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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Mercury in Aquarius’

Astrology of February 17th, 2017: Depth and Focus

This morning the Moon in Scorpio squares Mercury in Aquarius, putting our communication in the crosshairs of our emotions and instincts that are currently in the realm of a sign notorious for its silence.  This aspect pits our heads against our hearts, and our attention to social concerns is likely to suffer for it.  Since the Moon governs our unconscious reactions, we are likely to react without thinking, and since Scorpio is known for its sting, we may find ourselves lashing out now only to regret the consequences later.  Worse still, we may be able to sit back and watch ourselves behaving unreasonably, and feel as though we are powerless to stop our own reactions.  Or, in keeping with the Scorpionic theme of power vs. powerlessness, we may find ourselves the target of someone else’s tirade that we are ill-equipped to defend ourselves against.  

Thankfully, toward mid-day we get a helpful boost of power in dealing with the powers-that-be via the Moon in Scorpio sextiling Pluto in Capricorn.  With our willpower and our instincts aligned, we are likely to be able to dive deep into the heart of situations whose inner workings have previously been a mystery to us, and we can use the information learned to our benefit in our dealings with authority figures and career matters so long as we do not abuse it – whatever we do at this time is best not done for purely selfish ends, or it is likely to backfire on us.  We may also find ourselves ending situations that not longer serve us but that we previously did not have the will to remove ourselves from.  Of course, Moon/Pluto interactions tend to amp up the intensity of our emotions, and that is more likely with the Moon in Scorpio, which Pluto is the transcendental ruler of.  Still, the sextile is a gentle aspect, so chances are that this will give focus and depth to our reactions, and that has the potential to help us get a lot done today.

That said, this aspect marks the beginning of a lunar void-of-course period lasting for nearly 24 hours, so we are going to need to harness the Moon/Pluto sextile’s focus to tend to routine matters only – no big initiatives or important meetings or contracts should be dealt with during this time.  The void-of-course period is a good time to tend to cleaning up our environment, organizing, sorting, editing, and otherwise putting things in place, as the dreamy state that it induces helps us to instinctively see what is off-kilter around us.

That dreamy quality is likely to increase later tonight, as the Moon in Scorpio trines Chiron in Pisces.  We may find ourselves commiserating with our fellows at the local watering hole, as Chiron governs learning from our pain and Pisces tends to be a drinking sign, but since this is a supportive trine aspect we are less likely to see the self-destructive side of this urge (unless our unconscious determines that we really need that lesson!).  We may find ourselves wanting to lose ourselves in fantasy, and perhaps this is just what is needed tonight to help sort our feelings out – this is a good time to forget our troubles with the help of a good book or movie.  We are best off spending this evening with friends close to home who we can confide in (or sit quietly with if our Scorpio Moon isn’t feeling chatty), or if we’re not feeling social spending our evening in whatever activity will most help us to work through the more mysterious side of our emotions.  This is definitely a good night for creative endeavors, spiritual endeavors, and intimate time spent with those we trust.

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(All aspect times 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.)

Astrology of February 16th, 2017: Into the Deep

The day starts with an early morning sextile between the Moon in Scorpio and the North Node in Virgo, putting our emotions and instincts in a supportive alignment with our karmic purpose.  The North Node shows us the skills that we need to cultivate in this life, and this aspect helps our instincts to guide us toward what we need to follow this path, giving us focus that allows us to become aware of and attend to all of the necessary details and deeper connections that we might not otherwise notice.

The big astrological news of the day is the sextile between Mercury in Aquarius and Mars in Aries that happens toward mid-day.  Because this is a planetary influence, we are likely to feel the effects of this aspect throughout today and into tomorrow, making this a great time to harness our communicative powers to take action on the causes that matter most to us, both personal and social.  We are likely to be more driven to communicate, and our words have more force behind them now, but because this is a harmonious alignment people are also more likely to accept what we have to say, and those of us driven to lead will be more likely to make our case effectively for what we think needs to happen in service of our goals.  That said, if others are not on board with our plans, we’re not going to be too interested in working with them, especially if we think we can accomplish more on our own.  We are independently motivated right now, and will only go along with the group if we think it suits our own purposes.  That said, with Mercury in socially-minded Aquarius, chances are that we will find group purposes helpful to our own today.

Tonight, however, our instincts are likely to lead us into more solitary directions, or more intimate ones.  The deep emotions of the Scorpio Moon will find themselves getting a romantic and spiritual boost from Neptune in Pisces via a flowing trine that offers the best of Neptune’s spiritual vision and Piscean sensitivity in tonight’s instinctual pursuit of intense feeling and understanding of the mysteries in our lives.  While Neptune can sometimes lead us in the direction of escapism and fantasy, tonight’s trine gives us a greater potential for finding spiritual truth through exploring, expanding, and in some cases dissolving our boundaries, and our emotional connections are strengthened by blending the Scorpionic desire to get to the bottom of a mystery with Piscean intuition and psychic capability.  We may find ourselves resolving old and previously buried issues as a result, and whether waking or sleeping our dreams tonight are likely to be revelatory.

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

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone case, 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!  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

(All aspect times 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.)

Astrology of February 14th, 2017: A Balance of Needs

This is a Valentine’s Day with some potentially rocky moments astrologically-speaking, but awareness can help to make them a little easier to navigate and create a strong potential for growth within our relationships today.

The first aspect of the day is the Moon in Libra opposing Venus in Aries in the early morning hours.  This puts our emotions and instincts in relation to partnership in potential conflict with our personal pleasures and sense of independence.  Keep in mind that these two can go head-to-head against each other or use the enhanced awareness brought about by being face-to-face to create a greater state of balance between them.  Being conscious of the potential for these dynamics allows us the possibility of choosing to integrate both our diplomacy and our passion in a way that sets the day off on the right foot for romantic pursuits.

Toward mid-day the Moon in Libra trines Mercury in Aquarius, creating a lovely, harmonious flow between our sociable instincts and emotions and our equally sociable thoughts and communication.  Thinking in ways that are mindful of both one-on-one interactions and their context within the larger group, and communicating in alignment with the overall social good are both favored now.  Partnerships created in connection with our social causes and group activities will fare especially well now, and that applies to business and pleasure alike.

This afternoon things get a bit more testy as the Moon in Libra opposes Mars in Aries, putting our emotions and instincts in potential conflict with our drive to do our own thing, mirroring the Moon/Venus opposition earlier but now with more of an edge and a greater potential for frustration and disruption along the way.  It is therefore even more crucial that we strive for awareness and balance between these two, and recognize that we are likely to need to compromise between our romantic feelings and our aggressive (sexual) focus.

Having all three personal planets interacting with the Moon in Libra (sign of relationships) today with the Moon opposing both gendered and sexual planets gives us a huge potential to make progress in our interpersonal relationships, but it is likely to be a bit of a balancing act and requires both awareness and tact to lead us on a path that both keeps the peace and respects individual desires.  The Moon/Mercury trine is the glue between these polarities, asking us to take communicate our feelings and communicate with feeling in order to create partnerships that equally fulfill the needs of both our partners and ourselves.

Around the witching hour, the Moon put an intense finial atop tonight by squaring Pluto in Capricorn.  We may find our emotions running afoul of circumstances beyond our control, particularly those related to authority, career, and reputation.  Pluto creates deep transformation, and can lend a power (or a need for power) to whatever he touches that can leave us feeling out of control.  In relation to romantic emotions and instincts already put on-notice by the avatars of female and male sexuality today, we may find ourselves in dangerous straits, where passion outweighs propriety and safety.  The challenge here is to recognize that fulfilling our romantic desires and our need for all to be harmonious and beautiful is not worth doing violence to our souls (nor facing violence against our bodies).  We may find ourselves challenged to defend what we feel, and we need to be aware of our own power and not use it against the will of others, nor allow our own free will to be usurped.  Our emotions can be a powerful connection or just as powerful a weapon, and our need for real partnership is never served by wielding its power against the ones we love.

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

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone case, 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!  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

(All aspect times 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.)

Tarot for February 12th, 2017: Science, reversed

Today’s Tarot card is the 6 of Swords (Science), reversed.  We last saw this card on December 5th, in its upright position.

This card is ruled by Mercury in Aquarius, where Mercury is currently transiting.  Mercury was involved in a focused Yod with Venus in Aries with the North Node as the Yod’s apex during Friday’s Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Leo, and the Moon is currently in Virgo, which Mercury rules, increasing the emphasis on Mercury themes this weekend, especially with yesterday’s Moon/North Node conjunction reinforcing the theme of the Yod.

So why the upside-down position then?

The Thoth deck traditionally does not use card reversals, instead relying on the other cards surrounding the reversed card to clarify the situation.  However, for single-card draws like this, there are no other cards to rely on, and I have always found card reversals to be useful, regardless of what deck I am working with.  There are a few possibilities for the meaning of a card reversal:

  1.  The normal meaning of the card is being negated.
  2.  The meaning of the card needs to be seen in a different light – the “headstand” that the card is doing is to gain perspective.
  3.  The reversed position of the card is a means of emphasizing the meaning of that card, drawing extra attention to itself.

What interpretation I choose is based on my intuition as well as what is going on in the skies.  In this case, we can see already that the 3rd option is a possibility.  However, the 1st & 2nd options also may flavor this card at this time, specifically because of the Moon in Virgo, which exercises Virgoan processes in unconscious space.  Because Mercury deals with the mind, our thoughts, and communication, it can relate to both conscious and unconscious thought, but typically fares better in a conscious space – the very concept of “mindfulness” harnesses conscious thought in order to expand our awareness of our everyday thoughts and surroundings.  The Moon is not particularly comfortable in Virgo because of this.  So, already the skies are reflecting that our thoughts are likely to show up in a different manner today, after being powerfully activated over the past two days on both the conscious and unconscious levels, with the unconscious side being more emphasized today.  We may find ourselves more distracted today, or with a focus entirely different from what we had intended.

The normal meaning of the 6 of Swords relates to planning and research, searching for the truth and in the process potentially bringing multiple perspectives to bear on a situation – the scientific method may start with a hypothesis but keeps the mind open to possibilities until the facts determine the outcome.  But given the Moon’s interactions with Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron today, we may find it harder to gather those multiple perspectives harmoniously, and facts may seem in short supply.  With Pluto in the mix, even in harmony with the Moon, we may find it hard to communicate effectively without a lot of intense emotion jarring what we would prefer to be rational discourse.  The objectivity normally found with the 6 of Swords is likely to be difficult to muster with the strong Piscean influence on our emotions coming from Neptune and Chiron, especially during this time of instinctive alignment with the intense changes going on in our lives right now combined with deep awareness of past hurts and our ongoing cycles of pain.  The 6 of Swords usually indicates that we have come out of the storm into a period conducive to regrouping, assessing, and determining the best path forward.  The 6 of Swords reversed suggests that we are not out of the woods yet, and this day is perhaps best spent forgoing our Aquarian plans in favor of Virgoan healing, letting our minds work unconsciously behind the scenes rather than pushing for logic where it is not likely to be found.  Now is not a time for over-thinking things, and instead, we need to give ourselves the space to go with the flow of deep, unconscious knowledge coming to us now, and finally learn from our mistakes and heal our huts.

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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 case, 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!

Astrology of February 10th, 2017: Full Moon and Eclipse in Leo

The morning may seem clear of notable astrological  aspects, but don’t let that fool you – today is filled with some pretty powerful alignments, and this morning is simply a build-up of planetary energies in preparation for the cosmic spectacle this afternoon.

The day starts in style with Mercury in Aquarius sextiling Venus in Aries this afternoon, and since this is a planetary aspect its gently supportive effects will be felt throughout the day (part of the aforementioned build-up).  Those of us who made use of the more… affectionate side of all that fiery energy yesterday may well have something to talk about this morning, and the Mercury/Venus sextile helps to make such talks go smoothly, albeit with some spirit.  We are also likely to take a very personal pleasure in our communication with groups at this time, as well as communication in relation to social causes, so if you’ve got a fiery speech ready to persuade people to do the right thing, now’s the time to use it!

This Mercury/Venus sextile also is the base of a focused Yod (the “Finger of God”) along the Nodal Axis, with the apex at the North Node in Virgo and the releasing point at the South Node in Pisces.  This aspect combines the influence of Mercury and Venus to put pressure on the North Node via a pair of inconjuncts between the sextiling planets and the apex, and thus whatever use we make of our communication and affections at this time will draw attention to our karmic paths, whether for good or ill according to our free will.  That pressure may create a certain amount of instability in our efforts toward personal growth, but there is power there as well, to be used judiciously.  We may find ourselves falling back on the things that come most easily to us but don’t teach us anything new in an effort to relieve some of the pressure on the North Node, but now is a time to make that pressure work for us, especially with the rest of the astrological activity this afternoon and evening giving us the courage to do so.

This afternoon also sees a trine between the Moon in Leo and Uranus in Aries, continuing the fast-paced Uranian influence and the proud and expressive emotions and instincts of yesterday united in one powerful force.  Since this is a harmonious aspect, this is a great time to make use of an increased flow of creative ideas in moving ourselves forward in the hopes of staking a claim in our preferred realm, whatever that may be, though technological and forward-thinking endeavors are favored, as well as those which create social change.  Keep in mind that Uranus in aspect with the Moon increases the likelihood of mood fluctuations and sudden changes, but with a favorable aspect like this such changes are much easier to navigate, and may well be welcome distractions.

In the late afternoon and early evening we are treated to the combination of the Full Moon in Leo and a penumbral eclipse, when the Moon is shadowed not by the Earth herself but by the edge of her atmosphere, dimming the Moon’s reflection of the Sun’s light but not darkening it completely.  All Full Moons represent culminating energy, a time when the intentions we set at the New Moon come into their fullness, to be released out into the world during the waning of the Moon. The penumbral eclipse creates an added charge to this process, bringing us to a point of crisis that results in epiphany.  This is a time for breakthroughs, but they won’t be without cost.  Lunar eclipses tend to deal with our relationships, both one-on-one and those with a larger reach, and with the Leo/Aquarius polarity involved here there is an added emphasis on navigating the space between self and other, the personal and the impersonal, the needs of the individual versus the needs of the group.

A Leo Full Moon is a time to work on goals relating to self-expression, the arts, lovers, and children, which we are hoping to bring to fruition over the course of the next two weeks until the New Moon and then with the eclipse in the mix we can extend those goals and work on them within the larger pattern over the course of the next six months until the Solar eclipse in August.  Today’s Leo Moon cycles through harmonious aspects with all three of the outer planets involved in the Triangle of Potential that’s been in effect since the holidays, albeit now slowly drifting out of orb, so the Triangle is once again being activated by our emotions and instincts.  Thus, our goals for the rest of the month and for the next six months are going to work best when they take the themes of the Triangle of Potential into account:  balancing change and social harmony, individual growth and the growth of society, the need for freedom and the hope and luck generated by good relationships and partnerships in particular.  With Saturn being the mediator between Jupiter and Uranus in this balancing act, discipline will be necessary to carry us through, but that discipline does not need to become self-punishing.

In addition, yesterday’s Sun/Uranus sextile is still in effect, and the Sun opposing the Moon (which is what a Full Moon is) in combination with the Sun/Uranus sextile, the Moon/Uranus trine, the Moon/Jupiter sextile following shortly after the eclipse, tomorrow’s Sun/Jupiter trine (which is already being felt today), and the ongoing Jupiter/Uranus opposition all together form a Mystic Rectangle, a combination of polarities between Air and Fire, and Masculine and Feminine energies that requires that we give equal attention to all four bodies in these two oppositions (Sun/Moon, Jupiter/Uranus) and the elemental principles that they invoke, thought and spirit, communication and action, as well as temperaments of the four signs involved, Aquarius/Leo and Libra/Aries.  This is a beautifully optimistic configuration to use in putting our talents to work in connection with the Full Moon and eclipse energies.  Challenging, yes, but deeply beneficial if we make good use of it.  In particular we are being asked to balance our conscious and unconscious awareness, and our social and individual needs.  Tall order!  But a worthy one, and one which the combination of celestial events today make clear is well within our power.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the Full/Eclipsed Moon in Leo activates a Grand Fire Trine with Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius, further emphasizing themes of revolutionary change backed by discipline and emotional fervor with courageous instincts.  Our spirits are blazing with this energy now, and so long as we don’t let it burn us out we can do amazing things with it, with a steady eye to the long term.    This configuration emphasizes our capacity to both ride and direct the waves of change sweeping through our lives in the next six months, both personally and politically.  There is no better time to get involved!

The Moon in Leo sextiling Jupiter in Libra this evening emphasizes the social aspect of this equation, helping us to see how we can express ourselves fully while still valuing and maintaining social harmony and balancing our needs with the needs of others.  This time sees the likelihood that legal matters will work in our favor and may smooth over our dealings with authorities.  It also increases our courage in social situations, making for a good start to the weekend.

Later tonight the Moon in Leo trines Saturn in Sagittarius, which may turn our mood a bit more serious, but since the trine is the most favorable of aspects that seriousness is likely to work to our advantage and bolster our courage.  We may well impress others with our dedication and loyalty at this time, especially if we have been making good use of today’s mojo in service to our very best goals.  Since this aspect starts a void-of-course period, any bold moves are best to have been begun before this late-night time, leaving the end of the night to socialize, plan, and put the finishing touches on the Full Moon and eclipse intentions that we are sending out into the world, and then to dream on them in the floating, intuitive time that the void-of-course brings.

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

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone case, as well as art prints.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

(All aspect times 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.)


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