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Just a Little AstroEssence 11 September 2017 Instinctively

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Edwin Henry Landseer {{PD}}

We want to make a big statement, have a big impact, and we want to do it in a positive, healthy way, and we want to do it all instinctively, without having to think about or arrange things too much. So what’s holding us up? The wounds as they affect the values picture. We are concentrating so completely on avoiding hurt, and avoiding the kinds of situations that have been wounding in the past, that we are allowing this avoidance to affect our priorities and those things we honor. It’s kind of like this: we’ll honor that sacred thing, as long as doing so doesn’t hit any tender spots. Unfortunately, that means we’re honoring the wound, rather than our ideals or what we wish to dedicate our life energy to. Knowing this contortion is possible, we can vow to serve the ideals, to let pure instinct guide us, and deal with hurt if it comes, rather than behaving as if it’s already happening.

Today’s word image is new Art supplies. What is your ‘Art’, and what do you need to make it happen? Whatever that is, get the materials–it’s time to express yourself.

Just a Little AstroEssence 10 September 2017 A Shift In Empowerment

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Weather vane of Fame, attributed to Washburne & Co., New York, circa 1890. Exhibited in the American Folk Art Museum, New York City, New York, USA Thanks to the anonymous photographer who provided the pic {{PD}}

We meet what feels like a contradiction today: that which empowers us messes with our relationships, or with our earning power. You’d think being strong and effective in expression would bring just the opposite, right? But what we find at this time, despite an unusual harmony between thought and action, is that power roles, those things we do to make ourselves and our wishes felt, don’t deliver more Love or Money–in fact, they seem to leech it away in subtle and often inexplicable chain reactions. We must console ourselves with the certainty that what we want at this moment isn’t healthy for us, one way or another; and we should be reassured that the actions we do choose to take (those that we’re able to implement) will support our autonomy and our ability to be Self-determining. This mixed bag of influences may show us, more than anything else, that what we think of as empowering, those circumstances we pursue because of the power we think they’ll confer, are not what will deliver our potency at all–that will come from more modest actions, choices made out of need, and firm guidelines provided by those people and things we value.

Today’s word image is a weather vane, spinning in a storm. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to know which direction to head; this is one of those times. Just keep in mind that the storm will move on, and then ‘which way the wind blows’ will become abundantly clear.

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 September 2017 Critical Thinking

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‘Clytie’ by Louis Welden Hawkins Date Unknown {{PD}}

Mercury moves back into Virgo, prompting critical thinking–but we have to ask ourselves, is this critical thinking as in discernment and analysis that leads to synthesis, or critical thinking as in criticism of and bitching about others or the world? That’s the choice we’ll make, influenced by two contacts to Pluto: the Sun forming a trine, and Venus a quincunx (which of course makes the Sun and Venus semi-square each other).

Pluto! Our old friend. Shining a light on the dark makes Pluto act up, and sometimes act out. He loves the attention; we are prone today to focus on those darker parts of ourselves, our rage, our shame, but also on our resilience, our ability to rise from the ashes, our hope to transform things, to bring what is to a higher form. We’ll see how to make it all better–and the good thing is, we’ll be enlightened with full awareness of what those changes will cost us, in relationships and otherwise. We’ll make the choice: assess and improve, or gripe and wallow–it’s up to you.

My take on today is prompted by a forum that had referred a small run of traffic to an old article here. It appears the discussion I was mentioned in and linked from revolved around a number of people naming different subjects and viewpoints they found offensive, astrology included. I’m fine with people who don’t accept astrology as valid; I just don’t understand why they put so much venomous energy into letting others know what they think. The name calling didn’t bother me, but the anger did. Is their world view so shaky they must defend it by attacking anything that doesn’t fit? That sounds weak, rather than strong, and fearful, spurred by a belief system that shuts out contradictory material–which suggests that belief system can’t stand up under scrutiny. And here’s my other point: I wouldn’t think of criticizing someone’s translation from, say, Urdu, as I don’t speak it–how would I know what’s wrong with the interpretation of a language I don’t understand? Or, if someone claims to be able to read tea leaves or palms or any other material they consider divinatory, who am I to say they’re wrong, without subjecting that system and their methods to observation and testing, as the scientific method requires? These people were critical of astrology yet had no knowledge of it; they assumed it was junk, without ever testing it, seeing themselves as superior simply by the fact of their rejection of it. So, guard against this kind of bias in yourself, and avoid those who claim to be rational when they’re anything but–they have nothing of worth to add to your world.

Oh, and the Sabian for the Sun at the time I investigated the referrer? ‘A Volcanic Eruption’!!

Crocus alatavicus By C T Johansson – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14172723

Today’s word image is a crocus pushing up out of the snow. This is a spring event, and so implies one of two things: that something happening now will show results in the spring of 2018, or that something happening now is an early auger of other growth/ productivity/ development to come. What strikes me is that in late April Mars and Pluto will meet, just as Jupiter trines Hygeia. This suggests healthy, informed action that brings significant change–and our image says, that actually puts down roots, and maybe even starts to show, right now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 8 September 2017 Let’s Get Angry

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The only new perfecting aspect today is a Mars sesquiquadrate to Pluto; sounds like a recipe to get angry, to be enraged, doesn’t it? That would be the knee-jerk expression of this, to become enraged and to act out–but this could also be our cue to act differently than we have before, to change our response pattern completely–and doing so at this time would make those changes permanent, easy to access the next time our sense of outrage is stimulated. There’s also the possibility we may go to deep, dark places, responding destructively, or, when we come up for air, resolving to transform the situation, to make it over for good. Efforts to lessen the influence of the ego, and to moderate a hair-trigger temper could also be successful. We are likely to find our anger focused on something Capricornian, on something related to institutions, the establishment, to rules and restrictions, to our own or others’ judgements, to things solid, especially assets or real property, or on something we’ve relied on, that has until now offered us security, containment, support, or a sense of our own authority. We seek action in an effort to define, account for, minimize, or otherwise collect what’s due us (Mars in Virgo). The overall goal is to be aware of our rage, and then to do something constructive and meaningful about it.

By Reinald Kirchner – Flickr: smoke 1, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21467131

Today’s word image is smoke. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where in your life are you seeing or maybe just sensing ‘psychic smoke’–and will you find and put out the fire, before it gets destructive, or are you just going to let it burn?

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 September 2017 Think About It

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‘Bildnis Sonja Knips (Portrait of Sonja Knips)’ by Gustav Klimt 1897 {{PD}}

Today boils down to one thing: we all need to sit in the corner and think about what we did.

Some use of our own power, authority, or station in the past needs to be examined, either because we want to reproduce the results, or because we really need not to. The mind is free of its retro drag, so available to handle the tough questions in a reasonably clear way. Go to it.

Today’s word image is a mold, damaged but not broken. The saying, ‘They broke the mold after they made her’ indicates originality or uniqueness, sometimes complimentary and sometimes not. Our image features an unbroken but flawed mold, suggesting imperfection ‘passed on’, as the mold still exists to be filled to create more of the same pieces. What thing in you or in your life ‘shaped’ by an outside force (think family pattern, life-subscribing accident or circumstance, schooling or religious influence) is flawed, and ask yourself if it’s worth keeping in this form, as well as whether it’s really something you want to be part of passing on.

Enjoy your Thursday!

 

The Full Moon 6 September 2017 Noblest Form

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Three Women by Umberto Boccioni, 1910 {{PD}}

Somehow I managed to talk all around the Neptune conjunction with the Full Moon–I was thinking about it, but not naming names! Now it’s in there. The Full Moon culminates at 2:46 AM Pacific time at 13 Pisces 53, conjoined ruler Neptune (though past perfection to it). The FM sextiles Pallas, quincunxes Venus, semi-sextiles Uranus, and quindeciles (165 degrees) the just-direct Mercury. We skip a potential sextile to Pluto, as it’s a little too far for this contact, just over three degrees difference. The Moon in Pisces is receptive, open to the Universe, and it’s triply so conjoined ruler Neptune; this makes for a potent result that carries the essence of the creative, the imaginative, the ideal, or the illusive, with the latter suggesting we might not get a handle on the FM until it’s well past perfection. A Full Moon presents conclusions or fulfillment; in this case we may see an end to, a resolution of, or a fulfillment of a dream, ideal, or deception. It may or may not be stressful in a minor way, with its biggest immediate impact an empty space where that Piscean element, now resolved, used to be.

The aspects show us the wisdom of whatever comes to an end (that is, that it’s smart for things to conclude now, possibly so that we may free up creative energy); they also suggest that whatever occurs may happen suddenly, an in-the-moment surprise or revelation, spurring some sort of difficulty, a need to adjust ourselves or our attitudes in matters of relationship or finances. Most compelling, though, may be a Full Moon urge to communicate, whether that is advisable or not. There is something we will feel an overwhelming desire to convey to others, verbally or otherwise, and this may be ‘dressed up’ in fanciful ways, as Art, or may be camouflaged so that the communicator (because of course, everyone will be subject to this urge, in one form or another) sends the message without claiming the energy, or drawing attention back on themselves. You always have to watch out for the quiet ones, don’t you?

The Sabian for this FM is, ‘A Lady Wrapped In A Large Stole Of Fox Fur’. At the time this symbol was formulated, it was quite fashionable to wear animal fur; now it’s anything but, despite a small contingent of those who cling to old values. In terms of the Full Moon, this may suggest that what concludes at this time does so because it’s ‘out of fashion’–this is, because the time for such a dream, ideal, or deception is past. And it’s not just passĂ©, it’s actually offensive to some, as we evolve toward a more and more respectful treatment of our fellow animals. The Sabian tells us that, no matter how we perceive and process the ending brought about by this Moon, we must see that it’s all for the good, that it’s helping us shed old, no-longer-desirable attitudes, that it’s freeing us from ideas that may be nothing so much as cruel.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun, the provider of energy and light, and we see this Sabian: ‘An Aristocratic Family Tree’. This suggests that the elimination or conclusion brought by the FM is ennobling, that it harks back to the finer qualities of human beings as a species, and that in fact it may originate with this idea; each of us connects to something within that is fine, and that shows us the wisdom of this Full Moon ending. It also spurs us to ask ourselves what we will allow to fill the Piscean space this conclusion creates. It’s a period when we communicate who we are in our noblest form, and we tap ourselves for new creative or idealistic material that is original, that could only come from the individual celebrated and honored for all that’s best within.

 

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 6 September 2017 The Rebel Within

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Our explorations will give us power, rather than take it away. William Blake,’The Casting of the Rebel Angels into Hell’ {{PD}}

We see and know clearly the smart thing to do–so why are we resisting? It’s a clever plot by the rebel within, that headstrong part of us that acts out when the conscious mind can’t justify what we really need to do. Disruption of relationships and/ or the financial picture (including income streams) is slated, but what we need to know is that in upsetting the current scenario we are actually upholding our highest values–we are in essence defending ourselves, even though it’s more likely to feel like (and be responded to as) us being needlessly rebellious. Note who is accepting of our choices, even if that acceptance is reluctant, and who tries to argue (or even bully) us out of it; look deeper–the one who wants to separate us from our initiative has his or her own, Self-centered reasons for doing so.

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Today’s word image is Jupiter. I’ve seen the planet/ god mentioned at least a half dozen times in the past three days outside an astrological context, once even as the name of some business, and it was impossible to figure out what the business was! Hidden by this BML contact, no doubt 🙂 As of the 6th, Jupiter’s closest aspects are an approaching sextile to Black Moon Lilith in Sag and a separating Cardinal square to Ceres in Cancer. This may suggest that our efforts to expand, to learn, to believe, and/ or gather the facts requires acceptance of and exploration of those matters that enrage us, or that we’ve been ignoring or denying–and that this effort springs from previous conflict with authorities or Nature, and that these could affect the health or our own autonomy. This refers to a specific situation, one that asks us to deal with what we’d rather not, born out of some frustration or challenge to our autonomy–and in responding, we’ll see where we can be god-like, where we can effectively exert our Jupiterian Will.

Full Moon post to follow!

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 5 September 2017 A Tangled Road

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Fairy Tale Forest Creatures by Arthur Rackham 1919 {{PD}}

Mercury stations direct, and Mars enters Virgo–those seem straightforward enough, don’t they? And related, as our action urge enters territory that requires care, precision, attention to detail, to our results, and the sign’s ruler shifts from reclusive and cagey to open and advancing. It all suggests things going forward, and things being worked out–but what else is in the picture, set to exert an influence on these tidy and welcome proceedings?

Venus sesquiquadrates Chiron and quincunxes Neptune, suggesting that not only will relationships be difficult, we could accidentally hurt them (or blunderingly heal them, which is almost a kind of wounding, as well) out of misperception, misguidedness, or sheer fantasy that tells us things are something they’re not. We may have to adjust values or spending to suit partners or our budget, and creativity may cost us, or change our relationships in irritating ways. Then there’s the Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus, illuminating what’s different, strange, freakish, shocking, or unreliable, and this possibly in our own behavior or in relation to the group. What we have, then, is a day that seems on the surface to open a smooth road before us–but that somehow tangles around us, like tree branches in an enchanted forest, in areas of relationships or finance, likely out of our own misunderstanding of these, or in our attempt to align our own interests with the groups’. Step with care, rather than run with abandon–you’re much less likely to take a fall, and will get to see the landscape, besides.

Today’s word image is a movie, already seen, viewed again. Do you re-watch movies, or do you never want to repeat what you’ve already seen? I often have a completely different experience, seeing the whole thing from another perspective, than I did the first time around, so to me it can be highly enjoyable. There’s a situation or circumstance repeating in your life right now–are you seeing it as a boring re-run (and so maybe missing the meaning of its recurrence?) or are you experiencing it anew, seeing whole new meanings in what’s happening (but maybe missing the message it tried to deliver the first time)? The answer to that tells you where and what you might need to adjust, especially in terms of where you need to put your attention.

 

Just a Little AstroEssence 4 September 2017 Spectacular Leaps

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We’ll have to adjust today–to ourselves. Our most unique and original inclinations surface, along with enough optimism to float several boats (and to tackle issues too long denied or ignored), and that means we can make spectacular leaps forward, especially in areas requiring confidence, understanding, and creativity. The innovative thought occurs–jot it down and save it for after Merc direction–and serendipities abound. What’s not working so well? What haunts us has an exaggerated presence–it hangs like a pall–so may needlessly blanket situations and our outlook. There’s also potential to be mentally erratic, to deny our creative urge, or to miss the way our ambitions can accommodate our high standards, and vice versa. Think in terms of modifications that preserve our integrity, core values, and our most treasured goals, while being responsive to the changing scene around us.

Today’s word image is a car winding endlessly around an ascending spiral ramp. On those kind of facilities you only see the floors where you can exit and park at one point on the spiral; the rest of the time, it just looks like you’re following a contained road to nowhere. I hate to get all philosophical on you, but life is a lot like that. We only periodically see where our ‘road’ is really taking us, and often it seems like there’s no way off, no other choice. I think the image counsels patience, a willingness to continue to move forward even when we are unsure what to expect ahead, and reassures us that, eventually, ‘where we’re at’ will be revealed.

Have a wonderful day! And a song ‘for the road’

Your Weekend 3 September 2017 Shadow Instincts

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‘Shade and Darkness – the Evening of the Deluge’ J. M. W. Turner 1843 {{PD}}

We have a jumbly set of aspects today that may make us feel we can’t trust our own instincts, can’t trust our status or position to deliver our influence effectively, and as if ambitions and desires won’t be served–but these perceptions are needlessly negative, an exaggeration of what’s really at play, which is a buried fear about the power of others to overwhelm us, and about the potential influence of things ignored or denied that may prevent us sticking to our values. Do you see where the problem is here? It’s in our fears, not so much in our reality. Keep the focus on priorities and values, and don’t worry so much about measuring or testing your own power; optimism and ‘the facts’ are a better indicator of success than position will be. We operate under a kind of ‘shadow instinct’ at this time, so that we can’t rely on the instinctual nature even as awareness of it hovers near the conscious mind. Instead, rely on skills, a sense of practicality, and the tried and true inner wisdom, for guidance.

Artist Unknown, from ‘Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints’, Benzinger Brothers 1877 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a mass, said in a language you don’t understand. Nearby there is some indecipherable ritual underway, one that requires worship without making its assertions clear. Do you kneel and honor proceedings, or do you get up and walk out? It all depends on why you’re in that ‘church’ in the first place.

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