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Astrology Update, April 30th, 2017: Pain, Belief, and Vulnerability

The skies are quiet today until this afternoon when the Moon in Cancer sextiled the Sun in Taurus, putting our conscious and unconscious selves in harmony, our emotions in support of our core truth and our psyches attuned to our feelings in turn.  This aspect makes everything run a little smoother, interactions with others a little more harmonious, our inner and outer worlds working together.  

All of which is a much-needed blessing in view of the square between Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces that became exact this afternoon but has been building for the past several days, with an emotional preview yesterday, and which will continue to colour our experiences for the next week to come.  Saturn in hard aspect to Chiron is harsh no matter how you colour it, with Saturn’s restrictiveness rubbing up against our deepest and oldest wounds, but this particular iteration includes Saturn in retrograde, dredging up all of our old injuries that we would rather deny but have never managed to escape from, and shackling our hope of healing from them to our most deeply entrenched belief systems.  Intergenerational family trauma, racial and cultural trauma, ancient abuses and buried grief and anger are all creeping out of the woodwork during this transit, and the pain is both real and at the same time hard to pin down.  The very things that give us our roots and sense of connection to history and humanity are poisoning and crippling us, and today we come face to face with all of the horror and sadness and helplessness they have bequeathed us.  Somehow, we have to overcome our sense of alienation and understand the universality of our limitations, and learn to heal ourselves by reaching out with compassion toward others, even and sometimes especially the others “responsible” for hurting us.  Forgiveness is not about giving abusers a free pass, but rather about halting the toxic internalization of what has been done to us and continues to be done through us.  There is wisdom to be found here, but it is a bitter draught.  This is not an easy path to healing, and it’s going to take all of our discipline and much time to traverse, as well as the ability to think outside of the box about how we share the hard-won knowledge born from our pain, but it is a necessary path if we are to move forward and survive and maybe even thrive, both as individuals and as a species.

Tonight the Moon in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces, reminding us of the universality of deep feeling and giving us a chance to swim in our sympathy and imaginations, and reconnect with those we love in the midst of the pain that has so much potential to divide us.  This is an emotionally healing aspect that stimulates our creativity and intuition, and invites us to spin new stories about our experiences that join us together in a safe and loving emotional space.  This is not a time for decision-making or rational thinking, but rather a time to be receptive and spiritual, safe in our homes and familiar spaces, a time to float in our fantasies and visions of our best possible world with those who can share those visions with us, and let our ability to imagine better lives lead us to them.

That said, late tonight the Moon in Cancer squares Jupiter retrograde in Libra, leading us back into a space of reconsidering our close relationships and social connections, as well as our faith and our cherished beliefs.  This day is not going to release us without challenging how we meet others with our feelings, daring us to crack open our own hard shells and be vulnerable with our biggest emotions.  Since Jupiter is a benevolent influence, this is not an unkind aspect, despite its challenges, but it can magnify whatever we feel and make it hard to take a step back or be rational about it all.  Details are not likely to be our strong suit now, and we feel drawn to delve further into our philosophical and spiritual ties with others.  Tonight we are likely to want to know what it all means, and we want to be able to share our searching with others who matter most to us.  And if our spiritual family or community doesn’t line up with our actual family and community, now is the time when we will be asking ourselves why.

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

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

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

Astrology Update, April 21st, 2017: Pacing Ourselves

In contrast to yesterday’s emphasis on less being more, today the skies see a flurry of activity, with two celestial bodies changing signs and both a supportive aspect and a challenging aspect of some significance.  

The morning started early with a sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to Uranus in Aries, giving us a more supportive dose of the often-frenetic Moon/Uranus influence on our emotions.  While this may have made for some restlessness in the early morning hours, the gently supportive nature of the sextile makes it more likely that this was of the sudden insight variety that wakes us up with a burst of energy and helps us to feel inspired even if it deprives us of a little sleep.  Thoughts of the future may have blended with a healthy dose of excitement and feelings of self-sufficiency to get us off and running this morning, ready to keep pace with our newly-motivated energy as Mars enters Gemini a few minutes later.

Mars’ entry into Gemini this morning changes our energetic gears from the patient steadiness of Taurus to a modus operandi that is inquisitive and eternally on-the-move.  Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and travels at similarly quicksilver speeds, interested in a multitude of subjects and communicative about them all.  Mars in Gemini can make us hyperactive, running on far less sleep than normal, far too distracted by the next exciting thing around the bend to be bothered with rest, so there is a real danger of burnout during this transit, especially with Gemini’s ruler Mercury retrograding through fiery and determined Aries.  We will handle this aspect best if we are mindful of our tendency to overdo things now and pace ourselves, recognizing that this energy encourages multi-tasking and taking on ALL of the interesting projects.  Saying “no” is a necessary virtue to cultivate now!  We are more likely to work with this energy well if we recognize that Gemini is inherently social, and therefore encourages success in team projects and endeavors that tickle our minds.  Now is a time for new ideas, new endeavors, and meeting new people with whom to collaborate.

Within minutes of Mars getting his boost in speed from Gemini, the Sun in Taurus trined the North Node in Virgo, keeping our consciousness focused on what will move us forward along our soul’s path, and creating ease and flow in achieving goals that further our personal growth in the material world throughout the day.  Real, practical steps on our karmic path are favored today, and we can make true progress if we tap into this state of understanding now, being mindful of the necessary details and patient with the process of our own growth.  We may also gain insight regarding health concerns as a result of this aspect, and projects such as gardening and scientific research can shine today.

That said, a few minutes later Venus in Pisces squared Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, repeating the Venus/Saturn square that got this Saturn retrograde off to such a gloomy start.  With Venus direct in Pisces, we may feel not quite so isolated and shaken by this square as during its previous iterations, but still there can be a sense of thwarted connection with others today, a loneliness resulting from our own insecurities and uncertainties.  Saturn is very good at putting up walls, after all, and retrograde in Sagittarius he is encouraging us to reconsider our beliefs, our faith, our optimism, and our social tendencies in relation to those things, all of which can encourage us to hold back where otherwise we would be eager to move forward.  Saturn in Sagittarius squaring off against Venus in Pisces can make those walls particularly painful since Venus having turned direct in Pisces is now soft and alluring, wanting to dissolve barriers to intimacy and feel emotional unity with others after her own journey through uncertainty.  This square challenges us to find ways to connect while maintaining clear boundaries, to be sensitive to our need for contact yet also protective of ourselves and those we are emotionally connected with in the face of the potentially destructive ideologies that have been this Saturn-in-Sagittarius transit’s stock-in-trade.

All of the above gave us plenty of cosmic juice to stew in for much of the morning, until a late-morning sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, giving a bit of support from our rational instincts to help us navigate our insecurities in relation to our beliefs and social urges.  The Moon in Aquarius has been all about furthering our own evolution in order to further the evolution of humanity as a whole, and connecting to Saturn via the gently supportive sextile may have helped us to better navigate the lessons of the Venus/Saturn square this morning, whose influence will be felt throughout the day and into tomorrow.  The Moon in Aquarius’ forward-thinking and socially active feelings may have helped for a while to ease the worries of Saturn in Sagittarius regarding pesky belief patterns while Aquarius’ classical ruler Saturn lent both seriousness and discipline to our emotions, keeping us focused and on track rather than chasing after the flights of fancy that might otherwise have been encouraged by Aquarius’ more Uranian side.

Toward midday the Moon in Aquarius sextiled Mercury retrograde in Aries, continuing this pattern of being a rational force and keeping us instinctively mindful of the long-term ramifications of our more self-concerned thoughts within the social order.  This harmonious aspect encouraged us to make the kinds of plans that can benefit both ourselves and others, helping us to make our mark on the world in ways that improve the world and connect us to friends and causes that matter to us.  Since this aspect started a short void-of-course period, this was a time for us to relax into our routines for a bit, allowing ourselves to process the host of lessons from the Moon’s transit through Aquarius without rushing to start any bold new ventures before our unconscious selves were ready.

The Moon entered Pisces this afternoon, turning our feelings softer, our instincts less pointed, increasing our emotional and intuitive sensitivity.  During this lunar transit we are likely to be more accepting of others, more sympathetic and compassionate, and perhaps a bit more gullible as well.  Our spiritual tendencies are heightened during this time, as is our need for closure in the emotional situations that no longer serve us.  Though we may be more open to connecting with others under this influence, still we may find it easier to get overloaded and may find ourselves being more introverted and introspective as a result.  This is a time for feeling our way through the bigger, more philosophical and spiritual questions of our lives, a time to be more in touch with Universe as a whole.

That said, within minutes of entering Pisces this afternoon the Moon squared off against Mars in Gemini, putting our extroverted energies at odds with our more introverted emotions and instincts.  We may want to connect and be communicative now, but feel uncertain how, especially with the continuing influence of the Venus/Saturn square, and may become impatient with ourselves and others as a result.  Mars is in the more active sign of Gemini now while the Moon is in the more passive sign of Pisces, so our aggressive side is likely to be more prominent and harsh words may be spoken, but our feelings are softer and squishier now, and we may retreat into passive-aggressive dynamics as a result.  Our emotions in gentle Pisces may also be calling for a slower pace than the livelier Mars in Gemini wants to keep, and we may find ourselves feeling left behind as our world moves with uncomfortable quickness.

As a result, we may have found ourselves retreating to the comfortable and familiar as the Moon in Pisces conjuncted the South Node in the late afternoon, opposing the North Node that is still trined with the Sun, and lessons or people from our past may have confronted us during this time.  We may have felt instinctively resistant to the forward progress that our conscious selves are ready to make, nostalgic for “better” times, and may have needed more time to resolve old issues before our emotions could handle the karmic demands being made of us.  This afternoon was time when we may have needed a little extra gentle self-care to make it through, and some of that feeling may last into this evening.

Thankfully, the last notable aspect tonight is the Moon in Pisces sextiling the Sun in Taurus, giving us the security of our consciousness to help bolster our more fragile unconscious now.  This is a time to enjoy some creature comforts, taking care of our softer side, not as an escape from our responsibilities or karmic paths but rather in order to facilitate our growth at our own pace.  Our emotions can use some rest and comfort after such a hectic day, and our deep Piscean unconscious has a lot to process as we dream tonight.

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

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

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

Astrology Update, April 1st, 2017: Big Talk

This morning the Moon in Gemini sextiled the Sun in Aries, fueling the warmth of our action-oriented Aries consciousness with unconscious liveliness and an instinct for communication.  We may have found ourselves pleasantly restless, energetic and ready to get going even if we are not normally morning people.  Our feelings were aligned with our consciousness, our core sense of self animated and courageous, eager to set out on the day’s adventures.  When Gemini and Aries join forces we can experience a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world around us, even wonder, and will happily communicate that with anyone who will listen, making for a convivial mood to start the day with.

A short while later, however, the Moon in Gemini squared Neptune in Pisces, putting our mood into a fog and making us more likely to be led astray by unrealistic expectations.  The Moon in Gemini has our instincts operating on an intellectual level but Neptune in Pisces blurs the edges of our unconscious perceptions, creating a sense of distrust and uncertainty, and we may have found ourselves in situations this morning that beguiled us with something that stirred our sympathies only to leave us feeling taken advantage of by something or someone not living up to our original impressions.  We may have found ourselves wanting to escape for a bit, wishing the real world would go away, and the traces of this feeling may have lingered even into mid-day.

Thankfully, tonight we get our curiosity and sociability renewed via a trine from the Moon in Gemini to Jupiter in Libra, expanding our instinct to communicate and increasing our feelings of faith and optimism.  This is a great time to meet new people, or to build upon already-established relationships that can benefit from sharing ideas.  Mutual enjoyment of films and media is favored at this time, and actors have an auspicious alignment for connecting with their audiences now.  This is a great time for generating ideas, especially for writers and inventors, and speech writers and preachers can create some of their more inspiring work at this time.  This is a night for orators!  It’s also a good night for networking and sales, as well as a good night for games, and a night for testing our luck – if we’ve been a bit too risk-averse tonight might help us to get out of whatever rut we’ve been languishing in, especially if that risk we’ve been avoiding involves communication or relationships.

Late tonight Gemini’s ruler Mercury in Taurus trines the North Node in Virgo, the other Mercury-ruled sign, putting the power of our minds to work on behalf of our souls’ purpose.  Though our emotions and instincts may be feeling a bit giddy due to the larger-than-life connection of the Moon/Jupiter trine, our minds have the practical fortitude of Taurus helping us to learn from our experiences and grow more fully into the people our souls want us to be.  We are likely to be more conscious of the details of our growth process, more concerned with perfecting new skills that lead us in the direction we most need to go, yet thanks to the steadiness of Taurus more patient than ever with our own imperfections.  In combination with the lucky favor of the Moon/Jupiter trine, this makes tonight a great time to try the new things that can help us to make real progress in both the material and spiritual worlds, moving forward on our souls’ quest to be our own best selves.

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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 23rd, 2017: A Time of Testing

Today started with a kindly sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to the Sun in Aries in wee early morning hours, giving us a last alignment of our conscious and unconscious selves in the disseminating portion of the lunar cycle before the upcoming New Moon in Aries.  The intentions that we set at the New Moon in Pisces and brought into fullness at the Full Moon in Virgo have been releasing into the world, and we are getting ready for the internal focus of the dark of the Moon, when we get clear on what matters most to us in setting our intentions for the next lunar cycle.  The Moon in Aquarius is future-oriented, instinctively bringing new ideas and viewpoints to the forefront, and aligning with the bold and active consciousness of the Sun in Aries gives us the drive to make real changes for the betterment of humankind and the planet.  While most of us in the Western Hemisphere were either asleep or winding down at the time of this alignment, still it set the stage for our dreams and began the tone of this day on a hopeful note.

A few hours later the Moon in Aquarius sextiled Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, amplifying the strength of our unconscious wisdom and our willingness to accept our own deep, inner knowing.  This alignment encouraged us to surrender to our ideals, feeling the power of our beliefs yet willing to continue to expand upon them, to see and embrace other perspectives in order to broaden our own.  This feeling built upon the energy of the Sun/Moon sextile, and fedinto the Moon’s next aspect, a loving and energetic sextile with Venus retrograde in Aries.

Venus retrograde has been going through the process of reassessing our connections with others, giving us greater understanding of what we value and take pleasure in, and how we give our affections and to whom.  Though Venus retrograde can sometimes be an uncomfortable time in terms of our interpersonal relationships and self-esteem, this morning’s Moon/Venus sextile gave us back some of the warmth and friendship that we need to sustain us, combining Aquarian instincts for betterment of self and society with the insights we have been gaining during this retrograde, and helping us to gain a stronger feeling for how our personal means of relating to people and enjoying life fits into the larger picture.

That sense of enjoyable companionship that the Moon/Venus sextile sought to encourage gets challenged this afternoon by the Moon in Aquarius squaring Mars in Taurus.  Mars in Taurus applies our energy and drive toward the material and physical matters of life, and may turn a blind eye to the more idealistic concerns of the Moon in Aquarius.  This afternoon we may well find ourselves confronted with choices that pit our principles and our material comforts against each other.  Since Venus rules Taurus and Mars rules Aries, there is a certain degree of sympathy between the energy of the Moon/Venus sextile and this square, which may help to navigate the challenges the Moon/Mars square brings up.  This aspect is an opportunity to see where we can reshape our material goals and comforts to accommodate our ideals and our sense of social responsibility, without sacrificing so much that we become resentful.

This sets us up for the big astrological event of the day, tonight’s square from Mercury in Aries to Pluto in Capricorn.  Mercury in Aries’ martial attitudes have been building through the afternoon, first warmed by the active camaraderie of the Moon/Venus sextile, then stirred to action through the challenges of the Moon/Mars square, and tonight our minds are likely to be primed for assertiveness and eager for new action.  But Pluto in Capricorn brings the powers-that-be to bear against minds and opinions that step out of line, and when these two clash there may well be fireworks.  Neither Aries nor Capricorn is known for backing down from a fight, especially when each is convinced they are in the right.  Pluto, like all transcendental planets, changes whatever he touches from the ground up, a disconcerting experience even under the best of circumstances.  And these are not the best of circumstances.  Political intrigue and strongarm tactics, techno-bureaucratic institutions with no sympathy for individual needs and desires, corporatocracy and plutocracy run amok, and a suffering planet undergoing drastic transformation at a pace faster than any of us care to admit or can really keep up with – these are the powers that our minds must grapple with now.  Pluto governs deep transformation, including death, and we may find ourselves facing fears now to give even the boldest martial spirit a run for its money.  We may find ourselves in a whirlwind of uncertainty tonight, gripped by changes we do not know how to navigate but know we must if we are to survive.  Tempers may flare, and there are likely to be some powerful arguments and clashes of will.  This is a time of testing, tempering our minds to face the inevitable reshaping of our society and our world, and ourselves along with them.  The ideas that we generate in response must determine what entrenched power systems we rid ourselves of in order to pass through this shadow of death and have a real chance at life.

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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 2nd, 2017: Imaginative Balance

The Moon’s influence today is consistently benevolent, which is a blessing after the uproar of yesterday.  Still, we are laboring through the lingering fog of yesterday’s Sun/Neptune conjunction, and this evening sees the second of three exact oppositions from Jupiter to Uranus making a recipe for bedlam despite the Taurus Moon’s steadying touch.  

This morning at least things started off decently enough, with the Moon in Taurus trining the North Node in Virgo, aligning our emotions and instincts with our sense of purpose, helping us to tend to the necessary details along our karmic path, learning new skills and being mindful of the process in our growth while responding to our circumstances with a practical attitude grounded in real life and strong sensory impressions.  This is a great environment for getting things done!

This afternoon the Moon sextiles Mercury in Pisces, bringing a more imaginative flavor to what we feel while steadying our minds and communication so that our imaginations don’t run away with us.  This is a perfect time to take creative inspiration and make good use of it in the real world, as our instincts now are thoroughly practical yet capable of seeing the usefulness in what we can dream up.  Our attitudes and communication are likely to be tolerant and compassionate now, making it easier to work with others during this time, though under this influence we can work just as well alone, enjoying some quiet introspection and the practical results it may bring.

The big astrological news of today is the opposition from Jupiter in Libra to Uranus in Aries early this evening.  I’ve talked about this aplenty as an ongoing influence stretching from the winter holidays through until September.  This is the second of three exact oppositions between Jupiter and Uranus, resulting from Jupiter’s current retrograde through Libra that has us reconsidering our beliefs in connection with relationships and social harmony, as well as reviewing and revising our attitudes regarding good fortune and luck, and what creates abundance in our lives.  Uranus opposing Jupiter today creates sudden shake-ups in our attitudes surrounding these areas of our lives, and reminds us that success is meaningless without the freedom to enjoy it.  Uranus in Aries is all about independence, as well as progress, new technologies, and the flashes of insight that lead us into the future.  Uranus is a revolutionary that will not be satisfied by maintaining the status quo, and in connection with Jupiter can lead to unusual twists and turns in our fortunes.  Out-of-the-box thinking is magnified today, and with Mercury in Pisces could well take an imaginative turn – keep in mind that Jupiter is the classical ruler of Pisces, so what affects Jupiter affects the sign and the planets in it, including the Sun and Neptune and the residual effects of yesterday’s conjunction.  Jupiter in Libra seeks good fortune in connections, while Uranus in Aries opposing him reminds us not to get too cozy in our efforts at diplomacy, lest we forget ourselves in the name of keeping the peace.  Since Jupiter does affect wealth, we would also do well to be mindful of our finances at this time – we could see sudden expenses popping up now, and we should be careful about impulse buys.

This evening sees the Moon in Taurus sextiling Neptune in Pisces, heightening the imaginative quality of the evening and increasing our desire for some self-indulgent escapism.  Luckily this is a harmonious aspect, steadying our escapist tendencies with Taurean practicality and softening the Taurus Moon’s bluntness with Neptunian spirituality and Piscean compassion.  Taurus is ruled by sensual Venus and Pisces is both sensual and connective, while the Moon/Neptune sextile turns our emotions and instincts romantic, so this may be a time to soften the edges of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition’s effects on our relationships with a more intimate perspective.

Later tonight the Moon in Taurus sextiles the Sun in Pisces, heightening the connection between these two signs and the sensual affection that their combination inspires.  These harmonious and connective aspects coming on the heels of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition suggest that whatever changes this opposition brings to our attitudes regarding the balance between self and other have a strong potential to be integrated through shared enjoyment of connection within the physical world, and our practical feelings can be enhanced through compassion and intimacy as well.  Yes, our sense of stability can be shaken and our optimism come into question, but we can also find new ways to experience and express what is best in our relationships, and feel a sense of oneness that is informed by our diverse experiences.  Balancing the needs of the self and the collective may not be the easiest of tasks.  But under tonight’s Moon/Sun sextile it might get a bit easier.

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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!