12 December 2016 Willing To Go Deep

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Fillette au faucon' 1879 {{PD}}

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Fillette au faucon’ 1879 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We’re willing to do the deep work, even to act against our instinct to turn away, and this willingness shines a light on our true situation in terms of power and authority, even as it shapes relationships and/ or finances, and in doing so shapes the future. ‘Shape’ might be too strong a word, really; it’s more like relationships or finances ‘pick up the vibe’ of that deep work, and this creates the kind of intangible change from which the future is formed. Flex your muscles, connect with Nature, cooperate with authorities who offer approval (this latter works out much better for us than we might see at the time) (Pluto semi-sq Hygeia, Mars sq Sedna, Venus qnx NN, Sun trine Ceres)

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Icelandic Gyrfalcons by James Audubon 1838 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a falcon. A bird of prey must have something it’s hunting–not only is that it’s nature, it’s the way it survives. Do we condemn a falcon for being what it is? We might if we’re its prey, but really, no, we don’t. Realize that to certain others, we might seem to be human ‘birds of prey’, while to us someone else is; inevitably, it seems, to some extent everyone sees themselves as a victim. We’re not talking circle of life here, we’re talking viewpoint, and how strength in any situation is almost automatically seen as predatory by those who don’t have it, while in another situation, the assessment of who’s predator, who’s prey, may be much different.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Sagittarius: It’s all about who holds power and authority in your life right now, isn’t it? Even situations that don’t seem to involve power must be recognized as based on the current power picture, and you are primed to do it. Determining what you want to do (exercising power) and who you want to be (power over your own life) is the heart of what you’ll deal with, now through this Solar year to your next birthday. Hints to handle it well: don’t insist on being totally original–that’s a trap–and don’t hurt anybody. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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Your Weekend 10-11 December 2016 The Real Thing

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Hugo Simberg ‘The Wounded Angel’ – Haavoittunut enkeli 1902 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 10th: We see reality–and normally I would follow that with ‘like it or not’–but today we’re almost guaranteed to see the advantages in our real-world situation, to perceive how we can best profit, gain Love, or create relationships within it, and we are creatively adept, and so on our game in terms of both originality and aesthetic judgment. The only caveat is this: none of this will apply if one is divorced from ‘the Truth’ (which, really, is just another name for reality). At the very least, take a good hard look at where you are in the lifetime goals and achievement spectrum today; though accomplishments aren’t everything, Saturn demands a certain amount of building, even if those constructions aren’t tangible (Saturn conjoined by the Sun, sextiled by Zeus, and paralleled and semi-squared by Venus, Sun at the midpoint of Saturn-Zeus, Mercury sxt Neptune and sesq Sedna)

Today’s word image is a hummingbird feeder, cracked by a hard freeze. Yes, ice imagery again–this time applying to a source of supply. Something that offers assets or is the origin of sustenance for us (think in broad terms of support or nurture) is suddenly unavailable–and that means we’re thrown back on our own devices, at least temporarily. Be prepared.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Sagittarius: You have finished or are now in the process of finishing up or ending something major–now what? You may be tempted to mess it all up, to rebel against the constraints of what you’ve just created, but you know better than that–what you really need to do is avoid looking for ways others aren’t supportive (your energy can get lost in this, feeling sorry for yourself, and so kill your forward momentum); instead look for what you’ve learned from your past experiences, especially the hurtful ones, and put to work the skills you’ve acquired from those circumstances. If you do, you’ll discover some pretty amazing skills are at your disposal–and then it will be your duty to put them to work. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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The AstroEssence for the 11th: How troubling! There’s an underlying current that prompts us to destroy or otherwise negate our commitments to those very things and individuals and causes that are most important to us. We’re susceptible to this because we’re put off a little by what we know to be wise–we’re resentful of the constraints it puts on us or the demands it makes on us–and we’re likely to feel that health demands full communications and unfettered thinking; that, however, is a recipe for hurt and a prompt for us to be our most unreliable and erratic Self–which of course is not in line with values. Instead of responding to this with a childish insistence on ‘being free’, we might do better to take the focus off ourselves and look at the impact we can have on others–and then vow to make it a positive one (Venus parallel Pluto and opp Vesta, Merc semi-sq Pallas and nov Hygeia, Sun-Earth axis in T-sq with Chiron, Sun trine Uranus and sesq Vesta)

Today’s word image is a wound that isn’t life threatening, but won’t heal. This is more common than one might think; you yourself might even suffer from one. The danger with this situation is that one can become obsessed with the wound, allowing its existence to command the life–and that’s not to mention the way worry over its refusal to heal can distract and debilitate. The message here may be something as simple (and as hard to do) as fully realizing the import of not stressing over matters we can do nothing about. That realization offers a kind of grace, and a certain freedom, that takes us beyond material concerns.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Sagittarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be busy confronting hurts and allowing that to crack open the personality in such a way that your expressions become entirely original and very forward-thinking. What you do with this ‘gift’ is up to you, but it will almost certainly require you to reassess your commitments and to reconsider where and with whom you best invest your time and energy. You are almost certain to regret some of those investments made in the past; now’s your time to correct them. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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9 December 2016 Look For The Opportunities

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The AstroEssence: What we know to be wise battles instincts and those things in our ‘blind spot’ (defined as areas where we lack connection to the real-world truth of things), and actions and choices are at least in part responses to those matters we’d rather ignore, deny, or that enrage us–and that means we’re sitting on a load of emotional jet fuel, ready to launch ourselves into orbit with a sense of indignation while still managing to maintain the illusion that what we’re doing or how we’re reacting is justified and makes sense. We’ll be looking to blame others; boy, are we off the mark! So what does make sense, considering we’re personally unable to round up all the facts? There are two things we can rely on to navigate: one is push back; when we’re doing something unwise, or acting in a way that’s based on suppressed emotion, we’ll feel immediate, seemingly non-specific tension–that’s our clue that we’ve wandered into potentially destructive territory. The other navigational aid might seem ineffective, unless we’re aware of how much our framing of the situation affects how we handle it–then we’ll know to put an optimistic twist on things, one that highlights any opportunities circumstances may present. (Pallas sq Sedna, Mars sq Black Moon Lilith, Sun sxt Jupiter)

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By Clem – Flickr: 2010-06-03 – 100L2154, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19850785

Today’s word image is a frozen bird bath, autumn leaves caught in the stiff swirls of water. Though there are several possible messages here, the one I find most applicable is the idea that the frozen water disrupts the routine–so you may want to look for ways to change it up, or you may want to wait and see what’s withdrawn, made unavailable, or is suddenly difficult, and take that as a suggestion to spend your time otherwise.

For those born with the Sun at 18 Sagittarius: This year may feel like a ‘now or never’ time, when you are either stopped dead in your tracks with no way to go forward, or when you finally see the fruits of your hard work delivered. Which will it be? Past ‘investment’ of time and energy will have a lot to do with which of these two alternatives materializes for you. Two ways to maximize the potentials of this Solar year: reach out to others, especially where information exchange benefits both parties, and take opportunities as they come, rather than waiting for ‘better’ ones, or delaying, thinking they’ll exist forever. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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8 December 2016 Headlong Into the Future

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By Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50272911

By Martin Falbisoner – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50272911

The AstroEssence: We resist preoccupation with those things that linger in the shadows, that distress us and distract from what needs to be done; we instead rush headlong into the future–at least in our own minds, if not in the actions we pursue. Not having our minds on the present can signal inspired thinking that takes us forward, or inattentiveness that kills efforts on the vine. Relationships and finances take their most healthy forms–and that means that any ‘falling away’ we experience at this time is really the best course for us, and that unpleasantness or lack is meant to foster better approaches and methods in us–so one way or another, we benefit (Venus parallel Hygeia, Mercury semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and trine NN)

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Today’s word image is a single page from a book. It flutters down from the book shelf, you read it and would like to know what book it comes from as it’s intriguing, but none of the books on the shelves match the page! This image reminded me of those memories that pop up and seem not to fit anything about your life–maybe it’s a way you behaved once, maybe it’s something that happened that seems like a dream now, so unlikely did the events play out, but whatever it is, it doesn’t have a place within who you are; instead it’s an outlier that can make us uncomfortable, as it hints at either unacknowledged facets within ourselves, or that life is much less predictable than we suppose. If you’ve had some kind of memory like this ‘visit’ you lately, welcome it, because it probably tells you about something, some quality or inclination, that lingers just below the surface, and that you might be smart to take a stand on before it influences things again.

For those born with the Sun at 17 Sagittarius: Opportunity and desire will serendipitously come together for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–so what more do you need? An awareness both that time is passing, and that the unexpected could play a big role in what occurs after you take advantage of those chances to get what you want, and in being aware that the time frame for modifying and fine-tuning the Self is over–it’s time to work with what you’ve got, perfected or not. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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7 December 2016 Delayed Reaction

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By George Morren - Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

By George Morren – Scan: ALEIXO, Heloisa (et al). Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes -São Paulo: Banco Santos, 2012 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org

The AstroEssence: Venus enters Aquarius and feelings, especially surrounding relationships, get crossed with the intellect; emotional perceptions will lag behind real-world events, and that means we’ll realize we needed a witty retort, will get upset with what was communicated, or feel we must answer someone or something, well after the event that triggered the feeling. This may send a large number of us around grumbling under our breath, and result in choices and actions that have the aim of showing us our own power–whether that’s a productive goal or not. Because of the emotional experience, we may become enamored of flexing our muscles, just to show we can. It arises from a feeling of helplessness engendered by the frustration of those lagging emotional perceptions, but we should take care to look at the content of the frustration more than the feeling itself; we’re likely to find that we’re hanging our agitated emotions on a minor incident that doesn’t warrant such a response. Too, examining the actual exchange may reveal something we need to address that can remove the source of (probably unconscious) irritation, once and for all.

We should also talk about the squine (yes, ugly name, isn’t it? It comes from the way this contact of 105 degrees falls just between a square–90 degrees–and a trine–120) formed between Mercury and Uranus-Ceres (with Uranus-Ceres also contacting Chiron and Mars, the latter aspecting Mercury). Squines may tell us about difficult situations that bring luck or ease, or conversely, about something we think we can breeze through that brings no end of conflict. In this instance, we might see Uranus-Ceres in Aries as representative of the individual impulses toward both power and originality, with Mercury in Capricorn suggesting restrictive thoughts, communications, and ideas from the Self or others. In the most general terms this could suggest that something forbids, restrains, or requires discipline or a definite ‘shape’, and we respond either spontaneously and uniquely, or spontaneously and rebelliously, but either way we make our choice, influenced by our wounds and our need to act and show others our power within the situation–for better or worse. Also important to know: our ambitions and desires don’t enjoy the benefit of our instincts today–so stick to the facts and don’t indulge impulses in this department–they are more likely prompted by fears or wishes than the guidance of internal knowing (Mars sxt Ceres, Merc semi-sq Mars, Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Venus enters Aquarius)

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Today’s word image is the color green. It’s our color for sychronicities, for grabbing our attention and bringing us into the present moment, and suggests when we notice it we may have an opportunity for growth, we may be meeting something entirely new and should be aware of that (we’re ‘green’ in the sense of inexperienced), or it could be a warning that we are possibly jealous and unaware of it (‘the green-eyed monster’ ‘green with jealousy’).

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal - Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

By Pedro Ribeiro Simões from Lisboa, Portugal – Portuguese tiles, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

For those born with the Sun at 16 Sagittarius: serious, earth-shattering revelations and change are on the agenda for you, now through to your next birthday, but the funny thing is, this may happen without your conscious awareness, and may be so subtle or behind-the-scenes that it ends up taking you completely by surprise. It may go down like this: the change comes, and with it opportunity/ good fortune–and you must take that while you can, as you’ll either soon be required to take on a solid, dependable role, or will be faced with a formidable obstacle. That’s your map for the coming year. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

6 December 2016 Benefits

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‘La mort de la mère’ Ernest Lincker c1911 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Benefits of all kinds come from ‘clean living’ (whatever that means to you) and this apparently involves pursuing our ambitions, being creative, and being open to spontaneous action. It seems health in all areas comes from a positive and pro-active Self-focus that calls for realization of our goals. That’s a very nice recipe for going after exactly what we want, but keep in mind: success with these energies requires us to reassess our commitments (willingly revising our standards so they are real-world oriented and practical), be cautious, as making choices and taking action brings the unexpected, and we need to be actively aware that the spotlight will naturally fall on the Beautiful, the Prosperous, on Relationships, Finances, areas of Cooperation, Diplomatic endeavors, and on those things that we might envy. With those matters spotlighted, we need to either learn from what we observe and/ or be aware that what we’re seeing is exaggerated, and may present an unreal level of ‘perfection’ that we should not expect ourselves to attain (chiefly because it’s essentially an illusion) (Hygeia nov Zeus, Mars sxt Uranus, Venus sxt Hygeia and nov Neptune, Mercury qnx Vesta, Sun parallel Venus)

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Edvard Munch – Death and the Child (1899) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a dream I had last night, the message of which I will translate: no one can escape death. Grim, right? Except, how differently would we behave if we actually accepted that idea, that we would indeed one day end (at least in our current form)? If we did accept it, that is, truly realize it, we would probably have a viewpoint much closer to the one we see in those who have gone through a terrible ordeal, a disaster, a life-changing illness, or a near-death experience: we would likely see things in a more eternal light, with much different kinds of ‘investment’ made in the everyday. What we appreciate would change markedly, as would what we care about. It’s worth trying to consciously adopt a seriously long view in our decision-making and our energy investments at this point, mostly because we just can’t know what our choices will bring (reflected by the current Mars-Uranus sextile).

For those born with the Sun at 15 Sagittarius: If you can accept some major change that’s coming up shortly, you will encounter some big opportunities or ‘lucky’ turn of events this Solar year, through to your next birthday. These will, perhaps surprisingly, be followed by the need for serious hard work, in order to make the most of them, to cement their benefits in place, and to make the achievements they make possible permanent. At the same time, the emotional life may be tough, as feelings may clash with your Self-image and you could be the victim of deception, or possibly just fall for an illusion. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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3-5 December 2016 Possibilities

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Tallinn bay during December storm from Merivälja. Tallinn, Estonia. A striking photo by Aleksandr Abrosimov CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Tallinn bay during December storm from Merivälja. Tallinn, Estonia.
A striking photo by Aleksandr Abrosimov CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The AstroEssence for the 3rd: We may be misguided about the intentions or actual actions of those in charge–and we clash, or we show our upset, feeling we’re not allowed to be our most creative Self. That’s really just a distraction, though, and only those who are busy avoiding knowing what they can do to improve their own situation stall there. Everyone else sees the opportunity promised by solid effort, and the gains to be made by accessing instinct and being willing to look at our own weaknesses, and then do something about them (Neptune sq Juno, Jupiter nov NN, Mars sxt Saturn, Venus trine Sedna)

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Crows Fly by Red Sky at Sunset Portfolio/Series: from the Series Hana Kurabe. Artist: Shibata Zeshin {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crow. I’ve seen and heard this bird referred to an unusual number of times in the past 24 hours–and that usually means it’s something to pay attention to. The striking thing is that most of the references were negative, referring to them as pests–but to me they’re something of a totem, a creature much more intelligent (there’s video here, crow vs. kindergartner here, and a little something on their love life here) than we’ve realized before, even able to communicate with one another, to recognize different humans, and to use tools. As a symbol the crow suggests there’s something or someone operating in our sphere that we’re underestimating–and so perhaps not respecting, or giving the regard, we should.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Sagittarius: It may seem that relationships or funds you thought were in the bag are now slipping away–but were they ever really in your grasp? This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’re going to see what made you think you had it, what made it slip away, and you’ll more than likely be given a second chance. Make the most of it by 1) putting actual, physical (or at least materially tangible) hard work into it, and 2) by not allowing the emotions (which will probably feel like they’re at a crisis point through much of the year) to be subsumed by the intellect. Follow that prescription, and you should reach your next birthday in a much better position to get what you want–you might even by then already have it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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The Hut in Trouville, Low Tide (1881) By Claude Monet {{PD}}

The AstroEssence for the 4th: This may be a day when we and others are inclined to go right for what we desire, and yet there’s this undercurrent, a sense that we’ve forgotten something, or that there’s something we just don’t see, that’s going to catch up with us. If we’re willing to accept we may have made a poor decision or two, or hurt someone in the past, then we will (for lack of a better word) attract a much more positive outcome to our efforts. Maybe it’s the power of genuine humility, or maybe it’s that in removing the kinds of barriers that denial erects, we allow a lot more good stuff in, too (Chiron sesq Vesta, Neptune parallel SN, Mars trine Zeus, Venus nov SN, Mercury nov Black Moon Lilith)

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The Crystal Ball (1902) by John William Waterhouse {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a crystal ball. In the figurative sense, we’re always hoping someone has one and can tell us what’s coming. Don’t worry about what’s coming–and in particular, don’t worry about what others are saying is coming. Soothsayer or not, nobody really knows what tomorrow brings.

For those born with the Sun at 13 Sagittarius: You’ll be attaining emotional equilibrium soon–and after some time of being off-balance, that will feel really good. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you really want to want to use that balanced state to get done all that you Want To Do, but don’t get ahead of yourself–first you need to clear our what doesn’t belong. Then you’ll be able to go full steam ahead. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

The AstroEssence for the 5th: The outlook? Love and/ or Money appears or makes its presence known, in real-world terms. That might be very very good (Venus nov Saturn)

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Today’s word image is a cat sleeping curled on a window ledge. What can we learn from a cat, besides independence, good Self-esteem, and grace? A cat never makes itself stay awake. Get all the rest you need, and don’t feel bad for doing it.

For those born with the Sun at 14 Sagittarius: You’re closing in on finishing, accomplishing, or otherwise laying the foundations for something you’ve worked at for a long time–so what seems to be the problem? Your own ambitions may be the sticking point; you may be insisting on having things just so–and that suggests you’re not trusting the Universe quite as much as you might need to, to get the best results. Relax, and know that you’re on the way to having that hard work recognized–just got to loosen up a bit, first. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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2 December 2016 Good For Us

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Le Déjeuner au bord de la rivière’ c1879 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What’s good for us has the benefit of somehow expanding our world, and that’s undeniably positive, though how that expansion unfolds and what it brings are dependent on a particular equation: the tension created by conflict between our own empowerment, ability to choose, and ability to translate our Will into effective change or creation, and our pure creative urge, our fantasies, and/ or our delusions, determines what benefits we receive. So, empowerment divided by the impetus of the imagination equals rewards of Love or Money (or, in worst case scenarios, costs us, or brings jealousy or competitive nastiness). Today we’ll move to do something positive for ourselves, and the result depends both on how firmly we understand how to turn our intentions into reality, and how firmly we are connected to the real-world possibilities of our imagination. Luckily, thinking runs along practical and cautious lines, and so promises to be more of an aid than a stumbling block (Jupiter nov Hygeia, Venus at the midpoint of the Juno-Neptune square, Mercury enters Capricorn)

Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch     CC BY-SA 3.0

Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is a groundhog. Uh-oh, are we repeating something we could easily avoid or improve on, if we’d only apply the necessary insight? That may sound a bit as if I’m saying, “Just be enlightened, okay?” but I’m really saying we all carry those answers inside, the ones that can guide our behavior and perceptions in a way that aligns with our highest goals and values; it’s up to each of us to recognize that, in reality, we know what the ‘right’ approach or response is, but we let our human fears and needs get in the way and muddy the waters. Today we must recognize that we could move past this tiresome re-run, if we’d only take the high road out of there.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Sagittarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find that your emotional perceptions are unfolding in such a way that they reveal you to be someone you never thought you were! The surprises over your emotional responses will be as much yours as anyone else’s, and may be profoundly confusing to you, until you realize this: the current emotional perceptions are built on permanent changes already in place–and your feelings are just now catching up. Though you might like this ‘New You’ (you’ll likely be more in control of your emotional expression, and emotions may support constructive action) there could be down sides, too (you may find yourself being harsh in judgment or withholding of affection or approval, when things don’t go your way). Tempering the temper, so to speak, is what this coming year is all about. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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1 December 2016 Belief-Driven Action

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It’s time to ask ourselves, in all honesty, what we’re actually putting out into the world. Are you a cheerful person? Do you choose the more positive take on any situation, the more negative (out of caution, perhaps), or the one that fits your beliefs? Are you realistic? Do you consider the psychic impact of what you’re saying or doing, beyond its veracity or the need to convey it? Are you a complainer, feeling justified in spewing your anger (sometimes dressed up as righteous commentary), not aware of the fact that you’re adding to, rather than alleviating, the garbage level? Just a thought, to make us all, myself included, more aware of what we’re really sharing with others.

Though I don’t usually take note of the apparent direction or retrograde motion of the asteroids (mostly because their meaning is so much a slice of other, major energies that we need to keep our eye on the big boys, instead–and since all bodies are only meaningful in relation to other bodies or points, a change in direction on its own doesn’t tell us much of anything–plus, there’s the whiplash factor with some asteroids, so that their apparent direction changes happen so frequently they become meaningless), today I want to make an exception, as we see Vesta go retro and Chiron go direct, as they form a sesquiquadrate to each other. Add to this that Saturn (parallel Hygeia) loosely fills in a Fist by square to Chiron, and we may see this: real-world ‘wounds’ or skills are required, through difficult circumstances, to manifest within the reality picture (that is, in concrete terms), and the result shows us just how our egos are aligning (or not) with those things we revere. This brings a reality check (a ‘health check’, really) on our support of our own causes, measuring how dedicated we actually are to the mate or the home life, and so offering a chance to course-correct, should we be weighting one side of the scales too much, either too selfishly, or too selflessly, for the overall good.

We also see a trine of two major players, Mars and Jupiter, in Air signs. Mars in Aquarius brings action and choice prompted by the intellect (positives: inclined to think before we do; negatives: we may be too disconnected from realities to make the best choices), and Jupiter in Libra promises an expansion of fairness (but possibly only after extremes have been swung between), the expectation of partnering with the social order (so that the individual may make the mistake of believing that the social sphere is in agreement with their personal agenda), opportunity through cooperation (though there is the danger we may acquiesce too much, trying to be fair) or through the partner, the Arts, the mate, and Jupiter in this sign invites beliefs to invade relationships, either supporting or clouding the interaction. The two planets trine implies belief-driven action but offers no guarantee as to how accurate the perceptions guiding our efforts truly are. Current conditions suggest we are more than a little susceptible to believing our own press, so that awareness of the skewed nature of the personal viewpoint becomes something we must embrace consciously, in order to both allow others plenty of leeway, and to navigate things as successfully as possible ourselves.

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Vincenzo Cabianca c1860 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a nun walking the corridors of a hospital. This seems to be a symbol of two things: submission to a greater power (subjugation of the ego) and dedication to service in the form of facilitating healing. We don’t have to go to such blatant lengths as entering a religious order to serve others or our God–but we do need to recognize and be consciously dedicated in this life to some variety of causes or commitments, in order to be living to the fullest.

For those born with the Sun at 10 Sagittarius: This year you may find yourself reaping the rewards of your creative or imaginative efforts, or your dedication to ideals–or not reaping them, if you’ve previously failed to put your all into action. You may have suffered under the illusion that you have plenty of time to make that dream a reality–this year will be a wake-up call reminding you that it’s your job to translate wants and fantasies into their real-life expressions. The good news is the mind and emotions are primed to go to work, and to see the most practical route to dream realization–so go for it. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

30 November 2016 Clean Up

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Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas c1877 {{PD}}

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas c1877 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: We may insist on a bit of psychic housecleaning today, urged on by thoughts of the future, and particularly thoughts of where our relationships and/ or financial situation are taking us, and also by those matters too long hidden, ignored, denied, or that enrage, and so must be addressed. We’ll be intent on sweeping out the corners, on ridding ourselves of illusions, on airing out all that’s been sequestered, forbidden, or that seems unjust–and we must be aware of and ready for the potential for this action to bring change to relationships and/or material matters and earning. There is also the matter of our being faced with exactly which dreams are feasible, and which must be let go. Whatever shifts occur, whether they appear so or not, will be done in the interests of what’s to come; we may not see it this way right now, but changes that happen will, eventually, be seen as having been in our own best interests (Venus sesq NN and sxt Black Moon Lilith, Sun-Earth axis sq Neptune)

'Pair of Scissors and Sparrow' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) {{PD}}

‘Pair of Scissors and Sparrow’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a pair of scissors where the blades just don’t meet effectively anymore. How many things are we holding on to that aren’t capable of ‘doing the job’ any longer? In other words, what in our lives just doesn’t ‘cut it’ at this point? This symbol offers hints as to where to begin that housecleaning.

For those born with the Sun at 9 Sagittarius: It looks like you’ve got your sh*t together, and it’s a good thing, as you meet a point of fate at some time this Solar year, through to your next birthday. In time you’ll recognize this as-yet undetermined event as a major life turning point–so keep that in mind as things go down. You may also be faced with either going after that Big Dream or letting it go, once and for all. None of this will be easy or completely pain-free, but what it will cost you in loss of fantasies and an uncomfortably clear look at the reality picture, will end up benefiting you in terms of your ability to apply critical thinking to making your dreams come true. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

For the New Moon forecast, please see the previous post–and have a great day!