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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

Jupiter In Libra Inconjunct Neptune in Pisces

What is “marital bliss”, anyway?  As the inconjunct (or quincunx, if you prefer) between Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Pisces perfects on May 17 2017, it is important to note this is truly a subjective ideal!  Many of us think about this in broad terms and haven’t bothered to clarify with ourselves/Divinity/The Universe what exactly that vision looks like to us – it’s nobody’s fault, really, likely the result of being indoctrinated since childhood with fairy tales that vaguely trailed off in this manner. “And they lived happily ever after….” May have been the last words we heard before drifting off to dreamland as youngsters; a nebulous but reassuring omnipresent narrative that helped put us to bed at night.

But what if we are Awake, and wondering?

The paradigm that such a thing happens as if by magic is so deeply embedded in the Collective Unconscious that many of us have been sleepwalking in a sense.  It probably hadn’t even occurred to us to separate personal philosophies about love, togetherness, and relationship from the ones that have been instilled from media, our moral and/or spiritual background, our faith, and/or culture. But with Jupiter in Libra awkwardly backing into contact with Neptune in Pisces, meditating upon this topic is essential – there are a lot of things that have been passed off as Universal Truths about relationships that, well, aren’t.  Think about all the myths and stories we may have absorbed via osmosis that could have distorted our own personal Truth about what a happy union is AND regarding what it is that specifically makes *us* happy within the context of partnership.  The inconvenient Truth is we’ve been lied to – there is an “Eat, Pray, Love” quality to this energy and from a relationship perspective if we don’t ever take the opportunity to reflect on this and separate the signal from the noise it can be a setup for major disappointment and/or disillusionment.  An adjustment is needed – lucky for us, the current inconjunct between Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Pisces provides just such an occasion.

05/15/2017

A Jupiter In Libra Truth

The above philosophy regarding elevating our partner has huge resonance during Jupiter in Libra; particularly while it makes repeated squares to Pluto in Capricorn (i.e. in the weeks surrounding Nov 24th 2016, Mar 30th 2017, & Aug 4th 2017).  To reiterate a key point about this energy, Jupiter in Libra is a time for (mutual) growth and happiness in a union, but ever since Jupiter turned retrograde back in early February 2017, it’s entirely possible that we’ve taken for granted this will happen automatically; with no effort on our part. That’s what can make Jupiter transits a letdown – we puff ourselves up with these overinflated hopes expecting that he will just drop a cosmic goodie bag in our laps.  Then when we perceive him as not delivering the goods, we become disappointed when really what we should have been doing all along was seeking opportunities from within to create the growth and happiness we hope for.

At the moment Jupiter in Libra is also sitting in a prolonged and uncomfortable inconjunct with illusory Neptune until late July (note this leads right up to the time frame of the final Aug 4th square between Jupiter & Pluto), and many may be attempting to tune out inconvenient Truths about their partner, the general state of their relationship, and regarding their own role pertaining to any disillusionment with either. There is an element of Divine Discontent conveyed by this awkward pairing that can make it difficult to put a finger on why we’re not exactly happy in a partnership.  It’s not abuse – that would be far too obvious. Neglect, however, is far more insidious, eroding away happiness until partners drift away from one another.  It seems innocuous at first so that we tolerate it; appearing “benign” enough that we don’t see the Truth of it in its entirety.  But even small leaks can turn into a cascading waterfall.  Perhaps we’ve forgotten to give our spouse a kiss before leaving for work – if it happens once, we might not think it a big deal. But sometimes this snowballs until all the love and affection has seeped out and we’re left sleeping in separate beds.

On occasion, we also might not realize that we don’t seem to have as much in common with one another as we did “once upon a time” – political and social views may have blurred our understanding of one another where we no longer see eye-to-eye and isolation trickles into the open space where there was once unity.  There is also the angle that couples don’t always grow together in a spiritual sense; an uncomfortable schism can indeed infiltrate a relationship, creating a wide gulf between orthodox “faith” and the more free-flowing “spirituality”.  Or maybe we simply can’t recall the last time a significant other paid us an honest compliment – whatever the case, these many different kinds of “trickles” can all have the potential to dissolve even a good union if there are enough of them.

If we value the relationship, however, we cannot continue to ignore such issues. Neptune’s current influence upon Jupiter in Libra can be one of estrangement, so unions become more vulnerable to this pervasive-yet-vague sense of general dissatisfaction that cannot quite be named.  If we’ve ever been “together” with someone and yet felt so alone, the current inconjunct between Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Pisces can carry this same rippling sheen of sadness. Meditate on all of this now, and imagine what might happen if our Significant Other were to stumble upon a Price(ess) Charming who elevates them where we have neglected them.

05/03/2017

(Retrograde) Mercury In Aries, Mars In Gemini: Backdraft

No, you’re not seeing double – a retrograde Mercury just retread its tracks for a second passage back through fiery Aries while Mars entered dualistic Gemini less than 24 hours later.  With Mercury occupying the sign Mars rules (Aries) and Mars making a run through Mercury’s turf (Gemini), we have what is known as a “mutual reception” between Mercury and Mars in effect – for a primer on mutual reception, see my previous post here.

The effects of this Air (Mercury/Gemini) and Fire (Mars/Aries) combination can be particularly volatile, as we all know that Air feeds Fire.  With Mercury retrograde, this is making me think of the word “backdraft”; something I’m using as a metaphor for a dangerous and highly combustible situation where the rapid re-introduction of oxygen (i.e. the wind of our words) into a heated situation may explode and makes arguments come rip-roaring back to life in an instant.  While this Mercury/Mars mutual reception remains in effect for the next 3 weeks it would be a particularly ill-advised time for any of the following:

1) To pick this period to initiate the re-hashing of a repeated point of contention – doubly so if it happens to be with a sibling, cousin, or neighbor. You’re not going to get anywhere new with Mercury Rx, and it’s highly likely to just wind up being a shootout at the O.K. Corral.

2) To insult someone’s intelligence.  This is never a nice thing to do, but even if snappish understand that under this energy words can quickly turn into fistfights and this is particularly likely to be a near instantaneous trigger for such to happen.

3) To *not* think twice before saying something in anger, period.  Because you can’t take it back and it’s likely to be especially cutting/brutal now.

4) To say something rude.  There’s straightforwardness and then, well, there’s just being an asshole.  What; I thought you wanted plainspoken?  So how does that grab ya – on the receiving end, it’s grating to the listener/reader, isn’t it?  😛  The point is, don’t be “that guy” regardless of gender – directness is no excuse for barbarism, nor is brevity justification for tactlessness.

5) To hurriedly, hastily, or agitatedly fire off a missive that is just plain ill thought out.  The aggravation and strife (Mercury plunks down next to discordant Eris and upset-oriented Uranus, remaining near one or both until it exits Aries in mid-May) likely to result may be similar to kicking a hornet’s nest.

6) To drive angry. When there’s such a strong Mercury/Mars vibe in the air, it’s the little things that will tend to piss us off.  Mercury is transportation-related, and when we put this into a vehicular context we may be inclined to find ourselves swearing at someone who cut us off or who blew through a stop sign, for example.  This can lead to things like road rage, impatience behind the wheel, and really aggressive driving in general. While anger is understandable when somebody is driving like an inconsiderate jerk (because nobody wants to wind up in a collision due to this!), instead of becoming belligerent and feeding the fire by giving it more air, take a deep breath, count to 10, and focus on staying in control.   Remember, your own actions behind the wheel may very well dictate whether or not the incident ends in a phone call to emergency services.

7) To use inattention when handling sharp or hot objects.  On a physical level, Mercury/Mars can make for cuts or burns to our arms or digits – especially if we are agitated and thus inclined to use excessive speed or force.

Please, if you could take away only one thing from the above list: Don’t be a conversational arsonist during this mutual reception!  Mercury/Mars combinations tend to heat up the mouth & sharpen the tongue, perhaps inclining us to say rude things, yell, interrupt, or fire out the first thing that comes to mind without really thinking about it. Remember that Mars is traditionally a malefic in astrology, so when it is double-teamed by Mercury/Gemini energy the problems will multiply when we give a fire air; particularly if/when it has been choked of oxygen.  The speed, heat, and force with which we verbalize irritation can rapidly ignite with hair-singeing capability, resulting in everything from tempests in teacups to dangerous backdrafts.  Before unthinkingly creating a scene that might best be described as belonging in Dante’s Inferno (i.e. “What fresh [circle of] hell is this?!”), mull all this over. Again, if need be – repeat as necessary until this mutual reception ends on May 16th.

04/23/2017

Venus, Inverted

In a moment of pure Venus Retrograde synchronicity, I recently heard about a new dating app that is turning traditional matchmaking on its head: Hater.  The basic premise is that it matches you with a partner based upon things you both can’t stand – its logo even features a little upside-down heart. How’s THAT for some Retrograde Venus vibes?!

I think this is an app that would probably most appeal to people with a strong Venus/Pluto or Venus/Mars energy signature, as these peeps generally don’t do milquetoast and like their partners ardent for better or worse.  The capacity to bond over mutual dislike for something/someone seems to be a baseline function of both energies, albeit with some very notable differences in expression.  Venus also does not function in typical “lovey-dovey” ways when wired into either of these energies; consider that she is in her detriment in Aries (Mars) and Scorpio (Pluto).

I can foresee this app being either really good or really bad – there’s not much room for in-between here, IMO.  The bad side: It can potentially turn the prospective relationship into a cesspool of negativity that winds up degrading into a bitchfest.  The basic principle of Venus is “like attracts like” – if this is allowed to go very low-vibration, it can certainly have the capacity to be draining for one or both parties.  If we want people to meet us with energy we like, wouldn’t it make more sense to bring our best to the table instead of our worst, then? Of course, this can also be quickly remedied as the app is intended just for making that initial connection.

The good: If you both have a strong aversion to the same types of things, well, there’s really not much to fight about, is there?   An app like this could weed out a lot of dealbreakers for people early on, and less conflict can have the ability to correlate to more harmony.

The other thing I am hoping is that it sticks to more meaningful questions as the major screeners, for example a “hate” on “Trump” or “Kids” getting a much higher point value than a “hate” on “Sleeping with a lot of pillows” (an actual metric).  Besides, I actually *like* sleeping with lots of pillows – it works out great if I were matched with a partner who only wants one; more for me!   😀

04/13/2017

Venus Retrograde: “You’re Like A Bad Penny…”

You’re like a bad penny; you keep turning up!” Such an apt phrase for Venus Retrograde, as Venus rules copper and the retrograde period is a time when ex-partners and ex-friends tend to resurface.  While verdigris patina can hold a “shabby chic” charm for some, in my eyes I see the deterioration – it’s still corrosion, even if the age and wear do give it a certain je ne sais quoi.  Rest assured that when I’ve stopped taking a shine to someone, it’s for good reason – I do not just allow my love to rust.

I find the phrase “pennies from heaven” especially apropos with Venus currently in Pisces, denoting there may be an element of Divine Intervention for reasons we may not fully comprehend. But it is important to remember that pennies are essentially worthless currency; it’s not necessarily a “gift” just because there is a spiritual or karmic reason for a (temporary) Re-union. With Venus also now sitting in a square to Saturn as it stations Direct, this may actually refer to there being a “lesson” involved; a sort of cosmic “What have we learned here?” about our faults and foibles in relationships and the ways in which we’ve learned how *not* to shoot ourselves in the foot anymore.

Maybe we’ve grown up & matured.  Perhaps we’ve gotten “too old for this”. It’s possible we’re tired of hurting ourselves – Venus will halt movement very near wounded Chiron, so the pain is there but the ability for healing with compassion is as well. It can be simple forgiveness for the pain someone has caused us as we (re?)release them with strength; certain in our heart they’re no good for us.  It can be self-compassion for the ways in which we now have the benefit of experience to understand that we’ve grown wiser and don’t have to perpetuate any lather-rinse-repeat cycles of pain/suffering/self-undoing when it comes to partnering.  We can love someone unconditionally without being a martyr to an ideal – sometimes this entails good boundaries and/or loving from afar, à la ”Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away…”

So is it worth the time and effort to try and put a polish on a relationship that we know in our heart already had its day during Venus Retrograde?  Particularly if/when we know the other party is still up to their old tricks?  I see the prospect of such a would-be reunion – of that “(bad) penny from heaven” turning up at this moment – as naught but a validation from The Universe that we indeed made the right (but difficult) choice…even though it may still hurt a bit.  Sometimes we have to be willing to say “no” despite the history and there being “no love lost” (in the most antiquated sense of the phrase) between the parties involved.  Way back when I was a teen, a friend of a friend had left a suicide note with those exact words, telling all of his crew how much he loved them and how sorry he was that he just couldn’t take it anymore.  My friend then had that haunting line tattooed across his shoulders as a massive memorial back piece to his fallen companion, with Christ on the cross set amidst a field of boulders in the pouring rain below – I wept when I heard the story. I’m welling up now, as a matter of fact.  But my point in retelling the tale is twofold; that sometimes time changes context (both literally AND as a metaphor for past relationships) and that sometimes pain and sadness are just a part of the experience of truly loving someone – it wouldn’t hurt if it wasn’t real.  ❤

04/05/2017

 

Venus Retrogrades Back Into Pisces

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Venus dips from the sign of her detriment (Aries) back into the sign of her exaltation (Pisces) today. She made this same transition – only inverse – on February 3, 2017 when she slipped out of her watery domain of the Fishes and adopted a bolder stance in the sign of the Ram. Whenever Venus graces her exalted Pisces domain, we develop yen for blissful pleasures – for some this may entail fantastical wealth, the heady buzz of falling deeply and helplessly in love, or even (on a less highly-functioning level) the pleasing high attained though euphoric substances such as MDMA. Our heart desires to receive the experience of something truly transcendental when Venus resides in Pisces; nothing mundane has a place here.

When at last she departs this prismatic land of rapture with the dewy residue of this dream still haunting her to boldly go forth into Aries, the reverie of time spent here fades so she is able to make this exodus from Eden. It’s difficult to leave heaven, but leave she must – perhaps that is why she functions so out-of-character during her passage through Aries; the anger at leaving a such a supreme paradise behind would certainly be understandable. But at the same time she knows she must undertake this Heroine’s Journey and will to one day return to Shangri-La, so she bravely sets out…

In Aries, Venus burns with desire; taking those first courageous (and sometimes graceless) steps toward new relationship and fiscal beginnings. As she turns retrograde in this sign it’s as if she falters, though – maybe what she thought she wanted has proven to be more of a challenge than initially anticipated. Or perhaps she‘s having a change of heart and doesn’t want whatever it was that originally provided the motivation for this Journey. She stumbles backward, fumbling toward Ecstasy and the escape of her Pisces refuge once again. It’s as if it had been a false start and now she realizes her Journey started off on the wrong foot, so she retreats to find respite in her watery Pisces domain where she doesn’t *have* to Fight and can instead just Float for a while. In this meditative state she finds her Center – yes, perhaps her movement had been premature. The longer she reflects upon this through the compassionate and nonjudgmental lens of her Highest Self, the more she realizes she had been confused – she had actually been chasing the wrong rabbit. Further, she had forgotten that if it’s a fight it probably isn’t worth it; recalling in this receptive state what her Spirit Guides told her the last time she was here – “What is meant for you flows to you and shall not pass you”.  In perfect love and perfect trust; so mote it be.

As Venus reaches this point of exquisite stillness – her Station on April 15th – her heart & soul re-align so she can move forward in earnest this time. Dropping any vestiges of the past and becoming wiser from this experience, she’ll set out with clarity of intention as she moves ever closer toward her heart’s true desire.

To Be Continued…

04/02/2017

Jupiter square Pluto: True Darkness

Jupiter and Pluto are two very contrasting energies. Jupiter is honest and candid, while Pluto is very secretive and tends to keep its cards close to its chest. When these planets square off with one another – as they are doing now – it can open up the proverbial can of worms where secrets, filth, corruption, etc. are exposed. Some believe this is for the greater good (and indeed it can be), but what happens when digging up the truth turns into something pathological; where it becomes an obsession?

Truth (Jupiter) is rarely black-and-white. It something subject to interpretation depending upon which angle(s) we’re looking at things from. But when Pluto gets involved there can be a tendency to believe it’s all-or-nothing and we’re often so compelled to try to distill this down into something weapons-grade potent that it’s easy to lose perspective.

There are people so consumed by the quest to “get to the bottom of things”, they wind up mistaking “Filth” for “Truth”. While these *can* be one in the same, they aren’t necessarily. The problem is this can create a tainted bias where the tendency is to perceive evil and corruption everywhere one turns because that is all one is looking for – an example of this would be the conspiracy theorist who chooses to believe something is much more complex and convoluted even when a simple and honest-to-god Truth presents itself plain as day. Not only do they reject that Truth because it isn’t sinister enough for their liking, but they fail to see how dangerous and wrong this is and how it has the ability to lead to witch hunts and lynch mobs – they fail to see the true darkness actually lies within.

As Ye Seek, So Shall Ye Find.

Exposing corruption certainly has its place; I don’t mean to imply otherwise. But what I am speaking of today is the necessity for balance in our search for Truth. With Jupiter presently residing in Libra this is something crucial to consider, because not everyone doing an “exposé” style piece is right, nor does it mean they’re necessarily doing this for the “right” reasons – the Truth is, some people just love to sling mud; they don’t care if it’s at the expense of honesty. Their pathology involves convincing themselves (and others) they must be righteous if they’re getting “down in it”.

See those who prefer to wallow in dirt rather than bask in Truth for what they are; especially if/when they attempt to frame it as if they are doing something “good”.

03/28/2017

Jupiter Square Pluto: Enormous Omens

The square between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn continues to tighten, and as it does so one thing we can expect from this energy is the appearance of some pretty enormous omens. Jupiter loves to magnify things while Pluto does relish having some kind of secret “code” – combine the two and what you get are huge “signs”; massive portents to be interpreted by those who understand and speak the language of the Occult fluently.

Case in point: The story I just read below gave me goosebumps of EPIC proportions!

I have a really strong connection to the Animal Kingdom – I am visited by critters great and small almost nightly in dreams, so when I saw this I honestly didn’t know whether to be comforted or creeped out. Whales are supposed to be keepers of the Akashic Records; a compendium of all the thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and experiences on Planet Earth that have ever been, are, or will ever be. When scientists observe giant pods of whales “swarming” like this and don’t know why, my gut feeling tells me something gargantuan is afoot on the energetic plane.

What might it mean? While I can’t say for certain, my own feeling is the whales may be gathering en masse to remind us of our history. On one hand we have ISIL trying to erase it by blowing up all these ancient and culturally significant landmarks (such as Nimrud & Palmyra) that are a giant part of human history. On the other, we have the Trump administration attempting to re-write and/or (god forbid) possibly even repeat it with its McCarthy-era behaviors and rampant white nationalism. Perhaps the whales are congregating in order to amplify their symbolic Medicine at this time; their songs representing a dire cry within the energetic meta-narrative that we all need to take heed of.

Recommended further reading: Whale Energy

Pay attention to the first and fourth paragraphs especially – I find them particularly relevant with the opposition between Jupiter and Uranus still operating roughly in tandem with this square between Jupiter and Pluto. It may be the whales are convening in super-sized groups to also emphasize the fact that we desperately need tolerance and inclusivity on the planet at this time.

Image credit: Sylke Rorhlach 

03/15/2017

Jupiter Square Pluto: Thundering Bass

We are heading into the second of three rounds involving Jupiter in Libra squaring Pluto in Capricorn. On March 30, 2017 this alignment perfects yet again, however its vibrations already permeate the air like deep, thunderous bass notes pulsing away in the background. When Jupiter and Pluto align there is potential for massive transformation; the problem being that we usually have to make our way through a whole lot of crap on this journey to Illumination. With Jupiter presently in Libra, major issues tend to involve the beliefs and points of view we have about the institution of partnership – under this square, any dysfunctional relationship paradigms tend to be exposed and the ugly Truth laid bare. This process isn’t pretty, but is *is* honest! If we are to totally overhaul our partnering philosophy for the better, even the most uncomfortable parts must be put under a magnifying glass.

On the personal level, one manifestation we may see regarding this energy is that it can tend to blow up any toxic, hoary old issues within relationships; particularly those that center on themes involving resentment, power trips, manipulation, or control “baggage” we might be harboring on a conscious or subconscious level. There can be a sense of a huge implosion regarding this energy; where a relationship hits some kind of “fix it or fuck it” crisis point that isn’t so much external as the result from internal pressure that has been building from within for some time. Relationships where the growth of both parties have become stifled – particularly by the stagnation bred of any orthodoxy that has us entrenched in some kind of defunct status quo – are the most at risk for things coming to a head during this square. By that statement, I mean the adherence to any kind of social convention that may have led us into territory we could broadly label as “stuck and fucked”. For example, people in long-term relationships often experience pressure to get married because culturally and religiously we are programmed to see this as “good”. This is a wonderful thing when we’re partnered with the right partner and for the right reasons – it can certainly be a blessing that increases the intimacy of that connection and vastly enriches both parties in a way that helps them grow together.

But what if we’re not partnered with the “right” person or psychologically didn’t come together for all the “right” reasons? What if there was coercion involved; say perhaps by an arranged marriage? Or what if marriage doesn’t actually serve to level up our relationship? And perhaps the most horrifying (but possibly relatable) thought of all: What if we are just killing time together; wasting time and opportunity because there’s “nothing better going on”? What if we have come to the unpleasant but honest realization that we have somehow “settled”?

Quite simply, people are apt to want more out of their relationships under this energy – especially with a now-retrograde Venus deposing of both Jupiter and Pluto. This can create enormous tension; tension that has huge potential to both create and destroy. As dire as this may sound, there is value in being honest with ourselves and others. And we must have faith in this transformational process…even when it takes us through messy, muddy terrain.

This is not the kind of astro where we see that things have slid into a long, slow, Pluto-in-Capricorn state of deterioration and then allow these relationship issues to blow up in a big way now; not if we value the union and are of the “fix it” camp, anyway – perhaps a relationship guru may be able to render some assistance through the therapeutic process. But if instead we are of the “fuck it” philosophy, then perhaps we trust this collapse will ultimately prove constructive and to be for the good of us both in the end. However, if there is a better way to end it I highly suggest doing so because things can get real ugly and real vindictive under these skies!

At the beginning of this post I brought up the potential trigger points of resentment, power trips, manipulation, and control as being particularly problematic during this square, making these themes important to be aware of within ourselves and specifically with respect to our partnerships now. I think it’s important to understand that many of the aforementioned dynamics have the same lowest common psychological denominator of suspicion and fear; possibly the result of broken trust where our faith in others was damaged or destroyed at some point in our personal history. In situations where we have lacked power in the past it can unfortunately be easy to overcompensate for this by claiming too much power in a partnership, which can result in said behaviors.

The only way to heal this, though, is to be open and honest about it; first to ourselves and then to others. What would it look like if – instead of becoming reactive and manifesting this energy pathologically – we looked at this under the lens of “I’m having trouble trusting right now because it’s triggering ______ issue”? What if we were able to see the Truth that a fear-based approach to claiming our power will poison even the best of unions? Trust is the foundation of all good partnerships – if we can’t trust someone enough to where we constantly try to wield leverage over one another and repeatedly find ourselves enmeshed in all kinds of power plays, it’s a sign that we need to take a giant step back from the relationship. Strip everything away and the root of *real* intimacy is trust, which is based upon the concept of there being vulnerability. If there is no risk, then there is no real reward – it’s that simple. How can we possibly have the whole relationship enchilada when we can’t even metaphorically take our clothes off in front of each other?

Further, with a retrograde Venus as dispositor of both Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn this energy seems like it could have a “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” feel to it when growth, faith, and all that is good and holy within a union threatens to be choked off by the black tentacles of restrictive strangulation. This does generally seem to create an “open invitation” environment for some kind of intrusion to occur regardless of whether an affair is consciously or subconsciously sought out. Hush-hush types of opportunities can certainly be a hallmark of any Jupiter-Pluto alignment; especially when it’s something BIG being kept on the down-low. The problem is Jupiter will also tend to “out” these things, as this planet is pretty terrible when it comes to being secretive. But if one is truly hoping for the demise of a situation underneath it all, it certainly is a means to an end…literally. With Venus retrograde in Aries, we might not be brave enough to admit this is what we want. Or perhaps we are uncertain or confused about our true desires. Mind you, this should not be interpreted as justification, but it goes a long way in understanding true underpinning of the dynamics from all angles.

03/10/2017

Jupiter In Libra Opposite Uranus In Aries, Part 3

With the second of three exact hits between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries exact today, I want to talk about another facet of this energy which is its capacity for massive breakthroughs. I recently attended a lecture given by astrologer Rick Levine and he had a particularly golden line about Uranian energy that really stuck with me – he said this planet’s “only job is the instantaneous resolution to irresolvable opposites”. Being that we presently have an opposition in play between Jupiter and Uranus, I thought about how especially appropriate this concept was. And because Jupiter magnifies everything he touches, this is currently being done on a very large scale. Any time there is a rut or stalemate on a micro or macro level, with this duo in the mix something has got to give. Both planets carry strong freedom urges – Jupiter is “Don’t fence me in!” while Uranus defies convention and breaks all the rules. Put them together and allow them to play off one another and it can be a recipe for some kind of huge (but good) upset to occur. It certainly can be a big shock, but in the Grand Scheme of Things when we look back we’re likely to perceive this as liberating or as some kind of giant evolutionary leap that pulled us into the future.

If Jupiter is the thunder, then Uranus is the lightning – the skies rumble and what is released is a giant flash of electric blue incandescence that may in fact be a portal to another world; instant teleportation to a different time and place light-years away from where we stood only a moment ago.

Now this doesn’t come easy – an opposition is involved, so we have the sense of being pulled between factions and/or beliefs. But the Truth liberates – perhaps what is called for under these skies is a radical re-orientation of our philosophy; a 180-degree turnaround where we suddenly see a totally different point of view that changes everything. Break away from any dogma that does not liberate you – especially if this involves the revelation of some kind of relationship or even social Truth.

Free your mind; the rest will follow.


03/02/2017

Repost: Jupiter In Libra Opposite Uranus In Aries, Part 2

jupiterinlibraoppositeuranusinariesWe recently discussed some implications of the current Jupiter/Uranus opposition in Part 1 of this series, but now I want to discuss an entirely different angle of this energy!  Yet another facet of  this vibe is the unrest it tends to generate for social paradigms. Under Jupiter in Libra we now seek similarity of beliefs/worldviews/politics, but with this planet repeatedly opposing Uranus in Aries we’re apt to run into clashes in this respect within our social networks (real life AND digital).  Suddenly people we thought we had a lot in common with out themselves (rather shockingly) with a view that seems…well, perhaps radical or even crazy to us.

Now let me first say that I am all for tolerance regarding a difference of perspective.  But what happens if you find out your crew is entertaining some rather lunatic fringe ideologies?  Say white nationalist (read: Neo-Nazi) views?  I’m cool with a lot of things – I *have* to be, as I’m an astrologer and thus fully aware that people look at a lot of the things *I* believe and think they’re wacky!  This is why I try not to judge.  But even I draw the line at philosophies that preach hate instead of love; prejudice over understanding.  And this is exactly the kind of astrological setup we have going on right now.  The first exact pass of Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries occurred on December 26, 2016 and the second perfects on March 2, 2017, after which we’ll have just just one more round to get through on September, 27, 2017.  

So what happens when the group ideology abruptly loses resonance with us?  Well, we may seek out a new clique for one – this energy has a very polarizing feel to it initially; one that will tend to push us to find people with more harmonious philosophies.  It’s not that everybody else is crazy and we’re sane, either – in fact, it’s possible for any number or reasons (personally I blame the Mutable Madness that so dominated 2016; a year that will forever go into the history books as the year the world collectively lost its mind!) that perhaps WE are changing our own beliefs.  Perhaps we’re shocked and upset, thus being inclined to shift our political or moral stance 180 degrees.  Maybe this even triggers more activism out of us.  But one thing is for sure: Our Truth (or at least our perception of it) will change if we’re affected by the opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. And perhaps drastically so.  Whether it’s individual or collective, micro or macro, the more polite and balanced views are especially likely to be challenged so that we no longer sit on the fence.

For example: Harkening back to what I said earlier regarding the rise in Neo-Nazi ideologies that I think will occur under this opposition, do we continue to be polite about racism?

In a strictly neutral sense of these words, Uranus is Progressive and Liberal; Jupiter is Conservative.  Uranus can be evolutionary or it can be crazy – there is a reason for the old astrological Uranian axiom which states “Freedom without responsibility is license, not liberty”.  Jupiter can be open-minded or it can be a complete bigot.  Uranus is the group – it symbolically represents clubs, associations, fraternities, and organizations as well as our broader social cliques/communities in general.  Uranus can bring people who have nothing else in common together because they have a common cause/ideal. This can be positive, or it can be negative – what is the KKK but the Arya(ie)n Brotherhood, after all?  And Uranus IS in Aries, is it not? Aries rules the head, and skinheads are most definitely a Lo-Fi example of how this fraternal vibe can manifest problematically.  Jupiter is the Promotor or Preacher – in Libra, it seeks to share and spread its Truth by attracting those with compatible views. Gone awry, it can also be incredibly looksist and very much inclined to judge a book by its cover.

Now we see how this series of oppositions can potentially create a fertile breeding ground for all kinds of crazy philosophies to take hold.  The overwhelming tendency for people to seek out a Tribe with whom they morally and politically align means it’s going to be very difficult and will require a lot of awareness to keep this all in check, because the default inclination will be for us to separate into these polarized factions instead of trying to understand the common ground we have with one another.  I’m not suggesting we hold hands and sing kumbaya with would-be members of the Fourth Reich – far from it!  But what we DO need is to stay woke about this dynamic while trying to connect to the greater Truth of Love, because when people are alienated they are far more vulnerable to this kind of radicalization. Instead of distancing ourselves from a friend who is starting to seem a little “out there” in their views, maybe we can try reeling them back in by engaging them around the ideologies we do share.

02/28/2017

Black Moon Lilith In Sagittarius

Black Moon Lilith (BML) had just arrived in outdoorsy Sagittarius for a 9-month long stay when I went out for my usual morning run to find the following scenes:

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It’s called hoar frost; something fairly uncommon in these parts caused by the crystallization of dew freezing on a plant.  Now with Black Moon Lilith often likened to the “whore” archetype, you might understand why I laughed my ass off at the phonetic similarity here  – I was seeing actual physical evidence of BML’s transition into the sign of the Great Outdoors!

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"Lady Godiva" by John CollierThat aside, I often think of Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius as resonating with the Lady Godiva archetype – its special brand of defiance of convention carries political overtones for sure. The legend of Lady Godiva involved a woman who dared to ride naked through town (Sagittarius always is the nudist of the zodiac, LOL!) on horseback for the sake of making her husband honor his off-the-cuff remark that he would lower the taxes his subjects suffered under if she went streaking through the village square. Women + politics + nudity + horses = BML in Sagittarius in a nutshell.

And speaking of Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius’ connection to the equine, on the very same day that I saw the hoar frost above I received a text from a friend who sadly had to euthanize her aged and (recently) ailing mare – I often associate BML with euthanasia.

Astrology’s signs are all around us if we open our eyes to perceive; yet another Sagittarius keyword.  There are obvious Truths but then there are the more hidden, occult Truths and this is Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius’ domain….for some, perhaps the next 9 months may prove a fertile time to explore things like Theosophy and Gnosticism.

02/20/2017

Repost: Jupiter In Libra Opposite Uranus In Aries, Part 1

jupiterinlibraoppositeuranusinariesThe next major astrological lineup we have on our hands is the impending opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries.  This configuration became exact for the first time on December 26, 2016 but now round 2 of this vibe is currently active and building – it perfects once again on March 2, 2017 and repeats a final time on September 27, 2017.  We’ll see the effects of this energy playing out a few weeks before AND after this opposition perfects, so it’s definitely a dominating energetic backdrop to the astro-scene that lingers well beyond the specific dates above.

What might we expect from the opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries?  Quite a bit, actually – like all things astrological there’s never just one manifestation; rather there are layers to it. The first that came to mind for me involves the “we vs. me” theme of the Libra/Aries axis.  Coupled peeps should be aware this is a time when unexpected opportunities may surface for one or even both partners within that union, potentially leaving the partnership on uncertain footing.  It may even entail a distance separation.  In a neutral sense, this space can be thought of as simply giving the relationship some air, and it is fully possible for the space to bring growth & opportunity for both – for example,  for a greater level of independence or for emphasizing our social lives outside of that union to bring better balance between individuality vs. coupledom.

Ideally – in the Grand Scheme of Things – this space allows us to grow together rather than apart, but there are certainly no guarantees when Uranus is involved. Can we still want the best for a partner when these opportunities result in each of us going our separate ways (at least for the time being)?  This energy raises many questions about the growth of a union vs. our individual evolutionary Journey – can we still come together after we each go our own way, or is this where our Paths diverge?   What if an opportunity for a Significant Other means they wind up going cross-country or even intercontinental for a while?  What this really amounts to is an exercise in faith and trust….if you love something then set it free under this astro, because it may return to you better than it left you.  But if it continues to fly, then let it soar and believe this is because there is something much better in store!

Now for the single peeps – and particularly those who rabidly prize their independence – the opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries may enlarge prospects for partnering.  There is the possibility of unexpectedly meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right and suddenly being challenged to shift that partnering philosophy.  What happens when you’re not looking to be partnered and yet in a bolt of freak luck from out of the clear blue you meet a good man or woman completely from left field (perhaps through friends/online/at a meetup group) who’s actually really good for you – what do you do THEN?  Or what happens – even if you aren’t all gung-ho about being single – if you have the sudden epiphany that a friend would make a really good partner?  Could the friendship survive this?  Should you act on it? There can definitely be a division between “Let’s just be friends” vs. “Let’s turn this into something more” under this astrological vibe.

There’s much more to come on this opposition – stay tuned…

2/15/2016