20 July 2016 The Past Delivers the Present

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The path we follow today certainly determines where we end up tomorrow. 'The Sunken Road in the Cliff at Varangeville' (1882)-Claude Monet {{PD}}

The path we follow today certainly determines where we end up tomorrow. ‘The Sunken Road in the Cliff at Varangeville’ (1882)-Claude Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our role in relationships, or our responsibility for finances, looms large; we get real-world feedback that either shows us our limits or delivers a solid manifestation of what we’ve put in to one or both of these Venusian venues. Past choices deliver current outcomes–and may wound, show us our weaknesses, or heal some hurt we held in our imaginations, rather than in reality (Chiron in Pisces). The good thing is that we gain, maybe socially, but definitely in tangible terms. Examine efforts and thinking in light of what past methods have produced; be willing to give up what doesn’t work–that only helps make room for more, and better (Venus trine Saturn, sesq Chiron, and nov Jupiter, Merc qnx SN and semi-sq Vesta, Sun sesq SN)

Edgar Degas, 'Woman ironing' 1873 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas, ‘Woman ironing’ 1873 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an ironing board. This symbol of the housewife’s drudgery is something of an antique; new fabrics, steaming, more casual dress, and the proud display of wrinkles has taken this item out of daily use. You may have some personal associations with this–I see it as an example of something we all know now, that may soon pass so far out of use that coming generations won’t even know what it is–and that prompts examination of how the passage of time modifies our idea of what’s necessary, what’s useful.

1280px-Kloster_Rüti_-_Mitra_-_Stadtmuseum_Rapperswil_2012-12-01_16-04-33_(P7700)For those born with the Sun at 28 Cancer the coming year promises an emotional ‘showdown’, a defining of the true emotional perceptions and state (and we know that may secure, alter, or otherwise bring change in any number of ways)–and there are also indications that everything that happens relates to you determining to whom and what you want to dedicate your life energy. You may find the perfect partner this year–or may re-dedicate yourself to the one you have. In any case, serious matters are sorted, and life determining directions chosen, whether this is done consciously or not (with the ‘not’ looking as if externals are pushing you in this direction or that, closing off and opening options, willy-nilly). Good luck, Cancer, and Happy Birthday!

 

19 July 2016 Mercury Quincunx Neptune + The Capricorn Full Moon: True to Ourselves

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John William Godward - Dolce Far Niente (1897) {{PD}}

John William Godward – Dolce Far Niente (1897) {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The quincunx makes communications, and parsing our own thoughts, difficult: we are not good judges of info coming at us, and we’re not good judges of what we think; images and ideas swim and dissolve, facts seem to mutate and morph before our eyes, and we are easily distracted, drawn in the direction of the fantastical, the fanciful, and the untrue. We are unsure–that is, we are unsure if we are alert, cautious about drawing conclusions, and aware of the potential to be mislead or deceived–those who are sure are almost certainly laboring under a Neptunian illusion of one kind or another.

The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs on the 19th at 27 CAP 40 at 3:56 PM PDT. This FM challenges us to act, to commit ourselves, to live our highest values, to actively honor what we care about; the basis is the FM’s sextile to Mars, with both inconjunct Vesta, which is apex to this Finger of God. Our choices and what we do will, whether we intend them to or not, reveal precisely what is most important to us, indeed, what we find sacred, in life. This Finger offers moments of genuine Truth, the kind that lets us know everyone’s standards and investments, and they ours–and these will be especially precious, and especially hard to discern, with Merc-Neptune in play.

The Lunar event also sextiles Chiron, trines Sedna, and with Uranus as the arm to the Sun-Earth/ Moon axis forms a T-square. Do these aspects describe what prompts the Full Moon ending or conclusion, or do they flow from the Lunar occurrence? It could be either; circumstances of healing or display of skills may be involved, instincts guiding us, with either the Full Moon presenting a stressful ‘test’ of the individuality focused on the willingness to be unique or independent, or this pressured situation, a crisis concerning expressing the individuality, coming from FM events.

Hiroshi Yoshida - Kumoi-Zakura (Kumoi Cherry Trees) 1919 {{PD}}

Hiroshi Yoshida – Kumoi-Zakura (Kumoi Cherry Trees) 1919 {{PD}}

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Large Aviary’. With the Full Moon we are seeing circumstances of stress, instinct, the need for action or choice that reveals priorities, and a requirement (via the FM events along the Sun-Earth/ Moon axis) that puts pressure on the individuality picture, and all of it accompanied by a persistent difficulty sorting fact from fiction, reality from delusion. So under these conditions, what does the Sabian suggest? An Aviary is a man-made construct, something that holds what would otherwise be wild, living things; we are looking at restrictions or boundaries put on what should be free. This relates directly to the circumstances of the T-square, and refines our understanding of it; stress will come from some element of our own Self-expression and our sense of freedom. The Sabian tells us that the constraints we suffer, whether imposed from within or without, are artificial ones.

The Sabian for the Sun, originator of all light/ enlightenment (symbolically speaking) illuminates this further: ‘An Indian Girl Introduces Her White Lover To Her Assembled Tribe’. The stress is about doing what’s right for us, apart from societal or ‘tribal’ constraints; we are effectively challenged to do what we are spurred to do as individuals, regardless of the expectations of others, hence the need to reconcile the pressure we may suffer to the need to be ourselves, wholly and completely.

The Full Moon mandate, then, is to act, in character, despite any confusion or uncertainty, and realize (though we may not be able to define this until after the fact) that others are showing their priorities, and we ours to them. We receive assistance from healed others and the healed parts of ourselves, and if we can allow it to ‘speak’, instinct will be a trustworthy guide to successful resolution of that call to be true to who we are.

Full Moon in Capricorn July 2016

Today’s word image is all shades of green. The different shades can be soothing, revivifying, or nauseating, and everything in between; note what the greens you encounter today stir in you, and what that might say about interaction with your environment.

Those born with the Sun at 27 Cancer: Your year is wide open before you, but you would be wise to subtly arrange efforts and events so that they support your highest priorities, goals, and those relationships and causes you are willing to dedicate your life energy to; anything less won’t bring a lasting, or meaningful, result. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

18 July 2016 Rumors

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Paul Klee - 'Oh! These Rumors!' 1939 {{PD}}

Paul Klee – ‘Oh! These Rumors!’ 1939 {{PD}}

If you’ve been reading that we have a series of three eclipses coming up, the first mid-August, that’s incorrect; what we have at that point is a near miss, alignment-wise, that appeared to be an eclipse initially, but has since been re-calculated as just a hair off. With even a near event, though, we may feel it, like when a big truck blows by you as you stand on the sidewalk; you don’t actually get sucked off the pavement, but for just a second, you feel a kind of lift and it seems you might! Especially if you have placements at or the eclipse makes hard contacts from its spot at 25 Aquarius 51, this Full Moon may have the impact of an eclipse, ‘wiping out’ something currently in force; look too for a significant shift in the House that holds Aquarius or with the Waterbearer on the cusp.

The AstroEssence: rumors abound, information is strangely hurtful, and yet what you hear is not telling you anything you don’t already know in the relationship or financial department. There’s a bias toward what the social circle believes and wants you to believe; advantages come to those who propagate the party line, no matter how unfair that seems to the free-thinker. Everybody’s too concerned with their own idea of who they are, and Self-promotion runs through anything that’s not strictly about the facts. Accept as evidentiary only what is provided with concrete details or real-world circumstances to back it up. Opinions don’t matter; what’s real does. Let go of your preconceived notions and prejudices, or you’ll end up becoming the victim of them (Mercury sesq Chiron, trine Saturn, nov Jupiter, and parallel Venus, Sun parallel Vesta and sesq Neptune)

Today’s word image is a scrub brush and some cleanser. Ouch! Such harsh cleaning methods aren’t often called for, but there may be something that needs a thorough scouring, and this may be physical, mental, spiritual, emotional. We need to be real; whatever it is has become so completely sullied that we have to clear away the detritus and bare the core issue, unadorned, for re-evaluation, re-assessment, or to make it usable once again.

Beham, (Hans) Sebald (1500-1550): Sol, from The Seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac, 1539 {{PD}}

Beham, (Hans) Sebald (1500-1550): Sol, from The Seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac, 1539 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Cancer: as you enter a new Solar year you’re going strong, sailing on the impetus of some effective moves and choices, some clear instincts, and a faithfulness to values that has kept you on course. What you must deal with now are matters of delusion vs. reality, and the capacity to birth your dreams into the world. A practical orientation serves you, as does a realistic attitude that makes you willing to eliminate what no longer serves. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Cancer!

 

17 July 2016 A Mandate to Heal

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'Glittering Sea' Hiroshi Yoshida 1925 {{PD}}

‘Glittering Sea’ Hiroshi Yoshida 1925 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’ve been immersed in a great deal of healing energy for a few days now, and if you haven’t availed yourself of it then you’ve almost certainly found yourself, intentionally or not, lashing out, hyper-sensitive to some perceived hurt. The keyword here is ‘perceived’; all that sensitivity, that understanding of where to apply something soothing, unless directed at flesh or spirit in need of healing, sits on the psychic skin like a rash, irritating us until we reach our limit. Things we’ve been ignoring in relationship or finances are the most likely catalysts; awareness that our thinking is off, in terms of real-world perception, is vital to responding in the most effective way. To review: efforts toward healing, guided by values and instinct rather than circumstances, are the best way to handle this over-stimulating influence (Mars trine Chiron, Venus sq Black Moon Lilith and nov Vesta, Saturn contra-parallel Mercury and sesq the Sun, Sun sxt Sedna)

'Fruta húmeda manzana' Sandra Gómez Pi CC BY-SA 3.0  http://blog.illustraciencia.cat/2015/04/fruta-humeda-manzana-sandra-gomez-pi.html

‘Fruta húmeda manzana’ Sandra Gómez Pi CC BY-SA 3.0 http://blog.illustraciencia.cat/2015/04/fruta-humeda-manzana-sandra-gomez-pi.html

Today’s word image is two unripe apples plucked prematurely from the tree. This is an obvious and somewhat suggestive symbol of having ‘harvested’ something before it was ready (we’re far too quick to associate an apple with sin, aren’t we?) The number two implies cooperation–and are we ever ‘willing’ before we’re truly ‘ready’? What are you feeling impatient over? And is it too late to stop yourself from taking (or taking advantage of) something that really needs more time to develop?

From a manuscript on Jainism, art dating 17th to 18th centuries {{PD}}

From a manuscript on Jainism, art dating 17th to 18th centuries {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Cancer: recent times have been busy, and the pace won’t slow anytime soon. There’s demand over the coming Solar year (through to your next birthday) for you to demonstrate your unique gifts and a requirement that you step up to mend a long-time rift or wound; don’t put this off, as it’s a vital part of both honing your instincts and honoring your values. Expect an emotional shift partway through the year that will make you more restrained, more contained. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

For Saturday’s forecast, word image, and birthday glimpse ahead, please see the previous post–and have a great day!

Buy a book–they’re delicious!

16 July 2016 Along Noble Lines

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Paul Gauguin - Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1897 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1897 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: The mind is in excellent working order, aligned with our highest values and with all loving relationships–with the latter suggesting discord reveals where love is lacking–and the issue may be that though thoughts run along noble lines, they lack connection to what’s practical, what’s been ignored or denied, and most importantly, what’s truly smart. We could follow our ideals into a logistical abyss, unless we are careful to draw lines from A to B–and then follow them.

We also see action and choice that by its very nature heals, and though this is prompted by emotion and intuition, we can thank our mental faculties for coordinating our efforts along the most effective lines.

Note that the Sun square to Uranus and contra-parallel Pluto will in essence shine a spotlight on those Uranus-Pluto issues that have been plaguing us for some time. Look for sudden events or abrupt episodes of ‘enlightenment’ that are distinctly Plutonian in undertone. The Sun may blind us, at first, to our best response, but a little reflection on past struggles of this nature will reveal what we should do (Mercury and Venus conjoin to qnx Pallas, nov Vesta, sq Black Moon Lilith, with Merc also parallel Vesta, the Sun, Mars, and Chiron form a Water Grand Trine, with the Sun also sq Uranus and contra-parallel Pluto)

Nymphicus_hollandicus_1876Today’s word image is a cockatiel. When I think of these birds I think of how smart they are, and how much they like to interact, but also how high-strung; they can develop nervous habits in captivity like pulling out their own feathers–which brings us to the question of, Should we be keeping these animals in cages at all? As a symbol this may speak to some part of ourselves that may be hyper-reactive in social situations, that may fret when we would do better to be free in our actions. Look for some way in which you may repress yourself, creating (unnecessary) tension and stress as a result.

'Cercavila menuda de la Festa Major d'Igualada 2013. Nan infantil - Sol' Photo by Jordiferrer CC BY-SA 3.0

‘Cercavila menuda de la Festa Major d’Igualada 2013. Nan infantil – Sol’ Photo by Jordiferrer CC BY-SA 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 24 Cancer: you may have an emotion-driven Solar year ahead, through to your next birthday, when you will be empowered to heal long-standing hurts. Doing so may bring resistance from the group; it’s inevitable that as you change, the dynamic will change. Embrace what’s most unique about yourself, and know that honoring your need to explore, to learn, and to share what you discover will help you create the future you really want, with or without group approval. Happy Birthday, Cancer!

15 July 2016 Disconnected

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A gorgeous photo of Pluto, just because. Thanks, NASA! {{PD}}

A gorgeous photo of Pluto, just because. Thanks, NASA! {{PD}}

. . .but being disconnected is a good thing, in this case: it allows us to embrace optimism and look toward the future–which is where our attention needs to be. It allows us to ignore reality and darker matters, and to do so safely, just for now. Don’t worry about the negatives, and don’t listen to the social sphere–take ‘facts’ with the skepticism they deserve–go forth with a sense of accountability, enthusiasm for the details and responsibilities, with discernment that does not devolve into criticism, with an eye to the eventual ‘harvest’, and you’ll have an exceptionally productive and satisfying day (Venus contra-parallel Saturn, nov NN, semi-sq Jupiter, Merc semi-sq Jupiter but not yet perfecting conjunction to Venus, also Merc nov NN and contra-parallel Pluto)

This photo by Ziko is so deft it looks like a painting. CC BY-SA 3.0

This photo by Ziko is so deft it looks like a painting. CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is an apron. Is it a symbol of servitude or of service? It all depends on your attitude.

I’ve decided to reinstate ‘Born Today’ with a daily, very brief description for each degree of the Sun roughly corresponding to the current calendar day; today it’s 23 Cancer:

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

Those born with the Sun at 23 Cancer may find they have an emotional year ahead, one where surprises prevail and energy soars. Willfulness, action, and difficult choices may define your next trip around the Sun; will you use your sensitivity and spark to hurt or heal? Both are within your power.

Donate–Read–and have a great Friday!

14 July 2016 Bright

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Our Lady of "The Most Bright Star" 1700 Photo by A.I. Kazantsev {{PD}}

Artist be trippin’. Our Lady of “The Most Bright Star” 1700 Photo by A.I. Kazantsev {{PD}}

The mind is ‘bright’ today, in some fundamental way that separates it from the ego and the Will–and so allows us to consider things in an unusually objective light. Objective, that is, if we are not trying to run an agenda for our own gratification or empowerment; if we are, we’ll likely convince ourselves our reasoning is sound. The test? Are our thoughts focused on making someone else do or react as we like? If so, we’re not on an impartial course.

But most of us will be aligned with our highest values, with relationships and finances benefiting from this, as well as bringing about a ‘mental health’ state that is strongly centered in facets of our ‘Best Self’. Barring any contrary transits to a personal natal placement, the overall effect should be one of extraordinary insight and the chance to judge our circumstances accurately, and to make especially clear-sighted plans, that are faithful to those matters, situations, causes, and individuals that matter most. Good day for: mending interactions with the mate, choosing investments, and assessing relationships in ways that reveal their sacred nature (or their lack of it) (Venus parallel Vesta, Mercury sxt Hygeia, sq Juno, contra-parallel Mars, and parallel the Sun, which is contra-parallel Mars)

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‘Mother and child’ by Blek le Rat, Los Angeles Photo by Stefan Kloo 2008 CC BY 2.0

Today’s word image is a mother with her child. Whatever you have created in this world, accept it, love it, and try to understand it or try to understand why you made it, before you even think of trying to change it.

13 July 2016 Empowerment Via Reality

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Caspar David Friedrich 1809 {{PD}}

Caspar David Friedrich 1809 {{PD}}

Our own inner wisdom and practicality make us acutely aware of matters hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrage, and yet we also know that to dig up the past or what’s already been will prevent not just healing, it will distance us from our own values, making personal navigation exceptionally difficult. We don’t feel good turning away from what needs to come to light, and we know that empowerment comes directly from dealing with reality, with ‘what is’ in its most concrete terms–but being too aggressive, even in pursuit of reform, will have the unfortunate effect of making us just ‘one of the mob’, even if we’re just a mob of one. All that makes us unique, original, special in our own way is temporarily erased when we indulge our sense of righteous anger. A little humility, along with the strength to question whether we actually do know better, will go a long way toward helping us form an accurate picture of who and where we are, and so help us know what we can do and be most effectively (Pallas trine Black Moon Lilith, Chiron sq Vesta, Saturn nov Juno, Mars qnx Uranus, Merc sesq SN, sq Ceres, then enters Leo)

Today’s word image is a man holding two leashes, and no dogs. Are we getting ahead of ourselves, somehow, ambitious to equip ourselves for what hasn’t yet occurred? There’s being prepared, and then there’s doing something so far ahead of developments that it becomes nonsensical. Make sure you’re not trying to rush something that, one way or another, needs more time.

12 July 2016 A Measure of Desire

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Vincent van Gogh - 'Starry Night Over the Rhone' 1887 {{PD}}

Vincent van Gogh – ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’ 1887 {{PD}}

Today we are challenged, one way or another, to assess our desires: how healthy are they? how empowering? how close to our ideals? how wise? We may inherently reject the need for change, or those inevitable developments we can do nothing about–but, we would be wise to embrace, if not the actual change, then the need for it, along with that need to look again at what and where we are. Change that follows guidelines of values and honors what we truly care about is vital to our well-being; so is being willing to commit resources to promoting health and nurturing autonomy. Thoughts are confusing, and what’s wise isn’t necessarily clear (though it certainly feels like it should be!) Be willing to question yourself, your aims, and to re-evaluate them in terms of what matters–this is the only approach that will truly work (Uranus sxt Vesta, Venus sxt Hygeia, sq Juno, and contra-parallel Pluto, Merc sesq Neptune, Sun sesq Pallas)

'Glass of Water--Condensation' Photo by James Petts from London, England  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

‘Glass of Water–Condensation’ Photo by James Petts from London, England Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a paper cup of water. Water is Life, the material of baptism, something we can’t live without but will die from if we become immersed in for long. This symbol may be a signal to appreciate the basics, the very elements that make up our world, and to respect them, and the way they support our more complex Being, making possible a life beyond mere survival. This might also be an invitation to ‘contain emotion’ in some way that allows us to ‘take it in’, to use it and make it part of ourselves, to make it a supportive component, rather than being overcome by it.

Moon in Libra, then Scorpio (a Water sign, at 8:52 PM PDT), applies to our Water imagery; if you’re so inclined, you can support clean water for all here, or here (both check out through Charity Navigator)

Enjoy your Tuesday!

11 July 2016 A Better World

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'Dazu Rock Carvings, Bao Ding buddhas' 23 February 2007 Photo by Truthven  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Dazu Rock Carvings, Bao Ding buddhas’
23 February 2007 Photo by Truthven Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The good news is thoughts, ideas, and communications are healing–don’t keep kindness to yourself, as sharing will actually be a salve to others–instincts can guide where and when to apply–and the matters of the Houses of the natal chart ruled by Mercury can be ‘put right’ at this time, with sudden ideas or an unexpected ‘coming together’ of info adding illumination, though radical or abrupt changes to what already is won’t be supported, and neither will messages centered on change or rebellion–we just won’t hear those and be moved, as we might otherwise be. So, energy expression should go toward making the world a better place, especially intellectually or conceptually, with a generous helping of Love for ourselves the foundation (Venus enters Leo, after spending the day in a ‘crisis of caring’ at 29 degrees Cancer).

Now the more difficult circumstances: an underlying discord between opposing or complementary entities (male-female, positive-negative, yin-yang) prevents smooth coordination or any chance of working together for very long. We may be perceiving the reality picture as a rough one, and could use the unity, use the help–but past frictions are making true cooperation impossible at this moment. Give it some time–each person has to work through that sticking point, likely a mental one, that’s inhibiting real teamwork–and accept that we have our own impediments to cooperation, too–it’s not just the other guy. Now is not the time to push for big change; we’d do best to get our own thoughts into some kind of objective, and very patient, order (Venus contra-parallel Mars and sesq SN, Mercury sq Uranus, trine Chiron, sesq Saturn, and sxt Sedna)

Textile bag "Chuspa" created between 0900 and 1470 Pre-Columbian {{PD}}

Textile bag “Chuspa”
created between 0900 and 1470 Pre-Columbian {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an open purse. This is figurative, of course; ‘currency’ comes in many forms. ‘Generosity’ is a keyword; so is consciousness of (rather than judgment of) worth. Share in appreciation, not out of obligation; the positive effects of paying attention to and ‘promoting’ what we find of worth (no matter what form it takes) are amplified at this time. It’s a situation of ‘what we send out we get back’, very quickly, at this point in time. Experiment (says my Aquarius Ascendant!) and you’ll see this almost instantly at work.

Many thanks to those who’ve been so generous with me–your spirit inspired the daily image! And everyone, have a great start to your week!

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