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Astrology Update, April 20th, 2017: Back Into Darkness, and Back Into Light

I’ve been off the radar for the past couple of days as I wrapped up my trip to the East Coast and returned home to the Pacific Northwest.  As previously mentioned, I’ve been struggling with some health issues recently, so on days when there has been enough going on in the physical world to challenge my ability to write, I’ve recently made the choice to let the writing take a back seat to practical concerns.  Hopefully now that I’m back home that will be happening less often, but given the extent of the health issues that have been confronting me, I’m not making any promises for now.  Though I continue to pay attention to the daily astrological activity and write and make art to the extent that I am able, Saturn and I are currently having a heated discussion about my limitations, especially regarding communication, energy, and health, and on some days I simply have to give the Lord of Karma his due.  For the sake of continuity, I’ve posted my thoughts on the astrological happenings of April 18th here and April 19th here, so at least you can reflect on what has happened even if my observations are no longer so timely.

Today the activity in the skies is limited, though no less important.  This morning Pluto stationed retrograde in Capricorn, emphasizing matters of complexity in our lives, along with issues of power and control, particularly in relation to hidden forces.  Institutions were likely to come into focus today, especially those that can impact our livelihoods and long-term goals.  During this retrograde we are asked to reconsider those long-term goals and what we do to achieve them – are the power plays that we may find ourselves in really worth it?  Where do we feel in control and where do we feel out of control, and in both cases, is that control real or an illusion?  How is our power dependent on others?  Do we recognize the power in others and do we share our power or hoard it, fearful of it slipping away?  Secrets come into play at this time – do we really know the truth of our situation, or is there information that needs to be revealed before we can proceed?  Our dedication may be tested during this transit, and we may find ourselves forced to confront endings that may feel dire, the deaths of parts of our lives that we need to let go of but whose loss we haven’t yet reconciled ourselves to.  We are likely to have intense internal conversations now, and may have to come to grips with denied or repressed parts of ourselves that just can’t bear to stay hidden any longer.  This retrograde lasts until the end of September, so we have several months to dig deep into the darkest parts of our psyches and wrestle with our choices there.

Toward midday Mercury retrograde enters Aries, moving back into thoughts and communications centered around ourselves, our identities, and our desire to make our mark on the world.  Mercury has been steadily retracing his steps through Taurus, concerned with rethinking practical matters and how we plan and communicate about what we want to manifest in the material world.  Now Mercury returns to the roots of that manifestation, the personal inspiration of the youngest sign that wants to be the big damn hero, and our thoughts get a boost of newness and wonder even as we re-cover familiar ground.  Our thoughts may speed up now, and we may become more impulsive, less inclined to ruminate and more inclined to race.  We may find our words becoming a bit bolder again, and maybe a bit aggressive, perhaps accompanied by a dose of foot-in-mouth disease, and may wonder “didn’t we get over this already?”  This portion of the Mercury retrograde transit may force us to revisit those places where our ego gets us into trouble, where our talk is just a little too big and our cunning plans for making the world our oyster haven’t been thought all the way through.  The good news is that this is a time to re-think those plans, to take the time that Mercury in Aries isn’t normally inclined to take, so that when he goes direct again we really can move forward with a gusto, and yes, maybe we really can be big damn heroes.

As if to shine some lunar blessing on that plan, this afternoon saw the Moon in Aquarius trining Jupiter retrograde in Libra, giving a big dose of Jovian benevolence to our emotions and instincts, and helping us to feel as though all is right with the world, or at least if it isn’t just yet, it can be.  The forward-thinking and evolutionary urges of the Moon in Aquarius combine with the social optimism of Jupiter in Libra, and allow us to blend Jupiter retrograde’s reconsideration of our relationships and social contracts and what we do to maintain them with a fervor for the attitudes and causes that give us hope.  Through all the backtracking and reassessment of key areas of our lives happening during this time of four planets retrograding (Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto), there is still a lot to be happy about, and the Moon trine Jupiter helps us to feel it.

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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 19th, 2017: Upheaval and Stability

This morning began with a trine from the Moon in Capricorn to Mars in Taurus in the wee early morning hours, lending stability and support to our emotions and putting our feelings in alignment with our actions.  For those of us still awake at that hour, or those waking up very early, this was a good boost to our ability to get the job done on a very practical level, whatever that job might be, as the Moon in Capricorn is emotionally motivating while Mars in Taurus has the energetic follow-through to that motivation.

A short while later the Moon in Capricorn squared the Sun in Aries, bringing us to the Last Quarter Moon during which we disseminate the intentions that we set at the New Moon and built up to the Full Moon.  Since the Moon squaring the Sun put our unconsciousness at odds with our consciousness, this was a time when the last little details of what we set into motion at the New Moon may have been jiggling around at the back of our minds, wringing out the last bit of our attention to them before we could truly release them, and our dreams during this time may have reflected that process.  The Moon is growing darker now, and our unconscious is similarly being cleared in preparation for the next intention-setting period of the New Moon.  Since this aspect started a brief void-of-course period, it was also a time in which the lessons of the Moon’s transit through Capricorn had a final dark, receptive space in which to be absorbed before the Moon entered Aquarius, which it did less than an hour later.

The Moon in Aquarius takes the seriousness of Capricorn and moves it away from a personal focus toward the betterment of humanity as a whole, making us more socially conscious and more interested in dedicating ourselves to causes that improve our world.  While the Moon in Aquarius is not a particularly emotionally sensitive placement, being in a rational air sign, it can make us feel more friendly, more interested in the world around us and the people within it.  We are likely to be more future-oriented during this transit, more interested in new technologies, more eager to try new things, and less interested in upholding the status quo.  The classical ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, the same as for Capricorn, and so we still may feel the influence of Saturn’s sense of order and limitation on our instinctive reactions, but the transcendental ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the Great Rebel, so even as we feel our limitations we may be more inclined than ever to resist them and even throw them off outright.  The Moon transiting Aquarius encourages us to let our inner eccentric out to play, and our instinctive responses are now likely to be more difficult to predict.  We are more likely to want to try new things, meet new people, and test out new ways of doing things during this transit.

The Moon’s first activity during this transit is a testy morning square to Mercury retrograde in Taurus, challenging our fixed and stubborn ideas and encouraging us to get out of whatever rut we may have fallen into in our thinking.  Mercury in Taurus has encouraged us to be slow and steady and practical in our thinking, while the Moon in Aquarius may have us feeling like slow and steady and practical is for the birds.  Mercury retrograde is also revisiting ideas, mulling things over like a cow chewing its cud, and may be inclined to linger over-long in one area of thinking now.  Both signs are deeply stubborn, so this was not a challenge to be easily resolved, as we were forced to confront our own less-than-forward-thinking tendencies, but also watched our newly-found instinctive eccentricity be challenged by thought and communication patterns that saw no reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater.  Urges toward freedom and change were tempered now by the questions of “is it practical?” and “do you really want this?”  As frustrating as the immobility of a square in fixed signs can be, this was a necessary tempering of our futurist instincts, asking us to be willing to do the hard work of integrating the practical with the ideal.

Late this afternoon the Sun entered Taurus, bringing the light of consciousness to practical realms as well, throwing what we need on the material level into focus now.  Taurus is very good at manifesting things in the real world, being a time of planting and preparation for the growth and activity of summer, so this is a good time to start taking our plans and putting them into action, slowly and steadily, while still mindful of our own health and comfort.  The Sun’s transit through Aries made us more conscious of our own desires and our will to put our mark on the world, and the transit through Taurus now takes the initiatory energy of Aries and really puts it to work, but sustainably rather than burning out in the fire of the tempestuous youngest sign.  Now is a time to appreciate the good things in life that are the fruits-to-come of our labors during this planting season.  This is a time when we are keenly aware of our creature comforts, and now that we are out of the lean times of winter we want to enjoy the things that make us feel good.  Taurus is ruled by Venus, recently turned direct, so work under this sign is not about privation, but rather has a strong aesthetic inclination and appreciates beauty, art, and stimulation of the senses.

Tonight the Moon in Aquarius sextiles Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, putting our future-leaning emotions and instincts into a supportive relationship with the part of our unconscious currently immersing itself in our ideals and patterns of belief.  Though Lilith’s action in Sagittarius can force us to confront our less evolved belief patterns, in this harmonious aspect with the Moon she may have given us new insight into how we can change those patterns, in keeping with the Moon in Aquarius’ urge toward stepping up our own evolution and that of our society.  This may have been a good time for talking with different people, exploring philosophical concepts, playing with new ideas and testing the boundaries of our beliefs in positive ways, as our unconscious instincts need to ensure that our newly-stabilized consciousness doesn’t get too rigid.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, 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 18th, 2017: Mood Swings

In the early morning hours today the Moon in Capricorn squared Jupiter in Libra, amping up our emotions and putting our driven instinctive responses at odds with our more optimistic social tendencies.  For most of us in the Western Hemisphere, this aspect was in play while we were sleeping, but for the very early risers or those very late to bed, we may have felt that our faith and perseverance were challenged, and our relationships may have been tested in the process.  That said, Jupiter is still a very benevolent influence so our feelings overall during this time were likely to be good, but it is also likely that we were less inclined to see the nitty gritty details in our lives at this time, preferring to take a grander approach, and as a result we may have tended toward a bit of off-putting arrogance or devaluing of details that mattered to others, convinced that we had the one true philosophy of life and subtly (or not-so-subtly) communicating that in our attitude.

A few hours later Mercury in Taurus trined the North Node in Virgo, putting our minds at least back on a more detail-oriented track.  Mercury is currently retrograde, putting it between the Earth and the Sun, and Mercury’s influence was also extended at this time through its rulership of Virgo, so matters of thought, communication, travel, and technology were emphasized on this day, particularly in relation to manifesting our soul’s purpose in the material world.  Health matters were also emphasized, and it is possible that we could achieve real progress in regard to a health-related issue as a result of insights and communication on this day.

Shortly thereafter the Moon in Capricorn conjuncted Pluto, intensifying our emotions and bringing hidden things to light, including obsessions and compulsions.  During this time our real feelings were more likely to come to the surface, even those we thought deeply buried.  This was a time to watch out for power games, especially in our close relationships, and to recognize that where we may have felt out-of-control was likely to be indicative of deeper concerns to be explored on a more long-term basis once the transit has passed and we do not feel so overwhelmed.

The skies quieted down for the afternoon, until the Moon in Capricorn squared Uranus in Aries during the evening, increasing the likelihood of sudden upsets and changes, as the Moon’s unconscious cycles connected with and potentially exacerbated erratic Uranian energy.  We may have found ourselves unexpectedly more awake and restless at night, even hyperactive.  We are also likely to feel more impatient and contrary, inclined to disagree with people more out of a sense of contrariness than actual disagreement.  Technological troubles were a distinct possibility at this time.

A few hours later the Moon in Capricorn sextiled Chiron in Pisces easing up on some of the more distressing feelings of the previous two aspects and giving us a chance to assess some of our more difficult feelings with sympathy and compassion.  This would have been a good time to talk with a friend about our troubles, whether just sharing our own feelings or commiserating over mutual difficulties, as discussion of our pain at this time can be especially useful in yielding insight from others who have experienced similar situations.

Late that night the Moon in Capricorn sextiled Venus in Pisces, bringing Venus’ gentle connective power to support our emotions, and further emphasizing the enjoyment we may gain from being with friends and people we love.  Entertaining at home was especially favored by this aspect, and relationships in general got a loving and supportive boost at this time.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, 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.