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Your Jupiter In Scorpio Playlist

Queue up the NIN; this 13-month long passage of Jupiter through Scorpio totally has a “Heresy” feel to it in my mind!

“He sewed his eyes shut
Because he is afraid to see.
He tries to tell me
What I put inside of me.
He’s got the answers
To ease my curiosity.
He dreamed a god up
And called it Christianity.

God is dead
And no one cares.
If there is a hell
I’ll see you there.”      -Heresy, by Nine Inch Nails (NIN)

 
Why do I say this?  See the following excerpt from my October 2017 newsletter:

“…there is a polarizing dynamic regarding this placement that tends to express as zealot or heretic with little-to-no in between – it’s a placement of passionate intensity as it pertains to religious, political, and cultural views that can veer toward rather extreme philosophies or, conversely, deeply resentful of dogma/conservatism/fundamentalism. Jupiter in Scorpio represents the metaphorical (moral or philosophical) “hill” we are willing to “die” on, and one thing is for sure while we’re under its influence: We’re not apt to be lukewarm about what we believe at all…”

Now do you see why I deliberately chose the song above, LOL? Regardless of whether or not Nine Inch Nails is your preferred cup of tea, one facet of Jupiter in Scorpio is indeed sacrilegious; it’s where we hold the Sacred Cow up for slaughter. We may indeed be tempted to preach some taboo Truths during this transit, and certain sects will be threatened by the publication of these “secret gospels” – just ask sexual predator-at-large Harvey Weinstein.  It may be ugly, but that doesn’t mean it’s false – those shouting “Blasphemy!” do well to remember this.

10/17/2017

Welcome, Jupiter In Scorpio!

Grab your popcorn & turn off all the lights; we’ve got a real Thriller of a 13 month-long astro-passage on our hands starting…now!

Jupiter amps things up; in Scorpio it magnifies the “Halloween” vibe and extends it for an entire year+. If you read my October newsletter, then you already know some of the key themes you might expect from this energy. If you didn’t….well, you’ll just have to find out; hopefully *before* it’s too late, mwahahaha! 👿 😉  I’m joking, BTW (in case it wasn’t obvious) – nothing terrible will befall you & this transit is actually more “Creepy Comedy” (à la The Addams Family) than straight-up Thriller, though it will certainly have its moments!

10/10/2017

Repost: The Mercury/Venus Mutual Reception

The Mercury/Venus Mutual Reception: Mercury will be in Libra; Venus in Virgo.

The Mercury/Venus Mutual Reception: Mercury is in Libra; Venus in Virgo.

NB: The following is an updated repost outlining some themes that will be relevant for the next week and a half while the mutual reception of Mercury and Venus continues to play out.

Just a head’s up that we have a mutual reception in play until October  14th – Mercury & Venus are currently playing the role of exchange students by occupying each other’s home signs!  Mercury and Venus mix and mingle their energies; playing off each other for a total period of about 3 weeks – a period that began on September 29th when Mercury entered Libra.   Here are some highlighted themes you may notice in play as a result of this combo:

Discrimination involving our choice of partners; combining work and love; saying nice things; the health of a Significant Other or biz partner; being conscious of our dietary sugar intake; talking about partnerships; sibling relationships; diplomatic conversations; discussions that involve fair give-and-take; kidney health; finding love in the workplace; tactful choice of words; mental equilibrium; love at the gym; getting along w/ your coworkers; appreciating your employees; criticism from a spouse or Significant Other; evaluating the health of a partnership; looking at relationship routines; the girl next door; married to your job; a balanced diet; relationships with neighbors; intestinal flora and the enteric balance; analyzing how we earn/spend money; assessing financial health; a job we love; lazy co-workers/employees; working on our relationship; making the everyday luxe; beauty routines; discriminating taste; relationships on the brain; making money with our hands or communication abilities; working with your Sweetie; relationship news; agreements in writing; a love of cleanliness & organization; helpful & pleasant; service with a smile; whistle while you work; the equal distribution of chores in a partnership; money made in service trades; picking lovely & perfect words; improving relationships by talking things out & via soft, kind criticisms; say it with flowers.

10/03/2017

Venus In Virgo, Pictorially

Behold; the Garden Goddess!  The fruits of her (many!) labors lay lusciously upon the vine as she luxuriates in the gifts her own efficiency and productivity have begotten.  A Vestal Virgin’s pleasure she takes in a job well-done and in the financial independence she has as a result!

The 9 of Pentacles, courtesy of the RWS Tarot.

Sometimes, though, Venus in Virgo feels more like:

I’m rather fond of referring to this placement as “Cinderelly Venus” at times – Venus is located in the sign of her astrological Fall in Virgo, meaning this planet has a difficult time expressing herself in a manner that’s truest to her intrinsic nature. Rather than refined and elegant, she is relegated to mere “Serving Wench” status when in Virgo – the ball gown becomes an apron and the sparkling tiara naught but a humble kerchief.

Complicating this even further is the fact that Venus is currently palling around with malefic Mars; a further coarsening influence upon this genteel lady.  And once this conjunction w/ Mars perfects on 10/5 (Thursday), she’s also besieged by a square to restrictive Saturn. Translation: This is likely to be a tough week overall on the love & money fronts; both domains which Venus rules. Cease any carping, general fussbudgeting, and stinginess and instead invest considerable mental and physical energy into something you love doing – busy yourself in wholly immersive work and you won’t have time or energy to sweat petty stuff.  Other areas of particularly productive micro-focus can also include nutrition, exercise, health & wellness, and cleanliness – Venus in Virgo loves all these areas and its prolonged contact to Mars gives us the drive to do something about it!

10/02/2017

Jupiter Opposite Uranus

The vibe du jour, pictorially and lyrically – this alignment perfects for a final time tonight!

Courtesy of the RWS Tarot: Jupiter (represented by the Wheel of Fortune) and Uranus (represented by The Fool).

“Left a good job in The City,
Workin’ for The Man every night & day,
And I never lost one minute of sleepin’
Worryin’ ‘bout the way things might have been.

Big wheel keep on turnin’…”

– Proud Mary by CCR

09/27/2017

Jupiter In Libra Opposite Uranus in Aries, Part 4

***See also:  Jupiter In Libra Opposite Uranus In Aries, Part 1
                     Jupiter In Libra Opposite Uranus In Aries, Part 2
                    Jupiter In Libra Opposite Uranus In Aries, Part 3

One of the upsides of the upcoming culminating opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries is its capacity to sometimes crack things wide open in a *good* way; unexpected windfalls and/or opportunities can strike from nowhere faster than you can blink an eye under this vibe!  For example (and I swear these are all true stories!): During the first two oppositions between these planets (December 2016 and March 2017, respectively) I personally know of 3 different people who all had amazing strokes of luck.  In the first instance, someone wrote an amusing cheeky letter to the GM of a major pro sports team and actually got comped trip to the team’s home city + tickets to a game because of this!  In the second, a friend of a friend won over 5 figures on football bets.  On a third completely unrelated (well, other than the astro, LOL) instance, someone *else* I know *also* won a large sum.  Now I’m not saying money will just drop out of the sky (it *can*, although this is a rarer manifestation), but what I mean to illustrate via these examples is the idea that good surprises we never see coming *do* happen. We need to believe that “freak” things aren’t automatically bad and can actually be quite good; those awesome moments that leave you chuckling and smiling happily to yourself while wondering “What are the odds??”  Definitely hold space for fortuitous surprises under this vibe, because you never know…!

Oh and: This opposition perfects during the wee hours (ET) of September 28, 2017 – just in case you’re looking to by a scratch ticket for laughs, aim for the early morning of September 27th, just before 7am ET when the Moon in lucky Sagittarius smiles upon this opposition.  If you are so inclined, wake up early and head down to the 24 hour corner store to maximize your chances.

Big money, no whammies!

09/18/2017

 

Paging Captain Virgo

LOL, check out this Google Doodle celebrating the 308th birthday of Samuel Johnson; a Virgo – it may be the most Virgo thing I’ve ever seen:

😀  The description of him as a “harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original and detailing the signification of words” is what really sealed the deal – I just about died laughing! This is so Virgo, it hurts LOL; way to live up to your astrological archetype, fella! Keep calm and Virgo on!

09/18/2017

Mars Enters Virgo

Welcome to Mars in Virgo! There is no scene in the history of cinema that describes this vibe more perfectly than the following clip:



“What was this drug? I couldn’t stay messy on it, hadn’t had a cigarette in 6 hours, hadn’t eaten…so abstemious and tidy..? What was this; a drug for people who wanted to be more anal retentive? I wasn’t high, wasn’t wired; just clear – I knew what I needed to do and how to do it.”
LOL, no substances required; it’s just you on Mars in Virgo! 😀 So clean the bejezus out of everything, organize your life, nix the nicotine/caffeine/anything screwing with your health, and cut all the crap out of your diet – this energy is guerrilla nutrition at its finest; fight back against lethargy and inertia with a kickass diet and exercise routine that motivates you to operate at peak health and efficiency!

09/05/2017

Vintage Mars In Leo Vibe

This one comes to us courtesy of the (Violent) Femmes:

 

“Day after day
I get angry
And I will say
That the day
Is in my sight
When I’ll take a bow
And say goodnight!”

LOL, I think it’s cute that he omits the part involving the spectacular fanfare which tends to accompany this “Exit, stage right!” – when Mars in Leo is angry, the one thing you can be sure of is there will be some kind of “scene” just before that bow.  😛

On a hunch, I felt compelled to run a chart for Violent Femmes lead singer/songwriter Gordon Gano. While he was born mere days after Mars exited Leo, he *does*, however, still have Mars located adjacent to über Leo star Regulus; flagship star of this constellation sometimes referred to as the Heart of the Lion whose literal astronomical designation *is* Alpha Leonis – I knew the lyric sounded familiar and had that Mars in Leo-like “ring” to it.

08/28/2017

The Leo Solar Eclipse: Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Americans have a truly special event to look forward to in about a week – on August 21st there will be a Total Solar Eclipse taking place in Leo and clear skies permitting, everyone will get to enjoy a spectacular celestial show! Carve out some space in your day to observe if you can, because the next one won’t take place over U.S. soil until 2024 so this is something pretty special indeed. I’ve been tweeting about this event off and on for months and have written about it extensively elsewhere but have thus far avoided blogging about it so as not to be too repetitious. However, I realize some of my regular blog readers might appreciate a piece on the Leo Solar Eclipse so today I am excerpting a little teaser on the subject from my newsletter – this is a sample of what you’re missing out on if you’re not currently subbed to my monthly newsletter:

 

But these aren’t the only features of this magnificent Solar Eclipse – there’s more. When we bring Fixed Stars into this equation we find this Leo eclipse very near royal Regulus – The Heart of the Lion – which is why I have referred to this eclipse as a “Total Eclipse of the Heart“. Because of this association, I feel there is a strong link to Anahata; the 4th chakra perhaps more commonly referred to as the “Heart Center”. Anahata is the seat of Love and this eclipse in effect serves as a celestial invitation to connect with this chakra and crack it open to let Love in to heal; whether that’s love for ourselves, for someone else, or on a more transpersonal level regarding our fellow man. There has been so much collective hurt and wounding to Anahata in recent years due the current global geopolitical climate that it’s as if we’re being begged by The Cosmos to attend to these injuries – I don’t think it is a coincidence this eclipse is taking place over American soil, as perhaps it may be one of the places in the world most in need of this kind of healing right now. Anahata itself is a beautiful word that means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten” and this Leo eclipse is like a spiritual call-to-arms asking us to be lion-hearted in facing and remediating the ways in which this chakra may have been damaged, both individually and collectively.

As the middle chakra, Anahata unites the physical and spiritual, the Upper and Lower worlds, so there is an intermediary feel to this energy center. Not surprisingly we see this theme echoed in the Leo Eclipse by virtue of its contact to shamanic asteroid Chiron – the Chiron represents both the wound and the healing, and with the inconjunct it makes to this Eclipse the Journey from one to the other is likely to be uncomfortable. But we’ve gotten to the point where we can no longer ignore the (individual and ergo collective) pain – we’re at the point where our Heart Chakra is crying out for attention and it will continue to do so until we compassionately address the source(s) of the chronic distress.

Though we have been discussing the 4th chakra exclusively up until now, I do feel that because this is a Solar Eclipse and we’re dealing with Solar (Leo) Energy, there is merit to also examining the potential for imbalance within the Solar Plexus chakra as well. The 3rd chakra, Manipura, has ties to pride and arrogance among other things – on a macro level, with this eclipse being referred to as “The Great American Eclipse” I can’t help but sense a connection to the appeal of the slogan “Make America Great Again”. For the USA, the wound in need of healing may relate to a loss of confidence replaced by a false sense of hubris. We all want a nation we can be proud of – we can choose to allow this to be a source of agony or we can choose to Journey back to the Heart Center instead and respond to this from a place of compassion. Not all are Awake, nor is it our place to exert our power over those who sleep or who pretend to be sleeping – we can only transcend this by pain healing our own hearts and following its dictates to the best of our ability, trusting this process will help to heal the wounds of the Collective Unconscious.

I’ve focused so much on the theme of healing that it almost feels redundant to mention Fixed Star Regulus (which you will recall is quite near this Eclipse) also has association with Archangel Raphael. But if we are concentrating on channeling the energies of the Leo Solar Eclipse, I feel this is an important correlation to mention for the sake of those who might also wish to make a connection to the angelic realms. Whether we are praying for individual or collective, physical or meta-physical “healing” of some type, I can’t think of a much better ally to have onside for these purposes! If we are so inclined, erecting a small meditation altar or prayer nook with a statuette or picture of Archangel Raphael or even more broadly involving angelic imagery in general would be a lovely way to honor the energy of this eclipse and make our intentions and/or prayers heard. Archangel Raphael has other facets to his patronage as well – bringing this back full circle to the Heart Center once again, he is the patron saint of marriage, happy meetings, and lovers, so we see him connected to the greater theme of Love. As such, this eclipse presents a wonderful opportunity to open our hearts up again – remember: New Moon, new beginnings! Incidentally, I should mention he is also a patron of the blind, so we must be sure to view this Solar Eclipse only with the aid of specialty viewing equipment lest we have need of his assistance for real!”

 

This is just touching upon select facets of next Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse in Leo, but hopefully it will provide my readers with fertile material for further contemplation.  If you would like to subscribe to my free monthly newsletter, you can subscribe via the link on the right sidebar above.            ————————>   Or,  you can request a copy of the full issue where this article was excerpted from from by leaving a comment below – blessings!

08/14/2017

Healing Chiron In Pisces Pain

A how-to guide in a nutshell:

The agony of isolation is actually an illusion caused by a disconnection from the Universal; reconnect to this and you will find respite from that which ails you. We are never truly alone – anyone in human history who has experienced, is currently experiencing, or who will experience similar pain is right beside us in Spirit. Imagine how many people over how many thousands of locations and lifetimes understand exactly what we’re going through! If this visualization isn’t enough by itself, there is always Divinity to turn to; Spirit is always there for us. Go within and reconnect to God/Goddess/Source, your Guides, Angels, Ancestors, and any Power Animals (living, passed on, or symbolic) that resonate with you – remembering always that Divinity has an infinite amount of love, mercy, and compassion for whatever we are going through – because spiritual healing is a huge keynote of this energy. Meditate, pray, and in those moments when the road ahead seems impossible, practice surrender and ask for help. The more we do so, the better our chances for a miraculous healing.


08/04/2017

Jupiter Square Pluto: Growth Fixation

As we approach the final hit of the square between Jupiter & Pluto (exact Aug 4th), some of us have definitely developed a serious fixation on growth over the last 8+ months! But this is not the light-n-fluffy version we’ve been doing, though – this is some catalytic, subterranean shit and as such it is important to remember that not all growth takes place in the sunlight. Think: Root (chakra?) development. Some massive morphs have been taking place since this formation first perfected in late 2016, but much of it may have been occurring underground in the deepest reaches of our psyches – note this leveling-up process may have actually come about through a huge “purge” of one kind or another; something that in hindsight actually serves to lighten our energy, though admittedly it may have felt rather hellish in the moment.

Image credit: Peripitus

Spiritually speaking, I hope this doesn’t sound too ominous because I certainly don’t intend it to; I’m merely reflecting upon the necessity of honoring Darkness in equal measure with Light. I’ve never understood people who don’t believe in “rooting down to rise up” – it’s foreign to me whenever I hear someone speak of Ascension or spiritual development as if it should be this blissful, easy, terminally positive thing that completely bypasses the ugly bits of digging down into our own internal sludge.  On the contrary; my personal view has always been that one can’t have honest enlightenment otherwise – you have to fortify the root system first, which entails digging a deep and spacious hole so the root ball can grow wide and strong. To do that, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty; it’s absolutely integral to the process – there is a reason why they say “No mud, no lotus.” The lotus does not spontaneously grow from pristine waters; it arises from swampy pools rich in organic matter where the process of decomposition enriches the root system and is then carried all the way to the topmost reaches of the plant where it blooms. The current astro is very similar – if we want to develop, flourish, and blossom, often something old and outworn must be allowed to die off.

See also: All posts related to the Jupiter/Pluto Square.

08/01/2017

Some Pluto In Capricorn Cautions

“Long-term sustainability” is more than just some trendy catchphrase; it’s a concept we all need to be deeply considering during Pluto in Capricorn.  Why? Pluto represents the principle of destruction and when it inhabits the enduring sign of The Goat we do need to be very careful about things that degrade the long-term sustainability of something in our lives; particularly if it involves our career, professional field as a whole, status, or reputation and DOUBLY so if the cause of this potential ruin stems from any ethically funky conduct.

Capricorn likes to build things up, but Pluto razes them to the ground and there is a “deconstructed” feel to Pluto in Capricorn overall; especially when it comes to uncovering the basic framework or modeling that makes a current (business?) model of something unworkable in the long run.  It becomes increasingly important to consider how viable something is in its present form while being nuclear conscious of the way(s) in which the energy we’re putting into that particular venture is either going to enrich or undermine it.  And with Saturn soon entering Capricorn and approaching a conjunction with Pluto in the not-too-distant future (Jan 2020), ambitions can become intensified in such a way that we may lock onto the goal of ascending to the summit at all costs.  The very last thing we want to do ahead of this kind of astro is to build upon the wrong foundation, because to topple from that kind of height can be devastating at the least and perhaps even lethal in a worst-case scenario.

Obviously, averting this kind of outcome is highly advisable – to do this we must first consider WHAT we’re using our power for and HOW we’re using it (hint: ethically and responsibly are always pretty good places to start).  We must be mindful of the energy we’re directing toward our image/brand and take seriously any threats that stand to detract from our reputation.  Integrity – especially in a professional sense – is absolutely critical; it’s when we try to cheat and take shortcuts to success, compromise our standards for greed or because we’re terrified we “won’t make it” otherwise, and do not respect our limitations that we get into trouble.  This energy hits professionals of all stripes, but I do think it’s likely be harder on business owners, teachers, and law enforcement in general and we really must to pause and consider how anything we do might reflect badly upon our profession as a whole.  Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard and considering the mark we’re leaving on the world (which hopefully doesn’t amount to a stain) is critical; under this energy it is better to ditch a career path or fold up a business if the alternative involves disgrace – the refusal to do something that damages self-respect is the most reliable litmus test for integrity, always.

If one is involved in the law enforcement field, this is a mighty important time to be examining any potential power and/or control complexes within that compel us to seek authority over others – get that shit sorted out NOW because the karmic retribution is likely to be terrible if/when our unexamined psychological baggage leads to a misuse/abuse of position.  Those who teach in any capacity must be prepared to make sure they are stringently qualified to specialize in the areas they plan to teach, because illegitimacy may be a real issue under this energy while also respecting the integrity of the fundamental foundations of these subjects – this is not a time to get all loosey-goosey and teach a corrupted version of something we’ve learned because this would amount to tainting the wisdom.  Distill it down into something more potent while staying true to the core teachings by all means, but do not veer toward irreverent disregard for the System (whatever that may be) or tried-and-true keystone(s) that have withstood the test of time.  It’s also a time to consider very careful WHAT tools you are giving to WHOM – for example, this would not be the time to put occult teachings in the wrong hands.  And be prepared to accept responsibility for what you’re passing down to students, for they are your legacy.  Supervise them to ensure the wisdom and tools you instill within are handled respectfully and responsibly so they prove a credit to the teachings, because under this energy it’s easier than normal – if this caution is not heeded – to wind up pumping out a student who not only reflects badly upon YOUR good name, but it also circles back to the earlier point I made about not degrading the long-term sustainability of one’s field as a whole by giving it a bad reputation (ex: a “quack” psychologist or one that is going into the field for the wrong reasons/has not worked through their own psychological baggage).  Business owners, on the other hand, may find themselves having to make some tough calls that affect the integrity and/or survivability of their biz/business model. Remember what I said before: It’s better to take a loss or fold a company than compromise our standards, credibility, or ethics under this vibe – in the long run, we are likely to be screwed far harder for doing so.

07/20/2017

Making The Most Of Jupiter In Libra

Jupiter will enter Scorpio for a year-long stay on October 20, 2017 and this means we only have a few more months of Jupiter in Libra left to go! Jupiter has recently resumed direct motion and now sits at the halfway point of Libra, and as such I thought this would be an opportune moment to assess whether we’ve been making the most out of its tour through the sign of The Scales – if not, there is still plenty of time to get right!

Jupiter is king of more, more, more – when he treks through refined Libra it’s a call for more love, grace, tact, beauty, fairness, harmony, cooperation, sharing, and general pleasantness. Are we seizing all the opportunities this transit has made available to us to elevate our game in any and all of these respects? Are we truly emphasizing kindness, peacefulness, unity, and reciprocity in our minds and hearts, or could we be doing better?

Honesty is an important keynote of Jupiter, but when it’s in Libra we benefit from softening it a bit via kindness – diplomatic honesty and tactful candor really do make the difference. Boost the truth with a pinch of sugar; something nice and/or complimentary that makes it more palatable. Seek to be extra gracious, because it does get you much further with people when Jupiter is in Libra. Don’t go overboard because then it may come across as disingenuous, but putting a little polish on the truth makes it infinitely more appealing, don’t you think? It’s the difference between “Oh MAN, your ass looks big in those jeans!” vs. “The cut of that skirt is more flattering” – we’re still being honest, but we’re not using this as an excuse to be lazy with our manners. Jupiter in Libra does ask that we civilize our candor!

Are we still judging books by their covers? Lo-Fi Jupiter in Libra can be incredibly looksist; Hi-Fi Jupiter in Libra understands beauty is a total package! I mentioned before this placement is all about “more beauty”, but this is meant in an all-encompassing context rather than pure aesthetics. It’s fine and dandy to improve your appearance under this vibe; just be sure you have more to offer rather than relying upon good looks to open every door up wide. While it may help to superficially crack them, enhancing this with copious amounts of charm, elegance, grace, and tasteful good humor while genuinely just being a nicer person can take you far!

Lastly, have we embraced the Tao of Mutual Growth and Benefit like a religion? This is a philosophy to really get behind during Jupiter in Libra – how can we make life better for one another? And because Jupiter in Libra emphasizes the institutions of marriage and partnership, have we explored and/or come to a greater understanding regarding the principle of romantic happiness? Perhaps there are certain self-evident Truths we’ve learned that impact how we see a current relationship or relationships period; the hopeful result being that it leads (now or in the future) to a great union with more compatibility.

So how would you grade yourself at this midterm? You have 3 more months to bring your GPA up before finals; otherwise you’ll miss getting the most out of Jupiter in Libra. This is a once-in-12-years opportunity, so please don’t let it pass you by – Jupiter will not be back into Libra until 2028!

06/27/2017

Venus In Taurus Trines Pluto In Capricorn

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It’s time to fertilize the roses; both literally & metaphorically! We have a lush Earth trine on our hands between Venus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn at the moment (perfecting on June 24th), and as a result many of us may be seeing green over the next few days. This energy is just perfect for magnetizing money your way – if you’re looking to invest, secure a loan or financial backing, or enter into any kind of “merger and acquisition” endeavor, consider this astro your green light! One thing we do need to be cautious of with this planetary alignment is not to flex the plastic on a spending spree, though – this vibe can make it easy to rack up debt on things like fine fashions, beauty treatments, or pretty much anything, really.

If you need a little energetic help drawing things to you on the material plane, augmenting your fiscal intent with help from the plant & mineral kingdoms in particular is the thing to do now – prosperity herbs like basil or mint in your wallet coupled with abundance stones like jade or peridot can help. If you’re kitchen witching, seeing as how it’s peak strawberry season in my part of the world, now would be a good time to prepare foods featuring this fruit paired up with real vanilla bean (the sticky black seed pod as opposed to commercial extracts). Once you’ve scraped the seeds out of the bean, simply toss the husk into your sugar jar/bowl and use the “marinated” crystals to subtly scent/flavor a rose petal or rose hip herbal tea – there’s nothing quite like ingesting your magick, is there?

In other areas, Venus in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn facilitates the hooking up of “power players” for mutual pleasure and/or profit – perhaps even both. Invest in each other because this is the kind of thing where together the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts; the true essence of “synergy”. Collaborate and pool resources, as this can facilitate an enriching union where both parties become key influencers & establish a prosperous and enduring legacy.

If you’re feeling tempted to energetically help this process along, I cannot emphasize enough that Step #1 is to always start out with an open, heart-centered, free-will based intention whenever it involves others. Intent to align with a partner for the above purposes is all fine and good so long as we state this must be in accordance with the Highest Good of All and let The Universe figure out the “who” and the “when” part – that’s when the magick happens; when we relinquish the prospect of total control and trust. You can design a ritual for this purpose and prepare a mojo bag or sachet to carry with you to help attract this connection – plants like rose, apple, cherry, avocado, peach, geranium, and daisy along with cardamom, mandrake, vanilla bean, damiana, orris root, and passion flower do the job nicely while stones such as magnetite, rose quartz, and malachite can also aid. Perhaps if the goal involves a business alliance, consider adding one of the aforementioned prosperity stones to your mojo bag.

06/21/2017

Venus In Taurus Trine Pluto In Capricorn

For those moments (i.e. NOW) when the astro has a modern-day “Orpheus & Eurydice” kind of feel and you need an appropriate melody: U2’s “The Ground Beneath Her Feet”

“All my life, I worshiped her
Her golden voice, her beauty’s beat
How she made us feel
How she made me real
And the ground beneath her feet
And the ground beneath her feet

And now I can’t be sure of anything
Black is white, and cold is heat
For what I worshiped stole my love away
It was the ground beneath her feet
It was the ground beneath her feet

Go lightly down your darkened way
Go lightly underground
I’ll be down there in another day
I won’t rest until you’re found…”

06/20/2017

The Mars/Saturn/Chiron T-Square, Part 2

Hamstring (verb): To cripple a person or animal via cutting their hamstring muscles.

Remember when I said the T-square of Mars, Saturn, and Chiron had a “decreased mobility” kind of feel? This can be taken metaphorically as well as literally. When you want to act but your hands are tied, or want to speak up but can’t because there’s a gag order in play – damned if you do, damned if you don’t. It can also represent a case of Writer’s Block due to a lack of time, energy, too much “pressure”, or even actual censorship. The Mars/Saturn/Chiron T-square is that rock-and-a-hard-place painful “Catch 22” situation where we’re squeezed between a pressing sense of desire and a greater sense of responsibility/repercussion. Options seem limited/as if there is a trade-off involved no matter what we do.

But what’s this? Mars is also makes a sextile to Uranus! We yearn for freedom, and get it by doing the unexpected. So yes, we *do* get to do something about the situation; just not in the way we initially thought. We have to do something…inventive…and perhaps even a little “crazy”. Because when all the options suck, the only sensible thing to do is find an alternative way of redefining the “problem” (Hint: It’s not what we think it is). And we may even have an ally in this courtesy of Venus’ approach to Uranus; a friend or companion who helps us to make a jailbreak out of this “stalemate”.

Perhaps the issue is we have been operating off logic and fear all the while neglecting to trust; forgetting that our intuition, Highest Self, and spirit Guides know at all times exactly what the right thing to do is. If we get quiet enough to listen (say through meditation, prayer, or Journeying), It/They may advise patience or in contrast beckon us across a bed of hot coals as an Initiation. Because that’s exactly what this hamstrung feeling is on a spiritual level: A shamanic rite of passage. Can we walk a path that cuts through fear and logic by suspending disbelief?

Odin hanging from the boughs of Yggdrasil as depicted in the Rider-Waite tarot.

05/30/2017

Mars/Saturn/Chiron T-Square

Public Service Announcement: Mars in Gemini approaches a T-square w/ Saturn in Sagittarius & Chiron in Pisces! Extra caution & restraint is beneficial at this time in order to help prevent injury, because these are two malefic planets opposing one another while a particularly painful asteroid squares off with both! If you have planets or points in the late degrees (23-29) of ANY Mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) take it extra easy because you’ll be directly tied into this. This T-square is strongly in effect now through June 5th, so until then do bear in mind the following:

On a physical level, do watch for the flare up (inflammation) of chronic pain; particularly from overuse/overwork, excessive compression (especially from too much standing), and/or general weakening from increased wear/age – overall, there is a “decreased mobility” feel to this energy. There may be issues with shoulders/hands/arms/fingers/lungs/nerves (Gemini) and/or difficulty with hips/legs (Sagittarius) – bone, joint, or arthritic issues may come into play as well with the Saturn involvement. Good alignment/posture may help – our bones need good support and aligning the muscles and joints in such a way as to avoid putting excessive pressure where it shouldn’t be is absolutely key. Also be aware that pain may not be straightforward to diagnose with Chiron in Pisces – it may be vague/diffuse/nonspecific/reflexive, or the actual cause may be obscured by symptoms that masquerade as something else. If you’re doing any activity and something in your body hurts, STOP DOING IT IMMEDIATELY – do NOT try to push through the pain to show how tough/strong you are! This is not a measure of your masculinity, boys (and girls)! If you exercise/work out, this is the kind of thing where you’ll want to make sure you (non-aggressively) stretch, are really mindful of your form, and avoid using too much weight.

On a somewhat related note specific to the Mars in Gemini end of things, know this can also be a verbally aggressive placement and a wounding war of words can occur – dealing/receiving a “sick burn” is a real possibility, so make sure to temper your tongue’s fire w/ caution & restraint (especially over topics like religion and politics). With Mars presently aligned with the constellation Orion, don’t club someone over the head just to make a point. And know that if you don’t self-censor, someone else may be tempted to do this for you – try & use the verbal energy of this Mars responsibly to heal rather than harm. And speaking of burns, ping-ponging back to the physical end of things once again, literal painful burns and cuts are possible under this vibe as well. Watch your arms/digits particularly – especially around sharp/hot objects – & immediately rinse the wound under cold running water if anything should happen. Apply pressure/a burn cream/topical analgesic quickly; don’t wait. And for the love of Divinity, since we have a long summer weekend here in the US, be cautious around any fireworks!

05/26/2017

Venus In Aries Square Pluto In Capricorn, Part 2

Building upon my last post regarding Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn,

When you’re wondering what the counterpart male ”voice” of this energy might sound like and you get an answer in the form of another song:

 

“Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you

Look in my eyes
You’re killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you

I tried to be someone else
But nothing seemed to change
I know now, this is who I really am inside.
Finally found myself
Fighting for a chance…”

 

I am forever and always saying that ultimately we are our own lowest common denominator in relationships. Sometimes it takes the breakdown of a union to strip it all bare and put us in touch with our core Self, the Shadow within, and what it is that we truly want out of a partner/partnership. Nothing gives us potent clarity surrounding the Good, Bad, and the Ugly of our love nature quite like having to face ourselves in the mirror of relationship. Power/control dynamics, possessiveness, jealousy…if we don’t like what we see reflected back, it’s time to nut up, do something about it, and dig down deep to heal/transform the heart and provide a more psychologically constructive underpinning.

Sometimes we are tempted to simply kill time in a defunct, non-compatible relationship because underneath we are afraid to face devastation (whether this be material, psychological, etc). Over time, this eats away at a union from the inside – when we stay wrongly matched with someone *period* or for the particular place we are at in our psychological development, emptiness can set in during this long, slow, steady process of deterioration. This includes partnerships that may have had a lot of initial “spark” but that in the longer-term had little actual compatibility – hot sex is a poor stand-in for real intimacy. But when Venus in Aries squares Pluto, this provides  the impulse and the bravery to break new relationship ground – when we hit that “stick a fork in it; it’s done” point in a union, a post-mortem autopsy is always useful. Strip it all down and look at the roots – what was the “seed” that bore this “fruit”?

05/24/2017

Venus In Aries Square Pluto in Capricorn

NB: The literary voice I’ve adopted for this particular post is pointedly edgy – apologies in advance if you were looking for something fluffier and less gritty, but it’s important that I set the tone correctly in order to convey an accurate portrayal of a particular facet of this energy. Let’s set the stage then, shall we? Music please, maestro!


“Go on take everything, take everything, I want you to!
Go on take everything, take everything, I dare you to!

I told you from the start just how this would end;
When I get what I want, then I’ll never want it again…”

Venus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn gives me the sense of a contentious divorce; people fighting over who gets what while pathologically trying to cling to tattered remnants of material security. Personally, I favor the Courtney Love approach above, as in “Go ahead and have it all” – this is a Spartan Venus we’re dealing with and as such sometimes the best “fuck you” isn’t hitting them in the wallet but proactively deciding for our own inner peace we don’t want the energy attached to their money or their things. It’s a “Get out of my life and take your shit with you!” kind of vibe; a purgative influence rather than one that chooses prolonged, messy, complicated (financial/material) entanglement.

Within the astrological community Venus/Pluto is all too often given the bad rap of being a “gold digger” or for being “vindictive in a divorce”. While this *can* be true in its Lo-Fi capacity, the higher functioning version wants nothing at all to do with “dirty money” or physical possessions that have any kind of bad energy attached to them and would much rather just do without. In an ugly relationship situation, the best cut Venus/Pluto can make is one that is as clean and virtuous as possible – nobody does a coup de grâce better than Hi-Fi Venus/Pluto. It’s a shame that in an astrological sense we so seldom see this pairing being given balanced credit for the kindness and fairness that it can also convey when dealing with endings and loss, and divorce is always a loss even in the best of circumstances. With Venus currently in Aries (the sign of Venus’s detriment), granted this will considerably less graceful than it would otherwise be, so in this particular instance the Courtney Love treatment does seem much more apropos.

05/23/2017