22 December 2016 New Perspectives

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'Althea' JW Alexander 1894 {{PD}}

‘Althea’ JW Alexander 1894 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Now in retro, Merc makes the same minor aspect to Pallas he did on the 11th of December; this suggests a re-visiting of something we judged to be either practical or wise, with the turnaround freeing us from our usual way of thinking. New perspectives are the result. On other fronts, rebellious urges fight what we know to be good for us. If you feel like being wild, consider that the urge is really about something else, something you may be afraid to reject directly. Self-sabotage is never a good substitute for dealing with issues–and consider too that if your fear of addressing this springs from anticipation of how someone else will react, they may be controlling you, if you’re responding to a previous, unspoken threat  (Uranus sesq Hygeia, Mercury semi-sq Pallas)

By © Benoît Prieur / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19376011

By © Benoît Prieur / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19376011

Today’s word image is a minor traffic accident, where those involved thoughtlessly block the road, then drive away leaving parts of their cars in the middle of the street! This may be a reminder for Self-awareness and the impact we can have, literal or otherwise, on others.

For those born with the Sun at 1 Capricorn: Change, reformation, transformation are in your blood this Solar year, through to your next birthday, but you’ll have to proceed with care–it’s possible others may use emotional pressure that pushes you in a destructive direction. They may not mean for that to be the result, but it’s your most likely response to any sort of manipulation, even when it has a harmless or positive intent behind it. Try to draw distinctions between your emotional perceptions and those of others, and proceed with care–you ‘own’ an intense amount of energy and power this year, and you may not realize it at the start–make it your mission to become completely aware of your true strength. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

21 December 2016 Practical and Optimistic

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Winslow Homer 'The Bridle Path, White Mountains' 1868 {{PD}}

Winslow Homer ‘The Bridle Path, White Mountains’ 1868 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Our attention goes to the practical–always a bit of a downer before these holidays, as it happens every year when the Sun enters Capricorn–but it also starts to prep us for the New Year, giving us a sense of optimism about what we can accomplish–optimism, that is, if we don’t get distracted or discouraged by the hard work that we know will be involved. Don’t wait until the New Year for any needed reformation or closet-cleaning–you’ll feel much better if you do it now.

And as to questions concerning why I’m not talking about Mercury-Pluto, it’s because the aspect didn’t perfect–Merc turned around before they conjoined–and in my experience that usually results in just a taste of the aspect, if anything at all. An uncompleted conjunction in which one of the bodies begins retrograde movement before perfection of the aspect typically brings a brief and confusing, out-of-left-field experience of the combination that quickly dissipates–and so signifies nothing so much as how this combination might come forward later for the individual, when the aspect actually occurs. So, odd or disturbing or devastating thoughts or communications, the fleeting consideration of a different way of thinking, or the brief idea that something’s got to go, may be the only manifestation of the future meeting of Mercury and Pluto we get for now. If you can grasp it, it’s a little peek into the future, one that holds hints about what or how things may change, rather than offering a literal picture of what the conjunction, when it perfects, will actually bring (Sun enters Capricorn, Mars semi-sq Pluto)

Bronze bit and bridle in the British Museum. Tag on exhibit reads: "Bronze horse-bit and other ornaments from a bridle. Etruscan, 700-650 BC. Perhaps made at Betulonia. The cheek pieces are cast in the form of horses, a motif perhaps derived from the Near East. Other ornaments show influence from central Europe." Castellani Collection GR 1873.9-20.246 (Bronze 357)" Photo by Ealdgyth CC BY-SA 3.0

Bronze bit and bridle in the British Museum. Etruscan, 700-650 BC. Perhaps made at Betulonia. The cheek pieces are cast in the form of horses. Castellani Collection GR 1873.9-20.246 (Bronze 357)” Photo by Ealdgyth CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is a bridle. We can think of this as an instrument for guiding, restraining, and controlling something much larger and more wild than we are–our animal nature. The image may suggest we look closely at just what we’re using (methods, thinking, practices) to keep those instinctive and impulsive inclinations in check. It’s a good exercise for the retrograde period, because Mercury’s status will allow us to see things in a different way–and that may allow us to realize where we’re holding back too much, where we need a tad more restraint, and where we need to loosen our grip.

For those born with the Sun at 0 Capricorn: You’ve got a busy year ahead, one where you’ll work to make your dreams a reality–but will you achieve your goals? Yes, if you follow a few simple rules: expect cooperation, but don’t expect others to give you the whole story, or take you into their confidence–you’ll need to respect that they want to hold something back at this point; keep the past in the rear view mirror, operationally speaking–there’ll come a point late in the Solar year when you may be tempted to reenact or model current efforts on the past–don’t; and, whatever you do, ‘do it like a boss’–that demeanor works for you better than any other, this year. Good luck, Cappy, and Happy Birthday!

20 December 2016 Take the Reins

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'Conductrices de chariots a l'Hypodrome' James Tissot c1884 {{PD}}

‘Conductrices de chariots a l’Hypodrome’ James Tissot c1884 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: On our minds: a healthy balanced mentality, as we try to get ‘more’–is it even possible to enjoy mental equilibrium when we are striving to ‘get’? Today it is, if we take the reins and do it like a goddess: confidently, with the aim of making the absolute best we can of things, of driving in the direction we want to go. And when presented with a choice, do what’s smart and/ or positive, because in the end, it all will become known by others (Jupiter semi-sq and Mercury nov Hygeia, Venus sxt Juno)

Today’s word image is the side by side placement of colors black and white. We think of them as opposites and in a sense they are, if we’re seeing one as all colors, and one as the absence of color–but we also use this combination to indicate not just stark contrasts, but inescapable conditions, facts or agreements or limitations set out in direct terms. Is there something you’re seeing in black and white terms that may be more subtle, that you may be misjudging as an ‘either/ or’ choice or condition, when it’s really several shades of gray (but not 50!)? Or is it a need to get down to basics, to ‘the contract’ and its stipulations, and go forward either accepting or implementing what it spells out? This may be a minor reality check for perceptual (especially mental) acuity to complement freshly-retro Mercury, especially as our awareness applies to our (usually unwritten) agreements..

For those born with the Sun at 29 Sagittarius: Action is ‘where it’s at’ for you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, but choices may be made on the fly, under circumstances that feel as if you’re required to hop from a moving car and hit the pavement running. A couple of things you may need to consider as your year unfolds: do you need to exit the speeding conveyance (read, whatever’s currently moving you forward) at all? If you jump out and start running, will you fall behind on your true goals? Could you possibly roll out (make the impact of change less dramatic)? And if you choose to leap from the car and immediately begin running, you’d better be brave enough to look around and make sure you’re running in the right direction. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

19 December 2016 Necessary Incubation

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'Hatchlings' By Victor Stabin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18404598

‘Hatchlings’ By Victor Stabin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18404598

The AstroEssence: Do our choices and actions become more unsure, confused, as Mars enters Pisces? Maybe, but they may also reflect our highest inspirations, and we are more likely to actively pursue and defend our dreams and goals. The thing is, though, Mercury turns retrograde in semi-square to Mars, so that our thinking becomes fuzzy, or we become unsure of our own reasoning–and so pre-disposes us to the less productive side of Mars, at least initially. Don’t worry–that can mean indulging in daydreams, a marathon of reading or watching movies, indulging in escape of one kind or another, or some other period of necessary incubation, in preparation for taking action, choosing a direction, or asserting one’s choice. As long as we honor those methods, expressions, and modes that support our health, and keep our values supporting the highest good for ourselves and others in mind, we are unlikely to misstep at this point. Special note for the situation of US electors as they vote today: there may be some surprising changes of mind, as the need to mobilize ideals comes forward (I make no guesses as to whom and in what direction these changes of mind may occur!) The biggest surprise for me would be if everyone votes as they’ve already declared they will (Mercury retrograde, Vesta trine Hygeia, Mars enters Pisces, Merc semi-sq Mars)

There's a sharp dresser for you. And the 'do! Pietro Benvenuti - 'Apollo, Winner of the Serpent Python', 1813 {{PD}}

There’s a sharp dresser for you. And the ‘do! Pietro Benvenuti – ‘Apollo, Winner of the Serpent Python’, 1813 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a python. Is there something in your world that’s slowly squeezing the life out of you, that you really need to rid yourself of? You may have mixed feelings about letting this thing go, especially if it’s something (or someone!) you love–but your job is to take care of you, and now is the time.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Sagittarius: You have wisdom and practicality on your side–and now it feels like you’re stepping off, into the abyss. For you this may indeed be uncharted territory, but unless you’re landing on another planet this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will certainly find someone who’s gone before you. Listen to what they have to say, even, or maybe especially, if they are someone who’s nothing like you. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

Have a thrilling but safe, luminous start to your week! Follow Julie Demboski’s Astrology on Facebook, get my books here, and review them at GoodReads. Thank you!

18 December 2016 Choose

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Henriette Browne  - 'A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch' c1870 {{PD}}

Henriette Browne – ‘A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch’ c1870 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We are empowered by doing, by choosing, and our choices are wise ones, as our attention is on the practical, on our current skills, and on what’s smart–who can quibble with that? One caveat: put health first–and that may require modifying ambitions and denying desires that could hold the seeds of destruction–be willing to pull back, investing energy in what works, what makes sense, and what you can build on (Hygeia semi-sq Zeus, Mars parallel Juno, Mercury parallel Hygeia, Sun sxt Pallas)

Today’s word image is a bird, confused, that keeps fluttering up against a window, trying to get up into the rafters. A bird makes me think of the part of each of us that is truly free–and if that part of us is confused, it keeps trying to express our freedom, to behave in an unfettered and spontaneous way, in an inappropriate place. Are you trying to express yourself in the wrong place? If there’s some arena where you’re showing who you are, and yet not succeeding in the way you expect to, consider that it’s not your efforts that are inappropriate, it’s the venue where you’re trying to present them.

For those born with the Sun at 27 Sagittarius: Wisdom is yours–whether you want it or not–and this will have real-world consequences that may make for a deep emotional impact. You’d think being wise would be great, right? The problem is, as human beings, sometimes we don’t want to be wise; sometimes that generates heartbreak, makes us abandon a dream, or makes us be far more practical than our creative Soul might wish. Try not to see such clarity as a burden–if you’re brave, you can take yourself far this Solar year by listening to that voice of wisdom you carry inside. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

17 December 2016 Add Feeling

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"Moon Night" (1906) Sascha Schneider {{PD}}

“Moon Night” (1906) Sascha Schneider {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 17th: Why is it that everywhere we look today, we seem to see circumstances within our reality that contradict our highest values, that challenge those causes to which we’re dedicated, and that point out the flaws in our mate or partner? This seems to be so, even when these conditions are things we’ve chosen, the result of our energy expenditures, which we assume should mean they’d be much more to our liking. What’s gone wrong? Well nothing, really, it’s just that the current focus is on ‘the facts’ and how restrictive, punitive, judgmental, or harsh they seem, and that doesn’t leave any room for how these things make us feel. Add that component to your perceptions, and suddenly things will take on dimension, depth, and be a whole lot more user-friendly. Take note of the Sun-Merc parallel, as this is the lens through which we’re viewing the world today; it shines a light on the tension within the mentality, as Mercury slows to retrograde in Capricorn, with the turnaround bringing a period for considering our material assets and for really digging into what’s holding us back (Saturn sesq Vesta, Sun parallel Mercury)

They say time waits for no man, but clearly here he's sittin' it out. Chronos, Photo By Twice25 e Rinina25 - Twice25 e Rinina25, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1022388

They say time waits for no man, but clearly here he’s sittin’ it out. Chronos, Photo By Twice25 e Rinina25 – Twice25 e Rinina25, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1022388

Today’s word image is a concept, ‘procrastination’. I’m always dismayed when people seem to treat procrastination as if it’s a disease they’ve caught, one over which they have no control. They smile and shrug sheepishly and blame the mysterious power of procrastination for keeping them from doing, being, or changing. I think this comes, at least in part, from a serious misunderstanding of what procrastination is–we seem to see it as a trait, or perhaps an affliction–but it’s a choice. And it’s not a choice made because our goal is to procrastinate; we procrastinate because of whatever else we don’t want to face, do, discover, admit, or engage with, and that’s the important point: procrastination isn’t a thing, it’s just a multi-syllabic name for a pig-headed refusal to acknowledge and deal with a difficult situation. Using the word ‘procrastinate’ gives us distance from something that’s actually very immediate; maybe from now on instead we should say, ‘I refuse to deal with x’, and bring the focus and the responsibility back to ourselves.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Sagittarius: You are on the verge of making some very smart choices and moves–in fact, things may already be in motion now–but for success you’ll need to take the ‘right’ intellectual stance, that is, to place what you want to do in the mental context that will support it and facilitate your efforts. That may sound vague, until you realize that viewpoint is everything; someone who doesn’t believe they can climb a mountain in the first place will never begin the journey, much less seek out the gear and find a path forward. If you have any natal placements at 24-29 of Cancer these can provide an answer to how to proceed–otherwise, watch transiting energies, including the Moon–when they hit this degree area during the coming Solar year, they can play a vital part in energizing your intents and drawing them to the next step. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

'Worship of the Shepherds' by Bronzino {{PD}}

‘Worship of the Shepherds’ by Bronzino {{PD}}

No matter what your beliefs, get together with friends and celebrate the solstice point of change and renewal. In the Northern Hemisphere, we mark how dark it’s been, and how this is the turning point–from here on out, the light grows. This year the Solstice occurs at 2:44 AM Pacific time on the 21st; as always, this marks the Sun’s entry into Capricorn, and this year it happens just after the Moon in Libra has squared the Solar orb (suggesting the climate has been emotionally harsh, especially in relationships), and as the Sun makes a sextile to Mars and semi-square to Venus, suggesting the tone for the season may be one of choosing, doing, and doing so perhaps aggressively; and what do we remember from the Sun-Venus making the same contact on the 14th? That things get better from here–and this time, the change sticks.

16 December 2016 Beneath the Waves

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'In the Waves, or Ondine' Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

‘In the Waves, or Ondine’ Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Beneath the waves of feeling (today they mostly have a Moon transiting Leo character of bluster, Self-concern–and this concern should not be seen as negative–attention-seeking, and glorious, shining accomplishment–and for some, ‘accomplishment’ is nothing more than ‘being their shining Self’!) we find the treasure in relationships and the financial situation, even though we may start our inspection with a focus on hurt, or how it isn’t working. Adjustment is achieved by refining the viewpoint (most easily done by changing what we’re looking at–that is, by finding something within the situation or individual of which we approve, which then allows us to see other positive qualities and potentials). A few negative-Nellies will pull the profit from hurt, their own or others’, but winners reach reward through use of unique skills and the willingness to modify impulses so that they reflect feedback from reality (Venus nov Chiron, Sun qnx Sedna)

'Hanging Apples' by DeScott Evans. And what are they hanging by? Twine! {{PD}}

‘Hanging Apples’ by DeScott Evans. And what are they hanging by? Twine! {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a ball of twine. Such an ordinary thing, that used to be a lot more commonly available than it is now–if you want to tie something with twine, you have to search for it! No longer is it the household and business staple it once was. What thing that used to be basic to your everyday functioning has almost disappeared? And are you happy with what’s taken its place?

For those born with the Sun at 25 Sagittarius: You are on your way to making some very wise moves and choices in life, but two things must happen first, in order for those choices to be successful: 1) you must be willing to set aside what you think you know or sense in favor of what’s really happening, and 2) you have to resolve, one way or another, the current ‘crisis in caring’. You may care too much, or too little, but either way you must gain emotional stability and surety before you can go forward. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

For goodness sake, read! 'La Lectura' by Raimundo Madrazo {{PD}}

For goodness sake, read! ‘La Lectura’ by Raimundo Madrazo {{PD}}

15 December 2016 Underlying Motives

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 "Regentag in Kyoto" 1901. bez. s.l. (seinem lieben) Pankok. Farbradierung. Bl. 8 der Mappe aus Japan Photo by ArishG Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

“Regentag in Kyoto” 1901. bez. s.l. (seinem lieben) Pankok. Farbradierung. Bl. 8 der Mappe aus Japan Photo by ArishG Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The AstroEssence: We may feel it’s vital we show our wisdom simultaneously with our power, out of a need to exaggerate both. Examine the insecurity that drives this, if you find yourself going in this direction, as it speaks of much greater vulnerabilities than we might imagine–and these need to be addressed, before they lead us to deny our values or commitments for some anticipated reward, relationship, or financial potential that will in the end definitely not be what we want (Chiron parallel Ceres, Jupiter parallel Pallas, Venus contra-parallel Vesta)

The Mirror of Venus - 1875 - Edward Burne-Jones {{PD}}

The Mirror of Venus – 1875 – Edward Burne-Jones {{PD}}

Today’s word image is water. As often happens, the image can have many possible meanings, but today I’m thinking it’s something that when spotted should draw our attention to the underlying emotional content of the situation.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Sagittarius: You may have been ignoring your instincts as of late, but they’re trying to break through, and you need to help them. In order to ‘hear’ the messages (some of which are warnings) they’re sending, you need to: pay attention to the entire material/ physical scene, not just the parts you like; you need to embrace all the facts, not just the ones you like; you need to admit that the social gauge in which you operate has a few things to tell you that could be very useful, and make enough difference to facilitate success; and you have to be sincere in what you care for–no faking it. Follow these suggestions, and by Solar year’s end, before or just after your next birthday you should see all the pieces fall into place, offering an emotional peace that can support those instinctive messages and bring about a new, improved state of identity and Soul development. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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14 December 2016 Doin’ It. Seriously.

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James Tissot - 'Two Sisters' 1862 {{PD}}

James Tissot – ‘Two Sisters’ 1862 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Even though our actions and choices are practical and smart, we may somehow end up sabotaging ourselves; matters buried, ignored, and unresolved push out without our realizing, shaping our efforts before we even begin to think about them, and we cause further damage when we reach for power before considering the consequences and responsibilities, before we even consider whether we want it! At this time, what we don’t acknowledge can hurt us; what we ignore or don’t admit twists our impulses and our thinking, just enough to contort our intentions and bring unanticipated results. We approach things seriously–and find we have a kind of genius for making permanent and significant changes right now–just take care that what you alter, you won’t later long for in its previous condition (Ceres sesq NN, Mars conj Pallas, parallel Black Moon Lilith, and nov Pluto, Sun semi-sq Venus)

A special note on the Sun’s current relationship to Venus: a semi-square is the most inharmonious aspect the Sun can make to Venus. In the natal chart, if we see the Sun as the primary significator of the Self, the contention is (as explained by Astrologer Isabel Hickey) that in spite of this internal discord, the individual can’t truly be at odds with the concept of Love; there can be only so much ‘drift’ within the Soul away from the elemental force of the Universe. That said, in a personal instance there is some misconception of Love that must be resolved before relationships or earning ability can reach peak form–consciousness (the Sun) must find harmonious footing with Love (Venus). When we see this aspect made up of two transiting bodies, as it is today, this discord enters the air; relationships and finances both reach a point of maximum critical tension, the kind of conflict that exists within an otherwise caring scenario. The good news is that this is as bad as it gets–and if you’ve been dealing with some situation where love (or money) was the missing ingredient, you now have a chance to see precisely where (and possibly why) there’s a lack, and fill it.

By Arthur Pond c1750 {{PD}}

By Arthur Pond c1750 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an Artist opening a new box of oil pastels. Whatever role you ‘wear’, gather your materials, and get to work–it’s not just prime-time for the creative or for skilled expression of all kinds, it’s a time when we need an expressive outlet, in order to deal with atmospheric tension and discord, even, or maybe most especially, when we’re not an active part of it.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Sagittarius: You’re gearing up to make your move, but first you’ve got to deal with all those matters ignored, denied, or that enrage, because they’re gumming up your otherwise excellent instincts–and if you expect to take advantage of the many opportunities keyed precisely to your ambitions that will be coming your way this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’d better get to the psychic housecleaning. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

13 December 2016 Under the Mystic Full Moon

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Jan Brueghel the Elder, Landscape of Paradise and the Loading of the Animals in Noah’s Ark, 1596 {{PD}}

Note the pair of unicorns in the background. What happened between loading them on the ark, and now? Jan Brueghel the Elder, ‘Landscape of Paradise and the Loading of the Animals in Noah’s Ark’, 1596 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Prior to the culmination of the Moon-Earth/ Sun-Saturn opposition, we’ll likely be caught up with the power situation as it exists in our world, and particularly with two facets of it: what kind of hurt other power players or those in authority may have inflicted in the past, and how we might exploit and deploy our own urges toward gaining power via opportunities, especially in the form of satisfying appetites. Though this can prompt a little more navel-gazing and a few more vengeance fantasies than are productive, we are keyed toward obtaining power or influence within a situation only in the smartest way–and so we likely avoid indulging in anything either counter-productive or that triggers negative consequences down the road (Chiron contra-parallel Ceres, Pluto nov Pallas, Jupiter conj Zeus)

Full Moon in Gemini occurs at 4:05 PM Pacific time at 22 Gemini 25. The Mystic Rectangle of which the Full Moon is a part actually formed a couple of days ago, but the FM will probably bring the potentials initiated by formation to completion, realization, or expression–that is, something that only began to show itself or take shape just before or early in the weekend (maybe even gathering momentum out of our sight) now reaches fulfillment, becomes obvious, or concludes. The arms of the Mystic Rectangle are made up of: Moon-Earth in Gemini, Ceres-Uranus in Aries, Sun-Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter-Zeus in Libra. Active modalities are Cardinal and Mutable, Elements involved are Air and Fire, and we may have a more-than-usually high chance of the Full Moon events having a material or environmental, real-world impact, not just via the Cardinal energy, but due to the involvement of Earth, Saturn, and Ceres. Mental perceptions play a part as well, through Uranus (the intellect), Gemini, and Libra–and we may put beliefs in both the mental and emotional categories (Jupiter), with emotions a natural component of a Full Moon, which typically reveals, concludes, or completes a feeling response or emotional perception in relation to ourselves and our identity (the Sun)–but in what arena?

This little cocktail is a 'Bittersweet Symphony

This little cocktail is a ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ By Visitor7 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33142586

First though, what does a Mystic Rectangle promise? Think of it as a kind of cocktail made of energy. Each component gives us a single, unique ‘taste’, but it’s only when everything is combined in just the right amounts that it takes on a nuanced flavor that goes beyond any one ingredient. A Mystic Rectangle is the proportional ‘mix’ that creates a sum much bigger than its parts by bringing together at least four disparate but harmoniously relating energies–in this case, we have eight. These energy ‘flavors’ play off each other, acting as both receivers and catalysts, and so acting and being acted upon. Add to this the emotional and conclusive states inherent in the Full Moon, and we have something both dynamic, indicating the relationships of these bodies and the way they create something larger than they could individually, and something complete, meaning that the energy of the mix finds a final, definitive form at this point, and it’s likely something that brings an emotional perception or reality to a peak, or to an end.

Where the Full Moon falls, as well as where each of the Rectangle’s points falls, within the natal chart will tell the individual where in the life this dynamic will be in play; the general pattern, though, tells us that the synergy of the emotional impact of our surroundings and how we think of these (the Moon-Earth in Gemini) bring original or unusual individual responses that urge action and use of power, the kind that makes a statement about who we are that we want others to see or hear (Ceres-Uranus in Aries), and this statement affects our real-world situation (Sun-Saturn in Sagittarius), revealing beliefs and facts about the kind of cooperation or support we can expect in fulfilling our wants and ambitions (Jupiter-Zeus in Libra). The Full Moon shows the result of a complex interaction of the actual reality situation and our perceptions of it, especially our emotional perceptions.

There is also a quincunx of the Full Moon to Black Moon Lilith, a trine to Mars, and a square of Chiron with the Sun-Earth axis. This suggests that, though a Mystic Rectangle is a generally fortuitous configuration, implying the potential for serendipitous circumstances and ‘coincidences’ and really excellent timing of events and choices, these may come about through or are accompanied by difficulties. There is the possibility that the Full Moon brings or is followed by the uncomfortable need to examine what has been ignored, denied, or that has enraged, and this comes with both conflict over wounds inflicted and received and how they’ve shaped Self-expression and accomplishment, and creates a strong, no-holds-barred sense of needing to act, to do something about what’s perceived. That tells us that, though we may be highly conscious of and possibly actively involved with stresses at the time of the Full Moon, there will be available a set of positive synchronicities that we will most likely first become aware of through the feeling nature, and/ or through some kind of completion or ending–and if we can hook that urge to act to the symmetry of the Rectangle, we can take leaps forward in both consciousness and accomplishment.

By Alexei Savrasov - qgEUs-kiMGydOg at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13500799

By Alexei Savrasov – qgEUs-kiMGydOg at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13500799

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘Three Fledglings In A Nest High In A Tree’ In this symbol we have a ‘Trinity’ of something new, untested, ‘fresh’, ready (or very close to ready) to ‘leave the nest’ for the first time. This implies that whatever is completed at the Full Moon will then be ready for a ‘test flight’, to be taken out and tried in the real world. This sends us back to the point of the Rectangle that holds Jupiter-Zeus in Libra; Jupiter can represent the social order, the wider world, ‘the facts’ this world presents to us, and echoes the relation of Beliefs (Jupiter) to the spiritual number of the Trinity within the symbol. The matters of whatever House holds 18 Libra in your chart will describe where or in what capacity (what role) you will be bringing the Full Moon experience, after processing, out into the world, both to test its viability and to test its spiritual resiliency. In some way, what we are testing in the world will reflect our ambitions or wants, and we bring this forward with the goal of finding out how much support we might expect, and how these fledglings (ideas, choices, actions, creations) will affect our relationships and even our finances (Libra).

We also look to the Sabian for the Sun, as this gives us the ‘origin story’, the energy that drives the Full Moon picture. ‘A Group Of Immigrants As They Fulfill The Requirements Of Entrance Into The New Country’. This suggests that what occurs or is accomplished at this time is something we’ve been moving toward for a long time, something we have (literally or figuratively) studied for, filed the paperwork for, uprooted ourselves for, gone on an adventure for, left behind a previous life for, and/or crossed borders or boundaries to attain. We are on the threshold of something akin to a brand new life–let’s savor it.

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For those born with the Sun at 22 Sagittarius: See above; I’ve just described your year. Good luck, Sag, and Happy Birthday!

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