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20 April 2019 Shifting Energies

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‘Windstoß auf dem Pont Royal (damals Pont National)’ By Michel Garnier c1799 CC BY-SA 4.0

What we may notice most today is the way everything shifts: we find that caring is an entré to empowerment, we see that autonomy in relationships or financial matters brings gain, and our attention goes from advancing our own agenda to meeting security and comfort needs–that is, we take a less political, more literal approach to life. Mostly, this is a day to allow that shift, to watch the way it gently rearranges priorities, and to keep all expression aligned with highest values–those are your anchor during changing times.

(Juno enters Cancer, Mars opp Ceres, Venus enters Aries, squares Juno, and parallels Vesta, Sun enters Taurus)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 00 Taurus. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Health may be on your mind this year; it’s definitely something you should make efforts toward, dear Aries, as you’re the only one who can truly make a difference in that department. Mentally and even emotionally, you may still be caught up in matters you’ve already dealt with, and it may be your task this year to finally let go, to move on from what had to be done, to begin making new plans. That may be easier said than done, but if pursued will result in you not only making effective choices and taking significant actions, but will also bring you a new level of personal authority, autonomy, and a higher status. Good luck!

19 April 2019 Full Moon in Libra

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The Full Moon falls at 29 Libra 06 at 4:11 AM Pacific time. A Full Moon in Libra promises an ending, culmination, conclusion, or end of a phase, probably keyed to a relationship or to many relationships, as the individual assesses their part in a larger, group picture. We see some dénouement occur with a partner or spouse, or even in a situation with an enemy, and this opens a way forward. Cooperation and diplomacy may start or stop, and events at this time may show us, most importantly, who’s on our side, who’s not.

Falling in an anaretic degree, this Full Moon is under stress; the FM fills in an Air Grand Trine with Juno and Black Moon Lilith, pointing toward Full Moon events as a safety valve or means of balancing emotional and mental issues around empowerment and what we have chosen to ignore or deny. The FM is also apex to a Finger of God, with base of Venus sextile Sedna, which suggests that what culminates now is a combination of instincts and values, that kind of automatic response that springs from a prompt generated by what we care about. It seems we’ll be driven largely by what we’re only partially conscious of, with the FM showing us, in big, bold terms, the results of such a stance.

There’s also a loose Mystic Rectangle–or rather, a tight MR except for one loner, expansive Jupiter–everything else sits at 29 degrees of their respective signs, implying that a Jupiterian event or figure comes along and lights the match to the Full Moon, Juno, and the Sun. In his own sign and newly retrograde, Jupiter may be the key, the attitude of overdoing, the hubris, the god-like individual, the casual imposition of the Will onto others, the exaggeration, the facts or beliefs used as a bludgeon.

The FM also opposes Hygeia-Uranus, both of which are within orb of the Sun as it approaches. This implies there’s an element of surprise, alarm, shock, or a group or avant garde influence–and is this a healthy thing, something we need to see, know, or understand, or is it detrimental, shaking up the world we think we know and so undermining our place in it?

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Three Mounds Of Knowledge On A Philosopher’s Head’. I take this as a reference to the massively unscientific practice of phrenology, the study of the bumps and lumps of the head, and the mistaken idea that we can measure the level of someone’s wisdom and sophistication via this discredited methodology. It suggests to me some dodgy practice we engage in that serves to support our own assumptions and beliefs, rather than to reveal or clarify reality, even if that’s only the kind of Self-talk that has us looking for answers and yet insisting we can measure the validity of those answers with the very brain that came up short in the first place! Maybe it’s the superstitious reassurance offered by a lucky token, the Self-seriousness with which we approach our spiritual study or practice, the insistence on not stepping on a crack in the sidewalk (‘you’ll break your mother’s back!’) or the kind of thinking that labels some life elements as ‘spiritual’ and others not–these and many other versions of our ideas of ‘right living’, both minor and major, may need to fall by the wayside in order to allow a more objective perception of reality and the way the Universe actually works. For those longing for a more traditional interpretation of this symbol, I found a good one here, but would caution: always looking for the high falutin’ explanation of something is an example of exactly what I’m talking about.

We also inspect the Sabian for the Sun in a Full Moon scenario: ‘A Duck Pond And Its Brood’. This suggests that the origin of all this FM tension may be a group or familial situation, a Tribal attitude or expectation, perhaps, one that comes from being part of any group and while being in their ‘habitat’. That kind of situation can make it difficult to see circumstances any other way, between the force of habit, the influence of all those around us, and the ‘world’ (the pond) that seems to support only this one way of interacting. This symbol simply points to the way what falls away at the Full Moon may have been with us since early days, and may be, rather than something we’ve chosen, some old hangover from a scenario of which we’re no longer a part, or at least where we don’t play the same role we did when very young.

The product of this Full Moon, when all’s said and done, seems to be the ending of old, outmoded, misleading, and unproductive ways of interacting with ourselves, others, and the Universe. If we’re seeking clarity, and even if we’re not, the events of this Full Moon will help us find a little more of it.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 29 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Something comes to fruition this Solar year, dear Aries, something that you’ve been working toward completing and have devoted a great deal of your energy to–even if you haven’t done so consciously.In fact, your job this year might be to become as conscious as possible of not only what you’ve set in motion, but how you can best respond and so direct the developments in your own life. It could be a time of revelation, particularly in terms of you seeing just how much sway you truly have. No longer can you say, ‘If I had my way, I’d . . .’ because you’ll see that you already do, and it’s all within your power. Good luck!

18 April 2019 Doin’ It Genius-Style

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‘Gespenst eines Genies (Ghost of a Genius)’ By Paul Klee 1922 {{PD}}

Today brings a kind of flair to our actions we’d be smart to take advantage of: destroy outmoded ties to the past by acting in inspired, original, innovative ways, especially ones that deal with or call to the attention of authorities what’s been enraging, or has been ignored or denied. Keep communications aligned with highest values, and you just may do something of genius.

(Pluto parallel SN, Mars nov Uranus, Mercury parallel Vesta, Sun sxt Black Moon Lilith and sesq Ceres)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 28 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Could you be any more ready to take the lead, to exercise authority in your domain, to show your skills and natural giftedness, to ‘take command’ in some way? No, you really couldn’t, which means there’s nothing else to wait for–it’s time. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, will test every inch of your authority–and you can expect people, yourself included, to talk, think, and change their minds over what you do. It helps if you know what you want in life; it also helps if you are patient enough to wait for opportunities to present themselves, and/ or to do the background research needed to make things a genuine success. This is your year–expect what you do now to kick off big, permanent change down the road. Good luck!

17 April 2019 Alight With Imagination

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‘Les Demoiselles Schwartz’ By Anders Zorn {{PD}}

We’ll be alight with imagination and creative energy today, but what shape this takes will be highly individual, and largely dependent on how you see the world: if you’re a fearful person, the night will be dark and full of terrors, figuratively speaking, and if you’re a person who trusts the Universe, your world will be full of wonders. Who, you might ask, would choose to be fearful, especially knowing the repercussions? Well, it’s not about choice, but about the underlying outlook we’re carrying right now. Sometimes we think we’re just fine, when in fact we’re white-knuckling it all the way–and other times we might think we’re too timid, when in fact we’re being quite brave. Tune in to the creative and imaginative in a positive way, addressing things as consciously as possible, listen to your inner voice, and you’re bound to end up doing, being, or making something genuinely worthy.

(Neptune qnx Pallas, Mars nov NN, Sun nov Neptune, Venus sxt Sedna)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 27 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). The need to adjust emotionally, so that you feel as empowered and effective as you actually are, may dominate the year ahead for you, dear Aries. You made a space for doubting yourself the minute you denied or ignored something you really should’ve acknowledged–and now it’s time to admit to the tough stuff, clear it all out, and claim the ‘right thinking’ that will allow you to soar. Hints to success: don’t get distracted by the past, and don’t treat facts or realities as insults–they are information, and if used as such (rather than being resentful of them) you’ll expand your world significantly, and gain in any number of ways. Good luck, Aries!

16 April 2019 Power in the Darkness

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By Ervin Kaizer – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72687847

There’s personal power to be found in the darkness, in delving into what we’ve been ignoring or denying, in recognizing where our true domain lies and in exercising our prerogatives there. I know, it’s not as glamorous as conquering new worlds, but it has a major benefit in getting all kinds of gunk out of our systems, of clearing out those things from the psychic closet that can reach out from the unconscious and make us stumble–and that’s really important to do, as Merc enters Aries and puts thinking and reasoning on the straight and narrow, focused on the personal Will, the ‘I Am’ statement, and the aggressive assertion of going after what we want.

(Juno trine Black Moon Lilith, Mercury enters Aries)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 26 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You and your instincts may be duking it out this Solar year, dear Aries; they are in perfect harmony with the conscious mind, and yet . . . there’s something that chafes, that makes you inspect your impulses repeatedly. The problem may be that there’s a lot you know but don’t know, have absorbed through the unconscious, and you’re now trying to guide yourself using this knowledge without bringing it to consciousness–because if it became conscious, it might upset the whole apple cart. Better that you respond to your own promptings and don’t scratch the surface too hard for deeper answers–looking for those would take you too far off the path, and this year you can make a lot of progress if you trust yourself and push forward–for best results, put the Higher Self in the driver’s seat.

15 April 2019 Focus on: Venus square Jupiter

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A photograph of a plate of jawbreakers (or gobstoppers) of assorted sizes and colors. The largest in the back is 3 inches (~7.5 cm) in diameter. Photo and description By Ixnayonthetimmay {{PD}}

We tend to get very excited by contacts between Venus and Jupiter, anticipating the bounty, the overflow, hoping for a never-ending supply of the ever-lasting gobstopper of happiness, without considering that all it may actually bring is diabetes and rotten teeth. That’s the thing with too much of a good thing: it’s debilitating, devastating our spiritual immune system with an overdose of optimism that guarantees we don’t recognize problems as they come along, and adding insult to injury, may also guarantee that we don’t utilize or even appreciate the positives it brings. But today we’re in luck: the square between Venus and Jupiter delivers the good stuff, but only after we’ve sorted the problem, worked for the reward, or had to use skill and discretion to create gain.

With Jupiter in Sagittarius and Venus in Pisces, we may be looking at the cost of attaining a dream; what must we know or learn, what journey undertake, what belief demonstrate our faith in, that we make ourselves eligible for the ideal reward, the pay off becoming a reality that up till then was only imagined? Or, we could see the need to reconcile the conflict between the facts and the vision, between our beliefs and the potentials a more Universal approach might open up for us. We could see how exaggeration has, one way or another, cost us our dream, or we could see that our current social arena doesn’t support our Love or Money needs–and so must be traded out for one that does. More comes in some fashion, but we learn just what it will cost, or what belief it may require we discard–and that’s okay, as we should label it progress.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 25 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You hear the Truth like never before this Solar year, dear Aries, and once you accept the emotional implications, your world changes and, it almost goes without saying, will never, ever be the same again. But we do have to say it, because the danger is you may think these revelations aren’t serious, that they don’t bring a sea change and the inevitable change in course that requires. You may take it all too lightly, skimming pleasures off the top and not seeing how your world is being restructured, just outside your vision. Take the time to sort out what really matters to you, and who really matters to you–that will offer a surprising emotional harmony that supports whatever you choose to do.

14 April 2019 The Unresolved Human

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‘Evening Glow’ By John Atkinson Grimshaw c1885 {{PD}}

We really have the impulse to ‘shine big’, to show who we are without reservation or, frankly, without modesty, either! That’s okay; that’s how we should feel right now, quick to let the world know who we are, willing to share ourselves and our talents and abilities, generous with our attitude. We’re showing our power (can’t help but show it, as it’s integral to our Beingness) and the mind is aligned with instincts and those things we know but don’t know–so we’re informed, and happy to know the lay of the land, and ready to meet any and all challenges.

But oh, there are always troubles, right? Always some little thing, some fact or impulse or urge or idea that has at its core our own destruction, our own sabotage of our goals. It’s just part of the contrary nature of the unresolved human; only those who are totally honest, without any judgment filters or perceptual lenses at all, are without contradiction. Be wary of the trap within the reward, the beautiful thing or bountiful gift that carries poisonous seed, of the action that arises out of a need to contradict or ‘show them’, and especially be wary of thinking that goes against your own empowerment, or of messaging that carries the kind of negativity that pits you against those in power out of a mistaken assumption that this means your motives are ‘pure’ (and implies that the other side’s are not)–that will not only guarantee no cooperation from those in charge, it also effectively locks us out of ever wielding that kind of power ourselves. So, shine, survey the landscape and the mindset before taking a stance.

(Venus contra-parallel Chiron and sxt Pluto, Mercury sxt Sedna and sq Juno, Sun trine Jupiter and semi-sq Mars)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 24 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You’ve been handed the opportunities, openings, facts, or been reached out to, and now it’s time to use these situations to their maximum benefit for you. The social position is optimum (even if you don’t recognize it as such) and momentum is on your side. The costs of hanging on to the past become obvious this year, and you see just how to let go. Endings may be more difficult, and much more permanent, than you expect, but that cliche is true about one door closing and another opening. Watch health; it may be brittle all year, undermined by your own actions.

13 April 2019 Original Love

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‘Frau spielt Laute’ By Giuseppe Maria Crespi,c1703 {{PD}}

The brilliant idea that shapes your future happens today; so does the creation of original Love, whether that takes the form of a relationship or the birth of Higher Mind in material form–Art, in other words. This wonderful thing challenges your identity; it requires you to transform, and so to transform how you think of yourself–it’s that different, that amazing. Accept the challenge, and gain a little bit deeper knowledge of who you are.

(Venus nov Uranus and trine NN, Sun sq Pluto)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 23 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You, dear Aries, are in the midst of claiming your ultimate power–do you see that? It may be hidden within life circumstances, or in those matters that seem distinctly dis-empowering, or it may be couched in terms that seem much too mundane to carry much weight–but it’s there, and how you handle things will give quick results, shaping both the opportunities to come and the reality picture that surrounds you. Emotions may be stretched thin, at least for the first portion of your Solar year. Look for the pay offs available by adopting, nay, embracing, change–that’s where both Love and Money can be found by you this year–good luck, Aries!

12 April 2019 End of My Rope

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‘ Luna’ By Evelyn de Morgan 1885 {{PD}}

It’s a sort of face-off between two sets of aspects today: Mars sesquiquadrate Pluto and contra-parallel Jupiter, and Venus quincunx Zeus and sextile Saturn. Mars’ open and very active conflict with Pluto puts the upstart individual or Willful Warrior into a death roll with the powerful and ruthless, the destructive and, taking a positive form or not, the transformative. This is a ‘go it alone’ position even in the midst of a crowd, the staking of an angry or defiant or ‘end of my rope’ claim to something that confers power–and meeting the resistance of those who already feel it’s their prerogative. Do we get what we aim for? Probably not, for the simple reason that we don’t believe we should. That recommends our attention go in the other direction: toward adjusting our ambitions to suit our relationships and/ or our finances, or vice versa, adjusting what we invest our time, energy, and resources in so that it serves our ambitions. This can have a real-world impact, and makes best use of that restless or defiant energy, giving it a constructive, and probably highly successful, outlet.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 22 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This year, dear Aries, you may face a number of challenges involving power scenarios from the past. You may be called upon to re-litigate them, to find your own best expression of them, or you may be asked to claim or eliminate those power structures, whatever may be best for you. It’s generally a matter of clearing yourself of old strictures against using the power you know you have, and of letting go of old bugaboos that no longer apply. You may also face a health issue, but if you take it head-on you’ll not only beat it, you may rid yourself for good of some condition that has plagued you, maybe life-long. Beware, too, of big talk; don’t be misled by a too-rosy picture, but do keep your own thoughts optimistic. This year is meant to prepare you for the massive amount of bounty, and the many opportunities, that will begin to arrive not long before your next birthday.

11 April 2019 Pulling Back

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Noli me tangere, fresco by Fra Angelico, Photo By User Torvindus on sv.wikipedia – {{PD}}

What you hear today, what’s communicated, might be discouraging, but if you listen more closely, what you’ll realize is that it’s about pulling back a bit in order to preserve relationships, assets, or options in the smartest way possible. Adjust toward the practical, use skills to their utmost, and be unafraid to take a good hard look at where you’re going and where you’ve been–with time, you’ll see that it was worth it.

(Venus nov Hygeia and qnx Pallas, Mercury sq Jupiter, Sun sq Nodal axis)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 21 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This Solar year, through to your next birthday, might be a time of testing, eliminating, learning to deal with restrictions and follow the rules, and all of it aimed at making serious choices about the life path, where you want to go and what you want to accomplish. I know that doesn’t sound like much fun, but it is important–and there are other rewards along the way, including a sudden and largely unexpected emotional blossoming, a genuine opening of the heart, and the fact that pursuing ambitions and desires will actually be the smart thing to do at this time. You’ll reach your next birthday, Aries, operating at a new level of ‘Ready’–and that’s a really good thing.

10 April 2019 Shadows, Implications, and Hard Corners

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‘A Sunday on La Grande Jatte’ By, Georges Seurat 1884 {{PD}}

The big news is that Jupiter stations retrograde in the AM Pacific time at 24 Sagittarius 21, right as the Gemini Moon opposes it. I’m expecting a bit of an emotional wrench, a spasm of the heart, as optimism, opportunity, or a source of knowledge is withdrawn–and we fear, in a too-literal way, that we’ve missed our chance. Or maybe it will be a scenario where we reach out–and can’t seem to reach out far enough, never making contact–or one where we learn something, some set of facts, as the curtain is pulled aside. In any case, disorienting, with the chance that we’ll blurt, run off at the mouth, or insist on sharing, and this is likely something we’ll wish we’d have kept to ourselves (Gemini Moon). Just be prepared, and allow yourself room to process.

The rest of the day is all shadows, implications, and a few hard corners. We may find ourselves improvising on the fly, with only the past as reference, and it may be an open question as to whether what we learn is worthy and transformative, or illusive or even destructive. Proceed with caution, with an eye to those real-world edges, restrictions, and barriers, as those will cause damage if we insist on driving into them–use instincts and acknowledge what you ‘know but don’t know’ to avoid problems all together.

(Mars sesq SN, Venus parallel Neptune, Mercury sxt Pluto, Sun sq Saturn and parallel Sedna)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 20 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Reality is making some demands on you right now, dear Aries, that you’d be wise to face and deal with; the pay off will be a genuine command of your own life, and that sounds pretty good, right? This may involve dealing with the most mundane of matters, the real nuts-and-bolts of the work and living pictures, but will be worth it for the way it frees you, about half way to your next birthday, and offers you a crack at an actual dream come true. So, do the hard work, visualize what you want in detail, be optimistic (you can’t really aim TOO high), and you could reach next year having attained one of your most treasured goals. Good luck!

And thank you to all who wrote to me to make sure I was all right, to support me, and to encourage me to get the rest I needed. Your kindness was very much appreciated. I’m still not 100%, but I’m getting there 🙂

9 April 2019 Come Together

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‘The Baths at Caracalla’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1899 {{PD}}

A note for today, the 8th: Saturn squares and Mars sesquiquadrates Pallas, almost daring us to do something unwise or impractical–obviously the answer is, just don’t! What pushes us is the way we feel our power and mobility threatened by the social order or ‘the facts’, or by an outright power struggle with our opposite number (Jupiter opp Juno)–but we should all know by now that being reactive is a poor way to go through life. Do your best to pull yourself together–the danger is we’ll go down a mental or emotional rabbit hole it will be hard to extricate ourselves from, as it will seem like reality–and try to be proactive in some reality-based arena that doesn’t rely on our interpretation of events, that instead has objectively measurable standards by which we can judge our efforts.

For the 9th: Perhaps strangely, considering the influences, objectivity is enhanced today–we cut to the chase, internally and in dealings with others, and the result is we are likely to get somewhere much quicker than we thought we could. Take advantage of this by strategically not looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth; plow forward, enjoy the serendipitous breezes and beneficial surprises (and they will be beneficial, even if right now it seems they are not), and don’t try too hard to make sense of things for the conscious mind–that’s the one practice that can slow you to a crawl. Instead allow things to come together, respond from and to them, and enjoy the ease with which some things are, almost miraculously, accomplished.

(Pallas conj Zeus, Chiron conj Vesta, Venus conj Neptune and semi-sq Uranus, Mercury nov Uranus and trine NN, Sun opp Pallas-Zeus and contra-parallel Zeus)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 19 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Aries, your ambitions and desires come under direct scrutiny this year, by yourself and by others; it’s your job to recognize what’s wise in your aims, and what misses the mark and is impractical or just plain not worth pursuing. Though you may feel discouraged by this vetting of goals, ultimately it will weed out what’s wasting your time and resources, and so leave you more than ready to implement ambitions and wishes in real-world terms. Assets this year include emotions that will support your choices, making actions that much more effective, and instincts that, if you listen to them, will tell you just when and how to deal with those less pleasant facets of life that really shouldn’t be ignored. Good luck, Aries–the dream awaits!

A Little Catch-Up: Born Today for the 6th, 7th, and 8th April 2019

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‘The Lantern Bearers’ By Maxfield Parrish 1908 {{PD}}

For those who have the natal Sun at 16 Aries. Does it feel like you’re on the cusp of realizing a great dream, or maybe being overwhelmed by a great fear? That’s both ultra-real, and an illusion. The real part is that you are in a position to make things happen, maybe more empowered than ever before, but the fear part may come from 1) an overactive imagination that sets out to sabotage you the moment you get close to the motherlode, 2) something catching up to you that you’ve been hoping to ignore but that you know you must face–and it won’t be that bad, or 3) you’ve deluded yourself all along about what you want, and now that it’s almost here . . . The best and biggest, most effective step you can take at this time is to be honest with yourself–and then to commit to going forward, to putting one foot in front of the other, no matter which direction you end up choosing.

For those who have the natal Sun at 17 Aries. The feelings are a little squishy right now, urging you to curl up with a hot toddy and ignore the storm–but that’s not really you, it flies in the face of your Arian go-getter practicality. Indulge for a short while, but not for too long, as there are some big questions coming up about your dreams and where they’re taking you–and right now you have a kind of magic ability to translate those dreams into some form of reality–you just have to pull yourself together and focus. If you’re worried, don’t be–you’ve already got the basics covered, and you’re not going to forget those just because you’re going full tilt after that goal. Go ahead, the Universe is here, right behind you, ready to catch you if you stumble–but you won’t.

For those who have the natal Sun at 18 Aries. This coming Solar year, you may find yourself repeatedly needing to weigh your thoughts and words, to consider what it’s smart to say, reveal, or agree to–and you would be wise to question things thoroughly, as that’s the only way you’ll hear the real-world and what’s wise over the din created by the emotions. Though those feeling are definitely yours, they’re not reliable this year as indicators for what you should or shouldn’t do, and indulging them is nothing but wishful thinking. Just for now, operate as if there is no such thing as ‘intuition’–specifically because you may be tempted to frame things as, ‘The Powers that Be are Anti-Love–and I’ll show them!’ That’s a tack for disaster, so don’t take it; instead see that the authorities are seeing something you’re not–so avoid the financial or emotional plunge, until you’re feeling more clearly.

Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead).

5 April 2019 A Healthy Amount of Doubt

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Les Laveuses à la Laïta (Laundresses at the Laïta River) By Paul Sérusier 1892 {{PD}}

It’s in our own best interests to tread carefully, to hold a healthy amount of skepticism and doubt, particularly when dealing with those in power, and in relationships where the other individual may discourage our instincts or our notions of what supports us–and why would anyone do that? Because to present an empowered Self is to threaten the power structures all around you. It’s like making a statement to the Universal energy: I’ll do what’s best for me, and I don’t need permission–and if that doesn’t throw the powers-that-be into chaos and emergency mode, I don’t know what will! All power structures run on the assumption that each individual must acquiesce, and that that facilitates maintenance of the power structure itself–from which each individual garners some benefit, but with most of the reward going to those at the top, those who use others’ individual energies to their own ends. But you know this, right? That being a cog in the machine keeps you out of the rain, but requires that you move when the other cogs do–and only so far as the whole mechanism allows. So avoid entanglement, but don’t do anything to bring yourself into the focus of the mighty eye of the power structure, either. It’s a fine line, but one worth walking.

(Hygeia sxt Black Moon Lilith, Juno qnx Pluto and SN, Venus semi-sq Hygeia and contra-parallel Sedna)

I’m sick and have been working through it, but find I must take a few days off–it’s been too much. I’ll be back as quickly as possible. Scroll down for the New Moon report.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 15 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Why is it that there seem to be more and more challenges, tangible and intangible, to your stated goals? I’m sure, Aries, it feels unfair–and in a way it is. You deserve to have your dreams, and to work toward making them realities, just like everyone else does–but what you’re not getting is that these challenges are about two things: refining your dream, so that you can better create what you truly want, and showing you how to get there. It may be that right now you’re pursuing a path that won’t take you where you want to go–and the Universe is kindly pointing that out. Take the message, or find yourself soon enough in a situation that forces you to change, like it or not. This year also promises to show you how it takes your personal action to heal wounds–that healed state won’t be magically handed to you, you have to do something to achieve it.

New Moon in Aries 5 April 2019 Spirit In All Things

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‘The Storm Spirits’ By Evelyn De Morgan c1900 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 1:50 AM PDT at 15 Aries 17. The Aries New Moon always feels like a fresh start, doesn’t it? Our personal energy and drive are renewed, it falls more or less at spring in the Northern Hemisphere and sees autumn in the Southern (those fall days their own kind of renewal), and as such it’s reasonable to look at this Moon as a personal new beginning, a statement of ‘I Am’ in the sign of the individual viewpoint. The Sabian for this NM is, ‘Nature Spirits Are Seen At Work In The Light Of Sunset’. This points us in an interesting direction when we consider the ‘I Am’ new start nature of the New Moon itself. The Sabian suggests an ending, an abating of light–which of course is a new beginning of its own as night encroaches–and maybe suggests this New Moon is a reminder that spirit/ the Universe/ the Unseen is active in all circumstances, not just in shiny new beginnings, the bright light of day, or in those areas where we’re focused on subjects we approve of and see as ‘spiritual’. When we define certain things in life as spiritual and denounce the rest as less than, we set up a dynamic that fails to recognize spirit in all things, so we repeatedly end up confused by the experiences we’re having and the results we’re getting. Life is not experienced piecemeal, and it shouldn’t be interpreted that way, either.

As my regular readers know, I like to keep orbs very tight for New and Full Moons. This time around that gives us only two aspects, a trine to Ceres and a novile to Sedna. The picture is one of Self-possession, autonomy, personal authority, that aligns us with all we need to know to act and choose appropriately, if we trust our instincts and are conscious of our blind spots. That may be a big ‘if’, but a willingness to be Self-aware (as opposed to a pick-and-choose awareness that simply ignores what we don’t like or don’t want to change in ourselves) is key. What starts at this New Moon may be a fresh, crisper image of ourselves, one that is much more confident as it is both more responsible and more responsive. We see that moving through life takes much less of a power stance than we thought, much less outright assertion, and much more pure competence and openness to instinct and all that we know but don’t know.

 

4 April 2019 Against

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‘Boxing’ By Maurice Denis 1918 {{PD}}

It may feel as if energies are being pitted against one another in various, tense combinations. Power clashes with Power, and many of those dances will resemble the past; the reality picture points out every conflict we have in trying to realize ambitions or fulfill desires; actions are inadvertently destructive or are power grabs that we may not immediately recognize; and we may have trouble believing what we’re seeing, which is a classic trick ‘they’ use to ‘get away with it’ right in front of us–or at least, that’s how it may feel, as if the world and its varied components are against us.

So where to go from here? What tack to take when every push out into the world meets its own special resistance? For some the best course is to lay low, stay out of it, especially if being more assertive is just your thing–to jump into things with that attitude now will only buy trouble; for everyone else, it’s a chance to review what worked to bring you power in the past and then to transform it, to re-frame it with today’s knowledge into the ‘perfect’ (that is, the best way to work it) response to the environment and its events.

(Pallas contra-parallel Ceres, Pluto conj SN, Saturn sq Zeus, Mars contra-parallel Pluto, Sun contra-parallel Neptune)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 14 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This year, Aries, you will get to see how you handle the world as a sheer force of Nature–and this goes well or not depending on how in tune you are with your own elemental qualities. The more you can embrace your personal authority, your wildness, and at the same time take complete responsibility for your domain within your world, the better. Health is a factor in all this, and will be affected by your ability to accept your own power and the consequences of its exercise. Re-visiting the past may be tempting, but could result in stripping away illusions you’ve come to depend on. It’s a year to enjoy things, to really live, but to remain as aware as possible of the real-world picture and the effect you can have on it–and of course, the effect it can have on you.

3 April 2019 Take Charge

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‘ La Femme en blanc’ By René Schützenberger 1895 {{PD}}

We’re more than suited to take charge today–‘wisdom vision’ is ON and with a little effort we can mend just about anything, even ourselves–so what gets in the way? Our own minds, and the real world! That sounds like a lot, like there’s nowhere we can be meaningfully effective, but it’s really about a couple of things to be aware of or avoid. One is to make sure our actions and choices don’t ignore the material reality–that’s the essence of things, it’s not that there are actual obstacles, it’s that when we act without attention to reality it’s natural that things don’t work–and if we’re avoiding responsibility, we see it as the world stopping us, instead of seeing the unworkability of things as being rooted in our choices. Second, too much of our attention will go to the words of others, agreements we believe we have with them, and we may treat our own minds with too much reverence. We may be demanding that others words and even their thoughts support us, our viewpoint, and our goals, and we may demand they say so openly–and that’s unreasonable, by any measure. What we need to keep in mind is that, with Vesta now in Aries, we can easily become too enamored of our own autonomy, or may treat our Will as sacred–and that can bring about all kinds of blow back. Go easy on others for what they communicate–it will be riddled with imaginings, flights of fancy, distortions and deceptions, and your communications will carry the same. Don’t let emotional reactions lead you down a ‘wrong’ path. Concentrate on expressing yourself in territory you know to be your own, mind your own beeswax, and you may end the day having done some of your finest work/ living ever.

(Pallas trine Juno, Vesta enters Aries, Mars contra-parallel Saturn and sxt Chiron, Sun contra-parallel Mercury and trine Ceres)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 13 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You have a year ahead of you, Aries, where you get to show your true strengths, your true authority and ability, where you get to be the authority in ways that could be truly life changing. Do you feel ready for it? I’m hoping you won’t suffer a crisis of confidence. Your imagination carries an emotional charge, and could be easily misread as threatening, it could deceive–so make a point of staying tuned to the facts, even as you reach out and make your ideals and dreams realities. You have an excellent chance of creating the life you actually want–don’t wait for permission, and don’t be afraid to do the hard work–because the influences for your Solar Return say that whatever you put out there, comes back to you bigger, ‘badder’ (in a good way), and providing more rewards than you ever thought possible.

2 April 2019 Misled

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‘Whispering Noon’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1896 {{PD}}

There’s this whispering–is it coming from the walls, the wind, the gods, a demon, is it in our own minds? Whatever its source, it’s urging us to ignore our own instincts–and that’s just wrong–we need them more than ever, as reasoning, communication and the mind (Mercury) once again contact the illusive, the deceptive, the confusing, the inspiring (Neptune). Even worse, relationships we might usually rely on are nowhere to be found, transformed into something shimmering, ephemeral, hard to pin down, and if we prod them, looking for answers, they (or rather, the interaction) can turn destructive. Here’s the most effective approach: channel that Neptunian mist into creative forms, and then, when you’ve got that funneled somewhere, make all your actions, choices, and moves with an eye to the future, and to where you specifically want to go. That should do it.

(Black Moon Lilith sq Sedna, Mars parallel and Venus sesq NN, Venus semi-sq Pluto, Merc conj Neptune)

Today’s word image is dressing up as your alter-ego for a party, you must put on a name tag; what does it say? That is, how do you want to present yourself to the world, when what you’re doing is simply bringing forward a part of you others don’t often get to see, but which is vital to your own concept of your identity?

By © Derek Ramsey / derekramsey.com, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1612827

For those who have the natal Sun at 12 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). What fateful move will you make this year, Aries? You know, there’s no need to be so tense, so sure that each flap of your butterfly wings will bring down a civilization. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but in spite of your Aries Solar status, you are just not that powerful–except in those ways you can affect your own life, so concentrate on that. If you can adopt that more humble approach, this year you’ll find you are deeply in touch with your instincts, and they’re easily accessed, if only you can get the drumming thoughts and imaginings out of the way so you can hear those instinctual prompts, as well as allowing that info that lurks just below consciousness to surface. It’s a year when a subtle approach and more introspective mentality can be truly beneficial.

1 April 2019 Caught

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Why is it that we think we need to turn every frog (read project, idea, potential mate) into a Prince? ‘Es war einmal’ By Franz von Stuck 1891 {{PD}}

We may feel caught in relationships and/ or finances, feeling like there’s no way to play it smart. We’re aware of all that we’ve (guiltily) been avoiding, and we see how our instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ have created blind spots in our outlook, but that’s not enough to enable us to find the wise move. One thing we might want to ask ourselves: what is this fixation with being slick, with feeling like we’re out-thinking and outsmarting everyone else, as if we need to behave that way for our own protection? Here’s all you really need to remember:as the Beatles taught us, “It’s a fool who plays it cool, by making the world a little colder.”

(Venus sesq Pallas, Sun at the midpoint of the square between Sedna and Black Moon Lilith)

The looks on these two just slay me, like the cats that each ate their own delicious canary. ‘Self-portrait with Sicilian woman’ By Edward Okuń 1913 {PD}}

Today’s word image is a pomegranate. I’m going to speed right past the usual mythic citations and go straight to the heart of it: there is something, a custom, a rote behavior, in deference to another, an acquiescence, that is holding you ‘captive’. You’ve willingly committed to this, but somehow that put the power around this commitment into the hands of others–and now you may be chafing at the restriction, even regretting the commitment in the first place. Nothing is set in stone here, it just feels like it, and others may have a vested interest in keeping you within this dynamic. They get something out of it, and maybe you’re done giving, or you need that energy for yourself, or circumstances have changed–you just don’t feel the same. Whatever the reason (and the reason is irrelevant–this is your energy, you owe no one a justification for withdrawing it), now is the time to express your wish for change. Don’t be surprised at how deeply entangled you prove to be, and don’t let the need to exert yourself to extricate yourself stop you from going forward.

Please note: the Sun reached 11 Aries so late on the 31st (just before 6 PM Pacific time) that there will be no listing for the 1st of April; see the post for the 2nd if your Sun is at 12 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead).

31 March 2019 Turn Away

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‘Holandka’ By Ivana Kobilca 1886 {{PD}}

Today the formula for successful response is simple: turning away from those things we’ve ignored or denied, or those things that enrage us, is the smart thing to do. Surprising, right? We’d normally find wisdom in tackling all those neglected issues, but not today. I suspect this has to do with a couple of things: though Merc is direct, it’s moving toward conjoining Neptune, and rather than lessening our uncertainties, it may be making them worse; Saturn is quincunx Juno and square Zeus, suggesting that reality both requires adjustment from us to hold on to what little sense of power we have, and denies our ambitions, at least for the moment; and Pallas is square Pluto and the Nodal axis, suggesting that our frustrations could result in throwing up our hands and saying, ‘F*ck it! Burn them all’, and that would have unintended and ultimately negative consequences for our life direction–so just turn away, immerse the mind or your whole Self in something pleasant, and don’t worry at all about anything, just for today.

(Perfecting today: Pallas contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

By Շոթա Ոսկանյան – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32785928

Today’s word image is two puppets, controlled by two people, through which the people are able to speak, saying things to each other that they can’t, won’t, or were unable to formulate previously. In what way is face-to-face communication not accomplishing what you hope it will? This is likely applicable in a relationship where you get a lot of face time but don’t seem to be hearing each other anymore. It calls for finding another medium through which to send your message, and it requires that you see the other party is just as frustrated as you are, because their message isn’t being heard, either.

Please note: the Sun reaches this point so late in the day (just before 6 PM Pacific time) that this will serve as the listing for the 1st of April, as well, resuming new degree posts on the 2nd. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows–that offers a more complete picture). For those born with the Sun at 11 Aries: What you haven’t attended to, what you’ve ignored, denied, or rejected despite the reality of its presence in your life, will rise up and bite you this coming Solar year, now through to your next birthday. Your saving grace, though, could come in two forms: being open to spontaneity, and being open to Higher Mind. Be willing to renovate, innovate, and look for the original–a too-strenuous exclusion of these has gotten you to where you are now, and reincorporating a certain wildness or the unexpected could go a long way toward reviving your zest for life, and putting that life on a really rewarding track. If you’re currently already happy with your environment and accomplishment rate, adding spontaneity and Higher Mind will only make it better. Have a great year, Aries!

30 March 2019 Attention To Healing

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Yes, give–your attention to healing yourself. World War I Red Cross Poster, By Albert Herter via The US Library of Congress {{PD}}

Our attention today will be repeatedly drawn to areas that need healing in our lives; the difficulty will be in us registering what’s happening, and then recognizing what and even why something before us needs to change. Mars into Gemini helps us think before we act, helps us see what about the reality and ambition pictures needs modifying in order to payoff (and this leads to the evolution of what we consider wise)–and by evening we find ourselves much more empowered than we started our day, and possibly reaping some tangible benefits from it.

(Sun parallel Chiron, Juno trine and Venus sesq Zeus, Pluto sq Pallas, Mars enters Gemini, Venus semi-sq Saturn)

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Today’s word image is a beautiful vine that appears to be smothering a lilac, until you get up close and see that the lilac is still blooming, and actually seems to like the presence of the vine. This seems to be a theme, lately, that things are not always as they appear, and that what seems detrimental from your point-of-view might be seen quite differently by someone else. Just keep in mind the illusory nature of observation over all, and when making a judgment, consider how many filters you might apply that are based on assumptions that don’t necessarily carry through.

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

For those born with the Sun at 10 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Emotional harmony is yours this Solar year, through to your next birthday, as long as you are willing to take the high road, to bring a dispassionate note to your emotional interactions, and to make understanding, rather than judgment, a goal in assessing both situations and individuals. The past may exert one of two influences: either a destructive one as you carry on past practices, believing they give you power, or a transformative one, as you see the toxic nature of old beliefs and habits and let them go. You have the chance this year to move beyond that Plutonian loop that has kept a good part of your essence tied up for so long. Clear it out, retrieve your spirit, and you can have your best year yet.

29 March 2019 Wrestling With Reality

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‘La Lutte’ By Émile Friant 1889 {{PD}}

Reality seems so, um, inflexible today, doesn’t it? Where, we might wonder, are all these restrictions coming from, these obstacles, barriers, insults to our sovereignty? Here’s a secret: we’re making our own boundaries, every time we insist on re-fighting (or re-creating) a power struggle from the past. We may think that’s the furthest thing from our minds, but we refuse to acknowledge the need to let go–and so we enact the issues over and over, sometimes dressed up as something completely different, sometimes as a startling replica of the original. Too, speed bumps are showing on the road to ambition fulfillment, thrown before us by our instincts and inner knowing, that sense where we ‘know but don’t know’, warning us; just like with the reality picture, these are our own creations, needed so that we take our time, vet our spontaneity and original thoughts and impulses against our enduring values. It’s just a precaution, but one we’ll be glad we took. Our biggest rewards today, though, come from letting go of a compulsive need to feel powerful, and in cleaning out the psychic closet, ridding ourselves of hangovers and negativities, especially those with which we have a long, dark history.

(Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Saturn qnx Juno, Pluto and SN conj and nov Venus, Mercury semi-sq Uranus and parallel Vesta)

The fruit of Bixa Orellana, also known as the lipstick tree, the source of annatto. Photo By Challiyan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5085240

Today’s word image is ‘old’ seeds (packed for previous seasons) are planted and sprout, perfectly. ‘It’s never too late to do what you want to do’–we hear this all the time, but how true is it? Obviously, there are some things we can attempt younger that older bodies rebel at or are unable to accommodate, but aside from physical restriction, does this hold for all our ideas, hopes, dreams? Yes, it really does. I’ve been faced with this question myself lately, ‘Am I too old for X?’ The feedback the Universe has offered has seemed to be a rousing, No, go ahead! Though I do wonder, since it’s been delivered under Merc retro conjoined Neptune 🙂 But since this concerned a dream/ goal of sorts, I saw that as a positive expression: reconsider (Merc retro) that dream (Neptune). So I did, and I have, and I am going forward. How about you? What dream from the past, if revived, would not just ‘sprout’, but make your world a whole lot better?

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

For those born with the Sun at 09 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) What you do, and what happens to you this year, dear Aries, is going to feel very public, even when it happens in private. You’ll just have to accept this as a ‘living condition’, for now, and conduct yourself accordingly. Too, it may be a year that’s like walking the length of a live high-tension wire, where actions and choices seem visible only through a highly emotional, reality-focused lens–and this will be wearing as heck, especially if your natal emotional make-up is of the more sensitive or non-verbal variety. I don’t mean to be so negative, but this is a period when you’ll spend a lot of time trying to determine what’s wise, what skills you need to acquire, what’s the smart move–and it all will have major impacts on your future, and your life direction in general. You may feel as if your mind is made up and clear on a number of issues, just after your birthday, but the reality is you’ll need to be flexible enough to allow healing, as well as open enough to receive some real-world conditions around Love or Money that are darn near ideal–congrats on that!

28 March 2019 A Contrary Direction

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Константин Яковлевич Крыжицкий – Пейзаж
Constantin Kryjitski 1908 {{PD}}

The station of any body, as it prepares to take up apparent contrary direction to its previous path, fosters a lot of tension. Just as we must exert extra energy to stop something already in motion (extra, compared to what it takes to set it in motion in the first place), we find the same symbolic dynamic at work with a planetary station. We feel the drag and resistance, even though no such thing is physically occurring–we feel it grind on a particular natal spot and we wait, poised for the relief (because it will be relief, whether it’s considered ‘good’ change or not).

I don’t want to say we’ve gotten used to the monkey on our backs Merc retrograde has been over the past three weeks, but I think we have, as each day has felt like a week, courtesy of the Piscean placement that disconnects our minds from reality and plugs them in to fears, fantasies, deceptions, making it ultimately impossible to trace where messages and perceptions are coming from–and to be fair, hooking us into our creative potentials, as well. Now, we find ourselves asking, ‘What’s really the smart thing to do, the smart direction to go?’ Our answer involves some misdirection of our attention, a little contrary impetus of our own.

Will your unconscious choose the shock, the surprise, the revelation, to shake you out of your Merc retro doldrums? Or will it be the way relationships defy their usual contours, or finances take a sudden leap in one direction or the other? No matter, one of those options is what we need to jump start our minds, to put that creative energy under conscious control, to sort out just what the hell has been going on around here.

(Mercury stations direct, Pallas sq the Nodal axis, Venus contra-parallel and Mercury semi-sq Uranus)

John James Audubon’s “Carolina Parakeets” 1832 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a boy who opens a parakeet’s cage, reaches in, grasps the bird, then removes it from the cage, closing the cage door, and releases it. Some might see this as an image of liberation–but how freeing is it to put something out into the world that isn’t equipped to live there? Everyone’s definition of what makes them free is different; just because it doesn’t look like it to you doesn’t mean that someone else’s ties, agreements, subjugation, cooperation aren’t exactly what they need to liberate some other part of themselves–and that suggests: withhold your judgment of someone else’s circumstances. Sometimes we cling because we want to, sometimes because we believe we must, but always in service to a genuine need, even if that need has become as distorted as a thoroughly domesticated bird’s, a creature concerned not about some nebulous freedom, but about surviving in an environment it can handle.

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

For those born with the Sun at 08 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Some tough emotional conditions this coming year, through to your next birthday, are slated, not to torment you but to shape you so that when the reality picture reshapes itself (which it will for you, relatively soon) you’ll be emotionally ready not just to handle it but to react quickly, appropriately, and to get a significant head start on others because of your newly forged, sturdy emotional nature. That doesn’t mean you’ll be hardened; quite the contrary, you’ll undergo some intuitive fine tuning that will offer you a distinct advantage in your chosen arena. The challenge, then, might be to get your head on straight about the reality situation in that arena, to sort illusion from the facts–a tougher proposition than the emotional one, but necessary if you’re to access the most ‘tuned in’, instinctively astute actions and choices possible.

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27 March 2019 Exaggerate, Surprise

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‘Diana and Actaeon (Diana Surprised in Her Bath)’ By Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1836 {{PD}}

We’re so determined to honor our own beliefs that we end up exaggerating the facts in service to them, or we outright shock, surprise, or spin a yarn out of a need to feel our own power, with that need superseding both common sense and what’s smart in the moment. What’s going on?? It may be that we’re not feeling rewarded or compensated for our originality; appreciation of one’s uniqueness is a human need, not a vanity project, and if we don’t receive that appreciation, it may be telling us one or more of the following: we may be hanging with the wrong crowd, one that doesn’t value what we offer (or that deliberately withholds that appreciation, in an attempt to tamp us down or control us); we may be offering the world something we’re really not very good at, that in some way we’re not meant to be pursuing/ sharing, at least not yet–and this leads us to the possibility that we’re trying to go in an inappropriate direction entirely, likely one that serves an image we want, rather than a Path that allows our best to flower; we may be ‘stuck’, (almost consciously) distracting ourselves from what we know needs doing; or it may be that ego is calling the shots–and when has ego every done anything truly beneficial for us? Once ego’s in the driver’s seat, there’s no giving it directions–it hijacks our lives. Handle any or all of these tendencies by reminding yourself of your values and goals, then listen for that inner voice, the one that’s only agenda is your well-being. Access inner wisdom, put things in practical (or health-supporting) terms, and very quickly what’s not genuine to your purest interests or expression will fall away, showing you what’s worth the effort, and what’s useless wheel-spinning. Look too to strong people from your past for the example they set; somewhere in there is something you can use right now.

(Ceres nov SN, Pallas opp Hygeia, Vesta sxt Sedna, Jupiter sxt Pallas and trine Hygeia, Venus sxt Uranus and contra-parallel Juno)

picseli – https://unsplash.com/photos/VxtWBOQjGdI Image at the Wayback Machine CC0

Today’s word image is the foam in a cup of freshly brewed coffee that forms a yin/ yang symbol. Balance! There’s nothing mystical about our need to find a middle point, an area not necessarily evenly centered between extremes, but one that allows sureness around Self-knowledge, and so offers a sense of centeredness that gives a sure platform from which to send our expressions out into the world. The fact that the image is of coffee may also imply that a little stimulation may go a long way–check your caffeine intake, if it’s interfering with finding that needed balance.

For those born with the Sun at 07 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Are you feeling a little bit out on your own as you begin your new Solar year, Aries? You may be blazing a trail this year, even if that trail is only within your own mind, and that may be a lonely place, especially considering that the emotional landscape may seem particularly harsh. The fact is, something unusual is happening; it’s almost as if the past is reshaping itself in order to support smart choices and opportunities for you that will manifest in the future, some of them showing well before your next birthday. How to prepare? Keep your mind clear, your thinking focused, and be on the lookout for unusual opportunities for love or money–in accepting (within reason) what you normally reject, you open the floodgates for prosperity or relationships that will be both fulfilling and out-of-the-ordinary for you.

26 March 2019 Surprisingly Solid

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‘Das Innere des Palmenhauses’ By Carl Blechen 1832 {{PD}}

What we value takes concrete form–look around you, it manifests in the reality picture in surprisingly solid ways–and we engage in a healthy practice of measuring how well our values, tangible and intangible, serve our desired life direction–and all this is possibly spurred by stressful events or circumstances. We don’t just see the shiny, good things, though; we also see what we’ve shunted to the side, ignored or claimed ignorance of, and now it visits us, obvious to all, and requiring our attention.

(Hygeia sq the Nodal axis, Venus noviles Saturn and then enters Pisces, and is parallel Hygeia, Sun nov Black Moon Lilith)

American Bald Eagle mating ritual, Photo By Dan Pancamo originally posted to Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Today’s word image is a pair of eagles, soaring and linking and rolling together in the air. It’s mating season! Get out there and mingle.

And now a public service announcement, via ‘What You’re Asking’:

Should I buy a dog during Mercury retrograde?

No, you shouldn’t buy a dog during Mercury retrograde, and you shouldn’t buy one when it’s direct, either. Give a shelter dog a home–adopt!

For those born with the Sun at 06 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Ambition and desire burns brightly for you this year my Aries friend, so brightly that you may not realize you’ll have to make adjustments, have to bend a little, to get to your goal. Too, emotional reactions may be exaggerated, tempting you to purge the life of feelings, completely! That’s not only infeasible, it would leave you less than human–so instead listen to your own inner wisdom–its voice is strong this year–and let it guide your actions and choices, especially as you look to gain, and to make your position, especially material aspects of it, more secure.

25 March 2019 All Else Is Noise

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John the Evangelist touches his mouth with the right hand – this is the symbol of the silence; the left hand of the apostle points to the text of the Gospel of John. The angel – the symbol of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom coming from God – is depicted on the right, above the shoulder of John. By Nectarius Kulyuksin – Varvar.Ru: Main page (in Russian), Pic, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26612656

Today Mars conjoins Sedna, and all else is noise. We’re still under the auspices of that Merc-Neptune meeting, but our experiences over the past two or three days inform today’s ‘Don’t Speak!’ policy–too many misjudgements led us down too many dead ends, and we don’t want to make that mistake again. So, don’t let the mind, messages, or communications of any kind dictate behavior–instead let actions be guided by instincts, by acknowledging what you ‘know but don’t know’, and by reflexes attuned to the primal Self–all else must be silenced.

‘Breton Girl Looking After Plants in the Hothouse’ By Anna Petersen 1884 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is washing the spring moss and pollen from a greenhouse. This suggests a periodic maintenance chore that’s vital to the functioning of something. Are you putting off something that needs doing? And really, who isn’t? This image implies a needed clearing away, one specifically to ‘let the light in’. See where you could let the light in, and remove all obstacles.

For those born with the Sun at 05 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) What have you been ignoring or denying, what anger have you buried, what injustice have you had to live with? This is the year when you’ll right all this, relieve yourself of anger, attend to what you’ve neglected, see justice done–and that’s a good thing, opening the way for you to adjust the life direction and so make yourself available to opportunities you’d never have anticipated. That, plus the emotional harmony you’ll enjoy, will make this a year brimming with potential, and also holding the possibility of true, root-deep, freedom.

24 March 2019 Swept Away

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‘Girl with a Broom’ From the Workshop of Rembrandt c1647 {{PD}}

Our creative urges are aligned with our highest priorities, and our originality, along with serendipitous accidents (but there are no accidents, right?) serve our empowerment–so what could go wrong? Maybe it’s that we’ll want too much, or maybe that we’ll insist everyone ignore something better faced. No matter what, there’s a strong undercurrent to everything that easily sweeps the unwary into fantasy, delusion, deception, or just plain misunderstanding–so proceed with care, eyes on how best to express your unique point-of-view.

(Neptune parallel Vesta, Uranus parallel Juno, Jupiter qnx NN, Mars sq Black Moon Lilith, Venus contra-parallel Pallas, Merc conj Neptune)

Today’s word image is a mirror that’s lost its silver, and now doesn’t reflect anything. What have you been relying on to give you feedback or a clear picture of the world, that just isn’t working, anymore? Look around for the person or thing not functioning as advertised, and consider what, if anything, it’s good for now.

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

For those born with the Sun at 04 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Recent days may have been rougher emotionally than expected, but that’s soon to smooth out, dear Aries. And here’s another thing you’ll wrestle with that you didn’t anticipate: the desire to change the past, out of the mistaken idea that you can’t go forward until you do. That just doesn’t compute–letting go of the past is what’s needed, not some kind of mass lobotomy in everyone around you in that time and place. Here’s a secret: they don’t really remember what’s causing you so much pain (shame?), and those who do don’t remember it as you do. So, past problem solved. Once you sort this, you’ll be ready to connect actions and choices with your instincts, which are on the money this year, once you get out of your own way, and once you realize there’s a big wide world out there, and most of it is indifferent to your past, and wants to support you.

23 March 2019 Creative Dialogue

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‘Conversation Tropiques’ By Paul Gauguin 1887 {{PD}}

There’s a Finger of God with base of Vesta and Mars, apex Pallas–could we ask for a better recipe for wise and practical actions that uphold our highest values? No, we really couldn’t. So there’s that, plus the potential for some really imaginative, creative, and inspired communication/ thinking–but it may spring from conflict with those ‘of status’ (or those who just think they’re in charge of us!) We may see everything from lies meant to outwit the boss to seminal ideas that inadvertently ruffle the establishment. It’s a creative dialogue, with yourself or others, and represents a potential bounty, so use it wisely. We also see the ways that caring about something may conflict with the accuracy of our perceptions of it, and we go out of our way to avoid hurting others–a very nice trend, indeed. Enjoy your Saturday!

(In addition to the Finger, Neptune and Mercury conjoin and square Juno, Venus sq Sedna, Mercury contra-parallel Chiron)

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Today’s word image is a girl on a bicycle turning the corner. Of course, it’s the phrase ‘turning the corner’ that we fix on. In what way have you turned a corner of late, or is it happening right now? Are you in the midst of a significant change or shift? If so, pay attention, because it’s going to change more, and change things in different ways, than you anticipate. This is a ‘no going back, things will never be the same’ kind of shift, so take it seriously.

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

For those born with the Sun at 03 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) I’m very happy to say, Aries, you have the magic touch this year, with Love, or Money, or maybe both. With a little effort, you can make what you want a reality. It’s all about making smart moves that don’t throw a wrench in your current life direction (because it’s a pretty valid path you’ve mapped out and are traveling, at the moment, highly reflective of your actual wants and needs), and about honoring instincts and priorities. And there’s two more things that will insure your Solar year, through to your next birthday, goes swimmingly: be ‘married’ to ‘the facts’ (no delusions allowed), and, though this may be very unusual for you, get out there and be social, not in an ironic, too-cool-for-school way, but in a genuine way that seeks only to enjoy the company of others (which means no snark and avoid overt judgments). Now, go have fun!

22 March 2019 The Song of Healing

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‘The Singer in Pink’ By Jean-Louis Forain {{PD}}

There are many vibrations, particular to the individual, that promote healing. We’ll be swimming in those today, with the many trines perfecting, and the Sun conjoining Chiron leading the way. Some things it would be smart for us to do: look into what you’ve been denying or ignoring; that’s where you find wisdom–and this is especially true in relationship and financial matters. Attune efforts to your highest values and commitments, because these shape the future. Act and choose only with a clear memory of the past and what you’ve learned from it; to sentimentalize or minimize negatives is an invitation to repeat a bad experience. The best thing is, it all fosters healing, even when we aren’t trying, and even when it hurts.

(Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, the latter conjoined Venus, Vesta trine NN, Mars trine SN)

By Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas or alternatively © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33820078

Today’s word image is a butterfly, newly unfolded from its cocoon, letting its brilliant wings dry in the Sun. There’s something amazing about you, a talent, an ability, something to which you’re dedicated, a destiny, and it doesn’t need to be hurried. Pause, listen, become airborne when the moment’s right.

For those born with the Sun at 02 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) The toughest part of your year ahead, Aries, may be the conflicted nature of it. Man-woman, stop-go, yes-no, with a hovering question: who to listen to? who to see as in charge? The best thing is that you have a fresh, or at least renewed, emotional perspective, and that can early in the Solar year (right after your birthday) inform partnerships, couplings, and help you find a circle where you can be yourself. Then, you get to the nitty-gritty, which brings, if nothing else, a ton of surprises. And that’s your cue to swing loose, see where things go, try something new, experiment, and be brave, all without demanding concrete answers, just yet.

21 March 2019 Finger Exercise

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‘Young Girls at the Piano’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1889 {{PD}}

There’s a Finger of God, if you count the Nodal axes as valid configuration points–some people don’t, but then, I didn’t ask them–so we have one with base of Jupiter and Venus-Black Moon Lilith, apex North Node, and we have a second one, with base of Mars and North Node, apex Jupiter, and even a third, looser one, with base of Mars and Vesta, apex Pallas. That’s a lot of combined and funneled energy–and let’s add to it a loose T-square, with the opposition of Ceres-Juno and the arm Neptune. The Fingers are all likely rapid, contained currents in the midst of slower waters, while the T is more of a stand-off with the energy that holds the answers swingin’ out on the arm.

Those slower waters are made up of the energy of individuals looking for an outlet, and finding themselves hobbled, or challenged by someone or some thing that is in some way their opposite number. Each Finger has its own character: the first sees opportunity and/ or the facts meld with an exploration (either one driven by Love, financial need, or by jealousy/ envy) that brings neglected or angering realities to the surface. The second sees action or choices designed to take us forward that result in opportunity or present us to the social sphere. And the third suggests that actions and choices based on highest values and what we honor results in smart or practical outcomes. The T says the way to re-channel a power stand-off is through using the imagination (or, under some conditions, in using deception). This is again one of those days when each individual is likely to meet only two of these combos, on average. Just remember that utilizing the energy of a Finger gives you an outlet and removes you from the doldrums of an otherwise stagnant situation.

(Uranus parallel Hygeia and semi-sq Juno, Jupiter sq Vesta, Mars qnx Jupiter, Venus sq Mars, qnx NN, sxt Jupiter)

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

For those born with the Sun at 01 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You may wonder why it all hurts so much, or maybe you’ve already transcended that, elevating your consciousness to serve through skill use–but in either case, this year you have a chance to heal in a major way, and should embrace it with every fiber of your Being. Your attention may be fully on yourself during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, and it should be. This is a time when you find and heal the ‘inner leader’, and whether that ends with you leading others or simply advising yourself, it’s a worthy thing to cultivate. Emotional issues may fade or take on a milder tone this year. Look to the past to inform Love or Money, and look all around for the unusual, the surprising, the original, because these can inspire new directions and new methods for you during this year of re-shaping your life.

20 March 2019 Full Moon in Libra: Call And Response

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‘La répétition de chant’ By Edgar Degas 1888 {{PD}}

There’s a Full Moon as the Earth slips into Libra and the Sun into Aries, the culmination occurring at 6:43 PM PDT at 00 Libra 09, with the Moon-Earth quincunx Uranus and opposed Chiron, the latter of which the Sun is moving toward conjoining. It’s a very simple Full Moon picture, but not necessarily a direct one; the quincunx speaks of the need for adjustment, to the unexpected, to revelation, to sudden understanding, to the standards of Higher Mind, to the academic (rather than real-life) requirements of a situation. In some way, what we’re not looking out for comes along and creates the need for our response–and that is something coalescing with the arrival of the Full Moon, an attitude or realization that only now becomes fully formed, and may only now be graspable–and it presents either fresh injury or the chance to heal from an old one.

The Sun at the Aries Point (just as it crosses the equatorial plane on its way North, marking the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere), opposing the Moon in Libra, both at 00 Cardinal and so at liminal point in the zodiac, suggesting that the Sun’s position points to a change in us as individuals, where we bring something within us into manifestation, with the Full Moon in Libra showing a kind of result of that, as our ‘I Am’ statement is translated into a change or development in our relationship to others. This shift may be brought forward by that unexpected event or response, or the unexpected development may spring from our ‘I Am’ call and response; in either case, it presents a Chirotic moment, one wherein we can access healing, or hold more tightly to new-found hurts, all depending our your point of view.

The Full Moon Sabian symbol is, ‘In A Collection Of Perfect Specimens Of Many Biological Forms, A Butterfly Displays The Beauty Of Its Wings, Its Body Impaled By A Fine Dart’. In my mind, the beauty of any such image is quickly overwhelmed by the static nature of the display, by the fact that the living thing is only so closely observable because it’s dead. Think in large terms: are we looking at a relationship that may have some lovely qualities but that in fact is lifeless, trapping the participants in a situation not just of immobility, but of an inability to even respond, offering no chance of changing or leaving? And, even more important, do we even want change in this regard?

The Sabian for the Sun may help: ‘A Woman Just Risen From The Sea; A Seal Is Embracing Her’. This symbol is pure Sedna (and if I used bigger orbs, we could count a wide out-of-element trine of the Full Moon to Sedna in Taurus). As such this points to the way the current, static relationship has arisen directly from our own instincts and inclinations, from what we sense and ‘know but don’t know’, and may have been specifically designed to show us our ‘blind spot’. Paying clear-eyed attention to what we see at this time is paramount to getting what we need from Full Moon events.

Don’t look for solutions in this Full Moon; listen instead for the response the Universe offers to your personal ‘call’. This marks a subtle but vital shift in both the identity ‘statement’ we make in the world and the way that affects our relationships. If you see the effect as you being the same but others suddenly reacting differently, look more closely: you’ve changed.

The day also sees a trine between Mars and Pluto, and a sextile between Mercury and Saturn. These offer the energy and strength to make your move, and the mental stability and attention to real-world circumstances that will make that move truly effective.

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

For those born with the Sun at 00 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) What’s ending right now, at birthday time, and what’s beginning? It may feel disorienting, like the world is shifting beneath your feet, like you don’t really know any more who you are, and particularly who your friends (and enemies) are. This is actually a good thing; it’s time to re-orient yourself to the world. Things aren’t like they used to be, and neither are you, and a re-tooling of attitudes, behaviors, and even instincts is necessary if you’re going to stay a part of the scene–to do otherwise is to step out of the stream of life, and we don’t want that! Attune yourself by defining what it is you care about. It’s not going to take much more than that to bring you some stellar benefits this year, through to your next birthday, though it would be smart to also take advantage of the ease with which you can purge yourself of otherwise difficult past conditions.

19 March 2019 Spontaneous and Original

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By Gilles Chambon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21398021

Go with the spontaneous and original today–those things spring from the depths of wisdom, or at least from ingrained practicality that finds its best expression–and don’t be afraid to plan modifications to the ambitions, because you’ll have some good, out-of-the-ordinary ideas today–just wait until Merc direct to implement. Clues for success: get rid of any outdated or otherwise harmful ‘standards’–they’re helping exactly nothing–and look for the treasure in the wound. With that last, a gentle appreciation works better than active digging.

(Pluto sxt Vesta, Uranus parallel Pallas, Venus sxt Hygeia and nov Chiron, Mercury qnx Zeus)

‘Basket of Cherries’ By Félix Vallotton 1921 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is fruit. Specifically, I’ve recently had some very negative reactions from others when I turn down offered fruit. They behave as if it’s a moral failing. Do I bother to tell them that some fruit makes me itchy and miserable, while other kinds can send me to the hospital? Sometimes, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference–when I do say why, they clearly think I’m lying. First of all, why does anyone give a rat’s ass if I eat their fruit or not? That’s just more fruit for them, right? Second, I’m not trying to be rude, I’m trying not to have a breathing emergency–so in what Universe is looking out for my own well-being offensive? This little rant is all in service to the question, Are you judging someone without either knowing the whole story, or perhaps judging them and not believing what they tell you? And if you are, you need to ask yourself, how do you know you’re right?

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

For those born with the Sun at 29 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You’ve got some down time ahead of you, time to contemplate, to consider. Among other things, you might think about what areas of your life you’d like to heal, really, thoroughly heal, so that they function perfectly–and consider also where you might need to shake things up. When things start moving again (1-3 months post birthday) you’ll need to be ready, so having a short ‘to-do’ list will be invaluable in setting you off in the right direction. The one thing not to disturb would be emotional issues; they’ll get a fresh start, too, but that can only happen with the passage of time. When the moment comes you’ll be offered a complete ‘vision’ via the intuition. Listen to it in reference to the future of one or more relationships–it won’t steer you wrong.

18 March 2019 Everything and Nothing

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By Yas Cherkaoui – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64657164

There’s a kind of magic in the air today, where the smart thing happens, the fortuitous thing, the thing that makes us better in some way for the future. That’s everything and nothing, isn’t it? Ideas are original (write them down; you’ll want or need them later), we find unexpected ways to work with or get along with others (and derive power from it), and our ambitions pay off, even if our goals aren’t reached. The one thing we can do to undo the sparkles? Speaking or otherwise communicating rashly–for every genius idea we spout, we’ll also spill the uncomplimentary beans, so keep it all to yourself (Juno nov NN, Pallas parallel Hygeia, Pluto nov Ceres, Venus trine Zeus, Mercury nov Uranus, Sun parallel Mercury)

Today’s word image is jealousy. I know, I’m surprised, too! Maybe we first need to be clear about what this is, as it’s often confused with envy. Envy is wanting to be what someone else is, to have what they have, while jealousy is the fear of losing something or someone’s attention to a third person. Is there something you’re afraid of losing, and if so, have you identified the third party you think is threatening the situation? Often jealousy triggers focus on that third person, but I’m thinking that it’s almost always much more about the health of the situation or relationship itself, as it stands. That is, if you fear you’re losing something you want to keep, focus not on the individual who came along and showed you the system’s weaknesses, but on what within the system/ relationship that needs to be revived.

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

For those born with the Sun at 28 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You might not understand your own emotions, for a time; they might feel a little alien, focused as they’ll be on yourself and how well you ‘shine’ in relationships–but once that dark age of feeling passes, your year will ‘open up’, as you present essentially a ‘New You’ to the world. This mini-re-birth involves adjusting thinking to better serve ambitions, learning (and accepting) what really pays, and what doesn’t, and responding accordingly (this is something up to now you’ve been somewhat reluctant to do), and doing some (mostly unexpected) healing and re-connecting in relationships.

 

17 March 2019 Take Two

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By Ingeborg Westfelt-Eggertz (1855-1936) – http://www.uppsalaauktion.se, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7490846

I want to talk about each set of perfecting contacts today, each as it’s own discrete influence. First: can two measurements, theoretical energy points in space, interact? I suppose so; consider that we measure effects of moving bodies to the places bodies occupied at our time of birth, so why not two places currently unoccupied but considered meaningful? That would be the North Node quincunx Black Moon Lilith. This suggests modifications to our current direction that happen either because we ignore or deny something, or because we are so angry with something, with an injustice, that we can no longer continue as we are. Then there’s a Finger of God, Sun sextile Pallas, both quincunx Sedna, which promises that attention to what’s wise, what’s smart, what’s practical, and/ or to exercise of skills, fine tunes the instincts and puts us on track, informing our efforts with what we ‘know but don’t know’–it just takes trusting and doing as our inner wisdom describes. Mercury conjoins Vesta and sextiles Mars, aligning our thinking, despite the retro, with our highest values–but also implying that once the retro’s over, we may not be happy with the choices or actions we based on current thinking.

I think for each of us, just one or two of these will figure prominently–but which one or two will matter to any one person we are likely unable to pinpoint just yet. So, tuck them all into consciousness, and do your thing–if you need one, it will surely pop up and help you as you go forward.

Today’s word image is looking up and out the window of a church, at the Sun. To me this image speaks of two ways we as humans have recognized divinity, one by actually worshiping the Sun and its gods, and second by building structures dedicated to the divine, supposed symbols of our respect. In what ways do you recognize divinity in your own life? What do you consider sacred, and how do you behave differently with those things than with others? For astro hints, check the state of Vesta in your chart. Here you can see an example of how Vesta can work–

For those born with the Sun at 27 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) It may feel like you’re a little bit alone out there, just dangling in the Cosmos with no safety net–and in a way, you are. That feeling doesn’t last all year, but it’s powerful while it does, and may drive you to do a thing or two you don’t really want to, just to try and break the impasse. Don’t–be patient–because once it breaks open, it breaks open good, offering healing and a kind of emotional reckoning that may be painful but that will ultimately be a huge relief–and so open the way for a whole new way of seeing, doing, and being. Don’t fret–when the time comes, you’ll be guided by equal parts instinct and wisdom–you’ll know exactly what to do.

16 March 2019 How Much Desire?

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‘A Young Girl Plucking a Swan’ By Anna Ancher 1900 {{PD}}

We meet a situation today that might have us asking ourselves, how much desire is good for us? It’s a matter of want, appetite, lust, longing, that is so intense we may wonder if it’s healthy–and the answer is it remains a healthy situation only for as long as we are truly empowered within it. As long as we are actually in command of ourselves, we risk nothing. Thinking we have power doesn’t cut it, and something will come along and let us know our idea of our own effectiveness is wrong, the danger with this being that our understanding comes too late to keep us from getting in over our heads. So, know what you want, think in power terms, but don’t act on either, unless the objective is already well within your reach. Not terribly exciting, but safe, guaranteeing you’ll wake up tomorrow with no regrets.

(Hygeia opp and Mars qnx Zeus, Pallas parallel Juno, Mercury sxt Pluto)

Today’s word image is a swan. Did you immediately picture one gliding on a glassy lake, spooning necks with a mate, lifting off gracefully in the air? That isn’t the picture, here: this one is center-table at a Medieval supper, cooked and re-dressed in its natural finery, presented as if alive. Of course, the appropriateness of any scenario changes with the times, and this one is not countenanced at all currently. What thing are you still accepting, because it has a ‘pretty’ surface, that in actuality you consider barbaric, if you just look closely enough?

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

For those born with the Sun at 26 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You are super-tuned-in to the unseen this year, to the extent of your overall atunement–that is, the better you are at reading the room, the smarter you’ll be in all your decision-making. You’ll have assistance from the feeling nature which itself will be in strong harmony with the identity and Soul intents, and so the intuition is likely to be spot on. Weakness: overdoing, exaggerating, or ignoring facts will cause some fate-changing events.

15 March 2019 A Singular Way Out

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‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

Why does it feel like our instincts, our own most intimate impulses, are steering us in the ‘wrong’ direction? It’s because we’re reacting from the way we think we’ll profit by embracing our own hurt, or by denying something we really should recognize; we know the mind is taking us down a path we don’t want to travel, and yet we need to see that our sense of ‘wrongness’ is based in the way, small or large, the impulse is violating what matters most to us. It’s the perception of abandoning our priorities that’s tempting us with what amounts to illicit reward, as it will only dig at the wound or cause more denial, and so more pain. Right now the mind is exaggerating and hyping, when it’s not rejecting the facts and fighting over beliefs, and that means our way out is singular, but not hard to do if we narrow our focus: put everything on the future, how things will read in hindsight, once we get there–thinking of that can guide our best choices now.

(Vesta contra-parallel Sedna, Venus semi-sq Chiron and parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury sq Jupiter, Sun trine NN)

Today’s word image is a half-packed box. Did you immediately think the box was partially unpacked, or was on its way to being filled? In this mini-personality test, if you thought someone needed to finish unloading the box, you have something that needs ‘unpacking’, literally or mentally, a real-life scenario it’s important you dissect and understand; if you see the box as on the way to being loaded and ‘put away’, you have too many things on your plate, or on your mind, and could stand to put the less important stuff away for awhile, to give yourself a little breathing room.

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

For those born with the Sun at 25 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You’re looking at a year ahead, through to your next birthday, where the instincts and inner knowing will be an unerring and invaluable guide to Self-development that results in smart moves and the acquisition of practical skills. Be careful not to mistake wishful thinking or willful ignorance for that inner knowledge–that’s the big potential pitfall this year. Look to partners for support and validation (they can offer wise counsel, and if they don’t offer support, well, maybe it’s not a good relationship, after all) and give the intuition and feeling nature a workout–it can reinforce positive relationships, bringing you closer, and make for a lot more enjoyment of life.

14 March 2019 The Inferior Conjunction, And Taking A Stand

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Not quite the meeting of the Sun and Mercury. ‘Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek’ By Dieric Bouts,the older c1466 {{PD}}

You can feel the ambition flowing through you today, can’t you? You may label it something else: restlessness, desire, passion, ants-in-the-pants, but in any case, you want to make the best situation for yourself possible–that’s what ambition really is–with the agitation caused by some slight discrepancy between the idea of our personal values that inform our Self-image, and the change to that Self-image that will be undeniable if we fulfill that ambition. How to balance that out, take advantage of the forward momentum without hurtling off the cliff? Concentrate on pursuing what’s original (for you) and unique–that is, that thing that’s having its moment right now, and that you are in the perfect position to exploit/ express; pay due tribute (but no more than that) to those in power–that brings gain; and make sure that choices, actions, ‘moves’ clearly reflect the reality situation–it’s not a day to launch projects on a whim or that are rooted in the fantastical. Take care with what you put in motion right now, as the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury brings a kind of life-generating power to ideas and starts–and that can mean that even the most casual step forward may have more seed-power than you ever think it could.

(Vesta qnx and parallel Zeus, Uranus nov Vesta, Mars trine Saturn, Venus parallel Ceres, Sun and Mercury trine NN as they meet in Inferior Conjunction)

By Jahn Henne. – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://comons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34513742

Today’s word image is a black cat. Does it make you think of Halloween (a time when strangers can knock on stranger’s doors and ask for candy, and no one thinks it’s weird), or maybe how they’re thought to be handing out a kind of curse as they cross one’s path, does this bring a favorite real-life cat, someone you know who loves cats, a storybook one (the infamous ‘Midnight’ from my first reader!), or does it just remind you of your allergies, your dislike of cats/ preference for dogs, or do you feel an annoyed twitch thinking of how they own the internet? This is one of those very personal symbols, evoking a very personal response.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Your new Solar year starts out STRESS-FUL, but don’t worry–this is to your advantage, as this pressure cooker acts to propel forward something new and well-thought-out–even though you won’t immediately know what’s started or where it comes from! It makes the year one of longer-term gestation, with some idea or beginning growing from a spark to a significant enterprise–so, be highly conscious of what you nurture now, as it WILL grow, in spite of any confusion about its origins. You’re setting the course of your life now, and the best thing you can do is be fastidious with your investment of time, attention, energy, money, love, effort, and creativity. It’s no time to mess around.

13 March 2019 Change, And A Hard Choice

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Just think about it. ‘Portrait einer Venezianerin’ (Protrait of a Venetian woman, By Anselm Feuerbach 1855-56 {{PD}}

Change (or is it transformation?) is all around us today, and this either offers opportunities or knowledge–and then forces a hard choice. What benefits us? Clear thinking, and acknowledgment that it’s a fine balance between feeling empowered, in charge of your own life, and what’s wise, practical, just plain smart. Sometimes the wise thing is to ask for help, to turn down the opportunity, to choose not to exercise your power. Look at what (and in whom) you have real faith, before making a choice; though it may seem unconnected, please consider: the trust you put in the Universe may be commensurate with how much you can trust yourself.

(Pallas sesq Juno and semi-sq Ceres, Merc nov Venus, Sun sxt Pluto and sq Jupiter)

“The Archetype”, one of the sculptures in the Frank Bruce Sculpture Park, near Aviemore, Scotland. Photo By Nilfanion – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23148875

Today’s word image is this: pick an Archetype, any Archetype, whose qualities you believe would help get you through today, if you could access them–and then think of that Archetype as ‘backing you up’–hovering behind you, supporting, offering their own particular special strength. And then go through your day, extra confident, supported, feeling capable, no matter what. I get the feeling we’re all going to need this exercise, sooner rather than later.

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

For those born with the Sun at 23 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): It’s a year of difficult emotional choices presented by opportunity, by abundance, by educational or religion-related developments that say to you, ‘Okay, here’s the profit, knowledge, and chances you asked for–doesn’t feel so good, does it?’ The pain is rooted in the feeling nature and in the effect of such opportunities on relationships; you never anticipated that getting the chance to have or do what you wanted would be so hard on your interactions with others–but it is, and that may be mostly or even entirely because you changed when you got what you wanted. This is a year-long ‘lesson’, but if your responses are heartfelt and honest, you’ll reach your next birthday considerably richer in several ways that count.

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12 March 2019 Resisting

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Japan, late 19th-early 20th century – Embroidered and Resist-Dyed Fabric – 1916.1325 – Cleveland Museum of Art CC0

Why is it today that the only way we feel empowered is to resist what those we see as holding some authority tell us to do? Is it a kind of jealousy, born out of the secret fear that we are, in reality, helpless? Or is it that we resist because there is a hurt that disfigures our identity, one that we have yet to drag out into the light? If we find ourselves responding to others or circumstances this way, resentfully, even petulantly, we need to take a step back, and listen to the unadulterated inner voice, the one that speaks to us as instinct, the one that delivers to us what we ‘know but don’t know’ in times of stress. We need to understand that our discomfort is within us, it’s our own, not the fault of any external entity–and that means that in order to maneuver successfully, we must resolve to act, rather than respond, to be proactive, rather than carried along by the currents of the unconscious. Don’t resist, choose.

(Juno opp Ceres, Mercury sxt Sedna, Sun contra-parallel Chiron)

‘Camp Fire’ By Winslow Homer -1880 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: you are alone, at night, camping out under the stars. I really like being out at night because, looking up at the sky, you can almost feel the Earth turning beneath your feet. Do you ever go out and look up? Do you ever sleep outside? Have you ever spent the night alone in the wilds? What’s your relationship to the night sky? Do you respond differently to being outside at night, and outside in the daytime? If you avoid being out alone at night, is there a reason? Indifference? Fear? Do you have strong feelings, either positive or negative, around camping or being out in nature over night? How do you think you’d feel, if you lived that way all the time?

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

For those born with the Sun at 22 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): Your song for this year: ‘Changes’ by Bowie. What seems like a hard knock, a bad break, a loss, will end up being for the better–you’ll just have to give it some time. Expect change, change, and a little more change–but if you want to take circumstances in hand, want to shape things as you’d like, you need to accept your own power to transform, and then meet each event, whether it takes you forward or sets you back, as something you have orchestrated–which automatically makes it something you can change, should you want to. So, it’s really about taking a mindset that sees no limits to your influence, while at the same time not overreacting to more temporary situations, demands, or setbacks that crop up along the path. The opportunities that will come may take some time getting here, or taking shape, but they’ll be worth the wait.

11 March 2019 The Perqs of Power

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Image of an African Songye Power Figure in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2005.21).jpg: By RichardMcCoy derivative work: IdLoveOne – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.or/w/index.php?curid=11839811

We’ll know the perqs of power, maybe collect them, benefiting ourselves, but we’ll also see the ways in which having privilege messes with your head and possibly re-shapes what we otherwise know to be smart. Having an advantage in anything may distort our thinking, our value system, even what we find sacred–and we may meet this in others, as well, with the effect that the relationship will never quite be the same, at least, not for some time. We can solidly benefit, today, in arenas where our authority and ‘voice’ are established and recognized–just don’t let what we might gain pull what’s important to us out of shape.

(Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Venus sxt Ceres, Mercury semi-sq Venus)

Today’s word image is this: someone, used to wielding power and a position of authority, finds they are unhappy once they’ve left their lofty perch, so others scramble to nominate them to a place that will ‘feed’ what the ego misses. Is this a good thing, to provide someone with a ‘power path’ simply because they are dissatisfied without their usual reach and influence? Or is a beast being fed, one that may need to understand that every position is needed, and that not all of them make one ‘in charge’? Consider what parts of you expect to have power, and what the appropriate response might be if you lose that. And if you’re someone who is trying to placate someone else, consider they may need to figure out a path toward satisfaction on their own.

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

For those born with the Sun at 21 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): This Solar year, through to your next birthday, looks largely like a time of emotional comfort, of enjoyment of a kind of security that’s rare, and from this you’ll find the energy, time, and attention to pursue goals, go after ambitions, fulfill dreams, and to acquire those things you desire. It almost sounds leisurely, doesn’t it? It can be a smooth path or a bumpy one, but in either case, will see opportunity and inevitable change. Your job is to be ready: to travel or accept the exotic or unusual, if it takes you closer to your aims; to discard the structures, strictures, or frameworks that may have been highly supportive up to now, if they no longer serve; and to be willing to learn–no one’s ever too old or too jaded to attain new skills, or to find out more about the world and how it works.

10 March 2019 Correct Respect

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‘Peasant Girl Before a Shrine’ By Antoni Kozakiewicz 1895 {{PD}}

We see evidence of our commitments, our duties, our priorities, and our fulfillment of these in real-world form; we see how we are empowered via our highest values, and the ways in which we’ve chosen to fill our lives with what matters to us. We should be proud of our innovations, our originality, our follow-through–so what is it that’s making us so squirrely? We may be just a tad misled in our actions, likely through some long-forgotten hurt that winkles our thoughts and messes with our usual wise and practical judgment–and this in turn leads us to scuttle some ambition or want, out of a sense it’s out of reach, or even pushes us into baiting our opposite number or acting out, for no reason other than pique. Take a step back, give the correct respect to the correct entity, including oneself, and know that it’s in your very uniqueness and adherence to a spiritual set of values that your strength lives, and your path ahead is clear.

(Saturn sxt Vesta and sq Hygeia, Mars semi-sq Chiron and sxt Neptune, Venus contra-parallel Mars and trine Juno, Mercury qnx Pallas, Sun nov Uranus and qnx Zeus)

C.I. Pigment Red 207, a mixed crystal phase of quinacridone and 4,11-Dichloroquinacridone, By Hardcoreraveman {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color red. Of course, we equate the color with anger, astrologically with Mars, but let’s look a little deeper. This color has been shown to have a stimulating effect though we’re not consciously aware of it; that’s why so many restaurants feature red in their decor, to encourage appetite. Is there something that you’re not quite aware of, that may be stimulating some response in you? Something creating an ‘appetite’ that you don’t yet recognize? And in what way will that influence send you beyond conscious wants and parameters?

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

For those born with the Sun at 20 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): This year, through to your next birthday, you may need to concentrate on honing ambitions, desires, and the plans that support them, and may specifically need to solidify or even seek out supportive networks, frameworks, and partners who will also gain and so will be more than willing to help you succeed. Part of what may be slowing your progress is trying to make too many square pegs fit round holes, symbolically speaking; recognition of the true inclinations of those around you, as well as how effectively you’re actually addressing things is vital to making the whole life work better this year–that’s the overall goal.

9 March 2019 The Primal Voice

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‘In Danger’ By Hendrik Willem Mesdag c1895 {{PD}}

Have you ever been descending steps and hesitated, suddenly unsure of the step’s depth or placement, suddenly fearing you’re going to take a tumble? That’s today: the startle at a shadow that wasn’t there a moment ago, a breeze coming out of nowhere that chills, reaching into a dark closet or entering a darkened hallway and suddenly thinking better of it. Instincts are speaking in a primal voice, but are they an embedded form of intuition, or a reflexive leftover from a more threatening time? Here’s your answer: there’s wisdom in those instincts, even if what they prompt you to do seems impractical, or gets in the way of what you want. Follow them anyway, because the reality is, there’s danger, out there.

(Pallas parallel Sedna and contra-parallel Zeus, Saturn parallel Pluto)

Snowflake Waltz in the White Forest (The Nutcracker Act I, Scene III) performed by The New York City Ballet Photo By Fred Fehl, Dance Magazine April 1954

Today’s daily word image is snow, long after the thought of it has passed. What out of season thing is occurring in your life right now that may be hard to believe, but that you need to accept and then act appropriately on? This kind of event can catch us off guard, and make us slow to react–now is not the time for either. Whatever it is, it’s time isn’t over, yet.

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

For those born with the Sun at 19 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): You’re very sure of your values and those things and people worthy of your commitment to them–aren’t you? It’s Go Time, a time when ambitions can be served, the Fate shaped, and if you aren’t ready–do your best, anyway, because energies are moving headlong right now, and that happens whether you try to direct them or not. So, get yourself together however you can and go for it! Some parameters: you don’t have to act immediately–take time to plan and review; emotions may be very Self-centered right now–but that’s okay, it’s the way it should be, and those who love you will understand; and be aware that all this is in preparation for big, life-changing opportunities and events that come late in your Solar year (that is, between now and your next birthday), so take the long view. With that in mind, get out there and get your ducks in a row.

8 March 2019 An Inaccurate Menace

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By Patrick Rock – Imported from 500px (archived version) by the Archive Team. (detail page), CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71350340

Is there something actually menacing in the way authorities exercise their power, or is it that we’re carrying forward inaccurate pictures of overreach from the past? This unease is really about our grasp of and exercise of our own prerogatives; how empowered are you, and how empowered do you feel? If there’s a disparity between our effectiveness and our perception of it, it could be feeding our paranoia, especially if we’ve recently failed to achieve a wanted status, or even to be heard. Stay focused on the reality picture, as the physical can ground us, and helps us avoid our own negative projections on those with clout–and, bonus, being highly aware of the real-world situation means we’ll see exactly how far we can reach, and so won’t waste time trying to enact power-fantasies.

(Ceres parallel Black Moon Lilith, Juno sesq SN, Vesta contra-parallel and Uranus nov Juno, Sun sxt Saturn)

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

For those born with the Sun at 18 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): You’ve worked ‘it’ out, at least you think you have–so why are things caught in the doldrums? Because it’s time for review: of ambitions and desires, of aims and goals, of your own skills and gifts. You’re not in the same place, anymore, after recent endings/ beginnings, and you’re up for a reassessment of each and every life area, so you won’t swim too far in what the new and improved You considers the ‘wrong’ direction. Later in the year holds a lot promise, ripe with opportunity–but it can’t be hurried, so take this time to get your house in order–excitement, or maybe just surprising change, arrives soon enough, and you need to be ready.

7 March 2019 The Golden Rule

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‘The Golden Hour’ By Thomas Moran 1875 {{PD}}

Looking for the New Moon? It’s right here–

It seems every major religion has some version of The Golden Rule, aka ‘Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You’. Not that I’m advocating for any religion; I see it instead as a consistent effort across civilizations and through time to offer human beings a simple, empathetic standard against which to measure themselves. A good policy, to treat others as we would like to be dealt with, and one we are absolutely required to follow today. Relationships and financial matters must be held to the highest standards, because it’s a sure thing that whatever you put into those areas today will multiply. The energy rushes out into the social sphere, becomes amplified, and we see our vision, our intention, our ideal, or nightmare, presented to us. It’s a real case of, to borrow another Biblical expression, ‘reaping what you sow’–though today those results arrive much quicker than we thought possible.

(Venus nov Vesta and semi-sq Jupiter, Mercury semi-sq Mars, Sun conj Vesta-Neptune)

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

For those born today, with the Sun at 17 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): Your year ahead is one where ideals, commitments, and what you find sacred are all tested, and your word is not just your bond, but may come back at you a thousand different ways–so taking real care with communications, with promises (including contracts), and even with your thought-world are high priorities, this year. All this tumult is aimed at creating a baseline, real-world and health-wise, against which progress can then be measured. You’re likely to feel vulnerable emotionally, but the up side to that is that intuition will be clear, penetrating, and able to locate the information you want. Don’t be afraid to change direction, to alter or let go of things no longer working, or to move toward a long-held dream. What comes out of all this? Stability, as in a real-world base that feels secure, a sense of purpose greater than what you held before, and aims that are more true to your Soul’s intents than they ever have been.

6 March 2019 New Moon in Pisces: The Dream Renewed

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Scene from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ By John Simmons 1873 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 8:04 AM Pacific time at 15 Pisces 47, closely conjoined (but still before perfecting) a meeting with Neptune and Vesta. This ‘announces’ a highly Neptunian experience, one aligned with our commitments and ideals, one that shows us what’s sacred (and perhaps, what’s not). We may see the dream renewed, a new direction, fresh support, or a creative work-around offered by Lunar events. Our imagination is our limit–but that also means, if we are in a bad head space right now, that there’s potential for our fears to dominate, instead, and these may center on changes or loss related to those things to which we are committed, or that we dedicate our energies to. We may fear that new circumstances could cause the old to vanish–and while that’s indeed possible, the way to meet that fear is to look for the advantage to dream realization that the change has to offer–because it absolutely does.

The New Moon happens semi-square Uranus, fresh at 00 Taurus 00, and is still within sextile of Mars and heading toward forming one with Saturn; it also noviles Venus. These feel like contained, ‘small’ events to me, internal or simply serendipitous when external, a kind of poetic set of sparks that say, ‘Surprise! It’s a New World! One where you can gain–and you are poised to act, to choose, and so to change your reality’.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘In The Quiet Of His Study A Creative Individual Experiences A Flow Of Inspiration’. Again, that sense of what occurs being largely internal, inspiring, creative, and very personal. This also suggests that time spent alone, in meditation or just in quiet circumstances may be vital to making the most of the New Moon new beginnings.

From Nuremberg Chronicle

And for those born today, with the Sun at 16 Pisces: The Sun and Moon have just met before moving on to your Solar degree, signaling a kind of new beginning, a refreshing of the emotional perceptions that aligns with who you are right now. The cycle has started, no more than a day or so before your birthday–and so you begin your Solar year ‘fresh’, in some sense–and what a year it will be! You have the opportunity to bring the highest order of your vision/ dream into being–and some of the keys to successful realization will be: 1) taking a new role within ‘the group’, or at least a new attitude toward cooperation, 2) taking great care with your words and always being hyper-aware of the real conditions of agreements and promises, and 3) proceeding as if you have never been hurt. This last condition may be most important of all, the most ‘refreshing’ kind of newness being one that carries no lingering regrets, shadows, upsets, or resentments.

20 April 2019 Shifting Energies

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‘Windstoß auf dem Pont Royal (damals Pont National)’ By Michel Garnier c1799 CC BY-SA 4.0

What we may notice most today is the way everything shifts: we find that caring is an entré to empowerment, we see that autonomy in relationships or financial matters brings gain, and our attention goes from advancing our own agenda to meeting security and comfort needs–that is, we take a less political, more literal approach to life. Mostly, this is a day to allow that shift, to watch the way it gently rearranges priorities, and to keep all expression aligned with highest values–those are your anchor during changing times.

(Juno enters Cancer, Mars opp Ceres, Venus enters Aries, squares Juno, and parallels Vesta, Sun enters Taurus)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 00 Taurus. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Health may be on your mind this year; it’s definitely something you should make efforts toward, dear Aries, as you’re the only one who can truly make a difference in that department. Mentally and even emotionally, you may still be caught up in matters you’ve already dealt with, and it may be your task this year to finally let go, to move on from what had to be done, to begin making new plans. That may be easier said than done, but if pursued will result in you not only making effective choices and taking significant actions, but will also bring you a new level of personal authority, autonomy, and a higher status. Good luck!

19 April 2019 Full Moon in Libra

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The Full Moon falls at 29 Libra 06 at 4:11 AM Pacific time. A Full Moon in Libra promises an ending, culmination, conclusion, or end of a phase, probably keyed to a relationship or to many relationships, as the individual assesses their part in a larger, group picture. We see some dénouement occur with a partner or spouse, or even in a situation with an enemy, and this opens a way forward. Cooperation and diplomacy may start or stop, and events at this time may show us, most importantly, who’s on our side, who’s not.

Falling in an anaretic degree, this Full Moon is under stress; the FM fills in an Air Grand Trine with Juno and Black Moon Lilith, pointing toward Full Moon events as a safety valve or means of balancing emotional and mental issues around empowerment and what we have chosen to ignore or deny. The FM is also apex to a Finger of God, with base of Venus sextile Sedna, which suggests that what culminates now is a combination of instincts and values, that kind of automatic response that springs from a prompt generated by what we care about. It seems we’ll be driven largely by what we’re only partially conscious of, with the FM showing us, in big, bold terms, the results of such a stance.

There’s also a loose Mystic Rectangle–or rather, a tight MR except for one loner, expansive Jupiter–everything else sits at 29 degrees of their respective signs, implying that a Jupiterian event or figure comes along and lights the match to the Full Moon, Juno, and the Sun. In his own sign and newly retrograde, Jupiter may be the key, the attitude of overdoing, the hubris, the god-like individual, the casual imposition of the Will onto others, the exaggeration, the facts or beliefs used as a bludgeon.

The FM also opposes Hygeia-Uranus, both of which are within orb of the Sun as it approaches. This implies there’s an element of surprise, alarm, shock, or a group or avant garde influence–and is this a healthy thing, something we need to see, know, or understand, or is it detrimental, shaking up the world we think we know and so undermining our place in it?

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘Three Mounds Of Knowledge On A Philosopher’s Head’. I take this as a reference to the massively unscientific practice of phrenology, the study of the bumps and lumps of the head, and the mistaken idea that we can measure the level of someone’s wisdom and sophistication via this discredited methodology. It suggests to me some dodgy practice we engage in that serves to support our own assumptions and beliefs, rather than to reveal or clarify reality, even if that’s only the kind of Self-talk that has us looking for answers and yet insisting we can measure the validity of those answers with the very brain that came up short in the first place! Maybe it’s the superstitious reassurance offered by a lucky token, the Self-seriousness with which we approach our spiritual study or practice, the insistence on not stepping on a crack in the sidewalk (‘you’ll break your mother’s back!’) or the kind of thinking that labels some life elements as ‘spiritual’ and others not–these and many other versions of our ideas of ‘right living’, both minor and major, may need to fall by the wayside in order to allow a more objective perception of reality and the way the Universe actually works. For those longing for a more traditional interpretation of this symbol, I found a good one here, but would caution: always looking for the high falutin’ explanation of something is an example of exactly what I’m talking about.

We also inspect the Sabian for the Sun in a Full Moon scenario: ‘A Duck Pond And Its Brood’. This suggests that the origin of all this FM tension may be a group or familial situation, a Tribal attitude or expectation, perhaps, one that comes from being part of any group and while being in their ‘habitat’. That kind of situation can make it difficult to see circumstances any other way, between the force of habit, the influence of all those around us, and the ‘world’ (the pond) that seems to support only this one way of interacting. This symbol simply points to the way what falls away at the Full Moon may have been with us since early days, and may be, rather than something we’ve chosen, some old hangover from a scenario of which we’re no longer a part, or at least where we don’t play the same role we did when very young.

The product of this Full Moon, when all’s said and done, seems to be the ending of old, outmoded, misleading, and unproductive ways of interacting with ourselves, others, and the Universe. If we’re seeking clarity, and even if we’re not, the events of this Full Moon will help us find a little more of it.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 29 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Something comes to fruition this Solar year, dear Aries, something that you’ve been working toward completing and have devoted a great deal of your energy to–even if you haven’t done so consciously.In fact, your job this year might be to become as conscious as possible of not only what you’ve set in motion, but how you can best respond and so direct the developments in your own life. It could be a time of revelation, particularly in terms of you seeing just how much sway you truly have. No longer can you say, ‘If I had my way, I’d . . .’ because you’ll see that you already do, and it’s all within your power. Good luck!

18 April 2019 Doin’ It Genius-Style

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‘Gespenst eines Genies (Ghost of a Genius)’ By Paul Klee 1922 {{PD}}

Today brings a kind of flair to our actions we’d be smart to take advantage of: destroy outmoded ties to the past by acting in inspired, original, innovative ways, especially ones that deal with or call to the attention of authorities what’s been enraging, or has been ignored or denied. Keep communications aligned with highest values, and you just may do something of genius.

(Pluto parallel SN, Mars nov Uranus, Mercury parallel Vesta, Sun sxt Black Moon Lilith and sesq Ceres)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 28 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Could you be any more ready to take the lead, to exercise authority in your domain, to show your skills and natural giftedness, to ‘take command’ in some way? No, you really couldn’t, which means there’s nothing else to wait for–it’s time. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, will test every inch of your authority–and you can expect people, yourself included, to talk, think, and change their minds over what you do. It helps if you know what you want in life; it also helps if you are patient enough to wait for opportunities to present themselves, and/ or to do the background research needed to make things a genuine success. This is your year–expect what you do now to kick off big, permanent change down the road. Good luck!

17 April 2019 Alight With Imagination

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‘Les Demoiselles Schwartz’ By Anders Zorn {{PD}}

We’ll be alight with imagination and creative energy today, but what shape this takes will be highly individual, and largely dependent on how you see the world: if you’re a fearful person, the night will be dark and full of terrors, figuratively speaking, and if you’re a person who trusts the Universe, your world will be full of wonders. Who, you might ask, would choose to be fearful, especially knowing the repercussions? Well, it’s not about choice, but about the underlying outlook we’re carrying right now. Sometimes we think we’re just fine, when in fact we’re white-knuckling it all the way–and other times we might think we’re too timid, when in fact we’re being quite brave. Tune in to the creative and imaginative in a positive way, addressing things as consciously as possible, listen to your inner voice, and you’re bound to end up doing, being, or making something genuinely worthy.

(Neptune qnx Pallas, Mars nov NN, Sun nov Neptune, Venus sxt Sedna)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 27 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). The need to adjust emotionally, so that you feel as empowered and effective as you actually are, may dominate the year ahead for you, dear Aries. You made a space for doubting yourself the minute you denied or ignored something you really should’ve acknowledged–and now it’s time to admit to the tough stuff, clear it all out, and claim the ‘right thinking’ that will allow you to soar. Hints to success: don’t get distracted by the past, and don’t treat facts or realities as insults–they are information, and if used as such (rather than being resentful of them) you’ll expand your world significantly, and gain in any number of ways. Good luck, Aries!

16 April 2019 Power in the Darkness

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By Ervin Kaizer – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72687847

There’s personal power to be found in the darkness, in delving into what we’ve been ignoring or denying, in recognizing where our true domain lies and in exercising our prerogatives there. I know, it’s not as glamorous as conquering new worlds, but it has a major benefit in getting all kinds of gunk out of our systems, of clearing out those things from the psychic closet that can reach out from the unconscious and make us stumble–and that’s really important to do, as Merc enters Aries and puts thinking and reasoning on the straight and narrow, focused on the personal Will, the ‘I Am’ statement, and the aggressive assertion of going after what we want.

(Juno trine Black Moon Lilith, Mercury enters Aries)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 26 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You and your instincts may be duking it out this Solar year, dear Aries; they are in perfect harmony with the conscious mind, and yet . . . there’s something that chafes, that makes you inspect your impulses repeatedly. The problem may be that there’s a lot you know but don’t know, have absorbed through the unconscious, and you’re now trying to guide yourself using this knowledge without bringing it to consciousness–because if it became conscious, it might upset the whole apple cart. Better that you respond to your own promptings and don’t scratch the surface too hard for deeper answers–looking for those would take you too far off the path, and this year you can make a lot of progress if you trust yourself and push forward–for best results, put the Higher Self in the driver’s seat.

15 April 2019 Focus on: Venus square Jupiter

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A photograph of a plate of jawbreakers (or gobstoppers) of assorted sizes and colors. The largest in the back is 3 inches (~7.5 cm) in diameter. Photo and description By Ixnayonthetimmay {{PD}}

We tend to get very excited by contacts between Venus and Jupiter, anticipating the bounty, the overflow, hoping for a never-ending supply of the ever-lasting gobstopper of happiness, without considering that all it may actually bring is diabetes and rotten teeth. That’s the thing with too much of a good thing: it’s debilitating, devastating our spiritual immune system with an overdose of optimism that guarantees we don’t recognize problems as they come along, and adding insult to injury, may also guarantee that we don’t utilize or even appreciate the positives it brings. But today we’re in luck: the square between Venus and Jupiter delivers the good stuff, but only after we’ve sorted the problem, worked for the reward, or had to use skill and discretion to create gain.

With Jupiter in Sagittarius and Venus in Pisces, we may be looking at the cost of attaining a dream; what must we know or learn, what journey undertake, what belief demonstrate our faith in, that we make ourselves eligible for the ideal reward, the pay off becoming a reality that up till then was only imagined? Or, we could see the need to reconcile the conflict between the facts and the vision, between our beliefs and the potentials a more Universal approach might open up for us. We could see how exaggeration has, one way or another, cost us our dream, or we could see that our current social arena doesn’t support our Love or Money needs–and so must be traded out for one that does. More comes in some fashion, but we learn just what it will cost, or what belief it may require we discard–and that’s okay, as we should label it progress.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 25 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You hear the Truth like never before this Solar year, dear Aries, and once you accept the emotional implications, your world changes and, it almost goes without saying, will never, ever be the same again. But we do have to say it, because the danger is you may think these revelations aren’t serious, that they don’t bring a sea change and the inevitable change in course that requires. You may take it all too lightly, skimming pleasures off the top and not seeing how your world is being restructured, just outside your vision. Take the time to sort out what really matters to you, and who really matters to you–that will offer a surprising emotional harmony that supports whatever you choose to do.

14 April 2019 The Unresolved Human

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‘Evening Glow’ By John Atkinson Grimshaw c1885 {{PD}}

We really have the impulse to ‘shine big’, to show who we are without reservation or, frankly, without modesty, either! That’s okay; that’s how we should feel right now, quick to let the world know who we are, willing to share ourselves and our talents and abilities, generous with our attitude. We’re showing our power (can’t help but show it, as it’s integral to our Beingness) and the mind is aligned with instincts and those things we know but don’t know–so we’re informed, and happy to know the lay of the land, and ready to meet any and all challenges.

But oh, there are always troubles, right? Always some little thing, some fact or impulse or urge or idea that has at its core our own destruction, our own sabotage of our goals. It’s just part of the contrary nature of the unresolved human; only those who are totally honest, without any judgment filters or perceptual lenses at all, are without contradiction. Be wary of the trap within the reward, the beautiful thing or bountiful gift that carries poisonous seed, of the action that arises out of a need to contradict or ‘show them’, and especially be wary of thinking that goes against your own empowerment, or of messaging that carries the kind of negativity that pits you against those in power out of a mistaken assumption that this means your motives are ‘pure’ (and implies that the other side’s are not)–that will not only guarantee no cooperation from those in charge, it also effectively locks us out of ever wielding that kind of power ourselves. So, shine, survey the landscape and the mindset before taking a stance.

(Venus contra-parallel Chiron and sxt Pluto, Mercury sxt Sedna and sq Juno, Sun trine Jupiter and semi-sq Mars)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 24 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You’ve been handed the opportunities, openings, facts, or been reached out to, and now it’s time to use these situations to their maximum benefit for you. The social position is optimum (even if you don’t recognize it as such) and momentum is on your side. The costs of hanging on to the past become obvious this year, and you see just how to let go. Endings may be more difficult, and much more permanent, than you expect, but that cliche is true about one door closing and another opening. Watch health; it may be brittle all year, undermined by your own actions.

13 April 2019 Original Love

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‘Frau spielt Laute’ By Giuseppe Maria Crespi,c1703 {{PD}}

The brilliant idea that shapes your future happens today; so does the creation of original Love, whether that takes the form of a relationship or the birth of Higher Mind in material form–Art, in other words. This wonderful thing challenges your identity; it requires you to transform, and so to transform how you think of yourself–it’s that different, that amazing. Accept the challenge, and gain a little bit deeper knowledge of who you are.

(Venus nov Uranus and trine NN, Sun sq Pluto)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 23 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You, dear Aries, are in the midst of claiming your ultimate power–do you see that? It may be hidden within life circumstances, or in those matters that seem distinctly dis-empowering, or it may be couched in terms that seem much too mundane to carry much weight–but it’s there, and how you handle things will give quick results, shaping both the opportunities to come and the reality picture that surrounds you. Emotions may be stretched thin, at least for the first portion of your Solar year. Look for the pay offs available by adopting, nay, embracing, change–that’s where both Love and Money can be found by you this year–good luck, Aries!

12 April 2019 End of My Rope

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‘ Luna’ By Evelyn de Morgan 1885 {{PD}}

It’s a sort of face-off between two sets of aspects today: Mars sesquiquadrate Pluto and contra-parallel Jupiter, and Venus quincunx Zeus and sextile Saturn. Mars’ open and very active conflict with Pluto puts the upstart individual or Willful Warrior into a death roll with the powerful and ruthless, the destructive and, taking a positive form or not, the transformative. This is a ‘go it alone’ position even in the midst of a crowd, the staking of an angry or defiant or ‘end of my rope’ claim to something that confers power–and meeting the resistance of those who already feel it’s their prerogative. Do we get what we aim for? Probably not, for the simple reason that we don’t believe we should. That recommends our attention go in the other direction: toward adjusting our ambitions to suit our relationships and/ or our finances, or vice versa, adjusting what we invest our time, energy, and resources in so that it serves our ambitions. This can have a real-world impact, and makes best use of that restless or defiant energy, giving it a constructive, and probably highly successful, outlet.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 22 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This year, dear Aries, you may face a number of challenges involving power scenarios from the past. You may be called upon to re-litigate them, to find your own best expression of them, or you may be asked to claim or eliminate those power structures, whatever may be best for you. It’s generally a matter of clearing yourself of old strictures against using the power you know you have, and of letting go of old bugaboos that no longer apply. You may also face a health issue, but if you take it head-on you’ll not only beat it, you may rid yourself for good of some condition that has plagued you, maybe life-long. Beware, too, of big talk; don’t be misled by a too-rosy picture, but do keep your own thoughts optimistic. This year is meant to prepare you for the massive amount of bounty, and the many opportunities, that will begin to arrive not long before your next birthday.

11 April 2019 Pulling Back

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Noli me tangere, fresco by Fra Angelico, Photo By User Torvindus on sv.wikipedia – {{PD}}

What you hear today, what’s communicated, might be discouraging, but if you listen more closely, what you’ll realize is that it’s about pulling back a bit in order to preserve relationships, assets, or options in the smartest way possible. Adjust toward the practical, use skills to their utmost, and be unafraid to take a good hard look at where you’re going and where you’ve been–with time, you’ll see that it was worth it.

(Venus nov Hygeia and qnx Pallas, Mercury sq Jupiter, Sun sq Nodal axis)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 21 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This Solar year, through to your next birthday, might be a time of testing, eliminating, learning to deal with restrictions and follow the rules, and all of it aimed at making serious choices about the life path, where you want to go and what you want to accomplish. I know that doesn’t sound like much fun, but it is important–and there are other rewards along the way, including a sudden and largely unexpected emotional blossoming, a genuine opening of the heart, and the fact that pursuing ambitions and desires will actually be the smart thing to do at this time. You’ll reach your next birthday, Aries, operating at a new level of ‘Ready’–and that’s a really good thing.

10 April 2019 Shadows, Implications, and Hard Corners

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‘A Sunday on La Grande Jatte’ By, Georges Seurat 1884 {{PD}}

The big news is that Jupiter stations retrograde in the AM Pacific time at 24 Sagittarius 21, right as the Gemini Moon opposes it. I’m expecting a bit of an emotional wrench, a spasm of the heart, as optimism, opportunity, or a source of knowledge is withdrawn–and we fear, in a too-literal way, that we’ve missed our chance. Or maybe it will be a scenario where we reach out–and can’t seem to reach out far enough, never making contact–or one where we learn something, some set of facts, as the curtain is pulled aside. In any case, disorienting, with the chance that we’ll blurt, run off at the mouth, or insist on sharing, and this is likely something we’ll wish we’d have kept to ourselves (Gemini Moon). Just be prepared, and allow yourself room to process.

The rest of the day is all shadows, implications, and a few hard corners. We may find ourselves improvising on the fly, with only the past as reference, and it may be an open question as to whether what we learn is worthy and transformative, or illusive or even destructive. Proceed with caution, with an eye to those real-world edges, restrictions, and barriers, as those will cause damage if we insist on driving into them–use instincts and acknowledge what you ‘know but don’t know’ to avoid problems all together.

(Mars sesq SN, Venus parallel Neptune, Mercury sxt Pluto, Sun sq Saturn and parallel Sedna)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 20 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Reality is making some demands on you right now, dear Aries, that you’d be wise to face and deal with; the pay off will be a genuine command of your own life, and that sounds pretty good, right? This may involve dealing with the most mundane of matters, the real nuts-and-bolts of the work and living pictures, but will be worth it for the way it frees you, about half way to your next birthday, and offers you a crack at an actual dream come true. So, do the hard work, visualize what you want in detail, be optimistic (you can’t really aim TOO high), and you could reach next year having attained one of your most treasured goals. Good luck!

And thank you to all who wrote to me to make sure I was all right, to support me, and to encourage me to get the rest I needed. Your kindness was very much appreciated. I’m still not 100%, but I’m getting there 🙂

9 April 2019 Come Together

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‘The Baths at Caracalla’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1899 {{PD}}

A note for today, the 8th: Saturn squares and Mars sesquiquadrates Pallas, almost daring us to do something unwise or impractical–obviously the answer is, just don’t! What pushes us is the way we feel our power and mobility threatened by the social order or ‘the facts’, or by an outright power struggle with our opposite number (Jupiter opp Juno)–but we should all know by now that being reactive is a poor way to go through life. Do your best to pull yourself together–the danger is we’ll go down a mental or emotional rabbit hole it will be hard to extricate ourselves from, as it will seem like reality–and try to be proactive in some reality-based arena that doesn’t rely on our interpretation of events, that instead has objectively measurable standards by which we can judge our efforts.

For the 9th: Perhaps strangely, considering the influences, objectivity is enhanced today–we cut to the chase, internally and in dealings with others, and the result is we are likely to get somewhere much quicker than we thought we could. Take advantage of this by strategically not looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth; plow forward, enjoy the serendipitous breezes and beneficial surprises (and they will be beneficial, even if right now it seems they are not), and don’t try too hard to make sense of things for the conscious mind–that’s the one practice that can slow you to a crawl. Instead allow things to come together, respond from and to them, and enjoy the ease with which some things are, almost miraculously, accomplished.

(Pallas conj Zeus, Chiron conj Vesta, Venus conj Neptune and semi-sq Uranus, Mercury nov Uranus and trine NN, Sun opp Pallas-Zeus and contra-parallel Zeus)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 19 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Aries, your ambitions and desires come under direct scrutiny this year, by yourself and by others; it’s your job to recognize what’s wise in your aims, and what misses the mark and is impractical or just plain not worth pursuing. Though you may feel discouraged by this vetting of goals, ultimately it will weed out what’s wasting your time and resources, and so leave you more than ready to implement ambitions and wishes in real-world terms. Assets this year include emotions that will support your choices, making actions that much more effective, and instincts that, if you listen to them, will tell you just when and how to deal with those less pleasant facets of life that really shouldn’t be ignored. Good luck, Aries–the dream awaits!

A Little Catch-Up: Born Today for the 6th, 7th, and 8th April 2019

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‘The Lantern Bearers’ By Maxfield Parrish 1908 {{PD}}

For those who have the natal Sun at 16 Aries. Does it feel like you’re on the cusp of realizing a great dream, or maybe being overwhelmed by a great fear? That’s both ultra-real, and an illusion. The real part is that you are in a position to make things happen, maybe more empowered than ever before, but the fear part may come from 1) an overactive imagination that sets out to sabotage you the moment you get close to the motherlode, 2) something catching up to you that you’ve been hoping to ignore but that you know you must face–and it won’t be that bad, or 3) you’ve deluded yourself all along about what you want, and now that it’s almost here . . . The best and biggest, most effective step you can take at this time is to be honest with yourself–and then to commit to going forward, to putting one foot in front of the other, no matter which direction you end up choosing.

For those who have the natal Sun at 17 Aries. The feelings are a little squishy right now, urging you to curl up with a hot toddy and ignore the storm–but that’s not really you, it flies in the face of your Arian go-getter practicality. Indulge for a short while, but not for too long, as there are some big questions coming up about your dreams and where they’re taking you–and right now you have a kind of magic ability to translate those dreams into some form of reality–you just have to pull yourself together and focus. If you’re worried, don’t be–you’ve already got the basics covered, and you’re not going to forget those just because you’re going full tilt after that goal. Go ahead, the Universe is here, right behind you, ready to catch you if you stumble–but you won’t.

For those who have the natal Sun at 18 Aries. This coming Solar year, you may find yourself repeatedly needing to weigh your thoughts and words, to consider what it’s smart to say, reveal, or agree to–and you would be wise to question things thoroughly, as that’s the only way you’ll hear the real-world and what’s wise over the din created by the emotions. Though those feeling are definitely yours, they’re not reliable this year as indicators for what you should or shouldn’t do, and indulging them is nothing but wishful thinking. Just for now, operate as if there is no such thing as ‘intuition’–specifically because you may be tempted to frame things as, ‘The Powers that Be are Anti-Love–and I’ll show them!’ That’s a tack for disaster, so don’t take it; instead see that the authorities are seeing something you’re not–so avoid the financial or emotional plunge, until you’re feeling more clearly.

Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead).

5 April 2019 A Healthy Amount of Doubt

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Les Laveuses à la Laïta (Laundresses at the Laïta River) By Paul Sérusier 1892 {{PD}}

It’s in our own best interests to tread carefully, to hold a healthy amount of skepticism and doubt, particularly when dealing with those in power, and in relationships where the other individual may discourage our instincts or our notions of what supports us–and why would anyone do that? Because to present an empowered Self is to threaten the power structures all around you. It’s like making a statement to the Universal energy: I’ll do what’s best for me, and I don’t need permission–and if that doesn’t throw the powers-that-be into chaos and emergency mode, I don’t know what will! All power structures run on the assumption that each individual must acquiesce, and that that facilitates maintenance of the power structure itself–from which each individual garners some benefit, but with most of the reward going to those at the top, those who use others’ individual energies to their own ends. But you know this, right? That being a cog in the machine keeps you out of the rain, but requires that you move when the other cogs do–and only so far as the whole mechanism allows. So avoid entanglement, but don’t do anything to bring yourself into the focus of the mighty eye of the power structure, either. It’s a fine line, but one worth walking.

(Hygeia sxt Black Moon Lilith, Juno qnx Pluto and SN, Venus semi-sq Hygeia and contra-parallel Sedna)

I’m sick and have been working through it, but find I must take a few days off–it’s been too much. I’ll be back as quickly as possible. Scroll down for the New Moon report.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 15 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Why is it that there seem to be more and more challenges, tangible and intangible, to your stated goals? I’m sure, Aries, it feels unfair–and in a way it is. You deserve to have your dreams, and to work toward making them realities, just like everyone else does–but what you’re not getting is that these challenges are about two things: refining your dream, so that you can better create what you truly want, and showing you how to get there. It may be that right now you’re pursuing a path that won’t take you where you want to go–and the Universe is kindly pointing that out. Take the message, or find yourself soon enough in a situation that forces you to change, like it or not. This year also promises to show you how it takes your personal action to heal wounds–that healed state won’t be magically handed to you, you have to do something to achieve it.

New Moon in Aries 5 April 2019 Spirit In All Things

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‘The Storm Spirits’ By Evelyn De Morgan c1900 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 1:50 AM PDT at 15 Aries 17. The Aries New Moon always feels like a fresh start, doesn’t it? Our personal energy and drive are renewed, it falls more or less at spring in the Northern Hemisphere and sees autumn in the Southern (those fall days their own kind of renewal), and as such it’s reasonable to look at this Moon as a personal new beginning, a statement of ‘I Am’ in the sign of the individual viewpoint. The Sabian for this NM is, ‘Nature Spirits Are Seen At Work In The Light Of Sunset’. This points us in an interesting direction when we consider the ‘I Am’ new start nature of the New Moon itself. The Sabian suggests an ending, an abating of light–which of course is a new beginning of its own as night encroaches–and maybe suggests this New Moon is a reminder that spirit/ the Universe/ the Unseen is active in all circumstances, not just in shiny new beginnings, the bright light of day, or in those areas where we’re focused on subjects we approve of and see as ‘spiritual’. When we define certain things in life as spiritual and denounce the rest as less than, we set up a dynamic that fails to recognize spirit in all things, so we repeatedly end up confused by the experiences we’re having and the results we’re getting. Life is not experienced piecemeal, and it shouldn’t be interpreted that way, either.

As my regular readers know, I like to keep orbs very tight for New and Full Moons. This time around that gives us only two aspects, a trine to Ceres and a novile to Sedna. The picture is one of Self-possession, autonomy, personal authority, that aligns us with all we need to know to act and choose appropriately, if we trust our instincts and are conscious of our blind spots. That may be a big ‘if’, but a willingness to be Self-aware (as opposed to a pick-and-choose awareness that simply ignores what we don’t like or don’t want to change in ourselves) is key. What starts at this New Moon may be a fresh, crisper image of ourselves, one that is much more confident as it is both more responsible and more responsive. We see that moving through life takes much less of a power stance than we thought, much less outright assertion, and much more pure competence and openness to instinct and all that we know but don’t know.

 

4 April 2019 Against

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‘Boxing’ By Maurice Denis 1918 {{PD}}

It may feel as if energies are being pitted against one another in various, tense combinations. Power clashes with Power, and many of those dances will resemble the past; the reality picture points out every conflict we have in trying to realize ambitions or fulfill desires; actions are inadvertently destructive or are power grabs that we may not immediately recognize; and we may have trouble believing what we’re seeing, which is a classic trick ‘they’ use to ‘get away with it’ right in front of us–or at least, that’s how it may feel, as if the world and its varied components are against us.

So where to go from here? What tack to take when every push out into the world meets its own special resistance? For some the best course is to lay low, stay out of it, especially if being more assertive is just your thing–to jump into things with that attitude now will only buy trouble; for everyone else, it’s a chance to review what worked to bring you power in the past and then to transform it, to re-frame it with today’s knowledge into the ‘perfect’ (that is, the best way to work it) response to the environment and its events.

(Pallas contra-parallel Ceres, Pluto conj SN, Saturn sq Zeus, Mars contra-parallel Pluto, Sun contra-parallel Neptune)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 14 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This year, Aries, you will get to see how you handle the world as a sheer force of Nature–and this goes well or not depending on how in tune you are with your own elemental qualities. The more you can embrace your personal authority, your wildness, and at the same time take complete responsibility for your domain within your world, the better. Health is a factor in all this, and will be affected by your ability to accept your own power and the consequences of its exercise. Re-visiting the past may be tempting, but could result in stripping away illusions you’ve come to depend on. It’s a year to enjoy things, to really live, but to remain as aware as possible of the real-world picture and the effect you can have on it–and of course, the effect it can have on you.

3 April 2019 Take Charge

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‘ La Femme en blanc’ By René Schützenberger 1895 {{PD}}

We’re more than suited to take charge today–‘wisdom vision’ is ON and with a little effort we can mend just about anything, even ourselves–so what gets in the way? Our own minds, and the real world! That sounds like a lot, like there’s nowhere we can be meaningfully effective, but it’s really about a couple of things to be aware of or avoid. One is to make sure our actions and choices don’t ignore the material reality–that’s the essence of things, it’s not that there are actual obstacles, it’s that when we act without attention to reality it’s natural that things don’t work–and if we’re avoiding responsibility, we see it as the world stopping us, instead of seeing the unworkability of things as being rooted in our choices. Second, too much of our attention will go to the words of others, agreements we believe we have with them, and we may treat our own minds with too much reverence. We may be demanding that others words and even their thoughts support us, our viewpoint, and our goals, and we may demand they say so openly–and that’s unreasonable, by any measure. What we need to keep in mind is that, with Vesta now in Aries, we can easily become too enamored of our own autonomy, or may treat our Will as sacred–and that can bring about all kinds of blow back. Go easy on others for what they communicate–it will be riddled with imaginings, flights of fancy, distortions and deceptions, and your communications will carry the same. Don’t let emotional reactions lead you down a ‘wrong’ path. Concentrate on expressing yourself in territory you know to be your own, mind your own beeswax, and you may end the day having done some of your finest work/ living ever.

(Pallas trine Juno, Vesta enters Aries, Mars contra-parallel Saturn and sxt Chiron, Sun contra-parallel Mercury and trine Ceres)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 13 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You have a year ahead of you, Aries, where you get to show your true strengths, your true authority and ability, where you get to be the authority in ways that could be truly life changing. Do you feel ready for it? I’m hoping you won’t suffer a crisis of confidence. Your imagination carries an emotional charge, and could be easily misread as threatening, it could deceive–so make a point of staying tuned to the facts, even as you reach out and make your ideals and dreams realities. You have an excellent chance of creating the life you actually want–don’t wait for permission, and don’t be afraid to do the hard work–because the influences for your Solar Return say that whatever you put out there, comes back to you bigger, ‘badder’ (in a good way), and providing more rewards than you ever thought possible.

2 April 2019 Misled

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‘Whispering Noon’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1896 {{PD}}

There’s this whispering–is it coming from the walls, the wind, the gods, a demon, is it in our own minds? Whatever its source, it’s urging us to ignore our own instincts–and that’s just wrong–we need them more than ever, as reasoning, communication and the mind (Mercury) once again contact the illusive, the deceptive, the confusing, the inspiring (Neptune). Even worse, relationships we might usually rely on are nowhere to be found, transformed into something shimmering, ephemeral, hard to pin down, and if we prod them, looking for answers, they (or rather, the interaction) can turn destructive. Here’s the most effective approach: channel that Neptunian mist into creative forms, and then, when you’ve got that funneled somewhere, make all your actions, choices, and moves with an eye to the future, and to where you specifically want to go. That should do it.

(Black Moon Lilith sq Sedna, Mars parallel and Venus sesq NN, Venus semi-sq Pluto, Merc conj Neptune)

Today’s word image is dressing up as your alter-ego for a party, you must put on a name tag; what does it say? That is, how do you want to present yourself to the world, when what you’re doing is simply bringing forward a part of you others don’t often get to see, but which is vital to your own concept of your identity?

By © Derek Ramsey / derekramsey.com, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1612827

For those who have the natal Sun at 12 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). What fateful move will you make this year, Aries? You know, there’s no need to be so tense, so sure that each flap of your butterfly wings will bring down a civilization. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but in spite of your Aries Solar status, you are just not that powerful–except in those ways you can affect your own life, so concentrate on that. If you can adopt that more humble approach, this year you’ll find you are deeply in touch with your instincts, and they’re easily accessed, if only you can get the drumming thoughts and imaginings out of the way so you can hear those instinctual prompts, as well as allowing that info that lurks just below consciousness to surface. It’s a year when a subtle approach and more introspective mentality can be truly beneficial.

1 April 2019 Caught

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Why is it that we think we need to turn every frog (read project, idea, potential mate) into a Prince? ‘Es war einmal’ By Franz von Stuck 1891 {{PD}}

We may feel caught in relationships and/ or finances, feeling like there’s no way to play it smart. We’re aware of all that we’ve (guiltily) been avoiding, and we see how our instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ have created blind spots in our outlook, but that’s not enough to enable us to find the wise move. One thing we might want to ask ourselves: what is this fixation with being slick, with feeling like we’re out-thinking and outsmarting everyone else, as if we need to behave that way for our own protection? Here’s all you really need to remember:as the Beatles taught us, “It’s a fool who plays it cool, by making the world a little colder.”

(Venus sesq Pallas, Sun at the midpoint of the square between Sedna and Black Moon Lilith)

The looks on these two just slay me, like the cats that each ate their own delicious canary. ‘Self-portrait with Sicilian woman’ By Edward Okuń 1913 {PD}}

Today’s word image is a pomegranate. I’m going to speed right past the usual mythic citations and go straight to the heart of it: there is something, a custom, a rote behavior, in deference to another, an acquiescence, that is holding you ‘captive’. You’ve willingly committed to this, but somehow that put the power around this commitment into the hands of others–and now you may be chafing at the restriction, even regretting the commitment in the first place. Nothing is set in stone here, it just feels like it, and others may have a vested interest in keeping you within this dynamic. They get something out of it, and maybe you’re done giving, or you need that energy for yourself, or circumstances have changed–you just don’t feel the same. Whatever the reason (and the reason is irrelevant–this is your energy, you owe no one a justification for withdrawing it), now is the time to express your wish for change. Don’t be surprised at how deeply entangled you prove to be, and don’t let the need to exert yourself to extricate yourself stop you from going forward.

Please note: the Sun reached 11 Aries so late on the 31st (just before 6 PM Pacific time) that there will be no listing for the 1st of April; see the post for the 2nd if your Sun is at 12 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead).

31 March 2019 Turn Away

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‘Holandka’ By Ivana Kobilca 1886 {{PD}}

Today the formula for successful response is simple: turning away from those things we’ve ignored or denied, or those things that enrage us, is the smart thing to do. Surprising, right? We’d normally find wisdom in tackling all those neglected issues, but not today. I suspect this has to do with a couple of things: though Merc is direct, it’s moving toward conjoining Neptune, and rather than lessening our uncertainties, it may be making them worse; Saturn is quincunx Juno and square Zeus, suggesting that reality both requires adjustment from us to hold on to what little sense of power we have, and denies our ambitions, at least for the moment; and Pallas is square Pluto and the Nodal axis, suggesting that our frustrations could result in throwing up our hands and saying, ‘F*ck it! Burn them all’, and that would have unintended and ultimately negative consequences for our life direction–so just turn away, immerse the mind or your whole Self in something pleasant, and don’t worry at all about anything, just for today.

(Perfecting today: Pallas contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

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Today’s word image is two puppets, controlled by two people, through which the people are able to speak, saying things to each other that they can’t, won’t, or were unable to formulate previously. In what way is face-to-face communication not accomplishing what you hope it will? This is likely applicable in a relationship where you get a lot of face time but don’t seem to be hearing each other anymore. It calls for finding another medium through which to send your message, and it requires that you see the other party is just as frustrated as you are, because their message isn’t being heard, either.

Please note: the Sun reaches this point so late in the day (just before 6 PM Pacific time) that this will serve as the listing for the 1st of April, as well, resuming new degree posts on the 2nd. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows–that offers a more complete picture). For those born with the Sun at 11 Aries: What you haven’t attended to, what you’ve ignored, denied, or rejected despite the reality of its presence in your life, will rise up and bite you this coming Solar year, now through to your next birthday. Your saving grace, though, could come in two forms: being open to spontaneity, and being open to Higher Mind. Be willing to renovate, innovate, and look for the original–a too-strenuous exclusion of these has gotten you to where you are now, and reincorporating a certain wildness or the unexpected could go a long way toward reviving your zest for life, and putting that life on a really rewarding track. If you’re currently already happy with your environment and accomplishment rate, adding spontaneity and Higher Mind will only make it better. Have a great year, Aries!

30 March 2019 Attention To Healing

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Yes, give–your attention to healing yourself. World War I Red Cross Poster, By Albert Herter via The US Library of Congress {{PD}}

Our attention today will be repeatedly drawn to areas that need healing in our lives; the difficulty will be in us registering what’s happening, and then recognizing what and even why something before us needs to change. Mars into Gemini helps us think before we act, helps us see what about the reality and ambition pictures needs modifying in order to payoff (and this leads to the evolution of what we consider wise)–and by evening we find ourselves much more empowered than we started our day, and possibly reaping some tangible benefits from it.

(Sun parallel Chiron, Juno trine and Venus sesq Zeus, Pluto sq Pallas, Mars enters Gemini, Venus semi-sq Saturn)

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Today’s word image is a beautiful vine that appears to be smothering a lilac, until you get up close and see that the lilac is still blooming, and actually seems to like the presence of the vine. This seems to be a theme, lately, that things are not always as they appear, and that what seems detrimental from your point-of-view might be seen quite differently by someone else. Just keep in mind the illusory nature of observation over all, and when making a judgment, consider how many filters you might apply that are based on assumptions that don’t necessarily carry through.

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

For those born with the Sun at 10 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Emotional harmony is yours this Solar year, through to your next birthday, as long as you are willing to take the high road, to bring a dispassionate note to your emotional interactions, and to make understanding, rather than judgment, a goal in assessing both situations and individuals. The past may exert one of two influences: either a destructive one as you carry on past practices, believing they give you power, or a transformative one, as you see the toxic nature of old beliefs and habits and let them go. You have the chance this year to move beyond that Plutonian loop that has kept a good part of your essence tied up for so long. Clear it out, retrieve your spirit, and you can have your best year yet.

29 March 2019 Wrestling With Reality

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‘La Lutte’ By Émile Friant 1889 {{PD}}

Reality seems so, um, inflexible today, doesn’t it? Where, we might wonder, are all these restrictions coming from, these obstacles, barriers, insults to our sovereignty? Here’s a secret: we’re making our own boundaries, every time we insist on re-fighting (or re-creating) a power struggle from the past. We may think that’s the furthest thing from our minds, but we refuse to acknowledge the need to let go–and so we enact the issues over and over, sometimes dressed up as something completely different, sometimes as a startling replica of the original. Too, speed bumps are showing on the road to ambition fulfillment, thrown before us by our instincts and inner knowing, that sense where we ‘know but don’t know’, warning us; just like with the reality picture, these are our own creations, needed so that we take our time, vet our spontaneity and original thoughts and impulses against our enduring values. It’s just a precaution, but one we’ll be glad we took. Our biggest rewards today, though, come from letting go of a compulsive need to feel powerful, and in cleaning out the psychic closet, ridding ourselves of hangovers and negativities, especially those with which we have a long, dark history.

(Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Saturn qnx Juno, Pluto and SN conj and nov Venus, Mercury semi-sq Uranus and parallel Vesta)

The fruit of Bixa Orellana, also known as the lipstick tree, the source of annatto. Photo By Challiyan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5085240

Today’s word image is ‘old’ seeds (packed for previous seasons) are planted and sprout, perfectly. ‘It’s never too late to do what you want to do’–we hear this all the time, but how true is it? Obviously, there are some things we can attempt younger that older bodies rebel at or are unable to accommodate, but aside from physical restriction, does this hold for all our ideas, hopes, dreams? Yes, it really does. I’ve been faced with this question myself lately, ‘Am I too old for X?’ The feedback the Universe has offered has seemed to be a rousing, No, go ahead! Though I do wonder, since it’s been delivered under Merc retro conjoined Neptune 🙂 But since this concerned a dream/ goal of sorts, I saw that as a positive expression: reconsider (Merc retro) that dream (Neptune). So I did, and I have, and I am going forward. How about you? What dream from the past, if revived, would not just ‘sprout’, but make your world a whole lot better?

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

For those born with the Sun at 09 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) What you do, and what happens to you this year, dear Aries, is going to feel very public, even when it happens in private. You’ll just have to accept this as a ‘living condition’, for now, and conduct yourself accordingly. Too, it may be a year that’s like walking the length of a live high-tension wire, where actions and choices seem visible only through a highly emotional, reality-focused lens–and this will be wearing as heck, especially if your natal emotional make-up is of the more sensitive or non-verbal variety. I don’t mean to be so negative, but this is a period when you’ll spend a lot of time trying to determine what’s wise, what skills you need to acquire, what’s the smart move–and it all will have major impacts on your future, and your life direction in general. You may feel as if your mind is made up and clear on a number of issues, just after your birthday, but the reality is you’ll need to be flexible enough to allow healing, as well as open enough to receive some real-world conditions around Love or Money that are darn near ideal–congrats on that!

28 March 2019 A Contrary Direction

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Константин Яковлевич Крыжицкий – Пейзаж
Constantin Kryjitski 1908 {{PD}}

The station of any body, as it prepares to take up apparent contrary direction to its previous path, fosters a lot of tension. Just as we must exert extra energy to stop something already in motion (extra, compared to what it takes to set it in motion in the first place), we find the same symbolic dynamic at work with a planetary station. We feel the drag and resistance, even though no such thing is physically occurring–we feel it grind on a particular natal spot and we wait, poised for the relief (because it will be relief, whether it’s considered ‘good’ change or not).

I don’t want to say we’ve gotten used to the monkey on our backs Merc retrograde has been over the past three weeks, but I think we have, as each day has felt like a week, courtesy of the Piscean placement that disconnects our minds from reality and plugs them in to fears, fantasies, deceptions, making it ultimately impossible to trace where messages and perceptions are coming from–and to be fair, hooking us into our creative potentials, as well. Now, we find ourselves asking, ‘What’s really the smart thing to do, the smart direction to go?’ Our answer involves some misdirection of our attention, a little contrary impetus of our own.

Will your unconscious choose the shock, the surprise, the revelation, to shake you out of your Merc retro doldrums? Or will it be the way relationships defy their usual contours, or finances take a sudden leap in one direction or the other? No matter, one of those options is what we need to jump start our minds, to put that creative energy under conscious control, to sort out just what the hell has been going on around here.

(Mercury stations direct, Pallas sq the Nodal axis, Venus contra-parallel and Mercury semi-sq Uranus)

John James Audubon’s “Carolina Parakeets” 1832 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a boy who opens a parakeet’s cage, reaches in, grasps the bird, then removes it from the cage, closing the cage door, and releases it. Some might see this as an image of liberation–but how freeing is it to put something out into the world that isn’t equipped to live there? Everyone’s definition of what makes them free is different; just because it doesn’t look like it to you doesn’t mean that someone else’s ties, agreements, subjugation, cooperation aren’t exactly what they need to liberate some other part of themselves–and that suggests: withhold your judgment of someone else’s circumstances. Sometimes we cling because we want to, sometimes because we believe we must, but always in service to a genuine need, even if that need has become as distorted as a thoroughly domesticated bird’s, a creature concerned not about some nebulous freedom, but about surviving in an environment it can handle.

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

For those born with the Sun at 08 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Some tough emotional conditions this coming year, through to your next birthday, are slated, not to torment you but to shape you so that when the reality picture reshapes itself (which it will for you, relatively soon) you’ll be emotionally ready not just to handle it but to react quickly, appropriately, and to get a significant head start on others because of your newly forged, sturdy emotional nature. That doesn’t mean you’ll be hardened; quite the contrary, you’ll undergo some intuitive fine tuning that will offer you a distinct advantage in your chosen arena. The challenge, then, might be to get your head on straight about the reality situation in that arena, to sort illusion from the facts–a tougher proposition than the emotional one, but necessary if you’re to access the most ‘tuned in’, instinctively astute actions and choices possible.

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27 March 2019 Exaggerate, Surprise

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‘Diana and Actaeon (Diana Surprised in Her Bath)’ By Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1836 {{PD}}

We’re so determined to honor our own beliefs that we end up exaggerating the facts in service to them, or we outright shock, surprise, or spin a yarn out of a need to feel our own power, with that need superseding both common sense and what’s smart in the moment. What’s going on?? It may be that we’re not feeling rewarded or compensated for our originality; appreciation of one’s uniqueness is a human need, not a vanity project, and if we don’t receive that appreciation, it may be telling us one or more of the following: we may be hanging with the wrong crowd, one that doesn’t value what we offer (or that deliberately withholds that appreciation, in an attempt to tamp us down or control us); we may be offering the world something we’re really not very good at, that in some way we’re not meant to be pursuing/ sharing, at least not yet–and this leads us to the possibility that we’re trying to go in an inappropriate direction entirely, likely one that serves an image we want, rather than a Path that allows our best to flower; we may be ‘stuck’, (almost consciously) distracting ourselves from what we know needs doing; or it may be that ego is calling the shots–and when has ego every done anything truly beneficial for us? Once ego’s in the driver’s seat, there’s no giving it directions–it hijacks our lives. Handle any or all of these tendencies by reminding yourself of your values and goals, then listen for that inner voice, the one that’s only agenda is your well-being. Access inner wisdom, put things in practical (or health-supporting) terms, and very quickly what’s not genuine to your purest interests or expression will fall away, showing you what’s worth the effort, and what’s useless wheel-spinning. Look too to strong people from your past for the example they set; somewhere in there is something you can use right now.

(Ceres nov SN, Pallas opp Hygeia, Vesta sxt Sedna, Jupiter sxt Pallas and trine Hygeia, Venus sxt Uranus and contra-parallel Juno)

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Today’s word image is the foam in a cup of freshly brewed coffee that forms a yin/ yang symbol. Balance! There’s nothing mystical about our need to find a middle point, an area not necessarily evenly centered between extremes, but one that allows sureness around Self-knowledge, and so offers a sense of centeredness that gives a sure platform from which to send our expressions out into the world. The fact that the image is of coffee may also imply that a little stimulation may go a long way–check your caffeine intake, if it’s interfering with finding that needed balance.

For those born with the Sun at 07 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Are you feeling a little bit out on your own as you begin your new Solar year, Aries? You may be blazing a trail this year, even if that trail is only within your own mind, and that may be a lonely place, especially considering that the emotional landscape may seem particularly harsh. The fact is, something unusual is happening; it’s almost as if the past is reshaping itself in order to support smart choices and opportunities for you that will manifest in the future, some of them showing well before your next birthday. How to prepare? Keep your mind clear, your thinking focused, and be on the lookout for unusual opportunities for love or money–in accepting (within reason) what you normally reject, you open the floodgates for prosperity or relationships that will be both fulfilling and out-of-the-ordinary for you.

26 March 2019 Surprisingly Solid

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‘Das Innere des Palmenhauses’ By Carl Blechen 1832 {{PD}}

What we value takes concrete form–look around you, it manifests in the reality picture in surprisingly solid ways–and we engage in a healthy practice of measuring how well our values, tangible and intangible, serve our desired life direction–and all this is possibly spurred by stressful events or circumstances. We don’t just see the shiny, good things, though; we also see what we’ve shunted to the side, ignored or claimed ignorance of, and now it visits us, obvious to all, and requiring our attention.

(Hygeia sq the Nodal axis, Venus noviles Saturn and then enters Pisces, and is parallel Hygeia, Sun nov Black Moon Lilith)

American Bald Eagle mating ritual, Photo By Dan Pancamo originally posted to Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Today’s word image is a pair of eagles, soaring and linking and rolling together in the air. It’s mating season! Get out there and mingle.

And now a public service announcement, via ‘What You’re Asking’:

Should I buy a dog during Mercury retrograde?

No, you shouldn’t buy a dog during Mercury retrograde, and you shouldn’t buy one when it’s direct, either. Give a shelter dog a home–adopt!

For those born with the Sun at 06 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Ambition and desire burns brightly for you this year my Aries friend, so brightly that you may not realize you’ll have to make adjustments, have to bend a little, to get to your goal. Too, emotional reactions may be exaggerated, tempting you to purge the life of feelings, completely! That’s not only infeasible, it would leave you less than human–so instead listen to your own inner wisdom–its voice is strong this year–and let it guide your actions and choices, especially as you look to gain, and to make your position, especially material aspects of it, more secure.

25 March 2019 All Else Is Noise

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John the Evangelist touches his mouth with the right hand – this is the symbol of the silence; the left hand of the apostle points to the text of the Gospel of John. The angel – the symbol of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom coming from God – is depicted on the right, above the shoulder of John. By Nectarius Kulyuksin – Varvar.Ru: Main page (in Russian), Pic, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26612656

Today Mars conjoins Sedna, and all else is noise. We’re still under the auspices of that Merc-Neptune meeting, but our experiences over the past two or three days inform today’s ‘Don’t Speak!’ policy–too many misjudgements led us down too many dead ends, and we don’t want to make that mistake again. So, don’t let the mind, messages, or communications of any kind dictate behavior–instead let actions be guided by instincts, by acknowledging what you ‘know but don’t know’, and by reflexes attuned to the primal Self–all else must be silenced.

‘Breton Girl Looking After Plants in the Hothouse’ By Anna Petersen 1884 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is washing the spring moss and pollen from a greenhouse. This suggests a periodic maintenance chore that’s vital to the functioning of something. Are you putting off something that needs doing? And really, who isn’t? This image implies a needed clearing away, one specifically to ‘let the light in’. See where you could let the light in, and remove all obstacles.

For those born with the Sun at 05 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) What have you been ignoring or denying, what anger have you buried, what injustice have you had to live with? This is the year when you’ll right all this, relieve yourself of anger, attend to what you’ve neglected, see justice done–and that’s a good thing, opening the way for you to adjust the life direction and so make yourself available to opportunities you’d never have anticipated. That, plus the emotional harmony you’ll enjoy, will make this a year brimming with potential, and also holding the possibility of true, root-deep, freedom.

24 March 2019 Swept Away

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‘Girl with a Broom’ From the Workshop of Rembrandt c1647 {{PD}}

Our creative urges are aligned with our highest priorities, and our originality, along with serendipitous accidents (but there are no accidents, right?) serve our empowerment–so what could go wrong? Maybe it’s that we’ll want too much, or maybe that we’ll insist everyone ignore something better faced. No matter what, there’s a strong undercurrent to everything that easily sweeps the unwary into fantasy, delusion, deception, or just plain misunderstanding–so proceed with care, eyes on how best to express your unique point-of-view.

(Neptune parallel Vesta, Uranus parallel Juno, Jupiter qnx NN, Mars sq Black Moon Lilith, Venus contra-parallel Pallas, Merc conj Neptune)

Today’s word image is a mirror that’s lost its silver, and now doesn’t reflect anything. What have you been relying on to give you feedback or a clear picture of the world, that just isn’t working, anymore? Look around for the person or thing not functioning as advertised, and consider what, if anything, it’s good for now.

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

For those born with the Sun at 04 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) Recent days may have been rougher emotionally than expected, but that’s soon to smooth out, dear Aries. And here’s another thing you’ll wrestle with that you didn’t anticipate: the desire to change the past, out of the mistaken idea that you can’t go forward until you do. That just doesn’t compute–letting go of the past is what’s needed, not some kind of mass lobotomy in everyone around you in that time and place. Here’s a secret: they don’t really remember what’s causing you so much pain (shame?), and those who do don’t remember it as you do. So, past problem solved. Once you sort this, you’ll be ready to connect actions and choices with your instincts, which are on the money this year, once you get out of your own way, and once you realize there’s a big wide world out there, and most of it is indifferent to your past, and wants to support you.

23 March 2019 Creative Dialogue

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‘Conversation Tropiques’ By Paul Gauguin 1887 {{PD}}

There’s a Finger of God with base of Vesta and Mars, apex Pallas–could we ask for a better recipe for wise and practical actions that uphold our highest values? No, we really couldn’t. So there’s that, plus the potential for some really imaginative, creative, and inspired communication/ thinking–but it may spring from conflict with those ‘of status’ (or those who just think they’re in charge of us!) We may see everything from lies meant to outwit the boss to seminal ideas that inadvertently ruffle the establishment. It’s a creative dialogue, with yourself or others, and represents a potential bounty, so use it wisely. We also see the ways that caring about something may conflict with the accuracy of our perceptions of it, and we go out of our way to avoid hurting others–a very nice trend, indeed. Enjoy your Saturday!

(In addition to the Finger, Neptune and Mercury conjoin and square Juno, Venus sq Sedna, Mercury contra-parallel Chiron)

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Today’s word image is a girl on a bicycle turning the corner. Of course, it’s the phrase ‘turning the corner’ that we fix on. In what way have you turned a corner of late, or is it happening right now? Are you in the midst of a significant change or shift? If so, pay attention, because it’s going to change more, and change things in different ways, than you anticipate. This is a ‘no going back, things will never be the same’ kind of shift, so take it seriously.

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

For those born with the Sun at 03 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) I’m very happy to say, Aries, you have the magic touch this year, with Love, or Money, or maybe both. With a little effort, you can make what you want a reality. It’s all about making smart moves that don’t throw a wrench in your current life direction (because it’s a pretty valid path you’ve mapped out and are traveling, at the moment, highly reflective of your actual wants and needs), and about honoring instincts and priorities. And there’s two more things that will insure your Solar year, through to your next birthday, goes swimmingly: be ‘married’ to ‘the facts’ (no delusions allowed), and, though this may be very unusual for you, get out there and be social, not in an ironic, too-cool-for-school way, but in a genuine way that seeks only to enjoy the company of others (which means no snark and avoid overt judgments). Now, go have fun!

22 March 2019 The Song of Healing

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‘The Singer in Pink’ By Jean-Louis Forain {{PD}}

There are many vibrations, particular to the individual, that promote healing. We’ll be swimming in those today, with the many trines perfecting, and the Sun conjoining Chiron leading the way. Some things it would be smart for us to do: look into what you’ve been denying or ignoring; that’s where you find wisdom–and this is especially true in relationship and financial matters. Attune efforts to your highest values and commitments, because these shape the future. Act and choose only with a clear memory of the past and what you’ve learned from it; to sentimentalize or minimize negatives is an invitation to repeat a bad experience. The best thing is, it all fosters healing, even when we aren’t trying, and even when it hurts.

(Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, the latter conjoined Venus, Vesta trine NN, Mars trine SN)

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Today’s word image is a butterfly, newly unfolded from its cocoon, letting its brilliant wings dry in the Sun. There’s something amazing about you, a talent, an ability, something to which you’re dedicated, a destiny, and it doesn’t need to be hurried. Pause, listen, become airborne when the moment’s right.

For those born with the Sun at 02 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) The toughest part of your year ahead, Aries, may be the conflicted nature of it. Man-woman, stop-go, yes-no, with a hovering question: who to listen to? who to see as in charge? The best thing is that you have a fresh, or at least renewed, emotional perspective, and that can early in the Solar year (right after your birthday) inform partnerships, couplings, and help you find a circle where you can be yourself. Then, you get to the nitty-gritty, which brings, if nothing else, a ton of surprises. And that’s your cue to swing loose, see where things go, try something new, experiment, and be brave, all without demanding concrete answers, just yet.

21 March 2019 Finger Exercise

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‘Young Girls at the Piano’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1889 {{PD}}

There’s a Finger of God, if you count the Nodal axes as valid configuration points–some people don’t, but then, I didn’t ask them–so we have one with base of Jupiter and Venus-Black Moon Lilith, apex North Node, and we have a second one, with base of Mars and North Node, apex Jupiter, and even a third, looser one, with base of Mars and Vesta, apex Pallas. That’s a lot of combined and funneled energy–and let’s add to it a loose T-square, with the opposition of Ceres-Juno and the arm Neptune. The Fingers are all likely rapid, contained currents in the midst of slower waters, while the T is more of a stand-off with the energy that holds the answers swingin’ out on the arm.

Those slower waters are made up of the energy of individuals looking for an outlet, and finding themselves hobbled, or challenged by someone or some thing that is in some way their opposite number. Each Finger has its own character: the first sees opportunity and/ or the facts meld with an exploration (either one driven by Love, financial need, or by jealousy/ envy) that brings neglected or angering realities to the surface. The second sees action or choices designed to take us forward that result in opportunity or present us to the social sphere. And the third suggests that actions and choices based on highest values and what we honor results in smart or practical outcomes. The T says the way to re-channel a power stand-off is through using the imagination (or, under some conditions, in using deception). This is again one of those days when each individual is likely to meet only two of these combos, on average. Just remember that utilizing the energy of a Finger gives you an outlet and removes you from the doldrums of an otherwise stagnant situation.

(Uranus parallel Hygeia and semi-sq Juno, Jupiter sq Vesta, Mars qnx Jupiter, Venus sq Mars, qnx NN, sxt Jupiter)

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

For those born with the Sun at 01 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You may wonder why it all hurts so much, or maybe you’ve already transcended that, elevating your consciousness to serve through skill use–but in either case, this year you have a chance to heal in a major way, and should embrace it with every fiber of your Being. Your attention may be fully on yourself during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, and it should be. This is a time when you find and heal the ‘inner leader’, and whether that ends with you leading others or simply advising yourself, it’s a worthy thing to cultivate. Emotional issues may fade or take on a milder tone this year. Look to the past to inform Love or Money, and look all around for the unusual, the surprising, the original, because these can inspire new directions and new methods for you during this year of re-shaping your life.

20 March 2019 Full Moon in Libra: Call And Response

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‘La répétition de chant’ By Edgar Degas 1888 {{PD}}

There’s a Full Moon as the Earth slips into Libra and the Sun into Aries, the culmination occurring at 6:43 PM PDT at 00 Libra 09, with the Moon-Earth quincunx Uranus and opposed Chiron, the latter of which the Sun is moving toward conjoining. It’s a very simple Full Moon picture, but not necessarily a direct one; the quincunx speaks of the need for adjustment, to the unexpected, to revelation, to sudden understanding, to the standards of Higher Mind, to the academic (rather than real-life) requirements of a situation. In some way, what we’re not looking out for comes along and creates the need for our response–and that is something coalescing with the arrival of the Full Moon, an attitude or realization that only now becomes fully formed, and may only now be graspable–and it presents either fresh injury or the chance to heal from an old one.

The Sun at the Aries Point (just as it crosses the equatorial plane on its way North, marking the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere), opposing the Moon in Libra, both at 00 Cardinal and so at liminal point in the zodiac, suggesting that the Sun’s position points to a change in us as individuals, where we bring something within us into manifestation, with the Full Moon in Libra showing a kind of result of that, as our ‘I Am’ statement is translated into a change or development in our relationship to others. This shift may be brought forward by that unexpected event or response, or the unexpected development may spring from our ‘I Am’ call and response; in either case, it presents a Chirotic moment, one wherein we can access healing, or hold more tightly to new-found hurts, all depending our your point of view.

The Full Moon Sabian symbol is, ‘In A Collection Of Perfect Specimens Of Many Biological Forms, A Butterfly Displays The Beauty Of Its Wings, Its Body Impaled By A Fine Dart’. In my mind, the beauty of any such image is quickly overwhelmed by the static nature of the display, by the fact that the living thing is only so closely observable because it’s dead. Think in large terms: are we looking at a relationship that may have some lovely qualities but that in fact is lifeless, trapping the participants in a situation not just of immobility, but of an inability to even respond, offering no chance of changing or leaving? And, even more important, do we even want change in this regard?

The Sabian for the Sun may help: ‘A Woman Just Risen From The Sea; A Seal Is Embracing Her’. This symbol is pure Sedna (and if I used bigger orbs, we could count a wide out-of-element trine of the Full Moon to Sedna in Taurus). As such this points to the way the current, static relationship has arisen directly from our own instincts and inclinations, from what we sense and ‘know but don’t know’, and may have been specifically designed to show us our ‘blind spot’. Paying clear-eyed attention to what we see at this time is paramount to getting what we need from Full Moon events.

Don’t look for solutions in this Full Moon; listen instead for the response the Universe offers to your personal ‘call’. This marks a subtle but vital shift in both the identity ‘statement’ we make in the world and the way that affects our relationships. If you see the effect as you being the same but others suddenly reacting differently, look more closely: you’ve changed.

The day also sees a trine between Mars and Pluto, and a sextile between Mercury and Saturn. These offer the energy and strength to make your move, and the mental stability and attention to real-world circumstances that will make that move truly effective.

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

For those born with the Sun at 00 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) What’s ending right now, at birthday time, and what’s beginning? It may feel disorienting, like the world is shifting beneath your feet, like you don’t really know any more who you are, and particularly who your friends (and enemies) are. This is actually a good thing; it’s time to re-orient yourself to the world. Things aren’t like they used to be, and neither are you, and a re-tooling of attitudes, behaviors, and even instincts is necessary if you’re going to stay a part of the scene–to do otherwise is to step out of the stream of life, and we don’t want that! Attune yourself by defining what it is you care about. It’s not going to take much more than that to bring you some stellar benefits this year, through to your next birthday, though it would be smart to also take advantage of the ease with which you can purge yourself of otherwise difficult past conditions.

19 March 2019 Spontaneous and Original

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By Gilles Chambon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21398021

Go with the spontaneous and original today–those things spring from the depths of wisdom, or at least from ingrained practicality that finds its best expression–and don’t be afraid to plan modifications to the ambitions, because you’ll have some good, out-of-the-ordinary ideas today–just wait until Merc direct to implement. Clues for success: get rid of any outdated or otherwise harmful ‘standards’–they’re helping exactly nothing–and look for the treasure in the wound. With that last, a gentle appreciation works better than active digging.

(Pluto sxt Vesta, Uranus parallel Pallas, Venus sxt Hygeia and nov Chiron, Mercury qnx Zeus)

‘Basket of Cherries’ By Félix Vallotton 1921 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is fruit. Specifically, I’ve recently had some very negative reactions from others when I turn down offered fruit. They behave as if it’s a moral failing. Do I bother to tell them that some fruit makes me itchy and miserable, while other kinds can send me to the hospital? Sometimes, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference–when I do say why, they clearly think I’m lying. First of all, why does anyone give a rat’s ass if I eat their fruit or not? That’s just more fruit for them, right? Second, I’m not trying to be rude, I’m trying not to have a breathing emergency–so in what Universe is looking out for my own well-being offensive? This little rant is all in service to the question, Are you judging someone without either knowing the whole story, or perhaps judging them and not believing what they tell you? And if you are, you need to ask yourself, how do you know you’re right?

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

For those born with the Sun at 29 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You’ve got some down time ahead of you, time to contemplate, to consider. Among other things, you might think about what areas of your life you’d like to heal, really, thoroughly heal, so that they function perfectly–and consider also where you might need to shake things up. When things start moving again (1-3 months post birthday) you’ll need to be ready, so having a short ‘to-do’ list will be invaluable in setting you off in the right direction. The one thing not to disturb would be emotional issues; they’ll get a fresh start, too, but that can only happen with the passage of time. When the moment comes you’ll be offered a complete ‘vision’ via the intuition. Listen to it in reference to the future of one or more relationships–it won’t steer you wrong.

18 March 2019 Everything and Nothing

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By Yas Cherkaoui – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64657164

There’s a kind of magic in the air today, where the smart thing happens, the fortuitous thing, the thing that makes us better in some way for the future. That’s everything and nothing, isn’t it? Ideas are original (write them down; you’ll want or need them later), we find unexpected ways to work with or get along with others (and derive power from it), and our ambitions pay off, even if our goals aren’t reached. The one thing we can do to undo the sparkles? Speaking or otherwise communicating rashly–for every genius idea we spout, we’ll also spill the uncomplimentary beans, so keep it all to yourself (Juno nov NN, Pallas parallel Hygeia, Pluto nov Ceres, Venus trine Zeus, Mercury nov Uranus, Sun parallel Mercury)

Today’s word image is jealousy. I know, I’m surprised, too! Maybe we first need to be clear about what this is, as it’s often confused with envy. Envy is wanting to be what someone else is, to have what they have, while jealousy is the fear of losing something or someone’s attention to a third person. Is there something you’re afraid of losing, and if so, have you identified the third party you think is threatening the situation? Often jealousy triggers focus on that third person, but I’m thinking that it’s almost always much more about the health of the situation or relationship itself, as it stands. That is, if you fear you’re losing something you want to keep, focus not on the individual who came along and showed you the system’s weaknesses, but on what within the system/ relationship that needs to be revived.

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

For those born with the Sun at 28 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You might not understand your own emotions, for a time; they might feel a little alien, focused as they’ll be on yourself and how well you ‘shine’ in relationships–but once that dark age of feeling passes, your year will ‘open up’, as you present essentially a ‘New You’ to the world. This mini-re-birth involves adjusting thinking to better serve ambitions, learning (and accepting) what really pays, and what doesn’t, and responding accordingly (this is something up to now you’ve been somewhat reluctant to do), and doing some (mostly unexpected) healing and re-connecting in relationships.

 

17 March 2019 Take Two

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By Ingeborg Westfelt-Eggertz (1855-1936) – http://www.uppsalaauktion.se, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7490846

I want to talk about each set of perfecting contacts today, each as it’s own discrete influence. First: can two measurements, theoretical energy points in space, interact? I suppose so; consider that we measure effects of moving bodies to the places bodies occupied at our time of birth, so why not two places currently unoccupied but considered meaningful? That would be the North Node quincunx Black Moon Lilith. This suggests modifications to our current direction that happen either because we ignore or deny something, or because we are so angry with something, with an injustice, that we can no longer continue as we are. Then there’s a Finger of God, Sun sextile Pallas, both quincunx Sedna, which promises that attention to what’s wise, what’s smart, what’s practical, and/ or to exercise of skills, fine tunes the instincts and puts us on track, informing our efforts with what we ‘know but don’t know’–it just takes trusting and doing as our inner wisdom describes. Mercury conjoins Vesta and sextiles Mars, aligning our thinking, despite the retro, with our highest values–but also implying that once the retro’s over, we may not be happy with the choices or actions we based on current thinking.

I think for each of us, just one or two of these will figure prominently–but which one or two will matter to any one person we are likely unable to pinpoint just yet. So, tuck them all into consciousness, and do your thing–if you need one, it will surely pop up and help you as you go forward.

Today’s word image is looking up and out the window of a church, at the Sun. To me this image speaks of two ways we as humans have recognized divinity, one by actually worshiping the Sun and its gods, and second by building structures dedicated to the divine, supposed symbols of our respect. In what ways do you recognize divinity in your own life? What do you consider sacred, and how do you behave differently with those things than with others? For astro hints, check the state of Vesta in your chart. Here you can see an example of how Vesta can work–

For those born with the Sun at 27 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) It may feel like you’re a little bit alone out there, just dangling in the Cosmos with no safety net–and in a way, you are. That feeling doesn’t last all year, but it’s powerful while it does, and may drive you to do a thing or two you don’t really want to, just to try and break the impasse. Don’t–be patient–because once it breaks open, it breaks open good, offering healing and a kind of emotional reckoning that may be painful but that will ultimately be a huge relief–and so open the way for a whole new way of seeing, doing, and being. Don’t fret–when the time comes, you’ll be guided by equal parts instinct and wisdom–you’ll know exactly what to do.

16 March 2019 How Much Desire?

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‘A Young Girl Plucking a Swan’ By Anna Ancher 1900 {{PD}}

We meet a situation today that might have us asking ourselves, how much desire is good for us? It’s a matter of want, appetite, lust, longing, that is so intense we may wonder if it’s healthy–and the answer is it remains a healthy situation only for as long as we are truly empowered within it. As long as we are actually in command of ourselves, we risk nothing. Thinking we have power doesn’t cut it, and something will come along and let us know our idea of our own effectiveness is wrong, the danger with this being that our understanding comes too late to keep us from getting in over our heads. So, know what you want, think in power terms, but don’t act on either, unless the objective is already well within your reach. Not terribly exciting, but safe, guaranteeing you’ll wake up tomorrow with no regrets.

(Hygeia opp and Mars qnx Zeus, Pallas parallel Juno, Mercury sxt Pluto)

Today’s word image is a swan. Did you immediately picture one gliding on a glassy lake, spooning necks with a mate, lifting off gracefully in the air? That isn’t the picture, here: this one is center-table at a Medieval supper, cooked and re-dressed in its natural finery, presented as if alive. Of course, the appropriateness of any scenario changes with the times, and this one is not countenanced at all currently. What thing are you still accepting, because it has a ‘pretty’ surface, that in actuality you consider barbaric, if you just look closely enough?

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

For those born with the Sun at 26 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) You are super-tuned-in to the unseen this year, to the extent of your overall atunement–that is, the better you are at reading the room, the smarter you’ll be in all your decision-making. You’ll have assistance from the feeling nature which itself will be in strong harmony with the identity and Soul intents, and so the intuition is likely to be spot on. Weakness: overdoing, exaggerating, or ignoring facts will cause some fate-changing events.