, but in any case, what you think should not, just for now, be trusted. The trick to identifying the truth (or lack of it) behind any perception? It’s done by weighing the highest values you hold against your ambitions and desires. If the desire violates a value, then you know you’re lying to yourself–or being lied to by another, as that potential exists, too. Though this is obviously a drag, think of it as preventative medicine. Vow to see clearly, to pursue the truth, and to accept it when you see it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 April 2020

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By an unknown Etruscan master, c470BCE {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . appreciate the wisdom in spontaneity, the beauty and worth inherent in our current reality (and of course, for some of us, we’ll have to look extra long and hard, but it’s there), and above all, refuse to engage in what the illustrious Stuart Smalley would’ve termed ‘Stinkin’ Thinkin”. We will be sorely tempted to exaggerate our anger and fear, to decry the current social situation as permanent, and to scare ourselves with the facts and the inevitable changes we see promised in them. This is a moment when facing what is remains vital; at least for today, the way to handle our anxiety is to examine our ambitions and desires and be willing to modify them to better suit the changes we’ve undergone. It’s not a failure but a strength to acknowledge what’s outside our control, and we exhibit a healthy resilience when we see how recent events have altered our outlook, and so altered what we see as worthy and desirable in our lives, making obvious that our goals and aims need to reflect that change. Too, the unexpected can offer significant benefits, if we’re open to the surprise and the revelations of Higher Knowledge that can arrive out of the blue, so don’t succumb to pessimism or the temptation to paint our lives as tragic, when we’ll respond much better to hope and the shape and forward impetus it can bring to our lives.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 April 2020

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‘Beautiful Betty’ By Albert Lynch c1890 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . act and choose with the future in mind. We are filled with creative impulses and our active imaginations can, in both negative and positive ways, run away with our thinking and perceptions, so we need to be aware that our grand inspirations may be fantastic, or fantastically delusional. That only means that ideas should be noted, but action on them delayed until we can gain a bit of distance, and so a bit of perspective. Venus enters Gemini today, predisposing us to notice the beauty in our ideas and thoughts, and hopefully to translate that into loving attitudes toward others and in communications overall, as well as aiding us in shaping those inspired creative ideas into effective messages delivered through the Arts. Too, money and assets may linger on our minds, but again, we’re better off thinking about things than taking any action, just yet. We can see the beauty in planning, and should take advantage of it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1-2 April 2020

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‘Fairies Looking Through A Gothic Arch, or The Fairy Passage’ By John Anster Fitzgerald 1864 {{PD}}

The 1st-2nd are Good Days To . . . pursue that changed dream. We need to acknowledge that things have changed, and so have our true aims and wishes. We have been hurt, one way or another, and part of that hurt is recognition that what we were reaching for is no longer as desirable, in light of current circumstances, as it once was. Right now, what manifests best is something we truly hold some authority in or power over, something that’s, in that over-used term, ‘in our wheelhouse’. Use what you have, and this will reveal either the new dream itself or the best path toward forming or realizing that goal.

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 March 2020

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Rembrandt c1654 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . recognize that certain realities will hit us–but that’s no reason to despair. What we formerly thought smart may be transformed by fear, anger, or through the real-world situation our own actions and choices reveal–and we don’t want to be reactionary, to give in to that. Change is good at this time, if based on wisdom and practicality. Our saving grace is found in trusting our instincts, as well as acknowledging what we ‘know but don’t know’, as these factors will both prepare us for what’s to come, and reward us by offering a ‘next step’. However, don’t confuse thought, and especially not ‘mind chatter’, for the instinctual and knowing nature. The mind, given the lead, will take us in the wrong direction, if it’s not thoroughly informed by the natural world, particularly the part that lives within us.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 March 2020

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‘Mars désarmé par les Grâces (Mars Disarmed By the Graces)’ By Mossot {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . value your health, and think about your goals. Making plans to further ambitions is the perfect thing to do, as we are attuned to what needs to change in the empowerment picture to get where we want to go. We also benefit from altering bad habits, the worst possibly being the tendency to keep people who aren’t good for us in our lives. Today’s the day to send them packing, and put your own well-being first.

Mars follows Saturn into Aquarius, suggesting that the Higher Self helps guide the ego, if we’re open to it, and we may be more receptive to using modern methods to address issues. We are also likely to find a surprising capacity to innovate, to invent, and to be spontaneous, no matter what our usual attitude. Make sure you don’t use the intellect as a weapon. And it will probably be much easier for us to think before we do–which is nothing but a good thing.

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

A Good Day To . . . 28-29 March 2020 + A Bit About Saturn in Aquarius

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‘Forms of Saturn’ Drawings by Christiaan Huygens, 1633-1645 {{PD}}

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . listen to the facts, because that’s where we find the essence of wisdom, as well as the smart thing to do. We may be inclined to base action on belief, but the reality is that we honor our values by basing choices on knowledge, rather than faith–and honoring knowledge fosters natural change, and in change we find (fortuitously, almost ‘accidentally’) both Love and Money. A different formula than we might otherwise follow, but one that is aligned with rewarding those who respect what’s smart and practical, and so contribute positively to the social order.

Not much new emerges in terms of perfection between transiting bodies on the 29th, so now might be a good time to take a look at the impact of Saturn’s recent ingress to Aquarius. First I want to say that even a major zodiacal ‘heavy’ like Saturn changing signs doesn’t actually change much beyond the ‘background hum’ the shift in lens provides, at least at an individual level. For each of us it’s Saturn’s relationship to our natal planets and points that really counts. When it reaches orb of our various placements, Aquarian Saturn exerts one of three potential influences: it suppresses/ delays matters related to or ruled by the affected energy or indicated by the natal House it’s transiting; it denies or removes something that appeared to be feasible in relation to the contacted energies, placement, and rulerships; or it manifests/ brings into reality a related something applicable to transited House or point/ body of the natal scenario. Saturn either takes ‘it’ away, or makes it concrete, with the possibility that the form it takes wasn’t exactly what you were imagining.

‘Temple of Saturn’ By Luigi Bazzani 1894 {{PD}}

In each case, the effect often registers abruptly within our consciousness. It seems the Saturnian ‘turn’ comes out of the blue, but it’s really that we have been ignoring realities, charging forward, sure we’re going to make it–hard headed, as we embody a Saturnian state–and now the Universe reaches out, stops us, and this is consistently (whether we understand it or not) to our benefit.

In Aquarius, Saturn, maven of rules, regulations, and restrictions, may cut loose, temporarily releasing chaos, or making change through rebellion, as the status quo is tested. What’s ‘old’ may be mistaken for revolutionary, and what’s firmly established may put a ‘modern’ face on things. Dangers center in adhering too strictly to the letter of the law (the Aquarian fetish for taking an intellectual approach too enthusiastically applied), to see a radical change to the status quo as positive, even when it might throw everything into a negative chaos, and abruptly quitting long-term efforts or established relationships, especially of the individual to a group.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 March 2020

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By Pallavi Acharya – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76375364

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . think about your current reality, and then make the most of it (and possibly substantially gain) by doing the smart thing, the right thing, the thing in line with your true beliefs, the thing that benefits all of us. Opportunities come in this round-about way, and what’s light-hearted, entertaining, or relationship or profit focused reveals a deeper, more serious purpose. It’s a day of Self-trust, and via that trust and a commitment to deal with what’s real, a day that can carry forward profound meaning as to personal purpose. That’s a lot of potential; do your best.

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

A Good Day To . . . 25-26 March 2020

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You’ll feel much lighter if you examine (and so exorcise) those wounds. ‘Wings of the Morning’ By Edward Robert Hughes {{PD}}

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . embrace our hurt, and look closely and with compassion at exactly where that injury came from. I know! Sounds like precisely what we’re trying to get away from, right now–but maybe that’s the point: in facing what’s actually caused hurt, we take the power away from the imprint, the memory, the situation, and re-claim it for ourselves. We do this today and gain, as well as take a step toward supporting our mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional health–and it’s especially vital that we do, as the 26th shines a bright and unforgiving light on our wounds–and that requires us to access two ‘guides’ to actions, choices, and behaviors: we must listen to our own instincts and accept that wispy info that we ‘know but don’t know’, and we must respect both genuine authority (we know that when we see it!) and Mother Nature herself. Both show us the way to heal. Trust yourself, trust your authentic inner voice (rather than the ‘borrowed’ ones we’ve allowed to build a home in our heads), and don’t listen to the ‘crowd’ or succumb to the pressures of the social order.

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

A special and heart-felt Thank You to all who reached out through the comments on the last post. It was lovely to hear from each of you. Be well, my friends.

New Moon in Aries 24 March 2020 ‘It’s All About The One’

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‘King David: “Oh, that I had wings like a Dove, for then would I fly away, and be at rest.” Psalm 55-6 By Frederic Leighton 1865 {{PD}}

By ‘The One’, I don’t mean that magical someone who, we are taught (especially when we are little girls) will change our lives–or am I? I’m talking about each one of us–and in that sense, we are indeed ‘The One’ who can bring about change, hopefully for the better. Required isolation is putting the emphasis back on Self-responsibility, on taking the needed initiative individually–and this New Moon reflects that.

Moon and Sun meet at 4 Aries 12, at 2:28 AM PDT of the 24th, just before conjoining Chiron and the Black Moon Lilith point. This suggests a strong new course for healing by paying attention to all those things we’d rather ignore–or, in a less likely scenario, a deep, primal wounding via those factors we’ve insisted on ignoring–but in Aries, we are each, as a single entity, allowed to take our pick, to make our choices (or to garner the results of those choices already made).

The New Moon combo is moving toward perfection of a semi-sextile with Uranus in Taurus–something we don’t always need to take note of, but in this case, we do, because it’s approaching, rather than separating–and again we see the importance of the individual, this time as playing a role within a group (the dual symbolisms of Uranus), and all of this figuring in to the welfare of the environment (Taurus) as the group and individual are both part of it, and as they affect it.

The New Moon also forms a semi-square to Venus in Taurus, which in this chart is in its own sign and rules Earth, Juno, Zeus, Sedna, and Uranus, as well as a semi-square to Ceres, which places the New Moon at their midpoint. We could call this ‘The Worth of the Earth’; the bodies under Venus’ rulership suggest that we come to a new assessment of the value of human autonomy (Juno), the costs of ambition on a larger scale than that of the individual (Zeus), and of the price of paying no attention to our instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ (Sedna). The NM at the midpoint says that a new path must be found, a new balance, between Ceres in Aquarius (the demands of ‘the modern’ on Mother Nature, a new, progressive view of our relationship to and obligations to Nature and the natural order) and Venus in Taurus, which in a least one expression tells of the human need for material comfort and sustenance, which are gleaned from the environment and its products and assets.

In fact, the square between Venus and Ceres forms the base of a Fist, with the apex the Earth in Libra: it’s only by cooperation, by caring for others as much as we care for ourselves, that the New Moon tension can be resolved and reach some sort of accommodation between Nature and Humankind, a resolution that supports the health of the Earth, as well as the health of her inhabitants.

There is also the way the Sun-Earth axis, joined by the Moon, continues a Cardinal Grand Cross/ Square, for those who accept the Nodes as valid configuration points (long-time readers know I do). The need for action is both clear and fundamental to the way forward; we must deal with what we’ve wrought, in a way that handles both material and spiritual realities, and that recognizes the  rate of the passage of time is a crucial factor to success.

Though it’s a wee bit wide for a New Moon sextile, we can include Vesta in Gemini, if only because the symbolism is so striking: our ultimate values, what we find sacred and dedicate our energies to, are renewed, re-dedicated at this New Moon, as each individual takes action, makes our choices, takes on a new way of thinking (Gemini) that defines both our priorities and the way we will live day-to-day (around the Vestal hearth).

‘Wing of a Roller’ By Albrecht Dürer 1512 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon may confound us, at first: ‘A Triangle With Wings’. A flying inanimate object–I can’t help but picture a cold geometric shape with the feathered wings of a dove–makes an absurd image, until we think of the way a triangle is balanced, each leg in equal proportion to, and supporting, the other two. It’s this state of true balance that the New Moon is sparking in each of us, via the mechanism of individual choice, responsibility, and commitment. The wings are the symbolic equivalent of the spiritual component of all endeavors, reminding us that a kind of flight of the spirit is what we are always seeking, always aiming for, working to lift ourselves ever ‘higher’–and this image tells us that lift is achieved by attaining that balance. Usually we see this as an inner function, a personal goal, but the Aries New Moon tells us that spiritual ascension is possible only with the correct measure given each of the three legs of the triangle: the individual, the Collective, and Mother Nature Herself.

 

 

 

The Current Sitch–20 March 2020

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That’s pretend me, waiting to get back here! ‘Awaiting the Return’ By Eugene de Blaas {{PD}}

We’ve moved, a ferry ride away from our old house, but what feels like a world away from Seattle. The new place is in a forested neighborhood near the water. Eventually I’ll show you some pictures of my favorite things here, particularly of two giant cedars, a pair of does that graze behind the house, and of a group of trees, dead but still standing, like an elongated, bleached bone crown on the hillside. It’s peaceful here, a perfect place to recover from the cold–or maybe light flu?–that’s lingered for the past 3 weeks, both delaying my return and continuing to leave me more fatigued than I expect to be.

So, I missed our daily chats, but really–I leave you all for five figurative minutes, and somebody gets a pandemic started! Humans are constantly generating, constantly creating, and so is every other living thing. This can’t entirely be a surprise, especially since we’re in prime flu season in the Northern Hemisphere; but that doesn’t make our new reality of isolation, and considerable uncertainty and fear, any easier.

Rather than re-tread ground that many others have examined astrologically, ad infinitum, I’ll just say that the current Capricorn stellium of Pallas, Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto, all sited within less than a 3 degree span of one another, do speak of breakdown, of cells and the social construct, with normalcy the victim of virulence, of drastic, extreme choices, of belief as it clashes with ‘the facts’, and in some, a determined effort to defend the status quo, even as wisdom tells us change must happen, for the good of the public, as well as the survival of the individual.

This grouping is headed toward, at different rates, trine to Sedna in Taurus, toward a meeting of change and destruction and the need to make choices, over and over, that dovetails with what we ‘know but don’t know’, with what we instinctively react to, and with what we have judiciously remained unaware of via our ‘blind spot’–that last encompassing the Taurean realities of Nature itself and the way certain among us have bet that we wouldn’t meet a crisis, so we didn’t need to be informed, didn’t need to care–and the wheel turns, and we see what a bad bet it was.

But what I want to draw your attention to is a Cardinal Grand Square, involving the Sun/ Earth axis, along with current players Chiron-Black Moon Lilith in Aries and the Nodal axis. As the Sun-Earth move toward closer engagement by degree we see the tension of the Cardinal imperative to do something pushing against the individual injury/ weakness and the way we may be tempted to ignore or deny the role of the individual, or the importance of the choices the individual makes and the actions one takes, in what is happening–and all of this charts the course forward, as the future rolls out from what’s been done and dealt with (or not) in the past.

I don’t mean to heap responsibility on the individual; I’m only trying to say that the astrology speaks to me of the vital role each of us can play, simply by doing what needs doing, as long as our choices are informed by both the facts and our awareness of the needs of the Collective. Our individual efforts may be small, but they are all building blocks in the well-being of the planet and humanity–don’t ever think they are inconsequential, that they don’t matter–and really, it’s likely to be that in taking responsibility on a personal level, we gain in ways we haven’t yet thought of.

I want to know what you all need from me at this time. I can’t promise I’ll be posting every day, as I’m still not up to par, but I’ll do my best. Put suggestions in the comments, and I won’t make them public–you’ll just be talking to me about what might help you on this page. And many thanks to all those who commented, or wrote directly to me while I was away–it’s appreciated, though you should know that I don’t generally see these things until I return. When I get off line, I really get off line!

 

New Moon in Pisces 23 February 2020: A Dawning Awareness

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‘The Three Sisters from Policeman Creek, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. The Three Sisters are a trio of peaks. They are known individually as Big Sister, Middle Sister and Little Sister.’ Photo By Jakub Fryš – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0

The New Moon occurs at 4 Pisces 28 on the 23rd at 7:31 AM PST, semi-square Venus and loosely semi-square Jupiter (placing the NM at the rough midpoint), sextile Uranus and Mars (again, the NM is caught between them), and in loose trine to the North Node point and loose sesquiquadrate to Zeus-Juno in Libra. A New Moon in Pisces can bring a new dream, a dawning awareness of some new facet of the life, of some burgeoning desire or ideal, or the birth of a vision, fantasy, or even deception that inspires, whether what we imagine is true or not.

In this instance we are offered a spark, a fresh idea, that arises from the difficulty in balancing relationships or the need to earn with the social whirl or with a multitude of opportunities. Our own willingness and initiative, and serendipitous events and ‘coincidences’, shape our life direction and put us in a quandary: do we bow to the needs of others, graciously making ourselves small in order to ‘get along’ (and so, we might imagine, earn their Love), or serve our own ambitions and in the process discover who among our companions supports us, who falls away?

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is, ‘A Church Bazaar’. This is an event where like-minded (we might even say, spiritually attuned to one another) individuals who share a common belief framework about the ‘right’ way to live gather in order to share their handiwork, their creations, in a celebration of fellowship. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except how much do we experience, learn, or test our beliefs if we surround ourselves only with others who share an identical viewpoint to our own? This New Moon may incite a search for the wider world, as we seek the commonalities among, for instance, humankind, or those qualities we share with other sentient beings, rather than shrinking our world down to others who are more like us than not.

Aspects and Sabian combined suggest a need for new and broadening experience with others of the ‘not-like-us’ variety. It dawns on us that there’s more to the world than we suspected. Pisces wants us to dream, wants us to connect with the Collective, wants us to accept and to be accepted–and that last is probably, for anyone, a good place to start.

This is it for at least a couple of weeks. Have a wonderful and safe late winter–see you by spring!

A Good Day To . . . 22 February 2020

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‘The Voice, Summer Night’ By Edvard Munch 1896, The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . to respect the unique inner voice we all have, the one that can save us at the last moment, steer us in the right direction, that can channel our most positive attributes into ‘statements’ of action and choice that can define for others (as well as for ourselves) who we are at core. See it as an opportunity to create the changes you want; what you value, what you love, automatically aligns you with your highest values, and so guides choice. The best part is that the inner voice, the wisdom, and our own originality combine to form tomorrow–so if you want to know what’s coming, take careful note of what you do, say, feel today.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 February 2020

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‘Watchers of the Stars’ Artist Unknown, 16th century {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . watch out!! Hurt (or even the equivalent of a guilty conscience) is propelling at least some of our choices or actions, and that makes for spontaneity, originality, and unique approaches, but also for accidents, rebellions, and erratic behavior. The more easily we can accept all facets of ourselves (the more open we are to the dimensionality of our Beingness, to what we might judge light and dark, good and bad, positive and negative)–that is, the less judgmental we can be about ourselves, the more likely we are to act in ways that are both empowered and in-line with our ideas of who we are at our best. A few pointers: facts matter, whether we like it or not, the social sphere does have an impact, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, and our strength comes from both acceptance of and understanding of our past, and what important ideas and experiences we’ve brought forward from it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 February 2020

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‘Dream’ By Joan Brull c1905 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . take advantage of what you know, specifically to make dreams happen. Today features a lovely convergence of opportunity and creative essence; dream big, and view the social landscape in terms of ideals (and judge ‘the facts’ by those, too). Do that, and refuse to be moved to action or to choose based on the influence of all those things you want to deny or that enrage you; that is, don’t be destructively reactive out of avoidance. Do your best to respond out of positives, reaching for a goal, attention on what you want, not on what you don’t.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 February 2020

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The 19th is a Good Day To . . . apply your most creative energies and inclinations to those areas in life where you hold absolute power. That may affect many, or may only be relevant to you as an individual, but in any case, the day calls for idealism and imagination actively and cleverly applied–and you’re more than up to it, just as long as you’re not looking specifically for the benefit or payoff to your creative efforts. Forget about what it might bring you, and indulge the dream in its most perfect, and perfectly creative, form; accompanying thinking is smart and practical, though of course, during the retrograde best applied to review and refining, rather than to new commitments.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 18 February 2020

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Ramon Casas i Carbó ‘La Carga (The Charge) or Barcelona 1902’ though the picture was apparently done 1899-1900. {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . curb all impulses, because the inclination is to charge ahead, no holds barred, and that could result in poor expressions of power and unwise or impractical decisions that reverberate far into the future. What should we do? Be willing to think about how asserting ourselves will affect the road ahead, and as the Sun moves into Pisces, use our imaginations to see what could be, in an ideal world. Oh, and don’t do anything blatantly unhealthy–we’re too susceptible to out-sized impacts to the physical well-being, right now.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 17 February 2020

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By Azro Art Village, Morocco – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76674582

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . marry your effective power and real-world efforts to achieving ambition fulfillment and to addressing with the intuitive senses any ‘blind spot’ material that comes forward. The values and standards we believe we hold may be challenged by what’s actually wise or practical in the moment–and we need not to be so proud that we can’t bend to a smarter course. To prevent chafing, be flexible when the evidence suggests modification is needed, and really put your shoulder to the figurative grindstone–with the right attitude, mountains can be moved.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 16 February 2020 Mercury Retrograde: Dreaming Backwards

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‘Dreamers ‘ By Albert Joseph Moore c1865 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . listen. There’s an undertone to events that sneaks up on us, a dull roar that’s easy to dismiss as just background noise. It starts with a handful of contra-parallels, opposition-toned energy duos that enter the arena but don’t necessarily engage directly with each other: Our love for something or someone, our finances, or our relationships themselves are at odds with our own successful empowerment; the messages we receive or our own thinking fails to correctly understand the value (or lack of it) in what’s happening; and we’re likely to be surprised either by ourselves and our reactions or by what receives scrutiny or ‘the spotlight’–and there’s a chance that light will shine directly on something unusual, unique, radical, or original that we’ve done or are pursuing. Can make for a confusing atmosphere, the kind that shakes our confidence in our own identity or beliefs just enough to make us hesitate–and when we do, we should try the recommended listening, as an internal stillness and receptivity will offer (or make the way clear for) what we need to know.

This isn’t helped by the late afternoon Pacific time retrograde of Mercury in Pisces. It kicks in at 12 Pisces 53, with the first aspect it makes a semi-square to Saturn, and the first aspect made to it a square from the Moon in Sagittarius and then a sextile from Pallas and semi-sextile from Venus (over the first two days of the retro, with the order not being especially important). I see the way the retro period starts as a kind of harbinger of what to expect through the cycle; the ‘birth’ of the retrograde, and so its meaning. This time we have the retro occurring in Water, asking us to re-consider how we feel, with that examination of feelings showing us what values and relationships are making the ‘hard edges’ and difficult circumstances in our world. We have the wisdom and practical orientation to address what we see; at the same time, a flood of emotion bolstered by the square from the Moon in Sag, which we might describe as ‘difficult knowledge’, compels us to ‘dream backward’, that is, to assess the current reality, especially the emotional reality, by reviewing what previous dreams and ideals were chosen, which discarded, and how this built things as they are now. Exercise the imagination in the first half of the cycle, and in the latter half, exorcise it, flushing out delusions, misinterpretations, and untenable fantasies that are standing in the way of what you really want.

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

We’re finally moving, so I won’t be able to make daily posts as I won’t have access to my computer, but I’ll do my best to pop in when I can. Once we’re settled I’ll resume some sort of regular schedule–’til then, I’ll miss you all!

A Good Day To . . . 15 February 2020

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

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . heal the Self through straight-out indulgence of the senses, and then take that sense of renewal and put it to work to expand what you know, to make beliefs into facts, to get the social sphere on your side, to learn–to enhance whatever means of successfully contacting and intermingling your Will with the world fits the bill. We may feel a bit rudderless, but it’s nothing to panic about–instead recognize that it’s a fairly effective way to keep your mind off matters you’d rather not deal with anyway–appropriate to drift and dream a bit, even as you enjoy the pleasures of living in a body, and experiment with reaching out and impressing yourself on your surroundings.

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

A Good Day To . . . 14 February 2020

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By Stefan Krause, Germany – Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22857511

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . refuse to allow an unhealthy level of misdirected anger to torpedo relationships and/ or the ‘wise’ choice. The viewpoint is skewed in favor of knocking everyone and everything off balance, either out of a need to feel powerful (for that’s the cause of any disruptor who has no other goal than to disrupt!) or out of fear of what’s coming (because we think we may feel better if everything is out of whack and everybody unsure!) We do best to take a sober measure of the value of our relationships: do they support us? make our world better? offer love and positive interaction? And does the inflow and outflow of money make sense, considering where we want to go in life? Today take note, as what’s illuminated signals exactly what does and doesn’t work.

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

A Good Day To . . . 13 February 2020

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‘Portrait of a Young Married Couple’ By Jacob Jordaens c1617 {{PD}}

The 13th is a Good Day To . . . realize that what happens in relationships and/ or financial arenas will test the validity of the current life direction. Rather than focusing on the actual issue, focus on the bigger picture: what does the situation say about your larger goals or about the current behaviors and the direction they’re taking you? Usually we’d just weigh matters using our values and priorities as guidelines, but today we’re disconnected from standards in such a way that it could be easy to violate them–so move or make change with care, with the better choice being tentative planning, rather than execution, all with an eye to decoding what the Universe is telling us.

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

A Good Day To . . . 12 February 2020

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‘Rainbow’ By Ivan Aivazovsky 1873 {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that thinking is imaginative, inspired, but not necessarily wise or practical. Use this unusual set of conditions to assess those parts of your reality that need modification by planning what to do or how to approach it–problems can be solved, circumstances improved, by considering what your next move or change should be (as thinking will be creative and spiritually-cognizant) but by waiting until later to actually implement (as today we’re no judge of what’s smart or workable).

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

A Good Day To . . . 11 February 2020

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‘Mauritshuis’ By Johannes Vermeer c1660 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . listen to that part of us that ‘knows’ even as there’s nothing we can point to proving that we know! We gain by confidence in who we are, and that includes trusting our inner compass. The future looks difficult, hard to navigate, but there’s something in our nature related to a past hurt that can help put the anticipation of what’s coming in perspective, and so help eliminate any obstacles, real or imagined, to moving forward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 9-10 February 2020

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‘Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)’ By Winslow Homer 1870 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . relax! We’ve just been side-swiped by the Leo Full Moon, and we need to gather ourselves, take stock, and leave a space to recuperate. Today we may feel ‘out of it’ and we are, with creative, spiritual, and perceptive energies all drifting and anchorless; ride the tide of whatever’s happening without too much engagement, or too much concern–most issues can wait, just a bit. Don’t worry; we do have the immediate capacity to judge what’s wise or practical, what’s necessary to defend or improve, and if your energy must go somewhere, it’s best to send it after those factors, even as you sit back with a cup of coffee or a nice drink.

The 10th is a Good Day To . . . embrace the gift, the reward, the emotional gem you’ve been given via your experience of a deep wound. Today this can be very successfully applied to getting closer to your dream or goal, and it offers the bonus of showing you effective use of the power you currently hold. In what we may be reluctant to explore, we find one of our best assets.

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

Leo Full Moon 8 February 2020 Call and Response

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‘A Bather (Echo)’ By Jean-Jacques Henner 1881 {{PD}}

The Full Moon in Leo occurs at 11:33 PM PST at 20 Leo 00, sextile Zeus-Juno, square Vesta, and sesquiquadrate the South Node. These are contacts that wouldn’t even show up in most charts set to calculate only the ‘classic’ major bodies and points–so what does that say? Maybe it implies that what culminates here is subtle, and let’s face it, subtle isn’t a vibe that Leo does easily. Conclusions or endings arriving today may be, quite suddenly, dumped in our laps, presented as fait accompli, something we must just accept, no matter how we feel about it. That can make for major surprises delivered quietly, with a wink and a nod and a sudden twist of the entire landscape. We could feel ambushed, with delight or with upset, stunned in a way that on the outside is liable to be mild, even barely perceptible to others, but that inside re-shapes our outlook, or our entire world.

The sextile to Zeus-Juno in Libra points toward a resolution around ambitions and desires, and so a change (or cementing in place) to status and empowerment modes. If you have something at 19-22 Pisces in the natal chart, you may get a message delivered as clearly as a weather vane indicates the direction of the approaching storm, a sudden drop in pressure pulling in an answer to your goal or power situation represented by the Pisces natal energy or point. It acts as apex to a Finger of God; people who experience this may feel the whole thing is out of their hands, happening to them, rather than being at least nominally driven by their choices.

The square to Vesta may show us how and where our commitments and priorities clash with the demands of our own emotions or with our intuition. We have to ask: are we in conflict because we need to modify our stated values, because they don’t actually represent who we are, or is it that we fear what those values will be bringing us? Our reaction may spring, at least in part, from unpleasant experiences of the past, ones we link, consciously or not, with current events. Don’t be afraid to examine these issues at this time; the Leo energy of a Full Moon promises that we have a strong grip on identity, and though we may be surprised by our feelings, they aren’t alien to us, but instead easily traced to their origins. They hold recognizable shapes, and the FM may require we measure them for accuracy, ‘fit’, and appropriateness to our values, and vice versa, measure our values to see how we truly feel about them.

The Sabian for the Full Moon falls precisely on the degree without any minutes, meaning we read 20 Leo: ‘Zuni Indians Perform A Ritual To The Sun’. The symbol for the Sun, which we always inspect for clues as to the origins of the Full Moon light, is, ‘A Large White Dove Bearing A Message’. Taken together they make a kind of Cosmic call and response, a ritual ‘cris de coeur‘ to the source of all life, and the answer that is given. Whatever happens for the Full Moon, make sure you pay attention–this is energy put out into the Universe by the Soul, and that means what comes back to us has a great deal to say about who we are, and where we’re headed.

A Good Day To . . . 8 February 2020

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‘Waiting’ By Edgar Degas c1812 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . prepare for the late night Pacific time Full Moon in Leo. But leading up to that, we have a harmonious and productive day via spiritual and creative inspiration and the ability to find what’s of worth in areas we don’t usually want to give our energy to, and the result is thinking that both furthers ambition fulfillment and lays the foundations for the ‘next step’. Next up: the Leo Full Moon!

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 February 2020

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The Île de la Cité as seen from the Pont des Arts shortly before sunrise, Paris, France. By Daniel Vorndran / DXR, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31704254

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . embrace your responsibilities. I know! So unglamorous. But in some way we need to think of our current real-world position as a privilege–that not only gives us perspective on the past, it offers healing to some old, painful rifts. Take the concentration off goals, ambitions, and personal empowerment, just for today. Right now progress comes by putting the ego aside and doing what needs to be done without fanfare and without worrying whether this advances your wants or not. Surprisingly, this will put you in exactly the right spot to serve goals and aims tomorrow.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 February 2020

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‘Shakyamuni Conquering the Demons (Shaka Gōma-zu)’ By Kawanabe Kyōsai 1887 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . get over ourselves! That opens the way to a convergence of wisdom and experience that can’t be beat, and even offers a dollop of healing. The Full Moon is building; today’s effort will help set the stage for a successful FM conclusion, realization, or reward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 February 2020

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‘Japanese Garden’ By Emil Orlík 1904 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . do two things: attend to health issues, and communicate your original or revolutionary ideas for change. The group, in particular, will be receptive, and with a little effort both the health picture and the current power scenario will incline in the direction of the ideal. We may be tempted to abandon guidelines, values, and even to transgress close bonds in an attempt to get things moving, but that would be a foolish choice, wouldn’t it?

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 February 2020

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‘A Spiritual Landscape’ By Lucian Popov c1900 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . listen to instincts and believe those inner prompts where we ‘know but don’t know’; that’s where we find Love, reward, inspiration, acceptance that the Cosmos is, indeed, balanced, and a sense that all is exactly as it should be.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 February 2020

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‘Old Cedar Tree in Botanic Garden, Chelsea’ By Samuel Palmer 1854 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . act not with an eye on the future, but with concern only for the current wants, needs, and empowerment picture. Choose and move in a way that recognizes limits and yet maximizes impact and options, and you’re certain to gain. Don’t be overly concerned with sticking to your stricter guidelines–for once these won’t be helpful–or with worrying about tomorrow–it will take care of itself; instead, draw on real-world circumstances as they exist right now, and on past experience, and refuse to succumb to knee-jerk reactions and spontaneity, which immediately would translate as recklessness. Think before you leap.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 February 2020

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Woodcut By Bertha Züricher 1920 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . think critically about the facts, about the potentials for expansion, about your own beliefs and philosophies, and about feedback received from the social sphere. Everything you explore and much of what you conclude will be of benefit, most of it sooner rather than later.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 February 2020

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‘Landscape with a Rainbow’ By Joseph Wright of Derby {{PD}}

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . face issues, and take command of them. Just as it did yesterday, spontaneity and originality pay off, but you may first have to battle thinking (your own or that of others) that rejects instincts and a balanced approach. It may be a matter of seeing and accepting the full extent of your power, while proceeding with the conscious intent of causing absolutely no harm.

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 January 2020

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‘Created in New Zealand to celebrate and honor the global LGBTQ community’ Photo By Kategracemcalpine – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76055901

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want, because with a little flexibility and adjustment, you’re going to get it. Spontaneity and Higher Mind-inspired ideas carry a special, beneficial charge, as they’re in step with values and so aligned in the best way with the Soul’s intents. As Robert Browning wrote, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp”; today’s the day to put that into practice.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 January 2020

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The 30th is a Good Day To . . . share our beliefs, philosophies, and to be generous in thinking about others, but with one BIG warning, specific to when we’re dealing with those we love: any buried resentments, anger, or neglected matters will seep into interaction, so take care. Commune with others, but know that if we’re seeking to establish dominance or make a point or if there are resentments roiling beneath consciousness, we’ll taint the interaction and miss our chance to really, truly relate.

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 January 2020

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‘Sunshine in the Drawing Room III’ By Vilhelm Hammershøi 1903 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . stay in our lane. Steady as she goes is the way to go; sudden moves make for unwise or impractical choices, confusion, and maybe a little chaos. We feel our empowered best in asset management (including talent expression), relationships, and in living our values, and it pays off, as long as we are intent on taking a healed approach both in our own minds and in our actions. Cause no harm, focus on Love, and the day can hold unexpected benefits, and a certain amount of vivid, replenishing, probably figurative sunshine.

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

A Good Day To . . . 28 January 2020

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The Dream Garden by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maxfield Parrish, Photo By Bruce Andersen – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1554134

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . fight for that dream you pursued yesterday! The funny thing is, as soon as you step up to defend it, you’ll suddenly see that there are any number of elements within the social sphere, or opportunities to go forward, that mean you don’t have to fight with anyone, you simply have to proceed. A few will insist on a skirmish, not being flexible enough to change direction on a dime, but everyone else will find, to their relief and delight, that it’s a great time to pursue ambitions and desires, and that their unique and original contributions can find an outlet, and even better, an appreciative audience.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 January 2020

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By Agabaranska – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24783153

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . invest in the dream. We are tip-top at bringing our knowledge and experience acquired in the past into the present and giving it useful forms, and we are especially adept today at seeing how to infuse the real with the ideal. Creativity pays off, and relationships that are genuinely loving can take on ideal proportions. Go for it!

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 January 2020

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After making our case, what we might really need is a quiet place to retreat. ‘The Inglenook in My Studio’ By Mary Hiester Reid c1910

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . be prepared for conflict with your complementary number. That could be anyone, relative to who you are; we see it most clearly in anima/ animus, female/ male contrasts, but really, it can take the shape of any yin to our yang, or vice versa. This could also be seen in the ideal vs. the practical, the factual vs. potentials, or the receptive vs. the assertive–but in any case, be ready to defend your stance, not angrily, but robustly, armed with good reasons why your viewpoint should prevail. And then, let the most worthy position win.

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

New Moon in Aquarius 24 January 2020 Birth of Unanticipated Beauty

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‘The Birth of Aphrodite’ By Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky 1887 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Aquarius (also known as the Chinese New Year) occurs at 1:41 PM PST of the 24th at 4 Aquarius 21, sextile Chiron and square Uranus, but both of those on the wide and separating side, and we can also include a loose novile to Venus in Pisces. That suggests in a psychic sense the New Moon is dangling out there, a loner, an individualist, on its own, birthing something unanticipated, something startling and beautiful–and in Aquarius, that can be something new, modern, advanced, academic, unpredictable, or chaotic.

We may take an intellectual approach to the new feelings sparked at this time, or may discover a new understanding of an already extent situation, and these viewpoints arise from both a shock and a healing moment; those may be the same thing, or two different things, but together end up opening the door brilliantly to a reward, relationship, or ‘treasure’ of great spiritual depth, one that connects us in a unique way to the Collective.

However, there’s nothing brash about what happens here. The shocks are mild, traceable to a recent conflict or difficulty, and perceived in such a way that with a bit of effort, all can be healed, smoothed over, or put right, with the upset likely showing us exactly what we need to see. Conflict with the group is possible, or we may be guilty of erratic behavior, unreliability, or generating chaos ourselves, but it’s within the tumult that we find the seeds of understanding, revelation, and ultimately, acceptance.

The novile to Venus in Pisces holds our ideal of Love, relationship, asset acquisition or talent expression before us, and shows us a clever and inspired way to achieve it; we still have to reach for it, putting in some energy to make it a reality–nothing is guaranteed, and the unpredictable element, if left unaddressed, can take it all sideways in a heartbeat.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Council Of Ancestors Is Seen Implementing The Efforts Of A Young Leader’. Here the emphasis is on the experienced group recognizing the innovative leader, with the mention of youth a clue to that figure’s link to Higher Mind–for where else does wisdom come from, if one is short on experience? This implies that the revelations or reveals that accompany the New Moon are informed by a higher intelligence, and that it will take a cooperative effort, or an acceptance by the majority, to implement them.

No matter what form taken by the unanticipated beauty of the New Moon, and no matter how disorganized or shocking it is initially, it promises positives, information that makes our lives better, an understanding that unites rather than divides. It takes our breath away, and shifts our world-view toward the modern, the fresh, the future.

A Good Day To . . . 23 January 2020

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‘Street in Oban, Night’ By James Guthrie c1893 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . take a pause, and believe concrete circumstances as they exist, rather than allowing our fears to embroider reality. The danger is we misread fears as instinct and feel compelled to respond to them. The good news is we have a deft touch in the material world, optimism and knowledge that attract reward, wise and clever ways of processing info, and a relationship with Nature that enhances our own authority, autonomy, and power position. Don’t push too hard; it’s the darkest portion of the Dark of the Moon, and so more conducive to introspection and contemplation than to big, showy moves or declarations, as they just won’t ‘stick’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 January 2020

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From the Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons Art of the In-Between show at the Met. Photo By Rhododendrites CC BY-SA 4.0

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . remember all those ‘I want’ impulses that nearly ran us off the rails yesterday? Well now that same energy has morphed into smart, perceptive, and almost magically transformative urges, making us ‘lucky’ in bringing about change, re-shaping weighty matters, or in eliminating the unwanted. It takes a splash of imagination (which we may resist employing–funny that) and faith in ourselves and our own unique tastes and judgments–but these are warranted, and when put into action clarity of thought/ messaging and the potential for healing are both present.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 January 2020

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‘Dance. An Objectless Composition’ By Alexander Rodchenko 1915 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . keep our tempers and our egos in check, and our fingers off the launch button. At the same time, we can very successfully create effective, permanent, even transformative change–so, no need to be a wallflower, just keep in mind that we forget there’s a tomorrow at our own peril.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 January 2020

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By Korall – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4835780

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . think creatively, and consider the ways you can gain in the future. Today we have a special knack for being clever, imaginative, and for inspired thinking, especially when we focus on taking positive steps that have a cumulative effect on the path forward. The only issues occur if we ignore reality or real-world situations as they are, and if we think something good can come out of being destructive or engaging in power plays–it won’t.

The Sun enters Aquarius today, turning our attention to the modern, the innovative, the group, or toward manifesting our own originality. This transit really can make it all feel like a ‘new day’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 January 2020

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‘To Pastures New’ By James Guthrie 1883 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . .ask yourself: why is it that your attention is repeatedly drawn to any number of matters you’d rather ignore, pretend don’t exist, or that make you want to throw a fit? Even the most pleasant of topics somehow gets under our skin, and the whole thing has the unfortunate side effect of bringing things to a halt–or at least, engendering starts-and-stops that are disorienting and irritating in themselves.

There’s really only one answer to why this is happening: because you either need to pay attention to this, unfun as that may be, or there’s something to be drawn from it, a thing or state or conclusion you need to be conscious of. Stop resisting taking the time to consider what needs to be understood or attended to; the sooner you address it, the sooner you’re free of it, and even, may benefit from it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 January 2020

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By Farahanghis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76482235

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . figure out why the urge to be erratic or to surprise others with the unexpected is warring so directly with the desire for stability, regularity, and a measured response. We’re looking for a reaction, or to prove our uniqueness or individuality, and it’s not pretty. Things are flying out of our mouths, and our message is meant to rock others, to cause chaos! And others are shocking us with their message, or openly rebelling, or pulling a disappearing act, too; it’s like a competition to see who can be most outré–but kind of a sad one, as we’re all looking intently at those around us, since our goal isn’t expression, but to elicit a response.

Freeing ourselves from the compulsion to stir it up may be as simple as grounding ourselves. Look to the element of your natal Moon for guidance on what can make you feel secure–which in turn allows you to relax and opt out of the potential rumble. Water signs may need a bath, a swim, a good cry, a spa treatment, or merely to stay hydrated, in order to avoid manufacturing mayhem, while Earth signs benefit from sharing a nourishing meal, doing something highly tactile like sewing, sculpting, getting a massage, or actually getting down and dirty in the garden. Fire signs need activity–the more demands made on the muscles, and/ or the more excitement courted, the better, while Air signs–oh Air signs, always living in your head! Try intense intellectual engagement, whatever allows mental escapism for you, or the opposite, whatever allows you to blank out, a meditative state that goes beyond the usual, giving the feeling of either blending with the Universe or of not existing at all!

Current Moon in Scorpio just means you need to be passionate about your grounding choice, while being sure to soothe yourself even as you don’t ignore reality, or endanger your health or your career.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 January 2020

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‘Priestess of Delphi’ By John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . be careful with our words, careful with our power. We’re stronger than we know, and also, quite unintentionally, more aggressive than we realize, so that we think we’re just saying . . . but we’re really conjuring the spirits, longing to discharge energy through rebellion, by shocking others, through challenging the status quo, through out-reasoning or spiritual one-upsmanship (an ugly practice where we say, ‘Look at me! I’m more in harmony with the Universe than you are!’) Our connection to Nature is strong, especially as it informs our relationships, but we’re too easily convinced that our aggressive impulses are instinctive, and therefore necessary, ones. It’s a misdirection of creativity or a refusal to heal, an insistence instead on clinging to, or even causing, hurt. Appreciate what you’ve got, count your blessings–banal advice, I know, but effective, as the energy will be re-channeled, without us having to think too strenuously about how to pull back and make right.

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