Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 1 May 2014: Instinctive Prompts

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Almond Tree in Bloom by Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

Almond Tree in Bloom by Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

1 May personal empowerment comes through following instinctive prompts, or by digging deep to our primal inclinations. Relationships and finances figure in to life direction; with Venus in Pisces, we may be deluding ourselves that things are ideal when they’re not—or, we could be missing the true costs or rewards of pursuing our Path. We may see aggression (or at least assertion) work for others today, but don’t go there: it will have ugly consequences that we just don’t want to deal with. Just remember that the spotlight is on those who aggress, those who act precipitously, but that doesn’t mean that what they do is a good idea, or right. (Juno parallel Sedna, Venus quincunx the North Node, Sun quincunx Mars)

Today’s image is a small, misshapen apple tree, loaded with beautiful blossoms being nuzzled by countless bees. Often, we can’t know what’s going on below the surface; something can look completely unremarkable (even unfit) and yet produce an extraordinary abundance. There’s something in your life that you might be dismissing as ‘less than’ that could contain the capacity to generate an amazing bounty; take a second (or third, or fourth) look, and see what’s really there.

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The Daily Word Image 30 April 2014: An Inspired Space

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'Flaming June' by Frederic Leighton 1895 {{PD}}

‘Flaming June’ by Frederic Leighton 1895 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a woman who falls asleep repeatedly throughout the day. Something is pulling us, offering a way into the unconscious, offering connection to the Cosmos with the perception that barriers are dissolved, that we are that star stuff. Whatever is attracting you, exerting an attraction on you, pulling you into that space where all boundaries are lost, whether it’s sleep as it is for the woman in the image, or some other Neptunian instrument, each of us must allow ourselves to be informed through the unconscious of our part in All-That-Is. Inspiration lives here, as does the essence of spirituality, the creative spark, and our link with the Collective; our visit to this region of the psyche promises to imbue our waking life with something to drive, influence, or add to our New Moon eclipse new start.

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Post-Solar Eclipse 29 April 2014: The Wave

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Brandung am Meer, 60 x 70, Ölgemälde von Carsten Eggers 2002 Repro photograph: Ilona Eggers Eigenes Werk, Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5

Brandung am Meer, 60 x 70, Ölgemälde von Carsten Eggers 2002 Repro photograph: Ilona Eggers Eigenes Werk, Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5

Are you feeling the afterglow of the Solar eclipse? Are you riding that Neptunian wave (for that was the only significant aspect made by the New Moon), or did the wave come crashing down on you? No matter what, it tossed matters of the natal House where the eclipse occurred, and none of them landed in the same place they’d been before. Most everyone I’ve spoken with is in some way disoriented; the surroundings (Taurus) have taken on a new character, with each individual trying in their own way to connect their ideals with their actual circumstances. This effort will likely reverberate through the coming six months, to the next eclipse set in October, as the Solar eclipse signals the ascendancy of the unconscious, the hidden, the longed-for, and that which meets our needs, in the areas of life represented by the natal House where the eclipse fell. The Lunar influence will be stronger in this House area than will the Solar one, making the subtle and the felt much more prominent than what we perceive with the conscious mind. The challenge may be to allow these normally hidden matters to arise, and then to recognize them as valid, rather than writing them off as coincident or extraneous; when Luna eclipses the Sun, we have a window into the unseen world, and this time, with the involvement of Neptune, we have the opportunity to draw on this and make of it what we will through the creative urge, the realization of ideals, through the power of imagination, and through the information provided in dreams, meditation, exploration of the spiritual, interaction with the Collective, and through the connections our creative faculties allow us to make among things we’re only now beginning to see as related.

Here’s what I said about today in ECLIPSE, concentrating on the post-eclipse atmosphere and the other influences in play:

29 April what we think or say may change everything; be very careful with communications—even thoughts will send out discernible ripples—don’t be surprised if others hear them! Attempts at empowerment may inadvertently wound, actions may be costly or foolish unless we stop and consider things first, and elemental urges (sex, aggression, Love) press us to ignore what’s wise. It’s a day when we may spend the entire time vacillating between being smart and acting out primal spontaneous wants. It’s just something we have to deal with—the best response may be to insist on using our best judgment, with the idea that incorrect thinking will lead to bad choices that will cause permanent effects. (Chiron semi-square Juno, Mars semi-square and Venus quincunx Pallas, Mercury trine Pluto)

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The Solar Eclipse April 2014: A Renaissance

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'The Birth of Venus' Botticelli late 15th century {{PD}}

‘The Birth of Venus’ Botticelli late 15th century {{PD}}

The Solar eclipse occurs April 28-29 (depending on your location) at 8 Taurus 51, a New Moon that only sextiles Neptune; everything else is outside even a generous orb, with Mercury just days past Superior Conjunction (if this were moving toward the eclipse point I would consider counting it) and Mars, though moving retrograde, outside the orb for a quincunx. That lays it all on Neptune and the Sabian for this eclipse, ‘A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree’.

A Solar eclipse is when the Moon arrives at a point just right between the Earth and the Sun, so that the Moon appears to be not just conjunct the Sun, but to be aligned directly between Earth and Sun; our view of the Solar orb is blocked (occulted), at least from particular points on Earth relative to the path of the eclipse. It’s an instance, in symbolic terms, of Lunar sensibilities temporarily blocking the light of the Sun (objective consciousness) from reaching Earth. That suggests that Lunar issues for a time overwhelm Solar ones. Normally as the Sun moves from sign to sign we see our attention drawn to each new chart area, and facets of that chart area are ‘stirred’ by the stimulation of the Sun’s light; in one of those areas, the one where the Solar eclipse occurs, we find that for the 6 months between the initiating eclipse and the next Solar one the energy that would typically draw our regard takes on an emotional, subjective lens, one where intuition and our feelings trump the clear, unblinking light of the Sun’s relative objectivity.

The New Moon, eclipse or not, also indicates new starts; so, we’re looking at a new beginning that may be born of ideals, fantasy, or creative application (Neptune), and that could represent (the Christmas tree) a time of celebration, could usher in an ‘ideal’ period, or present the beginning of a personal creative initiative (birth) or renaissance (re-birth). We’re looking at a pair of factors (the Sabian and Neptune) that describe personal ideals–but particularly with the Sabian, we have to note that the celebration is based on our relationship to the unseen, on faith. It’s not related to any specific religion, but instead on our individual idea of a kind of ‘perfect moment’, the kind that memories are built on and that are striven for consistently in everyday life. We also must note that this is a material celebration, in the sense that we embody our feeling in decoration, gifts, and storytelling, all very Neptunian.

The eclipse may be the inception of a ‘honeymoon’ period between ourselves and our imaginations, where we attempt to build our fantasy life. This is good, as we aim to represent our ideals in our material surroundings and in what we produce, but falling as it does during Mars retrograde, we may want to hold off on actual manipulation of the surroundings until after Mars’ direction, on 19 May. Until then we might do best to muster all our creative sensibilities, ponder what we truly want, and plan–then move when the action urge is once again accessible as a ‘stream’ into which we can launch our intentions.

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Just a Little Weekend AstroEssence 26-27 April 2014: Wild Card

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'The Three Races or Equality before the Law' by Francisco Laso 1859 {{PD}}

‘The Three Races or Equality before the Law’ by Francisco Laso 1859 {{PD}}

26 April we look to the material world, to assets and talents and the sway money can exert on events, even as we are inspired by loftier things, ideals, dreams, and what we can imagine. This can be a set of aspects that allow excellent meshing of goals and aims with material needs and circumstances; we know what we need real-world to make our dreams happen. The one wild card is Nature (or for a few, authorities or even a maternal figure)—there are unanticipated costs and rewards available through the natural order or interaction with the natural world, and there’s no way to anticipate Nature’s role and its effects on our own efforts.

27 April It’s a great day to bring material dreams to reality, but only the ones involving hands-on or physically creative efforts—philosophical dreams or those based on intangibles will have to wait until thought processes are working on a clearer wavelength.

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The Daily Word Image 25 April 2014: Raven’s Call

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'Landscape with Ravens' Egon Schiele 1911 {{PD}}

‘Landscape with Ravens’ Egon Schiele 1911 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a raven, sitting in a nearby tree, calling and calling. A bird represents the ability to get above it all, to see things from a higher perspective. You are being called to take a larger view of something you’ve been considering only from ‘ground level’. A new viewpoint will offer not just more information, but a broader and more detailed context in which to place what you already know.

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The AstroEssence 24 April 2014 + Just a Little Lunar Essence: We Dream What We Need

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 Illustration by John D Batten for "Indian Fairy Tales" edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1892

Illustration by John D Batten for “Indian Fairy Tales” edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1892

24 April Humility might be the watchword today; taking a modest tack that leaves ego, ambition, and desires on the cutting room floor is definitely the way to go. We may be very shy of getting hurt, protecting our wounds and looking for injury in every communication—and that’s just not very helpful. If we want to make any progress at all, we may need to put aside both a need for power and a demand to fulfill ambition, and instead nurture only efforts that support the highest values, and foster personal relationships that aren’t dependent on the group for legitimacy or support. Those personal connections, made for no other reason than that we care, will be the foundation for anything positive that comes forward at this time, along with choices that keep those things we honor in focus. (Juno contra-parallel Zeus, Mars contra-parallel Vesta, Venus contra-parallel Uranus and quincunx Vesta, Mercury semi-square Chiron)

3 AM PDT of the 24th the Pisces Moon sextiles Mercury; what we daydream about, actually dream about, imagine, fantasize, or yearn for carries a powerful message about something we desperately need, and how we’ve hidden that need from ourselves. Please listen to this.

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A Little Something More on the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014

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Partial view of the Americas from a low orbit satellite by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring {{PD}}

Partial view of the Americas from a low orbit satellite by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring {{PD}}

The Grand Cross is in evidence—we’ll treat it as a part of the other energies in play, and in doing so perhaps draw it into a broader context. Actions or choices that trigger it all may originate in being contrary to our highest aims, to the demands of the home, or in reaction to the mate. We may seek ready empowerment in scenarios of the past (or that mirror it) and we may feel that blending into the crowd is actually the way to garner reward, preserve relationship, and stay safe—and we might be right, at least in the moment. Communications and our own thoughts both could feel like we’ve heard them before, and our reactions to them/ choices spurred by them may come at least in part from fear of being hurt in some past way we still feel vulnerable to. Erratic behavior, aggression, and destructive inclinations are all signs that we are allowing an out-of-control temperament to run the show—whether it’s you or someone else, take a step back and re-consider the direction you want to take. Rightly harnessed, this is a good time to change, guess who? Ourselves! We have the ability and energy to re-make our inner workings—we just need to take an intellectual stance that accesses compassion and common sense while staying true to values in order to do it successfully. (At the closest point to perfection, on the 23rd, Mars perfects the T with Uranus and Pluto—this is essentially the tightest the Grand Cross gets–with Jupiter the other arm, and Mars is also contra-parallel Vesta, Juno conjuncts the South Node, Venus is contra-parallel Uranus, Mercury moves into Taurus, is parallel the South Node and semi-square Chiron)

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The Daily Word Image 21 April 2014: In Concert

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'Concert on a Balcony' Gerard van Honthorst 1624 {{PD}}

‘Concert on a Balcony’ Gerard van Honthorst 1624 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a group of strangers who gather for a concert, and find communion in the companionship and the music. We must stay open to those times that offer, through something as simple as a shared musical experience, an authentic spiritual one. Remaining aware of the larger spiritual currents behind those experiences we share is vital to maintaining connection to (and compassion for) all others, as well as understanding our own place in the Cosmos.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 20 April 2014: Vulnerable

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Still Life with Peonies by Edouard Manet c1865 {{PD}}

Still Life with Peonies by Edouard Manet c1865 {{PD}}

5 AM PDT of the 20th the Capricorn Moon sextiles Neptune; we imagine what we could build, with a little discipline. A highly productive influence out-of-proportion to the mild aspect itself. 5 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Pluto, opposes Jupiter, and squares Uranus. Adding the Moon to this potent Cardinal T means that we’ll likely read the Plutonian reactions (rage, anger, destruction, transformation, or renaissance) as practical (Cap) measures to deal with the T tensions. That may be an accurate perception, and it may not–what will really count is whether we can muster the emotional restraint long enough to determine whether that Plutonian urge makes sense in the context of the situation we’re facing. By 6 PM PDT the Moon picks up the final arm of the Grand Cross with a square to Mars. Now we are faced with choices or action pertaining to the emotional situation just before; checking with others (Libra) may keep us out of trouble and our options in perspective. 9 PM PDT the Moon squares Zeus and sextiles Chiron-Venus. It doesn’t feel like what’s practical actually serves ambition fulfillment, but the reality is that we’re too quick to see ourselves as vulnerable to losing what’s dear if we pursue goals. With emotional reactions arising out of past hurt, we take a conservative approach, and then wonder why nothing’s happening. A better way might be to make sure that what we pursue builds on what came before; a step-by-step effort may not be speedy, but will reassure us enough to move forward at a steady pace.

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