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Astrology Update, April 5th, 2017: Isolating Beliefs

Today sees few astrological aspects, but those that are happening pack a wallop.  

This morning started out very early with the Moon in Leo trining Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius.  Black Moon Lilith operates on the unconscious level like the Moon, but being between the Moon and the Sun, hers is the unconsciousness closest to consciousness, the place where the wisdom that we have gained during receptive times begins to move toward the active world.  These two together can have a powerful effect on our emotions and our instinctive reactions, helping us to move with confidence and decisiveness without over-thinking situations.  Under this influence, we were likely to be more direct, with a greater desire to explore our world and express ourselves within it.  Of course, since this aspect occurred during the wee hours of the morning in the Western Hemisphere, we may have found that the only exploring we were doing was in our dreams, but the lingering effects of this influence were likely to set us off on a strong foot once we did wake up.

Though no notable astrological activity occurs from then until much later tonight, the events of tonight involve forces that we are likely to feel building throughout the day.  First, the Moon in Leo trines the Sun in Aries, which is a lovely aspect of flowing support between our unconscious and conscious selves, made even more potent by this morning’s Moon/Black Moon Lilith trine having effectively primed the pump for wisdom to flow from the unconscious to the conscious mind, and direction and awareness to flow back in return.   With both Luminaries in fire signs, we are oriented toward action and self-awareness now, decisive in our self-expression and filled with energy and vitality.  This is one of the most favorable aspects possible, which we’re going to need to help balance the more discordant energies of both tonight and the rest of the week.

Within 15 minutes of the Sun/Moon trine, Mars in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn, putting our focus and drive in a supportive state of flow with our power and sense of control.  This is a potent aspect for achieving what we want in the material world, though with Pluto’s involvement it is best if what we are achieving benefits others as well as us, and doesn’t abuse our own power – when we use Pluto’s power for purely selfish ends the Lord of the Underworld has a way of making us regret the outcome.  This aspect can make us more aggressive and even compulsive, but the trine is the most supportive of aspects, so it is still a helpful influence overall.  This alignment sees our own energy and capability supported by the unseen forces in our lives, and we are able to better navigate between what we can and cannot control, harnessing the determination of Capricorn and the staying power of Taurus to help us persist in the face of adversity.

In combination with boost of feeling and awareness provided by the Sun/Moon trine, that persistence is going to be hugely necessary, both for tonight and in the coming weeks, as tonight’s big astrological news is Saturn stationing retrograde in Sagittarius.  Saturn is the Lord of Karma, the Cosmic Taskmaster, governing time, process, and discipline.  Saturn reveals our fears and insecurities, the places in our lives where we feel we are simply not up to the task before us, and the places where we have failed to live up to our responsibilities.  In Sagittarius, he’s been addressing our beliefs, our willingness to speak our truth, where we fall into strident self-righteousness and refuse to accept or work with the beliefs of others.  During his transit of Sagittarius, our ideals have been sorely tested, and because of his rulership of Capricorn (where Pluto is currently transiting), Saturn tends to do his testing through material means, limiting finances, hitting our jobs and our reputations, or in some cases our health and our literal, physical means of doing things.  Now, he’s stationing retrograde, his movement forward through the sky apparently halted from our vantage point, getting ready to grind back through the lessons of the past few months, and not turning direct again until August.  And as if all of that isn’t enough, Venus retrograde is moving into a square with Saturn that will become exact this Saturday, setting the tone for this Saturn retrograde to impact our relationships as well, and our self-image, not once but twice, since this square will repeat itself later in April once Venus goes direct.

When a planet stations, issues pertaining to that planet are emphasized, and Saturn issues tend to bring about a lot of seriousness, even depression and despair, particularly when squaring Venus.  In synastry, the astrology of relationships, a Venus/Saturn square is a heartbreak aspect, the kind that keep us locked into our hurt because Saturn contacts create longevity, while Saturn’s heightening of our fears and insecurity and deep reserve challenging Venus through the square acts like a wall of ice pushing away affection and connection and love.  We can feel incredibly isolated under the influence of a Venus/Saturn square, and because Saturn’s retrograde starts in close proximity to that square and includes another Venus/Saturn square in late April, that theme of isolation is likely to be emphasized throughout this retrograde.  It is really important during this time to take steps to care for our own emotional needs during this time, and make the extra effort to reach out to loved ones, as we can wind up in some very dark places otherwise.  Unfortunately, we may find ourselves bumping up against all that we haven’t done when it comes to our relationships, all of the ways in which we haven’t been present or have neglected our responsibilities.  We are likely to experience real-world setbacks that have mirrored setbacks in our relationships.  And given the amplification of our feelings under tonight’s Sun/Moon trine and the intensification of our drive under the Mars/Pluto trine, we may feel like we are being pulled in multiple directions at once, wanting to power forward with our passions while simultaneously being forced to put on the brakes.

This retrograde is a time when we need to tend to the process of this intersection between how our material insecurities affect our beliefs and our how both impact our ability to give and receive affection and be in relationship with others.  This is not likely to be an easy time, and the Venus/Saturn square’s influence may well make it a lonely time, but the combined influence of the Sun/Moon trine and the Mars/Pluto trine tonight adding their tone to this retrograde give us some seriously powerful tools for navigating our way through whatever obstacles Saturn is asking us to face.  Though Saturn has a fearsome reputation, especially when he is retrograde, we would do well to remember that the big, bad boogeyman of our solar system bears a six-sided storm at his North Pole, a shape of stability that is numerologically associated with love.  Let that sink in for a moment:  Saturn is crowned with love.  Tough love, to be sure, but still love.  Saturn isn’t out to get us.  He does not throw anything in our path without simultaneously giving us the tools with which to face it.  Saturn is about time and process, yes, and karma and facing the consequences of our actions as well, but most importantly for our purposes now he is about discipline.  He is the classical ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius, one sign known for its persistence and devotion and the other known for its social idealism and pursuit of progress – all qualities worth cultivating.  By respecting Saturn’s process and all that he reveals to us during this retrograde we can cultivate the attitudes and skills needed to face the most challenging circumstances of our lives and in the process more truly understand what we believe and how we love, and forge the beliefs and relationships we most deeply desire as a result.  Saturn may seem a grim teacher, but he is still a teacher, and if we are willing to see him as such, even a friend.

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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 3rd, 2017: Emotional Tangle

Today started out quietly enough, with no aspects until late this morning when the Moon in Cancer trined Neptune in Pisces, aligning our emotions and instincts with our spiritual yearnings and romanticism, giving the late morning a hint of dreaminess.  Our intuitions were enhanced by this aspect, and we were likely to be more sympathetic and compassionate under its influence.  This morning has not been a time for hard, cold facts, but rather a period of enhanced imagination and creativity, a time to feel our connection to all life and the universe at large, and savor the sweetness of our emotions.

That sweetness got a jolt toward mid-day, when the Moon in Cancer squared the Sun in Aries.  This First Quarter Moon is a time when our conscious and unconscious selves challenge each other, putting the intentions that we set at the New Moon to the test.  This is necessary to ensure that those intentions we are growing between now and the Full Moon are worth our energy and on the right course, and that they will be strong enough to release into the world with the Full Moon next week.  This First Quarter Moon’s challenge asks us to consider our feelings during our quest to make our mark on the world, and suggests that personal growth is better when it is encircled by the love of family and community.  Yet the potential for that growth to be stifled by the resistance of those whom we love but who hate to see us change is also brought to the forefront now.  How do we reconcile our conscious need for self-direction and adventure with our unconscious need for emotional safety?

We have plenty of time to stew over the conundrums presented by the First Quarter Moon as the afternoon is free of other astrological aspects.  The celestial quiet is broken this evening first with a steadying sextile from the Moon in Cancer to Mars in Taurus.  Since both Cancer and  Taurus prefer quiet and stability, this is not likely to be a particularly lively influence, but it is good for tending to practical matters concerning home and family.  Our feelings may get a boost of strength from Mars, but the Taurean influence makes this more of a stabilizing force than anything else, and the kindly influence of the Moon in Cancer takes the blinders off of our focus, and helps us to include others in our activities tonight.

As pleasant as all that sounds, the Cancerian Moon’s yearning for family and friends may get blown all out of proportion a little later in the evening as the Moon squares Jupiter retrograde in Libra, and we are challenged to reconsider whether the loving embrace of family is really worth the fuss.  With just a little twist of the pen, mother becomes smother, and what seemed like an emotional haven can become suffocating, reminding us of the toll exacted by the keeping the family peace.  On the other hand, the family peace can just as easily become bedlam, as individual emotions are challenged by family beliefs and expectations and overflow, whether noisily or hidden away after a hasty retreat.  On the plus side, Jupiter’s influence is generally benevolent, even in a hard aspect like this, but his magnifying touch can make even the best of intentions and situations quickly spiral out of control.

And that’s not the end of it, of course, because a short while later tonight the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, making us extra aware of just how out-of-control we may feel and increasing the likelihood that we will do everything in our power to regain control (assuming that we ever actually had it in the first place).  Our emotions are intensified by this aspect, and complicated to boot.  Even if we are certain that we really just want peace and quiet, we may find ourselves drawn to complicated situations regardless.  We may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, or overshadowed, or discover that our feelings on something once held dear are now being transformed at the deepest level.  And even though oppositions typically increase awareness, the involvement of the Moon in this aspect means that this is happening primarily on a subconscious level, which means that we may find ourselves and others reacting compulsively.  Tonight is likely to require more than a few deep breaths, and a willingness to recognize the illusory nature of power – chances are that whoever or whatever we think has control actually has less than we think, and those we see as powerless have a hidden power of their own.  If we can swim in the intensity and contradictions long enough, we may touch our own power in the process.  Now we just need to figure out what to do with it…

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 30th, 2017: Faith and Power

This morning started with a lovely sextile from the Moon in Taurus to Neptune in Pisces, giving our instincts and emotions the benefit of Neptune’s fantasy glow while still staying firmly rooted in the practicality of Taurus.  This influence helped us to feel stable but sympathetic, compassionate yet nobody’s fool, and gave us the benefit of a more universal vision while still allowing us to give equal attention to our personal concerns in the material plane.  This was a great influence for creativity and intuition, and a good foot to start off on before facing the challenges the sky has for us as the day progresses.

Later this morning the Moon in Taurus conjuncted Mars in Taurus, and that may have led to more aggressive feelings and potential frustrations.  Mars in Taurus has practical ambitions and power-house drive, but the Moon is about seasons, cycles, and fluctuations.  Though Mars is likely to be more patient in the sign of Taurus than elsewhere, still Mars wants what Mars wants, and waiting on moods isn’t Mars’ preferred agenda.  The Moon is instinctive and emotional, and being inherently watery is likely to soak up whatever sauce the planet it conjuncts has been stewing in.  Given Taurus’ sensory predilections and material ambitions, that makes us likely to have spent this morning feeling driven in relation to obtaining material comforts, but also more inclined to break diets and indulge our creature comforts, and less inclined to move overall unless that movement was required to obtain something we really wanted.

Toward mid-day the pressure that has been building for the past few days finally hits its peak with the exact square between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.  This influence will continue to linger for days after this, but now is when its intensity is highest.  Jupiter’s transit through Libra has had us experiencing a greater awareness of our relationships and our desire for social harmony, as well as our faith and our luck in these areas, which we have been reassessing during Jupiter’s current retrograde.  Pluto’s transit through Capricorn has brought to light the hidden workings of power in our social hierarchies and our livelihoods, and how governments, corporations, and other institutions seek to maintain control in the face of deeply transformative forces at work on a grand scale.  These two are now clashing, testing our faith and optimism in relation to the survival of our social structures and our ability to persevere under the aegis of the current powers-that-be.  Both our personal relationships and our social relationships are likely to be tested in the process, as well as our own capacity for weathering the changes in our lives.  Many of us have been undergoing deep transformations during the Pluto transit through Capricorn in relation to the institutions in our lives thanks to the series of squares between Pluto and Uranus between 2012 and 2016, and then we have experienced our relationships and faith in society being tested by the ongoing series of oppositions between Jupiter and Uranus heightening our awareness of how those relationships and society come up against our own personal needs for freedom and self-actualization.

Today’s square combines lessons from both of those periods, magnifying the conflict between our shared visions of a peaceful society and beneficial partnerships versus institutional power and hidden forces grasping for control of our lives.  On the personal level, we may find ourselves struggling with power in the big, impersonal realms of our lives – governments, hospitals, law enforcement, and organized crime all are emphasized under this influence.  Pluto governs the inevitabilities of death and taxes, as well as transformational forces like life-threatening illness.  Jupiter magnifies whatever he touches, making our encounters with these forces seem larger-than-life and with potentially far-reaching consequences.  Particularly for those of us with Sun, Moon, or personal planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), we can feel like we are caught between a rock and a hard place now, having our very identities ground away by forces beyond our control.  Because these are slow-moving generational planets, we will continue to feel the effects of this square over the next couple of weeks, with the impact on our lives likely to be felt for much longer.  Pluto governs the kind of change that remakes us from the ground up.  This transit can reveal secrets with the impact to shake both our relationships and our society to their very foundations.  There are no quick and easy solutions for coping with this environment, and since Jupiter is involved our ability to be optimistic is deeply challenged by this – for many of us this transit marks a “Dark Night of the Soul” that shakes our faith to its very core.  The one silver lining in all of this is that those of us who make it through this transit intact (on top of all of the related transits previously mentioned) may emerge with an unmatched understanding of the workings of both power and faith, having found a way to integrate the two in the midst of great tumult.

This evening the Moon gives us an emotional lifeline for navigating our experiences during this Jupiter/Pluto square, as the Moon in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn, adding power to our emotions while Taurus’ steadying influence helps us to navigate the ongoing process of structural transformation.  We may feel the need to stick to our own goals during this time more strongly as a result, gaining a renewed sense of determination despite whatever power struggles we are experiencing.  We may fall back on our material comforts at this time, or our creativity and our ability to appreciate art and beauty may become the grounding forces that help us to keep our heads up and our sense of purpose clear.  Though we are undergoing some trying times, still this is a beautiful planet with much to remind us of why life is worth living, and the Moon/Pluto trine may well give us both that reminder and the fortitude to persevere.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 27th, 2017: New Moon in Aries

This morning started off early with the Moon in Pisces squaring Saturn in Sagittarius and turning void-of-course, which can make for a dreary and frustrating way to start the day, not to mention a stereotypical Monday morning.  The Moon in hard aspect to Saturn tends to dredge up our fears and insecurities, leading to depression and even despair, or at the very least a sort of numbing sense of restriction.  Combined with the aimlessness of the void-of-course period, this made for a morning where the best course of action was sticking to our routines and not getting caught up in any bold new plans until the morning had progressed a few more hours.

Thankfully, later this morning the Moon entered Aries, giving our emotions and instincts a fresh new start, as Aries is energetic and action-oriented.  Our instincts during this lunar transit are brave and excited about life, interested in exploring new possibilities and treating life as one big adventure.  Though our tempers are a little shorter under an Aries Moon, so are our attention spans, so we aren’t likely to stay mad for long.  We’re also likely to be more straightforward during this time, more impatient and wanting to cut to the chase.  While we aren’t likely to lose all of the altruism fostered under the Pisces Moon, still we are more self-concerned and self-motivated now, seeking to make our mark on the world.  Personal ambitions are highlighted now, as is self-image.  Since Aries is ruled by Mars, physical activity is of greater interest as well – this is a good time to get out and enjoy the spring weather!

Speaking of Mars, the red planet is a player in one of the big astrological events of the day, with Mars in Taurus sextiling Neptune in Pisces.  This puts our energy and drive that is currently operating on practical, material levels in a harmonious relationship with our hopes, dreams, ideals, and spiritual outlook.  This is a time for acting from a place of compassion without losing sight of our own self-interest, and being able to see the bigger picture even while we are engaged in very mundane and physical activities.  This is also a good time for enjoying sensory experience, and for relationships that are both sexual and spiritual, erotic and romantic.  Those of us engaged in esoteric studies are more likely to make good progress now, and those with more pragmatic outlooks may find the view improved by an unexpectedly rosy tint to the day.

To add to that rosiness, the Moon in Aries conjuncts Venus retrograde in Aries this afternoon.  Though Venus retrograde is less certain in her lust for life than when she is direct, still she is active and engaging, warm and affectionate, instinctively desiring companionship but still nobody’s pushover, and our emotions are now following her lead.  This is a time of new crushes and lively flirtation, and perhaps a bit more aggressive pursuit of who and what we desire.  If we’ve been hesitant before about such pursuit, now may be the time that we finally work up the guts to go for it, especially with the Mars/Neptune sextile adding both romantic and practical fuel to our fire.

Later this afternoon the Moon in Aries trines Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, encouraging us to just surrender to the experiences of the day, though since this trine is in fiery signs, that surrender isn’t likely to be passive!  Rather, we may find ourselves happily swept along in a rush of fiery action, spirited and fervent and maybe a little breathless.  Black Moon Lilith and the Moon both operate on the unconscious level, so we may not even be aware of this dynamic, only later realizing that we’ve been riding a flame wave that may well have burned through more than a few inhibitions.  Black Moon Lilith is not a tame force by any stretch of the imagination, and following on the heels of the Moon/Venus conjunction and the Mars/Neptune sextile amplifies the erotic charge running through the air this afternoon and into the evening.  If indeed we did take advantage of the impetus from that Moon/Venus conjunction in pursuit of our desires, this Moon trine Black Moon Lilith may take the reins off unexpectedly.  Careful what you wish for…

Tonight’s New Moon in Aries plays out against this backdrop, along with the slowly tightening Jupiter/Pluto square that is currently under less than 1 degree of exactitude and will be exact by the end of this month.  The New Moon is a time for setting intentions to be grown through the lunar cycle, reaching fullness at the Full Moon and then being disseminated into the world as the Moon wanes.  At the New Moon the Moon conjuncts the Sun in the sky, no longer reflecting the Sun’s light but instead bringing unconsciousness and consciousness to work together, with our conscious intentions incubating in the darkness of the unconscious.  Against the backdrop noted above, the drive of both Moon and Sun in fiery Aries is great initiatory power, good for intentions regarding start-ups and bold new changes in our lives, but there is the potential for things to go a little wild in the process.  The encroaching power of the Jupiter/Pluto square reminds us that whatever we are planning is likely to have to contend with the ongoing conflict in our society between the desire for social harmony and the consolidation of power by wealthy and often hidden forces.  Faith and optimism versus greed and corruption.  Socio-political chickens coming home to roost.  No matter how personal our goals now, they are likely to become political, as the American Dream of shaping one’s own destiny is revealed to have been built on a legacy of oppression and lies, and the fable of democracy here drags down others with it abroad.

In addition, Venus retrograde’s reassessment of interpersonal interactions is happening in a sign that is impulsive and not always mindful of consequences, while the Jupiter/Pluto square is brimful with consequences, and since Venus is currently inconjunct the North Node in Virgo, there is a further disconnect between what we desire and the lessons needed by our souls.  On the plus side, Mercury in Aries is moving into a trine with Saturn in Sagittarius (exact in another couple days), so our minds are gaining the strength that comes with recognizing our limitations and the restrictions of reality, and applying Saturnine discipline to overcome obstacles.  This is a strength that we are going to need to set our intentions with this New Moon and make them stick.  This trine also resonates with a wider trine between Saturn and Uranus/Eris, so that our discipline is well aware of the Uranian rebellion and agitation that has been in and out of conflict with both Pluto and Jupiter in recent years, and we have the capacity to calmly work in alignment with the socio-political changes fomenting around us.

Since the ruler of this New Moon is Mars, currently in Taurus in a harmonious sextile with Neptune in Pisces, there is also some chance for our ideals to positively influence our practical efforts in connection with our New Moon intentions.  With Ceres in Taurus as well in a loose trine with Pluto in Capricorn, we should be mindful of how our intentions may nurture and nourish us, quite possibly on a very practical level.  Though the alignments of this New Moon do not create any notable configurations, nonetheless there is an interesting overall dynamic at work here, of balancing what we want versus what the surrounding reality is shaping, and keeping some measure of hope and idealism and even romanticism alive even as reality seems more and more grim.  Aries is a sign whose efforts can seem like a flash in the pan with its eagerness and impulsiveness, but against the backdrop of ongoing transcendental and generational drama and with Aries’ ruler Mars active in fixed Taurus via the Mars/Neptune sextile, there is the potential for a lot more staying power to the intentions we set now than is apparent at first blush.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, March 25th, 2017: Descent Into the Sensual

The Moon in Aquarius turned void-of-course at the time of the Moon/Saturn sextile late last night, so today starts still in this emotional and instinctual limbo state.  However, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and on diurnal schedules that void-of-course time was likely to play out while we were sleeping, and for those of us awake at that hour sticking to our routines and finishing tasks rather than starting anything new was the best course of action.  Thankfully, the void-of-course period did not last long, as the Moon entered Pisces in the early morning hours, turning our emotions and instincts toward a more sensitive mode of being and perceiving, increasing our compassion and our desire to operate on a more universal level.  We are likely to be more sympathetic toward others during this lunar transit, more in tune with emotions in general, and more intuitive as well.  We have a heightened awareness of victimization now, in both ourselves and others, and may find ourselves more moody and depressive as a result.  Of course, just as easily we could find ourselves more desirous of social connection, more inclined to seek out fun gatherings to swim this sea of feeling with.  Our emotions tend to turn sensual during a Pisces Moon, soft-hearted and kind and touchy-feely, and we may have trouble with interpersonal boundaries now, hard-pressed to say “no” even when we know we should.  

Navigating those blurred interpersonal boundaries is likely to be a theme of this day, since shortly after the Moon enters Pisces the Sun in Aries conjuncts Venus retrograde, bringing the light of our consciousness to bear on our modes of connection, what we value and what we take pleasure in, and how we experience and express our affections toward others.  Venus retrograde has been busy reassessing all of that during the past three weeks, trying to suss out how we meet our needs as individuals while connecting with others, and how we show up within relationship in ways that honor our core values and our pleasures.  Now our core consciousness becomes identified with this process, and our attention shines fully on Venusian matters.  More than ever, at this time we want to love and be loved, but with Venus in retrograde we may be more fully aware of all of the ways in which we are not fulfilling that desire.  Questions of self-image and self-esteem are likely to figure prominently today, as well as the ways in which our pursuit of personal fulfillment can put us at odds with our need to connect with others.  Still, the Sun joining forces with Venus tends to be a benevolent influence, even during the uncertainty of a retrograde period, so this can be a good day to simply let our affections shine, regardless of our doubts and occasional stumbles, and enjoy the warmth of our hearts in the springtime.

The Sun/Venus conjunction was followed a few hours later by the Moon in Pisces conjuncting the South Node there, putting our emotions and instincts in a nostalgic and comfortable place, which was not terribly good for accomplishing much toward our souls’ purposes during that time, but which did put us in connection with the skills that we are best at, on familiar ground emotionally.  We may have run into people we haven’t seen in years, especially those with whom we have had strong emotional connections – past loves may have reappeared at this time.  Though the feelings we experienced this morning may not move us forward in themselves, still there it is likely that there was an instinctual awareness that this nostalgia was just that, not a feeling that we could linger in for long nor build on for the future.  Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and therefore deeply concerned with endings and what we must let go of in order to progress, and that awareness was bolstered during this time.

Toward mid-day, the Moon in Pisces squared Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, setting us a bit on edge unconsciously, bringing the softer side of our emotions and instincts up against our unconscious awareness of potentially self-defeating belief patterns.  Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius sees our drive to learn and grow being hampered by self-righteousness and recklessness, and we may find ourselves mired in events this afternoon that throw the difference between our beliefs and our connection to the larger universe in contrast, but with the Moon in Pisces we are not likely to see that contrast clearly, rather having to muddle our way through these situations without having a conscious understanding of what is going on, with the wisdom of experience growing only in the aftermath.

Still, that wisdom may be forthcoming tonight when Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius joins forces with Venus retrograde in Aries in a lovely, flowing trine.  This is an aspect that brings the Divine Feminine to the forefront, though with the players in question being a dark goddess and a love goddess undergoing an journey of reassessment, we may well have to face some uncomfortable truths about our relationship with that divine feminine.  This aspect smacks strongly of the myth of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar (the divine representation of the planet Venus) descending into the underworld, ruled by her sister Ereshkigal, who decrees that she may enter only “according to the ancient degree” through each of seven gates one gate at a time, shedding an article of clothing at each until she arrived before Ereshkigal naked.  We are in the process of stripping our love down to its bare truth, with nothing to hide behind.  Especially following the square from Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius to the Moon in Pisces, this trine may well bring forth the question:  what must we leave behind to have the love that we desire?  How do we reconnect with our deepest, most loving selves?  And how do we honor both the bright and dark goddesses within?  Black Moon Lilith is deeply connected to the process of surrender, not as a sign of weakness but rather as an acceptance of the power of receptivity.  Human energy operates on a spectrum of active and passive, piercing and receptive, that dualistic views of the universe perceive as gendered, and both patriarchy and much of the effort to overthrow it have too often scorned receptivity in favor of action.  Yet there is no Yang without Yin.  No substance without the space to contain it.  How will we love if we do not make room for that feeling?  Tonight’s trine between bright goddess Venus and dark goddess Black Moon Lilith gives us the space to explore the ebb and flow between the two.

Near the witching hour the Moon in Pisces sextiles Mars in Taurus, reminding us of Venus’ connection to the martial spirit of Mars through the current mutual reception between the two, now slowly moving out of orb as Venus prepares to re-enter Pisces in April.  Our soft and gentle feelings receive support from the steady strength of Mars in Taurus, our spiritual leanings bolstered by our practical focus.  This is a time to take action on our feelings, and to let what we feel temper our actions.  Both Mars in Taurus and the Moon in Pisces are highly sensual, favoring intimacy with those we love, as well as creative pursuits and nurturing care.  This is a night to surrender to loving experience, whether alone or with others, to explore our deepest knowing in the beauty of the physical world.

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