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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 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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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 24th, 2017: Lasting Consequences

 

Today has been dominated by this morning’s trine from Mercury in Aries to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, heightening the discipline of our minds and lending seriousness to our thoughts and communication.  This aspect will continue to lend us mental fortitude for the next couple of days, so now is a good time for financial planning, communications regarding legal matters, studying and any mental activity requiring concentration, as well as any careful and detailed work.  Now we are able to see both the forest and the trees, so this is a great time for writers and editors, especially in technical fields, although those working in a more creative capacity may find that side of their writing limited during this time, as we are thinking more conservatively under this aspect.  Mentor relationships are favored now as well, as we are more open to hearing advice from those who are more experienced than us, but otherwise we are likely to be less sociable than usual, more interested in practical dynamics and more likely to get straight to business than wasting time with social niceties.  Our persistence and problem-solving skills are both enhanced by this aspect, and the combination means that we will stick with even the most difficult tasks until they are done.

This aspect was followed this morning by a trine from the Moon in Aries to Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, aligning our key sources of unconscious wisdom to lend some receptive and immersive support to whatever serious pursuits the Mercury/Saturn trine had us paying attention to during the first half of the day.  We may have found both our independence and our focus especially heightened during this time, and most likely were unusually sure of what we wanted and just how we were going to achieve it.  Chances are that this kept us going full steam for much of the morning and possibly into the afternoon as well.

Tonight the Moon in Aries opposes Jupiter retrograde in Libra, amplifying our feelings of independence.  Though we are likely to feel good under this influence, and maybe even a bit boisterous despite the seriousness of the Mercury/Saturn trine, still the opposition between our feelings in a self-directed sign and our faith and beliefs in a sign concerned with relationships can heighten awareness of where we feel restricted by the demands of others.  We are likely to be generous with our time and energy if left to our own devices and truly interested in giving of ourselves to someone else, but we are likely to resist attempts to manipulate or coerce us into actions desired by others, and even if the Mercury/Saturn trine leads us to yield to persuasion out of a sense of responsibility, such action is likely to result in resentment and even anger that will not die down easily.  Now is a time when we are far more likely to question demands made on us in relationships and social situations, and we are more inclined to examine our beliefs surrounding such interactions under this influence.  Even if we are more likely to think about these matters in a disciplined and rational fashion due to the Mercury/Saturn influence, we are not likely to accept social structures blindly now, and the deep thought of the Mercury/Saturn trine combined with the heightened emotion of the Moon/Jupiter opposition makes it likely that whatever conclusions we come to tonight will have lasting consequences.

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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 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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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 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.