SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

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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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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 31st, 2017: Curious Gardens

Today started with the Moon void-of-course in Taurus for many hours, so this was not a morning for rushing out of the gate or embarking on any bold new initiatives.  Not that such a course was likely with the Moon in slow and steady Taurus – chances are that we were more inclined to roll over and stay in bed for a while longer than usual.  Since the early morning hours also saw the Moon sextiling Chiron in Pisces, we may have found ourselves in a more dreamy state anyway, nursing old wounds and finding ways to comfort ourselves and work through our sensitivities without a whole lot of physical movement.  Chances are that more than a few of us hit the snooze button a couple extra times in the process.

Late this morning the Moon entered Gemini, turning our patient and practical Taurean instincts into something much more quick-moving and much less patient.  Curious, inventive Gemini sets our instincts and emotions on a faster track, eager to see and do and explore and learn, skimming the surfaces of all of the shiny things like a dragonfly.  This is a mental sign, ruled by Mercury, so we’re not so interested in being emotive; though we are much more likely to talk about our emotions with the Moon in this placement, chances are that we do so from the standpoint of theory rather than practice.  This is not a time for expecting ourselves to feel deeply or have long heartfelt talks, but rather a time for flirting, testing, tasting, seeing what gets us where.  This is a time for quick assessment of things we might like to revisit later.  It’s a time for networking, communicating, and experimenting, and those of us working in sales, media, entertainment, or in scientific fields are likely to benefit.

Toward mid-day Mercury entered Taurus, so the even as our emotions and instincts are speeding up with Gemini, the ruler of that sign is slowing down and becoming more earthy, grounded, and practical.  This makes for an interesting balancing effect, keeping the Moon and our emotions from getting dosed with too much flightiness as our thoughts are steadying themselves after all of the action-orientation that Mercury had in Aries.  The ideas that we wanted to go racing after in Aries now have the perseverance of Taurus to keep them going, and the practical capacity for manifestation in the real world.  Our thoughts and communication now are oriented toward what is real, what we can see and touch.  Because Taurus is ruled by Venus, we are also likely to be most concerned with what we value, as well as what and whom we have affection for and take pleasure in.  While our emotions are becoming more light-hearted and desiring fun, our thoughts are becoming more serious, though also more inclined toward hedonism.  Taurus is deeply concerned with material pleasures and comforts, so chances are that we will be thinking and communicating more about what will gain us those pleasures and comforts, but then we will want to get a chance to enjoy them, especially with the Moon in Gemini egging us on to try things out!  This is not a time for self-denial, unless it’s in the name of something we want far more than some temporary pleasure, or that pleasure requires too much movement and effort to get to it.  Though our emotions are highly changeable under Gemini, our thoughts under Taurus are not, and we may get into some mental ruts during this time.  However, we are also likely to have a highly developed aesthetic sense now, appreciating art and beauty more during this time.

In keeping with the connection between the Moon in Gemini and Mercury in Taurus, soon after Mercury entered Taurus the Moon in Gemini sextiled Taurus’ ruler Venus retrograde in Aries, and the fire of our affections got refueled by the airy fun of Gemini.  Venus retrograde may be reconsidering how we connect with others now, but with the support of communicative and responsive Gemini we may have seen some flirtatious back-and-forth early this afternoon, particularly via text or Snapchat, since Gemini favors communication via technology, especially in the pursuit of romance.  Venus’ warmth has coloured our emotions this afternoon as well, giving a more kindly and pleasurable feeling to our day.

This afternoon the Moon in Gemini squares the North Node in Virgo, challenging the process of our souls’ perfection through our chatty and curious instincts.  Both Gemini and Virgo are mutable signs, flexible and adaptable, and both are ruled by Mercury, so on an intellectual level at least these two get along.  But Gemini is an air sign, with ideas that move and change and are dropped just as easily as they are picked up, whereas Virgo is earthy, practical, concerned with the details that lead to growth, and far more patient than Gemini, but also far more critical.  Gemini operates more in the realm of fantastic possibility, whereas Virgo operates more in the realm of realistic probability.  On the plus side, the North Node tends to respond better to challenges than planets and luminaries do, as challenges promote growth and the North Node is all about growth, especially in Virgo.  This afternoon and evening then are a time for learning how to navigate this space between possibility and probability, fun exploration and instructive process, in pursuit of our souls’ path and our purpose in this life.

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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, March 27th, 2017: New Moon in Aries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 18th, 2017: Companionable Thoughts

Today’s astrological activity started with an early-morning square from the Moon in Sagittarius to the North Node in Virgo, pitting our fun-loving emotions and instincts against our karmic path.  We are feeling broad-minded and philosophical under the Sagittarian Moon but our souls are still demanding that we pay attention to the details that are going to get us the experiences and skills we need to fulfill our soul’s purpose, and this morning the disparity between what we feel and what we need may have come to a head.  Of course, since this was a lunar aspect it was short-lived, and therefore more part of the process of refining and course-correcting than anything likely to stimulate major change, especially since those of us in the Western Hemisphere were probably still sleep at that hour.  Even so, it is worth noting whatever dreams we may have woken up with this morning, as they could yield clues to resolving this conflict.  

A short while later the Moon in Sagittarius conjuncted Black Moon Lilith, still early enough in the morning that most of us were likely asleep, and increasing the likelihood of us gaining wisdom through our dreams regarding our religious and philosophical beliefs and how they influence our emotions and instinctual reactions, especially since Black Moon Lilith aids us in bringing unconscious wisdom closer to consciousness.

The big astrological news of the day was the conjunction between Mercury and Venus retrograde in Aries, bringing our thoughts and communication to the same place that Venus is currently mulling over, namely how we connect with others which being true to our own identities and valuing our sense of self.  Our communication is likely to be more affectionate today, as well as more enjoyable, though still a bit self-absorbed.  We are more mindful of our connections with others now, and of how what we say expresses our values and feelings toward others.  Our thoughts and communications today are more likely to be concerned with what we find pleasurable and with building and maintaining connection, though that doesn’t automatically mean that we will be pulling others toward us.  In fact, what we say may well be more concerned with maintaining our sense of freedom and individuality.  We may try to express ourselves in new ways, or seek change in how we think about and communicate in our relationships.  We may find ourselves being simultaneously more active and more introspective, more interested in communicating and connecting through shared activities than through words, or focusing on how actions and activities affect our relationships.

The Moon in Sagittarius reinforced these considerations through trines this afternoon, first to Venus and then to Mercury, bringing our emotions to bear on our interpersonal communications.  Our thoughts and feelings today have been working together to assess our interactions and determine what is truly pleasurable and valuable to us, and where our affections really lie.  And with two fire signs in the mix getting this much emphasis, these aspects most likely didn’t lead to quiet contemplation, but rather active exploration.  Movement and action are what are needed to process these thoughts and feelings tonight.

Tonight the Moon in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces, bringing us back around to confronting our escapist tendencies and addictive behaviors, especially when our more fun-loving side bumps up against our sensitivities and compassion for the state of others in a turbulent and wounded world.  All of today’s interactions with others and trying to determine what works best for ourselves while still maintaining the connections we need may well have led us to some uncomfortable feelings in relation to the larger picture and humanity as a whole, and we may well feel like burying our heads in the sand at the end of it all.  Like all transcendental planets, Neptune changes whatever it touches from the ground up, so our emotions that have gotten all revved-up with fiery possibilities and expanded philosophical horizons are now being touched by more universal forces that can turn what seemed clear before into a muddle of confusion.  Our feelings may suddenly turn wounded without us really understanding why.  Or we may become painfully aware of the impermanence in our lives and what we have to let go of in order to have our heart’s desire, and it may seem overwhelming.  Whatever the case, we need to have compassion for ourselves and others now, and recognize that tonight’s confusion doesn’t have to result in avoidance or falling back on self-destructive patterns.  The path ahead may seem illusory, but what is clouding our vision is only temporary, and we may still gain some illumination through the process, however uncertain it seems now.

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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.