A Good Day To . . . 21 February 2020

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‘Watchers of the Stars’ Artist Unknown, 16th century {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . watch out!! Hurt (or even the equivalent of a guilty conscience) is propelling at least some of our choices or actions, and that makes for spontaneity, originality, and unique approaches, but also for accidents, rebellions, and erratic behavior. The more easily we can accept all facets of ourselves (the more open we are to the dimensionality of our Beingness, to what we might judge light and dark, good and bad, positive and negative)–that is, the less judgmental we can be about ourselves, the more likely we are to act in ways that are both empowered and in-line with our ideas of who we are at our best. A few pointers: facts matter, whether we like it or not, the social sphere does have an impact, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, and our strength comes from both acceptance of and understanding of our past, and what important ideas and experiences we’ve brought forward from it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 February 2020

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‘Dream’ By Joan Brull c1905 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . take advantage of what you know, specifically to make dreams happen. Today features a lovely convergence of opportunity and creative essence; dream big, and view the social landscape in terms of ideals (and judge ‘the facts’ by those, too). Do that, and refuse to be moved to action or to choose based on the influence of all those things you want to deny or that enrage you; that is, don’t be destructively reactive out of avoidance. Do your best to respond out of positives, reaching for a goal, attention on what you want, not on what you don’t.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 February 2020

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The 19th is a Good Day To . . . apply your most creative energies and inclinations to those areas in life where you hold absolute power. That may affect many, or may only be relevant to you as an individual, but in any case, the day calls for idealism and imagination actively and cleverly applied–and you’re more than up to it, just as long as you’re not looking specifically for the benefit or payoff to your creative efforts. Forget about what it might bring you, and indulge the dream in its most perfect, and perfectly creative, form; accompanying thinking is smart and practical, though of course, during the retrograde best applied to review and refining, rather than to new commitments.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 18 February 2020

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Ramon Casas i Carbó ‘La Carga (The Charge) or Barcelona 1902’ though the picture was apparently done 1899-1900. {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . curb all impulses, because the inclination is to charge ahead, no holds barred, and that could result in poor expressions of power and unwise or impractical decisions that reverberate far into the future. What should we do? Be willing to think about how asserting ourselves will affect the road ahead, and as the Sun moves into Pisces, use our imaginations to see what could be, in an ideal world. Oh, and don’t do anything blatantly unhealthy–we’re too susceptible to out-sized impacts to the physical well-being, right now.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 17 February 2020

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By Azro Art Village, Morocco – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76674582

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . marry your effective power and real-world efforts to achieving ambition fulfillment and to addressing with the intuitive senses any ‘blind spot’ material that comes forward. The values and standards we believe we hold may be challenged by what’s actually wise or practical in the moment–and we need not to be so proud that we can’t bend to a smarter course. To prevent chafing, be flexible when the evidence suggests modification is needed, and really put your shoulder to the figurative grindstone–with the right attitude, mountains can be moved.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 16 February 2020 Mercury Retrograde: Dreaming Backwards

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‘Dreamers ‘ By Albert Joseph Moore c1865 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . listen. There’s an undertone to events that sneaks up on us, a dull roar that’s easy to dismiss as just background noise. It starts with a handful of contra-parallels, opposition-toned energy duos that enter the arena but don’t necessarily engage directly with each other: Our love for something or someone, our finances, or our relationships themselves are at odds with our own successful empowerment; the messages we receive or our own thinking fails to correctly understand the value (or lack of it) in what’s happening; and we’re likely to be surprised either by ourselves and our reactions or by what receives scrutiny or ‘the spotlight’–and there’s a chance that light will shine directly on something unusual, unique, radical, or original that we’ve done or are pursuing. Can make for a confusing atmosphere, the kind that shakes our confidence in our own identity or beliefs just enough to make us hesitate–and when we do, we should try the recommended listening, as an internal stillness and receptivity will offer (or make the way clear for) what we need to know.

This isn’t helped by the late afternoon Pacific time retrograde of Mercury in Pisces. It kicks in at 12 Pisces 53, with the first aspect it makes a semi-square to Saturn, and the first aspect made to it a square from the Moon in Sagittarius and then a sextile from Pallas and semi-sextile from Venus (over the first two days of the retro, with the order not being especially important). I see the way the retro period starts as a kind of harbinger of what to expect through the cycle; the ‘birth’ of the retrograde, and so its meaning. This time we have the retro occurring in Water, asking us to re-consider how we feel, with that examination of feelings showing us what values and relationships are making the ‘hard edges’ and difficult circumstances in our world. We have the wisdom and practical orientation to address what we see; at the same time, a flood of emotion bolstered by the square from the Moon in Sag, which we might describe as ‘difficult knowledge’, compels us to ‘dream backward’, that is, to assess the current reality, especially the emotional reality, by reviewing what previous dreams and ideals were chosen, which discarded, and how this built things as they are now. Exercise the imagination in the first half of the cycle, and in the latter half, exorcise it, flushing out delusions, misinterpretations, and untenable fantasies that are standing in the way of what you really want.

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

We’re finally moving, so I won’t be able to make daily posts as I won’t have access to my computer, but I’ll do my best to pop in when I can. Once we’re settled I’ll resume some sort of regular schedule–’til then, I’ll miss you all!

A Good Day To . . . 15 February 2020

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

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . heal the Self through straight-out indulgence of the senses, and then take that sense of renewal and put it to work to expand what you know, to make beliefs into facts, to get the social sphere on your side, to learn–to enhance whatever means of successfully contacting and intermingling your Will with the world fits the bill. We may feel a bit rudderless, but it’s nothing to panic about–instead recognize that it’s a fairly effective way to keep your mind off matters you’d rather not deal with anyway–appropriate to drift and dream a bit, even as you enjoy the pleasures of living in a body, and experiment with reaching out and impressing yourself on your surroundings.

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

A Good Day To . . . 14 February 2020

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By Stefan Krause, Germany – Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22857511

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . refuse to allow an unhealthy level of misdirected anger to torpedo relationships and/ or the ‘wise’ choice. The viewpoint is skewed in favor of knocking everyone and everything off balance, either out of a need to feel powerful (for that’s the cause of any disruptor who has no other goal than to disrupt!) or out of fear of what’s coming (because we think we may feel better if everything is out of whack and everybody unsure!) We do best to take a sober measure of the value of our relationships: do they support us? make our world better? offer love and positive interaction? And does the inflow and outflow of money make sense, considering where we want to go in life? Today take note, as what’s illuminated signals exactly what does and doesn’t work.

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

A Good Day To . . . 13 February 2020

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‘Portrait of a Young Married Couple’ By Jacob Jordaens c1617 {{PD}}

The 13th is a Good Day To . . . realize that what happens in relationships and/ or financial arenas will test the validity of the current life direction. Rather than focusing on the actual issue, focus on the bigger picture: what does the situation say about your larger goals or about the current behaviors and the direction they’re taking you? Usually we’d just weigh matters using our values and priorities as guidelines, but today we’re disconnected from standards in such a way that it could be easy to violate them–so move or make change with care, with the better choice being tentative planning, rather than execution, all with an eye to decoding what the Universe is telling us.

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

A Good Day To . . . 12 February 2020

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‘Rainbow’ By Ivan Aivazovsky 1873 {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that thinking is imaginative, inspired, but not necessarily wise or practical. Use this unusual set of conditions to assess those parts of your reality that need modification by planning what to do or how to approach it–problems can be solved, circumstances improved, by considering what your next move or change should be (as thinking will be creative and spiritually-cognizant) but by waiting until later to actually implement (as today we’re no judge of what’s smart or workable).

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

A Good Day To . . . 11 February 2020

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‘Mauritshuis’ By Johannes Vermeer c1660 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . listen to that part of us that ‘knows’ even as there’s nothing we can point to proving that we know! We gain by confidence in who we are, and that includes trusting our inner compass. The future looks difficult, hard to navigate, but there’s something in our nature related to a past hurt that can help put the anticipation of what’s coming in perspective, and so help eliminate any obstacles, real or imagined, to moving forward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 9-10 February 2020

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‘Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)’ By Winslow Homer 1870 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . relax! We’ve just been side-swiped by the Leo Full Moon, and we need to gather ourselves, take stock, and leave a space to recuperate. Today we may feel ‘out of it’ and we are, with creative, spiritual, and perceptive energies all drifting and anchorless; ride the tide of whatever’s happening without too much engagement, or too much concern–most issues can wait, just a bit. Don’t worry; we do have the immediate capacity to judge what’s wise or practical, what’s necessary to defend or improve, and if your energy must go somewhere, it’s best to send it after those factors, even as you sit back with a cup of coffee or a nice drink.

The 10th is a Good Day To . . . embrace the gift, the reward, the emotional gem you’ve been given via your experience of a deep wound. Today this can be very successfully applied to getting closer to your dream or goal, and it offers the bonus of showing you effective use of the power you currently hold. In what we may be reluctant to explore, we find one of our best assets.

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

Leo Full Moon 8 February 2020 Call and Response

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‘A Bather (Echo)’ By Jean-Jacques Henner 1881 {{PD}}

The Full Moon in Leo occurs at 11:33 PM PST at 20 Leo 00, sextile Zeus-Juno, square Vesta, and sesquiquadrate the South Node. These are contacts that wouldn’t even show up in most charts set to calculate only the ‘classic’ major bodies and points–so what does that say? Maybe it implies that what culminates here is subtle, and let’s face it, subtle isn’t a vibe that Leo does easily. Conclusions or endings arriving today may be, quite suddenly, dumped in our laps, presented as fait accompli, something we must just accept, no matter how we feel about it. That can make for major surprises delivered quietly, with a wink and a nod and a sudden twist of the entire landscape. We could feel ambushed, with delight or with upset, stunned in a way that on the outside is liable to be mild, even barely perceptible to others, but that inside re-shapes our outlook, or our entire world.

The sextile to Zeus-Juno in Libra points toward a resolution around ambitions and desires, and so a change (or cementing in place) to status and empowerment modes. If you have something at 19-22 Pisces in the natal chart, you may get a message delivered as clearly as a weather vane indicates the direction of the approaching storm, a sudden drop in pressure pulling in an answer to your goal or power situation represented by the Pisces natal energy or point. It acts as apex to a Finger of God; people who experience this may feel the whole thing is out of their hands, happening to them, rather than being at least nominally driven by their choices.

The square to Vesta may show us how and where our commitments and priorities clash with the demands of our own emotions or with our intuition. We have to ask: are we in conflict because we need to modify our stated values, because they don’t actually represent who we are, or is it that we fear what those values will be bringing us? Our reaction may spring, at least in part, from unpleasant experiences of the past, ones we link, consciously or not, with current events. Don’t be afraid to examine these issues at this time; the Leo energy of a Full Moon promises that we have a strong grip on identity, and though we may be surprised by our feelings, they aren’t alien to us, but instead easily traced to their origins. They hold recognizable shapes, and the FM may require we measure them for accuracy, ‘fit’, and appropriateness to our values, and vice versa, measure our values to see how we truly feel about them.

The Sabian for the Full Moon falls precisely on the degree without any minutes, meaning we read 20 Leo: ‘Zuni Indians Perform A Ritual To The Sun’. The symbol for the Sun, which we always inspect for clues as to the origins of the Full Moon light, is, ‘A Large White Dove Bearing A Message’. Taken together they make a kind of Cosmic call and response, a ritual ‘cris de coeur‘ to the source of all life, and the answer that is given. Whatever happens for the Full Moon, make sure you pay attention–this is energy put out into the Universe by the Soul, and that means what comes back to us has a great deal to say about who we are, and where we’re headed.

A Good Day To . . . 8 February 2020

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‘Waiting’ By Edgar Degas c1812 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . prepare for the late night Pacific time Full Moon in Leo. But leading up to that, we have a harmonious and productive day via spiritual and creative inspiration and the ability to find what’s of worth in areas we don’t usually want to give our energy to, and the result is thinking that both furthers ambition fulfillment and lays the foundations for the ‘next step’. Next up: the Leo Full Moon!

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 February 2020

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The Île de la Cité as seen from the Pont des Arts shortly before sunrise, Paris, France. By Daniel Vorndran / DXR, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31704254

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . embrace your responsibilities. I know! So unglamorous. But in some way we need to think of our current real-world position as a privilege–that not only gives us perspective on the past, it offers healing to some old, painful rifts. Take the concentration off goals, ambitions, and personal empowerment, just for today. Right now progress comes by putting the ego aside and doing what needs to be done without fanfare and without worrying whether this advances your wants or not. Surprisingly, this will put you in exactly the right spot to serve goals and aims tomorrow.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 February 2020

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‘Shakyamuni Conquering the Demons (Shaka Gōma-zu)’ By Kawanabe Kyōsai 1887 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . get over ourselves! That opens the way to a convergence of wisdom and experience that can’t be beat, and even offers a dollop of healing. The Full Moon is building; today’s effort will help set the stage for a successful FM conclusion, realization, or reward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 February 2020

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‘Japanese Garden’ By Emil Orlík 1904 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . do two things: attend to health issues, and communicate your original or revolutionary ideas for change. The group, in particular, will be receptive, and with a little effort both the health picture and the current power scenario will incline in the direction of the ideal. We may be tempted to abandon guidelines, values, and even to transgress close bonds in an attempt to get things moving, but that would be a foolish choice, wouldn’t it?

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 February 2020

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‘A Spiritual Landscape’ By Lucian Popov c1900 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . listen to instincts and believe those inner prompts where we ‘know but don’t know’; that’s where we find Love, reward, inspiration, acceptance that the Cosmos is, indeed, balanced, and a sense that all is exactly as it should be.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 February 2020

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‘Old Cedar Tree in Botanic Garden, Chelsea’ By Samuel Palmer 1854 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . act not with an eye on the future, but with concern only for the current wants, needs, and empowerment picture. Choose and move in a way that recognizes limits and yet maximizes impact and options, and you’re certain to gain. Don’t be overly concerned with sticking to your stricter guidelines–for once these won’t be helpful–or with worrying about tomorrow–it will take care of itself; instead, draw on real-world circumstances as they exist right now, and on past experience, and refuse to succumb to knee-jerk reactions and spontaneity, which immediately would translate as recklessness. Think before you leap.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 February 2020

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Woodcut By Bertha Züricher 1920 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . think critically about the facts, about the potentials for expansion, about your own beliefs and philosophies, and about feedback received from the social sphere. Everything you explore and much of what you conclude will be of benefit, most of it sooner rather than later.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 February 2020

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‘Landscape with a Rainbow’ By Joseph Wright of Derby {{PD}}

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . face issues, and take command of them. Just as it did yesterday, spontaneity and originality pay off, but you may first have to battle thinking (your own or that of others) that rejects instincts and a balanced approach. It may be a matter of seeing and accepting the full extent of your power, while proceeding with the conscious intent of causing absolutely no harm.

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 January 2020

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‘Created in New Zealand to celebrate and honor the global LGBTQ community’ Photo By Kategracemcalpine – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76055901

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want, because with a little flexibility and adjustment, you’re going to get it. Spontaneity and Higher Mind-inspired ideas carry a special, beneficial charge, as they’re in step with values and so aligned in the best way with the Soul’s intents. As Robert Browning wrote, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp”; today’s the day to put that into practice.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 January 2020

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The 30th is a Good Day To . . . share our beliefs, philosophies, and to be generous in thinking about others, but with one BIG warning, specific to when we’re dealing with those we love: any buried resentments, anger, or neglected matters will seep into interaction, so take care. Commune with others, but know that if we’re seeking to establish dominance or make a point or if there are resentments roiling beneath consciousness, we’ll taint the interaction and miss our chance to really, truly relate.

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 January 2020

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‘Sunshine in the Drawing Room III’ By Vilhelm Hammershøi 1903 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . stay in our lane. Steady as she goes is the way to go; sudden moves make for unwise or impractical choices, confusion, and maybe a little chaos. We feel our empowered best in asset management (including talent expression), relationships, and in living our values, and it pays off, as long as we are intent on taking a healed approach both in our own minds and in our actions. Cause no harm, focus on Love, and the day can hold unexpected benefits, and a certain amount of vivid, replenishing, probably figurative sunshine.

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

A Good Day To . . . 28 January 2020

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The Dream Garden by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maxfield Parrish, Photo By Bruce Andersen – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1554134

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . fight for that dream you pursued yesterday! The funny thing is, as soon as you step up to defend it, you’ll suddenly see that there are any number of elements within the social sphere, or opportunities to go forward, that mean you don’t have to fight with anyone, you simply have to proceed. A few will insist on a skirmish, not being flexible enough to change direction on a dime, but everyone else will find, to their relief and delight, that it’s a great time to pursue ambitions and desires, and that their unique and original contributions can find an outlet, and even better, an appreciative audience.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 January 2020

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By Agabaranska – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24783153

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . invest in the dream. We are tip-top at bringing our knowledge and experience acquired in the past into the present and giving it useful forms, and we are especially adept today at seeing how to infuse the real with the ideal. Creativity pays off, and relationships that are genuinely loving can take on ideal proportions. Go for it!

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 January 2020

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After making our case, what we might really need is a quiet place to retreat. ‘The Inglenook in My Studio’ By Mary Hiester Reid c1910

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . be prepared for conflict with your complementary number. That could be anyone, relative to who you are; we see it most clearly in anima/ animus, female/ male contrasts, but really, it can take the shape of any yin to our yang, or vice versa. This could also be seen in the ideal vs. the practical, the factual vs. potentials, or the receptive vs. the assertive–but in any case, be ready to defend your stance, not angrily, but robustly, armed with good reasons why your viewpoint should prevail. And then, let the most worthy position win.

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

New Moon in Aquarius 24 January 2020 Birth of Unanticipated Beauty

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‘The Birth of Aphrodite’ By Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky 1887 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Aquarius (also known as the Chinese New Year) occurs at 1:41 PM PST of the 24th at 4 Aquarius 21, sextile Chiron and square Uranus, but both of those on the wide and separating side, and we can also include a loose novile to Venus in Pisces. That suggests in a psychic sense the New Moon is dangling out there, a loner, an individualist, on its own, birthing something unanticipated, something startling and beautiful–and in Aquarius, that can be something new, modern, advanced, academic, unpredictable, or chaotic.

We may take an intellectual approach to the new feelings sparked at this time, or may discover a new understanding of an already extent situation, and these viewpoints arise from both a shock and a healing moment; those may be the same thing, or two different things, but together end up opening the door brilliantly to a reward, relationship, or ‘treasure’ of great spiritual depth, one that connects us in a unique way to the Collective.

However, there’s nothing brash about what happens here. The shocks are mild, traceable to a recent conflict or difficulty, and perceived in such a way that with a bit of effort, all can be healed, smoothed over, or put right, with the upset likely showing us exactly what we need to see. Conflict with the group is possible, or we may be guilty of erratic behavior, unreliability, or generating chaos ourselves, but it’s within the tumult that we find the seeds of understanding, revelation, and ultimately, acceptance.

The novile to Venus in Pisces holds our ideal of Love, relationship, asset acquisition or talent expression before us, and shows us a clever and inspired way to achieve it; we still have to reach for it, putting in some energy to make it a reality–nothing is guaranteed, and the unpredictable element, if left unaddressed, can take it all sideways in a heartbeat.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Council Of Ancestors Is Seen Implementing The Efforts Of A Young Leader’. Here the emphasis is on the experienced group recognizing the innovative leader, with the mention of youth a clue to that figure’s link to Higher Mind–for where else does wisdom come from, if one is short on experience? This implies that the revelations or reveals that accompany the New Moon are informed by a higher intelligence, and that it will take a cooperative effort, or an acceptance by the majority, to implement them.

No matter what form taken by the unanticipated beauty of the New Moon, and no matter how disorganized or shocking it is initially, it promises positives, information that makes our lives better, an understanding that unites rather than divides. It takes our breath away, and shifts our world-view toward the modern, the fresh, the future.

A Good Day To . . . 23 January 2020

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‘Street in Oban, Night’ By James Guthrie c1893 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . take a pause, and believe concrete circumstances as they exist, rather than allowing our fears to embroider reality. The danger is we misread fears as instinct and feel compelled to respond to them. The good news is we have a deft touch in the material world, optimism and knowledge that attract reward, wise and clever ways of processing info, and a relationship with Nature that enhances our own authority, autonomy, and power position. Don’t push too hard; it’s the darkest portion of the Dark of the Moon, and so more conducive to introspection and contemplation than to big, showy moves or declarations, as they just won’t ‘stick’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 January 2020

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From the Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons Art of the In-Between show at the Met. Photo By Rhododendrites CC BY-SA 4.0

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . remember all those ‘I want’ impulses that nearly ran us off the rails yesterday? Well now that same energy has morphed into smart, perceptive, and almost magically transformative urges, making us ‘lucky’ in bringing about change, re-shaping weighty matters, or in eliminating the unwanted. It takes a splash of imagination (which we may resist employing–funny that) and faith in ourselves and our own unique tastes and judgments–but these are warranted, and when put into action clarity of thought/ messaging and the potential for healing are both present.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 January 2020

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‘Dance. An Objectless Composition’ By Alexander Rodchenko 1915 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . keep our tempers and our egos in check, and our fingers off the launch button. At the same time, we can very successfully create effective, permanent, even transformative change–so, no need to be a wallflower, just keep in mind that we forget there’s a tomorrow at our own peril.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 January 2020

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By Korall – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4835780

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . think creatively, and consider the ways you can gain in the future. Today we have a special knack for being clever, imaginative, and for inspired thinking, especially when we focus on taking positive steps that have a cumulative effect on the path forward. The only issues occur if we ignore reality or real-world situations as they are, and if we think something good can come out of being destructive or engaging in power plays–it won’t.

The Sun enters Aquarius today, turning our attention to the modern, the innovative, the group, or toward manifesting our own originality. This transit really can make it all feel like a ‘new day’.

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A Good Day To . . . 19 January 2020

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‘To Pastures New’ By James Guthrie 1883 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . .ask yourself: why is it that your attention is repeatedly drawn to any number of matters you’d rather ignore, pretend don’t exist, or that make you want to throw a fit? Even the most pleasant of topics somehow gets under our skin, and the whole thing has the unfortunate side effect of bringing things to a halt–or at least, engendering starts-and-stops that are disorienting and irritating in themselves.

There’s really only one answer to why this is happening: because you either need to pay attention to this, unfun as that may be, or there’s something to be drawn from it, a thing or state or conclusion you need to be conscious of. Stop resisting taking the time to consider what needs to be understood or attended to; the sooner you address it, the sooner you’re free of it, and even, may benefit from it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 January 2020

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By Farahanghis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76482235

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . figure out why the urge to be erratic or to surprise others with the unexpected is warring so directly with the desire for stability, regularity, and a measured response. We’re looking for a reaction, or to prove our uniqueness or individuality, and it’s not pretty. Things are flying out of our mouths, and our message is meant to rock others, to cause chaos! And others are shocking us with their message, or openly rebelling, or pulling a disappearing act, too; it’s like a competition to see who can be most outré–but kind of a sad one, as we’re all looking intently at those around us, since our goal isn’t expression, but to elicit a response.

Freeing ourselves from the compulsion to stir it up may be as simple as grounding ourselves. Look to the element of your natal Moon for guidance on what can make you feel secure–which in turn allows you to relax and opt out of the potential rumble. Water signs may need a bath, a swim, a good cry, a spa treatment, or merely to stay hydrated, in order to avoid manufacturing mayhem, while Earth signs benefit from sharing a nourishing meal, doing something highly tactile like sewing, sculpting, getting a massage, or actually getting down and dirty in the garden. Fire signs need activity–the more demands made on the muscles, and/ or the more excitement courted, the better, while Air signs–oh Air signs, always living in your head! Try intense intellectual engagement, whatever allows mental escapism for you, or the opposite, whatever allows you to blank out, a meditative state that goes beyond the usual, giving the feeling of either blending with the Universe or of not existing at all!

Current Moon in Scorpio just means you need to be passionate about your grounding choice, while being sure to soothe yourself even as you don’t ignore reality, or endanger your health or your career.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 January 2020

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‘Priestess of Delphi’ By John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . be careful with our words, careful with our power. We’re stronger than we know, and also, quite unintentionally, more aggressive than we realize, so that we think we’re just saying . . . but we’re really conjuring the spirits, longing to discharge energy through rebellion, by shocking others, through challenging the status quo, through out-reasoning or spiritual one-upsmanship (an ugly practice where we say, ‘Look at me! I’m more in harmony with the Universe than you are!’) Our connection to Nature is strong, especially as it informs our relationships, but we’re too easily convinced that our aggressive impulses are instinctive, and therefore necessary, ones. It’s a misdirection of creativity or a refusal to heal, an insistence instead on clinging to, or even causing, hurt. Appreciate what you’ve got, count your blessings–banal advice, I know, but effective, as the energy will be re-channeled, without us having to think too strenuously about how to pull back and make right.

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A Good Day To . . . 13-16 January 2020

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That eclipse opened the floodgates, didn’t it? ‘Flood Sufferings’ By Aby Altson {{PD}}

I don’t know about you, but the eclipse knocked me out, physically, mentally, and especially emotionally. I had to step away for a few days, and apologize for not letting you know ahead of time–even I didn’t know it was going to happen, and when it did it was all I could do to be in the same room with a computer, never mind actually writing something! And in reality, I think the eclipse cast such a long figurative shadow that we all needed to process, process, process–and I don’t think we’re done yet.

That Capricorn cluster of Ceres-Pluto-Saturn reverberates, and will for some time. Brace yourself, as it’s so pervasive, so domineering in terms of effect, that it’s likely to take multiple forms, and has the potential to ripple out for up to 6 months (through to the next eclipse set). It’s about both personal and large-scale Power expression, the impact that has (or the way we’re held back from making an impact) in real-world circumstances, and Mother Nature, from a micro to a macro level, undergoing serious change and flux. This will reveal itself in so many ways; fear may precede revelation with this energy, which implies that staying calm opens the door to understanding, and so to a useful inflow of information/ perception. On the 13th opportunity is available; look to what grabs your attention–that’s where the openings are.

‘After The Flood’ By Paul Klee 1936 {{PD}}

As I write, Venus is poised to leap from Aquarius to Pisces–moving the relationship and financial tone from intellectual Air to immersive Water, the sign of this goddess’s exaltation–and that too may be feeding tension the 13th. Anticipate a ‘new lens’ slapped over relationships and finances, and so different feelings to surface. We’re likely to be both more intuitive in these areas, and also too easily overcome by any propensity for run-away imaginations.

By the 14th we’ll be challenged to stick to what we know is wise or practical, as we may be troubled by anything we’ve ignored or neglected. If we dwell in integrity, there’s nothing to fear, and the mind is aligned with instinct in a most beneficial way.

‘Flood in Ohio Valley’ By Gregor Perušek 1937 {{PD}}

Both 14th and 15th we may find our Will, our actions, or our ego impulses slowed or stopped by external forces; this might be both a show of Power, cluing us in to who really has the reins, and to the ways in which creating the future we want may depend on us modifying our efforts now. Go after what you want, anyway; the serendipitous and the spontaneous carry benefits, and a show of spark may persuade others to put their money on you.

The 16th we see no new major aspects formed, but we do see both Mercury and Pallas in the stressful 29th degree (Merc in Capricorn, Pallas in Sagittarius), suggesting that communications and our own internal source of guidance and wisdom could be under pressure. Information and the ability to process in organized and specific ways could be constricted to a choke-point that could induce panic, and fear that we ‘just don’t know’, that we don’t have the smarts to process the facts or to take advantage of opportunities could be strong. It’s a matter of staying calm and balanced (Moon in Libra) and taking advantage of today’s forming Sun-Sedna trine, which offers illumination through listening to that still, small voice within, the one we know as instinct, the one that ‘knows but doesn’t know’–and yet does, if we can acknowledge the possibility that the mind isn’t the only conduit through which we can receive information. The real-world holds rewards, and today, they may be right in front of us.

Have a lovely week, my friends!

Lunar Eclipse January 2020

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Lunar Eclipse, from ‘Kitab al-Tafhim’ By Al-Biruni c1000 {{PD}}

The Lunar eclipse begins at 11:21 AM PST January 10th at 20 Cancer 00. An eclipse, Solar or Lunar, is an energy disruptor, with the Lunar being oriented toward endings, conclusions, denouement, resolutions, outcomes, final denials, or the finishing of one period so that a new one can begin. That’s what can be confusing about eclipses: the endings hold the seeds of beginnings, and the beginnings contain some finality. We couldn’t have one without the other, and sometimes its nearly impossible to tell in the moment whether what’s happening is the end to something, or the beginning to something else–but in some way, it’s likely both.

This Lunar eclipse in Cancer suggests we may stop caring about something or someone that had been important to us, or may withdraw nurturing from someone or something we have previously sustained, or one or both of these may happen to us, as someone else turns their concern in another direction. This sounds negative, but is really about finding the ending inherent in any relationship, which allows psychic ‘room’ for a new start. It may be felt more as a shift than an ending/ beginning, a movement of intention, especially supportive attention, to a different subject, and may show the end point of an old attention goal, the start of a new attention goal, or both.

The eclipse is involved in three major energy ‘clusters’: a T-square involving a loose conjunction of Juno and Zeus as the arm of the T, with Sun et al. as the balance; the opposition as its own dynamic, enhanced beyond the usual Full Moon opposition to the Sun by inclusion of Ceres, Saturn, Mercury, and Pluto; and the final a grab bag with a pair of individual contacts, possibly less strident in expression but no less significant, a wide, separating trine to Neptune in Pisces, and a very close but separating sesquiquadrate to Mars in Sagittarius.

This eclipse coincides with the Superior Conjunction of Sun and Mercury, with both semi-square Mars and mirroring the complementary aspect to the ones made by the eclipse–and of course, opposed the Full Moon itself. The Sun and Mercury are also conjoined by Ceres, Pluto, and Saturn, making for an intense grouping gathered within a less than three degrees span. In the context of the eclipse, this may suggest powerful forces that combine to create the eclipse effect–but this may not be an accurate perception. It may instead be a seminal perception, one that causes some mildly difficult actions and choices that bring forward another ending, this one initially planted at the Inferior Conjunction and now coming to fruition.

L’éclipse, acquaforta, by Félix Bracquemond, in Sonnets et eaux-fortes, Paris, 1869 {{PD}}

Here’s the thing: amidst the cacophony of endings and beginnings, the Saturn-Pluto meeting likely already will have set in motion a serious and permanent change dynamic keyed to Capricornian institutions, structures, rules, authority figures, power figures, the status quo, and generally pushing strongly and persistently toward breaking down the old order, the old construct, the old power balance, with ‘old’ simply suggesting ‘established’, and it should take both a personal version (related to natal contacts and/ or the House subjects where the eclipse falls in the natal chart) and a larger societal one that you personally become aware of and observe. There may be no telling one change from another.

Too, don’t expect total destruction; this could instead resurrect things, especially things surrounding what we believed already dead, as new life in a new form is breathed into them, supplanting the old order, but not with anything new. In so many ways, that’s a horrifying thought. There’s even the chance that current power situations are cemented in place, with change only in the surface appearance, if at all, the prevailing power structure firmly fixed.

The presence of Ceres suggests Nature has her say, or that our connection to the natural world undergoes a time in the Underworld and is then brought into our reality, our Beingness forever altered by the experience (an illness or near-death event, mourning, an experience of grief, an encounter with the unseen, a spiritual event, a birth, an encounter with a ‘ghost’, any real-world happening that plunges us into awareness of the unseen and the pattern of life-death-life). Or it could be that we see real-world authority change right before our eyes, transforming into something Other. No matter what, we’ll find out something about our own place in things, and about the reach and extent of our power to make change, and this in many ways could be a double-edged sword.

The difficult thing is that all this change, upheaval, transformation, and re-birth acts as a full throttle background to the eclipse; that’s where we may get the idea that the eclipse is the source, but the eclipse is only our emotional response, and so contains any changes prompted by that response. We react to the power situations, personal and in the wider sphere, and either communicate or receive messages that have been some time in the making.

The T-square suggests that in the course of all this power examination and potential upheaval we see conflicts or hard choices related to our empowerment, specifically how much ability we enjoy to pursue ambitions and desires. The separating trine to Neptune implies we’ve already approached ‘the Dream’ or are clear on our ideals (or thoroughly immersed in our delusion), with the sesquiquadrate to Mars telling us we’re actually in the midst of some uncomfortable or tough to implement choices or actions, know it or not.

Uranus is at this point stationary but still not direct, offering the tension of imminent chaos, but not breaking in that direction just yet. Uranus’ direction may free the rebel, unleash mayhem, strike a note of individuality or originality, or release the energies of Higher Mind, the latter prompting a possible ‘hand of God’ scenario carried out through groups or movements, or our own conviction about what’s needed and ‘right’.

Partial eclipse of the moon. Observed October 24, 1874. (Plate VII of The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings 1881) By Étienne Léopold Trouvelot {{PD}}

Normally I don’t address other current aspects at a New or Full Moon, but Pallas quincunx and Venus square Sedna suggest a threat to what we care about via unwise or ill-advised Self-messaging. The instincts need modification, flawed as they are at present by one or more consuming fears or bits of misinformation/ void of useful information. Those fears are the kind we carry inside but don’t make conscious–and yet they leak out into our choices and what we do, often surprising us with their intensity and seeming irrationality as they bring forward startling emotional responses in ourselves. These energies work in concert with the Cancerian eclipse promise of closure to caring or nurture, and the hard-edged real-world power issues or changes in progress now.

The Sabian symbol for this eclipse is, ‘Venetian Gondoliers Giving A Serenade’. Of note is the way there are no minutes attached to this eclipse degree, meaning we take the Sabian symbol that leads up to and includes 20 degrees. This symbol points to people not necessarily in the same ‘boat’ but ‘singing’ together. It’s their shared status or function (gondoliers), their shared interest in entertaining or attracting ‘business’ (which could be acceptance, attention, or some other benefit), and possibly sheer delight in life, coupled with the acting out of ‘traditional’ roles, that causes their singing. But further, a serenade actually implies a chosen and present audience, and the desire to bring pleasure or persuade–and that may be related to both the power situation and the Superior Conjunction, with most ready to state their fully-formed argument for what they see, what they believe, in the hope they may bring others to their way of seeing. Others will sing, and we’ll decide how we feel about that, and make changes or take action as a result.

I don’t anticipate understanding this eclipse period until well after it passes. The best we can do, then, is be aware of the feeling dynamic, the sentiment, beneath what we see transpire. That may be our touchstone to meaning; feelings will connect us in ways the mind cannot, as it’s already reached a maximum point within the cycle (Superior Conjunction), and may not accommodate the ‘stretch’ needed for illumination. The Sabian for the Sun only reinforces this: ‘A Hidden Choir Is Singing During A Religious Service‘. It’s the unseen source of ‘song’ reflecting our core Beingness, our faith, and our viewpoint of established institutions and organizations we ‘believe’ in, and our emotional response to and interpretation of these, that can give us the most reliable information, right now.

More on eclipses here. For some this may be too elementary, and some of what’s presented is just a wee bit fanciful (I don’t think it’s provable that romance is enhanced during a Full Moon!), but still full of interesting facts.

A Good Day To . . . 9 January 2020

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‘A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie’ By Albert Bierstadt 1866 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . surrender to whatever it is you’ve been fighting, resisting, denying, or afraid of. In surrender we see how little power the ‘thing’ actually has. All choice resides in us, including and most especially the choice of how we will see, frame, and react to our surroundings both tangible and intangible. Really, it’s the only way to find peace in this moment.

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

A Good Day To . . . 8 January 2020

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‘Himalayas, Tibet’ By Nicholas K. Roerich 1932 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . realize that the past, what we’ve learned or been taught over the years, and our beliefs and philosophy loom large–and that those experiences have not necessarily conveyed an accurate picture of reality, especially as it stands now. Our awareness is edged around by fears and an awareness of the darker elements, it’s a bit fantabulized (is that a word? It is now!), maybe weighted with the constraints and expectations of ideals and wishful thinking, possibly shaped by our creative and power-oriented impulses, and certainly looking for a way forward that limits our costs and preserves our Love and material well-being. Our aims aren’t unreasonable, but this may not be the time to address those things we believe threaten our priorities and our goals. Our perceptions are distorted, maybe even pulled out of shape by the upcoming Lunar eclipse, or pressured as stationary Uranus readies to take apparent direction (if it’s in hard aspect as it sits at 2 Taurus to some natal placement or point, then it’s definitely exerting an effect through Higher Mind and/ or chaos or rebellion). No matter the cause, do your best to rise above the current fray, both to avoid a misstep and to soothe your own sanity.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 January 2020

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‘Washerwomen of Seville’ By Charles Frederic Ulrich c1887 {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . look at all the things we’re doing right, especially concerning our health. Too often we’re focused on what’s wrong, and particularly on what’s wrong with us–and that’s no way to go through life. Consider the ways you can change it up, adjust, try something new, and in the course of it learn something beneficial, acting to effectively expand your well-being and your world.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 January 2020

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“Old Man’s Treasure (The Little Kitten)’ By Karl Gussow 1876 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . derive a reward perfectly appropriate to our pursuit of ambitions yesterday! Funny, right? Who expected things to pay off so soon, and so well? Creativity is high, and so is idealism; only a little effort is needed to make them an active part of the day. And perhaps best of all, healing comes effortlessly and in unexpected and clever ways, mostly in the course of earning, relating, or making Art or Love.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 January 2020

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‘Vase of Flowers’ By Hans Memling 1480 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . go after ambition and desire fulfillment, and don’t wait to feel sure inside, deep down to your bones–if you do, you’ll miss the opportunities that currently exist. Stick to values, don’t do anything unhealthy–the usual admonitions, this time with the added assurance that pursuing your wants will coincidentally unlock some fortuitous coincidences and bring forward just the help you need.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 January 2020

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‘The Moon Sees’ giclée graphics, 2005 By Nerva (Own work by uploader), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4322532

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . lay low, at least until the Moon is well into Taurus (enters Taurus 8:15 AM PST/ 11:15 AM EST, out of range of described issues probably by sometime after 3 PM Pacific). We technically start the day under a Void Aries Moon, which is like an invitation to frustrated energies and emotional discomfort as it is. And, as Luna enters Taurus, it quincunxes Mars at 00 Sagittarius and moves quickly on to conjoin Uranus. That spells anger that leads to impulsivity, or action that brings on the unexpected, even chaos–and all of it backed by emotions, the feeling nature, intuition, or senses stirred and driving choices. Add to this that as the Moon approaches Uranus it semi-squares Neptune and semi-sextiles Chiron, and what occurs could have origins in a misperception (or, in more fortunate circumstances, be inspired by spirit), and may relate to the wound–with the question being, will we heal or hurt ourselves with our spontaneous acting out?

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 and 3 January 2020

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‘Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley’ By Paul Cézanne {{PD}}

There’s been a glitch around the post for the 2nd ever since I wrote it; please click here to find it!

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . use our current empowerment options to mine those areas we’ve been ignoring or denying for the rewards, positives, relationship payoffs, and benefits they can offer. ‘Use what you’ve got’ may be our motto, and what’s been learned in the past and from past experience can be especially useful, with one exception, discussed below.

Mars moves into Sagittarius, and we head for the horizon. We want to know, to expand our reach, to learn or teach, and our initial impulse may be to believe that what we thought yesterday can still guide us today (Merc conj SN)–and in this one area, action propelled by curiosity and the need to explore, we find the one place we must rely more on reading the current reality than on accumulated knowledge or experience.

If we have any other watchword, it might be, ‘Keep it healthy’. Our habits and behaviors carry a bigger impact than usual, right now.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 January 2020

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An ice cave on Olkhon Island, eastern Siberia, Russia, Photo By © Sergey Pesterev / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58442270

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . remind yourself that the past wasn’t actually easier than what you face now, it just seems so. There’s also the matter of being hyper-aware of all the restrictions, barriers, and ‘no’s you’re currently being served in the ambition and desire fulfillment areas. Don’t worry–it’s just that today shadows and negative elements seem more prominent than opportunities and positives, but that’s just a perceptual trick of the light. It’s a time to rest, recover, and recuperate–discomfort should point you toward things that really will hold you back, if not attended to–everything else can wait while you get things, and yourself, ready for tomorrow.

Happy New Year to One and All!

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 December 2019

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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined darter), female. Forest of Sète, Hérault, France Photo By Christian Ferrer, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50671359

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . proceed with care. Our New Year’s Eve temptation will be to indulge in something unhealthy that is specific to our past. This develops only because our instincts are off, corrupted by all those things we’ve been ignoring or in denial of. They’re like whispers urging us to backslide, give up, not love ourselves. We do best to listen for and be open to the genuine Love around us, and to offer this to others in our communications; the challenge is that what’s authentic may not look as we expect it to, and what we usually see as loving may take on a very different hue today. We have to be open to seeing interactions and expressions for what they are, and to seeing what they actually mean. We benefit by thinking–a simple formula, but one we may consider dodging for any number of reasons! Just don’t. Have a very happy and safe start to the New Year!

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A Good Day To . . . 30 December 2019

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The 30th is a Good Day To . . . engage in radical and radically original thinking. Spontaneous communication is the most enlightening, informed as it will be by Higher Mind. Apply what’s most unique within a situation or even within yourself to understanding the present and its connection to the past. Carry on!

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 December 2019

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The 29th is a Good Day To . . . watch out! There’s a current, uncanny mix of actions and choices that ride on the over-confident shoulders of all those matters that enrage us, or that we are fundamentally in denial of, and that are consistently in disharmony with the instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ add to that thinking rooted in the complex of the wound, and a relatively incredible kind of luck, opportunity, and harmony with our opposite number or complementary part. Feels stressful only if we think about it too much; otherwise we are off to the races, for good or ill. Just try to be as conscious as possible concerning our own and others’ hidden motives, and be aware that whatever happens that stems from our place within the social order, it’s without question actually in our favor (that is, the social order may save us from ourselves!)

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 January 2019

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The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . take a good, clear look at what comes along, at what you’re offered, and at what you’re told. Influences today can be massively fortuitous, delivering bounty, reward, and Love, but we have to ask ourselves, Is this an exaggeration, an overly optimistic version of reality? Talk can be fact-based and opportunity-oriented, or it may over-promise and over-inflate positives so that they’re so distorted they’re unrecognizable as real options. The trouble is that our instincts are off, in need of a tune up, so don’t turn to them; instead use core values to measure the accuracy of all that appears before you, asking, If I do this, accept this, or contribute to this, will it be in alignment with those things I hold dear? Will this choice be one I can be proud of? Asking yourself that will offer you all the guidance you’ll need, and help re-align and sharpen your intuition and instincts so they can be applied effectively. Something really great can dawn today, as long as we don’t allow ourselves to live in the land of wishful thinking.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 February 2020

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‘Watchers of the Stars’ Artist Unknown, 16th century {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . watch out!! Hurt (or even the equivalent of a guilty conscience) is propelling at least some of our choices or actions, and that makes for spontaneity, originality, and unique approaches, but also for accidents, rebellions, and erratic behavior. The more easily we can accept all facets of ourselves (the more open we are to the dimensionality of our Beingness, to what we might judge light and dark, good and bad, positive and negative)–that is, the less judgmental we can be about ourselves, the more likely we are to act in ways that are both empowered and in-line with our ideas of who we are at our best. A few pointers: facts matter, whether we like it or not, the social sphere does have an impact, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, and our strength comes from both acceptance of and understanding of our past, and what important ideas and experiences we’ve brought forward from it.

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A Good Day To . . . 20 February 2020

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‘Dream’ By Joan Brull c1905 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . take advantage of what you know, specifically to make dreams happen. Today features a lovely convergence of opportunity and creative essence; dream big, and view the social landscape in terms of ideals (and judge ‘the facts’ by those, too). Do that, and refuse to be moved to action or to choose based on the influence of all those things you want to deny or that enrage you; that is, don’t be destructively reactive out of avoidance. Do your best to respond out of positives, reaching for a goal, attention on what you want, not on what you don’t.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 February 2020

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The 19th is a Good Day To . . . apply your most creative energies and inclinations to those areas in life where you hold absolute power. That may affect many, or may only be relevant to you as an individual, but in any case, the day calls for idealism and imagination actively and cleverly applied–and you’re more than up to it, just as long as you’re not looking specifically for the benefit or payoff to your creative efforts. Forget about what it might bring you, and indulge the dream in its most perfect, and perfectly creative, form; accompanying thinking is smart and practical, though of course, during the retrograde best applied to review and refining, rather than to new commitments.

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See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 18 February 2020

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Ramon Casas i Carbó ‘La Carga (The Charge) or Barcelona 1902’ though the picture was apparently done 1899-1900. {{PD}}

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . curb all impulses, because the inclination is to charge ahead, no holds barred, and that could result in poor expressions of power and unwise or impractical decisions that reverberate far into the future. What should we do? Be willing to think about how asserting ourselves will affect the road ahead, and as the Sun moves into Pisces, use our imaginations to see what could be, in an ideal world. Oh, and don’t do anything blatantly unhealthy–we’re too susceptible to out-sized impacts to the physical well-being, right now.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 17 February 2020

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The 17th is a Good Day To . . . marry your effective power and real-world efforts to achieving ambition fulfillment and to addressing with the intuitive senses any ‘blind spot’ material that comes forward. The values and standards we believe we hold may be challenged by what’s actually wise or practical in the moment–and we need not to be so proud that we can’t bend to a smarter course. To prevent chafing, be flexible when the evidence suggests modification is needed, and really put your shoulder to the figurative grindstone–with the right attitude, mountains can be moved.

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

See commentary on the retrograde of Mercury on the 16th here–

A Good Day To . . . 16 February 2020 Mercury Retrograde: Dreaming Backwards

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‘Dreamers ‘ By Albert Joseph Moore c1865 {{PD}}

The 16th is a Good Day To . . . listen. There’s an undertone to events that sneaks up on us, a dull roar that’s easy to dismiss as just background noise. It starts with a handful of contra-parallels, opposition-toned energy duos that enter the arena but don’t necessarily engage directly with each other: Our love for something or someone, our finances, or our relationships themselves are at odds with our own successful empowerment; the messages we receive or our own thinking fails to correctly understand the value (or lack of it) in what’s happening; and we’re likely to be surprised either by ourselves and our reactions or by what receives scrutiny or ‘the spotlight’–and there’s a chance that light will shine directly on something unusual, unique, radical, or original that we’ve done or are pursuing. Can make for a confusing atmosphere, the kind that shakes our confidence in our own identity or beliefs just enough to make us hesitate–and when we do, we should try the recommended listening, as an internal stillness and receptivity will offer (or make the way clear for) what we need to know.

This isn’t helped by the late afternoon Pacific time retrograde of Mercury in Pisces. It kicks in at 12 Pisces 53, with the first aspect it makes a semi-square to Saturn, and the first aspect made to it a square from the Moon in Sagittarius and then a sextile from Pallas and semi-sextile from Venus (over the first two days of the retro, with the order not being especially important). I see the way the retro period starts as a kind of harbinger of what to expect through the cycle; the ‘birth’ of the retrograde, and so its meaning. This time we have the retro occurring in Water, asking us to re-consider how we feel, with that examination of feelings showing us what values and relationships are making the ‘hard edges’ and difficult circumstances in our world. We have the wisdom and practical orientation to address what we see; at the same time, a flood of emotion bolstered by the square from the Moon in Sag, which we might describe as ‘difficult knowledge’, compels us to ‘dream backward’, that is, to assess the current reality, especially the emotional reality, by reviewing what previous dreams and ideals were chosen, which discarded, and how this built things as they are now. Exercise the imagination in the first half of the cycle, and in the latter half, exorcise it, flushing out delusions, misinterpretations, and untenable fantasies that are standing in the way of what you really want.

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

We’re finally moving, so I won’t be able to make daily posts as I won’t have access to my computer, but I’ll do my best to pop in when I can. Once we’re settled I’ll resume some sort of regular schedule–’til then, I’ll miss you all!

A Good Day To . . . 15 February 2020

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

The 15th is a Good Day To . . . heal the Self through straight-out indulgence of the senses, and then take that sense of renewal and put it to work to expand what you know, to make beliefs into facts, to get the social sphere on your side, to learn–to enhance whatever means of successfully contacting and intermingling your Will with the world fits the bill. We may feel a bit rudderless, but it’s nothing to panic about–instead recognize that it’s a fairly effective way to keep your mind off matters you’d rather not deal with anyway–appropriate to drift and dream a bit, even as you enjoy the pleasures of living in a body, and experiment with reaching out and impressing yourself on your surroundings.

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

A Good Day To . . . 14 February 2020

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By Stefan Krause, Germany – Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22857511

The 14th is a Good Day To . . . refuse to allow an unhealthy level of misdirected anger to torpedo relationships and/ or the ‘wise’ choice. The viewpoint is skewed in favor of knocking everyone and everything off balance, either out of a need to feel powerful (for that’s the cause of any disruptor who has no other goal than to disrupt!) or out of fear of what’s coming (because we think we may feel better if everything is out of whack and everybody unsure!) We do best to take a sober measure of the value of our relationships: do they support us? make our world better? offer love and positive interaction? And does the inflow and outflow of money make sense, considering where we want to go in life? Today take note, as what’s illuminated signals exactly what does and doesn’t work.

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

A Good Day To . . . 13 February 2020

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‘Portrait of a Young Married Couple’ By Jacob Jordaens c1617 {{PD}}

The 13th is a Good Day To . . . realize that what happens in relationships and/ or financial arenas will test the validity of the current life direction. Rather than focusing on the actual issue, focus on the bigger picture: what does the situation say about your larger goals or about the current behaviors and the direction they’re taking you? Usually we’d just weigh matters using our values and priorities as guidelines, but today we’re disconnected from standards in such a way that it could be easy to violate them–so move or make change with care, with the better choice being tentative planning, rather than execution, all with an eye to decoding what the Universe is telling us.

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

A Good Day To . . . 12 February 2020

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‘Rainbow’ By Ivan Aivazovsky 1873 {{PD}}

The 12th is a Good Day To . . . be aware that thinking is imaginative, inspired, but not necessarily wise or practical. Use this unusual set of conditions to assess those parts of your reality that need modification by planning what to do or how to approach it–problems can be solved, circumstances improved, by considering what your next move or change should be (as thinking will be creative and spiritually-cognizant) but by waiting until later to actually implement (as today we’re no judge of what’s smart or workable).

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

A Good Day To . . . 11 February 2020

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‘Mauritshuis’ By Johannes Vermeer c1660 {{PD}}

The 11th is a Good Day To . . . listen to that part of us that ‘knows’ even as there’s nothing we can point to proving that we know! We gain by confidence in who we are, and that includes trusting our inner compass. The future looks difficult, hard to navigate, but there’s something in our nature related to a past hurt that can help put the anticipation of what’s coming in perspective, and so help eliminate any obstacles, real or imagined, to moving forward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 9-10 February 2020

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‘Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)’ By Winslow Homer 1870 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . relax! We’ve just been side-swiped by the Leo Full Moon, and we need to gather ourselves, take stock, and leave a space to recuperate. Today we may feel ‘out of it’ and we are, with creative, spiritual, and perceptive energies all drifting and anchorless; ride the tide of whatever’s happening without too much engagement, or too much concern–most issues can wait, just a bit. Don’t worry; we do have the immediate capacity to judge what’s wise or practical, what’s necessary to defend or improve, and if your energy must go somewhere, it’s best to send it after those factors, even as you sit back with a cup of coffee or a nice drink.

The 10th is a Good Day To . . . embrace the gift, the reward, the emotional gem you’ve been given via your experience of a deep wound. Today this can be very successfully applied to getting closer to your dream or goal, and it offers the bonus of showing you effective use of the power you currently hold. In what we may be reluctant to explore, we find one of our best assets.

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

Leo Full Moon 8 February 2020 Call and Response

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‘A Bather (Echo)’ By Jean-Jacques Henner 1881 {{PD}}

The Full Moon in Leo occurs at 11:33 PM PST at 20 Leo 00, sextile Zeus-Juno, square Vesta, and sesquiquadrate the South Node. These are contacts that wouldn’t even show up in most charts set to calculate only the ‘classic’ major bodies and points–so what does that say? Maybe it implies that what culminates here is subtle, and let’s face it, subtle isn’t a vibe that Leo does easily. Conclusions or endings arriving today may be, quite suddenly, dumped in our laps, presented as fait accompli, something we must just accept, no matter how we feel about it. That can make for major surprises delivered quietly, with a wink and a nod and a sudden twist of the entire landscape. We could feel ambushed, with delight or with upset, stunned in a way that on the outside is liable to be mild, even barely perceptible to others, but that inside re-shapes our outlook, or our entire world.

The sextile to Zeus-Juno in Libra points toward a resolution around ambitions and desires, and so a change (or cementing in place) to status and empowerment modes. If you have something at 19-22 Pisces in the natal chart, you may get a message delivered as clearly as a weather vane indicates the direction of the approaching storm, a sudden drop in pressure pulling in an answer to your goal or power situation represented by the Pisces natal energy or point. It acts as apex to a Finger of God; people who experience this may feel the whole thing is out of their hands, happening to them, rather than being at least nominally driven by their choices.

The square to Vesta may show us how and where our commitments and priorities clash with the demands of our own emotions or with our intuition. We have to ask: are we in conflict because we need to modify our stated values, because they don’t actually represent who we are, or is it that we fear what those values will be bringing us? Our reaction may spring, at least in part, from unpleasant experiences of the past, ones we link, consciously or not, with current events. Don’t be afraid to examine these issues at this time; the Leo energy of a Full Moon promises that we have a strong grip on identity, and though we may be surprised by our feelings, they aren’t alien to us, but instead easily traced to their origins. They hold recognizable shapes, and the FM may require we measure them for accuracy, ‘fit’, and appropriateness to our values, and vice versa, measure our values to see how we truly feel about them.

The Sabian for the Full Moon falls precisely on the degree without any minutes, meaning we read 20 Leo: ‘Zuni Indians Perform A Ritual To The Sun’. The symbol for the Sun, which we always inspect for clues as to the origins of the Full Moon light, is, ‘A Large White Dove Bearing A Message’. Taken together they make a kind of Cosmic call and response, a ritual ‘cris de coeur‘ to the source of all life, and the answer that is given. Whatever happens for the Full Moon, make sure you pay attention–this is energy put out into the Universe by the Soul, and that means what comes back to us has a great deal to say about who we are, and where we’re headed.

A Good Day To . . . 8 February 2020

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‘Waiting’ By Edgar Degas c1812 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . prepare for the late night Pacific time Full Moon in Leo. But leading up to that, we have a harmonious and productive day via spiritual and creative inspiration and the ability to find what’s of worth in areas we don’t usually want to give our energy to, and the result is thinking that both furthers ambition fulfillment and lays the foundations for the ‘next step’. Next up: the Leo Full Moon!

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 February 2020

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The Île de la Cité as seen from the Pont des Arts shortly before sunrise, Paris, France. By Daniel Vorndran / DXR, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31704254

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . embrace your responsibilities. I know! So unglamorous. But in some way we need to think of our current real-world position as a privilege–that not only gives us perspective on the past, it offers healing to some old, painful rifts. Take the concentration off goals, ambitions, and personal empowerment, just for today. Right now progress comes by putting the ego aside and doing what needs to be done without fanfare and without worrying whether this advances your wants or not. Surprisingly, this will put you in exactly the right spot to serve goals and aims tomorrow.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 February 2020

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‘Shakyamuni Conquering the Demons (Shaka Gōma-zu)’ By Kawanabe Kyōsai 1887 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . get over ourselves! That opens the way to a convergence of wisdom and experience that can’t be beat, and even offers a dollop of healing. The Full Moon is building; today’s effort will help set the stage for a successful FM conclusion, realization, or reward.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 February 2020

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‘Japanese Garden’ By Emil Orlík 1904 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . do two things: attend to health issues, and communicate your original or revolutionary ideas for change. The group, in particular, will be receptive, and with a little effort both the health picture and the current power scenario will incline in the direction of the ideal. We may be tempted to abandon guidelines, values, and even to transgress close bonds in an attempt to get things moving, but that would be a foolish choice, wouldn’t it?

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 February 2020

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‘A Spiritual Landscape’ By Lucian Popov c1900 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . listen to instincts and believe those inner prompts where we ‘know but don’t know’; that’s where we find Love, reward, inspiration, acceptance that the Cosmos is, indeed, balanced, and a sense that all is exactly as it should be.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 February 2020

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‘Old Cedar Tree in Botanic Garden, Chelsea’ By Samuel Palmer 1854 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . act not with an eye on the future, but with concern only for the current wants, needs, and empowerment picture. Choose and move in a way that recognizes limits and yet maximizes impact and options, and you’re certain to gain. Don’t be overly concerned with sticking to your stricter guidelines–for once these won’t be helpful–or with worrying about tomorrow–it will take care of itself; instead, draw on real-world circumstances as they exist right now, and on past experience, and refuse to succumb to knee-jerk reactions and spontaneity, which immediately would translate as recklessness. Think before you leap.

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 February 2020

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Woodcut By Bertha Züricher 1920 {{PD}}

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . think critically about the facts, about the potentials for expansion, about your own beliefs and philosophies, and about feedback received from the social sphere. Everything you explore and much of what you conclude will be of benefit, most of it sooner rather than later.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 February 2020

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‘Landscape with a Rainbow’ By Joseph Wright of Derby {{PD}}

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . face issues, and take command of them. Just as it did yesterday, spontaneity and originality pay off, but you may first have to battle thinking (your own or that of others) that rejects instincts and a balanced approach. It may be a matter of seeing and accepting the full extent of your power, while proceeding with the conscious intent of causing absolutely no harm.

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 January 2020

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‘Created in New Zealand to celebrate and honor the global LGBTQ community’ Photo By Kategracemcalpine – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76055901

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want, because with a little flexibility and adjustment, you’re going to get it. Spontaneity and Higher Mind-inspired ideas carry a special, beneficial charge, as they’re in step with values and so aligned in the best way with the Soul’s intents. As Robert Browning wrote, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp”; today’s the day to put that into practice.

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 January 2020

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The 30th is a Good Day To . . . share our beliefs, philosophies, and to be generous in thinking about others, but with one BIG warning, specific to when we’re dealing with those we love: any buried resentments, anger, or neglected matters will seep into interaction, so take care. Commune with others, but know that if we’re seeking to establish dominance or make a point or if there are resentments roiling beneath consciousness, we’ll taint the interaction and miss our chance to really, truly relate.

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 January 2020

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‘Sunshine in the Drawing Room III’ By Vilhelm Hammershøi 1903 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . stay in our lane. Steady as she goes is the way to go; sudden moves make for unwise or impractical choices, confusion, and maybe a little chaos. We feel our empowered best in asset management (including talent expression), relationships, and in living our values, and it pays off, as long as we are intent on taking a healed approach both in our own minds and in our actions. Cause no harm, focus on Love, and the day can hold unexpected benefits, and a certain amount of vivid, replenishing, probably figurative sunshine.

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

A Good Day To . . . 28 January 2020

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The Dream Garden by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maxfield Parrish, Photo By Bruce Andersen – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1554134

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . fight for that dream you pursued yesterday! The funny thing is, as soon as you step up to defend it, you’ll suddenly see that there are any number of elements within the social sphere, or opportunities to go forward, that mean you don’t have to fight with anyone, you simply have to proceed. A few will insist on a skirmish, not being flexible enough to change direction on a dime, but everyone else will find, to their relief and delight, that it’s a great time to pursue ambitions and desires, and that their unique and original contributions can find an outlet, and even better, an appreciative audience.

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

A Good Day To . . . 27 January 2020

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By Agabaranska – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24783153

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . invest in the dream. We are tip-top at bringing our knowledge and experience acquired in the past into the present and giving it useful forms, and we are especially adept today at seeing how to infuse the real with the ideal. Creativity pays off, and relationships that are genuinely loving can take on ideal proportions. Go for it!

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

A Good Day To . . . 26 January 2020

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After making our case, what we might really need is a quiet place to retreat. ‘The Inglenook in My Studio’ By Mary Hiester Reid c1910

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . be prepared for conflict with your complementary number. That could be anyone, relative to who you are; we see it most clearly in anima/ animus, female/ male contrasts, but really, it can take the shape of any yin to our yang, or vice versa. This could also be seen in the ideal vs. the practical, the factual vs. potentials, or the receptive vs. the assertive–but in any case, be ready to defend your stance, not angrily, but robustly, armed with good reasons why your viewpoint should prevail. And then, let the most worthy position win.

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

New Moon in Aquarius 24 January 2020 Birth of Unanticipated Beauty

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‘The Birth of Aphrodite’ By Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky 1887 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Aquarius (also known as the Chinese New Year) occurs at 1:41 PM PST of the 24th at 4 Aquarius 21, sextile Chiron and square Uranus, but both of those on the wide and separating side, and we can also include a loose novile to Venus in Pisces. That suggests in a psychic sense the New Moon is dangling out there, a loner, an individualist, on its own, birthing something unanticipated, something startling and beautiful–and in Aquarius, that can be something new, modern, advanced, academic, unpredictable, or chaotic.

We may take an intellectual approach to the new feelings sparked at this time, or may discover a new understanding of an already extent situation, and these viewpoints arise from both a shock and a healing moment; those may be the same thing, or two different things, but together end up opening the door brilliantly to a reward, relationship, or ‘treasure’ of great spiritual depth, one that connects us in a unique way to the Collective.

However, there’s nothing brash about what happens here. The shocks are mild, traceable to a recent conflict or difficulty, and perceived in such a way that with a bit of effort, all can be healed, smoothed over, or put right, with the upset likely showing us exactly what we need to see. Conflict with the group is possible, or we may be guilty of erratic behavior, unreliability, or generating chaos ourselves, but it’s within the tumult that we find the seeds of understanding, revelation, and ultimately, acceptance.

The novile to Venus in Pisces holds our ideal of Love, relationship, asset acquisition or talent expression before us, and shows us a clever and inspired way to achieve it; we still have to reach for it, putting in some energy to make it a reality–nothing is guaranteed, and the unpredictable element, if left unaddressed, can take it all sideways in a heartbeat.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Council Of Ancestors Is Seen Implementing The Efforts Of A Young Leader’. Here the emphasis is on the experienced group recognizing the innovative leader, with the mention of youth a clue to that figure’s link to Higher Mind–for where else does wisdom come from, if one is short on experience? This implies that the revelations or reveals that accompany the New Moon are informed by a higher intelligence, and that it will take a cooperative effort, or an acceptance by the majority, to implement them.

No matter what form taken by the unanticipated beauty of the New Moon, and no matter how disorganized or shocking it is initially, it promises positives, information that makes our lives better, an understanding that unites rather than divides. It takes our breath away, and shifts our world-view toward the modern, the fresh, the future.

A Good Day To . . . 23 January 2020

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‘Street in Oban, Night’ By James Guthrie c1893 {{PD}}

The 23rd is a Good Day To . . . take a pause, and believe concrete circumstances as they exist, rather than allowing our fears to embroider reality. The danger is we misread fears as instinct and feel compelled to respond to them. The good news is we have a deft touch in the material world, optimism and knowledge that attract reward, wise and clever ways of processing info, and a relationship with Nature that enhances our own authority, autonomy, and power position. Don’t push too hard; it’s the darkest portion of the Dark of the Moon, and so more conducive to introspection and contemplation than to big, showy moves or declarations, as they just won’t ‘stick’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 22 January 2020

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From the Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons Art of the In-Between show at the Met. Photo By Rhododendrites CC BY-SA 4.0

The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . remember all those ‘I want’ impulses that nearly ran us off the rails yesterday? Well now that same energy has morphed into smart, perceptive, and almost magically transformative urges, making us ‘lucky’ in bringing about change, re-shaping weighty matters, or in eliminating the unwanted. It takes a splash of imagination (which we may resist employing–funny that) and faith in ourselves and our own unique tastes and judgments–but these are warranted, and when put into action clarity of thought/ messaging and the potential for healing are both present.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 January 2020

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‘Dance. An Objectless Composition’ By Alexander Rodchenko 1915 {{PD}}

The 21st is a Good Day To . . . keep our tempers and our egos in check, and our fingers off the launch button. At the same time, we can very successfully create effective, permanent, even transformative change–so, no need to be a wallflower, just keep in mind that we forget there’s a tomorrow at our own peril.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 January 2020

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By Korall – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4835780

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . think creatively, and consider the ways you can gain in the future. Today we have a special knack for being clever, imaginative, and for inspired thinking, especially when we focus on taking positive steps that have a cumulative effect on the path forward. The only issues occur if we ignore reality or real-world situations as they are, and if we think something good can come out of being destructive or engaging in power plays–it won’t.

The Sun enters Aquarius today, turning our attention to the modern, the innovative, the group, or toward manifesting our own originality. This transit really can make it all feel like a ‘new day’.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 January 2020

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‘To Pastures New’ By James Guthrie 1883 {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . .ask yourself: why is it that your attention is repeatedly drawn to any number of matters you’d rather ignore, pretend don’t exist, or that make you want to throw a fit? Even the most pleasant of topics somehow gets under our skin, and the whole thing has the unfortunate side effect of bringing things to a halt–or at least, engendering starts-and-stops that are disorienting and irritating in themselves.

There’s really only one answer to why this is happening: because you either need to pay attention to this, unfun as that may be, or there’s something to be drawn from it, a thing or state or conclusion you need to be conscious of. Stop resisting taking the time to consider what needs to be understood or attended to; the sooner you address it, the sooner you’re free of it, and even, may benefit from it.

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

A Good Day To . . . 18 January 2020

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By Farahanghis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76482235

The 18th is a Good Day To . . . figure out why the urge to be erratic or to surprise others with the unexpected is warring so directly with the desire for stability, regularity, and a measured response. We’re looking for a reaction, or to prove our uniqueness or individuality, and it’s not pretty. Things are flying out of our mouths, and our message is meant to rock others, to cause chaos! And others are shocking us with their message, or openly rebelling, or pulling a disappearing act, too; it’s like a competition to see who can be most outré–but kind of a sad one, as we’re all looking intently at those around us, since our goal isn’t expression, but to elicit a response.

Freeing ourselves from the compulsion to stir it up may be as simple as grounding ourselves. Look to the element of your natal Moon for guidance on what can make you feel secure–which in turn allows you to relax and opt out of the potential rumble. Water signs may need a bath, a swim, a good cry, a spa treatment, or merely to stay hydrated, in order to avoid manufacturing mayhem, while Earth signs benefit from sharing a nourishing meal, doing something highly tactile like sewing, sculpting, getting a massage, or actually getting down and dirty in the garden. Fire signs need activity–the more demands made on the muscles, and/ or the more excitement courted, the better, while Air signs–oh Air signs, always living in your head! Try intense intellectual engagement, whatever allows mental escapism for you, or the opposite, whatever allows you to blank out, a meditative state that goes beyond the usual, giving the feeling of either blending with the Universe or of not existing at all!

Current Moon in Scorpio just means you need to be passionate about your grounding choice, while being sure to soothe yourself even as you don’t ignore reality, or endanger your health or your career.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17 January 2020

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‘Priestess of Delphi’ By John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

The 17th is a Good Day To . . . be careful with our words, careful with our power. We’re stronger than we know, and also, quite unintentionally, more aggressive than we realize, so that we think we’re just saying . . . but we’re really conjuring the spirits, longing to discharge energy through rebellion, by shocking others, through challenging the status quo, through out-reasoning or spiritual one-upsmanship (an ugly practice where we say, ‘Look at me! I’m more in harmony with the Universe than you are!’) Our connection to Nature is strong, especially as it informs our relationships, but we’re too easily convinced that our aggressive impulses are instinctive, and therefore necessary, ones. It’s a misdirection of creativity or a refusal to heal, an insistence instead on clinging to, or even causing, hurt. Appreciate what you’ve got, count your blessings–banal advice, I know, but effective, as the energy will be re-channeled, without us having to think too strenuously about how to pull back and make right.

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

A Good Day To . . . 13-16 January 2020

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That eclipse opened the floodgates, didn’t it? ‘Flood Sufferings’ By Aby Altson {{PD}}

I don’t know about you, but the eclipse knocked me out, physically, mentally, and especially emotionally. I had to step away for a few days, and apologize for not letting you know ahead of time–even I didn’t know it was going to happen, and when it did it was all I could do to be in the same room with a computer, never mind actually writing something! And in reality, I think the eclipse cast such a long figurative shadow that we all needed to process, process, process–and I don’t think we’re done yet.

That Capricorn cluster of Ceres-Pluto-Saturn reverberates, and will for some time. Brace yourself, as it’s so pervasive, so domineering in terms of effect, that it’s likely to take multiple forms, and has the potential to ripple out for up to 6 months (through to the next eclipse set). It’s about both personal and large-scale Power expression, the impact that has (or the way we’re held back from making an impact) in real-world circumstances, and Mother Nature, from a micro to a macro level, undergoing serious change and flux. This will reveal itself in so many ways; fear may precede revelation with this energy, which implies that staying calm opens the door to understanding, and so to a useful inflow of information/ perception. On the 13th opportunity is available; look to what grabs your attention–that’s where the openings are.

‘After The Flood’ By Paul Klee 1936 {{PD}}

As I write, Venus is poised to leap from Aquarius to Pisces–moving the relationship and financial tone from intellectual Air to immersive Water, the sign of this goddess’s exaltation–and that too may be feeding tension the 13th. Anticipate a ‘new lens’ slapped over relationships and finances, and so different feelings to surface. We’re likely to be both more intuitive in these areas, and also too easily overcome by any propensity for run-away imaginations.

By the 14th we’ll be challenged to stick to what we know is wise or practical, as we may be troubled by anything we’ve ignored or neglected. If we dwell in integrity, there’s nothing to fear, and the mind is aligned with instinct in a most beneficial way.

‘Flood in Ohio Valley’ By Gregor Perušek 1937 {{PD}}

Both 14th and 15th we may find our Will, our actions, or our ego impulses slowed or stopped by external forces; this might be both a show of Power, cluing us in to who really has the reins, and to the ways in which creating the future we want may depend on us modifying our efforts now. Go after what you want, anyway; the serendipitous and the spontaneous carry benefits, and a show of spark may persuade others to put their money on you.

The 16th we see no new major aspects formed, but we do see both Mercury and Pallas in the stressful 29th degree (Merc in Capricorn, Pallas in Sagittarius), suggesting that communications and our own internal source of guidance and wisdom could be under pressure. Information and the ability to process in organized and specific ways could be constricted to a choke-point that could induce panic, and fear that we ‘just don’t know’, that we don’t have the smarts to process the facts or to take advantage of opportunities could be strong. It’s a matter of staying calm and balanced (Moon in Libra) and taking advantage of today’s forming Sun-Sedna trine, which offers illumination through listening to that still, small voice within, the one we know as instinct, the one that ‘knows but doesn’t know’–and yet does, if we can acknowledge the possibility that the mind isn’t the only conduit through which we can receive information. The real-world holds rewards, and today, they may be right in front of us.

Have a lovely week, my friends!

Lunar Eclipse January 2020

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Lunar Eclipse, from ‘Kitab al-Tafhim’ By Al-Biruni c1000 {{PD}}

The Lunar eclipse begins at 11:21 AM PST January 10th at 20 Cancer 00. An eclipse, Solar or Lunar, is an energy disruptor, with the Lunar being oriented toward endings, conclusions, denouement, resolutions, outcomes, final denials, or the finishing of one period so that a new one can begin. That’s what can be confusing about eclipses: the endings hold the seeds of beginnings, and the beginnings contain some finality. We couldn’t have one without the other, and sometimes its nearly impossible to tell in the moment whether what’s happening is the end to something, or the beginning to something else–but in some way, it’s likely both.

This Lunar eclipse in Cancer suggests we may stop caring about something or someone that had been important to us, or may withdraw nurturing from someone or something we have previously sustained, or one or both of these may happen to us, as someone else turns their concern in another direction. This sounds negative, but is really about finding the ending inherent in any relationship, which allows psychic ‘room’ for a new start. It may be felt more as a shift than an ending/ beginning, a movement of intention, especially supportive attention, to a different subject, and may show the end point of an old attention goal, the start of a new attention goal, or both.

The eclipse is involved in three major energy ‘clusters’: a T-square involving a loose conjunction of Juno and Zeus as the arm of the T, with Sun et al. as the balance; the opposition as its own dynamic, enhanced beyond the usual Full Moon opposition to the Sun by inclusion of Ceres, Saturn, Mercury, and Pluto; and the final a grab bag with a pair of individual contacts, possibly less strident in expression but no less significant, a wide, separating trine to Neptune in Pisces, and a very close but separating sesquiquadrate to Mars in Sagittarius.

This eclipse coincides with the Superior Conjunction of Sun and Mercury, with both semi-square Mars and mirroring the complementary aspect to the ones made by the eclipse–and of course, opposed the Full Moon itself. The Sun and Mercury are also conjoined by Ceres, Pluto, and Saturn, making for an intense grouping gathered within a less than three degrees span. In the context of the eclipse, this may suggest powerful forces that combine to create the eclipse effect–but this may not be an accurate perception. It may instead be a seminal perception, one that causes some mildly difficult actions and choices that bring forward another ending, this one initially planted at the Inferior Conjunction and now coming to fruition.

L’éclipse, acquaforta, by Félix Bracquemond, in Sonnets et eaux-fortes, Paris, 1869 {{PD}}

Here’s the thing: amidst the cacophony of endings and beginnings, the Saturn-Pluto meeting likely already will have set in motion a serious and permanent change dynamic keyed to Capricornian institutions, structures, rules, authority figures, power figures, the status quo, and generally pushing strongly and persistently toward breaking down the old order, the old construct, the old power balance, with ‘old’ simply suggesting ‘established’, and it should take both a personal version (related to natal contacts and/ or the House subjects where the eclipse falls in the natal chart) and a larger societal one that you personally become aware of and observe. There may be no telling one change from another.

Too, don’t expect total destruction; this could instead resurrect things, especially things surrounding what we believed already dead, as new life in a new form is breathed into them, supplanting the old order, but not with anything new. In so many ways, that’s a horrifying thought. There’s even the chance that current power situations are cemented in place, with change only in the surface appearance, if at all, the prevailing power structure firmly fixed.

The presence of Ceres suggests Nature has her say, or that our connection to the natural world undergoes a time in the Underworld and is then brought into our reality, our Beingness forever altered by the experience (an illness or near-death event, mourning, an experience of grief, an encounter with the unseen, a spiritual event, a birth, an encounter with a ‘ghost’, any real-world happening that plunges us into awareness of the unseen and the pattern of life-death-life). Or it could be that we see real-world authority change right before our eyes, transforming into something Other. No matter what, we’ll find out something about our own place in things, and about the reach and extent of our power to make change, and this in many ways could be a double-edged sword.

The difficult thing is that all this change, upheaval, transformation, and re-birth acts as a full throttle background to the eclipse; that’s where we may get the idea that the eclipse is the source, but the eclipse is only our emotional response, and so contains any changes prompted by that response. We react to the power situations, personal and in the wider sphere, and either communicate or receive messages that have been some time in the making.

The T-square suggests that in the course of all this power examination and potential upheaval we see conflicts or hard choices related to our empowerment, specifically how much ability we enjoy to pursue ambitions and desires. The separating trine to Neptune implies we’ve already approached ‘the Dream’ or are clear on our ideals (or thoroughly immersed in our delusion), with the sesquiquadrate to Mars telling us we’re actually in the midst of some uncomfortable or tough to implement choices or actions, know it or not.

Uranus is at this point stationary but still not direct, offering the tension of imminent chaos, but not breaking in that direction just yet. Uranus’ direction may free the rebel, unleash mayhem, strike a note of individuality or originality, or release the energies of Higher Mind, the latter prompting a possible ‘hand of God’ scenario carried out through groups or movements, or our own conviction about what’s needed and ‘right’.

Partial eclipse of the moon. Observed October 24, 1874. (Plate VII of The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings 1881) By Étienne Léopold Trouvelot {{PD}}

Normally I don’t address other current aspects at a New or Full Moon, but Pallas quincunx and Venus square Sedna suggest a threat to what we care about via unwise or ill-advised Self-messaging. The instincts need modification, flawed as they are at present by one or more consuming fears or bits of misinformation/ void of useful information. Those fears are the kind we carry inside but don’t make conscious–and yet they leak out into our choices and what we do, often surprising us with their intensity and seeming irrationality as they bring forward startling emotional responses in ourselves. These energies work in concert with the Cancerian eclipse promise of closure to caring or nurture, and the hard-edged real-world power issues or changes in progress now.

The Sabian symbol for this eclipse is, ‘Venetian Gondoliers Giving A Serenade’. Of note is the way there are no minutes attached to this eclipse degree, meaning we take the Sabian symbol that leads up to and includes 20 degrees. This symbol points to people not necessarily in the same ‘boat’ but ‘singing’ together. It’s their shared status or function (gondoliers), their shared interest in entertaining or attracting ‘business’ (which could be acceptance, attention, or some other benefit), and possibly sheer delight in life, coupled with the acting out of ‘traditional’ roles, that causes their singing. But further, a serenade actually implies a chosen and present audience, and the desire to bring pleasure or persuade–and that may be related to both the power situation and the Superior Conjunction, with most ready to state their fully-formed argument for what they see, what they believe, in the hope they may bring others to their way of seeing. Others will sing, and we’ll decide how we feel about that, and make changes or take action as a result.

I don’t anticipate understanding this eclipse period until well after it passes. The best we can do, then, is be aware of the feeling dynamic, the sentiment, beneath what we see transpire. That may be our touchstone to meaning; feelings will connect us in ways the mind cannot, as it’s already reached a maximum point within the cycle (Superior Conjunction), and may not accommodate the ‘stretch’ needed for illumination. The Sabian for the Sun only reinforces this: ‘A Hidden Choir Is Singing During A Religious Service‘. It’s the unseen source of ‘song’ reflecting our core Beingness, our faith, and our viewpoint of established institutions and organizations we ‘believe’ in, and our emotional response to and interpretation of these, that can give us the most reliable information, right now.

More on eclipses here. For some this may be too elementary, and some of what’s presented is just a wee bit fanciful (I don’t think it’s provable that romance is enhanced during a Full Moon!), but still full of interesting facts.

A Good Day To . . . 9 January 2020

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‘A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie’ By Albert Bierstadt 1866 {{PD}}

The 9th is a Good Day To . . . surrender to whatever it is you’ve been fighting, resisting, denying, or afraid of. In surrender we see how little power the ‘thing’ actually has. All choice resides in us, including and most especially the choice of how we will see, frame, and react to our surroundings both tangible and intangible. Really, it’s the only way to find peace in this moment.

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

A Good Day To . . . 8 January 2020

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‘Himalayas, Tibet’ By Nicholas K. Roerich 1932 {{PD}}

The 8th is a Good Day To . . . realize that the past, what we’ve learned or been taught over the years, and our beliefs and philosophy loom large–and that those experiences have not necessarily conveyed an accurate picture of reality, especially as it stands now. Our awareness is edged around by fears and an awareness of the darker elements, it’s a bit fantabulized (is that a word? It is now!), maybe weighted with the constraints and expectations of ideals and wishful thinking, possibly shaped by our creative and power-oriented impulses, and certainly looking for a way forward that limits our costs and preserves our Love and material well-being. Our aims aren’t unreasonable, but this may not be the time to address those things we believe threaten our priorities and our goals. Our perceptions are distorted, maybe even pulled out of shape by the upcoming Lunar eclipse, or pressured as stationary Uranus readies to take apparent direction (if it’s in hard aspect as it sits at 2 Taurus to some natal placement or point, then it’s definitely exerting an effect through Higher Mind and/ or chaos or rebellion). No matter the cause, do your best to rise above the current fray, both to avoid a misstep and to soothe your own sanity.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 January 2020

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‘Washerwomen of Seville’ By Charles Frederic Ulrich c1887 {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . look at all the things we’re doing right, especially concerning our health. Too often we’re focused on what’s wrong, and particularly on what’s wrong with us–and that’s no way to go through life. Consider the ways you can change it up, adjust, try something new, and in the course of it learn something beneficial, acting to effectively expand your well-being and your world.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 January 2020

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“Old Man’s Treasure (The Little Kitten)’ By Karl Gussow 1876 {{PD}}

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . derive a reward perfectly appropriate to our pursuit of ambitions yesterday! Funny, right? Who expected things to pay off so soon, and so well? Creativity is high, and so is idealism; only a little effort is needed to make them an active part of the day. And perhaps best of all, healing comes effortlessly and in unexpected and clever ways, mostly in the course of earning, relating, or making Art or Love.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 January 2020

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‘Vase of Flowers’ By Hans Memling 1480 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . go after ambition and desire fulfillment, and don’t wait to feel sure inside, deep down to your bones–if you do, you’ll miss the opportunities that currently exist. Stick to values, don’t do anything unhealthy–the usual admonitions, this time with the added assurance that pursuing your wants will coincidentally unlock some fortuitous coincidences and bring forward just the help you need.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 January 2020

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‘The Moon Sees’ giclée graphics, 2005 By Nerva (Own work by uploader), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4322532

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . lay low, at least until the Moon is well into Taurus (enters Taurus 8:15 AM PST/ 11:15 AM EST, out of range of described issues probably by sometime after 3 PM Pacific). We technically start the day under a Void Aries Moon, which is like an invitation to frustrated energies and emotional discomfort as it is. And, as Luna enters Taurus, it quincunxes Mars at 00 Sagittarius and moves quickly on to conjoin Uranus. That spells anger that leads to impulsivity, or action that brings on the unexpected, even chaos–and all of it backed by emotions, the feeling nature, intuition, or senses stirred and driving choices. Add to this that as the Moon approaches Uranus it semi-squares Neptune and semi-sextiles Chiron, and what occurs could have origins in a misperception (or, in more fortunate circumstances, be inspired by spirit), and may relate to the wound–with the question being, will we heal or hurt ourselves with our spontaneous acting out?

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 and 3 January 2020

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‘Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley’ By Paul Cézanne {{PD}}

There’s been a glitch around the post for the 2nd ever since I wrote it; please click here to find it!

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . use our current empowerment options to mine those areas we’ve been ignoring or denying for the rewards, positives, relationship payoffs, and benefits they can offer. ‘Use what you’ve got’ may be our motto, and what’s been learned in the past and from past experience can be especially useful, with one exception, discussed below.

Mars moves into Sagittarius, and we head for the horizon. We want to know, to expand our reach, to learn or teach, and our initial impulse may be to believe that what we thought yesterday can still guide us today (Merc conj SN)–and in this one area, action propelled by curiosity and the need to explore, we find the one place we must rely more on reading the current reality than on accumulated knowledge or experience.

If we have any other watchword, it might be, ‘Keep it healthy’. Our habits and behaviors carry a bigger impact than usual, right now.

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

A Good Day To . . . 1 January 2020

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An ice cave on Olkhon Island, eastern Siberia, Russia, Photo By © Sergey Pesterev / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58442270

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . remind yourself that the past wasn’t actually easier than what you face now, it just seems so. There’s also the matter of being hyper-aware of all the restrictions, barriers, and ‘no’s you’re currently being served in the ambition and desire fulfillment areas. Don’t worry–it’s just that today shadows and negative elements seem more prominent than opportunities and positives, but that’s just a perceptual trick of the light. It’s a time to rest, recover, and recuperate–discomfort should point you toward things that really will hold you back, if not attended to–everything else can wait while you get things, and yourself, ready for tomorrow.

Happy New Year to One and All!

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

A Good Day To . . . 31 December 2019

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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined darter), female. Forest of Sète, Hérault, France Photo By Christian Ferrer, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50671359

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . proceed with care. Our New Year’s Eve temptation will be to indulge in something unhealthy that is specific to our past. This develops only because our instincts are off, corrupted by all those things we’ve been ignoring or in denial of. They’re like whispers urging us to backslide, give up, not love ourselves. We do best to listen for and be open to the genuine Love around us, and to offer this to others in our communications; the challenge is that what’s authentic may not look as we expect it to, and what we usually see as loving may take on a very different hue today. We have to be open to seeing interactions and expressions for what they are, and to seeing what they actually mean. We benefit by thinking–a simple formula, but one we may consider dodging for any number of reasons! Just don’t. Have a very happy and safe start to the New Year!

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

A Good Day To . . . 30 December 2019

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The 30th is a Good Day To . . . engage in radical and radically original thinking. Spontaneous communication is the most enlightening, informed as it will be by Higher Mind. Apply what’s most unique within a situation or even within yourself to understanding the present and its connection to the past. Carry on!

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

A Good Day To . . . 29 December 2019

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The 29th is a Good Day To . . . watch out! There’s a current, uncanny mix of actions and choices that ride on the over-confident shoulders of all those matters that enrage us, or that we are fundamentally in denial of, and that are consistently in disharmony with the instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ add to that thinking rooted in the complex of the wound, and a relatively incredible kind of luck, opportunity, and harmony with our opposite number or complementary part. Feels stressful only if we think about it too much; otherwise we are off to the races, for good or ill. Just try to be as conscious as possible concerning our own and others’ hidden motives, and be aware that whatever happens that stems from our place within the social order, it’s without question actually in our favor (that is, the social order may save us from ourselves!)

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

A Good Day To . . . 2 January 2019

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By Jessie Eastland – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23258293

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . take a good, clear look at what comes along, at what you’re offered, and at what you’re told. Influences today can be massively fortuitous, delivering bounty, reward, and Love, but we have to ask ourselves, Is this an exaggeration, an overly optimistic version of reality? Talk can be fact-based and opportunity-oriented, or it may over-promise and over-inflate positives so that they’re so distorted they’re unrecognizable as real options. The trouble is that our instincts are off, in need of a tune up, so don’t turn to them; instead use core values to measure the accuracy of all that appears before you, asking, If I do this, accept this, or contribute to this, will it be in alignment with those things I hold dear? Will this choice be one I can be proud of? Asking yourself that will offer you all the guidance you’ll need, and help re-align and sharpen your intuition and instincts so they can be applied effectively. Something really great can dawn today, as long as we don’t allow ourselves to live in the land of wishful thinking.

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