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Astrology Update, April 30th, 2017: Pain, Belief, and Vulnerability

The skies are quiet today until this afternoon when the Moon in Cancer sextiled the Sun in Taurus, putting our conscious and unconscious selves in harmony, our emotions in support of our core truth and our psyches attuned to our feelings in turn.  This aspect makes everything run a little smoother, interactions with others a little more harmonious, our inner and outer worlds working together.  

All of which is a much-needed blessing in view of the square between Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces that became exact this afternoon but has been building for the past several days, with an emotional preview yesterday, and which will continue to colour our experiences for the next week to come.  Saturn in hard aspect to Chiron is harsh no matter how you colour it, with Saturn’s restrictiveness rubbing up against our deepest and oldest wounds, but this particular iteration includes Saturn in retrograde, dredging up all of our old injuries that we would rather deny but have never managed to escape from, and shackling our hope of healing from them to our most deeply entrenched belief systems.  Intergenerational family trauma, racial and cultural trauma, ancient abuses and buried grief and anger are all creeping out of the woodwork during this transit, and the pain is both real and at the same time hard to pin down.  The very things that give us our roots and sense of connection to history and humanity are poisoning and crippling us, and today we come face to face with all of the horror and sadness and helplessness they have bequeathed us.  Somehow, we have to overcome our sense of alienation and understand the universality of our limitations, and learn to heal ourselves by reaching out with compassion toward others, even and sometimes especially the others “responsible” for hurting us.  Forgiveness is not about giving abusers a free pass, but rather about halting the toxic internalization of what has been done to us and continues to be done through us.  There is wisdom to be found here, but it is a bitter draught.  This is not an easy path to healing, and it’s going to take all of our discipline and much time to traverse, as well as the ability to think outside of the box about how we share the hard-won knowledge born from our pain, but it is a necessary path if we are to move forward and survive and maybe even thrive, both as individuals and as a species.

Tonight the Moon in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces, reminding us of the universality of deep feeling and giving us a chance to swim in our sympathy and imaginations, and reconnect with those we love in the midst of the pain that has so much potential to divide us.  This is an emotionally healing aspect that stimulates our creativity and intuition, and invites us to spin new stories about our experiences that join us together in a safe and loving emotional space.  This is not a time for decision-making or rational thinking, but rather a time to be receptive and spiritual, safe in our homes and familiar spaces, a time to float in our fantasies and visions of our best possible world with those who can share those visions with us, and let our ability to imagine better lives lead us to them.

That said, late tonight the Moon in Cancer squares Jupiter retrograde in Libra, leading us back into a space of reconsidering our close relationships and social connections, as well as our faith and our cherished beliefs.  This day is not going to release us without challenging how we meet others with our feelings, daring us to crack open our own hard shells and be vulnerable with our biggest emotions.  Since Jupiter is a benevolent influence, this is not an unkind aspect, despite its challenges, but it can magnify whatever we feel and make it hard to take a step back or be rational about it all.  Details are not likely to be our strong suit now, and we feel drawn to delve further into our philosophical and spiritual ties with others.  Tonight we are likely to want to know what it all means, and we want to be able to share our searching with others who matter most to us.  And if our spiritual family or community doesn’t line up with our actual family and community, now is the time when we will be asking ourselves why.

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post 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.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 29th, 2017: Loneliness and Home

Late this morning the Moon in Gemini sextiled Mercury retrograde in Aries and then Uranus in Aries in short succession, emphasizing the residual effects of yesterday’s Mercury/Uranus conjunction, so that our thoughts during this time continued to change rapidly, only our moods were in a state of flux as well.  Since the sextile is a gently harmonious aspect, these fluctuations were less challenging than they would be with a harder aspect, but still we were likely to be restless and wanting to shake things up, bored with the status quo and searching for excitement.  We were not likely to be shy about vocalizing our feelings under these aspects, and communication in general was emphasized, as was socialization and meeting new people.  This was not a time for focusing on important matters, as our thoughts were likely to be running too quickly to handle deep subjects or linger anywhere for long, and our moods were too fickle to sustain any real sense of dedication from late morning into the afternoon.  

Into this volatile mix of fluctuating thoughts and feelings comes a jarring square from the Moon in Gemini to Chiron in Pisces, with an opposition from the Moon to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius a few minutes later, stirring up the rising tide of hurt and trauma invoked by tomorrow’s square between Chiron and Saturn.  The Chiron/Saturn square has been lurking in the background for the past several days, as these are slow moving planets whose influence is felt long before and after an aspect between them becomes exact, and the Moon’s interaction with both of them today creates a tense T-square formation with Chiron acting as the release point for the isolation and enforced stoicism of the Moon/Saturn opposition, triggering our awareness of painful life lessons brought on by harsh emotional interactions.  This can be an incredibly depressive time, as we gain a heightened awareness of the disappointments and failures in our lives, and our outlook leans toward the cold and grim and lonely.  While the Moon’s interactions with both Saturn and Chiron have the blessed brevity of lunar aspects, they are an uncomfortable foreshadowing of tomorrow’s harsh square between those planets that has the potential to colour our feelings for the remainder of the day.  There is also the possibility that today’s T-square configuration will heightened tensions during the climate change marches planned across the United States today, and since Saturn governs restriction and law, and in hard aspects with Chiron increases the potential for abuse, those who are marching this afternoon would do well to take extra steps for self-protection.  With its opposition to Saturn the Moon turns void-of-course for several hours, making actions taken during the late afternoon and early evening less likely to amount to anything of consequence, which may be a blessing in view of the abusive potential of the T-square, but which also makes it harder for political actions taken during this time to be heard and taken seriously.  Our judgement is likely to be impacted as well, so this is not a time for bold and decisive action.

The Moon enters Cancer tonight, the sign that it rules, making our emotions more sensitive and more potent, so that whatever we are processing during this difficult time of the Chiron/Saturn square is likely to take on greater emotional significance.  Our emotions now are likely to center around home and family, as our loyalty is increased during this lunar transit, and we may feel very protective of both ourselves and those we love, but are also likely to relate the hurts we are processing to family and loved ones as well, so the Cancerian Moon’s closeness to home is a mixed blessing this weekend.  We are more sympathetic and intuitive during this transit, but also more inclined to feel sorry for ourselves, which makes for a rough way to navigate the Chiron/Saturn square, increasing the potential for us to feel lost in martyrdom and victimhood.  The Cancerian Moon can also increase our imagination and creativity, however, so now is a time to transmute our most difficult feelings into art and imaginative solutions, releasing what we feel through music and dance.  It is also a time to put in the extra effort toward creating emotionally safe space with those we are closest to, as challenging as that may be against the backdrop of the Chiron/Saturn square, because the need for such space is near and dear to the Cancerian heart, and it is a need which is especially poignant this weekend.

The Moon in Cancer gets a little bit of much-needed support tonight from a sextile to the North Node in Virgo, giving us an instinctual awareness of the process of our soul’s growth and how our feelings tonight further that growth.  Though our moods may fluctuate, they do so with attentiveness to the details of our experiences, helping us to work through and learn from what we are feeling rather than just feeling tossed about on the waves of emotion.  We should take the time to let ourselves feel deeply tonight while we have the capacity to look at those feelings with clarity and insight, and see them in the larger context of our souls’ path to perfection.

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post 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.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

 

Astrology Update, April 28th, 2017: Racing Thoughts

The Moon in Gemini started the day off with an early morning conjunction to Mars in Gemini, aligning our instincts and emotions with our aggression and sexual drive, giving us a need for action that fulfills the demands of our curiosity.  This aspect increased the potential for impulsiveness and irritability as well, so perhaps it is a blessing that most of us in the Western Hemisphere were asleep for this one, but for those early risers just waking up it could have granted an extra boost of strength and determination with which to start our day, so long as we didn’t get entangled in unnecessary conflicts along the way.  

This aspect set the stage for Venus’ re-entry into Aries a few hours later, when our affections became both more flirtatious and more independent, our pleasures more self-determined.  This is territory that we’ve crossed before – twice, thanks to Venus’ recent retrograde – but now she is more sure of herself, more confident and direct and even demanding, unwilling to accept promises of pleasure that do not satisfy her needs for adventure and self-fulfillment.  Our connections with others are less soft and sultry now, more brusque and unconcerned with diplomacy, but not lacking for warmth or passion when the flame of desire is kindled.  Venus in Aries is not in the magnetic modality that she prefers, but she will make the best of the terrain in seeking new amorous adventures to amuse herself with, and with the Moon in Gemini our hearts are not likely to turn down the ride, even if they gain a few bruises along the way.

A short while later the Moon in Gemini opposed Black Moon Lilith, heightening the awareness of our unconscious, while creating tension between our desire for information and our ability to synthesize individual pieces of data into the whole picture, along with our capacity to communicate that information on a personal scale versus a grand scale.  Gemini/Sagittarius oppositions emphasize the polarity of near and far, personal versus social, thought versus belief, and in this case that polarity was being worked through on the unconscious and emotional levels, so we may have found ourselves instinctively see-sawing between different ideas and processes this morning, trying to find something that fits, while no one solution would do the trick.  What was required was integration of the spectrum between the two, and with Black Moon Lilith involved that meant immersing ourselves in the frustrations of the polarity until we could fully appreciate the spectrum.

This aspect was followed within minutes by a conjunction between Mercury and Uranus in Aries, further emphasizing fire and action in our thoughts and intuitive processing.  Our minds have been moving at lightning speed today, but we may have had trouble focusing as a result, especially with the unconscious background of our fluctuating Gemini moods.  Communication is also likely to be moving at high speed today, and those of us who prefer to carefully think things through may have had trouble keeping up.  Excitement and uncertainty are amplified by this aspect, with sudden insights and breakthroughs in technology, mathematics, science, and commerce being the harvest for those who can adapt to the breakneck pace.  This is a great time for solving puzzles, but we should be careful not to mistake assumptions for truth, especially when we are dazzled by new ideas that break us out of old routines but haven’t yet been proven.  Experimentation and testing are the name of the game under this influence.  Those of us prone to anxiety and nervousness are likely to struggle today, and we may need to consciously limit our stimuli to get through it.  Burnout is a real danger at this time, as are accidents while traveling.

More sensitive types may find it all a bit too much during the late afternoon and early evening, when the Moon in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces and we are likely to want very much to retreat into fantasy.  Introverts are especially likely to be challenged at this time, and we may need to take steps to protect ourselves from the emotional fallout of the day.  We should be especially wary of being led astray, whether by our own wishful thinking or actual deception on the part of others, and it is important not to make any important decisions at this time.  The Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Aries makes this especially crucial, since Aries is headstrong and cocksure, and may have us thinking that whatever madness Mercury and Uranus have concocted together is absolutely the right thing to do or say.  This is not a time to take anything at face value, as our perceptions are distorted by our emotions now.  Those of us prone to escaping through alcohol or drugs need to be particularly careful now – the temptation to indulge will be strong, but far more likely to cause trouble than not.

Tonight the Moon in Gemini trines Jupiter retrograde in Libra, which can bring some optimism and friendliness to help clear the fog of the Moon/Neptune square, but can also make us prone to grandiosity and over-the-top gestures, and in combination with the Mercury/Uranus conjunction could make for a wild night with potential hard consequences in the morning.  Jupiter is a benevolent influence, but retrograding in Libra is likely to draw to us situations that have us reconsidering our sociability and our relationships, and with the wild card of Mercury/Uranus in the mix we may find that Jupiter’s fun-loving influence on our emotions and instincts may get led astray by our impulses.  On the plus side, our sense of connection to others and willingness to help each other is enhanced by this aspect, but so is our willingness to give each other the benefit of the doubt – great when it helps us to overcome prejudices and be kind to our fellow man, but not so great when it leads us to ignore our common sense.  So long as we enjoy the warmth and affection of this aspect for what it is and still keep some measure of self-preservation on our radar, this can be an enjoyable night with the potential for healthy expansion of our point of view, connecting hearts and enlivening minds.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post 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.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 27th, 2017: Life of the Party

Today started with the Moon in Taurus trining Pluto in Capricorn in the wee hours of the morning, increasing our emotional perceptiveness and intensity.  Those of us still awake or just waking up at that hour were not likely to be interested in superficial experiences and may have found ourselves drawn into situations of complexity and power that called on us to have greater emotional awareness and feel very deeply.  Those of us still sleeping may have had unusually vivid and intricate dreams, well worth taking note of in waking hours for the secrets of our inner world that they could reveal.

The skies have been quiet since then until this afternoon’s sextile from the Moon in Taurus to Chiron in Pisces, creating a gentle harmony between our grounded emotions and the wisdom we gain from our limitations and injuries.  This afternoon is a good time to connect with those in whom we can be vulnerable and confide about the areas of life where we struggle, and if we are not feeling particularly in need of a sympathetic ear we may find ourselves in the position of the voice of experience helping to bolster the spirits of others in need.

Tonight the Moon sextiles Venus in Pisces, creating feelings of conviviality that gently steer us to gather with our friends and loved ones and enjoy the richness of our close connections.  We are likely to enjoy entertaining others in our homes tonight, as the Taurus Moon combines forces with this sign’s ruler to make us particularly house-proud now, delighting in the environments we create and sharing them with others.  This is a good time for love relationships, old and new, a time to mend relationships that have been under duress, as we can gently and lovingly communicate our feelings under this aspect and smooth over rough edges.

This aspect begins a very short void-of-course period lasting only a few minutes before the Moon enters Gemini and whatever festivities we are enjoying for the night get a boost of Gemini liveliness and charm.  Our emotions and instincts under a Gemini Moon are driven more by intellect than by sentimentality, and we are more curious, more inventive, and more communicative as a result.  Since Gemini is ruled by Mercury, quickness prevails during this transit and our moods and responses are likely to turn on a dime.  We become more impressionable under this Moon, and more free-spirited, seeking action and stimulation and thriving on change.  On the downside, our decisiveness is likely to be impaired during this time, as we want to know all the options and are keenly aware that there is always more to know, more to explore, and we are likely to resent being pinned down and expected to make a singular choice.  That said, our openness to new experiences now makes us more adventurous and fun-loving, and the Moon’s entry into this sign so soon after the Moon/Venus sextile could make for a very enjoyable night.

That said, late tonight the Moon in Gemini squares the North Node in Virgo, reminding us that not all is fun and games, and some of our adventures could lead us off the the path of our souls’ preferred mode of growth.  It’s all-too-easy to gloss over important details when we’re moving so fast, or to turn to hyperbole in place of truth.  We may find ourselves challenged to keep from losing ourselves in frivolity and superficiality, and would do well not to stray into manipulative territory in our interactions with others.  Being the life of the party is all well and good so long as we remain genuine.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post 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.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 26th, 2017: New Moon in Taurus

The New Moon in Taurus this morning sets the stage for a quiet and kindly day, a time for re-attuning ourselves to our own basic physical, material, and emotional needs.  The New Moon is a time to set our intentions for this lunar cycle, intentions which we grow between now and the Full Moon, when we release them into the world to be disseminated over the course of the next two weeks until the following New Moon.  This New Moon is a special one because it has no planetary aspects and only a loose trine to the North Node, as mentioned last night, so it is largely free of outside influences, and that loose trine is a benevolent connection to our soul’s path, adding to the sense that this New Moon can act as a good “reset” period in which we can set aside more complicated concerns and tend to ourselves first and foremost, a time in which what feels good to us is also what can help forward our karmic progress.  

Taurus deals with our needs in the material world, what gives us a sense of security and physical well-being, which in turn affects our emotional well-being via the Moon.  This is a good time for taking care of our health, our self-esteem, our homes, our gardens, and our bank accounts.  Since Taurus is a fixed earth sign it tends to be slow-moving and patient, understanding of the process of things, and with the Moon here it is very aware of seasons and cycles.  Under this influence we can take small steps that will slowly accumulate and eventually have lasting impact.  What we tend to now should be mindful of the long-term – the goals we set now are those which we should be comfortable living with both the process and outcome of for years to come.

Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, it is worthwhile to note where she is now, sweet and sensual in the sign of Pisces, and in a state of mutual reception with Jupiter retrograde in Libra – Venus is the ruler of Libra, and Jupiter is the classical ruler of Pisces, so while the mutual reception between them is not strong now due to the wide orb between them, still it is a gentle connection between the two Benefics of the zodiac that may aid in the fortunate outcome of our intentions during this lunar cycle.

After the exact New Moon this morning there is no further astrological activity for most of the day until the Moon in Taurus sextiles Neptune in Pisces tonight, adding to the sympathetic feeling of this New Moon.  Neptune can encourage us to put on our rose-coloured glasses, so it is not a time for precision thinking, but the sextile is a gently harmonious aspect that brings out the better qualities in both the Moon and Neptune, enhancing our feelings of spiritual connection and compassion, and helping us to be more loving to both ourselves and others while shedding old habits and ties that no longer serve us, rebuilding our foundations with patience and a touch of sweetness.  This is a time for healing, nurturing, and nourishing our hearts and bodies, and tending to our homes and the material needs that make us feel safe and secure, strengthening ourselves from the roots up.  Tonight we can re-imagine ourselves in ways that can be both emotionally fulfilling and deeply practical, and set ourselves on a path toward making that vision a lasting reality.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post 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.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.