Libra New Moon 30 September 2016 A New Form of Empowerment

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Still Life with Pie, Silver Ewer and Crab by Willem Claeszoon Heda (1658) {{PD}}

Still Life with Pie, Silver Ewer and Crab by Willem Claeszoon Heda (1658) {{PD}}

The New Moon in Libra (30 September 2016 5:12 PM PDT at 8 Libra 15) calls for us to stretch our usual close 2+ or – orbs, within reason, which allows a quincunx to Neptune, a sextile to Saturn, and a semi-sextile to Venus–but then we see the very close novile to Juno–and that inspires as the key to this New Moon event. We still need to include the recent contact with Jupiter, though remembering that this ‘expansion’ or other Jupiterian experience is past, and so set the stage for the present, is vital.

What do we see at the New Moon? A beginning, naturally, one with its origins in matters of the House where the NM falls–but more than that, we see stirrings of a new version of empowerment (Juno). At the point of the New Moon we look around after those Jupiterian expansions (which include excursions into the social sphere of all stripe) and see how different our effectiveness landscape, our ability to affect things, our status, really is now; we see, in relatively mild terms (the semi-sextile) how we may benefit, profit, or gain (including through new contacts and relationships) in the ‘new’ reality picture (Saturn), and this comes in the form of something we have created, imagined, or that we find has formed closer to our ideals (quincunx Neptune). We ‘wake up’, in a sense, as the New Moon sparks understanding of just how much has recently changed, and how we have created a new place for ourselves within the larger social order by changing our own circumstances or interactions (Jupiter).

The Sabian for this New Moon is, ‘Three “Old Masters” Hanging On The Wall Of A Special Room In An Art Gallery’. The image suggests the New Moon rests on old, completed works (master works, in fact) that now find a “special” place, for them to be seen and appreciated. Things we’ve done in the past, things that were handled optimally, or created at a peak of originality or mastery of technique, now become known/ seen by and to others–and what comes from this observation or awareness describes our current, new empowerment scenario, and defines our new status. We become, in essence, ‘New Old Masters’, showing what we have created, with our past choices hinting at what we will become.

See some ‘New Old Masters’ here–make sure you see the pics in the gallery at the end of the story

29 September 2016 Kiss It And Make It Better

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema 'A Kiss' {{PD}}

Lawrence Alma-Tadema ‘A Kiss’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: is everyone out of sorts, or is it our viewpoint that’s whack? It’s a little of both, really, though if we look below the surface for the reasons behind the disharmony, we find that discord in relationships or finances is due to past hurts (or debts) that haven’t been addressed. We may need to apply resources, or Love, to the injured areas–things don’t get better until we do–and there’s a danger we might over think, believing we can find a more successful recipe than that offered by simple wisdom–and we would be wrong about that (Hygeia enters Scorpio. Venus sesq Chiron, Mercury qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is a red lipstick. That’s a symbol of glamour for some, sin for others, with many interpretations falling in between. What’s the ‘red lipstick’ in your life, and what’s your reaction to it? This may be as much about seeing that associations we make automatically (because of past influences) may no longer fit today’s situation–we’re free to see things as we want to, rather than as we’ve been conditioned to.

For those born with the Sun at 7 Libra: the covert conditions surrounding Love and/ or Money in your world will be the deciding factor behind so much for you this year, Libra, that you may almost feel like your life isn’t your own; relationships and finances seem to conspire in tying current efforts and choices to past obligations or restrictions. The good news is, this won’t last forever. Though most of the year efforts are hobbled, about three months before your next birthday you should see a kind of energy re-birth that allows you to go forward unencumbered, especially in areas of ideals fulfillment and creativity. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

Next up: the New Moon!

28 September 2016 Healthy Living

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Gerard ter Borch 17th century {{PD}}

Gerard ter Borch 17th century {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Relationships either encourage our healthy living and practices, or are themselves a sign of the health of our interactions; that is, if we are engaged in unhealthy relationships, we’ll see that quite clearly now. Practices that promote our well-being pay off, and we may locate financial benefits arising from precautions taken or positive steps made in the health arena. However, our thinking is in some way resistant to the influence of those in charge, those who hold authority, or to Mom, and we must be alert to the chance that this could intrude on our capacity for objectivity. Too, we may think or process info in ways that actually undermine our own power or authority–watch for that, as well–and be alert to the potential for difficulties surrounding contracts, getting needed signatures or authorizations, and ‘misunderstandings’ (deliberate or accidental) in negotiations (Venus parallel Hygeia, Mercury sesq Ceres)

Today’s word image is a beautiful plate with a series of bird figures around the edge; when the plate spins, the birds appear to take flight. Wonders small and large are everywhere–you just have to learn how to set them in motion, or think of them the ‘right’ way (applying ‘spin’ to the topic).

Sidney Hall - Urania's Mirror - Libra {{PD}} Library of Congress

Sidney Hall – Urania’s Mirror – Libra {{PD}} Library of Congress

For those born with the Sun at 6 Libra: this year you may find yourself busy collecting benefits or gaining in some way from keeping secrets, doing research, or discreetly dissecting a matter to get to what really counts, and so is valued. Addressing these likely hidden but oh-so-important issues will empower you personally, and perhaps offer a significant boost in status–but first, you must quietly and without drawing attention dig, transform, and revive what others find a mystery or underestimate the value of. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

Focus On: Mars Into Capricorn, and Regarding Pallas

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Allegorical statue of the parlamentarian executive power at the Pallas Athene fountain in front of the Austrian parliament building in Vienna. Photo By Manfred Werner - Tsui (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo By Manfred Werner – Tsui (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The AstroEssence for the 27th, plus the Mars in Capricorn outlook: The martial is both on the ground and in the air, figuratively speaking. We see the god of war, egos, getting ‘it’ done, and pushy Self-interest vacate the volatile mutability of Sagittarius for the down-to-earth, Cardinal acting-out of Capricorn. This is typically one of those shifts that people actually notice; we feel the license we enjoyed with Martian energies and the focus on forward-thinking actions and finding out slip away as Mars moves into Capricorn. The sign of the goat/ sea goat imbues the Warrior with a sort of built-in brake, and not one that’s entirely under our conscious control. We may subtly place barriers in our own way, pull back on projects we were just a moment ago charging forward with, assets may be suddenly harder to get (Earth qnx Venus), and overall we may feel as if something, somewhere is acting as a drag on our forward momentum. Is that really the case?

No. We’re simply being tasked with learning to shape, contain, and aim our efforts–not unreasonable at all. We may also find that what we are building requires a hands on approach, or we may insist on building something where before we were content to only talk about progress. Thoughts and communications offer the empowered option, if we’ll only listen to feedback (Libran Merc sextile Juno). There will be a few who’ll believe that their choices and actions are unimpeachable, who will project the whole Cappy restraint kit-‘n kaboodle onto others, making them responsible for the individual’s lack of personal progress–but they will be forced to see the light, when (by Oct 19th) Mars conjoins Pluto and we know what change and destruction our choices have wrought.

The more practically-oriented, sensitive, and wise Warrior, Pallas, is not having an easy time, either, adding to that paranoia of ‘someone’s out to stop me’. It seems that even regarding those matters of wisdom and practicality, or trying to call on skills, is a hostile act. Pallas sits in Aquarius and receives a sesquiquadrate from the Sun; this tells us that if we are truly willing to look at what’s not practical, at what’s not wise (for this info isn’t hidden, we just have to want to see it), we will navigate things easily on the power of the intellect and our own breadth of understanding. And that’s really good, if, once again, we can get out of our own way.

Looking for a little something on US politics, and the upcoming debate (the 26th) in particular? Try this–

'Spoon' by British Sculptor Anne Schwegmann-Fielding 2009 Photo by Ipingalex - CC BY-SA 4.0

‘Spoon’ by British Sculptor Anne Schwegmann-Fielding 2009 Photo by Ipingalex – CC BY-SA 4.0

Today’s word image is a spoon. It’s a utensil, something helpful, and when we need one there’s just no substitute. They can be carved from the humblest piece of wood, forged in silver, big enough to be considered a paddle, small enough for a baby’s mouth, or to deliver white powder to a nostril. When you hear the word, what spoon do you immediately imagine? Consider a few of our associations with the word: ‘spoon-fed’, ‘born with a silver spoon in his mouth’, or spooning someone as you lie together. What does your immediate association imply? That’s something, whether it’s privilege, indulgence, sating hunger, or one of a thousand other possibilities, that you need to examine, as it may be feeding assumptions that are having too big an effect in your world.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Libra: you are just slightly out-of-sync with Love and Money right now–it’s like you’re oh-so-close to alignment (and so real abundance), but before it all starts to work, you need to be willing to modify the approach, ever so slightly. Though your Libra Sun is prone to wanting things pretty, fair, and harmonious, you’ll need to get a little dirty, look in the corners, and be willing to call things as they are (not in an over-the-top, Trumpian, not-really true-way, but in one that acknowledges flaws and less flattering components so they can be addressed–that’s the only means of balancing the Love or Money picture, which will then allow it to flow right in. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

Scroll to the previous post for the outlook for Monday the 26th-

Your Weekend 24-26 September 2016 Reaping Results

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Emile Claus 1903 {{PD}}

Emile Claus 1903 {{PD}}

Secrets revealed, realities dealt with, accommodations made, results, well, reaped–that’s what this weekend (and that first week day) holds. Proportions to the mix will vary for each individual, of course, but the overall ingredient list remains the same. On Saturday the 24th we see a clear path to ambition fulfillment, and we gain materially, within the reality picture, when we acknowledge matters we’ve heretofore (just have to use that word once!) ignored, been in denial of, or been enraged by. If you’re stuck, not moving forward, it’s likely because you’re either fixed on material assets and benefits in the here and now only, or because you are in your own way protesting what you see as the imperfection of the world. In that latter case, just get over yourself. You seeing the world as it is actually requires your permission, and yet the world doesn’t need your acceptance to be what it is. You see who needs to bend, in this instance, yes? (Juno parallel Zeus, Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith and nov Saturn, Earth parallel Chiron–which means the Sun is contra-parallel)

Sunday the 25th brings a test of Self-discipline disguised as a temptation to rebel. We may wangle with power elements or authorities because, whether we realize it consciously or not, we have the sense they’re trying to, for wont of a better phrase, ‘take our stuff’. Tune in today to the abundant and constant state of the Universe–that’s the only reliable antidote for paranoia or unreasoned erraticism. Today again, pathways to expanding our reach, our knowledge, and our world are plentiful and clear, you just have to contain yourself long enough to take them (Uranus sq Vesta, Jupiter qnx and contra-parallel Ceres, Mars semi-sq BML, Sun conjoined Jupiter and qnx Ceres)

'The Red Curtain' - Helen Hyde 1907 {{PD}}

‘The Red Curtain’ – Helen Hyde 1907 {{PD}}

By Monday the 26th we may sense a shroud lifting–nothing drastic, more like a transparent curtain gently moved aside, or the shift one feels when someone who has judged and condemned us no longer bothers. Overly dramatic, right? There are two reasons for our perceptions playing out like that: we currently feel powerless, and we seem to be looking into all the dark corners, our attention drawn to what we’ve, up ’til now, been able to avoid looking at. One is an illusion fostered by the other; the reality is, if we look at and acknowledge the denied and ignored, we see how powerful we really are (Venus opp Ceres, Sun nov BML, Pluto direct)

The word images for the weekend are: a vinyl record=these have made a hipster-comeback, though in some circles, they never went out of style. This symbol suggests drawing a distinction between appreciation that is inherent to our nature, and appreciation that is essentially following fashion. As you know, fashions come and go–what’s important are the things that speak to our Souls; a street performer continues to perform in the rain=when is persistence a good idea, and when is it fruitless? We have to accept that we can’t always know ahead of time–which is why it’s so important that our actions and choices arise from an inner motivation; a beat-up but stylish pair of pointy-toed, very high heeled boots=something that makes you feel fun, sexy, frisky is getting a little worn–re-think approaches, attitudes, accoutrements, and assumptions–it may be time for something fresh.

For those born with the Sun at 2 Libra: you are optimistic almost to the point of bursting–but it’s going to take some changes in your attitudes toward those in authority, and toward your own grasp of and use of power, before you will hit that achievement and accolade ‘sweet spot’. Keep in mind that this is a good time to explore empowerment and expression options, but that you might want to hold back, just a tad, before completely committing; that way you can sample an array of possibilities, and make the best choice for you. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 3 Libra: opportunity meets you and your talents this year, Libra–and so does the potential for going overboard big-time. You may spend the coming year, through to your next birthday, consumed with trying to find the right balance between excess and exuberance, knowledge and faith, optimism and realistic expectations. It won’t be easy, but it will be fortuitous; expect to gain, one way or another. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 4 Libra: you are moving forward at about the briskest pace of which you are capable–and it may be time for you to slow down a bit, and take a careful inventory of what you’re responsible for, what power you hold, what you must negotiate for, and what situations and circumstances feel most natural to you, going forward. If you want to do the wise thing, the smart thing, you’ll measure opportunities and social situations with care–it’s here you’re most likely to slip up, or lose your sense of practicality. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

23 September 2016 Abandon

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Photo By Paolo Villa - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51243514

Photo By Paolo Villa – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51243514

The AstroEssence: we have confidence today; for most this results in the kind of abandon that facilitates a willingness to act, that tunes in to highest values, skills, and priorities, and applies some power thinking and planning to make goals happen, but for a few revenge, past hurt (especially in relationships or over finances), and competitive concerns over status and privilege drive a destructive attempt to grab all the power and authority for themselves. This, as you can guess, is not the way to behave. ‘Earth’ yourself, whether by actually putting your bare feet on the ground or by getting your hands ‘dirty’ with something fundamental literally, as in gardening or sculpture, or figuratively, by doing something like handling money or buying property–in any case, put those plans to work in a way that illustrates for you the way you can have a solid impact on your world. If you need to persuade, today’s the day, but don’t be surprised if the result is a (probably slightly negative) shift in finances or relationships (Chiron trine Vesta, Mercury trine Pluto and semi-sq Venus, Earth parallel Ceres and sesq Juno)

Venusian urges can be very exhilarated on first entering the world of Scorpionic feeling. The Foam Sprite (1895) Herbert James Draper {{PD}}

Venusian urges can be very exhilarated, at first entering the world of Scorpionic feeling–it’s dark and a little scary in there. The Foam Sprite (1895) Herbert James Draper {{PD}}

Venus enters Scorpio and unless you’re down with a little mystery, a little sexuality, a little Truth-telling, a little secret-keeping, then you may be a tad uncomfortable as the planet of Love and Money enters the realm of the hidden, the unknown, the devastating, the dark, an area populated by agents of change and transformation, these two latter often driven by emotion (Water sign).

Today’s word image is a crowbar. The main use of a crowbar is to pry something open. Are you trying to force something, a revelation from someone else, your own inclusion in something, access to something you want? On occasion we may inadvertently push forward with something, not quite comprehending its (and our) true state; we may need to consider that if sheer force is the only thing that gets us what we want, we may not have a right to it at all.

For those born with the Sun at 1 Libra: you may be undergoing a subtle assessment in the asset or relationship department, in preparation for expansion, getting ‘more’, or in expectation of leaving for distant horizons. You may feel secure in these areas, as if you can count on things to stay the same while you seek to express your freedom–think again. You can’t ask for all the license you’re claiming and still expect others to stay static, waiting for your decision as to whether they’ll be part of your life or not. Be optimistic and take opportunities, even as you think carefully about what you might lose, if you go chasing the dream. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

21-22 September 2016 Changing Impressions

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Aksel Waldemar Johannessen 'Skiläufer in verschneiter Landschaft' - c. 1918 {{PD}}

Aksel Waldemar Johannessen ‘Skiläufer in verschneiter Landschaft’ – c. 1918 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 21st: Here’s what I wrote when the retrograde period for Mercury began; you might want to check it out and see if it played out like this for you. And now, a word about Merc’s direction, which occurs at 14 Virgo 49 at 10:30 PM Pacific time of the 21st. As I wrote at that time about the direction, it occurs “in the midst of a trine to Pluto. This suggests change, transformation, destruction, reformation, right out of the gate, based on the changes to our mentality and to our view of the material world, and our place in it.” It’s a close trine, perfecting quickly, and so implying transformative sweeps of our mental landscape that translate into sweeping change in the material one (or, if you prefer, destruction of previous thinking, probably on subjects ruled by Merc or indicated by the Houses it rules or where it’s turning around), replaced with a vacuum, that will be filled with a new viewpoint during the period immediately following direction. The next aspect set for Mercury after that conversation with Pluto is a sextile to Juno that catches Zeus at the midpoint. This implies that the changes we make will be empowering, and they may either bring access to ambition fulfillment more quickly than we anticipated, or they may require the adjustment of the ambition picture, as we realize what making an effective impact on our surroundings really entails.

We also may see adjustment to relationships or finances, according to what happened in the past. This is something we will likely feel we must do, in a kind of delayed reaction that suggests we will only now be realizing the need for response and change (Venus sesq SN)

The AstroEssence for the 22nd: The Sun moves into Libra, and so of course the Earth moves into Aries, with the axis connecting to Jupiter by parallel/ contra-parallel. A sense of optimism and opportunity accompanies this sign shift, though it may feel at first like the social sphere drowns out the conversation between individuals. That’s only a hint that we best spend our energy attending to matters of health, and to what’s practical and smart in material areas, especially those where we are ‘the engine’ that makes it happen (Earth in Aries) (Mars sxt Hygeia, Earth nov Pallas)

Allegory of communist press censorship, analogue picture taken in 1989. Artist: Jacek Halicki Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Allegory of communist press censorship, analogue picture taken in 1989. Artist: Jacek Halicki Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The word image for the 21st is a newspaper article about you. Do you have a memory of an actual event that occurred for which you were featured, singled out for attention, or for which you won accolades, or do you envision a future accomplishment or act of infamy? Whichever it is, you’re likely right now to be reviewing that event or expectation, and reassessing its importance in your life, with the central question being, What else will you do that will be worthy of notice, and will it be considered positive or negative by those who come after?

The word image for the 22nd is a pair of old-fashioned skis. When I first started skiing as a child, boots were lace-up, and proper ski height (for your wooden skis!) was determined by holding your arm straight up–that was the correct ski length for you. Everything, I mean everything, has changed since then. You may have a personal memory or connection with some practice, sport, or tradition that has taken a completely, almost unrecognizable form in the interim between ‘then’ and ‘now’, or this may simply be a reminder that everything evolves, bringing up the question, ‘Is now better than then, or is the idea of ‘better’ even relevant?’

Mihail Simonidy 1904 {{PD}}

Mihail Simonidy 1904 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 29 Virgo: you’re headed toward a period of emotional harmony, but it’s going to take some work, and most of the year through to your next birthday, to get there. It’s a matter of making the right choices, being willing to commit assets (be they material or talent-related), and taking specific steps to both stay healthy and be open to instincts; do this, and what you create may be one of the most enjoyable periods of your life. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 00 Libra: it seems you’re looking for your version of Power, your rightful place in the natural order, and you’re looking to expand your world with new experiences, travel, learning–so what’s stopping you? This may be your best opportunity for some time to come to do what you want–you’re fairly well positioned for it, relatively speaking, if I’m reading this thing right–so I would encourage you to go for it. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

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20 September 2016 The Fickle Finger of Instinct

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Frederick Sandys  - 'Portrait of May Margaret', 1865-6 {{PD}}

Frederick Sandys – ‘Portrait of May Margaret’, 1865-6 {{PD}}

Those of us with a memory of the late 60s-early 70s will remember ‘Laugh In’, with its award of the Fickle Finger of Fate, given to someone with whom fate, in this sense karma, had recently caught up. Always, the negative outcome was the result of the entity’s own choices–these were Self-created dilemmas, problems, and circumstances of shame, not inflicted by any outside body. Today we, too, encounter the tremendous potentials offered by a Finger, and our results will arise directly from what we’ve built, invested in, or created in our lives–so, not fickle at all.

The base is formed by Mars in Sagittarius and Venus-Hygeia in Libra, with the apex drawn by Sedna. What this suggests is that our informed/ educated actions and choices will join with the health of our finances or relationships, and as these two work together we either fall directly into our ‘blind spot’ (those areas others can see, and see the obvious conditions of, while we have no clue), or we tap into instincts and that knowledge of the world we carry just below consciousness. So, it’s either a recipe for showing how much we’re unaware of in a particular area, or for connecting firmly with our own internal guidance system, and making the most of it. Not to despair if you find yourself having waltzed right into some facet of your own ignorance (for that’s all unawareness is, a not knowing that is revealed by our engagement with something or some life area we aren’t fully informed about); it’s nothing to be ashamed over, it’s simply an opportunity to experience and gain understanding–the only time you should feel shame about it is if you refuse to learn from what’s presented–then it’s on you.

We’ll also see Mercury slow for direction, hovering within roughly 25 minutes of the turnaround, in trine to Pluto and sextile to Juno. This makes for powerful and empowering thought, ideas, and plans that are generated at least in part by our own tension and frustration with the Merc retro cycle and what it has produced, denied, or held back–but we must remember not to act just yet. With the Finger we are meeting circumstances previously formed and now delivering results as we make choices based on relationship or money developments, so taking action based on previously formed viewpoints is natural–with the circumstances of Mercury we are generating new mental material–and must wait for the turnaround before it can be successfully vetted.

The Sun is also parallel Ceres and semi-square Black Moon Lilith. This suggests a strong sense of confidence and ‘natural’ authority, but that sureness may be a little too influenced by unacknowledged rage, or a deep need to ignore or deny some aspects of the situation–and that means you may adopt the saying, ‘The best defense is a good offense’ without really knowing you’re being aggressive. The power today is centered in knowing where you’re weak, and where you excel at perception and understanding, and being controlled and yes, wise enough, to acknowledge the reality and potential repercussions of your state, and respond accordingly.

By Mohammed Jaffar from Montreal, Canada - 30e Festival du cochon de Sainte-Perpétue, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34477664

By Mohammed Jaffar from Montreal, Canada – 30e Festival du cochon de Sainte-Perpétue, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34477664

Today’s word image is a pig. Some places they are symbols of prosperity and luck, in others of gluttony or greed, with some societies seeing them as meat machines that can convert almost any fodder to pork, while others view them as unclean and so inedible. Your own associations with the animal and what it represents are important here, simply because, no matter what you think, that thought is not universally held. Seeing a pig or pig-related item may alert you to a synchronous moment, an alert to question your assumptions and perhaps what you consider ‘common knowledge’.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Virgo: love or money is sneaking up on you this year, Virgo, in a way that might almost be described as ‘unpleasant’. And yet, these are things we all want, and want more of, no? The trick may be to realize that there’s a rainbow at the end of that storm (or a pony in that stable full of sh*t, or however you think of a not readily apparent payoff to a less than appealing situation). This should tell you, though, that those efforts to deal with what’s not so great will pay off, likely in a much bigger way than you anticipate–so yay for that! Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Your Weekend 17-19 September 2016 Oh! The Webs We Weave

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Jacobello Alberegno - 'The Harvest of the World' c1350 {{PD}}

Jacobello Alberegno – ‘The Harvest of the World’ c1350 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: That title is based mostly on a sextile Pluto will make to Juno on the 19th that will likely permeate the entire weekend; it may act as backdrop, or motivator, as it moves toward perfection, imbuing everything with an ambitious undercurrent of gaining power, and a readiness to push for changes that enhance that accumulation of influence. We may be ruthless in our drive to be heard or for our impact to be felt, and typically that would generate all kinds of problems, including some complicated web-weaving, but this time . . . what we’ve got going for us are these things 1) imagination and creative energy out the wazoo, 2) smart thinking that respects our values and relationships, and makes the most of our assets and talents, 3) our actions and choices are spontaneous and naturally lead to our empowerment, 4) and our instincts, especially those that inform healing, are spot on. Cautions come in the form of an inclination to misunderstand health matters, whether these are literal health issues or mental, emotional, or figurative ones, and in a warning to avoid rebelliousness, as being contrary just to be contrary may arise in relationships when we fundamentally misinterpret who the other person is, or what they owe us. Too, watch out for those who might intend to deceive; though they may feel they have a perfectly good reason for doing so, we need to cleave unto the Truth, or at least reality as it actually exists.

Photo by Kabirmathur   CC BY-SA 4.0

Photo by Kabirmathur CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This weekend’s word image is things that are black and white. High contrast suggests a binary system, one that breaks the world into stark components, if not outright opposites. This might be about bringing our attention to matters where we see things in black and white, not allowing for (or even acknowledging) a middle ground. Consideration for all the shades of gray (and for these being just as legitimate as any extreme) might be in order–or, we may find ourselves called to something more formal (the colors evoke a tux, after all!), or it could be a call to get back to basics.

I loved what Tracy had to say about yesterday’s Lunar eclipse–

For those born with the Sun at 25 Virgo: it may seem this year, through to your next birthday, as if there’s nothing pushing you through life; it may be a matter of drifting, at least in terms of conscious motivation. What compels you remains below consciousness, hidden, possibly not fully formed–and that can be very frustrating. If you’ve wanted to strike out on your own, blaze a trail, or otherwise launch an effort highly dependent on your own efforts, now’s the time. Not much will hold you back–and while you’re working in that direction, things will come together just as they should. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For the Sun at 26 Virgo: your instincts are strong and responsive this year, informing everything, if you’ll allow it. Be very careful, though, that ‘blind spot’ material doesn’t control choices (that is, that you don’t assert you know something that you don’t), or masquerade as natural instincts or intuitive knowledge. A clear view of the reality picture, and a focus on Self-nurturing (rather than looking to others for emotional comfort) may be the recipe that allows you to gain, produce, or advance. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

And for the Sun at 27 Virgo: you’re headed toward true emotional integration this year, simply by being and pursuing what you will. It’s inevitable that the emotional perceptions and intelligence will grow–and you can apply them in any way you like, though I can give you a hint: your power comes from Nature. More than for most people, what you make of this Solar cycle will be purely up to you. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

16 September 2016 Restoration

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Arthur Wardle - 'A Fairy Tale' {{PD}}

Arthur Wardle – ‘A Fairy Tale’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: choices and actions are inspired by our ego, and by our own empowerment, and that can be turned in a positive direction if we gauge everything to our highest values–it’s smart to look for the obvious benefit in things–we just have to accept that knowing is available, though not necessarily yet verifiable, as our intuition and sensory data will tell us what we need to know. This is all bolstered by the Lunar eclipse (see below) (Mars nov Juno, Venus trine Pallas)

The LunarEssence: The Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) is appulse (the apparent close approach of one celestial body to another which is created by the perspective from a third, in this case, the third being Earth) and occurs on 16 September at 12:05 PM PDT at 24 Pisces 19. Here we do see a Finger of God, with the eclipse and Sedna as base, apex Hygeia. With the Solar eclipse we were offered health, in some important way; now the Lunar eclipse declares we are likely to know instinctively in what way or form the restoration of balance or function was or is to be reached. The promise of the previous eclipse is fulfilled in this one—and that more than a little connects them in a deeper way than we usually experience, and this may be symbolized in the signs involved, with the Virgo Solar eclipse being very visible (or at least tangible—Earth sign), and the Lunar eclipse an event of completion, as all Full Moons are, this one Piscean, representing a subtle, evocative development below conscious awareness, possibly mainly perceived through the emotions or ‘sensed’ through intuitive or creative faculties.

The Lunar eclipse is conjoined Chiron, giving what concludes or ends at this time a theme of healing, or wounding, with the former the goal, and the latter the outcome to unresolved tensions not addressed adequately by the individual. The potential for this negative result is shown in the Moon-Earth/ Sun axis which creates a T-square with Mars; this brings the ego, the Will, and aggressive or assertive energies into play, and implies that the health and healing we seek (and we seek this whether we know it consciously or not) may not occur, if we are unable to resolve the tension between the ‘I Am’ or the ego and the event of the Lunar eclipse. That is, the Chirotic occurrence will initially bring upset to the ego; it’s in resolving this upset that we have the chance to heal.

The eclipse is also trine Vesta and novile Ceres. These aspects imply there will be available to us a powerful nurturing energy that unites personal power (derived from our natural authority, plus Nature and our place within it) with what we find sacred, specifically in the areas of home, family, and the act of giving succor. Whatever reaches fruition or ending with this eclipse will align with our truest values and those things we honor and find sacred. If we’re surprised by what develops, we should take it as bringing to our conscious attention what we really care about—and so eclipse events will offer the chance to move toward more authentic representations of our values, especially in the areas of nurture, dedication, and responsibility.

Franz von Stuck - 'The Dance' 1910 {{PD}}

Franz von Stuck – ‘The Dance’ 1910 {{PD}}

Should we count that out-of-sign opposition of the eclipse to Jupiter? Astrologer and early opinion-haver on this topic, William Lilly, tells us that to be considered combust the Sun, a planet must be within 8 degrees 30 minutes and in the same sign—which Jupiter is not; but he counts anything up to within 17 degrees of the Sun as being ‘under the sunbeams’, a condition that is debilitating for the body’s energy, but not so much as combustion (he contradicts himself later in discussing Horary astrology by stating that whether the body is in the same sign as the Sun does not matter). I think we must count Jupiter as having a part in the eclipse since the Sun is approaching conjunction to Jupiter in 7 degrees 14 minutes (with the meeting occurring in Libra), though I can’t name with any certainty whether we should consider this as having the nature of combustion or the condition of under the sunbeams—either way, we know Jupiter’s usual largesse is a bit dampened by the situation.

A Lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between and is on the same plane as the Sun and Moon, from our point-of-view the Moon appearing to conjoin Earth with the meeting on the side opposite the Sun, with both these bodies opposing the Sun; that means that we ourselves, and material matters, block the illuminating light of the Sun, with most knowledge arriving through emotional or intuitive channels, and through ‘vibes’ gleaned off surroundings or material circumstances. Jupiter is, in essence, conjoined the Sun, and this may imply that Lunar eclipse events at least in part arise from lost knowledge, lost or blocked opportunity, or difficult circumstances surrounding the social arena or our own expansion attempts—and since the aspect has not yet perfected, we may not be aware of the loss, or we may have yet to see it peak.

The Sabian for the Lunar eclipse is, ‘A Religious Organization Succeeds In Overcoming The Corrupting Influence Of Perverted Practices and Materialized Ideals’. Even with the best of intentions, the spiritual easily becomes ‘corrupted’ as we try to incorporate it, represent it, and live it in the daily life; just witness the large number of individuals, religious institutions, and groups over the years who have failed to keep their reason-for-being in mind as the physical plane exerted its influence on their attempts at manifesting the spiritual one. Remember that healing we spoke of, that return to function or fitness? It may, through the action of the two eclipses, act to remove a corrupted or compromised set of practices or to eliminate inappropriate ways of manifesting spiritual energy. And the conjunction of Jupiter to the Sun, origin of the illumination of the eclipse situation in the first place, suggests that we will see a purification of beliefs or of religious practice, with this potential existing both personally and in a larger societal context. The Sun’s Sabian is, ‘A Flag At Half-Mast In Front Of A Public Building’; a flag at half-staff position (mast applies to ships) is an acknowledgment of something lost. Jupiter’s Sabian at the time of the eclipse is, ‘The Transmutation Of The Fruits Of Past Experiences Into The Seed-Realizations Of The Forever Creative Spirit’—well that says it all, doesn’t it? This confirms the positive nature of the change brought by the eclipse, both purifying and regenerative, bringing spirit back closer to its origins, potentially stripping away corrupt or distorted forms that have been applied via attempts at material manifestation.

Today’s word image is made of notes: this–can’t explain why it popped into my head.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Virgo: does having an eclipse on your birthday automatically mean your world is going to be turned upside-down? No, though that ‘No’ must be qualified with this: it’s going to be turned upside-down, it’s just that it may not seem like that’s what’s happening. You may go through some, most, or even the entire year through to your next birthday feeling nothing has changed–and then, suddenly, you’ll see what’s been at work creating Cosmic shifts in your world. If you ‘listen’ hard, you’ll sense this activity, and so can be better prepared for the changes it will bring. For a few of you, drastic change has just occurred–and this years sees the aftermath play out, and your life re-organize itself around those new circumstances. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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15 September 2016 Accuracy Counts

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'The Fair Toxophiles' 1871 {{PD}} William Powell Frith

‘The Fair Toxophiles’ 1871 {{PD}} William Powell Frith

The AstroEssence: Our attention is very much on ourselves today, on the ways we’ve been wounded, on how we’ve been, in some form, inadequate, unreliable, erratic, a flake. We think we need to stop thinking–at least, halfway through, that may feel like the answer–but in reality, we need to look long and hard not at our transgressions but at the ways we’ve allowed our hurt to drive our ego, and at the way we’ve labeled this ‘instinct’, and so slavishly followed some of our most destructive urges. Though these Self-recriminations may be a tad unpleasant, they’ll be a tremendous good; what we gain is a much more accurate perspective, particularly of our own place in things–and better perspective always, always leads to more effective actions (Perfecting today: Mars sq Chiron, Venus contra-parallel Sedna, Sun qnx Uranus, opp Chiron, and parallel Mercury)

Today’s word image is a stamp. This suggests ‘permission’, and having ‘paid what’s due’ in order to reap some benefit or use some ‘service’. Remember, the only permission you really need to go forward is your own.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Virgo: matters of health and well-being are crowding your peripheral vision–and though you can continue to ignore them, handling them now will prevent big issues in future. The entire year, through to your next birthday, you may wrestle and dance with your responsibilities–to yourself, to the group–and you may need to clearly distinguish between those matters it’s adequate just to understand, and those you must act on. It’ll be a year of tension, surprises, and new experiences, and you’ll likely come out the other end quite changed. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

14 September 2016 Tune In

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Monument to the hippie era, Tamil Nadu, India 2010 by John Hill Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Monument to the hippie era, Tamil Nadu, India 2010 by John Hill Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

The AstroEssence: We may have the urge to rebel against what the group wants, and we’d be right to do so–what they push is unhealthy, at best, and certainly doesn’t support our personal best interests–but we need to tune in to our own highest values, ambitions, and deepest desires, in order to choose, act, and think ‘correctly’ (that is, in a way that supports our strongest feelings and commitments). So the answer isn’t just unthinking rejection of what’s presented; rather we should aim for those things that support us in the most holistic and positive of ways–and when we see what we know is the smart alternative, or the honorable one, we must have the courage to embrace it (Uranus opp Hygeia, Mars sxt Pallas, Venus parallel SN and Zeus, and sq Vesta, Merc sxt Vesta, Sun qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is an ostrich egg. We might need to identify what has ‘big potential’, and keep the elements of that thing or idea ‘warm’ until it can hatch. That suggests we must both perceive the matter accurately, and be willing to take the needed measures, with an eye to success not now but down the road. Delayed gratification is, for some, the hardest thing to face.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Virgo: you’ve chosen your move, your direction, Virgo, and now you must ask yourself, ‘Is this the smart thing to do, or am I just running/ rebelling from something else?’ If you find yourself thinking of those you will smite, frustrate, or otherwise snub by taking this step, you know you’re on a track being driven by showing others rather than fulfilling yourself. It’s not too late; simply step back and reassess. You know what’s smart for you, and shortly you’ll experience a period of emotional fulfillment that has its roots in the wise choice–and you don’t want to miss that, do you? Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

13 September 2016 Balance and Distraction

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Peder Severin Krøyer 1899 {{PD}}

Peder Severin Krøyer 1899 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: we’re heading toward the Lunar eclipse (it may for some feel like we’re barrelling toward it!) concerned about recovery, about ambition, power, and talent expression, and the focus is where and in what ways we’re finding it difficult to act, choose, or go forward. A few suggestions: don’t trust the mind to understand everything–right now it dwells too much in hurt from the past to be an adequate guide and assessor in the present; we do have a keen ability to assess the worth of our ambitions and goals, and we can also see what relationships are necessary (and so to be valued) to facilitate getting where we want to go; and we can take action much more successfully if we pull back on the throttle–a balanced, moderate approach can ease us through in ways that a full court press fails at. A few should expect significant earnings or reward from pursuing goals, and others are likely to find the assets they need to make meeting aims a reality (Venus conj Zeus, Mercury parallel Chiron, and sesq and parallel Ceres, Sun-Earth axis sq Mars)

Bert bert at English Wikipedia {{PD}}

Bert bert at English Wikipedia {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a lawn flamingo. You may see these plastic decorations as an abomination, delightful, an item of nostalgia, kitsch, or mandatory if you live in Florida; consider exactly why you see it as you do. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure–and it’s also true that we have different relationships to ‘stuff’ at different points in our lives: a young person decorating their first house with zero dollars is in another position entirely from an older person who wants to downsize. Do you love clutter, seeing it as a distinctive collection of surprises and rewards, or a dust-gathering indication of a pack rat? There’s no right answer here; this is meant to get you thinking about stuff, and your relation to it.

Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801 {{PD}}

Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 21 Virgo: choices and what action to take may draw your conscious attention this year, so that things may go on and changes occur without you really noticing. The real emphasis will be on sudden challenges, accidents, ground-breaking events, original efforts, and surprising developments, and your processing of these, using your wisdom to respond in the best way you can, and all this combines to create a kind of ‘New You’, and to adjust, shift, and re-set the stage upon which you strut. This year ambitions pay off, and relationships ‘reach out’ tentacle-like, to connect you with goals. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

12 September 2016 Getting Healthy

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'The tennis party' J Lavery 1885 {{PD}}

‘The tennis party’ J Lavery 1885 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: we may spend a lot of time thinking about health, and doing what we believe it takes to make us healthy; this should be seen in the broadest terms, applying to all areas of life and all expression. In addressing ‘health’, we may run into a number of dilemmas and conflicts, small and large, that may point out to us just where we’ve brought negative conditions on ourselves. We should be as consciously aware as possible that our thoughts are based on our beliefs, and guide our actions, and that thoughts are 1) less reliable than usual due to the retrograde, which means we are likely to miss something we should take into account or consider, and 2) turning our attention a little too much toward those in authority and those who have dominion over us, and our attempts to express may include digs and resentments we don’t really know we’re including, and 3) responding at this point in time to influences that will be setting up what will play out through to and culminate at the Superior Conjunction (late October). Know that in addressing matters today, you’ll be setting up the circumstances of ‘health’ (or its lack) for some time to come.

'Lilith' John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

‘Lilith’ John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

A special note on the South Node trine Black Moon Lilith: we shouldn’t forget that this is a relationship between two measured points, ‘energy spots’ relative to and determined by the movement of other bodies–and as such, the effect may be more like an echo we catch rather than as with other aspects, which are more like a river we are standing in. Past shames, angers, and failures may haunt us, suddenly, briefly taking on life, pointing strongly toward the potential for re-visiting those same transgressions now. The point, I think, is to prompt us to resolve to do better, not to make us dwell on what was, which is, by virtue of the aspect, presented to us with a life and strength it no longer holds. They’re just memories; remind yourself, you know better, now (SN trine Black Moon Lilith, Chiron qnx Hygeia, Mercury sq Mars, parallel Jupiter, and conjoined the Sun in Inferior Conjunction, with the Sun also sesq Ceres)

Today’s word image is an out-dated computer. I really hate to go with the obvious, but this could just signal some ways we currently still employ to work things out that may be well past their relevance or prime. Merc retro is all about refurbishing our thinking; that may be something to consciously attend to today.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Virgo: you may spend the year incubating new ideas, new approaches, new plans–is there any reason not to implement them as soon as you come up with them? Yes, though this may require something like a balancing act: gaining some mental distance from what’s proposed, at the same time as you are putting the most preliminary steps in motion. I know, not easy–but it will be rewarding if you’re willing to walk that line–the result could be an almost indestructible position, and an ability to act on what you know that almost guarantees success. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

11 September 2016 That Was Then

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Carmen Gaudin Red-Headed Woman in a White Blouse' 1885 {{PD}}

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ‘Carmen Gaudin Red-Headed Woman in a White Blouse’ 1885 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Empowerment, the true ability to affect one’s environment and one’s options, comes today from two things: accessing what worked or brought balance in the past, and a willingness to dive into what we’ve been ignoring or denying, in order to confront what’s dark, or what would change us, if it could. The thing is, though it’s both admirable and tempting to go head-long at issues, it might not be the wisest thing to do. Somehow using our current position to attack things we actually do need to address will cause us to both gain and lose in unanticipated ways. As long as we’re clear on that, we can go forward, forewarned that drawing on the past, and on power accumulated there, brings a mixed bag of results. Ideas are our friends–they are brewing for the Inferior Conjunction tomorrow, where they will plant a seed or two–but action based on these thoughts, which may take defiant or anti-establishment lines, is to be avoided, at least for now (Juno conj Black Moon Lilith and trine the SN, Pallas contra-parallel Juno and trine Hygeia, Mars sesq Ceres, Venus parallel Juno, square Pluto, and contra-parallel Pallas)

Today’s word image is the color white. What does that color mean to you? Purity, blankness, cold, sterility, freshness, options or choice (as in an unwritten-on piece of paper or an untouched canvas), or do you see it with an artistic eye, representing all colors? What comes to mind tells you what’s ‘coloring’ your current viewpoint ‘lens’.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Virgo: it’s a time for action–is there really any question about that?–but hesitation may arise from perceptions that implementing what you want, your Will, or taking that leadership position will seriously sidetrack current life direction, the very momentum of which you’ve worked so hard to create. What’s a Virgo to do? Think on it, sleep on it, mull it, whatever ‘it’ is that you want to do–by the time you again feel confident and ready to move forward, half of what you’re now considering will have resolved on its own, and the other half will be ripe for your touch. It’s all a matter of choice–making the right one could take a little time. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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10 September 2016 An Obscured Reality

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Monet {{PD}}

Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: One reason I don’t usually single out aspects, especially ‘heavy’ ones (between slow-moving outer planets) is that they don’t happen in a vacuum; the tendency to read things separately is what makes for discordant or contradictory readings, though admittedly, it is the way to learn about contact effects. It’s not that there aren’t often opposing forces and flows in play, it’s more like without a whole picture orientation, we can’t really see how that aspect may be buffeted and shaped by the other aspects in effect–and that’s not even taking into account the way it may or may not affect the individual landscape through the natal chart.

So, we see the final perfection of the Saturn-Neptune square today, with this suggesting, in the most general terms, a culmination, ending, completion, materialization, manifestation, or boundary (though we can’t discount the possibility that Saturn in this instance simply means ‘time’, the passage of which has reached a particular point of conflict with the Neptunian factor) with a fantasy, creative idea or impulse, a deception, an illusion, a dream, or of an ideal, reached through a clash, conflict, or the advent of a contrast or pressure point that brings the problem nature of the thing into full view.

The thing is that today’s square may be a repeat of already addressed situations or problems, or may be yet another version of these energies in conflict, and so may not be recognized for what it is. Too, we may believe we know what to look for, though it often takes some hindsight to spot the actual (as in this case) impediment (Saturn) causing hesitation or denying access to the dream or ideal (Neptune); that is, we may think in the moment we know what’s stopping us, but be blind to the true cause (Neptune obscuring Saturn). This is in part an effect of that singling-out tendency: though it makes things fall into neat categories, it does not show us the full picture.

What’s the full picture for today, then? It involves thought processes that must adjust to what’s actually wise, rather than just to what we perceive as smart–and that takes a willingness to step out of the crowd, to let go of the belief that we know, and to refuse to dwell in hurt of any kind. It also asks us to see that acknowledging all parts of our life, especially those we have lately ignored or denied, is the healthiest thing we can do, as is acknowledging any anger we carry, particularly over any disrespect we feel we’ve suffered–and this last point, disrespect, must be recognized as something of a code word with some people–be sure you’ve actually been disrespected (not treated as an equal, and a human being) before you mistakenly use this word to characterize a difference of opinion, asked-for advice, or a warning, when it turns out to be other than you want to hear (Hygeia parallel Black Moon Lilith, Saturn sq Neptune, Mercury qnx Pallas, contra-parallel Jupiter, and opp Chiron)

Damian Shibniov 1906 'Versailles' {{PD}}

Damian Shibniov 1906 ‘Versailles’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is Versailles. This could mean a lot of things, though those that stand out to me are the place as a symbol of a pinnacle of Self-indulgence as a lifestyle, and that it has a hall of mirrors–so is today’s image about (over) indulgence, or about taking a look at ourselves? Your choice.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Virgo: you may take action this year, Virgo, because of what you learn or know; this may spring out of priorities and commitments, but will be propelled by emotions, and the feeling nature will reach out periodically and re-shape the direction you’re headed. You may come across as too head-strong, too impulsive, and too much out for your own good and goals–but if you don’t do ‘it’ for yourself, who will? No guilt, no hesitation–and anybody who tries to take you there may need to step aside, at least temporarily. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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9 September 2016 Love is in the Air

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The picture at top shows the effects of the cold and dry winds Circius (from NNW) and Aquilo (from NNE). The picture at the bottom shows Occidens (from the west) is cold and humid, Auster (from the south) is warm and humid. Oriens (from the east) brings snow. Olaus Magnus - from the "Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus", book 1 {{PD}}

The picture at top shows the effects of the cold and dry winds Circius (from NNW) and Aquilo (from NNE). The picture at the bottom shows Occidens (from the west) is cold and humid, Auster (from the south) is warm and humid. Oriens (from the east) brings snow.
Olaus Magnus – from the “Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus”, book 1 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Jupiter in Libra brings the kind of optimism about partnerships and partnering that makes us look to the future with a great deal of hope; in this Air sign we think about where we can expand, get more, learn, explore, or get the word out, and we turn to our relationships, aesthetic matters, cooperative ventures, and investment opportunities to make it happen. Jupiter goes retrograde in early February in the third decan of the sign, prolonging its stay through direction in early June, through escape to Scorpio in October 2017, and Jupiter doesn’t return to Libra for another 12 years–and that means that between now and October of next year, optimism and opportunity is inextricably bound with matters of the natal House where Libra is, as well as with the Arts, our relationships (especially our romantic attachments), and in interaction with those who offer support, cooperation, and conspiratorial mutual benefit. Yes, I said conspiratorial, because the agreements we reach with others during this transit are based on mutual values (Venus), and rely on mutual reward (sign ruler Venus again) to work, and that means we may find a kind of put-our-heads-together attitude that (inadvertently or not) may exclude others.

We may also see, or feel inclined ourselves toward, immersion in the social sphere, where individuals take up the beliefs of the social arena and so regard society at large as a partner. Too, we may see belief in Love, in marriage or mating, in cooperation, in diplomacy, and of the efficacy of religion enjoy a renaissance of sorts during this transit, along with a kind of faith in the strength of duality that promises ‘more’ when we embrace one another (a current Presidential candidate’s slogan, ‘Better Together’, comes to mind). We let go the inclination toward criticism and critique, toward accounting and accountability, and look for the ways we can aid or enrich each other–so not such a bad direction to go.

As to those more fleeting aspects perfecting today, we see a preference for reality and what we can hold in our hands (especially if this is something dear or cherished from the past) over what may feel like too-theoretical values or abstract relationships. Watch, too, for the impulsive thought and the radical idea; though they have immense potential value, they come currently in a form that is too anti-authority, and too likely to spring from past hurts, to truly be useful without serious modification. Just keep sight of what you know to be important to you, in order to make progress (or at the very least, to stay out of trouble!) (Saturn contra-parallel Vesta, Venus qnx SN, Merc qnx Uranus and contra-parallel Ceres and Chiron, Sun sxt Vesta and contra-parallel Venus)

'Hot Chocolate'  Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta before 1920 {{PD}}

‘Hot Chocolate’ Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta before 1920 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an idea: chocolate for breakfast. I’m thinking of really good chocolate, and see this image as an invitation to indulge at an unusual time in a refined pleasure. Lately there’s a chance we haven’t really been paying attention to our own best moments incarnate, our own enjoyment of physical existence–this is a reminder to slow down, and savor with gratitude.

For those born with the Sun at 17 Virgo: ambition and desire may be the still, small voice within that pushes you forward this coming year, Virgo, but it will be where and to whom you dedicate your energy, time, and attention that determines your progress. It’s all fine to dream, but the way you spend your time will (quite literally, in some ways) be an investment in building your future. Keep that in mind, and you’ll make good choices that propel you in the direction you want to go. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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8 September 2016 Identity Matters

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Alfred Stevens 'The Psyché (My Studio)' c1871 {{PD}}

Alfred Stevens ‘The Psyché (My Studio)’ c1871 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Matters of identity (either how others see us, or how we see ourselves) work against our empowerment–but that may be because we’ve got a skewed idea concerning what empowerment is made of–and that identity dissonance is pointing out, not a flaw in who we are, but a flaw in our concept of what our reach, our influence, our effectiveness, or our impact on others should be. In working out where and over whom exerting our power and influence ‘fits’ in the scheme of things, we also work out some identity matter that has been distorted in our own minds, something that has prevented us from being as effective as we could be. We also may find that this shift in Self-knowledge requires a reassessment of where and to what we dedicate our time and energy–which of course leads to a refurbishment of our ambitions and goals. A busy day, but one where most of the action likely takes place within our own heads, via our own newly-finessed viewpoint (Vesta sq Zeus, Sun contra-parallel Juno)

'Portrait of a little girl holding a battledore and shuttlecock' Artist unknown {{PD}}

‘Portrait of a little girl holding a battledore and shuttlecock’ Artist unknown {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a shuttlecock. We’re all familiar with the feathered and weighted not-a-ball used in sports like badminton. As an image this may suggest something, an attitude, an interest, a responsibility, some intangible matter that is ‘batted’ back and forth among two or more individuals, as each attempts to either avoid responsibility or to ‘score’. Returning something that comes at us quickly is almost instinctual, but in this case we should consider that something passed back and forth, whether the return is reflexive or the objective is not to get ‘stuck’ with it, or to gain ‘points’ off others in some way (chiefly by making them ‘miss’ on the return) it’s probably a matter we should stop fooling with; maybe we should sit down and address this issue that clearly can’t be ignored, won’t go away, and is taking up our time and energy, forcing us to play the game.

For those born with the Sun at 16 Virgo: taking action this year, through to your next birthday, may be difficult, Virgo, unless you get two other things clear first: what your priorities are (including what matters or individuals you want to dedicate your life to), and your best options for personal empowerment and effectiveness, including any role you may take on because it offers the status you (think you) want. Understand your capacity and commitments in those two general areas, and you’ll be able to make better choices and moves, out of a clearer sense of who you are as an individual–everything this year builds from there. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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7 September 2016 Love Is All There Is

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'Angel of Love' Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

‘Angel of Love’ Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We can’t rely on our instincts (relationships and/ or finances throw off our compass), and though the reality picture is clear, we may be prone to lie to ourselves, or to superimpose an image of what we wish the reality was, so that we may feel we can’t trust our own senses to deliver the complete, unadulterated story–and that’s correct, we can’t. If we can just use the lens of Love (of a purity that asks nothing from others) then we will know what to do, how to face things, and what is really important right now (Venus sesq Sedna, sxt Saturn, and qnx Neptune)

Today’s word image takes a lot of particular forms, but has a broad theme of ‘foreign (as in, from somewhere far away from what’s familiar to you) and unusual’. Take note of these elements in your life right now (for me a Himalayan salt block used for cooking and a spam phone call from Egypt–Egypt!–come to mind from just the past few hours). I think this may be about appreciating how small the world has become, in some ways, and so how much more closely aligned the interests of various pockets of humanity are than we might think–and how long our reach has become, thanks to air travel, global shipping, communications systems, and of course, the internet (not to mention the way more negative things, like environmental pollution, are ‘shared’, whether we like it or not). The point may be to notice how much is part of our lives that, in the past, wouldn’t have been, and to focus on one of these factors, for what it might say about our relationship to the larger world.

Bodegón de naranjas by Rafael Romero Barros 1862 {{PD}}

Bodegón de naranjas by Rafael Romero Barros 1862 {{PD}}

Or, the word image can be an orange (the fruit, that just happens to be one that grows in only certain climates, and that for many was quite exotic, until only recently), if you need something more image-evocative.

For those born with the Sun at 15 Virgo: it’s time to get your ‘power’ house in order, Virgo; now, through to your next birthday, you’ll be dealing with issues of who and what will exert a force in your life–and depending on your initiative and responses, you will decide how much of your own power you embrace, share, express, and let others see. The one reliable that can guide you through all this is your highest values, those things and people and causes to which you are committed; if you measure your power choices against these values, and make sure what you choose honors what you care about, you’ll do very very well. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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6 September 2016 Zealous, With Purpose

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There’s a certain kind of zeal here, with a particular purpose. ‘Portrait of Maria Bockenolle’ Rembrandt 1633 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: we go after what we want, headlong, and the mind is (surprisingly for a retro period) easily and perfectly in tune with the instincts (that is, aligned, and so informative, as long as we don’t insert the Will and overthink). We see the power picture clearly, and have plenty of energy (even zeal) to put behind our own efforts to gain influence and achieve; we also see clearly what needs to (nay, must) change, and we are also aware of the inevitability of evolution–nothing is static, nothing stays the same, and having that perspective brings gravitas to our actions and choices. If you observe someone behaving frivolously (not lightly or playfully, but in a manner that is almost destructive in its disregard for purpose) then you know that person is disconnected from the anchor of their own instinctual nature–and may act as a drag on your forward progress, should you include them in your action scenario at this time (Mars sxt Zeus, Merc trine Sedna, semi-sq Juno, and parallel Venus, Sun trine Pluto)

Of note: a Mystic Rectangle that involves the Sun-Earth axis and the opposition of Pluto and Vesta. This suggests the majority of our attention and energy should go toward making change or reformation that better honors our priorities or those life areas to which we’re dedicated or that we find sacred. For each person this will require a slightly different formula, but the overall intent is the same: reform to what has a significant impact on our lives will be much easier now than in the future–take advantage of the moment.

Here’s someone whose story encapsulates the influences of today

'Mlle. Plume Roug' 1896 Thomas Austen Brown {{PD}}

What do you think her hat says? ‘Mlle. Plume Rouge’ 1896 Thomas Austen Brown {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a hat. What kind of hat do you immediately visualize? Whatever it is, you need to assess it. The kind of hat one might wear to work in, to keep the sun out of eyes and from burning skin, is quite different than a fascinator, or skull cap, or a top hat, or dozens of other more decorative or formal chapeaux. What does the hat say about your attitude? Answer that, and then consider that what you need might be a little more of the hat’s opposite vibe. For instance, if you see a cowboy hat and you see it as a work hat, you may need more play; but if you see that hat as belonging to a kind of costume, you may need to let go of some image you are trying to fit and/ or project; or if you see that hat as representing self-serving aggression (“cowboy diplomacy”) then you may want to take a more diplomatic and less assertive tack in interactions; and if you see the cowboy image as one that implies the individual is poorly educated or stupid, then you may need to reassess assumptions you’re making about one or more ‘groups’. Tailor that kind of assessment to the hat you see.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Virgo: taking action may be more difficult than you anticipate this year; each time you go to make a move, you may find something changing the landscape or pulling the rug from under you, necessitating a re-working of intents and methods. This may be very frustrating, but there are a couple of things you can do to make things go more smoothly: 1) make necessary changes before they’re forced upon you; you’ll find you have a lot more control that way, and that most of what you’re faced with will eventually have been inevitable, anyway, 2) make sure you don’t do anything without first vetting choices against your highest values and priorities–you may be telling yourself they won’t be affected, but they will, and 3) recognize that the time to plan for the future is over–the future is now! Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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5 September 2016 Wisdom Guides Us

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Le café de nuit (The Night Café) by Vincent van Gogh {{PD}}

Le café de nuit (The Night Café) by Vincent van Gogh {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What’s smart beckons us (or leads us by the nose) into the future; we don’t fix on what we want, on our ambitions, as we usually would, but instead put our attention on the unique, the surprising, the original, and the unexpected–and all these, as well, will turn us in the direction of what’s wise for us to pursue. If we listen to relationships or are too literally bound by the current financial situation, we may miss our chance, and if we fail to tune in to the atmosphere sufficiently, we will be left with only our own thoughts, which are a little too angry, bleak, or centered on what we’d rather deny to be of much help (Pallas parallel the NN, contra-parallel Zeus, sxt Uranus, and sesq Venus, Merc semi-sq Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is the cue ball on a pool table. Essentially, the cue ball is the thing we hit, hoping to transfer the energy to our true target and send it into the chosen pocket. Are you going at achieving some goal obliquely, hoping you can ‘hit’ or interact with one thing, and make another thing happen? Consider that indirect transfer removes you from any real control over where or how your energy is used once it leaves the initial point of contact (I know, this is getting abstract); it can be a form of faith, if we trust the Universe, or it can be hope, a kind of passive optimism that doesn’t acknowledge we have expectations, but no control. Know where your boundaries really lie, be cognizant of the way actions can reverberate through the choices of others, and if you want something to happen, do what you can to make it happen yourself–that’s both your best chance to exert control, and to get things the way you want them.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Virgo: you are well on your way, having launched (whether you know it or not) a number of efforts and sent yourself in particular directions in the near past–and now you must consider the ways you have set in motion, how they are changing, even transforming, your reality, and how they may honor (or fail to honor) those matters you really care about. It’s part of the human condition that the beginnings of things aren’t always obvious to us; this coming year, through to your next birthday, you may need to sort through both your intended do-overs and new starts, and the ones that came unbidden out of your actions and choices: you’ll need to fine tune things, and decide which will grow into new circumstances and focus for your life, and which need to be stopped before they get any larger. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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4 September 2016 Looking In The Wrong Direction

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Joseph DeCamp ‘The Cellist’ 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 4th: the social sphere may be the scene of psychic, spiritual, or emotional injury, or it may offer healing through presenting you with salient facts–in either case, tender areas may appear to the individual larger or more more public than they actually are, and it may feel as if our attention goes too much toward what won’t work. Apply your most unique skills to problems, difficulties, and all creative efforts today, and keep your eye on the future–both can effectively guide in-the-moment choices and help you avoid wasting your energy by looking in the wrong direction (Jupiter parallel Chiron, Sun conjoined and parallel NN–the marker of a recent eclipse, btw–and Sun contra-parallel Zeus)

Today’s word image is sunshine after a cloudburst. Timing is so important; sometimes waiting is the best thing we can do.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Virgo: you’ve attended to neglected issues, addressed your anger, righted as many wrongs as you personally could; now what, with this new Solar year? You have your eye firmly on the future–so what may suffer is the present. In spite of having everything squared away, you may come to realize that the present, unlike the past or future, needs constant attention. To make the most of this year, through to your next birthday, you should listen to others, and be open to collaborative projects; let go of any lingering residual anger; and measure where you put your energy by asking yourself, ‘Is this sacred, and so something I want to have in my life?’ and ‘Is this something I want to honor, by giving it my energy?’ Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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3 September 2016 For Or Against?

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Watanabe Seitei 1916 {{PD}}

Watanabe Seitei 1916 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 3rd: We may find ourselves in the midst of multiple tug-of-wars (or is it tugs-of-war?), with our own sensibilities seemingly coming down on BOTH sides of the conflict. Ambitions echo the past, dreams lead our efforts toward empowering ourselves, and relationships seem to present the most vexing challenges, as we reject the social sphere, those in authority, and our peers! What’s left? Our inspirations are real; hold tight to these and let them guide you. Know that what draws our attention contains the needed wisdom or shows us the ‘smart move’; and accept that choices and actions are going to feel as if they violate our standards, though inspection later should reassure us that they did no such thing (SN parallel Zeus, Neptune trine Juno, Mars qnx Vesta, Venus contra-parallel Jupiter, Chiron, and Ceres, and qnx Ceres, Sun parallel Pallas and sxt Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is a crow. Crows, we’ve recently discovered, are very very smart birds. They recognize individual humans, and will even share knowledge of what kind of human that is (source of food, mean to birds, etc). In what non-verbal way have you received knowledge lately from the group, and what knowledge was it? Were you conscious of it, or did you just soak it in? How did you use that knowledge, and if you’re just becoming conscious of it now, how will you use it in future?

For those born with the Sun at 11 Virgo: pure and inspired creativity, especially that which is drawn from past experiences, is yours this year, as long as you do one thing: confront every issue you have avoided, denied, or that has enraged you. You can’t keep your upsets to yourself any longer, nor can you expect to create success if you continue to refuse to deal with issues. It’s that simple, and that complicated, all at once. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 12 Virgo: I can offer you only three things, but if you use/ understand them, you will have all you need to make your year a success. 1) who you are shapes your fate, nothing, and no one, else; 2) relating to others emotionally will build the bridges you need; and, 3) don’t hesitate to look into the abyss, to deal with what you’d rather not, and to express your rage/ outrage when it is warranted. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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1-2 September 2016 Instincts Serve

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Think of your instincts as your little servant. Jean-Etienne Liotard - 'A Frankish Woman and Her Servant' Mid-18th century {{PD}}

Think of your instincts as your little servant. Jean-Etienne Liotard – ‘A Frankish Woman and Her Servant’ Mid-18th century {{PD}}

For the expected eclipse effects, please go here–and see the assessment of Mercury retrograde here–

The AstroEssence: on the 1st, aside from the eclipse effects (which will likely be the focus of everyone’s attention, and of course sets a tone that reverberates long past the day it originates, generally through to the next eclipse set), aspects perfecting today suggest a couple of things: that even though we will be empowered via the reality situation itself, we may perceive ourselves to be blocked or somehow denied–believe the real-world situation, not your own flawed idea of yourself in it; and know that staying open to our own instinctual responses is the best, wisest guidance we can receive (Pallas parallel Sedna, Sun sxt Juno and sq Saturn)

By the 2nd we may find that ‘big ideas’ end up challenging our priorities and values; we’re trying to connect with reality by rejecting fantasy, illusion, and the untrue, but we may end up throwing out the creative and imaginative ‘baby’ with anything we see as ‘tainted’ bathwater. Again, instincts serve us best, as does a willingness to respect the primal and the animal senses, unfiltered by the mind. Be aware that communications (or our own interpretative inclinations) may exaggerate matters and take a far too critical stance, and that taking a ‘power position’ will not serve at all those things we honor and find sacred (Pluto opp Vesta, Merc conj Jup, Sun parallel Sedna and opp Neptune)

The word image for these two days is a wolverine–the animal, in case there was any confusion. According to its Wiki, “The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.” It’s also noted that in at least one cosmology, the wolverine is seen as creator of the world. So we have a symbol that is relatively small and yet formidable, freakishly powerful for its size–in fact, so powerful it can be a god. What in you or in your life has these characteristics? Is there any area where you see yourself as a powerful god, though others might only see a relatively small, tenaciously combative entity? If you are ferocious about something, is that ferocity warranted, or could it be an overreaction, an attempt to persuade others of a power you are yourself unsure of? And in what way does your passion separate you (the reference to the wolverine as naturally solitary) from others?

For those born with the Sun at 10 Virgo: you have to look at those matters that enrage you, or that you’ve been ignoring or in denial of–they are the keys to moving forward this year and bringing your dreams to reality. A new emotional viewpoint unfolds for you no matter what, though how you deal with all these factors, the feelings and the problems, will determine your future, and possibly your fate–so don’t hesitate to tackle difficulties; it’s vital you make your voice heard. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 11 Virgo: pure and inspired creativity, especially that which is drawn from past experiences, is yours this year, as long as you do one thing: confront every issue you have avoided, denied, or that has enraged you. You can’t keep your upsets to yourself any longer, nor can you expect to create success if you continue to refuse to deal with issues. It’s that simple, and that complicated, all at once. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

Bits ‘n Pieces: A Little Something About Sedna

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'The Mermaid' Howard Pyle 1909 {{PD}}

‘The Mermaid’ Howard Pyle 1909 {{PD}}

I thought I had talked about Sedna when I first introduced it as a regular player in the charts I use, so I went looking to point readers in that direction, but apparently the piece I’d been thinking of only appeared in ‘ECLIPSE’, or is buried in some larger, differently-focused piece. Here’s the small bit I found, with a little more added:

Sedna pinpoints our blind spots, those areas we are unable to view directly; we can only discern what’s in our blind spot by watching and listening to the feedback others offer, specifically the kind that addresses things about ourselves we’re unaware of. Typically, a Sedna-themed remark from someone else will surprise us, telling us we are seen differently than we think we are. We are either hyper-aware of our lack in Sedna’s area, or we believe we’ve got it covered, so don’t examine it.

To better understand our vulnerabilities, we can start with Sedna and the characteristics of the sign in which it’s placed, as well as the situation of the ruler of the sign, describing something about our awareness vulnerabilities. For instance, many of us have Sedna in either Taurus or Aries, as it’s very slow moving. In Taurus we may lack understanding around material matters: finances, comfort, food (just think of how far removed the majority of us have become in terms of raising our food, of basic nutrition, and through the rise of eating disorders and many culinary innovations, where we quite literally distort—and so forget–the purpose of food), and with Aries we may not know how to lead, how to take responsibility, may not recognize when our ego or aggressive urges are pushing forward, or we may not know how to take the initiative to get something going.”

House placement, too, can tell us where in life that ‘blind spot’ is most likely to show itself; this can serve as a warning for us, letting us know where we might be smart to get guidance or accept offered assistance. Sedna is associated with the ocean, and specifically is depicted as ‘diving deep’ and surviving there, suggesting she provides essential inner resources in times of stress. She represents the life-death-life cycle of energy of which we’re all aware, but of which we don’t necessarily want to think! This means she has a kind of ‘deep knowing’ that goes into the realm of the pre-verbal and the primal; this energy can give us a ‘backbone’, the origins of which we don’t see, and often influences us through the highly subtle mechanism we call instinct.

Sedna comes to consciousness in instances where Self-preservation (literal or psychic) comes into play, but don’t expect easy access to this energy, and don’t expect to be conscious of it, even when you are reacting from it, or drawing on it as a resource. As happens with each individual, we are only able to see ourselves in our reflection, and it’s the same with Sedna, a ‘blind spot’ we can only hope to glimpse (and call on) now and then, through the responses of others and the world.

See also the ‘Sealskin, Soulskin’ section of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ book, ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’, which draws parallels among several mythic stories that connect with and inform Sedna energy.

And, a movie I found that expressed Sedna exceptionally well (this review also appeared in ECLIPSE):

‘I Am Dina’ (Norway, 2002) Set in rural, mid-19th century Norway, this at first appears to be a Plutonian story, where a little girl inadvertently creates her own special hell–but then it becomes clear that this is a tale of Sedna and her Life-Death-Life experience, her water motifs punctuating one emotional point after the next. By adulthood, Dina is attractive in that way of people who let their wildness reign; the spirit in her is raw and elemental, and so seductive to those too much in denial of their own wildness. The men in her world, then, see only what they want to see and believe about her, starting with her father; only a gentle tutor, her sole companion for years, and a Russian anarchist traveling through, are in touch enough with their own wildness to see who she really is. With Maria Bonnevie as Dina, and an international cast including Gérard  Depardieu, Christopher Eccleston, Hans Matheson, and Mads Mikkelsen, in a scene where he declares his love for the woman he’s been raping, that will enrage you and break your heart, all at once. Lushly shot on location in Norway, in English, highly recommended

29-31 August 2016 The Approach to the Solar Eclipse + Mercury Retrograde

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By Akseli Gallen-Kallela - Scanned by Alexius Manfelt 2007-12-01, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3170601

By Akseli Gallen-Kallela – Scanned by Alexius Manfelt 2007-12-01, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3170601

I’m going to wrap everything up together in this forecast for a few days ahead, as I finish the eclipse report (which should be available here on Monday the 29th) and give myself a little breather. This coincides with Dark of the Moon, a good time to plunge into a Merc retro period, as we’re already more open to the feeling and sensing nature, the mind stilled (somewhat) by the lack of Lunar light; we don’t find what we think, or what we think we feel, so prone to block incoming information as it usually is. Between Merc’s retreat and the looming eclipse, it seems that making the forecast as tight and easy to remember as possible might be best for everyone–so here goes:

The 29th: We may be inclined to be too headstrong, and so sabotage ourselves–cooperation is the key that both empowers us and brings about serendipitous reward and/ or ambition fulfillment (Mars sq Nodal axis, Venus enters Libra and nov Juno, Sun nov Zeus)

Today’s word image is a wounded bird. Accommodating an injury, whether it’s physical, psychic, emotional, or spiritual, is vital to both recognizing its impact and then helping it heal. Ignoring it only offers the potential for the wound to get worse–and if you don’t heal, how will you ever fly?

By Giovanni Dall'Orto - Own work, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5208666

By Giovanni Dall’Orto – Own work, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5208666

The 30th: change of mind might echo a change of heart; we benefit by facing what we’ve recently ignored or denied. All positives today come from embracing our own personal uniqueness (Venus nov Black Moon Lilith, Sun parallel Uranus and nov Hygeia, see also Mercury Retrograde, below)

Today’s word image is a pumpkin, ripened to orange in the garden. That’s a sign of fall–and yet it’s still August! What thing in your world seems to have arrived much more quickly than you anticipated? Is it truly ‘out of season’, or is it indicating more time has passed than you thought? What’s unexpectedly ‘ready to go’?

The 31st: reality-based evolution (whether that is transformational or destructive) is smart, with opportunity fostered by confidence in one’s abilities, a determination to deal with facts and ‘what is’, and a refusal to be rebellious just for the hell of it (Pluto nov Pallas, Jup p Ceres, Sun contra-p Nep and sesq Uranus)

Today’s word image is Pinocchio. The little wooden marionette wanted to be a real boy so much he actually became one. Is there some ‘impossible’ thing you’ve been wanting? Because you may just get it (and all that attends it, all the positives and negatives), after all. And don’t forget to tell the truth.

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By Jessica Erin Higgins – originally posted to Flickr as lavender wedding cake, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10310914

For those born with the Sun at 7 Virgo: sorting deceptions and illusions from realities, along with a sense of the emotions as being ‘closed off’ and inaccessible, may be the two toughest things for you to face this year, Virgo. This may be the year when you see and deal with every possible impediment or obstacle in your path to what you want–and then you may find, quite suddenly, that you’ve gotten exactly where you wanted to go! So go to work on those problems–it will all pay off handsomely, in the end. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 8 Virgo: empowerment, the status you crave, and being part of a ‘power couple’ (even if you’re a silent or unwitting partner) may be in your year ahead, Virgo; success depends on how well you incorporate your ideals into your every day, how ‘married’ you are to having no illusions (hint: the more you like The Truth, the better), and being willing to exercise your creativity (no matter how minor the effort, or how creaky your attempts–use makes them better and better). Be brave, be willing, and get over your fear of heights–you can’t reach the top without letting that go. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 9 Virgo: the anticipation feels killer, doesn’t it? Almost there, you may be telling yourself–but somewhere along the way, did you forget where you were going? That may be the sense you have of things this year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. It may be difficult to believe that your dreams have changed, as has your idea of what it would be to ‘make it’–but they have, and it’s up to you now to respond to those changes and alter course. Until you do, you may remain stuck–or worse, succeed in meeting the old goal, and being immensely disappointed in how it doesn’t fit your life now. Look at what’s deep inside–that’s the only way to know what’s real, and needs to be followed. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

By Steven Depolo - originally posted to Flickr as IMG_5971, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10325105

By Steven Depolo – originally posted to Flickr as IMG_5971, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10325105

For those born with the Sun at 10 Virgo: you have to look at those matters that enrage you, or that you’ve been ignoring or in denial of–they are the keys to moving forward this year and bringing your dreams to reality. A new emotional viewpoint unfolds for you no matter what, though how you deal with all these factors, the feelings and the problems, will determine your future, and possibly your fate–so don’t hesitate to tackle difficulties; it’s vital you make your voice heard. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Mercury Retrograde 30 August-22 September 2016: Taking Aim at the Material

'Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery' Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豐國 c1800 {{PD}}

‘Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery’ Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豐國 c1800 {{PD}}

Mercury begins apparent retrograde motion at 6:04 AM Pacific time of the 30th at 29 Virgo 04–and immediately it feels like we’re thrown into a state of mental crisis! Criticisms, doubts, and potentially a headlong rush back toward either ‘the facts’ or the standards of the social sphere ensues–and this is just our immediate reaction. The retro period is one that prompts us to re-think, examine, and question the material situation (Earth sign) and how we got to where we are. We ask ourselves if we’re satisfied with what we’ve got, with what we see around us, with what we’re earning, bringing in, getting, enjoying, and whether our resources are adequate to our intentions; our thoughts about the material situation, likely keyed to matters of the House where the retro occurs (and secondarily to the Houses ruled by Merc), are vetted, and by the end of the retro we may have a completely different idea of what we need and want materially at this time. This interval will change our material aims, both how we think of our goals, and how we intend to get there.

If we look at the retro picture poetically, we see that Mercury was in pursuit of Venus, newly fled into Libra (to the shelter of a partner? or a tax or investment shelter? or a partnership of earning and caring, or one of being valued or valuing the partner as an asset?) but the chase slows and then abruptly ends, with Merc retreating to a social milieu (a retro meeting with Jupiter) that welcomes him and envelops him with ‘I told you so’ and ‘What were you thinking?’ and ‘What more do you want?’ This meeting can also signal a retreat to ‘Big Picture’ thinking that believes the individual is too important to mess with details–a misunderstanding of the energy, in this instance.

Heed instincts and the wisdom of impulses on the 6th, as Merc trines Sedna, and be prepared–this re-thinking and re-ordering may hurt, or potentially could heal our ideas about the material world and our place in it (the 10th). At the same time as the hurt/ healing, we also receive a personal shock, lightning strike, or group contribution that offers wise revelation, that brings forward just what we need to hear, realize, or learn (Merc as apex to a Finger of God with base of Uranus-Pallas). A Fist of God forms the 12th with Mercury-Sun square Mars, apex Ceres in Taurus, that suggests action combines with thought, ideas, plans and though it’s not easy, the result will be the best ‘power position’ we can hope for materially in the moment. This also happens to be the point of the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, so keep awareness of whatever ‘seeds’ may be planted, deliberately or inadvertently, at this time. Mercury goes direct around 10:30 PM Pacific time on the 21st, in the midst of a trine to Pluto. This suggests change, transformation, destruction, reformation, right out of the gate, based on the changes to our mentality and to our view of the material world, and our place in it.

The page on the September eclipses is up!

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Your Weekend 27-28 August 2016 A Lot of Love, A Lot of Power

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Le goûter sur l'herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

Le goûter sur l’herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This weekend the emphasis is on our own strength, and finding a balance of expression between the highly personal (instinct, idiosyncrasy, hurt, relationships) and the wider world (the social sphere, what’s wise, our ability to have an impact). Both sides of the equation must reach a state that allows optimum expansion of reach that still protects (that is, allows unique ‘statements’ by) the individual, and also guards the integrity of the core purpose, identity, and intents. The idea is to maximize our expression, while still remaining, in whatever way this applies, ‘safe’. Not a time to take risks, as our sense of what’s smart will conflict with our instincts, causing (quite naturally) confusion; but we can connect cleanly with opportunities for gain (especially in the House of the natal chart that holds the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo, and those Houses ruled by Venus), and we can gain a solid sense of who we are at our best (in our ‘ideal’ form), of our most valuable skills, as well as where our true power, territory, and influence lie. The ideas and way of thinking about ourselves that we set now will last (and so affect everything going forward) for some time to come–and so set us up for success (if we focus on our value and abilities) or disappointment (if we think too much about what we don’t have, or see ourselves as victims) (Saturday: Pallas sq Sedna, Chiron sesq Juno, Venus conj and parallel Jupiter, Sun trine Ceres/ Sunday: Hygeia conj Zeus, Neptune contra-p Pallas, Venus p Ceres and Chiron, conj Merc and nov Juno, Merc stations pre-retro on the 30th)

The word image for the weekend is an expensive Tartan picnic blanket, spread out on the summer grass. This is in essence a pleasant ‘stage’ upon which to have a picnic–but, in the image, there is no luncheon displayed, nor do we see picnic participants, at least not yet. Where in your life is the stage set for a celebration of the current ‘weather’, of what you have (a celebration of abundance), or of whom you’re with? Do you put off enjoying what is, waiting for things to be ‘perfect’? Or is it that you fail to see (and so enjoy) the small celebrations available every day, over the many little things we’re lucky enough to have and enjoy? Do you need to take time off, to relax, with no particular agenda or goals, for a while? Consider the phrase, ‘It’s no picnic’–and then resolve, in one form or another, to have one.

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 5 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, is likely to be filled with contests of power and authority; not only will you spar and negotiate with those who hold power in your world, you’ll also begin accruing significant power through these interactions, in effect joining the ranks of the establishment and declaring dominion over your own special territory and ‘subjects’. You are, at this time, destined to establish yourself, especially in areas of Love and Money, and the approach you embrace at this time will set the tone for the entire year, and may reverberate for some time after that–so choose your ideas, words, and communications with special care. Expect to gain, to reap the reward (or at least, the result) of opportunities taken in the past, and know that what comes to you now is completely deserved. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 6 Virgo: focus is on empowerment (making your presence and Will felt), on status, and on partnership, and the kind and amount of cooperation you’re getting, and this extends through to your next birthday, Virgo. You may be measuring power situations and your own effectiveness with a very personal set of standards, and everything that happens, much more than usually, will feel like it’s happening in big bold life-size experiences that are only happening to you. Because of this, you may temporarily lose both perspective and a sense of compassion toward others–but this Self-focus is necessary in order to prepare you to enter a creative heyday, and realization of one or more ideals or dreams, in the near future. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

26 August 2016 Work Your Magic With Care

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John Bauer - Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

John Bauer – Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The mental faculties have a genius for finding and exploiting empowerment situations; it’s almost as if we think about having an impact and we do! This facility is tempered by a lot of conditions and caveats, though: we may be confused or following a deception or illusion if the areas involved are ones we’ve been angry over or have assiduously ignored or been in denial of; we may find ourselves thinking from a stance of past values, rather than current ones; we may imagine we’re fueled by a righteous cause or spiritual necessity when we’re really trying to show our independence in relationship or finances, hoping to gently ‘stick it’ to someone we suspect (yes, it’s easy to be paranoid, right now) doesn’t love or respect us; and we may eschew what and who we care about out of a misguided idea that others are not being honest with us. As much as possible, stay grounded in your current ideas, viewpoints, ways of perceiving, and your most evolved way of seeing the past–we must work to keep our own hidden beliefs and prejudices from coloring our current perceptions, and especially from allowing vague suspicions to taint perfectly good relationships (Vesta trine SN, Neptune trine and Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Uranus parallel and Venus qnx Pallas, Venus trine Sedna, Merc nov Juno and contra-parallel Venus)

Today’s word image is individuals, seen at a distance, helping each other scale a mountain. Right now many of us may be dealing with issues surrounding how much we need or want others in our lives; we try to measure our own need for aid, possibly with the built-in judgment that to accept or require assistance from others is bad. Nothing could be less true: a version of cooperation is the heart of civilization, and needed for everything from survival to creating Art (for if we make it, what does it matter, unless there’s someone to receive it?) See if you carry some judgment against working with others, seated in misplaced pride, unreal pressures and expectations, or in the myth of ‘rugged individualism’–and then let it go.

Vincent van Gogh - 'Enclosed Field with Ploughman' 1888 {{PD}}

Virgo can make significant progress right now, especially in terms of the ‘power harvest’ that lies just upon the horizon. Vincent van Gogh – ‘Enclosed Field with Ploughman’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 4 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, you may be dealing with important crises in Love or Money–and yet, if you’ll take a step back, you’ll see that they aren’t problems, but turning points, ones that will allow you to align the real-world issues surrounding assets and interactions in a way much more in line with what you need and want, and how you truly feel. You may think yourself a little cold, taking a largely mental approach to these matters, but the reality is that applying your own critical assessments to these areas will vastly improve them–and open the way for the ‘power position’ that you are very close to achieving. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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25 August 2016 Imagined Dragons

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"Ryu sho ten" or "Ryu shoten" ("Dragon rising to the heavens"), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko's Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

“Ryu sho ten” or “Ryu shoten” (“Dragon rising to the heavens”), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko’s Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

The AstroEssence: A great deal of the free-floating angst we’ve been experiencing may come down to a pair of Mars contacts this week: yesterday’s perfection of Mars conjoined Saturn, and today’s perfection of Mars square Neptune. This combination urges us to apply our Will to the physical environment–and promises at least some ability to shape our reality, as long as we don’t succumb to confusion, illusion, deception, or that particular form of imagination that we turn against ourselves, causing panic, fear, even despair, conjuring upset (and so paralysis) out of thin air. This is in part why I urged action and confidence yesterday, as soon enough we would face a Neptunian doubt or three, imagined dragons menacing our way forward. Today’s mission is clear: continue forward with what you set in motion, and instead of entertaining hesitations, actively access creativity, especially when confronted with something that brings forward fear. Tackle problems and invent, envision, and then act on those inspirations; doing so combines the required active stance with a useful channeling of energies that might otherwise feed insecurities. And don’t be surprised if creative efforts either run into problems on first look, or arise from problems (the square); in either case, it’s our response that both matters, and determines our success, with results coming clear most likely when Saturn squares Neptune, perfecting September 3rd.

We also see these familiar themes still front-and-center: we have the wisdom to pursue the ‘healthy’ Path–but as always, it’s a matter of choice; wants, finances, or relationship dynamics could spur rebellion or spark unreliability as we seek (a probably unreasonable) independence from issues; and we are not thinking like the social sphere, which could emphasize our differences (with the biggest problem the potential for distraction from what really matters) (Pallas contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars sq Neptune, Venus qnx Uranus, Merc contra-parallel Jupiter)

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a surge in the electrical lines leading into a house. We rely on a constant, steady stream of power, whether from the power company, our metabolism, or our psyche; when there’s a surge, the system overloads, and the contact becomes destructive. In the individual this results in manic behavior, compulsive agitation, and we lose the ability to rest, accept gaps and spaces in efforts, we lose the grace to value the element of Time (often needed for something to develop, to ripen), and we fail to value the receptive and responsive stances that are the necessary complement to action. How or where are you overloaded, and what steps may be needed to restore balance or refurbish contact, so that it’s useful, rather than destructive, once again?

A little weird fun from Imagine Dragons that isn’t so far off our feelings this week

For those born with the Sun at 3 Virgo: this coming year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself ever-more concerned with the power situation in your world: who holds it, how much you have, your say or lack of it over others (and theirs over you), and the influence you have in a particular area or ‘territory’ you can call your own. This may be the year when you establish yourself as an authority in some area vital to your identity; it may also, depending on your age, be the year when you find a mentor or become one yourself, and issues with your parents or over being a parent yourself may be prominent. Independence and the ability to exert your Will will be the focus; the two main caveats are: don’t focus on material results at the expense of relationships, and keep actions and choices grounded in reality–deceptions and creativity are both abundant. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

24 August 2016 The Struggle Toward Awareness

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'The Lantern Bearers' Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

‘The Lantern Bearers’ Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may be tempted to let our values and priorities slide, to set ourselves at odds with the social sphere, or to ignore the potential for wounding others within relationships, just to make things happen; the smart thing would be to reassess our values, if they’re getting in the way of growth, expansion, or ‘the facts’, to remember/ reconnect with Nature and our place in it, and to stop ignoring those realities that don’t serve our current idea of who we are–with this latter, deal with what’s been denied so that it no longer contradicts the Self-image. If we’re not honest with ourselves, it’s impossible to have ‘clean’ relationships or to teach, advise, or to interact with enough Self-awareness that everything we say doesn’t contain a touch of irony to those who are more awake. We have the chance to manifest our Will at this time, to apply the control, the restraint, and the ‘rules’ of reality to manipulate the physical world so that it is an exact realization of our wants and intents–don’t blow it by denying ambitions or desires (out of false modesty or a reluctance to claim those wants as your own–see the ‘Self-image’ section, above), and don’t think that things can be ‘thought’ into being–today is about action, choice, Self-responsibility, and knowing (and proudly claiming) your essence (Pallas sesq Vesta and qnx Jupiter, Mars conj Saturn, Venus contra-parallel Juno and opp Chiron, Merc contra-parallel Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and semi-sq Zeus)

Today’s word image is a sponge. As if that isn’t obvious! There are areas of life for all of us where our boundaries are down, and we are wont to absorb the environment and the associated influences indiscriminately. My thought is that this area of both trust and vulnerability may be located in matters of the House that holds Pisces (I confine it to the sign, as where Neptune sits we are often more conscious of issues of faith, acceptance, and a tendency to accept influences). Consider in what life areas you may be too prone to accept what you’re told, offered, or that you experience without the needed critical assessment and the deployment of a discerning perception (both related to opposing sign Virgo). You may need to ‘wring out’ the sponge, relieving yourself of burdens and ideas accepted without much inspection–or you may simply need to note where you have uncritically taken for granted the truth of things, and perhaps look at how much of this agrees/ clashes with what you believe, and what you think, need, and feel.

Oda Krohg - 'A Japanese Lantern' 1886 {{PD}}

Oda Krohg – ‘A Japanese Lantern’ 1886 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 2 Virgo: you may have the odd sensation this year, Virgo, that your fate and future are rushing toward you–which may make the inability to see clearly what’s coming all the more frustrating. It may be a year when sights are set on ambitions, goals, and the desire nature, but when not much happens in fulfilling those areas, as energy will shortly go toward emotional conflict, and the need to work out with others how much of that feeling nature you are willing to share, and how much you must keep for yourself, in order to fuel the push toward creating what you want–because if the emotions are sent too completely in one direction or another, developments in what you aim to create will go slowly, sporadically, or grind to a halt. You duty is to allocate emotional energy in the correct proportion between relationships and your own needs–everything else this year is small stuff. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

23 August 2016 Unhealthy Choice

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Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice

Crosby, Stills, and Nash

The AstroEssence: I know! I can seem very negative–but then, you shouldn’t bother reading my assessments of the daily influences if you only want the sunny side of things, or if you think only some parts of life are ‘spiritual’, and others not–we have an intangible essence (the Soul, if you will) that’s having a material experience–how can everything we do not be a reflection of the spirit? And that’s my lead-in to today’s perfecting aspect set, which consistently warns us against our own destructive, rebellious, erratic, impulsive, ego-centered, negative impulses (whew!). Within we feel the urge toward empowerment, toward making our mark, having our say, expressing ourselves, but it goes awry; it seems the most easily shifted, independent urges within us are front and center in a way that sees spirit, mind, and heart suffering as we set out to express and end up rebelling, destroying, or just plain insisting things must be done our way. Thoughts may foster acting from wounds, in retaliation or response, and relationships shake our power foundations, not actually threatening them so much as making us question them–and really, today, it is our own mind, rather than circumstances or others, doing a number on us. Be willing to adjust: thinking, to what we know to be wise–we know what’s smart, it’s a matter of letting go of our contrariness long enough to follow that wisdom–as well as be willing to confront those things that we are choosing that are detrimental to our well-being, and to mellow what are inclined to be knee-jerk actions or responses into something a little more impersonal–again, the smart thing to do, say, or be is known, we just have to do it. And don’t worry; by tomorrow attitudes will become much more grounded, and restraint will allow us to give positive form to our actions, choices, and Will (Hygeia sq Pluto and contra-parallel Uranus, Mars sesq Uranus, Venus semi-sq Juno, Merc contra-parallel Chiron and qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is the empty lot in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle where Neptune Coffee used to be. A gas explosion in March of this year destroyed a handful of businesses and blew out windows in a two block radius; the Neptune was leveled. Luckily it happened in the early morning hours when the fewest number of people were in what is usually a heavily trafficked area, and there were no fatalities, only minor injuries. But, walking by the empty lot can be haunting, and it brings to mind this: what good thing in your life has been wiped out or removed in a shocking way, and it’s been long enough that the hole it left now just seems like part of the landscape? We can learn to live with anything; the trick is not letting awareness of what we’ve lost slip away.

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 1 Virgo: health is at the core of all you attend to this year, Leo: physical well-being, financial, emotional, spiritual, all areas of life are vetted for balance, vigor, and sustainability. Some hints on making the most of things: don’t let your imagination fill in the blanks–stick to facts and realities; make sure the emotional perceptions receive attention, with an emphasis on security and comfort–this is important, as the emotions will, temporarily, drive the life direction; and don’t allow your instincts and inner knowledge to be drowned out by the social sphere. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

22 August 2016 Harvest in Mind

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Saturnino Herrán - La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

Saturnino Herrán – La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: our attention is on what’s wrong (this has been a trend, lately, right?), on what’s dark, hidden (but then, how do we know something’s there if it’s hidden?), on the unhealthy, the destructive, and any sense of change, as it likely strikes us as decay or deliberate waste. We may fully embrace this preoccupation with the intention of assessing issues and fixing them, but between an inclination to misjudge or misread our own values (yes, it can be done, when we are not processing experiences along most characteristic lines) and the tendency to both exaggerate and see shadows where there are none, we are best off delaying any critiques and plan-making for a later time. Best approach: focus on ‘the facts’, don’t fight obviously inevitable change, and keep what you hope to accomplish (in the form of ‘the harvest’) perpetually in mind (Vesta semi-sq Sedna and trine Neptune, Merc conj Jupiter, the Sun enters Virgo, semi-sq Hygeia and sesq Pluto)

By Sir James - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

By Sir James – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

Today’s word image is bocce balls. I don’t know much about bocce; my only association is with the courts that were always busy in San Diego’s Balboa Park. At the time it struck me as something only old people would play, but now I think I was mistaking more gentle exertion as automatically only appealing to those who were unable to do anything more strenuous, an idea I’ve since learned isn’t valid. What ‘game’ might you be dismissing as irrelevant to you, that it might behoove you not just to learn the rules for, but perhaps consider participating in?

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d'epoca {{PD}}

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d’epoca {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 0 Virgo: all the action this year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, will be centered on issues of identity and matters of the natal House where the Sun is posited. You may be accused of navel-gazing or being Selfish, but really, you need to take this time for yourself, to sort through and be sure about who you are and who you want to be–it’s the only way you’ll be able to wrap your head around what’s slated, and just beginning to show itself, for your future. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 20-21 August 2016 Trends Are Deceptive

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'Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound' George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

‘Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound’
George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 20th: we may suffer an odd combination of influences that could easily steer us wrong: one concerns how thoughts are focused on what isn’t happening/ working in fulfillment of ambitions and wants; the other is a rejection of what we know to be wise, smart, practical, or that involves a refusal to use our already-learned skills, and this rejection/ refusal is seated in some aspect of our current identity or Self-image. Together the two tracks converge so that we may make some poor or mistaken choices out of frustration or a wish not to acknowledge who, exactly, we are. If hiding in a closet or some sunless hole isn’t possible (and who wants to do that, anyway?) our best bet may be conscious Self-acceptance (no matter how that may make us cringe over denied character traits or experience), along with a vow to let go of judgement, a tendency that comes far too easily with Mercury’s transit of Virgo (Merc semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun opp Pallas)

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen - 'Retrato de Guigui' {{PD}}

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen – ‘Retrato de Guigui’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color white (technically all color!) I realized this as, in asking myself what the word image is, I saw a series of white animals, birds, and objects, and then realized that at least the past two images had been white things, too (a stork and an egg), at least as they were envisioned. We may have personal associations with the color, or cultural ones; some see white as indicating purity, fidelity, or innocence, while some link it to death, or to sacrifice, or to sterility, coldness, or authority (as in the wearing of a white coat to signify status in a health setting, for instance)–and of course your own preferences and experiences will figure in to the meaning of white for you, whether it’s the ideas attached to the color, or whether it points out something that is that color and offers further meaning. At the very least, use it as a marker of synchronicity or of being ‘in the flow’ when you observe it.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Leo: you may spend a good part of your year, Leo, through to your next birthday adjusting to new emotional circumstances or truths–and these changes can’t help but affect who you are, causing a drawn out period of modification and accommodation that is especially personal. You have a good sense of what’s smart, what’s practical, right now, and should use it as you go forward, as little else will offer guidance, and you could feel lost if you don’t embrace and accept your current reality. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - 'The Tower of Babel' 1563 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence for the 21st: It’s a terrible thing when our reasoning and our social role both fall into our blind spot, leaving neither our own minds nor our usual patterns and responsibilities as reliable guides. Relationships don’t help, either, as we’re in the midst of greater or lesser power struggles that permeate even the most benign exchanges. What we can do is use sensitivities not related to the mind (intuition, feeling, those 6th, 7th, and 8th senses! etc); these will bring invaluable info as long as we acknowledge our own power wants and those territories we wish to claim as our own–if we don’t admit what we want, the feeling nature will lead us astray. Compounding perceptual difficulties is the way facts just won’t speak of realities, at this time–be prepared for that (Mercury and Jupiter trine Sedna, though Merc and Jup don’t perfect their conjunction until the 22nd, Venus sesq Ceres)

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a fish ready to be filleted. What does that bring to mind? Anticipation of a good dining experience? Revulsion at eating something with a face? The fish is a symbol of Christianity; to fillet it may be to ‘take the backbone’ out of a religious viewpoint. If you’re an astrologer you may think of Pisces, and wonder what it means if only one of the symbol pair is gutted. A fish was one of Vishnu’s incarnations, again suggesting a connection to divinity. We could go on and on, since the fish carries so much symbolism. This one, though, has been ‘fished for’, ‘caught’, and is now being ‘prepared’–is there anything like that in your life, that may need to be seen for what it really is?

For those born with the Sun at 29 Leo: though it may not seem like it, eventually emotions catch up with the rest of you, and internal harmony is restored; you’ll likely take action repeatedly until you feel balanced. You think big and use discernment; make sure it doesn’t devolve into petty criticism and over-concern with detail. The creative may become an outlet for feelings and perceptions ignored or denied–that can be very good, if you know how to shape and direct those energies, or very bad, if they end up deceiving you or others. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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19 August 2016 Perfect Health

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Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

The AstroEssence: in the light of the recent Full Moon, we honor our own power, we see how that over which we have dominion must be adjusted or changed, and we are able to visualize our own version of ‘perfect health’, and so implant a guideline within the unconscious; the mind is very receptive to positive input at this time, though conscious adjustment to anything too radical or unusual may be required. Visualization, spiritual practice (which is really life, isn’t it?), exploring our own inventiveness and originality, and efforts that honor our own responsibilities and our ability to affect our world are favored (Vesta trine Ceres, Neptune parallel Hygeia, Saturn qnx Vesta, Mercury opp Chiron and qnx Uranus)

Joseph Crawhall III 'Stork' {{PD}}

Joseph Crawhall III ‘Stork’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a stork wading in a river. As a child the only time I heard storks mentioned was with that puzzling idea that storks delivered babies in little slings, like takeout burritos; as an adult I saw them nesting at the tops of chimneys in the Netherlands, and suddenly the story that they could slip in and bring a baby made a little more sense. Is there something you find curious that might make a lot more sense if you knew its origins? And how do you sort that from something that has no explanation? If we approach everything in life as having a reason for being, no matter how obscure or nonsensical, then we in essence cast a vote for a Universe that not only makes sense but has reasons for being the way it is–which should put your mind at ease.

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 27 Leo: you may find yourself acting under an influence this year that is very difficult to pin down: you could insist on behaving in ways contradictory to what you know to be smart. The sense of unthinking rebellion, of push-back toward everything you’ve been led to believe was wise or practical, has its roots in the way you have recently consistently denied what your instincts have told you. Alienating yourself from your own inner knowing can only be remedied by trusting yourself once again–and that requires letting go of what or whomever you have substituted as guide. You can do it. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

17-18 August 2016 Inspired by Higher Mind

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A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence of the 17th and 18th, and the Lunar Essence of the Full Moon in Aquarius: Leading up to the Full Moon we are faced with a question: Are we changed by Love, Money, or secrets revealed about values or assets, or are we the agent of change in areas of Love, in finances, in the keeping or spilling of secrets, or in recognizing a change in our values, and so changing how we relate? Since Earth signs are involved (Venus trine Pluto), we should expect a material, or at least tangible, impact; we may be ‘undone’, with some Venusian aspect of life devastated, destroyed, or transformed (don’t panic, this may be a good thing!) This fundamental change sets the stage for the conclusion, end, or completion associated with the Full Moon, 2:25 AM PDT of the 18th at 25 Aquarius 51. This is a near miss, an almost eclipse, and the impact we feel may be as much the Venus-Pluto aspect that precedes the Lunar event (as it leaves us reeling and yet unsure of what hit us) as it is the pull of the Full Moon itself.

This Full Moon, along with Uranus, forms the base for a Finger of God, with apex Jupiter. Should we also include Mercury, which is conjoined Jupiter and within orb of Uranus, but not the Full Moon? It’s a tough call, but I’m inclined to say Yes, as proximity to the other elements of the Finger means Mercurial energy will enter in some form–it just may not be what it seems. That is, we may believe we have come by rational means to a concluding belief, decision to expand, teach, or learn, or concerning a social role (Jupiter)–but the mind may simply be a means of translating our perceptions at the level of Higher Mind (Uranus) that is revealed through events of this Aquarian FM. This suggests it may be Higher Mind inspired feeling (Aquarius Moon) that is really running the show, not the cogitations of our limited, trapped-in-three-dimensions brains. Awareness of this will make us more open to spontaneity and give us confidence in our own choices (both Uranus in Aries) and this in turn allows a more attuned experience than does being overly-focused on our thinking and the illusion of control this inevitably gives.

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA - 'Happy Finger Friends Love' by D Sharon Pruitt     CC BY 2.0

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA – ‘Happy Finger Friends Love’ by D Sharon Pruitt CC BY 2.0

Too, let’s note the way Chiron is caught at the midpoint of the Finger’s base; since the opposition with Jupiter is separating, the implication may be that the dynamic of the Finger begins with a wound, or with an instance of healing, that then spurs the Higher Mind understanding that melds with the FM event to offer that Jupiterian result.

The Full Moon is also apex to a loose Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for you Vikings) with base of Vesta and Hygeia. This may take us further back in time, to where an instance or pattern of not honoring our health (the Cardinal square between Vesta and Hygeia) helps bring about the Full Moon event–which, as you know, is likely to be related to matters of the House where the Full Moon falls.

A novile is formed by the Full Moon to Pluto, and the Sun/ Earth-Moon axis squares Sedna, creating a T-square. A sense of rebellion from what is instinctual may combine with a deep urge toward destruction and change–this makes a kind of engine for the configurations to run on, generating some deep conflict and energizing our embrace of change. We may reject or find unacceptable our usual, unprocessed response, and the conflict this engenders, along with an advantageous glimpse of what things might be like with the upsetting factors gone, eliminated, or reformed, is enough to make all the rest spring into action.

 Elefantino di Giulia Orecchia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Elefantino di Giulia Orecchia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

And now we need to examine the elephant in the room. Her name is Pallas, and she’s conjoined the Full Moon in Aquarius. This suggests that everything involved with the Full Moon is a measure or test of our wisdom and practicality, as well as our skills and ability to apply them. This theme will loom large, and yet we won’t necessarily be seeing events, feelings, urges, and our responses to them as a test-taking or assessment–that only comes later, when the conclusion that is unavoidable with a Full Moon event makes it clear we wound up where we are because of what we consider smart, what we know, and how practical our ultimate orientation.

The Sabian symbol for 26 Aquarius (remember, we read up) is, ‘A Garage Man Testing A Car’s Battery With A Hydrometer’. This emphasizes the mechanism of testing, which we’ve already discussed. A battery is Uranian, while the hydrometer points toward the importance of feeling and so the Water signs involved: Chiron in Pisces, and one part of the Fist base, in Cancer. Both these signs are volatile emotionally, at least in part because the barriers between the individual and the Collective/ Others is blurred, even as we ‘test’ it from our own unique expressions of Will and viewpoint (Uranus in Aries). This could imply that if we are having a hard time processing our own feelings surrounding this FM, we may divert our emotions into a Big Picture expression, one that allows us to express but doesn’t risk quite so much emotional exposure, even to ourselves.

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian with a Full Moon, simply because it is the origin of all light, and so enables perception. ‘After The Heavy Storm, A Rainbow’. So, whatever troubles are stirred at this time, we can be assured it’s for the good, or at the very least, that it will all work out positively.

The only aspects not addressed by the FM are Venus’ contra-parallel to Zeus and parallel to the North Node; these add a flavor of drama, wherein relationships, values, or finances push back on our ambitions, and where we struggle to reconcile wants with maintenance of what we care about. It’s easy to see that this will add tension to the feeling nature, and again make us work to figure things out, rather than allowing Higher Mind to possess us for a time.

(Perfecting on respective days: Venus trine Pluto/ Pallas sesq Hygeia, Venus contra-parallel Zeus and parallel NN, Sun sq Sedna)

Odilon Redon - L'oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

Odilon Redon – L’oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

The word image for both days is a peeled, hard-boiled egg. We’re always talking about ‘potential’, especially in terms of our own lives and our own creativity. An egg is potential itself, but hard-boiling it captures potential and turns it into solid mass; it is what it is, at that moment–there’s no more room for development. The events of this Full Moon may show us that certain things can no longer remain (at least in our minds) in that state of potential; they will have already hardened, taken shape, and so must be accepted, used, dealt with as they are.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo: speaking of potential, you are fairly bursting with it–but what you need to know is that making the most of it won’t come easily: you will be tempted to fight every instinct and the deep, rhythmic primordial knowledge of life itself as it attempts to guide and inform you. Why would you resist that? It could be that you’ve come to believe too strongly in your own individuality; it’s time to acknowledge that there are forces out there bigger than you, and that they want to help. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Leo: a lot of things have come to an end recently, and you move into a new emotional ‘day’, with all the optimism that can offer. You’ve learned a great deal; we could say you’ve become wise, from all you’ve experienced. It’s time to take what you know and apply it in the smartest way possible; all that you know will coalesce to create a kind of ‘magic touch’ that, with even minimal effort, will manifest exactly what you’re aiming for. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Full Moon in Aquarius August 18 2016

16 August 2016 Going Rogue

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By Villy Fink Isaksen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

By Villy Fink Isaksen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

'Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot' by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of 'Treasure Island' {{PD}}

‘Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot’ by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of ‘Treasure Island’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: If we follow our instincts and/ or minds, we end up in unhealthy territory; relationships, financial matters, or as-yet unrenovated values lead us back to the past, in some way, and this makes us inclined to take up old ‘wounded’ or rebellious or erratic ways of processing current events. It may feel as if all our ‘buttons’ are being pushed at once. We’ve got to remember two things right now: we abandoned those from-the-past means of handling things because they were wounded expressions, and so unproductive–and we know better now, precisely because we’ve learned from what we’ve already experienced. Don’t let a small hurt couple with an urge to go rogue, because all we’ll get is a toxic blow-up of greater or lesser proportions. Channel energy into innovation, original expression, and the willingness to lead (if you’re usually a follower) or follow (if you usually lead)–and with this last concerning one’s position within the group, if you take what you think is the opposite of your usual role and it doesn’t work out, you can be sure that you’ve been thinking of your place in things all wrong (Hygeia qnx SN, Pallas contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus parallel Sedna and contra Hygeia, Merc parallel Chiron, Sun qnx Chiron and trine Uranus)

Today’s word image is really a question: When ‘the dream’ is realized, manifest right in front of us, do we recognize it? This may be the hardest step in the process, knowing when to shift gears and acknowledge that we’ve gotten exactly what we wanted.

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo: Your year may begin in some way that feels especially emotionally punishing, in a kind of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ scenario, but this matter quickly goes to a higher plane and takes an intellectual form, and how you face this sets the tone for the rest of the year, which features: the most amazing circumstances through which to display your originality, your inventiveness, and your mental brilliance; and a bit of a tightrope that requires you to adjust yourself to avoid hurt. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

15 August 2016 The Beauty of Your Path

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Jan Brueghel I -' A wooded landscape with travelers on a path' c1607 {{PD}}

Jan Brueghel I -‘ A wooded landscape with travelers on a path’ c1607 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today we all glimpse (or are immersed in, or struck by) the beauty of the Path we’ve chosen; we see the particular grace our life direction offers us, the way relationships have shown us exactly what we needed to learn and experience, and we also see the cost of our choices. It’s a day of revelation, one that prompts actions that transform our world–and these expressions of power both repudiate something we refuse to follow or accept that is required by society at large (this something is likely related to matters of the House Jupiter is currently transiting in the natal chart), and show what we care about, what we love, and this is done at least in part by our rejection of the unreal, the deceptive, or the delusional. Self-acceptance of our own unique viewpoint allows a healing of sorts, and makes our choices and actions especially effective (Jup contra-parallel Juno, Mars nov Pluto, Venus conjoined the NN and contra-parallel Neptune, Merc parallel Ceres and semi-sq Juno, Sun semi-sq Vesta)

By Jon - Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

By Jon – Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

Today’s word image is a sandcastle. This is a good symbolic approximation of life itself: we build with the tiniest bits of material, time, and experience, our creations simple or elaborate, many-chambered or uncomplicated, we put in a little effort or a lot, and the elements wear down our creation, in an instant or slowly, over time. What does your sandcastle look like, and what does it say about your choices, and your life?

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo: if you don’t adjust your behaviors and/ or use your talents, you will find yourself wounded at some point during the year between now and your next birthday. I can’t really pinpoint what will occur, only that you’re on a course that implies your own inflexibility will cause your grief–but, if you can follow your best impulses toward originality, and can find a place within, leadership role of, or willingly cooperate with ‘the group’, you can pull from yourself something truly rewarding and perfectly unique–your own highly meaningful contribution to the world. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Your Weekend 13-14 August 2016 Sunrise With Sea Monsters

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The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 13th: Though there is a broad theme of the individual v. the social order, when we squint (a modest ‘correction’ to our perceptions) we find that the struggle is actually a mental one within our own minds. The heart of it is our attitude toward authority in general, and the quirks and resistance we impose on current power relationships that echoes unresolved issues with those at one time in charge of us, particularly Mom. There are a few things we can be sure of, and which can act as rough guides to our choices: being hurt over what we’ve chosen to ignore or deny is, besides being nonsensical, just Self-defeating; being erratic or unreliable creates losses; ‘thinking big’ may help us overcome limitations; and if we experience a dust-up with authorities (or those who see themselves this way), we should examine the situation for the possibility we’ve projected our inner struggle, superimposing it on an interaction or relationship–the ‘blame game’ won’t do any good, and may keep us from resolving our inner quandary, which will only invite more discord and foster further power struggles until claimed and resolved (Chiron sesq Black Moon Lilith, Jup qnx Uranus, Mars qnx Ceres, Venus sesq Uranus and sq Saturn, Merc parallel Jupiter)

Saturn goes direct and just as it does, Venus completes a square to it; the sense may be that we are just now seeing what stands in the way of Love, happiness, Money, or values realization. The direction and Venus contact brings a dawning, and the temptation may be to become hyper-critical (Venus in Virgo) of what we desire, or bitter toward those who stand in our way; we’d be better served questioning how much of what we think has really just been accepted wholesale from the social circle. Important to note: the upcoming square of Saturn to Neptune promises that these difficulties with Venusian subjects pave the way for effective (though not necessarily easy) realization or materialization of a dream, ideal, or spiritual goal (Neptune).

'Sunrise With Sea Monsters' J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

‘Sunrise With Sea Monsters’ J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Today’s word image is a penguin. What does this bring to mind? A ‘scheme’ in black and white (suggesting an odd combination of extremes)? Some kind of cartoon stereotype anthropomorphizing them? ‘March of the Penguins’ (sad alert!)? The ‘Batman’ villain (and then, is he the natty Burgess Meredith version, or the slimy Danny DeVito version)? It’s likely most of us have only seen these animals in zoos–which effectively makes them a kind of unicorn, something we experience only in an artificial (zoo) and rarefied (in their home in the Antarctic region) environment, so something that may feel in some essential way unreal. Unless you are a zoologist specializing in order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae, you probably hold some unrealistic, quaint, or fanciful ideas about penguins; look around for that thing in your life it feels you are familiar with, that it seems you know so much about, and question your assumptions and the image you impose, under the principle it’s better to know what something really is, than to carry and respond to the illusions in your head.

By Joseolgon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

By Joseolgon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo: Emotional harmony and continuity will be strong this year, with actions easily in concert with aims, and ‘knowing’ through the feeling nature almost a given. By late in the year, nearer to your next birthday, though, you may be seriously hurt, forced to access inner wisdom or to take a practical approach in order to deal with the wound–but it all leads to a wiser, more mature You. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 14th: Here we see that ideas concerning Venusian matters are dealt with and the new understanding applied to the dream, in preparation for the material manifestation or spiritual realization promised at the perfection of the Saturn-Neptune square (see The Saturn Direction under the 13th). We find the most profitable and beneficial concepts connected to our own uniqueness and originality, and likely will experience these ideas as personally empowering, though they may stir up trouble with authorities or even Mother Nature–just know it probably can’t be helped, as our ‘mental contrariness’ somehow shines through (Venus parallel Uranus and opp Neptune, Merc contra-parallel Juno and sesq Ceres)

327px-Alice_drink_meToday’s word image is a bottle marked ‘Drink Me’ (shades of Alice in Wonderland!) What’s in the bottle? Your poison, whatever that may be in life. Your job is to either say ‘No’ to it (a true rejection that captures no part of the spirit, as occurs when one resists, rather than feels indifferent or willingly lets go), or to consume it and through your own power and purity transform it, making it harmless. You know the best choice for you–do one or the other, and don’t knock the bottle off the table, thinking that breaking it removes the temptation–you wouldn’t be the first to take desperate measures to try to rescue what’s all wrong for you.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo: Fate has something difficult in store for you, but it will only seem like a problem while you’re waiting for your thinking to catch up with developments; after that, you experience a year of practical advances and the building of profitable circumstances. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

 Enjoy your weekend!

 

12 August 2016 We Think We Know

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It’s a trap!

. . . and by ‘trap’ I mean we will sincerely believe we have a clear intellectual grasp and a wise perspective–but health matters (mental, emotional, physical, but especially spiritual ones) cloud instincts and obscure access to inner knowledge, and social pressures could cause us to ignore hurt and sweep matters in need of attention under the rug, only adding to our being out-of-touch in a way that might not be obvious–and if we are aware of some disconnect, we may be too strongly tempted to deny it, just to feel we’re moving forward. Wounds of which we’re not entirely conscious may push us to mark territory, exert our Will over others, and just generally posture as authorities–but we would do far better to abandon the standards of the social order in favor of dealing with hidden, ignored, or denied matters, or those that enrage us, especially as they affect relationships. Embracing those matters we’d rather turn away from will pay off, whether right now we are in a position to see how that will happen or not. Adding to this is a very loose Water Grand Trine involving Neptune, Vesta, and Black Moon Lilith=we are prevented from knowing just how much we are in denial of, or avoiding, and we may see dodging issues as vital to our survival–an exaggeration that justifies our desire to turn away! Indulging in this may be Self-defeating, in the worst sense. And that’s the AstroEssence (Perfecting today: Hygeia sesq Sedna, Pallas enters Gemini, Chiron nov Ceres, Neptune qnx Hygeia, Jupiter semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and opp Chiron, Venus sxt BML)

Not the kind of trap we're talking about. Winslow Homer - 'Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots' 1874 {{PD}}

Not the kind of trap we’re talking about. Winslow Homer – ‘Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots’ 1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is–oh, you’re going to love this, after ‘teeth’ yesterday–it’s a butterfly with teeth! This comic image combines something that is seen as lovely but essentially harmless–in fact, unable to defend itself–with a symbol of both the ability to defend (who wants to get bitten?) and the ability to process, to consume, to assimilate and do. This may speak to a fear many people have: of being ‘beautiful’ but almost helpless, certainly losing an edge of aggression and dynamism, after spiritual transformation–that is, after going from what we imagine is a caterpillar (ordinary) to a butterfly (extraordinary). We tend to confuse spiritual advancement (itself a misnomer–maybe it should be ‘spiritual experiences’, which we would otherwise call ‘life’) as an end-game that brings a kind of beatific passivity, all sunshine and smiles, all troubles swept away. Whether we make these assumptions in terms of the spiritual journey or something more materially-oriented (career development, perhaps), there are a few things to consider: we don’t simply go from one static extreme to another–not only is development not so one-dimensional, it’s also non-linear–we can easily be a butterfly one moment and back to a caterpillar the next–and certainly, spiritual development is meant to advance understanding, which in itself is both a kind of armor, and an attitude that is much more accepting of the cyclic nature of life, as well as of the life-death-life that we see in the continuous round of simultaneous growth and decay. The fear is unnecessary, and reveals itself to be so as the spirit truly begins to grasp that defenses aren’t actually necessary, because the Universe never attacks.

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleFor those born with the Sun at 20 Leo: the sense of being solitary, even in the midst of a crowd, may be strong for you through the first two-thirds of the year, heading toward your next birthday. Connecting may be an issue, and your ego may get in your way. ‘Emotional knowledge’, learning about emotional realities and understanding the complexities of feeling within your situation, are on the agenda–and will result in a splendid emotional harmony arriving in that final third of the year, the kind of positive feeling that will allow you to act in perfect concert with your identity, Soul needs, and intentions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

11 August 2016 Shape Your Lust!

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Lawrence Koe - 'Idyll' c1910 {{PD}}

Lawrence Koe – ‘Idyll’ c1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We find unique and effective ways of gaining, ways that directly fulfill ambitions and desires, that may use relationships, talents, or assets in order to accomplish our goals, and that pay off one way or another–and it all goes down smoothly, almost effortlessly, as if ‘luck’ is with us, or these positive developments are ‘meant to be’ in a big picture sense–and maybe they are. There’s beauty in acknowledging our desires, and sharing our goals with others–they just might want to help you attain them. Take care in interactions, though, as lust can get away from us–the choices are to shape it consciously or be driven by it unconsciously–and unthinking advances or expressions of want could be the order of the day (Perfecting today: Venus nov Zeus)

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is teeth! We all have very particular associations with teeth, whether we think of our own, those of animals (sharks!), or the many sayings involving them: ‘take a bite out of’ or ‘bit off more than one can chew’, ‘the gnashing of teeth’, ‘tooth and nail’, or stories like how George Washington had wooden teeth, how people used to tie a string from a rotten tooth to a door knob and then slam it to remove, or the biosociological concept of baring teeth to frighten others (yet the human smile is supposed to mean the opposite), etc. The interesting thing is that when we think of teeth as symbols we see that most of our references to them refer to two concepts: either consumption, or tension/ aggression. Then there are dreams about teeth, with Edgar Cayce describing teeth as our thoughts and words, with dreams of loose or lost teeth as signaling regret for what we’ve said. Look at the first few ideas that pop into your mind when you think of teeth, and what these may say about both your viewpoint and what you may choose to ‘sink your teeth into’.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo: the early part of your year, counting through to your next birthday, may be spent in unusual moves meant to deal with feelings that seem hurtful and out-of-control. If you can hold back from overreacting (that is, realize that emotional responses are exaggerated in your mind), you may find that living with the feelings can open up some original creative approaches to both problems and Self-expression, ones that can open up your world and take what you create and what you do to a new level. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

10 August 2016 A Danger of Erosion

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'Stromschnelle' - Gerhard Rießbeck - Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe)     CC BY-SA 2.0

‘Stromschnelle’ – Gerhard Rießbeck – Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe) CC BY-SA 2.0

The AstroEssence: Rage or destructive attitudes are in danger of eroding our internal wisdom, even as (or perhaps because) we turn away from that anger or from matters that need attention; somehow ignoring or denying the problem appears to be the solution–and that’s where we go wrong. We need to think about it, and then clear it out, one way or another. Relationships could be mine fields unless we maintain a respectful approach to the other, no matter how things appear. Transform communication through critical thinking and a willingness to let go of rules, parameters, and structures–avoiding falling into old, ingrained patterns in how we think, speak, and listen will make the difference–and know that being open to change will have a further benefit of offering personal empowerment and could elevate status (Pluto semi-square Juno, Venus contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and sxt Vesta, Mercury trine Pluto)

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Today’s word image is an astronaut. How perfect for an astrology blog, that we see ourselves as ‘star voyagers’ spinning through space, pinned to the Earth, looking out at the Cosmos! What does an astronaut mean to you? Does the symbol point your attention toward some recent horoscope event or learning occasion centered on astrology/ astronomy? Was this job ever an aspiration for you? Do you see astronauts as modern versions of explorers, as people who take extreme, calculated risks, or has the length of time we’ve been going to and returning from space made the entire venture seem old hat, and not very thrilling at all? Do you see space travel as a waste of money, an inevitable result of man’s ever-expanding push outward, or as an outdated dream? The astronaut is merely the most visible human component in a much larger effort, like an actor in a movie–it takes many more people to put the whole thing together than we ever see–and, mistakenly, we tend to assign far more credit or blame to that visible person than they actually deserve. Are you seeing someone as having a greater role in something than they really do, and holding them responsible, when they’re just the ‘front man’? Or are you the astronaut, ready to enter a harsh environment in the name of exploring the unknown?

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo: you’re gathering steam for some truly unique and original Self-expression, but you’re not there yet; you have some emotional digging to do, some secret-discovering and some changes to make, before you’ll be ready to shine. Though the emotional element of things may seem unimportant (and so you may be tempted to ignore or skip dealing with feelings), they are actually the heart and soul of what you will create, and so must be attended to before you can make that unique statement of who you are. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

9 August 2016 The Ladies Have It

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'Musicienne du silence' Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

‘Musicienne du silence’ Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The ladies have it, if by ‘it’ you mean an ability to cooperate, share power, and combine complementary talents and status in order to go much farther together than any individual could alone–and by ‘ladies’, we really mean the part within all of us that is receptive, and so open to cooperation, a sharing of power, and a willingness to exercise abilities and prerogatives to aid others as much as themselves. There is also an almost magical ability to access the instincts and that primal ‘knowing’ we carry within by staying clear on, and true to, our highest values, when acting or interacting. We profit, in one form or another, by empowering ourselves and others–and that empowerment comes through a partnership mentality that is tuned to the instincts and the values–miss any component, and results are likely to be unproductive, if not outright divisive (Vesta nov Sedna, Venus sxt Juno)

Today’s word image is a violin. It’s here I note that an individual response to an image overrides any definition I might offer. My thoughts: violins are ‘prodigy’ instruments, often taken up before the individual can actually make a choice, requiring discipline, dedication, and control of an extraordinary degree, and their sound is like liquid emotion, often used to heighten feeling in a movie or during a musical experience. Personally, it reminds me of how I didn’t get one of my daughters the lessons she requested (at about nine years old) and I’ve been sorry about not giving her that opportunity ever since–so for me, this is a symbol of regret.

Fotothek_df_tg_0008204_Theosophie_^_AlchemieFor those born today: 17 Leo, described in yesterday’s post, lasts until after 10 PM of the 9th, Pacific time; in order to once again ‘line up’ day and degree the best way possible, you read yesterday’s post if your Sun is at 17–or you wait for tomorrow’s, if your Sun is 18 Leo. In any case, Happy Birthday, Leo!

8 August 2016 The Way Things Are

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Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: the reality picture (and subsequently, our attention) is focused on matters of ‘health’ (in all its forms) and the way these influence realization of our goals, or shape our ambitions and desires. In accepting and then working with the way things are, we not only find a way forward, we see precisely where our strengths and our ability to influence lies–and we use it, embracing our own authority (no matter how circumscribed or tenuous) and thereby gaining, profiting, or furthering relationships (Perfecting today: Saturn sxt Hygeia, Venus trine Ceres, Mercury conjoined the NN, Sun sxt Zeus)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a small float plane lands on a smooth lake. The thing that always strikes me about this kind of transportation is how specific it is–you can’t change your mind mid-flight and toot on over to an airport! In what way are you being very particular about moving forward, so much so that you may be limiting your potentials? Sometimes we must be very specific, because we already know exactly what it takes to ‘arrive’ at a highly specialized destination, but we may become overly specific in how we move forward without having a very specific goal in mind, and so could curtail possibilities and delay progress.

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France - Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo: (Please check your natal chart to know whether you should read yesterday’s forecast, today’s, or tomorrow’s, according to the degree of your Sun) You may have realized some important or significant ambition or goal of late, and you may be wondering, now what? You may have an almost immediate emotional crisis to deal with (possibly involving aesthetic matters or the partner), and after that you’re called upon to act and/ or to choose–and this may occur in life areas where the choices conflict with your intentions. Take your time, sort it out, and don’t act reflexively or in anger–that definitely won’t get you where you want to go. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m considering offering reports on the upcoming September eclipses (no, the one in mid-August is not an eclipse, but a near miss) in two versions, one a succinct report that concentrates on the meaning for you (no astro-details), the other including the astro-details as they contact your natal chart, and this is very important: these reports only address the impact of the eclipse–the report does not exhaustively cover everything happening in your chart, it focuses on the set of events as they interact with your chart. The emphasis will be on you, and how these might impact you, and you need to be aware, this may or may not address current issues you think are important–often an eclipse set lets you know where things are really happening, or where they’re ‘warming up’, as well as what areas may undergo drastic change, a ‘wipeout’, rather than answering matters that grab your attention currently–though of course, sometimes they do. The briefer report that offers the meaning and life areas impacted for you, based on the eclipse’s contact to your natal chart, will be $35 and run 1-2 single-spaced PDF pages, while the more detailed will run 2-3+ single-spaced pages at $50. Both are delivered by email as soon as possible. I’ll let you know right here if I decide to go forward–and those who’ve already contacted me and asked about this will be first in line, if I decide to offer them. Thanks to all who’ve inquired!

Your Weekend 6-7 August 2016 What We Honor, What We Think

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"Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices" Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress--no known restrictions

“Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices” Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress–no known restrictions

The AstroEssence for Saturday may involve a peculiar sort of instinctive, reflexive action and thought that may bring erraticism to new heights and conflict to relationships–and though we know what we do flies in the face of our internal wisdom, we find ambitions and desires intrude and inspire acting out against the current situation. We act, do, and think in spite of ourselves–and it’s this internal distance, this awareness, that allows us to prevent disaster by focusing on our highest values and those things we know we want to protect and preserve. Measure everything you want to do against your standards and priorities–if it passes muster, go ahead (Perfecting today: T-sq Venus opp Pallas both sq Mars, Venus semi-sq Zeus, Mercury parallel Sedna, sq Saturn, and sesq Uranus, Sun nov Vesta)

Today’s word image is a sno-cone. For me this brings to mind a childhood treat, something eaten in only the hottest weather. Is there something you enjoy that you deny yourself, demanding conditions be ‘just so’ before you can have or do it?

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 6th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) Your world (or should I say your ‘reality picture’?) is changing in major ways, like it or not, and it’s up to you to take advantage of those ways in which you can have your say and affect the outcome. This may require that you are willing to go over old territory, things you already thought were settled, and re-hash matters, especially those concerning power and things that have been kept secret. It won’t be easy, but courage will help you shape things largely as you really want them to be. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

For Sunday we may discover that the key to getting what we want, fulfilling ambitions and reaching goals, may be to find a way to work with complementary energies or entities. These are things, people, organizations that inherently conflict, and yet may provide two necessary parts in our quest for fulfillment. Some tips: reject what’s deceptive, and you may end up rejecting what’s creative or spiritually perceptive–it’s baby with the bathwater if you do, so just don’t take any Neptunian element as being entirely obvious or reliable; keep thinking and communications on ‘the high road’; and look for the wisdom and practicality that may be offered through relationships or by watching ‘the bottom line’ (Zeus at the midpoint of Venus sq Mars, Venus parallel Pallas, Merc contra-parallel Zeus, Hygeia, and the SN, and opp Neptune, Sun qnx Pluto)

Looks like the tree is heaving them at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Looks like the tree is heaving coconuts at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a coconut. To me growing up these were exotic, something that spoke of an entire other way of life, of unimagined experience, and handling them was a whole other thing again: they almost felt like some strange cross between animal and plant (I think it’s the hair🙂 ). Look for something you have in your life now that you approach with that much wonder, so different than the every day, and explore it further–and if you don’t have something like that, go look for it!

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 7th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) For now, change and tough times are behind you; this year ahead, through to your next birthday, is filled with efforts toward ambition realization, especially through the experience of emotional partnership, and with consideration for others and some aesthetic ‘good sense’, you can go far. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Thank you, and enjoy your weekend!

5 August 2016 Excavations, Explorations

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William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Virgo, and we may start to see ‘virgin territory’ as a desirable place to explore, transform, or critique. We go where we’ve never been before in relationships or financially, or we are willing to be accountable publicly for some change in our values–it’s as if we’re saying, ‘Yes, that’s who I am, not what you expected, right? I’m not afraid to go there”. This is good, if it’s freeing you to express genuine feeling, not so good if it’s an aberration fostered by a too-prickly relationship with Virgoan characteristics, right now (check natal Merc for what it might be receiving by transit–a tense aspect or two almost certainly promises you’ll go out on a limb, then try to saw it off).

The mind may almost compulsively dig into areas where matters are denied or ignored, or where deep change is happening but those involved are pretending everything is just fine. This will cause friction, especially in relationships or financially, but if handled consciously (with deliberate discernment, rather than a critical approach), may excavate areas painful or too long ignored, allowing healing to begin. Warning: thinking easily drifts into the fantastical and unreal; stay connected to the facts–and don’t mistake your or another’s thoughts for facts–for best results (Perfecting today: Venus sesq Pluto, Merc sxt Black Moon Lilith and contra-parallel Neptune)

Today’s word image is a picture of a stranger, found in a box of old family photos. Whose ‘surprise photo’ are you most likely to find emerging from the past? Who within the family is this person connected to, and why? And does this illuminate anything about this family member for you?

Vincent van Gogh 'Olive Trees' 1888 {{PD}}

Vincent van Gogh ‘Olive Trees’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo: If you’re willing to let go of outmoded or irrelevant energy drains, and acquiesce to re-making those areas that need ‘power reform’, you can mid-way through your year, through to your next birthday, find like-minded others and develop an aesthetic both of which will support realizing your goals and ambitions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

4 August 2016 The Engine of Ambitions

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 "Motor Manufacturing" by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

“Motor Manufacturing” by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

The AstroEssence: Our ambitions drive everything right now; we have innovative, unique, and inspiring thoughts about our desires, wants, and goals, and we see what’s impractical or unwise about the form our current aims take, and so can modify our intended direction and our efforts. Our quest to express our individuality pushes us forward, and we’re heartened both by seeing how and why things didn’t work in the past, and how we and our ambitions can fit into the social fabric now. Optimism is pervasive, but take care not to bite off more than you can handle (Pallas sesq Zeus, and Merc nov Zeus and parallel Uranus, Sun nov Jupiter and qnx the SN)

Juan Téllez Hellín - 'Work' 1903 {{PD}}

Juan Téllez Hellín – ‘Work’ 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is unfinished knitting. What have we begun to knit together, pulling in different threads to make a coherent and cooperative whole, that we’ve lately put aside, neglected, or given up on? Whatever the project is, remind yourself of what you intended at the time, then look at things in the light of now–that’s the only way to know if it’s right to pick it up and finish, or to unravel things, and put the energy and materials to a better use.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Leo: Though most of the year goes smoothly, you are actually headed for great change; the question is, will this be forced upon you, or will you see the writing on the wall, and modify your course so that what you’re required to do fits into what you want, anyway? You prepare best by being flexible, and at the same time being as Self-responsible and Self-aware as possible; avoid being too critical of yourself or others, as this is especially likely at those points when emotions overcome you. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By mik Krakow - Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

By mik Krakow – Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

Thank you, Readers!

3 August 2016 Good For Us

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Elizabeth Forbes - 'Blackberry Gathering' c1912 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence: What we love is actually good for us right now–can you imagine? It may seem like a trick, a deception, a sleight-of-mind, but we’ll only be mislead if we focus our attention too narrowly on ourselves and our interests; keep the world in mind, and our actions and choices can verge on transformative, that’s how effective our ‘reach’ into the real world can be. Make it pleasant, make it pretty, make it profitable, and we’ll all benefit. And we find, in exerting ourselves, that if we anticipated pain for taking charge and being responsible, we were wrong–empowering ourselves is not just hurt-free, but helps us shed any illusions we may have accepted as valid (Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Mars semi-sq Pluto, Venus nov Hygeia, Sun qnx Neptune)

Today’s word image is a forest, where every tree trunk is covered with butterflies. To me butterflies are symbols of potential, of what someone or something can become, and a forest speaks of an environment that acts as a sheltering place to gather, replenish, and breed, a proper ground for bringing something to fruition. This image may prompt us to look at how well our environment incubates our efforts; are they properly nourished, allowed to develop, recognized as valid once they are complete? If not, consider modifications that can help support even the most delicate and elusive of ideas, the inspired kind we must take seriously and pursue, before the moment passes. See one man’s efforts to support butterflies here, and a real-life forest such as our image describes here.

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo: there is a ‘fresh’ feeling to your new Solar year, one that offers you the time, energy, and inclination to address old issues, see to lingering problems, and adjust current matters so that you are rid of what’s outdated and can effectively turn your attention on the future. You are entering a larger process of change that will take some time; getting right with the past is your first step forward. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

Read —  Donate  —  and enjoy your Wednesday!

New Moon in Leo + 2 August 2016 Find the Groove

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1912 Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

If you don’t find your groove, moving forward may feel like this. 1912
Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Action-taking and choice-making are impulsive and yet create opportunities, and may in particular create an opportunity related to the New Moon; this abundance of possibility is true for us, as long as we access instinct, don’t confuse that with wishful thinking, and stay aligned with our genuine priorities. We can make gains in knowledge and widen our horizons, if we can find the groove. Strange as it may sound, just don’t think about it; that may be our best ‘in’ to the instinctual nature, along with feelings that are clear (that is, not confused with thought). Those who confuse the sources and meaning of their impulses will find it costly, damaging to either relationships or finances, while everyone else can successfully ignore the unpleasant or denied in favor of the instinctual and what’s true to oneself (Mars into Sagittarius, Vesta-Pallas-Juno Water Grand Trine still in effect–see forecast for the 1st–with Vesta also perfecting a sextile to Ceres, Venus sq Sedna, Mercury contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleThe Lunar Essence is exemplified by the New Moon in Leo, falling at 10 degrees 57 minutes, at 1:44 PM PDT of the 2nd. This event in Leo brings a focus of Self-awareness, of our part in the larger scheme, and particularly makes us aware of how we might ‘shine’ in life. This meeting of Sun and Moon (as viewed from our perspective on Earth) ends the Dark period and signifies energetically an inception, a new start, a seed moment, likely related to the real-world matters represented by the House in the natal chart in which the NM falls. The aspects made tell us the story; this New Moon is square to Black Moon Lilith, trine Saturn, quincunx Neptune (and close to but too far out to count a quincunx to the SN), and sesquiquadrate Chiron. We personally (Leo) can begin the process of materialization, or we can find shape and context for these matters, or we can limit or otherwise contain issues related to matters of the House where the NM falls. It will take some effort, some of it potentially unpleasant, but the results can be both healing and creative (especially if you can find that groove!) and can remove a long-held shadow from the psyche.

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Children Play On A Swing Hanging From The Branches Of A Huge Oak Tree’. This may tell us that our best approach, as with the ‘not thinking’ mentioned above, is one that takes a carefree attitude with developments, toward both what we do or generate and what comes from outside us. Play may be our most useful and productive way of engaging the energies, as it all ‘hangs’ on our wisdom and strength, signified by the oak in the image.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Leo: it may feel like you have just awakened, just been struck by the lightning of an exciting and vital idea, or that you are embarking on a renewed life, even if nothing in your circumstances has changed. This is the effect of having your Solar Return follow so closely in the lee of a New Moon. The emphasis, for you this year, is on creativity; be willing to be flexible, to make the changes, adjustments, and modifications that will support exercising your creative energies and doing right by your spiritual needs, because a helpful wind is with you–you can go a lot farther than you think. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

1 August 2016 A Tangle of Impulses

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By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach - 'Der Rettung Entgegen' 1913 {{PD}}

By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach – ‘Der Rettung Entgegen’ 1913 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re well into Dark of the Moon, that three day period prior to the New Moon when the Lunar light is absent, effectively removing our symbolic connection to the passing of time–and it’s this sense of timelessness that we should be mindful of right now. Particularly in that final 24 hours before the New Moon, we may find turning inward more natural than turning outward, and aligning our inner life with our outer one especially difficult, as they seem to be so disconnected. That means that meditation, contemplation, revery, creativity, and seeking the vision are all especially effective now, while activities with a purely external focus don’t get the attention they need, and so don’t go as well as they could. Add to this Mars at 29 Scorpio, and we have the potential for a lot of compulsive or poorly thought out actions and choices, prior to the Mars entry into Sagittarius (and Mars moves into Sagittarius only about two hours before perfection of the New Moon, suggesting that the impulse to act may come forward before the intention, the ‘why’, becomes clear). Perhaps a note to the Self reminding us that though the inner life and viewpoint seem to be of ultimate importance, even more ‘real’, during this period, we are still physical beings in a material world, so measured activity and some caution is advised.

'Le Bec de Gaz - Nuit bleue' Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

‘Le Bec de Gaz – Nuit bleue’ Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

It’s the perfect time to reach emotional balance, specifically by getting clear within our own minds on what we are dedicated to, where we are empowered to act effectively, and by following the wisdom that exists internally and that is externally offered. It’s in being sure within ourselves of where we want to spend our energy and time, and how we can best exercise our prerogatives, that we find guidance toward the smart choice, or the practical one, and so insure we have the desired impact.

If we align our mentality too closely to material matters, we may find ourselves hurting, particularly through relationships or financial matters, and it’s almost guaranteed we won’t understand why–the tendency will be to blame others or circumstances, rather than see that our own viewpoint needs adjustment (Water Grand Trine of Vesta-Juno-Pallas, Mercury at the midpoint of Vesta-Juno and opp Pallas, Merc trine Ceres, Venus qnx Chiron, Sun sesq Chiron and trine Saturn)

Mihail Simonidi (1870 - 1933) - Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Mihail Simonidi (1870 – 1933) – Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a swan. Distilling the many meanings and associations of a swan, we see them as symbols of purity, associated with Venus, and linked to music. Look for the ‘swan element’ within your life, those things that represent beauty, purity, and the pure sensory enjoyment that comes from the Venusian aesthetic, especially through music–or just watch for swans, alerting you to synchronicities ahead.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Leo: early in your ‘new year’ you may feel emotionally confused, cut off from the feeling nature by real or imagined barriers, but soon enough you adjust, chiefly by realizing that it’s your own creative energy that’s distorting your perceptions–and that energy needs a solid outlet for expression. This may be your quest this year: to find the ‘perfect’ expressive mode for either your artistic or spiritual Beingness–everything else may take a back seat, until such expression is found. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great start to your week!

Libra New Moon 30 September 2016 A New Form of Empowerment

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Still Life with Pie, Silver Ewer and Crab by Willem Claeszoon Heda (1658) {{PD}}

Still Life with Pie, Silver Ewer and Crab by Willem Claeszoon Heda (1658) {{PD}}

The New Moon in Libra (30 September 2016 5:12 PM PDT at 8 Libra 15) calls for us to stretch our usual close 2+ or – orbs, within reason, which allows a quincunx to Neptune, a sextile to Saturn, and a semi-sextile to Venus–but then we see the very close novile to Juno–and that inspires as the key to this New Moon event. We still need to include the recent contact with Jupiter, though remembering that this ‘expansion’ or other Jupiterian experience is past, and so set the stage for the present, is vital.

What do we see at the New Moon? A beginning, naturally, one with its origins in matters of the House where the NM falls–but more than that, we see stirrings of a new version of empowerment (Juno). At the point of the New Moon we look around after those Jupiterian expansions (which include excursions into the social sphere of all stripe) and see how different our effectiveness landscape, our ability to affect things, our status, really is now; we see, in relatively mild terms (the semi-sextile) how we may benefit, profit, or gain (including through new contacts and relationships) in the ‘new’ reality picture (Saturn), and this comes in the form of something we have created, imagined, or that we find has formed closer to our ideals (quincunx Neptune). We ‘wake up’, in a sense, as the New Moon sparks understanding of just how much has recently changed, and how we have created a new place for ourselves within the larger social order by changing our own circumstances or interactions (Jupiter).

The Sabian for this New Moon is, ‘Three “Old Masters” Hanging On The Wall Of A Special Room In An Art Gallery’. The image suggests the New Moon rests on old, completed works (master works, in fact) that now find a “special” place, for them to be seen and appreciated. Things we’ve done in the past, things that were handled optimally, or created at a peak of originality or mastery of technique, now become known/ seen by and to others–and what comes from this observation or awareness describes our current, new empowerment scenario, and defines our new status. We become, in essence, ‘New Old Masters’, showing what we have created, with our past choices hinting at what we will become.

See some ‘New Old Masters’ here–make sure you see the pics in the gallery at the end of the story

29 September 2016 Kiss It And Make It Better

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema 'A Kiss' {{PD}}

Lawrence Alma-Tadema ‘A Kiss’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: is everyone out of sorts, or is it our viewpoint that’s whack? It’s a little of both, really, though if we look below the surface for the reasons behind the disharmony, we find that discord in relationships or finances is due to past hurts (or debts) that haven’t been addressed. We may need to apply resources, or Love, to the injured areas–things don’t get better until we do–and there’s a danger we might over think, believing we can find a more successful recipe than that offered by simple wisdom–and we would be wrong about that (Hygeia enters Scorpio. Venus sesq Chiron, Mercury qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is a red lipstick. That’s a symbol of glamour for some, sin for others, with many interpretations falling in between. What’s the ‘red lipstick’ in your life, and what’s your reaction to it? This may be as much about seeing that associations we make automatically (because of past influences) may no longer fit today’s situation–we’re free to see things as we want to, rather than as we’ve been conditioned to.

For those born with the Sun at 7 Libra: the covert conditions surrounding Love and/ or Money in your world will be the deciding factor behind so much for you this year, Libra, that you may almost feel like your life isn’t your own; relationships and finances seem to conspire in tying current efforts and choices to past obligations or restrictions. The good news is, this won’t last forever. Though most of the year efforts are hobbled, about three months before your next birthday you should see a kind of energy re-birth that allows you to go forward unencumbered, especially in areas of ideals fulfillment and creativity. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

Next up: the New Moon!

28 September 2016 Healthy Living

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Gerard ter Borch 17th century {{PD}}

Gerard ter Borch 17th century {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Relationships either encourage our healthy living and practices, or are themselves a sign of the health of our interactions; that is, if we are engaged in unhealthy relationships, we’ll see that quite clearly now. Practices that promote our well-being pay off, and we may locate financial benefits arising from precautions taken or positive steps made in the health arena. However, our thinking is in some way resistant to the influence of those in charge, those who hold authority, or to Mom, and we must be alert to the chance that this could intrude on our capacity for objectivity. Too, we may think or process info in ways that actually undermine our own power or authority–watch for that, as well–and be alert to the potential for difficulties surrounding contracts, getting needed signatures or authorizations, and ‘misunderstandings’ (deliberate or accidental) in negotiations (Venus parallel Hygeia, Mercury sesq Ceres)

Today’s word image is a beautiful plate with a series of bird figures around the edge; when the plate spins, the birds appear to take flight. Wonders small and large are everywhere–you just have to learn how to set them in motion, or think of them the ‘right’ way (applying ‘spin’ to the topic).

Sidney Hall - Urania's Mirror - Libra {{PD}} Library of Congress

Sidney Hall – Urania’s Mirror – Libra {{PD}} Library of Congress

For those born with the Sun at 6 Libra: this year you may find yourself busy collecting benefits or gaining in some way from keeping secrets, doing research, or discreetly dissecting a matter to get to what really counts, and so is valued. Addressing these likely hidden but oh-so-important issues will empower you personally, and perhaps offer a significant boost in status–but first, you must quietly and without drawing attention dig, transform, and revive what others find a mystery or underestimate the value of. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

Focus On: Mars Into Capricorn, and Regarding Pallas

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Allegorical statue of the parlamentarian executive power at the Pallas Athene fountain in front of the Austrian parliament building in Vienna. Photo By Manfred Werner - Tsui (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo By Manfred Werner – Tsui (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The AstroEssence for the 27th, plus the Mars in Capricorn outlook: The martial is both on the ground and in the air, figuratively speaking. We see the god of war, egos, getting ‘it’ done, and pushy Self-interest vacate the volatile mutability of Sagittarius for the down-to-earth, Cardinal acting-out of Capricorn. This is typically one of those shifts that people actually notice; we feel the license we enjoyed with Martian energies and the focus on forward-thinking actions and finding out slip away as Mars moves into Capricorn. The sign of the goat/ sea goat imbues the Warrior with a sort of built-in brake, and not one that’s entirely under our conscious control. We may subtly place barriers in our own way, pull back on projects we were just a moment ago charging forward with, assets may be suddenly harder to get (Earth qnx Venus), and overall we may feel as if something, somewhere is acting as a drag on our forward momentum. Is that really the case?

No. We’re simply being tasked with learning to shape, contain, and aim our efforts–not unreasonable at all. We may also find that what we are building requires a hands on approach, or we may insist on building something where before we were content to only talk about progress. Thoughts and communications offer the empowered option, if we’ll only listen to feedback (Libran Merc sextile Juno). There will be a few who’ll believe that their choices and actions are unimpeachable, who will project the whole Cappy restraint kit-‘n kaboodle onto others, making them responsible for the individual’s lack of personal progress–but they will be forced to see the light, when (by Oct 19th) Mars conjoins Pluto and we know what change and destruction our choices have wrought.

The more practically-oriented, sensitive, and wise Warrior, Pallas, is not having an easy time, either, adding to that paranoia of ‘someone’s out to stop me’. It seems that even regarding those matters of wisdom and practicality, or trying to call on skills, is a hostile act. Pallas sits in Aquarius and receives a sesquiquadrate from the Sun; this tells us that if we are truly willing to look at what’s not practical, at what’s not wise (for this info isn’t hidden, we just have to want to see it), we will navigate things easily on the power of the intellect and our own breadth of understanding. And that’s really good, if, once again, we can get out of our own way.

Looking for a little something on US politics, and the upcoming debate (the 26th) in particular? Try this–

'Spoon' by British Sculptor Anne Schwegmann-Fielding 2009 Photo by Ipingalex - CC BY-SA 4.0

‘Spoon’ by British Sculptor Anne Schwegmann-Fielding 2009 Photo by Ipingalex – CC BY-SA 4.0

Today’s word image is a spoon. It’s a utensil, something helpful, and when we need one there’s just no substitute. They can be carved from the humblest piece of wood, forged in silver, big enough to be considered a paddle, small enough for a baby’s mouth, or to deliver white powder to a nostril. When you hear the word, what spoon do you immediately imagine? Consider a few of our associations with the word: ‘spoon-fed’, ‘born with a silver spoon in his mouth’, or spooning someone as you lie together. What does your immediate association imply? That’s something, whether it’s privilege, indulgence, sating hunger, or one of a thousand other possibilities, that you need to examine, as it may be feeding assumptions that are having too big an effect in your world.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Libra: you are just slightly out-of-sync with Love and Money right now–it’s like you’re oh-so-close to alignment (and so real abundance), but before it all starts to work, you need to be willing to modify the approach, ever so slightly. Though your Libra Sun is prone to wanting things pretty, fair, and harmonious, you’ll need to get a little dirty, look in the corners, and be willing to call things as they are (not in an over-the-top, Trumpian, not-really true-way, but in one that acknowledges flaws and less flattering components so they can be addressed–that’s the only means of balancing the Love or Money picture, which will then allow it to flow right in. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

Scroll to the previous post for the outlook for Monday the 26th-

Your Weekend 24-26 September 2016 Reaping Results

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Emile Claus 1903 {{PD}}

Emile Claus 1903 {{PD}}

Secrets revealed, realities dealt with, accommodations made, results, well, reaped–that’s what this weekend (and that first week day) holds. Proportions to the mix will vary for each individual, of course, but the overall ingredient list remains the same. On Saturday the 24th we see a clear path to ambition fulfillment, and we gain materially, within the reality picture, when we acknowledge matters we’ve heretofore (just have to use that word once!) ignored, been in denial of, or been enraged by. If you’re stuck, not moving forward, it’s likely because you’re either fixed on material assets and benefits in the here and now only, or because you are in your own way protesting what you see as the imperfection of the world. In that latter case, just get over yourself. You seeing the world as it is actually requires your permission, and yet the world doesn’t need your acceptance to be what it is. You see who needs to bend, in this instance, yes? (Juno parallel Zeus, Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith and nov Saturn, Earth parallel Chiron–which means the Sun is contra-parallel)

Sunday the 25th brings a test of Self-discipline disguised as a temptation to rebel. We may wangle with power elements or authorities because, whether we realize it consciously or not, we have the sense they’re trying to, for wont of a better phrase, ‘take our stuff’. Tune in today to the abundant and constant state of the Universe–that’s the only reliable antidote for paranoia or unreasoned erraticism. Today again, pathways to expanding our reach, our knowledge, and our world are plentiful and clear, you just have to contain yourself long enough to take them (Uranus sq Vesta, Jupiter qnx and contra-parallel Ceres, Mars semi-sq BML, Sun conjoined Jupiter and qnx Ceres)

'The Red Curtain' - Helen Hyde 1907 {{PD}}

‘The Red Curtain’ – Helen Hyde 1907 {{PD}}

By Monday the 26th we may sense a shroud lifting–nothing drastic, more like a transparent curtain gently moved aside, or the shift one feels when someone who has judged and condemned us no longer bothers. Overly dramatic, right? There are two reasons for our perceptions playing out like that: we currently feel powerless, and we seem to be looking into all the dark corners, our attention drawn to what we’ve, up ’til now, been able to avoid looking at. One is an illusion fostered by the other; the reality is, if we look at and acknowledge the denied and ignored, we see how powerful we really are (Venus opp Ceres, Sun nov BML, Pluto direct)

The word images for the weekend are: a vinyl record=these have made a hipster-comeback, though in some circles, they never went out of style. This symbol suggests drawing a distinction between appreciation that is inherent to our nature, and appreciation that is essentially following fashion. As you know, fashions come and go–what’s important are the things that speak to our Souls; a street performer continues to perform in the rain=when is persistence a good idea, and when is it fruitless? We have to accept that we can’t always know ahead of time–which is why it’s so important that our actions and choices arise from an inner motivation; a beat-up but stylish pair of pointy-toed, very high heeled boots=something that makes you feel fun, sexy, frisky is getting a little worn–re-think approaches, attitudes, accoutrements, and assumptions–it may be time for something fresh.

For those born with the Sun at 2 Libra: you are optimistic almost to the point of bursting–but it’s going to take some changes in your attitudes toward those in authority, and toward your own grasp of and use of power, before you will hit that achievement and accolade ‘sweet spot’. Keep in mind that this is a good time to explore empowerment and expression options, but that you might want to hold back, just a tad, before completely committing; that way you can sample an array of possibilities, and make the best choice for you. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 3 Libra: opportunity meets you and your talents this year, Libra–and so does the potential for going overboard big-time. You may spend the coming year, through to your next birthday, consumed with trying to find the right balance between excess and exuberance, knowledge and faith, optimism and realistic expectations. It won’t be easy, but it will be fortuitous; expect to gain, one way or another. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 4 Libra: you are moving forward at about the briskest pace of which you are capable–and it may be time for you to slow down a bit, and take a careful inventory of what you’re responsible for, what power you hold, what you must negotiate for, and what situations and circumstances feel most natural to you, going forward. If you want to do the wise thing, the smart thing, you’ll measure opportunities and social situations with care–it’s here you’re most likely to slip up, or lose your sense of practicality. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

23 September 2016 Abandon

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The AstroEssence: we have confidence today; for most this results in the kind of abandon that facilitates a willingness to act, that tunes in to highest values, skills, and priorities, and applies some power thinking and planning to make goals happen, but for a few revenge, past hurt (especially in relationships or over finances), and competitive concerns over status and privilege drive a destructive attempt to grab all the power and authority for themselves. This, as you can guess, is not the way to behave. ‘Earth’ yourself, whether by actually putting your bare feet on the ground or by getting your hands ‘dirty’ with something fundamental literally, as in gardening or sculpture, or figuratively, by doing something like handling money or buying property–in any case, put those plans to work in a way that illustrates for you the way you can have a solid impact on your world. If you need to persuade, today’s the day, but don’t be surprised if the result is a (probably slightly negative) shift in finances or relationships (Chiron trine Vesta, Mercury trine Pluto and semi-sq Venus, Earth parallel Ceres and sesq Juno)

Venusian urges can be very exhilarated on first entering the world of Scorpionic feeling. The Foam Sprite (1895) Herbert James Draper {{PD}}

Venusian urges can be very exhilarated, at first entering the world of Scorpionic feeling–it’s dark and a little scary in there. The Foam Sprite (1895) Herbert James Draper {{PD}}

Venus enters Scorpio and unless you’re down with a little mystery, a little sexuality, a little Truth-telling, a little secret-keeping, then you may be a tad uncomfortable as the planet of Love and Money enters the realm of the hidden, the unknown, the devastating, the dark, an area populated by agents of change and transformation, these two latter often driven by emotion (Water sign).

Today’s word image is a crowbar. The main use of a crowbar is to pry something open. Are you trying to force something, a revelation from someone else, your own inclusion in something, access to something you want? On occasion we may inadvertently push forward with something, not quite comprehending its (and our) true state; we may need to consider that if sheer force is the only thing that gets us what we want, we may not have a right to it at all.

For those born with the Sun at 1 Libra: you may be undergoing a subtle assessment in the asset or relationship department, in preparation for expansion, getting ‘more’, or in expectation of leaving for distant horizons. You may feel secure in these areas, as if you can count on things to stay the same while you seek to express your freedom–think again. You can’t ask for all the license you’re claiming and still expect others to stay static, waiting for your decision as to whether they’ll be part of your life or not. Be optimistic and take opportunities, even as you think carefully about what you might lose, if you go chasing the dream. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

21-22 September 2016 Changing Impressions

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Aksel Waldemar Johannessen 'Skiläufer in verschneiter Landschaft' - c. 1918 {{PD}}

Aksel Waldemar Johannessen ‘Skiläufer in verschneiter Landschaft’ – c. 1918 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 21st: Here’s what I wrote when the retrograde period for Mercury began; you might want to check it out and see if it played out like this for you. And now, a word about Merc’s direction, which occurs at 14 Virgo 49 at 10:30 PM Pacific time of the 21st. As I wrote at that time about the direction, it occurs “in the midst of a trine to Pluto. This suggests change, transformation, destruction, reformation, right out of the gate, based on the changes to our mentality and to our view of the material world, and our place in it.” It’s a close trine, perfecting quickly, and so implying transformative sweeps of our mental landscape that translate into sweeping change in the material one (or, if you prefer, destruction of previous thinking, probably on subjects ruled by Merc or indicated by the Houses it rules or where it’s turning around), replaced with a vacuum, that will be filled with a new viewpoint during the period immediately following direction. The next aspect set for Mercury after that conversation with Pluto is a sextile to Juno that catches Zeus at the midpoint. This implies that the changes we make will be empowering, and they may either bring access to ambition fulfillment more quickly than we anticipated, or they may require the adjustment of the ambition picture, as we realize what making an effective impact on our surroundings really entails.

We also may see adjustment to relationships or finances, according to what happened in the past. This is something we will likely feel we must do, in a kind of delayed reaction that suggests we will only now be realizing the need for response and change (Venus sesq SN)

The AstroEssence for the 22nd: The Sun moves into Libra, and so of course the Earth moves into Aries, with the axis connecting to Jupiter by parallel/ contra-parallel. A sense of optimism and opportunity accompanies this sign shift, though it may feel at first like the social sphere drowns out the conversation between individuals. That’s only a hint that we best spend our energy attending to matters of health, and to what’s practical and smart in material areas, especially those where we are ‘the engine’ that makes it happen (Earth in Aries) (Mars sxt Hygeia, Earth nov Pallas)

Allegory of communist press censorship, analogue picture taken in 1989. Artist: Jacek Halicki Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Allegory of communist press censorship, analogue picture taken in 1989. Artist: Jacek Halicki Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The word image for the 21st is a newspaper article about you. Do you have a memory of an actual event that occurred for which you were featured, singled out for attention, or for which you won accolades, or do you envision a future accomplishment or act of infamy? Whichever it is, you’re likely right now to be reviewing that event or expectation, and reassessing its importance in your life, with the central question being, What else will you do that will be worthy of notice, and will it be considered positive or negative by those who come after?

The word image for the 22nd is a pair of old-fashioned skis. When I first started skiing as a child, boots were lace-up, and proper ski height (for your wooden skis!) was determined by holding your arm straight up–that was the correct ski length for you. Everything, I mean everything, has changed since then. You may have a personal memory or connection with some practice, sport, or tradition that has taken a completely, almost unrecognizable form in the interim between ‘then’ and ‘now’, or this may simply be a reminder that everything evolves, bringing up the question, ‘Is now better than then, or is the idea of ‘better’ even relevant?’

Mihail Simonidy 1904 {{PD}}

Mihail Simonidy 1904 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 29 Virgo: you’re headed toward a period of emotional harmony, but it’s going to take some work, and most of the year through to your next birthday, to get there. It’s a matter of making the right choices, being willing to commit assets (be they material or talent-related), and taking specific steps to both stay healthy and be open to instincts; do this, and what you create may be one of the most enjoyable periods of your life. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 00 Libra: it seems you’re looking for your version of Power, your rightful place in the natural order, and you’re looking to expand your world with new experiences, travel, learning–so what’s stopping you? This may be your best opportunity for some time to come to do what you want–you’re fairly well positioned for it, relatively speaking, if I’m reading this thing right–so I would encourage you to go for it. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

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20 September 2016 The Fickle Finger of Instinct

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Frederick Sandys  - 'Portrait of May Margaret', 1865-6 {{PD}}

Frederick Sandys – ‘Portrait of May Margaret’, 1865-6 {{PD}}

Those of us with a memory of the late 60s-early 70s will remember ‘Laugh In’, with its award of the Fickle Finger of Fate, given to someone with whom fate, in this sense karma, had recently caught up. Always, the negative outcome was the result of the entity’s own choices–these were Self-created dilemmas, problems, and circumstances of shame, not inflicted by any outside body. Today we, too, encounter the tremendous potentials offered by a Finger, and our results will arise directly from what we’ve built, invested in, or created in our lives–so, not fickle at all.

The base is formed by Mars in Sagittarius and Venus-Hygeia in Libra, with the apex drawn by Sedna. What this suggests is that our informed/ educated actions and choices will join with the health of our finances or relationships, and as these two work together we either fall directly into our ‘blind spot’ (those areas others can see, and see the obvious conditions of, while we have no clue), or we tap into instincts and that knowledge of the world we carry just below consciousness. So, it’s either a recipe for showing how much we’re unaware of in a particular area, or for connecting firmly with our own internal guidance system, and making the most of it. Not to despair if you find yourself having waltzed right into some facet of your own ignorance (for that’s all unawareness is, a not knowing that is revealed by our engagement with something or some life area we aren’t fully informed about); it’s nothing to be ashamed over, it’s simply an opportunity to experience and gain understanding–the only time you should feel shame about it is if you refuse to learn from what’s presented–then it’s on you.

We’ll also see Mercury slow for direction, hovering within roughly 25 minutes of the turnaround, in trine to Pluto and sextile to Juno. This makes for powerful and empowering thought, ideas, and plans that are generated at least in part by our own tension and frustration with the Merc retro cycle and what it has produced, denied, or held back–but we must remember not to act just yet. With the Finger we are meeting circumstances previously formed and now delivering results as we make choices based on relationship or money developments, so taking action based on previously formed viewpoints is natural–with the circumstances of Mercury we are generating new mental material–and must wait for the turnaround before it can be successfully vetted.

The Sun is also parallel Ceres and semi-square Black Moon Lilith. This suggests a strong sense of confidence and ‘natural’ authority, but that sureness may be a little too influenced by unacknowledged rage, or a deep need to ignore or deny some aspects of the situation–and that means you may adopt the saying, ‘The best defense is a good offense’ without really knowing you’re being aggressive. The power today is centered in knowing where you’re weak, and where you excel at perception and understanding, and being controlled and yes, wise enough, to acknowledge the reality and potential repercussions of your state, and respond accordingly.

By Mohammed Jaffar from Montreal, Canada - 30e Festival du cochon de Sainte-Perpétue, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34477664

By Mohammed Jaffar from Montreal, Canada – 30e Festival du cochon de Sainte-Perpétue, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34477664

Today’s word image is a pig. Some places they are symbols of prosperity and luck, in others of gluttony or greed, with some societies seeing them as meat machines that can convert almost any fodder to pork, while others view them as unclean and so inedible. Your own associations with the animal and what it represents are important here, simply because, no matter what you think, that thought is not universally held. Seeing a pig or pig-related item may alert you to a synchronous moment, an alert to question your assumptions and perhaps what you consider ‘common knowledge’.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Virgo: love or money is sneaking up on you this year, Virgo, in a way that might almost be described as ‘unpleasant’. And yet, these are things we all want, and want more of, no? The trick may be to realize that there’s a rainbow at the end of that storm (or a pony in that stable full of sh*t, or however you think of a not readily apparent payoff to a less than appealing situation). This should tell you, though, that those efforts to deal with what’s not so great will pay off, likely in a much bigger way than you anticipate–so yay for that! Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Your Weekend 17-19 September 2016 Oh! The Webs We Weave

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Jacobello Alberegno - 'The Harvest of the World' c1350 {{PD}}

Jacobello Alberegno – ‘The Harvest of the World’ c1350 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: That title is based mostly on a sextile Pluto will make to Juno on the 19th that will likely permeate the entire weekend; it may act as backdrop, or motivator, as it moves toward perfection, imbuing everything with an ambitious undercurrent of gaining power, and a readiness to push for changes that enhance that accumulation of influence. We may be ruthless in our drive to be heard or for our impact to be felt, and typically that would generate all kinds of problems, including some complicated web-weaving, but this time . . . what we’ve got going for us are these things 1) imagination and creative energy out the wazoo, 2) smart thinking that respects our values and relationships, and makes the most of our assets and talents, 3) our actions and choices are spontaneous and naturally lead to our empowerment, 4) and our instincts, especially those that inform healing, are spot on. Cautions come in the form of an inclination to misunderstand health matters, whether these are literal health issues or mental, emotional, or figurative ones, and in a warning to avoid rebelliousness, as being contrary just to be contrary may arise in relationships when we fundamentally misinterpret who the other person is, or what they owe us. Too, watch out for those who might intend to deceive; though they may feel they have a perfectly good reason for doing so, we need to cleave unto the Truth, or at least reality as it actually exists.

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Photo by Kabirmathur CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This weekend’s word image is things that are black and white. High contrast suggests a binary system, one that breaks the world into stark components, if not outright opposites. This might be about bringing our attention to matters where we see things in black and white, not allowing for (or even acknowledging) a middle ground. Consideration for all the shades of gray (and for these being just as legitimate as any extreme) might be in order–or, we may find ourselves called to something more formal (the colors evoke a tux, after all!), or it could be a call to get back to basics.

I loved what Tracy had to say about yesterday’s Lunar eclipse–

For those born with the Sun at 25 Virgo: it may seem this year, through to your next birthday, as if there’s nothing pushing you through life; it may be a matter of drifting, at least in terms of conscious motivation. What compels you remains below consciousness, hidden, possibly not fully formed–and that can be very frustrating. If you’ve wanted to strike out on your own, blaze a trail, or otherwise launch an effort highly dependent on your own efforts, now’s the time. Not much will hold you back–and while you’re working in that direction, things will come together just as they should. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For the Sun at 26 Virgo: your instincts are strong and responsive this year, informing everything, if you’ll allow it. Be very careful, though, that ‘blind spot’ material doesn’t control choices (that is, that you don’t assert you know something that you don’t), or masquerade as natural instincts or intuitive knowledge. A clear view of the reality picture, and a focus on Self-nurturing (rather than looking to others for emotional comfort) may be the recipe that allows you to gain, produce, or advance. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

And for the Sun at 27 Virgo: you’re headed toward true emotional integration this year, simply by being and pursuing what you will. It’s inevitable that the emotional perceptions and intelligence will grow–and you can apply them in any way you like, though I can give you a hint: your power comes from Nature. More than for most people, what you make of this Solar cycle will be purely up to you. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

16 September 2016 Restoration

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Arthur Wardle - 'A Fairy Tale' {{PD}}

Arthur Wardle – ‘A Fairy Tale’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: choices and actions are inspired by our ego, and by our own empowerment, and that can be turned in a positive direction if we gauge everything to our highest values–it’s smart to look for the obvious benefit in things–we just have to accept that knowing is available, though not necessarily yet verifiable, as our intuition and sensory data will tell us what we need to know. This is all bolstered by the Lunar eclipse (see below) (Mars nov Juno, Venus trine Pallas)

The LunarEssence: The Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) is appulse (the apparent close approach of one celestial body to another which is created by the perspective from a third, in this case, the third being Earth) and occurs on 16 September at 12:05 PM PDT at 24 Pisces 19. Here we do see a Finger of God, with the eclipse and Sedna as base, apex Hygeia. With the Solar eclipse we were offered health, in some important way; now the Lunar eclipse declares we are likely to know instinctively in what way or form the restoration of balance or function was or is to be reached. The promise of the previous eclipse is fulfilled in this one—and that more than a little connects them in a deeper way than we usually experience, and this may be symbolized in the signs involved, with the Virgo Solar eclipse being very visible (or at least tangible—Earth sign), and the Lunar eclipse an event of completion, as all Full Moons are, this one Piscean, representing a subtle, evocative development below conscious awareness, possibly mainly perceived through the emotions or ‘sensed’ through intuitive or creative faculties.

The Lunar eclipse is conjoined Chiron, giving what concludes or ends at this time a theme of healing, or wounding, with the former the goal, and the latter the outcome to unresolved tensions not addressed adequately by the individual. The potential for this negative result is shown in the Moon-Earth/ Sun axis which creates a T-square with Mars; this brings the ego, the Will, and aggressive or assertive energies into play, and implies that the health and healing we seek (and we seek this whether we know it consciously or not) may not occur, if we are unable to resolve the tension between the ‘I Am’ or the ego and the event of the Lunar eclipse. That is, the Chirotic occurrence will initially bring upset to the ego; it’s in resolving this upset that we have the chance to heal.

The eclipse is also trine Vesta and novile Ceres. These aspects imply there will be available to us a powerful nurturing energy that unites personal power (derived from our natural authority, plus Nature and our place within it) with what we find sacred, specifically in the areas of home, family, and the act of giving succor. Whatever reaches fruition or ending with this eclipse will align with our truest values and those things we honor and find sacred. If we’re surprised by what develops, we should take it as bringing to our conscious attention what we really care about—and so eclipse events will offer the chance to move toward more authentic representations of our values, especially in the areas of nurture, dedication, and responsibility.

Franz von Stuck - 'The Dance' 1910 {{PD}}

Franz von Stuck – ‘The Dance’ 1910 {{PD}}

Should we count that out-of-sign opposition of the eclipse to Jupiter? Astrologer and early opinion-haver on this topic, William Lilly, tells us that to be considered combust the Sun, a planet must be within 8 degrees 30 minutes and in the same sign—which Jupiter is not; but he counts anything up to within 17 degrees of the Sun as being ‘under the sunbeams’, a condition that is debilitating for the body’s energy, but not so much as combustion (he contradicts himself later in discussing Horary astrology by stating that whether the body is in the same sign as the Sun does not matter). I think we must count Jupiter as having a part in the eclipse since the Sun is approaching conjunction to Jupiter in 7 degrees 14 minutes (with the meeting occurring in Libra), though I can’t name with any certainty whether we should consider this as having the nature of combustion or the condition of under the sunbeams—either way, we know Jupiter’s usual largesse is a bit dampened by the situation.

A Lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between and is on the same plane as the Sun and Moon, from our point-of-view the Moon appearing to conjoin Earth with the meeting on the side opposite the Sun, with both these bodies opposing the Sun; that means that we ourselves, and material matters, block the illuminating light of the Sun, with most knowledge arriving through emotional or intuitive channels, and through ‘vibes’ gleaned off surroundings or material circumstances. Jupiter is, in essence, conjoined the Sun, and this may imply that Lunar eclipse events at least in part arise from lost knowledge, lost or blocked opportunity, or difficult circumstances surrounding the social arena or our own expansion attempts—and since the aspect has not yet perfected, we may not be aware of the loss, or we may have yet to see it peak.

The Sabian for the Lunar eclipse is, ‘A Religious Organization Succeeds In Overcoming The Corrupting Influence Of Perverted Practices and Materialized Ideals’. Even with the best of intentions, the spiritual easily becomes ‘corrupted’ as we try to incorporate it, represent it, and live it in the daily life; just witness the large number of individuals, religious institutions, and groups over the years who have failed to keep their reason-for-being in mind as the physical plane exerted its influence on their attempts at manifesting the spiritual one. Remember that healing we spoke of, that return to function or fitness? It may, through the action of the two eclipses, act to remove a corrupted or compromised set of practices or to eliminate inappropriate ways of manifesting spiritual energy. And the conjunction of Jupiter to the Sun, origin of the illumination of the eclipse situation in the first place, suggests that we will see a purification of beliefs or of religious practice, with this potential existing both personally and in a larger societal context. The Sun’s Sabian is, ‘A Flag At Half-Mast In Front Of A Public Building’; a flag at half-staff position (mast applies to ships) is an acknowledgment of something lost. Jupiter’s Sabian at the time of the eclipse is, ‘The Transmutation Of The Fruits Of Past Experiences Into The Seed-Realizations Of The Forever Creative Spirit’—well that says it all, doesn’t it? This confirms the positive nature of the change brought by the eclipse, both purifying and regenerative, bringing spirit back closer to its origins, potentially stripping away corrupt or distorted forms that have been applied via attempts at material manifestation.

Today’s word image is made of notes: this–can’t explain why it popped into my head.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Virgo: does having an eclipse on your birthday automatically mean your world is going to be turned upside-down? No, though that ‘No’ must be qualified with this: it’s going to be turned upside-down, it’s just that it may not seem like that’s what’s happening. You may go through some, most, or even the entire year through to your next birthday feeling nothing has changed–and then, suddenly, you’ll see what’s been at work creating Cosmic shifts in your world. If you ‘listen’ hard, you’ll sense this activity, and so can be better prepared for the changes it will bring. For a few of you, drastic change has just occurred–and this years sees the aftermath play out, and your life re-organize itself around those new circumstances. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

Start the new eclipse season right–donate! read! and have a wonderful Friday!

15 September 2016 Accuracy Counts

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'The Fair Toxophiles' 1871 {{PD}} William Powell Frith

‘The Fair Toxophiles’ 1871 {{PD}} William Powell Frith

The AstroEssence: Our attention is very much on ourselves today, on the ways we’ve been wounded, on how we’ve been, in some form, inadequate, unreliable, erratic, a flake. We think we need to stop thinking–at least, halfway through, that may feel like the answer–but in reality, we need to look long and hard not at our transgressions but at the ways we’ve allowed our hurt to drive our ego, and at the way we’ve labeled this ‘instinct’, and so slavishly followed some of our most destructive urges. Though these Self-recriminations may be a tad unpleasant, they’ll be a tremendous good; what we gain is a much more accurate perspective, particularly of our own place in things–and better perspective always, always leads to more effective actions (Perfecting today: Mars sq Chiron, Venus contra-parallel Sedna, Sun qnx Uranus, opp Chiron, and parallel Mercury)

Today’s word image is a stamp. This suggests ‘permission’, and having ‘paid what’s due’ in order to reap some benefit or use some ‘service’. Remember, the only permission you really need to go forward is your own.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Virgo: matters of health and well-being are crowding your peripheral vision–and though you can continue to ignore them, handling them now will prevent big issues in future. The entire year, through to your next birthday, you may wrestle and dance with your responsibilities–to yourself, to the group–and you may need to clearly distinguish between those matters it’s adequate just to understand, and those you must act on. It’ll be a year of tension, surprises, and new experiences, and you’ll likely come out the other end quite changed. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

14 September 2016 Tune In

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Monument to the hippie era, Tamil Nadu, India 2010 by John Hill Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Monument to the hippie era, Tamil Nadu, India 2010 by John Hill Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

The AstroEssence: We may have the urge to rebel against what the group wants, and we’d be right to do so–what they push is unhealthy, at best, and certainly doesn’t support our personal best interests–but we need to tune in to our own highest values, ambitions, and deepest desires, in order to choose, act, and think ‘correctly’ (that is, in a way that supports our strongest feelings and commitments). So the answer isn’t just unthinking rejection of what’s presented; rather we should aim for those things that support us in the most holistic and positive of ways–and when we see what we know is the smart alternative, or the honorable one, we must have the courage to embrace it (Uranus opp Hygeia, Mars sxt Pallas, Venus parallel SN and Zeus, and sq Vesta, Merc sxt Vesta, Sun qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is an ostrich egg. We might need to identify what has ‘big potential’, and keep the elements of that thing or idea ‘warm’ until it can hatch. That suggests we must both perceive the matter accurately, and be willing to take the needed measures, with an eye to success not now but down the road. Delayed gratification is, for some, the hardest thing to face.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Virgo: you’ve chosen your move, your direction, Virgo, and now you must ask yourself, ‘Is this the smart thing to do, or am I just running/ rebelling from something else?’ If you find yourself thinking of those you will smite, frustrate, or otherwise snub by taking this step, you know you’re on a track being driven by showing others rather than fulfilling yourself. It’s not too late; simply step back and reassess. You know what’s smart for you, and shortly you’ll experience a period of emotional fulfillment that has its roots in the wise choice–and you don’t want to miss that, do you? Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

13 September 2016 Balance and Distraction

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Peder Severin Krøyer 1899 {{PD}}

Peder Severin Krøyer 1899 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: we’re heading toward the Lunar eclipse (it may for some feel like we’re barrelling toward it!) concerned about recovery, about ambition, power, and talent expression, and the focus is where and in what ways we’re finding it difficult to act, choose, or go forward. A few suggestions: don’t trust the mind to understand everything–right now it dwells too much in hurt from the past to be an adequate guide and assessor in the present; we do have a keen ability to assess the worth of our ambitions and goals, and we can also see what relationships are necessary (and so to be valued) to facilitate getting where we want to go; and we can take action much more successfully if we pull back on the throttle–a balanced, moderate approach can ease us through in ways that a full court press fails at. A few should expect significant earnings or reward from pursuing goals, and others are likely to find the assets they need to make meeting aims a reality (Venus conj Zeus, Mercury parallel Chiron, and sesq and parallel Ceres, Sun-Earth axis sq Mars)

Bert bert at English Wikipedia {{PD}}

Bert bert at English Wikipedia {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a lawn flamingo. You may see these plastic decorations as an abomination, delightful, an item of nostalgia, kitsch, or mandatory if you live in Florida; consider exactly why you see it as you do. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure–and it’s also true that we have different relationships to ‘stuff’ at different points in our lives: a young person decorating their first house with zero dollars is in another position entirely from an older person who wants to downsize. Do you love clutter, seeing it as a distinctive collection of surprises and rewards, or a dust-gathering indication of a pack rat? There’s no right answer here; this is meant to get you thinking about stuff, and your relation to it.

Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801 {{PD}}

Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 21 Virgo: choices and what action to take may draw your conscious attention this year, so that things may go on and changes occur without you really noticing. The real emphasis will be on sudden challenges, accidents, ground-breaking events, original efforts, and surprising developments, and your processing of these, using your wisdom to respond in the best way you can, and all this combines to create a kind of ‘New You’, and to adjust, shift, and re-set the stage upon which you strut. This year ambitions pay off, and relationships ‘reach out’ tentacle-like, to connect you with goals. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

12 September 2016 Getting Healthy

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'The tennis party' J Lavery 1885 {{PD}}

‘The tennis party’ J Lavery 1885 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: we may spend a lot of time thinking about health, and doing what we believe it takes to make us healthy; this should be seen in the broadest terms, applying to all areas of life and all expression. In addressing ‘health’, we may run into a number of dilemmas and conflicts, small and large, that may point out to us just where we’ve brought negative conditions on ourselves. We should be as consciously aware as possible that our thoughts are based on our beliefs, and guide our actions, and that thoughts are 1) less reliable than usual due to the retrograde, which means we are likely to miss something we should take into account or consider, and 2) turning our attention a little too much toward those in authority and those who have dominion over us, and our attempts to express may include digs and resentments we don’t really know we’re including, and 3) responding at this point in time to influences that will be setting up what will play out through to and culminate at the Superior Conjunction (late October). Know that in addressing matters today, you’ll be setting up the circumstances of ‘health’ (or its lack) for some time to come.

'Lilith' John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

‘Lilith’ John Collier 1891 {{PD}}

A special note on the South Node trine Black Moon Lilith: we shouldn’t forget that this is a relationship between two measured points, ‘energy spots’ relative to and determined by the movement of other bodies–and as such, the effect may be more like an echo we catch rather than as with other aspects, which are more like a river we are standing in. Past shames, angers, and failures may haunt us, suddenly, briefly taking on life, pointing strongly toward the potential for re-visiting those same transgressions now. The point, I think, is to prompt us to resolve to do better, not to make us dwell on what was, which is, by virtue of the aspect, presented to us with a life and strength it no longer holds. They’re just memories; remind yourself, you know better, now (SN trine Black Moon Lilith, Chiron qnx Hygeia, Mercury sq Mars, parallel Jupiter, and conjoined the Sun in Inferior Conjunction, with the Sun also sesq Ceres)

Today’s word image is an out-dated computer. I really hate to go with the obvious, but this could just signal some ways we currently still employ to work things out that may be well past their relevance or prime. Merc retro is all about refurbishing our thinking; that may be something to consciously attend to today.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Virgo: you may spend the year incubating new ideas, new approaches, new plans–is there any reason not to implement them as soon as you come up with them? Yes, though this may require something like a balancing act: gaining some mental distance from what’s proposed, at the same time as you are putting the most preliminary steps in motion. I know, not easy–but it will be rewarding if you’re willing to walk that line–the result could be an almost indestructible position, and an ability to act on what you know that almost guarantees success. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

11 September 2016 That Was Then

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Carmen Gaudin Red-Headed Woman in a White Blouse' 1885 {{PD}}

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ‘Carmen Gaudin Red-Headed Woman in a White Blouse’ 1885 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Empowerment, the true ability to affect one’s environment and one’s options, comes today from two things: accessing what worked or brought balance in the past, and a willingness to dive into what we’ve been ignoring or denying, in order to confront what’s dark, or what would change us, if it could. The thing is, though it’s both admirable and tempting to go head-long at issues, it might not be the wisest thing to do. Somehow using our current position to attack things we actually do need to address will cause us to both gain and lose in unanticipated ways. As long as we’re clear on that, we can go forward, forewarned that drawing on the past, and on power accumulated there, brings a mixed bag of results. Ideas are our friends–they are brewing for the Inferior Conjunction tomorrow, where they will plant a seed or two–but action based on these thoughts, which may take defiant or anti-establishment lines, is to be avoided, at least for now (Juno conj Black Moon Lilith and trine the SN, Pallas contra-parallel Juno and trine Hygeia, Mars sesq Ceres, Venus parallel Juno, square Pluto, and contra-parallel Pallas)

Today’s word image is the color white. What does that color mean to you? Purity, blankness, cold, sterility, freshness, options or choice (as in an unwritten-on piece of paper or an untouched canvas), or do you see it with an artistic eye, representing all colors? What comes to mind tells you what’s ‘coloring’ your current viewpoint ‘lens’.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Virgo: it’s a time for action–is there really any question about that?–but hesitation may arise from perceptions that implementing what you want, your Will, or taking that leadership position will seriously sidetrack current life direction, the very momentum of which you’ve worked so hard to create. What’s a Virgo to do? Think on it, sleep on it, mull it, whatever ‘it’ is that you want to do–by the time you again feel confident and ready to move forward, half of what you’re now considering will have resolved on its own, and the other half will be ripe for your touch. It’s all a matter of choice–making the right one could take a little time. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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10 September 2016 An Obscured Reality

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Monet {{PD}}

Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: One reason I don’t usually single out aspects, especially ‘heavy’ ones (between slow-moving outer planets) is that they don’t happen in a vacuum; the tendency to read things separately is what makes for discordant or contradictory readings, though admittedly, it is the way to learn about contact effects. It’s not that there aren’t often opposing forces and flows in play, it’s more like without a whole picture orientation, we can’t really see how that aspect may be buffeted and shaped by the other aspects in effect–and that’s not even taking into account the way it may or may not affect the individual landscape through the natal chart.

So, we see the final perfection of the Saturn-Neptune square today, with this suggesting, in the most general terms, a culmination, ending, completion, materialization, manifestation, or boundary (though we can’t discount the possibility that Saturn in this instance simply means ‘time’, the passage of which has reached a particular point of conflict with the Neptunian factor) with a fantasy, creative idea or impulse, a deception, an illusion, a dream, or of an ideal, reached through a clash, conflict, or the advent of a contrast or pressure point that brings the problem nature of the thing into full view.

The thing is that today’s square may be a repeat of already addressed situations or problems, or may be yet another version of these energies in conflict, and so may not be recognized for what it is. Too, we may believe we know what to look for, though it often takes some hindsight to spot the actual (as in this case) impediment (Saturn) causing hesitation or denying access to the dream or ideal (Neptune); that is, we may think in the moment we know what’s stopping us, but be blind to the true cause (Neptune obscuring Saturn). This is in part an effect of that singling-out tendency: though it makes things fall into neat categories, it does not show us the full picture.

What’s the full picture for today, then? It involves thought processes that must adjust to what’s actually wise, rather than just to what we perceive as smart–and that takes a willingness to step out of the crowd, to let go of the belief that we know, and to refuse to dwell in hurt of any kind. It also asks us to see that acknowledging all parts of our life, especially those we have lately ignored or denied, is the healthiest thing we can do, as is acknowledging any anger we carry, particularly over any disrespect we feel we’ve suffered–and this last point, disrespect, must be recognized as something of a code word with some people–be sure you’ve actually been disrespected (not treated as an equal, and a human being) before you mistakenly use this word to characterize a difference of opinion, asked-for advice, or a warning, when it turns out to be other than you want to hear (Hygeia parallel Black Moon Lilith, Saturn sq Neptune, Mercury qnx Pallas, contra-parallel Jupiter, and opp Chiron)

Damian Shibniov 1906 'Versailles' {{PD}}

Damian Shibniov 1906 ‘Versailles’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is Versailles. This could mean a lot of things, though those that stand out to me are the place as a symbol of a pinnacle of Self-indulgence as a lifestyle, and that it has a hall of mirrors–so is today’s image about (over) indulgence, or about taking a look at ourselves? Your choice.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Virgo: you may take action this year, Virgo, because of what you learn or know; this may spring out of priorities and commitments, but will be propelled by emotions, and the feeling nature will reach out periodically and re-shape the direction you’re headed. You may come across as too head-strong, too impulsive, and too much out for your own good and goals–but if you don’t do ‘it’ for yourself, who will? No guilt, no hesitation–and anybody who tries to take you there may need to step aside, at least temporarily. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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9 September 2016 Love is in the Air

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The picture at top shows the effects of the cold and dry winds Circius (from NNW) and Aquilo (from NNE). The picture at the bottom shows Occidens (from the west) is cold and humid, Auster (from the south) is warm and humid. Oriens (from the east) brings snow. Olaus Magnus - from the "Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus", book 1 {{PD}}

The picture at top shows the effects of the cold and dry winds Circius (from NNW) and Aquilo (from NNE). The picture at the bottom shows Occidens (from the west) is cold and humid, Auster (from the south) is warm and humid. Oriens (from the east) brings snow.
Olaus Magnus – from the “Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus”, book 1 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Jupiter in Libra brings the kind of optimism about partnerships and partnering that makes us look to the future with a great deal of hope; in this Air sign we think about where we can expand, get more, learn, explore, or get the word out, and we turn to our relationships, aesthetic matters, cooperative ventures, and investment opportunities to make it happen. Jupiter goes retrograde in early February in the third decan of the sign, prolonging its stay through direction in early June, through escape to Scorpio in October 2017, and Jupiter doesn’t return to Libra for another 12 years–and that means that between now and October of next year, optimism and opportunity is inextricably bound with matters of the natal House where Libra is, as well as with the Arts, our relationships (especially our romantic attachments), and in interaction with those who offer support, cooperation, and conspiratorial mutual benefit. Yes, I said conspiratorial, because the agreements we reach with others during this transit are based on mutual values (Venus), and rely on mutual reward (sign ruler Venus again) to work, and that means we may find a kind of put-our-heads-together attitude that (inadvertently or not) may exclude others.

We may also see, or feel inclined ourselves toward, immersion in the social sphere, where individuals take up the beliefs of the social arena and so regard society at large as a partner. Too, we may see belief in Love, in marriage or mating, in cooperation, in diplomacy, and of the efficacy of religion enjoy a renaissance of sorts during this transit, along with a kind of faith in the strength of duality that promises ‘more’ when we embrace one another (a current Presidential candidate’s slogan, ‘Better Together’, comes to mind). We let go the inclination toward criticism and critique, toward accounting and accountability, and look for the ways we can aid or enrich each other–so not such a bad direction to go.

As to those more fleeting aspects perfecting today, we see a preference for reality and what we can hold in our hands (especially if this is something dear or cherished from the past) over what may feel like too-theoretical values or abstract relationships. Watch, too, for the impulsive thought and the radical idea; though they have immense potential value, they come currently in a form that is too anti-authority, and too likely to spring from past hurts, to truly be useful without serious modification. Just keep sight of what you know to be important to you, in order to make progress (or at the very least, to stay out of trouble!) (Saturn contra-parallel Vesta, Venus qnx SN, Merc qnx Uranus and contra-parallel Ceres and Chiron, Sun sxt Vesta and contra-parallel Venus)

'Hot Chocolate'  Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta before 1920 {{PD}}

‘Hot Chocolate’ Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta before 1920 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an idea: chocolate for breakfast. I’m thinking of really good chocolate, and see this image as an invitation to indulge at an unusual time in a refined pleasure. Lately there’s a chance we haven’t really been paying attention to our own best moments incarnate, our own enjoyment of physical existence–this is a reminder to slow down, and savor with gratitude.

For those born with the Sun at 17 Virgo: ambition and desire may be the still, small voice within that pushes you forward this coming year, Virgo, but it will be where and to whom you dedicate your energy, time, and attention that determines your progress. It’s all fine to dream, but the way you spend your time will (quite literally, in some ways) be an investment in building your future. Keep that in mind, and you’ll make good choices that propel you in the direction you want to go. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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8 September 2016 Identity Matters

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Alfred Stevens 'The Psyché (My Studio)' c1871 {{PD}}

Alfred Stevens ‘The Psyché (My Studio)’ c1871 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Matters of identity (either how others see us, or how we see ourselves) work against our empowerment–but that may be because we’ve got a skewed idea concerning what empowerment is made of–and that identity dissonance is pointing out, not a flaw in who we are, but a flaw in our concept of what our reach, our influence, our effectiveness, or our impact on others should be. In working out where and over whom exerting our power and influence ‘fits’ in the scheme of things, we also work out some identity matter that has been distorted in our own minds, something that has prevented us from being as effective as we could be. We also may find that this shift in Self-knowledge requires a reassessment of where and to what we dedicate our time and energy–which of course leads to a refurbishment of our ambitions and goals. A busy day, but one where most of the action likely takes place within our own heads, via our own newly-finessed viewpoint (Vesta sq Zeus, Sun contra-parallel Juno)

'Portrait of a little girl holding a battledore and shuttlecock' Artist unknown {{PD}}

‘Portrait of a little girl holding a battledore and shuttlecock’ Artist unknown {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a shuttlecock. We’re all familiar with the feathered and weighted not-a-ball used in sports like badminton. As an image this may suggest something, an attitude, an interest, a responsibility, some intangible matter that is ‘batted’ back and forth among two or more individuals, as each attempts to either avoid responsibility or to ‘score’. Returning something that comes at us quickly is almost instinctual, but in this case we should consider that something passed back and forth, whether the return is reflexive or the objective is not to get ‘stuck’ with it, or to gain ‘points’ off others in some way (chiefly by making them ‘miss’ on the return) it’s probably a matter we should stop fooling with; maybe we should sit down and address this issue that clearly can’t be ignored, won’t go away, and is taking up our time and energy, forcing us to play the game.

For those born with the Sun at 16 Virgo: taking action this year, through to your next birthday, may be difficult, Virgo, unless you get two other things clear first: what your priorities are (including what matters or individuals you want to dedicate your life to), and your best options for personal empowerment and effectiveness, including any role you may take on because it offers the status you (think you) want. Understand your capacity and commitments in those two general areas, and you’ll be able to make better choices and moves, out of a clearer sense of who you are as an individual–everything this year builds from there. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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7 September 2016 Love Is All There Is

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'Angel of Love' Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

‘Angel of Love’ Eligiusz Niewiadomski c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We can’t rely on our instincts (relationships and/ or finances throw off our compass), and though the reality picture is clear, we may be prone to lie to ourselves, or to superimpose an image of what we wish the reality was, so that we may feel we can’t trust our own senses to deliver the complete, unadulterated story–and that’s correct, we can’t. If we can just use the lens of Love (of a purity that asks nothing from others) then we will know what to do, how to face things, and what is really important right now (Venus sesq Sedna, sxt Saturn, and qnx Neptune)

Today’s word image takes a lot of particular forms, but has a broad theme of ‘foreign (as in, from somewhere far away from what’s familiar to you) and unusual’. Take note of these elements in your life right now (for me a Himalayan salt block used for cooking and a spam phone call from Egypt–Egypt!–come to mind from just the past few hours). I think this may be about appreciating how small the world has become, in some ways, and so how much more closely aligned the interests of various pockets of humanity are than we might think–and how long our reach has become, thanks to air travel, global shipping, communications systems, and of course, the internet (not to mention the way more negative things, like environmental pollution, are ‘shared’, whether we like it or not). The point may be to notice how much is part of our lives that, in the past, wouldn’t have been, and to focus on one of these factors, for what it might say about our relationship to the larger world.

Bodegón de naranjas by Rafael Romero Barros 1862 {{PD}}

Bodegón de naranjas by Rafael Romero Barros 1862 {{PD}}

Or, the word image can be an orange (the fruit, that just happens to be one that grows in only certain climates, and that for many was quite exotic, until only recently), if you need something more image-evocative.

For those born with the Sun at 15 Virgo: it’s time to get your ‘power’ house in order, Virgo; now, through to your next birthday, you’ll be dealing with issues of who and what will exert a force in your life–and depending on your initiative and responses, you will decide how much of your own power you embrace, share, express, and let others see. The one reliable that can guide you through all this is your highest values, those things and people and causes to which you are committed; if you measure your power choices against these values, and make sure what you choose honors what you care about, you’ll do very very well. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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6 September 2016 Zealous, With Purpose

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There’s a certain kind of zeal here, with a particular purpose. ‘Portrait of Maria Bockenolle’ Rembrandt 1633 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: we go after what we want, headlong, and the mind is (surprisingly for a retro period) easily and perfectly in tune with the instincts (that is, aligned, and so informative, as long as we don’t insert the Will and overthink). We see the power picture clearly, and have plenty of energy (even zeal) to put behind our own efforts to gain influence and achieve; we also see clearly what needs to (nay, must) change, and we are also aware of the inevitability of evolution–nothing is static, nothing stays the same, and having that perspective brings gravitas to our actions and choices. If you observe someone behaving frivolously (not lightly or playfully, but in a manner that is almost destructive in its disregard for purpose) then you know that person is disconnected from the anchor of their own instinctual nature–and may act as a drag on your forward progress, should you include them in your action scenario at this time (Mars sxt Zeus, Merc trine Sedna, semi-sq Juno, and parallel Venus, Sun trine Pluto)

Of note: a Mystic Rectangle that involves the Sun-Earth axis and the opposition of Pluto and Vesta. This suggests the majority of our attention and energy should go toward making change or reformation that better honors our priorities or those life areas to which we’re dedicated or that we find sacred. For each person this will require a slightly different formula, but the overall intent is the same: reform to what has a significant impact on our lives will be much easier now than in the future–take advantage of the moment.

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'Mlle. Plume Roug' 1896 Thomas Austen Brown {{PD}}

What do you think her hat says? ‘Mlle. Plume Rouge’ 1896 Thomas Austen Brown {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a hat. What kind of hat do you immediately visualize? Whatever it is, you need to assess it. The kind of hat one might wear to work in, to keep the sun out of eyes and from burning skin, is quite different than a fascinator, or skull cap, or a top hat, or dozens of other more decorative or formal chapeaux. What does the hat say about your attitude? Answer that, and then consider that what you need might be a little more of the hat’s opposite vibe. For instance, if you see a cowboy hat and you see it as a work hat, you may need more play; but if you see that hat as belonging to a kind of costume, you may need to let go of some image you are trying to fit and/ or project; or if you see that hat as representing self-serving aggression (“cowboy diplomacy”) then you may want to take a more diplomatic and less assertive tack in interactions; and if you see the cowboy image as one that implies the individual is poorly educated or stupid, then you may need to reassess assumptions you’re making about one or more ‘groups’. Tailor that kind of assessment to the hat you see.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Virgo: taking action may be more difficult than you anticipate this year; each time you go to make a move, you may find something changing the landscape or pulling the rug from under you, necessitating a re-working of intents and methods. This may be very frustrating, but there are a couple of things you can do to make things go more smoothly: 1) make necessary changes before they’re forced upon you; you’ll find you have a lot more control that way, and that most of what you’re faced with will eventually have been inevitable, anyway, 2) make sure you don’t do anything without first vetting choices against your highest values and priorities–you may be telling yourself they won’t be affected, but they will, and 3) recognize that the time to plan for the future is over–the future is now! Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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5 September 2016 Wisdom Guides Us

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Le café de nuit (The Night Café) by Vincent van Gogh {{PD}}

Le café de nuit (The Night Café) by Vincent van Gogh {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What’s smart beckons us (or leads us by the nose) into the future; we don’t fix on what we want, on our ambitions, as we usually would, but instead put our attention on the unique, the surprising, the original, and the unexpected–and all these, as well, will turn us in the direction of what’s wise for us to pursue. If we listen to relationships or are too literally bound by the current financial situation, we may miss our chance, and if we fail to tune in to the atmosphere sufficiently, we will be left with only our own thoughts, which are a little too angry, bleak, or centered on what we’d rather deny to be of much help (Pallas parallel the NN, contra-parallel Zeus, sxt Uranus, and sesq Venus, Merc semi-sq Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is the cue ball on a pool table. Essentially, the cue ball is the thing we hit, hoping to transfer the energy to our true target and send it into the chosen pocket. Are you going at achieving some goal obliquely, hoping you can ‘hit’ or interact with one thing, and make another thing happen? Consider that indirect transfer removes you from any real control over where or how your energy is used once it leaves the initial point of contact (I know, this is getting abstract); it can be a form of faith, if we trust the Universe, or it can be hope, a kind of passive optimism that doesn’t acknowledge we have expectations, but no control. Know where your boundaries really lie, be cognizant of the way actions can reverberate through the choices of others, and if you want something to happen, do what you can to make it happen yourself–that’s both your best chance to exert control, and to get things the way you want them.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Virgo: you are well on your way, having launched (whether you know it or not) a number of efforts and sent yourself in particular directions in the near past–and now you must consider the ways you have set in motion, how they are changing, even transforming, your reality, and how they may honor (or fail to honor) those matters you really care about. It’s part of the human condition that the beginnings of things aren’t always obvious to us; this coming year, through to your next birthday, you may need to sort through both your intended do-overs and new starts, and the ones that came unbidden out of your actions and choices: you’ll need to fine tune things, and decide which will grow into new circumstances and focus for your life, and which need to be stopped before they get any larger. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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4 September 2016 Looking In The Wrong Direction

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Joseph DeCamp ‘The Cellist’ 1908 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 4th: the social sphere may be the scene of psychic, spiritual, or emotional injury, or it may offer healing through presenting you with salient facts–in either case, tender areas may appear to the individual larger or more more public than they actually are, and it may feel as if our attention goes too much toward what won’t work. Apply your most unique skills to problems, difficulties, and all creative efforts today, and keep your eye on the future–both can effectively guide in-the-moment choices and help you avoid wasting your energy by looking in the wrong direction (Jupiter parallel Chiron, Sun conjoined and parallel NN–the marker of a recent eclipse, btw–and Sun contra-parallel Zeus)

Today’s word image is sunshine after a cloudburst. Timing is so important; sometimes waiting is the best thing we can do.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Virgo: you’ve attended to neglected issues, addressed your anger, righted as many wrongs as you personally could; now what, with this new Solar year? You have your eye firmly on the future–so what may suffer is the present. In spite of having everything squared away, you may come to realize that the present, unlike the past or future, needs constant attention. To make the most of this year, through to your next birthday, you should listen to others, and be open to collaborative projects; let go of any lingering residual anger; and measure where you put your energy by asking yourself, ‘Is this sacred, and so something I want to have in my life?’ and ‘Is this something I want to honor, by giving it my energy?’ Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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3 September 2016 For Or Against?

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Watanabe Seitei 1916 {{PD}}

Watanabe Seitei 1916 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 3rd: We may find ourselves in the midst of multiple tug-of-wars (or is it tugs-of-war?), with our own sensibilities seemingly coming down on BOTH sides of the conflict. Ambitions echo the past, dreams lead our efforts toward empowering ourselves, and relationships seem to present the most vexing challenges, as we reject the social sphere, those in authority, and our peers! What’s left? Our inspirations are real; hold tight to these and let them guide you. Know that what draws our attention contains the needed wisdom or shows us the ‘smart move’; and accept that choices and actions are going to feel as if they violate our standards, though inspection later should reassure us that they did no such thing (SN parallel Zeus, Neptune trine Juno, Mars qnx Vesta, Venus contra-parallel Jupiter, Chiron, and Ceres, and qnx Ceres, Sun parallel Pallas and sxt Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is a crow. Crows, we’ve recently discovered, are very very smart birds. They recognize individual humans, and will even share knowledge of what kind of human that is (source of food, mean to birds, etc). In what non-verbal way have you received knowledge lately from the group, and what knowledge was it? Were you conscious of it, or did you just soak it in? How did you use that knowledge, and if you’re just becoming conscious of it now, how will you use it in future?

For those born with the Sun at 11 Virgo: pure and inspired creativity, especially that which is drawn from past experiences, is yours this year, as long as you do one thing: confront every issue you have avoided, denied, or that has enraged you. You can’t keep your upsets to yourself any longer, nor can you expect to create success if you continue to refuse to deal with issues. It’s that simple, and that complicated, all at once. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 12 Virgo: I can offer you only three things, but if you use/ understand them, you will have all you need to make your year a success. 1) who you are shapes your fate, nothing, and no one, else; 2) relating to others emotionally will build the bridges you need; and, 3) don’t hesitate to look into the abyss, to deal with what you’d rather not, and to express your rage/ outrage when it is warranted. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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1-2 September 2016 Instincts Serve

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Think of your instincts as your little servant. Jean-Etienne Liotard - 'A Frankish Woman and Her Servant' Mid-18th century {{PD}}

Think of your instincts as your little servant. Jean-Etienne Liotard – ‘A Frankish Woman and Her Servant’ Mid-18th century {{PD}}

For the expected eclipse effects, please go here–and see the assessment of Mercury retrograde here–

The AstroEssence: on the 1st, aside from the eclipse effects (which will likely be the focus of everyone’s attention, and of course sets a tone that reverberates long past the day it originates, generally through to the next eclipse set), aspects perfecting today suggest a couple of things: that even though we will be empowered via the reality situation itself, we may perceive ourselves to be blocked or somehow denied–believe the real-world situation, not your own flawed idea of yourself in it; and know that staying open to our own instinctual responses is the best, wisest guidance we can receive (Pallas parallel Sedna, Sun sxt Juno and sq Saturn)

By the 2nd we may find that ‘big ideas’ end up challenging our priorities and values; we’re trying to connect with reality by rejecting fantasy, illusion, and the untrue, but we may end up throwing out the creative and imaginative ‘baby’ with anything we see as ‘tainted’ bathwater. Again, instincts serve us best, as does a willingness to respect the primal and the animal senses, unfiltered by the mind. Be aware that communications (or our own interpretative inclinations) may exaggerate matters and take a far too critical stance, and that taking a ‘power position’ will not serve at all those things we honor and find sacred (Pluto opp Vesta, Merc conj Jup, Sun parallel Sedna and opp Neptune)

The word image for these two days is a wolverine–the animal, in case there was any confusion. According to its Wiki, “The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.” It’s also noted that in at least one cosmology, the wolverine is seen as creator of the world. So we have a symbol that is relatively small and yet formidable, freakishly powerful for its size–in fact, so powerful it can be a god. What in you or in your life has these characteristics? Is there any area where you see yourself as a powerful god, though others might only see a relatively small, tenaciously combative entity? If you are ferocious about something, is that ferocity warranted, or could it be an overreaction, an attempt to persuade others of a power you are yourself unsure of? And in what way does your passion separate you (the reference to the wolverine as naturally solitary) from others?

For those born with the Sun at 10 Virgo: you have to look at those matters that enrage you, or that you’ve been ignoring or in denial of–they are the keys to moving forward this year and bringing your dreams to reality. A new emotional viewpoint unfolds for you no matter what, though how you deal with all these factors, the feelings and the problems, will determine your future, and possibly your fate–so don’t hesitate to tackle difficulties; it’s vital you make your voice heard. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 11 Virgo: pure and inspired creativity, especially that which is drawn from past experiences, is yours this year, as long as you do one thing: confront every issue you have avoided, denied, or that has enraged you. You can’t keep your upsets to yourself any longer, nor can you expect to create success if you continue to refuse to deal with issues. It’s that simple, and that complicated, all at once. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

Bits ‘n Pieces: A Little Something About Sedna

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'The Mermaid' Howard Pyle 1909 {{PD}}

‘The Mermaid’ Howard Pyle 1909 {{PD}}

I thought I had talked about Sedna when I first introduced it as a regular player in the charts I use, so I went looking to point readers in that direction, but apparently the piece I’d been thinking of only appeared in ‘ECLIPSE’, or is buried in some larger, differently-focused piece. Here’s the small bit I found, with a little more added:

Sedna pinpoints our blind spots, those areas we are unable to view directly; we can only discern what’s in our blind spot by watching and listening to the feedback others offer, specifically the kind that addresses things about ourselves we’re unaware of. Typically, a Sedna-themed remark from someone else will surprise us, telling us we are seen differently than we think we are. We are either hyper-aware of our lack in Sedna’s area, or we believe we’ve got it covered, so don’t examine it.

To better understand our vulnerabilities, we can start with Sedna and the characteristics of the sign in which it’s placed, as well as the situation of the ruler of the sign, describing something about our awareness vulnerabilities. For instance, many of us have Sedna in either Taurus or Aries, as it’s very slow moving. In Taurus we may lack understanding around material matters: finances, comfort, food (just think of how far removed the majority of us have become in terms of raising our food, of basic nutrition, and through the rise of eating disorders and many culinary innovations, where we quite literally distort—and so forget–the purpose of food), and with Aries we may not know how to lead, how to take responsibility, may not recognize when our ego or aggressive urges are pushing forward, or we may not know how to take the initiative to get something going.”

House placement, too, can tell us where in life that ‘blind spot’ is most likely to show itself; this can serve as a warning for us, letting us know where we might be smart to get guidance or accept offered assistance. Sedna is associated with the ocean, and specifically is depicted as ‘diving deep’ and surviving there, suggesting she provides essential inner resources in times of stress. She represents the life-death-life cycle of energy of which we’re all aware, but of which we don’t necessarily want to think! This means she has a kind of ‘deep knowing’ that goes into the realm of the pre-verbal and the primal; this energy can give us a ‘backbone’, the origins of which we don’t see, and often influences us through the highly subtle mechanism we call instinct.

Sedna comes to consciousness in instances where Self-preservation (literal or psychic) comes into play, but don’t expect easy access to this energy, and don’t expect to be conscious of it, even when you are reacting from it, or drawing on it as a resource. As happens with each individual, we are only able to see ourselves in our reflection, and it’s the same with Sedna, a ‘blind spot’ we can only hope to glimpse (and call on) now and then, through the responses of others and the world.

See also the ‘Sealskin, Soulskin’ section of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ book, ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’, which draws parallels among several mythic stories that connect with and inform Sedna energy.

And, a movie I found that expressed Sedna exceptionally well (this review also appeared in ECLIPSE):

‘I Am Dina’ (Norway, 2002) Set in rural, mid-19th century Norway, this at first appears to be a Plutonian story, where a little girl inadvertently creates her own special hell–but then it becomes clear that this is a tale of Sedna and her Life-Death-Life experience, her water motifs punctuating one emotional point after the next. By adulthood, Dina is attractive in that way of people who let their wildness reign; the spirit in her is raw and elemental, and so seductive to those too much in denial of their own wildness. The men in her world, then, see only what they want to see and believe about her, starting with her father; only a gentle tutor, her sole companion for years, and a Russian anarchist traveling through, are in touch enough with their own wildness to see who she really is. With Maria Bonnevie as Dina, and an international cast including Gérard  Depardieu, Christopher Eccleston, Hans Matheson, and Mads Mikkelsen, in a scene where he declares his love for the woman he’s been raping, that will enrage you and break your heart, all at once. Lushly shot on location in Norway, in English, highly recommended

29-31 August 2016 The Approach to the Solar Eclipse + Mercury Retrograde

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By Akseli Gallen-Kallela - Scanned by Alexius Manfelt 2007-12-01, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3170601

By Akseli Gallen-Kallela – Scanned by Alexius Manfelt 2007-12-01, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3170601

I’m going to wrap everything up together in this forecast for a few days ahead, as I finish the eclipse report (which should be available here on Monday the 29th) and give myself a little breather. This coincides with Dark of the Moon, a good time to plunge into a Merc retro period, as we’re already more open to the feeling and sensing nature, the mind stilled (somewhat) by the lack of Lunar light; we don’t find what we think, or what we think we feel, so prone to block incoming information as it usually is. Between Merc’s retreat and the looming eclipse, it seems that making the forecast as tight and easy to remember as possible might be best for everyone–so here goes:

The 29th: We may be inclined to be too headstrong, and so sabotage ourselves–cooperation is the key that both empowers us and brings about serendipitous reward and/ or ambition fulfillment (Mars sq Nodal axis, Venus enters Libra and nov Juno, Sun nov Zeus)

Today’s word image is a wounded bird. Accommodating an injury, whether it’s physical, psychic, emotional, or spiritual, is vital to both recognizing its impact and then helping it heal. Ignoring it only offers the potential for the wound to get worse–and if you don’t heal, how will you ever fly?

By Giovanni Dall'Orto - Own work, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5208666

By Giovanni Dall’Orto – Own work, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5208666

The 30th: change of mind might echo a change of heart; we benefit by facing what we’ve recently ignored or denied. All positives today come from embracing our own personal uniqueness (Venus nov Black Moon Lilith, Sun parallel Uranus and nov Hygeia, see also Mercury Retrograde, below)

Today’s word image is a pumpkin, ripened to orange in the garden. That’s a sign of fall–and yet it’s still August! What thing in your world seems to have arrived much more quickly than you anticipated? Is it truly ‘out of season’, or is it indicating more time has passed than you thought? What’s unexpectedly ‘ready to go’?

The 31st: reality-based evolution (whether that is transformational or destructive) is smart, with opportunity fostered by confidence in one’s abilities, a determination to deal with facts and ‘what is’, and a refusal to be rebellious just for the hell of it (Pluto nov Pallas, Jup p Ceres, Sun contra-p Nep and sesq Uranus)

Today’s word image is Pinocchio. The little wooden marionette wanted to be a real boy so much he actually became one. Is there some ‘impossible’ thing you’ve been wanting? Because you may just get it (and all that attends it, all the positives and negatives), after all. And don’t forget to tell the truth.

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By Jessica Erin Higgins – originally posted to Flickr as lavender wedding cake, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10310914

For those born with the Sun at 7 Virgo: sorting deceptions and illusions from realities, along with a sense of the emotions as being ‘closed off’ and inaccessible, may be the two toughest things for you to face this year, Virgo. This may be the year when you see and deal with every possible impediment or obstacle in your path to what you want–and then you may find, quite suddenly, that you’ve gotten exactly where you wanted to go! So go to work on those problems–it will all pay off handsomely, in the end. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 8 Virgo: empowerment, the status you crave, and being part of a ‘power couple’ (even if you’re a silent or unwitting partner) may be in your year ahead, Virgo; success depends on how well you incorporate your ideals into your every day, how ‘married’ you are to having no illusions (hint: the more you like The Truth, the better), and being willing to exercise your creativity (no matter how minor the effort, or how creaky your attempts–use makes them better and better). Be brave, be willing, and get over your fear of heights–you can’t reach the top without letting that go. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 9 Virgo: the anticipation feels killer, doesn’t it? Almost there, you may be telling yourself–but somewhere along the way, did you forget where you were going? That may be the sense you have of things this year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. It may be difficult to believe that your dreams have changed, as has your idea of what it would be to ‘make it’–but they have, and it’s up to you now to respond to those changes and alter course. Until you do, you may remain stuck–or worse, succeed in meeting the old goal, and being immensely disappointed in how it doesn’t fit your life now. Look at what’s deep inside–that’s the only way to know what’s real, and needs to be followed. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

By Steven Depolo - originally posted to Flickr as IMG_5971, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10325105

By Steven Depolo – originally posted to Flickr as IMG_5971, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10325105

For those born with the Sun at 10 Virgo: you have to look at those matters that enrage you, or that you’ve been ignoring or in denial of–they are the keys to moving forward this year and bringing your dreams to reality. A new emotional viewpoint unfolds for you no matter what, though how you deal with all these factors, the feelings and the problems, will determine your future, and possibly your fate–so don’t hesitate to tackle difficulties; it’s vital you make your voice heard. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Mercury Retrograde 30 August-22 September 2016: Taking Aim at the Material

'Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery' Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豐國 c1800 {{PD}}

‘Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery’ Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豐國 c1800 {{PD}}

Mercury begins apparent retrograde motion at 6:04 AM Pacific time of the 30th at 29 Virgo 04–and immediately it feels like we’re thrown into a state of mental crisis! Criticisms, doubts, and potentially a headlong rush back toward either ‘the facts’ or the standards of the social sphere ensues–and this is just our immediate reaction. The retro period is one that prompts us to re-think, examine, and question the material situation (Earth sign) and how we got to where we are. We ask ourselves if we’re satisfied with what we’ve got, with what we see around us, with what we’re earning, bringing in, getting, enjoying, and whether our resources are adequate to our intentions; our thoughts about the material situation, likely keyed to matters of the House where the retro occurs (and secondarily to the Houses ruled by Merc), are vetted, and by the end of the retro we may have a completely different idea of what we need and want materially at this time. This interval will change our material aims, both how we think of our goals, and how we intend to get there.

If we look at the retro picture poetically, we see that Mercury was in pursuit of Venus, newly fled into Libra (to the shelter of a partner? or a tax or investment shelter? or a partnership of earning and caring, or one of being valued or valuing the partner as an asset?) but the chase slows and then abruptly ends, with Merc retreating to a social milieu (a retro meeting with Jupiter) that welcomes him and envelops him with ‘I told you so’ and ‘What were you thinking?’ and ‘What more do you want?’ This meeting can also signal a retreat to ‘Big Picture’ thinking that believes the individual is too important to mess with details–a misunderstanding of the energy, in this instance.

Heed instincts and the wisdom of impulses on the 6th, as Merc trines Sedna, and be prepared–this re-thinking and re-ordering may hurt, or potentially could heal our ideas about the material world and our place in it (the 10th). At the same time as the hurt/ healing, we also receive a personal shock, lightning strike, or group contribution that offers wise revelation, that brings forward just what we need to hear, realize, or learn (Merc as apex to a Finger of God with base of Uranus-Pallas). A Fist of God forms the 12th with Mercury-Sun square Mars, apex Ceres in Taurus, that suggests action combines with thought, ideas, plans and though it’s not easy, the result will be the best ‘power position’ we can hope for materially in the moment. This also happens to be the point of the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, so keep awareness of whatever ‘seeds’ may be planted, deliberately or inadvertently, at this time. Mercury goes direct around 10:30 PM Pacific time on the 21st, in the midst of a trine to Pluto. This suggests change, transformation, destruction, reformation, right out of the gate, based on the changes to our mentality and to our view of the material world, and our place in it.

The page on the September eclipses is up!

Thank you, and enjoy the run up to the eclipse!

 

Your Weekend 27-28 August 2016 A Lot of Love, A Lot of Power

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Le goûter sur l'herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

Le goûter sur l’herbe (1892) by Maurice Réalier-Dumas {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: This weekend the emphasis is on our own strength, and finding a balance of expression between the highly personal (instinct, idiosyncrasy, hurt, relationships) and the wider world (the social sphere, what’s wise, our ability to have an impact). Both sides of the equation must reach a state that allows optimum expansion of reach that still protects (that is, allows unique ‘statements’ by) the individual, and also guards the integrity of the core purpose, identity, and intents. The idea is to maximize our expression, while still remaining, in whatever way this applies, ‘safe’. Not a time to take risks, as our sense of what’s smart will conflict with our instincts, causing (quite naturally) confusion; but we can connect cleanly with opportunities for gain (especially in the House of the natal chart that holds the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo, and those Houses ruled by Venus), and we can gain a solid sense of who we are at our best (in our ‘ideal’ form), of our most valuable skills, as well as where our true power, territory, and influence lie. The ideas and way of thinking about ourselves that we set now will last (and so affect everything going forward) for some time to come–and so set us up for success (if we focus on our value and abilities) or disappointment (if we think too much about what we don’t have, or see ourselves as victims) (Saturday: Pallas sq Sedna, Chiron sesq Juno, Venus conj and parallel Jupiter, Sun trine Ceres/ Sunday: Hygeia conj Zeus, Neptune contra-p Pallas, Venus p Ceres and Chiron, conj Merc and nov Juno, Merc stations pre-retro on the 30th)

The word image for the weekend is an expensive Tartan picnic blanket, spread out on the summer grass. This is in essence a pleasant ‘stage’ upon which to have a picnic–but, in the image, there is no luncheon displayed, nor do we see picnic participants, at least not yet. Where in your life is the stage set for a celebration of the current ‘weather’, of what you have (a celebration of abundance), or of whom you’re with? Do you put off enjoying what is, waiting for things to be ‘perfect’? Or is it that you fail to see (and so enjoy) the small celebrations available every day, over the many little things we’re lucky enough to have and enjoy? Do you need to take time off, to relax, with no particular agenda or goals, for a while? Consider the phrase, ‘It’s no picnic’–and then resolve, in one form or another, to have one.

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

Kick off your shoes and enjoy life! Jean-Honoré Fragonard {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 5 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, is likely to be filled with contests of power and authority; not only will you spar and negotiate with those who hold power in your world, you’ll also begin accruing significant power through these interactions, in effect joining the ranks of the establishment and declaring dominion over your own special territory and ‘subjects’. You are, at this time, destined to establish yourself, especially in areas of Love and Money, and the approach you embrace at this time will set the tone for the entire year, and may reverberate for some time after that–so choose your ideas, words, and communications with special care. Expect to gain, to reap the reward (or at least, the result) of opportunities taken in the past, and know that what comes to you now is completely deserved. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

Cakes 1963 Pplachigo CC BY-SA 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 6 Virgo: focus is on empowerment (making your presence and Will felt), on status, and on partnership, and the kind and amount of cooperation you’re getting, and this extends through to your next birthday, Virgo. You may be measuring power situations and your own effectiveness with a very personal set of standards, and everything that happens, much more than usually, will feel like it’s happening in big bold life-size experiences that are only happening to you. Because of this, you may temporarily lose both perspective and a sense of compassion toward others–but this Self-focus is necessary in order to prepare you to enter a creative heyday, and realization of one or more ideals or dreams, in the near future. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

 

26 August 2016 Work Your Magic With Care

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John Bauer - Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

John Bauer – Bland tomtar och troll, 1915 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The mental faculties have a genius for finding and exploiting empowerment situations; it’s almost as if we think about having an impact and we do! This facility is tempered by a lot of conditions and caveats, though: we may be confused or following a deception or illusion if the areas involved are ones we’ve been angry over or have assiduously ignored or been in denial of; we may find ourselves thinking from a stance of past values, rather than current ones; we may imagine we’re fueled by a righteous cause or spiritual necessity when we’re really trying to show our independence in relationship or finances, hoping to gently ‘stick it’ to someone we suspect (yes, it’s easy to be paranoid, right now) doesn’t love or respect us; and we may eschew what and who we care about out of a misguided idea that others are not being honest with us. As much as possible, stay grounded in your current ideas, viewpoints, ways of perceiving, and your most evolved way of seeing the past–we must work to keep our own hidden beliefs and prejudices from coloring our current perceptions, and especially from allowing vague suspicions to taint perfectly good relationships (Vesta trine SN, Neptune trine and Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Uranus parallel and Venus qnx Pallas, Venus trine Sedna, Merc nov Juno and contra-parallel Venus)

Today’s word image is individuals, seen at a distance, helping each other scale a mountain. Right now many of us may be dealing with issues surrounding how much we need or want others in our lives; we try to measure our own need for aid, possibly with the built-in judgment that to accept or require assistance from others is bad. Nothing could be less true: a version of cooperation is the heart of civilization, and needed for everything from survival to creating Art (for if we make it, what does it matter, unless there’s someone to receive it?) See if you carry some judgment against working with others, seated in misplaced pride, unreal pressures and expectations, or in the myth of ‘rugged individualism’–and then let it go.

Vincent van Gogh - 'Enclosed Field with Ploughman' 1888 {{PD}}

Virgo can make significant progress right now, especially in terms of the ‘power harvest’ that lies just upon the horizon. Vincent van Gogh – ‘Enclosed Field with Ploughman’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 4 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, you may be dealing with important crises in Love or Money–and yet, if you’ll take a step back, you’ll see that they aren’t problems, but turning points, ones that will allow you to align the real-world issues surrounding assets and interactions in a way much more in line with what you need and want, and how you truly feel. You may think yourself a little cold, taking a largely mental approach to these matters, but the reality is that applying your own critical assessments to these areas will vastly improve them–and open the way for the ‘power position’ that you are very close to achieving. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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25 August 2016 Imagined Dragons

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"Ryu sho ten" or "Ryu shoten" ("Dragon rising to the heavens"), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko's Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

“Ryu sho ten” or “Ryu shoten” (“Dragon rising to the heavens”), a ukiyo-e print from Ogata Gekko’s Views of Mt. Fuji, showing a dragon rising out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending towards the sky. Attribution: Adam Cuerden, for re-touched photo of a public domain work.

The AstroEssence: A great deal of the free-floating angst we’ve been experiencing may come down to a pair of Mars contacts this week: yesterday’s perfection of Mars conjoined Saturn, and today’s perfection of Mars square Neptune. This combination urges us to apply our Will to the physical environment–and promises at least some ability to shape our reality, as long as we don’t succumb to confusion, illusion, deception, or that particular form of imagination that we turn against ourselves, causing panic, fear, even despair, conjuring upset (and so paralysis) out of thin air. This is in part why I urged action and confidence yesterday, as soon enough we would face a Neptunian doubt or three, imagined dragons menacing our way forward. Today’s mission is clear: continue forward with what you set in motion, and instead of entertaining hesitations, actively access creativity, especially when confronted with something that brings forward fear. Tackle problems and invent, envision, and then act on those inspirations; doing so combines the required active stance with a useful channeling of energies that might otherwise feed insecurities. And don’t be surprised if creative efforts either run into problems on first look, or arise from problems (the square); in either case, it’s our response that both matters, and determines our success, with results coming clear most likely when Saturn squares Neptune, perfecting September 3rd.

We also see these familiar themes still front-and-center: we have the wisdom to pursue the ‘healthy’ Path–but as always, it’s a matter of choice; wants, finances, or relationship dynamics could spur rebellion or spark unreliability as we seek (a probably unreasonable) independence from issues; and we are not thinking like the social sphere, which could emphasize our differences (with the biggest problem the potential for distraction from what really matters) (Pallas contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars sq Neptune, Venus qnx Uranus, Merc contra-parallel Jupiter)

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Henri Rousseau 1897 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a surge in the electrical lines leading into a house. We rely on a constant, steady stream of power, whether from the power company, our metabolism, or our psyche; when there’s a surge, the system overloads, and the contact becomes destructive. In the individual this results in manic behavior, compulsive agitation, and we lose the ability to rest, accept gaps and spaces in efforts, we lose the grace to value the element of Time (often needed for something to develop, to ripen), and we fail to value the receptive and responsive stances that are the necessary complement to action. How or where are you overloaded, and what steps may be needed to restore balance or refurbish contact, so that it’s useful, rather than destructive, once again?

A little weird fun from Imagine Dragons that isn’t so far off our feelings this week

For those born with the Sun at 3 Virgo: this coming year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself ever-more concerned with the power situation in your world: who holds it, how much you have, your say or lack of it over others (and theirs over you), and the influence you have in a particular area or ‘territory’ you can call your own. This may be the year when you establish yourself as an authority in some area vital to your identity; it may also, depending on your age, be the year when you find a mentor or become one yourself, and issues with your parents or over being a parent yourself may be prominent. Independence and the ability to exert your Will will be the focus; the two main caveats are: don’t focus on material results at the expense of relationships, and keep actions and choices grounded in reality–deceptions and creativity are both abundant. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

24 August 2016 The Struggle Toward Awareness

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'The Lantern Bearers' Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

‘The Lantern Bearers’ Maxfield Parrish 1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may be tempted to let our values and priorities slide, to set ourselves at odds with the social sphere, or to ignore the potential for wounding others within relationships, just to make things happen; the smart thing would be to reassess our values, if they’re getting in the way of growth, expansion, or ‘the facts’, to remember/ reconnect with Nature and our place in it, and to stop ignoring those realities that don’t serve our current idea of who we are–with this latter, deal with what’s been denied so that it no longer contradicts the Self-image. If we’re not honest with ourselves, it’s impossible to have ‘clean’ relationships or to teach, advise, or to interact with enough Self-awareness that everything we say doesn’t contain a touch of irony to those who are more awake. We have the chance to manifest our Will at this time, to apply the control, the restraint, and the ‘rules’ of reality to manipulate the physical world so that it is an exact realization of our wants and intents–don’t blow it by denying ambitions or desires (out of false modesty or a reluctance to claim those wants as your own–see the ‘Self-image’ section, above), and don’t think that things can be ‘thought’ into being–today is about action, choice, Self-responsibility, and knowing (and proudly claiming) your essence (Pallas sesq Vesta and qnx Jupiter, Mars conj Saturn, Venus contra-parallel Juno and opp Chiron, Merc contra-parallel Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and semi-sq Zeus)

Today’s word image is a sponge. As if that isn’t obvious! There are areas of life for all of us where our boundaries are down, and we are wont to absorb the environment and the associated influences indiscriminately. My thought is that this area of both trust and vulnerability may be located in matters of the House that holds Pisces (I confine it to the sign, as where Neptune sits we are often more conscious of issues of faith, acceptance, and a tendency to accept influences). Consider in what life areas you may be too prone to accept what you’re told, offered, or that you experience without the needed critical assessment and the deployment of a discerning perception (both related to opposing sign Virgo). You may need to ‘wring out’ the sponge, relieving yourself of burdens and ideas accepted without much inspection–or you may simply need to note where you have uncritically taken for granted the truth of things, and perhaps look at how much of this agrees/ clashes with what you believe, and what you think, need, and feel.

Oda Krohg - 'A Japanese Lantern' 1886 {{PD}}

Oda Krohg – ‘A Japanese Lantern’ 1886 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 2 Virgo: you may have the odd sensation this year, Virgo, that your fate and future are rushing toward you–which may make the inability to see clearly what’s coming all the more frustrating. It may be a year when sights are set on ambitions, goals, and the desire nature, but when not much happens in fulfilling those areas, as energy will shortly go toward emotional conflict, and the need to work out with others how much of that feeling nature you are willing to share, and how much you must keep for yourself, in order to fuel the push toward creating what you want–because if the emotions are sent too completely in one direction or another, developments in what you aim to create will go slowly, sporadically, or grind to a halt. You duty is to allocate emotional energy in the correct proportion between relationships and your own needs–everything else this year is small stuff. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

23 August 2016 Unhealthy Choice

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Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice

Crosby, Stills, and Nash

The AstroEssence: I know! I can seem very negative–but then, you shouldn’t bother reading my assessments of the daily influences if you only want the sunny side of things, or if you think only some parts of life are ‘spiritual’, and others not–we have an intangible essence (the Soul, if you will) that’s having a material experience–how can everything we do not be a reflection of the spirit? And that’s my lead-in to today’s perfecting aspect set, which consistently warns us against our own destructive, rebellious, erratic, impulsive, ego-centered, negative impulses (whew!). Within we feel the urge toward empowerment, toward making our mark, having our say, expressing ourselves, but it goes awry; it seems the most easily shifted, independent urges within us are front and center in a way that sees spirit, mind, and heart suffering as we set out to express and end up rebelling, destroying, or just plain insisting things must be done our way. Thoughts may foster acting from wounds, in retaliation or response, and relationships shake our power foundations, not actually threatening them so much as making us question them–and really, today, it is our own mind, rather than circumstances or others, doing a number on us. Be willing to adjust: thinking, to what we know to be wise–we know what’s smart, it’s a matter of letting go of our contrariness long enough to follow that wisdom–as well as be willing to confront those things that we are choosing that are detrimental to our well-being, and to mellow what are inclined to be knee-jerk actions or responses into something a little more impersonal–again, the smart thing to do, say, or be is known, we just have to do it. And don’t worry; by tomorrow attitudes will become much more grounded, and restraint will allow us to give positive form to our actions, choices, and Will (Hygeia sq Pluto and contra-parallel Uranus, Mars sesq Uranus, Venus semi-sq Juno, Merc contra-parallel Chiron and qnx Pallas)

Today’s word image is the empty lot in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle where Neptune Coffee used to be. A gas explosion in March of this year destroyed a handful of businesses and blew out windows in a two block radius; the Neptune was leveled. Luckily it happened in the early morning hours when the fewest number of people were in what is usually a heavily trafficked area, and there were no fatalities, only minor injuries. But, walking by the empty lot can be haunting, and it brings to mind this: what good thing in your life has been wiped out or removed in a shocking way, and it’s been long enough that the hole it left now just seems like part of the landscape? We can learn to live with anything; the trick is not letting awareness of what we’ve lost slip away.

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

No plague doctors for you this year, Leo! Paul Fürst 1656 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 1 Virgo: health is at the core of all you attend to this year, Leo: physical well-being, financial, emotional, spiritual, all areas of life are vetted for balance, vigor, and sustainability. Some hints on making the most of things: don’t let your imagination fill in the blanks–stick to facts and realities; make sure the emotional perceptions receive attention, with an emphasis on security and comfort–this is important, as the emotions will, temporarily, drive the life direction; and don’t allow your instincts and inner knowledge to be drowned out by the social sphere. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

22 August 2016 Harvest in Mind

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Saturnino Herrán - La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

Saturnino Herrán – La cosecha, 1909 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: our attention is on what’s wrong (this has been a trend, lately, right?), on what’s dark, hidden (but then, how do we know something’s there if it’s hidden?), on the unhealthy, the destructive, and any sense of change, as it likely strikes us as decay or deliberate waste. We may fully embrace this preoccupation with the intention of assessing issues and fixing them, but between an inclination to misjudge or misread our own values (yes, it can be done, when we are not processing experiences along most characteristic lines) and the tendency to both exaggerate and see shadows where there are none, we are best off delaying any critiques and plan-making for a later time. Best approach: focus on ‘the facts’, don’t fight obviously inevitable change, and keep what you hope to accomplish (in the form of ‘the harvest’) perpetually in mind (Vesta semi-sq Sedna and trine Neptune, Merc conj Jupiter, the Sun enters Virgo, semi-sq Hygeia and sesq Pluto)

By Sir James - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

By Sir James – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39172103

Today’s word image is bocce balls. I don’t know much about bocce; my only association is with the courts that were always busy in San Diego’s Balboa Park. At the time it struck me as something only old people would play, but now I think I was mistaking more gentle exertion as automatically only appealing to those who were unable to do anything more strenuous, an idea I’ve since learned isn’t valid. What ‘game’ might you be dismissing as irrelevant to you, that it might behoove you not just to learn the rules for, but perhaps consider participating in?

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d'epoca {{PD}}

Gioco delle bocce ad Arcè (frazione di Pescantina, provincia di Verona) in una foto d’epoca {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 0 Virgo: all the action this year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, will be centered on issues of identity and matters of the natal House where the Sun is posited. You may be accused of navel-gazing or being Selfish, but really, you need to take this time for yourself, to sort through and be sure about who you are and who you want to be–it’s the only way you’ll be able to wrap your head around what’s slated, and just beginning to show itself, for your future. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 20-21 August 2016 Trends Are Deceptive

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'Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound' George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

‘Four Loves I found, a Woman, a Child, a Horse and a Hound’
George Spencer Watson 1922 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 20th: we may suffer an odd combination of influences that could easily steer us wrong: one concerns how thoughts are focused on what isn’t happening/ working in fulfillment of ambitions and wants; the other is a rejection of what we know to be wise, smart, practical, or that involves a refusal to use our already-learned skills, and this rejection/ refusal is seated in some aspect of our current identity or Self-image. Together the two tracks converge so that we may make some poor or mistaken choices out of frustration or a wish not to acknowledge who, exactly, we are. If hiding in a closet or some sunless hole isn’t possible (and who wants to do that, anyway?) our best bet may be conscious Self-acceptance (no matter how that may make us cringe over denied character traits or experience), along with a vow to let go of judgement, a tendency that comes far too easily with Mercury’s transit of Virgo (Merc semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun opp Pallas)

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen - 'Retrato de Guigui' {{PD}}

All in white, she looks like she knows a thing or two. Alfredo Andersen – ‘Retrato de Guigui’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color white (technically all color!) I realized this as, in asking myself what the word image is, I saw a series of white animals, birds, and objects, and then realized that at least the past two images had been white things, too (a stork and an egg), at least as they were envisioned. We may have personal associations with the color, or cultural ones; some see white as indicating purity, fidelity, or innocence, while some link it to death, or to sacrifice, or to sterility, coldness, or authority (as in the wearing of a white coat to signify status in a health setting, for instance)–and of course your own preferences and experiences will figure in to the meaning of white for you, whether it’s the ideas attached to the color, or whether it points out something that is that color and offers further meaning. At the very least, use it as a marker of synchronicity or of being ‘in the flow’ when you observe it.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Leo: you may spend a good part of your year, Leo, through to your next birthday adjusting to new emotional circumstances or truths–and these changes can’t help but affect who you are, causing a drawn out period of modification and accommodation that is especially personal. You have a good sense of what’s smart, what’s practical, right now, and should use it as you go forward, as little else will offer guidance, and you could feel lost if you don’t embrace and accept your current reality. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - 'The Tower of Babel' 1563 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence for the 21st: It’s a terrible thing when our reasoning and our social role both fall into our blind spot, leaving neither our own minds nor our usual patterns and responsibilities as reliable guides. Relationships don’t help, either, as we’re in the midst of greater or lesser power struggles that permeate even the most benign exchanges. What we can do is use sensitivities not related to the mind (intuition, feeling, those 6th, 7th, and 8th senses! etc); these will bring invaluable info as long as we acknowledge our own power wants and those territories we wish to claim as our own–if we don’t admit what we want, the feeling nature will lead us astray. Compounding perceptual difficulties is the way facts just won’t speak of realities, at this time–be prepared for that (Mercury and Jupiter trine Sedna, though Merc and Jup don’t perfect their conjunction until the 22nd, Venus sesq Ceres)

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Still Life with Fish by William Merritt Chase, c. 1910 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a fish ready to be filleted. What does that bring to mind? Anticipation of a good dining experience? Revulsion at eating something with a face? The fish is a symbol of Christianity; to fillet it may be to ‘take the backbone’ out of a religious viewpoint. If you’re an astrologer you may think of Pisces, and wonder what it means if only one of the symbol pair is gutted. A fish was one of Vishnu’s incarnations, again suggesting a connection to divinity. We could go on and on, since the fish carries so much symbolism. This one, though, has been ‘fished for’, ‘caught’, and is now being ‘prepared’–is there anything like that in your life, that may need to be seen for what it really is?

For those born with the Sun at 29 Leo: though it may not seem like it, eventually emotions catch up with the rest of you, and internal harmony is restored; you’ll likely take action repeatedly until you feel balanced. You think big and use discernment; make sure it doesn’t devolve into petty criticism and over-concern with detail. The creative may become an outlet for feelings and perceptions ignored or denied–that can be very good, if you know how to shape and direct those energies, or very bad, if they end up deceiving you or others. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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19 August 2016 Perfect Health

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Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). Photographed 2007 by Carol Highsmith (1946–), who explicitly placed the photograph in the public domain

The AstroEssence: in the light of the recent Full Moon, we honor our own power, we see how that over which we have dominion must be adjusted or changed, and we are able to visualize our own version of ‘perfect health’, and so implant a guideline within the unconscious; the mind is very receptive to positive input at this time, though conscious adjustment to anything too radical or unusual may be required. Visualization, spiritual practice (which is really life, isn’t it?), exploring our own inventiveness and originality, and efforts that honor our own responsibilities and our ability to affect our world are favored (Vesta trine Ceres, Neptune parallel Hygeia, Saturn qnx Vesta, Mercury opp Chiron and qnx Uranus)

Joseph Crawhall III 'Stork' {{PD}}

Joseph Crawhall III ‘Stork’ {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a stork wading in a river. As a child the only time I heard storks mentioned was with that puzzling idea that storks delivered babies in little slings, like takeout burritos; as an adult I saw them nesting at the tops of chimneys in the Netherlands, and suddenly the story that they could slip in and bring a baby made a little more sense. Is there something you find curious that might make a lot more sense if you knew its origins? And how do you sort that from something that has no explanation? If we approach everything in life as having a reason for being, no matter how obscure or nonsensical, then we in essence cast a vote for a Universe that not only makes sense but has reasons for being the way it is–which should put your mind at ease.

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 27 Leo: you may find yourself acting under an influence this year that is very difficult to pin down: you could insist on behaving in ways contradictory to what you know to be smart. The sense of unthinking rebellion, of push-back toward everything you’ve been led to believe was wise or practical, has its roots in the way you have recently consistently denied what your instincts have told you. Alienating yourself from your own inner knowing can only be remedied by trusting yourself once again–and that requires letting go of what or whomever you have substituted as guide. You can do it. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

17-18 August 2016 Inspired by Higher Mind

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A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

A Summer Shower, by Charles Edward Perugini 1888 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence of the 17th and 18th, and the Lunar Essence of the Full Moon in Aquarius: Leading up to the Full Moon we are faced with a question: Are we changed by Love, Money, or secrets revealed about values or assets, or are we the agent of change in areas of Love, in finances, in the keeping or spilling of secrets, or in recognizing a change in our values, and so changing how we relate? Since Earth signs are involved (Venus trine Pluto), we should expect a material, or at least tangible, impact; we may be ‘undone’, with some Venusian aspect of life devastated, destroyed, or transformed (don’t panic, this may be a good thing!) This fundamental change sets the stage for the conclusion, end, or completion associated with the Full Moon, 2:25 AM PDT of the 18th at 25 Aquarius 51. This is a near miss, an almost eclipse, and the impact we feel may be as much the Venus-Pluto aspect that precedes the Lunar event (as it leaves us reeling and yet unsure of what hit us) as it is the pull of the Full Moon itself.

This Full Moon, along with Uranus, forms the base for a Finger of God, with apex Jupiter. Should we also include Mercury, which is conjoined Jupiter and within orb of Uranus, but not the Full Moon? It’s a tough call, but I’m inclined to say Yes, as proximity to the other elements of the Finger means Mercurial energy will enter in some form–it just may not be what it seems. That is, we may believe we have come by rational means to a concluding belief, decision to expand, teach, or learn, or concerning a social role (Jupiter)–but the mind may simply be a means of translating our perceptions at the level of Higher Mind (Uranus) that is revealed through events of this Aquarian FM. This suggests it may be Higher Mind inspired feeling (Aquarius Moon) that is really running the show, not the cogitations of our limited, trapped-in-three-dimensions brains. Awareness of this will make us more open to spontaneity and give us confidence in our own choices (both Uranus in Aries) and this in turn allows a more attuned experience than does being overly-focused on our thinking and the illusion of control this inevitably gives.

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA - 'Happy Finger Friends Love' by D Sharon Pruitt     CC BY 2.0

Different fingers. Pink Sherbet Photography from USA – ‘Happy Finger Friends Love’ by D Sharon Pruitt CC BY 2.0

Too, let’s note the way Chiron is caught at the midpoint of the Finger’s base; since the opposition with Jupiter is separating, the implication may be that the dynamic of the Finger begins with a wound, or with an instance of healing, that then spurs the Higher Mind understanding that melds with the FM event to offer that Jupiterian result.

The Full Moon is also apex to a loose Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for you Vikings) with base of Vesta and Hygeia. This may take us further back in time, to where an instance or pattern of not honoring our health (the Cardinal square between Vesta and Hygeia) helps bring about the Full Moon event–which, as you know, is likely to be related to matters of the House where the Full Moon falls.

A novile is formed by the Full Moon to Pluto, and the Sun/ Earth-Moon axis squares Sedna, creating a T-square. A sense of rebellion from what is instinctual may combine with a deep urge toward destruction and change–this makes a kind of engine for the configurations to run on, generating some deep conflict and energizing our embrace of change. We may reject or find unacceptable our usual, unprocessed response, and the conflict this engenders, along with an advantageous glimpse of what things might be like with the upsetting factors gone, eliminated, or reformed, is enough to make all the rest spring into action.

 Elefantino di Giulia Orecchia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Elefantino di Giulia Orecchia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

And now we need to examine the elephant in the room. Her name is Pallas, and she’s conjoined the Full Moon in Aquarius. This suggests that everything involved with the Full Moon is a measure or test of our wisdom and practicality, as well as our skills and ability to apply them. This theme will loom large, and yet we won’t necessarily be seeing events, feelings, urges, and our responses to them as a test-taking or assessment–that only comes later, when the conclusion that is unavoidable with a Full Moon event makes it clear we wound up where we are because of what we consider smart, what we know, and how practical our ultimate orientation.

The Sabian symbol for 26 Aquarius (remember, we read up) is, ‘A Garage Man Testing A Car’s Battery With A Hydrometer’. This emphasizes the mechanism of testing, which we’ve already discussed. A battery is Uranian, while the hydrometer points toward the importance of feeling and so the Water signs involved: Chiron in Pisces, and one part of the Fist base, in Cancer. Both these signs are volatile emotionally, at least in part because the barriers between the individual and the Collective/ Others is blurred, even as we ‘test’ it from our own unique expressions of Will and viewpoint (Uranus in Aries). This could imply that if we are having a hard time processing our own feelings surrounding this FM, we may divert our emotions into a Big Picture expression, one that allows us to express but doesn’t risk quite so much emotional exposure, even to ourselves.

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian with a Full Moon, simply because it is the origin of all light, and so enables perception. ‘After The Heavy Storm, A Rainbow’. So, whatever troubles are stirred at this time, we can be assured it’s for the good, or at the very least, that it will all work out positively.

The only aspects not addressed by the FM are Venus’ contra-parallel to Zeus and parallel to the North Node; these add a flavor of drama, wherein relationships, values, or finances push back on our ambitions, and where we struggle to reconcile wants with maintenance of what we care about. It’s easy to see that this will add tension to the feeling nature, and again make us work to figure things out, rather than allowing Higher Mind to possess us for a time.

(Perfecting on respective days: Venus trine Pluto/ Pallas sesq Hygeia, Venus contra-parallel Zeus and parallel NN, Sun sq Sedna)

Odilon Redon - L'oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

Odilon Redon – L’oeuf 1884 {{PD}}

The word image for both days is a peeled, hard-boiled egg. We’re always talking about ‘potential’, especially in terms of our own lives and our own creativity. An egg is potential itself, but hard-boiling it captures potential and turns it into solid mass; it is what it is, at that moment–there’s no more room for development. The events of this Full Moon may show us that certain things can no longer remain (at least in our minds) in that state of potential; they will have already hardened, taken shape, and so must be accepted, used, dealt with as they are.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo: speaking of potential, you are fairly bursting with it–but what you need to know is that making the most of it won’t come easily: you will be tempted to fight every instinct and the deep, rhythmic primordial knowledge of life itself as it attempts to guide and inform you. Why would you resist that? It could be that you’ve come to believe too strongly in your own individuality; it’s time to acknowledge that there are forces out there bigger than you, and that they want to help. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Leo: a lot of things have come to an end recently, and you move into a new emotional ‘day’, with all the optimism that can offer. You’ve learned a great deal; we could say you’ve become wise, from all you’ve experienced. It’s time to take what you know and apply it in the smartest way possible; all that you know will coalesce to create a kind of ‘magic touch’ that, with even minimal effort, will manifest exactly what you’re aiming for. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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Full Moon in Aquarius August 18 2016

16 August 2016 Going Rogue

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By Villy Fink Isaksen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

By Villy Fink Isaksen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

'Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot' by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of 'Treasure Island' {{PD}}

‘Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot’ by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of ‘Treasure Island’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: If we follow our instincts and/ or minds, we end up in unhealthy territory; relationships, financial matters, or as-yet unrenovated values lead us back to the past, in some way, and this makes us inclined to take up old ‘wounded’ or rebellious or erratic ways of processing current events. It may feel as if all our ‘buttons’ are being pushed at once. We’ve got to remember two things right now: we abandoned those from-the-past means of handling things because they were wounded expressions, and so unproductive–and we know better now, precisely because we’ve learned from what we’ve already experienced. Don’t let a small hurt couple with an urge to go rogue, because all we’ll get is a toxic blow-up of greater or lesser proportions. Channel energy into innovation, original expression, and the willingness to lead (if you’re usually a follower) or follow (if you usually lead)–and with this last concerning one’s position within the group, if you take what you think is the opposite of your usual role and it doesn’t work out, you can be sure that you’ve been thinking of your place in things all wrong (Hygeia qnx SN, Pallas contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus parallel Sedna and contra Hygeia, Merc parallel Chiron, Sun qnx Chiron and trine Uranus)

Today’s word image is really a question: When ‘the dream’ is realized, manifest right in front of us, do we recognize it? This may be the hardest step in the process, knowing when to shift gears and acknowledge that we’ve gotten exactly what we wanted.

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo: Your year may begin in some way that feels especially emotionally punishing, in a kind of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ scenario, but this matter quickly goes to a higher plane and takes an intellectual form, and how you face this sets the tone for the rest of the year, which features: the most amazing circumstances through which to display your originality, your inventiveness, and your mental brilliance; and a bit of a tightrope that requires you to adjust yourself to avoid hurt. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

15 August 2016 The Beauty of Your Path

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Jan Brueghel I -' A wooded landscape with travelers on a path' c1607 {{PD}}

Jan Brueghel I -‘ A wooded landscape with travelers on a path’ c1607 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Today we all glimpse (or are immersed in, or struck by) the beauty of the Path we’ve chosen; we see the particular grace our life direction offers us, the way relationships have shown us exactly what we needed to learn and experience, and we also see the cost of our choices. It’s a day of revelation, one that prompts actions that transform our world–and these expressions of power both repudiate something we refuse to follow or accept that is required by society at large (this something is likely related to matters of the House Jupiter is currently transiting in the natal chart), and show what we care about, what we love, and this is done at least in part by our rejection of the unreal, the deceptive, or the delusional. Self-acceptance of our own unique viewpoint allows a healing of sorts, and makes our choices and actions especially effective (Jup contra-parallel Juno, Mars nov Pluto, Venus conjoined the NN and contra-parallel Neptune, Merc parallel Ceres and semi-sq Juno, Sun semi-sq Vesta)

By Jon - Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

By Jon – Flickr: Ultimate Sand Castle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13294831

Today’s word image is a sandcastle. This is a good symbolic approximation of life itself: we build with the tiniest bits of material, time, and experience, our creations simple or elaborate, many-chambered or uncomplicated, we put in a little effort or a lot, and the elements wear down our creation, in an instant or slowly, over time. What does your sandcastle look like, and what does it say about your choices, and your life?

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo: if you don’t adjust your behaviors and/ or use your talents, you will find yourself wounded at some point during the year between now and your next birthday. I can’t really pinpoint what will occur, only that you’re on a course that implies your own inflexibility will cause your grief–but, if you can follow your best impulses toward originality, and can find a place within, leadership role of, or willingly cooperate with ‘the group’, you can pull from yourself something truly rewarding and perfectly unique–your own highly meaningful contribution to the world. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

Your Weekend 13-14 August 2016 Sunrise With Sea Monsters

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The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The monster in this case may be our avoidance of responsibility for our own situation. Odilon Redon {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 13th: Though there is a broad theme of the individual v. the social order, when we squint (a modest ‘correction’ to our perceptions) we find that the struggle is actually a mental one within our own minds. The heart of it is our attitude toward authority in general, and the quirks and resistance we impose on current power relationships that echoes unresolved issues with those at one time in charge of us, particularly Mom. There are a few things we can be sure of, and which can act as rough guides to our choices: being hurt over what we’ve chosen to ignore or deny is, besides being nonsensical, just Self-defeating; being erratic or unreliable creates losses; ‘thinking big’ may help us overcome limitations; and if we experience a dust-up with authorities (or those who see themselves this way), we should examine the situation for the possibility we’ve projected our inner struggle, superimposing it on an interaction or relationship–the ‘blame game’ won’t do any good, and may keep us from resolving our inner quandary, which will only invite more discord and foster further power struggles until claimed and resolved (Chiron sesq Black Moon Lilith, Jup qnx Uranus, Mars qnx Ceres, Venus sesq Uranus and sq Saturn, Merc parallel Jupiter)

Saturn goes direct and just as it does, Venus completes a square to it; the sense may be that we are just now seeing what stands in the way of Love, happiness, Money, or values realization. The direction and Venus contact brings a dawning, and the temptation may be to become hyper-critical (Venus in Virgo) of what we desire, or bitter toward those who stand in our way; we’d be better served questioning how much of what we think has really just been accepted wholesale from the social circle. Important to note: the upcoming square of Saturn to Neptune promises that these difficulties with Venusian subjects pave the way for effective (though not necessarily easy) realization or materialization of a dream, ideal, or spiritual goal (Neptune).

'Sunrise With Sea Monsters' J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

‘Sunrise With Sea Monsters’ J. M. W. Turner c1845 {{PD}}

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Photo of a Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, taken by and generously released into the public domain by M. Murphy

Today’s word image is a penguin. What does this bring to mind? A ‘scheme’ in black and white (suggesting an odd combination of extremes)? Some kind of cartoon stereotype anthropomorphizing them? ‘March of the Penguins’ (sad alert!)? The ‘Batman’ villain (and then, is he the natty Burgess Meredith version, or the slimy Danny DeVito version)? It’s likely most of us have only seen these animals in zoos–which effectively makes them a kind of unicorn, something we experience only in an artificial (zoo) and rarefied (in their home in the Antarctic region) environment, so something that may feel in some essential way unreal. Unless you are a zoologist specializing in order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae, you probably hold some unrealistic, quaint, or fanciful ideas about penguins; look around for that thing in your life it feels you are familiar with, that it seems you know so much about, and question your assumptions and the image you impose, under the principle it’s better to know what something really is, than to carry and respond to the illusions in your head.

By Joseolgon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

By Joseolgon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18687195

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo: Emotional harmony and continuity will be strong this year, with actions easily in concert with aims, and ‘knowing’ through the feeling nature almost a given. By late in the year, nearer to your next birthday, though, you may be seriously hurt, forced to access inner wisdom or to take a practical approach in order to deal with the wound–but it all leads to a wiser, more mature You. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 14th: Here we see that ideas concerning Venusian matters are dealt with and the new understanding applied to the dream, in preparation for the material manifestation or spiritual realization promised at the perfection of the Saturn-Neptune square (see The Saturn Direction under the 13th). We find the most profitable and beneficial concepts connected to our own uniqueness and originality, and likely will experience these ideas as personally empowering, though they may stir up trouble with authorities or even Mother Nature–just know it probably can’t be helped, as our ‘mental contrariness’ somehow shines through (Venus parallel Uranus and opp Neptune, Merc contra-parallel Juno and sesq Ceres)

327px-Alice_drink_meToday’s word image is a bottle marked ‘Drink Me’ (shades of Alice in Wonderland!) What’s in the bottle? Your poison, whatever that may be in life. Your job is to either say ‘No’ to it (a true rejection that captures no part of the spirit, as occurs when one resists, rather than feels indifferent or willingly lets go), or to consume it and through your own power and purity transform it, making it harmless. You know the best choice for you–do one or the other, and don’t knock the bottle off the table, thinking that breaking it removes the temptation–you wouldn’t be the first to take desperate measures to try to rescue what’s all wrong for you.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo: Fate has something difficult in store for you, but it will only seem like a problem while you’re waiting for your thinking to catch up with developments; after that, you experience a year of practical advances and the building of profitable circumstances. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

 Enjoy your weekend!

 

12 August 2016 We Think We Know

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It’s a trap!

. . . and by ‘trap’ I mean we will sincerely believe we have a clear intellectual grasp and a wise perspective–but health matters (mental, emotional, physical, but especially spiritual ones) cloud instincts and obscure access to inner knowledge, and social pressures could cause us to ignore hurt and sweep matters in need of attention under the rug, only adding to our being out-of-touch in a way that might not be obvious–and if we are aware of some disconnect, we may be too strongly tempted to deny it, just to feel we’re moving forward. Wounds of which we’re not entirely conscious may push us to mark territory, exert our Will over others, and just generally posture as authorities–but we would do far better to abandon the standards of the social order in favor of dealing with hidden, ignored, or denied matters, or those that enrage us, especially as they affect relationships. Embracing those matters we’d rather turn away from will pay off, whether right now we are in a position to see how that will happen or not. Adding to this is a very loose Water Grand Trine involving Neptune, Vesta, and Black Moon Lilith=we are prevented from knowing just how much we are in denial of, or avoiding, and we may see dodging issues as vital to our survival–an exaggeration that justifies our desire to turn away! Indulging in this may be Self-defeating, in the worst sense. And that’s the AstroEssence (Perfecting today: Hygeia sesq Sedna, Pallas enters Gemini, Chiron nov Ceres, Neptune qnx Hygeia, Jupiter semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and opp Chiron, Venus sxt BML)

Not the kind of trap we're talking about. Winslow Homer - 'Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots' 1874 {{PD}}

Not the kind of trap we’re talking about. Winslow Homer – ‘Three Boys in a Dory with Lobster Pots’ 1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is–oh, you’re going to love this, after ‘teeth’ yesterday–it’s a butterfly with teeth! This comic image combines something that is seen as lovely but essentially harmless–in fact, unable to defend itself–with a symbol of both the ability to defend (who wants to get bitten?) and the ability to process, to consume, to assimilate and do. This may speak to a fear many people have: of being ‘beautiful’ but almost helpless, certainly losing an edge of aggression and dynamism, after spiritual transformation–that is, after going from what we imagine is a caterpillar (ordinary) to a butterfly (extraordinary). We tend to confuse spiritual advancement (itself a misnomer–maybe it should be ‘spiritual experiences’, which we would otherwise call ‘life’) as an end-game that brings a kind of beatific passivity, all sunshine and smiles, all troubles swept away. Whether we make these assumptions in terms of the spiritual journey or something more materially-oriented (career development, perhaps), there are a few things to consider: we don’t simply go from one static extreme to another–not only is development not so one-dimensional, it’s also non-linear–we can easily be a butterfly one moment and back to a caterpillar the next–and certainly, spiritual development is meant to advance understanding, which in itself is both a kind of armor, and an attitude that is much more accepting of the cyclic nature of life, as well as of the life-death-life that we see in the continuous round of simultaneous growth and decay. The fear is unnecessary, and reveals itself to be so as the spirit truly begins to grasp that defenses aren’t actually necessary, because the Universe never attacks.

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleFor those born with the Sun at 20 Leo: the sense of being solitary, even in the midst of a crowd, may be strong for you through the first two-thirds of the year, heading toward your next birthday. Connecting may be an issue, and your ego may get in your way. ‘Emotional knowledge’, learning about emotional realities and understanding the complexities of feeling within your situation, are on the agenda–and will result in a splendid emotional harmony arriving in that final third of the year, the kind of positive feeling that will allow you to act in perfect concert with your identity, Soul needs, and intentions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing individual eclipse reports for the September events. Thank you to everyone who inquired–I very much appreciate your interest, and do plan on offering eclipse reports in future. I will be publishing general readings for both the Solar and Lunar eclipses of September here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, read! And if you’re a frequent flyer here, please consider donating to support my work here on the blog, or writing a wee review of my books once you’ve read them at Good Reads. Thanks!

11 August 2016 Shape Your Lust!

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Lawrence Koe - 'Idyll' c1910 {{PD}}

Lawrence Koe – ‘Idyll’ c1910 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We find unique and effective ways of gaining, ways that directly fulfill ambitions and desires, that may use relationships, talents, or assets in order to accomplish our goals, and that pay off one way or another–and it all goes down smoothly, almost effortlessly, as if ‘luck’ is with us, or these positive developments are ‘meant to be’ in a big picture sense–and maybe they are. There’s beauty in acknowledging our desires, and sharing our goals with others–they just might want to help you attain them. Take care in interactions, though, as lust can get away from us–the choices are to shape it consciously or be driven by it unconsciously–and unthinking advances or expressions of want could be the order of the day (Perfecting today: Venus nov Zeus)

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

U.S. National Archives c1942 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is teeth! We all have very particular associations with teeth, whether we think of our own, those of animals (sharks!), or the many sayings involving them: ‘take a bite out of’ or ‘bit off more than one can chew’, ‘the gnashing of teeth’, ‘tooth and nail’, or stories like how George Washington had wooden teeth, how people used to tie a string from a rotten tooth to a door knob and then slam it to remove, or the biosociological concept of baring teeth to frighten others (yet the human smile is supposed to mean the opposite), etc. The interesting thing is that when we think of teeth as symbols we see that most of our references to them refer to two concepts: either consumption, or tension/ aggression. Then there are dreams about teeth, with Edgar Cayce describing teeth as our thoughts and words, with dreams of loose or lost teeth as signaling regret for what we’ve said. Look at the first few ideas that pop into your mind when you think of teeth, and what these may say about both your viewpoint and what you may choose to ‘sink your teeth into’.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo: the early part of your year, counting through to your next birthday, may be spent in unusual moves meant to deal with feelings that seem hurtful and out-of-control. If you can hold back from overreacting (that is, realize that emotional responses are exaggerated in your mind), you may find that living with the feelings can open up some original creative approaches to both problems and Self-expression, ones that can open up your world and take what you create and what you do to a new level. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

10 August 2016 A Danger of Erosion

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'Stromschnelle' - Gerhard Rießbeck - Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe)     CC BY-SA 2.0

‘Stromschnelle’ – Gerhard Rießbeck – Germany (with the permission of the artist reproduced and uploaded by Hannes Grobe) CC BY-SA 2.0

The AstroEssence: Rage or destructive attitudes are in danger of eroding our internal wisdom, even as (or perhaps because) we turn away from that anger or from matters that need attention; somehow ignoring or denying the problem appears to be the solution–and that’s where we go wrong. We need to think about it, and then clear it out, one way or another. Relationships could be mine fields unless we maintain a respectful approach to the other, no matter how things appear. Transform communication through critical thinking and a willingness to let go of rules, parameters, and structures–avoiding falling into old, ingrained patterns in how we think, speak, and listen will make the difference–and know that being open to change will have a further benefit of offering personal empowerment and could elevate status (Pluto semi-square Juno, Venus contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and sxt Vesta, Mercury trine Pluto)

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Today’s word image is an astronaut. How perfect for an astrology blog, that we see ourselves as ‘star voyagers’ spinning through space, pinned to the Earth, looking out at the Cosmos! What does an astronaut mean to you? Does the symbol point your attention toward some recent horoscope event or learning occasion centered on astrology/ astronomy? Was this job ever an aspiration for you? Do you see astronauts as modern versions of explorers, as people who take extreme, calculated risks, or has the length of time we’ve been going to and returning from space made the entire venture seem old hat, and not very thrilling at all? Do you see space travel as a waste of money, an inevitable result of man’s ever-expanding push outward, or as an outdated dream? The astronaut is merely the most visible human component in a much larger effort, like an actor in a movie–it takes many more people to put the whole thing together than we ever see–and, mistakenly, we tend to assign far more credit or blame to that visible person than they actually deserve. Are you seeing someone as having a greater role in something than they really do, and holding them responsible, when they’re just the ‘front man’? Or are you the astronaut, ready to enter a harsh environment in the name of exploring the unknown?

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia – Asamkirche, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305905

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo: you’re gathering steam for some truly unique and original Self-expression, but you’re not there yet; you have some emotional digging to do, some secret-discovering and some changes to make, before you’ll be ready to shine. Though the emotional element of things may seem unimportant (and so you may be tempted to ignore or skip dealing with feelings), they are actually the heart and soul of what you will create, and so must be attended to before you can make that unique statement of who you are. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

9 August 2016 The Ladies Have It

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'Musicienne du silence' Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

‘Musicienne du silence’ Arthur Hacker c1900 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The ladies have it, if by ‘it’ you mean an ability to cooperate, share power, and combine complementary talents and status in order to go much farther together than any individual could alone–and by ‘ladies’, we really mean the part within all of us that is receptive, and so open to cooperation, a sharing of power, and a willingness to exercise abilities and prerogatives to aid others as much as themselves. There is also an almost magical ability to access the instincts and that primal ‘knowing’ we carry within by staying clear on, and true to, our highest values, when acting or interacting. We profit, in one form or another, by empowering ourselves and others–and that empowerment comes through a partnership mentality that is tuned to the instincts and the values–miss any component, and results are likely to be unproductive, if not outright divisive (Vesta nov Sedna, Venus sxt Juno)

Today’s word image is a violin. It’s here I note that an individual response to an image overrides any definition I might offer. My thoughts: violins are ‘prodigy’ instruments, often taken up before the individual can actually make a choice, requiring discipline, dedication, and control of an extraordinary degree, and their sound is like liquid emotion, often used to heighten feeling in a movie or during a musical experience. Personally, it reminds me of how I didn’t get one of my daughters the lessons she requested (at about nine years old) and I’ve been sorry about not giving her that opportunity ever since–so for me, this is a symbol of regret.

Fotothek_df_tg_0008204_Theosophie_^_AlchemieFor those born today: 17 Leo, described in yesterday’s post, lasts until after 10 PM of the 9th, Pacific time; in order to once again ‘line up’ day and degree the best way possible, you read yesterday’s post if your Sun is at 17–or you wait for tomorrow’s, if your Sun is 18 Leo. In any case, Happy Birthday, Leo!

8 August 2016 The Way Things Are

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Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) The U>S> National Archives {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: the reality picture (and subsequently, our attention) is focused on matters of ‘health’ (in all its forms) and the way these influence realization of our goals, or shape our ambitions and desires. In accepting and then working with the way things are, we not only find a way forward, we see precisely where our strengths and our ability to influence lies–and we use it, embracing our own authority (no matter how circumscribed or tenuous) and thereby gaining, profiting, or furthering relationships (Perfecting today: Saturn sxt Hygeia, Venus trine Ceres, Mercury conjoined the NN, Sun sxt Zeus)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a small float plane lands on a smooth lake. The thing that always strikes me about this kind of transportation is how specific it is–you can’t change your mind mid-flight and toot on over to an airport! In what way are you being very particular about moving forward, so much so that you may be limiting your potentials? Sometimes we must be very specific, because we already know exactly what it takes to ‘arrive’ at a highly specialized destination, but we may become overly specific in how we move forward without having a very specific goal in mind, and so could curtail possibilities and delay progress.

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France - Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Décor du portail de la maison de J.M. Olbrich (Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24665915

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo: (Please check your natal chart to know whether you should read yesterday’s forecast, today’s, or tomorrow’s, according to the degree of your Sun) You may have realized some important or significant ambition or goal of late, and you may be wondering, now what? You may have an almost immediate emotional crisis to deal with (possibly involving aesthetic matters or the partner), and after that you’re called upon to act and/ or to choose–and this may occur in life areas where the choices conflict with your intentions. Take your time, sort it out, and don’t act reflexively or in anger–that definitely won’t get you where you want to go. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

I’m considering offering reports on the upcoming September eclipses (no, the one in mid-August is not an eclipse, but a near miss) in two versions, one a succinct report that concentrates on the meaning for you (no astro-details), the other including the astro-details as they contact your natal chart, and this is very important: these reports only address the impact of the eclipse–the report does not exhaustively cover everything happening in your chart, it focuses on the set of events as they interact with your chart. The emphasis will be on you, and how these might impact you, and you need to be aware, this may or may not address current issues you think are important–often an eclipse set lets you know where things are really happening, or where they’re ‘warming up’, as well as what areas may undergo drastic change, a ‘wipeout’, rather than answering matters that grab your attention currently–though of course, sometimes they do. The briefer report that offers the meaning and life areas impacted for you, based on the eclipse’s contact to your natal chart, will be $35 and run 1-2 single-spaced PDF pages, while the more detailed will run 2-3+ single-spaced pages at $50. Both are delivered by email as soon as possible. I’ll let you know right here if I decide to go forward–and those who’ve already contacted me and asked about this will be first in line, if I decide to offer them. Thanks to all who’ve inquired!

Your Weekend 6-7 August 2016 What We Honor, What We Think

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"Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices" Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress--no known restrictions

“Kids order sno-balls, the New Orleans, Louisiana, version of what others call sno-cone flavored ices” Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress–no known restrictions

The AstroEssence for Saturday may involve a peculiar sort of instinctive, reflexive action and thought that may bring erraticism to new heights and conflict to relationships–and though we know what we do flies in the face of our internal wisdom, we find ambitions and desires intrude and inspire acting out against the current situation. We act, do, and think in spite of ourselves–and it’s this internal distance, this awareness, that allows us to prevent disaster by focusing on our highest values and those things we know we want to protect and preserve. Measure everything you want to do against your standards and priorities–if it passes muster, go ahead (Perfecting today: T-sq Venus opp Pallas both sq Mars, Venus semi-sq Zeus, Mercury parallel Sedna, sq Saturn, and sesq Uranus, Sun nov Vesta)

Today’s word image is a sno-cone. For me this brings to mind a childhood treat, something eaten in only the hottest weather. Is there something you enjoy that you deny yourself, demanding conditions be ‘just so’ before you can have or do it?

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 6th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) Your world (or should I say your ‘reality picture’?) is changing in major ways, like it or not, and it’s up to you to take advantage of those ways in which you can have your say and affect the outcome. This may require that you are willing to go over old territory, things you already thought were settled, and re-hash matters, especially those concerning power and things that have been kept secret. It won’t be easy, but courage will help you shape things largely as you really want them to be. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The baby, and the bathwater. Photo by Eva Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

For Sunday we may discover that the key to getting what we want, fulfilling ambitions and reaching goals, may be to find a way to work with complementary energies or entities. These are things, people, organizations that inherently conflict, and yet may provide two necessary parts in our quest for fulfillment. Some tips: reject what’s deceptive, and you may end up rejecting what’s creative or spiritually perceptive–it’s baby with the bathwater if you do, so just don’t take any Neptunian element as being entirely obvious or reliable; keep thinking and communications on ‘the high road’; and look for the wisdom and practicality that may be offered through relationships or by watching ‘the bottom line’ (Zeus at the midpoint of Venus sq Mars, Venus parallel Pallas, Merc contra-parallel Zeus, Hygeia, and the SN, and opp Neptune, Sun qnx Pluto)

Looks like the tree is heaving them at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Looks like the tree is heaving coconuts at those people, rather than them just falling. Photo by Wmpearl Sign found in Honolulu {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a coconut. To me growing up these were exotic, something that spoke of an entire other way of life, of unimagined experience, and handling them was a whole other thing again: they almost felt like some strange cross between animal and plant (I think it’s the hair🙂 ). Look for something you have in your life now that you approach with that much wonder, so different than the every day, and explore it further–and if you don’t have something like that, go look for it!

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo: (Please note: the Sun enters this degree evening of the 7th Pacific time; that means if your birthday is today on the calendar, you may actually want to check your chart so you know whether to read the year ahead for today, tomorrow, or yesterday.) For now, change and tough times are behind you; this year ahead, through to your next birthday, is filled with efforts toward ambition realization, especially through the experience of emotional partnership, and with consideration for others and some aesthetic ‘good sense’, you can go far. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Thank you, and enjoy your weekend!

5 August 2016 Excavations, Explorations

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William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

William Michael Harnett {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Virgo, and we may start to see ‘virgin territory’ as a desirable place to explore, transform, or critique. We go where we’ve never been before in relationships or financially, or we are willing to be accountable publicly for some change in our values–it’s as if we’re saying, ‘Yes, that’s who I am, not what you expected, right? I’m not afraid to go there”. This is good, if it’s freeing you to express genuine feeling, not so good if it’s an aberration fostered by a too-prickly relationship with Virgoan characteristics, right now (check natal Merc for what it might be receiving by transit–a tense aspect or two almost certainly promises you’ll go out on a limb, then try to saw it off).

The mind may almost compulsively dig into areas where matters are denied or ignored, or where deep change is happening but those involved are pretending everything is just fine. This will cause friction, especially in relationships or financially, but if handled consciously (with deliberate discernment, rather than a critical approach), may excavate areas painful or too long ignored, allowing healing to begin. Warning: thinking easily drifts into the fantastical and unreal; stay connected to the facts–and don’t mistake your or another’s thoughts for facts–for best results (Perfecting today: Venus sesq Pluto, Merc sxt Black Moon Lilith and contra-parallel Neptune)

Today’s word image is a picture of a stranger, found in a box of old family photos. Whose ‘surprise photo’ are you most likely to find emerging from the past? Who within the family is this person connected to, and why? And does this illuminate anything about this family member for you?

Vincent van Gogh 'Olive Trees' 1888 {{PD}}

Vincent van Gogh ‘Olive Trees’ 1888 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo: If you’re willing to let go of outmoded or irrelevant energy drains, and acquiesce to re-making those areas that need ‘power reform’, you can mid-way through your year, through to your next birthday, find like-minded others and develop an aesthetic both of which will support realizing your goals and ambitions. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

 

4 August 2016 The Engine of Ambitions

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 "Motor Manufacturing" by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

“Motor Manufacturing” by Clive Gardiner for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930 Courtesy of the National Archives UK {{No Restrictions}}

The AstroEssence: Our ambitions drive everything right now; we have innovative, unique, and inspiring thoughts about our desires, wants, and goals, and we see what’s impractical or unwise about the form our current aims take, and so can modify our intended direction and our efforts. Our quest to express our individuality pushes us forward, and we’re heartened both by seeing how and why things didn’t work in the past, and how we and our ambitions can fit into the social fabric now. Optimism is pervasive, but take care not to bite off more than you can handle (Pallas sesq Zeus, and Merc nov Zeus and parallel Uranus, Sun nov Jupiter and qnx the SN)

Juan Téllez Hellín - 'Work' 1903 {{PD}}

Juan Téllez Hellín – ‘Work’ 1903 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is unfinished knitting. What have we begun to knit together, pulling in different threads to make a coherent and cooperative whole, that we’ve lately put aside, neglected, or given up on? Whatever the project is, remind yourself of what you intended at the time, then look at things in the light of now–that’s the only way to know if it’s right to pick it up and finish, or to unravel things, and put the energy and materials to a better use.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Leo: Though most of the year goes smoothly, you are actually headed for great change; the question is, will this be forced upon you, or will you see the writing on the wall, and modify your course so that what you’re required to do fits into what you want, anyway? You prepare best by being flexible, and at the same time being as Self-responsible and Self-aware as possible; avoid being too critical of yourself or others, as this is especially likely at those points when emotions overcome you. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By mik Krakow - Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

By mik Krakow – Collegium Maius UJ, fot. J. Nowostawska-Gyalókay, Małopolski Instytut Kultury 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41337157

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

Thank you, Readers!

3 August 2016 Good For Us

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Elizabeth Forbes - 'Blackberry Gathering' c1912 {{PD}}

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

The AstroEssence: What we love is actually good for us right now–can you imagine? It may seem like a trick, a deception, a sleight-of-mind, but we’ll only be mislead if we focus our attention too narrowly on ourselves and our interests; keep the world in mind, and our actions and choices can verge on transformative, that’s how effective our ‘reach’ into the real world can be. Make it pleasant, make it pretty, make it profitable, and we’ll all benefit. And we find, in exerting ourselves, that if we anticipated pain for taking charge and being responsible, we were wrong–empowering ourselves is not just hurt-free, but helps us shed any illusions we may have accepted as valid (Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Mars semi-sq Pluto, Venus nov Hygeia, Sun qnx Neptune)

Today’s word image is a forest, where every tree trunk is covered with butterflies. To me butterflies are symbols of potential, of what someone or something can become, and a forest speaks of an environment that acts as a sheltering place to gather, replenish, and breed, a proper ground for bringing something to fruition. This image may prompt us to look at how well our environment incubates our efforts; are they properly nourished, allowed to develop, recognized as valid once they are complete? If not, consider modifications that can help support even the most delicate and elusive of ideas, the inspired kind we must take seriously and pursue, before the moment passes. See one man’s efforts to support butterflies here, and a real-life forest such as our image describes here.

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

Remember, time is passing. By Juan R. Lascorz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3653043

For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo: there is a ‘fresh’ feeling to your new Solar year, one that offers you the time, energy, and inclination to address old issues, see to lingering problems, and adjust current matters so that you are rid of what’s outdated and can effectively turn your attention on the future. You are entering a larger process of change that will take some time; getting right with the past is your first step forward. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.

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New Moon in Leo + 2 August 2016 Find the Groove

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1912 Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

If you don’t find your groove, moving forward may feel like this. 1912
Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6433918107/ State Library of New South Wales collection Australian Antarctic Territory {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Action-taking and choice-making are impulsive and yet create opportunities, and may in particular create an opportunity related to the New Moon; this abundance of possibility is true for us, as long as we access instinct, don’t confuse that with wishful thinking, and stay aligned with our genuine priorities. We can make gains in knowledge and widen our horizons, if we can find the groove. Strange as it may sound, just don’t think about it; that may be our best ‘in’ to the instinctual nature, along with feelings that are clear (that is, not confused with thought). Those who confuse the sources and meaning of their impulses will find it costly, damaging to either relationships or finances, while everyone else can successfully ignore the unpleasant or denied in favor of the instinctual and what’s true to oneself (Mars into Sagittarius, Vesta-Pallas-Juno Water Grand Trine still in effect–see forecast for the 1st–with Vesta also perfecting a sextile to Ceres, Venus sq Sedna, Mercury contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Sun_and_Moon_Nuremberg_chronicleThe Lunar Essence is exemplified by the New Moon in Leo, falling at 10 degrees 57 minutes, at 1:44 PM PDT of the 2nd. This event in Leo brings a focus of Self-awareness, of our part in the larger scheme, and particularly makes us aware of how we might ‘shine’ in life. This meeting of Sun and Moon (as viewed from our perspective on Earth) ends the Dark period and signifies energetically an inception, a new start, a seed moment, likely related to the real-world matters represented by the House in the natal chart in which the NM falls. The aspects made tell us the story; this New Moon is square to Black Moon Lilith, trine Saturn, quincunx Neptune (and close to but too far out to count a quincunx to the SN), and sesquiquadrate Chiron. We personally (Leo) can begin the process of materialization, or we can find shape and context for these matters, or we can limit or otherwise contain issues related to matters of the House where the NM falls. It will take some effort, some of it potentially unpleasant, but the results can be both healing and creative (especially if you can find that groove!) and can remove a long-held shadow from the psyche.

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

Fritz von Wille 1880 {{PD}}

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Children Play On A Swing Hanging From The Branches Of A Huge Oak Tree’. This may tell us that our best approach, as with the ‘not thinking’ mentioned above, is one that takes a carefree attitude with developments, toward both what we do or generate and what comes from outside us. Play may be our most useful and productive way of engaging the energies, as it all ‘hangs’ on our wisdom and strength, signified by the oak in the image.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Leo: it may feel like you have just awakened, just been struck by the lightning of an exciting and vital idea, or that you are embarking on a renewed life, even if nothing in your circumstances has changed. This is the effect of having your Solar Return follow so closely in the lee of a New Moon. The emphasis, for you this year, is on creativity; be willing to be flexible, to make the changes, adjustments, and modifications that will support exercising your creative energies and doing right by your spiritual needs, because a helpful wind is with you–you can go a lot farther than you think. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

1 August 2016 A Tangle of Impulses

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By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach - 'Der Rettung Entgegen' 1913 {{PD}}

By Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach – ‘Der Rettung Entgegen’ 1913 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re well into Dark of the Moon, that three day period prior to the New Moon when the Lunar light is absent, effectively removing our symbolic connection to the passing of time–and it’s this sense of timelessness that we should be mindful of right now. Particularly in that final 24 hours before the New Moon, we may find turning inward more natural than turning outward, and aligning our inner life with our outer one especially difficult, as they seem to be so disconnected. That means that meditation, contemplation, revery, creativity, and seeking the vision are all especially effective now, while activities with a purely external focus don’t get the attention they need, and so don’t go as well as they could. Add to this Mars at 29 Scorpio, and we have the potential for a lot of compulsive or poorly thought out actions and choices, prior to the Mars entry into Sagittarius (and Mars moves into Sagittarius only about two hours before perfection of the New Moon, suggesting that the impulse to act may come forward before the intention, the ‘why’, becomes clear). Perhaps a note to the Self reminding us that though the inner life and viewpoint seem to be of ultimate importance, even more ‘real’, during this period, we are still physical beings in a material world, so measured activity and some caution is advised.

'Le Bec de Gaz - Nuit bleue' Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

‘Le Bec de Gaz – Nuit bleue’ Henri Le Sidaner 1905 {{PD}}

It’s the perfect time to reach emotional balance, specifically by getting clear within our own minds on what we are dedicated to, where we are empowered to act effectively, and by following the wisdom that exists internally and that is externally offered. It’s in being sure within ourselves of where we want to spend our energy and time, and how we can best exercise our prerogatives, that we find guidance toward the smart choice, or the practical one, and so insure we have the desired impact.

If we align our mentality too closely to material matters, we may find ourselves hurting, particularly through relationships or financial matters, and it’s almost guaranteed we won’t understand why–the tendency will be to blame others or circumstances, rather than see that our own viewpoint needs adjustment (Water Grand Trine of Vesta-Juno-Pallas, Mercury at the midpoint of Vesta-Juno and opp Pallas, Merc trine Ceres, Venus qnx Chiron, Sun sesq Chiron and trine Saturn)

Mihail Simonidi (1870 - 1933) - Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Mihail Simonidi (1870 – 1933) – Reverie pe malul lacului {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a swan. Distilling the many meanings and associations of a swan, we see them as symbols of purity, associated with Venus, and linked to music. Look for the ‘swan element’ within your life, those things that represent beauty, purity, and the pure sensory enjoyment that comes from the Venusian aesthetic, especially through music–or just watch for swans, alerting you to synchronicities ahead.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Leo: early in your ‘new year’ you may feel emotionally confused, cut off from the feeling nature by real or imagined barriers, but soon enough you adjust, chiefly by realizing that it’s your own creative energy that’s distorting your perceptions–and that energy needs a solid outlet for expression. This may be your quest this year: to find the ‘perfect’ expressive mode for either your artistic or spiritual Beingness–everything else may take a back seat, until such expression is found. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Have a great start to your week!