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Just a Little AstroEssence 22-24 November 2017 Lift

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Winter in Andalusia (Poplars and Sheep at Alcalá de Guadaira) 1880 {{PD}} By Emilio Sánchez Perrier

We enjoy lifts of several kinds over this period; here are the deets:

The big story for the 22nd is Neptune stationing direct, and yet our reaction to this lifting of the fog might be more about the other perfecting aspects: Jupiter sesquiquadrate Chiron, Mars conjoined Zeus, and the Sun parallel Hygeia. When a heavy like Neptune goes direct, we may not be conscious of the shift right away; we may feel something, but it’s likely that it will take a little time for such a change to gather a distinctive shape in our lives, often related to either the matters of the House Neptune is currently transiting, or the one Neptune rules in our natal chart–and that’s aside from any contacts Neptune makes at the point of direction, which can be especially potent in the way they are suddenly revealed, attain an aspect of creativity or idealism or take on spiritual depth, or conversely are obscured, if Neptune retro had been serving to lift the fog.

So, the energies surrounding the turnaround may feel something like this: the social order suffering from and also inflicting wounds (think the #MeToo movement, for one); on an individual level this suggests that the facts or beliefs, one’s own or others, may be painful to deal with, or that the difficult situation presented by those facts and beliefs requires us to offer healing or the Chirotic skill, again, to ourselves and/ or others. Getting bigger spiritually, especially in relation to our fellow humans, may be painful–not exactly surprising.

Then there’s the matter of actions and choices being fused with ambitions and desires, removing any real chance of objectivity–just be prepared to face this in yourself and in others, and cut everyone a little slack; we are passionate about things at this point, so precipitous acts and expression of the Will may cause a kind of ‘blanking out’ that overrides any of our normal reticence or cautions. But, the Sun’s contact tells us that, in the long-term, that Self-expression will ultimately be healthy, so we’re unlikely to damage anything we actually want to preserve.

Rik Wouters – ‘De strijkster (The Ironer)’ (1912) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is iron. Did you imagine something hot coming out of a forge, a cattle brand, perhaps, or something more mundane, a clothes iron, or possibly a hunk of ore, or a daily supplement consumed for your health? Iron has entered the lexicon in a number of ways: ‘strike while the iron is hot’, meaning take an opportunity when it presents itself; to ‘iron things out’ means to negotiate and come to agreement; something is described as ‘iron’, implying unbending strength. Consider whether you need a little more, or a little less, of whatever iron comes to mind.

And what about the 23rd, the day in the US known for gathering the family together to share . . . a turkey? Let’s be clear: it’s a celebration ostensibly triggered by the day the indigenous peoples saved European settlers from starving to death, a day that signaled the beginning of the end for natives in terms of autonomy and cultural, personal, and Collective freedom–and of course, we shouldn’t be celebrating the dominance of one group over another at all, however obliquely that applies. We have to consider what this holiday has become: a symbolic sharing of abundance, and a chance to celebrate that abundance, to be grateful, not just for what we have but for those who share our lives, in the here and now.

How are we to interpret it, then, when no new aspects perfect today? The implication is that we are awash in a combination of previous recent influences that are still reverberating, and those characteristic inclinations and proclivities that we carry natally. Expect the expected, heavily seasoned with current shifts in both the personal arena and the Zeitgeist.

Jupiter, hangin’ out with his eagle By Nicolai Abildgaard 1792 {{PD}}

Word image for the 23rd is an eagle tending a nest where the eggs will never hatch. Well that’s depressing! Sometimes Mother Nature plays a cruel trick on us, or maybe it’s just fate or our own persistent nature, but everyone at one time or another has pursued or tended diligently to something that has no life in it, that will never ‘hatch’ and live in the light of day. This may be a reminder not to pour our care into lifeless projects, ones where the potential has long since drained away, or maybe it urges us to let go of the things that will never be–not all eggs are meant to reach maturity–and how can we have room for the new, if we are perpetually mourning the old?

By the 24th we’ll begin to see how the Neptune direction is flavoring those things we find sacred, that we honor, and that we are committed to; we’ll also be highly aware of the positives of all that’s come forward lately, the rewards offered for not ignoring or denying what is, and we’ll get glimpses down real avenues of Power. What’s not working so well may be our thinking and reasoning, and those faculties that are so injured or warped by negative experience that we can’t see the objective or the factual without distortion. What comes under scrutiny is our ability to be truly rational; our response needs to be a willingness to consider that feedback may be showing us an elemental flaw in our system.

Sculpture “Peace” created by the conceptual artist Stephen J. Kaltenbach, 2005, near the Capitol Mall in Sacramento, California Photo By Carol M. Highsmith – Library of CongressCatalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2013633917 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is meeting someone about whom you feel you already know a great deal. When that happens, do you let what you’ve heard influence your perceptions? Are you so busy looking for purported attitudes or behaviors that you don’t see who’s actually standing in front of you? No real relationship can develop when prejudice exists, and perceptions are bound to be artificial, filtered through beliefs rather than arrived at from direct experience. Try not to exercise prejudice, okay?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 21 November 2017 With the Tide

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Caspar David Friedrich ‘On the Sailing Boat’ c1819 {{PD}}

Our values support our ambitions and desires, and vice versa, what we want is right in line with our highest values and priorities, and that should make for smooth sailing–but we may be blown off course by surfaces, especially in relationships, and by financial issues. Both those Venusian subjects seem to need change or significant transformation, but as the Sun enters Sagittarius we may find all our energy and attention is initially on ambition fulfillment, and unless Venus matters are part of that . . . well, we may neglect them, preferring to go with the tide, as it promises reward and satisfying results. That’s okay, though, as the real point of all this is to make us aware of those Venusian subjects and the way they have impacted our past, and how they will shape the future, largely by those things we didn’t get and those we won’t ever attain. Being deprived of what we want has steered us in specific directions–and right now you have a chance to see into the future, and how current finances and relationships, as well as current wants, will shape what comes.

Today’s word image is a brightly colored parrot, capable of speech, that doesn’t speak. This image may point to ‘natural’ abilities that we are, for one reason or another, not using. What do you have in your ‘toolbox’ that you’ve let languish? Time to dust it off–though you don’t realize it yet, that ability is the perfect answer to a recent question, or maybe one that you’re just now asking.

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Your Weekend: New Moon in Scorpio November 2017 Earthly Instincts

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Jan Toorop ‘Mother’ 1891 {{PD}} Photo by https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Vassil

This New Moon occurs at 3:42 AM PST of the 18th at 26 Scorpio 19, closely opposed Sedna (and that means Sedna is conjoined Earth); the NM is also in close semi-sextile to Saturn, trine Chiron, and quincunx Uranus. The New Moon initiates new attitudes, actions, perceptions via feeling (Scorpio is a Water sign), and in this case offers a dose of healing energy, as well. Our instincts and matters we ‘know but don’t know’ may seem alien at this time, but the reality is the New Moon beginning draws us into using those instincts, into real-world situations or obstacles that require we call forth that deep, instinctive knowledge, and by confronting us with the unexpected, the shocking, the surprising. What occurs now gives us the chance to use talents or skills we may have thought dormant or non-existent, and urges a willingness to modify efforts to accommodate the material situation and/ or our own inclination toward originality or uniqueness (with that latter, we may need to curb a too-erratic response nature, or may need to adhere to more practical measures than we might otherwise consider). The New Moon in Scorpio gives us a Truthful Beginning that can lead to further discovery, the unanticipated, and to healing, down the road.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Military Band Marches Noisily On Through The City Streets’. Whatever begins here makes an entrance, and a loud one! What we have to remember is that, despite the ruckus, what marches before us isn’t necessarily that important. A parade is a public statement on what prevalent social elements want to emphasize, celebrate, or otherwise note as of concern; that makes a parade a bit like advertising, an attempt to persuade onlookers that this is what the current social order honors and promotes–but it only takes a moments consideration to realize that a parade is propaganda, and may not at all reflect real-life priorities or actual matters deemed sacred. Parades are voices of those who hold power–remember, parades come originally from military displays meant to impress–so look behind the surface statement, to where time, attention, and money actually goes, to inform those New Moon instincts and emotions that drive uncovering of what’s true, beyond all the spectacle and noise.

By Sunday the 19th we may be so fixated on the Mars-Pluto square and the automatic contentiousness it fosters that we may miss the benefits of mining a tactic from the past in order to realize goals and gain, and so shape the future. Thoughts and actions can be forward-looking and so fortuitous, if we can do two things: avoid demanding unilateral acknowledgment that you are in authority or hold power (that is, be not just modest but allow others to feel they have their own say or authority, too), and be willing to recognize what you’ve been ignoring, denying, or enraged over–and then let it go, even as you allow it to give perspective to actions and choices.

Today’s word image is a milkmaid carrying a pail of milk. This brings to mind the saying, ‘You are what you do’, which points out that in a material world, our actions, not our thoughts, define us.

As of Monday the 20th, it’s easy to see how we can channel the past into the present productively; this allows us to make the most of situations that might not otherwise have paid off, and shows us the hidden benefits in any obstacles we might encounter. Just be aware that it may be necessary to modify efforts and attention, as well as to see identity as flexible, so that results are truly wise or practical–if we don’t, we may miss the mark.

Today’s word image is: you mention something you’re missing, and immediately find an abandoned one right in front of you. That’s very vague, so I’ll outline the instance that inspired it: I’d forgotten my Remembrance Day poppy at home, and upon mentioning it, my husband said, “Well here’s one”, and reached down and picked up a pristine one from its spot in a snow bank. I wore it until it fell off the next night in a restaurant, where I assume it was found by someone else who needed it. Just a vivid episode of a responsive Universe, so know it responds, and know that, one way or another, you are being provided with answers/ what you need.

Have a great weekend!

Here’s an excellent analysis of Taurus South Node, Scorpio North Node–

Just a Little AstroEssence 17 November 2017 Standing Up to Fears

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‘The Boulder’ By Charles Courtney Curran c1905 {{PD}}

We have the best ‘backbone’ today, the kind made from solid values and priorities, with no ambiguities about what’s most important to us. We may still be afraid, but we find the mettle to stand up to what scares us. That figurative backbone supports thoughts and actions, which dovetail nicely, making for effective decision making and little internal conflict. What doesn’t work so well? Going after our ambitions and desires; somehow the direct approach brings resistance out of thin air. Respond by being open to spontaneity, the unusual, the new, and the radical or untried, as these will offer a work around and allow us to take a resilient stand in the face of what might otherwise overwhelm us.

Today’s word image is insomnia. This may sound nonsensical, but have you considered, if you are indeed suffering from lack of sleep, that someone might be sending you bad vibes, and picking up on them causes you to lay awake, ruminating on fears and what could go wrong? Just a thought, but if this is you, don’t waste time trying to pinpoint who’s sending you the poison thought pill; instead remind yourself, each time your mind goes *there* that those things aren’t happening right now, that it’s fruitless to try to live in the future, and that you are actually safe and sound, in the present.

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 November 2017 The Light to Heal

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‘Yuletide Fortune Tellers’ 1888 By Mykola Pymonenko {{PD}}

Our attention is on healing; it seems to sit in its own light, separate from what’s whirring past us in the world (and Dark of the Moon, which we’re in at this point, is a perfect time to accept healing energies from the Universe)–and yet, thinking is fixated on power (even when we call it something else), and generates unwise or impractical plans, while reality seems to battle with our instincts and intuitions. What to do? It may be that Venus offers us a way out; she is in Scorpio, semi-square Saturn, trine Neptune, and parallel Juno, promising worth in creative activity that dives deep, in dream realization that recognizes both light and darkness, and that relationships can reside in the ideal–and all of this may empower us, even as we may not have an entirely smooth time in manifesting or in dealing with the real world picture. Embrace an attitude of healing in all things, and know it’s a day of challenges that, if well met, may be exceptionally productive, positive, and rewarding.

Today’s word image is a sensation of flying. What does freedom look like, in your world? How much freedom do you have, and do you need more, or in some other form? Ask yourself those questions today.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 15 November 2017 Viewpoint Narrows

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‘Treppe in Algier (Steps in Algiers)’ c1882 By Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Today Vesta enters Scorpio, just as Pallas backtracks into Aries; in opposition these two set up a dynamic of values and priorities based on Truth, secrets, or with hidden origins that directly conflicts with personal wants and Will. We see a viewpoint that narrows from the Universal or Collective to the individual, while what we honor focuses more on the dark, dirty truth and less on maintaining a balance in relationships or in being ‘fair’ and equitable in a way that ignores deservedness. We judge, we assess, and we act according to our own authority; what we can’t do is use those assessment-senses to pursue our own ambitions–somehow it’s just not the day for it.

Today’s word image is a book, where the story inside doesn’t match the description on the outside. If we are the book, and what we’re presenting to the world as who we are on the outside doesn’t match our inner wants and needs, how can we be surprised when we’re unhappy?

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 November 2017 Serious Adjustment

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This image was so fabulous I just had to use it. It shows the Earth rising from the Moon, as viewed from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter above Compton crater. NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center / Arizona State University – http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/posts/895 {{PD}}

There’s only one new aspect perfecting today, a sesquiquadrate of Venus to Chiron; the only way to see this clearly is to view it as coming in the wake of yesterday’s Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Venus suggests a certain continuity of attention, as we go from a focus on bounty, beliefs, facts, and expansion efforts and opportunities related to assets, finances, relationships, talents, and love, to one that, through difficult or uncomfortable circumstances, will reveal (and possibly allow healing of) our wounds. A tough situation in one or more of these areas could also call forward the personal and very unique Chirotic gifts you carry, gifts that since 2012 I see as available not just to others, but to yourself (for more on this, see here). Overall, a day of serious adjustment, where the positivity, abundance, and over-doing of yesterday give way to consideration of how our assets and relationships can benefit from, handle, or otherwise heal long-standing vulnerabilities and hurts.

Today’s word image is a real-life episode. Just as we were pulling out of a parking lot, I was saying I would give something a try, and as I said the word ‘try’ my eye fell on a bumper sticker that said, ‘Mama Tried’. Some people denigrate the concept of trying; it’s true that it allows for failure (as saying, ‘I will’ does not), but it also removes the potential for Self-guilt or blame, should circumstances beyond one’s control prevent reaching the goal. Using ‘try’ is only a problem if it’s wielded as an excuse; otherwise, it’s far kinder to ourselves to recognize that the Will cannot be arbiter of all things.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 13 November 2017 Beauty Is Opportunity

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Tea bowl, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century AD Repaired with Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”) Photo By Daderot – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45589849

Don’t misunderstand that title–I mean it in the purest sense, in essence suggesting that Beauty, like Truth and Love, is something you should move toward–because what will you discover there? Bounty, Reward, Nourishment, Support–in short, Opportunity. Two caveats about how to handle things today: 1) what’s wise or practical will require us to acknowledge our rage, to refuse to ignore or deny what we’d rather not see, to address injustice as we find it; and 2) beware that the mind can be tricked, and communications can be tricky–we’re prone to misunderstand or let our imaginations run away with us, not from someone’s malefic intent to mislead, but from our own creative energies run amok. Channel that fecundity into productive outlets, and realize that true health requires adaptation, more than anything else.

Today’s word image is a beautiful bowl you’d always thought perfect that proves to have a single, hairline crack. Does that flaw ruin enjoyment of the bowl for you? And what in your life are you expecting to be perfect, that may end up being flawed–and how will you react, will you still love the people or things involved, knowing they carry imperfections?

Just a Little Weekend AstroEssence 12 November 2017 Flaky

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And I don’t mean flaky crust. ‘Still Life with Peacock Pie’ 1627 By Pieter Claesz {{PD}}

Everything, and everyone, seems erratic, unpredictable, flaky. Consider that the energy sent toward you and displayed before you is a reflection of two things: your own frustrated ambitions and desires, and those matters you’ve ignored or denied. Now that you get a little perspective on them, you can see them for what they are. How does that change your view of what you want, and what you should give attention to?

Today’s word image is a cleansing mask meant to remove toxins from the skin. What rituals do you follow, looking to purify your life? Are these genuinely successful, with undeniable results, or is the effect largely in your perceptions, making it personally useful but objectively useless?

I’m unavailable today, but will answer all queries, correspondence, comments, and fill all orders once I’m again at the computer, evening of the 12th. Thanks!

Just a Little Weekend AstroEssence 11 November 2017 Drawing the Thread

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‘Lydia at the Tapestry Loom’ c1881 Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

We may be feeling powerful, adept, that our thinking is on point and that we’ve achieved a perfect balance between spontaneity and ‘the rules’–are we right about that? Yes–enjoy this spurt of confidence, but keep one eye on how we’re drawing a thread from past to future–know that what you do will really matter, some time from now.

Today’s word image is a question: Are you now where and in the state you thought you’d be in one year ago? Consider how your current position differs from that state you imagined, and note what you can do to get closer to realizing what was actually an ideal. You may not have known at that time that you were setting your sights so high; take consolation in knowing you’re a lot closer now than you would’ve been if your goals had only been ordinary–and that means, with most of the work done, you only have a little way to go to make that year-ago vision a reality.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 November 2017 The Noviles Have It

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Català: Arc de Triomf (Barcelona) 2010
Source Flickr: Barcelona – Arco del Triunfo (08019/1053)
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Juno and Pluto are together in Capricorn, and Vesta is in Libra, with Mercury novile all three. A novile is 40 degrees, and implies a little slice of brilliance offered by the combined energies. So, we see Power Players in the ‘real world’ or dealing with concrete realities (Cap), and cooperative entities invested in high standards and pristine value realization, able at this point in time to communicate, their own priorities and with one another, creating the potential for resolution of major differences. Today provides a window of receptivity wherein those who seemed to have seriously contrasting aims can actually find smart and creative ways to get along, if not join forces. Be on the lookout for sudden opportunities to work out some very knotty problems; our attention will be on what’s healthy (Sun sxt Hygeia), and so guide most to a best-case scenario.

Today’s word image is an event: finding out you aren’t actually part of a Tribe you thought you belonged to. Two things you need to take away upon gaining such a revelation: the first is that this is really a good thing, to know where you don’t belong, and second, that this means there’s another, more comfortable fit out there, somewhere. Be glad when you’re rejected–it’s a loud and clear statement from the Universe, “You’re better than this”–or at the very least, different, in a good way.

Just so you know: there are a couple of places offering free or paid downloads of my books, or offering them in multiple formats, most of which they don’t exist in. These venues not only aren’t authorized to sell or distribute them, they’re likely malware sites, as are any YouTube videos purporting to be by or about me. At this time the only actual sale point is Dog & Sunflower Press. Don’t fall for it–stay bug free!

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 November 2017 Practice

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Dreams smack right up against the reality of commitments and obligations, and actions and choices, though inspired, suffer from ‘I knew it!’ as what we suspected moves might lead to comes to pass. One thing we can do without dealing with the contrary or conflicting? Make Change. Embrace it, enjoy it, and know that destruction, resurrection, or alteration perpetrated now is right in line with the individual who creates it–meaning it’s an expression of intent and priorities, and therefore of Soul. Be willing to acknowledge what you ‘know but don’t know’, and to make adjustments in the course of creating, for best results.

Today’s word image is a band practicing in the hope of securing a new engagement. What are you ‘orchestrating’ right now that is meant to bring reward? Are your goals realistic for the effort (practice) you’re putting in? And does your choice of expression (what the band is practicing) match the venue in which you want to ‘play’? It’s vital that we don’t practice swimming, say, if what we really want is to fly.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 8 November 2017 Focus On: Venus Opposed Pallas

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Here’s an obvious statement: being conscious helps us spot danger. Arthur Wardle – ‘A Fairy Tale’ date unknown {{PD}}

Venus opposes Pallas, and this is the aspect that will make a statement in each of our lives today. Every fiber of us that resonates to fulfilling wants and appetites, to the beauty of connection and relationships, to gain and having and giving, will push us in a direction that’s in some way fundamentally unwise or impractical. Think of this as the Universe giving us awareness of our own boundaries; the lack of wisdom or the impractical nature of our wants is reflected back to us or made obvious, and that’s probably something we should be grateful for, as otherwise today it would be too easy to blow past our own restraints, propelled by stress and a need to release pressure. It also means go for what you desire, but have the Self-discipline to pull back when others, surroundings, or circumstances (all playing the part of ‘the Universe’) indicate what a bad idea it is–then just go on to the next thing.

Today’s word image is: you dream of a friend who learns of a terminal illness but this knowledge allows her to break free from restraints and do what she wants. Clearly, it’s a call to liberation, a suggestion that one doesn’t need to wait for a threat to mortality before opening up and following one’s dreams. The only question is, then, does this apply to you, or to someone you know?

Read more here, and have a great day!

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 November 2017 Opposites Attract

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Frederick Childe Hassam 1910 {{PD}}

The radical, erratic, and unreliable among us find themselves helplessly attracted to those who are steadfast in their dedication, their priorities, and who give off a certain saintly aura due to the purity of their commitments–and of course, the opposite will hold, that those dedicated to a cause will want to be with someone who just can’t commit. There are also those who are taking the academic approach, and they will be drawn to those who are passionate beyond all reason, as the passionate will be attracted to those who take a cool, theoretical approach–and those who want to be in the avant garde may find themselves pulled toward what they care about most, rather than their usual preference for what is fashionable. In all these matters of attraction, we find that the benefits come in looking deeply into something, and from accepting that what seems light has a darkness, and what seems dark can hold the key to the light–it’s all in how thoroughly we accept reality, as it stands, rather than as we think it should be. One warning: beware of twisted and so unhealthy thinking or reasoning; to accept it, it may be required that we adjust our values, morals, and ethics–and that’s a sure sign it’s really no good.

Today’s word image is two fish swimming in opposite directions. That’s Pisces, of course! In what way are you contradicting yourself, putting effort in two opposing directions and so effectively thwarting any real progress or resolution (or perhaps just obscuring the issue)? If something doesn’t spring immediately to mind, check matters of the natal House that holds Pisces or features it on the cusp, and/ or any bodies or points ruled by Neptune, or the matters of the House where Neptune is currently transiting. And if need be, stop swimming for a second, if only to get your bearings.

Just a Little AstroEssence 5-6 November 2017 Mind Expansion

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‘Hallucinations’ By Odilon Redon CC0

The 5th we may experience a series of reveals, things suspected or glimpsed, confirmed, things feared or hoped for suddenly there before us, with big ‘C’ Change, especially in perceptions, inevitable. Shifts in perception almost certainly bring a questioning of our values or commitments, but it’s healthy to willingly refresh the viewpoint–anything else risks a loss of originality in expression, or of value related to output or relationships, so that we fall behind socially as well as in our own evolution and growth if we try to freeze things in place.

The most important energies all revolve around Pluto. We see Mercury parallel the Underworld god upon entering Sagittarius, and we see Pluto himself, on his slow grind around the zodiac, conjoin asteroid Hygeia. What we think changes by expanding; our world and its possibilities get much bigger, or show more potentials, than we anticipated possible. Repeat the mantra, ‘Change is good’, even if on the surface it’s disconcerting or frightening–on the 6th we get a solid preview of what’s coming, so any mystery or sense that things are out of control doesn’t last long. The Gemini Moon quincunxes Pluto-Hygeia morning of the 6th Pacific time, offering a peek at the kinds of feelings these changes might stir.

‘Bad Girls’ By Felipe Gabaldón 2009 Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The word image for these two days is a person who exhibits no obvious identification with either sex. Gender fluidity is all the rage these days, and it’s about time–why should anyone have to confine themselves to a single label, or to label themselves at all? This image suggests we should let our attitudes gain more movement and less constriction, allowing us to remove a label we’ve always chafed at wearing.

Just a Little AstroEssence 4 November 2017 The Lens of Self

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Part of the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, no. 094, part 3: Autumn By Hiroshige {{PD}}

We’re back living in our own heads again, this time focused on ambitions, identity and personal power/ effectiveness, as well as relationships and the unspoken assumptions and illusions that permeate them. That seems like a lot of material, until we realize that it’s actually laser-focused through the lens of Self. In particular, we are consumed with what we may know but not consciously acknowledge about those closest to us; we need to be aware that our take on the situation will be refracted through our own ambitions and desires, and so be inextricably linked with conditions we want fulfilled specifically because we are so plagued by the needs such fulfillment is meant to serve. That means that we shouldn’t draw any grand conclusions about our relationships or about others today–aim instead for illumination of Self, and to understand what our ambitions and wants actually say about us.

Today’s word image is a photo album, almost completely filled. It’s the season for closing out certain activities, relationships, pastimes, practices, and this is so whether we are actively moving toward these endings or not. Mourn or break it off and be free, but in either case, remind yourself that this is part of a larger pattern, a ‘putting to bed’ of the past, and that it’s making room for the New.

See the report on the recent Full Moon here

Full Moon in Taurus 3 November 2017 What We Need

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‘Music Making Couple’ Willem Cornelisz Duyster Early 17th century {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 10:22 PM Pacific time of the 3rd at 11 Taurus 58, and makes only a few contacts within our required close-aspect framework for drawing a Full Moon picture. The most interesting thing to me is that some of the contacts offer the potential for individuals to experience configurations, should they have a natal body or point in the ’empty’ space. For instance, The FM sextiles Neptune, suggesting that if one has a natal placement at 10-14 Libra, then the sextile creates a base for a Finger of God, with the apex the natal body. On its own, the Full Moon-Neptune sextile says inspiration, imagination, ideals, and illusions may, with a little effort or input, reach fruition or conclusion with the FM event; add a personal apex point, and you have a recipe that says, ‘A Neptunian thing that’s brought to conclusion or ‘ripens’ with the event will trigger a tricky or uncomfortable situation that is resolved by adjusting the expression of that natal apex energy.” (Please note: Mars, at 7 Libra 51, is just too far outside an acceptable orb–1.5-2 degrees max–for quincunxes at this point.)

We see a similar situation with the Full Moon’s trine to Juno. Here the aspect suggests that the FM event shows us a likely avenue of, or actually delivers, material empowerment and a sense of authority or effective role in real-world matters (Earth signs). If an individual has a natal placement at roughly 11-15 Virgo, that fills in an Earth Grand Trine, bringing a chance for empowerment via expression of the natal energy, a kind of ‘Grand Result’ brought forward by accomplishment, timing, and a willingness to act within one’s empowered role.

The full moon photographed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft NASA {{PD}}

Lastly, the Full Moon makes a fist on its own: a Fist of God is formed by the Full Moon-Earth square Ceres with apex the midpoint of Saturn-Black Moon Lilith (the latter being at 29 degrees, and so under stress, anyway). I know it’s not exactly kosher to consider a midpoint as a configuration apex, but here we actually need to; otherwise we have a Full Moon that in an energy sense may ‘short-circuit’ in a sextile, trine, and square that offer disjointed and seemingly unconnected outlets for Lunar expression. With the Fist we see impact of one sort or another that forces or necessitates conflict or confrontation within a power situation or dynamic (Ceres), the only hope for resolution of which is found in real-world (Saturn) acknowledgement of transgressions, matters ignored or denied, or in allowing entities already under stress full and uncensored personal expression (BML).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon (remember, we read the next degree up for any minutes above the 00 mark; in this instance we read 12, listed at the referenced site as 11-12 Taurus) is, ‘A Young Couple Window Shopping’. This is an image of bonded individuals with time on their hands, dreaming, forward-looking. That may seem to negate the idea behind the Fist, until you consider how much a young couple may ignore or deny as in the early stages making the relationship work may seem so vital. Rose-colored vision (Neptune sextile) and a sense of empowerment drawn from a grown-up role (Juno) may incline the individuals/ parties to hide or disregard disparities, disrespect, or power imbalances (square to Ceres) that surface as each entity gets to know the other. Prejudices, assumptions made, and the belief in inequality of the sexes may poison interactions and be muffled, leading to subdued rage and the need to relate to an illusion (Neptune) rather than a three-dimensional individual, Being, or entity (BML). This Full Moon, then, offers a chance to resolve some of the issues that arise naturally in wanting to put our own ‘best foot forward’, and in wanting to see our ideals in the Other. It does it by bringing about a Taurean emotional conclusion or revelation that shows us that we are both personally empowered to handle things, and that we must deal with some real-world disparity or offense, before we can move on.

We also look at the Sun in a Full Moon event: ‘An Official Embassy Ball’. This suggests some en masse social event or shared experience may act as trigger to the conflict and resolution of the Full Moon. The official nature of the symbol implies a wider societal event may mirror our own personal one, and that all may involve a kind of diplomatic outreach, a formalized celebration of roles and relationships, and actions and choices meant to ‘smooth’ interactions.

‘Moonlight’ Ilya Repin 1895 {{PD}}

A culmination of Lunar energy implies an emotional resolution or ending; happening in Taurus, it likely involves comfort, stability, assets, security, or attempts to create these circumstances that reach an apex or conclusion at this time. In this case, the Full Moon may bring easy manifestation of delusions or ideals (Neptune), and effortless autonomy or empowerment (Juno), accompanied by a tough power situation or a denial of or by authority (Ceres). This suggests a mixed bag that brings about something that answers wants but also requires Self-responsibility–and that may be hampered by higher authorities or by others who block or negate our expression, with all of it keyed to resolving the material, physical, or real-world situation surrounding our relationships and/ or our roles–it’s an effort to right imbalances and sweep conditions too long ignored away for good–and it works, if we can acknowledge our true feelings and needs, willingly embrace Self-responsibility, and recognize the reality of our interactions and our situation.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2 November 2017 Inspired

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月岡芳年 TukiokaYositosi(1839-1892) – The ukiyoe “鹿児島暴徒出陣図” {{PD}}

Real-world difficulties, blockages, or barriers lead to inspired solutions, approaches, and attitudes, and original or fortuitous ideas. That suggests we shouldn’t be too discouraged by what doesn’t work out, and should instead cast it as the thing that can bring out our most creative and profitable thoughts. That sounds good, doesn’t it?

Winslow Homer – ‘After the Hurricane, Bahamas’ 1898 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is castaways on a desert island, struggling to survive, are hit by a hurricane. Sometimes the sh*t storms just keep coming; know that you will get through it. Things go best with an optimistic attitude and a commitment to do all you can to affect circumstances positively, because that will pay off.

Just a Little Halloween Essence 31 October-1 November 2017 Think Like a Healer

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Artist Unknown c1910 {{PD}}

Today, the 31st, and tomorrow, the 1st of November, we hit a point in the yearly cycle when the Veil Between Worlds is thinnest. You can feel it, can’t you? (I note here that this applies to the Northern Hemisphere–I’d love to hear from those in the Southern who can tell me if that thinning Veil follows autumn, or is hooked to this point in the year, despite it being spring there). It’s a spooky time; the past is more alive than the present, and we see it reflected in the aspects for these two days, notably in the Sun’s parallel to the South Node point, then semi-square Saturn and sesquiquadrate Chiron. This involves a turning away from reality, and a difficult relationship to our own wounds or even to those we’re causing in others; the tendency may be to justify ourselves and our injuries with contorted logic. This sets us up to lash out and believe (at least temporarily) in ways that are contrary to what we know to be wise, empowering, or practical (Jup opp Pallas, Nep qnx Ceres, Mars sesq SN). Part of the pressure is unavoidable, as we build toward a Full Moon, but the rest of it can be managed, if we’re willing to take a step back.

There are ways to alleviate what surely will be distressing if it goes unchecked. Look to the future and what you want to see there, and refuse to be intimidated by past hurts (Venus sxt NN, Sun sesq Chiron); if you do, by the 1st, you’ll be thinking like a healer, embracing your beliefs and firmly rejecting acting from wounds, all of which have the benefit of aiding goals and ambitions and helping us sort out and eliminate unconscious influences (Merc trine Chiron, Mars contra-parallel Chiron, Venus conj Vesta and parallel Zeus, Vesta contra-parallel Sedna).

Today and tomorrow’s word image is an old, destructive habit that threatens to rear its ugly head and send things, especially relationships, seriously off track. You know what I’m talking about, and you know what to do.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 26-30 October 2017 Viewpoint

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H. A. Brendekilde – De første Anemoner (1889) {{PD}}

The next five days are all of a piece; it seems better to show the flow of energy from one to the next than to chunk them up separately, and possibly miss their interconnectedness. We’ll start with the 26th and the Sun conjoined Jupiter. People become rapturous about this once-per-year event, but that’s a mistaken attitude, in my view, one that springs from the idea that more is better. Our attention is drawn to whatever the Sun highlights; the sign gives the tone, contacts describe directions that seem active, that call to us, that take up our time and energy. In this case we have a Sun in Scorpio, calling us to dig deep, to look for the Truth, to clean out, purge, discover, re-make, and resurrect–and then that focused Sun meets the planet of largesse, expansion, knowledge, hubris, farsightedness, opportunity, what’s foreign to us, and philosophy. This combination can reveal secrets, force us to face facts we may have been deliberately or unconsciously overlooking, can introduce knowledge that changes everything or destroys current potentials, can bring forward a ‘White Knight’ or ‘Daddy’ who we may see as representing potential rescue, and can make us look to the horizon for something new, better, for something that makes our world or our fortunes bigger, greater, more than–but there is something shadowy beneath the surface, and we might have to reach into a dark space to retrieve what we feel has been promised.

Whatever we’re focusing our attention on, whatever Scorpionic parts of our world have us in thrall, these will be the places that jump into stark relief, and that offer one kind or another of ‘more’. Jupiter receives the spotlight of the Sun and we have the chance to expand our world–but do we want to? It comes in the form of offers, opportunities, and knowledge or ‘foreign’ (unusual) connections acquired, and those possibilities may or may not be a good direction for us to go. They could act as a shiny distraction from our goals–or could bring an optimism that is beyond anything we would otherwise feel, and so urge us to do the unwise, in part because this will feel ‘once in a lifetime’—though it’s likely not.

The natal House where the Sun and Jupiter are currently transiting could present opportunity, or could be the arena in which we regard potentials with too much optimism, which again would cause us to venture where in more level-headed times we might hesitate. What this combo stirs can threaten stability and smart use of energy, but it could also give us the push we need to overcome fears–and that’s positive. We also might see activity in a combination of the matters of the two Houses in the natal chart these bodies rule.

Keywords for Sun-Jupiter: Soul expansion, Opportunity to Live Your Purpose, Living Your Beliefs, Believing in Your Purpose, Getting Your Essence Out Into the World, Fearless Expression   Beware of: Exaggerating the importance of your role, Becoming your own god, Overdoing in the name of Progress

The word image for the 26th is a class reunion. This is an image of people who once spent most every day together, learning, brought together again and much different after their time in the world. Do you see this situation as fun, a chance to re-live old friendships and renew ties, or do you see it as negative, a forced return to a life long past and not missed? Your reaction to this image mirrors your relationship to the past–and if this is an image of dread for you, it may be time to make peace with what was–whatever pains you is gone, it can’t hurt you now. And if you see it as fun, you might want to ask yourself how far you’ve really come–you might be surprised by what you realize.

So, we enter the period a little punch-drunk from the heady opportunities we’ve glimpsed with Sun-Jupiter. By the 27th we may be thinking of making sweeping changes, especially in relationships or finances. Are we still on a high from the optimistic Sun-Jupiter? It’s something to ask ourselves.

Today’s word image is an Artist, who shows her work for the first time. No matter how old we get, there are still new things to discover about ourselves, new talents and abilities that show our artistry. Be brave enough to show some of that ability to others, if not today, then maybe this week, month, or year.

The 28th we shift gears, focusing on re-vamping thought processes to include all those matters we are prone to ignore. A realistic viewpoint is typically an asset, but in this case, we may become too pessimistic, go too far–and that would be, if not unwise, then certainly impractical. Sometimes a little positivity makes the world a lot easier to take.

Today’s word image is two birds, squabbling over a full bird feeder. There’s plenty for everyone; check yourself, and relax–enjoy what you already have.

On the 29th thoughts and ideas compel some ‘difficult’ actions and choices–difficult in that they may be clumsy, premature, or lacking in solid conception and follow-through. Though this urge to action may cause discord or discomfort in the moment, if it’s propelled by ambitions or desires, it may end up paying off–so if you can stand the temporary upset or embarrassment, making that impulsive move could be worthwhile.

By the 30th a kind of wonderful assimilation of energies has taken place. Making ‘mistakes’ in the previous few days has led to the ability to face what we have been avoiding, to challenge things and people that make us angry, and has given us a fresh idea of our own empowerment. This is a point when we may consider whether we are happy with our current life trajectory–you’re in a good place now to examine potential paths.

Do you notice the thread through these days? We’ll be living in our heads, processing everything actively through our point-of-view (rather than unconsciously), and each day will highlight not just our thinking, but the thinking, messages, and communications from others. We get to the end of the period considerably enlightened in important ways–and ready to act on what we know.

Thank you, and have a great one! I’m likely to reappear with one or more daily images, as they occur to me.

Just a Little AstroEssence 25 October 2017 X-Ray

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By Gabriel von Max c1900 {{PD}}

Vesta conjoins Zeus today, and when we view this in light of other contacts being made (including Chiron sesquiquadrate Ceres, Venus square and Mercury sextile Hygeia, and Mercury novile Saturn) we might find wants shaping priorities, goals, and values, making standards far more flexible than they should be; we also see how relationships or financial circumstances affect health negatively. It may be a day when we’re hit with a few surprise revelations about our true priorities and potentials, and we’ll see where we do (and don’t) want to invest. The good thing is that we’ll have what amounts to x-ray vision of the real world picture; reality will ‘speak’, and what’s right for us will be clear–then it’s just up to us to keep values intact, and make the ‘healthy’ choice.

By Władysław Podkowiński 1891 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the passage of time. It’s been on everyone’s mind lately, in one form or another. Pretend that no time has passed since you were first conscious; now consider how much or how little your essence has changed since that point. Two things: you can go back to the ‘Refresh’ point at any time (these are the timeless qualities of the Self/ Soul that can get lost in the everyday), and reflect on what views and values of yours life may have altered in the living. The goal is to remind ourselves that we’re really timeless Beings, and that the changes we can feel so acutely rarely affect who we truly are, even as we learn, mature, and grow spiritually.

Just a Little AstroEssence 24 October 2017 Magical Thinking

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‘Reverie’ by Oreste Pizio 1900 {{PD}}

Usually I use the phrase ‘magical thinking’ with the implication that we’re fooling ourselves, imagining we can see meanings and apply a set of rules that are unrealistic or fantasy-driven, but today I mean it in its most pure, even literal, sense: when deployed ideals, and creative and imaginative energies, empower us; we think and process in creatively effective ways, seeing what can be–and we have the confidence and adaptability to make it happen. The future is a living, breathing entity at this point, one that responds to our actions and choices–so make them best choices, that reflect your best Self.

Today’s word image is anxiety, specifically that generated in you over the possible choices or suffering of those you love. This is pain that springs from worry about potentials. This anxiety came out-of-the-blue, based not in what is but in extrapolating from past potentials or conditions–and that’s our clue (at least one of them) that this angst isn’t originating with us. We’re acting as receivers at this time, and what we’re picking up is someone else’s negative energy aimed at us, which is churning up useless worry as our minds search for the source of our anxiety. Realize that 1) this agitation is not linked to anything currently extant, and 2) you should let this be your warning that you’ve gone too much into receptive mode–get your energies up and out, to ward off the psychic incursion of others.

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Excerpt of a single panel from a multi-paneled Mopsy comic published in TV Teens, Vol. 2, No. 7
By Gladys Parker {{PD}}

Just a Little AstroEssence 23 October 2017 Focus on the Fist

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‘Thor’s Battle Against the Jötnar’ (1872) By Mårten Eskil Winge {{PD}}

There are a few things going on today, but I think the one we’re all going to feel is the Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for all you Valkyries). This one has a base of Venus square Juno, apex Sedna. The base is Cardinal, with Venus in Libra and Juno in Capricorn, suggesting the conflict of the square is dynamic, perceptible, and arising out of action; relationship values, aesthetic concerns, or relationships themselves or possibly financial circumstances clash with our sense of empowerment and its expression through practicality, autonomy, and ‘the bottom line’. That paints a picture of values, energy, or monetary issues rooted in a no-win need to consider the power spread and ‘bottom line’ in relationships and what they need from us (or secondarily, the clash of what makes sense with what we want, with others or what’s necessary or needed taking a contrary position to our desires).

The apex tells us what results from the conflict of the square, in this case filled in by Sedna, which is 135 degrees from each body of the square. Sometimes the apex point describes a non-result, an impasse or failure generated by the two base energies being unable to mesh or work out their differences, but in this case it describes a matter that, failing resolution, will get stuck sotto voce in our heads (though if it is resolved, we use our instincts or our capacity to ‘know but not know’ to do it). It may affect our ability to listen to our own instincts, may force us into dealing with (or, much worse, succumbing to) the ‘blind spot’ material we carry, or it may interrupt or somehow influence our own larger life-death-life pattern. With this latter, we may find ourselves disoriented, as if our lives were threading out, read by the needle on an old phonograph player, and someone jarred it, making it drag and skip.

First, know that if you do feel the disruption, it is temporary; once the Cardinal conflict is resolved, all falls ‘back into the groove’. Second, remind yourself that we cannot be off our Path–no matter where you go, there you are, it’s quite impossible to be sidelined (though it is possible to be sidetracked, tempted into a holding pattern from which progress arrives slowly or non-existent)–so, no matter what, you are still on track–only the momentum is in question. We might see the problem we need to solve as involving Wilfulness. There–should you experience this Fist, that is the initial place to focus, as that will help you solve the clash.

Today’s word image is broken eggs. They’re much like spilled milk; unless we’ve already started long ago in that direction, it’s too late to be a ballerina, jet pilot, acrobat, surgeon, or whatever dream it is you’ve held in wait since childhood (since you were an egg!!). Recognizing what will never come to fruition frees up hopeful energies and flushes regrets, so that what’s left is ready, willing, and able to take action on the ideal, and the attainable.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 22 October 2017 Hope

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Charles W. Hawthorne – ‘The Offering’ c1915 {{PD}}

Mars enters Libra today, and we may feel a little tug, a kind of pull-back on our assertive energies; suddenly it matters to us how what we choose affects others, and it matters to us what they think of us. If we get too wrapped up in this vibe, we end up losing confidence, convinced the world’s a harsh place and we are powerless–but today, reality is functioning more like this: physical and material matters show us the wise or practical thing to do, we just have to be open to seeing it; hope and opportunity are highlighted, again, if we can see them; and the Facts Reveal Truth (Sun enters Scorpio and parallels Jupiter)–and the only way we can miss this latter is if we are so focused on power and its implementation that we can’t see what’s been revealed right in front of us.

Today’s word image is hearing someone speaking very emotionally who you can’t see, and you can’t decide whether they are suffering a stroke and so garbling their speech, or if they are speaking Norwegian (not an uncommon thing to hear in the Seattle area–fill in your own softly silibant Germanic language). Let’s unpack this. The emotion in the voice alerts our primal senses; when we detect elevated stress in other humans, our cave man switches on, our instincts and ‘know but don’t know’ parts of the brain (Sedna)–so that means our animal ‘juices’ are flowing. Then we consider that we’re having difficulty discerning whether the other person is in trouble, or just using a ‘code’ other than we are used to; one would put those animal instincts to good use, jumping into action and helping, while the other not only doesn’t call out to us, it specifically excludes us. This may be about reminding us that not every message comes to us in a form that’s immediately translatable–and that some of those messages carry a kick, the emotions invested by others that are bound to stir us up, too. The need to sort useful and valid info from ginned-up reactionary interpretation and free it from the filters imposed by others (such as a language we don’t know) is ongoing–the information (and by that I mean the answers to our questions) is out there, being transmitted, and the questions are, can you decipher it? do you need to (is the message meant for you)? and does what you’re ‘hearing’ require anything from you at all?

I was off for a medical procedure last week, and there was one delightful bit I wanted to share: I was given some grippy socks that reminded me so much of this:

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Just a Little AstroEssence 20-21 October 2017 Think Like a Woman

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‘Self-portrait with Japanese umbrella’ 1891, by Olga Boznańska {{PD}}

What fresh hell is this, that we know the smart thing, the practical thing, the wise thing, and yet we talk ourselves into trashing the whole thing by telling ourselves what we’re faced with preserving, nurturing, or accelerating has no worth? We’ve got two days of it coming, of dealing with our own avoidance of reality, or insistence on living in the past; neither accomplishes what we think it will. There’s also the matter of opposites (or complementary) energies at odds, where we quite naturally find ourselves in a position contrary to that of our opposite number–and so at an impasse with them.

We may find it helps to ‘think like a woman’, whatever that means to you, preferably one who’s intelligent, Self-possessed, and not hesitant to exercise her own authority. Strangely, we may have persuaded ourselves that such an approach would be detrimental, beneath us, or ‘weak’–but it’s really about mustering the right kinds of sensitivity, which are almost certainly not the kinds most of us normally turn to when sending feelers out into the Universe.

So where’s our silver lining in all this? It’s in those relationships that empower us, where we are cherished and valued, where our ‘natural’ Self is the best thing we can be–there are no expectations for our conformity to social mores or anyone’s judgment. If one or more relationships just like that, that let you be You with a capital ‘Y’, spring to mind, your task is to recognize the Love you receive from them, and nurture them; if no such relationship in your life right now exists, your job is to get new relationships.

‘Friedrichstraße on a rainy night’, by Franz Skarbina, 1902 {{PD}}

The word image for these two days is this: while standing in an anteroom to a restaurant, a young man coming in sees you and holds the door open so you can go out; to be polite, you thank him and walk out into the cold, driving rain. You were not on your way out, but he didn’t know that. He was so proud of himself for thinking of someone else, of holding the door for others, that he didn’t notice what was really needed: shelter from the rain. Is someone ushering you into an environment you’d rather avoid, and to be polite, you’re going along with it? Or are you so proud of offering someone a grand gesture that you haven’t bothered to see if it’s actually what they need?

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New Moon in Libra 19 October 2017 Chaos and Instinct

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By http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13647This file was donated to Wikimedia Commons by as part of a project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57097242

The New Moon occurs at 12:12 PM Pacific time on the 19th at 26 Libra 35. It makes a close opposition to Uranus in Aries, sesquiquadrates Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, and is apex to a Finger of God with base of Sedna-Chiron, and at the same time is part of the base of another Finger with a sextile to the point Black Moon Lilith, apex Sedna. Most of the aspects for this Moon are close, which is why we don’t need to reach for other contacts (though we may count a loose semi-sextile to Mars, which just seems to bring home the Aries energy that’s already so prominently in opposition); the orb is too wide to count a conjunction to Jupiter or a sextile to Saturn–no need to stretch, we already have a concise picture.

New starts, beginnings, related to Libra always have an ‘us-other’ facet, and often emphasize aesthetic, asset, or relationship matters. There may be changes or shifts in cooperation and partnership areas that highlight the way Venusian subjects such as Love or Money are really interaction issues, with a requirement to weigh and measure levels of financial or emotional investment. These typical New Moon in Libra matters are shaped by aspects the NM makes to others bodies; this time around, they get a dose of chaos, which examined closely reveals a method beneath the madness.

The New Moon opposes Uranus in Aries (which of course conjoins Earth). This suggests material or real-world issues are chaotic, unexpected, avant garde, or intellectually advanced (Uranus), with the illusion (Neptune) being that these erratic or surprising moves appear to be the expression of individuals (Aries) responding to ideals (Pisces)–but they’re actually an emotional (and probably unconscious) response to the group and the individual’s unique place within it (Uranus). Projection of feeling may be something both given and received, at this time, and it may either be difficult to know what we feel, or may seem that others are acting as they do because they’re unaware of their own emotional reactions–or we could experience a mind-bending elixir of both.

The Finger with New Moon as apex suggests that instinct or ‘blind spot’ material combines with hurt or unique skill, and the result is the ‘fresh start’ of this Lunar cycle. With the NM as base with Black Moon Lilith, we see the new beginning reach deep into denied or ignored material (no wonder it all feels chaotic!), with the result being we are stimulated to act either out of material held in our ‘blind spot’ or instinctually. The Fingers create a kind of energy ouroboros, with a lot of the material suppressed, denied, unconscious, or projected so that things seem to leap out of chaos–but if we are honest with ourselves, we know there’s method here, in the form of circumstances forcing us to see and acknowledge what we may have been denying or rejecting–and so become more responsible to both ourselves and in our agreements with others (Libra).

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Airplane Sails, High In The Clear Sky’. Flight, at least that facilitated by an airplane, is relatively modern, with the mention of ‘high in the clear sky’ suggesting a successful ascension and safe travel in easy weather; this may speak to that Uranus-Earth opposition to this New Moon, with that planetary combo a perfect expression of successfully leaving the Earth via a modern invention. In opposition, this may imply that what occurs at the New Moon may, as we’ve discussed, seem chaotic, but in reality it will offer the foundation for something entirely new, an unusual (for the individual) way to soar. We get a clue as to what may come about with the Sabian for Uranus-Earth, ‘Through Imagination A Lost Opportunity Is Regained’. What occurs stimulates the creative, imaginative, inventive spirit and the instinctual nature–even out of chaos, we find purpose, meaning, and a new way forward.

One caveat: the New Moon period, though bringing positive things, may be difficult in itself. The same day brings Mars and Chiron parallel each other and both contra-parallel Vesta, and Saturn sesquiquadrate Pallas. That suggests that the ‘real world’ may fail to support what’s wise or practical, and our inclinations may be to act out of hurt and so could sabotage values. Just a heads up about surrounding circumstances, and a warning to keep our eye on motivations and reactions.

Have a wonderful New Moon, everyone! I won’t be around for a few days–stay safe, live happy!

 

A Slice of Your Week 15-18 October 2017 Mockingbird

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By Ryan Hagerty – This image originates from the National Digital Library of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

The 15th promises some sort of struggle, though I guess the good news, if we can call it that, is that this occurs within our own minds; erratic, unexpected, and fantastical thoughts lead to actions that arise either from hurt or from our own unique, underutilized skill set, the latter if we are tuned in to our own real-world empowerment position, the former if we’ve abandoned our values or allow rage to be our motivator. Go forward with an eye on the future, but focus most on making good use of lessons learned in the past.

Today’s word image is a mockingbird. These are ‘New World’ birds that are known for mimicry of the songs of other birds and the sounds of amphibians and insects. Has your intuition alerted you lately to someone ‘making the right sounds’ but whose assertions or language doesn’t ‘feel right’ to you? Consider why they might be hiding behind this camouflage–though it’s not necessarily nefarious, you should become consciously aware of the misdirect, nonetheless.

The 16th is one of those days that’s almost magically positive, showing us genius ways to profit or earn love that paves the way to the future, aligning thinking with beliefs (so that there’s no internal discord) and making surrounding opportunities obvious. Our attention is on the reality picture, which offers the benefit of grounding us so that efforts are solid and effective, propelled by an attitude that makes the most of what’s presented.

Today’s word image is the concept ‘Something to Hide’. Right now there seem to be two kinds of people in the world: those who are open, and those who are trying to manage others’ perceptions of them. Honesty, in the most fundamental sense, is what separates the two.

On the 17th Mercury moves into Scorpio, giving us the inclination toward (or maybe the impression of, if we’re really just skimming the surface) digging deep, ruminating on ‘The Mysteries’–as if Jupiter’s entry to the sign hasn’t already prompted some dark explorations–with the danger being we think we’re considering deeply, when we may just be going over old territory. With Scorpio, we may be obsessive or morose, but that doesn’t guarantee we’re plumbing the deep or profound–instead, if we’re afraid, we are likely to do the opposite but convince ourselves we’re diving in. So that’s the admonition for this transit of the Messenger through the dark places: be unafraid, if you want to make the most of it. With both Mercury and Jupiter in Scorpio, know that if you lack fear, you’ll get get the facts, and/ or think clearly about beliefs, and messages from others will show you just how serious, destructive, educated, or indoctrinated they really are.

On this same day we also see a tendency to act on instincts or from the ‘blind spot’–how do we tell if those urges are truly instinctual (and therefore to be seen as inner knowledge)? In this instance, if it prompts erratic or unreliable behavior, or an insistence on being ‘original’ that is more about resisting or refusing, then you know ignorance of the actual forces in play is at work, and so that the impulse is unhealthy. Center yourself on who you are, and being unique or original won’t be the concern–it will happen without you even having to think about it.

Jules Schmalzigaug (1914) – ‘Light + Mirrors and crowd, interior of a popular ballroom in Antwerp’ Photo By JoJan – Own work, {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a finely-wrought 18th century porcelain chandelier. A lamp of any kind is symbolically a source of enlightenment, and this one is from long ago. Are we carrying ‘old’ ideas of what’s enlightened, what’s not? If so, are they still of worth now?

For the 18th imagine your ideal state of Being, health in its broadest and most far-reaching sense–and that’s what you can have, if you’re willing to transform circumstances and attitudes to support that vision. Mercury and Jupiter are conjoined today, ramping up yesterday’s potentials and turning the dial to ’11’, at least in terms of our ability to seek out the Truth of any situation. Don’t act out of a need to hide or deny–obvious advice, and yet still people think they can outsmart the Universe. No we can’t.

Today’s word image is another couple of results of Mercury-Jupiter in Scorpio: amplified or ‘broadcast’ sexual advances; people ‘getting real’ out of vindictiveness, masking destructive interactions with a pretense of ‘I’m just being honest’; facts cherry-picked and exaggerated for the power they give the speaker; ‘Big Talk’, with the potential for breaking things wide open or transforming the world into a more open place; hiding the facts.

Next up: the New Moon in Libra!

Notes for the Week: 8-14 October 2017 Shape Shifting

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By W.carter – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52136108

When I first posted this I didn’t have any one image that I thought would apply to the whole week, but one found me very soon thereafter. I was walking in the woods, out where there was nothing man-made but a slim trail, and suddenly I looked ahead and to the right, and there was an enormous cedar tree, at the base of which sat a gleaming white plaster death mask. I say ‘death mask’ as there were no nostril openings through which a living person would breath while having a mask made.

This was startling, and eerie; I could’ve easily walked by and not even seen it–but once seen, I couldn’t look away. We had left the house without the phone (something we never do) so I was unable to take a picture. What was it doing in the middle of a forest, almost hidden and yet in plain sight? At first I thought it was an art piece, something remarkable for those who ventured into the woods, a kind of reward or surprise: look! Something you never expected.

But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it may be a memorial, made to honor someone who loved the forest; maybe in it’s own way it represents the living returning the spirit of someone no longer here to a wild state. Happening so close to my birthday it made me think about my death day. Maybe it’s a reminder that we will be leaving something behind, and maybe we should be as mindful as possible about what that is.

Update 9 October: we went back to that forest, followed the same path, and got a pic of the mask (which may be more like an entire head!) where it sits at the base of a big tree.

Just thought I’d pop in with a few points about this week. Sunday, the 8th, is the day to get ‘it’ done–real-world efforts can see solid progress that builds the future–and work done today plants the seed for new growth which likely springs from matters ended or conclusions drawn at the recent Full Moon. Neither finances nor relationships offer the kind of support we need, and perceptions may be fogged by guilt, a regrettable past, or something we are in denial of; that’s why aiming for, acting for, and keeping an eye on what we want the future to be is so important now.

On the 9th we may witness the transformative or destructive power of words and thoughts; realize that one must create détente between the values and obligations, and what we know to be practical and wise, if things are to work out today.

The 10th Jupiter enters Scorpio and we are alight with our ambitions and goals. This makes for an atmosphere where we may feel opportunity requires excavation–but in reality we would do better to recognize that there are things we just don’t know, and perhaps should reach out and learn the details before wielding a shovel. Make sure choices and actions aren’t sourced from hurt feelings or a need for revenge–those things may motivate, but what they make us do or accept is decidedly unwise.

Here’s a little more info on Jupiter in Scorpio–

On the 11th it feels like we’re running into a brick wall at every turn–but in reality we’re being required to access intuition and deep knowing (the kind where we ‘know but don’t know’), and find the worth in those matters that offend or enrage, or that we currently ignore or deny. Wading in and dealing with difficult or unpleasant areas shows us the way to make progress.

For the 12th I suggest doing what’s healthy, and being absolutely honest with yourself. Accept no delusions, in anyone’s thinking.

The 13th may be a very odd day, in that circumstances and even personalities seem to shape-shift repeatedly. Mine relationships to both understand hurt (your own and others’) and access skills (yours).

On the 14th Venus enters Libra and we must, I mean must, adjust thinking away from the inclination to criticize, cause hurt, or deny instincts. Relationships show up fresh in the psychic equivalent of a new suit–appreciate that this allows petty or irrelevant issues to fall away.

Have a wonderful week!

Full Moon in Aries 5 October 2017 Judged

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The Full Moon in Aries occurs at 11:39 AM Pacific time of the 5th at 12 Aries 43, and falls at the midpoint of Neptune-Pallas, and opposed Mercury (which, along with the Sun, is apex to a Finger with base consisting of Neptune-Pallas). The fact that the Full Moon falls in a sign known for its singular viewpoint suggests we’ll have an especially ‘alone’ feeling with this event, even more so because of the build-up in Libra, as if others are ‘facing’ us and considering (even judging) our choices, actions, and ‘fitness to lead’, even if that applies only to leading our own lives. Our thoughts will be the result of combining our spiritual ideals and our inner wisdom, practicality, and skills, and this means that we can learn the most from stepping back and observing our own minds, seeing how well (or poorly) we are able to make our ideals an active part of our lives–and this all occurs in the context of a culmination of emotional and intuitive energy that is Self-oriented, as it faces feedback from ‘the Other’, the audience, even from those who specifically dislike us (the build-up in Libra, which includes the source of all energy, the Sun). The natural outcome of this may be that we are experiencing inner revelations even as we are dealing with less-than-pleasant externals–and all of it meant to show us what within us and within our lives that is Aries-natured is at an end, or has gone as far as it can go.

Not in aspect to the Full Moon, but significant, together with only three minutes variation at the time of Lunar culmination, Venus and Mars sit at 19 Virgo, watching and evaluating it all. In my mind they represent a secondary faction relative to the FM event: they are those not engulfed in FM action, but off to the side, critiquing and commenting. They are an audience, a very Libran thing–and so drawing attention to the line-up there, which includes, between 8 and 28 degrees Libra, Vesta, Mercury (current ruler of Venus and Mars, with Merc-Venus in mutual reception, and Merc involved in the FM picture), the Sun, Zeus, and Jupiter.

This places a lot of ‘weight’ on our relationships and particularly on the way we function as an individual within them; that is, we’ll see ourselves as both separate from and entangled with others, with emphasis on our aloneness, our choices, and our potential for being ‘the leader’ within the interaction. If you are lonely, this Full Moon may highlight that, and if you feel regarded, judged, observed and assessed by others, this too may be highlighted, with the Full Moon assisting you in drawing conclusions, especially concerning how much you will or will not engage in partnership, acceptance, or intimacy in the future. This Lunar event offers the chance to establish a Self-image harmonious to the emotional reality, and it’s only natural that this involves at least some decisions made in the context of current relationships.

How much change can we expect from this? Little to none, it seems, at least that will show on the surface; the Sabian is, ‘An Unexploded Bomb Reveals An Unsuccessful Social Protest’, suggesting that we may try to ‘blow it all up’ in protest of our social role, responsibilities, or treatment, only to find it doesn’t work! This may be a very good thing, as our actions could reveal the true feelings of others: do they care how we feel? do they respond to our distress? do they agree with what we feel are injustices, or do they just look away, and hope we’ll continue in our role? Or, we could be the recipient of ‘a bomb’ that startles but has little effect on the social landscape. The idea is one of energy that is not successfully deployed–and that this potentially explosive scenario is justified by social conditions–and that may or may not be valid reasoning for attempting to ‘explode’ the current reality picture.

By Basile Morin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62520604

The Sabian for the Sun may give us the final piece to this puzzle: ‘Children Blowing Soap Bubbles’. So, are we seeing ineffectual expression, in the sense that it is perhaps disguised as someone declaring they are care-free, presented as a cry for freedom or creativity, even an elaborate ‘game’ designed to make us jump or distract us? Or are we alerted to this within ourselves? In any case, the situation presented will not be a situation to take too seriously–although if it’s an attempt on our part to express a sense of injustice or a desire for change in our role, what we need to see is that the approach that might seem smart at the time of the Full Moon may not be effective, and/ or may not be taken seriously by others.

Whether we are lobbing the firecrackers, or they’re being lobbed at us, the reality is that this will be a period of communication centered on needs and powerand this may explain why things are addressed obliquely, perhaps dressed up as something else, or that actions are meant as a cry for attention or to address a state of emotional need and want. We’ll need to listen for the unspoken message, look at the symbolism, observe what’s done and what’s not done, what’s said and what’s never uttered–and then choose who we are, and how we will communicate our needs, from there.

Also of note: we’re on the verge of the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (the 8th); that will help thoughts coalesce, make messaging clear, and will show us what, inevitably, will be changing, after all (T-square Sun-Merc opp Earth all square Pluto).

A RePrint on Eros and Hugh Hefner

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Aphrodite, Pan, Eros, Photo By Jebulon – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44154701

Since Mr. Hefner has been in the news with his passing, I’ve seen mostly sentimentalized ideas of what he did and how he affected things–here’s my take, from March of 2008:

Eros as an energy that carries one away on a wave of passion outside the individual’s judgment and control is an idea I keep seeing put forward, and I feel compelled to poke some holes in such a Self-serving definition–it brings to mind those who say, when confronted with their highly un-loving choices, “But we’re in love!” Disloyalty, betrayal, or lacking respect for existing relationships is not a foundation of love, but of Self-indulgence, and it seems that these same people are the ones who want to point the finger and say, “Eros made me do it!” Well, all I can say is, that excuse doesn’t fly. (And in case you’re wondering, my vehemence doesn’t come from my own experience, as, even with a Venus/ Pluto natal square, it’s never happened to me; it comes from watching others feel that they are good, honest people who wouldn’t ever do anything to harm another, justifying causing others hurt in the name of love–and not seeing that what they are doing can’t be love when it’s perpetrated before extrication from existing relationships, causing pain based in duplicity.)

I thought a good way to show this is to illustrate an Eros that is being sold (literally!) as a combination of lust fulfillment, objectification, and the ‘appropriate’ expression of sexuality, defined as within a heterosexual Universe where the male is the aggressor and the female is a two-dimensional supplicant. You may recall from previous articles that in my view Eros is more of a projection than anything else, an eroticization of someone or something; as such, you choose the object; keep that in mind as we look at the chart of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (9 April 1926, 4:20 PM, Chicago IL USA). Eros is involved in what could be considered a definitive complex for this man, with Eros at 18 Capricorn in the 4th, conjoined the South Node–already we have an indication that his concept of the erotic is at the least drawn from a past era or experience, as this was as true upon the founding of his magazine in the ’50s as it is today–already upon his publication’s inception the objectification of women as passive sexual objects was on the way out as an acceptable idea within the Collective. Here’s the real heart of things, though: his Venus sits at 3 Pisces in the 6th (“Women are my job!” is perhaps the perception?) at the midpoint of Eros/ Sun. We can say that his Soul intent and his erotic nature meet in his ‘ideal woman,’ who, ruled by Neptune, is either malleable, illusory, or whatever his imagination says she is! His Eros is also opposed Pluto, putting an almost mythic spin on things–he may strongly feel that he is in actuality defeating thanatos by expressing his idea of eroticism, and he may feel it was imperative this express materially (sextile to Saturn)–certainly his lifestyle choices, unchanged through the decades, supports this.

Venus is sesquiquadrate Earth and semi-square Sun and Eros–this suggests that he felt compelled to deal with his Venus issues (and to make money from it, as they’re intertwined here), in order to succeed in both material and Soul purposes–and yet the aspects themselves say that the challenge was in doing this in a positive way–I think the Collective jury’s out on whether what he’s done has any worth beyond the exploitative. Venus also trines a Vesta/ Pallas conjunction, adding points for truly admiring women as wise and a part of the sacred–but a Jupiter/ Juno conjunction in the 5th implies he thinks women have far too much power, in romance and likely through the ability to bear children (wow, that’s an ancient concept–and we’re idea-wise back to the South Node/ Eros conjunction).

How does he see himself? His Mars is in Aquarius, so his idealized Self is likely an intellectual–this has certainly always been one of the most grating of the Playboy pretensions–and it is quincunx Pluto (see thanatos, above), semi-sextile the Moon in Pisces in the 6th (remember, the 6th is also the House of those who serve us, and his Venus is there, too–I’ll let you parse that out on your own!), and lastly, his Mars opposes Ceres, perhaps implying that he sees Mother Nature and the inherent authority of the female as ‘against’ him somehow. What little we’ve talked about draws a relatively unflattering portrait of a man who in many ways created his empire more out of fear than a true ‘philosophy’–but is this really surprising? More on Eros is available in my book, THE ASTROLOGY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP, at Dog and Sunflower Press, and if you’d like to look up your Eros http://www.astro.com/swisseph/eros.htm

I’ll be posting for the Full Moon of the 5th in a day or two. Have a great week!

 

Just a Wee Bit of AstroEssence 30 September-1 October 2017 Smart Love

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Just had to let you know about Saturday: sticking religiously to values and commitments might actually cause harm (so, be flexible in responses), and anything that embodies or expresses Love is Smart.

And then on Sunday the 1st: Action may be transformative or destructive, and we may not be able to tell the difference (Mars trine Pluto)–this time, align thinking with Nature and a sense of personal authority, especially moral authority, to handle choices successfully (Mercury sxt Ceres and nov NN).

And for a word image, recall the weirdest movie or scene you’ve witnessed in real life of late–and think about it as if it were a dream–what does it say about the way you’re facing things, right now?

That is all! Have a great one!

Just a Little AstroEssence 29 September 2017 Give Yourself Credit

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You’ve tamed a dragon or two in your time–give yourself credit. Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

It feels like we can’t count on anybody–and what’s worse, it seems as if those others hold all the power! What’s making us feel so much at others’ mercy? We are too divorced from our own creative powers, and that makes us hyper-aware of our perceived inadequacies and injuries (especially those we believe have been inflicted by significant others–Mercury enters Libra)–and who could be expected to feel powerful under those conditions?

We’re looking to the wrong place for support; our attention must go to our status and what it affords us, our natural power position (that is, the energies of personal authority we all hold as autonomous Beings), and we must give ourselves credit for being who we are, where we are. It’s not an accident that we have arrived at this particular point in our lives, holding this particular set of abilities, interests, and connections. Glory in your most unique and original characteristics, and put clear and honest Self-expression ahead of the welfare or maintenance of any relationship.

‘Bo’ By Carl Larsson 1905 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color orange. It’s suddenly everywhere–fall has arrived! What shift have you noticed lately, something attention-grabbing, even shocking (that orange!) that you may have been ignoring or putting off dealing with? Change is inevitable, and all the better dealt with when acknowledged.

I won’t be doing Daily posts for a while–I’m taking time in a combination of birthday celebration and attending to medical issues. I anticipate returning to the Dailies no later than 20 October. In between, I will be posting occasionally, the Press will be monitored so there’ll be no interruption in order fulfillment, and those who have standing orders (such as pre-paid Horaries) may still send their queries whenever they need to–I’ll be checking my mail regularly, with a few short periods completely away–but you’ll get your answers as soon as I see and can address them. Thank you all!

Just a Little AstroEssence 28 September 2017 Focus On: Pluto Direct

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, ‘The Umbrellas’, c1881-86 {{PD}}

Pluto stations direct today at 16 Capricorn 51, in a planetary pantomime similar to a car that was backing up that stops moving, switches into drive from reverse, but hasn’t yet begun perceptible motion forward: things have changed, but we may not be able to see that, yet. Typically Pluto is background noise, a lot like this measure of Cosmic radiation, persistently there, but not especially distinct; the shape of the Plutonian influence is a wave, not a singular, isolated event, something that washes over, permeates everything, but has a source it’s impossible to pinpoint. You know those times you’re walking around frowning, until you become aware of a kind of pressure on your brow? That’s the Pluto retrograde, exerting its influence, and it’s a lifting of that pressure, equivalent to realizing you don’t need to be so tense, that constitutes the direction. The heaviness that’s lingered for so long dissipates, likely felt either in the House Pluto rules in the natal chart, or where it’s currently transiting; those subjects can suddenly seem less maddening, less compelling, less urgent, with transformation of the energies coming almost unbidden–not necessarily ‘cured’, but certainly less serious. All the gloom may not be wiped away, but there may be the barest frisson as we realize it’s definitely getting lighter.

This Plutonian shift occurs in the midst of two contradictory pulls, one toward erratic, unwise, unthinking behavior, likely blamed on externals, one toward thinking that we’re honoring what we care about–but it’s in the disparity between thought and reality where our problems lie. We can bridge the chasm by acknowledging that we don’t need to be all-powerful in order to have an impact, and for once thinking may not be our best option–instead we need to concentrate on what’s right in front of us, and deal with things one at a time, rather than retreating to ruminate, ponder, and disconnect.

Not quite the kind of crown we’re talking about. By Pia Ranslet (original painting and photo thereof) – Pia Ranslet, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17530407

Today’s word image is the phrase, ‘Heavy lies the head that wears the crown’, which is actually a misquote of this, from Henry the IV, Pt. 2: ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown’. Is there any real difference between them? Yes, there is. The misquoted version suggests a Plutonian sense of responsibility, that a ruler is burdened by the very fact of being ruler; the actual quote suggests something otherwise, that the one who wears the crown can never rest, with the implication being that their position can never be secure. Why has the saying morphed in popular culture? There may be a tendency to believe that those in charge have great privilege and power, so mustn’t complain of responsibilities–which ignores the original meaning of a ruler actually being a target, the position a precarious one. Maybe this is about an assumption that those who have owe us, or about us forgetting those in charge have problems, too. Is there a place in your world where you see someone as having, and therefore owing you? Do you feel others see you that way? How uneasy are you with your own ‘power position’? And do you, or do you not, want to ‘wear a crown’, based on your beliefs about what that entails?

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 September 2017 Focus On: Brawling Heavies

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We’re going to concentrate on one set of aspects perfecting today: Jupiter opposed Uranus and sesquiquadrate Neptune. These are three big guns, heavy hitters throwing weighted punches–and these fisticuffs are going on as our attention is fixed solidly on what matters to us, on fulfilling our commitments to those things we honor, find sacred, and value, and on living our ‘Best Self’ (Sun conj Vesta). Unless the involved bodies are directly linked to the natal picture, these energies are likely to be experienced as persistent cross-currents that try to pull us off our feet, efforts and incentives to expand the world view or the reach, to learn, to believe, buffeted by rebellious and erratic tendencies, a deep desire to be original, or pressure from the group, and this stand-off is exacerbated by our own imaginative powers, creative needs, and delusions, misperceptions all the way to full-blown fantasy.

That isn’t an easy influence for the individual to handle, just because these are exerted by astrological heavyweights, the turbulence like the confluence of two mighty rivers, with a third, unpredictable and impossible-to-source influence adding to the tumult. It can be exhausting if we try to deal with it head-on, and only slightly less debilitating if we allow the currents to carry us, then try to deal with whatever shores we’re washed up on.

If this does hook into the natal chart in some way (approximately 12 degrees of anything other than Aquarius and Aries, and approximately 27 degrees of anything), then according to the nature and province of the contacted energy in your chart, you may have to deal with being pulled into one or more brawls, and it may be difficult to know why, or to discern the reality of circumstances, not to mention the potential for being surprised by what occurs (but that can include being offered unexpected opportunities, and/ or receiving sudden new creative ideas).

Advanced Info: Watch for interaction among the Houses ruled by the heavies in the natal chart. This is where you may meet some impossible conflicts or circumstances, and again, it may feel like a no-win situation whether you resist or go along with it. Best just to realize this is all temporary, that this may present opportunity, challenge beliefs, rule you through accident or ‘group think’, and/ or offer creative impetus or delusion/ deception.

Lago del desierto, Patagonia Photo By Adroar – Propio, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4104264

Today’s word image is a place: Patagonia. For me this represents a kind of ‘gateway’ to the South Pole–and my astro-brain insists we’re really talking about a way to access the South Node, landscape or territory that in some way ‘takes me back there’–and maybe that’s so for you, too. There’s also a well-known clothing brand specializing in outdoor gear–and if we consider both those possibilities, we may see an invitation to ‘rough it’ and re-acquaint ourselves with something from out past, with the implication that revisiting it will be of benefit now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 September 2017 Dream A Little

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‘Joseph’s Dream’ By Georges de La Tour 1628 {{PD}}

What we do is smart–whether we do it consciously and with intent, or stumble into it, actually meaning to create another effect, is really beside the point. Choices made and actions taken will be wise and practical, in spite of our intentions! The secrets to success? Don’t dwell on the past; be willing instead to modify your view of it. Nurture relationships and financial situations that support goals and ambitions–but one key to this is not insisting on going big, overdoing, or exaggerating your current position or needs. Attention easily goes to the future–and that’s where it should be. Dream a little–it will help align the unseen with what you most want.

Today’s word image is a hard-boiled egg. ‘Hard-boiled’ has the connotation of something one can’t change or influence–and an egg is a beginning, its hard-boiled status suggesting it will not change, and neither will it ‘grow’. What thing just started is in reality already finished? The sooner you see it, the sooner you can accept it as it is, perhaps let it go, but in any case, move on.

Just a Little AstroEssence 25 September 2017 Runaway Imagination

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There’s an influence running through our lives, just out of sight, and we need to identify it and its potential effects. ‘Apollo and Daphne’ By Benedetto Luti 18th century {{PD}}

Our imagination runs away with us; it’s as if we so dislike reality (or is it that What Is is so at odds with our wants?) that we act erratically, off-the-cuff, and this affects relationships and finances, possibly clearing the air and setting things in a good direction. Wow, I didn’t expect that to come out like that, did you? Enjoy your week!

Today’s word image is a mole. Do you think of the burrowing animal, a spy of some kind, a saboteur, or that thing Austin Powers couldn’t keep his eyes off of? For the most part, those have an element of the hidden about them. Is there something exerting a surreptitious influence on proceedings, something you’ve been ignoring as harmless when it could have a big effect at a later date? If something springs to mind, that suggests it’s in need of greater scrutiny for what it could bring about. And if it’s an actual mole, maybe you want to get it checked (or banned from the garden, if it’s the other kind!)

Just a Little AstroEssence 24 September 2017 Get Real

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‘Harmonie du soir’ By Michel Simonidy 1904 {{PD}}

We’re honoring what we find sacred, what we care about and make a priority, and yet this is somehow translating into an unwise direction for the future. What are we doing wrong? We’re pitting our beliefs against our instincts–and the instincts are losing; and we’re acting (when we do act) out of fear of what we imagine might happen, rather than in response to actual circumstances, and that’s making us seem arbitrary and unreliable. The one shining light in all this is that we do know what’s healthy, we value it, in fact, so we have a guideline to follow: whatever yields love or benefit, in any of myriad forms, is the solid thing to do.

Today’s word image is hearing music at random times. This is actually happening to me; I pause in the middle of things, trying to catch some delicate tune on the breeze. It never turns out to be music, though: it’s something metal tapping against a metal tube, a cord brushing across the strings of a mandolin, the wind moving branches against the glass, freshets of air sighing through the pines, sounding almost like thin, high violins. It’s clearly not music as we normally think of it, but I still feel like I need to stop and listen, as if there’s a ‘song’ I need to hear but am largely missing. Maybe this is about listening more carefully, more intently (to what isn’t said?), and perhaps about recognizing all the many ‘songs’ there are in the world.

Just a Little AstroEssence 23 September 2017 Lion’s Roar

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Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Ceres enters Leo, and Venus trines Juno. That lion you hear roaring? That’s you! You reap benefits by being Self-responsible, motivated, accepting of both duties and the legitimacy of pursuing your own goals. Unless unless unless: you are a Jupiterian human, married to a certain god-sense within you that grants an assumption of might, and possibly of superiority (and this isn’t automatically a bad thing, it’s a Jupiter thing, making it right for those of a Jupiterian orientation! That kind of Self-perception can make you tackle what others might hesitate to handle, an admirable kind of courage.) If you vibe to Jupiter, you may feel left out today; the strong anima energies that express with such surety, such confidence, may feel to you anti-Jupiterian–which they are not. The lesson to you, my Jupiter friends, is that just because someone else is confident, generous, feeling their own benevolence and yes, let’s admit it, their cleverness, their knowingness bestowed by Nature, more powerful than any random facts or human-cooked-up beliefs, just because they are feeling empowered, doesn’t mean you are any less you–or any less significant to the world.

That said, if those Jupiter energies perceive themselves to be harmed, there’s the potential for some mild lashing out, à la Mr. Burns offering “the beating of your life”: the force is diluted by a serious lack of true impetus behind it–it’s just driven by hurt feelings, which soon enough pass. So, all you Jupiter people must be aware that feeling left out doesn’t mean you really are left out, so no need to react as if you are–and everyone else should tap that dynamic receptive energy, and roar.

By HumanisticRationale at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10542536

Today’s word image is an inappropriate invitation. Are you exercising the kind of discretion that recognizes ‘wrong’ when you see it, or are you prone to dress up the ‘not right’ in harmless garb–and why would you do that? Those who have an honest relationship with themselves will see that’s all it takes to spot the inappropriate or nefarious; those who disguise the inappropriate as acceptable need to realize they’re casting themselves as victim, for some larger, ‘hidden’ reason.

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 September 2017 All Things Being Equal

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Farbtafel aus Feuilles d’automne. Neuchatel, Delachaux et Niestle By Philippe Robert 1909 {{PD}}

Today is the Autumnal Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere/ the Vernal Equinox for the Southern. On this day we experience equal measures of darkness and light (though we should note, the farther North or South of the equator you live, the longer it takes for/ the longer after the stated Equinox point your experience of an equal day and night actually occurs–that is, it will be somewhat later/ earlier than its ‘official’ event point today). Astrologically the meaning is in its symbolism of perfect balance between day and night, shown by the tropical entry of the Sun into Libra. Sometimes it’s possible to feel that balance, to experience the tipping point of bold summer into the decline of autumn in Northern climes, the first green or birdsong of renewal in the South. That’s what we wait for, that moment when the shift becomes palpable, a moment we ‘listen’ for four times a year, this time in my part of the world attuning ourselves to days to come with ever-dwindling light.

All things being equal–well they never are, are they?–today offers life-changing ideas, thinking that may destroy, alter, or transform our way of being, and this brings acceptance via the social sphere, new opportunity, or both. We also see the costs of our ambitions and desires, and apply the immense power of the mind to figuring out how to preserve relationships and assets and still get what we want. It’s a Self-centered day, and there should be no qualms about concentrating on what we need; we are doing some major reorganizing, choosing where and how to expend our energies in future–today is the day when we make those all-important plans.

Today’s word image is a dog barking and barking at nothing but crisp air. Is there something you’re agitated about, that you may be sounding the alarm over, or that you may be perceiving as a threat? The image suggests we are wound up over nothing–that’s not to belittle our concern, but instead to say that we may be more upset than is either warranted or useful.

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 September 2017 Anti-Matter

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Veil Nebula: Wisps of an Exploded Star
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

We’re listening to our instincts today, doing what (we think) comes naturally, so why is everything going cockeyed? The problem is what we’re seeing as instinctual is actually a window into our ‘blind spot’, that area where we just don’t have any perspective on our own take on things, or on our behaviors; the result, then, is that we are choosing and acting in that way we do when we are unaware of the implications and consequences of what we do. Those most embarrassing moments happen when we’re in this groove, the ones that torture us later, because we assess ourselves as having been so naive, so flippant, as having been the only one who didn’t know, in the moment. Today, though, we do have remedies for this–and the first is to absolve yourself from any bad feeling acting from the ‘blind spot’ may have presented.

First, let’s look at the nature of the upsets we may deal with: relationships get down and dirty, seemingly inherently difficult in their essence, and what bothers us is the way they seem to require an element of disempowerment on our part, just to keep the peace. Interactions become a kind of anti-matter power struggle, where the powers exerted can’t be pointed to and named. The thinking today is anti-ambitions; everyone acts like having goals is a selfish thing to do–and yet, we see everyone pursuing their own agenda (oh, there’s a taste of that irony we saw yesterday!) Too, no matter how closely we examine our options, it’s very difficult to discern the right thing, the smart thing, or the wise thing, in all that static.

But, if we’ll make the effort to tune in, Nature supplies the answers, or at least a guideline to help us navigate. We get a measure of reality by assuming the mantle of our own authority, by acting within our ‘natural’ roles (to include those of parent, child, sibling, friend, mate), and by seeing enough worth in ourselves to approach authorities not in a spirit of overlord/ serf, but ready to negotiate something that respects both parties. Could be a tough day, but with the potential to bring significant steps forward, particularly in areas of human relations and Self-regard.

Today’s word image is ice cream. Seems non-controversial, right? A treat for all? No–for those who are lactose intolerant, ice cream is a hellish punishment, so good for a few minutes, and then . . . you know the drill. The image suggests we need to be aware that those things we regard as positive or good may not be so for someone else, for completely legitimate reasons. Keep that in mind today, as you act, react, and interact.

Just a Little AstroEssence 20 September 2017 Irony

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Grin Reaper by Banksy, Photo By Szater – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3408893

We could expect big things from others, not noticing the irony in our unwillingness to do anything on our own. We’re not lazy; we need others, or a larger cause, to spur us forward, and yet we anticipate that the world or the social order should step in and motivate us, pick up the slack, give us something to believe in. We are so mistaken. We suffer from two issues: wonky, fantastical thinking, and erratic perceptions of ourselves that drive repeated sudden shifts in the way we see our role, our sense of identity, and that divert our attention something terrible. We can’t quite see that we are asking for precisely what we’re unable or unwilling to give to the world ourselves. Take my word for it, and free yourself from grumbling resentment at the way you can’t seem to get anything truly satisfying out of anyone–instead look toward your own inventiveness (innovative Self-responsibility), and combine it with the wisest thing you know (centered in security and appreciation of the finer things and/ or basic comforts–or tap the skills). Those together can act as a highly effective guide to bumps and valleys today, if only by giving you a safe place to retreat, or a means of comfort or security.

Georges Seurat ‘Morgenspaziergang’ (Morning Walk), 1885 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is planting a tree, needing to go elsewhere, and finding someone to look after it in your absence. It’s time to move on in some area where you’ve got a young, new, or ‘immature’ project or effort ‘planted’ and growing. This is unexpected, but also right. Hand it off to the next person–or trust that the Universe will provide care, and go forward–the recent New Moon is calling, and it’s showing you a new beginning. Trust that what you planted will survive, even as you start something fresh.

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New Moon in Virgo 19 September 2017 To Serve Man

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The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman (1889) {{PD}}

Many of you will recognize this article’s title from an old Twilight Zone episode, where humans eventually realize that extraterrestrials who arrived carrying a book titled ‘To Serve Man’ haven’t come to offer altruistic aid, which is humanity’s first, Self-serving assumption. Too late it’s discovered that the tome is, rather than instructions for actually a cookbook, and we’re all on the menu! I’ve been seeing something like this all around lately, a dogged attempt at interpreting actions and events as ‘for our own good’, one way or another, when in fact those choices are serving only the perpetrators. Is there anything wrong with serving one’s own needs and agenda? Of course not–it’s true that our primary responsibility is to look out for ourselves–it’s the presentation of selfish choices in a way meant to lull others into feeling cared for, to deceive concerning the intentions behind what’s said or done, that are the problem.

We may have accepted the unacceptable in particular over the weekend, and during the Monday and Tuesday preceding the New Moon. The Dark period often makes us unintentionally receptive, the mind and psyche open, either from a sense of relaxation or a sense of unguardedness. Sometimes we feel extra-alert in that figurative darkness (when the transiting Moon is contacting sensitive natal bodies or territory as it approaches the Sun), but more often we feel adrift, and so unable to resist what comes at us; sometimes this is a good thing, as we absorb information that otherwise might not be available to us, and potentially a bad thing, as we receive influences without our usual critical assessment.

What does all this have to do with the New Moon in Virgo, occurring at 10:30 PM Pacific time of the 19th? Everything, really, as we see a New Moon in Virgo brings new, productively-oriented beginnings–and what prompts those beginnings may have been influenced by Dark of the Moon material. Again, this may not be a problem, as it could’ve acted to lower our barriers and quiet critical resistance to our creativity and imagination–but it also may have ‘let in’ things that tailor our new start more to the interests of others than to our own wants and needs.

Since the tone of Virgo is one of service, we may find we need to ask ourselves one defining question about what originates around this time: For whom am I doing this? If you do it for yourself, fine; if you do it in pure service to others, also fine; but if you do it unsure of what motivates you, you may do best to stop and sort it out, or risk creating something that’s more burden than benefit.

The New Moon perfects at 27 Virgo 27, widely conjoined Vesta in Libra, and opposed both Earth (natch) and Chiron. The NM also sextiles Ceres, widely squares Black Moon Lilith, sesquiquadrates Pallas, trines Sedna, with its closest aspect a quincunx to Uranus. (This is where I might also point out the Finger of God that, though not connected directly to the New Moon, still may poke us in the eye: Sedna sextile Earth-Chiron, apex Jupiter=if we can get the instincts and material skills to work together, we make something larger than the sum of its parts–a challenge that might apply to whatever we instigate at this point, and that we must be aware can get away from us, overwhelming our control or understanding, at any time).

The aspects suggest the New Moon ‘births’ something we dedicate ourselves to, that reflects our highest values (and again, we see the need to know why and for whom we are acting, as new commitments and obligations, especially to others, are a distinct possibility–Vesta in Libra). The caution comes in the opposition of Chiron, suggesting we may be in denial of, or out of touch with, our own wounds, substantially upping the chances of us being insensitive to our needs (or even to martyring ourselves–Chiron in Pisces).

The square to BML describes tension over things that enrage us, or over injustice or things we are in denial of–again, a ‘looking away’ or separative element to what we do, or how we see or process events, that suggests we observe and react to the wrong without actually doing anything–though the sextile to Ceres and trine to Sedna both promise we can connect to informative energies through our natural roles and sources of power, especially those attuned to Mother Nature and her rhythms and cycles. We can trust our own natural authority as our guide, and we’ll need to; the sesquiquadrate to Pallas and the quincunx to Uranus imply difficulty using the intellect to discern what’s wise, what’s smart, what’s ‘right’, and this can contribute situations where we must draw on skills in times of sudden opportunity or, more likely, sudden stress.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Baldheaded Man Who Has Seized Power’. The image is one not just of taking power for oneself, it conveys natural power, akin to that which we find in Black Moon Lilith, Ceres, Pallas, and Sedna, derived in the image via the high testosterone levels we now know cause baldness. The NM meeting of Moon and Sun suggests a blending of male and female, with the Sabian providing a male image of power, overt in its expression, while the connections of the New Moon provide a picture largely of female power, or at least power represented in various female forms, a more receptive and emotionally perceptive energy.

The New Moon, then, brings us all a chance to dedicate ourselves in some kind of service, and we may become powerful in the process, though one of the challenges is to be as aware as possible of not just who we are serving, but how and where the power to serve and be served is derived, in growing this New Moon seed of Higher Consciousness.

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 September 2017 Trust Yourself

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Maestro della madonna della bilancia, madona col bambino, s.elisabetta e s.michele, 1510 ca. Photo By Sailko – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30211792

Venus enters Virgo and at the same time contra-parallels Pallas; what could possibly be unwise about attending to what needs service, to accounting for things, about seeing to the harvest, about fussing over the details, and getting it all done in relationships and finances? More than about the physical situation, this may be about what’s in our heads: we think we’re rejecting fantasy, processing clearly and logically, showing our best, most-attuned-to-reality thinking, but the thing is we’re so bent on avoiding setting off old wounds, or on dodging new hurts, that we throw out the creative baby with the bath water, and in our haste invite accident and the unexpected (which, to be fair, includes the potential for serendipity and revelation, the spark of inventive idea–Merc opp Neptune and sesquiquadrate Uranus, Sun opp Chiron). Of course, we’re always offered a way to deal with such friction, and this time it’s through instinct and accessing what we know-but-don’t-know–and that requires a kind of relaxing into our own knowledge, trusting ourselves to know and then follow through on what’s best for us (Sun trine Sedna).

Today’s word image is a cry for help, heard just as you’re falling asleep. That liminal space between consciousness and sleep is typically a place where you can be conscious of what’s in the psychic atmosphere but is not yet overt; this image suggests we’re aware of distress somewhere that we could assist with, but which has not ‘surfaced’ in some obvious way in the material world. Who needs help, and what can, or are you willing, to offer?

New Moon post here–

Just a Little AstroEssence 18 September 2017 Big Picture

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By NASA – File:Robot Arm Over Earth with Sunburst – GPN-2000-001097.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6744846

Vesta enters Libra, making fairness a big thing, and probably causing review of our priorities and those things to which we dedicate ourselves and our efforts, especially as those dedications of energy affect our relationships and/ or finances. This spurs actions and choices based on our ambitions (and possibly gives us a glimpse of what’s to come mentioned yesterday in the image). We think in big pictures and optimistic terms, though the possibility of overdoing it is only middling at worst. The real danger to watch for is a propensity to ignore our instincts when mobilizing our creativity, which could drain creations of their beauty or make them inaccurate representations of our ideals.

Today’s word image is the policy of catch and release. This is often seen in areas where fishing is popular but populations are threatened. Shouldn’t we just call this Torturing Fish and be done with it? To me there’s something barbaric about catching a living thing by putting a sharp hook in its mouth, pulling it out of the atmosphere in which it lives so that it can’t ‘breathe’, ripping the hook out, and throwing it back. And don’t get me wrong–I have nothing against eating animals, I understand that–but no matter what it is you’re eating, playing with your food, which is what catch and release is an elaborate version of, is just not okay, not when it means it suffers. So how does this apply? I’m thinking each of us has the power to toy with something, and we may not be realizing that our manner is a form of torture to others involved. Look at where, in what relationships, you may be cavalier–that’s the spot where you may be callous, without knowing it.

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 17 September 2017 A Tangled Web

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‘Mt. Fuji Behind a Spider Web’ By Katsushika Hokusai 19th century {{PD}}

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott

Even if we don’t set out to mislead anyone, we may get tangled up in our own lack of understanding, fuzziness on details, or over-idealistic notions of what is what. We go forth not realizing we don’t really know the outlines of things; we think we have them, but when we come to the point when specifics are required . . . suddenly it’s just indecipherable. What does work? Focusing on ambitions, and our own unique or original or innovative approach (don’t allow old wounds, contrary instincts, or erraticism make you needlessly skittish). Creating comes easily, and rather quickly coalesces into something meaningful, if we don’t try to pin things down or demand a specific material result.

This image reminds us that Cappy isn’t just a goat, he’s a sea goat! By Unknown – http://www.enluminures.culture.fr/documentation/enlumine/fr/visites_00.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1492320

Today’s word image is the month of January 2018. I kept trying to write ‘January’ today, every time a month was called for. Looking ahead, what jumps out at me is the 9th. On that date the Sun, Pluto, and Venus are all at 19 Capricorn; with Earth in opposition, all square Zeus at 19 Libra, and, for a few hours, the Moon as it conjoins Zeus, forming a T-square. This suggests dynamic, permanent, possibly traumatic or dramatic change that affects relationships or finances via the mechanism of friction within the ambition or desire picture. What will change for you? If you have anything at 18-21 Gemini, you’re looking at someone acting, or you acting or choosing, in a way that brings results related to the apex natal placement in Gemini, with the Capricorn gathering sextile Mars as the base of a Finger of God. For everyone else, the most likely manifestations are around subjects of the Houses where the Cappy group sits in relation to subjects of the House where Zeus sits at 19 Libra. It may play out as who you are and what you love interacting with others who have the ability to aid you with, or block, ambition fulfillment. Of course there are other potentials, as well–but it very well may be a day to take note of, probably in terms of change and what it will cost, or what profit it’ll bring.

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 September 2017 Flex Your Muscles

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

Today we show our stuff. We’re naturally strong, coordinated, expressing our most original Self, able to do and say just the right thing, and we proceed with eyes on relationships and finances and their future potentials, so we choose with what we want to develop in mind. That’s all wonderful, but as usual, there are a few places we may trip up. We may feel so confident we become aggressive, believing it’s our right to make demands–no. Any missteps rise straight out of an injured sense of Self, wounded identity, memory of lost status, or out of shame or anger from events in the past. Our gifts are at our disposal, but it may be our wounds that make us flex our muscles, unless we do our best to be conscious of our own foibles, and to consciously direct our energies into the positive, natural forms we vibe to most strongly. Though revelations about what has hurt us are possible, and expunging an injury from the psyche could occur, it’s not really a day for sorting that out intentionally; instead it’s prime time for controlling, directing, and making the most of our own impulses, no matter the source.

Today’s word image is a door, specifically a back door to a house. The front door is often reserved for facing those we don’t know, people who approach our house for their own reasons, or for greeting guests on formal occasions. We think of the back door as much less formal, used by family members or those familiar with the house and its residents, often a means of entry and exit used by those who come and go as they please. Sometimes it’s used by those who work for us, rather than by social intimates, in which case we see it as a door of necessity, just as we do if it’s how we typically enter or cart in our groceries. Using the back door is a statement: this is my house–or, I’m close with the people who live here, and welcome. This image could suggest we need to pay attention to those we have a close relationship with, maybe so we can discern the right call in some matter they’re presenting us with (for instance, someone we consider close who asks for something, but when we think in these terms, we realize we don’t feel that chummy, after all, and may not be comfortable with what they’re asking). We may also want to consider who we feel sees us that way–and whether we reciprocate. Or maybe it’s to think about how comfortable we truly are in our current relationships or living situation, or even to remind us of a recent dream or vision involving a door. In any case, a consideration of intimacy, familiarity, and the ‘proper’ interactions within our relationships.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 15 September 2017 Gain

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by Lucien-Victor Guirand De Scevola 1899 {{PD}}

We have a kind of easy equivalency going on that results in greater benefits even than we intend, a sort of sum larger than its parts, as actions and choices highlight originality and uniqueness, and are based on a strong understanding of what we’re working with. A highly positive day, with benefits arising from showing ourselves and our talents (Venus in Leo) directly to others, who are then instrumental in our gaining reward (Jupiter in Libra). Optimism, opportunity, and taking the reins in smart ways (this latter from Pallas parallel Juno) will all pay off. What torpedoes us? Not trusting ourselves to do the right, or the wise, thing.

Today’s word image is the act of someone being scalped. I know! I don’t usually go with a grim image, but this one persisted–I must’ve seen it, read about it, or heard it mentioned almost a dozen times within a week–so I didn’t see how I could overlook it. Let’s view this in symbolic terms. Just above the top of the head is the crown chakra, and the hair represents thought. Does a scalping, then, represent a spiritual trauma meant to radically change thinking? Or is it an aggressive act that removes a protective way of processing the world, exposing us to reality with no barriers, in essence offering spiritual ‘enlightenment’? Was something like this done to you, or are you the perpetrator, trying to ‘wake up’ someone else? Which comes first, the spiritual shift or information, or the change in thinking? Consider your most recent, large-in-effect trauma (a thing you processed as traumatic–it doesn’t have to meet anyone else’s standard for injury); also consider what this offered you in spiritual terms, and how it may have altered thinking or the thought processes. And if you were the individual who caused this for someone else, ask yourself not what the effect was, but rather, what you got out of it.

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 September 2017 Instinctual

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‘Judgement of Solomon’ Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens c1620 {{PD}}

Is our move to take control of our own lives positive and instinctual, or is it driven by a fear that others will take what power we do have, if they discover what we’ve got buried? That latter alternative sounds a lot more sinister than it really is, and may cause you to brush aside the second possibility (or, if you are compulsively guilty without cause, you may cling to the second potential and deny the first!) Either way, it’s something we need to sort out today, as Venus conjoins that North Node point and beckons with sweets, candy, Love, or a bigger reward, just. on. the. horizon. You know what’s wrong with that? The future never comes, it’s always the present, and that means we could find ourselves pursuing a mirage today, some promised land that in truth can only be accessed this way: by absolutely refusing to be hobbled by our past, by our shames, by displays of temper and pique, and by those matters we’d just rather not think about. Name your poison: that’s the very thing that needs overcoming, in order to reach the prize. Hint: don’t leave the mind in charge; it carries too strong a streak of the impractical to be of real use today.

Arthur Hughes – ‘Sir Galahad and the Quest for the Holy Grail’ 1869 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: the quest. Is there something you’re constantly seeking, a personal Holy Grail, a goal that propels you forward? Have you had more than one over your lifetime, and do these change periodically, and have you ever attained one? It’s important to know whether we’re heading toward things we want to accomplish or gain, or whether we’re running on fumes, dreaming and naming goals we have no intention of ever reaching (likely as a distraction, or as a way to say, ‘See? I tried.’) How much responsibility do you actually want? All questions we need to explore, even if we don’t come up with an immediate answer.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 13 September 2017 Crazy Kind of Energy

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By Ilya Repin 1926 {{PD}}

The mind is sharp today–we see opportunity–yet somehow, by our choices or actions, end up undermining ourselves. It’s a crazy kind of energy that promotes unpredictable reactions, erratic behaviors, surprises and revelations–and that finds us putting far too much attention on problems, restrictions, and what we can’t do or have (this latter from the Sun square Saturn, always a downer, though if we can pull ourselves together, we can see the problem and fix it effectively). A few things to remember: don’t compromise values in an attempt to be original or unique; displays of temper are unwise or just plain impractical; thinking of ways to empower yourself is not the same as actually empowering yourself–don’t assume thoughts are the same as deeds; admit when ambitions are the real reason for your choices or actions, rather than dressing them up in what you think are altruistic motives; and being negative guarantees you’ll miss a chance to alter your reality for the positive. Honesty in the broadest sense brings success.

Today’s word image is a glass full of sand. Well that’s no good if we’re thirsty! In what way are you trying to ‘slake your thirst’ with something that just doesn’t cut it? The disconnect comes when we don’t admit our true needs to ourselves. Pinpoint the need, ‘fess up to what will truly quench it, then fulfill the prescription–nothing else will do.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 22-24 November 2017 Lift

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Winter in Andalusia (Poplars and Sheep at Alcalá de Guadaira) 1880 {{PD}} By Emilio Sánchez Perrier

We enjoy lifts of several kinds over this period; here are the deets:

The big story for the 22nd is Neptune stationing direct, and yet our reaction to this lifting of the fog might be more about the other perfecting aspects: Jupiter sesquiquadrate Chiron, Mars conjoined Zeus, and the Sun parallel Hygeia. When a heavy like Neptune goes direct, we may not be conscious of the shift right away; we may feel something, but it’s likely that it will take a little time for such a change to gather a distinctive shape in our lives, often related to either the matters of the House Neptune is currently transiting, or the one Neptune rules in our natal chart–and that’s aside from any contacts Neptune makes at the point of direction, which can be especially potent in the way they are suddenly revealed, attain an aspect of creativity or idealism or take on spiritual depth, or conversely are obscured, if Neptune retro had been serving to lift the fog.

So, the energies surrounding the turnaround may feel something like this: the social order suffering from and also inflicting wounds (think the #MeToo movement, for one); on an individual level this suggests that the facts or beliefs, one’s own or others, may be painful to deal with, or that the difficult situation presented by those facts and beliefs requires us to offer healing or the Chirotic skill, again, to ourselves and/ or others. Getting bigger spiritually, especially in relation to our fellow humans, may be painful–not exactly surprising.

Then there’s the matter of actions and choices being fused with ambitions and desires, removing any real chance of objectivity–just be prepared to face this in yourself and in others, and cut everyone a little slack; we are passionate about things at this point, so precipitous acts and expression of the Will may cause a kind of ‘blanking out’ that overrides any of our normal reticence or cautions. But, the Sun’s contact tells us that, in the long-term, that Self-expression will ultimately be healthy, so we’re unlikely to damage anything we actually want to preserve.

Rik Wouters – ‘De strijkster (The Ironer)’ (1912) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is iron. Did you imagine something hot coming out of a forge, a cattle brand, perhaps, or something more mundane, a clothes iron, or possibly a hunk of ore, or a daily supplement consumed for your health? Iron has entered the lexicon in a number of ways: ‘strike while the iron is hot’, meaning take an opportunity when it presents itself; to ‘iron things out’ means to negotiate and come to agreement; something is described as ‘iron’, implying unbending strength. Consider whether you need a little more, or a little less, of whatever iron comes to mind.

And what about the 23rd, the day in the US known for gathering the family together to share . . . a turkey? Let’s be clear: it’s a celebration ostensibly triggered by the day the indigenous peoples saved European settlers from starving to death, a day that signaled the beginning of the end for natives in terms of autonomy and cultural, personal, and Collective freedom–and of course, we shouldn’t be celebrating the dominance of one group over another at all, however obliquely that applies. We have to consider what this holiday has become: a symbolic sharing of abundance, and a chance to celebrate that abundance, to be grateful, not just for what we have but for those who share our lives, in the here and now.

How are we to interpret it, then, when no new aspects perfect today? The implication is that we are awash in a combination of previous recent influences that are still reverberating, and those characteristic inclinations and proclivities that we carry natally. Expect the expected, heavily seasoned with current shifts in both the personal arena and the Zeitgeist.

Jupiter, hangin’ out with his eagle By Nicolai Abildgaard 1792 {{PD}}

Word image for the 23rd is an eagle tending a nest where the eggs will never hatch. Well that’s depressing! Sometimes Mother Nature plays a cruel trick on us, or maybe it’s just fate or our own persistent nature, but everyone at one time or another has pursued or tended diligently to something that has no life in it, that will never ‘hatch’ and live in the light of day. This may be a reminder not to pour our care into lifeless projects, ones where the potential has long since drained away, or maybe it urges us to let go of the things that will never be–not all eggs are meant to reach maturity–and how can we have room for the new, if we are perpetually mourning the old?

By the 24th we’ll begin to see how the Neptune direction is flavoring those things we find sacred, that we honor, and that we are committed to; we’ll also be highly aware of the positives of all that’s come forward lately, the rewards offered for not ignoring or denying what is, and we’ll get glimpses down real avenues of Power. What’s not working so well may be our thinking and reasoning, and those faculties that are so injured or warped by negative experience that we can’t see the objective or the factual without distortion. What comes under scrutiny is our ability to be truly rational; our response needs to be a willingness to consider that feedback may be showing us an elemental flaw in our system.

Sculpture “Peace” created by the conceptual artist Stephen J. Kaltenbach, 2005, near the Capitol Mall in Sacramento, California Photo By Carol M. Highsmith – Library of CongressCatalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2013633917 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is meeting someone about whom you feel you already know a great deal. When that happens, do you let what you’ve heard influence your perceptions? Are you so busy looking for purported attitudes or behaviors that you don’t see who’s actually standing in front of you? No real relationship can develop when prejudice exists, and perceptions are bound to be artificial, filtered through beliefs rather than arrived at from direct experience. Try not to exercise prejudice, okay?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 21 November 2017 With the Tide

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Caspar David Friedrich ‘On the Sailing Boat’ c1819 {{PD}}

Our values support our ambitions and desires, and vice versa, what we want is right in line with our highest values and priorities, and that should make for smooth sailing–but we may be blown off course by surfaces, especially in relationships, and by financial issues. Both those Venusian subjects seem to need change or significant transformation, but as the Sun enters Sagittarius we may find all our energy and attention is initially on ambition fulfillment, and unless Venus matters are part of that . . . well, we may neglect them, preferring to go with the tide, as it promises reward and satisfying results. That’s okay, though, as the real point of all this is to make us aware of those Venusian subjects and the way they have impacted our past, and how they will shape the future, largely by those things we didn’t get and those we won’t ever attain. Being deprived of what we want has steered us in specific directions–and right now you have a chance to see into the future, and how current finances and relationships, as well as current wants, will shape what comes.

Today’s word image is a brightly colored parrot, capable of speech, that doesn’t speak. This image may point to ‘natural’ abilities that we are, for one reason or another, not using. What do you have in your ‘toolbox’ that you’ve let languish? Time to dust it off–though you don’t realize it yet, that ability is the perfect answer to a recent question, or maybe one that you’re just now asking.

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Your Weekend: New Moon in Scorpio November 2017 Earthly Instincts

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Jan Toorop ‘Mother’ 1891 {{PD}} Photo by https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Vassil

This New Moon occurs at 3:42 AM PST of the 18th at 26 Scorpio 19, closely opposed Sedna (and that means Sedna is conjoined Earth); the NM is also in close semi-sextile to Saturn, trine Chiron, and quincunx Uranus. The New Moon initiates new attitudes, actions, perceptions via feeling (Scorpio is a Water sign), and in this case offers a dose of healing energy, as well. Our instincts and matters we ‘know but don’t know’ may seem alien at this time, but the reality is the New Moon beginning draws us into using those instincts, into real-world situations or obstacles that require we call forth that deep, instinctive knowledge, and by confronting us with the unexpected, the shocking, the surprising. What occurs now gives us the chance to use talents or skills we may have thought dormant or non-existent, and urges a willingness to modify efforts to accommodate the material situation and/ or our own inclination toward originality or uniqueness (with that latter, we may need to curb a too-erratic response nature, or may need to adhere to more practical measures than we might otherwise consider). The New Moon in Scorpio gives us a Truthful Beginning that can lead to further discovery, the unanticipated, and to healing, down the road.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Military Band Marches Noisily On Through The City Streets’. Whatever begins here makes an entrance, and a loud one! What we have to remember is that, despite the ruckus, what marches before us isn’t necessarily that important. A parade is a public statement on what prevalent social elements want to emphasize, celebrate, or otherwise note as of concern; that makes a parade a bit like advertising, an attempt to persuade onlookers that this is what the current social order honors and promotes–but it only takes a moments consideration to realize that a parade is propaganda, and may not at all reflect real-life priorities or actual matters deemed sacred. Parades are voices of those who hold power–remember, parades come originally from military displays meant to impress–so look behind the surface statement, to where time, attention, and money actually goes, to inform those New Moon instincts and emotions that drive uncovering of what’s true, beyond all the spectacle and noise.

By Sunday the 19th we may be so fixated on the Mars-Pluto square and the automatic contentiousness it fosters that we may miss the benefits of mining a tactic from the past in order to realize goals and gain, and so shape the future. Thoughts and actions can be forward-looking and so fortuitous, if we can do two things: avoid demanding unilateral acknowledgment that you are in authority or hold power (that is, be not just modest but allow others to feel they have their own say or authority, too), and be willing to recognize what you’ve been ignoring, denying, or enraged over–and then let it go, even as you allow it to give perspective to actions and choices.

Today’s word image is a milkmaid carrying a pail of milk. This brings to mind the saying, ‘You are what you do’, which points out that in a material world, our actions, not our thoughts, define us.

As of Monday the 20th, it’s easy to see how we can channel the past into the present productively; this allows us to make the most of situations that might not otherwise have paid off, and shows us the hidden benefits in any obstacles we might encounter. Just be aware that it may be necessary to modify efforts and attention, as well as to see identity as flexible, so that results are truly wise or practical–if we don’t, we may miss the mark.

Today’s word image is: you mention something you’re missing, and immediately find an abandoned one right in front of you. That’s very vague, so I’ll outline the instance that inspired it: I’d forgotten my Remembrance Day poppy at home, and upon mentioning it, my husband said, “Well here’s one”, and reached down and picked up a pristine one from its spot in a snow bank. I wore it until it fell off the next night in a restaurant, where I assume it was found by someone else who needed it. Just a vivid episode of a responsive Universe, so know it responds, and know that, one way or another, you are being provided with answers/ what you need.

Have a great weekend!

Here’s an excellent analysis of Taurus South Node, Scorpio North Node–

Just a Little AstroEssence 17 November 2017 Standing Up to Fears

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‘The Boulder’ By Charles Courtney Curran c1905 {{PD}}

We have the best ‘backbone’ today, the kind made from solid values and priorities, with no ambiguities about what’s most important to us. We may still be afraid, but we find the mettle to stand up to what scares us. That figurative backbone supports thoughts and actions, which dovetail nicely, making for effective decision making and little internal conflict. What doesn’t work so well? Going after our ambitions and desires; somehow the direct approach brings resistance out of thin air. Respond by being open to spontaneity, the unusual, the new, and the radical or untried, as these will offer a work around and allow us to take a resilient stand in the face of what might otherwise overwhelm us.

Today’s word image is insomnia. This may sound nonsensical, but have you considered, if you are indeed suffering from lack of sleep, that someone might be sending you bad vibes, and picking up on them causes you to lay awake, ruminating on fears and what could go wrong? Just a thought, but if this is you, don’t waste time trying to pinpoint who’s sending you the poison thought pill; instead remind yourself, each time your mind goes *there* that those things aren’t happening right now, that it’s fruitless to try to live in the future, and that you are actually safe and sound, in the present.

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 November 2017 The Light to Heal

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‘Yuletide Fortune Tellers’ 1888 By Mykola Pymonenko {{PD}}

Our attention is on healing; it seems to sit in its own light, separate from what’s whirring past us in the world (and Dark of the Moon, which we’re in at this point, is a perfect time to accept healing energies from the Universe)–and yet, thinking is fixated on power (even when we call it something else), and generates unwise or impractical plans, while reality seems to battle with our instincts and intuitions. What to do? It may be that Venus offers us a way out; she is in Scorpio, semi-square Saturn, trine Neptune, and parallel Juno, promising worth in creative activity that dives deep, in dream realization that recognizes both light and darkness, and that relationships can reside in the ideal–and all of this may empower us, even as we may not have an entirely smooth time in manifesting or in dealing with the real world picture. Embrace an attitude of healing in all things, and know it’s a day of challenges that, if well met, may be exceptionally productive, positive, and rewarding.

Today’s word image is a sensation of flying. What does freedom look like, in your world? How much freedom do you have, and do you need more, or in some other form? Ask yourself those questions today.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 15 November 2017 Viewpoint Narrows

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‘Treppe in Algier (Steps in Algiers)’ c1882 By Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Today Vesta enters Scorpio, just as Pallas backtracks into Aries; in opposition these two set up a dynamic of values and priorities based on Truth, secrets, or with hidden origins that directly conflicts with personal wants and Will. We see a viewpoint that narrows from the Universal or Collective to the individual, while what we honor focuses more on the dark, dirty truth and less on maintaining a balance in relationships or in being ‘fair’ and equitable in a way that ignores deservedness. We judge, we assess, and we act according to our own authority; what we can’t do is use those assessment-senses to pursue our own ambitions–somehow it’s just not the day for it.

Today’s word image is a book, where the story inside doesn’t match the description on the outside. If we are the book, and what we’re presenting to the world as who we are on the outside doesn’t match our inner wants and needs, how can we be surprised when we’re unhappy?

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 November 2017 Serious Adjustment

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This image was so fabulous I just had to use it. It shows the Earth rising from the Moon, as viewed from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter above Compton crater. NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center / Arizona State University – http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/posts/895 {{PD}}

There’s only one new aspect perfecting today, a sesquiquadrate of Venus to Chiron; the only way to see this clearly is to view it as coming in the wake of yesterday’s Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Venus suggests a certain continuity of attention, as we go from a focus on bounty, beliefs, facts, and expansion efforts and opportunities related to assets, finances, relationships, talents, and love, to one that, through difficult or uncomfortable circumstances, will reveal (and possibly allow healing of) our wounds. A tough situation in one or more of these areas could also call forward the personal and very unique Chirotic gifts you carry, gifts that since 2012 I see as available not just to others, but to yourself (for more on this, see here). Overall, a day of serious adjustment, where the positivity, abundance, and over-doing of yesterday give way to consideration of how our assets and relationships can benefit from, handle, or otherwise heal long-standing vulnerabilities and hurts.

Today’s word image is a real-life episode. Just as we were pulling out of a parking lot, I was saying I would give something a try, and as I said the word ‘try’ my eye fell on a bumper sticker that said, ‘Mama Tried’. Some people denigrate the concept of trying; it’s true that it allows for failure (as saying, ‘I will’ does not), but it also removes the potential for Self-guilt or blame, should circumstances beyond one’s control prevent reaching the goal. Using ‘try’ is only a problem if it’s wielded as an excuse; otherwise, it’s far kinder to ourselves to recognize that the Will cannot be arbiter of all things.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 13 November 2017 Beauty Is Opportunity

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Tea bowl, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century AD Repaired with Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”) Photo By Daderot – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45589849

Don’t misunderstand that title–I mean it in the purest sense, in essence suggesting that Beauty, like Truth and Love, is something you should move toward–because what will you discover there? Bounty, Reward, Nourishment, Support–in short, Opportunity. Two caveats about how to handle things today: 1) what’s wise or practical will require us to acknowledge our rage, to refuse to ignore or deny what we’d rather not see, to address injustice as we find it; and 2) beware that the mind can be tricked, and communications can be tricky–we’re prone to misunderstand or let our imaginations run away with us, not from someone’s malefic intent to mislead, but from our own creative energies run amok. Channel that fecundity into productive outlets, and realize that true health requires adaptation, more than anything else.

Today’s word image is a beautiful bowl you’d always thought perfect that proves to have a single, hairline crack. Does that flaw ruin enjoyment of the bowl for you? And what in your life are you expecting to be perfect, that may end up being flawed–and how will you react, will you still love the people or things involved, knowing they carry imperfections?

Just a Little Weekend AstroEssence 12 November 2017 Flaky

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And I don’t mean flaky crust. ‘Still Life with Peacock Pie’ 1627 By Pieter Claesz {{PD}}

Everything, and everyone, seems erratic, unpredictable, flaky. Consider that the energy sent toward you and displayed before you is a reflection of two things: your own frustrated ambitions and desires, and those matters you’ve ignored or denied. Now that you get a little perspective on them, you can see them for what they are. How does that change your view of what you want, and what you should give attention to?

Today’s word image is a cleansing mask meant to remove toxins from the skin. What rituals do you follow, looking to purify your life? Are these genuinely successful, with undeniable results, or is the effect largely in your perceptions, making it personally useful but objectively useless?

I’m unavailable today, but will answer all queries, correspondence, comments, and fill all orders once I’m again at the computer, evening of the 12th. Thanks!

Just a Little Weekend AstroEssence 11 November 2017 Drawing the Thread

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‘Lydia at the Tapestry Loom’ c1881 Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

We may be feeling powerful, adept, that our thinking is on point and that we’ve achieved a perfect balance between spontaneity and ‘the rules’–are we right about that? Yes–enjoy this spurt of confidence, but keep one eye on how we’re drawing a thread from past to future–know that what you do will really matter, some time from now.

Today’s word image is a question: Are you now where and in the state you thought you’d be in one year ago? Consider how your current position differs from that state you imagined, and note what you can do to get closer to realizing what was actually an ideal. You may not have known at that time that you were setting your sights so high; take consolation in knowing you’re a lot closer now than you would’ve been if your goals had only been ordinary–and that means, with most of the work done, you only have a little way to go to make that year-ago vision a reality.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 November 2017 The Noviles Have It

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Català: Arc de Triomf (Barcelona) 2010
Source Flickr: Barcelona – Arco del Triunfo (08019/1053)
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Juno and Pluto are together in Capricorn, and Vesta is in Libra, with Mercury novile all three. A novile is 40 degrees, and implies a little slice of brilliance offered by the combined energies. So, we see Power Players in the ‘real world’ or dealing with concrete realities (Cap), and cooperative entities invested in high standards and pristine value realization, able at this point in time to communicate, their own priorities and with one another, creating the potential for resolution of major differences. Today provides a window of receptivity wherein those who seemed to have seriously contrasting aims can actually find smart and creative ways to get along, if not join forces. Be on the lookout for sudden opportunities to work out some very knotty problems; our attention will be on what’s healthy (Sun sxt Hygeia), and so guide most to a best-case scenario.

Today’s word image is an event: finding out you aren’t actually part of a Tribe you thought you belonged to. Two things you need to take away upon gaining such a revelation: the first is that this is really a good thing, to know where you don’t belong, and second, that this means there’s another, more comfortable fit out there, somewhere. Be glad when you’re rejected–it’s a loud and clear statement from the Universe, “You’re better than this”–or at the very least, different, in a good way.

Just so you know: there are a couple of places offering free or paid downloads of my books, or offering them in multiple formats, most of which they don’t exist in. These venues not only aren’t authorized to sell or distribute them, they’re likely malware sites, as are any YouTube videos purporting to be by or about me. At this time the only actual sale point is Dog & Sunflower Press. Don’t fall for it–stay bug free!

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 November 2017 Practice

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Dreams smack right up against the reality of commitments and obligations, and actions and choices, though inspired, suffer from ‘I knew it!’ as what we suspected moves might lead to comes to pass. One thing we can do without dealing with the contrary or conflicting? Make Change. Embrace it, enjoy it, and know that destruction, resurrection, or alteration perpetrated now is right in line with the individual who creates it–meaning it’s an expression of intent and priorities, and therefore of Soul. Be willing to acknowledge what you ‘know but don’t know’, and to make adjustments in the course of creating, for best results.

Today’s word image is a band practicing in the hope of securing a new engagement. What are you ‘orchestrating’ right now that is meant to bring reward? Are your goals realistic for the effort (practice) you’re putting in? And does your choice of expression (what the band is practicing) match the venue in which you want to ‘play’? It’s vital that we don’t practice swimming, say, if what we really want is to fly.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 8 November 2017 Focus On: Venus Opposed Pallas

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Here’s an obvious statement: being conscious helps us spot danger. Arthur Wardle – ‘A Fairy Tale’ date unknown {{PD}}

Venus opposes Pallas, and this is the aspect that will make a statement in each of our lives today. Every fiber of us that resonates to fulfilling wants and appetites, to the beauty of connection and relationships, to gain and having and giving, will push us in a direction that’s in some way fundamentally unwise or impractical. Think of this as the Universe giving us awareness of our own boundaries; the lack of wisdom or the impractical nature of our wants is reflected back to us or made obvious, and that’s probably something we should be grateful for, as otherwise today it would be too easy to blow past our own restraints, propelled by stress and a need to release pressure. It also means go for what you desire, but have the Self-discipline to pull back when others, surroundings, or circumstances (all playing the part of ‘the Universe’) indicate what a bad idea it is–then just go on to the next thing.

Today’s word image is: you dream of a friend who learns of a terminal illness but this knowledge allows her to break free from restraints and do what she wants. Clearly, it’s a call to liberation, a suggestion that one doesn’t need to wait for a threat to mortality before opening up and following one’s dreams. The only question is, then, does this apply to you, or to someone you know?

Read more here, and have a great day!

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 November 2017 Opposites Attract

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Frederick Childe Hassam 1910 {{PD}}

The radical, erratic, and unreliable among us find themselves helplessly attracted to those who are steadfast in their dedication, their priorities, and who give off a certain saintly aura due to the purity of their commitments–and of course, the opposite will hold, that those dedicated to a cause will want to be with someone who just can’t commit. There are also those who are taking the academic approach, and they will be drawn to those who are passionate beyond all reason, as the passionate will be attracted to those who take a cool, theoretical approach–and those who want to be in the avant garde may find themselves pulled toward what they care about most, rather than their usual preference for what is fashionable. In all these matters of attraction, we find that the benefits come in looking deeply into something, and from accepting that what seems light has a darkness, and what seems dark can hold the key to the light–it’s all in how thoroughly we accept reality, as it stands, rather than as we think it should be. One warning: beware of twisted and so unhealthy thinking or reasoning; to accept it, it may be required that we adjust our values, morals, and ethics–and that’s a sure sign it’s really no good.

Today’s word image is two fish swimming in opposite directions. That’s Pisces, of course! In what way are you contradicting yourself, putting effort in two opposing directions and so effectively thwarting any real progress or resolution (or perhaps just obscuring the issue)? If something doesn’t spring immediately to mind, check matters of the natal House that holds Pisces or features it on the cusp, and/ or any bodies or points ruled by Neptune, or the matters of the House where Neptune is currently transiting. And if need be, stop swimming for a second, if only to get your bearings.

Just a Little AstroEssence 5-6 November 2017 Mind Expansion

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‘Hallucinations’ By Odilon Redon CC0

The 5th we may experience a series of reveals, things suspected or glimpsed, confirmed, things feared or hoped for suddenly there before us, with big ‘C’ Change, especially in perceptions, inevitable. Shifts in perception almost certainly bring a questioning of our values or commitments, but it’s healthy to willingly refresh the viewpoint–anything else risks a loss of originality in expression, or of value related to output or relationships, so that we fall behind socially as well as in our own evolution and growth if we try to freeze things in place.

The most important energies all revolve around Pluto. We see Mercury parallel the Underworld god upon entering Sagittarius, and we see Pluto himself, on his slow grind around the zodiac, conjoin asteroid Hygeia. What we think changes by expanding; our world and its possibilities get much bigger, or show more potentials, than we anticipated possible. Repeat the mantra, ‘Change is good’, even if on the surface it’s disconcerting or frightening–on the 6th we get a solid preview of what’s coming, so any mystery or sense that things are out of control doesn’t last long. The Gemini Moon quincunxes Pluto-Hygeia morning of the 6th Pacific time, offering a peek at the kinds of feelings these changes might stir.

‘Bad Girls’ By Felipe Gabaldón 2009 Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The word image for these two days is a person who exhibits no obvious identification with either sex. Gender fluidity is all the rage these days, and it’s about time–why should anyone have to confine themselves to a single label, or to label themselves at all? This image suggests we should let our attitudes gain more movement and less constriction, allowing us to remove a label we’ve always chafed at wearing.

Just a Little AstroEssence 4 November 2017 The Lens of Self

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Part of the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, no. 094, part 3: Autumn By Hiroshige {{PD}}

We’re back living in our own heads again, this time focused on ambitions, identity and personal power/ effectiveness, as well as relationships and the unspoken assumptions and illusions that permeate them. That seems like a lot of material, until we realize that it’s actually laser-focused through the lens of Self. In particular, we are consumed with what we may know but not consciously acknowledge about those closest to us; we need to be aware that our take on the situation will be refracted through our own ambitions and desires, and so be inextricably linked with conditions we want fulfilled specifically because we are so plagued by the needs such fulfillment is meant to serve. That means that we shouldn’t draw any grand conclusions about our relationships or about others today–aim instead for illumination of Self, and to understand what our ambitions and wants actually say about us.

Today’s word image is a photo album, almost completely filled. It’s the season for closing out certain activities, relationships, pastimes, practices, and this is so whether we are actively moving toward these endings or not. Mourn or break it off and be free, but in either case, remind yourself that this is part of a larger pattern, a ‘putting to bed’ of the past, and that it’s making room for the New.

See the report on the recent Full Moon here

Full Moon in Taurus 3 November 2017 What We Need

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‘Music Making Couple’ Willem Cornelisz Duyster Early 17th century {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 10:22 PM Pacific time of the 3rd at 11 Taurus 58, and makes only a few contacts within our required close-aspect framework for drawing a Full Moon picture. The most interesting thing to me is that some of the contacts offer the potential for individuals to experience configurations, should they have a natal body or point in the ’empty’ space. For instance, The FM sextiles Neptune, suggesting that if one has a natal placement at 10-14 Libra, then the sextile creates a base for a Finger of God, with the apex the natal body. On its own, the Full Moon-Neptune sextile says inspiration, imagination, ideals, and illusions may, with a little effort or input, reach fruition or conclusion with the FM event; add a personal apex point, and you have a recipe that says, ‘A Neptunian thing that’s brought to conclusion or ‘ripens’ with the event will trigger a tricky or uncomfortable situation that is resolved by adjusting the expression of that natal apex energy.” (Please note: Mars, at 7 Libra 51, is just too far outside an acceptable orb–1.5-2 degrees max–for quincunxes at this point.)

We see a similar situation with the Full Moon’s trine to Juno. Here the aspect suggests that the FM event shows us a likely avenue of, or actually delivers, material empowerment and a sense of authority or effective role in real-world matters (Earth signs). If an individual has a natal placement at roughly 11-15 Virgo, that fills in an Earth Grand Trine, bringing a chance for empowerment via expression of the natal energy, a kind of ‘Grand Result’ brought forward by accomplishment, timing, and a willingness to act within one’s empowered role.

The full moon photographed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft NASA {{PD}}

Lastly, the Full Moon makes a fist on its own: a Fist of God is formed by the Full Moon-Earth square Ceres with apex the midpoint of Saturn-Black Moon Lilith (the latter being at 29 degrees, and so under stress, anyway). I know it’s not exactly kosher to consider a midpoint as a configuration apex, but here we actually need to; otherwise we have a Full Moon that in an energy sense may ‘short-circuit’ in a sextile, trine, and square that offer disjointed and seemingly unconnected outlets for Lunar expression. With the Fist we see impact of one sort or another that forces or necessitates conflict or confrontation within a power situation or dynamic (Ceres), the only hope for resolution of which is found in real-world (Saturn) acknowledgement of transgressions, matters ignored or denied, or in allowing entities already under stress full and uncensored personal expression (BML).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon (remember, we read the next degree up for any minutes above the 00 mark; in this instance we read 12, listed at the referenced site as 11-12 Taurus) is, ‘A Young Couple Window Shopping’. This is an image of bonded individuals with time on their hands, dreaming, forward-looking. That may seem to negate the idea behind the Fist, until you consider how much a young couple may ignore or deny as in the early stages making the relationship work may seem so vital. Rose-colored vision (Neptune sextile) and a sense of empowerment drawn from a grown-up role (Juno) may incline the individuals/ parties to hide or disregard disparities, disrespect, or power imbalances (square to Ceres) that surface as each entity gets to know the other. Prejudices, assumptions made, and the belief in inequality of the sexes may poison interactions and be muffled, leading to subdued rage and the need to relate to an illusion (Neptune) rather than a three-dimensional individual, Being, or entity (BML). This Full Moon, then, offers a chance to resolve some of the issues that arise naturally in wanting to put our own ‘best foot forward’, and in wanting to see our ideals in the Other. It does it by bringing about a Taurean emotional conclusion or revelation that shows us that we are both personally empowered to handle things, and that we must deal with some real-world disparity or offense, before we can move on.

We also look at the Sun in a Full Moon event: ‘An Official Embassy Ball’. This suggests some en masse social event or shared experience may act as trigger to the conflict and resolution of the Full Moon. The official nature of the symbol implies a wider societal event may mirror our own personal one, and that all may involve a kind of diplomatic outreach, a formalized celebration of roles and relationships, and actions and choices meant to ‘smooth’ interactions.

‘Moonlight’ Ilya Repin 1895 {{PD}}

A culmination of Lunar energy implies an emotional resolution or ending; happening in Taurus, it likely involves comfort, stability, assets, security, or attempts to create these circumstances that reach an apex or conclusion at this time. In this case, the Full Moon may bring easy manifestation of delusions or ideals (Neptune), and effortless autonomy or empowerment (Juno), accompanied by a tough power situation or a denial of or by authority (Ceres). This suggests a mixed bag that brings about something that answers wants but also requires Self-responsibility–and that may be hampered by higher authorities or by others who block or negate our expression, with all of it keyed to resolving the material, physical, or real-world situation surrounding our relationships and/ or our roles–it’s an effort to right imbalances and sweep conditions too long ignored away for good–and it works, if we can acknowledge our true feelings and needs, willingly embrace Self-responsibility, and recognize the reality of our interactions and our situation.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2 November 2017 Inspired

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月岡芳年 TukiokaYositosi(1839-1892) – The ukiyoe “鹿児島暴徒出陣図” {{PD}}

Real-world difficulties, blockages, or barriers lead to inspired solutions, approaches, and attitudes, and original or fortuitous ideas. That suggests we shouldn’t be too discouraged by what doesn’t work out, and should instead cast it as the thing that can bring out our most creative and profitable thoughts. That sounds good, doesn’t it?

Winslow Homer – ‘After the Hurricane, Bahamas’ 1898 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is castaways on a desert island, struggling to survive, are hit by a hurricane. Sometimes the sh*t storms just keep coming; know that you will get through it. Things go best with an optimistic attitude and a commitment to do all you can to affect circumstances positively, because that will pay off.

Just a Little Halloween Essence 31 October-1 November 2017 Think Like a Healer

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Artist Unknown c1910 {{PD}}

Today, the 31st, and tomorrow, the 1st of November, we hit a point in the yearly cycle when the Veil Between Worlds is thinnest. You can feel it, can’t you? (I note here that this applies to the Northern Hemisphere–I’d love to hear from those in the Southern who can tell me if that thinning Veil follows autumn, or is hooked to this point in the year, despite it being spring there). It’s a spooky time; the past is more alive than the present, and we see it reflected in the aspects for these two days, notably in the Sun’s parallel to the South Node point, then semi-square Saturn and sesquiquadrate Chiron. This involves a turning away from reality, and a difficult relationship to our own wounds or even to those we’re causing in others; the tendency may be to justify ourselves and our injuries with contorted logic. This sets us up to lash out and believe (at least temporarily) in ways that are contrary to what we know to be wise, empowering, or practical (Jup opp Pallas, Nep qnx Ceres, Mars sesq SN). Part of the pressure is unavoidable, as we build toward a Full Moon, but the rest of it can be managed, if we’re willing to take a step back.

There are ways to alleviate what surely will be distressing if it goes unchecked. Look to the future and what you want to see there, and refuse to be intimidated by past hurts (Venus sxt NN, Sun sesq Chiron); if you do, by the 1st, you’ll be thinking like a healer, embracing your beliefs and firmly rejecting acting from wounds, all of which have the benefit of aiding goals and ambitions and helping us sort out and eliminate unconscious influences (Merc trine Chiron, Mars contra-parallel Chiron, Venus conj Vesta and parallel Zeus, Vesta contra-parallel Sedna).

Today and tomorrow’s word image is an old, destructive habit that threatens to rear its ugly head and send things, especially relationships, seriously off track. You know what I’m talking about, and you know what to do.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 26-30 October 2017 Viewpoint

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H. A. Brendekilde – De første Anemoner (1889) {{PD}}

The next five days are all of a piece; it seems better to show the flow of energy from one to the next than to chunk them up separately, and possibly miss their interconnectedness. We’ll start with the 26th and the Sun conjoined Jupiter. People become rapturous about this once-per-year event, but that’s a mistaken attitude, in my view, one that springs from the idea that more is better. Our attention is drawn to whatever the Sun highlights; the sign gives the tone, contacts describe directions that seem active, that call to us, that take up our time and energy. In this case we have a Sun in Scorpio, calling us to dig deep, to look for the Truth, to clean out, purge, discover, re-make, and resurrect–and then that focused Sun meets the planet of largesse, expansion, knowledge, hubris, farsightedness, opportunity, what’s foreign to us, and philosophy. This combination can reveal secrets, force us to face facts we may have been deliberately or unconsciously overlooking, can introduce knowledge that changes everything or destroys current potentials, can bring forward a ‘White Knight’ or ‘Daddy’ who we may see as representing potential rescue, and can make us look to the horizon for something new, better, for something that makes our world or our fortunes bigger, greater, more than–but there is something shadowy beneath the surface, and we might have to reach into a dark space to retrieve what we feel has been promised.

Whatever we’re focusing our attention on, whatever Scorpionic parts of our world have us in thrall, these will be the places that jump into stark relief, and that offer one kind or another of ‘more’. Jupiter receives the spotlight of the Sun and we have the chance to expand our world–but do we want to? It comes in the form of offers, opportunities, and knowledge or ‘foreign’ (unusual) connections acquired, and those possibilities may or may not be a good direction for us to go. They could act as a shiny distraction from our goals–or could bring an optimism that is beyond anything we would otherwise feel, and so urge us to do the unwise, in part because this will feel ‘once in a lifetime’—though it’s likely not.

The natal House where the Sun and Jupiter are currently transiting could present opportunity, or could be the arena in which we regard potentials with too much optimism, which again would cause us to venture where in more level-headed times we might hesitate. What this combo stirs can threaten stability and smart use of energy, but it could also give us the push we need to overcome fears–and that’s positive. We also might see activity in a combination of the matters of the two Houses in the natal chart these bodies rule.

Keywords for Sun-Jupiter: Soul expansion, Opportunity to Live Your Purpose, Living Your Beliefs, Believing in Your Purpose, Getting Your Essence Out Into the World, Fearless Expression   Beware of: Exaggerating the importance of your role, Becoming your own god, Overdoing in the name of Progress

The word image for the 26th is a class reunion. This is an image of people who once spent most every day together, learning, brought together again and much different after their time in the world. Do you see this situation as fun, a chance to re-live old friendships and renew ties, or do you see it as negative, a forced return to a life long past and not missed? Your reaction to this image mirrors your relationship to the past–and if this is an image of dread for you, it may be time to make peace with what was–whatever pains you is gone, it can’t hurt you now. And if you see it as fun, you might want to ask yourself how far you’ve really come–you might be surprised by what you realize.

So, we enter the period a little punch-drunk from the heady opportunities we’ve glimpsed with Sun-Jupiter. By the 27th we may be thinking of making sweeping changes, especially in relationships or finances. Are we still on a high from the optimistic Sun-Jupiter? It’s something to ask ourselves.

Today’s word image is an Artist, who shows her work for the first time. No matter how old we get, there are still new things to discover about ourselves, new talents and abilities that show our artistry. Be brave enough to show some of that ability to others, if not today, then maybe this week, month, or year.

The 28th we shift gears, focusing on re-vamping thought processes to include all those matters we are prone to ignore. A realistic viewpoint is typically an asset, but in this case, we may become too pessimistic, go too far–and that would be, if not unwise, then certainly impractical. Sometimes a little positivity makes the world a lot easier to take.

Today’s word image is two birds, squabbling over a full bird feeder. There’s plenty for everyone; check yourself, and relax–enjoy what you already have.

On the 29th thoughts and ideas compel some ‘difficult’ actions and choices–difficult in that they may be clumsy, premature, or lacking in solid conception and follow-through. Though this urge to action may cause discord or discomfort in the moment, if it’s propelled by ambitions or desires, it may end up paying off–so if you can stand the temporary upset or embarrassment, making that impulsive move could be worthwhile.

By the 30th a kind of wonderful assimilation of energies has taken place. Making ‘mistakes’ in the previous few days has led to the ability to face what we have been avoiding, to challenge things and people that make us angry, and has given us a fresh idea of our own empowerment. This is a point when we may consider whether we are happy with our current life trajectory–you’re in a good place now to examine potential paths.

Do you notice the thread through these days? We’ll be living in our heads, processing everything actively through our point-of-view (rather than unconsciously), and each day will highlight not just our thinking, but the thinking, messages, and communications from others. We get to the end of the period considerably enlightened in important ways–and ready to act on what we know.

Thank you, and have a great one! I’m likely to reappear with one or more daily images, as they occur to me.

Just a Little AstroEssence 25 October 2017 X-Ray

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By Gabriel von Max c1900 {{PD}}

Vesta conjoins Zeus today, and when we view this in light of other contacts being made (including Chiron sesquiquadrate Ceres, Venus square and Mercury sextile Hygeia, and Mercury novile Saturn) we might find wants shaping priorities, goals, and values, making standards far more flexible than they should be; we also see how relationships or financial circumstances affect health negatively. It may be a day when we’re hit with a few surprise revelations about our true priorities and potentials, and we’ll see where we do (and don’t) want to invest. The good thing is that we’ll have what amounts to x-ray vision of the real world picture; reality will ‘speak’, and what’s right for us will be clear–then it’s just up to us to keep values intact, and make the ‘healthy’ choice.

By Władysław Podkowiński 1891 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the passage of time. It’s been on everyone’s mind lately, in one form or another. Pretend that no time has passed since you were first conscious; now consider how much or how little your essence has changed since that point. Two things: you can go back to the ‘Refresh’ point at any time (these are the timeless qualities of the Self/ Soul that can get lost in the everyday), and reflect on what views and values of yours life may have altered in the living. The goal is to remind ourselves that we’re really timeless Beings, and that the changes we can feel so acutely rarely affect who we truly are, even as we learn, mature, and grow spiritually.

Just a Little AstroEssence 24 October 2017 Magical Thinking

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‘Reverie’ by Oreste Pizio 1900 {{PD}}

Usually I use the phrase ‘magical thinking’ with the implication that we’re fooling ourselves, imagining we can see meanings and apply a set of rules that are unrealistic or fantasy-driven, but today I mean it in its most pure, even literal, sense: when deployed ideals, and creative and imaginative energies, empower us; we think and process in creatively effective ways, seeing what can be–and we have the confidence and adaptability to make it happen. The future is a living, breathing entity at this point, one that responds to our actions and choices–so make them best choices, that reflect your best Self.

Today’s word image is anxiety, specifically that generated in you over the possible choices or suffering of those you love. This is pain that springs from worry about potentials. This anxiety came out-of-the-blue, based not in what is but in extrapolating from past potentials or conditions–and that’s our clue (at least one of them) that this angst isn’t originating with us. We’re acting as receivers at this time, and what we’re picking up is someone else’s negative energy aimed at us, which is churning up useless worry as our minds search for the source of our anxiety. Realize that 1) this agitation is not linked to anything currently extant, and 2) you should let this be your warning that you’ve gone too much into receptive mode–get your energies up and out, to ward off the psychic incursion of others.

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Excerpt of a single panel from a multi-paneled Mopsy comic published in TV Teens, Vol. 2, No. 7
By Gladys Parker {{PD}}

Just a Little AstroEssence 23 October 2017 Focus on the Fist

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‘Thor’s Battle Against the Jötnar’ (1872) By Mårten Eskil Winge {{PD}}

There are a few things going on today, but I think the one we’re all going to feel is the Fist of God (or Thor’s Hammer, for all you Valkyries). This one has a base of Venus square Juno, apex Sedna. The base is Cardinal, with Venus in Libra and Juno in Capricorn, suggesting the conflict of the square is dynamic, perceptible, and arising out of action; relationship values, aesthetic concerns, or relationships themselves or possibly financial circumstances clash with our sense of empowerment and its expression through practicality, autonomy, and ‘the bottom line’. That paints a picture of values, energy, or monetary issues rooted in a no-win need to consider the power spread and ‘bottom line’ in relationships and what they need from us (or secondarily, the clash of what makes sense with what we want, with others or what’s necessary or needed taking a contrary position to our desires).

The apex tells us what results from the conflict of the square, in this case filled in by Sedna, which is 135 degrees from each body of the square. Sometimes the apex point describes a non-result, an impasse or failure generated by the two base energies being unable to mesh or work out their differences, but in this case it describes a matter that, failing resolution, will get stuck sotto voce in our heads (though if it is resolved, we use our instincts or our capacity to ‘know but not know’ to do it). It may affect our ability to listen to our own instincts, may force us into dealing with (or, much worse, succumbing to) the ‘blind spot’ material we carry, or it may interrupt or somehow influence our own larger life-death-life pattern. With this latter, we may find ourselves disoriented, as if our lives were threading out, read by the needle on an old phonograph player, and someone jarred it, making it drag and skip.

First, know that if you do feel the disruption, it is temporary; once the Cardinal conflict is resolved, all falls ‘back into the groove’. Second, remind yourself that we cannot be off our Path–no matter where you go, there you are, it’s quite impossible to be sidelined (though it is possible to be sidetracked, tempted into a holding pattern from which progress arrives slowly or non-existent)–so, no matter what, you are still on track–only the momentum is in question. We might see the problem we need to solve as involving Wilfulness. There–should you experience this Fist, that is the initial place to focus, as that will help you solve the clash.

Today’s word image is broken eggs. They’re much like spilled milk; unless we’ve already started long ago in that direction, it’s too late to be a ballerina, jet pilot, acrobat, surgeon, or whatever dream it is you’ve held in wait since childhood (since you were an egg!!). Recognizing what will never come to fruition frees up hopeful energies and flushes regrets, so that what’s left is ready, willing, and able to take action on the ideal, and the attainable.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 22 October 2017 Hope

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Charles W. Hawthorne – ‘The Offering’ c1915 {{PD}}

Mars enters Libra today, and we may feel a little tug, a kind of pull-back on our assertive energies; suddenly it matters to us how what we choose affects others, and it matters to us what they think of us. If we get too wrapped up in this vibe, we end up losing confidence, convinced the world’s a harsh place and we are powerless–but today, reality is functioning more like this: physical and material matters show us the wise or practical thing to do, we just have to be open to seeing it; hope and opportunity are highlighted, again, if we can see them; and the Facts Reveal Truth (Sun enters Scorpio and parallels Jupiter)–and the only way we can miss this latter is if we are so focused on power and its implementation that we can’t see what’s been revealed right in front of us.

Today’s word image is hearing someone speaking very emotionally who you can’t see, and you can’t decide whether they are suffering a stroke and so garbling their speech, or if they are speaking Norwegian (not an uncommon thing to hear in the Seattle area–fill in your own softly silibant Germanic language). Let’s unpack this. The emotion in the voice alerts our primal senses; when we detect elevated stress in other humans, our cave man switches on, our instincts and ‘know but don’t know’ parts of the brain (Sedna)–so that means our animal ‘juices’ are flowing. Then we consider that we’re having difficulty discerning whether the other person is in trouble, or just using a ‘code’ other than we are used to; one would put those animal instincts to good use, jumping into action and helping, while the other not only doesn’t call out to us, it specifically excludes us. This may be about reminding us that not every message comes to us in a form that’s immediately translatable–and that some of those messages carry a kick, the emotions invested by others that are bound to stir us up, too. The need to sort useful and valid info from ginned-up reactionary interpretation and free it from the filters imposed by others (such as a language we don’t know) is ongoing–the information (and by that I mean the answers to our questions) is out there, being transmitted, and the questions are, can you decipher it? do you need to (is the message meant for you)? and does what you’re ‘hearing’ require anything from you at all?

I was off for a medical procedure last week, and there was one delightful bit I wanted to share: I was given some grippy socks that reminded me so much of this:

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Just a Little AstroEssence 20-21 October 2017 Think Like a Woman

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‘Self-portrait with Japanese umbrella’ 1891, by Olga Boznańska {{PD}}

What fresh hell is this, that we know the smart thing, the practical thing, the wise thing, and yet we talk ourselves into trashing the whole thing by telling ourselves what we’re faced with preserving, nurturing, or accelerating has no worth? We’ve got two days of it coming, of dealing with our own avoidance of reality, or insistence on living in the past; neither accomplishes what we think it will. There’s also the matter of opposites (or complementary) energies at odds, where we quite naturally find ourselves in a position contrary to that of our opposite number–and so at an impasse with them.

We may find it helps to ‘think like a woman’, whatever that means to you, preferably one who’s intelligent, Self-possessed, and not hesitant to exercise her own authority. Strangely, we may have persuaded ourselves that such an approach would be detrimental, beneath us, or ‘weak’–but it’s really about mustering the right kinds of sensitivity, which are almost certainly not the kinds most of us normally turn to when sending feelers out into the Universe.

So where’s our silver lining in all this? It’s in those relationships that empower us, where we are cherished and valued, where our ‘natural’ Self is the best thing we can be–there are no expectations for our conformity to social mores or anyone’s judgment. If one or more relationships just like that, that let you be You with a capital ‘Y’, spring to mind, your task is to recognize the Love you receive from them, and nurture them; if no such relationship in your life right now exists, your job is to get new relationships.

‘Friedrichstraße on a rainy night’, by Franz Skarbina, 1902 {{PD}}

The word image for these two days is this: while standing in an anteroom to a restaurant, a young man coming in sees you and holds the door open so you can go out; to be polite, you thank him and walk out into the cold, driving rain. You were not on your way out, but he didn’t know that. He was so proud of himself for thinking of someone else, of holding the door for others, that he didn’t notice what was really needed: shelter from the rain. Is someone ushering you into an environment you’d rather avoid, and to be polite, you’re going along with it? Or are you so proud of offering someone a grand gesture that you haven’t bothered to see if it’s actually what they need?

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New Moon in Libra 19 October 2017 Chaos and Instinct

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By http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13647This file was donated to Wikimedia Commons by as part of a project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57097242

The New Moon occurs at 12:12 PM Pacific time on the 19th at 26 Libra 35. It makes a close opposition to Uranus in Aries, sesquiquadrates Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, and is apex to a Finger of God with base of Sedna-Chiron, and at the same time is part of the base of another Finger with a sextile to the point Black Moon Lilith, apex Sedna. Most of the aspects for this Moon are close, which is why we don’t need to reach for other contacts (though we may count a loose semi-sextile to Mars, which just seems to bring home the Aries energy that’s already so prominently in opposition); the orb is too wide to count a conjunction to Jupiter or a sextile to Saturn–no need to stretch, we already have a concise picture.

New starts, beginnings, related to Libra always have an ‘us-other’ facet, and often emphasize aesthetic, asset, or relationship matters. There may be changes or shifts in cooperation and partnership areas that highlight the way Venusian subjects such as Love or Money are really interaction issues, with a requirement to weigh and measure levels of financial or emotional investment. These typical New Moon in Libra matters are shaped by aspects the NM makes to others bodies; this time around, they get a dose of chaos, which examined closely reveals a method beneath the madness.

The New Moon opposes Uranus in Aries (which of course conjoins Earth). This suggests material or real-world issues are chaotic, unexpected, avant garde, or intellectually advanced (Uranus), with the illusion (Neptune) being that these erratic or surprising moves appear to be the expression of individuals (Aries) responding to ideals (Pisces)–but they’re actually an emotional (and probably unconscious) response to the group and the individual’s unique place within it (Uranus). Projection of feeling may be something both given and received, at this time, and it may either be difficult to know what we feel, or may seem that others are acting as they do because they’re unaware of their own emotional reactions–or we could experience a mind-bending elixir of both.

The Finger with New Moon as apex suggests that instinct or ‘blind spot’ material combines with hurt or unique skill, and the result is the ‘fresh start’ of this Lunar cycle. With the NM as base with Black Moon Lilith, we see the new beginning reach deep into denied or ignored material (no wonder it all feels chaotic!), with the result being we are stimulated to act either out of material held in our ‘blind spot’ or instinctually. The Fingers create a kind of energy ouroboros, with a lot of the material suppressed, denied, unconscious, or projected so that things seem to leap out of chaos–but if we are honest with ourselves, we know there’s method here, in the form of circumstances forcing us to see and acknowledge what we may have been denying or rejecting–and so become more responsible to both ourselves and in our agreements with others (Libra).

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Airplane Sails, High In The Clear Sky’. Flight, at least that facilitated by an airplane, is relatively modern, with the mention of ‘high in the clear sky’ suggesting a successful ascension and safe travel in easy weather; this may speak to that Uranus-Earth opposition to this New Moon, with that planetary combo a perfect expression of successfully leaving the Earth via a modern invention. In opposition, this may imply that what occurs at the New Moon may, as we’ve discussed, seem chaotic, but in reality it will offer the foundation for something entirely new, an unusual (for the individual) way to soar. We get a clue as to what may come about with the Sabian for Uranus-Earth, ‘Through Imagination A Lost Opportunity Is Regained’. What occurs stimulates the creative, imaginative, inventive spirit and the instinctual nature–even out of chaos, we find purpose, meaning, and a new way forward.

One caveat: the New Moon period, though bringing positive things, may be difficult in itself. The same day brings Mars and Chiron parallel each other and both contra-parallel Vesta, and Saturn sesquiquadrate Pallas. That suggests that the ‘real world’ may fail to support what’s wise or practical, and our inclinations may be to act out of hurt and so could sabotage values. Just a heads up about surrounding circumstances, and a warning to keep our eye on motivations and reactions.

Have a wonderful New Moon, everyone! I won’t be around for a few days–stay safe, live happy!

 

A Slice of Your Week 15-18 October 2017 Mockingbird

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By Ryan Hagerty – This image originates from the National Digital Library of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service {{PD}}

The 15th promises some sort of struggle, though I guess the good news, if we can call it that, is that this occurs within our own minds; erratic, unexpected, and fantastical thoughts lead to actions that arise either from hurt or from our own unique, underutilized skill set, the latter if we are tuned in to our own real-world empowerment position, the former if we’ve abandoned our values or allow rage to be our motivator. Go forward with an eye on the future, but focus most on making good use of lessons learned in the past.

Today’s word image is a mockingbird. These are ‘New World’ birds that are known for mimicry of the songs of other birds and the sounds of amphibians and insects. Has your intuition alerted you lately to someone ‘making the right sounds’ but whose assertions or language doesn’t ‘feel right’ to you? Consider why they might be hiding behind this camouflage–though it’s not necessarily nefarious, you should become consciously aware of the misdirect, nonetheless.

The 16th is one of those days that’s almost magically positive, showing us genius ways to profit or earn love that paves the way to the future, aligning thinking with beliefs (so that there’s no internal discord) and making surrounding opportunities obvious. Our attention is on the reality picture, which offers the benefit of grounding us so that efforts are solid and effective, propelled by an attitude that makes the most of what’s presented.

Today’s word image is the concept ‘Something to Hide’. Right now there seem to be two kinds of people in the world: those who are open, and those who are trying to manage others’ perceptions of them. Honesty, in the most fundamental sense, is what separates the two.

On the 17th Mercury moves into Scorpio, giving us the inclination toward (or maybe the impression of, if we’re really just skimming the surface) digging deep, ruminating on ‘The Mysteries’–as if Jupiter’s entry to the sign hasn’t already prompted some dark explorations–with the danger being we think we’re considering deeply, when we may just be going over old territory. With Scorpio, we may be obsessive or morose, but that doesn’t guarantee we’re plumbing the deep or profound–instead, if we’re afraid, we are likely to do the opposite but convince ourselves we’re diving in. So that’s the admonition for this transit of the Messenger through the dark places: be unafraid, if you want to make the most of it. With both Mercury and Jupiter in Scorpio, know that if you lack fear, you’ll get get the facts, and/ or think clearly about beliefs, and messages from others will show you just how serious, destructive, educated, or indoctrinated they really are.

On this same day we also see a tendency to act on instincts or from the ‘blind spot’–how do we tell if those urges are truly instinctual (and therefore to be seen as inner knowledge)? In this instance, if it prompts erratic or unreliable behavior, or an insistence on being ‘original’ that is more about resisting or refusing, then you know ignorance of the actual forces in play is at work, and so that the impulse is unhealthy. Center yourself on who you are, and being unique or original won’t be the concern–it will happen without you even having to think about it.

Jules Schmalzigaug (1914) – ‘Light + Mirrors and crowd, interior of a popular ballroom in Antwerp’ Photo By JoJan – Own work, {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a finely-wrought 18th century porcelain chandelier. A lamp of any kind is symbolically a source of enlightenment, and this one is from long ago. Are we carrying ‘old’ ideas of what’s enlightened, what’s not? If so, are they still of worth now?

For the 18th imagine your ideal state of Being, health in its broadest and most far-reaching sense–and that’s what you can have, if you’re willing to transform circumstances and attitudes to support that vision. Mercury and Jupiter are conjoined today, ramping up yesterday’s potentials and turning the dial to ’11’, at least in terms of our ability to seek out the Truth of any situation. Don’t act out of a need to hide or deny–obvious advice, and yet still people think they can outsmart the Universe. No we can’t.

Today’s word image is another couple of results of Mercury-Jupiter in Scorpio: amplified or ‘broadcast’ sexual advances; people ‘getting real’ out of vindictiveness, masking destructive interactions with a pretense of ‘I’m just being honest’; facts cherry-picked and exaggerated for the power they give the speaker; ‘Big Talk’, with the potential for breaking things wide open or transforming the world into a more open place; hiding the facts.

Next up: the New Moon in Libra!

Notes for the Week: 8-14 October 2017 Shape Shifting

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By W.carter – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52136108

When I first posted this I didn’t have any one image that I thought would apply to the whole week, but one found me very soon thereafter. I was walking in the woods, out where there was nothing man-made but a slim trail, and suddenly I looked ahead and to the right, and there was an enormous cedar tree, at the base of which sat a gleaming white plaster death mask. I say ‘death mask’ as there were no nostril openings through which a living person would breath while having a mask made.

This was startling, and eerie; I could’ve easily walked by and not even seen it–but once seen, I couldn’t look away. We had left the house without the phone (something we never do) so I was unable to take a picture. What was it doing in the middle of a forest, almost hidden and yet in plain sight? At first I thought it was an art piece, something remarkable for those who ventured into the woods, a kind of reward or surprise: look! Something you never expected.

But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it may be a memorial, made to honor someone who loved the forest; maybe in it’s own way it represents the living returning the spirit of someone no longer here to a wild state. Happening so close to my birthday it made me think about my death day. Maybe it’s a reminder that we will be leaving something behind, and maybe we should be as mindful as possible about what that is.

Update 9 October: we went back to that forest, followed the same path, and got a pic of the mask (which may be more like an entire head!) where it sits at the base of a big tree.

Just thought I’d pop in with a few points about this week. Sunday, the 8th, is the day to get ‘it’ done–real-world efforts can see solid progress that builds the future–and work done today plants the seed for new growth which likely springs from matters ended or conclusions drawn at the recent Full Moon. Neither finances nor relationships offer the kind of support we need, and perceptions may be fogged by guilt, a regrettable past, or something we are in denial of; that’s why aiming for, acting for, and keeping an eye on what we want the future to be is so important now.

On the 9th we may witness the transformative or destructive power of words and thoughts; realize that one must create détente between the values and obligations, and what we know to be practical and wise, if things are to work out today.

The 10th Jupiter enters Scorpio and we are alight with our ambitions and goals. This makes for an atmosphere where we may feel opportunity requires excavation–but in reality we would do better to recognize that there are things we just don’t know, and perhaps should reach out and learn the details before wielding a shovel. Make sure choices and actions aren’t sourced from hurt feelings or a need for revenge–those things may motivate, but what they make us do or accept is decidedly unwise.

Here’s a little more info on Jupiter in Scorpio–

On the 11th it feels like we’re running into a brick wall at every turn–but in reality we’re being required to access intuition and deep knowing (the kind where we ‘know but don’t know’), and find the worth in those matters that offend or enrage, or that we currently ignore or deny. Wading in and dealing with difficult or unpleasant areas shows us the way to make progress.

For the 12th I suggest doing what’s healthy, and being absolutely honest with yourself. Accept no delusions, in anyone’s thinking.

The 13th may be a very odd day, in that circumstances and even personalities seem to shape-shift repeatedly. Mine relationships to both understand hurt (your own and others’) and access skills (yours).

On the 14th Venus enters Libra and we must, I mean must, adjust thinking away from the inclination to criticize, cause hurt, or deny instincts. Relationships show up fresh in the psychic equivalent of a new suit–appreciate that this allows petty or irrelevant issues to fall away.

Have a wonderful week!

Full Moon in Aries 5 October 2017 Judged

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The Full Moon in Aries occurs at 11:39 AM Pacific time of the 5th at 12 Aries 43, and falls at the midpoint of Neptune-Pallas, and opposed Mercury (which, along with the Sun, is apex to a Finger with base consisting of Neptune-Pallas). The fact that the Full Moon falls in a sign known for its singular viewpoint suggests we’ll have an especially ‘alone’ feeling with this event, even more so because of the build-up in Libra, as if others are ‘facing’ us and considering (even judging) our choices, actions, and ‘fitness to lead’, even if that applies only to leading our own lives. Our thoughts will be the result of combining our spiritual ideals and our inner wisdom, practicality, and skills, and this means that we can learn the most from stepping back and observing our own minds, seeing how well (or poorly) we are able to make our ideals an active part of our lives–and this all occurs in the context of a culmination of emotional and intuitive energy that is Self-oriented, as it faces feedback from ‘the Other’, the audience, even from those who specifically dislike us (the build-up in Libra, which includes the source of all energy, the Sun). The natural outcome of this may be that we are experiencing inner revelations even as we are dealing with less-than-pleasant externals–and all of it meant to show us what within us and within our lives that is Aries-natured is at an end, or has gone as far as it can go.

Not in aspect to the Full Moon, but significant, together with only three minutes variation at the time of Lunar culmination, Venus and Mars sit at 19 Virgo, watching and evaluating it all. In my mind they represent a secondary faction relative to the FM event: they are those not engulfed in FM action, but off to the side, critiquing and commenting. They are an audience, a very Libran thing–and so drawing attention to the line-up there, which includes, between 8 and 28 degrees Libra, Vesta, Mercury (current ruler of Venus and Mars, with Merc-Venus in mutual reception, and Merc involved in the FM picture), the Sun, Zeus, and Jupiter.

This places a lot of ‘weight’ on our relationships and particularly on the way we function as an individual within them; that is, we’ll see ourselves as both separate from and entangled with others, with emphasis on our aloneness, our choices, and our potential for being ‘the leader’ within the interaction. If you are lonely, this Full Moon may highlight that, and if you feel regarded, judged, observed and assessed by others, this too may be highlighted, with the Full Moon assisting you in drawing conclusions, especially concerning how much you will or will not engage in partnership, acceptance, or intimacy in the future. This Lunar event offers the chance to establish a Self-image harmonious to the emotional reality, and it’s only natural that this involves at least some decisions made in the context of current relationships.

How much change can we expect from this? Little to none, it seems, at least that will show on the surface; the Sabian is, ‘An Unexploded Bomb Reveals An Unsuccessful Social Protest’, suggesting that we may try to ‘blow it all up’ in protest of our social role, responsibilities, or treatment, only to find it doesn’t work! This may be a very good thing, as our actions could reveal the true feelings of others: do they care how we feel? do they respond to our distress? do they agree with what we feel are injustices, or do they just look away, and hope we’ll continue in our role? Or, we could be the recipient of ‘a bomb’ that startles but has little effect on the social landscape. The idea is one of energy that is not successfully deployed–and that this potentially explosive scenario is justified by social conditions–and that may or may not be valid reasoning for attempting to ‘explode’ the current reality picture.

By Basile Morin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62520604

The Sabian for the Sun may give us the final piece to this puzzle: ‘Children Blowing Soap Bubbles’. So, are we seeing ineffectual expression, in the sense that it is perhaps disguised as someone declaring they are care-free, presented as a cry for freedom or creativity, even an elaborate ‘game’ designed to make us jump or distract us? Or are we alerted to this within ourselves? In any case, the situation presented will not be a situation to take too seriously–although if it’s an attempt on our part to express a sense of injustice or a desire for change in our role, what we need to see is that the approach that might seem smart at the time of the Full Moon may not be effective, and/ or may not be taken seriously by others.

Whether we are lobbing the firecrackers, or they’re being lobbed at us, the reality is that this will be a period of communication centered on needs and powerand this may explain why things are addressed obliquely, perhaps dressed up as something else, or that actions are meant as a cry for attention or to address a state of emotional need and want. We’ll need to listen for the unspoken message, look at the symbolism, observe what’s done and what’s not done, what’s said and what’s never uttered–and then choose who we are, and how we will communicate our needs, from there.

Also of note: we’re on the verge of the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury (the 8th); that will help thoughts coalesce, make messaging clear, and will show us what, inevitably, will be changing, after all (T-square Sun-Merc opp Earth all square Pluto).

A RePrint on Eros and Hugh Hefner

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Aphrodite, Pan, Eros, Photo By Jebulon – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44154701

Since Mr. Hefner has been in the news with his passing, I’ve seen mostly sentimentalized ideas of what he did and how he affected things–here’s my take, from March of 2008:

Eros as an energy that carries one away on a wave of passion outside the individual’s judgment and control is an idea I keep seeing put forward, and I feel compelled to poke some holes in such a Self-serving definition–it brings to mind those who say, when confronted with their highly un-loving choices, “But we’re in love!” Disloyalty, betrayal, or lacking respect for existing relationships is not a foundation of love, but of Self-indulgence, and it seems that these same people are the ones who want to point the finger and say, “Eros made me do it!” Well, all I can say is, that excuse doesn’t fly. (And in case you’re wondering, my vehemence doesn’t come from my own experience, as, even with a Venus/ Pluto natal square, it’s never happened to me; it comes from watching others feel that they are good, honest people who wouldn’t ever do anything to harm another, justifying causing others hurt in the name of love–and not seeing that what they are doing can’t be love when it’s perpetrated before extrication from existing relationships, causing pain based in duplicity.)

I thought a good way to show this is to illustrate an Eros that is being sold (literally!) as a combination of lust fulfillment, objectification, and the ‘appropriate’ expression of sexuality, defined as within a heterosexual Universe where the male is the aggressor and the female is a two-dimensional supplicant. You may recall from previous articles that in my view Eros is more of a projection than anything else, an eroticization of someone or something; as such, you choose the object; keep that in mind as we look at the chart of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (9 April 1926, 4:20 PM, Chicago IL USA). Eros is involved in what could be considered a definitive complex for this man, with Eros at 18 Capricorn in the 4th, conjoined the South Node–already we have an indication that his concept of the erotic is at the least drawn from a past era or experience, as this was as true upon the founding of his magazine in the ’50s as it is today–already upon his publication’s inception the objectification of women as passive sexual objects was on the way out as an acceptable idea within the Collective. Here’s the real heart of things, though: his Venus sits at 3 Pisces in the 6th (“Women are my job!” is perhaps the perception?) at the midpoint of Eros/ Sun. We can say that his Soul intent and his erotic nature meet in his ‘ideal woman,’ who, ruled by Neptune, is either malleable, illusory, or whatever his imagination says she is! His Eros is also opposed Pluto, putting an almost mythic spin on things–he may strongly feel that he is in actuality defeating thanatos by expressing his idea of eroticism, and he may feel it was imperative this express materially (sextile to Saturn)–certainly his lifestyle choices, unchanged through the decades, supports this.

Venus is sesquiquadrate Earth and semi-square Sun and Eros–this suggests that he felt compelled to deal with his Venus issues (and to make money from it, as they’re intertwined here), in order to succeed in both material and Soul purposes–and yet the aspects themselves say that the challenge was in doing this in a positive way–I think the Collective jury’s out on whether what he’s done has any worth beyond the exploitative. Venus also trines a Vesta/ Pallas conjunction, adding points for truly admiring women as wise and a part of the sacred–but a Jupiter/ Juno conjunction in the 5th implies he thinks women have far too much power, in romance and likely through the ability to bear children (wow, that’s an ancient concept–and we’re idea-wise back to the South Node/ Eros conjunction).

How does he see himself? His Mars is in Aquarius, so his idealized Self is likely an intellectual–this has certainly always been one of the most grating of the Playboy pretensions–and it is quincunx Pluto (see thanatos, above), semi-sextile the Moon in Pisces in the 6th (remember, the 6th is also the House of those who serve us, and his Venus is there, too–I’ll let you parse that out on your own!), and lastly, his Mars opposes Ceres, perhaps implying that he sees Mother Nature and the inherent authority of the female as ‘against’ him somehow. What little we’ve talked about draws a relatively unflattering portrait of a man who in many ways created his empire more out of fear than a true ‘philosophy’–but is this really surprising? More on Eros is available in my book, THE ASTROLOGY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP, at Dog and Sunflower Press, and if you’d like to look up your Eros http://www.astro.com/swisseph/eros.htm

I’ll be posting for the Full Moon of the 5th in a day or two. Have a great week!

 

Just a Wee Bit of AstroEssence 30 September-1 October 2017 Smart Love

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Just had to let you know about Saturday: sticking religiously to values and commitments might actually cause harm (so, be flexible in responses), and anything that embodies or expresses Love is Smart.

And then on Sunday the 1st: Action may be transformative or destructive, and we may not be able to tell the difference (Mars trine Pluto)–this time, align thinking with Nature and a sense of personal authority, especially moral authority, to handle choices successfully (Mercury sxt Ceres and nov NN).

And for a word image, recall the weirdest movie or scene you’ve witnessed in real life of late–and think about it as if it were a dream–what does it say about the way you’re facing things, right now?

That is all! Have a great one!

Just a Little AstroEssence 29 September 2017 Give Yourself Credit

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You’ve tamed a dragon or two in your time–give yourself credit. Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

It feels like we can’t count on anybody–and what’s worse, it seems as if those others hold all the power! What’s making us feel so much at others’ mercy? We are too divorced from our own creative powers, and that makes us hyper-aware of our perceived inadequacies and injuries (especially those we believe have been inflicted by significant others–Mercury enters Libra)–and who could be expected to feel powerful under those conditions?

We’re looking to the wrong place for support; our attention must go to our status and what it affords us, our natural power position (that is, the energies of personal authority we all hold as autonomous Beings), and we must give ourselves credit for being who we are, where we are. It’s not an accident that we have arrived at this particular point in our lives, holding this particular set of abilities, interests, and connections. Glory in your most unique and original characteristics, and put clear and honest Self-expression ahead of the welfare or maintenance of any relationship.

‘Bo’ By Carl Larsson 1905 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color orange. It’s suddenly everywhere–fall has arrived! What shift have you noticed lately, something attention-grabbing, even shocking (that orange!) that you may have been ignoring or putting off dealing with? Change is inevitable, and all the better dealt with when acknowledged.

I won’t be doing Daily posts for a while–I’m taking time in a combination of birthday celebration and attending to medical issues. I anticipate returning to the Dailies no later than 20 October. In between, I will be posting occasionally, the Press will be monitored so there’ll be no interruption in order fulfillment, and those who have standing orders (such as pre-paid Horaries) may still send their queries whenever they need to–I’ll be checking my mail regularly, with a few short periods completely away–but you’ll get your answers as soon as I see and can address them. Thank you all!

Just a Little AstroEssence 28 September 2017 Focus On: Pluto Direct

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, ‘The Umbrellas’, c1881-86 {{PD}}

Pluto stations direct today at 16 Capricorn 51, in a planetary pantomime similar to a car that was backing up that stops moving, switches into drive from reverse, but hasn’t yet begun perceptible motion forward: things have changed, but we may not be able to see that, yet. Typically Pluto is background noise, a lot like this measure of Cosmic radiation, persistently there, but not especially distinct; the shape of the Plutonian influence is a wave, not a singular, isolated event, something that washes over, permeates everything, but has a source it’s impossible to pinpoint. You know those times you’re walking around frowning, until you become aware of a kind of pressure on your brow? That’s the Pluto retrograde, exerting its influence, and it’s a lifting of that pressure, equivalent to realizing you don’t need to be so tense, that constitutes the direction. The heaviness that’s lingered for so long dissipates, likely felt either in the House Pluto rules in the natal chart, or where it’s currently transiting; those subjects can suddenly seem less maddening, less compelling, less urgent, with transformation of the energies coming almost unbidden–not necessarily ‘cured’, but certainly less serious. All the gloom may not be wiped away, but there may be the barest frisson as we realize it’s definitely getting lighter.

This Plutonian shift occurs in the midst of two contradictory pulls, one toward erratic, unwise, unthinking behavior, likely blamed on externals, one toward thinking that we’re honoring what we care about–but it’s in the disparity between thought and reality where our problems lie. We can bridge the chasm by acknowledging that we don’t need to be all-powerful in order to have an impact, and for once thinking may not be our best option–instead we need to concentrate on what’s right in front of us, and deal with things one at a time, rather than retreating to ruminate, ponder, and disconnect.

Not quite the kind of crown we’re talking about. By Pia Ranslet (original painting and photo thereof) – Pia Ranslet, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17530407

Today’s word image is the phrase, ‘Heavy lies the head that wears the crown’, which is actually a misquote of this, from Henry the IV, Pt. 2: ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown’. Is there any real difference between them? Yes, there is. The misquoted version suggests a Plutonian sense of responsibility, that a ruler is burdened by the very fact of being ruler; the actual quote suggests something otherwise, that the one who wears the crown can never rest, with the implication being that their position can never be secure. Why has the saying morphed in popular culture? There may be a tendency to believe that those in charge have great privilege and power, so mustn’t complain of responsibilities–which ignores the original meaning of a ruler actually being a target, the position a precarious one. Maybe this is about an assumption that those who have owe us, or about us forgetting those in charge have problems, too. Is there a place in your world where you see someone as having, and therefore owing you? Do you feel others see you that way? How uneasy are you with your own ‘power position’? And do you, or do you not, want to ‘wear a crown’, based on your beliefs about what that entails?

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 September 2017 Focus On: Brawling Heavies

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We’re going to concentrate on one set of aspects perfecting today: Jupiter opposed Uranus and sesquiquadrate Neptune. These are three big guns, heavy hitters throwing weighted punches–and these fisticuffs are going on as our attention is fixed solidly on what matters to us, on fulfilling our commitments to those things we honor, find sacred, and value, and on living our ‘Best Self’ (Sun conj Vesta). Unless the involved bodies are directly linked to the natal picture, these energies are likely to be experienced as persistent cross-currents that try to pull us off our feet, efforts and incentives to expand the world view or the reach, to learn, to believe, buffeted by rebellious and erratic tendencies, a deep desire to be original, or pressure from the group, and this stand-off is exacerbated by our own imaginative powers, creative needs, and delusions, misperceptions all the way to full-blown fantasy.

That isn’t an easy influence for the individual to handle, just because these are exerted by astrological heavyweights, the turbulence like the confluence of two mighty rivers, with a third, unpredictable and impossible-to-source influence adding to the tumult. It can be exhausting if we try to deal with it head-on, and only slightly less debilitating if we allow the currents to carry us, then try to deal with whatever shores we’re washed up on.

If this does hook into the natal chart in some way (approximately 12 degrees of anything other than Aquarius and Aries, and approximately 27 degrees of anything), then according to the nature and province of the contacted energy in your chart, you may have to deal with being pulled into one or more brawls, and it may be difficult to know why, or to discern the reality of circumstances, not to mention the potential for being surprised by what occurs (but that can include being offered unexpected opportunities, and/ or receiving sudden new creative ideas).

Advanced Info: Watch for interaction among the Houses ruled by the heavies in the natal chart. This is where you may meet some impossible conflicts or circumstances, and again, it may feel like a no-win situation whether you resist or go along with it. Best just to realize this is all temporary, that this may present opportunity, challenge beliefs, rule you through accident or ‘group think’, and/ or offer creative impetus or delusion/ deception.

Lago del desierto, Patagonia Photo By Adroar – Propio, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4104264

Today’s word image is a place: Patagonia. For me this represents a kind of ‘gateway’ to the South Pole–and my astro-brain insists we’re really talking about a way to access the South Node, landscape or territory that in some way ‘takes me back there’–and maybe that’s so for you, too. There’s also a well-known clothing brand specializing in outdoor gear–and if we consider both those possibilities, we may see an invitation to ‘rough it’ and re-acquaint ourselves with something from out past, with the implication that revisiting it will be of benefit now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 September 2017 Dream A Little

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‘Joseph’s Dream’ By Georges de La Tour 1628 {{PD}}

What we do is smart–whether we do it consciously and with intent, or stumble into it, actually meaning to create another effect, is really beside the point. Choices made and actions taken will be wise and practical, in spite of our intentions! The secrets to success? Don’t dwell on the past; be willing instead to modify your view of it. Nurture relationships and financial situations that support goals and ambitions–but one key to this is not insisting on going big, overdoing, or exaggerating your current position or needs. Attention easily goes to the future–and that’s where it should be. Dream a little–it will help align the unseen with what you most want.

Today’s word image is a hard-boiled egg. ‘Hard-boiled’ has the connotation of something one can’t change or influence–and an egg is a beginning, its hard-boiled status suggesting it will not change, and neither will it ‘grow’. What thing just started is in reality already finished? The sooner you see it, the sooner you can accept it as it is, perhaps let it go, but in any case, move on.

Just a Little AstroEssence 25 September 2017 Runaway Imagination

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There’s an influence running through our lives, just out of sight, and we need to identify it and its potential effects. ‘Apollo and Daphne’ By Benedetto Luti 18th century {{PD}}

Our imagination runs away with us; it’s as if we so dislike reality (or is it that What Is is so at odds with our wants?) that we act erratically, off-the-cuff, and this affects relationships and finances, possibly clearing the air and setting things in a good direction. Wow, I didn’t expect that to come out like that, did you? Enjoy your week!

Today’s word image is a mole. Do you think of the burrowing animal, a spy of some kind, a saboteur, or that thing Austin Powers couldn’t keep his eyes off of? For the most part, those have an element of the hidden about them. Is there something exerting a surreptitious influence on proceedings, something you’ve been ignoring as harmless when it could have a big effect at a later date? If something springs to mind, that suggests it’s in need of greater scrutiny for what it could bring about. And if it’s an actual mole, maybe you want to get it checked (or banned from the garden, if it’s the other kind!)

Just a Little AstroEssence 24 September 2017 Get Real

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‘Harmonie du soir’ By Michel Simonidy 1904 {{PD}}

We’re honoring what we find sacred, what we care about and make a priority, and yet this is somehow translating into an unwise direction for the future. What are we doing wrong? We’re pitting our beliefs against our instincts–and the instincts are losing; and we’re acting (when we do act) out of fear of what we imagine might happen, rather than in response to actual circumstances, and that’s making us seem arbitrary and unreliable. The one shining light in all this is that we do know what’s healthy, we value it, in fact, so we have a guideline to follow: whatever yields love or benefit, in any of myriad forms, is the solid thing to do.

Today’s word image is hearing music at random times. This is actually happening to me; I pause in the middle of things, trying to catch some delicate tune on the breeze. It never turns out to be music, though: it’s something metal tapping against a metal tube, a cord brushing across the strings of a mandolin, the wind moving branches against the glass, freshets of air sighing through the pines, sounding almost like thin, high violins. It’s clearly not music as we normally think of it, but I still feel like I need to stop and listen, as if there’s a ‘song’ I need to hear but am largely missing. Maybe this is about listening more carefully, more intently (to what isn’t said?), and perhaps about recognizing all the many ‘songs’ there are in the world.

Just a Little AstroEssence 23 September 2017 Lion’s Roar

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Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Ceres enters Leo, and Venus trines Juno. That lion you hear roaring? That’s you! You reap benefits by being Self-responsible, motivated, accepting of both duties and the legitimacy of pursuing your own goals. Unless unless unless: you are a Jupiterian human, married to a certain god-sense within you that grants an assumption of might, and possibly of superiority (and this isn’t automatically a bad thing, it’s a Jupiter thing, making it right for those of a Jupiterian orientation! That kind of Self-perception can make you tackle what others might hesitate to handle, an admirable kind of courage.) If you vibe to Jupiter, you may feel left out today; the strong anima energies that express with such surety, such confidence, may feel to you anti-Jupiterian–which they are not. The lesson to you, my Jupiter friends, is that just because someone else is confident, generous, feeling their own benevolence and yes, let’s admit it, their cleverness, their knowingness bestowed by Nature, more powerful than any random facts or human-cooked-up beliefs, just because they are feeling empowered, doesn’t mean you are any less you–or any less significant to the world.

That said, if those Jupiter energies perceive themselves to be harmed, there’s the potential for some mild lashing out, à la Mr. Burns offering “the beating of your life”: the force is diluted by a serious lack of true impetus behind it–it’s just driven by hurt feelings, which soon enough pass. So, all you Jupiter people must be aware that feeling left out doesn’t mean you really are left out, so no need to react as if you are–and everyone else should tap that dynamic receptive energy, and roar.

By HumanisticRationale at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10542536

Today’s word image is an inappropriate invitation. Are you exercising the kind of discretion that recognizes ‘wrong’ when you see it, or are you prone to dress up the ‘not right’ in harmless garb–and why would you do that? Those who have an honest relationship with themselves will see that’s all it takes to spot the inappropriate or nefarious; those who disguise the inappropriate as acceptable need to realize they’re casting themselves as victim, for some larger, ‘hidden’ reason.

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 September 2017 All Things Being Equal

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Farbtafel aus Feuilles d’automne. Neuchatel, Delachaux et Niestle By Philippe Robert 1909 {{PD}}

Today is the Autumnal Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere/ the Vernal Equinox for the Southern. On this day we experience equal measures of darkness and light (though we should note, the farther North or South of the equator you live, the longer it takes for/ the longer after the stated Equinox point your experience of an equal day and night actually occurs–that is, it will be somewhat later/ earlier than its ‘official’ event point today). Astrologically the meaning is in its symbolism of perfect balance between day and night, shown by the tropical entry of the Sun into Libra. Sometimes it’s possible to feel that balance, to experience the tipping point of bold summer into the decline of autumn in Northern climes, the first green or birdsong of renewal in the South. That’s what we wait for, that moment when the shift becomes palpable, a moment we ‘listen’ for four times a year, this time in my part of the world attuning ourselves to days to come with ever-dwindling light.

All things being equal–well they never are, are they?–today offers life-changing ideas, thinking that may destroy, alter, or transform our way of being, and this brings acceptance via the social sphere, new opportunity, or both. We also see the costs of our ambitions and desires, and apply the immense power of the mind to figuring out how to preserve relationships and assets and still get what we want. It’s a Self-centered day, and there should be no qualms about concentrating on what we need; we are doing some major reorganizing, choosing where and how to expend our energies in future–today is the day when we make those all-important plans.

Today’s word image is a dog barking and barking at nothing but crisp air. Is there something you’re agitated about, that you may be sounding the alarm over, or that you may be perceiving as a threat? The image suggests we are wound up over nothing–that’s not to belittle our concern, but instead to say that we may be more upset than is either warranted or useful.

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 September 2017 Anti-Matter

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Veil Nebula: Wisps of an Exploded Star
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

We’re listening to our instincts today, doing what (we think) comes naturally, so why is everything going cockeyed? The problem is what we’re seeing as instinctual is actually a window into our ‘blind spot’, that area where we just don’t have any perspective on our own take on things, or on our behaviors; the result, then, is that we are choosing and acting in that way we do when we are unaware of the implications and consequences of what we do. Those most embarrassing moments happen when we’re in this groove, the ones that torture us later, because we assess ourselves as having been so naive, so flippant, as having been the only one who didn’t know, in the moment. Today, though, we do have remedies for this–and the first is to absolve yourself from any bad feeling acting from the ‘blind spot’ may have presented.

First, let’s look at the nature of the upsets we may deal with: relationships get down and dirty, seemingly inherently difficult in their essence, and what bothers us is the way they seem to require an element of disempowerment on our part, just to keep the peace. Interactions become a kind of anti-matter power struggle, where the powers exerted can’t be pointed to and named. The thinking today is anti-ambitions; everyone acts like having goals is a selfish thing to do–and yet, we see everyone pursuing their own agenda (oh, there’s a taste of that irony we saw yesterday!) Too, no matter how closely we examine our options, it’s very difficult to discern the right thing, the smart thing, or the wise thing, in all that static.

But, if we’ll make the effort to tune in, Nature supplies the answers, or at least a guideline to help us navigate. We get a measure of reality by assuming the mantle of our own authority, by acting within our ‘natural’ roles (to include those of parent, child, sibling, friend, mate), and by seeing enough worth in ourselves to approach authorities not in a spirit of overlord/ serf, but ready to negotiate something that respects both parties. Could be a tough day, but with the potential to bring significant steps forward, particularly in areas of human relations and Self-regard.

Today’s word image is ice cream. Seems non-controversial, right? A treat for all? No–for those who are lactose intolerant, ice cream is a hellish punishment, so good for a few minutes, and then . . . you know the drill. The image suggests we need to be aware that those things we regard as positive or good may not be so for someone else, for completely legitimate reasons. Keep that in mind today, as you act, react, and interact.

Just a Little AstroEssence 20 September 2017 Irony

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Grin Reaper by Banksy, Photo By Szater – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3408893

We could expect big things from others, not noticing the irony in our unwillingness to do anything on our own. We’re not lazy; we need others, or a larger cause, to spur us forward, and yet we anticipate that the world or the social order should step in and motivate us, pick up the slack, give us something to believe in. We are so mistaken. We suffer from two issues: wonky, fantastical thinking, and erratic perceptions of ourselves that drive repeated sudden shifts in the way we see our role, our sense of identity, and that divert our attention something terrible. We can’t quite see that we are asking for precisely what we’re unable or unwilling to give to the world ourselves. Take my word for it, and free yourself from grumbling resentment at the way you can’t seem to get anything truly satisfying out of anyone–instead look toward your own inventiveness (innovative Self-responsibility), and combine it with the wisest thing you know (centered in security and appreciation of the finer things and/ or basic comforts–or tap the skills). Those together can act as a highly effective guide to bumps and valleys today, if only by giving you a safe place to retreat, or a means of comfort or security.

Georges Seurat ‘Morgenspaziergang’ (Morning Walk), 1885 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is planting a tree, needing to go elsewhere, and finding someone to look after it in your absence. It’s time to move on in some area where you’ve got a young, new, or ‘immature’ project or effort ‘planted’ and growing. This is unexpected, but also right. Hand it off to the next person–or trust that the Universe will provide care, and go forward–the recent New Moon is calling, and it’s showing you a new beginning. Trust that what you planted will survive, even as you start something fresh.

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New Moon in Virgo 19 September 2017 To Serve Man

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The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman (1889) {{PD}}

Many of you will recognize this article’s title from an old Twilight Zone episode, where humans eventually realize that extraterrestrials who arrived carrying a book titled ‘To Serve Man’ haven’t come to offer altruistic aid, which is humanity’s first, Self-serving assumption. Too late it’s discovered that the tome is, rather than instructions for actually a cookbook, and we’re all on the menu! I’ve been seeing something like this all around lately, a dogged attempt at interpreting actions and events as ‘for our own good’, one way or another, when in fact those choices are serving only the perpetrators. Is there anything wrong with serving one’s own needs and agenda? Of course not–it’s true that our primary responsibility is to look out for ourselves–it’s the presentation of selfish choices in a way meant to lull others into feeling cared for, to deceive concerning the intentions behind what’s said or done, that are the problem.

We may have accepted the unacceptable in particular over the weekend, and during the Monday and Tuesday preceding the New Moon. The Dark period often makes us unintentionally receptive, the mind and psyche open, either from a sense of relaxation or a sense of unguardedness. Sometimes we feel extra-alert in that figurative darkness (when the transiting Moon is contacting sensitive natal bodies or territory as it approaches the Sun), but more often we feel adrift, and so unable to resist what comes at us; sometimes this is a good thing, as we absorb information that otherwise might not be available to us, and potentially a bad thing, as we receive influences without our usual critical assessment.

What does all this have to do with the New Moon in Virgo, occurring at 10:30 PM Pacific time of the 19th? Everything, really, as we see a New Moon in Virgo brings new, productively-oriented beginnings–and what prompts those beginnings may have been influenced by Dark of the Moon material. Again, this may not be a problem, as it could’ve acted to lower our barriers and quiet critical resistance to our creativity and imagination–but it also may have ‘let in’ things that tailor our new start more to the interests of others than to our own wants and needs.

Since the tone of Virgo is one of service, we may find we need to ask ourselves one defining question about what originates around this time: For whom am I doing this? If you do it for yourself, fine; if you do it in pure service to others, also fine; but if you do it unsure of what motivates you, you may do best to stop and sort it out, or risk creating something that’s more burden than benefit.

The New Moon perfects at 27 Virgo 27, widely conjoined Vesta in Libra, and opposed both Earth (natch) and Chiron. The NM also sextiles Ceres, widely squares Black Moon Lilith, sesquiquadrates Pallas, trines Sedna, with its closest aspect a quincunx to Uranus. (This is where I might also point out the Finger of God that, though not connected directly to the New Moon, still may poke us in the eye: Sedna sextile Earth-Chiron, apex Jupiter=if we can get the instincts and material skills to work together, we make something larger than the sum of its parts–a challenge that might apply to whatever we instigate at this point, and that we must be aware can get away from us, overwhelming our control or understanding, at any time).

The aspects suggest the New Moon ‘births’ something we dedicate ourselves to, that reflects our highest values (and again, we see the need to know why and for whom we are acting, as new commitments and obligations, especially to others, are a distinct possibility–Vesta in Libra). The caution comes in the opposition of Chiron, suggesting we may be in denial of, or out of touch with, our own wounds, substantially upping the chances of us being insensitive to our needs (or even to martyring ourselves–Chiron in Pisces).

The square to BML describes tension over things that enrage us, or over injustice or things we are in denial of–again, a ‘looking away’ or separative element to what we do, or how we see or process events, that suggests we observe and react to the wrong without actually doing anything–though the sextile to Ceres and trine to Sedna both promise we can connect to informative energies through our natural roles and sources of power, especially those attuned to Mother Nature and her rhythms and cycles. We can trust our own natural authority as our guide, and we’ll need to; the sesquiquadrate to Pallas and the quincunx to Uranus imply difficulty using the intellect to discern what’s wise, what’s smart, what’s ‘right’, and this can contribute situations where we must draw on skills in times of sudden opportunity or, more likely, sudden stress.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Baldheaded Man Who Has Seized Power’. The image is one not just of taking power for oneself, it conveys natural power, akin to that which we find in Black Moon Lilith, Ceres, Pallas, and Sedna, derived in the image via the high testosterone levels we now know cause baldness. The NM meeting of Moon and Sun suggests a blending of male and female, with the Sabian providing a male image of power, overt in its expression, while the connections of the New Moon provide a picture largely of female power, or at least power represented in various female forms, a more receptive and emotionally perceptive energy.

The New Moon, then, brings us all a chance to dedicate ourselves in some kind of service, and we may become powerful in the process, though one of the challenges is to be as aware as possible of not just who we are serving, but how and where the power to serve and be served is derived, in growing this New Moon seed of Higher Consciousness.