MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

Category: Astrology

Back At Last!

I’m been away from this site for a long time (since May 2018!), as the Uranus ingress into Taurus came with very on-brand consequences for me in the form of a pretty ugly hack that took forever to get cleaned up.  Hopefully security changes will ward off any similar nastiness when Uranus (who retrogaded back into Aries during the second half of 2018) returns to enter Taurus again this March and continues his transit there for the next seven years.

I’ll be updating things here over the next few days, so it’ll probably be a little while longer before I get back to doing regular astrology posts here.  Plus, my stepmother who I’ve been guardian of for the past couple of years passed away this weekend, so I have my work cut out for me for the next few months at least, resolving her estate and ensuring that her final wishes are met.

That said, just because I haven’t been here doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy, so I do have things to share with you here.  🙂  First, I appeared on the Talk Cosmos radio show on January 26th, 2019, so here is the archived recording of that show.  Next, I have been writing a bit about astrology and recent transits on Patreon, though most of that continues to be related to the art that I’ve been creating.

I appeared at a whole lot of events in 2018, and am already scheduled for several in 2019, with more to be added to the events page as the year progresses.

As I continue to get the website updated I’ll be sure to post here on the front page to let you know what’s been added.  Thanks for sticking with me as I finally get back on track!

Astrology Update, May 15th, 2018, New Moon in Taurus, Uranus enters Taurus: Riding Out the Tempest

New Moons emphasize new beginnings, giving us a chance for a fresh start in each sign and the corresponding area of our lives.  This particular New Moon in Taurus gets a double-whammy of the impetus to change as a result of Uranus entering Taurus this morning.  Uranus entering Taurus brings the planet of sudden change to the sign of the immovable mountain for the next seven years, and our material and financial landscapes are likely to shift accordingly, as may our pleasures and values.  Yet sudden to a mountain may seem glacially slow to those of us without lifespans measuring in aeons, or it may move with all of the speed and force of a volcano erupting, but only after a slow build-up. Since the Moon turns void-of-course after its meeting with the Sun this morning, the slow build-up of Taurean change is particularly apropo – despite the zing of Uranian energy, we should not rush into change tonight because the void-of-course state of the Moon makes it unlikely that any changes started now will amount to anything of consequence.  Instead, we should allow Uranian insight to percolate alongside the pragmatic emotions and comfortable consciousness of the New Moon, and wait until tomorrow to start taking action.

Uranus brings an electric charge to the physical and creative realms, with an emphasis on kinesthesia, which is in effect an embodied intuition, where extra-sensory information comes with bodily sensation.  Since Uranus governs technology, we may soon find ourselves experiencing a massive revitalization in how we inhabit the digital parts of our world, our understanding of the ways electronics affect us bodily and materially, and which technologies we want to shape the ways in which we manage our resources.  Since Uranus brings about radical change, we may find ourselves caring less about material matters that previously meant a lot to us, or find ourselves caring very much about things we never previously considered important. Regardless, the fixed nature of Taurus ensures that we will not change our values, attitudes, and actions toward material resources idly – this is a deep and steady process, not frivolous change for the sake of change alone.

The power of this New Moon is amped up significantly due to trines from the New Moon to both Mars and Pluto in Capricorn.  The intentions that we set now can be backed up by serious drive and control, should we choose to exercise them. We may find ourselves in the grip of powerful emotions at this time, though Mars’ subsequent entry into Aquarius tonight may help temper our ambitions somewhat, or at least bring a more rational outlook to the table.  However, Mars is squaring Uranus during the changeover of signs for both planets, creating the potential for volatile tempers and erratic energy to play havoc with much of the next couple of days. Since Mercury in Taurus is also loosely squaring Mars, we would do well to watch our tongues, as the combination of both Uranus and Mercury in hard aspect to Mars could find us inserting our feet into our mouths with more than usual force.  At the very least, we may find ourselves far more impulsive than normal, or taking unusual risks with little forethought, as the Mars/Uranus combo can heighten adrenaline junkie tendencies. The Moon’s void-of-course status for most of the day could well be a blessing under these circumstances, limiting the damage that we can do with careless words and actions, but it’s best not to count on that status to save us.

This New Moon falls within 2 degrees of the fixed star Algol, the eye of Medusa, generally considered the most ill-favored star in the heavens, associated with misfortune and violent death.  Obviously, not every transit to Algol is going to turn nasty, but we would do well to exercise caution with this one, given the situation with Mars just outlined, and the power of the Moon/Sun trine with Pluto.  We are best off channeling the intensity of the Moon/Pluto trine into some creative activity – art produced now is likely to be powerful and moving, and can make good use of that Plutonian intensity rather than leaving us to stew in our own juices or fly off the handle due to the erratic Mars/Uranus/Mercury combo.  The Moon/Pluto trine in combination with Algol does give us a unique opportunity to face our inner demons in preparation for whatever changes Uranus’ entry into Taurus auguries, so New Moon intentions regarding our deepest material fears are especially potent and worthwhile now. This is a time to battle the monsters in our heads and hearts, so that real-world monsters we may encounter later will have a much harder time sinking their teeth into us.

With Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces moving back into a trine during all of this upheaval, the impact of Uranus on our personal thoughts, energy, and emotions is acting against a backdrop of deep emotional and spiritual waters affecting us all on a societal level.  Now is a time to exercise faith and optimism, despite Uranian uncertainty and Mars’ frustrations. Jupiter trine Neptune in water signs encourages our compassion and sensitivity, and our willingness to see the bigger picture and place our own actions within the context of what is good for humanity as a whole.  Tempestuous as these times may seem, we have the capacity to affect real, positive change for ourselves and our society, and today’s New Moon may give us the first inklings of how to do that.

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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 regularly. 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 29th, 2018, Full Moon in Scorpio (Pink Moon): Emotional Power

Today’s Full Moon in Scorpio brings into bloom the seeds of intention sown at the New Moon in Aries two weeks ago. The fiery and impetuous ambition of Aries is With the Sun in Taurus trining Saturn today, this creates a Triangle of Potential with the Full Moon that heightens awareness of our deepest emotions on a remarkably practical level, and asks us to commit to the long-term process of uncovering our inner mysteries and applying the insights gained to our ongoing journey of growth and achievement in the material world.

With both Scorpio’s classical ruler Mars and Scorpio’s transcendental ruler Pluto conjunct in Saturn’s home sign of Capricorn, the intensity of this Full Moon is both amplified and grounded. We may find ourselves coming face-to-face with our obsessions and compulsions in ways we never have before, gaining a new understanding of just what drives us, and how we can make use of the hitherto hidden forces within us in pursuit of our dearest goals.

With this Moon squaring the North Node in Leo, the depth of our feelings now can be of profound service to our souls’ growth, if we are willing to face the fears and insecurities that Saturn sextile the Moon dredges up regarding our path in the material world. Because that sextile and the trine between Saturn and the Sun are both harmonious and involving steadying Earth signs, we are better equipped to examine and understand even our most complex and troubling feelings within these realms.

Jupiter in Scorpio is still sextile to the Pluto/Mars conjunction, so the power and drive that we have at our disposal now is a force to be reckoned with, and our sense of faith, optimism, and purpose are stregthened now. Though we are all-too-often afraid of our own power, now we find ourselves in the best possible position to embrace our inner strength and all of the emotional complexity within us, and shape our world in ways we never previously dared to imagine.

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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 regularly. 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 15th, 2018, New Moon in Aries: Flowering Desires

Tonight’s New Moon in Aries falls between Uranus and Eris, within orb to be conjunct to both. New Moons align the consciousness of the Sun with the instincts and emotions of the Moon, creating potent opportunities for new beginnings. The two weeks between the New Moon and the Full Moon are a time for growing the seeds of intention planted at the New Moon, creating potent opportunities for new beginnings. The two weeks between the New Moon and the Full Moon are a time for growing the seeds of intention planted at the New Moon.

The potential for new beginnings at this New Moon is heightened by the conjunction to Uranus, which brings the power of sudden insight and radical change. The conjunction to Eris combined with Mercury stationing direct at this time emphasizes a need for honesty in communication, which the Aries placement strengthens. Since Uranus operates as the higher expression of Mercury, the potential for sudden insight from unexpected directions is amplified, along with the need to apply lessons from this recent retrograde to communications regarding that insight as we move forward.

This New Moon also sees a Triangle of Potential between Jupiter in Scorpio opposite Venus in Taurus with Jupiter sextile Pluto in Capricorn and Pluto trining Venus. Capricornian Pluto in the mix may help mitigate the self-indulgence associated with Jupiter opposite Venus or it could intensify it, but regardless we are likely to experience heightened optimism and desire for the good things in life, with all of the powerful, earthy sensuousness that Venus in her home sign of Taurus brings to the table being ramped up by the combined forces of Jupiter and Pluto. That Jupiter/Pluto combination can bring hidden feelings to the forefront now, so if you’ve been quietly carrying a torch for someone, now is the perfect time to express those feelings.

The Triangle of Potential magnifies our desires and the capacity to manifest what we want on both a practical and emotional level, and in combination with the Sun/Moon conjuncting and bridging Uranus/Eris during the Mercury station emphasizing the need for both change and honest communication, gives us an opportunity to make major improvements in our lives that serve our own needs but can also strengthen our connections with others. Mars in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces now, aligning our efforts with our ideals, enhancing sensuality, and helping to keep our actions compassionate. This combination of alignments makes this a lovely New Moon for taking new steps in relationships, especially those of a romantic nature, and also makes this a great time for embarking on new creative endeavors.

Astrology Update, Full Moon in Libra, March 30th, 2018: Traveling Companions

 

This weekend’s Libra Moon opposite the Aries Sun draws attention to how we bring ourselves as individuals to relationships, and how we keep our sense of self intact while respecting others and maintaining social harmony. Our instincts under a Libra Moon are peaceful, diplomatic, and sociable, but our core selves under the Aries Sun are self-assertive and driven, even aggressive, so we may find our softer reactions feeling almost self-sabotaging, especially since this Full Moon coincides with a conjunction between Mars and Saturn in Capricorn in a T-Square formation with the Sun and the Moon. When Mars and Saturn join forces, we can find ourselves experiencing powerful frustration connected to obstacles both real and perceived in Capricorn’s material realms. That said, when patiently and consciously applied, the energies of these combined forces can yield a powerful drive to overcome those obstacles, and when we are certain what we are we willing to go the distance for, Saturn’s patience with process and Mars’ martial spirit can help us manifest real outcomes where we may have previously felt powerless to succeed. Mars can stir the courage to persevere in the face of our worst Saturnine fears, and Saturn can steady the reins of an otherwise rambunctious Mars.

Mercury’s retrograde through Aries brings him conjunct the Sun at this Full Moon, increasing both our conscious awareness during this process and encouraging us to think twice about where we have been im communicating our personal needs within relationships. With the Sun and Mercury both in Aries, we may find ourselves taking an executive tone and identifying strongly with our ideas, which the square to Mars/Saturn may lead us to defend far more fiercely than usual if challenged. With Saturn in the mix not only are we likely to find our ideas challenged, we can find those challenges stirring our deepest fears and insecurities. This is a time to take a deep breath and cultivate our ability to see the silver lining in whatever storm clouds rear their heads, and learn what lessons may come from a willingness to see more than one side of any story. And because the Sun and Mercury are trining the North Node in Leo at this time, those lessons have the capacity to yield rich insights in connection with our karmic path, resulting in real progress in the ongoing journey of our souls. If we are willing to do the hard work that Mars and Saturn in Capricorn demand, we can weather any emotional and communicative upsets stirred up by these transits, and create lasting relationships of mutual benefit with our souls’ traveling companions that help clear the way before us in pursuit of our dearest long-term goals.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will post the digital art that accompanies some of my posts here, as well as divinatory drawings and other artwork, 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 regularly. 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.