7 December 2016 Delayed Reaction

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By George Morren - Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

By George Morren – Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Aquarius and feelings, especially surrounding relationships, get crossed with the intellect; emotional perceptions will lag behind real-world events, and that means we’ll realize we needed a witty retort, will get upset with what was communicated, or feel we must answer someone or something, well after the event that triggered the feeling. This may send a large number of us around grumbling under our breath, and result in choices and actions that have the aim of showing us our own power–whether that’s a productive goal or not. Because of the emotional experience, we may become enamored of flexing our muscles, just to show we can. It arises from a feeling of helplessness engendered by the frustration of those lagging emotional perceptions, but we should take care to look at the content of the frustration more than the feeling itself; we’re likely to find that we’re hanging our agitated emotions on a minor incident that doesn’t warrant such a response. Too, examining the actual exchange may reveal something we need to address that can remove the source of (probably unconscious) irritation, once and for all.

We should also talk about the squine (yes, ugly name, isn’t it? It comes from the way this contact of 105 degrees falls just between a square–90 degrees–and a trine–120) formed between Mercury and Uranus-Ceres (with Uranus-Ceres also contacting Chiron and Mars, the latter aspecting Mercury). Squines may tell us about difficult situations that bring luck or ease, or conversely, about something we think we can breeze through that brings no end of conflict. In this instance, we might see Uranus-Ceres in Aries as representative of the individual impulses toward both power and originality, with Mercury in Capricorn suggesting restrictive thoughts, communications, and ideas from the Self or others. In the most general terms this could suggest that something forbids, restrains, or requires discipline or a definite ‘shape’, and we respond either spontaneously and uniquely, or spontaneously and rebelliously, but either way we make our choice, influenced by our wounds and our need to act and show others our power within the situation–for better or worse. Also important to know: our ambitions and desires don’t enjoy the benefit of our instincts today–so stick to the facts and don’t indulge impulses in this department–they are more likely prompted by fears or wishes than the guidance of internal knowing (Mars sxt Ceres, Merc semi-sq Mars, Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Venus enters Aquarius)

Here’s your Venus in Aquarius experience

Today’s word image is the color green. It’s our color for sychronicities, for grabbing our attention and bringing us into the present moment, and suggests when we notice it we may have an opportunity for growth, we may be meeting something entirely new and should be aware of that (we’re ‘green’ in the sense of inexperienced), or it could be a warning that we are possibly jealous and unaware of it (‘the green-eyed monster’ ‘green with jealousy’).

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal - Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal – Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

For those born with the Sun at 16 Sagittarius: serious, earth-shattering revelations and change are on the agenda for you, now through to your next birthday, but the funny thing is, this may happen without your conscious awareness, and may be so subtle or behind-the-scenes that it ends up taking you completely by surprise. It may go down like this: the change comes, and with it opportunity/ good fortune–and you must take that while you can, as you’ll either soon be required to take on a solid, dependable role, or will be faced with a formidable obstacle. That’s your map for the coming year. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

6 December 2016 Benefits

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‘La mort de la mère’ Ernest Lincker c1911 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Benefits of all kinds come from ‘clean living’ (whatever that means to you) and this apparently involves pursuing our ambitions, being creative, and being open to spontaneous action. It seems health in all areas comes from a positive and pro-active Self-focus that calls for realization of our goals. That’s a very nice recipe for going after exactly what we want, but keep in mind: success with these energies requires us to reassess our commitments (willingly revising our standards so they are real-world oriented and practical), be cautious, as making choices and taking action brings the unexpected, and we need to be actively aware that the spotlight will naturally fall on the Beautiful, the Prosperous, on Relationships, Finances, areas of Cooperation, Diplomatic endeavors, and on those things that we might envy. With those matters spotlighted, we need to either learn from what we observe and/ or be aware that what we’re seeing is exaggerated, and may present an unreal level of ‘perfection’ that we should not expect ourselves to attain (chiefly because it’s essentially an illusion) (Hygeia nov Zeus, Mars sxt Uranus, Venus sxt Hygeia and nov Neptune, Mercury qnx Vesta, Sun parallel Venus)

Edvard Munch - Death and the Child (1899) {{PD}}

Edvard Munch – Death and the Child (1899) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a dream I had last night, the message of which I will translate: no one can escape death. Grim, right? Except, how differently would we behave if we actually accepted that idea, that we would indeed one day end (at least in our current form)? If we did accept it, that is, truly realize it, we would probably have a viewpoint much closer to the one we see in those who have gone through a terrible ordeal, a disaster, a life-changing illness, or a near-death experience: we would likely see things in a more eternal light, with much different kinds of ‘investment’ made in the everyday. What we appreciate would change markedly, as would what we care about. It’s worth trying to consciously adopt a seriously long view in our decision-making and our energy investments at this point, mostly because we just can’t know what our choices will bring (reflected by the current Mars-Uranus sextile).

For those born with the Sun at 15 Sagittarius: If you can accept some major change that’s coming up shortly, you will encounter some big opportunities or ‘lucky’ turn of events this Solar year, through to your next birthday. These will, perhaps surprisingly, be followed by the need for serious hard work, in order to make the most of them, to cement their benefits in place, and to make the achievements they make possible permanent. At the same time, the emotional life may be tough, as feelings may clash with your Self-image and you could be the victim of deception, or possibly just fall for an illusion. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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3-5 December 2016 Possibilities

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Tallinn bay during December storm from Merivälja. Tallinn, Estonia. A striking photo by Aleksandr Abrosimov CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Tallinn bay during December storm from Merivälja. Tallinn, Estonia.
A striking photo by Aleksandr Abrosimov CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The AstroEssence for the 3rd: We may be misguided about the intentions or actual actions of those in charge–and we clash, or we show our upset, feeling we’re not allowed to be our most creative Self. That’s really just a distraction, though, and only those who are busy avoiding knowing what they can do to improve their own situation stall there. Everyone else sees the opportunity promised by solid effort, and the gains to be made by accessing instinct and being willing to look at our own weaknesses, and then do something about them (Neptune sq Juno, Jupiter nov NN, Mars sxt Saturn, Venus trine Sedna)

Crows Fly by Red Sky at Sunset Portfolio/Series: from the Series Hana Kurabe. Artist: Shibata Zeshin {{PD}}

Crows Fly by Red Sky at Sunset Portfolio/Series: from the Series Hana Kurabe. Artist: Shibata Zeshin {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crow. I’ve seen and heard this bird referred to an unusual number of times in the past 24 hours–and that usually means it’s something to pay attention to. The striking thing is that most of the references were negative, referring to them as pests–but to me they’re something of a totem, a creature much more intelligent (there’s video here, crow vs. kindergartner here, and a little something on their love life here) than we’ve realized before, even able to communicate with one another, to recognize different humans, and to use tools. As a symbol the crow suggests there’s something or someone operating in our sphere that we’re underestimating–and so perhaps not respecting, or giving the regard, we should.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Sagittarius: It may seem that relationships or funds you thought were in the bag are now slipping away–but were they ever really in your grasp? This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’re going to see what made you think you had it, what made it slip away, and you’ll more than likely be given a second chance. Make the most of it by 1) putting actual, physical (or at least materially tangible) hard work into it, and 2) by not allowing the emotions (which will probably feel like they’re at a crisis point through much of the year) to be subsumed by the intellect. Follow that prescription, and you should reach your next birthday in a much better position to get what you want–you might even by then already have it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The Hut in Trouville, Low Tide (1881) By Claude Monet {{PD}}

The Hut in Trouville, Low Tide (1881) By Claude Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 4th: This may be a day when we and others are inclined to go right for what we desire, and yet there’s this undercurrent, a sense that we’ve forgotten something, or that there’s something we just don’t see, that’s going to catch up with us. If we’re willing to accept we may have made a poor decision or two, or hurt someone in the past, then we will (for lack of a better word) attract a much more positive outcome to our efforts. Maybe it’s the power of genuine humility, or maybe it’s that in removing the kinds of barriers that denial erects, we allow a lot more good stuff in, too (Chiron sesq Vesta, Neptune parallel SN, Mars trine Zeus, Venus nov SN, Mercury nov Black Moon Lilith)

The Crystal Ball (1902) by John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

The Crystal Ball (1902) by John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crystal ball. In the figurative sense, we’re always hoping someone has one and can tell us what’s coming. Don’t worry about what’s coming–and in particular, don’t worry about what others are saying is coming. Soothsayer or not, nobody really knows what tomorrow brings.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Sagittarius: You’ll be attaining emotional equilibrium soon–and after some time of being off-balance, that will feel really good. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you really want to want to use that balanced state to get done all that you Want To Do, but don’t get ahead of yourself–first you need to clear our what doesn’t belong. Then you’ll be able to go full steam ahead. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 5th: The outlook? Love and/ or Money appears or makes its presence known, in real-world terms. That might be very very good (Venus nov Saturn)

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Today’s word image is a cat sleeping curled on a window ledge. What can we learn from a cat, besides independence, good Self-esteem, and grace? A cat never makes itself stay awake. Get all the rest you need, and don’t feel bad for doing it.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Sagittarius: You’re closing in on finishing, accomplishing, or otherwise laying the foundations for something you’ve worked at for a long time–so what seems to be the problem? Your own ambitions may be the sticking point; you may be insisting on having things just so–and that suggests you’re not trusting the Universe quite as much as you might need to, to get the best results. Relax, and know that you’re on the way to having that hard work recognized–just got to loosen up a bit, first. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard  {{PD}}

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard {{PD}}

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2 December 2016 Good For Us

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Le Déjeuner au bord de la rivière' c1879 {{PD}}

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Le Déjeuner au bord de la rivière’ c1879 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What’s good for us has the benefit of somehow expanding our world, and that’s undeniably positive, though how that expansion unfolds and what it brings are dependent on a particular equation: the tension created by conflict between our own empowerment, ability to choose, and ability to translate our Will into effective change or creation, and our pure creative urge, our fantasies, and/ or our delusions, determines what benefits we receive. So, empowerment divided by the impetus of the imagination equals rewards of Love or Money (or, in worst case scenarios, costs us, or brings jealousy or competitive nastiness). Today we’ll move to do something positive for ourselves, and the result depends both on how firmly we understand how to turn our intentions into reality, and how firmly we are connected to the real-world possibilities of our imagination. Luckily, thinking runs along practical and cautious lines, and so promises to be more of an aid than a stumbling block (Jupiter nov Hygeia, Venus at the midpoint of the Juno-Neptune square, Mercury enters Capricorn)

Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch     CC BY-SA 3.0

Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is a groundhog. Uh-oh, are we repeating something we could easily avoid or improve on, if we’d only apply the necessary insight? That may sound a bit as if I’m saying, “Just be enlightened, okay?” but I’m really saying we all carry those answers inside, the ones that can guide our behavior and perceptions in a way that aligns with our highest goals and values; it’s up to each of us to recognize that, in reality, we know what the ‘right’ approach or response is, but we let our human fears and needs get in the way and muddy the waters. Today we must recognize that we could move past this tiresome re-run, if we’d only take the high road out of there.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Sagittarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find that your emotional perceptions are unfolding in such a way that they reveal you to be someone you never thought you were! The surprises over your emotional responses will be as much yours as anyone else’s, and may be profoundly confusing to you, until you realize this: the current emotional perceptions are built on permanent changes already in place–and your feelings are just now catching up. Though you might like this ‘New You’ (you’ll likely be more in control of your emotional expression, and emotions may support constructive action) there could be down sides, too (you may find yourself being harsh in judgment or withholding of affection or approval, when things don’t go your way). Tempering the temper, so to speak, is what this coming year is all about. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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1 December 2016 Belief-Driven Action

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Julius Exter {{PD}}

Julius Exter {{PD}}

It’s time to ask ourselves, in all honesty, what we’re actually putting out into the world. Are you a cheerful person? Do you choose the more positive take on any situation, the more negative (out of caution, perhaps), or the one that fits your beliefs? Are you realistic? Do you consider the psychic impact of what you’re saying or doing, beyond its veracity or the need to convey it? Are you a complainer, feeling justified in spewing your anger (sometimes dressed up as righteous commentary), not aware of the fact that you’re adding to, rather than alleviating, the garbage level? Just a thought, to make us all, myself included, more aware of what we’re really sharing with others.

Though I don’t usually take note of the apparent direction or retrograde motion of the asteroids (mostly because their meaning is so much a slice of other, major energies that we need to keep our eye on the big boys, instead–and since all bodies are only meaningful in relation to other bodies or points, a change in direction on its own doesn’t tell us much of anything–plus, there’s the whiplash factor with some asteroids, so that their apparent direction changes happen so frequently they become meaningless), today I want to make an exception, as we see Vesta go retro and Chiron go direct, as they form a sesquiquadrate to each other. Add to this that Saturn (parallel Hygeia) loosely fills in a Fist by square to Chiron, and we may see this: real-world ‘wounds’ or skills are required, through difficult circumstances, to manifest within the reality picture (that is, in concrete terms), and the result shows us just how our egos are aligning (or not) with those things we revere. This brings a reality check (a ‘health check’, really) on our support of our own causes, measuring how dedicated we actually are to the mate or the home life, and so offering a chance to course-correct, should we be weighting one side of the scales too much, either too selfishly, or too selflessly, for the overall good.

We also see a trine of two major players, Mars and Jupiter, in Air signs. Mars in Aquarius brings action and choice prompted by the intellect (positives: inclined to think before we do; negatives: we may be too disconnected from realities to make the best choices), and Jupiter in Libra promises an expansion of fairness (but possibly only after extremes have been swung between), the expectation of partnering with the social order (so that the individual may make the mistake of believing that the social sphere is in agreement with their personal agenda), opportunity through cooperation (though there is the danger we may acquiesce too much, trying to be fair) or through the partner, the Arts, the mate, and Jupiter in this sign invites beliefs to invade relationships, either supporting or clouding the interaction. The two planets trine implies belief-driven action but offers no guarantee as to how accurate the perceptions guiding our efforts truly are. Current conditions suggest we are more than a little susceptible to believing our own press, so that awareness of the skewed nature of the personal viewpoint becomes something we must embrace consciously, in order to both allow others plenty of leeway, and to navigate things as successfully as possible ourselves.

Vincenzo Cabianca c1860 {{PD}}

Vincenzo Cabianca c1860 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a nun walking the corridors of a hospital. This seems to be a symbol of two things: submission to a greater power (subjugation of the ego) and dedication to service in the form of facilitating healing. We don’t have to go to such blatant lengths as entering a religious order to serve others or our God–but we do need to recognize and be consciously dedicated in this life to some variety of causes or commitments, in order to be living to the fullest.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Sagittarius: This year you may find yourself reaping the rewards of your creative or imaginative efforts, or your dedication to ideals–or not reaping them, if you’ve previously failed to put your all into action. You may have suffered under the illusion that you have plenty of time to make that dream a reality–this year will be a wake-up call reminding you that it’s your job to translate wants and fantasies into their real-life expressions. The good news is the mind and emotions are primed to go to work, and to see the most practical route to dream realization–so go for it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

30 November 2016 Clean Up

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Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas c1877 {{PD}}

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas c1877 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may insist on a bit of psychic housecleaning today, urged on by thoughts of the future, and particularly thoughts of where our relationships and/ or financial situation are taking us, and also by those matters too long hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrage, and so must be addressed. We’ll be intent on sweeping out the corners, on ridding ourselves of illusions, on airing out all that’s been sequestered, forbidden, or that seems unjust–and we must be aware of and ready for the potential for this action to bring change to relationships and/or material matters and earning. There is also the matter of our being faced with exactly which dreams are feasible, and which must be let go. Whatever shifts occur, whether they appear so or not, will be done in the interests of what’s to come; we may not see it this way right now, but changes that happen will, eventually, be seen as having been in our own best interests (Venus sesq NN and sxt Black Moon Lilith, Sun-Earth axis sq Neptune)

'Pair of Scissors and Sparrow' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) {{PD}}

‘Pair of Scissors and Sparrow’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a pair of scissors where the blades just don’t meet effectively anymore. How many things are we holding on to that aren’t capable of ‘doing the job’ any longer? In other words, what in our lives just doesn’t ‘cut it’ at this point? This symbol offers hints as to where to begin that housecleaning.

For those born with the Sun at 9 Sagittarius: It looks like you’ve got your sh*t together, and it’s a good thing, as you meet a point of fate at some time this Solar year, through to your next birthday. In time you’ll recognize this as-yet undetermined event as a major life turning point–so keep that in mind as things go down. You may also be faced with either going after that Big Dream or letting it go, once and for all. None of this will be easy or completely pain-free, but what it will cost you in loss of fantasies and an uncomfortably clear look at the reality picture, will end up benefiting you in terms of your ability to apply critical thinking to making your dreams come true. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

For the New Moon forecast, please see the previous post–and have a great day!

29 November 2016 + New Moon in Sagittarius: A Place Among the Elements

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By J.-H. Janßen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21877131

Juno’s symbol, out in the elements. By J.-H. Janßen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21877131

The AstroEssence: We see permanent change to the health, to the health of relationships or finances, and/ or to power situations, their balance and influence. The group may have their say and it influences our own state or assets, or it may be that sudden revelations, a forward-thinking approach, or our own erratic impulses guide our actions and reactions–but in any case our thinking is not in alignment with either our instincts or that primal ‘knowing’ we carry deep within, and that means we may not see how our own inclinations and prejudices are working to shape things, for better or worse (Pluto parallel Hygeia, Venus sq Ceres and Uranus and sxt Chiron, Mercury qnx Sedna)

The New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 4:17 AM PST at 7 SAG 42, closely conjoined asteroid Juno, square the Nodal axis, sesquiquadrate Uranus-Ceres, square Neptune and trine Vesta. The NM scenario echoes that of the transiting script; that is, we see a very similar story in the Lunar event and the completed aspect picture, though they don’t actually connect to each other. A Sag New Moon is a new beginning that brings our gaze to the far-off horizon; it marks an inception that stirs us to travel, to move, to do (New Moon in a Fire sign), sparking a restless energy that must be exorcised via action. The aspects the NM makes tell us how the energy will flow, in seeking fulfillment, and we know from the sign placement that what begins now is born out of optimism, is an expression of faith, or is something that arises from ‘the facts’, whatever those may be.

Conjoined Juno and square the Nodal axis, the NM promises that what begins here is centered on power and life direction, specifically at a personal level, and that creates a conduit meshing (and so making sense of) the future as it grows out of the past. It may be easier than at any previous time to see how what we’ve been and done in the past has lead to now, and we’ll clearly see what this presages for the future. Illusions or fantasies that block our perceptions will be stripped away–to keep them means we must turn away from the new start–and those most unique facets of our identity and our individuality must adjust to what’s presented here, namely the most effective way to our own empowerment. ‘Natural’ roles and expressions (for instance, our role as a woman or a man, as a mother or father, or as a sexual or creative Being) shouldn’t be ignored in choosing our life direction; we are meant to seek a place among the elements at this time, though we might be tempted to deny that these life-long role-affinities are still a part of us (out of a need to feel we’ve grown beyond them, perhaps?) We need to recognize that the NM offers an event or beginning that allows us to bring these roles to a higher, more authoritative expression, one that brings their realization much closer to our ideal.

We have the support of the mate or home environment, and can count on our highest values to help define the new start we’re offered; we also see how those things to which we’ve chosen to dedicate our energy literally create the Path forward–again, how the past has formed and informs the future. Today’s scenario may be one where we are caught up with the daily aspects in such a way that our attention goes to those permanent changes, as we attempt to manage them, so that both the unconscious and the New Moon slip in their influence without our seeing it, until a little time has passed. This is supported by the Sabian symbol for the New Moon: ‘Within The Depths Of The Earth New Elements Are Being Formed’. Deeper elements of the Self will bubble to the surface, in time; they are called forth by changes in the current landscape, and by the promise of what’s on the horizon–and, whether we are aware of it or not, they begin to form, to gain coherence and cohesion, with this Sagittarius New Moon.

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For those born with the Sun at 8 Sagittarius: As the Sun enters the 8th degree of the sign, it is precisely conjoined with Juno, with no variation at all, and is also exactly square the Nodes. This is of note if only because we rarely see such a crisp picture involving more than one body or point–and here it suggests you are, at this point in time, a totally empowered Being, and that the events this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will revolve around you seeing how your past has created your future. It may be upsetting, disheartening, or exhilarating, to realize with such clarity how much you have been in charge of your own life and fate all along, but its best purpose is to open your eyes to the fact that this year, there’s nothing stopping you from making your life exactly what you want it to be. Here’s a hint to go about it: rewards come from taking a chance, from unexpected sources, and by demonstrating your own originality. Good luck, Sag, and Happy Birthday!

26-28 November 2016 And Our Attention Goes To . . .

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Hesperides were guardians of the tree that produced golden apples, a gift to earth from Hera. Frederic Leighton, 1892 {{PD}}

Hesperides were guardians of the tree that produced golden apples, a gift to earth from Hera. Frederic Leighton, 1892 {{PD}}

The 26th: . . . how the powerful have affected us. Though initially we may ponder how authorities and those who hold power have helped and hindered us, including how much they’ve wounded us and limited our options, but we progress fairly quickly to considering how uniquely we’ve responded to these pressures, and how they have shaped who we are today. This is a highly positive experience that involves, consciously or not, cataloguing our attributes, talents, and the resiliency of the spirit–and has the benefit of showing us precisely how to shape our efforts and power expressions so that they both pay off handsomely and take us in the direction we want to go (NN nov Zeus, Venus nov Juno, Merc trine Uranus and Ceres, and sq Chiron, Sun parallel Hygeia)

Today’s word image is a snake. Look for it to draw your attention to sychronicities, to deja vu experiences, to moments when it’s vital you be alert to what’s happening at that time. It doesn’t necessarily signify danger, but rather an opportunity for ‘knowing’.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Sagittarius: Is it that you’re solidly grounded in your values and priorities, and so ready to take on a new and enhanced status, or that you need to get your footing with how you feel about what really matters, so that you can determine just what status you’re really seeking? Only you know which is your current state; be prepared for your most striking characteristic this year, through to your next birthday, no matter which state you’re in, to be a mainly intellectual stance, one of spontaneity, unreliability, forward-thinking, but possibly having difficulty connecting with others. This year is likely, probably below a conscious level, to rearrange everything in your life. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The 27th: . . . ourselves and what we need. We have a firm grasp on our values and a clear idea of what needs to change or be eliminated, even as we indulge in our most erratic or original behaviors. We need to gain from our ambitions; this is a need arising from an even deeper need to know that our choices have been wise and/ or practical. This may cause some distress as we wrestle with ourselves and our environments, trying to answer our own questions. We should adjust what we find to fit what we know to be smart–and we may be wise to make peace with ‘the group’, as well (Venus sq Zeus, Merc sxt Pallas, the Sun sesq Uranus, trine Vesta, and nov Pluto)

By Rainer Z ... - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=463491

By Rainer Z … – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=463491

Today’s word image is toast. Wow! Something’s done for, colloquially speaking. Make sure you see what needs to end, what’s truly finished, so that you can get out in front of it, or at least gain a little distance from the conflagration.

For those born with the Sun at 6 Sagittarius: You are currently adjusting your ideas and expression of your own power–and it’s not easy. The inclination is to be both much more solitary, and much more headstrong, than you really need to, to get your point across. Just remember, you’re not an island, even when you achieve your optimum level of autonomy, so make an effort to connect with others, especially in those times when it seems your feelings are hidden from everyone, even yourself. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The 28th: . . . aligning our efforts with reality. We recognize that at least some of those impulses we classify as ‘instincts’ are instead conditioned responses that are, at the very least, unhealthy. Our focus today is on respecting reality, and making our own efforts work with, rather than against, what is. We’re more than willing to sacrifice what must be eliminated, and change what needs change, in the hope of getting a grip on our own power within the life situation–and it works, as long as we keep a steady eye on our desired destination (Hygeia opp Sedna, Chiron sesq Vesta, Sun parallel Saturn and Pluto, and sesq Ceres, this latter aspect forming a Fist of God when we fill in with the NN)

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi  'Geisha Drinking from Sake Kettle at 2:00 a.m.' Now THAT'S overdoing it. {{PD}}

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
‘Geisha Drinking from Sake Kettle at 2:00 a.m.’ Now THAT’S overdoing it. {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a glass of warm saké. Relax. All is as it should be–and if you feel you can point to exactly what’s wrong, that could be a sign of unbridled hubris, assessing your judgment as superior to the wisdom of the Universe. Not doing so is the definition of ‘humility’.

For those born with the Sun at 7 Sagittarius: You are fully empowered to do as you please, this year through to your next birthday, but one thing you need to understand is that this doesn’t obligate others to go along with what you want. You must draw a fine line between fully enjoying your status and alienating others with your demands. It’s especially important that you tread with care at this time as your feelings will not be apparent to yourself or others, and that means you could end up regretting a choice or two once you regain contact with your emotional sensibilities. Matters of the House in the natal chart that holds Cancer could be the source of revelations. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

 

24-25 November 2016 Optimizing and Obliterating

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'Procession of Elephants' Giulio Campagnola {{PD}}

‘Procession of Elephants’ Giulio Campagnola {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The conflict between enlarging, gaining, optimizing, and destroying, obliterating, permanently altering, may be confusing at first; why would one turn away from the opportunity to widen one’s world, to learn, to educate, to discover knowledge, especially as it pertains to or enhances our relationships (Jupiter in Libra), preferring or pushing for a kind of nuclear winter, in one form or another? Some do so, perhaps, with the idea that pulling down the old rules, institutions, barriers, and structures is uniformly a good thing, and that they do it with the support of others moving in lock-step with them–but that ignores the human need for containment, shelter, and the security offered by having at least some knowables in our sphere.

Or, matters may take the form of something as stark as Knowledge versus Power, or the stability and cooperation of the social order pitted against the rage of those denied, who are looking to burn it down, or with the best of intentions transform it–but in any case, a clash is to be expected, even as we can also look for opportunities to rise from the ashes. There is also the potential for all forms of Power to enlarge their scope, to spread, and perhaps to box in those looking to the facts, or looking to exploit options. This is what the Jupiter-Pluto square may bring–it also perfects on 30 March 2017 and 4 August 2017–but this time we meet it with our minds and thoughts attuned to beauty, love, and kindness, to the transformative power of desire, and with thoughts focused on ambitions, both personal and for our society. We can take the energy of conflict and re-shape it at this time, according to the facts and the extent of our optimism; we very quickly find out what the changes or destruction we make costs, and what results from our choices may make it a challenge to remember our own standards, as well as just what power and authority we personally hold. Danger comes in the form of poorly-thought-through rebellion, or in demands that others honor our uniqueness or see us as original despite our need for personal housecleaning, in terms of needing to deal with what we’ve ignored or denied, first.

It’s a time when Power and Opportunity intersect, initially clashing, but at the same time offering ways in which we can, by resolving tensions between them, make use of their possibilities. We can enhance our power at this time, widen our viewpoint and our influence, and potentially ruin chances if we go too far in our desire to refurbish–so tread with lots of optimism, and some care (Thursday: Jupiter sq Pluto, Mercury parallel Venus and sxt Zeus; Friday: Juno sesq Ceres, Uranus qnx Black Moon Lilith, Venus conj Pluto and sq Jupiter, Mercury sesq Vesta, Sun semi-sq Zeus)

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Judith Leyster – ‘Young Flute Player’ c1630s {{PD}}

The word image for these two days: a musical instrument, long laid aside, is picked up once again. Maybe this is just an extension of yesterday’s image, suggesting that we reconnect with whatever instrument allowed us to ‘sing our song’. Expect the return of an old skill, pleasure, talent, and its expression, renewed and ready to be part of our lives once again.

For those born with the Sun at 3 Sagittarius: How can I say this without sounding scary? The darkness, the unexpected, and what initially seems destructive or negative leads to some very rewarding places this Solar year, through to your next birthday. What seems chaotic actually breeds a chance for emotional harmony, especially in relationships and cooperative efforts. Just accept that things may seem confusing, and try not to be too focused on creating a specific outcome–ride the wave of what comes at you, and you can create some interesting and powerful instances of success. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 4 Sagittarius: You appear to be on the cusp of a status change, but you may go through an extended ‘black out’ period preceding this that may seem, for all intents and purposes, as if nothing is going to happen. Whether this is felt to be a positive or negative shift in your standing really depends on what you’ve built (or insisted on tearing down) previously–and during the waiting period, you can push things in a positive direction, mostly by cooperating and coordinating with others. Strong suits this coming Solar year include a willingness to take action, and a kind of genius for spotting opportunities to make all things ‘healthier’, however that applies. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Little Smoky, Alberta, 1946. A14287 Provincial Archives of Alberta

Little Smoky, Alberta, 1946. A14287 Provincial Archives of Alberta

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and readers, and a happy harvest to the entire Northern Hemisphere–and spring greetings to those in the South!

23 November 2016 Plan And Heal

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Georges-Pierre Seurat - 'The Channel at Gravelines, Evening' 1889 {{PD}}

Georges-Pierre Seurat – ‘The Channel at Gravelines, Evening’ 1889 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The group may thwart exercise of our options in an area within which we are clearly empowered–or is it our own erraticness, unreliability, or rebelliousness that is blowing our chance to make a difference or to see our wishes carried out? Some things to keep in mind: we don’t prove our uniqueness or power by wounding others or by behaving as if there are no rules or standards; we do best to keep our opinions to ourselves (though beware those who try to suppress our thoughts or communications); and, in what may be obvious (but I wouldn’t bet on it), we accomplish nothing when we ignore our own priorities. It’s a day for laying out concrete plans, and for taking steps to heal; these activities can anchor us and offer a sense of peace (Uranus sesq Juno, Mars contra-parallel Vesta and nov Chiron, Mercury conj Saturn)

berliner_recordToday’s word image is a record, a vinyl pressing, an everything-old-is-new-again long-playing phonograph disc. Is this item fashionably retro to you, or actually nostalgic, bringing back memories? Or does it make you wonder why people want to deal with them, when they could get their music in more modern ways? One of the biggest arguments against vinyl is its vulnerability–to scratches, breaks, chips, and warping, all of which ruin the sound–and yet an audiophile may prefer this mode of music storage above any other. If you were a record, what shape would you be in? And are you still ‘playable’–that is, are others still able to hear your song?

For those born with the Sun at 2 Sagittarius: The emotional journey you take this year may be raw in relationships, with feelings being ‘fresh’, just realized, or just revealed, but don’t worry–these end up finding a harmonious way to express, and as a consequence, you gain a whole new slate of allies and friends. You may find, too, that you’re done sorting out the power picture, and finished with change and reform, and now set your sites on being as personally effective in your duties, actions, and expressions as possible–and concentrating your efforts in these areas means you are likely to gain in status, and/ or to find your best possible partners for business or life. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

22 November 2016 Make An Impression

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Libra takes a break, now that the Sun is in Sagittarius. Antonio Canova (1st Nov. 1757 - 13th Oct. 1822), Justice, 1792 (Gallerie di Piazza Scala, Milan) Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Libra takes a break, now that the Sun is in Sagittarius. Antonio Canova (1st Nov. 1757 – 13th Oct. 1822), Justice, 1792 (Gallerie di Piazza Scala, Milan) Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The AstroEssence: Power, in whatever form, may sense that its a smart time to express, bringing those who hold it an exaggerated sense of confidence, which may bring healing and renovation, or a destructive hubris that disregards the rights of others. This works at an individual, personal level as well, as our own quite natural power urges look for ways to make an impact on our world. Luckily, we are thinking in expansive, optimistic terms that look for untapped opportunity, rather than merely looking to imprint the environment with our Will. Just be aware that no matter what we’re doing today, each of us is pursuing some form of power, some form of energy expression that allows us to be ‘heard’, whether literally or by making change around us (Pallas sxt Ceres, Chiron trine Black Moon Lilith, Pluto nov Juno, Merc sxt Jupiter, Sun semi-sq Pluto)

Today’s word image is a video: 

For those born with the Sun at 1 Sagittarius: You’re becoming more and more effective at exercising your power and changing things–you are probably already aware of that–but right now you’re entering a period of critical assessments and discerning observations that will shape your future, and you may be tempted to write these perceptions off as simply emotional, with no validity–but you would be incorrect. What will become apparent over this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is the way in which past choices and current commitments are leading you in a very particular direction–and this awareness offers you the chance to move things in the direction you really want to go, and toward the results you actually long to see. Good luck, Sag (pronounced ‘Sadge’) and Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

21 November 2016 Going With the Flow

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Daniel Ridgway Knight - 'The Shepherdess of Rolleboise' 1895 {{PD}}

Daniel Ridgway Knight – ‘The Shepherdess of Rolleboise’ 1895 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The equation for today is pretty simple, if you can ever call the flow and convergence of Universal energies simple: sticking to our priorities and principles brings empowerment; actions must adjust to accommodate the direction we want to go; relationships and financial matters offer wisdom, and vice versa, our own wisdom and practicality is applied to interactions and money flow, with receptivity to what these matters are telling us resulting in some brilliant and advantageous choices; our attention shifts markedly toward gathering and disseminating information, toward reaching out, toward educating/ learning, toward gaining and expanding. We can make a great deal out of this day, if we will be at least as receptive to the messages telegraphed as we are to enacting our own Will (Vesta trine Juno, Mars qnx NN, Venus nov Pallas, the Sun enters Sagittarius and semi-sqs Jupiter)

Today’s word image is weighing yourself on the scales. Everyone has a reaction to this, but we have to remember, it’s only a number–we supply the pride, judgement, and/ or condemnation ourselves.

For those born with the Sun at 00 Sagittarius: Luck is with you this coming year, through to your next birthday, if by luck we mean opportunities, unexpected fortuitous events, and meetings that occur at just the right time–but it all depends on your willingness to be open to change, endings, and sometimes drastic revisions to what currently makes up your world. That means the trick may be to be willing to let go of both what you want to discard or change, and what you may want to hold on to. Will everything you want to retain be taken from you? No, not at all; but what has appropriately reached its end will–and new experiences and opportunities will arrive. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Your Weekend 19-20 November 2016

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Eugène von Guérard. 'Lake Wakatipu with Mount Earnslaw, Middle Island, New Zealand' 1877 - 1879 {{PD}}

Eugène von Guérard. ‘Lake Wakatipu with Mount Earnslaw, Middle Island, New Zealand’ 1877 – 1879 {{PD}}

The 19th, Saturday’s AstroEssence: Dreams of Love or Money can come true, but the effect will be monumental if they do: they will create massive, serious, permanent change to the reality picture, and they will in some important way spring from or re-create the past (or, possibly, something done in the past will now present the bill). We act in accord with our essence, our Soul’s intents, and that may disabuse us of some of our illusions about ourselves, even as it gives power to our choices; the distance between what’s healthy and what’s smart illustrates that discrepancy between Self-image and reality–and no matter how it feels, it’s always for the good to see things a little more clearly–and thanks to the direction of Neptune, we are likely to get that clarity, along with a dose of inspiration or creative energy freed up from its previous static position (Saturn parallel Pluto, Venus sxt Neptune and SN, Sun parallel Mars, Pallas sq Hygeia, Neptune stations direct at 9 Pisces 14)

Pharmacists's set with pill tubes in the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam. Photo by Lord Toran CC0

Pharmacists’s set with pill tubes in the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam. Photo by Lord Toran CC0

Today’s word image is a pill. Though taking a pill has an undeniable effect on our biology, we invest pills with an almost magical ability to ‘fix’ what’s wrong; we seek an easy way when we say, ‘Isn’t there a pill for that?’ and we talk about individuals having to ‘take their medicine’ when forced to accept what’s needed in some area or way. There’s no magic pill, but there is something to be gained if we’re willing to accept, take in, absorb, or allow to work some offered solution or way of being in our lives right now. Though this won’t always be the answer, it is right now–it’s a matter of timing.

If you’re born with the Sun at 27 Scorpio, please see yesterday’s forecast; for those born with the Sun at 28 Scorpio: You’re headed toward an important empowerment scenario, one that could shape your fate, but you’re not there yet; first you have to get your priorities straight, invest in relationships, and, late in the coming Solar year, right before your next birthday, deal with emotional upsets that have been roiling beneath the surface. You’ll get a lot of assistance from elements of the past: friends and lovers, creative endeavors, memories from which you learned so much. You’ll likely find that power comes from one of two sources: it’s offered by the group, or appears in surprising or unexpected forms. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Paul Ranson. Apple Tree with Red Fruit, (c.1902) {{PD}}

Paul Ranson. Apple Tree with Red Fruit, (c.1902) {{PD}}

The 20th, Sunday’s AstroEssence: We see how healthy (or not) the power positions that surround us really are, how well others are handling their responsibilities or wielding their authority, and we adjust our own situation so that it at least feels better, more productive, so that it seems more within our purview is truly under our control. We’ll be able to ‘smell’ what’s not right in relationships or financial scenarios, and if we’ll allow it, our instincts will tell us how to manage things. The spotlight is on ambitions and desires; you’ll see quite clearly exactly what others want–just remember, others can see that with you, too (Ceres qnx Hygeia, Venus sesq Sedna, Sun nov Zeus)

'Pelicans and ducks in a mountain landscape' Adriaen Coorte 17th century {{PD}}

‘Pelican and ducks in a mountain landscape’ Adriaen Coorte 17th century {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a pelican. This bird is known for its ability to scoop fish right out of the ocean with its deep, pendulous beak. Do you think the pelican knows he’s different than most birds? Probably not. The symbol speaks of ‘being equipped to do what we need’–no more, no less–and that should reassure you, that you actually have what you need right now, it’s just up to you to use it.

For those born with the Sun at 29 Scorpio: Big change is on the horizon for you, and it won’t be easy–I’ll bet you already know what it is, or at least have an inkling–and at the same time you’ll be faced with expansion, into the Arts, by gaining or losing a partner or mate, or through cooperation with others, that widens your world and gives you a crack at new forms of expression. The past offers inspiration, or possibly confuses you, making you either a victim, or the recipient of some real opportunities, your choice. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

18 November 2016 Illusion Attachment

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I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - 'The Departure of the Boatman' c1870 {{PD}}

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot – ‘The Departure of the Boatman’ c1870 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Somehow today we’re still unsure about the past (maybe continuing to idealize it or accepting a fantasy as a previous reality), but we’re also in conflict with what we see coming for tomorrow. We may even be insisting that our past vision is accurate, and it’s likely this that’s framing what’s coming in such unattractive terms. Perhaps the idea of ‘leave-taking’ or letting go should be applied, which directs us toward the present position of Pluto-Charon in your chart to offer clues, via contacts, and House transited, for where the letting go needs to occur (for those not familiar, Charon is the boatman who ferries Souls to the Afterlife, and to my mind may represent that part of Pluto that destroys because it’s time to let go, there’s no more ‘life’ to it, anymore).

Today, thoughts don’t know where to go, with illusions attached to both past and future–so that leaves now. Focus attention on what’s healthy and productive, in all senses–then it only becomes a question of where on the ‘healthy’ scale that group activity, radical approach, original effort, or unique mindset falls. Special note: it would be an illusion to think you were somehow more ‘spiritual’ in the past than you are now–remember, it’s all spiritual (Uranus qnx Hygeia, Mercury sq the Nodal axis and Neptune, which is conjoined the SN)

"Monumento al Voyeur", de Enrique Saavedra Chicheri www.theartwolf.com/news/saavedra_voyeur_es.htm Photo by amaianos from Galicia  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

“Monumento al Voyeur”, de Enrique Saavedra Chicheri http://www.theartwolf.com/news/saavedra_voyeur_es.htm Photo by amaianos from Galicia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is someone looking through the wrong end of a telescope. Something intended to literally make us ‘far-sighted’ is being improperly utilized, rendering us unable to see any distance at all. Applying our own emotional and intellectual filters to the facts of any situation has the same effect: making us ‘short-sighted’. Consider that everything you need to guide you and frame your forward-looking vision is available, but won’t be usable until you look at it without personal filters, through a realistic and right-intentioned (that is, non-biased) lens.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Scorpio: You’re moving toward emotional solidarity with yourself–that’s an admirable goal, and one that will make you a more secure and loving human being–but right now it may be what you’re not dealing with that’s holding you back. Though it may seem contrary to you, digging into topics ignored, denied, or that enrage will clear the air and allow you to attain a healthy mental and emotional balance upon which to build an even ‘better You’–and that’s a really desirable thing to do, as it makes attaining your goals much easier and brings forward more cooperation and less conflict. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 27 Scorpio: You’ll enjoy outstanding emotional clarity this year, through to your next birthday–so what will you do with it? My suggestion: learn whatever you need to in order to prepare yourself to take on status as an empowered individual, maybe even as an authority, in the field where you’d like to achieve–it’s the right time, whether it looks like it or not. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

17 November 2016 Clouded

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'Clouds over the sea' 1889 Ivan Aivazovsky {{PD}}

‘Clouds over the sea’ 1889 Ivan Aivazovsky {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What is it about the past that we just don’t see clearly? Or is it that we’re prone to idealize memories, applying a current wishful thinking to what was, in a form of nostalgia that wants to turn ‘now’ into ‘then’–but an inaccurate ‘then’, at that! Dreams formed long ago can come to fruition right now–the question is, do we want them to? We act and are inspired along lines that are in our own best interests, and yet, if we harbor any resentments or distorted ideas of power or authorities, we are likely to perceive even what’s good for us as tainted. In order to make the most of this, we’ll need to distrust our judgments of those we see as having power over us, and trust our instincts, rather than our thoughts (Neptune conj SN, Uranus sxt and Venus semi-sq Pallas, Mars parallel Hygeia, Merc sesq Ceres, Sun opp Sedna)

'Young Peasant (Melon-eater)' Sándor Bihari {{PD}}

‘Young Peasant (Melon-eater)’ Sándor Bihari {{PD}}

Today’s word image is hunger. We all have it, and as humans we tend to supplant our genuine hunger with lots of other, more easily accessible small ones, in an attempt to satiate the gnawing urge–but only addressing the true want ever helps. Our hunger is part of our purpose, in fact it’s meant to drive us toward fulfilling the Soul’s intent; in that way, we are given an unerring guide to our life’s direction–it’s in the translation that we so often fall down. As today’s symbol, hunger suggests we practice being mindful of our motivations, of what we feel compelled toward, and of what we take in. The more clarity we have on our hunger, the more effective and satisfying our actions and choices.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Scorpio: You may find this year, through to your next birthday, you are repeatedly confronted with the task of discerning your instincts from those things that cloud the perceptual abilities: feelings, thoughts, knowledge. This testing and refining is in service to changes you will be making to the personality and the way you meet the world; by this Solar year’s end, you’ll be wanting to present yourself as a whole new person, and careful application of your attention to recognizing and honing the instincts will give the ‘New You’ a very successful launch. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

16 November 2016 Try As You Might

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Ricard Canals - 'In the Bar' c1910 {{PD}}

Ricard Canals – ‘In the Bar’ c1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: If all the bodies perfecting aspects today were gathered in a bar (you know, if they were people), there would be friction, and maybe a fist fight, in no time. The biggest problem is that, in all the umbrage-taking and nit-picky thinking, we’ve forgotten what really matters, what are our highest values, and what we’re actually planning to dedicate our energies to–instead it all gets siphoned off by concentrating on how we’ve been wronged, what the other guy did that justifies our rage, and in our contempt for others’ unbridled wants. Am I saying we don’t have legitimate concerns and gripes? Not at all, we absolutely do. It’s the fact that that’s where our attention is staying that’s causing problems. And in our fictional, planetary bar scene, we’ve got plenty of hair-trigger, offense-taking, unhealthy attitudes to go around; try as we might, we’re probably going to have issues today, due largely to our own volatile attitudes. Hints toward handling it all: don’t walk around thinking others owe you recognition and admission of their darkness, and don’t put too much stock in what flies out of anyone’s mouth, including your own (Juno semi-sq Zeus, Mars semi-sq Chiron, Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and Hygeia, Merc sesq Uranus, Sun contra-parallel Vesta)

Today’s word image is a dropped coin, which rolls right off the curb and into the sewer drain. In the current climate, we’ve all lost something; accept it, and then vow to get a better grasp on, and control over, what matters to you (allow this symbol as well to bring an examination of exactly how and where your assets are currently being deployed).

For those born with the Sun at 24 Scorpio: It seems to you as if others are truly suffering from what they aren’t aware of or don’t know, but the blind spot is actually within your own perceptions; your conviction that it’s somebody else’s flaw is what’s keeping you from seeing what’s not working, and how to move forward. Get a really good mirror, human or otherwise, and believe what they reflect back to you about who you are–then dig deep to fix it. Humility will make all the difference, and will in actuality be the foundation for your next major, and destined to be impressive, achievement. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Today’s Mood

'Nighthawks' Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

‘Nighthawks’ Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

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15 November 2016 Transformation

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Károly Patkó 'Well Sweep' 1928 {{PD}}

Károly Patkó ‘Well Sweep’ 1928 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Like it or not, we are transformed: by our own or others’ thoughts or words, by contrasts between relationships and values, by unexpected opportunities that are far beyond what we’d have envisioned for ourselves, by secrets or hidden or ignored matters finally seen, by an inflow of assets or money that by its very existence alters our priorities, by actions taken in defiance of what we treasure, by seeing an opening and courageously taking it. Look for one or more of these effects/ events; some of us will see it in externals that come at us, some will experience it internally, in a re-weighing of the impulses between the mind and heart. Look to matters of the House where Mars now transits (Aquarius) for the reasoning or arguments behind your own or others’ actions (and supported secondarily by the transiting Moon, in Gemini, with ’emotional thinking’), and look to the way the ego, identity, and values intersect (Vesta in Leo) for clues as to why things will change and take the form they do. We’ll all reach the end of the day changed; to make the most of it, be as conscious of your own concepts of yourself, and your projections, as possible (Hygeia conj Black Moon Lilith, Mars opp and Venus qnx Vesta, Mercury nov Pluto, sxt Mars, and trine Vesta, Sun nov Jupiter)

John Everett Millais - 'Ducklings' 1889 {{PD}}

John Everett Millais – ‘Ducklings’ 1889 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a duckling that falls behind mama duck and the other ducklings. If you observe ducks you’ll see this often: one that seems either unable or unwilling to keep up. We all feel at times as if it’s a struggle to keep up, to stay safe by remaining close to the group, but we may want to consider the advantages to going our own way, if only for a time: what we lack in mama’s (authority’s) attention and protection, we make up for in not having to compete for the same assets with our peers, we may pioneer entirely new territory, and we may remove a target from our backs, as it’s easier for a predator to track a group than it is to find a single, small duck among the reeds. So, don’t lament if you are sometimes estranged from the group, or falling behind–there are ways to make it work for you that you’ll never get a crack at staying with the flock.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Scorpio: It’s all about who holds power, who’s in authority, who controls what territory, and who is in charge of whom. This is the topic through the year, up to your next birthday, and is likely exhausting, as continual adjustment will be required. Take heart, though, as what you gain by tackling this now is a strong, clear identity and a direction connection to instincts, which will guide you handily in future. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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Full Moon in Taurus 14 November 2016

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Sophie Gengembre Anderson - 'Scheherazade' c1885 {{PD}}

Sophie Gengembre Anderson – ‘Scheherazade’ c1885 {{PD}}

The Full Moon in Taurus perfects at 5:52 AM Pacific time at 22 Taurus 37, loosely conjoined Sedna and loosely opposed Black Moon Lilith and Hygeia, loading the event axis and drawing all these energies into the T-square created by Pallas, the sextile to Chiron, and the semi-sextiles to Uranus and Ceres–and with these latter, I include them because the Sun is so prominent in this equation that, as supplier of the light, it’s almost stolen the show from the Moon. This isn’t too surprising, as conjoined Sedna, the Full Moon itself may fall in a kind of Collective ‘blind spot’, so that en masse we find ourselves unable to see just exactly what has come to an end, and possibly not see what this is telling us, at all.

In the midst of writing this I took a break to meditate a little on it, and I come back to the keyboard convinced that it’s actually the Sun and its contacts that will supply the overt energy here. It’s all about the stories we tell ourselves, what we’re willing to face, see, and deal with, what we explain away or use to explain our own inaction. With the Sun so psychically prominent, what concludes, draws to a close, ends, completes, or is denied or removed will occur in such a way that, even if we are conscious of it, it won’t be the focus of our conscious attention. Instead our gaze, literal or figurative, may fall on those darker matters, long denied or ignored, or that enrage, and the need to ‘clean them up’, to create a more healthy environment in one form or another. This suggests we have a prime chance to heal or remedy something, and we do this in part by adjusting our own attitudes of rebellion, erratic response, and irrationality, and our relationship to power, both our own and the authority others hold. It’s the smart thing to do, but not easy, and we may hear alarm bells that tell us a compromise isn’t wise–but that would be the ego by way of the intellect, wanting to keep things theoretical, rather than wading in to really make a difference and clean up the mess.

We may lose something that comforted us, but that in reality kept us from dealing with what is. The situation, circumstances, or attitudes we must deal with to ‘clean this up’ are, no doubt, at least somewhat toxic–but that’s the point, we’ve avoided them because they pollute us or drag us down or confuse us–and now it must come to an end, for our own and the larger good.

Anonymous (Korea) 'Rabbits and Moon' 19th century {{PD}}

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‘Rabbits and Moon’ 19th century {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Jewelry Shop Filled With Valuable Gems’–but let’s look at the Sun symbol as a second part, though more closely aligned than we would normally see it: ‘A Rabbit Metamorphoses Into A Nature Spirit’. In the first symbol, the one for the Moon, we see a place filled with valuable items–but we don’t know if those are obtainable, if we have any access to them, or anything to exchange for them, possibly mirroring the benefits we could enjoy if we would deal with things. Right now, though, they belong to someone else (the shop). In the second we see a rabbit, which very strongly vibes to Taurean values of comfort, abundance, fecundity, and the sense of being ‘earthed’, and this materially-oriented viewpoint transforms into a spiritual one, suggesting that once we deal with the heretofore ignored toxic matters, we unlock not just abundance (the gems), we move beyond the material in terms of benefits (the rabbit as spirit).

As an aside, Mercury also conjoins Juno today and semi-squares Zeus, adding notes of empowerment and ambition–so it likely seems we are just pursuing our own effectiveness and trying to reach goals, when in reality we are at work unlocking and transforming earthly assets and rewards into spiritual ones.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Scorpio: In recently trying to heal or ‘fix’ things, you may have discovered a great deal about yourself, especially about what you are or are not willing to do–and this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be challenged to decide just how much you’re willing to cooperate with or knuckle under to those in authority. It may not be pretty, but should make very clear what power you really do hold, and so solidify your reach and bring to an end some matters that simply drained you, while offering opportunities for you to do more, and do more better, than ever before. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 12-13 November 2016

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Have a little snack before the weekend gets going--you'll need it. By Pieter de Ring c1635 - {{PD}}

Have a little snack before the weekend gets going–you’ll need it. By Pieter de Ring c1635 – {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for 12 November: A Pugnacious Convergence

With the unusual event of Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto all parallel one another (at the same declination–distance–from the ecliptic–the plane of the apparent path of the Sun at which all the planets orbit), we see these energies rolled into a solid-wall, pugnacious, bomb-like combination. Parallels produce the effect of bodies conjoined, even though those bodies are in various signs; here’s what we’ve got today: Mars in Aquarius=action to promote idealism, choices spurred by the intellect (so not necessarily correlating with the ‘real world’), forward thinking, or radically inclined; Saturn in Sagittarius=trying to cement facts or knowledge into place, suppressing or manifesting opportunity or expansion, walling off horizons; Pluto in Capricorn=again, an emphasis on what’s established, on limits, and on tearing them down, change to the status quo or ‘the rules’; Mercury enters Sagittarius, suggesting that communications shape not just what’s known, but what’s believed. This portends change, conflict, resurrection, or action taken and choices made based on what we know, what we believe, what we see around us, and how we want that to change. We may struggle because of our perception of the walls and rules that constrict us. For the US, that suggests those protests won’t be dissolving anytime soon, and may come to an assertive, even violent, point Saturday.

The 12th also sees the Sun square Pallas and trine Chiron. The Sun always implies where the spotlight will be, what will draw out attention; in this case, that says we may be too busy looking at how we’re wounded, and how we can wound–it also urges a certain impractical approach to things. Do your best to stay grounded, and like a good physician, no matter what you do, first do no harm.

By Andreas Trepte - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10939179

By Andreas Trepte – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10939179

Today’s word image is a puffin. Along with corgis, I think of these animals as made of ‘spare parts’–all the bits of other animals left over after the assembly of what we’ll call more graceful creatures. I know it’s not like there is a finite box of animal parts, but when I look at those two, that’s how it seems. What in your world appears to have been assembled randomly? How different does it seem to you if you think of it as a conscious creation? You have to see its deliberateness, before you can truly appreciate it in form or function.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Scorpio: Communications and thoughts are on the brink–of what? Knowing, forming beliefs, getting the message through–you’re about ready to see the facts form a coherent picture that helps you spring into action. Two bits: healing really is an option, in spite of how it looks right now, and sooner or later this year, you will need to deal with what you’ve been ignoring or denying–so there’s no escaping that, again, in spite of how it looks at present. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

cheret_jules_-_madame_sans-gene_in_le_radical_by_edmond_lepelletierThe AstroEssence for 13 November: The Radical Impulse

We have the courage to try something new–or is that an impulse to rebel against an already known quantity? Maybe it’s more like we’re surprised–but in any case, we see fortuitous, and potentially love-filled or profitable circumstances emerge, as long as we can adjust to the radical urge, to our own jumpy spontaneity, and/ or to the group’s demand on our participation or identity (Sun qnx Uranus and nov Venus)

Today’s word image is snoring! If you’re awake and someone else is doing it, there’s almost nothing more irritating. Is something in your world bothering you at a nerve-itching level? Perhaps you need to ask: Is this being unconsciously created? Does it signal a deeper issue or need? And are you being too sensitive, or is this an indication you need to put more distance between you?

For those born with the Sun at 21 Scorpio: The smart thing or practical move won’t be able to compete with your sense of hurt unless you let it; that is, take a genuine stance of healing in order to allow wisdom to come through and influence your choices and actions. Sounds simple, may prompt an internal wrestling match that leaves you (perpetually) exhausted. Confusion can be avoided if you 1) commit, and 2) embrace the positive, cooperation, and love offered, which you may of late have been turning down, maybe without knowing it. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Next up, the Full Moon! Have a wonderful, happy, and safe weekend, everyone!

 

 

11 November 2016 The Future Is Coming

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The AstroEssence: The Moon’s left idealizing, drifting, confusing Pisces, and moves through clear, first-person point-of-view Aries–and now our feelings, and our thrust toward the future, condense and take shape. We know just what kind of future we want to create, and we have a precise idea of how to empower ourselves, and of where real-world power (that is, the power that lies externally, and that can affect more than just ourselves) lies. Action, we realize, is itself power, as is choice, no matter how seemingly minor, and this fuels pursuit of ambitions even as it draws our attention to those matters that should no longer be ignored or denied, or toward those subjects that enrage us–all are in prime space not just to pull our notice, but to enable our efforts to bring equity and balance. It may seem like we’re just putting out the worst fires at this point, but in reality we are creating the future–and careful adherence to ‘the rules’, physics, the dictates of authority (even as we work to change them), and to what’s established or solidly reliable, all facilitate gain, with positive potential for diplomatic solutions, sudden insights, the creation of new and lasting relationships, and profit of all kinds. If we’re awake, this period shows us where we actually want to go–and illuminates the way–the rest is up to us (Uranus parallel NN, Mars sxt Juno and parallel Pluto, Venus enters Capricorn and nov Black Moon Lilith, Mercury semi-sq Juno and nov Zeus, Sun conj BML)

Today’s word image is this: a false wall in an old house is removed; beneath this, on the original wall, is a mural, a master artist’s piece. Renovation and re-styling, when done carefully, is a good thing, but did you long ago cover up something, walk away from something, repudiate or ignore something, that is actually one of your most important qualities, possessions, skills, talents, traits, or attitudes? Whatever it is, it’s been covered with something ordinary, in the name of ‘updating’–tear down the false barrier, and see what you’ve got.

Just such a scenario as that for our word image happened 15 years ago, in a renovation in Tribeca, NYC-the artist was Keith Haring. Photo shows his work in public space in Barcelona. Pic By Alberto-g-rovi - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32189340

Just such a scenario as that for our word image happened 15 years ago, in a renovation in Tribeca, NYC-the artist was Keith Haring. Photo shows his work in public space in Barcelona. Pic By Alberto-g-rovi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32189340

For those born with the Sun at 19 Scorpio: Your deepest, darkest secrets, those things you’ve pushed down or denied, need to come to light this coming year, through to your next birthday–if they don’t you run the risk of having unconscious forces take over, and that allows them to orchestrate circumstances you just can’t ignore. Never fear, though: you have the perfect mindset to handle these matters, and, though there will be a few surprises (and those aren’t necessarily bad), you may get assistance from established relationships or resources, and from forward thinking groups or your own original ideas–and these can lead to much bigger rewards in the future. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

10 November 2016 Blank Slate

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An Autumn photograph of Speckled Wood in Ore, near Hastings in East Sussex. Author: Dean Thorpe Aspexphotography  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

An Autumn photograph of Speckled Wood in Ore, near Hastings in East Sussex. Author: Dean Thorpe Aspexphotography Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The AstroEssence: Birth time  No new aspects perfect today–it’s a blank slate, though we do note the Moon moves through late Pisces and trines Mercury, guaranteeing the fog doesn’t lift just yet–so I’d like to address a topic I’ve recently been asked about: What does it mean astrologically speaking when someone doesn’t have a birth time?

First we need to know what birth time describes in the natal chart: it’s used to locate the positions of all planets in the Houses–that is, it defines the exact point on the horizon (the rising degree, as well as sign, with each sign occupying a space of 2 hours on the horizon every day) at birth according to the latitude (how far north or south of the equator the birth place is), and so determines House position for each body, as they are located longitudinally around the chart–and this is true no matter what House system is used.

The natal chart, then, is a map of the sky as seen looking south (if you’re born north of the equator) or looking north (if you’re born south of the equator) from the exact spot on Earth where you’re born, with the bodies located below the Ascendant-Descendant axis (Houses 1-6) not visible from the birth location, while those in Houses 7-12 are potentially visible, if you have the means to spot them. No matter what the House system used, the Ascendant and Midheaven (and their corresponding opposite points) will always be the same for the individual–but in order to know them, we must know the birth time.

What is missing from understanding the individual if you don’t know the time of birth? When the Ascendant is unknown, we can’t be sure how the individual meets the world: how they present themselves, and what others see on first interacting. It’s the Soul’s ‘point of entry’ in terms of time and space, and it is shaped by very early experiences concerning body concepts, concepts surrounding the ‘I Am’, and survival. Typically, the Ascendant describes, among other things, both the personality and the kinds of coping behaviors the individual learned in the early environment; with the latter, these are behaviors that the individual interpreted as guaranteeing survival. We may observe this when someone feels threatened–often they will retreat to some version of and to behaviors rooted in the energy of the Ascendant sign–and we can observe it as the ‘first line’ approach when someone reaches out to others, as the Ascendant energies are seen by the individual as what others value them for, hence the association with helping one survive.

A couple of examples: my Ascendant is Aquarius, and I tackle everything with the mind first, attempting to understand, especially before I move forward–and in early life intellectual acuity seemed to me to be what allowed for success–but the mind is also the place I retreat to: the intellect becomes my weapon, my ambassador, my defense, and understanding is always the goal, and the only thing that makes me feel safe. My husband’s Ascendant is Sagittarius. He tries to meet the world by knowing ‘the facts’, or by engaging immediately and heading for the horizon to have a Sagittarian adventure; when he defends, it’s also with whatever knowledge he can muster, and when he retreats, it’s to wander, physically or mentally, toward that same horizon! So, when the birth time is missing, we’re missing a vital piece of the puzzle, specific to the individual processing and response to her or his part in the world.

The Midheaven is also unknowable without a birth time, though since it inherently carries a sense of removal (the career is a relatively impersonal thing, as is business, and we have no control over the reputation or the way others know us ‘at a distance’, in an entirely impersonal manner) it is most important in terms of timing, with transits to it–so we lose an indicator for worldly opportunity and involvement, as well as the chance to know the ‘flavor’ of our public persona, which can help tell us what others expect us to be, or be good at.

The other big issue is that we are unable to associate planets and signs with their ‘correct’ Houses for the individual. The best we can do is choose a noon chart, smack in the middle of the day for the place of birth, which offers a kind of mid-picture, and gives us our best guess as to a valid Moon–or we can use a sunrise chart for that day, placing the Sun on the Ascendant, which allows the Solar energy to illuminate potentials for the individual in meeting the world. And of course, not having a birth time puts the descriptive burden on the relationships among the various chart bodies–but there is much to be learned there, so we’re never without recourse for at least some knowledge of the individual, when missing a correct time.

Not all altars are quite so obvious. Vicente Poveda y Juan 'Taufe in Assisi' 1899 {{PD}}

Not all altars are quite so obvious. Vicente Poveda y Juan ‘Taufe in Assisi’ 1899 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a doe struck and killed by a mini-van, lying in the middle of a busy highway. Unfortunately, this happens when humans and Nature intersect, and in the woodsy area where I live, it’s not unusual. What was unusual about this scene was the stillness of it, a strangely primitive tableaux, the highway emptied of all activity around the deer, the humans gathered and motionless at a slight distance. It struck me almost as a ritual of mourning, a moment taken to grieve what was destroyed, to respect what once lived. If you need to, take a moment to grieve what you’ve lost recently–sometimes in our modern world we forget how important and powerful saying goodbye, or giving thanks for what was, can be.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Scorpio: This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself with two goals: healing a rift, and pursuing an important goal. Where you find yourself actually, though, may be between the figurative rock and hard place of health concerns and matters ignored or denied; these require attention before you can successfully mend what’s broken, and fulfill that ambition–but once you do attend to these, follow ideals and dreams for the most effective approach to aim attainment. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

 

9 November 2016 No Answers In the Past

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'Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child' - Mary Cassatt c1900 {{PD}}

‘Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child’ – Mary Cassatt c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may have difficulty dealing with the reality picture or the demands of the material world or authorities, and this would be rooted in a too-strong conviction that the past offers us the answers to the present. It does not; what does tell us how to handle things are relationships, values, and/ or our financial state. All offer informational or fact-based standards by which to navigate–and that’s a really good thing, because our instincts are definitely on the blink (Mars nov SN and Semi-sq Saturn, Venus nov Hygeia, Mercury opp Sedna)

Not the actual lemon, but amazingly similar. By Fir0002/Flagstaffotos Attribution NonCommercial Unported 3.0

Not the actual lemon, but amazingly similar. By Fir0002/Flagstaffotos Attribution NonCommercial Unported 3.0

Today’s word image is the first lemon off my greenhouse lemon tree, ready for election night cocktails. Aside from any jokes (yes, we’ll all need alcohol to get through this!) its readiness said to me that it’s time to look at those smaller things we are providing to ourselves and note, however insignificant it seems, the added degree of Self-reliance, as well as gratitude for what could easily be overlooked or dismissed. Focus on small things not only leads to greater appreciation of what we have, it leads us toward awareness of what we can do, and so toward building much larger and more effective accomplishments.

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Update! The actual lemon–and not one but two!

For those born with the Sun at 17 Scorpio: You’ve made some big changes of late, and now, brace yourself, because you’re going to experience the repercussions of going after your ambitions and desires, specifically through having to face all those things you may have ignored, denied, or avoided by going after your dreams. That sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, it’s really about removing those issues that may stand in your way of achieving–and dealing with them offers a kind of healing, one that opens the way to your ultimate success. Bonus: some of what you experience emotionally may belong not to you but to the Collective, so sort feelings before reacting to them. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

8 November 2016 Follow the Truth

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'Kamal-ol-molk' A Tehran neighborhood Dushan Tappe 1899 {{PD}}

‘Kamal-ol-molk’ A Tehran neighborhood Dushan Tappe 1899 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We concentrate on what’s healthy, right, balanced, and that’s good, and actions are driven by reason, though that latter doesn’t happen until late in the day; before then, actions burst forth from the pressure of strictures, repression, the demands of ‘the rules’, or the expectations of authority. Issues arise from distorted views of power, or lies we’ve accepted about power–great for the US election, right? We can override any misperceptions with a willingness to adjust thinking to fit the real-life situation, conforming to Mother Nature or to the ‘natural’ order of things–a difficult prescription, I know, but one that brings rewards by following instincts, and what we know to be the Truth (no matter how our prejudices have processed it) (Neptune semi-sq Ceres, Mars enters Aquarius, Venus qnx Sedna, Mercury qnx Ceres, Sun conjoined Hygeia)

Today’s word image is green candy. Does that even sound appealing? I took this symbol to say we should ‘eat our greens’–take in what’s good for us, however distasteful to the individual–because it’s going to turn out sweet.

For those born with the Sun at 16 Scorpio: You’ve taken measures to address both the health and real-world power situations–now what? In reality you still need to tackle these subjects–treatment of them was too shallow, too much at the surface to make for effective change–and the reason it’s important is that you need to be ready for the major opportunities you’ll encounter soon in the areas of realizing ambitions and/ or fulfilling desire. Don’t put Self-improvement or Self-definition off, Scorpio! Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

7 November 2016 Pile Up

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Harem Women 'Feeding Pigeons in a Courtyard' Jean-Léon Gérôme {{PD}}

‘Harem Women Feeding Pigeons in a Courtyard’ Jean-Léon Gérôme {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This can be a crazy good day, facilitating creativity, bringing gains in power and influence, and excellent for communication, signaled by a pile-up of fortuitous indicators–as long as we honor our highest values, our commitments and causes, and our partners and mates. Simple enough, right? Except that our inclination may be to skip, ignore, or compromise on our standards, believing that’s what’s needed to get to the good stuff; it’s not only not necessary, what we get if we stick to our values is way better than what we get if we sully or deny them (Pluto semi-sq Juno, Mars nov Neptune, Venus trine Ceres, Mercury nov Jupiter, parallel Hygeia, and contra-parallel Vesta, Sun sxt Pluto)

Today’s word image is a dove in the rain, hiding her head under her wing. Sometimes the peaceful way requires retreat, with inclement conditions urging us to ‘sit it out’, allowing others their way or command of the situation; other times we actively retreat, using the tactics of passive resistance in order to maintain personal peace in a formidable situation where we might otherwise actively aggress. Be sure you know the difference between the two, and if you choose retreat, consciously choose which one.

By Michelet B - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1061296

By Michelet B – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1061296

For those born with the Sun at 15 Scorpio: Emotional conflict over real-world changes you want to make this year, between now and your next birthday, are likely the centerpiece of this period. On the one hand, you actually know what you’re doing, and should have confidence in those changes you seek to make; on the other hand, you’re not as clear on the actual wisdom of what you want to do, and may have neglected truly thinking through the emotional impact to yourself and important others. Of course, now that’s it’s brought to your attention, you can examine your choices much more effectively, before going forward. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

5-6 November 2016 Be Wise

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Quail Feeding Amidst Susuki and Kikyo by Matsumura Keibun {{PD}}

Quail Feeding Amidst Susuki and Kikyo by Matsumura Keibun {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 5th: Oh! Thoughts center on all those matters we’ve been ignoring, denying, or that have enraged us, and we may be tempted to act in unwise ways in an attempt to remedy what we see. Sort it out, but don’t act today; either making a move at this point is impractical, or you don’t (yet) have the skills, or access to someone who does, that can handle this (Mercury conj Black Moon Lilith and sq Pallas)

Word image for the 5th is one of those little kerchief ghosts people hang for Halloween, fallen into the gutter. Something that’s been haunting you has finally been trashed, is no longer an issue–time to appreciate that.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Scorpio: Your own choices plus real-world circumstances seem to constrain you, but actually point to the way you can create great change and fashion things to your liking: by Self-discipline that takes nothing for granted, and doesn’t shy away from the hard tasks. Though not terribly exciting, this is a recipe to make happen what you truly want in life, this year through to your next birthday. Just for now, hope is on the back burner–hard work is what counts. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

The Sorceress by Georges Merle {{PD}}

The Sorceress by Georges Merle {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 6th: Now you act, based on your own empowerment position and what you learn/ know (‘the facts’). It may feel like your priorities and values are being sullied, but it’s really a healing experience that requires you to set aside some erraticness or rebellious inclination characteristic of you, and either reconcile with the group, or re-think your insistence on going it alone (Juno enters Sagittarius, Vesta contra-parallel Hygeia, Mercury trine Chiron and qnx Uranus)

7 September 2005, 19:15 Source Tea Author 	Laurel F from Seattle, WA Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

7 September 2005, 19:15
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Author Laurel F from Seattle, WA Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Word image for the 6th: you ask for a cup of tea, and a big mug of a very fragrant tea is pressed on you by someone who says it’s good for you. Do you drink it? If you don’t trust someone, why ask for a cup of tea from them? Does the fragrance put you off, too strong for you, or unpleasant in some way? Consider what you ask for, and then when you get it, your reaction to it. To think that the same judgment that created the need (to ask for the tea) is adequate to judge what is received from a trusted other, may be a significant mistake. If you trust them, drink it–if you don’t, don’t make the request.

BTW, the above is not code to anyone 🙂

For those born with the Sun at 14 Scorpio: Life may be in your face this coming year, through to your next birthday, and as a consequence may seem much harder than it really is. Perspective will be your most useful commodity, if you can get your hands on it. Trusted others offer both ‘luck’ and opportunity; add a willingness to work hard and head off problems at the pass, and you could make a lot more progress than you might anticipate (but be prepared–you may not see how much you’ve achieved until after the fact). Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Thanks to all; have a great week-end!

4 November 2016 Getting Healthy

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Today, we float some consideration of what it means to be healthy. Self-portrait in a balloon gondola, Konrad Brandel c1865 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Do we take measures to make changes to our own health, or is it that we’re seeing changes in someone else’s? Or does this apply to a more general perception of the positive (or at least, noticeable) nature of recent changes around us? Our level of Self-focus is probably what drives the form for manifestation today; if we’re centered on our own uniqueness or original expression, we could harm relationships or even our financial situation, but if we’re outer-focused, we may see erratic behaviors (our own or others’) that injure or otherwise take a toll on our vanity. It’s a day when we may find ourselves thinking in very specific channels, our thoughts curlicues that fold around on themselves, our psyches far too sensitive to give proper proportion to events, whether they’re internal or external–but if we do try to improve things, especially health-wise, our reformations should stick (Pluto sxt Hygeia, Venus sq Chiron and trine Uranus)

The eventual flower. Photograph of paperwhite flowers 2 December 2006 Source Own work Author Beezhive GFDL, cc-by-sa-2.5,2.0,1.0

The eventual flower. Photograph of paperwhite flowers
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Today’s word image is the green tips of paperwhite bulbs being forced in the winter indoors. Forcing something isn’t always a bad thing; sometimes initially we need to create an artificial condition in order to get something started. Is there some small beginning you’re seeing, that you’d truly like to watch bloom? Give it what it needs to flourish, and then allow Nature to do the rest.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Scorpio: You’ve set yourself on the Path you want to follow, but are your choices working to take you where you want to go? Health matters and other real-world conditions may limit your way forward until they’re attended to; dealing with what you already know to be a problem (but probably thought you could ignore until later) is the only way to get to a space that allows real, significant change, and offers you the influence in your own life that you want to have. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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3 November 2016 Go On Instincts

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By Hans Andersen Brendekilde – 1. wallpaperweb.org2. Sotheby’s New York, 28 Januar 2011, lot 238, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34007466

The AstroEssence: Go on instincts–but be really sure those are instincts, and not desire or blind spot material masquerading as primal knowledge. If you need some help, relationships offer wisdom in one form or another (sometimes they show us what not to do, no?) and follow the money and asset flow in order to identify the smart trends. If you know yourself (and so are able to identify impulses correctly) this can be a very good day for you (Mars trine Sedna, Venus sxt Pallas)

Sculpture 'Body to Soul' by Mary-Louise Browne in the Wellington Botanical Garden in Wellington/New Zealand  Photo by Felipe Skroski CC BY 2.0

Sculpture ‘Body to Soul’ by Mary-Louise Browne in the Wellington Botanical Garden in Wellington/New Zealand Photo by Felipe Skroski CC BY 2.0

Today’s word image is a three-word text–use the first three words that pop into your head–what does it say? Consider this a message from the Universe.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Scorpio: Luck and opportunity come your way this year, but obliquely, through the pursuit of the every day and the well-intentioned. It’s not glamorous, and it will test your ability to recognize genuine chances at making your name or making a buck, but in either case the opportunities will be there, most likely found through partners, through the Arts, and/ or through matters of the Houses in the natal chart ruled by Jupiter (Sagittarius or ancient association with Pisces) or through which Jupiter is currently transiting (Libra). Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

2 November 2016 Detoxing the Self

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Don't make the mistake of believing that because you're angry, that means you're right. Ludwig Knaus - Mein Napf ist leer (1886) {{PD}}

Don’t make the mistake of believing that because you’re angry, that means you’re right. Ludwig Knaus – Mein Napf ist leer (1886) {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Thoughts are about achieving health through stripping away, detoxing, and by purging the emotions (Hygeia in Scorpio), and this offers an impetus toward genuine change; interactions and financial moves, however, are all about fulfilling ambitions and desires, so there’s some disparity between what we’re thinking about and where we’re putting our attention and resources. There’s a third prong to our intentions, shown by anger or a deep need to act that brings conflict with those in authority, and that may seriously detour us away from our intended life direction. The crux of the problem is found in how Self-absorbed we are, how insistent on having our way or making an impact, or how angry we are with those running the show–if we can find a constructive outlet, or even just contain our need to assert, we’ll gain enough time and space for reason to prevail. Bonus hint: don’t spend so much time trying to illuminate the past–the reasons why things were as they were are long gone, now, and that may be where a lot of the hidden anger, unnecessarily renewed by our examination, comes from in the first place (Mars sesq NN and sq Ceres, Venus sxt Zeus, Merc conj Hygeia and sxt Pluto, Sun trine SN)

Caroline Frederike Friedrich (attr) Weinlaubzweige late 18th-early 19th century {{PD}}

Caroline Frederike Friedrich (attr) Weinlaubzweige late 18th-early 19th century {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: during a windstorm a man uses a leaf blower to blow nothing from the sidewalk. Where are you wasting energy? Creating useless noise? Pretending to do something productive that’s anything but? Where are you in denial about the true state of things? Answer this and you may liberate an enormous store of energy/ time that you didn’t know you had, as well as clear out the psychic ‘drains’.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Scorpio: The past seems to have an unreasonably strong hold on you this year, through to your next birthday; it may be that you spent this past year on a creative tear or with your head in the clouds, and so ‘woke up’ to changes you must now review and revise–or maybe you just didn’t want to deal with things, and now the mess left behind must be dealt with. In any case, look at it less for its janitorial duties and more for the possibility to shape what’s coming by modifying and clarifying meaning in what you choose to keep. It’s a powerful position, whether you know it or not, so move forward aware that your choices and actions really do matter. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

1 November 2016 Staying Clear

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Silence By Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy {{PD}}

Silence By Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: With all our attention on the ideals, the creative, and the spiritual, we may miss the way our perceptions around these subjects are unclear–and yet we allow these fuzzy, illusory, or deceptive ideas and images to run our actions and dictate our choices. We are running partly on instinct, partly on ambition, and we somehow find serendipitous material circumstances to support our current direction. The issue comes later, when we examine in the cold, unobstructed light what we created in today’s present. We’re likely then to find 1) that though we did what we did out of mistaken understanding, or following an outright deception, it worked out okay because this was something in line with our instincts, anyway, 2) that one way or another we gained power by pursuing what we wanted, 3) that we may have unintentionally sacrificed our standards to preserve a relationship or financial source, and 4) that sticking to the facts is the wise course–and that latter suggests our best guideline for today is to judge, choose, and decide strictly according to what the facts support (NN parallel Sedna, Juno nov Zeus, Jupiter parallel Pallas, Mars semi-sq Neptune and nov Saturn, Venus sesq Vesta, Sun trine Neptune)

Lamps in Souq Waqif, Qatar  26 October 2013 Photo by Shyam Subhash Nair  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Lamps in Souq Waqif, Qatar 26 October 2013 Photo by Shyam Subhash Nair Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a beautiful but tarnished old vessel that, according to a child who shows it to you, may or may not contain a djinn. The image suggests something potentially magical within your reach, something it may take a childlike or innocent attitude to discover or make the best of. 

For those born with the Sun at 9 Scorpio: Your creative inspirations, ideals, or spiritual revelations dominate the year, through to your next birthday, but it’s up to you to use them in the highest form possible. Methods for making the most of these surging talents/ influences is found in the past, your own or in practices, disciplines, or modes devised by others and handed down through artistic tradition, in forms of service, or in spiritual practice and forms of worship. If you apply yourself to realizing your ideas, you are likely to reach your next birthday in some serious way transformed. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

31 October 2016 The Lure of the Past

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By Godromil - Own work, CC0, from the Venice Biennial 2009 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30000171

By Godromil – Own work, CC0, from the Venice Biennial 2009 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30000171

The AstroEssence: Today the past looms large, and our vision is filled with opportunities lost, what we should’ve known (whether that’s a reasonable assessment or not), and with remembrance of exaggerated episodes of both positive and negative experiences. Optimism about the future and our goals may be squelched by recall of past missteps. We indulge in so much thought about what was, we may forget that the point of memory is to make better decisions and choices now (Jupiter qnx and Mercury trine the South Node)

'Mt Fuji Behind a Spider Net' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 19th century {{PD}}

‘Mt Fuji Behind a Spider Net’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 19th century {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a large spider web stretched above a busy highway. I saw this, and wondered, ‘What is that spider hoping to catch? A semi?’ The incongruity brings to mind when we lay out a plan, hoping to accomplish something, but fail to realize how inappropriate the ‘place’ (or venue, or method, or goal) we’ve chosen is. Or is it this: that an optimistic outlook serves us only so far, and that having a real chance at getting what we want requires a more practical, or perhaps more fully informed, plan?

For those born with the Sun at 8 Scorpio: Take care this coming year, Scorpio, as you may suffer a surprising amount of confusion between thoughts and feelings, often being unable to tell them apart. The reason may be that you are carrying some deep emotional perceptions that are trying to surface, and so inadvertently influence the thought processes. Doing some earnest excavation into the emotions will help, as will full-hearted acceptance of your creative urges, rather than the recent, socially-inspired inclination to tamp them down. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

30 October 2016 New Moon in Scorpio: The Start of the Dream

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The New Moon in Scorpio is conjoined Mercury, sesquiquadrate Chiron, and trine Neptune. The Sun and Moon conjoined always brings a new start, sparks a beginning, or, as with the event in Scorpio, may see the inception of a mystery, something hidden away, something that presents an illusion or deception, or something we don’t immediately recognize or understand to be a beginning, perhaps because it seems to be destructive, a coming-apart or change. What you need to know is this may bring a dream to realization, eventually, once the healing we’ve been resisting is accomplished, but the New Moon brings only a hint of what’s to come, and possibly delivers it in a form that at first creates delusion, confusion, secrets, or that plunges us into the creative, and so puts us out of touch with the reality picture. We may literally dream it rather than experience it; it may be that it’s only later that the mind can draw the thread from this New Moon start to the eventual fulfillment of the dream, materialization of what was imagined, or to the active application of the ideals to the real-world scenario.

The Sabian symbol is, ‘A Calm Lake Bathed In Moonlight’. This suggests emotional calm (the calm lake) that allows the individual to receive the inspiration or intuition needed (the moonlight). The keyword here might be ‘receptivity’, not just an openness but a stillness that makes us capable of receiving the message without interfering noise or the impulse to immediately react to what’s offered. ‘Bathed’ suggests a Scorpionic immersion, even a kind of pre-verbal, womb state. Allowing ourselves this kind of immersive experience promises at least a start to any difficult healing we may need to undergo, and specifically may spark our initial move toward or awareness of the New Moon dream.

For those born with the Sun at 7 Scorpio: This year, through to your next birthday, will be one of active communication–but it’s up to you whether that will carry a big creative dream forward, whether it will result in a spiritual advance for yourself, or whether you might spend the entire time chasing an illusion, or perpetrating a deception. Good thing it’s up to you, right? Choose according to your ideals, and you should reach your next Solar Return with some version of a magnum opus–we should all be so lucky! Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

I recommend this article by Liz Hathway, if you’re looking for a general peek forward to the US election.

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29 October 2016 Out of It

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Lisbon "chill out" street art, Uploaded by tm Author: Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Lisbon “chill out” street art, Uploaded by tm Author: Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The AstroEssence the 29th: We’re well into the Dark of the Moon (the three days preceding a New Moon) so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s a chill day, largely devoted to feeling just a little bit out of it. We’ll find cross-currents common, as we operate in our ‘blind spot’ and find the facts emerge to set us straight, or when our beliefs run up against our instincts, or as the social role requires us to tap into something we carry deep within but don’t often access. Even those who set out ablaze to party, to find out, to proselytize in their favorite arena, will find themselves subdued as lust turns to friendship, sought-after riches or rewards gain human-scale as the real-world intrudes, and modest wants and sober expression seem all we can muster. That’s not a bad thing, though: those who want bang and flash at this point just end up confused or failing in their goals; those who embrace the indeterminate, the vague, and the accepting sail through, with the option to nail down some serious Love or Money in the process (Jupiter sesq Sedna, Venus conj Saturn)

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) byThomas Eakins 1874 {{PD}}

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) byThomas Eakins 1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is sudden surgery. Who expects that, right? But the point is that, symbolically speaking, we may meet an occasion that ‘cuts deep’, and the exploration is completely unplanned. Look for Path-altering (even life altering) events that, for a short period, totally take over your experience, and ask yourself, What did that deep cut expose? even as you recognize the event was necessary to your healing.

For those born with the Sun at 6 Scorpio: Acute perceptual faculties are yours this coming year, through to your next birthday, but be prepared: not only will you divine all forms of perfection in your world, you’ll also see its flaws, in Technicolor, on the Big Screen of your mind–and you may be deeply inspired, and possibly deeply hurt, by what you see. If you can accept reality with all its unevenness, you can heal in ways you never anticipated. Bonus: you get a new start, a couple of months into this Solar year. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

28 October 2016 Merged Perception

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By John William Godward 1903- {{PD}}

By John William Godward 1903- {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may actually see more of an effect related to the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury today rather than yesterday, when the meeting perfected. That’s due to two things: both bodies perfect an attention-grabbing sesquiquadrate to Chiron today, and the Sun is not only still conjoined Mercury, but parallel to it (that is, the same distance from the horizon, making them appear to occupy the same spot in the sky). The difficult contacts to Chiron suggest that wounds, particularly the pre-verbal, primal ones, will underlie perceptions and communications today, making for rough interactions and likely even rougher internal processing of what’s perceived. The identity and perceptual abilities are so closely merged at this time, so closely aligned, that it’s unlikely we’ll be successful in separating our thoughts and perceptions from who we are–and that can foster all kinds of upset, as we react to words or perceived messages as if they hold the power to define or even control us. Remember that you’re actually the only one who can negotiate your future–and that it’s up to you to embrace Self-responsibility, rather than hiding out in chaos or rebellion (Ceres trine NN, Mars sq Uranus, Merc sesq Chiron, Sun sesq Chiron and parallel Mercury)

Today’s word image is putting the wrong month on all the paperwork. When that happens I’ve started to think of it as a little touch of time travel, a part of the unconscious pushing forward, trying to alert us to . . . what? Maybe to a brief window where we are actually perceiving, even living in, our own future, at least psychically speaking–and when that happens, it’s best to stop and take a clear look around at what’s going on. These instances are definitely clues to what’s coming.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Scorpio: The mental realm may dominate your year, and for some time it may be difficult for you to concede that your mind and Beingness really are two different things–you’ll be convinced you are your mind! This has the advantage of conferring a strong internal unity of purpose that can drive significant forward progress in the material world; but a too-close identification of the ego with the mind can end up triggering vengeance and affront when the delicate ego believes its ideas to be ill-received. Use your mighty brain power at this time to plan, push toward goals, and to understand–the power of cognition is so formidable that this same ability which might turn friends into enemies could just as easily turn enemies into friends, if you’ll apply it. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

27 October 2016 Older and Wiser

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I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA - Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA – Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

The AstroEssence: We mark something today, something to do with where we’ve been in life and where we’re headed; it’s a kind of ‘Hmm, so that’s the way it is’ moment with Love or Money that highlights our frustrations, points out how we’ve allowed wounds to dictate actions, and how we’ve allowed the unjust and the pessimistic to flourish in our thinking. We can let go all of that, now. We see who we are and what we need to heal, see that so much of what makes our circumstances is under our control, and rather than sulking because we can’t instantly create our ideal, we take actual steps toward that ideal, ones that count and maybe even change the game. This is what maturity looks like (Juno qnx Ceres, Mars sxt Chiron, Venus parallel Mars, sesq Ceres, and sq the Nodal axis, Mercury parallel Black Moon Lilith and conjoined the Sun in Superior Conjunction)

vintage-barber-haircut-poster-actionToday’s word image is one of those posters that can still be found in some barber shops, that shows the different cuts and names them: ‘The Executive’, ‘The Continental’, ‘The Flat Top’, ‘The Ivy League’ and so on. Theoretically, men, and the occasional woman, were to enter the shop and choose their style from this selection. That’s fine, except that the style is viewed on someone else; the question is, Does that style truly suit the individual? Too often we see someone else’s style, place in life, way of dealing and doing, and we think, ‘That’s how I want to do it’. There’s nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from others, but there’s everything wrong with thinking that we can or should be just like someone else. It’s an attempt to don an idealized vision, something that we think represents the person we admire–but that renders the admired individual in two dimensions, and our adoption of it like a Halloween costume–you just aren’t going to function well in that, every day. That kind of imitation leaves no room for our own talents and abilities–and the worst part may be that we tend to fall into this trap when we are overly focused on ‘finding ourselves’ and ‘being original’. I guess that leads us to the old saw, ‘Be yourself; everybody else is taken’.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Scorpio: You are about to enter into a new era of thinking, communication, and/ or perception–but until you do, you may feel the whole relating-to-the-world thing is a little muddy. Progress in any discernible sense only comes after that mental shift–so until then, relax, and pursue this sharpened clarity by attending to matters in the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

26 October 2016 Serendipity

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By Martin Brandenburg 'Elfenreigen', um 1906/09 {{PD}}

By Martin Brandenburg ‘Elfenreigen’, um 1906/09 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: A positive attitude draws serendipitous conditions and events; even the crabby and negative among us get a break. It’s as if values and commitments automatically shape the Path, relationships and financial responsibility influence the social role and efforts at gaining knowledge and at expansion attempts, and awareness guides materialization; what we think about appears around us. Obviously, the extent of reward or success we achieve is based on our outlook and intentions, corresponding to how much energy we put into the positive (and of course, those who dwell on the negative pull in a corresponding energy, as well). This is a normal operation of energy amplified; we have the chance to see very clearly our actual approach to life and the results we can expect from it. The ability to persuade ourselves we’re being effective is removed, replaced by real evidence of what we’re putting out there, what we’re drawing in (Vesta nov NN, Venus sxt Jupiter and nov Mars, Merc and the Sun nov Saturn, just ahead of the Superior Conjunction of the 27th)

James Ward - 'A Bat' undated {{PD}}

James Ward – ‘A Bat’ undated {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a bat. We mostly have an aversion to these squishy-faced, eerie-winged creatures, associating them with what’s frightening and dark, with vampires and the Underworld. The reality is most of them eat fruit and bugs, and play an important part in the ecosystem. What in our lives are we demonizing that we should actually be thankful for? Inspect assumptions and attitudes, and re-tool them for a more realistic appraisal of what’s around you; recognition that everything has a value goes a long way toward removing unwarranted prejudices.

For those born with the Sun at 3 Scorpio: Health issues seem like something that can be kicked down the road and attended to later, but you’d be smart to look into them now. The body and Beingness needs your attention; it’s the right time to deal with old injuries, with preventative measures, and with clearing the mental and emotional slates. Taking a stance of accountability puts you in a great position to go forward in future, undistracted by personal matters, making a significant impact when you do. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

25 October 2016 Challenge to the Dream

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John William Waterhouse - Circe, 1911 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – Circe, 1911 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Is it relationships and their demands that challenge your realization of the dream, or is it finances, or assets, or lacking the cooperation of others that’s preventing you creating what you want? Here’s a thought: if you think something is standing in your way, it’s not. It may look solid, like a true and insurmountable obstacle, an obligation or duty that pulls all your sugar over to someone else’s cause, leaving you too exhausted to go after what you say you want, but it’s almost a given that you haven’t even tried to climb over it, go around it, or punch through that paper tiger, to get to your goal. Here’s another thought: maybe you’re just saying you want it, rather than really wanting it. I’m not trying to disparage anyone, or anyone’s dreams, I’m only saying that sometimes we have very good reasons, ones we just don’t acknowledge, for not going toward that thing we like to think we want–we instead tell ourselves what’s stopping us is out there, and how sad that we’ll never have what we desire–it’s a way to celebrate an image of ourselves we’ll never have to live up to–but that’s a little too close to pretending we are victims, rather than seeing that there’s some part of this equation we’re not admitting to–and it’s important for our own sake that we divine what we may be hiding from, avoiding knowing, ignoring, or so angry about that we’re actually sabotaging ourselves.

These same influences could also show us the worthless nature of a fantasy or idealized vision, with the likely impetus to the big reveal a need to change how we think about our values and priorities, along with a need to finally acknowledge something we’ve been avoiding. It may be very difficult, but today we see in what way we’re cheating our own dream, keeping ourselves from fulfillment, and in the process holding back from the world the very thing we came here to give (Venus sq Neptune, Mercury sq Vesta, Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is paperwork not filled out. There’s something you need to actively participate in, commit to, or put your John Hancock to that you’ve been putting off. It’s time to make at least one commitment that benefits yourself, and to make that promise visible to others (the symbol of the paperwork), no matter how small.

We’re at one of those awkward points when the Sun ‘straddles’ the day; see yesterday’s birthday look ahead for those with the Sun at 2 Scorpio, and tomorrow’s outlook for the Sun at 3 Scorpio.

24 October 2016 Work At It

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Meijer de Haan 'Les Teilleuses de Lin' 1889 {{PD}}

Meijer de Haan ‘Les Teilleuses de Lin’ 1889 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re seeking empowerment (by that I mean we’re looking for ways to make our actions count, to have an impact, whether that’s in our own lives, out in the world, or both) but for some reason we’re rejecting our own instincts, and unable to admit we may be laboring in our ‘blind spot’, and so pushing forward ignorant of what we’re missing. Take the time to consider, dig deep, really think about things before going on or choosing; a little modesty and forethought goes a long way today, both keeping us out of trouble and reserving our attention and efforts for where they’re really needed (Juno opp Sedna, Merc into Scorpio)

Nosferatu waits for a call, just like anybody else. By Pablo-flores assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610352

Nosferatu waits for a call, just like anybody else. By Pablo-flores assumed (based on copyright claims). – No machine-readable sources provided. CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610352

Today’s word image is a promised phone call that never comes. Have you ever done that, said you’d call someone and then not done it? Or received that promise from someone else? This time it’s something you expected from the Universe–and now you must acknowledge that it didn’t arrive as you thought it would. My thought is: adapt. Stop holding this expectation as part of your future, because that surely means you’ve been holding a part of yourself in reserve, as well.

For those born with the Sun at 02 Scorpio: You feel you’ve ironed out any wrinkles in both your thinking and your priorities–so now what? It may be that you spend the year between now and your next birthday feeling cut adrift, separated from the old identity, roles, and/ or ways of approaching things but not quite connected to your new place in things. The good part of that is that it gives you the opportunity to shape yourself in any way you like; the bad part is that it may be a little lonely until you choose your next ‘form’. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Your Weekend 22-23 October 2016 A Time For Change

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The ancient Greeks believed that the newly dead were offered pears at the gates of the Afterlife, to ease their homesickness. Have a pear this weekend; you might need the soothing influence. 'Pears and Oranges in a Bowl' - William Glackens 1915 {{PD}}

The ancient Greeks believed the newly dead were offered pears at the gates of the Afterlife, to ease their homesickness. Have a pear this weekend; you might need the soothing influence. ‘Pears and Oranges in a Bowl’ – William Glackens 1915 {{PD}}

22 October: The Rewards of Change

The AstroEssence: Inspiration or the spiritual beliefs illustrate a healthy environment or approach for us, yet our thoughts are mired in yesterday’s empowerment methods, and our actions are prompted by what we don’t acknowledge. The result of this mish-mash, strangely enough, is valuable change, though whether it comes through relationships or financial circumstances, or results in change to them, is an individual matter, probably determined by how successfully we’ve been able to listen to and follow those instinctual prompts that we would really rather turn away from. If we’ve listened and adapted, what occurs is much more under our control and likely much more positive, but if we’ve avoided following that internal voice the change is likely delivered by externals, over which we have little influence (Neptune trine Hygeia, Mars sxt Black Moon Lilith, Venus nov Pluto, Mercury sesq South Node, parallel Juno, qnx Sedna, Sun enters Scorpio)

Today’s word image is a set of car keys. You have the keys–now drive forward!

We’re at that point (past it, really, at least in Pacific time) when the days don’t neatly align with the Sun in a single degree, so today we’ll list both:

For those born with the Sun at 29 Libra: Power issues, who owns what, who controls whom, and what and to whom you dedicate your life energy take front and center stage this year, through to your next birthday. Those are big subjects, and they’ll be the underpinning of the more mundane, daily events; remain aware of this, and make choices according to your highest values and most honored priorities, and you’ll lay the foundation for big change or a whole new role that arrives relatively soon. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 00 Scorpio: This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may be focused on conflicts within those life areas where you want to make commitments (with a mate, in the home, or to causes and those ideas that shape the life direction); you may find yourself running up against problems and surprising contradictions within your own value set, and this takes an emotional toll (and possibly expresses through the matters of the House that holds Cancer). By the time you’ve made one more trip around the Sun, you’ll be feeling and seeing things much differently than you do now–allow the change; don’t waste your energy resisting. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

23 October: What’s Stopping You?

The AstroEssence: Mark this day on your calendar; it’s likely to hold some large upset, conflict, awareness of disparity, angry confrontation, power-play, or some tattling-like communication that just won’t allow us to end the day as we started it. Big shifts can have their origins today; so can turning points. At a minimum, expect adjustments to the social role, the Self-image, the permission you grant yourself, and/ or the way in which you attempt to actualize the dream–and expect the priorities to change as a consequence (Jupiter qnx Neptune, Mars sq Zeus, Venus sesq Uranus, Merc opp Ceres and semi-sq Saturn, Sun sq Vesta)

Mikoláš Aleš 1881 {{PD}}

Mikoláš Aleš 1881 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crow trying to carry a whole branch back to the nest. It’s too heavy, of course. What are you attempting that might be more than you can handle? Is it an appropriate goal in the first place? Consider what you might have to deal with if you succeed. If you truly find it a worthy goal, you might want to ask yourself why you haven’t yet asked for help.

For those born with the Sun at 01 Scorpio: You may spend the year re-shaping your life according to some recent changes to your values and commitments; you’re looking to build something solid, something lasting, and to remove certain barriers that perhaps you are seeing as movable for the first time. You have the focus and energy to do it–don’t let emotional issues or conflicts drain your zest and distract from your goals. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

21 October 2016 UnReal

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Georges Seurat, 1891 {{PD}}

Georges Seurat, 1891 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Unreality, distortion, the imagined, the deceptive all permeate thinking, reasoning, and perception today–and yet, we’ll know something’s amiss, we’ll sense the fun-house version of reality we’re receiving, filtered through minds that are confused about the difference between fact and fiction. This may distract us from more conventionally productive efforts, but could also supply some amazing inspiration or a deeply moving spiritual experience (aside from that one we have all the time, of course) (Mercury sesquiquadrate and parallel Neptune, Sun semi-sq Saturn)

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970. Photo by GeorgHH {{PD}}

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970. Photo by GeorgHH {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a child’s piggy bank, from which the coins can only be extracted once it’s been shattered.  What ‘treasure’, resource, talent, positive have you been storing away, saving up, hoarding, or accumulating that you now would be wise to access, even if it takes a ‘shattering’ change? It’s time.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Libra: You may be too concerned this coming year with the idea of ‘fate’, as if your free Will could be overpowered at any moment by the pre-planned, the Destined, or the inescapable. It would be a mistake to believe this, but the mere existence of the idea may cause you to react passively to challenges and obstacles. Though it’s true a proactive stance won’t really bring you what you want at this time, neither will complete abdication of Self-responsibility. You’ll need to compromise your expression, thinking of progress in terms of building blocks rather than sweeping accomplishments; but it is the time to frame goals for the future, and to dream so that you can incorporate your most inspired desires in your real-life direction. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

20 October 2016 Doors And Walls

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By HaguardDuNord - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26224080

By HaguardDuNord – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26224080

The AstroEssence: We put up walls against what amounts to the Truth; it will come at us in a great many forms that we don’t immediately recognize as vehicles for enlightenment. We resist for the simple fact that we have likely stumbled upon a door within those Self-fashioned walls that is a little bit of genius, but we hesitate to go through it; we are somehow fixed on not being our most original Self–and that’s not to mention the aversion to recognizing our own authority and power to affect things. This negative Self-view stems from the feeling lately that reality is harsh; if you can’t face making the most of that bit of genius, that tremendously productive and profitable idea, or that beckoning relationship, then tuck it away for later, when you don’t feel like you’ve just been sucker-punched by the world (Saturn sesq Ceres, Mercury nov Venus, contra-parallel Uranus and Sedna, also opposed Uranus, Sun opp Ceres)

See? They need their horns. By Flickr user James Temple - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamestemple/312326185/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1667679

See? They need their horns. By Flickr user James Temple – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamestemple/312326185/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1667679

Today’s word image is a rhinoceros that’s missing his horn. This is an item of helpful Self-defense when meeting others of the same kind, or even would-be predators. We know that in some cultures the horn is powdered and prized as medicine, but is there ever any excuse for such a blatantly cruel act? I think not. Watch your surroundings for someone who seems formidable, but who may have had their best defense ripped away from them, and so may need your understanding more than your challenge or your criticism.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Libra: ‘Fate’ is speaking to you via the career, this year through to your next birthday. How will you respond? The temptation may be to go straight for the power, but you may do much better to take your time and negotiate–doing so will bring you much more than you would’ve been able to simply command as your own. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

19 October 2016 Small Comfort

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The AstroEssence: I’m sure conventional wisdom says we should all be focused on the Mars-Pluto conjunction–and that makes sense, though it’s a bit like a house on fire, and you’re standing and staring at the flames. That fire’s eating the oxygen in the room, igniting everything inflammable, burning down some Capricornian structure related to the House where the conflagration conjunction, occurs, it may spread havoc to the Houses ruled by Mars-Pluto, but, let’s be clear, nobody’s missing that fire. So what do we need advice about this for? Isn’t the only applicable advice: put out the fire?

True, some may succumb to ego and try to pull the whole charred structure down (think of the human dumpster fire that is Donald Trump with that lickety-flame hair–like all the most toxic people, if he can’t win he’ll claim it’s rigged and trash the whole thing, whether it’s a card game or a national election–and of course today is the final debate–brace yourselves for some Molotov-cocktail throwing on both sides that could spark a firestorm); for the rest of us, choices may carry a ‘do (Mars) or die (Pluto)’ cast.

I firmly believe we’ll all see the fire–what we won’t be quite so aware of (which may allow it to have a much greater impact than we realize) are these influences: Vesta moves into Leo, prompting us to honor priorities, the mate, and the home (a potential burning structure) for our own sake–that offers excellent Self-care; the Sun is sesquiquadrate the South Node point, perhaps drawing our attention back repeatedly to what didn’t work in the past–a distraction we don’t need; and Mercury is busy busy busy, novile and contra-parallel the North Node, parallel Zeus, and quincunx Chiron, which means thinking is aligned with ambitions and desires but is resistant to moving into the future, and reasoning springs at least somewhat from the injured portion of the psyche–and that implies the mind may carry a bias we aren’t even conscious of.

It’s that Vesta move into Leo that saves the day; it urges us to clear out the static, the conflicting messages, and the obscuring smoke, and measure things by what we care about most, and this time we’re smart enough to throw our own welfare into the mix–so it’s likely that, as long as something else doesn’t overwhelm (by other transits to the natal picture), whatever moves we make will be in our own best interests, and serve to protect what we honor and commit our energy to.

'Chinese tea and pine nut cookies' Photo by Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Chinese tea and pine nut cookies’ Photo by Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a red tin of your favorite cookies. A small indulgence can be disproportionately comforting today, so find your pleasures where you may.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Libra: You are headed toward something I can only describe as a unification of the Self with Nature, or becoming a Negotiator, and/ or attaining immense personal authority. How can you tell which it will be, you ask? You already know if you’re slated for power over others, or to take on an extraordinarily influential role within some natural construct, shaping and, in a sense, ‘authorizing’ its effect. Don’t be shy–admit that’s what’s coming, at least to yourself, and get busy preparing; though some people look down their noses at the idea of studying up, you’ll make a much more serious and effective impact if you get ready ahead of time. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

There’s a new page up: Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrogrades for 2017

18 October 2016 Purest Form

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Beach of icebergs, in the south coast of Iceland, close to the Jokulsarlon lagoon... Photo by Moyan Brenn - https://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/21202481350/ CC BY 2.0

Beach of icebergs, in the south coast of Iceland, close to the Jokulsarlon lagoon… Photo by Moyan Brenn – https://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/21202481350/ CC BY 2.0

The AstroEssence: When the planet of relationships, what we value, and of gain (Venus) enters Sagittarius, we start to look at the facts, and this time around we have the courage and presence of mind to really see them, and to know what’s smart; change happens. This particular blend of influences can have almost magical repercussions in a gnarly election period, could help us get a clearer hold on our own instincts and the influence of material hidden in our ‘blind spots’, and could bring our identities toward their best and purest form, as close to unadulterated ‘Truth’ as they’ve ever been. A few will flip a destructive switch, fearing what lies within and so freaking out over potential exposure of who they really are–but they should relax: for anyone willing to see already knows what they’re about (Venus enters Sagittarius and is parallel and semi-sq Pluto, Mercury trine Pallas, Sun qnx Sedna)

Today’s word image is fog. What in your life creates immediate mystery, implying it simply by obscuring things? Rather than searching for an answer (and so pouring a lot of energy into something that, in the end, may not matter at all), sit back and savor the tantalizing way you just don’t know, allowing you to turn your attention toward what you can grasp, what you can affect, toward what really matters.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Libra: You’ve been running on instinct, and probably your last nerve–now it’s time to get right with Nature and your own biology, authorities in your world and your own personal expression of authority, to learn effective negotiation, and/ or to smooth things over with Mom. One or more of these topics will feature in the year ahead for you, and all of them suggest that you must fully and completely step up and take responsibility for your own choices and actions–if you don’t it could be a long, tough year with plenty of repercussions. On the plus side, if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll have the knack of knowing exactly what everyone else thinks–that gives you a distinct advantage. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

17 October 2016 We Get It

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'Buckwheat Harvesters', 1888 Émile Bernard {{PD}}

‘Buckwheat Harvesters’, 1888 Émile Bernard {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This is the story of how we’ll get what we’ve worked for and honored, and those in authority will just have to adjust to what we receive. The rewards, however, may be surreptitious, hidden in something dark or of lesser worth, even found in something others have discarded or rejected. A flowering of love may be what’s given us, and we may not at first see how much we deserve this–but we do. At the same time, ambition fulfillment is on everyone’s mind, but we’ll have a rough time visualizing what we want, because the light of what is (a light that is shining on exactly why we have earned the things we have) will be very bright; just make sure to take note of whatever good thing comes your way, Love, laughter, admiration, cooperation, even cash, that wasn’t there before (Venus trine Vesta, parallel Saturn, and qnx Ceres, Mercury conjoined Zeus, Sun sesq Neptune)

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Loop the Loop, Coney Island (1903) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a roller coaster. Aside from the obvious symbolism of whip-lashy experiences, what does this thing mean to you? Do you love them, hate them, or are you indifferent? I used to love them, and now don’t care for them, so the image makes me think: What is it that we once adored, that now we’d rather never experience again? This points to changing tastes, and possibly some re-defining of our own Self-image, as well as a recognition of the world’s current, disorienting state.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Libra: It’s funny–odd funny, not funny ha-ha–that there’s a crisis in either Love or Money in your life, and yet your attention is anywhere but there! You seem much more concerned with following your own instincts to see where they might lead, and in digging into your own psyche for treasure. Well now it’s time for you to see: one or more of the relationships or sources of ‘flow’ you’ve come to take for granted is in danger of disappearing–wake up and do something about it. It may not be readily apparent, and it may take the entire year to your next birthday to play out–but forewarned, as the say. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

16 October 2016 Loyalties, and What’s Sacred

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Franz von Stuck 'The Guardian of Paradise' 1889 {{PD}}

Franz von Stuck ‘The Guardian of Paradise’ 1889 {{PD}}

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‘Tierpark Ostrittrum – Kampfbalken’ Photo by Marius Kallhardt from near Bremen, Germany Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The AstroEssence: Are we butting heads with authorities, with Mom, with Mother Nature, or in negotiations over what’s sacred to us? And if we are, what does that say about our loyalties and priorities? What we honor is tested from without by forces that would compel us, and we need to parse out how important it really is for us to maintain our commitments. We have a chance to see whether our sacred investments are truly worthwhile–and whether those who challenge us are truly worth maintaining a relationship with. In fact, relationships and values offer inspiration and a spark of genius to us that aids in ambition fulfillment–it’s like interactions show us things in a new and creative way–and we should take action, but with great care, so we don’t Self-sabotage along the way (Vesta sq Ceres, Venus nov Zeus and semi-sq Mars)

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Today’s word image is an egg. We’ve had this symbol before–but this time it’s hard-boiled. I think this is about some potential that has hardened into some sort of perpetual beginning–it’s something we may need to realize is never going to become anything more than it is–so that perhaps we need to stop hoping it will hatch, and turn our attention to something that will.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Libra: Energy expression may be oddly split for you this coming year, Libra, with some going toward establishing yourself and getting what you want, and some going toward purely pleasurable pursuits and/ or the accumulation of goods. These aren’t necessarily incompatible goals, but it will be important that you find a way to meld your Will and your need to feel ‘in charge’ (at least of yourself) with a genuine desire for comfort and sensual gratification. If you don’t figure out how to combine them, you may spend a lot of time feeling frustrated and then zoning out. Use your creativity, and listen to your instincts and those things you know deep inside to be true, and you’ll do just fine. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

15 October 2016 Full Moon, Full Plate

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‘The Boating Party’ or ‘Reunion of the Meurthe Boating Party’, by Émile Friant – {{PD}}

The Lunar Essence: With the Full Moon in Aries at 23 Aries 14 occurring at 9:23 PM Pacific daylight time, we see the threesome of Earth-Moon-Uranus in a less than one degree span opposed the Libra Sun, which is sesquiquadrate Neptune. The Full Moon itself of course forms a semi-square to Neptune, and is as stated conjoined Uranus and widely conjoined Ceres, the latter of which sits at 29 degrees of the Moon’s sign, adding stress through the actions of Nature or authorities. The Full Moon is also quincunx Juno, and makes a wide square to Vesta, which we should count as the swift-moving Moon races toward, rather than away from, aspect completion, with this square creating a T-square with the Sun/ Earth-Moon-Uranus axis (but even more closely aspecting Ceres, as both Vesta and Ceres sit at 29 degrees), adding even more stress. It’s notable, too, that this Sun is also parallel both Juno and Neptune, suggesting that just observing, just seeing (the light of the Sun) can empower and make the dream, whatever that may be for the individual, a very realistic possibility.

full-moon-in-aries-october-2016So what do we get from this Full Moon? Why stress, of course! But from what source? We reach a peak of involvement with, rejection of, rebellion from, or original and innovative cooperation with ‘the group’, and this brings us to a point of ‘energy crisis’ in terms of our own power and authority, our priorities and those things we honor, and with how closely the results align with what we imagine is ideal, as well as how we feel about this resulting real-world arrangement. It’s a point of radical enlightenment, as we see quite clearly the personal power situation and the role we can play in the larger scenario, and these are revealed within the microcosm of a single interactive situation; we assess this real-life situation, and see beyond it (into the Uranian future, if you will) to what larger role we can play, title we can claim, or area where we can accomplish.

There are both stresses that are not under our conscious control, such as Mother Nature, exerting herself through things like weather and our own biology, and stresses within areas where we have exerted ourselves, tried to gain empowerment or authority, tried to commit to those matters that are most important to us. The Vestal energies of dedication, commitment, and the sacred must resolve against those Ceres energies of power expression, authority, and knowing and controlling our ‘domain’, and this is done through Ceres’ own mechanism of negotiation, an internal discussion that happens within the individual psyche that is acted out in real-world arenas. We see what adjustments, compromises, and alterations are required for ‘the dream’ to become reality, with the light of the Full Moon showing us exactly where and how we are empowered to make it happen.

Wiosna w Gościeradzu (Spring in Gościeradz)  by Leon Wyczółkowski {{PD}}

Wiosna w Gościeradzu (Spring in Gościeradz) by Leon Wyczółkowski {{PD}}

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘Blown Inward By The Wind, The Curtains Of An Open Window Take The Shape Of A Cornucopia’. The FM event ‘opens a window’ that is either a time period of opportunity, or an ability to both see our goals clearly, and to know what the ‘fruits’ of our current direction will actually be, the latter allowing us to make needed adjustments to our actions and choices. The FM offers either feedback that illuminates our own effectiveness and true course, or the chance to make things happen, if we’ll only take the steps, or modify our path, a chance to affect things that didn’t exist until now.

'Butterflies', Wilhelm von Kaulbach, c1860 {{PD}}

‘Butterflies’, Wilhelm von Kaulbach, c1860 {{PD}}

We always look at the Sun for a Full Moon, as the source of the Full Moon’s light. ‘A Butterfly With A Third Wing On Its Left Side’ suggests nothing so much as fulfillment; that is, the result of what has incubated and emerged, now fully ready, developed, that holds all the promise invested in its preparation–and a third wing simply implies a resource, a kind of existential aid, akin to the Third Eye: there is something extra, unplanned but propitious, that offers information or assistance specifically useful to our goals. Lucky us, right?

The AstroEssence: There are only a few other influences at play for the 15th, and these may have us spending the time leading up to the Full Moon with our attention in places other than those that will be illuminated with the Lunar culmination. One is the way we might be weighing methods of healing against our own wounds, judging physical as well as mental and emotional situations for how healthy they might be; it’s an attempt to concentrate on hurts, to deal with them, but perhaps not to totally embrace what we know to be the healthy option. We’re trying to justify holding on to our wounds. It’s our thinking that’s encouraging the problem: we are obsessed with the dark, with how we’ve been wronged, with how others hold power over us, and in continuing to nurse our hurts it’s taking a (Self) destructive turn. Fortunately, though, what we’ll actually choose to do will be done with an eye to building the future–it’s just that we may not see how much better the future could be, if we could forgive, heal, let go (Chiron sesq Hygeia, Mercury sq Pluto, Mars trine NN)

For those born with the Sun at 23 Libra: It’s all about taking what’s new, modern, original in your world and making the most of it. The sudden, the surprising, the heartfelt facilitates accomplishment, and the smart move is to embrace them. The only thing we can count on is change, right? Oh, and death and taxes. But, this coming year should be more than a little positive and profitable for you, Libra, just as long as you conquer that crisis in confidence, and realize you can’t rule unless you’re willing to claim your territory. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

14 October 2016 Fanciful or Inspired?

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'Cranes in Dunes' Friedrich Lissmann 1910 {{PD}}

‘Cranes in Dunes’ Friedrich Lissmann 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: our ideas of our own empowerment may be inspired or fanciful, but in either case we hatch a genius creative approach that’s a bit off the beaten path; whether we’re successful with this or not depends almost entirely on two things: are we connected to instincts and at least peripherally aware of our own motivations? and how willing are we to heal what hurts in order to go forward? If we’re too attached to the past, we may not want to let go of wounds that have become a part of our identity, but if we can focus our energy and attention on the present, real-world situation, we’ll find the unique plan or approach that will allow effective empowerment, and so gain the Love, Money, or status we’ve been seeking (Juno receives a parallel from Neptune, a nov from Merc, and a qnx from Uranus, Venus opp Sedna, Mercury sxt Saturn and qnx SN, Sun qnx Chiron and nov NN)

Today’s word image is a crane. Did you see a tall, slender white bird, or a big piece of construction equipment? If the image that popped into your mind was the bird, then today instincts are strong, your connection to Nature is dynamic, and you can trust your inner compass; if you saw a construction crane, you may be too busy moving the pieces of the puzzle around to appreciate the bigger picture they make.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Libra: It seems you are quietly sussing out the best avenues leading to empowerment and gaining the status you seek, and you appear to be doing this while you distract others with erratic, rebellious, or original behaviors or constructions–so, with that kind of focused effort and skillful subterfuge going on, why are you still feeling uncertain? It’s your stressed relationship to authorities, Mom, or Nature itself, all of which require acknowledgment of the power of others to affect your world. Denial of their strength doesn’t improve yours; you’d do best to note the ways you can offer cooperation that will get you a lot closer to, or a lot more of, what you want. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

13 October 2016 Aggressive Words

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'Whispering Sound' by Mizuno Toshikata, 1900 {{PD}}

‘Whispering Sound’ by Mizuno Toshikata, 1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Not just words, of course, but all communications, the symbolic, the non-verbal, the emotional, and the ripples that undulate through the Collective, all carry an aggressive edge. This may be good, in the case of those who need to assert their rights, stand up for themselves, or must be spurred to act, but too often Willfulness and ‘I Want’ dress up as righteous Self-defense and come to the party–meaning that aggressive people use the atmosphere as a cover for continued attack. The way to tell whether you are actually asserting yourself or just being a selfish grabber? Oddly enough, if you find yourself thinking about aggressing, about speaking up, declaring, or demanding, mulling it over or planning it, then it’s not a good idea–it’s the mind justifying the ego, just an excuse for going after your goals with no concern for others. Luckily, today just happens to be one of those days when true instinct brings a good balance in assertion vs. receptivity–and if you’re not sure if that’s instinct whispering in your ear, then get out into Nature–she, more than anything else, will serve to re-connect you to your inborn ‘knowing’ and to re-align you with the greater rhythms of the Cosmos (Ceres enters Taurus, Chiron contra-parallel Pallas, Fist of God with Mars sq Mercury, both sesq Sedna)

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‘Eye of Providence’ Photo by Nheyob Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a glass eye. This is something that isn’t actually needed, it’s only used to make others more at ease when mixing with an individual who’s missing an eye. Do you have a ‘glass eye’ within the personality, something that serves no purpose other than to make it easier to get along with others, to be accepted by them? Have you tried recently to mingle without it? It may be time to put away one or more artificial aids to social interaction and just be ourselves.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Libra: Most of your year may be taken up with low-key, behind-the-scenes preparation, with a big reveal for the finished ‘product’ slated for the (fairly near) future. Do you know what project or effort I’m referring to? If you do, buckle down and get to work; if you don’t, it’s the eleventh hour, so don’t waste anymore time: take steps to make that long-contemplated work a reality. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

12 October 2016 The Genius of What’s Contrary

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'After the Misdeed' What, oh what, could it be? c1885 by Jean Béraud {{PD}}

‘After the Misdeed’ What, oh what, could it be? c1885 by Jean Béraud {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: It’s a contrary day where we achieve our ends in round about or backward ways. We do this by: finding the empowerment in a hurtful situation or healing some facet of our effectiveness to 100%; ignoring nature, authorities, or the need to negotiate and in doing so finding something of value we normally would see as contrary to our standards; and noticing how exaggeration tells us exactly what the real message is. Imagination doesn’t serve us right now–it may only confuse communications and distort creative ideas–but if we draw our inspiration from solid, material matters, things that fill our environment or that we can hold in our hands, we’ll find a kind of genius to what they inspire in us (Chiron trine Juno and contra-parallel Ceres, Venus contra-parallel Vesta, Mercury parallel Jupiter and qnx Neptune, Earth nov Neptune)

Today’s word image is something blue. Let the color be a marker that draws attention back to the present, and tunes awareness to that moment, again and again throughout the day.

'The Caucasus'  Ivan Constantinovich Aivasovsky 1862 {{PD}}

‘The Caucasus’ Ivan Constantinovich Aivasovsky 1862 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 20 Libra: Healing is on this year’s agenda, Libra, but only if you are willing to modify your own attitude enough to forgive. It’s your own rebellious nature that’s kept things from becoming whole again, and it’s time you see that, rather than thinking it’s the stubbornness of others keeping you apart. This healing thing is such a big deal, in fact, that opening yourself to this will bring a sensitivity, emotional creativity, and spiritual attunement beyond anything you’ve ever expected. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

 

11 October 2016 Big Ideas, Inspired Action

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"Canaries" Albert Joseph Moore c1880 {{PD}}

“Canaries” Albert Joseph Moore c1880 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: It’s big ideas and inspired action if you’re acting from healed sensibilities and not reacting out of rebellious or separatist sentiments; if pique or contrariness are what drives you, you may end up with bloated plans and unrealistic ideas of what to do to make them happen–so a disaster all around. Hint to handle things: pay attention to what’s obviously smart, which will likely be right in front of you, and don’t rely upon instincts at this point–they may be muddled or masked, not offering the clarity you need–tune in to reality, through an optimistic lens, instead (Mercury conj Jupiter, Mars sxt Neptune, Sun trine Pallas and contra-parallel Sedna, Venus qnx Uranus, semi-sq Jupiter, and trine Chiron)

Today’s word image is one of those old wax ‘records’ that first recorded sound. Phonograph cylinders were delicate, sometimes wearing out in as few as twenty playings. You may be dealing with ‘early impressions’ of something; the question may be, are those impressions worn out, in need of a fresh take? Or is this a prompt to be extra careful with that memory, making sure you do nothing in the present to ruin it?

For those born with the Sun at 19 Libra: You may start the year with a certain emotional harmony that could make you overconfident, in the sense that the unexpected could overtake you before you realize it’s even possible. That’s not to frighten you, Libra, but to remind you that to expect to glide along isn’t realistic; instead, be ever-willing to adjust in order to heal–if you do you’ll be in a really good place by your next birthday. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Libra!

10 October 2016 The Ambition Picture

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Le Pont de l’Europe (1876) Gustave Caillebotte {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our focus is on our own ambitions and desires; the identity and Soul intent is also aligned with our wants, and this makes for the ability to get what we are seeking in short order. Thinking and planning are inspired by those matters that previously we ignored, were in denial of, or that enraged us–somehow they show us things from a new angle when re-examined–and that helps us align our goals and desires with authorities who can help or with our own best expressions of power–and that makes it all happen. It’s a day for ambition fulfillment, no question–though if things aren’t lining up and materializing as you’d like, it may be because you’re not sufficiently Self-responsible, doing all you can to maximize this highly positive effect (Mercury nov Black Moon Lilith and parallel Ceres, Sun conjoined and parallel Zeus)

'A Cup of Tea' Lilla Cabot Perry {{PD}}

‘A Cup of Tea’ Lilla Cabot Perry {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the discovery upon filling that a beautiful tea pot is laced with cracks.What’s your immediate reaction to this? Are you angry, sad that the piece has been spoiled, do you want to dash it to bits as useless, or carefully break it for a mosaic, plant it with herbs, keep your pennies there, use it as part of a fountain, or make a tiny birdhouse out of it? This is about viewpoint, and giving things a second life, or a usefulness, beyond the initial intention for them–it requires a willingness to allow something (or even someone) a role for which they weren’t necessarily originally intended.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Libra: You’ve recently transcended some ambition or desire, either achieving your goals or finding them no longer to your liking, and now you may be wondering, What’s next? It appears that what may come next is healing, a slow accretion of experiences the ultimate result of which is spiritual wholeness. That’s pretty good–plus, when that spiritual healing is complete, you may be rewarded with a little Love, Money, or Power. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

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7 December 2016 Delayed Reaction

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By George Morren - Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

By George Morren – Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Aquarius and feelings, especially surrounding relationships, get crossed with the intellect; emotional perceptions will lag behind real-world events, and that means we’ll realize we needed a witty retort, will get upset with what was communicated, or feel we must answer someone or something, well after the event that triggered the feeling. This may send a large number of us around grumbling under our breath, and result in choices and actions that have the aim of showing us our own power–whether that’s a productive goal or not. Because of the emotional experience, we may become enamored of flexing our muscles, just to show we can. It arises from a feeling of helplessness engendered by the frustration of those lagging emotional perceptions, but we should take care to look at the content of the frustration more than the feeling itself; we’re likely to find that we’re hanging our agitated emotions on a minor incident that doesn’t warrant such a response. Too, examining the actual exchange may reveal something we need to address that can remove the source of (probably unconscious) irritation, once and for all.

We should also talk about the squine (yes, ugly name, isn’t it? It comes from the way this contact of 105 degrees falls just between a square–90 degrees–and a trine–120) formed between Mercury and Uranus-Ceres (with Uranus-Ceres also contacting Chiron and Mars, the latter aspecting Mercury). Squines may tell us about difficult situations that bring luck or ease, or conversely, about something we think we can breeze through that brings no end of conflict. In this instance, we might see Uranus-Ceres in Aries as representative of the individual impulses toward both power and originality, with Mercury in Capricorn suggesting restrictive thoughts, communications, and ideas from the Self or others. In the most general terms this could suggest that something forbids, restrains, or requires discipline or a definite ‘shape’, and we respond either spontaneously and uniquely, or spontaneously and rebelliously, but either way we make our choice, influenced by our wounds and our need to act and show others our power within the situation–for better or worse. Also important to know: our ambitions and desires don’t enjoy the benefit of our instincts today–so stick to the facts and don’t indulge impulses in this department–they are more likely prompted by fears or wishes than the guidance of internal knowing (Mars sxt Ceres, Merc semi-sq Mars, Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Venus enters Aquarius)

Here’s your Venus in Aquarius experience

Today’s word image is the color green. It’s our color for sychronicities, for grabbing our attention and bringing us into the present moment, and suggests when we notice it we may have an opportunity for growth, we may be meeting something entirely new and should be aware of that (we’re ‘green’ in the sense of inexperienced), or it could be a warning that we are possibly jealous and unaware of it (‘the green-eyed monster’ ‘green with jealousy’).

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal - Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal – Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

For those born with the Sun at 16 Sagittarius: serious, earth-shattering revelations and change are on the agenda for you, now through to your next birthday, but the funny thing is, this may happen without your conscious awareness, and may be so subtle or behind-the-scenes that it ends up taking you completely by surprise. It may go down like this: the change comes, and with it opportunity/ good fortune–and you must take that while you can, as you’ll either soon be required to take on a solid, dependable role, or will be faced with a formidable obstacle. That’s your map for the coming year. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

6 December 2016 Benefits

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‘La mort de la mère’ Ernest Lincker c1911 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Benefits of all kinds come from ‘clean living’ (whatever that means to you) and this apparently involves pursuing our ambitions, being creative, and being open to spontaneous action. It seems health in all areas comes from a positive and pro-active Self-focus that calls for realization of our goals. That’s a very nice recipe for going after exactly what we want, but keep in mind: success with these energies requires us to reassess our commitments (willingly revising our standards so they are real-world oriented and practical), be cautious, as making choices and taking action brings the unexpected, and we need to be actively aware that the spotlight will naturally fall on the Beautiful, the Prosperous, on Relationships, Finances, areas of Cooperation, Diplomatic endeavors, and on those things that we might envy. With those matters spotlighted, we need to either learn from what we observe and/ or be aware that what we’re seeing is exaggerated, and may present an unreal level of ‘perfection’ that we should not expect ourselves to attain (chiefly because it’s essentially an illusion) (Hygeia nov Zeus, Mars sxt Uranus, Venus sxt Hygeia and nov Neptune, Mercury qnx Vesta, Sun parallel Venus)

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Edvard Munch – Death and the Child (1899) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a dream I had last night, the message of which I will translate: no one can escape death. Grim, right? Except, how differently would we behave if we actually accepted that idea, that we would indeed one day end (at least in our current form)? If we did accept it, that is, truly realize it, we would probably have a viewpoint much closer to the one we see in those who have gone through a terrible ordeal, a disaster, a life-changing illness, or a near-death experience: we would likely see things in a more eternal light, with much different kinds of ‘investment’ made in the everyday. What we appreciate would change markedly, as would what we care about. It’s worth trying to consciously adopt a seriously long view in our decision-making and our energy investments at this point, mostly because we just can’t know what our choices will bring (reflected by the current Mars-Uranus sextile).

For those born with the Sun at 15 Sagittarius: If you can accept some major change that’s coming up shortly, you will encounter some big opportunities or ‘lucky’ turn of events this Solar year, through to your next birthday. These will, perhaps surprisingly, be followed by the need for serious hard work, in order to make the most of them, to cement their benefits in place, and to make the achievements they make possible permanent. At the same time, the emotional life may be tough, as feelings may clash with your Self-image and you could be the victim of deception, or possibly just fall for an illusion. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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3-5 December 2016 Possibilities

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Tallinn bay during December storm from Merivälja. Tallinn, Estonia.
A striking photo by Aleksandr Abrosimov CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The AstroEssence for the 3rd: We may be misguided about the intentions or actual actions of those in charge–and we clash, or we show our upset, feeling we’re not allowed to be our most creative Self. That’s really just a distraction, though, and only those who are busy avoiding knowing what they can do to improve their own situation stall there. Everyone else sees the opportunity promised by solid effort, and the gains to be made by accessing instinct and being willing to look at our own weaknesses, and then do something about them (Neptune sq Juno, Jupiter nov NN, Mars sxt Saturn, Venus trine Sedna)

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Crows Fly by Red Sky at Sunset Portfolio/Series: from the Series Hana Kurabe. Artist: Shibata Zeshin {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crow. I’ve seen and heard this bird referred to an unusual number of times in the past 24 hours–and that usually means it’s something to pay attention to. The striking thing is that most of the references were negative, referring to them as pests–but to me they’re something of a totem, a creature much more intelligent (there’s video here, crow vs. kindergartner here, and a little something on their love life here) than we’ve realized before, even able to communicate with one another, to recognize different humans, and to use tools. As a symbol the crow suggests there’s something or someone operating in our sphere that we’re underestimating–and so perhaps not respecting, or giving the regard, we should.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Sagittarius: It may seem that relationships or funds you thought were in the bag are now slipping away–but were they ever really in your grasp? This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’re going to see what made you think you had it, what made it slip away, and you’ll more than likely be given a second chance. Make the most of it by 1) putting actual, physical (or at least materially tangible) hard work into it, and 2) by not allowing the emotions (which will probably feel like they’re at a crisis point through much of the year) to be subsumed by the intellect. Follow that prescription, and you should reach your next birthday in a much better position to get what you want–you might even by then already have it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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The Hut in Trouville, Low Tide (1881) By Claude Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 4th: This may be a day when we and others are inclined to go right for what we desire, and yet there’s this undercurrent, a sense that we’ve forgotten something, or that there’s something we just don’t see, that’s going to catch up with us. If we’re willing to accept we may have made a poor decision or two, or hurt someone in the past, then we will (for lack of a better word) attract a much more positive outcome to our efforts. Maybe it’s the power of genuine humility, or maybe it’s that in removing the kinds of barriers that denial erects, we allow a lot more good stuff in, too (Chiron sesq Vesta, Neptune parallel SN, Mars trine Zeus, Venus nov SN, Mercury nov Black Moon Lilith)

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The Crystal Ball (1902) by John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crystal ball. In the figurative sense, we’re always hoping someone has one and can tell us what’s coming. Don’t worry about what’s coming–and in particular, don’t worry about what others are saying is coming. Soothsayer or not, nobody really knows what tomorrow brings.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Sagittarius: You’ll be attaining emotional equilibrium soon–and after some time of being off-balance, that will feel really good. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you really want to want to use that balanced state to get done all that you Want To Do, but don’t get ahead of yourself–first you need to clear our what doesn’t belong. Then you’ll be able to go full steam ahead. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 5th: The outlook? Love and/ or Money appears or makes its presence known, in real-world terms. That might be very very good (Venus nov Saturn)

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Today’s word image is a cat sleeping curled on a window ledge. What can we learn from a cat, besides independence, good Self-esteem, and grace? A cat never makes itself stay awake. Get all the rest you need, and don’t feel bad for doing it.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Sagittarius: You’re closing in on finishing, accomplishing, or otherwise laying the foundations for something you’ve worked at for a long time–so what seems to be the problem? Your own ambitions may be the sticking point; you may be insisting on having things just so–and that suggests you’re not trusting the Universe quite as much as you might need to, to get the best results. Relax, and know that you’re on the way to having that hard work recognized–just got to loosen up a bit, first. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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Adélaïde Labille-Guiard {{PD}}

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2 December 2016 Good For Us

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Le Déjeuner au bord de la rivière’ c1879 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What’s good for us has the benefit of somehow expanding our world, and that’s undeniably positive, though how that expansion unfolds and what it brings are dependent on a particular equation: the tension created by conflict between our own empowerment, ability to choose, and ability to translate our Will into effective change or creation, and our pure creative urge, our fantasies, and/ or our delusions, determines what benefits we receive. So, empowerment divided by the impetus of the imagination equals rewards of Love or Money (or, in worst case scenarios, costs us, or brings jealousy or competitive nastiness). Today we’ll move to do something positive for ourselves, and the result depends both on how firmly we understand how to turn our intentions into reality, and how firmly we are connected to the real-world possibilities of our imagination. Luckily, thinking runs along practical and cautious lines, and so promises to be more of an aid than a stumbling block (Jupiter nov Hygeia, Venus at the midpoint of the Juno-Neptune square, Mercury enters Capricorn)

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Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is a groundhog. Uh-oh, are we repeating something we could easily avoid or improve on, if we’d only apply the necessary insight? That may sound a bit as if I’m saying, “Just be enlightened, okay?” but I’m really saying we all carry those answers inside, the ones that can guide our behavior and perceptions in a way that aligns with our highest goals and values; it’s up to each of us to recognize that, in reality, we know what the ‘right’ approach or response is, but we let our human fears and needs get in the way and muddy the waters. Today we must recognize that we could move past this tiresome re-run, if we’d only take the high road out of there.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Sagittarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find that your emotional perceptions are unfolding in such a way that they reveal you to be someone you never thought you were! The surprises over your emotional responses will be as much yours as anyone else’s, and may be profoundly confusing to you, until you realize this: the current emotional perceptions are built on permanent changes already in place–and your feelings are just now catching up. Though you might like this ‘New You’ (you’ll likely be more in control of your emotional expression, and emotions may support constructive action) there could be down sides, too (you may find yourself being harsh in judgment or withholding of affection or approval, when things don’t go your way). Tempering the temper, so to speak, is what this coming year is all about. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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1 December 2016 Belief-Driven Action

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Julius Exter {{PD}}

It’s time to ask ourselves, in all honesty, what we’re actually putting out into the world. Are you a cheerful person? Do you choose the more positive take on any situation, the more negative (out of caution, perhaps), or the one that fits your beliefs? Are you realistic? Do you consider the psychic impact of what you’re saying or doing, beyond its veracity or the need to convey it? Are you a complainer, feeling justified in spewing your anger (sometimes dressed up as righteous commentary), not aware of the fact that you’re adding to, rather than alleviating, the garbage level? Just a thought, to make us all, myself included, more aware of what we’re really sharing with others.

Though I don’t usually take note of the apparent direction or retrograde motion of the asteroids (mostly because their meaning is so much a slice of other, major energies that we need to keep our eye on the big boys, instead–and since all bodies are only meaningful in relation to other bodies or points, a change in direction on its own doesn’t tell us much of anything–plus, there’s the whiplash factor with some asteroids, so that their apparent direction changes happen so frequently they become meaningless), today I want to make an exception, as we see Vesta go retro and Chiron go direct, as they form a sesquiquadrate to each other. Add to this that Saturn (parallel Hygeia) loosely fills in a Fist by square to Chiron, and we may see this: real-world ‘wounds’ or skills are required, through difficult circumstances, to manifest within the reality picture (that is, in concrete terms), and the result shows us just how our egos are aligning (or not) with those things we revere. This brings a reality check (a ‘health check’, really) on our support of our own causes, measuring how dedicated we actually are to the mate or the home life, and so offering a chance to course-correct, should we be weighting one side of the scales too much, either too selfishly, or too selflessly, for the overall good.

We also see a trine of two major players, Mars and Jupiter, in Air signs. Mars in Aquarius brings action and choice prompted by the intellect (positives: inclined to think before we do; negatives: we may be too disconnected from realities to make the best choices), and Jupiter in Libra promises an expansion of fairness (but possibly only after extremes have been swung between), the expectation of partnering with the social order (so that the individual may make the mistake of believing that the social sphere is in agreement with their personal agenda), opportunity through cooperation (though there is the danger we may acquiesce too much, trying to be fair) or through the partner, the Arts, the mate, and Jupiter in this sign invites beliefs to invade relationships, either supporting or clouding the interaction. The two planets trine implies belief-driven action but offers no guarantee as to how accurate the perceptions guiding our efforts truly are. Current conditions suggest we are more than a little susceptible to believing our own press, so that awareness of the skewed nature of the personal viewpoint becomes something we must embrace consciously, in order to both allow others plenty of leeway, and to navigate things as successfully as possible ourselves.

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Vincenzo Cabianca c1860 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a nun walking the corridors of a hospital. This seems to be a symbol of two things: submission to a greater power (subjugation of the ego) and dedication to service in the form of facilitating healing. We don’t have to go to such blatant lengths as entering a religious order to serve others or our God–but we do need to recognize and be consciously dedicated in this life to some variety of causes or commitments, in order to be living to the fullest.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Sagittarius: This year you may find yourself reaping the rewards of your creative or imaginative efforts, or your dedication to ideals–or not reaping them, if you’ve previously failed to put your all into action. You may have suffered under the illusion that you have plenty of time to make that dream a reality–this year will be a wake-up call reminding you that it’s your job to translate wants and fantasies into their real-life expressions. The good news is the mind and emotions are primed to go to work, and to see the most practical route to dream realization–so go for it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

30 November 2016 Clean Up

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Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas c1877 {{PD}}

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas c1877 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may insist on a bit of psychic housecleaning today, urged on by thoughts of the future, and particularly thoughts of where our relationships and/ or financial situation are taking us, and also by those matters too long hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrage, and so must be addressed. We’ll be intent on sweeping out the corners, on ridding ourselves of illusions, on airing out all that’s been sequestered, forbidden, or that seems unjust–and we must be aware of and ready for the potential for this action to bring change to relationships and/or material matters and earning. There is also the matter of our being faced with exactly which dreams are feasible, and which must be let go. Whatever shifts occur, whether they appear so or not, will be done in the interests of what’s to come; we may not see it this way right now, but changes that happen will, eventually, be seen as having been in our own best interests (Venus sesq NN and sxt Black Moon Lilith, Sun-Earth axis sq Neptune)

'Pair of Scissors and Sparrow' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) {{PD}}

‘Pair of Scissors and Sparrow’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a pair of scissors where the blades just don’t meet effectively anymore. How many things are we holding on to that aren’t capable of ‘doing the job’ any longer? In other words, what in our lives just doesn’t ‘cut it’ at this point? This symbol offers hints as to where to begin that housecleaning.

For those born with the Sun at 9 Sagittarius: It looks like you’ve got your sh*t together, and it’s a good thing, as you meet a point of fate at some time this Solar year, through to your next birthday. In time you’ll recognize this as-yet undetermined event as a major life turning point–so keep that in mind as things go down. You may also be faced with either going after that Big Dream or letting it go, once and for all. None of this will be easy or completely pain-free, but what it will cost you in loss of fantasies and an uncomfortably clear look at the reality picture, will end up benefiting you in terms of your ability to apply critical thinking to making your dreams come true. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

For the New Moon forecast, please see the previous post–and have a great day!

29 November 2016 + New Moon in Sagittarius: A Place Among the Elements

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Juno’s symbol, out in the elements. By J.-H. Janßen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21877131

The AstroEssence: We see permanent change to the health, to the health of relationships or finances, and/ or to power situations, their balance and influence. The group may have their say and it influences our own state or assets, or it may be that sudden revelations, a forward-thinking approach, or our own erratic impulses guide our actions and reactions–but in any case our thinking is not in alignment with either our instincts or that primal ‘knowing’ we carry deep within, and that means we may not see how our own inclinations and prejudices are working to shape things, for better or worse (Pluto parallel Hygeia, Venus sq Ceres and Uranus and sxt Chiron, Mercury qnx Sedna)

The New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 4:17 AM PST at 7 SAG 42, closely conjoined asteroid Juno, square the Nodal axis, sesquiquadrate Uranus-Ceres, square Neptune and trine Vesta. The NM scenario echoes that of the transiting script; that is, we see a very similar story in the Lunar event and the completed aspect picture, though they don’t actually connect to each other. A Sag New Moon is a new beginning that brings our gaze to the far-off horizon; it marks an inception that stirs us to travel, to move, to do (New Moon in a Fire sign), sparking a restless energy that must be exorcised via action. The aspects the NM makes tell us how the energy will flow, in seeking fulfillment, and we know from the sign placement that what begins now is born out of optimism, is an expression of faith, or is something that arises from ‘the facts’, whatever those may be.

Conjoined Juno and square the Nodal axis, the NM promises that what begins here is centered on power and life direction, specifically at a personal level, and that creates a conduit meshing (and so making sense of) the future as it grows out of the past. It may be easier than at any previous time to see how what we’ve been and done in the past has lead to now, and we’ll clearly see what this presages for the future. Illusions or fantasies that block our perceptions will be stripped away–to keep them means we must turn away from the new start–and those most unique facets of our identity and our individuality must adjust to what’s presented here, namely the most effective way to our own empowerment. ‘Natural’ roles and expressions (for instance, our role as a woman or a man, as a mother or father, or as a sexual or creative Being) shouldn’t be ignored in choosing our life direction; we are meant to seek a place among the elements at this time, though we might be tempted to deny that these life-long role-affinities are still a part of us (out of a need to feel we’ve grown beyond them, perhaps?) We need to recognize that the NM offers an event or beginning that allows us to bring these roles to a higher, more authoritative expression, one that brings their realization much closer to our ideal.

We have the support of the mate or home environment, and can count on our highest values to help define the new start we’re offered; we also see how those things to which we’ve chosen to dedicate our energy literally create the Path forward–again, how the past has formed and informs the future. Today’s scenario may be one where we are caught up with the daily aspects in such a way that our attention goes to those permanent changes, as we attempt to manage them, so that both the unconscious and the New Moon slip in their influence without our seeing it, until a little time has passed. This is supported by the Sabian symbol for the New Moon: ‘Within The Depths Of The Earth New Elements Are Being Formed’. Deeper elements of the Self will bubble to the surface, in time; they are called forth by changes in the current landscape, and by the promise of what’s on the horizon–and, whether we are aware of it or not, they begin to form, to gain coherence and cohesion, with this Sagittarius New Moon.

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For those born with the Sun at 8 Sagittarius: As the Sun enters the 8th degree of the sign, it is precisely conjoined with Juno, with no variation at all, and is also exactly square the Nodes. This is of note if only because we rarely see such a crisp picture involving more than one body or point–and here it suggests you are, at this point in time, a totally empowered Being, and that the events this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will revolve around you seeing how your past has created your future. It may be upsetting, disheartening, or exhilarating, to realize with such clarity how much you have been in charge of your own life and fate all along, but its best purpose is to open your eyes to the fact that this year, there’s nothing stopping you from making your life exactly what you want it to be. Here’s a hint to go about it: rewards come from taking a chance, from unexpected sources, and by demonstrating your own originality. Good luck, Sag, and Happy Birthday!

26-28 November 2016 And Our Attention Goes To . . .

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Hesperides were guardians of the tree that produced golden apples, a gift to earth from Hera. Frederic Leighton, 1892 {{PD}}

Hesperides were guardians of the tree that produced golden apples, a gift to earth from Hera. Frederic Leighton, 1892 {{PD}}

The 26th: . . . how the powerful have affected us. Though initially we may ponder how authorities and those who hold power have helped and hindered us, including how much they’ve wounded us and limited our options, but we progress fairly quickly to considering how uniquely we’ve responded to these pressures, and how they have shaped who we are today. This is a highly positive experience that involves, consciously or not, cataloguing our attributes, talents, and the resiliency of the spirit–and has the benefit of showing us precisely how to shape our efforts and power expressions so that they both pay off handsomely and take us in the direction we want to go (NN nov Zeus, Venus nov Juno, Merc trine Uranus and Ceres, and sq Chiron, Sun parallel Hygeia)

Today’s word image is a snake. Look for it to draw your attention to sychronicities, to deja vu experiences, to moments when it’s vital you be alert to what’s happening at that time. It doesn’t necessarily signify danger, but rather an opportunity for ‘knowing’.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Sagittarius: Is it that you’re solidly grounded in your values and priorities, and so ready to take on a new and enhanced status, or that you need to get your footing with how you feel about what really matters, so that you can determine just what status you’re really seeking? Only you know which is your current state; be prepared for your most striking characteristic this year, through to your next birthday, no matter which state you’re in, to be a mainly intellectual stance, one of spontaneity, unreliability, forward-thinking, but possibly having difficulty connecting with others. This year is likely, probably below a conscious level, to rearrange everything in your life. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The 27th: . . . ourselves and what we need. We have a firm grasp on our values and a clear idea of what needs to change or be eliminated, even as we indulge in our most erratic or original behaviors. We need to gain from our ambitions; this is a need arising from an even deeper need to know that our choices have been wise and/ or practical. This may cause some distress as we wrestle with ourselves and our environments, trying to answer our own questions. We should adjust what we find to fit what we know to be smart–and we may be wise to make peace with ‘the group’, as well (Venus sq Zeus, Merc sxt Pallas, the Sun sesq Uranus, trine Vesta, and nov Pluto)

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By Rainer Z … – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=463491

Today’s word image is toast. Wow! Something’s done for, colloquially speaking. Make sure you see what needs to end, what’s truly finished, so that you can get out in front of it, or at least gain a little distance from the conflagration.

For those born with the Sun at 6 Sagittarius: You are currently adjusting your ideas and expression of your own power–and it’s not easy. The inclination is to be both much more solitary, and much more headstrong, than you really need to, to get your point across. Just remember, you’re not an island, even when you achieve your optimum level of autonomy, so make an effort to connect with others, especially in those times when it seems your feelings are hidden from everyone, even yourself. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The 28th: . . . aligning our efforts with reality. We recognize that at least some of those impulses we classify as ‘instincts’ are instead conditioned responses that are, at the very least, unhealthy. Our focus today is on respecting reality, and making our own efforts work with, rather than against, what is. We’re more than willing to sacrifice what must be eliminated, and change what needs change, in the hope of getting a grip on our own power within the life situation–and it works, as long as we keep a steady eye on our desired destination (Hygeia opp Sedna, Chiron sesq Vesta, Sun parallel Saturn and Pluto, and sesq Ceres, this latter aspect forming a Fist of God when we fill in with the NN)

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi  'Geisha Drinking from Sake Kettle at 2:00 a.m.' Now THAT'S overdoing it. {{PD}}

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
‘Geisha Drinking from Sake Kettle at 2:00 a.m.’ Now THAT’S overdoing it. {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a glass of warm saké. Relax. All is as it should be–and if you feel you can point to exactly what’s wrong, that could be a sign of unbridled hubris, assessing your judgment as superior to the wisdom of the Universe. Not doing so is the definition of ‘humility’.

For those born with the Sun at 7 Sagittarius: You are fully empowered to do as you please, this year through to your next birthday, but one thing you need to understand is that this doesn’t obligate others to go along with what you want. You must draw a fine line between fully enjoying your status and alienating others with your demands. It’s especially important that you tread with care at this time as your feelings will not be apparent to yourself or others, and that means you could end up regretting a choice or two once you regain contact with your emotional sensibilities. Matters of the House in the natal chart that holds Cancer could be the source of revelations. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

 

24-25 November 2016 Optimizing and Obliterating

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‘Procession of Elephants’ Giulio Campagnola {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The conflict between enlarging, gaining, optimizing, and destroying, obliterating, permanently altering, may be confusing at first; why would one turn away from the opportunity to widen one’s world, to learn, to educate, to discover knowledge, especially as it pertains to or enhances our relationships (Jupiter in Libra), preferring or pushing for a kind of nuclear winter, in one form or another? Some do so, perhaps, with the idea that pulling down the old rules, institutions, barriers, and structures is uniformly a good thing, and that they do it with the support of others moving in lock-step with them–but that ignores the human need for containment, shelter, and the security offered by having at least some knowables in our sphere.

Or, matters may take the form of something as stark as Knowledge versus Power, or the stability and cooperation of the social order pitted against the rage of those denied, who are looking to burn it down, or with the best of intentions transform it–but in any case, a clash is to be expected, even as we can also look for opportunities to rise from the ashes. There is also the potential for all forms of Power to enlarge their scope, to spread, and perhaps to box in those looking to the facts, or looking to exploit options. This is what the Jupiter-Pluto square may bring–it also perfects on 30 March 2017 and 4 August 2017–but this time we meet it with our minds and thoughts attuned to beauty, love, and kindness, to the transformative power of desire, and with thoughts focused on ambitions, both personal and for our society. We can take the energy of conflict and re-shape it at this time, according to the facts and the extent of our optimism; we very quickly find out what the changes or destruction we make costs, and what results from our choices may make it a challenge to remember our own standards, as well as just what power and authority we personally hold. Danger comes in the form of poorly-thought-through rebellion, or in demands that others honor our uniqueness or see us as original despite our need for personal housecleaning, in terms of needing to deal with what we’ve ignored or denied, first.

It’s a time when Power and Opportunity intersect, initially clashing, but at the same time offering ways in which we can, by resolving tensions between them, make use of their possibilities. We can enhance our power at this time, widen our viewpoint and our influence, and potentially ruin chances if we go too far in our desire to refurbish–so tread with lots of optimism, and some care (Thursday: Jupiter sq Pluto, Mercury parallel Venus and sxt Zeus; Friday: Juno sesq Ceres, Uranus qnx Black Moon Lilith, Venus conj Pluto and sq Jupiter, Mercury sesq Vesta, Sun semi-sq Zeus)

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Judith Leyster – ‘Young Flute Player’ c1630s {{PD}}

The word image for these two days: a musical instrument, long laid aside, is picked up once again. Maybe this is just an extension of yesterday’s image, suggesting that we reconnect with whatever instrument allowed us to ‘sing our song’. Expect the return of an old skill, pleasure, talent, and its expression, renewed and ready to be part of our lives once again.

For those born with the Sun at 3 Sagittarius: How can I say this without sounding scary? The darkness, the unexpected, and what initially seems destructive or negative leads to some very rewarding places this Solar year, through to your next birthday. What seems chaotic actually breeds a chance for emotional harmony, especially in relationships and cooperative efforts. Just accept that things may seem confusing, and try not to be too focused on creating a specific outcome–ride the wave of what comes at you, and you can create some interesting and powerful instances of success. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 4 Sagittarius: You appear to be on the cusp of a status change, but you may go through an extended ‘black out’ period preceding this that may seem, for all intents and purposes, as if nothing is going to happen. Whether this is felt to be a positive or negative shift in your standing really depends on what you’ve built (or insisted on tearing down) previously–and during the waiting period, you can push things in a positive direction, mostly by cooperating and coordinating with others. Strong suits this coming Solar year include a willingness to take action, and a kind of genius for spotting opportunities to make all things ‘healthier’, however that applies. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Little Smoky, Alberta, 1946. A14287 Provincial Archives of Alberta

Little Smoky, Alberta, 1946. A14287 Provincial Archives of Alberta

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and readers, and a happy harvest to the entire Northern Hemisphere–and spring greetings to those in the South!

23 November 2016 Plan And Heal

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Georges-Pierre Seurat - 'The Channel at Gravelines, Evening' 1889 {{PD}}

Georges-Pierre Seurat – ‘The Channel at Gravelines, Evening’ 1889 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The group may thwart exercise of our options in an area within which we are clearly empowered–or is it our own erraticness, unreliability, or rebelliousness that is blowing our chance to make a difference or to see our wishes carried out? Some things to keep in mind: we don’t prove our uniqueness or power by wounding others or by behaving as if there are no rules or standards; we do best to keep our opinions to ourselves (though beware those who try to suppress our thoughts or communications); and, in what may be obvious (but I wouldn’t bet on it), we accomplish nothing when we ignore our own priorities. It’s a day for laying out concrete plans, and for taking steps to heal; these activities can anchor us and offer a sense of peace (Uranus sesq Juno, Mars contra-parallel Vesta and nov Chiron, Mercury conj Saturn)

berliner_recordToday’s word image is a record, a vinyl pressing, an everything-old-is-new-again long-playing phonograph disc. Is this item fashionably retro to you, or actually nostalgic, bringing back memories? Or does it make you wonder why people want to deal with them, when they could get their music in more modern ways? One of the biggest arguments against vinyl is its vulnerability–to scratches, breaks, chips, and warping, all of which ruin the sound–and yet an audiophile may prefer this mode of music storage above any other. If you were a record, what shape would you be in? And are you still ‘playable’–that is, are others still able to hear your song?

For those born with the Sun at 2 Sagittarius: The emotional journey you take this year may be raw in relationships, with feelings being ‘fresh’, just realized, or just revealed, but don’t worry–these end up finding a harmonious way to express, and as a consequence, you gain a whole new slate of allies and friends. You may find, too, that you’re done sorting out the power picture, and finished with change and reform, and now set your sites on being as personally effective in your duties, actions, and expressions as possible–and concentrating your efforts in these areas means you are likely to gain in status, and/ or to find your best possible partners for business or life. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

22 November 2016 Make An Impression

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Libra takes a break, now that the Sun is in Sagittarius. Antonio Canova (1st Nov. 1757 - 13th Oct. 1822), Justice, 1792 (Gallerie di Piazza Scala, Milan) Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Libra takes a break, now that the Sun is in Sagittarius. Antonio Canova (1st Nov. 1757 – 13th Oct. 1822), Justice, 1792 (Gallerie di Piazza Scala, Milan) Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The AstroEssence: Power, in whatever form, may sense that its a smart time to express, bringing those who hold it an exaggerated sense of confidence, which may bring healing and renovation, or a destructive hubris that disregards the rights of others. This works at an individual, personal level as well, as our own quite natural power urges look for ways to make an impact on our world. Luckily, we are thinking in expansive, optimistic terms that look for untapped opportunity, rather than merely looking to imprint the environment with our Will. Just be aware that no matter what we’re doing today, each of us is pursuing some form of power, some form of energy expression that allows us to be ‘heard’, whether literally or by making change around us (Pallas sxt Ceres, Chiron trine Black Moon Lilith, Pluto nov Juno, Merc sxt Jupiter, Sun semi-sq Pluto)

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For those born with the Sun at 1 Sagittarius: You’re becoming more and more effective at exercising your power and changing things–you are probably already aware of that–but right now you’re entering a period of critical assessments and discerning observations that will shape your future, and you may be tempted to write these perceptions off as simply emotional, with no validity–but you would be incorrect. What will become apparent over this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is the way in which past choices and current commitments are leading you in a very particular direction–and this awareness offers you the chance to move things in the direction you really want to go, and toward the results you actually long to see. Good luck, Sag (pronounced ‘Sadge’) and Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

21 November 2016 Going With the Flow

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Daniel Ridgway Knight - 'The Shepherdess of Rolleboise' 1895 {{PD}}

Daniel Ridgway Knight – ‘The Shepherdess of Rolleboise’ 1895 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The equation for today is pretty simple, if you can ever call the flow and convergence of Universal energies simple: sticking to our priorities and principles brings empowerment; actions must adjust to accommodate the direction we want to go; relationships and financial matters offer wisdom, and vice versa, our own wisdom and practicality is applied to interactions and money flow, with receptivity to what these matters are telling us resulting in some brilliant and advantageous choices; our attention shifts markedly toward gathering and disseminating information, toward reaching out, toward educating/ learning, toward gaining and expanding. We can make a great deal out of this day, if we will be at least as receptive to the messages telegraphed as we are to enacting our own Will (Vesta trine Juno, Mars qnx NN, Venus nov Pallas, the Sun enters Sagittarius and semi-sqs Jupiter)

Today’s word image is weighing yourself on the scales. Everyone has a reaction to this, but we have to remember, it’s only a number–we supply the pride, judgement, and/ or condemnation ourselves.

For those born with the Sun at 00 Sagittarius: Luck is with you this coming year, through to your next birthday, if by luck we mean opportunities, unexpected fortuitous events, and meetings that occur at just the right time–but it all depends on your willingness to be open to change, endings, and sometimes drastic revisions to what currently makes up your world. That means the trick may be to be willing to let go of both what you want to discard or change, and what you may want to hold on to. Will everything you want to retain be taken from you? No, not at all; but what has appropriately reached its end will–and new experiences and opportunities will arrive. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Your Weekend 19-20 November 2016

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Eugène von Guérard. 'Lake Wakatipu with Mount Earnslaw, Middle Island, New Zealand' 1877 - 1879 {{PD}}

Eugène von Guérard. ‘Lake Wakatipu with Mount Earnslaw, Middle Island, New Zealand’ 1877 – 1879 {{PD}}

The 19th, Saturday’s AstroEssence: Dreams of Love or Money can come true, but the effect will be monumental if they do: they will create massive, serious, permanent change to the reality picture, and they will in some important way spring from or re-create the past (or, possibly, something done in the past will now present the bill). We act in accord with our essence, our Soul’s intents, and that may disabuse us of some of our illusions about ourselves, even as it gives power to our choices; the distance between what’s healthy and what’s smart illustrates that discrepancy between Self-image and reality–and no matter how it feels, it’s always for the good to see things a little more clearly–and thanks to the direction of Neptune, we are likely to get that clarity, along with a dose of inspiration or creative energy freed up from its previous static position (Saturn parallel Pluto, Venus sxt Neptune and SN, Sun parallel Mars, Pallas sq Hygeia, Neptune stations direct at 9 Pisces 14)

Pharmacists's set with pill tubes in the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam. Photo by Lord Toran CC0

Pharmacists’s set with pill tubes in the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam. Photo by Lord Toran CC0

Today’s word image is a pill. Though taking a pill has an undeniable effect on our biology, we invest pills with an almost magical ability to ‘fix’ what’s wrong; we seek an easy way when we say, ‘Isn’t there a pill for that?’ and we talk about individuals having to ‘take their medicine’ when forced to accept what’s needed in some area or way. There’s no magic pill, but there is something to be gained if we’re willing to accept, take in, absorb, or allow to work some offered solution or way of being in our lives right now. Though this won’t always be the answer, it is right now–it’s a matter of timing.

If you’re born with the Sun at 27 Scorpio, please see yesterday’s forecast; for those born with the Sun at 28 Scorpio: You’re headed toward an important empowerment scenario, one that could shape your fate, but you’re not there yet; first you have to get your priorities straight, invest in relationships, and, late in the coming Solar year, right before your next birthday, deal with emotional upsets that have been roiling beneath the surface. You’ll get a lot of assistance from elements of the past: friends and lovers, creative endeavors, memories from which you learned so much. You’ll likely find that power comes from one of two sources: it’s offered by the group, or appears in surprising or unexpected forms. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Paul Ranson. Apple Tree with Red Fruit, (c.1902) {{PD}}

Paul Ranson. Apple Tree with Red Fruit, (c.1902) {{PD}}

The 20th, Sunday’s AstroEssence: We see how healthy (or not) the power positions that surround us really are, how well others are handling their responsibilities or wielding their authority, and we adjust our own situation so that it at least feels better, more productive, so that it seems more within our purview is truly under our control. We’ll be able to ‘smell’ what’s not right in relationships or financial scenarios, and if we’ll allow it, our instincts will tell us how to manage things. The spotlight is on ambitions and desires; you’ll see quite clearly exactly what others want–just remember, others can see that with you, too (Ceres qnx Hygeia, Venus sesq Sedna, Sun nov Zeus)

'Pelicans and ducks in a mountain landscape' Adriaen Coorte 17th century {{PD}}

‘Pelican and ducks in a mountain landscape’ Adriaen Coorte 17th century {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a pelican. This bird is known for its ability to scoop fish right out of the ocean with its deep, pendulous beak. Do you think the pelican knows he’s different than most birds? Probably not. The symbol speaks of ‘being equipped to do what we need’–no more, no less–and that should reassure you, that you actually have what you need right now, it’s just up to you to use it.

For those born with the Sun at 29 Scorpio: Big change is on the horizon for you, and it won’t be easy–I’ll bet you already know what it is, or at least have an inkling–and at the same time you’ll be faced with expansion, into the Arts, by gaining or losing a partner or mate, or through cooperation with others, that widens your world and gives you a crack at new forms of expression. The past offers inspiration, or possibly confuses you, making you either a victim, or the recipient of some real opportunities, your choice. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

18 November 2016 Illusion Attachment

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I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - 'The Departure of the Boatman' c1870 {{PD}}

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot – ‘The Departure of the Boatman’ c1870 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Somehow today we’re still unsure about the past (maybe continuing to idealize it or accepting a fantasy as a previous reality), but we’re also in conflict with what we see coming for tomorrow. We may even be insisting that our past vision is accurate, and it’s likely this that’s framing what’s coming in such unattractive terms. Perhaps the idea of ‘leave-taking’ or letting go should be applied, which directs us toward the present position of Pluto-Charon in your chart to offer clues, via contacts, and House transited, for where the letting go needs to occur (for those not familiar, Charon is the boatman who ferries Souls to the Afterlife, and to my mind may represent that part of Pluto that destroys because it’s time to let go, there’s no more ‘life’ to it, anymore).

Today, thoughts don’t know where to go, with illusions attached to both past and future–so that leaves now. Focus attention on what’s healthy and productive, in all senses–then it only becomes a question of where on the ‘healthy’ scale that group activity, radical approach, original effort, or unique mindset falls. Special note: it would be an illusion to think you were somehow more ‘spiritual’ in the past than you are now–remember, it’s all spiritual (Uranus qnx Hygeia, Mercury sq the Nodal axis and Neptune, which is conjoined the SN)

"Monumento al Voyeur", de Enrique Saavedra Chicheri www.theartwolf.com/news/saavedra_voyeur_es.htm Photo by amaianos from Galicia  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

“Monumento al Voyeur”, de Enrique Saavedra Chicheri http://www.theartwolf.com/news/saavedra_voyeur_es.htm Photo by amaianos from Galicia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is someone looking through the wrong end of a telescope. Something intended to literally make us ‘far-sighted’ is being improperly utilized, rendering us unable to see any distance at all. Applying our own emotional and intellectual filters to the facts of any situation has the same effect: making us ‘short-sighted’. Consider that everything you need to guide you and frame your forward-looking vision is available, but won’t be usable until you look at it without personal filters, through a realistic and right-intentioned (that is, non-biased) lens.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Scorpio: You’re moving toward emotional solidarity with yourself–that’s an admirable goal, and one that will make you a more secure and loving human being–but right now it may be what you’re not dealing with that’s holding you back. Though it may seem contrary to you, digging into topics ignored, denied, or that enrage will clear the air and allow you to attain a healthy mental and emotional balance upon which to build an even ‘better You’–and that’s a really desirable thing to do, as it makes attaining your goals much easier and brings forward more cooperation and less conflict. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 27 Scorpio: You’ll enjoy outstanding emotional clarity this year, through to your next birthday–so what will you do with it? My suggestion: learn whatever you need to in order to prepare yourself to take on status as an empowered individual, maybe even as an authority, in the field where you’d like to achieve–it’s the right time, whether it looks like it or not. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

17 November 2016 Clouded

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'Clouds over the sea' 1889 Ivan Aivazovsky {{PD}}

‘Clouds over the sea’ 1889 Ivan Aivazovsky {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What is it about the past that we just don’t see clearly? Or is it that we’re prone to idealize memories, applying a current wishful thinking to what was, in a form of nostalgia that wants to turn ‘now’ into ‘then’–but an inaccurate ‘then’, at that! Dreams formed long ago can come to fruition right now–the question is, do we want them to? We act and are inspired along lines that are in our own best interests, and yet, if we harbor any resentments or distorted ideas of power or authorities, we are likely to perceive even what’s good for us as tainted. In order to make the most of this, we’ll need to distrust our judgments of those we see as having power over us, and trust our instincts, rather than our thoughts (Neptune conj SN, Uranus sxt and Venus semi-sq Pallas, Mars parallel Hygeia, Merc sesq Ceres, Sun opp Sedna)

'Young Peasant (Melon-eater)' Sándor Bihari {{PD}}

‘Young Peasant (Melon-eater)’ Sándor Bihari {{PD}}

Today’s word image is hunger. We all have it, and as humans we tend to supplant our genuine hunger with lots of other, more easily accessible small ones, in an attempt to satiate the gnawing urge–but only addressing the true want ever helps. Our hunger is part of our purpose, in fact it’s meant to drive us toward fulfilling the Soul’s intent; in that way, we are given an unerring guide to our life’s direction–it’s in the translation that we so often fall down. As today’s symbol, hunger suggests we practice being mindful of our motivations, of what we feel compelled toward, and of what we take in. The more clarity we have on our hunger, the more effective and satisfying our actions and choices.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Scorpio: You may find this year, through to your next birthday, you are repeatedly confronted with the task of discerning your instincts from those things that cloud the perceptual abilities: feelings, thoughts, knowledge. This testing and refining is in service to changes you will be making to the personality and the way you meet the world; by this Solar year’s end, you’ll be wanting to present yourself as a whole new person, and careful application of your attention to recognizing and honing the instincts will give the ‘New You’ a very successful launch. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

16 November 2016 Try As You Might

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Ricard Canals - 'In the Bar' c1910 {{PD}}

Ricard Canals – ‘In the Bar’ c1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: If all the bodies perfecting aspects today were gathered in a bar (you know, if they were people), there would be friction, and maybe a fist fight, in no time. The biggest problem is that, in all the umbrage-taking and nit-picky thinking, we’ve forgotten what really matters, what are our highest values, and what we’re actually planning to dedicate our energies to–instead it all gets siphoned off by concentrating on how we’ve been wronged, what the other guy did that justifies our rage, and in our contempt for others’ unbridled wants. Am I saying we don’t have legitimate concerns and gripes? Not at all, we absolutely do. It’s the fact that that’s where our attention is staying that’s causing problems. And in our fictional, planetary bar scene, we’ve got plenty of hair-trigger, offense-taking, unhealthy attitudes to go around; try as we might, we’re probably going to have issues today, due largely to our own volatile attitudes. Hints toward handling it all: don’t walk around thinking others owe you recognition and admission of their darkness, and don’t put too much stock in what flies out of anyone’s mouth, including your own (Juno semi-sq Zeus, Mars semi-sq Chiron, Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and Hygeia, Merc sesq Uranus, Sun contra-parallel Vesta)

Today’s word image is a dropped coin, which rolls right off the curb and into the sewer drain. In the current climate, we’ve all lost something; accept it, and then vow to get a better grasp on, and control over, what matters to you (allow this symbol as well to bring an examination of exactly how and where your assets are currently being deployed).

For those born with the Sun at 24 Scorpio: It seems to you as if others are truly suffering from what they aren’t aware of or don’t know, but the blind spot is actually within your own perceptions; your conviction that it’s somebody else’s flaw is what’s keeping you from seeing what’s not working, and how to move forward. Get a really good mirror, human or otherwise, and believe what they reflect back to you about who you are–then dig deep to fix it. Humility will make all the difference, and will in actuality be the foundation for your next major, and destined to be impressive, achievement. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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'Nighthawks' Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

‘Nighthawks’ Edward Hopper 1942 {{PD}}

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15 November 2016 Transformation

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Károly Patkó 'Well Sweep' 1928 {{PD}}

Károly Patkó ‘Well Sweep’ 1928 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Like it or not, we are transformed: by our own or others’ thoughts or words, by contrasts between relationships and values, by unexpected opportunities that are far beyond what we’d have envisioned for ourselves, by secrets or hidden or ignored matters finally seen, by an inflow of assets or money that by its very existence alters our priorities, by actions taken in defiance of what we treasure, by seeing an opening and courageously taking it. Look for one or more of these effects/ events; some of us will see it in externals that come at us, some will experience it internally, in a re-weighing of the impulses between the mind and heart. Look to matters of the House where Mars now transits (Aquarius) for the reasoning or arguments behind your own or others’ actions (and supported secondarily by the transiting Moon, in Gemini, with ’emotional thinking’), and look to the way the ego, identity, and values intersect (Vesta in Leo) for clues as to why things will change and take the form they do. We’ll all reach the end of the day changed; to make the most of it, be as conscious of your own concepts of yourself, and your projections, as possible (Hygeia conj Black Moon Lilith, Mars opp and Venus qnx Vesta, Mercury nov Pluto, sxt Mars, and trine Vesta, Sun nov Jupiter)

John Everett Millais - 'Ducklings' 1889 {{PD}}

John Everett Millais – ‘Ducklings’ 1889 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a duckling that falls behind mama duck and the other ducklings. If you observe ducks you’ll see this often: one that seems either unable or unwilling to keep up. We all feel at times as if it’s a struggle to keep up, to stay safe by remaining close to the group, but we may want to consider the advantages to going our own way, if only for a time: what we lack in mama’s (authority’s) attention and protection, we make up for in not having to compete for the same assets with our peers, we may pioneer entirely new territory, and we may remove a target from our backs, as it’s easier for a predator to track a group than it is to find a single, small duck among the reeds. So, don’t lament if you are sometimes estranged from the group, or falling behind–there are ways to make it work for you that you’ll never get a crack at staying with the flock.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Scorpio: It’s all about who holds power, who’s in authority, who controls what territory, and who is in charge of whom. This is the topic through the year, up to your next birthday, and is likely exhausting, as continual adjustment will be required. Take heart, though, as what you gain by tackling this now is a strong, clear identity and a direction connection to instincts, which will guide you handily in future. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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Full Moon in Taurus 14 November 2016

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Sophie Gengembre Anderson - 'Scheherazade' c1885 {{PD}}

Sophie Gengembre Anderson – ‘Scheherazade’ c1885 {{PD}}

The Full Moon in Taurus perfects at 5:52 AM Pacific time at 22 Taurus 37, loosely conjoined Sedna and loosely opposed Black Moon Lilith and Hygeia, loading the event axis and drawing all these energies into the T-square created by Pallas, the sextile to Chiron, and the semi-sextiles to Uranus and Ceres–and with these latter, I include them because the Sun is so prominent in this equation that, as supplier of the light, it’s almost stolen the show from the Moon. This isn’t too surprising, as conjoined Sedna, the Full Moon itself may fall in a kind of Collective ‘blind spot’, so that en masse we find ourselves unable to see just exactly what has come to an end, and possibly not see what this is telling us, at all.

In the midst of writing this I took a break to meditate a little on it, and I come back to the keyboard convinced that it’s actually the Sun and its contacts that will supply the overt energy here. It’s all about the stories we tell ourselves, what we’re willing to face, see, and deal with, what we explain away or use to explain our own inaction. With the Sun so psychically prominent, what concludes, draws to a close, ends, completes, or is denied or removed will occur in such a way that, even if we are conscious of it, it won’t be the focus of our conscious attention. Instead our gaze, literal or figurative, may fall on those darker matters, long denied or ignored, or that enrage, and the need to ‘clean them up’, to create a more healthy environment in one form or another. This suggests we have a prime chance to heal or remedy something, and we do this in part by adjusting our own attitudes of rebellion, erratic response, and irrationality, and our relationship to power, both our own and the authority others hold. It’s the smart thing to do, but not easy, and we may hear alarm bells that tell us a compromise isn’t wise–but that would be the ego by way of the intellect, wanting to keep things theoretical, rather than wading in to really make a difference and clean up the mess.

We may lose something that comforted us, but that in reality kept us from dealing with what is. The situation, circumstances, or attitudes we must deal with to ‘clean this up’ are, no doubt, at least somewhat toxic–but that’s the point, we’ve avoided them because they pollute us or drag us down or confuse us–and now it must come to an end, for our own and the larger good.

Anonymous (Korea) 'Rabbits and Moon' 19th century {{PD}}

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‘Rabbits and Moon’ 19th century {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Jewelry Shop Filled With Valuable Gems’–but let’s look at the Sun symbol as a second part, though more closely aligned than we would normally see it: ‘A Rabbit Metamorphoses Into A Nature Spirit’. In the first symbol, the one for the Moon, we see a place filled with valuable items–but we don’t know if those are obtainable, if we have any access to them, or anything to exchange for them, possibly mirroring the benefits we could enjoy if we would deal with things. Right now, though, they belong to someone else (the shop). In the second we see a rabbit, which very strongly vibes to Taurean values of comfort, abundance, fecundity, and the sense of being ‘earthed’, and this materially-oriented viewpoint transforms into a spiritual one, suggesting that once we deal with the heretofore ignored toxic matters, we unlock not just abundance (the gems), we move beyond the material in terms of benefits (the rabbit as spirit).

As an aside, Mercury also conjoins Juno today and semi-squares Zeus, adding notes of empowerment and ambition–so it likely seems we are just pursuing our own effectiveness and trying to reach goals, when in reality we are at work unlocking and transforming earthly assets and rewards into spiritual ones.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Scorpio: In recently trying to heal or ‘fix’ things, you may have discovered a great deal about yourself, especially about what you are or are not willing to do–and this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be challenged to decide just how much you’re willing to cooperate with or knuckle under to those in authority. It may not be pretty, but should make very clear what power you really do hold, and so solidify your reach and bring to an end some matters that simply drained you, while offering opportunities for you to do more, and do more better, than ever before. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 12-13 November 2016

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Have a little snack before the weekend gets going--you'll need it. By Pieter de Ring c1635 - {{PD}}

Have a little snack before the weekend gets going–you’ll need it. By Pieter de Ring c1635 – {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for 12 November: A Pugnacious Convergence

With the unusual event of Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto all parallel one another (at the same declination–distance–from the ecliptic–the plane of the apparent path of the Sun at which all the planets orbit), we see these energies rolled into a solid-wall, pugnacious, bomb-like combination. Parallels produce the effect of bodies conjoined, even though those bodies are in various signs; here’s what we’ve got today: Mars in Aquarius=action to promote idealism, choices spurred by the intellect (so not necessarily correlating with the ‘real world’), forward thinking, or radically inclined; Saturn in Sagittarius=trying to cement facts or knowledge into place, suppressing or manifesting opportunity or expansion, walling off horizons; Pluto in Capricorn=again, an emphasis on what’s established, on limits, and on tearing them down, change to the status quo or ‘the rules’; Mercury enters Sagittarius, suggesting that communications shape not just what’s known, but what’s believed. This portends change, conflict, resurrection, or action taken and choices made based on what we know, what we believe, what we see around us, and how we want that to change. We may struggle because of our perception of the walls and rules that constrict us. For the US, that suggests those protests won’t be dissolving anytime soon, and may come to an assertive, even violent, point Saturday.

The 12th also sees the Sun square Pallas and trine Chiron. The Sun always implies where the spotlight will be, what will draw out attention; in this case, that says we may be too busy looking at how we’re wounded, and how we can wound–it also urges a certain impractical approach to things. Do your best to stay grounded, and like a good physician, no matter what you do, first do no harm.

By Andreas Trepte - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10939179

By Andreas Trepte – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10939179

Today’s word image is a puffin. Along with corgis, I think of these animals as made of ‘spare parts’–all the bits of other animals left over after the assembly of what we’ll call more graceful creatures. I know it’s not like there is a finite box of animal parts, but when I look at those two, that’s how it seems. What in your world appears to have been assembled randomly? How different does it seem to you if you think of it as a conscious creation? You have to see its deliberateness, before you can truly appreciate it in form or function.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Scorpio: Communications and thoughts are on the brink–of what? Knowing, forming beliefs, getting the message through–you’re about ready to see the facts form a coherent picture that helps you spring into action. Two bits: healing really is an option, in spite of how it looks right now, and sooner or later this year, you will need to deal with what you’ve been ignoring or denying–so there’s no escaping that, again, in spite of how it looks at present. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

cheret_jules_-_madame_sans-gene_in_le_radical_by_edmond_lepelletierThe AstroEssence for 13 November: The Radical Impulse

We have the courage to try something new–or is that an impulse to rebel against an already known quantity? Maybe it’s more like we’re surprised–but in any case, we see fortuitous, and potentially love-filled or profitable circumstances emerge, as long as we can adjust to the radical urge, to our own jumpy spontaneity, and/ or to the group’s demand on our participation or identity (Sun qnx Uranus and nov Venus)

Today’s word image is snoring! If you’re awake and someone else is doing it, there’s almost nothing more irritating. Is something in your world bothering you at a nerve-itching level? Perhaps you need to ask: Is this being unconsciously created? Does it signal a deeper issue or need? And are you being too sensitive, or is this an indication you need to put more distance between you?

For those born with the Sun at 21 Scorpio: The smart thing or practical move won’t be able to compete with your sense of hurt unless you let it; that is, take a genuine stance of healing in order to allow wisdom to come through and influence your choices and actions. Sounds simple, may prompt an internal wrestling match that leaves you (perpetually) exhausted. Confusion can be avoided if you 1) commit, and 2) embrace the positive, cooperation, and love offered, which you may of late have been turning down, maybe without knowing it. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Next up, the Full Moon! Have a wonderful, happy, and safe weekend, everyone!

 

 

11 November 2016 The Future Is Coming

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The AstroEssence: The Moon’s left idealizing, drifting, confusing Pisces, and moves through clear, first-person point-of-view Aries–and now our feelings, and our thrust toward the future, condense and take shape. We know just what kind of future we want to create, and we have a precise idea of how to empower ourselves, and of where real-world power (that is, the power that lies externally, and that can affect more than just ourselves) lies. Action, we realize, is itself power, as is choice, no matter how seemingly minor, and this fuels pursuit of ambitions even as it draws our attention to those matters that should no longer be ignored or denied, or toward those subjects that enrage us–all are in prime space not just to pull our notice, but to enable our efforts to bring equity and balance. It may seem like we’re just putting out the worst fires at this point, but in reality we are creating the future–and careful adherence to ‘the rules’, physics, the dictates of authority (even as we work to change them), and to what’s established or solidly reliable, all facilitate gain, with positive potential for diplomatic solutions, sudden insights, the creation of new and lasting relationships, and profit of all kinds. If we’re awake, this period shows us where we actually want to go–and illuminates the way–the rest is up to us (Uranus parallel NN, Mars sxt Juno and parallel Pluto, Venus enters Capricorn and nov Black Moon Lilith, Mercury semi-sq Juno and nov Zeus, Sun conj BML)

Today’s word image is this: a false wall in an old house is removed; beneath this, on the original wall, is a mural, a master artist’s piece. Renovation and re-styling, when done carefully, is a good thing, but did you long ago cover up something, walk away from something, repudiate or ignore something, that is actually one of your most important qualities, possessions, skills, talents, traits, or attitudes? Whatever it is, it’s been covered with something ordinary, in the name of ‘updating’–tear down the false barrier, and see what you’ve got.

Just such a scenario as that for our word image happened 15 years ago, in a renovation in Tribeca, NYC-the artist was Keith Haring. Photo shows his work in public space in Barcelona. Pic By Alberto-g-rovi - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32189340

Just such a scenario as that for our word image happened 15 years ago, in a renovation in Tribeca, NYC-the artist was Keith Haring. Photo shows his work in public space in Barcelona. Pic By Alberto-g-rovi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32189340

For those born with the Sun at 19 Scorpio: Your deepest, darkest secrets, those things you’ve pushed down or denied, need to come to light this coming year, through to your next birthday–if they don’t you run the risk of having unconscious forces take over, and that allows them to orchestrate circumstances you just can’t ignore. Never fear, though: you have the perfect mindset to handle these matters, and, though there will be a few surprises (and those aren’t necessarily bad), you may get assistance from established relationships or resources, and from forward thinking groups or your own original ideas–and these can lead to much bigger rewards in the future. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

10 November 2016 Blank Slate

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An Autumn photograph of Speckled Wood in Ore, near Hastings in East Sussex. Author: Dean Thorpe Aspexphotography  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

An Autumn photograph of Speckled Wood in Ore, near Hastings in East Sussex. Author: Dean Thorpe Aspexphotography Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The AstroEssence: Birth time  No new aspects perfect today–it’s a blank slate, though we do note the Moon moves through late Pisces and trines Mercury, guaranteeing the fog doesn’t lift just yet–so I’d like to address a topic I’ve recently been asked about: What does it mean astrologically speaking when someone doesn’t have a birth time?

First we need to know what birth time describes in the natal chart: it’s used to locate the positions of all planets in the Houses–that is, it defines the exact point on the horizon (the rising degree, as well as sign, with each sign occupying a space of 2 hours on the horizon every day) at birth according to the latitude (how far north or south of the equator the birth place is), and so determines House position for each body, as they are located longitudinally around the chart–and this is true no matter what House system is used.

The natal chart, then, is a map of the sky as seen looking south (if you’re born north of the equator) or looking north (if you’re born south of the equator) from the exact spot on Earth where you’re born, with the bodies located below the Ascendant-Descendant axis (Houses 1-6) not visible from the birth location, while those in Houses 7-12 are potentially visible, if you have the means to spot them. No matter what the House system used, the Ascendant and Midheaven (and their corresponding opposite points) will always be the same for the individual–but in order to know them, we must know the birth time.

What is missing from understanding the individual if you don’t know the time of birth? When the Ascendant is unknown, we can’t be sure how the individual meets the world: how they present themselves, and what others see on first interacting. It’s the Soul’s ‘point of entry’ in terms of time and space, and it is shaped by very early experiences concerning body concepts, concepts surrounding the ‘I Am’, and survival. Typically, the Ascendant describes, among other things, both the personality and the kinds of coping behaviors the individual learned in the early environment; with the latter, these are behaviors that the individual interpreted as guaranteeing survival. We may observe this when someone feels threatened–often they will retreat to some version of and to behaviors rooted in the energy of the Ascendant sign–and we can observe it as the ‘first line’ approach when someone reaches out to others, as the Ascendant energies are seen by the individual as what others value them for, hence the association with helping one survive.

A couple of examples: my Ascendant is Aquarius, and I tackle everything with the mind first, attempting to understand, especially before I move forward–and in early life intellectual acuity seemed to me to be what allowed for success–but the mind is also the place I retreat to: the intellect becomes my weapon, my ambassador, my defense, and understanding is always the goal, and the only thing that makes me feel safe. My husband’s Ascendant is Sagittarius. He tries to meet the world by knowing ‘the facts’, or by engaging immediately and heading for the horizon to have a Sagittarian adventure; when he defends, it’s also with whatever knowledge he can muster, and when he retreats, it’s to wander, physically or mentally, toward that same horizon! So, when the birth time is missing, we’re missing a vital piece of the puzzle, specific to the individual processing and response to her or his part in the world.

The Midheaven is also unknowable without a birth time, though since it inherently carries a sense of removal (the career is a relatively impersonal thing, as is business, and we have no control over the reputation or the way others know us ‘at a distance’, in an entirely impersonal manner) it is most important in terms of timing, with transits to it–so we lose an indicator for worldly opportunity and involvement, as well as the chance to know the ‘flavor’ of our public persona, which can help tell us what others expect us to be, or be good at.

The other big issue is that we are unable to associate planets and signs with their ‘correct’ Houses for the individual. The best we can do is choose a noon chart, smack in the middle of the day for the place of birth, which offers a kind of mid-picture, and gives us our best guess as to a valid Moon–or we can use a sunrise chart for that day, placing the Sun on the Ascendant, which allows the Solar energy to illuminate potentials for the individual in meeting the world. And of course, not having a birth time puts the descriptive burden on the relationships among the various chart bodies–but there is much to be learned there, so we’re never without recourse for at least some knowledge of the individual, when missing a correct time.

Not all altars are quite so obvious. Vicente Poveda y Juan 'Taufe in Assisi' 1899 {{PD}}

Not all altars are quite so obvious. Vicente Poveda y Juan ‘Taufe in Assisi’ 1899 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a doe struck and killed by a mini-van, lying in the middle of a busy highway. Unfortunately, this happens when humans and Nature intersect, and in the woodsy area where I live, it’s not unusual. What was unusual about this scene was the stillness of it, a strangely primitive tableaux, the highway emptied of all activity around the deer, the humans gathered and motionless at a slight distance. It struck me almost as a ritual of mourning, a moment taken to grieve what was destroyed, to respect what once lived. If you need to, take a moment to grieve what you’ve lost recently–sometimes in our modern world we forget how important and powerful saying goodbye, or giving thanks for what was, can be.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Scorpio: This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself with two goals: healing a rift, and pursuing an important goal. Where you find yourself actually, though, may be between the figurative rock and hard place of health concerns and matters ignored or denied; these require attention before you can successfully mend what’s broken, and fulfill that ambition–but once you do attend to these, follow ideals and dreams for the most effective approach to aim attainment. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

 

9 November 2016 No Answers In the Past

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'Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child' - Mary Cassatt c1900 {{PD}}

‘Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child’ – Mary Cassatt c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may have difficulty dealing with the reality picture or the demands of the material world or authorities, and this would be rooted in a too-strong conviction that the past offers us the answers to the present. It does not; what does tell us how to handle things are relationships, values, and/ or our financial state. All offer informational or fact-based standards by which to navigate–and that’s a really good thing, because our instincts are definitely on the blink (Mars nov SN and Semi-sq Saturn, Venus nov Hygeia, Mercury opp Sedna)

Not the actual lemon, but amazingly similar. By Fir0002/Flagstaffotos Attribution NonCommercial Unported 3.0

Not the actual lemon, but amazingly similar. By Fir0002/Flagstaffotos Attribution NonCommercial Unported 3.0

Today’s word image is the first lemon off my greenhouse lemon tree, ready for election night cocktails. Aside from any jokes (yes, we’ll all need alcohol to get through this!) its readiness said to me that it’s time to look at those smaller things we are providing to ourselves and note, however insignificant it seems, the added degree of Self-reliance, as well as gratitude for what could easily be overlooked or dismissed. Focus on small things not only leads to greater appreciation of what we have, it leads us toward awareness of what we can do, and so toward building much larger and more effective accomplishments.

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Update! The actual lemon–and not one but two!

For those born with the Sun at 17 Scorpio: You’ve made some big changes of late, and now, brace yourself, because you’re going to experience the repercussions of going after your ambitions and desires, specifically through having to face all those things you may have ignored, denied, or avoided by going after your dreams. That sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, it’s really about removing those issues that may stand in your way of achieving–and dealing with them offers a kind of healing, one that opens the way to your ultimate success. Bonus: some of what you experience emotionally may belong not to you but to the Collective, so sort feelings before reacting to them. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

8 November 2016 Follow the Truth

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'Kamal-ol-molk' A Tehran neighborhood Dushan Tappe 1899 {{PD}}

‘Kamal-ol-molk’ A Tehran neighborhood Dushan Tappe 1899 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We concentrate on what’s healthy, right, balanced, and that’s good, and actions are driven by reason, though that latter doesn’t happen until late in the day; before then, actions burst forth from the pressure of strictures, repression, the demands of ‘the rules’, or the expectations of authority. Issues arise from distorted views of power, or lies we’ve accepted about power–great for the US election, right? We can override any misperceptions with a willingness to adjust thinking to fit the real-life situation, conforming to Mother Nature or to the ‘natural’ order of things–a difficult prescription, I know, but one that brings rewards by following instincts, and what we know to be the Truth (no matter how our prejudices have processed it) (Neptune semi-sq Ceres, Mars enters Aquarius, Venus qnx Sedna, Mercury qnx Ceres, Sun conjoined Hygeia)

Today’s word image is green candy. Does that even sound appealing? I took this symbol to say we should ‘eat our greens’–take in what’s good for us, however distasteful to the individual–because it’s going to turn out sweet.

For those born with the Sun at 16 Scorpio: You’ve taken measures to address both the health and real-world power situations–now what? In reality you still need to tackle these subjects–treatment of them was too shallow, too much at the surface to make for effective change–and the reason it’s important is that you need to be ready for the major opportunities you’ll encounter soon in the areas of realizing ambitions and/ or fulfilling desire. Don’t put Self-improvement or Self-definition off, Scorpio! Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

7 November 2016 Pile Up

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Harem Women 'Feeding Pigeons in a Courtyard' Jean-Léon Gérôme {{PD}}

‘Harem Women Feeding Pigeons in a Courtyard’ Jean-Léon Gérôme {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This can be a crazy good day, facilitating creativity, bringing gains in power and influence, and excellent for communication, signaled by a pile-up of fortuitous indicators–as long as we honor our highest values, our commitments and causes, and our partners and mates. Simple enough, right? Except that our inclination may be to skip, ignore, or compromise on our standards, believing that’s what’s needed to get to the good stuff; it’s not only not necessary, what we get if we stick to our values is way better than what we get if we sully or deny them (Pluto semi-sq Juno, Mars nov Neptune, Venus trine Ceres, Mercury nov Jupiter, parallel Hygeia, and contra-parallel Vesta, Sun sxt Pluto)

Today’s word image is a dove in the rain, hiding her head under her wing. Sometimes the peaceful way requires retreat, with inclement conditions urging us to ‘sit it out’, allowing others their way or command of the situation; other times we actively retreat, using the tactics of passive resistance in order to maintain personal peace in a formidable situation where we might otherwise actively aggress. Be sure you know the difference between the two, and if you choose retreat, consciously choose which one.

By Michelet B - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1061296

By Michelet B – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1061296

For those born with the Sun at 15 Scorpio: Emotional conflict over real-world changes you want to make this year, between now and your next birthday, are likely the centerpiece of this period. On the one hand, you actually know what you’re doing, and should have confidence in those changes you seek to make; on the other hand, you’re not as clear on the actual wisdom of what you want to do, and may have neglected truly thinking through the emotional impact to yourself and important others. Of course, now that’s it’s brought to your attention, you can examine your choices much more effectively, before going forward. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

5-6 November 2016 Be Wise

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Quail Feeding Amidst Susuki and Kikyo by Matsumura Keibun {{PD}}

Quail Feeding Amidst Susuki and Kikyo by Matsumura Keibun {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 5th: Oh! Thoughts center on all those matters we’ve been ignoring, denying, or that have enraged us, and we may be tempted to act in unwise ways in an attempt to remedy what we see. Sort it out, but don’t act today; either making a move at this point is impractical, or you don’t (yet) have the skills, or access to someone who does, that can handle this (Mercury conj Black Moon Lilith and sq Pallas)

Word image for the 5th is one of those little kerchief ghosts people hang for Halloween, fallen into the gutter. Something that’s been haunting you has finally been trashed, is no longer an issue–time to appreciate that.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Scorpio: Your own choices plus real-world circumstances seem to constrain you, but actually point to the way you can create great change and fashion things to your liking: by Self-discipline that takes nothing for granted, and doesn’t shy away from the hard tasks. Though not terribly exciting, this is a recipe to make happen what you truly want in life, this year through to your next birthday. Just for now, hope is on the back burner–hard work is what counts. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

The Sorceress by Georges Merle {{PD}}

The Sorceress by Georges Merle {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 6th: Now you act, based on your own empowerment position and what you learn/ know (‘the facts’). It may feel like your priorities and values are being sullied, but it’s really a healing experience that requires you to set aside some erraticness or rebellious inclination characteristic of you, and either reconcile with the group, or re-think your insistence on going it alone (Juno enters Sagittarius, Vesta contra-parallel Hygeia, Mercury trine Chiron and qnx Uranus)

7 September 2005, 19:15 Source Tea Author 	Laurel F from Seattle, WA Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

7 September 2005, 19:15
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Author Laurel F from Seattle, WA Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Word image for the 6th: you ask for a cup of tea, and a big mug of a very fragrant tea is pressed on you by someone who says it’s good for you. Do you drink it? If you don’t trust someone, why ask for a cup of tea from them? Does the fragrance put you off, too strong for you, or unpleasant in some way? Consider what you ask for, and then when you get it, your reaction to it. To think that the same judgment that created the need (to ask for the tea) is adequate to judge what is received from a trusted other, may be a significant mistake. If you trust them, drink it–if you don’t, don’t make the request.

BTW, the above is not code to anyone 🙂

For those born with the Sun at 14 Scorpio: Life may be in your face this coming year, through to your next birthday, and as a consequence may seem much harder than it really is. Perspective will be your most useful commodity, if you can get your hands on it. Trusted others offer both ‘luck’ and opportunity; add a willingness to work hard and head off problems at the pass, and you could make a lot more progress than you might anticipate (but be prepared–you may not see how much you’ve achieved until after the fact). Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Thanks to all; have a great week-end!

4 November 2016 Getting Healthy

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 Self-portrait in a balloon gondola, Konrad Brandel c1865 {{PD}}

Today, we float some consideration of what it means to be healthy. Self-portrait in a balloon gondola, Konrad Brandel c1865 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Do we take measures to make changes to our own health, or is it that we’re seeing changes in someone else’s? Or does this apply to a more general perception of the positive (or at least, noticeable) nature of recent changes around us? Our level of Self-focus is probably what drives the form for manifestation today; if we’re centered on our own uniqueness or original expression, we could harm relationships or even our financial situation, but if we’re outer-focused, we may see erratic behaviors (our own or others’) that injure or otherwise take a toll on our vanity. It’s a day when we may find ourselves thinking in very specific channels, our thoughts curlicues that fold around on themselves, our psyches far too sensitive to give proper proportion to events, whether they’re internal or external–but if we do try to improve things, especially health-wise, our reformations should stick (Pluto sxt Hygeia, Venus sq Chiron and trine Uranus)

The eventual flower. Photograph of paperwhite flowers 2 December 2006 Source Own work Author Beezhive GFDL, cc-by-sa-2.5,2.0,1.0

The eventual flower. Photograph of paperwhite flowers
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Today’s word image is the green tips of paperwhite bulbs being forced in the winter indoors. Forcing something isn’t always a bad thing; sometimes initially we need to create an artificial condition in order to get something started. Is there some small beginning you’re seeing, that you’d truly like to watch bloom? Give it what it needs to flourish, and then allow Nature to do the rest.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Scorpio: You’ve set yourself on the Path you want to follow, but are your choices working to take you where you want to go? Health matters and other real-world conditions may limit your way forward until they’re attended to; dealing with what you already know to be a problem (but probably thought you could ignore until later) is the only way to get to a space that allows real, significant change, and offers you the influence in your own life that you want to have. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

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3 November 2016 Go On Instincts

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By Hans Andersen Brendekilde - 1. wallpaperweb.org2. Sotheby's New York, 28 Januar 2011, lot 238, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34007466

By Hans Andersen Brendekilde – 1. wallpaperweb.org2. Sotheby’s New York, 28 Januar 2011, lot 238, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34007466

The AstroEssence: Go on instincts–but be really sure those are instincts, and not desire or blind spot material masquerading as primal knowledge. If you need some help, relationships offer wisdom in one form or another (sometimes they show us what not to do, no?) and follow the money and asset flow in order to identify the smart trends. If you know yourself (and so are able to identify impulses correctly) this can be a very good day for you (Mars trine Sedna, Venus sxt Pallas)

Sculpture 'Body to Soul' by Mary-Louise Browne in the Wellington Botanical Garden in Wellington/New Zealand  Photo by Felipe Skroski CC BY 2.0

Sculpture ‘Body to Soul’ by Mary-Louise Browne in the Wellington Botanical Garden in Wellington/New Zealand Photo by Felipe Skroski CC BY 2.0

Today’s word image is a three-word text–use the first three words that pop into your head–what does it say? Consider this a message from the Universe.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Scorpio: Luck and opportunity come your way this year, but obliquely, through the pursuit of the every day and the well-intentioned. It’s not glamorous, and it will test your ability to recognize genuine chances at making your name or making a buck, but in either case the opportunities will be there, most likely found through partners, through the Arts, and/ or through matters of the Houses in the natal chart ruled by Jupiter (Sagittarius or ancient association with Pisces) or through which Jupiter is currently transiting (Libra). Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

2 November 2016 Detoxing the Self

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Don't make the mistake of believing that because you're angry, that means you're right. Ludwig Knaus - Mein Napf ist leer (1886) {{PD}}

Don’t make the mistake of believing that because you’re angry, that means you’re right. Ludwig Knaus – Mein Napf ist leer (1886) {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Thoughts are about achieving health through stripping away, detoxing, and by purging the emotions (Hygeia in Scorpio), and this offers an impetus toward genuine change; interactions and financial moves, however, are all about fulfilling ambitions and desires, so there’s some disparity between what we’re thinking about and where we’re putting our attention and resources. There’s a third prong to our intentions, shown by anger or a deep need to act that brings conflict with those in authority, and that may seriously detour us away from our intended life direction. The crux of the problem is found in how Self-absorbed we are, how insistent on having our way or making an impact, or how angry we are with those running the show–if we can find a constructive outlet, or even just contain our need to assert, we’ll gain enough time and space for reason to prevail. Bonus hint: don’t spend so much time trying to illuminate the past–the reasons why things were as they were are long gone, now, and that may be where a lot of the hidden anger, unnecessarily renewed by our examination, comes from in the first place (Mars sesq NN and sq Ceres, Venus sxt Zeus, Merc conj Hygeia and sxt Pluto, Sun trine SN)

Caroline Frederike Friedrich (attr) Weinlaubzweige late 18th-early 19th century {{PD}}

Caroline Frederike Friedrich (attr) Weinlaubzweige late 18th-early 19th century {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: during a windstorm a man uses a leaf blower to blow nothing from the sidewalk. Where are you wasting energy? Creating useless noise? Pretending to do something productive that’s anything but? Where are you in denial about the true state of things? Answer this and you may liberate an enormous store of energy/ time that you didn’t know you had, as well as clear out the psychic ‘drains’.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Scorpio: The past seems to have an unreasonably strong hold on you this year, through to your next birthday; it may be that you spent this past year on a creative tear or with your head in the clouds, and so ‘woke up’ to changes you must now review and revise–or maybe you just didn’t want to deal with things, and now the mess left behind must be dealt with. In any case, look at it less for its janitorial duties and more for the possibility to shape what’s coming by modifying and clarifying meaning in what you choose to keep. It’s a powerful position, whether you know it or not, so move forward aware that your choices and actions really do matter. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

1 November 2016 Staying Clear

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Silence By Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy {{PD}}

Silence By Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: With all our attention on the ideals, the creative, and the spiritual, we may miss the way our perceptions around these subjects are unclear–and yet we allow these fuzzy, illusory, or deceptive ideas and images to run our actions and dictate our choices. We are running partly on instinct, partly on ambition, and we somehow find serendipitous material circumstances to support our current direction. The issue comes later, when we examine in the cold, unobstructed light what we created in today’s present. We’re likely then to find 1) that though we did what we did out of mistaken understanding, or following an outright deception, it worked out okay because this was something in line with our instincts, anyway, 2) that one way or another we gained power by pursuing what we wanted, 3) that we may have unintentionally sacrificed our standards to preserve a relationship or financial source, and 4) that sticking to the facts is the wise course–and that latter suggests our best guideline for today is to judge, choose, and decide strictly according to what the facts support (NN parallel Sedna, Juno nov Zeus, Jupiter parallel Pallas, Mars semi-sq Neptune and nov Saturn, Venus sesq Vesta, Sun trine Neptune)

Lamps in Souq Waqif, Qatar  26 October 2013 Photo by Shyam Subhash Nair  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Lamps in Souq Waqif, Qatar 26 October 2013 Photo by Shyam Subhash Nair Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a beautiful but tarnished old vessel that, according to a child who shows it to you, may or may not contain a djinn. The image suggests something potentially magical within your reach, something it may take a childlike or innocent attitude to discover or make the best of. 

For those born with the Sun at 9 Scorpio: Your creative inspirations, ideals, or spiritual revelations dominate the year, through to your next birthday, but it’s up to you to use them in the highest form possible. Methods for making the most of these surging talents/ influences is found in the past, your own or in practices, disciplines, or modes devised by others and handed down through artistic tradition, in forms of service, or in spiritual practice and forms of worship. If you apply yourself to realizing your ideas, you are likely to reach your next birthday in some serious way transformed. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

31 October 2016 The Lure of the Past

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By Godromil - Own work, CC0, from the Venice Biennial 2009 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30000171

By Godromil – Own work, CC0, from the Venice Biennial 2009 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30000171

The AstroEssence: Today the past looms large, and our vision is filled with opportunities lost, what we should’ve known (whether that’s a reasonable assessment or not), and with remembrance of exaggerated episodes of both positive and negative experiences. Optimism about the future and our goals may be squelched by recall of past missteps. We indulge in so much thought about what was, we may forget that the point of memory is to make better decisions and choices now (Jupiter qnx and Mercury trine the South Node)

'Mt Fuji Behind a Spider Net' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 19th century {{PD}}

‘Mt Fuji Behind a Spider Net’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 19th century {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a large spider web stretched above a busy highway. I saw this, and wondered, ‘What is that spider hoping to catch? A semi?’ The incongruity brings to mind when we lay out a plan, hoping to accomplish something, but fail to realize how inappropriate the ‘place’ (or venue, or method, or goal) we’ve chosen is. Or is it this: that an optimistic outlook serves us only so far, and that having a real chance at getting what we want requires a more practical, or perhaps more fully informed, plan?

For those born with the Sun at 8 Scorpio: Take care this coming year, Scorpio, as you may suffer a surprising amount of confusion between thoughts and feelings, often being unable to tell them apart. The reason may be that you are carrying some deep emotional perceptions that are trying to surface, and so inadvertently influence the thought processes. Doing some earnest excavation into the emotions will help, as will full-hearted acceptance of your creative urges, rather than the recent, socially-inspired inclination to tamp them down. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

30 October 2016 New Moon in Scorpio: The Start of the Dream

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The New Moon in Scorpio is conjoined Mercury, sesquiquadrate Chiron, and trine Neptune. The Sun and Moon conjoined always brings a new start, sparks a beginning, or, as with the event in Scorpio, may see the inception of a mystery, something hidden away, something that presents an illusion or deception, or something we don’t immediately recognize or understand to be a beginning, perhaps because it seems to be destructive, a coming-apart or change. What you need to know is this may bring a dream to realization, eventually, once the healing we’ve been resisting is accomplished, but the New Moon brings only a hint of what’s to come, and possibly delivers it in a form that at first creates delusion, confusion, secrets, or that plunges us into the creative, and so puts us out of touch with the reality picture. We may literally dream it rather than experience it; it may be that it’s only later that the mind can draw the thread from this New Moon start to the eventual fulfillment of the dream, materialization of what was imagined, or to the active application of the ideals to the real-world scenario.

The Sabian symbol is, ‘A Calm Lake Bathed In Moonlight’. This suggests emotional calm (the calm lake) that allows the individual to receive the inspiration or intuition needed (the moonlight). The keyword here might be ‘receptivity’, not just an openness but a stillness that makes us capable of receiving the message without interfering noise or the impulse to immediately react to what’s offered. ‘Bathed’ suggests a Scorpionic immersion, even a kind of pre-verbal, womb state. Allowing ourselves this kind of immersive experience promises at least a start to any difficult healing we may need to undergo, and specifically may spark our initial move toward or awareness of the New Moon dream.

For those born with the Sun at 7 Scorpio: This year, through to your next birthday, will be one of active communication–but it’s up to you whether that will carry a big creative dream forward, whether it will result in a spiritual advance for yourself, or whether you might spend the entire time chasing an illusion, or perpetrating a deception. Good thing it’s up to you, right? Choose according to your ideals, and you should reach your next Solar Return with some version of a magnum opus–we should all be so lucky! Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

I recommend this article by Liz Hathway, if you’re looking for a general peek forward to the US election.

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29 October 2016 Out of It

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Lisbon "chill out" street art, Uploaded by tm Author: Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Lisbon “chill out” street art, Uploaded by tm Author: Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The AstroEssence the 29th: We’re well into the Dark of the Moon (the three days preceding a New Moon) so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s a chill day, largely devoted to feeling just a little bit out of it. We’ll find cross-currents common, as we operate in our ‘blind spot’ and find the facts emerge to set us straight, or when our beliefs run up against our instincts, or as the social role requires us to tap into something we carry deep within but don’t often access. Even those who set out ablaze to party, to find out, to proselytize in their favorite arena, will find themselves subdued as lust turns to friendship, sought-after riches or rewards gain human-scale as the real-world intrudes, and modest wants and sober expression seem all we can muster. That’s not a bad thing, though: those who want bang and flash at this point just end up confused or failing in their goals; those who embrace the indeterminate, the vague, and the accepting sail through, with the option to nail down some serious Love or Money in the process (Jupiter sesq Sedna, Venus conj Saturn)

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) byThomas Eakins 1874 {{PD}}

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) byThomas Eakins 1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is sudden surgery. Who expects that, right? But the point is that, symbolically speaking, we may meet an occasion that ‘cuts deep’, and the exploration is completely unplanned. Look for Path-altering (even life altering) events that, for a short period, totally take over your experience, and ask yourself, What did that deep cut expose? even as you recognize the event was necessary to your healing.

For those born with the Sun at 6 Scorpio: Acute perceptual faculties are yours this coming year, through to your next birthday, but be prepared: not only will you divine all forms of perfection in your world, you’ll also see its flaws, in Technicolor, on the Big Screen of your mind–and you may be deeply inspired, and possibly deeply hurt, by what you see. If you can accept reality with all its unevenness, you can heal in ways you never anticipated. Bonus: you get a new start, a couple of months into this Solar year. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

28 October 2016 Merged Perception

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By John William Godward 1903- {{PD}}

By John William Godward 1903- {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may actually see more of an effect related to the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury today rather than yesterday, when the meeting perfected. That’s due to two things: both bodies perfect an attention-grabbing sesquiquadrate to Chiron today, and the Sun is not only still conjoined Mercury, but parallel to it (that is, the same distance from the horizon, making them appear to occupy the same spot in the sky). The difficult contacts to Chiron suggest that wounds, particularly the pre-verbal, primal ones, will underlie perceptions and communications today, making for rough interactions and likely even rougher internal processing of what’s perceived. The identity and perceptual abilities are so closely merged at this time, so closely aligned, that it’s unlikely we’ll be successful in separating our thoughts and perceptions from who we are–and that can foster all kinds of upset, as we react to words or perceived messages as if they hold the power to define or even control us. Remember that you’re actually the only one who can negotiate your future–and that it’s up to you to embrace Self-responsibility, rather than hiding out in chaos or rebellion (Ceres trine NN, Mars sq Uranus, Merc sesq Chiron, Sun sesq Chiron and parallel Mercury)

Today’s word image is putting the wrong month on all the paperwork. When that happens I’ve started to think of it as a little touch of time travel, a part of the unconscious pushing forward, trying to alert us to . . . what? Maybe to a brief window where we are actually perceiving, even living in, our own future, at least psychically speaking–and when that happens, it’s best to stop and take a clear look around at what’s going on. These instances are definitely clues to what’s coming.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Scorpio: The mental realm may dominate your year, and for some time it may be difficult for you to concede that your mind and Beingness really are two different things–you’ll be convinced you are your mind! This has the advantage of conferring a strong internal unity of purpose that can drive significant forward progress in the material world; but a too-close identification of the ego with the mind can end up triggering vengeance and affront when the delicate ego believes its ideas to be ill-received. Use your mighty brain power at this time to plan, push toward goals, and to understand–the power of cognition is so formidable that this same ability which might turn friends into enemies could just as easily turn enemies into friends, if you’ll apply it. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

27 October 2016 Older and Wiser

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I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA - Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA – Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

The AstroEssence: We mark something today, something to do with where we’ve been in life and where we’re headed; it’s a kind of ‘Hmm, so that’s the way it is’ moment with Love or Money that highlights our frustrations, points out how we’ve allowed wounds to dictate actions, and how we’ve allowed the unjust and the pessimistic to flourish in our thinking. We can let go all of that, now. We see who we are and what we need to heal, see that so much of what makes our circumstances is under our control, and rather than sulking because we can’t instantly create our ideal, we take actual steps toward that ideal, ones that count and maybe even change the game. This is what maturity looks like (Juno qnx Ceres, Mars sxt Chiron, Venus parallel Mars, sesq Ceres, and sq the Nodal axis, Mercury parallel Black Moon Lilith and conjoined the Sun in Superior Conjunction)

vintage-barber-haircut-poster-actionToday’s word image is one of those posters that can still be found in some barber shops, that shows the different cuts and names them: ‘The Executive’, ‘The Continental’, ‘The Flat Top’, ‘The Ivy League’ and so on. Theoretically, men, and the occasional woman, were to enter the shop and choose their style from this selection. That’s fine, except that the style is viewed on someone else; the question is, Does that style truly suit the individual? Too often we see someone else’s style, place in life, way of dealing and doing, and we think, ‘That’s how I want to do it’. There’s nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from others, but there’s everything wrong with thinking that we can or should be just like someone else. It’s an attempt to don an idealized vision, something that we think represents the person we admire–but that renders the admired individual in two dimensions, and our adoption of it like a Halloween costume–you just aren’t going to function well in that, every day. That kind of imitation leaves no room for our own talents and abilities–and the worst part may be that we tend to fall into this trap when we are overly focused on ‘finding ourselves’ and ‘being original’. I guess that leads us to the old saw, ‘Be yourself; everybody else is taken’.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Scorpio: You are about to enter into a new era of thinking, communication, and/ or perception–but until you do, you may feel the whole relating-to-the-world thing is a little muddy. Progress in any discernible sense only comes after that mental shift–so until then, relax, and pursue this sharpened clarity by attending to matters in the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

26 October 2016 Serendipity

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By Martin Brandenburg 'Elfenreigen', um 1906/09 {{PD}}

By Martin Brandenburg ‘Elfenreigen’, um 1906/09 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: A positive attitude draws serendipitous conditions and events; even the crabby and negative among us get a break. It’s as if values and commitments automatically shape the Path, relationships and financial responsibility influence the social role and efforts at gaining knowledge and at expansion attempts, and awareness guides materialization; what we think about appears around us. Obviously, the extent of reward or success we achieve is based on our outlook and intentions, corresponding to how much energy we put into the positive (and of course, those who dwell on the negative pull in a corresponding energy, as well). This is a normal operation of energy amplified; we have the chance to see very clearly our actual approach to life and the results we can expect from it. The ability to persuade ourselves we’re being effective is removed, replaced by real evidence of what we’re putting out there, what we’re drawing in (Vesta nov NN, Venus sxt Jupiter and nov Mars, Merc and the Sun nov Saturn, just ahead of the Superior Conjunction of the 27th)

James Ward - 'A Bat' undated {{PD}}

James Ward – ‘A Bat’ undated {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a bat. We mostly have an aversion to these squishy-faced, eerie-winged creatures, associating them with what’s frightening and dark, with vampires and the Underworld. The reality is most of them eat fruit and bugs, and play an important part in the ecosystem. What in our lives are we demonizing that we should actually be thankful for? Inspect assumptions and attitudes, and re-tool them for a more realistic appraisal of what’s around you; recognition that everything has a value goes a long way toward removing unwarranted prejudices.

For those born with the Sun at 3 Scorpio: Health issues seem like something that can be kicked down the road and attended to later, but you’d be smart to look into them now. The body and Beingness needs your attention; it’s the right time to deal with old injuries, with preventative measures, and with clearing the mental and emotional slates. Taking a stance of accountability puts you in a great position to go forward in future, undistracted by personal matters, making a significant impact when you do. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

25 October 2016 Challenge to the Dream

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John William Waterhouse - Circe, 1911 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – Circe, 1911 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Is it relationships and their demands that challenge your realization of the dream, or is it finances, or assets, or lacking the cooperation of others that’s preventing you creating what you want? Here’s a thought: if you think something is standing in your way, it’s not. It may look solid, like a true and insurmountable obstacle, an obligation or duty that pulls all your sugar over to someone else’s cause, leaving you too exhausted to go after what you say you want, but it’s almost a given that you haven’t even tried to climb over it, go around it, or punch through that paper tiger, to get to your goal. Here’s another thought: maybe you’re just saying you want it, rather than really wanting it. I’m not trying to disparage anyone, or anyone’s dreams, I’m only saying that sometimes we have very good reasons, ones we just don’t acknowledge, for not going toward that thing we like to think we want–we instead tell ourselves what’s stopping us is out there, and how sad that we’ll never have what we desire–it’s a way to celebrate an image of ourselves we’ll never have to live up to–but that’s a little too close to pretending we are victims, rather than seeing that there’s some part of this equation we’re not admitting to–and it’s important for our own sake that we divine what we may be hiding from, avoiding knowing, ignoring, or so angry about that we’re actually sabotaging ourselves.

These same influences could also show us the worthless nature of a fantasy or idealized vision, with the likely impetus to the big reveal a need to change how we think about our values and priorities, along with a need to finally acknowledge something we’ve been avoiding. It may be very difficult, but today we see in what way we’re cheating our own dream, keeping ourselves from fulfillment, and in the process holding back from the world the very thing we came here to give (Venus sq Neptune, Mercury sq Vesta, Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is paperwork not filled out. There’s something you need to actively participate in, commit to, or put your John Hancock to that you’ve been putting off. It’s time to make at least one commitment that benefits yourself, and to make that promise visible to others (the symbol of the paperwork), no matter how small.

We’re at one of those awkward points when the Sun ‘straddles’ the day; see yesterday’s birthday look ahead for those with the Sun at 2 Scorpio, and tomorrow’s outlook for the Sun at 3 Scorpio.

24 October 2016 Work At It

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Meijer de Haan 'Les Teilleuses de Lin' 1889 {{PD}}

Meijer de Haan ‘Les Teilleuses de Lin’ 1889 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re seeking empowerment (by that I mean we’re looking for ways to make our actions count, to have an impact, whether that’s in our own lives, out in the world, or both) but for some reason we’re rejecting our own instincts, and unable to admit we may be laboring in our ‘blind spot’, and so pushing forward ignorant of what we’re missing. Take the time to consider, dig deep, really think about things before going on or choosing; a little modesty and forethought goes a long way today, both keeping us out of trouble and reserving our attention and efforts for where they’re really needed (Juno opp Sedna, Merc into Scorpio)

Nosferatu waits for a call, just like anybody else. By Pablo-flores assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610352

Nosferatu waits for a call, just like anybody else. By Pablo-flores assumed (based on copyright claims). – No machine-readable sources provided. CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610352

Today’s word image is a promised phone call that never comes. Have you ever done that, said you’d call someone and then not done it? Or received that promise from someone else? This time it’s something you expected from the Universe–and now you must acknowledge that it didn’t arrive as you thought it would. My thought is: adapt. Stop holding this expectation as part of your future, because that surely means you’ve been holding a part of yourself in reserve, as well.

For those born with the Sun at 02 Scorpio: You feel you’ve ironed out any wrinkles in both your thinking and your priorities–so now what? It may be that you spend the year between now and your next birthday feeling cut adrift, separated from the old identity, roles, and/ or ways of approaching things but not quite connected to your new place in things. The good part of that is that it gives you the opportunity to shape yourself in any way you like; the bad part is that it may be a little lonely until you choose your next ‘form’. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Your Weekend 22-23 October 2016 A Time For Change

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The ancient Greeks believed that the newly dead were offered pears at the gates of the Afterlife, to ease their homesickness. Have a pear this weekend; you might need the soothing influence. 'Pears and Oranges in a Bowl' - William Glackens 1915 {{PD}}

The ancient Greeks believed the newly dead were offered pears at the gates of the Afterlife, to ease their homesickness. Have a pear this weekend; you might need the soothing influence. ‘Pears and Oranges in a Bowl’ – William Glackens 1915 {{PD}}

22 October: The Rewards of Change

The AstroEssence: Inspiration or the spiritual beliefs illustrate a healthy environment or approach for us, yet our thoughts are mired in yesterday’s empowerment methods, and our actions are prompted by what we don’t acknowledge. The result of this mish-mash, strangely enough, is valuable change, though whether it comes through relationships or financial circumstances, or results in change to them, is an individual matter, probably determined by how successfully we’ve been able to listen to and follow those instinctual prompts that we would really rather turn away from. If we’ve listened and adapted, what occurs is much more under our control and likely much more positive, but if we’ve avoided following that internal voice the change is likely delivered by externals, over which we have little influence (Neptune trine Hygeia, Mars sxt Black Moon Lilith, Venus nov Pluto, Mercury sesq South Node, parallel Juno, qnx Sedna, Sun enters Scorpio)

Today’s word image is a set of car keys. You have the keys–now drive forward!

We’re at that point (past it, really, at least in Pacific time) when the days don’t neatly align with the Sun in a single degree, so today we’ll list both:

For those born with the Sun at 29 Libra: Power issues, who owns what, who controls whom, and what and to whom you dedicate your life energy take front and center stage this year, through to your next birthday. Those are big subjects, and they’ll be the underpinning of the more mundane, daily events; remain aware of this, and make choices according to your highest values and most honored priorities, and you’ll lay the foundation for big change or a whole new role that arrives relatively soon. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 00 Scorpio: This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may be focused on conflicts within those life areas where you want to make commitments (with a mate, in the home, or to causes and those ideas that shape the life direction); you may find yourself running up against problems and surprising contradictions within your own value set, and this takes an emotional toll (and possibly expresses through the matters of the House that holds Cancer). By the time you’ve made one more trip around the Sun, you’ll be feeling and seeing things much differently than you do now–allow the change; don’t waste your energy resisting. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

23 October: What’s Stopping You?

The AstroEssence: Mark this day on your calendar; it’s likely to hold some large upset, conflict, awareness of disparity, angry confrontation, power-play, or some tattling-like communication that just won’t allow us to end the day as we started it. Big shifts can have their origins today; so can turning points. At a minimum, expect adjustments to the social role, the Self-image, the permission you grant yourself, and/ or the way in which you attempt to actualize the dream–and expect the priorities to change as a consequence (Jupiter qnx Neptune, Mars sq Zeus, Venus sesq Uranus, Merc opp Ceres and semi-sq Saturn, Sun sq Vesta)

Mikoláš Aleš 1881 {{PD}}

Mikoláš Aleš 1881 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crow trying to carry a whole branch back to the nest. It’s too heavy, of course. What are you attempting that might be more than you can handle? Is it an appropriate goal in the first place? Consider what you might have to deal with if you succeed. If you truly find it a worthy goal, you might want to ask yourself why you haven’t yet asked for help.

For those born with the Sun at 01 Scorpio: You may spend the year re-shaping your life according to some recent changes to your values and commitments; you’re looking to build something solid, something lasting, and to remove certain barriers that perhaps you are seeing as movable for the first time. You have the focus and energy to do it–don’t let emotional issues or conflicts drain your zest and distract from your goals. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

21 October 2016 UnReal

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Georges Seurat, 1891 {{PD}}

Georges Seurat, 1891 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Unreality, distortion, the imagined, the deceptive all permeate thinking, reasoning, and perception today–and yet, we’ll know something’s amiss, we’ll sense the fun-house version of reality we’re receiving, filtered through minds that are confused about the difference between fact and fiction. This may distract us from more conventionally productive efforts, but could also supply some amazing inspiration or a deeply moving spiritual experience (aside from that one we have all the time, of course) (Mercury sesquiquadrate and parallel Neptune, Sun semi-sq Saturn)

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970. Photo by GeorgHH {{PD}}

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970. Photo by GeorgHH {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a child’s piggy bank, from which the coins can only be extracted once it’s been shattered.  What ‘treasure’, resource, talent, positive have you been storing away, saving up, hoarding, or accumulating that you now would be wise to access, even if it takes a ‘shattering’ change? It’s time.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Libra: You may be too concerned this coming year with the idea of ‘fate’, as if your free Will could be overpowered at any moment by the pre-planned, the Destined, or the inescapable. It would be a mistake to believe this, but the mere existence of the idea may cause you to react passively to challenges and obstacles. Though it’s true a proactive stance won’t really bring you what you want at this time, neither will complete abdication of Self-responsibility. You’ll need to compromise your expression, thinking of progress in terms of building blocks rather than sweeping accomplishments; but it is the time to frame goals for the future, and to dream so that you can incorporate your most inspired desires in your real-life direction. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

20 October 2016 Doors And Walls

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By HaguardDuNord - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26224080

By HaguardDuNord – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26224080

The AstroEssence: We put up walls against what amounts to the Truth; it will come at us in a great many forms that we don’t immediately recognize as vehicles for enlightenment. We resist for the simple fact that we have likely stumbled upon a door within those Self-fashioned walls that is a little bit of genius, but we hesitate to go through it; we are somehow fixed on not being our most original Self–and that’s not to mention the aversion to recognizing our own authority and power to affect things. This negative Self-view stems from the feeling lately that reality is harsh; if you can’t face making the most of that bit of genius, that tremendously productive and profitable idea, or that beckoning relationship, then tuck it away for later, when you don’t feel like you’ve just been sucker-punched by the world (Saturn sesq Ceres, Mercury nov Venus, contra-parallel Uranus and Sedna, also opposed Uranus, Sun opp Ceres)

See? They need their horns. By Flickr user James Temple - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamestemple/312326185/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1667679

See? They need their horns. By Flickr user James Temple – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamestemple/312326185/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1667679

Today’s word image is a rhinoceros that’s missing his horn. This is an item of helpful Self-defense when meeting others of the same kind, or even would-be predators. We know that in some cultures the horn is powdered and prized as medicine, but is there ever any excuse for such a blatantly cruel act? I think not. Watch your surroundings for someone who seems formidable, but who may have had their best defense ripped away from them, and so may need your understanding more than your challenge or your criticism.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Libra: ‘Fate’ is speaking to you via the career, this year through to your next birthday. How will you respond? The temptation may be to go straight for the power, but you may do much better to take your time and negotiate–doing so will bring you much more than you would’ve been able to simply command as your own. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

19 October 2016 Small Comfort

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The AstroEssence: I’m sure conventional wisdom says we should all be focused on the Mars-Pluto conjunction–and that makes sense, though it’s a bit like a house on fire, and you’re standing and staring at the flames. That fire’s eating the oxygen in the room, igniting everything inflammable, burning down some Capricornian structure related to the House where the conflagration conjunction, occurs, it may spread havoc to the Houses ruled by Mars-Pluto, but, let’s be clear, nobody’s missing that fire. So what do we need advice about this for? Isn’t the only applicable advice: put out the fire?

True, some may succumb to ego and try to pull the whole charred structure down (think of the human dumpster fire that is Donald Trump with that lickety-flame hair–like all the most toxic people, if he can’t win he’ll claim it’s rigged and trash the whole thing, whether it’s a card game or a national election–and of course today is the final debate–brace yourselves for some Molotov-cocktail throwing on both sides that could spark a firestorm); for the rest of us, choices may carry a ‘do (Mars) or die (Pluto)’ cast.

I firmly believe we’ll all see the fire–what we won’t be quite so aware of (which may allow it to have a much greater impact than we realize) are these influences: Vesta moves into Leo, prompting us to honor priorities, the mate, and the home (a potential burning structure) for our own sake–that offers excellent Self-care; the Sun is sesquiquadrate the South Node point, perhaps drawing our attention back repeatedly to what didn’t work in the past–a distraction we don’t need; and Mercury is busy busy busy, novile and contra-parallel the North Node, parallel Zeus, and quincunx Chiron, which means thinking is aligned with ambitions and desires but is resistant to moving into the future, and reasoning springs at least somewhat from the injured portion of the psyche–and that implies the mind may carry a bias we aren’t even conscious of.

It’s that Vesta move into Leo that saves the day; it urges us to clear out the static, the conflicting messages, and the obscuring smoke, and measure things by what we care about most, and this time we’re smart enough to throw our own welfare into the mix–so it’s likely that, as long as something else doesn’t overwhelm (by other transits to the natal picture), whatever moves we make will be in our own best interests, and serve to protect what we honor and commit our energy to.

'Chinese tea and pine nut cookies' Photo by Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Chinese tea and pine nut cookies’ Photo by Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a red tin of your favorite cookies. A small indulgence can be disproportionately comforting today, so find your pleasures where you may.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Libra: You are headed toward something I can only describe as a unification of the Self with Nature, or becoming a Negotiator, and/ or attaining immense personal authority. How can you tell which it will be, you ask? You already know if you’re slated for power over others, or to take on an extraordinarily influential role within some natural construct, shaping and, in a sense, ‘authorizing’ its effect. Don’t be shy–admit that’s what’s coming, at least to yourself, and get busy preparing; though some people look down their noses at the idea of studying up, you’ll make a much more serious and effective impact if you get ready ahead of time. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

There’s a new page up: Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrogrades for 2017

18 October 2016 Purest Form

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Beach of icebergs, in the south coast of Iceland, close to the Jokulsarlon lagoon... Photo by Moyan Brenn - https://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/21202481350/ CC BY 2.0

Beach of icebergs, in the south coast of Iceland, close to the Jokulsarlon lagoon… Photo by Moyan Brenn – https://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/21202481350/ CC BY 2.0

The AstroEssence: When the planet of relationships, what we value, and of gain (Venus) enters Sagittarius, we start to look at the facts, and this time around we have the courage and presence of mind to really see them, and to know what’s smart; change happens. This particular blend of influences can have almost magical repercussions in a gnarly election period, could help us get a clearer hold on our own instincts and the influence of material hidden in our ‘blind spots’, and could bring our identities toward their best and purest form, as close to unadulterated ‘Truth’ as they’ve ever been. A few will flip a destructive switch, fearing what lies within and so freaking out over potential exposure of who they really are–but they should relax: for anyone willing to see already knows what they’re about (Venus enters Sagittarius and is parallel and semi-sq Pluto, Mercury trine Pallas, Sun qnx Sedna)

Today’s word image is fog. What in your life creates immediate mystery, implying it simply by obscuring things? Rather than searching for an answer (and so pouring a lot of energy into something that, in the end, may not matter at all), sit back and savor the tantalizing way you just don’t know, allowing you to turn your attention toward what you can grasp, what you can affect, toward what really matters.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Libra: You’ve been running on instinct, and probably your last nerve–now it’s time to get right with Nature and your own biology, authorities in your world and your own personal expression of authority, to learn effective negotiation, and/ or to smooth things over with Mom. One or more of these topics will feature in the year ahead for you, and all of them suggest that you must fully and completely step up and take responsibility for your own choices and actions–if you don’t it could be a long, tough year with plenty of repercussions. On the plus side, if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll have the knack of knowing exactly what everyone else thinks–that gives you a distinct advantage. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

17 October 2016 We Get It

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'Buckwheat Harvesters', 1888 Émile Bernard {{PD}}

‘Buckwheat Harvesters’, 1888 Émile Bernard {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This is the story of how we’ll get what we’ve worked for and honored, and those in authority will just have to adjust to what we receive. The rewards, however, may be surreptitious, hidden in something dark or of lesser worth, even found in something others have discarded or rejected. A flowering of love may be what’s given us, and we may not at first see how much we deserve this–but we do. At the same time, ambition fulfillment is on everyone’s mind, but we’ll have a rough time visualizing what we want, because the light of what is (a light that is shining on exactly why we have earned the things we have) will be very bright; just make sure to take note of whatever good thing comes your way, Love, laughter, admiration, cooperation, even cash, that wasn’t there before (Venus trine Vesta, parallel Saturn, and qnx Ceres, Mercury conjoined Zeus, Sun sesq Neptune)

Loop the Loop, Coney Island (1903) {{PD}}

Loop the Loop, Coney Island (1903) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a roller coaster. Aside from the obvious symbolism of whip-lashy experiences, what does this thing mean to you? Do you love them, hate them, or are you indifferent? I used to love them, and now don’t care for them, so the image makes me think: What is it that we once adored, that now we’d rather never experience again? This points to changing tastes, and possibly some re-defining of our own Self-image, as well as a recognition of the world’s current, disorienting state.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Libra: It’s funny–odd funny, not funny ha-ha–that there’s a crisis in either Love or Money in your life, and yet your attention is anywhere but there! You seem much more concerned with following your own instincts to see where they might lead, and in digging into your own psyche for treasure. Well now it’s time for you to see: one or more of the relationships or sources of ‘flow’ you’ve come to take for granted is in danger of disappearing–wake up and do something about it. It may not be readily apparent, and it may take the entire year to your next birthday to play out–but forewarned, as the say. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

16 October 2016 Loyalties, and What’s Sacred

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Franz von Stuck 'The Guardian of Paradise' 1889 {{PD}}

Franz von Stuck ‘The Guardian of Paradise’ 1889 {{PD}}

'Tierpark Ostrittrum - Kampfbalken' Photo by Marius Kallhardt from near Bremen, Germany  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Tierpark Ostrittrum – Kampfbalken’ Photo by Marius Kallhardt from near Bremen, Germany Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The AstroEssence: Are we butting heads with authorities, with Mom, with Mother Nature, or in negotiations over what’s sacred to us? And if we are, what does that say about our loyalties and priorities? What we honor is tested from without by forces that would compel us, and we need to parse out how important it really is for us to maintain our commitments. We have a chance to see whether our sacred investments are truly worthwhile–and whether those who challenge us are truly worth maintaining a relationship with. In fact, relationships and values offer inspiration and a spark of genius to us that aids in ambition fulfillment–it’s like interactions show us things in a new and creative way–and we should take action, but with great care, so we don’t Self-sabotage along the way (Vesta sq Ceres, Venus nov Zeus and semi-sq Mars)

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Today’s word image is an egg. We’ve had this symbol before–but this time it’s hard-boiled. I think this is about some potential that has hardened into some sort of perpetual beginning–it’s something we may need to realize is never going to become anything more than it is–so that perhaps we need to stop hoping it will hatch, and turn our attention to something that will.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Libra: Energy expression may be oddly split for you this coming year, Libra, with some going toward establishing yourself and getting what you want, and some going toward purely pleasurable pursuits and/ or the accumulation of goods. These aren’t necessarily incompatible goals, but it will be important that you find a way to meld your Will and your need to feel ‘in charge’ (at least of yourself) with a genuine desire for comfort and sensual gratification. If you don’t figure out how to combine them, you may spend a lot of time feeling frustrated and then zoning out. Use your creativity, and listen to your instincts and those things you know deep inside to be true, and you’ll do just fine. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

15 October 2016 Full Moon, Full Plate

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‘The Boating Party’ or ‘Reunion of the Meurthe Boating Party’, by Émile Friant – {{PD}}

The Lunar Essence: With the Full Moon in Aries at 23 Aries 14 occurring at 9:23 PM Pacific daylight time, we see the threesome of Earth-Moon-Uranus in a less than one degree span opposed the Libra Sun, which is sesquiquadrate Neptune. The Full Moon itself of course forms a semi-square to Neptune, and is as stated conjoined Uranus and widely conjoined Ceres, the latter of which sits at 29 degrees of the Moon’s sign, adding stress through the actions of Nature or authorities. The Full Moon is also quincunx Juno, and makes a wide square to Vesta, which we should count as the swift-moving Moon races toward, rather than away from, aspect completion, with this square creating a T-square with the Sun/ Earth-Moon-Uranus axis (but even more closely aspecting Ceres, as both Vesta and Ceres sit at 29 degrees), adding even more stress. It’s notable, too, that this Sun is also parallel both Juno and Neptune, suggesting that just observing, just seeing (the light of the Sun) can empower and make the dream, whatever that may be for the individual, a very realistic possibility.

full-moon-in-aries-october-2016So what do we get from this Full Moon? Why stress, of course! But from what source? We reach a peak of involvement with, rejection of, rebellion from, or original and innovative cooperation with ‘the group’, and this brings us to a point of ‘energy crisis’ in terms of our own power and authority, our priorities and those things we honor, and with how closely the results align with what we imagine is ideal, as well as how we feel about this resulting real-world arrangement. It’s a point of radical enlightenment, as we see quite clearly the personal power situation and the role we can play in the larger scenario, and these are revealed within the microcosm of a single interactive situation; we assess this real-life situation, and see beyond it (into the Uranian future, if you will) to what larger role we can play, title we can claim, or area where we can accomplish.

There are both stresses that are not under our conscious control, such as Mother Nature, exerting herself through things like weather and our own biology, and stresses within areas where we have exerted ourselves, tried to gain empowerment or authority, tried to commit to those matters that are most important to us. The Vestal energies of dedication, commitment, and the sacred must resolve against those Ceres energies of power expression, authority, and knowing and controlling our ‘domain’, and this is done through Ceres’ own mechanism of negotiation, an internal discussion that happens within the individual psyche that is acted out in real-world arenas. We see what adjustments, compromises, and alterations are required for ‘the dream’ to become reality, with the light of the Full Moon showing us exactly where and how we are empowered to make it happen.

Wiosna w Gościeradzu (Spring in Gościeradz)  by Leon Wyczółkowski {{PD}}

Wiosna w Gościeradzu (Spring in Gościeradz) by Leon Wyczółkowski {{PD}}

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘Blown Inward By The Wind, The Curtains Of An Open Window Take The Shape Of A Cornucopia’. The FM event ‘opens a window’ that is either a time period of opportunity, or an ability to both see our goals clearly, and to know what the ‘fruits’ of our current direction will actually be, the latter allowing us to make needed adjustments to our actions and choices. The FM offers either feedback that illuminates our own effectiveness and true course, or the chance to make things happen, if we’ll only take the steps, or modify our path, a chance to affect things that didn’t exist until now.

'Butterflies', Wilhelm von Kaulbach, c1860 {{PD}}

‘Butterflies’, Wilhelm von Kaulbach, c1860 {{PD}}

We always look at the Sun for a Full Moon, as the source of the Full Moon’s light. ‘A Butterfly With A Third Wing On Its Left Side’ suggests nothing so much as fulfillment; that is, the result of what has incubated and emerged, now fully ready, developed, that holds all the promise invested in its preparation–and a third wing simply implies a resource, a kind of existential aid, akin to the Third Eye: there is something extra, unplanned but propitious, that offers information or assistance specifically useful to our goals. Lucky us, right?

The AstroEssence: There are only a few other influences at play for the 15th, and these may have us spending the time leading up to the Full Moon with our attention in places other than those that will be illuminated with the Lunar culmination. One is the way we might be weighing methods of healing against our own wounds, judging physical as well as mental and emotional situations for how healthy they might be; it’s an attempt to concentrate on hurts, to deal with them, but perhaps not to totally embrace what we know to be the healthy option. We’re trying to justify holding on to our wounds. It’s our thinking that’s encouraging the problem: we are obsessed with the dark, with how we’ve been wronged, with how others hold power over us, and in continuing to nurse our hurts it’s taking a (Self) destructive turn. Fortunately, though, what we’ll actually choose to do will be done with an eye to building the future–it’s just that we may not see how much better the future could be, if we could forgive, heal, let go (Chiron sesq Hygeia, Mercury sq Pluto, Mars trine NN)

For those born with the Sun at 23 Libra: It’s all about taking what’s new, modern, original in your world and making the most of it. The sudden, the surprising, the heartfelt facilitates accomplishment, and the smart move is to embrace them. The only thing we can count on is change, right? Oh, and death and taxes. But, this coming year should be more than a little positive and profitable for you, Libra, just as long as you conquer that crisis in confidence, and realize you can’t rule unless you’re willing to claim your territory. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!