Retro Venus creates a T-square with the Nodal axis today, suggesting we may be at a life direction determining point in the Venus transit cycle–and with Chiron parallel Hygeia, even the hurtful things we do to ourselves or others, or that come at us from externals, will still somehow work out to our advantage. This will be (though it may not feel like it, so subtle may be the workings of the Universe) a time of reckoning in the archaic sense, “a bill or account, or its settlement”. Expect the bill to come due or be paid, but in either case, know that this is only the first notice; you’ll (or they’ll) have time to work it out, to make it all right.
Mercury will oppose Juno at 29 degrees of their respective signs, then enter Sagittarius and perfect a semi-sextile to Venus and a novile to Zeus. This is a mini-plat map of our minds and how they’ll be working. There’s tension over empowerment, whatever our issue with it: will we be able to do what we want to? will others oppose us? do we oppose others’ exercise of their prerogatives–or does it seem they’re overstepping, that that’s why we object? Then we suddenly want to escape, so either head toward what can inform us, or head for the horizon–and this makes for some discomfort in relationships, or makes for minor financial stress, but may give us a genuinely brilliant boost in ambition realization or desire fulfillment.
Today’s word image comes from me asking myself, OK, what’s the image for this day? and looking up to see the title of a book jump out at me, ‘Think Like a Freak’. Well that certainly resonates with my Aquarian Ascendant, so I’ll offer a couple of options for every Ascendant sign; take it with good humor, and consider the many variations these can imply. For instance, if your Ascendant is Gemini you might be tempted to be offended by the suggestion that you ‘think like a gossip’–but the utility of that comes if you are doing something and you think like a gossip, you will know exactly what those actions might stir in others of a negative quality–and so can avoid any ‘gossip repercussions’. For Leo it might be that you need to be a little more Self-centered, and this is your prompt.
Aries: Think Like a Leader or Pioneer
Taurus: Think Like a Geisha or Gourmand
Gemini: Think Like a Networker or a Gossip
Cancer: Think Like Mom or The Most Sensitive Person You Know
Leo: Think Like a King or The Most Self-Centered Person You Know
Virgo: Think Like an Accountant or ‘Lady Bountiful’
Libra: Think Like Your Partner or Your Enemy
Scorpio: Think Like You Have a Secret You Need to Keep or a Mystery You Need to Solve
Sagittarius: Think Like a Teacher or a Bachelor (Someone With No Attachments)
Capricorn: Think Like The Person in Charge or a Person in Denial
Aquarius: Think Like a Freak or Like Someone in the Avant Garde
Pisces: Think Like You Are The Essence of Creativity or Space Out and Don’t Think At All
Have a great day!
Such an intriguing post! What you’ve described here synchronises with something I said in the intro to my MoonVooDoo post today, perhaps because I’m having my Chiron return atm. I always find it fascinating when your posts reflect for me things I’ve said in mine.
And I love your word image of the day!
I like it when you share your own astro and what’s going on with you, because it makes more sense of the astrology, makes it more alive and palpable. Lately while reading your posts I’ve felt as though you’re going through something big, dark and dense, really living the words you’ve been sharing. If you have, best wishes!
Are you thinking like a freak or are you in the avant garde? – that’s a very clever combo!
Mine is think like an accountant or ‘Lady Bountiful’. The latter caught my eye and prompted me to comment. A lady I knew briefly, who was a Leo Sun, was always saying that she wished she could win the lottery and be ‘Lady Bountiful’ to those she loved. She used that very term, and I will forever associate it with her and with the sign Leo.
I would say that, out of the two options, I’m thinking like an accountant, but a rather freaky one – connecting my natal Merc in Aqua with Virgo asc. Merc being my dominant planet (using both Asc method and Pullen).
Thank you for sharing, Julie 🙂
Thank you! I love when people report that the post is synchronous with events and observations in their own lives. I’m always hoping to tap into that Collective river. As to mentioning my own chart, I know people often respond to that–but I want to avoid it as a way into discussion of most things. I think it gives the (mostly erroneous) impression that our own charts are the best way to understand astrology in general–I think it’s just the opposite: that finding the particular (our charts) in the wider general (all of astrology) is a much better method, simply because one gets a broader view first, then learns to get more and more specific adding in aspects, dispositors, Houses, etc–while if one sees the particular as signifying the whole, there’s a tendency to see things piecemeal, to think all Venus in Virgos are the same as our Venus in Virgo, for instance–and since we may not have sorted the influences out as thoroughly as we need to, that almost guarantees that the nature of the personal placement makes us confuse at least some of what actually belongs to other placements (attributable, say, to our Venus ruler Mercury in Scorpio) with being part of the picture for all Venus in Virgos. I’m glad that it helps make your reading of it more immediate, but you have a thoughtful approach and more extensive astrological knowledge than most, so you’re likely to read the placement in a wider way–the way an astrologer would, but that most people don’t. I do understand the appeal of learning the basics through one’s own chart, in fact I see that as the best way to start, because it makes things come alive–but an accurate picture is dependent on making the connections, especially the more subtle ones. You’re keenly observant to notice I’m going through, as you so aptly put it, something dark and dense–and haven’t found my way out, yet. But thank you for noticing 🙂 I feel seen, and that’s good.
As to the association with the term ‘Lady Bountiful’ with Leo rather than Virgo, I would say this: they’re two different kinds of ‘Lady’. With Leo, that persona is all about the giver; with Virgo, it’s all about the sharing of what’s plentiful, the harvest, both generosity and fair distribution of assets tangible or intangible. So, it’s about emphasis–looking in the mirror it’s Leo, looking ‘out there’ it’s Virgo. And see what you did there, by reading the Merc/ Aquarius/ Virgo connections in your chart? THAT’S what I mean about effectively sorting through the influences! 🙂
Thank you for sharing, upturned, and have a great week!
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Thank you, Julie 🙂
I know the way I do, and sometimes write about, astrology can make astrologers cringe. I do it my way – my way regularly makes people want to pretend I don’t exist, want me to go away, shut up, or attempt to control me, set me straight.
I read your interview with Jo Tracey, and really enjoyed knowing more about you and your relationship with astrology.
I have t-Merc and t-Jup conjunct natal Nep in Scorpio in 3rd at the moment, so I’m in a bit of a channeling communication mode. Usually I wouldn’t say anything more, especially when I get the feeling I should just shut up because I may be bothering someone, interfering, but I’ve found that the energies of the moment would like for me to push through that so I can get passed some old blocks.
When I said I liked it when astrologers share their own astro, I didn’t mean the whole I have Venus in Virgo thing (it is helpful to know that too, as it gives the interpretation perspective – in other words an astrologer with Venus in Virgo will have more of a personal understanding of Venus in Virgo, but might have difficulty with Venus in Pisces. One of the best write ups on Capricorn I’ve ever read was written by a Capricorn – Steven Forrest).
I meant when you write one of your posts like this one, what you discuss about the effect of the transits becomes more enriched when you mention how this particular effect affects you, especially if it is hitting personal placements – this allows your readers to see it more clearly in their own charts/lives.
Of course its effect on you is in your words, in what you say about the transits, and how you say it. If you’re going through something hard-hitting, you’ll perceive the transit as a hard one, but someone else may not be experiencing it as hard and so they might be perplexed by your interpretation of it as being hard – which is why I sensed you were going through something dark and dense.
You can see it in your reply to me too – the juxtaposition between the first paragraph of your reply and the second one is interesting. I always recommend that people read their own words – the answers to personal experiences are always there. The most important person in your life who has to see and hear you – is you.
The way out is usually by going through what you want to get out of. It’s worth looking at what you staunchly refuse to do or give in to – that may be the blind spot you often mention in your posts. Thinking like a freak (I have natal jup/ura trine merc) is often useful to find a way out, but it isn’t always what we think it is, it isn’t always a wild and crazy idea which makes us gasp and stretch our eyes, sometimes it is simple which is freaky because humans like to over-complicate by thinking too much in a grinding manner.
That’s it, I’m shutting up now.
One thing I’ve always wanted to ask (I may have already asked, so apologies if you’ve already answered) – why do you reply by editing the comments instead of using the reply button, if the person who commented is a WP-er you don’t get a notification that way and it comes across as though you’re not a replying blogger. It took me awhile to realise that you replied the way you do.
I am really shutting up now. Feel free to delete this comment if it shouldn’t have been written 🙂
First: I answer at the end of someone’s comment because back when I had the 5 latest comments showing in the sidebar, putting my answer in its own ‘slot’ didn’t allow the 5 latest commenters to show–only 2 or 3–and then me me me–so I ended up liking the method that showed them, not me, and kept it even when I changed templates.
I think I understood exactly what you meant, about personal references allowing others to see it better themselves–but my answer stands: I think it can be misleading, as all the influences around something must be taken into account for an accurate assessment–meaning me speaking about personal effects shows one way something may manifest, but doesn’t necessarily enhance the readers understanding of their own placement, even when it’s the same. I do think personal examples are important to illustrate something–it’s one reason I used to frequently do brief accounts of the natal and transit situations of well-known individuals past and present–so to my way of thinking they enhance understanding and learning, but only peripherally enhance the reader’s understanding of their own personal picture, simply because all the natal influences that affect the particular natal placement of course haven’t been taken into account in assessing the presented meaning.
And I do read my own work–with the forecast, since I often write it ahead, I go back to see how well or badly it applied, and will look in real time when I ‘forget’ the advantageous orientation for the day. I’m a firm believer that everything one writes or speaks reveals the inner reality; wanting to know myself, and to understand the choices and behaviors of others, were the reasons I studied astrology in the first place–the usual motivators for the majority of astrologers and astrology students I interact with.
Thanks! It’s been nice to hear from you 🙂
Thank you again! I try to feel who, how I am before reading your inspirations. Today I woke up feeling free from attachments and noticing what time eaters they are, keeping me muddled. This feels like a life path shift. With my Virgo rising I am reminded of the Sabian symbol of lifting the veil. Kinda feels like a red letter day. Love to you Julie! 💕
That’s a great way to approach reading forecasts: center yourself in your interior reality–then it will be apparent how/ where the current influences may exert their energies.
There’s nothing better, I think, than that feeling that we are in the midst of discovering a new facet of ourselves (I’m assuming that’s what occurs first, such as the ‘freedom from attachments’ you mention), which naturally makes for significant shift in the life path–growth, really, to use an over-used concept. Congrats, Donna! Sending lots of love! jd