I’m going to wrap everything up together in this forecast for a few days ahead, as I finish the eclipse report (which should be available here on Monday the 29th) and give myself a little breather. This coincides with Dark of the Moon, a good time to plunge into a Merc retro period, as we’re already more open to the feeling and sensing nature, the mind stilled (somewhat) by the lack of Lunar light; we don’t find what we think, or what we think we feel, so prone to block incoming information as it usually is. Between Merc’s retreat and the looming eclipse, it seems that making the forecast as tight and easy to remember as possible might be best for everyone–so here goes:
The 29th: We may be inclined to be too headstrong, and so sabotage ourselves–cooperation is the key that both empowers us and brings about serendipitous reward and/ or ambition fulfillment (Mars sq Nodal axis, Venus enters Libra and nov Juno, Sun nov Zeus)
Today’s word image is a wounded bird. Accommodating an injury, whether it’s physical, psychic, emotional, or spiritual, is vital to both recognizing its impact and then helping it heal. Ignoring it only offers the potential for the wound to get worse–and if you don’t heal, how will you ever fly?
The 30th: change of mind might echo a change of heart; we benefit by facing what we’ve recently ignored or denied. All positives today come from embracing our own personal uniqueness (Venus nov Black Moon Lilith, Sun parallel Uranus and nov Hygeia, see also Mercury Retrograde, below)
Today’s word image is a pumpkin, ripened to orange in the garden. That’s a sign of fall–and yet it’s still August! What thing in your world seems to have arrived much more quickly than you anticipated? Is it truly ‘out of season’, or is it indicating more time has passed than you thought? What’s unexpectedly ‘ready to go’?
The 31st: reality-based evolution (whether that is transformational or destructive) is smart, with opportunity fostered by confidence in one’s abilities, a determination to deal with facts and ‘what is’, and a refusal to be rebellious just for the hell of it (Pluto nov Pallas, Jup p Ceres, Sun contra-p Nep and sesq Uranus)
Today’s word image is Pinocchio. The little wooden marionette wanted to be a real boy so much he actually became one. Is there some ‘impossible’ thing you’ve been wanting? Because you may just get it (and all that attends it, all the positives and negatives), after all. And don’t forget to tell the truth.
For those born with the Sun at 7 Virgo: sorting deceptions and illusions from realities, along with a sense of the emotions as being ‘closed off’ and inaccessible, may be the two toughest things for you to face this year, Virgo. This may be the year when you see and deal with every possible impediment or obstacle in your path to what you want–and then you may find, quite suddenly, that you’ve gotten exactly where you wanted to go! So go to work on those problems–it will all pay off handsomely, in the end. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!
For those born with the Sun at 8 Virgo: empowerment, the status you crave, and being part of a ‘power couple’ (even if you’re a silent or unwitting partner) may be in your year ahead, Virgo; success depends on how well you incorporate your ideals into your every day, how ‘married’ you are to having no illusions (hint: the more you like The Truth, the better), and being willing to exercise your creativity (no matter how minor the effort, or how creaky your attempts–use makes them better and better). Be brave, be willing, and get over your fear of heights–you can’t reach the top without letting that go. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
For those born with the Sun at 9 Virgo: the anticipation feels killer, doesn’t it? Almost there, you may be telling yourself–but somewhere along the way, did you forget where you were going? That may be the sense you have of things this year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. It may be difficult to believe that your dreams have changed, as has your idea of what it would be to ‘make it’–but they have, and it’s up to you now to respond to those changes and alter course. Until you do, you may remain stuck–or worse, succeed in meeting the old goal, and being immensely disappointed in how it doesn’t fit your life now. Look at what’s deep inside–that’s the only way to know what’s real, and needs to be followed. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!
For those born with the Sun at 10 Virgo: you have to look at those matters that enrage you, or that you’ve been ignoring or in denial of–they are the keys to moving forward this year and bringing your dreams to reality. A new emotional viewpoint unfolds for you no matter what, though how you deal with all these factors, the feelings and the problems, will determine your future, and possibly your fate–so don’t hesitate to tackle difficulties; it’s vital you make your voice heard. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
Mercury Retrograde 30 August-22 September 2016: Taking Aim at the Material
Mercury begins apparent retrograde motion at 6:04 AM Pacific time of the 30th at 29 Virgo 04–and immediately it feels like we’re thrown into a state of mental crisis! Criticisms, doubts, and potentially a headlong rush back toward either ‘the facts’ or the standards of the social sphere ensues–and this is just our immediate reaction. The retro period is one that prompts us to re-think, examine, and question the material situation (Earth sign) and how we got to where we are. We ask ourselves if we’re satisfied with what we’ve got, with what we see around us, with what we’re earning, bringing in, getting, enjoying, and whether our resources are adequate to our intentions; our thoughts about the material situation, likely keyed to matters of the House where the retro occurs (and secondarily to the Houses ruled by Merc), are vetted, and by the end of the retro we may have a completely different idea of what we need and want materially at this time. This interval will change our material aims, both how we think of our goals, and how we intend to get there.
If we look at the retro picture poetically, we see that Mercury was in pursuit of Venus, newly fled into Libra (to the shelter of a partner? or a tax or investment shelter? or a partnership of earning and caring, or one of being valued or valuing the partner as an asset?) but the chase slows and then abruptly ends, with Merc retreating to a social milieu (a retro meeting with Jupiter) that welcomes him and envelops him with ‘I told you so’ and ‘What were you thinking?’ and ‘What more do you want?’ This meeting can also signal a retreat to ‘Big Picture’ thinking that believes the individual is too important to mess with details–a misunderstanding of the energy, in this instance.
Heed instincts and the wisdom of impulses on the 6th, as Merc trines Sedna, and be prepared–this re-thinking and re-ordering may hurt, or potentially could heal our ideas about the material world and our place in it (the 10th). At the same time as the hurt/ healing, we also receive a personal shock, lightning strike, or group contribution that offers wise revelation, that brings forward just what we need to hear, realize, or learn (Merc as apex to a Finger of God with base of Uranus-Pallas). A Fist of God forms the 12th with Mercury-Sun square Mars, apex Ceres in Taurus, that suggests action combines with thought, ideas, plans and though it’s not easy, the result will be the best ‘power position’ we can hope for materially in the moment. This also happens to be the point of the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, so keep awareness of whatever ‘seeds’ may be planted, deliberately or inadvertently, at this time. Mercury goes direct around 10:30 PM Pacific time on the 21st, in the midst of a trine to Pluto. This suggests change, transformation, destruction, reformation, right out of the gate, based on the changes to our mentality and to our view of the material world, and our place in it.
Thank you, and enjoy the run up to the eclipse!
The AstroEssence: This weekend the emphasis is on our own strength, and finding a balance of expression between the highly personal (instinct, idiosyncrasy, hurt, relationships) and the wider world (the social sphere, what’s wise, our ability to have an impact). Both sides of the equation must reach a state that allows optimum expansion of reach that still protects (that is, allows unique ‘statements’ by) the individual, and also guards the integrity of the core purpose, identity, and intents. The idea is to maximize our expression, while still remaining, in whatever way this applies, ‘safe’. Not a time to take risks, as our sense of what’s smart will conflict with our instincts, causing (quite naturally) confusion; but we can connect cleanly with opportunities for gain (especially in the House of the natal chart that holds the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo, and those Houses ruled by Venus), and we can gain a solid sense of who we are at our best (in our ‘ideal’ form), of our most valuable skills, as well as where our true power, territory, and influence lie. The ideas and way of thinking about ourselves that we set now will last (and so affect everything going forward) for some time to come–and so set us up for success (if we focus on our value and abilities) or disappointment (if we think too much about what we don’t have, or see ourselves as victims) (Saturday: Pallas sq Sedna, Chiron sesq Juno, Venus conj and parallel Jupiter, Sun trine Ceres/ Sunday: Hygeia conj Zeus, Neptune contra-p Pallas, Venus p Ceres and Chiron, conj Merc and nov Juno, Merc stations pre-retro on the 30th)
The word image for the weekend is an expensive Tartan picnic blanket, spread out on the summer grass. This is in essence a pleasant ‘stage’ upon which to have a picnic–but, in the image, there is no luncheon displayed, nor do we see picnic participants, at least not yet. Where in your life is the stage set for a celebration of the current ‘weather’, of what you have (a celebration of abundance), or of whom you’re with? Do you put off enjoying what is, waiting for things to be ‘perfect’? Or is it that you fail to see (and so enjoy) the small celebrations available every day, over the many little things we’re lucky enough to have and enjoy? Do you need to take time off, to relax, with no particular agenda or goals, for a while? Consider the phrase, ‘It’s no picnic’–and then resolve, in one form or another, to have one.
For those born with the Sun at 5 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, is likely to be filled with contests of power and authority; not only will you spar and negotiate with those who hold power in your world, you’ll also begin accruing significant power through these interactions, in effect joining the ranks of the establishment and declaring dominion over your own special territory and ‘subjects’. You are, at this time, destined to establish yourself, especially in areas of Love and Money, and the approach you embrace at this time will set the tone for the entire year, and may reverberate for some time after that–so choose your ideas, words, and communications with special care. Expect to gain, to reap the reward (or at least, the result) of opportunities taken in the past, and know that what comes to you now is completely deserved. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
For those born with the Sun at 6 Virgo: focus is on empowerment (making your presence and Will felt), on status, and on partnership, and the kind and amount of cooperation you’re getting, and this extends through to your next birthday, Virgo. You may be measuring power situations and your own effectiveness with a very personal set of standards, and everything that happens, much more than usually, will feel like it’s happening in big bold life-size experiences that are only happening to you. Because of this, you may temporarily lose both perspective and a sense of compassion toward others–but this Self-focus is necessary in order to prepare you to enter a creative heyday, and realization of one or more ideals or dreams, in the near future. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
The AstroEssence: The mental faculties have a genius for finding and exploiting empowerment situations; it’s almost as if we think about having an impact and we do! This facility is tempered by a lot of conditions and caveats, though: we may be confused or following a deception or illusion if the areas involved are ones we’ve been angry over or have assiduously ignored or been in denial of; we may find ourselves thinking from a stance of past values, rather than current ones; we may imagine we’re fueled by a righteous cause or spiritual necessity when we’re really trying to show our independence in relationship or finances, hoping to gently ‘stick it’ to someone we suspect (yes, it’s easy to be paranoid, right now) doesn’t love or respect us; and we may eschew what and who we care about out of a misguided idea that others are not being honest with us. As much as possible, stay grounded in your current ideas, viewpoints, ways of perceiving, and your most evolved way of seeing the past–we must work to keep our own hidden beliefs and prejudices from coloring our current perceptions, and especially from allowing vague suspicions to taint perfectly good relationships (Vesta trine SN, Neptune trine and Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Uranus parallel and Venus qnx Pallas, Venus trine Sedna, Merc nov Juno and contra-parallel Venus)
Today’s word image is individuals, seen at a distance, helping each other scale a mountain. Right now many of us may be dealing with issues surrounding how much we need or want others in our lives; we try to measure our own need for aid, possibly with the built-in judgment that to accept or require assistance from others is bad. Nothing could be less true: a version of cooperation is the heart of civilization, and needed for everything from survival to creating Art (for if we make it, what does it matter, unless there’s someone to receive it?) See if you carry some judgment against working with others, seated in misplaced pride, unreal pressures and expectations, or in the myth of ‘rugged individualism’–and then let it go.
For those born with the Sun at 4 Virgo: this year, through to your next birthday, you may be dealing with important crises in Love or Money–and yet, if you’ll take a step back, you’ll see that they aren’t problems, but turning points, ones that will allow you to align the real-world issues surrounding assets and interactions in a way much more in line with what you need and want, and how you truly feel. You may think yourself a little cold, taking a largely mental approach to these matters, but the reality is that applying your own critical assessments to these areas will vastly improve them–and open the way for the ‘power position’ that you are very close to achieving. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
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The AstroEssence: A great deal of the free-floating angst we’ve been experiencing may come down to a pair of Mars contacts this week: yesterday’s perfection of Mars conjoined Saturn, and today’s perfection of Mars square Neptune. This combination urges us to apply our Will to the physical environment–and promises at least some ability to shape our reality, as long as we don’t succumb to confusion, illusion, deception, or that particular form of imagination that we turn against ourselves, causing panic, fear, even despair, conjuring upset (and so paralysis) out of thin air. This is in part why I urged action and confidence yesterday, as soon enough we would face a Neptunian doubt or three, imagined dragons menacing our way forward. Today’s mission is clear: continue forward with what you set in motion, and instead of entertaining hesitations, actively access creativity, especially when confronted with something that brings forward fear. Tackle problems and invent, envision, and then act on those inspirations; doing so combines the required active stance with a useful channeling of energies that might otherwise feed insecurities. And don’t be surprised if creative efforts either run into problems on first look, or arise from problems (the square); in either case, it’s our response that both matters, and determines our success, with results coming clear most likely when Saturn squares Neptune, perfecting September 3rd.
We also see these familiar themes still front-and-center: we have the wisdom to pursue the ‘healthy’ Path–but as always, it’s a matter of choice; wants, finances, or relationship dynamics could spur rebellion or spark unreliability as we seek (a probably unreasonable) independence from issues; and we are not thinking like the social sphere, which could emphasize our differences (with the biggest problem the potential for distraction from what really matters) (Pallas contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars sq Neptune, Venus qnx Uranus, Merc contra-parallel Jupiter)
Today’s word image is a surge in the electrical lines leading into a house. We rely on a constant, steady stream of power, whether from the power company, our metabolism, or our psyche; when there’s a surge, the system overloads, and the contact becomes destructive. In the individual this results in manic behavior, compulsive agitation, and we lose the ability to rest, accept gaps and spaces in efforts, we lose the grace to value the element of Time (often needed for something to develop, to ripen), and we fail to value the receptive and responsive stances that are the necessary complement to action. How or where are you overloaded, and what steps may be needed to restore balance or refurbish contact, so that it’s useful, rather than destructive, once again?
A little weird fun from Imagine Dragons that isn’t so far off our feelings this week—
For those born with the Sun at 3 Virgo: this coming year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself ever-more concerned with the power situation in your world: who holds it, how much you have, your say or lack of it over others (and theirs over you), and the influence you have in a particular area or ‘territory’ you can call your own. This may be the year when you establish yourself as an authority in some area vital to your identity; it may also, depending on your age, be the year when you find a mentor or become one yourself, and issues with your parents or over being a parent yourself may be prominent. Independence and the ability to exert your Will will be the focus; the two main caveats are: don’t focus on material results at the expense of relationships, and keep actions and choices grounded in reality–deceptions and creativity are both abundant. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
The AstroEssence: We may be tempted to let our values and priorities slide, to set ourselves at odds with the social sphere, or to ignore the potential for wounding others within relationships, just to make things happen; the smart thing would be to reassess our values, if they’re getting in the way of growth, expansion, or ‘the facts’, to remember/ reconnect with Nature and our place in it, and to stop ignoring those realities that don’t serve our current idea of who we are–with this latter, deal with what’s been denied so that it no longer contradicts the Self-image. If we’re not honest with ourselves, it’s impossible to have ‘clean’ relationships or to teach, advise, or to interact with enough Self-awareness that everything we say doesn’t contain a touch of irony to those who are more awake. We have the chance to manifest our Will at this time, to apply the control, the restraint, and the ‘rules’ of reality to manipulate the physical world so that it is an exact realization of our wants and intents–don’t blow it by denying ambitions or desires (out of false modesty or a reluctance to claim those wants as your own–see the ‘Self-image’ section, above), and don’t think that things can be ‘thought’ into being–today is about action, choice, Self-responsibility, and knowing (and proudly claiming) your essence (Pallas sesq Vesta and qnx Jupiter, Mars conj Saturn, Venus contra-parallel Juno and opp Chiron, Merc contra-parallel Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith and semi-sq Zeus)
Today’s word image is a sponge. As if that isn’t obvious! There are areas of life for all of us where our boundaries are down, and we are wont to absorb the environment and the associated influences indiscriminately. My thought is that this area of both trust and vulnerability may be located in matters of the House that holds Pisces (I confine it to the sign, as where Neptune sits we are often more conscious of issues of faith, acceptance, and a tendency to accept influences). Consider in what life areas you may be too prone to accept what you’re told, offered, or that you experience without the needed critical assessment and the deployment of a discerning perception (both related to opposing sign Virgo). You may need to ‘wring out’ the sponge, relieving yourself of burdens and ideas accepted without much inspection–or you may simply need to note where you have uncritically taken for granted the truth of things, and perhaps look at how much of this agrees/ clashes with what you believe, and what you think, need, and feel.
For those born with the Sun at 2 Virgo: you may have the odd sensation this year, Virgo, that your fate and future are rushing toward you–which may make the inability to see clearly what’s coming all the more frustrating. It may be a year when sights are set on ambitions, goals, and the desire nature, but when not much happens in fulfilling those areas, as energy will shortly go toward emotional conflict, and the need to work out with others how much of that feeling nature you are willing to share, and how much you must keep for yourself, in order to fuel the push toward creating what you want–because if the emotions are sent too completely in one direction or another, developments in what you aim to create will go slowly, sporadically, or grind to a halt. You duty is to allocate emotional energy in the correct proportion between relationships and your own needs–everything else this year is small stuff. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!
Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice
—Crosby, Stills, and Nash
The AstroEssence: I know! I can seem very negative–but then, you shouldn’t bother reading my assessments of the daily influences if you only want the sunny side of things, or if you think only some parts of life are ‘spiritual’, and others not–we have an intangible essence (the Soul, if you will) that’s having a material experience–how can everything we do not be a reflection of the spirit? And that’s my lead-in to today’s perfecting aspect set, which consistently warns us against our own destructive, rebellious, erratic, impulsive, ego-centered, negative impulses (whew!). Within we feel the urge toward empowerment, toward making our mark, having our say, expressing ourselves, but it goes awry; it seems the most easily shifted, independent urges within us are front and center in a way that sees spirit, mind, and heart suffering as we set out to express and end up rebelling, destroying, or just plain insisting things must be done our way. Thoughts may foster acting from wounds, in retaliation or response, and relationships shake our power foundations, not actually threatening them so much as making us question them–and really, today, it is our own mind, rather than circumstances or others, doing a number on us. Be willing to adjust: thinking, to what we know to be wise–we know what’s smart, it’s a matter of letting go of our contrariness long enough to follow that wisdom–as well as be willing to confront those things that we are choosing that are detrimental to our well-being, and to mellow what are inclined to be knee-jerk actions or responses into something a little more impersonal–again, the smart thing to do, say, or be is known, we just have to do it. And don’t worry; by tomorrow attitudes will become much more grounded, and restraint will allow us to give positive form to our actions, choices, and Will (Hygeia sq Pluto and contra-parallel Uranus, Mars sesq Uranus, Venus semi-sq Juno, Merc contra-parallel Chiron and qnx Pallas)
Today’s word image is the empty lot in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle where Neptune Coffee used to be. A gas explosion in March of this year destroyed a handful of businesses and blew out windows in a two block radius; the Neptune was leveled. Luckily it happened in the early morning hours when the fewest number of people were in what is usually a heavily trafficked area, and there were no fatalities, only minor injuries. But, walking by the empty lot can be haunting, and it brings to mind this: what good thing in your life has been wiped out or removed in a shocking way, and it’s been long enough that the hole it left now just seems like part of the landscape? We can learn to live with anything; the trick is not letting awareness of what we’ve lost slip away.
For those born with the Sun at 1 Virgo: health is at the core of all you attend to this year, Leo: physical well-being, financial, emotional, spiritual, all areas of life are vetted for balance, vigor, and sustainability. Some hints on making the most of things: don’t let your imagination fill in the blanks–stick to facts and realities; make sure the emotional perceptions receive attention, with an emphasis on security and comfort–this is important, as the emotions will, temporarily, drive the life direction; and don’t allow your instincts and inner knowledge to be drowned out by the social sphere. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!
The AstroEssence: our attention is on what’s wrong (this has been a trend, lately, right?), on what’s dark, hidden (but then, how do we know something’s there if it’s hidden?), on the unhealthy, the destructive, and any sense of change, as it likely strikes us as decay or deliberate waste. We may fully embrace this preoccupation with the intention of assessing issues and fixing them, but between an inclination to misjudge or misread our own values (yes, it can be done, when we are not processing experiences along most characteristic lines) and the tendency to both exaggerate and see shadows where there are none, we are best off delaying any critiques and plan-making for a later time. Best approach: focus on ‘the facts’, don’t fight obviously inevitable change, and keep what you hope to accomplish (in the form of ‘the harvest’) perpetually in mind (Vesta semi-sq Sedna and trine Neptune, Merc conj Jupiter, the Sun enters Virgo, semi-sq Hygeia and sesq Pluto)
Today’s word image is bocce balls. I don’t know much about bocce; my only association is with the courts that were always busy in San Diego’s Balboa Park. At the time it struck me as something only old people would play, but now I think I was mistaking more gentle exertion as automatically only appealing to those who were unable to do anything more strenuous, an idea I’ve since learned isn’t valid. What ‘game’ might you be dismissing as irrelevant to you, that it might behoove you not just to learn the rules for, but perhaps consider participating in?
For those born with the Sun at 0 Virgo: all the action this year, Virgo, through to your next birthday, will be centered on issues of identity and matters of the natal House where the Sun is posited. You may be accused of navel-gazing or being Selfish, but really, you need to take this time for yourself, to sort through and be sure about who you are and who you want to be–it’s the only way you’ll be able to wrap your head around what’s slated, and just beginning to show itself, for your future. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!
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The AstroEssence for the 20th: we may suffer an odd combination of influences that could easily steer us wrong: one concerns how thoughts are focused on what isn’t happening/ working in fulfillment of ambitions and wants; the other is a rejection of what we know to be wise, smart, practical, or that involves a refusal to use our already-learned skills, and this rejection/ refusal is seated in some aspect of our current identity or Self-image. Together the two tracks converge so that we may make some poor or mistaken choices out of frustration or a wish not to acknowledge who, exactly, we are. If hiding in a closet or some sunless hole isn’t possible (and who wants to do that, anyway?) our best bet may be conscious Self-acceptance (no matter how that may make us cringe over denied character traits or experience), along with a vow to let go of judgement, a tendency that comes far too easily with Mercury’s transit of Virgo (Merc semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun opp Pallas)
Today’s word image is the color white (technically all color!) I realized this as, in asking myself what the word image is, I saw a series of white animals, birds, and objects, and then realized that at least the past two images had been white things, too (a stork and an egg), at least as they were envisioned. We may have personal associations with the color, or cultural ones; some see white as indicating purity, fidelity, or innocence, while some link it to death, or to sacrifice, or to sterility, coldness, or authority (as in the wearing of a white coat to signify status in a health setting, for instance)–and of course your own preferences and experiences will figure in to the meaning of white for you, whether it’s the ideas attached to the color, or whether it points out something that is that color and offers further meaning. At the very least, use it as a marker of synchronicity or of being ‘in the flow’ when you observe it.
For those born with the Sun at 28 Leo: you may spend a good part of your year, Leo, through to your next birthday adjusting to new emotional circumstances or truths–and these changes can’t help but affect who you are, causing a drawn out period of modification and accommodation that is especially personal. You have a good sense of what’s smart, what’s practical, right now, and should use it as you go forward, as little else will offer guidance, and you could feel lost if you don’t embrace and accept your current reality. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!
The AstroEssence for the 21st: It’s a terrible thing when our reasoning and our social role both fall into our blind spot, leaving neither our own minds nor our usual patterns and responsibilities as reliable guides. Relationships don’t help, either, as we’re in the midst of greater or lesser power struggles that permeate even the most benign exchanges. What we can do is use sensitivities not related to the mind (intuition, feeling, those 6th, 7th, and 8th senses! etc); these will bring invaluable info as long as we acknowledge our own power wants and those territories we wish to claim as our own–if we don’t admit what we want, the feeling nature will lead us astray. Compounding perceptual difficulties is the way facts just won’t speak of realities, at this time–be prepared for that (Mercury and Jupiter trine Sedna, though Merc and Jup don’t perfect their conjunction until the 22nd, Venus sesq Ceres)
Today’s word image is a fish ready to be filleted. What does that bring to mind? Anticipation of a good dining experience? Revulsion at eating something with a face? The fish is a symbol of Christianity; to fillet it may be to ‘take the backbone’ out of a religious viewpoint. If you’re an astrologer you may think of Pisces, and wonder what it means if only one of the symbol pair is gutted. A fish was one of Vishnu’s incarnations, again suggesting a connection to divinity. We could go on and on, since the fish carries so much symbolism. This one, though, has been ‘fished for’, ‘caught’, and is now being ‘prepared’–is there anything like that in your life, that may need to be seen for what it really is?
For those born with the Sun at 29 Leo: though it may not seem like it, eventually emotions catch up with the rest of you, and internal harmony is restored; you’ll likely take action repeatedly until you feel balanced. You think big and use discernment; make sure it doesn’t devolve into petty criticism and over-concern with detail. The creative may become an outlet for feelings and perceptions ignored or denied–that can be very good, if you know how to shape and direct those energies, or very bad, if they end up deceiving you or others. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!
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The AstroEssence: in the light of the recent Full Moon, we honor our own power, we see how that over which we have dominion must be adjusted or changed, and we are able to visualize our own version of ‘perfect health’, and so implant a guideline within the unconscious; the mind is very receptive to positive input at this time, though conscious adjustment to anything too radical or unusual may be required. Visualization, spiritual practice (which is really life, isn’t it?), exploring our own inventiveness and originality, and efforts that honor our own responsibilities and our ability to affect our world are favored (Vesta trine Ceres, Neptune parallel Hygeia, Saturn qnx Vesta, Mercury opp Chiron and qnx Uranus)
Today’s word image is a stork wading in a river. As a child the only time I heard storks mentioned was with that puzzling idea that storks delivered babies in little slings, like takeout burritos; as an adult I saw them nesting at the tops of chimneys in the Netherlands, and suddenly the story that they could slip in and bring a baby made a little more sense. Is there something you find curious that might make a lot more sense if you knew its origins? And how do you sort that from something that has no explanation? If we approach everything in life as having a reason for being, no matter how obscure or nonsensical, then we in essence cast a vote for a Universe that not only makes sense but has reasons for being the way it is–which should put your mind at ease.
For those born with the Sun at 27 Leo: you may find yourself acting under an influence this year that is very difficult to pin down: you could insist on behaving in ways contradictory to what you know to be smart. The sense of unthinking rebellion, of push-back toward everything you’ve been led to believe was wise or practical, has its roots in the way you have recently consistently denied what your instincts have told you. Alienating yourself from your own inner knowing can only be remedied by trusting yourself once again–and that requires letting go of what or whomever you have substituted as guide. You can do it. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!