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Tarot for January 26th, 2017: Strife

Today’s Tarot card is the 5 of Wands (Strife).

This card falls under the rule of Saturn in Leo.  Saturn is currently in Sagittarius, a fellow fire sign to Leo.

As noted in previous posts, Saturn is the Lord of Karma, the cosmic taskmaster who governs restriction, limitation, time, and discipline.  Saturn forces us to confront our fears and insecurities, showing us where we think we are not up to the task, yet also encouraging us to be serious about whatever area of life he touches and apply discipline to overcome the obstacles that he points out.  He’s not known for being fun, but with his help we can get the job done.

Leo, however, rules the 5th house, which is very much about fun.  The 5th house governs self-expression, creativity and the arts, children and games, lovers and all other pleasurable pursuits.  Saturn in Leo can be a big wet blanket thrown over the party, so that we find ourselves afraid to express who we really are, and afraid to enjoy life as a result.  Leo is a room-filler, wanting very much to be the center of attention, and when Leo is well-aspected all eyes indeed turn to this royal of the zodiac, who is ruled by the Sun and can shine just as brightly.  Under Saturn’s influence, however, that light becomes dimmed.  Now the soul that was sure and confident is deeply insecure, and that desire for attention devolves into so much narcissism.

Unfortunately, that narcissist is in control in this scenario, for Saturn also governs authority as the ruler of Capricorn, the sign that rules the 10th house of career and reputation, whose cusp is the Mid-Heaven that shows how the world receives us.  And when egos run rampant as a result of deep-seated insecurity, and try to hide from the discipline of Saturn’s authority, or worse still wield Saturn’s severity without that discipline, strife is the end result.  The power that was once joyful and vital and creative now becomes an instrument of abuse, stamping out all who would oppose it.

In order to counter this effect, we need to see our fears and insecurities in Leo’s realm for what they are:  a signpost that illuminates where we need to take our self-expression, creativity, and pleasure more seriously, applying our discipline and patience in bringing out the best of what we have to offer rather than using ego and usurped authority to become the mask behind which we hide our fears of showing our true selves.  And if we are to overcome strife, we must find a way to express our vital selves without oppressing others in the process.  Leo under the worst of the Saturnine influence is a megalomaniac and a tyrant.  Leo having overcome Saturn’s fear through patience and discipline is a vital and creative leader capable of inspiring all.

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Astrology of January 26th, 2017: Emotional Persistence

The Moon has a busy day ahead of it today, starting in the wee hours of this morning with a conjunction to intensity-increasing Pluto in Capricorn.  Those of us who are night owls (or very early morning risers) are likely to have felt a push to our instincts and emotions during this time, especially in favor of practical action in pursuit of our goals, with a resultant uptick in productivity.

Morning to mid-day sees a string of Lunar aspects, starting with the Moon in Capricorn squaring Uranus in Aries, which may trigger sudden mood swings, as our emotions are challenged by the ruler of change and upheaval.  We may also experience technological issues, as Uranus governs technology and electricity, and the Moon governs cycles and fluctuations in addition to our emotions and instincts.  Since the Moon operates on an unconscious level, we may find ourselves triggering changes that we did not consciously intend but that we may need (or feel we deserve) nonetheless.  Now is definitely a time to be mindful of the ways in which we may sabotage ourselves in relation to our goals, particularly with regard to distractions, Internet and social media, and burnout, all three of which may be heightened under this aspect.  This is especially true since this aspect is followed by the Moon sextiling Chiron in Pisces, which gently supports us in understanding the areas of our life in which we feel eternally injured and not up to the tasks in front of us.  Chiron in this harmonious aspect with the Moon encourages us to gain and share wisdom surrounding these hurt or stuck places in our lives.

This is followed by the Moon in Capricorn squaring Jupiter in Libra, which is likely to magnify whatever we are feeling.  Since the Moon in Capricorn is not normally comfortable with emotional displays, we may struggle with our feelings as a result, particularly since Libra wants everything to be socially harmonious and Capricorn can have a tendency to say or do things bluntly that can put Libra all a-flutter with anxiety over the resulting potential social discord.  This is a time to perfect the balancing act between following what our instincts tell us to do in pursuit of our goals and mastering the diplomacy that we are likely to need along the way.  Since Jupiter governs luck, we may find our timing is a bit off at this time, so that even if we are normally socially graceful we might find ourselves stumbling a bit more along the way now.  Thankfully, this won’t last long.

This aspect is shortly followed by the Moon sextiling Venus in Pisces, helping those of us who are mindful of potential stumbles to gracefully right ourselves and smooth over any ruffled feelings, should we choose to do so.  We are also more likely to take pleasure in our work at this time if it is truly in alignment with our goals and our values, and may feel more camaraderie with our co-workers as a result.  This influence continues through the afternoon without any further aspects until evening.

Later tonight the Moon in Capricorn sextiles Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, which may generate some intensity in our feelings and responses, but is still a harmonious influence and can add some wisdom and power to our practical pursuits if we are willing to consider some of the mysteries in our lives more deeply.  This is a time of potential insight that we may gain further understanding from sleeping on.  Since this aspect is followed by a sextile from the Moon to Mars in Pisces near the witching hour, the unconscious is already being directed by our energy to make good use of our dreams, and our intuitive capabilities are likely to be enhanced at this time.  Plus, this starts a brief void-of-course period before the Moon enters Aquarius in the wee hours of tomorrow, which also encourages us to fill in missing pieces in our understanding intuitively, so this is an excellent time for editing, correcting, and ferreting out the gaps in our plans as well as any problems in our systems and surroundings in need of remedy.

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(All aspect times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.)