A Good Day To . . . 11 July 2020 Identity Indigestion

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‘Studio Lunch’ By Henry Siddons Mowbray c1900 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . go with what pays off, rewards, nurtures, or provides, and let everything else go, for now. Pursuing ambitions only creates conflict, and desire fulfillment brings a kind of identity indigestion–what we’re hungry for doesn’t necessarily fit the Soul’s longings–so going after goals just doesn’t agree with us, one way or another. It’s an unusual approach, but counting your assets, Love, and blessings, and responding to the original, the accident, the spontaneous all contribute to well-being and prosperity, often in ways we couldn’t otherwise have consciously arranged. Set aside the push forward and the attempt to manipulate or control situations, and then fix attention on all the positives, and watch them multiply.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 10 July 2020 A Marvelous Orchestration

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By М. Курушин – …И звезда с звездою говорит / Сост. [[w:ru:Баньковский, Лев Владимирович|Л. Баньковский]], Художник М. Курушин — Пермь: Кн. изд-во, 1986. — 202 с., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71341998

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . be a bit astonished at how effortlessly on-track we are. Healing happens, love and reward permeate awareness, and health in the largest sense forms our future. It’s a day to marvel at the orchestration of the Universe, and to sit back and follow its lead.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 9 July 2020 The Sticking-Place

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‘Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth’ By John Singer Sargent 1889 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . use our instincts to root around in the depths of those issues we’ve avoided or denied, as examining what’s been neglected or rejected generates a kind of brilliant alchemy that offers insight we never suspected we had. It takes deliberate effort to gather benefits today, as the overall atmosphere is conflict-ridden and potentially injurious, especially to health, relationships, and finances; it can also affect the power balance–and that’s only sometimes for the good. It just so happens that all the reward is hidden within all that we’ve been ignoring or denying; screw your courage to the sticking-place, and have at it.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 8 July 2020 Icebergs and Innovation

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‘The Iceberg’ By Frederic Edwin Church 1875 {{PD}}

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . surprise yourself with your own understanding, knowledge, abilities, or insight, particularly as you express it through channels of empowerment and responsibility. In this last day before Mercury stations in preparation for once again going direct, our thoughts seem to be all hard-edged and communications may feel like deliberate provocations; it’s in taking a Higher Mind approach (that is, a viewpoint that if not seeing the larger reasons for things, at least is aware that those exist, that what we’re seeing and experiencing is that bit of the iceberg that bobs above the ocean’s surface) that we get some perspective and so aren’t swept into angry, irritated, or aggressive responses ourselves. Important point: don’t expect to necessarily reason out why things are the way they are right now; it needs to be enough that we know we can’t see the whole dynamic from here. Focus too intently on the underpinnings, and our vision goes all blurry–it’s a safety issue, keeping us from dwelling on areas that will distract us, bleed our energy, or confuse (the presence of the latter pretty reliably indicates what M. Scott Peck characterized as ‘evil’–and nobody needs to fill their consciousness with that in order to avoid it). Then, allow yourself to show your most original, unique, and inventive characteristics and abilities, and so find delight in being alive–and have a great day!

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 7 July 2020 Shake It Up

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‘The Salmon Leap By Francis Wheatley 1783 {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . see that rewards, love, and good outcomes may come by directly addressing difficult circumstances. It may be that we stumble into the fortuitous situation, but it’s up to us to handle the problem and then reap the benefit. Opportunity comes by doing the unusual, by straying from our usual wisdom or by being impractical, and we can gain love or money by refusing to follow the herd or by using the facts, rather than force, to win the day. It may read as backward, but we need to shake ourselves up, a little, and this is the way to do it.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Days To . . . 5 and 6 July 2020 Steady On

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‘Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love’ Artist Unknown 1755 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . realize that today we wake up aligned in some important way. The highest values and ideals inform the Soul, the identity, and the purpose, and offer us an unerring compass, at least for today. Concentrate efforts on what and who you care about–all else pales by comparison.

By the 6th we are in a good position to focus the instincts on discovering what health matters need attention. Remember that ‘health’ is a broad term that can be applied to almost any life area, though current transiting contacts indicate that physical and emotional comfort and care will figure prominently–if you see a need, do something about it. One rather large caution also comes forward: we may be severely tempted to do the unwise or impractical thing either in relationships or with money–obviously, step away from that cliff! Stick to the safe move, the modest investment, and the reasonable interaction; spending to try to prove our love, wasting money in an attempt to impress (others or ourselves), or buying trouble with a loved one out of a sheer sense of contrariness are all possible. Just don’t.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn 4 July 2020 A Volatile Choice

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See the forecast for the 3rd here–

The Full Moon perfects at 9:43 PM PDT of the 4th at 13 Capricorn 37–and just so happens to be a Lunar eclipse, the third and final eclipse of the recent set. We see an enormous concentration of energies in Capricorn right now, which contains the Moon, Earth, Pallas, Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, the latter at 29 tense degrees (with the Saturn situation suggesting real-world pressures from which we can’t escape). The thing about this is that the Sun, arbiter of where our attention goes, of what’s in the spotlight, is in Cancer, emphasizing our emotions, our connections to others, and matters of care and nurture; add to this that the Sun is only two minutes from perfection conjoining Vesta at the time of the eclipse, and we see that what occurs with this Full Moon will occur in the real-world (Capricorn, Saturn) even as our attention is on intangibles, feelings, and the ‘comfort and care’ picture (Cancer). We have emotion, then, on both ends of the eclipse axis, with the involvement of Cancer and of course the Moon. It also suggests that we will be striving to operate at the level of our highest values and commitments (Vesta)–and that may offer an added layer of stress as we try to meet our own high standards.

Illustration by John D Batten for “Indian Fairy Tales” edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1892 {{PD}}

We’ll set our orbs to ‘generous’, as that gives us a dynamic picture of eclipse events. There’s a sextile to Ceres, a trine to Uranus, and a sesquiquadrate to Sedna, which implies easy personal expression of authority or a ‘mothering’ attitude (which may include overstepping those personal bounds), an urge to spontaneity, originality, and inventiveness, and difficulty ‘hearing’ the instincts or in seeing our own blind spot. So, a great deal of progressive, get-to-it energy focused on those we care about or have dominion over, coupled with an inability to adequately hear our own inner dialogue.

And what sets all this off? A Cardinal Grand Cross formed by the eclipse Earth-Moon opposition to the Sun-Vesta, crossed by a very close opposition of Chiron to Juno, which, though it sits ‘behind’ the eclipse by degree, implies that a recent (and possibly ongoing) wound to the autonomy or empowerment situation ‘blossoms’ with the eclipse contact. This suggests the trigger to authority expression, boundary leaping, spontaneity, and lack of touch with instinct and our own weaknesses is seated in this recent hurt, and that it creates an unsolvable emotional dilemma: do we honor our feelings about the situation (especially its material aspects–Moon-Earth; that is, do we honor the wound?), or do we honor the call to be our ‘best Self’ via elevation of those highest and most refined facets of our identity and commitments (Sun-Vesta)?

‘Bergziegen (Mountain Goat)’ By Franz Marc 1913 {{PD}}

That’s the choice, and it won’t be an easy one in the moment, in spite of how it may appear an easy choice when laid out like this, pre-eclipse. The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture’. This may best be illuminated in light of the Sun and Vesta’s Sabian at this time as it ‘fills in’ the axis and provides the literal illumination of the eclipse scenario itself, ‘A Very Old Man Facing A Vast Dark Space To The Northeast’. In both images we are presented with ‘witnesses to history’, to what may have disappeared or been forgotten, lost in the darkness, and this may relate to the triggering wound set off by the eclipse, a hurt that we, or those who inflicted it, may have tried to consign to the shadows. Our blind spot also resides in our internal darkness, out of our sight, and may as well figure in to what occurs.

There’s an interesting aside in the way that a chart drawn for the Northern Hemisphere assigns the direction of northeast to the 3rd House (this is something we need to know in horary, for instance, when trying to locate an object using a chart). This House describes all kinds of communication, local interactions, our neighbors and siblings (and the oldest sibling, in particular), and the act of writing. This may hint that the eclipse involves one or more of these elements, and certainly suggests that our experience will be as much lived in interaction with the world as it is an internal event, seen only by us. Some situation that has caused us pain may be resolved–or may act to blow things up–but in either case, brings a kind of ending or denouement to an emotionally volatile scenario.

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 3 July 2020 It’s A Mad World

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“A Mad Tea Party” From a 1907 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. illustrations by Arthur Rackham {{PD}}

The 3rd Is A Good Day To . . . relax. That vibe that’s rolling through you is the Lunar eclipse of the 4th, pushing energy before it like an object moving through water. The temptation may be to feel ‘carried away’ by the energy; you may hear a ringing in the air, feel the ground vibrating beneath your feet, or feel soaked to the bone with feeling on a perfectly dry day–but in any case know that, if you were dating the eclipse, this would be a situation where the eclipse says, ‘It’s me, not you’, making very clear that you are two separate entities, after all, and so not responsible for each other’s existence.

Keeping that personal independence from surroundings and surrounding events in mind, you’ll see that today sets the stage for the eclipse tomorrow, chiefly in two ways: one is the way that the facts, wisdom, and practicality are all amplified and exaggerated, opportunities align with best-case scenarios and choices, and optimism floods those areas that are truly our best options–so go toward those. The mind is slightly less defensive than usual, so accesses instinct that much more readily. Today can see great plans made or steps taken–just relax into it.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 2 July 2020 The Gauntlet

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‘Raspberries in a Gauntlet’ By George Henry hall 1868 {{PD}} Photo By Daderot – Own work https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71676728

The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . be aware: wisdom either transforms the life, or what you consider wise is destroyed in light of real-world events or laid waste by a vengeful other. It could be that you finally have the power to do the smart thing, or the practical thing, or it could be that you must purge or destroy because what is just isn’t practical, doesn’t measure up or suit your needs. It may feel as if you’re running a gauntlet, but the reality is that if you don’t cast yourself as a dynamic player, you become by default a victim–and nobody wants that. Some meshing of the power situation with the skill set, or with wise or practical ways of expressing, must occur–there’s just no way around it. Hints for success: if you don’t accept your full measure of power, if you reject the idea that you are the arbiter of your own fate, someone else will grab that power or privilege for their own–and it may be very difficult to re-claim it, once it’s gone. Don’t try to sort things with the mind–it will only stick you in a repeating loop that will accomplish zero. And look for the roots of your power within a combination of personal authority and highest values–find the correct mixture of the two and you’ll be unstoppable.

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A Good Day To . . . 1 July 2020

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‘Der Brief (The Letter)’ By Johann Georg Meyer 1851 {{PD}}

The 1st Is A Good Day To . . . promise yourself you won’t communicate from a position of hurt–and further, that you won’t inflict hurt yourself. One thing we need to remember about our own part in hurting others is that we don’t get to determine whether someone else should feel hurt by something we’ve done; it’s not up to us to grant permission, or to assess the validity of someone else’s experience. Today’s a day that may test our own ability to recognize someone else’s pain, to honor it, and to apologize, if appropriate–and part of that is refusing to judge the ‘rightness’ of another’s experience.

If your response to this is, ‘Well sometimes others say they’ve been hurt to manipulate,’ I would say, ‘Yes, sometimes they do, but we don’t have to respond to that. Our only job here is to acknowledge that we can’t really know the experience of someone else. If you feel someone is trying to manipulate or control you, you can witness their statement of hurt, admit (to yourself) that you don’t get to judge this, all the while refusing to feel an obligation to ‘answer’ the demand you believe is being made. If you’ve been raised to jump to and see assuaging others’ discomfort as your responsibility, this may be very difficult for you. But learn how to respond appropriately, and you’ll be free.’

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

‘Squirrel Eating Chestnuts’ By Kawabata Gyokushō c1890 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a one-eyed squirrel so small he fits through the cage around the bird feeder and shares seed as if he’s one of the birds! In what way has seeing yourself as ‘not enough’ made you adopt behaviors you wouldn’t otherwise have engaged in, or hang with a crowd you don’t really feel a part of? Have you judged yourself unable to compete in the arena you really want to be in? Being unique is a gift, and your tribe will (at least, eventually) appreciate and honor that (I’m particularly talking to those who may be leading with these energies: ground-breakers like Aquarius, deep feelers like Scorpio, and Artists like Pisces), so there’s no need for Self-exile–you just need the courage to enter the fray–and then again, there’s nothing wrong with seeing the world from another point of view, and making friends who are very different than you, especially ones who may not entirely understand you–but they accept you, and that’s what counts.

A Good Day To . . . 30 June 2020 Sidle Up

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Sidle up sounds like saddle up, doesn’t it? By Anson Ambrose Martin c1840 {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . approach things obliquely, especially expressions of personal Will or efforts to promote one’s own competence or elevate one’s own status. Even though we may feel alight with good ideas and eager to implement them, we may not anticipate the way what we’ve ignored or denied up to now comes roaring back to muck things up. And it’s not just that; this is the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (inferior referring to Mercury’s retrograde state), a time when our retro-period mulling plants the seeds for new ideas and ways of thinking, so can be the starting point of ways of seeing that would find our current choices, if successfully implemented, less than satisfying.

Better to proceed with caution, allowing ourselves to be informed via the surprise, the off-beat, and the unexpected, meeting challenges with an inventive and original turn of mind, not pushing too hard for any particular result.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Today’s word image is: on a warm summer night, a car idles for hours. In what way are we ‘running our engine’, wasting energy and resources, when we should ‘go dark’, allowing ourselves to rest? Covid times are tough on all of us, in ways we often can’t anticipate, and prompting us to try to be continually ‘ready’ for what we must face, to always be doing something productive or to improve the Self. That may have served us as an initial response to a multitude of stressors, but as summer arrives we need to be willing to get adequate rest, to refuse a kind of hyper-responsibility that doesn’t serve and is highly draining. Turn off your engine, get out of the vehicle, and look up at the stars.

A Good Day To . . . 29 June 2020 Collision

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This artist’s concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. NASA/ JPL-Caltech {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . duck and cover–or embrace every shred of pure Power you can get your hands on–there’s no in-between. We’ve been waiting for this re-match with Jupiter and Pluto, and it’s finally here: exaggerating clashes, the forces of destruction working to obliterate the facts, beliefs transcending all dangers and all reason–so really, a day when maniacs, dictators, the unreasonable and the fanatic may prosper all out of proportion, simply out of a conscience-free desire to advance their Will and a willingness to reach out without discretion, while those who value reality, who consider the welfare of the larger social order, who embrace the Power of their own spiritual connection, or who have Faith may seem to be under imminent threat (though special note: those who hold misguided faith are in for an awakening, a devastation of their false god, a repudiation based in fact).

The reality is, though, that formidable as these darker, more power-hungry forces may be, they are equally matched in a contest with Faith in the Universe, with the sheer might of the positive, the optimistic, and the long arc of justice. It’s a time when instinct can serve us well, providing we can sort it from the mind and the emotions (though the emotions, when ‘clear’, can guide and inform the instincts).

Think back to their first meeting in April of this year, view the second surge now, with another perfecting mid-November. Too, review if possible their last pair of meetings, in December 2007 (in Sagittarius) and December 1994 (in Scorpio). There should be some sort of thread discernible, most probably a personal one reflecting larger dissonance in the world but just as easily one that is so very personal that it’s been hidden, kept private, and now is exposed (or re-exposed, at least to us). Often we see the House placement in the natal chart signifying the way the larger social effect manifests at our real-world level, and/ or the subjects where we find upheaval. The effect is one of change, expansion, destruction, applied to the facts and faith of the world as we know it. Brace for impact.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A movie recommendation for the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction: Melancholia by Lars Von Trier.

A Good Day To . . . 28 June 2020 Not In Our Stars

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‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’ By Vincent van Gogh {{PD}}

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . do it. Mars sextiles Saturn, making for smooth, real-world efforts–just enough restraint, just enough push–and Mercury conjoins Vesta, rooting thought processes in highest values, which guarantees that what you plan and do will be in line with the essence of what you honor (less-than-satisfactory results should prompt Self-examination, particularly in terms of what you find sacred in life–in this case, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves). Yes, Merc is still retro, but here we don’t rely on the mind but the things we find important to guide us. Moon in Libra makes things pleasant in interaction and aesthetics, and aids in negotiations, so don’t be afraid to approach ‘the Other’.

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A Good Day To . . . 27 June 2020 Serendipity

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Original work on canvas by Roberta Pinna. Owner/Collector: Sergio Marchionne. Photo By Ginevra Caracciolo 88 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75108567

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . know that, for as much care and caution as we needed to exercise yesterday, today we can throw caution to the winds. Mars enters Aries, offering us confidence (perhaps even too much!) and a novile to Uranus suggests that serendipity, coincidence, the sudden event, the accident, the surprise, the shock, the revelation, the innovation or invention, interaction with ‘the group’, or a Higher Mind understanding offers brilliant benefits. Any questions? Of course not–that was rhetorical–go get ’em!

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A Good Day To . . . 26 June 2020 Fry Day

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‘A Portrait of a Mother and her Two Sons’ By Hilda Fearon 1911 {{PD}}

“Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”–my mom

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . be really really clear on where and from whom the anger is coming. This might be our own temper, spilling over, someone else’s, or a combination, and could come in many forms, some of which are unlikely to actually look like the aggressions they are. Blame it on a 29 degree Mars in Pisces (so good at hiding, good at camouflaging as something else) in a T-square with the 29 degree Nodal axis across Gemini-Sagittarius. The square brings conflict to the surface, including our own internal conflicts, and forces them out into the world via  choices and actions (Mars), thoughts (Gemini), and beliefs (Sagittarius) related to the life path.

This may distract from the ‘real’ issue, which is a careful weighing of and thinking about Power. What our power is worth to us is the issue, and there’s a particular focus on the way our thinking shapes (quite literally in some instances) our relationships to both others and to money.

We may be exhausted by the end of the day, but we do get through it, probably having gained some very clear ideas of where we stand–and we should be glad of it, as lately we’ve been more or less acting or choosing through the fog of Mars in Pisces, the retro Mercury, and the shook up values, relationships, and asset picture of a retro Venus. Too, we’re not out of eclipse season yet; another comes on 4 July, and that means we’re still becalmed, unable to choose a direction that serves our best interests yet, still riding in that valley between events through uncertain and sometimes contradictory energies.

Hint for sorting things out today: those who get angriest either have the most to hide, or are just discovering how messed up things really are. If that’s you, be kind with yourself–in reality nobody expects you to know or anticipate everything.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Bit of This Week: 22-25 June 2020

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‘Le Palais Contarini’ By Claude Monet 1908 {{PD}}

In the Near Future It’s Good To . . . be ready to adjust and re-adjust our stances on just about everything. The big news on the 22nd was Neptune stationing retrograde and likely removing at least a couple layers of fog, misperception, misdirection, and/ or deception. This switch will point out over the course of the retrograde what dreams we can realistically move toward, which we must nix, and which need more attention, modification, or creative input in order to be viable, and may also offer a reality check on an ideal or two. This is longer-term, and so likely to be delivered by moving aspects to the chart related to natal Neptune or the transiting body to other natal points, which can help pinpoint when the influence may come forward in the life, and can indicate which life areas might see the clearing skies.

As with all the ‘heavier’ bodies, Neptune moves very slowly at direction and regression points, and so may leave the impression that this is the state of Neptune-tinged areas permanently, but there’s one thing to remember: the Neptune influence is like standing knee-deep in a muddy lake. We can’t see the bottom, even though we know it’s there, and we can’t see what else may be floating around us in the water. It can be unnerving if we focus too much on defining what we can’t see; still, we must keep in mind there are things we can’t see, and though imagination can serve to ‘fill out’ what’s invisible it’s not really advisable, as it’s too easy to let the fears drive the imagination. This period also includes a Neptune contra-parallel to Juno, suggesting a ‘big reveal’ (or at least a new idea about) the roles where you call the shots or cooperate with the mate; where you’ve been fooling yourself about your own power and reach may become apparent. Be glad you’re finding out this way, and not in some more stressful or demanding scenario.

On the 24th Venus stations direct, ending our long national nightmare of aesthetics gone wrong and the sampling of relationships outside our usual territory. Hopefully it brought some successful experimentation and revealed a new love or revenue stream, and maybe kicked off some fast friendships. Venus does her turnaround in Gemini, and that may give us a break; what we think of things may coalesce quickly and be unusually clear for a concurrent Merc retro period–and that can only act to bolster confidence.

There are two noteworthy minor contacts (but those can be major under the right circumstances, can’t they?) on the 25th: Uranus sextiles Vesta, and the Sun conjoins Hygeia. With the first we may see surprises or sudden developments delivered through the home scene and those life areas to which we dedicate our efforts. This is highly individual for each person, and could also suggest we see some intimate relationship, home situation, or cause we’re committed to through a Higher Mind lens, which could offer revelations concerning where and to what we should dedicate our efforts. The second just puts a big spotlight on health; stay aware that health is a state of being that can apply to almost anything–in this case, with the pairing in Cancer, we are likely to focus on the health of what and who we care about, or the health of anything related to the matters of the House where Cancer is located in the natal chart.

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Solar Eclipse 20 June 2020 Healthy Emotion

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By Asurnipal – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38597398

The Solar eclipse begins at 11:41 PM PDT of the 20th at 00 Cancer 21, and even stretching our modest orbs only shows two closer contacts, a conjunction with asteroid Hygeia, and a to-the-degree quincunx with Saturn in Aquarius. We might also want to note a wide square with Mars in Pisces, important for several reasons: Mars is uncomfortable in a Water sign, and perhaps doubly so when there are no clear boundaries between ‘I’ and ‘the Universe’; because of this discomfort, the vast majority of us are aware (even if unconsciously) of the rub between Mars’ usual assertiveness and the nebulous atmosphere in which it’s trying to operate currently; and, by early September, Mars will retrograde (which happens every 2 1/2 years), this time in his own sign of Aries, which may add to disorientation: we reach ‘home’ in the ‘I Am’ and assertive energies, only to have the rug pulled from under us in future as all indicators are full steam ahead and yet we find ourselves thwarted, delayed, and prone to question ourselves once the retro begins–so an added disorientation ahead that may feel inexplicable and could hearken back, energy-wise, to the current Piscean state–all this making notation of the potential for Mars’ eclipse activation necessary.

The aspect picture suggests the eclipse births an individual awareness of the emotional impact of the state of ‘health’ to every facet of our lives. Problems in the functionality and health of any area now come forward, showing us where and in what form the dissonance disrupts our efforts, our ability to move forward, and our egos. It’s an event wherein the real-world scenario is presenting needed areas of adjustment, as well as pointing out where and why we may find externals holding us back. We may rebel at that, insisting modification isn’t necessary–the ego may be in direct conflict with what the eclipse reveals–but we’d be wise to note what we’re shown; the eclipse offers realistic, Higher Mind clarity–all we need do is be open to our own feeling nature as it supplies plenty of motivation and guidance for adjustment, alteration, and change.

The eclipse falls at one of the Cardinal ‘starting points’, emphasizing the ‘clean sweep’ nature of the event as well as the seminal quality of what occurs; more is birthed with this New Moon than we are able to grasp, or even that we’re immediately aware of. Add to this that the eclipse falls on the solstice (but here I have to say the meaning is symbolic, as the actual ‘longest day of the year’ can vary by up to a couple of days either side of the event as measured at the equator, depending on your location north, with this also marking the shortest day, with those same variations, for those in the Southern Hemisphere). So, we combine a New Moon eclipse at a 00 zodiacal degree with the symbolic extreme of a Solstice, and we get a strong sense of new, new, and new, especially the individual emotional interpretation of the landscape–and that suggests revelations around our genuine feelings. Even the most aware of us are likely to be unprepared for the impact of our discoveries, of the emotions we may not even have realized we have, of the feelings that have been unconscious and so underlying so much of our reactions and motivations.

It’s always a good thing to see how we actually feel, even when we’re not happy with the revelations. As humans we typically avoid knowing much of what we feel, because if our true emotional state were revealed to us, it would in many instances demand we do something about the circumstances that generate those feelings–and that may threaten much of what we have (often precariously) managed to find a balance point for in our lives.

The personal flag, an announcement of our allegiances, may change with this eclipse. By Claude Monet 1878 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the eclipse is, ‘On A Ship The Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One’. A flag is a symbol of allegiance; this symbol suggests ours will change. This may signal that eclipse events may move us to make public what has to now either been only known unconsciously or held as private. There is the chance that we simply replace old alignments with a new version of the same–but that’s not likely, considering the tone of the eclipse is one of revealed emotions. It’s most definitely a time to let our Freak Flags Fly–and to allow ourselves a freedom of expression that accepts our most unusual feelings and characteristics–and because we care (Cancer eclipse placement) this can be nothing but good.

I may be taking a few days off post-eclipse–it falls in my 6th, squares my Mercury, sextiles my Pluto, trines my Neptune, and so reaches into my 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 10th, so calls for some examination of the creative, earning, career, and cooperative energies currently in play. Orders will still get filled and I’ll still answer comments. Thanks for your patience, and have a wonderful and enlightening eclipse!

 

A Good Day To . . . 19 June 2020

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‘The Head of a Crossbowman Taking Aim’ By Hans Holbein the Elder c1515 {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . tap into the ideals, the imagination, into spirit, and into the creative to quite specifically shape the future. Dreams and our ideas of perfection are crucial to the process. Action and choice in the largest, intention-centered sense are called for; that is, making choices with an eye to the very long-term implications is desirable. We do have the yoke of Mercury retrograde, right now, and that can’t be ignored; best actions are undertaken with a broad-stroke approach that recognizes the limits of the mind, draws on the feeling nature as a perceptual lens, and that is actively cognizant of the sense that there are some things we just can’t or don’t know–which means the aims we take today must rest on Higher Mind, spiritual, and eternal values. Follow those and you won’t go wrong.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 18 June 2020 Planned

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By Jan Janssonius – geheugenvannederland.nl, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9505426

The 18th Is A Good Day To . . . act to make real, permanent change, or to transform what you wish to re-make. Though Merc has just gone retro, we have this single-day window during which we can and should act or choose. The one thing we need to keep central to our efforts is that what we act on today must be something we’ve already determined or perceived, before the Messenger’s retro. That means it needs to be something we’ve already thought-through or settled on, but just haven’t acted on yet. Be cognizant, too, that if we try to be spontaneous, acting from what suddenly springs to mind, we will most likely end up being nothing but destructive, or possibly winning only anger from those who are affected by our choice. Despite the way we are already in the Dark of the Moon (the three days before a New Moon), we are also coming up on a Solar eclipse, which has already been preceded by a Lunar one; in that valley between eclipses, we never really hit a normal Dark period, so that the usual retreat and contemplation energies never take hold–so don’t be surprised if the fatigue that comes with a continuous flow of energy that we can’t seem to escape is at least one of the results.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Mercury Retrogrades 17 June 2020, And We Re-Think Ourselves

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Study for ‘Giotto Painting the Portrait of Dante (Holding a Pomegranate)’ By Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1852 {{PD}}

Merc takes up apparent retrograde motion just before 5 AM UT on the 18th (the 17th, here across the pond, at 9:59 PM PDT), at 14 Cancer 45. First major aspect it makes heading retro (other than contact by the Moon) is a trine to Ceres in Pisces. The entire retro cycle occurs in the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer, and between this and that first contact, suggests to me that the period will involve re-thinking what we care about (especially those things or individuals it falls upon us to tend to or nurture), our emotional and spiritual health, the ways in which we employ the creative energies to express ourselves, and our emotional relationship to Nature Herself. We may look for ways to gain emotional satisfaction from the creative act (and remember, creative energy is actually behind every act, no matter the intent); we may also assess how well spiritual practice and belief specific to our role in the Cosmos (Pisces) serve both the essence of who we are and our happiness in daily life–that is, we may ask ourselves, ‘Is spirit truly an active part of my life, and if so, when am I most aware of it, when do I feel it, and in what way does it move and motivate me?’.

Because the modality is an active one, one that requires a ‘doing’ kind of response, we will be spurred to do something about the things we perceive–but because this is Mercury that we’re talking about, we need to remember that the mind during the retro is quite naturally missing perceptions or information that might otherwise, in direct-thinking times, bring us to a different conclusion. Add to this that the retro occurs in a Water sign ruled by the Moon, and we have a perfect storm generating the kind of events where we may feel and act well before we are able to process what we’ve perceived. You can see the obvious potentials for danger there, so proceed through this retro with real caution, though I have to note it may also be one of the most effective times we’ve seen of late allowing us full emotional range and offering the ability to make post-retro plans to do something about what we feel. Just remember that there’s a Solar eclipse coming on the 20th, which may prompt starts that, in at least some cases involving Merc-feeling information, may be premature. The eclipse may instead ‘clean sweep’ the emotional landscape in the related areas in the natal chart (House where it occurs, and involving any bodies or points contacted and possibly what they rule, contact by aspect, or where they are posited), making new terrain for our emotional exploration–again with the understanding that the mind won’t quite be able to adequately process what’s happening at the time–so be prepared for lots of feeling over the coming weeks, with understanding as to what it means and what we should do arriving significantly later.

A Good Day To . . . 16 June 2020

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‘Moisson au Bord de la Mer (Orsay)’ By Emile BERNARD 1891 Photo By L’artauprésent – Own work, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50124619

The 16th Is A Good Day To . . . appreciate the things in life you’ve mastered, conquered, or that you are skilled in. Practicing what you’re competent at brings reward of Love or Money or maybe just the appreciation of yourself as a unique and gifted individual. This is an intimate, Self-reflective energy that we’ll feel keenly today; the other is large, public, and will either cause us to modify our relationship to the social sphere, or cause the social sphere to re-evaluate who we are. The better we genuinely know ourselves, the better our day will go.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 15 June 2020

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Panoramic view of the Tara Cathedrals (left) and the Tara salt flat in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile. Photo By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org Thank you, Diego!w/index.php?curid=48560528

The 15th Is A Good Day To . . . know that sketchy as the mental perceptions were yesterday, today is just the opposite: Mercury and Pallas are in opposing signs (Cancer and Capricorn, respectively) but are parallel, suggesting that a caring and receptive mentality, coupled with recognition of the wisdom found in discipline and ‘the rules’, will prove not just helpful but revelatory, in terms of showing us the smart way of seeing and doing. Trust your mind today, in spite of the fact that Mercury will be retrograding starting the 17th; the Moon in Aries will help keep thinking straight and Self-focused in the good way of responsibility and unambiguous intent, and bolsters follow-through and emotional clarity. And just a reminder: don’t go buying trouble by too-intently anticipating some retrograde or transit you know is coming. Live in the moment, both in RL and astrologically–it makes you a more objective and much more perceptive observer.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 14 June 2020

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‘Whisperings of Love’ By William Adolphe Bouguereau 1889 {{PD}}

The 14th Is A Good Day To . . . listen to your hunches, as they’re ‘smart’ and informed in a way we just can’t access through the mind right now. The problem is our thoughts won’t allow a decent examination of the darkness, and that’s where all the juice, and a lot of the Truth, lies at present, hence the need to favor instincts and intuition over the mental processes. Too, material reality may mislead us about a health matter; issues are not what they seem. Make no firm conclusions about the state of your health at this time.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 13 June 2020

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‘An Artist in His Studio’ By John Singer Sargent 1904 {{PD}}

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . act on creativity, but concurrently refuse to act out of hurt. Mars meets Neptune, bringing creative energies to a peak, infusing our choices with inspiration, and helping us take action on ideals. Keeping motivations pure (that is, not having ulterior motives, an ‘I’ll show them’ attitude, or doing something out of guilt) makes for a tremendous result, manifesting some of the best of what we carry inside. A few of us may attract temperamental others who, dare I say, are probably jealous? Don’t let that potential deter you. Get it out there, so we can all see and enjoy!

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 12 June 2020

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‘Women Chasing Crickets on an Autumn Moor’ By Chōbunsai Eishi 1790s {{PD}}

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . translate your personal power and authority into real-world change, creations, or actions that make an impact. You won’t get rewarded for it, in the usual sense of the word, but instead may find things land with a thud and are accompanied by crickets–but that’s not only okay, it’s the way it’s meant to be–otherwise we’d pause and give too much attention to what will become, with future developments, a vital building block to a new world view we’re in the process of creating. What happens springs from the way our minds are meshed with our highest values and priorities–so we need to accept that no accolades today doesn’t negate the worth of what we’ve done; we just have to let the future prove how really right it truly is.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 11 June 2020

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‘The Sculptor’s Studio’ By Tom Roberts 1885 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . go after what we want, but with these factors in mind: efforts must be tailored to the actual results we want–one of the least effective things occurs when we think an action should build toward what we want (or possibly we’re pretending it does), but may in fact not really be a step forward. Sorting wasted energies from ones that count is useful today; take care not to wound others or yourself–it’s far too easy to think we’re being loving when we’re anything but (particularly offering ‘constructive criticism’ or unsolicited opinion); the awareness, mind, and attention are all aligned, and so today can be deployed very effectively in support of our Soul’s intents, so take advantage of this; and finally, today we may have creative and inspired ideas but not be able to see how to implement them–give them time to mellow, knowing that not being able to embody or enact them right away is only a blessing.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 10 June 2020

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‘The Smoking Moor’ By Peder Mørk Mønsted 1898 {{PD}}

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . remain aware we are so focused on our goals today, so filled with ambition and desire, so trying to make progress happen, that we may inadvertently harm or even destroy relationships and/ or sources of support, assets, and income. Love is purged, somehow, but it’s up to us whether that means we purify our intent toward others, or unwisely take an axe to what means the most to us (or to what or whom cares the most about us). If we are careful, we can pursue aims and further ambitions to a startling degree–just make sure you don’t behave in such a way that there is an ‘aftermath’ to clean up.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 9 June 2020 Stay Calm

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Stay calm–but maybe not this relaxed. By Hanna Frosterus-Segerstråle – Dukaatti – Suomen Taideyhdistys 1846–2006, p. 92. WSOY 2006 {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65031287

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . stay calm as a great many things may take us by surprise or offer inventive or innovative alternatives to our planned course–but don’t look for Love or Money in the usual places–you’ll need to see the brilliance in the unexpected, the sudden, in the entirely new. Our minds are on moving forward, but the reality is we’re not being too smart about it! We’re too distracted by the way things aren’t paying off or panning out the way we’d hoped–and that’s the key, that we’d persuaded ourselves certain matters were sure things when they were anything but. A reality check, plus some spontaneous and unusual opportunities–that’s not so bad, is it?

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A Good Day To . . . 6, 7, and 8 June 2020 Difficult Terrain

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‘The Gauja Valley’ By Jūlijs Feders 1891 {{PD}}

Each day the difficult terrain shifts, making it hard to pinpoint and thoroughly deal with what we uncover. On the 6th we hit the trifecta, with the reality picture and its hard-and-fast rules (including the physical laws of the world, and the planted-in-place status quo), the egos and assertive energies of ourselves and others, and the sturdiness and actual applicability of our faith, all tested by current events. Remember, we’ve just come out of a Lunar eclipse, and we’ve entered that energy valley between eclipse events that can put both real-world events and consciousness into a holding pattern. In an odd way it blurs our ‘vision’ and makes us unsure of what we have before us. Keeping that in mind, along with the fact that we don’t have to respond to what we perceive around us, will make the going a lot smoother. You should also be aware that much of what seems a disaster, a roadblock, or an emergency will not stay that way–meaning you can let most of it go, and in a short while it won’t be an issue.

The 7th sees our relationships, as well as our relationship to and within the social order, grab our focus and present us with what seems unsolvable. Too, rewards aren’t what we expected them to be, or we find it tough going wringing the positive out of circumstances. Hints for handling: look for the wisdom within relationships–that is, look for what’s healthy, positive, and eternal in any interaction–that can guide responses; think in terms of ‘rightful territory’ and apply both mind power and efforts to being as effective as possible; and keep highest values in mind, eschewing the expedient or convenient, for best results.

By the 8th the issue may center in the conflict between Love and Power, especially as it manifests in our closer relationships. Here the trick is to find a balance that allows equal measures of Love and Power for each participant. It’ll be helpful to keep in mind that, 1) we aren’t the sole arbiters of what this particular balance should be–there’s at least one other party, who must be allowed an equal voice, and 2) that matters of health may be exerting a larger impact on interactions than we may realize, so cut others, and yourself, some slack, especially honoring feelings and the need for ‘space’.

Lunar Eclipse 5 June 2020 A Crucible Moment

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By Jeff Keyzer from San Francisco, CA, USA – Open House at the CrucibleUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7065256

I heard someone the other day refer to current times as a “crucible moment”, and immediately thought of all the big gun combinations we’ve been subjected to, the dance of Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter, Uranus in Taurus bringing sudden shifts in the material realm and in personal assets and personal responsibilities, Neptune in his own sign manufacturing a fog so thick it’s making it hard to navigate, hard to trust others and, it’s so hard to see, we don’t really trust ourselves, either. Now add an eclipse in Sagittarius that threatens the very facts that underpin our reality, threatens to wipe out accumulated knowledge or our faith, and even threatens to make us dismiss our shared humanity by making us think 1) people are animals (Sagittarius, where the Lunar eclipse will land, happens to be the sign of large animals), 2) animals are part of Nature, and 3) Nature is against us (Covid-19, an assault by a natural invisible, Mars–assault–at the midpoint of Ceres–Nature–and Neptune–toxins, poisons, infectious diseases), and so 4) others must be against us, too (the death of George Floyd, among many others, is entirely too real an example of the extension of this fear to the point others are seen as not human; think also of the gassing of peaceful protesters so that the President could have a photo op, treating them as less than). The thing is, bad as the disparate parts are, they don’t lead, one to the other; that’s a fallacy. Our minds want to connect the dots, but the dots don’t exist in relation to each other, in spite of the way a susceptible consciousness might see them as related.

A crucible is a vessel that allows something to be subjected to high temperatures. Let something burn in a crucible too long, it becomes ash or evaporates; you lose or render useless the contents if you subject it to high temps with no end point. And we as human Souls may feel as if we’ve been in a crucible for much much too long, a heated environment of fear and legitimate threat from many sources that makes it difficult to grasp the facts, and to think of others as truly human. This eclipse may help.

Saturn is the container, analogous to our bodies and our realities, in both instances, something that surrounds the spirit, that contains us. Pluto is the process, in this case a transformation through a journey to hell and back, one that long-term breaks down all that has made us feel secure (Capricorn). Jupiter is both the indisputable facts, and the social element. These sit within a 7 degree span in Capricorn, with Saturn in Aquarius but retrograde and slated to re-enter the sign of the Sea Goat. Add to this Pallas, symbol of wisdom, practicality, useful skills, at 29 tense degrees of Capricorn, and we see the stress that our intelligence is under (and this is magnified by Saturn suppressing the intellect in Cappy). The proximity of these bodies to one another may give us the impression that they’re working in concert, but they aren’t; we may even be prone to characterize them as having a kind of consciousness, as if they’re deliberately getting together and making chaos, aided by the Neptunian fog and Uranian erraticism. The reality is each body does its own thing, while we look for the connections and the reasons why, and come up empty (if we’re relatively rational) or clutching a handful of conspiracy theories (if we’re too Neptune susceptible). These energies collide but have no intent, make for some synergies that we may interpret as purposeful, and so are the background against which this Lunar eclipse forms.

The eclipse occurs at 12:12 PM PDT at 15 Sagittarius 34 of the 5th. It makes a close square to Mars, a trine to the Black Moon Lilith point, and opposes Venus which is still retro and moving away from her recent rendezvous with the Sun. Here’s our connection to those bigger, broader social energies: the eclipse is semi-square both Saturn and Pallas, and novile Jupiter. A Lunar eclipse is a Full Moon, with all the promise of conclusions, endings, and peaks that a FM carries, with the added eclipse propensity to sweep away, to cause a re-set, to re-align, to disturb, to upset the status quo.

The eclipse may trigger anger and aggression, and a big need to make ‘I Am’ statements (Mars square), but why? Because we easily funnel what we have been agreeing to ignore or deny into consciousness–it pesters us, won’t let us rest–along with all the rage over injustices we’ve tamped down (trine Black Moon Lilith). We’re feeling removed from caring about what we usually value, distant from a prevailing sense of Love and relationship (Venus opp and retro), and this sets the stage for personal anger looking for an outlet–and it finds it in the irritating and threatening circumstances surrounding the reality picture (Saturn) and a sense of outrage that what’s wise isn’t being done, and is now at a breaking point (29 degree Pallas). And who receives our anger? The larger social order (Jupiter)–but wait, it might not be all bad (the novile), because what we may see is expansion of the energy of the eclipse ruler, the facts and faith finally bringing some sense of justice, of right.

The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food’. The eclipse may spark anticipatory energy, the expectation of a better social order within a better world, shaped from all this pain and suffering and from the Love and wisdom we normally feel much more pure a connection to, that we naturally carry inside.

It’s our crucible moment only in the sense that we are at a point when we can take things from the heat, when we can use the contents of our experience to make something new, to forge something better, and offer this to the world. So, what have the months and years forged in you?

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 4 June 2020 Herky-Jerky

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By Pierre Poschadel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82805545

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . remember how I’ve been telling you to look into those dark corners, to willingly take up what we’ve previously pushed aside or ignored–because doing those things today brings us reward in myriad ways. If we’re looking solely to do what’s smart or practical, we may find we’re all too aware of every problem springing from our concepts around what’s wise, featuring in glaring detail all the problems we might encounter–but that should tell us that perhaps our definition of wisdom might need a re-think–and also that pursuing the positives we’ve earned by facing the darkness doesn’t need to also carry a banner of wisdom or practicality–do it for the pure joy, the pay off of Love or Money, and don’t fret about looking/ feeling sage. Too, the mind and the instincts are in sync and can conceptualize what to do–the problem comes when we try to translate that impulse into action, which is likely to deliver something herky-jerky rather than the grace we anticipate with muscle memory, so planning and laying groundwork may be much more rewarding than actually trying to put ideas into motion.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 3 June 2020

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More thinking is in order, like it or not. ‘Thinking’ By Jules Pascin {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . think about and review relationships, financial matters, and/ or aesthetic choices, as the Sun and Venus meet in Gemini in their Inferior Conjunction (Inferior referring to Venus in retrograde status). Venus retro is a time when our usual tastes desert us, when we find ourselves attracted to what we might normally judge as ‘not for us’, when we want to experiment in Venusian life areas (such as relationships, finances, values, artistic expression, matters of taste), with the danger being that we alter our lives in some way that, if it doesn’t please us once Venus is direct, is very hard to un-do. So, my usual cautions about temporary or easily altered vs. permanent or difficult to undo changes still stand (date someone ‘different’ or just met, yes, marry someone just met, hold your horses; rearrange your furniture or room use, paint a room an experimental color, yes, put your house up for sale and move to wherever your finger lands on a map, not so much, and of course there’s always the tried-and-true henna decoration or temp tattoo vs. actual tattoos). Experimentation is good right now, but only if it’s easily reversed once Venus is direct, should you not find the change something you want to live with daily. Quite naturally, retrograde times are the perfect window through which to review matters of the retro entity, so examining and assessing relationships, finances, and aesthetic expressions are all good uses of the energy.

On top of that, it’s a good day to really claim your territory and ‘be in charge’. You won’t be able to expand your territory, so overreach might win you a figurative slap on the hand, but for everything that really is your business, taking things by the reins will be marvelously effective. There’s also a bit of weighing to be done, a minor reconciliation among wisdom, practicality, and to what you dedicate your energy, but this only enhances your ability to both express your Will and to get things done your way.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 2 June 2020

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‘Amuada’ By Rodolfo Amoedo 1882 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . see the value in what’s been hidden, discarded, or that we or others are in denial about. It pays to look in dark corners, to question conventional wisdom or the practicality of what’s proposed, but it’s not the time to act; pushing forward right now, especially in expressions of power, will only disempower us–so keep that in mind, but don’t overthink it.

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A Good Day To . . . 1 June 2020

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Monju Bosatsu with Eight Sacred Sanskrit Syllables By anonymous – https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/45596, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85072362

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . honor what you find sacred, if you want to have no regrets in life. Sure, that’s a sound, overall strategy, but today is one of those days where, if you fail to do this, you could miss out, and forever after think, ‘if only’. Honoring what has meaning to you pays off in a number of ways, not least of which is a clear future path and improvements in health (this latter not to be sneezed at, since Jupiter quincunxes Hygeia, asking us to listen to the facts and adjust our health practices accordingly–and another reading of this aspect might suggest that interaction with the public requires adjustment, in order to safeguard health–so wear your mask). Do what’s important to you–you may get some guff from the social sphere along the way, but the reality is, they don’t get a say in what you should be devoted to, do they?

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A Good Day To . . . 31 May 2020

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Don’t let someone else prompt a bad decision. ‘The Flirtation’ By Leo Gestel c1910 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . realize that while relationships or issues around finances claim our conscious attention, what’s really going on is that everyone, especially those who hold at least some power over others, are ‘feeling’ around to see how much more power they can finagle, or they’re trying to figure out how to wiggle out from under someone else’s thumb, or relationships or money-needs are somehow pushing or prompting us to do what’s not very smart! Our folly may come in the form of peer pressure, but it’s rooted in not liking something about ourselves–otherwise we’d never go along with it. Here’s a virtual hug, now don’t let them get to you.

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A Good Day To . . . 30 May 2020 Tread Carefully

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‘The Tow Path’ By William L. Lathrop {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . be very clear on what you care about, value, treasure, before you make changes, because alterations made now will most likely stick, and be difficult if not impossible to undo. We may exaggerate the importance of our own beliefs or duties, when seeing ourselves as part of the whole is much more beneficial (as well as more accurate). Action, though, comes naturally, in spite of the way what we choose to do may challenge our beliefs or our standing within the social order, so be extra-vigilant as to what you’re building for yourself and others within the Collective. Health improves or attending to it is done and so benefits the individual, OR we indulge, especially in those things we see as ‘treats’ (I’m talking dietary and behavioral indulgences), and suffer the consequences.

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A Good Day To . . . 29 May 2020

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Be kind to your inner child, as you help her heal. ‘(Detail of) The Doctor’ By Luke Fildes 1891 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . ask yourself, ‘Why do love, money, clear communication, and personal power all seem so hard to come by today?’ The answers are found in a careful examination of the accounts (who do you feel owes you? whom do you owe?) made under this Virgo Moon, and in the myriad details that may chafe even though the larger agreement or interaction is just fine. We’re sensitive now in ways and areas that are quite typical for us–and so those wounded parts are too likely to be accepted as just what is, rather than as a spot that needs tending and that is perfectly capable of being healed, with in most instances minimal effort. Make life easier by using the Lunar energy to gain at least a somewhat objective view on your hurt, and then, do as you would counsel a friend to do, if she came to you with the same wound.

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A Good Day To . . . 28 May 2020

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‘Time the Physician’ By Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale 1900 {{PD}} (c) Rachel Rolt; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . act on what you know to be wise, smart, and/ or practical. Putting skills into action is required, with their application adjusted according to what you care about, a ‘first do no harm’ position. Thoughts may literally manifest as things, today, quite directly, so be aware of intentions, as those are our building blocks of reality.

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A Good Day To . . . 27 May 2020

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The 27th is a Good Day To . . . reconcile what we believe and are dedicated to with the facts and the actual (rather than the imagined) reality picture. It’s time to face what is, but only so that we know why we’re doing what we’re doing, and know where we stand. This is a vital, periodic re-assessment that should (but often doesn’t) exist as an ongoing process. We only benefit by knowing what’s going on, and we benefit the most when our beliefs and what we’re committed to apply realistically to the current scene and the current zeitgeist. Look to the future you want to create, as well as to the one that’s presented in the messages and information you receive, and adjust accordingly.

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A Good Day To . . . 26 May 2020

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The 26th is a Good Day To . . . question the way we’re being questioned! It seems both circumstances and others are quizzing us (and this may be verbal or non-verbal, delivered in looks, actions, circumstances, conditions, or gestures, as well as words) about our health practices, our rights, our most original or unique expressions, our choices and what we do based on our highest values, our autonomy, and what we are and are not willing to communicate–so, essentially, giving us the once-over as if Self-determination and a modicum of privacy aren’t something each individual automatically deserves in this life. How to tell if someone else is overstepping? If our choice genuinely impacts them, then we need to consider what they’re telling us; if there’s no impact other than a perceptual one, then their criticisms become their problem, not yours. Take care today–there are little things like Mars semi-sextile Chiron, Mercury quincunx Zeus, and the Nodes just entered the Sagittarius-Gemini axis at 29 tense degrees that are making everyone unnecessarily prickly, giving a sort of sense that ‘assault is in the air’–and with the Moon in Cancer we could at times feel like unprotected amoebas, with thin cell walls that are ultra-permeable and through which we feel everything! Do your best not to overreact–for at least a few of us, this could even be life-or-death important, so mingle, commune, and communicate with care, my friends.

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A Good Day To . . . 25 May 2020 Attuned

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By Sandro Botticelli 1481 {{PD}}

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . make commitments, vows, agreements, pacts, but only if your mind isn’t clouded by ambition or desire. Too, we are naturally attuned to our highest values and ideals, at this point, and so may assume the other party is interpreting things in a similar light–but it’s possible they’re not, and we’re reading too much that promises integrity into the situation. Avoiding missteps requires sticking to our standards while remaining clear-eyed about the motives and wants of others. Knowing we could succumb to sleight-of-hand may be enough to keep us awake and aware.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 24 May 2020 Sudden Power Moves

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‘Fighting Forms’ By Franz Marc 1914 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . remain aware of the dazzling and very sudden power moves we may both observe and actually encounter and so have to deal with directly. We’re primed to flex our own muscles, to make our own choices, to name our own fate, but there are a few things we’ll need to take into account in an atmosphere where everyone feels that way: 1) we’ll just naturally put all our personal authority behind having our way and expressing our Will, but we shouldn’t underestimate the potential impact of the accident, the unusual, or the serendipitous. 2) thinking itself runs along healthy lines, and that predisposes us to use good judgement. 3) we can gain if we can go with the flow, rather than being distracted by some very prominent attempts to convince us ‘it’ can’t be done, or that there aren’t any opportunities for us there. 4) flexibility in thought is a good thing, while pessimism, gullibility, and anger-as-fuel are not.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 23 May 2020 Act Big

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‘Twittering Birds’ By Paul Klee 1922 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . act with big gestures, with enormous confidence, making sweeping statements about who you are, but all aligned with the facts of the matter, and done with an eye to anticipating what you have that’s new to offer, and what might sneak up on you and throw a monkey wrench into the works. Co-ordination, especially among your thoughts, the philosophies and beliefs that are the underpinnings of your choices, and the actions you take, is what makes for success today. Don’t exaggerate your actual ‘muscle power’, what you can and can’t handle–overdoing will only undermine what you hope to achieve–and examine the sudden idea or spontaneous thought against what you know to be true–that’s the only way to know if it’s worth pursuing.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

New Moon in Gemini 22 May 2020 Thoughts Take Shape

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‘Le jardin des Tuileries en automne (The Tuileries in Autumn)’ By Paul de Castro 1921 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 2 Gemini 04 at 10:37 AM PDT on the 22nd and makes just a few close aspects; if we stretch a little, what we get is an Air Grand Trine with arms of Juno in Libra and Saturn-Pallas Aquarius with the conjunction of Sun and Moon making this GT temporary but potent. What’s clear is that we have an opportunity to achieve mental balance, to find a harmonious relationship between how we intellectualize the real world, how we see our own power or lack within it, and the role our relationships play in the actual empowerment equation. What forms here tests our capacity for practicality and calls forth our skills, specifically requiring us to collaborate or otherwise draw on our network of contacts in order to achieve effective mental balance–that is, an effective way of processing and expressing ourselves in the world.

If this New Moon could talk, it might make these statements: cooperation facilitates getting what you want and opens avenues to Self-expression; what we think of the physical and material is as important as what those material circumstances actually are; what’s solid, real, and possibly seen as a barrier is in actuality offering you a receptacle that will give shape to your mental energy as it takes physical form. The sooner you see that Saturnian walls, restrictions, and rules don’t deny nearly as much as they show you practical parameters to enhance and define creative energy expressed through skills, the more quickly you’ll be able to make a reality of the new ways of thinking and networking the New Moon brings.

‘Music in the Tuileries’ By Édouard Manet 1862 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘The Garden Of The Tuileries In Paris’. The Tuileries are an expression of the human Saturnian urge to order, contain, and capture as it applies to Nature herself. This image tells us that if we cooperate and collaborate, by recognizing the true inclinations of the energies we seek to mold, we can create something that has the best elements of humanity’s interventions and Nature’s spontaneous (but in its own way planned) growth, outreach, and expression. And how is this achieved? By finding the balance between control and growth. The Tuileries are an example of the longevity creations with this kind of balance can attain, and encourages the idea of peaceful co-habitation in any number of ways.

Combine this New Moon energy with the other energies of the 22nd to successfully shape and guide yourself over the coming two weeks.

 

A Good Day To . . . 22 May 2020 Reality Wins

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‘Promise of Spring’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1890 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . vow to change ourselves, rather than demanding (or hoping for, or wishing for, or praying for) the world to change. Some of us may stick with the delusion that we definitely know how things should be, and we will indignantly wait for everyone and everything else to see our disapproval and snap into line, while the rest of us will see the benefit in recognizing reality as it is, and adjusting our expectations accordingly. It’s not a time for head-in-the-sand, magical thinking, and yet you and I both have seen that embraced as a lifestyle by plenty of people lately; that stance guarantees dreams denied, while to see what is and work from there is to make significant headway toward ambition and desire fulfillment, and will spark that most illusive of feelings, genuine happiness.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 21 May 2020

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‘The Fitting’ By Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . make it all about tailoring actions, choices, skill expression, and ‘I Am’ statements in ways that will add to empowerment. That probably means asserting yourself but not in a way that alienates others. Not glamorous, but can be super-productive if you can get the hang of it, and one thing’s certain: if you don’t act or choose, you’ll be left in limbo.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Sorry this is a wee bit late getting posted. It was actually done two days ago, but for the past 48 hours+ I’d been unable to upload a picture through WordPress. It finally worked, though in future I might just schedule them to post on time, with or without an illustration. Have a lovely Wednesday!

A Good Day To . . . 11 July 2020 Identity Indigestion

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‘Studio Lunch’ By Henry Siddons Mowbray c1900 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . go with what pays off, rewards, nurtures, or provides, and let everything else go, for now. Pursuing ambitions only creates conflict, and desire fulfillment brings a kind of identity indigestion–what we’re hungry for doesn’t necessarily fit the Soul’s longings–so going after goals just doesn’t agree with us, one way or another. It’s an unusual approach, but counting your assets, Love, and blessings, and responding to the original, the accident, the spontaneous all contribute to well-being and prosperity, often in ways we couldn’t otherwise have consciously arranged. Set aside the push forward and the attempt to manipulate or control situations, and then fix attention on all the positives, and watch them multiply.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 10 July 2020 A Marvelous Orchestration

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By М. Курушин – …И звезда с звездою говорит / Сост. [[w:ru:Баньковский, Лев Владимирович|Л. Баньковский]], Художник М. Курушин — Пермь: Кн. изд-во, 1986. — 202 с., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71341998

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . be a bit astonished at how effortlessly on-track we are. Healing happens, love and reward permeate awareness, and health in the largest sense forms our future. It’s a day to marvel at the orchestration of the Universe, and to sit back and follow its lead.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 9 July 2020 The Sticking-Place

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‘Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth’ By John Singer Sargent 1889 {{PD}}

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . use our instincts to root around in the depths of those issues we’ve avoided or denied, as examining what’s been neglected or rejected generates a kind of brilliant alchemy that offers insight we never suspected we had. It takes deliberate effort to gather benefits today, as the overall atmosphere is conflict-ridden and potentially injurious, especially to health, relationships, and finances; it can also affect the power balance–and that’s only sometimes for the good. It just so happens that all the reward is hidden within all that we’ve been ignoring or denying; screw your courage to the sticking-place, and have at it.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 8 July 2020 Icebergs and Innovation

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‘The Iceberg’ By Frederic Edwin Church 1875 {{PD}}

The 8th Is A Good Day To . . . surprise yourself with your own understanding, knowledge, abilities, or insight, particularly as you express it through channels of empowerment and responsibility. In this last day before Mercury stations in preparation for once again going direct, our thoughts seem to be all hard-edged and communications may feel like deliberate provocations; it’s in taking a Higher Mind approach (that is, a viewpoint that if not seeing the larger reasons for things, at least is aware that those exist, that what we’re seeing and experiencing is that bit of the iceberg that bobs above the ocean’s surface) that we get some perspective and so aren’t swept into angry, irritated, or aggressive responses ourselves. Important point: don’t expect to necessarily reason out why things are the way they are right now; it needs to be enough that we know we can’t see the whole dynamic from here. Focus too intently on the underpinnings, and our vision goes all blurry–it’s a safety issue, keeping us from dwelling on areas that will distract us, bleed our energy, or confuse (the presence of the latter pretty reliably indicates what M. Scott Peck characterized as ‘evil’–and nobody needs to fill their consciousness with that in order to avoid it). Then, allow yourself to show your most original, unique, and inventive characteristics and abilities, and so find delight in being alive–and have a great day!

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 7 July 2020 Shake It Up

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‘The Salmon Leap By Francis Wheatley 1783 {{PD}}

The 7th Is A Good Day To . . . see that rewards, love, and good outcomes may come by directly addressing difficult circumstances. It may be that we stumble into the fortuitous situation, but it’s up to us to handle the problem and then reap the benefit. Opportunity comes by doing the unusual, by straying from our usual wisdom or by being impractical, and we can gain love or money by refusing to follow the herd or by using the facts, rather than force, to win the day. It may read as backward, but we need to shake ourselves up, a little, and this is the way to do it.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Good Days To . . . 5 and 6 July 2020 Steady On

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‘Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love’ Artist Unknown 1755 {{PD}}

The 5th Is A Good Day To . . . realize that today we wake up aligned in some important way. The highest values and ideals inform the Soul, the identity, and the purpose, and offer us an unerring compass, at least for today. Concentrate efforts on what and who you care about–all else pales by comparison.

By the 6th we are in a good position to focus the instincts on discovering what health matters need attention. Remember that ‘health’ is a broad term that can be applied to almost any life area, though current transiting contacts indicate that physical and emotional comfort and care will figure prominently–if you see a need, do something about it. One rather large caution also comes forward: we may be severely tempted to do the unwise or impractical thing either in relationships or with money–obviously, step away from that cliff! Stick to the safe move, the modest investment, and the reasonable interaction; spending to try to prove our love, wasting money in an attempt to impress (others or ourselves), or buying trouble with a loved one out of a sheer sense of contrariness are all possible. Just don’t.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn 4 July 2020 A Volatile Choice

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See the forecast for the 3rd here–

The Full Moon perfects at 9:43 PM PDT of the 4th at 13 Capricorn 37–and just so happens to be a Lunar eclipse, the third and final eclipse of the recent set. We see an enormous concentration of energies in Capricorn right now, which contains the Moon, Earth, Pallas, Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, the latter at 29 tense degrees (with the Saturn situation suggesting real-world pressures from which we can’t escape). The thing about this is that the Sun, arbiter of where our attention goes, of what’s in the spotlight, is in Cancer, emphasizing our emotions, our connections to others, and matters of care and nurture; add to this that the Sun is only two minutes from perfection conjoining Vesta at the time of the eclipse, and we see that what occurs with this Full Moon will occur in the real-world (Capricorn, Saturn) even as our attention is on intangibles, feelings, and the ‘comfort and care’ picture (Cancer). We have emotion, then, on both ends of the eclipse axis, with the involvement of Cancer and of course the Moon. It also suggests that we will be striving to operate at the level of our highest values and commitments (Vesta)–and that may offer an added layer of stress as we try to meet our own high standards.

Illustration by John D Batten for “Indian Fairy Tales” edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1892 {{PD}}

We’ll set our orbs to ‘generous’, as that gives us a dynamic picture of eclipse events. There’s a sextile to Ceres, a trine to Uranus, and a sesquiquadrate to Sedna, which implies easy personal expression of authority or a ‘mothering’ attitude (which may include overstepping those personal bounds), an urge to spontaneity, originality, and inventiveness, and difficulty ‘hearing’ the instincts or in seeing our own blind spot. So, a great deal of progressive, get-to-it energy focused on those we care about or have dominion over, coupled with an inability to adequately hear our own inner dialogue.

And what sets all this off? A Cardinal Grand Cross formed by the eclipse Earth-Moon opposition to the Sun-Vesta, crossed by a very close opposition of Chiron to Juno, which, though it sits ‘behind’ the eclipse by degree, implies that a recent (and possibly ongoing) wound to the autonomy or empowerment situation ‘blossoms’ with the eclipse contact. This suggests the trigger to authority expression, boundary leaping, spontaneity, and lack of touch with instinct and our own weaknesses is seated in this recent hurt, and that it creates an unsolvable emotional dilemma: do we honor our feelings about the situation (especially its material aspects–Moon-Earth; that is, do we honor the wound?), or do we honor the call to be our ‘best Self’ via elevation of those highest and most refined facets of our identity and commitments (Sun-Vesta)?

‘Bergziegen (Mountain Goat)’ By Franz Marc 1913 {{PD}}

That’s the choice, and it won’t be an easy one in the moment, in spite of how it may appear an easy choice when laid out like this, pre-eclipse. The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture’. This may best be illuminated in light of the Sun and Vesta’s Sabian at this time as it ‘fills in’ the axis and provides the literal illumination of the eclipse scenario itself, ‘A Very Old Man Facing A Vast Dark Space To The Northeast’. In both images we are presented with ‘witnesses to history’, to what may have disappeared or been forgotten, lost in the darkness, and this may relate to the triggering wound set off by the eclipse, a hurt that we, or those who inflicted it, may have tried to consign to the shadows. Our blind spot also resides in our internal darkness, out of our sight, and may as well figure in to what occurs.

There’s an interesting aside in the way that a chart drawn for the Northern Hemisphere assigns the direction of northeast to the 3rd House (this is something we need to know in horary, for instance, when trying to locate an object using a chart). This House describes all kinds of communication, local interactions, our neighbors and siblings (and the oldest sibling, in particular), and the act of writing. This may hint that the eclipse involves one or more of these elements, and certainly suggests that our experience will be as much lived in interaction with the world as it is an internal event, seen only by us. Some situation that has caused us pain may be resolved–or may act to blow things up–but in either case, brings a kind of ending or denouement to an emotionally volatile scenario.

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 3 July 2020 It’s A Mad World

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“A Mad Tea Party” From a 1907 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. illustrations by Arthur Rackham {{PD}}

The 3rd Is A Good Day To . . . relax. That vibe that’s rolling through you is the Lunar eclipse of the 4th, pushing energy before it like an object moving through water. The temptation may be to feel ‘carried away’ by the energy; you may hear a ringing in the air, feel the ground vibrating beneath your feet, or feel soaked to the bone with feeling on a perfectly dry day–but in any case know that, if you were dating the eclipse, this would be a situation where the eclipse says, ‘It’s me, not you’, making very clear that you are two separate entities, after all, and so not responsible for each other’s existence.

Keeping that personal independence from surroundings and surrounding events in mind, you’ll see that today sets the stage for the eclipse tomorrow, chiefly in two ways: one is the way that the facts, wisdom, and practicality are all amplified and exaggerated, opportunities align with best-case scenarios and choices, and optimism floods those areas that are truly our best options–so go toward those. The mind is slightly less defensive than usual, so accesses instinct that much more readily. Today can see great plans made or steps taken–just relax into it.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 2 July 2020 The Gauntlet

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‘Raspberries in a Gauntlet’ By George Henry hall 1868 {{PD}} Photo By Daderot – Own work https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71676728

The 2nd Is A Good Day To . . . be aware: wisdom either transforms the life, or what you consider wise is destroyed in light of real-world events or laid waste by a vengeful other. It could be that you finally have the power to do the smart thing, or the practical thing, or it could be that you must purge or destroy because what is just isn’t practical, doesn’t measure up or suit your needs. It may feel as if you’re running a gauntlet, but the reality is that if you don’t cast yourself as a dynamic player, you become by default a victim–and nobody wants that. Some meshing of the power situation with the skill set, or with wise or practical ways of expressing, must occur–there’s just no way around it. Hints for success: if you don’t accept your full measure of power, if you reject the idea that you are the arbiter of your own fate, someone else will grab that power or privilege for their own–and it may be very difficult to re-claim it, once it’s gone. Don’t try to sort things with the mind–it will only stick you in a repeating loop that will accomplish zero. And look for the roots of your power within a combination of personal authority and highest values–find the correct mixture of the two and you’ll be unstoppable.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 1 July 2020

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‘Der Brief (The Letter)’ By Johann Georg Meyer 1851 {{PD}}

The 1st Is A Good Day To . . . promise yourself you won’t communicate from a position of hurt–and further, that you won’t inflict hurt yourself. One thing we need to remember about our own part in hurting others is that we don’t get to determine whether someone else should feel hurt by something we’ve done; it’s not up to us to grant permission, or to assess the validity of someone else’s experience. Today’s a day that may test our own ability to recognize someone else’s pain, to honor it, and to apologize, if appropriate–and part of that is refusing to judge the ‘rightness’ of another’s experience.

If your response to this is, ‘Well sometimes others say they’ve been hurt to manipulate,’ I would say, ‘Yes, sometimes they do, but we don’t have to respond to that. Our only job here is to acknowledge that we can’t really know the experience of someone else. If you feel someone is trying to manipulate or control you, you can witness their statement of hurt, admit (to yourself) that you don’t get to judge this, all the while refusing to feel an obligation to ‘answer’ the demand you believe is being made. If you’ve been raised to jump to and see assuaging others’ discomfort as your responsibility, this may be very difficult for you. But learn how to respond appropriately, and you’ll be free.’

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

‘Squirrel Eating Chestnuts’ By Kawabata Gyokushō c1890 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a one-eyed squirrel so small he fits through the cage around the bird feeder and shares seed as if he’s one of the birds! In what way has seeing yourself as ‘not enough’ made you adopt behaviors you wouldn’t otherwise have engaged in, or hang with a crowd you don’t really feel a part of? Have you judged yourself unable to compete in the arena you really want to be in? Being unique is a gift, and your tribe will (at least, eventually) appreciate and honor that (I’m particularly talking to those who may be leading with these energies: ground-breakers like Aquarius, deep feelers like Scorpio, and Artists like Pisces), so there’s no need for Self-exile–you just need the courage to enter the fray–and then again, there’s nothing wrong with seeing the world from another point of view, and making friends who are very different than you, especially ones who may not entirely understand you–but they accept you, and that’s what counts.

A Good Day To . . . 30 June 2020 Sidle Up

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Sidle up sounds like saddle up, doesn’t it? By Anson Ambrose Martin c1840 {{PD}}

The 30th Is A Good Day To . . . approach things obliquely, especially expressions of personal Will or efforts to promote one’s own competence or elevate one’s own status. Even though we may feel alight with good ideas and eager to implement them, we may not anticipate the way what we’ve ignored or denied up to now comes roaring back to muck things up. And it’s not just that; this is the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (inferior referring to Mercury’s retrograde state), a time when our retro-period mulling plants the seeds for new ideas and ways of thinking, so can be the starting point of ways of seeing that would find our current choices, if successfully implemented, less than satisfying.

Better to proceed with caution, allowing ourselves to be informed via the surprise, the off-beat, and the unexpected, meeting challenges with an inventive and original turn of mind, not pushing too hard for any particular result.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Today’s word image is: on a warm summer night, a car idles for hours. In what way are we ‘running our engine’, wasting energy and resources, when we should ‘go dark’, allowing ourselves to rest? Covid times are tough on all of us, in ways we often can’t anticipate, and prompting us to try to be continually ‘ready’ for what we must face, to always be doing something productive or to improve the Self. That may have served us as an initial response to a multitude of stressors, but as summer arrives we need to be willing to get adequate rest, to refuse a kind of hyper-responsibility that doesn’t serve and is highly draining. Turn off your engine, get out of the vehicle, and look up at the stars.

A Good Day To . . . 29 June 2020 Collision

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This artist’s concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. NASA/ JPL-Caltech {{PD}}

The 29th Is A Good Day To . . . duck and cover–or embrace every shred of pure Power you can get your hands on–there’s no in-between. We’ve been waiting for this re-match with Jupiter and Pluto, and it’s finally here: exaggerating clashes, the forces of destruction working to obliterate the facts, beliefs transcending all dangers and all reason–so really, a day when maniacs, dictators, the unreasonable and the fanatic may prosper all out of proportion, simply out of a conscience-free desire to advance their Will and a willingness to reach out without discretion, while those who value reality, who consider the welfare of the larger social order, who embrace the Power of their own spiritual connection, or who have Faith may seem to be under imminent threat (though special note: those who hold misguided faith are in for an awakening, a devastation of their false god, a repudiation based in fact).

The reality is, though, that formidable as these darker, more power-hungry forces may be, they are equally matched in a contest with Faith in the Universe, with the sheer might of the positive, the optimistic, and the long arc of justice. It’s a time when instinct can serve us well, providing we can sort it from the mind and the emotions (though the emotions, when ‘clear’, can guide and inform the instincts).

Think back to their first meeting in April of this year, view the second surge now, with another perfecting mid-November. Too, review if possible their last pair of meetings, in December 2007 (in Sagittarius) and December 1994 (in Scorpio). There should be some sort of thread discernible, most probably a personal one reflecting larger dissonance in the world but just as easily one that is so very personal that it’s been hidden, kept private, and now is exposed (or re-exposed, at least to us). Often we see the House placement in the natal chart signifying the way the larger social effect manifests at our real-world level, and/ or the subjects where we find upheaval. The effect is one of change, expansion, destruction, applied to the facts and faith of the world as we know it. Brace for impact.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A movie recommendation for the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction: Melancholia by Lars Von Trier.

A Good Day To . . . 28 June 2020 Not In Our Stars

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‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’ By Vincent van Gogh {{PD}}

The 28th Is A Good Day To . . . do it. Mars sextiles Saturn, making for smooth, real-world efforts–just enough restraint, just enough push–and Mercury conjoins Vesta, rooting thought processes in highest values, which guarantees that what you plan and do will be in line with the essence of what you honor (less-than-satisfactory results should prompt Self-examination, particularly in terms of what you find sacred in life–in this case, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves). Yes, Merc is still retro, but here we don’t rely on the mind but the things we find important to guide us. Moon in Libra makes things pleasant in interaction and aesthetics, and aids in negotiations, so don’t be afraid to approach ‘the Other’.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 27 June 2020 Serendipity

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Original work on canvas by Roberta Pinna. Owner/Collector: Sergio Marchionne. Photo By Ginevra Caracciolo 88 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75108567

The 27th Is A Good Day To . . . know that, for as much care and caution as we needed to exercise yesterday, today we can throw caution to the winds. Mars enters Aries, offering us confidence (perhaps even too much!) and a novile to Uranus suggests that serendipity, coincidence, the sudden event, the accident, the surprise, the shock, the revelation, the innovation or invention, interaction with ‘the group’, or a Higher Mind understanding offers brilliant benefits. Any questions? Of course not–that was rhetorical–go get ’em!

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 26 June 2020 Fry Day

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‘A Portrait of a Mother and her Two Sons’ By Hilda Fearon 1911 {{PD}}

“Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”–my mom

The 26th Is A Good Day To . . . be really really clear on where and from whom the anger is coming. This might be our own temper, spilling over, someone else’s, or a combination, and could come in many forms, some of which are unlikely to actually look like the aggressions they are. Blame it on a 29 degree Mars in Pisces (so good at hiding, good at camouflaging as something else) in a T-square with the 29 degree Nodal axis across Gemini-Sagittarius. The square brings conflict to the surface, including our own internal conflicts, and forces them out into the world via  choices and actions (Mars), thoughts (Gemini), and beliefs (Sagittarius) related to the life path.

This may distract from the ‘real’ issue, which is a careful weighing of and thinking about Power. What our power is worth to us is the issue, and there’s a particular focus on the way our thinking shapes (quite literally in some instances) our relationships to both others and to money.

We may be exhausted by the end of the day, but we do get through it, probably having gained some very clear ideas of where we stand–and we should be glad of it, as lately we’ve been more or less acting or choosing through the fog of Mars in Pisces, the retro Mercury, and the shook up values, relationships, and asset picture of a retro Venus. Too, we’re not out of eclipse season yet; another comes on 4 July, and that means we’re still becalmed, unable to choose a direction that serves our best interests yet, still riding in that valley between events through uncertain and sometimes contradictory energies.

Hint for sorting things out today: those who get angriest either have the most to hide, or are just discovering how messed up things really are. If that’s you, be kind with yourself–in reality nobody expects you to know or anticipate everything.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Bit of This Week: 22-25 June 2020

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‘Le Palais Contarini’ By Claude Monet 1908 {{PD}}

In the Near Future It’s Good To . . . be ready to adjust and re-adjust our stances on just about everything. The big news on the 22nd was Neptune stationing retrograde and likely removing at least a couple layers of fog, misperception, misdirection, and/ or deception. This switch will point out over the course of the retrograde what dreams we can realistically move toward, which we must nix, and which need more attention, modification, or creative input in order to be viable, and may also offer a reality check on an ideal or two. This is longer-term, and so likely to be delivered by moving aspects to the chart related to natal Neptune or the transiting body to other natal points, which can help pinpoint when the influence may come forward in the life, and can indicate which life areas might see the clearing skies.

As with all the ‘heavier’ bodies, Neptune moves very slowly at direction and regression points, and so may leave the impression that this is the state of Neptune-tinged areas permanently, but there’s one thing to remember: the Neptune influence is like standing knee-deep in a muddy lake. We can’t see the bottom, even though we know it’s there, and we can’t see what else may be floating around us in the water. It can be unnerving if we focus too much on defining what we can’t see; still, we must keep in mind there are things we can’t see, and though imagination can serve to ‘fill out’ what’s invisible it’s not really advisable, as it’s too easy to let the fears drive the imagination. This period also includes a Neptune contra-parallel to Juno, suggesting a ‘big reveal’ (or at least a new idea about) the roles where you call the shots or cooperate with the mate; where you’ve been fooling yourself about your own power and reach may become apparent. Be glad you’re finding out this way, and not in some more stressful or demanding scenario.

On the 24th Venus stations direct, ending our long national nightmare of aesthetics gone wrong and the sampling of relationships outside our usual territory. Hopefully it brought some successful experimentation and revealed a new love or revenue stream, and maybe kicked off some fast friendships. Venus does her turnaround in Gemini, and that may give us a break; what we think of things may coalesce quickly and be unusually clear for a concurrent Merc retro period–and that can only act to bolster confidence.

There are two noteworthy minor contacts (but those can be major under the right circumstances, can’t they?) on the 25th: Uranus sextiles Vesta, and the Sun conjoins Hygeia. With the first we may see surprises or sudden developments delivered through the home scene and those life areas to which we dedicate our efforts. This is highly individual for each person, and could also suggest we see some intimate relationship, home situation, or cause we’re committed to through a Higher Mind lens, which could offer revelations concerning where and to what we should dedicate our efforts. The second just puts a big spotlight on health; stay aware that health is a state of being that can apply to almost anything–in this case, with the pairing in Cancer, we are likely to focus on the health of what and who we care about, or the health of anything related to the matters of the House where Cancer is located in the natal chart.

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Solar Eclipse 20 June 2020 Healthy Emotion

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By Asurnipal – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38597398

The Solar eclipse begins at 11:41 PM PDT of the 20th at 00 Cancer 21, and even stretching our modest orbs only shows two closer contacts, a conjunction with asteroid Hygeia, and a to-the-degree quincunx with Saturn in Aquarius. We might also want to note a wide square with Mars in Pisces, important for several reasons: Mars is uncomfortable in a Water sign, and perhaps doubly so when there are no clear boundaries between ‘I’ and ‘the Universe’; because of this discomfort, the vast majority of us are aware (even if unconsciously) of the rub between Mars’ usual assertiveness and the nebulous atmosphere in which it’s trying to operate currently; and, by early September, Mars will retrograde (which happens every 2 1/2 years), this time in his own sign of Aries, which may add to disorientation: we reach ‘home’ in the ‘I Am’ and assertive energies, only to have the rug pulled from under us in future as all indicators are full steam ahead and yet we find ourselves thwarted, delayed, and prone to question ourselves once the retro begins–so an added disorientation ahead that may feel inexplicable and could hearken back, energy-wise, to the current Piscean state–all this making notation of the potential for Mars’ eclipse activation necessary.

The aspect picture suggests the eclipse births an individual awareness of the emotional impact of the state of ‘health’ to every facet of our lives. Problems in the functionality and health of any area now come forward, showing us where and in what form the dissonance disrupts our efforts, our ability to move forward, and our egos. It’s an event wherein the real-world scenario is presenting needed areas of adjustment, as well as pointing out where and why we may find externals holding us back. We may rebel at that, insisting modification isn’t necessary–the ego may be in direct conflict with what the eclipse reveals–but we’d be wise to note what we’re shown; the eclipse offers realistic, Higher Mind clarity–all we need do is be open to our own feeling nature as it supplies plenty of motivation and guidance for adjustment, alteration, and change.

The eclipse falls at one of the Cardinal ‘starting points’, emphasizing the ‘clean sweep’ nature of the event as well as the seminal quality of what occurs; more is birthed with this New Moon than we are able to grasp, or even that we’re immediately aware of. Add to this that the eclipse falls on the solstice (but here I have to say the meaning is symbolic, as the actual ‘longest day of the year’ can vary by up to a couple of days either side of the event as measured at the equator, depending on your location north, with this also marking the shortest day, with those same variations, for those in the Southern Hemisphere). So, we combine a New Moon eclipse at a 00 zodiacal degree with the symbolic extreme of a Solstice, and we get a strong sense of new, new, and new, especially the individual emotional interpretation of the landscape–and that suggests revelations around our genuine feelings. Even the most aware of us are likely to be unprepared for the impact of our discoveries, of the emotions we may not even have realized we have, of the feelings that have been unconscious and so underlying so much of our reactions and motivations.

It’s always a good thing to see how we actually feel, even when we’re not happy with the revelations. As humans we typically avoid knowing much of what we feel, because if our true emotional state were revealed to us, it would in many instances demand we do something about the circumstances that generate those feelings–and that may threaten much of what we have (often precariously) managed to find a balance point for in our lives.

The personal flag, an announcement of our allegiances, may change with this eclipse. By Claude Monet 1878 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the eclipse is, ‘On A Ship The Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One’. A flag is a symbol of allegiance; this symbol suggests ours will change. This may signal that eclipse events may move us to make public what has to now either been only known unconsciously or held as private. There is the chance that we simply replace old alignments with a new version of the same–but that’s not likely, considering the tone of the eclipse is one of revealed emotions. It’s most definitely a time to let our Freak Flags Fly–and to allow ourselves a freedom of expression that accepts our most unusual feelings and characteristics–and because we care (Cancer eclipse placement) this can be nothing but good.

I may be taking a few days off post-eclipse–it falls in my 6th, squares my Mercury, sextiles my Pluto, trines my Neptune, and so reaches into my 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 10th, so calls for some examination of the creative, earning, career, and cooperative energies currently in play. Orders will still get filled and I’ll still answer comments. Thanks for your patience, and have a wonderful and enlightening eclipse!

 

A Good Day To . . . 19 June 2020

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‘The Head of a Crossbowman Taking Aim’ By Hans Holbein the Elder c1515 {{PD}}

The 19th Is A Good Day To . . . tap into the ideals, the imagination, into spirit, and into the creative to quite specifically shape the future. Dreams and our ideas of perfection are crucial to the process. Action and choice in the largest, intention-centered sense are called for; that is, making choices with an eye to the very long-term implications is desirable. We do have the yoke of Mercury retrograde, right now, and that can’t be ignored; best actions are undertaken with a broad-stroke approach that recognizes the limits of the mind, draws on the feeling nature as a perceptual lens, and that is actively cognizant of the sense that there are some things we just can’t or don’t know–which means the aims we take today must rest on Higher Mind, spiritual, and eternal values. Follow those and you won’t go wrong.

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A Good Day To . . . 18 June 2020 Planned

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By Jan Janssonius – geheugenvannederland.nl, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9505426

The 18th Is A Good Day To . . . act to make real, permanent change, or to transform what you wish to re-make. Though Merc has just gone retro, we have this single-day window during which we can and should act or choose. The one thing we need to keep central to our efforts is that what we act on today must be something we’ve already determined or perceived, before the Messenger’s retro. That means it needs to be something we’ve already thought-through or settled on, but just haven’t acted on yet. Be cognizant, too, that if we try to be spontaneous, acting from what suddenly springs to mind, we will most likely end up being nothing but destructive, or possibly winning only anger from those who are affected by our choice. Despite the way we are already in the Dark of the Moon (the three days before a New Moon), we are also coming up on a Solar eclipse, which has already been preceded by a Lunar one; in that valley between eclipses, we never really hit a normal Dark period, so that the usual retreat and contemplation energies never take hold–so don’t be surprised if the fatigue that comes with a continuous flow of energy that we can’t seem to escape is at least one of the results.

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Mercury Retrogrades 17 June 2020, And We Re-Think Ourselves

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Study for ‘Giotto Painting the Portrait of Dante (Holding a Pomegranate)’ By Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1852 {{PD}}

Merc takes up apparent retrograde motion just before 5 AM UT on the 18th (the 17th, here across the pond, at 9:59 PM PDT), at 14 Cancer 45. First major aspect it makes heading retro (other than contact by the Moon) is a trine to Ceres in Pisces. The entire retro cycle occurs in the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer, and between this and that first contact, suggests to me that the period will involve re-thinking what we care about (especially those things or individuals it falls upon us to tend to or nurture), our emotional and spiritual health, the ways in which we employ the creative energies to express ourselves, and our emotional relationship to Nature Herself. We may look for ways to gain emotional satisfaction from the creative act (and remember, creative energy is actually behind every act, no matter the intent); we may also assess how well spiritual practice and belief specific to our role in the Cosmos (Pisces) serve both the essence of who we are and our happiness in daily life–that is, we may ask ourselves, ‘Is spirit truly an active part of my life, and if so, when am I most aware of it, when do I feel it, and in what way does it move and motivate me?’.

Because the modality is an active one, one that requires a ‘doing’ kind of response, we will be spurred to do something about the things we perceive–but because this is Mercury that we’re talking about, we need to remember that the mind during the retro is quite naturally missing perceptions or information that might otherwise, in direct-thinking times, bring us to a different conclusion. Add to this that the retro occurs in a Water sign ruled by the Moon, and we have a perfect storm generating the kind of events where we may feel and act well before we are able to process what we’ve perceived. You can see the obvious potentials for danger there, so proceed through this retro with real caution, though I have to note it may also be one of the most effective times we’ve seen of late allowing us full emotional range and offering the ability to make post-retro plans to do something about what we feel. Just remember that there’s a Solar eclipse coming on the 20th, which may prompt starts that, in at least some cases involving Merc-feeling information, may be premature. The eclipse may instead ‘clean sweep’ the emotional landscape in the related areas in the natal chart (House where it occurs, and involving any bodies or points contacted and possibly what they rule, contact by aspect, or where they are posited), making new terrain for our emotional exploration–again with the understanding that the mind won’t quite be able to adequately process what’s happening at the time–so be prepared for lots of feeling over the coming weeks, with understanding as to what it means and what we should do arriving significantly later.

A Good Day To . . . 16 June 2020

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‘Moisson au Bord de la Mer (Orsay)’ By Emile BERNARD 1891 Photo By L’artauprésent – Own work, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50124619

The 16th Is A Good Day To . . . appreciate the things in life you’ve mastered, conquered, or that you are skilled in. Practicing what you’re competent at brings reward of Love or Money or maybe just the appreciation of yourself as a unique and gifted individual. This is an intimate, Self-reflective energy that we’ll feel keenly today; the other is large, public, and will either cause us to modify our relationship to the social sphere, or cause the social sphere to re-evaluate who we are. The better we genuinely know ourselves, the better our day will go.

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A Good Day To . . . 15 June 2020

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Panoramic view of the Tara Cathedrals (left) and the Tara salt flat in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile. Photo By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org Thank you, Diego!w/index.php?curid=48560528

The 15th Is A Good Day To . . . know that sketchy as the mental perceptions were yesterday, today is just the opposite: Mercury and Pallas are in opposing signs (Cancer and Capricorn, respectively) but are parallel, suggesting that a caring and receptive mentality, coupled with recognition of the wisdom found in discipline and ‘the rules’, will prove not just helpful but revelatory, in terms of showing us the smart way of seeing and doing. Trust your mind today, in spite of the fact that Mercury will be retrograding starting the 17th; the Moon in Aries will help keep thinking straight and Self-focused in the good way of responsibility and unambiguous intent, and bolsters follow-through and emotional clarity. And just a reminder: don’t go buying trouble by too-intently anticipating some retrograde or transit you know is coming. Live in the moment, both in RL and astrologically–it makes you a more objective and much more perceptive observer.

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A Good Day To . . . 14 June 2020

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‘Whisperings of Love’ By William Adolphe Bouguereau 1889 {{PD}}

The 14th Is A Good Day To . . . listen to your hunches, as they’re ‘smart’ and informed in a way we just can’t access through the mind right now. The problem is our thoughts won’t allow a decent examination of the darkness, and that’s where all the juice, and a lot of the Truth, lies at present, hence the need to favor instincts and intuition over the mental processes. Too, material reality may mislead us about a health matter; issues are not what they seem. Make no firm conclusions about the state of your health at this time.

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A Good Day To . . . 13 June 2020

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‘An Artist in His Studio’ By John Singer Sargent 1904 {{PD}}

The 13th Is A Good Day To . . . act on creativity, but concurrently refuse to act out of hurt. Mars meets Neptune, bringing creative energies to a peak, infusing our choices with inspiration, and helping us take action on ideals. Keeping motivations pure (that is, not having ulterior motives, an ‘I’ll show them’ attitude, or doing something out of guilt) makes for a tremendous result, manifesting some of the best of what we carry inside. A few of us may attract temperamental others who, dare I say, are probably jealous? Don’t let that potential deter you. Get it out there, so we can all see and enjoy!

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A Good Day To . . . 12 June 2020

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‘Women Chasing Crickets on an Autumn Moor’ By Chōbunsai Eishi 1790s {{PD}}

The 12th Is A Good Day To . . . translate your personal power and authority into real-world change, creations, or actions that make an impact. You won’t get rewarded for it, in the usual sense of the word, but instead may find things land with a thud and are accompanied by crickets–but that’s not only okay, it’s the way it’s meant to be–otherwise we’d pause and give too much attention to what will become, with future developments, a vital building block to a new world view we’re in the process of creating. What happens springs from the way our minds are meshed with our highest values and priorities–so we need to accept that no accolades today doesn’t negate the worth of what we’ve done; we just have to let the future prove how really right it truly is.

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A Good Day To . . . 11 June 2020

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‘The Sculptor’s Studio’ By Tom Roberts 1885 {{PD}}

The 11th Is A Good Day To . . . go after what we want, but with these factors in mind: efforts must be tailored to the actual results we want–one of the least effective things occurs when we think an action should build toward what we want (or possibly we’re pretending it does), but may in fact not really be a step forward. Sorting wasted energies from ones that count is useful today; take care not to wound others or yourself–it’s far too easy to think we’re being loving when we’re anything but (particularly offering ‘constructive criticism’ or unsolicited opinion); the awareness, mind, and attention are all aligned, and so today can be deployed very effectively in support of our Soul’s intents, so take advantage of this; and finally, today we may have creative and inspired ideas but not be able to see how to implement them–give them time to mellow, knowing that not being able to embody or enact them right away is only a blessing.

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A Good Day To . . . 10 June 2020

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‘The Smoking Moor’ By Peder Mørk Mønsted 1898 {{PD}}

The 10th Is A Good Day To . . . remain aware we are so focused on our goals today, so filled with ambition and desire, so trying to make progress happen, that we may inadvertently harm or even destroy relationships and/ or sources of support, assets, and income. Love is purged, somehow, but it’s up to us whether that means we purify our intent toward others, or unwisely take an axe to what means the most to us (or to what or whom cares the most about us). If we are careful, we can pursue aims and further ambitions to a startling degree–just make sure you don’t behave in such a way that there is an ‘aftermath’ to clean up.

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A Good Day To . . . 9 June 2020 Stay Calm

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Stay calm–but maybe not this relaxed. By Hanna Frosterus-Segerstråle – Dukaatti – Suomen Taideyhdistys 1846–2006, p. 92. WSOY 2006 {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65031287

The 9th Is A Good Day To . . . stay calm as a great many things may take us by surprise or offer inventive or innovative alternatives to our planned course–but don’t look for Love or Money in the usual places–you’ll need to see the brilliance in the unexpected, the sudden, in the entirely new. Our minds are on moving forward, but the reality is we’re not being too smart about it! We’re too distracted by the way things aren’t paying off or panning out the way we’d hoped–and that’s the key, that we’d persuaded ourselves certain matters were sure things when they were anything but. A reality check, plus some spontaneous and unusual opportunities–that’s not so bad, is it?

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A Good Day To . . . 6, 7, and 8 June 2020 Difficult Terrain

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‘The Gauja Valley’ By Jūlijs Feders 1891 {{PD}}

Each day the difficult terrain shifts, making it hard to pinpoint and thoroughly deal with what we uncover. On the 6th we hit the trifecta, with the reality picture and its hard-and-fast rules (including the physical laws of the world, and the planted-in-place status quo), the egos and assertive energies of ourselves and others, and the sturdiness and actual applicability of our faith, all tested by current events. Remember, we’ve just come out of a Lunar eclipse, and we’ve entered that energy valley between eclipse events that can put both real-world events and consciousness into a holding pattern. In an odd way it blurs our ‘vision’ and makes us unsure of what we have before us. Keeping that in mind, along with the fact that we don’t have to respond to what we perceive around us, will make the going a lot smoother. You should also be aware that much of what seems a disaster, a roadblock, or an emergency will not stay that way–meaning you can let most of it go, and in a short while it won’t be an issue.

The 7th sees our relationships, as well as our relationship to and within the social order, grab our focus and present us with what seems unsolvable. Too, rewards aren’t what we expected them to be, or we find it tough going wringing the positive out of circumstances. Hints for handling: look for the wisdom within relationships–that is, look for what’s healthy, positive, and eternal in any interaction–that can guide responses; think in terms of ‘rightful territory’ and apply both mind power and efforts to being as effective as possible; and keep highest values in mind, eschewing the expedient or convenient, for best results.

By the 8th the issue may center in the conflict between Love and Power, especially as it manifests in our closer relationships. Here the trick is to find a balance that allows equal measures of Love and Power for each participant. It’ll be helpful to keep in mind that, 1) we aren’t the sole arbiters of what this particular balance should be–there’s at least one other party, who must be allowed an equal voice, and 2) that matters of health may be exerting a larger impact on interactions than we may realize, so cut others, and yourself, some slack, especially honoring feelings and the need for ‘space’.

Lunar Eclipse 5 June 2020 A Crucible Moment

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By Jeff Keyzer from San Francisco, CA, USA – Open House at the CrucibleUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7065256

I heard someone the other day refer to current times as a “crucible moment”, and immediately thought of all the big gun combinations we’ve been subjected to, the dance of Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter, Uranus in Taurus bringing sudden shifts in the material realm and in personal assets and personal responsibilities, Neptune in his own sign manufacturing a fog so thick it’s making it hard to navigate, hard to trust others and, it’s so hard to see, we don’t really trust ourselves, either. Now add an eclipse in Sagittarius that threatens the very facts that underpin our reality, threatens to wipe out accumulated knowledge or our faith, and even threatens to make us dismiss our shared humanity by making us think 1) people are animals (Sagittarius, where the Lunar eclipse will land, happens to be the sign of large animals), 2) animals are part of Nature, and 3) Nature is against us (Covid-19, an assault by a natural invisible, Mars–assault–at the midpoint of Ceres–Nature–and Neptune–toxins, poisons, infectious diseases), and so 4) others must be against us, too (the death of George Floyd, among many others, is entirely too real an example of the extension of this fear to the point others are seen as not human; think also of the gassing of peaceful protesters so that the President could have a photo op, treating them as less than). The thing is, bad as the disparate parts are, they don’t lead, one to the other; that’s a fallacy. Our minds want to connect the dots, but the dots don’t exist in relation to each other, in spite of the way a susceptible consciousness might see them as related.

A crucible is a vessel that allows something to be subjected to high temperatures. Let something burn in a crucible too long, it becomes ash or evaporates; you lose or render useless the contents if you subject it to high temps with no end point. And we as human Souls may feel as if we’ve been in a crucible for much much too long, a heated environment of fear and legitimate threat from many sources that makes it difficult to grasp the facts, and to think of others as truly human. This eclipse may help.

Saturn is the container, analogous to our bodies and our realities, in both instances, something that surrounds the spirit, that contains us. Pluto is the process, in this case a transformation through a journey to hell and back, one that long-term breaks down all that has made us feel secure (Capricorn). Jupiter is both the indisputable facts, and the social element. These sit within a 7 degree span in Capricorn, with Saturn in Aquarius but retrograde and slated to re-enter the sign of the Sea Goat. Add to this Pallas, symbol of wisdom, practicality, useful skills, at 29 tense degrees of Capricorn, and we see the stress that our intelligence is under (and this is magnified by Saturn suppressing the intellect in Cappy). The proximity of these bodies to one another may give us the impression that they’re working in concert, but they aren’t; we may even be prone to characterize them as having a kind of consciousness, as if they’re deliberately getting together and making chaos, aided by the Neptunian fog and Uranian erraticism. The reality is each body does its own thing, while we look for the connections and the reasons why, and come up empty (if we’re relatively rational) or clutching a handful of conspiracy theories (if we’re too Neptune susceptible). These energies collide but have no intent, make for some synergies that we may interpret as purposeful, and so are the background against which this Lunar eclipse forms.

The eclipse occurs at 12:12 PM PDT at 15 Sagittarius 34 of the 5th. It makes a close square to Mars, a trine to the Black Moon Lilith point, and opposes Venus which is still retro and moving away from her recent rendezvous with the Sun. Here’s our connection to those bigger, broader social energies: the eclipse is semi-square both Saturn and Pallas, and novile Jupiter. A Lunar eclipse is a Full Moon, with all the promise of conclusions, endings, and peaks that a FM carries, with the added eclipse propensity to sweep away, to cause a re-set, to re-align, to disturb, to upset the status quo.

The eclipse may trigger anger and aggression, and a big need to make ‘I Am’ statements (Mars square), but why? Because we easily funnel what we have been agreeing to ignore or deny into consciousness–it pesters us, won’t let us rest–along with all the rage over injustices we’ve tamped down (trine Black Moon Lilith). We’re feeling removed from caring about what we usually value, distant from a prevailing sense of Love and relationship (Venus opp and retro), and this sets the stage for personal anger looking for an outlet–and it finds it in the irritating and threatening circumstances surrounding the reality picture (Saturn) and a sense of outrage that what’s wise isn’t being done, and is now at a breaking point (29 degree Pallas). And who receives our anger? The larger social order (Jupiter)–but wait, it might not be all bad (the novile), because what we may see is expansion of the energy of the eclipse ruler, the facts and faith finally bringing some sense of justice, of right.

The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food’. The eclipse may spark anticipatory energy, the expectation of a better social order within a better world, shaped from all this pain and suffering and from the Love and wisdom we normally feel much more pure a connection to, that we naturally carry inside.

It’s our crucible moment only in the sense that we are at a point when we can take things from the heat, when we can use the contents of our experience to make something new, to forge something better, and offer this to the world. So, what have the months and years forged in you?

 

 

A Good Day To . . . 4 June 2020 Herky-Jerky

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By Pierre Poschadel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82805545

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . remember how I’ve been telling you to look into those dark corners, to willingly take up what we’ve previously pushed aside or ignored–because doing those things today brings us reward in myriad ways. If we’re looking solely to do what’s smart or practical, we may find we’re all too aware of every problem springing from our concepts around what’s wise, featuring in glaring detail all the problems we might encounter–but that should tell us that perhaps our definition of wisdom might need a re-think–and also that pursuing the positives we’ve earned by facing the darkness doesn’t need to also carry a banner of wisdom or practicality–do it for the pure joy, the pay off of Love or Money, and don’t fret about looking/ feeling sage. Too, the mind and the instincts are in sync and can conceptualize what to do–the problem comes when we try to translate that impulse into action, which is likely to deliver something herky-jerky rather than the grace we anticipate with muscle memory, so planning and laying groundwork may be much more rewarding than actually trying to put ideas into motion.

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A Good Day To . . . 3 June 2020

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More thinking is in order, like it or not. ‘Thinking’ By Jules Pascin {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . think about and review relationships, financial matters, and/ or aesthetic choices, as the Sun and Venus meet in Gemini in their Inferior Conjunction (Inferior referring to Venus in retrograde status). Venus retro is a time when our usual tastes desert us, when we find ourselves attracted to what we might normally judge as ‘not for us’, when we want to experiment in Venusian life areas (such as relationships, finances, values, artistic expression, matters of taste), with the danger being that we alter our lives in some way that, if it doesn’t please us once Venus is direct, is very hard to un-do. So, my usual cautions about temporary or easily altered vs. permanent or difficult to undo changes still stand (date someone ‘different’ or just met, yes, marry someone just met, hold your horses; rearrange your furniture or room use, paint a room an experimental color, yes, put your house up for sale and move to wherever your finger lands on a map, not so much, and of course there’s always the tried-and-true henna decoration or temp tattoo vs. actual tattoos). Experimentation is good right now, but only if it’s easily reversed once Venus is direct, should you not find the change something you want to live with daily. Quite naturally, retrograde times are the perfect window through which to review matters of the retro entity, so examining and assessing relationships, finances, and aesthetic expressions are all good uses of the energy.

On top of that, it’s a good day to really claim your territory and ‘be in charge’. You won’t be able to expand your territory, so overreach might win you a figurative slap on the hand, but for everything that really is your business, taking things by the reins will be marvelously effective. There’s also a bit of weighing to be done, a minor reconciliation among wisdom, practicality, and to what you dedicate your energy, but this only enhances your ability to both express your Will and to get things done your way.

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A Good Day To . . . 2 June 2020

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‘Amuada’ By Rodolfo Amoedo 1882 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . see the value in what’s been hidden, discarded, or that we or others are in denial about. It pays to look in dark corners, to question conventional wisdom or the practicality of what’s proposed, but it’s not the time to act; pushing forward right now, especially in expressions of power, will only disempower us–so keep that in mind, but don’t overthink it.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 1 June 2020

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Monju Bosatsu with Eight Sacred Sanskrit Syllables By anonymous – https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/45596, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85072362

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . honor what you find sacred, if you want to have no regrets in life. Sure, that’s a sound, overall strategy, but today is one of those days where, if you fail to do this, you could miss out, and forever after think, ‘if only’. Honoring what has meaning to you pays off in a number of ways, not least of which is a clear future path and improvements in health (this latter not to be sneezed at, since Jupiter quincunxes Hygeia, asking us to listen to the facts and adjust our health practices accordingly–and another reading of this aspect might suggest that interaction with the public requires adjustment, in order to safeguard health–so wear your mask). Do what’s important to you–you may get some guff from the social sphere along the way, but the reality is, they don’t get a say in what you should be devoted to, do they?

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 31 May 2020

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Don’t let someone else prompt a bad decision. ‘The Flirtation’ By Leo Gestel c1910 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . realize that while relationships or issues around finances claim our conscious attention, what’s really going on is that everyone, especially those who hold at least some power over others, are ‘feeling’ around to see how much more power they can finagle, or they’re trying to figure out how to wiggle out from under someone else’s thumb, or relationships or money-needs are somehow pushing or prompting us to do what’s not very smart! Our folly may come in the form of peer pressure, but it’s rooted in not liking something about ourselves–otherwise we’d never go along with it. Here’s a virtual hug, now don’t let them get to you.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 30 May 2020 Tread Carefully

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‘The Tow Path’ By William L. Lathrop {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . be very clear on what you care about, value, treasure, before you make changes, because alterations made now will most likely stick, and be difficult if not impossible to undo. We may exaggerate the importance of our own beliefs or duties, when seeing ourselves as part of the whole is much more beneficial (as well as more accurate). Action, though, comes naturally, in spite of the way what we choose to do may challenge our beliefs or our standing within the social order, so be extra-vigilant as to what you’re building for yourself and others within the Collective. Health improves or attending to it is done and so benefits the individual, OR we indulge, especially in those things we see as ‘treats’ (I’m talking dietary and behavioral indulgences), and suffer the consequences.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 29 May 2020

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Be kind to your inner child, as you help her heal. ‘(Detail of) The Doctor’ By Luke Fildes 1891 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . ask yourself, ‘Why do love, money, clear communication, and personal power all seem so hard to come by today?’ The answers are found in a careful examination of the accounts (who do you feel owes you? whom do you owe?) made under this Virgo Moon, and in the myriad details that may chafe even though the larger agreement or interaction is just fine. We’re sensitive now in ways and areas that are quite typical for us–and so those wounded parts are too likely to be accepted as just what is, rather than as a spot that needs tending and that is perfectly capable of being healed, with in most instances minimal effort. Make life easier by using the Lunar energy to gain at least a somewhat objective view on your hurt, and then, do as you would counsel a friend to do, if she came to you with the same wound.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 28 May 2020

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‘Time the Physician’ By Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale 1900 {{PD}} (c) Rachel Rolt; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . act on what you know to be wise, smart, and/ or practical. Putting skills into action is required, with their application adjusted according to what you care about, a ‘first do no harm’ position. Thoughts may literally manifest as things, today, quite directly, so be aware of intentions, as those are our building blocks of reality.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 27 May 2020

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The 27th is a Good Day To . . . reconcile what we believe and are dedicated to with the facts and the actual (rather than the imagined) reality picture. It’s time to face what is, but only so that we know why we’re doing what we’re doing, and know where we stand. This is a vital, periodic re-assessment that should (but often doesn’t) exist as an ongoing process. We only benefit by knowing what’s going on, and we benefit the most when our beliefs and what we’re committed to apply realistically to the current scene and the current zeitgeist. Look to the future you want to create, as well as to the one that’s presented in the messages and information you receive, and adjust accordingly.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 26 May 2020

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The 26th is a Good Day To . . . question the way we’re being questioned! It seems both circumstances and others are quizzing us (and this may be verbal or non-verbal, delivered in looks, actions, circumstances, conditions, or gestures, as well as words) about our health practices, our rights, our most original or unique expressions, our choices and what we do based on our highest values, our autonomy, and what we are and are not willing to communicate–so, essentially, giving us the once-over as if Self-determination and a modicum of privacy aren’t something each individual automatically deserves in this life. How to tell if someone else is overstepping? If our choice genuinely impacts them, then we need to consider what they’re telling us; if there’s no impact other than a perceptual one, then their criticisms become their problem, not yours. Take care today–there are little things like Mars semi-sextile Chiron, Mercury quincunx Zeus, and the Nodes just entered the Sagittarius-Gemini axis at 29 tense degrees that are making everyone unnecessarily prickly, giving a sort of sense that ‘assault is in the air’–and with the Moon in Cancer we could at times feel like unprotected amoebas, with thin cell walls that are ultra-permeable and through which we feel everything! Do your best not to overreact–for at least a few of us, this could even be life-or-death important, so mingle, commune, and communicate with care, my friends.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 25 May 2020 Attuned

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By Sandro Botticelli 1481 {{PD}}

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . make commitments, vows, agreements, pacts, but only if your mind isn’t clouded by ambition or desire. Too, we are naturally attuned to our highest values and ideals, at this point, and so may assume the other party is interpreting things in a similar light–but it’s possible they’re not, and we’re reading too much that promises integrity into the situation. Avoiding missteps requires sticking to our standards while remaining clear-eyed about the motives and wants of others. Knowing we could succumb to sleight-of-hand may be enough to keep us awake and aware.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 24 May 2020 Sudden Power Moves

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‘Fighting Forms’ By Franz Marc 1914 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . remain aware of the dazzling and very sudden power moves we may both observe and actually encounter and so have to deal with directly. We’re primed to flex our own muscles, to make our own choices, to name our own fate, but there are a few things we’ll need to take into account in an atmosphere where everyone feels that way: 1) we’ll just naturally put all our personal authority behind having our way and expressing our Will, but we shouldn’t underestimate the potential impact of the accident, the unusual, or the serendipitous. 2) thinking itself runs along healthy lines, and that predisposes us to use good judgement. 3) we can gain if we can go with the flow, rather than being distracted by some very prominent attempts to convince us ‘it’ can’t be done, or that there aren’t any opportunities for us there. 4) flexibility in thought is a good thing, while pessimism, gullibility, and anger-as-fuel are not.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 23 May 2020 Act Big

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‘Twittering Birds’ By Paul Klee 1922 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . act with big gestures, with enormous confidence, making sweeping statements about who you are, but all aligned with the facts of the matter, and done with an eye to anticipating what you have that’s new to offer, and what might sneak up on you and throw a monkey wrench into the works. Co-ordination, especially among your thoughts, the philosophies and beliefs that are the underpinnings of your choices, and the actions you take, is what makes for success today. Don’t exaggerate your actual ‘muscle power’, what you can and can’t handle–overdoing will only undermine what you hope to achieve–and examine the sudden idea or spontaneous thought against what you know to be true–that’s the only way to know if it’s worth pursuing.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

New Moon in Gemini 22 May 2020 Thoughts Take Shape

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‘Le jardin des Tuileries en automne (The Tuileries in Autumn)’ By Paul de Castro 1921 {{PD}}

The New Moon perfects at 2 Gemini 04 at 10:37 AM PDT on the 22nd and makes just a few close aspects; if we stretch a little, what we get is an Air Grand Trine with arms of Juno in Libra and Saturn-Pallas Aquarius with the conjunction of Sun and Moon making this GT temporary but potent. What’s clear is that we have an opportunity to achieve mental balance, to find a harmonious relationship between how we intellectualize the real world, how we see our own power or lack within it, and the role our relationships play in the actual empowerment equation. What forms here tests our capacity for practicality and calls forth our skills, specifically requiring us to collaborate or otherwise draw on our network of contacts in order to achieve effective mental balance–that is, an effective way of processing and expressing ourselves in the world.

If this New Moon could talk, it might make these statements: cooperation facilitates getting what you want and opens avenues to Self-expression; what we think of the physical and material is as important as what those material circumstances actually are; what’s solid, real, and possibly seen as a barrier is in actuality offering you a receptacle that will give shape to your mental energy as it takes physical form. The sooner you see that Saturnian walls, restrictions, and rules don’t deny nearly as much as they show you practical parameters to enhance and define creative energy expressed through skills, the more quickly you’ll be able to make a reality of the new ways of thinking and networking the New Moon brings.

‘Music in the Tuileries’ By Édouard Manet 1862 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘The Garden Of The Tuileries In Paris’. The Tuileries are an expression of the human Saturnian urge to order, contain, and capture as it applies to Nature herself. This image tells us that if we cooperate and collaborate, by recognizing the true inclinations of the energies we seek to mold, we can create something that has the best elements of humanity’s interventions and Nature’s spontaneous (but in its own way planned) growth, outreach, and expression. And how is this achieved? By finding the balance between control and growth. The Tuileries are an example of the longevity creations with this kind of balance can attain, and encourages the idea of peaceful co-habitation in any number of ways.

Combine this New Moon energy with the other energies of the 22nd to successfully shape and guide yourself over the coming two weeks.

 

A Good Day To . . . 22 May 2020 Reality Wins

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‘Promise of Spring’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1890 {{PD}}

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . vow to change ourselves, rather than demanding (or hoping for, or wishing for, or praying for) the world to change. Some of us may stick with the delusion that we definitely know how things should be, and we will indignantly wait for everyone and everything else to see our disapproval and snap into line, while the rest of us will see the benefit in recognizing reality as it is, and adjusting our expectations accordingly. It’s not a time for head-in-the-sand, magical thinking, and yet you and I both have seen that embraced as a lifestyle by plenty of people lately; that stance guarantees dreams denied, while to see what is and work from there is to make significant headway toward ambition and desire fulfillment, and will spark that most illusive of feelings, genuine happiness.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 21 May 2020

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‘The Fitting’ By Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . make it all about tailoring actions, choices, skill expression, and ‘I Am’ statements in ways that will add to empowerment. That probably means asserting yourself but not in a way that alienates others. Not glamorous, but can be super-productive if you can get the hang of it, and one thing’s certain: if you don’t act or choose, you’ll be left in limbo.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

Sorry this is a wee bit late getting posted. It was actually done two days ago, but for the past 48 hours+ I’d been unable to upload a picture through WordPress. It finally worked, though in future I might just schedule them to post on time, with or without an illustration. Have a lovely Wednesday!