SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018

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Astrology Update, January 24th-25th, 2018, In the Wake of the 1st Quarter Moon

“Today’s 1st Quarter Moon in Taurus sees the first challenge in this lunar cycle to the intentions we set at last week’s New Moon in Capricorn and have been building on since….”

I started to write about last night’s 1st Quarter Moon in Taurus and stopped. I’d been struggling with writer’s block all day and into the night, not simply at a loss for words, but rather feeling the need to work with the energies of this moon phase through visual art instead of writing. Or at least find some balance between the two, to find the path of least resistance in working with the inherent challenge of the First Quarter Moon’s square between the Sun in Aquarius and the Moon in Taurus, two fixed signs who each have no interest in moving to accommodate the other.

To successfully navigate this kind of challenge we need to really feel it, not just emotionally, but kinaesthetically, as a voraciously thinking and socially attuned Solar Consciousness just bumped up against our instinctive desire to take pleasure in the physical world. In a society which has long valued mind over matter and upheld the supremacy of the soul over the body, the visual over the tactile, coming to a real place of understanding between the two is no small feat.

Why does it say “avowed hedonist” toward the end of the self-description in my header on Twitter? Because I believe that we should enjoy our lives enthusiastically and unashamedly or not at all. Ourselves, just as we are. We all have our little indulgences, material or otherwise. And the “otherwise” is heightened now with Mercury conjuncting Pluto reviving the last reverberations of Pluto’s waxing square to Uranus that has caused so much societal and personal disruption in recent years.  Mercury’s conjunction to Pluto eeking out the last bit of growth potential from that Pluto/Uranus square has heightened the potential for challenging sudden changes in thought or speech at a time when our obsessions and compulsions are exerting a powerful influence on our minds.  As Mercury sextiles Jupiter today and moves forward toward the exact square to Uranus this upcoming Sunday, plus with Jupiter’s recent sextile to Pluto still in effect, we are likely to find these mental changes and unusual conversations more and more challenging, confronted with ideas that may seem too radical in the context of the status quo, yet we also have an increased capacity to make use of the transformative power of Pluto’s influence, to gain greater awareness of our own subconscious motivations and come to a greater sense of wholeness in the process, if we are willing to face the parts of ourselves we have not previously recognized.

Both the classical and modern rulers of Aquarius have coloured our thoughts and feelings over the past 24 hours, with Saturn in Capricorn trine the Moon in Taurus at the time of the First Quarter Moon, increasing the strength of our emotions yesterday, and we have felt these over the course of the night in our bones, slowly, steadily, the daily processes of our experiences informing our psyches, rippling both outward and inward. Saturn is all about process, all about slow and steady progress over time, and very much about the body – working within the limitations of the physical form, but also grounding ourselves and our feelings at a time when the forward-thinking consciousness of the Sun in Aquarius might easily send us too far out into space, too far into our future and not mindful enough of the present.

Drawing for me is a very embodied process – more than one person who knows me and my artwork has commented on the clear connection between my drawings and my dancing, as there is always a sense of movement within my best work. The drawing that is a part of this post is by no means a completed drawing, but rather a continuation of a glorified doodle that I started a while back and hadn’t initially intended to do much else with. And I will probably end up painting over it at some later date. But for the moment, it is a good reminder of the need to be patient with the process in this lunar cycle and in this coming year, to be mindful of our bodies as we pursue our minds’ goals and our social causes, and to give ourselves recognition for the progress we are making while recognizing that we still have a long way to go. The journey may be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be painful.

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The Burning Heart of Vesta

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In keeping with Neil Gaiman’s directive to “Make Good Art” being reinforced in my life by multiple astrological configurations, I’ve been endeavoring to finish more of my growing quantity of “works in progress,” one of which is this drawing based on the action of the asteroid Vesta on my natal chart through transits and synastry over the past year.

Vesta is one of the larger asteroids in our solar system, smaller than Ceres, but comparable in size to the dwarf planets Ixion and Varuna.  In the Roman pantheon, she is the goddess of hearth and home, whose worship is remembered today primarily for the Vestal Virgins who guarded her eternal flame.  In astrology, Vesta represents our focus, that which we hold sacred and what we will dedicate ourselves to.  Since my own natal Vesta is retrograde in Leo in the 11th house, my focus is creative self-expression, preferably in service to individual development that furthers the evolution of humanity as a whole (Aquarian goals represented by the 11th house), but it can take longer for me to get there due to the retrograde motion, mostly because I have to think about it more. :/  Vesta can also show where we need to withdraw on occasion, in order to refuel our fires.  In my case, that 11th house placement requires that I periodically withdraw from my friends and social activities so that I may rest and recharge (often through the act of artistic creation). For the astro-geeks out there, my natal Vesta is also the point of a focused Yod with my Sun/Mercury retrograde in Capricorn and my Mars in Pisces all exerting pressure on Vesta through inconjunct aspects, and Ceres in opposition to Vesta providing the metaphysical pressure valve. All of which adds up to a lot of attention on Vesta.

This specific drawing may seem like an awfully chilly invocation of Vesta, but it is essentially indicative of the hope of spiritual renewal through Vestal focus in the midst of a “dark night of the soul” when the seeker feels blind and lost.  The emblem being painted in the seeker’s heart’s blood is the astrological emblem for Vesta.

This drawing contains a recurring visual theme in my art, that of the sacred heart.  I was raised with a syncretic mixture of Catholicism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, with icons and statuary from all three religions placed prominently throughout our home.  I was introduced to the concept of Pantheism as soon as I was old enough to read via a children’s book called “God is Everywhere,” and read world folklore and mythology voraciously from a very early age, so that I always looked upon each new pantheon that I encountered as being both real and worthy of my respect, whether or not I chose to worship any of its members.  This extended so far that at the age of around 8 or 9 I was direly offended by a teacher who claimed that mythology was “stories once used to explain how the world works that are untrue.”  My hand promptly shot up and I offended the teacher right back by saying “why do you say the Greek and Egyptian gods are mythology but not Jesus?”  Keep in mind that I regularly attended church and Sunday school, sometimes switching denominations from week to week depending on which schoolmate was trying to convert me.  I engaged in Bible study mostly because I thought it was fun – it appealed to the occult geek in me almost as much as astrological study does now – so I really wasn’t particularly interested in being disrespectful to Jeheshua Emmanuel or Yahweh, but I wasn’t going to cotton to any disrespect toward Isis or Zeus or Thor either.  I finally stopped attending the local Lutheran church when they started bad-mouthing other religions (the Mormons, in particular), right around the same time that I realized that they weren’t too keen on my saying the rosary or believing in faeries either.  😉  But I digress…

Most of my artwork is based on spiritual and psychological exploration, and contains symbols and imagery from mythology, folklore, iconography, mandalas, yantras, astrology, tarot, runes, oghams, I-Ching hexagrams, numerology, sacred geometry, dreams, totems, and so forth in varying amounts.  Sacred heart imagery figures prominently in much of it, mostly because I view the sacred heart symbol as a means of expressing the feeling of being split open to discover a deeper truth, and all of the myriad pains, trials, and passions that our hearts are subject to.  I don’t tend to link it to any one deity, saint, or spiritual path over any other – it is far more personal than that, much like each individual’s experience of the divine.

The real question posed by Vesta is the question our most crucial life decisions turn on:  What does your heart burn for?