1 November 2016 Staying Clear

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Silence By Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy {{PD}}

Silence By Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: With all our attention on the ideals, the creative, and the spiritual, we may miss the way our perceptions around these subjects are unclear–and yet we allow these fuzzy, illusory, or deceptive ideas and images to run our actions and dictate our choices. We are running partly on instinct, partly on ambition, and we somehow find serendipitous material circumstances to support our current direction. The issue comes later, when we examine in the cold, unobstructed light what we created in today’s present. We’re likely then to find 1) that though we did what we did out of mistaken understanding, or following an outright deception, it worked out okay because this was something in line with our instincts, anyway, 2) that one way or another we gained power by pursuing what we wanted, 3) that we may have unintentionally sacrificed our standards to preserve a relationship or financial source, and 4) that sticking to the facts is the wise course–and that latter suggests our best guideline for today is to judge, choose, and decide strictly according to what the facts support (NN parallel Sedna, Juno nov Zeus, Jupiter parallel Pallas, Mars semi-sq Neptune and nov Saturn, Venus sesq Vesta, Sun trine Neptune)

Lamps in Souq Waqif, Qatar  26 October 2013 Photo by Shyam Subhash Nair  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Lamps in Souq Waqif, Qatar 26 October 2013 Photo by Shyam Subhash Nair Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today’s word image is a beautiful but tarnished old vessel that, according to a child who shows it to you, may or may not contain a djinn. The image suggests something potentially magical within your reach, something it may take a childlike or innocent attitude to discover or make the best of. 

For those born with the Sun at 9 Scorpio: Your creative inspirations, ideals, or spiritual revelations dominate the year, through to your next birthday, but it’s up to you to use them in the highest form possible. Methods for making the most of these surging talents/ influences is found in the past, your own or in practices, disciplines, or modes devised by others and handed down through artistic tradition, in forms of service, or in spiritual practice and forms of worship. If you apply yourself to realizing your ideas, you are likely to reach your next birthday in some serious way transformed. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

31 October 2016 The Lure of the Past

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By Godromil - Own work, CC0, from the Venice Biennial 2009 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30000171

By Godromil – Own work, CC0, from the Venice Biennial 2009 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30000171

The AstroEssence: Today the past looms large, and our vision is filled with opportunities lost, what we should’ve known (whether that’s a reasonable assessment or not), and with remembrance of exaggerated episodes of both positive and negative experiences. Optimism about the future and our goals may be squelched by recall of past missteps. We indulge in so much thought about what was, we may forget that the point of memory is to make better decisions and choices now (Jupiter qnx and Mercury trine the South Node)

'Mt Fuji Behind a Spider Net' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 19th century {{PD}}

‘Mt Fuji Behind a Spider Net’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 19th century {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a large spider web stretched above a busy highway. I saw this, and wondered, ‘What is that spider hoping to catch? A semi?’ The incongruity brings to mind when we lay out a plan, hoping to accomplish something, but fail to realize how inappropriate the ‘place’ (or venue, or method, or goal) we’ve chosen is. Or is it this: that an optimistic outlook serves us only so far, and that having a real chance at getting what we want requires a more practical, or perhaps more fully informed, plan?

For those born with the Sun at 8 Scorpio: Take care this coming year, Scorpio, as you may suffer a surprising amount of confusion between thoughts and feelings, often being unable to tell them apart. The reason may be that you are carrying some deep emotional perceptions that are trying to surface, and so inadvertently influence the thought processes. Doing some earnest excavation into the emotions will help, as will full-hearted acceptance of your creative urges, rather than the recent, socially-inspired inclination to tamp them down. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

30 October 2016 New Moon in Scorpio: The Start of the Dream

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The New Moon in Scorpio is conjoined Mercury, sesquiquadrate Chiron, and trine Neptune. The Sun and Moon conjoined always brings a new start, sparks a beginning, or, as with the event in Scorpio, may see the inception of a mystery, something hidden away, something that presents an illusion or deception, or something we don’t immediately recognize or understand to be a beginning, perhaps because it seems to be destructive, a coming-apart or change. What you need to know is this may bring a dream to realization, eventually, once the healing we’ve been resisting is accomplished, but the New Moon brings only a hint of what’s to come, and possibly delivers it in a form that at first creates delusion, confusion, secrets, or that plunges us into the creative, and so puts us out of touch with the reality picture. We may literally dream it rather than experience it; it may be that it’s only later that the mind can draw the thread from this New Moon start to the eventual fulfillment of the dream, materialization of what was imagined, or to the active application of the ideals to the real-world scenario.

The Sabian symbol is, ‘A Calm Lake Bathed In Moonlight’. This suggests emotional calm (the calm lake) that allows the individual to receive the inspiration or intuition needed (the moonlight). The keyword here might be ‘receptivity’, not just an openness but a stillness that makes us capable of receiving the message without interfering noise or the impulse to immediately react to what’s offered. ‘Bathed’ suggests a Scorpionic immersion, even a kind of pre-verbal, womb state. Allowing ourselves this kind of immersive experience promises at least a start to any difficult healing we may need to undergo, and specifically may spark our initial move toward or awareness of the New Moon dream.

For those born with the Sun at 7 Scorpio: This year, through to your next birthday, will be one of active communication–but it’s up to you whether that will carry a big creative dream forward, whether it will result in a spiritual advance for yourself, or whether you might spend the entire time chasing an illusion, or perpetrating a deception. Good thing it’s up to you, right? Choose according to your ideals, and you should reach your next Solar Return with some version of a magnum opus–we should all be so lucky! Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

I recommend this article by Liz Hathway, if you’re looking for a general peek forward to the US election.

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29 October 2016 Out of It

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Lisbon "chill out" street art, Uploaded by tm Author: Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Lisbon “chill out” street art, Uploaded by tm Author: Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The AstroEssence the 29th: We’re well into the Dark of the Moon (the three days preceding a New Moon) so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s a chill day, largely devoted to feeling just a little bit out of it. We’ll find cross-currents common, as we operate in our ‘blind spot’ and find the facts emerge to set us straight, or when our beliefs run up against our instincts, or as the social role requires us to tap into something we carry deep within but don’t often access. Even those who set out ablaze to party, to find out, to proselytize in their favorite arena, will find themselves subdued as lust turns to friendship, sought-after riches or rewards gain human-scale as the real-world intrudes, and modest wants and sober expression seem all we can muster. That’s not a bad thing, though: those who want bang and flash at this point just end up confused or failing in their goals; those who embrace the indeterminate, the vague, and the accepting sail through, with the option to nail down some serious Love or Money in the process (Jupiter sesq Sedna, Venus conj Saturn)

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) byThomas Eakins 1874 {{PD}}

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) byThomas Eakins 1874 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is sudden surgery. Who expects that, right? But the point is that, symbolically speaking, we may meet an occasion that ‘cuts deep’, and the exploration is completely unplanned. Look for Path-altering (even life altering) events that, for a short period, totally take over your experience, and ask yourself, What did that deep cut expose? even as you recognize the event was necessary to your healing.

For those born with the Sun at 6 Scorpio: Acute perceptual faculties are yours this coming year, through to your next birthday, but be prepared: not only will you divine all forms of perfection in your world, you’ll also see its flaws, in Technicolor, on the Big Screen of your mind–and you may be deeply inspired, and possibly deeply hurt, by what you see. If you can accept reality with all its unevenness, you can heal in ways you never anticipated. Bonus: you get a new start, a couple of months into this Solar year. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

28 October 2016 Merged Perception

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By John William Godward 1903- {{PD}}

By John William Godward 1903- {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may actually see more of an effect related to the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury today rather than yesterday, when the meeting perfected. That’s due to two things: both bodies perfect an attention-grabbing sesquiquadrate to Chiron today, and the Sun is not only still conjoined Mercury, but parallel to it (that is, the same distance from the horizon, making them appear to occupy the same spot in the sky). The difficult contacts to Chiron suggest that wounds, particularly the pre-verbal, primal ones, will underlie perceptions and communications today, making for rough interactions and likely even rougher internal processing of what’s perceived. The identity and perceptual abilities are so closely merged at this time, so closely aligned, that it’s unlikely we’ll be successful in separating our thoughts and perceptions from who we are–and that can foster all kinds of upset, as we react to words or perceived messages as if they hold the power to define or even control us. Remember that you’re actually the only one who can negotiate your future–and that it’s up to you to embrace Self-responsibility, rather than hiding out in chaos or rebellion (Ceres trine NN, Mars sq Uranus, Merc sesq Chiron, Sun sesq Chiron and parallel Mercury)

Today’s word image is putting the wrong month on all the paperwork. When that happens I’ve started to think of it as a little touch of time travel, a part of the unconscious pushing forward, trying to alert us to . . . what? Maybe to a brief window where we are actually perceiving, even living in, our own future, at least psychically speaking–and when that happens, it’s best to stop and take a clear look around at what’s going on. These instances are definitely clues to what’s coming.

For those born with the Sun at 5 Scorpio: The mental realm may dominate your year, and for some time it may be difficult for you to concede that your mind and Beingness really are two different things–you’ll be convinced you are your mind! This has the advantage of conferring a strong internal unity of purpose that can drive significant forward progress in the material world; but a too-close identification of the ego with the mind can end up triggering vengeance and affront when the delicate ego believes its ideas to be ill-received. Use your mighty brain power at this time to plan, push toward goals, and to understand–the power of cognition is so formidable that this same ability which might turn friends into enemies could just as easily turn enemies into friends, if you’ll apply it. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

27 October 2016 Older and Wiser

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I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA - Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA – Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

The AstroEssence: We mark something today, something to do with where we’ve been in life and where we’re headed; it’s a kind of ‘Hmm, so that’s the way it is’ moment with Love or Money that highlights our frustrations, points out how we’ve allowed wounds to dictate actions, and how we’ve allowed the unjust and the pessimistic to flourish in our thinking. We can let go all of that, now. We see who we are and what we need to heal, see that so much of what makes our circumstances is under our control, and rather than sulking because we can’t instantly create our ideal, we take actual steps toward that ideal, ones that count and maybe even change the game. This is what maturity looks like (Juno qnx Ceres, Mars sxt Chiron, Venus parallel Mars, sesq Ceres, and sq the Nodal axis, Mercury parallel Black Moon Lilith and conjoined the Sun in Superior Conjunction)

vintage-barber-haircut-poster-actionToday’s word image is one of those posters that can still be found in some barber shops, that shows the different cuts and names them: ‘The Executive’, ‘The Continental’, ‘The Flat Top’, ‘The Ivy League’ and so on. Theoretically, men, and the occasional woman, were to enter the shop and choose their style from this selection. That’s fine, except that the style is viewed on someone else; the question is, Does that style truly suit the individual? Too often we see someone else’s style, place in life, way of dealing and doing, and we think, ‘That’s how I want to do it’. There’s nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from others, but there’s everything wrong with thinking that we can or should be just like someone else. It’s an attempt to don an idealized vision, something that we think represents the person we admire–but that renders the admired individual in two dimensions, and our adoption of it like a Halloween costume–you just aren’t going to function well in that, every day. That kind of imitation leaves no room for our own talents and abilities–and the worst part may be that we tend to fall into this trap when we are overly focused on ‘finding ourselves’ and ‘being original’. I guess that leads us to the old saw, ‘Be yourself; everybody else is taken’.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Scorpio: You are about to enter into a new era of thinking, communication, and/ or perception–but until you do, you may feel the whole relating-to-the-world thing is a little muddy. Progress in any discernible sense only comes after that mental shift–so until then, relax, and pursue this sharpened clarity by attending to matters in the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

26 October 2016 Serendipity

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By Martin Brandenburg 'Elfenreigen', um 1906/09 {{PD}}

By Martin Brandenburg ‘Elfenreigen’, um 1906/09 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: A positive attitude draws serendipitous conditions and events; even the crabby and negative among us get a break. It’s as if values and commitments automatically shape the Path, relationships and financial responsibility influence the social role and efforts at gaining knowledge and at expansion attempts, and awareness guides materialization; what we think about appears around us. Obviously, the extent of reward or success we achieve is based on our outlook and intentions, corresponding to how much energy we put into the positive (and of course, those who dwell on the negative pull in a corresponding energy, as well). This is a normal operation of energy amplified; we have the chance to see very clearly our actual approach to life and the results we can expect from it. The ability to persuade ourselves we’re being effective is removed, replaced by real evidence of what we’re putting out there, what we’re drawing in (Vesta nov NN, Venus sxt Jupiter and nov Mars, Merc and the Sun nov Saturn, just ahead of the Superior Conjunction of the 27th)

James Ward - 'A Bat' undated {{PD}}

James Ward – ‘A Bat’ undated {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a bat. We mostly have an aversion to these squishy-faced, eerie-winged creatures, associating them with what’s frightening and dark, with vampires and the Underworld. The reality is most of them eat fruit and bugs, and play an important part in the ecosystem. What in our lives are we demonizing that we should actually be thankful for? Inspect assumptions and attitudes, and re-tool them for a more realistic appraisal of what’s around you; recognition that everything has a value goes a long way toward removing unwarranted prejudices.

For those born with the Sun at 3 Scorpio: Health issues seem like something that can be kicked down the road and attended to later, but you’d be smart to look into them now. The body and Beingness needs your attention; it’s the right time to deal with old injuries, with preventative measures, and with clearing the mental and emotional slates. Taking a stance of accountability puts you in a great position to go forward in future, undistracted by personal matters, making a significant impact when you do. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

25 October 2016 Challenge to the Dream

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John William Waterhouse - Circe, 1911 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – Circe, 1911 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Is it relationships and their demands that challenge your realization of the dream, or is it finances, or assets, or lacking the cooperation of others that’s preventing you creating what you want? Here’s a thought: if you think something is standing in your way, it’s not. It may look solid, like a true and insurmountable obstacle, an obligation or duty that pulls all your sugar over to someone else’s cause, leaving you too exhausted to go after what you say you want, but it’s almost a given that you haven’t even tried to climb over it, go around it, or punch through that paper tiger, to get to your goal. Here’s another thought: maybe you’re just saying you want it, rather than really wanting it. I’m not trying to disparage anyone, or anyone’s dreams, I’m only saying that sometimes we have very good reasons, ones we just don’t acknowledge, for not going toward that thing we like to think we want–we instead tell ourselves what’s stopping us is out there, and how sad that we’ll never have what we desire–it’s a way to celebrate an image of ourselves we’ll never have to live up to–but that’s a little too close to pretending we are victims, rather than seeing that there’s some part of this equation we’re not admitting to–and it’s important for our own sake that we divine what we may be hiding from, avoiding knowing, ignoring, or so angry about that we’re actually sabotaging ourselves.

These same influences could also show us the worthless nature of a fantasy or idealized vision, with the likely impetus to the big reveal a need to change how we think about our values and priorities, along with a need to finally acknowledge something we’ve been avoiding. It may be very difficult, but today we see in what way we’re cheating our own dream, keeping ourselves from fulfillment, and in the process holding back from the world the very thing we came here to give (Venus sq Neptune, Mercury sq Vesta, Sun parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s word image is paperwork not filled out. There’s something you need to actively participate in, commit to, or put your John Hancock to that you’ve been putting off. It’s time to make at least one commitment that benefits yourself, and to make that promise visible to others (the symbol of the paperwork), no matter how small.

We’re at one of those awkward points when the Sun ‘straddles’ the day; see yesterday’s birthday look ahead for those with the Sun at 2 Scorpio, and tomorrow’s outlook for the Sun at 3 Scorpio.

24 October 2016 Work At It

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Meijer de Haan 'Les Teilleuses de Lin' 1889 {{PD}}

Meijer de Haan ‘Les Teilleuses de Lin’ 1889 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re seeking empowerment (by that I mean we’re looking for ways to make our actions count, to have an impact, whether that’s in our own lives, out in the world, or both) but for some reason we’re rejecting our own instincts, and unable to admit we may be laboring in our ‘blind spot’, and so pushing forward ignorant of what we’re missing. Take the time to consider, dig deep, really think about things before going on or choosing; a little modesty and forethought goes a long way today, both keeping us out of trouble and reserving our attention and efforts for where they’re really needed (Juno opp Sedna, Merc into Scorpio)

Nosferatu waits for a call, just like anybody else. By Pablo-flores assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610352

Nosferatu waits for a call, just like anybody else. By Pablo-flores assumed (based on copyright claims). – No machine-readable sources provided. CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610352

Today’s word image is a promised phone call that never comes. Have you ever done that, said you’d call someone and then not done it? Or received that promise from someone else? This time it’s something you expected from the Universe–and now you must acknowledge that it didn’t arrive as you thought it would. My thought is: adapt. Stop holding this expectation as part of your future, because that surely means you’ve been holding a part of yourself in reserve, as well.

For those born with the Sun at 02 Scorpio: You feel you’ve ironed out any wrinkles in both your thinking and your priorities–so now what? It may be that you spend the year between now and your next birthday feeling cut adrift, separated from the old identity, roles, and/ or ways of approaching things but not quite connected to your new place in things. The good part of that is that it gives you the opportunity to shape yourself in any way you like; the bad part is that it may be a little lonely until you choose your next ‘form’. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!

Your Weekend 22-23 October 2016 A Time For Change

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The ancient Greeks believed that the newly dead were offered pears at the gates of the Afterlife, to ease their homesickness. Have a pear this weekend; you might need the soothing influence. 'Pears and Oranges in a Bowl' - William Glackens 1915 {{PD}}

The ancient Greeks believed the newly dead were offered pears at the gates of the Afterlife, to ease their homesickness. Have a pear this weekend; you might need the soothing influence. ‘Pears and Oranges in a Bowl’ – William Glackens 1915 {{PD}}

22 October: The Rewards of Change

The AstroEssence: Inspiration or the spiritual beliefs illustrate a healthy environment or approach for us, yet our thoughts are mired in yesterday’s empowerment methods, and our actions are prompted by what we don’t acknowledge. The result of this mish-mash, strangely enough, is valuable change, though whether it comes through relationships or financial circumstances, or results in change to them, is an individual matter, probably determined by how successfully we’ve been able to listen to and follow those instinctual prompts that we would really rather turn away from. If we’ve listened and adapted, what occurs is much more under our control and likely much more positive, but if we’ve avoided following that internal voice the change is likely delivered by externals, over which we have little influence (Neptune trine Hygeia, Mars sxt Black Moon Lilith, Venus nov Pluto, Mercury sesq South Node, parallel Juno, qnx Sedna, Sun enters Scorpio)

Today’s word image is a set of car keys. You have the keys–now drive forward!

We’re at that point (past it, really, at least in Pacific time) when the days don’t neatly align with the Sun in a single degree, so today we’ll list both:

For those born with the Sun at 29 Libra: Power issues, who owns what, who controls whom, and what and to whom you dedicate your life energy take front and center stage this year, through to your next birthday. Those are big subjects, and they’ll be the underpinning of the more mundane, daily events; remain aware of this, and make choices according to your highest values and most honored priorities, and you’ll lay the foundation for big change or a whole new role that arrives relatively soon. Good luck, Libra, and Happy Birthday!

For those born with the Sun at 00 Scorpio: This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may be focused on conflicts within those life areas where you want to make commitments (with a mate, in the home, or to causes and those ideas that shape the life direction); you may find yourself running up against problems and surprising contradictions within your own value set, and this takes an emotional toll (and possibly expresses through the matters of the House that holds Cancer). By the time you’ve made one more trip around the Sun, you’ll be feeling and seeing things much differently than you do now–allow the change; don’t waste your energy resisting. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

23 October: What’s Stopping You?

The AstroEssence: Mark this day on your calendar; it’s likely to hold some large upset, conflict, awareness of disparity, angry confrontation, power-play, or some tattling-like communication that just won’t allow us to end the day as we started it. Big shifts can have their origins today; so can turning points. At a minimum, expect adjustments to the social role, the Self-image, the permission you grant yourself, and/ or the way in which you attempt to actualize the dream–and expect the priorities to change as a consequence (Jupiter qnx Neptune, Mars sq Zeus, Venus sesq Uranus, Merc opp Ceres and semi-sq Saturn, Sun sq Vesta)

Mikoláš Aleš 1881 {{PD}}

Mikoláš Aleš 1881 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crow trying to carry a whole branch back to the nest. It’s too heavy, of course. What are you attempting that might be more than you can handle? Is it an appropriate goal in the first place? Consider what you might have to deal with if you succeed. If you truly find it a worthy goal, you might want to ask yourself why you haven’t yet asked for help.

For those born with the Sun at 01 Scorpio: You may spend the year re-shaping your life according to some recent changes to your values and commitments; you’re looking to build something solid, something lasting, and to remove certain barriers that perhaps you are seeing as movable for the first time. You have the focus and energy to do it–don’t let emotional issues or conflicts drain your zest and distract from your goals. Good luck, Scorpio, and Happy Birthday!