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16 December 2018 Hand-In-Glove

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‘Stillleben mit Herrenkleidung’ (Still Life with Men’s Clothing) By Martin Mendgen 1932 Photo By Nutzungsrechtinhaber: Stadtmuseum Simeonstift (Diskussion) – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36504942

Power expression and highest values go hand-in-glove–but is that a good thing? Yes, it is–we’re more likely to choose positive or productive means of showing our range, reach, and effectiveness–but only if we are free of identity crises and are sure about what in the real world matters to us. Elimination of what doesn’t align with our highest values and sense of the sacred goes smoothly, should we pursue it, and we can find tangible reward or profit–but it’s the power situation, and our feelings about it, that in the end determine how effective our actions and choices really are.

(Pluto parallel Vesta, Mars sxt Pluto, Venus sxt Saturn, Sun semi-sq Venus and nov Ceres)

Cast iron Pratt & Letchworth Deluxe Fire Engine set

Today’s word image is a fire engine. Now, my father was a fireman, so this image may have a somewhat different meaning for me than for you, but overall, it signals the need for ’emergency response’. Is there something, especially something anger related, that threatens to become a conflagration in the life, that if it isn’t addressed will grow out of control? Where are you busy ‘putting out fires’?–which phrase emphasizes the way handling problems is so time-consuming that you have no room for anything else. Are you performing this function for others, or are you in some way waiting for others to rescue you? And what will be lost, should you decide to do nothing about this?

Have a great weekend!

This is wonderful, on disappointment and expectations–

15 December 2018 No Shame

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‘Shame’ By Max Klinger c1890 {{PD}}

Personal authority or the exercise of our power or role (especially a maternal or nurturing one, or one where we act as a third party, such as a mediator or negotiator) brings direct conflict with all that enrages us, or that we prefer to ignore, deny, or keep hidden. That sounds like a mess! We can best handle this by embracing our unique Beingness (that means no shame over who we are!) specifically rejecting any illusions we carry about ourselves, or by dissolving any image we may try to persuade others is ‘the real us’. Being open to spontaneity will help, as will allowing creative energy to flow without immediately applying judgments to it.

‘Practice Safe Pride’ By Tim Evanson from Washington, D.C., United States of America – DC Gay Pride Parade 2012Uploaded by daisydeee, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29923990

(Ceres sq Black Moon Lilith, Uranus semi-sq Neptune)

Today’s word image is this sign:

14 December 2018 Genius Moves

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‘Zwei tanzende Frauen am Strand’ (Two Women Dancing on the Beach) By Christian Rohlfs 1926 {{PD}}

Will it be the ego that drives innovation, invention, and rebellion, or will it be the Will, or matters of the House ruled by Mars in the natal chart? The impulse is to do, and to do it radically, in a modern mode, to push yourself to the front of the pack–and the choices to facilitate this carry a touch of genius, an electric charge, a potency and forward-looking attitude that is guaranteed to propel us farther into the future than a simple 24-hours usually does. Enjoy the ride–it’s likely to be surprising!

(Mars nov Uranus)

Today’s word image is the fake-out ending to a series or movie. You know those shows where they start with what you think is the ending, then flash back to tell the story–but it turns out that this is either not the actual ending (a dream, for instance, or a mid-point from which things recover remarkably, and head in a different direction), or that it’s arrived at so radically removed from what it seems is implied that you see it at the end totally other than you did at the beginning? What ‘ending’, result, or conclusion do you think you’re heading for, that may be an assumption that won’t necessarily follow from your choices or what goes down in between? To think we know the end of something is to condemn ourselves in a way that denies both responsibility and free Will–and to pretend we have a particular, inescapable fate before us is to abdicate our own part in things, our own potentials–don’t let this be you!

13 December 2018 Connection To Reality

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‘Sehnsucht (Träumerei)’ By Heinrich Vogeler c1900 {{PD}}

Instincts, and what we ‘know but don’t know’, can be smart resources today, and if we can relax our figurative grip a little, we can let that knowing flow guide us. It’s a good thing this is available, as we are otherwise inclined to one of two ‘Big Picture’ approaches: we are inspired in our exercise of our own prerogatives, roles, and authority, applying our creative energy to having an impact, or we’re totally and completely deluded in those same areas, spinning our wheels with choices either ineffective or misguided, following an unknown or an untruth! Those alternatives sound extreme, and they are; everything hinges on having an accurate and grounded connection to reality, and whether we do or not will be determined by how honest we are (and have been) with ourselves. Hide nothing from your own perceptions, and the result can be leaps forward toward attainment of goals and ambitions, and fulfillment of long-time desires.

Bonus: if you have a placement at 25-28 Libra, that placement is apex to a Fist of God with base of Hygeia-Sedna. The apex energy will bring a characteristic expression (related to the natal sign, aspects, and placements) of harmonizing ‘healthy practices’ (whatever this means to you) and the instincts, things you ‘know but don’t know’, and blind spot material (which in this case can be defined as things others know you shouldn’t do/ consume, but that you have so far ignored). What you can expect is a ‘best expression’ of the natal energy, as it figures into the health/ intuitive picture. This can be a good grounding influence, especially in terms of relationships.

(Hygeia sxt Sedna, Neptune trine Ceres, Mercury semi-sq Pallas, nov Zeus, parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is a man in full Viking dress standing in the parking lot of the Quiky Mart. What major incongruity have you seen lately? Have you noticed something that was absolutely not where it belonged? What in your life becomes meaningless, or at least strange or inappropriate, when it’s in the ‘wrong’ environment? This image may suggest that we’d be wise to pay a little more attention to placing the ‘right’ components in the atmosphere that allows them to thrive, rather than stranding them high and dry–and if we’ve failed to do this, it may point us in the direction of some portion of the life where we aren’t as honest, direct, or attentive as we might need to be.

12 December 2018 Renewal

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‘Ejiri in the province of Shinano’ By Katsushika Hokusai c1831 {{PD}}

Wow! Can you feel your mind (and so, especially if you’re Air-heavy, your outlook) expand as Mercury comes out of that Scorpionic cave? The thinking may be changeable and ‘on fire’ (Sagittarius), but what does the flame need to thrive? Oxygen, and that may be in short supply right now, with only asteroids and Earth in the Air element–but today the transiting Moon in Aquarius offers support. Mercury’s emergence (and our mentality’s ability to ‘come into the light’) may be accomplished through a marriage of intellect and feeling, and the determination to stay grounded (Earth in Gemini) even as the horizons expand. No matter what the elemental composition of your natal chart, a sense of renewal, of opening up, is yours, should you be willing to embrace the following: optimism, on a grand scale, while simultaneously facing the facts; the ‘Big Picture’, to include an awareness that there are things we don’t know or see; seeing the ambitions for what they will actually bring, if pursued; and perceiving the way empowerment may not support (or may require adjustment for) the identity. This is a shift that may be more strongly felt, and more disorienting, than we anticipate–hold on to your hat!

(Mercury enters Sagittarius, Sun sxt Zeus and qnx Juno)

Today’s word image is applause. How often are you applauded in life? This can be any kind of complement, accolade, praise, or absolutely literal. Do you live for this? Is it more meaningful to you than criticism, or do they carry equal weight? Are you able to hear only one, praise or criticism, and not the other? Does applause affect how you behave, your commitments, where you put your energy, or your feelings about yourself or others? The more susceptible you are to changing yourself and your viewpoint in response to praise/ criticism in all its forms, the more difficult it is to hear and follow that inner voice, to maintain personal standards, or to be honest with yourself.

11 December 2018 Provenance and Dominion

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‘Batseba ontvangt de brief van koning David’ (Bathsheba receives a letter from King David) By Jan Steen c1656-1660 {{PD}}

Why is it that, at the moment we need to muster our authority and prove our right to exert our Will, we allow our wounds to distort our sense of rightness, to mar the personal provenance that grants us our powers? Could it be because something, either external or in our own make-up, has surprised us, thrown us out of step–or is it the way the group has influenced our thinking? Our mentality may change character on a dime today, and if you need to innovate or invent, it’s the day to do it. In any case, our perceptions of the state of the material world, as well as the state of any obstacles we face or solid accomplishments we enjoy, is tremendously accurate–and this, and only this, should influence what we choose to do, and how we choose to exert dominion over what is clearly our territory.

(Chiron sesq Ceres, Mercury qnx Uranus and nov Saturn)

Invitation to Rex ball, Mardi Gras 1891, New Orleans, Attributed to Anders Wikström {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an invitation to a party. This image brings to mind that joke about introverts, where what they really enjoy is cancelling plans! Does the thought of a gathering that’s purely social sound pleasant or stressful to you? Whatever your response, honor it–you don’t owe anyone an explanation (much less your presence) if you prefer to be elsewhere.

Happy Birthday, Mom! She won’t see this, but I thought I’d say it anyway.

10 December 2018 The Sheen of the Ideal

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Close-up on the shiny aluminum panels from outside, of The Atomium building, Brussels, Belgium. Photo By Tomhannen {{PD}}

We have only a single, subtle influence perfecting today, Saturn parallel Vesta. Reality takes on the sheen of the ideal, we see our priorities and what we honor right before us, and we find they are either blocked or made manifest in a tangible way. We can see the results made manifest of our sense of right and wrong, of possible and impossible, of our own failures to hew to our ideals and those ways in which we have successfully woven them into our lives. If you see roadblocks wherever you look, it suggests you’ve set your sights too low, not seeing the potentials for birthing your highest ideals into your world; if you see real-world manifestations, you can judge the effectiveness of, and perhaps the level and purity of, your ideals; and if you see your highest vision take on real-world form, then you can know you’re bringing your ‘A’ game to your everyday life–you’re acting as a beacon to others.

By P/\UL / Paul Randall – Flicrk photo Emergency, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8692197

Today’s word image is a Tweet you wish you hadn’t sent. Or that can be a letter, a remark, a phone call, a text, or some other communication you regret putting out there. The answer to why you regret it is a mini-reading of some quality in you that needs your attention. Were you off-the-cuff? You might need to practice restraint. Were you cruel in what you said? You need to focus on empathy, on the other guy’s POV. Did you speak without thinking? The remedy to that one is obvious. Were you misunderstood? If the misunderstanding was genuine, then no harm, no foul; if it was deliberate with either party, then the relationship needs immediate resuscitation, or a swift execution. Did you speak your Truth? The question you must ask yourself is, Was it necessary? It’s not an automatic right to be ‘honest’ especially when we know it might result in harm. Did you have a hidden agenda you haven’t admitted, maybe even to yourself? You know where the honesty needs to be applied–unacknowledged agendas can read as anywhere between manipulative and outright deceptive–and you don’t want to be known as anything like that. Did you embarrass some else? Did you mean to? An apology, as long as it’s real, will fix that. Nothing’s unfixable–that’s important to know.

9 December 2018 Healing the Past

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‘An Invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian Deity of Medicine’ By Ernest Board {{PD}}

We can visualize, or even ‘feel by immersion’, what would constitute a state of perfect health for us, and even better, we know exactly what to do to achieve it. The mind is healed, as well, if we are willing and able to put our attention on what needs to be transformed from the past. This may be a current situation formed in the past that must be addressed with love, or a matter of reviewing something we regret and healing it by rendering it powerless to make us feel guilt or to affect the now. Please note: this is not a license to indulge in Self-destructive behaviors from the past under the guise of attending to their healing. That’s not how any of this works.

(Chiron parallel Hygeia, Neptune nov Vesta, Mars parallel Pallas, Mercury trine Chiron, Sun nov SN)

Mandrake is also known as ‘The Devil’s Apples’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a mandrake root. The mandrake was believed to have magical properties, as the root often resembles a human. It has hallucinogenic potentials but is dangerously poisonous, as well. What rather ordinary thing in your life has been endowed with a magical aura because of associations you make–and what about it is so negative that, when you’re honest with yourself, you admit you really should eliminate it?

And now, one of my favorite poems:

Song By John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil’s foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy’s stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be’st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return’st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find’st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

8 December 2018 Battle Plan

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Make sure what you’re going after is alive and kicking. Attic Black-figure Neck Amphora attributed to Group E – Workshop of Exekias, ca. 540 BCE, depicting Two Warriors Fighting Over a Corpse – possible the battle of Aias (Ajax) and Hektor over the body of Patroklos CC0

There’s no other way to say it, really: tamp down the delusions, quit allowing your most erratic energies to reign, and face head-on what’s been denied, avoided, ignored, or what enrages you; that’s the only way, I repeat, ONLY WAY, to make something of our current natural tendency to put our attention on what we honor or find sacred. That is, without a ‘battle plan’, a specific way to act out our caring, concern, and values, we will flounder and likely head off in the wrong direction (and by wrong direction I mean one that doesn’t address what we actually care about).

(Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, Neptune qnx Pallas, Sun parallel Vesta, Venus contra-parallel Uranus)

‘The Flower Seller’ By Auguste Serrure 1870 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a vendor who makes it difficult to buy their wares. Have you ever seen this? Someone who claims to want to sell something, but makes it hard for you to pay for it (won’t tell you how much they want, accepts only jars of pennies as payment, considers allowing you to purchase only if you say “Pretty please” and spin around quickly three times, etc). Why do people do this? You’d think that if someone wants to earn, they would be open and cooperative to some extent–and if they aren’t, that tells us that what they are really after isn’t money for goods, it’s intangibles such as wanting to be honored in a particular way, wanting to enforce a kind of exclusivity, wanting to make a judgement over whether the buyer is ‘worthy’ or to declare how the item or material should be used once it leaves their possession, or because they don’t actually want to part with the thing they are ostensibly selling in the first place. That suggests they are trying to fill a hole in the spirit with a function that should be, as the phrase goes, ‘just business’. And be clear: I’m not speaking of those who can’t accommodate a request or order (for instance, if they are booked, or can only make their widgets so fast), I’m talking about people who make what should be a straightforward transaction unnecessarily difficult–and this can go in the other direction, as well, if one is trying to buy more from the individual than they are actually selling, such as expecting an emotional ‘payoff’ to come with purchase, or perhaps by approaching a transaction with the assumption that to get your money’s worth means to get more than the seller is offering–which, we have to assume, the seller isn’t willing to offer, making the extraction of such extortion, or even a kind of spiritual bullying! So, today’s task is to examine energy exchanges in your life in order to see who, including yourself, might hold unwarranted expectations–and conversely, who might be making something transactional (an emotional relationship between parent and child, for example) that should in no way be conditional.

The second part of the ‘Cinderella’ article is on the way–I’ve just got so much to do right now! And I know I’m not alone in that. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Here’s an excellent look ahead to important events and degrees for 2019, by Traditional Astrologer Peter Stockinger–

7 December 2018 Dream or Delusion?

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By Hendrick Avercamp c1610 {{PD}}

I’m always reluctant to post the very next aspects following a Full or New Moon, as I think it’s much more important to pay attention to that Lunar energy as it peaks and plays out–and always looking to the next thing can keep us from seeing where we are, right now, and dealing with it effectively. So, try not to be distracted by what may be ahead–live right now.

This issue today coalesces like a soupy fog around our actions and choices, and the question becomes, are we driven by idealism, by a dream, or are we deceived or deluded, and accepting this as fact, pushing forward? If the former, yay! but if the latter, we have a way to measure whether we’re following what’s best or what’s deceptive: if you feel yourself rebelling against that supposedly inspiring energy, symbol, or cause, that is your individuality urge, your uniqueness, the most original part of yourself, letting you know that this direction, impulse, or choice doesn’t resonate with or speak for you at core–and so is likely untrue, in some way.

Two other things to keep in mind: thinking is all future-aligned, so may neglect the here-and-now (sound familiar?)–and where we put our attention may seem to be loaded with restrictions or constraints–but that’s really just the Universe pointing out how Self-discipline (rather than that supplied by externals) is necessary for building, creating, accumulating successfully. That means that the more Self-disciplined you are at this time, the less you’ll notice ‘Stop’ signs around you.

(Mars parallel and conjoined Neptune and semi-sq Uranus, Mercury trine NN, Sun parallel Saturn)

Today’s word image is a boy who ventures out onto pond ice, trying to help a deer that has fallen through, and falls through himself. This image is about being sufficiently equipped (including sufficiently mature) to help another. There is a certain kind of person who habitually rescues others, with little regard for whether the effort is successful, or even appropriate (have you ever been ‘rescued’ when you didn’t need it? particularly by someone for whom the ‘rescuing’ was about them, not you?) That kind of person is ‘under the ice’ themselves–and whether the effort is a continuous attempt to convince themselves and others that they’re a ‘good’ person, or is a mechanism for ignoring that they themselves are in danger of drowning, matters not. The problem is one of knowing when to take ‘appropriate action’–which involves not just when or when not to act, but also what to do, the good judgment to know what efforts are truly needed or even welcomed by those in a predicament. Another way to see this, should it apply to you or someone you know: Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

See the New Moon here–

New Moon in Sagittarius 6 December 2018 What Will You Learn?

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The New Moon occurs at 11:20 PM Pacific Standard time of the 6th at 15 Sagittarius 07. This New Moon falls square to the close conjunction of Mars and Neptune in Pisces, which adds an active ‘punch’ to discovered facts, new journeys, new beliefs, new horizons, fresh starts, to knowledge exchanged and the exotic or foreign revealed. The NM beginning may arise from an action, choice, or assertion that carries ideals, creativity, or delusion, or may be the cause of such; in either instance, the event of the New Moon brings conflict or tension to a head: action or a choice based on a dream (Mars-Neptune), for example, could bring upset for what facts it uncovers or beliefs it reveals (Sagittarius).

By Johannes Hevelius 1689 {{PD}}

The New Moon also sextiles both Black Moon Lilith and Pallas, though it doesn’t fall at their midpoint, suggesting the interactions with the NM are unrelated to each other. The New Moon carries the aura of wisdom or practicality, or may call on you to use skills, and its new starts may also be driven by material that’s been denied, that’s enraging, or that’s perceived as unjust–and though we each may respond to both sextiles, my sense is one or the other sextile will predominate for the individual. Too, if you have a natal placement at 13-15 Taurus your natal body is apex to a Finger of God with NM and Pallas as its base, steering you in the direction of a smart beginning or revelation that inspires expression of the natal energy–or if you have a natal placement at 13-15 Cancer, you have apex to another Finger with base of NM and Black Moon Lilith, which points to the New Moon stirring up or making undeniable what’s been shunted aside until now, forcing you to deal with the situation using the natal energy.

We also have a loose configuration, a Fist of God, with base of Uranus square the North Node, apex the New Moon. Here the individual clashes with her or his own life direction, possibly rebelling from a long-planned route. Is this a good rebellion, freeing the individual from unfair restraints? Or is it a rebellion led by the insistence on seeing the Self as independent, or as ‘special’, trying to prove uniqueness via erraticism or an uncooperative attitude? This likely plays in tune with the Merc direction, described below.

The New Moon also rests at the (very rough) midpoint of the Venus-Vesta square, suggesting that the NM event may carry the essence of the clash between highest values and wants. With Venus in Scorpio and Vesta in Aquarius, the primal nature of both what’s revered and what’s desired may be displaced digging for a ‘Truth’ that may or may not differ from the surface, and in intellectualizing what’s better felt through New Moon experience.

All the aspects suggest at least some effort (the sextiles), or friction (all the rest of the aspects) occurs, and that may be the place to focus: on the ways in which we are causing or using the available energy. Don’t think of it as energy going out, so much as an undifferentiated flow, ebbing and surging all at once, so that we are receptive (Lunar energy) as much as we are active and choosing (square to Mars, all hard aspects).

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food’. The birds are looking for sustenance, but what does the presence of sea gulls say to the sailors? That they are near land. This is an image of promise, beyond the survival needs, to arrival at a ‘new destination’. This suggests that the land we find ourselves in post-New Moon will be solid, whether it’s familiar or unexplored, verdant and populated or a deserted wasteland, welcoming or forbidding.

Mercury also goes direct today, ready to perfect a Water Grand Trine with Chiron and the North Node. That suggests that wounds and/ or the opportunity to employ skills figure strongly in thinking, and so in shaping the life direction. We find emotional balance in this regard, probably surrounding the mentality finding a ‘groove’ and falling into it. Sometimes a subdued rhythm to life is the most desirable thing imaginable.

Outlook for the 5th is here–scroll down for previous days. Have a wonderful New Moon, and please consider making a book purchase, rating my books on Goodreads, or rating my astrology on Facebook–thank you for your participation and feedback–it’s all very much appreciated!

 

5 December 2018 Temptation and Trust

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Why do we make Eve responsible for Adam’s choice? She’s responsible only for her own. ‘The Temptation’ By William Strang 1899 {{PD}}

There’s something that’s tempting us, no, rewarding us, for acting and choosing against our own best interests. We’re sabotaging our future, acting in ways we know aren’t wise, and refusing to listen to our instincts and our inner knowing. Why is this happening? We don’t trust ourselves, don’t trust our vision, and we have things we are in denial of or are hiding–and that leaves an opening for discordant influences to take advantage of us, to aim our own better natures against ourselves and our goals, to undermine what we are at the very core. The thing is, if we lack trust in ourselves as able to be most responsive to our own needs and in our own defense, then we are at the mercy of how the Universe and those others in it treat us–and feeling that way is debilitating to all facets of Being. Today, concentrate on cleaning out the psychic closet; facing reality, admitting the Truth, and hiding nothing bring immense inner strength and center us at a Soul level. Take your own hand, reassure yourself that you’re right here, and then relax–you’ll handle it.

(Mars sesq NN, qnx Pallas, and contraparallel Sedna, Venus sq Vesta, Sun sesq Uranus, sq Neptune, and sxt Black Moon Lilith)

‘Self-Portrait as a Deaf Man’ By Sir Joshua Reynolds c1775 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a word/ term that I keep hearing and think, ‘That’s the word image!’ but over the course of several days, I’ve forgotten it repeatedly, specifically when I’m writing a post! So, until I hear and remember it for a future post, we’ll make today’s image something you’ve forgotten–but will remember at just the right time.

4 December 2018 Caught At The Liminal Point

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Thomas Eakins {{PD}}

Try as we might, we can’t see a clear path into the future. What to do is obscured by our own wants and ambitions, and though we can identify both what’s practical and what’s wise, it’s not helping. It feels like we’re thinking clearly, but the reality is that the mental faculties are caught at the liminal point of turnaround, mired in a kind of retrograde energy that makes accurate perception difficult as peering into a dark cave–are those shadows, someone moving deep within, distortions of the light, beasts, or are our eyes playing tricks from concentrating so hard? Note impulses, the desire to move in a particular direction, note what you want and what you see as smart–and then wait a few days (again, past the Merc direction and the New Moon) to choose among those alternatives and then move forward.

(Mars parallel Zeus, Mercury semi-sq Pallas and trine NN, Sun sesq NN and sxt Pallas)

By Ian Boggs from Astoria, US – Lightning on the Columbia River, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3353472

Today’s word image is lightning striking twice in the same place. There’s a saying that claims that doesn’t happen, but it does. What big event, amazing occurrence, fortuitous serendipity, fated meeting, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity happened to you before? Well, get ready, because in some form, something special will present itself to you again–maybe exactly the same, a second chance, or maybe something quite different but rare, an unusual, twice-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Try to recognize it for its scarcity, and how you won’t get another chance like this again, so if it’s something you wish to do, go forward without hesitation, and without fear.

3 December 2018 A Fever

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‘The Fever’ By Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1883 {{PD}}

Do you feel things slowing, thoughts lagging, languishing in a strange heat created by too much reaching back to (and regretting) the past, too much ease in locating wounds and spotting opportunities missed, too much resentment of the facts and the way they’ve restricted you, then and now? It’s a fever raised by actions at which we are highly competent; we act, choose, and express ourselves well in the appropriate environment–and yet we fail to give ourselves credit for all we’re doing not just right but skillfully, in an accomplished way. Instead we look at all we’re missing or have failed at. Don’t let a wrong-headed focus distract you from the current opportunities, the many healed energies, and the absolutely brilliant thoughts you’ve come up with (but proceed with caution on this last, waiting until both direction of Mercury and the New Moon have had their say, on the 6th, to go forward on anything).

(Jupiter parallel SN, Mars parallel Ceres, Merc nov Saturn and trine Chiron)

Watch out for the broken glass! A detail from ‘Breakfast Table with Blackberry Pie’ By Willem Claeszoon Heda 1630 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is pie served to someone who doesn’t like pie. Those people don’t exist, you say? What an ungrateful person to disdain gooey fruit between two slabs of dough-ness, you say? This image is about assumptions, and being open to noticing that those around us have very particular tastes–and that to ignore those is to ignore a part of the individual. Is it your job to know and cater to every little thing in your loved ones? Absolutely not. But the image does suggest that you may be offering something to someone that you assume they will like, will see as good, when they really have no taste for it at all.

Your Weekend 1-2 December 2018 How Much Love, How Much Power?

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‘Omnia Vincit Amor, or The Power of Love in the Three Elements’ By Benjamin West 1890 {{PD}}

The general theme this weekend may be the personal balance of Power/ Love in your own life–and Truth in some form or another definitely figures into the equation.

On the 1st we know what to do, what to choose–we are in perfect alignment with our own values and priorities, and particularly with our highest ideals–and because of this harmony we’ll know what and how to transform circumstances for best results, including pulling in profit and/ or Love. This may be because of, or in spite of, the dark turn our thoughts have taken. We may be consumed with what we or others have hidden, are in denial of, are enraged by, or by the simple act of ignoring or being ignored. It can be a highly effective day, in terms of what we can set right, accomplish, or purge–and yet we run the risk of confusing the ability to face the darkness right now with that willingness being responsible for our current successes–which it is not. Keep ideals high, and make scouring the shadowed underbelly of people and things for the Truth an end in itself, rather than a mechanism of judgment, and all will be well.

(Mars nov and Mercury sxt Vesta, aspecting as Vesta moves into Aquarius and Mercury backs into Scorpio, Merc also parallel Black Moon Lilith, and the Sun nov both Venus and Pluto, and so caught at their midpoint)

Venus wanders into Scorpio on the 2nd, and the tone of relationships and remuneration edges toward the obscure, the confusing, the ideal (especially in terms of Power), and/ or in a creative/ destructive direction, the latter enhancing our desire to get to the Truth. Wounds can be healed, in this potential atmosphere of warm-and-fuzzy (or maybe it’s dank-and-passionate), but also easily perpetrated, as we are both too independent and prone to disbelieve our own instincts and what we know to be smart. The hard positions (possibly no-win) we find ourselves in may bring conflict, especially within the group, but we should know that underlying any upset is much-needed change, and if we face it with an attitude that looks for opportunity rather than to run away, we advance our interests and our overall well-being–and we may have a desire or two fulfilled along the way, to boot.

Many Thanks to zucker.leslie and anupturnedsoul for correcting my screw up. I wrote that Venus was entering Pisces (which I remember as I wrote it struck me as strange), when it was actually entering Scorpio. I was thinking of Water, and the emotional depths and all we can get from them, and of Plutonian energy (and the Sun’s parallel and square to Pluto and Mars) and the way it can overwhelm, obscure, and generate, as well as destroy, and then in referencing back to my own mention of Venus’ new sign, I misled myself, thinking, ‘Better mention the connection to Oneness!’ So again, thank you, dear Readers, for being on the ball, when I’m not!

(Pallas sesq Sedna, Chiron trine NN, Jupiter semi-sq Zeus, Mercury qnx Uranus, Sun parallel Pluto and sq Mars)

By Hide-sp – Hide-sp’s file, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2950685

This weekend’s word image is a misidentified photo. What are you mislabeling in your own life, thinking it is one thing when it’s completely another? This might be a big issue with significant consequences, or a small thing that gently turns the perceptions kaleidoscope, but in either case will frame a shift in thinking and ‘seeing’.

30 November 2018 Uncomfortable With Ourselves

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‘Mariana in the South’ By John William Waterhouse 1897 {{PD}}

We know we’re being wounded by what we’re not admitting to, whether that’s an emotion we find unacceptable, a Self-destructive behavior, or a matter we refuse to acknowledge. We know this, we even see how it’s putting up obstacles and making our own effective actions more difficult, and yet, we’re still unwilling to recognize the poison; we continue to sip, pretending it isn’t abrading us from the inside out. Why? Total concentration, whether we realize it or not, is on gaining or achieving what we desire–there’s no mental room for anything else. That means we are refusing to sufficiently value our own inventiveness, uniqueness, our originality, our ability to respond in the moment, refusing to value what makes us who we are. We are too bent on looking for answers, for satisfaction, out there, when the only effective approach is to find ourselves not just worthy, but the true source of what nourishes, attracts and gives Love and resources, of what makes us part of a living, breathing Universe.

(Chiron semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Saturn sesq Juno, Venus opp Uranus, Merc nov Zeus)

‘Mercury Thermometers’ Photo By Zwager {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a thermometer. What is it you need to ‘take the current temperature’ of? And how long has it been since you gave this needed scrutiny?

29 November 2018 Love’s Illusions

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We may persist today, on a quest that’s not truly our own. ‘Sir Galahad and the Quest for the Holy Grail’ By Arthur Hughes 1870 {{PD}}

The funny thing about today is that we may feel strong, capable, ready to raise the roof to get what we want–but there is a hidden danger lurking under a layer of bravado (which we may mistake for genuine confidence): it’s that we have already been told, loud and clear, that what we’re aiming for in the moment will not be ours. That’s a hard thing to accept, that something we’ve held dear, dreamed of, and were fairly confident was within reach will never arrive, and we’ve already received this message, the dangerous part being we’ve managed to ignore it. If we insist on continuing our quest, the Universe may step up and put serious, even insurmountable obstacles in our way–and these might have a negative effect in other areas, because we’re daring the Powers-That-Be: I don’t have to listen to you, I want this! And that’s when we are struck by lightning, swept away in the flood, lose our wallet, fall for the scam, marry the wrong person–because we are so sure we know better than the Universe. Oh no, we don’t. We have mistaken someone else’s goal, prize, accomplishment, title, position, or dream for our own. We have been carried off by an idea of Love that is not who we are. Once we admit that, we make room for the dream that’s really ours, the one that suits us down to our toes.

Possibly in addition to this mistaken quest, there is a particular difficulty with matters of Love or Money, or in mistaken values, where with that last we have been honoring something that doesn’t deserve our honorable treatment. In these areas, it’s a matter of ridding ourselves of illusions or delusions, or admitting we’re being lied to. Again, not a pretty picture, but a necessary one, if we are to get to the real Love, Money, or atmosphere we truly resonate with.

Today’s aspects play nicely into our Cinderella Point discussion, which I’ll post a second part on shortly.

(Ceres parallel Zeus, Uranus sq Vesta, Saturn sxt Ceres, Venus sesq Neptune)

Today’s word image is a frightening figure with a ludicrous hairstyle. If not for the comical do, this dark being would be really scary (and if you’ve dreamed about something like this, it’s even more apropos, in terms of representing illusion). What in your life is presenting as formidable, acting intimidating and dangerous, making you worry or actually fearful? Look more closely. There is some detail, some ‘tell’, that will let you know you don’t have to take this entity or environment nearly as seriously as you have been. You’re free to see him/ her/ it as it really is.

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And now a musical interlude in the spirit of today’s theme–

I’m Back!

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‘Airs and Graces’ By Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema c1885 {{PD}}

Well, almost–there’ll soon be a post for the 29th–but until then, step lightly, as the 28th may see us dragged back to the past–and whether that’s a nostalgia trip or falling back into old behavior or thought patterns, it may keep us from investing in the current path/ life direction–and like the hokey-pokey, that’s what it’s all about! Biggest offenders: Venus qnx Chiron and sq the Nodal axis, Mars nov SN.

Finding Your Cinderella Point

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By Jennie Harbour {{PD}}

A little Saturday night reading, from a 2013 ECLIPSE, though it seems just as timely today. I’ll return in a few days with an example of the Cinderella Point; the original article used someone not widely seen, anymore, so didn’t seem relevant for now.

Considering all that’s going on in the world, you may wonder why I came up with this topic, as if we’re all sitting around, idly wondering about our spiritual ‘G’ spot! It’s precisely at times crowded with outrageous and inexplicable events and confusing outcomes that we can really use a little something that will cut through the clutter and be both rewarding and purposeful–and something I will, for now, call your Cinderella point, is just that kind of answer to an unasked question.

The Cinderella fable, more or less as we know it today, serves as a template for this exploration, in large part because this story connects the dots between experiential energies in the natal chart–and this is so for men or women–and shows us a point or set of energy interactions that may catapult us to the next level. It also has the benefit of re-focusing our attention at a personal level–my sense is that many of us have been so distracted by events outside ourselves that we’ve lost an appropriate personal focus, one that keeps us aware of ourselves within the context of the world, rather than leaving us feeling we’re at the mercy of it, or making us so defensively Self-focused that we fuss and demand and end up unsatisfied, grabbing the wrong things in an attempt to assuage the bombardment of hurt we seem perpetually to be under.

The story goes like so: the central character, Cinderella (the Soul) lives in squalor in the confines of a splendid house (our earthly circumstances, and the surrounding nature/ the world), having ‘lost’ her father/ protector (awareness of our connection to the Divine, and our difficulty accepting that the connection is vital and alive, no matter how separated we seem to be-this can also be our connection to ourselves as part of Nature, or as part of the Cosmos) and under the auspices of a stepmother (mundane matters). The stepsisters are all those things we serve, those things that keep us running but that don’t replenish us; they represent the demands of our existence, the ones we believe are essential, but that really aren’t. The fairy godmother can be the Universe/ God, or something more prosaic, like ‘luck’ (but then we don’t really believe in luck, do we? We can call it synchronicity or timing or Providence, if we like that better), or the helping hand of another, especially of someone who is in a position to provide something you can’t. The ball is opportunity, showing ourselves and our talents to our best advantage, on whatever stage life affords us. The Prince is the opportunity that is just right for us; he does not represent an actual human or circumstance that will ‘rescue’ us from our current life, but is instead a chance for us to elevate ourselves and our expression, a chance to take the place only the Soul can adequately conceptualize (it’s the old idea that the Universe can have much more or much better in store for us than we are capable of imagining ourselves!)

So why does Cinderella run from the ball? She doesn’t want the Prince to know who she really is; she doesn’t believe she is ‘enough’, just as she exists. She doesn’t really have a clear Self-identity; she is not a person in her own right, but always seen in a role in connection to others: servant, step-relation, critical target. She is aware that her fancy facade lasts for a limited time; her appearance will lose its enhanced trappings and return to its modest origins on the stroke of midnight. She puts too much value on appearances, and shows a lack of faith in the Universe by believing that she will be rejected for the ‘new role’ if she is seen for who she is–she is projecting her own beliefs, making the assumption that the world shares her standard of judgment. This perfectly describes our own typical response to opportunity that will bring us to the next level, that will allow us to shine:  we present ourselves in what we think is our best guise, secretly believing we are not up to the challenge, in fact believing that we will be rejected if we don’t pretend to be other than we are.

You’ll recall, though, that unlike the rest of her clothing, Cinderella’s glass slippers don’t change back; she loses one on the steps as she flees, and it doesn’t turn back into her sensible loafer, but retains its magical substance. This suggests two things:  that even the experience of presenting ourselves under an idealized guise changes us, and in particular changes the foundation on which we stand (behaving as if what we want is already true); and, the way the glass slippers remain says that this is the right role–otherwise, the shoe wouldn’t fit. So, the glass slippers act as a direct message both to the Prince, who finds the shoe, recognizes it as Cinderella’s, and knows to seek the person for whom this is exactly right, and to Cinderella, that the elevated experience is indeed both real and attainable, perfect for her, that in fact this experience is actually seeking her out–she’s attracting what she’s meant to do.

So what in the chart can lead us to that Cinderella moment of realization, a knowing about the direction our life must take and the role we must play? What combination leads us to our own elevation, and so inevitably to the purpose of our Soul’s incarnation in the first place? We start with the Sun, of course, as the Soul Purpose and also principal identity indicator–however, not everyone sees themselves chiefly in the Sun–a male may identify more with Mars and a female with Venus, particularly if that male is an Aries Sun, or that female is a Taurus or Libra Sun, or Sun conjunct Mars or Venus, respectively, in any sign–but there are also those who center their identity in the Moon (those who see themselves in the main as sensitives, before anything else, or those who see themselves mainly in nurturing or mothering roles), and there are those who identify with their Ascendant–these are typically very outgoing individuals who are all about how they meet the world–it’s a little bit like a constant collision for them, so they may focus their viewpoint strongest through the sign on the Ascendant degree. A very few may take to Jupiter (teacher) or Chiron (healer), but neither of these should be worn full-time as a main identity (when looking from the inside out, back at yourself), so if that’s where you are drawn I would ask that you consider there is probably another of the already-mentioned bodies that is actually more suitable–of course, there will be exceptions to this, too.

Though it may seem like we’re all over the map with identity matters, we can’t underestimate the importance of allowing individuals to Self-identify when it comes to what energies they resonate with, despite my above warning. It would be naive to believe that everyone identifies most strongly with their Sun; instead, we allow for the idea that individuals may ‘live through’ various portions of the chart at different stages of life–or that for some, another energy will just beckon more strongly,such as in the instance of response to the Sun’s ruler, rather than the Sun itself. This process in general of finding the Cinderella point is quite loose; don’t expect a cut-and-dried formula–that would deny the great variety within human nature, and make things pretty boring, to boot!

Once we determine where our identity lies in the chart, we will want to locate the other ideas, players, or concepts, and see how they relate to our principal identity indicator. The earthly circumstances are centered in the Earth itself, always directly opposite the Sun, and secondarily in Saturn, which generally stands for all mundane matters, as well as things that control us (the stepmother), including our fears. The God/ Universe concept and our separation may be outlined by Vesta, or may, especially for those who identify with bodies other than the Sun, be found in the Sun, suggesting that for these individuals, the Cinderella moment involves moving back toward the Soul Purpose, as defined by our Solar placement.

The ball may be represented by Jupiter, as the expanded personal stage found on the social scene, or Uranus, if we are drawn to a role within a group, or conversely, if we find a big part of our identity in isolation or rebellion. The Prince is opportunity tailor-made for us–and likely is indicated by transit, Secondary Progression, or Solar Arc of featured energies in the chart, i.e. those that are prominent and obviously rule important life matters. The character of these may also be suggested by the 8th House, both the state of the ruler of the sign on the cusp and anything posited therein, because the 8th shows us the support we can expect from others, and by the 10th, which can suggest those authorities who may be significant to our career or status, and the glass slipper–oh yes, even this can be found in the chart!–is likely related to matters of the House with Pisces on the cusp (the sign of feet!) or is described by Mercury (he of winged feet). Those things blocking our direct understanding of our Divine connection, and so our Divine mission, may be signified by Chiron, Saturn, or possibly Neptune, if he is in a position that suggests he’s more about obscuring the view than inspiring the individual, or could be suggested by any hard aspects of bodies to the Sun or to the chosen identity indicator.

Though you may feel hopelessly lost at this point, drowning in details, we’ll walk through an example in a day or three–you’ll see that we must be flexible, and also ready to be a bit unconventional, in forming some ideas about what might offer us true opportunity to what we’re meant to do, and so re-connect us (good to ponder now, during Merc retro) with the Divine. We musn’t be afraid to edit concepts to fit reality, and to turn on a dime, should we find a theory unworkable–otherwise, how useful would astrology be? We must remember that the Cinderella point will for some be found in a role, for some in action, for some in acceptance of who they really are by others, and for still others it could entail taking a completely unexpected turn, but for every single person, it starts with Self-acceptance–remembering our Divine connection means we will be willing to appear at the ball as we are–only then will efforts be meaningful, and fulfillment a real possibility.

22 November 2018 Full Moon in Gemini: This Beginning

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‘The Nickel Belt’ By Franklin Carmichael 1928 {{PD}}

The Full Moon falls at 00 Gemini 52 at 9:39 PM PST on the 22nd. Though under other circumstances we might consider it conjoined Sedna, it’s past contact, and may better represent where we’re coming from: the subliminally loaded atmosphere that preceded the Full Moon ‘wake up’ in a retro Mercury ruled Gemini. The FM is opposed Jupiter and in wide square to Mars (in effect forming a T-square), in wide sextile to Chiron and wide trine to the South Node. (When I specify ‘wide’ for an aspect, I’m speaking relatively, considering the event requires fairly close contact, and the strength of the aspect itself affects just how much of a range to consider.)

A Full Moon delivers something to us, completed, perfected, an ending, conclusion, or denouement that, in this case, sparks the germ of some brand new idea. So very early in Gemini, the FM says, ‘From that ending comes this beginning.’ What flickers may be dim, held somewhere in the back of consciousness, or may seem to face insurmountable facts or beliefs (Jupiter opp) or may contradict (the square) our own Will, choices, or actions (Mars), but will be both healing (Chiron) and bring forward useful facets of the past (SN)–and that should reassure us that what begins here, much as the ego may fight it, is really a good thing. Whatever it calls us to do, change, or be, whatever the suggestion put forward by the Lunar light, it will be a big deal, if not now, then when it finally grows from germ to bud, which may be the point when you see why this idea, thought, or communication (Gemini) matters so much.

The Sabian for the Full Moon in Gemini is, ‘A Glass-Bottomed Boat Reveals Undersea Wonders’. What’s conveyed (the symbol of the boat as conveyance) is clear to us, if we’ll only look down (the SN past). Viewed through the lens of emotions (the water) we begin to understand something that was hidden to us (undersea), before now. It’s this understand that sparks the new idea in the mind, the one that finds its origins at this point in the Lunar cycle.

We also look at the source of the light for a Full Moon; the Sabian for the Sun is, ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’. This image emphasizes the importance of the past, reawakened to inform the Now, and possibly points to the way we may need, in this particular instance, to ‘retire’ the Warrior spirit of Mars, if only so that we can have an inner quiet that allows the new idea to grow. We must look at what from the past has survived the conflict (the war that made them veterans), and what it can tell us about healing in the present, or even about how best to interact with social influences (Jupiter), especially those we have resisted (FM opposition/ conj Sun).

Look carefully at these children. Jacek Malczewski 1896 {{PD}}

If you celebrate Thanksgiving at this time, I wish you a wonderful holiday–and for everyone else, a wonderful week! I’ll be taking a bit of time off from the Daily posts, but will return before you know it 🙂

 

 

 

21 November 2018 Harmonious Chord

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‘La Répétition de Chant’ By Edgar Degas c1873 {{PD}}

We must face what we’ve been hiding from ourselves, what we’ve been in denial about, what enrages us, the injustices right in front of us that we’ve let go by, until now. In the run up to the Full Moon in Gemini we feel it pressing, still subliminal but urgent. It’s a matter of finding a harmonious chord with the group, of finding our ‘tribe’ and letting them know we as individuals belong. There’s something supremely healthy in making this declaration; it offers the freedom we’ve been looking for, and we may make adjustments to our Self-expression or our group involvement because of it.

(Juno sxt Hygeia, Mercury sxt Black Moon Lilith, Sun qnx Uranus and parallel Jupiter)

By Margret Hofheinz-Döring/ Galerie Brigitte Mauch Göppingen, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4211968

Today’s word image is a fish. I’m thinking this may take any number of forms, different for each of us. Just take note of when or where fish come up in your day (saying this in my head as I type makes me want to laugh–“where fish come up in your day”–right?–as if we routinely bump into them on the street!) Logos, visual representations, aquariums, and fish sandwiches all count, and may clue you in to an important moment or something you should notice at that time. Good hunting (or should I say trolling? No, not on the interwebs!)

 

20 November 2018 Take Refuge

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‘A Storm on a Mediterranean Coast’ By Claude-Joseph Vernet 1767 {{PD}}

When both fantasy and the real world seem harsh and inhospitable, where ya gonna go? You’ll find out today; here are a few suggestions: consciously act to support or further the well-being of one or more individuals, organizations, or matters you honor and find sacred–use your current position, status, or ‘reach’ to affect a positive outcome; put your attention on the future, and let what you want to have happen guide what you do now; or, review the past and either an instance of healing or of using/ acquiring skills that make your life more meaningful today (no action required except memory for this last). It’s a time to take refuge, in some sense; no need to feel guilty or to force yourself out into the fray–there’s plenty of time for (but again, no real need for) that, in days to come.

(Neptune sesq and the Sun trine NN, with Sun also trine Chiron, Vesta trine Juno, Saturn sq Pallas)

‘The Tantrum’ By Francisco de Goya y Lucientes CCO

Today’s word image is tradition disrupted. Expect something you count on as tradition, done every time there’s a particular event or gathering, to be un-doable this year. It’s a gauge, a kind of test, as to your ability to still go forward joyfully, to adapt, be flexible, and embrace something new. Be inventive in your response, and don’t allow bitterness or the shrill voice of, ‘But that’s how it always is!’ and the expectation that it still should be to ruin what otherwise can be the best event or gathering of its kind yet.

19 November 2018 Square Deal

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‘Flower Clouds’ By Odilon Redon 1903 {{PD}}

All attention is on today’s perfection of Mars in Pisces square Jupiter in Sagittarius (unless you’re wrestling with the Aries Moon’s trine to retro Mercury in Sag, in which case, ‘Why did I do it?’ ‘Why didn’t I know that?’ or ‘Why did I say it?’ are on a continuous loop in your conscious mind). Mars doesn’t take to warm and fuzzy (or wet and disorienting) easily, so whatever aggressive dreams, actions in support of ideals, or creative warrior stance you’ve taken since his entry into Pisces gets pumped up with contact to exaggerator-in-chief Jupiter. You may feel all you want is a square deal, a fair shake at implementing the Neptunian Nirvana you want to put in place, but you’re doing it all by your lonesome (Mars) and the social order or some all-knowing authority (Jupiter) wants to teach you a thing or two about sharing, outreach, and the larger picture.

(also Vesta sextiles Hygeia)

What a jokester that guy is! ‘Krishna Spilling the Milk Maids’ Pots’ Artist Unknown CC BY 4.0

Today’s word image is a glass of spilled milk. Well that’s obvious, right? Something is gone, lost, wasted, and can’t be recovered–so to continue to dwell on, mourn, or feel guilty about its loss is pointless. Honor what happened in proportion to what’s gone, and then vow to take more care, next time.

18 November 2018 The Shape of Things

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‘Jar, Bottle and Glass’ By Juan Gris 1911 {{PD}}

We have a way with the material world today, a kind of genius for manipulating tangibles, a capacity to build, form, shape, accumulate, and set boundaries–so what gets in our way? Power struggles, especially those centered in relationship dynamics, financial dependencies, and in questions of autonomy vs. authority. Issues arise because we either refuse to listen to our own inner voice, our own instincts, or because we are pushing through some of our own blind spot material, and problems are merely others reflecting back to us what we’re not seeing. A good day, if we are as open to feelings, our own and others’, as we are to interaction with the physical world.

(Venus qnx Juno, Sun nov Saturn and opp Sedna)

‘Night in Saint-Cloud’ By Edvard Munch 1890 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a rapidly darkening day. In the Northern Hemisphere we’re all getting a taste of this now, as winter approaches and the days shorten, but my focus is on the sense of darkness coming prematurely, night arriving much sooner in our ‘day’ than we expect. Is there some area in your life where you feel ‘darkness’, or perhaps an ending, closing in? Is there a feeling of panic, upset, or disappointment over having less time to address this than you thought you would (or that you want)? And is this feeling diverting attention from those things you could do to affect what’s coming–are you so busy lamenting and wishing for ‘more’ that you aren’t really seeing and enjoying what you have?

17 November 2018 Stay In Your Lane

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‘Early spring’ 1885 By Ivan Endogurov / Иван Ендогуров {{PD}}

It’s a day to stay in our lanes, and yet to make those lanes as wide as possible, to claim all our territory, to embrace our roles and the authority those carry. It’s not a day for ego or to shout ‘Look at me!’; instead, we do best to keep thinking and plans closely aligned with highest values and priorities, and to accept that the kind of power we should pursue is consistently smart and practical–and nothing else.  Disruptors include the unexpected or unreliable in relationships and income streams, and a potential lack of grace displayed when confronted with new or revolutionary ideas.

(Pallas parallel Ceres, Venus contra-parallel Uranus, Merc nov Vesta, Sun opp Juno)

‘Ucho Van Gogha’ Andrzej Karpiński 1994 Fotoart2014 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is an electronic device (phone, computer, Alexa, Siri, television) engaged in unauthorized listening within your home. Does that concept freak you out, creep you out, or do you think it might be a good thing, helpful in a case of break-in or injury where you could shout for help? Today we might pay attention to how much privacy we actually have, and how we feel about that.

16 November 2018 Flow

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‘Men in an Outrigger Canoe Headed for Shore’ By Arman Manookian 1929 {{PD}}

Will it be a riptide, pulling you out of your depth, pulling you under, or a gentle current carrying you to shore and depositing you carefully on the beach like a coconut floating in a tropical surf? Venus’ direction restores our aesthetic, relationship, and value norms (the standards we hold, not the actual state of matters to pre-retro dimensions), and we may look immediately to ‘the Other’ for feedback or reassurance (Libra), even as Merc’s retrograde in Sagittarius withdraws sharpness and focus from the mind–and at this point we were likely centering reasoning on either ‘the facts’ or our personal beliefs–so that the need to feel that comes forward during any Merc retro shows us the way out of our suddenly fuzzy thinking. The mind expands, and probably begins to traffic in images, sensations, big concepts, and ideas we might label ‘foreign’, as these are what’s accessible at this point of the cycle. Be prepared to spend the next three weeks in feeling mode–and as always, delay signing, agreeing, or formulating rules or conditions until Mercury’s turnaround, 6 December.

Today’s word image is a person holding a key, with no idea what it opens. We have the answer–the only way to use it, though, is to figure out which question it’s the answer to.

14-15 November 2018 No Straight Line

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‘Composition V’ By Wassily Kandinsky 1911 {{PD}}

Though the 14th may seem like a quiet day, big change can occur almost without our realizing it. We act with the future in mind, with goals and our highest priorities and values as guidelines–but what we’ve been ignoring or denying, or matters that have enraged us or forced us into a proactive stance, come forward and, in some amazingly clever and inspired ways, alter the terrain. Even if we don’t see the shift, it happens–and factors we couldn’t have anticipated (indeed, we make our choices only from what we start the day knowing) will spring up, appear, or (in a sense) reach out to us, and transform what lies before us. But, because we’ve used our values and commitments as a guide, we end up with things better aligned with our goals and priorities than they were when we started. That’s progress, as long as you don’t demand it unfold in an absolutely straight line.

Be ready for Mars to sextile Uranus tomorrow, the 15th, then move into Pisces–choices and actions, our own and others’, are unexpected, shocking, surprising, radical, or flow from Higher Mind–and leave us either confused or inspired. Keep in mind that the ‘Big Reveal’ of Venus going direct occurs the 16th, as does Merc’s retrograde in Sagittarius–that means what happens on the 15th may be a ‘pre-reaction’, as we feel the approaching shifts but are not yet conscious of them–more on both those changes later.

(Sun sxt Vesta and parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mars qnx NN and nov Pluto)

By Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca 1876 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a death that’s not a death but a kidnapping, instead. That’s a vague way of saying something we think is dead isn’t dead at all, it’s just been moved to another ‘location’–and that means we’re operating in a bit of Neptune’s territory (or is it Pluto’s?), as we’re actively being deceived about the viability of something important. What dream have you given up on (deceiving yourself), or have you been convinced by others or circumstances is dead, that might fit this image? Consider that it may, yet, be resurrected, and watch what occurs at the double turnaround of Venus and Mercury on the 16th–but don’t make up your mind just yet, wait for Merc’s direction on 6 December–that’s the earliest point at which all pieces of the puzzle become clear.

13 November 2018 Finding Lost Objects, Part 2

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Not an object, but good that he was found! ‘The Finding of Moses’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1904 {{PD}}

Please see yesterday’s post for the initial part of the article. Today is also bare of perfecting aspects, with only a semi-square from the Sun to Saturn suggesting we may be keenly aware of obstacles and rules–try to see that they seem larger than they are, and that’s because our attention is naturally drawn to them right now–and that can make problems appear much bigger than they are.

Our example in the article was drawn with Placidus Houses, but the rules apply to any House system–I only note it because of a mention of intercepted signs, which don’t happen in Whole Sign, which I use now.

We need to note some particular conditions applicable to finding lost items:

·         If we are asking about something ourselves, we are designated by the 1st House, but if we are asking for someone else, we will cast the chart, then ‘turn’ it so that the House that represents that individual from our point of view becomes the 1st. For instance, if we ask about a lost item for our daughter (“Where is my daughter’s passport?”) the 5th House, representing our child, becomes the 1st, and so the significator of the lost item is found in the original 6th, which is the 2nd from the 5th. If, however, we ask and refer to our daughter by name (“Where is Hildegarde’s passport?”) we would designate her as the 7th in the original chart, and so the 8th becomes the house indicating the lost item. This is part of why in all Horary the framing of the question is of such importance. As an astrologer, one frames the question and reads the chart from the question-asker’s point of view. Example: If the person asking the question is named Chloe, the astrologer asks, ‘Where are my (Chloe’s) keys?’ and places Chloe in the 1st House.

·         The first place to look for an object is indicated by the House where the significator of the object is found (so, if the ruler of the 2nd is Mars and it is posited in the 3rd, we would look in those areas represented by the 3rd: a sibling or neighbor may have taken it or know where it is, or it may be in their home, it may be in the garage or in the car, at a store or market, in or on a desk or other place where writing occurs or written materials are kept, in the TV or media room or on one of these appliances, in a hallway, stairway, or other passage, including out in the road or driveway, at a local school or park, or left on a bus or taxi) ; the sign of the significator, as well as its dispositor (ruler) can also give clues, as can the House where the dispositor is found. The House of any indicator often names the physical place (on a shelf, at the dump, in bed) while the sign describes the conditions (Scorpio= wet, marshy, low lying areas, humid places, near plumbing; Aquarius=uneven terrain, dry, literally in the air or hanging somewhere, where it’s breezy–near a window, for instance)–this isn’t a hard and fast separation, though, and lots of variation occurs (the sign pointing to location, for instance, rather than atmosphere). There are lots of possibilities for a significator–part of our job in reading the chart is to think logically about the object, and try to build a picture or three of where it might be from those many possibilities.

·         Directions can be judged from the actual directions in a chart: ASC is due east, MC north, and so on, for charts drawn in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, please see the link in the comments.

·         The signs are of course associated with colors, the most famous probably being Aries’ Martian red. Sometimes colors can help with location, but as with direction, it may not be particularly helpful or necessary in finding a lost object.

·         The Part of Fortune can be useful for locating lost objects. Its location can be read just as are those of the significators and their dispositors, though I find that it will give the most useful information when it is in the same number degree, regardless of sign, as one of the significators. Use the Part of the original chart, even if you turn it to accommodate someone else’s viewpoint.

·         A retrograde planet as significator of the item suggests it will be found or return.

·         If the significator of the lost object is in Virgo, Pisces, the 6th or 12th, or is conjunct Pluto or Neptune, the item is probably tucked out of sight, is hidden, obscured somehow, must be dug for or ‘revealed’, in some way, and sometimes may not be findable.

I decided to use a chart I’d just drawn for a real-life problem: I asked, “Where is my book?” The book I was looking for is the exceptionally useful Horary volume in the March and McEvers’ ‘The Only Way to . . .’ series. I’ve learned a great deal from other volumes on Horary, but theirs is the cleanest and most direct methodology, and never fails me. Though I know what I’m doing in terms of reading the chart, with lost items it helps to have a comprehensive list of possibilities for what a planet, sign, or House might represent, and these are included in their volume and I use those lists as references frequently–the last thing I wanted to do was overlook something useful in explaining things to you, and now the book I needed was nowhere to be found!

The chart is drawn for 27 November 2012 at 10:47 AM PST Seattle, Washington USA. The Ascendant is 18 Capricorn 27, and certainly reflects my serious attitude! Also accurate are the intercepted sign in the 1st (Aquarius, my natal ASC) and the placement of Neptune and Chiron therein, with Neptune signifying my distress and confusion at having looked for two days and not finding it, and Chiron in Pisces probably relating to the fact that I’m trying here to relay my unique skills (Chiron) to you! That Ascendant is safe to judge (though my significator does fall in the ‘fiery way’, perhaps reiterating my stress), the 7th is clear, but uh-oh! The Moon is Void, at 26 Taurus 57, though it is less than 1 degree past conjunction with the South Node. Now this is where the personal discretion of the astrologer comes in: the Nodes are not bodies but points where the Moon’s path crosses the ecliptic–the Nodes identify the most extreme points on this path at any one time–so does this count as the Moon being Void, and so should we abandon the chart right now as unreadable? Not every astrologer uses the Nodes in Horary, and though I do note that they often appear in a House significant to the question, and point in the inevitable direction that the question will evolve (the North Node) I still don’t consistently pay attention to them in Horary–but sometimes they become prominent, as here.

When I hit something so iffy that I end up not being sure what to do, I usually proceed, with the idea that if anything else is unclear then it’s over, but also open to the chart being legitimate if everything else tells a coherent story. Ruler of the 2nd, significator for the ‘lost object’ of the book, is Neptune, which sits in the 1st. This suggests I either know where it is or I’m the one who put it where I can’t find it–certainly descriptive of the situation and common to my difficulties! In its own sign of Pisces, the significator suggests the book is hidden or obscured from view, and as a location the 1st suggests that the book is in the area where I spend the most time–that makes sense–but where to now? The significator is its own dispositor, and the entire house is where I spend my time! We might now inspect the Moon, though it mostly says that it may be in a place I’ve stashed it before (Moon conjunct the South Node). The 2nd itself hold Pallas in Pisces (describing the esoteric wisdom contained in the book) and Uranus in Aries (suggesting perhaps that I need to aggressively continue looking, and that it might be found suddenly), and in Aries we might find a hint as to the location or circumstances under which it will be found: discarding the outside possibilities, we have somewhere near a heating source, somewhere not frequented often, possibly near the ceiling (because heat rises?) in or near something metal.

So, we go to another possibility, inspecting the ruler of a House where the object would naturally be found, in this case, a book would fall in the 3rd of written materials (yes, it’s been published, but the 9th would be more appropriate for Jupiterian items, like a horse or TV). Aries is on the cusp, with ruler Mars in the 12th conjunct Pluto with only 1 minute difference–the location says hidden, the sign (Capricorn) says in something solid, a box, perhaps, maybe black or dark brown, behind closed doors, something wooden, or made of cement or rock, contained, or maybe under a pile of other things, but put there with the idea of staying organized that is inherent to Cappy. Pluto hints that it might have been re-cycled (yikes!) or destroyed–but close as Pluto is to Mars, it’s not necessarily a player. Pluto does rule the 10th, implying that where it’s been put might have to do with my career, someplace I store professional papers–okay, but I thought I’d already looked in all those places?

Let’s review the clues: the book is hidden or obscured from view, placed somewhere I’ve put it before and where I spend a lot of time, probably in pursuing my career, in something solid, near metal or a brown or black Capricorn material (wood!) behind a door of some kind, placed there trying to stay organized–and then it hits me! This describes the seldom-used, re-finished to show its natural brown wood, drop-down desk that holds astrology papers and books, most of which I seldom access or need–unlike the book I’m looking for. I had looked in the drawers of this desk, and even opened the drop-down door, but somehow missed the book which, Eureka! I find tucked under some papers in one of the desk’s cubbies–oh, and there’s a large copper planter on top of the desk, and the hardware is black metal. This desk is located right next to the desk where my computer sits–it is the corner of the house I frequent the most, no question–however, the location doesn’t correspond to directional indicators–unless I imagine myself literally standing in the place of the ASC, facing in to the chart, as I’m sitting at my computer desk–then the book would lie physically to my left, where we find Mars in the 12th.

Horary can be extremely complicated, and it does take a long time to become comfortable making discretionary judgments about which clues to follow, but it’s a rewarding branch of astrology that can deliver some amazing and highly practical results. Good luck with your explorations!

Here’s another example I tackled on the blog, and see here if you’d like a Horary done for you–thanks!

 

12 November 2018 Let’s Find It! A Straightforward Lesson in Locating Lost Objects Part 1

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‘Hide and Seek’ By James Tissot c1877 {{PD}}

Nothing new perfects today, as we breeze along under the light of the waxing Moon. Instead of a forecast, I offer a re-print from the pages of ECLIPSE:

Misplacing an object is one of the most common mini-upsets we can experience. After all, we wanted that thing right now, and somehow it is not where (we think) we put it! Astrology can be exceptionally helpful in locating what’s gone missing, living or inanimate–though right now we’ll concentrate on a simple method for finding objects, rather than people, or even pets, as finding the living can get a little complicated.

We start, not with the moment we begin looking for the object, but in the moment when our minds form the intent of drawing a horary to ask the location of the object. So, after 45 minutes of digging through couch cushions and going on hands and knees around the room, searching for our keys, we sigh and say to ourselves, looking immediately at the nearest timepiece, ‘Where are my keys?’ We proceed to the computer with the time in mind, draw our chart for that time, and then inspect it for a few matters that can affect its reading, before we actually approach the question.

There are four classic indicators that a chart will not deliver a reliable answer (or that the astrologer shouldn’t judge the chart). Please keep in mind that there can be much variation in method from astrologer to astrologer, largely through each person’s own trial and error to find what works best for them, or in their dedication to horary from a specific perspective (such as following ancient proscriptions). Do not think that comparing methodologies will get you any closer to definitive rules! But, there are some rules about when it’s safe to judge a chart that can be considered Universal. Here they are:

·         An Ascendant that precludes learning anything new from the chart. This arises when the Ascendant for the question falls in the first 3 degrees of a sign, or in the last 3. With the 3 early degrees of a sign, we are looking at a matter that is in its infancy. The situation or circumstances are not developed enough to get a clear handle on–we can’t read what hasn’t yet taken shape. With the last 3 degrees of any sign on the Ascendant, we are notified that the matter is, in some essential way, already settled or formed. We can find out in what way by reading the chart, but in my experience these are always circumstances we are already aware of, and so the chart can add nothing to our store of knowledge about the issue. And as we know, should the Ascendant fall in the 29th degree, the querent (person asking the question), if not the situation itself, is under extreme stress (in fact, everything in the 1st House will describe the person asking the question. For example, if Mars is here, they are likely driven by anger, if Neptune, they are confused or distraught).

·         The Moon is Void of Course. This is when the Moon will make no major Ptolemaic aspect before leaving the sign: conjunction, sextile, square, trine, or opposition. For horary we look at applying aspects only, though the wonderful March and McEvers suggest that if the contact is less than 1 degree past exact it can also be counted–and my experience supports this. I also use the quincunx, as it’s telling of the need for change or modification to the situation in question before a final answer is available; it can often suggest the possibility of a desirable outcome, or conversely the denial of fulfillment, dependent on the querent’s choices and actions from that point forward–in short, it tells you that something can still be done to affect the question. A good way to think of the results of a Moon Void of Course chart is to say, ‘Nothing will come of it,’ based on the idea that the Moon drives the action. March and McEvers also note that, if the answer to the question can be obtained without referencing the Moon, then a Void doesn’t matter–this is in my opinion true.

·         Saturn in the 7th House, Capricorn or Aquarius on the 7th House cusp. Saturn in the 7th indicates that the one judging the chart (the astrologer) will miss something relevant and likely then come to a mistaken conclusion, make mistakes in calculation, or judge incorrectly some relevant part of the equation. Capricorn and Aquarius are both ruled by Saturn in ancient practice, hence the rule about these two signs on the 7th cusp suggesting the chart should not be read. I have read charts with those signs on the 7th House cusp, but with mixed results, and I have never read with Saturn in the 7th–both rules are worth noting and respecting–I follow about Saturn’s placement consistently, as well as when Cappy is on the 7th cusp, but since I use Uranus I don’t include a prohibition when Aquarius is 7th cusp ruler.

·         Moon in the Via Combusta. This rule is the one most likely to be ignored by modern astrologers. It’s based on the passage of the Moon through 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio, the claws and body of the Scorpion, and which area at one time held several malefic fixed stars. The stars have since precessed (moved forward) in the zodiac, but the area of ‘the burning way’ or ‘fiery path’ is still held to be itself malefic by some astrologers. This is one rule I don’t follow, but have caught myself more than once checking it out in cases where it might provide the answer to why a chart isn’t working!

Now we have the basics as to when one should just throw up one’s hands and walk away from a reading. If none of these circumstances occur when we draw a chart, then we have the go-ahead. What we need to remember is that a horary chart is, just like a birth chart, a snapshot of a moment in time and space that contains information–and in this case, because we are focused on a specific question/ set of circumstances, we don’t read the entire chart, we only read the elements associated with the question–that trims it down quite a bit, and makes lost objects a good place to begin to learn about horary astrology, because they typically involve only two parties, the person looking for the thing and the thing itself.

Some astrologers only use the planets visible to the naked eye, in the tradition of those who first formulated horary rules (which gives us Saturn as ruler of Uranus and Jupiter as ruler of Pisces), and many modern practitioners use the higher and lower octave method i.e. for Aquarius on the cusp of the 1st and so representing the querent, for example, the astrologer might examine both Mercury (lower octave) and Uranus (higher octave), and some argue against using the outer planets at all as they move so slowly. I find that the outer planets are indeed usable, as they can often represent a certain sluggishness, impermeability, or static quality of the matter or person they represent, though those who stick to the ancient rules do not agree, and I also often examine both higher and lower octave, and ancient rulers, for corroboration of an outcome.

To find a lost object we look at the ruler of the 1st, which stands for the querent (the person asking the question), the ruler of the 2nd, which is the usual House used to represent a lost object, and the Moon, which is always co-representative of the querent (except when another part of the question commandeers this significator) and also acts as an indicator of the passage of time, and so can weigh in on expected events or help us discern how long we might have to wait until we once again have the object in our hands. As well, the planets that rule the significators are important for what they might convey. One important thing to note which seems to be very true: we should not ask questions idly–some emotional impetus is necessary to bring the ‘urge to know’ forth at just the right moment in the mind–this way the timing of a question has some rhyme and reason behind it.

Tomorrow I’ll post the second and final part of the Horary lesson on finding lost objects.

 

Your Weekend 10-11 November 2018 Truth Or Dare

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

The 10th brings a very particular kind of stress: the tension that comes with dissonance between the Will and the current life direction, between doing (and so feeling effective in your choices) and listening to instincts and the more subtle currents of feeling and what you ‘know but don’t know’. We might phrase this conflict another way: it’s the difference between wanting to do and so gain instant gratification, and sitting back, listening, and then taking a less flashy path. One results in immediate returns, while the other brings gain down the road, but with the latter, the benefits may be far greater, more far reaching, and could facilitate a long-held life goal. So which will it be, a payoff right now, or one down the road? Your choice. Neither option is inherently ‘better’; it all depends on whether you are living totally in the moment (in which case there won’t be any positive ripple effect into tomorrow–all the positives come today–you need to know that), or whether you are choosing and acting with an eye to what you’re building for the future (Ceres sq the Nodes, Mars sq Sedna-Juno conj, Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Mercury sxt Black Moon Lilith and semi-sq Venus)

On the 11th Ceres enters Scorpio–Nature reveals her mysteries, shares her secrets, or delivers certain Truths–and we are face-to-face with the reality of the Power situation and our place within it. The question becomes: do we dare trust ourselves, our instincts, our knowing, and so proceed according to our deepest nature, or do we trust external power situations and holders to support our cause? Again, neither of these answers is inherently superior, it all depends on what we need right now–and today, how we feel about (and how much we truly trust) ourselves. Hint: be honest with yourself. If you tend to let yourself down, failing to follow through on crucial efforts, your best bet is to be open to the aid you can receive from authority figures, as using these influences to their maximum potential requires a lot of energy and a willingness to have faith in and commit to one’s own original ideas–so do what’s best for you (Juno conj Sedna, Uranus opp Ceres, Sun sxt Pluto)

Hmm, what’s in the box? By Photo Dharma from Sadao, Thailand – 27 Mother of Pearl Treasure Chest, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59879131

This weekend’s word image is a tiny treasure chest. There’s something small but full of ‘gems’, rewards, or ‘booty’ waiting for you to unearth, discover, or dig up this weekend. Go get it!

9 November 2018 Balance Arrives

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‘The Circus’ By Charles Demuth 1917 {{PD}}

Are you feeling better yet? Better than the past few days, weeks, or months? If not, today will start the recovery, for those who haven’t yet escaped the maelstrom of ‘fake news’, disappointment at life developments and the unexpected results of choices, or for those who are simply sensitive to the ongoing chaos of current times. Balance arrives as we gain a clear idea of what we need and of what’s healthy for us; we have the wisdom and the energy to implement changes that support us and our values. The only thing we might have to sacrifice (and this is likely only temporary) is an ambition or two–but putting a little distance between ourselves and our quarry will probably show it’s not the most important thing to go after right now, anyway. We seek and find an equitable situation in relationships and in compensation for our efforts, but be aware: we get what we need in this department, not necessarily what we want.

(Venus trine Mars, Vesta sq Zeus, Juno contra-parallel Hygeia, Sun semi-sq Pallas)

Don’t worry about what they think of you. ‘Two Girls Carrying a Basket’ By Paul Sandby Undated {{PD}}

I’ve gone round and round about today’s word image, but I keep coming back to the same overall idea: the judgments of others, and how much they do or don’t affect you. How hard is it for you to remember that those are just opinions, and not even your own opinions, about you or something in your life? Do you see certain individuals as having a ‘right’ to comment? Do you feel you have a right to comment on anyone else? How much are your choices driven by or curbed by what you think others will think? And are you aware that this latter is your supposition, so really a judgment imposed by yourself? Strive today, for just 24 hours, to listen only to yourself, to refuse to imagine what others will say, and see whether you feel better or worse than usual at the end of the day. I’m betting on better. 

See the recent New Moon here–

8 November 2018 Amazing

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It’s an amazing day; the scales fall from our eyes, allowing clear perception of the true power situation and the more serious facets of the Universe, showing us how these perceptions fit with and serve, and so make come alive, our highest values, displayed through our commitments and service–so if you find yourself ‘wasting time’ or otherwise treading water, look to what this says about your dedicated energies–and don’t be afraid to make changes, if those commitments don’t fit your ideas of what’s sacred and should be honored. This may be more subtle than this makes it sound; it may be that the need for real change doesn’t become apparent for some time–but it will reveal itself, based on what you find out now.

Jupiter enters Sagittarius and we learn–we get the facts we were missing, we get a broader view of the world, we expand our interests in what’s ‘out there’, and it excites our ambitions and desires. We glimpse new possibilities, new opportunities, new goals, and we go after them, or make plans to. Go get ’em!

(Jupiter nov Zeus, Neptune sesq Ceres, Mercury nov Pluto and Vesta)

7 November 2018 New Moon in Scorpio: A Mandate to Create

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‘Studio in the Rue Archimède’ By Felix Nussbaum 1940 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 8:02 AM Pacific standard time at 15 Scorpio 11. If we keep orbs trim (as we must–this isn’t a natal chart) we see Luna forming only two aspects, a trine to Neptune and a quindecile (165 degrees) to Uranus, this latter posited at the crisis point of 29 degrees. It’s a New Moon that has us creating from the emotional ashes (Scorpio Moon) under intense stress or pressure, but this time around we must look to the other aspects in effect to know the background against which the New Moon new starts rise.

The trine to Neptune, sitting in its own sign of Pisces, speaks of a deep Cosmic connection, inspiration and creative energy easily channeled, accessed, or dreamed (two of Pisces favored methods). The quindecile to Uranus says that the New Moon beginning may present personal difficulties, or make for a hard time as the individual tries to integrate into the group. Sudden events, surprises, shocks, impulsivity are all likely in service to Higher Mind goals–so accept and deal with what comes forward as if it’s to your benefit, no matter how it appears in the moment. For a scant few, this New Moon brings circumstances of complete deception, a scenario where fantasy is accepted wholeheartedly as fact–but surrounding dissonance, and the resonance of the current Grand Sextile, will offer plenty of clues that the fantastical scenario is illusion, rather than reality, if those individuals will only listen.

There’s also a conjunction of Pluto and Vesta, suggesting that the energy for regeneration, transformation, or re-birth arises from what we honor; we dedicate our energy, and thereby tap into the breadth of power we can, at optimum operating moments, find is ours. Chiron quincunxes Ceres=again, questions of effective power manifestation, this time with our own wounds as the biggest obstacle. Jupiter quincunxes Uranus, once more highlighting the relationship between the individual and the social order, and requiring adjustment, like it or not. And Mercury noviles Ceres, suggesting that mental acuity is reached by attuning to our most ‘natural’ Self, to those roles where we hold and exercise power. This last is a ‘glove to hand’ aspect, most usable in those areas where we rightly embrace our own authority (and useless should we try to claim authority we don’t actually hold!)

The Grand Sextile, normally a configuration of grace and a smooth interlocking of energies, is this time signalling a kind of maximum point, a set of related energy flows that for a brief time form a kind of net expressing what must be dealt with, worked through, what can no longer hold its present shape. This is shown by the very late or very early degree of the placements, suggesting huge stresses that have pushed this potential into being. Jupiter and the Nodal axis are at 29 degrees, telling us that the facts and/ or the social order, in terms of the direction it’s headed, are at a breaking point (but we didn’t need astrology to tell us that, did we?) Chiron and Juno are at 28 and 27 respectively; hurt and power expression could go farther, be more extreme, but they are certainly ripe to be handled. Pallas is at 1 Libra, and may, as latest figure in the config, tell us where this is all ultimately going: toward something wise, more practical, that is cooperative in the sense of considering all parties–so not such a bad outcome, after all that tension.

‘Smiling Girl’ By Abram Arkhipov 1920s {{PD}}

The Sabian for this New Moon needs no explanation, ‘A Girl’s Face Breaking Into A Smile’ This New Moon brings relief, of one kind or another, and vast new creative potentials, if we can get out of our own way and bring them forward.

Happy New Moon!

 

6 November 2018 An Unbearable Degree

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OK, not exactly the kind of bear we’re talking about, but things will feel like a circus–‘Der Wanderzirkus’ By Angelo Jank 1906 {{PD}}

The Nodal axis slips backward (as is its prevailing direction) across Cancer/ Capricorn; we also see Uranus in the final degree of Aries, and together with the Nodes a T-square is formed, ratcheting tension up to an unbearable degree. The stress on the individual, and especially on the individual Will (Aries) is tremendous, with the awareness that what happens over the next few days determines life direction, making us hyper-aware of how important our application of Higher Mind (Uranus) to our choices (Aries, the Nodes) is in the moment. With North Node entering Cancer, we see that caring is the only choice–and all T components at 29 degrees tells us this is a crisis, whether it appears so on the surface or not.

Meanwhile, while the perception of crisis sucks up all our energy, attention, and all the air in any room, we still have Juno quincunx Ceres, Venus quincunx Sedna, and Mercury novile Venus. Willingly adjusting is key: to authority, to prerogative, to responsibilities, to boundaries, to what instincts tell, and to known ‘blind spots’. That’s the only way to make our actions effective, to gain or profit, to nurture relationships, to support the financial picture. Adjust, and you may find yourself hit with a kind of brilliant idea or three, or find Love or Money winging its way to you out of the blue (or, more likely, out of circumstances carefully tended in the past, that you maybe had given up on).

It can be a good day, but likely also an exhausting one.

Today’s word image is a small man with a huge head. This cartoonish symbol suggests we may be living too much in our own heads, burdening the mind when some of that energy is better spent other ways. Get out and do, move around, make something, interact with the physical world in ways you haven’t been, lately. It will really help.

5 November 2018 Wisdom In The Past

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Oh Sagittarius, is this your version of looking back? ‘Sonnenuntergang’ By Franz Stuck 1891 {{PD}}

I don’t mean we all used to be wise, and now aren’t, shall we say, the sharpest sticks in the pile; I mean instead that memory holds the answer to something we’re experiencing now. We see the beauty in our own empowerment, in our own agency, the worth of owning our authority, walking our talk, and combined with what we’ve learned from earlier in life, we are offered a unique chance to heal a deep, persistent wound–and in the healing, release a tremendous surge of creative energy. Do the work, and the ability to manifest, in all forms imaginable, will follow. Fail to complete the ‘assignment’, and you’ve still taken significant and highly useful steps that will be instrumental, one way or another, in shaping tomorrow (Pallas trine SN, Venus conj Ceres, Sun sesq Chiron and trine Neptune)

Today’s word image is: what seems to be a visit, letter, message, or signal from the future is really an echo of the past that applies to now. This directly reflects the meaning of the current aspects. I’ll let you puzzle this out for yourself, as it will definitely be a highly individual, and maybe very slight, thing that only you will recognize as valid; here’s a little humorous inspiration (or is this an explanation, taking the mystery out of things?) should you need it.

Your Weekend 3-4 November 2018 The Abyss + Urge Adjustment

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Saturday the 3rd we’re trying to achieve some kind of détente between a need to express our empowerment, to really feel it, and an urge to act and express out of hurt. We are conscious of how unproductive our wounds are, how expression that springs from them may cause more problems than it solves, but we feel a deep need to have our emotional upset heard and validated–and so we are vulnerable to harming relationships or financial situations, if we allow a sense of victimhood to override the practical and effective, to lay waste the eternal values we believe in. Processed well, our feelings will foster compassion, even as we focus on Self-responsibility, letting go of any need to make an emotional (that is, destructive) point (Finger of God with base of Chiron-Juno, apex retro Venus).

Thoughts may feel as if they’re perpetually on the edge of tipping into a destructive abyss, but our conscious alignment is with Love and caring–so step away from the edge by stopping to smell the flowers, by being grateful for what we have, and by transforming the mental attitude by concentrating on transforming what we truly have the power to effect (Sun parallel Venus, Mercury semi-sq Pluto).

Sunday the 4th Pallas moves into Libra, focusing our sense of productive expression of skills on the ways these may benefit alliances, relationships, aesthetic matters, and our personal financial arena. We must adjust urges, balancing spontaneous needs to rebel or be unpredictable with what’s wise or practical, balancing the need to feel ‘in charge’ and show dominion over our ‘territory’ while listening to and honoring that still, small voice of conscience, instinct, and inner knowing. A willingness to adjust serves ambitions and helps curb what in all likelihood is a too assertive sense of Self (Sun parallel Mars, Mercury semi-sq Zeus, Uranus qnx Pallas, Ceres qnx Sedna)

By Gisy Marconi – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51906717

Our weekend word image is a mirror with ‘smoked’ glass, rendering it unable to offer a reflection. Know it or not, we are all currently having difficulty seeing who we are. This weekend offers several opportunities to see ourselves more clearly–the only question is, will we recognize that information when we see it?

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

2 November 2018 Round-About

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From the series of the Concubines of Emperor Yong-cheng-2
Unknown – Scanned by Szilas from the book Kínai költészet (Chinese poetry, ISBN 963 9283 06 1) Before 1732 {{PD}}

If we try to go at things head-on, nothing goes right; if we take a round-about way, we are likely to get what we aim for, or at the very least, not muck it up as we will if we are too direct, too assertive, too Willful. Trying to exercise our options, we come up against ‘the Facts’–it’s how we respond to these that will determine the outcomes today.

The group may oppose our efforts, and relationships may generate frustration, as they seem based more on fantasy than reality, but it’s in a willingness to make the healthy response, the one that does no harm, that aligns behavior in interaction with ideals, and that looks for the actual opportunities available (as opposed to the ones we insist should be ours), that we find a remarkable and resilient peace, and an uncanny sense of completeness that removes the anxiety born of an ambitious insistence on getting it done.

(Jupiter opp Juno, Venus sesq Neptune, Sun sesq Hygeia)

By H. Zell – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21884347

Today’s word image is a puzzle completed but for one small missing piece. What little detail in your life is holding you up? Have you considered the picture may never be complete, that what there is now is all there will ever be? The compulsive need for a sense of completion can deplete us and make us spend inordinate amounts of time trying to make something happen that just won’t. Learn to live with the missing piece; rather than seeing its lack as a failing, try to see it as representing the unseen, in a matter that is otherwise so totally spelled out.

1 November 2018 Misdirection

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‘Wotan has summoned Loge to encircle the sleeping Brünnhilde with magic fire.’ By one of my favorite illustrators, Arthur Rackham 1909 {{PD}}

We know it’s smart to behave as if we are empowered, arbiters of our own domains, and yet old wounds make it especially difficult to do; we resist what’s wise, our attention fixed on all we’ve been denied, missed, or that we see as unjust. Misdirection is how stage magic works–we aren’t looking in the direction of the action, we’re looking where we think it will be, and by doing so we miss the origins of what seems miraculous. The same kind of thing happens today: wisdom we already possess holds the key, and it’s up to us to look in the right direction to see the opportunities presented, the ‘luck’ that manifests, or the knowledge offered that we need right in the moment. Hint: the social sphere may be the vehicle for our enlightenment, or it may be that taking an optimistic attitude in the face of what seems hopeless will bring benefits, and look to the skills offered by your natal Chiron placement for clues as to what you can best contribute to your own success at this time.

(Sun sq Black Moon Lilith, Pallas trine Juno, Jupiter trine Chiron and sxt Pallas, Chiron opp Pallas)

Part of the Byōdō-in Temple at Uji (Uji Byōdō-in no ichibu), from the series Souvenirs of Travel II (Tabi miyage dai nishū) By Hasui Kawase {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an individual meditating in a Buddhist temple, intruded upon by a politician who is busy campaigning and heedless of the atmosphere or surroundings. This is a symbol of glaringly inappropriate behavior, where someone ostensibly working for your benefit (even for you) is not only insensitive to what’s happening around them, they are so Self-focused they make it clear they’re really working for themselves, not you. Is there someone you’re counting on to ‘represent’ you, or to see to your interests, who fits this image? Time to dump them.

31 October 2018 The Secret Unexpected

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‘The Whisper of the Muse: Elizabeth Keown, G.F. Watts and Kate Keown’ By Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 {{PD}}

Expect the unexpected, especially from partners, mates, and those with whom we interact socially. Venus opposes Uranus from the 00 degree of Scorpio, then backs into Libra; the pattern suggests a reveal, a secret generated or held that prompts erratic, unusual, or desperate material choices, and in this mystery we may be the one with the secret, or we may be the one who acts precipitously in what amounts to a response prompted by things known by the Higher Mind but not the conscious one. Once that plays out, we see Venus back into that last, stressed degree of Libra, shunting all the tension into relationships.

We may see in others or experience ourselves the unhealthy need to dominate (Ceres qnx Hygeia), which exerts its own destructive influence, and thinking, too, may be erratic or, if we’re ‘tuned in’, groundbreaking or successfully drawing on Higher Mind to inform our decisions and attitude. Proof of an attuned state follows in the way we can easily bring ideas into the material realm–and proof of skewed thinking shows in blocked pathways or in ‘mental obstacles’ that leave us feeling stumped about correct procedure or direction. What we need to know, though, is that what occurs today is being guided by our Higher Selves; there are certain things the Soul requires to live out its mission, and without even trying, today we’re setting those circumstances up/ in motion (Mercury parallel Saturn, qnx Uranus, trine NN, Sun nov Pallas)

I’d like a little sliced tomato with that. Photo By Scott Bauer, USDA ARS {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a tomato. Do you think it’s a fruit or a vegetable? Are they delicious or disgusting? Do you love what comes from them (marinara, pizza sauce) but not the fruit itself? Consider how subjective (and sometimes extreme) each individual’s feelings are about the humble tomato–and take this as a prompt to consider how much you may be projecting onto someone or something. Our preferences or assumptions can so thoroughly color our perceptions that we may not see something as it is at all, but only as we’ve cast it in our minds, to the point where we may believe it’s something that it’s not (and we’re back to fruit v. veggie territory). Mother Nature, aka Ceres, is at 25 Libra today, and may help pinpoint what you’re applying the ‘tomato principle’ to in real life.

30 October 2018 A Point of Reckoning

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‘Le Premier Disque’ By Robert Delaunay, 1912–13 {{PD}}

Retro Venus creates a T-square with the Nodal axis today, suggesting we may be at a life direction determining point in the Venus transit cycle–and with Chiron parallel Hygeia, even the hurtful things we do to ourselves or others, or that come at us from externals, will still somehow work out to our advantage. This will be (though it may not feel like it, so subtle may be the workings of the Universe) a time of reckoning in the archaic sense, “a bill or account, or its settlement”. Expect the bill to come due or be paid, but in either case, know that this is only the first notice; you’ll (or they’ll) have time to work it out, to make it all right.

Mercury will oppose Juno at 29 degrees of their respective signs, then enter Sagittarius and perfect a semi-sextile to Venus and a novile to Zeus. This is a mini-plat map of our minds and how they’ll be working. There’s tension over empowerment, whatever our issue with it: will we be able to do what we want to? will others oppose us? do we oppose others’ exercise of their prerogatives–or does it seem they’re overstepping, that that’s why we object? Then we suddenly want to escape, so either head toward what can inform us, or head for the horizon–and this makes for some discomfort in relationships, or makes for minor financial stress, but may give us a genuinely brilliant boost in ambition realization or desire fulfillment.

Go ahead Taurus, play a role or serve someone. ‘Geisha no zu’ By Yamakawa Shūhō c1925 {{PD}}

Today’s word image comes from me asking myself, OK, what’s the image for this day? and looking up to see the title of a book jump out at me, ‘Think Like a Freak’. Well that certainly resonates with my Aquarian Ascendant, so I’ll offer a couple of options for every Ascendant sign; take it with good humor, and consider the many variations these can imply. For instance, if your Ascendant is Gemini you might be tempted to be offended by the suggestion that you ‘think like a gossip’–but the utility of that comes if you are doing something and you think like a gossip, you will know exactly what those actions might stir in others of a negative quality–and so can avoid any ‘gossip repercussions’. For Leo it might be that you need to be a little more Self-centered, and this is your prompt.

Aries: Think Like a Leader or Pioneer

Taurus: Think Like a Geisha or Gourmand

Gemini: Think Like a Networker or a Gossip

Cancer: Think Like Mom or The Most Sensitive Person You Know

Leo: Think Like a King or The Most Self-Centered Person You Know

Virgo: Think Like an Accountant or ‘Lady Bountiful’

Libra: Think Like Your Partner or Your Enemy

Scorpio: Think Like You Have a Secret You Need to Keep or a Mystery You Need to Solve

Sagittarius: Think Like a Teacher or a Bachelor (Someone With No Attachments)

Capricorn: Think Like The Person in Charge or a Person in Denial

Aquarius: Think Like a Freak or Like Someone in the Avant Garde

Pisces: Think Like You Are The Essence of Creativity or Space Out and Don’t Think At All

Have a great day!

29 October 2018 A Source of Harmony

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By Pieter Brueghel the Elder – Christian Vöhringer – Pieter Bruegel. 1525/30-1569 Tandem Verlag 2007 (h.f.ullmann imprint) S. 129 ISBN 978-3-8331-3852-2, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9483474

What’s wise is what we respond to instinctively, we act to fulfill ambitions and find a minimum of obstacles and barriers before us, and we feel knowledgeable and powerful. There is an internal harmony that all else flows from; our job is to make sure that what flows from us is a true and positive expression of our ‘best Self’. Simple, and yet a true challenge, for how do Will and the reality picture reconcile, where does our imperative stop and others’ rights begin, and how do we handle forces within ourselves or from others that are deliberately hurtful or destructive? Your mantra for today: follow the impulse but consider the impact.

(Pallas trine Sedna, Mars semi-sq Saturn and trine Zeus, Venus parallel Mars, Mercury trine Chiron, conj Jupiter, and parallel Pluto)

Today’s word image is a car that completely refuses to start, is in fact totally dead. How low is your battery? Re-charge, before you get to a point of no return.

28 October 2018 Just Don’t Do It

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‘Portrait of the Artist’s Son’ By Eero Järnefelt 1887 {{PD}}

Today ambitions are undermined by things we ‘know but don’t know’, by our own ‘blind spot’ material (especially matters that affect our own or others’ security or comfort), and by an inability, for whatever reason, to trust our own instincts. The perception is that we’re on shaky ground, and the reality may fall anywhere along the spectrum from solid footing to earthquake.

What can we do brilliantly? Think, plan, cogitate, use. our. brains. If the mind can address it, we should spend today doing just that, as ‘actively’ and consciously as possible. Don’t allow physical stillness to trick you into believing you aren’t doing anything–getting plans in place and the facts right is the very best use of your time.

(Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Ceres contra-parallel Hygeia, Mercury sxt Pallas and opp Sedna)

‘The Last Throw’ By Charles Robert Leslie c1840 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a pair of dice. Life really is a game of chance–quit waiting for a guarantee that things will work out as you like. Though I’m in danger of sounding like a meme, I’d say it’s all about the journey–the destination will take care of itself.

27 October 2018 Standards or Achievements?

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‘Sea Babies’ By Max Bohm 1914 {{PD}}

Upholding our standards and values, or implementing our Will with little fuss or need to bow to others? The first is a somewhat static position, but a stance we might need to take in order to think well of ourselves, while the latter could send us riding roughshod over the feelings and needs of those around us as we do do do. We can’t both display our standards and achieve, today; even worse, we may find ourselves having to choose between exercising our prerogatives (again, without answering to anyone else), or centering our actions and reactions in our sense of hurt or in a need to offer skills (with a further challenge of matching those skills to what’s needed around us–which we may not be able to do!)

The most effective course may lie in staying attuned to the reality picture, and doing what’s mentally healthy, however you might define that. It might mean eschewing experimentation or refusing to go out on a creative limb in favor of what you know to be the most solid reasoning, the most practical or sensible alternative, or the option least destructive to you, others, and the environment. It may feel like a sacrifice, this putting-on-of-the-brakes, but it’s actually time to re-align our thinking with what’s reasonable, with what’s meaningful in a real world sense, and for at least some of us this may seem tragically lacking in glamor. It is, and that’s the point: we need a solid, healthy base from which to take our flights of fancy, and today is a day that requires we either take steps to secure that base, or we take action, and the need for others or a secure position be damned.

(Perfecting today: Vesta sesq Juno, Chiron contra-parallel Ceres, Mars nov Chiron, Mercury trine Hygeia, Sun sxt Saturn)

Does anyone actually count these, to help them sleep? ‘Sheep in front of haystacks’ By Jean-François Millet c1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is insomnia. What does not being able to sleep mean for you? Even if you’re not (yet) in a period of insomnia, it may be time to take steps to insure you don’t get into one–so try to do one or more of the things you find soothing, relaxing, that help you sleep when you need to. Current aspects suggest a certain subtle discord that some may respond to by being extra wakeful–but a little attention will likely prevent this from becoming a truly debilitating possibility.

26 October 2018 Prone

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By George Grie – Own work, [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3298456

We are still too prone to being misled, to rejecting what’s healthy for what’s practical, or embracing what’s conventionally deemed wise even when it’s not good for us individually. Two things can put us on the right track: hook ideals to creativity and imagination, to keep efforts from going in completely the wrong direction, and think on the actual reality situation as it exists right now–therein is something of genius, waiting to inspire you.

Today is also the Inferior Conjunction of Venus in her retrograde to the Sun. This should mark the ‘low point’ to any review of or stress caused in the life due to Venus’ backtrack. You can start to re-build the Venusian goals here, mostly through concrete responses that are reversible, should you change your mind on direction.

(Mercury nov Saturn, Neptune sxt Vesta, Pallas opp Hygeia)

Today’s word image is an old song, that sounds like it could’ve been written yesterday. And I quote:

“It was a slow day
And the sun was beating
On the soldiers by the side of the road
There was a bright light
A shattering of shop windows
The bomb in the baby carriage
Wired to the radio

These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slow-mo
The way we look to us all
The way we look to a distant constellation
That’s dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don’t cry baby, don’t cry”

For those who don’t recognize these lyrics and the awesome use of accordion that accompanies them, I have a link–

25 October 2018 The Trap

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‘Los pescadores valencianos’ By Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida 1895 {{PD}}

The 25th could be the day when what we don’t see could get us. Jupiter opposes Sedna and may suck all the oxygen out of the room; opportunities, chances to expand our world or get the word out, social roles, and unfettered optimism all threaten to ambush us as they distract from instincts and those things we ‘know but don’t know’, those prompts and internal pressures we would normally listen to and follow. We are invited to overdo, to ignore our internal warning system in favor of what we believe are ‘the facts’; the problem is that what we’re framing as facts are actually beliefs, a hopeful interpretation of what bare bones we are acknowledging.

We find a helpful guide at this time in the parallels of Venus and Jupiter to the Black Moon Lilith point. What appeals, promises Love or Money in some idealized form, those opportunities held out to us, will contain hidden things, traps constructed of what we have ignored or denied, or that harbor circumstances which, should we get our way, will only enrage us in their ultimate injustice. Knowing this, we can inspect what attracts with a keener eye, taking the time to really see what’s before us, warts and all. Resolve to notice what you might be tempted to brush aside, and to note all the components of a situation–it’s the only way to make effective decisions we won’t later regret.

Got squirrel? ‘The Squirrel’ By James Jebusa Shannon c1896 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a squirrel that unsuccessfully tries again and again to get into a bird feeder. What are you relentlessly going after that is never going to pay off? Can you admit this, and put your energies elsewhere, or has this become so much a part of your identity that you’d rather continue fruitless pursuit, just to keep your idea of who you are intact?

See the Full Moon report here–

 

Full Moon in Taurus 24 October 2018 Chaos Theory

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‘Moonrise’ By Béla Iványi-Grünwald 1897 {{PD}}

You’d think that with a Full Moon in Taurus, serenity would be on the agenda, a mild, calming, soothing interlude of sensory indulgence or outright peace–but it’s not. 9:45 AM PDT of the 24th the Moon perfects opposition to the Sun/ conjunction to the Earth at 1 Taurus 13, just after conjoining Uranus–and there’s our disorder, excitement, chaos culprit. Something preceding the Full Moon throws us for a loop, into a tizzy, or turns our world upside down; at the very least we are subjected to the uncontrollable, the shocking, or to the Will of the group. The emotional reveal, the ending, climax, or denouement that follows with culmination shows us either the emotional impact of material changes, or prompts material changes that then exert an emotional impact–and these may or may not follow directly from the preceding events–there’s the chance that the two may be unconnected, except for the one-two punch they convey.

Even at the height of the pre-Full Moon chaos, we’ll have the ability to ‘read’ the material world (FM wide trine to Saturn); the only question is, will we be willing to see what’s evident before us? Believe your eyes; believe solid changes or the current state of things, rather than any spin offered by others.

The opposition to Venus conjoined the origin of the light that creates the Full Moon in the first place (the Sun) suggests that mysteries surrounding, or secrets revealed concerning relationships, values, and/ or financial considerations are the well(s) from which that chaotic tension springs, probably via the review and reassessment going on due to the retrograde–and a semi-square of the Full Moon to Neptune implies delusion or inability to focus on that original material as being relevant, or in a best-case scenario says that difficulties spark creative or imaginative responses.

By Scotto Bear from North Beach, MD, USA Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

With the Sun and Nodal axis coupled with the Full Moon event we get the dynamism of a Grand Cross, suggesting the Lunar energy has a ‘many outlets at once’ character. It may feel like events right now have a lot of moving parts, and they do, so don’t expect yourself to keep on top of all of them–right now it’s all about feeling, and seeing the reality of things (that Saturn influence, plus the way the senses and material surroundings will ‘pop’–the Taurus influence).

‘Perfume’ By Fujishima Takeji 1915 {{PD}}

The Full Moon Sabian symbol is, ‘An Electrical Storm’, perfectly reflecting the shock, potential chaos, the electrifying effect of the emotional responses to events. The symbol for the Sun, light-giver to the event, is, ‘A Delicate Bottle Of Perfume Lies Broken, Releasing Its Fragrance’. This image suggests that despite any destruction or upset (broken bottle), something beautiful arises from it that fills the air. What happens may carry the aura of trauma, sudden change, or loss, but the atmosphere itself becomes permeated, benefits from, is enhanced by, what results.

Usually I don’t discuss other events concurrent with a New or Full Moon, as they won’t impact the overall Lunar picture, though sometimes they are in play in such a way that they augment or provide background to the event. This time I think it’s worth noting that there’s a Mystic Rectangle in play: Pallas in Virgo, Jupiter in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces, and Juno-Sedna in Taurus. These are either subtle energies (asteroids) or moving through a sign of mystery and nuance (Scorpio)–and that implies a stealthy effect here, the potential for fortuitous convergence of energies that happens right under our noses, but not necessarily on our radar.

The components of the Mystic Rectangle offer smart critical thinking (Pallas), the revealing of opportunity (Jupiter), inspiration or healing by tapping into what connects us to the Collective (Chiron), and autonomy lead by instinct (Juno-Sedna). This may reveal itself in some as confidence, in others as grasping an opportunity at just the right moment, and in still others sees them step into a social role well-timed. For some this won’t be accessed–such is the nature of more subtle energies, and certainly, one must be ‘on the move’ in some sense, or have something ‘cooking’, to take advantage of this–it won’t deliver good fortune without well-thought-out individual initiative.

Thank you to All, and enjoy your Full Moon experience!

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio, 2018: Psychic Pheromones

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‘The Death of the Gravedigger’ c1900 By Carlos Schwabe {{PD}}

I don’t know about you, but for me, this Venus retro period has brought vivid, almost tactile dreams, defining moments in relationships, and unsettling encounters with strangers who seem to crawl out of the woodwork. At first, of course, I just thought it was me, drawing in weirdness because of some psychic pheromone I was unknowingly putting off–but turns out, others are having these experiences, too.

The retrograde happening in Scorpio had already primed me to expect a certain amount of digging, a handful of turned earth, now and then, the dark corners lit up, and I’d expected the resurrection or final termination of certain Venusian pastimes, pursuits, and in some relationship or money matters in general, and all of it keyed to the last retro of Venus in this House of my chart, 8 years ago (the 10th, for the curious–so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that each ‘event’ took place in public!) I didn’t count on the square of Venus to Black Moon Lilith, the way Mars mingled with the latter and moved on to square the former, the way Merc in Scorpio has begun to slow in preparation for that retrograde period, which closely follows Venus’ direction, the way Chiron and Sedna are sextile and forming a Finger of God with apex the Scorpio Sun (the Finger especially potent, as it combines a sense of woundedness with those matters we ‘know but don’t know’, creating a stew of hidden motives, just-below-the-surface hurts, and suddenly revealed atrocities)–in short, I didn’t count on all the varied sh*t stirring that would be going on simultaneously.

Rather than just a review of 8 years ago focused on career, public role, status in all its forms, reputation, business–all those 10th House matters–what I’ve gotten has been a series of encounters that have either showed me who others really are, beneath the civilized surface, or that have brought strangers pushing forward with what I can only describe as attempts at inappropriate interaction–that is, ones that break social boundaries and barriers, and not in a good way. They’ve each one featured at least one of the Scorpionic specialties: death, sex, darkness, regeneration, change, destruction, loss. As I said, at first I thought it was me, pulling in others with murky motives and nefarious aims, so naturally I looked at myself, wondering, ‘Am I doing that? Is this a reflection of my own behavior?’

Nothing made sense, until it did; that Aha! of recognition came (as it always does) when I stopped taking it personally and looked for the larger pattern, which involves the Truth about Love, Money, and/ or Relationships–so, if you’re seeing this, too, how is this manifesting for you? Check as many as apply, and feel free to comment, add your own answers, or to elaborate.

Have a lovely weekend! For the forecast, click here–and for a review of Venus Retrograde, see here–Thank You!

 

16 December 2018 Hand-In-Glove

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‘Stillleben mit Herrenkleidung’ (Still Life with Men’s Clothing) By Martin Mendgen 1932 Photo By Nutzungsrechtinhaber: Stadtmuseum Simeonstift (Diskussion) – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36504942

Power expression and highest values go hand-in-glove–but is that a good thing? Yes, it is–we’re more likely to choose positive or productive means of showing our range, reach, and effectiveness–but only if we are free of identity crises and are sure about what in the real world matters to us. Elimination of what doesn’t align with our highest values and sense of the sacred goes smoothly, should we pursue it, and we can find tangible reward or profit–but it’s the power situation, and our feelings about it, that in the end determine how effective our actions and choices really are.

(Pluto parallel Vesta, Mars sxt Pluto, Venus sxt Saturn, Sun semi-sq Venus and nov Ceres)

Cast iron Pratt & Letchworth Deluxe Fire Engine set

Today’s word image is a fire engine. Now, my father was a fireman, so this image may have a somewhat different meaning for me than for you, but overall, it signals the need for ’emergency response’. Is there something, especially something anger related, that threatens to become a conflagration in the life, that if it isn’t addressed will grow out of control? Where are you busy ‘putting out fires’?–which phrase emphasizes the way handling problems is so time-consuming that you have no room for anything else. Are you performing this function for others, or are you in some way waiting for others to rescue you? And what will be lost, should you decide to do nothing about this?

Have a great weekend!

This is wonderful, on disappointment and expectations–

15 December 2018 No Shame

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‘Shame’ By Max Klinger c1890 {{PD}}

Personal authority or the exercise of our power or role (especially a maternal or nurturing one, or one where we act as a third party, such as a mediator or negotiator) brings direct conflict with all that enrages us, or that we prefer to ignore, deny, or keep hidden. That sounds like a mess! We can best handle this by embracing our unique Beingness (that means no shame over who we are!) specifically rejecting any illusions we carry about ourselves, or by dissolving any image we may try to persuade others is ‘the real us’. Being open to spontaneity will help, as will allowing creative energy to flow without immediately applying judgments to it.

‘Practice Safe Pride’ By Tim Evanson from Washington, D.C., United States of America – DC Gay Pride Parade 2012Uploaded by daisydeee, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29923990

(Ceres sq Black Moon Lilith, Uranus semi-sq Neptune)

Today’s word image is this sign:

14 December 2018 Genius Moves

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‘Zwei tanzende Frauen am Strand’ (Two Women Dancing on the Beach) By Christian Rohlfs 1926 {{PD}}

Will it be the ego that drives innovation, invention, and rebellion, or will it be the Will, or matters of the House ruled by Mars in the natal chart? The impulse is to do, and to do it radically, in a modern mode, to push yourself to the front of the pack–and the choices to facilitate this carry a touch of genius, an electric charge, a potency and forward-looking attitude that is guaranteed to propel us farther into the future than a simple 24-hours usually does. Enjoy the ride–it’s likely to be surprising!

(Mars nov Uranus)

Today’s word image is the fake-out ending to a series or movie. You know those shows where they start with what you think is the ending, then flash back to tell the story–but it turns out that this is either not the actual ending (a dream, for instance, or a mid-point from which things recover remarkably, and head in a different direction), or that it’s arrived at so radically removed from what it seems is implied that you see it at the end totally other than you did at the beginning? What ‘ending’, result, or conclusion do you think you’re heading for, that may be an assumption that won’t necessarily follow from your choices or what goes down in between? To think we know the end of something is to condemn ourselves in a way that denies both responsibility and free Will–and to pretend we have a particular, inescapable fate before us is to abdicate our own part in things, our own potentials–don’t let this be you!

13 December 2018 Connection To Reality

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‘Sehnsucht (Träumerei)’ By Heinrich Vogeler c1900 {{PD}}

Instincts, and what we ‘know but don’t know’, can be smart resources today, and if we can relax our figurative grip a little, we can let that knowing flow guide us. It’s a good thing this is available, as we are otherwise inclined to one of two ‘Big Picture’ approaches: we are inspired in our exercise of our own prerogatives, roles, and authority, applying our creative energy to having an impact, or we’re totally and completely deluded in those same areas, spinning our wheels with choices either ineffective or misguided, following an unknown or an untruth! Those alternatives sound extreme, and they are; everything hinges on having an accurate and grounded connection to reality, and whether we do or not will be determined by how honest we are (and have been) with ourselves. Hide nothing from your own perceptions, and the result can be leaps forward toward attainment of goals and ambitions, and fulfillment of long-time desires.

Bonus: if you have a placement at 25-28 Libra, that placement is apex to a Fist of God with base of Hygeia-Sedna. The apex energy will bring a characteristic expression (related to the natal sign, aspects, and placements) of harmonizing ‘healthy practices’ (whatever this means to you) and the instincts, things you ‘know but don’t know’, and blind spot material (which in this case can be defined as things others know you shouldn’t do/ consume, but that you have so far ignored). What you can expect is a ‘best expression’ of the natal energy, as it figures into the health/ intuitive picture. This can be a good grounding influence, especially in terms of relationships.

(Hygeia sxt Sedna, Neptune trine Ceres, Mercury semi-sq Pallas, nov Zeus, parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is a man in full Viking dress standing in the parking lot of the Quiky Mart. What major incongruity have you seen lately? Have you noticed something that was absolutely not where it belonged? What in your life becomes meaningless, or at least strange or inappropriate, when it’s in the ‘wrong’ environment? This image may suggest that we’d be wise to pay a little more attention to placing the ‘right’ components in the atmosphere that allows them to thrive, rather than stranding them high and dry–and if we’ve failed to do this, it may point us in the direction of some portion of the life where we aren’t as honest, direct, or attentive as we might need to be.

12 December 2018 Renewal

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‘Ejiri in the province of Shinano’ By Katsushika Hokusai c1831 {{PD}}

Wow! Can you feel your mind (and so, especially if you’re Air-heavy, your outlook) expand as Mercury comes out of that Scorpionic cave? The thinking may be changeable and ‘on fire’ (Sagittarius), but what does the flame need to thrive? Oxygen, and that may be in short supply right now, with only asteroids and Earth in the Air element–but today the transiting Moon in Aquarius offers support. Mercury’s emergence (and our mentality’s ability to ‘come into the light’) may be accomplished through a marriage of intellect and feeling, and the determination to stay grounded (Earth in Gemini) even as the horizons expand. No matter what the elemental composition of your natal chart, a sense of renewal, of opening up, is yours, should you be willing to embrace the following: optimism, on a grand scale, while simultaneously facing the facts; the ‘Big Picture’, to include an awareness that there are things we don’t know or see; seeing the ambitions for what they will actually bring, if pursued; and perceiving the way empowerment may not support (or may require adjustment for) the identity. This is a shift that may be more strongly felt, and more disorienting, than we anticipate–hold on to your hat!

(Mercury enters Sagittarius, Sun sxt Zeus and qnx Juno)

Today’s word image is applause. How often are you applauded in life? This can be any kind of complement, accolade, praise, or absolutely literal. Do you live for this? Is it more meaningful to you than criticism, or do they carry equal weight? Are you able to hear only one, praise or criticism, and not the other? Does applause affect how you behave, your commitments, where you put your energy, or your feelings about yourself or others? The more susceptible you are to changing yourself and your viewpoint in response to praise/ criticism in all its forms, the more difficult it is to hear and follow that inner voice, to maintain personal standards, or to be honest with yourself.

11 December 2018 Provenance and Dominion

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‘Batseba ontvangt de brief van koning David’ (Bathsheba receives a letter from King David) By Jan Steen c1656-1660 {{PD}}

Why is it that, at the moment we need to muster our authority and prove our right to exert our Will, we allow our wounds to distort our sense of rightness, to mar the personal provenance that grants us our powers? Could it be because something, either external or in our own make-up, has surprised us, thrown us out of step–or is it the way the group has influenced our thinking? Our mentality may change character on a dime today, and if you need to innovate or invent, it’s the day to do it. In any case, our perceptions of the state of the material world, as well as the state of any obstacles we face or solid accomplishments we enjoy, is tremendously accurate–and this, and only this, should influence what we choose to do, and how we choose to exert dominion over what is clearly our territory.

(Chiron sesq Ceres, Mercury qnx Uranus and nov Saturn)

Invitation to Rex ball, Mardi Gras 1891, New Orleans, Attributed to Anders Wikström {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an invitation to a party. This image brings to mind that joke about introverts, where what they really enjoy is cancelling plans! Does the thought of a gathering that’s purely social sound pleasant or stressful to you? Whatever your response, honor it–you don’t owe anyone an explanation (much less your presence) if you prefer to be elsewhere.

Happy Birthday, Mom! She won’t see this, but I thought I’d say it anyway.

10 December 2018 The Sheen of the Ideal

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Close-up on the shiny aluminum panels from outside, of The Atomium building, Brussels, Belgium. Photo By Tomhannen {{PD}}

We have only a single, subtle influence perfecting today, Saturn parallel Vesta. Reality takes on the sheen of the ideal, we see our priorities and what we honor right before us, and we find they are either blocked or made manifest in a tangible way. We can see the results made manifest of our sense of right and wrong, of possible and impossible, of our own failures to hew to our ideals and those ways in which we have successfully woven them into our lives. If you see roadblocks wherever you look, it suggests you’ve set your sights too low, not seeing the potentials for birthing your highest ideals into your world; if you see real-world manifestations, you can judge the effectiveness of, and perhaps the level and purity of, your ideals; and if you see your highest vision take on real-world form, then you can know you’re bringing your ‘A’ game to your everyday life–you’re acting as a beacon to others.

By P/\UL / Paul Randall – Flicrk photo Emergency, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8692197

Today’s word image is a Tweet you wish you hadn’t sent. Or that can be a letter, a remark, a phone call, a text, or some other communication you regret putting out there. The answer to why you regret it is a mini-reading of some quality in you that needs your attention. Were you off-the-cuff? You might need to practice restraint. Were you cruel in what you said? You need to focus on empathy, on the other guy’s POV. Did you speak without thinking? The remedy to that one is obvious. Were you misunderstood? If the misunderstanding was genuine, then no harm, no foul; if it was deliberate with either party, then the relationship needs immediate resuscitation, or a swift execution. Did you speak your Truth? The question you must ask yourself is, Was it necessary? It’s not an automatic right to be ‘honest’ especially when we know it might result in harm. Did you have a hidden agenda you haven’t admitted, maybe even to yourself? You know where the honesty needs to be applied–unacknowledged agendas can read as anywhere between manipulative and outright deceptive–and you don’t want to be known as anything like that. Did you embarrass some else? Did you mean to? An apology, as long as it’s real, will fix that. Nothing’s unfixable–that’s important to know.

9 December 2018 Healing the Past

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‘An Invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian Deity of Medicine’ By Ernest Board {{PD}}

We can visualize, or even ‘feel by immersion’, what would constitute a state of perfect health for us, and even better, we know exactly what to do to achieve it. The mind is healed, as well, if we are willing and able to put our attention on what needs to be transformed from the past. This may be a current situation formed in the past that must be addressed with love, or a matter of reviewing something we regret and healing it by rendering it powerless to make us feel guilt or to affect the now. Please note: this is not a license to indulge in Self-destructive behaviors from the past under the guise of attending to their healing. That’s not how any of this works.

(Chiron parallel Hygeia, Neptune nov Vesta, Mars parallel Pallas, Mercury trine Chiron, Sun nov SN)

Mandrake is also known as ‘The Devil’s Apples’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a mandrake root. The mandrake was believed to have magical properties, as the root often resembles a human. It has hallucinogenic potentials but is dangerously poisonous, as well. What rather ordinary thing in your life has been endowed with a magical aura because of associations you make–and what about it is so negative that, when you’re honest with yourself, you admit you really should eliminate it?

And now, one of my favorite poems:

Song By John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil’s foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy’s stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be’st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return’st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find’st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

8 December 2018 Battle Plan

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Make sure what you’re going after is alive and kicking. Attic Black-figure Neck Amphora attributed to Group E – Workshop of Exekias, ca. 540 BCE, depicting Two Warriors Fighting Over a Corpse – possible the battle of Aias (Ajax) and Hektor over the body of Patroklos CC0

There’s no other way to say it, really: tamp down the delusions, quit allowing your most erratic energies to reign, and face head-on what’s been denied, avoided, ignored, or what enrages you; that’s the only way, I repeat, ONLY WAY, to make something of our current natural tendency to put our attention on what we honor or find sacred. That is, without a ‘battle plan’, a specific way to act out our caring, concern, and values, we will flounder and likely head off in the wrong direction (and by wrong direction I mean one that doesn’t address what we actually care about).

(Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, Neptune qnx Pallas, Sun parallel Vesta, Venus contra-parallel Uranus)

‘The Flower Seller’ By Auguste Serrure 1870 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a vendor who makes it difficult to buy their wares. Have you ever seen this? Someone who claims to want to sell something, but makes it hard for you to pay for it (won’t tell you how much they want, accepts only jars of pennies as payment, considers allowing you to purchase only if you say “Pretty please” and spin around quickly three times, etc). Why do people do this? You’d think that if someone wants to earn, they would be open and cooperative to some extent–and if they aren’t, that tells us that what they are really after isn’t money for goods, it’s intangibles such as wanting to be honored in a particular way, wanting to enforce a kind of exclusivity, wanting to make a judgement over whether the buyer is ‘worthy’ or to declare how the item or material should be used once it leaves their possession, or because they don’t actually want to part with the thing they are ostensibly selling in the first place. That suggests they are trying to fill a hole in the spirit with a function that should be, as the phrase goes, ‘just business’. And be clear: I’m not speaking of those who can’t accommodate a request or order (for instance, if they are booked, or can only make their widgets so fast), I’m talking about people who make what should be a straightforward transaction unnecessarily difficult–and this can go in the other direction, as well, if one is trying to buy more from the individual than they are actually selling, such as expecting an emotional ‘payoff’ to come with purchase, or perhaps by approaching a transaction with the assumption that to get your money’s worth means to get more than the seller is offering–which, we have to assume, the seller isn’t willing to offer, making the extraction of such extortion, or even a kind of spiritual bullying! So, today’s task is to examine energy exchanges in your life in order to see who, including yourself, might hold unwarranted expectations–and conversely, who might be making something transactional (an emotional relationship between parent and child, for example) that should in no way be conditional.

The second part of the ‘Cinderella’ article is on the way–I’ve just got so much to do right now! And I know I’m not alone in that. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Here’s an excellent look ahead to important events and degrees for 2019, by Traditional Astrologer Peter Stockinger–

7 December 2018 Dream or Delusion?

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By Hendrick Avercamp c1610 {{PD}}

I’m always reluctant to post the very next aspects following a Full or New Moon, as I think it’s much more important to pay attention to that Lunar energy as it peaks and plays out–and always looking to the next thing can keep us from seeing where we are, right now, and dealing with it effectively. So, try not to be distracted by what may be ahead–live right now.

This issue today coalesces like a soupy fog around our actions and choices, and the question becomes, are we driven by idealism, by a dream, or are we deceived or deluded, and accepting this as fact, pushing forward? If the former, yay! but if the latter, we have a way to measure whether we’re following what’s best or what’s deceptive: if you feel yourself rebelling against that supposedly inspiring energy, symbol, or cause, that is your individuality urge, your uniqueness, the most original part of yourself, letting you know that this direction, impulse, or choice doesn’t resonate with or speak for you at core–and so is likely untrue, in some way.

Two other things to keep in mind: thinking is all future-aligned, so may neglect the here-and-now (sound familiar?)–and where we put our attention may seem to be loaded with restrictions or constraints–but that’s really just the Universe pointing out how Self-discipline (rather than that supplied by externals) is necessary for building, creating, accumulating successfully. That means that the more Self-disciplined you are at this time, the less you’ll notice ‘Stop’ signs around you.

(Mars parallel and conjoined Neptune and semi-sq Uranus, Mercury trine NN, Sun parallel Saturn)

Today’s word image is a boy who ventures out onto pond ice, trying to help a deer that has fallen through, and falls through himself. This image is about being sufficiently equipped (including sufficiently mature) to help another. There is a certain kind of person who habitually rescues others, with little regard for whether the effort is successful, or even appropriate (have you ever been ‘rescued’ when you didn’t need it? particularly by someone for whom the ‘rescuing’ was about them, not you?) That kind of person is ‘under the ice’ themselves–and whether the effort is a continuous attempt to convince themselves and others that they’re a ‘good’ person, or is a mechanism for ignoring that they themselves are in danger of drowning, matters not. The problem is one of knowing when to take ‘appropriate action’–which involves not just when or when not to act, but also what to do, the good judgment to know what efforts are truly needed or even welcomed by those in a predicament. Another way to see this, should it apply to you or someone you know: Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

See the New Moon here–

New Moon in Sagittarius 6 December 2018 What Will You Learn?

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The New Moon occurs at 11:20 PM Pacific Standard time of the 6th at 15 Sagittarius 07. This New Moon falls square to the close conjunction of Mars and Neptune in Pisces, which adds an active ‘punch’ to discovered facts, new journeys, new beliefs, new horizons, fresh starts, to knowledge exchanged and the exotic or foreign revealed. The NM beginning may arise from an action, choice, or assertion that carries ideals, creativity, or delusion, or may be the cause of such; in either instance, the event of the New Moon brings conflict or tension to a head: action or a choice based on a dream (Mars-Neptune), for example, could bring upset for what facts it uncovers or beliefs it reveals (Sagittarius).

By Johannes Hevelius 1689 {{PD}}

The New Moon also sextiles both Black Moon Lilith and Pallas, though it doesn’t fall at their midpoint, suggesting the interactions with the NM are unrelated to each other. The New Moon carries the aura of wisdom or practicality, or may call on you to use skills, and its new starts may also be driven by material that’s been denied, that’s enraging, or that’s perceived as unjust–and though we each may respond to both sextiles, my sense is one or the other sextile will predominate for the individual. Too, if you have a natal placement at 13-15 Taurus your natal body is apex to a Finger of God with NM and Pallas as its base, steering you in the direction of a smart beginning or revelation that inspires expression of the natal energy–or if you have a natal placement at 13-15 Cancer, you have apex to another Finger with base of NM and Black Moon Lilith, which points to the New Moon stirring up or making undeniable what’s been shunted aside until now, forcing you to deal with the situation using the natal energy.

We also have a loose configuration, a Fist of God, with base of Uranus square the North Node, apex the New Moon. Here the individual clashes with her or his own life direction, possibly rebelling from a long-planned route. Is this a good rebellion, freeing the individual from unfair restraints? Or is it a rebellion led by the insistence on seeing the Self as independent, or as ‘special’, trying to prove uniqueness via erraticism or an uncooperative attitude? This likely plays in tune with the Merc direction, described below.

The New Moon also rests at the (very rough) midpoint of the Venus-Vesta square, suggesting that the NM event may carry the essence of the clash between highest values and wants. With Venus in Scorpio and Vesta in Aquarius, the primal nature of both what’s revered and what’s desired may be displaced digging for a ‘Truth’ that may or may not differ from the surface, and in intellectualizing what’s better felt through New Moon experience.

All the aspects suggest at least some effort (the sextiles), or friction (all the rest of the aspects) occurs, and that may be the place to focus: on the ways in which we are causing or using the available energy. Don’t think of it as energy going out, so much as an undifferentiated flow, ebbing and surging all at once, so that we are receptive (Lunar energy) as much as we are active and choosing (square to Mars, all hard aspects).

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food’. The birds are looking for sustenance, but what does the presence of sea gulls say to the sailors? That they are near land. This is an image of promise, beyond the survival needs, to arrival at a ‘new destination’. This suggests that the land we find ourselves in post-New Moon will be solid, whether it’s familiar or unexplored, verdant and populated or a deserted wasteland, welcoming or forbidding.

Mercury also goes direct today, ready to perfect a Water Grand Trine with Chiron and the North Node. That suggests that wounds and/ or the opportunity to employ skills figure strongly in thinking, and so in shaping the life direction. We find emotional balance in this regard, probably surrounding the mentality finding a ‘groove’ and falling into it. Sometimes a subdued rhythm to life is the most desirable thing imaginable.

Outlook for the 5th is here–scroll down for previous days. Have a wonderful New Moon, and please consider making a book purchase, rating my books on Goodreads, or rating my astrology on Facebook–thank you for your participation and feedback–it’s all very much appreciated!

 

5 December 2018 Temptation and Trust

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Why do we make Eve responsible for Adam’s choice? She’s responsible only for her own. ‘The Temptation’ By William Strang 1899 {{PD}}

There’s something that’s tempting us, no, rewarding us, for acting and choosing against our own best interests. We’re sabotaging our future, acting in ways we know aren’t wise, and refusing to listen to our instincts and our inner knowing. Why is this happening? We don’t trust ourselves, don’t trust our vision, and we have things we are in denial of or are hiding–and that leaves an opening for discordant influences to take advantage of us, to aim our own better natures against ourselves and our goals, to undermine what we are at the very core. The thing is, if we lack trust in ourselves as able to be most responsive to our own needs and in our own defense, then we are at the mercy of how the Universe and those others in it treat us–and feeling that way is debilitating to all facets of Being. Today, concentrate on cleaning out the psychic closet; facing reality, admitting the Truth, and hiding nothing bring immense inner strength and center us at a Soul level. Take your own hand, reassure yourself that you’re right here, and then relax–you’ll handle it.

(Mars sesq NN, qnx Pallas, and contraparallel Sedna, Venus sq Vesta, Sun sesq Uranus, sq Neptune, and sxt Black Moon Lilith)

‘Self-Portrait as a Deaf Man’ By Sir Joshua Reynolds c1775 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a word/ term that I keep hearing and think, ‘That’s the word image!’ but over the course of several days, I’ve forgotten it repeatedly, specifically when I’m writing a post! So, until I hear and remember it for a future post, we’ll make today’s image something you’ve forgotten–but will remember at just the right time.

4 December 2018 Caught At The Liminal Point

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Thomas Eakins {{PD}}

Try as we might, we can’t see a clear path into the future. What to do is obscured by our own wants and ambitions, and though we can identify both what’s practical and what’s wise, it’s not helping. It feels like we’re thinking clearly, but the reality is that the mental faculties are caught at the liminal point of turnaround, mired in a kind of retrograde energy that makes accurate perception difficult as peering into a dark cave–are those shadows, someone moving deep within, distortions of the light, beasts, or are our eyes playing tricks from concentrating so hard? Note impulses, the desire to move in a particular direction, note what you want and what you see as smart–and then wait a few days (again, past the Merc direction and the New Moon) to choose among those alternatives and then move forward.

(Mars parallel Zeus, Mercury semi-sq Pallas and trine NN, Sun sesq NN and sxt Pallas)

By Ian Boggs from Astoria, US – Lightning on the Columbia River, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3353472

Today’s word image is lightning striking twice in the same place. There’s a saying that claims that doesn’t happen, but it does. What big event, amazing occurrence, fortuitous serendipity, fated meeting, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity happened to you before? Well, get ready, because in some form, something special will present itself to you again–maybe exactly the same, a second chance, or maybe something quite different but rare, an unusual, twice-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Try to recognize it for its scarcity, and how you won’t get another chance like this again, so if it’s something you wish to do, go forward without hesitation, and without fear.

3 December 2018 A Fever

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‘The Fever’ By Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1883 {{PD}}

Do you feel things slowing, thoughts lagging, languishing in a strange heat created by too much reaching back to (and regretting) the past, too much ease in locating wounds and spotting opportunities missed, too much resentment of the facts and the way they’ve restricted you, then and now? It’s a fever raised by actions at which we are highly competent; we act, choose, and express ourselves well in the appropriate environment–and yet we fail to give ourselves credit for all we’re doing not just right but skillfully, in an accomplished way. Instead we look at all we’re missing or have failed at. Don’t let a wrong-headed focus distract you from the current opportunities, the many healed energies, and the absolutely brilliant thoughts you’ve come up with (but proceed with caution on this last, waiting until both direction of Mercury and the New Moon have had their say, on the 6th, to go forward on anything).

(Jupiter parallel SN, Mars parallel Ceres, Merc nov Saturn and trine Chiron)

Watch out for the broken glass! A detail from ‘Breakfast Table with Blackberry Pie’ By Willem Claeszoon Heda 1630 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is pie served to someone who doesn’t like pie. Those people don’t exist, you say? What an ungrateful person to disdain gooey fruit between two slabs of dough-ness, you say? This image is about assumptions, and being open to noticing that those around us have very particular tastes–and that to ignore those is to ignore a part of the individual. Is it your job to know and cater to every little thing in your loved ones? Absolutely not. But the image does suggest that you may be offering something to someone that you assume they will like, will see as good, when they really have no taste for it at all.

Your Weekend 1-2 December 2018 How Much Love, How Much Power?

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‘Omnia Vincit Amor, or The Power of Love in the Three Elements’ By Benjamin West 1890 {{PD}}

The general theme this weekend may be the personal balance of Power/ Love in your own life–and Truth in some form or another definitely figures into the equation.

On the 1st we know what to do, what to choose–we are in perfect alignment with our own values and priorities, and particularly with our highest ideals–and because of this harmony we’ll know what and how to transform circumstances for best results, including pulling in profit and/ or Love. This may be because of, or in spite of, the dark turn our thoughts have taken. We may be consumed with what we or others have hidden, are in denial of, are enraged by, or by the simple act of ignoring or being ignored. It can be a highly effective day, in terms of what we can set right, accomplish, or purge–and yet we run the risk of confusing the ability to face the darkness right now with that willingness being responsible for our current successes–which it is not. Keep ideals high, and make scouring the shadowed underbelly of people and things for the Truth an end in itself, rather than a mechanism of judgment, and all will be well.

(Mars nov and Mercury sxt Vesta, aspecting as Vesta moves into Aquarius and Mercury backs into Scorpio, Merc also parallel Black Moon Lilith, and the Sun nov both Venus and Pluto, and so caught at their midpoint)

Venus wanders into Scorpio on the 2nd, and the tone of relationships and remuneration edges toward the obscure, the confusing, the ideal (especially in terms of Power), and/ or in a creative/ destructive direction, the latter enhancing our desire to get to the Truth. Wounds can be healed, in this potential atmosphere of warm-and-fuzzy (or maybe it’s dank-and-passionate), but also easily perpetrated, as we are both too independent and prone to disbelieve our own instincts and what we know to be smart. The hard positions (possibly no-win) we find ourselves in may bring conflict, especially within the group, but we should know that underlying any upset is much-needed change, and if we face it with an attitude that looks for opportunity rather than to run away, we advance our interests and our overall well-being–and we may have a desire or two fulfilled along the way, to boot.

Many Thanks to zucker.leslie and anupturnedsoul for correcting my screw up. I wrote that Venus was entering Pisces (which I remember as I wrote it struck me as strange), when it was actually entering Scorpio. I was thinking of Water, and the emotional depths and all we can get from them, and of Plutonian energy (and the Sun’s parallel and square to Pluto and Mars) and the way it can overwhelm, obscure, and generate, as well as destroy, and then in referencing back to my own mention of Venus’ new sign, I misled myself, thinking, ‘Better mention the connection to Oneness!’ So again, thank you, dear Readers, for being on the ball, when I’m not!

(Pallas sesq Sedna, Chiron trine NN, Jupiter semi-sq Zeus, Mercury qnx Uranus, Sun parallel Pluto and sq Mars)

By Hide-sp – Hide-sp’s file, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2950685

This weekend’s word image is a misidentified photo. What are you mislabeling in your own life, thinking it is one thing when it’s completely another? This might be a big issue with significant consequences, or a small thing that gently turns the perceptions kaleidoscope, but in either case will frame a shift in thinking and ‘seeing’.

30 November 2018 Uncomfortable With Ourselves

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‘Mariana in the South’ By John William Waterhouse 1897 {{PD}}

We know we’re being wounded by what we’re not admitting to, whether that’s an emotion we find unacceptable, a Self-destructive behavior, or a matter we refuse to acknowledge. We know this, we even see how it’s putting up obstacles and making our own effective actions more difficult, and yet, we’re still unwilling to recognize the poison; we continue to sip, pretending it isn’t abrading us from the inside out. Why? Total concentration, whether we realize it or not, is on gaining or achieving what we desire–there’s no mental room for anything else. That means we are refusing to sufficiently value our own inventiveness, uniqueness, our originality, our ability to respond in the moment, refusing to value what makes us who we are. We are too bent on looking for answers, for satisfaction, out there, when the only effective approach is to find ourselves not just worthy, but the true source of what nourishes, attracts and gives Love and resources, of what makes us part of a living, breathing Universe.

(Chiron semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Saturn sesq Juno, Venus opp Uranus, Merc nov Zeus)

‘Mercury Thermometers’ Photo By Zwager {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a thermometer. What is it you need to ‘take the current temperature’ of? And how long has it been since you gave this needed scrutiny?

29 November 2018 Love’s Illusions

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We may persist today, on a quest that’s not truly our own. ‘Sir Galahad and the Quest for the Holy Grail’ By Arthur Hughes 1870 {{PD}}

The funny thing about today is that we may feel strong, capable, ready to raise the roof to get what we want–but there is a hidden danger lurking under a layer of bravado (which we may mistake for genuine confidence): it’s that we have already been told, loud and clear, that what we’re aiming for in the moment will not be ours. That’s a hard thing to accept, that something we’ve held dear, dreamed of, and were fairly confident was within reach will never arrive, and we’ve already received this message, the dangerous part being we’ve managed to ignore it. If we insist on continuing our quest, the Universe may step up and put serious, even insurmountable obstacles in our way–and these might have a negative effect in other areas, because we’re daring the Powers-That-Be: I don’t have to listen to you, I want this! And that’s when we are struck by lightning, swept away in the flood, lose our wallet, fall for the scam, marry the wrong person–because we are so sure we know better than the Universe. Oh no, we don’t. We have mistaken someone else’s goal, prize, accomplishment, title, position, or dream for our own. We have been carried off by an idea of Love that is not who we are. Once we admit that, we make room for the dream that’s really ours, the one that suits us down to our toes.

Possibly in addition to this mistaken quest, there is a particular difficulty with matters of Love or Money, or in mistaken values, where with that last we have been honoring something that doesn’t deserve our honorable treatment. In these areas, it’s a matter of ridding ourselves of illusions or delusions, or admitting we’re being lied to. Again, not a pretty picture, but a necessary one, if we are to get to the real Love, Money, or atmosphere we truly resonate with.

Today’s aspects play nicely into our Cinderella Point discussion, which I’ll post a second part on shortly.

(Ceres parallel Zeus, Uranus sq Vesta, Saturn sxt Ceres, Venus sesq Neptune)

Today’s word image is a frightening figure with a ludicrous hairstyle. If not for the comical do, this dark being would be really scary (and if you’ve dreamed about something like this, it’s even more apropos, in terms of representing illusion). What in your life is presenting as formidable, acting intimidating and dangerous, making you worry or actually fearful? Look more closely. There is some detail, some ‘tell’, that will let you know you don’t have to take this entity or environment nearly as seriously as you have been. You’re free to see him/ her/ it as it really is.

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And now a musical interlude in the spirit of today’s theme–

I’m Back!

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‘Airs and Graces’ By Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema c1885 {{PD}}

Well, almost–there’ll soon be a post for the 29th–but until then, step lightly, as the 28th may see us dragged back to the past–and whether that’s a nostalgia trip or falling back into old behavior or thought patterns, it may keep us from investing in the current path/ life direction–and like the hokey-pokey, that’s what it’s all about! Biggest offenders: Venus qnx Chiron and sq the Nodal axis, Mars nov SN.

Finding Your Cinderella Point

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By Jennie Harbour {{PD}}

A little Saturday night reading, from a 2013 ECLIPSE, though it seems just as timely today. I’ll return in a few days with an example of the Cinderella Point; the original article used someone not widely seen, anymore, so didn’t seem relevant for now.

Considering all that’s going on in the world, you may wonder why I came up with this topic, as if we’re all sitting around, idly wondering about our spiritual ‘G’ spot! It’s precisely at times crowded with outrageous and inexplicable events and confusing outcomes that we can really use a little something that will cut through the clutter and be both rewarding and purposeful–and something I will, for now, call your Cinderella point, is just that kind of answer to an unasked question.

The Cinderella fable, more or less as we know it today, serves as a template for this exploration, in large part because this story connects the dots between experiential energies in the natal chart–and this is so for men or women–and shows us a point or set of energy interactions that may catapult us to the next level. It also has the benefit of re-focusing our attention at a personal level–my sense is that many of us have been so distracted by events outside ourselves that we’ve lost an appropriate personal focus, one that keeps us aware of ourselves within the context of the world, rather than leaving us feeling we’re at the mercy of it, or making us so defensively Self-focused that we fuss and demand and end up unsatisfied, grabbing the wrong things in an attempt to assuage the bombardment of hurt we seem perpetually to be under.

The story goes like so: the central character, Cinderella (the Soul) lives in squalor in the confines of a splendid house (our earthly circumstances, and the surrounding nature/ the world), having ‘lost’ her father/ protector (awareness of our connection to the Divine, and our difficulty accepting that the connection is vital and alive, no matter how separated we seem to be-this can also be our connection to ourselves as part of Nature, or as part of the Cosmos) and under the auspices of a stepmother (mundane matters). The stepsisters are all those things we serve, those things that keep us running but that don’t replenish us; they represent the demands of our existence, the ones we believe are essential, but that really aren’t. The fairy godmother can be the Universe/ God, or something more prosaic, like ‘luck’ (but then we don’t really believe in luck, do we? We can call it synchronicity or timing or Providence, if we like that better), or the helping hand of another, especially of someone who is in a position to provide something you can’t. The ball is opportunity, showing ourselves and our talents to our best advantage, on whatever stage life affords us. The Prince is the opportunity that is just right for us; he does not represent an actual human or circumstance that will ‘rescue’ us from our current life, but is instead a chance for us to elevate ourselves and our expression, a chance to take the place only the Soul can adequately conceptualize (it’s the old idea that the Universe can have much more or much better in store for us than we are capable of imagining ourselves!)

So why does Cinderella run from the ball? She doesn’t want the Prince to know who she really is; she doesn’t believe she is ‘enough’, just as she exists. She doesn’t really have a clear Self-identity; she is not a person in her own right, but always seen in a role in connection to others: servant, step-relation, critical target. She is aware that her fancy facade lasts for a limited time; her appearance will lose its enhanced trappings and return to its modest origins on the stroke of midnight. She puts too much value on appearances, and shows a lack of faith in the Universe by believing that she will be rejected for the ‘new role’ if she is seen for who she is–she is projecting her own beliefs, making the assumption that the world shares her standard of judgment. This perfectly describes our own typical response to opportunity that will bring us to the next level, that will allow us to shine:  we present ourselves in what we think is our best guise, secretly believing we are not up to the challenge, in fact believing that we will be rejected if we don’t pretend to be other than we are.

You’ll recall, though, that unlike the rest of her clothing, Cinderella’s glass slippers don’t change back; she loses one on the steps as she flees, and it doesn’t turn back into her sensible loafer, but retains its magical substance. This suggests two things:  that even the experience of presenting ourselves under an idealized guise changes us, and in particular changes the foundation on which we stand (behaving as if what we want is already true); and, the way the glass slippers remain says that this is the right role–otherwise, the shoe wouldn’t fit. So, the glass slippers act as a direct message both to the Prince, who finds the shoe, recognizes it as Cinderella’s, and knows to seek the person for whom this is exactly right, and to Cinderella, that the elevated experience is indeed both real and attainable, perfect for her, that in fact this experience is actually seeking her out–she’s attracting what she’s meant to do.

So what in the chart can lead us to that Cinderella moment of realization, a knowing about the direction our life must take and the role we must play? What combination leads us to our own elevation, and so inevitably to the purpose of our Soul’s incarnation in the first place? We start with the Sun, of course, as the Soul Purpose and also principal identity indicator–however, not everyone sees themselves chiefly in the Sun–a male may identify more with Mars and a female with Venus, particularly if that male is an Aries Sun, or that female is a Taurus or Libra Sun, or Sun conjunct Mars or Venus, respectively, in any sign–but there are also those who center their identity in the Moon (those who see themselves in the main as sensitives, before anything else, or those who see themselves mainly in nurturing or mothering roles), and there are those who identify with their Ascendant–these are typically very outgoing individuals who are all about how they meet the world–it’s a little bit like a constant collision for them, so they may focus their viewpoint strongest through the sign on the Ascendant degree. A very few may take to Jupiter (teacher) or Chiron (healer), but neither of these should be worn full-time as a main identity (when looking from the inside out, back at yourself), so if that’s where you are drawn I would ask that you consider there is probably another of the already-mentioned bodies that is actually more suitable–of course, there will be exceptions to this, too.

Though it may seem like we’re all over the map with identity matters, we can’t underestimate the importance of allowing individuals to Self-identify when it comes to what energies they resonate with, despite my above warning. It would be naive to believe that everyone identifies most strongly with their Sun; instead, we allow for the idea that individuals may ‘live through’ various portions of the chart at different stages of life–or that for some, another energy will just beckon more strongly,such as in the instance of response to the Sun’s ruler, rather than the Sun itself. This process in general of finding the Cinderella point is quite loose; don’t expect a cut-and-dried formula–that would deny the great variety within human nature, and make things pretty boring, to boot!

Once we determine where our identity lies in the chart, we will want to locate the other ideas, players, or concepts, and see how they relate to our principal identity indicator. The earthly circumstances are centered in the Earth itself, always directly opposite the Sun, and secondarily in Saturn, which generally stands for all mundane matters, as well as things that control us (the stepmother), including our fears. The God/ Universe concept and our separation may be outlined by Vesta, or may, especially for those who identify with bodies other than the Sun, be found in the Sun, suggesting that for these individuals, the Cinderella moment involves moving back toward the Soul Purpose, as defined by our Solar placement.

The ball may be represented by Jupiter, as the expanded personal stage found on the social scene, or Uranus, if we are drawn to a role within a group, or conversely, if we find a big part of our identity in isolation or rebellion. The Prince is opportunity tailor-made for us–and likely is indicated by transit, Secondary Progression, or Solar Arc of featured energies in the chart, i.e. those that are prominent and obviously rule important life matters. The character of these may also be suggested by the 8th House, both the state of the ruler of the sign on the cusp and anything posited therein, because the 8th shows us the support we can expect from others, and by the 10th, which can suggest those authorities who may be significant to our career or status, and the glass slipper–oh yes, even this can be found in the chart!–is likely related to matters of the House with Pisces on the cusp (the sign of feet!) or is described by Mercury (he of winged feet). Those things blocking our direct understanding of our Divine connection, and so our Divine mission, may be signified by Chiron, Saturn, or possibly Neptune, if he is in a position that suggests he’s more about obscuring the view than inspiring the individual, or could be suggested by any hard aspects of bodies to the Sun or to the chosen identity indicator.

Though you may feel hopelessly lost at this point, drowning in details, we’ll walk through an example in a day or three–you’ll see that we must be flexible, and also ready to be a bit unconventional, in forming some ideas about what might offer us true opportunity to what we’re meant to do, and so re-connect us (good to ponder now, during Merc retro) with the Divine. We musn’t be afraid to edit concepts to fit reality, and to turn on a dime, should we find a theory unworkable–otherwise, how useful would astrology be? We must remember that the Cinderella point will for some be found in a role, for some in action, for some in acceptance of who they really are by others, and for still others it could entail taking a completely unexpected turn, but for every single person, it starts with Self-acceptance–remembering our Divine connection means we will be willing to appear at the ball as we are–only then will efforts be meaningful, and fulfillment a real possibility.

22 November 2018 Full Moon in Gemini: This Beginning

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‘The Nickel Belt’ By Franklin Carmichael 1928 {{PD}}

The Full Moon falls at 00 Gemini 52 at 9:39 PM PST on the 22nd. Though under other circumstances we might consider it conjoined Sedna, it’s past contact, and may better represent where we’re coming from: the subliminally loaded atmosphere that preceded the Full Moon ‘wake up’ in a retro Mercury ruled Gemini. The FM is opposed Jupiter and in wide square to Mars (in effect forming a T-square), in wide sextile to Chiron and wide trine to the South Node. (When I specify ‘wide’ for an aspect, I’m speaking relatively, considering the event requires fairly close contact, and the strength of the aspect itself affects just how much of a range to consider.)

A Full Moon delivers something to us, completed, perfected, an ending, conclusion, or denouement that, in this case, sparks the germ of some brand new idea. So very early in Gemini, the FM says, ‘From that ending comes this beginning.’ What flickers may be dim, held somewhere in the back of consciousness, or may seem to face insurmountable facts or beliefs (Jupiter opp) or may contradict (the square) our own Will, choices, or actions (Mars), but will be both healing (Chiron) and bring forward useful facets of the past (SN)–and that should reassure us that what begins here, much as the ego may fight it, is really a good thing. Whatever it calls us to do, change, or be, whatever the suggestion put forward by the Lunar light, it will be a big deal, if not now, then when it finally grows from germ to bud, which may be the point when you see why this idea, thought, or communication (Gemini) matters so much.

The Sabian for the Full Moon in Gemini is, ‘A Glass-Bottomed Boat Reveals Undersea Wonders’. What’s conveyed (the symbol of the boat as conveyance) is clear to us, if we’ll only look down (the SN past). Viewed through the lens of emotions (the water) we begin to understand something that was hidden to us (undersea), before now. It’s this understand that sparks the new idea in the mind, the one that finds its origins at this point in the Lunar cycle.

We also look at the source of the light for a Full Moon; the Sabian for the Sun is, ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’. This image emphasizes the importance of the past, reawakened to inform the Now, and possibly points to the way we may need, in this particular instance, to ‘retire’ the Warrior spirit of Mars, if only so that we can have an inner quiet that allows the new idea to grow. We must look at what from the past has survived the conflict (the war that made them veterans), and what it can tell us about healing in the present, or even about how best to interact with social influences (Jupiter), especially those we have resisted (FM opposition/ conj Sun).

Look carefully at these children. Jacek Malczewski 1896 {{PD}}

If you celebrate Thanksgiving at this time, I wish you a wonderful holiday–and for everyone else, a wonderful week! I’ll be taking a bit of time off from the Daily posts, but will return before you know it 🙂

 

 

 

21 November 2018 Harmonious Chord

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‘La Répétition de Chant’ By Edgar Degas c1873 {{PD}}

We must face what we’ve been hiding from ourselves, what we’ve been in denial about, what enrages us, the injustices right in front of us that we’ve let go by, until now. In the run up to the Full Moon in Gemini we feel it pressing, still subliminal but urgent. It’s a matter of finding a harmonious chord with the group, of finding our ‘tribe’ and letting them know we as individuals belong. There’s something supremely healthy in making this declaration; it offers the freedom we’ve been looking for, and we may make adjustments to our Self-expression or our group involvement because of it.

(Juno sxt Hygeia, Mercury sxt Black Moon Lilith, Sun qnx Uranus and parallel Jupiter)

By Margret Hofheinz-Döring/ Galerie Brigitte Mauch Göppingen, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4211968

Today’s word image is a fish. I’m thinking this may take any number of forms, different for each of us. Just take note of when or where fish come up in your day (saying this in my head as I type makes me want to laugh–“where fish come up in your day”–right?–as if we routinely bump into them on the street!) Logos, visual representations, aquariums, and fish sandwiches all count, and may clue you in to an important moment or something you should notice at that time. Good hunting (or should I say trolling? No, not on the interwebs!)

 

20 November 2018 Take Refuge

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‘A Storm on a Mediterranean Coast’ By Claude-Joseph Vernet 1767 {{PD}}

When both fantasy and the real world seem harsh and inhospitable, where ya gonna go? You’ll find out today; here are a few suggestions: consciously act to support or further the well-being of one or more individuals, organizations, or matters you honor and find sacred–use your current position, status, or ‘reach’ to affect a positive outcome; put your attention on the future, and let what you want to have happen guide what you do now; or, review the past and either an instance of healing or of using/ acquiring skills that make your life more meaningful today (no action required except memory for this last). It’s a time to take refuge, in some sense; no need to feel guilty or to force yourself out into the fray–there’s plenty of time for (but again, no real need for) that, in days to come.

(Neptune sesq and the Sun trine NN, with Sun also trine Chiron, Vesta trine Juno, Saturn sq Pallas)

‘The Tantrum’ By Francisco de Goya y Lucientes CCO

Today’s word image is tradition disrupted. Expect something you count on as tradition, done every time there’s a particular event or gathering, to be un-doable this year. It’s a gauge, a kind of test, as to your ability to still go forward joyfully, to adapt, be flexible, and embrace something new. Be inventive in your response, and don’t allow bitterness or the shrill voice of, ‘But that’s how it always is!’ and the expectation that it still should be to ruin what otherwise can be the best event or gathering of its kind yet.

19 November 2018 Square Deal

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‘Flower Clouds’ By Odilon Redon 1903 {{PD}}

All attention is on today’s perfection of Mars in Pisces square Jupiter in Sagittarius (unless you’re wrestling with the Aries Moon’s trine to retro Mercury in Sag, in which case, ‘Why did I do it?’ ‘Why didn’t I know that?’ or ‘Why did I say it?’ are on a continuous loop in your conscious mind). Mars doesn’t take to warm and fuzzy (or wet and disorienting) easily, so whatever aggressive dreams, actions in support of ideals, or creative warrior stance you’ve taken since his entry into Pisces gets pumped up with contact to exaggerator-in-chief Jupiter. You may feel all you want is a square deal, a fair shake at implementing the Neptunian Nirvana you want to put in place, but you’re doing it all by your lonesome (Mars) and the social order or some all-knowing authority (Jupiter) wants to teach you a thing or two about sharing, outreach, and the larger picture.

(also Vesta sextiles Hygeia)

What a jokester that guy is! ‘Krishna Spilling the Milk Maids’ Pots’ Artist Unknown CC BY 4.0

Today’s word image is a glass of spilled milk. Well that’s obvious, right? Something is gone, lost, wasted, and can’t be recovered–so to continue to dwell on, mourn, or feel guilty about its loss is pointless. Honor what happened in proportion to what’s gone, and then vow to take more care, next time.

18 November 2018 The Shape of Things

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‘Jar, Bottle and Glass’ By Juan Gris 1911 {{PD}}

We have a way with the material world today, a kind of genius for manipulating tangibles, a capacity to build, form, shape, accumulate, and set boundaries–so what gets in our way? Power struggles, especially those centered in relationship dynamics, financial dependencies, and in questions of autonomy vs. authority. Issues arise because we either refuse to listen to our own inner voice, our own instincts, or because we are pushing through some of our own blind spot material, and problems are merely others reflecting back to us what we’re not seeing. A good day, if we are as open to feelings, our own and others’, as we are to interaction with the physical world.

(Venus qnx Juno, Sun nov Saturn and opp Sedna)

‘Night in Saint-Cloud’ By Edvard Munch 1890 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a rapidly darkening day. In the Northern Hemisphere we’re all getting a taste of this now, as winter approaches and the days shorten, but my focus is on the sense of darkness coming prematurely, night arriving much sooner in our ‘day’ than we expect. Is there some area in your life where you feel ‘darkness’, or perhaps an ending, closing in? Is there a feeling of panic, upset, or disappointment over having less time to address this than you thought you would (or that you want)? And is this feeling diverting attention from those things you could do to affect what’s coming–are you so busy lamenting and wishing for ‘more’ that you aren’t really seeing and enjoying what you have?

17 November 2018 Stay In Your Lane

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‘Early spring’ 1885 By Ivan Endogurov / Иван Ендогуров {{PD}}

It’s a day to stay in our lanes, and yet to make those lanes as wide as possible, to claim all our territory, to embrace our roles and the authority those carry. It’s not a day for ego or to shout ‘Look at me!’; instead, we do best to keep thinking and plans closely aligned with highest values and priorities, and to accept that the kind of power we should pursue is consistently smart and practical–and nothing else.  Disruptors include the unexpected or unreliable in relationships and income streams, and a potential lack of grace displayed when confronted with new or revolutionary ideas.

(Pallas parallel Ceres, Venus contra-parallel Uranus, Merc nov Vesta, Sun opp Juno)

‘Ucho Van Gogha’ Andrzej Karpiński 1994 Fotoart2014 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is an electronic device (phone, computer, Alexa, Siri, television) engaged in unauthorized listening within your home. Does that concept freak you out, creep you out, or do you think it might be a good thing, helpful in a case of break-in or injury where you could shout for help? Today we might pay attention to how much privacy we actually have, and how we feel about that.

16 November 2018 Flow

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‘Men in an Outrigger Canoe Headed for Shore’ By Arman Manookian 1929 {{PD}}

Will it be a riptide, pulling you out of your depth, pulling you under, or a gentle current carrying you to shore and depositing you carefully on the beach like a coconut floating in a tropical surf? Venus’ direction restores our aesthetic, relationship, and value norms (the standards we hold, not the actual state of matters to pre-retro dimensions), and we may look immediately to ‘the Other’ for feedback or reassurance (Libra), even as Merc’s retrograde in Sagittarius withdraws sharpness and focus from the mind–and at this point we were likely centering reasoning on either ‘the facts’ or our personal beliefs–so that the need to feel that comes forward during any Merc retro shows us the way out of our suddenly fuzzy thinking. The mind expands, and probably begins to traffic in images, sensations, big concepts, and ideas we might label ‘foreign’, as these are what’s accessible at this point of the cycle. Be prepared to spend the next three weeks in feeling mode–and as always, delay signing, agreeing, or formulating rules or conditions until Mercury’s turnaround, 6 December.

Today’s word image is a person holding a key, with no idea what it opens. We have the answer–the only way to use it, though, is to figure out which question it’s the answer to.

14-15 November 2018 No Straight Line

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‘Composition V’ By Wassily Kandinsky 1911 {{PD}}

Though the 14th may seem like a quiet day, big change can occur almost without our realizing it. We act with the future in mind, with goals and our highest priorities and values as guidelines–but what we’ve been ignoring or denying, or matters that have enraged us or forced us into a proactive stance, come forward and, in some amazingly clever and inspired ways, alter the terrain. Even if we don’t see the shift, it happens–and factors we couldn’t have anticipated (indeed, we make our choices only from what we start the day knowing) will spring up, appear, or (in a sense) reach out to us, and transform what lies before us. But, because we’ve used our values and commitments as a guide, we end up with things better aligned with our goals and priorities than they were when we started. That’s progress, as long as you don’t demand it unfold in an absolutely straight line.

Be ready for Mars to sextile Uranus tomorrow, the 15th, then move into Pisces–choices and actions, our own and others’, are unexpected, shocking, surprising, radical, or flow from Higher Mind–and leave us either confused or inspired. Keep in mind that the ‘Big Reveal’ of Venus going direct occurs the 16th, as does Merc’s retrograde in Sagittarius–that means what happens on the 15th may be a ‘pre-reaction’, as we feel the approaching shifts but are not yet conscious of them–more on both those changes later.

(Sun sxt Vesta and parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mars qnx NN and nov Pluto)

By Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca 1876 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a death that’s not a death but a kidnapping, instead. That’s a vague way of saying something we think is dead isn’t dead at all, it’s just been moved to another ‘location’–and that means we’re operating in a bit of Neptune’s territory (or is it Pluto’s?), as we’re actively being deceived about the viability of something important. What dream have you given up on (deceiving yourself), or have you been convinced by others or circumstances is dead, that might fit this image? Consider that it may, yet, be resurrected, and watch what occurs at the double turnaround of Venus and Mercury on the 16th–but don’t make up your mind just yet, wait for Merc’s direction on 6 December–that’s the earliest point at which all pieces of the puzzle become clear.

13 November 2018 Finding Lost Objects, Part 2

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Not an object, but good that he was found! ‘The Finding of Moses’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1904 {{PD}}

Please see yesterday’s post for the initial part of the article. Today is also bare of perfecting aspects, with only a semi-square from the Sun to Saturn suggesting we may be keenly aware of obstacles and rules–try to see that they seem larger than they are, and that’s because our attention is naturally drawn to them right now–and that can make problems appear much bigger than they are.

Our example in the article was drawn with Placidus Houses, but the rules apply to any House system–I only note it because of a mention of intercepted signs, which don’t happen in Whole Sign, which I use now.

We need to note some particular conditions applicable to finding lost items:

·         If we are asking about something ourselves, we are designated by the 1st House, but if we are asking for someone else, we will cast the chart, then ‘turn’ it so that the House that represents that individual from our point of view becomes the 1st. For instance, if we ask about a lost item for our daughter (“Where is my daughter’s passport?”) the 5th House, representing our child, becomes the 1st, and so the significator of the lost item is found in the original 6th, which is the 2nd from the 5th. If, however, we ask and refer to our daughter by name (“Where is Hildegarde’s passport?”) we would designate her as the 7th in the original chart, and so the 8th becomes the house indicating the lost item. This is part of why in all Horary the framing of the question is of such importance. As an astrologer, one frames the question and reads the chart from the question-asker’s point of view. Example: If the person asking the question is named Chloe, the astrologer asks, ‘Where are my (Chloe’s) keys?’ and places Chloe in the 1st House.

·         The first place to look for an object is indicated by the House where the significator of the object is found (so, if the ruler of the 2nd is Mars and it is posited in the 3rd, we would look in those areas represented by the 3rd: a sibling or neighbor may have taken it or know where it is, or it may be in their home, it may be in the garage or in the car, at a store or market, in or on a desk or other place where writing occurs or written materials are kept, in the TV or media room or on one of these appliances, in a hallway, stairway, or other passage, including out in the road or driveway, at a local school or park, or left on a bus or taxi) ; the sign of the significator, as well as its dispositor (ruler) can also give clues, as can the House where the dispositor is found. The House of any indicator often names the physical place (on a shelf, at the dump, in bed) while the sign describes the conditions (Scorpio= wet, marshy, low lying areas, humid places, near plumbing; Aquarius=uneven terrain, dry, literally in the air or hanging somewhere, where it’s breezy–near a window, for instance)–this isn’t a hard and fast separation, though, and lots of variation occurs (the sign pointing to location, for instance, rather than atmosphere). There are lots of possibilities for a significator–part of our job in reading the chart is to think logically about the object, and try to build a picture or three of where it might be from those many possibilities.

·         Directions can be judged from the actual directions in a chart: ASC is due east, MC north, and so on, for charts drawn in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, please see the link in the comments.

·         The signs are of course associated with colors, the most famous probably being Aries’ Martian red. Sometimes colors can help with location, but as with direction, it may not be particularly helpful or necessary in finding a lost object.

·         The Part of Fortune can be useful for locating lost objects. Its location can be read just as are those of the significators and their dispositors, though I find that it will give the most useful information when it is in the same number degree, regardless of sign, as one of the significators. Use the Part of the original chart, even if you turn it to accommodate someone else’s viewpoint.

·         A retrograde planet as significator of the item suggests it will be found or return.

·         If the significator of the lost object is in Virgo, Pisces, the 6th or 12th, or is conjunct Pluto or Neptune, the item is probably tucked out of sight, is hidden, obscured somehow, must be dug for or ‘revealed’, in some way, and sometimes may not be findable.

I decided to use a chart I’d just drawn for a real-life problem: I asked, “Where is my book?” The book I was looking for is the exceptionally useful Horary volume in the March and McEvers’ ‘The Only Way to . . .’ series. I’ve learned a great deal from other volumes on Horary, but theirs is the cleanest and most direct methodology, and never fails me. Though I know what I’m doing in terms of reading the chart, with lost items it helps to have a comprehensive list of possibilities for what a planet, sign, or House might represent, and these are included in their volume and I use those lists as references frequently–the last thing I wanted to do was overlook something useful in explaining things to you, and now the book I needed was nowhere to be found!

The chart is drawn for 27 November 2012 at 10:47 AM PST Seattle, Washington USA. The Ascendant is 18 Capricorn 27, and certainly reflects my serious attitude! Also accurate are the intercepted sign in the 1st (Aquarius, my natal ASC) and the placement of Neptune and Chiron therein, with Neptune signifying my distress and confusion at having looked for two days and not finding it, and Chiron in Pisces probably relating to the fact that I’m trying here to relay my unique skills (Chiron) to you! That Ascendant is safe to judge (though my significator does fall in the ‘fiery way’, perhaps reiterating my stress), the 7th is clear, but uh-oh! The Moon is Void, at 26 Taurus 57, though it is less than 1 degree past conjunction with the South Node. Now this is where the personal discretion of the astrologer comes in: the Nodes are not bodies but points where the Moon’s path crosses the ecliptic–the Nodes identify the most extreme points on this path at any one time–so does this count as the Moon being Void, and so should we abandon the chart right now as unreadable? Not every astrologer uses the Nodes in Horary, and though I do note that they often appear in a House significant to the question, and point in the inevitable direction that the question will evolve (the North Node) I still don’t consistently pay attention to them in Horary–but sometimes they become prominent, as here.

When I hit something so iffy that I end up not being sure what to do, I usually proceed, with the idea that if anything else is unclear then it’s over, but also open to the chart being legitimate if everything else tells a coherent story. Ruler of the 2nd, significator for the ‘lost object’ of the book, is Neptune, which sits in the 1st. This suggests I either know where it is or I’m the one who put it where I can’t find it–certainly descriptive of the situation and common to my difficulties! In its own sign of Pisces, the significator suggests the book is hidden or obscured from view, and as a location the 1st suggests that the book is in the area where I spend the most time–that makes sense–but where to now? The significator is its own dispositor, and the entire house is where I spend my time! We might now inspect the Moon, though it mostly says that it may be in a place I’ve stashed it before (Moon conjunct the South Node). The 2nd itself hold Pallas in Pisces (describing the esoteric wisdom contained in the book) and Uranus in Aries (suggesting perhaps that I need to aggressively continue looking, and that it might be found suddenly), and in Aries we might find a hint as to the location or circumstances under which it will be found: discarding the outside possibilities, we have somewhere near a heating source, somewhere not frequented often, possibly near the ceiling (because heat rises?) in or near something metal.

So, we go to another possibility, inspecting the ruler of a House where the object would naturally be found, in this case, a book would fall in the 3rd of written materials (yes, it’s been published, but the 9th would be more appropriate for Jupiterian items, like a horse or TV). Aries is on the cusp, with ruler Mars in the 12th conjunct Pluto with only 1 minute difference–the location says hidden, the sign (Capricorn) says in something solid, a box, perhaps, maybe black or dark brown, behind closed doors, something wooden, or made of cement or rock, contained, or maybe under a pile of other things, but put there with the idea of staying organized that is inherent to Cappy. Pluto hints that it might have been re-cycled (yikes!) or destroyed–but close as Pluto is to Mars, it’s not necessarily a player. Pluto does rule the 10th, implying that where it’s been put might have to do with my career, someplace I store professional papers–okay, but I thought I’d already looked in all those places?

Let’s review the clues: the book is hidden or obscured from view, placed somewhere I’ve put it before and where I spend a lot of time, probably in pursuing my career, in something solid, near metal or a brown or black Capricorn material (wood!) behind a door of some kind, placed there trying to stay organized–and then it hits me! This describes the seldom-used, re-finished to show its natural brown wood, drop-down desk that holds astrology papers and books, most of which I seldom access or need–unlike the book I’m looking for. I had looked in the drawers of this desk, and even opened the drop-down door, but somehow missed the book which, Eureka! I find tucked under some papers in one of the desk’s cubbies–oh, and there’s a large copper planter on top of the desk, and the hardware is black metal. This desk is located right next to the desk where my computer sits–it is the corner of the house I frequent the most, no question–however, the location doesn’t correspond to directional indicators–unless I imagine myself literally standing in the place of the ASC, facing in to the chart, as I’m sitting at my computer desk–then the book would lie physically to my left, where we find Mars in the 12th.

Horary can be extremely complicated, and it does take a long time to become comfortable making discretionary judgments about which clues to follow, but it’s a rewarding branch of astrology that can deliver some amazing and highly practical results. Good luck with your explorations!

Here’s another example I tackled on the blog, and see here if you’d like a Horary done for you–thanks!

 

12 November 2018 Let’s Find It! A Straightforward Lesson in Locating Lost Objects Part 1

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‘Hide and Seek’ By James Tissot c1877 {{PD}}

Nothing new perfects today, as we breeze along under the light of the waxing Moon. Instead of a forecast, I offer a re-print from the pages of ECLIPSE:

Misplacing an object is one of the most common mini-upsets we can experience. After all, we wanted that thing right now, and somehow it is not where (we think) we put it! Astrology can be exceptionally helpful in locating what’s gone missing, living or inanimate–though right now we’ll concentrate on a simple method for finding objects, rather than people, or even pets, as finding the living can get a little complicated.

We start, not with the moment we begin looking for the object, but in the moment when our minds form the intent of drawing a horary to ask the location of the object. So, after 45 minutes of digging through couch cushions and going on hands and knees around the room, searching for our keys, we sigh and say to ourselves, looking immediately at the nearest timepiece, ‘Where are my keys?’ We proceed to the computer with the time in mind, draw our chart for that time, and then inspect it for a few matters that can affect its reading, before we actually approach the question.

There are four classic indicators that a chart will not deliver a reliable answer (or that the astrologer shouldn’t judge the chart). Please keep in mind that there can be much variation in method from astrologer to astrologer, largely through each person’s own trial and error to find what works best for them, or in their dedication to horary from a specific perspective (such as following ancient proscriptions). Do not think that comparing methodologies will get you any closer to definitive rules! But, there are some rules about when it’s safe to judge a chart that can be considered Universal. Here they are:

·         An Ascendant that precludes learning anything new from the chart. This arises when the Ascendant for the question falls in the first 3 degrees of a sign, or in the last 3. With the 3 early degrees of a sign, we are looking at a matter that is in its infancy. The situation or circumstances are not developed enough to get a clear handle on–we can’t read what hasn’t yet taken shape. With the last 3 degrees of any sign on the Ascendant, we are notified that the matter is, in some essential way, already settled or formed. We can find out in what way by reading the chart, but in my experience these are always circumstances we are already aware of, and so the chart can add nothing to our store of knowledge about the issue. And as we know, should the Ascendant fall in the 29th degree, the querent (person asking the question), if not the situation itself, is under extreme stress (in fact, everything in the 1st House will describe the person asking the question. For example, if Mars is here, they are likely driven by anger, if Neptune, they are confused or distraught).

·         The Moon is Void of Course. This is when the Moon will make no major Ptolemaic aspect before leaving the sign: conjunction, sextile, square, trine, or opposition. For horary we look at applying aspects only, though the wonderful March and McEvers suggest that if the contact is less than 1 degree past exact it can also be counted–and my experience supports this. I also use the quincunx, as it’s telling of the need for change or modification to the situation in question before a final answer is available; it can often suggest the possibility of a desirable outcome, or conversely the denial of fulfillment, dependent on the querent’s choices and actions from that point forward–in short, it tells you that something can still be done to affect the question. A good way to think of the results of a Moon Void of Course chart is to say, ‘Nothing will come of it,’ based on the idea that the Moon drives the action. March and McEvers also note that, if the answer to the question can be obtained without referencing the Moon, then a Void doesn’t matter–this is in my opinion true.

·         Saturn in the 7th House, Capricorn or Aquarius on the 7th House cusp. Saturn in the 7th indicates that the one judging the chart (the astrologer) will miss something relevant and likely then come to a mistaken conclusion, make mistakes in calculation, or judge incorrectly some relevant part of the equation. Capricorn and Aquarius are both ruled by Saturn in ancient practice, hence the rule about these two signs on the 7th cusp suggesting the chart should not be read. I have read charts with those signs on the 7th House cusp, but with mixed results, and I have never read with Saturn in the 7th–both rules are worth noting and respecting–I follow about Saturn’s placement consistently, as well as when Cappy is on the 7th cusp, but since I use Uranus I don’t include a prohibition when Aquarius is 7th cusp ruler.

·         Moon in the Via Combusta. This rule is the one most likely to be ignored by modern astrologers. It’s based on the passage of the Moon through 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio, the claws and body of the Scorpion, and which area at one time held several malefic fixed stars. The stars have since precessed (moved forward) in the zodiac, but the area of ‘the burning way’ or ‘fiery path’ is still held to be itself malefic by some astrologers. This is one rule I don’t follow, but have caught myself more than once checking it out in cases where it might provide the answer to why a chart isn’t working!

Now we have the basics as to when one should just throw up one’s hands and walk away from a reading. If none of these circumstances occur when we draw a chart, then we have the go-ahead. What we need to remember is that a horary chart is, just like a birth chart, a snapshot of a moment in time and space that contains information–and in this case, because we are focused on a specific question/ set of circumstances, we don’t read the entire chart, we only read the elements associated with the question–that trims it down quite a bit, and makes lost objects a good place to begin to learn about horary astrology, because they typically involve only two parties, the person looking for the thing and the thing itself.

Some astrologers only use the planets visible to the naked eye, in the tradition of those who first formulated horary rules (which gives us Saturn as ruler of Uranus and Jupiter as ruler of Pisces), and many modern practitioners use the higher and lower octave method i.e. for Aquarius on the cusp of the 1st and so representing the querent, for example, the astrologer might examine both Mercury (lower octave) and Uranus (higher octave), and some argue against using the outer planets at all as they move so slowly. I find that the outer planets are indeed usable, as they can often represent a certain sluggishness, impermeability, or static quality of the matter or person they represent, though those who stick to the ancient rules do not agree, and I also often examine both higher and lower octave, and ancient rulers, for corroboration of an outcome.

To find a lost object we look at the ruler of the 1st, which stands for the querent (the person asking the question), the ruler of the 2nd, which is the usual House used to represent a lost object, and the Moon, which is always co-representative of the querent (except when another part of the question commandeers this significator) and also acts as an indicator of the passage of time, and so can weigh in on expected events or help us discern how long we might have to wait until we once again have the object in our hands. As well, the planets that rule the significators are important for what they might convey. One important thing to note which seems to be very true: we should not ask questions idly–some emotional impetus is necessary to bring the ‘urge to know’ forth at just the right moment in the mind–this way the timing of a question has some rhyme and reason behind it.

Tomorrow I’ll post the second and final part of the Horary lesson on finding lost objects.

 

Your Weekend 10-11 November 2018 Truth Or Dare

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

The 10th brings a very particular kind of stress: the tension that comes with dissonance between the Will and the current life direction, between doing (and so feeling effective in your choices) and listening to instincts and the more subtle currents of feeling and what you ‘know but don’t know’. We might phrase this conflict another way: it’s the difference between wanting to do and so gain instant gratification, and sitting back, listening, and then taking a less flashy path. One results in immediate returns, while the other brings gain down the road, but with the latter, the benefits may be far greater, more far reaching, and could facilitate a long-held life goal. So which will it be, a payoff right now, or one down the road? Your choice. Neither option is inherently ‘better’; it all depends on whether you are living totally in the moment (in which case there won’t be any positive ripple effect into tomorrow–all the positives come today–you need to know that), or whether you are choosing and acting with an eye to what you’re building for the future (Ceres sq the Nodes, Mars sq Sedna-Juno conj, Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Mercury sxt Black Moon Lilith and semi-sq Venus)

On the 11th Ceres enters Scorpio–Nature reveals her mysteries, shares her secrets, or delivers certain Truths–and we are face-to-face with the reality of the Power situation and our place within it. The question becomes: do we dare trust ourselves, our instincts, our knowing, and so proceed according to our deepest nature, or do we trust external power situations and holders to support our cause? Again, neither of these answers is inherently superior, it all depends on what we need right now–and today, how we feel about (and how much we truly trust) ourselves. Hint: be honest with yourself. If you tend to let yourself down, failing to follow through on crucial efforts, your best bet is to be open to the aid you can receive from authority figures, as using these influences to their maximum potential requires a lot of energy and a willingness to have faith in and commit to one’s own original ideas–so do what’s best for you (Juno conj Sedna, Uranus opp Ceres, Sun sxt Pluto)

Hmm, what’s in the box? By Photo Dharma from Sadao, Thailand – 27 Mother of Pearl Treasure Chest, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59879131

This weekend’s word image is a tiny treasure chest. There’s something small but full of ‘gems’, rewards, or ‘booty’ waiting for you to unearth, discover, or dig up this weekend. Go get it!

9 November 2018 Balance Arrives

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‘The Circus’ By Charles Demuth 1917 {{PD}}

Are you feeling better yet? Better than the past few days, weeks, or months? If not, today will start the recovery, for those who haven’t yet escaped the maelstrom of ‘fake news’, disappointment at life developments and the unexpected results of choices, or for those who are simply sensitive to the ongoing chaos of current times. Balance arrives as we gain a clear idea of what we need and of what’s healthy for us; we have the wisdom and the energy to implement changes that support us and our values. The only thing we might have to sacrifice (and this is likely only temporary) is an ambition or two–but putting a little distance between ourselves and our quarry will probably show it’s not the most important thing to go after right now, anyway. We seek and find an equitable situation in relationships and in compensation for our efforts, but be aware: we get what we need in this department, not necessarily what we want.

(Venus trine Mars, Vesta sq Zeus, Juno contra-parallel Hygeia, Sun semi-sq Pallas)

Don’t worry about what they think of you. ‘Two Girls Carrying a Basket’ By Paul Sandby Undated {{PD}}

I’ve gone round and round about today’s word image, but I keep coming back to the same overall idea: the judgments of others, and how much they do or don’t affect you. How hard is it for you to remember that those are just opinions, and not even your own opinions, about you or something in your life? Do you see certain individuals as having a ‘right’ to comment? Do you feel you have a right to comment on anyone else? How much are your choices driven by or curbed by what you think others will think? And are you aware that this latter is your supposition, so really a judgment imposed by yourself? Strive today, for just 24 hours, to listen only to yourself, to refuse to imagine what others will say, and see whether you feel better or worse than usual at the end of the day. I’m betting on better. 

See the recent New Moon here–

8 November 2018 Amazing

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It’s an amazing day; the scales fall from our eyes, allowing clear perception of the true power situation and the more serious facets of the Universe, showing us how these perceptions fit with and serve, and so make come alive, our highest values, displayed through our commitments and service–so if you find yourself ‘wasting time’ or otherwise treading water, look to what this says about your dedicated energies–and don’t be afraid to make changes, if those commitments don’t fit your ideas of what’s sacred and should be honored. This may be more subtle than this makes it sound; it may be that the need for real change doesn’t become apparent for some time–but it will reveal itself, based on what you find out now.

Jupiter enters Sagittarius and we learn–we get the facts we were missing, we get a broader view of the world, we expand our interests in what’s ‘out there’, and it excites our ambitions and desires. We glimpse new possibilities, new opportunities, new goals, and we go after them, or make plans to. Go get ’em!

(Jupiter nov Zeus, Neptune sesq Ceres, Mercury nov Pluto and Vesta)

7 November 2018 New Moon in Scorpio: A Mandate to Create

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‘Studio in the Rue Archimède’ By Felix Nussbaum 1940 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 8:02 AM Pacific standard time at 15 Scorpio 11. If we keep orbs trim (as we must–this isn’t a natal chart) we see Luna forming only two aspects, a trine to Neptune and a quindecile (165 degrees) to Uranus, this latter posited at the crisis point of 29 degrees. It’s a New Moon that has us creating from the emotional ashes (Scorpio Moon) under intense stress or pressure, but this time around we must look to the other aspects in effect to know the background against which the New Moon new starts rise.

The trine to Neptune, sitting in its own sign of Pisces, speaks of a deep Cosmic connection, inspiration and creative energy easily channeled, accessed, or dreamed (two of Pisces favored methods). The quindecile to Uranus says that the New Moon beginning may present personal difficulties, or make for a hard time as the individual tries to integrate into the group. Sudden events, surprises, shocks, impulsivity are all likely in service to Higher Mind goals–so accept and deal with what comes forward as if it’s to your benefit, no matter how it appears in the moment. For a scant few, this New Moon brings circumstances of complete deception, a scenario where fantasy is accepted wholeheartedly as fact–but surrounding dissonance, and the resonance of the current Grand Sextile, will offer plenty of clues that the fantastical scenario is illusion, rather than reality, if those individuals will only listen.

There’s also a conjunction of Pluto and Vesta, suggesting that the energy for regeneration, transformation, or re-birth arises from what we honor; we dedicate our energy, and thereby tap into the breadth of power we can, at optimum operating moments, find is ours. Chiron quincunxes Ceres=again, questions of effective power manifestation, this time with our own wounds as the biggest obstacle. Jupiter quincunxes Uranus, once more highlighting the relationship between the individual and the social order, and requiring adjustment, like it or not. And Mercury noviles Ceres, suggesting that mental acuity is reached by attuning to our most ‘natural’ Self, to those roles where we hold and exercise power. This last is a ‘glove to hand’ aspect, most usable in those areas where we rightly embrace our own authority (and useless should we try to claim authority we don’t actually hold!)

The Grand Sextile, normally a configuration of grace and a smooth interlocking of energies, is this time signalling a kind of maximum point, a set of related energy flows that for a brief time form a kind of net expressing what must be dealt with, worked through, what can no longer hold its present shape. This is shown by the very late or very early degree of the placements, suggesting huge stresses that have pushed this potential into being. Jupiter and the Nodal axis are at 29 degrees, telling us that the facts and/ or the social order, in terms of the direction it’s headed, are at a breaking point (but we didn’t need astrology to tell us that, did we?) Chiron and Juno are at 28 and 27 respectively; hurt and power expression could go farther, be more extreme, but they are certainly ripe to be handled. Pallas is at 1 Libra, and may, as latest figure in the config, tell us where this is all ultimately going: toward something wise, more practical, that is cooperative in the sense of considering all parties–so not such a bad outcome, after all that tension.

‘Smiling Girl’ By Abram Arkhipov 1920s {{PD}}

The Sabian for this New Moon needs no explanation, ‘A Girl’s Face Breaking Into A Smile’ This New Moon brings relief, of one kind or another, and vast new creative potentials, if we can get out of our own way and bring them forward.

Happy New Moon!

 

6 November 2018 An Unbearable Degree

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OK, not exactly the kind of bear we’re talking about, but things will feel like a circus–‘Der Wanderzirkus’ By Angelo Jank 1906 {{PD}}

The Nodal axis slips backward (as is its prevailing direction) across Cancer/ Capricorn; we also see Uranus in the final degree of Aries, and together with the Nodes a T-square is formed, ratcheting tension up to an unbearable degree. The stress on the individual, and especially on the individual Will (Aries) is tremendous, with the awareness that what happens over the next few days determines life direction, making us hyper-aware of how important our application of Higher Mind (Uranus) to our choices (Aries, the Nodes) is in the moment. With North Node entering Cancer, we see that caring is the only choice–and all T components at 29 degrees tells us this is a crisis, whether it appears so on the surface or not.

Meanwhile, while the perception of crisis sucks up all our energy, attention, and all the air in any room, we still have Juno quincunx Ceres, Venus quincunx Sedna, and Mercury novile Venus. Willingly adjusting is key: to authority, to prerogative, to responsibilities, to boundaries, to what instincts tell, and to known ‘blind spots’. That’s the only way to make our actions effective, to gain or profit, to nurture relationships, to support the financial picture. Adjust, and you may find yourself hit with a kind of brilliant idea or three, or find Love or Money winging its way to you out of the blue (or, more likely, out of circumstances carefully tended in the past, that you maybe had given up on).

It can be a good day, but likely also an exhausting one.

Today’s word image is a small man with a huge head. This cartoonish symbol suggests we may be living too much in our own heads, burdening the mind when some of that energy is better spent other ways. Get out and do, move around, make something, interact with the physical world in ways you haven’t been, lately. It will really help.

5 November 2018 Wisdom In The Past

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Oh Sagittarius, is this your version of looking back? ‘Sonnenuntergang’ By Franz Stuck 1891 {{PD}}

I don’t mean we all used to be wise, and now aren’t, shall we say, the sharpest sticks in the pile; I mean instead that memory holds the answer to something we’re experiencing now. We see the beauty in our own empowerment, in our own agency, the worth of owning our authority, walking our talk, and combined with what we’ve learned from earlier in life, we are offered a unique chance to heal a deep, persistent wound–and in the healing, release a tremendous surge of creative energy. Do the work, and the ability to manifest, in all forms imaginable, will follow. Fail to complete the ‘assignment’, and you’ve still taken significant and highly useful steps that will be instrumental, one way or another, in shaping tomorrow (Pallas trine SN, Venus conj Ceres, Sun sesq Chiron and trine Neptune)

Today’s word image is: what seems to be a visit, letter, message, or signal from the future is really an echo of the past that applies to now. This directly reflects the meaning of the current aspects. I’ll let you puzzle this out for yourself, as it will definitely be a highly individual, and maybe very slight, thing that only you will recognize as valid; here’s a little humorous inspiration (or is this an explanation, taking the mystery out of things?) should you need it.

Your Weekend 3-4 November 2018 The Abyss + Urge Adjustment

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Saturday the 3rd we’re trying to achieve some kind of détente between a need to express our empowerment, to really feel it, and an urge to act and express out of hurt. We are conscious of how unproductive our wounds are, how expression that springs from them may cause more problems than it solves, but we feel a deep need to have our emotional upset heard and validated–and so we are vulnerable to harming relationships or financial situations, if we allow a sense of victimhood to override the practical and effective, to lay waste the eternal values we believe in. Processed well, our feelings will foster compassion, even as we focus on Self-responsibility, letting go of any need to make an emotional (that is, destructive) point (Finger of God with base of Chiron-Juno, apex retro Venus).

Thoughts may feel as if they’re perpetually on the edge of tipping into a destructive abyss, but our conscious alignment is with Love and caring–so step away from the edge by stopping to smell the flowers, by being grateful for what we have, and by transforming the mental attitude by concentrating on transforming what we truly have the power to effect (Sun parallel Venus, Mercury semi-sq Pluto).

Sunday the 4th Pallas moves into Libra, focusing our sense of productive expression of skills on the ways these may benefit alliances, relationships, aesthetic matters, and our personal financial arena. We must adjust urges, balancing spontaneous needs to rebel or be unpredictable with what’s wise or practical, balancing the need to feel ‘in charge’ and show dominion over our ‘territory’ while listening to and honoring that still, small voice of conscience, instinct, and inner knowing. A willingness to adjust serves ambitions and helps curb what in all likelihood is a too assertive sense of Self (Sun parallel Mars, Mercury semi-sq Zeus, Uranus qnx Pallas, Ceres qnx Sedna)

By Gisy Marconi – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51906717

Our weekend word image is a mirror with ‘smoked’ glass, rendering it unable to offer a reflection. Know it or not, we are all currently having difficulty seeing who we are. This weekend offers several opportunities to see ourselves more clearly–the only question is, will we recognize that information when we see it?

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

2 November 2018 Round-About

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From the series of the Concubines of Emperor Yong-cheng-2
Unknown – Scanned by Szilas from the book Kínai költészet (Chinese poetry, ISBN 963 9283 06 1) Before 1732 {{PD}}

If we try to go at things head-on, nothing goes right; if we take a round-about way, we are likely to get what we aim for, or at the very least, not muck it up as we will if we are too direct, too assertive, too Willful. Trying to exercise our options, we come up against ‘the Facts’–it’s how we respond to these that will determine the outcomes today.

The group may oppose our efforts, and relationships may generate frustration, as they seem based more on fantasy than reality, but it’s in a willingness to make the healthy response, the one that does no harm, that aligns behavior in interaction with ideals, and that looks for the actual opportunities available (as opposed to the ones we insist should be ours), that we find a remarkable and resilient peace, and an uncanny sense of completeness that removes the anxiety born of an ambitious insistence on getting it done.

(Jupiter opp Juno, Venus sesq Neptune, Sun sesq Hygeia)

By H. Zell – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21884347

Today’s word image is a puzzle completed but for one small missing piece. What little detail in your life is holding you up? Have you considered the picture may never be complete, that what there is now is all there will ever be? The compulsive need for a sense of completion can deplete us and make us spend inordinate amounts of time trying to make something happen that just won’t. Learn to live with the missing piece; rather than seeing its lack as a failing, try to see it as representing the unseen, in a matter that is otherwise so totally spelled out.

1 November 2018 Misdirection

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‘Wotan has summoned Loge to encircle the sleeping Brünnhilde with magic fire.’ By one of my favorite illustrators, Arthur Rackham 1909 {{PD}}

We know it’s smart to behave as if we are empowered, arbiters of our own domains, and yet old wounds make it especially difficult to do; we resist what’s wise, our attention fixed on all we’ve been denied, missed, or that we see as unjust. Misdirection is how stage magic works–we aren’t looking in the direction of the action, we’re looking where we think it will be, and by doing so we miss the origins of what seems miraculous. The same kind of thing happens today: wisdom we already possess holds the key, and it’s up to us to look in the right direction to see the opportunities presented, the ‘luck’ that manifests, or the knowledge offered that we need right in the moment. Hint: the social sphere may be the vehicle for our enlightenment, or it may be that taking an optimistic attitude in the face of what seems hopeless will bring benefits, and look to the skills offered by your natal Chiron placement for clues as to what you can best contribute to your own success at this time.

(Sun sq Black Moon Lilith, Pallas trine Juno, Jupiter trine Chiron and sxt Pallas, Chiron opp Pallas)

Part of the Byōdō-in Temple at Uji (Uji Byōdō-in no ichibu), from the series Souvenirs of Travel II (Tabi miyage dai nishū) By Hasui Kawase {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an individual meditating in a Buddhist temple, intruded upon by a politician who is busy campaigning and heedless of the atmosphere or surroundings. This is a symbol of glaringly inappropriate behavior, where someone ostensibly working for your benefit (even for you) is not only insensitive to what’s happening around them, they are so Self-focused they make it clear they’re really working for themselves, not you. Is there someone you’re counting on to ‘represent’ you, or to see to your interests, who fits this image? Time to dump them.

31 October 2018 The Secret Unexpected

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‘The Whisper of the Muse: Elizabeth Keown, G.F. Watts and Kate Keown’ By Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 {{PD}}

Expect the unexpected, especially from partners, mates, and those with whom we interact socially. Venus opposes Uranus from the 00 degree of Scorpio, then backs into Libra; the pattern suggests a reveal, a secret generated or held that prompts erratic, unusual, or desperate material choices, and in this mystery we may be the one with the secret, or we may be the one who acts precipitously in what amounts to a response prompted by things known by the Higher Mind but not the conscious one. Once that plays out, we see Venus back into that last, stressed degree of Libra, shunting all the tension into relationships.

We may see in others or experience ourselves the unhealthy need to dominate (Ceres qnx Hygeia), which exerts its own destructive influence, and thinking, too, may be erratic or, if we’re ‘tuned in’, groundbreaking or successfully drawing on Higher Mind to inform our decisions and attitude. Proof of an attuned state follows in the way we can easily bring ideas into the material realm–and proof of skewed thinking shows in blocked pathways or in ‘mental obstacles’ that leave us feeling stumped about correct procedure or direction. What we need to know, though, is that what occurs today is being guided by our Higher Selves; there are certain things the Soul requires to live out its mission, and without even trying, today we’re setting those circumstances up/ in motion (Mercury parallel Saturn, qnx Uranus, trine NN, Sun nov Pallas)

I’d like a little sliced tomato with that. Photo By Scott Bauer, USDA ARS {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a tomato. Do you think it’s a fruit or a vegetable? Are they delicious or disgusting? Do you love what comes from them (marinara, pizza sauce) but not the fruit itself? Consider how subjective (and sometimes extreme) each individual’s feelings are about the humble tomato–and take this as a prompt to consider how much you may be projecting onto someone or something. Our preferences or assumptions can so thoroughly color our perceptions that we may not see something as it is at all, but only as we’ve cast it in our minds, to the point where we may believe it’s something that it’s not (and we’re back to fruit v. veggie territory). Mother Nature, aka Ceres, is at 25 Libra today, and may help pinpoint what you’re applying the ‘tomato principle’ to in real life.

30 October 2018 A Point of Reckoning

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‘Le Premier Disque’ By Robert Delaunay, 1912–13 {{PD}}

Retro Venus creates a T-square with the Nodal axis today, suggesting we may be at a life direction determining point in the Venus transit cycle–and with Chiron parallel Hygeia, even the hurtful things we do to ourselves or others, or that come at us from externals, will still somehow work out to our advantage. This will be (though it may not feel like it, so subtle may be the workings of the Universe) a time of reckoning in the archaic sense, “a bill or account, or its settlement”. Expect the bill to come due or be paid, but in either case, know that this is only the first notice; you’ll (or they’ll) have time to work it out, to make it all right.

Mercury will oppose Juno at 29 degrees of their respective signs, then enter Sagittarius and perfect a semi-sextile to Venus and a novile to Zeus. This is a mini-plat map of our minds and how they’ll be working. There’s tension over empowerment, whatever our issue with it: will we be able to do what we want to? will others oppose us? do we oppose others’ exercise of their prerogatives–or does it seem they’re overstepping, that that’s why we object? Then we suddenly want to escape, so either head toward what can inform us, or head for the horizon–and this makes for some discomfort in relationships, or makes for minor financial stress, but may give us a genuinely brilliant boost in ambition realization or desire fulfillment.

Go ahead Taurus, play a role or serve someone. ‘Geisha no zu’ By Yamakawa Shūhō c1925 {{PD}}

Today’s word image comes from me asking myself, OK, what’s the image for this day? and looking up to see the title of a book jump out at me, ‘Think Like a Freak’. Well that certainly resonates with my Aquarian Ascendant, so I’ll offer a couple of options for every Ascendant sign; take it with good humor, and consider the many variations these can imply. For instance, if your Ascendant is Gemini you might be tempted to be offended by the suggestion that you ‘think like a gossip’–but the utility of that comes if you are doing something and you think like a gossip, you will know exactly what those actions might stir in others of a negative quality–and so can avoid any ‘gossip repercussions’. For Leo it might be that you need to be a little more Self-centered, and this is your prompt.

Aries: Think Like a Leader or Pioneer

Taurus: Think Like a Geisha or Gourmand

Gemini: Think Like a Networker or a Gossip

Cancer: Think Like Mom or The Most Sensitive Person You Know

Leo: Think Like a King or The Most Self-Centered Person You Know

Virgo: Think Like an Accountant or ‘Lady Bountiful’

Libra: Think Like Your Partner or Your Enemy

Scorpio: Think Like You Have a Secret You Need to Keep or a Mystery You Need to Solve

Sagittarius: Think Like a Teacher or a Bachelor (Someone With No Attachments)

Capricorn: Think Like The Person in Charge or a Person in Denial

Aquarius: Think Like a Freak or Like Someone in the Avant Garde

Pisces: Think Like You Are The Essence of Creativity or Space Out and Don’t Think At All

Have a great day!

29 October 2018 A Source of Harmony

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By Pieter Brueghel the Elder – Christian Vöhringer – Pieter Bruegel. 1525/30-1569 Tandem Verlag 2007 (h.f.ullmann imprint) S. 129 ISBN 978-3-8331-3852-2, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9483474

What’s wise is what we respond to instinctively, we act to fulfill ambitions and find a minimum of obstacles and barriers before us, and we feel knowledgeable and powerful. There is an internal harmony that all else flows from; our job is to make sure that what flows from us is a true and positive expression of our ‘best Self’. Simple, and yet a true challenge, for how do Will and the reality picture reconcile, where does our imperative stop and others’ rights begin, and how do we handle forces within ourselves or from others that are deliberately hurtful or destructive? Your mantra for today: follow the impulse but consider the impact.

(Pallas trine Sedna, Mars semi-sq Saturn and trine Zeus, Venus parallel Mars, Mercury trine Chiron, conj Jupiter, and parallel Pluto)

Today’s word image is a car that completely refuses to start, is in fact totally dead. How low is your battery? Re-charge, before you get to a point of no return.