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20 February 2019 Hell-Bent On Change

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‘The Motorist’ By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1898 {{PD}}

Instinctual or reflexive drives are strong and yet we need to be aware they’re tuned to the past, not the present, and as such they don’t serve current impulses but instead draw on blind spots and those things we know but don’t acknowledge–which can be fortuitous, if that knowledge keeps us away from something negative, or can lead us straight into a quagmire of our own making. These instinctive drives are a vital part of the equation needed to make the changes we are hell-bent on making right now, because if we abandon ourselves to impulsiveness or arbitrary action (which is the temptation, should we reject our instincts) we come up with precarious situations in need of fixing that deposit us way off our targets. Embrace change wholeheartedly, but at the same time insist on standards of what’s wise, what’s practical, to measure those changes against. Allow that instinctual input, but run it through that inner filter that tells us whether an option is smart, or not–that’s bound to steer us toward healthier methods of realizing ambitions, as well as toward using only the best the past has to offer.

(SN trine Sedna, Hygeia contra-parallel Zeus, Uranus opp Pallas, Sun nov Pluto, contra-parallel Uranus, and semi-sq Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 01 Pisces! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) You may be too conscious of emotional wounds at this point to effectively see the forest for the trees, but it won’t be long before you can let go of a sort of critical fog into which you’ve fallen, and instead deal with real-world problems and obstacles that have plagued you for some time. It doesn’t sound exciting, but it actually is: you’re right now in a position to make some truly perfect plans, the kind that make for sure-fire progress–and once you’re in motion, you’ll find out how empowered you actually are (that’s much more than you think), and how recent, hurtful experiences have set the stage for a new sense of Self, a new confidence, and a more realistic and worldly viewpoint, that will make new efforts, starting just over a month from now, really soar.

The Daily Word Image is a hole in the floor. This is going to make each person think of something different; I recall an old Volkswagen (The People’s Car!) I had years ago, which somehow developed a hole right through the floor on the passenger side. It was a scary, thrilling sensation that looking through that hole as I sped along the freeway gave me–I can still feel it even now–so for me this is a symbol of something a little bit dangerous seeming that isn’t any more dangerous than it ever was, it’s just more visible, more conscious. It was always a risk to drive such a tin-can like vehicle! It was only that, suddenly, I could see how rickety everything really was. So, what’s it mean for you?

See the Full Moon report here, and the forecast for the 19th (aside from the FM) here.

19 February 2019 Undercut

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‘Calf’s Head and Ox Tongue’ By Gustave Caillebotte c1882 {{PD}}

Either relationships or finances are the ‘hard sell’ today, with one or the other making us feel disempowered, as if we’ve overstepped our bounds or rolled the dice and lost–but that would just be a feeling, not accurate to the reality picture. The perception of loss is really about our own sense of having been undercut, either by someone else in some personal way, or in circumstances surrounding the earning situation. We’re prone to attribute that dis-ease to our own inadequacy, when it might be more accurate to realize that the only thing holding us back is our acceptance of the messages of loss, scarcity, or limit we’ve been handed.

See the Full Moon report for today here–

(Venus sesq Juno, Mercury sxt Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 00 Pisces! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Is that fresh heartache I see on the horizon, or is it just a fear that Love will be taken away? Don’t fret; though relationships and/ or finances have been under stress recently, they won’t be for much longer. Here’s how you recover: put yourself first–I know, it seems a bit contrary to a healthy relationship, or to pleasing an employer, but stress has made you undervalue yourself of late–no more; be creative in the way you see things, and in the ‘stories’ you tell yourself about your reality–you’ve been too negative in your assessment, and too narrow in your approach–that’s where you’ve contributed to things; and don’t underestimate the power of a ‘new start’ that comes along later in the year.

18 February 2019 Solid

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‘Snow Peaks’ By John Williamson 19th century {{PD}}

You’re going to find out today what resources, what Love and Money, what values of your own and others, you can rely on. There is solid, real-world proof, and possibly reward; in any case, the results of your investments come home. The problem, though, may be that we’re unable to perceive this; a fog may descend, words may mislead, or our imaginations may run away with us, making at least for a time a kind of crisis state around our inner wisdom, and the issues of what’s smart, what’s practical, what’s a good use of our skills. Think of it this way: we can see what’s smart, if we are open to–we can’t accept flaking out, acting jumpy, being unreliable, or acting as if we ‘don’t know’ as an excuse. The influence is one that feels disempowering, but is in reality a sort of testing of our own trust in ourselves. Have you ever left yourself behind, failed to come through for yourself? If you did, it was only temporary; you always rallied, came back, came through, and that alone should be enough to tell you that trusting yourself is where it’s at, right now.

(Venus parallel SN, nov Ceres, and conj Saturn, Mercury conj and parallel Neptune, sesq Pallas, contra-parallel Juno, semi-sq Uranus, Sun trines Pallas, then enters Pisces)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 29 Aquarius! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Wisdom, originality, how healed you are, are all tested this year, and though there’s strain and stress, there’s also a magnificent payoff, in that you discover some amazing qualities in yourself, utilize them to the utmost, and end up creating a Path forward that, if you saw it now, would stun you.

17 February 2019 A Bold Vision

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‘The Sense of Sight’ By Philippe Mercier c1745 {{PD}}

I don’t want to say all your dreams will come true–that’s the kind of hyperbole that may get Pedro elected but will ruin the credibility of astrology, and to a large extent, its usefulness–but I will venture this: Love or Money, jealousy or envy, the values picture, greed, affections, a ‘crush’, or desires activate the ideals and illusions–and you have a good chance of getting what you visualize, dream of, hallucinate, or want to hide from–so yes, what we fear and conjure is an issue, too. Venus does her dance, and our imaginations soar–the result depends not just on our relationship to the Truth, especially our own awareness of our real motives and goals, but on our ability to separate our wants from the rights of another. Passion and creative energy may combine in such a powerful way that they become a kind of glitter bomb that goes off suddenly and gets everywhere–meaning we’re so assertive that others lose the chance to say no, not participate, or have a say of their own. Instead try to craft a bold vision, something aligned with ideals, that draws on the best of your most original inclinations, talents, knowledge. You may be hit today with enough surprises, shocks, sudden revelations, and deceptions that staying centered may be a challenge–but if energy goes into creating, clearly and in detail, the vision of some ideal you desire, rather than making an internal cyclone external, you can wake up tomorrow with a dream realized, or at least a plan for the dream, ready to implement.

(Venus sxt Neptune, Sun sxt Uranus)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 28 Aquarius! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) What’s all the excitement about? You may be in a big hurry this year to make things happen, but look carefully before proceeding; chances are this urgency springs from an old wound–and if so, better to take a step back, as guaranteed this won’t be the way to get ‘it’ done. It’s time instead for concentrating on the way forward, and the guideline is this: what you care about, what moves you, must act as your unerring compass through to your next Solar Return. You’re shaping your fate, right now, and your conscious judgement is just a tad ‘off’. Emotional responses and emotional investments are the way to measure the wisdom of potential answers to the choices before you.

Full Moon in Virgo 19 February 2019 Molten

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‘The Heart of a Volcano Under a Full Moon’ By Jules Tavernier 1888 {{PD}}

I think we might all need this forecast a little early, so here it is.

The Full Moon perfects at 00 Virgo 42 at 7:53 AM PST, sextile a 29-degree Pallas in Libra, sesquiquadrate Saturn, quincunx Chiron, and trine a 29-degree Uranus in Aries and Mars in Taurus, and square Juno (a T-square with the Sun-Earth-Moon axis). If we thought we were going to get a definitive ending to something, we may find instead that we get a setting-straight, or maybe a dressing-down, a full accounting that shakes off all illusion and calls us on the carpet to defend our use of our own power, to stand up for our choices, and to verify the effectiveness with which we’ve carried out our roles. It’s not pretty; some make the unwise move of throwing partners under the bus, feeling they have no choice, while others rebel against all responsibility, insisting they can’t answer for themselves, much less lead others, and a third group buries themselves in sensual escape. You can’t blame anyone, really–we were all ready to blow, and someone or some thing came along and made it happen.

We may suffer a molten combination of stress, expectations, and accumulated hurt. We just want to do something to feel better, to alleviate tension, and what we get instead is our inventory taken–and whether that’s by an individual or the world at large, it probably strikes us as 1) inevitable, and 2) unfair. What’s the real issue? We’ve failed to keep careful track of the reality picture, and worse, we’ve failed to maintain reasonable boundaries. All that hot trouble has seeped under our defenses, come in through the keyholes and cracks, and now, in typical Virgoan fashion, it comes as a scalding critique.

Don’t worry; the sources of our discomfort exist under their own stressful conditions–and in truth, we may be playing the same role of inquisitor for someone else. It’s the circle of life, kids–we all take our turn in the cauldron.

The Sabian for this Full Moon is, ‘In A Portrait, The Significant Features Of A Man’s Head Are Artistically Emphasized’. I think this tells us that Full Moon events, rather than being an injustice, will actually be showing us a representation of ourselves, with some features emphasized so that we get the message. We should look at the Sun’s Sabian, as well, since it’s the source of our Lunar light in the first place. ‘In A Crowded Marketplace Farmers And Middlemen Display A Great Variety Of Products’. This suggests to me that the cause of our Full Moon experience was triggered by our own attempts to ‘sell’ something about ourselves to another–and that triggered the assessment shared by others that allows us, in the typical generous way of the Universe, to see ourselves in a different light, if not, indeed, in the exact way others sometimes see us.

So what’s the goal of all this? Maybe it’s found in the quincunx the Full Moon makes to Chiron, freshly back in Aries and informing us loud and clear about our responsibility and leadership issues. This is the closest aspect the Full Moon makes, and may suggest that what we really need to go forward is to adjust our sensitivity levels, to let go of as many hurts as we can around the ‘I Am’. Our personal Chiron effect as it left Pisces may have been that we accidentally slogged along with us perceptions of Collective injury (the eco-system and the cries of a dying planet, oppressive and non-representative politics, unnecessary scarcities as the well-off withhold) generating stress as we mistake them for personal inadequacies and shortcomings of ourselves or others–and with the Full Moon we look at the world and demand, ‘Do something about that!’ Not the way to approach it, but we’ll find out soon enough.

And, we live and learn.

16 February 2019 What Are We Building Toward?

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‘Devil’s Bridge’ By Carl Blechen c1830 {{PD}}

We may start (or continue!) to question what it is our life is building toward, because suddenly we become aware: of the direction our impulses are taking us, of any ‘unhealthy’ thoughts we’re having, of plans that ignore our inner, knowing voice, of a sort of passive-aggressive contrariness where we try to force others (very subtly, of course) to make happen what we’re loathe to do ourselves. It feels as if everything we do is sullied by necessity or less than ideal conditions, held together with spit and a song, but the shakiness of our inner vision is due almost entirely to fear of the future. This springs from a current hyper-awareness of ourselves as just one tiny speck in things, a speck that doesn’t enjoy the control of our circumstances that we typically persuade ourselves we have. Something to know: the mind won’t be our friend today, in terms of helping us stay rational and sane! Instead send out those intuitive feelers, try to sense your environment rather than mentally assess it, and avoid making any decisions or pronouncements at this time–they’ll either be made in fear or ignorance of actual surrounding conditions, and so wildly inaccurate as to their effectiveness.

(Mars contra-parallel Vesta, Mercury contra-parallel Hygeia and Sedna, sesq NN, parallel Zeus, Sun contra-parallel Mars)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 27 Aquarius! (this year in effect late afternoon Pacific time of the 15th through evening of the 16th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place? You seem to be resisting your own instincts and inner knowing–and something’s got to give, as hurts over unreliability, rebellion, or recent revelations peak. This coming year may require from you some very careful and deliberate efforts to repair matters and relationships, as current stresses have caused damage you’re only beginning to be aware of. Know that you never meant harm, and that will show to others through this year’s gently caring emotional approach, and so go a long way toward making repairs. Even better, something you truly desire is on the horizon–be aware of ‘the facts’, and be ready to get way more than you bargained for.

15 February 2019 A Sacred Revision

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By Henry Oliver Walker – This file was donated to Wikimedia Commons as part of a project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See the Image and Data Resources Open Access Policy, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57367065

Today reality itself has the drawing power of a drain, and our choices are: circle around it and go down by disrespecting our own values and by struggling to keep the future at bay (good luck with that!), or embrace that what you once thought sacred needs review and revision. It may seem sacrilegious, but even values must change as experience accumulates, morphing perceptions, and so our beliefs. The future is foreseeable, if we are willing to squint and adjust; this foresight can give us the power and judgement to affect real-world events in smart, even genius, ways. Take advantage of this to make your reality at least a little more as you’d like it to be (Pluto semi-sq Vesta, Saturn nov Ceres, Sun qnx NN and nov Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 26 Aquarius! (this year roughly in effect late afternoon Pacific time of the 14th through late afternoon of the 15th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Your instincts and sense of inner knowing are both your bête noire and your saving grace in the year ahead. If you can ignore that shadow right behind you, ignore that the past still lingers like a bad taste, and concentrate on willingly adjusting your Path so that the future you’re heading toward matches all the positives you sense it can be, you can make this year one of the most fortuitous and productive you’ve ever had–and you’ll end up going very much in the right direction, surrounded by what you need in the present, as a bonus.

14 February 2019 Shinier Then

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Wow, the past seems so much shinier than the present, doesn’t it? We make the mistake of thinking we can and should re-create a previous environment–but the problem is we do so under the impression that, since our past shaped our current outlook and values, we can ‘go back’, in a sense, and do ‘it’ so much better, this time around. 1) we don’t have this prerogative, and 2) this points out what we’ve forgotten: that in this particular period we are thinking of, we were not as empowered as we are today, and that we learned those valuable lessons because we had to deal with the totality of circumstances in effect at the time. Now our instincts scream at us not to alter the reality picture to more resemble a partially-understood fever dream, and we’d be smart to listen, rather than muffle the inner voice. Instead, concentrate present efforts on communicating power needs and in formulating plans to transform what’s unsatisfactory–much better than succumbing to a shiny but flawed revision of history.

(Vesta nov SN, Saturn sesq Juno, Mars enters Taurus and semi-squares Neptune, Merc semi-sq Pluto, Sun sq Sedna)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 25 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 13th through evening of the 14th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) You may see crises around you this year, but have the distinct feeling they don’t really involve you–but do they? What you’ll observe is in anticipation of what you’ll soon experience a version of yourself–so pay close attention to what works, and what doesn’t as a response. If you’re willing to face the hard stuff head on you’ll gain considerably, and by the end of the year emotional harmony, and a refinement of the intuition as a conduit for information, will be yours.

13 February 2019 The Word

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Ambrosius Bosschaert 1614 {{PD}}

What is it about today that makes us want to act, all willy-nilly, in ways we know are impractical or unwise? We believe there are secrets to be discovered, bounty to be gained, and that answers may lie in the past–but what we need to see is that we are prone to treating ‘the word’ (whether that’s what’s been communicated, one’s faith, a promise given, or a thought we’ve defined as Truth) as sacred, and that puts us in a precarious position, as taking ‘the word’ as supreme puts us at odds with those in authority (who might otherwise help), alienates us from our own uniqueness and most original urges and ideas, and makes it incredibly difficult to pursue our ambitions and desires. So why do we elevate a thought, word, concept, or promise? We are convinced that’s where salvation lies, in connecting to the sacred within the idea. We’re mistaken, that’s all; we’re trying to particularize the general, as it’s a lot easier to see one thing as sacred, rather than seeing the sacred in all, and so having to behave with care in all things. Use the influence to see the sacred in the mundane, the every day, in each thing that comes before us; use the energy to acknowledge the sacred found everywhere and in every thing, rather than trying to invest the Universe in one ordinary comment, belief, hope, or thought.

(Perfecting today: Mars opp Pallas, Venus nov Black Moon Lilith and sesq Sedna, Mercury nov the South Node, conj Vesta, sq Ceres, contra-parallel Uranus and sesq Zeus, Sun parallel Vesta)

Today’s word image is bees. I think this one is personal, so consider what bees mean to you, what they bring to mind, what stories, images, activities, or entities (who use this as a symbol) that are significant to your life.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 24 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 12th through evening of the 13th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) If you are seeking health, or are someone who is involved with creating it for others and/ or yourself, this year will see you bring forward some incredibly clever, unusual, and even revolutionary ideas for individuals to achieve optimum health in all its forms (which I might define as an optimal relationship with one’s environment and the other Beings one shares this with). The area where things might not go so well is the emotional one, where the ‘blind spot’ could hold any number of potential missteps, all of which can cause anguish. The problem is you’re struggling against your intuition, and if you continue, you’ll inevitably pay the price. Try to be up front and open with others; having no pretenses is the best way to avoid problems, and re-connect with your intuitive nature.

12 February 2019 Distracted By Drama

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‘Children acting the ‘Play Scene’ from “Hamlet,” Act II, Scene ii’ By Charles Hunt 1863 {{PD}}

We may be so distracted by the drama going on over power, desire, ambition, who cares about whom, who’s in charge of what (and whom), and who’s aggressing with their words (and probably denying it), that we may miss the actual impact of a particular aggression. We may lump all the kerfuffle together and so miss the one event or thrust of some action or assertion that really should be getting us up in arms, mustering our originality, accessing philosophy and Higher Mind in order to cope, and for which we are equipped with a clever and unique way of handling the circumstance. Stay calm; be the eye of the storm, and keep your focus attuned to spot that one, truly significant howl that will rise above the rest.

(Ceres sits at the midpoint of the Zeus-Pluto square, Vesta is sq Ceres and sesq Zeus and so also semi-sq Pluto, Merc contra-parallel Mars, and, saving the biggest punch for last, Mars conj Uranus)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 23 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 11th through evening of the 12th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Will it feel like the shining essence of who you are goes behind a cloud this year? Yes, just a little–but it’s for good reason. You’re getting ready to show the world who you are, getting ready to take the lead in your own life, listening to Higher Mind to see if those plans are as good as they seem to be–and you’re measuring everything to see if it’s practical and smart–you’ve got your hands full! So it doesn’t matter so much if you get overlooked or passed by this year–because like the caterpillar in the cocoon, you’re healing wounds, making amends, honing your original expression, and readying yourself to make a fabulous debut. Just one caution: don’t allow others to name you the ‘bad guy’ when all you’re doing is getting yourself together–the process of metamorphosis makes you an easy target for projection, and any such labeling may arise out of pure jealousy from those stuck in the mud.

11 February 2019 The Engine of Pluto

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By Kazimir Malevich – Yale University Art Gallery, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14527839

Who knows the true power of words? Mercury does, especially when Pluto is all up in his stuff–then we’ve got devastatingly serious energies propelling our most casual of utterances, turning them into agents of change, giving our ideas unintended (and often unrealized, by us) impact, and bringing a force to expression that can transform, alter, even destroy lives. Am I being too dramatic? Not really–Merc is in Pisces, bringing any and all un-channeled creativity to bear on our communications–so if you’re a frustrated Artist, or just plain frustrated, all that unfocused imagination can really dress things up, and not in a good way. But then again, that’s the wonder of the novile aspect: it offers the contact between Merc and Pluto the cleverest, smartest expression, the kind with an obvious touch of genius about it. That knife can cut both ways, though, offering brilliant ideas for change, or ingenious thoughts seeded with destructive purpose.

Remember, too, that the messages you receive, what you hear and read and sense, all have the engine of Pluto behind them. We can be as much impacted by what we are exposed to as we can be by communications aimed straight at us. That means, among other things, that the ideas, people, and material we surround ourselves with today will have an effect–and that effect can be psyche and world changing, given the power with which it arrives. especially if that portal is through the unconscious.

(Mercury nov Pluto)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 22 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 10th through evening of the 11th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) This year the instinctual nature is only enhanced by acceptance of your own power and by actions taken within any status you hold; this makes for some strong intuitive perceptions, if you are open to them and don’t look away from the facts just because you love that person or thing. You know what’s smart; now do what’s right. Expect significant tension later in the year, conflict between the head and the heart, that may be best resolved by considering the material needs of all involved.

10 February 2019 Talk It Out

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‘In the Conservatory’ By Édouard Manet 1879 {{PD}}

Juno enters Gemini, tilting our empowerment options/ needs toward discussion, networking, and pondering; do we really need to make that ‘statement’, put our mark on things, speak up, or sign that agreement? Maybe–just be aware that Merc retrogrades in just under a month, and today enters its shadow, suggesting that unless we are very clear on things, we’d best use the imagination, and/ or the Higher Mind, to get some idea how it all might pan out, because in the end, we’re going to feel some kind of pressure, push, or desperation around making up our minds or settling the matter, and better to do it while still clear-headed and feeling empowered (Mercury enters Pisces, before retrograding on March 5th at 29 degrees).

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 21 Aquarius! (evening Pacific time of the 9th through evening of the 10th) This year communications/ thinking becomes a source of spontaneous genius or chaos–your choice, just know it’s driven by unattended hurts and/ or some real resistance to doing what you know is wise or practical–and that means it can’t be sustained, so take the great idea, or climb out of the fray, and move on–don’t try to milk it, or hide in it. Skills may be tested, and who you are at core will undergo a kind of change–but is it transformative, re-making who you are, or will it destroy some part of the identity that up to now has been vital to your concept of the Self? Again, it’s up to you and the responses you choose; consider that the emotional viewpoint will be very much one centered on the Self, and your Will and wants, which may be a sometimes lonely stance, but that this is the way it’s supposed to be, for now.

9 February 2019 The Magic 29

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‘Study of Gneiss Rock, Glenfinlass’ By John Ruskin 1852 {{PD}}

We enjoy some extraordinary connectedness today, which I’m anticipating may lead to some extraordinary synchronicities, with the most exceptional thing being that much of this will arise out of stress, extremity of circumstance, the need to choose, do or die, and the compulsion to resolve things before they bust or break!

We act, reach out, or attempt, and the degree of our woundedness in relation to our efforts determines whether we tap into genius, something unique and original to us, or wallow in base emotions like revenge; in either case, we learn what’s smart, but in some situations, this knowledge comes too late.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around the current reality picture, especially the one surrounding our own effectiveness and the extent of our autonomy, but experience and instinct are on our side, and as long as we are willing to actually think about things, particularly examining what we’ve ignored or denied in our pursuit of goals, we’ll come out the better for it, and what’s more, likely a little bit more healed than we started the day.

(Perfecting today, bodies at 29 degrees in config: Chiron sxt Juno, catching Uranus at the midpoint, these three base to a Finger of God with apex Pallas; Mercury sq and Saturn sesq Juno, also sxt Uranus catching Chiron at the midpoint–also Mars parallel Uranus and sq Nodal axis, Mercury nov Hygeia, Sedna trine SN, Sun conj Black Moon Lilith and trine Zeus)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 20 Aquarius! (Evening of the 8th-evening of the 9th). Ambitions run high this year, and if you find the right compadres, partners, or support circle, you can make those dreams a reality; too, the desire nature is strong and, unless you’re careful, may run the show. Finding the right people, and getting your own aims straight, may not be as easy as it sounds, though, because you’ll have to deal with every little thing you’ve been ignoring, have denied, or that has enraged you but that you’ve left untouched. An eventful year, where the inner and the outer worlds are both very active, and likely, at least once or twice, to clash.

 

 

8 February 2019 Walking A Fine Line + ‘Born Today’ Is Back!

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‘Il Saltimbanco’ By Antonio Mancini 1879 {{PD}}

The impulses are all in the right direction, as we try to walk a very fine line (or tightrope!) it’s just that influences keep threatening to push us off balance, in one way or another. We’re empowered and in position, but is what we’re aiming for wise? Is the dream healthy or delusional? We love, but even as we contemplate our feelings we are tempted to point out injustices, rage, what’s been ignored, as if it must be righted before the emotion can be fully deployed. What’s the deal, really? Values and priorities are being communicated, loud and clear, but we’re able to hear only in proportion to how much we trust our own instincts and our ability to respond to what we learn. The key may be to be totally, consciously aware of our own woundedness, embracing what our hurt has taught us–that, I think, is where our true power and authority will be found. It’s in awareness of our own distortions that we find good guidelines for objective assessment, for knowing if what we’re doing is right.

(Pallas qnx Juno, Neptune contra-parallel Hygeia, Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Vesta, sq Sedna, and qnx NN, Sun nov Chiron and parallel Ceres)

Bringing back ‘Born Today’, for a while, at least! Meant as a few encouraging/ warning words for those enjoying a Solar Return.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return for those with the Sun at 19 Aquarius! (Evening of the 7th-evening of the 8th Pacific time) It’s all about being prepared to accept the successes the year ahead provides! Highlights are likely to involve myriad opportunities (especially those that allow you to live a dream or goal, or that offer you a chance to share your gifts), chances to travel, or occasions to learn ‘the facts’. Your world expands, and so does your reach. Avoid impulsive or erratic behaviors–it’s not the time to insist on originality or indulge temper–and don’t succumb to the temptation to hide in your wounds. Too, beware any deeply buried Self-destructive urges–the psyche may be inclined to dig them up at the most inopportune times.

Get a full ‘Born Today’ report specific to you and your natal chart here–

7 February 2019 Rebel Vs. Sage

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‘The Skaters’ By Theodor Matthei 1913 {{PD}}

The stars of this energy show are surely Uranus, taking to the ice as the individual in desperate need of Self-expression (in the 29th degree of Aries), feeling like it’s the last chance they’ll get, and who comes out of the wings as counter-balance but Pallas, the epitome of wisdom and practicality, strapping them on and getting assertive only when she finds a just cause–and here her just cause may be the defense of another, particularly a partner or individual with whom she identifies (Pallas in Libra). Or it may be the rebel intent on withholding cooperation versus the one who seems to have the advantage via experience, skills, or common sense, or ‘new thought’ versus entrenched wisdom (but then we must ask, how wise can it be, if it’s inflexible?) It’s the one in distress over the need to be seen, heard, and to make ‘it’ happen confronting the one who may feel the need to take a defensive posture–but only if it’s smart.

If you don’t become enmeshed in this kind of assertive contest, you may find that thoughts are things–quite literally, in some cases–and that beliefs are emphasized precisely because they are what grants you the authority to create your reality. Optimism pays, as it brings opportunities into focus–you’ll see ways to expand, get more, and reach out, as long as you realize that what you see is attuned to your own beliefs, and that the prerogative is yours.

(Uranus opp Pallas, Mercury nov Saturn, parallel Ceres, and sxt Mars, Sun sxt Jupiter)

6 February 2019 Inspired Action

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‘Un rêve d’amour’ (A Dream of Love) By Francesco Vinea 1895 {{PD}} Photo By JoJan

Action and choices are inspired, today; the question is, will they be informed by the creative urge, the imagination, the ideals, or will they rest on delusion, deception, or even desperation? Potentials of the day include sleepwalking through what’s important, taking action that brings a defining spiritual experience, creating something that defines the ‘I Am’, and getting aggressive with the wrong person. With Mars in Aries we know that our sense of responsibility, our need to take action at a personal level, may be very strong; what dictates the direction we take is our relationship to Neptunian energies. Look to the House(s) that contain Pisces for areas where your actions can have the biggest impact (or the arenas where you are most easily mislead), and notice if transiting Neptune is contacting any of your personal energies (Sun, Moon, Merc, Venus, Mars, ASC or its ruler). If it is, get an opinion from someone of ‘like mind’ in order to know whether you’re following the dream or the illusion.

(Mars nov Neptune, Sun parallel Mercury)

5 February 2019 Appreciation

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By Jessica Erin Higgins – originally posted to Flickr as lavender wedding cake, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10310914

What we truly care about, are invested in, honor, find sacred, are willing to sacrifice some part of ourselves for, these are the things that benefit us today. Rewards come in a form commensurate with the matter we value; if we find we’re not getting the Love or other payoff we expect from some quarter, then we can be sure we don’t really treat, honor, or care for what we think we do as we think we do. Around you, posers will be exposed, and today’s ‘reveals’ will be an excellent guide determining where and in whom it’s worth investing your own time, energy, money, and faith.

(Venus sxt Vesta)

And see yesterday’s New Moon here–

‘Berater’ By Naima18 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74975558

Today’s word image is an individual in your life who is hiding judgmentalism, intolerance, and outright hate behind a banner of enlightenment and ‘right thinking’. It seems to have become a popular sport nowadays, righteously telling others how wrong they are. A particular individual’s behavior brought this to the fore, but it’s true for all of us: if we’re so sure about our rightness that we beat others down when they try to express themselves, belittle, show disdain for, or cut people out of our lives when they disagree, or insist on sharing our opinion loudly and repeatedly to others over and again ‘proving’ our superiority, then what we need isn’t for the world to change to our specifications, but some humility accompanied by a reality check in relation to our own humanity.

4 February 2019 New Moon in Aquarius/ Lunar New Year: Dark And Light

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Dr Neil Clifton / ‘Witches Galore’ at Newchurch 1978 / CC BY-SA 2.0

I’m really not into that whole binary, opposites, yay or nay way of seeing the world, but today may present us with a gentle mixing of two theoretically opposing influences, and normally I would counsel, “Sort them out,” but not this time. We’ll feel the urges toward both power expression and submission to a greater force, the urge to destroy and the urge to transform, we’ll dwell on injustices large and small, on what’s been forgotten or ignored, on hurts and their elimination, and all of it will come in the course of just going after what we want–and the most advantageous thing we can do is open to it all, allow it to wash over us, and most important, refuse to pass judgment on any of it. Let go of the negative/ positive designations, don’t put yourself under pressure to define, pronounce, or critique, accept it all as worthy of both existing and receiving your attention, and the way forward will be laid out for you, crystal clear–and you may be amazed that you didn’t see it that way, before. If you insist on dividing the world and your perceptions into light and dark, up and down, black and white, expect to be confronted by nothing but one solid shade of gray.

The New Moon occurs at 1:04 PM PST of the 4th at 15 Aquarius 45, and tells its story quietly, largely through midpoint pictures, as it falls midway in a sextile between Saturn and Neptune, and midway between a square of Venus and Chiron–but if we think for a moment, we realize that means Earth is apex to both a Finger of God (with the sextiling planets as base) and a Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, with the square planets as base). Right away this tells us something interesting: that though we’re used to New and Full Moons having largely emotional impacts, this time the brunt of the event shows up materially, in the physical world or in the nature of what surrounds us, tangible or intangible (the intangible in this case meaning the circumstances around us, the mental and emotional lay of the land).

The material situation will change or see a new direction, then, that may come from physical events, or that is the result of emotional ones. Since a New Moon is a start, a birth, a new direction by its very nature, we can expect change, and in Aquarius the event may be something startlingly new, a catching-up-with-the-times thing, or an imposition of the modern, or could show us what happens when the intellectual is applied to the environment. Too, this could suggest some will feel alienated from their own emotions, as the NM events play out, bringing a delayed reaction, an ‘I just didn’t know how to stop it’ reflection later, or a situation where an individual can’t yet react, because they don’t yet know how they feel.

The New Moon’s also widely conjoined Mercury (but really, only the Moon will care to catch up anytime soon, making Mercury in relation to the NM event more an idea that you already had, that shows up at the New Moon); our attention, then, will go the the sextile and the square, and what they promise. The sextile/ base of the Finger of God that catches the New Moon at its midpoint suggests dreams, visions, imaginings, hallucinations, nightmares (Neptune) made real (Saturn); the square/ base of the Fist of God that puts the New Moon at its midpoint suggests something that has the urgency of an emergency surrounding either skill deployment or the wounded nature (Chiron at 29 degrees), with this expressing through Art, relationships, or financial choices (Venus), possibly ones that locks us into obligations, contracts, or a system or framework within which we must work (Capricorn). For both cases, the apex planet Earth sits in Leo, implying that this will bring forward personal, individual situations that may challenge the Self-image, identity, ego, or the unique greater purpose the individual serves.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Big Businessman At His Desk’. Again, the theme of worldly involvement and material results, with the individual as the driving force. In this particular case, we need also to look at the Earth’s Sabian: ‘The Storm Ended, All Nature Rejoices In Brilliant Sunshine’. At the very least, this promises that New Moon outcomes will clear up the environment/ atmosphere, very likely offering positive prospects ahead, the promise of ‘smooth sailing’ under clear skies.

(Along with the New Moon, we see Vesta parallel Ceres, Pluto nov Vesta, Mercury conj and parallel Black Moon Lilith, nov Chiron, and trine Zeus)

Though we don’t usually, we have a word image that I think will apply through to the next New Moon: the phrase ‘Juno therapeutics’. Ever since I saw it on the side of a building I’ve been thinking about what therapies the goddess might recommend. I toyed with things like Juno seeing revenge as therapeutic, or maybe owning your very own peacock! I think the broadest ideas are most applicable, those surrounding owning one’s own power, exercising prerogatives to the fullest, being keenly aware of from whom or what one’s power derives, and perhaps most important of all, don’t give commands or require things from others you have no power to enforce–that only drains the power you do have and acts as a breeding ground for resentment and vengeful circumstances.

3 February 2019 Beauty in the Bone

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By Bruce McAdam from Reykjavik, Iceland – Goldsworthy, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5435823

We see the fundamental beauty and worth of things today at their core level, appreciating the framework on which they sit and the rules by which they operate–and this newly-stirred knowledge/ idea we accept as fact, even though we see the flaw in believing our own thought. There’s no real down side to our thought-emphasis for today, though we’re aware that it narrows our focus and perhaps has us intent on the kind of underpinnings we would otherwise take for granted–but then, maybe that’s the point: the genuine appreciation of what holds things up, together, and in a fundamental way makes them *tick* can only better inform our ideas and communications going forward, as we take a healthier, more realistic, and more holistic view.

(Venus enters Capricorn, Mercury sxt Jupiter, Sun semi-sq Chiron)

2 February 2019 Radical Potential

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We are in possession of a ‘psychic mallet’ today–how will we use it? ‘Croquet’ By James Tissot 1897 {{PD}}

Today Love or Money, what we care about, what (or whom) we’re invested in, sparks the unanticipated, the radical, the inventive or innovative, the original in us as unique individuals, and we are offered two outlets: the practical, utilizing our skills and knowledge, or the wound and its ‘targets’ (that is, those entities we hold responsible for our hurts). Depending on our responses, we can create new and unusual sources for gain, can see abrupt changes to relationships, we may commit ourselves to the group cause, and we have the potential to break down resistance to healing–but we also have the potential to undermine reward or interactions through simple rebellion, or to channel the jumble of upset into accident. What influences our choice of approach is our idea of how and how much injustice has been visited on us, along with how well we’ve attended to matters we’d rather avoid–therein lies the key to whether we capitalize on current trends, or roll into a figurative psychic ball and poke our own wounds.

(Venus sq Chiron, sxt Pallas, and trine Uranus, Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith)

1 February 2019 The Mars-Pluto Square: Agent of Change

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‘Three Tahitians’ By Paul Gauguin 1899 {{PD}}

I can’t speak for you, but all my attention is on the Mars-Pluto square perfecting today, with a hint as to how to mobilize offered by the Juno trine to the South Node. Mars is moving through his own sign of Aries, strong, Willful, aggressive, and as Mars tends to be (and needs to be), is very very sure of his statement: ‘I Am’ is clear, and the direction he heads is a beeline to the chosen goal. Pluto, the agent of change, is moving through Capricorn, breaking down established patterns and structures, grinding away at the rules as we’ve always known them and transforming the world (at both a personal and Universal level) to something we may not understand yet. The square between these two may send us off after an aim, on a mission, into a scrimmage, thinking we can operate using the old rules, thinking of what used to empower us. So, we’re in for a shaking up, a ‘lesson’, a hard-won glimpse at the new rules. Don’t let what happens throw you too much or for too long, as what you don’t see right now is that the current goal is irrelevant–the worth of today’s events is found in how it gives us a new framework, with new concepts around how and where to exercise our prerogatives, go after our ambitions, and shape our choices, and so our future.

Aphrodisiac Foods: A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Feeding the One You Love

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‘Between Hope and Fear’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema {{PD}}

This is a re-print, with some modifications and additions, that first appeared in ECLIPSE, and seems appropriate as Valentine’s Day nears.

Seduction is an age-old Art; why shouldn’t we use astrology to give us some help in determining what the object of our affections might find appealing? After all, eating is a sensual activity, and can be a shared sensory experience that can lead to further contact. In fact, sharing food has become an almost mandatory ritual preceding sharing ourselves intimately. They didn’t come up with that (sexist, and somehow manipulative) saying, ‘The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ without reason. Someone observed that opening one’s mouth and filling one’s stomach also opened us in other ways–and it’s this we’re looking to explore. Of course, food won’t do the whole job–what’s presented here is just for fun–but don’t neglect the truth within the joke, and also the potential power (the kind that is love at its purest) inherent in going out of your way to please someone you care for.

Go with the predominant energy in a chart and read that sign, or try the Ascendant, or look to the Moon, especially for emotional eaters. Sometimes pairs of energies should be considered. For example, a strong alliance of Neptune and Pluto, or Venus and Neptune–lots of placements in Pisces and Scorpio, or Pisces and Taurus or Libra: oysters on the half-shell, stuffed sole, trout almandine with pearl onions or snapper en croute, kelp fiber pellets, Clamato®, Cod liver oil, sardines on soda crackers, luxurious desserts, salmon mousse, Madeleines, Swedish Fish–you can see both the variety and the playfulness possible once you start thinking about it.

Menu suggestions for each sign:

‘Entrecôte’ By Félix Vallotton 1914 {{PD}}

♥ Aries: serve it in a sizzling skillet, or offer her a pu-pu platter with a tabletop hibachi on which she can cook it herself, but be forewarned: if they don’t have to use a knife and fork, Aries doesn’t think it’s a meal. They also like any food they have to do battle with: scraping the leaves of a steamed artichoke or wrestling with cracked crab or a candied apple makes them feel like a culinary conqueror. Aries doesn’t care for potatoes, and they’re proud of having eaten both brain and headcheese. Shrimp Diablo, Hunter’s stew, and glazed duck breast with pickled red cabbage are all favorites; a little heat, some meat, and make it hearty, are Aries’ dictates. Fond of Bloody Marys (really, any mixed drink that makes them feel catered-to), full-bodied reds like Bordeaux and Burgundy, and MREs (military rations: Meals Ready to Eat)

‘Girl Eating Porridge’ By William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1874 {{PD}}

♥ Taurus: does not eat standing up–if you knew only Tauruses you would think that humans are unable to consume anything without bending their knees. Likes slow-roasted meats, ox on a spit, pig in a pit, will order everything with a baked potato or grits. Offer them a feast, even if it’s just a pizza: spread it out, fan the napkins, never rush them. For a real meal, try an artisanal bread and cheeses plate, butter lettuce with Roquefort dressing, consommé, risotto with asparagus, Beef Wellington with glazed carrots and potatoes Anna, torte. Secret loves: blood pudding (Aries likes this, too), beer, beef, Skittles®, anything chocolate, especially brownies, the latter explaining why every Taurus you know has chocolaty crumbs at the corners of his mouth 24/7. Will be happy with a bowl of porridge, too, as long as there’s a tuffet where they can settle down to eat it

‘Le Buveur d’Absinthe (The Absinthe Drinker)’ By Édouard Manet 1859 {{PD}}

♥ Gemini: may eat a ton at one sitting, then not eat much again for days (all the Air signs are like this). Make it a fondue dinner–this will suit Gemini’s need to socialize during the meal, as will little sandwiches to be assembled as you dine, kebabs, or tacos you stuff yourself. Also enjoys layers, so terrines and trifles may amuse. Likes many small plates and nibbles, fancy cocktails that have a slight bitterness, like mojitos and lemon drops, and loves something with a ‘kick’, like absinthe. Always willing to try a new cuisine, preferably something from another continent. Often fond of rice-based dishes that feature lots of components, like fried rice, biryanis, and pilaus. Loves a good pho–again, because there can be so many things nestled in the broth. Is a secret liver-lover (as is Sagittarius, not so secretly), with a marked fondness for Leberknudeln zuppe (liver dumpling soup), rumaki, and pates. You may also catch them insisting on only organic, free-range, hand-raised, then binging on fast food or Cheez-Whiz®. Along with several other signs (guess which!) they’ll sell their Souls for bacon

‘A girl holding pancakes in a feigned stone window’ By Werner van den Valckert 1623 {{PD}}

♥ Cancer: loves breakfast for dinner (so does Capricorn). Pancakes! Pancakes! Pancakes! Anything with chicken, fried, in a pot pie, or smothered in BBQ sauce. Obviously, loves ‘comfort food’: mac ‘n cheese, stew, mashed potatoes, soups, especially cream soups, tapioca, coconut cake. They either love or hate cheese. Secret sin: would use gravy as a beverage, if they thought no one would comment. Cooking secret: adds fat, and especially cream, to just about everything. Cancer’s favorite meal sounds a lot like this: a pot roast with fresh green beans with onions and bacon, whipped potatoes with pot liquor (that’s the gravy the pot roast made while cooking), buttermilk rolls with butter butter butter, green salad with fresh tomatoes and a tangy dressing, homemade vanilla ice cream, and gingerbread with a home-cooked lemon curd. This is also the one equipped with antacids and anti diarrheals wherever she goes

‘Tri dame iz družine Moscon’ By Jožef Tominc 1829 {{PD}}

♥ Leo: doesn’t care so much what she’s eating, just wants to look good eating it, though she’d like to be able to impress others when she tells them about the meal, so one of those clubs where they serve endangered species might be the place to take her. Is very concerned with the atmosphere, presentation, dinner companions, but that said, will eat like a horse if given the opportunity. They have a huge appetite, and because of this Leo may turn out to be the one who rations everyone’s food (Sag does this too, as a ‘favor’ to you)–they project about food, seeing their own deepest-hidden behaviors (for they don’t see themselves as having any appetite at all) in you–look to the Ascendant to know whether this is done out of guilt (Scorpio or Capricorn), vanity (Taurus, Libra, or Aries), misplaced concern (Cancer, Pisces), or from feeling they know best (Leo, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius, or Virgo). If you do take on the task of pleasing Leo, make everything golden: a roasted bird, a fruity white Zinfandel or champagne, lots of butter or olive oil, Yukon fingerlings, asparagus hollandaise, real gold leaf on the fancy pastries, and a sparkling little gift for them won’t hurt, either

‘Sunlight and Shadow’ By William Merritt Chase 1884 {{PD}}

♥ Virgo: wants the menu ahead of time, then wants to critique it, and appreciates knowing how much it all costs. Isn’t entirely comfortable being served; let him help prepare things. Secretly loves food that is somehow mysterious (‘What’s buttermilk made of?’ ‘Where’s the cheese in cheesecake?’ and so on). Though fond of reading during a meal (as is Aquarius), Alphabet soup only frustrates him. Sign most likely to adopt vegetarianism or to become a vegan (followed by Libra and Pisces). May secretly hate garlic (or think they do). Serve them what’s in season, right out of the field, if possible–is impressed when he can rip the ear of corn off and plop it in the boiling water or into the fire to roast himself; in fact, they love dining al fresco, and if you can get them closer to the food, all the better (for instance, a table in the middle of a vineyard, or in the garden). Might think they would enjoy a ‘Field to Plate’ experience, but it’s 50/50 that they freak out over some animal part they didn’t think of as edible

‘Still Life with a Ham’ By Anne Vallayer-Coster 1766 {{PD}}

♥ Libra: make it pretty! If it’s made by the mate, Libra loves it even more. Though we might think of sweets immediately with this sign, Librans have very particular tastes, so not just any confection will do. Either dislikes fruit completely or it’s the favorite food category. Likes dips and may make a meal of hors d’oeuvres. Can be squeamish, so familiar foods are usually best; in fact, Libra is fond of comfort foods, or at least his version of them (see Cancer). Will go on binges: only jelly beans for a day, ranch dressing on everything, just raw vegetables for a week, until the taste buds mature–then they’re still prone to unusual preferences, many of them rooted in their past associations with food and relationships; will eat strawberry pie for the rest of their lives because Grandma loved it. Sign voted most likely to swing between eating and not eating meat. Enjoys a good sauce or reduction, and must sit down for a meal, with a napkin, and preferably by candlelight, no matter what the meal itself may be–a little ceremony is in order as for Libra, dining is an occasion to be savored

‘Mushrooms’ By Julius Kronberg 1908 {{PD}}

♥ Scorpio: never met an edible fungus she didn’t like (that includes some people she’s dated). Not fond of ‘dry’ foods. Typically has eclectic tastes she likes to keep hidden;it’s a guessing game, and how well you do somehow works out (in her mind) to how much fun you’ll be in bed and in relationship. Sign most likely to go for a dish featuring bugs. May be a ‘sneak’ eater or drinker, preferring to consume when alone. This is the sign with the potential to imbibe far too much but still seem to be okay. If you take her to a restaurant, make it a dark, romantic one where they have a curtained booth for just the two of you. May be very fond of Japanese food, especially sushi, and Thai, and is typically very fond of crustaceans–serve them a lobster and your transgression is forgiven. Also loves Italian. Try a modern antipasti (cheeses, salami, prosciutto, melon, pickled mushrooms and asparagus, tiny pickled octopi, a variety of olives) with a red wine, insalata di mare, fettuccine, veal piccata with proseco, pistachio gelato with chocolate-dipped almond biscotti, espresso–or just give them a dish of warm butter, a cracker, lovingly tie on their bib, and sit them at the edge of the ocean–they’ll handle it from there

Delivering a Pheasant. Painting By Arthur Devis c1755 {{PD}}

♥ Sagittarius: ethnic food (that’s anything different than what’s associated with her own ethnic group), or anything she has to go a long way to get; also anything she hunts herself. Piri piri chicken may be a favorite, or yak, momo, and chang. For all that she may have a delicate stomach, so query about anything unusual first. Start with a soup full of seasonal vegetables and herbs, preferably heavy with forest mushrooms or onions gathered in the wild, or a thick borscht with sour cream; ‘Feld salat’; pate, caviar, and toasts; venison tartar; wild boar or pheasant with truffles; cheesecake with wild blackberry compote; sherry in tiny glasses, afterward. Is fond of a good biscuit. This Mutable Fire may sometimes crave something salty:sardines, anchovies, popcorn, salty cashews. Alcohol can get Sag talking, or make them highly sociable–if they need to maintain decorum, limit the spirits. This is the sign that is happy to drop everything and fly to Paris for a bistro lunch, or who’ll climb Alpine trails and share a can of tuna with you at the summit–every bite must be a little adventure, a symbol of a place other than where she’s sitting

‘Capra (Goat)’ By Francesco Londonio c1755–1765 {{PD}}

♥ Capricorn: pungent goat cheese with crostini; golden beet salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette; cream of potato and leek soup; trout or other pristine fish served with the skin and on the bone; braised short ribs with turnip purée; a traditional Napoleon; and a well-aged wine for each course. Gross-outs include serving actual goat, anything that’s been de-boned, and anything he’s never eaten before, but this is the guy who came up with gruel, so Cappy may be surprisingly easy to please. Most likely to go macrobiotic, typically after a few bad burritos, but if he doesn’t a casual menu for Cap could consist of a bowl of pork rinds and a potato, or anything from a box, including the bread-loaf box South African bunny chow is served from. Loves bento and animal crackers, things that have been aged (cheese, wine, Jamón ibérico, balsamic vinegar) and no matter what’s served, wants regular meal times

NASA {{PD}}

♥ Aquarius: choose from fusion cuisines that use the most trendy ‘new’ ingredients (at original time of writing Korean food was peaking, as was uni/ sea urchin). These are the people who came up with ‘concept’ dining (dinner in the pitch dark, a meal served as table and all dangle from a construction crane). Culinary embarrassments of the past probably originating with Water Bearers include Box ‘o Wine (it was very cool at the time!), Zima, the disastrous (now abandoned) re-formulation of Coke. Aquarius likes a modern setting for the dining experience, and is the one who buys all those square, aquamarine plates and octagonal drinking glasses; eating at an Aquarian’s house is a little like eating on the set of a futuristic movie. May have an entire drawer filled with sporks and food gadgets. Bring him a smoothie and it will fix anything. On a budget? Serve them quinoa or Jollof rice and egusi soup. They may be food hippies who never go anywhere without tofu and cashew butter in their bag, or conversely, insistent on the latest food trend, and if you’re thinking avocado toast, stop it–that’s so 2015. An Aquarius invented astronaut meal-in-a-toothpaste tube, so can be enticed to eat almost anything once, and will make a point of trying blowfish, magic mushrooms, Prairie Oysters, and real oysters, out-of-season, unless you reason with him

‘Cakes, 1963’ Photo By Pplachigo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28954794

♥ Pisces: you might never expect it, but the magic word here is, ‘Cake.’ Seafood? Obviously, but they can be fussy–nothing lives up to the ideal in their own minds–be sure to find out what kind of seafood they prefer. They love salty things: pickles, popcorn, caramels, taffy, anything brined, chips–just put out a salt lick and Pisces will gather. If you’re taking them out, make it Chinese. May have a secret penchant for crap from the quickie mart or old style bar food: pickled pigs feet, those eggs that float in murky water, beer nuts, pretzels. Loves or loathes coffee; if it’s the former, make sure you serve a version (Turkish coffee, coffee ice cream, mocha mousse, chocolate dipped espresso beans) at every meal. Pisces is really looking forward to what comes after the meal, along with the coffee: the foot rub, the long walk on the beach, the soak in the hot tub, or catching the warm breeze on the terrace (it feels bath-like!) Make sure Pisces has a drink of some kind in her hand at all times- sometimes they act like they’ve been lost in the desert for ages, because that’s how life feels to them

31 January 2019 Delivering More

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‘Did You Speak To Me?’ By William Merritt Chase 1897 {{PD}}

Creative flourishes come easily today, but we can dig deeper using instincts and our inherent abilities and change the reality picture, either to make it beautiful or to make it pay. That’s the key: reach for the Venusian element, know that you have the creative juice to make it happen real-world, and the day delivers much more than it ever could’ve if you’d drifted along, enjoying the ‘nice’.

(Saturn sxt Neptune, Mars opp Zeus, Venus parallel SN/ contra-parallel NN, apex to a Finger of God base of Sedna-Juno and NN)

By Johann Rudolf Schellenberg CC BY 4.0

Today’s word image is an invasion. Is it bugs in your house or garden, uninvited guests, in-laws with their noses in your business, an imposition at work, some area of your life that suddenly isn’t under your control? The important thing to know here is that 1) this isn’t your fault–you did nothing to ‘earn’ this, and 2) don’t wait for rescue–you’re the only one who can do anything about it.

30 January 2019 The Power You Hold

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By Maxim Vorobiev 1841 {{PD}}

How much are you aware of the power you actually hold in the world? Do you spend much time telling yourself you’re powerless in some realm? Do you feel powerless, and spend your time struggling against that? Are you defining power in a way that makes sense, or excuses? I’m asking because today instincts meld seamlessly with the power available to us, and the only way to deploy it is to know your true status, and precisely how much power you are in command of. The usual guidelines just won’t serve: being wise or practical holds little weight, putting ambitions and desires to the side is the only way to choose or act effectively, and skills at our disposal are those that are uniquely our own. It’s as if the day requires we muster those gifts (the ones we’re most excellent with, that only we can do, just so) and use them–and the only way to do that is to know who we are, and what status we hold. (Juno conj Sedna, Pallas contra-parallel Juno, Chiron parallel Juno, Mars contra-parallel Zeus)

Today’s word image is the last Archetype you fantasized being or related strongly to. That’s a window into at least one of your gifts or areas of power.

29 January 2019 Reverse Engineer It

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‘A Reading by Emile Verhaeren’ By Theo van Rysselberghe 1901 {{PD}}

What we don’t see, what is intangible, our values and standards, those things we’ve tried to ignore or deny, what’s wise, what’s practical, conspires to deliver the results that occur with the Superior Conjunction. A ‘thought-seed’, planted at the Inferior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun during Merc’s retrograde period has grown to maturity–but is that really what we wanted? Today wisdom may masquerade as hurt, and vice versa, it may be too easy to rebel against the things we honor most, actions and choices carry the marks of all that we are avoiding, and the totality of it conspires in the presentation of the final thought-thing first planted in late November 2018. We get the outcome of something relatively major, this time around. Learn from it; don’t be afraid to reverse engineer the results in order to see what was done to create them in the first place.

(Chiron contra-parallel Pallas, Uranus sxt Vesta, Mars sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury semi-sq Venus, Superior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun)

‘Falling Star’ By Witold Pruszkowski 1884 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is bright lights streaking across your vision like falling stars, that may signal vision issues. Is there something beautiful, a little dazzling, that’s happening right in front of you–and have you considered that it might not be benign at all, but a warning that attention is needed?

28 January 2019 Transparent

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‘Gelee blanche (Hoarfrost)’ By Camille Pissarro 1873 {{PD}}

Are you reading my mind, am I reading yours, or is the whole thing so subtle that what each of us thinks influences others and vice versa? The atmosphere might be so transparent it’s impossible to pinpoint where a thought, idea, or inclination springs from, and so you might be unsure if that’s really what you think or want to do. With a little care to separate your own urges from everyone elses’, you can allow pure instinct to drive action–just remember, that also means that the ‘blind spot’ and the unconscious have their say, too–and it might be good to speak openly in any relationship or financial situation where love is the basis for the interaction in the first place–at least in this instance, you might be unable to do harm, as every thought reflects Love (though there’s always the chance, if the relationship really isn’t based in our best human expression, that Venus’ less appealing traits prevail in our thoughts, like greed, jealousy, and envy, and so color communications).

(Mars parallel Sedna, Mercury parallel Venus)

27 January 2019 A Powerful Reality

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‘The Three Goddesses Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite’ By Franz von Stuck 1923 {{PD}}

What’s better than having the strength, authority, wisdom, skills, knowledge, and guiding principles to realize your ambitions? Nothing, so enjoy them, because they’re at your disposal today. Two cautions: more is definitely possible–make sure it’s actually something you want, and embrace what you know from past experience to be the most effective mental approach to achieving your ends–calling on hard-won insights is the most efficient way to speed up the process, and avoid pitfalls. People will fall into two camps today: those who ride these energies and so manifest what they want, and everyone else, who may get so caught up in thinking about the potential for accomplishment that they never bother to make a move.

(Ceres nov Zeus, Vesta trine Pallas, Jupiter parallel Saturn, Mercury sextile Hygeia and parallel SN)

26 January 2019 Creative Mind

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Get the studio ready, hire the model, but don’t go forward with the work today, or it could end up like this. ‘The Tired Model’ By Paul Peel 1889 {{PD}}

Today is a little tricky; we’re in one of the most productive, fertile, and creative mental states we can experience, but we should not act on what we envision. We should plan, ruminate, sketch out, and do all the creative preparation that surrounds implementing a work of Art or idea. We gain just by having the ambition and by being willing to put in line the people and assets needed to make it a reality. The prep work, planning, and set-up will go brilliantly, but to plunge into the work itself now invites confusion or the kind of smack reality can give when our vision lies so much farther from execution than we realize. Pushing forward at the ‘wrong’ time can lead to the kind of disillusionment that causes us to abandon our plans altogether, as we act and are so thoroughly disappointed with the result. No, today is for preparation to manifest what the creative mind sees–wait until tomorrow, the 27th, to actually begin the work.

(Mars contra-parallel Neptune, Venus sxt Zeus, Mercury nov Neptune)

25 January 2019 The Past A Mirage, The Future Has No Guarantees

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Nagajuban (under kimono) from Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) CCO

We’re made uncomfortable today by our own life Path, the direction we’re headed right now. Why, we may ask ourselves, do I feel like all the opportunities got used up yesterday? Why do I feel like the past was full of ‘lucky’ breaks, chances, and rife with people who supported me–and none of that’s in sight now? Why does it seem that circumstances today pull the rug from under everything I’ve dedicated my life to, making me feel as if my investments of time, energy, and resources are less noble than I thought, second-rate, inadequate, or that I made those commitments without knowing the full facts?

Somehow, today points out to us that the past is a mirage and the future comes without guarantees, and that may be freaking us out. A few things we can do: if we must inspect the past, stick to the facts and forget feelings–that alone will show you things weren’t ideal then, either; do what’s healthy; and embrace whatever it is you have faith in, and act–that will open up opportunity in a way nothing else will.

(Vesta qnx NN, Jupiter nov SN, Mars trine Jupiter, Sun sxt Hygeia)

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24 January 2019 Survival Instinct

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‘Charlotte Corday’ By Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry 1859 {{PD}}

Instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ spurs us on, even as what we’re prompted to do conflicts with our highest values and priorities–it’s one of those instances when we’re all like, ‘I would never kill anyone oh no I may have to kill the person chasing me they’ve almost got me and they’re trying to kill me, it’s me or them, I don’t want to but *boom*’ We are put in a position we normally would swear is the very antithesis of our own standards, and it feels as if we have no choice. I’m sure the real-life scenario will be less murder-y, but no less carry the feeling that in order to prevail, no, survive, we’ll need to accept benefits that come from a darker place–the ones that come from dealing with what’s unpleasant, that may reveal the darker edges of our own nature–and in the end, that’s going to be okay. What put us in this spot is a reluctance to face certain matters in the first place; what’s put in the spotlight today for us is what has manifested from our own unused creative energy, forcing us to make choices and to alter the scene for our own survival.

(Mars nov and Vesta sq Sedna, Venus sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Pluto and semi-sq Jupiter, Sun nov Neptune)

23 January 2019 Mercurial

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‘The Attributes of the Arts with a Bust of Mercury’ By Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin c1728 {{PD}}

It’s all about the mind, reasoning, thought, communication, the figurative ‘voice’, mental perception, ‘nerve’, as Merc flees staid Capricorn to free-wheelin’ Aquarius, taking our faculties with him. Moving from a Cardinal to a Fixed sign may slow processing down, but things may change on a dime today, and we’ll play catch up.  Current aspects made threaten delusion or deception–but that only happens if your personal grasp of the facts, belief system, and/ or anchor to reality is weak. Otherwise, we get a creative boost, feel strong, healed (maybe even a tad invincible), with only ‘the group’ Will or our own erratic nature getting in the way.

(Mercury into Aquarius, semi-sq Neptune, parallel Jupiter and Saturn, sxt Ceres and Chiron, sq Uranus)

22 January 2019 Good Stuff

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Yes, it’s good stuff today, but a little like this pic: a bit scary, being so high, and a bit somber, too. ‘Sunshine and Haze’ By Charles Courtney Curran 1917 {{PD}}

We expect all the good stuff, today, and we get it, but in the strangest forms, amounts, and requiring the most unanticipated responses! What’s smart is neither here nor there, as they say, making for an ‘anything goes’ atmosphere where consequences seem almost blissfully unconnected to actions, where healing is facilitated by the most unpleasant of alternatives, and yet, somehow, everyone comes out unscathed and, in some cases, a lot better off. Go, enjoy, seek the sunshine–because in one way or another, you’re almost sure to get it (Pallas sq Nodal axis, Chiron nov Black Moon Lilith, Venus conj Jupiter and nov SN, Sun parallel Venus)

Total Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Wizard, Goddess, Magician

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Rembrandt c1654 {{PD}}

First thing to note about the chart for the Total Lunar Eclipse occurring on the 20th at 9:15:57 PM PST at 00 Leo 51 is that it’s apex to a Fist of God with base of Venus-Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in his own sign of Pisces. Eclipses are always some form of wipe-out or wipe clean, but this one brings a conclusion, ending, or change that carries an emotional punch, and possibly a material one, that spurs action (Moon conjoined Earth, Fire placement). It resolves some serious issues around enough/ plenty, social expenditure or investment, the realities of Love or Money, and how these are addressed through creative energies.

We know that when creativity is channeled it offers tremendous power, but at the other end of the scale when we absolve ourselves of all responsibility for that creative energy (in essence crying, ‘I’m helpless!’) Neptune invites chaos into our lives. In the case of this eclipse, what the event presents may challenge us to choose our response: will it be wizardly, where we do our damnedest (that is, approach efforts with a sense of confidence and a willingness to muster all our assets) to enhance the good, to expand Love or Money or some benefit to the social order, or do we throw up our hands, say we’ve been mislead or deceived, claim we don’t know, claim confusion, abdicate our own power and particularly our ability to create the reality, especially the emotional reality, we say we want?

We also see a loose Grand Cross with Pallas, the Sun, and Uranus. The Fire-Air combo in this configuration suggests dynamic action spurred by ideas, thoughts, or revelations. Like a magician’s trick, it balances the Lunar event with what we know to be wise or practical, with our conscious attention applied, and with a possibly sudden reveal, innovation, accident, or invention that now must be carried out/ made manifest–indeed, that may go well beyond a plan and instead be set in motion at this point.

A Water Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres brings the Lunar event into harmony by utilizing our most unique skills and our natural place in the Universe/ or within Nature itself. In this we respond as goddess (or god), drawing on a deep and inherent level of skill and knowledge in cooperation with Nature and the place it gives us in the Universe. Sound too vague? Not if you picture yourself as a unique element in the vast expanse of existence, one that has a specific and original part to play, with this eclipse offering the ending of one emotional role (particularly one related to actions taken), and sowing the seeds of another via our own expression of skills, personal authority, negotiative ability, or in maternal expression of one form or another.

The Lunar eclipse Sabian is, ‘Blood Rushes To A Man’s Head As His Vital Energies Are Mobilized Under The Spur Of Ambition’. This suggests that what culminates with the Lunar event urges us to take action–not exactly surprising as the eclipse falls in a Fire sign. This may also relate to those base factors holding the eclipse as apex to a Fist: Venus-Jupiter is its own statement of ambition, of wanting more/ better, and Neptune relates to ideals–so may require both those to bring about the action the Fist implies, and this may translate as formation of a new and intense ambition or desire-aim.

We also look at the Sun Sabian since this is the source of all light in our system, which is, ‘An Old Adobe Mission In California’. The missions are beautiful, tranquil gardens now, spots for meditation or contemplation situated in the middle of crowded city blocks, so it’s easy to forget how they came to be. They were instruments of conversion, built by enslaved Native Americans the Church hoped to make their own and enfold into the imported European social order. It may be that whatever sparks the Lunar event may have a calm and appealing surface that hides an ugly past, or came about by means we wouldn’t even consider today. This is likely very particular for each individual, as unique as each experience of this eclipse is likely to be.

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19 January 2019 What Counts

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‘Mutter mit Kind und einer Puppe’ (Mother with child and doll) By Hans Looschen {{PD}}

What counts is in front of us, and that may be the most difficult thing to fathom–knowing that we don’t need to look far and wide, search the horizon, or peek under any rocks in order to locate what actually needs our attention. If we’re willing to claim our rights (that is, take full responsibility for ourselves and those things under our purview), we can make some exceptional things happen; if we deny our instincts or those things we ‘know but don’t know’, we lose footing in wise or practical realms, and so suffer. Our own imaginations catch our attention today–it’s your job to hook that visualization to reality, to the circumstances directly before you, and not be led by distractions or in an invalid direction.

(Pallas qnx Sedna, Saturn nov Vesta, Mercury trine Juno, Sun semi-sq Neptune)

Cover of the first issue of Detective Story Magazine,
Street & Smith {{PD}}

Today’s word image is ‘A Detective Story’. In what way are you living a detective story? What are you seeking, following clues toward, what puzzle are you trying to solve? It’s something central to your Being, vital to understanding yourself or some situation you are presently in, or it’s emblematic of this. I think this is a reminder, we are the authors of any story we participate in–and as the author, we already know the solution.

18 January 2019 Potholes and A**holes

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‘Teasing the daruma’ By Helen Hyde 1905 {{PD}}

What is it today, the tension pre-eclipse, or is the world full of traps, potholes, and a**holes? I’m only being mildly facetious, here, as it almost feels as if those who are empowered in any context are reaching out to stop us, without any real reason to. And then there are those who flat out tell us our ambition is impossible to achieve (but to be fair, we’ve got to measure whether we’re having an emotional reaction to someone speaking sense, or is it as malicious as it seems?) We want to act, especially in regard to relationships or finances, but find that it alters our Path forward in some way we don’t like, and we feel the power of our thoughts and plans right now–and if we’re smart, we are aware of their destructive potentials, as well. We may need to face it, no matter how others are behaving (or appearing to behave) we are looking for hurt, and any inclination to troll for wounds also means we’re looking for reasons to avoid doing what we know we should do. There’s no need to make sharp, precipitous, or daring moves–progress seated in more modest efforts, ones that feel manageable, are more than satisfactory, for today.

(Vesta sq Juno, Venus trine Mars and sesq NN, Mercury sq Zeus and conj Pluto, Sun sxt Chiron and sq Uranus)

I’ve been going through a personally stressful time, and during those times it’s hard for me to discern those Daily Images that I would normally see as a message both to myself and to everyone else. Under stress, I’m busy fielding all kinds of imagery, and can’t be sure what should be shared, but I think I’m finally back on track (or at least have something for today): the country of Spain. We all probably have certain ideas about it, images of it, no matter how vague or how concrete (from personal experience there, perhaps)–so the image is, whatever Spain evokes in you.

17 January 2019 Listening

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‘The Guitar Player’ By Giovanni Boldini 1873 {{PD}}

A Mini-Lesson on Parallels and Contraparallels

We’ve got a lot of parallels and contra-parallels perfecting today, so maybe it’s time for a reminder of what these are: a parallel is when two or more bodies are on the same side (either north or south) of the celestial equator, also known as the ecliptic, and also at the same declination (distance) from it; a contra-parallel is when two or more bodies are at the same declination from the ecliptic, but on opposite sides, one north and one south. The effect of a parallel is similar to a conjunction, neither positive or negative but joined (though there can be the implication of harmony through enmeshment or lack of differentiation), with all the potentials that might bring, while a contra-parallel mimics an opposition in effect. I like to think of parallels and contra-parallels as being more subtle than the aspects they echo, with, for example, a conjunction of Mars and Uranus shouting, ‘Here we are, together, raising hell!’ and a parallel of the two being more like a whisper, ‘Psst, over here–are you mad, erratic, spontaneous, aggressive, have a can-do spirit? Go!’ The conjunction is there, in your face, and the parallel is subliminal, barely discernible–unless you’re looking for it.

Today we’re looking toward the arenas where we hold power and authority, toward Self-expression through familiar territory–somehow it feels important, like it’s the smart thing to do, and may pay off–but our actions and choices aren’t smart or practical–in fact, they’re downright unhealthy in some way. We might want to stop for just a moment and ask ourselves why it feels so important to us to have an impact right now–are we feeling invisible, rebellious, destructive, or deliberately ignored? None of those are a good basis on which to make decisions. Listen carefully; there’s inner knowing available, the kind that can tell you exactly which facet of things needs transforming in order to provide reward, profit, Love, or to honor relationships–and in the end, that’s what really matters, isn’t it?

(Pallas contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars parallel Hygeia and contra-parallel Pallas, as well as Mars semi-sq Sedna, Venus semi-sq Pallas and nov Pluto, Sun sxt Ceres)

16 January 2019 Event Horizon

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You know where you’re going, right? Have you looked behind yourself? Because there’s this big, shiny vortex, a part of the past, that’s exerting an amazing pull–and you may have become so used to it that you barely notice. Now’s the time to free yourself, and you do it by listening to your instincts, acknowledging consciously what you ‘know but don’t know’, and being willing to see into your own ‘blind spot’ (facilitated by Self-honesty and maybe the help of a good friend or helpful substance). Take this need to eliminate the pull seriously. You are close to the event horizon, the point at which it becomes impossible to escape, and in order to continue forward you must negate or move away from the influence. Some potentially helpful points: don’t think anyone else can make this happen for you; take inventory of the ways you no longer need or want this in your life, and how you may legitimately, possibly with ritual or by declaration, release yourself; and consider that it may not be an actual pull from the past, but you holding on death-grip tight to something that should’ve fallen away a long time ago.

(Ceres trine NN, Sun trine Sedna, and contra-parallel and opposed NN–so parallel and conjoined the SN)

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15 January 2019 Humble

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‘Natsugoromo no onna’ (Woman in a Summer Garment) By Hashiguchi Goyo 1920 [[PD]]

We have one thing to do today, and it’s this: don’t be stupid. Our attention will be drawn to things that somehow, inherent in their beingness, are unwise or impractical for us to engage with–and yet we’ll be so tempted! Listen to the accumulated wisdom of your past, stay grounded, and do not ignore what’s smart, savvy, or sage as you know it. Humble yourself before you go to war, really examine what’s needed, see what alternatives actually imply, and nine times out of nine, you’ll realize what you first thought necessary isn’t.

(Sun sq Pallas)

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‘The Crystal Ball’ By John William Waterhouse 1902 {{PD}}

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14 January 2019 Brilliant

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Oh, what brilliant ideas we have today! And no, I’m not being sarcastic, I mean it when I say they will be brilliant: they will illuminate the facts, offered opportunities, and our own beliefs so that we can make precisely the most creative and dream-supportive plans possible. The question will be, will we act on them? We will, if we can separate our personal agency and authority from any small inner voices incorporated from negative sources; that is, if we hear our plans denigrated by the voice of someone who criticized us (a voice we have adopted as one of our own) then we may not see today’s idea come to fruition. That would be a shame, so construct your plans with confidence (Merc in Cap), allow beliefs, dreams, ideals to guide (Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter basking under the Sun), and eschew any fear-based feedback that may be disguising itself as inner wisdom.

(Ceres opp Sedna, Mercury sxt Neptune, Sun nov Jupiter)

13 January 2019 Depth Creativity

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This perfection of a Jupiter-Neptune square, the first of several this year, has a special tang, a deep, sweet, rich, dark Plutonian flavor, specific to the Jupiter energy, that may render opportunity, optimism, ‘the facts’, one’s beliefs, and the social sphere in general feeling serious, intense, transformative, and not a little bit dangerous. Apply that to a pure creative, spiritual, or deceptive (because yes, there are those who try to gain an advantage wielding Neptune’s power) energy, and you have something at once mystical and primal, ‘Depth Creativity’, let’s call it, even as it’s delivered in sophisticated, civilized forms and in the shape of real-world matters drawn directly from our imaginations.

Valuing and investing in what we want, an obvious formula involving thought and hard work, too often overlooked, is the way to go. Minds get made up at this time, so if you’re hoping to persuade, it might be your last shot for a while.

(Vesta trine Zeus, Jupiter sq Neptune and parallel Pluto, Venus parallel Vesta, Mercury conjoined Saturn)

12 January 2019 Power Point

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‘Ancient of Days’ By William Blake 1794 {{PD}}

Ambitions and the many faces of Power merge in Love or Money and offer a chance at fulfillment. Look for the opportunity in a situation that hands you the reins in relation to something you aspire to or want. Two hints to achievement: act as if you’re empowered, because you are, know it or not; and trust instincts and the part of you that ‘knows but doesn’t know’, as a purely mental approach may distort or mislead.

(Venus at the midpoint of Zeus-Pluto, Mercury sesq Sedna, Sun trine Juno)

11 January 2019 X-Ray Vision

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‘Two Small Pyramids with Ekphrenes in the Distance’ Photo By John Shaw Smith 1852 {{PD}}

Where we put our attention today we have x-ray vision–but that’s also the catch, we have to figure out where we need to put our attention, in order to see with exaggerated depth and clarity in solid and real-world (Capricorn) terms. If we go at it from a position that emphasizes how we can exert our own authority, we lose power; it leaks out or pulls away from us and we can’t prevent it. But, if we think about priorities, those things we dedicate ourselves to, and our highest values, we automatically align with what needs doing–but again, this only works if we know (and admit) our truest allegiances. There’s another way in, though: follow the Love, or follow the Money, and we’ll see what’s wise (or maybe practical), whether that’s through examples of good ‘investment’ or by showing us what not to care about or put our faith in.

(Venus nov Pallas, Merc nov Vesta and semi-sq Ceres, Sun conj Pluto)

10 January 2019 Unparalleled

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It’s parallels, actually, that hand us all the good stuff today. The Sun is parallel both Jupiter and Pluto, aligning our energy and attention with opportunity and effective power expression–and best of all, doing so in a way that fosters optimism as well as making a definitive ‘statement’: of what we intend to build, do, change, transform, destroy, or of what we believe in–heady, important stuff. Obstacles include Willfulness that undercuts our own status or empowerment (Mars semi-sq Juno) and opportunities that conflict with our ambitions (Sun sq Zeus). With that latter the question then becomes, ‘Do we take the opportunity, altering our objective and so where we’re headed, or do we ignore the chance offered in favor of preserving our stated goals?’ Only you know what’s right for you, but I would suggest asking yourself this, ‘Are my ambitions and goals still my true ambitions and goals?’ The answer to that likely tells us what we need to do.

9 January 2019 Out of Control

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Out of control, yes, but not in the way we might first envision that phrase playing out. It’s not chaos, it’s electrified optimism, it’s glimpsed opportunity, it’s action arising directly from wounds with no consideration in-between, it’s the promise of riches of myriad kind shimmering like a mirage on the horizon–and not because they’re unattainable, but because we are propelled by the unconscious and subjects we’ve avoided, and so fail to control our own responses, efforts, and most important, fail to shape our intentions to our conscious wants. This is a difficult set of influences, as our primal response to what’s shiny and desirable combines with all the tendencies toward ignoring what we don’t like and places us in jeopardy, if we define jeopardy as the danger that surrounds acting without thinking.

Two things we can do will help make sense of this and allow us to keep our bearings. One is thinking in terms of our own empowerment. This requires staying in touch with the reality of our reach and our status. If circumstances held out before us promise to catapult us far beyond our current station, then the reality is they won’t, but if we see next steps offered, ones that follow naturally from where we are right now, then that is exactly where we should go forward. The second thing is (as I so often counsel) a willingness to deal with what we’d rather not. Seeing to what’s been ignored or denied is a surefire way to release creatively charged energy for your personal use. So don’t be shy–just look it in the face, and handle it.

(Jupiter sesq Uranus, Mars parallel Chiron, Venus nov Saturn and parallel Black Moon Lilith, Merc sesq Juno and nov BML)

8 January 2019 The Highest Good

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‘Kuindzhi Snow Peaks, The Caucasus’ By Arkhip Kuindzhic1890 {{PD}}

I think one of the best things about astrology is that it can show you where, if you apply your energy at the right point in time, you can get results that far exceed either the investment you make or the potentials such efforts would’ve had on any other day. Today is one of those days. If while acting and choosing we keep highest aims and values in mind, with the intention of facilitating healing, we can not only heal, we can gain. We will experience resistance to this attitude, though, as the mind (and possibly negative Others) try to tell us either that we’re doing ‘it’ wrong, or that our efforts will come to naught. Don’t listen to the know-it-alls, as closer inspection will show their judgment is nothing to emulate–and that should reassure you about your own, if their prattling lets doubt creep in. You’ve got this–just let the highest good reign.

(Chiron nov Vesta, Venus trine Hygeia, Mercury sq Mars)

7 January 2019 Monday, Monday

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‘Monday’ By Wenceslas Hollar mid-17th century {{PD}}

Venus enters Sagittarius, then noviles Zeus. What we see is an awakening, as the Venusian horizons widen and we get the urge to explore, test, and experience what we’ve only heard about, or what has been present, up ’til now, as fact–and this is all in service to some ambition or desire around Love or Money we’ve been denying ourselves out of an overabundance of caution, or outright fear. Venus’ change in sign strips that away–and opens the door to getting what we want.

Today Mercury also noviles Ceres, suggesting our minds are operating at peak efficiency in terms of using our current authority, our mandates, at negotiating, and at showing our power for what it is (and for who we are). Your own behavior can be most illuminating to yourself–it’s a situation where the unconscious point fingers at others, the conscious reflect on what their own choices say about the Soul’s intentions and the inner life.

6 January 2019 Pay Attention

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‘ Kansakoulu’ By Magnus Enckell 1899 {{PD}}

Uranus goes direct at 28 Aries 36, just past perfection but still within orb to a sesquiquadrate to Jupiter and semi-sextile to Chiron. This may be like waking up mid-step, or mid-action, or mid-choice, with our beliefs about the situation (especially about our own capacities, a la Aries) suddenly awakened to how we are hurt, what hurts we’re causing, and what skills we can bring to bear. May be an ‘ouch!’ moment, or one of exquisite sensitivity, the kind we usually bury as it’s just too potent to carry in consciousness. Whatever you experience, take it for the (shocking, electrifying, revolutionary) revelation that it is, and resolve to remember it, and to let it inform your Beingness going forward.

We also see Mars contra-parallel Juno, Mercury semi-square Black Moon Lilith and Vesta, which are together, and the Sun parallel Saturn. These influences firmly fix consciousness in reality–and it may seem much realer, if you’ll pardon the saying, than it usually does; no blurry filters, no shelter from issues we want to deny or ignore, and a particular focus on what we’re doing that may be contributing to our own disempowerment. The motto today should be, ‘Pay Attention’–and then don’t bury or discard what you learn–that’s the most important part.

Solar Eclipse in Capricorn January 2019 Sideswiped

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‘The Accident’ By Willem Geets c1899 {{PD}}

Cupped between ruler Saturn and Pluto, the New Moon partial solar eclipse occurs at 15 Capricorn 24, Sun and Moon first coming to the same degree and minute just before 5:27 PM Pacific time. The eclipse forms only two aspects other than those wide conjunctions to Saturn and Pluto, a sextile to Neptune and semi-square to Venus, making both the atmosphere brought forward by other aspects, and those lonely contacts to the Old Man, the Creative, and the King of the Underworld (plus a sideswipe from Love and/ or Money), much more important than they might otherwise be, especially since Saturn is ruler of the solar event itself. A New Moon is an inception point, a beginning, even when we can’t see it as such; an eclipse is a wipe-out, a clean slate in some form. Here the event falls in Capricorn, signaling that there’s something new about the Establishment or brewing in established methods, ways, or rituals, some authority altered, rule changed, restriction broken, or safety net removed. On large, societal terms this might apply to the new congress in the United States, where an unprecedented turnover sees more women and individuals of color, not to mention many young and more Progressive members, taking their seats than ever before.

In personal terms this event speaks of serious transformation that either frees up the creative energy or leads one to accept a delusion or misconception as the Truth. Whichever direction one goes, it will be because there’s some payoff, benefit, or promise of reward, or even of affection, that is driving the acceptance of illusion or the re-making of what’s established into something closer to the ideal. The need for Love or Money will shape our response to the solar eclipse, probably quite subtly, but it’s in channeling the creative and holding to the ideal that we gain some agency over what changes, and so make the best of things, rather than succumbing to moments of confusion or chaos.

One interesting thing is that we may meet the effects of Time at this point; its passage figures in to potentials not just for change but for destruction. If the eclipse removes something from the life at this time, you can be sure not just that its time is over, but that there’s a need for something new to take its place.

Side currents may be generated by the passing through of Vesta in Aquarius conjoined the Black Moon Lilith point, Venus trine Chiron and quincunx Uranus, and Mercury square Hygeia. These may describe surface matters that overlay (and sometimes obscure) the more intense and likely permanent changes prompted by the solar event that will be happening mostly below consciousness, or possibly out of sight altogether. Anger, especially at injustices, may commandeer the attention and so make us look away from the deeper changes in progress. To some extent, we’ll see events test the viability of our highest values, and if there’s anything wounding in our relationships, we’ll be more than aware of it. Thinking will likely run contrary to what we know to be healthy–and this may be the strongest sign of all that the solar eclipse will be forcing change and challenging assumptions–so do your best to work with the prevailing energies, rather than fighting them.

The Sabian symbol for the eclipse is, ‘School Grounds Filled With Boys And Girls In Gymnasium Suits’. This may emphasize the ‘learning’ nature of the eclipse events, and we see this echoed in the activity of Mercury, Uranus, Aquarius (ancient ruler of which is Saturn), but, in the case of Physical Education class, a learning about or through physical experience–so perhaps pointing us in the direction of the material manifestations of Capricorn and the physical systems that provide security, support, and restriction. Too, this image is one of individuals organized into a single entity, a class–and that could suggest that what changes for one individual may change for many others who hold similar positions.

Do we have command of what will change, with this eclipse? Not really–the best we can do is find creative outlets and use them, knowing that not all changes will be in our hands, nor will shifts in responsibility, restrictions, or requirements in venues where we play a part be totally under control, ours or anyone else’s. Roll with it, and allow this first New Moon of the New Year to reveal itself as it will, without too much resistance on our part.

See the pre-eclipse forecast here–

The Cinderella Point Part 2 Some Examples

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‘Cinderella’ By Valentine Cameron Prinsep c1880 {{PD}}

Refresh yourself here if you’re unclear on the Cinderella Point and the correspondences it draws from. See the forecast here–

The Cinderella Point is really nothing more than finding a course, role, or identity in life that both fulfills the main needs of the Soul and allows the individual expression to soar—and as we know from previous descriptions, there’s no set formula by which to delineate this. To make it even tougher, it’s nearly impossible to describe much in a definitive way before the life is in progress; there are so many potentials for any given combination of placements, and so much added through experience that shapes personal tastes and inclinations, not to mention the variety of possible preferences (for instance, choosing to see oneself through the Sun, and so possibly more directly aligned with the Soul’s intents, perhaps, than one who chooses a primary identification through the role and experiences as a woman—Venus, or man–Mars). In real life we have to be satisfied with potentials, with seeing possibilities—so it’s almost cheating to use someone as an example whose life has already been lived, laid before us with outcomes already available—but it’s what we must do, just so we can see how it works.

We start with scientist Marie Curie (7 November 1867 12 PM LMT Warsaw Poland—her daughter Eve is quoted as giving her mother’s birth time as “soon after sunrise”, but noon is on the baptismal certificate—and since angles and Houses aren’t crucial to this process—because we are talking about an inner view, the orientation of the individual toward the energies, rather than an external view (as seen by others) or externals that act upon the individual to prompt–or force–choices–we won’t worry about angles or Houses—on their own, the planets speak loudly!) Ms. Curie had a Scorpio Sun, suggesting a Soul-deep interest in research, what isn’t readily apparent on the surface, on the way things change at a fundamental level. Her Venus is in Scorpio as well, implying that her identity as a woman may have been inextricably bound with the Soul purpose, likely to find the same things exciting, attractive, and worthy. And then we reach an interesting directional signal: her 29 degree Mars in Scorpio, considered a secondary ruler of the sign and indicator of the individual ‘I Am’, the impetus forward, the Will, the assertive energies. At such a late and very tense degree, this placement may indicate drive that permeates the Beingness—and through connection to Scorpio’s rulership, pushed that drive out through actions expressive of the Soul needs. This all suits her work, the painstaking discovery of radium and polonium, achieved by sifting through mounds of pitchblende, a uranium ore, to distill small quantities of the highly radioactive substance.

Her Pisces Moon is trine her Sun, is loosely conjoined her South Node, and is part of a Water Grand Trine, the third leg of which is her Uranus-Vesta conjunction in Cancer. This suggests her past supports her identity—she wasn’t just allowed to study as a girl, she was encouraged—that the emotional perceptions are in harmony with the Soul’s needs, and that Uranus, as the individuality, the uniqueness and inventive/ innovative spirit, is aligned with her God-concept or those things she finds sacred, that she honors (Vesta). All together this implies a highly focused outlook, one that has emotional impetus behind the drive to express the Soul’s intents, and by so doing to honor life itself (Sun-Moon-Vesta).

Do we find this in Curie’s chart using the (very loose) ‘Cinderella formula’? Yes, as the entire Cinderella concept is about the Soul (Sun) finding optimal expression, with all the other placements helping or hindering—and in this case, that Scorpio Sun is very much aided by the other energies, even when they might have less positive applications in other areas, such as the Self-generated stress, tension, and compulsion that likely accompanies the 29 degree Mars that as well drives efforts such as research (Scorpio) forward—and that may also speak of a close but sometimes strained spousal relationship with Pierre (as the Mars/ man in her life), as she had to juggle family and societal expectations while he did what men have always done, putting himself and his work first. It also may point to the stress of a later affair, the impact of which I’ll explain in a moment.

A look at those societal expectations: Jupiter sits in Aquarius, suggesting a forward-thinking, group-oriented, intellectual, and Higher Mind approach to the social scene on her part (also suggesting that she may see the social sphere as one of intellectual testing, or a test of one’s ability to invent or engineer, or where one’s ability to fit in or lead the group or be original is assessed), but this is also square her Mars. This pairing to me suggests the struggle against a male establishment that Curie underwent at the Sorbonne (only receiving her husband’s chair after his death, almost as a consolation prize for her loss rather than recognition of her accomplishments), and in her application to the French Academy of Sciences—where she was turned down, in 1911, and this even after winning her first of two Nobel prizes in 1903, with the second, in Chemistry, coming in the same year she was rebuffed by the Academy. Transits at the time around awarding of the second prize include transiting Neptune (chemistry) trine natal Chiron in Pisces, with a Water Grand Trine filled in by her natal Venus-Saturn conjunction=suppression of herself as a woman (that is, presenting as a scientist first) has led to status and rewards (Venus-Saturn) but also injury by the Collective (Chiron in Pisces). Despite her accomplishments, Curie was suffering, as she was not only refused by the French Academy, but was asked not to attend the Nobel ceremony, as her affair with a married scientist, Paul Langevin (recall that 29 degree Mars and its squares), had become fodder for the gossip mill—and, likely as not, this was also instrumental in nixing her Academy bid, though accolades weren’t withheld from male scientists who engaged in similar behaviors.

In fact, the square of Mars to Jupiter is base to a Fist of God with Uranus in Cancer as apex, describing efforts (Mars) involving fact (Jupiter, with an emphasis on Higher Mind, Aquarius) resulting (the apex) in discovery and experimentation within the sciences (Uranus). And, Uranus seems to me to be the natural ruler of radiation itself, the bottom line to the discoveries all her efforts were pointed toward. But this configuration can also describe the conflict Curie’s action and choices (Mars) caused with society (Jupiter), resulting in the choice of rebellion (Uranus).

Eve Curie quotes her mother in a 1937 biography: “It isn’t necessary to lead such an anti-natural existence as mine. I have given a great deal of time to science because I wanted to, because I loved research. What I want for women and young girls is a simple family life and some work that will interest them.” Spoken like a true Venus-Saturn-Mars conjunction in Scorpio plus Scorpio Sun (and Juno, at 11 Scorpio, hinting at a need in this lifetime to find the limits of both status and empowerment, what’s possible through association and what must be earned and exercised by the Self)—and this statement is especially applicable to one who also has Ceres square Chiron, perpetually pitting personal power as a woman and an authority in her field against the wounding attitude she feels from the Collective (Chiron in Pisces).

We see a worst-case scenario for the Cinderella Point in the chart of miraculous cancer survivor and now disgraced cycling phenom Lance Armstrong (18 September 1971 ntk—I used a noon chart–Plano Texas USA). Once again we have no angles, but the planets speak eloquently. Armstrong has Sun in Virgo, conjoined both Hygeia and Pluto, suggesting a Soul-centered desire to be an example of both disciplined, healthful expression and Power with a capital ‘P’—and it’s likely that Power drive that allowed him to overcome an extreme and extended bout with cancer and that drove him to common athletic doping practices year after year—always denying any malfeasance, in fact indignant and insulted when his integrity was questioned—and yet eventually the evidence proved that for all his holding himself up as an example of ‘purity’ (a prime symbol of Virgo ‘the Virgin’) he was discovered to be highly flawed, indeed. Pluto-Sun is a crucible within which the individual must live up to the sign’s highest forms, or plunge to their lowest; it’s easy to see the course Armstrong took. Pluto-Sun might also suggest that the extremely tough cancer scenario was also Soul-testing, perhaps meant to shape him in that same crucible as one who could rise like a phoenix from the devastation of the disease—and so be an example for others. This also places his Earth in Pisces, suggesting a potential for escapism from the material plane, drugs being a prime facilitator for that, a need to excel within the Collective, a desire for the material reality to reflect the ideal—no matter the Self’s actual make-up.

Armstrong also definitely has a Virgo Moon—so the emotional nature supports (and justifies) actions and choices inspired by the Sun, and ‘doubles up’ on primary energies in the sign, making it that much more prominent in the Beingness (and that much more likely to help rationalize the negative expressions, as well as the positive ones). The compulsion toward Self-justification also shows with his Black Moon Lilith and Uranus closely conjoined in Libra, opposed Chiron. This suggests that every unacknowledged anger, resentment, or sense of injustice is indistinguishable from the sense of the Self as unique, and so likely powers radical, rebellious, or outside-the-norm behaviors—and all of it justified by a sense of a wounded ‘I Am” (Chiron in Aries), as if he alone has been martyred—and now we look to Neptune, for information on both potential actual martyrdom in some form, and drugs, fulfillment of dreams and the capacity to lie (which, remember, can also be the capacity to tell a story or spin a vision, not just deceive).

Sounds, in fact, like Neptune may play the role of Fairy Godmother in this chart, not necessarily a helpful one, but one that equips the individual to fully meet their fate, with their response purely up to them. We find Lance’s Jupiter-Neptune very closely (only 18 minutes apart) conjoined, and opposed Pallas and Saturn, the latter body stationary direct at the chosen noon birth time but poised to retrograde at the same degree and minute—but, not having a birth time brings the status of Saturn as technically direct or retrograde into question, though here I should point out, it really doesn’t matter, as the planet’s actual status in either case is ‘stationary’—so imparting a ‘most stubborn, most grounded’ status to Saturn.

Back to Neptune: closely wed Jupiter, both in 00 degrees in Sagittarius, suggests that conventional establishments (such as the sport world) embraced Armstrong because he was able to project exactly the image they found ideal. In a way it’s a bit of a trap, this ability to appear in ways the social order admires or finds worthy of words like ‘miraculous’ or ‘perfect’: does the expectation for the ideal come first from the individual, or does the individual quickly realize (and then exploit) the fact that he is a screen upon which the social order projects its expectations? This is the scenario that Armstrong’s Fairy Godmother, in the form of Neptune, offered.

And, aside from the oppositions to Pallas and Saturn, Jupiter-Neptune is also sextile Venus, forming the base to a Finger of God with apex Sedna. The scenario suggests resistance to what’s wise, to the boundaries and restrictions the real world requires/ asks for, with money and Love (Venus) taking what otherwise might’ve been minor transgressions or moral impasses and turning the Saturn-Pallas avoidance toward blind spot material (Sedna)—in effect, completely hiding his own pandering (and so Truth-avoiding) behaviors and reasoning (Jupiter-Neptune) from himself! He was so convincing for so many years with his avowals of never-transgressing precisely because he hid it so well from himself.

Juno-Mercury, closely conjoined and also in Virgo=status is a big thing in the mind, and to admit one’s status was not as claimed could’ve felt like disempowerment—so, to tell the Truth may have been highly threatening, while hiding the Truth may have seemed justified, after reality had been so hard on him (the experience of such a virulent cancer so young). Thinking may have always been employed to empower the Self, with the Virgoan critical faculties deployed to examine and pick apart what he doesn’t agree with or want to admit—again, we see a trigger for adamant denial, and an inability (or maybe just unwillingness) to confront his own darkest corners of the psyche. A sextile between Mars and Chiron acts as base to a Finger with apex Zeus=ambition and desire fulfillment, driven by a combination of hurt and skills, were the goals

As in any case, we could go on, but we see the essence of the Cinderella Point here. It’s merely a way of classifying the particular combinations in the chart that either facilitate one’s highest expression, or that lead one toward one’s weaknesses. They seem to set up circumstances and reactions within the individual that entirely leave expression up to the individual; one must choose one’s frequency, so to speak, and pour the Soul/ identity out from there. When seeking the complex of Cinderella energies, always start with the Sun or other major identity energies.

Remember too, one’s internal response is vital in pinpointing (or at least finding the neighborhood of) your Cinderella point. Be careful to distinguish this gut feeling, this flutter of recognition or knowing, from the lens through which we may be tempted to look: that’s a mental image we would like to fit, and is itself a response to that inner ‘not good enough as we are’ belief. If we’re not looking for the genuine, Soul-oriented information the chart can disclose, it won’t matter what picture we cobble together from placements—they’ll be hollow, likely prompting a string of failures as we doggedly pursue something, an image or role, that doesn’t ‘belong’ to us.

20 February 2019 Hell-Bent On Change

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‘The Motorist’ By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1898 {{PD}}

Instinctual or reflexive drives are strong and yet we need to be aware they’re tuned to the past, not the present, and as such they don’t serve current impulses but instead draw on blind spots and those things we know but don’t acknowledge–which can be fortuitous, if that knowledge keeps us away from something negative, or can lead us straight into a quagmire of our own making. These instinctive drives are a vital part of the equation needed to make the changes we are hell-bent on making right now, because if we abandon ourselves to impulsiveness or arbitrary action (which is the temptation, should we reject our instincts) we come up with precarious situations in need of fixing that deposit us way off our targets. Embrace change wholeheartedly, but at the same time insist on standards of what’s wise, what’s practical, to measure those changes against. Allow that instinctual input, but run it through that inner filter that tells us whether an option is smart, or not–that’s bound to steer us toward healthier methods of realizing ambitions, as well as toward using only the best the past has to offer.

(SN trine Sedna, Hygeia contra-parallel Zeus, Uranus opp Pallas, Sun nov Pluto, contra-parallel Uranus, and semi-sq Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 01 Pisces! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) You may be too conscious of emotional wounds at this point to effectively see the forest for the trees, but it won’t be long before you can let go of a sort of critical fog into which you’ve fallen, and instead deal with real-world problems and obstacles that have plagued you for some time. It doesn’t sound exciting, but it actually is: you’re right now in a position to make some truly perfect plans, the kind that make for sure-fire progress–and once you’re in motion, you’ll find out how empowered you actually are (that’s much more than you think), and how recent, hurtful experiences have set the stage for a new sense of Self, a new confidence, and a more realistic and worldly viewpoint, that will make new efforts, starting just over a month from now, really soar.

The Daily Word Image is a hole in the floor. This is going to make each person think of something different; I recall an old Volkswagen (The People’s Car!) I had years ago, which somehow developed a hole right through the floor on the passenger side. It was a scary, thrilling sensation that looking through that hole as I sped along the freeway gave me–I can still feel it even now–so for me this is a symbol of something a little bit dangerous seeming that isn’t any more dangerous than it ever was, it’s just more visible, more conscious. It was always a risk to drive such a tin-can like vehicle! It was only that, suddenly, I could see how rickety everything really was. So, what’s it mean for you?

See the Full Moon report here, and the forecast for the 19th (aside from the FM) here.

19 February 2019 Undercut

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‘Calf’s Head and Ox Tongue’ By Gustave Caillebotte c1882 {{PD}}

Either relationships or finances are the ‘hard sell’ today, with one or the other making us feel disempowered, as if we’ve overstepped our bounds or rolled the dice and lost–but that would just be a feeling, not accurate to the reality picture. The perception of loss is really about our own sense of having been undercut, either by someone else in some personal way, or in circumstances surrounding the earning situation. We’re prone to attribute that dis-ease to our own inadequacy, when it might be more accurate to realize that the only thing holding us back is our acceptance of the messages of loss, scarcity, or limit we’ve been handed.

See the Full Moon report for today here–

(Venus sesq Juno, Mercury sxt Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 00 Pisces! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Is that fresh heartache I see on the horizon, or is it just a fear that Love will be taken away? Don’t fret; though relationships and/ or finances have been under stress recently, they won’t be for much longer. Here’s how you recover: put yourself first–I know, it seems a bit contrary to a healthy relationship, or to pleasing an employer, but stress has made you undervalue yourself of late–no more; be creative in the way you see things, and in the ‘stories’ you tell yourself about your reality–you’ve been too negative in your assessment, and too narrow in your approach–that’s where you’ve contributed to things; and don’t underestimate the power of a ‘new start’ that comes along later in the year.

18 February 2019 Solid

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‘Snow Peaks’ By John Williamson 19th century {{PD}}

You’re going to find out today what resources, what Love and Money, what values of your own and others, you can rely on. There is solid, real-world proof, and possibly reward; in any case, the results of your investments come home. The problem, though, may be that we’re unable to perceive this; a fog may descend, words may mislead, or our imaginations may run away with us, making at least for a time a kind of crisis state around our inner wisdom, and the issues of what’s smart, what’s practical, what’s a good use of our skills. Think of it this way: we can see what’s smart, if we are open to–we can’t accept flaking out, acting jumpy, being unreliable, or acting as if we ‘don’t know’ as an excuse. The influence is one that feels disempowering, but is in reality a sort of testing of our own trust in ourselves. Have you ever left yourself behind, failed to come through for yourself? If you did, it was only temporary; you always rallied, came back, came through, and that alone should be enough to tell you that trusting yourself is where it’s at, right now.

(Venus parallel SN, nov Ceres, and conj Saturn, Mercury conj and parallel Neptune, sesq Pallas, contra-parallel Juno, semi-sq Uranus, Sun trines Pallas, then enters Pisces)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 29 Aquarius! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Wisdom, originality, how healed you are, are all tested this year, and though there’s strain and stress, there’s also a magnificent payoff, in that you discover some amazing qualities in yourself, utilize them to the utmost, and end up creating a Path forward that, if you saw it now, would stun you.

17 February 2019 A Bold Vision

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‘The Sense of Sight’ By Philippe Mercier c1745 {{PD}}

I don’t want to say all your dreams will come true–that’s the kind of hyperbole that may get Pedro elected but will ruin the credibility of astrology, and to a large extent, its usefulness–but I will venture this: Love or Money, jealousy or envy, the values picture, greed, affections, a ‘crush’, or desires activate the ideals and illusions–and you have a good chance of getting what you visualize, dream of, hallucinate, or want to hide from–so yes, what we fear and conjure is an issue, too. Venus does her dance, and our imaginations soar–the result depends not just on our relationship to the Truth, especially our own awareness of our real motives and goals, but on our ability to separate our wants from the rights of another. Passion and creative energy may combine in such a powerful way that they become a kind of glitter bomb that goes off suddenly and gets everywhere–meaning we’re so assertive that others lose the chance to say no, not participate, or have a say of their own. Instead try to craft a bold vision, something aligned with ideals, that draws on the best of your most original inclinations, talents, knowledge. You may be hit today with enough surprises, shocks, sudden revelations, and deceptions that staying centered may be a challenge–but if energy goes into creating, clearly and in detail, the vision of some ideal you desire, rather than making an internal cyclone external, you can wake up tomorrow with a dream realized, or at least a plan for the dream, ready to implement.

(Venus sxt Neptune, Sun sxt Uranus)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 28 Aquarius! (see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) What’s all the excitement about? You may be in a big hurry this year to make things happen, but look carefully before proceeding; chances are this urgency springs from an old wound–and if so, better to take a step back, as guaranteed this won’t be the way to get ‘it’ done. It’s time instead for concentrating on the way forward, and the guideline is this: what you care about, what moves you, must act as your unerring compass through to your next Solar Return. You’re shaping your fate, right now, and your conscious judgement is just a tad ‘off’. Emotional responses and emotional investments are the way to measure the wisdom of potential answers to the choices before you.

Full Moon in Virgo 19 February 2019 Molten

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‘The Heart of a Volcano Under a Full Moon’ By Jules Tavernier 1888 {{PD}}

I think we might all need this forecast a little early, so here it is.

The Full Moon perfects at 00 Virgo 42 at 7:53 AM PST, sextile a 29-degree Pallas in Libra, sesquiquadrate Saturn, quincunx Chiron, and trine a 29-degree Uranus in Aries and Mars in Taurus, and square Juno (a T-square with the Sun-Earth-Moon axis). If we thought we were going to get a definitive ending to something, we may find instead that we get a setting-straight, or maybe a dressing-down, a full accounting that shakes off all illusion and calls us on the carpet to defend our use of our own power, to stand up for our choices, and to verify the effectiveness with which we’ve carried out our roles. It’s not pretty; some make the unwise move of throwing partners under the bus, feeling they have no choice, while others rebel against all responsibility, insisting they can’t answer for themselves, much less lead others, and a third group buries themselves in sensual escape. You can’t blame anyone, really–we were all ready to blow, and someone or some thing came along and made it happen.

We may suffer a molten combination of stress, expectations, and accumulated hurt. We just want to do something to feel better, to alleviate tension, and what we get instead is our inventory taken–and whether that’s by an individual or the world at large, it probably strikes us as 1) inevitable, and 2) unfair. What’s the real issue? We’ve failed to keep careful track of the reality picture, and worse, we’ve failed to maintain reasonable boundaries. All that hot trouble has seeped under our defenses, come in through the keyholes and cracks, and now, in typical Virgoan fashion, it comes as a scalding critique.

Don’t worry; the sources of our discomfort exist under their own stressful conditions–and in truth, we may be playing the same role of inquisitor for someone else. It’s the circle of life, kids–we all take our turn in the cauldron.

The Sabian for this Full Moon is, ‘In A Portrait, The Significant Features Of A Man’s Head Are Artistically Emphasized’. I think this tells us that Full Moon events, rather than being an injustice, will actually be showing us a representation of ourselves, with some features emphasized so that we get the message. We should look at the Sun’s Sabian, as well, since it’s the source of our Lunar light in the first place. ‘In A Crowded Marketplace Farmers And Middlemen Display A Great Variety Of Products’. This suggests to me that the cause of our Full Moon experience was triggered by our own attempts to ‘sell’ something about ourselves to another–and that triggered the assessment shared by others that allows us, in the typical generous way of the Universe, to see ourselves in a different light, if not, indeed, in the exact way others sometimes see us.

So what’s the goal of all this? Maybe it’s found in the quincunx the Full Moon makes to Chiron, freshly back in Aries and informing us loud and clear about our responsibility and leadership issues. This is the closest aspect the Full Moon makes, and may suggest that what we really need to go forward is to adjust our sensitivity levels, to let go of as many hurts as we can around the ‘I Am’. Our personal Chiron effect as it left Pisces may have been that we accidentally slogged along with us perceptions of Collective injury (the eco-system and the cries of a dying planet, oppressive and non-representative politics, unnecessary scarcities as the well-off withhold) generating stress as we mistake them for personal inadequacies and shortcomings of ourselves or others–and with the Full Moon we look at the world and demand, ‘Do something about that!’ Not the way to approach it, but we’ll find out soon enough.

And, we live and learn.

16 February 2019 What Are We Building Toward?

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‘Devil’s Bridge’ By Carl Blechen c1830 {{PD}}

We may start (or continue!) to question what it is our life is building toward, because suddenly we become aware: of the direction our impulses are taking us, of any ‘unhealthy’ thoughts we’re having, of plans that ignore our inner, knowing voice, of a sort of passive-aggressive contrariness where we try to force others (very subtly, of course) to make happen what we’re loathe to do ourselves. It feels as if everything we do is sullied by necessity or less than ideal conditions, held together with spit and a song, but the shakiness of our inner vision is due almost entirely to fear of the future. This springs from a current hyper-awareness of ourselves as just one tiny speck in things, a speck that doesn’t enjoy the control of our circumstances that we typically persuade ourselves we have. Something to know: the mind won’t be our friend today, in terms of helping us stay rational and sane! Instead send out those intuitive feelers, try to sense your environment rather than mentally assess it, and avoid making any decisions or pronouncements at this time–they’ll either be made in fear or ignorance of actual surrounding conditions, and so wildly inaccurate as to their effectiveness.

(Mars contra-parallel Vesta, Mercury contra-parallel Hygeia and Sedna, sesq NN, parallel Zeus, Sun contra-parallel Mars)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 27 Aquarius! (this year in effect late afternoon Pacific time of the 15th through evening of the 16th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place? You seem to be resisting your own instincts and inner knowing–and something’s got to give, as hurts over unreliability, rebellion, or recent revelations peak. This coming year may require from you some very careful and deliberate efforts to repair matters and relationships, as current stresses have caused damage you’re only beginning to be aware of. Know that you never meant harm, and that will show to others through this year’s gently caring emotional approach, and so go a long way toward making repairs. Even better, something you truly desire is on the horizon–be aware of ‘the facts’, and be ready to get way more than you bargained for.

15 February 2019 A Sacred Revision

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By Henry Oliver Walker – This file was donated to Wikimedia Commons as part of a project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See the Image and Data Resources Open Access Policy, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57367065

Today reality itself has the drawing power of a drain, and our choices are: circle around it and go down by disrespecting our own values and by struggling to keep the future at bay (good luck with that!), or embrace that what you once thought sacred needs review and revision. It may seem sacrilegious, but even values must change as experience accumulates, morphing perceptions, and so our beliefs. The future is foreseeable, if we are willing to squint and adjust; this foresight can give us the power and judgement to affect real-world events in smart, even genius, ways. Take advantage of this to make your reality at least a little more as you’d like it to be (Pluto semi-sq Vesta, Saturn nov Ceres, Sun qnx NN and nov Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 26 Aquarius! (this year roughly in effect late afternoon Pacific time of the 14th through late afternoon of the 15th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Your instincts and sense of inner knowing are both your bête noire and your saving grace in the year ahead. If you can ignore that shadow right behind you, ignore that the past still lingers like a bad taste, and concentrate on willingly adjusting your Path so that the future you’re heading toward matches all the positives you sense it can be, you can make this year one of the most fortuitous and productive you’ve ever had–and you’ll end up going very much in the right direction, surrounded by what you need in the present, as a bonus.

14 February 2019 Shinier Then

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Wow, the past seems so much shinier than the present, doesn’t it? We make the mistake of thinking we can and should re-create a previous environment–but the problem is we do so under the impression that, since our past shaped our current outlook and values, we can ‘go back’, in a sense, and do ‘it’ so much better, this time around. 1) we don’t have this prerogative, and 2) this points out what we’ve forgotten: that in this particular period we are thinking of, we were not as empowered as we are today, and that we learned those valuable lessons because we had to deal with the totality of circumstances in effect at the time. Now our instincts scream at us not to alter the reality picture to more resemble a partially-understood fever dream, and we’d be smart to listen, rather than muffle the inner voice. Instead, concentrate present efforts on communicating power needs and in formulating plans to transform what’s unsatisfactory–much better than succumbing to a shiny but flawed revision of history.

(Vesta nov SN, Saturn sesq Juno, Mars enters Taurus and semi-squares Neptune, Merc semi-sq Pluto, Sun sq Sedna)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 25 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 13th through evening of the 14th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) You may see crises around you this year, but have the distinct feeling they don’t really involve you–but do they? What you’ll observe is in anticipation of what you’ll soon experience a version of yourself–so pay close attention to what works, and what doesn’t as a response. If you’re willing to face the hard stuff head on you’ll gain considerably, and by the end of the year emotional harmony, and a refinement of the intuition as a conduit for information, will be yours.

13 February 2019 The Word

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Ambrosius Bosschaert 1614 {{PD}}

What is it about today that makes us want to act, all willy-nilly, in ways we know are impractical or unwise? We believe there are secrets to be discovered, bounty to be gained, and that answers may lie in the past–but what we need to see is that we are prone to treating ‘the word’ (whether that’s what’s been communicated, one’s faith, a promise given, or a thought we’ve defined as Truth) as sacred, and that puts us in a precarious position, as taking ‘the word’ as supreme puts us at odds with those in authority (who might otherwise help), alienates us from our own uniqueness and most original urges and ideas, and makes it incredibly difficult to pursue our ambitions and desires. So why do we elevate a thought, word, concept, or promise? We are convinced that’s where salvation lies, in connecting to the sacred within the idea. We’re mistaken, that’s all; we’re trying to particularize the general, as it’s a lot easier to see one thing as sacred, rather than seeing the sacred in all, and so having to behave with care in all things. Use the influence to see the sacred in the mundane, the every day, in each thing that comes before us; use the energy to acknowledge the sacred found everywhere and in every thing, rather than trying to invest the Universe in one ordinary comment, belief, hope, or thought.

(Perfecting today: Mars opp Pallas, Venus nov Black Moon Lilith and sesq Sedna, Mercury nov the South Node, conj Vesta, sq Ceres, contra-parallel Uranus and sesq Zeus, Sun parallel Vesta)

Today’s word image is bees. I think this one is personal, so consider what bees mean to you, what they bring to mind, what stories, images, activities, or entities (who use this as a symbol) that are significant to your life.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 24 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 12th through evening of the 13th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) If you are seeking health, or are someone who is involved with creating it for others and/ or yourself, this year will see you bring forward some incredibly clever, unusual, and even revolutionary ideas for individuals to achieve optimum health in all its forms (which I might define as an optimal relationship with one’s environment and the other Beings one shares this with). The area where things might not go so well is the emotional one, where the ‘blind spot’ could hold any number of potential missteps, all of which can cause anguish. The problem is you’re struggling against your intuition, and if you continue, you’ll inevitably pay the price. Try to be up front and open with others; having no pretenses is the best way to avoid problems, and re-connect with your intuitive nature.

12 February 2019 Distracted By Drama

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‘Children acting the ‘Play Scene’ from “Hamlet,” Act II, Scene ii’ By Charles Hunt 1863 {{PD}}

We may be so distracted by the drama going on over power, desire, ambition, who cares about whom, who’s in charge of what (and whom), and who’s aggressing with their words (and probably denying it), that we may miss the actual impact of a particular aggression. We may lump all the kerfuffle together and so miss the one event or thrust of some action or assertion that really should be getting us up in arms, mustering our originality, accessing philosophy and Higher Mind in order to cope, and for which we are equipped with a clever and unique way of handling the circumstance. Stay calm; be the eye of the storm, and keep your focus attuned to spot that one, truly significant howl that will rise above the rest.

(Ceres sits at the midpoint of the Zeus-Pluto square, Vesta is sq Ceres and sesq Zeus and so also semi-sq Pluto, Merc contra-parallel Mars, and, saving the biggest punch for last, Mars conj Uranus)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 23 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 11th through evening of the 12th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) Will it feel like the shining essence of who you are goes behind a cloud this year? Yes, just a little–but it’s for good reason. You’re getting ready to show the world who you are, getting ready to take the lead in your own life, listening to Higher Mind to see if those plans are as good as they seem to be–and you’re measuring everything to see if it’s practical and smart–you’ve got your hands full! So it doesn’t matter so much if you get overlooked or passed by this year–because like the caterpillar in the cocoon, you’re healing wounds, making amends, honing your original expression, and readying yourself to make a fabulous debut. Just one caution: don’t allow others to name you the ‘bad guy’ when all you’re doing is getting yourself together–the process of metamorphosis makes you an easy target for projection, and any such labeling may arise out of pure jealousy from those stuck in the mud.

11 February 2019 The Engine of Pluto

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By Kazimir Malevich – Yale University Art Gallery, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14527839

Who knows the true power of words? Mercury does, especially when Pluto is all up in his stuff–then we’ve got devastatingly serious energies propelling our most casual of utterances, turning them into agents of change, giving our ideas unintended (and often unrealized, by us) impact, and bringing a force to expression that can transform, alter, even destroy lives. Am I being too dramatic? Not really–Merc is in Pisces, bringing any and all un-channeled creativity to bear on our communications–so if you’re a frustrated Artist, or just plain frustrated, all that unfocused imagination can really dress things up, and not in a good way. But then again, that’s the wonder of the novile aspect: it offers the contact between Merc and Pluto the cleverest, smartest expression, the kind with an obvious touch of genius about it. That knife can cut both ways, though, offering brilliant ideas for change, or ingenious thoughts seeded with destructive purpose.

Remember, too, that the messages you receive, what you hear and read and sense, all have the engine of Pluto behind them. We can be as much impacted by what we are exposed to as we can be by communications aimed straight at us. That means, among other things, that the ideas, people, and material we surround ourselves with today will have an effect–and that effect can be psyche and world changing, given the power with which it arrives. especially if that portal is through the unconscious.

(Mercury nov Pluto)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 22 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 10th through evening of the 11th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) This year the instinctual nature is only enhanced by acceptance of your own power and by actions taken within any status you hold; this makes for some strong intuitive perceptions, if you are open to them and don’t look away from the facts just because you love that person or thing. You know what’s smart; now do what’s right. Expect significant tension later in the year, conflict between the head and the heart, that may be best resolved by considering the material needs of all involved.

10 February 2019 Talk It Out

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‘In the Conservatory’ By Édouard Manet 1879 {{PD}}

Juno enters Gemini, tilting our empowerment options/ needs toward discussion, networking, and pondering; do we really need to make that ‘statement’, put our mark on things, speak up, or sign that agreement? Maybe–just be aware that Merc retrogrades in just under a month, and today enters its shadow, suggesting that unless we are very clear on things, we’d best use the imagination, and/ or the Higher Mind, to get some idea how it all might pan out, because in the end, we’re going to feel some kind of pressure, push, or desperation around making up our minds or settling the matter, and better to do it while still clear-headed and feeling empowered (Mercury enters Pisces, before retrograding on March 5th at 29 degrees).

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 21 Aquarius! (evening Pacific time of the 9th through evening of the 10th) This year communications/ thinking becomes a source of spontaneous genius or chaos–your choice, just know it’s driven by unattended hurts and/ or some real resistance to doing what you know is wise or practical–and that means it can’t be sustained, so take the great idea, or climb out of the fray, and move on–don’t try to milk it, or hide in it. Skills may be tested, and who you are at core will undergo a kind of change–but is it transformative, re-making who you are, or will it destroy some part of the identity that up to now has been vital to your concept of the Self? Again, it’s up to you and the responses you choose; consider that the emotional viewpoint will be very much one centered on the Self, and your Will and wants, which may be a sometimes lonely stance, but that this is the way it’s supposed to be, for now.

9 February 2019 The Magic 29

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‘Study of Gneiss Rock, Glenfinlass’ By John Ruskin 1852 {{PD}}

We enjoy some extraordinary connectedness today, which I’m anticipating may lead to some extraordinary synchronicities, with the most exceptional thing being that much of this will arise out of stress, extremity of circumstance, the need to choose, do or die, and the compulsion to resolve things before they bust or break!

We act, reach out, or attempt, and the degree of our woundedness in relation to our efforts determines whether we tap into genius, something unique and original to us, or wallow in base emotions like revenge; in either case, we learn what’s smart, but in some situations, this knowledge comes too late.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around the current reality picture, especially the one surrounding our own effectiveness and the extent of our autonomy, but experience and instinct are on our side, and as long as we are willing to actually think about things, particularly examining what we’ve ignored or denied in our pursuit of goals, we’ll come out the better for it, and what’s more, likely a little bit more healed than we started the day.

(Perfecting today, bodies at 29 degrees in config: Chiron sxt Juno, catching Uranus at the midpoint, these three base to a Finger of God with apex Pallas; Mercury sq and Saturn sesq Juno, also sxt Uranus catching Chiron at the midpoint–also Mars parallel Uranus and sq Nodal axis, Mercury nov Hygeia, Sedna trine SN, Sun conj Black Moon Lilith and trine Zeus)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 20 Aquarius! (Evening of the 8th-evening of the 9th). Ambitions run high this year, and if you find the right compadres, partners, or support circle, you can make those dreams a reality; too, the desire nature is strong and, unless you’re careful, may run the show. Finding the right people, and getting your own aims straight, may not be as easy as it sounds, though, because you’ll have to deal with every little thing you’ve been ignoring, have denied, or that has enraged you but that you’ve left untouched. An eventful year, where the inner and the outer worlds are both very active, and likely, at least once or twice, to clash.

 

 

8 February 2019 Walking A Fine Line + ‘Born Today’ Is Back!

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‘Il Saltimbanco’ By Antonio Mancini 1879 {{PD}}

The impulses are all in the right direction, as we try to walk a very fine line (or tightrope!) it’s just that influences keep threatening to push us off balance, in one way or another. We’re empowered and in position, but is what we’re aiming for wise? Is the dream healthy or delusional? We love, but even as we contemplate our feelings we are tempted to point out injustices, rage, what’s been ignored, as if it must be righted before the emotion can be fully deployed. What’s the deal, really? Values and priorities are being communicated, loud and clear, but we’re able to hear only in proportion to how much we trust our own instincts and our ability to respond to what we learn. The key may be to be totally, consciously aware of our own woundedness, embracing what our hurt has taught us–that, I think, is where our true power and authority will be found. It’s in awareness of our own distortions that we find good guidelines for objective assessment, for knowing if what we’re doing is right.

(Pallas qnx Juno, Neptune contra-parallel Hygeia, Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Vesta, sq Sedna, and qnx NN, Sun nov Chiron and parallel Ceres)

Bringing back ‘Born Today’, for a while, at least! Meant as a few encouraging/ warning words for those enjoying a Solar Return.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return for those with the Sun at 19 Aquarius! (Evening of the 7th-evening of the 8th Pacific time) It’s all about being prepared to accept the successes the year ahead provides! Highlights are likely to involve myriad opportunities (especially those that allow you to live a dream or goal, or that offer you a chance to share your gifts), chances to travel, or occasions to learn ‘the facts’. Your world expands, and so does your reach. Avoid impulsive or erratic behaviors–it’s not the time to insist on originality or indulge temper–and don’t succumb to the temptation to hide in your wounds. Too, beware any deeply buried Self-destructive urges–the psyche may be inclined to dig them up at the most inopportune times.

Get a full ‘Born Today’ report specific to you and your natal chart here–

7 February 2019 Rebel Vs. Sage

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‘The Skaters’ By Theodor Matthei 1913 {{PD}}

The stars of this energy show are surely Uranus, taking to the ice as the individual in desperate need of Self-expression (in the 29th degree of Aries), feeling like it’s the last chance they’ll get, and who comes out of the wings as counter-balance but Pallas, the epitome of wisdom and practicality, strapping them on and getting assertive only when she finds a just cause–and here her just cause may be the defense of another, particularly a partner or individual with whom she identifies (Pallas in Libra). Or it may be the rebel intent on withholding cooperation versus the one who seems to have the advantage via experience, skills, or common sense, or ‘new thought’ versus entrenched wisdom (but then we must ask, how wise can it be, if it’s inflexible?) It’s the one in distress over the need to be seen, heard, and to make ‘it’ happen confronting the one who may feel the need to take a defensive posture–but only if it’s smart.

If you don’t become enmeshed in this kind of assertive contest, you may find that thoughts are things–quite literally, in some cases–and that beliefs are emphasized precisely because they are what grants you the authority to create your reality. Optimism pays, as it brings opportunities into focus–you’ll see ways to expand, get more, and reach out, as long as you realize that what you see is attuned to your own beliefs, and that the prerogative is yours.

(Uranus opp Pallas, Mercury nov Saturn, parallel Ceres, and sxt Mars, Sun sxt Jupiter)

6 February 2019 Inspired Action

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‘Un rêve d’amour’ (A Dream of Love) By Francesco Vinea 1895 {{PD}} Photo By JoJan

Action and choices are inspired, today; the question is, will they be informed by the creative urge, the imagination, the ideals, or will they rest on delusion, deception, or even desperation? Potentials of the day include sleepwalking through what’s important, taking action that brings a defining spiritual experience, creating something that defines the ‘I Am’, and getting aggressive with the wrong person. With Mars in Aries we know that our sense of responsibility, our need to take action at a personal level, may be very strong; what dictates the direction we take is our relationship to Neptunian energies. Look to the House(s) that contain Pisces for areas where your actions can have the biggest impact (or the arenas where you are most easily mislead), and notice if transiting Neptune is contacting any of your personal energies (Sun, Moon, Merc, Venus, Mars, ASC or its ruler). If it is, get an opinion from someone of ‘like mind’ in order to know whether you’re following the dream or the illusion.

(Mars nov Neptune, Sun parallel Mercury)

5 February 2019 Appreciation

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By Jessica Erin Higgins – originally posted to Flickr as lavender wedding cake, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10310914

What we truly care about, are invested in, honor, find sacred, are willing to sacrifice some part of ourselves for, these are the things that benefit us today. Rewards come in a form commensurate with the matter we value; if we find we’re not getting the Love or other payoff we expect from some quarter, then we can be sure we don’t really treat, honor, or care for what we think we do as we think we do. Around you, posers will be exposed, and today’s ‘reveals’ will be an excellent guide determining where and in whom it’s worth investing your own time, energy, money, and faith.

(Venus sxt Vesta)

And see yesterday’s New Moon here–

‘Berater’ By Naima18 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74975558

Today’s word image is an individual in your life who is hiding judgmentalism, intolerance, and outright hate behind a banner of enlightenment and ‘right thinking’. It seems to have become a popular sport nowadays, righteously telling others how wrong they are. A particular individual’s behavior brought this to the fore, but it’s true for all of us: if we’re so sure about our rightness that we beat others down when they try to express themselves, belittle, show disdain for, or cut people out of our lives when they disagree, or insist on sharing our opinion loudly and repeatedly to others over and again ‘proving’ our superiority, then what we need isn’t for the world to change to our specifications, but some humility accompanied by a reality check in relation to our own humanity.

4 February 2019 New Moon in Aquarius/ Lunar New Year: Dark And Light

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Dr Neil Clifton / ‘Witches Galore’ at Newchurch 1978 / CC BY-SA 2.0

I’m really not into that whole binary, opposites, yay or nay way of seeing the world, but today may present us with a gentle mixing of two theoretically opposing influences, and normally I would counsel, “Sort them out,” but not this time. We’ll feel the urges toward both power expression and submission to a greater force, the urge to destroy and the urge to transform, we’ll dwell on injustices large and small, on what’s been forgotten or ignored, on hurts and their elimination, and all of it will come in the course of just going after what we want–and the most advantageous thing we can do is open to it all, allow it to wash over us, and most important, refuse to pass judgment on any of it. Let go of the negative/ positive designations, don’t put yourself under pressure to define, pronounce, or critique, accept it all as worthy of both existing and receiving your attention, and the way forward will be laid out for you, crystal clear–and you may be amazed that you didn’t see it that way, before. If you insist on dividing the world and your perceptions into light and dark, up and down, black and white, expect to be confronted by nothing but one solid shade of gray.

The New Moon occurs at 1:04 PM PST of the 4th at 15 Aquarius 45, and tells its story quietly, largely through midpoint pictures, as it falls midway in a sextile between Saturn and Neptune, and midway between a square of Venus and Chiron–but if we think for a moment, we realize that means Earth is apex to both a Finger of God (with the sextiling planets as base) and a Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, with the square planets as base). Right away this tells us something interesting: that though we’re used to New and Full Moons having largely emotional impacts, this time the brunt of the event shows up materially, in the physical world or in the nature of what surrounds us, tangible or intangible (the intangible in this case meaning the circumstances around us, the mental and emotional lay of the land).

The material situation will change or see a new direction, then, that may come from physical events, or that is the result of emotional ones. Since a New Moon is a start, a birth, a new direction by its very nature, we can expect change, and in Aquarius the event may be something startlingly new, a catching-up-with-the-times thing, or an imposition of the modern, or could show us what happens when the intellectual is applied to the environment. Too, this could suggest some will feel alienated from their own emotions, as the NM events play out, bringing a delayed reaction, an ‘I just didn’t know how to stop it’ reflection later, or a situation where an individual can’t yet react, because they don’t yet know how they feel.

The New Moon’s also widely conjoined Mercury (but really, only the Moon will care to catch up anytime soon, making Mercury in relation to the NM event more an idea that you already had, that shows up at the New Moon); our attention, then, will go the the sextile and the square, and what they promise. The sextile/ base of the Finger of God that catches the New Moon at its midpoint suggests dreams, visions, imaginings, hallucinations, nightmares (Neptune) made real (Saturn); the square/ base of the Fist of God that puts the New Moon at its midpoint suggests something that has the urgency of an emergency surrounding either skill deployment or the wounded nature (Chiron at 29 degrees), with this expressing through Art, relationships, or financial choices (Venus), possibly ones that locks us into obligations, contracts, or a system or framework within which we must work (Capricorn). For both cases, the apex planet Earth sits in Leo, implying that this will bring forward personal, individual situations that may challenge the Self-image, identity, ego, or the unique greater purpose the individual serves.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Big Businessman At His Desk’. Again, the theme of worldly involvement and material results, with the individual as the driving force. In this particular case, we need also to look at the Earth’s Sabian: ‘The Storm Ended, All Nature Rejoices In Brilliant Sunshine’. At the very least, this promises that New Moon outcomes will clear up the environment/ atmosphere, very likely offering positive prospects ahead, the promise of ‘smooth sailing’ under clear skies.

(Along with the New Moon, we see Vesta parallel Ceres, Pluto nov Vesta, Mercury conj and parallel Black Moon Lilith, nov Chiron, and trine Zeus)

Though we don’t usually, we have a word image that I think will apply through to the next New Moon: the phrase ‘Juno therapeutics’. Ever since I saw it on the side of a building I’ve been thinking about what therapies the goddess might recommend. I toyed with things like Juno seeing revenge as therapeutic, or maybe owning your very own peacock! I think the broadest ideas are most applicable, those surrounding owning one’s own power, exercising prerogatives to the fullest, being keenly aware of from whom or what one’s power derives, and perhaps most important of all, don’t give commands or require things from others you have no power to enforce–that only drains the power you do have and acts as a breeding ground for resentment and vengeful circumstances.

3 February 2019 Beauty in the Bone

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By Bruce McAdam from Reykjavik, Iceland – Goldsworthy, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5435823

We see the fundamental beauty and worth of things today at their core level, appreciating the framework on which they sit and the rules by which they operate–and this newly-stirred knowledge/ idea we accept as fact, even though we see the flaw in believing our own thought. There’s no real down side to our thought-emphasis for today, though we’re aware that it narrows our focus and perhaps has us intent on the kind of underpinnings we would otherwise take for granted–but then, maybe that’s the point: the genuine appreciation of what holds things up, together, and in a fundamental way makes them *tick* can only better inform our ideas and communications going forward, as we take a healthier, more realistic, and more holistic view.

(Venus enters Capricorn, Mercury sxt Jupiter, Sun semi-sq Chiron)

2 February 2019 Radical Potential

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We are in possession of a ‘psychic mallet’ today–how will we use it? ‘Croquet’ By James Tissot 1897 {{PD}}

Today Love or Money, what we care about, what (or whom) we’re invested in, sparks the unanticipated, the radical, the inventive or innovative, the original in us as unique individuals, and we are offered two outlets: the practical, utilizing our skills and knowledge, or the wound and its ‘targets’ (that is, those entities we hold responsible for our hurts). Depending on our responses, we can create new and unusual sources for gain, can see abrupt changes to relationships, we may commit ourselves to the group cause, and we have the potential to break down resistance to healing–but we also have the potential to undermine reward or interactions through simple rebellion, or to channel the jumble of upset into accident. What influences our choice of approach is our idea of how and how much injustice has been visited on us, along with how well we’ve attended to matters we’d rather avoid–therein lies the key to whether we capitalize on current trends, or roll into a figurative psychic ball and poke our own wounds.

(Venus sq Chiron, sxt Pallas, and trine Uranus, Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith)

1 February 2019 The Mars-Pluto Square: Agent of Change

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‘Three Tahitians’ By Paul Gauguin 1899 {{PD}}

I can’t speak for you, but all my attention is on the Mars-Pluto square perfecting today, with a hint as to how to mobilize offered by the Juno trine to the South Node. Mars is moving through his own sign of Aries, strong, Willful, aggressive, and as Mars tends to be (and needs to be), is very very sure of his statement: ‘I Am’ is clear, and the direction he heads is a beeline to the chosen goal. Pluto, the agent of change, is moving through Capricorn, breaking down established patterns and structures, grinding away at the rules as we’ve always known them and transforming the world (at both a personal and Universal level) to something we may not understand yet. The square between these two may send us off after an aim, on a mission, into a scrimmage, thinking we can operate using the old rules, thinking of what used to empower us. So, we’re in for a shaking up, a ‘lesson’, a hard-won glimpse at the new rules. Don’t let what happens throw you too much or for too long, as what you don’t see right now is that the current goal is irrelevant–the worth of today’s events is found in how it gives us a new framework, with new concepts around how and where to exercise our prerogatives, go after our ambitions, and shape our choices, and so our future.

Aphrodisiac Foods: A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Feeding the One You Love

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‘Between Hope and Fear’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema {{PD}}

This is a re-print, with some modifications and additions, that first appeared in ECLIPSE, and seems appropriate as Valentine’s Day nears.

Seduction is an age-old Art; why shouldn’t we use astrology to give us some help in determining what the object of our affections might find appealing? After all, eating is a sensual activity, and can be a shared sensory experience that can lead to further contact. In fact, sharing food has become an almost mandatory ritual preceding sharing ourselves intimately. They didn’t come up with that (sexist, and somehow manipulative) saying, ‘The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ without reason. Someone observed that opening one’s mouth and filling one’s stomach also opened us in other ways–and it’s this we’re looking to explore. Of course, food won’t do the whole job–what’s presented here is just for fun–but don’t neglect the truth within the joke, and also the potential power (the kind that is love at its purest) inherent in going out of your way to please someone you care for.

Go with the predominant energy in a chart and read that sign, or try the Ascendant, or look to the Moon, especially for emotional eaters. Sometimes pairs of energies should be considered. For example, a strong alliance of Neptune and Pluto, or Venus and Neptune–lots of placements in Pisces and Scorpio, or Pisces and Taurus or Libra: oysters on the half-shell, stuffed sole, trout almandine with pearl onions or snapper en croute, kelp fiber pellets, Clamato®, Cod liver oil, sardines on soda crackers, luxurious desserts, salmon mousse, Madeleines, Swedish Fish–you can see both the variety and the playfulness possible once you start thinking about it.

Menu suggestions for each sign:

‘Entrecôte’ By Félix Vallotton 1914 {{PD}}

♥ Aries: serve it in a sizzling skillet, or offer her a pu-pu platter with a tabletop hibachi on which she can cook it herself, but be forewarned: if they don’t have to use a knife and fork, Aries doesn’t think it’s a meal. They also like any food they have to do battle with: scraping the leaves of a steamed artichoke or wrestling with cracked crab or a candied apple makes them feel like a culinary conqueror. Aries doesn’t care for potatoes, and they’re proud of having eaten both brain and headcheese. Shrimp Diablo, Hunter’s stew, and glazed duck breast with pickled red cabbage are all favorites; a little heat, some meat, and make it hearty, are Aries’ dictates. Fond of Bloody Marys (really, any mixed drink that makes them feel catered-to), full-bodied reds like Bordeaux and Burgundy, and MREs (military rations: Meals Ready to Eat)

‘Girl Eating Porridge’ By William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1874 {{PD}}

♥ Taurus: does not eat standing up–if you knew only Tauruses you would think that humans are unable to consume anything without bending their knees. Likes slow-roasted meats, ox on a spit, pig in a pit, will order everything with a baked potato or grits. Offer them a feast, even if it’s just a pizza: spread it out, fan the napkins, never rush them. For a real meal, try an artisanal bread and cheeses plate, butter lettuce with Roquefort dressing, consommé, risotto with asparagus, Beef Wellington with glazed carrots and potatoes Anna, torte. Secret loves: blood pudding (Aries likes this, too), beer, beef, Skittles®, anything chocolate, especially brownies, the latter explaining why every Taurus you know has chocolaty crumbs at the corners of his mouth 24/7. Will be happy with a bowl of porridge, too, as long as there’s a tuffet where they can settle down to eat it

‘Le Buveur d’Absinthe (The Absinthe Drinker)’ By Édouard Manet 1859 {{PD}}

♥ Gemini: may eat a ton at one sitting, then not eat much again for days (all the Air signs are like this). Make it a fondue dinner–this will suit Gemini’s need to socialize during the meal, as will little sandwiches to be assembled as you dine, kebabs, or tacos you stuff yourself. Also enjoys layers, so terrines and trifles may amuse. Likes many small plates and nibbles, fancy cocktails that have a slight bitterness, like mojitos and lemon drops, and loves something with a ‘kick’, like absinthe. Always willing to try a new cuisine, preferably something from another continent. Often fond of rice-based dishes that feature lots of components, like fried rice, biryanis, and pilaus. Loves a good pho–again, because there can be so many things nestled in the broth. Is a secret liver-lover (as is Sagittarius, not so secretly), with a marked fondness for Leberknudeln zuppe (liver dumpling soup), rumaki, and pates. You may also catch them insisting on only organic, free-range, hand-raised, then binging on fast food or Cheez-Whiz®. Along with several other signs (guess which!) they’ll sell their Souls for bacon

‘A girl holding pancakes in a feigned stone window’ By Werner van den Valckert 1623 {{PD}}

♥ Cancer: loves breakfast for dinner (so does Capricorn). Pancakes! Pancakes! Pancakes! Anything with chicken, fried, in a pot pie, or smothered in BBQ sauce. Obviously, loves ‘comfort food’: mac ‘n cheese, stew, mashed potatoes, soups, especially cream soups, tapioca, coconut cake. They either love or hate cheese. Secret sin: would use gravy as a beverage, if they thought no one would comment. Cooking secret: adds fat, and especially cream, to just about everything. Cancer’s favorite meal sounds a lot like this: a pot roast with fresh green beans with onions and bacon, whipped potatoes with pot liquor (that’s the gravy the pot roast made while cooking), buttermilk rolls with butter butter butter, green salad with fresh tomatoes and a tangy dressing, homemade vanilla ice cream, and gingerbread with a home-cooked lemon curd. This is also the one equipped with antacids and anti diarrheals wherever she goes

‘Tri dame iz družine Moscon’ By Jožef Tominc 1829 {{PD}}

♥ Leo: doesn’t care so much what she’s eating, just wants to look good eating it, though she’d like to be able to impress others when she tells them about the meal, so one of those clubs where they serve endangered species might be the place to take her. Is very concerned with the atmosphere, presentation, dinner companions, but that said, will eat like a horse if given the opportunity. They have a huge appetite, and because of this Leo may turn out to be the one who rations everyone’s food (Sag does this too, as a ‘favor’ to you)–they project about food, seeing their own deepest-hidden behaviors (for they don’t see themselves as having any appetite at all) in you–look to the Ascendant to know whether this is done out of guilt (Scorpio or Capricorn), vanity (Taurus, Libra, or Aries), misplaced concern (Cancer, Pisces), or from feeling they know best (Leo, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius, or Virgo). If you do take on the task of pleasing Leo, make everything golden: a roasted bird, a fruity white Zinfandel or champagne, lots of butter or olive oil, Yukon fingerlings, asparagus hollandaise, real gold leaf on the fancy pastries, and a sparkling little gift for them won’t hurt, either

‘Sunlight and Shadow’ By William Merritt Chase 1884 {{PD}}

♥ Virgo: wants the menu ahead of time, then wants to critique it, and appreciates knowing how much it all costs. Isn’t entirely comfortable being served; let him help prepare things. Secretly loves food that is somehow mysterious (‘What’s buttermilk made of?’ ‘Where’s the cheese in cheesecake?’ and so on). Though fond of reading during a meal (as is Aquarius), Alphabet soup only frustrates him. Sign most likely to adopt vegetarianism or to become a vegan (followed by Libra and Pisces). May secretly hate garlic (or think they do). Serve them what’s in season, right out of the field, if possible–is impressed when he can rip the ear of corn off and plop it in the boiling water or into the fire to roast himself; in fact, they love dining al fresco, and if you can get them closer to the food, all the better (for instance, a table in the middle of a vineyard, or in the garden). Might think they would enjoy a ‘Field to Plate’ experience, but it’s 50/50 that they freak out over some animal part they didn’t think of as edible

‘Still Life with a Ham’ By Anne Vallayer-Coster 1766 {{PD}}

♥ Libra: make it pretty! If it’s made by the mate, Libra loves it even more. Though we might think of sweets immediately with this sign, Librans have very particular tastes, so not just any confection will do. Either dislikes fruit completely or it’s the favorite food category. Likes dips and may make a meal of hors d’oeuvres. Can be squeamish, so familiar foods are usually best; in fact, Libra is fond of comfort foods, or at least his version of them (see Cancer). Will go on binges: only jelly beans for a day, ranch dressing on everything, just raw vegetables for a week, until the taste buds mature–then they’re still prone to unusual preferences, many of them rooted in their past associations with food and relationships; will eat strawberry pie for the rest of their lives because Grandma loved it. Sign voted most likely to swing between eating and not eating meat. Enjoys a good sauce or reduction, and must sit down for a meal, with a napkin, and preferably by candlelight, no matter what the meal itself may be–a little ceremony is in order as for Libra, dining is an occasion to be savored

‘Mushrooms’ By Julius Kronberg 1908 {{PD}}

♥ Scorpio: never met an edible fungus she didn’t like (that includes some people she’s dated). Not fond of ‘dry’ foods. Typically has eclectic tastes she likes to keep hidden;it’s a guessing game, and how well you do somehow works out (in her mind) to how much fun you’ll be in bed and in relationship. Sign most likely to go for a dish featuring bugs. May be a ‘sneak’ eater or drinker, preferring to consume when alone. This is the sign with the potential to imbibe far too much but still seem to be okay. If you take her to a restaurant, make it a dark, romantic one where they have a curtained booth for just the two of you. May be very fond of Japanese food, especially sushi, and Thai, and is typically very fond of crustaceans–serve them a lobster and your transgression is forgiven. Also loves Italian. Try a modern antipasti (cheeses, salami, prosciutto, melon, pickled mushrooms and asparagus, tiny pickled octopi, a variety of olives) with a red wine, insalata di mare, fettuccine, veal piccata with proseco, pistachio gelato with chocolate-dipped almond biscotti, espresso–or just give them a dish of warm butter, a cracker, lovingly tie on their bib, and sit them at the edge of the ocean–they’ll handle it from there

Delivering a Pheasant. Painting By Arthur Devis c1755 {{PD}}

♥ Sagittarius: ethnic food (that’s anything different than what’s associated with her own ethnic group), or anything she has to go a long way to get; also anything she hunts herself. Piri piri chicken may be a favorite, or yak, momo, and chang. For all that she may have a delicate stomach, so query about anything unusual first. Start with a soup full of seasonal vegetables and herbs, preferably heavy with forest mushrooms or onions gathered in the wild, or a thick borscht with sour cream; ‘Feld salat’; pate, caviar, and toasts; venison tartar; wild boar or pheasant with truffles; cheesecake with wild blackberry compote; sherry in tiny glasses, afterward. Is fond of a good biscuit. This Mutable Fire may sometimes crave something salty:sardines, anchovies, popcorn, salty cashews. Alcohol can get Sag talking, or make them highly sociable–if they need to maintain decorum, limit the spirits. This is the sign that is happy to drop everything and fly to Paris for a bistro lunch, or who’ll climb Alpine trails and share a can of tuna with you at the summit–every bite must be a little adventure, a symbol of a place other than where she’s sitting

‘Capra (Goat)’ By Francesco Londonio c1755–1765 {{PD}}

♥ Capricorn: pungent goat cheese with crostini; golden beet salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette; cream of potato and leek soup; trout or other pristine fish served with the skin and on the bone; braised short ribs with turnip purée; a traditional Napoleon; and a well-aged wine for each course. Gross-outs include serving actual goat, anything that’s been de-boned, and anything he’s never eaten before, but this is the guy who came up with gruel, so Cappy may be surprisingly easy to please. Most likely to go macrobiotic, typically after a few bad burritos, but if he doesn’t a casual menu for Cap could consist of a bowl of pork rinds and a potato, or anything from a box, including the bread-loaf box South African bunny chow is served from. Loves bento and animal crackers, things that have been aged (cheese, wine, Jamón ibérico, balsamic vinegar) and no matter what’s served, wants regular meal times

NASA {{PD}}

♥ Aquarius: choose from fusion cuisines that use the most trendy ‘new’ ingredients (at original time of writing Korean food was peaking, as was uni/ sea urchin). These are the people who came up with ‘concept’ dining (dinner in the pitch dark, a meal served as table and all dangle from a construction crane). Culinary embarrassments of the past probably originating with Water Bearers include Box ‘o Wine (it was very cool at the time!), Zima, the disastrous (now abandoned) re-formulation of Coke. Aquarius likes a modern setting for the dining experience, and is the one who buys all those square, aquamarine plates and octagonal drinking glasses; eating at an Aquarian’s house is a little like eating on the set of a futuristic movie. May have an entire drawer filled with sporks and food gadgets. Bring him a smoothie and it will fix anything. On a budget? Serve them quinoa or Jollof rice and egusi soup. They may be food hippies who never go anywhere without tofu and cashew butter in their bag, or conversely, insistent on the latest food trend, and if you’re thinking avocado toast, stop it–that’s so 2015. An Aquarius invented astronaut meal-in-a-toothpaste tube, so can be enticed to eat almost anything once, and will make a point of trying blowfish, magic mushrooms, Prairie Oysters, and real oysters, out-of-season, unless you reason with him

‘Cakes, 1963’ Photo By Pplachigo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28954794

♥ Pisces: you might never expect it, but the magic word here is, ‘Cake.’ Seafood? Obviously, but they can be fussy–nothing lives up to the ideal in their own minds–be sure to find out what kind of seafood they prefer. They love salty things: pickles, popcorn, caramels, taffy, anything brined, chips–just put out a salt lick and Pisces will gather. If you’re taking them out, make it Chinese. May have a secret penchant for crap from the quickie mart or old style bar food: pickled pigs feet, those eggs that float in murky water, beer nuts, pretzels. Loves or loathes coffee; if it’s the former, make sure you serve a version (Turkish coffee, coffee ice cream, mocha mousse, chocolate dipped espresso beans) at every meal. Pisces is really looking forward to what comes after the meal, along with the coffee: the foot rub, the long walk on the beach, the soak in the hot tub, or catching the warm breeze on the terrace (it feels bath-like!) Make sure Pisces has a drink of some kind in her hand at all times- sometimes they act like they’ve been lost in the desert for ages, because that’s how life feels to them

31 January 2019 Delivering More

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‘Did You Speak To Me?’ By William Merritt Chase 1897 {{PD}}

Creative flourishes come easily today, but we can dig deeper using instincts and our inherent abilities and change the reality picture, either to make it beautiful or to make it pay. That’s the key: reach for the Venusian element, know that you have the creative juice to make it happen real-world, and the day delivers much more than it ever could’ve if you’d drifted along, enjoying the ‘nice’.

(Saturn sxt Neptune, Mars opp Zeus, Venus parallel SN/ contra-parallel NN, apex to a Finger of God base of Sedna-Juno and NN)

By Johann Rudolf Schellenberg CC BY 4.0

Today’s word image is an invasion. Is it bugs in your house or garden, uninvited guests, in-laws with their noses in your business, an imposition at work, some area of your life that suddenly isn’t under your control? The important thing to know here is that 1) this isn’t your fault–you did nothing to ‘earn’ this, and 2) don’t wait for rescue–you’re the only one who can do anything about it.

30 January 2019 The Power You Hold

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By Maxim Vorobiev 1841 {{PD}}

How much are you aware of the power you actually hold in the world? Do you spend much time telling yourself you’re powerless in some realm? Do you feel powerless, and spend your time struggling against that? Are you defining power in a way that makes sense, or excuses? I’m asking because today instincts meld seamlessly with the power available to us, and the only way to deploy it is to know your true status, and precisely how much power you are in command of. The usual guidelines just won’t serve: being wise or practical holds little weight, putting ambitions and desires to the side is the only way to choose or act effectively, and skills at our disposal are those that are uniquely our own. It’s as if the day requires we muster those gifts (the ones we’re most excellent with, that only we can do, just so) and use them–and the only way to do that is to know who we are, and what status we hold. (Juno conj Sedna, Pallas contra-parallel Juno, Chiron parallel Juno, Mars contra-parallel Zeus)

Today’s word image is the last Archetype you fantasized being or related strongly to. That’s a window into at least one of your gifts or areas of power.

29 January 2019 Reverse Engineer It

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‘A Reading by Emile Verhaeren’ By Theo van Rysselberghe 1901 {{PD}}

What we don’t see, what is intangible, our values and standards, those things we’ve tried to ignore or deny, what’s wise, what’s practical, conspires to deliver the results that occur with the Superior Conjunction. A ‘thought-seed’, planted at the Inferior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun during Merc’s retrograde period has grown to maturity–but is that really what we wanted? Today wisdom may masquerade as hurt, and vice versa, it may be too easy to rebel against the things we honor most, actions and choices carry the marks of all that we are avoiding, and the totality of it conspires in the presentation of the final thought-thing first planted in late November 2018. We get the outcome of something relatively major, this time around. Learn from it; don’t be afraid to reverse engineer the results in order to see what was done to create them in the first place.

(Chiron contra-parallel Pallas, Uranus sxt Vesta, Mars sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury semi-sq Venus, Superior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun)

‘Falling Star’ By Witold Pruszkowski 1884 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is bright lights streaking across your vision like falling stars, that may signal vision issues. Is there something beautiful, a little dazzling, that’s happening right in front of you–and have you considered that it might not be benign at all, but a warning that attention is needed?

28 January 2019 Transparent

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‘Gelee blanche (Hoarfrost)’ By Camille Pissarro 1873 {{PD}}

Are you reading my mind, am I reading yours, or is the whole thing so subtle that what each of us thinks influences others and vice versa? The atmosphere might be so transparent it’s impossible to pinpoint where a thought, idea, or inclination springs from, and so you might be unsure if that’s really what you think or want to do. With a little care to separate your own urges from everyone elses’, you can allow pure instinct to drive action–just remember, that also means that the ‘blind spot’ and the unconscious have their say, too–and it might be good to speak openly in any relationship or financial situation where love is the basis for the interaction in the first place–at least in this instance, you might be unable to do harm, as every thought reflects Love (though there’s always the chance, if the relationship really isn’t based in our best human expression, that Venus’ less appealing traits prevail in our thoughts, like greed, jealousy, and envy, and so color communications).

(Mars parallel Sedna, Mercury parallel Venus)

27 January 2019 A Powerful Reality

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‘The Three Goddesses Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite’ By Franz von Stuck 1923 {{PD}}

What’s better than having the strength, authority, wisdom, skills, knowledge, and guiding principles to realize your ambitions? Nothing, so enjoy them, because they’re at your disposal today. Two cautions: more is definitely possible–make sure it’s actually something you want, and embrace what you know from past experience to be the most effective mental approach to achieving your ends–calling on hard-won insights is the most efficient way to speed up the process, and avoid pitfalls. People will fall into two camps today: those who ride these energies and so manifest what they want, and everyone else, who may get so caught up in thinking about the potential for accomplishment that they never bother to make a move.

(Ceres nov Zeus, Vesta trine Pallas, Jupiter parallel Saturn, Mercury sextile Hygeia and parallel SN)

26 January 2019 Creative Mind

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Get the studio ready, hire the model, but don’t go forward with the work today, or it could end up like this. ‘The Tired Model’ By Paul Peel 1889 {{PD}}

Today is a little tricky; we’re in one of the most productive, fertile, and creative mental states we can experience, but we should not act on what we envision. We should plan, ruminate, sketch out, and do all the creative preparation that surrounds implementing a work of Art or idea. We gain just by having the ambition and by being willing to put in line the people and assets needed to make it a reality. The prep work, planning, and set-up will go brilliantly, but to plunge into the work itself now invites confusion or the kind of smack reality can give when our vision lies so much farther from execution than we realize. Pushing forward at the ‘wrong’ time can lead to the kind of disillusionment that causes us to abandon our plans altogether, as we act and are so thoroughly disappointed with the result. No, today is for preparation to manifest what the creative mind sees–wait until tomorrow, the 27th, to actually begin the work.

(Mars contra-parallel Neptune, Venus sxt Zeus, Mercury nov Neptune)

25 January 2019 The Past A Mirage, The Future Has No Guarantees

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Nagajuban (under kimono) from Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) CCO

We’re made uncomfortable today by our own life Path, the direction we’re headed right now. Why, we may ask ourselves, do I feel like all the opportunities got used up yesterday? Why do I feel like the past was full of ‘lucky’ breaks, chances, and rife with people who supported me–and none of that’s in sight now? Why does it seem that circumstances today pull the rug from under everything I’ve dedicated my life to, making me feel as if my investments of time, energy, and resources are less noble than I thought, second-rate, inadequate, or that I made those commitments without knowing the full facts?

Somehow, today points out to us that the past is a mirage and the future comes without guarantees, and that may be freaking us out. A few things we can do: if we must inspect the past, stick to the facts and forget feelings–that alone will show you things weren’t ideal then, either; do what’s healthy; and embrace whatever it is you have faith in, and act–that will open up opportunity in a way nothing else will.

(Vesta qnx NN, Jupiter nov SN, Mars trine Jupiter, Sun sxt Hygeia)

Just to reiterate, there is a woman advertising herself as a psychic claiming to have studied with me (and several other very well-known astrologers, so at least I’m in good company!)–I do not know this woman, have no record of ever having interacted with her, and want to let my readers know that I do not endorse this woman or her abilities in any way.

24 January 2019 Survival Instinct

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‘Charlotte Corday’ By Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry 1859 {{PD}}

Instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ spurs us on, even as what we’re prompted to do conflicts with our highest values and priorities–it’s one of those instances when we’re all like, ‘I would never kill anyone oh no I may have to kill the person chasing me they’ve almost got me and they’re trying to kill me, it’s me or them, I don’t want to but *boom*’ We are put in a position we normally would swear is the very antithesis of our own standards, and it feels as if we have no choice. I’m sure the real-life scenario will be less murder-y, but no less carry the feeling that in order to prevail, no, survive, we’ll need to accept benefits that come from a darker place–the ones that come from dealing with what’s unpleasant, that may reveal the darker edges of our own nature–and in the end, that’s going to be okay. What put us in this spot is a reluctance to face certain matters in the first place; what’s put in the spotlight today for us is what has manifested from our own unused creative energy, forcing us to make choices and to alter the scene for our own survival.

(Mars nov and Vesta sq Sedna, Venus sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Pluto and semi-sq Jupiter, Sun nov Neptune)

23 January 2019 Mercurial

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‘The Attributes of the Arts with a Bust of Mercury’ By Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin c1728 {{PD}}

It’s all about the mind, reasoning, thought, communication, the figurative ‘voice’, mental perception, ‘nerve’, as Merc flees staid Capricorn to free-wheelin’ Aquarius, taking our faculties with him. Moving from a Cardinal to a Fixed sign may slow processing down, but things may change on a dime today, and we’ll play catch up.  Current aspects made threaten delusion or deception–but that only happens if your personal grasp of the facts, belief system, and/ or anchor to reality is weak. Otherwise, we get a creative boost, feel strong, healed (maybe even a tad invincible), with only ‘the group’ Will or our own erratic nature getting in the way.

(Mercury into Aquarius, semi-sq Neptune, parallel Jupiter and Saturn, sxt Ceres and Chiron, sq Uranus)

22 January 2019 Good Stuff

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Yes, it’s good stuff today, but a little like this pic: a bit scary, being so high, and a bit somber, too. ‘Sunshine and Haze’ By Charles Courtney Curran 1917 {{PD}}

We expect all the good stuff, today, and we get it, but in the strangest forms, amounts, and requiring the most unanticipated responses! What’s smart is neither here nor there, as they say, making for an ‘anything goes’ atmosphere where consequences seem almost blissfully unconnected to actions, where healing is facilitated by the most unpleasant of alternatives, and yet, somehow, everyone comes out unscathed and, in some cases, a lot better off. Go, enjoy, seek the sunshine–because in one way or another, you’re almost sure to get it (Pallas sq Nodal axis, Chiron nov Black Moon Lilith, Venus conj Jupiter and nov SN, Sun parallel Venus)

Total Lunar Eclipse January 2019 Wizard, Goddess, Magician

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Rembrandt c1654 {{PD}}

First thing to note about the chart for the Total Lunar Eclipse occurring on the 20th at 9:15:57 PM PST at 00 Leo 51 is that it’s apex to a Fist of God with base of Venus-Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in his own sign of Pisces. Eclipses are always some form of wipe-out or wipe clean, but this one brings a conclusion, ending, or change that carries an emotional punch, and possibly a material one, that spurs action (Moon conjoined Earth, Fire placement). It resolves some serious issues around enough/ plenty, social expenditure or investment, the realities of Love or Money, and how these are addressed through creative energies.

We know that when creativity is channeled it offers tremendous power, but at the other end of the scale when we absolve ourselves of all responsibility for that creative energy (in essence crying, ‘I’m helpless!’) Neptune invites chaos into our lives. In the case of this eclipse, what the event presents may challenge us to choose our response: will it be wizardly, where we do our damnedest (that is, approach efforts with a sense of confidence and a willingness to muster all our assets) to enhance the good, to expand Love or Money or some benefit to the social order, or do we throw up our hands, say we’ve been mislead or deceived, claim we don’t know, claim confusion, abdicate our own power and particularly our ability to create the reality, especially the emotional reality, we say we want?

We also see a loose Grand Cross with Pallas, the Sun, and Uranus. The Fire-Air combo in this configuration suggests dynamic action spurred by ideas, thoughts, or revelations. Like a magician’s trick, it balances the Lunar event with what we know to be wise or practical, with our conscious attention applied, and with a possibly sudden reveal, innovation, accident, or invention that now must be carried out/ made manifest–indeed, that may go well beyond a plan and instead be set in motion at this point.

A Water Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres brings the Lunar event into harmony by utilizing our most unique skills and our natural place in the Universe/ or within Nature itself. In this we respond as goddess (or god), drawing on a deep and inherent level of skill and knowledge in cooperation with Nature and the place it gives us in the Universe. Sound too vague? Not if you picture yourself as a unique element in the vast expanse of existence, one that has a specific and original part to play, with this eclipse offering the ending of one emotional role (particularly one related to actions taken), and sowing the seeds of another via our own expression of skills, personal authority, negotiative ability, or in maternal expression of one form or another.

The Lunar eclipse Sabian is, ‘Blood Rushes To A Man’s Head As His Vital Energies Are Mobilized Under The Spur Of Ambition’. This suggests that what culminates with the Lunar event urges us to take action–not exactly surprising as the eclipse falls in a Fire sign. This may also relate to those base factors holding the eclipse as apex to a Fist: Venus-Jupiter is its own statement of ambition, of wanting more/ better, and Neptune relates to ideals–so may require both those to bring about the action the Fist implies, and this may translate as formation of a new and intense ambition or desire-aim.

We also look at the Sun Sabian since this is the source of all light in our system, which is, ‘An Old Adobe Mission In California’. The missions are beautiful, tranquil gardens now, spots for meditation or contemplation situated in the middle of crowded city blocks, so it’s easy to forget how they came to be. They were instruments of conversion, built by enslaved Native Americans the Church hoped to make their own and enfold into the imported European social order. It may be that whatever sparks the Lunar event may have a calm and appealing surface that hides an ugly past, or came about by means we wouldn’t even consider today. This is likely very particular for each individual, as unique as each experience of this eclipse is likely to be.

See the forecast for the 19th here–

19 January 2019 What Counts

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‘Mutter mit Kind und einer Puppe’ (Mother with child and doll) By Hans Looschen {{PD}}

What counts is in front of us, and that may be the most difficult thing to fathom–knowing that we don’t need to look far and wide, search the horizon, or peek under any rocks in order to locate what actually needs our attention. If we’re willing to claim our rights (that is, take full responsibility for ourselves and those things under our purview), we can make some exceptional things happen; if we deny our instincts or those things we ‘know but don’t know’, we lose footing in wise or practical realms, and so suffer. Our own imaginations catch our attention today–it’s your job to hook that visualization to reality, to the circumstances directly before you, and not be led by distractions or in an invalid direction.

(Pallas qnx Sedna, Saturn nov Vesta, Mercury trine Juno, Sun semi-sq Neptune)

Cover of the first issue of Detective Story Magazine,
Street & Smith {{PD}}

Today’s word image is ‘A Detective Story’. In what way are you living a detective story? What are you seeking, following clues toward, what puzzle are you trying to solve? It’s something central to your Being, vital to understanding yourself or some situation you are presently in, or it’s emblematic of this. I think this is a reminder, we are the authors of any story we participate in–and as the author, we already know the solution.

18 January 2019 Potholes and A**holes

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‘Teasing the daruma’ By Helen Hyde 1905 {{PD}}

What is it today, the tension pre-eclipse, or is the world full of traps, potholes, and a**holes? I’m only being mildly facetious, here, as it almost feels as if those who are empowered in any context are reaching out to stop us, without any real reason to. And then there are those who flat out tell us our ambition is impossible to achieve (but to be fair, we’ve got to measure whether we’re having an emotional reaction to someone speaking sense, or is it as malicious as it seems?) We want to act, especially in regard to relationships or finances, but find that it alters our Path forward in some way we don’t like, and we feel the power of our thoughts and plans right now–and if we’re smart, we are aware of their destructive potentials, as well. We may need to face it, no matter how others are behaving (or appearing to behave) we are looking for hurt, and any inclination to troll for wounds also means we’re looking for reasons to avoid doing what we know we should do. There’s no need to make sharp, precipitous, or daring moves–progress seated in more modest efforts, ones that feel manageable, are more than satisfactory, for today.

(Vesta sq Juno, Venus trine Mars and sesq NN, Mercury sq Zeus and conj Pluto, Sun sxt Chiron and sq Uranus)

I’ve been going through a personally stressful time, and during those times it’s hard for me to discern those Daily Images that I would normally see as a message both to myself and to everyone else. Under stress, I’m busy fielding all kinds of imagery, and can’t be sure what should be shared, but I think I’m finally back on track (or at least have something for today): the country of Spain. We all probably have certain ideas about it, images of it, no matter how vague or how concrete (from personal experience there, perhaps)–so the image is, whatever Spain evokes in you.

17 January 2019 Listening

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‘The Guitar Player’ By Giovanni Boldini 1873 {{PD}}

A Mini-Lesson on Parallels and Contraparallels

We’ve got a lot of parallels and contra-parallels perfecting today, so maybe it’s time for a reminder of what these are: a parallel is when two or more bodies are on the same side (either north or south) of the celestial equator, also known as the ecliptic, and also at the same declination (distance) from it; a contra-parallel is when two or more bodies are at the same declination from the ecliptic, but on opposite sides, one north and one south. The effect of a parallel is similar to a conjunction, neither positive or negative but joined (though there can be the implication of harmony through enmeshment or lack of differentiation), with all the potentials that might bring, while a contra-parallel mimics an opposition in effect. I like to think of parallels and contra-parallels as being more subtle than the aspects they echo, with, for example, a conjunction of Mars and Uranus shouting, ‘Here we are, together, raising hell!’ and a parallel of the two being more like a whisper, ‘Psst, over here–are you mad, erratic, spontaneous, aggressive, have a can-do spirit? Go!’ The conjunction is there, in your face, and the parallel is subliminal, barely discernible–unless you’re looking for it.

Today we’re looking toward the arenas where we hold power and authority, toward Self-expression through familiar territory–somehow it feels important, like it’s the smart thing to do, and may pay off–but our actions and choices aren’t smart or practical–in fact, they’re downright unhealthy in some way. We might want to stop for just a moment and ask ourselves why it feels so important to us to have an impact right now–are we feeling invisible, rebellious, destructive, or deliberately ignored? None of those are a good basis on which to make decisions. Listen carefully; there’s inner knowing available, the kind that can tell you exactly which facet of things needs transforming in order to provide reward, profit, Love, or to honor relationships–and in the end, that’s what really matters, isn’t it?

(Pallas contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars parallel Hygeia and contra-parallel Pallas, as well as Mars semi-sq Sedna, Venus semi-sq Pallas and nov Pluto, Sun sxt Ceres)

16 January 2019 Event Horizon

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By Hamed khamees07 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

You know where you’re going, right? Have you looked behind yourself? Because there’s this big, shiny vortex, a part of the past, that’s exerting an amazing pull–and you may have become so used to it that you barely notice. Now’s the time to free yourself, and you do it by listening to your instincts, acknowledging consciously what you ‘know but don’t know’, and being willing to see into your own ‘blind spot’ (facilitated by Self-honesty and maybe the help of a good friend or helpful substance). Take this need to eliminate the pull seriously. You are close to the event horizon, the point at which it becomes impossible to escape, and in order to continue forward you must negate or move away from the influence. Some potentially helpful points: don’t think anyone else can make this happen for you; take inventory of the ways you no longer need or want this in your life, and how you may legitimately, possibly with ritual or by declaration, release yourself; and consider that it may not be an actual pull from the past, but you holding on death-grip tight to something that should’ve fallen away a long time ago.

(Ceres trine NN, Sun trine Sedna, and contra-parallel and opposed NN–so parallel and conjoined the SN)

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15 January 2019 Humble

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‘Natsugoromo no onna’ (Woman in a Summer Garment) By Hashiguchi Goyo 1920 [[PD]]

We have one thing to do today, and it’s this: don’t be stupid. Our attention will be drawn to things that somehow, inherent in their beingness, are unwise or impractical for us to engage with–and yet we’ll be so tempted! Listen to the accumulated wisdom of your past, stay grounded, and do not ignore what’s smart, savvy, or sage as you know it. Humble yourself before you go to war, really examine what’s needed, see what alternatives actually imply, and nine times out of nine, you’ll realize what you first thought necessary isn’t.

(Sun sq Pallas)

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‘The Crystal Ball’ By John William Waterhouse 1902 {{PD}}

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14 January 2019 Brilliant

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By Константин Мирошник, Наталия Кургузова-Мирошник – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37301527

Oh, what brilliant ideas we have today! And no, I’m not being sarcastic, I mean it when I say they will be brilliant: they will illuminate the facts, offered opportunities, and our own beliefs so that we can make precisely the most creative and dream-supportive plans possible. The question will be, will we act on them? We will, if we can separate our personal agency and authority from any small inner voices incorporated from negative sources; that is, if we hear our plans denigrated by the voice of someone who criticized us (a voice we have adopted as one of our own) then we may not see today’s idea come to fruition. That would be a shame, so construct your plans with confidence (Merc in Cap), allow beliefs, dreams, ideals to guide (Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter basking under the Sun), and eschew any fear-based feedback that may be disguising itself as inner wisdom.

(Ceres opp Sedna, Mercury sxt Neptune, Sun nov Jupiter)

13 January 2019 Depth Creativity

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By Thelostrobot89 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59912964

This perfection of a Jupiter-Neptune square, the first of several this year, has a special tang, a deep, sweet, rich, dark Plutonian flavor, specific to the Jupiter energy, that may render opportunity, optimism, ‘the facts’, one’s beliefs, and the social sphere in general feeling serious, intense, transformative, and not a little bit dangerous. Apply that to a pure creative, spiritual, or deceptive (because yes, there are those who try to gain an advantage wielding Neptune’s power) energy, and you have something at once mystical and primal, ‘Depth Creativity’, let’s call it, even as it’s delivered in sophisticated, civilized forms and in the shape of real-world matters drawn directly from our imaginations.

Valuing and investing in what we want, an obvious formula involving thought and hard work, too often overlooked, is the way to go. Minds get made up at this time, so if you’re hoping to persuade, it might be your last shot for a while.

(Vesta trine Zeus, Jupiter sq Neptune and parallel Pluto, Venus parallel Vesta, Mercury conjoined Saturn)

12 January 2019 Power Point

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‘Ancient of Days’ By William Blake 1794 {{PD}}

Ambitions and the many faces of Power merge in Love or Money and offer a chance at fulfillment. Look for the opportunity in a situation that hands you the reins in relation to something you aspire to or want. Two hints to achievement: act as if you’re empowered, because you are, know it or not; and trust instincts and the part of you that ‘knows but doesn’t know’, as a purely mental approach may distort or mislead.

(Venus at the midpoint of Zeus-Pluto, Mercury sesq Sedna, Sun trine Juno)