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Just a Little AstroEssence 13 February 2018 Smooth and Rough

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First, the smooth: an original take on things, especially one that draws on the past, is the light we should follow today. The most unique things about ourselves, our talents and the ability to jump to them spontaneously, along with the courage to express ourselves, will be key to personal fulfillment at this time, as will a willingness to accept the modern, the advanced, the new, and to approach all with the idea that understanding will breed sympathy, and so help us see the other side of things (Sun conj Juno, both sxt Uranus, Mercury parallel the South Node). Win-win will always be better than single-minded Self-interest–in a way, today you can actually achieve both.

Now the rough: the mind is prone to reactionary thinking, exaggerating issues and resisting the facts and/ or what the social order asserts (Mercury sq Jupiter). When confronted with authority, the tendency may be to choose the impractical or unwise, in a show of misplaced defiance (Pallas sq Ceres). Add to this that we are potentially either misunderstanding our own values and priorities, or that we are deluded about what truly matters to us, and we have a recipe for bad judgment and ‘wrong’ decisions (Neptune sq Vesta).

The only way to avoid the possibility of bad judgment is to fully invest in our unique take on things; trusting our most personal and original viewpoint will take us in the right direction, as long as we don’t get all philosophical and try to filter things by some theoretical or absolute standards, as we are likely to have a distorted or irrational view of these at this time. Keep it all keyed to who you are, and you can’t go far wrong.

By LincolnGroup11 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27439778

Today’s word image is: having to do the ‘wrong’ thing before you can do the ‘right’ one. When this happens, it may feel like a waste of time, a dead end, but the reality is we learn from this, and perhaps put off that ‘right’ move until the time is appropriate and everything aligns. Never fear that you’ve made a mess of things; you did it so you could find out something, even if that’s only to teach yourself never to do that again.

Just a Little AstroEssence 12 February 2018 Power In Mind

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Workshop of George Frederic Watts ‘Chaos’ 1875 {{PD}}

Will our rebelliousness cause our own destruction, or is it that the ego just can’t share power (or can’t do anything to support those that do have it)? Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and parallel Pluto suggests we are not on board with the power politics of the current picture, and perhaps think that blowing it all up is our only option. The reality of it is a bit different: we are pushed toward creating chaos because of our own denial of instincts and avoidance of what we should attend to (Black Moon Lilith sesquiquadrate Sedna). Steer a course by relationships, financial needs, and values, as all will be attuned to what’s healthy in the larger sense (Venus parallel Hygeia); our other big plus is our mentality at this time: somehow, in being able to put aside what we’d rather not see at the moment, we are able serve ambitions and desires in a way that honors what we find important, sacred, or meaningful, and this has a relatively powerful ability to manifest our aims (Mercury nov BML, semi-sq Saturn, trine Zeus and parallel Vesta). The trick is not allowing our complaints over current power distribution to distract us from the way we can get exactly what we want, regardless of who holds what in the realm of power.

Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium – Chasing an orange car in Roussillon, Provence, France. CC BY-SA 2.0

Today’s word image is a bright orange car–or rather, a triumvirate of them! Cars are a means of getting somewhere, and the color orange implies overflowing energy, and the number three? That’s a number of balance, of equilibrium, perhaps suggesting that a roaring go-get-‘um attitude must have two others ‘legs’ that, well considered, keep things in a productive state. Adequate rest and fuel, of course, may be one of those, while the other is likely the mental, emotional, and spiritual considerations that give that energy both a shape and a desirable aim. Measure which of your ‘legs’ may be in need of attention, and don’t let any one of them do all the driving.

Your Weekend 11 February 2018 Serendipity

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Children playing at sunset on a Mekong bank, not far from the island of Don Loppadi in Si Phan Don (4000 islands), Laos Photo By Basile Morin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65175348

We make smart change (Mars nov Pluto)–and that may sound a lot like yesterday, but it’s not; today marks a completely different kind of energy. It’s a flow that combines effort with serendipity, with the more effort made, the more fortuitous the outcomes. The mind is sharp and sure, as thoughts align with beliefs, making for a kind of confidence in our own ideas that’s hard to beat (Mercury parallel Jupiter); in some this might go too far, leading to exaggeration, over-promising, or bragging that leaves everyone disappointed later. We avoid that by keeping attention on what’s healthy (Sun conj Hygeia)–and what’s more healthy than moderation? Enjoy the day, accept synchronicities as appearing for your benefit, and be willing to make the big move or the deep plunge, as the Universe is more than ready to assist you.

By Louis Paul Dessar, photo by Philippe Alès Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Today’s word image is someone who’s always late to a meeting, date, or event. Is that you? No matter who the chronically late person is, we have to ask, What are they holding back, withholding, or otherwise resisting? Being late (trying to control the expenditure of time) is trying to give voice to something the individual may not realize they feel, or that they feel unsafe expressing more directly. Is this an expression of resentment, an attempt to exert some power in what feels to them like an imbalance in the relationship, or is this an outgrowth of general disorganization that allows them to abdicate responsibility for so much. In any case, it’s not something that ‘happens to us’, and needs to be looked at for what that repeated action is really trying to say.

 

Your Weekend 10 February 2018 Contrary Effects

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Photo By Carol M. Highsmith – Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2015631245 {{PD}}

The question is, will we see transformation of our Love or Money toward an ideal, or will these disintegrate into a nebulous oblivion? A change of fortune–that’s the broad influence behind Venus’ entry into Pisces and novile to Pluto. The aspect itself promises something probably unanticipated and likely more dazzling than anything we would’ve come up with during Venus’ passage through Aquarius; suddenly the landscape changes (we get out of our own heads, and get a little space for our thoughts to heal or to express a unique talent–Mercury nov Chiron), and that change supports a shift that calls on our creativity and our spiritual essence to respond. This affects our relationships and/ or our asset situation as what we care about changes, transforming into something else, taking a shape that reflects alterations to the institutions, ‘rules’, and structures of our lives that began with Pluto’s entry into Capricorn; we’ll likely see another step in just what these modifications mean (particularly how we will benefit) in real world terms when Venus sextiles Saturn on the day of the Solar eclipse, the 15th.

With these shifts as the underpinnings, we see two contrary effects: our actions and choices both give support to and show the extent of our own personal strength and authority (Mars trine Ceres), but they may seem ‘unlucky’, creating conflicts that block our receipt of ‘more’ or bringing upset within the social sphere or to our own belief system (Sun sq Jupiter). Stick with what enhances your power position, in this case; any negative feedback is fleeting, and based on attitudes, inner or outer, that would disempower you, if given full rein.

Today’s word image is the 70’s song, ‘Magnet and Steel’. Do you know this song? It’s been playing in my head for two days, and I had to get it out by putting it here 🙂 What in your life acts like a magnet on you? Is there something you feel compelled toward, as if you are helpless? Or does something or someone respond to you that way? We may need reminding that we are not helpless within the situation; we can change our responses and others’ responses to us by–drumroll–changing ourselves, or at least by altering our responses away from what may feel automatic. That’s not the answer we usually arrive at, when we want things to change, especially when we feel some aspect of the situation is completely out of our control, but in this instance we are offered the chance to see that who we are has a powerful affect on both what surrounds us and our interactions–we don’t have to be the magnet OR the steel!

Just a Little AstroEssence 9 February 2018 A Troubled Past Re-Visited

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‘Down to the Sea’ By Rockwell Kent c1910 {{PD}}

Health matters, especially those we might’ve faced at some point in the past, are on our minds today–and these can be previous times of disturbed thoughts or emotional or spiritual trials, as well as those of the physical realm. These issues may come to the fore, exaggerated in our own minds, contradicting our stated beliefs, or stirred up by our awareness of social standards that we don’t seem to meet. Calming troubled waters comes through practical attention to our physical well-being and to the condition of the material world itself; we must focus in the moment, on the state of things as they are right now, in order to see things with some wisdom, and to gain a sufficiently accurate perspective (Jupiter sq Hygeia, Mercury parallel Pallas, nov Saturn, and conj the South Node, Sun semi-sq Saturn).

Louis Léopold Boilly ‘Conversation dans un Parc’ 1812 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: you run into an acquaintance on the street, who introduces you to their companion–someone you’ve never seen, heard of, or met before. This person says something that in thinking about it later you start to see as a kind of ‘pronouncement’ from the Universe, with the confirmation that this stranger gave you an extraordinary message being the way, as you all part, they say good-bye and call you by a (pleasant) name no one has used for you since childhood.

Just a Little AstroEssence 8 February 2018 Astounding

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All our energy and attention goes to the fulfillment of ambitions and desires; it’s as if we suddenly become hyper-aware of the fragile and fleeting nature of life, and so compelled to achieve meaning, to have an impact that comes straight from the Soul, before it’s all over. The interesting thing is that, in this case, what offers a brilliant bit of inspiration or just the information we need is something we’ve been ignoring, avoiding, or that has previously seemed unjust or enraging; now, by engaging with one or more of these matters, we see the way clear to get what we truly want. An astounding day, if we can meet what’s before us totally without fear (Sun trine Zeus and nov Black Moon Lilith).

Today’s word image is hearing and/ or seeing the same name mentioned simultaneously. It may not have to be a name, but may only be something coming at you from dual sources at the same time, a simultaneity of expression that tells us by its very synchronicity that it holds meaning. For me that name was ‘Harry’. I don’t know anyone by that name, so it made me think of Prince Harry–so I guess I’m looking for the prince in my own life 😉

Just a Little AstroEssence 7 February 2018 Wisdom Heals

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‘The Awakening’ By Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

We may initially reject healing thoughts or words, resistant to the idea that we must let go of our hurt–but if we will just allow ourselves to see the wisdom and practicality in healing what’s injured, we’ll not only end the day feeling more ‘whole’ than when we started, we’ll also let go of any conflicts generated by disparities between our values or within relationships that specifically require we ignore our own instincts, or that ask us to operate within our ‘blind spot’. That is, relationships or our own values may urge us to ignore instinctual responses (toward Self-interests or Self-preservation) and/ or may ask us to ‘look the other way’, letting our own ignorance of or lack of perspective on some issue pave the way for someone else’s purposes. Proceed from a viewpoint of Love, equally for Self and Others, and look for the smart solution, or the practical one–therein lies salvation (Venus sq Sedna, Mercury semi-sq Chiron, Chiron nov Pallas).

‘Unicorn’ By Gustave Moreau 1885 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is: you look out the window and see a unicorn. Nowadays we use the term ‘unicorn’ to stand for something so rare, so unlikely that it seems impossible–and yet there it is. Where’s the unicorn in your life? Are you having a hard time believing it’s real? This is your notice that it’s not only real, that you must actively respond to it as real, or you’ll be at a big disadvantage.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 6 February 2018 Mind and Heart

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“Puerto Rican street artist Alexis Diaz teamed up with Chilean artist INTI to create a new mural for O.Bra Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their mural, which took over 1 week to complete, blends the two artist’s distinct imagery: Diaz’s detailed and crosshatched line work with colorful under layers, and INTI’s subjects inspired by life, death and religion, particularly Christianity” Commentary and Photo By The Photographer – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55545297

Our original expression and our values are backed up by both mind and heart, with a wonderful coordination among our relationships, our commitments, and our personal sense of authority and effectiveness. So what’s that nagging doubt that won’t let us perform at maximum? For lack of a better term, let’s call it our conscience. We know there are things we haven’t attended to, that we’ve been ignoring or denying and that need to be faced, including anger over issues we’ve been reticent to confront, and that is prickling our conscience in such a way that, sooner or later, we become aware that we can’t free our minds and our creative energy completely until we deal with the gritty details. Face what needs facing, and today can be a day of extraordinary personal accomplishment; our most unique qualities can find form and expression, and so allow us to offer our own thoroughly characteristic contribution (Mercury sxt Vesta and opposed Ceres, with the latter qnx Black Moon Lilith and trine Vesta, Venus semi-sq BML and sxt Uranus).

Kuniyoshi Yasuo ‘Dream’ 1921 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a dream with people in it you ‘know’ only at a distance, from media, politics, or through their public role. When that happens to me, I inspect them as symbolic, exploring their function (real or fictional), name/ character name, or consider what I think of them or have heard of them of late, and what any or all of those might mean as they apply to my life.

Still wondering about the “little beard” of yesterday’s image? Check out a potential added meaning on the post for the 5th.

Just a Little AstroEssence 5 February 2018 Unsettled

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‘The Seven Sisters on Geisangenfjord’ 1915 By Karl Paul Themistokles von Eckenbrecher {{PD}}

Change is the order of the day. Deep, erratic, rebellious but brilliant and original cuts to the bone in values and commitments may draw on the past and require a thorough mental examination of every dark and ignored thing before they can take shape–oh but when they do gather form, we’ll find our power and our path vis-à-vis the facts, the social order, or our belief system. Probably a bigger (that is, more meaningful) day than we’ll realize in the moment; don’t be surprised if you get a shock or two, or a revelation, especially around the home situation, the partner, or those areas you find sacred. Don’t allow thoughts to fixate on the negative, and don’t dissipate energy in anger or nostalgia–neither will serve you, and will only distract from some rather amazing potential developments (Vesta parallel the South Node, Uranus sesq and Pluto nov Vesta, Jupiter sq Juno, Mercury parallel Black Moon Lilith).

Illustration by John Bauer for ‘Broder Martin’ (Brother Martin) by Emil Eliasson in “Bland tomtar och troll” (Among gnomes and trolls), 1913 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is something with a tiny beard. A kitten, a goat, a young man, an old man (or even a woman), a stuffed animal, something or someone you see in the media or on the street or in a photo. Whatever this wee beard and the person or thing that sports it makes you feel, is the important ‘image’ for today.

Addendum: Could that “little beard” be someone ‘fronting’ for someone else, ‘bearding’ for them so their true intentions or inclinations don’t become known?

Please see the Services page for a new special, and have a great week!

 

Your Weekend 4 February 2018 Scary!

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Anders Zorn ‘Scared’ (etching) 1912 {{PD}}

Everything may seem scary right now; we feel vulnerable, menaced both by our wounds and those things summoned by the imagination, giving us the sense we’re being pursued and that there’s nowhere to hide. Two points to help you deal with this: attention to and scrutiny of wounds can actually reveal the way to permanently heal them, and the material world may present some risky or harsh but very wise or practical ways to approach what comes forward today. It’s a matter of not allowing ourselves to get so distracted by fear or anticipation of disaster that we miss the very smart opportunity or the healing element right in front of us (Neptune contra-parallel Sedna, Saturn semi-sq Hygeia and trine Pallas, Sun nov Chiron).

Paul Klee ‘Der Goldfisch’ 1924 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a kitten dipping into a fishbowl, angling for a goldfish. Are you engaged in something that’s purely a part of your nature, that to an observer might seem a wee bit barbaric or mercenary? Are you following urges at the expense of civilized co-existence? Does it feel like you’re just “hungry”, and doing what comes naturally? Is someone accusing you of thoughtless or heedless behavior? Does what you think of as ‘the natural order of things’ make this urge ‘right’, or is containing natural urges an important thing for you?

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