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Just a Wee Bit of AstroEssence 30 September-1 October 2017 Smart Love

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Just had to let you know about Saturday: sticking religiously to values and commitments might actually cause harm (so, be flexible in responses), and anything that embodies or expresses Love is Smart.

And then on Sunday the 1st: Action may be transformative or destructive, and we may not be able to tell the difference (Mars trine Pluto)–this time, align thinking with Nature and a sense of personal authority, especially moral authority, to handle choices successfully (Mercury sxt Ceres and nov NN).

And for a word image, recall the weirdest movie or scene you’ve witnessed in real life of late–and think about it as if it were a dream–what does it say about the way you’re facing things, right now?

That is all! Have a great one!

Just a Little AstroEssence 29 September 2017 Give Yourself Credit

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You’ve tamed a dragon or two in your time–give yourself credit. Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

It feels like we can’t count on anybody–and what’s worse, it seems as if those others hold all the power! What’s making us feel so much at others’ mercy? We are too divorced from our own creative powers, and that makes us hyper-aware of our perceived inadequacies and injuries (especially those we believe have been inflicted by significant others–Mercury enters Libra)–and who could be expected to feel powerful under those conditions?

We’re looking to the wrong place for support; our attention must go to our status and what it affords us, our natural power position (that is, the energies of personal authority we all hold as autonomous Beings), and we must give ourselves credit for being who we are, where we are. It’s not an accident that we have arrived at this particular point in our lives, holding this particular set of abilities, interests, and connections. Glory in your most unique and original characteristics, and put clear and honest Self-expression ahead of the welfare or maintenance of any relationship.

‘Bo’ By Carl Larsson 1905 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the color orange. It’s suddenly everywhere–fall has arrived! What shift have you noticed lately, something attention-grabbing, even shocking (that orange!) that you may have been ignoring or putting off dealing with? Change is inevitable, and all the better dealt with when acknowledged.

I won’t be doing Daily posts for a while–I’m taking time in a combination of birthday celebration and attending to medical issues. I anticipate returning to the Dailies no later than 20 October. In between, I will be posting occasionally, the Press will be monitored so there’ll be no interruption in order fulfillment, and those who have standing orders (such as pre-paid Horaries) may still send their queries whenever they need to–I’ll be checking my mail regularly, with a few short periods completely away–but you’ll get your answers as soon as I see and can address them. Thank you all!

Just a Little AstroEssence 28 September 2017 Focus On: Pluto Direct

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, ‘The Umbrellas’, c1881-86 {{PD}}

Pluto stations direct today at 16 Capricorn 51, in a planetary pantomime similar to a car that was backing up that stops moving, switches into drive from reverse, but hasn’t yet begun perceptible motion forward: things have changed, but we may not be able to see that, yet. Typically Pluto is background noise, a lot like this measure of Cosmic radiation, persistently there, but not especially distinct; the shape of the Plutonian influence is a wave, not a singular, isolated event, something that washes over, permeates everything, but has a source it’s impossible to pinpoint. You know those times you’re walking around frowning, until you become aware of a kind of pressure on your brow? That’s the Pluto retrograde, exerting its influence, and it’s a lifting of that pressure, equivalent to realizing you don’t need to be so tense, that constitutes the direction. The heaviness that’s lingered for so long dissipates, likely felt either in the House Pluto rules in the natal chart, or where it’s currently transiting; those subjects can suddenly seem less maddening, less compelling, less urgent, with transformation of the energies coming almost unbidden–not necessarily ‘cured’, but certainly less serious. All the gloom may not be wiped away, but there may be the barest frisson as we realize it’s definitely getting lighter.

This Plutonian shift occurs in the midst of two contradictory pulls, one toward erratic, unwise, unthinking behavior, likely blamed on externals, one toward thinking that we’re honoring what we care about–but it’s in the disparity between thought and reality where our problems lie. We can bridge the chasm by acknowledging that we don’t need to be all-powerful in order to have an impact, and for once thinking may not be our best option–instead we need to concentrate on what’s right in front of us, and deal with things one at a time, rather than retreating to ruminate, ponder, and disconnect.

Not quite the kind of crown we’re talking about. By Pia Ranslet (original painting and photo thereof) – Pia Ranslet, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17530407

Today’s word image is the phrase, ‘Heavy lies the head that wears the crown’, which is actually a misquote of this, from Henry the IV, Pt. 2: ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown’. Is there any real difference between them? Yes, there is. The misquoted version suggests a Plutonian sense of responsibility, that a ruler is burdened by the very fact of being ruler; the actual quote suggests something otherwise, that the one who wears the crown can never rest, with the implication being that their position can never be secure. Why has the saying morphed in popular culture? There may be a tendency to believe that those in charge have great privilege and power, so mustn’t complain of responsibilities–which ignores the original meaning of a ruler actually being a target, the position a precarious one. Maybe this is about an assumption that those who have owe us, or about us forgetting those in charge have problems, too. Is there a place in your world where you see someone as having, and therefore owing you? Do you feel others see you that way? How uneasy are you with your own ‘power position’? And do you, or do you not, want to ‘wear a crown’, based on your beliefs about what that entails?

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 September 2017 Focus On: Brawling Heavies

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We’re going to concentrate on one set of aspects perfecting today: Jupiter opposed Uranus and sesquiquadrate Neptune. These are three big guns, heavy hitters throwing weighted punches–and these fisticuffs are going on as our attention is fixed solidly on what matters to us, on fulfilling our commitments to those things we honor, find sacred, and value, and on living our ‘Best Self’ (Sun conj Vesta). Unless the involved bodies are directly linked to the natal picture, these energies are likely to be experienced as persistent cross-currents that try to pull us off our feet, efforts and incentives to expand the world view or the reach, to learn, to believe, buffeted by rebellious and erratic tendencies, a deep desire to be original, or pressure from the group, and this stand-off is exacerbated by our own imaginative powers, creative needs, and delusions, misperceptions all the way to full-blown fantasy.

That isn’t an easy influence for the individual to handle, just because these are exerted by astrological heavyweights, the turbulence like the confluence of two mighty rivers, with a third, unpredictable and impossible-to-source influence adding to the tumult. It can be exhausting if we try to deal with it head-on, and only slightly less debilitating if we allow the currents to carry us, then try to deal with whatever shores we’re washed up on.

If this does hook into the natal chart in some way (approximately 12 degrees of anything other than Aquarius and Aries, and approximately 27 degrees of anything), then according to the nature and province of the contacted energy in your chart, you may have to deal with being pulled into one or more brawls, and it may be difficult to know why, or to discern the reality of circumstances, not to mention the potential for being surprised by what occurs (but that can include being offered unexpected opportunities, and/ or receiving sudden new creative ideas).

Advanced Info: Watch for interaction among the Houses ruled by the heavies in the natal chart. This is where you may meet some impossible conflicts or circumstances, and again, it may feel like a no-win situation whether you resist or go along with it. Best just to realize this is all temporary, that this may present opportunity, challenge beliefs, rule you through accident or ‘group think’, and/ or offer creative impetus or delusion/ deception.

Lago del desierto, Patagonia Photo By Adroar – Propio, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4104264

Today’s word image is a place: Patagonia. For me this represents a kind of ‘gateway’ to the South Pole–and my astro-brain insists we’re really talking about a way to access the South Node, landscape or territory that in some way ‘takes me back there’–and maybe that’s so for you, too. There’s also a well-known clothing brand specializing in outdoor gear–and if we consider both those possibilities, we may see an invitation to ‘rough it’ and re-acquaint ourselves with something from out past, with the implication that revisiting it will be of benefit now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 September 2017 Dream A Little

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‘Joseph’s Dream’ By Georges de La Tour 1628 {{PD}}

What we do is smart–whether we do it consciously and with intent, or stumble into it, actually meaning to create another effect, is really beside the point. Choices made and actions taken will be wise and practical, in spite of our intentions! The secrets to success? Don’t dwell on the past; be willing instead to modify your view of it. Nurture relationships and financial situations that support goals and ambitions–but one key to this is not insisting on going big, overdoing, or exaggerating your current position or needs. Attention easily goes to the future–and that’s where it should be. Dream a little–it will help align the unseen with what you most want.

Today’s word image is a hard-boiled egg. ‘Hard-boiled’ has the connotation of something one can’t change or influence–and an egg is a beginning, its hard-boiled status suggesting it will not change, and neither will it ‘grow’. What thing just started is in reality already finished? The sooner you see it, the sooner you can accept it as it is, perhaps let it go, but in any case, move on.

Just a Little AstroEssence 25 September 2017 Runaway Imagination

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There’s an influence running through our lives, just out of sight, and we need to identify it and its potential effects. ‘Apollo and Daphne’ By Benedetto Luti 18th century {{PD}}

Our imagination runs away with us; it’s as if we so dislike reality (or is it that What Is is so at odds with our wants?) that we act erratically, off-the-cuff, and this affects relationships and finances, possibly clearing the air and setting things in a good direction. Wow, I didn’t expect that to come out like that, did you? Enjoy your week!

Today’s word image is a mole. Do you think of the burrowing animal, a spy of some kind, a saboteur, or that thing Austin Powers couldn’t keep his eyes off of? For the most part, those have an element of the hidden about them. Is there something exerting a surreptitious influence on proceedings, something you’ve been ignoring as harmless when it could have a big effect at a later date? If something springs to mind, that suggests it’s in need of greater scrutiny for what it could bring about. And if it’s an actual mole, maybe you want to get it checked (or banned from the garden, if it’s the other kind!)

Just a Little AstroEssence 24 September 2017 Get Real

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‘Harmonie du soir’ By Michel Simonidy 1904 {{PD}}

We’re honoring what we find sacred, what we care about and make a priority, and yet this is somehow translating into an unwise direction for the future. What are we doing wrong? We’re pitting our beliefs against our instincts–and the instincts are losing; and we’re acting (when we do act) out of fear of what we imagine might happen, rather than in response to actual circumstances, and that’s making us seem arbitrary and unreliable. The one shining light in all this is that we do know what’s healthy, we value it, in fact, so we have a guideline to follow: whatever yields love or benefit, in any of myriad forms, is the solid thing to do.

Today’s word image is hearing music at random times. This is actually happening to me; I pause in the middle of things, trying to catch some delicate tune on the breeze. It never turns out to be music, though: it’s something metal tapping against a metal tube, a cord brushing across the strings of a mandolin, the wind moving branches against the glass, freshets of air sighing through the pines, sounding almost like thin, high violins. It’s clearly not music as we normally think of it, but I still feel like I need to stop and listen, as if there’s a ‘song’ I need to hear but am largely missing. Maybe this is about listening more carefully, more intently (to what isn’t said?), and perhaps about recognizing all the many ‘songs’ there are in the world.

Just a Little AstroEssence 23 September 2017 Lion’s Roar

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Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Ceres enters Leo, and Venus trines Juno. That lion you hear roaring? That’s you! You reap benefits by being Self-responsible, motivated, accepting of both duties and the legitimacy of pursuing your own goals. Unless unless unless: you are a Jupiterian human, married to a certain god-sense within you that grants an assumption of might, and possibly of superiority (and this isn’t automatically a bad thing, it’s a Jupiter thing, making it right for those of a Jupiterian orientation! That kind of Self-perception can make you tackle what others might hesitate to handle, an admirable kind of courage.) If you vibe to Jupiter, you may feel left out today; the strong anima energies that express with such surety, such confidence, may feel to you anti-Jupiterian–which they are not. The lesson to you, my Jupiter friends, is that just because someone else is confident, generous, feeling their own benevolence and yes, let’s admit it, their cleverness, their knowingness bestowed by Nature, more powerful than any random facts or human-cooked-up beliefs, just because they are feeling empowered, doesn’t mean you are any less you–or any less significant to the world.

That said, if those Jupiter energies perceive themselves to be harmed, there’s the potential for some mild lashing out, à la Mr. Burns offering “the beating of your life”: the force is diluted by a serious lack of true impetus behind it–it’s just driven by hurt feelings, which soon enough pass. So, all you Jupiter people must be aware that feeling left out doesn’t mean you really are left out, so no need to react as if you are–and everyone else should tap that dynamic receptive energy, and roar.

By HumanisticRationale at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10542536

Today’s word image is an inappropriate invitation. Are you exercising the kind of discretion that recognizes ‘wrong’ when you see it, or are you prone to dress up the ‘not right’ in harmless garb–and why would you do that? Those who have an honest relationship with themselves will see that’s all it takes to spot the inappropriate or nefarious; those who disguise the inappropriate as acceptable need to realize they’re casting themselves as victim, for some larger, ‘hidden’ reason.

Just a Little AstroEssence 22 September 2017 All Things Being Equal

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Farbtafel aus Feuilles d’automne. Neuchatel, Delachaux et Niestle By Philippe Robert 1909 {{PD}}

Today is the Autumnal Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere/ the Vernal Equinox for the Southern. On this day we experience equal measures of darkness and light (though we should note, the farther North or South of the equator you live, the longer it takes for/ the longer after the stated Equinox point your experience of an equal day and night actually occurs–that is, it will be somewhat later/ earlier than its ‘official’ event point today). Astrologically the meaning is in its symbolism of perfect balance between day and night, shown by the tropical entry of the Sun into Libra. Sometimes it’s possible to feel that balance, to experience the tipping point of bold summer into the decline of autumn in Northern climes, the first green or birdsong of renewal in the South. That’s what we wait for, that moment when the shift becomes palpable, a moment we ‘listen’ for four times a year, this time in my part of the world attuning ourselves to days to come with ever-dwindling light.

All things being equal–well they never are, are they?–today offers life-changing ideas, thinking that may destroy, alter, or transform our way of being, and this brings acceptance via the social sphere, new opportunity, or both. We also see the costs of our ambitions and desires, and apply the immense power of the mind to figuring out how to preserve relationships and assets and still get what we want. It’s a Self-centered day, and there should be no qualms about concentrating on what we need; we are doing some major reorganizing, choosing where and how to expend our energies in future–today is the day when we make those all-important plans.

Today’s word image is a dog barking and barking at nothing but crisp air. Is there something you’re agitated about, that you may be sounding the alarm over, or that you may be perceiving as a threat? The image suggests we are wound up over nothing–that’s not to belittle our concern, but instead to say that we may be more upset than is either warranted or useful.

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 September 2017 Anti-Matter

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Veil Nebula: Wisps of an Exploded Star
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

We’re listening to our instincts today, doing what (we think) comes naturally, so why is everything going cockeyed? The problem is what we’re seeing as instinctual is actually a window into our ‘blind spot’, that area where we just don’t have any perspective on our own take on things, or on our behaviors; the result, then, is that we are choosing and acting in that way we do when we are unaware of the implications and consequences of what we do. Those most embarrassing moments happen when we’re in this groove, the ones that torture us later, because we assess ourselves as having been so naive, so flippant, as having been the only one who didn’t know, in the moment. Today, though, we do have remedies for this–and the first is to absolve yourself from any bad feeling acting from the ‘blind spot’ may have presented.

First, let’s look at the nature of the upsets we may deal with: relationships get down and dirty, seemingly inherently difficult in their essence, and what bothers us is the way they seem to require an element of disempowerment on our part, just to keep the peace. Interactions become a kind of anti-matter power struggle, where the powers exerted can’t be pointed to and named. The thinking today is anti-ambitions; everyone acts like having goals is a selfish thing to do–and yet, we see everyone pursuing their own agenda (oh, there’s a taste of that irony we saw yesterday!) Too, no matter how closely we examine our options, it’s very difficult to discern the right thing, the smart thing, or the wise thing, in all that static.

But, if we’ll make the effort to tune in, Nature supplies the answers, or at least a guideline to help us navigate. We get a measure of reality by assuming the mantle of our own authority, by acting within our ‘natural’ roles (to include those of parent, child, sibling, friend, mate), and by seeing enough worth in ourselves to approach authorities not in a spirit of overlord/ serf, but ready to negotiate something that respects both parties. Could be a tough day, but with the potential to bring significant steps forward, particularly in areas of human relations and Self-regard.

Today’s word image is ice cream. Seems non-controversial, right? A treat for all? No–for those who are lactose intolerant, ice cream is a hellish punishment, so good for a few minutes, and then . . . you know the drill. The image suggests we need to be aware that those things we regard as positive or good may not be so for someone else, for completely legitimate reasons. Keep that in mind today, as you act, react, and interact.