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Just a Little AstroEssence 1 November 2013: Testing the Waters

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'By the Waters of Babylon' Arthur Hacker 1888 {{PD}}

‘By the Waters of Babylon’ Arthur Hacker 1888 {{PD}}

From ECLIPSE:

On 1 November the Veil will indeed be much thinner than it normally is; in fact, it may be thinner than it’s ever been before, considering the kinds of energies that will bleed into each other, that will push through, that will saturate the emotions and intuition, communications of all kinds, and that will have palpable effects on the environment itself.  Body of earliest degree on the 1st is Neptune, and body of latest degree is Ceres, in a crisis state of 29 degrees (that is, a ‘need to express’ state); this says we may start out fixed on our illusions, our ideals, or poised to implement the creative, but what we end the day with is Power: the kind that is seated in our natural roles, in our innate authority, in our connection to Nature. All this is a prelude to the Solar eclipse of the 3rd. Be prepared to feel, and to experience–I think that’s really the best counsel I can give

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Just a Little AstroEssence 30 and 31 October 2013: At the Core

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We needn't be a grim today as 'Clytemnestra, after the murder' John Collier 1882 {{PD}}

We needn’t be as grim over these days as ‘Clytemnestra, after the murder’ John Collier 1882 {{PD}}

We’re coming up on a couple of really rough days; they don’t have to be too bad, though, if we know how to face them. These forecasts are from ECLIPSE:

30 October we are in denial about some important things: the inevitable supremacy of nature, our own wounds, our needs, the fact that we have a wild, primal part that may contain a few things our civilized side considers unflattering. We can’t move forward, can’t create the future we want, if we are carrying a load of shame over things that just are. Our mistake is in seeing these things as bad, when they simply exist. Stop rejecting part of yourself, believing that some plastic idea of who we should be is better than the stinking, caterwauling, lusciousness of a human being in three-dimensions. With Merc retro, now’s the time to practice loving ourselves as we are, without that pesky over-socialized brain getting in the way. (Saturn semi-square Ceres, Mars opposed Chiron, Venus quincunx Sedna, Sun conjunct NN)

31 October it’s time to deal–with values that aren’t truly our own and don’t support our empowerment, with aggression, competitiveness, egotism, and even hatred we’ve been sensing that may finally break out into the open today, with the need to tell someone how much we love them, and with the way the image we’ve been propagating betrays both our highest values and our real empowerment needs. Whew! That’s heavy, as we used to say. So how do we handle things? Centering ourselves at our core is really the only answer; that allows us to both stay true to ourselves and to deflect any ill-will someone else cooks up toward us out of their own misery. And don’t forget that part about sharing some loving feelings with someone else; if you happen to do that with the person running toward you with an axe, you just might discover you’ve found the recipe for world peace. We must note, a Fist of God with base of Earth-Juno and apex Vesta; this says that in order to live those highest values we must first see to our own material empowerment. Though it’s carrying water, chopping wood both before and after enlightenment, we must realize that it’s seeing to those physical needs that gives us the true freedom to honor our values. As someone said sometime: nobody cares about freedom when they’re hungry; living our values requires a willingness to deal with the physical, and with physical needs–there’s nothing spiritual about turning our noses up at our own humanness. ALERT: more incidents that feed into/ reflect the UR-PL square. (Mars trine Pluto and quincunx Uranus, Mercury semi-square Venus, the Fist).

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The Daily Word Image for 29 October 2013: Blue Book

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Antoine Vestier c1785 {{PD-Art}}

Antoine Vestier c1785 {{PD-Art}}

This is the image for the 29th from the ECLIPSE Daily Word:

Today’s image is a Blue Book, those tiny tomes that record the worth of cars, by condition and as they age. This may be a reminder to us that we have certain standards, certain things in our lives that hold a lot of worth, and that perhaps we’ve been a little clinical of late in our assessment of their worth in our lives. Throw away the little book of rules and expectations when relating to those who really matter to us–relate to them as if there’s no negative in the back story, and nothing to regret, just a meeting of two Souls who genuinely love each other.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 28 October 2013: Dueling Loves

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Eugene Onegin and Vladimir Lensky's duel by Ilya Repin 1899 {{PD-Art}}

Eugene Onegin and Vladimir Lensky’s duel by Ilya Repin 1899 {{PD-Art}}

A Fist of God with base of Venus-Vesta and apex South Node says it all: if we pit the various facets of what we care about, treasure, and love against each other, we will drag ourselves backward, to a place we’ve already been (and conventional wisdom says that if we aren’t still there, there’s a reason we left!)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 27 October 2013: Accepting a Feeling Download

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'The Mill at Zaandam' Claude Monet 1871 {{PD-Art}}

‘The Mill at Zaandam’ Claude Monet 1871 {{PD-Art}}

27 October quite out of the blue, it seems, we have some difficulty knowing the smart thing to do; we may be tempted to blame Merc retro, but it’s really about our own sense of wisdom. It’s running up against some kind of primal signal that’s blocking it–and worse, we may feel prompted to destroy things, to make a ‘clean sweep’, or could find rage rising at our own frustrating inability to locate our internal compass–we may even be tempted to negate all that we believe to be wise, perhaps as we try to prove we don’t need those guidelines. Destructive responses to our temporary fog are not helpful or necessary; what we must do is go to that pre-verbal place of feeling, the one that connects to our most basic sense of being, and of right and wrong, and accept a feeling download from there. That will hold us over in the ‘how do I handle this?’ department, until our usual standards are clear and accessible once again. ALERT: this is a precursor to the UR-PL square (Pallas square Sedna, Pluto sesquiquadrate Pallas)

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The Solar Eclipse 3 November 2013: A Mutual Dance

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Two Dancers, Artist Unknown, wall mural, Italy

Two Dancers, Artist Unknown, wall mural, Italy

The Solar eclipse occurs 3 November at 4:49 AM Pacific Standard Time (the shift back to standard time occurs just hours before the eclipse) at 11 Scorpio 15. This eclipse occurs in tandem with Saturn, and there’s a whole parade of aspects: sextile to Pluto, square to Juno, trine to Chiron, wide quincunx to Uranus and closest of all, a sextile with only 4 minutes variation from Mars in Virgo.

Saturn’s presence indicates one of two alternatives for each individual experience: either we manifest materially a facet of the eclipse, or we suppress its manifestation or our awareness of its manifestation.

Whatever begins at this time may facilitate change and healing, and will certainly spur action, but it may bring up empowerment issues (others’ say over us, status, our own need for empowerment and whether this is fulfilled, respect between partners, and so on) and we may feel a little bit punished or otherwise required to adjust for expressing our most unique qualities and for touting our individual viewpoint.

One way or another, we will need to adjust our own position vis à vis others, particularly those close to us, who are supportive, or who actually partner with us. This, then, is the birth of a new phase in both interactions and our own view of ourselves, and this is especially and specifically so in terms of the action we feel is appropriate, that we feel capable of, and that we feel we may take on our own. This may be the biggest effect of all: a new idea of how we can act within the world–and of course, that can’t help but change just about everything.

The Solar eclipse may be both a start of new (possibly experimental) ways of acting and interacting, as well as a lesson in the way we are interdependent. No matter how original, unique, or independent we are as individuals, this eclipse may make clear that those choices, insights, and actions we make hold no meaning without being placed within a larger social context, without a connection to others, without engagement in a mutual ‘dance’ in which we all participate.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 25 October 2013: Channeling the Creative Urge

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'Anna Boch in her studio' Theo van Rysselberghe 1893 {{PD-Art}}

‘Anna Boch in her studio’ Theo van Rysselberghe 1893 {{PD-Art}}

25 October brings a day of perfect realization, in some sense: we dream, we create, we commune, or we completely and thoroughly miss the mark. Is this our choice? If it were, of course, everyone would choose something they regard as positive, but if we are busy avoiding the Truth in some important area, if we’d ‘rather not see’, if we are refusing our creative imperative (and that could be in any vein of life expression), we may take today’s influence and completely delude ourselves in some part of life where we’re hoping to have a big impact, or to make a big difference. Stay honest and open with yourself, and you’re unlikely to go wrong–and the result of that will be a creative or spiritual bonanza.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 24 October 2013: Expanding Horizons

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Expanding horizons, or limiting them--it's all in your viewpoint.'The Sailor's Wedding' RC Woodville 1852 {{PD-Art}}

Expanding horizons, or limiting them–it’s all in your viewpoint.’The Sailor’s Wedding’ RC Woodville 1852 {{PD-Art}}

On the 23rd we may have snapped for no reason, felt out-of-sorts on the social scene, found expansion attempts stymied, and bumped egos with others over beliefs. It was just one of those days; by the 24th, however, we’ve left all that behind: highest values and the security that comes from positive family and/ or home situation supports our efforts to reach out, get the word out, to teach, share beliefs or knowledge, or to expand our horizons. An excellent day for interaction; schedule seminars, meet-and-greets, and advertising or public relations efforts, and dedications or religious ceremonies (including weddings, though I would advise that this should be the ‘show’ ceremony–the license and actual vows should have been taken before the retrograde on the 21st)–they will all proceed exceptionally well. (Jupiter sextile Vesta)

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The First Mini-Lesson is Here!

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'Spring' Teodor Axentowicz 1900 {{PD-Art}}

The mini-lessons are a chance for us to look closely at different facets of our own chart. ‘Spring’ Teodor Axentowicz 1900 {{PD-Art}}

This is from, ‘The Nodes: Where Are You Going, What Do You Know?’, the interactive lesson being sent to ECLIPSE subscribers later tonight:

“In my view the South Node should really be seen as a personal repository, a place where the horoscope reveals that we carry a very special mix of talents, knowledge, and experience that is available to us now; in fact, with it naturally opposed the North Node/ direction we’re headed, the implication is that this cache supports and feeds into our future development–and we would be wise, rather than shunning South Node matters, to mine them for what they can offer. The South Node is almost like a sign posted within the horoscope: this is where I’m adept, this is what I know, this is what I understand, exceptionally well.”

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Mercury Retrograde 21 October 2013: Feeling, Not Thinking

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Have a cup of tea, and sort out those feelings during Mercury retro. 'The Glass of Tea' Mary Cassatt 1897 {{PD-Art}}

Have a cup of tea, and sort out those feelings during Mercury retro. ‘The Glass of Tea’ Mary Cassatt 1897 {{PD-Art}}

Mercury Retrograded at 18 Scorpio 23 today–Nothing is in close contact for this event (though Vesta is technically sextile from Virgo, the aspect did not perfect before Merc’s retrograde, essentially ‘robbing’ the contact of real meaning). A Merc retrograde in Water typically calls us to examine the emotions, and all communications, occurrences, and perceptions related to these. We ask ourselves, How do I feel? and we will spend some time determining the ‘fit’ of those feelings to our lives. We do see Jupiter trine Merc’s turnaround (wide, by my fussy event standards), probably exaggerating the emotional effects, and possibly linking them to the social. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio could plunge us into dicey emotional territory; the emotions are intense, deep, probably at least partially hidden even from us, and may be propelled by undercurrents of feeling of which we’re unaware, and we may confuse these with thought; we’re ‘feeling, not thinking’, though we may believe just the opposite. This retrograde will be a time of emotional discovery, and should be approached with that in mind.

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