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A Good Day To . . . 22 September 2019

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The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . follow these guidelines: what’s beautiful, delicious, worthy is also good for you; the mind may be torn between the pull of the past and the need to move forward–look around for others on the same path–they can help you resolve the emotional block that’s keeping you from moving along; and it’s smart in the moment to do what’s practical or wise without regard to ‘missing pieces’ that you’re either ignoring or in denial of, but carry that on too long and it becomes detrimental.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 September 2019

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The 21st is a Good Day To . . . realize that what we believe is embodied in the material world, right in front of us, and that may help us rid ourselves of an illusion or two. The creative, imaginative, the world of what can be can’t flourish unless we can clearly see what already is; that’s our job today. Also: a tough evaluation of the validity of personal values as well as being cognizant of those times we’ve followed faulty instincts (that is, mistaken tainted reasoning or wish fulfillment for our true North inner guidance) will make the responsive nature and its pitfalls clearer, and so steer us away from thinking that’s rooted in hurt or feelings of powerlessness.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 September 2019

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By Eugène Carrière c1900 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . consider health through the lens of power, and identity through the lenses of what you honor in real life, and what you honor within. The theme for today is assessment; thought, not action. That doesn’t mean you can’t do, just that you need to be clear on the implications of the doing.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 September 2019

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‘River Scene with Forest Beyond’ By Walter Leistikow {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . exert yourself, and in so doing change, transform, or reform those who have power over you. It’s not about being aggressive; rather, it’s about healing negative feelings on both sides by showing what you can offer, provide, or innovate that is original, unusual, or surprising in a positive way. Hint for success: honor the beauty in everyone, but most especially in those who are hiding it on the inside.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17-18 September 2019

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By Kreuzschnabel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36304960

The 17th and 18th it’s a Good Day To . . . temporarily shut down communication. I know! Usually we’re looking for ways to make our exchanges clear, to avoid offense, to understand and be understood–but not today. This is prime time to keep it all to yourself. Potentials include precipitating chaos or accidents with the ‘wrong’ message, hurting the ones you love, and causing damage to otherwise healthy power arrangements. This trend may all be because Saturn is going direct on the 18th, at 13 Capricorn 54. That could make for a sense of building pressure, and just three hours after direction the Moon will trine Saturn from Taurus. It’ll likely to be an emotional dam bursting, whatever restraint held it in giving way in an instant. Plan accordingly.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 September 2019

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‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, no. 094, part 3: Autumn’ By Hiroshige 1857 {{PD}}

The 16th it’s a Good Day To . . . exploit the action urge through roles or empowerment avenues we already hold or are empowered within. Reasoning is as far from the influence of our own hurt as it can get, so this may be a good time to make decisions we then carry out through those roles and power positions.

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

Weekend Notes 14-15 September 2019

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Eastern great egret landing at Tennōji Park in Osaka. Photo by Laitche CC BY-SA 4.0

Mercury and Venus both move into Libra the 14th–not a big deal, but indicative of a general trend toward cooperation, toward seeking a partner, toward getting together to talk it out–and this in spite of an underlying disharmony on the 15th in communications and overall in relationships and relating. Too, on the 15th the ability to think clearly about the financial situation or earning opportunities is too much influenced by others–and that means poor choices (or at least ones that don’t suit you as well as they should)–and what we don’t attend to will shape the future. Those poor choices might include an illusion that being powerful or in charge of our own lives might damage our health–and that in itself may keep us from making moves with our own well-being where it belongs, firmly central to all considerations.

 

Finding Joy in the Horoscope

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‘Circle Dancing’ By Franz Stuck 1910 {{PD}}

I thought instead of a forecast for the weekend (because I anticipate we’ll all be sorting through the Lunar energies of the Full Moon for a bit), I’m offering a re-print from ECLIPSE, modified and edited slightly. Have a wonderful weekend!

Do you ever have a moment with a stranger? One where your eyes meet and you feel this kind of Soul blending and for a heartbeat of time you completely lose awareness of your surroundings? The moment stretches, and then you fall out of it, as abruptly as it began, usually at the moment you realize how odd it is for you to have locked eyes with a total stranger. It’s funny to think that some of the best moments I’ve ever experienced were brought about by this kind of wordless, ultra-fleeting encounter; what made it pleasant were two conditions that gurus are constantly telling us we need to cultivate: losing awareness of the Self, and losing spiritual boundaries, in the sense that you lose not just the consciousness of yourself as separate, but feel a distinctly boundary-less connectedness, a Oneness with All That Is, because in truth, when you are having this kind of experience, you are not just one with the stranger, you are one with everything.

Neither of these, the loss of Self-awareness or the sense of connection, can be commanded consciously. We may well ask, why do we not share many, or any, of these moments with people we already know? It doesn’t happen for a very simple reason: because we have imposed a thick lens of expectations, anticipations, imaginings, and the past onto the individuals we know, and it keeps us from connecting on that pure level. Sometimes, of course, spirit manages to leak through the illusions each has imposed upon the other, and we do have that moment of perfect harmony, perfect awareness—but not often, and certainly not as often as we’d like with our most intimate relationships.

Of course, there are ways to encourage such experiences, as through meditation (an attempt to set Self-consciousness aside), in sleep (through dreams, where the unconscious, and so our connections to the Cosmos, become prominent), and in the practice of seeing without that imposed lens, which can only be dealt with consciously, moment-to-moment—something the Seeker strives for continually. We can note the propensity for such experiences, as well as the likely venues or circumstances during which we may experience them, through the House placement of related energies; more on that in a moment.

‘Young Man and Woman’ By Charles W. Hawthorne 1915 {{PD}}

There is another kind of communion with a stranger, one where the connection sparks from observing or being involved in a mutually shared experience, usually starting in a shared remark, an answer, and an understanding. This typically leads to the temporary loss of boundaries between the two spirits involved; we share the experience through a common event, a shared observation or connection that is like an acknowledgment: “Yes, we have shared the same thing, at the same time, we understand each other”. This does not often have the purity of the Soul-to-Soul encounter, but does include the feeling of connectedness; in this instance, we don’t lose the sense of separateness, but do feel the link to others. These often have the character of Jupiter (the social scene), Uranus (a group experience), or Neptune (the ‘mass’ experience, shared with a very large group).

The more intimate, Soul-to-Soul, boundary-less moments can be characterized by transiting bodies making contact to natal bodies, with the area of experience delineated either by the House transited and/ or by the House matters ruled by the contacted body. For instance, Ceres transiting the 4th square Uranus in the 1st in Virgo, ruling the 6th, can bring a harsh experience or surprise from Nature (the square) that reflects the health, or comes from or affects the job or duties (6th) but that could result in a transcendent moment that illuminates one’s connection to Nature, that even shows one how much a seamless part of Nature we truly are as human Beings. It’s the real-life Circle of Life, and during our brief experience we are at One with it. Or, this same contact could bring forward a deep inner sense of natural authority (Ceres) that is expressed as higher knowledge or through taking an academic or innovative (Uranus) approach on the job or toward health (6th).

I think of these moments, even when instigated by less-than-pleasant happenings or triggers, as points of Joy in the chart, potential times of learning and transcendence. Here are a few of the possible associations that will help you find the potentials in your own chart. Whether the contacts are transiting, Solar Arc, Secondary Progression, or natal, they all carry the ability to offer those fleeting times of perfection in relating to All That Is.

The inner planets offer some obvious entrance points to joy when contacted by transit, though as transiting elements themselves they typically must aspect one of the ‘heavier’ energies (Jupiter out) in order to have the potential for this specific kind of impact—and of course, those contacts are most fleeting. The Moon speaks of joy gained through emotional experience or intuited in purest form, the Sun through expression of the identity or Soul Purpose, Mercury through communicating something we consider important, Venus through Love or the experience of reward or expression of values, and Mars through taking action or a statement of ‘I Am’.

The asteroids act as more narrow conduits, and in the case of Sedna the body moves very slowly, prolonging the contact to a natal body. Sedna aspecting a natal body brings long-term experiences of the depths of the contacted energy that takes us close to life-death-life, probably repeatedly and in many forms.

Ceres signals joy gained through expression of authority, power, connection to Nature, nurture of what ‘belongs’ to you, or negotiation, Vesta through gestures involving those energies to which we are dedicated, the home and mate, through what we regard as sacred, Pallas through use of practical skills or innate wisdom, Juno through circumstances of empowerment or status, and Zeus through realization of ambitions and desires.

Jupiter offers the joy of expanding one’s world or experience, as well as the joy gained from acceptance on the social scene. It also signifies the joy of knowledge, the desire to ‘know just to know’ and the association of this energy with ancestry and the past, as Jupiter carries the kind of information that relies on the accumulated knowledge of those who came before.

Saturn offers the joy of reality, as well as the intangible joy of accomplishment. Sometimes we denigrate the material world, mistakenly believing that it’s inferior to the spiritual. In such an instance our definition of spiritual is lacking: the material world is the spiritual world, as much as the unseen factors are. When we look at our material surroundings and physical manifestations and happenings as indeed spiritual, we open up an entirely new way of relating to the material—and we begin to see the infinite in the finite, in what can be held in the hand.

Uranus offers the joy of surprise, the joy of the new, the joy of awakening, intellectually or otherwise, and has the unique ability to give us the experience of leadership and individuality at the same time as it can blend us perfectly with the group.

Neptune offers the joy of creation, with the manifestation of what one has only dreamed or imagined, the potential of living one’s ideals, and holds the most promise for the boundary-less experience, as does anything related to the matters of the House that contains Pisces.

Pluto offers the joy of renewal, of change, of the end of something painful or arduous, and the joy of phoenix-like transformation, with re-birth as the ultimate expression of pure hope, with a sense of hope bringing the greatest joy of all.

Catch Friday night’s Full Moon report here–

Full Moon in Pisces 13 September 2019: Tilting At Windmills

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‘La nuit au léger brouillard’ By Félix Vallotton, 1913 {{PD}}

The Full Moon perfects at 9:31 PM Pacific time at 21 Pisces 04. The Earth and Moon have recently conjoined Neptune, and are still within orb of the planet; the FM also occurs sextile Pluto, widely opposed Mars and with large orbs square Jupiter (and so forming a T-square with the latter two bodies). A Full Moon promises endings, conclusions, or the cessation of something, and in this instance, the sextile to Pluto suggests that what occurs either fosters change or arises from it, likely referring to a dream, an ideal, a deception, a misunderstanding, an inspiration, or some other Neptunian factor that comes to an end. The ending may come from conflict with the larger social circle, from facing hard facts, or possibly the ending is necessitated by the intractability of our own beliefs (square Jupiter). Efforts to reach out, publish, broadcast, expand may have met problems, turning our attention in another direction–in this instance, causing us to either shed a dream, or cut through the fog of delusion or deception, seeing at last the hard facts of the matter.

Then again, with Neptune conjoined the Full Moon, what occurs may be hidden, obscured such that we may be forced to act (Mars) without understanding what we’re doing or why we’re doing it (opposition Neptune)–or will we choose to remain frozen, not comprehending what’s happening? The Mars opposition Neptune-FM suggests this inability to know what to do is only compounded by the proximity of Mars to the Sun, the implication being that something else gets the lion’s share of attention, obscuring our choices or actions, or even blocking awareness of our own wants–and so we act or choose unsure of what’s finished or what it means, unsure of our part in it, or our choices going forward. That explanation’s a little confusing on its own, and probably not very reassuring, either, though it is important to know that it all comes down to knowing that we can’t know, we can only try to pick out the shape of things by looking at areas other than those actually creating the impact (the Full Moon). It’s like watching shadows and trying to guess what’s making the shapes; we can be right on, or totally mislead.

One thing of note that may offer some clarity is the Mystic Rectangle in effect, which includes ruler of the FM and the nearly exact Mars-Neptune opposition. Currently this consists of South Node-Saturn, Neptune-Black Moon Lilith, Mars, North Node. The implication is that this synergy blends realities or restrictions of the past with those dreams, creative goals, or ideals we’ve rejected or ignored (likely as too difficult for us to achieve on our own, considering the other elements of the Rectangle are Mars and the NN). This suggests that at this Full Moon time we should be looking at discarded dreams, reassessing them for viability, especially since the social sphere or the facts will show us the hard reality at this time (FM sq Jupiter)–and that means, we might be able to put them to bed once and for all, or go after them once again, if we recognize that it’s not only not too late, but that we really are equipped to go after what we dream of.

That Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Prophet Carrying Tablets Of The New Law Is Walking Down The Slopes Of Mount Sinai’. Spiritual conviction takes many shapes; this Full Moon may clarify something about the ways we should or shouldn’t put those convictions to use, with the FM promised resolution bringing fresh insight to what’s most deeply meaningful to us at a spiritual level. This could involve a new dedication of our energy, a new intent or ‘law’ put into practice. We also look at the Sun symbol for a Full Moon: ‘A Royal Coat Of Arms Enriched With Precious Stones’. The source of the FM enlightenment may be our own striving to ‘rise above’, to attain a kind of nobility, or to simply become ‘cream of the crop’ in some area (likely related to the House in which the FM falls in the natal chart).

By Honoré Daumier c1868 {{PD}}

What occurs at this Full Moon eliminates something, reveals the Truth of a matter, and allows us to re-connect to an old dream or spiritual intent–and all while we at best wander a bit, and at worst tilt at the wrong windmill.

 

A Good Day To . . . 13 September 2019

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By Chino at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia by SreeBot, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16465958

The 13th it’s a Good Day To . . . whatever you do, reject illusion, deception, and don’t acquiesce to looking away. To do this successfully we’ve got to want to see the Truth, see reality. Embrace this completely; it’s our way toward reward, Beauty, Love, positive change, and our way out of being at the mercy of the group, out of accident, out of chaos.

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

The Full Moon picture will follow.

 

A Good Day To . . . 12 September 2019

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‘Golden Hours’ By John William Godward 1913 {{PD}}

The 12th it’s a Good Day To . . . let mind meld with feeling and allow instinct to guide them both. But the key may actually be this: go your own way. Don’t engage in either power struggles or try to slap the social sphere–those are energy-dissipating distractions.

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

A Good Day To . . . 11 September 2019

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‘Alcea rosea’ By Berthe Morisot 1880 {{PD}}

The 11th it’s a Good Day To . . . act on, rely on, base efforts on what we know or have established in the past, especially thinking along wise, practical, and practiced lines. That’s not exciting or glamorous, but it is smart, at least right now; we’re clear-thinking in terms of what empowers us and what roles we hold, but can’t embrace originality or uniqueness without abandoning wisdom–a dicey proposition, as our good judgement falls away if we indulge and go spontaneous and uncharted. Stay with what’s solid, what we’ve got experience with, and if we dedicate our work to what we truly honor, we find reward in ways we didn’t anticipate along what seemed like such a safe, predictable, even dull, course.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars (and the Sun, just for another day). This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 10 September 2019

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Strangely, I felt that this picture, and particularly the title, might be speaking directly to someone out there today. ‘And when did you last see your father?’ By William Frederick Yeames 1868 {{PD}}

The 10th it’s a Good Day To . . . question the opportunities presented–or perhaps, to question whether they will take us in the direction we want to go. We’re seeing clearly and for once Self-sabotage isn’t on the agenda in any form–so take this chance to look at where you’re headed, to see if what’s on offering will accommodate current goals or require new ones, and then be brave enough to change direction if that’s more appealing, more in line with Soul expression. Don’t worry–the viewpoint today is practical, skill-centered, even wise. Decisions will be sound.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars, and the Sun. This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 9 September 2019

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‘Blackberry Gathering’ By Elizabeth Forbes c1912 {{PD}}

By the 9th it’s a Good Day To . . . avail yourself of the opportunities presented, the facts, and/ or the wisdom of the social sphere (I know! Shocking! But in-between swings to the extreme, the social order can be quite helpful in orienting us to the smartest course, even when it’s showing us the way not to go). We have emotional issues, especially around our own thinking, that can make it difficult to know what to do, but if we stick to acting from fact or seeing to details, we won’t go wrong.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 & 8 September 2019

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‘It’s Raining Comets’ This artist’s conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, whose infrared detectors picked up indications that one or more comets was recently torn to shreds after colliding with a rocky body. NASA/JPL-Caltech – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/multimedia/pia14739.html {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want. If you claim your power, you’ll be endowed with original ideas, innovative impulses, and an inventive, unique point-of-view, one that provides the wisdom to avoid sore spots in yourself and others. There’s the potential to as they say, facetiously or not, ‘burn with the intensity of a thousand Suns’–but this can take a downturn, if you aren’t able to escape your own wounded way of seeing. Inability or unwillingness to accept total Self-responsibility can lead to a spectacular flame out featuring erratic, unpredictable, unexpected, or rebellious behavior. The good part is, it’s your choice.

By the 8th it’s a Good Day To . . . if possible face, or at least find a work-around, for those things we’re trying not to admit or acknowledge. That’s necessary, despite conflict with or disapproval from the Powers-That-Be. Constructive action, the kind that’s entirely under your control, is your best course today; if big projects are scary, start with the small stuff–it’ll mean more than you think. Tackling the large and looming isn’t required in order for you to have a positive impact.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 September 2019

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By Christof Berger – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11603378

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . to surprise yourself with all you can do. The range of your authority might need to be explored, and though others may push back over things they’d rather not acknowledge, you’ll discover both the worth of the power you hold and the limits to it (and as well, you’ll see the benefits of knowing those limits and exercising some Self-restraint). Show your empowerment, but at the same time don’t ignore the facts and don’t bother to contradict the social order–you’ll be setting a brush fire (courtesy of Mercury in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius) if you do.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 September 2019

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Redstarts and Butterflies. Five studies in one frame.’ By Bruno Liljefors 1885 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . let power flow where it will. Trying to control who or what has the juice will be unproductive, and for once, the social order may know more than we do about who should get to do what (and remember, seeing someone on top doesn’t mean they’ll stay there–they could just be gathering enough rope to hang themselves). Act on instinct, stick with tried-and-true roles for the moment, and keep thinking disciplined and reality-focused, as failing to do so can open hidden, ignored, or denied cans-of-worms.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 September 2019

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‘Composition IX’ By Wassily Kandinsky 1936 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . allow instincts to inform thoughts and drive action–but we need to be careful: we are either highly aware of the worth of our creative energy and ideas, and can assess them accurately, or we are completely deluded about their worth. There’s no in-between, so all you can do is your best work, put it out there, and let the Universe decide.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 September 2019

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‘The Waterfall’ By Henri Rousseau 1910 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . stay alert to our own tendency to slide into hurt mode, and/ or to communicate aggressively, the latter probably unconsciously. It’s a day when little bits of ourselves that are wounded, upset, or sad may float up and out before we know it, and those bits are inclined to do damage today, so stay vigilant.

Today is also the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, which is the point where they conjoin during Mercury’s direct movement. This typically brings the conclusion of a matter seeded at the Inferior Conjunction, the last of which occurred 21 July. Happening in concert with other influences suggests that those aggressive or wounded bits may be dislodged from the psyche by what reaches its apex today. The only antidote for any of this is unflagging Self-awareness.

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

It’s A Good Day To . . . for the 1st and 2nd of September 2019

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The 1st is a Good Day To . . . stick to what we know, established patterns and established power positions. Don’t be mislead by deceivers, mixed messages, and seemingly empowering communications that are actually meant to undermine–but do stay open to the spontaneous and unexpected–that’s where genius lies.

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . expect the unexpected from authorities, to profit or find reward by exercising your own proper role (and expect you might have to defy the social order or your own belief system in the process), and know that acting on your ambitions is a most excellent use of your time and energy at this point.

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

31 August 2019 A New Leaf

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‘Das Blätterbild’ By Heinrich Hoerle, 1928 {{PD}}

Just as autumn stirs, the New Moon in Virgo inspires something different for the every day. It’s a natural time of endings, and I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling it. I’m thinking of retaining A Good Day To . . . and maybe picking and choosing some of the ‘big’ aspects or planetary entrances and exits to focus on. As a daily this might end up being more of a meditation or energy offering than what’s been appearing here, but I need to honor my own call to do other things, many of which I’ve delayed–and autumn makes us all aware, time is going by. So join me in relaxing, exploring, creating more and differently. There are two astrology books almost done that I want to finish, one of which (the Moon one; the other is on Venus) will go free to all the lovely people who’ve been supporting me with monthly donations (I know! I’ve been promising this for a while now–but I’ve had no time!)–and specifically to you donors, it may be time to stop your donation–I have no idea what I’ll be providing here, and wouldn’t want you to be disappointed! I’ll still be taking on some private work through consultations and reports, though, and will appear here randomly when the need to talk astrology overtakes me, so I hope you’ll continue to drop by.

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . explore what’s been ignored or denied, using instincts as a guide. This will not only pay off, it will point up the love in or worth of relationships. Keep thinking aligned with highest values;it’s tempting to veer off into hurt, but that brings everything positive to a halt, if pursued.

You should know that this feature, a Good Day To . . ., is drawn directly from the perfecting aspects for the day, so it offers guidance in its most direct and condensed form.

30 August 2019 New Moon in Virgo: Call To Action

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By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA – New Moon, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51482526

In some places this is the second New Moon of the month, in others the Moon some saw on the 1st may have fallen on July 31st–you see the issue, which is why I don’t make much of those occasions of two New or Full Moons in a calendar month–they don’t hold everywhere, and only apply if one uses the current calendar–which of course is a man-made device, not a naturally-occurring one. So, forgive me if I’m not kvelling 🙂

The New Moon falls at 6 Virgo 46 at 3:36 AM Pacific time on August 30th. This duo (Moon and Sun) is chasing Mars, soon to catch him, and can also be considered widely conjoined Juno, Mercury, and Venus, as well, all in Virgo. This cuts a wide swath just a hair over 9 degrees wide, end to end, with the New Moon close to the midpoint. A New Moon in Virgo brings a new way of thinking or observing critically, making discernment, judgment, and efforts leading to reward and appropriate sharing the centerpieces of what’s begun here. In concert with so many other influences, the New Moon viewpoint may feel pervasive; the focus may be on what is ‘natural’ (in the Virgoan ‘Harvest’ sense, particularly in matters of the natal House where the New Moon occurs), and what’s needed to make that happen at an optimum level. We’ll be seeking personal empowerment through critical and corrective thought and action, particularly that which offers reward. And certainly, what we’re trying to achieve, one way or another, is worthy–but will we succeed?

The New Moon forms the arm to a T-square on the Hygeia-Ceres opposition (a Grand Cross, if we include Earth). The T suggests agricultural upsets, climate issues, environmental poisonings, natural disasters–as if we can’t point to dozens of these matters already–they didn’t wait for the New Moon to manifest, but they may take on new urgency, and we may gain a dawning new awareness of them, drawing much more of our attention as we watch them wax along with the Lunar energies. Personal manifestations may include onsets of allergies, asthma, dietary issues or responses, and much more noticeable links among health, our environment, and specifically how much we may be able (or unable) to affect things.

‘Ceres’ By Osmar Schindler c1902 {{PD}}

The Sun-Moon square Hygeia also forms the base for a Fist of God, apex Pluto, once again pointing to a crisis situation involving the health–and whether it’s the health of the planet or our own personal well-being, the pressure of crisis elicits either a destructive response or a transformative one, the latter offering the hope of an environmental or health-centered phoenix rising from the current ashes.

On top of all this the New Moon is trine Uranus and quincunx Chiron, suggesting that the unexpected surprises or delivers a bolt of understanding, and this either injures or calls forward our unique Chirotic skills. It may be that New Moon events or revelations lead us into a new, more active role in dealing with larger issues, whether they center on dealing more effectively with personal challenges to health or with challenges to the health of the whole damn planet. Via a lightning bolt of revelation, understanding, or sheer shock, the New Moon is bound to mobilize us, mentally and physically, in support of our values, in a way we weren’t ‘in motion’ before. Too, when we add New Moon aspect meaning to the Sabian, what we may find is how inextricable our place in the larger scheme really is. All we control is ourselves, within that defined space we occupy and can affect–this NM may point us toward our best, most effective impact, for both the individual and the Collective.

‘The Harem’ By Émile Bernard pre-1941 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the new Moon is, ‘A Harem’. Though we find the existence of a harem regressive, even offensive, today, we might do best with this image to define it not as captive sex slaves or something equally sensational and canted toward the exploitative, but as a cooperative living arrangement for women of a certain privileged status due to their relationship with a powerful Other. In that sense, harems are the province of Venus, in some guises, and most especially Juno, as status and power derived through the partner are two of her most prominent characteristics. As a symbol of New Moon events, then, this might signal that empowerment may be most effectively found within a role or status we already hold, particularly one that may otherwise feel restrictive or exploitative, one where we ultimately might wish for more freedom, but find current relationships (or even survival) require we continue in this function. When we look at it this way, we can see this could apply to the web-like restrictions of the social sphere, family, or even the need to make a living–whatever it is that both ‘protects’ us (offering benefit in some form) and concurrently proscribes, for good or ill, our movement.

See the forecast for the 29th and birthday for 6 Virgo here

Good day to . . . start something new that requires energy, concentration, attention to detail, persistence, especially if this speaks to fulfilling some ideal. Good time to also take corrective measures with health/ diet.

For those born with the Sun at 07 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You may feel a lot like a Warrior this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, and if you don’t, you may just be angry or highly motivated! In any case, you’ll have an enormous amount of energy, drive, and attention best applied to fighting for a cause, moving forward in life, and/ or in dealing with the matters of the natal House ruled by Mars. You’ve got the guts, and may earn the glory, if you can observe successfully a few rules: control and refine all energy expression–to fail this invites chaos and accident, but to do it inspires invention, innovation, originality, and may place you in a leadership role, well-deserved, should it come to you; cooperative arrangements can be very good–trust, but verify, to avoid surprises; and face health matters head-on–attend to them, because something dealt with now won’t flare up bigger and badder later. Good luck!

29 August 2019 Staring at the Sun

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By Константин Мирошник, Наталия Кургузова-Мирошник CC BY-SA 4.0

It may feel like we’re purposely, Self-destructively, relentlessly staring into the Sun today, out of a pressing need to figure something out: a power situation, a destructive potential, the right transformative move. We’re counting on the revelation, the surprise, the shock, or Higher Mind to send us in the right direction, but we can’t seem to shake the past, or the way our mind seems to run the hamster wheel, restless, restless, restless. If we’ll relax into it, allow synchronicities and the unexpected/ unscripted to guide us, we’ll connect a growing critical faculty to what’s smart, and come up with appropriate, even fortuitous, ideas of what to do, how to handle things.

(Perfecting today: Juno contra-parallel Zeus, Mercury enters Virgo, sesq SN, parallel and sxt Pallas, Sun sesq Pluto and trine Uranus)

Good day to . . . let go. Spontaneity and the unanticipated are our friends. We’re deep into Dark of the Moon, a time when struggle does little good.

For those born with the Sun at 06 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Virgo, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself thinking that all this struggle, all the problems and machinations, are in service to finally gaining real power, in and over your life–and you would be right, to a point. Yes, the struggle will lead you to a more powerful position in life–but why struggle? Or at least, why struggle so much? The key this year to making real progress that doesn’t come out of chaos is to be willing to engage in a lot of critical thinking. That may sound unpleasant, until you realize it’s less about Self-criticism and more about thinking ahead, attending to details, anticipating reactions, and keeping truthful account of what goes in and what comes out. Focusing on being accountable in all its forms, in fact, will help you balance Self-focus with interaction in such a way that efforts will become as effective as they can be, and so act as the engine to drive you forward. Good luck!

28 August 2019 Ingenious

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By Vincent van Gogh 1889 {{PD}}

What works today is spontaneous, ingenious, and original; what doesn’t is anything where we go primal, listening to the instincts and turning the brain to OFF. Wisdom has the support of our sense of personal authority and competence, higher mind and invention has the support of wisdom, and though our perceptions of the real world may be off (askew from hurt, recent power struggles, or obstacles not clearly recognized) they will respond positively to any investment (energy, talents, assets) we choose to make toward ambition or goal realization, or desire fulfillment.

(Perfecting today: Pallas parallel Ceres, Uranus parallel Pallas, Mars trine Uranus, Venus nov Zeus, Mercury sq Sedna, sesq Saturn, and parallel Uranus, Sun qnx Chiron and sq Ceres)

Good day to . . . follow the kind of impulse that comes with a *spark* of ingenuity or genius–and yet, not a good day to act blindly and impulsively. It’s up to you to weigh the impulse itself. Here’s a hint: if the group would support the action or choice, it’s likely (at least today) the right one.

For those born with the Sun at 05 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, your challenge, right, and gift is all the same: to remove any personal conflicts that hold you back from accepting your own power and authority. It’s time to honor yourself as a Force of Nature, to accept your the role(s) life has assigned you, and to make the most of those. Remember, you are in charge of you, and it’s your job, no one else’s, to create the avenues for expression and empowerment that are truly ‘You’. You have the ability to transform both yourself and the landscape, this year–make sure you use it! Good luck!

27 August 2019 Bedeviled By The Past

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Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2015645379 {{PD}}

Even as we try to expand our reach or expand our power and authority, we feel pressure from past hang-ups, the kind of thing where our own fears bedeviled our efforts before, and those same fears, especially ones around destruction or loss, plague us once again. What we’re not recognizing is that opportunity, especially opportunity uniquely suited to us, only comes when we choose to be fully Self-responsible; the urge to not ‘go it alone’, in this instance, isn’t about partnership, camaraderie, or cooperation, it’s about fear. Admit that, and you’ll see exactly how you’re ‘choosing wrong’ for your goals–and so will know how to ‘choose right’.

(Perfecting today: Juno sesq SN, Jupiter parallel Ceres, Mars sesq Pluto, Mercury nov NN)

Good day to . . . operate solo, even in the midst of others.

For those born with the Sun at 04 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Virgo, it seems you’re getting serious about getting serious–and everyone knows–but do they know how deeply you feel, how very much emotions are affecting current efforts? This solar year, through to your next birthday, you may need to face and possibly share these feelings. It’s all so you can banish some long-time hurts, once and for all, so that you can get in touch with your own personal sense of authority and exercise it within your domain, and best of all, it’s a way to deal with your past and at the same time build the future you want. Biggest asset this year: your beauty as a person. I’m not kidding. Good luck!

26 August 2019 Don’t Listen

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‘Thisbe’ By John William Waterhouse 1909 {{PD}}

Today the atmosphere is highly supportive, offering us healing, strength, reward, understanding, and we’re guided by a clear sense of instinct. There’s only one thing in our way, and that may be our own mind, or perhaps the communications we receive from others. If we let the mentality reign supreme, we may find ourselves mired in thoughts that conflict with our own highest values. It only takes a single step back to let us see that the mind (or the message) has planted untrue and unproductive seeds, and we only need to rip them out and go on.

(Juno parallel Sedna, Chiron trine Ceres, Venus trine Uranus, Mercury sq Vesta, Sun parallel Venus)

Good day to . . . refuse to let the mind intrude, play games with you, or to allow the words of others to occupy your head.

For those born with the Sun at 03 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What’s standing between you and Money or Love, this solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo? Do you know? It’s your own choices and actions. That’s a bitter pill, but also a very useful one. It’s the key to both your healing and to gaining the kind of power and authority that flows from your natural, best Self. It’s in your hands, and up to you. Other hints for success: show others/ the world what you care about–though in the past you may have believed it was better to keep this private, the reality is that if others know, they can often help you–and speak your mind through presentation, through the ways and means you use to contact your environment; that is, make your personality a seamless ‘message’ from the rest of you. You’ll be surprised how many people will respond, and respond positively, to what you put forward. Good luck!

25 August 2019 Fellow Travelers

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‘Flusslandschaft’ (River Landscape) Attributed to Adolf Kaufmann, before 1916 {{PD}}

Certain things will display their harmony today, and it will be these pulled-together influences that drive most of the action. It’s likely to feel as if we step into a river, the current swift, everything already in full motion, and this will carry us far, if we are able to surrender to it, rather than struggle against it. ‘Going with the flow’, trite as this phrase can be, may be exactly what gets us more of what we aim for, and this happens in a smart way, having the benefit of either challenging us to muster the Chirotic skill or to help us heal. There are only two issues, really: 1) we won’t be able to use the enthusiasm, sheer vitality, and positive tenor in the air if we’re too focused on gaining power and fulfilling our own ambitions, and 2) we must be vigilant to indulgences that may seem minor, ‘just this once’, or considered a reward, because we are likely to choose something that has a more serious effect on our health and well-being than we are able to anticipate.

(Perfecting Today: Jupiter semi-sq Pallas, Mars still effectively conjoined and parallel Venus, though perfection of the meeting is past, with both of them qnx Chiron and contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, and Mars sq Ceres and semi-sq Zeus, while Venus in loose square to Hygeia forms a Fist of God with apex Pluto, and the Sun is contra-parallel the Black Moon Lilith point–and that puts the Sun, Venus, and Mars all together at the same declination opposite BML)

Good day to . . . trust the Universe. It’s one of those times when trying to control, dissect, or even understand everything going on around you isn’t possible–so relax, and let life arrange itself before you. What you need to deal with will be very clear, and you’ll have the energy and intelligence to address if effectively.

For those born with the Sun at 02 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is it about needing to be practical at this time, dear Virgo, that has you all ate up? You have the chance to rid yourself of some nagging demons, some negatives that you’ve been wishing away, but you can’t do it unless you are willing to deal with things as they are, and to do the mature, the wise, the immensely smart thing. So what if it’s not glamorous? It’s the thing that will allow you to take your life to some version of ‘the next level’. You’ve been wondering when you were going to be able to make real progress–the time now to your next birthday is your window to make it all bigger, better, more true to You. Good luck!

24 August 2019 Getting It Together

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‘Dance on the Beach’ By Edvard Munch c1900 {{PD}}

We get ‘it’ together today, bringing ostensible opposites into harmony, uniting the yin and yang, binding ourselves in partnership, or acting out of values or Love, or to make money, particularly in a principled way. It’s about following the rules or seeing to details, and yet we’re concerned with, or fighting against, the authority that currently exists, or with those who are trying to exert their authority over us. ‘Don’t tell me what to do!’ may be the cry that rings across the land, and this can bring to the fore discrepancies among values, relationships, and ambitions/ goals. Just be prepared to get a clear glimpse of the reality picture, especially as it applies to empowerment, and don’t allow obstacles to affect thinking to the point that it deteriorates into destructive channels. If we don’t allow ourselves to be distracted, and manage to attend to the material world according to our highest values, we can make some genius advances and exercise personal power to the fullest.

(Perfecting Today: Venus conj Mars, both sq Ceres, Venus parallel Vesta and semi-sq Zeus, Sun parallel Mars and sesq SN, Saturn nov Ceres, Mercury qnx Pluto)

Good day to . . . take advantage of the places where your energy is clearly in harmony with particular subjects, venues of expression, or courses of action. It’s a day where you can cooperate successfully with your opposite number, just as long as you don’t allow preconceptions or negative thinking to persuade you that the way to win is to undermine or grab for power–it’s all about doing it together, today.

For those born with the Sun at 01 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). The magic formula for you this year, dear Virgo, from now through to your next birthday, is found by appreciating the power structure as it is now, and then working to either cooperate with it or become a part of it. Resistance to this idea is probably seated in the feeling that you know how to do ‘it’ better than ‘they’ do, but the reality is that the only successful way forward for you is to admit that if you make those in power adversaries, you’ll never get the chance to wield power of your own. It’s a way to feel superior and remain unchallenged, but it’s no way to live your life. Recognizing this and other realities is key to having a super-productive year. On your side: your mate or partner, certain emotional realities, and some well-learned lessons from the past. Good luck!

23 August 2019 Bold Moves Toward Caution

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‘The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus’ By Piero di Cosimo 1498 {{PD}}

On its face, that title seems a little contradictory, no? But that may be where we find ourselves today, taking firm and even daring steps forward, particularly toward ambition fulfillment, all in the name of not messing things up, of doing what’s necessary to secure our priorities and those things we find sacred. What we honor is an important motivator; it seems vital at this time that we commit our energies carefully, with attention to detail, to how and where they’ll play out. We see the world with a more discerning eye than we did just a day or two ago–and yet the smartest thing we can do with that discernment is to apply it to our own issues, and work to heal ourselves, while causing no harm to others.

(Perfecting today: The Sun and Juno enter Virgo, with the Sun and Mars parallel Vesta, Mercury sxt Zeus and sesq Chiron)

Good day to . . . Self-assess, Self-correct, and make commitments clear and orderly. Be bold, but don’t be slapdash.

For those born with the Sun at 00 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Virgo, there’ll be some emotional dissatisfaction ahead for you this solar year, through to your next birthday–or will that simply be a time of clarity that reveals that you need to give more attention, and maybe more respect, to your own feelings and needs? In any case, there may also be some sorting around status, duties, roles, and empowerment options, and this could come out of crisis or a choice about whether to re-visit a past form or to strike out with a new one. There’s no one answer here that’s better than the other–it all depends who you want to allow to have authority in your life, who you want to love, and what you want to do on your own, beholden to no one else. A testing year, to be sure, but one you can come out of in much greater command of both your life direction and your emotional investments than you were when you started. Good luck!
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22 August 2019 The Ultimate

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‘Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds’ By Caspar David Friedrich c1835 {{PD}}

We see our options and our problems quite clearly, and the question becomes, will we succumb to some negative message from the past that we still carry of our unlovability or lack of assets, or will we take what we’ve learned in the past, filter it through a current ‘power role’ (even if that’s just your individuality), apply ideals, creativity, and spiritual character, and come up with an idea or three about what we should do today? Either we embrace ultimate responsibility for what we can do with our lives, or we sit back and blame the past–today there’s no in-between.

(Perfecting today: Sun conj Juno and both sesq Saturn, Venus sesq SN, Finger of God with base of SN-Neptune, apex Mercury)

Good day to . . . take a positive approach, not just toward others or circumstances, but toward your own ability to affect and shape your life.

For those born with the Sun at 29 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Will you serve as your own authority this solar year, through to your next birthday, or will you abdicate, out of a sense that being in charge is too much pressure? Dear Leo, I’d like to say this won’t make that much difference, either way, but that would be a lie. If you take responsibility for yourself and your life, you can open the way to an astonishing number of opportunities; if you say, No thanks, you may spend (another?) year treading water, rather than moving forward. In any case, what comes at you won’t be easy, but your response to it will make all the difference, and dictate how your life will spool out for some time to come. On your side: your instincts, when they aren’t marred by emotion, and your ability to discern what’s an actual barrier, obstacle, or ‘STOP’ sign, and what’s actually an invitation to apply yourself. Good luck!

21 August 2019 Hope and the ‘Real World’

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‘Weinernte’ By Dora Hitz, before 1911 {{PD}}

Venus enters Virgo, and all those with a conscience begin to take their own inventory. That’s a good thing, a useful tool, and one that shows personal integrity–and becomes especially important as we’re largely unable to connect to our instinctual nature at this time. Nothing feels ‘natural’, and we suffer a sense of ‘flying blind’. Luckily, though, we do recognize what’s smart, what’s practical. It all becomes a matter of using those qualities emphasized right now to their fullest; the key is focusing on assessment of our own situation, our own need for correction. Those who are for whatever reason refusing to look at themselves will show it by their criticism of others–because that laser energy trained on detail and ‘correctness’ has to go somewhere, and rightfully so, as it’s something valuable–so use it wisely.

Thinking takes a very particular turn, as well. We are massively optimistic, fired up to implement what we see as ‘the facts’, but we find real-world obstacles in the way of realizing our hopes. Are these insurmountable? Not at all; if we’ll just slow down a bit, we’ll see that if we’re willing to make adjustments we can do exactly what we planned. My only warning: don’t overthink (it doesn’t make anything clearer), don’t over-promise, and don’t exaggerate–and especially, avoid mentally biting off more than we can chew. Jot down really big ideas, for dissection later.

(Venus enters Virgo, Mercury qnx Saturn and trine Jupiter, Sun sq Sedna and sxt Pallas)

Good day to . . . put accounts of all kinds in order. See to the details, take care of the paperwork, know where you stand.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you are fully empowered this solar year, through to your next birthday, sure of your status, capable of wielding power–so what is this crisis with Love and/ or Money? My guess is you are stretched on your tippy-toes, either pushing things way too far yourself, or feeling this same pressure from someone near and dear, or from some sort of issue with income/ flow. How to get a handle on this? Take a long hard look at what’s actually within your power to control (not admitting what is and isn’t your responsibility may have started this thing in the first place), and then get your emotional perceptions behind taking effective action. It’s the only way to defuse the crisis and simultaneously get the mind thinking in big, action-oriented terms, the kind that you may be, if all goes well in straightening out the crisis, supremely good at making the most of. Good luck!

20 August 2019 Past Tense

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”–Ecclesiastes

“All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.”― J.M. Barrie and BSG

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Certain things in this Universe are constants, despite the way everything is ever-changing, ever-evolving. Perhaps that’s the ultimate paradox, that time expresses as a self-repeating loop, that no matter how the trappings change what happens is in essence a material and energetic reflection of what’s already been. That may be our sense of things today, as wisdom and instinct jockey within the psyche for supremacy, as Love and Money are shaped or even curtailed by some hard realities, as Art struggles to gain form and solidity, and as our own actions and choices seem an uncanny echo of what we’ve already done. Take comfort in the idea that one can never step into the same stream twice–and even if one could, we are ourselves changing with each moment, so that we’re not the same person we were previously, either.

(Pallas qnx Sedna, Mars sesq SN, Venus sesq Saturn)

Good day to . . . relax, take it easy. Really, the tendency will be to fret over circumstances, events, ourselves. Best to realize the mind is hyper-responsive to every bit of charge and static and every random thought in the air. Don’t take any of it too seriously–this isn’t the time to make judgments.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you may be straining to mesh the identity with the instinctual way of Being. Normally we assume those are in harmony, but for you, this year, smoothing out any dissonance between who you want to be and who you are will be required, before you can go forward. It’s all about establishing who you want to be known as, by role, publicly, and/ or in the career, and the only way to forge this persona is by eliminating both what insults the core instinctive nature and what doesn’t support the desired Self-image–and then these two must be in harmony as well. Not an easy job, but one that’s lining you up to make a massive splash no more than a few years from now. Good luck!

19 August 2019 The Value of Power

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Street art by ‘Signs of Power’ for Waterford Walls festival 2017, Photo By Davebrny CC BY-SA 4.0

Really, today is about the power that we hold via roles or status; we see the value of it, and can appreciate where to ‘spend’ it. Utilizing that power fosters original thought and inventiveness, and what we learn/ create is easily put to work in service of our forward path. What doesn’t go so good? We’re alienated from our own instincts–they’re clouded by things we aren’t willing, yet, to acknowledge–and that can mess up thinking and reasoning. Funnel it all through the personal power viewpoint–seeing it from the position of ‘How Can I Affect This? How Can I Work This?’, you can’t go wrong.

(Venus conj Juno and both of them sq Sedna and sxt Pallas, Venus also parallel Uranus, Mercury qnx Black Moon Lilith, Sun nov NN)

Good day to . . . assert yourself through those positions and roles and any status that you hold. Own your personal authority, and don’t be shy about wielding it.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). The way forward, dear Leo, may not be entirely smooth (or clear to you) this coming solar year, simply because you are trying hard to align the feelings and your Soul’s purpose, and having a helluva time getting them to sync. You’re still suffering from a recent emotional wound and, aware of it or not, it’s still affecting you, keeping you from gathering yourself and moving on. Here are some tips: this year, focus on improving your health–this is important; and examine actions and choices with a critical eye, before plunging in–that will definitely both benefit you and keep you from any egregious mistakes. Good luck!

18 August 2019 Love Applied

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It’s a kind of formula: whatever it is, today, apply Love. Even, and most especially, when it doesn’t seem to fit, when that wouldn’t be your typical answer.

(Venus nov NN)

Good day to . . . invest in the future, in whatever form that personally takes for you.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It may feel to you, dear Leo, that Love, assets, status, and/ or empowerment are moving away from you at this time, but that’s a kind of psychic illusion. You had such a hearty influx of these things lately that as things normalize it feels like a loss, rather than circumstances losing their sheen and having an everyday luster, once again. So, note that you’re not losing anything, and then turn your attention toward the fact that during this solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be embracing a ‘new’, closer-to-ideal identity as you find balance through the emotional perceptions as they work through and shape the career, status, or public image. Good luck!

17 August 2019 Handle With Care

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We’re empowered in ways that allow us to make downright brilliant moves and choices that are designed to construct the future we want, and spontaneity shows its own kind of genius. There are a few things to watch out for, though: actions that don’t acknowledge current realities, especially rules and boundaries, may make for rough going and could attract criticism; brace for shocks or surprises–they’re inevitable; and take care not to do things that will wear on, even destroy, health.

(Juno nov NN, Pluto sesq Hygeia, Mars sesq Saturn then enters Virgo, Sun parallel Uranus)

Good day to . . . innovate, invent, and brainstorm! However, implement with care.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You’re heading toward some serious profit or reward, dear Leo, one that’s arisen directly from your own personal actions. This could bring you love, too, but no matter what the results, you can be sure that 1) you’ve earned them, and 2) that you might be so satisfied (or in some way sated) that your propensity to dream and work to make that dream a reality could lose significant steam. It will be awhile before you formulate another guiding vision, and that’s okay. The thing you need to watch out for during this solar year, through to your next birthday, is the call of your own ego. It may push you into seeing something that is actually a natural transition as crisis, one where you must act. Don’t fall for it,and don’t allow yourself to be bullied, even by yourself. Good luck!

16 August 2019 What We Ignore

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‘The Execution of Lady Jane Grey’ (detail) By Paul Delaroche 1833 {{PD}}

Thoughts are erratic, but oh-so-original–or are they just wacky, not so much inventive as goofy? It’ll be difficult for us to judge, as wisdom and practicality are on the fritz, and it’s hard to see what we value. There’s too much static, too much intrusion on the psyche by matters we’ve vowed to pretend don’t exist! It’s a day to float, cruise, or interact with the mildest of manners, willing to take a look at what we’ve been denying, but not necessarily to act on or do anything about it. Recognition of a problem is its own reward. As to those quirky ideas, write them down and review them later.

(Pallas sesq and Vesta contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury sq Uranus)

By John Tenniel 1864 {{PD}}

Good day to . . . find an inner calm, be as still as possible, at least for a time, and try to get some perspective on the thought processes. Today what we don’t acknowledge about our motivations can hurt us. Step back and refuse to allow impulses to send us down the rabbit hole.

Since the Sun doesn’t reach 24 degrees until late this evening Pacific time, see tomorrow’s forecast for that degree’s Solar Return outlook.

15 August 2019 Full Moon in Aquarius: Cost/ Benefit Analysis

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Vandenis (Aquarius) in the twelve-paiting cycle Zodiakas (Zodiac) By Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis 1907 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 5:29 AM Pacific time at 22 Aquarius 24. Venus is still closely conjoined the Sun, and so figures in to the T-square formed by Vesta in Taurus. This dynamic describes the principle tension and likely revelation (or revelatory tension!) of the Full Moon event. A Full Moon is a culmination of energy, a building to completeness of some matter either related to the House where the FM falls or that has the character of the sign in which the FM perfects, and typically this has a strong emotional component. A T-square suggests conflict reaching a head, leading to either a showdown or an impasse, a ‘no resolution’ situation that we can only see a way out of after the Lunar event, likely by, in this case, following values and commitment guidelines.

In Aquarius we could come to some emotional conclusion without even realizing it, and yet not really feel it. Aquarius is forever mixing up the mental and the emotional, and the event or atmosphere associated with this Full Moon may not be recognized as an emotional ending, though the emotions will be stirred. The mind may jump in, rationalize, or may attain a mental understanding that neglects the emotional impact (and so neglects the individual emotional needs). Distance from feelings is a distinct hazard. We may not realize ‘it’s’ over, in some way–or we may not realize that ‘it’ can’t go on like this, despite the Aquarian promise of its Fixed nature, that encourages us to believe things can go on as they are, indefinitely.

This Waterbearer looks at first glance like Libra. Aquarius bronze and glass grille figure, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Photo By Carol M. Highsmith {{PD}}

The tug-of-war this time may be between some feature of the talent or Self-worth picture, in the form of its value or cost to the Soul expression (Sun-Venus in Leo) versus an emotional-intellectual need that has a material component, or that involves surroundings or assets (Moon-Earth in Aquarius). What we spend and what we gain when we express ourselves may see direct reflection (a Moon characteristic) in material/ physical forms (Earth conjunction), and will carry an emotional charge–and the Full Moon’s function may be to make this as clear as possible by showing any dissonance among these elements of expression, material results, and the feeling nature as measured against our highest values, commitments, and those things we find sacred (Vesta).

There are no other contacts to the Full Moon that fall within our relatively narrow allowed orb. That just points out that the entire ‘punch’ is in the dissonance of the T, not scattered or watered down with many influences. You’ll likely end up running a cost/benefit analysis with values as your guideline, prompted by the Full Moon, and what you conclude may have an outsized impact on the forms Soul expression might take or the value you assign to the identity, with an emotional and material assessment of the profits possible or the costs incurred a key part of the equation.

You may come face-to-face with an inner or an outer ‘bear’, and you’ll need to deal with it. By John Bauer 1902 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Big Bear Sitting Down And Waving All Its Paws’. The thing that draws your attention at the Full Moon is, as the saying goes, ‘a real bear’, that is, something truly troublesome or difficult to handle that you can no longer ignore. As a symbol, a bear suggests something big, animalistic in nature, that is already present but that you’ve been looking past, ignoring, that you’ve been denying the needs, nature, or existence of. Astrologically it may be represented by the asteroid Vesta; it may show there’s something we respect that we’ve been neglecting, or something that we need to respect, that we’ve somehow failed to honor–and certainly, what we honor is meant to show us a way out of any stress brought on by the Lunar event.

The Sabian for the Sun (and for Venus as well) is, ‘In A Circus The Bareback Rider Displays Her Dangerous Skill’. This suggests that it’s our own actions or displays of talent that create the Full Moon situation in the first place. Something daring or out of the ordinary, something we’ve attempted, is the initial source of the Full Moon event energy, and this is specifically a try at showing our skills or talents, at putting them before the audience of ‘The Big Top’–that is, showing our talents in a public venue,or showing them openly, for all to see. Look to the House holding the Sun-Venus to help you pinpoint the nature of this effort, and look to the House that holds the Full Moon for clues to the life area that offer a response to this effort, with challenges coming from, or issues pointed out, via persons or matters of the House that holds transiting Vesta (which sits at 22 Taurus 38).

Good day to . . . see what you must deal with in order to bring your unique talents to the fore and so create/ attract Love or Money. This is an ‘information’ day, one where, if you’re paying attention and ‘want to know’, you can gain an enormous amount of useful data, especially about how and where to ‘put yourself out there’.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Leo, may be headlined, ‘Pursuit of Love or Money’. It may also be an emotionally stressful year, one where you feel you must ‘do or die’, or where the emotional reality meets a turning point, such that it changes dramatically. So, the pair of matters, emotions and those things pursued, are likely to swallow up most of your effort and attention, and you should know, they’re meant to–a narrowed focus may be the only way you can deal with getting what you need, with finding worthwhile reward, and with creating the relationships you really want, so don’t let others label you selfish–this year you deserve to live about you and for you. Good luck!

14 August 2019 A Conflict of Instincts

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‘Natural Lusitano Instinct’ Photographer: Julia Moll 31 May 2017 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Spontaneity, originality, and the unexpected drive actions–and yet these moves will be in conflict with our instinctual nature, perhaps inspired by some restless material that resides in our ‘blind spot’. It’s a matter of what we don’t know influencing our choices and our way forward, and this not sitting well with our in-built sense of right and wrong, safe and dangerous, desirable and repulsive. There’s no easy answer to the dissonance between impulses and sensibilities–you can only do your best to exploit unique urges and creative ideas that come without completely ignoring the info provided by instinctual response.

(Perfecting today: Mars parallel Uranus and sq Sedna)

Good day to . . . noodle around with innovating, inventing, and creating. Make note of ideas, then step back and give those ideas time to breathe, which should allow you to sort out what’s a good, constructive impulse and what’s not worth using time or resources on.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It seems like you’re just now surfacing from some serious, transformative change, dear Leo, and this solar year, through to your next birthday, appears to deliver the pay offs, whether in Love, Money, assets, avenues for talent expression, or in the entirely necessary positive Self-image you must have in order to accomplish. Leos need Love, in all forms, and this year you should get it. What do you need to do now? Resist the urge to ignore values–it may be easy to forget these are what life is built on–and don’t turn off or de-value the emotions, or try to handle them solely through the mind–that won’t work, and will almost certainly create problems. Feel your feelings, and appreciate that they’re offering you vital information–and have fun! Good luck!

13 August 2019 Hurtling Toward the Sun

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By Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo – Own work, Sailko, 15 October 2016, 17:22:03, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62112977

Today it may feel as if we are hurtling toward our own private Sun, traveling toward our destiny at peak speed, problems and solutions laid out before us, and left for us to choose. It’s contradictory, I know, to say we seem to be speeding in a destined direction and that we also enjoy very clear choice, but there’s no actual conflict there–we are on a course that our actions and previous choices have set, but we are still able to alter that course with choices or actions in the present. Really, it’s the best of both worlds, with the assurance that if we change nothing, we will end up exactly as we are headed now, and that if we do make changes, we will definitely alter that course.

So, get a good look at where you’re headed, and what you can do about it, and then act, but act with caution. Though we’re truly inspired today, in terms of making good choices, we are also susceptible to overthinking and so misleading ourselves, or to acting/ choosing out of hurt or rage. Don’t worry, though, as a willingness to be fully conscious helps us avoid Self-sabotage or acting out of our worst impulses and damage.

(Chiron sxt Hygeia, Mars nov NN, Venus-Sun conj, both sesq Chiron and qnx Pluto, Mercury trine Ceres and sesq Neptune)

Good day to . . . set a new life course. Jupiter’s recent direction should offer us the optimism to follow our ideals, to make alterations in the spirit of hope, and to ‘think Big’, and today’s influences give us the clear sight and Self-possession to make solid and highly positive changes.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, liebling Leo, through to your next birthday, you will have to face a number of major life events, the kind that make permanent change in you and your circumstances. Are you ready? I’d say Yes, as long as there are a couple of things that you’ve attended to, or will soon: you need to hold an extraordinarily clear set of highest values in mind at all times–and if you haven’t sorted those out, do it now! You also need to be at ease emotionally, sure of feelings within relationships, your own and others, enough that you can turn your attention elsewhere and know that you’ll have that support if you need it. And don’t rely on the spontaneous, the sudden, the accident, or some miracle of science to change your scenario–it would be a foolish thing to wait on, right now, and won’t offer rescue–that’s up to you to provide for yourself, but as long as you are facing things head-on and ready to respond when required, you should find that transforming your life will largely be for the positive, and largely be under your control. Good luck!

12 August 2019 Negotiation

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Ceres, queen of Nature, the harvest, and of negotiation. ‘Ceres’ By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli c1600 {{PD}}

Today we may find ourselves negotiating with our future; that is, having to ‘answer to’ the future we say we want, reconciling this ‘statement’ with our current power expressions, territory ruled, and options exercised. We may have it shown us in no uncertain terms that our demeanor and choices are not supporting the goals we think we’re pursuing–and our attention will go to our ambitions and desires–so we’ll naturally do all we can to facilitate our aims, and probably thereby learn where and how we’re falling short.

Events and circumstances right now also reveal what past investments of time, energy, and assets have brought into being. This is a high point, so if you’re expecting some kind of reward from something ventured, it ought to come now–and if it doesn’t, you’ve learned what doesn’t pay off or bring Love, at least as you invested it previously.

Take what’s revealed today seriously. We’re being handed the means and/ or information needed to become our ‘Best Self’. To resent this, or to ignore it, only invites a much larger or more profound disappointment down the road.

(Ceres sesq NN, Sun-Venus Superior Conjunction and both sxt Zeus)

Good day to . . . embrace your desires, and observe your life to see how well these have been actualized. Where your energy is going can be seen clearly today, and that’s something we can all appreciate and, if we’re smart, use to make tomorrow better.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, this could be a banner year for you, one where you find out if all you’ve loved, cared for, supported, and put your energy into will bring that profit, pay off, Love, or even fame you planned on. Now through this solar year to your next birthday, you may see the results of your efforts, and you’ll be fortunate enough to also be handed, simultaneously, the means, energy, and emotional charge necessary to make true, deep, transformative change to those things you aren’t happy with. Too, your feelings are in concert with your highest values–and that means judgment should be good, and choices right in line with the Soul’s intentions. Now all you have to do is be willing to see, in all its glory and detail, what truly exists in your life, unobscured by dissembling or fantasy. Good luck!

11 August 2019 The Big Reversal

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‘Landscape between Storms’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1874 {{PD}}

In the matters of the House Uranus is currently transiting and/ or the one it rules, expect a pull back, a withdrawal of energy, talents, electricity, understanding, in the days around this point. Disappointment may spring up, or something unanticipated that requires a re-think and perhaps spur-of-the-moment improvisation. This turnaround can attract a lightning bolt or remove all the excitement from the air–and there’s no way to tell which will occur. Happening in Earth, the event could have a cloddish feel, removing any sense of charge or lightness from proceedings, and could be difficult to recognize as Uranus related. Uranus, though, is naturally an instrument of Higher Knowledge, of wide and deep understanding, of discovery, so examining the handful of days both before and after it turns should offer enlightenment (even if that only comes later, upon reflection), in this case possibly through material circumstances or a physical experience.

With Jupiter’s direction we see not an opposite tide, but a completely separate one. Occurring in Fire, we see release in matters of the House Jupiter is transiting or in matters of the House it rules in the natal chart, a flare sent up that signals the time for action. Suddenly, we ‘know’ or learn something vital that fills in missing pieces, or see opportunity, or have the necessary freedom, or are ready to ‘reach out’–and we do. Direction is at 14 Sagittarius, so if you happen to have anything this hits by major hard aspect (such as a placement at 14, 15, or 16 Gemini or those same degrees of Virgo or Pisces) then look to both the natal body’s character and the House it rules, if any, for clues as to the place where that flare may go up.

We’re still under the influence of yesterday’s Finger–see that post for details. And one more thing: we are likely to be thinking about our place in the social order, or within a religious structure, or within some sort of hierarchy, especially noting the ways this isn’t working for us–and then we’re likely to conclude that we’d better modify our interaction to suit ourselves and our needs–and that’s a good choice.

(Uranus retrogrades, Jupiter goes direct, Venus perfects her quincunx to Neptune, Mercury sesquiquadrates Jupiter, then enters Leo)

Good day to . . . leap for those opportunities that you’ve been seeing but have, for one reason or another, held back on pursuing. At the same time, go the ‘tried and true’ route with your own options and choices, as the unexpected can take a toll at this time, and ‘luck’ is something you don’t want to test, unless you’re looking to incite chaos.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you may be feeling very beautiful, or very prosperous, this year, and that’s a really good thing, as that kind of confidence only attracts more to you–but you need to be ready to deal with the inevitable objections that will surface from others who either dislike your poise and positivity and want to change you, or those who are envious and want to destroy you. It’s a shame, really, that this is the reaction of so many, but it’s your job this solar year, through to your next birthday, to recognize those who don’t support your health and happiness, and gently let them go. Know that their attitude has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with their own unhappiness. Your other mission this year, should you choose to accept it, is to take those assets you find yourself with, no matter what form they take, and find a practical, smart way to present them to the world. You’re ‘on point’ for Self-realization and actualization–use that energy to its fullest, and good luck!

10 August 2019 Touched

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‘Italy and Germany’ By Friedrich Overbeck 1828 {{PD}}

The Finger of God (with base of South Node in Capricorn-Neptune in Pisces) that formed on the 8th is modified as Venus joins the apex point of the Sun. This is a day to use structures and reliable realities from the past as a foundation for inspired creative or spiritual action, and this should bring Love, Money, or at the very least, a great deal of personal satisfaction (Sun and Venus in Leo). Some will process (and in the course of things, dissipate) this via a prominent sense of whimsy-on-display, while others may come across as a bit touched! The result is all dependent on what inspiration or ideals are at work.

Good day to . . . sort fact from fancy in relationships and finances. Telling yourself a fairy tale in any shape or form will cost, so make an effort to be as reality-oriented as possible in these areas, and don’t don’t don’t dwell in the past, but do remember it.

By Kevin Walter – Turkey and gravy auf flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59642951

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Will you be your most creative Self this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo, or will your imagination run away with you, sabotaging what you’ve built and all that you plan? It’s the crux of things, and may be a recurring question for you, as you will likely find yourself in a long-term crisis state surrounding communications and your own mental workings. Center yourself by asking yourself what you truly care about, and perhaps by defining who and what you would like to interact with, exchange energies with, or might otherwise seek cooperation with. It may feel like an arduous task, this sorting, but it’s meant to smooth your way by getting you to recognize and modify what you value and want to dedicate your life energies to. After that, everything is gravy. Good luck!

9 August 2019 Seeping In

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‘Alamedan i Cádiz’ By Anders Zorn 1887 {{PD}}

Will the mind, informed by the instincts, succeed with values reform, perhaps pulling down some false gods or exposing the Truth behind something we’ve been seeing as sacred? Or will it be that sheer power is put behind commitments and what we honor, changing both the pay off and the rules of the game? Either way, powerful change comes to the physical via modifications to the spiritual and intangible. The influence seeps in, whether we are aware of it or not. Act and choose, or be swept along with the currents.

(Perfecting today: Pluto trine Vesta, Venus qnx Saturn, Mercury sxt Sedna)

‘Woman Sleeping in a Landscape With a Letter’ By Bernard Gaillot c1800 {{PD}}

Good day for . . . sleeping in. How many of you read the headline that way? If you did, you may be seeking shelter, calm, or rest. Here’s your permission to retreat. The opportunities offered today will only work out if the mind is in sync with the instincts. The exception: if you have a lot of Air in your chart, the mind can often override instincts, and if you’re tired, today might be the day for you to go forward, simply because the mind won’t have the juice to jump in and resist what the instincts tell us!

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, during this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, it may feel as if the past, rather than the future, hangs in the balance. Your attention may repeatedly be drawn back toward what’s already transpired, especially as it has affected your current opportunities and social position. Of course, this isn’t for nothing–it’s meant to prompt you toward changes you need to make, to ‘correct’ or otherwise modify what at the time you felt you couldn’t help–now you can. Now is the time to alter commitments, to learn or tell the Truth about what you’re truly dedicated to, and to make the changes that allow your daily life to approach the Ideal, or that allow expression of your vast creative energies. Good luck!

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8 August 2019 What’s Real

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Sunset By Arkhip Kuindzhi c1900 {{PD}}

Smart, productive, practical or skilled action that pays off, gets us more or bigger, that delivers Love or Reward, only takes our attention and some initial effort–all the rest follows as a matter of course. It sounds so easy, right? Well, for once, it is, if we’re willing to focus–and of course, as always, there’s one other thing. Our awareness of the past is either showing us how we’re being held (or holding ourselves) back, or this awareness is offering a solid ground from which to launch current projects. Either way, you are shown what’s real, handed the key to accelerated profits, growth, or abundance–and that requires only a ‘Thank you’ to the Universe and a little bit of your own energy, invested.

I’m adding this small feature, pointing out timing and what it’s a ‘Good day to . . .’ I hope it helps!

Good day to go after a desired status, to deal with issues around fulfilling goals, to look around for Love (but don’t be aggressive, just aware and responsive, open to it), and to put creativity in motion. Once the Moon enters Sagittarius, just after 1:34 PM Pacific, the emotions and intuitions will be a reliable ‘power guide’, and can lead you toward ‘more’ in its desired form.

(A Finger of God forms with SN-Neptune, apex Sun. Perfecting today: Saturn parallel SN, Mars sxt Pallas, Venus trine Jupiter, Sun parallel Pallas)

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You find yourself today, dear Leo, at an exact meeting of your past and your ideals. Together these have formed the present circumstances and so are the focus for this solar year, through to your next birthday. You are endowed with significant major creative energy, as well as the experience/ knowledge to use it wisely–just take care in deploying it, as those around you may see you as too status-focused, too concerned about your career, or too ego-centered/ aggressive–and that can lead to disruption in relationships and a lack of support, so at the very least keep a sort of ‘common good’ standard in mind. Your best bet, though, is to allow your highest ideals, and the needs of those relationships you find sacred, to act as a guideline. Dedicate yourself and your efforts to what you truly honor in life, and this coming year can be one of your most productive, ever. Good luck!

7 August 2019 Focus on: Sun trine Jupiter

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Jupiter’s clouds as photographed by the spacecraft Juno, at a distance of just under 19,000 km, roughly the distance between NYC and Perth. By NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran {{PD}}

Our attention is on some Jupiterian concept or area of life, consumed with having or getting more, with expanding our world, with the facts, with finding or making opportunity, with ‘getting the word out’ in some form or fashion, with learning or teaching, with beliefs, and with certain forms of freedom, the ‘don’t tie me down’ kind. Some astrologers see this transit as lucky, and it can be, but the luck arises from our concerted focus on Jupiterian elements of our lives, rather than from any external force that randomly bestows favor. It’s a case of being lucky precisely because we are attuned to where we can expand, where we can find more. We’re ready to grab the opportunity or take the advantage as we become keenly aware of it as soon as it’s on the horizon, even feeling it as it approaches. And that’s where we meet the other aspect perfecting today, the Sun quincunx Saturn. This has to make us wonder what obstacle must be removed, what reality accommodated, what restriction gone around, what suppression thrown off, before we can get our hands on Jupiterian abundance. Find the benefit, find the obstruction, and you know just what you’ll need to do, to get your version of ‘More’.

The temple of Jupiter in Baalbek temple complex, in Lebanon.
© Guillaume Piolle CC BY 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead) Dear Leo, though it’s important for you this solar year, through to your next birthday, to have a clear idea of what you want and to go after it, it’s also important to know: the facts; what you truly believe; and what stands in your way. If you don’t sort those out, you may end up spinning your wheels, frolicking on a sunny beach, getting and changing nothing–and for some people, that’s perfectly fine. You, though, may be a little more restless than this, and do need to find some way to widen your horizons. Learn, travel, expose yourself to the new (to you) and exotic, and have no fear–you’re meant to break certain constraints this year, and your natural inbuilt cautions will warn you when you’re about to go too far. Good luck!

Today’s word image is a pilot who doesn’t seem to know how to fly the plane! Is there someone in your world who’s supposed to be an expert, who’s ‘in charge’ of important events in some significant way, who’s just not competent? Aside from any suggestion that they’re holding a position they shouldn’t, be aware that as frustrated as you are, they are just as frustrated, just as confused. The incompetence isn’t a feature of this person insisting on pushing their way into something they can’t handle, but more a result of being handed a status they never meant to hold in the first place. Go easy on them, and don’t get on that plane!

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Seeing this Jefferson Airplane poster made me think of a time decades ago when I was babysitting some tweens. These were the days of Jefferson Starship. I joked that they must’ve gotten themselves more modern transportation, because they used to be Jefferson Airplane. The scoffs could be heard ’round the world. I was told in no uncertain terms that if I was going to make up stories, they’d need to be better than that!

6 August 2019 What We’d Rather Forget

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Anyone else feel lately, for want of a better word, ‘haunted’? What we’d like to not think about is right there, isn’t it? Our anxieties are free-floating, and our minds, in trying to deal with them, look around for problems that can explain our feelings of hopelessness and dread. Am I being too dramatic? Maybe, but when we’re so charged-up with worry that we comb our lives for upsetting scenarios to attribute that anxiety to, then we’re cart-before-the-horsing it, and so misdirecting our attention, effort, and energy into trying to solve problems (mostly through worry!) that don’t really exist–and meanwhile, our dreams gather dust and our forward momentum is lost. The antidote? Face what you’ve been avoiding, but don’t let it dominate your thoughts; that is, take action to alleviate conditions, and/ or just move along–half the time those things we’re obsessing about are outside our control, anyway. And try to see how these matters that plague us may have roots in wounds to or some kind of violation of what we see as sacred, to be honored, or as ‘rules to live by’. We often have a very difficult time looking at or even recognizing something so deeply but narrowly traumatic. Tomorrow, the 7th, we see a Sun-Jupiter trine with Sun quincunx Saturn, suggesting bounty, opportunity, expansion, the kind of positive scenario that can’t happen unless we’re willing to deal with and modify the reality picture, to include what’s holding us back.

(Perfecting today: Chiron semi-sq Vesta, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith)

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you can just feel Love, Money, or some other wonderful something sneaking up on you, can’t you? This feeling persists through the solar year ahead, and promises big opportunities and pay offs to come–so what must you do to make these realities? Number 1, match your status and empowerment level to your action level–make effective moves by acting in ways that you’re already empowered to do and in roles and venues that already recognize your authority. Number 2, keep your eye on the prize, not the one at your feet, but the one at a distance, the one that requires a long-term effort, as that’s the one that offers out-sized reward. And number 3, work with your instincts and intuition so that you are not just comfortable listening to them, but can call on and trust them without too much intervening thought. Good luck!

‘Self-portrait in a convex Mirror’ By Parmigianino c1523 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a portrait: someone who is placed in a position of ‘helping’ who is deliberately placed there because they know nothing about the issue! What does it say, for instance, that someone is in a position to help sell something, but can’t even answer basic questions about the item? To me it says that those selling don’t want to answer any questions, that in fact they want an impulsive, emotion-driven, unthinking purchase to be made–and that may be the case when the seller knows of issues they’d rather not acknowledge. Some people think, the less informed the party buying their sh*t, the better. Do you really want to ‘do business with’/ be involved with that?

4-5 August 2019 Strong Arm, Soft Arm

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By Thomas Eakins {{PD}}

The 4th: You know that phrase, ‘to strong arm’ something or someone? Today every interaction may feel that it carries an element of compulsion, of someone or something trying to force us–to do what almost doesn’t matter–or even that we are compelled from some internal need, for Truth, for power, for ego gratification, for action where there has been none. It’s a pushy-shove-y vibe, one where we could end up tearing down what give us security out of our own personal insecurities–and then there’s the question of who’s in charge. What we need to remember is that no matter what, we are in charge of ourselves, and that’s so even when options have been narrowed by externals. Proceed with care, and find outlets for energy that refrain from blowing things up.

(Pluto qnx Juno, Mars qnx Pluto)

The 5th: After all that ‘firm’ interaction yesterday, we find some soft arms to fall into. It may mean dealing with what we’d rather ignore, but it leads to a peaceful mental state, or to some gem of an idea, to something of worth in what we were ready to discard–so why not face things? We come out ahead if we do.

(Venus qnx Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Venus)

For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Intention and effort go hand in hand for you this solar year, dear Leo, and you’ll recognize opportunity on the horizon–but first you have to deal with all that you’ve ignored, denied, that angers you, or that you’ve kicked to the curb, thinking you’d never have to do something about it. First, don’t make the mistake of taking an attitude; this isn’t punishment, it’s the Universe’s way of removing obstacles that would definitely keep you from accessing most of those opportunities. A psychic housecleaning is needed, and you’re ready to do that–and well done, this may change your ideas of what’s wise, what’s practical, and may even change your fate. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 13 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, getting ‘more’ is right over there–and you’re probably putting all your attention on how to get to it. I’m here to help. You’ll need to accept the emotional realities of your relationships; you’ll need to allow certain unanticipated events to heal you (and it may be difficult to let go of the idea that if you don’t work for it, you can’t heal–the reality is, you absolutely can); and then, as you move toward getting more, you’ll need to simultaneously acknowledge that there are currently limits, and that to pass beyond them is to potentially gamble away your gain. OK, go get ‘um, and good luck!

1-3 August 2019 + A Mini-What You’re Asking: Ascendants, Cusps, & Quincunxes

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‘The Flageolet Player on the Cliff’ By Paul Gauguin 1889 {{PD}}

‘What You’re Asking’ comes from search terms I find in my site stats that could use some explanation, answer, or remark.

Ascendant on 2nd House cusp Whole Sign

Let’s get something straight: in the Whole Sign Universe, the Ascendant sign dictates the 1st House; that means we can’t have the Ascendant in the 2nd House! Because, if the Ascendant is there, that makes it the 1st House! Even very close to the ending of a sign, even in the last degree and minute and second, the Ascendant is still in the 1st. That means the Ascendant can be found anywhere within the 1st House.

In Placidus and many other House systems, the Ascendant delineates the beginning of the 1st House, but with Whole Sign, the sign of the Ascendant makes that sign the entire House, both ahead of and behind the Ascendant itself. This also lays out the rest of the chart, with one sign per House and the Midheaven true to its position; that is, unlike in other systems, the MC doesn’t mark the beginning of the 10th, but instead can fall anywhere the Sun could reach its zenith in a 24 hour period in that part of the world at that time of year.

It’s true that people talk about ‘being on the cusp’ of something: another sign, another House, but the term cusp only means ‘edge’. If you’re on the edge of a cliff, you’re not also below, tumbled into the valley, are you? So let’s stop talking about astrology as if a body or point is being influenced by something it’s not in, or a condition it doesn’t have–that not only makes for inaccurate, even sloppy, interpretation, it encourages those who don’t know better to think they may opt for the natal placement or for the other sign or House it’s near. As they say in that commercial where the woman takes a picture off her living room wall and declares, ‘I unfriend you!’, that’s not how any of this works.

quincunx relationship Scorpio/ Gemini

This made me think someone was looking for the relationship potentials between two individuals, each with the Sun in one of these signs, so I’ll approach this that way. First, an actual quincunx between Suns would require no more than a two degree differential; in that case we might expect that each would perpetually feel they must adjust their identity, their purpose, the nature of their true essence, just to get along with the other. That makes for an uncomfortable, not to say stressful, relationship.

If we’re talking about Suns that are in signs that are quincunx, but that are not in direct dialogue with each other, we might see a similar dynamic, but more diffuse. These two people might not ‘get’ each other, and are most likely to feel mild indifference, and maybe a lack of empathy, barring any other dynamic contacts between charts. Scorpio is Fixed Water: tending to perceive and process emotionally, first and foremost, with those perceptions intensely and deeply felt, and relatively difficult to change. Gemini is Mutable Air: perceiving and processing through the mind, perpetually re-considering and assessing, always searching for new information, and so changeable in their thinking.

In either case, not an easy interaction, no matter their roles or relationship.

Forecast 1-3 August 2019

The 1st sees us in harmony with ourselves, essentially agreeing with what we think! It’s a day that reinforces our mentality and the way we see things, but this offers one bonus: the ability, probably due to the consistency and harmony of our presentation at this time, to heal relationships or asset sources that have been damaged. And that’s a worthy goal, right?

The 2nd is almost the opposite to the 1st, with erraticism and unusual behavior in relationships, financial anomalies, surprises in Love, shocks over worth, and we find the reward from original thinking and innovation. And, we are either going after our own empowerment aggressively, or receiving aggression from others over what is or isn’t our domain. We may feel as if we are victims of the random, but there are two things we can do that should be highly beneficial to us: go over the discrepancies between our highest values and our ambitions; somewhere they’re not meeting up, and that’s causing ‘fulfillment drag’–and willingly excavate those personal matters we’ve ignored or denied, the ones that cause a shadow on the identity or expression of purpose. Hauling this material into the light will be nothing but good, in the end, and we’ll likely find that most of this shadow was generated by our own judgments of ourselves, and can be forgiven at any time.

By the 3rd we’re looking at personal empowerment issues, struggling, even, to make them ‘stick’. The feeling may be that we have to justify, one way or another, the territory we claim. We need to realize we’ve suffered a recent aggressive injury, where someone attacked, maybe very subtly, our right to be–and that has left this scab and we’re picking at it! Here’s your therapy: Stop it! Remind yourself you have the right to claim space to be, to do, to dream, as your own–no need to justify your existence, ever, to anyone, and that includes yourself. Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

For those born with the Sun at 09 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is this ‘New World’ you’re waking up to this solar year, and will experience through to your next birthday, dear Leo? Or is it, rather than a new world, a ‘Fresh Hell’? That all depends on the fate you’ve been preparing for yourself over the years. That sounds obvious, but the reality is that this is the year when all those choices, those roads taken and those avoided, coalesce into a meaningful picture. You’ll see, benefit from, and pay for those choices. Noe, if that makes you uneasy, you still have this year during which to clean up your act, to change your fate. If you anticipate the results of your choices with something akin to pleasure, then you’ll know you’ve chosen well, and can spend the year building on the foundation you’ve put in place. In either case, this year you have the ability to shine, especially when showing yourself and what you can do to the world, and you have the energy and focus to use every bit of your muscle to fulfill ambitions and desires–just stay aware of what this pursuit might create, for best results. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 10 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Could you be more ready to critically assess yourself, your life, and where you’re going? No, you’re ready right now, dear Leo, and may spend this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, taking an intuitive but critical measure of your power, your position, your obligations, and your relationship to Nature. This is all in preparation for the smart, creative action you’ll be taking in future. So, don’t worry if you’re more attuned to pondering and trimming, this year, than you are to doing or making a big splash–you’re on your way, and as long as you’re clear on your highest values, you’ll see clearly what to do. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 11 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is it, dear Leo, that you crave more than anything? Could it be a way to fulfill ambitions that rests on your values and what you honor, and that uses to the fullest your creativity? Because if it is, you’re in luck. This solar year, through to your next birthday, affords you the opportunity to fashion or find the absolute perfect outlet–and that means you could spend the year focused on your needs, and inadvertently neglecting those of loved ones. That’s okay–you’ll have to explain to them that right now, you’ve got to take center stage for yourself. Once you give shape and life to your desire, then you can go back to the caretaking of others that you do so well. Good luck!

A Good Day To . . . 22 September 2019

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The 22nd is a Good Day To . . . follow these guidelines: what’s beautiful, delicious, worthy is also good for you; the mind may be torn between the pull of the past and the need to move forward–look around for others on the same path–they can help you resolve the emotional block that’s keeping you from moving along; and it’s smart in the moment to do what’s practical or wise without regard to ‘missing pieces’ that you’re either ignoring or in denial of, but carry that on too long and it becomes detrimental.

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

A Good Day To . . . 21 September 2019

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The 21st is a Good Day To . . . realize that what we believe is embodied in the material world, right in front of us, and that may help us rid ourselves of an illusion or two. The creative, imaginative, the world of what can be can’t flourish unless we can clearly see what already is; that’s our job today. Also: a tough evaluation of the validity of personal values as well as being cognizant of those times we’ve followed faulty instincts (that is, mistaken tainted reasoning or wish fulfillment for our true North inner guidance) will make the responsive nature and its pitfalls clearer, and so steer us away from thinking that’s rooted in hurt or feelings of powerlessness.

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

A Good Day To . . . 20 September 2019

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By Eugène Carrière c1900 {{PD}}

The 20th is a Good Day To . . . consider health through the lens of power, and identity through the lenses of what you honor in real life, and what you honor within. The theme for today is assessment; thought, not action. That doesn’t mean you can’t do, just that you need to be clear on the implications of the doing.

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

A Good Day To . . . 19 September 2019

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‘River Scene with Forest Beyond’ By Walter Leistikow {{PD}}

The 19th is a Good Day To . . . exert yourself, and in so doing change, transform, or reform those who have power over you. It’s not about being aggressive; rather, it’s about healing negative feelings on both sides by showing what you can offer, provide, or innovate that is original, unusual, or surprising in a positive way. Hint for success: honor the beauty in everyone, but most especially in those who are hiding it on the inside.

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

A Good Day To . . . 17-18 September 2019

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By Kreuzschnabel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36304960

The 17th and 18th it’s a Good Day To . . . temporarily shut down communication. I know! Usually we’re looking for ways to make our exchanges clear, to avoid offense, to understand and be understood–but not today. This is prime time to keep it all to yourself. Potentials include precipitating chaos or accidents with the ‘wrong’ message, hurting the ones you love, and causing damage to otherwise healthy power arrangements. This trend may all be because Saturn is going direct on the 18th, at 13 Capricorn 54. That could make for a sense of building pressure, and just three hours after direction the Moon will trine Saturn from Taurus. It’ll likely to be an emotional dam bursting, whatever restraint held it in giving way in an instant. Plan accordingly.

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

A Good Day To . . . 16 September 2019

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‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, no. 094, part 3: Autumn’ By Hiroshige 1857 {{PD}}

The 16th it’s a Good Day To . . . exploit the action urge through roles or empowerment avenues we already hold or are empowered within. Reasoning is as far from the influence of our own hurt as it can get, so this may be a good time to make decisions we then carry out through those roles and power positions.

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

Weekend Notes 14-15 September 2019

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Eastern great egret landing at Tennōji Park in Osaka. Photo by Laitche CC BY-SA 4.0

Mercury and Venus both move into Libra the 14th–not a big deal, but indicative of a general trend toward cooperation, toward seeking a partner, toward getting together to talk it out–and this in spite of an underlying disharmony on the 15th in communications and overall in relationships and relating. Too, on the 15th the ability to think clearly about the financial situation or earning opportunities is too much influenced by others–and that means poor choices (or at least ones that don’t suit you as well as they should)–and what we don’t attend to will shape the future. Those poor choices might include an illusion that being powerful or in charge of our own lives might damage our health–and that in itself may keep us from making moves with our own well-being where it belongs, firmly central to all considerations.

 

Finding Joy in the Horoscope

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‘Circle Dancing’ By Franz Stuck 1910 {{PD}}

I thought instead of a forecast for the weekend (because I anticipate we’ll all be sorting through the Lunar energies of the Full Moon for a bit), I’m offering a re-print from ECLIPSE, modified and edited slightly. Have a wonderful weekend!

Do you ever have a moment with a stranger? One where your eyes meet and you feel this kind of Soul blending and for a heartbeat of time you completely lose awareness of your surroundings? The moment stretches, and then you fall out of it, as abruptly as it began, usually at the moment you realize how odd it is for you to have locked eyes with a total stranger. It’s funny to think that some of the best moments I’ve ever experienced were brought about by this kind of wordless, ultra-fleeting encounter; what made it pleasant were two conditions that gurus are constantly telling us we need to cultivate: losing awareness of the Self, and losing spiritual boundaries, in the sense that you lose not just the consciousness of yourself as separate, but feel a distinctly boundary-less connectedness, a Oneness with All That Is, because in truth, when you are having this kind of experience, you are not just one with the stranger, you are one with everything.

Neither of these, the loss of Self-awareness or the sense of connection, can be commanded consciously. We may well ask, why do we not share many, or any, of these moments with people we already know? It doesn’t happen for a very simple reason: because we have imposed a thick lens of expectations, anticipations, imaginings, and the past onto the individuals we know, and it keeps us from connecting on that pure level. Sometimes, of course, spirit manages to leak through the illusions each has imposed upon the other, and we do have that moment of perfect harmony, perfect awareness—but not often, and certainly not as often as we’d like with our most intimate relationships.

Of course, there are ways to encourage such experiences, as through meditation (an attempt to set Self-consciousness aside), in sleep (through dreams, where the unconscious, and so our connections to the Cosmos, become prominent), and in the practice of seeing without that imposed lens, which can only be dealt with consciously, moment-to-moment—something the Seeker strives for continually. We can note the propensity for such experiences, as well as the likely venues or circumstances during which we may experience them, through the House placement of related energies; more on that in a moment.

‘Young Man and Woman’ By Charles W. Hawthorne 1915 {{PD}}

There is another kind of communion with a stranger, one where the connection sparks from observing or being involved in a mutually shared experience, usually starting in a shared remark, an answer, and an understanding. This typically leads to the temporary loss of boundaries between the two spirits involved; we share the experience through a common event, a shared observation or connection that is like an acknowledgment: “Yes, we have shared the same thing, at the same time, we understand each other”. This does not often have the purity of the Soul-to-Soul encounter, but does include the feeling of connectedness; in this instance, we don’t lose the sense of separateness, but do feel the link to others. These often have the character of Jupiter (the social scene), Uranus (a group experience), or Neptune (the ‘mass’ experience, shared with a very large group).

The more intimate, Soul-to-Soul, boundary-less moments can be characterized by transiting bodies making contact to natal bodies, with the area of experience delineated either by the House transited and/ or by the House matters ruled by the contacted body. For instance, Ceres transiting the 4th square Uranus in the 1st in Virgo, ruling the 6th, can bring a harsh experience or surprise from Nature (the square) that reflects the health, or comes from or affects the job or duties (6th) but that could result in a transcendent moment that illuminates one’s connection to Nature, that even shows one how much a seamless part of Nature we truly are as human Beings. It’s the real-life Circle of Life, and during our brief experience we are at One with it. Or, this same contact could bring forward a deep inner sense of natural authority (Ceres) that is expressed as higher knowledge or through taking an academic or innovative (Uranus) approach on the job or toward health (6th).

I think of these moments, even when instigated by less-than-pleasant happenings or triggers, as points of Joy in the chart, potential times of learning and transcendence. Here are a few of the possible associations that will help you find the potentials in your own chart. Whether the contacts are transiting, Solar Arc, Secondary Progression, or natal, they all carry the ability to offer those fleeting times of perfection in relating to All That Is.

The inner planets offer some obvious entrance points to joy when contacted by transit, though as transiting elements themselves they typically must aspect one of the ‘heavier’ energies (Jupiter out) in order to have the potential for this specific kind of impact—and of course, those contacts are most fleeting. The Moon speaks of joy gained through emotional experience or intuited in purest form, the Sun through expression of the identity or Soul Purpose, Mercury through communicating something we consider important, Venus through Love or the experience of reward or expression of values, and Mars through taking action or a statement of ‘I Am’.

The asteroids act as more narrow conduits, and in the case of Sedna the body moves very slowly, prolonging the contact to a natal body. Sedna aspecting a natal body brings long-term experiences of the depths of the contacted energy that takes us close to life-death-life, probably repeatedly and in many forms.

Ceres signals joy gained through expression of authority, power, connection to Nature, nurture of what ‘belongs’ to you, or negotiation, Vesta through gestures involving those energies to which we are dedicated, the home and mate, through what we regard as sacred, Pallas through use of practical skills or innate wisdom, Juno through circumstances of empowerment or status, and Zeus through realization of ambitions and desires.

Jupiter offers the joy of expanding one’s world or experience, as well as the joy gained from acceptance on the social scene. It also signifies the joy of knowledge, the desire to ‘know just to know’ and the association of this energy with ancestry and the past, as Jupiter carries the kind of information that relies on the accumulated knowledge of those who came before.

Saturn offers the joy of reality, as well as the intangible joy of accomplishment. Sometimes we denigrate the material world, mistakenly believing that it’s inferior to the spiritual. In such an instance our definition of spiritual is lacking: the material world is the spiritual world, as much as the unseen factors are. When we look at our material surroundings and physical manifestations and happenings as indeed spiritual, we open up an entirely new way of relating to the material—and we begin to see the infinite in the finite, in what can be held in the hand.

Uranus offers the joy of surprise, the joy of the new, the joy of awakening, intellectually or otherwise, and has the unique ability to give us the experience of leadership and individuality at the same time as it can blend us perfectly with the group.

Neptune offers the joy of creation, with the manifestation of what one has only dreamed or imagined, the potential of living one’s ideals, and holds the most promise for the boundary-less experience, as does anything related to the matters of the House that contains Pisces.

Pluto offers the joy of renewal, of change, of the end of something painful or arduous, and the joy of phoenix-like transformation, with re-birth as the ultimate expression of pure hope, with a sense of hope bringing the greatest joy of all.

Catch Friday night’s Full Moon report here–

Full Moon in Pisces 13 September 2019: Tilting At Windmills

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‘La nuit au léger brouillard’ By Félix Vallotton, 1913 {{PD}}

The Full Moon perfects at 9:31 PM Pacific time at 21 Pisces 04. The Earth and Moon have recently conjoined Neptune, and are still within orb of the planet; the FM also occurs sextile Pluto, widely opposed Mars and with large orbs square Jupiter (and so forming a T-square with the latter two bodies). A Full Moon promises endings, conclusions, or the cessation of something, and in this instance, the sextile to Pluto suggests that what occurs either fosters change or arises from it, likely referring to a dream, an ideal, a deception, a misunderstanding, an inspiration, or some other Neptunian factor that comes to an end. The ending may come from conflict with the larger social circle, from facing hard facts, or possibly the ending is necessitated by the intractability of our own beliefs (square Jupiter). Efforts to reach out, publish, broadcast, expand may have met problems, turning our attention in another direction–in this instance, causing us to either shed a dream, or cut through the fog of delusion or deception, seeing at last the hard facts of the matter.

Then again, with Neptune conjoined the Full Moon, what occurs may be hidden, obscured such that we may be forced to act (Mars) without understanding what we’re doing or why we’re doing it (opposition Neptune)–or will we choose to remain frozen, not comprehending what’s happening? The Mars opposition Neptune-FM suggests this inability to know what to do is only compounded by the proximity of Mars to the Sun, the implication being that something else gets the lion’s share of attention, obscuring our choices or actions, or even blocking awareness of our own wants–and so we act or choose unsure of what’s finished or what it means, unsure of our part in it, or our choices going forward. That explanation’s a little confusing on its own, and probably not very reassuring, either, though it is important to know that it all comes down to knowing that we can’t know, we can only try to pick out the shape of things by looking at areas other than those actually creating the impact (the Full Moon). It’s like watching shadows and trying to guess what’s making the shapes; we can be right on, or totally mislead.

One thing of note that may offer some clarity is the Mystic Rectangle in effect, which includes ruler of the FM and the nearly exact Mars-Neptune opposition. Currently this consists of South Node-Saturn, Neptune-Black Moon Lilith, Mars, North Node. The implication is that this synergy blends realities or restrictions of the past with those dreams, creative goals, or ideals we’ve rejected or ignored (likely as too difficult for us to achieve on our own, considering the other elements of the Rectangle are Mars and the NN). This suggests that at this Full Moon time we should be looking at discarded dreams, reassessing them for viability, especially since the social sphere or the facts will show us the hard reality at this time (FM sq Jupiter)–and that means, we might be able to put them to bed once and for all, or go after them once again, if we recognize that it’s not only not too late, but that we really are equipped to go after what we dream of.

That Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Prophet Carrying Tablets Of The New Law Is Walking Down The Slopes Of Mount Sinai’. Spiritual conviction takes many shapes; this Full Moon may clarify something about the ways we should or shouldn’t put those convictions to use, with the FM promised resolution bringing fresh insight to what’s most deeply meaningful to us at a spiritual level. This could involve a new dedication of our energy, a new intent or ‘law’ put into practice. We also look at the Sun symbol for a Full Moon: ‘A Royal Coat Of Arms Enriched With Precious Stones’. The source of the FM enlightenment may be our own striving to ‘rise above’, to attain a kind of nobility, or to simply become ‘cream of the crop’ in some area (likely related to the House in which the FM falls in the natal chart).

By Honoré Daumier c1868 {{PD}}

What occurs at this Full Moon eliminates something, reveals the Truth of a matter, and allows us to re-connect to an old dream or spiritual intent–and all while we at best wander a bit, and at worst tilt at the wrong windmill.

 

A Good Day To . . . 13 September 2019

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By Chino at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia by SreeBot, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16465958

The 13th it’s a Good Day To . . . whatever you do, reject illusion, deception, and don’t acquiesce to looking away. To do this successfully we’ve got to want to see the Truth, see reality. Embrace this completely; it’s our way toward reward, Beauty, Love, positive change, and our way out of being at the mercy of the group, out of accident, out of chaos.

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

The Full Moon picture will follow.

 

A Good Day To . . . 12 September 2019

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‘Golden Hours’ By John William Godward 1913 {{PD}}

The 12th it’s a Good Day To . . . let mind meld with feeling and allow instinct to guide them both. But the key may actually be this: go your own way. Don’t engage in either power struggles or try to slap the social sphere–those are energy-dissipating distractions.

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

A Good Day To . . . 11 September 2019

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‘Alcea rosea’ By Berthe Morisot 1880 {{PD}}

The 11th it’s a Good Day To . . . act on, rely on, base efforts on what we know or have established in the past, especially thinking along wise, practical, and practiced lines. That’s not exciting or glamorous, but it is smart, at least right now; we’re clear-thinking in terms of what empowers us and what roles we hold, but can’t embrace originality or uniqueness without abandoning wisdom–a dicey proposition, as our good judgement falls away if we indulge and go spontaneous and uncharted. Stay with what’s solid, what we’ve got experience with, and if we dedicate our work to what we truly honor, we find reward in ways we didn’t anticipate along what seemed like such a safe, predictable, even dull, course.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars (and the Sun, just for another day). This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 10 September 2019

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Strangely, I felt that this picture, and particularly the title, might be speaking directly to someone out there today. ‘And when did you last see your father?’ By William Frederick Yeames 1868 {{PD}}

The 10th it’s a Good Day To . . . question the opportunities presented–or perhaps, to question whether they will take us in the direction we want to go. We’re seeing clearly and for once Self-sabotage isn’t on the agenda in any form–so take this chance to look at where you’re headed, to see if what’s on offering will accommodate current goals or require new ones, and then be brave enough to change direction if that’s more appealing, more in line with Soul expression. Don’t worry–the viewpoint today is practical, skill-centered, even wise. Decisions will be sound.

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

Focus on: an ongoing Mystic Rectangle (some astrologers don’t consider the Nodes valid points in configurations; I do), involving North Node, South Node-Saturn, Black Moon Lilith (again, an energy point not always used)-Neptune-Earth, Mars, and the Sun. This gives an overall dynamic of circumstances or efforts made in the past supporting creative or idealistic material efforts now, with an awareness of your own part in things, especially as an instigator, and a likely lack of awareness of how these matters are being influenced by what you are ignoring, denying, or by that which enrages you. So, a great energy for manifesting via personal energy expenditure, but be aware that any sudden left turns or right hooks come from the well of ‘I just don’t want to know that!’, and that gives an opportunity to personal insight, to what we can and should attend to.

A Good Day To . . . 9 September 2019

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‘Blackberry Gathering’ By Elizabeth Forbes c1912 {{PD}}

By the 9th it’s a Good Day To . . . avail yourself of the opportunities presented, the facts, and/ or the wisdom of the social sphere (I know! Shocking! But in-between swings to the extreme, the social order can be quite helpful in orienting us to the smartest course, even when it’s showing us the way not to go). We have emotional issues, especially around our own thinking, that can make it difficult to know what to do, but if we stick to acting from fact or seeing to details, we won’t go wrong.

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

A Good Day To . . . 7 & 8 September 2019

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‘It’s Raining Comets’ This artist’s conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, whose infrared detectors picked up indications that one or more comets was recently torn to shreds after colliding with a rocky body. NASA/JPL-Caltech – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/multimedia/pia14739.html {{PD}}

The 7th is a Good Day To . . . go after what you want. If you claim your power, you’ll be endowed with original ideas, innovative impulses, and an inventive, unique point-of-view, one that provides the wisdom to avoid sore spots in yourself and others. There’s the potential to as they say, facetiously or not, ‘burn with the intensity of a thousand Suns’–but this can take a downturn, if you aren’t able to escape your own wounded way of seeing. Inability or unwillingness to accept total Self-responsibility can lead to a spectacular flame out featuring erratic, unpredictable, unexpected, or rebellious behavior. The good part is, it’s your choice.

By the 8th it’s a Good Day To . . . if possible face, or at least find a work-around, for those things we’re trying not to admit or acknowledge. That’s necessary, despite conflict with or disapproval from the Powers-That-Be. Constructive action, the kind that’s entirely under your control, is your best course today; if big projects are scary, start with the small stuff–it’ll mean more than you think. Tackling the large and looming isn’t required in order for you to have a positive impact.

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

A Good Day To . . . 6 September 2019

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By Christof Berger – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11603378

The 6th is a Good Day To . . . to surprise yourself with all you can do. The range of your authority might need to be explored, and though others may push back over things they’d rather not acknowledge, you’ll discover both the worth of the power you hold and the limits to it (and as well, you’ll see the benefits of knowing those limits and exercising some Self-restraint). Show your empowerment, but at the same time don’t ignore the facts and don’t bother to contradict the social order–you’ll be setting a brush fire (courtesy of Mercury in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius) if you do.

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

A Good Day To . . . 5 September 2019

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Redstarts and Butterflies. Five studies in one frame.’ By Bruno Liljefors 1885 {{PD}}

The 5th is a Good Day To . . . let power flow where it will. Trying to control who or what has the juice will be unproductive, and for once, the social order may know more than we do about who should get to do what (and remember, seeing someone on top doesn’t mean they’ll stay there–they could just be gathering enough rope to hang themselves). Act on instinct, stick with tried-and-true roles for the moment, and keep thinking disciplined and reality-focused, as failing to do so can open hidden, ignored, or denied cans-of-worms.

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

A Good Day To . . . 4 September 2019

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‘Composition IX’ By Wassily Kandinsky 1936 {{PD}}

The 4th is a Good Day To . . . allow instincts to inform thoughts and drive action–but we need to be careful: we are either highly aware of the worth of our creative energy and ideas, and can assess them accurately, or we are completely deluded about their worth. There’s no in-between, so all you can do is your best work, put it out there, and let the Universe decide.

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

A Good Day To . . . 3 September 2019

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‘The Waterfall’ By Henri Rousseau 1910 {{PD}}

The 3rd is a Good Day To . . . stay alert to our own tendency to slide into hurt mode, and/ or to communicate aggressively, the latter probably unconsciously. It’s a day when little bits of ourselves that are wounded, upset, or sad may float up and out before we know it, and those bits are inclined to do damage today, so stay vigilant.

Today is also the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, which is the point where they conjoin during Mercury’s direct movement. This typically brings the conclusion of a matter seeded at the Inferior Conjunction, the last of which occurred 21 July. Happening in concert with other influences suggests that those aggressive or wounded bits may be dislodged from the psyche by what reaches its apex today. The only antidote for any of this is unflagging Self-awareness.

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

It’s A Good Day To . . . for the 1st and 2nd of September 2019

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The 1st is a Good Day To . . . stick to what we know, established patterns and established power positions. Don’t be mislead by deceivers, mixed messages, and seemingly empowering communications that are actually meant to undermine–but do stay open to the spontaneous and unexpected–that’s where genius lies.

The 2nd is a Good Day To . . . expect the unexpected from authorities, to profit or find reward by exercising your own proper role (and expect you might have to defy the social order or your own belief system in the process), and know that acting on your ambitions is a most excellent use of your time and energy at this point.

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

31 August 2019 A New Leaf

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‘Das Blätterbild’ By Heinrich Hoerle, 1928 {{PD}}

Just as autumn stirs, the New Moon in Virgo inspires something different for the every day. It’s a natural time of endings, and I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling it. I’m thinking of retaining A Good Day To . . . and maybe picking and choosing some of the ‘big’ aspects or planetary entrances and exits to focus on. As a daily this might end up being more of a meditation or energy offering than what’s been appearing here, but I need to honor my own call to do other things, many of which I’ve delayed–and autumn makes us all aware, time is going by. So join me in relaxing, exploring, creating more and differently. There are two astrology books almost done that I want to finish, one of which (the Moon one; the other is on Venus) will go free to all the lovely people who’ve been supporting me with monthly donations (I know! I’ve been promising this for a while now–but I’ve had no time!)–and specifically to you donors, it may be time to stop your donation–I have no idea what I’ll be providing here, and wouldn’t want you to be disappointed! I’ll still be taking on some private work through consultations and reports, though, and will appear here randomly when the need to talk astrology overtakes me, so I hope you’ll continue to drop by.

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . explore what’s been ignored or denied, using instincts as a guide. This will not only pay off, it will point up the love in or worth of relationships. Keep thinking aligned with highest values;it’s tempting to veer off into hurt, but that brings everything positive to a halt, if pursued.

You should know that this feature, a Good Day To . . ., is drawn directly from the perfecting aspects for the day, so it offers guidance in its most direct and condensed form.

30 August 2019 New Moon in Virgo: Call To Action

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By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA – New Moon, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51482526

In some places this is the second New Moon of the month, in others the Moon some saw on the 1st may have fallen on July 31st–you see the issue, which is why I don’t make much of those occasions of two New or Full Moons in a calendar month–they don’t hold everywhere, and only apply if one uses the current calendar–which of course is a man-made device, not a naturally-occurring one. So, forgive me if I’m not kvelling 🙂

The New Moon falls at 6 Virgo 46 at 3:36 AM Pacific time on August 30th. This duo (Moon and Sun) is chasing Mars, soon to catch him, and can also be considered widely conjoined Juno, Mercury, and Venus, as well, all in Virgo. This cuts a wide swath just a hair over 9 degrees wide, end to end, with the New Moon close to the midpoint. A New Moon in Virgo brings a new way of thinking or observing critically, making discernment, judgment, and efforts leading to reward and appropriate sharing the centerpieces of what’s begun here. In concert with so many other influences, the New Moon viewpoint may feel pervasive; the focus may be on what is ‘natural’ (in the Virgoan ‘Harvest’ sense, particularly in matters of the natal House where the New Moon occurs), and what’s needed to make that happen at an optimum level. We’ll be seeking personal empowerment through critical and corrective thought and action, particularly that which offers reward. And certainly, what we’re trying to achieve, one way or another, is worthy–but will we succeed?

The New Moon forms the arm to a T-square on the Hygeia-Ceres opposition (a Grand Cross, if we include Earth). The T suggests agricultural upsets, climate issues, environmental poisonings, natural disasters–as if we can’t point to dozens of these matters already–they didn’t wait for the New Moon to manifest, but they may take on new urgency, and we may gain a dawning new awareness of them, drawing much more of our attention as we watch them wax along with the Lunar energies. Personal manifestations may include onsets of allergies, asthma, dietary issues or responses, and much more noticeable links among health, our environment, and specifically how much we may be able (or unable) to affect things.

‘Ceres’ By Osmar Schindler c1902 {{PD}}

The Sun-Moon square Hygeia also forms the base for a Fist of God, apex Pluto, once again pointing to a crisis situation involving the health–and whether it’s the health of the planet or our own personal well-being, the pressure of crisis elicits either a destructive response or a transformative one, the latter offering the hope of an environmental or health-centered phoenix rising from the current ashes.

On top of all this the New Moon is trine Uranus and quincunx Chiron, suggesting that the unexpected surprises or delivers a bolt of understanding, and this either injures or calls forward our unique Chirotic skills. It may be that New Moon events or revelations lead us into a new, more active role in dealing with larger issues, whether they center on dealing more effectively with personal challenges to health or with challenges to the health of the whole damn planet. Via a lightning bolt of revelation, understanding, or sheer shock, the New Moon is bound to mobilize us, mentally and physically, in support of our values, in a way we weren’t ‘in motion’ before. Too, when we add New Moon aspect meaning to the Sabian, what we may find is how inextricable our place in the larger scheme really is. All we control is ourselves, within that defined space we occupy and can affect–this NM may point us toward our best, most effective impact, for both the individual and the Collective.

‘The Harem’ By Émile Bernard pre-1941 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the new Moon is, ‘A Harem’. Though we find the existence of a harem regressive, even offensive, today, we might do best with this image to define it not as captive sex slaves or something equally sensational and canted toward the exploitative, but as a cooperative living arrangement for women of a certain privileged status due to their relationship with a powerful Other. In that sense, harems are the province of Venus, in some guises, and most especially Juno, as status and power derived through the partner are two of her most prominent characteristics. As a symbol of New Moon events, then, this might signal that empowerment may be most effectively found within a role or status we already hold, particularly one that may otherwise feel restrictive or exploitative, one where we ultimately might wish for more freedom, but find current relationships (or even survival) require we continue in this function. When we look at it this way, we can see this could apply to the web-like restrictions of the social sphere, family, or even the need to make a living–whatever it is that both ‘protects’ us (offering benefit in some form) and concurrently proscribes, for good or ill, our movement.

See the forecast for the 29th and birthday for 6 Virgo here

Good day to . . . start something new that requires energy, concentration, attention to detail, persistence, especially if this speaks to fulfilling some ideal. Good time to also take corrective measures with health/ diet.

For those born with the Sun at 07 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You may feel a lot like a Warrior this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, and if you don’t, you may just be angry or highly motivated! In any case, you’ll have an enormous amount of energy, drive, and attention best applied to fighting for a cause, moving forward in life, and/ or in dealing with the matters of the natal House ruled by Mars. You’ve got the guts, and may earn the glory, if you can observe successfully a few rules: control and refine all energy expression–to fail this invites chaos and accident, but to do it inspires invention, innovation, originality, and may place you in a leadership role, well-deserved, should it come to you; cooperative arrangements can be very good–trust, but verify, to avoid surprises; and face health matters head-on–attend to them, because something dealt with now won’t flare up bigger and badder later. Good luck!

29 August 2019 Staring at the Sun

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By Константин Мирошник, Наталия Кургузова-Мирошник CC BY-SA 4.0

It may feel like we’re purposely, Self-destructively, relentlessly staring into the Sun today, out of a pressing need to figure something out: a power situation, a destructive potential, the right transformative move. We’re counting on the revelation, the surprise, the shock, or Higher Mind to send us in the right direction, but we can’t seem to shake the past, or the way our mind seems to run the hamster wheel, restless, restless, restless. If we’ll relax into it, allow synchronicities and the unexpected/ unscripted to guide us, we’ll connect a growing critical faculty to what’s smart, and come up with appropriate, even fortuitous, ideas of what to do, how to handle things.

(Perfecting today: Juno contra-parallel Zeus, Mercury enters Virgo, sesq SN, parallel and sxt Pallas, Sun sesq Pluto and trine Uranus)

Good day to . . . let go. Spontaneity and the unanticipated are our friends. We’re deep into Dark of the Moon, a time when struggle does little good.

For those born with the Sun at 06 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Virgo, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself thinking that all this struggle, all the problems and machinations, are in service to finally gaining real power, in and over your life–and you would be right, to a point. Yes, the struggle will lead you to a more powerful position in life–but why struggle? Or at least, why struggle so much? The key this year to making real progress that doesn’t come out of chaos is to be willing to engage in a lot of critical thinking. That may sound unpleasant, until you realize it’s less about Self-criticism and more about thinking ahead, attending to details, anticipating reactions, and keeping truthful account of what goes in and what comes out. Focusing on being accountable in all its forms, in fact, will help you balance Self-focus with interaction in such a way that efforts will become as effective as they can be, and so act as the engine to drive you forward. Good luck!

28 August 2019 Ingenious

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By Vincent van Gogh 1889 {{PD}}

What works today is spontaneous, ingenious, and original; what doesn’t is anything where we go primal, listening to the instincts and turning the brain to OFF. Wisdom has the support of our sense of personal authority and competence, higher mind and invention has the support of wisdom, and though our perceptions of the real world may be off (askew from hurt, recent power struggles, or obstacles not clearly recognized) they will respond positively to any investment (energy, talents, assets) we choose to make toward ambition or goal realization, or desire fulfillment.

(Perfecting today: Pallas parallel Ceres, Uranus parallel Pallas, Mars trine Uranus, Venus nov Zeus, Mercury sq Sedna, sesq Saturn, and parallel Uranus, Sun qnx Chiron and sq Ceres)

Good day to . . . follow the kind of impulse that comes with a *spark* of ingenuity or genius–and yet, not a good day to act blindly and impulsively. It’s up to you to weigh the impulse itself. Here’s a hint: if the group would support the action or choice, it’s likely (at least today) the right one.

For those born with the Sun at 05 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, your challenge, right, and gift is all the same: to remove any personal conflicts that hold you back from accepting your own power and authority. It’s time to honor yourself as a Force of Nature, to accept your the role(s) life has assigned you, and to make the most of those. Remember, you are in charge of you, and it’s your job, no one else’s, to create the avenues for expression and empowerment that are truly ‘You’. You have the ability to transform both yourself and the landscape, this year–make sure you use it! Good luck!

27 August 2019 Bedeviled By The Past

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Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2015645379 {{PD}}

Even as we try to expand our reach or expand our power and authority, we feel pressure from past hang-ups, the kind of thing where our own fears bedeviled our efforts before, and those same fears, especially ones around destruction or loss, plague us once again. What we’re not recognizing is that opportunity, especially opportunity uniquely suited to us, only comes when we choose to be fully Self-responsible; the urge to not ‘go it alone’, in this instance, isn’t about partnership, camaraderie, or cooperation, it’s about fear. Admit that, and you’ll see exactly how you’re ‘choosing wrong’ for your goals–and so will know how to ‘choose right’.

(Perfecting today: Juno sesq SN, Jupiter parallel Ceres, Mars sesq Pluto, Mercury nov NN)

Good day to . . . operate solo, even in the midst of others.

For those born with the Sun at 04 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Virgo, it seems you’re getting serious about getting serious–and everyone knows–but do they know how deeply you feel, how very much emotions are affecting current efforts? This solar year, through to your next birthday, you may need to face and possibly share these feelings. It’s all so you can banish some long-time hurts, once and for all, so that you can get in touch with your own personal sense of authority and exercise it within your domain, and best of all, it’s a way to deal with your past and at the same time build the future you want. Biggest asset this year: your beauty as a person. I’m not kidding. Good luck!

26 August 2019 Don’t Listen

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‘Thisbe’ By John William Waterhouse 1909 {{PD}}

Today the atmosphere is highly supportive, offering us healing, strength, reward, understanding, and we’re guided by a clear sense of instinct. There’s only one thing in our way, and that may be our own mind, or perhaps the communications we receive from others. If we let the mentality reign supreme, we may find ourselves mired in thoughts that conflict with our own highest values. It only takes a single step back to let us see that the mind (or the message) has planted untrue and unproductive seeds, and we only need to rip them out and go on.

(Juno parallel Sedna, Chiron trine Ceres, Venus trine Uranus, Mercury sq Vesta, Sun parallel Venus)

Good day to . . . refuse to let the mind intrude, play games with you, or to allow the words of others to occupy your head.

For those born with the Sun at 03 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What’s standing between you and Money or Love, this solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo? Do you know? It’s your own choices and actions. That’s a bitter pill, but also a very useful one. It’s the key to both your healing and to gaining the kind of power and authority that flows from your natural, best Self. It’s in your hands, and up to you. Other hints for success: show others/ the world what you care about–though in the past you may have believed it was better to keep this private, the reality is that if others know, they can often help you–and speak your mind through presentation, through the ways and means you use to contact your environment; that is, make your personality a seamless ‘message’ from the rest of you. You’ll be surprised how many people will respond, and respond positively, to what you put forward. Good luck!

25 August 2019 Fellow Travelers

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‘Flusslandschaft’ (River Landscape) Attributed to Adolf Kaufmann, before 1916 {{PD}}

Certain things will display their harmony today, and it will be these pulled-together influences that drive most of the action. It’s likely to feel as if we step into a river, the current swift, everything already in full motion, and this will carry us far, if we are able to surrender to it, rather than struggle against it. ‘Going with the flow’, trite as this phrase can be, may be exactly what gets us more of what we aim for, and this happens in a smart way, having the benefit of either challenging us to muster the Chirotic skill or to help us heal. There are only two issues, really: 1) we won’t be able to use the enthusiasm, sheer vitality, and positive tenor in the air if we’re too focused on gaining power and fulfilling our own ambitions, and 2) we must be vigilant to indulgences that may seem minor, ‘just this once’, or considered a reward, because we are likely to choose something that has a more serious effect on our health and well-being than we are able to anticipate.

(Perfecting Today: Jupiter semi-sq Pallas, Mars still effectively conjoined and parallel Venus, though perfection of the meeting is past, with both of them qnx Chiron and contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, and Mars sq Ceres and semi-sq Zeus, while Venus in loose square to Hygeia forms a Fist of God with apex Pluto, and the Sun is contra-parallel the Black Moon Lilith point–and that puts the Sun, Venus, and Mars all together at the same declination opposite BML)

Good day to . . . trust the Universe. It’s one of those times when trying to control, dissect, or even understand everything going on around you isn’t possible–so relax, and let life arrange itself before you. What you need to deal with will be very clear, and you’ll have the energy and intelligence to address if effectively.

For those born with the Sun at 02 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is it about needing to be practical at this time, dear Virgo, that has you all ate up? You have the chance to rid yourself of some nagging demons, some negatives that you’ve been wishing away, but you can’t do it unless you are willing to deal with things as they are, and to do the mature, the wise, the immensely smart thing. So what if it’s not glamorous? It’s the thing that will allow you to take your life to some version of ‘the next level’. You’ve been wondering when you were going to be able to make real progress–the time now to your next birthday is your window to make it all bigger, better, more true to You. Good luck!

24 August 2019 Getting It Together

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‘Dance on the Beach’ By Edvard Munch c1900 {{PD}}

We get ‘it’ together today, bringing ostensible opposites into harmony, uniting the yin and yang, binding ourselves in partnership, or acting out of values or Love, or to make money, particularly in a principled way. It’s about following the rules or seeing to details, and yet we’re concerned with, or fighting against, the authority that currently exists, or with those who are trying to exert their authority over us. ‘Don’t tell me what to do!’ may be the cry that rings across the land, and this can bring to the fore discrepancies among values, relationships, and ambitions/ goals. Just be prepared to get a clear glimpse of the reality picture, especially as it applies to empowerment, and don’t allow obstacles to affect thinking to the point that it deteriorates into destructive channels. If we don’t allow ourselves to be distracted, and manage to attend to the material world according to our highest values, we can make some genius advances and exercise personal power to the fullest.

(Perfecting Today: Venus conj Mars, both sq Ceres, Venus parallel Vesta and semi-sq Zeus, Sun parallel Mars and sesq SN, Saturn nov Ceres, Mercury qnx Pluto)

Good day to . . . take advantage of the places where your energy is clearly in harmony with particular subjects, venues of expression, or courses of action. It’s a day where you can cooperate successfully with your opposite number, just as long as you don’t allow preconceptions or negative thinking to persuade you that the way to win is to undermine or grab for power–it’s all about doing it together, today.

For those born with the Sun at 01 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). The magic formula for you this year, dear Virgo, from now through to your next birthday, is found by appreciating the power structure as it is now, and then working to either cooperate with it or become a part of it. Resistance to this idea is probably seated in the feeling that you know how to do ‘it’ better than ‘they’ do, but the reality is that the only successful way forward for you is to admit that if you make those in power adversaries, you’ll never get the chance to wield power of your own. It’s a way to feel superior and remain unchallenged, but it’s no way to live your life. Recognizing this and other realities is key to having a super-productive year. On your side: your mate or partner, certain emotional realities, and some well-learned lessons from the past. Good luck!

23 August 2019 Bold Moves Toward Caution

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‘The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus’ By Piero di Cosimo 1498 {{PD}}

On its face, that title seems a little contradictory, no? But that may be where we find ourselves today, taking firm and even daring steps forward, particularly toward ambition fulfillment, all in the name of not messing things up, of doing what’s necessary to secure our priorities and those things we find sacred. What we honor is an important motivator; it seems vital at this time that we commit our energies carefully, with attention to detail, to how and where they’ll play out. We see the world with a more discerning eye than we did just a day or two ago–and yet the smartest thing we can do with that discernment is to apply it to our own issues, and work to heal ourselves, while causing no harm to others.

(Perfecting today: The Sun and Juno enter Virgo, with the Sun and Mars parallel Vesta, Mercury sxt Zeus and sesq Chiron)

Good day to . . . Self-assess, Self-correct, and make commitments clear and orderly. Be bold, but don’t be slapdash.

For those born with the Sun at 00 Virgo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Virgo, there’ll be some emotional dissatisfaction ahead for you this solar year, through to your next birthday–or will that simply be a time of clarity that reveals that you need to give more attention, and maybe more respect, to your own feelings and needs? In any case, there may also be some sorting around status, duties, roles, and empowerment options, and this could come out of crisis or a choice about whether to re-visit a past form or to strike out with a new one. There’s no one answer here that’s better than the other–it all depends who you want to allow to have authority in your life, who you want to love, and what you want to do on your own, beholden to no one else. A testing year, to be sure, but one you can come out of in much greater command of both your life direction and your emotional investments than you were when you started. Good luck!
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22 August 2019 The Ultimate

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‘Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds’ By Caspar David Friedrich c1835 {{PD}}

We see our options and our problems quite clearly, and the question becomes, will we succumb to some negative message from the past that we still carry of our unlovability or lack of assets, or will we take what we’ve learned in the past, filter it through a current ‘power role’ (even if that’s just your individuality), apply ideals, creativity, and spiritual character, and come up with an idea or three about what we should do today? Either we embrace ultimate responsibility for what we can do with our lives, or we sit back and blame the past–today there’s no in-between.

(Perfecting today: Sun conj Juno and both sesq Saturn, Venus sesq SN, Finger of God with base of SN-Neptune, apex Mercury)

Good day to . . . take a positive approach, not just toward others or circumstances, but toward your own ability to affect and shape your life.

For those born with the Sun at 29 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Will you serve as your own authority this solar year, through to your next birthday, or will you abdicate, out of a sense that being in charge is too much pressure? Dear Leo, I’d like to say this won’t make that much difference, either way, but that would be a lie. If you take responsibility for yourself and your life, you can open the way to an astonishing number of opportunities; if you say, No thanks, you may spend (another?) year treading water, rather than moving forward. In any case, what comes at you won’t be easy, but your response to it will make all the difference, and dictate how your life will spool out for some time to come. On your side: your instincts, when they aren’t marred by emotion, and your ability to discern what’s an actual barrier, obstacle, or ‘STOP’ sign, and what’s actually an invitation to apply yourself. Good luck!

21 August 2019 Hope and the ‘Real World’

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‘Weinernte’ By Dora Hitz, before 1911 {{PD}}

Venus enters Virgo, and all those with a conscience begin to take their own inventory. That’s a good thing, a useful tool, and one that shows personal integrity–and becomes especially important as we’re largely unable to connect to our instinctual nature at this time. Nothing feels ‘natural’, and we suffer a sense of ‘flying blind’. Luckily, though, we do recognize what’s smart, what’s practical. It all becomes a matter of using those qualities emphasized right now to their fullest; the key is focusing on assessment of our own situation, our own need for correction. Those who are for whatever reason refusing to look at themselves will show it by their criticism of others–because that laser energy trained on detail and ‘correctness’ has to go somewhere, and rightfully so, as it’s something valuable–so use it wisely.

Thinking takes a very particular turn, as well. We are massively optimistic, fired up to implement what we see as ‘the facts’, but we find real-world obstacles in the way of realizing our hopes. Are these insurmountable? Not at all; if we’ll just slow down a bit, we’ll see that if we’re willing to make adjustments we can do exactly what we planned. My only warning: don’t overthink (it doesn’t make anything clearer), don’t over-promise, and don’t exaggerate–and especially, avoid mentally biting off more than we can chew. Jot down really big ideas, for dissection later.

(Venus enters Virgo, Mercury qnx Saturn and trine Jupiter, Sun sq Sedna and sxt Pallas)

Good day to . . . put accounts of all kinds in order. See to the details, take care of the paperwork, know where you stand.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you are fully empowered this solar year, through to your next birthday, sure of your status, capable of wielding power–so what is this crisis with Love and/ or Money? My guess is you are stretched on your tippy-toes, either pushing things way too far yourself, or feeling this same pressure from someone near and dear, or from some sort of issue with income/ flow. How to get a handle on this? Take a long hard look at what’s actually within your power to control (not admitting what is and isn’t your responsibility may have started this thing in the first place), and then get your emotional perceptions behind taking effective action. It’s the only way to defuse the crisis and simultaneously get the mind thinking in big, action-oriented terms, the kind that you may be, if all goes well in straightening out the crisis, supremely good at making the most of. Good luck!

20 August 2019 Past Tense

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”–Ecclesiastes

“All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.”― J.M. Barrie and BSG

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Certain things in this Universe are constants, despite the way everything is ever-changing, ever-evolving. Perhaps that’s the ultimate paradox, that time expresses as a self-repeating loop, that no matter how the trappings change what happens is in essence a material and energetic reflection of what’s already been. That may be our sense of things today, as wisdom and instinct jockey within the psyche for supremacy, as Love and Money are shaped or even curtailed by some hard realities, as Art struggles to gain form and solidity, and as our own actions and choices seem an uncanny echo of what we’ve already done. Take comfort in the idea that one can never step into the same stream twice–and even if one could, we are ourselves changing with each moment, so that we’re not the same person we were previously, either.

(Pallas qnx Sedna, Mars sesq SN, Venus sesq Saturn)

Good day to . . . relax, take it easy. Really, the tendency will be to fret over circumstances, events, ourselves. Best to realize the mind is hyper-responsive to every bit of charge and static and every random thought in the air. Don’t take any of it too seriously–this isn’t the time to make judgments.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you may be straining to mesh the identity with the instinctual way of Being. Normally we assume those are in harmony, but for you, this year, smoothing out any dissonance between who you want to be and who you are will be required, before you can go forward. It’s all about establishing who you want to be known as, by role, publicly, and/ or in the career, and the only way to forge this persona is by eliminating both what insults the core instinctive nature and what doesn’t support the desired Self-image–and then these two must be in harmony as well. Not an easy job, but one that’s lining you up to make a massive splash no more than a few years from now. Good luck!

19 August 2019 The Value of Power

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Street art by ‘Signs of Power’ for Waterford Walls festival 2017, Photo By Davebrny CC BY-SA 4.0

Really, today is about the power that we hold via roles or status; we see the value of it, and can appreciate where to ‘spend’ it. Utilizing that power fosters original thought and inventiveness, and what we learn/ create is easily put to work in service of our forward path. What doesn’t go so good? We’re alienated from our own instincts–they’re clouded by things we aren’t willing, yet, to acknowledge–and that can mess up thinking and reasoning. Funnel it all through the personal power viewpoint–seeing it from the position of ‘How Can I Affect This? How Can I Work This?’, you can’t go wrong.

(Venus conj Juno and both of them sq Sedna and sxt Pallas, Venus also parallel Uranus, Mercury qnx Black Moon Lilith, Sun nov NN)

Good day to . . . assert yourself through those positions and roles and any status that you hold. Own your personal authority, and don’t be shy about wielding it.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). The way forward, dear Leo, may not be entirely smooth (or clear to you) this coming solar year, simply because you are trying hard to align the feelings and your Soul’s purpose, and having a helluva time getting them to sync. You’re still suffering from a recent emotional wound and, aware of it or not, it’s still affecting you, keeping you from gathering yourself and moving on. Here are some tips: this year, focus on improving your health–this is important; and examine actions and choices with a critical eye, before plunging in–that will definitely both benefit you and keep you from any egregious mistakes. Good luck!

18 August 2019 Love Applied

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It’s a kind of formula: whatever it is, today, apply Love. Even, and most especially, when it doesn’t seem to fit, when that wouldn’t be your typical answer.

(Venus nov NN)

Good day to . . . invest in the future, in whatever form that personally takes for you.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It may feel to you, dear Leo, that Love, assets, status, and/ or empowerment are moving away from you at this time, but that’s a kind of psychic illusion. You had such a hearty influx of these things lately that as things normalize it feels like a loss, rather than circumstances losing their sheen and having an everyday luster, once again. So, note that you’re not losing anything, and then turn your attention toward the fact that during this solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be embracing a ‘new’, closer-to-ideal identity as you find balance through the emotional perceptions as they work through and shape the career, status, or public image. Good luck!

17 August 2019 Handle With Care

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We’re empowered in ways that allow us to make downright brilliant moves and choices that are designed to construct the future we want, and spontaneity shows its own kind of genius. There are a few things to watch out for, though: actions that don’t acknowledge current realities, especially rules and boundaries, may make for rough going and could attract criticism; brace for shocks or surprises–they’re inevitable; and take care not to do things that will wear on, even destroy, health.

(Juno nov NN, Pluto sesq Hygeia, Mars sesq Saturn then enters Virgo, Sun parallel Uranus)

Good day to . . . innovate, invent, and brainstorm! However, implement with care.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You’re heading toward some serious profit or reward, dear Leo, one that’s arisen directly from your own personal actions. This could bring you love, too, but no matter what the results, you can be sure that 1) you’ve earned them, and 2) that you might be so satisfied (or in some way sated) that your propensity to dream and work to make that dream a reality could lose significant steam. It will be awhile before you formulate another guiding vision, and that’s okay. The thing you need to watch out for during this solar year, through to your next birthday, is the call of your own ego. It may push you into seeing something that is actually a natural transition as crisis, one where you must act. Don’t fall for it,and don’t allow yourself to be bullied, even by yourself. Good luck!

16 August 2019 What We Ignore

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‘The Execution of Lady Jane Grey’ (detail) By Paul Delaroche 1833 {{PD}}

Thoughts are erratic, but oh-so-original–or are they just wacky, not so much inventive as goofy? It’ll be difficult for us to judge, as wisdom and practicality are on the fritz, and it’s hard to see what we value. There’s too much static, too much intrusion on the psyche by matters we’ve vowed to pretend don’t exist! It’s a day to float, cruise, or interact with the mildest of manners, willing to take a look at what we’ve been denying, but not necessarily to act on or do anything about it. Recognition of a problem is its own reward. As to those quirky ideas, write them down and review them later.

(Pallas sesq and Vesta contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury sq Uranus)

By John Tenniel 1864 {{PD}}

Good day to . . . find an inner calm, be as still as possible, at least for a time, and try to get some perspective on the thought processes. Today what we don’t acknowledge about our motivations can hurt us. Step back and refuse to allow impulses to send us down the rabbit hole.

Since the Sun doesn’t reach 24 degrees until late this evening Pacific time, see tomorrow’s forecast for that degree’s Solar Return outlook.

15 August 2019 Full Moon in Aquarius: Cost/ Benefit Analysis

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Vandenis (Aquarius) in the twelve-paiting cycle Zodiakas (Zodiac) By Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis 1907 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 5:29 AM Pacific time at 22 Aquarius 24. Venus is still closely conjoined the Sun, and so figures in to the T-square formed by Vesta in Taurus. This dynamic describes the principle tension and likely revelation (or revelatory tension!) of the Full Moon event. A Full Moon is a culmination of energy, a building to completeness of some matter either related to the House where the FM falls or that has the character of the sign in which the FM perfects, and typically this has a strong emotional component. A T-square suggests conflict reaching a head, leading to either a showdown or an impasse, a ‘no resolution’ situation that we can only see a way out of after the Lunar event, likely by, in this case, following values and commitment guidelines.

In Aquarius we could come to some emotional conclusion without even realizing it, and yet not really feel it. Aquarius is forever mixing up the mental and the emotional, and the event or atmosphere associated with this Full Moon may not be recognized as an emotional ending, though the emotions will be stirred. The mind may jump in, rationalize, or may attain a mental understanding that neglects the emotional impact (and so neglects the individual emotional needs). Distance from feelings is a distinct hazard. We may not realize ‘it’s’ over, in some way–or we may not realize that ‘it’ can’t go on like this, despite the Aquarian promise of its Fixed nature, that encourages us to believe things can go on as they are, indefinitely.

This Waterbearer looks at first glance like Libra. Aquarius bronze and glass grille figure, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Photo By Carol M. Highsmith {{PD}}

The tug-of-war this time may be between some feature of the talent or Self-worth picture, in the form of its value or cost to the Soul expression (Sun-Venus in Leo) versus an emotional-intellectual need that has a material component, or that involves surroundings or assets (Moon-Earth in Aquarius). What we spend and what we gain when we express ourselves may see direct reflection (a Moon characteristic) in material/ physical forms (Earth conjunction), and will carry an emotional charge–and the Full Moon’s function may be to make this as clear as possible by showing any dissonance among these elements of expression, material results, and the feeling nature as measured against our highest values, commitments, and those things we find sacred (Vesta).

There are no other contacts to the Full Moon that fall within our relatively narrow allowed orb. That just points out that the entire ‘punch’ is in the dissonance of the T, not scattered or watered down with many influences. You’ll likely end up running a cost/benefit analysis with values as your guideline, prompted by the Full Moon, and what you conclude may have an outsized impact on the forms Soul expression might take or the value you assign to the identity, with an emotional and material assessment of the profits possible or the costs incurred a key part of the equation.

You may come face-to-face with an inner or an outer ‘bear’, and you’ll need to deal with it. By John Bauer 1902 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Big Bear Sitting Down And Waving All Its Paws’. The thing that draws your attention at the Full Moon is, as the saying goes, ‘a real bear’, that is, something truly troublesome or difficult to handle that you can no longer ignore. As a symbol, a bear suggests something big, animalistic in nature, that is already present but that you’ve been looking past, ignoring, that you’ve been denying the needs, nature, or existence of. Astrologically it may be represented by the asteroid Vesta; it may show there’s something we respect that we’ve been neglecting, or something that we need to respect, that we’ve somehow failed to honor–and certainly, what we honor is meant to show us a way out of any stress brought on by the Lunar event.

The Sabian for the Sun (and for Venus as well) is, ‘In A Circus The Bareback Rider Displays Her Dangerous Skill’. This suggests that it’s our own actions or displays of talent that create the Full Moon situation in the first place. Something daring or out of the ordinary, something we’ve attempted, is the initial source of the Full Moon event energy, and this is specifically a try at showing our skills or talents, at putting them before the audience of ‘The Big Top’–that is, showing our talents in a public venue,or showing them openly, for all to see. Look to the House holding the Sun-Venus to help you pinpoint the nature of this effort, and look to the House that holds the Full Moon for clues to the life area that offer a response to this effort, with challenges coming from, or issues pointed out, via persons or matters of the House that holds transiting Vesta (which sits at 22 Taurus 38).

Good day to . . . see what you must deal with in order to bring your unique talents to the fore and so create/ attract Love or Money. This is an ‘information’ day, one where, if you’re paying attention and ‘want to know’, you can gain an enormous amount of useful data, especially about how and where to ‘put yourself out there’.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Leo, may be headlined, ‘Pursuit of Love or Money’. It may also be an emotionally stressful year, one where you feel you must ‘do or die’, or where the emotional reality meets a turning point, such that it changes dramatically. So, the pair of matters, emotions and those things pursued, are likely to swallow up most of your effort and attention, and you should know, they’re meant to–a narrowed focus may be the only way you can deal with getting what you need, with finding worthwhile reward, and with creating the relationships you really want, so don’t let others label you selfish–this year you deserve to live about you and for you. Good luck!

14 August 2019 A Conflict of Instincts

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‘Natural Lusitano Instinct’ Photographer: Julia Moll 31 May 2017 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Spontaneity, originality, and the unexpected drive actions–and yet these moves will be in conflict with our instinctual nature, perhaps inspired by some restless material that resides in our ‘blind spot’. It’s a matter of what we don’t know influencing our choices and our way forward, and this not sitting well with our in-built sense of right and wrong, safe and dangerous, desirable and repulsive. There’s no easy answer to the dissonance between impulses and sensibilities–you can only do your best to exploit unique urges and creative ideas that come without completely ignoring the info provided by instinctual response.

(Perfecting today: Mars parallel Uranus and sq Sedna)

Good day to . . . noodle around with innovating, inventing, and creating. Make note of ideas, then step back and give those ideas time to breathe, which should allow you to sort out what’s a good, constructive impulse and what’s not worth using time or resources on.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It seems like you’re just now surfacing from some serious, transformative change, dear Leo, and this solar year, through to your next birthday, appears to deliver the pay offs, whether in Love, Money, assets, avenues for talent expression, or in the entirely necessary positive Self-image you must have in order to accomplish. Leos need Love, in all forms, and this year you should get it. What do you need to do now? Resist the urge to ignore values–it may be easy to forget these are what life is built on–and don’t turn off or de-value the emotions, or try to handle them solely through the mind–that won’t work, and will almost certainly create problems. Feel your feelings, and appreciate that they’re offering you vital information–and have fun! Good luck!

13 August 2019 Hurtling Toward the Sun

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By Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo – Own work, Sailko, 15 October 2016, 17:22:03, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62112977

Today it may feel as if we are hurtling toward our own private Sun, traveling toward our destiny at peak speed, problems and solutions laid out before us, and left for us to choose. It’s contradictory, I know, to say we seem to be speeding in a destined direction and that we also enjoy very clear choice, but there’s no actual conflict there–we are on a course that our actions and previous choices have set, but we are still able to alter that course with choices or actions in the present. Really, it’s the best of both worlds, with the assurance that if we change nothing, we will end up exactly as we are headed now, and that if we do make changes, we will definitely alter that course.

So, get a good look at where you’re headed, and what you can do about it, and then act, but act with caution. Though we’re truly inspired today, in terms of making good choices, we are also susceptible to overthinking and so misleading ourselves, or to acting/ choosing out of hurt or rage. Don’t worry, though, as a willingness to be fully conscious helps us avoid Self-sabotage or acting out of our worst impulses and damage.

(Chiron sxt Hygeia, Mars nov NN, Venus-Sun conj, both sesq Chiron and qnx Pluto, Mercury trine Ceres and sesq Neptune)

Good day to . . . set a new life course. Jupiter’s recent direction should offer us the optimism to follow our ideals, to make alterations in the spirit of hope, and to ‘think Big’, and today’s influences give us the clear sight and Self-possession to make solid and highly positive changes.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, liebling Leo, through to your next birthday, you will have to face a number of major life events, the kind that make permanent change in you and your circumstances. Are you ready? I’d say Yes, as long as there are a couple of things that you’ve attended to, or will soon: you need to hold an extraordinarily clear set of highest values in mind at all times–and if you haven’t sorted those out, do it now! You also need to be at ease emotionally, sure of feelings within relationships, your own and others, enough that you can turn your attention elsewhere and know that you’ll have that support if you need it. And don’t rely on the spontaneous, the sudden, the accident, or some miracle of science to change your scenario–it would be a foolish thing to wait on, right now, and won’t offer rescue–that’s up to you to provide for yourself, but as long as you are facing things head-on and ready to respond when required, you should find that transforming your life will largely be for the positive, and largely be under your control. Good luck!

12 August 2019 Negotiation

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Ceres, queen of Nature, the harvest, and of negotiation. ‘Ceres’ By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli c1600 {{PD}}

Today we may find ourselves negotiating with our future; that is, having to ‘answer to’ the future we say we want, reconciling this ‘statement’ with our current power expressions, territory ruled, and options exercised. We may have it shown us in no uncertain terms that our demeanor and choices are not supporting the goals we think we’re pursuing–and our attention will go to our ambitions and desires–so we’ll naturally do all we can to facilitate our aims, and probably thereby learn where and how we’re falling short.

Events and circumstances right now also reveal what past investments of time, energy, and assets have brought into being. This is a high point, so if you’re expecting some kind of reward from something ventured, it ought to come now–and if it doesn’t, you’ve learned what doesn’t pay off or bring Love, at least as you invested it previously.

Take what’s revealed today seriously. We’re being handed the means and/ or information needed to become our ‘Best Self’. To resent this, or to ignore it, only invites a much larger or more profound disappointment down the road.

(Ceres sesq NN, Sun-Venus Superior Conjunction and both sxt Zeus)

Good day to . . . embrace your desires, and observe your life to see how well these have been actualized. Where your energy is going can be seen clearly today, and that’s something we can all appreciate and, if we’re smart, use to make tomorrow better.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, this could be a banner year for you, one where you find out if all you’ve loved, cared for, supported, and put your energy into will bring that profit, pay off, Love, or even fame you planned on. Now through this solar year to your next birthday, you may see the results of your efforts, and you’ll be fortunate enough to also be handed, simultaneously, the means, energy, and emotional charge necessary to make true, deep, transformative change to those things you aren’t happy with. Too, your feelings are in concert with your highest values–and that means judgment should be good, and choices right in line with the Soul’s intentions. Now all you have to do is be willing to see, in all its glory and detail, what truly exists in your life, unobscured by dissembling or fantasy. Good luck!

11 August 2019 The Big Reversal

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‘Landscape between Storms’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1874 {{PD}}

In the matters of the House Uranus is currently transiting and/ or the one it rules, expect a pull back, a withdrawal of energy, talents, electricity, understanding, in the days around this point. Disappointment may spring up, or something unanticipated that requires a re-think and perhaps spur-of-the-moment improvisation. This turnaround can attract a lightning bolt or remove all the excitement from the air–and there’s no way to tell which will occur. Happening in Earth, the event could have a cloddish feel, removing any sense of charge or lightness from proceedings, and could be difficult to recognize as Uranus related. Uranus, though, is naturally an instrument of Higher Knowledge, of wide and deep understanding, of discovery, so examining the handful of days both before and after it turns should offer enlightenment (even if that only comes later, upon reflection), in this case possibly through material circumstances or a physical experience.

With Jupiter’s direction we see not an opposite tide, but a completely separate one. Occurring in Fire, we see release in matters of the House Jupiter is transiting or in matters of the House it rules in the natal chart, a flare sent up that signals the time for action. Suddenly, we ‘know’ or learn something vital that fills in missing pieces, or see opportunity, or have the necessary freedom, or are ready to ‘reach out’–and we do. Direction is at 14 Sagittarius, so if you happen to have anything this hits by major hard aspect (such as a placement at 14, 15, or 16 Gemini or those same degrees of Virgo or Pisces) then look to both the natal body’s character and the House it rules, if any, for clues as to the place where that flare may go up.

We’re still under the influence of yesterday’s Finger–see that post for details. And one more thing: we are likely to be thinking about our place in the social order, or within a religious structure, or within some sort of hierarchy, especially noting the ways this isn’t working for us–and then we’re likely to conclude that we’d better modify our interaction to suit ourselves and our needs–and that’s a good choice.

(Uranus retrogrades, Jupiter goes direct, Venus perfects her quincunx to Neptune, Mercury sesquiquadrates Jupiter, then enters Leo)

Good day to . . . leap for those opportunities that you’ve been seeing but have, for one reason or another, held back on pursuing. At the same time, go the ‘tried and true’ route with your own options and choices, as the unexpected can take a toll at this time, and ‘luck’ is something you don’t want to test, unless you’re looking to incite chaos.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you may be feeling very beautiful, or very prosperous, this year, and that’s a really good thing, as that kind of confidence only attracts more to you–but you need to be ready to deal with the inevitable objections that will surface from others who either dislike your poise and positivity and want to change you, or those who are envious and want to destroy you. It’s a shame, really, that this is the reaction of so many, but it’s your job this solar year, through to your next birthday, to recognize those who don’t support your health and happiness, and gently let them go. Know that their attitude has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with their own unhappiness. Your other mission this year, should you choose to accept it, is to take those assets you find yourself with, no matter what form they take, and find a practical, smart way to present them to the world. You’re ‘on point’ for Self-realization and actualization–use that energy to its fullest, and good luck!

10 August 2019 Touched

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‘Italy and Germany’ By Friedrich Overbeck 1828 {{PD}}

The Finger of God (with base of South Node in Capricorn-Neptune in Pisces) that formed on the 8th is modified as Venus joins the apex point of the Sun. This is a day to use structures and reliable realities from the past as a foundation for inspired creative or spiritual action, and this should bring Love, Money, or at the very least, a great deal of personal satisfaction (Sun and Venus in Leo). Some will process (and in the course of things, dissipate) this via a prominent sense of whimsy-on-display, while others may come across as a bit touched! The result is all dependent on what inspiration or ideals are at work.

Good day to . . . sort fact from fancy in relationships and finances. Telling yourself a fairy tale in any shape or form will cost, so make an effort to be as reality-oriented as possible in these areas, and don’t don’t don’t dwell in the past, but do remember it.

By Kevin Walter – Turkey and gravy auf flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59642951

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Will you be your most creative Self this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo, or will your imagination run away with you, sabotaging what you’ve built and all that you plan? It’s the crux of things, and may be a recurring question for you, as you will likely find yourself in a long-term crisis state surrounding communications and your own mental workings. Center yourself by asking yourself what you truly care about, and perhaps by defining who and what you would like to interact with, exchange energies with, or might otherwise seek cooperation with. It may feel like an arduous task, this sorting, but it’s meant to smooth your way by getting you to recognize and modify what you value and want to dedicate your life energies to. After that, everything is gravy. Good luck!

9 August 2019 Seeping In

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‘Alamedan i Cádiz’ By Anders Zorn 1887 {{PD}}

Will the mind, informed by the instincts, succeed with values reform, perhaps pulling down some false gods or exposing the Truth behind something we’ve been seeing as sacred? Or will it be that sheer power is put behind commitments and what we honor, changing both the pay off and the rules of the game? Either way, powerful change comes to the physical via modifications to the spiritual and intangible. The influence seeps in, whether we are aware of it or not. Act and choose, or be swept along with the currents.

(Perfecting today: Pluto trine Vesta, Venus qnx Saturn, Mercury sxt Sedna)

‘Woman Sleeping in a Landscape With a Letter’ By Bernard Gaillot c1800 {{PD}}

Good day for . . . sleeping in. How many of you read the headline that way? If you did, you may be seeking shelter, calm, or rest. Here’s your permission to retreat. The opportunities offered today will only work out if the mind is in sync with the instincts. The exception: if you have a lot of Air in your chart, the mind can often override instincts, and if you’re tired, today might be the day for you to go forward, simply because the mind won’t have the juice to jump in and resist what the instincts tell us!

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, during this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, it may feel as if the past, rather than the future, hangs in the balance. Your attention may repeatedly be drawn back toward what’s already transpired, especially as it has affected your current opportunities and social position. Of course, this isn’t for nothing–it’s meant to prompt you toward changes you need to make, to ‘correct’ or otherwise modify what at the time you felt you couldn’t help–now you can. Now is the time to alter commitments, to learn or tell the Truth about what you’re truly dedicated to, and to make the changes that allow your daily life to approach the Ideal, or that allow expression of your vast creative energies. Good luck!

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8 August 2019 What’s Real

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Sunset By Arkhip Kuindzhi c1900 {{PD}}

Smart, productive, practical or skilled action that pays off, gets us more or bigger, that delivers Love or Reward, only takes our attention and some initial effort–all the rest follows as a matter of course. It sounds so easy, right? Well, for once, it is, if we’re willing to focus–and of course, as always, there’s one other thing. Our awareness of the past is either showing us how we’re being held (or holding ourselves) back, or this awareness is offering a solid ground from which to launch current projects. Either way, you are shown what’s real, handed the key to accelerated profits, growth, or abundance–and that requires only a ‘Thank you’ to the Universe and a little bit of your own energy, invested.

I’m adding this small feature, pointing out timing and what it’s a ‘Good day to . . .’ I hope it helps!

Good day to go after a desired status, to deal with issues around fulfilling goals, to look around for Love (but don’t be aggressive, just aware and responsive, open to it), and to put creativity in motion. Once the Moon enters Sagittarius, just after 1:34 PM Pacific, the emotions and intuitions will be a reliable ‘power guide’, and can lead you toward ‘more’ in its desired form.

(A Finger of God forms with SN-Neptune, apex Sun. Perfecting today: Saturn parallel SN, Mars sxt Pallas, Venus trine Jupiter, Sun parallel Pallas)

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You find yourself today, dear Leo, at an exact meeting of your past and your ideals. Together these have formed the present circumstances and so are the focus for this solar year, through to your next birthday. You are endowed with significant major creative energy, as well as the experience/ knowledge to use it wisely–just take care in deploying it, as those around you may see you as too status-focused, too concerned about your career, or too ego-centered/ aggressive–and that can lead to disruption in relationships and a lack of support, so at the very least keep a sort of ‘common good’ standard in mind. Your best bet, though, is to allow your highest ideals, and the needs of those relationships you find sacred, to act as a guideline. Dedicate yourself and your efforts to what you truly honor in life, and this coming year can be one of your most productive, ever. Good luck!

7 August 2019 Focus on: Sun trine Jupiter

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Jupiter’s clouds as photographed by the spacecraft Juno, at a distance of just under 19,000 km, roughly the distance between NYC and Perth. By NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran {{PD}}

Our attention is on some Jupiterian concept or area of life, consumed with having or getting more, with expanding our world, with the facts, with finding or making opportunity, with ‘getting the word out’ in some form or fashion, with learning or teaching, with beliefs, and with certain forms of freedom, the ‘don’t tie me down’ kind. Some astrologers see this transit as lucky, and it can be, but the luck arises from our concerted focus on Jupiterian elements of our lives, rather than from any external force that randomly bestows favor. It’s a case of being lucky precisely because we are attuned to where we can expand, where we can find more. We’re ready to grab the opportunity or take the advantage as we become keenly aware of it as soon as it’s on the horizon, even feeling it as it approaches. And that’s where we meet the other aspect perfecting today, the Sun quincunx Saturn. This has to make us wonder what obstacle must be removed, what reality accommodated, what restriction gone around, what suppression thrown off, before we can get our hands on Jupiterian abundance. Find the benefit, find the obstruction, and you know just what you’ll need to do, to get your version of ‘More’.

The temple of Jupiter in Baalbek temple complex, in Lebanon.
© Guillaume Piolle CC BY 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead) Dear Leo, though it’s important for you this solar year, through to your next birthday, to have a clear idea of what you want and to go after it, it’s also important to know: the facts; what you truly believe; and what stands in your way. If you don’t sort those out, you may end up spinning your wheels, frolicking on a sunny beach, getting and changing nothing–and for some people, that’s perfectly fine. You, though, may be a little more restless than this, and do need to find some way to widen your horizons. Learn, travel, expose yourself to the new (to you) and exotic, and have no fear–you’re meant to break certain constraints this year, and your natural inbuilt cautions will warn you when you’re about to go too far. Good luck!

Today’s word image is a pilot who doesn’t seem to know how to fly the plane! Is there someone in your world who’s supposed to be an expert, who’s ‘in charge’ of important events in some significant way, who’s just not competent? Aside from any suggestion that they’re holding a position they shouldn’t, be aware that as frustrated as you are, they are just as frustrated, just as confused. The incompetence isn’t a feature of this person insisting on pushing their way into something they can’t handle, but more a result of being handed a status they never meant to hold in the first place. Go easy on them, and don’t get on that plane!

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Seeing this Jefferson Airplane poster made me think of a time decades ago when I was babysitting some tweens. These were the days of Jefferson Starship. I joked that they must’ve gotten themselves more modern transportation, because they used to be Jefferson Airplane. The scoffs could be heard ’round the world. I was told in no uncertain terms that if I was going to make up stories, they’d need to be better than that!

6 August 2019 What We’d Rather Forget

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Anyone else feel lately, for want of a better word, ‘haunted’? What we’d like to not think about is right there, isn’t it? Our anxieties are free-floating, and our minds, in trying to deal with them, look around for problems that can explain our feelings of hopelessness and dread. Am I being too dramatic? Maybe, but when we’re so charged-up with worry that we comb our lives for upsetting scenarios to attribute that anxiety to, then we’re cart-before-the-horsing it, and so misdirecting our attention, effort, and energy into trying to solve problems (mostly through worry!) that don’t really exist–and meanwhile, our dreams gather dust and our forward momentum is lost. The antidote? Face what you’ve been avoiding, but don’t let it dominate your thoughts; that is, take action to alleviate conditions, and/ or just move along–half the time those things we’re obsessing about are outside our control, anyway. And try to see how these matters that plague us may have roots in wounds to or some kind of violation of what we see as sacred, to be honored, or as ‘rules to live by’. We often have a very difficult time looking at or even recognizing something so deeply but narrowly traumatic. Tomorrow, the 7th, we see a Sun-Jupiter trine with Sun quincunx Saturn, suggesting bounty, opportunity, expansion, the kind of positive scenario that can’t happen unless we’re willing to deal with and modify the reality picture, to include what’s holding us back.

(Perfecting today: Chiron semi-sq Vesta, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith)

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you can just feel Love, Money, or some other wonderful something sneaking up on you, can’t you? This feeling persists through the solar year ahead, and promises big opportunities and pay offs to come–so what must you do to make these realities? Number 1, match your status and empowerment level to your action level–make effective moves by acting in ways that you’re already empowered to do and in roles and venues that already recognize your authority. Number 2, keep your eye on the prize, not the one at your feet, but the one at a distance, the one that requires a long-term effort, as that’s the one that offers out-sized reward. And number 3, work with your instincts and intuition so that you are not just comfortable listening to them, but can call on and trust them without too much intervening thought. Good luck!

‘Self-portrait in a convex Mirror’ By Parmigianino c1523 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a portrait: someone who is placed in a position of ‘helping’ who is deliberately placed there because they know nothing about the issue! What does it say, for instance, that someone is in a position to help sell something, but can’t even answer basic questions about the item? To me it says that those selling don’t want to answer any questions, that in fact they want an impulsive, emotion-driven, unthinking purchase to be made–and that may be the case when the seller knows of issues they’d rather not acknowledge. Some people think, the less informed the party buying their sh*t, the better. Do you really want to ‘do business with’/ be involved with that?