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A Good Day To . . . 1 November 2019

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‘”I am half-sick of shadows”, said the Lady of Shalott’ By John William Waterhouse 1915 {{PD}}

The 1st is a Good Day To . . . review what we’ve brought forward from the past that’s truly worthy and worthwhile; today that’s where we find treasure of all kinds, reward, profit, or discover love we may not have been aware of. With Merc retro in Scorpio we should expect this to stir up a lot of emotion, but it should also bring opportunity, and perhaps show us just how ‘lucky’ we really were/ are. Actions and choices are inspired by ideals and fired by the imagination, and it’s in taking personal responsibility for our own lives that we are able to realize, release, and then make use of our assets and the current situation in the best way possible.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 31 October 2019

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‘Les Bretonnes aux Ombrelles’ By Émile Bernard 1892 {{PD}}

The 31st is a Good Day To . . . embrace the dark mental precipice we’ve plunged over with Merc’s turnaround in Scorpio. The Messenger’s reversal of apparent direction in Water may make us question our feelings, may make us obsess over a love (or hate) relationship, may make us insist on getting to the bottom of a mystery, may compel us to anxiously shout the question, ‘What’s in the box?’–in short, it will prompt thoughts and situations that ignite a persistent desire to reach an emotional conclusion by taking a deep dive. We assess the subjects of the House in the natal chart where the reversal occurs in light of how we feel–and if we’ve got it together, we use the retro period to make plans to change matters so they better align with how we’d like to feel. It’s a period when we can re-make the life to suit the emotional nature–or at least modify it so that we find a sense of satisfaction in some Scorpio related area, either in the largest way (through subjects that fall under the sign) or through matters of the House placement unique to us and pinpointed by the natal chart.

It’s important to note that, particularly today, we can plan or communicate in ways that lay out great actions or choices to be made in future–and it’s also a day when we can benefit by making the most of current roles, status, or empowerment options. We thrive on Self-responsibility, and we reach the end of the day having modified our beliefs or our social role so that it’s much healthier for us.

See last Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 30 October 2019

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‘The Tower of Babel’ By Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563 {{PD}}

The 30th is a Good Day To . . . be aware. Obvious, right? That’s something we’re always trying to do, but today it’s especially important to be conscious of what’s roiling beneath the surface–particularly below the surface of your own mind.

The interweaving of contacts is noteworthy, with a stationary Mercury caught up to and conjoined by Venus in Scorpio, with both opposed Sedna and novile Mars, and then throw in Mercury’s parallel to Pluto. The scenario is one of a becalmed mind filled with a stark and terrible beauty, one that aligns with and reflects our deepest held fears, angers, and hopes, especially those attuned to change, re-birth, and the re-making of our world. Too, this mental outlook rejects the instinctual nature and those things we ‘know but don’t know’; the result may be that rather than this being an entirely contained, individual experience, it is externalized, with other people, circumstances, and events taking on some of the parts. Thinking, then, may be a heavy pastime, one where we chase the same thoughts round and round–or one where we are inspired by relationships, beauty, even financial gain, but find it hard to plot a path forward, so alienated are we from our own instinctual responses, and this is so even as we are moved to act or choose in some pretty amazing, clever, or inventive ways. So, when Merc retrogrades, we may find ourselves in a really good position, without being entirely aware of how we got there! Or we could find we’ve ‘cart before the horse’-d it, and take our revisions from there.

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 29 October 2019

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‘Allegory of Fortune’ By Salvator Rosa c1650 {{PD}}

The 29th is a Good Day To . . . not press your luck. Stick with what you know to be smart or practical–that’s where significant payoff is possible. And remember, just because you believe it, doesn’t mean it’s true, and certainly, others aren’t required to support your personal beliefs–so be sure to sift facts from the belief filter in which they get caught.

Aspect of the Day: Venus conjoins Pallas. It’s a day for Beautiful Warriors–just keep in mind what you read above.

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 28 October 2019

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‘Obstruction’ By Jane Sutherland 1887 {{PD}}

The 28th is a Good Day To . . . take cover, be ready for the unexpected, or be ready to think on your feet–it all depends on what parts of both the inner and outer life are still being rejected. The New Moon was supposed to dig these areas up and present us with circumstances to which we could respond–but if we aren’t yet through the process, we aren’t yet ready to take the necessary steps to move into the future.

Today requires a number of things: a reassessment of values and/ or relationships, a change in thinking, a willingness to explore new creative avenues, and a goal of ferreting out discrepancies between our energy commitments (time, what we honor, investment) and our actual priorities (in what life areas we spend our time and attention, rather than where we say we want to spend our time and attention). I know, that’s a bulky and too vague list, but it’s meant to spur awareness of, more than anything else, where we’re continuing to reject ourselves and our genuine needs. Face those areas, and it all becomes clear.

See the New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

A Good Day To . . . 27 October 2019

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‘The Boating Party Lunch’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1881 {{PD}}

The 27th is a Good Day To . . . accept real-world boundaries, and put relationships above principles. Those aren’t always the best parameters to use in meeting the world, but today they are the ones that will keep us safe and keep us aligned with what really matters–and what else is there?

The forecast for the New Moon this evening is here–

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

New Moon in Scorpio 2019: The Sting of the Unexpected

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By Ferdinand Landerer CC BY 4.0

The New Moon perfects on October 27 at 4 Scorpio 24 at 8:37 PM PDT. It falls in opposition to Uranus, which is only 12 minutes from being conjoined by Earth (always spotted in the flat chart exactly opposite the Sun); it’s also in wide, separating quincunx to Chiron, and sesquiquadrates the Black Moon Lilith point that currently falls in Pisces. We’re on the verge of a shock, revelation, or perhaps just a burgeoning emotional experience that launches efforts toward fulfilling a higher goal or purpose. It’s a goal or purpose with a spiritual component or ‘mission’ (but then what do we do that doesn’t have that?) and it seeks deep and meaningful change or correction (Scorpio).

What we’ve ignored or denied about the creative life, the ideals, the need to express our originality and uniqueness, or to be part of the larger Collective make for a difficult Lunar event, one we might want to frame as ‘testing’ (especially if events are perceived as negative–the idea of being tested then shows us the important part is our response, not the event itself). The New Moon challenges the current feeling nature, and it’s from this tension that the new and likely startling events or viewpoint arise. New Moon circumstances irritate the wound, but also suggest ways to respond and adjust, offering a fresh take on an old injury to the ego or the ability to take action or to lead (Chiron in Aries).

The theme of this New Moon is ‘Disruption’, but as to whether effects of this are positive, negative, or a mixed bag is entirely dependent on the way the NM interacts with the natal chart. One thing we know with a Scorpio New Moon: we may have to go through an emotional ordeal, or experience primal feelings that take us to the depths of human nature (the Moon, Scorpio as a Water sign), but we emerge from that renewed, refreshed, remade–certainly not the same, in terms of the feeling outlook or perceptions.

‘Seal Rock, California’ By Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is: ‘A Massive Rocky Shore Resists The Pounding Of The Sea’. I suspect this describes our emotional reaction to Lunar events. We may resist suddenly changed circumstances, particularly emotional ones, or it may be that we resist implementing what ‘the group’ offers or demands, or what our own originality urges us to risk. This may represent an extreme instance when we must choose between rigid and complete defiance and ‘going with the flow’. Just know there’s no right answer, just what’s right for you.

Bonus: if you have a natal point or placement at 18-21 Gemini (any minutes past the 21 degree point or before 18 means this isn’t filling in the configuration, and so isn’t valid for you), the New Moon offers a very personal result centered on the uncovering of or facing of some ignored, denied, or enraging issues, possibly resulting in gossip, revelation, or network shifts or support (Gemini) that brings a new emotional state or feeling, one that could be a shock, or that shifts the emotional perceptions to a ‘Higher Mind’ state or that unites you with or marks you as entirely separate from ‘the group’ (Uranus opp). The involved natal body or point energies combine with Black Moon Lilith’s righteousness (justified or not) or rage to create the New Moon emotional result, or if one rejects her energies, the act of denial or ignoring of reality forms the base to a Fist of God/ Thor’s Hammer, with the New Moon bringing the result of that interaction.

Or, if you have something at 2 Gemini, it forms the base for a Finger of God with Chiron, the New Moon’s apex suggesting the potential for healing, especially to the way you think about something or interact, socially or sharing information, with others.

A Good Day To . . . 26 October 2019

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‘Jockeys on Horseback Before Distant Hills’ By Edgar Degas 1884 {{PD}}

The 26th is a Good Day To . . . act, choose, or assert yourself according to what you know is wise, smart, or practical, and you can’t go wrong. Well, actually, you could go wrong, if your thinking on the future is cattywampus, or if you don’t trust the most spontaneous and unique parts of yourself. But otherwise, you’re off to the races.

And one other thing: accidents, both lucky and tragic, occur when we stray too far from our authentic Self and our most genuine forms of expression. Just be aware.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See Sunday’s New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 25 October 2019

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Do you think it’s weird that the art on their walls is all pics of humans? Because I do. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=562870

The 25th is a Good Day To . . . be conscious of the prevailing ‘theme’: necessary caution v. believing in Yourself. What’s needed today isn’t so much finding a balance as it is knowing which attitude to take in each situation: one time being restrained is key, while another time owning your power and authority is essential to success. One clue in sorting things out: judge which response is called for by asking yourself if your chosen course is in any way related to your wounds. If you see that taking an action would (theoretically, you hope) address some hurt or injustice, then you must acknowledge that whichever tack you were inclined toward is the wrong one of the two to take.

It’s just that right now our wounds are drawing too much energy, too much attention, for us to navigate in ways most beneficial to us. Listening to our hurts will separate our values from what’s wise–and we certainly don’t benefit when that happens! We do, however, have a guiding concept we can apply: deal only with what you love, or maybe, deal with everything as if you love it (whether you do or not), and if you do then any changes you make or power you exert will be just right, Goldilocks.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.

See the upcoming New Moon here–

A Good Day To . . . 24 October 2019

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‘The Dream of St Joseph’ By Georges de La Tour c1625 {{PD}}

The 24th is a Good Day To . . . ask yourself, What illusion am I currently accepting as real? It’s likely something prominent in our consciousness right now, something we are giving a lot of attention or energy to, and it’s definitely something that at best we’re seeing in some way distorted or enveloped in a film of unreality, and at worst we are completely deluded about this matter, to the point that our perception bears no resemblance to what is.

More than anything else, this is about honesty–our willingness to embrace it, to employ it, to see the world through that lens. Two points: though we may shy away from seeing things as they are because we fear it will hurt, seeing reality is the only way we can effectively interact with it, and if conscious awareness eludes us (it’s not necessarily your fault if you can’t see clearly–often we have been indoctrinated, deceived, or misled in some area, and find it particularly difficult to sort what is from what we’ve been told), try to look at current conditions through a lens of idealism. Searching for the ideal within the real both connects us more strongly to our values and helps us focus on the reality of what’s before us, in essence removing any imposed falsity.

A Good Day To . . . is based on the aspects perfecting on each day, Pacific time.