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Just a Little AstroEssence 26 January 2018 Mesmerized

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Gustav Klimt 1894 {{PD}}

Mars enters Sagittarius and we want to have an impact: far-reaching, on things far away, on beliefs, and on the facts, with the latter either relating to changing those realities or on giving them a ‘cover story’ that aligns them more closely with what we believe. Under this influence, the facts might seem more aggressive than usual, insisting upon themselves in a way that could raise our ire, anger the ego, expand our viewpoint (whether we are willing or not), or drive our choices, and leave us little room for fantasy or supposition–and that’s a good thing, the way Mars through Sagittarius may force alignment with a real-world picture that is inclusive of what’s foreign to us, and so something we need to learn about.

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Today we also see Venus semi-square Chiron and Neptune quincunx Ceres; we notice all the ways our values, relationships, and financial arrangements set off our wounds or call forward our unique skills, and we may find later, when looking back, that our own imaginations were what kept us from fully exercising our prerogatives. That means that, though clear sight is always our goal, right now that’s prevented by our own inclinations. We mesmerize ourselves into believing we are less (or less capable) than we truly are–that’s a spell that needs to be broken as soon as possible.

Today’s word image is the color green. Green suggests newness, or an untried quality, or one lacking training. Fecundity might be implied; what new in the life, what thing just begun, or just now growing, what untried ideas or efforts, need to go forward? Or is it jealousy or envy, giving a Venusian name to behavior that can otherwise be confounding?

Just a Little AstroEssence 24-25 January 2018 Oh What a Tangled Web

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As Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn and Pluto parallels Pallas and semi-squares Vesta we find ourselves excavating the framework of our thoughts, the rules we have accepted as necessary or even as reality itself, and the barriers and restraints that keep out what we find destructive, unpleasant, threatening, or just bizarre, as we judge exposure to these as unwise or impractical; they turn attention from those areas to which we’d like to dedicate ourselves and our life energy, and so must be purged. We may spin ourselves a tangled web, if we try to handle such deep and extensive housecleaning in a single day; better to let things fall away naturally, without too much direct effort. Our energy is best expended on being clear about our values and priorities (Sun sextile Vesta) and in pursuing those goals involving what we are sure we value or care about (Mars parallel Venus, Sun parallel Mars), as thoughts centered on pure ambitions unattached to what we value are sure to be too strongly fixed on the conflicts achieving our ends would entail, and so be less than useful, too prone to take a destructive turn (Mercury square Zeus and conjoined Pluto). In truth, we are readying ourselves, creating mental and intention clarity that will drive everything tomorrow, the 25th (Mars novile Zeus, Mercury sextile Jupiter).

By An Errant Knight – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37632333

The word image for the 24th is a shovel. Does this bring to mind gardening, hard labor, construction, burying the bodies? When we use it as a verb, we often mean it in a derogatory way, accusing someone for instance, of shoveling sh*t (telling lies) or shoveling in the food (gluttony). So, does the image of a shovel invoke some form of productive work, or is it an action word, suggesting our negative image of someone else, or they of us?

The word image for the 25th is two women spending an afternoon making soap. What is it that you’re preparing to ‘clean up’? Or what artisanal skill have you been considering developing? Now’s the time.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 January 2018 Unseen Influence

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‘L’aventure’ By Georges de Feure 1898 {{PD}}

We want to act, or to choose, not just to get it done, but to get it done ruthlessly, to purge what needs to go, to destroy what shouldn’t be there–there’s extremity to our urges, and to our statements of who and what we are–and yet we can’t seem to act today without the interference of those matters we have been assiduously ignoring, denying, or consistently (though probably quietly) enraged over. Be aware of the influence of the unseen, the discounted, and of what we’ve ‘tuned out’, consciously or not; just knowing we are open to these stealthy currents is enough to ward off their biggest effects (Mars at the end of Scorpio is novile Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn)

Special note: Hygeia and Juno are still traveling along together in Aquarius, and will remain so through 5 February. This links empowerment to health, especially to a healthy mental attitude or a well-educated (formally or not) intellect. Understanding is key here; why things are the way they are, whether they are in balance or not, and how power within a situation, or its lack, plays on health are the running themes during this period.

Tang Minghuang dao Shu {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something Chinese, or Chinese-influenced. Take whatever pops into your mind as a symbol of something that needs your understanding or attention, and go from there.

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 January 2018 Spiritual Magic

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Henri Martin – ‘The Apparition’ 1894 {{PD}}

It’s now required that what’s been healed inside you, the part of your Soul and identity that expresses your spiritual essence, must be shared in all ways in which you’re empowered. Impulses are healthy, and we are acting in our own ‘best image’; we are a potent creative force, poised to use our skills–now see what spiritual magic comes from within (Chiron novile Juno-Hygeia, Sun novile Neptune)

Kuniyoshi Utagawa, ‘The Magic Toads’ c1849 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a suit of clothes, laid out on a bed. This brings to mind that saying, ‘He’s an empty suit of clothes’, meaning he’s all bluster, talk, hot air, of no substance–a ‘hollow’ man, in any meaningful sense. It’s an image of ineffectuality. Is there some area in your life where you feel you aren’t having an impact? Or are you currently dealing with someone like this, someone who may present himself as able or important but who can’t even make a ripple in the water? In the most general terms, this is a signal to take charge yourself, either by changing up your approach, trying something original or new, or by ignoring or bypassing ‘the empty suit’.

Your Weekend 21 January 2018 The Point

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‘Red Houses’ by Agnes Weinrich, c1921 {{PD}}

Health and circumstances of empowerment both balance on the past; we see clearly the thread that connects past behaviors and choices to our current situation (Hygeia and Juno conjoined the South Node). The point of such insight, of course, is to modify our thinking, our intentions, our approach with an eye on the future we’d like to create (Mercury quincunx the North Node). Today we do that best by scrutinizing relationships and finances specifically for those related things we try to ignore, to turn away from, or that make us angry but which we bury for the sake of a surface peace or continued income (Venus parallel Black Moon Lilith). This scrutiny will almost undoubtedly be unpleasant, and probably uncomfortable, but it will have the virtue of bringing us closer to our Truth (and this is so even if we don’t share our insights or confront others over what we feel are wrongs). Get angry, and wash that anger away with love–that’s the potential available today.

Here’s the result of a fight over a stray animal. ‘What An Unbranded Cow Has Cost’ by Frederic Remington 1894 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an Old West shoot-out, where no one gets shot. That’s a good thing, and yet, you have to wonder, what was all the shooting about? Are you in a similar situation now? This image suggests it may come to nothing–maybe that’s a hint that all parties can just walk away, now, and save their ammo for a more productive fight.

Your Weekend 20 January 2018 Haunted

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Jan Grubiński ‘Pejzaż o zachodzie słońca’ 1908 {{PD}}

Our attention, even in the full sunlight of consciousness, is drawn repeatedly to what enrages us, what we would rather look away from, what we would like to ignore or deny (Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith), and this leads to contemplation and discussion of (even the working out of agreements over) power and reach, to negotiating and bargaining with those who hold power over us, or over whom we hold sway (Mercury quincunx Ceres). No matter how much we turn our attitudes and faces toward the light, we will find ourselves haunted by what offends, deeply irritates, and consumes us with righteous anger; in order to retain our own current power and relevancy, and to maintain sufficient dignity and autonomy, we may need to adjust, to discharge some of the outrage, or mobilize it in some useful channel–failing that, a deep breath and a step back may keep us from some unseemly, potentially disastrous entanglements.

Rembrandt ‘Artemis’ Nautilus cup detail 1633 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a poison passed off as a medicine. There are many things that fall under this description, though the most obvious might be chemotherapy, where the death of the bad is accompanied by a certain unavoidable amount of the death of the good. This encourages two questions: one, is there ever truly a benefit to accepting poison into one’s person? That is, is loss of the good with the bad simply to be expected, and can the same result be attained by other means? And two, does poison plus faith create its own alchemy, changing the detrimental to the beneficial? Is there some confusion? Are you taking in a poison that you think is medicine, or vice versa, a medicine that for you is a poison? This is a highly personal subject, and is by no means a criticism of anyone’s treatment of choice for any thing. Remember, the Daily Word Image is symbolic, meant to prompt consideration of what’s behind and beyond the physical and observable. 

Just a Little AstroEssence 19 January 2018 Problem Children

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Anonymous pair, Artist Unknown, c1900 {{PD}}

Pallas enters Taurus, bringing wisdom down-to-earth and making the practical and the skilled valued, and the Sun enters Aquarius, emphasizing an intellectual approach, or a modern one, that encourages discovery and understanding. With that as the general tone, we may see reality right in line with it (Saturn parallel Pallas) even as our attention goes to what isn’t smart or practical, as if it’s the Universe’s ‘problem children’ that get all our energy (Sun sq Pallas). That means we may be distracted (Merc sxt Neptune), which can result in actions and choices that do not align with instincts (Mars opp Sedna) or that can bring almost magically fortuitous outcomes (Venus nov Neptune), the stuff of our ideals or fantasies. What makes the difference between headstrong acting-out and reward manifestation? A strong sense of what we value, and a willingness to think about and invest in what we honor (Merc nov and Venus sxt Vesta).

‘Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord’ By Adolph Tidemand – EwGseaUks6vhrQ at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29835502

Today’s word image is: attending a wedding. What’s getting together right under your nose? Are you supporting something by your mere presence that you otherwise don’t think is a good idea? Does official recognition of this pairing change the way you feel about it, or about each of the participants?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 18 January 2018 Half-Hearted

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Little cushion, a love token made by a sailor, England, about 1900. Musée du Coeur (collection of Mr and Mrs Boyadjian ), MRAH, Jubilee Park, Brussels. Photo By Vassil CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

It seems we’ve seen and accepted that values and priorities are integral to good health (Vesta parallel Hygeia), and we’ve taken steps to heal ourselves (Mars trine Chiron), but we may still resist what we know deep inside to be true, as wonky thinking asserts itself in half-hearted follow-through (Mercury semi-sq Mars, sesq Sedna). Accept that modifications need to happen, if you’re going to make the most of recent positive developments; nothing goes forward without your acknowledgment that further change is necessary, not optional, and that the things you long for can’t occur until significant shifts take place.

Today’s word image is the color red. Use it as a sign of synchronicities and a notice that you should be paying careful attention at that moment.

Just a Little AstroEssence 17 January 2018 Health

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Carl Larsson ‘Summer Morning’ 1908 {{PD}}

Our health–mental, emotional, spiritual, and especially physical–shapes our world and viewpoint today. The state of health appears to dictate our ability to respond in an empowered way, to act–with the greater the degree of erraticism or unpredictability implying a sense of less power–and somehow a rejection of wisdom in favor of Love or Money suggests we are taking a ‘higher mind’ approach to things that removes us from our actual emotional reaction. We can get a little lost inside our own heads, so that finding a static point about which we are entirely certain in our assessment and feeling can become the difference between wasted time and progress (Saturn nov Juno and Hygeia, which are conj, Mars qnx Uranus, Venus squares Pallas and enters Aquarius, Sun semi-sq Neptune)

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso ‘The Leap of the Rabbit’ 1910 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is that interval where the Universe is pushing you to leap, but you don’t yet see anything to leap to. Vague, I know, but also a moment we can all identify with. Though this is typically the most nerve-wracking point in any venture, we should make a conscious effort to relax into the uncertainty–relaxing makes it that much easier to hear exactly what the Universe is ‘saying’.

See the New Moon in Capricorn here–

Just a Little AstroEssence 16 January 2018 New Moon in Capricorn ‘Uncertainty Principle’

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Though this is considerably more moonlight than we get with a New Moon, this picture seems to capture the spirit of this NM well. ‘Dubrovnik bei Mondlicht’ (Dubrovnik by Moonlight) 1914 By Eduard Kasparides {{PD}}

We have a handful of interesting pair-ups, aside from the New Moon today. Ceres conjoins the North Node point, creating a conscious awareness of how our current power position is forming our future–and perhaps generating some confusion, fear, or delusion, or an insistence on idealism, because of it (Neptune parallel Zeus)–add to this Mercury conjoined Black Moon Lilith, for a touch of paranoid thinking or obsessive anger or worry, and you set the New Moon stage as one where we may be very concerned over what’s to come. Being anxious, even potentially acting or lashing out, almost becomes a given, as that energy must go somewhere, discharge somehow–and that’s how we make a little explosive casing for New Moon events.

The New Moon is 6:17 PM Pacific time at 26 Capricorn 54, conjoined an already separating Venus, but not close enough to be considered conjoined Pluto, over which Sun and Moon have both recently passed. This scenario suggests that the New Moon event is born as a reaction to recent trauma or change and the risk/ reward potentials it has presented. Now, we are thinking, we must stabilize things, figure out the ‘rules’ as they currently stand, set parameters, contain the matter, or choose a shape and structure for developments, trying to control them. What we may not see is that they have already been given a Capricornian shape, and that the New Moon is actually our reaction to that. Difficulty knowing this may be the function of the semi-square of the Moon to Neptune; we’ll almost certainly struggle, to see our own ideals clearly as we grope for a guideline, or just to make it through what will likely feel like an entirely arbitrary fog. Why are we having such a hard time? we may wonder; it’s Neptune, inciting its own kind of uncertainty principle (though the ‘real’ one is Heisenberg’s, that is an apt analogy for this effect, as well).

The New Moon falls at the rough midpoint of a Mars-Chiron trine, suggesting NM events have some origin in or connection to both our own choices/ actions and our wounded nature, perhaps even that the NM event is our effort at finding a balance between the two influences. The NM is also in rough square to both Uranus and Pallas, both in Aries; it may feel like the NM is our reaction to the unpredictability, erratic nature, and/ or wisdom (or lack of it) of others. Our Willful attempt (Cappy NM) to contain or put up barriers or arrest the Will of others (the Aries placements) finds expression in conflict (the square), but doesn’t require open warfare. The trine of the NM to Sedna says we either access instinct, and so respond adeptly to the ‘threat’, or we respond out of the depths of our own ‘blind spot’, setting other, new physical consequences (Sedna in Taurus) in motion.

Caspar David Friedrich ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’ 1817 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Pilgrims Climbing The Steep Steps Leading To A Mountain Shrine’. This suggests a building of effort, toward eventual attainment, that is very much in tune with Capricorn, as are both the symbol of the mountain and the humble pilgrim. No matter what shape New Moon events take, and no matter what they are in response to, we embody the sincerity of the pilgrim, who acknowledges there is something bigger, ‘more than’, ‘out there’, and that the only way to understand things in this uncertain world is to take steps, one at a time, that lead us to the sacred place (the shrine of the symbol). And that journey, whether we are conscious of the sacred nature of those steps or not, is life, isn’t it?

Hint for personal New Moon interpretation: Look for the configurations; there’s potential for two Fingers of God (base of NM-Chiron or base of NM-Mars, apex a natal body, also Grand Trine with NM and Sedna, third component a natal body). Remember, for a Finger the apex must be quincunx (150 degrees) from each base element, with an orb of no more than two degrees from both base elements. A Grand Trine can be a little looser–give it 3 degrees orb.