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5-9 September 2018 I Vs. We

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‘Corner Loge’ By Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Ceres enters Libra and opposes Chiron in Aries, forming a Cardinal T-square with an arm of stationary and then direct Saturn in Capricorn, which lasts through the 12th. This may act as backdrop for two other active players, the Sun and Mercury; the background, first. The T may set up a doing dynamic (Cardinal energy) where we believe we’re approaching everything with a Collective awareness, a sense that we’re thinking adequately of others and their needs, especially partners or our audience (Libra)–the reality may be that we are falsely equating what we as individuals believe and want with what everyone wants (Aries). We think we know the ‘right’ answer for every situation, and will charge forward until obstacles, or conversely a sudden ‘Go!’ signal (the brakes removed by Saturn’s direct motion), slows us down (yes, the suddenly open pathway will be a case of ‘You’re getting your way so you can see how wrong you are!’) It doesn’t mean everything will be a disaster; at least some of what happens will be positive, will represent significant progress–it’s more a condition where we will learn how injurious having our unfettered way can be to ourselves and to others (Chiron in Aries).

That said, once we wake up to this dynamic, we’ll likely fall into a ‘Me Versus the World’ mindset. A square of Pluto to Zeus and Mars square Venus might make us feel there are forces out to get us (or at least someone ready to give us a hard time), and a trine of Uranus to Pallas might make it very difficult to consider we may not be the wisest voice–and this also makes Saturn a partner in an Earth Grand Trine with Pallas-Mercury and Uranus, lasting through the 11th, but with Merc moving on by the 8th. We see ourselves (or the group–Uranus) as smart and practical, reasonable, original and innovative–and good luck convincing us otherwise!

The most ‘surface’ energies we’ll deal with come in two flavors: the Sun and what it touches, and Mercury and what it touches. The Sun will contra-parallel and oppose Neptune=the influence is one of rationality, but that also means creativity and idealism suffer in the light of critical thinking (Virgo Sun); parallel Hygeia and novile the North Node=our attention to the critical functions and the details is healthy, and can help guide us in clever and advantageous acts that form the future; and the Sun acts as apex to a Fist of God with base of Mars square Uranus=those who truck in anger and chaos at this time may find themselves under a criticism-welcoming spotlight.

With Mercury we see it quincunx Mars and then enter Virgo=anger over the ego or how we’re treated as an individual (Merc in Leo) generates anger that gives way to a more discerning approach to things (Virgo); then quincunx Chiron, with the sextile of Chiron to Mars making Merc the apex to a Finger of God=a healed ego or assertive energy ‘speaks’ in some form; conjoin Pallas=and the result of that Finger is an addition to our store of wisdom; sesquiquadrate Pluto, and then Merc waltzes into that Earth Grand Trine=difficult but good for you eliminations segue into an appreciation of some facet of our balanced view/ approach; finally forming apex to another Finger, this one with base of Black Moon Lilith-South Node sextile Hygeia=when we face  and ‘process’ the past or those things we’ve been ignoring, we get healthy, and that influences our thinking positively. Isn’t that always the way?

We deal with ‘I versus We’ concepts through this period; with any luck, we achieve that healthy balance, and work out a viable and productive plan to go forward.

Check back for Daily Word Image updates, and have a wonderful week!

We’ll call this the Word Image for Today and Tomorrow, the 5th and 6th: I had a dream that I’ve been trying to retrieve since I woke up–and it’s not getting any clearer. I know at some point I’ll remember–even in the dream state, I thought: Oh, this is a really useful symbol. But, when I ‘see’ the dream, there is a central image that is blurred out. So, for now, I’m going to say that stands for something in the middle of our lives that either we should be focusing on, or that we’re missing all together–and its importance is based on its central role, around which so much else is defined or operates.

4 September 2018 Wisdom In The Details

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By Diego Velázquez c1450 {{PD}}

Today, as Pallas enters Virgo, we find wisdom in the details, that critical thinking is smart thinking (especially if it’s divorced from our fondnesses and expectations of reward, as that’s the only way to see and assess things objectively), and that honoring what we care about will make everything else fall into place. The one thing we might need to watch for is that plenty of other things (prejudices, fears, the desire to punish or reject) might be masquerading as instinct, and so steer us seriously off course. It’s a day to pay attention, ground perceptions in facts, be as accountable as possible, and never forget who and what you care about. (Venus sxt Vesta, Merc contra-parallel Venus and sq Sedna)

3 September 2018 Cock-Blocked

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We are flooded with questions: When does might actually make right, if ever? Is being naturally strong, and sure of your rights, undercut ambition fulfillment, as others withdraw support or cooperation? Or does it make you less desirable to a Being afraid his (because face it, it’s men who are threatened by powerful women) power is inadequate? Those who fear for their status, their place in things, their position at the head of the table, will try to, if you’ll pardon the expression, cock-block us; but, we are so competent, so strong, that we can allow this response on the part of some others to act as a marker, showing us who can’t ‘cut it’, who will be a drain on you if you let them in, who needs to gently fall away from your life. Meanwhile, for those capable of being centered and who refuse to waste time or energy battling with those unsure others, ambition (even dream) fulfillment is on the agenda, as is effective action and thought that accurately reflect our own highest priorities, our talents, our values (Ceres contra-parallel Zeus, Jupiter semi-square Saturn, Mars trine Ceres, Mercury trine Vesta and sxt Venus, Sun parallel Ceres and contra-parallel Zeus).

Today’s word image is an individual who, while claiming to want to stop an abuse of some kind, is actually the perpetrator of it (and in this instance, we cannot discount the possibility that this person doesn’t know he or she is the source of the upset). Bring anyone to mind? This may sound a bit like a reiteration of the forecast, but it’s not. Go with whoever pops in to your head, and go forward knowing you should give this individual a wide berth, because they’re either malicious or confused to a truly detrimental degree.

Have a lovely day!

Your Weekend 1-2 September 2018 Soar Higher

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By Johann Heinrich Füssli – ‘Dante Observing the Soaring Souls of Paolo and Francesca’ {{PD}}

The 1st there’s something I might term ‘Purity of Intention’ going on, where our imagination and ideals inspire us to adjust our actions so that they’re wise, our relationships so that empowerment is fair and others are honored appropriately, and in following this instinctual course we end up making surprising strides toward ambition fulfillment. Our only issue might be that when we act, especially act propelled by our own ego or Will, we may not be very smart about it. With these influences, there’s something about taking ourselves out of the equation that allows us to soar so much higher (Neptune contra-parallel Hygeia, Mars qnx Pallas, Venus qnx Juno, Sun nov Zeus and parallel Sedna)

On the 2nd Mercury squares Juno, and we may find ourselves arguing against or thinking in conflict with our own empowerment. Befuddled reasoning is a sure sign that we’re working against ourselves, while others’ delivery of negative commentary suggests they’re the power-stealing culprit.

Have a lovely weekend!

31 August 2018 The Loving Mother

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‘Mutter mit Kind’ (Mother and Child) By Luise Max-Ehrler before 1920 {{PD}}

I’m not talking about the one who raised you, or the ideal you have of how a perfect mother would behave–I’m talking about the internalized mother we all carry, an Archetype that carries the voices of both your personal experiences with the maternal and those of the Collective to which you’ve been exposed. This is so even if we aren’t aware of it, or even if we protest we couldn’t possibly have one, because our mother was so dysfunctional that we rejected her example outright! We all know what being loved in a motherly way feels like (even if we were deprived of this in real life), and it’s that Sense of Loving Nurture that we are asked to tap into today. This Archetype, and our own instincts, can successfully guide us right now, but there’s something else: the Sun and Venus are as far apart as they ever get, in a tense semi-square, and this suggests we’ll also see or be aware of the negative side in relationships, of the ways we are denied love, or deny it to others, and this can reveal to us where we are so deeply injured that it distorts our very concept of Love. It shows us, at a more profound level than even the Chirotic wound, where we need to heal, and that brings us to something that remains true in every circumstance: we can’t look to externals to ‘fill’ that need for Love–only we can heal ourselves–and today our instinctual nature may reveal to us exactly how to achieve that (Ceres trine and parallel Sedna, Sun semi-sq Venus)

30 August 2018 Over Our Shoulders

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‘Lot fleeing with his daughters from Sodom’ By Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Why does it seem like today everything we love, all those things that seem so smart, so wise, so worthy of reverence, makes us edgy, nervous, feeling like the only way to move forward is slowly, looking over our shoulder? It’s pure instinct, screaming at us to for gods’ sake prepare mentally for what is going to abruptly, suddenly, shockingly appear in our lives. We can’t know ahead of time what that will be or even when that will be (but it will be soon); we can only know that our current mentality is inadequate to respond effectively and process accurately. It’s time, then, to look at how we’re spending our time, at what we’re treating as sacred, at how and where we’re dedicating our energies–and so decide very consciously what our daily life and work will be about. That’s the only adequate defense against Uranian threats to what we love–knowing who we are, and knowing what matters, automatically tells us what to do in an upset or an emergency (Pallas sq Sedna, Vesta nov SN, Venus contra-parallel Uranus, Merc sesq Hygeia)

‘De Liefdesbrief'(The Love Letter) By Gustave Léonard de Jonghe c1870 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an unsent letter. Will you stamp it and send it on its way, or are you alive enough to the Universe to notice that the delay in completing the task may in itself signal that your hesitation has meaning? This likely pertains to something you’ve considered sharing, confessing, telling, or a subject you’ve wanted to broach–and now you need to consider whether it’s better not to speak to the intended recipient about this, after all.

29 August 2018 For Heaven’s Sake, Just Do It!

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‘The Soul Carried to Heaven’ By William-Adolphe Bouguereau Before 1905 {{PD}}

Today’s the day–we are empowered (via our minds, and our very Beingness!) to shine, to make plans, to change and adjust and transform and think it into being. Be flexible, especially with the big, serious things, keep ultimate goals in mind, be willing to change to get where you want to go, even as you stay faithful to your essence by letting your inner wisdom and character guide you. It’s no good getting to our destination if we’ve compromised our values in the process (Merc sxt Zeus and qnx Pluto, Sun parallel Juno) But then again, maybe a more relaxed approach will get us just as far:

Bonus: if you have a natal placement at 17.30-20.30 degrees of Gemini, then that placement is part of the base of a Finger of God with transiting Mercury, apex transiting Pluto. This suggests communication of, or contemplation of, the natal energy results in big, permanent, possibly somewhat destructive change. Think carefully on it, as what is removed or transformed will be irrevocable–not to make you nervous or anything.

Edgar Degas {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a previously winning racehorse resisting being lead onto the track. What ‘champion’ skill, accomplishment, or ability are you finding it difficult for you to exercise? You may be confounded as to why something that’s won you praise in the past may be making you balk now, but it’s the Higher Mind simply pointing out that to repeat oneself rarely enlivens the Soul. Take it in a new direction, confident enough in your skills to know you can handle the challenge.

28 August 2018 It’s Not Fatal

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Camille Pissarro ‘Apple Picking’ 1885 {{PD}}

It’s mostly smooth sailing, with only two things to look out for: the way our thoughts may contradict, or at least not mesh, with reality, and the way the past seems to loom large over today. Neither influence is fatal, if by fatal we mean running us off the rails and into the bushes–but then again, how effective can we be in our own choices and actions if we are thinking in ways that either don’t recognize the way things are, or if we are behaving as if the past means more than it does, as if it can dictate the present? So, if you find yourself drifting, re-align yourself to reality with objective statements that can be verified, and poke the past a few times, if you must, just to prove to yourself how dead it really is (Mercury sesq Saturn, Sun qnx SN, Hygeia trine NN)

26-27 August 2018 Stirred Up

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Winslow Homer ‘West Wind’ 1891 {{PD}}

Interesting to note for today, the 26th, as Venus perfects a square to Pluto, she also conjoins Zeus (and this will bleed over into the next day or two). So, the discord that a square can stir (and one to Pluto can easily spin up into a riot, a ‘You can’t fire me, I quit!’ kind of destructive fit) combines with a kind of heart’s desire energy, and the mix may result in a lashing out when we aren’t getting the prize we desire. Just be aware–a lack doesn’t translate as you never getting what you want, so why not use the energy to delve into what you might need to change in order to get it?

For the 27th the big event is Mars going direct. Is that gust of wind the combined sighs of everyone who’s been holding their breath over this? Because if so, their relief is premature. Mars does his about-face as major body of latest degree–meaning his energy is out there, swingin’ all on its own–and that can make for precipitous action as people sense the ease up and believe that’s a ‘Go!’ signal. Instead it’s more of a ‘look around and consider what you might want to do, once you get your bearings.

All other aspects simply amplify these major chords, with the addition of effects from Mercury sesquiquadrate Chiron and square Jupiter. This suggests thinking, reasoning, and yes speaking from the wound, likely without our realizing it–and what comes out may challenge our own beliefs about life, and certainly may pinpoint our disillusion with the social sphere–but does that help anybody? Only if it makes us more aware of what we can do to make things better–otherwise it may just kick up a lot of complaint, and fuel actions with badly mixed motives. But, if we can hold on to a gift from the 26th, where our thinking was able to disown or ignore the worst illusions and so show us our best power position and our most effective way of affecting the world, we can take that stirred up energy and point it in the ‘right’ direction (Merc qnx Neptune and nov Ceres)

Full Moon in Pisces 26 August 2018 The Effect of Fairy Tales

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The Full Moon is sesquiquadrate the close conjunction (only three minutes apart) of Venus and Zeus in Libra, making me think maybe this is about coming to some realizations as we try to find the ‘set point’ for relationships, earnings, ambitions, passions, or some matter ruled by Venus in the natal chart. Falling in Pisces, the Full Moon brings a conclusion, ending, or shift to a new emphasis, one flavored by the imagination, delusions, deceptions, ideals, and what they have (or have not) created in the life. We look at relationships, desires, and ambitions in that ideal form we’d hoped for, and with the culmination energy see what has come about in real-world terms. The Full Moon allows us a window into the effect of our own personal fairy tales, what they’ve actually wrought, and how far from (or close to) the dream we hold they actually are.

The distance may not be all that far–or relationships, desires, and ambition considerations may all fall behind a more pressing concern, related to matters of the natal House in which the FM falls. An ending here could push the state of interaction or want to the back burner–where it could simmer through the coming month, perhaps arriving via the unconscious as it orchestrates things behind the scene in anticipation of the next New Moon.

The Full Moon may wake us up by ending some illusion. ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ By John Collier 1920 {{PD}}

The Full Moon in Pisces perfects on the 26th at 4:56 AM PDT at 3 Pisces 12. It seems to me that all the contact to Uranus and Saturn, with the Full Moon hovering just between at the rough midpoint, suggests a kind of measuring of action v. stasis, revolution v. what’s established, being original or following tradition (and this measuring probably started as early as the 22nd, as every day since has felt like one where our character and conduct was weighed in the balance). In looking at ourselves, we’ve laid the groundwork to look out at what we value, at our relationships, and at what we want–and the Full Moon delivers a conclusion, realization, or makes obvious an ending–then it’s up to us what we do with it.

The artist’s daughter, Effie, as Red Riding Hood. By John Everett Millais 1863 {{PD}}

The Full Moon’s sextile to Saturn catches the Black Moon Lilith point at the midpoint, and the Full Moon sextile to Uranus catches Chiron more-or-less at the midpoint, and this suggests a lot of peripheral influences on what manifests at the Full Moon–or is that a chain reaction, with wounds and those things we’ve ignored or been in denial about exerting a distinct but hard to pin down influence on proceedings? In any case, the energy of change and stasis each occupy the far ends of a fulcrum made up of the Full Moon point, with matters of hurt, rage, denial, and the demand for Self-respect tipping the scales toward either keeping things as they are, or throwing them into chaos.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘Heavy Car Traffic On A Narrow Isthmus Linking Two Seashore Resorts’. This speaks of the difficulty and confusion, the sheer stress and polluting presence, of communications and the interests that drive them. We’re all trying to have a good time, but it’s not going so well as everyone strives to have her or his message reach its destination.

For the opposing Sun the Sabian is, ‘Black And White Children Play Together Happily’. The origin of all this tension is the ideal of having everyone, no matter how contrasting the individuals seem on the surface to be, getting along and enjoying life. So, all the turbulence caused by the Full Moon influences have their roots in a wish for harmony and equality–not such an impossible dream, at all.

Michelangelo Buonarroti {{PD}}

These ‘peripheral’ energies do form a Finger of God, providing us with an answer, when we wonder what the point of having our fairy tales washed in a stark dose of reality really is: it’s found in the sextile of Chiron to Black Moon Lilith, as base of the Finger, apex the Sun. Our wounds and our denials must be abandoned, if we’re to find a way to interact successfully; harmony (the Sun Sabian) is, in the end, something we must deliberately create ourselves.

It’s worth noting that Mars will go direct just a little over 24 hours later, suggesting that what we learn at the Full Moon must be ruminated on, just a bit, before we take action. Consider that 27 hours or so a ‘cooling off period’, allowing you to process, and to look carefully, before you leap.