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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Moon sextile Uranus’

Astrology Update, Solar Eclipse, February 15th, 2018: Creating New Stories

Today has offered us a New Moon with a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius.  Though visible only to parts of South America and Antarctica, this eclipse has already been felt for a few days now by those of us with luminaries, personal planets, or personal points in the 3rd decanate of Aquarius, and will continue to be felt for a while to come.  That’s the thing about eclipses – the big results in our lives tend not to show up on the day of the eclipse, but instead unfold over the next six months, until the time of the next eclipse.

The last Solar Eclipse was in Leo on August 21st of 2017, indicating changes in core identity and self-expression – that eclipse was personal and creative, and that creativity is mirrored and progressed as we move forward into this new eclipse season.  This eclipse in Aquarius indicates changes in group relations and the causes that capture our imaginations and our dedication, with strong idealist and populist overtones.  The personal changes effected as a result of the Leo Solar Eclipse have consequences that are being carried forward to effect changes on a larger social scale during the six months following this Aquarian Solar Eclipse.

Solar eclipses underscore the extent to which the hidden forces of our instincts can impel deep personal change by casting their shadow on the light of consciousness.  The Sun//Moon conjunction of the New Moon is astrology’s most powerful aspect, a time when our conscious and unconscious selves are aligned.  Thus, new seeds of intention are best planted at the New Moon, when these forces within us are in sync.  The Solar Eclipse gives our intuitive side an edge over our more logical side, triggering situations that can offer us a fresh start in whatever area of our lives the eclipse touches through its contact with our natal charts.

This eclipse is conjoined with Mercury and Juno in Aquarius, emphasizing communication and mature partnerships.  Mercury in combination with the Sun and Moon combines intelligence with will and instinct, so there is a good potential for thoughtful and creative planning to guide us forward during this eclipse season, and Juno’s presence makes it likely that our plans require mutually beneficial relationships and shared emotional intelligence to thrive.  That said, it pays to remember that Mercury is a trickster god, playful but also amoral.  This is the Magician archetype in the Tarot, willing to experiment with whatever is at hand regardless of consequence if it furthers his aims.  This is also a storyteller aspect, and with the Sun and Moon sextiling Uranus in Aries that story is likely to have a few unexpected twists and turns, but with Jupiter in Scorpio squaring Mercury, we can expect more than a bit of pulp sensationalism in this narrative, and should take care not to leave the proverbial Caps Lock on lest we turn our creative dialogs into unintentional shouting matches.  With Jupiter sextiling Pluto, there is power behind the bombast, and we may find our Magician storyteller called to stand up to authority.  These next six months are a good time to craft new narratives, a time favoring writers and content creators ready to take bold new steps, create new stories, and build the alliances needed to get those stories seen and heard by those most in need of them.

Venus in Pisces sextiles Saturn in Capricorn today, underscoring the need to create and maintain stable relationships, with both planets inconjunct to Ceres in Leo, creating a Yod formation (“the finger of God”) that points to how we nurture and express our core selves within those relationships.  Venus in Pisces is sympathetic and adaptable, and harmonizes well with Saturn in Capricorn’s sober pragmatism, both putting pressure on Ceres in Leo’s hunger for a solo spotlight.  We are not being asked to dissolve our egos in relationship, however, for the mature and socially conscious partnerships called for by Juno in Aquarius not only allow for individuality and eccentricity, they encourage these qualities.  The Yod to Ceres does not negate the spotlight; it enhances it, and asks us to create relationships that feed our needs as individuals as a means to a better collective, a greater social vision that recognizes and upholds the rights of all, and gives us all a place to shine.  

Mars in idealistic and social Sagittarius trines the North Node in Leo, giving further impetus to this alliance of our core creative and karmic needs with our social consciousness, but Mars also squares Neptune in Pisces today, increasing the potential for deceptive action, seduction, and subterfuge, as well as accidents or harmful actions involving water.  Mars conjunct Vesta increases our idealistic focus, and we may find ourselves engaged in such aggressive pursuit of our goals that we forget to look before we leap, or run afoul of those wishing to take advantage of our idealism for their own nefarious purposes.  Thankfully, Pallas in Taurus trine Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn enhances our cool-headed planning capacity, giving us the ability to step back and assess our circumstances dispassionately, should we choose to make use of it.  The airy detachment that the Aquarian Sun, Moon, and Mercury are famous for is being bolstered by earthy practicality wielded in alignment with divine vision, giving us the capacity to seize our fate with both hands and use our united minds and hearts to create it anew.

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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 29th, 2017: Loneliness and Home

Late this morning the Moon in Gemini sextiled Mercury retrograde in Aries and then Uranus in Aries in short succession, emphasizing the residual effects of yesterday’s Mercury/Uranus conjunction, so that our thoughts during this time continued to change rapidly, only our moods were in a state of flux as well.  Since the sextile is a gently harmonious aspect, these fluctuations were less challenging than they would be with a harder aspect, but still we were likely to be restless and wanting to shake things up, bored with the status quo and searching for excitement.  We were not likely to be shy about vocalizing our feelings under these aspects, and communication in general was emphasized, as was socialization and meeting new people.  This was not a time for focusing on important matters, as our thoughts were likely to be running too quickly to handle deep subjects or linger anywhere for long, and our moods were too fickle to sustain any real sense of dedication from late morning into the afternoon.  

Into this volatile mix of fluctuating thoughts and feelings comes a jarring square from the Moon in Gemini to Chiron in Pisces, with an opposition from the Moon to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius a few minutes later, stirring up the rising tide of hurt and trauma invoked by tomorrow’s square between Chiron and Saturn.  The Chiron/Saturn square has been lurking in the background for the past several days, as these are slow moving planets whose influence is felt long before and after an aspect between them becomes exact, and the Moon’s interaction with both of them today creates a tense T-square formation with Chiron acting as the release point for the isolation and enforced stoicism of the Moon/Saturn opposition, triggering our awareness of painful life lessons brought on by harsh emotional interactions.  This can be an incredibly depressive time, as we gain a heightened awareness of the disappointments and failures in our lives, and our outlook leans toward the cold and grim and lonely.  While the Moon’s interactions with both Saturn and Chiron have the blessed brevity of lunar aspects, they are an uncomfortable foreshadowing of tomorrow’s harsh square between those planets that has the potential to colour our feelings for the remainder of the day.  There is also the possibility that today’s T-square configuration will heightened tensions during the climate change marches planned across the United States today, and since Saturn governs restriction and law, and in hard aspects with Chiron increases the potential for abuse, those who are marching this afternoon would do well to take extra steps for self-protection.  With its opposition to Saturn the Moon turns void-of-course for several hours, making actions taken during the late afternoon and early evening less likely to amount to anything of consequence, which may be a blessing in view of the abusive potential of the T-square, but which also makes it harder for political actions taken during this time to be heard and taken seriously.  Our judgement is likely to be impacted as well, so this is not a time for bold and decisive action.

The Moon enters Cancer tonight, the sign that it rules, making our emotions more sensitive and more potent, so that whatever we are processing during this difficult time of the Chiron/Saturn square is likely to take on greater emotional significance.  Our emotions now are likely to center around home and family, as our loyalty is increased during this lunar transit, and we may feel very protective of both ourselves and those we love, but are also likely to relate the hurts we are processing to family and loved ones as well, so the Cancerian Moon’s closeness to home is a mixed blessing this weekend.  We are more sympathetic and intuitive during this transit, but also more inclined to feel sorry for ourselves, which makes for a rough way to navigate the Chiron/Saturn square, increasing the potential for us to feel lost in martyrdom and victimhood.  The Cancerian Moon can also increase our imagination and creativity, however, so now is a time to transmute our most difficult feelings into art and imaginative solutions, releasing what we feel through music and dance.  It is also a time to put in the extra effort toward creating emotionally safe space with those we are closest to, as challenging as that may be against the backdrop of the Chiron/Saturn square, because the need for such space is near and dear to the Cancerian heart, and it is a need which is especially poignant this weekend.

The Moon in Cancer gets a little bit of much-needed support tonight from a sextile to the North Node in Virgo, giving us an instinctual awareness of the process of our soul’s growth and how our feelings tonight further that growth.  Though our moods may fluctuate, they do so with attentiveness to the details of our experiences, helping us to work through and learn from what we are feeling rather than just feeling tossed about on the waves of emotion.  We should take the time to let ourselves feel deeply tonight while we have the capacity to look at those feelings with clarity and insight, and see them in the larger context of our souls’ path to perfection.

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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 2nd, 2017: Deep Feelings

Today started off with a very early morning sextile from the Moon in Gemini to Uranus in Aries, heightening our need to try new things if we were awake at that hour (or still awake, in the case of West Coast night owls!).  The curiosity and inventiveness of Gemini fueled the rebel fire of Uranus, and for those of us prone to insomnia may have added to our restlessness, but since this was a harmonious sextile we were most likely to have gotten a Eureka moment or two to help make up for any lack of sleep, as this was a good supportive aspect to help boost the inventive and intuitive powers of the creative and scientifically-minded among us, and the perfect influence for late-night/early morning tech tinkerers.

Still relatively early in the morning the Moon in Gemini squared Chiron in Pisces, increasing the likelihood of those of us with chronic illnesses waking up sore, and frustrating our efforts to communicate effectively with others about what ails us.  Or, we may have found ourselves having difficulty being sympathetic to the ailments of others at this time, or may even have been unsympathetic to our own sensitivities, and pushed ourselves too hard right out of the gate this morning.  Whatever the case, this aspect is likely to have increased early morning grumpiness and irritability, and decreased patience in the process.  Those of us waiting on medical diagnoses or lab results were likely to experience frustration as well, and those of us working in these fields would do well to be extra diligent in re-checking our numbers and communications as the morning progresses, as this aspect is likely to test even the kindliest bedside manner.

Late this morning the Moon in Gemini opposes Saturn in Sagittarius, adding a serious and even depressive note to our feelings.  Our instincts now are more likely to tend to the pessimistic, and we may find ourselves more hesitant about our communication now, more uncertain of ourselves and less willing to take risks.  Or, we may find ourselves more inclined to compartmentalize our social dealings along tribal lines, unwilling to share our mental and emotional space with those who do not share our beliefs.  We may find ourselves speaking more abruptly, or more stridently, asserting our “rightness” when deep down we are in fact very uncertain of what is truly right, or we may find our words and social interactions bumping up against long-held beliefs that may no longer be truly serving us, or that we may realize are in fact severely limiting us.  This aspect heightens awareness of the disconnect between our desire to explore new ideas and communicate and ingrained belief patterns that are based in fear and insecurity and are ultimately divisive.  So while this aspect can be disruptive to our moods, it can help us to reconsider how our beliefs drive our instinctive responses.

Since the Moon turns void-of-course with that last aspect, the late morning today is a time to stick to our routines and not embark on any bold new ventures or schedule any important meetings.  That said, it can be a good time for editing, correcting, repairing, and assessing areas of our lives and environments that need revision or cleaning up.  

Around mid-day the Moon enters Cancer, coming into the sign that it rules and its place of power.  Our emotions and instincts are at home in watery Cancer, sensitive and attuned to the ebb and flow of life, and protective of self, home, and loved ones.  Cancer has a reputation for moodiness, but really is concerned with creating safe space for genuine feeling to flow freely.  This is why Cancer is associated with home, and mother – under this sign the Moon shows us the truth of our feelings, which are not static from moment to moment, and our instinctive reactions are more deeply intuitive now.  We are more likely to listen to others now, and more interested in being around people we already know – our friends and family are especially important to us now.  We may find ourselves a bit more critical now toward those who we deem insensitive, and while we are very good at riding out changes under this influence, we are also a bit more risk-averse.  This aspect makes for canny business dealings among those attuned to this energy, as Cancer may govern home but its protectiveness of what we deem our own extends to business matters that we are heavily invested in, whether emotionally or practically or both.  Plus, Cancerian sensitivity increases our ability to sense the emotions of others, to read the mood of a room when we walk in, and thus more accurately assess the currents of our social and business dealings and know intuitively when a deal is about to go bad, or when is the exact right moment to step in and seize the advantage.  Professions that deal with caring for others such as nursing and psychology may benefit under this influence, but so may those that rely on social engineering and keen instincts, including politics and trading, such as retail sales or import and export businesses.  Small business owners are especially favored during this time.

Within minutes of entering Cancer the Moon squares off against Venus retrograde in Aries, putting our already beleaguered pleasures and affections at odds with our instincts, and making it more difficult for us to connect with others.  We may feel as though whatever we want for ourselves is out of reach due to social pressure or timing, or we may feel a conflict between new friends and old, or between a new love and our family.  Since the Venus retrograde has had us reassessing the ways in which we express and experience pleasure and connection as well as self-image, our insecurities may be heightened by this aspect, and we are likely to feel social discord more deeply and distressingly.  We may find ourselves less willing to make waves as a result, and may give in more easily on matters of importance to us just to keep from making ourselves or others feel worse.

Thankfully, this afternoon the Moon in Cancer sextiles Mercury in Taurus, helping us to feel more steady and secure and to express our feelings in practical, grounded terms.  Our thoughts and intuitions are in alignment with this aspect, and our ability to read the situations we find ourselves in is enhanced without throwing our moods off so easily.  This is a great time for sympathetic communication that doesn’t drown in emotion – we are able to listen carefully and understand instinctively what others are feeling, while remaining level-headed ourselves.  This is a great problem-solving influence, especially for problems that contain a social component.

This problem-solving capacity is built on further this afternoon as the Moon in Cancer sextiles the North Node in Virgo, putting our emotions in alignment with our karmic path and personal growth, particularly as it relates to our health, daily habits, and the ways in which we are of service to others.  Relations with pets are favored now, especially service animals, and we can gain greater understanding of how our emotions and relations with family and friends affect our health.  The North Node in Virgo has been a time of spiritual development that is grounded in the real world, and with this sextile to the Moon in Cancer our lessons gain the wisdom of our intuitions and our emotional connections.  Now is a time for intuiting what practical steps we need to take in pursuit of our personal development, and for connecting our growth with that of those with whom we feel emotional kinship.

The big astrological news of the day is the last notable event of the night, when Venus retrograde enters Pisces, and the introspection we’ve been doing regarding our self-image and how we connect with others turns less self-concerned and more universal.  We are likely to find our compassion expanded under this influence, and may find ourselves giving our affections more readily to hard-luck cases and those who inspire our sympathy.  Since Venus is still retrograde (and will be until April 15th), we may still be more tentative with our love, but we are also more sensitive to such matters now, and more inclined toward romanticism.  Venus’ retrograde path through Pisces asks us to reconsider how our affections tap into more universal experience, how we are connected on a broader level as a result of the ways in which we get personal.  Our sense of aesthetics is likely to be softer now, our ways of expressing our desires gentler.  We are more likely to be accepting of contradictions and paradoxes in our relationships now, more able to go with the flow, and we can better intuit our way through our interactions with others.  That said, we are more likely to wear rose-coloured glasses when it comes to our affections now, and should be mindful of our choices in order to avoid getting led down the garden path, especially in romantic endeavors.  Still, this is a time when we can reconnect with our romantic souls, feeling the spiritual side of love and affection, and understanding more deeply what those things mean to us.

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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 24th, 2017: Renewed Optimism

The big astrological news of today is the opposition between Mercury in Aries and Jupiter in Libra this morning, making us highly aware of the balancing act between personal and interpersonal needs throughout the day.  Our awareness of this polarity between personal freedom and social harmony has been heightened in recent months due to the ongoing Jupiter/Uranus opposition which is now moving into a wider orb and thus is a less powerful influence (Though fear not!  It shall return in September!).  But here we are now back to this theme thanks to Mercury stepping into Uranus’ position, bringing this duality into our awareness on a more personal level than was possible with two transcendental planets, since the transcendentals operate on a more planetary and generational scale.  Mercury, however, is very personal, governing our thoughts and communication, and now being worked upon by the expanding, optimistic force of Jupiter, our minds are being called upon to play a bigger game, our bold, self-concerned ideas being moved to operate in a more diplomatic and social manner, to join our enterprising minds with our more sympathetic beliefs, to communicate with courage without disrupting our relationships, and breathe new life into the social order.  Expect people to be more chatty than usual today, and for Mercurial activities (trade and travel in particular) to be enhanced.  We may find ourselves taking more risks, and may need to be watchful that we don’t overdo things, especially in financial sectors.  Still, this is likely to be a time of optimism and renewed interest in learning, a good time to try new things and meet new people, and expand the possibilities in our lives.

Later this morning saw the Moon supporting this dynamic through first a trine to Jupiter and then a sextile to Mercury immediately afterward, helping us to feel the interaction between the two on an emotional level as well as a mental level, and bringing our instinctive reactions to bear on the task of integrating personal and social needs.  The Moon trined to Jupiter is likely to have expanded our feelings in a positive and buoyant way, giving more of a spring to our steps and an optimistic attitude, while the sextile with Mercury ensured that our thoughts and our feelings acted in harmony this morning, and that unity of thought and feeling, consciousness and unconsciousness continues this afternoon due to the trine between the Sun in Aries and Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius.  Black Moon Lilith bridges the space between the Moon and the Sun, bringing our unconscious wisdom closer to the light of consciousness, and now trined to the Sun gives us an even greater capacity to make use of the information we have discovered in unconscious realms.  We now are likely to have a greater awareness of our own shadow, but this is a source of strength at this time that can lead to a sense of wholeness and understanding of our true desires.  We may feel a greater sense of personal power at this time and a bit more devil-may-care, a bit more reckless and courageous.  In combination with the Jupiter/Mercury opposition, this can definitely lead to more risk-taking behavior, which may be necessary to break out of a rut but still is something we should be mindful of to keep from going overboard.  That said, this trine is still a flowing, supportive aspect that helps us to access hitherto unknown (or unremembered) personal power and wisdom, at a time when those qualities can most benefit both ourselves and our loved ones.

In addition, this afternoon the Moon in Aquarius sextiles Uranus in Aries, putting our emotions and instincts into a supportive relationship with the transcendental ruler of Aquarius, heightening our love of personal freedom and our eccentricities yet also expanding on our capacity for inventiveness and our interest in the future.  Our technological capabilities may take a jump forward now, especially given the atmosphere of optimism and interest in new ideas created by the Jupiter/Mercury opposition, and the alignment of consciousness and unconsciousness created by the Sun/Black Moon Lilith trine.  We are now instinctively drawn to change things up, but more likely to do so for the better, keeping an eye to how our actions can positively shape the future for ourselves and our society.

Late tonight the Moon in Aquarius sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius, bringing our feelings back down to earth a bit perhaps, but still ending the night on a positive note.  Still social, still interested in the future, but now with a more practical bent to take the ideas and hope and excitement generated by the day and make real use of them in the physical world.  Though we may feel more serious as a result, we may also have a genuine sense of how to make today’s insights last beyond the moment, and bring real longevity to our relationships in the process.  This day and night have the capacity to act as an injection of new life and strength into our understanding of how we relate, both in personal relationships and in the larger social sphere, and the Moon aligning with Saturn at the end of the night brings the perfect close to such a day, so that what we’ve gained does not slip away but becomes part of our emotional structure, fortifying us for the future.

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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.


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