A Good Day To . . . 6, 7, and 8 June 2020 Difficult Terrain

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‘The Gauja Valley’ By Jūlijs Feders 1891 {{PD}}

Each day the difficult terrain shifts, making it hard to pinpoint and thoroughly deal with what we uncover. On the 6th we hit the trifecta, with the reality picture and its hard-and-fast rules (including the physical laws of the world, and the planted-in-place status quo), the egos and assertive energies of ourselves and others, and the sturdiness and actual applicability of our faith, all tested by current events. Remember, we’ve just come out of a Lunar eclipse, and we’ve entered that energy valley between eclipse events that can put both real-world events and consciousness into a holding pattern. In an odd way it blurs our ‘vision’ and makes us unsure of what we have before us. Keeping that in mind, along with the fact that we don’t have to respond to what we perceive around us, will make the going a lot smoother. You should also be aware that much of what seems a disaster, a roadblock, or an emergency will not stay that way–meaning you can let most of it go, and in a short while it won’t be an issue.

The 7th sees our relationships, as well as our relationship to and within the social order, grab our focus and present us with what seems unsolvable. Too, rewards are what we expected them to be, or we find it tough going wringing the positive out of circumstances. Hints for handling: look for the wisdom within relationships–that is, look for what’s healthy, positive, and eternal in any interaction–that can guide responses; think in terms of ‘rightful territory’ and apply both mind power and efforts to being as effective as possible; and keep highest values in mind, eschewing the expedient or convenient, for best results.

By the 8th the issue may center in the conflict between Love and Power, especially as it manifests in our closer relationships. Here the trick is to find a balance that allows equal measures of Love and Power for each participant. It’ll be helpful to keep in mind that, 1) we aren’t the sole arbiters of what this particular balance should be–there’s at least one other party, who must be allowed an equal voice, and 2) that matters of health may be exerting a larger impact on interactions than we may realize, so cut others, and yourself, some slack, especially honoring feelings and the need for ‘space’.

Lunar Eclipse 5 June 2020 A Crucible Moment

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By Jeff Keyzer from San Francisco, CA, USA – Open House at the CrucibleUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7065256

I heard someone the other day refer to current times as a “crucible moment”, and immediately thought of all the big gun combinations we’ve been subjected to, the dance of Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter, Uranus in Taurus bringing sudden shifts in the material realm and in personal assets and personal responsibilities, Neptune in his own sign manufacturing a fog so thick it’s making it hard to navigate, hard to trust others and, it’s so hard to see, we don’t really trust ourselves, either. Now add an eclipse in Sagittarius that threatens the very facts that underpin our reality, threatens to wipe out accumulated knowledge or our faith, and even threatens to make us dismiss our shared humanity by making us think 1) people are animals (Sagittarius, where the Lunar eclipse will land, happens to be the sign of large animals), 2) animals are part of Nature, and 3) Nature is against us (Covid-19, an assault by a natural invisible, Mars–assault–at the midpoint of Ceres–Nature–and Neptune–toxins, poisons, infectious diseases), and so 4) others must be against us, too (the death of George Floyd, among many others, is entirely too real an example of the extension of this fear to the point others are seen as not human; think also of the gassing of peaceful protesters so that the President could have a photo op, treating them as less than). The thing is, bad as the disparate parts are, they don’t lead, one to the other; that’s a fallacy. Our minds want to connect the dots, but the dots don’t exist in relation to each other, in spite of the way a susceptible consciousness might see them as related.

A crucible is a vessel that allows something to be subjected to high temperatures. Let something burn in a crucible too long, it becomes ash or evaporates; you lose or render useless the contents if you subject it to high temps with no end point. And we as human Souls may feel as if we’ve been in a crucible for much much too long, a heated environment of fear and legitimate threat from many sources that makes it difficult to grasp the facts, and to think of others as truly human. This eclipse may help.

Saturn is the container, analogous to our bodies and our realities, in both instances, something that surrounds the spirit, that contains us. Pluto is the process, in this case a transformation through a journey to hell and back, one that long-term breaks down all that has made us feel secure (Capricorn). Jupiter is both the indisputable facts, and the social element. These sit within a 7 degree span in Capricorn, with Saturn in Aquarius but retrograde and slated to re-enter the sign of the Sea Goat. Add to this Pallas, symbol of wisdom, practicality, useful skills, at 29 tense degrees of Capricorn, and we see the stress that our intelligence is under (and this is magnified by Saturn suppressing the intellect in Cappy). The proximity of these bodies to one another may give us the impression that they’re working in concert, but they aren’t; we may even be prone to characterize them as having a kind of consciousness, as if they’re deliberately getting together and making chaos, aided by the Neptunian fog and Uranian erraticism. The reality is each body does its own thing, while we look for the connections and the reasons why, and come up empty (if we’re relatively rational) or clutching a handful of conspiracy theories (if we’re too Neptune susceptible). These energies collide but have no intent, make for some synergies that we may interpret as purposeful, and so are the background against which this Lunar eclipse forms.

The eclipse occurs at 12:12 PM PDT at 15 Sagittarius 34 of the 5th. It makes a close square to Mars, a trine to the Black Moon Lilith point, and opposes Venus which is still retro and moving away from her recent rendezvous with the Sun. Here’s our connection to those bigger, broader social energies: the eclipse is semi-square both Saturn and Pallas, and novile Jupiter. A Lunar eclipse is a Full Moon, with all the promise of conclusions, endings, and peaks that a FM carries, with the added eclipse propensity to sweep away, to cause a re-set, to re-align, to disturb, to upset the status quo.

The eclipse may trigger anger and aggression, and a big need to make ‘I Am’ statements (Mars square), but why? Because we easily funnel what we have been agreeing to ignore or deny into consciousness–it pesters us, won’t let us rest–along with all the rage over injustices we’ve tamped down (trine Black Moon Lilith). We’re feeling removed from caring about what we usually value, distant from a prevailing sense of Love and relationship (Venus opp and retro), and this sets the stage for personal anger looking for an outlet–and it finds it in the irritating and threatening circumstances surrounding the reality picture (Saturn) and a sense of outrage that what’s wise isn’t being done, and is now at a breaking point (29 degree Pallas). And who receives our anger? The larger social order (Jupiter)–but wait, it might not be all bad (the novile), because what we may see is expansion of the energy of the eclipse ruler, the facts and faith finally bringing some sense of justice, of right.

The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food’. The eclipse may spark anticipatory energy, the expectation of a better social order within a better world, shaped from all this pain and suffering and from the Love and wisdom we normally feel much more pure a connection to, that we naturally carry inside.

It’s our crucible moment only in the sense that we are at a point when we can take things from the heat, when we can use the contents of our experience to make something new, to forge something better, and offer this to the world. So, what have the months and years forged in you?

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 4 June 2020 Herky-Jerky

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By Pierre Poschadel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82805545

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . remember how I’ve been telling you to look into those dark corners, to willingly take up what we’ve previously pushed aside or ignored–because doing those things today brings us reward in myriad ways. If we’re looking solely to do what’s smart or practical, we may find we’re all too aware of every problem springing from our concepts around what’s wise, featuring in glaring detail all the problems we might encounter–but that should tell us that perhaps our definition of wisdom might need a re-think–and also that pursuing the positives we’ve earned by facing the darkness doesn’t need to also carry a banner of wisdom or practicality–do it for the pure joy, the pay off of Love or Money, and don’t fret about looking/ feeling sage. Too, the mind and the instincts are in sync and can conceptualize what to do–the problem comes when we try to translate that impulse into action, which is likely to deliver something herky-jerky rather than the grace we anticipate with muscle memory, so planning and laying groundwork may be much more rewarding than actually trying to put ideas into motion.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 June 2020

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More thinking is in order, like it or not. ‘Thinking’ By Jules Pascin {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . think about and review relationships, financial matters, and/ or aesthetic choices, as the Sun and Venus meet in Gemini in their Inferior Conjunction (Inferior referring to Venus in retrograde status). Venus retro is a time when our usual tastes desert us, when we find ourselves attracted to what we might normally judge as ‘not for us’, when we want to experiment in Venusian life areas (such as relationships, finances, values, artistic expression, matters of taste), with the danger being that we alter our lives in some way that, if it doesn’t please us once Venus is direct, is very hard to un-do. So, my usual cautions about temporary or easily altered vs. permanent or difficult to undo changes still stand (date someone ‘different’ or just met, yes, marry someone just met, hold your horses; rearrange your furniture or room use, paint a room an experimental color, yes, put your house up for sale and move to wherever your finger lands on a map, not so much, and of course there’s always the tried-and-true henna decoration or temp tattoo vs. actual tattoos). Experimentation is good right now, but only if it’s easily reversed once Venus is direct, should you not find the change something you want to live with daily. Quite naturally, retrograde times are the perfect window through which to review matters of the retro entity, so examining and assessing relationships, finances, and aesthetic expressions are all good uses of the energy.

On top of that, it’s a good day to really claim your territory and ‘be in charge’. You won’t be able to expand your territory, so overreach might win you a figurative slap on the hand, but for everything that really is your business, taking things by the reins will be marvelously effective. There’s also a bit of weighing to be done, a minor reconciliation among wisdom, practicality, and to what you dedicate your energy, but this only enhances your ability to both express your Will and to get things done your way.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 June 2020

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‘Amuada’ By Rodolfo Amoedo 1882 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . see the value in what’s been hidden, discarded, or that we or others are in denial about. It pays to look in dark corners, to question conventional wisdom or the practicality of what’s proposed, but it’s not the time to act; pushing forward right now, especially in expressions of power, will only disempower us–so keep that in mind, but don’t overthink it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 June 2020

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Monju Bosatsu with Eight Sacred Sanskrit Syllables By anonymous – https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/45596, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85072362

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . honor what you find sacred, if you want to have no regrets in life. Sure, that’s a sound, overall strategy, but today is one of those days where, if you fail to do this, you could miss out, and forever after think, ‘if only’. Honoring what has meaning to you pays off in a number of ways, not least of which is a clear future path and improvements in health (this latter not to be sneezed at, since Jupiter quincunxes Hygeia, asking us to listen to the facts and adjust our health practices accordingly–and another reading of this aspect might suggest that interaction with the public requires adjustment, in order to safeguard health–so wear your mask). Do what’s important to you–you may get some guff from the social sphere along the way, but the reality is, they don’t get a say in what you should be devoted to, do they?

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 May 2020

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Don’t let someone else prompt a bad decision. ‘The Flirtation’ By Leo Gestel c1910 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . realize that while relationships or issues around finances claim our conscious attention, what’s really going on is that everyone, especially those who hold at least some power over others, are ‘feeling’ around to see how much more power they can finagle, or they’re trying to figure out how to wiggle out from under someone else’s thumb, or relationships or money-needs are somehow pushing or prompting us to do what’s not very smart! Our folly may come in the form of peer pressure, but it’s rooted in not liking something about ourselves–otherwise we’d never go along with it. Here’s a virtual hug, now don’t let them get to you.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 May 2020 Tread Carefully

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‘The Tow Path’ By William L. Lathrop {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . be very clear on what you care about, value, treasure, before you make changes, because alterations made now will most likely stick, and be difficult if not impossible to undo. We may exaggerate the importance of our own beliefs or duties, when seeing ourselves as part of the whole is much more beneficial (as well as more accurate). Action, though, comes naturally, in spite of the way what we choose to do may challenge our beliefs or our standing within the social order, so be extra-vigilant as to what you’re building for yourself and others within the Collective. Health improves or attending to it is done and so benefits the individual, OR we indulge, especially in those things we see as ‘treats’ (I’m talking dietary and behavioral indulgences), and suffer the consequences.

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 May 2020

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Be kind to your inner child, as you help her heal. ‘(Detail of) The Doctor’ By Luke Fildes 1891 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . ask yourself, ‘Why do love, money, clear communication, and personal power all seem so hard to come by today?’ The answers are found in a careful examination of the accounts (who do you feel owes you? whom do you owe?) made under this Virgo Moon, and in the myriad details that may chafe even though the larger agreement or interaction is just fine. We’re sensitive now in ways and areas that are quite typical for us–and so those wounded parts are too likely to be accepted as just what is, rather than as a spot that needs tending and that is perfectly capable of being healed, with in most instances minimal effort. Make life easier by using the Lunar energy to gain at least a somewhat objective view on your hurt, and then, do as you would counsel a friend to do, if she came to you with the same wound.

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

A Good Day To . . . 28 May 2020

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‘Time the Physician’ By Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale 1900 {{PD}} (c) Rachel Rolt; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . act on what you know to be wise, smart, and/ or practical. Putting skills into action is required, with their application adjusted according to what you care about, a ‘first do no harm’ position. Thoughts may literally manifest as things, today, quite directly, so be aware of intentions, as those are our building blocks of reality.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 May 2020

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The 27th is a Good Day To . . . reconcile what we believe and are dedicated to with the facts and the actual (rather than the imagined) reality picture. It’s time to face what is, but only so that we know why we’re doing what we’re doing, and know where we stand. This is a vital, periodic re-assessment that should (but often doesn’t) exist as an ongoing process. We only benefit by knowing what’s going on, and we benefit the most when our beliefs and what we’re committed to apply realistically to the current scene and the current zeitgeist. Look to the future you want to create, as well as to the one that’s presented in the messages and information you receive, and adjust accordingly.

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 May 2020

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The 26th is a Good Day To . . . question the way we’re being questioned! It seems both circumstances and others are quizzing us (and this may be verbal or non-verbal, delivered in looks, actions, circumstances, conditions, or gestures, as well as words) about our health practices, our rights, our most original or unique expressions, our choices and what we do based on our highest values, our autonomy, and what we are and are not willing to communicate–so, essentially, giving us the once-over as if Self-determination and a modicum of privacy aren’t something each individual automatically deserves in this life. How to tell if someone else is overstepping? If our choice genuinely impacts them, then we need to consider what they’re telling us; if there’s no impact other than a perceptual one, then their criticisms become their problem, not yours. Take care today–there are little things like Mars semi-sextile Chiron, Mercury quincunx Zeus, and the Nodes just entered the Sagittarius-Gemini axis at 29 tense degrees that are making everyone unnecessarily prickly, giving a sort of sense that ‘assault is in the air’–and with the Moon in Cancer we could at times feel like unprotected amoebas, with thin cell walls that are ultra-permeable and through which we feel everything! Do your best not to overreact–for at least a few of us, this could even be life-or-death important, so mingle, commune, and communicate with care, my friends.

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

A Good Day To . . . 25 May 2020 Attuned

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By Sandro Botticelli 1481 {{PD}}

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . make commitments, vows, agreements, pacts, but only if your mind isn’t clouded by ambition or desire. Too, we are naturally attuned to our highest values and ideals, at this point, and so may assume the other party is interpreting things in a similar light–but it’s possible they’re not, and we’re reading too much that promises integrity into the situation. Avoiding missteps requires sticking to our standards while remaining clear-eyed about the motives and wants of others. Knowing we could succumb to sleight-of-hand may be enough to keep us awake and aware.

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

A Good Day To . . . 24 May 2020 Sudden Power Moves

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‘Fighting Forms’ By Franz Marc 1914 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . remain aware of the dazzling and very sudden power moves we may both observe and actually encounter and so have to deal with directly. We’re primed to flex our own muscles, to make our own choices, to name our own fate, but there are a few things we’ll need to take into account in an atmosphere where everyone feels that way: 1) we’ll just naturally put all our personal authority behind having our way and expressing our Will, but we shouldn’t underestimate the potential impact of the accident, the unusual, or the serendipitous. 2) thinking itself runs along healthy lines, and that predisposes us to use good judgement. 3) we can gain if we can go with the flow, rather than being distracted by some very prominent attempts to convince us ‘it’ can’t be done, or that there aren’t any opportunities for us there. 4) flexibility in thought is a good thing, while pessimism, gullibility, and anger-as-fuel are not.

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 May 2020 Act Big

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‘Twittering Birds’ By Paul Klee 1922 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . act with big gestures, with enormous confidence, making sweeping statements about who you are, but all aligned with the facts of the matter, and done with an eye to anticipating what you have that’s new to offer, and what might sneak up on you and throw a monkey wrench into the works. Co-ordination, especially among your thoughts, the philosophies and beliefs that are the underpinnings of your choices, and the actions you take, is what makes for success today. Don’t exaggerate your actual ‘muscle power’, what you can and can’t handle–overdoing will only undermine what you hope to achieve–and examine the sudden idea or spontaneous thought against what you know to be true–that’s the only way to know if it’s worth pursuing.

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

New Moon in Gemini 22 May 2020 Thoughts Take Shape

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‘Le jardin des Tuileries en automne (The Tuileries in Autumn)’ By Paul de Castro 1921 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 2 Gemini 04 at 10:37 AM PDT on the 22nd and makes just a few close aspects; if we stretch a little, what we get is an Air Grand Trine with arms of Juno in Libra and Saturn-Pallas Aquarius with the conjunction of Sun and Moon making this GT temporary but potent. What’s clear is that we have an opportunity to achieve mental balance, to find a harmonious relationship between how we intellectualize the real world, how we see our own power or lack within it, and the role our relationships play in the actual empowerment equation. What forms here tests our capacity for practicality and calls forth our skills, specifically requiring us to collaborate or otherwise draw on our network of contacts in order to achieve effective mental balance–that is, an effective way of processing and expressing ourselves in the world.

If this New Moon could talk, it might make these statements: cooperation facilitates getting what you want and opens avenues to Self-expression; what we think of the physical and material is as important as what those material circumstances actually are; what’s solid, real, and possibly seen as a barrier is in actuality offering you a receptacle that will give shape to your mental energy as it takes physical form. The sooner you see that Saturnian walls, restrictions, and rules don’t deny nearly as much as they show you practical parameters to enhance and define creative energy expressed through skills, the more quickly you’ll be able to make a reality of the new ways of thinking and networking the New Moon brings.

‘Music in the Tuileries’ By Édouard Manet 1862 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘The Garden Of The Tuileries In Paris’. The Tuileries are an expression of the human Saturnian urge to order, contain, and capture as it applies to Nature herself. This image tells us that if we cooperate and collaborate, by recognizing the true inclinations of the energies we seek to mold, we can create something that has the best elements of humanity’s interventions and Nature’s spontaneous (but in its own way planned) growth, outreach, and expression. And how is this achieved? By finding the balance between control and growth. The Tuileries are an example of the longevity creations with this kind of balance can attain, and encourages the idea of peaceful co-habitation in any number of ways.

Combine this New Moon energy with the other energies of the 22nd to successfully shape and guide yourself over the coming two weeks.

 

A Good Day To . . . 22 May 2020 Reality Wins

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‘Promise of Spring’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1890 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . vow to change ourselves, rather than demanding (or hoping for, or wishing for, or praying for) the world to change. Some of us may stick with the delusion that we definitely know how things should be, and we will indignantly wait for everyone and everything else to see our disapproval and snap into line, while the rest of us will see the benefit in recognizing reality as it is, and adjusting our expectations accordingly. It’s not a time for head-in-the-sand, magical thinking, and yet you and I both have seen that embraced as a lifestyle by plenty of people lately; that stance guarantees dreams denied, while to see what is and work from there is to make significant headway toward ambition and desire fulfillment, and will spark that most illusive of feelings, genuine happiness.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 May 2020

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‘The Fitting’ By Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . make it all about tailoring actions, choices, skill expression, and ‘I Am’ statements in ways that will add to empowerment. That probably means asserting yourself but not in a way that alienates others. Not glamorous, but can be super-productive if you can get the hang of it, and one thing’s certain: if you don’t act or choose, you’ll be left in limbo.

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

Sorry this is a wee bit late getting posted. It was actually done two days ago, but for the past 48 hours+ I’d been unable to upload a picture through WordPress. It finally worked, though in future I might just schedule them to post on time, with or without an illustration. Have a lovely Wednesday!

A Good Day To . . . 20 May 2020

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The 20th is a Good Day To . . . make changes along very specific lines. Taking action to eliminate what needs eliminating, to make sweeping and permanent changes within yourself (not aesthetically/ physically, though), and to innovate, invent, or otherwise break away from norms, are all favored. It’s tricky, however: be open to the spontaneous and the brainstorm, but don’t count on your usual taste level (Venus is retro, after all) or creative channels to bear fruit–they’re more likely to lead you down a rabbit hole–and anything to do with ambition fulfillment or responding to messages from others (or getting your own message across) will likely be akin to hitting your head against a brick wall–it hurts you and the wall goes nowhere! Something to keep in mind: the full, unvarnished facts will make you powerful–now have the courage to see the reality picture as it really is, and go from there.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 May 2020 Take A Trip

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‘Dame in Roth (Woman in Red)’ By Otto Friedrich 1904 {{PD}}

That trip should be down memory lane, experienced from your armchair, bed-nest, or other comfortable perch, and should involve two things: a calm and fearless review of (and appreciation of) ‘mistakes’ for what they taught us, and a re-visit to the happy and nostalgia-inducing past. Good memories and bad, with emphasis on the way the past has made us who we are today, but all of it done with gratitude for the path we’ve been on. Nothing else is required of you today.

Your Weekend 15-18 May 2020 Thoughts Matter

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Silver Lake during dusk, Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States. By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69595394

On the 15th ‘right’ thinking can lead to healing and can set you on a very positive course forward; the question is, what constitutes ‘right thinking’? Imaginative ways of sharing information, a willingness to connect with others over a common idea or goal, and becoming more informed yourself all qualify. And the result is that by the 16th we’ve come up with some clear choices and really effective ways to take action, inspired by a burgeoning awareness of precisely what power we hold, and what we can do to enhance our own agency. One mistake we might make is to believe we can ‘buy’ health or affection–or that only those who are flawless can attract love or money, or deserve healing. I’m here to tell you those ideas are both needlessly depressing and wrong-headed. Do take care with expressing yourself, though, as words are much more powerful at this point than we might anticipate–and so may become weapons, or at least highly destructive, even (and maybe especially) if we don’t mean them to–and then there’s the possibility we ‘hypnotize’ ourselves into believing something with no basis in reality

The indicators on the 17th suggest that we may see opportunity and think optimistically–and yet find ourselves at odds with the social order overall or with the facts as we know them at present. We need to know that though the mental faculties are ‘healthy’, thinking may be too easily influenced by things we’ve actively chosen to ignore–thus setting up negative outcomes, should we be unwilling to consider the way the unexpected has intruded into our plans, should we be unwilling to acknowledge we don’t know everything, and should we be unwilling to trust our instincts. Be willing, tick all those boxes, and you’ll likely see today and its events as highly fortuitous, whether that brings rewards from your own efforts or ‘luck’ in one of her many guises.

The 18th we may refuse to recognize boundaries, rules, and restrictions, may reject reality or the need to make real, concerted effort, and thereby crash and burn. The key to success today is an unflinching acceptance of things as they actually are, and an open-eyed willingness to do something about current circumstances.

Have a lovely weekend, all!

A Good Day To . . . 14 May 2020 Jupiter Retrogrades

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Horses, and the riding lifestyle, are quintessentially Jupiterian. ‘Visiting the Horses’ By Adolf Heinrich-Hansen, created by 1925 {{PD}}

What happens when Jupiter retrogrades? Usually, we feel it, as something we saw with hope, optimism, and faith is turned on its head, revealed to conflict with the facts, or withdrawn and offered to someone else! De-flation is the typical reaction to the turnaround point, and even if there’s no specific loss, we are likely to feel a little less buoyant; we may have the sense that something that was a resource no longer is, although we may not be able to put our finger on just what is missing right away.

That’s no fun, right? What we need to remember is that later in Jupiter’s retro cycle we’ll find out why what has disappeared went away, and nine times out of ten, part of our discovery is that we never really had a chance at it in the first place. Jupiter direct had pumped up our expectations, all out of proportion to our actual odds of ‘winning’. Don’t be disgruntled–it’s part of the happy behemoth’s job to endow us with optimism and a willingness to reach out for more; it’s not Jupiter’s fault if we find our return to reality a little rough.

This time the retreat comes as Jupiter is late in Capricorn, post his renowned meeting with Pluto, and so setting up a second pass during the retro period at the planet of change, this one scheduled for late June-early July. What’s withdrawn may have seemed solid, something we could rely on, or something we thought would be ours because we’d worked hard or followed the rules–so doubly depressing, when something that seemed like such a sure thing just isn’t.

Jupiter turns around just before completing a trine to Sedna. That suggests at least some of what we’ll experience during the retro period will involve questioning or not feeling we can rely on our own instincts and the still, small voice within–and also that we come close to seeing what’s in our blind spot, but aren’t quite able to accurately identify it. That comes at another point, so that what comes forward in this portion of the Jupiter cycle likely doesn’t tell us much about what everyone else can see but that we’re missing.

It’s also likely that, with time, we’ll see that what Jupiter has handed us was, certainly, denial of something, and yet, it also brings an opportunity to go in another direction. With hindsight and the passage of time we usually see that life would’ve been quite different if we’d gotten what we were expecting–and yet, we have to see that we wouldn’t have learned what we’ve learned, discovered what we’ve discovered, or gained the faith and confidence that we have if we’d not been turned in a new direction upon the disappointment Jupiter delivered. The benefits are always there–we just need practice seeing them.

The atmosphere overall for today, aside from Jupiter’s shift, involves feeling smart, empowered, and powerful–so may make what Jupiter hands us even harder to take–but denial of what we want has the benefit of helping us avoid some power struggle we almost certainly would’ve lost. So, apply efforts to what’s under our control (and for which we need no assistance or permission), and know that we could’ve wasted our energy in a tussle, if not for awareness of where our attention is best expended today.

11-13 May 2020 Hazardous to Your Health

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‘Rokeby Venus’ By Diego Velázquez 1644 {{PD}}

Now we stand in the shadow cast over our reality by Saturn’s retrograde on the 10th, and we likely feel the need to reassess our approach and our standing according to the new conditions we see around us. Are you a ‘suddenly halted’ Saturn responder, or an ‘obstacles removed’ kind of Saturn person? The answer to that will tell you whether this period is a ‘go forward with all those stalled projects’ time, or a ‘take a Zen approach and accept stalls as delays meant to turn your attention elsewhere’ time.

The 11th sees some serious questions around power and values answered, specifically as they are addressed through ambitions, desires, and the array of personal responsibilities each of us has. Though we may feel disempowered, may feel that thoughts don’t match actions, we need to know that off-the-cuff choices and efforts will make more issues than they address–so avoid the spontaneous, if possible. Look in the dark corners for the information that is vital to making good choices (and of course, we didn’t know that before–that’s why we put it in a dark corner!)–and then go forward on the 12th, in all areas except purely creative ones. New impulses and ideas need to be noted, but not yet instituted–and it’s clear why when we consider that the 12th also has Venus turnaround in apparent retrograde.

This retro occurs every 18 months and institutes a short (approx. 6 week) period when we may see any or all of these effects: we re-visit an issue or Venusian-themed subject that was active 8 years ago, the last time Venus retrograded at roughly this point in the natal scenario. Things may pick up as if no time has passed, or we may see the same material re-emerge in different form. There’s a potential for quite abruptly seeing relationships, financial, and aesthetic matters in different terms; perceptions in these areas are temporarily distorted, making us more inclined to be adventurous, to stray from our normal preferences–and sometimes to make life changing choices. Our tastes don’t run in their usual channels. With any permanent change in those areas you consider making during the retro, put off the actual step until after Venus goes direct. The difference in choices should look something like this: henna tattoos–Yes! Real ink–No! Dating someone you might’ve typically turned down–Yes! Getting married spontaneously–No!

And this is all shaped by where in the natal chart this Venus retro occurs for you. Re-visited subjects will be found connected to the House where the retro falls (and possibly will involve Venusian matters or matters Venus rules or is otherwise involved with via chart rulerships), and they’ll carry the tone of the sign in which the retro occurs, in this case Gemini. That could mean the mind takes center stage, overruling aesthetic judgments and giving you lots of reasons why what the heart yearns toward isn’t the logical (or tidy, or justifiable) choice. Venus retrograde withdraws our innate taste standards, preferences, and ‘what we love’ and respond to, replacing it in this instance with what our minds, or the arguments of others, tell us we should love.

Interesting to note that on the 12th, unlike through the rest of Venus’ turnaround, the mind will be sharp, reality-oriented, and unusually smart, stable, and reliable. If you’re going to listen to the mind alone during the Venus retro, this is the day to do so–after that, remind yourself that nothing is done by thought alone, and thoughts without heart don’t tell the whole story.

On the 13th we may not understand how truly destructive or deluded our choices are, especially those around matters of health. What feels like deep thinking is really hyper-pessimistic. Let it go, for now, and stay with what you already know and practice.

Have a great week!

 

Your Weekend 8-10 May 2020 Proceed With Caution

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By bryan… from Taipei, Taiwan – Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, 名古屋, なごやし, 愛知縣, 愛知県, あいちけん, 日本, にっぽん, にほん, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66511356

Friday the 8th is quiet, and yet we may hear whispers that are worrying or wounding–but is this really what’s happening? We may be a little hyper-sensitive when it comes to our values, and in particular, right now we may be treating our beliefs about our health and well-being as sacrosanct. Realize that sensitivity is making us reactive. That’s an understandable response when we feel vulnerable; being aware that we’re too touchy (and that others are, too) will keep things from spinning out of control and so causing real injury.

By the 9th, if we’re having a hard time making good decisions, it’s likely because we’re afraid: of being wounded further, of actually having power (and so being completely responsible), or of whatever changes true awareness might bring. We’re rejecting the still, small voice within in favor of the big, blasting air horn of alarm in our heads. Power struggles, or at least negotiations over territory and reach, are inevitable at this point; the more comfortable we are with hard-edged realities, and the more clearly we are able to focus on goals for the future, the better for us overall.

And then it’s the 10th, which features stationary Saturn finally beginning to retrograde. And what’s the atmosphere in which this happens? We are optimistic (maybe overly so), looking for opportunities, and trying to flee our own doubts, which nag at us. We may think that if we can just concentrate on goals, we’ll make progress and beat having to deal with those subjects we’d like to ignore or are in denial about, but that won’t actually work. Some of these issues can be tucked away long-term and dealt with later, thanks to Saturn’s withdrawal (this is the most likely option if these topics are ruled by Saturn natally, or are related to the House Saturn is currently transiting). The rest, though, if we insist on ignoring them, leave us open to deception or delusion. With the ‘right’ mindset (mostly one of trusting the facts as well as ourselves, especially trusting that if we are informed we can make the right choices), and our attention focused on channeling creative or spiritual energy, we’ll redeem the day and, perhaps unexpectedly, deal successfully with at least some of what we tried to ignore.

Saturn’s turnaround typically has one of two effects: it either withdraws support to something we’d hoped to build on, instituting (often unexplainable) delays, or it suddenly and again, inexplicably, removes impediments that seemed, shortly before, to be unbreachable. I find that everyone consistently responds to the Saturn retrograde cycle in one of these ways, and I encourage everyone to determine which is your typical response, as knowing can aid timing and mark where and when you can make progress, and where it might otherwise be prohibited (and that saves a lot of energy!) It was a revelation for me when I discovered that I actually have a positive response to Saturn’s retrograde, with obstacles falling away on its reversal. Learning that showed me that one-size-fits-all definitions of astro events, well, just don’t fit all!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

See my take on the recent Full Moon in Scorpio here–

Full Moon in Scorpio 7 May 2020

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‘The Path in the Wood’ By Hugo Darnaut 1884 {{PD}}

We have a Full Moon on 7 May at 3:45 AM PDT at 17 Scorpio 20. The Full Moon noviles Juno, opposes Mercury, trines Neptune, and quincunxes the combo of Vesta-Hygeia. A Full Moon brings conclusions, endings, big reveals, or makes it apparent that a situation will go no farther. We may see a definitive end or just a stall that makes us think things might go on–but they won’t, and we may not quite believe it at the time. Hope may spring eternal, but the Lunar cycle (usually) tells us what has matured and so we can turn our attention elsewhere; it also informs as to what’s just over, with or without our consent.

The most difficult thing about FM events is that it can be tough to see in the moment what is a true ending and what is merely a plateau, with this latter specifically making us think things will get rolling again, when they instead may refuse to develop any further, leaving us in a state of limbo that we may not immediately recognize as a prompt to turn to something else/ something new. This Moon’s placement in Scorpio points to at least some of the meaning of the event being hidden or obscured, from ourselves by ourselves (for our own safety, or so that we can stand to go forward with something we’d otherwise run away from) or by others, for any of the various reasons others keep things from us. And, there’s the potential for us to fail to recognize that current events may actually be prompting us to start something new, or to look elsewhere for what we have been getting from the present situation. So, we may mistake this for a pause, misreading it as a delay because of something we imagine or that we’re unable to see or understand via the ease with which a Neptune trine obscures, when it’s really time to move on and not look back, in no-nonsense Scorpionic Plutonian style.

Let’s look at each aspect, one at a time. The novile to Juno promises that the Lunar event will reveal clever, unique, and highly inventive ways to empower ourselves. Empowerment is a broad term, but we know it when we see it–or do we? Part of what a Scorpio Full Moon may offer is a new way of looking at the power situation, and this time we have the potential to see some truly genius ways of getting some for ourselves–that is, if we can cut through the Neptunian fog or distraction. The need to keep this in mind can’t be overstated: we must assume there’s something we’re not entirely aware of at the time of the Full Moon. Just knowing something is slipping outside the grasp of the conscious mind should be enough to help us navigate events–but of course, we’d all like to be completely conscious of conditions, wouldn’t we?

Three days before the Full Moon we have the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, which is the meeting of the two bodies during Merc’s direct phase, and by the time of the Full Moon Mercury is still within orb of opposition to the Moon-Earth combination. This suggests that what was revealed or came to fruition at the SC by the FM stands separate from Lunar implications. It’s as if what was central on Monday (the day of the SC) has somehow become much less so by the Full Moon. Since Mercury is in Taurus, this could translate as thoughts, approaches, or ideas that seemed practical, grounded, comforting, that suddenly don’t seem to be enough, in some important sense. That kind of discovery can be a bit disorienting, and so leave us open to the Neptunian distraction–or to the Neptunian creative surge.

And speaking of that Neptune, in connection to the Lunar event, we could be inspired by a wave of feeling energy, spiritually or artistically, or have pointed out to us our weak spots, those places where we are addressing reality with fantasy or the impractical. The House Neptune is currently transiting is a prime spot delineating the possible subjects through which we experience Neptune’s effect, as is any natal energies and/ or the House(s) these rule in the natal chart that are currently aspected by Neptune.

The Full Moon also makes a quincunx to conjoined Vesta and Hygeia. This suggests adjustment, especially emotional adjustment, to the need to honor our own health. Quarantine fatigue is real, and as someone said, it seems as if we’re right around the 64th of March. This is the point when renewing our commitment to behave in healthy ways for both our own and others’ benefit is paramount–and this aspect may remind us just how much relies on our own responsible behavior.

The Sabian for the Moon-Earth meeting is, ‘A Path Through Woods Brilliant With Multicolored Splendor’. We can see the way ahead of us, see which direction we need to go–if we’re honest with ourselves their will be no confusion about moving forward. A more literal idea of getting out in Nature is beneficial; Scorpio is a sign of renewal, regeneration, and re-birth, so a connection to growing, living things shouldn’t be overlooked as a way to refresh and replenish. Too, our task may be to appreciate the variety that surrounds us, and the journey itself, now more than ever.

We also look at the Sun, source of the Moon’s illumination, for a Full Moon. ‘A Woman Airing An Old Bag Through The Open Window Of Her Room’. The only reason for someone to air an old bag is to be able to re-use it. This image perhaps points toward the need to be more conscious of our resources, of what we discard too easily, what we re-use again and again, and what we think we need new and shiny when we might not need it at all. We are humans, and therefore we consume, so there’s no shame in it, but greater awareness in what and how much we use can only be a good thing.

See notes on the 4th, 5th, and 6th here–

The Week Ahead 1-6 May 2020 Good Ideas and Bad Moves

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‘The Artist’s Niece, Kathleen – Portrait of a Musician’ By Grace Joel 1920 {{PD}}

Just a few notes on general trends, on the way to the Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter retrogrades later in the month:

The days spark innovative ideas on health and ‘new’ and inventive approaches to things (Uranus novile Hygeia and Vesta, Mercury parallel Uranus and nov NN–which is good news for those researchers looking at Covid-19) but not necessarily a great time to change reality based on them (Saturn sesquiquadrate Hygeia, Chiron opp Juno, Mercury contraparallel Mars). That is, opening up will take us into negative territory; our hubris will be our downfall, if we insist (Mars semi-sq Chiron and sesq Juno, Merc contra-parallel Ceres, Uranus qnx Juno).

What we need to devote ourselves to, especially on the day of the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, the 4th, is a determination to think before we leap, to do the smart or practical thing, and to fully accept what is revealed about obstacles in our way. We can see our own hurt clearly, and that affords us options as to how to go forward; ignoring our hurt only keeps us stuck. Don’t succumb to the temptation to use wounds as weapons (that will end up being as if you pointed a loaded gun at your own face!), and don’t allow yourself to use them as ways to explain your less successful or flattering choices–we’ve got to own ‘it’ to improve ‘it’ (aspects include Mercury and conj Sun sesq SN, nov Chiron, and qnx Juno).

Ambitions get a big boost, and exercising creativity and looking at events through a spiritual lens can be highly beneficial, as long as you’re willing to address issues, particularly in finances and relationships, rather than bury them, or pretend not to know the problem (Venus sq Neptune and trine Zeus).

Have a great one!

Let’s Discuss: the North Node

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If the North Node is the direction we’re headed on the road of life, understanding its meaning is like having a map that can help guide the turns we take and what types of things along the way we should look for; as well, it will help us avoid wandering back toward re-tracing our steps in familiar, South Node territory. ‘Hochalm mit Serles bei Innsbruck’ By Leopold Scheiring 1917 {{PD}}

I want to say thank you to all for such a robust response to the One Aspect invitation! I’ve already gotten far more submissions than I can use, far more than I expected, and the submission period isn’t over yet! So my apologies to the many who won’t have their situation addressed–I send you special thanks, just for being willing to offer your info, and I’m sorry I won’t be able to get to you. That said, I’ll probably be drawing from these for at least a month, so don’t give up hope–you may see yours yet!

Here’s our first aspect/ placement topic, the North Node. A large number of you mentioned the North Node as a point of interest. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what it really means, in the sense that knowing it points you toward the future doesn’t make things any clearer! I hear you. The North Node is an excellent way to illustrate my contention that aspects shouldn’t be delineated in a vacuum, as it isn’t just the sign and House placement that speak to us, it’s an axis of the chart as well as the aspects made to it and the disposition of its ruler that give depth to interpretation–so in order to effectively interpret a North Node placement at a truly individual level, we need that full chart info that allows us to add context, and so much more particular meaning than we’d get just from placement alone.

First a little background: the Nodes aren’t bodies, but points where the Moon’s orbit intersects the ecliptic, which is, in brief, the Sun’s apparent path through the sky as observed from Earth. So these are Lunar-related points that tell us about past (South Node) and future (North Node) personal development, and are generally considered to ‘point the way’, with the SN offering well-developed skills and qualities, and experiences we’ve already had and so don’t necessarily need to undergo again, and the NN describing what we must strive to experience, learn, and incorporate into our lives in order to grow and develop on all levels: physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, with the equation varying widely for each individual. The trick is to find ways to import and exploit that South Node knowledge to support North Node forms. Now our first seeker:

“I’d love to play along! My info: (birth data redacted for privacy). The aspect of my chart I’m interested in is my North Node. I left my South Node high paying job 7 years ago. My entrepreneurial attempt at a small business has been failing since it began. I’m at a loss on how best to navigate to the North. Thanks for your consideration.”

We are given a brief sketch of the current life situation, and we see it illustrated in the Nodal situation within the birth chart: South Node in Capricorn in the 2nd of assets, talents, Self-worth, earnings=this suggests someone who sees hard work, nose-to-the-grindstone, Self-disciplined effort as the way to success. Follow-the-rules careful, serious effort is probably natural to this woman–and with Capricorn the attitude, it may be hard to understand why joining the high-powered status quo isn’t completely fulfilling, as well as why hard work isn’t a complete success formula on its own–it always has been in the past!

Of course, this places the Cancer North Node in the 8th=it’s hinted here that cooperation (rather than the individual, jaw-gritting determination of Cap) or collaboration is needed, maybe even supporters who contribute or invest, or work where you do that for others, as an emotional investment on the part of the NN individual is required; she also must develop a sensitivity to changing circumstances and feelings–an ability to ‘read the room’, so to speak, rather than go blindly with authority and following the rules. The individual must care about what they’re doing, at a level that actually moves them. All these are required to move in the proscribed life direction–and so presumably to create success.

We turn toward NN ruler the Moon for illumination of the necessary conditions for progress, and what we see is a Moon in Libra in the 11th, just more than one degree past conjunction to the Sun–so, a New Moon baby!–and this again hints that partnership and/ or an ‘audience’ or other supportive public may be required, that aesthetics, Art, or relationships are central, and that the Soul’s purpose and the emotional/ intuitive nature are deeply connected. Too, we might infer that the kind of venture may be entirely new to the individual–something she doesn’t have a lot of experience with (New Moon status), and the House placement implies involvement with or leading of a group could be part of the ‘new’ role, and that the natural tendency is to create goals and then pursue them. We note that the Sun-Moon sit at the midpoint of the Uranus-ASC square, and that they semi-sextile Mars. Both suggest that the Will is strong and likely ‘leads the way’ in creating situations, some of which are surprising or ‘accidents’, that attempt to turn the individual in the direction most beneficial to her development. There is also a sesquiquadrate to Chiron, implying that there may be a lot of situations the individual either tries to accommodate (out of pain) or works to avoid (out of fear of pain), making circumstances more difficult or convoluted than they need to be.

Peripherally we look at the state of Moon/ Sun ruler Venus, which sits in the 12th in Scorpio, conjoined Ceres and sextile Zeus. This tells us that most of what motivates the individual is hidden, or at least working below the conscious level, possibly delivered/ revealed to the conscious mind through dreams or through Collective or spiritual experiences, and that ambitions, desires, and situations of autonomy, personal power, and responsibility are paramount learning experiences throughout life–even though they may not seem to be central to learning. That is, the condition of relationships, values, and finances may carry more info about the individual and the individual evolution than they do about their apparent subjects–and that implies the current financial situation is speaking about personal development needs, more than purely business ones.

Now back to the Nodes. We have three striking aspects/ configurations in which the NN is involved: a Cardinal Grand Cross with the Nodal axis and the Mercury/Pallas-Jupiter opposition; a Water Grand Trine with NN, Neptune, and Chiron; and a quincunx to Saturn. Let’s take these one at a time.

The quincunx to Saturn suggests a continual ‘adjustment’ of the real-world situation to the destined direction. The individual is constantly looking to modify ‘what is’ to take it in the direction they want to go. This shows high adaptability and practicality–they don’t fight the need to respond to circumstances or conform to the expectations (especially of authority) in order to move forward, and that’s good, but they also might be a little too quick to discard what they think isn’t working, or to modify efforts according to feedback–which is reinforced by the heavy Libra emphasis, suggesting a danger of losing one’s own desires by giving too much credence to what others say or do, to what authority or tradition tell us, or to ‘fashions’, as they apply to the individual’s own efforts. There may also be a sense that reality is perpetually unstable, perhaps making for a bit of fear around ‘what ifs’ or unexpected losses, or that there is always something semi-holding one back, anything from actual physical difficulties to a sense of barriers or a ‘glass ceiling’. The very rules and structure that gave a ladder to climb may have come to feel unreasonably inhibiting, along with an idea that things are ‘unfair’ and that the same restrictions don’t apply to others.

The Water Grand Trine speaks of the way feelings are the conduit for healing and creativity, for the spiritual and the most personalized of skills, and again we see the suggestion that these energies are held down deep, in the individual’s ‘deep down’ beliefs about the Self, or manifesting through familial relationships (Chiron in the 4th) or hidden and revealed in glimpses within dreams, spiritual experiences, interacting with large institutions that ‘confine’ the individual (like hospitals or prisons), or Collective events. So, the feelings hold the key to healing, to finding emotional balance, to accessing creativity and spiritual harmony, and so to creating with as much conscious intention as possible the life direction (NN).

But it’s the Cardinal Grand Cross that really lights this up! The thing with a Cross is that, when one arm is stimulated by transit or other contact, the whole thing lights up–and that means it can be very difficult for an individual to sort the energies out, or to handle them. It may feel like a landslide, with so much triggered at once, bringing forward a disconcerting confusion about why so much is happening at the same time, with the initial response often being a, Why me? as so little that goes down makes sense on the surface.

The Nodal axis is ‘crossed’ by the opposition of Mercury/ Pallas in Libra (wisdom and practicality, learned and offered through relationships) and Jupiter in Aries (belief in the Self! Too, always believing one can figure ‘it’ out on one’s own, or can learn ‘it’ by personal effort and availing oneself of the accumulated knowledge of society–that is, through education). That can also read as what the individual feels/ knows, the inner wisdom, is perpetually to some degree at odds with the ‘knowledge’ of the social order, making it hard for the individual to feel they belong.

The involved Houses are 2, 5, 8, and 11, and when combined with the Cardinal signs say that one’s own actions then form circumstances where things must be developed, calibrated, assessed. This can give a start-stop feeling that may frustrate that Cappy South Node and leave the Cancer North wondering what there really is to care about here, especially as the individual may be asked repeatedly to care about what others do or have, or to offer some sort of nurture or support, when to the individual it seems like it should be the other way around! And indeed it will be, as soon as the individual has put her energy into the needed, caring form.

Looking back 7 years, to the point when one career ended and the next began, we see something revealing: that between the Chiron Return, the proximity of transiting Pluto to conjunction with the South Node, Zeus’ conjunction to Pallas, and Saturn’s conjunction to Venus, the inclination was to ambition fulfillment through real-world means, but what was aimed for was pure South Node! Pluto’s contact made it feel like complete and utter change, but Pluto rules the 12th, cluing us in that what motivated the changes was at the mercy of the unconscious–which of course will work to stay safe, to profit, to gain power, to establish work that fits the dream (Saturn to Venus, ruler of the 6th and 11th)–and safety may have required a contained and conservative effort, rather than one as adventurous as intended. Her 3rd House Aquarian Saturn (thoughts consumed with creating a bright and progressive future, appreciation of the ‘new age’ of communication) was at this time receiving a longer-term transit of Juno (back and forth across the body), suggesting that the individual felt empowered in a real-world sense, believing her ideas had come of age, that it was her time to shine, that the empowerment picture and her place in it had matured–and that’s not wrong.

But, it seems to me that it was the timing of it all that may have thwarted the new start. My message might be this: Without meaning to, you may have followed the South Node, mistaking it for the change you were seeking. The ambitions felt smart and practical (Zeus to Pallas) and it looked like manifesting a prosperous earning situation was can’t miss, when it really may have been simply an echo of older, familiar ways couched in ‘new’ terms. Saturn natally in the 3rd and ruling the South Node may make it especially hard to break away from the past; the individual may do so on the surface, but the unconscious continues to orchestrate things in such a way that retreat may seem to be the only answer. It’s not, of course; a truly new venture may require amounts of feeling, vulnerability, and cooperation that are genuinely challenging to this individual. Now, transiting Uranus opposes Venus, driving home the unsustainability of it all, the unreliability even of the Self, life, and Purpose itself, and makes emotions feel like wild things (Uranus opp ruler of the Moon and Sun), even as Saturn transits the 3rd and prepares in a short while for the second Saturn Return, making the thoughts stubborn things, and making changing the way of thinking difficult, indeed. Surrender may be a concept to contemplate, with Uranus’ eventual sextile to the North Node in about two years potentially bringing illumination to the ‘which way should I go?’ picture.

And a second seeker interested in her North Node:

‘Virgo constellation from Uranographia’ By Johannes Hevelius 1690 {{PD}}

“My North Node in any aspects it makes, because I feel I didn’t figure out how to be of service/my mission/why I’m here anyways? (birth data redacted for privacy)”

Though normally we make some allowances for larger orbs in a natal chart, I’m going to keep it tight in this instance, as the picture is rather crisp and single-themed. This woman’s North Node is in Virgo in the 6th, conjoined Black Moon Lilith, semi-sextile Mars, ruler of the 1st, and trine Sedna. Interesting that she asks about service and her mission, as that’s definitely how Virgo sees things! The sign of service in one of the Houses of service, connected to the House that rules the Self. Add to this the contact to BML=a life direction one may actually try to avoid or ignore, or it may feel like it will stir up rage, if one addresses the injustices one sees–an attempt, perhaps, to just not open that can of worms that holds the key to one’s purpose–and contact to Sedna=again, easy to put the life’s mission in the ‘blind spot’ and ignore the inner knowing, the instincts and promptings. But why would someone want to avoid what they ostensibly seek?

I would assume that inability to pinpoint Purpose centers in a mistaken idea of what serving might ask of the individual, or as we see here, Purpose requiring some time and living to develop–so what kind of service does this chart suggest? Here’s where we see an amazing consistency in the nature of what the NN points toward: service through Virgo and the 6th, with NN ruler Mercury in Scorpio in the 8th of shared resources (opposed Sedna), Merc ruler Pluto conjoined the Sun in Libra–and what is Libra about? Justice! And cooperation/ aiding others, emphasized even further by placement of Sun-Pluto in the 7th of all others. With a NN in Virgo, we see that the Purpose in the largest sense is to serve–and we do that by some form of cooperation (Libra) with others. There’s also a lovely Taurus Moon in the 2nd–nurture as a talent–closely quincunx its own ruler Venus in the 7th in Libra=lifelong adjustment to the feeling nature through relationships–and this may signal that it was necessary for a good part of the life to have already been lived in order to develop a mature, resilient, and empathetic emotional nature, that’s now ready to take on the life’s purpose.

It seems to me this life is about serving either through forms of nurture, or in finding justice for others. This can take many many shapes, from health care or hospice care to forensic accounting to counseling or advocacy for others in court or within government systems to feeding others or finding housing for those without. Research, detective work, medical research or medical practice, tax preparation or administration, court advocacy or law, psychology, couples counseling, probationary officer, helping at-risk youth, nursing, chef, gardener or co-op manager, house mother, writer (concentrating on illuminating human nature, fiction or non-fiction)–I could go on, but the important point is all are in the broadest sense forms of looking for the Truth at the core of life, and in so doing benefiting those with whom one works/ interacts. This can be in formal roles that require training, or in the informal venues of friendship, intimate relationship, or motherhood, but in any case, an ability to think concisely, to follow the facts, to look unflinchingly at darkness but know how to show others the way to the light–that’s what you’ve got going for you–it’s up to you what shape your mission takes, but this service does need to have a public component, to be visible to others, especially others who can affect the fates of those you aid (like judges, doctors, or police, unless that’s the role you take on!) Please don’t feel like you’re getting a late start–you may already have gone in this direction to some degree, and just know that you needed time for what you have to offer to reach it’s full potential.

More to come! Thanks, everyone–

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 28 April 2020

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‘Medea the Sorceress’ By Valentine Cameron Prinsep 1880 {{PD}}

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . get rid of any standard or commitment that doesn’t respect your personal autonomy and power. You are a force of Nature, with an obligation to use that power wisely–and anything that stops you must go!

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 April 2020

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By Illustrator unknown. “Copyright 1937 by Paramount Pictures Inc.” – Scan via Heritage Auctions. Cropped from the original image and retouched; see upload history for unretouched original., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=88027348

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . notice that our first impulse to choose or do isn’t really a smart one–and this is so despite the way our ideas are truly inspired and creative. It’s a matter of needing to do or choose with our eyes on the future, rather than indulging in whatever the ego or our own more base needs dictate. That could mean that by taking an attitude that puts the meaning behind what we’re building or creating first, rather than just acting for our personal gratification, we can make the most of the exciting things we’re visualizing and thinking about. Being mindful of what we’re creating means everybody wins.

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

A Change of Pace

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I’ll just hang out here while you get your info ready. ‘The Valkyrie’s Vigil’ By Edward Robert Hughes 1906 {{PD}}

Let’s have a change of pace, shall we? The answer to that is Yes, and you can be part of it! I’d like to hear from readers who’d like a particular aspect in their chart discussed. As regular readers know, I do not like to discuss only one facet of a chart–it gives a lopsided and sometimes incorrect picture, when isolated–but with this we combat any distortions by having the aspect discussed as it functions within the whole chart. That means I’ll talk about the aspect, but as it fits into the entire natal picture. Emphasis will be on how it influences areas other than the obvious and expected ones (such as placement by House(s) or sign(s)). Expect about three paragraphs for any specific aspect–not an exhaustive analysis, though I do aim to make it an instructive one.

How do you play along? You can submit the aspect you’d like to hear about plus your complete birth data (stated as local time, date, and place–for example, 5:05 AM 6 March 1983 Los Angeles). It’s important you state the month in a word rather than a number, to avoid confusion (not doing so automatically gets your info discarded). You may also want to include a few words on how you feel this aspect has manifested so far. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SEND COMPLETE INFO–leaving anything out makes it impossible to use.

Allow me plenty of time to choose and write up what comes in. I’ll be accepting entries through the end of April, for this first round. There’s no guarantee your info will be used, but if it is, your name will not be disclosed. I will not be answering individual entries–if it isn’t addressed publicly in this blog, it won’t be. Submit info through the comments section of this post only.

For at least a while I’ll be going to more random posts, covering current aspects or upcoming astro events or analysis of interesting people, rather than a Daily; the last one of those will post on Monday the 27th for Tuesday the 28th. Stay safe out there, dear Readers, and be happy–and if you need to you can do as I have, and mix it up a bit!

 

A Good Day To . . . 26 April 2020

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The 26th is a Good Day To . . . sort out whether it’s the social order or the facts that don’t support what and to whom we’ve dedicated our energy. Essentially, we’re being given a hard time, though whether the criticism is valid or not is almost beside the point; this actually challenges us to assess our own circumstances through a Higher Mind lens. That will lift us above the fray and show us the way we may profit, or recognize the worth of our relationships or talents, and so know if the critique was an important signpost or really more about the critiquer. And, with the Sun conjoining Uranus, it’s a day when every accident or unexpected thing tells us something vital about ourselves–so listen attentively as the Universe speaks.

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

A Good Day To . . . 25 April 2020 + A Little on Ceres

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‘Ceres Enthroned’ By Michele Pannonio c1450-60 {{PD}}

A Little on Ceres

Here’s a question: Does Ceres (Mother Nature) in Pisces (related to fluid-borne illness, hard to diagnose symptoms, returning to the Collective, miasmas, and unreality, just to name a few correspondences) necessarily represent Covid-19? Many have stated that the recent Saturn-Pluto conjunction kicked it off, and that this represents Covid. Just as with the astrology of a human being, many factors can apply to the overall picture. I do think Ceres’ move into Pisces while trine the North Node is significant. That contact to the Nodes, just as they are poised to move from Cancer into late Gemini (because remember, the Nodes shift and shift but overall move backward through the zodiac) suggests the direction of energy will move from caring to a kind of communicating where networking and connections are integral to the sharing of information. The NN in Cancer brought forward so many moving and Selfless acts of kindness with the onset of these trying times; the change to Gemini, we might reasonably anticipate, will usher in connecting and networking prompted by stress (as the first place the Nodes go is to that under pressure 29th degree). So, perhaps soon we can look forward to some true cooperative efforts, a genuine pooling of information that can take us forward, and benefit everyone. And it’s notable that Pallas is at 29 degrees of Capricorn right now, implying a last ditch effort to avoid being practical or failing to call whole-heartedly on those with appropriate skills to address changes to structures, institutions, ‘the rules’, and reality itself. We certainly see this every day in the US at the Corona virus briefings, where it’s much more a PR stunt (“If we can persuade them everything’s okay, then it’s okay!”) and the President’s time for Self-promotion, than it is about mobilizing efforts to fight the virus. Don’t worry–the Nodal move into Gemini/ Sagittarius should bring more attention to actual information, to the facts, and to a pooling of resources so that more or less we all get on the same page.

Yes, Saturn-Pluto certainly paints a picture of a destructive plague decimating the current social order, deconstructing the status quo, promising to forever change what is–but I think Ceres tells it from a slightly different perspective, that of the state of the planet. Earth is sick, in effect, and that just so happens to affect some of the species that live on her. In this sense, Ceres is the state of health of the planet, the eco-system that expresses viability, analogous to an individual’s state of health, while the Earth corresponds to an individual’s body. Ceres in Pisces, then, suggests we may not be able to know or contain this state of Being, that control may never happen–which means accommodation must instead. Ceres as symbol of our relationship to Earth has moved from a condition of intellectualizing our interaction, and understanding but not doing anything about the relationship itself (Aquarius). That is, we went along, analyzing what was happening, but treating it as effects of the modern, something to study, but not to act on or react to as there seemed to be so little urgency, until suddenly, there is. With current events, Earth and humankind are trying to achieve a better balance, something to supersede the increasingly uneasy living arrangement we’ve had up until now. Together we can make it work.

The 25th is a Good Day To . . .  expect rewards and benefits to suddenly appear from within some fairly difficult circumstances or because of some hard-to-accept restrictions, barriers, or boundaries. Accepting limitations offers us something positive, Love or Money or satisfaction or praise (Venus is currently in Gemini), and that should take the sting out of the negative things we hear and the negative social situation that surrounds us.

Too, Pluto retrogrades today, possibly withdrawing the feeling that we can change things at all. Despair or fear would be a normal reaction–but one you need to realize is based in a temporary condition. This too shall pass is one of the wisest things we can remember at this time.

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 & 24 April 2020

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This might be Ceres’ ideal, high summer, a time when her beloved Proserpina has returned to her. ‘Ceres’ By Osmar Schindler c1902 {{PD}}

Ceres enters Pisces on the 23rd, and this has several implications. We may be inclined to see the potentials in Mother Nature, both Her ideal forms, and the way in which she could develop, the paths she might take–and that can be frightening, if what we envision is her ability to cleanse the planet, because we’re all too aware right now that might include us! And we know in our gut that She tells us what’s coming, as her entrance into Pisces places her trine the North Node point: she easily determines the future, with or without our consent. We might all do best right now to honor Nature, to nurture the health of the plants and animals and environment that surrounds us. Whatever form that takes for you personally (will you water a plant, or plant a field? pick trash from the roadside or contrive a smaller carbon footprint? care for an animal or decide not to eat them?), if all of us participate, it will amount to a Collective signal to Ceres: we bow to You, we honor You, we find You sacred, and so commit to doing our best to treat You with care, respect, and to live with You in harmony. It’s worth a try and in Pisces, She’s ready to embrace us, and to receive our message.

For the 24th we’ll likely be conscious of a smooth interlocking of energies that buoy us forward and that ‘reward’ us with surprises and unanticipated revelations, sudden understanding and, potentially, a higher point of view, should we step back from things and take advantage of it. Attend to health–good ideas about how to enhance it come to us–and listen to the inner knowing, that voice that speaks, not in some external, incorporated admonition, but the one that is purely our own, the one that knows with certainty what’s good for us. Hint: ambitions can’t be served today–we’ll get the wrong message if we do pursue them–instead look to the wider picture, and how you can make your corner of the world a better place.

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

See the New Moon of the 22nd here–

A Good Day To . . . 21 April 2020

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‘A Stroll on the Beach’ By Michael Peter Ancher 1896 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . .  see how relationships and/ or finances challenge us to be smart or practical. It’s a matter of what we really value being tested–the situation is almost beside the point–it’s all about this: how much do we really mean all those things we say, think, and see ourselves as, in terms of allowing principles to guide our behavior and choices? Once again, we’re being offered a chance to shed illusions about ourselves, to connect with instinct and what we ‘know but don’t know’, and to heal a little part of our hurt. If we accept the challenge, and eliminate any distance between what we say we are and what we are in real life, we earn a kind of security that comes specifically from honoring what we truly revere. It’s a genuine chance to ‘walk our talk’.

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

See tomorrow’s New Moon here–

New Moon 22 April 2020 Eye of the Storm

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‘The Large Poplar Tree II (The Coming Storm)’ BY Gustav Klimt {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects on the 22nd at 7:26 PM PDT at 3 Taurus 24, both bodies moving quickly to conjoin Uranus–first the Moon, of course, then the Sun. This may build-in to New Moon events a particular, high-strung energy that makes everyone hyper-vigilant, hyper-aware, hyper-anxious, and just plain hyper–and this despite the event taking place in normally placid, steady Taurus. We may be presented with a surrounding situation that is all calm vibes and low-key mellowness, only to find that it’s very difficult to sit still, with reality and real-world circumstances forcing awareness of (and maybe ceaseless rumination on) problems or restrictions and limitations, or stressful (and likely confining) circumstances. Or, we could be the calm eye of the storm, with everyone or every thing else swirling around us. In either instance, a contrast that can’t be readily explained.

The thing is, Neptune is loosely semi-square the New Moon; that almost certainly brings a bedeviling energy, with imagination on overdrive and each of us too quick to believe what may not hold up upon examination. Too, this aspect of the NM to Neptune could bring the birth of a new dream, ideal, or misbegotten goal–that latter having its origins in a misconception from which nothing truly sound or productive can come. It’s our job, right now, to know the difference, but don’t be hard on yourself if you fall for a Neptunian delusion, as even with what appears to be a misstep, the contact of the NM to Uranus tells us that whatever transpires at this time offers enlightenment in the form of Higher Mind understanding (Uranus). We may be inspired, or we may falter, caught up in a spontaneous illusion, but in either case we learn a greater Truth, or see our world through a higher and wider perspective.

The Sun-Moon blend noviles the pairing of Venus and Hygeia, suggesting new awareness of the costs in both relationships and material assets of maintaining health. This most certainly applies to quarantining and lockdowns around the world. The New Moon may offer ingenious ways to cope, to soothe, and to provide (Taurus), and will likely show us what we’ll lose if we move too quickly and ignore what’s required to overcome this expression of Nature. Important to note that Ceres, Mother Nature Herself, is currently trine both the Earth and the North Node=we must balance our needs with Nature’s, in order to have a future at all. Ceres is also at 29 tense degrees, and novile Black Moon Lilith=Nature is forcing us to confront what we’d rather ignore; she’s in distress Herself, and needs us to acknowledge certain realities, if we’re both to go on. Ceres at 29 Aquarius screams loud and clear: we can’t go on intellectualizing, justifying our position with ‘reasons’! If we stretch we add to this the way the New Moon is also novile Vesta, suggesting that honoring the ‘right’ things is required, that it’s the smart thing to do, and that we must start today.

The New Moon is also within trine of the South Node and in wide square to Saturn and even 29 degree Pallas. Right now we may be seeing all the difficulties, all the restrictions and issues that the real world presents, the results of past actions and choices. But again, we see that doing the smart thing, the right thing, the wise thing, is required; we’re at a crisis point, and we’re being called to ‘go to war’ in an Athenian way, that is, with consciousness and good intent, to make things right, and to solve real-world problems.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘The Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow’. Well that seems kind of obvious, doesn’t it? We can see how to win, what material surroundings and the environment require–now we just have to keep ourselves united in purpose long enough to do it.

Stay safe! If the astrology for this New Moon doesn’t convince you that we need to continue to Self-isolate, I don’t know what will. And if anyone reading this happens to be among those who are protesting the Stay at Home orders, I say with all the love in my heart, go fuck yourselves–you clearly don’t understand what’s going on, and you don’t have the right to endanger the rest of us.

A Good Day To . . . 20 April 2020

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‘Cupid Blindfolded and Two Doves’ By Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo 1757 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . not think about it! I know! Strange that I’d be counseling you not to look at something that disturbs you, but that’s exactly what I want you to do: refuse to stare at or obsess over the scary, threatening, shadowy something that is lurking in consciousness. Just considering this thing is disempowering, and you may be tempted by fear to dress it up as something it’s not–and thereby rob yourself of what can otherwise be a day when a lot gets done, inside the psyche or out in the world, especially if what you tackle brings continuity, linking past experience with building positively for the future.

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

See my take on the upcoming New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 19 April 2020

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Two Bacchantes and a Bull, probably a sacrificial one. Unknown Roman origin. Vatican Museums, Rome. Description and Photo By Alvesgaspar CC BY-SA 4.0

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . see things through a very specific lens: one where we perceive that our values are being tested by the social order, and we must know our own ‘authority limits’ in order to answer this trial with our most spiritually advanced and creative energies. Everybody ‘out there’ seems to be rubbing us the wrong way–but consider that this might be because 1) what’s put forward may be challenging what you consider your ‘right’, and 2) that the purpose of this is to point out to you what’s a fantasy, what’s not viable, or what’s deceptively interpreted within your identity or personality. You’re not wrong, you’re just not seeing yourself in a way that makes for effective choices and clear communication with others. See the blessing within this feedback, as the ‘correction’ offered today will come in handy as our attention turns toward issues around sustenance, earthly matters, security, and those areas where we must persevere, as the Sun enters Taurus.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 April 2020

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‘A Visit to the Doctor’ Except today you’re your own physician. By Gerrit Dou c1663 {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . focus entirely on our health and well-being. Period. Distinguish between pampering and genuine nurturing, between true health in all areas and the mere appearance of it, and don’t bother to look for some convoluted new answer or method when you know damn well what you need to do. That is all.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 April 2020

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So many people together looks unreal now, doesn’t it? ‘Music in the Tuileries’ By Édouard Manet 1862 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . live our values, eschew a grasp for power, and thereby become stronger than ever! And all this comes about because we choose to do something we would normally consider unwise or impractical. Whodathunk, right? It’s likely to be an odd, one-off day, where walking away from what normally empowers us attracts power, where honoring both our own and others’ authority pays off, and where a willingness to deal directly with reality as it exists (that is, not imposing a filter to make it more palatable!) will create a path forward to a future we genuinely want. Disorienting, but ultimately highly beneficial, if we can roll with it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 April 2020

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‘Woman Writing a Letter, with Her Maid’ By Johannes Vermeer c1670 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . ask ourselves: What must we change about our stated values to make them align with our actions (because our actions reflect our true beliefs)? Aligning what we do and are with what we think we do and are will have massive benefits, if we have the courage to act on it. And second, what habit or choice made in the past can we resurrect in service to our own empowerment and/ or earning ability? Those may seem at first glance to be big, open-ended questions, but in reality they are quite specific; each of them is asking for one thing, the first for personal honesty, the second for you to reach back in memory to bring forward a practice, habit, or exercise that expressed a part of your essence. Right now we all need both a frank assessment of our values, and to recycle and bring back to life something that manifests a vital portion of the spirit (and the key to knowing what this is will be found in what once brought you genuine joy). Again, we’re asked to look into and think about the abyss–and this time when we look away, we come back to daily life refreshed in a Soul-deep connection to our most authentic identity.

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

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A Good Day To . . . 15 April 2020

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‘Easter morning’ By Mykola Pymonenko 1891 {{PD}}

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . see and acknowledge the dark underbelly of Love and Finance, specifically as it applies to your ideas of your own power, authority, and reach. I’m seeing this as something where we must accept both the darkness and the light we get from relationships, or the positives and negatives that weigh into one’s assessment of a job, career, or financial arrangement. The scenario we’re faced with may point out in stark terms how we tend to minimize or ignore the compromises we make in order to maintain a status quo. But, though it’s possible you might be moved to change things, the intent is more to draw your attention to the need to discontinue sugar-coating an area of your life that’s developing a sticky-sweet crust that will eventually become super-unappealing, and that may already have put you in an awkward (or at least not beneficial) position within the social sphere, or that has kept you from growing and becoming ‘more’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 14 April 2020

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‘The Tangled Garden’ By J. E. H. MacDonald 1916 {{PD}}

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . count on yourself. It’s no time to look to others to bolster your position–they’ve got troubles of their own. You may feel uncertain of instincts and intuition–that simply serves as a warning, ‘You’re afraid, or you’re hurt, and you can’t let that run the show.’ That said, you gain in three separate ways: by sticking with values, no matter what; by refusing to tangle with the powers-that-be–you’ll lose; and by concentrating on the several ways you are truly gifted–doing what only you can do benefits you tremendously.

An interesting note: Venus conjoins Vesta today. Could we get a bigger endorsement of the benefits of staying home? Do it, so we can beat this thing.

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

A Good Day To . . . 13 April 2020

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‘Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone’ By Thomas Moran 1872 {{PD}}

The 13th is a Good Day To . . . act on inspiration and the creative urge, but not without refusing to abandon highest values. That means don’t do anything you might otherwise find unacceptable just because circumstances suggest it might offer ‘a new way’ or garner you ‘creative credit’. There’s much to be gained by ‘facing the music’ in financial circumstances or within relationships, so don’t hesitate to peer into the abyss–and be ready to stand your ground when it looks back at you.

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

A Good Day To . . . 12 April 2020

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The 12th is a Good Day To . . . be aware of the many forms of balance we’re called upon to achieve/ maintain. Awareness will both enhance health and supercharge instincts and intuition. We may be called upon to face a certain darkness, an unpleasant facet of reality, and if we do, we lay a strong foundation that keeps us from being deceived, as well as guaranteeing that certain ‘skeletons in the closet’ won’t ever trouble us again.

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

See the recent Full Moon in Libra here–

Time: We Are The River Running Through It

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By Harald Sohlberg 1906 {{PD}}

The following is an article, slightly modified, that first appeared in an October 2012 issue of ECLIPSE, for your weekend reading pleasure. Please note, the article uses Placidus charts.

There are a great many ways to think of time; all of them suggest connection among what we call the past, the present, and what is to come. It’s our nature to measure time from our own vantage point within it, and that means we do see it, whether we believe intellectually that it is or not, as a progression. Though one part is gone, seemingly unalterable from where we stand now, and the circumstances of one part have not yet coalesced around us, we somehow have difficulty both recognizing that the present is the one period we can affect without question, and that certain events in the present and the future actually arose in the choices of the past (and this is setting aside the fact that the ‘now’ that is as you read this sentence is not the same ‘now’ that existed when you read the first sentence of this article, an awareness of a kind of ‘micro-flow’).

Initially we tend to see ourselves as immersed in time, carried along on its currents, with a flow that comes out of the past and stretches out into our future. It’s only human to pretend at being mystified by this flow and the events it brings, to see what happens as beyond our control–for then who can blame us for what comes to pass? If we see things as truly random, the question of karma, of ultimate balance and reason existing whether we can see it or not, becomes invalid in our own minds; with this attitude we will see only chaos, and probably spend our lives struggling to affect what results.

Once we reach a point where we are willing to accept responsibility for our choices without excuses, to see the Universe as always, consistently causal (and that this is so whether we are privy to the causal chain of events, or the organizing energy behind it, or not), we open up a whole new way of seeing the world and the things that happen around and to us. We recognize that we are not floating on that river of time, but are part of it–we are running through it. We take our place as a component of the Universe, not as a segregated, helpless traveler within it–and it’s not a big leap from there to begin contemplating time, and how we might define it, affect it, even control it.

There is a time component inherent to those energies in astrology that define life urges. It seems that when we feel that spark of movement, we see the energy as dimensional, as containing one or more concepts of time. For instance, Saturn is the traditional indicator of time, standing for the actual process of what we perceive as time’s passage, for maturing, building, aging–it manages to symbolize all linear time–even our use of a baby for the New Year and an old man for the end of that year speaks of the Saturnian experience of time.

‘Head of a Bearded Old Man (Saturn)’ 1516 By Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

But Saturn also tells of non-change, the antithesis of time itself; Saturn can signify the static, the permanent, the unchangeable. Saturn is where we are firmly rooted in reality (and sometimes fear), where the past is set in stone, and where the past and present are all there is. Saturn is usually our go-to reference astrologically for time, along with the Moon. Lunar influences are ever-changing, malleable and fluid, and so ‘fill in’ those ‘missing’ parts to the Saturnian definition of time. The emotional component of the Moon’s perceptual lens renders the passage of time subjective, and so difficult to measure with Lunar consciousness, which is so unlike the steady tick of the Saturnian timepiece. In every way that Saturn suggests forever, Luna implies an illumination of the moment, here and gone, ever-shifting.

But we have other astrological signifiers of the concept of time, and it’s important we’re aware of them, as they can, mentally and spiritually (and who’s to say not also physically?) describe our experience of the time we occupy within the Cosmos. They can become ‘where we are’ just as certainly as we can be contained within the more familiar Saturnian bounds of time. Time, from the astrological perspective, need not always be considered linear–though certainly the cycles and procession of planetary movement from our vantage here on Earth, the very stuff we examine to know the meaning behind it, implies that within the limited framework of our human brains, a linear approach helps us make sense of it all, at least for purposes of organization and understanding. Still, awareness of other perceptual possibilities shows us the dimensionality of the Universe, and gives us hints of ‘What If?’ always an exciting prospect.

The planet Neptune may be the most obvious astrological body with the potential to affect our perceptions of time. With this outer behemoth we see that to be in a Neptunian state, lost in creativity or confusion, brings our awareness of the passage of time to a standstill–not like the Saturnian permanence, but in a way that seems to remove us from the linear flow–we lose a sense of time passing, or even existing, when we are immersed in Neptune; we are in what is known to some as ‘Dream Time’. The House where our natal Neptune sits, as well as the House(s) with Pisces on the cusp, might be the places we are most likely to be able to slip outside the stream of time, to gain a sense of suspension that does not capture us in a single moment (as Saturn does) but that removes the tick of the clock altogether. Here we can apply imagination, and experience matters of the House unfettered by the linear prescription; these are matters where we can lose ourselves, and our Self-consciousness, in such a way that we can connect with both our own purest sense of creativity and with the Collective itself, without boundaries or even the ability to differentiate ourselves from ‘all else’.

For instance, the person with a 12th House Neptune, or Pisces on the cusp of the 12th, may easily ‘lose’ themselves in compassionate service, meditation or spiritual practice, or as a part of a large institution or cause. Mother Teresa (26 August 1910  2:25 PM  Skopje Macedonia) has Neptune in Cancer in the 7th, and Pisces on the 3rd. This suggests an ability to lose herself in caring, not for the Collective, as in the 12th, but for ‘All Others’ as defined by individuals, the human ‘audience’ all around her, with the Pisces cusp placement telling us of her need to communicate the importance of this caring attitude.

‘White Cat and Two Yellow Butterflies’ By Arthur Heyer c1900 {{PD}}

Or, as in the case of Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist and proto-ecology proponent (12 July 1817  9 PM Concord MA USA), we find Neptune and Uranus in Sagittarius in the 10th. That’s like a signature for someone who becomes known for his boundary-less connection to nature and his innovative and pioneering attitude toward it (and interestingly, Thoreau had Ceres, the asteroid of our relationship to nature and our own natural power, in the 12th–Neptune’s ‘natural’ House–trine the North Node, with Pluto at the midpoint–again, a recipe for fine understanding of nature, and the need to transform our attitudes and views toward it, as part of the Path). And, for good measure, he had Pisces intercepted in the 1st, making the ability to lose himself in those Neptunian areas a personal one. Not only does this illustrate our point about Neptune as our place of communion with the Cosmos, it brings forward another point: that our strongest characteristics and qualities are typically found repeatedly in the chart, echoing their importance within the life.

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”   Thoreau

With Uranus and Aquarius we find a time-sense of spontaneity, sudden events, immediacy, modernity, and ‘the new’–and in time awareness this translates as being in the moment. We are present in these parts of the chart, and usually highly aware of both our individuality and our place within the group. Artist Salvador Dali (11 May 1904  8:45 AM  Figueras Spain) had Uranus in the 6th and Aquarius on the 8th, suggesting that it was part of his daily routine, his ‘job’, to be unique and highly individual! His ‘uniqueness imperative’ was to be shared with others, and very likely supported by them (8th House)–an important thing for any artist to garner from his or her audience. Still unsurpassed inventor Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 12 AM Smiljan Croatia) had Aquarius on the 11th–the dream/ goal of invention–in many ways Aquarius on the 11th frames it as the House of the Future, and Aquarian connections to electricity, Higher Thought, and computing seem apt–and Uranus in Taurus in the 1st, suggesting a personal ability to innovate with ‘materials of the Earth’–perhaps a more grounded-seeming energy than we would’ve expected, though not an inappropriate one, as a practical approach is essential to implement those things of the imagination in the material realm. Also of note: his Neptune in Pisces in the 12th, the perfect illustration of one who enjoys a direct creative line to both the Collective and the Universe.

Though Mercury can stand for the minutes or hours on a clock face or in a day, and as well for many other mundane systems accounting for the passage of time, or for the changeability of our direction, literal or figurative (as in the meaning of ‘mercurial’), the planet doesn’t capture a sense of time so much as a measure of it; and the Mercury-encapsulated idea of swiftness emphasizes movement rather than a state of perception (though we could grant Mercury domain over ‘an instant’, if we then didn’t have to define it as a ‘doorstep moment’, of revelation or a turnaround), so that something may change or pass in a Mercurial way, even as it is perceived through a lens of, for instance, Neptune (‘the hour passed in a fog’) or Uranus (‘suddenly I changed my route’ the suddenness of perception being Uranian, the movement–in this case a ‘route’–being Mercurial). Mars, though a proponent of action without reservation, speaks more of a viewpoint than of anything else: ‘I am here, everything else is out there, and I will act upon it’. So oriented is Mars toward movement and activity that he barely takes in surroundings or one’s perceptions relative to time–he is instead so intent on acting that the Mars perceptual lens can be acted upon, just as Mercury’s is, by other, more time-oriented, energies. The same is true of Jupiter; with his orientation toward expansion he pushes out, but does not think of other than efforts in the now, a spreading, sharing, enlarging of what he already is. All these energies are process, rather than time, aligned, placing them firmly in the ‘action’ category. And Venus? She too is in-the-now, the experience of Love, jealousy, envy, or oneness with another through intimacy removing the consciousness from anything other than the current moment. Venus is immersive, in every sense.

We might wonder, then, about Pluto: about his rulership of the Underworld, of what is hidden, kept secret, of what Plutonian lends itself to the idea of interior time, of those things internalized by the Self as making up a cognitive, emotional, and spiritual place populated by the deepest part of us. Our secrets, our most intense and private beliefs, our dark corners, our shame, our wants, our rage, the parts of our beingness that are known only to ourselves, create a personal landscape that is an accumulation of memory, and so an accumulation of consciousness of time. Pluto may represent the closest approximation astrologically to a living aggregation of feeling that makes up who we are–and so is another, very personal, record of the past that still lives within our memory–and so Pluto could be considered to keep the past alive inside the present. Pluto can, though, hold energies that project us into the future; he tells of rage, and lust, and change through destruction or transformation, and all these are like a view of what future will follow from the past–so maybe Pluto is our best indicator of the future, by transit, by Solar Arc, and from received transits.

‘The Bronx River’ By Ernest Lawson c1910 {{PD}}

Pluto, then, may embody us as the river that runs through time. It is created from our past, our present (through desires, anger, projection), and our futures–and I say ‘futures’ as it contains all the possibilities, running the gamut from re-birth to total destruction. Aspects to Pluto may indicate our ‘interior issues’, those things we may be pre-occupied with, in one form or another, until we have adequately plumbed the darkness that surrounds them–and that may take a lifetime.

A Good Day To . . . 11 April 2020

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Ceres is prominent, right now. ‘Ceres ou l’été’ By Jean-Antoine Watteau 1717-18 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . consider, face, and deal with questions surrounding your rights and your power expression. You need to know how far you can reach without overextending, and you need to get past some Self-imposed blocks arising from old wounds. Doing this in itself is empowering, and helps each of us answer in real-world terms the problems we currently face in moving forward. Successfully carrying all that’s worthy from the past and translating this into usable energy with which to shape the future is the challenge right now; we meet it with clear, reality-oriented thinking that refuses to shy away from the way things are.

It’s also a good time to examine what you’re ingesting, both in the form of food and mentally/ emotionally. Sensitive reactions to intake of all kinds are a loud-and-clear message that some things must be eliminated or avoided, for optimal health.

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

See the recent Full Moon in Libra here–

A Good Day To . . . 8-10 April 2020

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‘Triad Brilliant, Passaic River Hills’ By Oscar Bluemner 1932 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . play around with the (sometimes brilliant) ideas the Full Moon has prompted, and in particular, if you can apply smart action to the current situation, you can enjoy a certain amount of healing and/ or will find where and how you can utilize a ‘gift’ that’s specific to you and your experience.

By the 9th we find we are in the groove, with instincts flowing freely and guiding our efforts and the focus of our attention, and yet, there are some cautions: overdoing or going overboard endangers the careful balance behind the health picture; ambitions either meet resistance (externally) or you find yourself battling within, insisting on a certain course of action when the Universe is trying hard to show you just how the ambition picture in its current form, if realized, will short-change you; and take note of dissonances as you go about your day, as these will show you exactly where and how what you’re considering or attempting violates your highest values. It will likely feel as if there’s no reason not to take that step or do that thing, but that jangly inner warning lets you know that there’s danger ahead if you proceed. So, it’s a day of optimism and progress that requires your attention to and willingness to modify choices so that you don’t hit an unanticipated brick wall down the road.

On the 10th, you remember those changes you were asked to make? Did you make them? Because if you did, action and choice will easily align with values, and so propel efforts forward. The one thing you shouldn’t look for right now is a boost in personal power, or a reward/ pay off–neither is ripe yet, so collecting those fruits now will just give you a tummy ache later (sorry for the fruit metaphor). Expect what happens today to re-orient thinking along more Self-responsible, and more action-centered lines, and be kind to yourself: life is a process, and you’re already at your destination: you have a body, don’t you? So relax, it’s all on track.

And you may want to note that Pluto will retrograde on the 25th. Though normally the apparent turnaround of a heavy like Pluto is felt more as a ‘background shift’, in this case we should take note of the House it’s transiting and the House it rules. We may experience a bit of an earthquake, as this reveals some deterioration or destruction we were unaware of (or at least, we were unaware of the extent of). No need to fear it, just prep now for the change that will, inevitably, come.

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

Catch the recent Full Moon in Libra here–

Libra Full Moon 7 April 2020 An Impetus to Action

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‘Moonrise’ By George Inness 1887 {{PD}}

Just a few notes about today, to add to the Full Moon influence:

It doesn’t take a genius (or even an astrologer!) to tell you that change, and the need to take action (even if that action is a withholding, a form of ‘sheltering-in-place’, physical, psychic, or otherwise) are the order of the day. The thing is, change is happening and much of it is outside our control; that means that in order to not just cope, but to thrive, we need to exercise as much control within our own purview as we possibly can. Repeatedly, studies have shown that taking even small actions in situations where we are largely helpless can give us a sense of empowerment, and can bolster our immune system as well as our mental and emotional health, and so help us survive–and in this case, the current astrological picture supports this approach whole-heartedly.

Embrace the reality of things (we don’t do ourselves any favors right now living in a fantasy or pretending that we can just go on in the same ways as always), and act based on facts and within the restrictions of the situation–obvious, but easy to forget when anxiety takes over. Focus should be in two areas: making changes to enhance health (obvs!) and listening to the instinctual, the unspoken, and making the effort to read between the lines, figuratively speaking, and then be willing to see the import of what’s not there, not stated, not coming forward. That’s where both information and empowerment on a personal level lie.

Stay safe, have a lovely Full Moon!

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 . . . 6, 7, and 8 June 2020 Difficult Terrain

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‘The Gauja Valley’ By Jūlijs Feders 1891 {{PD}}

Each day the difficult terrain shifts, making it hard to pinpoint and thoroughly deal with what we uncover. On the 6th we hit the trifecta, with the reality picture and its hard-and-fast rules (including the physical laws of the world, and the planted-in-place status quo), the egos and assertive energies of ourselves and others, and the sturdiness and actual applicability of our faith, all tested by current events. Remember, we’ve just come out of a Lunar eclipse, and we’ve entered that energy valley between eclipse events that can put both real-world events and consciousness into a holding pattern. In an odd way it blurs our ‘vision’ and makes us unsure of what we have before us. Keeping that in mind, along with the fact that we don’t have to respond to what we perceive around us, will make the going a lot smoother. You should also be aware that much of what seems a disaster, a roadblock, or an emergency will not stay that way–meaning you can let most of it go, and in a short while it won’t be an issue.

The 7th sees our relationships, as well as our relationship to and within the social order, grab our focus and present us with what seems unsolvable. Too, rewards are what we expected them to be, or we find it tough going wringing the positive out of circumstances. Hints for handling: look for the wisdom within relationships–that is, look for what’s healthy, positive, and eternal in any interaction–that can guide responses; think in terms of ‘rightful territory’ and apply both mind power and efforts to being as effective as possible; and keep highest values in mind, eschewing the expedient or convenient, for best results.

By the 8th the issue may center in the conflict between Love and Power, especially as it manifests in our closer relationships. Here the trick is to find a balance that allows equal measures of Love and Power for each participant. It’ll be helpful to keep in mind that, 1) we aren’t the sole arbiters of what this particular balance should be–there’s at least one other party, who must be allowed an equal voice, and 2) that matters of health may be exerting a larger impact on interactions than we may realize, so cut others, and yourself, some slack, especially honoring feelings and the need for ‘space’.

Lunar Eclipse 5 June 2020 A Crucible Moment

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By Jeff Keyzer from San Francisco, CA, USA – Open House at the CrucibleUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7065256

I heard someone the other day refer to current times as a “crucible moment”, and immediately thought of all the big gun combinations we’ve been subjected to, the dance of Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter, Uranus in Taurus bringing sudden shifts in the material realm and in personal assets and personal responsibilities, Neptune in his own sign manufacturing a fog so thick it’s making it hard to navigate, hard to trust others and, it’s so hard to see, we don’t really trust ourselves, either. Now add an eclipse in Sagittarius that threatens the very facts that underpin our reality, threatens to wipe out accumulated knowledge or our faith, and even threatens to make us dismiss our shared humanity by making us think 1) people are animals (Sagittarius, where the Lunar eclipse will land, happens to be the sign of large animals), 2) animals are part of Nature, and 3) Nature is against us (Covid-19, an assault by a natural invisible, Mars–assault–at the midpoint of Ceres–Nature–and Neptune–toxins, poisons, infectious diseases), and so 4) others must be against us, too (the death of George Floyd, among many others, is entirely too real an example of the extension of this fear to the point others are seen as not human; think also of the gassing of peaceful protesters so that the President could have a photo op, treating them as less than). The thing is, bad as the disparate parts are, they don’t lead, one to the other; that’s a fallacy. Our minds want to connect the dots, but the dots don’t exist in relation to each other, in spite of the way a susceptible consciousness might see them as related.

A crucible is a vessel that allows something to be subjected to high temperatures. Let something burn in a crucible too long, it becomes ash or evaporates; you lose or render useless the contents if you subject it to high temps with no end point. And we as human Souls may feel as if we’ve been in a crucible for much much too long, a heated environment of fear and legitimate threat from many sources that makes it difficult to grasp the facts, and to think of others as truly human. This eclipse may help.

Saturn is the container, analogous to our bodies and our realities, in both instances, something that surrounds the spirit, that contains us. Pluto is the process, in this case a transformation through a journey to hell and back, one that long-term breaks down all that has made us feel secure (Capricorn). Jupiter is both the indisputable facts, and the social element. These sit within a 7 degree span in Capricorn, with Saturn in Aquarius but retrograde and slated to re-enter the sign of the Sea Goat. Add to this Pallas, symbol of wisdom, practicality, useful skills, at 29 tense degrees of Capricorn, and we see the stress that our intelligence is under (and this is magnified by Saturn suppressing the intellect in Cappy). The proximity of these bodies to one another may give us the impression that they’re working in concert, but they aren’t; we may even be prone to characterize them as having a kind of consciousness, as if they’re deliberately getting together and making chaos, aided by the Neptunian fog and Uranian erraticism. The reality is each body does its own thing, while we look for the connections and the reasons why, and come up empty (if we’re relatively rational) or clutching a handful of conspiracy theories (if we’re too Neptune susceptible). These energies collide but have no intent, make for some synergies that we may interpret as purposeful, and so are the background against which this Lunar eclipse forms.

The eclipse occurs at 12:12 PM PDT at 15 Sagittarius 34 of the 5th. It makes a close square to Mars, a trine to the Black Moon Lilith point, and opposes Venus which is still retro and moving away from her recent rendezvous with the Sun. Here’s our connection to those bigger, broader social energies: the eclipse is semi-square both Saturn and Pallas, and novile Jupiter. A Lunar eclipse is a Full Moon, with all the promise of conclusions, endings, and peaks that a FM carries, with the added eclipse propensity to sweep away, to cause a re-set, to re-align, to disturb, to upset the status quo.

The eclipse may trigger anger and aggression, and a big need to make ‘I Am’ statements (Mars square), but why? Because we easily funnel what we have been agreeing to ignore or deny into consciousness–it pesters us, won’t let us rest–along with all the rage over injustices we’ve tamped down (trine Black Moon Lilith). We’re feeling removed from caring about what we usually value, distant from a prevailing sense of Love and relationship (Venus opp and retro), and this sets the stage for personal anger looking for an outlet–and it finds it in the irritating and threatening circumstances surrounding the reality picture (Saturn) and a sense of outrage that what’s wise isn’t being done, and is now at a breaking point (29 degree Pallas). And who receives our anger? The larger social order (Jupiter)–but wait, it might not be all bad (the novile), because what we may see is expansion of the energy of the eclipse ruler, the facts and faith finally bringing some sense of justice, of right.

The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food’. The eclipse may spark anticipatory energy, the expectation of a better social order within a better world, shaped from all this pain and suffering and from the Love and wisdom we normally feel much more pure a connection to, that we naturally carry inside.

It’s our crucible moment only in the sense that we are at a point when we can take things from the heat, when we can use the contents of our experience to make something new, to forge something better, and offer this to the world. So, what have the months and years forged in you?

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 4 June 2020 Herky-Jerky

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By Pierre Poschadel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82805545

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . remember how I’ve been telling you to look into those dark corners, to willingly take up what we’ve previously pushed aside or ignored–because doing those things today brings us reward in myriad ways. If we’re looking solely to do what’s smart or practical, we may find we’re all too aware of every problem springing from our concepts around what’s wise, featuring in glaring detail all the problems we might encounter–but that should tell us that perhaps our definition of wisdom might need a re-think–and also that pursuing the positives we’ve earned by facing the darkness doesn’t need to also carry a banner of wisdom or practicality–do it for the pure joy, the pay off of Love or Money, and don’t fret about looking/ feeling sage. Too, the mind and the instincts are in sync and can conceptualize what to do–the problem comes when we try to translate that impulse into action, which is likely to deliver something herky-jerky rather than the grace we anticipate with muscle memory, so planning and laying groundwork may be much more rewarding than actually trying to put ideas into motion.

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A Good Day To . . . 3 June 2020

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More thinking is in order, like it or not. ‘Thinking’ By Jules Pascin {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . think about and review relationships, financial matters, and/ or aesthetic choices, as the Sun and Venus meet in Gemini in their Inferior Conjunction (Inferior referring to Venus in retrograde status). Venus retro is a time when our usual tastes desert us, when we find ourselves attracted to what we might normally judge as ‘not for us’, when we want to experiment in Venusian life areas (such as relationships, finances, values, artistic expression, matters of taste), with the danger being that we alter our lives in some way that, if it doesn’t please us once Venus is direct, is very hard to un-do. So, my usual cautions about temporary or easily altered vs. permanent or difficult to undo changes still stand (date someone ‘different’ or just met, yes, marry someone just met, hold your horses; rearrange your furniture or room use, paint a room an experimental color, yes, put your house up for sale and move to wherever your finger lands on a map, not so much, and of course there’s always the tried-and-true henna decoration or temp tattoo vs. actual tattoos). Experimentation is good right now, but only if it’s easily reversed once Venus is direct, should you not find the change something you want to live with daily. Quite naturally, retrograde times are the perfect window through which to review matters of the retro entity, so examining and assessing relationships, finances, and aesthetic expressions are all good uses of the energy.

On top of that, it’s a good day to really claim your territory and ‘be in charge’. You won’t be able to expand your territory, so overreach might win you a figurative slap on the hand, but for everything that really is your business, taking things by the reins will be marvelously effective. There’s also a bit of weighing to be done, a minor reconciliation among wisdom, practicality, and to what you dedicate your energy, but this only enhances your ability to both express your Will and to get things done your way.

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A Good Day To . . . 2 June 2020

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‘Amuada’ By Rodolfo Amoedo 1882 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . see the value in what’s been hidden, discarded, or that we or others are in denial about. It pays to look in dark corners, to question conventional wisdom or the practicality of what’s proposed, but it’s not the time to act; pushing forward right now, especially in expressions of power, will only disempower us–so keep that in mind, but don’t overthink it.

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A Good Day To . . . 1 June 2020

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Monju Bosatsu with Eight Sacred Sanskrit Syllables By anonymous – https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/45596, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85072362

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . honor what you find sacred, if you want to have no regrets in life. Sure, that’s a sound, overall strategy, but today is one of those days where, if you fail to do this, you could miss out, and forever after think, ‘if only’. Honoring what has meaning to you pays off in a number of ways, not least of which is a clear future path and improvements in health (this latter not to be sneezed at, since Jupiter quincunxes Hygeia, asking us to listen to the facts and adjust our health practices accordingly–and another reading of this aspect might suggest that interaction with the public requires adjustment, in order to safeguard health–so wear your mask). Do what’s important to you–you may get some guff from the social sphere along the way, but the reality is, they don’t get a say in what you should be devoted to, do they?

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A Good Day To . . . 31 May 2020

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Don’t let someone else prompt a bad decision. ‘The Flirtation’ By Leo Gestel c1910 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . realize that while relationships or issues around finances claim our conscious attention, what’s really going on is that everyone, especially those who hold at least some power over others, are ‘feeling’ around to see how much more power they can finagle, or they’re trying to figure out how to wiggle out from under someone else’s thumb, or relationships or money-needs are somehow pushing or prompting us to do what’s not very smart! Our folly may come in the form of peer pressure, but it’s rooted in not liking something about ourselves–otherwise we’d never go along with it. Here’s a virtual hug, now don’t let them get to you.

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A Good Day To . . . 30 May 2020 Tread Carefully

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‘The Tow Path’ By William L. Lathrop {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . be very clear on what you care about, value, treasure, before you make changes, because alterations made now will most likely stick, and be difficult if not impossible to undo. We may exaggerate the importance of our own beliefs or duties, when seeing ourselves as part of the whole is much more beneficial (as well as more accurate). Action, though, comes naturally, in spite of the way what we choose to do may challenge our beliefs or our standing within the social order, so be extra-vigilant as to what you’re building for yourself and others within the Collective. Health improves or attending to it is done and so benefits the individual, OR we indulge, especially in those things we see as ‘treats’ (I’m talking dietary and behavioral indulgences), and suffer the consequences.

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A Good Day To . . . 29 May 2020

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Be kind to your inner child, as you help her heal. ‘(Detail of) The Doctor’ By Luke Fildes 1891 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . ask yourself, ‘Why do love, money, clear communication, and personal power all seem so hard to come by today?’ The answers are found in a careful examination of the accounts (who do you feel owes you? whom do you owe?) made under this Virgo Moon, and in the myriad details that may chafe even though the larger agreement or interaction is just fine. We’re sensitive now in ways and areas that are quite typical for us–and so those wounded parts are too likely to be accepted as just what is, rather than as a spot that needs tending and that is perfectly capable of being healed, with in most instances minimal effort. Make life easier by using the Lunar energy to gain at least a somewhat objective view on your hurt, and then, do as you would counsel a friend to do, if she came to you with the same wound.

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A Good Day To . . . 28 May 2020

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‘Time the Physician’ By Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale 1900 {{PD}} (c) Rachel Rolt; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . act on what you know to be wise, smart, and/ or practical. Putting skills into action is required, with their application adjusted according to what you care about, a ‘first do no harm’ position. Thoughts may literally manifest as things, today, quite directly, so be aware of intentions, as those are our building blocks of reality.

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A Good Day To . . . 27 May 2020

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The 27th is a Good Day To . . . reconcile what we believe and are dedicated to with the facts and the actual (rather than the imagined) reality picture. It’s time to face what is, but only so that we know why we’re doing what we’re doing, and know where we stand. This is a vital, periodic re-assessment that should (but often doesn’t) exist as an ongoing process. We only benefit by knowing what’s going on, and we benefit the most when our beliefs and what we’re committed to apply realistically to the current scene and the current zeitgeist. Look to the future you want to create, as well as to the one that’s presented in the messages and information you receive, and adjust accordingly.

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A Good Day To . . . 26 May 2020

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The 26th is a Good Day To . . . question the way we’re being questioned! It seems both circumstances and others are quizzing us (and this may be verbal or non-verbal, delivered in looks, actions, circumstances, conditions, or gestures, as well as words) about our health practices, our rights, our most original or unique expressions, our choices and what we do based on our highest values, our autonomy, and what we are and are not willing to communicate–so, essentially, giving us the once-over as if Self-determination and a modicum of privacy aren’t something each individual automatically deserves in this life. How to tell if someone else is overstepping? If our choice genuinely impacts them, then we need to consider what they’re telling us; if there’s no impact other than a perceptual one, then their criticisms become their problem, not yours. Take care today–there are little things like Mars semi-sextile Chiron, Mercury quincunx Zeus, and the Nodes just entered the Sagittarius-Gemini axis at 29 tense degrees that are making everyone unnecessarily prickly, giving a sort of sense that ‘assault is in the air’–and with the Moon in Cancer we could at times feel like unprotected amoebas, with thin cell walls that are ultra-permeable and through which we feel everything! Do your best not to overreact–for at least a few of us, this could even be life-or-death important, so mingle, commune, and communicate with care, my friends.

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

A Good Day To . . . 25 May 2020 Attuned

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By Sandro Botticelli 1481 {{PD}}

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . make commitments, vows, agreements, pacts, but only if your mind isn’t clouded by ambition or desire. Too, we are naturally attuned to our highest values and ideals, at this point, and so may assume the other party is interpreting things in a similar light–but it’s possible they’re not, and we’re reading too much that promises integrity into the situation. Avoiding missteps requires sticking to our standards while remaining clear-eyed about the motives and wants of others. Knowing we could succumb to sleight-of-hand may be enough to keep us awake and aware.

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

A Good Day To . . . 24 May 2020 Sudden Power Moves

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‘Fighting Forms’ By Franz Marc 1914 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . remain aware of the dazzling and very sudden power moves we may both observe and actually encounter and so have to deal with directly. We’re primed to flex our own muscles, to make our own choices, to name our own fate, but there are a few things we’ll need to take into account in an atmosphere where everyone feels that way: 1) we’ll just naturally put all our personal authority behind having our way and expressing our Will, but we shouldn’t underestimate the potential impact of the accident, the unusual, or the serendipitous. 2) thinking itself runs along healthy lines, and that predisposes us to use good judgement. 3) we can gain if we can go with the flow, rather than being distracted by some very prominent attempts to convince us ‘it’ can’t be done, or that there aren’t any opportunities for us there. 4) flexibility in thought is a good thing, while pessimism, gullibility, and anger-as-fuel are not.

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 May 2020 Act Big

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‘Twittering Birds’ By Paul Klee 1922 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . act with big gestures, with enormous confidence, making sweeping statements about who you are, but all aligned with the facts of the matter, and done with an eye to anticipating what you have that’s new to offer, and what might sneak up on you and throw a monkey wrench into the works. Co-ordination, especially among your thoughts, the philosophies and beliefs that are the underpinnings of your choices, and the actions you take, is what makes for success today. Don’t exaggerate your actual ‘muscle power’, what you can and can’t handle–overdoing will only undermine what you hope to achieve–and examine the sudden idea or spontaneous thought against what you know to be true–that’s the only way to know if it’s worth pursuing.

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

New Moon in Gemini 22 May 2020 Thoughts Take Shape

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‘Le jardin des Tuileries en automne (The Tuileries in Autumn)’ By Paul de Castro 1921 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 2 Gemini 04 at 10:37 AM PDT on the 22nd and makes just a few close aspects; if we stretch a little, what we get is an Air Grand Trine with arms of Juno in Libra and Saturn-Pallas Aquarius with the conjunction of Sun and Moon making this GT temporary but potent. What’s clear is that we have an opportunity to achieve mental balance, to find a harmonious relationship between how we intellectualize the real world, how we see our own power or lack within it, and the role our relationships play in the actual empowerment equation. What forms here tests our capacity for practicality and calls forth our skills, specifically requiring us to collaborate or otherwise draw on our network of contacts in order to achieve effective mental balance–that is, an effective way of processing and expressing ourselves in the world.

If this New Moon could talk, it might make these statements: cooperation facilitates getting what you want and opens avenues to Self-expression; what we think of the physical and material is as important as what those material circumstances actually are; what’s solid, real, and possibly seen as a barrier is in actuality offering you a receptacle that will give shape to your mental energy as it takes physical form. The sooner you see that Saturnian walls, restrictions, and rules don’t deny nearly as much as they show you practical parameters to enhance and define creative energy expressed through skills, the more quickly you’ll be able to make a reality of the new ways of thinking and networking the New Moon brings.

‘Music in the Tuileries’ By Édouard Manet 1862 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘The Garden Of The Tuileries In Paris’. The Tuileries are an expression of the human Saturnian urge to order, contain, and capture as it applies to Nature herself. This image tells us that if we cooperate and collaborate, by recognizing the true inclinations of the energies we seek to mold, we can create something that has the best elements of humanity’s interventions and Nature’s spontaneous (but in its own way planned) growth, outreach, and expression. And how is this achieved? By finding the balance between control and growth. The Tuileries are an example of the longevity creations with this kind of balance can attain, and encourages the idea of peaceful co-habitation in any number of ways.

Combine this New Moon energy with the other energies of the 22nd to successfully shape and guide yourself over the coming two weeks.

 

A Good Day To . . . 22 May 2020 Reality Wins

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‘Promise of Spring’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1890 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . vow to change ourselves, rather than demanding (or hoping for, or wishing for, or praying for) the world to change. Some of us may stick with the delusion that we definitely know how things should be, and we will indignantly wait for everyone and everything else to see our disapproval and snap into line, while the rest of us will see the benefit in recognizing reality as it is, and adjusting our expectations accordingly. It’s not a time for head-in-the-sand, magical thinking, and yet you and I both have seen that embraced as a lifestyle by plenty of people lately; that stance guarantees dreams denied, while to see what is and work from there is to make significant headway toward ambition and desire fulfillment, and will spark that most illusive of feelings, genuine happiness.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 May 2020

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‘The Fitting’ By Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . make it all about tailoring actions, choices, skill expression, and ‘I Am’ statements in ways that will add to empowerment. That probably means asserting yourself but not in a way that alienates others. Not glamorous, but can be super-productive if you can get the hang of it, and one thing’s certain: if you don’t act or choose, you’ll be left in limbo.

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

Sorry this is a wee bit late getting posted. It was actually done two days ago, but for the past 48 hours+ I’d been unable to upload a picture through WordPress. It finally worked, though in future I might just schedule them to post on time, with or without an illustration. Have a lovely Wednesday!

A Good Day To . . . 20 May 2020

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The 20th is a Good Day To . . . make changes along very specific lines. Taking action to eliminate what needs eliminating, to make sweeping and permanent changes within yourself (not aesthetically/ physically, though), and to innovate, invent, or otherwise break away from norms, are all favored. It’s tricky, however: be open to the spontaneous and the brainstorm, but don’t count on your usual taste level (Venus is retro, after all) or creative channels to bear fruit–they’re more likely to lead you down a rabbit hole–and anything to do with ambition fulfillment or responding to messages from others (or getting your own message across) will likely be akin to hitting your head against a brick wall–it hurts you and the wall goes nowhere! Something to keep in mind: the full, unvarnished facts will make you powerful–now have the courage to see the reality picture as it really is, and go from there.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 May 2020 Take A Trip

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‘Dame in Roth (Woman in Red)’ By Otto Friedrich 1904 {{PD}}

That trip should be down memory lane, experienced from your armchair, bed-nest, or other comfortable perch, and should involve two things: a calm and fearless review of (and appreciation of) ‘mistakes’ for what they taught us, and a re-visit to the happy and nostalgia-inducing past. Good memories and bad, with emphasis on the way the past has made us who we are today, but all of it done with gratitude for the path we’ve been on. Nothing else is required of you today.

Your Weekend 15-18 May 2020 Thoughts Matter

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Silver Lake during dusk, Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States. By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69595394

On the 15th ‘right’ thinking can lead to healing and can set you on a very positive course forward; the question is, what constitutes ‘right thinking’? Imaginative ways of sharing information, a willingness to connect with others over a common idea or goal, and becoming more informed yourself all qualify. And the result is that by the 16th we’ve come up with some clear choices and really effective ways to take action, inspired by a burgeoning awareness of precisely what power we hold, and what we can do to enhance our own agency. One mistake we might make is to believe we can ‘buy’ health or affection–or that only those who are flawless can attract love or money, or deserve healing. I’m here to tell you those ideas are both needlessly depressing and wrong-headed. Do take care with expressing yourself, though, as words are much more powerful at this point than we might anticipate–and so may become weapons, or at least highly destructive, even (and maybe especially) if we don’t mean them to–and then there’s the possibility we ‘hypnotize’ ourselves into believing something with no basis in reality

The indicators on the 17th suggest that we may see opportunity and think optimistically–and yet find ourselves at odds with the social order overall or with the facts as we know them at present. We need to know that though the mental faculties are ‘healthy’, thinking may be too easily influenced by things we’ve actively chosen to ignore–thus setting up negative outcomes, should we be unwilling to consider the way the unexpected has intruded into our plans, should we be unwilling to acknowledge we don’t know everything, and should we be unwilling to trust our instincts. Be willing, tick all those boxes, and you’ll likely see today and its events as highly fortuitous, whether that brings rewards from your own efforts or ‘luck’ in one of her many guises.

The 18th we may refuse to recognize boundaries, rules, and restrictions, may reject reality or the need to make real, concerted effort, and thereby crash and burn. The key to success today is an unflinching acceptance of things as they actually are, and an open-eyed willingness to do something about current circumstances.

Have a lovely weekend, all!

A Good Day To . . . 14 May 2020 Jupiter Retrogrades

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Horses, and the riding lifestyle, are quintessentially Jupiterian. ‘Visiting the Horses’ By Adolf Heinrich-Hansen, created by 1925 {{PD}}

What happens when Jupiter retrogrades? Usually, we feel it, as something we saw with hope, optimism, and faith is turned on its head, revealed to conflict with the facts, or withdrawn and offered to someone else! De-flation is the typical reaction to the turnaround point, and even if there’s no specific loss, we are likely to feel a little less buoyant; we may have the sense that something that was a resource no longer is, although we may not be able to put our finger on just what is missing right away.

That’s no fun, right? What we need to remember is that later in Jupiter’s retro cycle we’ll find out why what has disappeared went away, and nine times out of ten, part of our discovery is that we never really had a chance at it in the first place. Jupiter direct had pumped up our expectations, all out of proportion to our actual odds of ‘winning’. Don’t be disgruntled–it’s part of the happy behemoth’s job to endow us with optimism and a willingness to reach out for more; it’s not Jupiter’s fault if we find our return to reality a little rough.

This time the retreat comes as Jupiter is late in Capricorn, post his renowned meeting with Pluto, and so setting up a second pass during the retro period at the planet of change, this one scheduled for late June-early July. What’s withdrawn may have seemed solid, something we could rely on, or something we thought would be ours because we’d worked hard or followed the rules–so doubly depressing, when something that seemed like such a sure thing just isn’t.

Jupiter turns around just before completing a trine to Sedna. That suggests at least some of what we’ll experience during the retro period will involve questioning or not feeling we can rely on our own instincts and the still, small voice within–and also that we come close to seeing what’s in our blind spot, but aren’t quite able to accurately identify it. That comes at another point, so that what comes forward in this portion of the Jupiter cycle likely doesn’t tell us much about what everyone else can see but that we’re missing.

It’s also likely that, with time, we’ll see that what Jupiter has handed us was, certainly, denial of something, and yet, it also brings an opportunity to go in another direction. With hindsight and the passage of time we usually see that life would’ve been quite different if we’d gotten what we were expecting–and yet, we have to see that we wouldn’t have learned what we’ve learned, discovered what we’ve discovered, or gained the faith and confidence that we have if we’d not been turned in a new direction upon the disappointment Jupiter delivered. The benefits are always there–we just need practice seeing them.

The atmosphere overall for today, aside from Jupiter’s shift, involves feeling smart, empowered, and powerful–so may make what Jupiter hands us even harder to take–but denial of what we want has the benefit of helping us avoid some power struggle we almost certainly would’ve lost. So, apply efforts to what’s under our control (and for which we need no assistance or permission), and know that we could’ve wasted our energy in a tussle, if not for awareness of where our attention is best expended today.

11-13 May 2020 Hazardous to Your Health

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‘Rokeby Venus’ By Diego Velázquez 1644 {{PD}}

Now we stand in the shadow cast over our reality by Saturn’s retrograde on the 10th, and we likely feel the need to reassess our approach and our standing according to the new conditions we see around us. Are you a ‘suddenly halted’ Saturn responder, or an ‘obstacles removed’ kind of Saturn person? The answer to that will tell you whether this period is a ‘go forward with all those stalled projects’ time, or a ‘take a Zen approach and accept stalls as delays meant to turn your attention elsewhere’ time.

The 11th sees some serious questions around power and values answered, specifically as they are addressed through ambitions, desires, and the array of personal responsibilities each of us has. Though we may feel disempowered, may feel that thoughts don’t match actions, we need to know that off-the-cuff choices and efforts will make more issues than they address–so avoid the spontaneous, if possible. Look in the dark corners for the information that is vital to making good choices (and of course, we didn’t know that before–that’s why we put it in a dark corner!)–and then go forward on the 12th, in all areas except purely creative ones. New impulses and ideas need to be noted, but not yet instituted–and it’s clear why when we consider that the 12th also has Venus turnaround in apparent retrograde.

This retro occurs every 18 months and institutes a short (approx. 6 week) period when we may see any or all of these effects: we re-visit an issue or Venusian-themed subject that was active 8 years ago, the last time Venus retrograded at roughly this point in the natal scenario. Things may pick up as if no time has passed, or we may see the same material re-emerge in different form. There’s a potential for quite abruptly seeing relationships, financial, and aesthetic matters in different terms; perceptions in these areas are temporarily distorted, making us more inclined to be adventurous, to stray from our normal preferences–and sometimes to make life changing choices. Our tastes don’t run in their usual channels. With any permanent change in those areas you consider making during the retro, put off the actual step until after Venus goes direct. The difference in choices should look something like this: henna tattoos–Yes! Real ink–No! Dating someone you might’ve typically turned down–Yes! Getting married spontaneously–No!

And this is all shaped by where in the natal chart this Venus retro occurs for you. Re-visited subjects will be found connected to the House where the retro falls (and possibly will involve Venusian matters or matters Venus rules or is otherwise involved with via chart rulerships), and they’ll carry the tone of the sign in which the retro occurs, in this case Gemini. That could mean the mind takes center stage, overruling aesthetic judgments and giving you lots of reasons why what the heart yearns toward isn’t the logical (or tidy, or justifiable) choice. Venus retrograde withdraws our innate taste standards, preferences, and ‘what we love’ and respond to, replacing it in this instance with what our minds, or the arguments of others, tell us we should love.

Interesting to note that on the 12th, unlike through the rest of Venus’ turnaround, the mind will be sharp, reality-oriented, and unusually smart, stable, and reliable. If you’re going to listen to the mind alone during the Venus retro, this is the day to do so–after that, remind yourself that nothing is done by thought alone, and thoughts without heart don’t tell the whole story.

On the 13th we may not understand how truly destructive or deluded our choices are, especially those around matters of health. What feels like deep thinking is really hyper-pessimistic. Let it go, for now, and stay with what you already know and practice.

Have a great week!

 

Your Weekend 8-10 May 2020 Proceed With Caution

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By bryan… from Taipei, Taiwan – Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, 名古屋, なごやし, 愛知縣, 愛知県, あいちけん, 日本, にっぽん, にほん, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66511356

Friday the 8th is quiet, and yet we may hear whispers that are worrying or wounding–but is this really what’s happening? We may be a little hyper-sensitive when it comes to our values, and in particular, right now we may be treating our beliefs about our health and well-being as sacrosanct. Realize that sensitivity is making us reactive. That’s an understandable response when we feel vulnerable; being aware that we’re too touchy (and that others are, too) will keep things from spinning out of control and so causing real injury.

By the 9th, if we’re having a hard time making good decisions, it’s likely because we’re afraid: of being wounded further, of actually having power (and so being completely responsible), or of whatever changes true awareness might bring. We’re rejecting the still, small voice within in favor of the big, blasting air horn of alarm in our heads. Power struggles, or at least negotiations over territory and reach, are inevitable at this point; the more comfortable we are with hard-edged realities, and the more clearly we are able to focus on goals for the future, the better for us overall.

And then it’s the 10th, which features stationary Saturn finally beginning to retrograde. And what’s the atmosphere in which this happens? We are optimistic (maybe overly so), looking for opportunities, and trying to flee our own doubts, which nag at us. We may think that if we can just concentrate on goals, we’ll make progress and beat having to deal with those subjects we’d like to ignore or are in denial about, but that won’t actually work. Some of these issues can be tucked away long-term and dealt with later, thanks to Saturn’s withdrawal (this is the most likely option if these topics are ruled by Saturn natally, or are related to the House Saturn is currently transiting). The rest, though, if we insist on ignoring them, leave us open to deception or delusion. With the ‘right’ mindset (mostly one of trusting the facts as well as ourselves, especially trusting that if we are informed we can make the right choices), and our attention focused on channeling creative or spiritual energy, we’ll redeem the day and, perhaps unexpectedly, deal successfully with at least some of what we tried to ignore.

Saturn’s turnaround typically has one of two effects: it either withdraws support to something we’d hoped to build on, instituting (often unexplainable) delays, or it suddenly and again, inexplicably, removes impediments that seemed, shortly before, to be unbreachable. I find that everyone consistently responds to the Saturn retrograde cycle in one of these ways, and I encourage everyone to determine which is your typical response, as knowing can aid timing and mark where and when you can make progress, and where it might otherwise be prohibited (and that saves a lot of energy!) It was a revelation for me when I discovered that I actually have a positive response to Saturn’s retrograde, with obstacles falling away on its reversal. Learning that showed me that one-size-fits-all definitions of astro events, well, just don’t fit all!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

See my take on the recent Full Moon in Scorpio here–

Full Moon in Scorpio 7 May 2020

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‘The Path in the Wood’ By Hugo Darnaut 1884 {{PD}}

We have a Full Moon on 7 May at 3:45 AM PDT at 17 Scorpio 20. The Full Moon noviles Juno, opposes Mercury, trines Neptune, and quincunxes the combo of Vesta-Hygeia. A Full Moon brings conclusions, endings, big reveals, or makes it apparent that a situation will go no farther. We may see a definitive end or just a stall that makes us think things might go on–but they won’t, and we may not quite believe it at the time. Hope may spring eternal, but the Lunar cycle (usually) tells us what has matured and so we can turn our attention elsewhere; it also informs as to what’s just over, with or without our consent.

The most difficult thing about FM events is that it can be tough to see in the moment what is a true ending and what is merely a plateau, with this latter specifically making us think things will get rolling again, when they instead may refuse to develop any further, leaving us in a state of limbo that we may not immediately recognize as a prompt to turn to something else/ something new. This Moon’s placement in Scorpio points to at least some of the meaning of the event being hidden or obscured, from ourselves by ourselves (for our own safety, or so that we can stand to go forward with something we’d otherwise run away from) or by others, for any of the various reasons others keep things from us. And, there’s the potential for us to fail to recognize that current events may actually be prompting us to start something new, or to look elsewhere for what we have been getting from the present situation. So, we may mistake this for a pause, misreading it as a delay because of something we imagine or that we’re unable to see or understand via the ease with which a Neptune trine obscures, when it’s really time to move on and not look back, in no-nonsense Scorpionic Plutonian style.

Let’s look at each aspect, one at a time. The novile to Juno promises that the Lunar event will reveal clever, unique, and highly inventive ways to empower ourselves. Empowerment is a broad term, but we know it when we see it–or do we? Part of what a Scorpio Full Moon may offer is a new way of looking at the power situation, and this time we have the potential to see some truly genius ways of getting some for ourselves–that is, if we can cut through the Neptunian fog or distraction. The need to keep this in mind can’t be overstated: we must assume there’s something we’re not entirely aware of at the time of the Full Moon. Just knowing something is slipping outside the grasp of the conscious mind should be enough to help us navigate events–but of course, we’d all like to be completely conscious of conditions, wouldn’t we?

Three days before the Full Moon we have the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, which is the meeting of the two bodies during Merc’s direct phase, and by the time of the Full Moon Mercury is still within orb of opposition to the Moon-Earth combination. This suggests that what was revealed or came to fruition at the SC by the FM stands separate from Lunar implications. It’s as if what was central on Monday (the day of the SC) has somehow become much less so by the Full Moon. Since Mercury is in Taurus, this could translate as thoughts, approaches, or ideas that seemed practical, grounded, comforting, that suddenly don’t seem to be enough, in some important sense. That kind of discovery can be a bit disorienting, and so leave us open to the Neptunian distraction–or to the Neptunian creative surge.

And speaking of that Neptune, in connection to the Lunar event, we could be inspired by a wave of feeling energy, spiritually or artistically, or have pointed out to us our weak spots, those places where we are addressing reality with fantasy or the impractical. The House Neptune is currently transiting is a prime spot delineating the possible subjects through which we experience Neptune’s effect, as is any natal energies and/ or the House(s) these rule in the natal chart that are currently aspected by Neptune.

The Full Moon also makes a quincunx to conjoined Vesta and Hygeia. This suggests adjustment, especially emotional adjustment, to the need to honor our own health. Quarantine fatigue is real, and as someone said, it seems as if we’re right around the 64th of March. This is the point when renewing our commitment to behave in healthy ways for both our own and others’ benefit is paramount–and this aspect may remind us just how much relies on our own responsible behavior.

The Sabian for the Moon-Earth meeting is, ‘A Path Through Woods Brilliant With Multicolored Splendor’. We can see the way ahead of us, see which direction we need to go–if we’re honest with ourselves their will be no confusion about moving forward. A more literal idea of getting out in Nature is beneficial; Scorpio is a sign of renewal, regeneration, and re-birth, so a connection to growing, living things shouldn’t be overlooked as a way to refresh and replenish. Too, our task may be to appreciate the variety that surrounds us, and the journey itself, now more than ever.

We also look at the Sun, source of the Moon’s illumination, for a Full Moon. ‘A Woman Airing An Old Bag Through The Open Window Of Her Room’. The only reason for someone to air an old bag is to be able to re-use it. This image perhaps points toward the need to be more conscious of our resources, of what we discard too easily, what we re-use again and again, and what we think we need new and shiny when we might not need it at all. We are humans, and therefore we consume, so there’s no shame in it, but greater awareness in what and how much we use can only be a good thing.

See notes on the 4th, 5th, and 6th here–

The Week Ahead 1-6 May 2020 Good Ideas and Bad Moves

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‘The Artist’s Niece, Kathleen – Portrait of a Musician’ By Grace Joel 1920 {{PD}}

Just a few notes on general trends, on the way to the Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter retrogrades later in the month:

The days spark innovative ideas on health and ‘new’ and inventive approaches to things (Uranus novile Hygeia and Vesta, Mercury parallel Uranus and nov NN–which is good news for those researchers looking at Covid-19) but not necessarily a great time to change reality based on them (Saturn sesquiquadrate Hygeia, Chiron opp Juno, Mercury contraparallel Mars). That is, opening up will take us into negative territory; our hubris will be our downfall, if we insist (Mars semi-sq Chiron and sesq Juno, Merc contra-parallel Ceres, Uranus qnx Juno).

What we need to devote ourselves to, especially on the day of the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, the 4th, is a determination to think before we leap, to do the smart or practical thing, and to fully accept what is revealed about obstacles in our way. We can see our own hurt clearly, and that affords us options as to how to go forward; ignoring our hurt only keeps us stuck. Don’t succumb to the temptation to use wounds as weapons (that will end up being as if you pointed a loaded gun at your own face!), and don’t allow yourself to use them as ways to explain your less successful or flattering choices–we’ve got to own ‘it’ to improve ‘it’ (aspects include Mercury and conj Sun sesq SN, nov Chiron, and qnx Juno).

Ambitions get a big boost, and exercising creativity and looking at events through a spiritual lens can be highly beneficial, as long as you’re willing to address issues, particularly in finances and relationships, rather than bury them, or pretend not to know the problem (Venus sq Neptune and trine Zeus).

Have a great one!

Let’s Discuss: the North Node

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If the North Node is the direction we’re headed on the road of life, understanding its meaning is like having a map that can help guide the turns we take and what types of things along the way we should look for; as well, it will help us avoid wandering back toward re-tracing our steps in familiar, South Node territory. ‘Hochalm mit Serles bei Innsbruck’ By Leopold Scheiring 1917 {{PD}}

I want to say thank you to all for such a robust response to the One Aspect invitation! I’ve already gotten far more submissions than I can use, far more than I expected, and the submission period isn’t over yet! So my apologies to the many who won’t have their situation addressed–I send you special thanks, just for being willing to offer your info, and I’m sorry I won’t be able to get to you. That said, I’ll probably be drawing from these for at least a month, so don’t give up hope–you may see yours yet!

Here’s our first aspect/ placement topic, the North Node. A large number of you mentioned the North Node as a point of interest. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what it really means, in the sense that knowing it points you toward the future doesn’t make things any clearer! I hear you. The North Node is an excellent way to illustrate my contention that aspects shouldn’t be delineated in a vacuum, as it isn’t just the sign and House placement that speak to us, it’s an axis of the chart as well as the aspects made to it and the disposition of its ruler that give depth to interpretation–so in order to effectively interpret a North Node placement at a truly individual level, we need that full chart info that allows us to add context, and so much more particular meaning than we’d get just from placement alone.

First a little background: the Nodes aren’t bodies, but points where the Moon’s orbit intersects the ecliptic, which is, in brief, the Sun’s apparent path through the sky as observed from Earth. So these are Lunar-related points that tell us about past (South Node) and future (North Node) personal development, and are generally considered to ‘point the way’, with the SN offering well-developed skills and qualities, and experiences we’ve already had and so don’t necessarily need to undergo again, and the NN describing what we must strive to experience, learn, and incorporate into our lives in order to grow and develop on all levels: physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, with the equation varying widely for each individual. The trick is to find ways to import and exploit that South Node knowledge to support North Node forms. Now our first seeker:

“I’d love to play along! My info: (birth data redacted for privacy). The aspect of my chart I’m interested in is my North Node. I left my South Node high paying job 7 years ago. My entrepreneurial attempt at a small business has been failing since it began. I’m at a loss on how best to navigate to the North. Thanks for your consideration.”

We are given a brief sketch of the current life situation, and we see it illustrated in the Nodal situation within the birth chart: South Node in Capricorn in the 2nd of assets, talents, Self-worth, earnings=this suggests someone who sees hard work, nose-to-the-grindstone, Self-disciplined effort as the way to success. Follow-the-rules careful, serious effort is probably natural to this woman–and with Capricorn the attitude, it may be hard to understand why joining the high-powered status quo isn’t completely fulfilling, as well as why hard work isn’t a complete success formula on its own–it always has been in the past!

Of course, this places the Cancer North Node in the 8th=it’s hinted here that cooperation (rather than the individual, jaw-gritting determination of Cap) or collaboration is needed, maybe even supporters who contribute or invest, or work where you do that for others, as an emotional investment on the part of the NN individual is required; she also must develop a sensitivity to changing circumstances and feelings–an ability to ‘read the room’, so to speak, rather than go blindly with authority and following the rules. The individual must care about what they’re doing, at a level that actually moves them. All these are required to move in the proscribed life direction–and so presumably to create success.

We turn toward NN ruler the Moon for illumination of the necessary conditions for progress, and what we see is a Moon in Libra in the 11th, just more than one degree past conjunction to the Sun–so, a New Moon baby!–and this again hints that partnership and/ or an ‘audience’ or other supportive public may be required, that aesthetics, Art, or relationships are central, and that the Soul’s purpose and the emotional/ intuitive nature are deeply connected. Too, we might infer that the kind of venture may be entirely new to the individual–something she doesn’t have a lot of experience with (New Moon status), and the House placement implies involvement with or leading of a group could be part of the ‘new’ role, and that the natural tendency is to create goals and then pursue them. We note that the Sun-Moon sit at the midpoint of the Uranus-ASC square, and that they semi-sextile Mars. Both suggest that the Will is strong and likely ‘leads the way’ in creating situations, some of which are surprising or ‘accidents’, that attempt to turn the individual in the direction most beneficial to her development. There is also a sesquiquadrate to Chiron, implying that there may be a lot of situations the individual either tries to accommodate (out of pain) or works to avoid (out of fear of pain), making circumstances more difficult or convoluted than they need to be.

Peripherally we look at the state of Moon/ Sun ruler Venus, which sits in the 12th in Scorpio, conjoined Ceres and sextile Zeus. This tells us that most of what motivates the individual is hidden, or at least working below the conscious level, possibly delivered/ revealed to the conscious mind through dreams or through Collective or spiritual experiences, and that ambitions, desires, and situations of autonomy, personal power, and responsibility are paramount learning experiences throughout life–even though they may not seem to be central to learning. That is, the condition of relationships, values, and finances may carry more info about the individual and the individual evolution than they do about their apparent subjects–and that implies the current financial situation is speaking about personal development needs, more than purely business ones.

Now back to the Nodes. We have three striking aspects/ configurations in which the NN is involved: a Cardinal Grand Cross with the Nodal axis and the Mercury/Pallas-Jupiter opposition; a Water Grand Trine with NN, Neptune, and Chiron; and a quincunx to Saturn. Let’s take these one at a time.

The quincunx to Saturn suggests a continual ‘adjustment’ of the real-world situation to the destined direction. The individual is constantly looking to modify ‘what is’ to take it in the direction they want to go. This shows high adaptability and practicality–they don’t fight the need to respond to circumstances or conform to the expectations (especially of authority) in order to move forward, and that’s good, but they also might be a little too quick to discard what they think isn’t working, or to modify efforts according to feedback–which is reinforced by the heavy Libra emphasis, suggesting a danger of losing one’s own desires by giving too much credence to what others say or do, to what authority or tradition tell us, or to ‘fashions’, as they apply to the individual’s own efforts. There may also be a sense that reality is perpetually unstable, perhaps making for a bit of fear around ‘what ifs’ or unexpected losses, or that there is always something semi-holding one back, anything from actual physical difficulties to a sense of barriers or a ‘glass ceiling’. The very rules and structure that gave a ladder to climb may have come to feel unreasonably inhibiting, along with an idea that things are ‘unfair’ and that the same restrictions don’t apply to others.

The Water Grand Trine speaks of the way feelings are the conduit for healing and creativity, for the spiritual and the most personalized of skills, and again we see the suggestion that these energies are held down deep, in the individual’s ‘deep down’ beliefs about the Self, or manifesting through familial relationships (Chiron in the 4th) or hidden and revealed in glimpses within dreams, spiritual experiences, interacting with large institutions that ‘confine’ the individual (like hospitals or prisons), or Collective events. So, the feelings hold the key to healing, to finding emotional balance, to accessing creativity and spiritual harmony, and so to creating with as much conscious intention as possible the life direction (NN).

But it’s the Cardinal Grand Cross that really lights this up! The thing with a Cross is that, when one arm is stimulated by transit or other contact, the whole thing lights up–and that means it can be very difficult for an individual to sort the energies out, or to handle them. It may feel like a landslide, with so much triggered at once, bringing forward a disconcerting confusion about why so much is happening at the same time, with the initial response often being a, Why me? as so little that goes down makes sense on the surface.

The Nodal axis is ‘crossed’ by the opposition of Mercury/ Pallas in Libra (wisdom and practicality, learned and offered through relationships) and Jupiter in Aries (belief in the Self! Too, always believing one can figure ‘it’ out on one’s own, or can learn ‘it’ by personal effort and availing oneself of the accumulated knowledge of society–that is, through education). That can also read as what the individual feels/ knows, the inner wisdom, is perpetually to some degree at odds with the ‘knowledge’ of the social order, making it hard for the individual to feel they belong.

The involved Houses are 2, 5, 8, and 11, and when combined with the Cardinal signs say that one’s own actions then form circumstances where things must be developed, calibrated, assessed. This can give a start-stop feeling that may frustrate that Cappy South Node and leave the Cancer North wondering what there really is to care about here, especially as the individual may be asked repeatedly to care about what others do or have, or to offer some sort of nurture or support, when to the individual it seems like it should be the other way around! And indeed it will be, as soon as the individual has put her energy into the needed, caring form.

Looking back 7 years, to the point when one career ended and the next began, we see something revealing: that between the Chiron Return, the proximity of transiting Pluto to conjunction with the South Node, Zeus’ conjunction to Pallas, and Saturn’s conjunction to Venus, the inclination was to ambition fulfillment through real-world means, but what was aimed for was pure South Node! Pluto’s contact made it feel like complete and utter change, but Pluto rules the 12th, cluing us in that what motivated the changes was at the mercy of the unconscious–which of course will work to stay safe, to profit, to gain power, to establish work that fits the dream (Saturn to Venus, ruler of the 6th and 11th)–and safety may have required a contained and conservative effort, rather than one as adventurous as intended. Her 3rd House Aquarian Saturn (thoughts consumed with creating a bright and progressive future, appreciation of the ‘new age’ of communication) was at this time receiving a longer-term transit of Juno (back and forth across the body), suggesting that the individual felt empowered in a real-world sense, believing her ideas had come of age, that it was her time to shine, that the empowerment picture and her place in it had matured–and that’s not wrong.

But, it seems to me that it was the timing of it all that may have thwarted the new start. My message might be this: Without meaning to, you may have followed the South Node, mistaking it for the change you were seeking. The ambitions felt smart and practical (Zeus to Pallas) and it looked like manifesting a prosperous earning situation was can’t miss, when it really may have been simply an echo of older, familiar ways couched in ‘new’ terms. Saturn natally in the 3rd and ruling the South Node may make it especially hard to break away from the past; the individual may do so on the surface, but the unconscious continues to orchestrate things in such a way that retreat may seem to be the only answer. It’s not, of course; a truly new venture may require amounts of feeling, vulnerability, and cooperation that are genuinely challenging to this individual. Now, transiting Uranus opposes Venus, driving home the unsustainability of it all, the unreliability even of the Self, life, and Purpose itself, and makes emotions feel like wild things (Uranus opp ruler of the Moon and Sun), even as Saturn transits the 3rd and prepares in a short while for the second Saturn Return, making the thoughts stubborn things, and making changing the way of thinking difficult, indeed. Surrender may be a concept to contemplate, with Uranus’ eventual sextile to the North Node in about two years potentially bringing illumination to the ‘which way should I go?’ picture.

And a second seeker interested in her North Node:

‘Virgo constellation from Uranographia’ By Johannes Hevelius 1690 {{PD}}

“My North Node in any aspects it makes, because I feel I didn’t figure out how to be of service/my mission/why I’m here anyways? (birth data redacted for privacy)”

Though normally we make some allowances for larger orbs in a natal chart, I’m going to keep it tight in this instance, as the picture is rather crisp and single-themed. This woman’s North Node is in Virgo in the 6th, conjoined Black Moon Lilith, semi-sextile Mars, ruler of the 1st, and trine Sedna. Interesting that she asks about service and her mission, as that’s definitely how Virgo sees things! The sign of service in one of the Houses of service, connected to the House that rules the Self. Add to this the contact to BML=a life direction one may actually try to avoid or ignore, or it may feel like it will stir up rage, if one addresses the injustices one sees–an attempt, perhaps, to just not open that can of worms that holds the key to one’s purpose–and contact to Sedna=again, easy to put the life’s mission in the ‘blind spot’ and ignore the inner knowing, the instincts and promptings. But why would someone want to avoid what they ostensibly seek?

I would assume that inability to pinpoint Purpose centers in a mistaken idea of what serving might ask of the individual, or as we see here, Purpose requiring some time and living to develop–so what kind of service does this chart suggest? Here’s where we see an amazing consistency in the nature of what the NN points toward: service through Virgo and the 6th, with NN ruler Mercury in Scorpio in the 8th of shared resources (opposed Sedna), Merc ruler Pluto conjoined the Sun in Libra–and what is Libra about? Justice! And cooperation/ aiding others, emphasized even further by placement of Sun-Pluto in the 7th of all others. With a NN in Virgo, we see that the Purpose in the largest sense is to serve–and we do that by some form of cooperation (Libra) with others. There’s also a lovely Taurus Moon in the 2nd–nurture as a talent–closely quincunx its own ruler Venus in the 7th in Libra=lifelong adjustment to the feeling nature through relationships–and this may signal that it was necessary for a good part of the life to have already been lived in order to develop a mature, resilient, and empathetic emotional nature, that’s now ready to take on the life’s purpose.

It seems to me this life is about serving either through forms of nurture, or in finding justice for others. This can take many many shapes, from health care or hospice care to forensic accounting to counseling or advocacy for others in court or within government systems to feeding others or finding housing for those without. Research, detective work, medical research or medical practice, tax preparation or administration, court advocacy or law, psychology, couples counseling, probationary officer, helping at-risk youth, nursing, chef, gardener or co-op manager, house mother, writer (concentrating on illuminating human nature, fiction or non-fiction)–I could go on, but the important point is all are in the broadest sense forms of looking for the Truth at the core of life, and in so doing benefiting those with whom one works/ interacts. This can be in formal roles that require training, or in the informal venues of friendship, intimate relationship, or motherhood, but in any case, an ability to think concisely, to follow the facts, to look unflinchingly at darkness but know how to show others the way to the light–that’s what you’ve got going for you–it’s up to you what shape your mission takes, but this service does need to have a public component, to be visible to others, especially others who can affect the fates of those you aid (like judges, doctors, or police, unless that’s the role you take on!) Please don’t feel like you’re getting a late start–you may already have gone in this direction to some degree, and just know that you needed time for what you have to offer to reach it’s full potential.

More to come! Thanks, everyone–

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 28 April 2020

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‘Medea the Sorceress’ By Valentine Cameron Prinsep 1880 {{PD}}

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . get rid of any standard or commitment that doesn’t respect your personal autonomy and power. You are a force of Nature, with an obligation to use that power wisely–and anything that stops you must go!

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 April 2020

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By Illustrator unknown. “Copyright 1937 by Paramount Pictures Inc.” – Scan via Heritage Auctions. Cropped from the original image and retouched; see upload history for unretouched original., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=88027348

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . notice that our first impulse to choose or do isn’t really a smart one–and this is so despite the way our ideas are truly inspired and creative. It’s a matter of needing to do or choose with our eyes on the future, rather than indulging in whatever the ego or our own more base needs dictate. That could mean that by taking an attitude that puts the meaning behind what we’re building or creating first, rather than just acting for our personal gratification, we can make the most of the exciting things we’re visualizing and thinking about. Being mindful of what we’re creating means everybody wins.

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

A Change of Pace

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I’ll just hang out here while you get your info ready. ‘The Valkyrie’s Vigil’ By Edward Robert Hughes 1906 {{PD}}

Let’s have a change of pace, shall we? The answer to that is Yes, and you can be part of it! I’d like to hear from readers who’d like a particular aspect in their chart discussed. As regular readers know, I do not like to discuss only one facet of a chart–it gives a lopsided and sometimes incorrect picture, when isolated–but with this we combat any distortions by having the aspect discussed as it functions within the whole chart. That means I’ll talk about the aspect, but as it fits into the entire natal picture. Emphasis will be on how it influences areas other than the obvious and expected ones (such as placement by House(s) or sign(s)). Expect about three paragraphs for any specific aspect–not an exhaustive analysis, though I do aim to make it an instructive one.

How do you play along? You can submit the aspect you’d like to hear about plus your complete birth data (stated as local time, date, and place–for example, 5:05 AM 6 March 1983 Los Angeles). It’s important you state the month in a word rather than a number, to avoid confusion (not doing so automatically gets your info discarded). You may also want to include a few words on how you feel this aspect has manifested so far. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SEND COMPLETE INFO–leaving anything out makes it impossible to use.

Allow me plenty of time to choose and write up what comes in. I’ll be accepting entries through the end of April, for this first round. There’s no guarantee your info will be used, but if it is, your name will not be disclosed. I will not be answering individual entries–if it isn’t addressed publicly in this blog, it won’t be. Submit info through the comments section of this post only.

For at least a while I’ll be going to more random posts, covering current aspects or upcoming astro events or analysis of interesting people, rather than a Daily; the last one of those will post on Monday the 27th for Tuesday the 28th. Stay safe out there, dear Readers, and be happy–and if you need to you can do as I have, and mix it up a bit!

 

A Good Day To . . . 26 April 2020

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The 26th is a Good Day To . . . sort out whether it’s the social order or the facts that don’t support what and to whom we’ve dedicated our energy. Essentially, we’re being given a hard time, though whether the criticism is valid or not is almost beside the point; this actually challenges us to assess our own circumstances through a Higher Mind lens. That will lift us above the fray and show us the way we may profit, or recognize the worth of our relationships or talents, and so know if the critique was an important signpost or really more about the critiquer. And, with the Sun conjoining Uranus, it’s a day when every accident or unexpected thing tells us something vital about ourselves–so listen attentively as the Universe speaks.

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

A Good Day To . . . 25 April 2020 + A Little on Ceres

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‘Ceres Enthroned’ By Michele Pannonio c1450-60 {{PD}}

A Little on Ceres

Here’s a question: Does Ceres (Mother Nature) in Pisces (related to fluid-borne illness, hard to diagnose symptoms, returning to the Collective, miasmas, and unreality, just to name a few correspondences) necessarily represent Covid-19? Many have stated that the recent Saturn-Pluto conjunction kicked it off, and that this represents Covid. Just as with the astrology of a human being, many factors can apply to the overall picture. I do think Ceres’ move into Pisces while trine the North Node is significant. That contact to the Nodes, just as they are poised to move from Cancer into late Gemini (because remember, the Nodes shift and shift but overall move backward through the zodiac) suggests the direction of energy will move from caring to a kind of communicating where networking and connections are integral to the sharing of information. The NN in Cancer brought forward so many moving and Selfless acts of kindness with the onset of these trying times; the change to Gemini, we might reasonably anticipate, will usher in connecting and networking prompted by stress (as the first place the Nodes go is to that under pressure 29th degree). So, perhaps soon we can look forward to some true cooperative efforts, a genuine pooling of information that can take us forward, and benefit everyone. And it’s notable that Pallas is at 29 degrees of Capricorn right now, implying a last ditch effort to avoid being practical or failing to call whole-heartedly on those with appropriate skills to address changes to structures, institutions, ‘the rules’, and reality itself. We certainly see this every day in the US at the Corona virus briefings, where it’s much more a PR stunt (“If we can persuade them everything’s okay, then it’s okay!”) and the President’s time for Self-promotion, than it is about mobilizing efforts to fight the virus. Don’t worry–the Nodal move into Gemini/ Sagittarius should bring more attention to actual information, to the facts, and to a pooling of resources so that more or less we all get on the same page.

Yes, Saturn-Pluto certainly paints a picture of a destructive plague decimating the current social order, deconstructing the status quo, promising to forever change what is–but I think Ceres tells it from a slightly different perspective, that of the state of the planet. Earth is sick, in effect, and that just so happens to affect some of the species that live on her. In this sense, Ceres is the state of health of the planet, the eco-system that expresses viability, analogous to an individual’s state of health, while the Earth corresponds to an individual’s body. Ceres in Pisces, then, suggests we may not be able to know or contain this state of Being, that control may never happen–which means accommodation must instead. Ceres as symbol of our relationship to Earth has moved from a condition of intellectualizing our interaction, and understanding but not doing anything about the relationship itself (Aquarius). That is, we went along, analyzing what was happening, but treating it as effects of the modern, something to study, but not to act on or react to as there seemed to be so little urgency, until suddenly, there is. With current events, Earth and humankind are trying to achieve a better balance, something to supersede the increasingly uneasy living arrangement we’ve had up until now. Together we can make it work.

The 25th is a Good Day To . . .  expect rewards and benefits to suddenly appear from within some fairly difficult circumstances or because of some hard-to-accept restrictions, barriers, or boundaries. Accepting limitations offers us something positive, Love or Money or satisfaction or praise (Venus is currently in Gemini), and that should take the sting out of the negative things we hear and the negative social situation that surrounds us.

Too, Pluto retrogrades today, possibly withdrawing the feeling that we can change things at all. Despair or fear would be a normal reaction–but one you need to realize is based in a temporary condition. This too shall pass is one of the wisest things we can remember at this time.

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

A Good Day To . . . 23 & 24 April 2020

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This might be Ceres’ ideal, high summer, a time when her beloved Proserpina has returned to her. ‘Ceres’ By Osmar Schindler c1902 {{PD}}

Ceres enters Pisces on the 23rd, and this has several implications. We may be inclined to see the potentials in Mother Nature, both Her ideal forms, and the way in which she could develop, the paths she might take–and that can be frightening, if what we envision is her ability to cleanse the planet, because we’re all too aware right now that might include us! And we know in our gut that She tells us what’s coming, as her entrance into Pisces places her trine the North Node point: she easily determines the future, with or without our consent. We might all do best right now to honor Nature, to nurture the health of the plants and animals and environment that surrounds us. Whatever form that takes for you personally (will you water a plant, or plant a field? pick trash from the roadside or contrive a smaller carbon footprint? care for an animal or decide not to eat them?), if all of us participate, it will amount to a Collective signal to Ceres: we bow to You, we honor You, we find You sacred, and so commit to doing our best to treat You with care, respect, and to live with You in harmony. It’s worth a try and in Pisces, She’s ready to embrace us, and to receive our message.

For the 24th we’ll likely be conscious of a smooth interlocking of energies that buoy us forward and that ‘reward’ us with surprises and unanticipated revelations, sudden understanding and, potentially, a higher point of view, should we step back from things and take advantage of it. Attend to health–good ideas about how to enhance it come to us–and listen to the inner knowing, that voice that speaks, not in some external, incorporated admonition, but the one that is purely our own, the one that knows with certainty what’s good for us. Hint: ambitions can’t be served today–we’ll get the wrong message if we do pursue them–instead look to the wider picture, and how you can make your corner of the world a better place.

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

See the New Moon of the 22nd here–

A Good Day To . . . 21 April 2020

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‘A Stroll on the Beach’ By Michael Peter Ancher 1896 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . .  see how relationships and/ or finances challenge us to be smart or practical. It’s a matter of what we really value being tested–the situation is almost beside the point–it’s all about this: how much do we really mean all those things we say, think, and see ourselves as, in terms of allowing principles to guide our behavior and choices? Once again, we’re being offered a chance to shed illusions about ourselves, to connect with instinct and what we ‘know but don’t know’, and to heal a little part of our hurt. If we accept the challenge, and eliminate any distance between what we say we are and what we are in real life, we earn a kind of security that comes specifically from honoring what we truly revere. It’s a genuine chance to ‘walk our talk’.

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

See tomorrow’s New Moon here–

New Moon 22 April 2020 Eye of the Storm

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‘The Large Poplar Tree II (The Coming Storm)’ BY Gustav Klimt {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects on the 22nd at 7:26 PM PDT at 3 Taurus 24, both bodies moving quickly to conjoin Uranus–first the Moon, of course, then the Sun. This may build-in to New Moon events a particular, high-strung energy that makes everyone hyper-vigilant, hyper-aware, hyper-anxious, and just plain hyper–and this despite the event taking place in normally placid, steady Taurus. We may be presented with a surrounding situation that is all calm vibes and low-key mellowness, only to find that it’s very difficult to sit still, with reality and real-world circumstances forcing awareness of (and maybe ceaseless rumination on) problems or restrictions and limitations, or stressful (and likely confining) circumstances. Or, we could be the calm eye of the storm, with everyone or every thing else swirling around us. In either instance, a contrast that can’t be readily explained.

The thing is, Neptune is loosely semi-square the New Moon; that almost certainly brings a bedeviling energy, with imagination on overdrive and each of us too quick to believe what may not hold up upon examination. Too, this aspect of the NM to Neptune could bring the birth of a new dream, ideal, or misbegotten goal–that latter having its origins in a misconception from which nothing truly sound or productive can come. It’s our job, right now, to know the difference, but don’t be hard on yourself if you fall for a Neptunian delusion, as even with what appears to be a misstep, the contact of the NM to Uranus tells us that whatever transpires at this time offers enlightenment in the form of Higher Mind understanding (Uranus). We may be inspired, or we may falter, caught up in a spontaneous illusion, but in either case we learn a greater Truth, or see our world through a higher and wider perspective.

The Sun-Moon blend noviles the pairing of Venus and Hygeia, suggesting new awareness of the costs in both relationships and material assets of maintaining health. This most certainly applies to quarantining and lockdowns around the world. The New Moon may offer ingenious ways to cope, to soothe, and to provide (Taurus), and will likely show us what we’ll lose if we move too quickly and ignore what’s required to overcome this expression of Nature. Important to note that Ceres, Mother Nature Herself, is currently trine both the Earth and the North Node=we must balance our needs with Nature’s, in order to have a future at all. Ceres is also at 29 tense degrees, and novile Black Moon Lilith=Nature is forcing us to confront what we’d rather ignore; she’s in distress Herself, and needs us to acknowledge certain realities, if we’re both to go on. Ceres at 29 Aquarius screams loud and clear: we can’t go on intellectualizing, justifying our position with ‘reasons’! If we stretch we add to this the way the New Moon is also novile Vesta, suggesting that honoring the ‘right’ things is required, that it’s the smart thing to do, and that we must start today.

The New Moon is also within trine of the South Node and in wide square to Saturn and even 29 degree Pallas. Right now we may be seeing all the difficulties, all the restrictions and issues that the real world presents, the results of past actions and choices. But again, we see that doing the smart thing, the right thing, the wise thing, is required; we’re at a crisis point, and we’re being called to ‘go to war’ in an Athenian way, that is, with consciousness and good intent, to make things right, and to solve real-world problems.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘The Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow’. Well that seems kind of obvious, doesn’t it? We can see how to win, what material surroundings and the environment require–now we just have to keep ourselves united in purpose long enough to do it.

Stay safe! If the astrology for this New Moon doesn’t convince you that we need to continue to Self-isolate, I don’t know what will. And if anyone reading this happens to be among those who are protesting the Stay at Home orders, I say with all the love in my heart, go fuck yourselves–you clearly don’t understand what’s going on, and you don’t have the right to endanger the rest of us.

A Good Day To . . . 20 April 2020

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‘Cupid Blindfolded and Two Doves’ By Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo 1757 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . not think about it! I know! Strange that I’d be counseling you not to look at something that disturbs you, but that’s exactly what I want you to do: refuse to stare at or obsess over the scary, threatening, shadowy something that is lurking in consciousness. Just considering this thing is disempowering, and you may be tempted by fear to dress it up as something it’s not–and thereby rob yourself of what can otherwise be a day when a lot gets done, inside the psyche or out in the world, especially if what you tackle brings continuity, linking past experience with building positively for the future.

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

See my take on the upcoming New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 19 April 2020

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Two Bacchantes and a Bull, probably a sacrificial one. Unknown Roman origin. Vatican Museums, Rome. Description and Photo By Alvesgaspar CC BY-SA 4.0

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . see things through a very specific lens: one where we perceive that our values are being tested by the social order, and we must know our own ‘authority limits’ in order to answer this trial with our most spiritually advanced and creative energies. Everybody ‘out there’ seems to be rubbing us the wrong way–but consider that this might be because 1) what’s put forward may be challenging what you consider your ‘right’, and 2) that the purpose of this is to point out to you what’s a fantasy, what’s not viable, or what’s deceptively interpreted within your identity or personality. You’re not wrong, you’re just not seeing yourself in a way that makes for effective choices and clear communication with others. See the blessing within this feedback, as the ‘correction’ offered today will come in handy as our attention turns toward issues around sustenance, earthly matters, security, and those areas where we must persevere, as the Sun enters Taurus.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 April 2020

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‘A Visit to the Doctor’ Except today you’re your own physician. By Gerrit Dou c1663 {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . focus entirely on our health and well-being. Period. Distinguish between pampering and genuine nurturing, between true health in all areas and the mere appearance of it, and don’t bother to look for some convoluted new answer or method when you know damn well what you need to do. That is all.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 April 2020

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So many people together looks unreal now, doesn’t it? ‘Music in the Tuileries’ By Édouard Manet 1862 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . live our values, eschew a grasp for power, and thereby become stronger than ever! And all this comes about because we choose to do something we would normally consider unwise or impractical. Whodathunk, right? It’s likely to be an odd, one-off day, where walking away from what normally empowers us attracts power, where honoring both our own and others’ authority pays off, and where a willingness to deal directly with reality as it exists (that is, not imposing a filter to make it more palatable!) will create a path forward to a future we genuinely want. Disorienting, but ultimately highly beneficial, if we can roll with it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 April 2020

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‘Woman Writing a Letter, with Her Maid’ By Johannes Vermeer c1670 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . ask ourselves: What must we change about our stated values to make them align with our actions (because our actions reflect our true beliefs)? Aligning what we do and are with what we think we do and are will have massive benefits, if we have the courage to act on it. And second, what habit or choice made in the past can we resurrect in service to our own empowerment and/ or earning ability? Those may seem at first glance to be big, open-ended questions, but in reality they are quite specific; each of them is asking for one thing, the first for personal honesty, the second for you to reach back in memory to bring forward a practice, habit, or exercise that expressed a part of your essence. Right now we all need both a frank assessment of our values, and to recycle and bring back to life something that manifests a vital portion of the spirit (and the key to knowing what this is will be found in what once brought you genuine joy). Again, we’re asked to look into and think about the abyss–and this time when we look away, we come back to daily life refreshed in a Soul-deep connection to our most authentic identity.

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

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A Good Day To . . . 15 April 2020

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‘Easter morning’ By Mykola Pymonenko 1891 {{PD}}

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . see and acknowledge the dark underbelly of Love and Finance, specifically as it applies to your ideas of your own power, authority, and reach. I’m seeing this as something where we must accept both the darkness and the light we get from relationships, or the positives and negatives that weigh into one’s assessment of a job, career, or financial arrangement. The scenario we’re faced with may point out in stark terms how we tend to minimize or ignore the compromises we make in order to maintain a status quo. But, though it’s possible you might be moved to change things, the intent is more to draw your attention to the need to discontinue sugar-coating an area of your life that’s developing a sticky-sweet crust that will eventually become super-unappealing, and that may already have put you in an awkward (or at least not beneficial) position within the social sphere, or that has kept you from growing and becoming ‘more’.

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A Good Day To . . . 14 April 2020

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‘The Tangled Garden’ By J. E. H. MacDonald 1916 {{PD}}

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . count on yourself. It’s no time to look to others to bolster your position–they’ve got troubles of their own. You may feel uncertain of instincts and intuition–that simply serves as a warning, ‘You’re afraid, or you’re hurt, and you can’t let that run the show.’ That said, you gain in three separate ways: by sticking with values, no matter what; by refusing to tangle with the powers-that-be–you’ll lose; and by concentrating on the several ways you are truly gifted–doing what only you can do benefits you tremendously.

An interesting note: Venus conjoins Vesta today. Could we get a bigger endorsement of the benefits of staying home? Do it, so we can beat this thing.

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A Good Day To . . . 13 April 2020

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‘Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone’ By Thomas Moran 1872 {{PD}}

The 13th is a Good Day To . . . act on inspiration and the creative urge, but not without refusing to abandon highest values. That means don’t do anything you might otherwise find unacceptable just because circumstances suggest it might offer ‘a new way’ or garner you ‘creative credit’. There’s much to be gained by ‘facing the music’ in financial circumstances or within relationships, so don’t hesitate to peer into the abyss–and be ready to stand your ground when it looks back at you.

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A Good Day To . . . 12 April 2020

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The 12th is a Good Day To . . . be aware of the many forms of balance we’re called upon to achieve/ maintain. Awareness will both enhance health and supercharge instincts and intuition. We may be called upon to face a certain darkness, an unpleasant facet of reality, and if we do, we lay a strong foundation that keeps us from being deceived, as well as guaranteeing that certain ‘skeletons in the closet’ won’t ever trouble us again.

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

See the recent Full Moon in Libra here–

Time: We Are The River Running Through It

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By Harald Sohlberg 1906 {{PD}}

The following is an article, slightly modified, that first appeared in an October 2012 issue of ECLIPSE, for your weekend reading pleasure. Please note, the article uses Placidus charts.

There are a great many ways to think of time; all of them suggest connection among what we call the past, the present, and what is to come. It’s our nature to measure time from our own vantage point within it, and that means we do see it, whether we believe intellectually that it is or not, as a progression. Though one part is gone, seemingly unalterable from where we stand now, and the circumstances of one part have not yet coalesced around us, we somehow have difficulty both recognizing that the present is the one period we can affect without question, and that certain events in the present and the future actually arose in the choices of the past (and this is setting aside the fact that the ‘now’ that is as you read this sentence is not the same ‘now’ that existed when you read the first sentence of this article, an awareness of a kind of ‘micro-flow’).

Initially we tend to see ourselves as immersed in time, carried along on its currents, with a flow that comes out of the past and stretches out into our future. It’s only human to pretend at being mystified by this flow and the events it brings, to see what happens as beyond our control–for then who can blame us for what comes to pass? If we see things as truly random, the question of karma, of ultimate balance and reason existing whether we can see it or not, becomes invalid in our own minds; with this attitude we will see only chaos, and probably spend our lives struggling to affect what results.

Once we reach a point where we are willing to accept responsibility for our choices without excuses, to see the Universe as always, consistently causal (and that this is so whether we are privy to the causal chain of events, or the organizing energy behind it, or not), we open up a whole new way of seeing the world and the things that happen around and to us. We recognize that we are not floating on that river of time, but are part of it–we are running through it. We take our place as a component of the Universe, not as a segregated, helpless traveler within it–and it’s not a big leap from there to begin contemplating time, and how we might define it, affect it, even control it.

There is a time component inherent to those energies in astrology that define life urges. It seems that when we feel that spark of movement, we see the energy as dimensional, as containing one or more concepts of time. For instance, Saturn is the traditional indicator of time, standing for the actual process of what we perceive as time’s passage, for maturing, building, aging–it manages to symbolize all linear time–even our use of a baby for the New Year and an old man for the end of that year speaks of the Saturnian experience of time.

‘Head of a Bearded Old Man (Saturn)’ 1516 By Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

But Saturn also tells of non-change, the antithesis of time itself; Saturn can signify the static, the permanent, the unchangeable. Saturn is where we are firmly rooted in reality (and sometimes fear), where the past is set in stone, and where the past and present are all there is. Saturn is usually our go-to reference astrologically for time, along with the Moon. Lunar influences are ever-changing, malleable and fluid, and so ‘fill in’ those ‘missing’ parts to the Saturnian definition of time. The emotional component of the Moon’s perceptual lens renders the passage of time subjective, and so difficult to measure with Lunar consciousness, which is so unlike the steady tick of the Saturnian timepiece. In every way that Saturn suggests forever, Luna implies an illumination of the moment, here and gone, ever-shifting.

But we have other astrological signifiers of the concept of time, and it’s important we’re aware of them, as they can, mentally and spiritually (and who’s to say not also physically?) describe our experience of the time we occupy within the Cosmos. They can become ‘where we are’ just as certainly as we can be contained within the more familiar Saturnian bounds of time. Time, from the astrological perspective, need not always be considered linear–though certainly the cycles and procession of planetary movement from our vantage here on Earth, the very stuff we examine to know the meaning behind it, implies that within the limited framework of our human brains, a linear approach helps us make sense of it all, at least for purposes of organization and understanding. Still, awareness of other perceptual possibilities shows us the dimensionality of the Universe, and gives us hints of ‘What If?’ always an exciting prospect.

The planet Neptune may be the most obvious astrological body with the potential to affect our perceptions of time. With this outer behemoth we see that to be in a Neptunian state, lost in creativity or confusion, brings our awareness of the passage of time to a standstill–not like the Saturnian permanence, but in a way that seems to remove us from the linear flow–we lose a sense of time passing, or even existing, when we are immersed in Neptune; we are in what is known to some as ‘Dream Time’. The House where our natal Neptune sits, as well as the House(s) with Pisces on the cusp, might be the places we are most likely to be able to slip outside the stream of time, to gain a sense of suspension that does not capture us in a single moment (as Saturn does) but that removes the tick of the clock altogether. Here we can apply imagination, and experience matters of the House unfettered by the linear prescription; these are matters where we can lose ourselves, and our Self-consciousness, in such a way that we can connect with both our own purest sense of creativity and with the Collective itself, without boundaries or even the ability to differentiate ourselves from ‘all else’.

For instance, the person with a 12th House Neptune, or Pisces on the cusp of the 12th, may easily ‘lose’ themselves in compassionate service, meditation or spiritual practice, or as a part of a large institution or cause. Mother Teresa (26 August 1910  2:25 PM  Skopje Macedonia) has Neptune in Cancer in the 7th, and Pisces on the 3rd. This suggests an ability to lose herself in caring, not for the Collective, as in the 12th, but for ‘All Others’ as defined by individuals, the human ‘audience’ all around her, with the Pisces cusp placement telling us of her need to communicate the importance of this caring attitude.

‘White Cat and Two Yellow Butterflies’ By Arthur Heyer c1900 {{PD}}

Or, as in the case of Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist and proto-ecology proponent (12 July 1817  9 PM Concord MA USA), we find Neptune and Uranus in Sagittarius in the 10th. That’s like a signature for someone who becomes known for his boundary-less connection to nature and his innovative and pioneering attitude toward it (and interestingly, Thoreau had Ceres, the asteroid of our relationship to nature and our own natural power, in the 12th–Neptune’s ‘natural’ House–trine the North Node, with Pluto at the midpoint–again, a recipe for fine understanding of nature, and the need to transform our attitudes and views toward it, as part of the Path). And, for good measure, he had Pisces intercepted in the 1st, making the ability to lose himself in those Neptunian areas a personal one. Not only does this illustrate our point about Neptune as our place of communion with the Cosmos, it brings forward another point: that our strongest characteristics and qualities are typically found repeatedly in the chart, echoing their importance within the life.

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”   Thoreau

With Uranus and Aquarius we find a time-sense of spontaneity, sudden events, immediacy, modernity, and ‘the new’–and in time awareness this translates as being in the moment. We are present in these parts of the chart, and usually highly aware of both our individuality and our place within the group. Artist Salvador Dali (11 May 1904  8:45 AM  Figueras Spain) had Uranus in the 6th and Aquarius on the 8th, suggesting that it was part of his daily routine, his ‘job’, to be unique and highly individual! His ‘uniqueness imperative’ was to be shared with others, and very likely supported by them (8th House)–an important thing for any artist to garner from his or her audience. Still unsurpassed inventor Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 12 AM Smiljan Croatia) had Aquarius on the 11th–the dream/ goal of invention–in many ways Aquarius on the 11th frames it as the House of the Future, and Aquarian connections to electricity, Higher Thought, and computing seem apt–and Uranus in Taurus in the 1st, suggesting a personal ability to innovate with ‘materials of the Earth’–perhaps a more grounded-seeming energy than we would’ve expected, though not an inappropriate one, as a practical approach is essential to implement those things of the imagination in the material realm. Also of note: his Neptune in Pisces in the 12th, the perfect illustration of one who enjoys a direct creative line to both the Collective and the Universe.

Though Mercury can stand for the minutes or hours on a clock face or in a day, and as well for many other mundane systems accounting for the passage of time, or for the changeability of our direction, literal or figurative (as in the meaning of ‘mercurial’), the planet doesn’t capture a sense of time so much as a measure of it; and the Mercury-encapsulated idea of swiftness emphasizes movement rather than a state of perception (though we could grant Mercury domain over ‘an instant’, if we then didn’t have to define it as a ‘doorstep moment’, of revelation or a turnaround), so that something may change or pass in a Mercurial way, even as it is perceived through a lens of, for instance, Neptune (‘the hour passed in a fog’) or Uranus (‘suddenly I changed my route’ the suddenness of perception being Uranian, the movement–in this case a ‘route’–being Mercurial). Mars, though a proponent of action without reservation, speaks more of a viewpoint than of anything else: ‘I am here, everything else is out there, and I will act upon it’. So oriented is Mars toward movement and activity that he barely takes in surroundings or one’s perceptions relative to time–he is instead so intent on acting that the Mars perceptual lens can be acted upon, just as Mercury’s is, by other, more time-oriented, energies. The same is true of Jupiter; with his orientation toward expansion he pushes out, but does not think of other than efforts in the now, a spreading, sharing, enlarging of what he already is. All these energies are process, rather than time, aligned, placing them firmly in the ‘action’ category. And Venus? She too is in-the-now, the experience of Love, jealousy, envy, or oneness with another through intimacy removing the consciousness from anything other than the current moment. Venus is immersive, in every sense.

We might wonder, then, about Pluto: about his rulership of the Underworld, of what is hidden, kept secret, of what Plutonian lends itself to the idea of interior time, of those things internalized by the Self as making up a cognitive, emotional, and spiritual place populated by the deepest part of us. Our secrets, our most intense and private beliefs, our dark corners, our shame, our wants, our rage, the parts of our beingness that are known only to ourselves, create a personal landscape that is an accumulation of memory, and so an accumulation of consciousness of time. Pluto may represent the closest approximation astrologically to a living aggregation of feeling that makes up who we are–and so is another, very personal, record of the past that still lives within our memory–and so Pluto could be considered to keep the past alive inside the present. Pluto can, though, hold energies that project us into the future; he tells of rage, and lust, and change through destruction or transformation, and all these are like a view of what future will follow from the past–so maybe Pluto is our best indicator of the future, by transit, by Solar Arc, and from received transits.

‘The Bronx River’ By Ernest Lawson c1910 {{PD}}

Pluto, then, may embody us as the river that runs through time. It is created from our past, our present (through desires, anger, projection), and our futures–and I say ‘futures’ as it contains all the possibilities, running the gamut from re-birth to total destruction. Aspects to Pluto may indicate our ‘interior issues’, those things we may be pre-occupied with, in one form or another, until we have adequately plumbed the darkness that surrounds them–and that may take a lifetime.

A Good Day To . . . 11 April 2020

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Ceres is prominent, right now. ‘Ceres ou l’été’ By Jean-Antoine Watteau 1717-18 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . consider, face, and deal with questions surrounding your rights and your power expression. You need to know how far you can reach without overextending, and you need to get past some Self-imposed blocks arising from old wounds. Doing this in itself is empowering, and helps each of us answer in real-world terms the problems we currently face in moving forward. Successfully carrying all that’s worthy from the past and translating this into usable energy with which to shape the future is the challenge right now; we meet it with clear, reality-oriented thinking that refuses to shy away from the way things are.

It’s also a good time to examine what you’re ingesting, both in the form of food and mentally/ emotionally. Sensitive reactions to intake of all kinds are a loud-and-clear message that some things must be eliminated or avoided, for optimal health.

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

See the recent Full Moon in Libra here–

A Good Day To . . . 8-10 April 2020

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‘Triad Brilliant, Passaic River Hills’ By Oscar Bluemner 1932 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . play around with the (sometimes brilliant) ideas the Full Moon has prompted, and in particular, if you can apply smart action to the current situation, you can enjoy a certain amount of healing and/ or will find where and how you can utilize a ‘gift’ that’s specific to you and your experience.

By the 9th we find we are in the groove, with instincts flowing freely and guiding our efforts and the focus of our attention, and yet, there are some cautions: overdoing or going overboard endangers the careful balance behind the health picture; ambitions either meet resistance (externally) or you find yourself battling within, insisting on a certain course of action when the Universe is trying hard to show you just how the ambition picture in its current form, if realized, will short-change you; and take note of dissonances as you go about your day, as these will show you exactly where and how what you’re considering or attempting violates your highest values. It will likely feel as if there’s no reason not to take that step or do that thing, but that jangly inner warning lets you know that there’s danger ahead if you proceed. So, it’s a day of optimism and progress that requires your attention to and willingness to modify choices so that you don’t hit an unanticipated brick wall down the road.

On the 10th, you remember those changes you were asked to make? Did you make them? Because if you did, action and choice will easily align with values, and so propel efforts forward. The one thing you shouldn’t look for right now is a boost in personal power, or a reward/ pay off–neither is ripe yet, so collecting those fruits now will just give you a tummy ache later (sorry for the fruit metaphor). Expect what happens today to re-orient thinking along more Self-responsible, and more action-centered lines, and be kind to yourself: life is a process, and you’re already at your destination: you have a body, don’t you? So relax, it’s all on track.

And you may want to note that Pluto will retrograde on the 25th. Though normally the apparent turnaround of a heavy like Pluto is felt more as a ‘background shift’, in this case we should take note of the House it’s transiting and the House it rules. We may experience a bit of an earthquake, as this reveals some deterioration or destruction we were unaware of (or at least, we were unaware of the extent of). No need to fear it, just prep now for the change that will, inevitably, come.

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Libra Full Moon 7 April 2020 An Impetus to Action

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‘Moonrise’ By George Inness 1887 {{PD}}

Just a few notes about today, to add to the Full Moon influence:

It doesn’t take a genius (or even an astrologer!) to tell you that change, and the need to take action (even if that action is a withholding, a form of ‘sheltering-in-place’, physical, psychic, or otherwise) are the order of the day. The thing is, change is happening and much of it is outside our control; that means that in order to not just cope, but to thrive, we need to exercise as much control within our own purview as we possibly can. Repeatedly, studies have shown that taking even small actions in situations where we are largely helpless can give us a sense of empowerment, and can bolster our immune system as well as our mental and emotional health, and so help us survive–and in this case, the current astrological picture supports this approach whole-heartedly.

Embrace the reality of things (we don’t do ourselves any favors right now living in a fantasy or pretending that we can just go on in the same ways as always), and act based on facts and within the restrictions of the situation–obvious, but easy to forget when anxiety takes over. Focus should be in two areas: making changes to enhance health (obvs!) and listening to the instinctual, the unspoken, and making the effort to read between the lines, figuratively speaking, and then be willing to see the import of what’s not there, not stated, not coming forward. That’s where both information and empowerment on a personal level lie.

Stay safe, have a lovely Full Moon!

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.