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16 January 2019 Event Horizon

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By Hamed khamees07 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

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

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

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15 January 2019 Humble

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

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

(Sun sq Pallas)

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

Introducing a new report on Life Purpose, using the Sun and Earth positions, aspects involving Sun and Earth (to and from all bodies I use), and their Sabian symbols, along with the Nodes, to describe your ultimate intentions as well as the environment you need in which to offer those Sun/ Soul energies and flourish. See more here–

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14 January 2019 Brilliant

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

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

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

13 January 2019 Depth Creativity

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

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

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

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

12 January 2019 Power Point

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

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

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

11 January 2019 X-Ray Vision

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

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

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

10 January 2019 Unparalleled

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By jeg.work – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69040431

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

9 January 2019 Out of Control

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By WelshPixie – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72756719

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

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

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

8 January 2019 The Highest Good

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

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

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

7 January 2019 Monday, Monday

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

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

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

6 January 2019 Pay Attention

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

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

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

Solar Eclipse in Capricorn January 2019 Sideswiped

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Cinderella Point Part 2 Some Examples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1-4 January 2019 Happy New Year! + A Glimpse At The Year Ahead

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‘Masked Ball’ By Jules Alexandre Grün 1934 {{PD}}

New Year’s Eve and day share a Scorpio Moon, ripe for intrigue and bringing matters of hidden or ‘power behind the throne’ realities, as well as ‘powerful anima‘ or ‘powerful women’ scenarios to the fore as it glides over both Ceres and Venus. Exercise care at the equivalent of early AM Pacific time of the 1st; that’s when the Moon sextiles Pluto and conjoins Ceres, when we may grapple for authority or struggle for supremacy (over others or Nature itself) without even realizing we’re doing it.

If we treat the New Year’s day aspects as general harbingers of the year ahead, what we see is stress, a suppressed vitality, constraints, serious questions, and the need to adjust and resolve in order to move forward. We might want to pay particular attention to the forming Jupiter-Neptune square, first perfecting on the 13th, shaking a confused, faith dissolving, or overly optimistic fist at the future (NN apex Fist of God). It suggests it may be about two weeks into the new year before we confront our own beliefs, attitudes, and delusions, a point where we find we must act to reconcile potentials with the odds of making them realities.

By Andreas Weith – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65253643

The New Year also brings a need to be flexible in fitting our status to our ambitions, and vice versa–that is, keeping desires and aims proportional to our actual ability to make things happen. Though it may sound discouraging, it’s in doing what we can that we open the way to do and achieve even more. Nothing is ever gained by sitting on our hands and mourning the power we don’t have.

We also need to be open to the messages the reality picture delivers, to the knowledge we can easily distill or intuit from real-world matters before us, and commit to making as conscious as possible what we ‘know but don’t know’ about our circumstances. The better we are able to sort ourselves and our reality out now, at the year’s beginning, the better we will be set to weather the other two squares (not to mention everything else we will encounter!)

(Juno qnx Zeus, Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Sun conjoined Saturn and both sesq Sedna, Jupiter and Neptune in a loose square forming base to a Fist with apex NN)

With two more instances of the Jupiter-Neptune square set to occur in 2019, we can use this aspect as a kind of marker that will show the potentials for handling ‘the facts’, dreams, faith, and the tendency to obliterate ‘What Is’ with fantasy, delusions, or outright lies.

The second square, which falls on 16 June, shows Saturn closely sextile Neptune and Neptune trine Mercury-Mars in Cancer (which places this duo quincunx Jupiter). The implication may be that both Jupiter-Neptune positives (a capacity to maximize the dream within the reality picture of both fact and belief, optimism and creativity applied, opportunity to create the ideal) and negatives (delusion through belief, opportunity misunderstood or improperly exploited, the facts in direct conflict with the dream) find real-world expression, and that thinking and actions are driven by the conflict between Jupiter-Neptune. This suggests the square is hugely important in understanding what we may face as a society (Jupiter), as well as what will affect us at a personal level. Thinking and action are both oriented toward what we care for and want to nurture (Cancer), at this point; that presents its own challenges, along the lines of unacknowledged emotionalism and blurry boundaries.

The final square, set for 21 September, finds the Black Moon Lilith point very close to Neptune. That suggests a whole lot of resentment, anger, and vengeful energy behind our imaginings–so it’s more important than ever that we have firm ideals and are honest with ourselves over what really is. The temptation will be to allow rage to fuel creative activity–but that can too easily tip into destructive or unrealistic efforts meant to ‘even the score’, rather than aiming to conduct ourselves (and so enhance our world) by ever-reaching for the highest aim possible.

‘The End of Dinner’ By Jules-Alexandre Grün 1913 {{PD}}

We’re better off addressing a couple of highlights between now and the eclipse, rather than having exhaustive aspect analysis, simply because not much happens, and the building tension toward the Lunar event really garners most if not all of our attention. On the 2nd the standout is definitely a Pluto square to Zeus, reminding us how easily our attempts to exert our power can turn destructive as we seek desire fulfillment. The 3rd shows Venus trine the North Node and opposed Sedna, suggesting we may refuse to listen to our instincts in relationships and/ or financial matters, and so map out our future. This day also sees Mercury square Chiron and trine Uranus, warning us that internalized messages of hurt could prompt spontaneous utterances or ideas–and that can be truly Self-sabotaging, if they are born on a wave of upset that we likely aren’t full aware of. With any luck, though, processing those spontaneous thoughts could yield some entirely new approaches, especially in thinking and reasoning. And for the 4th we see Merc enter Capricorn and the Sun sextile Neptune, taking thinking in a practical vein and offering a better-than-recently-has-been base for creative effort, including pursuit of the ideal.

Next up is the second part of the Cinderella Point, and then the New Moon/ Partial Solar Eclipse!

‘Adieu, Cocottes!’ By Jules-Alexandre Grün 1903 {{PD}}

31 December 2018 Deep Cuts

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‘Mist in Kanab Canyon, Utah’ By Thomas Moran 1892 {{PD}}

Channeled by the Truth-tellers, the Self-promoters, and the power-seekers, the conscious and unconscious alike, our surroundings are thick with an elemental kind of knowledge, a window into what lies beyond the material, and it cuts deep as a knife, or penetrates like an x-ray, or submerges us in feeling that can’t be denied. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? Instead of responding as if someone just plucked our last nerve, we should embrace the intensity and simultaneously take a step back from it. Communication is a perfect, unmistakable vibration; believe what you perceive. If we can create some distance from the emotions, allowing at least a small part of the Self to act as impartial observer, then we can know by today’s messages, interactions, and events where we stand with the Universe and with each other–and that’s highly valuable knowledge to have.

(Pluto trine Juno, Mars conjoins Hygeia at 29 Pisces, then enters Aries, Sun parallel Mercury)

30 December 2018 The Hand We’re Dealt

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‘The Card Players’ By James McNeill Whistler CC BY-SA 4.0

The real focus today isn’t on how much power we exercise, but what kind of influence and effect we wield. It may be a matter of struggling with authorities in our sphere, trying to claim as much say as we can, or it could be that we struggle against someone’s inappropriate effort to exert influence over us, or that we struggle with ourselves over how much power our inherent authority conveys. No matter what, the one thing that opens the way to our most potent expression is through ‘natural’ roles, ones that mesh with our current standing, place in the world, abilities, skills, and that we are eminently suited for. That might be disappointing to some, but the reality is that unless we exploit effectively what we currently hold, we won’t get ‘more’–and to discard the real-world position in the hope that starting over deals us a better hand fails to recognize that we took the hand we were dealt and we’ve played it–and where we are right now is the result–meaning that the same central player, ourselves, won’t be any different than before, and that means that what we could make of things from a new start would likely develop along oh-so-familiar lines. That is, we have created what is in our lives right now; no matter what you think, a new starting point would have made very little difference, in the end. And that means we aren’t victims of others or circumstances nearly so much as we are conspirators with (or perhaps ‘experiencers of’) our own natures.

(Perfecting today: Juno opposed and Pluto sextile Ceres)

‘Street Musicians’ By William H. Johnson c1939 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: overhearing, and so being ‘forced’ to listen to, other people’s music choices. Do you go with this, or are you annoyed? Does your reaction differ according to the environment, your expectations, or what they are choosing to play? Consider that your reaction to this scenario may say something about how you respond to others’ ‘songs’, that thing we create and ‘sing’ by living. Do you judge, criticize, praise? Do you find it intrusive when others’ songs waft into your space? Do you deliberately not ‘sing out loud’, believing you’re more considerate, or out of fear? Is there something about your attitude concerning this you’d like to change?

29 December 2018 How We Think

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‘An Interlude’ By William Sergeant Kendall 1907 {{PD}}

It’s all about how we think, today; the lenses we use and priorities we bring to the reasoning process are all-important and for best results should be part of our conscious awareness. Positives involve an ease with being practical and applying earned wisdom to the thought process, as well as being cognizant of our desires and ambitions; without honesty around what we really want, we may miss goals and avert success out of misplaced modesty, fear of being seen for who we are, or in trying to uphold values that aren’t actually ours. Communications and reaching agreement goes well as long as we are willing to adjust our idea of what constitutes empowerment, and if we aren’t too attached to some particular status we fancy holding (especially a status that we might hold, currently or in future, only in our own minds!)

(Mercury sextile Pallas and Zeus, and quincunx Juno)

Your Week Ahead 23-28 December 2018

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‘Wintergewitter’ By Albert Ernst Mühlig 1909 {{PD}}

To give myself a little breathing room (and honestly, you’ve probably got a lot to do, too!) I’ll choose one or two (or three!) aspects for each day to talk about. I’ll go for what may add an unusual influence, what may have the biggest impact, and/ or what may be the one energy to concentrate on, and let the others go by. If you’re really longing for the dulcet tones of my-voice-in-your-head, then you may want to try one of my books–

Remember The Future–On the 23rd I’m all about Pluto trine Juno and Venus square Black Moon Lilith; the first suggests easy transformation of status or empowerment standing–just remember that can go in either direction–and the second describes the conflicts arising in relationships and/ or financial matters, with their origins found unquestioningly in those things we’ve ignored or denied. These two may mix, via Mercury sesquiquadrate the North Node, which makes it difficult to keep future effects of current thinking in mind–meaning we may, dealing with others or assets, fail to think of what we’re hoping to build or achieve. We may think only in the moment, probably in trying to justify those matters we’ve chosen to ignore, and so miss the impact this thinking has on our standing, our interactions, and on our future. Proceed with caution.

Photo by David Ellis/USFWS {{PD}}

Trickster Mode–For the 24th the mind tries not to operate in Trickster mode, but almost can’t help it. With Mercury square Neptune, sesquiquadrate Uranus, and parallel Jupiter, we are processing things erratically, unpredictably, creatively, and this likely makes conclusions fall in line with beliefs–which can mean that our Self-reinforcing view wrongly makes us think we are perceiving the world without significant filters. If anything, we’re in danger of fooling ourselves, with Self-honesty the obvious, but highly effective, antidote.

A Touch of Genius–The 25th the noviles set the tone–one between Jupiter and Pluto, and one between Mars and Black Moon Lilith. The facts or following one’s beliefs can lead to real, permanent change–the issue is, how strongly will you be influenced by what you don’t admit to or acknowledge? Whether you mean them to or not, choices and actions will be tailored to what you ignore or deny–be aware.

Bertha Lum 1913 {{PD}}

Mixed Bag–Here are the influences for the 26th; you decide what to do with them: action follows instinct or is subsumed by ‘blind spot’ material (Mars sextile Sedna) and that means we’re operating only half-consciously–and this is so despite our depth of thought, much of which is focused on the past (undoubtedly, it’s that turn to the past that keeps us only half aware of the now (Mercury parallel Pluto and novile the South Node). And how does it all look to us? As if we are disempowered or disrespected at every turn (Sun sesquiquadrate Juno). Keep your head in the present, and realize that your perceptions are skewed toward the negative, and that may prevent any serious missteps.

Smart Money–Choices keep the future in mind, and we know the value of asserting our own authority, of showing our personal competence in the roles we inhabit, and of maintaining awareness of our own agency–the smart money is drawn to expressions of power–so what are those shadows dancing at the edges of our otherwise sunny vision? They are everything we’ve been in denial of. Yeah, I said it right out–and you should face it, negotiate new terms–that’s the thing that must be done on the 27th that will allow inner wisdom to apply itself to empowered actions, making what you do smart and effective (Pallas quincunx Juno, Mars trine the North Node, Venus conjoined Ceres, Sun novile Black Moon Lilith)

‘Salzburg’ Alfred Gelbhaar {{PD}}

What’s The Difference?–we may have a hard time today, the 28th, when it comes to telling what’s smart from what we want, and whether we’re acting and choosing out of hurt or out of the chance to mobilize our most unique skills. How do we sort this out? Dig deep, really deep, into inner wisdom, searching for Truth with a capital ‘T’–that’s the thing that must be your guide in all things today–that, and a little Love (Pallas conjoined Zeus, Mars conjoined Chiron, Pluto square Pallas, Venus sextile Pluto)

This week’s word image is an episode where life hands you a metaphor–mine is, ‘You’ve run out of thyme’. What have you been putting off and putting off, always thinking you’ll do it tomorrow? That’s what you have to do right now.

See the recent Full Moon in Cancer here–

 

 

22 December 2018 Full Moon in Cancer: Beacon in the Dark

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‘Vuurtoren in de branding’ By Hendrik Willem Mesdag c1885 {{PD}}

This Full Moon in Cancer (22 December 9:48 AM PST at 00 Cancer 49) follows on the heels of the solstice (21 December 2:23 PM Pacific time–winter in the Northern hemisphere/ summer in the Southern hemisphere). For we northerners, the closeness of the two events makes the revelations and conclusions of the Full Moon a kind of beacon in the dark, both literally and figuratively, as Luna lights the way out of the longest night of the year, at least here in North America.

The Full Moon is apex to a Fist of God with base of Venus-Ceres square Black Moon Lilith, out-of-element sextile Uranus, T-square with close Chiron-Hygeia conjunction, novile to Juno. Always, a Full Moon brings an ending, a culmination, a conclusion, and this can signal a definite end or can usher in a new stage, or an entirely new beginning. In Cancer these endings carry a heavier-than-usual emotional component, a sensitivity to the import of what’s concluding, and intimations through the feeling nature as to what’s beginning. Emotional conclusions are reached and intuitive information received; that is, we realize with surety how our feelings resolve on some subject related to the House (or across the axis) in the natal chart in which the FM occurs. This resolution may come consciously (more likely if the FM falls above the horizon in the natal chart) or through the unconscious ‘assembly’ of information learned and intuited, presented to the conscious mind as it coheres into a relevant picture under the Full Moon’s light. It’s a ‘just dawning on us’ event, so to speak, represented by the very early sign degree in which the culmination occurs.

The aspects for this Lunar event suggest that what arises is conflict, stress, or tension that once expressed creates a more healthy atmosphere, leading to a new, unanticipated level of empowerment or a rise in or change of status. The challenge will be to stay true to our best Self even as we deal with what may be a messy situation; with Black Moon Lilith involved we may have to face what we’d rather ignore or suppress, what we may feel ashamed of or guilty about (though as we know, those are distortions, re-directions of anger as we avoid sending it to the appropriate target), and we may be required to deal with matters that enrage us, making things even more difficult.

There is also a matter of conflict among authorities, with authorities, or over who holds authority and so who holds the reins to assets. We may only observe this authority-centered upset, or we may find it angers us in the way it threatens to wrest agency from us or those we love. Know that misdirection of energy is a real possibility, and that inappropriate anger and overstepping of boundaries are the avenues of least resistance–and knowing that you can take a step back from the fray, receiving or causing no harm.

But, there’s a promise of healing, once we’ve located what or whom we care about, what needs our nurture, or what may offer nurture to us (Cancer), and caring mobilizes skills, especially the ones that only we can wield in just that particular, individual way we have. The key is twofold: pinpoint our feelings, and see where they can and should be ‘applied’, and be fearless in meeting, dealing with, and then letting go of whatever conflict transpires. Take care not to confuse the order of this–it doesn’t do anyone any good to fight first, then figure out what they want! This scenario probably won’t unfold in an easily palatable way, but will serve the cause of necessary emotional processing that supports both our health and our unique expression and empowerment.

The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, ‘On A Ship The Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One’. This may be a change of signal flag–letting others know changes in our intents or destination–or a complete change of authority, the new flag showing who is now ‘running the ship’. In any case, it’s a symbol of communicating identity, which is something we do quite naturally when we set priorities (identify what we care about) and then speak up in defense of or in dealing with what comes before us (with our Self-image shaping the forms and character of our assertions).

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian, as it’s the source of the light play that gives us the Full Moon event in the first place: ‘An Indian Chief Claims Power From The Assembled Tribe’. In this Full Moon’s aspects we have seen a recurring thread concerning individual authority; this symbol suggests that what generates the conflict, the expression, and the eventual healing, all stem from issues surrounding who holds the reins, who should hold the reins, and these may be best determined by who is supported by the group–but then again, the upheaval may come from the fact that this is tribal thinking–and if there’s anything we know at this point, it’s that blind tribalism is positively the most destructive way of organizing our priorities and our lives.

This Full Moon offers a beacon in the darkness of tribalism, help in sorting out the competition for authority, and shines a light on both our duty to use our skills and the ways in which we can access healing and enhance overall health.

21 December 2018 Larger Than Life

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Photo By Daderot {{PD}}

You can feel it building, brimming, and ready to break, can’t you? Immense, overflowing, perhaps a burning knowledge, or thoughts on the social order or on our own or others’ belief systems, permeate everything with a larger than life quality. It seems we can think transformation into being–and we can, with enough investment, enough creative and imaginative ‘juice’, enough Love–with a subsequent spotlight falling on the real-world results. It almost feels magic, this ability to Love, to throw our lot in with, to dedicate our energy–and that is the way it works, the Universe responding to our energy, a wavelength that is both assertive and receptive, listening and making a statement, open to what’s out there and closed in embrace of what we hold dear. Enjoy it, and feel the power of the mind as it stretches, reaches out, and contacts the new, the unfamiliar, the radical and revered.

(Merc and Jupiter conj in Sag, both sxt Vesta, Merc nov Pluto, Venus trine Neptune, Sun enters Capricorn)

Today’s word image is a question unanswered, despite a jumble of words poured out. What question are you putting out into the Universe that appears to be unanswered? I say ‘appears’ as the idea here is that no question goes unanswered; we may miss the answer, not see, accept, or understand the vernacular in which it’s delivered, may reject the answer, or may try to insist the answer take a particular form, and if it doesn’t, we’ll pretend no answer has been given. The reality is that as soon as we ask a question, we have the answer–it may take a little while to dawn on us, it may take a nudge from the physical world, or it may take a remark from your own personal angel (anybody who plays a part in your drama), but you have received an answer. Now you must be brave enough to see and accept it

Next up: The Full Moon in Cancer!

20 December 2019 Celebrate and Elevate

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‘A Party in the Open Air’ By Isaac Oliver I c1592 {{PD}}

Why do even the good things seem painful, right now? Relationships and financial choices and even values require careful negotiation; failure to deploy our most personal skills (that is, those that are most unique to us as individuals) will only add discord to the sense of woundedness. What we need is a celebration of who we are at core, done by honoring exactly what we find sacred in life, and most Soul-specific in ourselves. Yes, it’s a vague formula, but that’s the point: each of us must tailor the party to our experience, our needs, our gifts, our passions, here on Earth. Stay true to who you are, elevate that expression, and both surprising healing and unanticipated benefits will be yours.

(Venus sesq Chiron, Sun trine Uranus and nov Vesta)

19 December 2018 The Power of Self-Determination

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‘Niños en la Playa, Valencia’ (Children at the Beach, Valencia), By Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida 1914 {{PD}}

We may start out rejecting authority or our own agency, but in any case it spurs us toward a kind of empowerment centered in Self-responsibility–even in wanting to avoid making our own choices, we end up wanting to! Or maybe we have to. We can’t resist the power of Self-determination–nor should we. For each of us, the vital factor on which so much hinges right now is either the health situation or the skill situation–and we must face where we actually stand with each, in order to see where we truly are empowered, where we can go with all this, and where we might’ve been fooling ourselves, just a tad.

There’s also the matter of a Fist of God formed by the square between Hygeia-Chiron and Earth, with all sesquiquadrate Venus. This emphasizes the material factors, the physical needs as well as the atmosphere/ environment, and implies that handling these in a realistic manner (that is, by addressing what we have the power to address) we create reward, a pay-off, or better a relationship–somehow we benefit, even though the situation the benefit arises from may be difficult or may be one of outright conflict.

Bonus: if you have natal placements at 26-29 of Virgo, this fills in a Grand Cross with the Sun-Earth axis and Hygeia-Chiron, suggesting a tense situation where health takes a big role in life direction and the plan for material accomplishment or manifestation of the Soul’s purpose, with the influence defined by the function (that is, the verb version) of the natal placement (for instance, Mars would be about doing or choosing or possibly aggressing, while Venus might be about valuing or receiving). Health (or possibly skill levels, that ‘gift’ that is unique to you, Chiron’s other broad meaning) temporarily has an out-sized impact on where you’re headed, and this is weighed through the natal planet or point and its action possibilities (the verbs associated with the energy). If the fill-in planet happens to be Pluto (which it may be for many), this could be more about the tension caused when one knows something must be eliminated or transformed, for one’s own good and/ or so that the life direction can continue as desired–so could bring a kind of crisis that may, initially, seem unsolvable.

(Uranus contra-parallel Ceres, Mars parallel Juno, apex Venus sesq Hygeia-Chiron and Earth forming a Fist of God, Sun-Earth sq Hygeia-Chiron conjoined forming T-square)

Also By Sorolla y Bastida 1915 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is picturing yourself walking out into a body of cold salt water on a brightly sunny summer day. What does this say to you? Are you frolicking at the beach, taking a dip to cool off from extreme temps, staying in the shallows because you can’t swim or don’t really want to be wet, planning to swim to an opposite shore, are you plunging in to rescue someone or something (a dog in a rip current, a washed-away purse), are you walking out with rocks in your pockets, Virginia Woolf-style? If the water symbolizes your spiritual essence, what does the interaction you imagined say about your current relationship to spirit and spiritual practice (this latter of which, I argue, is simply another phrase for life)?

18 December 2018 Pulse

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Instincts lead us–or is it drive us?–into the future–or rather, into creating our future by our current choices. That’s always so, but there are times like today when the pulse of energy we generate seems to travel a straight line to what we’ll eventually be. The direction we go right now will express (and consequently shape) who we are. It’s a chicken-and-egg thing, whether the impulse generates the thought or the thought the forward-moving energy, but in the end it doesn’t matter–the effect is the same. And, all this is done only half deliberately, with a semi-conscious notion that aligns choices and efforts with both goals and identity–and that means that whatever happens, your responses and those events you generate will be strongly attuned to who you are and what you intend. As always, if you’re not happy with what you see, you know where to look for change.

(Merc semi-sq Zeus, Sedna sxt NN forming base to a Finger of God with apex Sun)

‘The Tower of Babel’ By Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an idea I’ll title, ‘Controlling One’s Image’. Are you the kind of person who believes they can (and should) try to tailor people’s impression of you to the image you desire? If so, do you honestly think that’s really possible? This simply calls for each of us to take a moment and reflect: Are we able to let others think what they think, without trying to shape perceptions or change their minds (manipulate them), while being true to ourselves (being who we are, without artifice or pretension)? Because if not, we’re failing twice: once when we don’t recognize boundaries, and once when we aren’t being true to ourselves.

17 December 2018 Mightier Than You Think

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Illustration ‘Princessa i skogen’ By John Bauer 1915, from ‘En riddare red fram’ (A knight rode on) By Jeanna Oterdahl in “Bland tomtar och troll” (Among Gnomes and Trolls) 1915 {{PD}}
John Bauer

What we’re empowered to do, what we choose to do, is the focus today. Sometimes one and the same, sometimes wide apart, when our options are limited, or our Will is unsure, or when we just can’t muster the energy to make a choice–that latter being dangerous, giving ourselves up to the currents, not out of faith, but in abdication, in decreed helplessness–and the Universe has no respect for that. For the present we need to claim whatever power, in whatever form we own it, and we need to choose, need to act–because what results is greater than the sum of the parts, bringing fulfillment of an ambition or desire–and this is so even if that’s not what we’re aiming for! We have a healthy outlook, in terms of the future, so trust yourself, and don’t let others’ communications cause damage to you–and take care with your own words, as they are mightier, with a bigger impact, than you think.

(Juno sxt Mars, forming the base of a Finger of God with apex Zeus, Hygeia trine NN, Mercury semi-sq Pluto)

Photo By Soumyoo – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0 The Bird of Paradise Flower .jpg Created: 28 June 2016

Today’s word image is the Bird-of-Paradise–the flower, not the actual bird. As a kid I was confused about this plant–I thought it was somewhere between a plant and an animal (I thought the same of sunflowers–have I told you this story before?) These things seemed mysterious, kind of magical–and sentient, to my child-mind, so that when I was piled into a car with lots of others on the way to the cemetery, I silently prayed that I would not have to sit near the bird-of-paradise someone was bringing to put on a grave–and then I was told to hold it in my lap. I remember sitting very still with the tall, pointy flower balanced on my knees, really nervous that it might decide to take my eye out with its beak-like petals. I remember studying it, looking for an eye or some movement that might clue me in to what it was thinking, what it might do. It was a miserable ride for me; I arrived at the cemetery in a sweat! So what does this shaggy-dog story have to convey as an image? Probably that there is something in our lives right now that we fundamentally misunderstand–to the point that we’re frightened or worried, when we really don’t need to be.

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}}

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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?

16 January 2019 Event Horizon

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By Hamed khamees07 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

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

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

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15 January 2019 Humble

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

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

(Sun sq Pallas)

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

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14 January 2019 Brilliant

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

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

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

13 January 2019 Depth Creativity

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

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

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

12 January 2019 Power Point

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

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

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

11 January 2019 X-Ray Vision

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

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

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

10 January 2019 Unparalleled

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

9 January 2019 Out of Control

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By WelshPixie – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72756719

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

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

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

8 January 2019 The Highest Good

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

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

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

7 January 2019 Monday, Monday

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

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

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

6 January 2019 Pay Attention

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

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

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

Solar Eclipse in Capricorn January 2019 Sideswiped

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the pre-eclipse forecast here–

The Cinderella Point Part 2 Some Examples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1-4 January 2019 Happy New Year! + A Glimpse At The Year Ahead

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‘Masked Ball’ By Jules Alexandre Grün 1934 {{PD}}

New Year’s Eve and day share a Scorpio Moon, ripe for intrigue and bringing matters of hidden or ‘power behind the throne’ realities, as well as ‘powerful anima‘ or ‘powerful women’ scenarios to the fore as it glides over both Ceres and Venus. Exercise care at the equivalent of early AM Pacific time of the 1st; that’s when the Moon sextiles Pluto and conjoins Ceres, when we may grapple for authority or struggle for supremacy (over others or Nature itself) without even realizing we’re doing it.

If we treat the New Year’s day aspects as general harbingers of the year ahead, what we see is stress, a suppressed vitality, constraints, serious questions, and the need to adjust and resolve in order to move forward. We might want to pay particular attention to the forming Jupiter-Neptune square, first perfecting on the 13th, shaking a confused, faith dissolving, or overly optimistic fist at the future (NN apex Fist of God). It suggests it may be about two weeks into the new year before we confront our own beliefs, attitudes, and delusions, a point where we find we must act to reconcile potentials with the odds of making them realities.

By Andreas Weith – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65253643

The New Year also brings a need to be flexible in fitting our status to our ambitions, and vice versa–that is, keeping desires and aims proportional to our actual ability to make things happen. Though it may sound discouraging, it’s in doing what we can that we open the way to do and achieve even more. Nothing is ever gained by sitting on our hands and mourning the power we don’t have.

We also need to be open to the messages the reality picture delivers, to the knowledge we can easily distill or intuit from real-world matters before us, and commit to making as conscious as possible what we ‘know but don’t know’ about our circumstances. The better we are able to sort ourselves and our reality out now, at the year’s beginning, the better we will be set to weather the other two squares (not to mention everything else we will encounter!)

(Juno qnx Zeus, Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Sun conjoined Saturn and both sesq Sedna, Jupiter and Neptune in a loose square forming base to a Fist with apex NN)

With two more instances of the Jupiter-Neptune square set to occur in 2019, we can use this aspect as a kind of marker that will show the potentials for handling ‘the facts’, dreams, faith, and the tendency to obliterate ‘What Is’ with fantasy, delusions, or outright lies.

The second square, which falls on 16 June, shows Saturn closely sextile Neptune and Neptune trine Mercury-Mars in Cancer (which places this duo quincunx Jupiter). The implication may be that both Jupiter-Neptune positives (a capacity to maximize the dream within the reality picture of both fact and belief, optimism and creativity applied, opportunity to create the ideal) and negatives (delusion through belief, opportunity misunderstood or improperly exploited, the facts in direct conflict with the dream) find real-world expression, and that thinking and actions are driven by the conflict between Jupiter-Neptune. This suggests the square is hugely important in understanding what we may face as a society (Jupiter), as well as what will affect us at a personal level. Thinking and action are both oriented toward what we care for and want to nurture (Cancer), at this point; that presents its own challenges, along the lines of unacknowledged emotionalism and blurry boundaries.

The final square, set for 21 September, finds the Black Moon Lilith point very close to Neptune. That suggests a whole lot of resentment, anger, and vengeful energy behind our imaginings–so it’s more important than ever that we have firm ideals and are honest with ourselves over what really is. The temptation will be to allow rage to fuel creative activity–but that can too easily tip into destructive or unrealistic efforts meant to ‘even the score’, rather than aiming to conduct ourselves (and so enhance our world) by ever-reaching for the highest aim possible.

‘The End of Dinner’ By Jules-Alexandre Grün 1913 {{PD}}

We’re better off addressing a couple of highlights between now and the eclipse, rather than having exhaustive aspect analysis, simply because not much happens, and the building tension toward the Lunar event really garners most if not all of our attention. On the 2nd the standout is definitely a Pluto square to Zeus, reminding us how easily our attempts to exert our power can turn destructive as we seek desire fulfillment. The 3rd shows Venus trine the North Node and opposed Sedna, suggesting we may refuse to listen to our instincts in relationships and/ or financial matters, and so map out our future. This day also sees Mercury square Chiron and trine Uranus, warning us that internalized messages of hurt could prompt spontaneous utterances or ideas–and that can be truly Self-sabotaging, if they are born on a wave of upset that we likely aren’t full aware of. With any luck, though, processing those spontaneous thoughts could yield some entirely new approaches, especially in thinking and reasoning. And for the 4th we see Merc enter Capricorn and the Sun sextile Neptune, taking thinking in a practical vein and offering a better-than-recently-has-been base for creative effort, including pursuit of the ideal.

Next up is the second part of the Cinderella Point, and then the New Moon/ Partial Solar Eclipse!

‘Adieu, Cocottes!’ By Jules-Alexandre Grün 1903 {{PD}}

31 December 2018 Deep Cuts

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‘Mist in Kanab Canyon, Utah’ By Thomas Moran 1892 {{PD}}

Channeled by the Truth-tellers, the Self-promoters, and the power-seekers, the conscious and unconscious alike, our surroundings are thick with an elemental kind of knowledge, a window into what lies beyond the material, and it cuts deep as a knife, or penetrates like an x-ray, or submerges us in feeling that can’t be denied. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? Instead of responding as if someone just plucked our last nerve, we should embrace the intensity and simultaneously take a step back from it. Communication is a perfect, unmistakable vibration; believe what you perceive. If we can create some distance from the emotions, allowing at least a small part of the Self to act as impartial observer, then we can know by today’s messages, interactions, and events where we stand with the Universe and with each other–and that’s highly valuable knowledge to have.

(Pluto trine Juno, Mars conjoins Hygeia at 29 Pisces, then enters Aries, Sun parallel Mercury)

30 December 2018 The Hand We’re Dealt

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‘The Card Players’ By James McNeill Whistler CC BY-SA 4.0

The real focus today isn’t on how much power we exercise, but what kind of influence and effect we wield. It may be a matter of struggling with authorities in our sphere, trying to claim as much say as we can, or it could be that we struggle against someone’s inappropriate effort to exert influence over us, or that we struggle with ourselves over how much power our inherent authority conveys. No matter what, the one thing that opens the way to our most potent expression is through ‘natural’ roles, ones that mesh with our current standing, place in the world, abilities, skills, and that we are eminently suited for. That might be disappointing to some, but the reality is that unless we exploit effectively what we currently hold, we won’t get ‘more’–and to discard the real-world position in the hope that starting over deals us a better hand fails to recognize that we took the hand we were dealt and we’ve played it–and where we are right now is the result–meaning that the same central player, ourselves, won’t be any different than before, and that means that what we could make of things from a new start would likely develop along oh-so-familiar lines. That is, we have created what is in our lives right now; no matter what you think, a new starting point would have made very little difference, in the end. And that means we aren’t victims of others or circumstances nearly so much as we are conspirators with (or perhaps ‘experiencers of’) our own natures.

(Perfecting today: Juno opposed and Pluto sextile Ceres)

‘Street Musicians’ By William H. Johnson c1939 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: overhearing, and so being ‘forced’ to listen to, other people’s music choices. Do you go with this, or are you annoyed? Does your reaction differ according to the environment, your expectations, or what they are choosing to play? Consider that your reaction to this scenario may say something about how you respond to others’ ‘songs’, that thing we create and ‘sing’ by living. Do you judge, criticize, praise? Do you find it intrusive when others’ songs waft into your space? Do you deliberately not ‘sing out loud’, believing you’re more considerate, or out of fear? Is there something about your attitude concerning this you’d like to change?

29 December 2018 How We Think

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‘An Interlude’ By William Sergeant Kendall 1907 {{PD}}

It’s all about how we think, today; the lenses we use and priorities we bring to the reasoning process are all-important and for best results should be part of our conscious awareness. Positives involve an ease with being practical and applying earned wisdom to the thought process, as well as being cognizant of our desires and ambitions; without honesty around what we really want, we may miss goals and avert success out of misplaced modesty, fear of being seen for who we are, or in trying to uphold values that aren’t actually ours. Communications and reaching agreement goes well as long as we are willing to adjust our idea of what constitutes empowerment, and if we aren’t too attached to some particular status we fancy holding (especially a status that we might hold, currently or in future, only in our own minds!)

(Mercury sextile Pallas and Zeus, and quincunx Juno)

Your Week Ahead 23-28 December 2018

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‘Wintergewitter’ By Albert Ernst Mühlig 1909 {{PD}}

To give myself a little breathing room (and honestly, you’ve probably got a lot to do, too!) I’ll choose one or two (or three!) aspects for each day to talk about. I’ll go for what may add an unusual influence, what may have the biggest impact, and/ or what may be the one energy to concentrate on, and let the others go by. If you’re really longing for the dulcet tones of my-voice-in-your-head, then you may want to try one of my books–

Remember The Future–On the 23rd I’m all about Pluto trine Juno and Venus square Black Moon Lilith; the first suggests easy transformation of status or empowerment standing–just remember that can go in either direction–and the second describes the conflicts arising in relationships and/ or financial matters, with their origins found unquestioningly in those things we’ve ignored or denied. These two may mix, via Mercury sesquiquadrate the North Node, which makes it difficult to keep future effects of current thinking in mind–meaning we may, dealing with others or assets, fail to think of what we’re hoping to build or achieve. We may think only in the moment, probably in trying to justify those matters we’ve chosen to ignore, and so miss the impact this thinking has on our standing, our interactions, and on our future. Proceed with caution.

Photo by David Ellis/USFWS {{PD}}

Trickster Mode–For the 24th the mind tries not to operate in Trickster mode, but almost can’t help it. With Mercury square Neptune, sesquiquadrate Uranus, and parallel Jupiter, we are processing things erratically, unpredictably, creatively, and this likely makes conclusions fall in line with beliefs–which can mean that our Self-reinforcing view wrongly makes us think we are perceiving the world without significant filters. If anything, we’re in danger of fooling ourselves, with Self-honesty the obvious, but highly effective, antidote.

A Touch of Genius–The 25th the noviles set the tone–one between Jupiter and Pluto, and one between Mars and Black Moon Lilith. The facts or following one’s beliefs can lead to real, permanent change–the issue is, how strongly will you be influenced by what you don’t admit to or acknowledge? Whether you mean them to or not, choices and actions will be tailored to what you ignore or deny–be aware.

Bertha Lum 1913 {{PD}}

Mixed Bag–Here are the influences for the 26th; you decide what to do with them: action follows instinct or is subsumed by ‘blind spot’ material (Mars sextile Sedna) and that means we’re operating only half-consciously–and this is so despite our depth of thought, much of which is focused on the past (undoubtedly, it’s that turn to the past that keeps us only half aware of the now (Mercury parallel Pluto and novile the South Node). And how does it all look to us? As if we are disempowered or disrespected at every turn (Sun sesquiquadrate Juno). Keep your head in the present, and realize that your perceptions are skewed toward the negative, and that may prevent any serious missteps.

Smart Money–Choices keep the future in mind, and we know the value of asserting our own authority, of showing our personal competence in the roles we inhabit, and of maintaining awareness of our own agency–the smart money is drawn to expressions of power–so what are those shadows dancing at the edges of our otherwise sunny vision? They are everything we’ve been in denial of. Yeah, I said it right out–and you should face it, negotiate new terms–that’s the thing that must be done on the 27th that will allow inner wisdom to apply itself to empowered actions, making what you do smart and effective (Pallas quincunx Juno, Mars trine the North Node, Venus conjoined Ceres, Sun novile Black Moon Lilith)

‘Salzburg’ Alfred Gelbhaar {{PD}}

What’s The Difference?–we may have a hard time today, the 28th, when it comes to telling what’s smart from what we want, and whether we’re acting and choosing out of hurt or out of the chance to mobilize our most unique skills. How do we sort this out? Dig deep, really deep, into inner wisdom, searching for Truth with a capital ‘T’–that’s the thing that must be your guide in all things today–that, and a little Love (Pallas conjoined Zeus, Mars conjoined Chiron, Pluto square Pallas, Venus sextile Pluto)

This week’s word image is an episode where life hands you a metaphor–mine is, ‘You’ve run out of thyme’. What have you been putting off and putting off, always thinking you’ll do it tomorrow? That’s what you have to do right now.

See the recent Full Moon in Cancer here–

 

 

22 December 2018 Full Moon in Cancer: Beacon in the Dark

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‘Vuurtoren in de branding’ By Hendrik Willem Mesdag c1885 {{PD}}

This Full Moon in Cancer (22 December 9:48 AM PST at 00 Cancer 49) follows on the heels of the solstice (21 December 2:23 PM Pacific time–winter in the Northern hemisphere/ summer in the Southern hemisphere). For we northerners, the closeness of the two events makes the revelations and conclusions of the Full Moon a kind of beacon in the dark, both literally and figuratively, as Luna lights the way out of the longest night of the year, at least here in North America.

The Full Moon is apex to a Fist of God with base of Venus-Ceres square Black Moon Lilith, out-of-element sextile Uranus, T-square with close Chiron-Hygeia conjunction, novile to Juno. Always, a Full Moon brings an ending, a culmination, a conclusion, and this can signal a definite end or can usher in a new stage, or an entirely new beginning. In Cancer these endings carry a heavier-than-usual emotional component, a sensitivity to the import of what’s concluding, and intimations through the feeling nature as to what’s beginning. Emotional conclusions are reached and intuitive information received; that is, we realize with surety how our feelings resolve on some subject related to the House (or across the axis) in the natal chart in which the FM occurs. This resolution may come consciously (more likely if the FM falls above the horizon in the natal chart) or through the unconscious ‘assembly’ of information learned and intuited, presented to the conscious mind as it coheres into a relevant picture under the Full Moon’s light. It’s a ‘just dawning on us’ event, so to speak, represented by the very early sign degree in which the culmination occurs.

The aspects for this Lunar event suggest that what arises is conflict, stress, or tension that once expressed creates a more healthy atmosphere, leading to a new, unanticipated level of empowerment or a rise in or change of status. The challenge will be to stay true to our best Self even as we deal with what may be a messy situation; with Black Moon Lilith involved we may have to face what we’d rather ignore or suppress, what we may feel ashamed of or guilty about (though as we know, those are distortions, re-directions of anger as we avoid sending it to the appropriate target), and we may be required to deal with matters that enrage us, making things even more difficult.

There is also a matter of conflict among authorities, with authorities, or over who holds authority and so who holds the reins to assets. We may only observe this authority-centered upset, or we may find it angers us in the way it threatens to wrest agency from us or those we love. Know that misdirection of energy is a real possibility, and that inappropriate anger and overstepping of boundaries are the avenues of least resistance–and knowing that you can take a step back from the fray, receiving or causing no harm.

But, there’s a promise of healing, once we’ve located what or whom we care about, what needs our nurture, or what may offer nurture to us (Cancer), and caring mobilizes skills, especially the ones that only we can wield in just that particular, individual way we have. The key is twofold: pinpoint our feelings, and see where they can and should be ‘applied’, and be fearless in meeting, dealing with, and then letting go of whatever conflict transpires. Take care not to confuse the order of this–it doesn’t do anyone any good to fight first, then figure out what they want! This scenario probably won’t unfold in an easily palatable way, but will serve the cause of necessary emotional processing that supports both our health and our unique expression and empowerment.

The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, ‘On A Ship The Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One’. This may be a change of signal flag–letting others know changes in our intents or destination–or a complete change of authority, the new flag showing who is now ‘running the ship’. In any case, it’s a symbol of communicating identity, which is something we do quite naturally when we set priorities (identify what we care about) and then speak up in defense of or in dealing with what comes before us (with our Self-image shaping the forms and character of our assertions).

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian, as it’s the source of the light play that gives us the Full Moon event in the first place: ‘An Indian Chief Claims Power From The Assembled Tribe’. In this Full Moon’s aspects we have seen a recurring thread concerning individual authority; this symbol suggests that what generates the conflict, the expression, and the eventual healing, all stem from issues surrounding who holds the reins, who should hold the reins, and these may be best determined by who is supported by the group–but then again, the upheaval may come from the fact that this is tribal thinking–and if there’s anything we know at this point, it’s that blind tribalism is positively the most destructive way of organizing our priorities and our lives.

This Full Moon offers a beacon in the darkness of tribalism, help in sorting out the competition for authority, and shines a light on both our duty to use our skills and the ways in which we can access healing and enhance overall health.

21 December 2018 Larger Than Life

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Photo By Daderot {{PD}}

You can feel it building, brimming, and ready to break, can’t you? Immense, overflowing, perhaps a burning knowledge, or thoughts on the social order or on our own or others’ belief systems, permeate everything with a larger than life quality. It seems we can think transformation into being–and we can, with enough investment, enough creative and imaginative ‘juice’, enough Love–with a subsequent spotlight falling on the real-world results. It almost feels magic, this ability to Love, to throw our lot in with, to dedicate our energy–and that is the way it works, the Universe responding to our energy, a wavelength that is both assertive and receptive, listening and making a statement, open to what’s out there and closed in embrace of what we hold dear. Enjoy it, and feel the power of the mind as it stretches, reaches out, and contacts the new, the unfamiliar, the radical and revered.

(Merc and Jupiter conj in Sag, both sxt Vesta, Merc nov Pluto, Venus trine Neptune, Sun enters Capricorn)

Today’s word image is a question unanswered, despite a jumble of words poured out. What question are you putting out into the Universe that appears to be unanswered? I say ‘appears’ as the idea here is that no question goes unanswered; we may miss the answer, not see, accept, or understand the vernacular in which it’s delivered, may reject the answer, or may try to insist the answer take a particular form, and if it doesn’t, we’ll pretend no answer has been given. The reality is that as soon as we ask a question, we have the answer–it may take a little while to dawn on us, it may take a nudge from the physical world, or it may take a remark from your own personal angel (anybody who plays a part in your drama), but you have received an answer. Now you must be brave enough to see and accept it

Next up: The Full Moon in Cancer!

20 December 2019 Celebrate and Elevate

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‘A Party in the Open Air’ By Isaac Oliver I c1592 {{PD}}

Why do even the good things seem painful, right now? Relationships and financial choices and even values require careful negotiation; failure to deploy our most personal skills (that is, those that are most unique to us as individuals) will only add discord to the sense of woundedness. What we need is a celebration of who we are at core, done by honoring exactly what we find sacred in life, and most Soul-specific in ourselves. Yes, it’s a vague formula, but that’s the point: each of us must tailor the party to our experience, our needs, our gifts, our passions, here on Earth. Stay true to who you are, elevate that expression, and both surprising healing and unanticipated benefits will be yours.

(Venus sesq Chiron, Sun trine Uranus and nov Vesta)

19 December 2018 The Power of Self-Determination

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‘Niños en la Playa, Valencia’ (Children at the Beach, Valencia), By Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida 1914 {{PD}}

We may start out rejecting authority or our own agency, but in any case it spurs us toward a kind of empowerment centered in Self-responsibility–even in wanting to avoid making our own choices, we end up wanting to! Or maybe we have to. We can’t resist the power of Self-determination–nor should we. For each of us, the vital factor on which so much hinges right now is either the health situation or the skill situation–and we must face where we actually stand with each, in order to see where we truly are empowered, where we can go with all this, and where we might’ve been fooling ourselves, just a tad.

There’s also the matter of a Fist of God formed by the square between Hygeia-Chiron and Earth, with all sesquiquadrate Venus. This emphasizes the material factors, the physical needs as well as the atmosphere/ environment, and implies that handling these in a realistic manner (that is, by addressing what we have the power to address) we create reward, a pay-off, or better a relationship–somehow we benefit, even though the situation the benefit arises from may be difficult or may be one of outright conflict.

Bonus: if you have natal placements at 26-29 of Virgo, this fills in a Grand Cross with the Sun-Earth axis and Hygeia-Chiron, suggesting a tense situation where health takes a big role in life direction and the plan for material accomplishment or manifestation of the Soul’s purpose, with the influence defined by the function (that is, the verb version) of the natal placement (for instance, Mars would be about doing or choosing or possibly aggressing, while Venus might be about valuing or receiving). Health (or possibly skill levels, that ‘gift’ that is unique to you, Chiron’s other broad meaning) temporarily has an out-sized impact on where you’re headed, and this is weighed through the natal planet or point and its action possibilities (the verbs associated with the energy). If the fill-in planet happens to be Pluto (which it may be for many), this could be more about the tension caused when one knows something must be eliminated or transformed, for one’s own good and/ or so that the life direction can continue as desired–so could bring a kind of crisis that may, initially, seem unsolvable.

(Uranus contra-parallel Ceres, Mars parallel Juno, apex Venus sesq Hygeia-Chiron and Earth forming a Fist of God, Sun-Earth sq Hygeia-Chiron conjoined forming T-square)

Also By Sorolla y Bastida 1915 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is picturing yourself walking out into a body of cold salt water on a brightly sunny summer day. What does this say to you? Are you frolicking at the beach, taking a dip to cool off from extreme temps, staying in the shallows because you can’t swim or don’t really want to be wet, planning to swim to an opposite shore, are you plunging in to rescue someone or something (a dog in a rip current, a washed-away purse), are you walking out with rocks in your pockets, Virginia Woolf-style? If the water symbolizes your spiritual essence, what does the interaction you imagined say about your current relationship to spirit and spiritual practice (this latter of which, I argue, is simply another phrase for life)?

18 December 2018 Pulse

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Instincts lead us–or is it drive us?–into the future–or rather, into creating our future by our current choices. That’s always so, but there are times like today when the pulse of energy we generate seems to travel a straight line to what we’ll eventually be. The direction we go right now will express (and consequently shape) who we are. It’s a chicken-and-egg thing, whether the impulse generates the thought or the thought the forward-moving energy, but in the end it doesn’t matter–the effect is the same. And, all this is done only half deliberately, with a semi-conscious notion that aligns choices and efforts with both goals and identity–and that means that whatever happens, your responses and those events you generate will be strongly attuned to who you are and what you intend. As always, if you’re not happy with what you see, you know where to look for change.

(Merc semi-sq Zeus, Sedna sxt NN forming base to a Finger of God with apex Sun)

‘The Tower of Babel’ By Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an idea I’ll title, ‘Controlling One’s Image’. Are you the kind of person who believes they can (and should) try to tailor people’s impression of you to the image you desire? If so, do you honestly think that’s really possible? This simply calls for each of us to take a moment and reflect: Are we able to let others think what they think, without trying to shape perceptions or change their minds (manipulate them), while being true to ourselves (being who we are, without artifice or pretension)? Because if not, we’re failing twice: once when we don’t recognize boundaries, and once when we aren’t being true to ourselves.

17 December 2018 Mightier Than You Think

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Illustration ‘Princessa i skogen’ By John Bauer 1915, from ‘En riddare red fram’ (A knight rode on) By Jeanna Oterdahl in “Bland tomtar och troll” (Among Gnomes and Trolls) 1915 {{PD}}
John Bauer

What we’re empowered to do, what we choose to do, is the focus today. Sometimes one and the same, sometimes wide apart, when our options are limited, or our Will is unsure, or when we just can’t muster the energy to make a choice–that latter being dangerous, giving ourselves up to the currents, not out of faith, but in abdication, in decreed helplessness–and the Universe has no respect for that. For the present we need to claim whatever power, in whatever form we own it, and we need to choose, need to act–because what results is greater than the sum of the parts, bringing fulfillment of an ambition or desire–and this is so even if that’s not what we’re aiming for! We have a healthy outlook, in terms of the future, so trust yourself, and don’t let others’ communications cause damage to you–and take care with your own words, as they are mightier, with a bigger impact, than you think.

(Juno sxt Mars, forming the base of a Finger of God with apex Zeus, Hygeia trine NN, Mercury semi-sq Pluto)

Photo By Soumyoo – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0 The Bird of Paradise Flower .jpg Created: 28 June 2016

Today’s word image is the Bird-of-Paradise–the flower, not the actual bird. As a kid I was confused about this plant–I thought it was somewhere between a plant and an animal (I thought the same of sunflowers–have I told you this story before?) These things seemed mysterious, kind of magical–and sentient, to my child-mind, so that when I was piled into a car with lots of others on the way to the cemetery, I silently prayed that I would not have to sit near the bird-of-paradise someone was bringing to put on a grave–and then I was told to hold it in my lap. I remember sitting very still with the tall, pointy flower balanced on my knees, really nervous that it might decide to take my eye out with its beak-like petals. I remember studying it, looking for an eye or some movement that might clue me in to what it was thinking, what it might do. It was a miserable ride for me; I arrived at the cemetery in a sweat! So what does this shaggy-dog story have to convey as an image? Probably that there is something in our lives right now that we fundamentally misunderstand–to the point that we’re frightened or worried, when we really don’t need to be.

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–