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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Mercury conjunct Pluto’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 of January 29th, 2017: Universal Transformation

The day started with the Moon in Aquarius void-of-course for several hours.  During this time the Moon in Aquarius squared Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, putting our instincts and emotions at odds with hard-won wisdom, revealing secrets and stirring up a will toward rebellion born from a sense of rejection, which is likely to simmer for a while under the void-of-course influence.  In particular, this may put our emotions in a space of uncomfortable confrontation with the marginalized elements of society and our own psyches.  The parts of us that we wish to deny weren’t interested in staying safely hidden out of view, and this is likely to colour our actions moving into the rest of the day.

The Moon entered Pisces mid-morning, moving us out of the more rational space of Aquarius and into greater emotional sensitivity, intuitive instincts, and a feeling of greater connection (or desire for connection) with humanity and the universe as a whole.  We may find our emotions flowing more freely at this time, and more inclined to go in multiple directions at once, and at the same time we may feel a sense of age and even exhaustion, as though we have felt this all before and now wish to resolve and conclude certain feelings rather than continuing to go around in circles with them.

The big astrological news of today is this afternoon’s conjunction between Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn.  Our minds and communication are most concerned now with issues of power, institutions, systems of control, death, and revolution.  We are not likely to be interested in surfaces or frivolous things now, preferring to delve down into the deeper workings of the structures in our lives, and if necessary tear down what isn’t serving us well.  Our goals are likely to get a serious boost of transformative power today, as our minds are operating with intensity and consumed with the larger cycles and transpersonal forces at work in our lives.  Mercury is a trickster god, amoral and at his best when playing with a myriad of elements, and when he plays with giant forces such as these, what is unleashed may well be radically different from what we expect.  He is also a hermaphroditic god, so matters pertaining to gender non-binary folks may well be highlighted, whether drawing power from larger systems or clashing with powers brought to bear against them.  It should be remembered that whatever a transcendental planet such as Pluto touches is likely to be transformed by the experience from the ground up, so our thoughts are not likely to remain comfortable during this process, nor will our minds remain unchanged.

Whatever we experience in connection with the Mercury/Pluto conjunction this afternoon, it is tied to our karmic path, and in particular is likely to deal with past-life issues in need of resolution, as the Moon conjuncts the South Node.  Thus, this day combines heightening our emotional and instinctual awareness of the marginalized in our lives through this morning’s Moon/Black Moon Lilith square with increasing emotional sensitivity and universal awareness due to the Moon’s entry into Pisces, and the Mercury/Pluto conjunction colours the entire day in intense thought and communication surrounding our goals and material structures, systems, and institutions with the Pisces Moon conjuncting the South Node creating one giant impetus to purge the outdated systems of the past that hold us back.  In particular, now is a time for us to reject our own victimization and martyrdom, and move forward with purpose and understanding of our own innate power that cannot be torn from us no matter how dire our circumstances.  This is not a day for remaining complacent, whatever else it may be.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I’ve posted the digital artwork that accompanies this post here.  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!


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