TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

Posts Tagged ‘Mars in Taurus’

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.

*******

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 16th, 2017: Connecting Wisdom and Growth

Today the Moon in Sagittarius got things started with this morning’s trine to Uranus in Aries, setting a speedy tone for the day with the Moon’s unconscious urge toward action and liveliness joining forces with Uranus’ will to sudden change and impulsiveness.  Since this was a harmonious aspect, this boost in activity was likely to be benevolent whether we rode along with it or simply observed the action from the sidelines, but it wasn’t likely to make for a boring time either way.

Shortly afterward, Mars in Taurus sextiled Chiron in Pisces, lending a practical energy to our learning and our understanding of our own weaknesses and limitations while bringing compassion and wisdom to our actions.  Today we are likely to have had more sympathy for illness and more active interest in matters of health.  We are also likely to be more persistent about getting to the roots of health problems or resolving paradoxes, and alternative health fields of study are favored at this time.

Later this morning the Moon in Sagittarius squares Chiron in Pisces, challenging this exploration of our patterns of health and injury with emotional and instinctive reactions that would rather have fun and not examine such potentially depressing patterns too closely.  We may have found ourselves feeling impatient with our own limitations or those of others this morning, or may have found that the truth of our situation when it comes to our health and our psychological sensitivities bumps up against deeply ingrained beliefs, particularly those shared with families and other groups.  We may have felt highly attuned to the tensions at the intersection of what we feel in relation to our health and the patterns of belief shared with others, and may have found those tensions coming to a head today.

A short while later the Moon in Sagittarius trined the Sun in Aries, renewing some of the lively energy from the early morning and putting our conscious and unconscious selves in harmony.  Our instinctive reactions worked along our conscious intentions today, making it easier for us to do what we truly wanted, and helping us to disseminate the intentions that we set at the New Moon and brought to their peak at the Full Moon.  Since both Luminaries are operating in fiery signs, this was definitely a time best devoted to action and creative, spirited endeavors.

However, a few minutes later the Moon in Sagittarius squared Venus in Pisces, and our emotions and instincts bumped up against our desire for connection and pleasure.  We may have wanted to take action but found ourselves enmeshed in lazier desires, feeling simultaneously energetic yet also slow and sensual.  We may have sensed a need to take connections slowly, yet found our instinctive responses to be too rushed, our timing off.  

Around mid-day, the Moon conjuncted Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, and our mood may have turned more somber as a result, though not unbearably so.  Rather, we were likely to have seen where we needed to respect our limitations and those of others, and may have found ourselves more willing to shoulder responsibilities even in the midst of fun.  We may have also found ourselves more emotionally invested in our beliefs, particularly those that define us as part of a group, and were more likely to assert our emotional and philosophical boundaries at this time.

This aspect started a lunar void-of-course period lasting for a few hours, during which we were best off falling back on routine and allowing our unconscious to float in a state of receptivity, quietly processing the lessons of the Moon’s transit through Sagittarius before the Moon entered Capricorn early this evening, and since Saturn is Capricorn’s ruler, the Moon/Saturn conjunction that began this void-of-course aptly paved the way for us to react and feel with more seriousness and determination.

During this void-of-course period, Venus in Pisces conjuncts Chiron in Pisces, putting our affections in touch with our deepest hurts and those of others.  Since Venus is slower moving than the Moon, this influence sticks with us for a while, lingering into tomorrow.  This has us moving forward with the knowledge gained from Venus’ retrograde period of introspection, connecting with others through shared sympathy and compassion for each others’ hurts.  The wisdom that we have gained through painful learning experiences may seem like it can’t much help us, but it can be a great solace and aid to others now enduring similar situations.  The sharing of such wisdom then becomes a source of deeper connections between us.  Since Pisces is eldest sign, we may be again confronted by what we need to let go of in order to have the caring and wise connections that we most desire.  These connections can take on spiritual overtones, and during this transit we are more likely to see how they can have long-term impact on our lives and the lives of others around us.

The Moon’s entry into Capricorn tonight takes the seriousness of Saturn in Sagittarius and applies it to our most important goals, from the unconscious point of view.  If what we want consciously differs greatly from what we want consciously, that can pose some problems, but the Moon/Sun trine earlier today brought our conscious and unconscious desires into alignment, so chances are that what we get emotionally serious about during this transit will resonate on both conscious and unconscious levels.  Capricorn embodies determination, so we may find ourselves becoming more focused in our reactions during the next couple of days, less easily deterred from what we want.  We are likely to assert more persistence now, particularly in relation to our long-term goals, especially those focused on career and reputation, but really during this transit what matters most is what our hearts align with – nothing else will muster the same fervent devotion, and that heart alignment isn’t likely to be a matter of gushy love and flowers but rather what speaks deeply to our core being and our ancestral pride.  Capricorn is deeply traditional and the Moon is instinctual, so our emotions and reactions during this time will come straight from our roots.

More of that old soul feeling came tonight through the sextile of Venus in Pisces to Mars in Taurus, which is also in effect through tomorrow, and brings along with it a kindly and comfortable feeling that enhances sensual and sexual connections, and helps to keep our energy levels at a steady, even flow.  During this aspect our sympathies have more fortitude, our actions more kindness, and our appreciation of and desire for creature comforts, preferably shared with those who touch us on a spiritual level as well as practical and physical levels. We are likely to be a bit gentler with each other during this transit, yet not pushovers, as our compassion is balanced by our practicality.

A short while later tonight the Moon in Capricorn trines the North Node in Virgo, bringing more of that practicality into play but now applying it to what our souls most need.  Our ability to work with and resolve our karmic lessons gained the attentiveness and persistence of Capricorn, who is ruled by Saturn, the Lord of Karma, and the self-discipline associated with him has now come through on an instinctive level, our feelings attuned to whatever will most serve our souls’ needs tonight.  Shortly thereafter the Moon in Capricorn trines Mercury in Taurus, forming a Grand Earth Trine that pulls in our steady and practical mental capabilities into the circuit created with the North Node.  Our minds and emotions are put in harmony by the aspect, and working united with our souls’ learning process due to the configuration with the North Node, tapping into cardinal, fixed, and mutable earth energies simultaneously, and channeling the power of all three into what most needs doing in our lives.  This is a time when we can make incredible progress in our souls’ growth, putting the formidable power of our most practical thoughts and instincts to bear on working through our karma and living up to our souls’ purpose in this lifetime and those yet to come.

*******

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 13th, 2017: Changing Perspective

This morning the Moon in Scorpio sextiled Pluto in Capricorn, giving support from the transcendental ruler of Scorpio to our instincts and emotions traversing the deep oceanic realms of Pluto’s home sign.  Pluto’s transit through Capricorn emphasizes pragmatism and determination, and in aspect to the Moon in Scorpio gave power and fortitude to our feelings this morning.  We may have felt better equipped to navigate the realms of the powers-that-be at this time, less at odds with the forces that we cannot see and more able to hold our own when dealing with institutions during this transit.

The skies have been quiet for the rest of the morning and the afternoon, but now we get a flurry of lunar activity tonight.  First, the Moon in Scorpio opposes Mars in Taurus, pitting the classical ruler of Scorpio against his home sign.  We may find ourselves feeling emotionally stuck, or find that our physical energy doesn’t match our emotions or our instinctual reactions.  Some of us may find our energy amped up by this aspect, while others will feel drained.  Tensions may be increased by this aspect and tempers may flare, but since these are both fixed signs conflicts are more likely to center on issues of stubbornness, and are not likely to erupt quickly – if there is enough tension to cause an open quarrel, chances are that it’s been building for a while, and tonight is just a symptom rather than a cause.

A few hours later the Moon in Scorpio trines Chiron in Pisces, and we are able to more easily ferret out the causes of our sensitivities, the sources of old wounds.  We have the emotional courage now to face our weaknesses and patterns of trauma, and gain both deep understanding of our own wounds and compassion for the injuries of others in the process.  Chiron in Pisces has the wisdom of an old soul, able to discern the larger cycles of what we feel in the depths of the Scorpionic oceans, while also possessing a certain stoicism about our pain.  The Moon in Scorpio is not normally particularly eager to talk about matters of personal weakness, but this alignment can help put our perspective into the Scorpionic realms of psychology and occultism while maintaining the healing, sympathetic instruction of Chiron, and get us to open up about the hurts we have in common where we otherwise might not.

An hour later the Moon in Scorpio trines Venus retrograde in Pisces.  This creates a beautiful flowing state between our feelings and our affections, our instincts and our pleasures, combining the focus of Scorpio and the gentleness of Pisces, and reinforcing the spiritual leanings of both.  We may feel more compassionate and sympathetic at this time, more kindly and affectionate, but with the strength of Scorpio keeping us from turning into complete pushovers.  This starts a lunar void-of-course period that lasts until early tomorrow morning, so this is a good time to float in the emotional waters and find some companionable pleasures that don’t stray too far out of our comfort zones to fall back on, staying away from any significant new projects as we allow our receptive unconscious to process the lessons of the Moon’s transit through Scorpio and get ready for the more active emotional state of the Moon in Sagittarius.

And in keeping with the fire of the upcoming Sagittarian Moon, the big astrological news of tonight is the Sun conjuncting Uranus in Aries, no doubt making it hard to stay quiet and receptive during the void-of-course period.  Uranus tends to be an agitating force, even in supportive aspects, and while the conjunction can sometimes be favorable it is still a hard aspect.  Frustrations stirred up during the Moon/Mars opposition earlier may come into play again as the night progresses, especially when they relate to areas where we feel trapped or stuck.  Tonight we are likely to be unusually headstrong, willful, and unwilling to compromise when it comes to our own freedom.  We may experience sudden changes tonight, including technological breakthroughs, and this aspect favors those of us working in experimental fields.  Keep in mind however, that we may just as easily experience sudden disruptions, technological changes or glitches that throw our lives into an uproar, whether temporarily or more long-term.  Though these may seem to come out of nowhere, those of us who have been stuck in some portion of our lives have probably had the disruptive urge building for a while, and are only becoming conscious of it now.  Tonight is a night for the kinds of surprises that impart intuitive knowledge, and can have a long-term impact if we allow ourselves to see how such changes fit into our lives and where such disruptions could be just what the doctor ordered.

*******

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 8th, 2017: Isolation and Control

Today starts out with a late-morning trine from the Moon in Virgo to Pluto in Capricorn, bolstering our instinctive responses with a sense of power and control, and the feeling that the hidden powers in our lives have actually got our backs at this time.  We are better at ferreting out hidden information at this time, especially in relation to practical matters, and have a greater sense of determination now.  Our goals may seem clearer as well, and we are likely to pursue them with a fervor, and our feelings may intensify as well during this time, though the supportive flow of the trine makes that intensity an asset now.  

This afternoon that intensity gains focus with a trine from the Moon in Virgo to Mars in Taurus, taking the emotional power generated by the Moon/Pluto trine and funneling it into our energy and drive.  Since these signs are also earth signs, this is a very practical energy, steady and secure.  We are not likely to move quickly under this influence, but the actions that we do take are firm and clear, and oriented toward growth and process.  We have a greater sense of how our actions fit into a course of progress, and can methodically take the steps that we need to manifest what we desire in the material world.

However, this afternoon also sees a square from Venus retrograde in Pisces to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, which may impart a sense of coldness to our interpersonal connections now, and a degree of insecurity in how we relate to others.  Feelings of depression and isolation are heightened now, and we may find ourselves behaving more brusquely without even intending to or knowing why.  Things we have previously taken pleasure in may now seem dissatisfactory or frivolous, and we may take a dismal outlook on our own values now, questioning why things matter to us, or even if they matter.  We may limit our own indulgences now, unwilling to waste time on lightheartedness, yet our practical, serious orientation may also suffer from a certain discontent, as our more affectionate side questions why, why must we submit to this isolating, restrictive mood?  We simultaneously feel the need to exert discipline over ourselves even as we struggle with the joyless feelings this invokes.  Since both Venus and Saturn are retrograde now, this challenging aspect invokes the need to reconsider how we contribute to our own isolation, when we must remove ourselves from things we find fun in order to tend to our responsibilities, and how to keep the balance between our isolating discipline and our pleasurable affections, and where they need to mix.  Not an easy mixture to be sure, but good boundaries can enhance our ability to relate to others, not just dampen it, so this is a necessary lesson.

Tonight the Sun in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn, and the tension of the Venus/Saturn square gets an added tension to contend with, as our conscious urge toward self-determination is challenged by the hidden forces in our lives, the powers-that-be clamping down on our ability to step fully into the adventure of our lives.  We may find our fight-or-flight response stirred up by this aspect, making us either more contentious or more avoidant, depending on what fears the influence stirs up.  We may find ourselves forced to confront endings or transitions that we would rather avoid, secrets coming to light in especially disruptive ways, and we may find ourselves feeling out of control as a result, potentially making some of us scramble to regain that control and setting us at odds with others in a similar state of unease.  We are likely to find ourselves drawn to intense situations that bring out these feelings, even if we want to avoid them (and sometimes especially when we want to avoid them!).  Conflicts are more likely to erupt tonight, and those of us in already abusive situations may find those coming to a head at this time.

Later tonight the more emotional after-effects of today’s two big squares are likely to make themselves known, with the Moon in Virgo opposing Chiron in Pisces putting our more rational instincts in conflict with our deep, inner hurts.  We may be made more aware of the patterns of injury that we subject ourselves to in the aftermath of the Venus/Saturn and Sun/Pluto squares, as Chiron forces us to feel these wounds deeply.  Since the Moon in Virgo is ruled by intellectual Mercury, this is not a lunar placement that is comfortable with these kinds of deep feelings, so this can be a difficult awareness, as we try to balance our rational feelings with a sense of injury that we don’t know how to heal for ourselves.  Navigating through this period successfully is aided by talking through things with people we trust, or for those of us who don’t have that option doing journaling and a lot of self-care, particularly with regard to our bodies, as the Virgo Moon finds it easier to deal with emotional health through the vehicles of mental and physical health.  This is also a time to be conscious of how our current experiences fit into our long-term patterns of growth, as Virgo is attuned to cycles of growth.  Above all, we should endeavor to be compassionate with ourselves and others tonight – this is a day when we are processing a lot of powerful information about ourselves and our ability to relate to others, which can give us long-term insights that extend far beyond ourselves and our immediate circumstances, and choosing to confide those experiences tonight can help effect deep healing for ourselves and others if we are willing to admit to and try to understand our pain.

*******

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 6th, 2017: The Late, Late Update

 

For those of you wondering why I am so late in posting this, I have been in-transit across the United States all day today, and with Saturn’s retrograde transiting my third house of short trips and communication apparently that has resulted in a bundle of little traveling and communication setbacks – nothing major, in keeping with the short-distance nature of the 3rd house, but when taken together they have completely thrown off my timing for the day.  I’ve actually been experiencing some of this building up during the past week of Saturn’s retrograde shadow, but it didn’t impact my posting schedule as badly as it has today.  Still, it could have been far worse, and right now I’m just thankful to have arrived safely in Providence and hopefully getting back on track.

There have been no notable interplanetary aspects today (yesterday for the East Coast), but the Moon has certainly been busy, starting out the day very early in the wee hours with a sextile to Jupiter in Libra, so that those of us still up at that hour may well have been tempted to stay up even later being sociable or creatively expressive.  Since Jupiter is still retrograde, we may have had a few lessons to learn regarding our relationships and our beliefs, but since the sextile is a harmonious aspect, these were most likely to come in the form of experiences that expanded our perspective.  Those of us who are very early risers may have felt an extra boost of optimism to help set a good mood for the morning.

However, still in the early morning the Moon in Leo squared Mars in Taurus, increasing the potential for crankiness and frustration to cloud the morning instead.  The Moon in Leo can be joyful and regal, but if feeling ignored or thwarted can just as easily turn from benevolent ruler to tyrant, and Mars in Taurus tends to have blinders on to all that doesn’t fit into its very pragmatic focus.  Since these are both fixed signs, neither is interested in compromising to accommodate differing styles or viewpoints, and since the Moon is an unconscious force, the Leo side of this equation may well not even have realized if it was running roughshod over the less flamboyant Taurean personality.  However, Mars in Taurus is no pushover, so some backlash was likely the result, with the morning getting off to a rough start.

Toward mid-day the Moon in Leo trined Uranus in Aries, making things likely to move much more easily – potentially a little too easily if one prefers a slower pace, as Uranus tends to speed things up.  This aspect was good for getting us unstuck in terms of asserting our personal freedom, expressing our creative spirit, and being decisive.  The flow between these two made for some headstrong feelings, and some of us may have been a bit overbearing as a result, but the trine is the most supportive of aspects so it’s not likely that this created many hard feelings, as Aries tends not to linger on grudges, and a well-supported Leo is happy to be magnanimous.

This evening saw the Moon in Leo trining Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, adding some seriousness to our feelings but nothing too depressing, as this influence combined Leonine pride with Saturnine responsibility, creating ease and flow between the two, and helping us to instinctively step into our self-discipline while still maintaining our creative spark.  Since this aspect started a lunar void-of-course period, this evening has been a time to settle into our routines and open ourselves to a more receptive mode of processing the lessons of this Leo Moon transit, and with the Saturn trine starting it that was an added bonus for processing the start of this retrograde period.  The void-of-course period is not a time for starting anything new, but it’s a great time for seeing what needs tweaking and correcting, which aligns well with the trio of retrogrades currently underway – Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus, and soon-to-be Mercury.

Speaking of Mercury, the Moon enters Virgo tonight, one of the two signs ruled by Mercury, and our instincts become more thoughtful and communicative as a result.  Virgo can tend to be a perfectionist, so we may be harder on ourselves and others during this time, but not out of spite, only out of a desire to get things “right.”  Virgo is deeply concerned with growth and process, as well as health since Virgo can tend to be an excessive worrier, leading to health problems as a result.  Thus, the Virgo Moon is sometimes called the “Medicine Chest Moon” and if we have been lax in tending to our health the detrimental results of such neglect may show themselves now.  We may also find ourselves being more critical and nit-picky now, but we are also likely to be genuinely interested in the well-being of others – we may just show it in ways that are not always appreciated!  This is a great time for getting organized, tending to practical details in pursuit of our goals, and taking better care of ourselves physically.  Spring cleaning and gardening are favored now, as are scientific and educational endeavors.  We should endeavor not to get too lost in the details, however, and still make some attempt to keep sight of the larger picture, a task which tomorrow’s Sun/Jupiter opposition with certainly assist with.

*******

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.