If you want to do the hard work and get rewarded for it, Sunday’s your day. You probably won’t have to break a sweat, it’s much more about using our powers of observation and thinking logically. We have the perfect set-up for seeing what’s not smart or practical in the reality picture and then changing it (with some god-like savvy and effectiveness) by drawing on talents and valuable lessons we’ve brought forward from the past. A few of us will run off the rails, convinced of something that’s not true, believing it only because they insist on ignoring or denying important facts–but that’s not you, right? Today may show you in some remarkable ways just how much influence and control you have, especially over your own life–you’d do well to step up and accept your power (Pluto trine Ceres, Neptune semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Saturn sesq Pallas, Mars moves back into Capricorn, Venus trines the South Node).
Do we ever get tired of measuring how well we’re managing to get what we want? How about life direction–is there a moment when we aren’t casting at least part of our psychic energy and attention into the future, trying to measure what’s to come? That ability to live in the moment is supposed to be the key to happiness–which may be why it’s so tough to achieve. Today’s influences don’t help us fix on the here and now; instead they send us off obsessing over future power arrangements (Ceres nov NN), which are too steeped in fantasy, illusion, or misunderstanding to do us any good (Ceres opp Neptune), and fixate our thoughts on what we could’ve had, if we’d only done differently in the past (Mercury nov Venus). How to best handle it? Look to the future by assessing our real assets and current reach, refusing to succumb to illusion by drawing clear correlations between our ideas and what assets we truly hold, including talents. A clear-eyed look at reality will set up the future in terms very close to ideal, if we can manage it, thank you very much!
Today’s word image is smoke but no fire. Take that situation that you believe is some kind of disaster and see it one of two ways: as a false alarm, or as a harbinger of what’s to come–but in any case, it’s not actually in meltdown now.
So we have a little formula today for creating both perfect harmony and profit: Value your instinctive responses and what you ‘know but don’t know’ (Venus trine Sedna), especially when it comes to relationships of all kinds, and finances. The mind is a finely-tuned instrument when thought is applied to ourselves and what empowers us, and this is in spite of its retro status–but this holds only so long as we’re not seeking to change, destroy, or transform anything outside ourselves, or overtly looking to gain power (Merc parallel Juno and qnx Pluto). So, focus on yourself, for best results.
Today’s word image isn’t an image so much as this: 2 ‘T’s. Be on the lookout for something with two of this letter in it, something that has these initials, or that appears in whatever way to you. This may make little sense to you, but the gist is this: one T may appear to try and harm the other T, but in the end you’ll realize neither is purely good or evil, they just are. Confused? Join the club, and have a wonderful Saturday!
Will you choose to empower yourself by ruminating on wounds, especially the primal one, or will you muster your most unique skills and apply them to whatever you face? Perhaps surprisingly, there’s no correct answer here; examination of hurts may be needed, so that we see what to let go of, what to change about our own approach, while using our unique skill set is what we should turn to if we are essentially untroubled at the moment. Hints for success: stay calm, list priorities for their impacts on others, then follow through on them, and be very slow to blame anyone for anything, especially yourself (Chiron novile Juno).
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We get a break today with the quiet unleashing of certain influences willing to work with certain other influences. We don’t really expect this harmony, and it’s not apparent on the surface, but if we pause and listen it’s there, running like a river under a ribbon of earth, muffled but accessible, if we try. Venus in Virgo parallels Chiron and sesquiquadrates the South Node, suggesting a critical analysis of wounds from the past may occur–but with a solid appreciation for how those have shaped and built our reality in a positive way, how we’ve learned what really matters to us through those experiences (Saturn parallel Vesta, Sun parallel NN). It’s one of those days when our awareness of the past is not just productive, but that it stirs gratitude about where we are and what we have in the present.
Today’s word image is ‘mosaic’. Since it has a very specific meaning for me (I’m a mosaic artist), I’m going to venture that each of us should go with our own associations; at the very least I’d suggest the ‘picture is fragmented’, or that you may still be assembling the pieces.
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We might feel denied our fantasies, and though in most instances that’s a productive thing, this time it may feel like we’re being punished. In this case, the mechanism of denial has the purpose of waking us up. If we don’t awaken and approach events with eyes open, we end up acting foolishly, undermining health, losing Love or Money over matters we’ve tried to sweep under the rug, and otherwise investing in all the wrong things. Our saving grace is the Sun’s entry into Leo and consequent novile to Ceres; this brings focus back to what’s important to us, personally, briefly un-muddying the Cosmic waters and re-orienting us to our needs and Purpose. If we’re looking for reasons *Why* those waters have been muddied, we need look no farther than Mars retrograde, bringing delinquent behaviors and rash attitudes to the surface, and the approaching Total Lunar eclipse; between the two, we may feel things and ourselves more than a little upended this week (Mars opp Pallas, Venus sesq Black Moon Lilith, sxt Jupiter, parallel Hygeia and contra-parallel Zeus and Neptune, Pallas conj NN, Sun sesq Neptune).
Have a lovely weekend!
It’s all about our levels of practicality, wisdom, and our discernment abilities, today; judgment is put to the test, especially as it concerns communications, our choices, our relationships (especially to ‘the group’), and as it speaks to our own identity and Self-assessment. The better we know ourselves, the clearer our perceptions will be, and the more effectively we’ll choose. Such vague counsel, so dull, right? Well here’s the thing: some people love drama, some people want excitement no matter the source, some people want to feel special, some people glory in their wounds–and these are all destructive attitudes, at core. These are the people who will rebel from the need to meet things with real-world awareness and a no-drama response–and they’ll pay for it, down the road, when something they love, that they find sacred, doesn’t love them back. There–we’ve all been warned. Now go, be fruitful and multiply, avoid power struggles (they’ll just be frustrating) and know that what rewards you at this time also brings you empowerment or supports those circumstances (Chiron trine and Uranus sq Pallas, Mars sxt Hygeia and qnx Ceres, Venus qnx SN and trine Juno, Merc sesq Saturn, Sun qnx Vesta).
Word image for this weekend is a small mouse, eaten by a bigger mouse, eaten by a rat, eaten by an owl. This is a dream image. A mouse is a timid individual, a rat someone who betrays, and the owl is Pallas’ symbol, standing for wisdom. Wisdom über alles? That seems right. Whatever the trouble, inner or outer, meet it with the wisest thing you know. Difficult to go wrong with that prescription.
A word to those with Neptune early in Scorpio natally: Right now you’ve got Uranus opposed your placement of creativity and delusion; this also unites two consecutive Houses in the natal chart. Watch for the ways the subjects of these two Houses may play together, mesh, take on new and surprising forms, and possibly act as outlets for your creative urge–and make sure that is consciously expressed creativity, not the kind that springs from the unconscious and shapes events willy-nilly.
What is it that we’re offered today? It’s an opportunity related to something we revere, something we find sacred, something we are or would like to commit to–so should we take it? Yes and yes. It serves our ambitions, slakes our desires, gets us where we want to go–but the question we have to ask ourselves is, Do we have to give up any power to get it? Awareness of what it could cost will be everything; make your choice consciously, and you’ll choose well (Juno square the Nodal axis, Jupiter novile and Sun contra-parallel Vesta, Venus sesq Pluto, Mercury sextile Zeus).
Today one new aspect perfects, and it’s perfect: the Sun in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces. Water, water everywhere, lots of emotions to wallow in, feelings to swallow, escapist behaviors to drink, eat, and immerse our minds in, and it may all seem overwhelming, sink or swim–but it’s much more about getting our bearings and then using our feelings to propel our creativity. We do it by measuring our emotions, and the inclinations they deliver, by our ideals–that’s how we know what to act on, what to eat a cookie to stuff down! With the Taurus Moon sextiling the Sun, we can enjoy an almost perfect day, in terms of creating and/ or in the realms of sensory experience. Pause for deep breaths as you go along–easy to forget to breathe between the emotional response and the sensory overload.
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It’s all about what and how we think during this period, with a brief respite on the 1st to get down and dirty with our feelings, especially about emotions embedded in the real-world scenarios around our relationships, financial situations, and our ability to express aesthetics and values true to us. This is helped along by Juno’s entry into Taurus, pushing us in the direction of empowerment through the senses (so through the material world) and through what we can hold in our hand, what reaches us through the tactile and what we can materially interact with. The focus goes to the physical world, but with Venus as apex to a Fist of God with base of Saturn and Hygeia, we may find all our attention on the disparity between what’s healthy in our interactions or investments and what the real world demands. The state of things looms large, and we may sort matters according to what benefits us, what profit is earned, what is reaped–and as long as we judge things according to our own wants and values (rather than according to others) then this can be a period of fine-tuning and ‘getting right’ with the material world and our inner Venus as it’s reflected by outer circumstances.
We could draw a curve with these Mercury aspects, from confusion, deception, or inspiration, to tough revelations that heal, to enhancement of the reality picture by making health, including attending to what’s so far been ignored, the measure for all things. We may be prone to rebelliousness in our thinking when confronted with what we don’t like, and we may create chaos as a mask for a sense of inadequacy or a fear of appearing weak. The mind can play tricks on us, in its own way, but awareness that our thoughts and consequent actions are building our future is vital to keeping it real, keeping it under control, and keeping it positive.
The outcome to all this, if handled with that eye on the future, should be healthy perceptions that find the best outlets for individual uniqueness and creativity. We stand in our own, earned authority, and express ourselves–and isn’t that what we’re here for?
The 4th, hurt is the song–and as always, our response to it makes the difference between learning and growing and creating, and moping and feeling sorry for ourselves.
Hint for what’s coming: plan ahead for the 5th, when Uranus conjoins Juno, Venus trines Vesta, and the Sun trines Jupiter. These are massively positive aspects for gain we can take advantage of, if we follow a couple of pre-cautions: do all the planning, arranging, and acting before this date, and don’t expect to be able to think on your feet or handle things on the fly, in the moment–that can lead to unfortunate actions and poor choices–instead, plan the outcomes of things for this day. Doing so can multiply the already good potentials and make for an outstanding result.
You may want to check back during the period for Daily Word images, which I’ll add as the inspiration hits. Have a great week, everyone!
Word image for the 29th-30th: two bears face each other across a treat-laden picnic table. It has a cartoon-esque quality, doesn’t it? But what was your first thought when you read that sentence? Did you supply hostility between the two, as if they were going to argue over the picnic spread? Or did you see it as two like individuals, a pair, sharing a summer repast? And does the fact that they are bears, rather than people, say something to you? I assert that this is a bit of a Rorschach for each of us, so take what comes to mind as a kind of statement reflecting your own attitude, particularly toward others in your company, and toward sharing, at this time.
Word image for the 2-3: Pairs of inexperienced paddlers in two canoes try to cross a waterway while holding on, each to the other boat. This suggests the individuals are possibly venturing out into something before they’re ready, and taking measures that make them feel more confident but that actually may contribute to a spill. Where are you ‘testing the waters’, what are you ignoring that you should be doing, and what are you doing that might in reality cause an upset?
Word image for the 4th: a bright red and white striped candy cane. Seems out of season, right? It’s almost like we don’t even notice that kind of candy when it’s not Christmas. What sweet thing are you ignoring because the timing seems off? What joyful thing needs to be noticed and appreciated now, rather than waiting for its customary time and place?
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Word image for the 5th: two people choose to spend a quiet day together, instead of going to a party. There’s no ‘right’ answer here; this simply suggests we should choose carefully how we spend our time, and with whom.